An Advocate for Domestic Violence?

Last Month, a viral video surfaced of 18 year old Romina Garcia making the outrageous assertion that “If your boyfriend hits you or beats you up, stay with him. He loves you, because he’s risking for you to press charges on him, calling the police — a guy that’s willing to do that for a girl, that’s amazing.” The young blogger, from Las Vegas, Nevada has a fan base of 100,000 people. One has to be concerned about a percentage of her fans that are being misled about the atrocities of domestic violence.

Following her statement and personal stories, in which she stated she once deserved to get a black eye, thousands responded. Shockingly, there were young girls who identify with the message. The shocking video sheds light to the issue of domestic violence and its prevalence among a younger demographic of girls. Garcia’s message has been talked about within news and media and was actually interviewed on the Dr. Phil show. Professionals suggest that she is just a lost girl, looking for attention. Nonetheless, it’s troublesome that there are young women who are drowning in misleading information and ultimately headed down a destructive path.

The Prince of Pissing People Off


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Charlamagne tha God is the self proclaimed “prince of pissing people off, the architect of aggravation, the ruler of rubbing you the wrong way.” But overall, he is just plain entertaining. He is the co-host of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, featured on MTV’s Guy Code, and is a featured and favored guest on VladTV. He is refreshing on his approach of celebrity gossip as well as social issues. He has an interesting and surprisingly impactful way of keeping it real.

Follow him on Twitter @cthagod!

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Rockabye Kylie

Last week, a feud between Khloe Kardahian and Amber Rose took center stage on all social media outlets. It all stemmed from an interview Amber Rose did with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. Amber was asked about what she thought about the relationship between rapper Tyga’s and 17 year old Kylie Jenner. She said Kylie is a “baby,” calling her alleged relationship with the 24 year old “ridiculous.” The statement ignited a series of tweets from Kylie’s big sister Khloe Kardashian. Khloe came to Kylie’s defense, reminding her 12 million followers about Amber being a stripper at 15. It got real when the W word was thrown, throwing Kim in the mix, saying she was the W who supported her family just as Amber was one to support hers.

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Shots turned into bombs when Amber implied OJ Simpson being Khloe’s biological father, which has been rumored for the past few years. No response from Khloe. Perhaps she’s taking the high road. In the mean time, there are some deliciously entertaining memes that have surfaced on Twitter and Instagram.

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16 Characters You Meet in College

Lessons come in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to college – whether at a large impersonal state school or a respectable small private university – one lesson is the same. Students learn that their peers fall into certain categories that many are all too familiar with. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is no stranger to students inevitably gravitating to their rightful place in college. Whether they like it or not, everyone has a title. Here are 16 characters that you will find on NDNU’s campus.

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1. The Resurrected: You might see this character at the start of the semester or maybe during orientation. But don’t be fooled, the Resurrected is absent most of the time then comes back to life during finals.

2. Emo: Generally quiet and mysterious, the Emo has been known to criticize most things like Twilight, and then dresses like a vampire.

3. Miss Potato Chip: Oblivious to their peers, the little Miss Potato Chip has no shame on munching down on some extra crunchy snacks during class. This character is unaware of piercing side-glances.

4. The Borrower: Needs to borrow a pen, pencil, paper and most things that are necessary for school. This person has also found themselves in the wrong class once or twice.

5. Part-Time Student Full-Time Mom (PTSFTM): You know you are in the presence of a PTSFTM when she pulls her books and binders from a diaper bag. She also has her baby’s photo as the background image on her phone.

6. The Riddler: With an arm locked in the question asking position, the Riddler will either be the teacher’s pet or the teacher’s pain.

7. The Innovator: This character has the latest technology before most even know that it exists. You might find the Innovator casually walking around to add steps to their Fit Bit while wearing a Google Watch and staring through some Google Glasses.

8. The Trebek: This smarty-pants is not shy to shout out the correct answer. They generally offer the professor answers instead of questions. Only the Trebek will smugly correct a teacher.

9. Back to School Granny: You might have to look twice when you see Nana sitting next to you. But give it a couple weeks and you’ll find that she blends right in.

10. Beer Pong Champion: This party goer will inevitably ask you for last weeks notes, homework and answers to the pop quiz that they missed.

