Jenkins’ address invokes Catholic mission

first_imgDrawing upon Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered his annual address to a theater full of faculty at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday afternoon. Jenkins celebrated the diligence of Notre Dame’s professors, deans, advisors and officials, while also calling attention to the University’s progressive aspirations. Jenkins said the contributions of faculty members are of substantial importance for the University’s mission. He commended faculty for creating real, tangible value through academics, while reflecting upon an excerpt from the late Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet and holder of an honorary degree from Notre Dame. “Like Heaney’s poetry-writing, your work as faculty is generally not strenuous physical labor, but the work of the mind and imagination,” Jenkins said. “Yet it is as demanding and productive as [the work of] those engaged in physical labor.” The University is seeking more funding to pursue its greatest aspirations, while being fiscally responsible and respecting the University’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said. Among these aspirations are newly proposed additions to Notre Dame Stadium, which Jenkins said are designed to enrich academics and student life.  Jenkins said the Central Campus Planning Project has made great strides in planning potential stadium renovations.  “The group has made great progress and considered the possibility of a student center adjacent to the stadium, buildings to house one or more academic departments and space for a digital media center,” he said. In response to a question about the potential addition of sexual orientation to the University’s anti-discrimination clause, Jenkins said law mandates everything that is already detailed in the clause and he saw no need to tamper with it. He also said all specific matters of discrimination, no matter the cause, should be brought to his attention. Jenkins’ address also touched upon key changes in the digital world. He said the University plans to create a modifiable website for tracking developments. He also discussed the reallocation of funds toward engineering and the sciences to prepare Notre Dame students for this changing world.  However, in an age of online courses and virtual degrees, Jenkins said Notre Dame must continue to offer something more. “I do not believe it will ever be possible to deliver the richness of a Notre Dame education wholly on-line,” he said. “An essential part of a Notre Dame education is the community that comes from physical proximity, the relationships that are developed among students and between students and professors, and the serendipity of critical insights through unplanned interactions.” Jenkins said an example of Notre Dame offering more than an online experience is the University’s student satisfaction statistics.  “The percentage of Notre Dame seniors who report being ‘very satisfied’ with the ‘overall quality of instruction’ at Notre Dame stands at 57 percent, more than 20 points above the national average among other highly selective private universities,” he said.  Similarly, 98 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates consistently report satisfaction. Even with this level of student approval, Notre Dame’s true standard of education is not easily quantified, Jenkins said.  “Although a Notre Dame education makes sense in financial terms, its value cannot and should not be reduced to an analysis of our graduates’ future earning potential,” he said.  Jenkins said the moral formation and social efficacy instilled in students by the Notre Dame experience is what ought to be emphasized. “As we undertake the curriculum review, we must do so with those educational ideals at the center of our concerns,” he said.last_img read more

Red-hot Vardy fires title-chasing Leicester to club record win

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Leicester closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool as Jamie Vardy extended his red-hot streak with a brace in Sunday’s record-breaking 4-1 rout of Aston Villa.Brendan Rodgers’ second-placed side moved within eight points of Liverpool thanks to goals from Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans at Villa Park.Jack Grealish had reduced the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half, but Leicester cruised to an eighth consecutive top-flight victory, setting a new club record that smashed the previous best from the 1962-63 season.Vardy has now scored in eight consecutive Premier League appearances and is the competition’s top scorer with 16 goals this term.The 32-year-old striker’s blistering run has given him a chance of equalling his sequence of scoring in 11 successive matches during Leicester’s 2015-16 title-winning campaign.“I thought they were amazing, it is a historical day for the club and the performance warranted that,” Rodgers said.“It really does mean something special, it puts the team in the history books of Leicester City.”Leicester’s surge up the table, after 12 wins from their last 14 league games, has made them unexpected title contenders again and leaves them in position to qualify for the Champions League.Jurgen Klopp’s men remain heavy title favourites and the acid test of Leicester’s credentials will come with successive fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool over Christmas.“I don’t think anyone expects us to be near the top. After Manchester United won at Manchester City on Saturday, the caption came up about how far City are away from Liverpool,” Rodgers said.“We respect that, we get on with our work and keep developing as a team. We look like a top team.”Vardy maintained his superb form to put Leicester ahead in the 21st minute.Latching onto a fine pass from Iheanacho and, with the injured Tyrone Mings unable to sprint back, Vardy had space to round Tom Heaton before stumbling over the ball.Quickly recovering his footing, the striker glided past Ezri Konsa to slot home from inside the six-yard box.After bagging the winner against Everton last Sunday, Nigerian forward Iheanacho struck again in the 41st minute.James Maddison surged into the Villa area and delivered a fine cross that Iheanacho turned in from close range. Grealish gave Dean Smith’s side a lifeline in first half stoppage-time.But Evans restored Leicester’s two-goal advantage in the 49th minute when the defender met Maddison’s corner with a towering header for his first goal since February.Vardy put the result beyond doubt in the 75th minute with another clinical finish.– Newcastle hit back –Newcastle fought back to make it two consecutive wins with a 2-1 success against Southampton.Danny Ings gave Southampton a 52nd-minute lead at St James’ Park, but Newcastle were level in the 68th minute through Jonjo Shelvey.Federico Fernandez won it with three minutes left as Newcastle climbed to 10th place, while Southampton sit third bottom.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder claimed VAR does referees a disservice after his side came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road.Alexander Tettey put Norwich ahead, but Enda Stevens’ header drew United level before George Baldock fired home just three minutes later.The game had moments of VAR controversy, with a red card for United’s Chris Basham overruled and a lengthy delay eventually denying the Blades a third goal.“The percentages that we’re looking at I don’t think are making the game a better game to be involved in at the moment,” Wilder said.“We’re doing a disservice to the elite referees as well. That’s putting doubt in their mind as well.”Wolves moved into sixth place after Diogo Jota rescued a 2-2 draw at Brighton.Wolves opened the scoring through Jota in the 28th minute, only for Neal Maupay to blast Brighton level six minutes later.Davy Propper headed Brighton into the lead in the 36th minute before Jota equalised seconds before half-time.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Education President: What Parents Need to Know About Virtual Education

