Argos Fall To Stanislaus

Notre Dame de Namur Basketball hosted Stanislaus in a game that went down to the wire. A low scoring but close first half had the Argos clawing and scratching trying to get their first victory. The second half was a lot more exciting and the last five minutes of regulation had everyone at the edge of his or her seats. The Argonauts played tough and fought the whole game, forcing OT with some great hustle plays at the end of regulation. They even had a chance at the end of regulation with Jamaal Davis’s jump shot rimming out at the buzzer.

Tre’Shawn King-Dunbar led the way for the Argos with 12 points and 32 minutes of non stop hustle that helped the Argos come back to tie the game. Corey Serna and Jalen Young also played big roles for the Argos contributing 11 and 10 points respectively. Christian Bayne and Kyi Thomas led the way for Stanislaus State both scoring 10 points and Stephen Evans added 9 points of his own. A great team effort and a lot of hustle was shown by the Argonauts, but the Warriors of Stanislaus State came out too strong in the extra period and ended up being outscored 12-6 in overtime.

The Argonauts, still looking to find there first victory of the season, will have an opportunity Monday at University of Pacific and then they come home for a Thanksgiving tournament. If you are still on campus during the Thanksgiving break, come out and support the Argonauts during there home games this upcoming week.

NDNU Blood Drive

On November 16, 2015 Stanford Blood Center held a Blood Drive from 1-4pm in Saint Joseph’s Lounge. Forty five attendees came to this year’s drive, an increase from last year’s attendees during this year’s fall Blood Drive, and thirty six. Surprisingly almost all were first time blood donors, which according to the charge nurse Jocelyn B, makes the process of blood donating take a bit longer, which is why they had to turn away some volunteers who could not wait long enough to make blood donations. However, when this reporter spoke to the in charge nurse about how this will influence the spring blood drive she was very optimistic about the possibility of the increase in attendees

“Since a lot of these students were first time blood donors, they will have been introduced to it at an early age and become more comfortable with donating for the rest of their life. So [these students] will give back to the community.” Said Jocelyn

One of those students, Samantha Sandy, Senior, who was a first time donor, shared why she decided to donate her blood.

“I donate blood because I know that I am helping people who need it. My blood type is B+. I know that I am saving lives, which I hope to keep on doing for years by giving blood. I am glad that I am able to help by donating.”

She had mentioned to this reporter that the decision to hold the blood drive in SJ lounge was made by the recruiter to place the blood drive in a more high traffic area- and with the increase of volunteers that they will most likely continue that in the spring.

“NDNU is a great place to host a blood drive because there is lots of healthy volunteers who can give back to those who are ill, and I enjoy working with young people and dealing with healthy donors. This field of work fell into my lap at a time when I was jobless and I’ve been working these drives ever since.” Said Jocelyn

She stressed to this reporter on why it is important to donate.

“Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life. You never know when you might need healthy blood yourself one day.” Said Jocelyn

If you would like know more about the blood donation process and where you can donate blood, you can visit the American Red Cross website for more information. The next blood drive at NDNU will be scheduled in the spring but the time and date is not scheduled as of now.

 

Volleyball Senior Night

Notre Dame De Namur Volleyball honored their five seniors in their last home game against Cal Baptist University. This 2015 season is one of the best season the Argos had in almost five years. After last years tragic season with the record of 2-26, this year teams stepped their game all the way with a current record of 11-16. Seniors, Carina Quintero, Sophi Lozano, Sarah Rodriguez, Haleigh Wypiszynski, and Kawai Robins-Hardy should be very proud of this season.

The match started off rough for Notre Dame De Namur with the Lancer taking an early lead. Cal Baptist controlled the tempo of the first game taking the match 25-16, with the Argo committing 10 attacking errors. With the Lancer being one of the top teams in the Pac-West, the Argos are going to have to limit mistakes to pull out a victory.

“Going into the match I knew we were going to be outsized so, I knew we had to play smart and hard.” says Junior Bianca Alvarez.

In the second set the Argos hung tough holding a 12-10 lead. Alvarez started the match strong recording 4 kills in a row. But the Lancers answered back with a 10-3 run giving them the lead, which lead them to close out the set 25-18.

Senior Kawai Robins-Hardy, who’s out with a knee injury, says “It’s hard watching my team go out their to battle without me, but I’m just glad I can be surrounded by a great group of girls.”

The Lancer came out to a quick start giving them the lead 13-3. Unable to comeback from the big deficit. Cal Baptist won the third set 25-14 sweeping the Argos in three. SeniorCarina Quintero, says “Even though we didn’t end our senior night as planned, we accomplished a lot this year and I wish next years team the best.”

The Lady Argos play their final game of the season this Saturday against Dominican University.

