first_imgAlthough the Blais-Shewit administration has achieved many smaller goals so far, it has not yet accomplished much of what it promised to have done at this point in its term and has had to re-evaluate and adjust the timeline of several of its major platform points. The group has set a solid foundation for the rest of its term through outreach and relationship-building, but it remains to be seen whether or not it can follow through with the projects it has started.Grade: BTags: 2017 Student Government Insider, blais-shewit, Callisto, sexual assault, Student government, sustainability, University Health Services As the first half of their term draws to a close, student body president Becca Blais and vice president Sibonay Shewit said they have been working hard to integrate student feedback into their initiatives.“We’re still in the process with the [student government] website and a few other things, but just [focusing on] changing the image of student government and going to Moreau classes,” Blais said. “We’ve been working with a lot of business classes now lately and just getting the name brand out there, redoing the social media.”In order to increase their visibility and collect student input, the administration has conducted a “Town Hall On-The-Go” initiative and visited every hall council, Shewit said.“Like we said when we were campaigning, people don’t think student government does anything, and part of us addressing that was focusing more on working on what students are saying that they want,” Shewit said. “ … I think we’ve found if we don’t put so much absolute effort on our communications and getting out to students, we can’t expect them to know what’s going on in our office.”Throughout this semester, student government has also worked to foster connections with the South Bend community, junior and chief of staff Prathm Juneja said.“The area I think we’ve had our strongest focus in is the community engagement and outreach portions,” he said. “Student governments often neglect the South Bend relationship and I think our director, [senior] Adam Moeller, has done just the most incredible job there.”While the administration has not yet reached a partnership with the Awake campaign — a campaign that would donate five cents to a local community partner every time a student brings a reusable cup to a coffee vendor on campus, which was one of the administration’s main platform points — Juneja said student government has accomplished some of its other sustainability initiatives. These achievements, he said, include a Styrofoam ban, and working with campus dining to implement anaerobic digestion, an alternative to composting.“We’re still working on the Awake campaign, but in the meantime, our director of sustainability was able to change the way the Huddle treats plastic bags,” Juneja said. “They were able to get people to stop offering bags. You used to always get a bag with your stuff at the Huddle — we were sending out thousands of bags a week and that’s not happening anymore.”The cabinet has also implemented several of its diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as auditing resident assistant training and hiring a third diversity and inclusion officer, Blais said. In addition, the University’s statement of diversity and inclusion will also be incorporated into prospective students’ acceptance packages.“They do the initial acceptance letter and then they follow immediately with your package and [the statement] is going to be in the package,” Blais said. “We’re still pushing for it to be in the initial acceptance letter, but we have the second one confirmed.”Though the University Counseling Center (UCC) had already begun to discuss internal reviews, Blais said student government also played a key role in ensuring that the UCC underwent evaluation by the Jed Foundation, which is currently wrapping up its review.While they have implemented certain items from their platform, however, many of the administration’s initiatives regarding sexual assault remain in the works.According to their platform, one of Blais and Shewit’s top priorities was to implement Callisto — an online tool which allows students to submit time-stamped reports of sexual assault — by fall of 2017. However, Callisto is still being evaluated by the committee for sexual assault prevention (CSAP) and Blais said they hope to implement it in 2018 at the earliest.“We had to go over the technology logistics and go over data security, over is it is right for Notre Dame?” Blais said. “Are there competing apps or services or anything, which we found there aren’t — things like that. So it is actually moving forward with a decision soon, which is extremely promising and exciting, especially for such a large new service to the University.”Blais and Shewit also planned to create a way for students to call Notre Dame Security Police by typing a key code into buildings. However, they are now instead looking into implementing a safety app which will allow students to contact Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on the go, Blais said.“If they don’t pilot a new app — because there are challenges with looking at a new app — then they would either embed it directly into ND Mobile or they want to have a direct call button in ND Mobile for NDSP,” Blais said. “So we’re looking to bring the emergency call system to your pocket.”After further conversations with University Health Services, Blais said, the cabinet also reevaluated its goal of implementing a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) rape kit administration program on campus, a platform point passed down from the Robinson-Blais administration.“In terms of safety, it’s actually better to have [rape kits] at the hospital because those nurses are trained to use them,” Blais said. “And we could train our nurses but they administer them more often, so they have experience with them. You can’t mess up a rape kit, and they’re very easy to mess up. But we have transportation from campus to those rape kits that’s free of charge.”Although the cabinet may not accomplish every item on its platform, Juneja said, it will work to advance each initiative as much as possible.“I don’t think we will achieve every single bullet point on that platform, but I do think that we will leave on April 2 and feel like at least we started pushing on everything,” he said. “So I don’t think we’ll have any regrets.”last_img read more

