Stanford residents, rector discuss community

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Stanford Hall, pictured, was founded in 1957. The dorm is known for its annual pirate-themed dance and the Men of Virtue Dinner, where residents share a meal with guest speakers.McDevitt said while the dorm residents do not know a lot about its history, they are taking steps to learn about this aspect of the community. In light of the fact that the dorm celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, McDevitt said the dorm has a new historian to find out more about its history.“We now have a hall employee who is a historian whose job it is to both document current things and research past things,” he said.McDevitt also said hall president and junior Jack Corcoran is working on developing an alumni network.“We’ll send a blast out through development to all Stanford alumni ever asking them if they want to join an alumni list, which will be separate, but we’re going to ask them, even if they’re not interested in joining the list, if anyone has any old photos or stories to share them,” McDevitt said.Besides taking steps to learn more about its history, senior resident assistant (RA) Chris Westdyk said the Stanford culture is also changing.“It’s changed a lot since I’ve been here,” he said. “I think when I came as a freshman, not a lot of seniors stayed on my freshman year. We only had two or three that weren’t RAs around. The culture was very macho and there was a lot more hazing that went on than does now. A lot more seniors stay now.”Westdyk also said he likes how Stanford welcomes everyone.“There’s no archetypical Stanford Griffin,” he said. “Anyone can be a full member of the community without conforming to any standards, which I like for sure. Some dorms have a stereotypical member, but we don’t have that at all.”Since there were a lot of senior residents last year, Westdyk said there are a lot of freshmen this year, which means the culture can change.“There’s a big turnover happening for sure,” he said. “ … We’re in an interesting place right now making decisions about who we’re going to be.”Corcoran echoed the sentiment that Stanford is a welcoming dorm, saying people usually feel at home when they first walk in.“The first thing you do when you walk in these doors is J-Mac is in here and you say, ‘Hey, J-Mac,’ and you hear ‘Yo!’ from the back, whether he’s way in the back or sitting right here at his desk,” he said. “You always feel welcome when you walk in.”Corcoran also said people tend to leave their doors open when they are hanging out or playing music.“Whether it’s a bunch of juniors in a room, the freshmen are also going to be very welcome in there,” he said.During the year, Stanford hosts a variety of events, such as the dorm’s pirate-themed SYR. To raise money for the Center for the Homeless, the dorm also hosts the Irish Iron Classic, a heavy-lifting competition which will be hosted in Duncan and features free food.Another annual event, the Men of Virtue Dinner, is an occasion for residents to go somewhere on campus for a nice dinner and to hear impactful speakers. McDevitt said this year’s speakers will include faculty members Maria and Mark McKenna.The dorm also hosts section sports from year-to-year, including the section Olympics, although McDevitt said the dorm is also looking to be more inclusive of residents to whom athletics are not as important.“We compete in sports and stuff, but there’s no animosity,” McDevitt said. “It’s all friendly competition.”Ryan Govi, a junior resident in Stanford, said one of his favorite things about the dorm is the strong section culture. While he said residents do not always stay in the same section from year-to-year, the sections host dinners and snacks once a week.“I’ve spent six hours at section snack over the last three weeks,” he said.Govi said the sections do not take the place of the dorm, though, with no section culture being overly distinct from another.McDevitt said Stanford residents treat their sections like the rest of the dorm.“There’s no weird grudges,” he said. “It’s more like a section family.”Tags: Center for the Homeless, dorm features, men of virtue, Stanford Hall Editor’s note: This article is one in a series profiling the dorms. Previous articles have covered dorms built before Stanford Hall.While Stanford Hall’s physical building is connected to its rival and brother dorm, Keenan Hall, rector Justin McDevitt, more commonly known as “J-Mac” around the hall, and residents say the community at Stanford creates a unique culture.Dedicated in October 1957, Stanford is one month older than Keenan, and it is one of the first dorms to be named after a donor instead of a historical figure, McDevitt said.last_img read more

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Georgia Peanut Crop

first_imgGeorgia peanut farmers, still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael on October 10-11, are facing uncertainty about when and where to unload their crop after harvest.The hurricane dealt a devastating blow to local buying points and peanut shellers in parts of south Georgia, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. Hurricane Michael’s path crossed the southwestern part of the state, through Bainbridge, Donalsonville, Camilla, Albany and Cordele, Georgia, and impacted a significant portion of Georgia’s peanut-producing community. The loss to Georgia’s peanut crop is estimated to be between $10 and $20 million.Decatur County, which was among the first counties in Georgia to be impacted by the storm and one of the hardest hit, had a farm gate value of $23.9 million in peanuts in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seminole County, where significant storm damage was reported, had a farm gate value of $15.9 million for peanuts in 2016.According to Monfort, peanut harvest has slowed considerably following last week’s storm.“In the western part of the state, there has been significant damage to drying shelters and elevators that will slow the harvest down. Ultimately, growers may have to field-dry peanuts until repairs are made,” Monfort said. “The loss of elevators could also cause a backlog of trailers for farmers who are trying to drop off their crop. This will again slow down harvest at a time when producers are trying to get their peanuts out of the field.”Georgia peanuts farmers produced 628,000 acres this year, down from 714,168 in 2017. Monfort estimates that 40 to 45 percent of the peanut crop is still in the field. The growers’ biggest concern is getting their remaining crop out of the field without losing too much in weight and quality.“The storm did not directly affect too many acres of peanuts. Indirectly, the storm pushed back harvest causing some loss due to overmaturity,” Monfort said. “We also had some yield loss due to elevated disease issues where growers could not spray or dig peanuts due to the storm. We may not understand the total impact for a few weeks.”For more information or to receive up-to-date information about Georgia’s peanuts, see http://peanuts.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Cyprus extends tender deadline for LNG import facility

first_imgLNG World News Staff The Cypriot government has extended the deadline for the tender it launched initially in October 2018 for the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Vasilikos Bay, near Limassol. Initially, the bids were to be submitted by January 18, 2019, however, the government has pushed the deadline back to March 29, according to the tender documentation.The government is looking for bids on the design, construction and operation the import terminal, procurement of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) of at least 125,000 cubic meters storage capacity.The facility will be capable of unloading LNG from LNG carriers ranging in size from 120,000 cubic meters to 217,000 cubic meters.Tender is also for the construction of offshore infrastructure for the permanent berthing of the FSRU, and onshore natural gas infrastructure and related construction components for gas delivery to the Vasilikos power station and potentially other gas consumers.The estimated value of the project is at €500 million ($566.3 million) with the government aiming to have the project in operation by November 30, 2020.last_img read more

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