Student senate voted to suspend the Junior Class Council election for the class of 2020 and declared the only ticket the winner Wednesday night.Laksumi Sivanandan will be president, Brandon Garcia will be vice president, Quentin Colo will be treasurer and Gabrielle Meridien will be secretary.Judicial Council president and senior Matt Ross brought the order before the student senate to instigate the vote.The majority of senate supported the suspension, with only four members voting against it. The dissentors included junior Sebastian Lopez, the senator from O’Neill Hall, who “vehemently opposed” the order.“Why are we shortcutting democracy?” Lopez said. “Why are we stealing the freedom of choice?”Lopez suggested there were not more tickets because of a lack of advertisement of the election.Sophomore Joe Witt, president of the current Sophomore Class Council, voted to pass the suspension and opposed Lopez’s suggestion regarding the advertisement of the election.“There are three tickets running for Sophomore Class Council and two running for Senior, so I don’t really think that [advertisement] is a big deal,” Witt said. “Laksumi is one of the best vice presidents [and] one of the best people who I am very happy to hand the reigns over to.”Witt said Sivanandan, Garcia, Colo and Meridien will all be present at the upcoming Winter Carnival on Saturday and at the Gatsby Dance if their future constituents would like to meet them.Senior Sara Dugan, president of Senior Class Council, also expressed support for the suspension of the campaign.“I would echo Joe’s sentiment that it is unnecessary and honestly just annoying to Laksumi and her ticket to not pass this,” Dugan said.Following Dugan’s comment, senate voted to pass the order, making Sivanandan and her ticket the future Junior Class Council.Senate also heard from representatives from two campus groups promoting the upcoming Be The Match Drive, a nationwide effort to break the world record of the most people added to the bone marrow registry in a single day.Junior Clay Elmore, last year’s president of the Notre Dame Be The Match club, implored student senate to attend the drive and promote it among their dorms.The drive is a result of the return of 20-year-old Chris Betancourt’s battle with leukemia last September, Elmore said. With the help of his friend Dillon Hill, 19, Betancourt has created a bucket list for the last one or two years of his life.On the list was Betancourt’s wish to break a world record, and the record that Betancourt and Hill settled on was to have the most people register with Be The Match, a bone marrow transplant registry, in a single day, Elmore said.“Universities all around the nation, and not just universities … are hosting these drives, and everyone who gets registered on March 1 is going towards the total,” Elmore said. “Any person registered at Notre Dame will be part of the world record, if they’re able to break it.”The drive will take place March 1 at the Duncan Student Center in room 246 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Elmore said. There will also be a table on the first floor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.To register with Be The Match, students only need to have their cheeks swabbed, a five-minute process, Elmore said. The swab will allow the doctors to find donors of the correct ethnicity in order to make a suitable pair for the transplant.“Sometimes, pairing people with their match can be the only way to save a life,” Elmore said. “Bone marrow transplants are by no means a 100 percent cure, but if you do get to the point of a bone marrow transplant, usually patients are pretty desperate for something and are willing to take on whatever challenges it presents.”The Love Your Melon campus group will also be present at the drive, sophomore Jenna Koenig, who also spoke to senate regarding the drive, said.“[Love Your Melon’s] mission is to put a hat on every kid battling cancer,” she said.Love Your Melon uses the profits from their beanie sales to support non-profit partners, Koenig said.“Be The Match is one of our non-profit partners, so that’s why we’re doing the drive with them,” she said.Senior and student body president Becca Blais expressed support for the drive because of her own experience receiving a bone marrow transplant.“I had a random donor that I found through Be The Match,” Blais said. “It’s really important to me, personally, that we can get a lot of people involved and it makes such a big difference. A cheek swab literally will save someone’s life.”Seven minutes into the meeting, the senate voted against two senators’ motions to close the meeting, allowing the meeting to continue as planned with the presentations from Be The Match and Judicial Council.Tags: Be the Match, Bone Marrow Donor, bone marrow registry, Class of 2020, junior class council
