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

Becca Blais named Truman Scholar

first_imgJunior Becca Blais was awarded the Truman Scholarship, an award given to college juniors with plans to attend graduate school who then work to make a difference through public service, according to a press release from the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Blais, who currently serves as student body president, is a political science and peace studies major, originally from New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  “I’m incredibly honored to be named a Truman Scholar,” Blais said in an email. “I am excited for all of the opportunities in store ahead, and I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for everyone who has supported me in this process.”The 62 new Truman Scholars were selected from among 768 candidates, according to the release. Tags: Becca Blais, truman scholarshiplast_img read more

Europa: Arsenal Aiming to Overturn First Leg Defeat by Rennes

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette was in a cheerful mood in training Wednesday morning as Arsenal get set to unleash the striker against Rennes this week.The French striker has been cleared to play the second leg on Thursday after having a three-match ban turned to two after his red card against BATE Borisov last month.Having already served his suspension he looks set to play with strike-partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Gunners attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Alexandre Lacazette And the two shared a warm embrace as Unai Emery delivered instructions to his side at a windswept London Colney.Lacazette was sent off in the second half of the last-32 Europa League defeat in Belarus.After having a second-half equaliser correctly ruled out for offside, the French forward was sent off for swinging an elbow in frustration towards Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining.Governing body UEFA confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Arsenal’s appeal had been partially upheld.Arsenal will be without Greek defender Sokratis, who was sent off in the first leg defeat.They are continuing to assess Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he battles a back strain.Elsewhere in Kiev, Ukraine, Chelsea’s players wrapped up in hats, gloves and snoods as they fought off the freezing temperatures last night.Maurizio Sarri’s men traveled to Ukraine ahead of their Europa League last-16 second leg tie today.And Blues stars including Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi were put through their paces on the pitch at the Olympic Stadium.Chelsea holds a substantial advantage in the tie after a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge last week.Pedro, Willian and Hudson-Odoi scored the goals to put Chelsea on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals.Hazard did not start that game but has still made the trip to Eastern Europe despite the aggregate scoreline.He showed his worth once again with a stoppage-time equaliser against Wolves at the weekend.But defender Emerson Palmieri admits they are ‘afraid’ that he will depart this summer, with a contract extension yet to be agreed.“He shows every day how important he is,” Emerson told Sky Sports. ‘Obviously we have many players of quality in our team but he is on another level and is one of the best in the world.“I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football. Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave.“ I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more