Economical hope for Houston- World Series Champions Astros by Abby Dyer 

Through wins, losses, cheers and tears, the Astros gave hope to Houston. This World Series will bring in new hope and economic support for the Houston tragedy that just took place a month ago. From the hurricane wiping out the city, Houston has an extra reason to celebrate the Astros’ presence in the World Series.The baseball team were still focused on their goal while empathizing of the losses of lives and homes. 

NDNU Softball Player, Senior Taylor Haynes said “I have a lot of family in Texas that were affected by the Hurricane, I think that this support from the team is making huge impact in the community. Its always nice to see a community get their spirits lifted.”

Many Astro player shave given back to the community such as Pitcher Lance McCullers, who has a soft spot for dogs, visited an animal shelter and worked with local charities to help rescue and treat pets in the aftermath of the flooding. Dallas Keuchel met with local police, and Carlos Correa distributed mattresses to children. Justin Verlander donated $100,000, as gift that was matched by the team, to military veterans displaced by the hurricane, and contributed $30,000 and thousands more in shoes and athletic gear through his promotional agreement with New Balance. 

With only three home games, it will generate an estimated $20 million to 30 million in economic spending. Not to mention the gear such as hats and jersey will help bring in revenue. 

Joe Musgrove, Reliever for the Astros stated “We play for the city, and you start to fall in love with the fans. We’re giving them something to be proud of, and you can see how we’ve been a centerpiece for the city to rally around. The special year we’re having will be that much more special if we can bring back a championship. Because this is one of the reasons why we are here, we want to win the World Series and give it to our city.”

NDNU Mens Soccer, Senior, Chandler Alo said, “ I think that sport actives brings people together and with this horrible destruction in Houston it’s exactly what the community needed to come together. I hope the Astros win so Houston gets some hope back into their community. It would be a good thing to see.”

Throughout this time Astros have played through this tragedy and represented the hopes and dreams and given people a ray of sunshine during a tough time in the Houston community.

According to baseball statistics, the World Series winning team will get to take home 36% of the money that goes into the “players pool” of playoff revenue. Typically, players are fairly generous when it comes to sharing that revenue with anybody who played on the team that year, and they can also give some of the money to other figures, like ball boys or clubhouse workers they feel are particularly deserving, plus on top of that they will donate it back to the Houston community.

Assuming that this year’s playoff pool rivals last year’s record $69.8 million and this is a safe assumption given that big-market teams which the LA Dodgers are categorized as one will help Astros revenue bring in higher amounts. 

Students are proud of NDNU by Almaha Aldosari

Experiences of Students from (NDNU) When Serving Meals during Call to Action Day

Call to action day is an activity where students from NDNU collaborate with other organization to provide various services to the community rather than attending classes.

Activities are planned in different locations such as San Bruno Mountain which is located in Brisbane and the time of visit was from 8:30 to 2 pm. Community services are essential as student benefits emotionally and academically. The primary aim of such activities is to ensure that community is a better place for everyone.

Student Alba Faisal actively participated in community services since she joined the university. She noted that she had gained a lot from these activities since she has learned how other people need such services. She shared her experiences at treasure street shelter which is located at Redwood City and time 8:30 to 2:30 pm. Alba Faisal said that she has learned how to respect others and he has developed awareness of healthy life choices. There is need to have more of these events for the sole reason of helping other disadvantaged people in the community. 

Nwaf Alqahtani a student at NDNU also shared his experiences in community services, he said that this was his first time to participate in this great event and these activities helped in expanding the mission of the organization by motivating young people. He was encouraged when the team visited ecumenical hunger program which is located in East Palo Alto by 10-3pm.The event helped in the cultivation of new generation, creates new partnership, increased public support and visibility in the community and generates new ideas, energy and enthusiasm.

Jenan Alawami was not left out in this exceptional event which has been organized by the university in community service. Academic learning can be significantly improved through service-learning. She shared his experience at O’Donnell Part which is located at Belmont by 9-2pm, and she suggested that there is need to have more of these activities. Community services can help to promote a sense of connectedness to the university and the community.

The activity which was conducted at Second Harvest food bank which is located in San Carlos by 8:30-3pm also gives much insight into community service. Students noticed that service-learning provide an opportunity for civic learning as they are provided with the knowledge to continue supporting the society and community as a whole. Additionally, community service gives the organization a better reputation as the community view the university as resources but not a problem. Similarly, such events help to develop a positive relationship with the community, and a new generation is created as a result.

Catholic Theology Seminar at NDNU by Bala Gunaseelan

A three-part congregation for the Theological Reading of Sacred Texts will be conducted by Notre Dame de Namur University’s professors every Tuesday from October 3rd at the chapel.

The hour-and-a-half long meetings will commence at 5.30 p.m. every week and close on the 17th.

The first lecture titled Mary the Dawn was completed by Prof. Jim McGarry. Attendees discussed the meanings behind the images portrayed on the stained-glass windows at the Cunningham Memorial Chapel.

The second reading was conducted at the Dorothy Stang center, instead of the chapel annex, as there was a clash with another religious event held there. The assembly began after setting aside five minutes of buffer-time for all attendees to gather at the new venue.

Dr. Criscione then started the talk with a humorous, yet relevant exploration into the realm of contemporary politics, relating pressing matters in congress at the moment to teachings from the Holy books. Her portion of the three-part readings is titled Caring for the Lost and the Least: the Works of Mercy in the Catholic Tradition.

After connecting her pious points with a possible parallel, she began delving into the readings and the group analyzed examples in the Bible that denote a sense of mercy amongst a society.

The Gospel of Matthew features the final judgment scene that expresses the good and righteous as sheep while the accursed are denoted as goats.

Jevon Young, Sophomore at Notre Dame de Namur University, also recalls the judgment scene and said “The Lord is seen favoring the needy and ‘discarded’ over the wealthy and powerful, further emphasizing the idea of the cyclical change bringing the oppressed to the top and vice-versa”.

Both these groups of people are not too different, as they are both unaware of identifying Jesus in the form of the needy. It was in their aiding of the helpless with food, drink and/or shelter that they are separated into the “right hand” or “left hand” of the Lord.

NDNU’s own Dr. Mary Criscione further elaborated that early Christian hallmarks included the providing for and tending of the vulnerable and destitute, regardless of their faith (“…be it Pagan”). These codes of “righteous” living are borrowed from the Jewish Torah and thus permeate across geological boundaries.

Freshman Jesus Mendoza said he agrees with this contextual interpretation of the Bible and that “…these teachings are vital for society, especially during a volatile socio-political situation as this”.

Corporal demands of the faith also encompass serving the needy in all aspects of their lives. The idea of remedying a problem for the long-term, rather than stopping short at immediate first-aid is also evidently found in the scriptures. This objective related to the solutions surrounding immigration and Prof. Mary Criscione expressed noble reverberations from the Gospels that point to the necessities of answering those in need with mercy and compassion.

The seminar also took turns to provide insight on feminist angles from inferences in accordance to biblical contexts. Moderating the exchanges, professor Dr. Criscione also integrated humor in a brand that was most apt while including her own perspectives. Although most of the discussion was spent on topics that would be more melancholic, it ended with hope for the future and aspirations for a more conducive nation.

Senior Rene Roque encourages more meetings and said “Religion can not only separate, but it can also bring together”.

The third , and final, installment of the seminar will be held on the 17th of October, conducted by Prof. Enrico Beltramini, also a religious studies professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, titled Baptism: Readings on the Colossians 2. The discussion will explore the baptism story expressed differently in the second two Gospels and all are invited.