Are You Connected?

Don’t automatically reach for that “lock” button, after checking Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and all the usual apps that you use on your smartphone. Make sure you get into the habit of checking the NDNU app: BeConnected. Download it for free in your App store and make life on campus a little easier.

As stated in the app description, as well as by the maker Kyle Pretsch, the app is meant to make many of the school’s several resources readily and easily available to the the entire NDNU community. Although released last year, not much has changed besides making the app work better with the phone updates, such as IOS. However, it seems that it is getting a bigger buzz this year.

“Last year when it came out not a lot of people knew what it was for or what it could do so it was downloaded and deleted.” says Notre Dame de Namur senior, Fiona Mcvicar.

Now it seems as if everyone is using BeConnected for its various resources.

One of the most used features on the app is the Café Menu. It shows you what is being served that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another amazingly helpful area of the app is the laundry tab. You can check what machines are being used and how much time is left on the ones that are running. Under the ID Card feature you can report a lost or stolen ID, add value in flex, as well as get discounts at participating locations such as: Hola’s in the Carlmont Center or Menchies Frozen Yougurt.

Other features include the NDNU Mission, a gallery from the SLLO Flickr account, and a camera to send your own photos from NDNU events to the SLLO Flickr. You can easily access your student email, the Student Handbook; not only this but it serves as a way to get a hold of Public Safety.

BeConnected is proving to be a very helpful and easy to use app for the NDNU community. With all of these resources in one place, there is no reason that this app shouldn’t already be on your homepage.

Know Your Argonauts

With the 2014-15 season up and running the Argonauts Men’s Soccer team is ready to bring a championship home. This year it has been very noticeable that each sports team has recruited quite heavy. With so many new faces on campus, many are wondering where did all these new faces come from?

One of the new faces on the soccer team is Midfield/Forward Joseph Sorensen. Joseph is true freshman from Portland, Oregon.

“Transitioning from my hometown to NDNU was fairly easy, since the community is very welcoming and I am very involved in the community”, Sorensen confidently stated.

Being able to transition from a hometown environment to a college environment is a big thing but being able to transition from high school sports to college sports is a even harder task.

“The transition has been somewhat smooth, though there is definitely a learning curve to overcome. The biggest goal though is to continue to have a very high work ethic when training and in a game.”

With a high work ethic on the field comes a high and constant work ethic off the field. As a Notre Dame de Namur student athlete, all players must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA regardless if their sport is in season or not. When being on a team, it is not only a team but a family who pushes each other to try and surpass their own limitations.

Sorensen plans to receive at least a 3.5 GPA if not higher and his teammates plan to help him succeed and reach his goal. As a business major Joe tries to stay very organized while also trying to eat healthy so he may be refreshed and energized on the field and off the field.

“With such a large variety of food in the café I plan to improve my eating habits, especially at dinner and breakfast.”Sorensen, among trying to improve his eating habits, hopes this will help him make a big contribution to the team this year.

 

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: In It To Win It

With Fall sports just getting under way, the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams couldn’t have started off the season any better at the Fresno State Invitational. Having the first race be in the scorching heat down in Fresno, the weather didn’t seem to bother the Argonauts at all. Both teams ended up finishing in 1st place in the race with the men’s fastest time coming from Michael Young and the women’s fastest time coming from new comer Carmen Contreras.

I caught up and chatted with two of the ladies from the cross-country team, Cynthia Delgado and Tara Kai LamCenteio, to see how the first race went, check on the team’s newest additions and both of the teams’ goals for the new year.

When asked about how the first race went they replied, “The first race went great! Both the women’s and men’s team ended up winning 1st place. We all ran a great race despite the weather because it was warm down in Fresno and the drive down the night before.”

Curious about the team this year and how it may be different from last year’s team, the girls confidently described, “The girl’s team this year looks stronger than last year. The team has a closer bond and all the girls are great. We have better communication amongst each other which helps keep drama out and stay focused on the sport.”

Cynthia and Kai also discussed the new runners and what they bring to the table stating, “We have three new runners, Carmen Contreras, Kalynn Gutierrez, and Milagros Vizcaino, all who bring a whole new dimension to the team. They are a great asset and will help add depth to the team, building up for future years.”

