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

Defending champion wins again at Ventura

first_imgFollowing Fitzgibbon, Greiman and Donald Houghton at the finish were Jack Parker and Terry Hershberger. VENTURA, Calif. (June 22) – His late-race pass netted defending track champion Trevor Fitz-Gibbon another IMCA Modified victory Saturday night at Ventura Raceway.  Andrew Greiman led the first 18 of 20 laps, only to be passed by Fitz-Gibbon on the 19th circuit. last_img

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball embraces ‘Mamba mentality’ with 36 points in front of LeBron James

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBall added 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots and shot 12 for 22 from the field (3 for 10 from 3-point range) while playing 36 of 40 minutes. Ivica Zubac added 21 points and rookie forward Kyle Kuzma, who also sat out Monday’s game (cramps), added 13 points and 12 rebounds.Ball scored his last points on a three-point play with 21.2 seconds left to give the Lakers a 101-100 lead, but the 76ers regained the lead on James Blackmon Jr.’s driving layup with 5.9 seconds left. Zubac drew a foul with 4.6 seconds left and made a pair of free throws for the final margin. Philadelphia’s Larry Drew II missed a 3-point attempt in the final second.After Ball’s absence scuttled a marquee matchup against Kings guard and No. 5 pick De’Aaron Fox on Monday, the No. 2 pick returned against a 76ers team that was without No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who sprained his left ankle last weekend. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Wearing purple Kobe Bryant Nike shoes instead of his signature Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball was more of a facilitator in the first half, firing several long outlet passes that resulted in easy baskets. Ball looked for his own shot more in the second half, getting to the free-throw line as well and crediting a “Mamba mentality” for the outburst.“It wasn’t about me it was about the team,” he told ESPN after the game.Before Wednesday, no player in RealGM’s Summer League database (since 2004) had recorded a 30-point, 10-assist game.What kind of an impression it made on James, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar who is among the elite free agents the Lakers plan to pursue next summer, is unknown. But it certainly couldn’t have hurt.Rookie guard Josh Hart (sprained right ankle) and rookie guard PJ Dozier (sprained left ankle) sat out for the Lakers. Hart has missed the past two games, while Dozier suffered his injury during Monday’s game against the Kings.The Lakers previously shut down second-year forward Brandon Ingram (cramps) after their Summer League opener and have since waived second-year guard David Nwaba, meaning they had another new lineup against Philadelphia.The Lakers next face second-seeded Cleveland in the Summer League tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center.center_img LAS VEGAS — Lonzo Ball returned to the court on Wednesday night and put on a show with LeBron James sitting courtside.The rookie point guard from UCLA, who missed Monday’s Summer League game against Sacramento while nursing a groin injury, scored 28 of his game-high 36 points in the second half to help the Lakers erase a 15-point deficit in a wild 103-102 tournament victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Thomas & Mack Center.last_img read more