Newly elected senate meets, hears about club funding

first_imgThe newly elected 2020-2021 senate met for its second session over Zoom on Wednesday night. In addition to honoring members of the former executive board, the senate heard a presentation on how the Club Coordination Council (CCC) is moving forward in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week the meeting was recorded and live-streamed over Facebook Live, as it will continue to be Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. EST.First, the senate approved the nominations of sophomore Meenu Selvan and freshman Charlie Dapp as assistant student union treasurers. Selvan is the former director of faith and service for Executive Cabinet and Dapp was a member of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership  (FUEL). Selvan said she was eager to take the position because “going to these senate meetings, I saw there were so many people who were passionate about what was going on on-campus, and I still wanted to surround myself with the people who had the same ambitions for Notre Dame. I also saw how club allocation is a sensitive issue, and after participating in that senate meeting, I realized that I wanted to see what was going on a little more, and contribute my skills in that area as well.”Selvan referred to two senate meetings on Feb. 6 and 20 in which the senate concluded to not allocate more funds to the CCC. Dapp said his earlier involvement in student government inspired him to apply for a new position.“Starting out with FUEL, I got a good idea of what student government could do, and I wanted to help with clubs and help bring the experience of what makes Notre Dame so special to all of the different clubs that are out there,” he said. The senate then bestowed the status of emeritus to four former leaders of student government. Senior Elizabeth Boyle was granted the title of student body president emeritus. Junior Patrick McGuire was bestowed student body vice president emeritus status. Senior Linde Ann Hoffman was granted the title of student government chief of staff emeritus, and junior Halena Hadi was bestowed the status of judicial council president emeritus.“A good example of that [emeritus status] would be Fr. Monk Malloy, the President Emeritus of Notre Dame,” student body vice president, junior Sarah Galbenski said. “He served wonderfully as Elizabeth [Boyle] did, and this is more honorific than anything. Just recognizing her for her work in the past year and making sure she has this recognization going forward.” CCC president, junior Ricardo Pozas Garza then took to the Zoom floor to give a presentation on club allocation funding in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin, Pozas Garza explained the normal operation of funding by the CCC. He said the CCC normally receives 40% of the annual student union budget to allocate to clubs, which normally approximates to $400,000. In order to receive funding, clubs must complete a number of steps, starting with submitting budget requests. The requests are then processed by the club divisions. These are the groups under which clubs fall including academic, cultural, performing arts, social service and special interest.The budget requests are then subjugated to an internal review before being forwarded to an individual meeting between the CCC and the club in question.“It goes through three sets of eyes,” Pozas Garza said.The funding is then finalized during the spring allocation meeting (SAM). This year, the process has looked a little different, as much of it was postponed and must take place virtually.“Physical presence was one of the key elements of our decision-making process and interaction with clubs,” Pozas Garza said. The SAM is now being held asynchronously. Clubs had the opportunity to review slides that explained how funding will be allocated. The clubs then completed a check-in form with the CCC. Clubs completed budget sheets next and will soon conclude digital division meetings. Pozas Garza said the CCC advised clubs to not count on any ND Day funding in their budgets, as the fundraising event is still postponed. However, he believed funding from the CCC’s end would remain relatively unaffected.“We don’t think [the effects of the pandemic] will negatively or to a very significant degree, negatively impact our ability to provide funding to clubs,” he said. Additionally, Pozas Garza said about two-thirds of clubs have participated in the virtual SAM.“I think we have every reason to confidently assert that clubs are successfully engaging with the spring allocation process and submitting their budgets on time,” he said.The senate then briefly discussed the possibility of finding additional funding for clubs to make up for the loss of ND Day funding. As of now, the Financial Management Board (FMB) and Student Union are considering holding unused funding in a carry-over account instead of transferring the funds to the student union endowment, as unused funds normally are. However, this decision is not final. Next week, student body president, junior Rachel Ingal will give the annual state of the union address during the regularly scheduled senate meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. EST.Tags: 2020-2021 senate, Club Coordination Council, zoomlast_img read more

Sharing compassion…model the behavior you expect from others!

