Editor’s note: This is the second and final installment of a two-part series examining the policies and possible revisions of du Lac, the student handbook.Senior John Saulitis has been on both sides of the University’s disciplinary process.He faced the consequences of ResLife himself and used that experience to assist others as a peer advocate.One thing Saulitis has learned is that students who are ResLifed at Notre Dame are not “criminals.”“People make mistakes, and when you make something as rigid as the ResLife process, as du Lac is, you’re going to catch a lot of good people that maybe did something that they regret,” Saulitis said.The University is currently making revisions to du Lac, the student handbook, and student government will make recommendations for changes Monday. If accepted, the recommendations would update du Lac to make it more student-friendly, student body president Grant Schmidt said.Associate Vice President for Residence Life Bill Kirk said du Lac is reviewed every six to eight years, and he characterized this process as a “major” review.The University is evaluating all student life policies for “their effectiveness, consistency and appropriateness with [the University’s] mission,” Kirk said.Schmidt said the most important recommendation will be for the adoption of a medical amnesty policy, which was recently passed in Student Senate.If adopted by the University, the policy would prevent a student seeking medical treatment for a friend from getting in trouble with the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH).The policy would allow ORLH to educate the student, through alcohol classes for example, but the incident would not go on the student’s disciplinary record, Schmidt said.Saulitis agreed that student safety should come before the rules of du Lac.“Maybe that person falls and hurts themselves and there’s parietals. You can’t sit there until the morning if they’ve broke an arm or something like that,” Saulitis said. “Student safety should always come before the rules at Notre Dame.”Kirk said his Office has not yet been provided with details on student government’s suggestion for a medical amnesty policy.Schmidt said student government will also propose that discipline be handled at the most localized level possible. In particular, the recommendation will ask that first offenses be handled at the discretion of the rector.“If you [get in trouble] in Fisher, don’t you think if it’s your first incidence of intoxication, the rector of Fisher should probably call your rector?” Schmidt said.Student body vice president Cynthia Weber said, “Our mentality is that problems should be dealt with at the most localized level. Things that can be handled in dorm often should be handled in dorm.”Breen Phillips Hall rector Rachel Kellogg said many du Lac first-time offenses are handled in the residence halls, and she thinks students are often unaware of this as ORHL and rectors are concerned about privacy issues.“There are a lot of first-time issues that get dealt with in hall that I think a lot of people don’t see,” Kellogg said.Schmidt recognized that many rectors already communicate with each other before taking the discipline to a higher level, but said this policy would make it a requirement that a student’s rector be given the choice to deal with the incident in the dorm.Junior Zach Reuvers has been ResLifed more than once, and he said he sees an inconsistency in the way the University handles some infractions in the dorm and some in ORLH.Reuvers said he was ResLifed for playing beer pong — a drinking game involving shooting ping-pong balls in cups of beer — in his dorm room, but he said he knows of other instances where drinking game violations only levied a hall fine.“The [disciplinary] process in the residence halls needs a clarification,” Reuvers said. “They admitted in my hearing that they don’t typically hear drinking game sanctions unless they are really serious.”Along with the medical amnesty policy, student government is also discussing a recommendation to lift the ban on drinking games, Schmidt said.“I’m not trying to condone underage drinking,” Schmidt said. “But we are trying to address that the general culture on campus has changed.”Weber said drinking games have become a part of the culture, and are often times not abusive.“The genesis of drinking games has gone from drinking games are a way to get drunk, whereas now drinking games are such a part of drinking culture,” Weber said. “Drinking games happen to be a part of the casual drinking culture that is not binge drinking.”Schmidt said the goal is to prevent abusive drinking, and allowing drinking games on campus may help reduce the number of students who go to off-campus parties.“We will recommend that they at least look at that policy because a lot of times students are driven to off-campus parties [because of on-campus alcohol rules],” he said. “We want people to stay on campus.”Kirk said it is unlikely the University will revise du Lac to allow drinking games.“Drinking games are virtually always associated with drinking alcohol to excess and with the intention of becoming intoxicated … I can’t envision a change in our rules or regulations that would in any way moderate the University’s disapproval of such behavior,” he said.Kellogg said drinking games can be problematic in the dorms, especially for freshmen.“Its so easy to get drunk faster than you intend to,” she said.Under student government’s recommendation for a revision of the drinking game ban, the rector would determine whether the drinking game caused students to abuse alcohol, Schmidt said.As a rector, Kellogg said she sees her role in enforcing du Lac as educational.“It’s not just a list of dos and don’ts,” she said. “It’s more about living together in a community that is fair and pleasant for everyone.”In his role as a peer advocate, Saulitis said while every University needs a disciplinary process, he sees some weaknesses in the ResLife system.“I think the biggest problem with ResLife that they’ve gotten to the point where it’s all about the rules and not about the students anymore,” he said.To make the process more “about the students,” Saulitis recommended students work for ORLH and sit on the decision-making panel in administrative hearings.“I think students would be as tough as the people in Reslife,” he said. “I think a student would ask different questions, would ask important questions.”Kirk said the University is seeking student input on possible du Lac revisions.“We look forward to hearing from students,” he said. “All the input will be considered — whether or not it will find its way into the revision of du Lac will depend entirely upon its consistency with the University’s mission to contribute to the moral, intellectual, spiritual and social growth of the students and groups that make up our University community.”
