Student government changes hands

first_imgWhen outgoing student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber entered office a year ago, the duo was determined to enact initiatives to make student government relevant to the student body.“We didn’t take on personal preferences,” Schmidt said. “Students were constantly giving us feedback. It made our jobs a lot easier.”The administration soon found the best way to find out what students cared about was not through formal student surveys, but just by talking to students.“A lot of it is informal,” Weber said. “If you want to get the real opinions of students, you just need to be a real student.”From large programs ranging from the restructuring of commencement and the introduction of Transpo Route 7A to small things like having baskets of mints outside the dining halls, Schmidt and Weber said they attempted to focus their agenda on improving everyday student life at the University.“The student body at Notre Dame is on its toes,” Weber said. “They care about everything.”Weber said by taking care of the everyday essentials of student life, student government was able to boost its credibility in tackling worldwide social justice issues through programs such as the Global Water Initiative.“Things like Transpo, which did get a lot of exposure, allowed us to use the support for other programs,” Schmidt said.Schmidt, who described his administration as “responsive,” said he was forced to tackle issues that arose at the last minute, such as improving off-campus safety after two Holy Cross students were abducted in September and sponsoring aid initiatives following the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.Another goal of the Schmidt-Weber administration was to improve student government’s relations with the University administration.“Student government is right now and hopefully will be consulted before every major decision,” he said.Schmidt said there were not any major initiatives he wished his administration could have tackled, although he said he wished the changes in du Lac, the student handbook, had been enacted during his term and the University had not chosen to move the pep rallies to Irish Green.In addition, Weber said student government needed to become more involved in the academic side of the University in the long term.When asked what advice they had for the incoming administration of sophomores Catherine Soler and Andrew Bell, Schmidt and Weber said the focus needs to be on the students.“Be present and energetic, and love the honor of serving the students at Notre Dame,” Weber said.Furthermore, Weber said the pair should continue to foster close ties with the administration but also stand up for what is needed.“The ability to respectfully disagree is key,” she said.Schmidt said the pair should also be aware of the complicated dynamics of community relations in the city of South Bend.“We currently have a very good footing with the city of South Bend,” he said. “But community relations is not something that just stops.”Ultimately, Schmidt and Weber feel their time in student government has been productive and personally fulfilling.“We wanted to be present throughout Notre Dame,” Schmidt said. “And we feel we positively changed the brand of student government.”Schmidt, who is a senior, plans to attend law school next year, while Weber, a junior, said she wants to focus on her studies and become “informally involved in the University.”“It really has been a privilege to serve in student government, especially at Notre Dame,” Schmidt said.last_img read more

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GFF to facilitate GFA elections on November 2

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF), in its continuing efforts to bring the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) back to a state of normalcy and based on a correspondence from the GFA Clubs dated 8th October, 2019, in accordance with Article 31 (2) of the Constitution of the (GFA), an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Georgetown Football Association would be convened on Saturday, November 2, from 10:00hrs at the Pegasus Hotel.The GFF, in a release yesterday, said that in keeping with Articles 22 and 23 of the GFA Constitution, which governs the general meetings and the composition of the general meetings, clubs are asked to send three eligible members –President, Secretary, and Treasurer– who can all take part in the debates, but each member will only have one vote.The members shall inform the Association in writing of any alternative representative who will be its delegate at least one (1) week before the meeting. Please note, only appointed delegates are invited to attend the meeting.The agenda for the GFA Extraordinary General Meeting will begin with remarks from President Wayne Forde and acting general secretary Ian Alves, followed by roll call and declaration that the Meeting has been convened and composed in compliance with the GFA Constitution.Appointment of scrutineers, approval of the Agenda, appointment of members to check the Minutes, election of the members of the executive committee and the new president’s remarks will be done in that order.“Given the continued lack of activity and a non-functional executive committee in the GFA over the past few years, it would have become necessary for the GFF to intervene as the parent body for the sport in Guyana to ensure that the administrative arm of the game in the city became functional again, this resulted in the GFF appointing an IMC for the GFA in July of 2018 in accordance with the guidelines and provisions of Article 2 [d] and [e], Article 13 [a] of the GFF Constitution and Article 82, in addition to Article 8 (2) of the FIFA Statutes,” the GFF said.last_img read more

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PGA Tour isn’t a one-Tiger show

first_img“If he shows, everything changes,” Vickers said. “You’ve got a one-man show out there right now that is the big difference.” He’s right about the PGA Tour being a one-man show. Woods isn’t simply driving golf, he’s perhaps the most famous athlete in any sport worldwide. When he plays, crowds are crammed behind the ropes of every fairway, TV ratings spike and everyone goes home happy. And when he doesn’t? “We’d love to have him,” Nutt said at Pebble Beach. “But it’s been four years since he’s been here, and our attendance is going up every year. This year with the weather, we’ll be off a little bit. But last year we did 70 percent in advance sales, and that was even before we knew if he was coming. You can’t build an event around any one person.” Vickers never realized that. Pebble Beach is a special tournament. Even without Woods, the crowd turns out to see the antics of Bill Murray, to hear one-liners from George Lopez, to coo over Kevin Costner. Vickers, however, believed the scenery was just as spectacular in the mountains, his course was good enough for a U.S. Open, and that his tournament was the best thing west of the Waffle House in Augusta. He wanted Tiger. He made excuses when Tiger didn’t show up, usually blaming the PGA Tour for his spot on the schedule, whether it was a week after the PGA Championship, a week before or even two weeks before. Too bad Vickers never made as big of a stink over who he had, not who he didn’t. Phil Mickelson played the International every year but one since 1992. Ernie Els only skipped in 2005 when he was on crutches. Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen only missed one year, and that was when the PGA Championship was held a week later at a new site. How many tournaments would love to have all those guys? Or any of them? Not having Tiger didn’t help the International, but the fact cannot be ignored that Woods plays only about 18 times a year – the same number as Jack Nicklaus at that stage in his career – and those tournaments he skips are still in business. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ditto for the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, an idyllic locale that Woods hasn’t been to since 1999. Stanford Financial has taken over sponsorship in Memphis, even though there’s a better chance of getting Elvis than Tiger. The world’s No. 1 player hasn’t been to the Honda Classic since he was a 17-year-old amateur. In fact, Woods never has played nine longtime events on the PGA Tour since turning pro, and all of them are still on the schedule. Jack Vickers might call that a miracle. The Denver oilman pulled the plug on his beloved International tournament, the one with the modified Stableford scoring system played on picturesque Castle Pines Golf Club. The problem was the tour’s price tag ($8 million) and no sponsor to pick up the tab for an event played around the Fourth of July. Vickers was quick to attribute the demise to Woods, the star attraction on the PGA Tour who last played there in 1999. PEBBLE BEACH – Tiger Woods did not show up at Pebble Beach. Attendance and other numbers used to measure success will be down this year, and tournament director Ollie Nutt won’t have to look hard to place the blame. center_img The weather. Woods hasn’t been to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 2002, yet officials somehow have managed to hand out a trophy, pay out more than $5 million in prize money and still provide for their local charities. last_img read more

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