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     One of the most common issues I’m hearing at events over the past few months is: “We’re great at caring for our customers, but we’re having a hard time showing compassion for one another!”Why do we sometimes neglect to show compassion for the people closest to us? I call this the “familial effect.” Think about it. Don’t you catch yourself sometimes being short, impatient or even rude to members of your family? We would be horrified to catch ourselves treating a complete stranger the way we sometimes treat those closest to us.This doesn’t happen suddenly. We slowly evolve into these behaviors as we become more familiar with each other. Think about your first date with your current spouse or partner. Now think about the last time you were frustrated with them. Was the dialog a little different?The same is true in our organizations––especially those where people are close and genuinely care about one another. In small groups or departments, the effect is often amplified.It happens because we trust one another. We literally “let our hair down” with the people we trust. We know that these people are not going to abandon us if we have an off moment and we assume they always know when we’re joking.The problem is that as close as two people can be in the workplace, and as much as we use the word “family” to describe our closest work relationships, the plain fact is we’re NOT family. People can and do leave when they feel uncomfortable––and any of us can be replaced if our behaviors negatively affect the people around us.The problem usually manifests when someone says something thoughtlessly. Instead of taking the time to be polite, we’re short or abrupt. We might thoughtlessly joke with someone unaware that they’re going through a difficult period and may be raw and sensitive.Haven’t you ever had one of those, “Oh my God––I didn’t know!” moments?In a real family, we are usually aware of most of what’s going on with the people we live with. We literally can’t escape it. Of course, disconnects happen in families too, but they’re even more likely at work were people may be reserved about personal issues.The solution is simple––but not easy. Practice the discipline of Respect.At nearly every SENSEI LEADER event from keynote to workshop I ask for a definition of the word “respect.” It’s a word we use every day––but most people find it very difficult to really define.Typical responses are:“Do unto others…”“Be kind.”“Treat people as you would like to be treated.”These are all great ways to show respect––but there is a deeper meaning that has a much more direct and effective application.Years ago I asked a group of elementary school kids to define “respect.” One young man stood up, bowed and said…“Sensei, respect means taking care of one another.”Have you ever heard a better definition? All I could do to respond was to return his bow and say, “Kid––you got it!”From that moment on I’ve adopted that definition of respect. And with the benefit of hindsight I have to acknowledge that in that moment, that young man changed my life.Now, this isn’t easy––especially with people you see every day! This is why I call respect a “discipline”––a meaningful and purposeful habit. And any discipline requires constant practice. We need to practice paying attention. This means looking for signs that someone may be in a vulnerable mindset or may not be receptive to teasing or joking.It means taking the time to be polite. It means acknowledging one another, even with a simple greeting or some kind words again––even when we’re in a hurry.It means “taking care” with our words and actions instead of being “careless.”We all need support and encouragement at work. We all desire some measure of respect and compassion from the people we share our day with. We also need to model the behaviors we expect from others. Of course, we’re all going to have our slips from time to time. The standard I’m laying out here is impossible. But perfection is not a destination––it’s a never-ending process. The more we practice the discipline of Respect the more we will express genuine compassion to the people around us every day. And the more compassion and respect we’re willing to share in the world––the more we will receive in kind. Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

Kobe Bryant downplays not facing LeBron James in NBA Finals before loss to Cleveland

first_imgThe Lakers (11-44) lost their third consecutive game and head into All-Star weekend with the Western Conference’s worst record. The Cavaliers (37-14) likely have more concerns about Kevin Love leaving late in the first half with pain in his left shoulder than the outcome itself. This game bore more significance for the symbolism surrounding Bryant’s last appearance in Cleveland. Bryant scored 17 points on only 5-of-17 shooting, while James finished with 29 points on a 12-of-22 clip. The Cavaliers presented Bryant with a video tribute during lineup introductions. On the Lakers’ first possession, Bryant made a mid-range jumper over James. Later on, Bryant drove past James for a reverse layup. Bryant received a standing ovation when he exited the game with the Lakers trailing 118-109 with 40.2 seconds left. Bryant and James then shared a hug and laughs afterwards, which partly entailed Bryant boasting about his highlight play.“I can’t believe he fell for that,” Bryant said of beating James for the layup. “He knows that’s what I do. We had a good laugh about that.”Otherwise, the game became painful to watch, most notably when James fired a pass below D’Angelo Russell’s waistline in the third quarter. “I’m all right,” Russell said. “If I expected it, it would’ve hurt more. It was tough. Every guy knows the feeling. I’ll laugh about it now. Then two months from now, somebody else will have something to laugh about.”The Cavaliers’ scoreboard video also showed Bryant chuckling on the bench. “Once I knew he was OK,” Bryant said, “the jokes write themselves.” The Lakers also became a joke defensively, allowing Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving to post 35 points on 15-of-24 shooting and Cleveland to score 48 points in the paint. Bryant admitted it has become somewhat difficult to embrace his farewell tour because “we suck.” But he temporarily forgot about that amid his history with James.“I wouldn’t say it was a rival,” Bryant said. “I never looked to see what he was doing or if he pushed me. It’s a completely different generation.”But Bryant insisted he is “close” with James and has talked frequently about basketball, business matters and players union issues. Bryant also reported advising James shortly after he jumped from high school to the NBA in 2003.“‘Stay true to the craft,’” recalled Bryant, who jumped from high school to the NBA in 1996. “Everything else would sort itself. I think that was the most important piece of advice I could’ve given to him.”In 20 regular-season matchups over the next 13 years, Bryant then averaged 25 points on 42.2 percent shooting, while James averaged 28.4 points on a 46.4 percent clip. They became closer on the U.S. Men’s Olympic teams in 2008 and 2012.“One of the things I noticed about him and playing with him on the Olympic teams is how he communicates with others and challenges others in gregarious ways,” Bryant said of James. “Those are one of the things I always admired about him.”Yet, neither showed outward affection toward each other until the Lakers played Cleveland last year in Bryant’s 19th season.“It was never a nasty competition when we played against each other,” Bryant said. “I just think now it’s a little different, this being toward the end.”That end between Bryant and James will happen March 10 at Staples Center. Just like it has been for their careers, that moment will not determine who holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img CLEVELAND >> The path to an NBA championship for nearly the past decade became a rite-of-passage that involved handling two different uncomfortable scenarios.Either find a way to stop Kobe Bryant’s scoring outbursts or somehow limit LeBron James’ ability to master all five positions. But much to the chagrin of the NBA’s fan base and Nike executives, Bryant and James did not square off directly in the Finals. “It didn’t matter to me,” Bryant insisted. “For the fans, it probably stinks because it would’ve been a great matchup. But from a players’ perspective, it doesn’t matter who you play. You just want to win the championship.”Bryant won five, while James has two (and possibly counting). But Bryant and James only played against each other in 21 relatively meaningless regular-season appearances, the latest including the Lakers’ 120-111 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. last_img read more