Zine In at NDNU’s Gilbert Library!

Come express your thoughts at NDNU’s zine making space at the Gilbert Library. There will also be a zine exhibit now through November 3rd.

Zine (pronounced “Zeens”) is short for magazines or fanzines. Zines are self-publications made by anyone who wants to express themselves and their thoughts without the goal of making money.

“Zines are unique in that they are self-published and are a powerful medium for expressing uncensored ideas and telling stories that often counter mainstream ideas and thoughts,” said Instructional Design Librarian at NDNU, Pia Walawalkar.

Pia Walawalkar and Collin Thormoto, Library Access Services Manager at NDNU, came together to organize an exhibit where students can read and get inspired by the different zines that have been published by people across the country. Some of the zines you can find at the exhibit cover topics such as feminism, bullying, yoga, love for art, eating disorders, a taxi driver’s guide to SF and more.

Along with the exhibit, the library also provides a democratic space for students to create their own zines. They have all the necessary supplies for students to start their zines, get them printed and published. For those who have never done a zine, there are instructions posted on the wall for students to have a guide when making their zines. There is no limit on what the zines can be about. They can be of any mixed format and cover a range of topics.

“[Students] can publish anything they want to publish. There are people who have done zines on meetings,  interviews, drawings. [Zines] is a very good medium,” said Thormoto.

Apart from creating a space at the library for zine making, Walawalkar took the initiative to make zines an influence in the NDNU community. Walawalkar  is co-teaching a freshman seminar course this year and for their midterm, students made zines. The goal of this activity was for students to share out how community engagement activities, Call-to Action day, and their first year at NDNU has impacted them.

Although zines are having a come back, people have been enjoying reading zines for years now because they are able to read about different perspectives in regards to many issues.

Michelle Clark, Teen Services Librarian at Redwood City’s Downtown Library, has been reading zines for a while “because they offer a lot of different perspectives when they come to perspectives on social issues and even different perspectives on art.”

If students need help creating a zine and how to get it published, they are welcomed to contact Pia Walawalkar via her email  swalawalkar@ndnu.edu or they can drop in at the library and ask for her.


NDNU Career Services, Sister Dorothy Stang Center, and the Office of Spirituality are holding their annual Internship and Community Engagement Fair on Tuesday, October 17 in St. Joe’s Patio and Lounge.

On Tuesday from 2:30-5:00pm, there will be a fair offering students information on internships, volunteer, and summer opportunities.

There are 32 participating organizations that are offering internships or volunteers positions. Some of them include The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Marine Science Institute, Reading Partners, and Notre Dame AmeriCorps.

About 100 students attend the fair each year and it has been a great opportunity for students to network with many organizations, explore career options, and put themselves at the front line of people waiting to get interviews with specific employers.

“Even if a student isn’t currently looking to intern or volunteer, it’s a good way to gather information and practice introducing yourself to recruiters,” said director of Career Services Carrie McKnight.

There has been many occasions where students get hired at their internship or volunteer sites after they graduate. For instance, they have gotten jobs with the City of Belmont, Gatepath, Enterprise, Farmers Insurance, Boys & Girls Club, Kumaran Systems Inc., Service League of San Mateo, LiveMoves, and Sustainable San Mateo County.

“I have hired one intern full time after her internship was complete. My [current] marketing manager… was my most recent intern and she continued to do the same tasks that we had set up for her, she’s worked out great and is continuing on with her MBA while working at the agency,” said owner of Farmers Insurance Agency Kelly Corwell Cansler.

Also, a couple of the organizations that students were apart for Call to Action will have a table at the fair for students to get more information about the organization and how they can be involved.

Before attending this fair, NDNU Career Services suggest that you have a polished resume; make sure it’s current and relevant. Also, find out what organizations are attending and prepare questions for them. It is important to prepare and practice your introductions that encapsulates who you are, your experiences and accomplishments, and what are you looking for.
“Most students come unprepared, and if they do that for an internship, they will show through for their future employment. Show up with your goals, your intentions and confidence that you need to get a job or internship to start a career path,” said Corwell Cansler.

In addition, at the time of the fair they suggest to dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume.

“I think dressing professionally is important… because you want to put forth your best self when you’re looking for a job. Being put together shows respect, not only for your potential employer, but also for yourself,” said manager of the high school programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Ariel Ajagu.

When talking to the recruiters be honest, friendly, authentic, and smile. Don’t forget to ask recruiters what the best way to follow up with them.

