Students can investigate the 65 possible undergraduate majors and other academic programs at Majors Night tonight for guidance on what direction their studies will go at Notre Dame. Faculty and students enrolled in these different majors will be available to advice students in South Dining Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Academic Affairs Committee member Toni Schreier said all students should feel welcome to attend this event. “We’ve organized this majors night as an opportunity for students of all levels – not just freshmen – to learn more about the opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, that Notre Dame has to offer,” she said. Schreier said upperclassmen who have already declared a major can still benefit from the information available. “[For upperclassmen,] it would just be an opportunity to confirm that’s what they want to do,” Schreier said. “If there’s an area they’ve always been interested in, they can find out the requirements for a minor and if it’s plausible.” Professor Thomas Stapleford in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) also encouraged students of all levels to attend. “It’s really valuable for a wide range of students,” Stapleford said. “This is a great opportunity to learn about other programs, even if you’re in a major right now, if you’re still not quite sure this is the one for you, this is a great chance to go and explore some other programs.” Schreier said students can really learn about what each department is like because both professors and students will be available. “You can find out about all the different classes you’d have to take, what the requirements are and if it’s possible to double major or minor,” Schreier said. Majors Night is a good time for students to learn about majors that are not as common or that might be unique to Notre Dame, Stapleford said. “[PLS] is unlike English or History, where students may have a rough idea of what they’re doing,” he said. “There are English departments in other universities. [PLS] is unique to Notre Dame. We get a chance to explain this to the students and answer any questions they might have.” Stapleford said the professors in attendance want to highlight the distinctive features of their disciplines for students so that it is easier for students to choose between majors. “In [PLS], there’s an emphasis on students who really love to read, students who like to think about ideas and write about ideas – students who have a broad range of interests.”
“The impact of the fall in yields on government bonds more than offset the investment gains through the adverse impact this has on the valuation of pension promises earned,” he said in the fund’s annual report.Over the year to 31 March, the fund, the largest local government fund in England, fared well its 62% asset allocation to public equities, in particular its UK equities exposure.The asset class returned more than 15%, above the fund’s benchmark.Despite the fund’s making its best and worst returns in UK equities and index-linked global bonds, respectively, it still withdrew close to £300m from UK equities to finance increases in property and alternatives.It also shifted allocations from cash and global corporate bonds to further hedge inflation exposure with index-linked global bonds.GMPF made a close to 5% return on global equities and a near 12.3% return on property.Its alternatives allocations, predominately made up of private equity and infrastructure, returned nearly 6%.The fund committed to increase private equity by £100m per year, with annualised performance hitting 16.7%.Infrastructure allocations are now set to increase by £75m a year, but the fund said, with only £98m currently invested in projects, its target allocation of 3% would still take several years.Its 10% allocation to property is also set to increase as the fund continues to grow its direct holdings and the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF).The GMPVF aims to generate returns while supporting the fund’s local area, namely Manchester.While taking stakes in a project around the city’s airport, and funding office developments and social housing, GMPF said it would continue to build a broad portfolio in the next three years.The fund’s assumed liabilities grew by 3.2% over the year to £16.9bn, leaving the fund 90% funded. The £13.3bn (€17bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) returned 7% over its last financial year, backed by strong returns in both public and private equity.However, the local authority fund was held back by significant losses in its global bonds portfolio that included sovereign and corporate fixed income and inflation-linked bonds.Despite a net growth in assets, the fund also saw its funding ratio, calculated on an actuarial basis, fall to 90.5%.Councillor Kieran Quinn, chairman of the fund, said despite investment returns outperforming the actuary’s expectations, long-term interest rates made the funding situation difficult.
In part, their promotion is reward for their success with England’s junior sides â€“ Solanke scored for England Under-21s last week â€“ but, ahead of next year’s World Cup finals, Southgate is clearly looking to new talent to counter decades of failure by the country’s senior sides.“We have to see how the game progresses but we won’t have any inhibitions about putting them on the pitch,” said Southgate. “We want players who have good international pedigree to have their pathway.“If I had to pick the squad tomorrow, I know who it would be, but that can change in six months because of form and players emerging. I’m open-minded.”England’s junior sides have prospered internationally with the Under-17s and Under-20s both winning World Cups this year and the Under-18s and Under-21s also producing standout performances.But Southgate will be wary of expecting too much, too soon from his young stars and may choose not to use his latest recruits against a Brazil side he was quick to praise.“Brazil are well down the road in knowing their best team, they have some outstanding individuals and an immense physical presence,” he said.“They’ve annihilated everyone in the South American qualification which is the hardest way to the finals, so it will be a big test.“You always want to test yourselves against the best. Germany are a well-oiled machine, you know where they’re going to be. Brazil have fantastic individuals and that’s harder to prepare for.”Asked what he most appreciated about the 0-0 draw with Germany, which proved more exciting than the scoreline suggests, Southgate said the “fearlessness” and highlighted the performance of Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek.“He’s obviously taken a lot from the game. He found it a great experience. He was learning throughout it,” said Southgate.“It’s incredible – he’s had so few 90-minute appearances in the league and we put him in but he did well and we believe in him. Sometimes the first game is easier then you have to carry it on.”Southgate added that Tottenham’s Eric Dier will again captain the side.“For me as a coach, he’s good when you want to have discussions about solving tactical problems on the pitch. He’s somebody who’s upbringing at Lisbon was different from some young players,” he said.Against him will be Neymar, who Southgate singled out to be an obvious threat. “He is one of the best players in the world. Is he worth Â£200 million? If there was to be someone worth that – it’d be him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England Manager Gareth Southgate has said he is prepared to offer more young players the chance to stake a claim for a World Cup place in today’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford received rave reviews after making their first England starts against Germany last Friday.Tammy Abraham, Jack Cork and Joe Gomez also made their debuts and Southgate has added Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke to his squad for Brazil.