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Members recommend medical amnesty policy

first_imgCampus Life Council (CLC) passed a recommendation to include a medical amnesty policy in du Lac while also debating progressive discipline and the levels of administrative action at its meeting Monday.Council members passed the medical amnesty recommendation with a 12-1 vote. The policy would prevent a student seeking medical treatment for a friend from getting in trouble with the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH).Controversy over the policy in past meetings caused the recommendation to be revised and represented to CLC at Monday’s meeting.“Students would at least know that this would be kept in consideration,” student body president Grant Schmidt said. “I feel that these revised points attest to that.”The new recommendation suggests a medical amnesty policy be established “that, under normal circumstances, allows students to report emergencies without automatically incurring a disciplinary record.” The ultimate decision on whether to adapt this policy will be left up to ORLH, Schmidt said.Council members also discussed how to best keep discipline at the lowest administrative level, which is often a student’s dorm.“This recommendation is about keeping things in the realm of the people who know students most closely,” student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.Weber said this policy would allow students to avoid an unnecessary disciplinary record when a rector could deal with a minor offense instead of sending the student to ORLH. Several of the rectors on the council objected to the lack of clarity in the definition for this recommendation.“I am a structure guy,” Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said. “I don’t see the structure here and I’m worried about the message that gets sent that [discipline] will always get kicked back to the rector.” The recommendation would free the hands of ORLH by giving more room for discretion, Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. It would also be in keeping with the goal of pastoral care that is central to the philosophy behind residence life at Notre Dame, he said.Zahm House rector Corry Colonna said CLC should not assume that sending a student to ORLH for discipline negates the educative role of the rector.Council member Gus Gari said there was a need to recognize that the policy of referring discipline to the rector would work as “an exception rather than a norm.”CLC members will review the recommendation and represent it to the council next week.Council members also agreed to recommend that the new issue of du Lac should clarify the undergraduate tailgating policy.The suggested change asks that individual students who wish to host a tailgate may do so without consulting the Student Activities Office, Schmidt said. CLC will invite Bill Kirk, associate vice president of Residence Life, to its next meeting in order to hear its recommendations and continue its discussion on du Lac revisions.last_img read more

New campus club spreads ‘kiNDness’

first_imgThe new semester welcomes to campus the new student organization, kiND Club, which focuses on performing random acts of kindness and spreading positive affirmations.“The overarching goal for the club is to create an infectious display of kindness on campus and in the community. … We want to use the concept of kindness to help, heal and educate,” Stephanie Gaal, assistant professional specialist in the Physical Education and Wellness Department, said.Gaal was instrumental in starting the club, which is a division of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She proposed the idea to students in one of her Contemporary Topics classes last semester. Sophomore Elaine Schmidt, who now serves as the club’s president, was one of the first students to show interest and participate in kiND’s official founding.“We’re really just people that want to get together to do nice things for others,” Schmidt said. “Taking a few minutes each day to do something nice for someone else keeps you centered and helps you remember what’s really important in life.”Before attaining full club status last spring, kiND organizers wrote positive affirmations on Post It notes and placed them on dining hall trays for their first random act of kindness, or RAK, Schmidt said. The club also posted flyers in the Hesburgh Library with tear-away strips of encouraging words during finals week.After receiving 319 sign-ups from Activities Night, Schmidt said kiND is ready to take it to the next level this school year. The club will host meetings every other Thursday at 8 p.m., during which they will plan regular, communal RAKs. Schmidt said they could be as simple as giving compliments in classes or as elaborate as a campus-wide flash mob dance to brighten people’s day. She said one of kiND’s first RAKs of the semester is planned for Wednesday.“This is really a grassroots club,” Schmidt said. “The members will have a big say in the kinds of events and RAKs we do, which is something that is really cool about our club. Everyone can contribute.”Gaal said the club is also planning a fundraiser with Notes to Self, a company that designs socks with positive affirmations written on them. The company was founded by Schmidt’s mother.“At Notre Dame, we are so busy. It’s nice to take a breath and remember what’s most important,” senior Sarah Very, who recently joined the club, said. “We can make a difference through acts of kindness, and it’s good to have something to remind us.”The next kiND Club meeting will be held Sept. 25 in a to-be-determined room in Debartolo Hall. Students interested can e-mail [email protected] to join the listserv and “like” the club Facebook page to stay up-to-date on organized RAKs.Tags: Kindness, random acts of kindness, Random Acts of Kindness Foundationlast_img read more

