Did You Rep?

A new event came to NDNU Wednesday night, a fun filled event all to get the sport’s teams some recognition.

If you were walking around the Library Lawn on Wednesday, September 17, night and didn’t know about Rep Your Sport, you might have wondered why there were so many people jumping and playing in bounce houses. However this wasn’t a random sight, it was a new event put on by the Programming Board.

Rep Your Sport was an event to bring all of the NDNU community together, and to recognize the sports teams as well.

“Programming Board’s mission for this event was to start the year off with school spirit and show the sports teams that PB supports them,” tells Veronica Anton, a member of the Programming Board.

Much like the previous years “Midnight Madness” which was an event held in the gym, where the sports teams put on a skit or planned games for the audience to play , in a sense, this event had a way to bring non-athletes at school together with those who star on our fields and courts.

NDNU offers many events throughout the school year, and all seem to have the same goal: to get our small community to come closer together.

According to the Programming Board a total of 166 students attended this event, which was a great turnout for the first one of the year. The Programming Board wants students to get excited about the new year and new events that they will be planning, and also to get excited about our sports’ programs.

Veronica Anton, of the Programming Board stated that “a lot of coaches and other groups have been talking about getting high school spirit this year and we wanted to help create that movement.”

Teams were invited to come in uniform, which the Lacrosse team took very seriously and all came matching. You also saw men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country at the event. Some who aren’t on a team at school came in sports related gear, such as jerseys, hats, and t-shirts of their favorite major league teams. Reinforcing the NDNU spirit, this year’s new cheerleading squad performed a cheer as well as a dance.

Other students, who do not play a sport, also attended the festivities. Playing in the different bounce house styles that were offered, which included a basketball court and a life size Foosball game. As always you got Argo Points for attending the event, free snow cones were given away, and there was also a raffle offered by the Programming Board for a pair of San Francisco Giants tickets.

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A group of students waiting to play one of the games that were offered at Rep Your Sport.
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Some of the Lacrosse team came in uniform to bounce around at Rep Your Sport.
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Coco Bradley and Taylor Dewees practice their shooting skills on the inflatable hoops at Rep Your Sport.

Are You Connected?

Don’t automatically reach for that “lock” button, after checking Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and all the usual apps that you use on your smartphone. Make sure you get into the habit of checking the NDNU app: BeConnected. Download it for free in your App store and make life on campus a little easier.

As stated in the app description, as well as by the maker Kyle Pretsch, the app is meant to make many of the school’s several resources readily and easily available to the the entire NDNU community. Although released last year, not much has changed besides making the app work better with the phone updates, such as IOS. However, it seems that it is getting a bigger buzz this year.

“Last year when it came out not a lot of people knew what it was for or what it could do so it was downloaded and deleted.” says Notre Dame de Namur senior, Fiona Mcvicar.

Now it seems as if everyone is using BeConnected for its various resources.

One of the most used features on the app is the Café Menu. It shows you what is being served that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another amazingly helpful area of the app is the laundry tab. You can check what machines are being used and how much time is left on the ones that are running. Under the ID Card feature you can report a lost or stolen ID, add value in flex, as well as get discounts at participating locations such as: Hola’s in the Carlmont Center or Menchies Frozen Yougurt.

Other features include the NDNU Mission, a gallery from the SLLO Flickr account, and a camera to send your own photos from NDNU events to the SLLO Flickr. You can easily access your student email, the Student Handbook; not only this but it serves as a way to get a hold of Public Safety.

BeConnected is proving to be a very helpful and easy to use app for the NDNU community. With all of these resources in one place, there is no reason that this app shouldn’t already be on your homepage.