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Top Five Disney Movies of 2014

Many of us grew up with Disney; Disney movies, Disney radio, Disney channel, Disney Land, Disney World. Some form of Disney entered our lives at some point and to some degree. We may be college students now and mature adults (possibly) but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good Disney movie; feel our hearts stop as the main character faces some unforeseen danger, laugh at the comical villan as they monologe about their evil plan, or even *gasp* sing along to the songs.

So let’s take a moment to look at what Disney has come out with lately:

The 2014 Top Five according to

1. Maleficent– we all know the story of Sleeping Beauty. How the beautiful Aurora was cursed by the evil Maleficent, to prick her finger and fall into a sleeping death. How her true love Prince Philip had to fight and kill the wicked Maleficent and defeat evil in order to save Aurora with true love’s first kiss. This new take on the time old classic however gives a new look on Maleficent; raising a few new questions. Who is Maleficent? Was she always evil? Why does she look the way she does? and the most important question…What really happened?

2. Muppets Most Wanted– have you ever mistaken someone for one of your friends and there’s that awkward “oh…um…you’re not so and so…oops” or maybe you’re the one who is mistaken for that other person. Either way it’s an awkward moment that you slightly cringe at as you walk away before forgetting about it five minutes later. Now imagine if that person you were mistaken for was a criminal wanted by the whole world. That’s the problem the lovable Kermit faces in this comedic caper.

3. Cloud 9-Cloud 9, is about a young female snowboarder, Kayla. Kicked off her team she is assigned to work at a dog shelter where she meets Will Cloud a famous snowboarder who left the sport after an embarrassing failure. Kayla wants to compete in the Fire and Ice competition and prove she is a great snowboarder but with everyone telling her she can’t make it she knows its going to be hard. With her mantra, “Nothing is impossible she enlists the help of Will, who she finally convinces to train her. Can she show she really has what it takes? Is nothing impossible?

4. Million Dollar Arm-Based on a true story sports agent, JB Bernstein, needs to find new clients to keep his business afloat. While watching cricket games on his t.v. an idea sparks. Creating a contest called “Million Dollar Arm” he finds two cricket playing youths, Rink Singh and Dinesh Patel, from India and begins to train them as Baseball Pitchers.  But nothing is ever easy. Having to adjust to a whole new culture, not to mention the difficulties of learning how to play America’s favorite game is a daunting task and these three will have to lean on one other and learn more about themselves and each other in order to make it.

5. Zapped- Boys can be annoying when they don’t do what you want them to. But as 16-year-old Zoey finds out there’s even an app for that. After what could only be described as a bad day,especially when her phone is dropped in the bathtub, thrown out a window, sides on a solar panel and ends up in her dogs food bowl, Zoey feels like it can’t get much worse. But the next day brings an interesting discovery; her dog training app doesn’t control dogs but boys. Everything is starting to look up until of course everything falls apart. This is a funny story about love, family, and accepting people for who they are not who we want them to be.

If you haven’t seen these movies try them out 🙂



Get the Popcorn!

It’s a friday night and you have nothing to do? Or you’re trying to plan something with friends? Try the movies!!!!

Ogden 6 the local Classic Cinema offers Benedictine Students a unique offer on certain Fridays of the semester! Free movie nights!!

How to get in on this great deal?                    


Just br

ing your Student ID to the movie theater. Show it to the teller and they’ll let you in.

You might be wondering, “What’s the catch?”                                                               

The answer is, there is none. Just come on the right friday nights and once you get into the movie theater they just have you sign your name and ID number on a sign in sheet. That’s it!

Now that you know this great deal exists you might be wondering:

“Where?”-Ogeden 6 is located at: 1227 East Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL.

If you are leaving from Benedictine go north on College College road to Maple. Turn left on Maple, take it all the way down to N. Naper Blvd and turn right. Take that to E. Ogden Ave and turn left. The movie theater will be on your right in the strip mall that also contains CVS and the H Mart. Ogden 6 is in the far back right corner.

“When?” -The upcoming Free movie nights are:

Friday October 31st for a Halloween Movie Night Starting at 10 p.m.

Friday November 7th Starting at 6 p.m.

Friday December 5th Starting at 6 p.m.

Now you only have one very important decision to make…What movie should you watch?

Good Luck!!! 🙂

Get Your Faith On

When people think of ministry a couple of ideas come to mind. Ministry is helping people. Ministry is community service. Ministry is just a bunch of people sitting around praying. Ministry is only for the deeply religious.

But that’s not what Ministry is all about.

Ministry is about community service and helping others, yes. But it is also about individual growth, spiritually and as a person. Ministry is learning about and growing in your faith. Ministry is about being with people who support you. People who are willing to help you when you need it; and sometimes even when you think you don’t. Ministry is for Everyone. Ministry is Family.

