Board studies campus mental health concerns

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) has focused on student mental health issues on campus, according to student body president Lauren Vidal, chair of the CLC.“There is a national upward trend in student stress, and we have seen this spike mirrored in the lives of Notre Dame students,” Vidal said. “We began the year with a preliminary report to the Board of Trustees on student stress, and we decided, through our findings, that Notre Dame was in fact a unique environment, with a more unique structure that we can capitalize on to become a university with an exceptional level of wellness resources and support.”The CLC, a forum for students, faculty and administrators to discuss student affairs, created three task forces to dive more in-depth into student stress and mental health, Vidal said. Each task force focuses on academic climate, social climate or benchmarking.“The academic task force has looked at specifically what our learning environment looks like and how our curriculum affects our students,” Vidal said. “This force has spent time speaking with students and faculty about the in-classroom and out of classroom demands, and they have also decided to look at if and why students overload on credits [or] pick up double majors.“This force has also looked at the idea of excellence as an ND student and how a perception of perfection takes a toll on student stress levels.”The social climate task force, consisting of rectors, Student Union Board leaders and student senators, has looked at the larger picture of a student through the lens of their social environment, Vidal said. The group concentrated on extracurricular activities and other free-time pursuits but also considered ways that the residence life system could impact social climate.“[The social climate task force] has looked into the benefits of a no-program time bracket, which some universities have adopted,” Vidal said. “This policy essentially eliminates the option to program any organized event during a certain block of time, with the intended purpose to provide students with legitimate free time for personal purpose.The third task force is benchmarking, which Vidal said is essential to the functioning of the other two task forces.“It serves the purpose of using comparative data to strengthen the research and the findings of our other forces,” she said. “Benchmarking is looking into everything from ​academic statistics to data on how many of our students pick up double and triple majors, in comparison to our peer institutions.”CLC’s goals for next semester involve more action on the data they have collected within the task forces, Chris Tarnacki, rector of O’Neill Hall, said.“Our goal is to thoroughly understand and potentially provide recommendation on policies or services that might be put in place to better serve students,” Tarnacki said.Sophomore Helen Hathaway, Badin Hall senator, said CLC is tackling the issue of mental health on campus in response to a widespread awareness that students are feeling increasingly stressed and anxious. She said the number of different perspectives from diverse members of CLC has helped discussion of the issue.“Students, rectors and faculty are all able to offer their two cents,” Hathaway said. “So far in the year it is very evident from the richness of our discussions that each member is passionate about addressing mental health.”Vidal said next semester CLC will put their work into action.“We will hold meetings with the new team from the McDonald Center [for Student Well-Being] in an attempt to craft a Center that serves as an ideal addition to Notre Dame, and one that is centered specifically around enhancing the Notre Dame experience,” Vidal said. “We will also be making recommendations for the new First Year of Studies course, backed by our deep dive into ND culture and student climate.”With regards to their goals next semester, Hathaway said the CLC has established a timeline of points to accomplish.“We have devoted this school year to discussing and researching mental health so that we can present a report at the end of the year that will be useful to the University as its health and wellness programs grow and develop,” Hathaway said. “We will continue discussing and gathering evidence — be it data or anecdotes — so that we can use the second half of the second semester to construct a comprehensive and telling report.”Tags: Campus Life Council, CLC, Lauren Vidal, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental health issues, mental illness, Student governmentlast_img read more

Marine Task Force to Deploy to Central America

first_imgBy Dialogo June 13, 2016 The Marines will deploy in various stages starting this week. With the approval of the Government of Honduras, the unit will be based out of Soto Cano Air Base and their deployment will last through November. The Marines are postured to quickly consolidate personnel and equipment throughout the region if called upon to respond to an emergency situation. Special-Purpose Marine, Air, Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) is set to deploy to Central America over the next several weeks as the rapid response force assigned to the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility. In addition to the security cooperation events, Marine engineers with the SPMAGTF will conduct community service projects in Gracias a Dios, Honduras. center_img Approximately 180 of the nearly 300-member unit will remain in Soto Cano as part of the headquarters element, logistical element, and aviation element that will support the four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with the SPMAGTF. The remainder of SPMAGTF-SC will be dispersed among Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, at the invitation of their governments to conduct training and security cooperation engagements that are tailored to each partner’s needs. SPMAGTF-SC-16 is assigned to respond to and assist partners within the region in the event of a major disaster. This deployment coincides with hurricane season, which is the most likely emergency the unit could respond to during their time in the region. For more information on SPMAGTF-SC, please contact the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Public Affairs Officer, Maj. Armando A. Daviu, email: [email protected], phone: 305-437-2554, or the Public Affairs Chief, GySgt. Zachary Dyer, email, [email protected], 305-437-9014.last_img read more

