Women’s Volleyball Ends Impressive Season

November 17, 2015

By Marty Carlino

The Dominican University Women’s Volleyball team fell short against Illinois Wesleyan in the first round of NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship. The defeat ended the season for the team. The Stars were defeated by the Titans in all three sets (25-18, 25-28 25-22).

Nevertheless, it was another impressive season for the team. The Stars defeated the Edgewood College Eagles to win the NACC conference championship. After dropping the first two sets of the match, Dominican came roaring back to beat the Eagles in the next three sets and win the match.

The Stars finished their season with a record of 25-10. This marked the seventh consecutive year of 20 wins in a single season.

Dominican and its players left their mark all over the conference leaderboards this season. Junior Carri Chambers ranked third in the conference with 3.31 kills per set. Alex Kisten joined her teammate on the same leaderboard ranking fifth in the conference with 2.90 kills per set. Kisten also finished second in the conference in overall kills with 362. Caitlen Foote ranked second in both digs per set (5.2) and total kills (671).

Sophomore Kendyl Todd led the conference in hitting percentage (.291). Senior Christina Wilson also led the conference in assists per set, averaging 11.09.

As a team, Dominican lead the conference in hitting percentage (.194), total assists (1645) and kills (1754).

The team finished their season with the fourth best winning percentage in the history of the women’s volleyball program. Next fall should be another strong season for the Stars.



Sister Alicia Torres Brings The Heat On ‘Chopped’

November 17, 2015

By Mary Alice Maloney

On November 9, The Food Network aired a special Thanksgiving-themed episode of their hit show Chopped, a cooking competition show that features four chefs who battle against each other in three 30-minute rounds of creative culinary challenges. The Thanksgiving episode titled “Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars” featured four chefs who dedicate their time and talents working in soup kitchens around the country. Each contestant was competing to win $10,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.

Sister Alicia Torres, a nun in the order of Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago and a student in the Masters of Arts of Teaching program here at Dominican, was one of the four chefs in this special episode.

Sr. Alicia devotes her time working with the mission at Our Lady of the Angels in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Our Lady of Angels is run by the Franciscan religious community, which provides services for the poor and underprivileged.

“Food is part of our outreach,” said Sr. Alicia. “We serve 700 families each month providing them with food, clothing and household goods. I love cooking and cook nearly every day for my Franciscan Community and for different events throughout the month that serve our neighbors. We have an emphasis on satisfying not only physical hunger, but also spiritual hunger.”

With a $10,000 donation coming their way, Our Lady of the Angels can grow their service programs and continue providing meals and programs to their community members. They have a weekly food pantry, a monthly mobile pantry, weekly senior citizens’ programming and daily after school programs, in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

Sr. Alicia entered the Franciscan community in 2009, but she just recently professed her final vows on October 4. She is continuing her studies at Dominican with the goal of becoming a religious educator.

When the opportunity to appear on Chopped presented itself, Sr. Alicia knew she wanted to try.

Chopped was looking for religious sisters to apply for the show and I heard about it and told my superior that I thought I had a good chance,” said Sr. Alicia. “He gave me permission to apply and I went through the application and interview process as any other potential competing chef would.”

Sr. Alicia does not have any professional training in the culinary arts, but cooking and being creative with food are certainly not foreign to her.

“I started cooking as a young teenager,” said Sr. Alicia. “Much of my kitchen time in high school was spent baking homemade breads and cakes.

Working at Our Lady of the Angels has allowed Sr. Alicia to develop her cooking skills in a meaningful way.

“I am a naturally very creative person, so cooking is a way I’ve really expressed that as a religious sister,” said Sr. Alicia. “We don’t always know exactly what food is going to come in, so the ability to be flexible and creative has really stretched me to expand my cooking horizons and think outside the box when it comes to preparing delicious, healthy meals. Not only is it an opportunity to be artistic, but even more importantly, to show our deep gratitude to God and our benefactors for their generosity that sustains our life and our work.”

While the competition was stiff in the Chopped kitchen, Sr. Alicia said that the competition never got ugly due to the common mission of shared between all of the contestants: serving the underprivileged. Each contestant was presented the challenge of transforming Thanksgiving leftovers into a new meal. In the first round, Sr. Alicia took turkey, green beans, cranberries and mashed potatoes and created a Mexican-themed appetizer that included a turkey quesadilla and a green bean salsa. She also dominated in both the entrée and dessert rounds, demonstrating her artistry with food and proving that she deserved to be crowned the winner. The judges commended Sr. Alicia for her ability to truly rework the mystery box ingredients to create something as ingenious as it was delicious.

