Senate discusses student stress

first_imgStudent Senate met Wednesday night to discuss mental health resources and general stress levels of students at Notre Dame. The goal of the conversation was to begin an ongoing dialogue about student experiences with stress and how the university’s resources can better assist the issues.Student body vice president Matt Devine began the meeting by asking the group in attendance if students are aware of their stress levels and how the levels impact their lives.The group discussed the stigma that exists when students admit to and seek mental health resources; however, the representatives also noted that the dorms serve as support system for students, giving them friends nearby to talk to about stress.Kristen Gates, a representative from Walsh Hall, said she thinks the stress levels of students stems from the desire to succeed.“There is such a high expectation for Notre Dame Students to be extremely involved and excel in academics while holding it all together, but this idea of perfection has negative effects on student stress levels.”Senate plans on holding three focus groups in the future to further gauge student perception on mental-health resources.Senate also voted to pursue a discussion with the registrar about the University’s auditing policy, which entails being able to sit in on a class and receive credit without paying for the class.Student body president Lauren Vidal also presented the State of the Union to the senate. Vidal discussed the senate’s most recent accomplishments, including the O’SNAP program, as well as other goals for the year. Vidal encouraged students to be catalysts of positive change in the campus and the world.“We must look to a time when we have all already graduated and how our actions now will effect students for generations to come,” she said.Tags: Senate, Student governmentlast_img read more

Death of Fat Cells

first_imgA team of University of Georgia researchersis the first to find that the hormone leptin causes the programmed deathof fat cells rather than simply reducing their size.The discovery helps explain why rats injected with leptin stay thinlong after treatment has stopped. It could play a significant role in usingleptin to treat obesity, said CliftonBaile, a UGA professor of foods and nutrition and animal science.Research on leptin has exploded in the two years since it was firstdiscovered by Rockefeller University researchers. The hormone is producedby the body’s fat cells and travels through the blood stream to the brain.Animals treated with leptin eat less, lose weight and expend energy ata higher rate.Pharmaceutical companies have invested hundreds of millions of dollarsresearching the use of leptin to treat obesity. Leptin-based medicationis expected to be available within five years.The UGA team’s findings about leptin’s effect on fat cells began afterHao Qian (pronounced Hall Chin), joined the UGA faculty a year ago. Qianspent several months researching apoptosis (programmed death) of spinal-cordcells following injuries.In general, apoptosis is a routine process that occurs in most tissues.It’s what causes leaves to fall from trees in autumn. It’s also how thebody eliminates diseased or unnecessary cells, such as a mother’s milk-secretingmammary cells after a baby is weaned.Apoptosis was first revealed in 1972. However, extensive research onthe role it plays in a variety of organisms didn’t begin until 1992. Thatexplains why Qian’s hypothesis about leptin’s role in the destruction offat cells was so novel.”When Hao first suggested that the fat cells’ reaction to leptin lookedlike apoptosis, we didn’t think he was right,” Baile said. However, theteam developed a series of experiments to test the hypothesis.The UGA scientists injected one group of rats with leptin, placed asecond group on a low-calorie diet and gave a third, untreated, group normalamounts of food.In comparing the DNA of the rats’ fat cells, the cells of the leptin-treatedrats clearly showed apoptosis. But the rats in the low-calorie diet andcontrol groups showed no signs of it.”The only cells affected in the leptin-treated rats were the fat cells,”Baile said. “Cells in the liver, kidney and heart, as well as both smoothand skeletal muscle were not affected. This was true in male and femalerats, young rats and older rats.”A problem with most treatments for obesity is that once the treatmentis stopped, the individual begins gaining weight almost immediately,” Bailesaid. “However, with leptin, that’s not the case.”Baile said it takes weeks for the leptin-treated rats to recover thefat they lose. “We’ve had trouble finding any fat cells in rats withinfive days of treatment,” he said.The scientists presented their results Oct. 27-28 in San Diego at theAnnual Conference on Apoptosis. They also presented some of the researchat a September workshop sponsored by the National Institutes of Healththat focused on the brain and fat cells. The research will appear in thescientific journal, Endocrinology, later this year.last_img read more