New promoter adding to, checking off his to-do list at Boone County Raceway

first_imgALBION, Neb. – Ron Sutton has been busy adding to and checking off the to-do list since taking over as promoter at Boone County Raceway.Five IMCA divisions are on Friday night programs at Albion. Opening night at the 3/8-mile clay oval is April 24. “We’re putting up a new catch fence off turns three and four. We won’t be adding dirt to the racing sur­face but we want to reshape the corners,” said Sutton, who raced in both the Stock Car and Late Model classes before helping with track prep at Boone County. “We’re going to remove the infield tires and replace them with a dirt berm.” IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds return to Albion for a 21st consecutive season in 2015. They were joined by IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in 2010, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods in 2011, Mach-1 Sport Compacts in 2012 and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in 2013. “The IMCA rule package stays consistent from year to year,” noted Sutton. “Drivers are familiar with IMCA rules and procedures. They can go to any IMCA sanctioned track and race because they know they are legal.” Boone County is part of IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region for Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continues through Aug. 14. The inaugural Shane Thome Memorial is July 14 during the county fair. The Modified winner that evening earns $2,000 along with a berth on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional. “We’re really excited about the Thome Memorial. I think it’s going to be a great event,” Sutton said. “The fair board really stepped up and is offering an $18,000 purse for all the classes that will run that night.”last_img read more

England’s senior men move into Euro Championships semi-finals

first_img6 Sep 2012 England’s senior men move into Euro Championships semi-finals England qualified top after the stroke play rounds of the European Men’s Seniors Team Championship at Estoril in Portugal then reached the last four.New cap John Ambridge led the way in the stroke play with rounds of 68 and 66 for a four-under-par tally of 134 and was supported by fellow newcomer Martin Galway on 141.Andrew Stracey finished on 146, one ahead of English Seniors champion Alan Squires, while Chris Reynolds and Tyrone Carter, another new cap, posted aggregates of 150. (image Tyrone Carter © Tom Ward)Overall it left England on 720, four ahead of Scotland with Ireland third on 728, while reigning champions Sweden qualified in seventh on 744.That left England to play eighth qualifiers Belgium in the first round of match play and they duly moved into the semi-finals with a 3-2 victory.Galway and Reynolds won the foursome 3 and 1 before Squires won the top single at the 19th hole against Michel Jacob.Although Ambridge and Stracey were beaten, both by 3 and 2, Carter produced the other win, 4 and 3 over Jean Toussaint, to see England over the line.For more information visit the European Men’s Team Championship website.last_img read more

Anderson claims another victory for English collegiates

first_img12 Mar 2014 Anderson claims another victory for English collegiates Tomasz Anderson claimed another victory for the US college-based English golfers when he won the individual title in the Auburn Tiger Invitational at the Lake Course at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Alabama. The 21-year-old from Hertfordshire, who is at Jacksonville State in Florida, carded rounds of 67, 69 and 70 for a 54-hole total of 206, winning by a shot from the fast-finishing Chad Ramey of Mississippi State. Anderson, who reached the semi-finals of last summer’s English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath, was lying second after 36 holes but surged to the top of the leaderboard with his closing two-under-par 70 to finish on ten under. He held off Ramey, whose four-under 68 was the low rounds of the day, to claim his fourth college tournament title. However, in spite of Anderson’s best efforts his team finished well behind the winners, Auburn. The event was sponsored by former Auburn player and US PGA Tour pro Jason Dufner.last_img read more

New Boys & Girls Club to Serve Youth in Yelm

first_imgFacebook443Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) has approved a memo of understanding (MOU) with the City of Yelm to establish a Boys & Girls Clubs in the recently vacated City Hall building. This decision comes after the invitation by Yelm Community Schools administrators and months of planning and collaboration with community leaders and supporters.“Our board and staff is excited to answer this call to serve Yelm youth and their families with a new Boys & Girls Club, but this is just the beginning,” said Chris Woods, BGCTC CEO. “Continued engagement with our community partners and Yelm residents will help us to grow the new Club and serve all youth who want to attend.”The Yelm Boys & Girls Club will be the sixth Thurston County Club to serve school-aged youth during out-of-school hours with quality programs led by highly-trained youth development professionals. The Club experience helps youth see success is possible and ensures members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for future. Young people attending the Club experience fun and nurturing activities focused on supporting academic success, living healthy lifestyles, and demonstrating good character and citizenship.Following BGCTC board approval, several initiatives are now underway to determine readiness of Club operations and the number of youth served: fundraising, facility adjustments, staffing, and further collaboration with the Yelm community. “Our priority as we grow is to work with Yelm Community Schools to make sure kids who most need the support and safety of the Club after school have a place to come,” added Woods.Updates on potential dates of operation and registration details will be posted at and the BTCTC Facebook page (@BGCTC).last_img read more