FAGAN: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 ballotThere are a number of sneaky-underrated players on this year’s ballot as well, including Bobby Abreu, Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee.The ballot, voting and eligibility rules are all available below.2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballotThe 2020 Hall of Fame ballot features 32 players, including 19 first-year players.All WAR numbers courtesy of Fangraphs.PlayerPositionYear on ballotTeam(s)Career WARDerek JeterSS1NYY73.0Bobby AbreuOF1HOU, PHI, NYY, LAA, LAD, NYM59.8Josh BeckettSP1FLA, BOS, LAD36.3Heath BellRP1NYM, SDP, MIA, ARI, TBR9.9Adam Dunn1B/OF1CIN, WSH, ARI, CWS, OAK25.6Chone FigginsIF1ANA/LAA, SEA, LAD22.2Raul IbanezOF1SEA, KCR, PHI, NYY19.3Jose ValverdeRP1ARI, HOU, DET, NYM8.5Carlos Pena1B1TEX, OAK, DET, BOS, TBD/TBR, CHC, KCR18.9Brad PennySP1FLA/MIA, LAD, BOS, SFG, STL, DET26.7J.J. PutzRP1SEA, NYM, CWS, ARI10.2Brian Roberts2B1BAL, NYY29.7Eric Chavez3B1OAK, NYY, ARI37.2Jason Giambi1B/DH1OAK, NYY, COL, CLE49.8Rafael FurcalIF1ATL, LAD, STL, MIA33.1Paul Konerko1B1LAD, CWS24.0Cliff LeeSP1CLE, PHI, SEA48.2Alfonso Soriano2B1NYY, TEX, WSH, CHC38.9Todd Helton1B2COL54.9Andy PettitteSP2NYY, HOU68.2Andruw JonesOF3ATL, LAD, TEX CWS, NYY67.0Scott Rolen3B3PHI, STL, TOR, CIN69.9Omar VizquelSS3SEA, CLE, SFG, TEX, CWS, TOR42.5Manny RamirezOF4CLE, BOS, LAD66.3Billy WagnerRP5HOU, PHI, NYW, ATL24.0Gary SheffieldOF6MIL, FLA, LAD, ATL, NYY, DET, NYM62.1Jeff Kent2B7NYM, SFG, HOU, LAD56.0Roger ClemensSP8BOS, TOR, NYY, HOU133.7Barry BondsOF8PIT, SF164.4Curt SchillingSP8BAL, HOU, PHI, ARI, BOS79.8Sammy SosaOF8CWS, CHC, BAL, TEX60.1Larry WalkerOF10MON, COL, STL68.7When will Baseball Hall of Fame results be released?Voting results for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Jan. 21. Hall of Fame voting season is upon us.This year features 32 players, including 19 first-timers. It’s headlined by a few interesting stories, as usual: How many votes will Derek Jeter get? Will Larry Walker finally make it in? What will come of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules, eligibilityActive Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) members of 10 years or longer receive a ballot, including Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan. Writers can vote for up to 10 players on the ballot. Writers may also submit a blank ballot, which counts against players on the ballot. Writers can also abstain from voting by not submitting a ballot.Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot five years after their retirement, as long as they played at least 10 seasons in the majors. If a player unretires during the five years, then the clock for Hall of Fame eligibility is restarted.Players are removed from the ballot if they do not receive at least 5 percent of the vote while on the ballot. Players are voted in if they receive 75 percent or more of the vote.
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If you are planning on waiting until you can just walk into the store and pick up a Wii U, you’ll probably have to wait at least until March. The console is expected to remain sold out, with customers likely to still be lining up outside the door for new shipments until the spring of 2013.That is the prediction from outspoken gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter. He has a mixed track record about gauging the near future of the industry, but he did correctly predict that the Wii U wouldn’t gain the critical acclaim that Nintendo was hoping for. Instead, the system’s launch was plagued with criticism for the arduous setup process, the need for an immediate firmware update, and the lack of video streaming services.Nevertheless, the Wii U is the first new video game console in six years. Never before in the modern gaming era has there been that kind of gap in between consoles, and as a result the fervor is inevitable.That being said, there is a marked difference in the climate surrounding the Wii U than there was for the Wii, or even the Xbox 360 or PS3. Back then, video game consoles were king. They were the coolest things around. Now, they have to share that attention with iPads and Kindle Fires.In other words, the Wii U is going to do exceptional during the first several months — just because that’s the way this industry works — but its staying power is what’s really in question.via Now Gamer