University announces tuition increase

first_imgNotre Dame’s tuition is set to increase for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of a budget approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, data from the Office of Financial Aid’s website as well as a letter sent to parents and guardians of students indicates.According to the Office of Financial Aid’s Website, both tuition as well as room and board are expected to go up. Data for 2017/2018 indicates a tuition cost of $51,505 per academic year with a room and meal cost of $14,890, for a total cost of $66,390. Those same numbers for the 2018/2019 academic year are $53,391, $15,410 and $68,801, respectively.In a letter mailed to parents and guardians of students, University President Fr. John Jenkins said that the 3.6 percent increase in tuition is the lowest in “more than 50 years.” He also reflected on the recent 175th anniversary of the university’s founding.“Nowhere are the fruits of Fr. Sorin’s dream more evident than in our students and graduates,” Jenkins said. “Thanks to our extraordinary faculty and dedicated staff, we are able to provide your student with an education that is among the best in the world.”In the letter, Jenkins noted three statistics about the Notre Dame student body. The first was that Notre Dame boasts a first-to-second-year retention rate of 98 percent, the second was the school’s 90 percent four-year graduation rate and third that 98 percent of Notre Dame alumni had plans for their year after graduation (including employment, graduate school, military service and several others).However, Jenkins said the “truest” value of a Notre Dame education can be observed in graduates.“In my travels across this great nation and in other parts of the world, it is a source of joy to encounter Notre Dame alumni making a difference in every imaginable field of endeavor,” Jenkins said. “…I know that one day your student will become part of this extraordinary network and by this example will inspire future Notre Dame students.”Tags: Alumni, Fr. John Jenkins, Office of Financial Aid, Tuitionlast_img read more

Waterfall Rewards

first_imgThanksgiving is a time when you come together with people you see once or twice a year. It is a time to give thanks, watch too many parades and football games, and eat until you can’t stand the site of food any longer. This has been the way my family and I have done it ever since I can remember. We head to Pennsylvania with our snow boots on and belts one notch looser so we can grow into them later that day. When this past year’s Thanksgiving rolled around, my family decided to break tradition and head into the mountains to have what we now cherish as one of the most memorable holidays we have experienced.DSCN0243About 30 minutes from civilization deep in the mountains of western Virginia lies a small cabin nestled between the mountainside and the James River. Arriving after sunset and later than expected, thanks to a heavy snowfall that day, we quickly nestled into bed eager to wake up Thanksgiving morning to take in our surroundings. There are six of us in my immediate family so we felt very close (literally) sleeping in a two room cabin. When Thanksgiving morning rolled around I woke up and immediately grabbed my hammock, put on boots, mustered my siblings and ran outside to see what adventures were amongst us. Right beside the cabin were steep steps covered in snow built into the river bank leading down to a narrow path beside the river.I hung my hammock right beside the river from a tree whose branch reached slightly across the rushing waters. We all hung out here for a while admiring the strong river and snow covered mountains behind it until Mom called us in to eat. Usually the meal is a focal point of Thanksgiving. While we were enjoying every bite of the warm potatoes dripping with gravy and all the other tantalizing food, we ate fast and made sure not to fill up — we were about to go exploring!With the country roads still snowy and the sun beginning to peak through the clouds and brighten the mountainside, we drove to a trail head that we noticed driving into camp the night prior. As we began our ascent up the trail, it was evident from the fresh powdered snow that no one else had been there to leave their tracks. The path led up the side of a rocky stream where we crossed twice by bridge and once by large rocks poking above the ice cold water. There were several teasingly small, crystal blue, cascading waterfalls glimmering in the snow like a picture on a calendar. Our surroundings were so calm and peaceful. All you could hear was the stream flowing and our boots crunching through the snow. Two or three miles up the trail we began to hear a faint rustling noise. As we pressed on, the soft beat turned into a roaring rush. We approached a wide, gushing waterfall that was clearly the purpose of this trail. As we sat and watched the fall spill out into a deep blue water hole surrounded by splashed rocks and shimmering snow, we admired all great and powerful beauty amongst us.DSCN0236My older brother and I are in college and rarely make the trip home. When we are home, my dad works full time so it is hard to all be together. Just like most families, we bicker and argue about useless things like whose turn it is to clean up dinner. However, as we sat in awe at the power of nature and this special holiday, it seemed as if nothing else mattered except for being with the people you love in the beautiful outdoors. It is hard to describe the strong bonding and love for one another we experienced Thanksgiving Day underneath that waterfall. None of us would hesitate to say that day was full of memorable moments that will continue to bring back warm recollections for years to come. In this fast-paced game we call life, it is very important to slow it down, be with your loved ones, and give thanks to everything this earth has blessed us with.last_img read more