While Sr. Alicia is proud that she emerged victorious from her Chopped experience, she hopes more than anything that this episode will bring awareness to the issue of hunger in America.

“I wanted to represent the least among us, the very poor, who are so dear to Jesus,” said Sr. Alicia. “Our vocation as religious is to live a life of prayer, witness and service and being on Chopped certainly gave a great opportunity to share that message with the world.”


Silence No More

November 17, 2015

By Jocelyn Cano, Marty Carlino and Cory Lesniak

Dressed in black and standing tall, dozens of African-American students at Dominican stood in solidarity with the University of Missouri and their fight against racial inequality. Sparked by protests around the nation and years of frustration, students all over the country are now making their voices heard.

On Nov. 12, students, faculty and alumnus stood not only in solidarity with Mizzou but also in protest of their own experiences of racial inequality at Dominican. Students (in protest) filled the hallways of Lewis Hall promulgating, “Silence no more.” Lined shoulder-to-shoulder, protestors blocked entrances to the dinning area of the cafeteria, making sure all would hear what was on their minds.

“This is us in solidarity with Mizzou, with Yale, with Wisconsin,” said Ambrell Gambrell, Dominican alumna, at the protest Thursday, “because we know what’s going on. You can act like you don’t know it’s happening here…we’re telling you now that it’s happening here. This is not to say that we haven’t talked to people who we’re looking at right now. This is not to say that we haven’t brought these issues to you, we have. They just have not been acknowledged. We have been kept silent. We want the whole school to know. We want the whole institution to know you are not living up to your mission right now.”

Various current students also vocalized their frustrations with micro aggressions on campus and with professors.

“Being asked in class if you’re a drug dealer by a professor that supposedly has a Ph.D., meaning that they [have] been teaching for a long time and they still don’t know how to teach to a multicultural class is just unfair,” Ahriel Fuller said. Fuller is a junior at Dominican who also serves as the vice president of the Black Student Union on campus.

“Having multiple faculty members and students support the cause gave the green light to execute the protest,” Fuller said. Students marched from the dining hall to President Donna Carroll’s office in hopes of having their voices heard. President Carroll was not present at the time but later commented that she is an ally.

“It sounded as if the student protest was thoughtfully orchestrated, raising real issues, painfully documented from students’ own experience. I am very sorry that I was not there to listen to their stories and accept their call for action…I am actually proud of our students for mobilizing. It demonstrates that they are engaged and looking for solutions,” President Carroll said.

President Carroll was not the only university official to comment on the protest. Dean of Students Trudi Goggin also stands in solidarity with students. Goggin said, “Students risked a lot standing up and speaking out. They exposed themselves and some of the hostility and ignorance they have experienced here­−this is a very vulnerable position for them−I am proud of their voices and the courageous stand they have taken. ‘Silent no more’−you are a blessing!”

Dominican’s Chief Diversity Officer Shelia Radford-Hill said, “I stand with students from all backgrounds whose love for Dominican challenges us. As an African-American, I am more aware of the struggles portrayed and know the value of organizing for change. I challenge allies to learn, grow and act together with students who feel marginalized. Let their voices ring in our ears every time we make decisions about academic and student support.”

Student protestors had their own ideas as to what could be a solution to fixing their perceived problems.

“I think cultural competency should be part of the tenure program. I think that teachers shouldn’t be allowed to get their tenure, unless they demonstrate that they can teach multiculture,” Gambrell said.

Fuller also commented that cultural competency training is their No. 1 priority. “Cultural competency training is the No. 1 demand. That has to happen, especially for tenured teachers, she said. If you’re going to teach, you have to know how to teach…there’s a way to interact with students.”

University officials are listening closely and are working on initiating changes.

“I think the greatest challenge is the recognition of and response to issues here at DU,” Goggin said, “We can all try to impact local, regional and national climate−but the clarion call yesterday was−this is not just an issue out there. We all need to address our own cultural ignorance and participation in unexamined bias. We must identify ourselves with our students and provide safe spaces for students to share their experiences so they will not be minimized, but validated−only with the recognition will we see the responsibility rests on everyone.”

Only time will tell what changes and improvements are made on campus but until then Fuller said, “If we don’t’ see any changes another protest will happen, and another one and another one until we see some type of change. You’re not going to stop hearing from us.”

Either way silence is no longer an option. “We want to tell our own stories now and you’re going to listen now. Silence no more,” said Gambrell.


