Men’s and women’s soccer open conference play undefeated

October 20, 2015

By Marty Carlino

Both the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams have kicked off their conference schedule undefeated, which places both teams at the top of their conference standings.

The Women’s Soccer team has captured victories in their first seven NACC conference matches, propelling them to a record of 9-4.The Stars have been impressive throughout their conference win streak, averaging over five goals per game during that stretch.

The team had its most impressive victory when defending 2014 NACC conference champions, the Aurora University Spartans. Two late goals by junior Kelli Iovino and senior Taylor Adler helped the Stars achieve their first victory over Aurora since the conference commenced in 2006.

Adler and Iovino, both ranking in the top five of the NACC conference board for goals scored, have been quite the goal-scoring duo with a combined total of 26 goals. Each of the two players has also recorded impressive single-game performances.

Kelli Iovino scored three consecutive goals against Alverno College in under a three-minute span. Iovino totaled four goals in the match as the Stars defeated Alverno 13-0. The dominant performance helped notch Iovino her second NACC student athlete of the week honor this season.

Taylor Adler followed with a record performance of her own against Wisconsin Lutheran College. She tallied six goals in the match, which tied the university record for most goals in a match. Backed by Adler’s six goals, the Stars beat Wisconsin Lutheran 10-0 to improve to 7-0 in NACC play.

The Men’s soccer opened the conference portion of their schedule with an undefeated start as well. The team has an overall record of 8-2-3 with a NACC conference record of 5-0-2.

The Stars sit atop conference standings and also rank near the top in many other statistical categories. The Stars have had a strong defensive stance throughout the course of NACC play, surrendering only one goal over the span of seven games. The team has shut out their opponents in six out of the first seven conference games and their goals against average is an impressive 0.51.They wrap up conference play later this month as they will look to head into the NACC conference tournament playing their best soccer.

American Red Cross teams up with Dominican for blood drive

October 20, 2015

By Natalie Rodriguez

Dominican University held their blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 14. With the help of the American Red Cross, Dominican conducts a blood drive every semester. This semester, the blood drive took place in the Social Hall. Residence life coordinated the event with resident assistant, Olivia Szuszkiewicz as the organizer.

“So many people go to the hospital and they don’t realize that they need blood and it’s just incredible that when people do donate, it’s so helpful,” said Szuszkiewicz.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. As many as five million people need blood transfusions every year. According to the supervisor of the American Red Cross blood drive, Katrina Ruggiero, donations are crucial in helping people in need.

“You can save up to three people with one test tube of blood,” said Ruggiero. “Blood goes to burn victims, people in accidents, people going through chemo, hemophiliacs, people with iron deficiency and many more.”

An air of positivity filled the Social Hall as students filed in waiting for their turn.

“I’m happy I can help save people, so I’ll do whatever it takes,” said junior Mosam Amin.

Resident assistant volunteers Joannah Rivera, Sara Angel and Atzimba Rodriguez, students greeted students and helped the, get started with the donation process. Donors were given a pamphlet including information on the process of donating. Afterwards, they were called one by one by an American Red Cross nurse into a room divider where their iron levels, temperature and blood pressure were tested.

If the student was approved, they were then laid down on a table where they donated one pint of blood. Donors were given various snacks afterwards and told to rest. The whole process took about 45 minutes.

Throughout the day many students showed up but only 44 donations were successfully collected. Several potential donors were rejected due to low iron levels. It’s recommended to eat a diet high in iron a few days before donating. You should also make sure to attain enough sleep and drink plenty of water to ensure that you are hydrated.

The next blood drive will occur in March so be sure to keep your eyes open for the event. Students can either make reservations online or walk in with two forms of photo IDs.

Dominican celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 20, 2015

By Melissa Rohman

The transition from September to October is usually celebrated with colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and oversized sweaters. However, it is also a time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage through the celebration of Hispanic culture as well as contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino/a Americans in the United States.

According to U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 54 million Hispanics living in the United States, representing approximately 17% of the U.S. total population. September 15 through October 15 is nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States and here at Dominican.

“To me, Hispanic Heritage Month here at DU is really about celebrating and spreading awareness of the various cultures that exist in our Latin backgrounds and countries,” said Anissa Vega, vice-president of OLA (Organization of Latin American Students).

Though assistant professor of Spanish Rogelia Lily Ibarra proclaims that having technically only a month long celebration is no excuse to not celebrate Hispanic heritage all year round.

“I think that we should celebrate the achievements of Latino/as and other people of color year round,” said Lily Ibarra. “However, reserving a month-long space to celebrate Latino/as is not only effective but also necessary to bring visibility to the accomplishments of a significant population of our university and our country.”

