Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Brinda, 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.
Lis and I participated in the SLU Muslim Student Association’s (MSA) annual Fast-a-Thon for the first time! We got to experience a day of fasting (no eating AND drinking from 5:27am to 5:49pm) and learned about the Syrian Relief Effort. To break the fast, MSA provided an incredible Indian/Pakistani dinner. It was a really interesting interfaith event, and I know we’ll be participating again next year.
Here’s a photo of me and Luke before we interviewed students for the SLU Presidential Scholarship.
I loved meeting some of the most gifted high school students in the nation. During interview weekends, you have the option to visit a class, have lunch with current Scholars, take a trolley tour of the city and SLU campus, and participate in a Welcome Reception in the John Cook School of Business.
I’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this Scholarship (and many more that SLU offers) at http://babbrinda.tumblr.com/ask. I hope to see you on campus soon!
Don��t believe me when I say SLU is the happiest place on earth? Take a look at this video Justin Seaton and Johno McDonough made of SLU students being their happy selves, a great work of JJ Productions. Note my trademark Carlton Banks dance move at 2:48.
Want to see and get to know these many happy students on campus?
Then Be Here. Be a Billiken.
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.
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.
All students at Saint Louis University love giving back to the community. We don’t learn to only further our careers, but to improve society as a whole.This is done in many ways — classes have service learning components, clubs devote time at non-profit organizations together, and people go out to volunteer simply for fun!
Before moving in to the university for the first time, I assumed that I may have to give up several of my hobbies such as dance, piano, and flute. However, little did I know that SLU would allow me to integrate service and my hobbies into my college schedule.
I first started by participating in cultural programs around campus. Word got out to the St. Louis community that I perform Odissi (a very unique Indian dance form, and one of the oldest styles in the world).
I was given the privilege to perform with the Kuchipudi Arts Academy of Dance and a ballet troupe from California for a fundraiser benefiting The Pablove Foundation. After classes nearly every day, I went to practice in the suburbs of St. Louis. We performed a fusion dance with different Indian styles and ballet technique. It was incredible, and we managed to raise more than $14,000 for pediatric cancer research!
I’m so glad I came to SLU because I am encouraged to work with people at school and around the city. After dancing for charities (and through my other volunteering activities), I have a new-found passion for making a difference in any way I can.