SUB improves visibility, promotes annual events

first_imgJunior Scott Copeland, executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), said the organization’s main focus this semester was to improve student life on campus by enhancing traditional SUB events and introducing new ones.“On the most basic level, SUB exists to [plan] for the undergraduate student body – so, to provide entertainment, really just to enhance the student experience here at Notre Dame,” Copeland said. “We do that through a variety of ways, like we put on the spring concert; we do stress relievers during finals week. … We have kind of staple events like that, but we also try to branch out and target specific groups of students.”SUB began the school year with events Copeland said would both “enhance the first experience of campus” for new students and excite older students about their return to school. Popular events this time of year were SUB regulars – Comedy on the Quad, Movie on the Quad and Pups and Pumpkins, which brought dogs from the humane society to campus, he said.“Our overall [plan] … for the semester, in our eyes was to, at the beginning of the semester, have events that are all-inclusive, that welcome new students to campus, welcome returning students back to campus,” Copeland said. “So we were able to, I think, succeed in that. … And again, just trying to emphasize the open atmosphere of these events – like putting [them] out in places where students are going to walk by, students are going to notice.”SUB also hoped to branch out this semester, Copeland said. It worked with the Native American Student Alliance (NASAND) to celebrate Native American heritage month on campus and reached out to other underrepresented groups throughout the semester. SUB also introduced new events, including a bus trip to the Mockingjay premiere.“That was one of our goals this semester, to branch out, do some new things,” Copeland said. “We brought a spoken word artist, the Asia Project, to campus, and that was one of the first times we’d done that.”Coordinating the brand-new events this semester required additional planning and creativity from SUB members, Copeland said.“We try to prevent the reinvention of the wheel from year to year, so there are a lot of events that we put on every single year — Comedy on the Quad is one, Fall Mall, concerts, stress relievers, movies — there are a lot of events we do every year,” he said. “And so whenever you do branch out and try to do something new, you can definitely refer to longstanding programs for ideas on how to get it done, but there will always be challenges that come up and you’ve just got to work through them.”SUB recognized it was important to focus on its longstanding events, too, and make them more fun for students, Copeland said.“You’re always going to have movies in DeBart Thursday, Friday, Saturday,” Copeland said. “So how do you make it so students don’t get bored of them? How do we make it so that those types of events are better?”Copeland said spring semester events will include the Collegiate Jazz Festival, AnTostal, the spring concert and a comedian performance. Student recognition and involvement can be challenging, but SUB is working to create a bigger name for itself on campus, he said.“For events, you always have to think about attendance,” Copeland said. “That’s one of the ways the success of an event is judged — how many people came? How did they enjoy it?”“One of the strategies that we tried to use is almost to build the SUB brand,” he said. “… So we’ll give away pens or frisbees or T-shirts at SUB events, just to try to make people aware that we’re here. Because people kind of hear about SUB, but we’re almost kind of a ghost organization, I feel like. In other universities, their student programming boards are huge, you know, everyone knows them and they do super cool things. So that’s what we’re trying to build.”Overall, Copeland said he believed SUB accomplished what it set out to do at the beginning of the year.“We wanted to put on awesome events, of course, but we wanted to collaborate with other clubs, we wanted to incorporate more student groups in our events, again, getting back to our mission, which is to enhance the undergraduate experience,” Copeland said. “… I think we’ve done a great job of that this semester.”Tags: Student government, Student Union Board, SUBlast_img read more

