Graduation is Upon Us by Tamara Qutmiera

Graduation is finally upon us, and as someone who is finally walking that stage this coming May, I can honestly say that the stress, anxiety, and excitement is hitting at full force. I feel that I can speak for the graduating class when I say that this moment, the moment we walk across that never-ending platform and get handed our diploma, will be one of the most fulfilling moments in our lives. We all began school at the young age of four or five, continued onto elementary school, then middle school, and eventually high school. And, finally after years of being told that you had to study hard so you can go to good college and make something of yourself, you finally did. We have spent twenty plus years working towards receiving this diploma that our parents, society, and even ourselves, felt that we needed to succeed. Now, in less than three weeks, we will finally have accomplished this lengthy quest, but…then what?


Everyone asks you, “What are your plans for after graduation? Do you plan on traveling? Do you have any jobs lined up? Are you excited?” And after the hundredth time of being asked the same thing, you almost want to scream “I DON’T KNOW! LET ME BE!” but you quietly refrain and answer nicely. Now some people may actually know the answer to all those questions, and others, like myself, may have absolutely no idea. Regardless, we are all about to be thrown into the “real” world and live adult lives. No more school (unless you are choosing to go to grad school right away), no more designed schedules, no more syllabus, no more role call, no more finals, no more of anything in the realm of what we have been so accustomed to doing every year. We are done. It is now time for us to shape our own futures. We have to get jobs, move out, be independent, start investing in our 401k, and all that grown up stuff. I think we are all ready to do these things, the hardest part is just figuring out where to start.


I believe, and I’m sure most will agree with me, that the most stressful part about graduating is trying to find a job in the field in which you studied. To find a job that pays well, offers benefits, and security. You hear horror stories of people not finding jobs for a long time after graduation, and if they do they’re not in their field. You also hear stories of people who already have jobs lines up before graduation in their preferred line of work. It truly is all about luck, and who you know. Which I believe NDNU did a great job of setting up students with professors who have helped them find internships, as well as job opportunities, in their fields. But, there are instances where this isn’t the case for some students, some departments aren’t as strong as others when it comes to helping set up students with life after graduation.


“I am ready and happy for the next chapter in my life. I feel confident about what’s to come next. I just have to find what I’m really good at and stay focused on becoming even better. And, regarding NDNU helping set up students with internships and work in their designated fields, I personally had great experiences with this. I had professors help me find great internships and jobs, as well as set me up with people that will connect me with more job opportunities after graduation. That being said, I feel that other students that aren’t communications or business majors don’t get offered the resources we do. Which is a bummer because then they don’t get the same opportunities and help they need in order to succeed,” said senior Brandon Davis.


For those going onto grad school, the hardest part will be dealing with learning incredibly advanced information, working on your dissertation, all while balancing a job and bills. The road after graduation will not be “easy” for anyone regardless of if you already have a job lined up for you after May, or if you are financially unbothered and just ready to go onto post-grad. This is going to be another adventure full of life lessons, ups and down, memories and hopefully, success.
“I have a bunch of emotions going through my mind thinking about graduations, but I am excited. Closing one door and opening another. This time next year nothing will be the same, so I am living in the moment and being thankful for all that I have, where I am and how far I’ve come,” stated senior Angelica Perales.

Trump Response to Syrian Chemical Attack by Tamara Qutmiera

On April 4, 2017, Syrian President Bashar Assad, launched a chemical attack on Syrians, killing 86 people. In response, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Thursday, April 6, saying, “no child of God should ever suffer.”

The 59 missiles, fired from the destroyers USS Porter and Ross in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, struck the airfield where Syria based the warplanes used in the chemical attack, according to Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. Although many missiles were fired, the impact on the base was minimal and only a couple planes destroyed. But, it is still unclear on whether or not there were civilian or military causalities.

The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by Trump, comes a day after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed many, many lines,” including causing the deaths of 27 children.

“Ever time America gets involved in anything regarding the Middle East, we just make the situation for the people involved, much worse. Even though what Syria’s government is doing to its people is unlawful, inhumane, and downright disgusting, we shouldn’t involve ourselves unless we are there to make a positive difference. Which isn’t usually the case when we do go overseas, so we need to just learn to stay put,” said senior Justine Roland.

