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University renovates library

first_imgWith the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library less than a year away, Notre Dame officials decided it was time to give the campus landmark a much-needed facelift. Members of the Notre Dame Facilities Design and Operations office renovated the Library over the summer, guided by input from the University Architect’s Office and a team of librarian planners. Head librarian Diane Parr Walker said these renovations aim to modernize the Library and make it a more welcoming facility. “As a place where students spend a great deal of time in intellectual pursuits, we wanted the library to offer inviting, inspiring and comfortable spaces that will foster intellectual engagement,” Walker said. In response to complaints of drab interior decoration, the renovation team focused on remodeling the first-floor periodicals room, more commonly known as “The Fishbowl.” The popular study area was repainted and carpeted, its furniture was replaced, new lighting was installed and its remaining periodicals were moved to a nearby reference room. The new first-floor design also features a “digital sandbox” area equipped with a Microsoft touch-screen surface table. Walker said the Office of Information Technology hopes to use this area to determine which services and technologies students find helpful and to expand upon that information for future planning. Walker said plans are also underway to install a café in the former vending machine area, also on the first floor. Projected to open in November, the café will serve coffee, pastries, soups and sandwiches, and is intended to accommodate students studying in the library for long periods of time. “We’re anticipating the café will be a great service for people who are studying long hours in the Library to be able to get breakfast, lunch or a snack without having to leave the building,” Walker said. The design team also revitalized the Library’s exterior courtyard near the reflecting pool by planting a variety of trees and shrubs while bringing in benches and bistro tables for additional outdoor seating. Walker said the courtyard will be completed by early September. Walker said the renovation was initially set to be completed before the end of the last school year, but was ultimately delayed by furniture issues. “We were hoping to do the project really quickly and have it available by the middle of the spring semester,” Walker said. “What always happens with construction and renovation projects, though, is however much time you think they will take, you should go ahead and double or triple it.” Walker said new furniture was also ordered for the Library’s music and media area this summer after students complained the old tables were too small and inflexible to accommodate their equipment needs. The furniture is expected to arrive before the academic year begins. Walker said student input was highly valued during the renovation process, so students can expect to have future opportunities to express their concerns and provide feedback. “I hope students will be excited to see how many of their ideas we’ve included,” Walker said. “We held many discussions and planning sessions with students last spring to gather input, and we incorporated as many ideas as we could.” Although no additional projects are planned at the moment, Walker said the Library would carry this summer’s momentum into establishing a comprehensive interior renovation plan. Overall, Walker said she hopes to realize University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s vision of the Library as Notre Dame’s academic heart and a modern center of inspiration and higher learning. “Twenty-first century libraries should offer a variety of spaces to foster and inspire intellectual engagement across disciplines,” Walker said. “Many peer institutions have already renovated their libraries to offer these kinds of services. I’d like to see us at Notre Dame do the same for our students and faculty.”last_img read more


Guardiola glad as Man City overcome derby ‘fear’ to beat Man Utd

first_imgThe Portuguese boss, in a separate interview with Sky Sports, added: “All three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished.”United scored twice in the closing five minutes to win 2-1 away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek while City continued their campaign in European club football’s elite tournament with a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Mourinho, while not blaming United’s defeat on their exertions in Italy, said: “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed.“We arrive in different circumstances.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side had to overcome early “fear” before the reigning Premier League champions returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Goals early in each half at the Etihad from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave visitors United hope of a comeback.But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.Victory left City two points clear of Liverpool and Guardiola told the BBC: “We deserved the victory. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn’t want to lose the ball.”Asked why his team had been fearful, Guardiola replied: “We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game. But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time.”Defeat left United 12 points behind City just 12 games into the league season, with beaten manager Jose Mourinho accepting there was now a “gap” between the Manchester clubs.He insisted his team were united in reality as well as in name, while saying all three of City’s goals were down to mistakes by his players.“For me zero words against my players, everything is positive,” Mourinho said. “I am with them and they are with me.“There is a gap, Manchester City start playing from the beginning of the season at a certain level that allows them to get a lot of points.”last_img read more


FL babysitter accused of sexually abusing 6-year-old girl

first_imgA Florida woman was arrested for sexual battery on a 6-year-old girl while she was babysitting her.Deputies say multiple incidents occurred at a Seminole, Florida, between August to September.Erica Michelle Charles, 19, was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery of a child less than 12 years old, one count of molestation and one count of prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity.Police say an investigation began Oct. 4 after the Florida Department of Children and Families received a report alleging sexual abuse involving the 6-year-old victim.The victim was in Charles’ care while all of the incidents occurred, according to police.Charles is accused of removing the girl’s clothes and directing her to perform a sex act on her as well as showing the 6-year-old pornographic videos on her cell phone.Charles admitted to the crimes and was taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.Detectives believe there are more victims is asking the public to come forward with any information regarding inappropriate contact Charles may have had with other children.“Anyone with information regarding other potential victims is asked to contact Detective Pione or Detective Geoghegan with the Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6200.”last_img read more


East Bengal could celebrate its centenary with a game against Manchester United!

first_imgImage Courtesy: East Bengal Ultras TV/PAAdvertisement nNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyatzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1dv2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rjWould you ever consider trying this?😱d0dpCan your students do this? 🌚7yi5Roller skating! Powered by Firework The year of 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of India’s one of the most legendary clubs, East Bengal FC. What could be the best way to celebrate its century old establishment and rich history? An exhibition match with one of the most successful and influential clubs in the world- Manchester United!Advertisement Image Courtesy: East Bengal Ultras TV/PAAccording to reports from Debabrata Sarkar, an executive committee member of East Bengal, Allan Dawson, the Director of Football at Old Trafford along with a four personnel team had fixed a meeting with Aroop Biswas, the current Minister of Department of Youth Services and Sports in West Bengal today.They also surveyed the Salt Lake Stadium, one of the three grounds of the Red & Gold Brigade, and are planning to fix a match with the club as part of United’s pre season tour of Asia before the commencement of 2020-21 Premier League.Advertisement Established on 1st August 1920, East Bengal  has won three National Football League (currently known as the I-League) titles, eight Federation Cups, three Indian Super Cups, and numerous other titles. They share a historical rivalry with another legendary side Mohun Bagan.However, the total cost of the match will skyrocket the expenses to a monumental 30 crore, 80% of which will be going to the EPL giants to make an appearance in Kolkata.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more