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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


The Fashion File

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From vintage to modern style, apparel majors Jackie Villalpando, a junior, and Julie Shirey, a senior, share their favorite fashion influences, stores and advice for other fashionistas.

1. Describe your overall style.

Jackie: Casual, but it depends on the week.

Julie: I like vintage influences with modern stuff.

2. What are your favorite clothing stores?

Jackie: Bebe and Macy’s

Julie: Urban Outfitters’, H & M, and vintage stores.

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

Jackie: A purse or a handbag because you can carry anything you want in it and it compliments a simple outfit.

Julie: A purse because it goes with everything I have and it is a staple.

4. Who or what influences your fashion choices?

Jackie: Celebrities and reality shows, especially the Kardashians.

Julie: My friends, fashion magazines, blogs, and fashion history from the 1920s to the present.

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

Jackie: It is good to stand out, but not always to follow.

Julie: Try out a lot of different looks to see what works for you.

– Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

Communication with a Purpose: Student Profile

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Courtesy of Dwaine Porter

Sophomore Dwaine Porter is involved in many on-campus activities. He serves as a student ambassador, torch leader, and treasurer for both the Resident Student Association and the Black Student Association. Overall, he is known as a people person and a talker.

“He is a bubbly person,” said Cody Koepke, senior and Resident Student Association president, “He is positive, kind, and interested in school.”

Dwaine Allen Porter was born on September 9, 1992 in Chicago. His father is a custodial engineer and his mother works in management. He also has an older brother, with whom he shares a close relationship.

“We are a group of loud and loving people,” said Porter about his family, “They’re my support system.”

Growing up, every day was full of adventure, and there was always something to do. Activities included going to the park, having barbeques and spending quality time with family.  Porter attended Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a small high school located in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

“I was the kid in class everyone hated,” Porter says with a laugh, “I always asked and answered questions in class.”

During high school, he actively participated in clubs and activities such as student government and the prom committee. He served as president of the Chinese language club throughout his entire high school career and participated in band for three years. He plays saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, piano, and flute.

After graduating in a class of 80 seniors, Porter started attending Dominican University in Fall 2010. It’s a second home to him and knows almost everyone he sees on campus. So far, his most memorable moments at Dominican involve being with his friends.

“I feel energized with a group of people,” said Porter, “Things aren’t planned, and we decide to get together spontaneously.”

He is currently a double major in marketing and corporate communications, taking the five-year BA/MA program with a minor in psychology.

“I was interested in communications because I like talking and talking to people,” he said, “and marketing is another way to talk to people and know what they want, and psychology is interesting and will help me in the long-run about how people think.”

For anybody who doesn’t know Dwaine Porter, junior and Black Student Union president, Jennie Bell said, “He is super easy to talk to and he is always helpful. He is one of my closest friends.”

In the future, he hopes to be happy with everything he does and direct people on how to change their own lives.

As for a potential career, Porter would like to be involved in student affairs at a college or university and possibly giving people the information to make decisions on their own.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

The Fashion File

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Best friends Taqueeta Sherrod, senior, and Elizabeth New, junior, talk about their style preferences and fashion advice to other fashionistas.

Describe your overall style.

Taqueeta: Classy, conservative, and business-like.

Elizabeth: I’m kind of versatile with my style.  I like to try preppy, urban, chic, and nerdy; I like to do it all. I get bored with the same look.

What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?

Taqueeta: Dots, A`gaci and Charlotte Russe.

Elizabeth: Charlotte Russe, A`gaci, Mandee and Rainbow.

What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?

Taqueeta: Bracelets because they accent your outfits and fitted shirts show off your curves.

Elizabeth: Earrings because they bring out your face and accentuate your outfit. Also, I bought my first fedora hat in March and I thought it looked hot!

Who or what influences your fashion choices?

Taqueeta: God–because I ask him what I should wear, and he gives me an answer.

Elizabeth: I get my influences from magazines, E! News and people around me to try something else. God, too, because he gave me a creative mind.

Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?

Taqueeta: Try to dress sexy-modest because you can try to be sexy without revealing a lot of skin.

