Petition to give University students the option to take classes online circulates, gains over a thousand signatures

first_imgA petition has recently been circulating among members of the Notre Dame community online as a Google Doc. The petition, which is titled “Notre Dame Petition for an Online Semester and Student Safety,” calls on the University administration to take specific steps to ensure greater student safety and to allow students the option to, if they choose, return home and continue the remainder of the semester online. The petition, which has over 1,000 signatories, states that it is a collaborative effort of Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni. “Students are being required to continue to live under the same unsafe conditions that endangered their lives and health in the first place,” the petition states. “If students are willing to take that risk, they can, but only if immediate steps are taken to make their lives safer. However, no student who does not wish to take that risk should be forced to do so.”The petition calls on the administration to mandate that all classes will remain available online, and give any student who wants permission to study online — including students who were previously denied accommodations to do so. The petition also calls on the University to, “begin systematic COVID-19 testing of the entire student population as part of a safe, staggered move-out process for students who elect to leave campus to study remotely.” The petition says that students should be able to return home once reliably testing negative for the coronavirus and that they should not be required to return for the rest of the semester. Finally, the petition calls on the University to make sure that all students are, “physically safe and financially able to withstand the dangers and burdens of this epidemic at Notre Dame.”Sierra Stinson, a sophomore who signed the petition, said she learned of it through a group chat she is a part of, and she added her name to the petition for various reasons.“I don’t want to put Notre Dame’s administration down at all, that’s not my intention,” Stinson said. “But I have seen a lot of unpreparedness from the administration with testing and how they’re handling it. I feel like the safety of the students has been compromised because of the motivations to stay open and I think the University has a moral obligation to go fully online for the South Bend community and their students.”However, Stinson said it is also important that the petition also stipulated that students should be able to choose to stay on campus and attend online instruction there if they wished.“There are a lot of students here who have bad family circumstances or they get more resources here than they do at home,” she said. “So I think it is important to allow the option for kids to remain on campus.”Stinson said she would have liked to see more testing in the first weeks of the semester, and would like to see more testing, especially surveillance testing, going forward.“First, I think everyone should have been tested when we first got here,” she said. “There definitely should have been surveillance testing like one to two times a week for every student.”Other schools around the country, such as Princeton or University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have outlined testing protocols which include required testing twice a week for on-campus undergraduates.Another student and signatory of the petition, junior Alexander Clay, said he would have liked to see the semester begin online from the start.“What I would have liked to see is them not opening at all and having the entire semester virtually and providing those kids who may not have had a very good environment the resources they needed to have a successful semester,” Clay said. “I thought that bringing us back in any capacity would be a big mistake.”One thing both Stinson and Clay mentioned was the lack of transparency and clear communication between students and the administration.“Of course I hoped it would work out, but in order for it to work out it would have needed to have transparency from the beginning between the student body and the administration and we didn’t have that when we needed it,” Stinson said. “Student government has been trying very hard to create that transparency, but I feel like it’s already too late.”Not all the signatories of the petition are Notre Dame students — signatures include those of staff, parents, community members and faculty. Sarah McKibben, an associate professor for Notre Dame’s department of Irish language and literature, is one such signatory. She said she learned of the petition early on through its authors. “I am friends with the main authors of the petition and I was invited to contribute to help edit and write it, though it was mostly done by the time I saw it,” McKibben said. “So I just heard about it because I’m part of a large group composed of faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates who are kind of broadly interconnected by our shared concern over the University’s decision.”McKibben said she and other faculty members shared concerns about transparency on data and decision making from the administration. “The lack of transparency has been really terribly unfortunate. If you look into public health matters, people will tell you that one of the rules for public health is it has got to be transparent,” she said. “People don’t trust you if you’re not being transparent and if they can poke holes in what you say then they’re going to be filled with skepticism and the whole thing just falls apart.”McKibben said the faculty and staff have, by and large, been under-consulted by the administration regarding the plans and protocols for reopening for an in-person semester. “The faculty were not told of that ahead of time and at no point was the entire faculty or all employees consulted or surveyed to see what we felt, what we wanted, what we thought we were capable of, what we thought was safe,” McKibben said.McKibben also expressed she felt the University has failed to approach this problem collaboratively and failed to center-science and effectively utilize experts with relevant experience and their advice in the administration’s decision making process. “We all really earnestly hope that all the students and employees will be ok even if they do get COVID-19, but the disastrous fiasco with testing and contact tracing and quarantine was preceded by real problems with communication and consultation and the lack of a collaborative decision making process,” she said. “My experience of the University’s decision making is that it has been top-down, it has not been inclusive, and it has not been collaborative. I think that the appropriate thing to do is to default to let people teach online.”Notre Dame’s spokesman said the University has been listening to critiques from the public.“The University has acknowledged some missteps in the early going and worked quickly to improve the process,” University Spokesmen Dennis Brown said on the petition. “We also have listened to the many suggestions that have been offered and implemented several, such as additions to the daily dashboard. The suggestions in this petition will likewise be considered.”Tags: COVID-19, petition, testing transparencylast_img read more

