Group improves Hall of the Year selection process

first_imgStudent Senate debated resolutions to improve the transparency of Hall of the Year selection process at Wednesday’s meeting. Department of internal affairs director Ben Noe dominated Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting by presenting a resolution to improve the Hall of the Year process. Both internal affairs and Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) debated a resolution regarding the selection process and scoring system for the Hall of the Year, Noe said. “The process for Hall of the Year has been changed a few times in the past few years, but hopefully this time we have it just the way we want it,” Noe said. “Currently, Rockne [Awards] are given to one winning dorm per month and count as bonus points added onto the dorm president’s presentation score. Our new system scores the Rocknes on a non-competitive rubric, counting as 30 percent of final score while presentations will constitute the remaining 70 percent.” Morrissey Manor senator Billy McMahon said his constituents were unhappy with the results of last year’s Hall of the Year race as a result what they alleged were flaws in the scoring system. “We won almost all the Rocknes last year and then nothing happened for us afterwards,” McMahon said. “When you’re giving 70 percent of the weight for Hall of the Year on a one-time presentation, it gets to be which dorm can put together the best Prezi or which dorm has the most charismatic speakers, not the day-to-day work the entire dorm puts in.” Noe said this resolution intends to assuage concerns about the scoring system by giving more weight to the monthly Rockne awards, which previously constituted only about 10 percent of a hall’s final score. HPC co-president Matt Lynch said the changes to the scoring system will likely promote greater participation by all residence halls. “This year’s potential 30 percent more is more than last year,” Lynch said. “It’s not competitive because instead of there being only one Rockne winner per month, it’s more if you turn it in, you get credit, like attending class.” Sophomore class president Tim Scanlan suggested an amendment to the Hall of the Year resolution to add the publication of the rubric used to judge the hall president presentations, The Senate approved this resolution.Noe presented another resolution regarding special interest student organizations, including the gay-straight alliance (GSA), Bookstore Basketball, Junior Parents Weekend, Knights of Columbus, student campus orientation committee and the debate team. “It was brought to our attention in December that there are organizations that are not officially student organizations but are not clubs either, they are in a sort of gray area,” Noe said. The proposed resolution would allow these special interest groups to access to the large pool of money available to the Student Union, Noe said. “The Student Union constitution contains rules for the allocation of the $850,000 Student Union funds,” Noe said. “We are suggesting a total distribution of .25 percent of these funds, about $2,000, to the six special interest groups. It will be allocated based on a presentation as well as need.” The groups will receive these funds in addition to funding provided by various outside sources, Noe said. “These organizations need to have access to a sort of contingency money in case they need something not included in the outside funding budget,” Noe said. “The best example I can think of is Bookstore Basketball. It operates pretty much break-even because of the charity donations, so if they need new basketballs or other equipment they should be able to do so in a sort of emergency situation.” Noe said this plan is one of several formulated since the Senate began to discuss how to include interest groups in budgetary considerations began in November. “In conclusion, many plans have been considered, countless phone conversations have been had and ultimately this plan has the greatest benefit with the least amount of complication,” Noe said. The resolution passed with just two opposing votes. Current Student Union Board (SUB) manager Ashley Markowski presented her nominee for next year’s position, Kaitlyn Keelin, a junior Science-Business major from McGlinn Hall who has been involved with SUB since her freshman year. The group voted in favor of Keelin taking over this position. Contact Maddie Daly at mdaly6@nd.edulast_img

Brian d’Arcy James Joins Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

first_imgBrian d’Arcy James(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Brian d’Arcy James is Mr. Hollywood, now. After starring in the Oscar-winning Spotlight, the Something Rotten! Tony nominee has now been tapped to appear in Molly’s Game, according to Deadline. The film, which will mark Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, will star Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.Based on the memoir by “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, the film follows an aspiring Olympic skier who becomes involved in the high-stakes world of celebrity gambling. Bloom organized numerous invite-only poker games for A-listers and eventually became the target of an FBI investigation.D’Arcy James has a number of additional screen projects lined up. He is currently shooting the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, helmed by Spotlight director Tom McCarthy. He is also attached to Felt, Rebel in the Rye and Trouble.Prior to Something Rotten!, d’Arcy James received Tony nominations for his performances in Shrek and Sweet Smell of Success. His additional stage credits include the off-Broadway production of Hamilton, Macbeth, Time Stands Still, Next to Normal and The Apple Tree. View Commentslast_img

