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Students ready for Mad event

first_imgThough the weather remains cold, Saint Mary’s students can look forward to heating up the competition between classes as the annual Midnight Madness approaches. Midnight Madness, to be held Feb. 28, pits each class against each other in a night of minute-to-win-it games and a student and faculty dodgeball game that earn points for each class. At the end of the night, the class with the most points wins a pizza party and bragging rights. The Student Activities Board (SAB) Traditional Events Committee is coordinating this year’s Midnight Madness. “We really hope that students will gain a sense of bonding with their classmates and engage in some friendly competition,” senior committee member Megan Kloc said. “Most of all, we hope they continue to show pride in our school.” Kloc is the only member of the Traditional Events Committee that has previous experience planning Midnight Madness. In the past, the athletics department sponsored Midnight Madness, but Student Activities took over in 2011 in an attempt to revive the annual event. “I have been lending my expertise on how to run the event and how to improve it from previous years,” Kloc said. “Midnight Madness is an event that was popular many years ago and was revived so that a new generation of students could enjoy it as much as alumnae have in the past.” Liz Robbins, co-chair of the SAB Traditional Events Committee, said the night will feature a DJ, guest student emcee and a performance by Saint Mary’s cheerleaders. Representatives from each class will be picked to compete in the different games throughout the night to win points and prizes for their class. “At the end of the night, students will learn who the top-secret artist is for this year’s Tostal,” Robbins said. Robbins hopes students will find themselves united amongst classes as well as one student body, she said. Students should each wear their class colors to the event – purple for freshman, pink for sophomores, green for juniors and blue for seniors. “There will also be face paint provided for girls to enhance their class spirit during the event,” Kloc said. “Come decked out in your class colors and show support for your year.” During the week of Midnight Madness, Robbins said students should look out for pre-event games in the dining halls, which will provide an opportunity to earn points in advance. Midnight Madness will be held Feb. 28 at 9:30 p.m. in the Angela Athletic Facility.last_img read more

Prayer service remembers victims of New Zealand shooting

first_imgClaire Rafford The Notre Dame community gathered in the main building Thursday to remember the victims of the New Zealand shooting.Though tragedies can sometimes make people feel helpless, Companez said a way to try to take action is to reach out to those who might come from different backgrounds and to form friendships of tolerance and unity.“As we stand here this morning, still in a state of shock and disbelief, we wonder what else we can do in the face of such an act,” Companez said. “Something that each one of us can do is to forge, develop and continue personal relationships with people who are in some way different from us. For only by discovering that there is way more that unites us than that divides us will we ever be able to disrupt this seemingly endless cycle of violence. So here’s my suggestion — reach out to someone who’s different from you. Say hello. Start a relationship, and then nurture it, grow it and treasure it.”University President Fr. John Jenkins also offered words of support to the communities affected by the shootings. “The killings give rise to so many thoughts and emotions in us — profound sadness, anger, questions of why, perhaps even feelings of helplessness and despair in a world with so much hatred and violence,” Jenkins said. “We each must acknowledge and work through these various emotions. I hope that this prayer service today can help us heal. As Rabbi Companez said, perhaps it can encourage us to reach out and develop a friendship with someone who is different than us.”Jenkins also apologized for his statement earlier in the week that he said caused controversy among certain members of the community. “I myself must ask forgiveness, for I issued a statement earlier this week that, though certainly unintentionally, was seen by some as not respectful to our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said. “It was a reminder to me and perhaps to the rest of us that we must never tire in our efforts to reach out, to listen to one another, to understand one another, to overcome misunderstandings and to find that what we have in common is so much deeper than what divides us.”Jenkins closed his speech with a challenge to everyone to counter the acts of violence with love and acceptance instead of more violence and destruction.“Let us not be tempted ever to respond to anger and violence with more anger and violence,” he said. “Let us allow this terrible tragedy to inspire us to find a different path, let us ask God, who, as our Muslim brothers and sisters remind us, [is] merciful and kind, to help us to find the connections, build the bridges and put on love — the perfect bond of unity.”Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at Notre Dame, reflected on the shooting and violence against religious communities in today’s world. Moosa said in the face of such horrific acts, it is necessary for people to recover their humanity.  “The list of such tragedies grows longer, and becomes more depressing if we monitor this type of wild violence, which is becoming all too frequent and unchecked,” he said. “To recover our humanity, we must ask communities of faith [to] stand up to this mindless violence and actively campaign not only against those who perpetuate such heinous acts, but also to expose those who aid and abet such hate and inhumanity.”Moosa added that in this time of sadness and trial, it is necessary to turn to the comfort that faith in God can provide.“May we in our time of sadness and vulnerability rely on the bountiful mercy and compassion of God and trust in ourselves and in others in order to stand firm against all forms of dehumanization, brutality and evil,” Moosa said. “Recognizing the amazing grace and compassion of God, we shall overcome and we will respond with that which is beautiful and better.” Tags: christchurch shooting, New Zealand, Prayer service Members of the Notre Dame community gathered in Main Building on Thursday to pray in remembrance of the 50 victims killed at two mosques last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand. Rabbi Karen Companez of Temple Beth-El in South Bend offered a message of solidarity and expressed sadness in light of the massacre. “We mourn the deaths of the [50] people who were murdered in this outrageous and heinous act by a gunman who was fueled by a perverted ideology, and we pray for the swift return to health of those who lie injured still in hospital,” Companez said. “We ask ourselves yet again, how long with this needless sacrifice of human life go on? How many more innocent people will become victims of this time of senseless violence, and how many more mornings will we awaken to reports of such mind-numbing horror?”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s files counterclaim, Cervelli responds

