Halloween Haunt Maze by Jemm Magaling

On October 20, 2016 the Campus Programming Board held there annual Haunted Halloween Maze. This year marks the third year in a row that the Programming  Board has coordinated this event. “This year’s maze was great, it took a lot of preparation. The weather definitely messed some things up by making us change the date and pushing it back am extra week. Whenever you do that you lose attendance,” according to senior event coordinator Korey Serna. Despite the event being pushed back there was a significant amount of success according to Serna.

Students who attended this year’s event all had different opinions on the event and its success. Sophomore Lesley Morales who attended the event as a freshmen last year had this to say about this year’s maze, “The maze was really fun, I got scared and I even started crying for a bit.” When asked about what she did not enjoy about the maze Morales said, “I disliked that the people in charge of scaring were not trying their best. Many of them were over it and wanted the event to end. In my opinion thus definitely set the tone of the event.” Morales also mentioned that this year’s event was no where near as good as last years because there wasn’t as many students this year and the feeling wasn’t the same because of that. Sophomore Nate Tanada who also attended the event this year said, “I thought that the maze was fun and should be brought back next year. However, I wish the maze was a little longer and had a few more “scarers.” Overall, I believe that the maze was successful and that the students did a great job putting it

together.” Aside from only having a maze the Programming Board also provided a candy table for everyone who attended the event.

According to members of the Programming Board they will be more cautious of the weather and when to have the event. Many students complained because the event was on a Thursday. As were caught off guard and were unable to attend because they were studying for midterms. This is the third year in a row that the Programming Board has coordinated a Haunted Maze on campus.

Dia de Los Muertos by Alexzia Gomez

Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an annual Mexican holiday in which people take the time to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed. Here, at NDNU students have come together to bring a few of these traditions right to our very own campus.

All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and finally Day of the dead, October 31st through November 2nd, is a time dedicated to the remembrance of loved ones who have passed. During this time, families make their way to cemeteries where they take flowers, candles, and even favorite foods of deceased loved ones. In addition to spending most of the day at the cemetery, families often build their own and at-home altars where they honor the lives of their loved one(s). Although this holiday derives from Mexico, the traditions and practices have made their way to America.

Cemeteries in Mexico are often elaborately decorated and ready for a “feast” that is made to welcome their deceased friends and family back for the day. In addition to festive decorations, many people light candles and copal incense for what is called the alumbrada; a vigil. Many believe that the candles assist the spirits in finding their way back. NDNU students are also welcomed to learn how to make “papel picado”, a traditional decoration made of thin paper with delicate cut out patterns.

As it is tradition, NDNU students have created an altar where students can dedicate paper candles to loved ones, a play on a traditional alumbrada. Along with Mexican lunch specials, a mariachi band played traditional music throughout lunch. “In recent years, I’ve seen that Day of the Dead is a pretty big deal in LA” says Jason Yuson, junior, “but I’ve never taken the time to understand the history behind it, its pretty cool”.

During lunchtime on Day of the Dead, a mariachi band was hired to play for the students. Marinel Alcantara, junior, shares how “[she] thought it was really cool” and how she felt that “they seemed to put a lot of effort into these activates; the “candle” dedications, the food, the music. They really set the tone for the holiday”.

The Decline of Wrestling by Mario Flores

The past five years the original sport of the Olympics has been going through many major reforms and even talk about being voted out of the Summer Olympics . As far as Olympic wrestling goes the sport was saved from being removed from the list of athletics event in Rio and will continue to be a major sport . The other issue that has been surrounding this sport here in the U.S is that it is in a great decline not only from the high school level but a huge part of it is coming at the collegiate level of participation. The sport is being taken away from universities and colleges mainly on the west coast of the country.

The decline of the sport has an even bigger impact on high school wrestlers.  Tony Vena Head wrestling coach at Damien High School in La Verne California,  says that the decline of the sport in the west coast is because“ not really marketed as a youth sport; more kids involved in year around outdoor sports (weather accommodates that) like baseball and soccer; I saw an article recently that says the singlet turns off potential athletes.” When asked about the recent cuts in the NCAA level he said, “NCAA wrestling cuts are the result of Title IX – wrestling as an all male sport becomes an easy target.  Not sure anything can be done other than increasing interest/participation and expanding female involvement in the sport.” Sophomore Lexicon Mendoza said “ The decline might have to do with the loss of interest in such a physical sport and the demands, ”Mendoza later went on to state that he would not participate in the sport but would watch because of the interesting way of nature the sport has.

Many high school wrestlers that are currently participating in the sport and going into the conference and state and national levels aspire to get recruited at the collegiate level. High school national champs, state champs, and some coaches believe that colleges and universities are no longer recruiting them. This in fact is somewhat true when it comes to west coast schools. ”Yes they are getting recruited but predominantly from wrestling rich states in the Midwest and east coast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc.)  The weight cut at the collegiate level is also a deterrent.” This is true when asked on whether or not this is true former wrestler and NDNU alumni Matt Silva said “A huge part of why I did not continue to wrestle in college had to do with the weight cut and the substantial amount of injury and time of dedication the sport required of me.”

The sport in itself is not offered at NDNU according to Athletic Director Josh Doody, It is to much of a liability and the amount of insurance that it would require would be something that would not be good for the university” The total cost of the insurance necessary for this sport at the collegiate level is roughly around $75,000.  This is the basic type of insurance with minimal coverage of each athlete in the sport.

Millenials Can Impact the Election by Jael Testa

Millennials can make a huge impact in the election this year and can swing the votes dramatically, if a large amount of college kids decide to vote. According to the Pew Research center, millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group and during the last election young adults made up only nineteen percent of the electorate. However, this election is unique for millennials because it marks the first time essentially all the millennials in the country are old enough to vote.

Although the millennials can play a huge role in this election, the voting rules can make it difficult for them to vote. If a college student went to school out of state, yet still wants to vote in the election and have their vote count in their hometown instead of where they are going to school it is a long process. To vote, the student would have to request by mail an absentee ballot as well as filling out certain paperwork by a deadline far advance of registration. “Amid midterms, papers and college distractions filling out the paperwork ahead of deadlines can be hard and thought as not worth the hassle” said Sophomore Juliana Seide.

Jessica Delantone, A transfer student from Reno Nevada said, “I really want to vote but I want my vote to count for Nevada, a battleground state, which means much more than my vote in California, a reliably blue state. But I do not want to go through the hassle of figuring out how to do that so I probably won’t vote since my vote as a republican is not helpful in California as it would be in Nevada.”

Another reason voting is hard for college students is because of the strict voter ID laws that have been in place to protect voter fraud. Some college students that are going to school out of state could have a hard time voting because students IDs, out-of-state driver’s licenses and out-of-state ID cards are not accepted as forms of voter identification in many states, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation.

However, in California we do not have strict voter ID laws so out of state students are able to vote. Junior, Alex Campbell said, “I am excited to be able to vote here in California especially since I am from Minnesota. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to vote but once I looked it up, I was glad to find out that I could.”

   NDNU has had many booths up to encourage students to register to vote. According to Professor Lujuan, “I would like to see NDNU come together to vote, so I have been working on getting a polling place here at NDNU. I was in charge of getting the booths set up and I counted over 100 hundred students who registered to vote.  I am excited to see how the millennials make a difference in this election.”

Do NDNU students pay attention to World News by Meleena Leon

The pervasiveness of social media and the ability to have endless amounts of information at the touch of your fingertips may make all types of news accessible, however, two current Notre Dame de Namur students and a Communications professor who has worked in media for decades, all agree that many students at NDNU do not pay close attention to world news.