Mother-daughter duo paints mural celebrating Susquehanna’s history

first_imgKiernan was inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and wanted to tie in Susquehanna’s historic landmarks including — the Starrucca Viaduck bridge. SUSQUEHANNA, Pa (WBNG) — A mother-daughter duo painted a mural to celebrate a part of Susquehanna’s history. “Just so that we can get some pride and bring some awareness to the community and some happiness,” Michelle said. “Especially in these troubling times.” Michelle Kiernan and her daughter, Meghan, won a contest posted by the Susquehanna Community Development Association. It’s taken Michelle and Meghan about 20 hours so far to complete the mural.  Meghan mentioned even though there are some stressful times during the process, she’s happy that she was able to do this project with her mom. Michelle says it was important for her to include Susquehanna’s landmarks in the mural. last_img

Quran teacher in East Jakarta arrested for allegedly molesting children

first_imgThe East Jakarta Police have arrested a Quran teacher in Jakarta who allegedly molested three children. East Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr Arie Ardian said the teacher, identified only as FS, did not put up a resistance and confessed his crimes to the police.Arie explained the incident happened at around 2:30 p.m on Sunday. FS, who also worked as a mosque caretaker, was teaching the victims, aged between 9 and 10, to read the Quran.  He said FS groped his victims during the teaching session. The suspect tried to justify his actions by saying it could help the victims with Quran reading. He also asked the victims not to tell anyone about his actions. “He told the victims to keep it a secret to avoid misunderstanding,” Arie said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. However, upon learning about the incident, the victim’s families immediately reported FS’ actions to the police on Aug. 20. (dpk)Topics :last_img

‘We’re literally giving goals away’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticises Arsenal performance against Watford

first_img‘We’re literally giving goals away’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticises Arsenal performance against Watford Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal have now conceded eight goals in their first five games of the new Premier League campaign – only five teams have let in more – and Aubameyang admits the defence needs to shape up.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arsenal’s collapse, the former Dortmund striker told Canal Plus: ‘Obviously we didn’t expect that. We knew that they were going to try and come back with good intentions, of the kind they demonstrated in the second half.‘Sadly, we were not able to deal with them well. I feel like we are literally giving goals to the opposition, it is up to us to progress in that respect.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite his criticism, Aubameyang did not want to point the finger and felt Arsenal had enough chances of their own to kill off the match regardless of their frailties at the other end of the pitch.He continued: ‘I don’t want to accuse anyone, you could say that us the attackers could have killed the game off and score a third goal. The game started so well for Aubameyang as he notched a quick-fire brace (Picture: Getty)‘So I am not going to say it is someone’s fault. It is a shame to concede goals like we did.’On the absence of strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, who will not return to action until October, he added: ‘I think it affects us. We know very well that he brings us so much in these sorts of games.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 8:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link241Shares Advertisement The Gunners frontman scored twice but only left Vicarage Road with a point (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed his frustration at Arsenal’s defensive collapse against Watford on Sunday, though says the attack also take some of the blame.The Gabonese frontman got his side off to the perfect start at Vicarage Road, scoring twice in the first half, but the home side rallied to draw 2-2 and might even have won the match.While Watford peppered Bernd Leno with 31 shots, both goals were entirely avoidable; the first trying to play out from a goal kick, the second a penalty after a rash David Luiz tackle.last_img

Affordable luxury has been found in the sought-after inner-city

first_imgVogue at Kangaroo PointBREAKING into the unit market in Kangaroo Point is no easy feat with developments selling at high-end exclusive prices, but Vogue has found a way for those chasing affordability and lifestyle.Offering 45 one and two-bedroom apartments priced from $385,000, this development offers both luxury and affordability for those wanting the location without the hefty price tag.Property Direct partner Tim Fraser said Vogue filled a void in the Kangaroo Point market, giving owner-occupiers an affordable alternative without cutting back on quality and luxury facilities. Vogue at Kangaroo PointAn exclusive rooftop area for residents provides quality lifestyle amenities, with a pool, yoga lawn, exercise equipment, large screen television, barbecue and dining facilities and stunning views to the city.“The rooftop area is exclusive to residents and their guests and is a great relaxation area where you can sit back, sip on a wine, have a bite to eat and look across at the city lights,” Mr Fraser said.“Apartments from levels three and four have some quite stunning views through to the Story Bridge and the city and to the Gabba in the south.”For those with a bit more cash to splash around, Vogue is also home to a two-level, three-bedroom plus study penthouse with its own private pool and entertainment area. Vogue at Kangaroo PointMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Affordability is one of the big things with this project, all you’ve got in Kangaroo Point at the moment is really expensive, prestige resort style living projects on the market for upwards of $800,000,” Mr Fraser said.“Vogue is a very affordable, owner-occupier product in Kangaroo Point, a location that has historically been a highly sought after area.“The proximity is excellent, you can walk down to the ferries, across the Story Bridge to the city. “You can walk to the Gabba and go to the cricket or football and it’s a short walk down to Gabba central where you have an array of shops nice and handy, as well as an IGA, chemist, the Pineapple Hotel and Thai Restaurant right on their doorstep and with a park right across the road.”last_img