Coal Port-Expansion Sponsor in Washington State Puts Project on Hold

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Associated Press:The sponsor of a proposed Washington state coal port for shipments of the fuel to Asia is suspending work on an environmental review because of a Native American tribe’s concerns that the project could hurt its fishing rights.SSA Marine, which retains a 51 percent ownership of the project, said Friday it was halting the environmental review while it waits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make a decision on the treaty rights of the Lummi Tribe.The Puget Sound port just south of the U.S.-Canada border would accommodate almost 60 million tons a year of coal and other commodities.Coal companies hope exports to Asia will shore up their industry, which has been battered by competition from cheap natural gas and more stringent restrictions on pollution caused by burning the fuel. Construction costs for the Gateway Pacific Terminal have been estimated at $700 million.The Lummi Nation has pressed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the project’s permit because it would disrupt the tribe’s fishing practices. The proposal also has met strong opposition from environmental groups worried about the greenhouse gases and other pollutants produced by burning coal.Cloud Peak Energy bought a 49 percent stake in Gateway Pacific six months ago. The Wyoming company paid $2 million up front to SSA Marine and agreed to cover up to $30 million in permitting expenses, hoping to capitalize on the port to serve growing coal markets in Asia.The deal also included an option for the Crow Tribe to take a 5 percent stake in the port. Cloud Peak plans to build a major mine on the Crow Tribe’s southeastern Montana reservation and planned to move up to 18 million tons of fuel through Gateway Pacific.But the international coal market is experiencing a sudden and drastic decline. Cloud Peak last month took a $58 million loss on its investments in coal export projects including Gateway Pacific.Full article: Backer of proposed coal port stops work amid Lummi Tribe concerns Coal Port-Expansion Sponsor in Washington State Puts Project on Holdlast_img read more


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Greensburg man arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after police say he injured and confined a woman during an argument.According to police, Chad M. Keller, 29, was arrested after an investigation that started with a call to 911.Police met with the woman at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.According to police, the woman told them that Keller had slammed the door on her arm and injured it.She told police that she tried to leave, but Keller grabbed her clothing and pulled her back inside their apartment, which caused her to fall.During a second attempt, she said that Keller slammed the door on her arm, and was pulled back inside and fell again.Police say she was able to escape and called a friend for help, and then 911 to report the incident.Police say that Keller told them during the argument, he unintentionally injured the woman’s arm, because she intentionally placed her arm in the door.Keller was arrested and faces charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Confinement.last_img

Snowy Owl sightings set record for 2017-18

first_imgConnersville, In. — The Indiana Audubon Society says the winter of 2017-18 will go down in the record books as the highest number of Snowy Owls seen in Indiana in a single winter.  To date, 139 Snowy Owls have been documented in Indiana this winter.  The Indiana Audubon Society has been tracking sightings via submitted reports, social media sites, and birding websites, such as  The new record breaks the old record of 121 owls that were seen during the winter of 2013-14.Snowy owl numbers fluctuate year to year based on their primary prey, lemmings, giant mouse-like rodents, whose population also oscillates based on food supplies and weather conditions in the Arctic.  When populations spike, the owls respond with higher than normal breeding, with some nests containing ten or more eggs.  The subsequent invasions later that fall result in not so much a food scarcity, but because of the abundance of food earlier that summer.  Young owls tend to leave the Arctic each winter, resulting in the larger than normal invasion occurring now.While most winters see a handful of Snowy Owl sightings congregated in the northern part of the state, particularly along Lake Michigan, the current invasion has seen sightings occur nearly statewide, 46 of 92 counties have reported an owl.  Snowy Owls have been as far south as Evansville, with the most sightings near Indianapolis and the open agricultural land to the north and east of the city.“As our wintering Snowy Owls begin to head north over the next month, now is still a good time to keep your eyes out for this amazing sign of the Arctic,” said Brad Bumgardner, executive director for the Indiana Audubon.  “With winter snow melting, these amazing owls are standing out more among the open fields and farmland that they seem to prefer, rather than forests like many other owl species.”Owl seekers are reminded to keep their distance should they find one.  Snowy Owls have little apparent fear for humans, but small stresses and spooking can wear a winter-weary bird down, resulting in lower weights and less of an ability to fly back north in the spring.To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs and field trips near you, visit them on the web.last_img read more

