Welcome Back and Welcome HOME
I first must reiterate a common, though ironic, thought at SLU: I’m happy that summer is over! While it was wonderful to be home with family and friends cheering on my Cleveland Indians, it never gets old returning to my SLU family.
I had the pleasure of starting my sophomore year in the best way possible, running around in a sweat-soaked orange shirt in 100+ degree heat assisting with move-in, leading first-year students to events, and screaming “I FEEL GOOD, OH I FEEL SO GOOD!” Oriflamme was an incredible experience and a great opportunity to welcome and meet members of the talented class of 2018. As I undergo serious orange shirt and fanny pack withdrawals, I can’t help but reflect on how much I learned in just one week. My dance moves are still sub-mediocre despite a week of trying efforts, I still haven’t found the tea that will help my voice last through week 1 of Fall Welcome, and I still have nightmares regarding my constant state of “soaked in sweat/face bright red” throughout my time in an orange shirt. But at the beautiful heart of it, SLU Fall Welcome is a celebration of our differences that unite us in one community filled with Billiken pride. I feel so lucky to have experienced this twice now. Go Oriflamme. Go World. GO BILLIKENS!
Be here. Be you. Be a Billiken.
I’ve got some big news from campus…
ALWAYS For The Kids #FT250K
The Happiest Place On Earth
While the Billiken basketball team may have been taken down by Louisville yesterday, the 48 hours after the victory over NC State on Thursday had campus in a state of madness. And when I say madness, I mean a joyous energy that took over our campus, reminding us all why we love SLU so much. Don’t believe me? Here’s the breakdown of those 48 hours.
Thursday 3/20 6:20-9pm: The basketball team, led by our beloved senior starters, executes one of the greatest comebacks in school history over NC State, capturing the nation’s attention. The watch party I attended at the Billiken Club (Salsi’s) was one of my favorite memories of freshman year. The amount of cheering, screaming, jumping up and down out of excitement, and racing hearts was unreal, and an incredible atmosphere to be a part of.
Thursday 3/20 9pm-2am: Endless chants of “S-A-I-N-T L-O-U-I-S (cue the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”) are heard all over campus. Nobody complains of lack of sleep because WE ARE THE BILLIKENS!
Friday 3/21 9am: The school announces the election of our new president: Fred Pestello, Ph.D., former president of Le Moyne College. As a lifelong Clevelander, and the daughter of two John Carroll University alumnae, it took all of my energy to summon the desire to scream “GO TRIBE! GO BLUE STREAKS!” as Dr. Pestello referenced his Cleveland upbringing and undergraduate degree from JCU. I was impressed by Dr. Pestello’s speaking manner, excitement for our SLU community, and plans to build upon all that makes SLU great.
Friday 3/21 9:20am: I almost faint while shaking Dr. Pestello’s hand. Best handshake EVER!
Friday 3/21 10am-2pm: Billikens enjoy the beautiful weather while walking around on campus in between classes. The Kappa Deltas are out on the Quad promoting their Shamrock Week philanthropy efforts, blasting the best of the best of *NSync, Backstreet Boys, the Spice Girls, and more for all to hear (I know: BILLIKEN JAM TIME!).
Friday 3/21 3:00pm: I enjoy my very first trip to Castlewood State Park. While the leaves may not be reappearing on the many trees just yet, the scenery was beautiful, and even more enjoyable in the 70+ degree weather.
Friday 3/21 10:30pm-3am: Billikens flock to the Steamroller Bagel Truck, parked on Laclede, to buy a bagel and support SLU Dance Marathon’s efforts in raising funds for SSM Cardinal Glennon and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals. For The Kids!
Saturday: Billikens prep for the Louisville game. While the basketball team bows out of the NCAA tournament, Dr. Pestello shows up to the student watch party in the Billiken Club and offers $20 to be raffled off to a student. We made sure to show our new president that, win or lose, we are proud Billikens always.
So be here. Be a Billiken.
For The Kids
What a week it has been for Billiken Basketball beating A10 rival VCU and becoming a Top 10 team in the country! Even better, SLU Dance Marathon canned outside of Chaifetz before the game, collecting over $250 in just one hour. It’s so exciting to see people spread some Valentine’s love to such a beautiful cause.
So what is SLU Dance Marathon? SLUDM is a year-long fundraising effort that culminates in a 12 hour dance/concert/games event for the SLU community, with all money raised going to Children’s Miracle Network. A really cool aspect of this fundraiser is that the money raised goes to St. Louis Children’s and SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospitals, both in St. Louis. This past November at the 2013 SLU Dance Marathon, our SLU community raised over $126,000, surpassing our $100,000 goal. This year we have our sights set higher, and we cannot wait for more students to be engaged in fundraising FOR THE KIDS!
Dance Marathon was easily one of my favorite memories of freshman year thus far, so I am extremely excited to be on the Executive Board for the 2014 year-long effort and event. In this past week alone, SLU students and visitors donated nearly $400 to make Valentines for the sick kids in these hospitals as part of “DM Lovin’” week, and then dozens expressed interest and applied to be on this year’s committees. It’s unbelievably exciting to see that so many people want to further their involvement in Dance Marathon.
It’s going to be another great year at SLU, all FOR THE KIDS!
(attached is a picture of some Dance Marathon Exec Board members sporting the Children’s Miracle Network symbol.)
So be here. Be a Billiken.
What a week it has been at SLU! This past Thursday Rainn Wilson brought his humor as seen on “The Office” while presenting a meaningful talk about his online SoulPancake creation. Friday night, all of SLU’s a capella groups gathered and put on a spectacular show in the Center for Global Citizenship with the proceeds going to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate on campus. This even included a Decadence encore of “Stacy’s Mom”, and must I say, I was definitely jamming in my seat at that point. Saturday our basketball Billikens extended their winning streak in an exciting road win against La Salle.
But then again, all weeks at SLU seem to be this great.
So be here. Be a Billiken.
Hello Billikens everywhere! I hope you are all staying warm in this frigid cold. I will not lie, I plan on wrapping a blanket around me as I walk to class tomorrow. Thankfully we SLU students have so many coffee shops on or near campus at our disposal to get us through a cold week.
An introduction for you all: I am a Freshman Nursing major and Spanish minor from the great Cleveland, OH (I promise, it really is great). I live on the 14th floor of Griesedeck Hall, providing me with lots of elevator time, 5 months to get over my pathetic fear of heights, and the most GORGEOUS view of campus right out my own window. On campus I am involved in Alpha Phi Omega (SLU’s service fraternity), Habitat for Humanity, Christian Life Communities, 2014 Dance Marathon Executive Board, and I have a job on the medical campus. Hands down one of my favorite things about SLU is the involvement of the students. EVERYONE pursues their interests and seeks to help others- making SLU one of the top community service schools in the country. At SLU, we’re not just encouraged to be involved and be men and women for others, it’s truly SLU culture. Bottom line, you will hear plenty of how much I love what I do in the classroom and out, and I hope that you will bring your talents and passions to our SLU community.
For now, an October snapshot from my 14G window as we all dream of warm weather.
So be here. Be a Billiken.