As the Indiana State Excise Police continue their Intensified College Enforcement (ICE) initiative in South Bend, their officers made more than 14 times as many arrests during the Michigan game weekend than the first home football weekend against Purdue. Excise officers arrested 72 individuals on 99 charges Friday and Saturday, according to a press release issued by public information officer Corporal Travis Thickstun this week. The officers arrested five people on nine charges during the home football game against Purdue on Sept. 8. On Friday, excise officers arrested 31 people on 46 charges, the release stated. Those arrests included 18 adults who were furnishing alcohol to a minor. During tailgating around campus Saturday, officers arrested 41 people on 53 charges. Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) also reported seven arrests on various charges in the Stadium on Saturday. The majority of the individuals charged by the Excise Police were minors for illegal consumption or possession of alcohol, the release stated. Eight of those 45 individuals charged were less than 18 years old. “Excise officers also cited six minors for possession of false ID,” the release stated. “Two people were arrested for public intoxication, two for resisting law enforcement and one on a drug-related charge.” Other citations included juvenile in possession of tobacco, disorderly conduct, false informing, false government ID and various traffic violations. Student body president Brett Rocheleau said students should be honest and respectful if approached by a police officer. “If anyone gets approached by a police officer, please be respectful and comply,” Rocheleau said. “I know there are some instances where people got tickets for refusing to cooperate or handing over a fake ID.” Student government hosted a safety summit with local and state police officers at the beginning of the school year to inform students about how to interact with law enforcement. Officers from the Excise Police were present at that summit. Rocheleau said he also sent emails to the student body to advise them on staying safe off campus and during game weekends. “From the different stories we heard about the ICE program that they had enacted [at Notre Dame] and seeing that [Indiana University] and [Purdue University] had also been visited by Excise Police, I anticipated them coming to campus, which is why we tried to sort of warn the student body by sending out the emails to every student if they’re underage to watch out for the Excise Police, to make sure they’re being responsible and safe … [and] informing students that if they are underage they should not be consuming alcohol,” he said. The release from Thickstun cited several instances of students who were uncooperative when dealing with excise officers. Thickstun could not be reached for further comment on the weekend’s arrests. “A male juvenile ran from officers as they were speaking with a group of people in the tailgate lots,” the release stated. “He was caught and found to have a [blood alcohol content] of .07 percent. He was cited and was released to his mother after she was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. “Another male was arrested after giving a false Pennsylvania driver’s license and other false information to officers. He had a [blood alcohol content] of .16 percent and will face charges for illegal consumption, false informing and possession of false ID.” Rocheleau said Excise officers do not always book individuals into jail when they make arrests. Rather, they issue drinking tickets and citations, though they can issue multiple charges at one time for different offenses. “Excise uses the word ‘arrest’ in terms of a ticket,” Rocheleau said. “While there could have been students incarcerated … a lot of it depends on the circumstances and how the student has been interacting with police.” Indiana State Excise Police, a division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, added Notre Dame to their ICE initiative this year. The new program targets college campuses to reduce underage drinking, and Excise officers also have a presence at five other universities in the state, including Butler University, Indiana University and Purdue University. Rocheleau said the Excise officers will continue to have a presence in the South Bend area, even during the upcoming bye weekend and away game weekends. “They are focused on liquor stores as well as bars,” he said. “They want to make sure that no one underage is going into liquor stores and bars on non-football weekends.” While excise police have upped the number of arrests in the area and reported evasive student behavior during tailgating, Rocheleau said he has heard of only positive interactions between students and South Bend Police Department and St. Joseph County Police Department officers. He encouraged any students with complaints about treatment from police to contact him directly. Rocheleau meets with representatives from those local law enforcement agencies and Excise Police three times each year. “Their message is basically if you’re under the age of 21, you should not be consuming alcohol, going into liquor stores or going into bars,” he said.
