Student body presidential candidates: Elizabeth Boyle and Patrick McGuire

first_imgWho they are:Elizabeth Boyle, the ticket’s candidate for student body president, is a junior from Long Island, New York, majoring in political science and peace studies. Boyle lives in Breen-Phillips Hall, and during her time at Notre Dame has helped spearhead the Stand 4 IX movement and currently serves as the director of gender relations in student government.Patrick McGuire, the ticket’s candidate for vice president, is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, and majoring in economics and sociology. McGuire lives in Siegfried Hall, where he currently serves as dorm president, and has worked in University affairs and University policy.Top Priority: Reforming non-discrimination clauseNotre Dame’s non-discrimination clause still does not protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As its top priority, the Boyle-McGuire ticket is looking to revise the clause, extending non-discrimination protection to all students. “It’s something that I tried to take on last year but just didn’t have the capacity or the team power to be able to do it,” Boyle said. “ … If we leave and are able to include both sexual orientation and gender identity into this non-discrimination clause, we can say that now fully students do have this legal backing and they have something to point to when administrators or people at this University may lack in support for them or their policies.”While Boyle acknowledged this is a difficult fight that has been going on for 30 years, she and McGuire believe persistent, grassroots advocacy could help the ticket achieve this goal.Best Idea: Reforming parietals amnestyWhile other tickets recognized the need to reform parietals, the Boyle-McGuire ticket’s plan for this issue reflected an acute understanding of the issue. Under the current system, a Title IX incident would have to occur and be reported for amnesty to be granted for a parietals violation. The ticket is proposing students no longer be forced to file a Title IX request if they are to receive amnesty.“In the campus climate survey, the last time it came out, about 40 percent of students said they wouldn’t leave a dorm if it was dangerous if it meant breaking parietals because students are so afraid of getting in trouble for breaking parietals,” Boyle said. “And I think we’ve really lost sight of who we are if students are more comfortable with staying in a situation that would put them in such grave harm then in breaking a minor law.”This platform promise would allow students to leave a dangerous situation and still be granted amnesty for parietals, and it reflects one of the most tangible attempts of any ticket to combat sexual assault on Notre Dame’s campus.Worst Idea: Trying to do too much with a large teamWhile there are certainly benefits to the Boyle-McGuire ticket’s team of 50 members, this structure may create problems for the ticket with too many ideas to account for and not enough focus on achieving a single goal. Additionally, many goals on the ticket’s platform do not seem fully fleshed-out and are difficult to achieve, such as “renovating DeBart classrooms,” “[fixing] the puddles” and “[working] on Coach USA.”Most Feasible: Implementing Callisto 2.0Fitting with the ticket’s focus on sexual assault prevention, Boyle-McGuire’s plan to implement Callisto 2.0, a sexual assault reporting system, is one of the ticket’s most feasible campaign promises. Boyle’s consistent experience working on implementing the system and her understanding of the University’s concerns in adopting it will give the ticket a leg up where other student governments have failed.“[Implementing Callisto] would be a very tangible, powerful and attainable measure for students’ safety,” McGuire said.Least Feasible: Stipends and academic credit for student activitiesAs part of its efforts to increase student involvement outside of class, the Boyle-McGuire ticket has proposed giving students academic credit or even stipends for participation in extra-curricular activities. While these initiatives would probably attract students, the University would most likely not be receptive to the idea due to the financial cost it would require and the potential for decreased enrollment for classes taught by faculty members. Bottom Line: Tangible, important goals and experienceIn all, the Boyle-McGuire platform focuses on the most important issues facing the tri-campus community — sexual assault and discrimination — and provides concrete and well-thought-out ideas to address these concerns. Boyle’s and McGuire’s experience in different areas of student government will help them to effectively implement these goals. If the ticket can find a way to coordinate all the voices in their campaign, this ticket has the chance to make real, meaningful change.Tags: 2019 Student Government Election, Elizabeth Boyle, Patrick McGuire, Student Government Insiderlast_img read more

