Twice a year, about 60 members of the Loyola student body go out of their minds planning the most awesome retreat that this city has ever seen. You guessed it- Awakening. If you haven’t seen the fliers, banners, and the tables set up in the Dana Center advertising the retreat weekend… well, you’re blind. Awakening is March 9-11, costs $30 (scholarships are available!), and if you haven’t gone yet, you need to go!

I’ve attended Catholic schools my whole life, so retreats are not anything new for me. But Awakening is a breed of its own. It’s magical, reflective, inclusive, and has a way of affecting you for far longer than just the weekend. I can’t reveal too much about what goes on during the retreat (I don’t want to ruin the surprises!) but I can say there is never a dull moment. Are you looking for thoughtful insight on relationships, people, faith, and love? Awakening has that. Have something you want to talk through with someone not intimately connected to your life? Done. Need some moments of quiet introspection? You can do that. Just dying to get off campus and learn a little about what it means to live in community? Awakening makes that possible.

I went on Awakening for the first time in the fall semester of my sophomore year. I attempted to go during freshman year, but other obligations and a less than optimal stomach bug prevented it from happening. For some serendipitous reason, I went on Awakening at just the time that I needed a break from the real world, some perspective on petty drama, and a chance to breathe in fresh country air. The weekend itself was amazing- its crazy how such a random group of people made me feel so at home. But I didn’t feel the real effects of Awakening until I got back to school. Again, I can’t reveal exactly what went on, but I experienced a profound sense of peace that continues to influence my everyday life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Awakening community. Awakening is silly. It’s intense. It’s calm. It’s random. It’s whatever you need it to be and always more that you expected. This semester, I’m returning to Awakening as a staff member. I can’t wait to pass on my experience to all the new retreaters!

What are you doing this weekend, March 9-11? Are you ready to be Awakened?

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Dear World, created by Robert Fogarty, will be visting Loyola this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dear World is coming to Loyola to encourage the Loyola community to their messages out to the world. All students, faculty, and staff are encourage to participate.

Dear World was inspired by and created in New Orleans. The goal of Dear World is to change how people respond to major issues, especially natural disasters. It is a new direction of art and journalism shared through social media.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, photos will be taken in the One Loyola Room on the First Floor of the Danna Center from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.

The Keynote Presentation will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 7om in Nunemaker Hall. Make your reservation for the keynote presentation here.

To learn more about Dear World’s past projects and to see photos, visit the website at http://dearworld.me/

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A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March, but really you’ve got no reason to be worried about March 15, unless your Julius Caesar, in that case you should watch your back (and front). But just like Caesar, it can seem like everyone is conspiring against you some days; consider each of these days your personal Ides of March. With a flurry of exams, papers, projects and everything else life can throw at you in one day you might wish Brutus and company would show up and finish you off, but you’ll probably live through them, so it’s better to try and see these days coming so you can be prepared.
Don’t do what Caesar did and listen to the Soothsayer, the warning signs of these days are always there. Professors generally tell you what’s coming and if they didn’t the syllabus did. Sometimes things do pop up in the last minute though and that’s why it’s so important to get done what you know you about early.
The hardest part of any project is taking the first step. If it’s a paper, it’s writing the intro. If it’s a test, it’s cracking open your notes. But once you’re going you can build some kind of momentum and keep it going. Just seeing progress is usually enough to inspire someone to keep going.
First thing’s first, stop thinking and start doing. Planning isn’t a bad thing, but most plans don’t stick. If your plan isn’t going to stick anyway, don’t waste too much time over thinking it. To get the best results you should embrace when things go awry and adapt instead of panicking anyway.
More often than not, you’ll hit a snag in your work. When this happens you’ll have to make a decision: right or wrong. It really doesn’t matter which as long as you’re making one. Being stuck is the worst thing that can happen when you’re trying to get something done, but you can avoid that by taking action.
Now that you know how to get work done, it might be best to get it done before hand. If Caesar had listened to the Soothsayer he could’ve taken care of the conspirators before the Ides of March and we’d still be sitting in roman sauna’s drinking wine, so learn from his mistake!
I’m sure you’ve realized that the Ides of March for you have come, but not gone. Well, they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. So start picking up these habits and stay on top of things or end up like Caesar.