 

Paris Attacks

On Friday, November 13, 2015 around 9:20pm, terrorists began the first of several coordinated attacks across Paris. A group of armed men began shooting at a rock concert at Le Bataclan in the center of the city, killing 89 people. The attacks continued throughout the city, and included a soccer game at the Stade de France stadium in which the president of France was in attendance, as well as cafes, and restaurants.   In total, 129 people were killed, and 352 people were wounded in these deadly assaults- the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the bombings of commuter trains in Madrid in 2004, which killed 191 and wounded 1,800.

“Fortunately my family wasn’t affected. However, one of my best friends lost two friends in the attack on the concert hall. Unfortunately I am not exactly sure how he is coping because we didn’t have time to talk about it. But I am sure that like most French people I talked to, he is under deep shock and feels a mix of anger mixed and a desire to not give them what they want, which is to have French of Judeo-Christian descent start antagonizing French muslims.” Marc Birnkammer, French Professor, NDNU.

Seven of the attackers were killed either by police or through suicide bombings. While one, Salah Abdeslam, still remains at large. Currently there is a worldwide hunt on for Abdeslam who turned out to the be a Belgian born young man who was naturalized as a French citizen. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the massacres in a statement that France’s president, Francois Hollande, concurs with.

The police have made several arrests in Brussels in connection with the attacks. While the French have launched air strikes against ISIS at specific targets in their city of Raqqa. During this time France had a period of three days of mourning in which the citizens were advised to stay home, and the major monuments were shut down.

These attacks have occurred during a time while countries across the world are struggling with taking in tens of thousands and in some cases like Germany, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. One of the gunmen killed by police was found with a fake Syrian passport.

“Terrorists have always found a way to come into countries they wanted to target. Let’s not forget that the terrorists who have been identified so far are not even Syrian refugees. They are from Belgium and France!

“What happened doesn’t affect much my view on the fact that western countries can not morally turn their backs on people who get bombarded, shot at, tortured (just to name a few things) by their own government. We are not talking about pfile:///Users/eoakmon/Downloads/Paris%20Attacks.docxeople who just feel like they want a better material life and leave a country where they could remain. Their homes don’t exist anymore since they were bombed, and if they don’t leave they’re going to die. They’re escaping death, and shutting our door to them is totally wrong from an ethical perspective.” NDNU French Professor, Marc Birnkammer states when asked how these attacks have affected his views on whether or not countries should accept Syrian refugees.

U.S. President Obama pledged solidarity with France, saying, “We’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

Around the world, cities have wrapped their monuments in blue, white, and red in solidarity with Paris. Country leaders are coordinating their alliances to thwart any further attacks, and to figure out a way to stop ISIS.

Agents of Change

Having been assigned the position of Dean of Students on April 13, 2011, Jean Conde will be retiring from the Office of Student Affairs by the end of the Fall 2015 semester. Before her initial start at NDNU in 2010 as interim Dean of Students, Conde had “worked at such institutions such as University of San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and CSU Stanislaus, where she most recently served as senior director of campus life…,” as detailed in a 2011 press release by NDNU.

At NDNU, Conde has been regarded as “friendly” and “remembers [your] name after one conversation”, as stated by Jessica Foresti, a NDNU junior. Foresti even remembers that “when she was on crutches, [Conde] wanted [her] to move so that [Foresti] would not have to go the third floor where [her] dorm was.”

In the public face, Nathalie Moutal, a NDNU senior, stated that Conde “takes the initiative…is open [to change, and] embodies [NDNU].” Moutal states further that “[Conde] has done a lot for the school, really cares about the people,” and has participated in countless events on campus.

With Conde’s retirement fast approaching, Craig Brewer, Dean of the School of Business and Management at NDNU, has nominated three candidates for the next Dean of Students. These include Joseph Onofrietti, a Massachusetts-based nominee who has worked in many institutions across the state such as Emmanuel College and Fisher College, Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, a Mississippi-based nominee with an equal amount of work at universities such as Jackson State University and Mississippi University for Women, and Andre Coleman, a California-based nominee with extensive experience at Whittler College and Concordia University.

In a thorough examination of the three candidates’ resumes provided by Brewer, all three of them have very broad backgrounds in student affairs and have even served in high positions of authority at their respective institutions. In fact, all three are more than qualified for the Dean of Students position at NDNU.

However, students such as Moutal and Foresti insisted that the next Dean of Students be an “[agent] of change” and to “care…, listen…, and implement” progressive advancements to the university. Moreover, Moutal stated that she wishes for the future Dean of Students to have stronger “interaction between students and the university…and [make] a presence on campus by going to student events such as clubs [and celebrations].”

