Letters to the editor

May 12, 2021

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first_imgDo you have any comments or views on articles that have appeared in globalhror on the global HR profession in general? If so, write to the editor at:globalhr, 3rd Floor, RBI, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS,UK. E-mail: [email protected] new hot targets The article ‘The new hot targets’ in your February/March issue raised anumber of pertinent issues. I couldn’t agree more with the closing statement that employers who keep aneye on the market will be the ones with the fewest recruitment problems. As itmentions, there is a current skills shortage in the IT sector with a projectedfuture shortage. Now Microsoft has plans to acquire PWA – a Great PlainsCompany, this potential shortfall has never been more of a concern. In times ofchange, these passive seekers could become attractive targets for competitors.As a result, a primary acquisition objective is 100% retention of staff, which,in tune with the article, illustrates how important it is to retain valuedemployees. In an extreme way, the article highlights the importance of sourcing passivejob seekers internally too. Enormous talent can be discovered and redeployed byknowing your teams better and understanding what makes an individual tick. Thebenefits of internal headhunting are exponential. It creates a sense ofsatisfaction and respect from individuals who’ve been headhunted not byexternal agents, but from perhaps a more surprising internal source. People will be hired – and retained – for their ability to contribute to theorganisation, rather than to ‘do the job’. Job descriptions will graduallydisappear, to be replaced by aptitudes, abilities and cultural compatibilities.e-HR is currently a much-used phrase, but it’s important that HR people donot banish it as an IT project. e-HR should manifest itself throughout theorganisation, enabling it to rise above the competition. It’s something that,if done correctly and completely in tune with company strategy and culture, cantruly make a difference to results. Organisations must do their utmost to look after their own employees,develop their skills and empower them to empower the company. Adrian Hobbs Chief Operating Officer, PWA – A Great Plains Company Marlow, UK Diversity in europe? It is widely acknowledged that black graduates are under-represented in thegraduate recruitment programmes of global employers. To the extent thatdiversity means “thinking differently”, a company whose workforce isless diverse may find less creative solutions to problems. Perhaps morerelevantly, clients, the media and next year’s tranche of graduates arestarting to demand true diversity in the workforce – even in Europe. Recruiting teams understand that the problem is not caused by anydiscrimination by the managers who make the final hiring decisions. Rather, thereason I hear most often from employers in Europe is that few black candidatesapply for the jobs in the first place. Since the college presentations are opento all with the interest and the appropriate degree subject and year ofgraduation, there seems to be little that can be done to encourage more blackapplicants. In fact, there are lots of initiatives that partially succeed in targetingblack students, but none that seems to do anything more than identifycandidates who were going to apply anyway. In an ideal world, the resumés ofall black undergraduates would be available in one place for the employer toaccess. My company, DiversityNow, is co-ordinating the Alliance of British &European Afro-Caribbean Societies to provide a means for employers to reachthousands of black candidates before the campus presentations begin. The ideais for companies to target a group of people who are simply not applying in thefirst place and currently have no intention of attending the campuspresentation. Employers in consulting, banking and other industries are usingthe Alliance to target black students. But even with their efforts, it will takeyears rather than months to correct the perception that employers in Europe donot care that much about diversity. Peter Harrison Chief Executive Officer, DiversityNow London, UK Letters to the editorOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


IOSH 2004 International Conference and Exhibition

May 12, 2021

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first_imgIOSH2004 International Conference and Exhibition, 20-21 April, HarrogateInternational CentreTakingas its theme ‘Growing professionally – developing influence’, IOSH’s 2004conference will examine the challenges and opportunities for health and safetyprofessionals as they seek to develop their role and influence in anincreasingly global environment. IOSH’sorganising committee would like to hear from anyone with ideas for potentialtopics, speakers and other contributions to the conference programme.Thecommittee is also calling for papers on issues of contemporary interest inhealth, safety and the environment, including the following:–Disaster planning and recovery–Insurance, compensation and blame–Accident investigation–Noise and vibration –International standards–Globalisation and the supply chain–Best practice in international working–Management systems–Career development and mentoringIfyou wish to be considered as a presenter at the conference, you are invited tosubmit an abstract of your work to Kate Pallett, special events co-ordinator,PR department, IOSH, The Grange, Highfield Drive, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE181NN, UK, or e-mail [email protected] All abstracts must be received by30 June 2003.Theabstract must be typed and include the following information:–Title of paper–Name of author, organisation, city and country–A concise statement of aims, results and conclusionsPresentingauthors will be notified of receipt and notification of acceptance of theabstract submitted will be sent to the author in August.Otherproposals for contributions to the event should also be sent in writing to Kateby 30 June 2003.Anyfurther queries should also be addressed to Kate, 0116 257 3100 (phone) or 0116257 3101 (fax). Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. IOSH 2004 International Conference and ExhibitionOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Sorry, boss: 72% of workers don’t want to return to offices full-time