first_imgState Senator Manny Diaz, President of Education CommitteeState Senator Manny Diaz, Jr joined the South Florida Morning Show live Wednesday morning to help talk parent off the ledge now that their kids are home from school due to the coronavius.Senator Diaz walked parents through virtual online education now that their kids are learning at the kitchen table.Instead of showing up in the classroom, students in Florida are logging on to the virtual education platform. Diaz says that parents will have more access to their child’s progress and grades by logging into the platform on line than they traditionally have when their kids are in the classroom.Whether you live in Florida or beyond, you can access more than 190 courses here from Algebra to AP Art History and everything in between.The courses are real—just like the certified teachers who teach them. Public, private, and homeschool students from Kindergarten through 12th grade use our courses to succeed on their own time and schedules.Senator Diaz also says that students will be able to access their SAT/ACT results and will have the ability to retake the tests. Also, unfortunately there won’t be any physical graduation ceremonies but there are some virtual graduation ceremonies available.Listen to the full interview here. read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Nelson Curling Club Champions

first_imgIn the Friday Night Mixed league, Team Haynes triumphed 10-6 over the Winters/Grainger rink to claim the overall title.The rink includes, Ken Haynes, Chris Haynes, Sandi Haynes and Gloria Beecham (spare).In the men’s event, the Roger May foursome outlasted the Salviulo rink to clinch the crown.The team includes, skip Roger May, Steve Greenwood, Jamie Tedesco, and Graham Jamin.The May rink also won the right to represent Nelson in the B.C. Club Challenge (Kootenays) in Invermere at the end of March.In the Ladies event, Kelli May rink edged out Sherri McIvor for the top prize. The May rink includes, Kalyn May, Erin May, Jade May and Kelli May. (See men’s and ladies rink pictures below.) Nothing like St. Paddy’s Day falling on the same night at the Nelson Curling Club crowning its club champions.So there was plenty of curling spirit flowing as the club celebrated its 2012 winners.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to recognize all the winning rinks with Team of the Week accolades.The winning rinks from the three leagues include:last_img read more

