Beirut, Lebanon Forgotten

Tragedy struck in Paris, France on Friday November 13, 2015, 128 people were killed and 300 victims were injured.

The bombings have created an ongoing investigation, whereby the FBI have been constantly looking for leads linked to ISIS that may mimic these attacks in the United States.

But, just a day before in Beirut, the people of Lebanon experienced a similar tragedy. In Beirut there was a double suicide bombing that killed over 40 victims with an injured list that’s still undetermined. With that, these people feel “anguish over the fact that just one of the stricken cities – Paris – received [support]…”

People all over the world have shared their support of Paris by updating there Facebook cover photos with a background of the French flag and spreading updated news through other social media sights, but where is the support for Lebanon?

“When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag. When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck …” said Lebanese doctor, Elie Fares.

This has been the biggest bombing to hit their suburbs since 1990 and it is said that two Palestinians and one Syrian are suspected for the bombings.

A witness, Adel Termos, was killed by one of the suicide bombers, but he was able to save over 200 people before being killed .

Termos was the father of two and husband to Bassima Termos. He “sprung” into action when an unknown bomber yelled, “Allahu Akbar,” (God is great) and was headed towards the synagogue to carry out the bombing.

NDNU students are continuing to repent and pray for those lost by the Paris suicide bombings. Through the school’s Hallmarks that “We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person” and that “we educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world,” people are reminded to also think of those injured or killed in other places throughout the world due to terrorist acts of violence.
  Much like Sister Dorothy Stang never forgot about the underprivileged people of the Amazon, the campus and its students must never forget the tragedies that occur daily.

“We are seen as one of the most powerful nations around the world, it is time we start acting like one and find a way to support all those in need from the threats posed by ISIS,” said Sean Jolly, junior commuter at NDNU.

The United States has to deliver not only a plan of attack, but execute on that same plan for anything to be efficient, sufficient, and completed.

“I keep hearing more are more about this ISIS group, I also heard that the U.S. might begin the draft to end this terrorism,” said Gustavo, current San Mateo resident.

 Beginning the draft can be an immediate solution to not only defeat ISIS across borders, but also prepare the United States for a war that can make its way home.

Another Tough Loss

The Notre Dame De Namur women’s soccer team lost a tough one to Cal Baptist 2-0. The game was played at home and the Argos had plenty of chances to score but just couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Lancers took a quick lead in the first half going up 1-0 mid-way through the first half, the Lady Argos only shot the ball four times in the first half while the Lancers shot the ball ten times. The Argos had multiple chances in the second half to score they took the last seven out of the nine shots of the game but again could not get on the score board with ten minutes left in the game the Lancers scored there second goal of the game to take a commanding lead of 2-0.

“Tough loss that they took and she said that they should have won they had all the opportunities to score but just couldn’t seem to find the goal,” said Nicole Stone.

Also sophomore Marrisa Torres elaborated on the same thing that Stone did they had all the looks to score just couldn’t and that they should of won that game because of how hard they played but no matter how hard you play the name of the game is to score more goals then the opposite team.

BJ Noble who wish that he could of replayed a lot of these games but he said that his team fought all game just came up a little short and that he hopes to get the win this Saturday vs. a very good Concordia team.

The men’s and women’s last game is this Saturday at home vs. the Concordia eagles who are pretty good but hopefully we will be able to come out with the victory the women play at 11:00 and then men will follow that game and play at 2:00.

Breast Cancer Awareness

The struggling Lady Argos are looking to break their three game loosing streak at home against Concordia University.

 

This game was dedicated to support Breast Cancer Awareness so everyone attendance was advised to wear pink. Every athlete on each team participated and had some type of pink in their wardrobe, whether it was their hairband, shoe laces, or jerseys. It was a great turnout and a lot of people came and supported. The Argos staff let a bunch of young girls be in charge of handing the players the ball when they are about to serve. All of the girls and their families were dressed in pink to support.

It started off rough for Notre Dame De Namur at tip off trailing Concordia 12-2 in the first. Dominique Tarrant tried to lead the Argos back into the game with three consecutive kills to cut the deficit. Rachel Flynn of Concordia responds back with four kills of her own helping her team win the first set 25-0.

Before the game Junior Carina Qunitero of the Argos, said “One of the keys for us to win tonight is that we can’t put our heads down when we start trailing early.”

`           In the beginning of the second set the Argos got off to another slow start. The size of the Eagles seemed to affect Notre Dame limiting their amount of kills. With the game not even close in the second Concordia wins the set 25-1.

In the third set, Notre Dame refused to go away so easily and took an early lead 10-2. Sophomore Bianca Alvarez, who played well in the third executing six kills said “I told the team we can’t give up we still have a chance to win this game.” The Argos went ahead to take the set 25-18.

The Argos started the fourth very strong and looked like they were going to force a fifth set. But Concordia pulled off a comeback after being down 19-15. The Eagles scored seven straight point to tie the game up at 22-22. After failing to score the Argos were defeated 25-23. Junior Sophi Lorenzo, says “This was a very tough loss but we can’t dwell on it because now we need to focus on the next game.”

