Notre Dame students travel to Iowa for 3-day trip through Pete for America campaign

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer A student hugs Pete Buttigieg after his rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday.The rally took place in Cedar Rapids on Saturday and was one of Buttigieg’s “Get Out The Caucus” events in Iowa. A presidential candidate vying for the momentous Iowan vote, Buttigieg made his last pitch to those in the area in hopes of earning their support before Monday’s caucuses.The night before the rally, 11 Notre Dame students traveled from South Bend to Cedar Rapids through a trip funded by the Pete for America campaign. The self-organized group hoped to impact the political process, sophomore Matheo Vidal said. Buttigieg’s position as former mayor of South Bend made that possible.“We’ve been really lucky to have a presidential campaign in our backyards,” Vidal said.Iowa was the first state to participate in the 2020 election season and has been the stomping ground for most presidential hopefuls in recent months. Democratic candidates had the chance to earn 41 delegates of the 1,991 needed to win the party’s nomination.Students who participated in the trip took part in a range of political events in Iowa until Monday evening, including Saturday’s rally and canvassing across Cedar Rapids on Sunday. CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Pete Buttigieg took the stage in front of a roaring crowd.  More than 600 women, men, children and voters cheered rambunctiously as the presidential hopeful launched into one of his last pleas for Iowan Democrats. As he spoke, a group of Notre Dame students huddled together, waving vibrant “Pete 2020” signs and clamoring for a closer look at one of Buttigieg’s last rallies before the Iowa caucuses.“The energy is crazy,” sophomore Hayleigh Rockenback said. “Everyone’s just so happy.” Kelli Smith | The Observer A group of 11 Notre Dame students attended one of Pete Buttigieg’s last rallies on Saturday before the Iowa Caucuses.“It [was] really exciting to be in Iowa and feel the democratic spirit,” sophomore Emma Dudrick said.Though they met Iowans with ideologies across the political spectrum, most residents remained civil and respectful as students canvassed door-to-door, Rockenback said.“We were real-life people there to answer questions, which I think just makes such a big impact, more so than like reading it online or watching the news,” she said.As a New York native, Dudrick said she was initially upset since her home state is “so important electorally” yet receives little attention compared to Iowa. After being in Cedar Rapids, however, she says her viewpoint changed.“Being here, the people here are so involved and they care so much,” Dudrick said. “I thought the caucus was kind of a weird thing, but it’s so amazing [how] the people here are so involved [and] I think it’s because of where they are.”After hearing about how most Iowans tend to attend rallies for each candidate ahead of the caucuses, Rockenback realized how immersed Iowans are in the election.“I didn’t even realize it was such a big deal until I got here,” Rockenback said. “People take it very seriously.”center_img Kelli Smith | The Observer Sophomores Hayleigh Rockenback and Emma Dudrick look at their list of Iowan houses they planned to visit on Sunday to canvass for Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend mayor.Coming from Notre Dame, Dudrick asserted the “unique” political landscape on campus made her more considerate of issues prominent in the 2020 election cycle since she’s met people with both similar and opposing views on campus.“It’s just so interesting that we don’t go to a very, very liberal school, so we get to have those conversations with people,” she said.Rockenback said participating in the political process on the ground in Iowa made her aware of the tangible impact she could have on the election, no matter the caucus results.“I feel like I’m making a real impact,” she said.Tags: 2020 election season, Iowa caucuses, Pete Buttigieglast_img read more

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The RightThing Acquires AIRS