OLA president Liz Lozano said, “We also think HHM is important because it spreads awareness and knowledge to those who may have never celebrated the month or attended an event about Hispanic Heritage. It promotes diversity here on campus and gives everyone a chance to participate. It is great to be exposed to various cultures and gain more knowledge and we believe it is a great way to preserve our culture and keep it going.”

The month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Dominican has included a variety of events, gatherings and presentations among many other things. The Rebecca Crown Library kicked off the celebration with the annual flag staircase display showcasing the national flags of 23 Latin American countries. On September 24, OLA held its annual welcome picnic in the quad that included a taco buffet, music and games. October 13 was a day of Latin American food tasting, music and a mariachi band in the Social Hall. Dominican welcomed critically acclaimed Guatemalan film director and producer Luis Argueta on September 17. Argueta presented a lecture along with his documentary “Abrazos” in the Martin Recital Hall. “Abrazos” is about a group of United States citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time, presenting the issue of the separation and unification of families affected by the United States immigration system.

The office of academic success and diversity, the Dominican University alumnae/i association, and OLA hosted the 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Reception. This reception honored one Latina or Latino Dominican alum with an award for their service for Latinos and/or in Latino communities accompanied with food and music to celebrate.

University Ministry also sponsored three events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. These events included a Hispanic Heritage Mass in the Rosary Chapel, a convivencia (a get together with food, music, and Folkloric dance) and a trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art. On October 27, there will be an altar installation and a prater service to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Hispanic Heritage Month no doubt is a month of celebration that is open for every one of all cultures and ethnicities to enjoy. It is also for many a month of recognition, pride, and a chance to break down barriers that are established in society between different cultures and groups of people.

“We believe it is extremely important that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month,” said Lozano. “It is really about Latinos needing to see fellow Latinos celebrated and honored just as much as other ethnicities and cultures are. It stimulates more than just pride but a connection with our ancestors and the traditions they passed down to us within our culture.”

Ibarra said, “The history of Latino/as in the U.S. is still invisible or misconstrued; we continue to have negative discourses in this country regarding immigration and lack accessibility to positions of authority. Therefore, a celebration that gives voice to the voiceless, makes Latino/as more visible, can also begin to break down barriers and make the unknown familiar and hopefully embraced.”


University parking backs itself into a corner

October 6, 2015

By Christopher Sich

It’s clear that parking availability, specifically the lack of it, is the issue of the year. Dominican spent an estimated $100,000 and added roughly 20 parking spots last year but it isn’t enough to combat the large freshman class as well an increase in commuter students.

“On Mondays and Wednesday the parking garage is filled by 10:45 a.m.,” said John Tsouchlos, manager of public safety. “We have had to close the garage between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.”

The lack of parking frustrates both resident and commuter students.

Senior Kristen Pisano said, “They need more parking spots. It is annoying that I can’t find parking considering I purchased a permit. They should look into assigned parking areas for morning commuters.”

“I struggle to find parking before and after work which causes me to be late,” said junior Catherine Soto. “I believe they should have a quota for parking permits. It should be ‘first come first serve’.”

The parking committee, which consists of John Tsouchlos, Carol Seley, Trudi Goggin and several other members is meeting frequently and working diligently to find long-term solutions.

“We are thinking outside of the box,” said Dan Bulow, director of buildings and ground.

Administration has brainstormed and discussed several ideas such as the possibility of not allowing freshman students to have a car on campus, or making the freshman park at the Priory campus to increase the use of the shuttle. They are also looking into the possibility of adding more parking spots on the south side of Murray Hall and the west side of Parmer.

The administration is aware of the issue and is taking it very seriously. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, feel free to email Dan Bulow at, or John Tsouchlos at  

Recap: Caritas Veritas Symposium 2015

October 6, 2015

By Leticia Vargas

On September 29, Dominican held its sixth annual Caritas Veritas Symposium Day. The theme for this year’s symposium was “Caritas et Veritas in a Life’s Work” which explored how individuals work for themselves and for the people around them. Every year, the symposium offers concurrent sessions and presentations led by Dominican faculty and staff that individuals can choose to attend.

This year, the symposium began at 9 a.m. with the Opening Plenary held in Lund Auditorium, which included opening prayers led by students and staff. Attendees were then freely dismissed to go to the first concurrent session of their choice. One of the first presentations was “You Were Called to do What?” led by Tracy Caldwell, Jodi Cressman, Angela Frazier, and Michael Lango in the Lund Auditorium. These four Dominican staff members shared stories of how they got to where they are today and encouraged attendees to talk about and discover their own path.

Session II included presentations on Ministry work, Caritas and Veritas in professions, and the neurodiversity movement. One of the presentations in the second session that was held in the Lund Auditorium was called “When Making a Living is Tough,” which reflected on the lives of Haitians and Guatemalans. Current Dominican students shared their stories of people they met while doing international service in these two impoverished countries. At the end of the reflection, MaDonna Thelen, director of community-based learning, said that by doing service, “We change our hearts, we change our minds, and we change our visions of ourselves.”