first_imgThe College filed a counterclaim response March 22 to former College President Jan Cervelli’s March 12 lawsuit. Cervelli filed a response to their counterclaims April 4.The College’s response to the initial complaint addresses each of the points made by Cervelli and her legal team. In a statement provided by assistant director of integrated communications Haleigh Ehmsen, the College discussed its filing and philosophy going forward with the case. (Editor’s note: Ehmsen is a former Saint Mary’s Editor of The Observer.)“We strongly believe that our legal filing speaks for itself,” Ehmsen said. “This case is about tenure, and as is Saint Mary’s policy and practice, we are working with Ms. Cervelli to get her classes approved so that she can teach. We will abide by our commitment to maintaining the confidentiality surrounding the contract and her employment with the College, as is required by her contract.”In the March 12 complaint filed in the St. Joseph Superior Court, Cervelli sued the College on counts of breach of contract, declaration of rights and injunction, violation of Indiana’s Wage Payment Statute and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing. The Observer reported the initial complaint in a staff report March 14.The following summarizes the major points of the College’s counterclaim and Cervelli’s response to the counterclaim. In legal proceedings, counterclaims and responses often present some clarification to the matter at hand but contain a large number of denials. In an effort to maintain clarity, each individual denial is not included below. However, the documents can be accessed in full online. Cervelli claims Saint Mary’s did not honor the Employment Agreement the pair entered into Feb. 17, 2016. While Saint Mary’s admits to the factual information included regarding entering the Employment Agreement, Saint Mary’s denies that it breached any provision of the agreement.Cervelli asserts she received positive performance evaluations, leaving no indication of dissatisfaction with her performance. In its counterclaim, Saint Mary’s admits to giving performance reviews that showed “degradation over a two year period of time and that these reviews speak for themselves” as well as “denies that the performance of Ms. Cervelli was satisfactory.” Cervelli alleges she was pressured into resigning by members of the Board of Trustees. The College argues that Cervelli “agreed to resign in lieu of termination,” and therefore was not pressured into resigning. They also claim that by attempting to enforce the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Cervelli is admitting to its validity. The Saint Mary’s counterclaim also denies the assertion that the chair of the Board of Trustees, Mary Burke, encouraged Cervelli to lie about the reason behind the resignation. Cervelli asserts Saint Mary’s used the confidentiality agreement in her Settlement Agreement to silence her, subsequently confusing the College community.Saint Mary’s denies this, claiming that the confidentiality aspect of the Settlement Agreement was created with the purpose of “protect[ing] Ms. Cervelli from public reputational harm.” The College also argues its statements to the media were made in an effort to prevent reputational harm to Cervelli.Cervelli claims Saint Mary’s has failed to pay her the salary owed for her work as a tenured member of the College faculty. In response to this claim, Saint Mary’s defends its payment of her severance and other benefits. In the counterclaim, Saint Mary’s argues that “Cervelli seeks payment of a salary she has not earned. Saint Mary’s denies that Ms. Cervelli is due salary in addition to severance benefits … [because she] has failed to secure approval to teach the requisite number of classes in order for her to be entitled to a salary as a tenured professor.”Saint Mary’s also said the institution is not treating Cervelli in a way that is inconsistent with their Settlement Agreement. Cervelli responded to this claim by arguing the College failed to inform her of this requirement in their drafting of the Settlement Agreement, saying in her response that she would not have signed the Settlement Agreement if she was aware of the need for a teaching contract and a certain number of approved courses.In her answer to the counterclaim, Cervelli affirms she was fraudulently induced to enter into the Settlement Agreement, whereas the College failed to disclose that a “teaching contract” was required for Cervelli to receive the salary of a tenured professor as of Jan. 1, 2019.Cervelli also asserts in her answer to the counterclaim that failure to pay her the salary of a tenured, full professor violates Indiana’s Wage Payment Statute, which entitles her to “enhanced damages.”Cervelli alleges she is not being treated in the manner that other tenured faculty members are treated, including the lack of an office and being banned from campus events, among other complaints. Saint Mary’s said they do not offer office space to professors who are not currently teaching classes, which is their reasoning for not providing an office to Cervelli. Saint Mary’s also denies that Cervelli is banned from all campus events, arguing that she was only not allowed to attend faculty training day due to its purpose of informing only faculty teaching in the spring semester. Cervelli was not teaching in the spring semester. Cervelli claims teaching positions for which she was qualified were hired, while she was left without courses to teach. While the College admits it has hired faculty, it “denies that Ms. Cervelli had the academic credentials to teach any of the classes for which those positions were filled.” The College also argues that it believes it has been treating Cervelli the same way that it does other “similarly situated” professors.In her answer to the counterclaim, Cervelli admits she filed the lawsuit after first attempting to resolve her claims with the College.On April 4, Cervelli filed a Notice of Exclusion of Confidential Information, which sought to limit the public’s access to confidential information. On April 17, an order was issued denying Cervelli’s request.The lawsuit is currently ongoing. The two parties have a hearing scheduled for May 31 at 2 p.m. in the St. Joseph Superior Court. Tags: Board of Trustees, cervelli lawsuit, Jan Cervelli, lawsuit, lawsuits, Mary Burke, President Jan Cervelli, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

