University President Fr. John Jenkins led the spring 2014 town hall meeting Monday in Washington Hall, which focused on campus expansion projects as well as ways to improve Notre Dame for future students.Jenkins discussed the importance of constantly adapting and revising Notre Dame, making it better for the future.“Notre Dame’s commitment to education, scholarly engagement, internationality and faith sets it apart as an outstanding research university.” Jenkins said. “Everybody should be asking questions. Everyone should be engaged in discovering new truths — that is what sets Notre Dame apart from other top schools.”Jenkins described the “Strategic Plan”, which involves many important additions to the campus.“The current residence halls are filled to 106 percent, which is a major problem,” Jenkins said.In response, the University will build two new residence halls behind Grace Hall. Other projects include a new architecture building, Nanovic Hall, Jenkins Hall, a new research complex and the expansion of the Hesburgh Library.Katie McCarty | The Observer Jenkins also addressed the Campus Crossroads Project, which aims to maximize use of space around Notre Dame stadium.“One of the goals is to keep the campus compact — Notre Dame is a walking campus, and it should always be a walking campus,” Jenkins said. “This project will work because it will recapture space that isn’t being used but is still in the walking zone.”According to Jenkins, new buildings will be built around the stadium including new professor offices, a music building and a new student center.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also discussed the “ImproveND Project”, which is essentially a survey to identify the school’s weaknesses and strengths.The survey showed that Notre Dame is strongest in campus safety, library services and fitness and recreation services, he said. Lower scores were in timeliness and openness to suggestions, campus eateries and catering and performance management.The president and faculty are constantly working to identify areas of improvement, set achievable goals and monitor progress in order to create accountability and show commitment to justice and fairness in light of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said. These changes are working to modernize and evolve Notre Dame to keep in competitive among top international universities.The question is whether Fr. Sorin would look at Notre Dame today and see the fulfillment of his dream for the University, Jenkins said.“If we’ve done our job, Sorin would look around and say ‘this is what I dreamed of,” Jenkins said.Tags: Campus Crossroads, Fr. John Jenkins, town hall meeting
The EC’s digital agenda goals can best be met by maximising competition and not by granting “regulatory holidays” to incumbent telecom players, according to Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission.It is clear that the EC’s broadband goals will require significant investment, said Kroes, speaking at the Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday. Calls to grant players a regulatory holiday “is not the right way forward”, said Kroes. Disruptive competition makes all parts of the industry focus better on their customers. “The answer is more consumer choice, not less,” she said. “I believe in competition – it has delivered innovation,” she said. “We should open markets to the maximum extent possible. That applies to the fixed network of dominant operators where we should allow alternative operators to install equipment…with effective unbundled access.”Kroes said she didn’t believe in “managed competition”. She said one priority was to tackle lack of competition in international mobile roaming.Kroes said that the ICT sector is one of the few currently generating badly needed growth. However, she added that take up of very high speed broadband services was still limited even in areas where it was widely deployed. Kroes does not believe that limiting competition is the best way forward, however.Kroes said that upgrading cable networks had already boosted broadband speeds with relatively low investment in infrastructure. Kroes also recognised the impact of cable’s investment on the broadband market and said cable operators should be allowed to reorganise in order to maximise the return on their investment.She said she wanted to support development in content and services including connected TV to stimulate demand for higher speed broadband and encourage those without broadband to get online.
European cable operators need to be able to protect their investment and find ways to make sure that they are paid for access to their broadband networks, according to CEOs speaking at the Cable Congress event in London this morning.Berit Svendsen, executive vice-president and CEO, Telenor Norway, said that traffic on her company’s network was going up by 50% each year but revenues were not going up at the same rate. There was a need for predictable regulation that gave operators an incentive to invest going forwards. “We should not be in a situation where our networks become commoditised,” she said.Svendsen said that cable and OTT providers had not found a workable business model that would allow them to work together up to now.Annet Aris, member of the board of of Kabel Deutschland and adjunct professor at INSEAD, said that there was a need to work out at a regulatory level how to pay for broadband and access to the network. “Rather than micro-regulation, regulators need to look at the big picture,” she said. There was a need to identify how the use of data networks to deliver content should be paid for, she said. “It is important to put a price tag on [internet use] and make people conscious of what they use and what the cost is.”Miranda Curtis, member of the board at Liberty Global, speaking on the same panel session, said that operators needed “partnership relationships” with content suppliers and regulators. “Scale is crucial if we are to make these investments,” she said. “Scale and continuing investment are the essential prerequisites.”Curtis said that people working in the cable industry had to “look at every aspect of the value chain”. Having more or less completed its investment in networks, it had to look at customer service and the customer interface, she said.