The Benedictine Bookstore

The Benedictine Bookstore is located on the first floor of Krasa. This is where students go to buy school apparel, supplies, materials required for class and lab, textbooks, electronics, and other items that can be used as gifts.  Although the bookstore has many great things to buy, I feel that it can improve by making more items available. There can be more variety between the designs on Benedictine wear that students will find appealing. There could be more clothing options available such as possibly ties or different style jackets, and more items that have our logo on them. It would really bring in more students, especially athletes if there were souvenirs that you would find at a professional sports stadium with the B or the eagle on them. More items that could be sold are small waste baskets, phone cases, and other items that our community can have  to show their school pride. Having more variety will impress people to look around and encourage them to buy something which will benefit the school financially. The bookstore has a good variety right now but just because we have a small campus, we are the fastest growing university in the country, and our bookstore can join us in this process.

Escaping the Cold Season

Mmmm, Fall. Such an alluring and breathtaking season; the trees are changing colors and leaves are softly blowing in the wind. The smell of pumpkin spice is coming from every girls coffee that walks by and the sweaters are finally being pulled off their hangers. Getting lost in the beautiful warm colors nature has to offer while listening to the the birds that enjoy 50 degree weather and, suddenly, ACHOO! Ahh, the sneezing filled, miserable runny nose packed 6 month long contagion infestation has begun!

No, I know Autumn is actually pretty great. But the probability of getting sick when the leaves change definitely goes up. Luckily, preventing the sniffles is easier than you thought!

1) Drink a lot of water! Not hard to do. Add some MiO if water gets boring.

2) Take vitamins. A multivit goes a long way. And hey, Flinstone vitamins are the bomb! Gummy vitamins are pretty great as well.

3) Sleep! 7 to 9 hours is ideal. Do this whenever possible. A Carnegie Mellon study has shown that less than 7 hours straight of sleep nearly triples the possibility of you getting a cold!

4) Chill out. Relax. Deep breaths, meditate, think happy thoughts, imagine being on a beach with sand between your toes and the sun beating down on you. Whatever you do to relax and stay stress-free, do it more often. Being stressed increases your chance of catching a cold!

5) Wash your hands often. Make sure to dry them thoroughly as well; damp hands are extremely more likely to spread bacteria!

6) I’ve mentioned taking a multivit, but Vitamin C can help make your cold be less severe and shorten the time you have the cold.

7) Last easy thing, workout! Sweat out those toxins. It takes a lot of motivation to get to the gym, but after the gym, your sinuses are finally clear!

Happy Fall :)

Happy Diwali to everyone

Just yesterday was the day known to the Indian holiday, Diwali, which is a festival of lights. This holiday is celebrated all throughout the world. It is just like New Years. During this time, families and friends all come together and celebrate this beautiful and luminous holiday to wish everyone a happy year ahead with lots of happiness, joy, and prosperity. During this time many sweets of all sorts are given to love ones and prayers are done to worship our Gods and to get blessing from our Gods and our elders.

Here is the history behind the reason we celebrate Diwali.

Diwali is known as Deepavali which is known as the Festival of Lights. It’s an ancient Hindu festival that is celebrated every year in Autumn. This festival signifies the victory of light vs darkness, knowledge vs ignorance, good vs evil, and hope vs despair. This festival is combined in five day period, but the night of Diwali is always full of celebrations, fireworks, sweets, and love. During this time, people dress up in new clothes, clean and decorate their homes with lighted diyas (lamps and candles) inside and out. There is also a pooja (prayer) that is done for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity). And typically after the pooja is done, fireworks luminate in the dark clear night sky.

So I hope today in this blog you have learned something interesting about the Hinduism and one of the many special and joyous holidays we celebrate.

Happy Diwali to everyone :)

Upcoming Movies

Mid-terms are practically over! What a better way to celebrate than to watch some spectacular upcoming movies! So, gather your friends, family, or go by yourself (if that’s how you flow) and head to the cinemas!

 

Here’s a compilation of some potentially entertaining, thought-provoking, and/or thrilling films:

Before I Go To Sleep 

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis: “A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.”

Horns

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis: “In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.”

Interstellar

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”

Big Hero 6

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.”

The Theory of Everything

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.”

Foxcatcher

Release Date: November 14, 2014

Synopsis: “Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Synopsis: “Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.”

The Imitation Game

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Synopsis: “English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.”

There are more movies you can definitely check out. Here’s where you can look up upcoming films (synopsis of movies are credited to IMDB):

 

Get Your Flu Shots!

As autumn is progressing and winter is around the corner, the seasons of illnesses will take a toll on everyone. Other than good hygiene, one way to protect yourself from contracting sicknesses is to get a flu-shot.

Thankfully, Benedictine University offers flu-shots to students. There are only certain days that’ll be offered until the end of October. You can get your flu-shots the Office of Health Services in Krasa Room 116 (first floor). It only costs $10.00 for students and $20.00 for faculty. That’s a great deal so be sure to take advantage of it. Here’s a list:

  • Friday; October 24th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday; October 27th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday; October 28th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday; October 29th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday; October 30th from 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Friday; October 31st from 9:30am – 11:30am

Stay healthy! :)

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