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Isolated Act of Vandalism at Parmer Hall

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Courtesy of Julia Grama

River Forest Police are investigating two shattered windows in the atrium of Parmer Hall, which they attribute to bullet holes. Campus Security contacted police at 6 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, after discovering the holes during the routine overnight security round.

Police found three bullets by the Parmer Atrium; two were on the ground and one was in a nearby tree. The security camera tape police reviewed shows that a car drove in from Division Street with headlights off. Police were not able to identify the license plate number since it was still dark. The car then drove north and around the corner by Parmer Hall. The vehicle paused for about 40 seconds, which is when the shots might have been fired, according to Dean of Students Trudi Goggin.

Goggin said residents of the River Forest Community living on Greenview Avenue might have been able to hear the gunshots being fired, but no one came to campus security or River Forest police to make a report.

Classes resumed in Parmer on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Police officials have stated they believe there is not any current imminent danger to the Dominican community. However, there will be an increased police presence on campus, according to River Forest Deputy Chief Craig Rutz.

“Dominican University is one of the hotspots; police officers pay more attention to this area,” Rutz said. “Although not a lot of attention is needed as this was not a targeted attack, we’re increasing police presence as a deterrent to further crime. Protection is maintained through visibility of police.”

Goggin said it is important that the Dominican community understands that the damage resulting from the shooting is low.

“No one got shot, no one died. It was an isolated act of vandalism,” she said. “We have to choose our words carefully when we talk about this crime so we don’t make this in to a bigger thing then it needs to be, or scare any people.”

Students seem calm about the incident, despite the initial shock it created.

“I’m not really scared. I know that this was an isolated case. I still feel safe on campus, but, at first when my mom found out about this crime she was worried,” sophomore Christine Nguyen said. “But, I told her Dominican University was doing a good job keeping me and other students safe.”

The vandalism caused damages amounting to approximately $2,000, according to Rutz.

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What Tina Says

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Saving Money

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always been “good” with money. While in high school, I spent a little too much time buying this-and-that and didn’t put nearly enough effort into becoming educated in finances. I was making part-time wages (at $8.00 an hour), which always seemed to burn a hole in my pocket. Within 24-hours, at least half of my paycheck would be gone – compliments of local sales, high-rate coffee and newly released films.

When I started my freshman year at Dominican University in fall of 2009, I had dwindled my savings account down to a small amount, thanks to my spending habits. Facing the reality that I would only be working 10 hours a week (protocol for student workers employed at Dominican University), I knew that my frivolous lifestyle had to change. After all, a typical monthly check of about $300.00 doesn’t go very far, especially with the new expenses that college brings.  With this in mind, I took a leap into adulthood and began to budget wisely, spend frugally and, much to my regret, cut back on the unnecessary luxuries that I once enjoyed. Although this change was difficult, I realized that this experience was an opportunity to research money saving options.

As I’ve become quite the penny pincher, I’ve developed a few tips and tricks that have made this change not only tolerable, but rather enjoyable as well. In celebration of this academic year, and of a whole new financial challenge, I’m sharing three of these useful gems with the rest of the Dominican community:

Amazon Student: Free shipping, happy college kid.

With a busy schedule, it’s sometimes difficult to make it out to a storefront in order to pick up a birthday gift for Mom or a pair of winter boots. When a mall is out of reach, many of us turn to the convenience that online shopping brings. While purchasing items online is always a great option, we’ve all been in this situation before: After adding your required items to your digital cart, you begin the checkout process only to realize that shipping will cost almost as much as the items you’re purchasing. However, Amazon has come up with a solution to this problem just for us college kids. Amazon Student, a free service catered only to those with a .edu email, allows students a 6-month period of free Amazon Prime, which allots for 2-day shipping on millions of items. Included in this service is free release-date delivery on video games, DVDs and books, along with additional promotions exclusively for students. By signing up now for your 6-month trial, you can be sure to apply these savings to all of your holiday shopping orders – even on that Ninja game that your little brother wants.

Visit www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info to sign up for your Amazon Student account.

Mint.com: Budget wisely, save money.

My parents always advised me to keep all of my receipts from every transaction and to make sure my checkbook was always in order. However, this has never been a forte of my disorganized mind. Because of this, I have found it difficult to budget my finances, as I was never actually sure how much money I was spending on certain things (such as groceries and clothing). After discussing this with a friend, she suggested I try using Mint.com, a free, personal money management website. Mint provides a user with many different tools in order to plan their spending wisely, including setting monthly budgets and saving goals. By syncing with the users checking and credit accounts, Mint is able to identify how much money you’re spending in certain categories. Yes, the website will be able to display the exact amount that was spent on that impromptu ice cream run last Tuesday or your new poster of your favorite art replica. You’ll receive email or text message updates on your budgeting status (including when you go budget), and will be able to change your allotted budget depending on financial circumstances (say, if you got that paid internship that you’ve been hoping for). Careful money management is grounds for money saved. How plain and simple is that?

