Notre Dame’s Tri-Military Command hosted its first annual March Madness 10k Run Saturday and far surpassed its fundraising goal of $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).The three clubs — ATLAS (army ROTC), Arnold Air Society and Trident Naval Society — will donate the more than $3,700 it raised directly to the WWP, said Matt Zak, president of the Trident Naval Society. WWP has a stated mission “to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members,” according to the organization’s Web site. According to the Web site, over 500,000 troops have been wounded in battle, and many have suffered traumatic brain injuries, amputations, severe burns and post-traumatic stress disorder.The race began at Clarke Memorial Fountain and wound around campus and the lakes on a cool, partly cloudy Saturday.“It was an enjoyable race despite the cold conditions, and I was happy to run for a good cause,” said senior Matthew Bartindale, who won the event by completing the 6.2-mile track in less than 36 minutes.More than 150 people participated in the event.“I believe in supporting our troops and I admire what they do to protect our country,” freshman Consuela Garcia said. “I enjoyed running the race for them.”Zak said he thought the event was a great success.“We put in a lot of hard work over the last three months and I have received nothing but positive comments,” Zak said. “Our goal was $3,000 and we almost made $4,000. I hope it will continue in the future.”
A new experimental classroom, B011 DeBartolo Hall, is redefining the classroom experience, and yes, anyone can write on the walls. Room B011 is the result of multiple groups on campus working together to create an innovative, imaginative and active learning environment. Several divisions within the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Office of the Registrar, Academic Space Management, the University Council of Academic Technology (UCAT) and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning collaborated in the design and funding of B011. Jason Railton and Tim Cichos of OIT’s Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces division designed the room based on recommendations from the various groups and similar classrooms at schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan. According to Brian Burchett, manager of OIT’s Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces division, the goal is for the room to be as flexible as possible and to encourage active learning. “The idea of active learning is that students need to be participants, not simply people who receive information,” Burchett said. The room features multiple viewing screens, eight Macintosh computers, a touch-screen control panel for controlling what appears on each screen, multiple sets of keyboards and mice, and a document camera. The computers and screens can be connected in any way — one computer screen can be displayed on all viewing screens, each viewing screen can display a different computer screen, or any arrangement in between. All four walls are painted with a dry—erase paint that allows students and faculty to write anywhere around the room. Also, all of the tables and chairs have wheels, allowing for a variety of seating arrangements to make use of the display screens and writing space around the room, Burchett said. The room can be used in many different ways, including as a giant white board, all depending on the needs of a particular class. “The point isn’t that we want people to use gobs of technology. We just want a room that allows faculty options, even traditional teaching methods,” Burchett said. During the fall semester, the classes in B011 gave feedback on the room’s features and corresponding changes were made over Christmas break. According to Burchett, the faculty teaching in B011 this semester completed an application process. Each of them submitted a proposal for how they would make use of the room’s adaptability in their respective class. The room is currently being used for an Irish Studies course, multiple foreign language courses, a first year composition course, a multimedia writing and rhetoric course, and a mechanical engineering course, among others, Burchett said. There are at least two or three classes in the room every day. There is also an opportunity for faculty to request the room once or twice for a specific class activity though there class is held in a different room. Sean O’Brien, assistant professional specialist in Irish Studies, teaches an Irish Studies course in B011. “We are using the tools in B011 to follow Ireland’s current economic and political crisis. With its open format and multiple configurations of computers and displays, B011 is an ideal space to follow events in Ireland as they unfold this spring,” O’Brien said. The multimedia writing and rhetoric course taught by assistant professional specialist Erin Dietel—McLaughlin is making use of the multiple display space and display options the room affords. “The classroom feels much more authentic to my more decentralized teaching style and to the learning process itself. The students just plain seem to be more engaged, more lively and more curious in this room,” Dietel—McLaughlin said. There will be an open house in Room B011 in the basement of DeBartolo Hall on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Saint Mary’s hosted a panel on Tuesday night titled, “The Battle After the War: Veterans in Their Lives and Struggles,” to discuss veteran’s issues including PTSD, mental health, homelessness, employment, caregivers, services and policies.The event — which was organized by students in the Social Work 236 Human Behavior and Social Environment II class — included panelists such as South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, who took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan in 2014; U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski, who is known for her services in the House Armed Series, Veteran’s Affairs and Agriculture Committees and Chairs the Nutrition Subcommittee; and Dr. Kent Laudeman, who served in the U.S. Army since 1968 and is currently as a retired Lieutenant Colonel.Despite the speakers’ variety of perspectives and personal experiences of working with veterans, they all advocated making a difference by working as a community first.