The Campus Life Council wrapped up discussions for the year Monday with closing comments on the academic environment on campus and the Council’s effectiveness as a part of student government.Former student body president Grant Schmidt presented an executive summary of the previous weeks’ talks on intellectual engagement. “The point of this document is really a transition piece so the ideas that we have worked on do not get lost in conversation between this year and next year,” former chief of staff Ryan Brellenthin said. The summary included setting up an online debate forum for students to share their ideas in a blog format, keeping lecture topics general and more appealing, encouraging more dorm events and connections between the academic commissioners and televising lecture and events through NDtv. “One of the great blessings of this University that I have experienced over a period of time is that people are not cutthroat with each other,” Sorin College rector Fr. Jim King said.The suggestions that the Council members will pass on to the incoming student government focus on extracurricular competition that is fun for students and unique toNotre Dame, said former senator Chase Riddle. The Council also reflected on other discussions from the span of the year and provided feedback for future Council members. “The great part of this Council is that it is not just students,” Schmidt said. Rectors and administrators on the council are able to check some student opinions, but also provide affirmation for others, he said. King said he hoped to see the Council hold future discussions on the role, importance and quality of hall government. “What attraction do I have to join hall government if I am made to feel like a gopher?” he said.The government inside residence halls needs to be more autonomous and less directed by outside groups, King said.Over-programming on campus has led to hall government taking the role of liaison for different agencies, and dorm events fall from the precedent, former director of external affairs Gus Gari said. “Hall government should be student-based and student-run rather than agency-based,” he said.Former Hall Presidents Council co-chair Brendan McQueeney emphasized the need for tangible goals to bring action to student government rather than turning meetings into lists of announcements. “By having these simple conversations we are really making a difference and improving the University,” Schmidt said.
The CEO of Berekum Arsenal, Alhaji Yakubu Moro has said he believes the Deputy Captain of the Black Stars, John Paintsil has been bedeviled by people who want his downfall.Alhaji Moro whose team nurtured Paintsil into stardom was speaking to the recent news about John Paintsil alleged assaults on wife, and allegations that he attempted suicide.“It came as a surprise to me because Paintsil is the shy type, very calm and hardly would you see him argue in public,” Alhaji Moro noted.He said: “I think now that he is a big star, those who envy him are using spiritual means to divert his ways and he needs to pray hard.”News about Paintsil’s suicide attempt stems from a message he posted on his BBM status saying “I will rest in peace…goodbye loved ones” shortly before he collapsed on Tuesday and was rushed to the Ghana-Canada Hospital.Soon after he was discharged from hospital, Paintsil’s BBM status changed to “That was close. Thanks guys.” It is not yet clear what caused his collapse but he was revived by medical officers and released from hospital shortly after.Paintsil’s family has since denied reports that the he attempted suicide, and his Media Relations Adviser, Ebenezer Aidoo also debunked the suicide rumors, saying the star suffered “exhaustion and dehydration”.Adom News also probed allegations Paintsil faked the collapse as a mere ‘PR gimmick’ to win public sympathy, but family sources pleaded for privacy.Paintsil is expected to report to the Legon Police Station and sign a bond to be of good behavior.