Jesus said, I am the Resurrection and the Life, Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, bright colors, family time, this is how the American holiday was designed. However, Jesus is the reason for Easter; Make sure that at the center of this holiday, he is remembered.

J- Justification.

Jesus died offering mankind salvation, and at the heart of Holy week is the message of Justification. Mankind was blemished with original sin and by Jesus’s blood mankind could be saved.

E- Eggs.

According to the Huffington Post, the Easter egg represents Jesus’s resurrection. In some Christian religions, the color red symbolized Jesus’s blood and sacrifice on the cross. The outside of the egg imitates the solid tomb of Jesus, and the collapse of the shell symbolizes Jesus’s resurrection. Also, Christians traditionally were called to give up eggs and meat for Lent, so Easter was the first opportunity to eat eggs.

S- Smiles.

Easter brings happiness and smiles throughout the Christian community. The true feelings of happiness stem from the miracle of Jesus’s resurrection, yet other ways that happiness shines through are from the traditional giving of gifts and Easter eggs hunts.

U- Unity.

Easter may bring people together, but Jesus unifies them. On a personal level, reflection and tribute can show the holiday’s meaning. On a family level, Easter is one of the most highly attended days during the church’s calendar, but are you simply physically together with your loved ones?

S- Service.

Easter is a joyous holiday, one that the entire world should be able to share in, and celebrate. Part of the Easter’s mission is serving the community. Service can come through simply donating time at an Easter egg hunt or homeless shelter or any contribution to one’s community. Also, attending a service can be an important aspect to remembering Jesus’s resurrection, but the truth of Easter does not cease after an hour of worship.

Justification, eggs, smiles, unity, and service aside, Easter is a remarkable event, so remarkable that an entire of sacrifice and imitation of Christ precedes the day Jesus rose from the dead.

No Easter masses will be held in Ignatius chapel. However, Holy Name of Jesus Church will hold mass at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m.

Other services will be held at Tulane University, Dixon Hall at 10 a.m. by Vintage Church

Check out their website for more information: http://vintagenola.org/portfolios/come-and-live/

How will you spend your Easter this year?

Sources :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/02/easter-eggs-history-origin-symbolism-tradition_n_1392054.html

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If you’re like a lot of students I know, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to do this summer. With all the work you’re doing right now, the idea of doing nothing is probably pretty appealing, right? But so many of us have had that summer where we do nothing. The first week is great. The second week is even better. By the third week, we’re wishing we had something to do.

Doing something during your summer other than sitting at home and watching Netflix pays off: you’re not bored and you can do something for your resume. (Remember your resume? Sitting on your desktop? Or maybe existing somewhere more imaginary? Now would be a great time to help that out.) What’s great about the summer is that there are a lot of opportunities available for such a short amount of time. If you start looking now, you’ll probably be able to find something you’ll like.

If you’re going to be staying in New Orleans for the summer, keeping your eyes and ears open will serve you well. Even mentioning that you’re looking for a job or an internship in passing may find you some great opportunities (I find that those huge walls of flyers that Loyola has all over campus has lots of great job offers). If you’re going home, you can ask your friends at home to look around for jobs for you. You may already know some great places to look yourself!

I personally will forever sing Employola‘s praises. With a simple login (your Loyno email username and student ID number), you can access international employers who are looking for Loyola students. By submitting your resume to the site, you can potentially apply for several jobs at once. I’ve applied for two jobs already this summer and already have been hired! You can also look for internships and volunteer opportunities as well as jobs that may last longer than the summer. Check that site out.

If you want to do service over the summer, I’ve found that Google works in addition to Employola. You can quickly narrow your search down to a location and a type of service. There are plenty of service opportunities out there this summer. The trick to all of these things is being assertive. Don’t expect something to come along. Go out and search! Also, comment below if you have any other tips for finding summer opportunities–I’d love if you shared.

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Jesus died

humiliated

crucified

demonstrating his unconditional love

An action so plain and simple, so clear and defined, but so extraordinary at the same time

Death – most of mankind fears even the thought; although, it is one of the few things that all mankind shares. Yet Jesus embraced his death; he saw the magnificence in it. Jesus knew God’s will, and fulfilled it.