“Regard veterans not as liabilities but assets. This will help more veterans to find a place in the community,” said Buttigieg. “We can do right by everybody who serves by welcoming them into the community more than just saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’”Laudeman currently serves as the Director of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veterans Center, which is connected to the South Bend Center for the Homeless. The temporary housing hosts veterans in need of help for two years without having to pay a cent.“The goal of the facility is to get them back on their feet with shelter, food, a warm shoulder and a warm shower,” Laudeman said.Laudeman said his personal experience from fighting in Vietnam for a year inspired him to begin working with veterans.“There are some experiences that I don’t want to remember, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in my life,” said Laudeman. “I’ve grown.”Walorski went on to discuss the problems that veterans face after coming home from war. Twenty-two American veterans commit suicide per day, she said, and more than half of the suicides are due to sexual assault.“There are tens of thousands of veterans today that have suffered sexual trauma that have never been reported,” said Walorski. “The greatest catastrophe is the issue of suicide.”Laudeman agreed and said that another major issue of homecoming troops is drug and alcohol abuse. Most cases are the result of PTSD, of which one in every five soldiers is a victim because they are trying to numb the pain of their memories, said Laudemand.“There are mountains facing our veterans when they come home,” said Walorski. “I have such a profound respect for the American Reserves.”Buttigieg said although every veteran’s return home is different, they are all difficult. The South Bend mayor said civilians should set aside common assumptions that they have.“You come home, and you come to this radical change,” said Buttigieg. “There’s no question there are heroes — the things they did with no regard for their life or safety. In our rush to be complementary, we’ve created the T-ball effect, where everybody gets hit [with gratitude] — but not everyone comes back feeling like a hero. Not everyone is damaged either; most veterans don’t regard themselves as victims. Everyone has a very different experience.”Walorski said that whatever the condition the soldiers are in when they come home, they need help from civilians to advocate for them so that they can get as little or as much help as they need.“We have a half a million veterans and their families in our state [Indiana],” said Walorski. “It’s the greatest reward I’ve ever had to sit across from a veteran.“We want to do them right for the sake of right.”All three panelists said they were frustrated about what the government is doing to help veterans on a national level.“We are passionate about veterans because we are outraged,” said Walorski. “I think there’s a way that Saint Mary’s can rise up and be a part of a national model in a way that people have never seen.”Walorski said she wants to implement a new national program that more veterans could have advocates to get the help they need.“I think it would be incredible if we could start a national model through Saint Mary’s students,” said Walorski. “We could get social-work students at Saint Mary’s to be an advocate for so many of our veterans across the country.”Freshman Anna Riddle said she found Walorski’s idea appealing and inspiring.“I think it would be a good idea if we get Saint Mary’s involved in the National Program,” Riddle said. “I think it would show that it doesn’t just have to be the government providing aid. People have the power to provide aid.”Sophomore Abbie Spica said she was concerned about peers who were just entering the military.“Personally, I have community members I know enlisting, and they have concerns about problems coming back, I like the idea of first focusing on community involvement,” Spica said.Tags: Dr. Kent Laudeman, Jackie Walorski, Peter Buttigieg, South Bend Mayor, U.S. Representative, Veterans
Two tickets began their race for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president at midnight Monday. Juniors Terra Nelson and Olivia Allen and juniors Emma Schmidt and Andrea Ruiz-Montoya are running for student body president and vice president, senior and current student body president Madeleine Corcoran said. The two tickets will campaign Monday through Wednesday, participating in a debate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium according to the 2019 student body election guidelines. Voting will take place Thursday, and the results will be announced Friday. Nelson and Allen’s platform features several ideas that carry over from the current student government administration. Among them include adding a Blinkie tracking feature to the Saint Mary’s mobile app, BelleMobile, developing a weekly email entitled “This Week at SMC” to provide information on events on campus and expanding Munch Money usage. Nelson and Allen also are introducing several of their own new ideas. Building off of Nelson’s work this past year as a co-chair for the Student Government Association mission