Senate attends fiscal transparency seminar

first_imgAt the weekly student senate meeting, senators made various announcements and welcomed Duncan Hall’s newly-elected senator, junior Steven Frick.After the official meeting adjourned, Senate members stayed to attend an event hosted by the Office of Development entitled “Where Does the Money Go: An Insider’s Look into Finances at Notre Dame.” Ellen Roof, ND Loyal and Young Alumni program director, led an information session followed by a question and answer session. She began by saying that last year, it cost $1.17 billion to operate the University, with the largest portion of spending, 42 percent, being used on instruction. In addition, Roof reported that the University receives $320 million in tuition dollars each year, displaying a graph that illustrates the increase in Notre Dame’s tuition plotted against the increase in Notre Dame’s financial aid contributions since 2000. Over the past 18 years, the cost of a Notre Dame education has increased by 140 percent, but the amount that Notre Dame spends on financial aid has consequently increased by 430 percent. “We are really striving to increase the financial aid available for students, at a significantly higher rate than any tuition raises,” Roof said.Roof also discussed Notre Dame’s endowment spending and how the University uses this resource. Endowments, or the collection of financial assets made up of charitable gifts to the university, make up 37 percent of Notre Dame’s revenue. But the endowment is not a singular entity. Rather, Notre Dame’s endowment is actually a group of over 5,500 endowed funds that are grouped and invested together. As of the end of the 2018 Fiscal Year, the endowment was worth $13.1 billion. Roof said about 60 percent of the endowed funds go towards financial aid for students. Overall, Notre Dame spends about 4.5-5 percent of endowed funds every year, or about $393 million from the 2018 FYE. Roof said having a robust endowment fund is extremely beneficial to the university in the long run.“We want Notre Dame to be around forever, so we really have to have a careful fiscal responsibility in terms of smoothing out that spend curve over time,” Roof said. Vice president of University relations Lou Nanni led a question and answer portion of the presentation, discussing questions from students about Notre Dame’s spending and finances. In response to a question about whether Notre Dame takes notice of average student loan debt among members of the campus community, Nanni explained a policy orchestrated just a few years ago that no undergraduate student will graduate with more than 10 percent of debt from a four-year education at Notre Dame. “If you figure that a four-year education at Notre Dame is roughly $250,000, $280,000 totaled over years, that means no one should be graduating with a debt of more than $25,000,” Nanni said. Nanni said 46 percent of students at Notre Dame receive financial aid from the University, and the average package for a student is around $31,000. However, in response to a question from senior and Pasquerilla East senator Catie Gabanic, Nanni clarified that the debt limit policy does not apply to private loans, but only loans taken out from the federal government.Another student inquired about the mentality about pricing on-campus housing, when certain newer dorms are significantly nicer than older dorms, but pricing for living on campus remains a flat fee. Nanni responded by discussing the University’s plans for remodeling its residence halls and the funding for new dorms. “We’re making some triples doubles. some doubles are becoming, in these old dorms, singles and we are increasing the social and study space in these dorms,” Nanni said. “The problem is, as we do this, we are losing beds. That’s required us to build new dorms, to replace the housing stock we are losing in the old dorms, and now more students will be living on campus.”Tags: Endowment, financial aid, student senate, University financeslast_img read more

APS superintendent offers tours of Besser and Wilson Elementary Schools ahead of bond election

