Sock Style

A sense of style is present when it comes to what kind of socks someone can wear. Everyone has their own style, swagger and preference when it comes to someone’s “sock game” or could have no preference or style. Everyone is different but one NDNU student in perticular, Jacqueline Harper, has her own style and collection of socks. Most people will say that her sock game is “strong” and is definitely one of a kind. Harper has a large array of socks that includes different brands, colors, patterns, materials, you name it. Some of the brands she has are Nike, Oakley, Under Armour, Asics, and list goes on. Her preferred brands are Nike, Oakley, and Stance because of the “designs that they have and the material.” She also has socks are are very colorful, have different patterns on them like stripes, solid colors as well, and even has a few super hero socks which include Spiderman and Superman. Some of the different material socks that she has in her collection are stretchy kinds and one of her favorites which are the fluffy kind. Her sock game seems to be untouchable compared to many. A wide variety of socks not only “makes an outfit” but also gives a person a sense of individuality and also makes a person unique. At any given day you can see Harper rocking an awesome pair of socks.

“Cool socks make you feel coo.”

– Jacqueline Harper


Studying and preparing for classes is a challenge of its own but now, to add more pressure, midterms are around the corner! Spring Break is almost in our reach and to help ease the stress that comes with midterms, here are the top places that students attest to having a conducive environment for studying.

Location 1: The Library

The NDNU Library is a place where you can find hard at work students catching up on homework or preparing for exams. With books for rent, textbooks to borrow, and ebooks to access, the library provides multiple resources for students. You can be sure to feel focused as there is little noise or other means that could be considered distractions. Sophomore Psychology major, Angelica Perales, gives the library a, ” 10/10 rating for a great place to study.”

Library Schedule

Mon–Thurs: 8 a.m.–11 p.m, Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m, Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday: Noon – 9 p.m.

Location 2: Quad

Spring time is a time where the sun is shining and students bask in the beauty of Belmont. Believe or not, completing homework outside is not only becoming more popular but it is also one of the top ways to spark creativity. The University of Rochester developed a study in 2010 that found studying outside creates a more positive outlook on the tasks at hand and creates a feeling of happiness. In a time being stressed out, head to the quad for a breath of fresh air and a change in scenery to study or do homework. You will catch more and more students who could potentially be your next study partner!

Location 3: Dorm Room

Although some may think that there are more distractions then helpful studying agents in a dorm room, students like Sophomore communication major Madeline Dub rave about the amount one can achieve focusing in a closed surrounding.

“Studying in my room is not only more convenient but more quiet” Dub said,” not to mention I can get a lot of things done without having the chance of being interrupted by friends or loud music.”

NDNU is full of places to study and excel. For additional help the Tutoring Center and Writing Center are available on campus as well as professors that are eager to aid anyone that seeks help.

Good luck and let the countdown to spring break begin!

(Left) Angelica Perales, Sophomore
(Right) Vernice Rojas, Junior Photo credit: Dominique Tarrant

Angelica Perales and Verenice Rojas gather together in the NDNU Library to prepare for midterms on February 26th.

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Madeline Dub Photo credit: Dominique Tarrant

Madeline Dub focuses on her homework in her Newhall room on February 25th.

How Belmont Became Your Home

Making the choice of where to attend college is one of the most important and influential decisions that an individual can make during their young life. There are such a variety of options for individuals when it comes to higher education that it begs the question why did you choose NDNU to be your new home. I have polled a multitude of students (of whom I kept anonymous) to find out the top reasons why Notre Dame De Namur University was the right school for them.

The top three reasons that resulted from this poll were the fact the school was small and classes were easy to get, the high availability of financial aid, and finally, athletics.

The fact small school size and class selection was the most heard statement is not very surprising, especially because the campus is located in California, which has the largest public university system in the country. At most schools around the state classes are hard if not impossible to get, which means students can’t get the classes they need to graduate on time. At a small private school like NDNU classes that are needed are much easier to get and the attention a student receives from their professors is much greater.

Affordability was also not a surprise because being that NDNU is a private school with high tuition most students require financial aid in order to attend. The university makes a valiant effort to give as many scholarship opportunities as possible for those students willing to seek them.

Athletics as a final criteria really helps to sum up why many individuals attend NDNU. The Argonauts sports program is very unique as it offers some sports that many other schools don’t. For example, NDNU boasts the only Division II NCAA men’s lacrosse team in the state of California.

Top 5 Places to Get a Meal Under $10 Near NDNU

College is a time of great personal growth for most individuals, however, it is also usually a time of great financial burden due to the high cost of tuition, books, housing, and food.

