Saint Mary’s announces new meal options, additional co-ex costs for next academic year

first_imgBeginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, Saint Mary’s, in partnership with Sodexo, will be operating on a new dining plan. Students were initially informed of the change through an email from vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson on Friday. There will be multiple changes to dining services: hours of operation, choices for meal plans and the dinner co-exchange program with Notre Dame. The Noble Family Dining Hall currently closes in between meals but, starting in fall 2019, will be open continuously throughout the day. Currently, Monday through Friday breakfast is offered from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday dinner is offered from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday dinner is offered from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Next academic year, the dining hall will remain open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to the email. “We’ve had the same plans for years, and in doing a lot of research and working with Sodexo and other meal services, the continuous dining plan is really the future of dining,” Johnson said. “It gives students the chance to eat whenever they’re hungry, to come and go, use the dining hall as a study room, and a lot of schools are switching to that.”Cristina Interiano | The Observer Johnson added that the ability to eat whenever students desire is beneficial, as it allows for healthier eating habits and provides additional space for students to use. “You will be able to use the dining hall all day long, you can go in and study if you want a quiet place, have coffee, you could have group project meetings in there throughout the day,” Johnson said. “It makes the dining hall another hangout place for our students.”Currently, residential students have four options for meal plans: the Carte Blanche plan, offering unlimited swipes and $40 in Munch Money; the Option 14, with 14 meal swipes and $140 in Munch Money; the Option 10, with 10 meal swipes and $175 in Munch Money; the Option 7, with seven meal swipes and $250 in Munch Money. Meal swipes reset each week and do not carry over. The new plans have just two options for residential students: the Continuous Dining Plan, with unlimited dining hall entry and $80 in Munch Money and five guest passes each semester, or the Option 160 Block, which offers 160 meal swipes per semester along with $175 in Munch Money and three guest passes, according to the email. The Option 160 Block averages out to about 10 meals a week, Johnson said, but students can choose to use them however they wish. “We did the block 160 for people who are really not interested in [continuous dining], but we are hoping that once people see the value of being able to come and go … they’ll move toward the continuous dining,” she said.The swipes do not reset each week but do not carry over from semester to semester, Johnson said.  Non-residential students and seniors on campus have the option to purchase the Belles Blue plan, which remains the same from previous years. It offers 50 meals each semester and $60 in Munch Money.The final change in dining services is in the dinner co-exchange program at Notre Dame, also known as the “co-ex” program. Currently, students can apply for the program, and approved students get tickets for dinner without additional charges. Starting next semester, students can opt into the Co-Ex Buy-Up Plan, which is $415 each semester and offers up to five meals a week at Notre Dame, according to the email. “We have switched the co-ex to the student having to pay for that because people think that we just trade meals with Notre Dame, which we don’t,” Johnson said. “We have to pay for every meal the student eats at Notre Dame, and people also think that means that if they don’t eat here, we use the money that they didn’t use here to pay over there, but that’s also not true because we have to staff, manage the dining facilities, cook food, buy food, whether you are eating here or not. It’s based on the number of people who are on the meal plan.”Johnson said students will no longer need to apply for approval for the program — it is available for any Saint Mary’s student who can foot the cost. While it can be seen as a bit of a cost to put on students, Johnson said the College looks forward to using the budget for the former co-ex program in a way that is useful to the entire Saint Mary’s community.“In the past year or so, we have paid about $50,000 to Notre Dame for co-ex meals,” she said. “We just think that’s a lot of money to be paying out of the budget when we could be using it to pay for other things that meet the needs of all of our students.”Sophomore Riley O’Mearns is a member of the Notre Dame Marching Band and currently uses the co-ex program. O’Mearns said she feels the new Co-Ex Buy-Up Program will take away from the experience of participating in marching band traditions such as section dinners and disadvantages those who do not have the additional funds to pay $830 dollars a year to eat at Notre Dame.“With co-exes, band students at Saint Mary’s are able to partake in the nightly tradition of eating dinner as a section, and by making co-exes more inaccessible with an extra cost, this tradition would be something that we wouldn’t be able to have,” O’Mearns said in an email. “By making us pay an extra $800 dollars per year, Saint Mary’s students would essentially be paying to be in the Notre Dame Band, a volunteer organization. I might be able to afford this, but the cost of co-exes could deter others from even auditioning for the band. It drives away those who would be unable to do something as simple as sharing a meal with their fellow band members.”Johnson said she is working with the Notre Dame Marching Band to find a solution that will provide meals for those who choose not to participate in the Co-Ex Buy-Up Program. “I have somebody talking to the band director to find out what time that he thinks band practice will be done in the evenings, and we’re hoping that we can work out something so that people can get back here to eat before 9 o’clock,” Johnson said. “If it looks like we need to be open until 9:30 [p.m.] or something, we will work with Sodexo to make that happen. We aren’t going to let anybody starve.”O’Mearns believes that enabling students to eat at Saint Mary’s later at night does not help with the problem, as it still prevents them from participating in a treasured post-rehearsal activity. “I think the proposed solution of keeping the dining hall open later completely misses the point of why band students are upset. We don’t want to have to come back to Saint Mary’s for dinner — we just want to keep being able to eat with our sections and not be further alienated,” O’Mearns said. “Not only this, but it’s ridiculous that we pay so much for a meal plan when we are unable to even use half of the meals because of band. On top of this, we must now pay even more for meals that are meant to be exchanged for meals at Saint Mary’s, not bought in addition.” Tags: co-exchange program, Noble Family Dining Hall, Saint Mary’s meal planslast_img read more

