Possible CCTV cameras outside dorm entrances mentioned at senate meeting

first_imgIn its weekly Wednesday meeting, the student senate met with Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice president for residential life, and Keri Kei Shibata, chief of the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD), to discuss the new rules implemented this year about residence life card access policy and some potential future safety measures such as police-operated CCTV cameras at the entrance to each dorm. The meeting began with a brief overview from the University leaders about the new policy and its motivations.In response to a question about how NDPD can keep track of who is entering and exiting a dorm for security purposes, Shibata said the force is looking at installing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to monitor dorm entrances and exits. Observer File Photo Notre Dame Police Department chief Keri Kei Shibata, right, speaks at an event in 2017. Shibata met with student senate Wednesday to discuss new residential rules implemented this year.“You guys don’t know this yet, but we are looking at adding CCTV cameras to cover the main entrances and exits of the dorms, not inside the halls throughout, but just covering those entrances so that we would have that ability and the problem of holding open doors and the fact that was occurring long before this policy was ever in place tells us that there was a gap even before this became the policy,” she said.Shibata said only police would have access to this footage.“There will be very strict guidelines about who has access — it will be the police only that have access to that video used for very strict purposes of investigating or if there is something going on following an incident for criminal or safety purposes,” she said.The prospect of CCTV cameras being in the dorm did not sit well with some of the senators who asked more questions about the topic.“If there was a student referendum, and it showed that students were very, very, strongly against the addition of security cameras into the main corridors of our dorms, would you guys not add it?” Daniel Feldmeier asked, a sophomore from Siegfried.Shibata said the University would try to do the “right thing.”“We would listen and try to understand why, but if we strongly believe that this is the right thing to do, then we need to do it whether it’s student opinion that it should be or not,” Shibata said.Russell clarified very quickly that these cameras would not be in the main corridors but facing the main entrance and exits of the dorms.Shibata also said the University decided that the past strategy whereby the locksmith office handled dorm access was no longer feasible.“Previously access control was really handled by the locksmith office, and maintenance and their department have changed a little bit,” Shibata said. “The University has come to realize that the locksmith’s office should certainly implement door hardware, the access control system and things like that, but that it shouldn’t necessarily control policy of access control, and so we put together a working group and a higher level steering committee to take a look at access control across campus and establish the right policies for campus; … Ultimately, it will result in some broader policy and probably not a whole lot of difference in people’s daily experience.”Russell addressed the context for the policy change. She brought up three main points about how the world has increasingly become more unsafe in recent years: more domestic terrorism, the fact there are now current Notre Dame students who are survivors of mass shootings with post-traumatic stress and current and past Title IX cases with both parties being Notre Dame students.“In terms of what informed the decision, I would go back to what I said a moment ago which is assessment as our standard of excellence for making these kinds of decisions at an institution like Notre Dame and also at our peer institutions. The first kind of test we looked at is what we called an Administrative Unit Review (AUR),” Russell said. “It is a process that our vice president for student affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding, when she became vice president eight years ago, asked every department in the division of student affairs to undergo. At the time, Residential Life was called the Office of Housing and it was the first office to undergo an AUR.”Russell explained further that Notre Dame looked at four peer institutions who then formally reviewed the University’s self study at the time. The biggest concern amongst those universities was safety and security. A second tool used was benchmarking Notre Dame’s standards against similar institutions in the category of safety. Lastly, they began using National Best Practices as a guidance policy.She briefly detailed each guideline. The first guideline entails that residence hall doors are locked at all times. The second entails that access to the dorm is limited to only those living in that dorm. The third specifies that all dorm traffic must be directed towards one central entrance outside visiting hours. The fourth is the presence of a card reader access system. The fifth is a general education for the community of safety standards.“Informed by the AUR, benchmarking against various schools some of which I mentioned, and the national best practices — five of which are relevant here — that started to inform what looked like the policy that you heard announced in early August,” Russell said.Senators proceeded to ask Russell and Shibata questions about the new policy. Some questions centered around the issue of stalkers on campus.“Beforehand, if you couldn’t swipe into a dorm, you didn’t belong. People asked you ‘why are you here?’ or ‘who do you know?’ Beforehand, if someone was following you or you thought you were being stalked by someone who doesn’t live at Notre Dame, you could dip into a dorm and hide,” Quentin Colo, an off campus senior, said. “But now people are just letting anyone in; they just assume you are from another dorm, or now, if you are being stalked, you have to go back to your own dorm and the person has to follow you there. … Have you considered that this policy will make campus more unsafe than safer?”Russell and Shibata addressed the issue together talking about an experience last year with two real students waking up to their stalker outside their dorm door and that stalkers are much more likely to be someone you are close to as opposed to a complete stranger. Russell also expressed disappointment in students letting everyone inside the dorm and that she had begun educating hall staff on having residents follow the new dorm policy.Later in the meeting, the issue of stalking was brought back to light when discussing the number of stalking incidents per year. Shibata refuted the perception that stalking is done by strangers and not familiar faces; Russell also clarified that theft is the most common crime on campus.“This decision wasn’t made just because of stalking cases,” Russell said, “What is rampant, is theft, and it’s what rectors and hall staffs are regularly contacted about.”One of the broad concerns from the senate was the effect of the policy on the sense of community present at Notre Dame.“Campus living at Notre Dame is fundamentally different than every other school; there is nothing really comparable to Notre Dame because our dorms mean so much to the students, the dorm community means so much,” D.C. Morris, a junior from Fisher Hall, said.While discussion was beginning to wrap up, there was questions about whether the documentation the University used for their policy could be made available.“You repeated a lot of talking points over and over again, referring to these studies or councils that you formed,” sophomore Thomas Davis, the senate parliamentarian, said. “I was wondering if you would be willing to share all documentation from those with the student senate so that we can review them in order to understand what direction exactly these points lead to and if we would choose the same decision coming from our perspective, the people who actually live on the student’s halls.”Russell said she could not share that information.“No, and for the reason that I would not be able — so it’s not a matter of wanting which was your question — the reason I would not be able to share the benchmarking and National Best Practices is because I don’t own that data,” Russell said. “It comes from other institutions, not our own. It is not my public property or my intellectual property to share.”Other topics that came up at the meeting include the beginning of this year’s Race Relations Week, which runs from September 20 to 27. There will be events every day next week relating to the event.Tags: NDPD, Senate, swipe accesslast_img read more

Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate during heated pre-match warm up

first_imgThe two Gunners stars had to be separated after a clash in the warm up (Picture: BT Sport)Dani Ceballos was involved in a heated clash with teammate Eddie Nketiah in Arsenal’s pre-match warm up before facing Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.Both players were named on the bench for the opening game of the Premier League season and were taking part in a rondo with the rest of the substitutes.But the drill was ended early when Ceballos went in hard on Nketiah, with the forward taking umbrage with the challenge only for the Spanish midfielder to start a shoving match. ‘And it carries on there – I guess this is passion right Rio, is this what you want to see?’Ferdinand replied: ‘Yeah of course, this is part of it. I think at the end of the day sometimes it gets heated. You’d see that probably once or twice a week at the training ground. It’s just we happen to be here, we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed to see that.’Peter Crouch added: ‘That’s good passion I think.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leaveMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Nketiah pushed Ceballos away after he squared up to him (Picture: BT Sport)That little flair up appeared to have died down, but just seconds later Ceballos went in hard a second time on Nketiah before squaring up to the youngster.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNketiah stood his ground, with the two teammates going eye-to-eye, before finally a member of the coaching team intervened and dragged the furious striker away from his teammate.Former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand played down the scuffle, though, and says it happens all the time in training.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 ArsenalBT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey brought attention to the incident, saying: ‘We’ve just noticed something happening out on the pitch.‘Just take a look at the bottom of your screen there, small sided game, and you can see Dani Ceballos looked like he went in a little a bit hard there on Eddie Nketiah. Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during heated pre-match warm up Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 12:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Comment Advertisement You don’t see this every day 👀Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine 👜 pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

Jennings County crash kills two

first_imgNorth Vernon, In. — A Wednesday crash in Jennings County has claimed the lives of two people according to Indiana State Police.Around 1 p.m. police responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 3 near County Road 25 East. The initial investigation indicates a car driven by Erma M. Campbell, age 78, North Vernon, Indiana was traveling northbound on State Road 3.  For an unknown reason, Campbell’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound car driven by Rhonda R. Steinert, age 45, North Vernon, Indiana.  The vehicles collided nearly head on in the middle of the roadway.As a result of the collision, both drivers sustained fatal injuries.  Both Campbell and Steinert were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.State Road 3 was closed in the area for approximately three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Sons of slain woman attack man who admitted to killing her during sentencing

first_imgA judge has delayed the sentencing for a man who admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend after the woman’s sons attacked the suspect during his sentencing.The incident occurred in Youngstown, Ohio Thursday.62-year-old Dale Williams was standing trial for the 2017 murder of Elizabeth Pledger-Stewart.  Williams admitted to investigators that he waited over 45 minutes for Pledger-Stewart to drive by him on her way to work so he could drive her off of the road. He then shot her.The family was about to give their victim impact statements when one of Pledger-Stewart’s son’s jumped Williams. That’s when the other son joined in.  It took several officers to pull the men off the suspect and at least one of the son’s was tasered.Both sons have since been arrested and are being held in contempt of court with further charges expected.Williams’ sentencing has been rescheduled.last_img read more