While Conde declined a personal interview with the Argonaut’s reporters, Moutal and Foresti had these final words to say to the next Dean of Students: “Don’t let the university or the world change your vision” for the school and “be open-minded to the limitations of the students. On behalf on the students, faculty, and staff, Brewer would like to thank “Dean Jean for her many contributions and accomplishments during her tenure at NDNU” and to have a memorable retirement. The university community eagerly awaits the legacy of the next Dean of Students.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving break tends to be a challenging time for college students when it comes to making holiday decisions. With the distraction of midterms ending and finals right around the corner, the holidays are approaching quickly. Furthermore, the Thanksgiving break being only four days long, students with family out of the area might decide not to make the long journey home this year. But have no fear! If you’re a Notre Dame de Namur University student who feels the pressure of Thanksgiving being only a week away and have yet to make plans, we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Commuter student Victor Estoque celebrates Thanksgiving in a somewhat unique way. For the past five years, Estoque and 39 of his buddies get together at 4 am on Thanksgiving morning to play in an ice hockey tournament they call the Annual Turkey Cup. “There are two teams of twenty guys. It’s a lot of fun; we play for a trophy and this year is the fifth year we’re doing it. The past four years are tied in wins so this year will be the tie breaker.” One team is called the Cranberry Sauces, while the other is called the Turkey Stuffers. “After we play, I go home and sleep, usually until dinner is ready.”

Resident student Tamara Qutmiera’s family is close enough for her to travel home for the holidays. This year, Qutmiera’s family will continue their annual Thanksgiving tradition of going to Groveland. “Every year we go to Pine Mountain Lake, my parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, everybody. We have a cabin up there and it’s a great place to get away for the short break.” Qutmiera and her family cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and spend the four day weekend together.

Resident student Eddie Carrasco Jr. won’t be going home this year for Thanksgiving, since his family is a 10 hour drive away from NDNU. “I have too much homework to have to worry about 20 hours of drive time. I would fly but I can’t afford it. Plus my mom wants me to focus on finishing the semester strong. She said we’ll celebrate double on Christmas, which I definitely won’t miss.” Carrasco is going to take advantage of the four day weekend to catch up on his studies and prepare for finals, which are quickly approaching. However, he’s not going to completely ignore the family holiday. “I plan on skyping my family on Thursday, then I’ll get together with some friends and have a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner in my apartment,” Carrasco assures that while it won’t be as good as his mother’s, it’s the quality time with his friends that counts.

However, if you’re fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with your family and you’re looking to impress your family with your master cooking skills, offer to bring dessert. Take some weight off your mom’s Thanksgiving schedule; the mini pumpkin cheesecake recipe below is sure to be a hit at your family dinner.

 

Mini Pumpkin Swirled Cheesecakes Recipe

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Serves: 12

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 7 graham cracker sheets –crushed
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 5 Tablespoon sugar
  • 5 Tablespoon unsalted butter –melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese –softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg white

For the pumpkin swirl:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a standard muffin pan with cupcake liners (if you are using paper liners, it is suggested that you double them)
  2. Crush the graham cracker sheets into fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, stir in the cinnamon and sugar, then add melted butter and mix with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened.
  3. Place graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner (about 1 heaping Tablespoon in each cup) and press down the crumbs, set aside.
  4. To make the cheesecake filling: in a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese until smooth, then mix in powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Add egg whites one at a time, but turn the mixture on low speed (DO NOT OVER BEAT IT), until completely combined.
  5. To make the pumpkin swirl: in a medium bowl mix together the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, allspice and flour, then add 2/3 cup of the cheesecake mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir with a spatula.
  6. Divide half the plain cheesecake batter evenly between the muffin cups. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture on top and cover with the remaining cheesecake batter (liners should be filled almost to the top).
  7. Using remaining pumpkin mixture make 3-4 dots on each of the cheesecakes and swirl with a toothpick.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes (rotating the pan halfway through the baking time)
  9. Cool them completely and store in refrigerator.

The Bohemian Open Mic Night

Notre Dame de Namur’s literary journal, The Bohemian, held an Open Mic Night on November 18th.

Just before 7 o’clock, performers and audience members began pouring into St. Joseph’s lounge where they enjoyed some light refreshments before grabbing a seat. The dim lights set a comfortable and relaxing mood among the room.

There were close to 50 people that stopped in to watch the show throughout the night. Majority of those in attendance were students supporting friends that performed. A handful of faculty members were present as well. There were 24 performances that varied between poetry reading, singing while accompanied by a guitar, stand-up comedy routines and short story reading.

Many of the performers are current students at NDNU but there were also some alumni and faculty members that shared their work.

NDNU senior Jimmy Plain, performed a spoken word piece by Kanye West. He began by giving some background information about the poem and explained what it meant to him. The emotion and confidence he put in his performance made it seem like he has done this before, but surprisingly this was Jimmy’s first like ever doing anything like this.

“I really enjoyed it though, fasho gonna do it again,” Jimmy expressed.

The Open Mic event gave the NDNU community the opportunity to share their works in an intimate, non-judgemental environment. The Bohemian is NDNU’s art and literary journal produced by students once a year. If you’re interested in sharing your work through the magazine or checking out past issues, visit The Bohemian page on NDNU’s main website.

The Bohemian is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2016 issue. The deadline to submit short stories, photography, poetry and art is January 25, 2016. There will be a $50 cash prize for winners of the best cover art, best short story and best poem.