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Saint Mary’s Senate allocates club funds

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first_imgThe Saint Mary’s senate met Wednesday to discuss this year’s objectives and budgets for the College’s student organizations.Senior student body president McKenna Schuster chairs the SMC senate, which is the only voting body on campus. The Senate’s main responsibility is to ensure each club and sports team receives adequate funding.Senior vice president of finance Marissa Pie said each of the College’s 54 recognized student groups begins with a budget of $100, and athletic clubs receive $1,000.Student groups also have the chance to apply for travel grants and sponsorships, Schuster said.The Council of Clubs, which is composed of presidents from each student club and group, approves all sponsorship funds, Pie said.This year, Schuster said one of the Senate’s main objectives is to keep the student body updated about its decisions and actions.“In order to be transparent and keep the student body informed, we are emphasizing the importance of town-hall style meetings,” she said.The Senate also aims to simplify the budget for recognized clubs and sports teams and make it more comprehensive and available to the student body, Schuster said. There were some concerns with the allocation of last year’s funds, she said.“We formed this year’s budget after carefully analyzing last year’s budget,” Shuster said. “A great amount of thought and research was put into this year’s allocations.”The senate also hopes to create incentives for students to participate in school events and spirit weeks, such as the Navy Dance and Love Your Body Week.Schuster said she would like to see increased attendance at athletic competitions, social events and lectures.“Students will receive a punch card to record their attendance at various events,” she said. “When the punch card is filled out, prizes will be offered. It’s a fun incentive.”Tags: Budget, Council of Clubs, Saint Mary’s Senatelast_img read more

Demystifying machine learning

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first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.” No, wait – Did I just type “1959?”  Yes, true!Machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI), has been around a while, but the technology has made enormous strides since 1959.  The ability to learn without explicitly being programmed sounds like a mantra taken from a child-rearing manual from the 1950s. However, this concept has even greater potential today when we apply the technology to fraud prevention.Machine learning will still require the presence of humans to calibrate and confirm fraud, and to assist the model in learning from historical data.  But the promise of a faster and more accurate solution for fraud prevention has CO-OP very excited about the possibilities – which is why our company is becoming an early adopter of this technology. continue reading »last_img read more