Most students at Notre Dame de Namur University have some sort of meal plan through the school’s cafeteria. But the food can get repetitive and boring, which leads to students going off campus to satisfy their hunger. explore what the greater area of Belmont has to offer when it comes to cuisine.

The problem with this is that restaurants in the surrounding area tend to be a little high-priced for most college student’s budgets. However, we’ve found some hidden gems that offer you a great meal for under $10 dollars that are close to campus.

(1) Jersey Joe’s (San Carlos) American

Great family owned sports themed establishment about five minutes from campus.

Favorite Dish: Philly Cheese Steak w/ grilled onions

(2) Amigos Grill (San Mateo) Mexican

The farthest of the selections, but the drive is worth it because they serve authentic Mexican food for a great price.

Favorite Dish: Steak Tacos, Super Burritos, and Churros

(3) Mr. Pickles (Belmont) Sandwiches

Favorite Dish: “The Mr. Pickle” (Chicken Breast, Bacon, Avocado, Melted Monterey Jack)

A local favorite and a great substitute for usual chain sandwich shops such as Subway.

(4) Coyote Grill (Belmont) Mexican

Great Mexican place closer to campus who specialize in burritos.

Favorite Dish: Any burrito

(5) Doc’s Bagels (Belmont)

The perfect spot for your breakfast needs whether you just need a bagel or a full-on meal.

Favorite Dish: Breakfast sandwiches, Assorted Bagels, Specialty Coffee

Any and all of these establishments serve great food of all kinds. Whether you’re in the mood for a hamburger, some food from south of the border, or just a good old sandwich there is a place for you that you can actually afford.

16 Characters You Meet in College

Lessons come in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to college – whether at a large impersonal state school or a respectable small private university – one lesson is the same. Students learn that their peers fall into certain categories that many are all too familiar with. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is no stranger to students inevitably gravitating to their rightful place in college. Whether they like it or not, everyone has a title. Here are 16 characters that you will find on NDNU’s campus.


1. The Resurrected: You might see this character at the start of the semester or maybe during orientation. But don’t be fooled, the Resurrected is absent most of the time then comes back to life during finals.

2. Emo: Generally quiet and mysterious, the Emo has been known to criticize most things like Twilight, and then dresses like a vampire.

3. Miss Potato Chip: Oblivious to their peers, the little Miss Potato Chip has no shame on munching down on some extra crunchy snacks during class. This character is unaware of piercing side-glances.

4. The Borrower: Needs to borrow a pen, pencil, paper and most things that are necessary for school. This person has also found themselves in the wrong class once or twice.

5. Part-Time Student Full-Time Mom (PTSFTM): You know you are in the presence of a PTSFTM when she pulls her books and binders from a diaper bag. She also has her baby’s photo as the background image on her phone.

6. The Riddler: With an arm locked in the question asking position, the Riddler will either be the teacher’s pet or the teacher’s pain.

7. The Innovator: This character has the latest technology before most even know that it exists. You might find the Innovator casually walking around to add steps to their Fit Bit while wearing a Google Watch and staring through some Google Glasses.

8. The Trebek: This smarty-pants is not shy to shout out the correct answer. They generally offer the professor answers instead of questions. Only the Trebek will smugly correct a teacher.

9. Back to School Granny: You might have to look twice when you see Nana sitting next to you. But give it a couple weeks and you’ll find that she blends right in.

10. Beer Pong Champion: This party goer will inevitably ask you for last weeks notes, homework and answers to the pop quiz that they missed.

11. Mr. Popular: Mr. Popular will have other students carrying his books since his arms are wrapped around some girl’s shoulders.

12. Pajama Party: As if literally sliding out of bed and showing up to class, the Pajama Party has no shame in wearing SpongeBob Sweatpants and an NDNU hoodie.


13. The Curve Wrecker: This student has the ability to make sure that your average C+ keeps you off the dean’s list. You may not have mastered the topic in class, but your work is adequate and you feel confident that a decent grade is to come. A C+ is not bad, but the Curve Wrecker will demoralize you.

14. The Flask: You may get a whiff of alcohol during class, but is that the smell of Listerine or rum in that coke?

15. The Honey Bee: Turning your phone on silent does not stop it from vibrating. The Honey Bee is unaware that the constant buzzing can be heard from the classroom next door.

16. The Michelangelo: This character has taken doodling to the next level. The Michelangelo’s notebook is covered in beautiful works of art.


