“What’s going on with the wi-fi?” by Noelli De La Cruz

After six weeks into the semester, NDNU students continue to have issues accessing the internet on campus. This has been affecting student’s performance in school.

Since the first day that students moved in into their dorms, they had trouble connecting their personal computers to the wireless internet offered at campus. There are three areas on campus that have desktop computers for students to use that do not have issues connecting to the wi-fi- the library and the two computer labs in St.Mary’s. However, there is not enough desktop computers for everyone. So when students want to use their computers or smartphones, they find themselves having issues connecting to the internet.

“The wifi is so unpredictable… you don’t know when it’s going to go out,” said senior Ja’Von Young.

On the weekend of September 9 and 10, the whole campus wi-fi crashed. Students couldn’t find a way to complete their work when the computer labs and the library were closed. It is making it difficult for students to do their work when they need access to the internet.

“One day I came back from work and there wasn’t internet. The library was closed, so I couldn’t do work at all,” said senior Cecilia Nah.

“I have papers due and I can’t always complete the assignments or turn it in time because the wi-fi is down. I am unable to receive emails from professors. With the wifi being down I feel unprepared,” said Young.

Many students are feeling angry that they are paying a heavy amount for tuition, and they are not receiving the best services. This year students are paying up to 52,000 dollars for the 2017-2018 school year. Last year, the school started charging students extra fees per unit, so they could get better wifi. Yet they are not seeing any improvements.

So what’s going on?

OIT director Marle Mason at NDNU said that the first several weeks of the fall semester they had increased wireless traffic that overtaxed their existing networks. Thus, students were experiencing slow wireless and sometimes they could not log-in to the wireless.

He also mentioned that last week OIT activated a separate wireless network, and has only moved seven buildings to that wireless which are the NDNU Library, New Hall, St. Joseph’s Hall, Taube Hall, Kane, Wilke, and the Cafeteria.

“Moving all buildings to the new network will take more time; we want to do that before the spring term” said Mason.

For now, if students or staff have any trouble logging into the wi-fi, they should contact the OIT Help Desk at helpdesk@ndnu.edu or 650-508-3555, so that can help assist them.

NDNU Softball Field Cravings By Cynthia Rinaldo

The Notre Dame de Namur University softball team has been sharing Notre Dame High School’s softball field for fall ball, preseason, and season games. However, because it is not an official NCAA field, certain games cannot be played there.

NDNU does not have a place for the softball team to play games or practice on campus so they use NDHS’ field for games and occasionally Notre Dame Elementary School’s field to practice. Players have mentioned that in the past, there was a smaller field in the back on NDNU’s campus next to NDES where athletes were able to practice on, but balls would hit the windows and cars around them.

Not only are NDNU players not able to call a field their home to play on but they are also required to find transportation to go to the batting cages where they can practice their hits.

Abriana Arzaga a sophomore on the NDNU softball team said frustrated, “I don’t understand why Joshua Doody created a 10k budget for a drug test but can’t put payments down for a softball field.” Arzaga also mentioned that, “four years ago Belmont residents were willing to pay for a brand-new softball stadium but NDNU said no.”

Players feel as though there could be more effort from the school to create a plan to put a home softball field in place and are confused as to why NDNU would turn down an offer by Belmont residents to supply NDNU with a softball field.

Ashley Carter who has been the NDNU softball coach for a year mentioned, “We don’t have a softball field, the one we would rarely practice on was sold to the elementary school down the hill.” Carter also stated that, “The school does not allow the softball team to reach out to donors for money, we are required to do our own fundraising.” Although the high school allows the NDNU softball team to use their softball field there have been conflicting schedules, “Sometimes we have to change the times of our games and then family members even ones who came from out of state can’t watch their students play.”

Although Carter is able to have the team practice and play on NDHS’s softball field, “It would be nice for the softball team to have a field and if not a field then batting cages or at least a bathroom next to the high school’s softball field. We use a porta-potty down there.”

Although athletes would like to have a softball field at NDNU the head of the athletic department at NDNU Joshua Doody stated that it would be somewhat difficult to have one due to a couple of factors, “We could put a softball field on Deer Field but that could be a potential hazard because it would be blocking the fire path.” The paved path next to Deer Field that is used for emergencies would be cut off if there were an athletic field in the way. Doody also mentioned that, “we have a trade off with Notre Dame High School where we can use their softball field and take care of it while they use our soccer field and do the same. That’s out agreement.” So could NDNU potentially have a softball field? “If we tried digging out a softball field on the Lacrosse Field it wouldn’t workout because there are no lights.”

“Lets say our players make it to the NCAA playoff’s they wouldn’t be able to use Notre Dame High School’s softball field because it doesn’t have to the right measurements to be an official softball field,” said Doody. As of 2017, there are no plans to build a new softball field on the NDNU campus.

Virtual Reality at Notre Dame de Namur by Erick M. Mora-Hernandez

NDNU is a leader in higher education when it comes to using digital technologies to improve learning and to conduct advanced world class research with the help of Dr. Barry’s vision and NDNU administration.

