Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Home!

I can’t believe the summer has gone by so fast! Believe it or not, many of you incoming freshman will start moving in tomorrow. How awesome is that?! As soon as you step on campus, you are taking your first steps into your home for the next four years; and we cannot wait to welcome you! Welcome Week is one of the best weeks of the year and it is where you can meet some of your best friends. With that, here is some advice for you as you enter your first week of college here at SLU:

1. Go to EVERY Welcome Week event. They are all so fun and provide a perfect opportunity to meet new people!

2. Get to know your RA’s and Oriflamme leaders. These people are some of the best on campus. If you need help with anything just ask! All of them want to not only be your mentors, but also your friends! So make sure they know you!

3. Go to the Activity Fair and Sign Up for any and everything that remotely sparks your interest. You are not committing yourself to an organization just by putting your name down. So sign up for as many things as you want and don’t worry about your schedule right now because you can always decide later not to do it. Who knows, these could be your best friends for the next four years. 

4. Leave your door open! Believe it or not, this is a great way to meet people on your floor! A doorstop is great thing to put to use throughout the year. 

5. Don’t worry about making friends. Once you’ve finished worrying about it you’ll realize that your telling your new friends you’re worried about making friends. Everyone is in the same boat. Just be yourself and put yourself out there!

6. It is okay to eat by yourself. Believe it or not, it is not necessary to have ten friends with you to eat lunch. Yeah it makes it more fun, but don’t sweat it if your starving and all your friends have class at the same time. Just eat the sandwich, enjoy your me-time, and move on with your day. 

7. Go to class. As silly as this might sound to some of you, you are in college for a reason: to get an education. Do not blow off your first week of classes. 

8. Don’t go to class. I know, confusing right? Yes I know it is super important to go to class as much as possible. But your entire floor is going to the Cardinals game on Friday the same time as your psychology class. Go to the game. As long as this doesn’t happen very often and your aware of your professors attendance policy, you should be ok missing one class. 

9. Call your family. I know you just got dropped off and your embracing your new-found independence, but do yourself a favor and call your family. They are just as worried as you are about your first week of college and I’m sure it would make their (and your’s) to hear from you. 

10. Have fun! Yes college can be extremely stressful at times, but don’t forget that there is so much more to college than just your studies. College is all about doing new things, meeting new people, and having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So take advantage of all that SLU has to offer!

Can’t wait to see you all on campus! If you have any questions about SLU please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Mike

Sunday, June 22, 2014
This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer! 

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces. 

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place. 

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken. 

-Mike

This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer!

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces.

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place.

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken.

-Mike

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a student meet and greet with the new SLU president, Dr. Fred Pestello. Approximately 35 students participated in the meeting from a variety of organizations and programs on campus. I couldn’t be happier with the board’s decision of Dr. Pestello! He is very personable and is extremely excited to be serving at SLU. If you see him on campus make sure to say hello!
Mike 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a student meet and greet with the new SLU president, Dr. Fred Pestello. Approximately 35 students participated in the meeting from a variety of organizations and programs on campus. I couldn’t be happier with the board’s decision of Dr. Pestello! He is very personable and is extremely excited to be serving at SLU. If you see him on campus make sure to say hello!

Mike 

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
So as you all might know, the SLU men’s basketball team is playing in the NCAA tournament this year! They are currently a ranked 5th in the Midwest region and play their first game tomorrow March 20th against North Caroline State. 
This season has proved to be extremely successful for the Billikens. We are currently sitting on a 26-6 season record, ranked 18th in the nation, won the Atlantic 10 regular season title, and set a school record 19 game winning streak. Also, starter Jordair Jett was named Atlantic 10 player of the year and starter Dwayne Evans has been nominated to receive the Senior Class Award awarded to an NCAA senior who has excelled in the classroom, services the community, and who demonstrates outstanding character. 
It’s safe to say that all of us here at SLU are extremely proud of our Billikens.
Besides all of these accomplishments, I still can’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of people outside of SLU who simply don’t know SLU, yet alone what a Billiken is. 
So I thought I’d share this article with all of you that I think is a fantastic highlight of the basketball program here at SLU, along with explaining what exactly a Billiken is. 
http://storiesforsunday.com/2014/03/17/what-is-a-billiken-anyway/
GO BILLS and BE A BILLIKEN.
-Mike 

So as you all might know, the SLU men’s basketball team is playing in the NCAA tournament this year! They are currently a ranked 5th in the Midwest region and play their first game tomorrow March 20th against North Caroline State. 

This season has proved to be extremely successful for the Billikens. We are currently sitting on a 26-6 season record, ranked 18th in the nation, won the Atlantic 10 regular season title, and set a school record 19 game winning streak. Also, starter Jordair Jett was named Atlantic 10 player of the year and starter Dwayne Evans has been nominated to receive the Senior Class Award awarded to an NCAA senior who has excelled in the classroom, services the community, and who demonstrates outstanding character. 

It’s safe to say that all of us here at SLU are extremely proud of our Billikens.

Besides all of these accomplishments, I still can’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of people outside of SLU who simply don’t know SLU, yet alone what a Billiken is. 

So I thought I’d share this article with all of you that I think is a fantastic highlight of the basketball program here at SLU, along with explaining what exactly a Billiken is. 

http://storiesforsunday.com/2014/03/17/what-is-a-billiken-anyway/

GO BILLS and BE A BILLIKEN.

-Mike 

Friday, February 14, 2014
Since today is Valentines Day, I thought I’d share some reasons why I absolutely LOVE SLU.

1. The PEOPLE here are the absolute best people in the world.

2. Our CAMPUS never fails to amaze me. There isn’t a day where SLU doesn’t look great.

3. The SLU community is something that is truly one of a kind. 

4. BILLIKEN BASKETBALL

5. The professors are so approachable and strive for you to succeed. 

6. SAINT LOUIS is one of the coolest cities ever. There is always things to do off campus if you wanna spend the day away. 

7. 9 p.m. mass is one of my favorite events of the week.

8. Griesedieck Brunch on the weekends

9. the seemingly endless list of groups and clubs that are possible to join. There are constantly events being held on campus.

10. the BILLIKEN is the best mascot EVER. 

I hope you all have had a fantastic Valentines Day!

Mike

Since today is Valentines Day, I thought I’d share some reasons why I absolutely LOVE SLU.

1. The PEOPLE here are the absolute best people in the world.

2. Our CAMPUS never fails to amaze me. There isn’t a day where SLU doesn’t look great.

3. The SLU community is something that is truly one of a kind.

4. BILLIKEN BASKETBALL

5. The professors are so approachable and strive for you to succeed.

6. SAINT LOUIS is one of the coolest cities ever. There is always things to do off campus if you wanna spend the day away.

7. 9 p.m. mass is one of my favorite events of the week.

8. Griesedieck Brunch on the weekends

9. the seemingly endless list of groups and clubs that are possible to join. There are constantly events being held on campus.

10. the BILLIKEN is the best mascot EVER.

I hope you all have had a fantastic Valentines Day!

Mike

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
First Snow Day of the year! All classes acter 3 pm today were cancelled due to the snow. I know if you’re from Chicago you’re thinking “what snow?” but yes, classes were cancelled!

First Snow Day of the year! All classes acter 3 pm today were cancelled due to the snow. I know if you’re from Chicago you’re thinking “what snow?” but yes, classes were cancelled!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hey everyone! My name is Mike and I am super excited to share my SLU experience with all of you! Seeing as this is my first post, I thought I’d tell you a little about myself.

I have had amazing opportunities here at SLU during my first semester. I am a Senator in the Student Government Association, a Billiken Buddy, a member of the Club Swim Team, in the pre-health club, and, of course, a Billiken Blogger. Seeing as this would be a lot to talk about all at once, I’ll go more into detail about them all later. Long story short, I absolutely love everything that I am involved here and am looking for even more things to do! 

My favorite thing about SLU is the overwhelming sense of community that you feel around campus. It is almost impossible to walk to a class without someone saying “Hi” to you or flashing you a smile. Everyone here is excited and happy to be here. There’s a reason the Billiken is always smiling after all.

I can’t wait to share all of my SLU experiences, old and new, with all of you throughout my career here.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

We are SLU. We are Billikens. 

- Mike