The Observer won third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony held Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington. Staff members took home 20 other awards. Former Assistant Managing Editor Andrew Owens was named the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year, making him the third Notre Dame student in four years to be honored. The award, which began in 1999, is named for a deceased student journalist at Vincennes University. Owens placed in the “Best Entertainment Feature Story” category as well, winning second for his Oct. 22 piece “College GameDay.” The Observer took second place in the “Best Single Issue” category for the Nov. 27 issue “Miami Bound,” published after the football team’s victory over USC. First place in the “Best Stand-Alone/Pullout Section” category went to The Observer’s “Pre-national championship coverage.” The 2011-12 Observer Editorial Board took first place in the “Best Staff Editorial” category for its April 27, 2012, piece “Jenky should issues a formal apology.” The former board also won second place in the same category for the Sept. 14, 2012 editorial “Getting serious about sexual assault.” Former Assistant Managing Editor Sam Stryker won second place in “Best News Feature Story” for “Gay students discuss coming out at Notre Dame,” the second in a three-part series in The Observer last year. Stryker also took third place in “Best Entertainment Feature Story” for his coverage of Student Union Board’s Seth Myers comedy show in September, titled “Seth Myers brings the laughs at Stepan.” 2011-12 Managing Editor Sarah Mervosh, class of 2012, won third place in the “Best Breaking News Reporting” category for “University addresses LGBTQ concerns,” published April 26, 2012. Assistant Managing Editor Matthew DeFranks took second place in “Best News or Feature Series” for “Waking the Echoes,” a series highlighting past Notre Dame football players and their lives after graduation. Scene Editor Kevin Noonan took second place in “Best Entertainment Column” for his piece on the film saga’s move to Disney, titled “Star Wars moves to the dark side.” Kirby McKenna, multimedia editor, won second place in “Best Feature Photo” for her August Boys Like Girls concert photo “Boys Like B1.” Former Multimedia Editor Sarah O’Connor took third place in the same category for her September photo “Seth Myers at Notre Dame.” Former Photo Editor Suzanna Pratt took first place in “Best Sports Photo” for her action shot during the Oct. 27 football game against Oklahoma, called “Statement win.” Second place in “Best Blog” went to “Observer Passport,” featuring the study abroad experiences of former Editor-in-Chief Allan Joseph, former Managing Editor Megan Doyle, Assistant Managing Editor Marisa Iati, Saint Mary’s Editor Kaitlyn Rabach, Photo Editor Grant Tobin, News Writer Mel Flanagan and Scene Writer Troy Mathew. O’Connor and Web Editor Kevin Song won first place in “Best Video” for “Bengal Bouts 2012,” showcasing the experiences of members of Notre Dame’s men’s club boxing team. Former Graphics Editor Brandon Keelean won first place in “Best Design of Black-and-White House Ad” for “Congratulations.” Keelean also took first in “Best Design of Full-Color House Ad” for “Final Four.” The Observer took third place in “Best Rate Card,” crediting Keelean, Joseph, Advertising Manager Emily Kopetsky and former advertising manager Monica McCormack. All four were also honored with first place in “Best General Media Kit.” Other University publications represented at ICPA were Scholastic, which took first place in “News Magazine of the Year,” Dome Yearbook, which won second place in the Division I “Yearbook of the Year” category and The Juggler, which took second place in “Literary Magazine of the Year.” The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its website, www.ndsmcobserver.com.
The Consumer Price Index for all foodincreased 2.3 percent in 2000 and should rise about the same amountin 2001, say University of Georgia experts. After near-recordgrowth last year, beef and pork price increases are expected toslow. Other food items should see only small increases.”The slowing economy during the last quarter of 2000 is aforecast of a slower rate of economic growth during 2001,”said Bill Thomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Because farm commodities account for only 20 cents of eachretail food dollar, it’s more important to look at what’s happeningin the rest of the economy than to focus on farm prices,”Thomas said.What’s Driving Cost? Photo:USDA Americans can expect food prices to rise about 2 percent to 3 percent during 2001. Higher energy prices last year won’t necessarilytranslate into higher food prices, because transportation andenergy costs are small components of the total food marketingbill.”The total marketing bill equals 80 cents for every dollarconsumers spend on food,” Thomas said. “Transportationcosts are 4 percent and energy costs 3.5 percent of the marketingbill. If energy costs continue to be this high through 2001, another0.2 percent could be added to the rate of inflation in food.”Food price changes are a key to determining the portion of consumers’income that is spent on food. In 1999, consumers spent 10.4 percentof their household disposable income on food, with 6.2 percentfor food at home and 4.2 percent for food away from home. “During 2001, the long-run downward trend should continue,resulting in consumer expenditures for food amounting to only10.3 percent of their income,” Thomas said.Item-by-item CostThomas and other UGA economists make theseforecasts for individual food sectors:Meat Products: A booming economy continues to fuel demand for meatproducts, and overall meat prices were up 5.6 percent in 2000.Large meat supplies should limit gains to 3 percent to 4 percentin 2001.Fish and seafood: Prices should climb 2 percent to 3 percent in2001. A strong domestic economy is boosting sales in the restaurantand food-service sectors, which claim a growing share of totalseafood sales.Eggs: Prices will rise as much as 1 percent in 2001. Higherproduction levels and slower growth in exports have led to lowerretail prices the past four years.Dairy products: The CPI is expected to increase 1 percentto 2 percent in 2001. Strong consumer demand for gourmet ice cream,cheese and butterfat products, is expected to continue into 2001.Fresh fruits: It’s too early to know the full impact ofthe freezes in Florida on citrus prices. However, continued demandfor fresh fruits and normal production levels for major fruitsin the United States should boost the fresh-fruit CPI 2 percentto 3 percent in 2001.Fresh vegetables: After low farm prices in 1999, farmersreduced acreage in 2000, and prices climbed. Farmers took note, and shipments are expected to decline during 2001. Assuming normal weather and continued strong demand, the fresh-vegetable CPI should increase 2 percent to 3 percent in 2001.Processed fruits and vegetables: Adequate supplies of mostfruits and vegetables for processing is expected to limit theCPI increase to 2 percent to 3 percent in 2001.Sugar and sweets: Relatively low inflation, along withincreased production and lower retail for selected sugar-relatedfood items, is expected to limit the index increase to 1.5 percentto 2.5 percent in 2001.Cereal and bakery: With grain prices lower this year andinflation-related processing costs modest, the CPI is forecastto rise 2 percent to 3 percent. Most of the costs to produce cerealand bread products — more than 90 percent in most cases — arefor processing and marketing. Grain and other farm ingredientsaccount for a fraction of the total cost.Nonalcoholic beverages: The CPI is forecast to rise 2 percentto 3 percent. Prices of coffee and carbonated drinks, which accountfor 28 and 38 percent of the index, rose 3 percent (coffee) and4 percent (soft drinks) in 2000. Recent near-record arabica beanproduction in Brazil should lead to larger U.S. stocks and continuedmoderate consumer prices.