Removal of the Theater Arts department at NDNU by Abriana Arzaga

Due to low enrollment and little funding for the Theater Arts Department, President Judith Maxwell Greig, eliminated the department for Fall 2017. Maxwell Greig, sent a seemingly email January 29, 2016 to the faculty, entitled “Results of Spring Program Prioritization Process; Cost Reductions in Administrations” with an attached memo that stated the board already approved Greig’s recommendation to terminate bachelors degree programs in theater arts along with several other concentrations. Greig said that the reasons for all the cuts is that the University suffered last year from declining enrollment and lower then expected revenue from gifts, and has “substantive issues to resolve.” Fixing that “requires sacrifice by all participants and clear alignment with our common objective of serving students with access to an excellent education”.

Due to academic changes, incoming students no longer have the option to pursue a degree in Theater Arts at NDNU. The last class to graduate with a theater arts degree is the students of 2020.

The announcement came as a shock to students in the theater arts.Senior Treci Fields spoke out, “It’s upsetting, because I’ve been involved in this program since freshmen year and it’s a shame that its coming to end. We have a great Theater department here which makes the removal even harder to accept.” Freshman student Tatiana Ochoa stated, “ So far my time in the theater arts department has been a incredible learning experience. The department is full of awesome professors. It’s sad that it’s being removed.” Maxwell Greig, decision on the removal is final.

Halloween Activities in the Bay Area by Mitchell Fulfer

What says Halloween like a carved pumpkin or a scary haunted house? Halloween traditions set it apart from all the other holidays during the year. The Bay Area has different ways that you can get scared or just get in the Halloween spirit.

In the Bay Area there are numerous haunted attractions that you can visit. Some may not be age appropriate for kids but they would mention if it is mature audiences only. For example, the top rated haunted house in California is located in San Leandro and it is called Fear Overload Scream Park. Right across the water in the east bay. It features 2 haunted houses, including one that you can only use a flashlight in. On certain nights, there is live entertainment to entertain the guests in the queue lines. The haunt has been ranked Best Haunted House in California by hauntworld.com and “Best in the West” by Forbes. The haunt runs 23 days in the month of October including halloween night. This haunt is recommended for mature audiences only because of its intensity and graphic nature. The owners of this haunt also have another haunted attraction called Ultimate Terror Scream park located in Sacramento. Tickets range from $25-$75. That ranges from basic admission to both haunted attractions to admission to both locations of haunted attractions in San Leandro and Sacramento. “I went to Fear Overload in 2015” says NDNU junior, Eli Leslie, “it was a blast.”

Along with Fear Overload in San Leandro and Ultimate Terror in Sacramento, there is a haunted attraction that is located more central in the peninsula. Great America in Santa Clara hosts an annual Halloween Haunt throughout the month of October. It features 8 haunted houses, 4 shows, and 3 “scare zones” The “scare zones” are different areas with themes that guests walk through on their walk to the next haunted house. The rides are also open when the haunt is open. The haunt opens its gates at 7pm and closes at 1am. “It’s an overall awesome experience” says Junior Alex Campbell “you are constantly surrounded by someone trying to scare you or by the scary decorations.” The themes of the haunted houses vary from a Bed & Breakfast to a backwoods cornfield to a demented toy factory. The haunt closes October 30th.

If the haunted houses are too intense for your taste, there are a couple of pumpkin patches in the surrounding areas of Belmont. These are more of a family friendly way to get in the Halloween spirit. There is a pumpkin patch with a inflatable slides and different activities near NDNU. Both on El Camino Real, just in opposite directions. There is one located across from CVS in San Mateo about 3 minutes from campus and the other is located towards San Carlos a couple of lights.

Whether you want to be scared or just carve a pumpkin or two there are plenty of opportunities across the bay area. Halloween only comes once a year so be sure to get in the halloween spirit somehow.

Hispanic Serving by Mario Flores

What is a HSI? AN HSI is a Hispanic Serving Institution ,in which is a institution participating in a federal program designed to assist colleges or universities in the United States that attempt to assist first generation, majority low income Hispanic students. There are over 250 schools that have been designated as an HSI in the United States alone. There are certain qualifications in order for an institution to be considered an HSI and that is to have at least 25% of the student body be Hispanic. In California alone there are 104 universities and colleges that fall under this title. There are many steps in earning this title and as Notre Dame de Namur University is one of the 104 to bear the title of HIS. There are also many benefits that come with an HSI institution being in place. The institution gets more federal grants and funding for just bearing this title.

According to studies theses institutions tend to have a higher retention rate than that of a non HSI institution. Research also states that these universities have a higher percentage rate of graduates who complete their degrees in four year or less. In Southern California there are many institutions that are Hispanic serving which tend to be in the Los Angeles area. There are also many junior colleges that are Hispanic serving, that they focus on getting the Hispanic low income students a chance to make it to a university and be the first generation in their family to earn a college degree. With California being the highest state with Hispanic serving institutions there are some students that are not informed of what their university is actually doing for them to get a better education, the institutions only show that they are Hispanic serving on paper rather than through their actual students.