The land that timetables forgot

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Ronaldo solves 100 problems for Juventus – Sarri

first_img “I would prefer to concede a goal on the counter-attack than in our own penalty area. “Putting Higuain on at 2-1 was a clear message to the team: let’s end the game.” Victory saw Juve move four points clear of second-placed Inter, although Lazio are also a threat a further two points back but with a game in hand. However, Sarri is concerned by neither the Nerazzurri nor the in-form capital club. Read Also:Ronaldo emerges fifth top goalscorer in football history “I have a fear for other things, not for football. Concern? Even that [would not describe it],” he said. “We are talking about sports. “We know we have two very strong opponents. One is in an amazing moment that will hopefully not last long.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri hailed “champion” Cristiano Ronaldo after his brace gave his side a valuable 2-1 Serie A home win against Parma. Loading… Promoted ContentMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Ronaldo scored in either half to clinch victory on Sunday, capitalising on title rivals Inter’s failure to beat Lecce earlier in the day. The Portuguese was a defensive contributor, too, yet he was outjumped by Andreas Cornelius as Parma briefly pulled level. Sarri is happy to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to his star man, though. “We have a champion who sometimes creates a problem for you but solves 100 of them,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The rest of the team has to revolve around him.” Ronaldo had chances for further goals, and Sarri was frustrated with his team’s inability to extend their lead and set up a straightforward finale. “The mental intensity can be improved, even the management of certain moments of the matches,” he said. “I don’t even like dribbling in our own half in the last few minutes.last_img read more

