Online forum facilitates academic life dialogue

first_imgAs an online forum for students, by students, The Hub works to spark dialogue about academic life at Notre Dame through a digital medium. As The Hub nears its first anniversary, seniors and Co-Editors-in-Chief Kirsten Adam and Paul Baranay said the website successfully established creative conversation at the University during the past year. “We wanted it to be a forum for academic dialogue, but we wanted to redefine the definition of academic,” Baranay said. “To us, your academic life isn’t just what you do in the classroom.” Adam said any student with a Notre Dame ID could post on the website, found at thehub.nd.edu, about research, study abroad experiences, service, written work or any idea that gets them ticking. “It’s peer discussion, studies with professors, or even just issues people want to talk about,” Adam said. When the two began planning the website in spring of 2010, their first objective was rallying a staff around the project. After they assembled a team of nine students, The Hub editors worked on realizing content in a web interface. “The biggest hurdle was the technical one — coding and developing the site,” Baranay said. Baranay said once the team overcame this first challenge, they pitched the idea of The Hub to different academic offices on campus. The website received sponsorships from nine different offices, he said. Once autumn arrived, The Hub made its debut. Since its launch, The Hub has gained a following of at least 450 visitors per week. The editors-in-chief said the website grew in popularity mainly through word of mouth, though they recently launched the “Poster Wall” campaign. “Charles Xu, an editor, put it together and it’s been the most popular lately,” Baranay said. “It shows posters for everything from lectures to dorm or club events.” The Hub also created a spotlight for smaller publications on campus, as well as study abroad and service experiences, Adam said. “I think one of the great things about making it so anyone can write articles is that you hear about study abroad and service,” she said. “People can get a feel for how they would really fit into it.” One recent top pick — both by editors and visitors — was a series of articles about an internship at the Salvation Army. In “Interning with the Salvation Army: the Food Pantry,” Christian Moore, an editor on staff for The Hub, documented his work at the internship. Adam said Moore’s article highlighted the goals of The Hub — to share experiences, open discussion and inspire others. “There’s so many people at Notre Dame doing interesting things,” she said. “But you don’t learn about those things unless you know them.” Baranay said The Hub planned to bring the dialogue to the students through events next semester. “One thing we have planned for the spring is a symposium called ‘Notre Dame Thinks Big,’” he said. “In it 10 professors and people of the community will give talks on things students can get involved with.” Until spring, however, The Hub editors-in-chief said they would focus on continuing to improve the website. Adam said while many people visit the website and read its articles, she would love to see more students contribute content. Submissions of student research, experiences abroad or in service, poetry, short stories and even informal blogs were welcome, Adam said. “You just need a Notre Dame ID to contribute in a post,” she said. “We’re always looking for people with more ideas.” A one-year birthday party for The Hub will be held in the CUSE Think Tank, found at 233 Geddes Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gathering will include food and casual conversation, Baranay said.last_img read more

Raiders’ Lynch out for a at least a month

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders will be without running back Marshawn Lynch for at least a month and it remains to be seen if he’s played his final down with the organization.Lynch sustained a groin injury in a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London. Coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday the running back was injured, the severity was not determined, and the Raiders were still gathering information. A team source confirmed an NFL Network report that the news from an MRI was not good and that Lynch would …last_img read more

Raiders sign veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson, the team announced Wednesday night.Lawson has played for the Lions since 2014 and joins a young Raiders cornerbacks group led by 23-year-old Gareon Conley and 24-year-old Daryl Worley. Lawson, who turns 28 in April, started 46 of 47 games he played in for the Lions over the last three seasons (46 regular season games and one playoff game).He registered 18 …last_img read more

10 months agoGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouame

first_imgGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne angered him during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.De Bruyne had a hand in five of the Blues’ eight goals, including scoring the last, a rasping right-footed drive that gave Ben Foster no chance. But Guardiola said, “Kevin sometimes is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch, not even off [it].”Sometimes I’m a little bit [angry] when the simple ball you lose it, how with your quality you can lose it? “But he is incredibly talented player, and sometimes you miss it from here, loses it from here but sometimes his vision up front and the quality he has [is incredible].” last_img read more