He had a reason, a hope, and a gift.

Free salvation offered to all of mankind.

This is such a powerful thought to process.

But good? “Good” is a subjective term. Good could never fully encompass the meaning of this day.

However, could Easter Friday, Holy Friday, Great Friday, Long Friday, or fill in the___ Friday fully encompass the meaning of the gift Jesus freely gave on this day?

I would say no, for Jesus’s actions taught humankind true sacrifice, love, and forgiveness. His actions allowed for these truths to transcend through time. Our human understanding could never fully grasp his thoughts, motives, or love, but just a glimmer could be enough on Earth.

This day calls for the Jesuit values of reverence, gratitude, and the call to excellence for Christ.

Mass is offered at Ignatius Chapel on April 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Not Catholic? A service is offered at St. Charles Presbyterian at 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Their website elaborates on the meaning of the day by saying, ” Not even death can overshadow the love of God.”

Reflection does not have to stop after the service ends.

Remember Jesus died for you. He loves you. Allow the day of his death to be a reminder; to always remember him, celebrate him, and cherish him.

Even on the lowest of days, Jesus is there, and reminds us that beauty can be found in all things.

Especially since many of us are  with our families during this Easter Break, how are you remembering Jesus’s death for us?

Sources:

http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/friday.php

http://www.sophisticatededge.com/is-good-friday-a-federal-holiday.html

http://www.scapc.org/worship/specialservice.php

http://www.christianitytoday.com

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When I told my parents that I wanted to go to school in New Orleans, their eyes widened, jaws clenched up, and I could see their minds trying to formulate ways to tell me that wasn’t a good idea. They knew touristy NOLA, the land of Hand Grenades, Bourbon St., and seedy late night bars. But my scholarship package was compelling enough to convince them to let me go and Fall of 2009 I found myself carrying bags and boxes to the 11th floor of Buddig on move- in day.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I was a lost freshman, not sure what I was interested in, undecided on my major, and searching for some independence. The first few weeks were rough- I missed Tampa (my hometown). But I stuck it out. I tried a snowball, ate a poboy, and went running around Audubon Park. The weeks passed, and before I knew it, it was Thanksgiving. Being in Tampa was for the holiday was wonderful; no one makes mashed potatoes quite like my mom. The weekend came to close and I headed to the airport to make my return flight to NOLA. As I disembarked at MSY and walked towards the baggage claim, I remember thinking to myself how great it was to be home. The idea took hold of me and I kept returning to this idea of New Orleans as “home.” When did this city become so important to me?

The answer is: I don’t know. It reeled me in with its rich history and vibrant culture. It enthralled me with its delicious food unparalleled nightlife. It hooked with the great friends I’ve made at Loyola. I don’t know how it happened, but New Orleans is my home. When I leave, I miss it, and I count down the days until I go back.

New Orleans will take you in if you let her- have you found a home in NOLA?

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Alright, so early registration week is almost over. Bridget provided a lovely set of guidelines helping you to find the best classes for your schedule (along with some great backups). Why in the world would I post more about registration?

If you’re like a lot of students at Loyola, registration doesn’t end during early registration week. Between now and the summer or fall semesters, you might need to move classes around–maybe you got a new job, or maybe you realized that taking four classes on a Thursday was a horrible idea. Maybe a spot opened up in that perfect class you thought was full! Here’s a registration guide to post-registration.

“I didn’t get to register!”

Maybe you had a pesky financial hold, never got cleared by your advisor, or just managed to sleep in too late–for five days in a row (hey, it’s been known to happen). First things first–DON’T PANIC. Panic clouds thinking, and you want to treat this situation with a clear mind (also, you want to be able to communicate clearly, and panic doesn’t translate over very well to this either). Besides, you have time to sort this out. You can add until the end of the first week of fall semester (something similar is in place for summer semester).

You’re calm? Great. Address the problem. Maybe you need to pay a trip to financial services or email your advisor (or your department head, for that matter, if you and your advisor keep missing each other). You’ll only get help if you ask for it, and these types of problems don’t go away on their own.

