Student Senate had its last meeting of semester on Wednesday evening. Marisa Olsen and Louis Bertolotti, directors of the First Undergratuate Experience in Leadership (FUEL), presented their concerns about the new traditions associated with the Celtic chant during football games.According to Olsen, the freshmen on FUEL are concerned by the “negative representation” of Notre Dame when students chant expletives directed towards Zahm on national television.“The chant does not reflect well on the Catholic University and the strong tradition in faith that we have here,” Bertolotti said. “We are one family and this is something that we can change to better the University.”Olsen and Bertolotti suggested using Frosh-O as a way to change the cheer. FUEL suggests simply teaching different words to chant during the Celtic Chant to avoid cursing at football games.“This isn’t necessarily a tradition as it only began two or three years ago,” Bertolotti said. “But we most definitely want to keep it from becoming a tradition.”The group had mixed opinions about the issue at hand. Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall President’s Council, said he was totally unaware of the chant and had never heard it been used before. Olsen and Bertolotti encouraged the group to step up and make this change happen.“We want you as student leaders to project the changes to the student body to bring us together as a family,” Bertolotti said.Senate also focused on the discussion of student safety on campus. Vidal said during his meeting with local law enforcement on Dec. 10 to discuss off campus safety, the police gave good tips for securing off campus homes during break.“We are going to post a webinar link soon so that students have the opportunity to ask the law enforcement questions live about campus safety,” Vidal said.As the meeting was the last of the semester, Senate plans to continue the 29 for 29 initiative and the discussion about campus safety during the spring semester.
Image source: rijkswaterstaat.nlRijkswaterstaat said in its latest announcement that they intend to award a contract for the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk to Levvel B.V. (Joint Venture in formation). The JV of BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A./Van Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners B.V./RebelValley B.V. will be responsible for designing, building and pre-financing operations.In addition, this consortium will be responsible for maintenance of this area for the next 25 years, said Van Oord in its release.Construction works are set to begin in the autumn of 2018. It is expected that the works on the Afsluitdijk will be completed no later than 2022.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more
Nissan Auto Parts has signed on as one of the sponsors for the biggest sailing events in the country- the Ada Sailing Race.The exciting event which has been going for over a decade, is mainly organised by the Ada Sailing Club for its members.Though not a traditional sporting activity in Ghana, organisers are hoping the sailing race will become one of the most popular sporting activites in the country.This year’s event is slated for the 10th and 11th October, 2015.The chosen dates for this prestigious sporting event targeted at wealthy merchants and business owners who take sailing as their past time is usually determined by the vagaries of the weather and it is best scheduled for off raining seasons, due to the possibility of thunder storms and boisterous winds. Tough winds are part of the fun especially for very adventurous sailors but could also take off part of the fun if it continues for very long hours. It has the propensity of delaying sailing unnecessarily and marring the beauty of the event. Nissan Auto Parts’ sponsorship of the event comes at a time many lesser known sports are lamenting about the lack of support from corporate Ghana. “We see our sponsorship as a way of giving back to the community and also leading the way for corporate organisations to invest a bit more in promoting other sporting disciplines,” Marketing Manager for Nissan Auto Parts Chris Tsegah said. read more