Fire dept. installs new alarms

first_imgThe Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) recently upgraded 16 residence halls with new fire alarm systems, in hopes of creating a safer and more hospitable environment on campus, and will install better alarms in other buildings as well, Notre Dame Fire Department Chief William Farhat said. Mike McCauslin, assistant director for Risk Management and Safety, arranged funding of the project. “Concerns had been expressed by both students and rectors about actually hearing the fire alarms,” McCauslin said. “Older dorms only had alarms in common spaces and corridors throughout the residence hall, not in individual rooms.” The new system is built with sounder-based technology, McCauslin said. This technology placed an actual alarm in every room in these residence halls, and residents will be able to hear the alarm at all times. “The newer West Quad residence halls were built with sounder-based technology enhanced fire alarm systems,” McCauslin said. “We recently identified the halls that did not have those types of alarms. The Office of Risk Management and Safety then went to the University to ask for funding, which was then granted.” Farhat also played a major role in the efforts to upgrade the fire systems in various dorms. “This is a progressing project which got its start in August and will be going on until March,” Farhat said. “It is difficult to upgrade systems when the halls are occupied, but this project, while expensive, is one that the University felt was necessary.” The 16 dorms across campus to received newer systems recently tested the new alarms recently to ensure their effectiveness, Farhat said. During the test, NDFD did not find a flawed system in any of the dorms. The 16 residence halls were merely the first goal of Notre Dame’s fire alarm renovation project. “In addition to the 16 dorms that were upgraded, University Village and other off-campus apartments associated with Notre Dame will also be revamped,” Farhat said. Farhat said NDFD does more work on campus than respond to fires. The majority of calls received per school year do not concern fires. “NDFD takes about 13,000 calls per school year,” Farhat said. “While not all of them deal with fire-related issues, it is important all on-campus residents understand the importance and severity of a potential fire. The four fire drills required by the Indiana Fire Code are an essential aspect in creating a safe, emergency-free atmosphere.” McCauslin said he believes students and staff should be elated to have these new alarms. “The Notre Dame community should be thrilled that the University continues to invest in their safety,” McCauslin said. “When you look across the country at the number of fires that occur on college campuses, Notre Dame continues to make great strides in reducing the chances of potential disasters and promoting the lifestyle and safety of its residents.”last_img read more

You are never too old to join The Florida Bar

first_imgYou are never too old to join The Florida Bar Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor If one is to believe the billboards dotted along Interstate 95, an ideal way to spend one’s golden years is resting comfortably in a “retirement community” collecting seashells or nudging metal detectors down white, sandy beaches.Not so for Thomas A. Woodward who passed the Florida bar exam in February at age 73. The last time he took a bar exam, the New York Yankees beat the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series, Kennedy was in the White House, and Super Bowl I was six years away.Stating that the law has changed since then would be putting it mildly.“There were such dramatic changes in all those areas over a period of 40 years,” said Woodward.Woodward’s passion is the law, second only to his love for golf.“I really love practicing law. In terms of retirement, that’s probably the last thing on my mind,” Woodward said. “When my time comes, they’re going to find me either in my office or on the golf course.”Preparing and sitting for the bar exam presented a challenge for Woodward.“It’s well known that the Florida exam particularly is tough and focused,” Woodward said. “You’re, in effect, running an academic marathon.”The difficulty didn’t stop there, either. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners conducts a rigorous background check.“The Florida Bar Examiners are as searching in their background checking as any state that I’ve ever seen. I’m admitted in several other states but I don’t recall anything like the great specificity they go through,” said Woodward.Still, Woodward considers himself among the lucky. He says that younger lawyers taking the bar have more to contend with.“I noticed quite a lot of pressure when I was taking the bar exam in New York years ago but it was nothing compared to what you saw in Tampa. You see these people who maybe did not have jobs where they could pass the exam or had jobs they were going to lose or not be promoted in. So, you know, talk about pressure,” Woodward said.Woodward wanted to take the bar exam in Florida so he could practice here.“The last thing you want to do is come into a state and engage in activities that wind up being unauthorized practice of law,” Woodward said. “No lawyer worth his salt would do that.”Woodward says his love for the law isn’t hard to explain.“Whether this is a pipe dream or not, I don’t know; but I would like to establish a law office in Florida and fill it up with the very best lawyers I can get and the very best clients I can get and see what happens,” said Woodward. “It’s even more fun than golf.”Born in 1933 in Omaha, Woodward says jurisprudence may be in his genes. “We’re from a family of county seat lawyers,” said Woodward. “Somebody in my family’s been practicing law practically since the days of the Mayflower.” June 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img You are never too old to join The Florida Barlast_img read more