Elizabeth: Check yourself before you wreck yourself. If you have a certain style, be fierce, fabulous and have fun.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

The Fashion File

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What outfit did you pick for today?
Danielle: The dress is made by Prairie Underground, an American company that uses organic cotton. Also, Grey Memoi tights with thigh high socks, hunter boots and a fair-trade Indonesian scarf.


Alex: I’m wearing a DJ scratcher icon graphic tee, fitted jeans and high-top sneakers along with a leather jacket.

Why did you choose this outfit?
Danielle: Well, for one, it was really cold outside but I still wanted to wear a dress. This dress had sleeves and the cotton is thicker so it kept me warm. It was raining out so that’s why I was wearing hunters and it was just an all-around ugly day outside so I wanted to wear something more “cheery.”
Alex: I chose this outfit today for comfort and for the trendy look of this leather jacket.

Describe your overall style.
Danielle: I do not really think I have a distinct style because I wear something based on how I feel that day, but in general I would say eclectic, bohemian or retro.
Alex: Choosing this outfit depicts not just the style I prefer but the type of personality I have. This hip-hop and urban influence with a hint of retro shows the confident and sociable side of me.
What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?
Danielle: I find myself shopping at a lot more thrift stores that have one-of-a-kind items. Urban Outfitters, Free People and Von Maur have great sales racks. Also, I search my aunt’s closet for hand-me-downs.
Alex: Favorite stores to shop are H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and Uprize (a skateboarding shop).

What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?
Danielle: It’s too hard to choose but if I could narrow it down it would be socks, tights and sweaters. They are like candy – you can never have too many of them.
Alex: My favorite item would be my shoes. I love sneakers! I’m a hip-hop dancer and shoes play an important role in the dance community, it shows the kind of attitude you give on stage!

Who or what influences your fashion choices?
Danielle: There is not a specific “who” that influences my fashion. But as I flip through magazines I am always drawn to outfits that are completely one color, mostly neutrals like grey, black and cream. I like doing this because it’s easy to get that chic look if I want to do a monochromatic outfit or to pair it with the unique colorful things I find in thrift stores.
Alex: Some influences are from runway shows, celebrities and even my peers. Keeping up with trends is a must or you would be left behind!

Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?
Danielle: When buying clothes, try to buy something that you know you could make at least two or three outfits with something you already own, unless it is a special occasion item or a must-have.  But really just wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. That’s the beauty of clothes; they make the real you shine through.
Alex:  Guys should have a jacket, duffel coat or pea coat in their closet for the winter and also a pair of leather boots with the side zip – still hot!

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

Economics and Impact: A Professor’s Story

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Loreto Peter Alonzi has been more than just a professor. He is an advisor, researcher and Father Samuel. For 13 years, Alonzi has taught economics at Dominican and relates the subject to real world situations, especially today’s economic situation.

Alonzi grew up in Wilmette, Ill. with four sisters and two brothers. He became interested in economics at the age of seven when his grandfather, a businessman and a master wood carver at a furniture factory, asked him an economical question.

“My grandfather asked me, ‘How come Mickey Mantle’ the baseball player, ‘makes a higher income for hitting a ball than me?’” Alonzi said that eventually sparked an interest in economics.

In college, Alonzi majored in economics at Loyola University in Chicago where he received his bachelor’s. At one point during his undergraduate years, while taking an accounting course, he learned that economics was for sure his path.

“I received 75 out of 100 on a test,” he said, “I was off by one number on a question and I learned that accounting is a matter of precision. In economics, you can be a little off on a graph because you can make a dot (on a graph) a little bigger.”

Alonzi also said he resonates how economists approached and analyzed problems and that is what he would rather do.

After getting his bachelor’s, Alonzi wanted to take more economics classes to understand the subject better. He attended the University of Iowa for both his master’s and doctorate.

“In graduate school, I preferred the academic side and fell in love with it,” he said.

After earning his graduate degrees, Alonzi moved to Bowling Green, Ohio where he taught economics for two years. After gaining an interest in “Future Markets”, he moved back to Chicago and taught classes at his alma mater, Loyola University, for the next six years. While teaching at Loyola, he led education seminars at the Chicago Board of Trade, the world’s oldest futures and options exchange.

They hired him to run an education program where he trained over 1,300 students each year about the rules and regulations of the company, set up a curriculum and hired faculty within the Commodities Institute, and worked with various university professors from Stanford, New York University, Vanderbilt and more.

