Open Gym by Jorge Jimenez

Intramural sports have now started at NDNU for all students who would like to play. Sports that are offered are Basketball and Volleyball. Any students are welcome to come to the gym on Monday between 6pm to 9pm. Students may submit a team to the coordinators of Open Gym or they may simply walk in and play as a walk on. It is safe to say that students are excited to have Open Gym back at NDNU as the gymnasium has been loaded with students every Monday night of the week.

Sophomore Nate Tanada played Basketball at Open Gym last year as a freshman as well and has decided to come back for a second year in a row. “I play at Open Gym as much as I can because I don’t have to the opportunity to play as much as I did in high school. I know that when I come to the gym there’s going to be a ton of people there so we can run as many games as we want.” Tanada also mentioned that he played basketball in high school as a point guard.

The next intramural sport offered at Open Gym, Volleyball is also played in the gym during the same time that basketball is played. Sophomore Alberto Gutierrez has played intramural Volleyball at NDNU this year after only playing intramural basketball last year. Gutierrez said, “I sometimes still go to play Basketball but I’d rather play that outside at a park or a middle school that’s why this year I decided that when I go to the gym I’d rather play something that I’ve never played before. I didn’t think I’d have this much fun playing volleyball but I guess it’s the people that make it fun.” Gutierrez did not play Volleyball in high school but

he was part of his schools lacrosse team during his 4 years there and has been on the lacrosse team at NDNU since his freshman year.

Intramural Sports during Open Gym are fun according to students. Many returning students are playing again after playing last year and hope to have more students go to Open Gym this year. The more students that attend the better according to Tanada and Gutierrez. They believe that with more students coming to the games at Open Gym more connections will be made with more students and everyone will be able to make more friends that they didn’t think they would be able to be friends with before Open Gym. Everyone come out to the next Open Gym, see everyone there!

Men’s Soccer Recap by Tristan Alvarado

As the Argonaut men’s soccer team has finished their season it is time for a quick recap on how their season went for them.  The men’s soccer team finished the season with an overall record of 9-9 and in their conference ended with 7-6.  The season was full of its ups and downs. The Argonauts started their season with four straight away games.  They won one of those games against Stanislaus State with the final score being (1-0).  Their first game of the season was a loss to CSU Monterey Bay with the final score being (2-3).

In their first home game, here in beautiful Belmont, the Argos won a highly competitive match against Concordia Portland.  The match went into double overtime with final score being (3-2).  The game winner came from redshirt junior number 16, Robert Hines in the 102 minute of the game.  “I was just super happy that I scored for the team, especially after my early game mistake.  The only thing that went through my mind was to position myself to score a goal and help get the win.  I honestly can’t remember everything that went through my head because I was in the zone.” Said Hines. After the win over Concordia in double overtime the Argos would start playing games against teams who were in their Pac-West conference.  They would go onto adding two more wins in a row to their season.  With wins over BYU Hawaii and Hawaii Hilo at home.

It was an away season for the Argos.  They played a total of eleven away games this season out of their total eighteen games.  “Overall it was a learning season as we had a lot of freshmen come in and get a decent amount of time.  While we may not have placed as high in the table as we would have hope, many of the players gained valuable experience that will help us to succeed in the years to come.  Our team at times really excelled at possessing the ball and being patient, looking for the right time to attack, and we only ever lost games by beating ourselves, making small mistakes at critical points in the game.” Said junior goalie Carter Bishop.

It was the first time in many years that the men’s soccer team didn’t have a winning season and a fire has been started in the Argos to comeback next season on top.  “I think this is going to be a very big senior season since we have a very strong senior class, so it will be good to see where that takes us. ” Said junior forward and middle Chandler Alo.  “I think it’s all going to come down to chemistry.  I think we can not only win the PacWest conference but do well in the National Championship if we can focus on and build are on and off field chemistry.”  Said Alo.          

Volleyball Season Recap by Tristan Alavarado

With the volleyball season over it is time for a season recap.  The lady Argos went (10-17) overall.  At home they were (5-9) and in the PacWest conference they went (8-12).

A highlight and huge stand out player on the team was Bianca Alvarez.  Alvarez was named Argonaut of the month for September and was PacWest player of the week twice.  She ended the season being the number one player in the nation for most kills, which was an average of (5.26) and points, which was (5.83).  Alvarez ended her junior season as PacWest player of the year.  She is the first lady Argo to win PacWest volleyball player of the year.  In 16 games she had over 20 kills and on three different occasions she had games that were she recorded over 30 kills.  “I won’t be forgetting this season anytime soon.  I thank my teammates and coaches to where I am at.  I couldn’t of done any of this without them and we will be ready to come as a force for next season.”  Said Alvarez.