Inside the Mind of a NDNU Commuter

Every morning before school, I wake up to sit in my freezing car and contemplate the risk-benefit factor of actually making it to class that day or shamefully crawling back into bed. As a commuter, I have faced different and rather lonely obstacles than those of my resident peers. Not to say that residents have a simpler academic lifestyle than us commuters, but instead have certain benefits that we envy. I have fantasized about mornings where I could slide out of bed and walk to class only a minute or two away. Where I could leave books in my room that I would need for a later class that day instead of wearing a brave face to mask back pain. But unfortunately, in addition to heavy backpacks, many Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU) commuters and I have to accept the consequences of forgetting homework, god forbid a laptop charger, at home. These minor nuances have embedded themselves into our daily lives and we accept the life as a commuter.

Traffic alone can be its own topic. Notre Dame is smack dab in the middle of three other major schools: Notre Dame High School, Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School. These schools are “conveniently” located at the bottleneck of every major commuter entrance (I-280, Hwy. 101 & Alameda de las Pulgas). Some might find sitting in traffic a good time to reflect on life and contemplate “what it’s all about.” But those who calculate exactly how long it will take them to get to class down to the very second, find themselves cursing the geniuses behind the infrastructure and mumbling to themselves how much of a better job they would have done if put to the task. But nothing beats that feeling when your academic day has ended and the start of your engine ignites the Indy500 driver in you to get home, eat and throw on some Netflix. But before you are able to finally overindulge in comfort, commuters must face the dreaded exit out of campus. This death trap has us waiting for the right moment to put the pedal to the metal and hope that we don’t get T-boned by some driver rushing to get home themselves.

“I feel that I risk my life at that left turn out of school. It’s a joke. There needs to be a traffic light there,” said fellow commuter and senior Nick Sanzeri.

We may not have a traffic light to guide us through that intersection, but we do have our cunning and experienced ability to know exactly when to cut someone off.

Traffic plays a large role in the commuter lifestyle, but so does company, or lack there of. As commuters, our sole purpose is to get to school, find parking, sit in class then leave campus as soon as possible. This routine does not leave much time for student interaction, school spirit or team building. If lucky enough to have your fellow commuter friend(s) on a similar schedule as you, lunch is generally spent alone. Many have found themselves snacking in their car, eating alone in the cafeteria or staring at their phones at a bench somewhere between St. Mary’s and Cuvilly. The nearby eateries have been a safe haven for many students, but leaving campus in between classes only results in a debate on whether or not your parking spot is worth giving up for that non fat vanilla latte you’re craving.

“I have been at this school for several years and recognizes many people. But because of my detachment as a commuter, I hardly interacted on a personal level with anyone,” said fellow commuter and senior Amanda Deoliviera.

For those who have found themselves surrounded by familiar faces yet still feel singled out, you are not alone. You are not the only one without a meal plan or have multiple parking tickets. There are far more fellow commuters than you know. Those of us who avoid eye contact with our headphones in can oddly spot the fellow commuter. But instead of sitting alone in the quad, we should engage in conversation with one anther and relish in the fact that we at least have a home nearby.

Commuter Gwen Nordeman shows off her NDNU parking pass from inside the car she commutes to campus. Photo by Gwen Nordeman.

Founder’s Week 2015

Presenting: Founders’ Week, 2015! Every year, students and faculty commemorate the vision of our Founders through celebrative events. This year, the Founders’ Week Committee has put together a weeks long worth of events to celebrate Notre Dame de Namur’s founders, mission and heritage. In 1804, Saint Julie Billiart and Sister Francoise Blin de Bourdon founded the Sisters of Notre Dame with a vision of a helping hand and standing with the poor. In 2005, Sister Dorothy Stang, a woman inspired by our Foundresses, was murdered for the activist role she played in supporting this vision. Since 2005, NDNU has combined Notre Dame’s Birth Day with the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, into a commemorative week, this year falling on February 8-12, 2015.

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Pictured below Sisters of the Notre Dame Judi and Nina, share memories with three Notre Dame de Namur University students at lunch in SJ Lounge on February 10.

Each year these events are put together to reflect on the legacy envisioned by our founders. The week starts Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Sunday: Founders’ Week Mass.

Monday is a campus tour with Sr. Roseanne Murphy and Milk-n-Cookies with the sisters.

Tuesday is lunch with the Sisters, Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception, and an Evening Panel: Building Legacies: Saint Julie Billiart and Sr. Dorothy Stang.

Wednesday is the Special Roundtable with Tom and David Stang, Campus Tour with Sr. Roseanne Murphy, and two Movie Showings: They Killed Sr. Dorothy and The Student, the Nun, and the Amazon.

Thursday is the Gardening on Campus, Candlelight prayer Vigil with the Sister, and Sr. Dorothy Stang Opera Concert.

In addition to these events, the Legacy of the Foundresses exhibit will be on display in the library all week.