Weinstein; Pervert in Production by Fnu G Balamurali

The first civil law suit has been filed against Harvey Weinstein by actress Dominique Huett on Tuesday, following a slew of sexual assault allegations resulting in the entertainment mogul’s exit from his company.

The Weinstein Company is being sued for negligence by Huett, marking the first legal attention this high-profile case will receive. Some of the more well-known figures that have revealed themselves as victims of Weinstein are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Kate Beckinsale, Reese Witherspoon, Rosanna Arquette and Katherine Kendall.

This sudden hike in women coming out on Weinstein, and in-turn bringing harrowing practices that plague the industry to attention was sparked by Alyssa Milano’s Twitter posting. The former Charmed actress rallied more women to share experiences that they had suppressed from the media in fear of losing their status in the entertainment industry.

Harvey Weinstein’s spokeswoman first responded to the allegations with denial and showed effort in publicizing a more family-oriented image for him but his resignation from the board in Weinstein and Co. and removal from any affiliations from Miramax suggest a shift in his positioning on the matters, especially with more women exposing him on social media and now, legally. On October 10, his attorney Patricia Glaser even went on to say others on the board at Weinstein were aware of the happenings and that they too have to come forward and accept blame.

“The government needs to undertake this issue and formulate a plan to regulate these grey areas better, as women deserve the same quality of life as their male counterparts, both paying the same denotations of taxation to the state and central legislations” said sophomore Gio Delgado.

Notably by the 15th of October, a total of 38 women had accused director James Toback of sexual misconduct, showing that the movement against inappropriate behavior at the workplace is gaining traction. Sexual assault is not legally tolerated and citizens feel the notion could extend to office spaces beyond the entertainment industry. Weinstein’s count of shame is at 56 as of the 1st of November.

“Hopefully more victims from other sectors will come forward and unveil more parasites like Weinstein” said Freshman Jesus Mendoza.

The Weinstein Company is not looking for private buyers to take-over the establishment. The industry too has taken damage and male figures in show-biz have expressed their knowledge on the issue. Tom Hanks has said he was aware of the sad truth and Seth McFarlane even joked about it on stage at the 2013 Oscars.

“Congratulations, you five ladies don’t have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein anymore!” said comedy-icon McFarlane, referring to the nominees.

Despite inching around the legal tussles, Harvey Weinstein still owns 23% of Weinstein and Co. in shares. Four members of the all-male board have already resigned. This incident happens to evoke questioning the need for government agencies to look into hierarchies established in businesses.

“While regulating such intricacies of a private organization might seem impossible, we have little alternatives. This is an opportunity to bring about new regulations and we must progressively act on it”, said senior Viri Luna.

The public awaits development on this case as court proceedings will reveal how civil reforms might be shaped by this exposé.

Economical hope for Houston- World Series Champions Astros by Abby Dyer 

Through wins, losses, cheers and tears, the Astros gave hope to Houston. This World Series will bring in new hope and economic support for the Houston tragedy that just took place a month ago. From the hurricane wiping out the city, Houston has an extra reason to celebrate the Astros’ presence in the World Series.The baseball team were still focused on their goal while empathizing of the losses of lives and homes. 

NDNU Softball Player, Senior Taylor Haynes said “I have a lot of family in Texas that were affected by the Hurricane, I think that this support from the team is making huge impact in the community. Its always nice to see a community get their spirits lifted.”

Many Astro player shave given back to the community such as Pitcher Lance McCullers, who has a soft spot for dogs, visited an animal shelter and worked with local charities to help rescue and treat pets in the aftermath of the flooding. Dallas Keuchel met with local police, and Carlos Correa distributed mattresses to children. Justin Verlander donated $100,000, as gift that was matched by the team, to military veterans displaced by the hurricane, and contributed $30,000 and thousands more in shoes and athletic gear through his promotional agreement with New Balance. 

With only three home games, it will generate an estimated $20 million to 30 million in economic spending. Not to mention the gear such as hats and jersey will help bring in revenue. 

Joe Musgrove, Reliever for the Astros stated “We play for the city, and you start to fall in love with the fans. We’re giving them something to be proud of, and you can see how we’ve been a centerpiece for the city to rally around. The special year we’re having will be that much more special if we can bring back a championship. Because this is one of the reasons why we are here, we want to win the World Series and give it to our city.”

