Officials from the Office of the Registrar updated the Notre Dame student senate on the class registration project Wednesday.Amika Micou, Chuck Hurley and Paul Ullrich explained and demonstrated the use of the new system, which will be implemented when students register for classes for the spring semester. The new process will allow students to create a mock schedule in a Notre Dame specific online planner, similar to the process available on websites like Coursicle.“The plan … is integrated into the NOVO registration,” Micou said. “So, in two clicks, you have registered for classes.”The system will allow for easier class searching with a wildcard search option, a calendar representation of the classes in the planner and the ability to switch to a different section of the same class without leaving the planner, the presenters explained.The registration process will look very similar to the current system, with each student receiving a timed ticket to access registration for classes.“I know all of you love waking up in the morning and registering early, so we won’t prevent you from doing that,” Hurley said. “The planning tool is not registration, and it’s important that you emphasize that.”Senators will have the chance to try the new system before the rest of the student body and give feedback on their experience, Micou said.An update to the co-exchange program between Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s will also take place next semester. Students will be required to enroll in 12 credits in their home institution before enrolling in classes elsewhere, Hurley said.Student Union parliamentarian Colin Brankin presented proposals for amendments to the Student Union Constitution to the senate, the largest involving the quorum and proxy policies for the senate. Currently, the quorum, which is the minimum number of senators that must be present in order for the meeting to take place, is set at three-fifths of members present. Brankin and his committee propose increasing that number to two-thirds, which is the quorum for every organization in the Student Union except for the senate.“Nobody really knows why it’s three-fifths, so just for consistency’s sake, we are setting it at two-thirds,” Brankin said. “One of the other supporting reasons why we are changing it to two-thirds rather than just consistency is to hold you guys accountable. You ran based on the promise that you’d be here … and two-thirds will hopefully entice you to do so.”Senate also discussed whether proxy members of senate, who attend in place of a senator who cannot attend, should count for quorum and should be allowed to vote. Currently, proxies do count for quorum, meaning there is no limit on the number of proxies that attend senate meetings. No consensus was reached on either issue.Other proposed changes include allowing the chairperson, currently student body vice president Sibonay Shewit, to call for a paper ballot vote for any type of vote. As the constitution reads now, any senators can call for a paper ballot vote, but the chairperson cannot.“Some people may be discouraged to [call for a paper ballot] for fear that people will automatically assume that they are voting a certain way,” Brankin said. “This way, it gives [Shewit] the extra ability to call for that. It will allow the voting members to feel more comfortable in how they vote, and to vote truthfully and honestly.”Other proposed changes are organizational changes to clarify and condense parts of the constitution, with no effect on the constitutional policy itself.The group will continue to discuss these proposed changes and will vote in the coming weeks.Student body president Becca Blais, Shewit and student government chief of staff Prathm Juneja updated the senate on their report to the Board of Trustees.The report regarded on-campus alcohol culture and was given to the Board over fall break. Blais said the Board asked questions, engaged with the report and were interested in finding solutions to make campus safer, especially with the new requirement to spend six semesters on campus.The implementation of Callisto, a program to allow for easier anonymous recording and reporting of sexual violence on campus, will be voted on by Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) this Friday. Blais, Shewit and Juneja said they support the enactment of this program at Notre Dame.Tags: alcohol abuse, class registration, Constitutional Amendments, Senate
The new soil-testing lab at the Zanmi Agricol Learning Center Fritz Lafontant in Corporant, Haiti isn’t sophisticated. But it works, and that’s enough to change the lives of many Haitian farmers. Recently, University of Georgia soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon traveled to Corporant, located in the country’s Central Plateau region, to install the new soil-testing lab. They gave lectures on the importance of soil testing and trained a handful of teachers and other officials on how to manage and operate the laboratory. “This is the beginning of farmers being able to assess the fertility of Haitian soils and determine how much and which fertilizers their crops need,” said Kissel, who is director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab, created by a partnership between the college and Atlanta-based nonprofit League of Hope, opened at the end