Alonzi then decided to look for academic professions. One day, he sent a letter to Dominican about open positions, but three days later he was notified that there were no needs at the time.

However, fate stepped in when he received a call three days later. He had been called to come for an interview, courtesy of future colleague Daniel Condon who talked to the dean of students to give him a chance after seeing him teach at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Since then, Alonzi has been teaching economics at Dominican University for 13 years and enjoys it because every day is not the same.

“I can read, think, impact and work with young students,” Alonzi said about being a professor.

He said, “the best things about Dominican University are working with students and colleagues and being a part of a hard-working community with a sense of who we are as creatures of God.”

“He is excellent and very helpful,” economics professor Kathleen Odell said about her colleague. “He’s a good person to talk to, a good speaker, and students like him.”

“He’s a helpful professor,” said Rebecca Mezzich, a sophomore who has taken one of his classes. “He’s very approachable, cares about his students and passionate about economics.”

What makes him passionate about economics is how it relates to everyday life such as today’s budget deficits, supply and demand, and markets.

In his graduate capstone class in the Brennan School of Business, he assigns students to collaborate on a project in which they have to use the business skills they have learned and create a huge benefit concert.

“The students use their marketing, accounting and business skills to make the benefit happen,” he said.

The result of the concert was the raising money in which all the proceeds went to Grabia Torun Poland orphanage. The money was used to renovate the facility with access to elevators for orphans who are handicapped or disabled in any way.

As part of the Dominican University community, Professor Alonzi has used his economical skills and passion in a service-oriented environment. As for the subject of economics and in life.

“What we know is so much less than what we don’t know.”

He currently resides in Glenview with his wife of 35 years. They have three sons with the first getting his doctorate in physics, the second currently taking a year of volunteer work and the youngest studying for his master’s in education at Dominican.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

Anne Glaza: Student, Steward and Advisor

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Courtesy of Anne Glaza

If you see a girl with long, light-blonde and fair skin sitting in the pews at Sunday night Mass here at Dominican, it’s most likely Anne Glaza.

Known to close friends as a sweet-natured individual with a good head on her shoulders, Glaza is actively involved in University Ministry at Dominican. She takes part in the Student Leadership and Ministry program (SLAM), choir and the Better Together Campaign.

Anne Glaza was born Sept. 11, 1991 in Toledo, Ohio to Dave and Paulina Glaza. She is the oldest of three, with two younger brothers, in a religious-centered family.

“I am very blessed to be raised in a religious family,” Glaza said. “Religion is a part of our everyday life. We talk about the readings read in Mass and we have done lots of service at our parish.”

Growing up, Glaza took tap dancing for 10 years, beginning at age 4, as well as participating in basketball and softball. In middle school, Glaza began participating in musical theater, both in school and a community theater group started by her best friend’s mother and aunt. One favorite role was playing Cinderella in the production of “Into The Woods” during the summer after her junior year of high school.

She attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-girl Roman Catholic high school where she continued to participate in musical theatre and later joined the speech team in her senior year. Also, Glaza is involved in ministry at her academy. “I enjoyed planning prayer services and service projects,” Glaza said.

In 2010, Glaza enrolled at Dominican, with a major in nutrition – an interest sparked in high school while developing a healthier lifestyle and learning about how the human body works. Immediately, Glaza became an active member in University Ministry by joining choir, becoming a student minister and leader, and later a member of the Better Together Campaign.

For anyone who might not know Anne Glaza, according to Chellie Britt, junior, and close friend, “She is very genuine. She loves so much. If you ever need anything, Anne would be there. She is a calming presence.” Glaza is currently a resident advisor for Coughlin Three, all while being involved with ministry, working as a resource desk assistant and focusing on her studies.

Although she is very active in the Dominican community, Glaza admits she is unsure about her future, she knows it will involve service.

“She is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know,” junior Krzysztof Bielak said. “She is willing to talk to people no matter how busy she is.”

In her spare time, Glaza enjoys reading, spending time in nature, scrapbooking and being in the kitchen.

So far, Glaza has learned that at Dominican that “there are incredible opportunities to do meaningful work.”

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer