Residential Life, Student Affairs discuss new residential life policies at special senate meeting

first_imgMarie Fazio | The Observer Associate vice president of residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell and vice president for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding attend a special senate meeting Tuesday evening to address new residential life policies.“We didn’t call this policy the senior exclusion policy. We called this policy differentiating on and off-campus experience,” Rakoczy Russell said. “What that means is what things off-campus will have access to and the ways that they will build community will look different than how on-campus students will.”Hoffmann Harding said the journey to the April 11 announcement began over four years ago, when Flaherty and Dunne Halls were opened to address the issue of overcrowding on campus. “We had seen a significant increase in proportion of seniors living off-campus,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We wanted to understand how important it was for all of us to have upperclassmen leadership in those communities. As wonderful as I hope all of your hall staff are, it’s equally valuable to have upperclassmen down the hall.”To determine the policies, officials used input from student focus groups and discussions and demographic analysis to determine trends in movement off-campus and possible factors that would entice students to say. Residential life systems at Vanderbilt University and University of Dayton were used as benchmarks, she said.“We believe deeply that this residential experience matters — it’s part of the undergraduate education,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We think it’s something that makes us different, we hope it’s something that makes us special. We hope ultimately that it’s a place where each student feels as if they belong.” This research led to the Sept. 2017 announcement of the six-semester residency requirement, which was announced prior to the application process of that year. A similar negative reaction to a six semester requirement overshadowed the announcement that several incentives would be announced as the first class affected by the residency requirement, the class of 2022, became upperclassmen. Rakoczy Russell said the team did not initially plan to announce the on and off-campus differentiation policies April 11, but were urged to include it in the announcement by rectors and members of residential communities. “We decided to tack on an extra item to the April 11 announcement, mainly so that first-year students will know that by the time they are seniors there will be a difference between the on and off-campus experience,” Rakoczy Russell said. “What that difference will be will be decided in conversation with students over the course of the next academic year with the idea that by this time next year, we can say fully fleshed out what that looks like.”Details are still undecided regarding senior fellow positions and block meal plans, although Rakoczy Russell expects to have official practices implemented by the fall of 2021.Rakoczy Russell said students have frequently mentioned the lack of consistency between residence halls — specifically across gender lines — in focus groups. To investigate this issue, 100% of rectors participated in an anonymous survey regarding enforcement of the policy.“Depending on the hall, depending on the rector, the size of the community, the perceived priorities or needs of that community, there were different practices relative to each hall, some of it divided on gender norms,” Rakoczy Russell said. “What I heard from students over time was that there was great dissatisfaction not knowing what they could count on as a hallmark of a residential community.”Rakoczy Russell said the survey found practices regarding off-campus senior differed between halls. This is a recent development, she said — about 10 years ago, some residence halls began allowing students to compete in interhall sports teams, particularly football, which eventually spread to other practices including dances. She noted future plans to send an email every August that details changes in consistency policies for that year. Katherine Fugate, an off-campus junior who plans to stay off-campus next year, said a certain kind of student  — one who lacks the “mainstream Notre Dame identity of being white, Catholic upper-class student who is heterosexual and cisgender” — may not find community in their residence hall. She cited Notre Dame’s commitment to Catholic Social Teaching, specifically preferential option for the poor, as a reason to allow those who would like to move off to do so without repercussions. “Any conversations about inclusion also include conversations about who’s excluded from those activities,” Fugate said. Hoffmann Harding said although individual student needs differ, student discussion groups revealed students of color and students receiving significant aid were more likely to stay on campus. “The single biggest and most significant predictor of whether or not a student moved was actually not receiving financial aid,” Hoffmann Harding said.As a possible solution to those who do not feel at home in their assigned dorms, the interhall transfer process was streamlined. Students are no longer required to speak with both rectors, and an exemption process — which overrides housing decisions — was put in place. Hoffmann Harding expressed a desire to continue the conversation with students during the process of shaping the policy throughout next school year. “As much as we regret that maybe some of our intentions were misunderstood here, I actually think it’s really exciting,” Hoffmann Harding said. “This is a conversation that matters. We know that you care. You care about these communities that you were a part of and you care about the experiences that you had there and that to me is very powerful.”Tags: Housing policy, residential life, Six Semester Policy, Student Affairs, student senate Student senate was joined by associate vice president of residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell and vice president for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding for a special meeting to address recently announced residential life policies Tuesday night in Duncan Student Center. The policies — which include incentives for on-campus seniors, enhancements for all students and efforts that differentiate on and off-campus experiences — were announced April 11 and met with major pushback from the student body.last_img read more

