Attempts to Stifle Students’ Voice (Opinion)

The board meeting on March 23rd, 2016 goes differently than planned when the meeting, originally scheduled as an open meeting, was closed at the last minute. Student leaders showed up early to  the meeting, excited to share in the conversation about unionization, when they were met by several public safety officers. Officers first asked the students about the possibility of them carrying weapons (specifically guns), and attempted to stop the students from  reaching the front of Taube Hall (where board members, president, deans, and provosts gathered before the meeting). Students, confused by such aggressive measures, walked to the front parking lot anyway where they were told the meeting had been closed, and they would no longer be allowed to enter the building.

In response to such actions, student leaders began Facebooking, texting, and calling students to get their support in the parking lot of Taube. Soon, what started as a party of two grew into a group of almost 20 students holding signs and chanting in support of their faculty. Despite efforts to keep student voices from being heard, students gathered in the parking lot for the duration of the board meeting, and met board members as they exited from the meeting. Several board members approached students to show their support for student activism and creating better conditions for NDNU faculty.

The University’s President, Judith Greig, did come out and meet students in the parking lot, as an attempt to hear student voices [videos of which can be found online]. Students announced several concerns including, upholding NDNU Hallmarks and mission, honoring our faculty, quality of education, where tuition dollars are going, and how the Administration is going to address these concerns. As one of the students at the event on Wednesday, I must say it was unbelievable that a school founded on social activism would respond so aggressively towards students peacefully supporting their faculty. We can only hope that our voices will be better received in the future.

Author: Melinda Jones

Edited By: Johanna Anaya

Published By: Felicia Oakmon

The Bohemian Open Mic Night

Notre Dame de Namur’s literary journal, The Bohemian, held an Open Mic Night on November 18th.

Just before 7 o’clock, performers and audience members began pouring into St. Joseph’s lounge where they enjoyed some light refreshments before grabbing a seat. The dim lights set a comfortable and relaxing mood among the room.

There were close to 50 people that stopped in to watch the show throughout the night. Majority of those in attendance were students supporting friends that performed. A handful of faculty members were present as well. There were 24 performances that varied between poetry reading, singing while accompanied by a guitar, stand-up comedy routines and short story reading.

Many of the performers are current students at NDNU but there were also some alumni and faculty members that shared their work.

NDNU senior Jimmy Plain, performed a spoken word piece by Kanye West. He began by giving some background information about the poem and explained what it meant to him. The emotion and confidence he put in his performance made it seem like he has done this before, but surprisingly this was Jimmy’s first like ever doing anything like this.

“I really enjoyed it though, fasho gonna do it again,” Jimmy expressed.

The Open Mic event gave the NDNU community the opportunity to share their works in an intimate, non-judgemental environment. The Bohemian is NDNU’s art and literary journal produced by students once a year. If you’re interested in sharing your work through the magazine or checking out past issues, visit The Bohemian page on NDNU’s main website.

The Bohemian is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2016 issue. The deadline to submit short stories, photography, poetry and art is January 25, 2016. There will be a $50 cash prize for winners of the best cover art, best short story and best poem.

Belmont City Council

election2015_logo_2The Belmont City Council elections will be held on on Thursday November 3, 2015. There are two seats out of five up for election, plus City Clerk and City Treasurer positions. The individuals who’s terms are expiring soon include; Mayor David Braunstein, Council member Cathy Wright, City Clerk Terri Cook and Treasurer John Violet.

Listening to our neighborhoods and building thoughtful consensus is what our City Council must do, and I will use my expertise in municipal issues to help us find common ground, candidate Doug Kim said.We deserve no less and Im committed to building a better Belmont that preserves our unique way of life and makes a great City even better.