May 12, 2021

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first_imgThough landlords aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to their offices, employees are, according to a new survey by JLL. (Getty)Office landlords may be ready to get their buildings filled with workers again, but employees aren’t exactly clamoring to go back, according to a new survey by JLL.Of the 2,000 workers surveyed by the commercial brokerage, 72 percent said they would prefer to work from home more regularly, with two or three days spent in the office, the Commercial Observer reported. Meanwhile, 66 percent want to move to a hybrid model that includes working in offices, at home and at spaces like a coworking facility or coffee shop.“The pandemic has been a very interesting accelerant to accelerate a number of workplace and technology changes that were already underway,” Peter Miscovich, managing director of strategy and innovation at JLL, told the publication.Read moreOffice unease: Tenants are paying up but staying awayYelp employees may work remotely foreverKnotel files for bankruptcy, set to be bought by Newmark Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Commercial Real EstateCoworkingWork From Home Tags Although companies have been struggling financially amid the pandemic — Knotel filed for bankruptcy in February, among other high-profile meltdowns — they may be the future of work. The survey found that 40 percent of workers would like to be able to work from such spaces in the future.(JLL’s competitor, Newmark, is set to acquire Knotel, while CBRE recently took a 35 percent stake in flex-office provider Industrious.)And while companies from Salesforce to JP Morgan to Yelp have announced remote work plans in recent weeks, one size does not fit all, according to Miscovich.“We’re seeing a diversity of strategy across various regions and geographies,” Miscovich told the Observer.[CO] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Joneslast_img read more


Jazz pull away from Mavericks for 125-109 victory

May 8, 2021

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first_imgMavericks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. TIP-INS FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell each scored 25 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 125-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Dallas hung around and whittled the deficit to 59-58 on a 3-pointer from Hardaway with 29 seconds remaining in the half. Mitchell answered with a jumper on the other end to keep the Jazz lead from getting completely erased. Utah didn’t trail after the first quarter after taking control on both ends of the court. The Jazz shot 48 percent from the field and finished with a 53-42 advantage on rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Mavericks, who were without rookie Luka Doncic for a second straight game because of a sore right ankle. Trey Burke added 20 points off the bench in Dallas’ fourth straight loss. Jae Crowder chipped in 22 points off the bench and Joe Ingles added 18 for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Mavericks couldn’t get any closer after enduring a miserable start to the third quarter. Dallas missed 13 of 15 shots and scored just five points over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the quarter. It opened the door for Utah to pull away. The Jazz ran off four straight baskets, culminating in a layup from Royce O’Neale, for a 78-63 lead with 4:40 left in the quarter. Dallas made another rally early in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 86-83 on a 3-pointer from Dirk Nowitzki. Utah had baskets on five straight possessions to maintain its lead. Ingles fueled the run with a pair of 3-pointers. Gobert capped it off with a finger-roll layup that put Utah up 98-86 with 8 minutes remaining. Written by February 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz pull away from Mavericks for 125-109 victory Jazz: Derrick Favors finished with 11 rebounds. It was the 13th game this season where Favors has collected 10 or more rebounds. . Mitchell has tallied at least 20 points in 20 of his last 21 games. . Utah finished with a 16-9 advantage in fast-break points. Both teams shot nearly 60 percent in the second quarter, when Utah opened a double-digit lead. The Jazz carved out their largest lead of the first half when Mitchell buried a 3-pointer to put Utah up 49-38 midway through the period. Mavericks: Nowitzki made his first start of the season. He finished with a season-high 15 points on a season-high six field goals in 25 minutes. . Dallas committed a season-low three turnovers. UP NEXT Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img read more


