Student body presidential candidates debate policy, initiatives prior to election

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer Juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart discuss their platform points during the 2018 student government elections debate.Kruszewski said the McGavick-Gayheart platform — divided into the three categories “approachable, collaborative and transformative” (ACT) — contained several initiatives which had already been completed.In particular, Kruszewski said the ticket’s plans to implement GreeNDot at bars, facilitate exemptions from the six-semester housing policy with a waiver program and create an SAO-based “student leader directory” had already been done.“Do you vote for student body president and vice president because you want to get GreeNDot training in bars on campus?” he said. “If that’s the case, that was done three years ago. … Do you vote for student body president because of waiver implementation on housing policy? If that’s the case, that’s done this year. If you want an SAO list of clubs on campus, that’s done. It’s called SAO 360.”The Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket centers on eight platform points, including plans to decrease tuition, adjust the definition of consent at Notre Dame and double club funding. Kruszewski said he and Dunbar planned to carry out initiatives which had never been undertaken before.“The reason you vote for student body president or vice president is to tackle the big ideas out there,” he said. “We can do tangible things in the departments that we’re going to empower, but we want to make pushes to start conversations that are constantly in the back of your heads.”Kruszewski said he and Dunbar have the experience and relationships with administration needed to enact large-scale change. McGavick said he disagreed that this student government experience was needed to be successful.“If we start deciding that the litmus test for being student body president is how many administration people you know and the amount of clout on the second floor of LaFun that you have, we’re going to shut out pretty much every student on this campus,” he said. “And that is just a destructive idea. That’s not the point of representative democracy.”Past student government administrations, McGavick said, have been similarly shut off from the concerns of those outside student government.“I think, frankly, we’ve seen that a bit in the past couple years with presidencies being handed down from president to vice president to cabinet secretary, and I think we need an outside voice,” he said. “I think we need people that understand that we have to represent a lot of people on campus who don’t necessarily know every working of student government but have a sense of what kids on campus really care about.”Moran said he and Gannon — the first Zahm ticket since 2014 — took student feedback into consideration when formulating their platform. The two created a crowd-sourced platform, including items such as a proposed monorail to Saint Mary’s, another Campus Crossroads and two-ply toilet paper.“I think one of the best ideas was to have two-ply toilet paper in all bathrooms on campus,” he said. “That is a very large improvement we can make to our campus as a whole. We were talking with our campaign manager about how so much of the physical and emotional pain that students bring to him is because they’ve had to use single-ply toilet paper.”All three candidates said they opposed the new housing policy, which requires students to live on campus for six semesters. Both the McGavick-Gayheart and the Kruszewski-Dunbar tickets said they hoped to overturn the housing policy.McGavick said in addition to implementing GreeNDot in South Bend bars and supporting the Stand4IX movement, he and Gayheart also planned to purse a “parietals amnesty campaign.” This would allow students to leave dangerous situations — despite breaking parietals — without getting in trouble.“If a student feels they are unsafe in a dorm after parietals, they should have the full flexibility and comfort of being able to leave that dangerous situation without any consequences from the dorm staff or rector,” he said. “We believe that that is a major student safety issue because if somebody feels they’re going to get in trouble for escaping a dangerous situation, that’s a major problem.”Dunbar said this policy had already been implemented. She said she and Kruszewski planned to adjust the definition of consent in DuLac and also support the Stand4IX campaign as part of their sexual assault prevention initiatives.“We’d also like to talk about how DuLac does not have a definition for consent,” she said. “That hurts women and men, and that is not okay. This is a policy shift that we could realistically achieve, and we think it’s necessary and will protect our community and would also help survivors in their cases and trials, going through the process.”While Gannon and Moran often answered questions with jokes, they said they wanted to address the question of sexual assault seriously.“One of our ideas was making it a mandatory requirement for all hall staff to be GreeNDot certified, and while we are not active participants in any high-up roles in any sexual assault groups on campus, we definitely would bring in the right people to bring in the wisdom and experience needed to do a good job with this if we were elected,” Moran said.Kruszewski said another of his and Dunbar’s main focuses if elected would be to increase funding for clubs. He said 38 percent of the funds from student activities fees, a portion of the endowment and funds from The Shirt go to clubs. He said he plans to decrease funding for student government to increase funding for clubs.“We would flip the percentage and give student clubs 62 percent of the funding, take a pay cut, a budget cut, for the two of us,” he said. “So take money away from the president and vice president and give it back to students through the CCC, and that way in the first week this would be implemented, we would pass it through student senate, and then the change would be in place for this upcoming fall.”Gayheart said he and McGavick hoped to increase student government transparency if elected.“There have been four closed Senate meetings this year,” he said. “Literally, newspaper was up over the windows. That is a problem. That literally exemplifies not being transparent. So the first step, again, no closed senate meetings.”Kruszewski said he and Dunbar hope to turn student feedback into concrete changes.“The fact of the matter is there’s not a power right now that allows the student voices to actually turn into tangible, real action,” he said. “So we provide what I think is the biggest challenge for this role is changing those voices into tangible action. You need clout to do that. You need experience. You need understanding of how to work with administrators.”Tags: Kruszewski_dunbar, McGavick-Gayheart, Student government, Student government 2018 election, student government debate After an election season marked by allegations of campaign misconduct, student body presidential candidates sparred over issues such as student government transparency and the originality of their platforms in a debate in Duncan Student Center on Monday.This year’s candidates and their respective running mates include freshmen Andrew Gannon and Mark Moran, juniors Alex Kruszewski and Julia Dunbar​ and juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart.last_img read more

