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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‘Polar Bear’ enjoys feasting on Hawks

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAll season long, Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft has been the Badgers’ garbage man. Doing much of the dirty work in the trenches, the second-year man has become the team’s third-leading rebounder, despite averaging just 20 minutes per game coming off the bench. “He’s always an X-factor whenever we play,” forward Alando Tucker said. “He’s coming up with key rebounds and key plays. And that’s one of the things that has helped us be so successful this year — is Joe Krabbenhoft and his play.”Krabbenhoft was back at it again Saturday, torching Iowa on the offensive glass to the tune of five offensive rebounds (a team-high eight total) and scoring eight points, all of which were second-chance opportunities. “I thought Krabbenhoft was the X-factor,” Iowa head coach Steve Alford said. “You know [Kammron] Taylor and Tucker are going to be consistent for them. We couldn’t allow that third guy, … and we let Krabbenhoft, for their bench, do too much damage to us.”What made the sophomore’s contributions even more impressive was his ability to shake off a couple of early missed layups and a turnover and bounce back with a strong game.”Joe — he takes everything personally,” Tucker said. “When he misses a layup or makes a bad play, I know he’s the type of player that he takes that to heart and it shows.”Krabbenhoft rebounded from the missed opportunities, nicely and also dished out a team-high three assists against the Hawkeyes.”When he misses layups or opportunities like that, I know he’s going to fight to get it back, and that’s one of the things that makes him such a special player,” Tucker added.Butch comes aliveWhen Iowa and Wisconsin last met, Badger forward Brian Butch had one of his best games of the season, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds and scoring 13 points for a double-double. Butch relived the experience, again excelling against the Hawkeyes to the tune of 15 points and seven boards.”I thought Butch had another good game against us; for whatever reason, he likes playing against us,” Alford said. The impressive performance comes on the heels of some disappointing games for Butch. After tearing apart the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Jan. 28, Butch had managed to only score 10 points and tear down 17 rebounds combined in UW’s next three games.”Well it was about time I actually did something to help this team,” Butch said. “There’s been a couple games in the past where I haven’t played real well, and it was just kind of time.”Butch said he just found his rhythm in the second half, scoring 10 points — including a pair of three-pointers — on 4-of-5 shooting in the first 10 minutes to help UW pull away and break open a very tight contest.”Some of it comes down to matchups, and some of it comes down to just actually getting a feel and getting into kind of a rhythm of the game,” Butch said. “Once I feel like I’m in a rhythm, it feels like it comes a lot easier.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan expressed that Butch’s mentality toward scoring has been key in the Badgers’ success this season. “Brian doesn’t feel because he was such-and-such a player coming out of high school that he has to get 20 points every night,” Ryan said. “That’s why he plays on teams that are on the left-hand side.”Rock, paper, scissorsWhile the game had been over for 45 minutes when Butch, Taylor and Tucker made their way to the Kohl Center media room for their post-game press conference, all the competitions had yet to be played out. Midway into the interview session, Butch and Taylor were asked a long-winded question about UW’s second-half run. Neither player jumped to answer, eventually prompting Butch to challenge Taylor to a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide who had to answer.It was a heated contest that went into overtime, as the two combatants both threw scissors on the first go round, before Butch eventually prevailed: scissors over paper.”Gotcha,” Butch said.last_img read more

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