Notre Dame to hold second annual ND Day

first_imgObserver File Photo Notre Dame students, faculty and guests celebrate ND Day 2014 in the LaFortune Student Center. This year is the event’s second year.The campaign also includes voting for how a ‘Challenge Fund’ of $1 million will be distributed to hundreds of clubs, academic departments, teams, dorms and other “areas of interest” listed on the Notre Dame Day website.By donating $10 through the website or by phone or text, donors receive five votes, which they can direct to any of the listed entities. After the campaign ends, each organization will receive a piece of the Challenge Fund proportional to the number of votes it received.For example, Wall said if 10,000 donations are made, as he anticipates, an organization will win roughly $20 for each individual vote it receives, though the exact amount will vary based on how many donations come in.Wall said donors have to give $10 to be able to vote, and while they can give more if they choose, a gift of any size still garners only five votes, and each subsequent gift of $10 or more gets one additional vote. Wall said the purpose of these limits is to make sure everyone has the power to direct the Challenge Fund regardless of how much they are able to donate.“There are so many people that love Notre Dame, and all of them do not have the capacity to make those large gifts,” he said. “So through this million-dollar challenge fund, we’re putting a generational and income-level equity among all Notre Dame people, everyone in the community — faculty, staff, alums, people who just love the University.”As a result, some organizations stand to receive hundreds or thousands of dollars through the Challenge Fund voting. Wall said Knott Hall, for example, garnered eight percent of the vote for last year’s $250,000 Challenge Fund, allowing the hall to create a new weight room.While there are some limits on how the money can be used and each organization will not actually receive the money for another six weeks or so, Wall said participating organizations will generally be able to spend the money they raise as they see fit.“It’s meant to be on a large-scale mission of improvement,” Wall said. “[For example,] if Cavanaugh raised $10,000 through Notre Dame Day —[that’s] one percent of the vote — the idea isn’t to have pizza every night in Cavanaugh. That’s not what the money is used for. It should be to improve the long-term health of the residents, both physically and communally. It could mean that you take 20 girls to Costa Rica for a service project, but it also could mean new couches.”Several anonymous families donated the million dollars for the Challenge Fund in advance, Wall said. As is the case with normal financial gifts, donors who give $10 to participate in the voting can say where they want that money to be allocated: academics, financial aid, mission and service, student life, athletics, any other indicated organization or to “greatest need,” which Wall said can be used for any emergency expense but usually ends up in the financial aid fund.Students can also participate in a tug-of-war tournament Monday at 3 p.m., where dorms will compete for a $4,000 first prize, Wall said. Meanwhile, a social media lounge with food in the LaFortune Student Center will be available all day.Wall said planning for Notre Dame Day required custom-building a mechanism for taking and displaying Challenge Fund votes, working out how to distribute the funds and approve how they are used and explaining to clubs and other campus entities how the campaign works. A committee of senior University administrators guided the process.“It’s been really fun to work with a lot of the clubs who are really into this,” he said. “They go out, and they’re just promoting to anybody in their listservs and social media.”The goal, Wall said, is both to celebrate Notre Dame and to support it.“The Notre Dame family loves what Notre Dame students do in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in their clubs and in their residence halls,” he said.  “This is the way that we can help all of these groups that want to raise money, raise money.”Tags: Aaron Wall, Challenge Fund, Notre Dame Day Starting Sunday, the University will hold its second annual Notre Dame Day, a 29-hour fundraising campaign that includes a live broadcast, a tug-of-war tournament, a social media lounge, the unveiling of The Shirt and the distribution of $1 million to more than 780 Notre Dame-affiliated organizations.The campaign will begin at 6:42 p.m. Sunday and end at midnight April 27.  For the entire day, there will be a broadcast streaming on the Notre Dame Day website, featuring student organizations, current students, alumni, faculty and other notable figures such as ESPN’s Cris Collinsworth, former pro football player Brady Quinn and author Nicholas Sparks, who will talk about their experience with Notre Dame and encourage people to donate. The broadcast will also feature remote interviews and performances around campus, Notre Dame Day program director Aaron Wall said.last_img read more

IOC working toward July-August Olympics in 2021: Yomiuri

first_imgCoates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), said the summer scheduling would be dependent on avoiding clashes with the world championships for swimming (July 16-Aug. 1) and athletics (Aug. 6-15).World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has said the world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon could be moved back to 2022 if necessary.Coates told the newspaper the hope was to follow the same arrangements next year that had been planned for 2020, including holding the marathon in the northern city of Sapporo instead of Tokyo to escape the heat.The AOC confirmed the Yomiuri report’s veracity and also told Reuters in a statement that Coates had “proffered a view but confirms a range of options are on the table for the IOC”.The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world on Tuesday, agreeing to push back the Games by as much as a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that “all options” were on the table for rescheduling, including holding the Games before the Japanese summer. Topics : The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, told the Yomiuri the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August.”We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the paper quoted Coates as saying.last_img read more

