Mayor connects politics, ethics to experience

first_imgIn a time when politics is more often a punch line in a comedy sketch than the act of governing constituents, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s lecture about ethics and politics sent a timely, relevant message to the Notre Dame community. A South Bend native, Harvard alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg talked to students Tuesday afternoon as a part of the Mendoza College of Business’s 2013 Ethics Week Lecture Series and provided perspective on the intersection of politics and ethics. “I fear that sometimes the word ‘politics’ is spoken and the last thing on people’s mind is ethics,” Buttigieg said. The mayor spoke candidly about the nation’s low public opinion of politicians, citing a poll released Jan. 8 by Public Policy Polling that revealed people preferred colonoscopies, NFL replacement referees and Nickelback to Congress, though the U.S. legislative branch ranked ahead of the Ebola virus, Fidel Castro and Lindsay Lohan. “There seems to be a disconnect between the ethical and the political,” Buttigieg said. In order to bridge that fundamental gap, Buttigieg said, politicians must frame their public life and action within two questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” “Now, I don’t mean, ‘Who am I’ in the philosophical sense,” he said. “You need to understand who you are in the sense of what role you play, in what capacity you are making a decision.” The mayor said he personally answered that first question while visiting the site of a child homicide in South Bend to “get a feel for the place” that had been the site of a tragedy. However, his public role as mayor coincided with his personal feelings on the situation as he noticed the mother of the victim. “I almost didn’t go speak with her because I was so anxious,” Buttigieg said. “But it meant so much that I talked to her, and it wasn’t because of anything I said. It was because I was the mayor, and it meant something that the city cared.” The mayor also addressed the tension politicians experience between representing the wishes of their constituents and leading their constituents based on what they believe to be in the people’s best interests. “You want to be faithful to your voters, but at the same time you can’t lead by standing still,” said Buttigieg. In this vein, Buttigieg mentioned President Lyndon B. Johnson as a leader who was “very politically devious” but who ultimately made great strides for voting rights. “When something as meaningful as voting rights for America is on the line, is it worth it to play the game?” Buttigieg said. When the conversation shifted to address the second question of, the mayor emphasized the importance of job as a means to achieve one’s goals instead of viewing a job as the ultimate goal. “If the job is your goal, then as soon as you get the job, you have finished your purposeful journey,” Buttigieg said. Although his academic pursuits took him all over the globe, Buttigieg said he returned to his hometown to make a difference where he knew he could and where it would matter most. “Life brings into confrontation the conflicts and tensions between our roles and our purpose, but in the end, the way in which we resolve those tensions is what we are made of.” Contact Vicky Moreno at [email protected]last_img read more

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Baseball kicks off lengthy homestand against Irvine

first_imgThe baseball team will take on UC Irvine at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday, coming off the heels of a weekend series win over Washington State. The Trojans will gladly welcome the beginning of a seven-game home stand, having traveled to Eugene and Pullman for Pac-12 matchups on back-to-back weeks. Winners of three of their last four games, they will look to build a head of steam with another midweek victory.USC has battled through an up-and-down season so far. Inconsistent pitching has plagued them since the start of the year, but the Trojan pitching staff showed signs of clicking in their last weekend series at Washington State. Lights-out relief lifted USC to an extra-inning victory in the first contest of the three-game set, and eight dazzling innings from senior Kyle Davis gave the bullpen a rest on Saturday. Food poisoning slowed down sophomore Mitch Hart, however, and the USC arms combined to give up 9 to the Cougars in the series finale.On the other hand, the Trojan bats have hit efficiently for most of the season, combing for a .293 team average, and they continued their solid year against Washington State. Four of the nine starters in the USC lineup are hitting over .300, including junior Jeremy Martinez and senior David Oppenheim, who both boast averages over .360. Martinez has also enjoyed a power surge in 2016: The veteran Trojan backstop has already demolished his career-high for home runs (2), swatting five dingers with 18 games left to spare in the regular season.Despite missing out on the sweep on Sunday, the Trojans grabbed another valuable Pac-12 series win in Pullman. A conference with a lot of parity this season means that Washington and Utah share the top spot in the standings at three games over .500, and USC sits just two games off the pace despite owning a 7-8 in-conference record.The squad will be out-of-conference against UC Irvine, however, and the team has played well recently when taking the field under the lights during the week. USC has won four of its last five one-off matchups, with a 12-8 record at home so far this season. Tuesday’s game will be the first of two tilts between the Anteaters and the Trojans this year — the season series will wrap up in late May, as USC travels to Irvine.The Anteaters are enjoying a strong season to date, with a 23-14 record on the year, but they are fourth to last in the Big West with a 6-6 mark in-conference. Their record on the road also hovers around .500.The Trojans, however, haven’t beaten UC Irvine since 2013 and will try to snap a four-game losing streak against the Anteaters on Tuesday. USC will aim to capitalize on its significant power advantage: UC Irvine has hit 12 home runs as a team in 2016 and the Trojans have more than three times that tally with 34. The Anteaters have pitched better as a staff this season, however, with a 4.07 team ERA, compared to 4.96 for USC.First pitch at Dedeaux Field will be at 6 p.m. USC will then host Arizona over the weekend to continue the Trojans’ Pac-12 schedule.last_img read more

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Artemi Panarin free agency news: Rangers land star winger

first_imgThe Rangers have landed the prize of the NHL free agent market, with Artemi Panarin headed to New York, the team announced Monday.TSN first reported Panarin had zeroed in on the Rangers, adding that he apparently left some money on the table to do so. Now Rangers fans can look forward to a future that includes Panarin on one wing and Kaapo Kakko, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, on the other. The Islanders and Panthers reportedly were the other top suitors for Panarin. The 27-year-old winger had a career-high 87 points in 2018-19, including a career-best 59 assists. The 2016 Calder Trophy winner has averaged 29 goals and 41 assists over his four NHL seasons, the first two with Chicago and the last two in Columbus. The Russian previously starred for SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL.  NHL trade news: Rangers send Jimmy Vesey to Sabrescenter_img Though the Rangers haven’t disclosed the term of the contract, Sportsnet said the deal is $81.5 million over seven years, confirming a New York Post report of an average annual value of $11.6 million. The Blue Jackets reportedly made one last pitch to Panarin on Sunday in the form of an eight-year deal with an AAV of $12 million, which would have made him the second-highest-paid player in the NHL behind Connor McDavid ($12.5 million AAV), but the lure of Madison Square Garden was too strong.  Related News NHL free agency 2019: Five narratives to watch on July 1last_img read more

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Ranieri: ‘The Leicester is easy, I just sit about playing Candy Crush!’* – parody translation

first_imgThe Foxes are flying, Leicester fans are in dreamland, and the mastermind behind the most audacious Premier League title bid of all time is Claudio Ranieri.He’s a manager famed for diverting pressure off his players, but perhaps there’s more to the Italian’s laid-back and modest demeanour than first meets the eye.At least, that’s what our translator thinks, as he interpreted this press conference to reveal the Leicester boss doesn’t have to lift a finger to get his team to perform! The only problem is – our translator only speaks English, so the subtitles on this spoof video may be a little inaccurate.For more fake translator videos, be sure to be subscribed to talkSPORT on YouTube!*DISCLAIMER: Like 5000-1 odds on winning the title, this video is simply unbelievable!last_img read more

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