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This semester I am taking my first science class of my college career, a course taught by Dr. David White entitled Human Ecological Sciences. Our first task involved going to this website and calculating our footprints on the world. My results were extremely embarrassing- if everyone on earth lived like me, we would need 7 earths. Wow. That came as quite a wake up call. I don’t consider myself an eco-concious individual, but I never imagined that I lived a life of such conspicuous consumption. My next step was obvious: make an effort in my daily life to live a more sustainable life. But how?

Step 1: Invest in a water bottle. Bottled water, while readily available in the C-store, is SO BAD for the environment! Did you know it can take between 450 and 1000 years for a bottle to decompose?! Is it really worth it? I bought myself a nice, durable bottle (like this one) and I have since started decorating it with stickers! A way to help the environment AND be fashionable? I’m all over it.

Step 2: Get involved on campus. Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability  (LASS) has hosted a “Green for Green” competetion where students presented ideas on how to make Loyola more environmentally friendly. The winner received money to implement their initiative! They have a very strong presence with the student body and I expect more great things from them!

Step 3: Shop locally. Loyola students have the luxury of local produce being brought right to campus. How easy is that? We have organically grown fruits and veggies right at our finger tips with a weekly farmers market that sets up by the Iggy statue.

Step 4: Get educated. I’m learning more in my Human Ecological Science class than I have in any other science class I’ve taken. Did you know that the golf course cause hundreds of tons of chemicals to be dumped in the water in Audubon park? What about that the ducks there are only seasonal and throw the park into a little bit of chaos with the amount of food they eat and amount of waste they produce? Knowledge is power, and I am feeling powerful!

There are few topics more near and dear to the Loyola student population than sustainability on campus. With the recent wave of student- led activites promoting environmental friendly changes at Loyola, the pressure is on for the administration to implement some key new policies to lesson Loyola’s footprint on the world. We have a recycling program in place, but I know we can do more! Loyola will only change its ways if we, as a student body, let them know that being green is important to us. Who’s with me?

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If you are a admitted student here at Loyola, this Saturday, March 17, is not just about St. Patty… It’s about you, too!!

President’s Open House is a great place to make your final decision on whether or not Loyola is the right place for you; I know it helped me to make my decision.

From the tours of campus to the meetings with the deans, President’s Open House really is the time to discover the great things about Loyola.

For me, President’s Open House was really the place that made my decision. I had toured the other schools on my list, and had already weighed the pros and cons of each. Seeing Loyola and being able to witness the dedication of so many students and faculty was definitely what made my decision to come to Loyola.

President’s Open House is a great time, so if you have the opportunity to make it, you should definitely come. Can’t wait to see all of you there!!

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but I get confused by the concept of Daylight Saving Time. My first mistake was calling in Daylight Savings, it is not plural, just Daylight Saving. However, that is what most people say so it can actually be found in the dictionary as the plural form.
Also, I also can never remember when we move forward and when we move back, but google taught me a catchy phrase to remember it: “Spring forward, fall back.”

So, this Sunday at 2 am, our clocks will move forward an hour. My question has always been why though?
Don’t get me wrong, I like that extra daylight during the summer, but I have never really understood that whole concept.

The implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been quite a controversial issue since Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea in 1784. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is exactly what it’s name suggests: To savor the daylight and make the most out of that time.
The main rationale behind Daylight Saving Time was the use of electricity. People figured that if they could make the most out of their daylight and save the electricity for the dark months of winter.  The concept has faced a great deal of opposition, but mainly because people complain about having to adjust to a new sleep schedule.

Regardless of the amount of controversy, the government created the Uniform Time Act, so everyone would change their clocks on the same day and at the same time.

Do you think Daylight Saving Time is necessary?
Do you find it hard to adjust your sleep schedule?

