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Students look forward to traveling over spring break

first_imgAs Saint Mary’s students wrap up a week full of tests, quizzes and paper, they also prepare to head off campus for spring break to locations across the country and world. Junior Mariah Niedbalski will head to the sunny southwest in Albuquerque, N.M. to be reunited with her older sister. “We’re going camping. I’m really excited, but I am afraid of bears, so I am also nervous,” Niedbalski said. “We are also going to see a Goya exhibit. Being an Art History major, [that] makes me really excited.” Although many students are headed to warmer destinations to escape the dreary Indiana weather, some have less typical plans. Junior Caitlyn Paulsen is staying in the United States to spend time with her boyfriend, who lives in Ireland, but will visit over break. “My boyfriend that I met in Ireland is from Spain [and he] is coming to visit me and we are going to do some traveling,” Paulsen said. The couple will visit Chicago, Boston and Newport, R.I., where Paulsen has family. “I haven’t seen [him] in five months,” she said. “He’s going to meet my family for the first time.” While Paulsen’s boyfriend is arriving from Europe, juniors Erin Coen and Katie Schultheis are headed there. “We studied abroad [in Ireland] spring semester of our sophomore year and are going back to visit friends,” Coen said. Coen and Schultheis said they loved Europe so much that they are headed back there for a full week. The two Saint Mary’s juniors said they plan to visit Dublin and Maynooth, places where they studied. “[We have] no plans but to hang out with [Irish] friends,” Schultheis said. “I wouldn’t mind being stuck in Ireland. I wouldn’t be too torn up about it.” Schultheis said she is most looking forward to “just being back and seeing everyone again.” Many other students this break will choose to go home for the week. Sophomore Colette Curtis will return to her home in Marshall, Mich. “I’m really looking forward to seeing my dog and my family,” Curtis said, “I miss my family.”,After a hectic midterms week filled with study sessions, late nights and too much caffeine, most Notre Dame students are eagerly looking forward to spring break. Senior Christopher Stare said he will spend his spring break on a five-day cruise in the Bahamas, where he hopes to relax and forget about the concerns of school life. “I’m looking forward to getting away from the stressors of everyday life and getting back to the things that really matter: fun, friends and more fun,” Stare said. Other students, such as sophomore Marissa Bulso, will travel across the pond to Europe. Bulso is taking a trip with her college seminar class to Chartres, France, where the group will study and create a presentation on the Chartres Cathedral. “Chartres Cathedral is one of my favorite examples of Gothic architecture,” Bulso said.  “Having the chance to study it and then see it in person is an amazing opportunity ¾ exactly the kind of opportunity you associate with studying at this University.” Sophomore Katie Carter will escape South Bend for a week of Florida sunshine.  Carter said she is road-tripping with her roommates to Santa Rosa Beach. She said the vacation will be worth the long commute. “Even though the drive is sure to be extremely long, I’m really excited for a week of warm relaxation, especially after this busy week of midterms,” she said. Sophomore Benjamin Redgrave has more unconventional plans for his spring vacation.   He will first road trip to New York and Maryland with six of his close friends, and then will spend the rest of break on a college seminar class field trip to Twin Oaks, a utopian community in Virginia. “While the long drive with friends is sure to be fun, I’m really looking forward to sight-seeing in New York and visiting an actual utopian community,” Redgrave said. Other students, such as sophomore Ronnie Seman, will return home over break, using the time to reunite with friends and family. Seman said he is especially excited to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with his friends at the University of Pittsburgh. “I’m really looking forward to bringing the ‘Irish spirit’ to UPitt,” Seman said. Others plan to remain at Notre Dame over spring break. Junior Alex Bowman, who is remaining on campus, said he is optimistic about a week of warm weather. “The weather promises to be a balmy 45 most of the week, so maybe if I turn the radiator up high enough it’ll feel like I’m in Florida,” he said. Although excited to take time off, students leaving campus said they will miss aspects of their life at Notre Dame, even in just the brief week away. “I will, of course, miss my several close friends that I have made while here at Notre Dame,” Bulso said.  “I will also miss seeing the Golden Dome.  I feel like Mary greets me everyday on the way to class, reminding me to keep everything in perspective.”last_img read more

