CLC works on safety, inclusion

first_imgAlthough the Campus Life Council (CLC) did not begin meeting until October, student body president Pat McCormick said he hopes this year’s group can make meaningful recommendations on how to improve the University. “CLC is a group that actually meets at the request of the Board of Trustees and in some ways, it is slightly distinct from the work we do as an administration,” McCormick said. “It’s an opportunity for a forum, where students can come together with rectors and faculty members to discus ways to tangibly improve campus life.” CLC did not begin meeting until October because the group did not receive rector recommendations from Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle until that time. Once the student and rector representatives were able to convene, McCormick said the group identified three main areas that they would like to work on — student safety, expanding inclusion and student activities. CLC members have divided into three subcommittees based on these priorities. The subcommittees meet bi-weekly. The subcommittee on student safety hopes to bring together experts to discuss how to improve campus safety, McCormick said. “The major thing we’re recommending right now is more lighting on campus,” McCormick said. “Especially in places like Mod Quad, where there maybe isn’t as much [lighting] as there could be.” McCormick said the goal of the subcommittee on expanding inclusion is to enable all students “to serve as partners in the project at Notre Dame.” “Students have a unique role in charting the course for Notre Dame,” he said. “They are ready and willing to serve as partners, but that requires mutual respect from both staff and other students.” The expanding inclusion subcommittee has identified specific areas its members would like to address, McCormick said. “One area they’re looking at is underrepresented students and their faith traditions,” he said. “Another is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students and how we can further include them in the life of the University.” McCormick said the student activities subcommittee would make recommendations on both the process and the quality of student activities at Notre Dame, including improvements to SAO online and pep rallies, as well as the modernization of the football stadium. McCormick said the hope for the year is to produce a report to the Board of Trustees and the vice president for Student Affairs detailing CLC’s recommendations on improving these areas of life at Notre Dame.last_img read more

Britain’s heaviest man Carl Thompson found dead at home

first_imgBritain’s heaviest man, Carl Thompson, has died – weeks after making a plea  for help to lose weight.The 33-year-old, who was 412kg, had been bedbound for more than a year – with one takeaway reportedly making deliveries using a key to his flat.He was found dead on Sunday morning, and emergency services in Dover  who were said to have difficulty removing his body from his house, finally were seen cordoning off a section of the road so they could remove Mr Thompson’s body through a window.In April Mr Thompson said on national TV that he needed to lose  – more than two-thirds of his body weight – otherwise doctors said he would die.It is thought Thompson began suffering from an eating disorder after losing his mother to brain cancer in 2012.After Thompson featured  in a TV interview live from his bed, he was swamped with offers to help him lose weight.He said he had always had a bad relationship with food and, as a child, would sneak downstairs in the night and raid the kitchen cupboards in his childhood home in Lydden.He said: “I was only about three or four and no one knew why I did it. I would just eat anything out of the cupboards.” Carl Thompson weighed 412 Kg’slast_img read more

Everton 1-0 Watford: Ross Barkley hits back at Ronald Koeman to secure win

first_img1 The clock may be ticking for Ross Barkley at Everton but the midfielder’s timely intervention ensured a winning end to their season at Goodison Park as Watford were beaten 1-0.Manager Ronald Koeman has warned the 23-year-old he has until next weekend to tell the club whether he will be signing the contract extension on offer or be sold in the summer.Whether the situation at his boyhood club is weighing heavy only the player himself can say, but after a nondescript 56 minutes he produced an impressive winner from distance – his fifth Premier League goal of the season, ending a 12-match drought.If that is Goodison’s final memory of Barkley in a blue shirt it will be a fitting one but there would no doubt be greater feelings of loss that one of their most promising academy graduates failed to realise his full potential at his spiritual home.While there remains another week of speculation about Barkley’s future there was also uncertainty over whether the famous old ground has also seen the last of striker Romelu Lukaku.The Premier League’s top scorer has two years left on his contract but has told the club he will not sign the extension on offer and he has already been linked with a host of clubs.His display against a doughty Watford side playing for the point which would mathematically guarantee top-flight safety may have posed a few more questions for those suitors but they are unlikely to be deterred from making a bid in the summer.The Belgian’s one moment of note came midway through the second half when he should probably have been awarded a penalty as a result of Daryl Janmaat’s tackle when Heurelho Gomes could only parry Kevin Mirallas’ shot.Mirallas, who admitted in the announcement of his new three-year contract just before kick-off he needed to be more consistent, was frustratingly inconsistent as Watford smothered Everton to the extent that often the hosts just passed sideways or backwards.Equally Lukaku and Barkley, with whom there is arguably greater responsibility, produced little inspirational spark.Barkley had one early shot parried by Gomes but the sight of him flat on his back after slipping and planting a long-range shot halfway up the Park End was not the enduring image he wanted to leave Goodison with this season.Gomes was the busier of the two goalkeepers, stopping a close-range Phil Jagielka effort and a Tom Davies attempt from distance.Watford’s physical superiority gives them an advantage at set-pieces with Adrian Mariappa heading over a corner and Stefano Okaka out-muscling the defence to flash a low shot just wide of a post.Koeman made a positive change at the break, sending on forward Enner Valencia for Mason Holgate and moving Davies, probably Everton’s most proactive player, to right-back.Troy Deeney squandered the best chance of the game when he side-footed wide after Everton were caught in possession deep in their own half before Barkley finally delivered on the expectations a demanding Goodison had placed on him.Given far too much space to receive Davies’ pass, the England midfielder advanced before hitting a low, dipping shot which Gomes may have got to had he not taken a step to his left as it was struck.Barkley eventually departed to a standing ovation with 10 minutes to go. Fans at Goodison will hope it is not the last they have seen of him. The Toffees midfielder put contract talk to one side to help his team last_img read more