Women’s Volleyball Sets Off 2016

September 20, 2016

By Christopher Sich

The Dominican University Women’s Volleyball team has had a very tough schedule to open the season going 0-6, but the team has won its previous two matches including an important win over NACC rival Rockford University as they look to go on a winning streak.

“It’s great that we started off the season with such high competition and that we have played some great, ranked teams,” said Tessa Griparis, senior on the Women’s Volleyball team. “It has really gotten us in the right mindset to push ourselves, hold each other to high standards that we know we can reach, and also prepare us for conference.”

The early competition has ultimately been beneficial and has the team prepared for the rest of the season.

 According to Maddi Zanoni, senior on the Women’s Volleyball team, one of the benefits of playing such tough competition early on is that it exposes your flaws and allows you to focus your attention on strengthening these areas before heading into conference play.

Regardless of the result of the matches, the team has continued to learn from every game and continued to progress.

“Moving forward we need to focus on increasing our communication, intensity, and overall discipline; these are the building blocks to success and if we can continuously deliver in all three categories we will see great returns,” Zanoni said.

There is still a lot of the season left, so rather focus on solely the big picture, Head Coach Jeanne Czipri has the team focused on the small objectives.

“We are consistently reminding the girls to focus on the process and the small daily and weekly objectives rather than the winning percentage,” Czipri said. “If we take care of the little things now and work to make them become habit, they will be easier at the end of the season when the pressure builds.”

One of the key elements to remaining focused on the team objectives and keeping attention to detail is team chemistry.

According to Czipri, each and every player has stood out in their own way at some point this season. The freshman are embracing the challenges very well, the seniors are stepping up physically and have done a great job of creating a unified message for the team, and the sophomore and juniors are filling out a majority of the missing pieces and creating the desired environment to grow.

Even in light of the current record, the team goals have not changed.

“Our goals are to win conference, win the conference tournament, and, ultimately, earn a spot in the national tournament while maintaining a high level of academic achievement and overall team chemistry,” Zanoni said

 The pieces for success are in place, now the team must continue to work hard to produce positive results and to ultimately achieve their team goals.

After a long weekend of games in Wisconsin against tough competition, the team returns home with their sights set on NACC rivals Benedictine University. The Stars will go to Lisle on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to face the Eagles in an important conference match.

The Stars next home match will be on Sept. 28 against the Edgewood College Eagles.

sichchri@my.dom.edu

Three Students Take On College Debate 2016

September 20, 2016

By Melissa Rohman

What happens when 150 college students from across the country come together on one campus for two days, incorporating social media and technology, to talk about issues that matter most to millennial voters? Introducing the College Debate 2016 (CD16).  

Dominican freshman Joseline Cano, junior Bianca Mena and senior Raunel Urquiza had the opportunity to participate in CD16 hosted at Dominican University of California. The debate aimed to represent millennial voters in this year’s presidential election by posing six questions to presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the fall debates at the end of September and October.   

CD16 consisted of two all expense paid trips, one to San Francisco this past June to introduce and train CD16 delegates and the other to San Rafael, California in September for CD16.

Cano, Mena and Urquiza heard about the program via email and applied to be Illinois college delegates for the debate. College delegates for each state were chosen based on showing interest in politics and civic engagement.  

On Sept. 7, Cano, Mena, Urquiza and the other 150 college delegates from universities and colleges in the U.S. took part in the CD16 town hall meeting, streamed live on ABC 7. Cano and Urquiza were also interviewed by Telemundo. The town hall meeting occurred on Sept. 7 and was moderated by Dr. Sybril Brown, professor of journalism at Belmont University.

One of the two days was designated for discussion panels led by experts discussing issues important to the delegates and the other was for the town hall meeting. Delegates tweeted debate moderators to come up with this list of questions for the candidates:

  • How would you restructure governmental assistance programs for the unemployed or impoverished to obtain self-sufficiency?
  • What specific circumstances would prompt the United States to use military resources in a foreign country?  How would you utilize the nation’s military resources?
  • How do you plan on supporting Syrian civilians without creating further conflict with other political actors?
  • What will you do to reduce the recidivism and mass incarceration rates in communities where poverty and violence are prevalent?
  • What is your plan for aiding the employment of skilled refugees and immigrants in their respective fields?
  • How will you ensure quality education to areas of socioeconomic disadvantage both in terms of K-12 and access to higher education?

For Cano, immigration and education are issues of great importance.

“My parents are immigrants and many of the immigration policies being spoken about in this election ties straight into my family,” Cano said. “I am also a university freshman and the tuition rates and loan issues we currently face are detrimental to my current economic situation.”