FARC Rebels to Release Six Hostages

first_img Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas said they would soon release without condition six police or military hostages who are part of a group of 11 captives held for more than a decade. Police officers Jorge Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Forero Carrero are to be freed, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said on its website, adding that the names of the other three hostages would be revealed “soon.” Following the statement, Vice President Angelino Garzón said: “What we need is, aside from the release of the three kidnapped people, for the rebels to commit to the unconditional release of everyone they have abducted. They need to stop kidnapping, stop the terrorism.” The six hostages to be released — the FARC calls them “prisoners of war” — were due to be handed to mediator Piedad Cordoba of a humanitarian mission often tasked with fetching hostages, though no date was mentioned. On December 6, the FARC had promised to free several captives without providing a date. Ten days earlier, four members of the security forces who had been held captive for over 12 years were killed by their kidnappers during clashes with the army. By Dialogo December 29, 2011last_img read more

Who’s the most benevolent of them all?

first_imgby: Joe WinnSome may say the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is a glorified lobbying event. They would not be wrong. But it is far more than solely a political maneuver. It’s a family reunion.When you put a few thousand credit union executives, staff, and board members in a single room, an interesting dynamic emerges. They do not brag about loan volume, capital expenditures, or legislative pressures. Instead, topics revolve around how much their members were helped by initiatives and services. It becomes a competition of benevolence.“Everything the credit union does is for its members. We don’t say yes to everything, but we do consider what can serve all of them best.” This refrain was far from uncommon. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Inner city apartments on offer from $289,000

first_img549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A nearby CityCat terminal ensures easy Brisbane River transport to the CBD, while New Farm Park is a stroll away.Listing agent Aaron Woolard said these four apartments were the perfect chance for new buyers or experienced investors to gain reliable residential properties with considerable returns. “Graced with enduring sophistication and an unbeatable locale, each apartment meets all the living requirements of young professionals and couples seeking Brisbane’s alluring inner-city lifestyle,” he said. Mr Woolard said it was a once-in-a-lifetime find in the current housing market, and these apartments were proven investment properties with future potential. DETAILS: Price: $289,000+ Agent: Aaron Woolard, Place New FarmTel: 3107 5111, 0421 145 386 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.THESE apartments may be in the heart of blue chip New Farm but the asking price is much less than you would expect.Four one-bedroom apartments are on offer at 549 Brunswick St, in an Art Deco complex. All have the same layout with an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, hallway storage, bedroom and contemporary bathroom with laundry. One of the apartments at 549 Brunswick St, New Farm. Each residence captures charming old-world elegance with classic architectural elements, including polished timber floors, high ceilings, decorative cornices and ornate windows.Modern refurbishments complement the apartments, particularly in the kitchens, which have been updated to include ample cabinetry, tiled splashbacks and quality appliances such as gas cooktops and ovens.A central hallway ties the floorplan together, separating the entertaining area from the bedroom. center_img /549 Brunswick St, New Farm.The well-lit bedroom has a bright palette and enjoys convenient access to the bathroom and laundry. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The bathroom features decorative tiles as well as a combined shower and bathtub and mirrored vanity. All four apartments have access to a covered car park at the rear of the complex. Surrounded by established gardens, the apartment complex provides a serene living atmosphere and timeless grandeur. Its location is close to New Farm’s renowned restaurants, shops and bars, along with the James St entertaining precinct and Brunswick Street Mall. last_img read more