To get your own, free Mint account, visit http://www.mint.com.

 Resale Shops:

I’ve always been a real advocate of reusing and repurposing. I can often be found rummaging around in my Nana’s old jewelry or trying to mend my Super Nintendo game system. I believe in the well-known saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. With this in mind, I find one of the best money saving opportunities to be found in none other than your local thrift store. Looking for a funky lamp to add a bit of light to your dorm room? Instead of heading to a nearby retailer to pay full price, check out The Brown Elephant. This resale shop, with a location right in Lakeview, has sold over 740,000 items annually. And, you’re not the only one who will benefit from shopping at The Brown Elephant: all proceeds are donated to charity. Trying to find the perfect dress for your vintage-loving roommate? Instead of buying a “mod-inspired” outfit from a fashion boutique, try looking at the Economy Shop to pick up “the real deal” at a great price. Located right in Oak Park, The Economy Shop prides itself on offering eco-friendly, vintage and brand new items. Much like The Brown Elephant, profits benefit 6 local charities.

Want to visit the discussed resale shops?
The Brown Elephant – 3651 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)
The Economy Shop – 103 S. Grove Oak Park, IL 60302

With these tips, I wish you all happy spending, heavy wallets and well-fed piggy banks.

Dominican University Men’s Soccer – Kids Day

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Serek Hahn DOMINICAN STAR

On September 9, the Dominican University men’s soccer team played host to not only Hope College, who they beat 2-0, but to the children of Dominican alumni and staff. The youngsters took to the newly renovated field alongside the DU players and stood for the playing of the national anthem and the introduction of players. The weather cooperated for the kids as the rain held off until well into the first half, by which point the children had joined the rest of the spectators on the side-lines, cheering on their favorite players.

Serek Hahn, Staff Reporter

Big Ten Football Recap: September 10-11

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The weekend of September 10-11 was a busy time for Big Ten football teams. The highlights of the weekend included a thrilling match-up of Michigan against Notre Dame in which Michigan, playing at home in front of a crowd numbering over 100,000, secured a 34-31 victory with a 16-yard touchdown pass with only two seconds left on the game clock. The result dropped the Fighting Irish to 0-2 on the season.

Elsewhere, there were big wins for Wisconsin (35-0 over Oregon State), Illinois (56-3 over South Dakota State), Nebraska (42-29 over Fresno State), Northwestern (42-21 over Eastern Illinois) and Michigan State (44-0 over Florida Atlantic). Meanwhile, Ohio State escaped a possible trap game by beating Toledo 27-22.

Not all of the Big Ten enjoyed success on the weekend, however. There were several close losses – notably Iowa’s 41-44 loss to their fierce rival, Iowa State. Penn State lost to third-ranked Alabama 11-27 and Purdue was unlucky to lose to Rice 22-24 after a blocked field goal sealed their fate. Indiana and Minnesota also suffered losses to round out the Big Ten.

Serek Hahn, Staff Reporter

RCAS Renovation Update

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No longer do students have to agonize over the sounds of construction while attending classes in Lewis Hall or the Rebecca Crown

Kelly Butler DOMINICAN STAR

Library because the long-awaited library link renovation is complete. Jeffrey Carlson, dean of Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, and the student advising staff have moved into expanded quarters that allow all the staff to be closer together.

“It was necessary because the entire Rosary College of Arts and Sciences office needs to be together to serve the students better…with half of our office in the annex and the other half in the library link, we could not serve the students sufficiently,” Sr. Melissa Waters, associate academic dean for advising, said.

The new suite is spacious and bright, featuring a welcome area, a conference room, a space for student workers, and numerous new offices. “I can see everyone that I need to see at one time without having to travel between the library link and the annex,” senior Candace Haywood said.

The walls are decorated with the Dean’s selections of student artwork from past years’ art shows. Though the construction of the office is complete, the lawn outside of the new addition is still being developed. Although the larger space and consolidation of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences staff will be helpful to staff members in everyday work, Waters said, “The main idea of this addition is the service to the students.”

Quiana Miller, Staff Reporter

New Year, New Music Ministry Coordinator

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Every Sunday at 7 p.m., the Rosary Chapel fills with heavenly, liturgical music during Mass. The choir sings on cue, providing soothing melodies, and every music note is hit with success. The Mass’s music is produced with grace and precision, thanks to the new Coordinator of Liturgy and Music Ministry, Amy Omi.

Amy Omi first took on the position after Sr. Patti Gallagher retired at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Though she is new to the position, Amy’s history with music goes as far back as her childhood.

Amy was born and raised in Maywood, by a firefighter father and home-making mother and is the oldest of four children. She considered herself as the ringleader of her three younger siblings

“I think that is where I get my director role,” Omi said with a laugh.

