Fr. Jenkins introduces renovations

first_imgIn an undergraduate town hall meeting featuring University President Fr. John Jenkins, Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding and Dean of First Year of Studies and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Hugh Page Tuesday evening, Fr. Jenkins announced plans to build two new residence halls, renovate the Hesburgh Library and construct a new multi-disciplinary research facility on campus.Kelly Konya | The Observer Jenkins said the new dorms will be built directly east of Mod Quad and open in the fall of 2016.  This development has become a necessity due to the overcrowding of existing residence halls and the sparse availability of on-campus housing for transfer students.“One of the most important aspects of Notre Dame, we feel, is the residence halls. Here tonight, you will be the first to know that we will have two new residence halls,” Jenkins said. “The reason we’re going to have that is because the halls are overcrowded … some transfer students can’t get into the dorms, and we need more space so that we can make space for study halls and social space.”Jenkins said the new halls will be built “through the generosity of a couple of benefactors,” but did not specify who the donors are or how much the buildings will cost.The renovations to Hesburgh Library are long overdue and will include a more open area on the first and second floors and a new entrance on the north side of the building, Jenkins said.“When I was an undergraduate a long, long time ago, it looked pretty much like it does now, so it probably needs some renovation,” he said.“The entrance will allow you to see upstairs and downstairs when you enter,” Jenkins said. “It’s a better gathering place. We also are planning group study spaces.”The University also plans to erect a new research facility to the east of the library, he said.“One of the important things at Notre Dame in recent years has been the ever-expanding research work of our faculty,” Jenkins said. “They’re doing important work for labs and research centers.“It will be a multi-disciplinary facility, so various faculty from various fields can come together on research work.”Jenkins also addressed the Campus Crossroads Project and said the motivation behind the proposed stadium renovations is to provide much needed class and social space while maintaining the walkability of campus.“The challenge is we need some more buildings and we’re running out of space,” Jenkins said. “We have this wonderful facility that is used maybe eight times a year. Through a lot of work and a lot of planning we said, ‘Okay, look. This structure is here and it just sits there. Why don’t we use that space to add some needed buildings?’”He also said the University plans to continue to strengthen its global connections and provide more opportunities to study abroad and inspire faculty collaborations “so that the world can know about Notre Dame and we can know about the world.”After Jenkins concluded his remarks, Hoffmann Harding began her portion of the presentation and said the University plans to eliminate the hall tax from the dorms.“What we learned through part of our interview process with students is first of all, [the hall tax] didn’t demonstrate the hospitality we wanted to welcome you into our residential communities,” Hoffman Harding said. “We want to program and offer things for you in our halls, but there were better and more effective ways that we could do that.”Hoffmann Harding also highlighted last summer’s renovations to Lyons Hall and announced St. Edward’s Hall will undergo renovations this upcoming summer.Page then took the stage and addressed issues related to the core curriculum. He said the University is currently in the process of reviewing the requirements for undergraduate students.“As you know, we have a set of requirements for students at the undergraduate level, and the purpose of those requirements is not to make you jump through hoops,” Page said. “The purpose is to make sure that there is a rich and full and meaningful undergraduate education for everyone that gives you the skill sets that you need and imparts the virtues that are necessary for responsible citizenship in the 21st century.”When the panel took questions from students in attendance, several students raised concerns over the University’s ongoing legal proceedings against the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate for employers to include contraception in their employees’ healthcare plans.Jenkins said following the most recent rejection of the University’s appeal, the University will temporarily comply with the mandate or else face a fine of one million dollars per day. Jenkins said the University plans to continue its legal action, calling this just “the first inning” of the court battle.Jenkins also fielded student questions on the Campus Crossroads Project, the Board of Trustees’ audience with Pope Francis and the University’s role in the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, particularly  Jenkins’s condemnation of the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Tags: Board of Trustees, fr. jenkins, new dorms, town hall meeting, undergraduatelast_img read more

Newcastle leave it late

first_img Villa gave as good as they got for long periods, but looked to be fortunate not to concede an 81st-minute penalty when the ball appeared to strike defender Leandro Bacuna’s arm inside the box. Newcastle went into the game having lost each of their last five fixtures in all competitions at St James’ and with the club moving to deny that Pardew’s job was on the line if he did not remedy that situation today. The initial signs were positive as a team strengthened significantly by the return of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote from injury and Remy from suspension set about their task in determined fashion. Remy forced a second-minute save from Brad Guzan with a well-struck effort and Cisse almost embarrassed the American eight minutes later with a drilled effort which he spilled, fortunately at the feet of team-mate Nathan Baker. However, the wheels then rather came off for the Magpies as Villa found their feet and started to hit their hosts on the counter with the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor a particular threat. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi had already fired across the face of goal twice when Agbonlahor forced a 19th-minute save from Tim Krul after Ashley Westwood had set him up, and he blasted a long-range effort inches over the crossbar seconds later. Pardew, who had signalled his intention to play two strikers for the remainder of the season in his programme notes, swiftly abandoned the system in favour of a 4-5-1 formation, and while that helped to stem the tide, it did little to improve Newcastle’s creativity. Remy saw a 44th-minute free-kick just wide, but Cisse really should have scored in first half-injury time after being picked out by the Frenchman in front of goal, but his shot was too high. Loic Remy ended Newcastle’s barren run with a dramatic injury-time winner as Aston Villa finally succumbed at St James’ Park. Press Association Villa’s efforts to deny the home side time and space proved effective and the Magpies became increasingly frustrated as they struggled to find any cohesion. They did, however, with 53 minutes gone when Remy flicked Moussa Sissoko’s pass into the path of Yoan Gouffran, whose right-foot shot flew just wide. But with neither side able to retain possession for more than a handful of rudimentary passes, chances were few and far between. However, left-back Paul Dummett went desperately close when he curled a 20-yard shot just over with 63 minutes gone, and Gouffran volleyed high and wide two minutes later with Newcastle pressing. Tiote fired tamely at Guzan and Sissoko scuffed harmlessly wide as the home, then Remy forced a diving save from Guzan with a well-struck effort 10 minutes from time. The home side were furious not to be awarded a penalty seconds later after the ball appeared to strike Bacuna’s arm. The Magpies should have snatched victory when substitute Luuk de Jong robbed Ron Vlaar on the goal-line and squared for Remy, who contrived to hit the upright. But the France international redeemed himself two minutes into stoppage time when he spun inside the box to thump home left-foot volley past the helpless Guzan. The striker claimed his 12th goal of the season in injury time of a game the Magpies should have had wrapped up long before. It clinched a first victory since January 18 and ended a run of five successive home defeats. Remy and strike-partner Papiss Cisse had earlier wasted glorious opportunities to put Alan Pardew’s men ahead in a game which rarely hit the heights, but the former’s late contribution proved enough to seal a 1-0 win. last_img read more