first_imgPRESTIGIOUS OAKS, TO BE RUN AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF, IS FINAL GRADE I EVENT OF 2016 Lady Valeur–Rafael Bejarano–121Stays in Vegas–Flavien Prat–121Dreamarcher–Luis Contreras–119How Unusual–Alex Solis– ALT–119Cheekaboo–Mike Smith–121Sassy Little Lila–Luis Saez–119Decked Out–Kent Desormeaux–121Queen Blossom–Joel Rosario–121Norris–Victor Espinoza–119Sheeza Milky Way–Brice Blanc–ALT–119Dynamic Mizzes K–Corey Nakatani–119Barleysugar–Tyler Baze–119Mokat–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional racing information, including scratches, changes and morning line, please visit ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2016)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Stays in Vegas heads a wide-open field of 13 sophomore fillies Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter on turf. The Oaks, which has been carded as the eighth race on a nine-race New Year’s Eve program, will serve as North America’s final Grade I event in 2016.Also prominent in Saturday’s Oaks are trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Decked Out, trainer Richard Baltas’ Mokat and Queen Blossom, an Irish-bred who will be making her U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion. STAYS IN VEGAS: Sent from the gate in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch at Del Mar on Dec. 4, this Kentucky-bred filly by City Zip just missed, as she ended up third, beaten a head by multiple Grade I winner Miss Temple City. Although her lone win this year came six starts back in the one mile turf Grade III Senorita Stakes here on May 7, she’s been very consistent, amassing four third place finishes in 2016–all in graded turf stakes at a flat mile and at a mile and one eighth. While the mile and a quarter looms a question mark, Stays in Vegas looms extremely dangerous if she’s allowed to set a soft pace under Flavien Prat. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, KMN Racing, LLC or LNJ Foxwoods, she is 12-5-1-4 overall with earnings of $418,934. MOKAT: An emphatic 3 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, one mile turf San Clemente Handicap three starts back on July 23, she was subsequently fourth, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 20. Following that, she ran an even fifth at 11-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Queen Elizabeth Cup Oct. 15 at Keeneland. A Kentucky-bred filly by Uncle Mo, she’s owned by J K Racing Stable, LLC and will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, who will likely stalk the early pace. With an overall mark of 11-2-2-2, she has earnings of $318,040.center_img DECKED OUT: A dedicated deep closer, Decked Out comes into the American Oaks as a fresh horse, having been rested since running a better than looked 12th in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Oct. 1. Second, beaten a head two starts back in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 20, this Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss has kept good company in 10 starts this year and seems a good fit at the distance, particularly if there’s a live pace. Her only win this year came six starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade III Providencia Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 9. Owned by Voss, Big Chief Racing, LLC and Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Decked Out will be ridden back by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, who has guided her to both of her lifetime wins. QUEEN BLOSSOM: Lightly raced in her native Ireland, she has two wins from five starts and has been idle since well beaten in a Group III stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf May 11. Ensconced for the past several months with Motion at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, she has a late running style that should be effective at the Oaks distance of a mile and a quarter. Of great benefit is the fact that top eastern-based rider Joel Rosario will ship west to ride for owners Team Valor International, LLC and Gary Barber. THE GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDTlast_img read more