Biostatistician

May 3, 2021

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first_img Johns Hopkins University Biostatistician You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Twitter Salary Not Specified GeneralSummary/Purpose:TheDepartment of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School ofPublic Health seeks a biostatistician to work as an integral partof a long-standing cohort study. The biostatistician willcollaborate with epidemiologists, statisticians, projectinvestigators and data management and clinical staff to analyze andmanage data with the aim of scientific publication. The successfulapplicant will demonstrate a strong interest in collaborating withthis large research group in order to contribute to the developmentand application of statistical methods to advance the scientificgoals of this long-standing project.SpecificDuties/Responsibilities:Thisbiostatistician position will be filled by someone who can providestatistical design expertise, data management, and data analyses toanswer research questions using longitudinal data and willparticipate as a co-author in preparation of manuscripts andpresentations reporting study results. Applicant must be willing towork collaboratively with a diverse team of investigators thatincludes students and post-doctoralfellows.Workwith investigators to determine the statistical framework foranswering the studyobjective.Drafting statistical analysisplans.Generate analytic data sets including longitudinal datasets.Analyze data to answer scientificquestions.Identify potential problems with study data and collaborate withother staff to resolveissues.Documenting data management and analytic policies and principlesincluding the archiving of code for the purposes of reproducibilityof research findings.Preparing data tables and figures for publications andpresentations at scientificmeetings.Contribute to technical/scientific writing and reviewing draftsof reports, posters, and manuscripts, including writing upinterpretation of analysis results and description of statisticalmethods used.Navigating shared files and contributing to shared files tocreate a transparent researchworkspace.Attend staff meetings and provide updates on status ofprojects.MinimumQualifications:Master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, or relatedquantitative fieldrequired.One(1) year of related experiencerequired.Demonstrated ability on significant graduate project oradditional doctoral education may substitute for experience to theextent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHUEquivalency Formula:Doctoral degree credits (semester hours) may substitute for oneyear of experience.Demonstrated ability on significant graduate project maysubstitute for required experience on the same basis. For jobswhere equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-relatedcollege course work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.PreferredQualifications:PhD in statistics, biostatistics, orother data science-relateddisciplines.Excellent written and oralcommunicationskills.Strong organizational skills andability to manage multiple projects (with prioritization assistanceprovided) and an ability to provide meticulous documentation ofprocesses and organize materials in a transparent, cloud-basedenvironment.Excellent interpersonal skills thatwill contribute to a positive, collaborative environment withdiverse study staff andinvestigators.Excellent problem-solving skills, witha positive attitude that allows all problems to be broken intomanageable parts and tackled (comes from a place of“yes”).Ability to work for periods of timewithout daily direction frominvestigators.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:SASprogramming proficiency (masterypreferred).R andR markdown programing proficiency (masterypreferred).STATAprogramming proficiency.Working knowledge of UNIXOS.Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)proficiency.Experience performing longitudinal data analysis and survivalanalysis.Technical qualifications or specializedcertifications:Required:AllIRB-required courses must be completed and appropriate exams passedwith necessary certification within 2 weeks of startdate.Classified title:BiostatisticianWorking title: BiostatisticianRole/Level/Range: ACRP37.5/E/04/MDStarting Salary Range: $52,494.96 – $72,212.64 (commensuratewith experience)Employee group: Full timeEmployee Status: ExemptSchedule: Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:00pm 37.5hrs/Wk – Thisposition will be remote until normal campus activitiesresumeLocation: 2213 McElderry St. 3rd Floor, Baltimore,MDDepartment name:10001101-EpidemiologyPersonnel area (School): BSPH – Bloomberg School of PublicHealthThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Similar jobs Biostatistician Salary Not Specified Save Biostatistician More searches like this School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Johns Hopkins University Biostatistician Facebook You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Save Biostatistician Maryland, United States Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Biostatistician Share Science, Technology & Mathematics Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Biotechnology & Bioengineering Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore LinkedIn Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more


See ‘The Living Last Supper’ Thursday and Friday at the Tabernacle

May 2, 2021

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first_imgSt. Peter’s United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Ocean City Tabernacle, will once again present a live dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, April 3.The drama takes place at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, in Ocean City, NJ.With 13 living characters, the cast remains “frozen” in their positions duplicating the painting. One by one, each disciple breaks his “freeze” and speaks his mind in light of the words he has just heard Jesus speak, “One of you will betray me,” at which point each man had cried out, “Lord, is it I?”The tension continues to build throughout the drama to Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.Members of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, the Ocean City Tabernacle, First Presbyterian Church and Second Cape May Baptist Church will portray the disciples/Jesus/cast.The churches invite you to experience an evening of drama, music and worship in the intimacy of the Upper Room as Jesus shares his last meal with His disciples, followed by a unique communion service.Admission is free (offering received).— News release from the Ocean City Tabernaclelast_img read more