VantageScore 4.0 offers solutions to 3 common consumer credit scoring challenges

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At TransUnion, we believe that consumer access to multiple credit scores is key to expanding economic inclusivity. Earlier this year, we looked at how the use of additional credit scoring models in the mortgage market could address unequal lending access among disparate economic and ethnic groups. We also examined the explosion of consumer engagement with a variety of credit scores via direct financial institution relationships, freemium sites and the credit reporting agencies (CRAs), ushering in a new era of consumer credit-savvy and empowerment.These developments are generating exciting innovations in credit scoring, with the potential to help more individuals and families gain access to capital and improve their standards of living. One of the more promising movements is the incorporation of trended data into credit scores. Trended data, also known as historical or time-series data, illustrates more than a view of consumer debt at a single point in time. By using trended credit data, lenders can incorporate up to 30 months of account history on loans and credit accounts, exposing patterns that can help them make better-informed decisions.For example, the VantageScore 4.0 credit score leverages historical credit data like changes in balances and actual payment amounts. This information allows lenders to see, for example, whether a consumer is paying off credit cards each month or carrying a balance — and whether that monthly balance is trending downward or upward. VantageScore 4.0 credit score also offers solutions to three specific challenges that traditional models present to lenders and consumers alike: continue reading »last_img read more

Aussies spin way to massive 333-run win to humiliate India

first_img..O’Keefe returns career-best figures of 6-35, Smith compiles his 18th Test century..By Sudipto GangulyPUNE, India-(Reuters)-Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked up 12 wickets to guide Australia to a first win in India since 2004, the 333-run thrashing in the opening Test also bringing the home side’s 19-match unbeaten streak to a juddering halt on Saturday.The 32-year-old, who returned matching career-best figures of 6-35 in both innings for a maiden 10-wicket Test haul, shone with the ball after his skipper Steve Smith had recorded his first Test century on Indian soil to anchor Australia’s batting.India, who had not lost a home Test in 20 matches since a 2012 defeat to England in Kolkata, were once again unable to cope with O’Keefe’s probing lines after they were bundled out for a paltry 105 in the first innings.Chasing a massive victory target of 441, India scored just two more runs in their second innings to capitulate inside three days at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, making its debut as a Test centre.Australia’s captain Steven Smith celebrates a fighting hundred in Pune on the 3rd day.“We’ve got to hold our heads high, take it on the chin and accept the defeat, they completely outplayed us,” home captain Virat Kohli said after India fell 1-0 behind in the four-match series.“That was probably our worst batting display in the last two years. I’m sure the guys will bounce back strongly but the batting was more disappointing than the bowling.”Arriving in India on the back of nine straight defeats in Asia, Australia were in control of the contest once they scraped together 260 in the first innings and tasted victory in India for the first time since a 342-run Nagpur victory in 2004.