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Students enjoy versatility of new Library Lawn

first_imgLibrary Lawn is the newest renovation to Notre Dame’s campus, as the grassy area between Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium— also known as Library Quad — has been transformed into a hangout space for all students to enjoy.The quad is dotted with Adirondack chairs, fire pits and umbrellas, allowing students to utilize the lawn, no matter the weather.“I love the vibe here,” senior Alessandro Preda said about the lawn. “It’s very relaxing and mellow which makes it a great place to hang out,” John Salem | The Observer Located between Notre Dame Stadium and Hesburgh Library sits the new Library Lawn. The area includes chairs, umbrellas and a performance stage for students to use.Another highlight of the setup is the large black stage, which serves a number of purposes from concerts to live contests. The final section of Library Lawn — the area between the stage and the hangout area — is called ‘The Green’ and is meant to be a place for students to play recreational games such as cornhole and spikeball.The Library Lawn made its debut last weekend and the Student Activities Office (SAO) put together a number of events to draw in students to the renovated quad. These events ranged from sunset yoga to free frozen yogurt and culminated in a fireworks display Saturday night.The motivation behind the creation of the lawn are rather simple.“Everyone at the University was interested in the students having more opportunities for safe, outdoor fun on campus,” Nick Johnson, executive director of ND Innovates, said.Johnson also said the lawn was a collaborative effort between SAO and University Enterprises and Events, a division of the Office of the Executive Vice president, which is in charge of organizing and executing events on campus year-round. The two groups were inspired by similar renovations done in major metropolitan areas around the country in order to draw more people downtown.“The Library Lawn project not only makes better use of a beautiful green space framed by iconic buildings, but it’s a perfect location for students to relax,” Jennifer McGuire, athletic director at the University Enterprises and Events division, said.McGuire said student feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive” as the Notre Dame residents seem to enjoy the new hangout area quite a bit.“My favorite part of the lawn has gotta be the fire pits, because s’mores!” sophomore Karina Duffy said.Perhaps the most widely appreciated aspect of the Library Lawn is how many different purposes it serves.“I really enjoy the fact that, with the comfortable chairs and open spaces, the lawn is a great place to relax with friends and get some work done,” sophomore Hannah Wahle said.In addition, students enjoy having the room to spread out and enjoy the nice weather.“I love the lawn,” sophomore Katie Nolan said. “I live in Flaherty and don’t really have access to many open spaces like this.”Library Lawn isn’t the only renovation that SAO and University Enterprises and Events have planned.“Plans are afoot to similarly outfit additional space adjacent to the Hesburgh Library,” McGuire said.The aforementioned space will serve a similar purpose as the current lawn ,but more so will be a quiet area geared towards studying and work space. Both this new space and the current lawn are expected to stay open until the end of October, depending on the weather.Although Library Lawn has been met with much praise, it seems like there are still some aspects to be worked out down the line.“I wish the Wi-Fi was better out here,” Preda said.The lawn is currently open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays.Tags: cornhole, Hesburgh Library, Library Lawn, SAO, spikeballlast_img read more

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PGGM enters €2.3bn risk-sharing deal with Banco Santander

first_imgPGGM spokesman Maurice Wilbrink said the asset manager had invested more than €5bn in such deals to date, and that annual net returns, through illiquidity premiums, had been 10% on average.He added that the Santander deal was the third of its kind, and that, out of a total of 30 transactions so far, five had been done in 2014 and eight in 2015. “As part of the deal, the asset manager is to take the first loss,” he said.“But, because the synthetic portfolio remains on the bank’s balance sheet, the bank has a large stake in managing the credit risk, which adds to the security of the investment.”Wilbrink declined to specify the amount agreed for the first loss, or the duration of the contract.He said, however, that several prior transactions had been extended.Mascha Canio, PGGM’s head of credit and insurance-linked investments, said the Santander deal showed how a Dutch pension fund could co-operate with banks to stimulate SME business investments in the European economy.She added that, in light of the European Commission’s legislative proposal on securitisations, where it calls for preferential regulatory treatment of simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisations as part of the introduction of the Capital Markets Union, “this transaction supports the relevance of synthetic securitisations next to true sale securitisations”.Pablo Roig, CFO at Santander Spain, said the deal would help the bank manage its exposure in the SME sector and “recycle the freed-up assets in new lending to this strategically important client base in Spain”. PGGM, the €182bn asset manager, has entered into a risk-sharing deal with Spain’s Banco Santander related to a €2.3bn portfolio of small-business loans.PGGM said the deal, made on behalf of the €161bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, provided access to a credit-risk portfolio, further diversifying the scheme’s asset mix.It said the deal – involving a portfolio of more than 6,000 loans to Santander’s clients in Spain – would generate a “stable and robust” return.Since 2006, the asset manager has made similar risk-sharing deals with a number of banks on several continents, including Rabobank, Citibank and Credit Suisse.last_img read more

