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

Brazilian Air Force Officer Represents Brazil in International Aviation

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 30, 2018 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) keeps a representative at the Regional Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), located in Lima, Peru. FAB Colonel Alexandre Lima Prado, the pilot on assignment at ICAO since early 2017, is an aviation investigator from the Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aviation Accidents (CENIPA, in Portuguese). The FAB unit is tasked to investigate and prevent aviation accidents in Brazil. The partnership, born from an invitation by ICAO to develop operational safety in aviation for the South American region, began in 2015. ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), was founded in 1944 to set standardized requirements that facilitate daily air operations. Its goal is to create a safe environment for pilots to allow them to operate their aircraft the same way in any part of the world. There are seven ICAO regional offices, including the one in Lima, Peru, the first to be established in 1948. Brazil is the only country in Latin America with a representative at the ICAO office in Lima. The other professionals on site are staff of the institution. The assignment of the FAB investigative officer is to support sustainable development of air operations, as well as promote and improve investigation and prevention tasks of aviation accidents in the 13 member states within the South American region. For FAB Major General Frederico Alberto Marcondes Felipe, head of CENIPA, having a Brazilian officer at ICAO’s regional office allows for a direct connection to the organization that sets the recommended standards and practices for global aviation. “This puts our country in a position to be an active player in the prevention of aviation accidents beyond our borders, and facilitates a knowledge exchange between CENIPA and South American countries,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. To him, Brazil is home to an aviation industry with a rich history and global representation. The country is an ICAO member with its own globally recognized Aviation Accidents Investigation and Prevention System (SIPAER, in Portuguese), which justifies the invitation. “CENIPA is honored to be able to represent Brazil in response to this request and to contribute to a modern, efficient, and—above all—safe air transport service on the South American continent, which is kept up to date with best practices,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. Experience in the service of aviation Col. Prado is the second CENIPA investigator to participate under the cooperation agreement between FAB and ICAO. The colonel will serve at ICAO Peru until February 2019, before being replaced. To work with the most varied areas of aviation with international qualifications is a great opportunity for professional growth, he told Diálogo. “Learning about the differences that exist among member states, and being able to gain new knowledge and perspectives on structuring our accident investigation and prevention work is rewarding,” he said. According to Col. Prado, the presence of a CENIPA official at such an important office for global aviation allows for new knowledge to be added to the work the center carries out. “This is an opportunity for Brazil to have contact with new tools that are used globally and help ensure that safety innovations in the aviation industry are taken up earlier on and incorporated more seamlessly,” he said. Among the great challenges for his assignment, the colonel said, are to provide South American countries with a standardized development, and common policies and rules, as each nation has its own organizational structure. His 30 plus years of experience focusing on the area of operational safety in aviation was essential to carry out his activities in Peru, Col. Prado said. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, the officer’s experience was considered to select an FAB representative at ICAO. “The operational experience gained over the course of a military career adds maturity, interpersonal skills to build relationships, and decision-making abilities to our Brazilian investigators, which are important requirements to serve in a multinational organization of a diplomatic relations nature like ICAO,” he said. Aviation research in Brazil CENIPA, located in the federal district of Brasília, investigates and promotes operations to prevent aviation accidents in Brazil, based on criteria set by ICAO. To fulfill its mission throughout Brazil, the center has seven regional offices strategically placed across the country. “They were established to give SIPAER some traction, to help ensure that its investigation and prevention activities are done with the swiftness and scope required,” Maj. Gen. Felipe explained. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, CENIPA’s investigations have the sole purpose of preventing new accidents and do not have procedures to establish liability in the administrative, civil, or criminal domains. “That aspect is the responsibility of judicial bodies,” he said. The FAB unit is one of just a few in the world that are military in nature, but carry out activities for the investigation and prevention of aviation accidents. For Maj. Gen. Felipe, the esteem and credibility that CENIPA earned enable it to develop relationships with military and civil research bodies built on mutual respect and cooperation. “Brazilian investigators commonly participate in other countries’ investigations, just as foreigners participate in investigations done by our country,” he said. “The interactions are such that CENIPA devotes a specific part of its organization to manage the processes that involve international organizations.” Maj. Gen. Felipe also highlighted the trust with Brazilian airline operators. “They always contribute to the center’s work, and they voluntarily report risky situations that they experience, knowing that CENIPA will do everything in its power to mitigate the identified hazards,” he concluded.last_img read more

