Midterms and Sports by Jerileen Ho

Juggling practices, games, and school is always difficult for any athlete, but how well do coaches at NDNU respect the athlete’s they have a student? The athletes at NDNU have coaches that support their academic career, and wish for them to succeed in their studies.

Even though there are many student athletes at NDNU that are able to graduate with their intended major, there are still a handful of students that either quit their sport or change their major because of the workload that they have. Sophomore lacrosse player, Alberto Gutierrez, states that, “Last year one of my business teachers tried to convince me to change my major. He told me that being a business major is going to be too hard for a student-athlete. That bugged me because the material that we covered in that class was not like a reason why I shouldn’t continue in business it was just one class and anyone could pass it,” although Alberto did not change his major, he now understands why his business teacher thought that. However, he is happy to have coaches that support his academic career and give him enough time in the day to do our homework. He shares, “that’s one of the main benefits of having practice so early in the morning. Even though it may be hard to get up in the morning, it gives me enough time during the rest of my day to do everything I need to do.” Alberto finished by telling me that travel does not hurt their grades if they communicate well with their teachers.

Karen Plesur, a teacher in the Communications department, says, “I try my best to work with my students so that their travel time with their sport does not greatly affect their grade in my class,” due to her class requirements of projects using a specific computer program that is hard to have the access to. She also stated, “I think it’s every professor’s fear to have a student that is not truly interested in their major. However, I try to make my class interesting, so they can truly enjoy it.” Karen Plesur continued explaining to me that usually they would have to have short tutorial sessions either in class, or with another classmate. She states, “As long as they communicate with me they seem to do fine. The worst is when I don’t see them for a week and find out they were travel when they come back.”

Karen Plesur and Alberto Gutierrez are just a few examples of how the student-athletes and teachers try their best to juggle the commitments that these students have. Karen Plesur is a teacher from NDNU that works with the student so they are able to keep their grade, however this may not be the case with every teacher on campus. We can only hope that every student athlete graduates their university with the major that they desire. However, NDNU has professors that are willing to work with their students to help get them there.

Volunteer and Internship Fair at NDNU by Brooke Becton

Notre Dame de Namur’s Career Services Center provides career counseling, for-credit classes, information resources and tools, and on-campus events aimed at fostering the career development of students and alumni, according to their website. The center also hosts a bi-annual volunteer and internship fair in which local companies come out to recruit students right on the NDNU campus.

This semester’s volunteer and internship fair was held on Tuesday, October 18th in the Saint Joseph’s hall lounge. Two NDNU alumni also had booths to offer current NDNU students an internship at Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Pathways to Wellness, respectively. In addition to those two, other organizations who had booths included: Palo Alto Medical, Farmers Insurance, and the Marine Science institute. There were 32 total organizations in attendance at the fair.

Cedric Hurskin, NDNU alum and Chief Business Officer at Pathways to Wellness said, “it is important to me that I give back to the school who got me to where I am today.” He would like to see other students achieve the same success as him. “I walk onto this campus, and I see myself here almost 30 years ago and I envision my children coming here for college one day.” Because of this vision, Hurskin wants to give students the potential to earn jobs right out of college by first getting an internship to gain experience.

Part of the Career Services Center’s mission statement is to, “develop and maintain relationships with organizations that offer meaningful community engagement and career opportunities to students and alumni.” Each semester, the same organizations come back but there are always new organizations added into the mix. Senior Susan Aguirre, had an internship at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and has said that because of the internship, she gained real world experience and knowledge as to what it is like to be a professional in the work force. When asked if she would recommend students to get an internship she responded, “I think that it is important no matter what your major is that you position yourself in such a light that employers want to hire you even after you complete your internship.”

Students are encouraged to stop by the career services center for help writing resumes, looking for both on campus and off campus jobs, or anything career oriented. Their office is located in JB Hall room 140 and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office recommends that students make an appointment before they come in. Additionally, students can submit ideas of companies they would like to see at next semester’s fair.

Halloween Haunt Maze by Jemm Magaling

On October 20, 2016 the Campus Programming Board held there annual Haunted Halloween Maze. This year marks the third year in a row that the Programming  Board has coordinated this event. “This year’s maze was great, it took a lot of preparation. The weather definitely messed some things up by making us change the date and pushing it back am extra week. Whenever you do that you lose attendance,” according to senior event coordinator Korey Serna. Despite the event being pushed back there was a significant amount of success according to Serna.

