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Pilot DART reform launches

first_imgIn an email to the sophomore class last week, the student government Department of Academic Affairs said the Class of 2016 will take part in a pilot program for the DART registration process that condenses course registration into one three-hour time window this March.“A proposal has been brought forth for an adjustment to the registration period for sophomores in March 2014,” the email said. “Instead of the normal spread of two days, all sophomores would register on a single day within a succinct three-hour period.“Additionally, the sophomore class time tickets would be scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to minimize conflicts with classes, department exams, etc. Time tickets are spread out across the three-hour window to avoid system overload.”ERIN RICE | The Observer Junior Max Brown, the director of Academic Affairs, said the course registration process will remain the same, aside from the shortened registration period.“It’s going to be exactly the same as it was before, but the time slots [for registration] will be compacted,” Brown said. “Absolutely nothing is changing about the DARTing process other than the time slots being closer together.”Brown said the decision to try this new system came from a close analysis of the current system and the feedback student government received regarding time conflicts with the DART system.“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we make this system administratively more efficient and operationally more user-friendly so that students get the best possible outcome?’” Brown said.“Some of the feedback we’ve gotten about the DART process was that there were conflicts with class, exams or other activities.”Brown said student government has analyzed the DART system via student comments over the past few years.“Students clearly feel that two days for registration time tickets is outmoded,” the email said. “Specifically, minimizing time tickets between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for two days due to frequent conflicts with a variety of activities would benefit students.”Brown said a student population as large as Notre Dame’s will inevitably have conflicts whenever the University holds registration, but student government felt it could still improve upon the current system.“The fact of the matter is that whenever we DART, there will be some conflicts,” Brown said. “[Student government] has really analyzed the system, and it’s an imperfect system, but we want to make it as fair as possible for as many students as possible.”Brown said student government chose the sophomore class for the new pilot program because second-year students have enough experience with the process, but still have enough room in their schedules to take a wide variety of classes.“This is probably the best group to give [student government] good feedback,” Brown said.He said new technology, specifically additional software, allowed student government to try the new registration process.“Now that we have the software, we can condense the times and not worry about overloading the system,” Brown said.The email said the registration process will remain the same for all non-sophomore students, but if the pilot program is successful, it may expand.“If the sophomore registration in March is successful, then the Office of the Deans, Registrar and Student Government shall consider expanding the concise window to other classes for Fall 2014,” the email said.Tags: Class of 2016, DART, Department of Academic Affairslast_img read more

Ultras are Ultra Cool

first_imgLooking a little rough at mile 27…Well it happened this past Sunday, I knocked out my first Ultra Trail Marathon for the winter running season. There were no aid stations, no cheering fans, and no medals, but plenty of gorgeous views, tough moments, and excellent trail.I was a bit skeptical about the run for a few reasons. First off I had asked Kyle to map out something 17-20 miles long, and of course he comes back to me with this mother (map below). I wasn’t surprised as this is par for the course with Kyle; he likes adventure so more adventure equals more fun right? I was also a tinge worried about my fitness, as my longest run so far this season had been 16 miles. But hell, sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and on Sunday morning I found myself pulling into Sherando Lake.Now this wasn’t my first ultra, which is both good and bad. On one hand I knew what to expect which is good, but on the bad side I knew what to expect. We took off from Sherando Lake and headed towards the St. Mary’s Wilderness. After many miles we were back in Sherando Lake area. The last climb of the day took us up Torrey Ridge, which was a special place for both of us.Me: Kyle, um, I’m having a rough go of it back here.Kyle: I’m in a vortex up here, so don’t worry you have company.Me: You all right?Kyle: I ran out of water 45 minutes ago.Me: You want some of mine?Kyle: Na, I’m going to ride this one out. See where it takes me…Well needless to say we made it back to our cars alive, and only a little worse for wear. Ultra’s are fun, and I think are an activity many people could do. As Ken Chlouber, the Leadville 100 Race Director, would say “You’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”I have a few more big runs in the works for this winter, and many miles to run. Hopefully we will see each other out on the trail!Sherando Lake Ultra Maplast_img read more