Even Lions . . . B.C. Lions, catch fish on Kootenay Lake

first_imgThey were definitely amazed by the sights and the fishing.  They do want to come back and hopefully bring the rest of the team with them next time. Rainbows up to 22 pounds & Dollies up to 15 pounds have been caught lately.  We’re also seeing lots of smaller fish starting to feed. Now that the insects are out and floating on the water, we should see more and more surface action.  Looking forward to the next six weeks.What are they biting on ???Since most of the fish are coming to the surface to feed, we are mainly running our bucktail flies.  My favorite colors have been: black/wht, grey/wht, green/wht.  Common numbers have been: 210, 215, 228 Also using my favorite Lyman plugs and Apex lures on the calmer days.  My favorites have been:  black/silver, silver/gold, blue/green or lucky numbers of #10, #53, #55, #135. We’ve also managed a few fish on the downriggers.  Still using the old flasher/hoochie combo for the dollies.  But we’re catching lots on my favorite plugs again down deep.  Magic depths have been 60′, 80′, and 100′. The water temperature is rising slowly.  Lately I’ve had readings between 41-44 degrees.  So, it shouldn’t be long before these fish really turn on!! My Favorite time of year has arrived. Gerrard’s are Spawning It’s also that time of year when these amazing fish head up to spawn.  The latest counts have us predicting another great run.  The count as of  May 3 saw over 700 fish at the grounds.Looks like the beginning of another great run.  If you get a chance to see this amazing sight, it is well worth the trip. There’s usually fish up at the bridge until about the second week of May.  So, you might still have a chance to check it out.  Maybe a nice Mother’s Day picnic.  Always worth the trip. A little tip for everybody:  try to get up there earlier in the morning before the wind picks up.  It makes for better viewing. If you want to check on the latest numbers, go to the ministry’s web site for a current count.  Check it out at: next month or two should be fantastic fishing. So, Let’s Get Out There !! Tight lines…..Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Even managed to take a few of the Grey Cup champions B.C. Lions out on the boat while they were in town. They only had a couple of hours to spare, but the fish co-operated.  They hooked into four or five fish that all seemed to be between 8-10 pounds.  A good introduction to Kootenay Lake for them.  It’s time for the latest fishing report from Kerry Reed at Reel Adventures Charters.Kootenay Lake Spring fishing is here.Although the weather might not indicate it. The water has been rising constantly.  Now we just need the temperatures to start rising and the good fishing will follow. The higher water means more debris floating around in the water.  Which means more food on the surface.  This should start to bring most of the fish to the surface to feed. The forecast looks pretty good for the next week or so. My favorite time is coming up.  Usually by the middle of May, our water temperature has warmed up and the fish begin to get aggressive. We have had some good days lately with five to 12 fish being caught in a day.  Also had some tougher days with only a couple.  Every day is different.last_img read more


first_img–30– IDLE SINCE SEPT. 27, STEVENS SAYS MANDELLA TRAINEE ‘BEST FILLY I’VE EVER SAT ON’ ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Award Champion Beholder overcame a six month layoff to make short work of four rivals in winning Friday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes covered 1 1/16 miles under a long hold in 1:42.54.Breaking from the outside at odds of 1-5, Beholder rated kindly in second behind Uzziel, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux. With Uzziel carving out early splits of 24.30 and 47.95, Stevens moved alongside the pacesetter going to the three eighths pole, took the lead midway around the far turn and opened up easily approaching the furlong pole to win in-hand.“She’s the best filly I’ve ever sat on, and I’m not sure she’s not the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” said Stevens, who has partnered with some of the best fillies the game has produced over the past three decades. “Winning Colors (1988 Kentucky Derby winner), Silverbulletday (1999 Kentucky Oaks), this mare, they all have a temperament and they’re their own woman. I just try to get along with them. She listens to me and she acts like she enjoys me on her back and I’m darn sure I enjoy being there.“I knew she was pretty fit, but it’s a long year. I know the Breeders’ Cup is the goal and however Richard works backwards to get us to that point, I’ll just be along for the ride. Hopefully, we can both stay healthy.”Sidelined due to a fever following her second lifetime win in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 27, Beholder was thus denied an opportunity to win her second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 31.“You never know until you run them, believe me,” said an obviously relieved Mandella. “Mr. Hughes has a saying, “(Stuff) happens. The (Grade I) Vanity here on May 9 is next and then the Ogden Phipps on Belmont Day (June 6), and we’re going to get it right this time.”Hughes, who founded Public Storage and is currently based in Kentucky, was understandably elated with Beholder’s seasonal debut.“She met and exceeded my expectations today,” said Hughes. “She’s a nice horse and I’m very lucky to own her…I could be wrong, but she’s the best filly in the world. Richard Mandella got it together and you’ve got to give it to him. He’s one of the very few trainers who can get a horse ready for a particular race. Everyone else, the horse tells them where to go. Not Richard, he tells the horse where to go.”With $79,753 bet to win on Beholder and a whopping $217,450 bet to show, she paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. In getting her 11th win from 16 starts, she picked up $48,300, increasing her earnings to $3,416,600.Uzziel, who tried to match strides with the winner around the far turn, checked in second, 2 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Oscar Party. Off at 5-1, Uzziel paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Oscar Party was dispatched at 26-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Although there was a massive negative show pool bet on Beholder, Santa Anita’s exposure was limited, due to the fact $202,000 of it was wagered out of state, according to the track’s Director of Pari-Mutuels, Randy Hartzell.“Our exposure on the show pool was roughly $10,000,” said Hartzell.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30, Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more