2017 MBL Symposium focuses on member business lending education

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joey Duckworth Mr. Duckworth has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, and over 15 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 10 years of … Web: www.mblllc.com Details April 17-19 marked the 1st Annual Member Business Lending Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah. MBL welcomed over 100 credit union member business lending and services professionals from credit unions of all asset sizes from across the country. Attendees were treated to a number of speakers on hot-topic industry events that focused on highlighting and educating towards current business lending trends.“We thought it was important that our speakers and presenters focus primarily on educating attendees on important topics related to member business lending and services,” said Joey Duckworth, VP/Information Systems Manager. “Credit union professionals hear sales pitches all the time. We wanted their time at the MBL Symposium to focus on education and best practices trending in our industry.”Nationally-recognized speakers included Stacie Vandenberghe, Mark Arnold and Neil Nickolaisen. Vandenberghe presented on “Thinking Outside the Box — Becoming Member-Centric” which focused on helping credit unions delivering member service in ways that members now prefer rather than “the way we’ve always done things.” Arnold shared “More Than Service: Advanced Sales Strategies to Reach Businesses.” Arnold challenged all attendees to recognize the fact that everyone at your credit unit is involved in sales and that “sales” is not a dirty word. Nickolaisen spoke on “Agile Leadership: Want to Change Your Results? Change How You Lead.” The session highlighted the importance of credit unions staying abreast with the leadership skills as relates to the speed of technology and technological change in financial services. Attendees were also able to participate in a number of breakout sessions led by other member business lending industry thought leaders.“Buzz from attendees about the Symposium was overwhelmingly positive,” added Duckworth. “The group of industry experts we were able to assemble did to terrific job sharing and educating attendees about the rising importance of member business lending and services to credit union portfolios.”MBL is already planning next year’s symposium (scheduled for Las Vegas, Nevada). Check their  later in the year for more information and registration details.For more information about Member Business Lending (MBL) and its relationship with credit unions, call (801) 545-7935.last_img read more

Ideye: Goals will come

first_img The Baggies’ £10million buy has failed to score in the Barclays Premier League and has netted just once since his record summer move from Dynamo Kiev. Ideye has struggled for form and fitness, making just three league starts this season, but played all of the Baggies’ 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Striker Brown Ideye has admitted he has struggled to adapt at West Brom, but revealed he has made a goal promise to his son. They go to QPR on Saturday following just their second win in 10 league games with Ideye likely to lead the line again and the 26-year-old insisted he was getting better, while conceding he had made a slow start to his Albion career. “I would say I have been working very hard,” he said. “The gaffer (Alan Irvine) said he wanted me to work hard and at times it has been difficult for me to adapt to the system the team plays. “I have to adjust to what I have to do when the team is playing, but right now I think I’m there and I am just working hard now. “I was always hungry to start for West Brom and I always give my best. “Sometimes it’s difficult but I have to keep on pushing and working hard for the team. “I am getting closer to my best. I have had a lot of things to deal with so I just have to be focused and take it one game at a time.” The Nigeria international’s four-year-old son, Brown Junior, watched the derby win at The Hawthorns and Ideye has vowed to score against Rangers for him. “He always wanted to see the dressing rooms so I had to take him in to see it,” he said. “He is happy we won, but he was disappointed I didn’t score – so I have told him I will score next time.” The pressure had been building on head coach Alan Irvine before Albion’s victory over Villa and Ideye was under no illusions of its importance. “I knew how important the game was for us as players and also for the fans, so I am very happy we won because I couldn’t imagine not winning,” he said. “We knew how important it was and we’re all happy to have the result and I am happy for the team and for myself.” last_img read more

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