Karla Vasquez, a junior majoring in Psychology, explained that she did not think that most people kept up with recent news, and explained, “they’re too busy; they have too much to do.” Lack of time was also mentioned by Richard Rossi, a Communications professor who specializes in News and Media classes, who stated, “in this university students are really stretched; they have classes, work, internships and there just isn’t enough time.” Rossi continued, “I don’t think that students in general, are going to pay a whole lot of attention to something that doesn’t personally affect them.” Parallel to Rossi’s sentiment, Vasquez stated, “they should know what’s going on around them, but they’re so stuck in their little bubble where they’re ignorant because they think it doesn’t matter because it’s somewhere else in the world.”

According to Veronica Duarte, a junior majoring in Art, news stations are more credible than online sources. Vasquez said that she enjoys watching CNN to get her updates on the world. Rossi, however, chooses to read physical newspapers each morning. “I feel like a lot of people, unless it’s a huge subject like police brutality, don’t know about smaller things. Like they know about Black Lives Matter but not some earthquake in a village because it’s not all over Twitter or Snapchat,” said Vasquez. Regarding students that

obtain their news from social media sites like Twitter and Snapchat, Duarte explains that many, including herself, get their news from Facebook.

When asked whether social media was a credible news source, Duarte states, “I think it’s fine for one of your sources, but it’s a way to find out more about things.” She continued by saying that months ago when she saw “Pray for Paris” posted on various social media sites, she proceeded to Google it to see what had happened. In this way, she explains, it’s a way for students to at least be aware of what’s happening and it prompts them to research it themselves. “The Times is free for NDNU students; you’d be crazy not to subscribe” said Rossi. He continues, “it’s so easy now, it’s almost criminal not to be informed.” Vasquez recommends downloading a news app called FlipBoard, and Duarte encourages people to look up the things that they see posted on social media on more credible news sites like CNN or The New York

Stress Levels Before Break by Sarah Reyes

There is a lot going on in the life of an NDNU student at the moment.  Midterm test and paper stress has just finally subsided and students are on their way into the week of Thanksgiving break.  NDNU students will have Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 off from regularly scheduled classes.  Students will resume normal classes on Monday, November 28.  Just because there is a break doesn’t take away from the upcoming end of the semester, where things can start getting a little hectic and stress levels may be off the charts.  

Finals week is arriving soon.  Whether students are prepared or not, finals will begin in just two weeks time after returning from Thanksgiving break.  This is the time for students to kick it into overdrive in their classes.  For some that may not be as easy as it sounds.  Sophomore undergraduate Allyssa Vallente, who is majoring in Sociology talks about one of her more difficult classes, which happens to be part of her major.  “I am most nervous for my Sociology class because a lot of things are due, and it is a very interactive class where we have to post forums and comment on classmates posts.”  

There are all types of different stresses when dealing with classes so students shouldn’t ever feel like they are alone.  Sophomore undergraduate student Dutch Muder says his most difficult class is his science class Biology I, “There is a three-hour lab that goes along with it and it just takes a lot of time studying outside of class to understand the information in class.”  Each major and each person has their subjects or professors that they find more strenuous than others so students should remember that they are all in the same boat together trying to do their very best!

It’s not all stress at NDNU, there is anxiousness and excitement as well.  Vallente says, “I am anxious for finals to be over and have all of this weight lifted off my shoulders, I will feel so relieved.”  Others such as undergraduate sophomore, Emily Hotchkiss are excited for the break, “I’m looking forward to the holidays to see friends and family!”  There are also the students that are looking to the future, Muder says, “I am pretty excited for next semester to take more classes that has to do with my major.”  Even though stress could be clouding some thoughts right now, there are still ways to make students looks to the bright side.

With Thanksgiving Break arriving, students will soon be getting into their finals grind.  Muder says his plans to tackle finals week include, “Getting started with studying early and making sure all assignments are getting turned in on time to keep up.”  Others such as Hotchkiss say, “I will definitely organize my subjects and plan out my days to make sure nothing gets forgotten.”  The main point though as Vallente points out is, “Just try your best, and do not fall behind and you should be fine.”  When finals week is complete Christmas Break will arrive and students will be able to return their families to enjoy the holidays.  Finals week at NDNU will be from December 12 to the 17.