Kim is a transportation/environmental planner. He is committed to creating a supportive environment within the City Council and wants the neighborhoods in Belmont to speak their minds so they can all work together. Also running for this election; Dwight Looi a Director/Product Development. He also has many ideas for improving the city of Belmont. Looi wants to look at the traffic congestion on Ralston Ave and see if improvements can be made, he will stand against ethnic and racial quotaswith employment, practice financial responsibility without making property taxes go up and much more. The third candidate running is Davina Hurt; Mother/Attorney/ City Commissioner. If elected she plans on improving the buildings, sewers and streets of Belmont. Hurt also wants to expand and improve the parks and recreation areas and is dedicated to making sure the fire and police departments remain successful.

I will balance the overall needs of the community with the rights of each Belmont resident; and I will always believe in the power of coming together to make good things happen,Hurt said.

This election will be the first countywide all-mailed ballot for a consolidated town, school and Special District Election. This is the result of AB 2028 passed in 2014.

San Mateo County’s pilot program will provide a unique opportunity for all jurisdictions in our County to increase voter registration and participation while substantially reducing the costs of conducting local elections,said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.

Remembering Blick

Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 at Santa Clara University, the Argonauts went toe to toe with the Broncos in pursuit of winning the Wavy Cup. The night’s game was not only to put the players to the test, but also to commemorate Richard “Rick” Blick who coached at Santa Clara until his unexpected death last year.

Current Santa Clara coach, Greg Mengis, and Notre Dame de Namur University coach, Kevin Arabejo, have dedicated the night’s Memorial game in the name of Coach Blick and all he did for the programs. February 21st was specifically chosen as the Memorial game because Coach Blick’s leadership has touched both SCU and NDNU. He was not only a successful lacrosse coach for Santa Clara but previously worked as the assistant coach for NDNU. His memory lives on and the night’s game was a wonderful way to commemorate an all around great coach.

In the first half, the Argos started strong, battling back and forth with Santa Clara. The team was excited to play and moral was high, as the score clearly reflected. By the half, the Argos were only down by one, and had a lot of game left to push forward. Unfortunately, small mistakes were made and the Broncos’ lead became greater and greater.

Scoring two out of the seven goals, junior Kyle Geib explained, “we lost a couple face-offs which caused unforced turnovers. It wasn’t an individual, we fell as a team.”

With senior captain, Shane Winter and an offensive leader, Griffin Van Baush both injured, the Argonauts struggled coming back. The second half proved to be tougher than expected, as the final score was 15-7, a Bronco victory. The team was upset over to loss, but was able to join the Broncos in a post-game dinner, brought together by the memory of their coach.

Geib added, “Even though we were upset we lost, the score board didn’t reflect the meaning of the game as it was in honor of the late Rick Blick.”

Hiking Spots Near NDNU

If you are looking for new spots to adventure and see new sights, listed below will be some great hiking spots near campus. These spots are spread throughout the San Francisco Peninsula bay area.

1. San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

This hiking spot is located in San Bruno which is about a 15 to 20 minutes drive away from campus. It is 3.5 miles to the summit of the trail with lots of native vegetation along the way. When the summit is reached, the trail runs along the ridge where you will have an amazing view of the San Francisco skyline. This is a generally easy hike with inclines and descents on well graded but rocky terrain which makes this a great hike for Beginners.

2. Año Nuevo State Park, San Mateo County

This trail is a 4.1 mile loop to an elephant seal overlooking spot along the coastline. This trail is relatively an easy one except for some parts of trail which contain some sandy and loose sections of terrain. Once you reach the overlooking area of the trail, this trail will be one to prove itself to be revisited in the future.

3. Portola Redwoods State Park/Pescadero Creek County Park, San Mateo County

This trail is a 7.4 mile loop within the remote woodland area of San Mateo County off the Woodside Road/CA 84 exit. This hike is generally considered a moderate to difficult hike due to the multiple inclines and declines on a single track kind of trail.

Slate Creek Trail

These were some of many trails around the San Francisco Peninsula Bay Area that can be great weekend adventures for any student trying to get out and enjoy the outdoors!

