The safety of students and area residents was a chief concern of South Bend community representatives during the Campus/Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting Wednesday. Members discussed the upswing in crime and how the community can come together to address the problem. Brian Coughlin, associate vice president for student affairs, said the University is concerned about the recent rise in crime. “This community has done a great deal, and we’ve done a lot to talk about neighbor relations and a number of other things, but I think that it’s time that we start to focus on crime against students and crime in those neighborhoods,” he said. Michael Carrington, a member of the St. Joseph County Alcoholic Beverage Board, said local law enforcement is working hard to address the problem. While discussing how law enforcement officers are working to identify groups and individuals responsible for the criminal activity, CCAC members agreed students and local residents all need to be more cautious and aware of their surroundings. “We can’t be a soft target, we have to be ever-vigilant and keep our guard up,” Carrington said. “People need to be careful, but the criminal justice system needs to respond and it needs to be a strong response.” Student government has been working to develop a connection between the student body and local law enforcement, student body president Pat McCormick said. This year, Notre Dame’s student government has organized a safety summit and an off-campus informal meet-and-greet between law enforcement officials and Notre Dame students. McCormick said that he was pleased the CCAC meetings provide a venue for the community to work together to address pressing issues, like student safety. “We had the opportunity to bring to the attention of the community that our top concern is the safety of students and trying to confront crime together, whether through particular action steps or trying to facilitate relationships between students and law enforcement,” McCormick said. Members also examined the problem of students leasing off campus housing that is not sanctioned to be the residence of more than two unrelated students. Director of South Bend Code Enforcement Catherine Toppel said many students are unaware of this rule. “The problem they [students] run into is not knowing which properties are grandfathered and which aren’t,” she said. “One of the rules is that a lot of houses are under the rule that not more that two unrelated students can live in it.” Toppel also said an association of landlords has drafted an ordinance, to be submitted sometime around January 2012, creating a landlord registry. This registry would have a list of residences that can be used as student housing, and will be updated to reflect occupancy changes in those residences, she said. Landlord Mark Kramer, of Kramer Properties, agreed that collaboration was required to remedy this problem. “People sometimes ignore the restriction if they like the home or the area, but then they run the risk of being turned out in the middle of the year,” he said. He suggested the creation of a list of houses eligible for student living, allowing students to check if their prospective house is on the list. CCAC members also discussed plans for snow removal volunteer programs and the success of collaboration regarding the recent taxi ordinance. CCAC, McCormick said, has been successful in addressing these issues affecting the Notre Dame community and the surrounding area because of the collaboration that it facilitates. “These meetings give us the opportunity to learn and to be in conversation about issues that are pressing to the community and to bring to different stakeholders in the community the concerns of students as they relate to community life,” McCormick said.
Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities, moving up 66 places to land in 254th position on the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which was released on Wednesday.It ranked 320th out of 1,000 universities last year.The rise in ranking puts UGM in the lead of eight Indonesian universities that are listed. University of Indonesia (UI) is ranked 305th, followed by the Bandung Institute of Indonesia (ITB) at 313th place.Airlangga University is ranked between 521st and 530th, Bogor Agricultural University between 531st and 540th, the November 10 Institute of Technology between 751st and 800th and both Bina Nusantara University and Padjajaran University between 801st and 1,000th.The QS World University Rankings evaluates six parameters to score university rankings, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, number of citations per faculty, faculty-students ratio and the proportion of foreign students and international faculty members.UGM’s rector Panut Mulyono expressed his gratitude over the university’s achievement. “Although a higher ranking is not our ultimate goal, this achievement is proof that UGM is able to compete globally,” he said as quoted by the university’s website, ugm.ac.id.UGM’s quality control office head, Indra Wijaya Kusuma, said the upgrade would motivate the university and its faculty members to offer quality education to students.“We will keep improving our quality of education and other aspects in years to come as the competition is getting tighter,” he said.The United States’ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed the number one spot. Meanwhile, the National University of Singapore is the top university in Asia at 11th place.Topics :
If the board fails to make an appointment, trustees will likely adopt a resolution calling for a special election, Rossall said. The district has until March 10 to submit the resolution to the county to get the election on the June ballot, Rossall said. Board President Gwen Farrell wanted to appoint former Trustee Christine LeBeau to fill the vacant seat, but the suggestion died at a January board meeting for lack of a motion from a board member. LeBeau finished fourth in balloting in the November election, losing by just 65 votes. Rutkowski-Hines, who was elected to the board in 2003, resigned from the board Jan. 2, citing personal reasons. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday for residents of the Westside Union School District to apply for the seat vacated by the resignation of Trustee Deborah Rutkowski-Hines. Applications can be picked up 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the superintendent’s office, 41914 50th Street West, Quartz Hill. Applicants must be over 18 and registered to vote. “We are currently advertising for community registered voters to apply for the vacancy,” Superintendent Regina Rossall said. The board is scheduled to interview the candidates and make a selection on March 9. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant There will be an eight-member advisory committee made up of a representative from each of the district’s four employee groups and an appointee from each of the four trustees. “The panel is hearing the interviews at the same time and will provide comments on candidates’ strengths and weaknesses,” Rossall said. To include community input, residents can submit questions to ask the applicants. Questions should be submitted to the superintendent’s office in sealed envelopes, which will be given to trustees to help them formulate their own questions. The sealed envelopes should be addressed to: Board Questions, c/o Superintendent’s Office, 41914 50th St. W., Quartz Hill, CA 93536. The deadline to submit questions is 4 p.m. Feb. 27.