Lionel Messi wins record 6th Ballon d’Or as Virgil van Dijk comes in second

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPAdvertisement 4nq0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsxk74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7lj0602( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ycausWould you ever consider trying this?😱1doCan your students do this? 🌚1bneRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2019 Ballon d’Or results are out, and the winner is the one and only Lionel Messi, crowned the best player in the world a record sixth time, beating out Virgil van Dijk, who came second, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in third and Sadio Mané in fourth place.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPThis is Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or in 10 years, the first one that came in 2019, and the fifth one in 2015, when he beat out Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. After coming second in both 2016 and 2017, and not even making it to the top three in 2018, the FC Barcelona talisman, despite a lot of flak, has made it to the top, and rightfully so.“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers, today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.” the 32 year old said on stage.Advertisement “I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.” the Argentina international continued.Watch below as Messi is honoured with the award, courtesy of the official Twitter of France Football.Advertisement Despite the Copa America controversies, Messi is having a great La Liga season leading the Catalans to the top of the table, with 9 goals and 5 assists.A sight to behold: Lionel Messi displays his six Ballon d’Or titles(Image Courtesy: Goal.com)Coming in second is Virgil van Dijk, who is an inevitable and arguably the most impactful player in Liverpool’s recent success, especially in lifting the 2018-19 UEFA CHampions League trophy.Cristiano, securing third place, was absent at the ceremony in Paris. Winning the 2016 and 2017 awards, he was beaten out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modrić in 2018.Mané, another key player in Jürgen Klopp’s Red Army, came in fourth. The Senegalese has been the leader in charge of Liverpool’s attacking force, and has been vastly impressive this season, with 8 goals and 2 assists to his name. Advertisementlast_img read more

Donovan’s Reef Reclaims Its Place in the Sun

first_imgThe nearly finished new facility will be larger than its predecessor, Bowler said, and have a full kitchen, as compared to the original which operated with a small grill. The main, multipurpose room, at approximately 45-by-50 feet, will serve as a sometime dining area and a space to accommodate live bands and patrons. “It’s quite large,” Bowler said. Donovan’s 2014 plans submitted to the borough indicated, and co-owner Bob Phillips confirmed at the time, the overall structure would be approximately 4,375 square feet.The site’s first floor will now be 17 feet above sea level, providing some protection from storms and possible flooding, and situated at the same height as the protective seawall. The second floor will be dedicated for storage and office space. The location will have three bars and six garage doors, with three of them opening eastward, toward the beach, so “You’re basically sitting inside and looking at the ocean,” Bowler said. Following Sandy’s impact to the area and to Donovan’s Reef, Bowler said, “I’ll be honest, the first year somebody came in and offered a very large sum of money,” for the property, to which he and his partners gave a lot of thought. Ultimately, they decided to move forward with rebuilding.The reason, Bowler said, is, “The business had been doing well. After we sat down, we decided we can make it successful again.”However, they became entangled in state and federal bureaucratic red tape, which delayed approvals and construction schedules, Bowler said.Bowler’s family has been involved with the bar going back to its earliest years. “I was there on the first day” it operated, when he was 10. Originally called Manning’s Jetty, it opened in 1971. In 1977, Bob Phillips and family members, along with other investors, took control and changed the bar’s name to Donovan’s Reef, taking the name from the title of a 1963 John Wayne movie, referring to the rowdy South Pacific bar owned by Wayne’s character in the film.Over the years, the beachfront bar became increasingly popular with a wide cross-section of clientele, from college students and locals – including commercial fishermen and construction workers – to musicians (Bruce Springsteen would pop in back in the days when the E Street Band’s then saxophonist, the late Clarence Clemmons, lived in Sea Bright) and Wall Street movers-and-shakers and business executives. The crowd would be especially large on summer Sundays as customers gathered on the beach while bands played.When Donovan’s returns, “It’s going to be everybody, all walks of life,” again making up its patrons, Bowler predicted. “The same people who were there in the past.“And,” he ventured to guess, “there’ll be more people coming who have never been there,” given another generation of young people have come of age since Sandy.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – It will really seem like summer again in 2017, as Donovan’s Reef, one of the borough’s longstanding al fresco hangouts looks to fully reopen next month.Chris Bowler, a co-owner of the popular watering hole at 1171 Ocean Ave., is hoping to have his location up and running by the third week of May – just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the return of summer. “We’re trying for that,” Bowler said.The prospect of meeting the deadline after more than four years of work and planning and contemplation over whether even to rebuild has Bowler “excited, and I would say stressed,” he acknowledged.Donovan’s Reef, its structure nearly 100 years old and overlooking its privately-owned oceanfront beach, was so severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, that the building had to be demolished.In the interim Donovan’s operated an outdoor, tiki-style bar in a temporary structure on the beach for two summers.last_img read more

