Student body presidential candidates: Neil Joseph and Noemi Ventilla

first_imgWho are they: Neil Joseph, the presidential candidate, is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, living in Stanford Hall. He studies political science and economics with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Currently, Joseph serves as treasurer of the sophomore class and sits on the financial management board, which oversees spending for all campus clubs and student organizations.Noemi Ventilla hails from New York City and resides in Pasquerilla East Hall. The sophomore majors in political science and peace studies and serves as the current sophomore class president.Michael Yu I The Observer First priority: Continuing conversations with students, administrators and faculty. “If we were elected, from Wednesday until April 1 we would continue to meet with students directly because we realize that’s the best way to get good ideas and see what students want and need from student government,” Joseph said. Top priority: Joesph/Ventilla said their biggest overall goal would be ensuring that students have a say in big University  decisions in the future. They hope to establish communciation lines that will last beyond a single year and include more student voices in conversations about topics from Campus Crossroads to the P.E. program. Best idea: As sophomores, Joseph and Ventilla said they would leverage the two years they have left on campus to leave a long-term impact. Ventilla said she believes past administrations would have benefitted from the chance to serve two terms or at least remain on campus after the first term to accomplish long-term goals. After the 2015-16 term, they said they would consider either running for re-election or providing consultation to the next administration. Worst idea: When asked about plans for big issues facing campus such as sexual assault or diversity and inclusion, Joseph/Ventilla repeatedly brought up the new P.E. program as an opportunity to address these concerns in a classroom setting. While it’s true that the new structure of P.E. provides an opporunity to broaden the scope of required sexual assault prevention education for students, that alone cannot suffice as a plan to deal with the broader question of how to prevent and respond to incidents on campus.Most feasible: Joseph/Ventilla’s suggestions for improving the quad markets that began this year are specific and relatively simple. They would like to give student vendors a chance to sell items alongside the South Bend representatives, and their suggestion to use the markets as an opportunity for networking and engagement with South Bend businesses seems like a good step toward improving relations between Notre Dame and the community beyond.Least feasible: The pair admitted they “have heard from the administration that it’s not feasible” to change the dining hall setup, and yet they emphasized it as a major part of their platform. Adding take-out boxes to carry out dining hall food would be detrimental to the communal meal-sharing experience that is a hallmark of life on campus. Furthermore, the suggestion that leftover meal swipes be transformed into flex points seems highly unlikely. Notable quote: “Although we both come from a programming background, we have both been on the administrative and policy side of things too. That really informed our decision to run, because as much as we love the programming side, the changes we wanted to see and do were only possible on the policy side.” — VentillaFun facts: Joseph has visited the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Ventilla was born in Hungary before she moved to New York City as a child. Bottom line: Joseph and Ventilla have worked closely together on two class councils, and they make a very charismatic and compelling team. However, their proposals seem largely shortsighted and fail to take into account the bigger cultural and social issues that  students have come to expect action on. They have a keen sense of the potential for change on campus in the coming year but do not seem to have fully developed their big picture plans.last_img read more

Holy Cross moves to distance learning until April 13

first_imgHoly Cross will suspend all on-campus activity until at least April 13 due to coronavirus, Holy Cross President Fr. David Tyson announced in an email Wednesday. Classes are set to resume online Monday, the email said.Holy Cross informed students of its decision amidst similar announcements from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and other Indiana universities.“While I find it sad that our community will not be together during these weeks, these actions are clearly necessary for our health and the common good,” Tyson said in the email. “As news and events transpire, I will do my best to keep the community informed.”In a follow-up email, dean of students Andrew Polaniecki said all Holy Cross students are advised to return home and stay home until in-person classes resume. All residence halls will close Tuesday at noon. Polaniecki said students worried about making the transition should email him personally.Professors will reach out to students with details specific to individual courses, the email said.All student activities are canceled through April 13. Student-athletes will receive information regarding athletics from the athletics department, Polaniecki said in the email. Campus support services are ready to help students by email and phone.Those who visited countries with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory, as well as anyone who has interacted with someone affected by COVID-19, must self-quarantine for 14 days, Polaniecki said in the email. These students will not be allowed on campus.“Please know of my prayers and the prayers of all of us here at the college during this time,” Polaniecki said in the email. “I hope that we are all back together as a college community soon.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Holy Cross, Online classeslast_img read more

Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil Takes His First Broadway Bow in Chicago

first_img Amra-Faye Wright Raymond Bokhour Star Files View Comments Chicago Related Shows from $49.50 Jaime Camil, Dylis Croman, Amra-Faye Wright & the cast of ‘Chicago'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicago’s latest Billy Flynn is here! Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil took his first Broadway bow in the role on May 31. Stepping in for Ryan Silverman, Camil will rake on the role of razzle dazzle story swirler Flynn for a five-week stint. The sizzling, Tony-winning revival also currently stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Catch Camil at the Ambassador Theatre through July 3!last_img read more