first_imgThe RightThing Acquires AIRS, First-of-Kind Recruitment DealAcquisition Combines Best-in-Class Services with Award-Winning Recruitment Software and Training SolutionsFebruary 18, 2008 The RightThing, a leader in customized recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) announced Monday the acquisition of AIRS, an award-winning recruitment training and sourcing technology company, based in Wilder, VT. AIRS will remain in Vermont at current staffing levels, according to the company.The acquisition will enhance The RightThing’s services by integrating AIRS recruitment sourcing software as well as training solutions, delivering customers a comprehensive suite of tools. AIRS A-list clients, including 70 percent of the Fortune 500, will benefit from The RightThing’s strong customer service as well as scalable and customized end-to-end recruitment options. AIRS products and training solutions will remain intact under The RightThing’s family of services.”The RightThing is very excited to welcome AIRS to the family,” said Terry Terhark, president and CEO of The RightThing. “AIRS thrives on innovation as does The RightThing, the synergy and cultural match of these two companies could potentially be the biggest thing this industry has seen with best-in-class technology, products, efficiency and power.”As the leader in recruitment process outsourcing, The RightThing has been building momentum since its inception in 2003 with exponential employee, client and revenue growth year after year, and award-winning thought leadership. With sourcing tools and training that help recruiters find the best talent, AIRS, founded in 1997, has experienced a 40 percent growth rate the past three years.”The RightThing and AIRS is a powerful combination of technology enabled services,” said Jason Corsello, vice president of Knowledge Infusion. “This has truly created a one-stop shop for any company’s entire recruiting and sourcing needs.””Together, The RightThing and AIRS will undoubtedly become one of the fastest growing recruiting solutions company in the industry,” said Chris Forman, president of AIRS. “Joining The RightThing will create a true paradigm shift for recruiting solutions. By offering top-notch services, technology and thought leadership under one unified company we will provide better hires and better outcomes to all of our clients.”Financial details were not disclosed.###About The RightThingAs the market leader in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, The RightThing redefines organizations’ approach and attitude towards recruiting and hiring processes. By developing and implementing strategic procedures for both national and global assignments, The RightThing consistently meets and exceeds client goals. Both short and long-term projects benefit from The RightThing’s smart solutions. For more information please visit http://www.rightthinginc.com(link is external).last_img read more

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It was their perfect home and then one day it was on the market

first_imgOn the ground floor is large office/library with crafted cedarwood bookcases, a lounge with original fireplace, a laundry, bathroom and a kitchen with custom built cabinetry, marble benchtops, premium quality stainless steel appliances and an island bench. The kitchen then flows in to a living and dining area which has french doors that open on to the covered terrace that wraps around the rear of the house. Upstairs there are three large bedrooms, one with an ensuite, one with a study nook and the other with a huge storage space. There is also a family bathroom.The master bedroom is a true parents’ retreat, with built-in robes, and a marble ensuite with double vanity, shower and bath. But it is outside that this entertainers house shines. There is an alfresco space with a built-in kitchenette that links to another covered entertaining zone complete with electric Vergola operable roof. The saltwater pool and heated spa have two rotatable umbrellas for shade and an integrated cleaning system.All of this overlooks the canal and a myriad of recreational boats. Other features include a security system, ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans throughout, hardwired sound system, 26,000L underground water tank, a secure garage for up to four cars and a carport for two more, and a six station irrigation system for the gardens. 56 AUSTRALIA CT, NEWPORTFRAMED by an iconic jacaranda tree, this canal house embraces the best of the New England and French Provincial styles.Located at Newport on the Redcliffe peninsula, the 1980-built two-storey house was extensively renovated by Bill and Bronwyn Woodforde.But with their children now grown up, it is time to move. He said they always bought “the worst house in the best street”.“This one had unique appeal and was in a prime spot,” he said.The house itself sits on a 827sq m block with 24m canal frontage. It hcenter_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoas one of the largest private approved pontoons, which has the ability to berth a 12m long wet berth vessel and two dry berths, both with power and water supplied to the pontoon. Mr Woodforde said his family rarely went away on holidays, preferring to go boating locally. Entry to the house is through manicured gardens and hedgerows via a granite cobblestone path and stately double doors into the home, which has silver travertine marble tiles, vaulted ceilings and decorative cornices throughout. From the house, it is just a 45 minutes to Moreton Bay Island or 30 minutes to Bribie Island by boat.The property is listed with Courtney Maguire of Place Kangaroo Point, and will go to auction at 11am tomorrow (Sunday, November 18). “This was her (Bronwyn’s) dream home,” Mr Woodforde said. “We had been looking to buy in the area and always pointed out this one as a timeless classic.“But we were always told the owners would never sell, and then one day I saw it online.”And the rest is history. The couple bought the house in 2009, only moving in after the renovations were complete in 2012.Mr Woodforde, who runs his own shop fitting business and has renovated “five or six” properties, said they custom-built everything they could, with his wife having a say in every design element. last_img read more

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