Citrus College, a community college in southern California is one of the institutions that does not show they have this title through their students but through their paper. Bailey Vena a sophomore at this institution said “I was extremely surprised when I found out that Citrus was Hispanic-serving, the institution does not show how they are helping the Hispanic community better themselves. Myself being a Latina I would like to see this institution progress into showing what a Hispanic serving institution should be doing in order to help students.” This university in fact does offer courses for their first year students in which they help them chose their field of study that they would be most interested in. When asked about Notre Dame de Namur University holding the title of Hispanic serving alumna Nathlie Moutal stated” In my four years at the university I never noticed the title being seen in the school, when in fact there were only two Hispanics in faculty and staff and no offers for the major of Spanish or Latin American studies, the university lacked the actuality of what this title actually means.” In its current year Notre Dame de Namur University only has one Latina professor and two Hispanic directors, yet this institution hold the title of Hispanic Serving.

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”.

9 Places You Didn’t Know Existed

Avery's Pictures Pt. Reyes Shipwreck (1) Martins Beach Abandoned School Abandoned Roundhouse Abandoned Factory 1989 Abandoned Davenport Pier Abandoned Bowling Alley

Deep within the magnificent city of San Francisco are a number of abandoned buildings. This is the inside an abandoned factory shut down due to the 1989 earthquake. Deemed unsafe to operate in the factory closed and has since become an underground gallery for local street artists and photographers to explore and play in. Be careful though it’s full of rust and you might want a tetanus shot.

On an abandoned naval base island rests an abandoned school. Very difficult to enter and guarded by security this school is filled with incredible street art you would only be able to see if you gained entry to this secret location.

On a beach hidden among the many “Half Moon Bay” beaches is, Martins Beach. A locally private beach with local pedestrian access only, sits an incredible pyramid rock in the ocean perfect for any sunset or long exposure photography. Don’t go without permission from the locals because it is technically a private beach.

The once beloved Point Reyes Shipwreck recently burned due to irresponsible photography done by a street photographer. Up until then a shipwrecked boat laid stuck in the ground in Point Reyes, CA. Once a beautifully wrecked ship perfect for photography is now half burnt down.

Sam Abdul, a community college student from San Bruno said, “I like to do steel wool photography, but I am smart enough to know where and when to do it.”

Driving down the Cabrillo Highway you can find a man made Skate Park on the side of the highway in Davenport, CA. Filled with ever-changing graffiti and new ramp additions it is unknown who built this beauty, but it is hidden along the highway for anyone to skate or hangout in. It also has beautiful views of the coast with new beautiful graffiti.

If you were unaware that Davenport, CA once had a pier its probably because it doesn’t exist anymore and there are only ruins of the supports that remain in the water. Very difficult to get down to people have taken it upon themselves to spray paint the supports and even go as far to add a swing. Although photographed here without a swing, either locals or city officials often cover up the abandoned piers graffiti.

Ted Peterson, a local Carlmont High student said, “It is difficult to get down to the pier, there is no legit walkway, but I’ve done it before without sustaining any injuries.”

Hidden away in the streets of San Francisco hides a abandoned bowling alley sitting

right next to a Fire Department. Very difficult to gain access to because it is constantly boarded up by local police this is a must find for any true urban explorer. Illegal to enter and very difficult this is somewhere you don’t want to get caught entering.

On a fairly empty Bay Area Island are identical roundhouse buildings that once housed the families of local military. Set to be torn down and renovated these buildings have been used as an underground gallery for local street artists and photographer for the past two years.

Deep in the Bay Area hides an abandoned warehouse filled with some of the bay areas most famous street artists and taggers. A popular spot for local photographers this warehouse is filled with incredible artwork you would never be able to see anywhere else. Illegal and difficult to enter this warehouse is often boarded up and watched by local law enforcement.

Flask Mob

Every month photographers take over the streets of San Francisco as a group known as flask mob. You can find them blasting music while fireworks and smoke bombs are taking over downtown. They gather by the hundreds, with people of all ages from teens to adults. They gather from all over the area, getting there anyway they can. When the hundreds of people gather up, the mob begins to move as if it was a riot forming.

The event first started in San Francisco as a monthly nighttime photo walk in 2013. However, with the help of social media this small intimate gathering blew up and became a photography meet up that turned into an overnight sensation for urban adventurers and photographers. Since the start, flask mob has gained a thousands of followers making it possible to host events in Los Angeles. The event is built around the idea of giving photographers a new way to create and collaborate together. Flask mob is similar to a flash mob, which is a public gathering where people perform unusual or random acts. The main difference is this event just involves photographers, with the goal of taking over areas of the city to do crazy things such as, fire breathing, and fireworks.

 “After attending my first flask mob I have been dreaming of the next! I have learned so much about creativity through this event, and have met some great friends along the way,” said Sam Byer, a Bay Area photographer.

 This event happens once a month, sometimes every other month depending on how much police react to the previous event. The whole idea behind how it takes place is people gather in a certain area of the city, and then later roam the streets as a large group. The first official event had close to a hundred attendees, it has grown bigger and bigger since then, thanks to socials media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

 “For me, flask mob is more than just an event that gets people together. I think of flask mob as a family of people who all share the same passion of creating art,” said Richard Sampson a photographer from the Bay Area

 The event grew so much attention on the Internet since the start that people would drive all the way from Los Angeles just for that nighttime experience. After a few meetups in San Francisco, the event started happening in Los Angeles every other month.

 “After hearing about this event it definitely seems like something I would like to attend. I think this would be a great opportunity for me to network with people who are also into photography,” said Kevin Yeh a senior at NDNU

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.