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Notre Dame Hall Council to select Hall of the Year

first_imgTags: Hall of the year, residence halls, Residence Life Hall of the Year presentations, which give hall presidents and vice presidents the chance to summarize the activities and condition of their dorm, begin next week. These presentations make up more than half the criteria for the Hall of the Year selection.Senior Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall Presidents Council, said 65 percent of Hall of the Year deliberations are based on next week’s presentations, in which hall presidents recap their dorm’s activities over the last year with respect to three categories: heart, mind and body.“Over the course of the next week, all of the dorms are going to be giving their presentations, and they’ll be graded on the mind, heart and body categories, but they will also be graded on how they have worked to grow as a community holistically,” he said. “We’ll judge how they’ve worked to include all members of the community, and what sort of sustained unique impact they’ve had this year.”Wajda said 5 percent of the deliberations is based on the dorm’s signature event, which is hosted by the dorm and open to all of campus. The remaining 30 percent is based on monthly Rockne presentations.“These presentations are snapshots that the presidents provide each month, just a listing of what they’ve done which includes events and a couple of pictures,” Wadja said.“We really look for four things in the Rockne presentations,” he said. “We look for how they’ve advanced the mental aspect of dorm life, which can be anything from cultural events, academic events and sustainability events. We also look at how they advance the body of the dorm, so that includes inter-hall athletics and social events.“Finally, we look at how they advance the heart of dorm community that include the service and liturgical aspects,” he said. “There’s a reflection and goals aspect of the presentation where we ask them to see where they want to go from here in the next month.”Kathleen Clark, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, said it is impossible to judge each dorm in a vacuum.“Each of the 29 halls is Hall of the Year in some way,” she said. “So really what we’re looking for is to see that each residence hall has been the best possible version of itself.”Michael Wajda said the Hall of the Year selection is made by a group of nine judges.“These nine judges are the two Hall Presidents Council co-chairs, the council finance chair, the two HPC social chairs, the athletic chair, one senior member of judicial council and two senators.“The judges represent a really diverse group of people,” he said. “We have a good mix of all the quads, all the grades and both genders. It’s a really fun mix of people and we’ve really enjoyed working together.”Wajda said the senators do not have to judge their own dorms.“One of the things we’ve changed is the institution of a recusal process,” Wajda said. “If I felt like I couldn’t be fair in judging Duncan, I could recuse myself without hurting their overall grade.”Clark said Notre Dame residential life holds a special place in her heart.“I showed up for freshman orientation at 2011 and I knew I wanted to be a part of hall council,” Clark said. “I had the good fortune of being on hall presidents council last year and, while I really love and cherish the Farley community, I relished the opportunity to work with each of the 29 communities on campus.”Clark said the most rewarding aspect of her position as Hall Presidents Council co-chair is seeing the hard work the presidents and vice presidents put in to improve student life for those who live in their dorm.“As co-chair you get a glimpse into each community, and that has been a tremendous gift,” she said. “It has made me cherish my Notre Dame education even more because the quality of residential life here is so special.”Wajda said there are several concrete prizes for winning Hall of the Year, including a plaque for the winning dorms, a dome dance and a monetary prize. Two dome dances are given out, one to the overall Hall of the Year and one to either the Women’s Hall of the Year or the Men’s Hall of the Year — whichever is the opposite sex of the overall winner.Clark said the biggest and most meaningful prize for winning Hall of the Year is the title and recognition.“It’s something special to be able to put Hall of the Year on the banner outside your dorm,” Clark said. “It’s all about the bragging rights.”Clark said the selection process is difficult because every dorm is worthy of Hall of the Year.“We recognize there are 29 outstanding communities on campus that are lead by 29 outstanding presidents, vice presidents, and communities,” Clark said.“I think what is valuable in having Hall of the Year awards is that it continues to affirm the importance of residence life here at Notre Dame,” she said. “It is worth celebrating a good, strong community. That’s one of the things that makes Notre Dame different. You hear constantly that people come here for the residential structure, and we have a role in perpetuating that importance and strengthening our communities into families.”Wajda said Notre Dame residential life is unique in that students of all years are living and learning together.“You’re a senior living next to freshman and across from sophomores, and you’re all called Highlanders or Vermin, or Lions, or The Finest,” he said. “It’s a system that most other colleges don’t have, and having Hall of the Year lets us say that Notre Dame residential life is something special, something unique and something meaningful.”last_img read more