University denies NDSP records requests

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) has the same powers that a public police force does. Within its jurisdiction, NDSP officers can carry weapons, investigate crimes and make arrests that can lead to criminal charges.But when somebody gets arrested by the South Bend Police Department (SBPD), files a complaint with the agency or is the victim of a crime to which it responds, that information becomes a public record under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).For NDSP, it’s a little more complicated.The distinction between a police force like SBPD and one like NDSP hinges on the legal distinction between private and public agencies.Under APRA, “public agencies” — like local police departments — are required to release certain records by law. However, private university police departments like NDSP have long been considered private agencies under state law, and therefore not subject to APRA.The legal status of NDSP has been the subject of intense legal scrutiny in the past two years.Lindsey Meyers ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University in January 2015, after Notre Dame refused to release incident reports related to student athletes on two separate occasions. Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, ruling in favor of Notre Dame that NDSP is not a public agency under the law.While the ESPN case made its way through the legal system last year, the Indiana State Legislature passed HB 1022, which would have required private university police departments to disclose records only in situations where someone was arrested or incarcerated, shielding them specifically from the rest of APRA. It was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence in March. The state legislature, which passed HB 1022 with overwhelming support, will have the opportunity to override the veto when the new legislative session begins in January.But, just one day after the final ruling in the ESPN lawsuit, the South Bend Tribune reported another law — HB 1019 — was passed last year that contained language such that it inadvertently changed the state’s definition of a “public agency” to specifically include university police departments.Effective July 1 of this year, the law changed the term’s definition, which now reads in the Indiana State Code as the following:“Public agency”, except as provided in section 2.1 of this chapter, means the following: … (11) A private university police department. The term does not include the governing board of a private university or any other department, division, board, entity, or office of a private university.”On Nov. 18, The Observer submitted records requests for three case files to NDSP. Capt. Rick Miller said NDSP could not fulfill the request and recommended the requests be directed to the University’s Office of General Counsel.The Observer submitted the records requests to General Counsel, and agreed to a meeting to discuss the matter with Brian Guarraci, assistant general counsel, whose primary areas of practice include “litigation and risk management, student affairs, campus safety and security, the Clery Act and advising University departments on statutory, regulatory and policy matters,” according to the Office of General Counsel’s website.Within the 24 hours required for a response under state law, University spokesperson Dennis Brown denied all three records requests.“The University of Notre Dame, including its Notre Dame Security Police Department, is not a public agency of the government and thus is not subject to requests for public records under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA),” Brown said in an email.Two days later, Brown informed The Observer in an email that its meeting with the Office of General Counsel had been cancelled: “because we have nothing to add beyond the response I sent to you on Saturday, there is no need for a meeting.”When asked why the University considers NDSP not a public agency given the definition of public agency in the 2016 version of the Indiana Code, Brown said the change was erroneous and that a correction to the law had already been drafted.“ … Regarding the technical printing error in the last legislative session, language from HB 1022 regarding private universities was erroneously included in a conference committee report for HB 1019 (concerning public access to police recordings), and in contravention of the legislative drafting rules for the Indiana General Assembly,” Brown said.“This resulted in two conflicting versions of Ind. Code 5-14-3-2. As is common after legislative sessions when technical corrections are identified by Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency (“LSA”), this technical error has been identified by LSA as one of several technical errors requiring correction through a Technical Corrections Bill. In September 2016, the Technical Corrections Bill prepared by LSA specifically correcting this erroneous inclusion was approved for forwarding to the Legislature by a 12-0 vote of the Indiana Code Revision Commission …“ … The Technical Corrections Bill will proceed to the General Assembly after it reconvenes in January 2017. Once enacted, the corrections will be retroactive as of July 1, 2016.”Until the corrections bill passes, however, it seems that NDSP is subject to APRA as a public agency under state law.Because the University has chosen to deny records requests, organizations and individuals seeking records would have few options for recourse except to sue for access before the state legislature passes the corrections bill.The Observer has no plans to sue for access.News Editor Katie Galioto contributed to this report. Tags: APRA, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, HB 1019, HB 1022, NDSP, recordslast_img read more

American style living in Brisbane

first_img28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201928 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove.TANYA Benson knows for a fact that she will sorely miss the Ferny Grove home where her family spent the past few years.It may well be the ultimate Queensland home with an indoor entertainment area that comes complete with solar heated pool, sandstone wet bar, poolside barbecue, a double jet spa and airconditioning.“I was attracted to the American style of the home, the sunken lounge, the fireplace, the open living space, it just felt homely,” she said.“But my favourite feature has to be the indoor swimming pool. That whole area is just amazing. You can invite friends and family over and it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or a hot day. You are in a heated pool with everything right there.”The home has six airconditioning units, three of which were in the large pool room. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove.Ms Benson, whose family was now downsizing said she did not know how she will replace such a family friendly property.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double garage property has over 500sq m of home under its roof, with multiple living zones where members of the family can unwind including an attic room, living room, family room, and upstairs family zone. “The kids have their own space. I work full time so I have my own space to set up office. And it’s nice to have those large living areas where everyone has so much room to play.”The entire downstairs area has underfloor heating and the family friendly laundry comes with a laundry chute.The home also has two craft rooms and an extra-large garage with storage and an adjacent workroom.The home is on a large 1,201sq m block, with 14 solar panels, a 5000litre rainwater tank and an orchard area and garden beds.last_img read more

CPD investigating crash involving truck and train

first_imgColumbus, IN—The Columbus Police Department is investigating a crash that occurred early Wednesday morning involving a CSX train and a truck on Columbus’ north side.  CPD officers responded to the area of US 31 and County Road 400 North in regards to the crash.The driver of the 2013 Ford F150, Nicholas B. Hunt, 24, of Columbus advised that he was traveling west on County Road 400 North when he heard a train horn as he approached the tracks near US 31.  Hunt stated to officers that he did not see a train so he attempted to cross the tracks and a train that was traveling south struck the rear passenger side of his truck causing significant damage.  Hunt was not injured in the crash.last_img read more

St. Francis looks to extend streak vs LIU Brooklyn

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Island-Brooklyn (12-15, 7-7) vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (18-8, 11-4)DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pennsylvania; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (Pa.) looks for its seventh straight conference win against Long Island-Brooklyn. St. Francis (Pa.)’s last NEC loss came against the St. Francis (NY) Terriers 86-79 on Jan. 25. Long Island-Brooklyn fell 87-77 to St. Francis (NY) in its last outing. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, February 21, 2020center_img St. Francis looks to extend streak vs LIU Brooklyn SAVVY SENIORS: St. Francis (Pa.) has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Keith Braxton, Isaiah Blackmon, Myles Thompson and Tyler Stewart have combined to account for 68 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Red Flash points over the last five games.CLUTCH CLARK: Raiquan Clark has connected on 33.8 percent of the 68 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 20 over his last five games. He’s also converted 67 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Long Island-Brooklyn is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 12-7 when scoring at least 66.STREAK SCORING: St. Francis (Pa.) has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 84.7 points while giving up 70.7.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn managed to score exactly 200 points across three matchups against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.___last_img read more