No Personal Target at Russia 2018

first_imgOne of the players Nigeria will bank on for the Super Eagles to make an impact at the World Cup in Russia next month, Alex Iwobi, says he is not setting a target for himself. He’s content appearing at the Mundial for the first time. In a chat with Kunle Adewale, the Arsenal player’s decision to play for his country even when the opportunity to star for England beckoned and his time with Arsene Wenger As the kick-off of the 2018 World Cup draws nearer, Arsenal and Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi, is hoping that Nigeria would make an appreciable performance just as he expressed delight to be play for the Super Eagles at the Mundial.“We hope to do well at the World Cup, though I am not setting any personal target for myself but rather excited at playing in the Mundial for the first time,” Iwobi said.His father, Chuba, corroborated his opinion, saying there was no set target for his son to meet: “I am not setting a target for him, but I am convinced he would go out there and do his best. He won’t come back from the World Cup with any regret or look back and say I could have done more. He is going to bring success to the team. I believe Nigeria has a good team and will do well.”Iwobi indeed expressed his regret that the tenure of his mentor-Arsene Wenger at Arsenal had come to an end. He stated that he was emotional after his side defeated Huddersfield Town1-0 in their last Premier League fixture which was also Wenger’s final game in charge of the Gunners.Iwobi who was named in the starting line up as in Wenger’s last game and was in action for 72 minutes before he was substituted said: “I feel depressed that Wenger was leaving the club after 22 years in charge. I had exciting moments with him but I am also looking forward to working hard with whoever is coming to take over from him.” Iwobi was, however, not bothered by league finish as he took to his official Twitter account stating his disappointment at the departure of the manager who gave him an opportunity in the first team: “Good to end the season with a win! Emotional and knowing it’s the boss’s last match, was only right it was a win. Love to our fans for all your support this season.”Expressing the same view, his father said: “Every good thing has an ending. Wenger had been there for 22 years, he is a remarkable manager. As a family, we are very grateful because he gave Alex his first opportunity at Arsenal. Going forward however, the reality is gone and what Alex is trying to do is work with the new manager. He’s gotten the natural talent and the ability to play the arsenal way. I’m very confident that he would still be relevant to the team.”Chuba, however, regretted that his son and indeed Arsenal would not be playing in next season’s UEFA Champions League.“I feel bad that my son would not be playing in the Champions League next season having failed to book a top-four place in the premier league but I believe strongly that the new season would be better for the Gunners,” Chuba said.On when he really realised that his son could really make a career in football, Chuba said he started taking Alex to the field to train as early as when Iwobi was 18 months, adding that his son showed great promise of becoming a great footballer at a very early age.“I grew up in a footballing environment. My dad, my uncle and my whole family love football. I played with a local team named Chuba Akpom; so I grew up with a footballing life,” Iwobi said.Against the backdrop that Iwobi’s decision to play for the Super Eagles as against the Three Lions of England was influenced by his uncle and former national team captain, Austin Okocha, Chuba said Alex’s decision to star for Nigeria was strictly his.He said Alex’s decision to dump England for Nigeria was strictly his own decision. “All I did was to support him, and I believe he took the right decision,” Chuba said.Iwobi admitted that deciding to play for Nigeria and not England was not an easy one considering the fact that he had lived in England for almost all his years, but said it was strictly his own decision really without any external influence.Iwobi, who was born in Nigeria, said: “Ordinarily I would have loved to play for England since I have played for all the under-aged teams up to the U-19. My dad also told me a lot of things about the honour and pride that goes with playing for Nigeria. So I thought a lot about this and decided to play for Nigeria,” he said.Iwobi was last Saturday unveiled as the brand ambassador of LG electronics on a three year deal, at the company’s showroom in Lekki, Lagos.“LG would not have beckoned Alex if they didn’t think he would add value and I’m assuring them that they’ve made the right decision. He has been given the platform to contribute his quota, which is sending message to the youths in the country and making them know that every dream is achievable,” Chuba said.Iwobi was honoured at 2018 Best of Africa Awards held in London in April. BoA is an award to honour and celebrate the philanthropic endeavours and achievements of African-born football players.When he moved from the Arsenal Academy to play among Emirates big boys, some felt he was just riding on the back of his uncle, Austin Okocha’s name and the legacy left behind at the club by former Super Eagles star, Nwankwo Kanu during his time at the north London club. However, Iwobi has proved doubters wrong as he did not only become one of the fans favourites at the Emirate Stadium, but was singled out for praise by Coach Arsene Wenger on several occasions.Iwobi has been right in the mix for the Emirates Stadium side having made an impression in his breakthrough season.