Remembering Blick

Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 at Santa Clara University, the Argonauts went toe to toe with the Broncos in pursuit of winning the Wavy Cup. The night’s game was not only to put the players to the test, but also to commemorate Richard “Rick” Blick who coached at Santa Clara until his unexpected death last year.

Current Santa Clara coach, Greg Mengis, and Notre Dame de Namur University coach, Kevin Arabejo, have dedicated the night’s Memorial game in the name of Coach Blick and all he did for the programs. February 21st was specifically chosen as the Memorial game because Coach Blick’s leadership has touched both SCU and NDNU. He was not only a successful lacrosse coach for Santa Clara but previously worked as the assistant coach for NDNU. His memory lives on and the night’s game was a wonderful way to commemorate an all around great coach.

In the first half, the Argos started strong, battling back and forth with Santa Clara. The team was excited to play and moral was high, as the score clearly reflected. By the half, the Argos were only down by one, and had a lot of game left to push forward. Unfortunately, small mistakes were made and the Broncos’ lead became greater and greater.

Scoring two out of the seven goals, junior Kyle Geib explained, “we lost a couple face-offs which caused unforced turnovers. It wasn’t an individual, we fell as a team.”

With senior captain, Shane Winter and an offensive leader, Griffin Van Baush both injured, the Argonauts struggled coming back. The second half proved to be tougher than expected, as the final score was 15-7, a Bronco victory. The team was upset over to loss, but was able to join the Broncos in a post-game dinner, brought together by the memory of their coach.

Geib added, “Even though we were upset we lost, the score board didn’t reflect the meaning of the game as it was in honor of the late Rick Blick.”

Hiking Spots Near NDNU

If you are looking for new spots to adventure and see new sights, listed below will be some great hiking spots near campus. These spots are spread throughout the San Francisco Peninsula bay area.

1. San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

This hiking spot is located in San Bruno which is about a 15 to 20 minutes drive away from campus. It is 3.5 miles to the summit of the trail with lots of native vegetation along the way. When the summit is reached, the trail runs along the ridge where you will have an amazing view of the San Francisco skyline. This is a generally easy hike with inclines and descents on well graded but rocky terrain which makes this a great hike for Beginners.

2. Año Nuevo State Park, San Mateo County

This trail is a 4.1 mile loop to an elephant seal overlooking spot along the coastline. This trail is relatively an easy one except for some parts of trail which contain some sandy and loose sections of terrain. Once you reach the overlooking area of the trail, this trail will be one to prove itself to be revisited in the future.

3. Portola Redwoods State Park/Pescadero Creek County Park, San Mateo County

This trail is a 7.4 mile loop within the remote woodland area of San Mateo County off the Woodside Road/CA 84 exit. This hike is generally considered a moderate to difficult hike due to the multiple inclines and declines on a single track kind of trail.

Slate Creek Trail

These were some of many trails around the San Francisco Peninsula Bay Area that can be great weekend adventures for any student trying to get out and enjoy the outdoors!

Ways to Help with Procrastination

Procrastination is the mortal enemy of a college simpleton. Before you know it, it has a toehold on your life and your motivation is shot. Many know the recipe that straight-A students have mastered but unfortunately procrastination gets in the way of said recipe. So how does one tackle the P-word? Here are some ways you can kick your procrastination habit.

1. Recharge your battery: Sleep is very important and underrated. Many procrastinators have found that late night hours are a great time to dole out some work. Instead of cranking out that last minute essay, late nights should be dedicated to sleep.

2. Find a partner: Finding a friend to depend on you might be a challenge as a procrastinator. But once you have someone to give you that extra push, some find it easier to get work done when others are involved.

3. One bite at a time: Break tasks into separate pieces. It may seem like obvious or simple advise, but breaking apart a project into different pieces and completing them at different times, is sound advise and very effective.

4. Listen to music: Not just any music. Music works differently for certain people. Find the genre that will get you pumped to work! Classical music can motivate some to zone in and focus on certain subjects. 80’s tunes is fun and upbeat and can be used as great pick-me-ups for that can give you the energy needed for homework.

5. Delegate your work. If you have tasks that require fieldwork, research or other parts that you need to physically perform, ask a friend or your group to do some of the work. Getting others to do some of the work or others to help you take some things off your plate is a great way to relieve some of the stress and avoid procrastination.

6. Prioritize: Making a list is a great way to organize yourself and figure out what requires immediate attention. Many find themselves procrastinating because they find that certain tasks are not that important. This is a common trap that many fall into. Feeling that some tasks are not important can lead to either putting that assignment off or blowing it off all together. All tasks are important and prioritizing is crucial. Don’t let things hang over your head. 


“I used to procrastinate in high school, but once I got into college I found that my classes required me to organize myself. I do not leave anything to last minute anymore,” said NDNU student Linsey Almassey.

Knowing yourself and understanding what makes you function is very important. Although it may seem quite obvious, not procrastinating is very beneficial.

“It’s a personal thing. I refuse to procrastinate. I understand the consequences and I have been trained since high school to not procrastinate,” said NDNU student Teija Evans.

Most people mismanage their time and find that they are unable to handle a social, professional and academic lifestyle. But with proper organization and almost no procrastination, juggling all of the above is very possible.

Senate Meeting

On March 3, 2015, Notre Dame de Namur students gathered for the weekly Student Senate Meeting. Though many students were present, the tone was quiet and focused. As the meeting began, all attention was set on the front of the classroom. As most know, ASNDNU has long been deciding upon a new logo for quite some time. After many variations and several votes, the selection is finally down to just six options. The room voiced their opinions and it seems as though almost everyone was in agreement on one particular design, also favored by staff.