Students who attended this year’s event all had different opinions on the event and its success. Sophomore Lesley Morales who attended the event as a freshmen last year had this to say about this year’s maze, “The maze was really fun, I got scared and I even started crying for a bit.” When asked about what she did not enjoy about the maze Morales said, “I disliked that the people in charge of scaring were not trying their best. Many of them were over it and wanted the event to end. In my opinion thus definitely set the tone of the event.” Morales also mentioned that this year’s event was no where near as good as last years because there wasn’t as many students this year and the feeling wasn’t the same because of that. Sophomore Nate Tanada who also attended the event this year said, “I thought that the maze was fun and should be brought back next year. However, I wish the maze was a little longer and had a few more “scarers.” Overall, I believe that the maze was successful and that the students did a great job putting it

together.” Aside from only having a maze the Programming Board also provided a candy table for everyone who attended the event.

According to members of the Programming Board they will be more cautious of the weather and when to have the event. Many students complained because the event was on a Thursday. As were caught off guard and were unable to attend because they were studying for midterms. This is the third year in a row that the Programming Board has coordinated a Haunted Maze on campus.

Dia de Los Muertos by Alexzia Gomez

Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an annual Mexican holiday in which people take the time to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed. Here, at NDNU students have come together to bring a few of these traditions right to our very own campus.

All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and finally Day of the dead, October 31st through November 2nd, is a time dedicated to the remembrance of loved ones who have passed. During this time, families make their way to cemeteries where they take flowers, candles, and even favorite foods of deceased loved ones. In addition to spending most of the day at the cemetery, families often build their own and at-home altars where they honor the lives of their loved one(s). Although this holiday derives from Mexico, the traditions and practices have made their way to America.

Cemeteries in Mexico are often elaborately decorated and ready for a “feast” that is made to welcome their deceased friends and family back for the day. In addition to festive decorations, many people light candles and copal incense for what is called the alumbrada; a vigil. Many believe that the candles assist the spirits in finding their way back. NDNU students are also welcomed to learn how to make “papel picado”, a traditional decoration made of thin paper with delicate cut out patterns.

As it is tradition, NDNU students have created an altar where students can dedicate paper candles to loved ones, a play on a traditional alumbrada. Along with Mexican lunch specials, a mariachi band played traditional music throughout lunch. “In recent years, I’ve seen that Day of the Dead is a pretty big deal in LA” says Jason Yuson, junior, “but I’ve never taken the time to understand the history behind it, its pretty cool”.

During lunchtime on Day of the Dead, a mariachi band was hired to play for the students. Marinel Alcantara, junior, shares how “[she] thought it was really cool” and how she felt that “they seemed to put a lot of effort into these activates; the “candle” dedications, the food, the music. They really set the tone for the holiday”.

The Decline of Wrestling by Mario Flores

The past five years the original sport of the Olympics has been going through many major reforms and even talk about being voted out of the Summer Olympics . As far as Olympic wrestling goes the sport was saved from being removed from the list of athletics event in Rio and will continue to be a major sport . The other issue that has been surrounding this sport here in the U.S is that it is in a great decline not only from the high school level but a huge part of it is coming at the collegiate level of participation. The sport is being taken away from universities and colleges mainly on the west coast of the country.

The decline of the sport has an even bigger impact on high school wrestlers.  Tony Vena Head wrestling coach at Damien High School in La Verne California,  says that the decline of the sport in the west coast is because“ not really marketed as a youth sport; more kids involved in year around outdoor sports (weather accommodates that) like baseball and soccer; I saw an article recently that says the singlet turns off potential athletes.” When asked about the recent cuts in the NCAA level he said, “NCAA wrestling cuts are the result of Title IX – wrestling as an all male sport becomes an easy target.  Not sure anything can be done other than increasing interest/participation and expanding female involvement in the sport.” Sophomore Lexicon Mendoza said “ The decline might have to do with the loss of interest in such a physical sport and the demands, ”Mendoza later went on to state that he would not participate in the sport but would watch because of the interesting way of nature the sport has.

Many high school wrestlers that are currently participating in the sport and going into the conference and state and national levels aspire to get recruited at the collegiate level. High school national champs, state champs, and some coaches believe that colleges and universities are no longer recruiting them. This in fact is somewhat true when it comes to west coast schools. ”Yes they are getting recruited but predominantly from wrestling rich states in the Midwest and east coast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc.)  The weight cut at the collegiate level is also a deterrent.” This is true when asked on whether or not this is true former wrestler and NDNU alumni Matt Silva said “A huge part of why I did not continue to wrestle in college had to do with the weight cut and the substantial amount of injury and time of dedication the sport required of me.”

