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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Immigration protests lead to arrests

David Ramirez speaking to the press about the decision that he and the activists made to come out of the shadows and declare themselves “undocumented and unafraid” knowing they were likely to be arrested and face deportation. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Immigrant Youth Justice League

Dominican student jailed for demanding higher learning access

By: Kaitlin Kimont, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Dominican student David Ramirez, 21, along with six other students from different universities around the U.S., were arrested on April 5 as a part of a widespread demonstration at the state capitol in Atlanta, Georgia protesting their lack of access to college and the lack of support for the DREAM Act in Congress.

“Knowing about this has given me a choice,” David Ramirez said in a statement to the Immigrant Youth Justice League before leaving for the protest. “I can ignore the ban and stay on this path of relative security, or I can join others to confront it. The outcome of bans will set a precedent for how undocumented youths are treated in other states.”

Ramirez, Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, Jose Rico, Dayanna Rebolledo, Andrea Rosales and Maria Marroquin publicly declared their undocumented status by delivering a letter to Georgia State University President asking him to not comply with the recent Georgia Board of Regents ban of undocumented youth from the top five public universities.

“President Becker responded by shutting the admissions office door in their face,” according to TheDreamIsComing.com.

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Commuter students try to cope with pressure at the pump

By: Lauren Orlando, Contributing Reporter

Remember when gas prices were as low as $2.50 per gallon for regular, unleaded gasoline? The price per gallon of that grade of gas in River Forest is now more than $4.19. With gas prices rapidly increasing, Dominican students are feeling the pressure at the pump.

Commuters and residents are concerned and frustrated with rising gas prices. They are desperate to find ways to cut back on spending for gas or to make more money to pay for it.

“I have two jobs besides going to school; one of my jobs just pays for gas alone,” Brett Frangella, a senior commuter, said

Frangella drives a Toyota Camry and lives about an hour away in Fox River Grove.

“I am driving six hours a week just to school and back, and that is not including any other activity I do throughout the week,” Frangella said.

College students already have to pay for loans, tuition and textbooks. Gas prices are just another expense to add to their many costs and stress level.

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Letter from the Editors: The perks and pitfalls of working on the newspaper

The Dominican Star staff working tiredly on the last issue in the Mac Lab on the fourth floor of Lewis Hall. Credit: Samantha Sanchez DOMINICAN STAR

By: Kaitlin Kimont, Angela Romano and Samantha Sanchez

Dear students, faculty/staff and Dominican community,

This will be our last editorial so we would like to take the chance to reflect on our year spent as the editors-in-chief of the Dominican Star.

First, we would like the opportunity to vent a bit. There is no argument, being an editor of a student newspaper is a tough job. Our biggest pet peeve by far: No pay. Considering the fact that this position takes the time of part-time job and newspaper production every other Saturday is easily a 12-hour day.

If that isn’t frustrating enough, as the editors we are also the bosses of everyone.  There have been many times that deadlines weren’t met and articles and photos were never turned in. As a result, we sometimes had to resort to panicking phone calls and mean emails. Some might even considering our panicking as harassment.

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Dominican introduces new Catholic Studies minor for fall semester

By: Dominic Schwab, Staff Reporter

Dominican’s Department of Theology announced on April 15 that it will offer a new Catholic Studies minor next fall designed to highlight Dominican’s Catholic identity within the school’s curriculum.

Professor David Perry, a teacher who specializes in medieval history, is in charge of the upcoming minor.

Perry said several professors in and outside of the theology department wanted to create a specific Catholic discipline.  The Catholic Studies minor will draw upon several existing disciplines, each of which focuses in some way on Catholicism by looking at the religion in its historical, cultural, or traditional context.

“The minor is intended to build a body of and develop a deep knowledge of Catholicism from three main areas,” Perry said. “Our underlying theme for the minor has been ‘History, Culture and Thought.’”

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Day of Silence spreads awareness on anti-LGBT harassment

By: Anna Anguiano, Staff Reporter

April 15 was the annual Day of Silence, bringing awareness to the anti-lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender (LBGT) harassment and bullying that some experience. Dominican was one of many schools throughout the nation to participate. The Day of Silence has been sponsored by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) since 2001 and was organized at Dominican by members of Common Ground, Dominican’s Gay and Straight alliance.

Common Ground advanced their mission of educating people on the history and social issues that impact the LGBT community, both within and outside Dominican, by hosting a Day of Silence.  Those who choose to participate in a Day of Silence abstained from speaking to bring attention to the pain members of the LGBT community feel when they are silenced by bullies.

“The point of Day of Silence is to bring attention to the harassment and bullying of LGBT students,” Kara Williams, secretary of Common Ground, said. “By organizing a Day of Silence event at Dominican, we hope to bring attention to these issues to the campus, and to have people show support for our cause.”

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Lund-Gill: The endowed chair is not a piece of furniture

By: Cait Guerra, Contributing Reporter

One problem with the Lund-Gill, bringing an established scholar to campus with a specialization in a field related to the arts and sciences, is that non-honor students often don’t know what the Lund-Gill chair is or have never even heard of it.

“I feel like non-honor students have no idea what the Lund-Gill chair is, but honors students have a general idea of it because we get emails about it during the year,” junior honors student Katy Somerfield said.

Several non-Honor students backed this idea up.

Stephanie Jones, a non-honors junior, said, “What is the Lund-Gill? Is that a piece of furniture?”

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Interfaith prayer room becomes a reality

The new interfaith prayer room is located on the Priory Campus. Credit: Nancy Reyes

By: Nancy Reyes, Contributing Reporter

Resident Assistant Justin Thirstup saw a challenge when he began working at the Priory Campus’ Aquinas Hall and taking up diversity training: the non-Catholic students he worked with didn’t have a space for prayer. “Dominican is clearly a Roman Catholic university; however, our identity should not keep us from being open to those of other faiths,” Thirstup said.

After talking with Deb Kash and Director of University Ministry, Shannon Green, they agreed to look for a space and quickly settled on the old St. Dominic Chapel, which is located near the entrance, in front of the check-in desk at the Priory campus.

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