Social Justice in American Medicine Club raises funds to provide flu kits

first_imgSocial Justice in American Medicine (SJAM), a campus organization that studies healthcare injustices and participates in related community service, is raising money to build flu kits for the Sr. Maura Brannick Clinic in South Bend. The club is hosting a fundraiser at Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries on Eddy Street all day Tuesday, Nov. 18, on behalf of the clinic dedicated to serving those in the South Bend community without health insurance.“As we all know, South Bend winters are no joke, nor are the bouts of flu that sweep the local and student populations,” SJAM co-president junior David Boothe said. “Every year we make flu kits containing things like water and ibuprofen that we donate to the clinic so that the clinic can give them to its underserved patients to help mollify the sometimes debilitating flu symptoms.”Junior Nick Walter, SJAM co-president, said the club will receive 25 percent of the profits from Five Guy’s customers that specifically state that they are with the SJAM fundraiser. “The flu-kit project is always our most expensive and biggest group donation every year, with a cost of around $600. Our hope is to cover at least half of that cost with this fundraiser,” he said.Besides the annual flu kit project, Boothe said the club hosts talks from various medical lecturers and organizes movie watches for topical films.SJAM recently began teaching nutrition classes at the South Bend Center for the Homeless and is currently trying to make volunteer connections with other South Bend medical organizations, Walter said.“Our mission as a club is to educate our members about social injustices that particularly involve medicine and healthcare,” Walter said. “We then also do our part as volunteers in the community to help correct these injustices by helping the underserved in the local South Bend area.”Boothe said the club focuses specifically on how the issues plaguing the American health care system especially affect the underprivileged — the group most likely to be susceptible to the system’s shortcomings.“The medical system in American is a faulted system … and no matter what walk of life you take, it will affect you in one way or another,” Boothe said. “Through discussion and action, SJAM seeks to spawn the future generations of informed citizens and medical professionals who can make an impact in steering our system to the better.”SJAM meetings are held every other Thursday at 8 p.m. in LaFortune, with a meeting being held this week. For more information about the club or how to get involved, contact [email protected]: Five Guy’s, SJAM, Social Justice in American Medicine, Sr. Maura Brannick Cliniclast_img read more

