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_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Back in January there were some rumblings about a virus on the other side of Earth, but for the most part, life in these United States seemed pretty much “normal”. In late February, a lot of us were in D.C. at GAC and weren’t really thinking about masks and hand sanitizer. And then came March. The doors to our offices got locked up and we were all sent home (ok some of us were already at home). As someone who’s been working from home for some time now, it can definitely be an adjustment at first. If you’re still spending a lot of time in your home office, here are a few ways you can make sure your home office is as productive as your actual office.Invest in it: An outlet near your dining room table does not equal a home office. You need a room in your house that will let you get away from distractions. During this “stay at home” period, the biggest distraction you’re probably dealing with is the other people in your house. Being the only one in my house and having a dedicated office is nice. If you have a room you can make your office, make it feel like a real office. Get a nice desk with storage, enough outlets/powerstrips for everything you need, good lighting, and maybe even a mini fridge for holding six-packs of b … soda.Keep office hours: Another bad thing about distractions at home is that you’ll find yourself working into the night. Think about what time you normally get out of your car at the office and what time you normally get back into the car. The time in-between is the time you should be spending in your home office. Make sure you’re managing your time well and you’re not turning 8 hours of work into 12.Straighten up: My desk at my old office was always in pristine shape. My desk in my home office is not always in pristine shape. Get rid of the clutter, toss those to-go coffees, take your plate from lunch last Tuesday into the kitchen and put it in the dishwasher. The great thing about cleaning up is once you get started you usually won’t stop until it’s perfect. And you’ll feel pretty dang good when you get to look at that finished product. Now … get back to work!last_img read more

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Biocenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) SULLIVAN — Every time he takes a look around the soccer fields behind Sumner Memorial High School, Tom Hart finds another reason to be excited.As a head coach, Hart, who is in his second year at the helm of the Sumner boys’ team, is always searching for another wrinkle he can throw at opponents. With the athleticism, talent and experience the Tigers are bringing to the table this fall, he has a seemingly endless array of options.“I see a lot of different players who can bring something to us,” Hart said. “We have so many things to be optimistic about.”There certainly is no shortage of exuberance at Sumner, where players, fans, coaches and administrators are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season. With nine starters back from a unit that produced the program’s best season since 1989 a year ago, the Tigers are set to be a team to watch in 2019.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSumner established itself as one of Class C North’s top soccer programs a year ago, going 14-2 and reaching the regional semifinals for the first time in nearly three decades. With an average of 7.3 goals per game, the Tigers had one of the state’s most prolific offenses.The Sumner boys’ soccer team celebrates after beating Lee Academy 3-2 in last year’s Class C North quarterfinals at Del Luce Stadium in Ellsworth. Damon Warren’s goal with three seconds left in the second overtime period clinched the Tigers’ first regional semifinal berth since 1989. FILE PHOTOOne of the most memorable moments from last season came in the Tigers’ showdown with Lee Academy in the regional quarterfinals. That game saw Sumner pull out a double-overtime thriller when Damon Warren scored with just three seconds left on the clock to seal a 3-2 win and avoid a penalty shootout.“That Lee game is something I don’t think anyone involved will ever forget, and looking back on it, the whole season was incredibly special and so much fun,” Hart said. “The culture of our program really evolved and took a step forward.”Sumner will be strong in defense this year with veteran Alex Rumill in goal and defenders Dylan Bernier, Bryce Coombs and Zackary Coughlan back from last year’s squad. The Tigers conceded just 1.6 goals per game last year and held opponents to two or fewer goals in 13 of their 16 contests.The Tigers have a variety of midfield threats in Eduardo Figueroa, Silas Goldfarb and Aidan Weaver. Yet Sumner will have some rearranging to do in the midfield as it looks to replace the creativity and production of Orlando Herrera, one of the team’s top players last year.“Orlando with the ball at his feet was like somebody else holding it in their hands. The game just came that naturally to him,” Hart said. “At the same time, even though the middle of our field is still a question mark, we’re also starting to see some of those questions get answered in practice.”There are no such question marks up front, where Sumner returns Warren and Caelan Billings. Those players found the net in nearly every game last season as the leading scorers for the Tigers’ potent offense.Warren was particularly dominant last year, scoring 51 goals to break the Maine high school boys’ record for the most in a single season. This year, Hart believes the senior can be even better — even if opponents dedicate much of their game plans to stopping him.“Damon isn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year, but there are some things about his game that he realizes he can develop even more to make himself harder to track,” Hart said. “He’s working hard on things like his spacing to keep getting better. … He’s a really selfless player, and I wish people could see that about him on a daily basis.”Sumner’s Damon Warren (middle) and Bo Newenham go airborne for the ball during high school soccer practice Aug. 31 in Sullivan. Sumner’s first regular season game will be on the road against Narraguagus at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLSumner’s program also boasts a strong incoming freshman class with three players, Nick Andrews, Henry Bunch and Billy Wray, earning spots on the 17-man varsity roster. After watching from the sidelines and grandstands as the Tigers’ emerged as a standout team in Class C North last year, those players will have a chance to make their own marks this season.