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Austin O’Brien | Nick Boggess

first_imgWho they are: Student body presidential candidate Austin O’Brien is a freshman resident of O’Neill Hall from Granger, Ind., who plans to study political science and economics. He is currently creating a community service project as part of the First Year Challenge. Vice presidential candidate Nick Boggess, a freshman accounting major and Education, Schooling and Society minor, is a South Bend native living in Zahm House. First priority: O’Brien and Boggess would take advantage of their full-time residency in the South Bend area to begin working immediately and over the summer to strengthen the relationship between the city and the University to make South Bend a “college town Notre Dame students want to be a part of.” Top priority: To continue the pair’s first priority of improving South Bend as a college town, Boggess said working with the city to “blur the lines” between campus and the greater community to expand the University’s influence would be a primary goal.  Best idea: O’Brien and Boggess propose creating a council of local university student body presidents to work directly with Mayor Buttigieg to integrate student needs with the greater South Bend community. Worst idea: Creating a “learning commons” to house all academic resources in one facility for all students. Attempting to centralize vaguely specified resources for students in five colleges under one roof makes little logistical or practical sense on Notre Dame’s compact campus.  Most feasible: O’Brien hopes to engage directly with students regularly in meetings modeled after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “Mayor’s Night Out” sessions.  Least feasible: A continually popular yet unsuccessful platform point of prospective student body presidents, O’Brien and Boggess want to expand Flex Point acceptance to include Eddy Street Commons. Nothing in their platform implies they could reverse this trend of rejection.  Fun fact: O’Brien and Boggess, friends since their time at St. Joseph’s High School, won a local Battle of the Bands competition last summer with their pop-rock cover group The Excellence Stops Here.  Notable quote: “As local residents, we have the benefit of seeing all the angles that you can possibly take, so that’s what I feel like would give us a big advantage when it comes to working especially with students here as well as those in the community.” – Boggess, on the merits of living in South Bend year-round Bottom line: The O’Brien-Boggess ticket expresses an admirable desire to integrate Notre Dame with the greater South Bend community, but their ideas are too broad and contain few specific plans of action to achieve the overarching goal of making South Bend a better college town. Though their perspective as local residents is unique, it diverted the pair’s focus too far from on-campus concerns. That said, their initiative in running as freshmen holds promise for future campaigns.last_img read more

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In search of a role model

first_imgI was inspired to write this article by a song recently released by Pink called “Stupid Girls.” One verse in particular jumped out at me. Toward the beginning of the song, Pink poses the question, “What happened to the dreams of a girl president?” Then she supplies a sufficient – yet sad – answer: “She’s dancing in the video next to 50 Cent.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt is a sad reality. What happened to the feminist spirit of the sixties? What happened to the dream of a woman leading our country? The idea of what it is to be a strong and powerful woman has dramatically changed. The women idolized in society are not the humanitarians, like Melinda Gates, or powerful media figures like Diane Sawyer, politicians or authors; it’s the celebrities, models and actresses. The real role models are unappreciated. Young women aspire to be like Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan instead of great historical figures like Rosa Parks, whose strength and vigor helped spark the Civil Rights movement; or Eleanor Roosevelt, the greatest First Lady of all time who selflessly helped countless people during her husband’s term. Society’s goals for women have shifted from promoting knowledge and leadership to placing an emphasis on exterior qualities. As long as you are pretty you have no worries. Young girls no longer strive to be president; they strive to be celebrities with their pictures splashed all over tabloids and the Internet. When I began brainstorming about this article, I struggled to think of influential women of our generation, and sadly my list was very short. That is the downfall of society: our young girls do not really have proper role models to look up to. I couldn’t think of many after Oprah Winfrey, who is perhaps the greatest living humanitarian, or Condoleezza Rice, who is clearly the most intelligent person in the White House. However, there are also the forgotten female athletes that we should look up to, such as Billie Jean King for all the barriers she broke and opinions she transformed; Cheryl Miller for being the dominating athlete in her family of male basketball stars; Lisa Fernandez for continuing to bring home gold medals from the Olympics; or Pat Summit for coaching championship teams continuously. It is not even necessary to be an athlete to appreciate what these women have accomplished in a “man’s world” of sports. It is also a sad realization that the powerful women in the business world are not only unappreciated, in large part they are unknown. Have you ever heard of Anne Mulcahy (chief executive officer of Xerox) or Mary Simmons (Rite Aid chief)? I doubt it, but you should. They are paving the way for our generation, ladies! I still cling to the dream of a woman in charge, a woman sitting in the oval office, holding the highest position in all the land, the leader of the free world. We, as a society, need to step away from our goals of wanting to be like Nicole or Paris or Britney or Jessica, and start trying to become the best we can possibly be. Because this definitely cannot be all for us girls. We are meant for so much more. Megan Kelperis, 16, is a junior at La Serna High in Whittier. She is involved in softball, basketball and the school newspaper, and hopes to major in journalism, English or political science at Pepperdine University.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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€50M RE-TRAINING BOOST FOR UNEMPLOYED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

first_imgIreland’s North and West MEPs today warmly welcomed the decision by the European Commission to allocate €51 million of EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid for retraining laid-off Irish construction industry workers.Having initiated the push to apply for EGF funding in the first instance, Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP, Marian Harkin MEP and Jim Higgins MEP said in a joint statement: “We are very pleased that our efforts have borne fruit and that this funding will now be available to retrain and upskill construction industry workers adversely affected by the slump in their sector.”They noted that it is now “imperative that every effort is made to ensure that the best possible opportunities are identified to equip workers for future employment opportunities”. The North and West MEPs also hailed the announcement as “clearly proving the value of MEPs working closely together in the interest of Irish citizens, collaborating proactively with the government of the day to maximise Ireland’s ability to avail of vital European Union resources”.The three applications on behalf of 5,987 Irish construction industry workers will total €51 million, of which the EU will provide €33 million and Ireland €18 Million.The package of measures will include training programmes and training allowances, 2nd and 3rd level education programmes and supports, and redundant apprentices training programmes and supports.The decision is subject to the approval of the European Parliament and the three North West MEPs are confident it will be approved. €50M RE-TRAINING BOOST FOR UNEMPLOYED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EU retraining fundlast_img read more