first_imgIn a series of town halls this week, University administrators announced changes to the structure of the First Year of Studies, discussed a new early retirement program and provided updates on new recycling standards and construction projects.In a response to a question about changes to the First Year of Studies, University provost Thomas Burish confirmed that the First Year of Studies would cease to operate as a separate college. Instead, he said advisors formerly from the First Year of Studies will now work with advisors from students’ majors. The core curriculum requirements will be spread over four years, rather than being concentrated in students’ first year. Additionally, students will now have the option to take courses for their major beginning their freshman year. Natalie Weber | The Observer John Affleck-Graces, executive vice president of Notre Dame, discusses reforms that the University is planning to implement in the final fall town hall held Wednesday evening held in Carey Auditorium.Burish said the changes will allow students to explore more majors by taking a variety of introductory courses during their first year. For those first year students who have already decided on a major, the new system will allow them to get a head start on their fields of study, Burish said.“You can start early, and if you made the wrong decision, you’ve got time to recover and get into another major because you have four years now to work these major decisions in,” he said.During the town hall, university administrators also announced an early retirement program for staff. Details regarding the program will be released in the next few weeks, executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said. “In essence, it will look very similar to the program we did in 2011,” he said. “Essentially, looking at people who are 62 years or older who have 10 years of service or people 55 years and older, with 15 years of service. And there will be some element of a lump sum payment that will be tied to the number of years you put in.”Staff members will have until March or April of next year to decide whether to retire early, Affleck-Graves said.The University is also implementing new recycling policies, Affleck-Graves said. In the past, recycling allowed for 10 percent contamination of materials.“Those rules have changed because the places that used to take the recycling materials will no longer take them,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so, the new rules are that we can only have a 0.5 to one percent contamination. So that’s going to change the way that we’re going to ask you to recycle.”Administrators are asking that members of the community follow the motto “When in doubt, throw it out.”“If you put that food contaminated, when you put a liquid in, you’ve destroyed the good that everybody else has done,” he said. “If everyone else is being rigorous in their recycling and you’re not, what they end up doing is condemning the entire lot.”During the town halls, administrators also provided information on construction projects across campus, including the demolition of McKenna Hall and Brownson Hall, the construction of a new art museum and updates on the Eddy Street Commons Phase II project.“If you’re worried about there not being enough construction on campus, you don’t have to worry,” Affleck-Graves said jokingly.McKenna Hall will be torn down and rebuilt on half of the current lot to match the building to current standards, Affleck-Graves said.“McKenna has served us well, but it’s not a very efficient space,” he said. “There’s lots of open space in it, and some of the rooms for meetings aren’t up to standards you typically get at conferences nowadays. So, we’ve had very generous benefactors who have given us the funds, so we will replace McKenna Hall.”Brownson Hall will also be torn down and the site will be used to create a new space for the Alliance for Catholic Education, Affleck-Graves said.Additionally, Affleck-Graves said construction on the Eddy Street Commons Phase II will be completed in approximately 18 months to two years. A new art museum, funded by Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy, is also set to be constructed. Currently, administrators plan to build the museum at the site of the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park. “Really, the long term dream of building this arts district on our campus really comes to fulfillment with an art museum, a sculpture park, school of architecture, performing arts, sacred music and the music library,” Affleck-Graves said. “So we’re really getting a beautiful area for the arts on campus.”During a town hall, Affleck-Graves also answered a question about whether Notre Dame’s food inspections would be kept private following its deal with St. Joseph County.“To me, it’s like filing our own taxes. … We were approached about that, we asked that they be kept private, for various reasons, as you know, that blew up in the press, so I think the agreement we have now, is that if we do them, we will make those public,” he said.University President Fr. John Jenkins also spoke at the town halls, addressing concerns about keeping Notre Dame financially accessible.“One challenge we have, and we all know it, a Notre Dame education for our students is extremely expensive,” he said. “It costs a lot of money, and we have to do everything we can to make a Notre Dame education affordable and make it effective. “To do that, we give financial aid as one of our top priorities, and we have to try to keep costs down. Because to the extent we are more efficient, we can accept more students, we can give them more financial aid, we can be more affordable, more accessible to our students.”Jenkins also addressed the sex abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church and encouraged staff members to report any concerns. Staff members can contact the University Integrity Line, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity or Audit and Advisory Services with any workplace concerns, Jenkins said.“If there is an issue, if there is a misconduct and if there is misbehavior, it allows us to investigate it professionally and adjudicate it correctly,” he said. “So let us have that opportunity — if you see something, say something.”Tags: Brownson Hall, Construction, Eddy Street Commons, Faculty Town Hall, fall town hall, First Year of Studies, McKenna Hall, recyclinglast_img read more


