NDI implements new policy

first_imgLauren Weldon Notre Dame International (NDI) is implementing a new policy beginning in the fall 2016 semester, under which the University will no longer pay airfare for students studying abroad during a semester. This change allows more students to study abroad.Tom Guinan, associate vice president for administrative operations for Notre Dame International, said this change was made in an attempt to increase acceptance rates for students applying to study abroad.“86 percent of applicants got offered acceptances into the program this year, and we were down, you can see from just two years ago, it was closer to 70 percent, which is terrible,” Guinan said. “For kids who are qualified and able to go, we did not want to turn away 30 percent of the students … Our goal is to have 90 percent or more acceptance, with the limitations being just capacity in a program.”Junior Frank Wamsley, who, along with Guinan, gave a presentation about this change to the student senate in November, said the lower acceptance rates were due to NDI’s budget not being increased in the past several years while the cost of sending students abroad has risen.“The amount of money that Notre Dame International gets to send students abroad has stayed the same, however, the costs for sending students abroad … have gone up over the years, and as a result, they’ve had to decline more people in the application process,” Wansley said. “[Guinan] and his team at NDI decided that the one thing that they could foresee cutting out and having the least amount of impact was the cost of the overseas flights.”Cutting airfare not only made sense in comparison to other expenses covered by the University, Guinan said, but it also would fit more with the policies of other schools throughout the country.“We found that really there are no other schools that actually fund airfare the way we had in the past, and I think it was something that we had been interested in looking at,” he said. “When we were looking at ways to have more resources to send students abroad, there were three things that we considered … One was tuition that we pay to the school, one was lodging and one was airfare.”Guinan also said the possible ramifications of this policy for students who may not be able to afford overseas flights were carefully considered before making a final decision.“Just based on the fact that the summer programs are so popular and the students pay airfare for summer programs, we said let’s see if there’s a way that we can make sure the students who are on financial aid aren’t cut out of it because of the airfare component,” he said. “As long as we can assure that the financial aid’s available to the students, we think we should be able to kind of have a win-win situation where the cost of the plane ticket will actually be able to send 35 to 40 more students abroad a year.”While he understands and supports NDI’s decision now, Wamsley said he wishes the administration had been clearer with students about the decision-making process.“I think something that’s lacking in the administration’s decision-making is how they’re going to relay news and information that pertains to students to the students,” he said. “Whether it’s holding a town hall meeting to explain big changes that apply to students or using the student senate and Hall Presidents’ Council…I think that the administration ought to find more ways to convey the reasons for the things they do with the student body.”Sophomore Meghan Santella, who will be studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin during next fall said she would have appreciated more of an explanation for the change.“We got an email over the summer, I think, and then I didn’t really think too much about it, but I didn’t understand why they were doing it,” Santella said. “I feel like if [NDI] explained [the reasoning], that would’ve been more beneficial for them.”Santella said despite the change, having to pay for the airfare didn’t affect her decision to study abroad.“I wasn’t going to not do it because of [the airfare],” she said. “Notre Dame’s so good to me for financial aid, just in general, that honestly, if they won’t pay airfare, it’s not a big deal, they’re already doing so much for me.”Guinan emphasized his hope that acceptance levels won’t be affected by any extra costs and students will seek help, if necessary.“I’m excited that we were able to send out so many acceptances, and I hope that the students are excited, as well,” he said. “The acceptances or the decisions from the students are actually due on Monday, and [we] expect that we’ll see 800 plus acceptances or that most of the students will accept.”Tags: airfare, NDI, Notre Dame, Notre Dame International, study abroadlast_img read more

Approval for cannabis treatment on ‘compassionate grounds’

first_imgOneNews 9 June 2015A Nelson teenager in an induced coma has been granted the one-off use of cannabis treatment to help his condition after the Government approved the drug on “compassionate grounds”.Today, Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne granted the use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD) product from the United States, to be administered by doctors treating Alex Renton in Wellington Hospital.The 19-year-old has been in the hospital’s intensive care unit since April with a condition causing him to suffer repeated seizures.The Capital and Coast District Health Board asked the Ministry of Health to approve the use of medical marijuana after all other treatment options had failed.Mr Dunne said he has “considerable sympathy” for the parents of Mr Renton who face an incredibly difficult situation.“Despite the absence of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of CBD in patients with Mr Renton’s condition status epilepticus, my decision relies on the dire circumstances and extreme severity of Mr Renton’s individual case,” he said.“Understandably they want to do the best for their son, and they believe that this option is worth trying.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/seizure-plagued-teen-in-coma-approved-cannabis-treatment-compassionate-grounds-6334800last_img read more

Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002

first_imgDid you need any more proof Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole were one of the best pitching duos of all time?OK. Here’s a look at how their numbers stack up to each other:StarterWinsERAKsWHIPERA+Curt Schilling233.233160.968140Randy Johnson242.323341.031195Justin Verlander202.533000.806183Gerrit Cole192.523160.887184On top of this, Verlander joined the 3,000-strikeout club Saturday as well making this a special season for both he and Cole.Now the Astros will try to do something Schilling and Johnson were unable to do in 2002 — win a second World Series. Justin Verlander becomes 18th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts Cole and Verlander join Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who both reached the mark in 2002, as the only pair to accomplish the feat. That year Johnson and Schilling finished No. 1 and No. 4 in the National League Cy Young voting, and Cole and Verlander could likely one-up that. With Verlander’s 12th strikeout in Houston’s matchup with the Angels on Saturday, he recorded 300 Ks for the first time in his career. But that’s not the most impressive part. Cole also struck out over 300 batters this season which gives the 2019 Astros two pitchers who have crossed that threshold.And that is exceedingly rare. This is only the second time this has ever happened in MLB history. Related Newslast_img read more