Mena explains, similarly to Cano, that immigration is the issue that matters most during this upcoming presidential election.

“It’s important because many immigrants are contributing people of society and yet are neglected and exploited due to their citizenship status,” Mena said.

Urquiza agreed stating that he also prioritizes various issues regarding immigration such as: comprehensive immigration reform, protecting current programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanding programs to help families seek legal status in the United States.

A Chicago native, Urquiza explains why he wanted to apply as an Illinois college delegate for the CD16.

“I chose to apply and become a delegate so that I could try to being gentrification to the national stage as an issue for decision makers to act on,” Urquiza said. “I believe that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is not doing enough and that the answer lies in affordable housing, which our mayor has not acted on.”

One requirement of participating in CD16 is that students take part in a panel for campus freshman in October to both motivate and make them aware that their efforts of bringing TurboVote to Dominican ensures that students are registered to vote. TurboVote is a tool that helps people register to vote, sends voters election reminders via text and helps find polling places.  

“As millennials, we are disenchanted from the election process because we feel like we’re not being represented,” Urquiza said. “It’s about how will we empower ourselves to be the ones to set the issues and be the ones to talk about them.”

Cano, Mena and Urquiza believe that millennials are misrepresented in presidential elections and politics in general and that there is a prejudice towards the generation about not caring about the upcoming election.  

“Many people are always ready to bash on the millennials saying that we don’t care about the elections nor politics for that matter – CD16 is proving them wrong,” Mena said. “This is us coming together and having civil discourse.”

Cano, Mena and Urquiza learned a lot about regarding civic engagement, social media and politics.

“I really liked how CD16 was able to combine both our ever-growing love for apps like Twitter and Facebook and our interest in politics,” Cano said. “The purpose of this debate is to let presidential candidates, the moderators of the debates, and the United States know that millennials care about this election and that we care about our futures.”

“More than anything I learned how different people from different states views and approach different issues,” Urquiza said.  “It’s been interesting for all of us to take into account how we use social media and to use it as a platform. Online activism has it’s good and it’s bad but it usually leads people to take a step further.”

Mena also expressed her enjoyment in meeting college delegates from across the country stating,  “I met a few people that were of different political viewpoints than myself and although I might still disagree in their position, I was able to converse with them and step outside my own bubble.”

For more information about the College Debate ‘16, search the hashtag #collegedebate16 on Twitter or visit collegedebate16.org.

melirohm@my.dom.edu

Science May Be Sick, But It’s Not Dead

September 20, 2016

By Emily Lapinski

This past year has not been great for science in terms of media coverage. There have been multiple articles criticizing research studies from a variety of journals. In his lecture, Dr. Robert Calin-Jageman discusses this problem and how, while there do need to be changes in both production and perception, there is hope.    

Martin Recital Hall was packed, standing room only, for this year’s Lund-Gill Lecture that took place Sept. 7. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community filled the seats thrilled to have one of their own standing at the podium. 

Calin-Jageman, professor of psychology and director of the interdisciplinary neuroscience program, explored the successes and failures that have emerged from scientific research and discoveries, which have led to a variety of controversial discussions both on the problem and how to fix it. He reviewed some of the evidence and sparked a similar discussion within the Dominican community.

“I’ve told you some depressing stuff about science,” Calin-Jageman said. “It’s not working as well as it should but that’s also strangely kind of normal for science. We always aspire for it to be better. It’s normal that we look at it, assess it and constantly try to improve.”

Calin-Jageman is involved in overseeing and organizing student research in both neuroscience and psychology labs. Twenty of his students have been published in peer-reviewed journals and his own research on learning and memory has received significant grant support from the National Institutes of Health. 

Attendees seemed to be impressed with the caliber of the lecture and the impact the information had.

Senior John Mysz said, “It’s always great to hear Dr. Bob speak. I’m not surprised so many people came out. He’s definitely someone you don’t want to miss.” 

Fellow psychology faculty member, Tracy Caldwell, who helped introduce Calin-Jageman said, “Dr. Bob’s talk was accessible, entertaining and important. I considered his demo on how small samples often misrepresent effects in the population to be one of the highlights. It justified his argument that it’s often better to not do science at all rather than to do bad science.”

The Lund-Gill honors course that mirrors the topics discussed in the lecture will be offered sometime during the next school year (2017-2018). 

After exploring the problems and providing solutions, Calin-Jageman left the crowd feeling hopeful.  

“Don’t panic,” he said. “In the long run, science tends to get things right and will keep improving.”

lapiemil@my.dom.edu