Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hi everyone! I had a Formal event through SLU last week. We celebrated the end of the semester by dancing the night away at Windows on Washington, a venue right by City Museum in St. Louis! There was Indian food, caricature artists, photo booths, ice cream from Coldstone, and so much more. A huge thanks goes out to my date Luke for trying new things and making the night so much more special! 
I also hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. Since we have a long weekend in celebration of the holiday, I came home to Chicago and am relaxing before finals studying begins. 
Wishing you all an Easter filled with love, peace, and joy.
-Brinda

Hi everyone! I had a Formal event through SLU last week. We celebrated the end of the semester by dancing the night away at Windows on Washington, a venue right by City Museum in St. Louis! There was Indian food, caricature artists, photo booths, ice cream from Coldstone, and so much more. A huge thanks goes out to my date Luke for trying new things and making the night so much more special! 

I also hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. Since we have a long weekend in celebration of the holiday, I came home to Chicago and am relaxing before finals studying begins. 

Wishing you all an Easter filled with love, peace, and joy.

-Brinda

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking for my greater purpose

Hola everyone! My name is Camilo, and I am so excited to welcome you to my amazing journey as a Billiken at Saint Louis University! I came all the way from Managua, Nicaragua, and am currently a sophomore pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I want to start by introducing myself, and let you know more about my on-campus involvements and my experiences so far at SLU!

I am part of the Micah Program, which is one of the Learning Communities we have on campus. It is based on faith and social justice, and it has been a great experience and one of the best decisions I have made since I came to college. Through this program I started doing continuous service at a tutoring program called Firm Foundations. Here I tutor children from refugee families in the US, and it has been an amazing experience. I am also a member of SLU Shakti, a Bollywood Fusion Dance Team on campus. We compete at different universities around the country and this weekend we are actually going to nationals, which will be taking place in San Francisco, CA. In addition, I am a member of the Diversity Leadership Cabinet (DLC) on campus, in which we address different issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Moreover, I will be a morale captain in Dance Marathon, for which we have an amazing goal to fundraise 250K for the kids! Finally, I am a UniversityAmbassador, so I work in the office of Admission. It is the greatest job ever for many reasons, one of them being that I get the chance of be a tour guide for many of you that come and visit the university. 

I came to Saint Louis University because after my first visit I knew this was the community that I wanted to be part of. The friendliness and openness I received since the beginning has made my transition and experience unique and unforgettable. The Jesuit education has been a huge part of my life, so I decided to continue allowing myself to grow not only in the academic aspect of the human being, but also in mind, body, and soul. I wanted to go to a college that would challenge me in different ways, allowing me to give the best of myself in every experience. I was able to find an awesome engineering program, incredible service opportunities, and the chance to be involved on campus in many things that I am passionate about. I can say that I was called to be a Billiken, and I wouldn’t change my experience so far for anything. I found a second home away from my country, a place in which I would truly become a man for and with others. This is a place that students not only come for a purpose, but for a higher purpose. I look forward to finding this greater purpose during my time at SLU.

-Camilo-

Monday, April 14, 2014 Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Spring Show hosted by the Indian Student Association could not have been more perfect. My family even came down to see me perform and many of my best friends watched as well! All proceeds benefited an NGO called Manav Sadhna, which helps the needy in Ahmadabad, India. It offers many resources such as health education, childcare, and spiritual programs. ISA also sponsors a scholarship to send one student to India over summer to work at Manav Sadhna. SLU students have fun while helping communities around the world in need, and I can’t be prouder to be a Billiken.

-Brinda

Thursday, April 10, 2014

babscott:

It’s so nice outside that we had class by the dolphin pond today!!! The best part of spring is classes outside!!!

P.S. Disregard my crazy hair in our class selfie :)

Peace out from beautiful SLU!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
 

What a beautiful day here at SLU! Hanging out in the clocktower plaza is one of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice. Come see it for yourself and Be a Billiken!
Mike

 

What a beautiful day here at SLU! Hanging out in the clocktower plaza is one of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice. Come see it for yourself and Be a Billiken!

Mike

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week is SLU’s Atlas Week! There are a lot of speakers, film screenings, discussions, and much more going on around campus to increase awareness for global issues. This year, the theme of Atlas Week is “Education: Igniting the Flames of Change”, with internationally renowned Shabana Basij-Rasikh giving the keynote address tonight about advocacy efforts in Afghanistan. Her TED talk has been viewed countless times, and she even helped start a boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. 

