The Campus Life Council (CLC) debated potential recommendations for changes to the du Lac student handbook — including the creation of a student medical amnesty policy and the handling of discipline for first-time alcohol offenses in residence halls — at its meeting Monday.“The whole process in my opinion is very difficult because we are just giving recommendations instead of voting on policies,” student body president Grant Schmidt said.The need for an established medical amnesty policy has recently gained traction in student government, he said. CLC is struggling with how to balance its desire for a medical amnesty procedure with the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s (ORLH) need for flexibility to deal with exceptions to the policy.“In order for this to be effective, we do need it to be in du Lac and be clear to students,” student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.CLC did not approve a specific recommendation for ORLH, but Monday’s draft will be clarified and presented again to the Council members.“We need to clarify that assisting students would not be held liable except under extenuating circumstances,” Schmidt said.Council members also recommended that in the case of a first time alcohol offense in a residence hall, the student’s rector would be responsible for discipline, instead of sending the case to ORLH.Schmidt said this recommendation arose from a standard that is “already in place but should be stated clearly.”The current du Lac policy allows for in-house discipline when the offense takes place within a student’s own residence hall, but the council wants to include offenses that occur elsewhere on campus in the language of this policy.“One of [Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Bill] Kirk’s desires was that the policies in du Lac address current practice,” Weber said. “We need what is written to be adjusted accordingly for clarification.”Many Council members hope to recommend the rector handle discipline before ORLH takes action.“We are asking education to happen at a more localized level, which we consider to be more effective,” Weber said.The issue of how discipline is handled is particularly important for students hoping to apply to graduate schools, Weber said.Some of the rectors on the Council cautioned that setting up a policy with only loose definitions could cause confusion for students.“If I were a student, I would want more structure on this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said. Weber said because rectors have a strong connection to the average student, she thinks they should be allowed to handle discipline whenever possible.“We can keep it at the level where it’s appropriate so as not to unnecessarily tarnish a student’s reputation or record,” Professor of Army Science Jon Crist said.Discussion of this recommendation will continue at the Council’s next meeting. Other issues for upcoming CLC debate are recommendations on the undergraduate tailgating policy and drinking games.
Gianni Ghidini, coach of the best BiH athlete Amel Tuka, spoke about the chances of the BiH athlete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Amel will perform in the qualifying race at 800 meters on Friday. This will be his debut at the Olympics. One of the most deserving persons in his career is the Italian coach Gianni Ghidini, who has been cooperating with Amel since 2013. When he was young, Ghidini was in active in football and athletics.The Italian coach started working with Amel Tuka in 2013. Previously, he coached Wilfred Bungei, winner of the golden Olympic medal at the Games in Beijing in 2008 in the race at 800 meters. He also coached Yusuf Kamel, winner of the golden medal at 1.500 meters and bronze medal at 800 meters at the World Championship in 2009, and Willian Yiampoy, bronze medal winner from the World Championship in 2005 in the race at 800 meters.“It happened in 2013. Amel came to Italy with a friend of his who wanted to bring him there to run. I met him because he was in a search for a manager. That manager was Claudio Arduini, who cooperates with my regarding the Kenyans we worked with,” Ghidini remembers.Amel progressed a lot with Ghidini and he experienced a real take-off last year when he celebrated in the Diamond League in Monaco, with a result of 1:42:51, which was the best time in 2015. The crown of the year came in Beijing at the World Championship, when Tuka won the bronze medal. He was the fourth at this year’s European Championship. Speaking about preparations for the Olympics, Ghidini says that Amel had to take a rest in late February and early March, due to muscle strain.“Preparations went well until March, and then he got the muscle strain which prevented him from training for 25 days. After that, we trained well and prepared him completely. I think he is well-prepared. We were also preparing for the European Championship, thinking only about the Olympic games. Regarding the preparations here, the preparations continues without a problem. I would say Amel is in good shape,” said Ghidini.Tuka’s competition will be very difficult, with inner circle consisting of the current Olympic and world champion, the Kenyan David Rudisha, then the Poles Adam Kszcot and Marcin Lewandowski, and Nijel Amos from Botswana. Among other competitors are also Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich from Kenya and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse from France. Therefore, Ghidini thinks that qualifying for the finals would be a great success.Ghidini hopes that Amel will bring the result that we all expect.“In Amel I saw a person who is always ready to cooperate and progress. Regarding the Athletic Federation of BiH and the Olympic Committee of BiH, I established great cooperation with them and we did some major preparations for the Olympics together. I hope these sacrifices that Amel has been through and these preparations we completed thanks to the Athletic Federation of BiH and the Olympic Committee of BiH will bring the result that we all have in our hearts,” Ghidini concluded.(Source: klix.ba/photo: sportprimus.ba)