Another memorable game that the lady Argos had happened on senior day against Chaminade.  Chaminade being a very heavy favorite against the Argonauts ended up getting swept in three games by the Argos.  Before the win over Chaminade the Argos had two seniors that had to be honored.  First was libero Carina Quintero who appeared in 25 matches as a freshman and earned the team’s Argonaut award. And second was outside hitter Dominique Tarrant who started in 24 matches as a freshman and finished second on the team for kills 271.

“This year was very up and down for the lady Argos.  I think we made great strides towards a positively improving the culture of the program.  I’m glad our ladies played like a team from start to finish.  It has me very excited for a great off season and a great season next year.  I’m sure we will continue our successes next season!”  Said assistant coach Damion Hardy on his thoughts for the season.  With the nation’s leading killer on the Argos side for one more season it will be very interesting to see how next year plays in favor for our Argos.              

Volleyball Season Recap by Tristan Alvarado

With the volleyball season over it is time for a season recap.  The lady Argos went (10-17) overall.  At home they were (5-9) and in the PacWest conference they went (8-12).

A highlight and huge stand out player on the team was Bianca Alvarez.  Alvarez was named Argonaut of the month for September and was PacWest player of the week twice.  She ended the season being the number one player in the nation for most kills, which was an average of (5.26) and points, which was (5.83).  Alvarez ended her junior season as PacWest player of the year.  She is the first lady Argo to win PacWest volleyball player of the year.  In 16 games she had over 20 kills and on three different occasions she had games that were she recorded over 30 kills.  “I won’t be forgetting this season anytime soon.  I thank my teammates and coaches to where I am at.  I couldn’t of done any of this without them and we will be ready to come as a force for next season.”  Said Alvarez.

Another memorable game that the lady Argos had happened on senior day against Chaminade.  Chaminade being a very heavy favorite against the Argonauts ended up getting swept in three games by the Argos.  Before the win over Chaminade the Argos had two seniors that had to be honored.  First was libero Carina Quintero who appeared in 25 matches as a freshman and earned the team’s Argonaut award. And second was outside hitter Dominique Tarrant who started in 24 matches as a freshman and finished second on the team for kills 271.

“This year was very up and down for the lady Argos.  I think we made great strides towards a positively improving the culture of the program.  I’m glad our ladies played like a team from start to finish.  It has me very excited for a great off season and a great season next year.  I’m sure we will continue our successes next season!”  Said assistant coach Damion Hardy on his thoughts for the season.  With the nation’s leading killer on the Argos side for one more season it will be very interesting to see how next year plays in favor for our Argos.              

Stress Levels Before Break by Sarah Reyes

There is a lot going on in the life of an NDNU student at the moment.  Midterm test and paper stress has just finally subsided and students are on their way into the week of Thanksgiving break.  NDNU students will have Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 off from regularly scheduled classes.  Students will resume normal classes on Monday, November 28.  Just because there is a break doesn’t take away from the upcoming end of the semester, where things can start getting a little hectic and stress levels may be off the charts.

Finals week is arriving soon.  Whether students are prepared or not, finals will begin in just two weeks time after returning from Thanksgiving break.  This is the time for students to kick it into overdrive in their classes.  For some that may not be as easy as it sounds.  Sophomore undergraduate Allyssa Vallente, who is majoring in Sociology talks about one of her more difficult classes, which happens to be part of her major.  “I am most nervous for my Sociology class because a lot of things are due, and it is a very interactive class where we have to post forums and comment on classmates posts.”

There are all types of different stresses when dealing with classes so students shouldn’t ever feel like they are alone.  Sophomore undergraduate student Dutch Muder says his most difficult class is his science class Biology I, “There is a three-hour lab that goes along with it and it just takes a lot of time studying outside of class to understand the information in class.”  Each major and each person has their subjects or professors that they find more strenuous than others so students should remember that they are all in the same boat together trying to do their very best!

It’s not all stress at NDNU, there is anxiousness and excitement as well.  Vallente says, “I am anxious for finals to be over and have all of this weight lifted off my shoulders, I will feel so relieved.”  Others such as undergraduate sophomore, Emily Hotchkiss are excited for the break, “I’m looking forward to the holidays to see friends and family!”  There are also the students that are looking to the future, Muder says, “I am pretty excited for next semester to take more classes that has to do with my major.”  Even though stress could be clouding some thoughts right now, there are still ways to make students looks to the bright side.

With Thanksgiving Break arriving, students will soon be getting into their finals grind.  Muder says his plans to tackle finals week include, “Getting started with studying early and making sure all assignments are getting turned in on time to keep up.”  Others such as Hotchkiss say, “I will definitely organize my subjects and plan out my days to make sure nothing gets forgotten.”  The main point though as Vallente points out is, “Just try your best, and do not fall behind and you should be fine.”  When finals week is complete Christmas Break will arrive and students will be able to return their families to enjoy the holidays.  Finals week at NDNU will be from December 12 to the 17.