committee and introducing Lemonade and Le Mans Mass, the ticket hopes to expand signature masses to every residence halls. The ticket’s platform also plans to improve student life by opening the Regina Hall parking lot to students and paving the grave parking lot, working with the College administration to offer mid-semester town hall with Interim President Nancy Nekvasil and building community by reworking First Year Orientation.Schmidt and Ruiz-Montoya also hope to develop a “This Week at SMC” email and introduce a Blinkie tracking device for the Saint Mary’s mobile app. The ticket also plans to implement several measures surrounding mental health, including having an on-call counselor and emergency hours at the Health and Counseling Center, according to their platform. Schmidt and Ruiz-Montoya’s other platform focal points include building better relations between students and Sodexo dining services, improving safety measures such as the blue light emergency system, continuing sustainability initiatives and implementing Saturday night masses.Tags: sga student government elections, student body president elections, Student Government Association, Student government elections
A rape was reported Monday to the Notre Dame Title IX Office, according to the Notre Dame Police Department’s Wednesday crime log.The alleged incident is listed as having occurred “on campus” Sept. 1.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and from the Title IX office.Tags: crime log, Notre Dame Police Department, rape, Title IX
South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue:South Africa’s allegiance to coal mining and coal-fired power generation in an era of rising concern about water supply and quality, and weakening national and global demand is causing a furor in the country’s mining sector, affecting the financial community, and tearing holes in President Jacob Zuma’s veil of privilege and scandal.The national turmoil and a number of distinct regional conditions are tilting the balance of benefits and risks against new coal development in this area, say many residents. A deep two-year drought, the worst ever experienced in northern KwaZulu-Natal, emptied the drinking water reservoirs of Vryheid and nearby Paulpietersburg late last year. Thousands of town residents line up every morning to fill buckets with fresh water transported by tanker trucks from sources as far away as Pongola, a farm town set by the river of the same name that is 132 kilometers (82 miles) east of here.Outside the hill towns, where springs and deep wells are still active, one coal company is drawing nearer to gaining a license to mine a new coal seam near Paulpietersburg. At least nine other companies have been quietly nosing around the steep slopes of the area’s tabletop mountains for unmined reserves.Markets for new reserves are thought to include coal-fired power stations in neighboring Mpumalanga province, and for export. Richards Bay, South Africa’s primary export shipping terminal, is 214 kilometers east (133 miles).Senior managers of the South Africa Department of Mineral Resources declined to be interviewed for this article. The department’s weak public involvement mechanisms and Web site make it difficult for citizens to follow new licensing applications. Farmers, acutely anxious that pollution from new coal mines could contaminate their water, have responded by establishing a new advocacy group, the Pongola River Catchment Protection Association, to keep abreast of mining activity on the ground, and to oppose new mineral development.Full article: South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends More here.
FERC Data Show Coal, Nuclear Capacity Dropping, While Renewables Surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Clean Energy:In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020—effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.At the same time, the FERC report suggests that coal might experience a net decline of 18,723 MW (equivalent to 6.60% of current capacity) while nuclear power drops by 2,342 MW (equivalent to 2.16% of current capacity).The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bail out of the coal and nuclear industries. FERC’s data also outlines the retirement of 10,803 MW of natural gas capacity by the end of 2020 but offset by the potential addition of 92,489 MW for a net gain of 81,686 MW—an amount that would increase current natural gas capacity by 15.82%. Oil generating capacity would remain largely unchanged with retirements of 571 MW and additions of 762 MW.Proposed additions for wind total 72,526 MW with only 68 MW of retired capacity while solar could add 43,528 MW and experience just 2 MW of retirements. Hydropower, while retiring 706 MW, would grow by 12,732 MW. Biomass might add 945 MW and retire 47 MW while geothermal could expand by 1,610 MW without any retirements. In total, proposed net generation additions for the mix of renewable sources totals 130,518 MW.More: FERC Report Outlines Potential Doubling of Solar and Wind Capacity by 2020 as Coal and Nuclear Experience Sharp Declines
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver has been arrested for crashing his SUV into a stroller with a 3-year-old girl inside and fleeing the scene in Shirley on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Scott Shea was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, when he struck a 3-year-old girl that was riding in a stroller south of Montauk Highway shortly before 4 p.m., police said.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The 30-year-old Middle Island man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Detectives are continuing the investigation.The case is the second alleged hit-and-run in Shirley in less than a week.