Diane Van Deren’s Record-Setting MST Run

first_imgDiane Van Deren is no stranger to adversity.  Following a long professional tennis career, Van Deren developed epilepsy. After 10 years of battling seizures, trying every medication available, and with her family hanging in the balance, brain surgery was the only option.Fortunately, Van Deren’s surgery was successful, and while she was happy to be free of her ailment, the operation did have side effects. She now has some short-term memory loss, difficulty reading maps, and sometimes cannot recall how long she has been engaged in a particular activity. She uses a system of notecards and other reminders to navigate her way through her life.In spite of these limitations, Van Deren has continued to flouirsh athletically. She is now a professional athlete sponsored by The North Face, and she has competed in ultrarunning events and expeditions around the world. She has run on the Great Wall of China, completed the Hardrock 100 endurance race in Colorado, and trudged through -40 degree temperatures in the brutal Yukon Ultra 300. She has embraced her new life and realizes that she is now capable of getting into the zone more easily than ever before.Van Deren recently set a new record on the 1,000-mile Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina, arriving beside the Atlantic Ocean in a time of 22 days, 3 hours, and 50 minutes. That’s over 45 miles per day.Her record-setting run was not without obstacles. Here is a look inside her mind during a few of the most dramatic moments:“We are in a war zone, and everything is threatening to rip out of the sand and fly away. There is nothing to do but keep placing one foot in front of the other.“The downpour is driving sideways and blurring the light of my headlamp.“The winds are fierce, the conditions are brutal, but they seem par for the course for this expedition. Nothing has come easily for us. Only 30 minutes after leaving the Clingmans Dome trailhead, I got lost. Dense fog and rain pressed down on me for the first six days, and I literally didn’t look up for that entire time. I have run all over the planet, but that was the most technical running I have ever done. One slip on the roots or mud, one twist of my ankle, and the trip would have been over.“So I didn’t slip.“Now I have traveled over 900 miles across the state, and I am closing in on the terminus of the trail in the Outer Banks. But I am being battered by the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.“Today I have 45 miles to go and eight hours to do it in, my crew tells me. I have to catch a ferry at the end of the day, or my record-setting attempt will be over. The team has become like a Nascar pit crew: I run into a stop, they sit me down and fly into action. Duct tape is put on my feet, food is shoved into my mouth, shoes are changed, and BOOM, I’m off again!“My body feels empty. I’ve been operating on less than three hours of sleep for 19 nights in a row, and the wind gusts are knocking me to the ground more and more regularly. We haven’t spoken for hours, but Chuck keeps nervously glancing at his watch. He tries to feign optimism, but I can tell that things aren’t looking good for us.“Suddenly, I hear a savage and malicious sound coming from the darkness to our right. ‘What is that?’ I yell to Chuck. He assures me that it’s an airplane and nothing to worry about, yet he continually looks over his shoulder as we run. I keep slogging in the darkness as the roar fades away. I am happy to have him with me in the midst of this chaos.“Finally, a cluster of lights come into view, and we are back on pavement again. With twenty minutes to spare, we run into the ferry terminal where the whole team is waiting. Chuck and I collapse, elated to be under shelter and with friends. One person chimes in: ‘Did you guys see the tornado that just touched down? It was less than a mile from the trail!’ Chuck smiles knowingly, but I am stunned. ‘Whose idea was this anyway?’ I yell. The ferry begins pounding into the waves and the wind, but my exhaustion makes it feel distant, and I slip into a much-needed sleep.“Two mornings later, we are still running, chipping away at the final 82 miles to the finish. It took me a long time to stand up today. The past few mornings I have needed to crawl for a while before I could put any weight on my feet. They are in rough shape, and may need significant medical attention when I get home. As I plod through the sand, all of the faces of the people that I have met over the past 22 days flash through my mind. They represent the beauty of running—a loving, caring community that is brought together by one collective passion. I think about Annette Bednosky, an ultrarunner who I usually compete against. She gave up her own time to come out and support me in my journey. I know that all of these people will be friends for life.“Throughout the expedition, I have refused to allow myself to think of the end. Finally, after 1,000 miles of trail, I see one final sand dune come into sight. On top of that dune is a group of people cheering and yelling my name. Tears of joy overwhelm me.” •last_img read more

Babita Phogat on sister Vinesh’s win: ‘It is a huge achievement’

first_img 11 months ago Dutee Chand, announces selection for the Doha World Championships 11 months ago Hima Das Ruled Out Of World Championships 2019 With Back Injury First Published: 19th September, 2019 14:15 IST 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics 11 months ago Dipa Karmakar is down but not out, insists coach Bishweshwar Nandi Last Updated: 19th September, 2019 14:15 IST Babita Phogat On Sister Vinesh’s Win: ‘It Is A Huge Achievement’ Babita Phogat, CWG Champion, on Thursday congratulated sister Vinesh Phogat for winning the bronze medal in WWC and securing a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. LIVE TV Manjiri Chitre Babita Phogat, the Common Wealth Games (CWG) Champion on Thursday congratulated her sister Vinesh Phogat for winning the bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championship and securing a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “It is a huge achievement as no Indian female before has qualified for the Olympics under the World Wrestling Championship,” Babita Phogat said while speaking to Republic TV on Thursday. She further stated that winning a gold medal in the World Championship is like winning a medal in the Olympics. Celebrating sister’s win, Babita has also congratulated sister on Twitter.  COMMENT WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Session ID: 2020-09-09:91ffa38d954cb65aad867be Player Element ID: video_player_5f5858677938b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Read: Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsSpeaking about the increasing focus on wrestling, the CWG Champion further thanked Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, the President of Wrestling Federation and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for taking wrestling as a sport to another level. She also stated that she is grateful to the Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar for bringing wrestling into focus. She also stated that Kiren Rijiju’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) is helping for the games in the country to move forward. According to the Sports Authority of India, The TOPS is a flagship program of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports which is an attempt to provide assistance to India’s top athletes. It further stated that the Scheme looks to add a premium to the preparations of these athletes so that they can win Olympic medals in 2020 and 2024 Olympics.On Vinesh’s struggling journey During the 2016 Rio Olympics, Vinesh Phogat had sustained a serious knee injury during her bout against Sun Yanan of China in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Freestyle 48kg category. It was declared that Vinesh will not be able to continue the match and hence Sun was declared the winner. Speaking about her struggle in the past four years, sister Babita Phogat said, “A player’s toughest time is when he/she gets injured. But it is the difficult time that increases the speed to work harder.” She further stated that after Vinesh’s recovery, she has worked even harder towards her goal to make her mark in the championship. “It was her dream to win a medal in the Olympics, and keeping that in mind, she has worked towards it,” she said. Read: Hima Das Ruled Out Of World Championships 2019 With Back InjuryVinesh Phogat’s victoryVinesh Phogat opened India’s medals account in this edition of World Wrestling Championship in Noor Sultan, Kazakhstan, by bagging bronze in the women’s 53 kg category beating two-time World medallist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece in the third place play-off on Wednesday. Although she started slowly, but soon used her experience to take full grip and control over her opponent to pin her down to win a strongly contested bronze medals play off. She has marked her place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is all set to commence on July 24 and go on till August 9.Read: Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship titleRead: Dutee Chand, announces selection for the Doha World Championships SUBSCRIBE TO US Written Bylast_img read more