The presentations in session III continued to embrace the theme “Caritas et Veritas in a Life’s Work.” The session “Humans of Dominican: The Multiple Perspectives of a Story” presented by Mark Carbonara ’07, Vimla Dayal ’13, Roberta McMahon, and Sherri Wick encouraged individuals to consider how their perspective on life influences the workplace. An interactive activity had attendees divide into groups based on the color of a bead they were given at the beginning of the presentation. Attendees were then instructed to list reasons why their color was the best color. At the end of the activity, Sherri Wick said, “You want to think about your own story and how you are sharing it with others and how telling your story is about being seen, in part of who you are. It displays before others your personal hopes, your convictions, and your commitments.”

Session IV included presentations where attendees examined archival stories, the invisibility of the Latino/a class of Chicago, “the disease of being busy”, and a panel that discussed the work of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on caring for the earth.

“Our work becomes not just what we do, but who we are,” said Professor Dianne Costanzo, an instructor in Aikido and LAS seminar professor at Dominican. In her session entitled “Your Life Is Your Work”, Professor Costanzo posed three final thoughts for attendees: do not be afraid, do not allow yourself to settle for less when you can be more, and be light for the world.

At 3:15 p.m., the Academic Convocation was held in the Lund Auditorium to conclude the symposium. Lisa Amor Petrov, Assistant Professor of Spanish delivered a humorous speech and received the Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin, OP Diversity Leadership Award for her commitment and leadership in promoting diversity at Dominican. Rudy Lopez also gave an inspirational speech about treating workers fairly to help end the day. Lopez, who has experience working with voter registration, leadership development, and educational outreach in communities, accepted the Bradford O’Neill Medallion for Social Justice on behalf of Interfaith Worker Justice.

A pilgrimage to see the Pope

October 6, 2015

By Melissa Rohman

On the night of September 24, ten Dominican students and two faculty members set out on a pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia. Pope Francis made his first venture to the United States on September 22, spending five days in the country with stops in Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. For four days, the students accompanied by Ministry en lo Cotidiano coordinator Javier Reyes and Director of the University Ministry John DeCostanza would celebrate, tour, and partake in the mass led by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is the first Latin American Pope. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is the first Non-European Pope in nearly 1,300 years. Pope Francis has been recognized around the world as very approachable, humble, and always striving to reach out to people of all faiths, so it’s no wonder that millions of people ventured to see him.

The ten Dominican students who went on the pilgrimage found out about the application from University Ministry.

“Some of my family members were able to see Pope John Paul II when he visited Mexico and they would always mention how amazing that day was,” said senior Maggie Angel. “When I heard about this opportunity I wanted to experience that joy as well.”

Every student that applied and was accepted to go was responsible for fundraising as well as writing letters and sending them to loved ones. University Ministry generously covered any remaining funds.

The pilgrimage lasted roughly four days, starting with a 16-hour bus ride from Chicago to Philadelphia with another Catholic group from the Chicagoland area. When the group finally arrived in Philadelphia, their agenda consisted of early mornings, tours, and a lot of walking.

“No one minded waking up early, waiting through security, and standing in one spot for an entire day,” said Angel. “We waited for hours for a moment that lasted seconds, but it was worth every minute of the wait.”

On Friday, the group walked eight miles from La Salle University to the Sunday Mass and Eucharistic Adoration with the Pope that was held outside the Philadelphia Art Museum. On Saturday, they went to hear Pope Francis speak which was followed by the Papal concert.

Sunday consisted of a mural art tour around Philadelphia and mass led by the Pope.          

“Getting to see Pope Francis and then celebrating mass with him and hundred of people from around the world was an experience that is far too difficult to comprehend and describe,” said sophomore Tommy Bailey. “I’ve heard so many incredible stories of people witnessing Pope Francis over the past two and a half years of his papacy and I am so lucky and ecstatic to have my own.”

So why did these students voluntarily decide to go see the Pope? Their answers range from an interest in studying religion and faith to passions for advocacy and leadership.

“He is an incredible advocate for the poor, disabled, and less fortunate,” said senior Emily Walasik.

Freshman Shannon Wilcox said, “Pope Francis is an idol of mine. He really portrays the perfect example of how Catholics should live today.”

“This pilgrimage really made me reflect on my faith and how to integrate it as an adult,” said Angel. “Growing up in a devout Catholic Hispanic household, I realized how close my faith tied to my family life and ultimately my identity. I felt incredibly blessed to have experienced this pilgrimage especially with such a great Dominican community that I will forever cherish.”

This pilgrimage was an experience that the group of students and staff will never forget.