Alma Mater emphasizes student unity

first_imgOne of the most hotly contested debates surrounding the 2013 Notre Dame football team leapt once more to the forefront of conversation Monday as team leaders and representatives from student government met to finalize the players’ decision to sing the Alma Mater after every home game, regardless of outcome.“The fact that this decision was not made by football players alone or by the students alone is a testament to how unified we can be as a student body,” Irish sophomore receiver Corey Robinson said. “The Alma Mater is as an avenue where we can stand together as a unified body and celebrate our common bond: love for Notre Dame.”Observer File Photo Robinson and Irish senior cornerback Matthias Farley represented the Unity Council, a group of football players elected from all class years that acts as liaison between the team and its coaching staff, Robinson said. They met with student body president Lauren Vidal, vice president Matthew Devine and Campus Ministry representative Grace Carroll, all seniors.Robinson, who also represents athletics in student government, said the Unity Council voted unanimously to sing the Alma Mater after every game, a decision that was “nearly unanimously” supported by the team as a whole and reflected the team’s desire to continue a relationship of mutual respect with fans in the student section and beyond.“We were really thinking of the entirety of Notre Dame nation when we made the decision,” Robinson said. “We chose to sing because we appreciate that it’s bigger than just us football players, even us students.“The bottom line is the Notre Dame community is a family,” he said. “Regardless of whether we are celebrating a win or grieving a loss, the most important thing is that we stay together. I can think of no better way to demonstrate this unconditional bond then singing the Alma Mater together after every home game.”The Unity Council made its decision independent of Irish coach Brian Kelly and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick, Robinson said. He said Kelly, Swarbrick and the coaching staff “encouraged” him to collaborate with student government in a “joint student effort” to address the issue.“Coach Kelly, his staff and Jack Swarbrick empowered us to make the decision as players,” Robinson said. “They were in communication with us throughout the decision making process and supported our decision as a team.”Farley said the team’s ability to freely determine this season’s Alma Mater policy demonstrated the commitment of players, coaches and administrators to honor the tradition as a way of connecting student-athletes to their peers.“I … think it’s incredible that Coach Kelly and Jack Swarbrick allowed us to make the decision for ourselves,” Farley said. “In my opinion, it makes the decision to continue singing the Alma Mater much more genuine and real coming from the team, especially when there could have been a lot of division amongst us.”Vidal, Devine and Carroll presented Robinson and Farley with a booklet containing student opinions on the Alma Mater to keep the players informed of their peers’ perspectives, Vidal said.“The books contain about 100 quotes from the students — each quote represents that student’s interpretation of the alma mater and what it means to them and our University,” she said.The statements in the booklet mirrored the enthusiasm for the tradition that Robinson and Farley expressed, often lauding the Alma Mater as a symbolic reminder of the values and community within the University as a whole.“Notre Dame values family, faith and community,” senior Shannon Hagedorn said in the booklet. “The players on the team are part of the family and the score at the end of a game played on a Saturday in the fall doesn’t change that fact.“… The Alma Mater is a symbol of our connection, our spirit and our strength in the light and in the dark. Allow the players to sing and sway with their brothers at the end of the day. We belong together.”Senior Kristen Parkinson, president of the Leprechaun Legion, likened the Alma Mater to “a celebration of the Notre Dame family.”“The Legion welcomes the return of this tradition, and we look forward to standing as a united student body, on- and off-the-field, on Saturday,” she said in an email.Controversy surrounding the singing of the Alma Mater first arose after several players left the field of Notre Dame Stadium following the team’s loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 28 without stopping at the student section to sing. The action sparked intense debate among students, alumni and fans, many of whom saw the former policy as equating community with winning alone.“To my understanding, the official policy last season was to not sing the Alma Mater after home losses,” Robinson said. “It was an issue that may have even been decided much earlier than last year, but since we hadn’t lost at home in two years, the policy was not well-known or practiced.”In a press conference Tuesday, Kelly said he raised the issue with the Unity Council and invited its members to revisit the policy.“I addressed it last year with the Unity Council,” he said. “We decided as a team that’s not what we wanted to do. This year we brought it back up to the Unity Council, and they voted that’s something that they wanted to do, so I’m all for what my team wants to do, and we will make that work.”Robinson said some players had expressed concern regarding previous incidents of students booing the team and throwing objects on the field, such as frozen marshmallows during the Nov. 23 game against BYU.“We understand that this is a intense game, but we hope to be treated with respect when we sing the Alma Mater with the student body and fans,” he said.Farley said the Unity Council primarily sought to promote “the respect of both the team for the fans and the fans for the team.”“I would hope that the student body will understand, just as we have, that the singing of the Alma Mater is bigger than all of us and really bonds us together,” he said. “I know that I can speak on the behalf of the team, and there won’t be any behavior issues on our part.”Tags: Alma mater, Brian Kelly, Corey Robinson, football, Jack Swarbrick, Lauren Vidal, Matthew Devine, Matthias Farleylast_img read more

