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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

Interior designer Lynn Malone gives beach apartment a timeless redesign

first_imgDURING: Construction phase with the kitchen area in the background. Picture: Lynn Malone/Supplied More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoDURING: The concrete mix levelling out the floor. Large rain showers were preferred over bulky bathtubs that took up most of the bathroom previously. 7A/24 Breaker Street, Main Beach, is close to one of the most popular beaches in Queensland. DURING: Over two tonnes of concrete mix had to be poured for the flooring to be perfect. The apartment at 7A/24 Breaker Street, Main Beach, has been listed for sale with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Mashelle Jones for $1.25m.When an interior designer takes the reins of her own renovation, it’s surprising little treasures like a vintage Fender guitar clock that set the tempo for a timeless design. Publicist and interior designer Lynn Malone spent years in the midst of Sydney’s Potts Point before being drawn to the sun, sand and surf of Queensland’s Glitter Strip.She was drawn to The Inlet on Main Beach, a high-rise completed in 1991, buying 7A/24 Breaker Street in 2017.“When I move into a new neighbourhood I am always on the lookout for those properties with a reputation as one of the best,” Ms Malone told The Sunday-Mail.“It’s a 33-level high-rise apartment building completed in the early 1990s where the developer spared no expense in its build. There are only three apartments per level, and each apartment is over 210sq m which is gigantic compared to my apartment in Sydney’s Potts Point.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen3 steps to creating a duplex01:30 AFTER: A timber-style floorboard was the flooring of choice in the open plan living zone.Her next target was the bathrooms which were “monopolised by large bathtubs which took up too much space for the value added”.“Out with the bathtubs, tiny showers and bulky vanities to make way for double-size rain showers, toilets with concealed cisterns, and cantilevered vanities to optimise the space and its functionality.”Third on her reno list was the floor. “There were seven different types of floor coverings throughout the apartment. To simplify, I chose a timber-style floorboard for most spaces transitioned by carpeted bedrooms and floor tiles in the bathrooms.”Almost everything in the apartment was upgraded or replaced in the end, with new technology put in though the design was decidedly focused on being “timeless”.“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right, as the saying goes. The renovation cost was approximately $200,000 in addition to my time and expertise as an interior designer and to co-ordinate the project,” she said. The living area follows an open plan. The media centre in the large open plan living space.Ms Malone’s advice for anyone looking to renovate older units was to “look for those hidden gems and don’t be too quick to throw out the old”.“One pleasant surprise was the top-quality products installed by the original developer,” Ms Malone said. “The polished chrome door levers installed on the interior doors — the quality was exceptional; however, after years of use the polished chrome finish was tarnished and pitted. I had the door levers restored for their second life which was a minimal expense compared to purchasing replacements.”As well, she said, it was important to consider the acoustics of the apartment.“Many older buildings initially had carpet floor coverings with an underlay. Given renovators these days favour timber and tile floors, most apartment buildings have set an acoustical standard intended to minimise the transfer of noise. Research and due diligence are imperative to select a hard surface floor not only for its visual attributes but for its acoustic properties as well.”Ms Malone was very pleased with the finish: “The apartment is fabulous and exceeds all expectations — it’s a great place to call home with a superb location and lifestyle — within minutes you can be swimming in the ocean, beach walking or having breakfast at one of Main Beach’s cafes”.Ms Malone said work was now calling both her and Donna overseas. Both bedrooms have their own balconies. Beautiful views across the apartment. The apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and is 210sq m.It took six months to complete with the only extra cost coming in the form of “infrastructure preparation as opposed a budget blowout due to changes in the project scope”.“As example, the concrete slab floors were unlevel, so this was rectified by pouring over two tonnes of concrete mix which ensured the timber floor planks were installed under optimal conditions.”The couple’s contemporary art collection including that vintage Fender Guitar neon clock were the inspiration for a “neutral backdrop”. “Neutral does not necessarily equate to dull,” Ms Malone said. “The aesthetics of most art galleries are purposed to showcase art — my design aesthetic is similarly influenced.” The property is on the market with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Mashelle Jones for $1.25 million. AFTER: A Fender Guitar neon clock was one of the reasons why Ms Malone favoured a neutral approach in the luxurious kitchen,She and wife Donna Eiby — founder of online training portal Future Work Skills Academy — picked a north-facing one that had floor-to-ceiling glass walls, high ceilings and an open plan.It was “topped by 180-degree postcard ocean, sunrise and sunset views as a gift with purchase”, Ms Malone said.“The apartment was due for a complete makeover, and that’s what I did. Given the generously proportioned and open plan living areas, the kitchen was relatively small and was not conducive to entertaining and cooking for friends and family. That’s what I love to do, so the kitchen was my first target.”“My favourite is the gourmet island for a work top surface, pullout pantry drawers, and casual dining. Running in close competition, is the Billi water dispenser with hot, cold and sparkling water which is one step toward reducing the use of plastic.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more