Spring Break is right around the corner, and if you have kids – or you’re a kid at heart – you might be making plans to visit a theme park. But a day riding roller coasters and eating funnel cakes can be very expensive. Here are some tips to save on your next theme park trip.Go Two Days or MoreMost theme park price-per-day rates drop significantly when you buy two days or more. For example, according to an article earlier this year in The New York Times, it costs $89.99 to go to Busch Gardens once, but only $10 more to buy an annual pass that lets you visit unlimited times.Buy tickets onlineMost parks offer a discount if you purchase tickets ahead of time on their website instead of showing up to buy tickets at the gate. At Six Flags Magic Mountain, a daily ticket costs $84.99 at the gate. But if you buy it online and pick your date, rates start at just $59.99.Be flexible about your datesSure, everybody wants to visit Disneyland on Christmas Day, but most parks hike up the price of tickets on their most popular days to avoid overcrowding. If you are willing to visit early in the season when school is still in session – especially on a weekday – you can save quite a bit. At Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania, between April 28 and May 25, daily tickets are only $45, much less than the regular $75 price.Ask your credit unionMost sites that claim to offer discount codes usually don’t work, but if you’re a credit union member, you might qualify for a good deal. And, if you use a credit card that offers cash back on all purchases or rewards, you can save even more.Use social mediaFollow your favorite theme park on social media and you may be lucky enough to snag tickets during flash sales. At the very least, you’ll be notified of special promotions and discounts.Spring for Fast PassesAny deal that keeps you from waiting in line means you’ll spend more time enjoying the rides and less time standing in line. As much as theme park tickets cost these days, that’s important. Usually, the cost to upgrade is well worth the extra fun you get in return. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details
Smartphones priced under Rs. 8,000 don’t usually have any particularly exciting features, but this is an important segment nonetheless. These smartphones are typically entry points into the world of Android for feature-phone users who finally want to make that transition, but are reluctant to spend a lot. While there hasn’t been a lot of change in this segment over the past few months, you should be able to find big batteries and displays in the current crop of smartphones. Cameras and processing power are still quite basic, but then again, these phones aren’t designed to be exceptional performers.The smartphones we are recommending have gone through our tests, and only the ones which have scored better than average have made it to this list. Here are some of the best smartphones you should consider under Rs. 8,000. Realme C11The Realme C11 is a good alternative to the Poco C3 as it shares many of its features. The highlight of this phone is once again a large display and long battery life. The Realme C11 is built well and looks good for a smartphone in this segment. The 5,000mAh battery delivers excellent battery life, which should let you go multiple days before needing to charge it.The Realme C11 is only available with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The low amount of RAM makes Realme’s custom skin feel sluggish. The cameras aren’t all that great either, especially if you’re shooting in low light. Just like the Poco C3, the Realme C11 lacks a fingerprint sensor, but you do get face recognition. Despite the fairly average performance, it’s still a decent buy at this price.- Advertisement – Redmi 8A Dual7Rs. 6,999 Poco C3- Advertisement – Best phones under 8,000 Phones under Rs. 8,000Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended) The Poco C3 is a recent entry in this segment, and while it didn’t fare too well in most of our tests, it did excel at battery life. The 5,000mAh battery in the Poco C3 managed to last around two days on average in everyday use, which is very good. It does take a long time to charge, but given the great battery life, you’ll probably need to do this every alternate day at best. The Poco C3 is also fairly slim and is built well. The display is large, even though it can be a little difficult to use under direct sunlight.The Poco C3 offers decent performance, and the good news is that the base variant, priced at Rs. 7,499, comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s a 4GB variant too, with double the storage (64GB) priced at Rs. 8,999, but it’s not the best value in our opinion.The MIUI 12 software doesn’t show ads on the Poco C3 (for now) which is great news, and performance is quite acceptable given the phone’s pricing. You also get three rear cameras, which do acceptable jobs provided you give the sensors ample light. Overall, the Poco C3 is not a bad pick for someone buying their first smartphone.- Advertisement – Poco C37Rs. 7,499 Redmi 8A DualXiaomi appears to have phased out the Redmi 8A, leaving the Redmi 8A Dual in its place at a starting price of Rs. 6,999. It’s identical to the Redmi 8A which we reviewed, except for a second depth sensor at the back. It’s a slightly older model but is still relevant thanks to features such as wireless FM radio and 18W fast charging through a USB Type-C port — two features that are rare in this price segment. The phone also has a 5,000mAh battery, which ensures a solid two-day battery life.Xiaomi also sells an updated model called the Redmi 9A at a starting price of Rs. 6,799 with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. We haven’t reviewed this model so it’s hard to say how much better it would be compared to the Redmi 8A Dual, but it does seem decent, going by the specifications. Keep in mind though, it lacks the USB Type-C port and fast charging, which could make some people prefer the older model. Realme C117Rs. 7,499 Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –