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The second floor of LaFortune Student Center is home to Notre Dame’s own Student Union Board, or SUB for short. In a large room with walls decorated with posters from SUB’s past events, from “Dogs and Donuts” to “Cuddles and Cocoa,” students plan free events taking place on campus. SUB’s mission statement is to “enhance undergraduate student life by providing undergraduate student services and social, intellectual and cultural opportunities” for students on campus, but this year their main goal is to focus on diversity and inclusion, executive director Eric Kim said. Kim, a senior, said the inclusion aspect is especially important to SUB going forward. Photo courtesy of Eric Kim Students gather on North Quad for a movie screening, one of the many free events hosted by Student Union Board (SUB) last year.“We try to really try to incorporate the themes of diversity and inclusion,” Kim said. “Many people get confused … the idea is that it’s great to have a diversity of events, but people forget about the idea of inclusion. We want to make sure that all of our events have intentionality behind them, and we want to make sure that everyone feels included in all events, because our all our events are for the student body, and not just specific people.”In the last year, SUB provided a packed audience with a talk by Karamo Brown, one of the stars of hit Netflix series “Queer Eye.” The group partnered with PrismND to sponsor Brown’s event. Kim said SUB wants to continue these partnerships in the upcoming year, in order to give students unique perspectives.“[Brown] does provide a really interesting perspective that I would say a majority of the student body would benefit from,” Kim said. “We want to continue bringing that theme to this year, and providing a different perspective that a majority of students could benefit from.”This is director of operations Siena Gruler’s first year working in SUB.Gruler, a junior, said she and Kim want to brand SUB in a more recognizable way. “It’s my first year in SUB, and I didn’t really know what it was before I applied,” Gruler said. “We want the whole student body to know it. I’ve had people ask me like, ‘Oh, what do they do besides the concerts?’ So we want to expand that, and we want people to know what we are besides just the concerts.” Although SUB does host similar events yearly, Gruler said they do try to change up the kinds of events offered. “We try to make sure that they’re different from semester to semester from year to year, just to appeal to a different group on campus,” Gruler said. “We don’t want it to be too repetitive, even if we are programming the same types of events.”SUB differs from other student groups such as the Student Activities Office (SAO) in that SAO primarily offers activities during the weekend that act as an alternative to partying, Kim said.SUB is already beginning the year with a ‘Standup Bash,’ a free event showcasing different comedians and featuring LeClerc Andre, Tyler Boeh and Gina Brillon this Friday night. Aside from their unique events, SUB also hosts reliable events that happen weekly and monthly — including Acousticafé every Thursday night in Duncan Student Center and movie screenings in Debartolo Hall. Although the fall concert has not been announced yet, Kim and Gruler said plans have been in the works since this summer. “Usually, if it’s a bigger name and event, like the concert, speakers, comedians, magicians and others, we work that out two to four months in advance,” Kim said. Kim and Gruler urge students who have suggestions or ideas to contact SUB directly. “Ultimately, we want to do our job,” Kim said, “We want to make sure our jobs done correctly and efficiently. That can only be done through student input, so if students have ideas, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] We’re more than willing to listen to whatever it is, because these events are for them.”Tags: Karamo Brown, Student Union Board, SUB
DNB said MN’s new IT upgrade “didn’t yet instill confidence”In 2014, MN had started an ambitious €70m plan for operational improvement, called MN 3.0. Three years later, it became clear that MN had written off €15m on the project as it had largely failed to deliver.At the time, both metal schemes said they were satisfied with the provider’s decision.PMT and PME have more than 2.2 million participants, pensioners and deferred members in total, affiliated with 35,400 employers.MN also services the €4bn industry-wide pension fund for the merchant navy (Koopvaardij).In a response, an MN spokesman said the introduction of the new mid-office had been delayed due to an “additional complexity of linking new and existing systems”, and that the provider expected to deliver the upgrade no later than early next year.He said that MN would start developing the back office upgrade this year, and highlighted that it was a multi-phased project that would take up several years to complete.He added that the project would be assessed for the impact of the new pensions agreement while it was being carried out.MN declined to provide details about the project’s budget.ReturnsSeparately, PMT said it returned 18.4% on investments in 2019, largely thanks to the 16.1% yield on its large fixed income holdings of 61.5% of its assets and a 24% profit on its equity portfolio of 29.4%.However, it noted that the effect of declining interest rates on its liabilities was damaging, as its funding level had dropped by 4.7 percentage points to 97.6% at year-end.It said its investment returns reflected an underperformance of 2.8 percentage points. Its investment policy targets additional returns of 1.5 percentage points relative to its liabilities.The surplus yield – 1.4% on average since 2014 – is primarily destined for indexation, but has been used for improving the scheme’s financial buffers during the past years, PMT explained.It said its inflation compensation in arrears had increased to more than 20% for active participants.As for PME, it posted an annual return of 18.3%. Its 47% matching portfolio generated 15.3%, with long-duration government bonds and investment grade emerging market debt delivering more than 10% and 5.9%, respectively.It said it had decided on a new strategic investment policy for the period 2020-2025, aimed at decreasing its fixed income holdings from 50% to 40% in favour of high yield and real estate investments, which are to be increased to 15% and 10%, respectively.It will also gradually raise the interest hedge of its liabilities from 40% to 60%.The pension fund added that it had started building a portfolio for short-duration government bonds and credit, meant for “quick and cheap” availability of liquidity for collateral as well as temporarily absorbing surplus liquidy.PME also said it will increase its allocation to real assets from 1.3% to 5%, in part through investments in clean energy. It already has stakes in forestry and infrastructure.The metal scheme closed the year with a funding level of 96.9%, falling further to 95% at the end of March.Both metal schemes could avoid rights cuts this year, following social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees’ decision to grant pension funds with a coverage ratio of more than 90% a temporary exemption from a mandatory pensions reduction in 2020.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. However, PMT noted that, despite a successful test in October, no new functionality had become operational yet.The €80.3bn pension fund for the metal-working and mechanical engineering industry, said it was thoroughly monitoring the progress as well as the quality of the upgrade.It added that it had intensified its contacts with the provider about the delivery of the final products, risk management as well “MN’s ability to actually carry out the upgrade”.Last year, PMT paid MN €43m for pensions management.According to the metal scheme, supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) had also announced that it would step up its supervision of the upgrade process.The €52bn PME, in turn, said it was “seriously worried” about MN’s ability to deliver, adding that it deemed affiliated risks as “high”.The scheme for metal and electro-technical engineering said DNB had concluded that the IT upgrade “was still short of expectations, and didn’t yet instil confidence in a controlled and sound pensions administration”. PMT and PME, the Dutch pension funds for the metal sector, said they were worried about the development and timely delivery of a new system for pensions administration by MN, their joint provider and asset manager.In their respective annual reports for 2019, the schemes indicated they weren’t entirely convinced whether MN would be able to successfully complete the project, a slimmed down version of a much grander scheme that failed to deliver three years ago.Since then, MN has started developing a fundamental upgrade aimed at an agile and modern system for tailor-made services for both pension fund participants and employers.The first part – a “mid office”, with systems for basic administration – was scheduled to be launched this summer. It is to be followed by a new back office in the coming years.