IMCA national champions headed to US 36, Bethany for IMCA openers

first_imgEight-time national champion Nichols, a former Missouri state king, looks to add to his Stock Car division best 529-win total. Fellow Iowan Kaplan owns a Northern SportMod national crown and makes the weekend trip south as well.  Another 2019 Bethany titlist, Chris Wright, and 2019 Salina/Thunder Hill Speedway champion Luke Stallbaumer are pre-entered in the Northern SportMods. Jordan Grabouski, Mike Nichols and Austin Kaplan are among drivers from 10 states pre-entered for opening night events Friday, May 8 at Osborn and Saturday, May 9 at Bethany. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are on both race night cards  RaceSaver Sprint Car entries will be en route from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana to battle an equally talented group of Midwest and Central states drivers, among them multi-time URSS and Kansas state champion Zach Blurton. Questions about the season-opening weekend can be directed to Boller at 816 752-3645. Both race programs will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. The winged field also features Tyler Drueke, who has a collection of Eagle Raceway, Sprint Series of Nebraska and Nebraska State plaques; defending US 36 Raceway track and two-time Iowa State champion Mike Houseman Jr.; 2019 Lake Ozark Speedway champ Jack Potter; and defending Nebraska State champion Stuart Snyder. Defending Bethany champion Mich Ross and former Thunder Hill Speedway champ Marvin Griffith Jr. are also among the Stock Car entries.  From Nebraska, Grabouski became the first driver to win two IMCA national crowns in the same season last year, topping point standings for both Modifieds and Stock Cars. He amassed 69 feature wins, two regional titles and eight track championships, all IMCA record totals for a single season. 2017 Jet Racing Central Region king Steven Bowers Jr., a six-time track and two-time state champion in Kansas, is among the fleet IMCA Modified contenders. Two more drivers with state titles to their career credit, Brandon Conkwright and Scott Smith, and two-time and defending U.S. 36 Raceway champ Chad Clancy are also entered.  As announced by promoter Jon Boller Jr., social distancing guidelines will be in effect in the pit area and grandstand each night. Track officials will ask all race teams to stay within their respective pit stalls and that everyone attending wear a mask or other appropriate facial covering.  OSBORN, Mo. – Drivers with IMCA national championships already on their resumes begin their pursuit of 2020 honors this weekend at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway.last_img read more

Premier League Could Lose £1bn Because of COVID-19

first_imgPremier League Chief Executive Richard Masters Meanwhile, Football Association Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: “Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of resurrection.”Amid those projected losses, Masters also defended clubs considering the use of government furlough scheme.However the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee responded to tell the Premier League to “stop defending the indefensible”.Some clubs have placed non-playing staff on temporary leave, while talks continue over the salaries of players. On Monday, Liverpool reversed a decisionto furlough staff and apologised after facing criticism.The Premier League proposed a 30% pay cut for players, but the Professional Footballers’ Association says it would harm the NHS.Top-flight players are now negotiating on a club-by-club basis over proposed wage cuts after collective talks broke down without resolution over the weekend.Masters’ warnings came in a letter to MP Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee – who has accused top-flight football of being in a “moral vacuum”.In the letter, Masters defended clubs’ rights to furlough staff, saying: “We do agree with you that restraint needs to be shown by all and we and our clubs are doing just that. Individual clubs will need to make these decisions based on their own forecasts as each club will have its own unique position.”“The furlough scheme announced by Government is meant for the whole economy, including many enterprises which might be regarded as providing entertainment or otherwise dependent on elite talent.“Not only is our industry facing losses now, but to be realistic, we must also base our plans on full recovery being some distance away.“Ultimately, the very heavy losses that we face will have to be dealt with or else clubs or other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business.”However, Knight continued his criticism on Tuesday, responding: “It is time for the Premier League to stop defending the indefensible.“It is frankly laughable to think that clubs are showing restraint on use of government money to pay non-playing staff and flies in the face of public opinion. Liverpool has listened to fans, done the right thing and changed its mind.”Speaking at an FA Council meeting, Clarke said “in the face of this unprecedented adversity” there was a need to “share the pain to keep the game alive” among all stakeholders – players, fans, clubs owners and administrators”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Premier League could lose £1 billion if the 2019-2020 season cannot finish – and English football faces “the danger of losing clubs and leagues” amid economic challenges “beyond the wildest imagination”.The season has been halted indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters warned of “further losses” if the situation “deepens and extends” beyond this season.last_img read more