McGlinn residents, rector discuss developing community and Hall of the Year

first_imgMcGlinn Hall was named the 2018-2019 Hall of the Year, the first time it has been named Hall of the Year since its establishment in 1997. Sophomore and dorm vice president Isabella Schmitz said McGlinn has come a long way in recent years.“When I first arrived at ND I think they had gotten like last place in all of the Hall of the Year stuff, but then last year we got most improved, and this year we won it all,” Schmitz said.Junior and former dorm president Colleen Ballantyne said this year McGlinn made an effort to reach outside the dorm by planning events with Keough Hall and Lyons Hall, their brother and sister dorms.“Last year was a lot of building our community more internally after a year where our hall council didn’t do as much to really build that community,” Ballantyne said. “This past year we were able to focus on letting the McGlinn community shine throughout campus and even sometimes off campus.”McGlinn’s signature event, Casino Night, was also incredibly successful this year, Schmitz said.“Our event coordinator got all the McGlinn girls really excited about making it as best as it could be,” Schmitz said. “She set a goal for us and said we need to make more money than we ever have, and people were excited by that.”Ballantyne said the dorm broke its record by raising $3,150 for St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend. McGlinn sends students to tutor at the school every weekday.Rector Sister Mary Lynch said the dorm’s relationship with St. Adalbert began during the first few years in her job as rector of McGlinn, a position she took on in 2005.“I wanted someplace in South Bend where the students could actually go and be there and help and do service,” Lynch said.McGlinn sought to improve their dorm’s sustainability this year through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability and TerraCycle, an organization that collects non-recyclable waste and partners with corporate donors to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.“We’ve only been doing it for about two months now, but we’ve been able to collect a ton of stuff that otherwise would’ve been going to the landfills,” Ballantyne said. “We’re hoping to work with the Office of Sustainability to branch this out throughout campus in the near future.”McGlinn also prides itself on their interhall sports participation. The hall has held the Kelly Cup since 2010-2011, which Ballantyne said is largely due to the hall’s unofficial official motto: McGlinn never forfeits. The Kelly Cup is for the overall women’s interhall sports championship, and is awarded based off of interhall participation and performance.“My thing is that, first of all, interhall sports are to help relieve stress, so I don’t want any stress in trying to win the Kelly Cup,” Lynch said.  The second thing is, I always tell them, if we say we’re gonna put a team on the field, we put a team out, so no forfeiting.”An unexpected event this year that brought the McGlinn community together was Lynch’s cancer diagnosis in the fall.“I think the way the women here responded and rallied around me, and how we were still able to continue all the programs hall government and hall council had planned — things went along pretty much as normal — was one of the main reasons for winning Hall of the Year,” Lynch said.The dorm organized a spreadsheet where people could sign up to bring Lynch dinner from the dining hall as she could not eat there among so many people.“The spreadsheet would fill up within an hour—it would be completely full,” Ballantyne said. “And it was like not the same girls every month — it was different people all the time.”The dorm also made fanny packs to show their support of their rector.“I had slow drip cancer treatment that I wore a fanny pack for 48 hours every other week,” Lynch said.Lynch discovered that her chemo pack was able to fit in the McGlinn fanny pack and was able to use it instead of the oncologist issued one.When Lynch was declared cancer free, the dorm surprised her with a party and a video containing messages from former students and former Residential Assistants of McGlinn, as well as messages from Fr. Jenkins and Muffet McGraw, Schmitz said.“I just have been absolutely amazed at the women here this year,” Lynch said. “If good can come out of a tough situation, I think that’s what happened. Just the spirit and the sense of community that evolved this year more so than some other years — and I don’t know if it was the rallying around me and my situation or what — but the women have just been amazing, absolutely amazing.”Tags: Community, dorm features, dorm life, Hall of the year, McGlinn Halllast_img read more

Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples

first_imgSep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.last_img read more

England rugby players ‘should behave like footballers’, says RFU chief exec

first_img“They all wanted to win and were planning to do their best, which they did, but there was something nice about the attitude of the players.“One key thing I liked about it was that many of the players were good role models for the sport.“If you were a young kid watching it, you would be impressed by it.“That is great for football and that is what we need to do and I think we do already.” 5 5 Southgate has been hailed around the world for bringing a positive atmosphere to the dressing room as he led England to a first football World Cup semi-final since 1990.Conversely, the rugby team have lost five of their last six tests and Jones could face the sack if results do not improve in the upcoming autumn internationals.Brown said: “I was impressed by the whole situation. Southgate did a brilliant job and England were fantastic, representing our nation brilliantly.“What impressed me most was the attitude and culture of the squad. “There was a humility and modesty about the footballers. highlights Boxing Belter Rocky vs Drago: Relive a classic as Balboa exacts revenge on Apollo’s killer Rugby players should look to footballers for advice on how to be role models, according to the RFU’s chief executive.Steve Brown praised the job done by England football team boss Gareth Southgate at the World Cup in Russia and called on his counterpart Eddie Jones to institute a similar culture. live cricket The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 The football team’s cohesion was crucial to their progress at the World Cup Brown has been RFU CEO since September 2017 5 England’s recent performances at Rugby World Cups are a concern after reaching back-to-back finals in 2003 and 2007.A disappointing quarter-final defeat to France in 2011 was followed by a complete capitulation on home soil four years later, losing to Wales and Australia at Twickenham as they became the first hosts to be knocked out in the group stages.Jones, enduring a rocky 2018 after winning 24 of his first 25 matches in charge, will speak with Southgate ahead of the autumn fixtures.The Australian coach faces South Africa, two former sides Japan and Australia and a huge test against world champions New Zealand. PLAN 5 PLANS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more center_img Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ England’s 2015 World Cup disaster spelled the end for Jones’ predecessor, Stuart Lancaster There were calls for Southgate to be knighted after taking England to the final four in Russia LATEST SPORTS NEWS Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 Jones is under pressure after losing five of his last six matches, including three defeats in the 2018 Six Nations KO KINGS AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed Watch the top seven KOs of the year, including Wilder and Chisora ANOTHER ONE MONEY CELEBRATION Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 5 BRUTALITY Brown continued: “Southgate did a brilliant job and England were fantastic – representing our nation brilliantly.“They deserve all the compliments they’ve had.“If there are lessons to be learned and discussions to be had, I’m sure Eddie will have those. He knows Southgate pretty well.”“I’d like to inspire the nation as much as the football guys did as we head into the 2019 World Cup.”last_img read more