The ULTRA Europe Festival will remain in Croatia until 2022

first_imgOfficially, the ULTRA Europe festival will remain in Croatia until 2022.Another exclusive information was announced at the official press conference. Croatian football club Hajduk and the festival organizers have signed a sponsorship agreement, so ULTRA Europe is the only festival in the world that directly supports the work and development of a professional football club.The festival had its premiere edition in 2013, and the organizers can boast of impressive results in just five years. Split and Croatia have become unavoidable news of all world media, and according to data and results on economic and tourist traffic and the number of visitors, the ULTRA Europe festival bears the epithet of the largest international event in Croatian history. More than 150 thousand visitors from over 140 countries are a fact that few events in the world can boast of, and that the celebratory fifth edition is just an introduction to a new chapter in the entertainment and tourism industry, confirmed Joe Basic, CEO of MPG Live. license holder and festival organizer.”I am proud and happy that I can finally confirm that the ULTRA Europe festival will remain in Croatia for at least another five years! This is a result that we would not be able to achieve without the unconditional support of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, city authorities and the tourism sector, and I am sure that successful cooperation will continue in the coming years. Our expectations and goals are very clear – with the unique concept of the destination festival to become the most important summer event and the largest festival in Europe with more than 180 thousand visitors, “Said Joe Basic, who also commented on the highest security measures that visitors expect at the stadium:”The safety of our guests is extremely important to us, so we, in cooperation with local institutions and the police, have taken all measures to ensure that everything is at the highest possible level and in accordance with our high standards.. “The organizers emphasized that with additional planned investments and investments, the festival has the potential to encourage as much as one billion kuna of additional spending per year, and that by promoting numerous domestic destinations and festival locations, the goal is to keep guests in Croatia for ten days. The importance and impact of such events for positioning Croatia as an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world is extremely important. “Large events such as ULTRA Europe, in addition to being an additional motive for the arrival of tourists, create additional value to the existing tourist offer and have great promotional value for Croatian tourism because guests who visit such world-famous attractions come from many countries around the world. The extent to which such festivals, in addition to connecting with existing and creating new additional content, contribute to the development of Croatian tourism, can be seen in the fact that some destinations have achieved exceptional growth and become even more recognizable and popular destinations in Europe and around the world. I believe that the festival will again make a great contribution to Split and the entire Split-Dalmatia County, because not only will the accommodation capacity be fully filled, but will also contribute to all other service activities.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gary Capelli.Aljoša Bašić, marketing director of HNK Hajduk, confirmed that the ULTRA Europe festival remains where it belongs, at the most beautiful Croatian stadium in Poljud, and announced to the public the unique cooperation between the organizers and the Split club: “It is my pleasure to announce that the logo of the ULTRA Europe festival will be on the Hajduk jersey from this year. Our sleeve will be adorned with a great world brand and I am glad that we have made this step forward which means even better cooperation with the festival organizers”, Said Aljoša Bašić, marketing director of HNK Hajduk after the official signing of the contract. Namely, the ULTRA Europe festival signed a sponsorship agreement with Hajduk and thus became the first music festival in the world to support the work of a professional football club.Also, the University of Split, headed by the Rector prof. dr. sc. Šimun Anđelinović, initiated a research that will be conducted by students of the University in cooperation with the organizers, and which will show the positive economic effects on the city and the entire Split-Dalmatia County. Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, confirmed that events such as ULTRA Europe, in addition to great promotional value, greatly contribute to creating a new and different image of our tourism and give additional value to the existing tourist offer, while Alijana Vukšić, director of the Split Tourist Board , pointed out that in addition to the festival, visitors will enjoy the natural beauty and numerous cultural, sports and entertainment facilities offered by Split and the whole of Dalmatia, and she is sure that Split will be a good host of this great musical event this year as well.last_img read more

GPL: Kotoko remains unbeaten after match-day-10

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko still remained the only unbeaten side after ten weeks of action in the Glo premier league.The porcupine warriors recorded their seventh draw of the season after a goalless stalemate with Ebusua Dwarfs at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast.Kotoko are now in fifth place and are only four points behind leaders Medeama Sporting Club on the league standings.Hearts oak tasted their first defeat under Coach Duncan to Ashanti Gold at Accra Sports Stadium.The Miners opened scoring in the 27th minute through Aaron Amoah. The game stayed balanced till David Telfer was red carded on the 39th minute for a second bookable offense.The Phobians with numerical advantage pushed for the equalizer but as their struggles continued Hearts defender Nuru Sulley was shown a straight red card with four minutes remaining.Tema Youth drew 1-1 with Amidaus Professionals in a local derby at the Tema Park. The Premier League’s top scorer, Yahaya Mohammed was on hand again as his goal ensured that Amidaus Professionals shared the spoils with Tema Youth.He has taken his goal tally to nine in ten matches while Narh is now on six goals.Wa All Stars stayed at home to beat Real Tamale United by 3-0. Berekum Arsenals also drew 1-1 with Aduana at the Golden City Park. Medeama SC maintained their winning streak by piping Heart of Lions at Tarkwa.Elsewhere, King Faisal and Berekum Chelsea will return to the Baba Yara Stadium this afternoon to replay their match as it rained-off on Sunday. Heavy rains forced the cancellation of the game in Kumasi ten minutes into the start of the second half.last_img read more