Candidate Profile: LaMagna/Andresen

first_imgWho they are: Presidential candidate Olivia LaMagna is a junior from Farley Hall studying political science and business economics. She hails from Carmel, Ind., and currently serves as the junior class president. Her running mate, Rohan Andresen, is a sophomore from Siegfried Hall studying business and political science. The Phoenix, Ariz., native, is the senator from Siegfried Hall and a member of student government’s Department of National Engagement and Outreach.LaMagna and Andresen said the overarching theme of their campaign is maximizing each student’s experience at Notre Dame, focusing on the question “how do you ND?”“I feel that there’s one story you’re told as a freshman about what your experience at Notre Dame is going to be, but there’s a huge range of opportunities to explore on this campus,” LaMagna said.First priority: Review student government procedures and come up with best practices for organizing a cabinet and a planning timeline for initiatives. LaMagna said her experience on Junior Class Council with Anderson’s background as a hall senator will give each a unique but complementary view on how student government operates and how they can maximize its efficiency.Top priority: Focus on every individual member of the student body and enable each to meet his or her full potential, in whatever way he or she wants. This overarching campaign strategy provides a focal point for their academic, community engagement and programming initiatives.“We want to get rid of the red tape and barriers that hold students back,” Andresen said. “When each student is seen as their own unique person and when that uniqueness is recognized, that’s when you have a diverse campus.”Best Idea: LaMagna and Andersen hope to create a more collaborative relationship between Notre Dame and South Bend, and LaMagna said she wants students to understand that South Bend is much more than a convenient location in which to do service work.“There’s not enough respect for what residents of South Bend can bring to undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame,” LaMagna said. “We want to increase accessibility to the city of South Bend.”Her experience with planning and executing major events as junior class president has given her insight into how to navigate the “administrative red tape” for project planning and especially approving new vendors and sites, LaMagna said.Worst Idea: Their plan to organize a group of undergraduate and graduate students who could teach one-credit specialized classes in areas such as computer programming seems impossible. While the goal of helping students broaden their technical skill sets and branch out beyond the classes required for their majors is good, it would be very difficult to get off the ground. Perhaps organizing a set of independent workshops or lectures on such topics would be more doable, instead of orchestrating it within the class registration and DART systems.Most feasible: Appoint two students, one male and one female, to serve as co-chairs of the Gender Relations Department of student government.“We want to start bringing a diversity of perspectives into that [conversation] because we don’t want it to be … a one-sided discussion,” LaMagna said. “We want everyone to feel like gender relations is something that matters to them, because if you’re a person on this campus, it affects you.”Least feasible: The two hope to break barriers between the different colleges and academic departments by allowing students to register for classes outside of their declared majors.“Right now, students can’t take classes outside of their colleges once they’ve declared,” Andresen said. “We want to be able to open up classes for students outside of their major.”They propose that a time limit be set on the DART system so that first, students who need a particular class for their majors are guaranteed seats. After official DARTing has ended, LaMagna and Andresen hope to open up registration to students outside the college under which the class is listed.Although this plan would offer students more academic freedom, it does not seem feasible given the labyrinth of prerequisite and co-requisite courses often listed. While perhaps general elective courses could be opened up, department chairs would likely resist open enrollment in more advanced, major-specific courses.Notable quote: “This is probably about 10 percent of all the ideas we’ve come up with. That other 90 percent have just been scrapped because of conversations with people, whether that be students or administrators. … These ideas that we have in the platform have had a lot of thought and a lot of discussion.” — AndresenFun Fact: LaMagna said she is an extremely organized person with “spreadsheets that terrify people,” but her dorm room is incredibly messy. Andresen, on the other hand, keeps an impeccable room and “can barely leave without dusting something.”Bottom line: Their platform reflects a comprehensive examination of real student desires, and the two leverage their energy and enthusiasm to come up with new, bold ideas. Their student government experience prepares them for success in future roles, and their focus on programming, as well as on enabling and empowering individual students, suggests they would have a dynamic, visible presence on campus next year.Tags: 2014 Election, Election, Student Body President, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Peru Bolsters Strategy Against Narco-Terrorist Alliance in Coca-growing Areas

