Parents rank ND as No. 4

first_imgParents listed Notre Dame as the No. 4 “dream school” for their children in the Princeton Review’s annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey, marking the second consecutive year the University has held that place. The Princeton Review website states “dream colleges” are schools parents wish their child could attend if cost and admission were not contributing factors, and the 2013 list ranks Notre Dame behind Stanford University, Harvard University and Princeton University. Students ranked their own top-10 dream colleges in a different list, and Notre Dame was not included in that set. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the admissions department takes such rankings “with a grain of salt” due to differences in methodology, but this one reflects Notre Dame’s unique appeal to parents. “I think that [the ranking] reflects the basic tenets of the University: a commitment to undergraduate education, a sense of community and an ongoing commitment to faith and religious identity,” Brown said. “The combination of things that Notre Dame offers … is unusual in a lot of different ways, and some parents take comfort in that.” Notre Dame is the only religiously-affiliated school on either list, and Brown said the University’s dual emphasis on faith and academics is ideal for many interested families. “For people whose faith is important to them, the fact that you can come to a place like Notre Dame and practice your faith, … yet still at the same time get a world-class education, is crucial,” Brown said. “You can be a part of a broader University community that will pay dividends throughout your life in terms of the alumni network and the bonds created in the residence halls.” Robert Mundy, director of admissions, said it is “hard to predict” whether the ranking will affect Notre Dame’s future applicant pools, but trends in the past decade have shown parents are becoming more involved in their children’s college selection processes. “Students are ultimately making the decisions, but the influence of the parents has increased,” Mundy said. “Whether it’s generational or financial or due to another factor, parents are getting more actively involved in where [their children] apply and actually attend.” Mundy said comparing the parents’ impressions of a university to those of their children can be an interesting and informative way to interpret such a ranking. “Your parents’ impressions or expectations about your college experience are a little different than your own impressions, and I saw that clearly as I looked through the rest of the Princeton Review survey results,” he said. “It’s all about looking for different things, which depends on which role you’re speaking from. … There’s no disputing that parents have a different view [than students].” Notre Dame’s policies on aspects such as dorm life and parietals are seen differently by parents and students, Mundy said, and this may have contributed to the discrepancies on the two Princeton Review lists. “I really do believe that the nature of the Notre Dame family strikes a chord with the parents, and that’s clearly tied to our mission,” Mundy said. “Things like that appeal to parents in a different way than they appeal to students.” While he said there is no way to determine what the ranking will mean for Notre Dame’s popular perception and future applicant pools, the parents’ increased influence on their students’ college decisions make this “good news all around.” “Obviously, the students are the ones who sit down for dinner every night with their parents, and if they have a positive impression [of Notre Dame] in their minds, that can affect them either apparently or subliminally,” Mundy said. Brown said such rankings serve as “good starting points” for prospective parents and their students but are not weighted heavily in the admissions office. “College surveys are of some use, but people who are serious about their college choice are going to dig in deeper,” he said. “While we’d rather be ranked than not, at the same time we recognize that they’re … just a starting point.”last_img read more

World Ports Conference 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19 Fears

first_imgThe International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has canceled the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference, which was due to be held from March 17 to 19 in Antwerp, Belgium.As informed, the event cancellation was prompted by coronavirus concerns.“Given the spread of COVID-19 it has been necessary to cancel in the interests of the health & safety of speakers, sponsors and attendees. In addition, the recent increase in the number of speakers and participants impacted by immediate travel restrictions by their organizations influenced this decision,” IAPH said in a statement.“We shall announce if it is feasible to postpone the event to another date in 2020 as soon as possible.”“We are very sad about having to cancel the event. We took the joint decision out of concern for the well being of all our participants. This is not just about health and safety concerns around the coronavirus. It’s also about how comfortable all our guests, presenters and colleagues feel about attending the conference at this current point in time,” Santiago Garcia Milà, IAPH’s President, explained.Held annually, the conference assesses the role of ports in global maritime trade and brings together key industry stakeholders for learning, information sharing, networking and collaboration.This year’s conference is planned to explore the theme ‘Building transparency, predictability and trust’ across four streams, each based on urgent priorities collectively facing ports and their stakeholders in 2020 — energy transition, data collaboration, risk and reputation and business innovation.last_img read more

Sipalay local shot to death

first_imgAccording to police investigators,Panangganan was walking with Nenita Garina, Lorencia Julian and Jemboy Julianwhen four unidentified suspects peppered Panangganan with bullets around 6:30a.m. on Wednesday.  Panangganan was rushed to the SipalayCity Health Office where the attending physician declared him “dead onarrival.”  The 44-year-old resident AmidPanangganan died of gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. Officers of the Sipalay City policestation have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the incident./PN BACOLOD City – A man was shot to deathin Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. last_img read more