From his resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said that Syrian President Bashar Assad, “Launched a horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump said.

But the strikes represented not only an escalation of the US role in Syria, but could have a ripple effect on the US’ relations with the Syrian regime’s powerful backer, Russia.

“I find it incredibly terrifying that we are involving ourselves once again with a war that isn’t ours to fight, especially considering the simple fact that we aren’t helping the Syrian people, rather we are making things more difficult. But now with this missile launch that Trump launched, who knows how strained our relationship with Russia and Syria now is, and what is going to happen next. Many believe that there may be a war coming soon, and that’s not a too farfetched assumption,” said junior Sam Rupel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state that “dealt a serious blow to Russia-US relations,” according to a Kremlin statement. Russia said it believed Syria had destroyed all of its chemical weapons and the US strikes were based on a “far-fetched pretext.”

Regarding Trumps’ decision to interfere with the Syria conflict, Senator Rand Paul called on Trump to consult on Congress when a major decision like this is made, which didn’t happen this time around. “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked,” Paul said. “The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate.”

Bay Area basketball players giving back by John Schrup

Basketball players at the collegiate and professional level are full time athletes working on strengthening their bodies and their basketball skills all year round. Both Notre Dame de Namur men’s basketball team and the Golden State Warriors dedicate time off the court helping the Bay Area be a better place to live.
Two time MVP and captain of the Warriors, Steph Curry, works with 4 charities, 11 causes and makes appearances eat numerous events to help less fortunate people. Curry has been a finalist for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work. NBA Cares Community Assist Award recognizes the NBA player who best reflects the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.  For five straight seasons Curry will lead the “Three for Three Challenge” , by donating three life-saving nets to the United Nations Foundation’s, “Nothing But Nets campaign” for every three-pointer he makes.
“For a guy who’s so good at basketball you know he spends most of his time working on his game. The fact that he’s so involved in all of these different things to give back to the community really shows just how amazing of a guy he is,” said senior Jen Ticzon.
Steph Curry isn’t the only Warrior heavily involved in the community. All-Star forward Draymond Green was also named a finalist by the NBA for the 2015-16 season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Green donated $3.1 million to his alma mater, Michigan State, the largest single gift to MSU Athletics by a former student-athlete.
Guys like Steph curry and Draymond Green go above and beyond to help the community but that doesn’t mean the rest of the Warrior team doesn’t also give back. In 2016 the warriors supported #hashtaglunchbag by creating and delivering 20,000 lunch bags to those less fortunate.
“I went to Oakland High and the Warriors would put on an event every year called, “Read to Achieve,” where players from the team would come and talk with us and help us in class for a day,” said sophomore Eduardo Trujillo.
The warriors aren’t the only basketball players helping the bay Area community. Last season the NDNU men’s basketball team visited second harvest food bank where they distributed and packed food for the homeless in san mateo county.
The Argonauts also assisted the local elementary school, Cipriani, with their Halloween preparations and creation of a haunted house. At the event the team created and put together the decorations for Halloween as well as construct various items for their events.
“We really enjoyed being asked to come back and help build the haunted house for the elementary school kids again.”  Senior Korey Serna said.  “It was our second year working with them and it was a great bonding experience for the team.”