The Argos are back in action tomorrow night looking to end their loosing against the Point Loma Sea Lions.

Halloween In The Tenderloin

Belmont, CA, November 5, 2015— Hundreds of witches, wizards, superheroes, princesses and other critters invaded San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, candy buckets in hand, parents in tow, to embark upon an experience sure to remain in the memories of every child in attendance. Whether they want to have a sack race, try out a jumpy or march in the costume parade, there was something for everyone at Halloween in the Tenderloin.

This year’s Halloween in the Tenderloin Festival was the 19th annual autumn celebration that NDNU has participated in. Dr. Don Stannard-Friel’s Streetwise Sociology class organized the event and collaborated with community partners from Tenderloin Children’s Playground; Boys and Girls Club; Vietnamese Youth Development Center; Glide Memorial’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center; Up on Top After School Program; SFPD, Tenderloin Station; and the Tenderloin Safe Passage program. 250 neighborhood children and parents, many of them refugees from Cambodia, Vietnam, Latin America, Yemen, and other, often war torn, countries, dressed in costumes and gathered at Tenderloin Children’s Playground for three hours of fun.

Mom’s in burkas sat in a circle and chatted in Arabic while their children screamed in delight in the haunted house. Little fairies painted pumpkins or drew witches at the art table. Children, whose parents or grandparents fled the Killing Fields of Cambodia or escaped on boats after the fall of Saigon, jumped for joy in the bounce house. Super heroes pushed their faces into whipped cream to find the hidden gumball, blow a bubble, and win a ticket that would be added to other tickets, won at other games of skill, and traded in for prizes.   All night, lines of children and parents waited patiently to have their faces painted by one of the 60 volunteers from NDNU, many arriving in a school bus provided by Jim McGarry, director of the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center and Dr. Judy Buller, chair of the communications department.. Maps of seventy-one safe houses for trick ‘r treating were passed out, as were 270 hot dogs, fruit drinks, and chips.

Dr. Don Stannard-Friel, a professor at NDNU, and his Streetwise Sociology class of fifteen have planned for the event since September. The class is designed to give students the opportunity to understand those who are less fortunate and the urban social problems they face. The goal of the class is to, “learn the issues of the inner city” and “engage with the community,” said Dr. Stannard-Friel. “We want to help others feel safe.” The event gives students the power and feeling of being able to make a difference. The students, along with volunteers, will help run the activities and play with the kids.

“Streetwise Sociology builds up to two main events, we have been preparing for this event for 5 weeks it’s nice to have a whole class dedicated to kids in the Tenderloin- its cool we have a table set up for the parents too. Our next event is college night.” said Daisy Aguilar, Junior, a student in the class and volunteer for the event.

It was a great night celebrating the end of the harvest season, when the line between the world of the living and the world of the dead is said to be at its thinnest, when ancient cultures the world over honored their loved ones who had passed on, and gave thanks for the bounty that their crops produced. Halloween itself is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. But the children of the Tenderloin knew none of this. They were just here to have fun.

The next event College Night will be on November 20th from 5:30 to 8:30 at Boeddeker Park in San Francisco, helping underprivileged children get prepared and excited for college.

El Niño

After a long and taxing drought, El Nino forecasts are showing signs of much needed relief this winter, but what does it really mean for us in Northern California?

 

El Nino is a natural phenomenon characterized as prolonged warming of seawater in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Normally the trade winds regulate this warming, however during an El Nino the trade winds don’t come back and can in some cases reverse direction. This allows the warmer waters to spread eastward. As a result, weather patterns change across the world and in Western part of the US, that means an increase in temperatures as well as increases in precipitation that may average 40-50% wetter than normal. El Ninos occur every two to seven years. The last El Nino that caused severe changes in weather patterns across the world was in 1997.

 

“I don’t think people realize how disastrous the El Nino is going to be after the drought.” Leandra Steenkamp, Senior Psychology student at NDNU.

 

In 1997 California saw one of its most severe winters with continuous storms and record-breaking precipitation levels. For those of us who can remember that year, it very wet. So wet that thirty-five counties in California were declared disaster areas due to the damage caused by El Nino storms. Although the coastal and inland areas endured heavy rains, floods, and mudslides, the Sierra Mountains experienced record high snow levels. For those who enjoy their winter sports, this meant a phenomenal powder season.

 

Some people are skeptical about the El Nino predictions. “I fee that I personally don’t think that El Nino will be all that it has been built up to. Although there are changes in the environment during El Nino, there are changes in the environment all of the time. We focus on El Nino too much, instead of realizing that our environment and climate are changing constantly over periods of time.” Danieka Miramon, Junior Psychology student at NDNU.

 

When asked if EL Nino will be all its cracked up to be, another student states, “Hopefully yes, but no. Nature, I believe, will do its own thing and in the end will make itself ok again.” Cressy Tylavsky, Junior Graphic Design student at NDNU>

 

California is naturally a desert for the most part. It is only through man made irrigation that it has become an agriculture hub across the central valley, and in our wine growing regions. Throughout history California has seen many droughts, sometimes lasting for decades. When heavy rains occur after such long periods of very low levels of precipitation, floods and mudslides are inevitable. California’s water reserves are dependent upon the Sierra Mountains snow pack. As long as the air in the Sierras stays cold, there would be likely increased snow pack levels. El Nino this winter could help pull California back from the brink of this devastating drought. “Even though it will be disastrous, I’m hoping the snow will be good so I can spend every weekend at Dodge Ridge again.” States Steenkamp, Senior at NDNU.