BLOG: Want Wine? Ship it to Your House Under New Liquor Reform Bill.

first_img Liquor Reform,  The Blog There’s been a lot of talk about wine in grocery stores and beer at gas stations since Governor Wolf signed the most significant liquor reform bill since Prohibition.These are huge reforms and wins for consumers and will make purchasing wine and beer much more convenient for Pennsylvanians. But what you may not know is that the law also provides for any Pennsylvania resident to ship wine from anywhere in the world to their home.This puts the consumer first and breaks down barriers to getting wine from a variety of new sources. Consumers can direct ship up to 36 cases containing at most 9 liters of wine each per calendar year.Here’s how the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported the change:“For the state’s most devoted wine lovers, a much bigger deal is the adoption of direct-to-consumer shipping from winemakers nationwide – putting Pennsylvania in line with 43 other states that give residents access to wine clubs from obscure West Coast wineries.”Jeremy Benson, executive director of Free the Grapes!, a California group that has been advocating for direct shipping nationally since 1998, welcomed the shift in Pennsylvania.“It’s a populous state. It is a state with a lot of wine lovers in it, and it is the last of the large states that has continued to effectively bar winery direct shipping,” he said. “For all those reasons, it is a very, very important win for consumers.””It’s true: this is a big win for consumers, especially wine lovers.But, wait! There are even more changes that benefit consumers and Pennsylvania businesses outside grocery stores. Here’s a few other changes you should like:Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores can now offer coupons and customer loyalty programs, including buy-one-get-one and seasonal promotions;Bars and breweries can now operate a “mug club” which could mean big discounts on beer for members;Pennsylvania-based breweries, wineries and distilleries can sell each other’s products for consumption; andBreweries, wineries and distilleries can now more easily offer tastings and sell products at farmers markets and other food and beverage fairs. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Want Wine? Ship it to Your House Under New Liquor Reform Bill. June 14, 2016center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Committee to Address Maternal Mortality