Graphic: Cindy Esco It’s a straight shot south fromAtlanta to Havana. And if the U.S. government unlocks trade withCuba, University of Georgia scientists are ready to open doorsto better relations.A group from the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, led by former UGA Vice President for Outreach S. EugeneYounts, visited Cuba this spring to begin swapping scientificagricultural knowledge.When Younts first visited Cuba in February 2000, he was apprehensive.But he found Cuban scientists not only receptive, but hungry forour agricultural knowledge. After visiting Cuba’s AgricultureResearch Institute, Younts was impressed.”They are very highly educated and have a much higherliteracy rate than we do,” he said. “I visited theiragricultural experiment stations and found they needed to meetsome of our scientists.”Meeting of MindsYounts returned for a second visit in April with Larry Benyshek,head of the CAES animal and dairy science department. This secondvisit began talks between UGA and Cuban scientists at CIMA (theCenter for Animal Improvement). CIMA officials invited UGA scientiststo a conference.In May, Benyshek led a group of animal scientists back to Cuba.The group included Benyshek, dairy nutritionist Joe West, geneticistKeith Bertrand, and Steve Stice, a reproductive biologist andcloning expert.The UGA scientists were impressed with the Cubans’ researchaccomplishments.”Cubans have their science,” Benyshek said. “Ithas developed over the years. They’re doing what they can withthe resources they have.”Seeking ScienceAnd in some cases, they’re doing extremely well, particularlyin vaccine development and production.Benyshek visited the Finlay Institute, which directs severalorganizations involved in vaccine production. Its researchersare always interested in developing new technology.”They seek technology, and they seek to develop technology,which is why they are interested in the University of Georgia,”Benyshek said. “When the Russian support collapsed, the economywas left without any sort of underpinning.”The food supply became a serious problem in Cuba, and the futureis still uncertain. There are problems supplying enough of somefoods, including beef and milk.”They are a food-deficit country by far, and they needto import food,” Younts said. “They have really beensuffering since the Soviet Union collapsed. The USSR was givingthem money to buy food, and now that’s gone.”Building FoodPolitical changes forced their agricultural researchers tofocus on rebuilding their food industry.”A lot of their dairy industry and cattle ended up goingto meat,” Benyshek said. “They’re rebuilding their dairyindustry now. That’s an area where we can be very helpful to them.They also have a thriving, developing swine industry.”UGA hopes to continue the collaboration. Several Cuban scientistshave been invited to visit here. “I think they have a numberof students and possible graduate students who could come here,”Benyshek said.The Cubans need technical training, too.”They have gathered cattle data for a number of years,and they need to analyze it,” Benyshek said. “We havea very good program in national and international cattle evaluationat UGA. We’ve done some cattle evaluation in South America, andone of the visiting scientists will probably be looking at thatinformation while he’s here.”Free Intellectual TradeWhile each country will find some short-term benefits to thisproject, most of the gains will be long-term.”We are beginning an educational collaboration that eventually,when the embargo is lifted, will lead the people in this stateto business opportunities there,” Benyshek said.”Our location is our major benefit in developing the relationship,”he said. “They can’t really deal with the closest state (Florida)due to the political climate. So as they come up the coast, we’rethe first one they come to.”Younts will return to Cuba this winter.”I feel the University of Georgia should watch very carefullythe developments there and continue to develop links that areappropriate for this time,” he said.”I think we should do what we can to help the people,”he said. “If we are going to trade with China and North Korea,we should research for ways to overcome obstacles that now hinderus from trading with 11 million of our neighbors who need us.”
Lærernes said it had a solid level of reserves and was easily able to manage the Danish FSA’s various stress tests, which made it possible to take more risk with investments and therefore get higher returns.“The investment strategy for the next few years involves the company continuing to be able to invest in sectors where it is possible to make a good profit,” the pension fund said.Before Christmas, the pension fund set an account dividend of 5.61% for 2017, it said, adding that costs had been lowered again and now amounted to 1.25% of contributions.But it warned of lower returns this year.“We don’t expect to get the same high level of return in 2017,” it said, “so the return from 2016 will help to ensure that the teachers are able to have a good account dividend in the next few years as well.” Danish labour-market pension fund Lærernes Pension said it made an 11.3% return on investments last year but warned that its assets were unlikely to be as profitable this current year.Reporting preliminary return figures just days after the close of the year, the DKK70bn (€9.4bn) pension fund for teachers said emerging market investments in particular boosted the 2016 result.The pension fund said: “There have been gains in virtually all investment sectors, but particularly emerging markets stood out, with a high equities return.”The fund also said its asset managers did better in this sector than the market in general.