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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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An open public hearing on the environmental impact assessment of the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres has been opened

first_imgAs it is pointed out in the public invitation, the construction of a combined golf course in five phases is planned, as well as facilities for catering and tourist facilities and other facilities on about 324 ha. Photo: Jadranka dd Also, in addition to the accompanying buildings and facilities, it is planned to build a winery with a tasting room for guests on three floors, which will offer indigenous wines. Also, in addition to the construction of roads and piers for maritime traffic, the bare playground would also have a heliport. What is important to emphasize is that the irrigation of the golf course is planned to use water from the accumulation lake, which is planned to be carried out on 3ha of area and capacity of 165 000m2. The entire preparation of the project started back in 2014, while in December 2018 the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Assembly adopted targeted changes to the spatial plan, and the same project was included among the “Buildings and interventions of county and state interest.” The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has launched an environmental impact assessment procedure for the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres. The public invitation points out that it will organize a public debate on the study on the environmental impact of the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres, which must not be shorter than 30 days. Notice of the place and time of the public hearing will be published on the Ministry’s website. This is a long-awaited project for the construction of a golf course, with a total value of over 100 million euros, and whose investor is Jadranka dd from Mali Lošinj According to previous announcements, Jadranka dd intends to invest around 100 million euros in the golf course project, while the design of the course is signed by Ernie Els, a world name that attracts big and famous players to golf destinations. Thus, two golf courses with a total of 36 holes are planned, as well as two hotels, a winery, 20 villas in two zones. The hotel will have a total of 122 accommodation units with 260 beds, while the second hotel is planned 57 accommodation units with 126 beds, and both hotels would have indoor and outdoor pools. Villas in zone A will have a total of 92 beds and villas in zone B 80 bearings.last_img read more