of June as the only working soil lab in Haiti. Kissel identified the soil lab as a need in the country when he traveled to Haiti on a fact-finding tour in 2010. He and Sonon, the coordinator for the college’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Lab, identified practical testing methods appropriate for Haiti’s soils and conditions. They installed low-cost instruments that are compact, tough and inexpensive to operate. The new lab is basically a scaled-down version of the CAES Extension soil-testing lab in Athens, GA. It took Sonon and Kissel about a year to design the steamlined lab and develop procedures that would work in Haiti. The information provided by the soil tests performed in the lab — including nutrient contents and pH levels — can help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields and fertilizers. The goal is to provide Haitian farmers with the information they need to increase their crop yields and feed their families. The lab — with its cement floors, folding work tables and rugged, energy efficient equipment — is located inside a new trade school that has opened to serve the Central Plateau region in the northeastern corner of the island. In addition to electrical, plumbing and carpentry training, the school will offer agricultural and environmental stewardship courses to farmers. The lab technicians who were trained by Sonon and Kissel will serve as part-time agricultural advisers to local farmers. They will run the lab, teach others to use the equipment and start demonstration test plots to show Haitian farmers that their yields can be increased with the right soil additives and fertilizers. “The idea was for us to go down and train the teachers, and the teachers would train their students, who could then spread the word about the lab,” Kissel said.Soil testing was a critical part of the success of American agriculture throughout the 20th century and one of the most common services provided by Extension agents across the U.S. Haitian farmers produce only 40 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. This one soil lab is not going to solve that problem, but it’s a big step towards increasing the ability of Haitian farmers to feed their country, Sonon said.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 3, 2018“Brook was great tonight,” Coach Luke Walton said. “He did a good job. We don’t win that game without him. Obviously hit some big buckets for us. And … that big block that he had was big.”Lopez has company on the list of Lakers who got the team back on track.Brandon Ingram shifted from his normal position at small forward and replaced Tyler Ennis as the Lakers’ starting point guard, tallying a career-high 10 assists and finishing two rebounds shy of a triple-double.It’s something Walton has done with Ingram a handful of times over the past two seasons, and on Friday morning when he brought it up to his second-year star, he asked him if he was up for the challenge.“And,” Walton said, “we needed to know that he’s going to push the pace for us. He said he was up for both.”Walton said the move to the backcourt helped Ingram, who was 5 for 14 from the field, stay more engaged.“He wanted me to be aggressive and get in the lane and make plays for myself and make plays for my teammates,” Ingram said. “I just tried to do the best job of pushing the pace tonight and making sure guys were happy with their shots.”After the game, Ingram was nursing tightness in his groin. He is expected to be re-evaluated on Saturday when the Lakers arrive in Oklahoma City.Rookie Josh Hart joined him in the starting lineup, scoring 15 points and pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds.Julius Randle, meanwhile, continued to dominate as a starter, finishing with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.With Randle and Hart manning the glass – the Lakers decisively won that battle 56-38 – the visitors were able to score 23 second-chance points, and limited the Nets to just 45.1 percent shooting.Emotions ran high for Lopez, who received a standing ovation when his name was announced during starting lineup introductions.Related Articles Hear from #Lakers head coach Luke Walton after their 102-99 win against the Brooklyn Nets. pic.twitter.com/l7qLG7IqHn— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 3, 2018 Brook Lopez talks with @LakersReporter about what it was like returning to Brooklyn, what worked for the #Lakers down the stretch and more. pic.twitter.com/jQfPMd0Hwf— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 3, 2018 Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. will follow in dad’s footsteps, earns long-awaited invite to dunk contest [email protected]_Ingram13 talks about his career-high in assists, pushing the pace of the game and more. pic.twitter.com/LCJUlslW9G— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 3, 2018 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe win came two nights after Lopez and the Lakers hit their low points in a loss to Orlando. Lopez spent all but nine minutes of that game on the bench, his agitation apparent.Against the Nets, Lopez played more minutes (27) than he had in more than two months. The result? He knocked down 8 of 13 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.Twelve of his points came in the third quarter as the Lakers