I would like to begin by thanking President Sisi and the Egyptian people for their warm hospitality over the past two days, and for hosting the first ever meeting between the EU and the League of Arab States.We have come together to address the challenges we face head on, so that we can deliver prosperity and security for all of our countries.I have had constructive discussions with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the Amir of Kuwait, Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon and others, on issues such as migration, the crises in Yemen and Syria, instability in Libya, the evolving threat from Daesh, and the Middle East Peace Process.The fortunes of our regions have long been intertwined. A stable, peaceful Arab region matters to Europe, and the UK is fully committed to continue working on this with our allies both now and after we leave the EU.Of course, I’ve also had the opportunity to discuss Brexit while I’ve been here. I held good meetings with President Tusk, Prime Minister Conte, Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte, President Juncker and the Taoiseach.There is still more work to do, and my team will be in Brussels tomorrow working on the legally binding assurances that the UK Parliament needs in relation to the backstop.But what I have sensed in all of my conversations with my fellow leaders both here in Sharm el-Sheikh and in recent days is a real determination to find a way through which allows the UK to leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way with a deal.
At Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia updated members on the student government’s new campaign combating sexual assault, One is Too Many.“We now have 135 volunteers trained for [the campaign],” Coccia said. “We’re already getting positive feedback.”Several volunteers started door-to-door visits in their dorms to discuss the launch of the campaign and speak about resources available on campus pertaining to sexual assault, he said.The Gender Relations Center is also helping with the campaign by providing student government with pamphlets detailing ways friends can help victims of sexual assault, Coccia said.National engagement and outreach director Rosie Shepherd attended the meeting and presented her resolution outlining the Senate’s support of the organizational bylaws of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Student Body President Conference.Coccia attended the inaugural ACC Student Body President Conference shortly after the University joined the ACC in September 2013.According to the resolution, which passed during Wednesday’s meeting, the goal of the president’s council is to “foster cross-campus communication between active institutions in the ACC; continue the pursuit of being pioneers of higher education, athletics and extracurricular activities; enable collective actions that affect all participating institutions; and promote a strong relationship among all institutions.”Senators also discussed upcoming signature dorm events and general on-campus events. Toni Schreier, McGlinn Hall senator said Majors Night will take place in South Dining Hall this Thursday from 6-8 p.m. “Everyone is welcome, and we’re expecting both teachers and professors from every department to be there,” Schreier said. Schreier also reminded senators that McGlinn casino night will take place this Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.O’Neill Hall senator Kyle McCaffery said only one dorm has currently entered a contestant for next Thursday’s Miss Notre Dame pageant, an O’Neill signature event. There is, however, still time to sign up. Other events in the next month will include the Keenan Revue and Lewis Hall of Pancakes (LHOP), which will occur on Feb. 7.Tags: Senate