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Committee to Address Maternal Mortality October 02, 2018center_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the creation of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to collect information to investigate and disseminate findings related to maternal deaths. The committee is the result of Act 24, which the governor signed into law in May.“With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, establishing this committee will help take immediate action in determining the reasons for this phenomenon and, more importantly, help to develop prevention recommendations,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m pleased to announce the comprehensive and distinguished list of committee members who I am confident will bring their expertise with a shared goal of determining how to address the growing concern of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.”“Maternal deaths have been rising in the United States since 2000 and we need to understand why,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Maternal mortality has particularly been a problem in minority populations. This committee features experts in maternal health from across the commonwealth and will help us as we work to take immediate action to reverse this trend.”The committee, as directed by Act 24 of 2018, must include at least 15 members, and will conduct multidisciplinary reviews of maternal deaths and develop recommendations to prevent future maternal deaths in Pennsylvania.Members of the committee are identified as follows, including their name, specialty and county:Valerie Arkoosh, Specialist, Delaware CountyBetty J. Baxter, Registered Nurse, Allegheny CountyJason K. Baxter, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Philadelphia CountyStacy Beck, Secretary of Health Appointment, Allegheny CountyKay-Ella Bleecher, Emergency Medical Service Provider, York CountySonya Borrero, Specialist, Allegheny CountyCarolyn Byrnes, Secretary of Health Appointment, Dauphin CountyJoanne D. Craig, Social Worker/Social Service Provider, Delaware CountyAntoine B. Douainy, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Allegheny CountyAmanda Flicker, Obstetrician, Lehigh CountyJulia A. Greenawalt, Registered Nurse, Indiana CountySam P. Gulino, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Philadelphia CountyRoy Hoffman, Specialist, Philadelphia CountySarah S. Kawasaki, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dauphin CountyDara Mendez, Health Statistician, Allegheny CountyNancy A. Niemczyk, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Allegheny CountyKaren Pollack, Secretary of Health Appointment, Philadelphia CountyStefanie B. Porges, Emergency Medical Service Provider, Philadelphia CountyJessica L. Riley, Specialist, York CountyLoren Robinson, Secretary of Health Appointment, Philadelphia CountyPatricia M. Ross, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Blair CountyBette C. Saxton, Social Worker/Social Service Provider, Luzerne CountyDavid F. Silver, Psychiatrist, Philadelphia CountyNazanin E. Silver, Psychiatrist, Philadelphia CountySindhu Srinvias, Obstetrician, Philadelphia CountySteven Smith, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Montgomery CountyTara Trego, Department of Health Bureau of Family Health, Allegheny CountyChristina Vandepol, Medical Examiner or Coroner, Chester CountyAmy Whitstel, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Allegheny CountyDannai Wilson, Secretary of Health Appointment, Allegheny CountyFor more information about maternal and family health, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

MBB : Three points to continuing SU’s 1st-half success: Brandon Triche’s steady play

first_imgWhen Brandon Triche moved from point guard to playing off the ball this season, it was natural for questions to arise. How would he handle the transition? Could he shoot the ball well enough to be effective? Could he find a different niche?The answer to that question is becoming clearer with each and every game.Triche averaged just eight points per game in Syracuse’s first nine games of the season, with only one game in double figures. Since then, the sophomore guard has scored at least 11 points in eight of 10 games, while averaging 12 points per game.Triche is also doing it at a very efficient rate. In the 10 games since going 1-for-7 against Michigan State on Dec. 7, Triche has shot 55 percent from the field, including 45 percent from 3-point range. He’s becoming the consistent perimeter shooter SU lacked in the early going.‘He’s a good shooter, he’s a very good shooter,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.  ‘He gets good shots, so he just has to relax, and he’ll make them.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPerhaps the most impressive part of Triche’s efficiency is that it is coming against some of the toughest teams on SU’s schedule — Big East teams. Syracuse may not have gotten past Seton Hall without Triche scoring 15 second-half points. He was equally important in a win over St. John’s four days later at Madison Square Garden.Freshman guard Dion Waiters was expected to push Triche for minutes in the backcourt once he got his feet wet and began to play up to his potential. Though Waiters is playing better, Triche isn’t seeing his minutes decrease in the slightest.Instead, the combination of Triche, Waiters and point guard Scoop Jardine is a very formidable three-guard rotation in the SU backcourt. Triche’s shooting and scoring ability keeps defenses from hesitating to double down on Rick Jackson when he gets the ball in the post.‘He’s been playing well for us all year,’ SU forward James Southerland said following a win over Cincinnati on Jan. 15. ‘When he’s playing at a high level, he gives us another weapon on offense.’It’s becoming more and more evident that for the Orange to reach its highest goals, Triche must continue to play at a high level. His ability to play either guard position gives Boeheim a number of options to work with.Syracuse will need his best if it wants to contend for a national [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more