Once in a Lifetime Moment

 

    

Although I am not Catholic, I fully understand and appreciate what it means to have a Jesuit education. I also recognize that Saint Joe’s has given me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t find at many other universities. From access to certain resources to attending a national conference for free, SJU has provided life changing experiences that are not available anywhere else.

Today  I was among hundreds of Saint Joe’s students that gathered around the chapel waiting for Pope Francis to bless our new statue. As I said,

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The People’s Pope

Today hundreds of Saint Joseph’s University students lined City Avenue to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis arriving at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary around noon and then again when he departed for the Center City around 4:00. During both passes student’s enthusiasm was contagious. Cheers, including a rendition of “When the hawks go flying in,” could be heard throughout the crowd.

I couldn’t help but smile being a part of such a historic event for the city of Philadelphia and for our school. Every person I passed was grinning and excited to just see Pope Francis for a second.

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LSA Week

Starting on Tuesday, the Latino Student Association will be hosting events all week-long for the entire student body!

If you don’t remember from my previous post about the Office of Multicultural Life, “The mission of LSA aims to preserve and promote the richness and diversity of Latino culture. Campus wide programming, collaborations (both on and off campus), and community service are used as vehicles to educate the SJU community, celebrate and explore various dimensions of culture, and develop appreciation and pride within the Hispanic community.”

In a nutshell, this organization allows Latino and Hispanic students to share and express their culture,

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#popeadelphia

In case you didn’t already know, this weekend the Pope is in town. For some this means attending the mass, or standing a couple of blocks away from the Mann Music Center. For others this means going home for the weekend and away from the mayhem, and then for the rest of us, it means being stranded inside of our dorm/apartment.

Some are looking at this weekend as misery, stuck on campus all weekend, what horror. I on the other hand am taking this weekend as a time to finally do all of the things that I never seem to have time to do on a free weekend,

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The Inauguration of our 28th President

I have been lucky enough to witness two presidential inaugurations during my time at Saint Joe’s. However, each time was a completely different experience.

My freshman year was the year that Father Gillespie became our 27th president. Of course classes were cancelled and as a freshman I thought that it was a great opportunity to witness a part of campus history. My friend and I got out of bed early, got dressed up and then headed over to Hagan Arena. Because it was so long ago I don’t remember most of the details, but I remember thinking that it was a very nice ceremony as I watched from the seats that oversee the arena.

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“Don’t tell me there’s no hope at all. Together we stand, divided we fall.”

– Pink Floyd, ‘Hey You’

I’ve said this before in other posts I’ve written about college, but I believe it still holds true: living on campus can often feel like living in a bubble. Our primary concerns include studying for exams, completing homework assignments, writing essays, and working some sort of job; often times, we get lost in this fairly comfortable world of academia, forgetting that there is a whole entire world outside of our physical and mental borders.

If I’m being completely honest here, I find myself in this bubble quite a bit. That being said,

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To Family Weekend or not to Family Weekend?

So, if you didn’t already know SJU is hosting Family Weekend this weekend, as we do every fall and I always get super excited for it. The weather is finally cooling down, many of us are starting to miss our families at least a little bit and there is a lot of awesome programming that makes family weekend all that it is. The thing that gets me every year, though … PEOPLE NEVER INVITE THEIR FAMILIES!

 

Okay, obviously there are plenty of families that do come and enjoy the festivities, but I notice that a large part of our student body goes home for family weekend or just wanders around aimlessly with no family by their side.

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Inside the OML

The Office of Multicultural Life is located in Campion Student Center room 229. The OML’s mission is to  enlighten and educate the university community at large through programming that focuses on inclusion, embracing and understanding our cultural differences. The OML is housed within the Office of Mission and provides a myriad of campus programs and services that stress the importance of a) student advocacy and campus inclusivity, b) provide mentorship relationships and various levels of advising, and c) develop leadership skill sets through campus programming, workshops, and trainings. Serving also as a bridge of support for students of color, the Office of Multicultural Life is central to rooting students to the campus community.

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I must Gogh!

On Friday I ran the Student Union Board‘s (SUB’s) first late night event of the semester!

The event was First Friday, which features numerous galleries and local artists from the Philly area!

“First Friday is a unique cultural event in Philadelphia and one of the city’s most popular evening escapes. Held the first Friday night of each month, this arts community ‘open house’ brings together city dwellers and suburbanites, contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.”

And added to that list was Saint Joe’s students!

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What is SUB?

The Student Union Board is a student-run organization that maximizes the college experience by providing engaging events for the entire student body on a college budget!

 

 

 

So in a nutshell, we are the programming board on campus and all year-long, we plan amazing events for you – both on and off campus – that are either heavily discounted or free! (In case you’re wondering, I’ve been a Late Night Co-Chair for SUB since I was a freshman) Our executive board is made up of 11 students that have a knack for event planning and want to provide entertainment and fun for the undergraduate community.

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