When it comes to making your schedule plan, some of your first choices might be gone. If you’re not the kind of person who can keep all of the different scheduling options open in your head, work with your advisor or with someone you trust to figure out a schedule for you. Always keep a copy of your current DPCL on you–you can ask your advisor to make a copy for you. Your advisors are here to help you in situations like these, so don’t worry.

“But I NEED to get into that class!”

You’re ready to schedule it–that magical class that will unlock the sparkling doors to all the other classes in your major. Unfortunately, the only section you can make is full with a waitlist, and it’s your prerequisite. For everything.

There’s a lot of different options in this situation, depending on where you are in your college journey (this might not be a huge problem for a freshman whereas a junior might be behind and struggling to catch up). Can you satisfy a different requirement instead? Try scheduling that class instead. If that doesn’t work, you can go through several channels to try to get a spot in the class. Definitely email the professor as soon as possible. Showing interest goes a long way. Explain your situation and ask if you think he/she can take on another student. Also talk to your advisor. Advisors are really good at weaseling deals out of seemingly thin air. You can also attend class on the first day with something called a seat card, which you can pick up all over campus during the first week of the semester (seriously–the things seems to flutter like leaves)–usually somewhere in student services. Ask for one and fill it out. Engage yourself in that first class. At the end of class (or, if you’re gutsy, you can try to catch the professor before he/she even starts teaching), introduce yourself to the professor politely. Tell him/her about your interest in the class and ask to be considered as part of the class that semester. Present the professor with your seat card. Sometimes the professor will accept and sometimes he/she won’t. Remember that there’s a lot of adding and dropping during the first week of the semester, so keep your options flexible. I’ve known people defeat fourteen people-long waitlists to get into classes their hearts were set on, so don’t give up. Be aggressive but polite.

“I need to move my schedule around.”

Maybe things aren’t going to plan. You find yourself without a key mode of transportation for the semester and a time block isn’t working out for you. Remember that you can add classes up until the end of the first week of the semester and drop without penalty (the penalty being that strange-looking W on your transcript) until the end of the second week of classes. Unless you’re a first semester freshman, you can log in to LORA and look at your options. Feel free to move your schedule around, but keep in mind that if you drop and add on Thursday, the class might already have learned a lot. Keep those good communication skills–don’t be afraid to email professors or your advisor to ask for help.

Don’t forget to make the most of the end of early registration. Check LORA for syllabi that will tell you a lot about classes you might be interested in taking. How quickly might you read the textbooks? How many assignments are there? If you’re working full time, maybe you don’t want to write three 5,000 word papers for one class.

Good registration skills are also all-around good life skills. Remember, be smart and realistic, keep good communication skills, and be assertive and polite. Don’t stress. Happy registration, and feel free to comment below with other registration tips.

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Jesuit schools, in particular this Jesuit school, are the way to go if you’re interested in broadening your mind and opening up your world view. I’ve taken classes on how the concept of “the self” is represented in literature, why open borders and immigration are so important in the US and Mexico, and the fundamentals of conflict and peace in the Middle East. I’ve examined the theories behind labor economics, learned about the interplay between chemistry and art, and studied the Bible as literature as opposed to a religious work. All this was just in the classroom.

Outside the classroom, I spot fliers everyday for presentations on things meant to start a dialogue. The BSU hosted a speaker this semester who spoke on what it means to be an African-American woman. Loyola Life sponsored a panel discussion which examined what services are available on campus for pregnant students and students who already have children. A few years ago when Sodexo went on strike over a wage dispute, SGA put together a panel encouraging questions about what was going on and how students could get involved. Just this week I attended a screening of the documentary “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.” The director of the film was present and spoke on the representations of gender, sexuality, and race in hip-hop music.

Learning is more than just memorizing facts. Learning takes place in more ways than just lectures, labs, and seminars. Learning is about figuring out a way to incorporate your own understanding of the world with someone else’s. Learning requires growth, growth requires struggle, and out of this struggle we find a common ground with which to communicate. My three years thus far at Loyola have fostered this through the willingness of my professors to teach on complex social issues, fellow students who engage in casual debates, and an administration who wants to give everyone a chance to speak.