11. Mr. Popular: Mr. Popular will have other students carrying his books since his arms are wrapped around some girl’s shoulders.

12. Pajama Party: As if literally sliding out of bed and showing up to class, the Pajama Party has no shame in wearing SpongeBob Sweatpants and an NDNU hoodie.

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13. The Curve Wrecker: This student has the ability to make sure that your average C+ keeps you off the dean’s list. You may not have mastered the topic in class, but your work is adequate and you feel confident that a decent grade is to come. A C+ is not bad, but the Curve Wrecker will demoralize you.

14. The Flask: You may get a whiff of alcohol during class, but is that the smell of Listerine or rum in that coke?

15. The Honey Bee: Turning your phone on silent does not stop it from vibrating. The Honey Bee is unaware that the constant buzzing can be heard from the classroom next door.

16. The Michelangelo: This character has taken doodling to the next level. The Michelangelo’s notebook is covered in beautiful works of art.

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Young Argonauts Look to Up Game

With only one senior on the team, the Notre Dame de Namur men’s lacrosse team will depend on 18 new players to step up in a big way this season.

Sixteen of the new players are freshmen, playing in their first college games.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the young players, but that’s why they’re here. They want the challenge, and they want to compete,” said Head Coach Kevin Arabejo.

A young team requires a lot of patience and hard work. The coaches have to see how the new players develop and where they fit on the team. Although the team has less experience than last year’s team, senior defender Kyle Milack expects this to be a good year.

“There’s no set stars on the team, so there’s opportunities for the younger guys to step up and make a difference, ” Milack said.

Coming off of an 8-8 campaign in 2014, the Argonauts look to improve their record with the help of the new talent.

“It’s exciting, it’s definitely exciting. To have this many more guys on the roster this year versus last year is huge. We have a lot more depth, which was a big problem for us last year,” Arabejo said.

However, the team hasn’t started off the way that they would’ve liked to. The Argonauts dropped the season home opener to Stanford, 7-12 on February 7.

“We came out flat against Stanford,” Arbejo said, “Competing from the first whistle to the end is something that is a necessity at this level.”

According to Arabejo, the team has worked to cut down on the little mistakes that lead to turnovers and bad shots in their first game. During practice, they work on the little details that will put the team in a position to be successful.

“Although we are young as a team we would like to take our skill sets to a higher level of play and go and win some games against some top teams,” said freshman Nick Gainer.

The Argonauts face the University of Nevada, Reno at Koret Field February 15 at 1 p.m.

Here’s a look at the 2015 men’s lacrosse schedule:

• Feb. 15 vs. Nevada Reno, at Home, at 1 p.m.

• Feb. 21 at Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Mar. 7 at Franklin Pierce, Rindge, NH, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 9 at Assumption, Worcester, MA, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 10 at American International, Springfield, MA, at 3 p.m.

• Mar. 12 at Dominican College (NY), Orangeburg, NY, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 14 at Post University, Waterbury, CT, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 20 at University of California, Berkeley, CA, at 7:30 p.m.

• Mar. 22 vs. University of Oregon, Belmont, CA, at 2 p.m.

• Apr. 2 at San Jose State, San Jose, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 13 at Washington and Jefferson, Washington, PA, at 5 p.m.

• Apr. 14 at Walsh, North Canton, OH, at 4 p.m.

• Apr. 16 at Alderson- Broaddus, Philippi, WV, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 19 at Wheeling Jesuit, Wheeling, WV, at 12 p.m.

• Apr. 25 vs. Philippines Lacrosse (SENIOR DAY), at Home, at 2 p.m.

Inside the Mind of a NDNU Commuter

Every morning before school, I wake up to sit in my freezing car and contemplate the risk-benefit factor of actually making it to class that day or shamefully crawling back into bed. As a commuter, I have faced different and rather lonely obstacles than those of my resident peers. Not to say that residents have a simpler academic lifestyle than us commuters, but instead have certain benefits that we envy. I have fantasized about mornings where I could slide out of bed and walk to class only a minute or two away. Where I could leave books in my room that I would need for a later class that day instead of wearing a brave face to mask back pain. But unfortunately, in addition to heavy backpacks, many Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU) commuters and I have to accept the consequences of forgetting homework, god forbid a laptop charger, at home. These minor nuances have embedded themselves into our daily lives and we accept the life as a commuter.

