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Kelly Butler, Web Editor


DU athletes earn record-high GPA

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Dominican’s athletes together achieved a record-high GPA in the 2011 fall semester. Ken Trendel, assistant to the directors of athletics and sports information director, has been keeping records of the athletic department’s GPAs each


semester. Trendel said that the overall department GPA was 3.1650 last semester. This is the highest it has been since the 2006-2007 academic year, when the GPAs in the athletic department started to be determined by a more scientific system in which a more accurate average is found. It is a more scientific cumulative GPA, taking the total number of quality points earned in each semester by all the student-athletes, and then dividing by the total number of credits attempted. Prior to this system the total GPA was taken, non-weighted, and divided by the total number of credit hours. The athletic department has never reached a 3.10 prior to this semester. The previous highest average was a 3.09. The teams that had a GPA above the department average included men’s basketball (3.1672), women’s basketball (3.3596), women’s cross-country (3.3625), men’s soccer (3.1998), women’s soccer (3.3639), men’s tennis (3.2145), women’s tennis (3.2574), and women’s volleyball (3.4393). How did these teams who were busy in-season during the fall semester manage to achieve these GPAs?

Sophomore tennis player, Rachel Taddy, explained: “I balanced school and tennis just by keeping busy and staying organized. I used a lot of sticky notes to remind me of things I had to do.

Sophomore soccer player, Patryk Pliszka, said, “I just kept a consistent schedule every week of exactly when I’m going to do what; I even scheduled my naps!”

“There’s a lot more to being student-athlete. Family comes first, then school, and the sport comes last. If your priorities are in order you will succeed,” senior volleyball player, Evelyn Gamboa, said.

Why so high this semester? Many athletes simply adjusted their lifestyles.

“I changed my routine in a lot of ways. Time management was definitely put into play, especially because of my two jobs,” junior cross-country runner Janette Zetina said. “Also, I did a lot of re-prioritizing and I used the resources at school.”

Through being pushed by coaches and teammates, trying to reach a team GPA goal, being able to manage time, and keeping priorities straight, Dominican’s athletes prove that they can succeed both on and off the court or field.

– Lauren Reiniger, Staff writer

What Tina Says About Strangers

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I’ve always stood quite strongly with my parent’s rule of never talking to strangers. I grew up with safety in mind, to say the least. I remember specific examples of being told to be wary of strangers even at quite the young age. When I would travel to a department store with my grandmother, she would advise my sister and me not to “take off” from her, because we would be kidnapped. She’d pinpoint a certain person, an older gentleman, typically — and would advise us that he was a “bad man” and would snatch us if we ever left her side.

As an adult, I realize that she was only trying to protect her granddaughters, even if her actions were a bit extreme. However, such severe precautions of safety have not seemed to fade away. For some, this mindset is wise. After all, as college students, we’re constantly being reminded of how to stay alert to our surroundings, how to travel only in pairs after sunset, and how to steer away from any suspicious looking individuals. For myself, I’ve followed such guidelines and could have been awarded the gold medal of safety excellence if such a decoration existed. Yet, after an experience I had just this past week with the kindness of a stranger — who I may have otherwise brushed away — I think I may let the guard dogs relax just a bit.

When I have any free time on my hands, which is typically in the evening, I like to do what many 21–year–old women find such joy in dong — shopping. Since my Dominican career began, I’ve spent many nights walking from store-to-store in the downtown Oak Park area around Harlem and Lake, usually too money-conscious to buy anything, but curious enough to spend hours searching. On one certain Wednesday, I found myself there past sunset, arms full of bags from Trader Joes and Walgreens. It was only about 7 p.m., yet I was already in Tina-Ninja mode, automatically assuming that someone would want to attack me. There were a number of individuals around, and I put great effort into keeping my distance from anyone else. I remember holding all of my bags in one hand, just in case I had to use the other one, had my purse glued to my side, and my phone in grabbing distance. I had assumed the typical Tina stance.

As I was absorbed in my world of possible impending danger, I began to cross the busy Harlem and Lake intersection, heading to wait for the Dominican shuttle. Suddenly, I felt a jerk on my arm and was forcefully pulled back onto the sidewalk. I quickly swung my body around and snatched my arm back, my heartbeat increasing
in speed. The man who I thought was trying to attack me seemed to be two times my size, and hovered over me as the cold night air escaped my mouth in puffs of white vapor. Suddenly, I saw a car just barely miss me, flying down Harlem well over the speed limit. As I glanced up at the man, who I now realized had saved me from being hit by the careless driver due to having my head in the clouds, he looked down at me with only a few final words leaving his mouth:

“Don’t be so quick next time.”