 

Unfortunately, the current models are predicting otherwise. For now, the bulk of the storms and precipitation are aimed for the southern part of the US, with the heaviest being seen in South America. While the models are forecasting a warm wet winter into Spring for the North Western part of the United States and all of western Canada. This means that as of now, the snow season we’ve been hoping for may just have to keep up waiting. If you’re looking for deep powder days, you may have to plan your winter break in Japan since they had a record-breaking amount of winter snow last year.

 

IMAGE- El Nino, as of Aug, 31: The warmest areas are red. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Drones in Your Backyard

You look into your backyard and notice that a flying drone with cameras attached is hovering near you and your surrounding area. Should you worry or not?

“I’d be freaked out if I saw a camera floating around me!” stated Romina Oviedo, senior soccer player at Notre Dame de Namur University.

The U.S. Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are attempting to ease these concerns by requiring that flying drones must be registered. The registering of these unmarked aircrafts is essential in that at the very least there will be accountability for the hobbyist who might misuse the device, or can locate its rightful owner if lost.

“Finding the drone has not been as much of a problem as finding the person who as using the drone,” Jonathan Vanian, writer for Fortune.

It is important to register these aircrafts, because whether its use is positive or negative someone has to be held responsible. With many of these crafts having cameras attached, the privacy of others could be violated as well. In which case accountability is of even more importance.

The U.S. has created a system in such a way that a lot of our personal information can be found at the click of a button. So it is important to register these aircrafts in the event that the government needs to bring to justice those that try and invade others’ privacy when using them. Everything done in the United States has a set of rules and regulations, so it is important that the government has chosen to include flying drones into that category.

“I’ve been in the Marines for the last couple years and I’ve seen special drones used during certain exercises, even ours have a set of rules,” said Michael Young, NDNU senior cross-country runner.

The federal government has implemented a system to get registration on these drones kick-started. They’ve created a task force of drone companies, drone advocacy groups, and aviation organizations. The federal government is hoping for this new system to be up and running by December.

In addition, many of these drones sometimes lose contact with the receiver or it runs out of battery. So what happens when your drone comes crashing down and you never registered it? “Registration will increase pressure on operators to fly responsibly,” adding “there will be consequences when they don’t,” said Federal Aviation Administrator chief Michel Huerta.

In addition, once all the kinks are worked out, a simple solution suggested is to add instructions to register your flying drone before having access to complete use. This is a good way to regulate all new drones estimated to sell during this years’ holiday season. Second, aviation companies should provide information to the last ten years worth of customers who have purchased related items, and begin tracking and regulating them.

Like anything else, regulating a hobby is a very hard task to accomplish and will require a lot of effort from the drone and aviation enthusiasts.

“It’s a hobby, I’d love to own a drone, fly it around places, and tinker with it; it would be a shame to one day lose it and not have a way of finding out where it went,” said Ethan Church, junior and bio major at NDNU.

There are a lot of advantages to registering flying drones. It can help hobbyist and enthusiasts to never lose an expensive toy, create a sense of safety for the user and its public, and assist the government in having recourse when serving you.

Lacrosse is Back

The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts lacrosse team is back in action as the short, fall ball season is upon us.

 

The Argonauts kicked off the fall season with a big win against the Dominican Penguins 15-7. These young Argos moved the ball well, got everyone involved and attacked the Penguin defense relentlessly. The fall ball season is only four games long and doesn’t count towards the regular season record, but it’s always good to play some tough opponents and see the chemistry with the new players.

 

The team keeps getting younger with 7 freshman players and 1 junior transfer, so getting them in live action with the returning players is always a plus.

 

I caught up with junior attacker and one of the four team captains, Curtis Yokoyama to ask him a few questions about the upcoming season and some goals the team has.

 

“Like every team in DII, we all aim for one goal, National Championship. However, we recognize that winning a National Championship might be unrealistic at the moment. Some team goals would be to improve game by game through reducing our errors and capitalizing on our opportunities”, said Yokoyama when asked about the goals for the team this year.

 

Coming off a 3-12 record last season, there’s a lot of room from improvement and early in this young season, Yokoyama has noticed some improvements. “Even though it is still very early in fall ball, I can already tell that the team chemistry has increased greatly. Last year we were a very young team and even though we are still underclassman dominate, we have so much more poise and confidence”.

 

Yokoyama when asked about the expectations for this year stated, “Play hard every game, Grow as a team, and have no one hang their head”.

 

“The motto this year for us is Together, and I feel that perfectly encapsulates the attitude on this team”, said Yokoyama.

 

Go support the lacrosse team at one of their last couple fall ball games, with University of San Francisco coming to town at noon on Halloween and the alumni game being November 14th at 11 AM.