Notre Dame de Namur University’s progressive thinking to support the creation and development of a mixed reality lab adds a remarkable dimension to its learning community. NDNU has been adjusting well to its high in technology and fast pace community which allows it to keep up and have the VR Center it does today.

The most important reason behind the creation of this lab was to meet student basic learning needs which it has been proving to do very well. In this data and technology driven community, students need to be experience and be adept with emerging technologies in order to succeed. NDNU students are being given the opportunity to become adept and be creative in this increasingly digitally mediated world.

“Our lab mission is to have every NDNU student become a competent user of emerging society, relevant technology, and to support the development of every student to be a responsible and ethical citizen when in the digital world,” said Dr. Barry.

The VR Center has hosted a digital art course for the graduate art department this semester. It’s one of the first fully digital art courses to be held in a Masters of Art Therapy program in the country at a small private university. They will be taking digital art and 3D printing to a San Francisco Bay area public art exhibit in October.

The lab offers science students learning experiences in virtual reality, augmented reality, and holographic computing. Most notably, anatomy courses are held in the lab multiple times per week. Math students can use programs where they can write equations anywhere, see graphs and shapes and manipulate them however they want.They also support learning in business, psychology, history, environmental studies, political science, philosophy and sociology.

“No matter what major, students can find something in virtual reality that they can use to improve their knowledge and to have fun learning,” said Mohammad “Wing” Baslamh, student at NDNU.

It also focuses on non-academic skills such as team building, meditation, and collaborative and individual play. Event day is held on wednesdays, students use the lab for whatever games they want and have fun. The VR Center team, Dr. Barry, Maria, Wing, Alex, Richard, and Jorge, want to make it useful for students who want to do something for fun and destress.

Numerous students visit the VR Center to play and explore immersive video games and environments as well to relax and unwind from the stress of a university day.

“This is a special place where the energy and the connection people have through the shared use of technology is ineffable. You have to experience it to understand what alternative reality based  learning and play is about.” Dr. Barry

Athletic Gymnasium worth the money paid? by Caleb Keohokapu

Notre Dame De Namur athletic gymnasium was built for all the athletes and students that attend to this university. But there have been many complaints about the gym and how the use of the gymnasium was not accommodating to the students and athletes.

Jason Yuson a senior says “For the past 3 years there have always been problems with the use of the athletic gym, due to the lack of use of the gym I got out of my way to buy a membership at 24 Hour Fitness. So now I am spending way more money than I should be, I am very disappointed that the gym is always closed at random times.

A student athlete Naia Graham who plays on the soccer team shared his thoughts about the athletic gym. He said “Even though I am a athlete I understand that it is frustrating to students and other athletes who could never get their workout in or be able to use the gymnasium like we do. But we also sometimes get frustrated to when especially I could not get my workout in either.”

Zach Herr a junior also had complaints about the athletic gymnasium and how he would never have enough time to finish his workouts. “When the gym is closed during the day and finally the gym is open at night but then I would get interrupted by public safety and they had to shut down my workout because they have to close the gym. Even though there is a lot of people in the gym working out they still have to close it and everyone of us could never finish our workouts.”

Notre Dame De Namur athletic gymnasium has been frowned upon by students and with all the complaints that they have made about the gymnasium about the use and hours of the gym. Also about how the staff of the gym haven’t been stepping up to figure out why the gym always close at random times. There are students that are trying to do their workouts around their schedule and it really doesn’t help when the gym is closed.

Warriors do not want to go to the White House by Micah Tateishi

The Golden State Warriors, who have won two of the league’s last three championships and Two time MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry and are in question over making a decision of not attending the White House after winning last seasons NBA championship.

Despite many strong signs of the widespread distaste for President Trump would likely lead to the team not taking part in the annual ritual. The team will meet to make a decision in the coming days. General manager Bob Myers made it clear that the team has had contact with the White House and the door was left open for a possible visit.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and two-time MVP Steph Curry the two men with more influence on the team’s culture than all the rest stated their belief that they prefer not to attend which has something to do with Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville riot in mid-August which is still fresh on the minds of the Warriors who see it the same way as Curry and Kerr.

When asking around campus on the current situation with the Warriors not visiting the White House, Chaz Wade a member of the mens basketball team said “I fully agree with Steph Curry and his decision. Being a minority as well as a basketball player I feel that Steph Curry is entitled to his opinion and beliefs. I find it very cool how he is using his platform as a professional basketball player to help fix certain issues in the United States” said Chaz.

In response to Curry’s comment President Trump withdrew his invitation to the NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House and blaming the team’s star, Stephen Curry, for “hesitating” about accepting the offer. President Trump took to social media and said “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”   

When asked why he wants to skip the visit and what the intended message would be, Curry elaborated. “That we don’t stand for basically what our President has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. We’re using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that, so that’s kind of where I stand on it. I don’t think us not going to the White House is going to miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

Many other players such as LeBron James have also weighed in on the situations saying “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted.