Steve Kerr out for playoffs? by John Schrup

The Warriors biggest worry is not the injury to Kevin Durant. He is all but ready to take the court again, even though the Warriors held him out of Game 3. It’s Kerr’s health that is now the biggest concern.
Saturday before game three of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Steve Kerr was nowhere to be found. Although the warriors were able to handle the Trail Blazers without Kerr he’s absence moving forward is problematic.
“Coach Kerr is the leader of the team and he manages the game. Without him I’m nervous that we (warriors) won’t be able to beat the spurs or cavaliers if we face them.” said senior Joe Laherran.
The Spurs have arguably the best coach in the NBA with Gregg Popovich. Popovich is a 6 time NBA champion and has been to the finals 9 times in his 25 year coaching career. Kerr played for Popovich for 4 years and has developed some of the same strategies and styles from him. Kerr is best fit to counter and coach against Pop if they were to face off in the Conference Finals and without him even with a more talented team, the warriors can be defeated.
“Without Kerr the warriors will not win the NBA Championship. He’s the reason they are where they are today. He’s lead them to back to back championships and it’s no coincidence” said San Mateo high school varsity basketball coach Marvin Lui.
Kerr had  surgical procedure on his back in 2015 which caused a spinal fluid leak which gives him excruciating symptoms such as migraines and nausea.
The worst part, the Warriors don’t yet know what is going on. They had to say “illness” because they have no answers yet. In reports Kerr hadn’t felt well all series, according to people around him, and Saturday it became unbearable. It is unknown if these issues are even related to his past well-known health problems.
“I saw on ESPN after the game saturday that Kerr was in excruciating pain and he could barely walk. It was scary to hear because he said it wasn’t a feeling he’s had before.”said senior Jen Ticzon.
In the game Saturday assistant head coach Mike Brown held down the fort and helpe dlead the Warriors to victory but over this long championship pursuit Kerr’s knowledge of rival teams, hes . ability to motivate individual players and manage the roller coaster of emotions will be pivotal to the teams success.
Kerrs absence will be a big deal in the later rounds if his health doesn’t improve. Even though the Warriors have veterans with championship experience, removing his presence at this juncture is a significant change and will be problematic in the Warriors bout to win the NBA Championship. .

Three New Artists in the Wiegand Gallery by Noah Sanchez

There is currently an art exhibit up in the Wiegand Gallery until April 22, 2017. The exhibit is titled Britta Kathmeyer, Masako Miki & Sara Pringle: Paintings, Works on Paper & Installation.

According to the Wiegand Gallery Director, Robert Poplack, “These three exceptional artists, with Bay Area ties, raise provocative questions about our place in nature. Their art also explores key issues about identity, myth, and culture.”

Zach Rogow, who worked in the show, has given a short description about each artist and their styles. “Britta Kathmeyer creates art that moves between ambiguity and revelation. She finds inspiration in restraint, working with ink, coffee, and other water-based media to create spaces for memories, emotions, and imagination. Her work is influenced and guided by Eastern philosophy and the observation of nature.

Masako Miki’s, a Notre Dame de Namur graduate (2001), work envisions a cosmic view of our world in constant flux, expressed through an affinity and connection with nature. Her current series, Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost, is inspired by the idea of soul and spirits—a realm between material and immaterial worlds where boundaries dissolve.

Sara Pringle uses self-portraits painted onto grand sceneries that raise questions and small works on paper to bring out contradictory accounts of self, sexuality, identity, and the body. She is interested in dualities such as flatness versus perspective, synthetic versus natural light, pattern versus chaos. Her visual language holds in balance of a questionable intersection of abstraction and nature.”

Sophomore Allyssa Valente helped to hang some of the art that is shown in the exhibit. “The art in this show really caught my eye. I generally do not really pay that much attention to art, but I really like some of the pieces in this show. This show is very unique and unlike anything I have ever seen before. All of the different works are very appealing to the eye. You can really tell which piece is each of the artists because they all have unique techniques as to how they try to relay their message to the audience. Seeing these pieces have really changed my view on art and I think I will start to view art more and look at it differently that I did before,” said Valente.

The majestic creatures on our campus by Andrew English

Our friendly neighborhood deer that share our campus with us at NDNU are solemn, majestic, and beautiful. However, be careful because despite their looks, they can be very dangerous.

The white-tailed deer can be found in southern Canada and most of the United States, except for the Southwest, Alaska and Hawaii. A deer’s home range is usually less the square mile. Deer collect in family groups of a mother and her fawns. When a doe has no fawns, she is usually solitary. Male bucks may live in groups consisting of three or four individuals, except in mating season, when they are solitary. This is the scenario when the deer could become very dangerous and hostile.