Ways to Help with Procrastination

Procrastination is the mortal enemy of a college simpleton. Before you know it, it has a toehold on your life and your motivation is shot. Many know the recipe that straight-A students have mastered but unfortunately procrastination gets in the way of said recipe. So how does one tackle the P-word? Here are some ways you can kick your procrastination habit.

1. Recharge your battery: Sleep is very important and underrated. Many procrastinators have found that late night hours are a great time to dole out some work. Instead of cranking out that last minute essay, late nights should be dedicated to sleep.

2. Find a partner: Finding a friend to depend on you might be a challenge as a procrastinator. But once you have someone to give you that extra push, some find it easier to get work done when others are involved.

3. One bite at a time: Break tasks into separate pieces. It may seem like obvious or simple advise, but breaking apart a project into different pieces and completing them at different times, is sound advise and very effective.

4. Listen to music: Not just any music. Music works differently for certain people. Find the genre that will get you pumped to work! Classical music can motivate some to zone in and focus on certain subjects. 80’s tunes is fun and upbeat and can be used as great pick-me-ups for that can give you the energy needed for homework.

5. Delegate your work. If you have tasks that require fieldwork, research or other parts that you need to physically perform, ask a friend or your group to do some of the work. Getting others to do some of the work or others to help you take some things off your plate is a great way to relieve some of the stress and avoid procrastination.

6. Prioritize: Making a list is a great way to organize yourself and figure out what requires immediate attention. Many find themselves procrastinating because they find that certain tasks are not that important. This is a common trap that many fall into. Feeling that some tasks are not important can lead to either putting that assignment off or blowing it off all together. All tasks are important and prioritizing is crucial. Don’t let things hang over your head. 

“I used to procrastinate in high school, but once I got into college I found that my classes required me to organize myself. I do not leave anything to last minute anymore,” said NDNU student Linsey Almassey.

Knowing yourself and understanding what makes you function is very important. Although it may seem quite obvious, not procrastinating is very beneficial.

“It’s a personal thing. I refuse to procrastinate. I understand the consequences and I have been trained since high school to not procrastinate,” said NDNU student Teija Evans.

Most people mismanage their time and find that they are unable to handle a social, professional and academic lifestyle. But with proper organization and almost no procrastination, juggling all of the above is very possible.

Senate Meeting

On March 3, 2015, Notre Dame de Namur students gathered for the weekly Student Senate Meeting. Though many students were present, the tone was quiet and focused. As the meeting began, all attention was set on the front of the classroom. As most know, ASNDNU has long been deciding upon a new logo for quite some time. After many variations and several votes, the selection is finally down to just six options. The room voiced their opinions and it seems as though almost everyone was in agreement on one particular design, also favored by staff.

Every year, NDNU releases a tribute to student artists in the form of a small book called, “The Bohemian.” This little book is packed with literature and art, all NDNU work. This year, The Bohemian has decided to pitch a new idea: an edition printed completely in color. Traditionally, each volume has been fully printed in black and white in years past. In hopes of selling more copies and raising more money, The Bohemian decided to ask for a budget raise in order to do so. The request was approximately $1400 and will cover the complete cost of all colored pages. The release party for this year’s edition will be on April 9 from 6p.m. until 8p.m. The first 30 people to purchase the book will receive chocolate truffles for their donation to the cause. The event will be held on Saint Joseph’s first floor lounge and all NDNU students are encouraged to attend and show their support.

WASC will be coming to campus soon to interview students on what they think about NDNU. They have already completed their off sight review in October and will be holding individual meetings with any student who shows up. Meetings do not have to be scheduled, but it will be first come, first serve. It is yet to be decided where the location of these meetings will be held. As of now, it is predicted to be in the library, but it is still subject to change. If students are interested, WASC meetings will be on March 25 at 4:30p.m. Students are encouraged to be honest and respectful, as these WASC visits are very important.