Thrilling Win Puts Stars Above .500

December 6, 2016

By Christopher Sich

The Dominican University Men’s Basketball team pulled off a thrilling 74-73 win over Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks after Connor Dartt made a 15-foot jumper with 3.8 seconds left in the game, sending the Stars to 3-2 on the season and putting them above .500 for the first time since December of 2010.

The Stars started the game on fire from the field going 4/4 from 3-pt range and building a 14-6 lead, but the Scarlet Hawks played strong defense and took a 40-35 lead heading into halftime. The Stars came out sluggish in the second half and at one point were down as much as 13, but the Stars fought back and played suffocating defense cutting the Scarlet Hawks lead to just three with just two minutes left in the game. The Stars finished their comeback with a great block by Josh Mayberry with seconds on the clock, sealing the win for the Stars.

The gutsy win is indicative of the Stars strong team play.

“The team has started the season with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy,” Head Coach Mark White said. “The returning players all came back stronger after an offseason in the weight room and the incoming players worked hard over the summer.”

The Stars came into the season ready to compete, and the results have shown, but there are still several things that can be improved upon.

“Fundamentally, we must improve on the defensive end of the floor and make a continued commitment to defensive rebounding,” White said.

Other than improving on the defensive end, the Stars look to improve on staying focused and playing a complete 40 minute game.

“One thing that we can improve on right now is maintaining our focus the whole 40 minutes; sometimes we might stray away a little bit and then have to get back on track,” Senior guard Josh Mayberry said.

According to White, their goal is to improve every day and to work hard and focus during each practice, weight session, film session and game. With the increased experience on the team, the Stars hope to improve every day and achieve their goals.

“This team is different from last season because all of the guys are more experienced, and the freshmen came in very focused and work hard,” Mayberry said. “Our team goals for the season are to make the conference tournament and ultimately win the NACC conference tournament and make the NCAA national tournament.” 

The Stars have started out the season strong, but know that the season is still young and it will not be easy.

“In order to have a successful season, each player has to buy into the season, even the ones that don’t play as much, they still play an important role on our team,” Mayberry said. “We have to remain positive in all situations.”

The Stars will look to continue their three game win streak on the road as they head to Wisconsin for their next two games to face conference rivals, Concordia University Wisconsin and Edgewood College.

The Stars next home game will be Saturday, Dec. 10 against conference rival the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Renowned Foreign Correspondent Visits Dominican To Launch Geyer Initiative

December 6, 2016

By Rich Bodee and Marty Carlino

On Nov. 14, the Martin Recital Hall was flooded with students, faculty, alumni, journalists and more for the inaugural lecture of Dominican’s new Georgie Anne Geyer Initiative.

The initiative was created to honor the work of Georgie Anne Geyer, foreign correspondent and author. Geyer is famous for having procured interviews with Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser ArafatAnwar SadatMuammar al-Gaddafi and Fidel Castro.

Geyer, a Chicago native, graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1956. Geyer then started her career working as an undercover reporter for the Chicago Daily News.

The event featured award-winning journalist and author Marvin Kalb. Kalb shared his lecture entitled, “The Foreign Correspondent, Here, There and Everywhere.” Kalb spoke about the importance of foreign correspondents around the world and the difficult times these heroic journalists currently face.

Kalb, 86, opened the night saying, “I want to go back and do it all over again.” Kalb spent over 30 years in his career working with ABC and CBS as a broadcast journalist and foreign correspondent. Kalb then went on to work at Harvard’s Kennedy school and appeared as a guest multiple times on both Fox News and CNN.

Kalb continued by saying he was honored to be offered the chance to speak as part of the Geyer Initiative. He also shared his admiration for Georgie Anne.

“As far as I’m concerned, she represents the best of journalism,” Kalb said. 

Kalb focused the heart of his lecture on three main points: why you need foreign correspondents, what foreign correspondents use to be and what foreign correspondents have become today. He tied all three talking points together, concluding in a comparison of foreign correspondents past and presents and ultimately what emerges from their coverage.    

A Q&A followed Kalb’s speech with Dominican journalism professor, John Jenks. Jenks opened asking Kalb how he thinks relations between the United States and Russia will go over the next four years under president-elect Donald Trump.

Kalb immediately responded, “Do you want to know what I really think?” After a resounding yes from the audience Kalb went into great detail to discuss his opinion.

Kalb said: “I believe that Vladimir Putin, deep in his sole regards our new president in very much the same way. He will do almost anything to advance the interests of Russia and he believes that the only way he could do that. He’s interested in one thing, the perpetuation of himself in power and he believes that the only way he can do that is advance the national interests of Russia as he sees it.”

Kalb was also asked questions about the future of journalism, the effect of technology on reporting, and bias in the media.

Towards the conclusion of the night, Geyer presented Kalb with one of her prized possessions, a baseball signed by “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks.

A book signing followed the event.