Pep rallies refocused on students

first_img A priority for the pep rallies should be bringing the team and the student body together before the game, Oliver said. Bell said pep rallies should to be a time for the students and the football team to share their enthusiasm about the upcoming game. The student body will help launch a new era of pep rallies when it marches down Notre Dame Avenue and into the Irish Green tonight in preparation for the Michigan game Saturday, student body president Catherine Soler said. Soler said the student walkover will begin at 5:45 p.m. from Main Circle. Seamon said Kelly was excited about the new attitude about pep rallies from the start of the discussions between the football team, Game Day Operations and the Athletics Department. Seamon said the walkover could be the “newest Notre Dame student tradition.” “We made sure pep rallies will have no lag time now,” Doyle said. “When the students arrive the pep rally will start.” The University will close Notre Dame Avenue for 15 minutes while the student body follows a procession consisting of the Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department, the cheerleading and pom squads, the leprechaun and the marching band into a designated student section next to the stage at Irish Green, Seamon said. “This is the year where students can prove which pep rally locations they like the most so we hope students embrace this chance,” Bell said. “It will be hard to persuade those involved in planning the pep rally to go to a certain location if there was not a huge student showing.” “We wanted to make students a bigger focus of the pep rallies,” Seamon said. “What a better way to do that than announce their arrival and have them march down the avenue into a huge reserved space for them?” Kelly will host each pep rally in order to deliver his message from the week of practice, and to take the entire team before the student body to introduce the captains to the fans, Seamon said. The first pep rallies of the year will be hosted in a number of different locations including Irish Green, the Purcell Pavilion and Stepan Center to test the benefits and drawbacks of different campus venues, Bell said. Seamon said 25 to 30 thousand fans are expected for the Michigan pep rally. “We were very pleased with the opportunity given to us by the athletic department in hearing our ideas for restructuring,” Bell said. “We appreciate their openness.” Soler and Bell approached Game Day Operations last spring to present the idea of a student walkover and to emphasize the need for more student-oriented pep rallies, Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations said. “We are trying to reinforce the relationship between students and the football program that makes Notre Dame so special,” Soler said. “Coach Kelly totally gets Notre Dame,” he said. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and it rubs off on everybody.” This year’s pep rallies will be “short but with high intensity and lots of spirit,” Soler said. “Residence halls have a huge role in the success of the pep rally because of the walkovers when they coordinate students going to the pep rallies,” Bell said. “The groups that are our biggest focus are the team and the student body,” Seamon said. “With a new coach and a new era starting, we thought it was a perfect time to reengage the student body.” “The morale and student perception of pep rallies last year was low and negative,” Soler said. “All of us in student government knew that pep rallies were an important part of life here and wanted to make that a priority this year.”  “When the team comes to the pep rally and see thousands of students there, they will be electrified,” Oliver said. “They will see how much the students are behind them.” Student government teamed up with the Athletic Department, Game Day Operations and Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) to coordinate pep rally changes, Soler said. “We are very excited about the idea of the walkover,” Bell said. “It will eliminate dorms just standing around with a huge group of alumni waiting for the pep rally to start.” HPC co-chairs Alexa Doyle and Mike Oliver said the student body powers the football team’s spirit during the season. HPC arranged a competition for the most spirited residence hall during each pep rally. As an extra incentive, the winning hall will win a visit from head coach Brian Kelly.last_img read more

RBA pulls brakes as it closes in on zero interest rate

first_imgExperts including CBA believe RBA won’t move on rates again until February 2020 when it will drop the cash rate target to 0.5 per cent. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.The Reserve Bank will hold off on any further cuts until February, as it slows Australia’s plunge towards an unprecedented zero interest rate in 2020.Two thirds of economists and experts in the latest Finder Cash Rate Survey believe RBA will keep its powder dry at Tuesday’s RBA board monetary policy meeting, opting instead for a February cut to a record low 0.5 per cent. One fifth think that rate cut will still happen this year at the RBA board meeting three weeks before Christmas. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Finder insights manager Graham Cooke warned the RBA’s cuts have had little impact so far, “We’ve seen multiple references to the RBA firing blanks with these cuts and running out of bullets in the process. If true, it’s hard to believe that flogging the same horse will produce a different result,” he said.“The RBA has not spoken fondly about negative interest rates in other countries, so I’d expect extra cash to be printed before we see a zero or subzero cash rate.”Mr Cooke said “market behaviour is hugely driven by psychology and we need to be careful not to talk ourselves into a recession”. The Australian Stock Exchange RBA Rate Indicator has also swung strongly against a cut now. “As at 1 November, the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures November 2019 contract was trading at 99.265, indicating a 7 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 0.50 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting,” an ASX statement said.Michael Blythe, chief economist of one of Australia’s Big Four – the Commonwealth Bank – was among those favouring a February cut to 0.5 per cent.Mr Blythe said RBA already had three cuts “in the bag” this year and had a strong “belief that some aspects of UMP (Unconventional Monetary Policy), like negative rates, are ‘extraordinarily unlikely’”.“The market is questioning whether the terminal rate will in fact be 0.5 per cent or lower,” he said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more