Lastly, after the fair is over it is recommended to follow up with the recruiters with a thank-you note and how you hope to hear from them soon. If they said it was appropriate, call or email within a week. Keep a few weeks open for interviews.

Not only will the fair provide students with information about ways they can get an internship or volunteer, but they will also have a nacho bar for students to enjoy. If you need help with resume assistance or how to prepare for the fair, you can make an appointment with Career Services through careercenter@ndnu.edu or 650-508-3492.

NDNU Hosts Charity to Help Victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey by Diego Acuna Ortega


By now everyone in the U.S. knows about the damage done by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, however these storms leave an unprecedented amount of ruin for the country to deal with. Thankfully, many organizations have come to help the people in need, including the school itself.

NDNU hosted a concert hosted by the Musical Performance program and the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center on Saturday, September 16 at Taube Hall as a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. The money raised was forwarded to the American Red Cross and United Way Worldwide non-profit organizations. These organizations use the donations to directly help those affected by the storms. They are some of the largest worldwide crisis organizations out there and are able to reach out to disaster areas quickly, which is why the donations were given to them.

Students, alumni, and faculty from the musical department came to perform and gather donations for those who suffered through the storms. There were also students and staff at the campus quad accepting donations that night, and the Office of Spirituality/Dorothy Stang Center will also accept donations throughout the week. “The performances were really good, and it was for a good cause so it made everyone feel happy” said junior Ryan Gaviola, who attended the concert. “There was around 30 people enjoying the show when I was there, and there were students and other people playing the music”

This event represents the support that the school and its students have for those swept by the storm and is a reminder of our compassion for the fellow person in need. “We are trying to make sure that we contribute to the help for the people in Texas and Florida”, said senior and Vice President of Communications of the Student Assembly Leadership Team, Robby Keith. “Student organizations are also accepting and would appreciate any kind of donations, including female hygiene products since they often don’t get sent to refuge sites.”

Any amount of help gives a little relief to those going through the aftermath of the hurricanes. It is the civic duty and one of the hallmarks of the school to act on behalf of those in need and to maintain the wellness of our community.

The total cost for all the damage done by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reached over $200 billion according to director strategy for IBM’s global business services, Paul Walsh. He states that these storms serve as “a wake-up call in terms of the way we develop our communities going forward, especially along the coastal areas.” After all of the homes and buildings destroyed by the winds and floods from the hurricanes, cities and contractors are beginning to realize that structures need to be more resistant to the storms that they can encounter. Considering all the costs it will take to rebuild what the hurricanes torn down, it will pay off to be prepared with stronger buildings now for the future when the next major storm hits.

Open Gym by Jorge Jimenez

Intramural sports have now started at NDNU for all students who would like to play. Sports that are offered are Basketball and Volleyball. Any students are welcome to come to the gym on Monday between 6pm to 9pm. Students may submit a team to the coordinators of Open Gym or they may simply walk in and play as a walk on. It is safe to say that students are excited to have Open Gym back at NDNU as the gymnasium has been loaded with students every Monday night of the week.

Sophomore Nate Tanada played Basketball at Open Gym last year as a freshman as well and has decided to come back for a second year in a row. “I play at Open Gym as much as I can because I don’t have to the opportunity to play as much as I did in high school. I know that when I come to the gym there’s going to be a ton of people there so we can run as many games as we want.” Tanada also mentioned that he played basketball in high school as a point guard.

The next intramural sport offered at Open Gym, Volleyball is also played in the gym during the same time that basketball is played. Sophomore Alberto Gutierrez has played intramural Volleyball at NDNU this year after only playing intramural basketball last year. Gutierrez said, “I sometimes still go to play Basketball but I’d rather play that outside at a park or a middle school that’s why this year I decided that when I go to the gym I’d rather play something that I’ve never played before. I didn’t think I’d have this much fun playing volleyball but I guess it’s the people that make it fun.” Gutierrez did not play Volleyball in high school but

he was part of his schools lacrosse team during his 4 years there and has been on the lacrosse team at NDNU since his freshman year.

Intramural Sports during Open Gym are fun according to students. Many returning students are playing again after playing last year and hope to have more students go to Open Gym this year. The more students that attend the better according to Tanada and Gutierrez. They believe that with more students coming to the games at Open Gym more connections will be made with more students and everyone will be able to make more friends that they didn’t think they would be able to be friends with before Open Gym. Everyone come out to the next Open Gym, see everyone there!