NegOcc mulls comprehensive rabies vaccination in 2020

first_imgPositive cases of rabies in 2019included 19 in various localities and one in Bacolod City. BACOLOD City – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidentalis aiming for a comprehensive dog vaccination to reach an accomplishment rateof 70 to 80 percent this year. Decena credited the reduction to the“very high” vaccination rate in 2018. Dr. Renante Decena, provincialveterinarian, said dog vaccination coverage in 2019 was “low” at only 54percent after a “very high” rate of more than 80 percent in 2018. A total of 20 confirmed positive rabiescases were reported last year, which is 36 percent lower than the 33 cases in2018. Last year’s dog population in theprovince – excluding this capital city – was estimated around 262,000, based onhousehold survey, and does not include stray dogs. In 2019, there were lower number ofconfirmed positive rabies cases in Negros Occidental, but the deaths haveincreased, PVO records showed.center_img “Our vaccines on-hand are only for quickresponse, which means within a one-kilometer radius of an area with dogpositive of rabies, like in Barangay Camindangan in Cauayan earlier this week,which has the first rabies case this year,” Decena said. The national government, particularly theDepartment of Agriculture (DA), did not release vaccines to the LGUs last year. “We have to lobby to the provincialgovernment and local government units (LGUs) to allocate budget for thepurchase of vaccines this year,” he said. Himamaylan City reported the highestnumber of cases, with seven, followed by Candoni and Sipalay City with threeand two cases, respectively. Cities of San Carlos, Silay, Cadiz, Victorias andTalisay, and towns of E.B. Magalona and Salvador Benedicto have one case each. There were 10 confirmed and suspectedrabies deaths last year, from only seven cases in 2018. These were reported inHimamaylan City and Cauayan with two each, and Moises Padilla, Bago City, SagayCity, Toboso, and Hinoba-an with one each.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Concepcion town to get ‘drug-free’ tag

first_imgThe town’s Balay Silangan wasinaugurated on Friday in Barangay Loong. * Existence of voluntary and compulsorydrug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk PDEA-6 director, Alex Tablate, said thetown has already complied with the agency’s parameters that include thecreation of Balay Silangan for the rehabilitation of drug personalities. But how can towns become drug-free? * Absence of drug den, pusher, user * Existence of drug awareness,preventive education and information * Non-availability of drug supply According to Tablate, these requirementsare mandated under Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017.center_img According to Department of Interior andLocal Government, a municipality can be declared “drug-cleared” or free fromillegal drug activities if it meets these six requirements: “We are now polishing all therequirements and next month we have to declare the municipality of Concepcionas drug-cleared town. Kasi na comply na nila ang requirements at may tatlo nilang na barangay na e-clearand we are confident that these three barangays will be cleared soonest,” saidTablate./PN Tablate said Concepcion will be thesixth drug-free town in the province this year should the town passed theseries of assessment. ILOILO City – The municipality ofConcepcion, Iloilo is set to be declared a drug-free town by the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) 6 next month. * Absence of clandestine drug laboratory * Active involvement of barangayofficials in anti-drug activitieslast_img read more

Inzaghi: ‘Dream is Champions League place’