Lessons from the Men’s Olympic cycling road race

first_imgThe 2016 Olympic cycling road race – a punishing, 148-mile course through the hills and along the coast in Rio, featuring 11 climbs with gradients in excess of 24% –  witnessed numerous crashes on the dangerous descents that led to an unexpected outcome, as Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet became the first gold medalist from his country since 1952.  The race also provided some important insights regarding risk-taking, strategy and successfully competing.Know Your LimitsFrom the start, there was no clear winner in this race.  While Van Avermaet and France’s Julian Alaphilippe were among Cyclingnews’ “Ten Riders to Watch” in this year’s event, none of the other top-ten finishers were from that list.  Alaphilippe placed just outside medal contention in fourth.  Oddsmakers gave little consideration to the possibility of Van Avermaet winning gold.The course started out flat along the coast outside of Rio for nearly 30 miles before facing four loops around a tough circuit that featured a set of cobblestones, and two short, but brutally steep climbs.  That section began to splinter the field, before a turn back along the same coastal road to the major test of the day.The final circuit, representing the penultimate section of the route, was comprised of three loops through a heavy canopy of trees, with a relentless 2000-foot climb of the Vista Chinesa, at a maximum gradient of nearly 20%.  This section would ultimately determine the outcome of the race, but not in the way one would expect: such courses typically destroy the field by way of a blistering pace set by the top climbers.  While that did occur, it didn’t determine the ultimate outcome.Following the third time up the grueling Chinesa, the riders had to descend back to sea level, dropping 2000 feet in a scant two miles before the flat, three-mile run to the finish line.  It was that final descent that decided the race.At the summit of the climb, a three-man group of Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, Colombia’s Sergio Henao, and Poland’s Rafal Majka broke away on the harrowing descent.  Nibali, known for his aggressive descending style and superb bike-handling skills, threw caution to the wind, putting his fellow leaders (and those behind) on the limit, taking one hairpin turn after another at speeds in excess of 50 mph.  It appeared the Italian was destined for Olympic glory.However, Nibali took one risk too many, and crashed spectacularly into a guardrail on a switchback with less than seven miles to the finish, taking Henao down with him.  Majka carefully navigated the carnage on the road to continue flying down the mountain alone.  (Note: this same descent would see a horrific crash in the women’s road race that left the rider with a concussion and three spinal fractures.)Work TogetherNow it appeared Majka’s opportunity to claim gold for Poland for the first time in Olympic history.  The chasing group of about seven riders, only 20 seconds in arrears of Majka at the foot of the descent, refused to work together to catch the leader.  Unwilling to merely settle for silver or bronze, Van Avermaet and Denmark’s Jacob Fuglsgang broke away, chasing Majka down with just over a mile to go.At that point, the race was all but decided, as Van Avermaet is the strongest sprinter of the trio, at least on paper. The Belgian lived up to that reputation, out-sprinting Fuglsgang on the line, with Majka claiming bronze five seconds back.  Those other riders that refused to work together rounded out the top nine finishers – but did not medal.A Strong Team is Vital to WinningOne of the early favorites was three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Britain.  Froome, an excellent climber, destroyed the field in this year’s Tour, and hoped to become the first rider in history to win both the Tour – cycling’s biggest prize – and Olympic gold in the same year.But it was not to be, as Froome was dropped on the final climb of the Vista Chinesa, finishing in 12th place on the day, nearly three minutes behind Van Avermaet.  How could one of the best climbers in the world be dropped by lesser mountain men?While winners of cycling road races are individuals, cycling is every bit a team sport.  Froome’s victories in three Tours de France are at least as much attributable to the dominance of his team – Team Sky – as to Froome’s own formidable abilities.  Froome’s Sky teammates set blistering paces up the climbs of the Tour, while protecting their leader from having to face the wind in front, saving valuable strength for the finish line.Tour teams are made up of riders of different nationalities, carefully selected based on their skills to ensure overall victory for their team leader.  Some are good on the climbs, others on the flats or in time trials.  Still others are strategically placed in the inevitable breakaways, slowing the break down to ensure it doesn’t put too much time into the team leader.  Those riders combine their skills, sacrificing their own individual ambitions for the sake of the team.For the Olympics, however, the Tour teams splinter, the riders representing their home countries.  Among Froome’s top lieutenants on Team Sky were Colombia’s Henao (who was able to pursue his own ambitions at last, and nearly succeeded), as well as seven other riders representing three countries besides Britain.  Without the carefully-designed collective strength of Team Sky, Froome was beaten by riders who couldn’t come close to besting him in the Tour de France.The LessonsSeveral clear lessons emerge from this race, with important implications for credit unions that aspire to be gold-medal institutions:Know your limits. Nibali was the best descender in this race, which should have benefited him given the course design, with a harrowing descent just a short distance before the flat run into the finish.  However, Nibali pushed it too hard on that descent, running into the guardrail with the finish line almost within reach.  In the end, he did not finish the race.We at the Rochdale Paragon Group frequently extol credit unions to take more risk, to seize strategic opportunities to ensure their future relevance and competitiveness.  However, you have to know your limits.  This is why assessing risk appetite is so important.  By knowing where the guardrails are, you can ensure that you don’t run into them.  Peak performance sometimes means racing as close as possible to those guardrails, but running into them may take you out of the race.Work Together. Sometimes, you have to work together, even with others who may not be part of your team.  Five of the seven riders in the group chasing Majka after descending the final climb refused to do that (all were from different countries).  They were unwilling to help their fellow riders from other teams in chasing down the leader, for fear one of those riders would steal a medal from them.  They were willing to settle for silver or bronze, taking their chances in a bunch sprint, and thus they sacrificed their chances for gold.Ultimately, they sacrificed their chances for a medal, period.  Only Van Avermaet and Fuglsgang were willing to risk losing to the other, working together to chase down Majka.  (It’s easier for two or more riders to chase down a lone rider, as they can take turns pacing each other and breaking the wind.)  The result?  They finished one-and-two, leaving Majka 20 seconds behind.  Fuglsgang was happy to help Van Avermaet, even though he knew he probably couldn’t out-sprint him: working with him ensured he wouldn’t finish without a medal, as befell the more cautious riders behind.This willingness to work with others is vital to achieving your goals.  Sure, you run the risk that they may take the glory, but you have no chance at all if you try to go it alone.  So it’s important to be able to put aside your personal ambitions, to act with humility, to be a servant leader, to increase the chances of victory for all.  Working together may not guarantee success, but it sure improves your chances.The Value of a Strong Team. The collective strength of Team Sky ensured Froome’s dominance of the Tour.  In the Olympics, he didn’t have Team Sky’s support.  One of his Sky lieutenants, Henao, worked with other riders to put Froome in the rear-view mirror.  Other key Sky riders were working hard for their home countries.  As a result, Froome – now supported by only the best riders in Britain, not the best team in the world – finished outside the top ten.Building a successful team means putting aside your own personal preferences and ambitions.  It means bringing together people with a variety of strengths to ensure collective victory – and making that victory the only acceptable outcome.  That means all team members have to put aside their personal ambitions for the sake of the team.  This requires ensuring that incentives align with team goals (Froome’s substantial Tour de France purse was divided among the entire Sky team).  Combining those strengths requires accepting different cultures, personalities, and views, and providing strong leadership to ensure those differences align to ensure overall success.Again, assessing risk appetite is an important step in ensuring alignment of leadership (directors and senior management).  Also vital are an intelligent strategic planning program that goes beyond an annual retreat, with a facilitator who will challenge rather than cheer-lead; thoughtful attention to governance structure to ensure ongoing alignment of leadership and vision; and thorough succession planning to maintain the strength of the team even as members move to other teams or retire.  These critical tools can help build a dominant team that continues its winning ways well into the future. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Hague Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in financial institutions and the capital markets, and has devoted 21 years to serving credit unions through various roles at CNBS, LLC, a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Six-bedroom stunner’s sale sets street record