first_imgMONTEBELLO – In the three years that home-care nurse Rosie Morrison-Capalbo has spent caring for 14-year-old cerebral palsy patient Julian Garrett, she has come to know what each groan, each little twitch of his eye means. “He’s as close to a heavenly body that there is on earth,” Morisson-Capalbo, 53, said as she gazed lovingly at Julian sleeping in his bed. That type of intimate care, bonding and even love is common among home-care givers and their charges, home-care workers say. Often their long hours go unrewarded – and unpaid. But the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 550,000 home-care workers nationwide, said in a statement that most home-care workers are paid low wages, receive no health benefits and no sick or vacation time. As a result, the industry is fraught with high turnover rates. It is difficult to find and keep home-care givers, the union stated. “It’s becoming harder to attract caregivers into the field, putting at risk consumers’ safety and quality of life,” the union’s statement said. Barbara Biglieri, director of policy for California Association for Home Services at Home, said if the exemption is stricken down, “it would be disastrous” for home-care agencies. Patients who need 24-hour care would have to hire more workers to work in shifts. Since most patients who need around-the-clock care are seniors and the disabled living on a fixed incomes, paying overtime would be financially difficult for them, Biglieri said. The companionship exemption keeps home-care services predictable and reasonably priced for consumers, she said. On average, Biglieri said, home-care workers’ entry-level salary is $8 to $11 per hour. SEIU’s assumption that a win for the plaintiff will benefit workers is not a given, she added. “It’s no guarantee that it will help the care-providers,” she said. In Julian’s case, his home care is paid by Medi-Cal. His mother, Lucy Lozano-Tate, 42, Morrison-Capalbo and two other home-care nurses, Nancy Moore and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, all take turns caring for and monitoring Julian, who was left profoundly brain damaged when the umbilical cord wrapped around his stomach and neck at birth. It is a 24-hour job. Morrison-Capalbo said overtime for people in her profession is hard to come by. “You really have to assert yourself to get paid,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But that could soon change for millions of home-care workers. This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Long Island Care at Home Ltd. and Maryann Osborne vs. Evelyn Coke, a lawsuit that challenges sections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as applied to home-care workers. In her suit, former home-care worker Evelyn Coke, 73, challenges the act’s “companionship exemption,” which home-care agencies have used as a legal basis for not paying home-care workers for overtime. The exemption also allows agencies not to follow state and federal minimum wage laws. Rachel Folberg, staff attorney for the state Department of Industrial Relations, predicted that a favorable ruling for Coke would have only a minimal effect in California, which already has strong laws governing pay for home-care workers. “Federal law can affect California workers by setting the base below which employers cannot go,” she said. “In most cases, California law is more protective than federal.” last_img read more

Sports Βetting Ιsn’t legal, Βut Firms Are Jockeying Already

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some of the leading gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting nationwide, and are jockeying for position months before a decision is even rendered.NYX Gaming is suing London-based William Hill over the proposed acquisition of NYX by Las Vegas-based Scientific Games. William Hill, which owns stock in NYX, is threatening to use its voting shares to block the acquisition unless it receives certain assurances from Scientific Games about what the newly merged company will and won’t be able to do.In its lawsuit, NYX terms those requests “extortionate” and anti-competitive. William Hill calls them “perfectly reasonable.”The maneuvering takes place as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case brought by New Jersey that seeks to legalize sports betting. Federal law now forbids sports gambling in all but four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.—WAYNE PARRY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

What to Expect From Baseball Americas Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America released its annual list of Top 100 Prospects last month, tabbing Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton as the best emerging talent in baseball. But what can you expect out of the No. 1 prospect — or Nos. 2 through 100, for that matter?I gathered data on Baseball America’s historical Top 100 lists back to 1990 and tracked how many wins above replacement (WAR) each player generated over the seven seasons after each list was released. (A team has control of its players for the first six years of their careers, according to service time, but not every prospect’s clock starts ticking the same year he’s ranked by Baseball America.)For example, Baseball America’s No. 1 slot gets 46 WAR from 1995’s top prospect, Alex Rodriguez. But the top spot loses 1.9 WAR from Todd Van Poppel, one of the game’s all-time biggest busts. Among 18 players from 1990 to 2007, the average for Baseball America’s top spot was nearly 20 WAR.Do this for all 100 slots, and you arrive at an average, early-career WAR total for each ranking. It’s not a perfectly smooth drop-off from each spot to the next — for instance, the average at No. 10 (15.5 WAR) was quite a bit higher than the average at No. 5 (9.3) — but overall, the shape of the list’s average WAR resembles a logarithmic curve. In other words, a disproportionate amount of WAR is generated by the top handful of prospects.The expected future value of a guy like Buxton is about 17 WAR over the next seven seasons (that’s 2.5 WAR per year, which would be solid for a starter but something less than an All-Star on average). If that number seems low, it’s because Baseball America’s top prospects, from A-Rod to Van Poppel, have been all over the place. This underscores the difficulty Baseball America, or any scouting organization, faces when trying to project the future for 20-year-old prospects, as even the most promising talents have a history of flaming out. read more