Freeholder Hayes Takes Fight for County Outside its Borders

May 2, 2021

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first_imgCape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes, far right, appears with other members of the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association of Counties at a legislative session in Trenton. (Photo courtesy of Lloyd Hayes)  By Tim Kelly Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes is branching out.The Ocean City resident, who is marking her sixth year on the Freeholder board, is also serving on and assuming leadership roles on two prestigious bi-partisan legislative groups.  She is doing so, she says, to help take her advocacy for the county well beyond the Cape.“It’s humbling to be a freeholder and to have the opportunity to work with my legislative peers on both sides of the aisle,” Hayes said. “There is strength in numbers and having a unified voice.”At a reorganization meeting in January, Hayes was named first vice president – and moved to the front of the line to become the first president representing Cape May County – of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC). The statewide, bi-partisan group is comprised of representatives from all 21 New Jersey counties. She is the first Cape May County legislator, and the first woman from the county, to serve on the NJAC Executive Board in such a leadership capacity for the organization. The group’s mission, she said, is to advocate for policy and legislation with a single, unified message, which in turn makes all of the county governments operate better.“In order to be more efficient and effective, it helps sometimes to stand together,” she said. “We might not agree all the time on every aspect of every issue. However, we are talking and reaching across the aisle to understand issues from all sides and in the end, better represent our home counties and the taxpayers.”Hayes, a Republican, is also the vice president of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association (SJFA), another bi-partisan group centered on helping representatives of the counties south of Trenton be heard on South Jersey-centric issues.“In the minds of some (North Jersey) legislators, South Jersey isn’t forgotten,” Hayes said. “But it often is not the first priority. This group is a strong voice for (South Jersey) considerations, which are many times different from those of the North.” Marie Hayes, left, with former New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton at a recent Women in Leadership Conference at Stockton University. (Photo Credit Cape May County Government website) Hayes has been a Cape May County Freeholder since February 2013, when she filled an unexpired term, and was elected to a full three-year term in November 2014. She is up for re-election this year, and if successful, will head the NJAC group as its president in 2020.“I want to stress my grateful appreciation to my fellow freeholders for allowing me the time to work with these organizations,” Hayes said. “It wouldn’t be possible without their vision and support.”In her current role in county government, Hayes is responsible for the Board of Elections, Culture and Heritage, the Library, Museum and Cape May County Park/Zoo, Tax Board, Surrogate’s Office, Tourism and Public Information.In order for her to better serve those interests and those of the other Cape May County Freeholders, Hayes’ membership and leadership with NJAC and SJFA provides added leverage, she said.“One thing I want to fight against is all the divisiveness we see today,” Hayes said. “It can get crazy in Washington and in Trenton. These (organizations) create opportunities for us to get things done.  Sometimes all it takes is to listen to the opposing side to realize we have more in common than we thought.”A graduate of Atlantic Cape Community College and Thomas Edison State University, Hayes earned a degree in human services with a concentration in criminal justice. She also is a 1996 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.During her time at the FBI Academy, Hayes received special recognition for her work in the FBI’s death investigations course.Hayes began her career in public service working as an investigator in the County Prosecutor’s Office.  The bulk of her career there was spent in the investigation and prevention of child abuse and sexual assault investigations. She then made a rapid climb in her career path, becoming first the Sergeant of Detectives, then Lieutenant of Detectives and eventually retiring as Captain of Detectives in 2009. She also served as vice president of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association’s local chapter and as president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement.Marie Hayes, second from right facing camera, is sworn in with fellow Executive Board members as vice president of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association. (Photo courtesy of Lloyd Hayes)Hayes now appears to be well on her way toward achieving more global leadership and representation for the Cape.“I love Cape May County,” she said. “We have so many advantages here. We can advance and make things even better. That is what I’m grateful to have the opportunity to try to do.”Marie and her husband, Lloyd, have a son, Henry Lloyd, and two daughters, Megan and Danielle, a son-in-law, Vince, and six grandchildren.last_img read more


News story: Ministry of Defence Police officers compete in Britain’s Strongest Police Officer competition