Intrigue surrounds Messi’s next move after Barca bombshell

first_imgWhen FC Barcelona confirmed they had received a request from Lionel Messi’s lawyers informing them he wanted to terminate one of football’s longest-standing relationships, something remarkable must have happened.The owners of Europe’s biggest clubs would have raised a collective eyebrow. It was akin to the Mona Lisa suddenly becoming available on the art market.Such is Messi’s status in the game, in spite of the fact that he is 33 and the magic might soon begin to fade.Already, the usual suspects are being lined up as the next club for Messi who joined FC Barcelona as a teenager in 2001.Not surprisingly, a reunion with his former manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is the most likely scenario, according to the bookmakers.There is talk of Messi joining forces with Cristiano Ronaldo, his long-term rival as the world’s greatest player, at Juventus. Or, linking up again with Neymar at Paris St-Germain as they bid to end their UEFA Champions League jinx.Inter Milan’s Chinese owners will also see Messi as the player to turn them back into a European force.Rolling TV sports channels and social media were buzzing with Messi’s Barca bombshell on Wednesday.Yet, in spite of the inevitable excitement, it is by no means certain Messi will have multiple options if the split with the Catalan giants is irreparable.Messi insists a clause in his contract allows him to leave for free – a scenario that would attract a frenzy of suitors. FC Barcelona, however, say that clause has expired.They insist a rival club must pay his release clause of 700 million euros ($826 million dollars) if he is to leave without their consent.Should FC Barcelona stick to their guns, it would knock most potential buyers out of the ball park, especially with Messi’s one million euros per week salary demand.The marketing men will point to the avalanche of shirt sales and Messi merchandising that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would guarantee.RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Not to mention his disciples around the globe swelling the club’s fanbase.Finances aside, though, there is an even bigger question mark hanging over Messi.Is he a fading force?It sounds churlish to suggest that of a player who remains the heartbeat of one of Europe’s biggest clubs.He has helped them win over 30 trophies, even though they won none last season.Yet his 31 goals in all competitions last season, impressive by ordinary standards, was not exceptional.After all, this is a player who holds the La Liga scoring record of 444.He once scored 79 club goals in a calendar year, and is the only player to score more than 40 goals for his club in 10 consecutive seasons.Messi’s disenchantment with the club’s hierarchy, notably club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, could have been a factor in the transfer request.But even a footballing genius cannot defy the passing years.On the other hand a fresh challenge might spark a golden final chapter to his glittering career.The question is where?Messi has made no secret of his admiration for the English Premier League and Manchester City would seem the most logical fit.Guardiola would surely relish a reunion with Messi as he rebuilds a side eclipsed by Liverpool last season.After their brush with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, even Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City might shy away from a 700 million price tag.This is even more noteworthy, when other areas of the pitch are in serious need of strengthening.Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, might see signing Messi as a way of winning over sceptical fans.Chelsea’s benefactor, Roman Abramovich, has re-opened his chequebook with a vengeance and will, like the rest of the football world, be closely monitoring events.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaLionel Messilast_img read more

USC Libraries’ website to undergo extensive renovation by December

first_imgAfter reviewing the results of last year’s annual library survey, USC Libraries has began the process of completely overhauling its website.For the past few years, the website has been one of the top five complaints from students. USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan said the website was updated continually since it was last re-designed in 2009.Quinlan noted that, when the new re-design project is completed, it will be the most significant upgrade to the website in at least five years.“We realized the technological infrastructure of the website had to be completely re-done,” Quinlan said.Online · Allie Beckemeyer, a post-baccalaureate student in the premedical program, uses the university’s libraries search engine on Tuesday while studying chemistry in the Von KleinSmid Center Library. — Alexander Harsono | Daily TrojanQuinlan said the new website is projected to be up and running by December.The project aims to enable online users to search all systems and data sources at once, gaining access to all the different sources though a single search engine. However, unlike common Internet search engines, users will gain access to domains that have been reviewed and deemed legitimate by librarians.“With Google, you don’t really know what you’re getting,” Quinlan said.Re-designing and updating the website will allow users to have easier access to information  and tools that already exist, according to Quinlan.“We’ve heard from pretty much everyone that it’s hard to find things and that tools are not visible,” Quinlan said.These inconsistencies with the fundamental features of the site, particularly with the search engine, stands as a major source of frustration for some users.“I type in an author or architect and gives like 10 options before the name comes,” said Norma Maldonado, a graduate student pursuing a master’s in architecture. “I think this change will help.”Not everyone feels a rehaul is necessary, however. Some students said they think the current site is adequate for research.“I use the website for doing research for my essays,” said Xiaojie Wang, an undecided freshman. “It’s pretty clear and straightforward and I can get what I want.”Other students had a different spin on the upcoming changes,  saying that no improvements were needed for the site but that increased development and refinement of the site would benefit the student body in the long run.“I don’t think it’s necessary,” said Allison Begalman, a freshman majoring in screenwriting. “It’s fine right now … [but] I guess if it’s going to help people and be more accessible, then why not?”Though the website will not necessarily include any brand-new features, university libraries are looking to improve compatibility with cell phones and tablets.  It’s unclear whether the site will simply be optimized for mobile platforms or if new tools, such as a smartphone app, will be considered. Wang, for one, felt such an app would make searching the libraries’ resources much simpler for students on the go.“I would love to have iPhone apps for USC Library,” Wang said. “I already have one for the Lyon Center, so it will be way more convenient to have mobile apps.”But looking at the big picture, Hugh McHarg, the associate dean of planning and communication for USC Libraries, said the project is particularly important because the website is the primary way people interact with the library’s collection services.“Constantly improving [the website] is always important to us and always a priority,” McHarg said. “We want to find a way to bring all [the library’s] resources together so the website is more consistent and accessible.”Quinlan said the new site should help students to finally be able to access the information with ease.“I’m most excited to make it easier for students to use the resources that we acquire so thoughtfully for them,” Quinlan said. “It frustrates me that we find all these resources and then people cannot find them.”last_img read more