“We have a lot of incoming freshmen who watched it last year and are motivated to keep that going,” Hart said. “Even though they weren’t a part of it themselves, they saw it up close and can add something for us.”With Washington Academy dropping down from Class B North, Orono and Houlton returning many key players from last year and Fort Kent looking to defend its regional title, Sumner will have plenty of competition come playoff time. Yet even though making a Northern Maine title run will be a challenge, the Tigers have an edge on their C North counterparts when it comes to returning talent.“We lost some important players, but looking at the rest of Class C, you have a lot of teams who have lost five or six key guys,” Hart said. “If that were us right now, I’d be going crazy.”Sumner will begin the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, when it faces Narraguagus in Harrington. That game, the second of a boys’-girls’ doubleheader between the two schools, will follow the girls’ game at 11 a.m.After the season Sumner had last year, folks all throughout eastern Hancock County have had that date circled on their calendars for quite a while. A victory against Narraguagus, one of the Tigers’ biggest rivals, would be an ideal way for Hart’s team to pick up right where it left off late last October.“You have two school districts that are really close by, and those kids know each other really well and have played against each other for years,” Hart said. “I know our kids can’t wait to get out there Saturday and get this season started.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaskacenter_img March 18, 2020last_img

first_imgThe panel included School of Journalism Director Geneva Overholser, Alhambra Source Editor Daniela Gerson and representatives from Annenberg’s local online news projects Alhambra Source, Intersections South L.A and Metamorphosis Project. The three projects aim to improve community engagement through journalism.Overholser said the new Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative works to merge scholarship from Annenberg with the skills introduced in the journalism major together to investigate how to create local news that promotes civic engagement in diverse communities.“Journalism is right now figuring out how best to help people engage in the life of the community, and that’s what this initiative focuses on,” Overholser said. “It’s particularly exciting — and unique, really — that we can bring the talents of scholarly researchers and journalism professional together.”Gerson said Annenberg’s scholarly research into increasing community involvement through journalism is unique.“There’s a proliferation of hyper local news sites across the country, most of which would like to increase civic engagement,” Gerson said. “But few, if any, are engaged in research about how to make that happen.”Launched in 2010, Alhambra Source is a multilingual local news source that is part of a joint research project at USC Annenberg’s Communication School’s Metamorphosis Project and the School of Journalism. The online publication is entirely composed of writing from more than 30 community contributors who submit first-person stories and serve as “natural translators” to their predominately Asian and Latino suburban community.The Alhambra Source is published in English, Chinese and Spanish, making the site accessible to the vast majority of the community.Esmee Xavier, an Alhambra Source contributor, said providing information to the community is an invaluable service.“If it weren’t for the Source, there would be no easily accessible source of news in Alhambra,” Xavier said. “Most people didn’t even know there were City Council member elections.”Prior to launching Alhambra Source, the Western San Gabriel Valley, which includes Alhambra, ranked as having the lowest sense of belonging out of six neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, according to the Metamorphosis project, which studies urban communities. Civic participation was at an all-time low with the 2010 municipal elections being canceled when no candidate challenged any of the five incumbents up for re-election.Joanna Wu, a 2007 Annenberg graduate and a member of the Alhambra community, said the news outlet helped reverse the lack of civic engagement.“Just knowing that Alhambra Source is there makes you more interested in the city, it makes you more proud of it,” Wu said. “With other news sources like Patch, sometimes they just grab news from wherever. But with Alhambra Source, there’s an editor who is researching the news, editing it, checking for accuracy — it is journalism at work.”Xavier also said the Alhambra Source is important for local communities since it provides unbiased analysis rather than advocacy.“The local paper is by the Chamber of Commerce, and they don’t really cover the stories that open people’s eyes to issue that are actually happening,” Xavier said. A  roundtable of reporters and experts discussed Tuesday the ways in which local journalism can increase civic engagement, the subject of a new initiative from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.Roundtable · Panelists discussed the multilingual Alhambra Source news site, part of an Annenberg initiative to increase community engagement through hyper-local journalism at an event Tuesday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

