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 Valentine’s 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.
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!
I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day weekend - I know I did! It also happened to be Sean’s birthday weekend, so he came to visit and my roommates and I showed him around some of our favorite parts of St. Louis.
We started our Saturday afternoon by taking the shuttle to the St. Louis Galleria. The shuttle is free, and also drops students off at places like Wal-Mart, Schnuck’s, and Target so that we can get our grocery shopping done even if we don’t have a car on campus. Trust me, this comes in seriously handy.
After exploring some of the over 100 stores at the Galleria, we decided it was time to go to the Delmar Loop - a street filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
We treated him to a classic St. Louis eatery, Fitz’s, where you can watch their soda being bottled in the restaurant while you wait for your table.
(My apologies for the poor phone photography of the neon sign)
We all loved the fried pickle chips we had as an appetizer, and I borderline devoured the “Sunny BLT” I had. The sandwich was made of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, cheese, and a fried egg, and it was so good.
I think my favorite part, though, had to be Sean’s birthday sundae. A mug of Fitz’s root beer, 4 scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and coffee flavors), whipped cream, and a cherry on top - YUM!
As you can probably guess, Sean needed all of our help with finishing that, and we were happy to oblige.
After Fitz’s, we somehow managed to still have enough room in our bellies to head down the Loop to St. Louis Bubble Tea, which is one of my favorites! Not only are their drinks and food delicious, but there’s this awesome mural on the wall. I could probably stare at it all day.
Part of what I love about being at SLU is being so close to everything St. Louis has to offer - and my weekend was only a fraction of it!
Be a St. Louisan. 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.