Resident Events by Samantha Perez

The housing department each month at Notre Dame de Namur encourages and holds many events for their residents to get engaged, involved and informed. All the events that are accessible to students are ran by the Ra’s (resident aid) and are also held in the evening. These events are a chance for housing to get their residents engaged and to created community at NDNU. The housing logic behind these events is so students can feel more welcome at NDNU, to meet new people, to be educated about non-academic traits, and hope that it can also better a student’s college experience.

All Ra’s throw events that may have free food, snacks, and essentials things you need as a students. Ra Karla Garcia threw a root beer float party in New Hall lounge, in which she gave any student a free root beer float on arrival. New Hall resident Junior Micah Tatas said, ” I didn’t even know there was an event, I just got off of work and someone said free root beer floats so I went it got one, if it’s free I’m in.” The only thing that is required of the students is to sign in on a sheet of paper.

Resident aid, Lesley Chavez threw an event called silent lounge, this event was based off of MTV’s Silent Library, and was help in SJ 1st lounge. This event’s purpose was to bring entertainment to the residence by the ludicrous tasks that were performed silently. Colton Cabanas a New Hall resident attended silent lounge that was held on a Wednesday, he said, “this was probably the sickest Wednesday night I’ve had ever, silent lounge was a great event, I’d for sure come next time and bring all the homies. It gives us something to do on a weekday that isn’t school work but an enjoyable fun break.” Ra Chavez intention with this event was to find an entertaining concept that residence enjoyed, the turn out complemented that.

Not all the events purpose are designed for comedic purposes. Many events are thrown to helped educate students about relationships, sexuality, politics, life. The housing department feels that it is easier to talk about these topics with your peers, ra’s, and those of your age range, rather than a professor. This year housing held the second presidential debate in campus programs office for students to come together and watch. During the debate they helped inform students who were unaware of what was going to comprehend it the right way. It also gave students who were aware, a different view of other students opinions. Junior Alina Cobain shared how it was to watch the debate with others, “this debate was sad, I’m glad I watched it in here …… hearing everyone’s opinions and thoughts really helped me to open my eyes about this election”.

There are lists up of each month’s events placed all over the NDNU campus. The housing office has the list posted by their office 24/7 or follow the housing Facebook page: Argo Residence Halls. All students and residents are welcome and encouraged by housing to attend these events.

Halloween Activities in the Bay Area by Mitchell Fulfer

What says Halloween like a carved pumpkin or a scary haunted house? Halloween traditions set it apart from all the other holidays during the year. The Bay Area has different ways that you can get scared or just get in the Halloween spirit.

In the Bay Area there are numerous haunted attractions that you can visit. Some may not be age appropriate for kids but they would mention if it is mature audiences only. For example, the top rated haunted house in California is located in San Leandro and it is called Fear Overload Scream Park. Right across the water in the east bay. It features 2 haunted houses, including one that you can only use a flashlight in. On certain nights, there is live entertainment to entertain the guests in the queue lines. The haunt has been ranked Best Haunted House in California by hauntworld.com and “Best in the West” by Forbes. The haunt runs 23 days in the month of October including halloween night. This haunt is recommended for mature audiences only because of its intensity and graphic nature. The owners of this haunt also have another haunted attraction called Ultimate Terror Scream park located in Sacramento. Tickets range from $25-$75. That ranges from basic admission to both haunted attractions to admission to both locations of haunted attractions in San Leandro and Sacramento. “I went to Fear Overload in 2015” says NDNU junior, Eli Leslie, “it was a blast.”

Along with Fear Overload in San Leandro and Ultimate Terror in Sacramento, there is a haunted attraction that is located more central in the peninsula. Great America in Santa Clara hosts an annual Halloween Haunt throughout the month of October. It features 8 haunted houses, 4 shows, and 3 “scare zones” The “scare zones” are different areas with themes that guests walk through on their walk to the next haunted house. The rides are also open when the haunt is open. The haunt opens its gates at 7pm and closes at 1am. “It’s an overall awesome experience” says Junior Alex Campbell “you are constantly surrounded by someone trying to scare you or by the scary decorations.” The themes of the haunted houses vary from a Bed & Breakfast to a backwoods cornfield to a demented toy factory. The haunt closes October 30th.

If the haunted houses are too intense for your taste, there are a couple of pumpkin patches in the surrounding areas of Belmont. These are more of a family friendly way to get in the Halloween spirit. There is a pumpkin patch with a inflatable slides and different activities near NDNU. Both on El Camino Real, just in opposite directions. There is one located across from CVS in San Mateo about 3 minutes from campus and the other is located towards San Carlos a couple of lights.

Whether you want to be scared or just carve a pumpkin or two there are plenty of opportunities across the bay area. Halloween only comes once a year so be sure to get in the halloween spirit somehow.