Vintage Baseball At Sickles Field Supports Parker Homestead

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – The crack of the bat and familiar snap of a high-velocity leather ball meeting the cushion of a mitt were noticeably absent from Sickles Field Saturday afternoon, when baseball fans were transported back in time to 1864.More than 100 local baseball enthusiasts attended a matchup between the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and the Hoboken Nine. The franchises are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League, an organization that pays homage to organized baseball in its earliest format.These vintage games are governed by the same rules adopted by the National Association of Base Ball Players in December 1863, before the use of gloves and mitts when players instead utilized their callused bare hands to catch and throw a spongier “lemon peel ball,” which earned its nickname from the four distinct lines of stitching holding its leather shell and wrapped twine insides together.Donning Civil War-era caps, flannel shirts with sleeves rolled up to the elbow and long wool pants tucked into socks that rose to just below the knee, these time-traveling ball players took the field in support of the nearby Parker Homestead, a pre-Colonial America household that predates the teams’ style of play by more than 140 years.Parker Homestead. Courtesy George Mazzeo“The common link between the Parker family and their home and our team is baseball. A member or possibly members of this family were fans of the game, which we know based upon what has been discovered in their personal belongings,” said Russ McIver, the manager of Monmouth Furnace and a local historian who sits on the board of the Parker Homestead.What was uncovered in June 2015 was a collection of baseball cards circa 1909 from the Philadelphia Caramel Company. The cards were uncovered by homestead archivist Liz Hanson, who located the partial set in a bent and dented cookie tin, one which she almost tossed out with the trash before opening the lid and discovering a century-old treasure trove.The collection of cards, which includes Baseball Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, has not yet been appraised; despite not being a complete set it is still estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.Courtesy George MazzeoHanson found 27 cards in total, with some doubles. The complete set consists of 25 cards, including 10 Hall of Fame inductees and the infamous Ed Cicotte who in 1919 would be implicated in the Black Sox Scandal.“The child of the family, Stan Parker, who was 12 years old in 1909, had collected these cards,” Hanson said Saturday, after setting up the collection in a display case within the historical home. “We’ve also found a baseball glove that’s not quite as old as the cards, but looks to be from the 20s or 30s.”“It’s pretty easy to assume that with five 20th-century boys growing up in this home, the thread between baseball, which was America’s game and the entertainment of the time, is easy to establish,” Hanson added.Courtesy George MazzeoLocal baseball fan Janet Wiley said her “jaw dropped” when she laid eyes on the collection. “It’s an incredible piece of history. I had heard about the cards of that era and have only ever seen photos on the internet but never actually up close and personal. It was a thrill,” the Tinton Falls resident said. “It’s historic sites like this and events like this game that remind me why I live in this area. We embrace our history. And it’s a lot of fun.”Though it may be fun for spectators of the vintage game to be caught up in the time warp, for the modern player adhering to historically accurate rules, the game itself takes some getting used to. From the underhand pitching to fly balls caught on one hop still registering as an out, the regulations can be challenging.Courtesy George Mazzeo“It’s definitely a little bit of an adjustment. Catching the ball on a hop and trying to catch the ball at all without it bouncing off your hands, it can be a little frustrating at times,” Monmouth Furnace outfielder Rich Stepnosky said with a grin. “But it’s about preserving and honoring the history of the game and sharing it with the fans who come out. We try to be as accurate as possible with our play, our uniforms, the way we speak, even our mannerisms. We really take over the time period.”Monmouth Furnace is back at it July 14 in New Brunswick.This article first appeared in the July 12 – 19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more