Student body presidential candidates: Corey Robinson and Becca Blais

first_imgZachary Llorens | The Observer Who they are: Student body presidential candidate Corey Robinson, a junior Program of Liberal Studies major with sustainability and business-economics minors, currently serves as the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and previously held the role of athletics representative on the Vidal-Devine executive cabinet. The San Antonio native and former Knott Hall resident is a receiver on the football team and the co-founder of the non-profit One Shirt One Body.Robinson’s running mate, Becca Blais, is a sophomore political science and peace studies major from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Blais served on Judicial Council as an election committee member her freshman year and most recently held the position of director of Internal Affairs on the Ricketts-Ruelas executive cabinet. The Farley Hall resident is also a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters.Top priority: Strengthening and expanding sexual assault resources on campusRobinson highlighted the ticket’s plan to train nurses at St. Liam’s to becoming Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), who would be able to administer rape kits on campus and help care for sexual assault victims, while Blais noted a desire to improve the Title IX process that follows sexual assaults, including evaluating the disciplinary and rehabilitation measures for students found guilty of sexual assault.Best idea: Providing a SANE in St. Liam’sRobinson noted how, at the moment, sexual assault survivors at Notre Dame must travel off campus via taxicab or personal vehicle to St. Joseph Hospital in order to have a rape kit administered, which can create unsafe or frustrating circumstances that might discourage survivors from taking these steps in a time-sensitive process. They propose to “give students the resources to be safe and comfortable” right on campus by training nurses in St. Liam’s to administer rape kits, and they have researched the steps and funds necessary to follow through on this idea as soon as they take office.Worst idea: Reform of student senateWhile a good idea in theory, their plan to reform student senate needs to be more detailed and efficient. They mentioned bringing in speakers, such as University administrators and faculty members, to gauge and incorporate student thoughts into their decisions, similar to what Robinson experienced within the athletic administration in his role on SAAC. However, senate has already done something similar to this in the past year with negligible results. Blais also recalled how senators tend to get bogged down in parliamentary procedure and become discouraged from sharing their ideas as the year progresses. But procedural reform does not seem to be enough to fully change a group like senate, which has had a minimal impact on student life, so more specifics are needed for how they can accomplish this effectively.Most feasible: Partnering with the Career Center and local organizations to help students find internships in the South Bend areaMuch like their plan to train St. Liam’s nurses to become SANEs, Robinson and Blais have already laid the groundwork for their “Strengthening the BoND” initiative, which would connect students with local internships through groups like enFocus and by posting a greater number of opportunities more clearly on the Career Center website. For students who would like to work but don’t have cars, Blais said they have also looked into the “doable” process of rerouting Transpo lines to help students efficiently travel to their jobs.Least feasible: Overseeing Notre Dame’s divestment from fossil fuels in the University endowment. The push to have the University divest from corporations that profit from fossil fuels has been a goal of several past student government officials and groups on campus. And while it is a commendable goal and one Robinson and Blais would certainly be able to promote with University administration, history has shown that the decision is out of the hands of members of student government and not one Robinson and Blais would be able to actively “oversee,” so much as one they could encourage.Bottom line: Robinson and Blais understand and noted how student government isn’t necessarily the end-all, be-all of student decisions, but rather an organization that has the power to work with other groups with similar ideas in order to achieve their goals. They know how to partner with student groups and University resource centers, such as the Career Center, to efficiently bring about change. Additionally, Robinson’s established relationships with University administrators, including University president Fr. John Jenkins and Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick, would likely help him and Blais accomplish their tasks in a timely manner. Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Student government electionslast_img read more

Say it aint so: McWatters slated to leave NCUA board

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I knew it was too good to last.Suddenly, in August of 2014, the NCUA board included a real life, unabashed  strict-constructionist lawyer and fierce advocate of credit union  flexibility. Now he’s leaving to go irritate a whole new group of bureaucrats and credit unions are worse off for it. Send in the clowns.J. Mark McWatters, who has been an outspoken advocate of greater regulatory flexibility for credit unions since he joined the NCUA’s three member board in August of 2014 has been nominated by President Obama yesterday to serve on the Board of Directors of the recently reauthorized Export-Import Bank of the United States.I will get over the fact that he is ditching the NCUA but it will take some time. Since his appointment he has not been afraid to ruffle some feathers,  He questioned NCUA’s legal authority to impose risk based capital requirements on Well Capitalized credit unions;  advocated for a more expansive interpretation of credit union MBL authority  and  for a more flexible approach to   MBL  enforcement;  and pointedly questioned  NCUA’s budget priorities.  Critics would argue that much of this would have been done without McWatters but it’s  hard to believe that these initiatives would have been pushed with quite so much gusto had he not been around. continue reading »last_img read more

Jobs: Electrical Engineer and Stores Manager required by well-established services company

first_imgJob Vacancies: KER Services Ltd in Killybegs, Co. Donegal are specialists in Electrical, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Food Processing Automation and Waste Water Treatment Systems.KER Services has been providing high-quality solutions to the marine, fishing, commercial and industrial sectors for twenty years.  A commitment to technical excellence and the provision of superior levels of customer service has led to exciting developments within Ireland and Europe. Due to continued growth and expansion KER currently have a number of vacancies: Instrumentation Systems Electrical EngineerInterTradeIreland FUSION project in partnership with the North West Regional College The successful candidate must possess: Hold or expect to be awarded a higher level qualification* in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering (*qualification to be a minimum HND NQF Level 7 in Republic of Ireland or Level 5 in Northern Ireland or UK or equivalent). Knowledge in PLC Programming. Knowledge of HMI Interface and development. Legally permitted to work in the EU. Stores ManagerThe successful candidate must possess;Minimum Leaving certificate qualification and/or significant experience in a similar role. Previous management experience with good computer skills and the ability to enhance the KER brand through the provision of prompt, professional service are essential.Qualified electrician or refrigeration would have a distinct advantage, but not essential as comprehensive training will be given.Previous experience with Opera Pegasus or a similar stores/stock control system an advantage but not essential.Full clean drivers licence.Successful candidates will require excellent communications and interpersonal skills, the ability to work as part of a team and the flexibility to work overtime, weekends and emergency call out as required. To apply: Suitably qualified, interested applicants should submit a CV on or before 2nd July 2018 to;Mr Eugene McBreartyKER Services LtdRoshine RdKillybegsCo Donegal0749731525Email: [email protected]: Electrical Engineer and Stores Manager required by well-established services company was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:electrical engineerjobsker services group ltdKillybegsrecruitmentStores ManagerVacancieslast_img read more