Coming up on April 19th, Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society) is hosting a particularly hot button debate on the inclusion of birth control in insurance policies for the employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. We go to a Jesuit school and some might think that issues such as birth control are completely off the table. However, these are the topics that Loyola encourages open conversation. That’s what I love about Loyola- you’re allowed to think.

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April 1st is not only a day of jokes, laughs, and pranks but this year Palm Sunday happens to fall on this date. 

The last Sunday of Lent marks the week before Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus returns to Jerusalem where he knows that this is the place of his crucifixion. Jesus displays the Jesuit Value of hope among many others by returning to Jerusalem and dying on behalf of our sins. 

The Bible associates palm branches with joy in Matthew 21:8, as people laid them out on Jesus’s path while praising him.

Another passage displaying joy, John 12:13, says, “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” This elaborates the symbol of hope Jesus was to his followers. 

These followers would shortly be some of the individuals that would proclaim and support his execution. 

A hypocrite or not, the Lord died for each and every one of us. 

Lent is coming to a close, yet Holy Week is only beginning. Holy week is a time of reflection especially as the most significant week begins in the Christian religion — a time to imitate Christ with our words, deeds, and actions. The Jesuit value of reverence for God is especially important for me to celebrate. I believe that through prayer and my genuine love and respect for Jesus; his plan will be shown more vividly to me.

Beginning on Sunday, take time to remember what is truly important in your life. Stop stressing about the small things that will soon fade, but stare in awe at the light of the bigger picture. Jesus’s resurrection is a monumental holiday; don’t forget to celebrate because of the busyness of the world. 

Many families celebrate Easter, the end of Holy Week, but how do you celebrate Palm Sunday?

Sources:

http://www.newadvent.org/

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Course selection time manages to be simultaneously the most exciting and most stressful period of every semester. There’s so much to look at! New classes, new professors, new friends… the possibilities are endless. But where do you start? I have a proven class selection system that has worked for me for the past three years, and I’m willing to share my secrets with you.

The first step is to log onto LORA (Loyola’s student portal where you can register for classes, check your financial statements, look at your transcript, and many other amazing things). In order to register for next semester’s classes, you need to be completely up to date on your tuition for this semester. So double check in advance that you’re all paid up! This is especially an issue on the fall semester just because the school is waiting on loans and other financial aid to go through, or they might need a signature from you. The sooner you clear up any financial holds, the sooner you can register for courses, and the better your chances are of getting the classes you want!

The next step is to print out a copy of your DPCL. This long and complicated acronym stands for Degree Program Course List and every major has one. It’s a list of every class you need to take in order to graduate with a certain major. These lists are a great way to keep track of what you’ve already taken and what requirements you still need to fulfill. On your DPCL, mark of what classes you are done with and get an idea of what classes you might be interested in for next semester.

After you’ve gotten a general idea of what you need to take, look at the Course Section Search on LORA. It allows you to search for classes in a specific department so you can jump to exactly what class you need. Browse around! Get a feel for what’s available, look for a few wildcard classes, think about what you want your days to look like next semester. At this point, I don’t recommend that you pick any specific classes because there’s still a lot of research you need to do!

Now you should go talk to your advisor. Show them your DPCL, bounce ideas around about what you are interested in taking next semester, and get some feedback from them about where you should be focusing your attention. Your advisor will be able to tell you about classes you might not even have known Loyola is offering! Be open to their suggestions- they know how to walk you through the system.

Next, you can start thinking about who you want to learn from. How will you know which professors to take? Every professor has a different teaching style and I find it useful to know what you’re getting yourself into. Do you enjoy discussion-based classes? Would you prefer lecture style? How much time does the professor ask you to put in outside of the classroom? All of these are valid questions. The best way to find out is to ask people who’ve taken courses with the professor! Reach out to friends, friends of friends, or even ask the professors themselves!