Owen Hargreaves reveals Danny Welbeck ‘couldn’t believe’ how talented Arsenal boss Unai Emery was

Advertisement Owen Hargreaves reveals Danny Welbeck ‘couldn’t believe’ how talented Arsenal boss Unai Emery was Welbeck has made two Premier League appearances since joining Watford (Picture: Getty)‘I was speaking to Danny Welbeck, I saw him [just now], and he said what a brilliant coach Unai Emery is,’ Hargreaves told The Kelly & Wrighty Show. ‘He said he couldn’t believe how talented a coach he was.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘So I really believe in the talent that they have, the front three that they have, but it goes back to the defence. Can they sort it out?’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves believes Arsenal have the squad, and the manager, to compete for a Champions League berth this season and was full of praise for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos.He continued: ‘This league is difficult and I think the first game he was magnificent, then went to Anfield and barely kicked the ball – and he’s a ball player, he needs touches. So didn’t really affect the game there. The former Gunners frontman takes on his old club with Watford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Owen Hargreaves has revealed that Danny Welbeck was blown away by Unai Emery’s coaching ability during his time at Arsenal, while the former midfielder has backed the Gunners to finish in the top four.Welbeck’s five-year stay at the Emirates came to an end over the summer after an injury-plagued final campaign and he will take on his old club with new side Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.The 28-year-old only spent a season playing under Emery – making just 14 appearances before injury struck – but, according to Hargreaves, the Spaniard left a huge impression on Welbeck. Comment Hargreaves thinks Arsenal have a serious chance to finish in the top four (Picture: Getty)‘When he came on against Tottenham I thought he was terrific, I thought he was exceptional. So just put all those guys on the pitch and let them figure it out.‘Lacazette up top, Aubameyang, Pepe, Ceballos maybe in behind. Torreira’s got to play I think, Guendouzi [as well]. Xhaka I’m not sure why he consistently starts with all the mistakes that he makes.‘But I like what Arsenal have. I really believe in it. In the second half against Tottenham I thought they were magnificent. They should have won the game, they really should have. And I think they’ll finish fourth.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Sep 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link426Shares Advertisement read more