Playing against a world-class team like Australia will provide good exposure to youngsters and will boost the confidence of the team ahead of next month’s FIH men’s Hockey Series Final, feels India captain Manpreet Singh.The India team travel Down Under for five matches starting Wednesday. The tour, marked as a preparation for next month’s Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar, will be newly-appointed chief coach Graham Reid’s maiden assignment with the team.The men’s side will play two matches each against the Australian national team and Australia A and a lone game against the Western Australia Thundersticks club.”Playing a world-class team like Australia ahead of the important Series in June will only help build our confidence. We had a good tournament in Malaysia in March and some of the youngsters did well there,” Manpreet said.”While Jaskaran Singh will make his international debut, it will be Gursahibjit’s second tournament with the Indian team and Armaan Qureshi is also returning to the team after a long gap. I am confident these players will live up to the expectations. It will be good exposure for them against the world no.2 side,” he added.Mark your calendars as Team India get ready for the Down Under challenge!Here’s a look at how their fixtures are lined up!#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/fnAhxSJmxp Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 4, 2019The team boasts of an interesting mix of experienced players and newcomers.And Reid will look to test all combinations ahead of the Hockey Series Final, where India needs to finish on top to ensure a place in the final round of the Olympic qualifier scheduled in October this year.advertisementIndia began its season with a silver medal at the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia and will hope to keep up the good show.Talking about the ideology of the new coach, Manpreet said Reid emphasises on having team players rather than relying on individual performances.”The new coach constantly reminds us why a team player holds more value to him than an individual player with excellent skill set.”He also instills winning mentality in every player and confident body language has also been an area of focus apart from game-specific tactics over the past three weeks of training under Graham Reid,” Manpreet said.Also Read | Manpreet Singh to lead India in tour of AustraliaAlso Read | India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries.Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAME Associated Press Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-CAM NEWTONNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” Newton made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live. Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDSDayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. — The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal race was scheduled to take place June 12-14. It is the ninth F1 race to be postponed so far, with the French GP on June 26 now the set to be the opening event of the season.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.— South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgeryBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab. Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success. Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draftUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor April 8, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. He didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62. — Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.VIRUS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGAthletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spotsUNDATED (AP) — About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday.The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence.The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals are the other MVP award finalists.Maeda went 16-11 with a 3.48 earned-run average in his first MLB season following eight as a professional in Japan. The right-hander led the Dodgers with 32 starts and earned nearly $9 million in performance bonuses.Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals is the third Rookie of the Year finalist.Roberts joined Tommy Lasorda (1977) as the only rookie managers ever to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a division title, finishing with a 91-71 regular season record. Roberts’ bold bullpen strategy in Game 5 of the National League Division Series — more than a week after the final BBWAA votes were cast — helped the Dodgers clinch a win over the Washington Nationals.Dusty Baker (Washington) and Joe Maddon (Chicago) are the other finalists for the Manager of the Year award. The winners of each award will be revealed during an hour-long MLB Network show beginning at 3 p.m. each day next week. The Rookie of the Year winners will be revealed Monday, Managers of the Year on Tuesday and Cy Young Award winners on Wednesday.Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was the National League’s best pitcher when healthy, going 12-4 with a 1.69 earned-run average in 21 starts, but will finish no higher than fourth in the voting for the first time since 2010. He missed two months with a back injury, which caused him to fall 13 innings short of the minimum required to qualify for an ERA title. Corey Seager has a chance to become the third player ever to win his league’s Most Valuable Player award and Rookie of the Year Award. The Dodgers’ shortstop is among top three vote-getters for both awards, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Monday.In addition to Seager, Kenta Maeda (Rookie of the Year) and Dave Roberts (Manager Of The Year) are among the finalists for the awards. The winners will be announced next week.Seager, 22, is a lock to become the Dodgers’ first Rookie of The Year since Todd Hollandsworth in 1996. He led the Dodgers in batting average (.308), on-base percentage (.365), slugging percentage (.512), runs (105), hits (193), doubles (40), triples (5), total bases (321), multi-hit games (57), strikeouts (133) and games played (157). Seager also finished among the top five National League hitters in hits, runs, total bases, and multi-hit games. The only other rookies to win both awards were both in the American League: Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and Fred Lynn in 1975.