Greetings from around the world!

first_imgGreetings from around the world! While most Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are braving the chilly winter weather in South Bend, hundreds of our peers are studying across the globe. Through this “Observer Passport” blog, members of The Observer’s staff will be able to share their experiences exploring new cultures, food and languages.Studying abroad is an opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zones and learn about life outside the United States. We hope you will use this blog to travel with us and get a better idea of what Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are experiencing around the world.Below are the staffers who will share their international experiences over the course of this Spring 2014 semester:Maddie Daly is a junior from McGlinn Hall majoring in English and French with a minor in business economics. She is studying abroad in Angers, France, where all her classes are taught in French. She looks forward to improving her French language skills and becoming more fluent. You can follow her adventures at http://bonvoyagemadeline.weebly.com/index.htmlBrian Hartnett is a junior from Carroll Hall majoring in marketing with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. He is currently studying in London, England, and is looking forward to exploring many European countries. He hopes to meet a member of the royal family, figure out why football (soccer) is more popular than American football and become a regular at a London pub. You can follow his study-abroad adventures at http://london2014blogdotcom.wordpress.comColby Hoyer is a junior from Pangborn Hall majoring in anthropology and film, television and theatre. She is excited for this new opportunity to study in London, England, for the semester. With Europe at her doorstep, she can easily be in a different country every weekend. She is excited to travel freely, even if it may break her bank account. If you would like to follow all the trials and triumphs of her life abroad, check out her blog at http://colbyhoyer.tumblr.comKiera Johnsen is a sophomore from Regina Hall majoring in political science and communications. This semester, she is studying in Maynooth, Ireland, and is excited to live outside of her comfort zone and grow as an individual through different experiences and adventures with people outside the United States. To follow her adventures, visit http://irishstudyabroadadventures.blogspot.ieMeredith Kelly is a junior from Walsh Hall majoring in political science. This semester, she is studying in Perth, Australia, at the University of Western Australia (UWA). When abroad, she is most excited to — yes, you guessed it — travel. She plans to travel throughout Australia, as well as to neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and possibly Vietnam. Kelly is also excited to immerse herself in the Australian culture through living at UWA’s dorm with local Australian students and other international students from around the world.Tags: observer passport, study abroadlast_img read more

MBL bill a common-sense boost to economic recovery, Nussle tells lawmakers

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A bill that would allow credit unions to increase their member business lending (MBL) will be a boost to the economy, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said Tuesday.In a letter to Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Nussle thanked the legislators for introducing  the bill Monday,“Credit unions understand that in order for the economy to fully recover, small businesses need access to credit, which will help their businesses grow,” Nussle wrote. “Credit unions have capital to lend, a history of prudent and safe small business lending, and a mission to help provide access to credit to their members–including their small business-owning members. They just need Congress to enact your legislation.”Credit unions are currently limited to member business lending up to 12.25% of assets, but if the bill is passed, it could raise the cap to 27.5% of assets for credit unions that meet certain conditions. continue reading »last_img read more

Test comes 1 week early for women’s basketball

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will take its 10-1 record on the road tonight as the Badgers square off against in-state opponent UW-Green Bay at the Resch Center.In what will likely prove to be one of the Badgers’ toughest tests so far this season, UW (10-1) hopes to carry over its strong performance from Sunday’s game against Albany.”I thought we were able to get a lot of people some experience,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said of Sunday’s game. “We attended to the boards defensively and had more energy than we did against UIC. We were plagued by turnovers, and that’s a concern of ours and something we’ve talked about.””We’ve got to stay focused on some things that we didn’t do against Albany, especially our turnovers,” junior guard Jolene Anderson said. “That’s one thing we need to cut down, and hopefully just play our style of basketball.”UW-Green Bay (5-3) has already fared well against Big Ten opponents this season, with convincing wins against Minnesota and Iowa. The team will look to continue its solid play against the Badgers and hope to go 3-0 against the Big Ten, something the Phoenix have never done in program history.”What jumps out is what they did to Iowa and holding them to 29 percent shooting,” Stone said. “It’s something that we certainly are aware of, and it just shows that they play hard.”All five UW-Green Bay starters have been putting up big numbers so far this year. The Phoenix offense is led by senior forward Nicole Soulis, who was recently named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Also making significant contributions have been a trio of guards, junior Kayla Groh, senior Natalie Berglin and sophomore Rachel Porath.”I think Natalie is a terrific point guard,” Stone said. “She’s the engine of that team. If you put her with a great post player in Soulis, you’ve got a great point guard and a great post player that have been playing together for four years. They know how each other work, they both run the floor in transition, and they can both shoot the three.”Defensively, Stone plans to put UW guard Janese Banks on Berglin, Anderson on Porath and point guard Rae Lin D’Alie on Groh. On the post, Caitlin Gibson will have the tough task of matching up with Soulis.Similar to the Badgers, Green Bay’s team is one that can provide great depth down the stretch, with skill at all positions.”They’re five strong, and then eight or nine that come off the bench,” Stone said. “They’re deep, they’re solid, and they run their system really well. They’re well coached, and they’re a team that doesn’t quit. They play hard for 40 minutes, and they play really well together.”Even though the game will feature two Wisconsin schools, Stone isn’t approaching it differently than any other game.”I don’t like to use the word rivalry,” Stone said. “I think there’s a tremendous amount of respect for both programs. I don’t treat it as a rivalry; I just treat it as an opportunity to see two really good teams go at it and see whose game play is the best.”Stone’s team echoes that mentality and continues to take the season one game at a time.”I think our team just looks at it as another game for us to get better,” Anderson said. “It is Green Bay, it is in-state, but that’s something that we can’t focus on. It’s just another game for us to play.””It’s really important for us to come ready for this game,” Gibson added. “They’re very competitive. They’re a really good team, and they have a lot of weapons. We just want to play our hardest, and I know we’ll have the outcome that we want if we play our hearts out.”With tonight’s game and Friday’s contest against Harvard, only two games remain before the Badgers enter the Big Ten schedule. Stone and her team are hoping for a strong finish in their out-of-conference schedule.”It’s going to be a chess match of sorts,” Stone said. “It’s going to be a close game, and I think it’s the perfect time for this. They’re going to bring out our best, and hopefully we can bring out their best.”last_img read more

Michigan’s online filing system causing frustration for filers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich -In the wake of the COVID–19 pandemic unemployment numbers have reached historic highs leaving many unsuccessful in getting through to Michigan’s online unemployment filing system.In April the national unemployment rate grew from 10.3 percentage points to 14.7%.In Michigan the jobless rate rose in April to 22.7%  reported to be the highest since at least 1976.The most recent U.S. Department of Labor report showed over one million have applied for unemployment benefits in Michigan between March and April.This has resulted in Michigan’s unemployment online filing system to become overloaded causing frustration for unemployed workers.In response Steve Gray said they were working to handle the influx of applications and calls that overloaded system.Some of these solutions have been applying online during off–peak hours and applying during your scheduled time based on the first letter of your last name.The alternative solutions have still left some people unsuccessful in their attempts to file for unemployment.For example, one local resident, Leann Hanner shared her frustrating experience.We reached out to a Michigan state representative for a reply and are still awaiting a response. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order to June 12Next Funding available for Rogers City businesseslast_img read more