Wika slashes new contract target by third to $1.46 billion

first_imgState-owned construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) has set a target of achieving Rp 21.38 trillion (US$1.46 billion) worth of new contracts in 2020, a third of its initial target of Rp 65.5 trillion due to postponed projects during the pandemic.Wika president director Agung Budi Waskito said the majority of the new contracts, at Rp 13.08 trillion, would be from the company’s infrastructure and building segment. The rest will come from its industry, energy and industrial plant, and its property segment. “As of the second quarter we have achieved Rp 3.4 trillion. We will gain the rest in the third quarter, especially in the fourth quarter,” Wika president director Agung Budi Waskito said during a virtual public expose event hosted by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Tuesday. During the first six months of the year, the company managed to book Rp 3.42 trillion in new contracts, or 15.98 percent of its target this year. During the same period last year, the company booked a total of Rp 15.23 trillion in new contracts. In other words, new contracts attained so far declined by almost 78 percent year-on-year (yoy).“Wika’s performance throughout this year is below our expectation and consensus due to minimal new contract attainment until the first half of 2020,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia equity analyst Joshua Michael told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Joshua projected that the Indonesian construction sector would recover in the second half of the year with the assumption that the country gradually recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to being supported by the projects coming from the government and state-owned firms in recent months.“For 2021, the budget increase for infrastructure is a positive catalyst for all issuers in the construction sector, including Wika,” Joshua added. He went on to say that Wika’s balance sheet condition, which was considerably good, would support the company to increase its revenue and profitability next year. Artha Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Dennies Christoper, on the other hand, said that Wika and other issuers in the construction sector would still have poor prospects this year driven by a slowdown in cash flow and the postponement of project tenders. “The performance will not be aggressive until the end of the year,” Dennies told the Post on Tuesday. The company is finishing up several major projects in 2020 including the Cengkareng-Kunciran toll road located in Jakarta and Tangerang, which is at 86 percent completion and the the Kuwil Kawangkoan dam in North Sulawesi, which is 73 percent finished.The company’s total order book, albeit declining by around 15 percent yoy, is still at Rp 100.05 trillion in 2020.Wika’s shares, traded on the IDX under the code WIKA, closed at Rp 1,320 apiece on Tuesday, up 0.38 percent against the previous trading day. Throughout the year, it has lost 33.67 percent of its value as of Tuesday.The company stock performed moderately worse than its sectoral index. The property, real estate and building construction index has fallen by 29.65 percent during the same period. Meanwhile, the Jakarta Composite Index, the main gauge of the IDX, dropped 15.25 percent year-to-date.Topics : The target for new contracts is 48 percent lower than the value of new contracts booked last year, as the company recorded a total of Rp 41.18 trillion in new contracts in 2019. The decision to lower the contract target was made after the company’s net profit decreased 72 percent during this year’s first half to Rp 250.42 billion.Meanwhile, Wika’s revenue dropped 37 percent to Rp 7.13 trillion. The biggest fall in sales was experienced in the company’s property segment, which saw a decrease of 53 percent yoy to Rp 264.11 billion.Agung explained that the company had struggled to book contracts in the first half of the year as many projects had been postponed as a result of the social restriction measures imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19.The pandemic has taken a toll on infrastructure projects globally. In Indonesia, supply chain disruption has slowed the construction of ongoing projects, while reallocation of the state budget to social programs has decreased disbursement of funds to new projects.last_img read more