April 20, 2021

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first_img I am regularly asked about training and nutrition and this inspires me to get more people at work into a fit and healthy lifestyle. Temporary Police Sergeant Mark Bunce doing a log press. MOD Crown Copyright.Commenting on the success of his officers Chief Constable Andy Adams said: The competition is open to all serving police officers from forces across the UK and comprises of 6 strength events in 4 different body weight categories for male and female competitors.The events for the 2018 competition comprised of a barbell deadlift, log press, keg walk, truck pull, straight arm hold and a medley that involved a farmer’s walk and tyre flips.Police Constable Claire Stott-Barrett, a police dog handler based at Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport, came second overall in her weight class and said: We advertised the Britain’s Strongest Police Officer competition within the Ministry Defence Police earlier this year and I am delighted that Claire, Josh and Mark all decided to enter. They are a credit to the force and we are justifiably proud of their achievements. Temporary Police Sergeant Mark Bunce from Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston won the deadlift event in his weight category by lifting an impressive 270KG, which was 50KG more than his nearest competitor and was also the second highest lift of the day in all categories.Mark said:center_img Police Constable Claire Stott-Barrett (2nd from right) with some of her fellow competitors and the Mayor of Wycombe. MOD Crown Copyright.Police Constable Josh Haydock who is based at Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield won 3 of the 6 events in his weight class and thanked his colleagues for their support and encouragement.Josh said: I have trained as a power lifter for 10 years so when the opportunity to enter an event like this within the police community appeared I relished the thought of putting some of my hard work over the years in the gym to the test. Everyone at the event was very helpful, friendly and supportive, particularly with regards to teaching techniques to us newbies who were competing for the first time.last_img read more


Students share reactions to confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

