New rectors take charge at seven halls

first_imgThe new academic year brings with it many changes in dorm life. In addition to the opening of Dunne and Flaherty Halls, seven residence halls are welcoming new rectors this year. The seven new rectors, who will oversee and guide residential life, are Allyse Gruslin of Ryan Hall, Fr. Matthew Hovde of Zahm House, Zachary Imfeld of Morrissey Manor, Justin McDevitt of Stanford Hall, Fr. Christopher Rehagen of of O’Neill Hall, Rachelle Simon of Lewis Hall and Eric Styles of Carroll Hall.Gruslin, a native of Rhode Island and the recipient of a Master of Divinity from Notre Dame, said her desire to become a rector came from her experiences as an assistant rector (AR) in Lyons Hall last year.“I moved in Lyons, and I realized it was a wonderful experience, spending time with the women, getting to know them, just hanging out with them,” Gruslin said. “I knew there was something special about this ministry.”This desire to serve as a rector grew throughout Gruslin’s time at Lyons, she said.“It became this thing I felt like I had to try,” Gruslin said. “I knew this was something God was calling me to do.”Hovde, a Holy Cross priest who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Notre Dame, has previously served as an AR for Sorin College and has worked in Campus Ministry and at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). He was recently ordained a Holy Cross priest in April.Imfeld said becoming a rector was a long-term goal.“Being a rector has been a dream of mine since I was a freshman [at the University of Portland],” Imfeld said. “I just saw what the rector position was and thought it’d be a really cool opportunity for me to serve a great place like Notre Dame.”Imfeld said he hopes to help foster personal growth among the residents of Morrissey Hall.“I think [being a rector] is about getting to know the guys and spend time with them and help them to grow into the men that God is calling them to be,” Imfeld said.McDevitt, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in political science from Notre Dame, worked in places from Mexico, where he served on mission trips, to Iraq, where he served as a government contractor. In his time studying at Notre Dame, McDevitt was involved heavily with chorale. In an email, he said he felt a calling to be a rector after teaching political science at the University and wants to help Stanford Hall men become role models for living a good life. “Working with the incredible students here changed my life and made me understand that my calling is to serve and love and live for students,” he said. “I think a lot of other people knew I was meant to be a rector before I did because I had such a heart for teaching, but instead of politics I’ll just be teaching life. I constantly refer to being a rector as ‘my new life’ because that’s exactly what it is for me.”Rehagen, a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame and a Holy Cross priest, most recently served as a deacon and parochial vicar at Christ the King parish in South Bend.  He said his own experience in Alumni Hall made him want to “pay it forward”, and that he looked forward to working with the men of O’Neill Hall. “I know the guys are full of good ideas and hopefully we’ll put some of those in practice,” he said. Styles has a background in both church service and the arts, graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has served as the parish liturgy coordinator at Saint Benedict the African East Catholic Church in Chicago. He said he was excited to be part of Carroll Hall’s tight-knit community; when he arrived over the summer, he fielded a steady stream of hall residents and alumni visiting to welcome him. “I was greeted by a student from Carroll the first day I got here,” he said. “The rumor mill worked, they found out I was working on campus, and a current student came by looking for me. They continued to come by over the first two weeks and just continued to show up.” Simon spent many years serving in a variety of organizations, including the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Campus Ministry at Boston College and the St. Louis Arc, which helps those with developmental disabilities. Simon did not attend Notre Dame, and said being a newcomer provides unique new challenges.“I think for me, because I’m new to all things Notre Dame, my biggest challenges will be learning at rapid speed, the culture of Notre Dame,” Simon said.  “So everything from the phrases, and the way the people know the campus really well.”Simon said she is excited to become a part of the Notre Dame community. “It just seemed like a great fit,” she said. “I prayed about it a lot, and what it means, in terms of building Christian community, and get[ting] to be a pastoral presence, I’m really excited about it. I think it’s just a really important time in people’s lives, in students lives, it’s a great time to be figuring out who you are and who God is, and about the world and what you’re going to do to contribute.”Associate news editor Emily McConville contributed to this report. Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, new rectors, rectorslast_img read more