Duff back for Fulham but duo miss out

first_imgDamien Duff has been passed fit for Fulham’s Europa League clash with Odense, but Danny Murphy and Steve Sidwell have been ruled out.Duff has been given the all-clear to return following a recurrence of a calf problem, while Chris Baird is also available again after missing Saturday’s defeat at Swansea.Fulham are also hopeful that veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer will recover from a knock in time for Wednesday’s game at Craven Cottage, where a win would take the Whites into the knockout stage of the tournament they reached the final of in 2010.AdChoices广告But they will be without midfielders Murphy and Sidwell, who are still struggling with the injuries that forced them to sit out the Swansea game.Striker Andrew Johnson is suspended following his sending-off against FC Twente. Bobby Zamora, a notable absentee at the weekend, is back in the squad.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img

Fans Urge Semenya Not to Quit Athletics

first_imgSemenya’s tweet included a quote which referred to knowing when to walk away.One person replied to Semenya’s tweet saying “never give up” while another urged her to “fight until the end”.But Semenya posted another tweet shortly afterwards that read: “That’s me and will always be. I’m finished.”However, Athletics South Africa President Aleck Skhosana appeared to play down suggestions Semenya could quit by describing her as “an outstanding athlete who has a continuous hunger for great results”.Skhosana added: “We believe that Caster will shake off the world attention currently around her to give us another exceptional performance and give the world new topics to talk about.”Yesterday, Lord Coe, President of the IAAF, welcomed the Court of Arbitration’s decision to reject Semenya’s challenge against new rules from athletics’ governing body.Speaking in a news conference for today’s Diamond League meeting, he said: “It’s pretty straightforward. Athletics has two classifications, it has age and gender.“We are fiercely protective of both and I am really grateful the court of arbitration has upheld that principle.”Coe, who answered two questions on the subject before refusing to answer more and switching to the Diamond League, said there would be no delay in implementing the new regulations, despite CAS saying it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of them.It means Semenya – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.Meanwhile, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who fought and won a long battle over her own elevated levels of male sex hormones, said Semenya’s court defeat was “wrong”.“I feel sad for her – she has been made to suffer like me,” said Chand, who was cleared to compete last year after winning a court appeal against IAAF regulations.“I think she and her team will find a way out. She is an Olympic medallist and her country is behind her.”CShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Caster Semenya Fans have urged South African athlete Caster Semenya not to quit athletics after she posted a cryptic tweet following the loss of her appeal against regulations restricting testosterone levels in female runners.Semenya will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone level if she is to continue competing at 800m.The Olympic champion, 28, is confirmed for that distance in the Diamond League season opener in Doha today.last_img read more

D’Abbraccio: Syracuse seniors should be remembered for unselfishness, previous success, not final season

