Students bid to dine with campus celebrities

first_imgMore than 25 Notre Dame celebrities are on the menu tonight at Breen-Phillips Hall’s 29th annual Meal Auction, where students can place bids for a chance to dine with illustrious campus figures such as Irish football coach Brian Kelly or basketball coach Mike Brey, among others. One of the hall’s signature events, the live and silent auctions will benefit Meals on Wheels, a charity with which Breen-Phillips has had a long relationship, hall president Allison Behrndt and auction coordinator Jaclyn Winkel said. “In [Breen-Phillips], we’re always talking about community and fostering that sense in our dorm,” Winkel said. “Meals on Wheels reaches out to community members who might otherwise be forgotten, so that same sense is there.” Winkel said a wide array of prominent campus figures will participate as auction prizes, including student body president-elect and vice president-elect Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce, finance professor Carl Ackermann and psychology professor Anre Venter, as well as members of the Notre Dame men’s basketball and track and field teams. “Basically, we’ve contacted a bunch of campus celebrities and cool professors, and they agreed to have a meal with the highest bidder,” Winkel said. “People can come and bid per plate, and if you win you get to go out to dinner or have a home-cooked meal with the person.” Breen-Phillips president Allison Behrndt said bidders can expect great experiences with all the “menu items” but recommended that Irish athletic fans consider the offers from Kelly and Brey. “Coach Kelly always does a meal with the football staff, and he usually gives the people who win a bunch of issue gear and autographed items,” Behrndt said. “Brey also sets up a meal, and that’s always popular.” Winkel said the dinner with Kelly typically raises the most money of all the individual auction items. “Sometimes, people pay upwards of $100 for Kelly,” she said. “He usually takes about two or three people, and last year he gave them a tour of the locker room, too.” With far more bidders than prizes, students bid per plate so groups can share the cost of a ticket item, Winkel said, and auction participants may choose how many people they will take and where they will eat. “A few guys from the baseball team said they’d take people to Brothers [Bar and Grill], and some basketball players are doing a meal at McAlister’s [Deli],” Winkel said. “Professor Venter is taking six to eight people for a home-cooked South African dinner at his house, so there are a lot of different choices.” Behrndt said the event is a great way for students to connect with high-profile campus figures in a relaxed, personal setting. “I think the best aspect [of the auction] is giving people the opportunity to interact with people they normally wouldn’t be able to meet, like the coaches,” Behrndt said. “It’s great that students can share a more intimate meal with their professors, which they probably wouldn’t have the chance to do otherwise.” The auction committee decided to host the event in the Burger King lounge to attract more traffic from passersby and increase student awareness of the cause it supports, Winkel and Behrndt said. “We made a few changes to the menu and location basically to encourage greater audience participation and to make it more of a campus-wide event,” Behrndt said. Winkel said students are encouraged to drop by and bid spontaneously on the people that pique their interest. Gift baskets and restaurant gift cards will be offered during the silent auction in the Sorin Room of LaFortune Student Center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The live auction will occupy the Burger King lounge in LaFortune tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Nine European asset owners among ‘most responsible’ investors [updated]

first_imgPGGMNetherlands242 Caisse de dépôt et placement du QuébecCanada235.12 Public Sector Pension Investment BoardCanada135.6 New Zealand Superannuation FundNew Zealand25.9 Khazanah Nasional BerhadMalaysia37.7 ATPDenmark118.9 Ontario Teachers’ Pension PlanCanada139.3 Adrian Orr, CEO of New Zealand’s $25.9bn Superannuation Fund and chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, said: “For stewards of long-term capital, like sovereign wealth and government pension funds, the question was not whether they could afford to invest responsibly but rather, whether they could afford not to.“No sensible asset allocator would knowingly invest in companies that pollute the environment, exploit labour or operate unethically, behaviour [that is] certain to destroy value over the long term.”The Bretton Woods II concept, known as the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative, was developed in partnership with the Global Development Incubator, Dalberg, and the Fletcher School at Tufts in the US.The funds were ranked according to 10 criteria, including disclosure of ESG and related objectives, integration of these across the portfolio, implementation of strategies and benchmarks, commitment of resources, accountability, and partnerships with other investors and businesses.Responsible Asset Allocators: Top 25 (alphabetically listed)Source: New America/Bretton Woods IIFUND NAMECOUNTRYAUM ($bn) British Columbia Investment Management CorpCanada107.5 California Public Employees’ Retirement SystemUSA331.9 APGNetherlands531.76 ERAFPFrance26 Alberta Investment Management CorpCanada95.7 Canada Pension Plan Investment BoardCanada251.3 Public Investment CorpSouth Africa137.86 Caisse des Dépôts et ConsignationsFrance231.2 Some of Europe’s largest pension funds have been included in a new list of the world’s most responsible allocators.APG from the Netherlands (the asset manager for the €356bn ABP pension fund), Denmark’s PKA, the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, and France’s ERAFP were all named on the list, produced by US think-tank New America as part of its “Bretton Woods II” work on responsible investment. Collectively, the funds on what is known as the Bretton Wood II Leaders List manage $4.9trn (€4.2trn) in assets. They were distilled from an original pool of 300 sovereign wealth funds and large pension schemes.“A 1% allocation of total assets to sustainable investments in the developing world would be equal to twice as much as all loans and financial services extended to developing countries by the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development in 2016,” said Tomicah Tillemann, director of the Bretton Woods II programme at New America. United Nations Joint Staff Pension FundGlobal60.33 Temasek HoldingsSingapore202.2 Ireland Strategic Investment FundIreland10 Government Pension Fund – GlobalNorway980.82 PKADenmark40.14 PREVIBrazil74 National Pension ServiceSouth Korea521.8 New York State Common Retirement FundUSA192 Commonwealth Superannuation CorpAustralia30.2 AP FundsSweden195last_img read more