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — On Wednesday, we took a look at conditions inside Ella White Elementary and Alpena High School ahead of Tuesday’s election. Today, we’ll show you what students are dealing with at Besser and Wilson Elementary schools.The problems in these buildings are common across the district: leaky roofs, inefficient heating systems, and discomfort for the students who spend seven hours a day in these conditions.Superintendent John VanWagoner says, “It [the district] needs a roof and it needs some heating and the boiler and plumbing things that are just aged out and you just can’t get parts for anymore.”Arguably, the biggest problem at Besser is the roof. In classrooms, in the hallway, everywhere you look, buckets are keeping water from wetting the floor and dripping on students.“This is a classroom that we have kids in right now. This is their everyday class and they have to move their desks and everything because a different leak pops up just about every day. So the buckets are filling up with water. As we speak, there’s dripping and we have to move the chrome books, we have to move desks and stuff. Carpet gets saturated with water and we have to dry it out and clean it, almost on a daily basis,” explains VanWagoner.You can see similar problems at Wilson. One teacher says she constantly has to rearrange furniture just so the water doesn’t pour onto students and their books. But this is just the effect of a much larger problem.Building and grounds supervisor for APS, Kurt Konieczny, says the roofing system is to blame. “This roof drain – it’s dry and we have standing water all over here on these corners. So really what needs to happen is the foam and insulation needs to be re–done, wedges put in, and everything needs to be funneled back to the roof drains. A lot of this standing water in areas like this does not help us out on days like today.”Superintendent VaWagoner’s goal for this proposal is to keep kids safe, warm, and dry. That’s a challenge that is just getting more difficult with time. Many of the schools have heating and plumbing systems that are original to the buildings. To put things in perspective, the boiler system at Wilson is 63-years-old and Besser’s is 62-years-old. They’ve been repaired numerous times since their installation in the 50s. VanWagoner says the district has done its best to rebound financially over the last few years. Now, it’s time to put the kids first.“A lot people have asked questions about, you know, why haven’t maybe they been fixed throughout the years and a lot of people don’t realize that the district was essentially bankrupt six years ago. All the employees in the district took a 10 percent pay cut that they’ve never gotten back. We’re at a point now where things are so bad, and things are so desperate, that the help of the bond would make a big difference to keeping our kids truly safe, warm and dry.”WBKB did not tour every school, but these buildings are representative of what students are experiencing across the district. If you would like more information, or would like to take a tour a of your child’s school, reach out to school administrators or to Superintendent John VanWagoner ahead of Tuesday’s election. You can also visit to learn more about what will be updated if the bond is approved.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public School, Alpena Public Schools, APS, Besser, Bond Proposal, Dr. John VanWagoner, School, superintendent, WilsonContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Fire Department warns of charity scamNext Hospice of Michigan enlisting the help of veteranslast_img read more

Week #4 preview: The Crusaders have a tough one against Collegiate; Caldwell, South Haven and Belle Plaine have huge games

