Student government hosts fair for freshmen

first_imgThe First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) branch of student government hosted the Freshman Networking Fair on Monday in the Lafortune Ballroom to help first year students connect with various organizations across campus.Sarah Olson Sophomore Dan Hopkinson, co-director of FUEL, said the fair was started three years ago when FUEL was under the leadership of Louis Bertolotti and it has continued to gather positive feedback throughout the years.“ … Especially if you’re a freshman, it’s hard to [join organizations] if you’re not already involved in student government,” he said. “It can be overwhelming, so I think just having an event dedicated to specifically Student Union organizations is helpful in raising awareness for those organizations and what they can do.”Senior Caitlin Hodges, department director for community relations, said freshmen can reach out to her to learn more about jobs and service in the South Bend community. The experience in community relations her department offers can also be a valuable experience for those looking to get involved in local government, she said. “If they’re looking for good exposure even to municipal government, if it’s someone who’s thinking about getting involved in that after graduation in South Bend or another city — this is a really good department for that,” Hodges said. Freshman Alison O’Neil, who is involved with community relations, said she has enjoyed her experience, which allows her to venture into the South Bend community.“This is my first experience with student government,” O’Neil said. “ … It’s a nice chance to get out of the Notre Dame bubble, get involved in the community and really make a difference.”Liz Feeley, co-chair of Hall President’s Council (HPC), said freshmen can also begin becoming involved with the hall council organizations within their own dorms.“When they come in their freshmen year [and want to become involved with HPC], it’s probably most helpful if they get involved in hall council first, because HPC is made up of current hall presidents,” Feeley said. “It’s kind of hard to run, unless you have one year under your belt … We would definitely recommend hall council, and even running for a commissioner’s position.”Christina Fernandez, co-chair of the HPC, said freshmen can shadow their upperclassmen hall presidents to learn more about the responsibilities of the position “Some halls have junior commissioner positions, so [freshmen] can learn how to be a commissioner under a sophomore and learn the ropes of programming and what we do at events,” Fernandez said. “But aside from that, freshmen can actually run for president at the end of their freshmen year to be hall president during their sophomore year, so we have a few of the halls who have sophomore presidents.”Freshman Abby Campbell, a member of FUEL, said she learned more about student government through the fair.“I discovered that the school offers a free New York Times subscription, which I sort of knew but I had no idea how to take advantage of it,” Campbell said. “Also, I didn’t know that student government was the group that worked on the debate this year and also [kept] track of who voted for who in the [mock] election, which is pretty cool.”Freshman Brittani West said she was particularly interested in the opportunities which Diversity Council offered.“I checked out Diversity Council, so that was pretty interesting,” West said. “I know that the majority of students here are white, so not being white, I wanted to check that out, for sure. I’m really glad they’re offering opportunities for me to be a part of that council.”Freshman Taylor Schmidt said he learned about future events that are aimed at fostering community between residence halls. “There’s going to be a campus-wide event that entails competitions with each dorm … you can go to different dorms for activities; [for example,] you can do dunk tanks at Duncan Hall or make a cupcake at Badin,” Schmidt said.Hodges said he hoped the fair would help spread overall awareness of the opportunities offered by student government.“Student Union is the largest organization that is on campus and it can do so much,” Hodges said. “It can be overwhelming so I think just having an event dedicated to specifically Student Union organizations is helpful in raising awareness for those organizations and what they can do.”Tags: fair, freshmen, networking, Student Unionlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Parkland, Florida Tragedy

first_img Flag Order,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.“Frances and I are heartbroken by the tragedy in Florida and join with all Pennsylvanians in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We are praying for the victims and their loved ones and honoring the law enforcement and citizen heroes who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.“Our children deserve to go to school without fearing for their lives and parents should be confident their kids will be safe after they leave for school each morning. And our country deserves elected leaders with the courage to act.“Our country must come together to stop this senseless violence and loss of life. It begins by putting aside political differences and taking real action to keep people safe.”The Governor ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, February 15, 2018, until sunset February 19, 2018. Per an order from the White House, the United States flag should also be lowered immediately and until sunset February 19, 2018.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. February 15, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Statement on Parkland, Florida Tragedylast_img read more

Local defenceman defending the blue line at U16 B.C. Cup

first_imgHer selection to the North Zone hockey team resulted from a strong performance at the team’s selection camp, which was held back on January 5 and 6 in Williams Lake.Bell hit the ice with 26 forwards and 18 fellow defencemen looking to earn her spot on the North Region team’s blue line and succeeded for the second straight year.Bell won a bronze medal last year following her play with the Cariboo-Northeast region at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.- Advertisement -She and her fellow north zone team will be putting competing against five fellow provincial teams during the competition, which will be held in Duncan, B.C. from April 4-7.last_img read more