Go back LORA. Look closely at the courses available. Think about what classes you need to take, which professors you would like to take them with, and when you would ideally want to take them. This semester, I made it so I didn’t have class on Fridays! That was great, but my Tuesdays and Thursdays ended up being very busy. Are there certain days you would like to have free to work? Do you prefer early classes? Would you rather take classes at night? There’s tons of options and the choice is yours.

Now you have all the research in front of you: its time to decide. Make a list of your top 4-6 (depending on how many hours you want to take). Have a backup of 3-4 classes just in case you can’t get into your first choices. Having this list ready will make it so easy for you when you register! Registration priority goes by class standing, so follow this link if you’re unsure when to register.

You have my formula for course registration! Where will the next semester take you? What’s your schedule going to look like? There’s so many choices- aren’t you excited?!

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Last night, a great dialogue began on the Class of 2015 page on Facebook. Students in Biever Hall voiced frustration over receiving damage billing for vandalism and propped open wing doors. As this dialogue unfolded, we noticed several points that needed clarification as we hope this conversation continues.

First, a bit of history on Biever Hall: Many years ago, Biever was a single-gender building. At that time, the doors for each wing were unlocked. However, as vandalism and other damages increased, the decision was made to lock the doors as a means of providing accountability for each wing. As a result of locking the door, each wing became responsible for their own community damages.

Later, when Biever moved from a single-gender building to a mixed gender building, it became even more important to maintain the locked doors as a safety measure. The locked doors allowed for an increased level of security as students walked to and from a communal bathroom. This final measure brings us to where we are today: that each wing is divided by gender, and thus the doors serve not only to protect individual’s safety, but also give an added measure of privacy.

When this safety and security measure is over-ridden by propping the doors open, then, there must be some means of holding accountability. That’s where the fine comes in. At the beginning of the year (and continuing throughout), our RA’s and professional staff have informed students of these charges if the doors were left open. Additionally, Area Director Alex Kelch proactively sent a building-wide email to Biever residents notifying them of  potential charges, not only regarding the wing doors, but also of continued vandalism (graffiti, extensive cleaning in the bathrooms and hallways, physical damage to the doors, tagging, pulling down of emergency notification signs, etc.) throughout the building.

So that’s the story of the Biever Hall Wing Doors. What do you think? We encourage your comments here, and would welcome a conversation with any concerned individuals. Better yet, take action and visit the Residence Hall Association meeting tonight (and every Wednesday night) at 9:30 in the Buddig Mushroom. This “Home-owner’s Association of the Residence Halls” is open to hearing ideas and helping students develop a course of action.

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Have any plans for this summer? How about next semester? Advising starts this week and it’s time to start doing what most college students can’t: plan ahead.
This time of the semester is the fresh beginning for college students, the first glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re planning for next semester already then this one must be almost over right? Not exactly. Midterms have barely even passed and we’ve still got a long way to go, but why look at the sometimes bleak road ahead when we can look at the destination!
Advising sneaks up on us every semester, but it’s an extra couple hours of work I always welcome. Seeing what Loyola has to offer next semester and looking into what I’ll be learning is a great feeling; it’s the rush of academia without any of the actual work.
The best part about attending a liberal arts university like Loyola is that we get to take classes in subjects we’d never get from our majors or minors. For instance I’m planning on taking a women’s studies philosophy class as a mass communications major. Who says gender studies and journalism don’t mix?
You can’t just take whatever you want though. I don’t know about you, but four years of college loans is enough for me so I’m sticking to a fairly strict plan. I meet up with two advisors every semester to plan out my major, minor and to stick with the Honors program. Luckily, the courses available change every semester so if I don’t see anything I’m interested in from the English department I can wait a few months and give it another shot. As long as I’m on track and every class plays some role in me graduating I sleep easy at night.
You’ll probably want to talk to your friends to see what classes they’re taking too. The future looks a lot brighter when you know you’ve already got a dedicated study buddy.
So make sure to set up an appointment with your advisor; NOW. Setting up a meeting with your advisor could be the most important thing you do every semester. When it comes down to it we’re all here to study and earn a degree and no matter what you do along the way the first step is to register for classes.

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