Students and professors can step outside the classroom to discuss intellectual matters in an informal setting through the new Student Pub. Sophomore Neil Ravindra, academic affairs director for student government, said the Dean’s Fellows, the College of Arts and Letters and student government co-sponsor the Student Pub. “It’s kind of founded in the idea of the Oxford University pub model where [authors C.S.] Lewis and [J.R.R.] Tolkien used to go to the pub and talk about their different literary ideas over drinks,” he said. Student body president Pat McCormick said the pub helps foster a “community of learning” on campus, incorporating both faculty and the student body. “This was another opportunity to really advance this effort in a way where we can create a space on campus that would serve as a place for students and faculty to meet in an informal setting,” McCormick said. “That was something that had been a hope of ours, as a way to try to build up a community of learning here on campus and to provide ways for students and faculty members to come together and get to know each other in a more holistic way.” Senior Malcolm Phelan, a member of the Dean’s Fellows and coordinator of the Student Pub, said a University alumna developed the idea when she was an undergraduate. Phelan said Assistant Dean Joe Stanfiel later took an interest in the Student Pub and approached student government leaders with the idea. “[The Student Pub] allows students and professors to relate on a different level, a much more fulfilling level for both parties involved,” Phelan said. Ravindra said the Student Pub is an opportunity to discuss various issues and promote intellectual engagement outside the classroom. “[Participants] would be standing or walking around, discussing whatever issue of the times they want to discuss,” he said. The College and student government held a pilot run of the Student Pub on Friday in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall, Ravindra said. He said the event featured free snacks, coffee and soda, as well as alcoholic beverages for purchase. “In my group, we discussed education reform, healthcare reform, the HHS mandate and also just general Notre Dame stuff, like what Notre Dame students care about or are interested in,” Ravindra said. “There would be maybe a professor sitting at a table and then students would come up to them and introduce themselves and conversation would go from there.” Ravindra said he thought the pilot run went “wonderfully.” “I would love to see it become a part of Notre Dame culture, to engage the intellect and stimulate conversation with professors and other students outside the classroom,” he said. “And so it’s just one more venue for students to jump on that opportunity.” Phelan said he foresees the Student Pub becoming a popular event and, eventually, a tradition. “Hopefully it’s something that will go on and the demand is here,” he said. “Basically the [first] event went really well. We ended up having 50 people come through.” Although the Student Pub is currently open only to professors from the College of Arts and Letters, Ravindra said he hopes participation will expand in the future. He said the coordinators are in the process of developing a permanent name for the pub. The coordinators plan to advertise the Student Pub more in the future, Phelan said. “We’re going to up the scale a little bit, since the first one went so well, and hopefully we get to the point where it’s kind of standing-room only,” he said. Ravindra said he is excited about the ongoing development of the pub. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students,” he said. “It’s still developing, but I think it shows wonderful promise for the future.” read more

first_imgLocalDos Pinos dairy products were Costa Rican consumers’ top choice last year, according to the annual Brand Footprint report released this week by consulting firm Kantar Worldpanel.The study, which evaluates actual purchases and not just brand preferences, presents rankings and insights on consumer behaviors based on how often and where in the world a brand is chosen by consumers.In Costa Rica, 99.7 percent of survey participants said that last year, they purchased Dos Pinos products.According to the report, “the wide variety of products offered by this brand, which includes milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, juice and drinks, among others, allows Dos Pinos to be the leading brand among Costa Ricans.”Dos Pinos products accounted for approximately 46 million purchases last year and the brand is also the only local brand in the country’s top 10, which includes some former Costa Rican brands that were bought out by foreign corporations.The second place is held by soup, condiment and noodles manufacturer Maggi with 22 million purchases, and Coca-Cola came in third with 20 million.Globally, Coca-Cola leads the Brand Fooprint ranking for the third consecutive year and also tops the Central American list. Costa Rica is the only country in the region where the beverage giant is not at the top of the brand ranking.Local research was conducted in 750 Tico homes, with a geographic coverage of 81 percent of the country.The study analyzed purchases in retail outlets including grocery stores, province markets, supermarkets, buying clubs, discount stores, convenience stores, sales catalogs, and via e-commerce, and others, Kantar reported.The company conducted similar studies in 986 million households spanning 35 countries and analyzed purchases of 11,000 brands. Rankings show purchases by brand in a general category and also present specific rankings in categories such as food, beverages, personal care and home care.Costa Rica’s top 10 rankings by category are listed below: Facebook Comments Related posts:2 Costa Rican business groups among Central America’s most influential, says Forbes México Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Employment outlook among industrial sector shows no improvement Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallitolast_img read more