Last year, the ladies’ team finished 11th in the conference, however, this year both teammates have new goals. “Our goal this year is to move up in our conference placing compared to last year.”

Inquiring how they are hoping to achieve this goal, they answered with, “Hard work, dedication, and relying on each other will help us achieve our goal. And of course, the support of our peers!”

The next race is September 13th at the UC Riverside Invitational in Santa Clarita, CA. Good luck to both teams on keeping this strong start going!

Volleyball Team Looks to Rebound After Tough Start in Tournament

The volleyball team is looking to rebound after a tough showing in the Route 92 tournament. Going 0-4 in the tournament, Coach Annaloro and the team are ready to put it behind them and move on.

“Overall I felt our team played pretty well. I was impressed with our incoming class of freshmen… they have a lot of potential. Our returners, as always, were strong” Even the strong performance of sophomore Dominique Tarrant was not enough to capture a win in the tournament for the Argonauts.

Coach Annaloro feels her team is ready to turn the corner. “Our team is hungry and ready for a win. We are going to come back on monday ready to work hard and start a new week.”

The volleyball team has a lot of fresh new faces this year. With all the new recruits, the team is looking to have a rebound season. This season, the volleyball team boasts a large 19 player roster. This is the by far the largest the roster has been in the past few seasons.

I caught up with Junior Sarah Rodriguez, who thinks the large roster makes practices and inter-squads a lot more competitive than past seasons. “This year’s team is a lot different than teams in the past… We have a really strong freshmen class. Probably the strongest recruitment of girls we’ve had in awhile. We definitely have a good sense of family. We all try to support each other on and off the court. We all understand obviously all 19 players can’t be out there.”

Rodriguez says that so far, the large roster has worked to the Argonauts advantage. “I think having a large roster definitely helps us. It changes our practice dynamic. Instead of just doing small drills we can now scrimmage. The large roster allows us to try a bunch of different lineups at practice so we can see what will work in the game.”

After coming off of an injury, Sarah Rodriguez has one goal in mind for this season. “My personal goal for this year is to get back from my injury so I can come back strong again. I want to try really hard to get back out there and help bring in a winning season.”

With help from the several new players, the Argonauts look to get back on track quickly.

 

Photo credit: Jordan Ross
Photo credit: Jordan Ross

 

 

NDNU Style Files

For some students on campus, going to class calls for no more effort than a pair of comfy sweats and t-shirts. However, in the spirit of New York Fashion Week kicking off the week of September 8, 2014, we set out on a mission to find the most stylish students walking the halls.

With the start of the new fall semester, September is the perfect time to see which students are ahead of the fall season trends that are sure to be all the rage come Thanksgiving. From old faithfuls such as lace up boots and Chuck Taylors, to new “it” items like boyfriend jeans and Birkenstock sandals, the fashion on campus did not disappoint!

Rosemary Scalabrino, junior business and graphic design major, prefers to express her unique and individual personality through her wardrobe.

“I love staying up to date on trends and always try to recreate what my favorite celebrities wear” Scalabrino said, “I can’t wait to rock the camel color trend all fall!”

Fashion is an important part of some students’ identities and a true way to express themselves on campus and stand out from the crowd.

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Lexie, freshman, uses her style savvy to pair trend pieces together to complete a perfect fall look. Photo credit: Mia Ackley
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Janine, junior, rocking all black with Doc Marten lace up combat boots shows us that when in doubt, black is always the answer. Photo credit: Mia Ackley
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Rosemary, junior, proves Birkenstocks are cool pairing them with boyfriend jeans and oversized sunglasses. Photo credit: Mia Ackley
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Hunter, senior, wearing a chambray with Chuck Taylor low top converse shows us how to seamlessly transition from summer to fall. Photo credit: Mia Ackley
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Erin, freshman, rocks high top Chuck Taylor converse with skinny jeans showing us how to style classic pieces year round. Photo credit: Mia Ackley
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Ali, freshman, looks ready for fall weather in her army green jacket, thick socks and lace up moto boots. Photo credit: Mia Ackley