overcame a nine-point deficit to tie the score at 85 entering the fourth.And, finally, he came up with a block on Jarrett Allen, the rookie center who has replaced him in the Nets’ starting lineup, late in the game.Brook Lopez with a huge block! #LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & @spectdeportes) pic.twitter.com/SLwwanlupL [email protected] chats with @J30_RANDLE after racking up a double-double in tonight’s win over the Nets. pic.twitter.com/8hMrfMcKXZ— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 3, 2018 PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) goes to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, top left, stops Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) from scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. The Lakers won 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, shoots as Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. The Lakers won 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson gestures after scoring a 3-point goal during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. The Lakers won 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie reacts to a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. The Lakers won 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, argues with referee Steve Anderson (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) and Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. The Lakers won 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson reacts to a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Lakers center Brook Lopez gestures afters making a 3-pointer during the second half of Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Lopez helped the Lakers beat his former team for the second time this season, 102-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez waves to the audience while a video tribute for Lopez was played between the first and second quarters of the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) goes to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) goes to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandNEW YORK — Brook Lopez walked out of Barclays Center with a dessert calzone from a favorite Italian restaurant down the street and an Oreo cake the arena’s security staff presented him as a gift at halftime.His first trip back in Brooklyn came with all the familiar trappings – including a return to All-Star form, as Lopez poured in 19 points and blocked three shots to lift the Lakers to a 102-99 victory over his former team, the Nets.“It was exciting,” Lopez said. “A little weird, but once it got settled, it was like playing back home on that court.”The Lakers improved to 20-31, with Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City all that remains on their season-long five-game trip. They have gone 2-2 since leaving home last week. “It was such an awesome moment,” Lopez said. “It is the kind of stuff you dream about as a kid, to see that kind of support from both Lakers and Nets fans, it is really awe-inspiring. It is such a fantastic moment, I can’t thank them enough for the continued support.”Lopez also received a video tribute between the first and second quarters. The player for whom he was traded, had a more muted experience.Former No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell, who played with the Nets at Staples Center in November, played just 24 minutes as he continues to progress from knee surgery. He scored 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting.The Nets were led by 23 points from Spencer Dinwiddie and 20 from Allen.🎥 Ingram, Hart, and Randle finish with double-doubles as the Lakers defeat the Nets, 102-99 #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/4MG9C3lst6— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 3, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A brick wall was painted in black puffy paint on an old pair of blue jeans, along with the words anger, confusion, stress, depression, hurt and laughter.“They don’t need to be interpreted,” said Lisa Lowe as she observed the handiwork. The jeans used to be hers.Lowe is part of a giving circle called Empower Women + Girls that partially funded art therapy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. Art therapist Jocelyn Fitzgerald spearheaded a project where girls in her group at the O.K. Clubhouse used old jeans as a canvas to show what it’s like to be them for a day.In other art classes, they’ve created masks and self-care items such as stress balls and lotions with essential oils.“Stress happens,” Fitzgerald said. “I would ask ‘how much are you stressed?’ And they would say ’24/7.’”She asked the girls how they think adults view teens. Fitzgerald said, “I got a whole bunch of really negative things. ‘We’re disappointments. We’re hardheaded. We’re stubborn.’”Community leaders like Lowe donated old jeans and then visited the O.K. Clubhouse on Thursday night to see the teens’ final products, which took a couple of nights to complete.Joy Cowan, 17, drew cartoon characters on paper and stuck them onto the jeans to convey the emotions she feels throughout a day.“Art therapy is the best kind of therapy,” said Cowan, who takes a couple of different classes every week. “I feel like I’m making a change for the better in my life.”