first_img Published on November 10, 2014 at 12:30 am Facebook Twitter Google+ I ran into Cameron Lynch on Marshall Street on Saturday night.“How was Senior Day?” I casually asked.Earlier in the day, the Syracuse linebacker played in the Carrier Dome for the last time. No. 38 stood with his parents during a pregame ceremony for him and his 28 classmates — fittingly at the 38-yard line. It was the beginning of the end of the team captain’s college career.But his unselfish standards kept him from reflecting on it on a personal level.“It was all right. We lost,” was all Lynch said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s that team-first, no-excuses attitude he and the seniors exhibited after the Orange’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) 27-10 loss to No. 22 Duke (8-1, 4-1) on Saturday that makes the group appropriate leaders for this year’s team.The seniors’ past accomplishments, rooted in selflessness, are why this outgoing class should be remembered as a group that elevated the program. The seniors shouldn’t be defined by their final go-round, in which they ultimately couldn’t carry Syracuse to another bowl game through this injury-ravaged season.This season’s been an anomaly compared to Syracuse’s past few seasons. The injury bug bit much too forcefully to judge where the program is in the ACC.But don’t tell that to head coach Scott Shafer or his seniors.“We were dealt a pretty tough hand throughout this year,” said Sean Hickey, SU’s senior left tackle and a team captain. “You can’t use it as a crutch or an excuse but the good teams can overcome it.“… it was just too much for us to overcome.”The seniors have already overcome enough to be remembered fondly.When the fifth-year seniors came in for the 2010 season, the Orange was coming off a 4-8 finish in Doug Marrone’s first shot as the program’s head coach — dead last in the Big East and six years removed from Syracuse’s last bowl game.But soon enough, Marrone’s administrative changes to remove individuality from the team took their effect. None of Marrone’s players were supposed to stand out. No hats or earrings in Manley Field House. No facial hair. No armbands.The Greg Robinson days, before Marrone took over in 2009, of players eating Wendy’s before a game or boxes of pizza the night before were way back in the rearview mirror.“He really wanted to emphasize that it’ll take the whole team to turn this around, it’s not going to take one individual,” fifth-year senior cornerback Joe Nassib said in September, referring to Marrone.Out of the Orange’s eight current fifth-year seniors, only running back Prince-Tyson Gulley and wide receiver Adrian Flemming contributed on the field for that 2010 team. But the foundation was being built.That squad hoisted the first-ever Pinstripe Bowl championship trophy, giving birth to a run of three bowl wins in four years — the 2010 and 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowls and the 2013 Texas Bowl. The senior class, most notably Lynch, Hickey, Gulley and outside linebacker Dyshawn Davis played a major role in the success.But after Saturday’s breakdown against Duke, those veterans won’t have the “nice cherry on top” of his career that Hickey desired. Now, just two meaningless road games against Pittsburgh and Boston College await.“It’s devastating,” said Gulley, a team captain. “That’s pretty much all I know, just making it to a bowl game. For us not to make one kind of hurts, but you just have to take it on the chin.”Yet through the few ups and countless downs of this season, the seniors were the staples on and off the field. They refused to make excuses for the team’s losing. And they were at the heart of raising the standard for Syracuse football as an ACC competitor.Relative to the rest of the conference, the Orange is in a precarious spot — its recruiting and coaching futures in doubt, inconsistent quarterback play all season and a basketball-centric fan base.But it’s a hell of a lot better than the cellar of the Big East.“You don’t want people to remember, when they think back of you as a player, to just remember this season,” Hickey said. “This senior class has been extremely successful since we’ve been here.”And that’s what the senior class’ legacy should be. They can all be selfish now.Phil D’Abbraccio is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @PhilDAbb. Commentslast_img read more

Swim and dive places third at Pac-10 championships

first_imgAfter a week of competition, the USC men’s swim team took home third place at the Pac-10 men’s swimming championships in Long Beach, Calif.The No. 7 Trojans finished behind No. 1 California and Pac-10 champion No. 2 Stanford.Youth served · Sophomore Charlie Charlesworth helped propel the Trojans to a strong showing, as he finished in second place in the 1650-yard free during the Pac-10 championships over the weekend. – Daily Trojan file photo After the first day of competition on Wednesday, the Trojans were in third place behind the two Northern California teams.As the meet progressed through to Saturday, USC kept that  spot while Stanford remained in control of first place. With its win at Pac-10s, the Cardinal won its 30th consecutive Pac-10 title.“We did not really match up with those two teams [Cal and Stanford] because they have so many more people, so many more seniors,” said freshman Vlad Morozov. “By next year we will match up with them better than this year.”Several young USC swimmers displayed strong performances that helped bump USC past Arizona for the third place spot. Sophomore Clement Lefert was awarded medals in three events, taking first place in the 500-yard free and third in both the 200-yard free and 200-yard fly.Sophomore Charlie Charlesworth took second in the 1650-yard free, while freshman Dimitri Colupaev won his first Pac-10 title when he took first the 200-yard free. Morozov finished second in the 50-yard and 100-yard free, barely being beaten by Cal’s senior Nathan Adrian in both.“I got second in the 50-and-100 free, but I didn’t think I would be that close to Cal’s Nathan Adrian, a 2008 Olympian,” Morozov said. “I don’t think anyone thought I’d be that close, so at NCAAs I’ll keep my head up and see if I can beat him.”Despite not taking home first place at the Pac-10 championships, the Trojans did well based on the goals they had set for themselves before the meet.“We knew Cal and Stanford were out of our reach so our focus was on beating Arizona and taking home as many individual medals as we could,” Lefert said. “We haven’t finished third in Pac-10s since 2005 so it was a good job. We have a young team — a lot of freshman and sophomores — and they stepped up.”Looking toward the NCAA competition at the end of March, USC is focused on its next goal: placing in the top five.“Our relays are going to be a major factor in reaching that goal,” Morozov said. “At NCAAs we are going to break some records.”last_img read more