NDNU Mens Soccer, Senior, Chandler Alo said, “ I think that sport actives brings people together and with this horrible destruction in Houston it’s exactly what the community needed to come together. I hope the Astros win so Houston gets some hope back into their community. It would be a good thing to see.”

Throughout this time Astros have played through this tragedy and represented the hopes and dreams and given people a ray of sunshine during a tough time in the Houston community.

According to baseball statistics, the World Series winning team will get to take home 36% of the money that goes into the “players pool” of playoff revenue. Typically, players are fairly generous when it comes to sharing that revenue with anybody who played on the team that year, and they can also give some of the money to other figures, like ball boys or clubhouse workers they feel are particularly deserving, plus on top of that they will donate it back to the Houston community.

Assuming that this year’s playoff pool rivals last year’s record $69.8 million and this is a safe assumption given that big-market teams which the LA Dodgers are categorized as one will help Astros revenue bring in higher amounts. 

Students are proud of NDNU by Almaha Aldosari

Experiences of Students from (NDNU) When Serving Meals during Call to Action Day

Call to action day is an activity where students from NDNU collaborate with other organization to provide various services to the community rather than attending classes.

Activities are planned in different locations such as San Bruno Mountain which is located in Brisbane and the time of visit was from 8:30 to 2 pm. Community services are essential as student benefits emotionally and academically. The primary aim of such activities is to ensure that community is a better place for everyone.

Student Alba Faisal actively participated in community services since she joined the university. She noted that she had gained a lot from these activities since she has learned how other people need such services. She shared her experiences at treasure street shelter which is located at Redwood City and time 8:30 to 2:30 pm. Alba Faisal said that she has learned how to respect others and he has developed awareness of healthy life choices. There is need to have more of these events for the sole reason of helping other disadvantaged people in the community. 

Nwaf Alqahtani a student at NDNU also shared his experiences in community services, he said that this was his first time to participate in this great event and these activities helped in expanding the mission of the organization by motivating young people. He was encouraged when the team visited ecumenical hunger program which is located in East Palo Alto by 10-3pm.The event helped in the cultivation of new generation, creates new partnership, increased public support and visibility in the community and generates new ideas, energy and enthusiasm.

Jenan Alawami was not left out in this exceptional event which has been organized by the university in community service. Academic learning can be significantly improved through service-learning. She shared his experience at O’Donnell Part which is located at Belmont by 9-2pm, and she suggested that there is need to have more of these activities. Community services can help to promote a sense of connectedness to the university and the community.

The activity which was conducted at Second Harvest food bank which is located in San Carlos by 8:30-3pm also gives much insight into community service. Students noticed that service-learning provide an opportunity for civic learning as they are provided with the knowledge to continue supporting the society and community as a whole. Additionally, community service gives the organization a better reputation as the community view the university as resources but not a problem. Similarly, such events help to develop a positive relationship with the community, and a new generation is created as a result.

Catholic Theology Seminar at NDNU by Bala Gunaseelan

A three-part congregation for the Theological Reading of Sacred Texts will be conducted by Notre Dame de Namur University’s professors every Tuesday from October 3rd at the chapel.

The hour-and-a-half long meetings will commence at 5.30 p.m. every week and close on the 17th.

The first lecture titled Mary the Dawn was completed by Prof. Jim McGarry. Attendees discussed the meanings behind the images portrayed on the stained-glass windows at the Cunningham Memorial Chapel.

The second reading was conducted at the Dorothy Stang center, instead of the chapel annex, as there was a clash with another religious event held there. The assembly began after setting aside five minutes of buffer-time for all attendees to gather at the new venue.

Dr. Criscione then started the talk with a humorous, yet relevant exploration into the realm of contemporary politics, relating pressing matters in congress at the moment to teachings from the Holy books. Her portion of the three-part readings is titled Caring for the Lost and the Least: the Works of Mercy in the Catholic Tradition.

After connecting her pious points with a possible parallel, she began delving into the readings and the group analyzed examples in the Bible that denote a sense of mercy amongst a society.

The Gospel of Matthew features the final judgment scene that expresses the good and righteous as sheep while the accursed are denoted as goats.

Jevon Young, Sophomore at Notre Dame de Namur University, also recalls the judgment scene and said “The Lord is seen favoring the needy and ‘discarded’ over the wealthy and powerful, further emphasizing the idea of the cyclical change bringing the oppressed to the top and vice-versa”.