Hunt will replace Allen after first few series

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Tuesday, Tim Lester had the big reveal: Drew Allen would start at quarterback on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Wagner, but Terrel Hunt would play in Syracuse’s Carrier Dome opener.The quarterbacks coach didn’t yet have a sense of how the playing time would be split. Some suggested they would split halves. Another theory left it up to the flow of the game.On Thursday, head coach Scott Shafer cleared the air at his weekly press conference in Manley Field House. Shafer said that Allen will get the first handful of series, but Hunt will be involved early.“We’ll start with Drew and get him going in the first couple three series, and then I want to get Terrel in the mix early,” he said. “I look forward to seeing both of those kids improve that position.”Allen has started each of the Orange’s first two games this season and has thrown six interceptions to one touchdown. Hunt has played just 10 snaps — all on SU’s final drive against then-No. 19 Northwestern — and ran for a touchdown to cap it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAllen didn’t account for his first touchdown until the third quarter on Saturday.Shafer said the issue right now is a matter of consistency at the position. He’s seen some things he’s liked out of Allen, namely his completion percentage and how well he’s spread the ball around, but he has major issues in the one category that quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said on Tuesday is the one area they can’t be having problems.“We can’t have the turnovers,” Shafer said. “Turnovers will kill you.”Both Shafer and Lester said that Allen at times locks in on his receivers, but that it’s not the only source of the problem.Sometimes he stares down the wide receiver for the entirety of his route. Other times, Lester said, he just commits to one receiver and, even after the route doesn’t work out the way the coaches envision it, Allen tries to force it in.“I really need to see him do is understand that it’s OK to see a muddy picture and throw the check down,” Shafer said, “or is to have a muddy picture in front of you and throw the ball out of bounds.”Right now, Shafer said, Allen still holds a slight edge in terms of pure passing. He said Allen has a stronger arm and a quicker release, but that “Terrel has really improved in that area.”Hunt brings a different dimension. In just 10 snaps, he carried the ball three times for 30 yards and a touchdown. On his touchdown run, he missed an assignment, but was still able to scramble and turn it into a positive play.Hunt was originally recruited as a basketball player at Christ the King Regional High School in New York. He eventually gained his notoriety on the football field, but many of his instincts come from what he learned on the hardwood.Shafer doesn’t view the two quarterbacks as being that different, but that Hunt’s vision — especially as a runner — is still better than Allen’s right now.“I see his vision when he’s running the ball being a little bit stronger than Drew’s,” Shafer said. “I always think basketball players see things with a wide angle, in the run game especially.”What’s most impressed Shafer, though, is how stoic the two have been. “Don’t you change” is one of Shafer’s lesser-known catchphrases, but it’s something he frequently tells his players.Shafer saw both Allen and Hunt compete for the job in the summer without being rattled. Shafer praised Hunt for remaining focused and upbeat even after Allen started taking most of the first team reps.Now the burden has shifted to Allen. Hunt is cutting into his snaps with the first team, and both of their plays this weekend could determine the direction SU goes at quarterback for the rest of the season.“Neither of them have changed in their demeanor, which I think is a sign of maturity,” Shafer said. “They’ve both worked the same way they did when they were competing in the summer.” Comments Published on September 12, 2013 at 11:33 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more