Women’s soccer closes out regular season, Men’s soccer wins in overtime thriller

November 3, 2015

By Marty Carlino

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Dominican have closed out their regular season schedule. The women’s team defeated the Benedictine University Eagles by a score of 2-1.

The Stars jumped on the Eagles early in the match, commencing the scoring with an opening goal in the seventh minute. Kelli Iovino beat Benedictine’s keeper for her 18th goal of the season.

Benedictine came back to tie the match later in the 1st half and it remained tied until late in the second half. Iovino broke the deadlock, scoring her 19th goal of the season. The Stars hung on to beat the Eagles. Iovino finished the season 2nd in the NACC, completing her season with 19 total goals.  

The women’s team finished their regular season, second in the NACC conference standings behind Aurora University. The team will begin play in the NACC conference tournament Wednesday, Nov. 4, facing the highest remaining seed from the weekend matches.

The men’s team dropped their season finale, which was also against Benedictine University by a final score of 1-0. Benedictine scored early on in the match and the Stars were unable to overcome the deficit. The Stars did outshoot the Eagles 10-6 in the match, however they were able to beat Benedictine’s keeper.

The loss placed the Stars as the fourth-seed in the NACC conference and earned them a rematch against the fifth-seeded Eagles in the opening round of the conference tournament.

The Stars opened the scoring in the first half of their tournament match against the Eagles on the cold, rainy fall day at West Campus Field. Sophomore Jonathan Arzeta chipped a shot into the corner of the goal past Benedictine’s diving keeper. Freshman Iven Hernandez assisted the goal.  

Prior to the goal, Junior Alex Rohder made a key defensive play for the Stars when he blocked an opposing players shot that had broke through the Stars midfield defense.

Benedictine came out strong to start the second half and tied the game 10 minutes into the half. Benedictine’s Gio Ovalle struck a shot into the upper corner of the goal to even the match at 1-1.

The Eagles continued to push the pace, and less than 10 minutes later, Francisco Delgado scored a penalty kick that gave Benedictine a 2-1 lead.        

Dominican generated a number of chances in the games closing minutes and ultimately scored in the 88th minute to even the match. Junior Alex Rohder picked the right time to net his first goal of the season as he tipped in the tying goal into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

After 90 minutes of intense, back-and-fourth play, the Stars and the Eagles headed to overtime. Both teams attempted to push the pace in order to generate that one scoring opportunity that might win the game. With only 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Dominican’s Jose Gomez headed in the game-winning goal that sent West Campus field into a frenzy.

The goal was Gomez’s first of his collegiate career and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The Stars’ thrilling 3-2 victory advances them into the next round of the tournament where they will face Concordia University Wisconsin.  



Campus parking stalled

November 3, 2015

By Rich Bodee

Whether you’re a commuter or a resident, finding a parking spot can be extremely difficult and time consuming.

Students that can’t find a spot in the garage or anywhere else on campus are forced to park on the street. Once there, they must avoid the dreaded “No Parking” and “Resident Only” signs. However, even if you are lucky enough to find a spot on the street, meaning you are either parking on Park Avenue or Division Street, there is a time constraint to worry about.

Park Ave only boasts a two-hour maximum parking limit, which is not enough time for the typical student. If you have more than one class, you will eventually find yourself going through the entire process of finding a spot all over again. 

Another option driving down to the Priory campus. After the thirty-plus minute search for a parking spot on Dominican’s immediate campus, there is barely enough time to down to Priory, park and get to class without being late. There certainly isn’t enough time to sit and wait for the shuttle. It is also worth noting that parking at the Priory is done within the confines of the gates, not as soon as you turn off Division St. That parking area belongs to the city of River Forest. 

In multiple instances, Dominican has had to close the parking garage due to overcapacity. Students have been turned away without being told where to park. This usually happens between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Sometimes the garage is full and students are not notified. They drive all the way to the top of the parking garage only to have to turn around and attempt to find parking elsewhere. 

“I frequently hear students around campus complaining about not being able to find parking,” said Director of Student Involvement, Mark Carbonara. 

The complaining seems justifiable since we, as students, have to pay for a parking pass.

Dominican has tried to combat this issue. In a memo issued to students on Tuesday, October 20, Dominican took its first steps in the right direction. The article mentioned that the Greenfield and Parmer lots were striped to prevent the blocking of spots as well as that Dominican has formed a DU Parking Solutions Committee. Students who have parking concerns now have an outlet. They are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help create a better parking situation for the future students of Dominican. 

“Your voice is most important,” said Dean of Students Trudi Goggin.