first_imgInside the home at 27 Pallas Pde, Warner.The vendors, Renee and Colin Baker, had lived in the home for more than eight years and were thrilled with the record-breaking price. Ms Worth said the property also achieved the highest non-acreage sale price for Warner. Set on a 1007sq m block, the home was designed and built by McCarthy Homes. The property has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a theatre room and open-plan living area with a modern kitchen. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, an outlook over the swimming pool and an ensuite with bath, shower, dual vanities and a separate toilet. The home at 27 Pallas Pde, Warner.A WARNER home has smashed a street record after selling less than a week after hitting the market.Marketing agent Bonnie Worth, of Ray White Bridgeman Downs, said the property at 27 Pallas Pde sold for $900,000 before the scheduled auction date. The previous street record for Pallas Pde was set by No. 51 when it sold for $758,000 in June this year. Ms Worth said the home sold to an older couple from Noosa. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019They were moving to Warner to be closer to their family. last_img read more

Mandate roundup: BPF bakkers, State Street, Hampshire

first_imgThe €3.4bn Dutch industry-wide pension fund for bakers has appointed State Street as its custodian.BPF Bakkers said State Street would also handle all aspects of accounting and administration, oversee its securities lending programme and compile reports aligned with the Dutch financial assessment framework (FTK).Jacques van de Vall, chairman of the fund’s board, said: “In an environment where pension schemes are facing increased regulatory oversight, it is critical to have the correct services in place to manage these functions.”He said the appointment would allow the fund to remain focused on its “primary function” of securing pension income. Oliver Berger, State Street’s head of asset owner solutions, added that the increased regulatory burden facing pension funds meant they would require enhanced data-management services.In other news, Hampshire’s £4.5bn (€6.2bn) local authority pension fund is looking to hire a consultancy to run its manager procurement.The scheme said the three-year contract, renewable for a further two years, would see the consultancy run five procurement exercises for unspecified asset classes.Interested parties have until 21 October to contact the council, with the contract commencing in early December.last_img read more

London envisions school powered by Thames tides

first_imgLondon-based architecture firm Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture has made a concept for the school building that would be completely powered by the tides of the River Thames.The concept for the ‘Thames Tidal School’ comprises a new building on the Thames wharf side at Cannon Street.The site is located directly at the narrowest section of the Thames, meaning that the velocity of the tidal flow at this point would be the highest in the river, according to Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture.The plan is to capture the energy of the tides four-times daily through submerged tidal turbines as the primary means of supplying the building with carbon neutral power.The building would be constructed using natural and bio-renewable materials sourced through local supply chains as an example of low embodied energy and carbon construction technologies.(Images: Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture)last_img read more