2019 NPFL: A Redemption Season for Last Year’s Strugglers

first_imgSome teams struggled from the outset last term and never shrugged off the poor run but without any team relegated at the end of last season, the 2019 NPFL season provides them with a chance to prove their doubters wrong.Sunshine Stars, Kwara United, Heartland and Go Round FC were facing the guillotine last time out but now have a chance to aim for the kleig lights.Kwara United was on the up when Abubakar Bala joined them and he is set to continue with them and that direction this term.The Ilorin side has also fortified their squad with experienced players to complement the youngsters in the squad.Wilfred Ammeh, Kenneth Okoli, Yusuf Mohammed, Sunday Emmanuel and Andrew Ikefe have joined Bala in Ilorin. It looks like Kwara are primed and ready for a new challenge.Sunshine Stars will he handled by Kabiru Dogo who left Lafia side Nasawara United after five years for a fresh challenge in Akure. Dogo is on a mission to pull out Sunshine from the doldrums. A steep adventure considering how their season panned out last termHe will have giant centre-back Seun Sogbeso in his cove and will look to plug the holes a defence that shipped in 27 goals, three less than Yobe who conceded the most last season.Dogo will have to weave some magic to get Sunshine back in the groove again.It will be a huge task for him as same can be said for Heartland Football Club of Owerri.With only 20 points from 24 games, Heartland was firmly rooted at the basement of the league. A measly return of 15 goals scored was heavily negated by the 27 they conceded and the signs don’t look good for theOwerri side coming into the new season.Chinedu Efugh will once again be the man to help sheet the Heartland ship to safety. The midfielder has seen it all in Owerri and is relishing the chance to prove doubters wrong.Sunshine Stars were docked points last season due to their inability to meet up with contractual agreements with their players.This term will be different.They are starting on a clean slate and that should be motivation enough for veteran defender Nojeem Raji who told that football fans across Nigeria will see a new Sunshine Stars.” We’ve put last season behind us, we are eager to start on a clean slate’ he revealed.‘What has happened last season has happened, we’ve put that behind us and with a new coach, things can only get better.‘Sunshine will fight for every available point this season. We are ready to go.” Raji added.Fidelis Illechukwu has a tough task at MFM this season and he will do well to pull the chestnut out of the fire.The team, who finished 11th last season lost a plethora of players to other teams and are in a race against time to find adequate replacements.Effervescent midfielder Chukwuka Onuwa has moved to Enyimba, star striker Sikiru Olatubosun has moved up North to team with 2017 champions Plateau United, Bashiru Monsuru to Lobi.Exciting youngster Waheed Adebayo is with Rivers United to leave behind a depleted MFM side. Illechukwu has a tough task at hand and maybe, just maybe, this might be a blessing in disguise for the coach who is well known for combing the grassroots for new talent.Maybe 2019 might be that season for him to unearth a new wave of fresh and exciting rookies like he did three years ago.FC IfeanyiUbah has had a Jekyll and Hyde type spectrum in the last three years. They’ve blown hot and cold and then cold again.They finished 17th last season with 28 points from 24 games, scoring 23 goals with conceding 26, a far cry from their usual lofty heights.They’ve also lost a couple of players and they haven’t exactly been active in the transfer market.FCIU lost their star striker Joshua Obaje to Plateau United while goalkeeper Kenneth Okoli has switched allegiance to Kwara United.These aren’t the best of times for the Nnewi side and they will have to dig deep to do better than they did last season.Rivers United finished in mid-table last season (9th position) with 34 points and it doesn’t look like they will go any better this season.The Port-Harcourt side will once again be tutored by Stanley Eguma who is into his 11th season with the team.They’ve retained the bulk of the team that defended their colours last season but will have to do without two of their star players.Exciting winger Bernard Ovoke has joined Plateau United while CHAN 2018 star Emeka Atuloma has joined neighbours Akwa United.The 2019 season will definitely be a very interesting one because of the new dynamics.Two groups of twelve battling it out will definitely serve up some very interesting games and for those teams who struggled last season, this might be a great opportunity to appease their fans and stake a claim for the league diadem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Andy RandaThe 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season will commence this weekend with teams keen to lay a claim to the title.For everything that went down after the league ended at Match Day 24, a lot will look to build on the success of last season, while for others, it is an opportunity to sing songs of redemption.last_img read more