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Whicker: Russell Martin hasn’t quit chasing the Dodger dream

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start At that point, Martinez had to go to that Love Canal of a bullpen.Cody Bellinger led off and put together his best at-bat of the series, battling from 0-and-2 to a full count while fouling off enough pitches until he got one he liked for a single. “That was huge,” Justin Turner said. “I think Belli unlocked himself with that at-bat.”Six Dodgers were down 0-and-2 during that seven-run sixth inning. Four got hits.“I was going to take Corbin out after 35 pitches, which we thought would take a couple of innings,” Martinez said, with a nervous laugh. “He got there way before that.”It gets late early when you’re bringing unqualified pitching against the Dodgers. As for Martin, they told Martin he’d be a part of a championship team with the Dodgers somewhere along the line. He’s still walking it.Dodgers catcher Russell Martin acknowledges the crowd after the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 in Game 3 of the NLDS to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series on Sunday night in Washington. Martin had a go-ahead, two-run double and a two-run home run in the 10-4 victory. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) “With Corbin, we could tell that he gets ahead of you and when there are guys in scoring position, he’s not going to throw strikes,” Martin said. “I got down 0-and-2, which is where you never want to be, but I fouled a couple off and I started feeling better about it, and then he missed location on a slider and I was able to do something.”As for Ryu, he did not have to equal Stephen Strasburg or rule the mound like Curt Schilling, or pitch like any number of black-and-white memories from faraway Octobers.He responded with at least his best road playoff game since the 2014 NLDS in St. Louis, when he gave up one run in six innings of a 3-1 loss. He had a 4.50 road ERA in his postseasons.Washington’s best chance to get the kind of yawning lead that they needed was in their fourth inning, when Anthony Rendon and Soto led off with singles. Ryu got an 0-and-2 count on Howie Kendrick and then a fly ball to center. He also got an 0-and-2 count on Kurt Suzuki and then a double-play ball to Justin Turner.Whether you believe in momentum-in-progress or not, Max Muncy came up in the fifth and bashed Sanchez’s centered 0-and-2 fastball into the right-field seats. Muncy is hitting very well against fastballs and strikes and seems unbeatable these days on fastball strikes. Ryu then negotiated his way through the fifth inning and got the third out on Trea Turner’s liner to left.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies WASHINGTON — When you get to be 36 in this game, you either make history or you become it.Russell Martin, the prodigal Dodgers catcher who was supposed to win a World Series with Matt Kemp, Andy LaRoche, Jose Guzman and Chad Billingsley, turned one too many Patrick Corbin sliders into a go-ahead double. Later in Game 3, he homered off Hunter Strickland, the human launch angle.He also homered in a postseason game in Chicago 10 years ago. “That was a lot of foul tips ago,” Martin said after the Dodgers took this 10-4 victory and a 2-1 lead over Washington in the best-of-five National League Division Series.Martin is the first player since Paul Richards in 1945 to get four RBIs and two extra-base hits in a playoff game while 36 or older. Babe Ruth also did it in 1932. Martin also is the third-oldest catcher to drive in four runs in a postseason game.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Long ago, in his passages through New York, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Martin learned that “catcher” was not a position but a job description. He has made it this far because he can guide and enhance pitchers like Hyun-jin Ryu, who held the rope as long as he needed to during the first five innings. And, the longer Martin plays, the younger the pitchers get.He has been Ryu’s predominant catcher this season and, with all that he’s seen, can figure out which pitches in Ryu’s variety pack will work at which time.“He is very prepared,” Martin said. “He can put the changeup on both sides of the plate. He makes hitters fight on every pitch. And he has a good idea of what he wants to do on the first pitch and beyond that. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight. He made that one mistake (a two-run homer to Juan Soto in the first), but after that, he pitched like he has all year.”And Martin, who repeatedly has marveled at the Dodgers’ zest for pregame homework, used it offensively too.Patrick Corbin, the Game 1 starter and a frequent thorn for the Dodgers, was given the sixth inning after Washington manager Dave Martinez said Anibal Sanchez had enough. The Dodgers restrained themselves from applauding that decision, which was noteworthy because Sanchez, also 36, had repeatedly steamed ahead in counts and then struck them out, nine times in five innings, mostly with changeups. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more