Make your water safe during and after floods and storms

first_img Share LocalNews Make your water safe during and after floods and storms by: – December 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: etftrends.comWater for drinking and domestic use should be free from all disease causing bacteria and poisonous chemicals. However, during heavy rains, floods and landslides the water supply may become contaminated.There are 3 main ways to make sure that water used for drinking and domestic purpose is safe. They are:1. Proper Storage2. Boiling and3. Chlorination (Addition of ordinary household bleach.)1.PROPER STORAGE• Store water in clean containers• Ensure that water is kept covered at all times• Do not store water in containers which were previously used to store poisonous chemicals• If you use a drum, cover with a clean bag or plastic. Secure tightly with rope2.BOILING: (This kills all harmful germs /bacteria) • Boil water in a clean pot• When water begins to boil, let it continue to boil for 3 more minutes• Allow water to cool• Keep containers covered2.CHLORINATION: (Use of household chlorine in drinking water to kill germs)METHOD• To one gallon of water use 8 drops of bleach.• To five gallons of water use half teaspoon bleach• To 45 gallons (1 drum) use 4 teaspoons bleach• Use a dropper• Stir or shake water• Leave water to settle for 30 minutes before using• Keep containers closedWater is safe for drinking 30 minutes after bleach is added. REMEMBER, To protect you and your family’s health ensure that:• Water is boiled for 3 minutes after it begins to bubble• The correct amount of bleach is added to water. Do not exceed the specified amount• All stored water is properly covered• Water is not stored in containers which contained chemicalsAlso;• Wash hands with clean water and soap• Wash eating and cooking utensils with clean water and soap.• Use bottled water if availableREMEMBER YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!Health BulletinHealth Promotion Unit, Ministry of Health 10 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Keith B. Bobb

first_imgKeith Byron Bobb, age 74 of Osgood passed away early Saturday morning, January 21, 2017. He was born June 17, 1943 to the late Malcolm J. and Ruby Radke Bobb. Survivors include his three children,son Michael Bobb of California, daughters Melinda Carpenter of Idaho and Teri Ann Shields of Georgia. Other survivors include his brother, Richard E. Bobb of Florida, along with his sister, Betty Peters and his companion, Tamie Caudill both of Osgood.There will be private family services.Arrangements by, Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Ryan Shawcross hopes Jack Butland enjoys long Stoke career

first_img “We seem to have a problem that if our keepers play so well they move on so we will have to be careful he doesn’t have too many saves to make. “Jack’s signed a long contract and he’s a top keeper. Hopefully we can keep him for as long as we can.” Press Association Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hopes the club will be able to hang on to Jack Butland for a long period as the goalkeeper gets ready to make his first England start. center_img The 22-year-old will become the first Potter since Mark Chamberlain 30 years ago to feature in the starting XI for the national side as he continues his progress after a decent spell in the under-21s. “It’s good for Jack and it’s good for the club to have him involved with England, but he’s had an excellent start to the season,” Shawcross told The Sentinel. last_img read more

Stewart, UTM visit Southeast Mo.

first_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Stewart and Quintin Dove have led the Skyhawks. Stewart has averaged 20 points and 4.6 rebounds while Dove has put up 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Redhawks have been led by sophomores Caldwell and Sage Tolbert. Caldwell has averaged 11.6 points while Tolbert has put up 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.RAMP IT UP A NOTCH: The Skyhawks have scored 75.6 points per game and allowed 83.2 points per game across 12 conference games. Those are both improvements over the 72.4 points scored and 88.1 points given up to non-conference opponents.CREATING OFFENSE: Stewart has either made or assisted on 51 percent of all UT Martin field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 21 field goals and 17 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: UT Martin is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 74 points or fewer. The Skyhawks are 2-16 when opponents score more than 74.ASSIST RATIOS: The Redhawks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Skyhawks. Southeast Missouri has 43 assists on 71 field goals (60.6 percent) over its previous three contests while UT Martin has assists on 41 of 75 field goals (54.7 percent) during its past three games. February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUT Martin (7-16, 3-9) vs. Southeast Missouri (5-20, 1-11)Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Parker Stewart and UT Martin will go up against Alex Caldwell and Southeast Missouri. The junior Stewart has scored 26 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 19.8 over his last five games. Caldwell, a sophomore, is averaging 15.2 points over the last five games.center_img LOOSENING UP: Southeast Missouri’s offense has turned the ball over 13.7 times per game this year, but is averaging 17.7 turnovers over its last three games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Stewart, UTM visit Southeast Mo.last_img read more