first_imgBy Pedro Hurtado Cánepa/Diálogo October 25, 2016 The Peruvian government officially ordered the Armed Forces to directly intervene in coca-growing areas of the country in its continued battle against criminal elements engaged in narcoterrorism. The measure took effect on October 11th, and will remain in force for 60 days. The order calls for the development and implementation of a new strategy in the region of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley of the (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym), which includes areas located in the Peruvian highlands such as Ayacucho, Junín, Huancavelica, and Cusco, cities with high levels of poverty affected by terrorist violence from 1980-2000. According to a 2015 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are 18,333 hectares of coca cultivation in the VRAEM alone. The document shows that Peru has at least 40,300 hectares in 13 production areas, which is surpassed only by Colombia. As a result of this new strategy, in early October, Fernando Zavala, president of the Council of Ministers, announced a state of emergency in different VRAEM districts. “This new strategy consists of the Armed Forces assuming control of internal security, and they will have the support of the National Police,” said Andrés Gómez de la Torre, a Peruvian expert on national defense and intelligence issues. Peruvian legislation establishes that the fight against drug trafficking is a function that rests with the police. “The intention of the VRAEM strategy is to look at the situation objectively and to have a unified command in charge of the Armed Forces Joint Command and joined by the National Police of Peru,” said Gómez, indicating that the new operations will be more proactive. Working together According to the Interior Minister, the National Police will continue engaging in those aspects in which it has exclusive inalienable jurisdiction, such as the investigation of crimes like illicit drug trafficking. For purposes of the legality of their actions and the full respect for human rights, law enforcement will be under the direction of the Peruvian Attorney General’s Office. Peruvian police officers will continue to be in charge of the arrest and prosecution of individuals, as well as public safety, among other duties. “The issue of drug trafficking in the VRAEM began 10 years ago, and it has become a war of attrition due to the multiple threats to national security,” said Gómez. “The remnants of Shining Path in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley are no longer the ideological or political apparatus of a terrorist group questioning the rule of law. They have now become allies with drug-trafficking mafias operating in the area,” said Minister of Defense Mariano González. For González, the current reality of terrorist groups in Peru is causing a rethinking of certain strategies and what the sector’s position is. “With this rule, the Armed Forces are empowered to fight drug trafficking,” he said. González admitted that among the risks in the fight against drug trafficking is the emergence of cases of corruption in the very same law enforcement agencies (due to the large amounts of money they handle). “Supervision processes will be established to prevent members of the Armed Forces from falling into temptation,” he said. Peruvian Congressman and retired Vice Admiral Carlos Tubino, believes that these measures should be accompanied by others geared towards enhancing military intervention in this jurisdiction, such as allowing the Armed Forces to directly carry out interdictions against drug traffickers. “There are currently 64 Army bases in the VRAEM, and they cannot do direct interdiction, seize drugs they find, or hand those involved over (to the courts),” said Vice Adm. Tubino. He believes that the Armed Forces should directly participate in confiscating drugs, drug paraphernalia, capturing individuals involved, and handing them over to the police. Defense Minister Mariano González will detail the new military strategy to congressional members at the National Defense, Internal Order, Alternative Development, and Drug Control Committee during the first week of November in order to determine its continuity.last_img read more

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Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union conserved

first_imgJust one week after Michael Anthony LaJoice, the former CFO of the $68 million Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, admitted to embezzling $20 million, the Clarkston, Mich.-based cooperative was placed into conservatorship by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.DIFS Director Patrick M. McPharlin issued an order that placed Clarkston Brandon Community CU into conservatorship Wednesday and appointed the NCUA as the conservator effective immediately, according to a prepared statement released by the agency.As the appointed conservator, the NCUA will assume control of Clarkston Brandon Community CU to ensure its financial stability and safe and sound operation. The DIFS and the NCUA will work together to address issues related to the credit union’s operations and financial condition while maintaining member services, according to the statement. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Victory for VanDeest at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 8) – Racing at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday night shared the Central Iowa Fairgrounds with the county fair.Chase Rudolf took the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod lead as the green flag flew, and was looking strong.  By lap five, he had 12th starting Jared VanDeest to contend with but continued to keep his lead.VanDeest was relentless, however, pestering Rudolf until finally making it pay off at lap 12, when he grabbed the lead. VanDeest was able to distance himself from the pack in the final handful of laps, and took the checkers and the win. Eleventh starting Cory Rose was runner-up and Rudolf was third.The 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock event went to Adam Armstrong.  Armstrong, who has been racing a SportMod this season, jumped back into his Hobby Stock for the night and made the switch seem effortless.  He had the lead at lap seven, and then pulled away the remaining laps to take the easy win. Leah Wroten started ninth and took the runner-up spot. Gene Nicklaus took third.There was fast and furious racing in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 20-lapper. Todd Reitzler led the race immediately but suddenly at lap two there was the 99D of Damon Murty on his tail.  Murty, who had started 12th, flew around the topside and began dogging Reitzler.Donavon Smith had also made big advances, getting to third and pressuring both Reitzler and Murty.  At lap nine, Reitzler’s night turned into a nightmare, when his car appeared to dig into the entry of turn one, and then he took a huge ride as the car rolled.  Thankfully, Reitzler emerged from the car unhurt.When racing picked back up, Murty was now the leader with Smith in second.  Murty returned to his topside run, Smith trying the low line, but it was all Murty’s race from there on out, as he crossed under the checkers first once again.  Smith kept the runner-up spot and third went to 10th starter Steve Meyer.No one should have been disappointed with the 20-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified fea­ture action. Trent Jackson and Jimmy Gustin wowed the crowd with lap after lap of close racing before Jackson took the checkers ahead of Gustin and Jacob Murray.last_img read more

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