This year, preliminary end-of-the-year student room inspections took place in some residence halls the Sunday before the final week of classes. This change is a transition back to the policy of prior years; last year was the only year in which inspections took place during finals week.Karen Kennedy, Director of Housing, said the “change” in procedure is actually a reversion back to the procedure that was observed for more than a decade.“The practice of requiring all student rooms to be inspection-ready by 10 p.m. on the Sunday before the last week of classes has been long standing at the University,” she said. “Last year’s move-out process was handled differently and, because those changes did not produce positive results, it was decided to return to the previous time line for readiness for room inspections.”Kennedy said there are two goals for student rooms to be ready for inspection by Sunday at 10 p.m.“One is to provide for the University to be able to inspect rooms for critical repairs that must be made as soon as students move out, and the other is to confine the noises associated with furniture moving and assembling/disassembling prior to the start of study days and finals,” she said.Kennedy said the procedure benefits students as they study and rest for finals.The transition back to the old policy is a direct result of the negative feedback and logistical issues created from the change last year, Kennedy said.“We received feedback from both students and hall staff that the procedures implemented last year provided for additional noise throughout finals week and also made room inspections more challenging, resulting in untimely damage billing charges and other challenges in preparing the halls for Commencement and summer guests,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said students who fail to comply with move-out procedures may be subject to a fine.“These fines help ensure compliance and, when applicable, cover the costs of repairs, undue cleaning and lost keys,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said elevated beds, which are permitted to be constructed in residence halls without modular furniture, have been required to be down by 10 p.m. the Sunday before the last week of classes for at least a decade.“Students who choose to construct elevated beds are notified of and agree to this when they sign the elevated agreement form at the beginning of the year,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said this procedures are always being revised according to feedback received from individuals throughout the Notre Dame community.“I understand and appreciate the concerns shared with me by students, and will take student feedback into consideration when looking toward how move-out and room inspections will be handled in future years,” Kennedy said.Tags: Housing, move-out, Office of Housing
Two new cases of hepatitis A have surfaced in Palm Beach County, bringing the total number of cases this year to the high number of 23.The Florida Department of Health confirmed the new cases Wednesday but did not release any other information.The latest number of local cases this year include 23 in Palm Beach County, 22 in Martin County, 17 in St. Lucie County, 3 in Okeechobee County and 1 in Indian River County.Doctors say the best way to protect yourself from getting hepatitis A is to get vaccinated and to wash your hands.The hepatitis A vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, pharmacies, and county health departments.Health officials say the incubation time for hepatitis A is 15 to 50 days meaning a person would begin seeing symptoms between 15 and 50 days after being exposed to the virus.Click here to learn more.
THIS week we look at another prospect set to compete at the upcoming National Schools Championships, with high expectations riding on her performance.Seventeen-year-old Joanna Archer will be returning in the Girls’ Under-18 category, also again representing West Demerara (District 3).She will once again be in the 800m and 1500m. Additionally she will also be in the 400m, as well as the discus event, as she hopes to take the champion girl title of the age category.And with last year’s Girls’ Under-18 middle-distance champion Claudrice McKoy, off in the US at college, this year will definitely be an opportunity for Archer to take the top spot. And while she’s hoping for the best, she keeps in mind that on the day of a race just about anything can happen.“I’m very anxious and confident but I’m not underestimating anyone,” she said.While Archer finished second place in the 1500m last year, behind McKoy, she has already shown a lot of growth since then, and has definitely proved she has what it takes to get the job done. And we might just see it done in record time.Archer’s 1500m time of 5:04.5s in August, well surpassed the 5:06.8s current record that McKoy set last year. Archer’s personal best in the event is 4:57.23s, which she set back in July, at the National Seniors Championships.Archer is also looking forward to make amends in the Girls’ 800m, where last year she found herself disqualified, after finishing in second place in her heats. So far for the year, she has clocked a personal best of 2:14.55s in this event.The 400m is more of a new one for Archer, and it will be here that she will face her stiffest competition of the Championships. Many believe the race already belongs to North Georgetown (District 11) Kenisha Phillips.There will also be South Georgetown’s (District 13) seasoned 400m athlete Tiffauna Garnett, as well as Linden’s Chantoba Bright and quarter-mile regular Tandika Haynes.Nonetheless, Archer looks forward to her new challenge and is still holding out on medal hopes.Though not exactly a pet event, Archer has found talent in the discus before ruling the event back in 2015, while in the Girls’ Under-16 category.Since her last year participation, Archer has done a lot to build on her experience and skills. She has won several titles locally, and has done well regionally, taking silver in the 800m at the South American Juniors Championships, and gold in the 800m and 1500m at the Inter-Guiana Games in October.Additionally, to back her expectations, Archer has been hard at work training in preparations for the Championships, which is just one week away, running from November 27 to December 2.