UK industry praises regulator for heeding feedback on DB Code

first_imgThe UK pensions industry welcomed a revised code from the UK regulator after critisising previous drafts as long-winded and prescriptive, while highlighting it is now more employer-friendly.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published the final version of its new defined benefit (DB) Code of Practice, which updates its regulatory framework for DB trustees and sponsors, taking into account its new statutory objective.The regulator must now consider whether recovery plans, negotiated between trustees and sponsors, also create a sustainable growth environment for the sponsor.The code, first published in December 2013, proposed dropping its old funding triggers and length of recover plans approach, in light of a new holistic risk-based model. It also offered nine basic principles that should be evident at DB schemes, which, if they make their way into the final code of practice, must be legally implemented by trustees.However, while many aspects of the Code were welcomed, it was described as too prescriptive and overly complex, with calls for a separation of guidance and regulation.The regulator largely took on board criticisms from consultations and has now created essential guides for both trustees and sponsors, while slightly rewording its DB Code of Practice, now named ‘Funding Defined Benefits’.The Society of Pension Consultants said the “biggest winners” of the new code would be covenant advisers, with president Duncan Buchanan noting TPR’s request to seek advice on the sponsor covenant, or explain why such a step was not necessary.He also noted the increased flexibility now granted in deficit reduction negotiations due to the wording of the new fourth statutory objective’s emphasis on sustainability of company growth.“Employers will be keen to explore the extent to which the sustainable investment objective permits recovery plans to become more flexible,” he said.Graham Mclean, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said employers would also be pleased with the new objective, and that the concessions would be seen as a “victory” by those who lobbied for change.He said the regulator would have received feedback from employers suggesting it was not inclusive of their needs, and that the question of whether this change was positive would depend on a company’s position within negotiations.“Employers may feel emboldened in the next round of negotiations with trustees,” he added.“They haven’t reduced the length substantially, but addressed areas of ambiguity making it slightly better.”Aidan O’Mahony, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the regulator had taken criticisms on board, with the Code being less long-winded and prescriptive, and more principles based.He backed Mclean’s observation and said there was a lot more focus on the employer requirements, giving sponsors more negotiating power.“The updated code explains in more detail how the new objective will be interpreted and used, but it has been polished up, compared with December, and leans more towards giving employers ammunition,” he said. ”This is an attempt to give employers breathing space“The previous code was perhaps a little Stalinist and told trustees to negotiate robustly, but this is more about collaboration.”Mercer partner Deborah Cooper said the regulator had largely absorbed the critical feedback it received.She also welcomed the removal of the Balanced Funding Outcome (BFO) method – which would have integrated covenant, funding and investment risk – and said its new approach to using a funding risk indicator was more sensible and positive.“The language is now a lot more forgiving and friendly to both trustees and employers with regard to risk taking,” she added.The business lobby group CBI, which had led the call for the new statutory objective, also welcomed the Code.Head of pensions Jim Bligh said the organisation was pleased TPR had recognised the need to balance pension commitments with company growth.“The CBI has repeatedly stated that a strong, solvent employer that can invest in the future is the best guarantee for a member’s pension benefits, and it’s good to see the regulator supporting this,” he added.The regulator’s interim chief executive Stephen Soper stressed, however, that it would only be required to minimise any adverse impact on the growth of companies.“In the vast majority of circumstances, trustees and employers should be able to agree funding plans that both benefit the business and strengthen the scheme’s long-term security – but this can only be achieved by employers and trustees working openly and collaboratively,” he said.last_img read more

