2017 Notre Dame class council reviews

first_imgSophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council (SCC) started off the year with a Sophomore Class Cookout, the only exclusively sophomore event they hosted, in mid-September. Right before fall break, they held an event called “Midterm Munchies” which was a coffee and donut giveaway, with donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. After fall break, SCC started to gain momentum, hosting a haunted house in the LaFortune Ballroom the Thursday before Halloween, for which they rented curtains and room dividers and bought decorations to create a Halloween feel. They also organized “Thanks a Latte,” an event that gave students the opportunity to show their gratitude for people in their lives. Members of SCC were in North Dining Hall selling cups with notes and a Starbucks gift card for $5 the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Students could buy the cups with Domer Dollars and write notes to their friends, and members of SCC delivered these gift cards to the recipients. SCC also planned a Christmas event in Sorin Room in LaFortune complete with a photo booth, cookie decorating and letter writing to the retired brothers of Holy Cross.The Gatsby Dance, SCC’s largest event which typically takes place in August or September, is on Feb. 24 this year since SCC wanted to host it in the new Dahnke Ballroom.“Class councils in general have a very important role,” Joe Witt, president of SCC, said. “It’s one aspect of the Notre Dame community that is overlooked. You learn that the Notre Dame community is significant, but we absolutely make progress in the familial and communal aspects of the class.” Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council (SCC) started the year with the Senior Class Cubs Outing, which drew in more than 100 seniors at the Four Winds Field, and a Family Feud Night at Legends — an event that included beer specials, food and a Legends gift card for the winning team. In October, SCC hosted the Senior, Cider and S’mores event in LaFortune Ballroom where seniors pre-ordered Class of 2018 blankets. They also planned a Bowl Olympics in November and included a bus to shuttle seniors to the class outing at Chippewa Bowl where they could bowl with friends. As a holiday-themed event to wrap up the semester, SCC is hosting an ornament and blanket sale in the LaFortune Student Center.“It’s been a great opportunity to meet people within the senior class that I haven’t yet met within my previous three years,” Rebecca Wiley, SCC member, said. “I think seniors have been very receptive to the events thus far because everyone’s realized that this is the last hurrah and everyone’s trying to make the most of the time they have left.”This upcoming semester, SCC has a full-day ski-trip planned to Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Michigan on Jan. 27. As part of the package, transportation will be provided to get there and back and ski lifts are included for a set price. SCC is also hosting the 100 Days Dance on Feb. 3 in Duncan Ballroom, which will mark 100 days until graduation and will be a formal event with food and a cash bar.“I think we provide a good way for students to come together as a class, especially off-campus seniors who don’t spend a lot of time on-campus automatically, we provide opportunities to come together or do activities together,” SCC communications commissioner, Emily Gust, said. Junior Class CouncilJunior Class Council (JCC) started off the semester with smaller events like giveaways, but as the semester progressed, moved into high-level programming and inaugural events. During the week just before midterms, JCC hosted an Oktoberfest complete with root beer, hot pretzels and grilled bratwursts in front of South Dining Hall. After students came back from fall break, JCC hosted a letter writing event for their classmates abroad.“We like to intersperse our big events with giveaways so we can stay on people’s radars,” Dan Hopkinson, JCC vice president, said.In November, JCC hosted a chocolate-covered strawberry giveaway in LaFortune and arranged for a food truck and a hot-chocolate bar at Fieldhouse Mall. Their last programming event, a collaboration event with other class councils called “We’re Rooting for You,” involved root beer floats and motivational notes for students before finals week.“I think this is important because a lot of student government is focused on changing policy and a lot of abstract ideas,” Hopkinson said. “But class council is bringing ideas into action with events that people can go to.”For the upcoming semester, JCC will host more giveaways as well as bigger events in the new Duncan Student Center. They will reserve rooms in the center for a Junior Class Trivia Night during one Friday in Lent, where they will serve meatless food such as macaroni and cheese, mozzarella sticks and cheese pizza. JCC will also be hosting a March Madness championship game watch in the student center.center_img Freshman Class CouncilElections for Freshman Class Council (FCC) were held in September, with officers officially elected in October. Since then, FCC has already started planning events, such as a bonfire at Holy Cross Road. They also hosted a freshman class Christmas dance in Dahnke Ballroom, which had a turnout of around 200 people. For the last day of classes before finals, they are holding a prayer service at the Grotto.Some ideas that have been proposed for next semester are a freshman class spikeball tournament, a dance in mid-March preceding St. Patrick’s day and an Easter egg decorating event. FCC is also planning a trivia night in the LaFortune Ballroom.“One of the best perks about it is because within just the first couple of weeks you know one person from every dorm,” Sam Cannova, FCC president, said. “I found an opportunity to really find connection with the people of Notre Dame. I feel like Notre Dame has a great name and great reputation but with class council I found an opportunity to connect with people.”Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Class Councils, freshman class council, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class council, Student governmentlast_img read more

LOW LEVEL OF APPRENTICESHIPS WILL HAVE IMPACT ON GOVT HOUSING TARGETS – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed alarm at the low level of apprentices signing up for programmes in the construction sector.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to reports only 10 plasterers, bricklayers and painter/decorators will qualify in their trades in 2018, despite a planned construction drive over the next 10 years.Deputy McConalogue commented, “These figures are extremely worrying, particularly given the housing shortage this country is facing. Only this week the ESRI stated that we need to build 12,500 housing units a year to cope with demand, however, the lack of qualified tradespeople will put serious pressure on those targets. “Ten years ago, we had 700 bricklayers and 300 plasterers in training programmes. While the downturn in the construction industry has had an impact on the numbers entering trades, the introduction of fees for FÁS apprentices has also served as a major deterrent.“The Government is now facing a major crisis. There are around 100,000 people on the social housing list because of the Government’s failure to act on the issue. Earlier this year the Taoiseach launched the Construction 2020 project, however, without skilled labour, this strategy will fall well short of the mark.”The Inishowen-based TD said Ministers need to adopt a plan to encourage more people into apprenticeships if the social housing emergency is to be addressed effectively.He added that confidence in the construction sector needs to be restored and apprenticeships must be marketed as a viable option for the thousands of people still on the Live Register. “Apprenticeships should be used as a method of getting job seekers to up-skill, learn new trades and get back into the workplace. Many have been deterred by the introduction of fees in the last Budget, and steps must be taken to address this. People on the Live Register will find it extremely difficult to come up with the €540 fee, which were brought in this year, and steps must be taken to encourage more people onto apprenticeship programmes.“According to the figures, only 4 people have taken up a plastering apprenticeship, there are three studying to be bricklayers and a further three on the painting and decorating programme. There are no new floor and wall tiling apprentices this year. If the apprenticeship uptake remains at these chronically low levels, we’ll be facing a massive skills shortage at a time when the country is about to embark on a housing construction drive.“The Government cannot afford to sit back and allow this situation to continue. Unless urgent action is taken, the housing crisis will continue to spiral out of control and the numbers languishing on social housing lists will increase. Tradespeople are essential in tackling this crisis and it is up to Ministers to ensure we have the skillset in this country to enable its recovery.”LOW LEVEL OF APPRENTICESHIPS WILL HAVE IMPACT ON GOVT HOUSING TARGETS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:apprenticeshipsCharlie McConalogue TDdonegallast_img read more