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Student government brings farmer’s market to quad

first_imgNorth Quad will look like a farmer’s market Friday afternoon as part of a new student government initiative, Quad Markets, which brings locally grown produce, fresh pastries, handcrafted accessories and more to campus.“This is a great opportunity for Notre Dame as a whole to better connect with the South Bend community,” junior Lindsay Huth, Student Government communications director, said. “We’re hoping that through this, people will find interesting South Bend shops and restaurants that they’ll visit in the future and that they’ll discover all of the things the city has to offer.The markets will take place from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Quad Markets, sponsored by Student Government, is the realization of an idea student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, both seniors, introduced in their election platform last spring. Sophomore and director of community relations Jamie Grzybowski has been responsible for planning and executing the event and has worked closely with student government.“Quad Markets will feature 18 different vendors from the local South Bend area, including a number of vendors from the South Bend farmers’ market,” Grzybowski said. “We also engaged in a partnership with Whole Foods Market, who recruited additional local vendors and who will have its own booth at the market.”Grzybowski said the variety of products on sale will include locally made jams, salsas, flavored honeys, gourmet popcorn, coffee, juices, produce and handmade goods such as scarves and jewelry that respect a student budget.“Students, undergrads specifically, are our primary target,” Huth said. “But it’s also a football weekend, and we’re hoping to promote it to all of the visitors on campus as well.”Grzybowski said shopping bags filled with information cards about the vendors will be available to the first 500 shoppers. Shoppers can take their purchases to-go or sit and enjoy them at an inside seating area within the market. She also said shoppers should bring cash, as a limited number of vendors accept debit or credit cards.“Students can stock up on dorm groceries, buy an afternoon snack or treat themselves to a handcrafted good all from one convenient location,” Grzybowski said.Huth said the event is about more than just food and is part of student government’s hope to integrate Notre Dame and the greater South Bend community.“South Bend isn’t just a place for students to perform service projects,” she said. “It’s a great community with awesome resources and culture. Our thought was that if we bring some of the city’s great shops to the students, they’ll realize how great they are and want to visit in the future or even explore other South Bend options.”Tags: farmers market, North Quad, quad markets, Student government, whole foods marketlast_img read more

Dr. Weeks Charts Path to ‘Nobler Destiny’

first_imgUL’s new president, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, receives the gavel of authority from retired president, Dr. Emmett DennisDr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, the newly inducted President of the University of Liberia (UL), has underscored a number of strategies she intends to employ to improve the institution. Among her plans are personnel evaluation and enhancement programs, faculty capacity building, teaching and learning centers, and introduction of new academic programs to include Information Communication Technology for undergraduates and Environmental Sciences at the graduate level.In her 48 minute induction address on the theme “To Nobler Destiny”, Dr. Weeks emphasized that her administration will weed out the wrong people from the institution at all levels, and will work with the right persons. She described those she considers the right persons as individuals who are committed to the ideals and success of the UL and who are trustworthy and have integrity.With deep emphasis and emotions, she said “Malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance (MMN) are not welcome, and our policy moving forward is zero tolerance for the MMN.” On faculty and capacity building, Weeks said in the next three years, she hopes the university can realize qualitative and quantitative improvements in faculty profile. “We will reduce part-time faculty by 50 percent, increase full time faculty to a ratio of three percent full time to one percent part-time, determine the instructional needs of each academic unit based on required course offerings each semester, and especially focus on training and hiring advance degree faculty in these disciplines, as well as where we have specific gaps,” Dr. Weeks said.She added that her administration will reduce by 85 percent the number of faculty with solely first degrees, and increase the number of faculty with terminal degrees by 30 percent. In addition to new academic programs, Dr. Weeks disclosed that in the next four years, her administration will establish undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, architecture, fisheries and an Honors College. She said efforts have been made for the introduction of a Masters in Public Health and Environmental Sciences program, which according to her, will not take three years to establish. She further disclosed that the UL administration in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) and international partner universities has drafted a curriculum for the Master’s program in Public Health.Dr. Weeks, who also acknowledged what her faculty and staff have achieved, told the gathering that the UL administration and faculty are in the process of establishing a functioning Testing and Evaluation Center that will not only be limited to entrance exams. Furthermore, she said the UL Student Union (ULSU) financial aid program is causing registration difficulties every semester, and therefore she is contemplating putting in place Students’ Success and Service Centers through which students are recruited, evaluated, monitored and placed in various university-wide academic and administrative work-study settings. She also promised to make available Wi-fi internet access at the four campuses of the UL by the end of the year; assuring that it is already in the making.Outgoing UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, in his remarks, said he was happy to be able to see Dr. Weeks succeed him. He urged her to handle the gavel of authority given to her with sincerity and integrity that will not give in to the activities of people he referred to as “glass bottle.”Performing the induction ceremony was the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor who oversaw the robbing of the new president and the presentation of the gavel of authority to her by the outgoing president, Dr. Emmet Dennis who now becomes the 13th president emeritus.Earlier, Dr. Roseda Marshall, co-chair of the UL president search committee reported on how Dr. Weeks was selected as president.Yesterday’s ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Visitor of the UL who made special remarks (separate story), a number of diplomats including United States, Cameroon and Cuba. U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder congratulated Dr. Weeks, and urged her to be diligent, to produce lawyers that will provide pro-bono services to poor people to have access to justice. She also said the United States stands to help the UL in the areas of engineering.Also in attendance were government officials, members of the legislature, presidents of other universities and Dr. Weeks’ family members and many friends and well wishers.Dr. Weeks’ younger sister, Angelique Weeks, described her sister as a “workaholic and very strict without fear.” Angelique, who is chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, said she believes in her sister and is confident that she will deliver on her goals, “and make the family proud.” The two sisters in their separate speeches, paid homage to their parents for their upbringing and insistence on education that helped to make them successful individuals.Other speakers at the convocation included representatives of universities in Liberia and Ghana, the UL faculty and staff, the Alumni Association and the president of the UL Student Union.Dr. Weeks becomes the second female president of UL, the first being Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown-Sherman after whom the Fendell campus will be named.  Dr. Weeks follows in the footsteps of her father who also served as UL president (1959-1971) and was the first Liberian to hold that post.Some faculty members that spoke to this newspaper lauded the outgoing president, Dr. Dennis, for improvements at the university during his nine year tenure, and pledged to work with Dr. Weeks in meeting the objectives and goals of the university as she takes over.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more