No more delays 60s Scoop settlement moves forward

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn agreement has been reached by lawyers that will no longer delay the national ‘60s Scoop class-action settlement agreement, APTN News has learned.This means there will be no more appeals or attempts to appeal the court-approved agreement, says a letter obtained by APTN.That means the $875-million settlement will have an implementation date of Dec. 1, 2018, say the letter signed by Catharine Moore, the lawyer for Canada.Moore says the deal was reached after Canada and other respondents agreed not to sue opposing lawyers for legal costs.The agreement was signed by Moore and 15 other lawyers over the past few days.“Counsel executing this letter have discussed this agreement with their respective clients,” says the letter that was sent to the court Monday.“Their respective clients agree to its terms and have confirmed that they will not take any further steps of any kind whatsoever to delay implementation of the settlement.”The amount of the costs was not disclosed.“We wrote to three different judges (Monday),” added Kirk Baert, a partner with Koskie Minsky – one of the legal firms that brokered the settlement agreement.“Telling them of the agreement and that implementation would happen on December 1.”This ends the attempts by a small group of adult adoptees to alter or halt the agreement, including questions about $75 million in legal fees.The fees are going to four legal firms separately from the compensation to the Scoop survivors and had been a sticking point in the negotiations.Survivors will share $750 million in individual compensation payments of between $25,000 and $50,000.Ottawa has set aside another $50 million for a foundation dedicated to reconciliation [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

Take this job and shiver it Chilly offices plague workers

first_imgTwo long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks.That has been Karen Ericson’s go-to outfit in her office in Des Moines, Iowa, in recent weeks.“I am still shivering,” the 39-year-old graphic designer said last week, estimating the temperature in the office was in the mid-60s while outside, the city hit 19 below zero at one point. “Living in the Midwest, I’m well-trained to dress warmly and in layers, but this deep freeze has been difficult to endure, especially when I expect to be comfortable — or at least not shivering — inside.”As much of the nation muddled through bitter weather in recent weeks, office dwellers found they still had to brave the cold even when indoors. Many relied on winter parkas, gloves, blankets and space heaters just to keep working.“Today I’ve got two sweaters, a scarf, ear coverings, gloves and a blanket over my lap,” Rebecca Miller, a 27-year-old academic adviser at Tennessee State University in Nashville, said last week as temperatures barely ticked above 50 degrees in her office while outside it was 20 degrees or lower in the daytime. “But I’m still having a hard time working. I’m shaking cold, and it’s hard to focus. The gloves make it hard to type, and the bulky layers make it difficult to move around.”Like thousands of other chilly Americans, she snapped selfies of herself at her desk in attire usually reserved for the ski slopes and shared them on social media.Office developments are built with centralized heating systems that make the buildings suitable for a range of uses over many years. The down side is that they provide little climate control to individual tenants — sometimes purposely, said Khee Poh Lam, architecture professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.Thermostats are often tucked into hard-to-reach spaces like false ceilings and air ducts so office tenants can’t mess with them, Lam said. Other buildings have dummy units out in the open that don’t actually do anything except give desperate workers the illusion of control.Finding the right temperature to please everyone has been an elusive goal for office designers and builders, said Stefano Schiavon, architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who co-wrote a 2012 study that found roughly 40 per cent of U.S. workers were satisfied with their office’s temperature. Design standards call for an acceptability rate closer to 80 per cent, he said.The challenge isn’t just confined to the winter, of course. Chilly offices have long been the bane of women who complain air conditioning is cranked up in the summer to appease their male, suit-wearing counterparts. And there are certainly many offices with overzealous furnaces that prompt workers to crack open windows even on the coldest days.Optimal temperature for office work is 72 to 79 degrees — or nearly 10 degrees more than what many buildings typically set their thermostats, said Alan Hedge, a design professor at Cornell University in New York who has researched how temperature affects productivity.Schiavon suggested that companies, even those based in the draftiest old offices, can invest in safe, relatively inexpensive technology to keep workers warm and productive, like heated chairs, electric blankets and heated floor mats.“The bottom line is that central heating won’t work for everyone, even if designed right,” he said. “We’re very different people and need some sort of personalization of our environment.”Ericson, the Iowa resident, said the key to getting through the work day has been reminding herself the cold is only temporary.“Every day that passes,” she said, “is a day closer to spring.”___Follow Philip Marcelo at twitter.com/philmarcelo. His work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/philip_marcelo.last_img read more