Seeing as how attended the White House for championship teams is an honor, we live in the United States and free to our own opinion. Fellow classmate and military veteran Ivan Zamora said “I fought for this country and all of its values. I served so that people could have their own opinions and voice themselves if they feel something is wrong or if they disagree with certain issues in this country”.

The Trembling City by Almaha Aldosari

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A series of serious tremors are threatening the lifestyles of the residents of Mexico City and their persistence seem to make the city dangerous to reside.

On Saturday 23rd September 2017, a earthquake with a measure of 6.1 magnitude was reported in Oaxaca State which is 25 miles away from Mexico City. Despite the distance, many buildings in the Mexico City could be seen shaking as the effects of an earlier 7.1 earthquake on Tuesday the same week were still alive. While the city is still grappling with the effects of two other tremors, the occurrence of another incident brings the city close to a humanitarian crisis.

The earlier quakes were close to the city and had devastating effects on structures within the city. With the rescue wok still ongoing, the occurrence of other tremors leaves the residents of the city frightened and worried about what could happen next. According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremors which have been had in recent times are aftershocks of the previous quake and they might be expected to continue into the coming dayThis makes the engineering structures within the city highly vulnerable to potential damages.

The residents of the city are still recovering from the loss of lives and the devastating damages suffered from the previous quakes. Many of them are yet to come to terms with the warnings of the geological departments of potential tremors. According to an article published in the Washington post, many individuals within the city are worried and live in constant fear of what might happen next. This was despite the humanitarian assistance that was offered by different agencies, while other bodies came in to help recover those who had not been found yet..

“Several disaster alert measures had been put in place so as to help the people”, said Erick Mora- Hernandez. referring to the siren that had been installed as a warning measure.  He adds that several of his colleagues had lost their relatives.

Jack Farnandez., one of those who happened to have a relative in Mexico who had escaped the incident said that the incident left a lot to be learned as far as disaster preparedness is concerned. The high number of people who were affected could not have been seen in an event where the necessary measures would have been put in place. With many of the destroyed buildings having been apartment blocks, thousands of the city dwellers have been rendered homeless. The still standing buildings cannot be trusted to withstand another impact and this has continued to increase the fear and worry among the people.

The destruction suffered in the city remains huge and humanitarian crisis real, as many families have lost friends and relatives as well as their residence. Humanitarian organizations and well-wishers have been working hard making contributions in the form of medical relief, hot meals and temporary shelters to assists the individuals. Despite the assistance being provided by different organizations, the psychological implications among the people are still present with a large proportion of the population being affected directly or indirectly and in constant fear of another tremor.

Weight Room Safety Concerns by Alex Ellifritz

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The NDNU weight room was built in 2000. It has had slight modifications over the years in 2005, 2008, and 2013. The age and used equipment have given rise to safety and usability issues. NDNU’s weight room is approximately 10 x 20 square feet, allowing around 10 to 12 people workout in their safely and comfortably. Recently, there have been a couple restrictions added to the weight rooms policies this year such as weights being locked up, and not being able to lift at certain times.

When NDNU established its weight room in 2003 the athletic coaches rounded up equipment from yard sales and put it into the old dance room. The EZ bars (which are used for curls, skull crushers, etc) have started to break apart, the barbells have become rusty, and the dumbbells have started to go missing, it’s almost as if the room is not even cared for. Sophomore Abe Nevin, said “while I was in the weight room hitting curls, one end of the EZ bar slid off with the weight on it which landed on my toe. This left me with a minor injury for a couple days.” This leaves to question, is the weight room safe?

The 10 x 20 weight room is almost the size of a big bedroom, a small classroom, or about the size of an averaged sized locker room. Athletic teams have certain times throughout the day where they will be in the weight room getting a team workout in. Each sports team is made up of about approximately 20-30 athletes. Sophomore Brandy Hernandez said, “it’s hard to be in the weight room at the same time as a sports team because it’s too cramped and they use most of the equipment in there, making it hard to get anything done.” Hernandez also said that with the weight room being so small and with the team lifts jamming up the weight room. I am nervous for my safety because there are so many people in one small space lifting heavy weights with equipment that is old and has a chance of falling apart or hurting someone.”

Recently any dumbbells 30 lbs and under have been locked up by the lifting coach, Mike Barbot. Barbot said he, “locked them up due to dumbbells being stolen and due to no one putting their weights back once they’re done.” The rule for the locked up dumbbells are you must be an athlete of the school in order to get them unlocked for you, and if you are an athlete you have to ask a sports team coach on campus to come and unlock them. Coach Babort stated that when he was first hired at NDNU in 2016 he, “noticed the weight room was a bit outdated.” Mike took the job because he “saw potential in the weight room,” and has already started updating it. Josh Doody said it would be around $10,000 to $50,000 to fully upgrade the weight room. Right now, Doody has only given the okay to Coach Barbot to bring in whatever new equipment he finds fit to making the weight room a better training environment for athletes of the school.