The sport in itself is not offered at NDNU according to Athletic Director Josh Doody, It is to much of a liability and the amount of insurance that it would require would be something that would not be good for the university” The total cost of the insurance necessary for this sport at the collegiate level is roughly around $75,000.  This is the basic type of insurance with minimal coverage of each athlete in the sport.

Millenials Can Impact the Election by Jael Testa

Millennials can make a huge impact in the election this year and can swing the votes dramatically, if a large amount of college kids decide to vote. According to the Pew Research center, millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group and during the last election young adults made up only nineteen percent of the electorate. However, this election is unique for millennials because it marks the first time essentially all the millennials in the country are old enough to vote.

Although the millennials can play a huge role in this election, the voting rules can make it difficult for them to vote. If a college student went to school out of state, yet still wants to vote in the election and have their vote count in their hometown instead of where they are going to school it is a long process. To vote, the student would have to request by mail an absentee ballot as well as filling out certain paperwork by a deadline far advance of registration. “Amid midterms, papers and college distractions filling out the paperwork ahead of deadlines can be hard and thought as not worth the hassle” said Sophomore Juliana Seide.

Jessica Delantone, A transfer student from Reno Nevada said, “I really want to vote but I want my vote to count for Nevada, a battleground state, which means much more than my vote in California, a reliably blue state. But I do not want to go through the hassle of figuring out how to do that so I probably won’t vote since my vote as a republican is not helpful in California as it would be in Nevada.”

Another reason voting is hard for college students is because of the strict voter ID laws that have been in place to protect voter fraud. Some college students that are going to school out of state could have a hard time voting because students IDs, out-of-state driver’s licenses and out-of-state ID cards are not accepted as forms of voter identification in many states, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation.

However, in California we do not have strict voter ID laws so out of state students are able to vote. Junior, Alex Campbell said, “I am excited to be able to vote here in California especially since I am from Minnesota. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to vote but once I looked it up, I was glad to find out that I could.”

   NDNU has had many booths up to encourage students to register to vote. According to Professor Lujuan, “I would like to see NDNU come together to vote, so I have been working on getting a polling place here at NDNU. I was in charge of getting the booths set up and I counted over 100 hundred students who registered to vote.  I am excited to see how the millennials make a difference in this election.”

Do NDNU students pay attention to World News by Meleena Leon

The pervasiveness of social media and the ability to have endless amounts of information at the touch of your fingertips may make all types of news accessible, however, two current Notre Dame de Namur students and a Communications professor who has worked in media for decades, all agree that many students at NDNU do not pay close attention to world news.

Karla Vasquez, a junior majoring in Psychology, explained that she did not think that most people kept up with recent news, and explained, “they’re too busy; they have too much to do.” Lack of time was also mentioned by Richard Rossi, a Communications professor who specializes in News and Media classes, who stated, “in this university students are really stretched; they have classes, work, internships and there just isn’t enough time.” Rossi continued, “I don’t think that students in general, are going to pay a whole lot of attention to something that doesn’t personally affect them.” Parallel to Rossi’s sentiment, Vasquez stated, “they should know what’s going on around them, but they’re so stuck in their little bubble where they’re ignorant because they think it doesn’t matter because it’s somewhere else in the world.”

According to Veronica Duarte, a junior majoring in Art, news stations are more credible than online sources. Vasquez said that she enjoys watching CNN to get her updates on the world. Rossi, however, chooses to read physical newspapers each morning. “I feel like a lot of people, unless it’s a huge subject like police brutality, don’t know about smaller things. Like they know about Black Lives Matter but not some earthquake in a village because it’s not all over Twitter or Snapchat,” said Vasquez. Regarding students that

obtain their news from social media sites like Twitter and Snapchat, Duarte explains that many, including herself, get their news from Facebook.

When asked whether social media was a credible news source, Duarte states, “I think it’s fine for one of your sources, but it’s a way to find out more about things.” She continued by saying that months ago when she saw “Pray for Paris” posted on various social media sites, she proceeded to Google it to see what had happened. In this way, she explains, it’s a way for students to at least be aware of what’s happening and it prompts them to research it themselves. “The Times is free for NDNU students; you’d be crazy not to subscribe” said Rossi. He continues, “it’s so easy now, it’s almost criminal not to be informed.” Vasquez recommends downloading a news app called FlipBoard, and Duarte encourages people to look up the things that they see posted on social media on more credible news sites like CNN or The New York