Group prepares for last month

first_imgStudent Senate discussed pep rally improvement and student employment reform at Wednesday’s meeting, planning to make strides in these areas before the current student government’s term ends April 1. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said the current student government officers will have their closing meeting soon with Game Day Operations in order to finalize next year’s pep rallies. “We’re giving them our final thoughts on pep rallies so they can make improvements for next year,” he said. Pasquerilla East senator Julie Doherty said there was an excessive amount of waiting at the 2010 rallies. “They lasted too long and took up too much time,” Doherty said. “It’s not as fun when you’re just waiting there for a while.” Off-Campus Concerns Chair Emily LeStrange said the changes at Irish Green this year were definitely a positive step. “It’s a lot more student-friendly in terms of players getting involved,” she said. “It’s more open to communicating with students.” LeStrange said the unlimited capacity and the stage are both important features of the location. But some senators said the lack of thunderous noise at Irish Green posed a problem. “At Irish Green the stage isn’t facing [DeBartolo Performing Arts Center], it faces the street so the sound doesn’t reverberate,” Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott said. Yiting Zheng, McGlinn senator, said the indoor pep rallies solved this problem by packing many people inside and creating a higher noise level. Ideas to bring older students to next year’s rallies included guest speakers, more variety and free food and T-shirts. Student body president Catherine Soler also discussed her plan to restructure student employment, especially the Notre Dame Job Board. The job board, which can be found through a link under the Student Academic tab on insideND, lists categories of both on-campus jobs, such as in athletics and food services, and jobs in the broader Notre Dame community, such as child care and clerical positions. Soler said the current board is rarely updated and hard to navigate. The Student Employment Office, a division of the Office of Financial Aid, manages the board but does not actively seek out student employment opportunities to post, she said. “The current process is each department is sent a newsletter and if they have a job, they can contact the Student Employment Office which then puts it on job board,” Soler said. Once a position is filled, it is again the job of the department to inform the Student Employment Office to remove the position from the board. Soler said the departments do not regularly follow-up with this task, which makes the board rarely up-to-date. Some senators suggested moving the link to a more visible place. Zheng said allowing students to upload their resumes directly to the site would improve contact between applicants and potential employers. With more than 40 percent of students employed on campus, Soler said, the job board should become a more effective tool.last_img read more

Syracuse earns No. 5 rank in country to start season

first_imgFor the second consecutive season, the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Preseason Poll has Syracuse ranked as the fifth-best team in the country.Syracuse concluded its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year ranked second in the poll after posting a 16-4 record. SU received 729 points and was one of six schools to receive a first-place vote (1).Another Top 10 placement in the poll for Syracuse has extended the program’s streak to 65 consecutive weeks of being ranked within the Top 10 teams.Maryland topped the rankings, garnering 881 points and 22 out of 47 first-place votes. Joining Syracuse are fellow ACC foes North Carolina (No. 2), Duke (No. 4), Virginia (No. 6), Wake Forest (No. 11), Boston College (No. 13) and Louisville (No. 15) rounding out the top-20 ranked teams.No. 7 Princeton and No. 10 Massachusetts are also Top 10 teams on Syracuse’s schedule. Eighth-ranked Penn State and No. 9 Old Dominion also cracked the Top 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opens its 2014 season on Friday at Ohio State and faces off against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more