What’s also exciting is that the Indian Student Association’s Spring Show is culminating the week with our biggest event of the year! Nearly three hundred tickets have been sold already. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video of my dance from last semester! A lot of my friends in my show dance group are part of SLU Shakti. They just won first place in a Midwest competition called Tufaan and are headed to nationals in California in a couple weeks to represent our University. Wish them luck! 

-Brinda

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather. 
I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!
Visit SLU and watch life come alive.
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather

I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!

Visit SLU and watch life come alive.

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STL Pride

The city of St. Louis is 250 years old! As part of our year-long celebration, St. Louis is erecting monumental “cakes” at the 250 most important and notable STL locations and institutions. It is no surprise Saint Louis University was chosen to partake in this honor! (We’ve been around for nearly 200 years ourselves!)

The University hosted an unveiling yesterday. Men’s Basketball star Jake Barnett, the women’s basketball coach, the Billiken, a Jesuit priest, and four of the SLU students who designed and decorated the cake took part in its presentation to the Midtown community. 

Our #STL250 cake features our University motto “Higher Purpose. Greater Good” and depicts an evening silhouette of the SLU campus. The entire cake was designed by freshman SLU students!

Come check it out at the intersection of Grand and Lindell Blvd., right across from College Church!

"SLU’s from the Lou, and we’re proud!"

- Luke -

AMDG

Sunday, March 30, 2014
I am part of the University Honors Program at Saint Louis University. The Honors Student Association (HSA) held a formal banquet this weekend. The HSA executive board recognized members of organizations such as L.I.N.K which assigns freshmen honors students with an upperclassman mentor and acknowledged our academic advisers for all their hard work. It was also a great time to catch up with friends! 
-Brinda

I am part of the University Honors Program at Saint Louis University. The Honors Student Association (HSA) held a formal banquet this weekend. The HSA executive board recognized members of organizations such as L.I.N.K which assigns freshmen honors students with an upperclassman mentor and acknowledged our academic advisers for all their hard work. It was also a great time to catch up with friends! 

-Brinda

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Big News….

I’ve got some big news from campus…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwweQMoviRE&feature=youtu.be

ALWAYS For The Kids #FT250K

"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"
That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 
You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…
"Just wait until tomorrow!"
Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!
SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"

That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 

You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…

"Just wait until tomorrow!"

Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!

SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Monday, March 24, 2014
I went to the Young the Giant concert at the Pageant with my friends Allie and Emma last Friday! It was such a great time. I could barely speak and walk afterwards from all the singing and dancing. We were all the way up front so I could even catch the lead singer’s guitar pick. The Pageant is a music venue in the Delmar Loop, east of University City. As I mentioned before, this area of St. Louis is only ten minutes away from SLU’s campus!
Next up on my concert calendar? SLU’s Student Activity Board (SAB) is bringing Walk the Moon to our campus recreation center (Simon Rec) this weekend!
-Brinda

I went to the Young the Giant concert at the Pageant with my friends Allie and Emma last Friday! It was such a great time. I could barely speak and walk afterwards from all the singing and dancing. We were all the way up front so I could even catch the lead singer’s guitar pick. The Pageant is a music venue in the Delmar Loop, east of University City. As I mentioned before, this area of St. Louis is only ten minutes away from SLU’s campus!

Next up on my concert calendar? SLU’s Student Activity Board (SAB) is bringing Walk the Moon to our campus recreation center (Simon Rec) this weekend!

-Brinda

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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, executed 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.

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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 enjoyed 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.

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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.

-Col-

Friday, March 21, 2014
babscott:

Last week was SPRING BREAK!!! My friends and I went to Gulf Shores, AL to relax on the beach and work on our tans! I decided to keep all technology away from me for that week so I don’t have any awesome pictures. However, I did snag this wonderful picture from my good friend Ali Hollon!! Our house was huge and filled with SLU and American pride!!!

Also, congratulations to the Billikens on going to the second round of the NCAA tournament!!! 

Thanks for the picture Ali!!

babscott:

Last week was SPRING BREAK!!! My friends and I went to Gulf Shores, AL to relax on the beach and work on our tans! I decided to keep all technology away from me for that week so I don’t have any awesome pictures. However, I did snag this wonderful picture from my good friend Ali Hollon!! Our house was huge and filled with SLU and American pride!!!

Also, congratulations to the Billikens on going to the second round of the NCAA tournament!!!

Thanks for the picture Ali!!