Traffic alone can be its own topic. Notre Dame is smack dab in the middle of three other major schools: Notre Dame High School, Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School. These schools are “conveniently” located at the bottleneck of every major commuter entrance (I-280, Hwy. 101 & Alameda de las Pulgas). Some might find sitting in traffic a good time to reflect on life and contemplate “what it’s all about.” But those who calculate exactly how long it will take them to get to class down to the very second, find themselves cursing the geniuses behind the infrastructure and mumbling to themselves how much of a better job they would have done if put to the task. But nothing beats that feeling when your academic day has ended and the start of your engine ignites the Indy500 driver in you to get home, eat and throw on some Netflix. But before you are able to finally overindulge in comfort, commuters must face the dreaded exit out of campus. This death trap has us waiting for the right moment to put the pedal to the metal and hope that we don’t get T-boned by some driver rushing to get home themselves.

“I feel that I risk my life at that left turn out of school. It’s a joke. There needs to be a traffic light there,” said fellow commuter and senior Nick Sanzeri.

We may not have a traffic light to guide us through that intersection, but we do have our cunning and experienced ability to know exactly when to cut someone off.

Traffic plays a large role in the commuter lifestyle, but so does company, or lack there of. As commuters, our sole purpose is to get to school, find parking, sit in class then leave campus as soon as possible. This routine does not leave much time for student interaction, school spirit or team building. If lucky enough to have your fellow commuter friend(s) on a similar schedule as you, lunch is generally spent alone. Many have found themselves snacking in their car, eating alone in the cafeteria or staring at their phones at a bench somewhere between St. Mary’s and Cuvilly. The nearby eateries have been a safe haven for many students, but leaving campus in between classes only results in a debate on whether or not your parking spot is worth giving up for that non fat vanilla latte you’re craving.

“I have been at this school for several years and recognizes many people. But because of my detachment as a commuter, I hardly interacted on a personal level with anyone,” said fellow commuter and senior Amanda Deoliviera.

For those who have found themselves surrounded by familiar faces yet still feel singled out, you are not alone. You are not the only one without a meal plan or have multiple parking tickets. There are far more fellow commuters than you know. Those of us who avoid eye contact with our headphones in can oddly spot the fellow commuter. But instead of sitting alone in the quad, we should engage in conversation with one anther and relish in the fact that we at least have a home nearby.

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Commuter Gwen Nordeman shows off her NDNU parking pass from inside the car she commutes to campus. Photo by Gwen Nordeman.

Founder’s Week 2015

Presenting: Founders’ Week, 2015! Every year, students and faculty commemorate the vision of our Founders through celebrative events. This year, the Founders’ Week Committee has put together a weeks long worth of events to celebrate Notre Dame de Namur’s founders, mission and heritage. In 1804, Saint Julie Billiart and Sister Francoise Blin de Bourdon founded the Sisters of Notre Dame with a vision of a helping hand and standing with the poor. In 2005, Sister Dorothy Stang, a woman inspired by our Foundresses, was murdered for the activist role she played in supporting this vision. Since 2005, NDNU has combined Notre Dame’s Birth Day with the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, into a commemorative week, this year falling on February 8-12, 2015.

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Pictured below Sisters of the Notre Dame Judi and Nina, share memories with three Notre Dame de Namur University students at lunch in SJ Lounge on February 10.

Each year these events are put together to reflect on the legacy envisioned by our founders. The week starts Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Sunday: Founders’ Week Mass.

Monday is a campus tour with Sr. Roseanne Murphy and Milk-n-Cookies with the sisters.

Tuesday is lunch with the Sisters, Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception, and an Evening Panel: Building Legacies: Saint Julie Billiart and Sr. Dorothy Stang.

Wednesday is the Special Roundtable with Tom and David Stang, Campus Tour with Sr. Roseanne Murphy, and two Movie Showings: They Killed Sr. Dorothy and The Student, the Nun, and the Amazon.

Thursday is the Gardening on Campus, Candlelight prayer Vigil with the Sister, and Sr. Dorothy Stang Opera Concert.

In addition to these events, the Legacy of the Foundresses exhibit will be on display in the library all week.