Both these groups of people are not too different, as they are both unaware of identifying Jesus in the form of the needy. It was in their aiding of the helpless with food, drink and/or shelter that they are separated into the “right hand” or “left hand” of the Lord.

NDNU’s own Dr. Mary Criscione further elaborated that early Christian hallmarks included the providing for and tending of the vulnerable and destitute, regardless of their faith (“…be it Pagan”). These codes of “righteous” living are borrowed from the Jewish Torah and thus permeate across geological boundaries.

Freshman Jesus Mendoza said he agrees with this contextual interpretation of the Bible and that “…these teachings are vital for society, especially during a volatile socio-political situation as this”.

Corporal demands of the faith also encompass serving the needy in all aspects of their lives. The idea of remedying a problem for the long-term, rather than stopping short at immediate first-aid is also evidently found in the scriptures. This objective related to the solutions surrounding immigration and Prof. Mary Criscione expressed noble reverberations from the Gospels that point to the necessities of answering those in need with mercy and compassion.

The seminar also took turns to provide insight on feminist angles from inferences in accordance to biblical contexts. Moderating the exchanges, professor Dr. Criscione also integrated humor in a brand that was most apt while including her own perspectives. Although most of the discussion was spent on topics that would be more melancholic, it ended with hope for the future and aspirations for a more conducive nation.

Senior Rene Roque encourages more meetings and said “Religion can not only separate, but it can also bring together”.

The third , and final, installment of the seminar will be held on the 17th of October, conducted by Prof. Enrico Beltramini, also a religious studies professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, titled Baptism: Readings on the Colossians 2. The discussion will explore the baptism story expressed differently in the second two Gospels and all are invited.

NDNU Fraternities or Sororities, A Future Reality or Not? by Cynthia Rinaldo

Notre Dame de Namur University does not have fraternities or sororities on campus, but there are some students who say they are part of a chapter, NDNU refuses to identify them as a club.

Sororities and fraternities are popular in universities all over the country, so why doesn’t NDNU recognize them?

Dean of Students Marsh-Allen Smith mentioned, “that this institution is too small to have a Greek life and because it is too small it would be difficult to include anyone who wants to be a part of it, and that would go against the NDNU hallmarks.”

These social organizations are student run. They are not created by the school but by students who would have to propose to the school and the club headquarters about initiating a chapter at their university. After the chapter headquarters has accepted the proposal, the students would then make sure the university recognizes them.

NDNU senior Yocelyn Mendoza a Communications major said, “I am a sister of Lambba Sigma Gamma. We are a multi-cultural sorority but the school does not allow Greek life because the school is Catholic and it goes against its hallmarks.”

Mendoza expressed her disappointment in why she and her sisters are unable to affiliate their chapter with the school, “personally I think its unfortunate because we are a multi-cultural sorority so we don’t target a specific ethnicity, culture, or sexuality, doesn’t matter who you are we will never exclude anyone. Originally we were a club called, Sisters for Change, once we officially got established as a sorority the school found out and took our club away.”

Even though the school does not recognize them, members would still wear their Greek letters.

“Since then we no longer affiliate our sorority with NDNU,” said Mendoza. Even though Mendoza and her sisters have tried they have not been able to get through to the school.

A well-developed Greek life culture can help NDNU attract more potential students, especially those who have been anticipating this type of culture at universities. Moreover, fraternities and sororities NDNU can benefit by fundraisers for meaningful causes, which in turn create a caring community among students.

Mendoza said, “we give back to the community, campus clean ups, food drives, we are also part of national events where you gain leadership skills.”

NDNU offers some educational Greek life clubs such as Alpha Mu Gamma (language honor society), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic scholastic honor society), Delta Mu Delta, (business administration honor society), Lambda Pi Eta (communication honor society), and Phi Alpha Delta (law fraternity) not any special frats or sorority.

In the “A Guidebook for Student Organizations” on the NDNU website it is possible to have Sororities and Fraternities if guidelines are properly followed.

Call To Action Day by Abby Dyer

Call to Action Day took place this year on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at Notre Dame de Namur. It is a day where Notre Dame de Namur leaves the classroom and students, staff and faculty come together to participate in community service around Belmont or other locations in the Bay Area.

Carter Bishop, NDNU Junior said “Many Universities just teach information from lecture halls but they don’t send their students out into the real world. By going out and doing community service and real life experiences will help us now and years to come. NDNU is taking college learning to a new level.”