Ideal for those who live large

first_img29 Aspley Drv, Kirwan 29 Aspley Drv, KirwanWALKING across the road to play a round of golf then returning for a dip in the sparkling pool before grilling a steak for dinner using the outdoor kitchen is what life is like at 29 Aspley Drv, Kirwan.The premium home was built eight years ago and has six-bedrooms, three bathrooms and two car spaces. It’s on a 710sq m block in one of Kirwan’s most desirable locations facing the Willows Golf Course and surrounded by other up-market homes. 29 Aspley Drv, Kirwan“I’m marketing it towards families and especially those with three or four children,” she said.“This is a select area in Kirwan, all of the homes here are really up-market and very few would come under the $600,000 mark.” 29 Aspley Drv, KirwanNo expense was spared when owner Les Hansen and his wife Michelle had the home built and designed as a dream house for them to live in with their five children.Mr Hansen said they had planned to make the house their forever home but were now downsizing with most of their children no longer at home.“We were going to live there forever so we weren’t going to put low budget fittings in,” he said.“I used to play golf and we still have the golf buggy in the garage.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I love the entertainment area outside and we’ve had so many gatherings out there.“The Eddie Charlton room was one of the things we factored into the build and it was one of our favourite haunts.” The home has four living areas giving a family plenty of room to spread out.There is generous storage found throughout the home as well as insulation and a 3.5kW solar power system.One of the living areas flows to the outdoor entertaining area complete with outdoor kitchen and swimming pool with waterfall and spa.The oversized galley kitchen has granite benchtops and overlooks the patio and swimming pool.There is also a double auto garage and 6m x 4m shed.Ray White Townsville Riverside selling agent Teresa Chandler said the home would be perfect for a large family searching for a high-end offering.last_img read more

QLD property confidence flat, but high hopes for home prices

first_img Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford. Picture: Mark Calleja.“Industry is clearly looking for both local and state governments to step up and put a greater emphasis on unlocking economic activity,” Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said.“With the property industry directly accounting for 11.4 per cent of our state’s economic activity and paying 49 per cent of Queensland state and local taxes, policies that support the property sector should be top of the pile during these elections.”Queensland also received the worst rating for its performance on planning and managing growth. Property confidence in Queensland remains flat. Image: AAP/Darren England.Despite this, the March 2020 quarter survey shows expectations for home values to increase in Queensland are the highest in five years, with the state scoring 45 out of 50 on the 12-month ahead capital growth expectations index.ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett said signs of recovery in the housing market had been emerging for some time, with sentiment turning around convincingly in May. Ms Emmett said auction clearance rates had improved and housing finance was starting to pick up. MORE: TIME TO INVEST IN BRISBANE IN 2020 Houses and apartment buildings are seen in the Brisbane suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace. Image: AAP/Darren England.HIGH hopes for house prices over the next 12 months have offset subdued confidence in Queensland’s property sector, amid industry unease ahead of the state election.The latest ANZ/Property Council survey shows sentiment in the sunshine state’s housing sector is the second lowest in the country, with Queenslanders also having the lowest expectations for economic growth.The Property Council says the industry is uneasy about economic conditions in Queensland ahead the upcoming local and state elections. RELATED: QLD LEADS HOUSING GROWTH TURNAROUND The improvement in credit availability suggests construction activity should pick up, according to ANZ. Photo: Brett Wortman.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoNew figures show the value of new housing finance commitments in November increased by 2.5 per cent in Queensland, 0.4 per cent nationally.“The continued improvement in credit availability suggests the outlook for construction activity, not just prices, should begin to pick up in coming months — initially through a stabilisation and then up-tick in building approvals,” Ms Emmett said.“Prices are benefiting from a combination of pent-up demand and low stock levels, but we think that the current strong monthly price gains will moderate in 2020 as more supply comes on stream and credit policies stay relatively constrained.” The latest ANZ/Property Council survey shows strong home value expectations in Queensland.According to those surveyed, the most important issues for state and territory governments are property taxes and charges, followed by housing supply and affordability, development around transport nodes, and planning and regulation reform.“Strong house prices help underpin confidence and activity, but without matching housing supply, this can lead to runaway price increases and real housing affordability pressure,” Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison said.“Coming off the back of a sustained drop in new housing approvals and construction starts, we must be vigilant to ensure housing supply keeps up with demand, including population growth, as the residential market reboots.“Governments must be on the front foot in keeping the housing supply lines open and support affordability through better planning and infrastructure delivery.”last_img read more