January 26, 2021

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first_imgOn Sept. 26, Notre Dame Law School professor Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Barrett’s nomination was confirmed Monday evening, meaning she will fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s position. Students throughout the tri-campus community had a range of reactions to these events.On a whole, students reacted positively to Barrett’s nomination. Several students believed that Barrett was the most qualified candidate.“I was very impressed by the nomination,” sophomore Charles Yockey, a member of the College Republicans club, said. “I think there are few, if any, more qualified judges in the country.”Yockey said Barrett’s qualifications bring a new perspective to the Court. “Her interpretation of the law is a little bit different, even from some of the conservatives who currently serve,” Yockey said. In addition, Yockey said that Barrett’s background living in middle America also makes her a unique candidate. “I think it brings a little bit of a sense of normalcy to the Court, which I think is a positive thing,” he said. “I think that perspective is always going to be a welcome addition.”President of College Republicans sophomore Adam Morys also said Barrett’s background makes her a good candidate. “Having someone on the court who’s not from Harvard or Yale as a law school graduate is really nice,” Morys said. “Having someone who’s very independent, who wants to interpret the law as written … who’s not going to be entangled in whatever political forces might be  pushing her one way or the other in Washington … I think that’s a positive thing.”Morys said he was very happy with President Trump’s decision to nominate Barrett. “He mentioned her as a possible pick a few years back, when Brett Kavanaugh was selected,” he said. “I was hoping that if there was ever another vacancy on the Supreme Court that she would be picked.”Sophomore Patrick Barrett also said he believed Barrett was qualified in 2018. “I first heard about Barrett back when Brett Kavanaugh was being nominated, and I honestly thought she was the better pick, even back then,” he said. “I was happy when I heard that she would be Trump’s next pick for Supreme Court Justice.”He also said he likes how Barrett infuses her faith into politics.“As a Catholic living in America, it is nearly impossible to find a person in government who has views similar to mine,” Patrick Barrett said. “If the goal of the Supreme Court is really to be a non-partisan steward of the Constitution, then having a person like [Barrett], who represents a minority of people in American politics, can only be a benefit to all. If she holds to her faith, as it seems that she will, I anticipate her becoming a force that both challenges and supports conservatives and liberals alike, making the Supreme Court more effective as a whole.”First year Lauren Leidenix also spoke to Judge Barrett’s faith. “As shown by her previous court decisions, Barrett’s Catholic faith by no means overrides her commitment to the American people or her commitment to upholding the Constitution,” Leidenix said. “Instead her faith serves as a moral code which guides her to act justly in regards to respecting the dignity and rights of the human person.”Leidenix said Barrett, by infusing her values into her work, is representative of the principles of the University of Notre Dame. “The Notre Dame mission is to ‘be a force for good,’ and I believe Judge Barrett is living out this mission by using her career to make a positive difference in our nation,” Leidenix said. “Notre Dame strives to develop not only the minds, but also the hearts of its students, and Judge Barrett personifies this mission.”Leidenix also said Barrett “provides an amazing role model for women, showing that women can have high achieving careers and be mothers as well.” Senior Teresa Breckler shared this sentiment. “It’s kind of this perfect blend of two sides,” Breckler said. “It’s like you have to either be ultra-feminist and have no kids, or super conservative, so its this really cool blending of both sides.” Breckler said she thinks Barrett would be a positive addition to the court. “Most people are like ‘Okay, so she’s conservative, so she wouldn’t care about African Americans,’” Breckler said. “She does care. So it’s just really beautiful how she has this blend where she can really, actually bring thoughts about these things on both sides to the issue.”When asked about what this means for the Notre Dame community, Breckler said it could be a positive change. “At Notre Dame, I feel like we all get polarized, and I think that it’s because we’re all passionate, and we all try and take the gifts that we have and use them,” Breckler said. “But I’m hoping that the University can draw together behind her, and even if they don’t agree specifically with her, hopefully the University can, through her being nominated, somehow become less polarized, just because she brings together a lot of these things from different spectrums.”Several others reacted negatively to Barrett’s new role in the Supreme Court.Saint Mary’s first year Abby Yontz said she was not happy to learn of Barrett’s nomination.“From what I have heard, she is very Christian,” Yontz said. “I am worried about the chance of bias in her practice of law, and I personally would like to keep church and state separate.”QuestBridge scholar and Notre Dame first year Madeline Kroner said she did not fully support the nomination. “I would say I was surprised,” Kroner said. “I wasn’t super excited to hear another conservative was on the Supreme Court, but in the sense of being a student related to the University, I thought it was interesting.”Second year law student Cesar Estrada said Barrett’s nomination was not necessarily good for the nation.“From the very beginning, I was very skeptical that this would be a good thing for the country right now,” Estrada said. “[They] shouldn’t do it because we’re in such a politically tumultuous place. I think Republicans are doing it to gain political power.”Estrada said that he would not be surprised if Barrett’s nomination changed the role of the courts. “Conservatives have had a grip on the Court for the last 50 years, or since the ‘70s, and they’ve been able to moderate,” he said. “So they might give you the shiny, ‘Here, see? We’re doing progressive things.’ But in the background, they’re doing all of these nefarious things. And with Justice Barrett on the court, I think that progressives aren’t even going to get the bits here and there anymore. And I think that’s going to really bring an awakening.”Barrett’s nomination might invite more division when it comes to the courts, some of it warranted, Estrada said. He doesn’t hold anything against Barrett personally, he added.“I do think she’s qualified, at least as well qualified as other justices,” Estrada said. “I think we’re looking at bigger issues right now, and one of them is just the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. So I was kind of disappointed that they were going to go through with it now. I think she’s more of a symptom, not the cause.”Even though she is qualified, Estrada said, Barrett would not necessarily be a positive addition to the Court. “I think it’ll hamper any sort of progressive agenda, so, no, I don’t think she’ll be a positive light on the court,” Estrada said. “I think that unless the Democrats do something to reform the courts, she is going to be consistently the fifth vote, if not the sixth vote, to undo any sort of progressive policy that might come forward, and any progressive policy that I think we’re deeply in need of.”As for what her nomination means for Notre Dame, Estrada said he had mixed feelings.“Outside of the political context, obviously, having a Supreme Court justice graduate from Notre Dame reflects well on the school and reflects well on the caliber of education that we receive here and the possibilities that graduates from our school have,” he said.Tags: 2020 election, Amy Coney Barrett, Notre Dame Law School, Supreme Courtlast_img read more


Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Kiesza & More Set to Appear at Tony Awards

January 18, 2021

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first_img View Comments Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Kiesza and more big names have been added to the starry line-up at the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Broadway’s biggest night will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 7 on CBS, hosted by Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.New names also slated to appear include Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey, Dulé Hill, Judith Light, Patina Miller, Bernadette Peters and Phylicia Rashad.As previously reported, the event will feature the 2015 Tony-nominated shows in the Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical categories, including 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century. Josh Groban, Vanessa Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland are also just some of the other artists who will take the stage.Presenters will include 2015 Tony nominee Bradley Cooper, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Tisdale, Bryan Cranston, Joe Manganiello, Kiefer Sutherland, Anna Chlumsky, Larry David, Jason Alexander, Misty Copeland, Sting, Corey Stoll, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Messing, Jennifer Nettles, Marg Helgenberger, Rita Wilson, Rose Byrne, Thomas Sadoski, Sutton Foster, Taye Diggs, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale and Tommy Tune.last_img read more