Water restrictions for oil and gas industry have been implemented by the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All previously approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act are immediately suspended by the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC), due to drought conditions.Peace River Watershed: Alces River Beatton River (Doig River, Osborne River, Blueberry River) Farrell Creek Cache CreekTributaries to the Kiskatinaw River (but does not include the Kiskatinaw River) Liard River Watershed:  Fontas River  Kantah River  Petitot River  Gutah Creek  Hay RiverThe suspension does not apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake and the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams are not suspended.Water levels are anticipated to continue dropping until significant rain falls in the area. The Commission will assist industry in identifying options for alternative short-term water supply should it be required during this period of drought. Low streamflow conditions are escalating concerns for impacts to fish, aquatic resources and community supply in the above basins.More information can be found on the B.C. Government Drought Information page; CLICK HEREApplications for water diversion:Given local variability, it is possible some streams in the areas under suspension will have recovered sufficiently to allow some water withdrawal. The Commission will review new applications for diversion, or requests to use existing approvals, on a site-specific basis.Operators are requested to do the following to support their application or request to use an existing Section 10 approval: 1. Limit the application to water volumes and points of diversion that are realistic to the specific operational needs for the upcoming months.2. For new applications for diversion for water from rivers and streams, or to request use of existing approvals, provide a good discharge measurement at the point(s) of diversion, to provide information on current flow conditions in relation to the volume of water requested. The discharge measurement will be collected to an acceptable hydrometric standard by a qualified individual.3. For new applications for diversion from lakes, or reactivation of existing approvals, provide information on lake bathymetry:a. Surface area (hectares).b. Depth (metres). If lake depth information is not already available from provincial databases or previous surveys, obtain depth measurements at points along two transects representing the long and short lake axes, to determine maximum lake depth.c. Volumelast_img read more

Bengaluru take on NorthEast United in mustwin ISL game

first_imgBengaluru: A titanic contest is on the cards as table-toppers Bengaluru FC look to overturn a one-goal deficit against a depleted NorthEast United FC in the decisive second leg semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) here Monday. Bengaluru have fought and won many battles at home but the biggest one awaits them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. With the first leg in Guwahati having ended in a 2-1 win for the Highlanders, a 1-0 victory will be enough to send the Blues through to the final because of the away goal rule. On the other hand, a draw will favour NorthEast. A 2-1 result for the home team will send the fixture to extra time, while NorthEast scoring more than a goal will need Bengaluru to triumph by two goals or more to secure a spot in the final. The defeat against NorthEast United meant the Blue’s poor run of late has continued with their last five fixtures yielding just the single victory and three defeats. “We’re ready for a big game. We’re in a good mood and we have the feeling that here in Kanteerava in front of the supporters, we can give them one of the nights that we will remember through the years,” said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat. Bengaluru will be buoyed by the crucial away goal scored by Xisco Hernandez at Guwahati as they look to enter the final for a second year in a row. The Bengaluru coach will look towards his main men, Miku and Sunil Chhetri, to step up at home as the Blues look to overturn a one-goal deficit. For NorthEast United, coach Eelco Schattorie will need to stretch his resources to the hilt after a fine victory which came at a cost. Having made it to the play-offs for the first time in their history, NorthEast will have to make do without the services of their star forward Bartholomew Ogbeche in Bengaluru. The Nigerian forward picked up a hamstring injury in the first-leg and he will be a big miss for the visitors on Sunday. The visitors are also sweating on the fitness of their midfielder Rowllin Borges who was replaced in the second-half at Guwahati due to an injury. With Ogbeche out, NorthEast will look towards Federico Gallego for inspiration with the industrious Uruguayan playmaker being one of the driving forces behind the side’s march to the play-offs. Gallego’s partnership with his compatriot Juan Mascia up top will be crucial to the visitors’ chances with the latter likely to start in Ogbeche’s absence after his late winner from the penalty spot in Guwahati. “I know exactly how Bengaluru FC play and they know how we play. Last game, first half we completely dominated. We lost two key players. Second half was way more difficult. But it had to with the changes we did in the team. But coming here we know that this is a game that is all or nothing. We will be trying to reach the final,” said Schattorie. Both coaches know this is the decisive clash. Both will be without their deputies after they were suspended for their role in the fracas that followed the first-leg clash at Guwahati. Both know there is just too much at stake now.last_img read more

Once illegal settlers now these 4 lakh voters being wooed by all

first_imgGurugram: On a petition filed by Defence Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that 900 metres around the Indian Air Force depot were illegal. It was later reduced to 300 metres by the court after politicians from all parties highlighted that how it would be difficult to accommodate the four lakh people who are settled around the area.Subsequently after court’s permission, some of the houses were also given electricity and water connections. Various houses and shops in the Sheetla colony being sealed, a situation that has not gone well with thousands of residents residing in the area. What, however, generated controversy was the sealing of a mosque last year which after hue and cry was made to function. On his recent visit, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh minced no word in highlighting that irregularities were maintained by the officials giving licences to the people around the ammunition depot. He also, however, highlighted that now since the people were settled, their interests had to be taken care of. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as objections were raised by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, a number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located few kilometres away face the similar challenges. On the repeated complaints by Defence personnel, a plea was filed seeking the intervention of judiciary into the matter. The real estate development over the years has led to unchecked rise in the commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited the real estate development. Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began to be set up in the vast swathes of land around the Defence land. The issue has been in controversy for long where various prominent citizens including the sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal has advocated of the relocation of the Airforce station. At present, the High Court has directed the DC office to only remove the civil establishments situated around 300 metres area of the Airforce ammunition station.last_img read more