Study Abroad by Brianna Mora

Want to study in Spain? France? Or even Great Britain? Read how!

The Modern Languages and Cultures Program offers Notre Dame de Namur University students to join Study Abroad. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures enables students to acquire proficiency in their target language and to gain insights from the culture. The Modern Languages and Cultures program prepares students for careers in international business, education, diplomacy, travel, and translation. Study Abroad is highly recommended for students to learn the language and experience another culture. Study Abroad allows students to obtain new perspectives of life in other countries related to education, careers, cultures, and human relationships. Dr. Helene Laroche Davis; chair of the Modern Languages and Culture program here at Notre Dame de Namur University mentions that students, discover themselves when abroad. The program is specifically programmed to help students understand world issues while learning another language and experience other cultures. Dr. Ann Fathman, Study Abroad Adviser said that in recent years, students have studied in..accredited universities throughout the world especially Italy, Spain, France, England, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. Many of the cities include historic capitals such as: Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Oxford, England; New Delhi, India, Geneva, Switzerland; Semester at Sea, and others. Laroche states that many of students favorites include: France, Spain, and Italy. Students can even receive credit for participating in trips and service projects. The Study Abroad Experience is available to all Notre Dame de Namur University students! Throughout the experience [students] take classes in a university abroad of their choice and live in dorms or homes. They can take 15 units of classes in any subject offered. Many students also study the language of the country where they are staying.  Most programs offer excursions, and many students travel to other countries during their time abroad, said Fathman. The program strategically allows students to select from a wide variety of summer, semester, and year programs.  Students from all majors can receive credit while studying at overseas universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America. Fees for overseas study are comparable to the cost of on-campus tuition and housing. Steps for applying are simple as 1, 2, 3! First, research potential programs to study abroad and contact your study abroad adviser to see if the program meets qualifications. Next, apply to the program. When accepted to the program, obtain Notre Dame de Namur University Approval to Study Abroad form from the Study Abroad office. Fathman also reminds students of the requirements to go on Study Abroad: NDNU requires that a student have a 2.5 GPA, be at least a sophomore, attend an approved study abroad program at an accredited university. Our students attend a variety of programs which have various requirements (e.g.; some require a 3.0 GPA). Fathman adds on to reveal that Students who study abroad have the opportunity to live in a new culture, to learn new languages, to study at a  university in another country, to travel and meet people from different countries. Students who study abroad say it’s the highlight of their college career and a life-changing experience. They become global citizens of the world. If students are interested, please speak with Dr. Helene Laroche Davis or Dr. Ann Fathman.

College Crimes by Lupe Gutierrez

College crimes across the United States are affecting student’s lives. From rape to drug and alcohol abuse, these types of crimes are occurring from big campus to small campus like Notre Dame De Namur University.

Rape incidents have been occurring primarily in fraternities at various universities across the United States for decades. According to author Jessica Valenti in a 2014 Guardian article she states that “…numerous studies have found that men who join fraternities are three times more likely to rape, that women in sororities are 74% more likely to experience rape than other college women, and that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in four years away at school.”

Notre Dame De Namur University’s director of public safety William G. Palmini Jr. stated, “ We have 24/7 patrols on campus by site and foot as well, which therefore allows us to keep an eye on the university’s safety from any crimes being committed. Regarding crimes on campus, there has been eight sexual abuse crimes so far this year, which is relatively low. As of recent, we are in the process of being a part of the freshman and transfer student orientations from now on, so we can inform incoming students about crimes and the consequences behind them.”

Notre Dame De Namur University, being a small private university, crimes don’t often occur on campus, yet whenever they do, they circulate among students.

“ Yes, I have witnessed some students on campus, who have abused alcohol. A friend of mine was going through a break up and turned to alcohol to cope with her emotions, which wasn’t the healthiest choice for her” said Senior Paul Enriquez.

Being a Catholic private university, the Greek life on campus isn’t recognized. Yet on campus, we have two Greek Latin organizations, Lambda Theta Phi, a fraternity and Lambda Sigma Gamma, a sorority.

“ Here on campus, we have a Latin fraternity and sorority. I have been a member in the sorority for the past three years and we have not experienced any crime problems in both Greek organizations. In regards to rape incidents, I believe that a boy will rape a girl regardless if he is part of a fraternity or not. For example, with the Brock Turner case, even though he wasn’t Greek, he got away with rape, due to being a student athlete. It’s unfortunate to see a high percentage in fraternity rapes, which is giving the Greek life a bad reputation” said Junior Yocelynn Mendoza.

College students come into contact with rape, alcohol and drug abuse on a daily basis on campus, especially those who live on campus. Notre Dame De Namur University has done well, in regards to handling crimes on campus, which explains as to why we don’t often hear of any occurring.

Zeuxis: Flowers as a Metaphor, a Show at the Wiegand Gallery by Noah Sanchez

There is currently an art exhibit up in the Wiegand Gallery until February 25, 2017. The exhibit is titled Zeuxis: Flowers as a Metaphor. This was a group show that included about twenty-eight different artists from all over the country. Zeuxis is the name of this group of artists while the exhibit’s name isFlowers as a Metaphor.

According to art professor and co-curator of the show, Robert Poplack, “This group of artists choose a theme and then they will submit paintings based on that. An example of this that the artists have done is that they will paint a particular object with in all of their paintings. In this case they are picking a theme of a metaphor, which is a traditional theme.”

Poplack also explained where the unique name of the group of artists come from, while also explaining how exclusive the group is. “Zeuxis was the first still life painter. This is a collective, a group of artists that show together on a regular basis and you have to be invited to be in the group, so not anyone can join. You have to be selected and so — they named the group after the first still life painter.”

This group of artists are from all over the country. They did not find the Wiegand Gallery themselves, but rather the Wiegand Gallery found them. Poplack, who co-curated this show reached out to this group of artists to come show their art at the gallery. Poplack’s wife, Debra Kirkland, is also one of the artists in the show. This is how he found out about this particular show and he thought that it would be a good show for the Wiegand.

Sophomore, Sydney Sudaria participated in hanging the art in the show. “I never really paid a lot of attention to a piece of art until I was handling and hanging it up for an exhibit. This show is very unique and unlike anything I have ever seen before. All of the pieces are very elegant looking and pleasing to the eye. This show really lets the viewer interpret the artist’s meaning of each painting so ultimately each painting has multiple meanings and significances, it just depends on how you look at it.”

One of the artists in the show, Richard Castellana said, “This is an exhibition of “flower” paintings as visual metaphors. The flowers are there, but not are not as crucial as the poetry, moods, emotions, thoughts, they engender. As the title of this exhibition implies, the viewer is encouraged to see not flowers, but what they stand for – you may see something the artists did not.”