Group discusses Dollars

first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR) discussed the proposition of a new program that would allow Domer Dollars to be spent at certain locations off-campus at their meeting Tuesday night. “If we pursued this initiative, it would be a lot of work and a lot of money,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “What we need to ask is if this is necessary and would students really use a program like this.”She referenced a similar program at Villanova University that had proved beneficial to the students and the University because 5 percent of the sales went back to Villanova. Soler said that if Domer Dollars were to expand, it would hopefully be constructed in the same manner so that money would be coming back to Notre Dame.“Another reason to look into this now is that a lot of the places already have the technology it would take to make this happen,” Soler said.After saying the initiative was in the proposal stages and “by no means a sure thing,” Soler requested feedback from COR members. Soler listed the concerns already  expressed by administrators and University officials regarding the usage of Domer Dollars off-campus.One of the major issues was if the initiative was to become a reality, there are anxieties over whether the program would take business away from services on campus.Soler said if the proposal were to become a reality, it would be tested for a few months in a contained area of businesses, most likely Eddy Street Commons. If it proved to be successful, the service could be expanded to other businesses in the community but then there would be a question over where specifically it would expand.COR members voiced their own questions, including whether or not the program would even change anything for students since Domer Dollars is from students’ personal funds and not the University, and over who would get to decide which businesses in the community would be selected to accept Domer Dollars.In response to the concerns voiced by members, student body vice president Andrew Bell suggested looking into a discount program at selected businesses either in conjunction or as a substitute for the expansion of Domer Dollars.“If all the time that is going to be spent on the Domer Dollar program could be spent on developing a discount program, that might be more effective,” he said.The majority of COR members expressed more enthusiasm for an effective discount program as opposed to the expansion of Domer Dollars. However, Soler said she thought it was “harder to sell” a discount program.“The main question we have to ask ourselves about both of these initiatives is whether or not they provide an advantage to the students,” she said.last_img read more

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Observer names new department editors

first_imgSeven new departmental editors will round out The Observer’s 2015-2016 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley announced Wednesday night.Juniors Erin Rice, Tabitha Ricketts and Haleigh Ehmsen and sophomores Zach Klonsinski, Erin McAuliffe, Margaret Hynds and Zach Llorens will assume control of their departments March 15.Ehmsen, originally from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, will take over as Saint Mary’s Editor. Ehmsen is a junior English and communication studies double major. She has been a news writer for The Observer since her freshman year and served as Associate Saint Mary’s Editor in the fall of 2014.Hynds, a native of McLean, Virginia living in Pangborn Hall, will take over as News Editor for the upcoming year. A member of the Observer staff since the fall of 2013, she has covered 2014 Mental Health Awareness Week, 2015 student government elections and student Senate, and she currently serves as an Associate News Editor. Hynds majors in political science with a minor in business economics.Klonsinski, the new Sports Editor, resides in Knott Hall and is a native of Belgrade, Montana. A sophomore, he is a beat writer for the men’s basketball team and has also covered Irish men’s soccer, women’s tennis, rowing, fencing and women’s swimming. He is majoring in history and minoring in business economics, and he plans to add a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy in the fall of 2015.Llorens, born and raised in Los Angeles and a current resident of Zahm House, will assume the role of Photo Editor. A sophomore pursuing a double-major in finance and mathematics, next year will mark his third year on staff at The Observer. In the past, Llorens has covered lectures, sporting events and other campus events.McAuliffe, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be the new Scene Editor. A resident of Pasquerilla East Hall, she has been a staff member at The Observer for two years. She is a marketing major with a Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor.Rice, who is originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, will assume the role of Graphics Editor. A junior majoring in visual communications, Rice joined The Observer in the spring semester of 2014 as a graphic designer. Rice resides in Howard Hall and has also worked for The Dome and the Snite Museum of Art.Ricketts will join the board as Viewpoint Editor. She began her work with The Observer as a news writer for Saint Mary’s four years ago and then became a member of the Viewpoint staff. A resident of Clarkston, Michigan, she is a member of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s dual degree in engineering program. She will complete her transfer to Notre Dame in the fall of 2015 to finish her B.S. in Computer Science. This spring, she will graduate from Saint Mary’s with a B.A. in English writing.Tags: Erin McAuliffe, Erin Rice, Haleigh Ehmsen, Margaret Hynds, New editors, Tabitha Ricketts, Zach Klonsinski, Zach Llorenslast_img read more

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