People moves: Barnett Waddingham appoints senior data scientist

first_imgPGGM – Dutch pensions administrator and asset manager PGGM has appointed Gerko Baarslag in the newly created role of chief information officer, effective 1 November. He will focus on taking the company’s IT organisation to a new level, the group said.Previously, IT was the responsibility of PGGM’s chief finance and risk officer, but the company said it was splitting the responsibility as IT was of “great strategic importance for possible future scenarios” in the pensions sector.Baarslag joins from ground research firm Fugro, where he was responsible for IT and digital innovation. He is also supervisor at the Dutch government’s bureau for IT examination, which assesses the chances of government IT projects succeeding.Earlier this year, PGGM said it would require an entirely new IT system if the Netherlands opts for a new pension system based on individual accrual.Lazard Asset Management – The $238bn (€202.5bn) investment house has opened its first office in the Netherlands. Marcel van Ostaden will run the Amsterdam base as director of sales. He was previously head of sales for the Benelux region at Lombard Odier Investment Managers, and has also held sales roles at BlackRock and BMO Global Asset Management.Jeremy Taylor, Lazard’s CEO, said the Netherlands was “an important and growing market for us”.LifeSight – Willis Towers Watson’s UK defined contribution master trust has named Mark Bennett as director of sales. LifeSight runs more than £2bn (€2.2bn) of assets but aims to grow further and “capitalise on the significant market opportunity in the master trust sector”, it said. Bennett joins from Legal & General’s workplace pensions team where he was a key account director.Actuarial Association of Europe – Esko Kivisaari has been elected chair of the AAE for the year to October 2019, succeeding Thomas Béhar. Kivisaari is a former president of Finland’s actuarial association, and chaired the AAE’s insurance committee for five years to 2017. He is also a member of the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainability.“With a new strategic plan and a new governance, we are ready to address the fascinating challenges that Europe and our profession face today,” Kivisaari said.“Our special focus will remain on the new European regulations and the review of the existing ones. We will also open our work to the wider fields, meaning notably the impact of the fintech world and the new technology in our European practices.”Falco Valkenburg was elected vice-chair.Tesco – The €15bn pension fund for the Tesco supermarket chain has hired David Linehan as a fund manager for its internal investment team. Linehan joined this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was previously a senior investment manager at Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency where he worked on the country’s €22bn sovereign wealth fund.De Nationale APF – Henk de Bruijne is to depart as executive board member of De Nationale APF, the general pension fund of Dutch asset manager Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners and its administrative subsidiary AZL.De Bruijne has been responsible for asset management and finance since the scheme’s inception, but said he wanted to focus on the content of asset management. He is due to leave on 1 November but will stay on for up to two months if the board fails to find a successor in time.QMA – Quantitative Management Associates, part of US asset management giant PGIM, has hired Liisa Juntunen as head of UK consultant relations. She will join on 1 October from Legal & General Investment Management, where she was head of the strategic client team. She has also worked at Rogge Global Partners, Ignis Asset Management and AllianceBernstein. QMA opened its London office earlier this year, its first presence outside of the US.Aegon AM – Aegon Asset Management has appointed Marianne Hamerslag as institutional business development manager, tasked with extending the business towards investment solutions as well as alternative and illiquid strategies. She joins from Robeco, where she focused on investment solutions. Schroders – Ped Phrompechrut has joined the FTSE-listed asset manager’s multi-asset solutions team to provide specialist advice on private markets. He was previously head of private market solutions at Willis Towers Watson, overseeing the consultancy giant’s advice on private equity, real estate, infrastructure and private credit.Neil Walton, head of investment solutions, said Phrompechrut’s expertise was important “as more of our clients look beyond traditional asset classes to help them deliver the returns they require to meet their liabilities”.Unigestion – The Swiss asset manager has hired Salman Baig and Joshua Seager as investment managers on its multi-asset team. Baig was previously an investment associate at Bridgewater, and at Unigestion will focus primarily on the company’s Cross-Asset Navigator strategy. Seager joins from EQ Investors and will primarily focus on the alternative risk premia strategy.GAM Investments – Juan Landazabal has joined the Swiss asset manager’s London office as global head of trading, a newly created role. He was previously head of fixed income and foreign exchange trading at DWS, and has also led fixed income trading at Fidelity.Cairn Capital – The specialist credit asset manager has appointed Mark Stieler as head of fundamental credit research. He joined Cairn in 2007 and is currently head of loan research, a role he will continue alongside his new position. The company has also appointed Tina De Baere as head of ESG and macro strategy. She has worked at Cairn since 2008, and provides macro strategy input for the firm’s multi-asset credit and managed accounts.Invesco – Invesco’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) business has hired two fixed income specialists to its portfolio management team in response to “strong investor demand” for fixed income ETFs.Wayne Parker joins from FinEx London where he was an ETF portfolio manager and trader, and in his new role he will oversee fixed income and multi-asset products. Deepak Bharti was previously a senior equity ETF portfolio manager at DWS’s DB X-trackers ETF business. At Invesco Bharti will manage fixed income funds in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as working on US equity products. Barnett Waddingham, PGGM, Lazard, LifeSight, Actuarial Association of Europe, Tesco, De Nationale APF, QMA, Aegon AM, Schroders, Unigestion, GAM, Cairn Capital, InvescoBarnett Waddingham – The UK actuarial and consultancy group has appointed a head of data science “to widen its expertise in line with the changing expectations of its clients”, according to a press release.Filip Deryckere has taken on the newly created role. He joined Barnett Waddingham last month from NoisyChannels, a Belgian advisory firm he set up in 2015.“The uses for data science in businesses are manifold and it is an exhilarating time for companies able to harness this,” Deryckere said. “Barnett Waddingham’s large and diverse set of services allows us to go further for our clients, we aim to continuously enhance our offering in the area of data visualisation, machine learning and practical applications based on data science, to the benefit of our clients.”last_img read more