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this Sunday, March 11!!

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On top of all your other commitments—your hours, your clubs, your jobs—why would you voluntarily give yourself more work? Why should you also take on temporary service? I wondered all of these things when I made my schedule last semester and saw that I had an opportunity to perform service learning. The logical choice seemed to be taking a different section of the class. However, I’d heard so many positive reviews from my friends who’d done service learning that I decided to try it out. I’ve found that service learning is a voluntary time commitment. However, I already find my experience so rewarding, and I’m not even finished with my required hours yet.

In most cases, you get to pick the site that corresponds with your interests and your transportation abilities. Right now, I’m working at a domestic violence women and children’s shelter, and I love the two or three hours every week I spend there. My tasks are simple—I clean, I organize, and I play with children’s groups. However, I get to witness the great work that the shelter does, and it feels wonderful to be a part of that. I know how important service is to the Jesuit way of thought that Loyola holds at its core, but sometimes I need a reminder to realize how important service is and the impact that it makes on others’ lives. My service learning has truly impacted my perspective and my goals. Sometimes, I find myself becoming shortsighted. I get that sometimes it’s okay to have a goal of just getting through the day and making it to tomorrow, but service learning helps me remember my long-term goals, like my desire to make a difference in the work I do after Loyola. Learning in a real world setting also reminds me just how tangible my goals are. I’ve experienced such a renewal through my work.

I know that time becomes rarer and rarer, especially as you get older, but I’ve found service learning very much worth my time. For a few hours a week, I get out of my stressful college environment and find fulfillment in doing concrete work for others. If you get the chance, I highly recommend taking a service learning course. The change of perspective and work for others can make you feel very good at the end of the day. And who knows? You may learn other things about yourself. Reach out to your community and see what happens.

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Living at Loyola isn’t just about getting the New Orleans experience; it’s about getting an international experience. With over 40 countries represented on campus, and a push for that number to grow every year, Loyola is practically a country unto itself.

Loyola celebrates its diversity this week with International Week. International Week isn’t just for international students, it’s a chance for students looking to study abroad to star their journey, it’s a chance for students looking for jobs abroad after they graduate, but most importantly it’s an opportunity for national homebodies like me who haven’t left the country to experience other cultures and learn about international issues.

With events such as a traditional Iranian dinner featuring Iranian poetry, dance and a look into issues facing Iran and the Middle East students who have never left American soil can get an international experience.

The ultimate goal of International Week is to promote international understanding both within our community and around the world. Right now about 30% of Loyola students study abroad. Loyola’s plan for the future is to raise those levels to 70%, but until then the international experience on campus is excellent.

Celebrating the international culture at Loyola isn’t confined to just one week. Loyola promotes intercultural understanding year-round with events such as the Middle East Peace Conference held in the spring or the annual Country Fair held in November where students can see all the countries present at Loyola represented in song, dance and food.

During my time at Loyola I’ve met people from all over the world that I would’ve never had a chance to otherwise. I lived with a Japanese opera singer and now as an RA I have residents from China, India and Central America. Without Loyola I never would have had the chance to be so close to anyone from so far away and that’s what International Week is all about: bringing together people from other cultures.

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Our forefathers have contributed to the United States of America…

                             We are all a part of mankind…

                                                            Today is her time to shine.

Which sentence sticks out from the rest?

                                                    Why may you ask? — Gender differences

Common words and phrases engrained into the English language eliminate the influence that women have graced our planet with in the past.

Gender has been a decisive quality since the beginning of humanity, not mankind, and the time of our ancestors not our forefathers. Among many other battles, women have fought for the right to vote, privacy rights, and equal pay in the workplace. Women continue to fight every day.

Many men and women have fought for equal rights for all throughout history including Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

She sums the meaning of Women’s history month by saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men AND women are created equal.”

This American phrase from our Declaration of Independence implies a God. A “creator” that established our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness could have been in the minds of our ancestors. Yes, these were men, but every person is influenced by many other people.

Two Jesuit values promote the message behind Women’s history month. The Equality and Solidarity of All People and Dignity and Value of Each person show that differences are neither right nor wrong and provide important distinctions. Combined variety can amount to beautiful new creation. Dignity for all people was established in the documents that created the United States of America, but minorities were suppressed because of a hierarchical way of thought. Humans are not perfect beings; however, the values of love and equality are utopian when put into practice by all people.

The United States began celebrating Women’s History Month in March 1987.

Face the facts:

According to the United States Census,

  • 29.9 million women over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree. Women were awarded 1.2 million more degrees than men.

              However, women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man is receives.

  • 157.2 million women live in America. Women outnumber men by 4 million.
  • 73 percent of American women assert their right to vote by registering.
  • 14% of our beloved armed forces are women, and fight for our rights each and every day.

A few Loyola women that I have come in contact with that take risks and make a difference every day include: Ms. Sarah Smith, Ms. Bonnie McCullar, Ms. Laura Beatty, Ms. Amy Boyle, Dr. Terri Bednarz, Dr. Sonya Duhe, and Dr. Laura Tuley.

We are all leaders because each person inspires one another. The question remains: will you be a positive leader or a negative leader?

So I ask you, what is wrong with differences? Why allow these characteristics to separate instead of unite?  Differing opinions allow for growth, so feel free to disagree, but add your own addition to the piece. Also, please feel free to add Loyola women that inspire others and any contributions that women have made worldwide to the blog.

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March 1

Biological Sciences Career Seminar: The World of Pharmacy
12:30p-1:30p, Monroe 157

If you’re interested in going into pharmacy after college, definitely attend this. You’ll probably get extra credit if you’re a biology freshman.

Unveiled Worlds: A Series of Award-Winning Iranian Films – The Glass House (2009)
7:00p-9:00p, Monroe 157

Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, The Glass House has been a selection in 50 international festivals as well as the winner of many awards. Four girls strive to pull themselves out of the corners of Iranian society by attending a rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. It’s a documentary promoting hope and women.

March 5-8: International Week!

International Weeks is a series of events promoting international education and exchange. Check http://calendar.loyno.edu for more information on all of these events!

March 5

International Photo Contest Opening Reception
5:00p-6:30p, Monroe Library Living Room, First Floor

The Center for International Studies holds a contest every year for photos taken abroad of Loyola students and photos taken of different countries. Come see the best of the best, the winners!

Apartheid Madness: Deconstructing Allegations of Human Rights Abuse in Psychiatric Institutions
6:30p-8:30p, Miller Hall Room 114

Tiffnay Jones, Ph.D., is going to give a lecture on this portion of African history. She talks about mistreatment in mental institutions during apartheid and also talks about how events in the world have shaped mental health policy in South Africa. If you’re an African-American studies person, a psychology or sociology person, or if you just want to know more about the world around you, this would be a great event for you!

March 6

MLA Stylin’
12:30p-2:00p, Bobet 101

Come get free pizza from the English department and learn how to write in perfect MLA format!

Biological Sciences Research Seminar with Dr. Etinne Waleckx
12:30-1:30, Monroe 157

Come listen to research on Chagas disease in the United States! Again, a great opportunity for extra credit if you’re a biology freshman!

Workshop: Interviewing for Success
12:30-1:30, Library Multimedia Room 2

No sign-up required for this interviewing workshop! Come and find out how to give a great interview, a skill you’re going to need if you want to apply for jobs or internships while in college or after.

“Women in Politics” Forum
6:30p-8:30, Audubon Room (2nd Floor of Danna Center)

This forum features local females involved in politics. In an effort to get more young women to think about applying for office, the Women’s Resource Center and the Career Development Center, in collaboration with the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation, have organized this special night. Come out if you’re interested in politics, or even if you’re not. You never know what’ll happen!

March 7

Study Abroad Scholarships
5:00p-6:00p, Seminar Room 4, Monroe Library

Come and hear about study abroad scholarships available! Studying abroad is more affordable than you may think!

Clave: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World

Come hear multiple Grammy nominee talk about the clave rhythm and Afro-Cuban music. He will also talk about how Afro-Cuban jazz and the impact that all Latin American music forms in the U.S. culture.

March 8

Biological Sciences Career Seminar: Careers in Physical Therapy
12:30p-1:30p, Monroe 157

Come to this session during the window if you’re interested in learning about physical therapy, an interesting and quickly growing field in medicine!

Ignacio Volunteer Recruitment Info Meetings
5:00p-6:00p, Manresa Den (Bobet 107)

Ignacio Volunteers is a Loyola program that allows selected individuals to serve abroad in needy countries. Come to this info session to learn about opportunities for the next Ignacio Volunteer trip in winter 2012.

March 9-11

Awakening Retreat
Fountainbleu Park

Loyola’s most popular retreat, Awakening fosters community and a weekend of fun and R&R. If you want to come and haven’t, sign up in the Magis Lounge or at tabling sessions during lunch time in the Danna Center.

March 10

Elect Her – Student Leadership Training
Audubon Room (Danna Center 2nd Floor)

This is a follow-up to “Women in Politics,” an actual workshop that focuses on women and leadership positions.

March 14

Ignacio Volunteer Recruitment Info Meetings
5:00p-6:00p, Manresa Den (Bobet 107)

Ignacio Volunteers is a Loyola program that allows selected individuals to serve abroad in needy countries. Come to this info session to learn about opportunities for the next Ignacio Volunteer trip in winter 2012.

Lenten Series: Sylvester Tan, SJ “Taught by God”
Ignatius Chapel (1st Floor Bobet Hall)

The Loyola office of Mission and Ministry has organized a three-part talk series on Lent focusing on discernment and good life lessons. This next one will feature professor and Jesuit novice (and great guy) Sylvester Tan. It seems that the lecture will be on the Spiritual Exercises.

March 15

Unveiled Worlds: A Series of Award-Winning Iranian Films – Circumstance (2009)
7:00p-9:00p, Monroe 157

Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, The Glass House has been a selection in 50 international festivals as well as the winner of many awards. Four girls strive to pull themselves out of the corners of Iranian society by attending a rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. It’s a documentary promoting hope and women.

March 16, March 18-21, March 24

Loyola Theater: All’s Well That Ends Well
Marquette Theater 8:00pm all dates (Sunday March 18 2:00pm)

Loyola’s excellent theater department puts on a production about a spirtual pilgrimage in which the heroine ends up getting her way, leaving her family to follow her anti-hero husband in the opposite direction! Come see this awesomely plucky production. Student tickets are $8 and all other admission is $12.

March 19

Registration advising begins!!!

March 20

Biological Sciences Research Seminar: Antarctic subglacial environments: the other deep biosphere

March 22

Biological Sciences Career Seminar: Why Podiatry is a Choice Health Career

March 24

Loyola Wind Ensemble
3:00p-5:00p, Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Communication/Music Complex

March 25

Crescent City Wind Symphony
3:00p-5:00p, Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Communication/Music Complex

Come hear an awesome wind performance by one of the best wind ensembles in the city!

March 26

Summer/Fall 2012 Registration Begins!

March 27

Workshop: Finding an Internship
12:30p-1:30p, Monroe Library Multimedia Room 2

Looking for an internship is one of the biggest helpers in getting a job after college. Come to this workshop and figure out how to make your search as painless as possible.

March 28

Lenten Series: Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ “Not Just ‘Jesus and Me’”
7:00p-8:30p, Ignatius Chapel, 1st Floor (Bobet)

This is part 3 of the Lenten Series, your last chance to hear one of these great talks!

March 29

Unveiled Worlds: A Series of Award-Winning Iranian Films My Tehran for Sale
7:00p-9:00p, Monroe 157

My Tehran for Sale is another award-winning film about a Tehran actress who lives a secret life to express herself artistically. Come watch this great film about personal identity and national identity.

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