first_imgCONWAY SPRINGS AT CHENEY (CJ COMPUTER pick: Conway Springs) Correction from last week: Conway Springs scored three passing touchdowns, not four against Wichita Independent as was reported in its 62-14 romp.The Sumner Cardinals may not find life as easy this week. The northern Cardinals of Cheney lost to Wichita Trinity 7-0, predicted to finish third in the Central Plains League and be the team to give the towering twins of Garden Plain and Conway Springs the most fits. Oct. 18Clearwateraway Oct. 25Mulvanehome Game’s significance: Wellington has a chance to go 4-0 for the first time since 2005. This is also a key AV-CTL DIV game. If the Crusaders manage an upset here… wow! Who knows what can happen next? Sept. 13ConcordiaWellington wins 27-6. The synopsis: Wellington is 3-0. Wichita Collegiate is 1-2. If you just came in from another planet or Oklahoma and picked up the newspaper to see that these two teams are playing, you would think Wellington would be the favorite.Think again. Wellington is playing, perhaps, the second best football team on its schedule in the Wichita Collegiate Spartans.“They are the best 1-2 team in the state, no doubt,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “They lost to probably the top two teams in Class 4A in Andale and Buhler, and probably should have beaten Buhler.”No doubt, Collegiate is good. It can pass. It can run. And it has team speed that will give Wellington fits all night.Last week in Wellington 19-10 victory over Augusta, if Oriole quarterback Tristan Finch was getting out into the open, he was likely to pick up a good chunk of yardage. The Crusader defenders had a hard time tackling him. What concerns Ryan is Collegiate quarterback Landon Root has similar speed.Trouble is, he’s also a lot more accurate with the football. Although he has thrown four interceptions, he is probably not going to gift wrap an errant pass to Trevor Nance in the end zone for a 100-yard interception return.Root, a transfer from Kapaun, has thrown for 758 yards for a 62.63 percent success rate in 2013. Nobody in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div IV or for that matter, III, II and 1, is close. He has three targeted receivers – all in the top 10 in league. Pick your poison: Bret Waddell has 354 yards, Jack Copher 199, Seth Carder 75.On paper this could be a gun-slinging kind of game. Root is first in the league in passing, but Nance is second. Nance has 546 yards while going 31of 53 putting him in select company. He is currently third in the south-central Class 4A behind Root and Brett Bonar of Rose Hill.Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger is leading everyone. He has 418 yards on 19 receptions. The next receiver is John Becker of Clearwater with 354.But Ryan is not convinced Wellington can go toe to toe with Collegiate in a gun slinging battle.“I think what I was most disappointed in last Friday was our fundamental play,” Ryan said. “We have to learn how to grind out a drive without shooting ourselves in the foot. We play hard, just sometimes not very smart.”So is the strategy to keep the ball away from Collegiate’s aerial attack using a ball control ground game? One thing about this year’s Crusaders, unpredictability is the norm. Series history: It hasn’t been pretty for the Crusaders since being forced to play the private school to the north after the AV-CTL was summons to take in the Spartans by the KSHSAA. Oct. 31Winfieldaway CUNNINGHAM AT ARGONIA-ATTICA (CJ COMPUTER pick: A&A)Argonia-Attica is 2-1 after an impressive win over Norwich. Amazing what a few more kids can do for a program. Cunningham was annihilated by a beat-up Caldwell last week. This is a great opportunity for A&A to go 3-1. Sept. 6GoddardWellington wins 34-28. Collegiate-Wichita (0-3)2010 – Wellington 32 Collegiate 542011 – Wellington 7 Collegiate 352012 – Wellington 6 Collegiate 41 Oct. 4Circlehome 2013 season thus far: Wellington:  Other Sumner County games:CALDWELL VS. BAILEYVILLE AT HOPE (CJ COMPUTER pick: BAILEYVILLE) The Caldwell football team could write an old country-western song. There is plenty of misery going around.The Bluejays have lost six starters to injuries. Darren Ward, the starting quarterback, is out for the year with an ACL tear. He went into surgery this week. As for the other five, they should all be working their way into the lineup eventually.To add to their misery, Baileyville, the 2012 Class 8-man Div. II state champion, is the opponent this week. The two teams will be at a neutral site in Hope which is still a very long ways away from Caldwell.“We look at this game as an opportunity,” said Sean Blosser, Caldwell head football coach. “Adversity is part of life. We might be beat up at the moment, but we are working hard and looking to get better every week.”Those on the injury list include: linemen Devin York and Hunter Steuwe, running backs Kaden Halling and Rhett Lee, and wide receiver Sam Wencel.The game was scheduled this winter when it was announced Attica would be merging its football team with Argonia. Baileyville, which will be officially closing at the end of the school year, needed an opponent for this week. So the two teams hooked up.Baileyville defeated Caldwell 48-0 in the playoffs in the second round in 2012. COLLEGIATE AT WELLINGTON: Wellington (3-0), Wichita Collegiate (2-1). Kickoff is at 7 p.m. It’s Neon Night. Where something bright and cheery, or your usual red.center_img Oct. 11Andaleaway Sept. 20AugustaWellington wins 19-10. Follow the game: Twitter: Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: and Sumner Newscow. Wichita Collegiate: Sept. 6 – Andale 30 Wichita Collegiate 28Sept. 13 – Buhler 35 Wichita Collegiate 28Sept. 20 – Wichita Collegiate 42 Circle 0. Sept. 27Collegiatehome SOUTH HAVEN AT WEST ELK (CJ COMPUTER pick: West Elk)South Haven hasn’t lost a regular season game since losing to Caldwell in 2010. That’s a 22-game winning streak. The Cardinals have their work cut out for them this week when they travel to Howard.West Elk had an impressive 42-22 win over Udall and romped over Yates Center the week before. The computer ranking has West Elk winning. That’s very interesting indeed. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments BLUESTEM AT BELLE PLAINE (CJ COMPUTER pick: Belle Plaine) Even the Capital-Journal computer had a hard time picking this one, giving the Dragons a 1-point edge. This is the big game of the season for Belle Plaine. Both teams are 0-3 and have seen little success so far this season. The Dragons have had the upper hand on this rivalry the past few years, though. And Friday is homecoming. Injury situation: Wellington appears to be very healthy. Tyson Hodson, a key lineman for the Crusaders, has been battling sickness as of late.••••• by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both Wellington and Caldwell are playing extremely high caliber opponents this week… South Haven will put its 22-game regular season winning streak on the line at West Elk… and Belle Plaine hopes to get its first win of the season against Bluestem. It’s all part of what is shaping up to be an interesting week #4 high school football Friday…. The Topeka Capital-Journal computerized picks: Wichita Collegiate. Game night weather: Wow, we can’t complain about the weather this year as far as football goes. It appears to be another perfect night. It will be in the lower 80s at kickoff and dip down into the lower 70s before going home. UDALL AT OXFORD (CJ COMPUTER pick: Udall)This is a bit of a barometer test for both teams. Udall looked swell against Caldwell in week #2 but not so much against what looks to be a very good West Elk team, losing 42-22. Oxford, 2-1, destroyed Flinthills last week. But really, who hasn’t?This game is huge as far as district and SCBL play is concerned.last_img read more