Pearson hits back at MOTD pundits

first_img The Foxes boss, who was rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday, has accused them of making “a mountain out of a molehill”. Pearson is unhappy with former Leicester player and presenter Gary Lineker and guests Danny Murphy and Jermaine Jenas for their interpretation of his flashpoint with McArthur. Pearson said after the game he could “look after himself” and Lineker responded by tweeting: “Ah Nigel Pearson is blaming MOTD for making a mountain out of a molehill. We’d best be careful in future, the fella can look after himself.” He then hinted on Twitter Pearson was sacked by one member of the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who own the club, before being reinstated by another. The ex-England striker added when asked if he was a fountain of knowledge: “If I was I’d tell you that he was sacked by one of the owners’ family and reinstated by another, but then I’m not.” The club took almost four hours on Sunday evening to dismiss claims Pearson had been axed. They go to Arsenal on Tuesday bottom of the Barclays Premier League after three straight league defeats but the boss insisted his authority at the club remained intact. “Everybody I work with would recognise my role at the club as being the leader and that is how I intend it to continue,” he said. “I am very happy to shoulder the responsibility for my football team. I work for a football club I have worked for on two occasions, you think it’s three but it’s two.” The pair clashed during the Eagles’ 1-0 win at Leicester on Saturday after the midfielder collided with the manager, and Pearson appeared to grab McArthur by the throat before holding his shirt. Lineker called it “strange” and Murphy questioned whether there was an “underlying” issue after McArthur’s transfer from Wigan to Leicester collapsed in the summer. Pearson said: “I thought they were slightly disruptive, yes. I don’t care what they think of me, I pay my tax bills. I didn’t see it until the morning. “It’s not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill, there’s nothing in that on Saturday. The lad’s okay and it was very light-hearted. “He has said that too. It was all very light-hearted, if you see the pictures it was with smiles. “He’s a likeable lad who dealt with it well afterwards. He explained there was nothing going on. “These things happen. I have had both my knees replaced and I did take quite a nasty tumble. “I think there’s been a disproportionate amount of coverage about one or two negative things which have happened.” Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has rounded on Match of the Day pundits after his scuffle with James McArthur. Press Associationlast_img read more

What channel is Dodgers vs. Giants on today? Schedule, time for 2020 MLB Opening Night

first_imgThe Dodgers and Giants will face one another Thursday night in the second part of MLB’s season-opening doubleheader on national TV.The first game of the evening is between the defending champion Nationals and Yankees. Dodgers vs. Giants start timeDate: Thursday, July 23First pitch: 10:08 p.m. ETIt is supposed to be a mild night weather-wise at Dodger Stadium, with first pitch for Dodgers vs. Giants coming just past 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).MLB schedule 2020Fans will get all of the national TV baseball they can handle over the first four days of the 2020 campaign.Here’s what MLB’s upcoming national TV slate looks like:Thursday, July 23Time (ET)GameTV7:05 p.m.Yankees vs. NationalsESPN10:08 p.m.Giants vs. DodgersESPNFriday, July 24Time (ET)GameTV4:00 p.m.Braves vs. MetsESPN6:00 p.m.Tigers vs. RedsMLB Network7:00 p.m.Brewers vs. CubsESPN9:00 p.m.Mariners vs. AstrosMLB Network10:00 p.m.Angels vs. A’sESPNSaturday, July 25Time (ET)GameTV1:00 p.m.Brewers vs. CubsFOX2:00 p.m.Pirates vs. CardinalsMLB Network4:00 p.m.Giants vs. DodgersFOX7:00 p.m.Yankees vs. NationalsFOX9:00 p.m.D’Backs vs. PadresFS1Sunday, July 26Time (ET)GameTV1:00 p.m.Yankees vs. NationalsTBS4:00 p.m.Angels vs. A’sMLB Network7:00 p.m.Braves vs. MetsESPN10:00 p.m.Giants vs. DodgersESPN Los Angeles has won the NL West every year since 2013, and it expects to do so again this year. The Giants, meanwhile, are supposed to finish near the bottom of the division.But despite the apparent gap in talent between the Dodgers and Giants, it’s a classic rivalry worth tuning in to see, especially with Mookie Betts making his Los Angeles debut.Here is a complete guide to watching Thursday’s game between the Dodgers and Giants, including the start time and TV schedule for MLB Opening Night.POWER RANKINGS: Dodgers, Yankees a tight 1-2 to start 2020 season What channel is Dodgers vs. Giants on today?TV channel: ESPNLive stream: WatchESPN, ESPN appThe Dodgers vs. Giants game will air on ESPN to begin the 2020 MLB season. It follows Yankees vs. Nationals, which starts at 7:08 p.m. ET.last_img read more