UniCredit set to approve Pioneer, Santander Asset Management merger

first_imgAs of December last year, Pioneer’s AUM exceeded €200bn.Santander Asset Management is partly owned by Spanish bank’s Banco Santander, after the bank sold half of its stake to private equity firms Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic last year.According to recent rumours, UniCredit was in talks to retain the US arm of Pioneer.However, Ghizzoni said an agreement with Santander “would concern the whole of Pioneer”.Milan-based UniCredit has been looking to shift Pioneer from its books for some time and saw the collapse of a sale to French asset manager Amundi during the euro-zone crisis.According to earlier reports, the Italian bank had been evaluating bids for Pioneer before entering exclusive talks with Banco Santander for the potential merger.Other bidders were reportedly from the private equity space, including Advent International and a group including CVC Capital Partners and Singapore sovereign fund GIC.Under the new arrangement, UniCredit, Banco Santander and private equity owners Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic would each own one-third of the merged business.The move by UniCredit and Banco Santander comes as European banks look to offload asset management businesses to shore up capital reserves in light of new EU regulation.Earlier this month, it was reported that UBS Global Asset Management (GAM) hired Pioneer Investments’ Oliver Bilal to lead its EMEA business.Bilal was distribution head for the Italian asset manager’s German operations.He left Pioneer after four years and was the second high-profile departure so far this year.Chief executive Sandro Pierri left Pioneer at the end of January, replaced by deputy Giordano Lombardo, after two and a half years in the role and 11 at the company. Italian bank UniCredit is closing in on a deal to merge its asset management arm, Pioneer Investments, with Santander Asset Management.According to news wire reports from Italy, UniCredit chief executive Federico Ghizzoni suggested the signing of a merger between Pioneer and Santander was only days away.A UniCredit spokesperson confirmed the reports were correct.A merger of the two business, which was first reported in September last year, would create a European asset manager with assets under management (AUM) of around €380bn.last_img

Burundi Crisis: African Leaders Speak on it

first_imgBurundi may be one of the smallest countries in Africa but right now, it’s providing one of its biggest headaches. Leaders from the region are due to gather in Tanzania on Wednesday to seek a solution. Ahead of the summit, though, there seems little consensus on the way forward. CCTV’s Jane Kiyo gives us more on thislast_img

The ‘Drinkable book’ that kills Bacteria in polluted water

first_imgDrinkable water filters Drinkable water filters“Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes,” Dankovich explained.During the field trials in Africa, water contaminated with raw sewage was rendered to a safety level equal to that of the North American tap water.“One day, while we were filtering lightly contaminated water from an irrigation canal, nearby workers directed us to a ditch next to an elementary school, where raw sewage had been dumped. We found millions of bacteria; it was a challenging sample,” she added.Small amounts of silver or copper are transferred into the filtered water, but these were well below safety limits, Dankovich noted.The field trial results were presented at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.Last year, Dankovitch formed a non-profit company, pAge Drinking Paper, to produce the book. She is currently developing its technology towards a commercial nanoparticle filter designed for household water treatment.“It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but it also has shown success with real water sources that people are using,” she said. A water purifying paper can a paper purify your drinking water? Well it is just not one paper but a booklet with papers that experts say can purify polluted water.Scientists have already successfully field-tested a book in Africa that can filter polluted water.The pull-out pages of each ”Drinkable Book” as it is being called can filter a person’s drinking supply for four years.“In Africa, we wanted to see if the filters would work on ‘real water’, not water purposely contaminated in the lab,” the Associated Press quoted the designer Dr. Theresa Dankovitch as saying on Sunday.Each page of the Drinkable Book contains Nanoparticles of silver or copper that can kill waterborne bacteria and produce 100 liters of drinkable water. The book also has printed information on water safety and filtering.The pages of The Drinkable Book are embedded with these particles, which in field tests in five different countries eliminated nearly 100 percent of bacteria that causes waterborne diseases, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis and E. coli. But they are also stamped with brief messages about water safety.last_img