Call to Action gives the opportunity for NDNU to learn through community service projects such as recreational park clean-ups, serving meals with local hunger relief organizations, hands on learn with elementary school students and many more. This

provides an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs.

Lindsay Denton, NDNU Senior and Student body President said “It is specifically organized by the Sister Dorothy Stang center and Bonner Leaders. Although It is a group effort through out the University, and there isn’t one demographic at our University that doesn’t engage.”

Call to Action brings the NDNU community together, uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work towards a common goal.

Cheryl Chou, former NDNU Alumni said, “not only does NDNU have Call to Action but as well as requirements to take like freshman seminar. The purpose is coming together as one community and reflecting on the engagement we came together for. To have this it is all set up by NDNUs Dorothy Stang center. They given a budget to follow by and list of things around the community that needs to be focused on.”

NDNU Mens and Women Soccer team took action at Ole Donnell park in Belmont. There the city provided them with gloves, shovel and a variety of different plants. They started at nine o’clock and ended a 2 o’clock. They planted plants for the park, picked up trash, watered and laid down fresh bark. At the end of the day, they transformed the park where now Belmont citizens can forever enjoy.

NDNU takes pride in core values and the seven Hallmarks to follow by. Number four of NDNU Hallmarks is, “We commit ourselves to community service.” Denton also mentioned,“ Call to Action is essential because it is in the hallmarks of the school, it is the code in which we operate by.”

Not only does NDNU focus on the Hallmarks but specifically it focuses on Environmental Justice, Social Justice, and of course Community engagement. Call to Action teaches NDNU students, faculty, and staff members to respect NDNUs principles and life long commitments to help and serve. Alec Heiner , Graduate Student and current worker at NDNU Dorothy Stang Center said “ The reason for Call to action is that NDNU takes a day and dedicates it to others, it gives us a life long aspiration in wanting to help and do better throughout communities.”

NDNU Theater hosts Ravenscroft throughout October by Diego Acuna Ortega

The Department of Theatre and Dance will be performing their latest production, Ravenscroft, a gothic thriller by Don Nigro at the NDNU Theater. There will be multiple performances of the play throughout October 13 – 21, along with special events for each performance.

Four current NDNU theater students will be performing at the play: Treci Fields, Andrea Rosewicz, Tatiana Ochoa, and Ariana Sanchez. Also performing will be school alumni Seamus Donohoe, as well as an appearance by the local actress Abigail Warren. They will be directed by Professor R. Dutch Fritz, and will have Juan Pascual as the stage manager for the production.

Director Fritz, who has been directing and working in other local plays for many years, jumped through several hurdles to pull everything together to make the play happen, including finding the necessary male and female actors. “The outlook for success was grim to say the least,” said Fritz. After a “two week scramble and networking blitz I was able to find… Seamus Donohoe [who] turned out to be made for the part.”

Ravenscroft is one of the Halloween-themed events being held this October by the school. “We want to provide fun and engaging activities that tie into the spirit of the season and give NDNU students something a little different” said Director Fritz. As a murder mystery play, Ravenscroft adds to the NDNU Halloween spirit.

“I haven’t seen a murder mystery or really watch plays in general,” said junior Karl Fernando who attended the October 14 show. “But I enjoyed the play, and they should have more of these events like this because it’s very entertaining and in the Halloween Spirit.”

The performances will also have numerous special events to go along with the productions. Some of these events include a post-performance reception on opening night, a horror movie festival after the October 14th performance and a steampunk/victorian/goth costume contest after the October 20th performance. There will also be raffles rewarding gift cards to people who attend each night. “The events are intended as incentives to draw in audience, especially those who might otherwise not come to a live theatre performance,” said Director Fritz about these accompanying events.

The thriller’s plot focuses on a detective called Inspector Ruffing who comes to investigate the death of Patrick Roarke, who fell to his death in theRavenscroft home staircase. In this home he finds five distinct women, each with their own unique personality and their own version of how Patrick died. This murder mystery takes Ruffing and the audience on a thrilling ride to find exactly what happened at the Ravenscroft home and who is responsible for Roarke’s murder.

After the finale of Ravenscroft, Director Fritz will be working along with others for two other productions in the spring, and will continue to work on his own script that he has been preparing based on the character Renfield from Dracula as well as working at other local theaters.