first_imgCUNA is encouraging U.S. House lawmakers to vote yes this week on a measure that would remove barriers for credit unions. The Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 1210) would allow credit unions, and other lenders, to treat mortgages held in portfolio as qualified mortgages (QM) for purposes of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage lending rules.“Treating loans that financial institutions hold on their balance sheets as a QM loan is appropriate because the lender retains all of the risk involved with these mortgages and is subject to significant safety and soundness supervision from its prudential regulator,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote Monday.If this change is enacted, Nussle explained, it would provide meaningful regulatory relief for credit unions, and would allow them to more fully serve their members. Nearly three-quarters of mortgage-originating credit unions retain their mortgages in portfolio, and the mortgages these credit unions originate represents approximately 60% of all credit union first mortgage originations.Mortgage lending, Nussle noted, is a key service that credit unions provide to their members. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgCOVID-19! Coronavirus! Pandemic! Bear market!Breathe. In a well-ventilated and cleaned area. Away from everyone else. Now wash your hands.Whew. You’re exhausted from it all. I get it. We all get it. And yet, staying informed is essential.For the safety of your staff, their families, and those of your members. What a burden to carry!No wonder so many companies are implementing work-from-home policies. As someone who’s always lived that way, can I just say, “welcome to the club?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_img Read Also: ATP Cup: Djokovic sends Serbia into semis after scare Tokyo officials have yet to decide how many condoms they will supply this year, but are leaning towards the “London range”. At a briefing Thursday, Takashi Kitajima, general manager of the Tokyo 2020 athletes village, said of the beds: “We prefer not to destroy things we build but continue to use them – this is a major element for providing sustainability.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang – where usage of dating app Tinder soared almost 350 percent – organisers doled out 110,000 condoms to participants. London organisers supplied 150,000 condoms to 2012 Olympic athletes at what was dubbed the raunchiest Games in history – until Rio four years later, where athletes received 450,000, or 42 condoms each. Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Disney Male Role Models Loading… Randy athletes worried that eco-friendly cardboard beds could curtail their sex life at the Tokyo Olympics can breathe easy – they’re sturdy enough, say manufacturers. While the snug singles at the athletes’ village underline Tokyo’s commitment to sustainability and delivering a ‘green’ Olympics, fears they could fold under pressure look to be unfounded. Olympic competitors will sleep on beds made from cardboard at the Tokyo Games Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut raised the alarm when he tweeted: “Great gesture…until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000’s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use.” But the beds can withstand a weight of 200 kilos (440 pounds) and have been through rigorous stress tests, makers Airweave told AFP. “We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds,” said a spokesperson. “As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBoca trainingMadrid, Spain | AFP | Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez conceded playing a Libertadores Cup final in Madrid on Sunday will be “weird” but rejected suggestions River Plate have been put at a disadvantage.The second leg was moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu after the original fixture at River’s El Monumental stadium was postponed last month, following an attack by their fans on Boca’s team bus.South America’s football federation, CONMEBOL, ruled River should lose the chance to play at home, with the game moved abroad amid fears of further fan violence.“It is a weird final,” Tevez said Thursday after Boca had trained at Las Rozas, the base of the Spanish national team.“To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird. But as a player, it is important to stay focused on the match.”Argentina’s two greatest football rivals competing for South America’s most prestigious club prize out of the country, and in Spain, has proven controversial, with both clubs expressing their disapproval.Boca believe the chaos caused by River’s fans means they should be awarded the trophy while River have protested against the loss of home advantage enjoyed by their opponents in the first leg, which finished 2-2.“We would have liked to have played the game at home,” said River goalkeeper Franco Armani on Thursday. “On our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is already made. We have to make the best of it.”Both sets of supporters have been allowed an equal allocation of 25,000 tickets for the match in Madrid, despite away fans being banned at Boca’s Bombonera ground, as they would have been at El Monumental.Asked if River’s chances had been damaged, Tevez said: “I don’t think so. River have a lot more pressure playing at home and now it is 50-50. To play at home, sometimes it goes against you in a Libertadores final.”– Boca fan sent home –Security remains high on the agenda after River’s fans smashed the windows of Boca’s bus and left some of their players injured.“After Sunday there will be a champion and no more talk,” Armani said. “The only thing I can say is that what happened in Argentina cannot ever happen again.”One of Boca’s most radical supporters was sent back to Argentina on Thursday after he had arrived at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. “He is one of the most important and dangerous Boca ultras,” a spokesman for the Spanish police told AFP.Tevez also called for calm around the match.“I think people are smart,” he said. “They know they can’t mess around here so the truth is everything should happen peacefully, as it should do.“I think it’s important for everyone involved to know that while it is a final, of course, it is a football match. We feel good because we’re here and we thank the Spanish people for welcoming us.”Both teams appeared in good spirits as they trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday.Boca’s players were put through a light session at Las Rozas in the morning before River trained in the evening at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas. River had landed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport early on Thursday morning.Attending both sessions were more than 150 journalists while a small number of fans were also seen waiting outside.Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval of the relocated fixture earlier this week, saying it would make it “the most expensive friendly in history”.“It won’t be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it, I think the final has to be played in our country,” Riquelme said.“The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history.”jed/clv/jd/ta/nrShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more