President Cervelli implements 10-minute office hours

first_imgSaint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli, known for her annual residence hall sleepovers and appearances at the midnight breakfasts during final exams, announced in an email Aug. 30 she will be further opening her door to students by implementing scheduled office hours throughout the fall semester. These ten-minute, one-on-one meetings with Cervelli will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An email sent to College community detailed the office hours which the administration hopes that this opportunity will encourage students to speak directly with President Cervelli about issues and concerns.President Cervelli said she decided to host office hours in order to foster dialogue and strengthen relationships with the student body.“We take seriously the idea that this campus community is a family and, in the busy rush of administrative responsibilities and academic schedules, I want to ensure that we make time for that essential part of what makes a family: open communications that lead to trust and understanding,” Cervelli said in an email.The goal of these ten-minute meetings is to increase accessibility to the administration while addressing the issues and concerns of students, Cervelli said.“I like to hear directly from students,” she said. “It’s why I often go to the dining hall at lunch and drop into Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] on the weekends. It’s important to stay in touch with what’s on students’ minds. Establishing a regular opportunity to have those conversations will be beneficial in strengthening the lines of communication and will deepen my understandings of the issues that most concern them. Students are at the center of all that we do, and listening to them one-on-one tells me what additional support they need, who they are and what sparks their curiosity.”Sophomore Grace Maher said she heard about the office hours through the campus-wide email, and will be attending an office hour session with other students from the Saint Mary’s gender and women’s studies department.“A small group of gender and women’s studies students have noticed that Saint Mary’s doesn’t have any statement of any kind in their admissions policy regarding transgender students, and while we understand that it’s a controversial issue, especially considering we’re a Catholic college, there are other women’s colleges who at least state a support statement regarding diversity, social justice or supporting students of various backgrounds applying to the colleges,” Maher said.Maher said she feels it is important to talk about these controversial topics in a personal setting to guarantee that the subject is being heard. The conversation, she said, will be extraordinarily helpful in creating further dialogue. “[The office hours are] a good opportunity to encourage one-on-one student-to-president conversation, especially if it’s an issue you feel needs direct attention from the president, rather than going through the various levels of administration,” Maher said. “The ten minutes can allow for a base level, a foundation to be set without needing to feel that we need to come fully prepared with a solution to whatever we’re bringing to President Cervelli.”Maher said she hopes her meeting with President Cervelli will lead to lasting changes on campus. “I hope that out of these conversations, we can start to enact some small changes that students feel personally affect them and affect other people that they know, and that they can really bring some big changes to the college,” Maher said.Senior Regan Hattersley said she received the email containing details on President Cervelli’s office hours in the middle of her class. “I was so excited, I immediately pulled up my calendar and was reading the [office hour] times,” Hattersley said. “That night I sent an email to her office requesting the first slot.”Having signed up for a time during one of her classes, Hattersley said she was intent on meeting with President Cervelli, and arranged with her professor to leave early so she could attend. “I’m personally interested in speaking with President Cervelli about my personal experiences being a student at Saint Mary’s that does not come from a lot of privilege,” Hattersley said. President Cervelli’s “friendly, personable” reputation shows that she is willing to listen to the stories of students, Hattersley said, especially those with stories like hers, something she felt was lacking in other presidents and administration. “I am a first-generation college student, and I have had several small interactions on this campus throughout my three years here … that I think she might be shocked to hear have happened to me,” Hattersley said. ”Like things that faculty and staff have said to me that I feel shouldn’t be the default way to interact with students. I don’t think there’s a lot of understanding on this campus beyond ‘college students are poor.’”Hattersley said she hopes her story as a first-generation college student helps President Cervelli learn more about the experiences of Saint Mary’s students with various backgrounds, and enact progress towards inclusivity and diversity.“I’m not interested in going to her with an agenda — I’m interested in going to her with my story,” Hattersley said. “It seems to me that my experience is not the norm, and I am aware of that. But I also know that I cannot be the only student that has these additional difficulties and challenges placed before them. I know that other students must have similar situations.”Hattersley said she wants President Cervelli to be aware of the things happening on campus even if her meeting does not result in instant change and hopes that students are better accommodated on an individual level. She is especially interested in sharing stories that illustrate several instances of Saint Mary’s staff and students misunderstanding her financial situation, she said.“‘Can’t you just ask your parents to cover it? Can’t you pay them back? Can’t you get a loan or something?’ For someone like me coming from a first generation family, I do appreciate all that my parents do for me, but they don’t have that to give,” Hattersley said. “It can be incredibly demoralizing. When that rhetoric is consistently used … it makes you feel like you’re never doing enough, or that you’re somehow wrong for not having.”Her meeting with President Cervelli will give the president a better understanding of the struggles faced by some Saint Mary’s students, Hattersley said, and hopefully improve the lives of future generations of Belles.“How can [Saint Mary’s] help students like me?” Hattersley said. “How can they prepare students like me? When it comes down to the individual student, what is being done? My story might inform [President Cervelli] in those respects.”Tags: Cervelli meeting, Jan Cervelli, Office Hours, President Cervellilast_img read more

Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tribune-Star:The Merom Generating Station in western Sullivan County will be closed in 2023, impacting about 185 utility workers.Hoosier Energy today announced a plan to retire the coal-fired power plant and transition to other energy sources including wind, solar, natural gas and storage.The 1,070-megawatt Merom Generating Station went online in 1982.The company announced its new long-range resource plan, which it said is designed to provide its 18 member cooperatives with reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy while saving members an estimated $700 million over the next two decades.The plan provides a foundation for supply cost stability and predictability while reducing the company’s carbon footprint by nearly 80, a news release said.Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative with headquarters in Bloomington. The cooperative provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois, serving nearly 650,000 consumers.More: Hoosier Energy announces planned closing of Merom Generating Station Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023last_img read more

Algeria Says 102 Extremists ‘Neutralized’ So Far This Year

first_imgMore than 100 armed Islamists have been killed, captured or have repented in Algeria in the first half of this year, the defense ministry said Tuesday. A statement, carried by national news agency APS, did not give a breakdown of the 102 Islamists it said were no longer battling Algerian security forces.Large quantities of arms and ammunition, including automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and almost 1 300 explosive devices were seized in security sweeps between January and June, it said.Islamist-linked violence rocked Algeria in the 1990s but has since waned, although armed groups remain active in central and eastern Algeria where they mount attacks on security forces. The army says more than 100 Islamists were killed last year.last_img read more

Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket officials were once again left red-faced after another woman held up a banner protesting against Scott Kuggeleijn’s participation in the second T20 international between India and New Zealand on Friday.Scott Kuggeleijn, who was cleared of rape charges in 2017, bowled 3.5 overs in the match and also scored 2 runs as India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets to level the three-match series 1-1 in Auckland.But Kuggeleijn’s participation has led to protests, one of whom had held up a banner, which read “no means no”, in the first T20I in Wellington.Another woman was seen holding up a banner which read “Wake up, NZ Cricket, #MeToo”.New Zealand Cricket and Westpac Stadium had earlier apologised for removing a banner promoting sexual consent during the first match. The banner was confiscated and the woman was told she would get it back after the double-header.The message in the banner was directed at Scott Kuggeleijn, who was selected for the national side after a jury found him not guilty in a rape case two years ago.New Zealand cricket public relations officer, Richard Boock conceded the decision to remove the banner was an overreaction. However, he pointed out that the New Zealand Cricket and the Westpac Stadium officials had just followed the guidelines that prohibit targetting players with such banners.”We agree the course taken was an over-reaction and unnecessary, and the sign certainly wasn’t offensive,” Boock said, as quoted by the report.”The policy is a guideline only and is not written in stone. I think, on this occasion, we should have shown better judgment and exercised more discretion. We’ll be having a chat about it in our debrief with a view to making sure that doesn’t happen again, and we’re sorry.”advertisementKuggeleijn had faced trials in 2016 and 2017 after he was charged with rape in Hamilton in 2015. After a hung jury in the first trial, he was found not guilty of rape in the second despite the New Zealand cricketer conceding the woman in question had said no to sex.Also Read | We just waited for umpire’s decision: Khaleel Ahmed on Daryl Mitchell DRS controversyAlso Read | Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughingAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more