At 5, Omi took an interest in music when her paternal grandfather, a pianist and Concordia University alumnus, gave his old stark, upright piano to the family. As soon as the piano was in the household, Amy began writing and playing music. Over time, Amy started taking piano lessons with the help of her maternal grandmother’s financial contributions towards her tuition. In order to make ends meet, her father worked extra odd jobs, such as painting houses, and her mother sang at her local church.

Omi spent her first year of college at Edgewood College in Madison and took a year off before transferring and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a minor in communications at Dominican University.

After graduation, Omi wasn’t sure what direction to go. She originally thought about a career as a performing artist until the next few years, when she went through many hardships.

“Everything went wrong,” she said, including serious familial, relationship and health issues.

Eventually, she enrolled at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago for her master’s degree in music education giving voice lessons to young people. She discovered she was good at teaching and music. She then moved on to playing piano and performing at a variety of Catholic churches and continued giving voice and music lessons.

She has worked as a choir director at the United Methodist Church and did some occasional performances with Sr. Patti Gallagher as an accompanist. Then, in mid-June, Omi was offered the place by Sr. Patti herself. After a week of considering the option, she applied for the position and was hired on Aug 15th by Shannon Green, director of University Ministry.

“She has everything and more,” Green said. “She has the desire to deepen her skills for her music and has experience.”

Omi recalls her most memorable moment so far at DU – the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

“It was a powerful moment,” she said, “I felt the things God has taught and given me and has prepared me for this opportunity. Nurturing people in a spiritual setting by doing music, you tap yourself into a spirit very high above anyone. Music hits a chord inside of people in a purist form of prayer.”

As a coordinator of liturgy and music ministry, she works with students to help them improve and express their musical skills.

“She really gives you the confidence that says that you can sing and be a part of the Liturgy,” Megan Graves, a sophomore and choir member at Dominican, said. “She is the most creative person that I have ever met. She is able to see a space and see the people, and she creates beauty.”

Omi dedicates her time, faith and creativity to provide the Dominican community with spiritual music. She is a working mother of two children and has been happily married for four years and currently resides in Lyons.

Omi’s motto? “If you don’t use the gifts God has given you, you will suffer an ailment. When you use your gifts to the fullest potential, you will experience the perfect alignment of the soul.”

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Reporter

Entourage: “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous”

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Entourage is an American television series that premiered July 18, 2004 on HBO. The series, created and largely written by Doug Ellin, tells the story of Vincent Chase, a young movie star; his brother, a former television actor Johnny Chase; and two childhood friends-“E” or Eric Murphy, and “Turtle,” whose real name in the series is Salvatore Assante, all of the main cast is from Queens, New York City and they learn to deal with life in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson serve as the show’s executive producers.  The show’s stories are loosely based on Wahlberg’s experiences as an up-and-coming film star and deal with themes of male friendship, bonding and real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood.  The show is known for its vast array of guest stars, usually featuring at least two celebrities per episode.

Entourage was renewed for its eighth and final season of eight episodes, which premiered on July 24 and concluded on Sept. 11.  A film about the series is tentatively planned after the series ends.  Recently, while attending the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills July 28 to discuss the comedy’s final season, Doug Ellin confirmed rumors of the film.

“We’re gonna do a movie,” Ellin said. “It’s a question of when and how quick. We’ll make it happen.”
Besides the series’ characters’ stories, Entourage provides a window into the glamour and pitfalls of Hollywood life. It delves into real-life issues some of which are adult in nature including drug use, sex, and the use of explicit and vulgar profanity. Despite, or possibly as a result of, these adult themes it generally is a series that is enthralling for men and women.

Entourage has been described as a “Sex in the City” type show for men.  If Sex and the City’s fashion, shoes and Cosmopolitans were replaced with flashy cars, mansions and scantily clad women, Entourage’s male appeal becomes even more evident.  But that boost of testosterone doesn’t mean all the writers are men.
The Entourage characters do not drink Cosmopolitans. Instead they do shots or drink beer. Entourage characters don’t carry purses; they drive Ferraris and Rolls Royces. Entourage frequently includes scenes with its characters smoking pot and dating women with almost unbelievably spectacular looks. In short, these characters live the high life, which is seemingly just a phone call away.

Although the Entourage characters are fictional, some are actually based on real people.  Ari Gold, who is the main character Vincent Chase’s agent, is based on Ari Emanuel, a former Chicagoan now Hollywood agent who also happens to be the brother of Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago’s mayor, and who is also the agent in real life of Mark Wahlberg.

So if you missed the final episode of the final season, which first aired on Sept. 11, you should be able to watch reruns on other non-specialty channels like WGN, America and Spike TV, since the show has been syndicated.

Neil Helfgot, Staff Reporter