Weak Product Tanker Market Pushes DIS Deeper into the Red

first_imgThe company maintains a positive market outlook for 2018 and 2019, with all the main fundamentals pointing in the right direction’“It is difficult to forecast the exact timing of the recovery but, as our peers and segment analysts, I am firmly convinced the product tanker market is finally heading towards a positive cycle. In fact, all the fundamentals are pointing in the right direction, with all the variables aligned for rate improvements. In particular, a strong oil consumption is expected for 2018, also on the back of the estimated growth in global economic activity. This will obviously contribute to a more robust demand for the seaborne transportation of refined products,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.Furthermore, the high level of product inventories, which has been depressing demand for the last two years, seems to be finally coming to a more manageable level.In addition, the net fleet growth is expected to be 2.1 pct for 2018 and 1.7 pct for 2019, among the lowest growth rates in 15 years.Since the beginning of this year, the company took delivery of a product tanker newbuilding, M/T Cielo di Rotterdam, built by Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard, as part of its series of 22-strong Eco-design newbuilding program.Four ships remain to be delivered to DIS from the series. In February 2018, the company agreed with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard to take the delivery of one vessel in January 2018, two vessels in July 2018 and the last two vessels in January 2019.“By January 2019, DIS will have completed its long-term investment plan and will position itself on the market with one of the youngest and most versatile product tanker fleets, to meet the requirements of our top-quality customer base,” Fiori added. Product tanker owner and operator d’Amico International Shipping S.A ended the year in the red amid challenging market conditions.The company reported a net loss of USD 38.1 million for 2017 or USD 27.2 million excluding an impairment registered on three vessels held for sale in 2018.The loss more than doubled when compared to the figures reported for 2016 when the full-year loss came at USD 12.8 million.Rates were weak in 2017 for product tankers as the market was depressed by still high global product inventories, low trading activity and supply disruptions in the Atlantic during the hurricane season, the company explained.DIS’ daily spot rate was USD 12,026 in the full-year 2017 vs. 13,302 in the full-year 2016.last_img read more

Liverpool battle Real Madrid for French World Cup star

first_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Disney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!The Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 Amazing Facts About The Daenerys Of The House Of TargaryenBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Los Blancos have been consistently linked with a move for the French international, with speculation intensifying that he will not be extending his stay in French capital beyond 2022. Real Madrid and Liverpool will face off in a big money battle to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe at the end of the 2020-21 season.Advertisement If the former AS Monaco striker maintains his stance on not signing a new deal at the Parc de Princes, PSG could sell him for around €150m.Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switchHowever, despite Mbappe hinting he would like to play for Real Madrid in future, defending Premier League champions Liverpool are also interested in him, as per an exclusive report from French outlet L’Equipe.Jurgen Klopp boosted his squad for the current campaign with the signing of Spanish international Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich last week, however, one of Sadio Mane or Mo Salah could potentially move on from Anfield inside the next 12 months.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Historic Preservation Month photo contest entries sought

first_imgRobin Smith, Terre HauteBridgeton BridgeIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) is once again asking the public for photos for its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest.DHPA works to preserve buildings and the built environment and is looking for photos to celebrate that effort. Specifically, the division is interested in photos of something that has been preserved, is in the process of being preserved, or desperately needs to be preserved.The subject in the photo must be in Indiana and at least 50 years old. The image must show something that was designed and/or built.Send an 8×10 inch matted image, along with the registration form by April 5. The link for the registration form is below. Photographs can be color or black and white, and there is a separate category for digitally enhanced photos. The basic requirements are:Images must be 8×10 inch prints, mounted or matted on or with a white 11×14 matte board.The registration form must be attached to each photo.Limit of three photos per person.For a complete list of guidelines and the registration form, go online here.last_img read more

Fernandes’ Man Utd Switch Under Investigation by FIFA

first_imgIt has been reported that Sampdoria believe they are entitled to 10 per cent of any profit Sporting made on Fernandes, who was sold to United for 58m Euros (£47m) in January.That would mean Sampdoria, where Fernandes played for one season before joining Sporting Lisbon for £7.5m in 2017, would be entitled to a payment of around £4m.Since joining United, Fernandes has been impressive for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The 25-year-old has made five Premier League appearances, scored two goals and has three assists.He was voted Premier League’s Player of the Month for February, which was his third individualprize since his transfer to United in January.His other two individual awards are United’s fans Player of the Month award and the PFA award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram World football governing body FIFA has confirmed it is investigating a claim from Sampdoria against Sporting Lisbon in relation to the “financial obligationsset out in the contract corresponding to the transfer” of Bruno Fernandesto Manchester United.A FIFA spokesperson confirmed a complaint was lodged by Sampdoria on April 3 relating to the deal which took Fernandes from Sporting to United in the January transfer window.According to the spokesperson: “The matter is currently being investigated and consequentlywe cannot provide further comments.”last_img read more