It makes no difference whether a deer is bottle-fed or raised with human contact, when the rut kicks in and testosterone flows and a buck turns from timidity to terror. The rut is known as the mating season for deer and other animals like sheep or camels. When a buck is in the rut they have puffed neck and polished antlers. Bucks can attack fast and in an unrelenting, manic fashion. It’s not unheard of for rutting deer to pummel and batter dead bucks killed by hunters. Lethal antlers, kicking legs, sharp hooves and extraordinary muscle strength combine to turn a buck from a majestic animal into a dangerous one.

Although no major altercations with deer have been documented at NDNU, many students from this year and the past years have reported being chased by the bucks on campus. Zach Ginter an NDNU graduate relived his experience being chased by the buck near the parking by the gym.

 “I was walking back to campus from Safeway at around one in the morning. I just made to the gym parking lot when I saw a really big buck staring at me in front of the church. The buck charged at me and me and I took off behind the gym and ran to New Hall as fast as I could. Thank God he didn’t catch me.”

Ginter is just one out of many students who have come across this large buck that roams over this hills of NDNU. Senior Korey Serna saw this dangerous majestic creature too many times. Korey says, “We call him Bambi. He appears once every blue moon, but when you see him approach with caution. If you’re around his heard just go the other way. It will save you some trouble.” Tom Lee a Public Safety officer on campus says that no attacks or reports vandalism of have come up. “The deer here are more afraid of us than we are of them. We also have to remember that we’re invading there home by building into this mountain. As long you don’t anything to provoke them then you have nothing to worry about.”

The Athletics Are Committed to Oakland By Ryan Malley

The past season in sports brought a lot of victories to the East Bay. The Warriors broke the NBA regular season wins record and the Raiders made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. But it is the Oakland Athletics, coming off a last place 69-93 season that have the East Bay’s hearts.

“I do not know if the A’s will be any good this year, but I will definitely be going to more games to show my support this summer,” said NDNU Senior Michael Marques.

Within the last six months, the Warriors and the Raiders announced their intentions to leave the city of Oakland for more lucrative stadiumdeals. The Warriors are only moving to the other side of the Bay in San Francisco. But the Raiders’ Owner Mark Davis is taking his team to Las Vegas. The Athletics will likely be the only professional team in Oakland by 2020.

During a time that Oakland and East Bay residents are feeling rejected, the Athletics are committing to their fans more than ever. Their social media hashtag #RootedInOakland has been a symbol of their commitment to their city and the franchise has been active in building fan support.

The first step came when new team president Dave Kaval announced his commitment to keeping the A’s in Oakland and that a new ballpark is his highest priority.

“It’s realistic to think that by this time next year, the A’s would at least be able to set down a timeline for how and when they would build in Oakland,” Kavel said.

Being able to build a new ballpark in Oakland is huge for the fans and the franchise, but the A’s will not have a new stadium built for at least several more years. In the meantime, they are doing everything they can to generate interest from their fans.

Jeremy Koo of has already bought in on what Dave Kaval is trying to sell.

“For the first time in many years, the A’s have in Dave Kaval a credible leader who can rally this triumvirate together to bring a new stadium and a better fan experience to the Oakland Athletics,” Koo said.

Dave Kaval holds office hours every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. that is open to the fans. This is a 180-degree turnaround for a franchise that seemed to have not been listening to its fans for the better part of two decades.

The meetings have already created change for the A’s. One suggestion by a fan was to name the playing field after a former A’s player. On Opening Day, The A’s had a pregame ceremony and named their field “Rickey Henderson Field.”

Another complaint has been the massive tarps that have covered the upper deck stands. The tarps have been there since 2006 and were put up because the A’s had not been drawing big enough crowds for their Coliseum that holds 46,000+.  Even though the crowds were not as big, the tarps were a constant reminder of an ownership group that had no faith in its fans. The tarps were a symbol of an ownership group that was complacent with not building more fan support.

“The best fans in baseball deserve the opportunity to experience the whole stadium so we have decided to take off the tarps on the upper deck,” Kaval said.

While it is unkown how well the product on the field will be this year from the A’s players, fans will be able to enjoy the product and optimism that Dave Kaval has brought to Oakland.

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