Every year, NDNU releases a tribute to student artists in the form of a small book called, “The Bohemian.” This little book is packed with literature and art, all NDNU work. This year, The Bohemian has decided to pitch a new idea: an edition printed completely in color. Traditionally, each volume has been fully printed in black and white in years past. In hopes of selling more copies and raising more money, The Bohemian decided to ask for a budget raise in order to do so. The request was approximately $1400 and will cover the complete cost of all colored pages. The release party for this year’s edition will be on April 9 from 6p.m. until 8p.m. The first 30 people to purchase the book will receive chocolate truffles for their donation to the cause. The event will be held on Saint Joseph’s first floor lounge and all NDNU students are encouraged to attend and show their support.

WASC will be coming to campus soon to interview students on what they think about NDNU. They have already completed their off sight review in October and will be holding individual meetings with any student who shows up. Meetings do not have to be scheduled, but it will be first come, first serve. It is yet to be decided where the location of these meetings will be held. As of now, it is predicted to be in the library, but it is still subject to change. If students are interested, WASC meetings will be on March 25 at 4:30p.m. Students are encouraged to be honest and respectful, as these WASC visits are very important.

Men’s Basketball At NDNU: A Recap

The NDNU men’s basketball team recently completed their 2014-2015 campaign under the watchful eye of head coach George Puou this past week with a two game road trip through Southern California, which unfortunately both ended in loses. The season was one of many ups and downs for the Argonauts, however, there were some positives from the season that can be salvaged. Although the Argos posted a record of 4-22 many fans did witness moments of potential from a multitude of players.

The Argos offense was led by Sophomore guard Jalen Young and his relentless drives to the basket and silky smooth mid-range game, which ended with the Ventura Community College transfer posting a team leading 16.6 points per game average. Senior center Don Washington and Junior Jamaal Davis also contributed offensively posting point per game averages of 10.6 and 9.7 respectively. Junior guard James Northrup also contributed heavily leading the team in assists, along with averaging around six points per game.

The Argos defense was anchored by their squadron of big men down low led by Senior Don Washington, Senior Zach Ginter, and Sophomore Korey Serna. Washington used every inch of his 6-6 frame to constantly toss opposing players shots towards the stands. Ginter, who is known for his constant and relentless motor on the court, made countless hustle plays grabbing rebounds and getting essential put backs. Serna saw a lot more playing time in his second year as an Argo and saw a lot of development in his game, which he quote, “hopes to continue on into next year”.

Overall the Argos have a long road ahead of them if they want to see success next season. They graduated two essential players in the front court who will be dearly missed by Argo fans. The team, however, has huge upside especially at the guard positions returning all players (including their leading scorer) from this year’s squad. Freshman guard Chad Schaper hopes to, “learn from his freshman season and use that knowledge to accept and play a bigger role on next years team”. No one knows what is in the cards for the NDNU Argos Men’s Basketball team but with a young crop of talented players the hopes and goals will continue to be set high.

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The 2014-2015 NDNU Men’s Basketball Team

 

Creative Writers Series Feedback

Notre Dame de Namur offers a number of resources for students so that they may excel in whatever it is they choose to pursue in the future. The English department in particular helps foster not only those majoring in english but any students that show an interest in literature and culture. Creative Writers Series is an opportunity for students to listen and witness, first hand, successful writers who read from their publishings and speak about writing.

Having successful writers gives the students of Notre Dame a type of role model if they plan to continue with their writing passion. In addition, the pieces that are read aloud are pieces that have been through the process of repeated editing and have passed the requirements necessary for the piece to be published and distributed. Freshman english major, Margaret Billingsley attends creative writing series whenever time allows in the hopes that she may one day be a successful writer.

“Hearing the creative writers really inspires me. I want to be in their shoes one day and so, I like to hear whatever advice or any methods they use so that I could improve. I think that it’s important to not lose sight of your goals and going to these helps me with that,” said Billingsley.

Attending the creative writing series also provides incentives for students like freshman Jermaine Monroe who received extra credit after listening to the speakers.

“Even though it was for extra credit, it was one of the first meetings I have went to that was actually interesting. I would recommend for more students to come if they want to be better writers because the writers show you what it takes,”Monroe said.

There are plenty of additional resources on campus that can help with writing. These resources include faculty, the tutoring center, and the writing center. The writing center offers editing and guidance for those that are struggling or those that are attempting to perfect any type of writing assignment.

Events and Activities offered by the English Department:

  • Creative Writers’ Series, featuring well-known writers who read from their works at the Wiegand Gallery
  • The Bohemian readings, when students read their works published in NDNU’s literary magazine, winner of the 2006 California College Media Competition
  • English Department Party, an annual spring gathering of faculty and students
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, when graduating seniors give oral presentations of their theses projects
  • Seminar in Humanities, a week-long summer workshop designed for teachers and future teachers of English
  • Shakespeare in Ashland, a week-long experience of great Shakespeare plays in the company of NDNU English teachers

For further information about these events, contact the English Department at jberger@ndnu.edu

Margaret Billingsley
Margaret Billingsley cannot help but smile when she is speaking about the creative writing series in her dorm room. Photo credit: Dominique Tarrant

Freshman Margaret Billingley speaks positively about the creative writing series in her dorm in Saint Josephs Hall on March 4, 2015.

Jermaine Monroe
Jermaine Monroe thinks back to his experience with the creative writing series in the library. Photo credit: Dominique Tarrant

Freshman Jermaine Monroe thinks back to his experience with the creative writing series as he begins doing his homework in the NDNU library on March 4, 2015.