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.

Volleyball Senior Night

Notre Dame De Namur Volleyball honored their five seniors in their last home game against Cal Baptist University. This 2015 season is one of the best season the Argos had in almost five years. After last years tragic season with the record of 2-26, this year teams stepped their game all the way with a current record of 11-16. Seniors, Carina Quintero, Sophi Lozano, Sarah Rodriguez, Haleigh Wypiszynski, and Kawai Robins-Hardy should be very proud of this season.

The match started off rough for Notre Dame De Namur with the Lancer taking an early lead. Cal Baptist controlled the tempo of the first game taking the match 25-16, with the Argo committing 10 attacking errors. With the Lancer being one of the top teams in the Pac-West, the Argos are going to have to limit mistakes to pull out a victory.

“Going into the match I knew we were going to be outsized so, I knew we had to play smart and hard.” says Junior Bianca Alvarez.

In the second set the Argos hung tough holding a 12-10 lead. Alvarez started the match strong recording 4 kills in a row. But the Lancers answered back with a 10-3 run giving them the lead, which lead them to close out the set 25-18.

Senior Kawai Robins-Hardy, who’s out with a knee injury, says “It’s hard watching my team go out their to battle without me, but I’m just glad I can be surrounded by a great group of girls.”

The Lancer came out to a quick start giving them the lead 13-3. Unable to comeback from the big deficit. Cal Baptist won the third set 25-14 sweeping the Argos in three. SeniorCarina Quintero, says “Even though we didn’t end our senior night as planned, we accomplished a lot this year and I wish next years team the best.”

The Lady Argos play their final game of the season this Saturday against Dominican University.


Paris Attacks

On Friday, November 13, 2015 around 9:20pm, terrorists began the first of several coordinated attacks across Paris. A group of armed men began shooting at a rock concert at Le Bataclan in the center of the city, killing 89 people. The attacks continued throughout the city, and included a soccer game at the Stade de France stadium in which the president of France was in attendance, as well as cafes, and restaurants.   In total, 129 people were killed, and 352 people were wounded in these deadly assaults- the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the bombings of commuter trains in Madrid in 2004, which killed 191 and wounded 1,800.

“Fortunately my family wasn’t affected. However, one of my best friends lost two friends in the attack on the concert hall. Unfortunately I am not exactly sure how he is coping because we didn’t have time to talk about it. But I am sure that like most French people I talked to, he is under deep shock and feels a mix of anger mixed and a desire to not give them what they want, which is to have French of Judeo-Christian descent start antagonizing French muslims.” Marc Birnkammer, French Professor, NDNU.

Seven of the attackers were killed either by police or through suicide bombings. While one, Salah Abdeslam, still remains at large. Currently there is a worldwide hunt on for Abdeslam who turned out to the be a Belgian born young man who was naturalized as a French citizen. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the massacres in a statement that France’s president, Francois Hollande, concurs with.

The police have made several arrests in Brussels in connection with the attacks. While the French have launched air strikes against ISIS at specific targets in their city of Raqqa. During this time France had a period of three days of mourning in which the citizens were advised to stay home, and the major monuments were shut down.

These attacks have occurred during a time while countries across the world are struggling with taking in tens of thousands and in some cases like Germany, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. One of the gunmen killed by police was found with a fake Syrian passport.

“Terrorists have always found a way to come into countries they wanted to target. Let’s not forget that the terrorists who have been identified so far are not even Syrian refugees. They are from Belgium and France!

“What happened doesn’t affect much my view on the fact that western countries can not morally turn their backs on people who get bombarded, shot at, tortured (just to name a few things) by their own government. We are not talking about pfile:///Users/eoakmon/Downloads/Paris%20Attacks.docxeople who just feel like they want a better material life and leave a country where they could remain. Their homes don’t exist anymore since they were bombed, and if they don’t leave they’re going to die. They’re escaping death, and shutting our door to them is totally wrong from an ethical perspective.” NDNU French Professor, Marc Birnkammer states when asked how these attacks have affected his views on whether or not countries should accept Syrian refugees.

U.S. President Obama pledged solidarity with France, saying, “We’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

Around the world, cities have wrapped their monuments in blue, white, and red in solidarity with Paris. Country leaders are coordinating their alliances to thwart any further attacks, and to figure out a way to stop ISIS.