first_img “Our dream must continue, which is to qualify mathematically for the Champions League. We hope to achieve it as soon as possible, but that is our only objective.” read also:Filippo Inzaghi leads Benevento back to Serie A Lazio had started so well after the lockdown, taking an early 2-0 lead away to Atalanta, but fumbling that for a 3-2 defeat seemed to shake their confidence irretrievably. “We did feel the effects, despite an excellent first-half performance,” confirms Inzaghi. “Then again, we could’ve done with players in their best shape. Now we have to look forward, as there are still points for us to secure our target.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… center_img Simone Inzaghi admitted Lazio are no longer thinking about the Scudetto after a 2-1 loss to Lecce. ‘Our dream is to qualify for the Champions League.’ The Aquile suffered their second consecutive defeat, but while the 3-0 with Milan was to some degree expected in the absence of Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo, this 2-1 at relegation battlers Lecce was an upset. “The problem is that we returned from the lockdown with injuries,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia. “This limited our ability to rotate the squad, some played today as well who weren’t at their best. We lost three games in 15 days, after going without defeat for many months, so that’s not a coincidence. “I can only thank the team for all they have done. It’s natural there’s a disappointment considering how well we were doing before the break, as some of the absentees really would’ve made a big difference today. The performance arrived despite many players being only at 50 percent.Advertisementlast_img read more

Franklin County Sheriff Office adds new deputy

first_imgBrookville, IN—Sheriff Peter Cates and Major Gregory Mehlbauer have announced the appointment of Franklin County’s newest sheriff’s deputy, Bryce Jenkins.Deputy Jenkins, who is originally from Liberty Indiana, is a 2014 graduate of Union County High School. Deputy Jenkins started his law enforcement career in 2016  with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department as a jail officer. In 2017, Bryce became a police officer with the Liberty Police Department and is a graduate of the 214th Session of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.last_img read more

EPL: Burnley dare Champions Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool vs. Burnley Venue: Anfield Stadium Kick off: 3PMPremier League champions Liverpool could set more records tumbling when they welcome Burnley to Anfield this afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s men are three wins away from setting a new points record but face a Burnley side who are still chasing European qualification for next season.Klopp’s line has not changed throughout a season in which notable records and landmarks have fallen with incredible regularity – he is not interested in breaking those records, only in winning football matches.Whether he regards it as important or not, three more wins from their four remaining games would be enough for Liverpool’s class of 2019-20 to etch their name into the history books as statistically English football’s most dominant team in a single season.Manchester City’s 2017-18 centurions currently hold most of the remaining available targets – most points, most wins and biggest title-winning margin – but those would be broken with the three more wins.Given how relentless they have been all season, most would expect the Reds to achieve that; they have room for one slip-up in matches against Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United, and crucially have now seemingly rediscovered their winning touch after their first major blip of the entire campaign. Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion saw them record back-to-back wins for the first time since February and move on to 30 for the season – already a joint club-record alongside the 1978-79 and 2018-19 campaigns.The result – which was not quite as straightforward as the scoreline suggests – also saw Liverpool end a woeful away run, but their record at home is faultless and they remain on course to become the first team to ever win every home game in a season.The Reds have won 17 from 17 so far this term and an unprecedented 24 in a row stretching back to January 2019, while it is now 57 games and more than three years since they last tasted a Premier League defeat at Anfield.A trip to the red half of Merseyside is just about the most difficult assignment in football at the moment, then, but Burnley arrive in good form themselves – and particularly away from home.Sean Dyche’s side have won back-to-back Premier League games on the road without conceding for the first time since May 2015, and have only lost one of their last six such outings. Indeed, Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph over West Ham United means that they have now amassed 13 points from their last six away games – as many as they had earned from their previous 16 such outings.The one defeat in that time was a heavy one at the hands of Manchester City, which does not bode well heading into a match against the only team better than City this season, but that is also their solitary league defeat in their last 12 home and away so they are clearly a difficult team to beat.European qualification is still very much on the agenda for Burnley with only two points separating them from seventh-placed Sheffield United, although there may be some fans keen to avoid that.Burnley finished seventh in 2017-18 to qualify for the Europa League but then finished 15th the following season – just scraping to the 40-point mark – and with such a small squad and reported friction over potential incomings it could be a big ask for them to juggle another competition.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Not that Dyche will want his squad to hold back at all, and there is a very real chance that they could continue their fine form until the very end of the season with Norwich City and Brighton in their final two games.Matches against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the meantime are likely to be more difficult, but Chelsea and Man City are the only top-half teams they have not taken points off already this season and so they will believe that they can pull off an upset at Anfield.Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood.Tags: AnfieldBurnleyLiverpoolPremier Leaguelast_img read more