“I saw in him quality of vision, quality of give and go, of movement. He can break the lines with a pass and individually as well, so there’s a lot in the locker. Overall, he’s only 22 years old so you could see that he has gained in confidence now. He can take people on much more and he has gained power as well. It’s interesting what he has done. Throughout every age group he’s played, he’s been far and away the best player and sees Arsenal as more or less a continuation of that. He feels very comfortable in his surroundings and seems to have an innate sense of how he can influence matches,” the French coach had told the club’s official website.Continuing, Wenger said, “What I like is his love for the game, his passion for the game and his hard work. Those things together, in our world, are a big quality and so I think he has interesting ingredients.”Iwobi made his official debut for Arsenal in their Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield at Hillsborough Stadium two years ago.He had earlier had a taste of first-team football during the tour of Singapore and made the bench for the Capital Cup One clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the third round. Omeruo Celebrates’Taste the Goal’ with Football FansThe Sports Center of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos hugged the sporting limelight last Sunday and the feelings will linger in the minds of several football fans who had a rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with World Cup-bound Super Eagles’ strongman in the defence line, Kenneth Omeruo. In this report, Femi Solaja writes on the nostalgic feelings of most of the youths at the ‘Taste the Goal’ project. It was a unique privilege to play against the Chelsea Loanee!Get Past Kenneth to Taste the GoalWith the World Cup fever already gripping the Nigerian populace, leading pizza brand, Domino’s Pizza had announced the launch of a consumer engagement campaign tagged ‘Taste the Goal’ to excite, inspire, and sensitise its teeming consumers and fans of the Nigerian national team towards the Mundial in Russia.The weekend programme was planned to coincide with exactly one month to June 16th World Cup opening match between Nigeria and Croatia.The event which had several youths in attendance was aimed at inspiring optimism among consumers and fans of the national team. But more importantly, put them in right frame of mind to support the team in the first three group stage matches and perhaps as the tournament progresses with Nigeria still in the race for the converted trophy.Several young ambitious youths were delights to watch as they engaged the defender who is, aiming for his second World Cup appearance after the Brazil 2014 debut. The Kasimpasa Football Club defender, engaged consumers in a series of experiential and activation games to inspire consumers and fans to anticipate a successful outing of the national team at the world cup.Top of the games is the pitch-planned ‘Get Past Kenneth to Taste the Goal’ game in which consumers are given the opportunity to dribble Kenneth Omeruo to score a goal and get rewarded by Domino’s Pizza! It was a tall order as many failed but few made it.All the participants and spectators had a wonderful evening but the organisers assured consumers that ‘The Taste the Goal’ campaign would run from now till after tzhe World Cup. “I am delighted to be associated with this campaign which is aimed at sharing the excitement of football with family and friends with a fresh Domino pizza,” he remarked.Kenneth Omeruo would be championing the campaign with several activities such as Meet & Greet at some viewing centres, mystery delivery of pizza to fans, day out with two fans, and special appearances on radio programmes.World Cup Goal As Omeruo looks set for second appearance at the World Cup finals with Russia 2018, he assured Nigerian football fans that the priceless World Cup trophy was within the reach of the team should Nigeria start the campaign against Croatia on a positive note.According to him, ” everywhere you go, people talk about Messi, Modric, Aguero and Rakitic but nobody is talking of the components that made the present crop of Super Eagles players. I think it’s a huge advantage for us as a determined side and to the best of my knowledge, Nigeria will be the talking point after the group stage matches all through to the last phase of the tournament,” Omeruo assured.In his pre-tournament assessment, the FC Chelsea Loanee analysed that ” the most important match of Super Eagles is the opening tie against Croatia and not the last match with Argentina.“The moment we get the results in our first two matches with Croatia and Iceland, we will be going into the final group match against Argentina with lots of confidence and perhaps repeat the last result we secured against them in the friendly match late last year. “You will recall that we had already qualified for the World Cup as at the time we faced them in the last friendly match and we all know the outcome of the tie right there in Russia late last year. The logic is that the moment we pick maximum points in the opening games, it will spur the team to greater height.“Since Super Eagles debuted in 1994, I want to say the other generations of the team had laid a solid foundation and have taken us away from being mere participant or second round qualification bar, but real contender for the trophy,” he assured.The defender, who hopes to return to England next season form Turkey commended the technical crew for the harmony that had existed within the team in the last few years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more