Another typical Tina thing to do is to look for the symbolism behind every word, situation and opportunity. As I reflect upon this night, I think about what the man had said: “Don’t be so quick next time.” While I know he was talking about crossing the street without paying attention, I feel that there was more to it. That I shouldn’t be quick to judge. That I shouldn’t be so quick to let my fears overshadow someone’s good intentions. That I shouldn’t be so quick to cast aside a stranger, a stranger who saw reason to help me even though I was a stranger to them.

I’m sharing this story for a reason. Of course, I want you all to be safe, to use common knowledge, to allow your senses to keep yourself out of harms way. But, at the same time, I want you all to understand that a “stranger” isn’t always
a bad thing, and in fact, can be just the person you need in your life to reach such a powerful realization. At the end of the day, all people deserve the benefit of the doubt.

And, for such a scaredy-pants, this is the just the evidence I needed.

With an open mind that I hope to share,

Tina Cisarik, Staff Writer

The Fashion File

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From keeping it classic to mixing together different styles, Molly Dettman, DU freshman, and Julie Bartoski, DU junior, provide their favorite fashion tips.

Molly Dettman (Jenna Ramiro, DOMINICAN STAR)

1. Describe your overall style. (In general, are you Classy, Trendy, Chic, etc.)

Molly: My overall style is classy chic. I love to mix pop colors in with classic black and white. My favorite items to add just the right amount of sparkle and style to any outfit are jewelry and hair accessories. In addition, I love finishing every one of my looks with a great bag and fabulous shoes.

Julie: I am a mix. I put everything together myself.

2. What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?

Molly: My favorite stores are Nordstrom’s, Guess, Macy’s, Express, Von Maur and DSW. I love stores that have a fun, bright atmosphere with quality shopping and affordable prices. A friendly and well-decorated store with a great environment makes all the difference.

Julie: Nordstrom’s, H & M and sometimes the Gap.

3. Favorite brands or designers?

Molly: Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Guess, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan, are some of my all-time favorites. However, it’s exciting because I am constantly learning and discovering new fashions from designers in my fashion classes here at Dominican. My list of favorites is always growing.

Julie: I am a big fan of Joe’s Jeans.

4. What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?

Molly: Like I mentioned before, I love my jewelry and accessories because they add sparkle and can play up any outfit taking it from daytime casual to going out at night. However, my favorite piece in my wardrobe right now would have to be my pink pea coat and checkered scarf I got for Christmas.

Julie: I am a big fan of scarves and earrings.

5. Favorite go-to-outfit?

Molly: I can always count on my off-the-shoulder sweater dress paired with a belt for a pop of color, flats or my favorite heeled boots, and just the right amount of sparkle from my jewelry to help me look my best and be confident when I look in the mirror. Of course the look would not be complete with my bright coat and a great bag.

6. What do you look for when buying clothes?

Molly: When I’m shopping I look for pieces that I can mix and match with things I already have in my wardrobe. That way I get more outfit choices out of the clothing that I buy. Fit, color and texture are also very important and I like to be able to try on what I’m thinking about purchasing. Clothing may look great on the hanger and then look completely different when you actually try it on.

Julie: Definitely comfort and how it fits.

7. Who do you consider as your great fashion icons (celebrities, royals, etc)?

Molly: I admire Kate Middleton’s style. Everything she puts together always catches my eye and I find it breathtaking. I also admire Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Sandra Bullock, Victoria Beckham and Taylor Swift.

Julie: Rachel Bilson, because I like her style.

Julie Bartoski (Jenna Ramiro, DOMINICAN STAR)

8. If you could raid any celebrity’s closet, whose would it be and why?

Molly: I would have to say Kate Middleton. None of her clothes would even come close to fitting me but that’s what
tailors are for! I love her classy, elegant style and having an opportunity like that would be amazing. She is an incredible and beautiful woman with a big heart and tons of class and is definitely who I look up to as a fashion role model.

9. Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?

Molly: Stay true to yourself and wear what you feel best in. Fashion is about celebrating your own personal style and taking pride in the way you look. You can expand your own personal style by getting fashion tips and ideas from magazines, celebrities and other resources. Resources like these will help you put outfits together, but it is that unique spark of style in each of us that completes a great outfit. You will be most confident and look your best in clothing you know looks good on you and represents who you are without you having to say a word. Find your own style, celebrate it, be confident and finish your outfit with a smile!

