Cyber Café breaks new grounds

By Alejandro Cortez

Dominican students, faculty and staff now need go no further than the Cyber Café to load up on their favorite caffeinated beverages. Chartwell’s recently added Starbucks tea and coffee to their drink offerings.

So far, the Cyber Café only serves drip coffee and teas but Venegas said they will soon incorporate the Frappuccinos, iced teas and smoothies that many college students live on. Venegas said, “We were suppose to get [the smoothie machine] this week but we ended up getting the wrong machine so we’re hoping to start selling by next Monday for sure.”

Managing Director of the Cyber Café Stephanie Venegas said Starbucks Coffee representatives came to Dominican on March 27 to train Chartwell’s staff members how to prepare their famous beverages.

Because Starbucks drinks can be time consuming to prepare, Venegas hopes to hire a barista to lighten the workload on Chartwell’s employees.

The Starbucks kiosk opened March 30 and Venegas and staff members gave out free drink samples to entice the student body.

Venegas said the decision to switch to Starbucks was started by rumors of dislike, “From what I heard, a lot of the students were complaining that they didn’t like the coffee here.” says Venegas. Chartwell’s made the decision to do away with the Fair Trade and Organic Peruvian coffee and add Starbucks into the picture.

Freshman Erica Rocha said offering Starbucks at Dominican will increase demand by students, causing them to purchase coffee more frequently.

Sophomore Iridian Arrellano said offering Starbucks coffee will bring more attention and is a great addition to the Cyber Café. Arrellano also expressed the desire to use her Starbucks loyalty card, “It would be amazing if I can just add money to my rewards card and pay like that.” Venegas said many customers ask if they can use their Starbucks rewards cards to purchase Cyber Café coffee and earn points but, unfortunately, the registers are only equipped with credit card machines and cannot accept loyalty cards.

Professor archives 150-year-old clothing items

By Melissa Rohman

Rummaging through large boxes of donated clothing is all in a day’s work for apparel professor Susan Strawn, who is currently documenting and photographing a clothing collection dating back to the 1850s.

Strawn has wanted to archive the existing collection, which has grown to about 300 pieces, for years. She said: “Clothing is a language of its own. It’s a visual linguistic, and every piece exists for a reason.”

Strawn’s work will make it easy for Dominican students and faculty across disciplines to study and use the clothing items.

Strawn started archiving the clothing in February and hopes to finish before she retires in May. Strawn said she is more than happy to donate her time to the effort. She said, “The experience of looking closely at an object and seeing what you can learn from it is an enlightening and humbling experience.”

The collection started years ago when professor Rita Sisko began taking donations and clothing from museums. Other fashion professors continued adding to the collection. Some pieces came from museum and university collections, while university alumni have donated other pieces. The collection is named after Professor Emerita Sr. Diona McNichols, who taught a history of costume class at Dominican.

According to its mission statement, the purpose of the Sr. Diona McNichols’ Costume Collection is to “document, preserve, and make available to students and scholars across disciplines a repository of historically significant apparel artifacts.” Strawn is also using the documented pieces to conduct a conservation project in her History of Dress class. She said, “this collection will be a valuable teaching resource.”

Students enrolled in this class are studying two pieces they chose from the collection. Senior Lauren Miller, an apparel merchandising major, is currently working with 1940s black satin peep-toe heel house slippers designed by Daniel Green. Miller said: “I really like working with the school’s collection of older garments and accessories. The garments can give all of us a glimpse into what was popular during that time.” Using the shoes to study the dress of the time, Miller learned about war time fashion, when “families were wasting nothing.”

Strawn said when the collection is fully documented and photographed, an online record of each documented piece with a photo and description will most likely be saved on the University’s S drive as well as burned onto CDs for future use.