Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Brinda, Camilo, Colleen, Luke, Mike, Natalie, Nicole and Scott have the inside look at college classes, dorms, college sports and campus activities at Saint Louis University. Check in with them here, or follow them on Tumblr.
St. Louis doesn’t usually see snowfall until mid-December, but, then again, Midwest weather is always unpredictable! Yesterday just under two inches of snow fell on campus, and within an hour every inch of SLU was trampled in footprints from students playing in the winter wonderland. Snow always, always brings out the inner child in college students!
Snowball fights, snow angles, and, of course, snowmen quickly appeared in the quad. Even though we didn’t get much accumulation, some students were determined enough to build a snowman beside the statue of St. Ignatius. They made sure to give Igantius’ new companion a walking stick for his pilgrim journey alongside the Jesuit’s founder.
SLU is even more beautiful under a fresh blanket of snow!
- Luke -
My best friends and I went to Lafayette Square for a quick study break last weekend. Lafayette Square is a beautiful historic Victorian neighborhood in St. Louis close to campus… and it’s home to some of our favorite restaurants!
In the past few weeks, I’ve had a blast serving with my Alpha Phi Omega family (and Big/Little reveal!), running past some awesome St. Louis landmarks on the way to finishing my first half marathon, decorating golf carts for the homecoming parade, and busting some moves with the Billiken. What a wonderful place to call home!
Be here. Be you. Be a Billiken.
Our Indian Student Association introduced the SLU and St. Louis community to Garba, Raas, and Bhangra — a night celebrating Navratri with a live band, dancing, and Indian food! This festival symbolizes a person’s internal battles and emphasizes the need to destroy the ego in order to advance spiritually. I absolutely love sharing my culture with friends and am already looking forward to next year!
Fall is my favorite season at SLU. Every single weekend there are dozens of club events and sorority/fraternity dances, it’s postseason baseball time for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the changing leaves make campus erupt with colorful beauty. My absolute favorite part of fall though is Nature Retreat, a weekend-long, reflection-charged, outdoor adventure through Campus Ministry.
Nature Retreat is held at Reis Biological Station in central Missouri (about two hours west of SLU). Reis, which is home to a preserved, natural prairie resting right along the calm Huzzah River, is typically used throughout the year as a research facility for biology students. However, one weekend each year Campus Ministry is allowed to settle in for a few days of camping, canoeing, caving, stargazing, hiking, and s’mores-making!
This year I got to be on the leadership team that helped plan the entire Nature Retreat weekend. The team prepared all the home-cooked meals and gave a few reflections. One team leader even led us in yoga Saturday morning! Nature Retreat is the perfect weekend to relax and re-focus. It is by far the most laid-back “retreat” you’ll ever go on, which is what sets it apart as so special for me. It’s open to all students from all religions and spiritual backgrounds. Our mix of 27 student-retreatants (and the perfect weather) made this year’s Nature Retreat the best yet!
For more info on Nature Retreat and a couple videos from years’ past, check out the Campus Ministry page here.
- Luke -
SLU students stake hundreds of American flags in the quad in rememberance of 9/11