Julie: Put in your own twist [when it comes to] style.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

Better Together ready for new semester

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With Eboo Patel-this year’s Lund-Gill chair and the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)-gone, the question for DU’s interfaith club Better Together has come down to, “where do we go from here?”

Despite Patel’s absence, leaders in the group say that Patel’s presence on campus did not overly affect the plans that Better Together has made in the past.

Better Together is the student-led effort to increase interfaith knowledge. Hannah Minks, an active member in the group, said that Better Together is more focused on working with clubs and organizations than other departments in the school. She also said that they want to expose students to interfaith cooperation.

“We want to get people comfortable talking about their spiritual and religious identities,” she said. “We’re reaching out to more students through events on campus through clubs and organizations.”

Along with the work done by Better Together, University Ministry also entered a partnership with IFYC last year, according to University Minister Matt Palkert. Palkert said DU and IFYC together “assessed [Dominican’s] culture for respect of faiths and how to improve interfaith knowledge.”

This, along with the efforts of Better Together, helps make up a strong interfaith presence on campus.

David Gayes, another student involved in Better Together, said that they are hoping to use events that are already a staple at Dominican and combine them with learning about interfaith cooperation.

One of the events Better Together is planning is a speed-faithing event on Feb. 14. The members are also working to bring back the Interfaith Engagement Series. Lastly, the group is planning a Fast for Haiti event and a Seder for the Jewish Passover.

Cait Guerra, Contributing Writer

Women’s Basketball Team Falls to MSOE for a Second Time

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This past Tuesday, the Women’s basketball team played against Milwaukee School of Engineering for a second time and unfortunately failed to pull off the win.

Earlier in the season, the girls played this tough opponent in November losing to them by only two points with a score of 46-48. Tuesday was their chance to pull through and get back at MSOE.

Before the game in the locker room, teammates shared inspiring words with each other to hopefully get pumped enough to win. “Today’s a big game. We really want to win,” Sarah Budz said.


The game was close for both halves, with Dominican holding the lead for the majority of it, but ultimately lost by two points with a score of 55-57. Ashley Oliver and Kayla Blom led Stars, scoring 11 points each.

With this loss MSOE is now two games ahead of DU in the division. Regardless, the Stars keep their heads held high for the next few games with hope of making it to the playoffs.

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Violent Viral Videos Are Increasing

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YouTube is a social site with some of the most interesting videos that can cause you to procrastinate on your college studies. However, YouTube can now lead to evidence in a police investigation.

After an accomplice posted a video on YouTube showing a young Asian-American male being beaten and robbed in Bridgeport, Ill., it was reported on Jan. 17 that detectives at the Chicago Police Department would use the video in an investigation.

The video has been removed from the original user’s account, but numerous other third parties have uploaded the video to various websites and blogs. News channels, such as ABC News, have also obtained the video and aired it to the public.

It isn’t new that people are being robbed or beaten in the world we live in. What is odd is that people videotape such incidents.

Chicago is not only known for its beautiful scenery but also for its numerous gangs. Movies have been made either about or alluding to the life of 1920s gangster, Al Capone. Even rapper Rick Ross wrote a song that honored one of Chicago’s famous gang leaders, Larry Hoover. Despite this often-seen image of the Chicago gangster, true gang members are often secretive of their organizations. They don’t leave evidence of the crimes they have committed.

It is true that times have changed. Cell phone cameras, flip cameras and YouTube videos didn’t exist back then. Nonetheless, a crime is a crime and the obvious consequence is jail time.

Since when did it become “humorous” to videotape beating someone? It has seemed to become a sport in our generation. In the video, the boys continually laughed while beating the young man and calling him obscene names.

This video is just one example of how some people in our society have really taken to “the bystander-effect” instead of being a decent citizen and helping someone who is in danger.

If you don’t know what the “bystander effect” is, it’s the term researchers Bibb Latane and John Darley coined during a study that the amount of time it takes the participant to take action and seek help varies depending on how many other observers are in the room.

Basically, the more people that are present when danger occurs, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses.

The video of the beating of Derrion Albert back in 2009 is a prime example of a teen who instead of calling the police or going to get a school official, pulled out their camera phone and recorded the fight.

I don’t know what we could do as a society to stop such videos. YouTube has become an addiction to our generation. People enjoy posting videos to see how many views and comments they can get, but posting videos of violence should never be acceptable.

I think YouTube should develop a policy with the police so that people who post violent footage would be fined. Then again, this policy may never go into effect due to the First Amendment.

So next time you go on YouTube and share these videos with your friends, think am I just being a bystander?

– Sharmon Jarmon, Staff Writer