“I’m really proud of the way the boys have performed in this test match,” Australia captain Smith said.“Steve O’Keefe was absolutely outstanding throughout. I think it’s been 4,502 days since Australia’s won a Test here in India. I know it to the day and I’m really proud of that achievement.”SLOPPY FIELDINGFour of O’Keefe’s six wickets in the second innings were leg before dismissals while he also got the prized scalp of Kohli, who completed a forgettable display when he shouldered arms to a straight delivery and saw his off-stump uprooted for 13.Spin colleague Nathan Lyon provided able support, picking up the other four wickets in India’s innings for 53 runs.Earlier in the day, Smith capitalised on India’s sloppy fielding with a brilliant century to help his team make 285 in their second innings after the visitors had resumed on 143 for four.Smith, the world’s top-ranked Test batsman, was eventually out leg before to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for 109 after he compiled his 18th Test ton to guide Australia to a winning advantage.The 27-year-old right-handed batsman, who was unbeaten on 59 overnight, was dropped three times on Friday and was handed another lifeline on 67 but maintained his concentration on a tricky surface to bring up his 18th test hundred.He also enjoyed another slice of fortune on 73 when a strong appeal for leg before off Jadeja was turned down by the umpire with replays indicating the decision would have been overturned on review had India not already used up their two referrals.After Smith reached three figures with a couple of runs off Jadeja, he punched the air and planted a kiss on his helmet before soaking up the applause from the sparse morning crowd and his team mates.Smith and Mitchell Marsh added 56 for the fifth wicket and the Australia captain contributed to two more significant stands with Matthew Wade (20) and Mitchell Starc (30) as Australia piled on the runs.The second match starts in Bangalore from next Saturday.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 260 (M. Renshaw 68, M. Starc 61; U. Yadav 4-32) India 1st innings 105 (L. Rahul 64; S. O’Keefe 6-35) Australia 2nd innings (Overnight: 143-4)D. Warner lbw b R. Ashwin 10S. Marsh lbw b R. Ashwin 0S. Smith lbw b Jadeja 109P. Handscomb c Vijay b R. Ashwin 19M. Renshaw c I. Sharma b J. Yadav 31M. Marsh c Saha b Jadeja 31M. Wade c Saha b U. Yadav 20M. Starc c Rahul b R. Ashwin 30S. O’Keefe c Saha b Jadeja 6N. Lyon lbw b U. Yadav 13J. Hazlewood not out 2Extras (b-4 lb-9 nb-1) 14Total (all out, 87 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-10 D. Warner,2-23 S. Marsh,3-61 P. Handscomb,4-113 M. Renshaw,5-169 M. Marsh,6-204 M. Wade,7-246 S. Smith,8-258 M. Starc,9-279 N. Lyon,10-285 S. O’KeefeBowling: R. Ashwin 28 – 3 – 119 – 4,R. Jadeja 33 – 10 – 65 – 3,U. Yadav 13 – 1 – 39 – 2, J. Yadav 10 – 1 – 43 – 1(nb-1),I. Sharma 3 – 0 – 6 – 0.INDIA 2nd innings (Target: 441 runs)M. Vijay lbw b O’Keefe 2L. Rahul lbw b Lyon 10C. Pujara lbw b O’Keefe 31V. Kohli b O’Keefe 13A. Rahane c Lyon b O’Keefe 18R. Ashwin lbw b O’Keefe 8W. Saha lbw b O’Keefe 5R. Jadeja b Lyon 3J. Yadav c Wade b Lyon 5I. Sharma c Warner b Lyon 0U. Yadav not out 0Extras (b-8 lb-4) 12Total (all out, 33.5 overs) 107Fall of wickets: 1-10 M. Vijay,2-16 L. Rahul,3-47 V. Kohli,4-77 A. Rahane,5-89 R. Ashwin,6-99 W. Saha,7-100 C. Pujara,8-102 R. Jadeja,9-102 I. Sharma,10-107 J. YadavBowling: M. Starc 2 – 2 – 0 – 0,N. Lyon 14.5 – 2 – 53 – 4,S. O’Keefe 15 – 4 – 35 – 6 J. Hazlewood 2 – 0 – 7 – 0.last_img read more