first_imgThe home at 56 Victoria Ave, Chelmer“We anticipated it would be an impressive sale.”The home was originally built in 1905 and sits on 2704sq m of land.It has traditional period features such as high ceilings, timber floors, fretwork and VJ walls.Mr Adcock said the home had been in the same family for over 27 years. Inside 56 Victoria Ave, ChelmerMr Adcock said the new owners were a local family from the western suburbs.“They loved the character and charm of the home as much as the functionality of it,” he said. Inside 56 Victoria Ave, Chelmer“When people buy these homes, they hold on to them for a generation or more,” he said. “Homes like this are lifelong investments.” REAL ESTATE: Victoria Ave, ChelmerThis grand Queenslander home has sold four hours after auction for $3.3 million. The home at 56 Victoria Ave, ChelmerMarketing agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige said the sale of 56 Victoria Ave, Chelmer, was a street record.“Given the size of the land and the condition and calibre of the home, it’s not surprising,” he said.“Homes like this don’t come along too often.“It’s a big house with a tennis court and swimming pool on a huge piece of land in one of Chelmer’s most desirable streets.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agolast_img read more


first_imgUnless you have been out of the state or just simply not listening, you should know that IU basketball has received a commitment from Romeo Langford of New Albany.  It is not clear what Langford’s overall commitment is, but many fear it will be a “one and done” situation.  The new NCAA proposal, if passed, will not take effect until next year requiring a longer commitment for recruits.Meanwhile, at Purdue, head football Coach Brohm was given a contract extension.  Several reasons were given for this!  According to the Indianapolis Star, this year Brohm will receive 3.8 million and it will go up from there until it expires in 2024.  One reason was the renewed interest by the fan base and alumni and the energy developed on the Purdue campus.  Purdue had only won 9 games in 4 years before Brohm was given the job.  He not only won 7 games last year, but he got a bowl win as well.last_img read more


first_img Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, George Stevens Academy Eagles and Bucksport Golden Bucks all notched wins on the road in boys’ basketball outings Monday night.Ellsworth 78, Calais 71A 15-point overtime performance lifted the Ellsworth Eagles to a 78-71 win over the Calais Blue Devils after the two teams finished regulation play with the score knotted at 63-all in Calais.The 4-1 Eagles got a standout performance from Nick Bagley, who knocked down six three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth also got plenty of offensive help from Bryce Harmon, who added 17 points, and Alex Braley, who had four three-pointers and 16 points.In all, the Eagles connected on 13 of 18 attempts from three-point range.Travis Rhodes led Calais with 20 points, including six threes, and Tyler Niles had 19 points.GSA 58, Central 49A solid defensive effort helped the GSA Eagles knock off the Central Red Devils 58-49 in East Corinth.Kyle Ham, one of Central’s big post players, scored 12 first-half points but was held to just two in the second half.“We did a good job shutting down their offense after our halftime adjustments,” said GSA coach Dwayne Carter. “The team played good solid defense the second half, which got us the win.”That allowed the Eagles, who took a small lead in the first quarter, to stay in front the rest of the way in upping their record to 4-3 with their fourth consecutive win.GSA got balanced scoring with 15 points from Taylor Schildroth, 13 from Finn Davis-Batt and 11 from Jarrod Chase.Andrew Prescott led the 6-2 Red Devils with 24 points.Bucksport 54, John Bapst 42In Bangor, the Golden Bucks improved their record to 4-2 with a 64-42 win over the John Bapst Crusaders.With four starters on the bench in the first half due to foul trouble, the Golden Bucks trailed at halftime 23-19.But they rallied in the second half, outscoring the Crusaders 20-8 in the final period.Riley MacLeod led the way for Bucksport with 15 points, Alec Dyer added 12 and Asher Bowden chipped in with nine.Alex Mooney led the Crusaders with 13 points.In earlier action:GSA 77, DI-Stonington 32Kelsey Allen scored 17 points and Jarrod Chase was close behind with 16 as the GSA Eagles romped to a 77-32 win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Deer Isle.Jared Gove had nine points for the Mariners, who trailed from the start.Washington Academy 57,Bucksport 50A 22-point effort by Austin Seavey and 19 points from Gage Feeney led the Washington Academy Raiders to a 57-50 win over the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Bucksport.The Golden Bucks rallied from a 24-point deficit, outscoring the Raiders 23-6 in the final period, but came up short.Asher Bowden finished with 15 points and Tyler Pye added 14 for the Golden Bucks.GSA 84, MDI 76The GSA Eagles notched their third consecutive win on Friday in Blue Hill, knocking off the visiting Mount Desert Island Trojans 84-76.GSA got the job done from the foul line in the final period, connecting on 13 of 16 shots to secure the win.Kelsey Allen had a big game for the Eagles with 32 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.Jarrod Chase also contributed 15 points and Taylor Schildroth had 10 points and eight assists for GSA.Riley Swanson led the way for the still-winless Trojans with 24 points, Russell Kropf added  14, Graham Good had 12 and Aaron Snurkowski chipped in with 11 for MDI.Searsport 63, Sumner 50A slow start forced the Sumner Tigers to play from behind the rest of the way in a 63-50 loss to the Searsport Vikings on Saturday in Sullivan.Searsport jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the opening period and led 34-16 at halftime and 46-33 after three periods.Barrett Grant had a game-high 29 points, Troy Reynolds added 18 and Jake Powell chipped in with 14 for the Vikings.For Sumner, Joey Lamoureux connected on seven three-pointers for 21 points. Alex O’Hara added 12 and Issiac Christiansen had seven for the Tigers, whose record was evened at 3-3. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017last_img read more