first_imgLet the viejos playFox’s coverage of the World Series will surely highlight the outstanding seasons from Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, 22, and Nationals left fielder Juan Soto, 20. They are doing things few players their age have ever done. They are also having miserable postseasons.Alvarez – “not Josh Fields,” if you prefer to wallow in misery – went 1 for 22 with 12 strikeouts in the ALCS. Soto, since his home run against Clayton Kershaw in the NLDS, is slugging .250. At the risk of cherry-picking a data point to feed a narrative, I feel compelled to mention that the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, 23, followed his 115-RBI regular season with zero RBIs in the NLDS. Let the kids play – but maybe move them down the lineup for a spell.Meanwhile, we’ve seen more than a few veteran hitters rise to the occasion this month: Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Jose Altuve, DJ LeMahieu, Russell Martin. The value of veterans was never lost on executives with World Series aspirations, but if we’re going to highlight the hitters who have thrived in this unusual environment, start with los viejos.So much for base-stealing’s big comeback Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Back in August, I extolled the virtues of modern base-stealing theory. The correlation between winning and stolen base percentage offered hope that some team might run its way to a championship in 2019. That was wishful thinking on my part. The playoffs have told a different story. With so few baserunners to begin with, the art form has ceded center stage. Don’t call it a comeback – no, really, don’t.Washington ranked among the best teams in stolen-base efficiency during the regular season. (The Nats also ranked well in FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus’ base-running metrics.) Yet they haven’t attempted a steal in 10 playoff games. The Astros were neither adept at base-stealing or base-running in the regular season. Will the Nationals’ running game allow them to close the gap on the World Series favorites? Probably not.Managers Dave Martinez, 55, and A.J. Hinch, 45, are seasoned, albeit in different ways.Houston is Hinch’s second managerial stop. He managed the moribund Arizona Diamondbacks teams of 2009 and 2010. Now in his fifth season in Houston, Hinch already has a World Series ring, which he won in 2017.Martinez is only in his second season with the Nationals, but he spent the previous 10 seasons as Joe Maddon’s bench coach – first in Tampa Bay, then in Chicago. He was passed over for seven manager’s jobs, including both the Astros (in 2012) and the Nationals (in 2013), before succeeding Dusty Baker in D.C.Both men weathered adversity to arrive in their current positions. That doesn’t necessarily herald a trend – a rookie manager, Alex Cora, guided the Red Sox to a championship in 2018 – but it might reinforce one already in motion. Andy Green, Gabe Kapler and Mickey Callaway were all recently fired from their first manager’s jobs. Ned Yost, Bruce Bochy and Clint Hurdle (average age: 64) have moved on, too. The industry ostensibly believes a manager’s sweet spot lies in the middle: young enough to relate to his players but old enough to possess more than a little prior experience on a big-league bench. Dave Roberts is coming back in 2020, so the Dodgers are sitting this trend out.Homegrown = overblown?The Astros and Nationals are not overly reliant on homegrown talent. In fact, the Astros got 59 Wins Above Replacement this season from players who arrived from other organizations – more than the Dodgers’ 52 WAR altogether. That group notably excludes Houston’s draft-day heists: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.Similarly, the Nationals acquired key players via any means necessary: the amateur draft (Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg); free agency (Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin); international free agency (Juan Soto, Victor Robles); and trades (Howie Kendrick, Daniel Hudson). Kendrick and Hudson were each acquired in the middle of a season. Is relying on homegrown talent an overrated strategy?I suspect that question confuses the ends and means of roster-building. One indication of a front office’s acumen is its ability to acquire players wisely by a variety of means. A better indication is winning a World Series.Hey, big wise spenders!The Astros and Nationals rank seventh and eighth in payroll, respectively, according to Spotrac. The Dodgers rank fourth, but be prepared to do some math. Take away the retained salaries of Matt Kemp, Homer Bailey and others, and the Dodgers rank sixth – behind the Nats and Astros, among others. The luxury tax payroll calculation invokes yet another formula.Here too, it’s easy to blur the ends and the means. Payouts to inactive players – Kemp, Bailey, Yaisel Sierra, etc. – are baked into the most commonly cited payroll calculations, so it’s easy to forget that both of this year’s World Series participants outspent the Dodgers on active player contracts. Yet he who spends the most doesn’t always reap the most rewards, though the Red Sox did this exact thing last year.In any event, the Dodgers should have the means to increase their active roster payroll in 2020. By my count, the expiring contracts of Kemp, Bailey and Russell Martin are clearing approximately $37 million from the books. That will renew focus on how wisely they allocate their free-agent dollars this winter. Just know that the Astros and Nationals have set that bar fairly high.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingSkip on by – Former Dodgers broadcaster Kevin Kennedy has launched an eponymous website.Dog days of autumn – Prospect Mitchell White had a rough go in the Arizona Fall League yesterday.Some ’splaining to do – Why did Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman go out of his way to defend acquiring Roberto Osuna to a group of female reporters, including one wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet?Box office smash – Between its overwhelming volume of games and in-person attendance, analog measures portray baseball as the National Pastime.Phrasing – An ambiguously worded contract with the Angels might have cost the city of Anaheim $8 million. Scouts vs. stats – The Astros and Nationals take different approaches behind the scenes. center_img Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, Oct. 22 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The World Series begins tonight. The Astros and Nationals took different paths to reach this point. Now that they’re here, I wanted to take another look at how their success might inspire other teams – including the Dodgers – to replicate the latest ideal of a “championship blueprint” in Major League Baseball.I touched on this a bit in my last newsletter. The Astros and Nationals both feature historically great postseason rotations. Thanks to a deadened baseball, it’s getting harder for hitters to have the same impact on a series as pitchers. Houston, for all its offensive firepower, won the ALCS in six games with a meager .179 batting average and a .600 OPS. Starters are leading the way. The idea of a team “bullpenning” its way to a championship has fizzled by the day.But not every team can count on Hall of Fame-caliber pitchers anchoring their rotation in a given year. What else can we learn from the Astros’ and Nationals’ success?last_img read more