Here at Benedictine University our Ministry is one of the most joyful, energetic, supporting, and helpful out there. You don’t have to be one specific religion to get involved. You don’t have to have a specific mindset to join. Come as you are and you’ll fit right in.

Ministry events range far and wide from Pillow Dresses for Haiti to FCA to MOSAIC to international service trips.

Here are a few:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
    • A group where the athletes of Benedictine can come together to, “find ways to combine your passion for Christ and your passion for sports”
  • Movement of Students Achieving Interfaith Collaboration (MOSAIC)
    • Whose mission is to, “create an atmosphere in which talking about one’s faith is the social norm”
  • Protestant Board
    • Offers Bible study every Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in the interreligious loungeon the 4th floor of Kindlon.
  • Interreligious Dialogue
    • Continues, “the effort to create a safe space to discuss issues of understanding in a climate of loving respect.” Interreligious dialogue is currently under the direction of Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic. Topics include “interfaith marriages, Islamaphobia, facebook messages, and easily misunderstood customs.” -developed by student participants
  • Catholic Board
    • Has several ministries under it that are charged with events such as:
      • Education and Formation’s Bible Study every Monday from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the University Ministry Conference Room on the 4th floor of Kindlon
      • Peace and Social Justice’s Pillow Dresses for Haiti where students are invited to turn pillow cases into stylish dresses for the less fortunate in Haiti.
      • Catholic Life’s new annual ICCC-Illinois College Catholic’s Conference
      • Worship and Spirituality’s daily mass 12:00-12:30 and 8:00 Sunday mass onthe 4th floor of Kindlon.
      • Stewardship’s monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • International Service Immersion Experiences
    • Benedictine University is able to offer students international service opportunities through the Diocese of Joliet. There is currently a trip to the Phillipines during the January Break and a trip to Bolivia during the summer.
  • Koinonia
    • Koinonia (which in greek means “fellowship”) is a retreat weekend is, “an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective; however, non-Catholics are welcomed as well.” The spring retreat took place this year Friday April 11th-Sunday April 13th. But the Fall retreat is coming in October the 24th to the 26th of this year. “It’s not weird, it’s Koinonia” It’s Fellowship, it’s Fun, it’s Food, it’s Faith, it’s your Future.


If you have any questions or want more information follow the links or check out the ministry page on under Student Life.

O Fun, Fun! Wherefore art thou Fun?

Are you sitting in your room, staring at the walls, bored out of your mind?

                     You’re not alone!

When Boredom strikes it tends to not only make its victims miserable and restless but it causes us to be unable to think of anything to relieve it.

If you ever find yourself in boredom’s death-grip just follow theses simple steps:

  • Take a deep breath
  • And keep on reading

When I’m bored and I’m trying to figure out something I can do by myself or with my friends, sometimes my mind goes blank. I throw my hands up in the air in exasperation and groan before declaring that there is absolutely nothing to do. To save you from this same fate this list has been created.

Brought to you from the depths of a mind tortured by boredom comes this life saving list!

(Please be advised:  these ideas can be adapted and improved, I am not at fault for any injuries/problems that are caused by these ideas no lifeguard on duty so swim at your own risk mandate, if using these ideas please follow all Benedictine University rules, and be considerate of others)

Indoor fun!

  • Gather a couple of your friends together and go on a scavenger hunt through the dorm. (Just be considerate of the other students who might be studying or napping)
  • Play on the Wii by yourself or with friends (Challenge your friends to a sports competition or have a tournament with your favorite game)
  • Get some friends together and play a card game: Apples to Apples, speed ( have an epic tournament), Kings corner, garbage, spoons, Rummy, or even go fish.
  • Have a movie marathon in your room-make it realistic: dim the lights and pop some popcorn
  • Have any books you’ve been meaning to read? Now’s the perfect time to start them
  • Or gasp! The dreaded homework! You can start on it now and get it out of the way so on the days you would normally be cramming you can enjoy the day and do something else on this list
  • You could also take the extra time you have and use it to organize your room.
  • If you’re feeling nice take sticky notes and write little notes on them and stick them on the doors of your friend’s room. If you’re feeling especially nice write notes and stick them on doors of people you don’t know.
  • Don’t want to stay in your room but can’t think of anything fun to do?

       Never fear!!

  • Have a campus wide scavenger hunt
  • Go and see a movie-Ogden movie theater is only a short drive away
  • Go bowling with friends Lisle Lanes (4920 Lincoln Ave. Lisle) and Brunswick Zone (1555 E. 75th street, Woodridge)
  • Just take a walk around campus. Look around, smell the proverbial roses.
  • Go to the Rice and Ada center and workout-get your blood flowing!
  • Explore the campus buildings. Go somewhere you haven’t seen yet.
  • Check out the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum or the Art Gallery.
  • Go over to Coal Ben with some friends and try to start a dancing competition or just well…eat good food.

You can also check your Office 365 email for your “This Week at BenU” email and see whats happening around campus. Go see a game, basketball, lacrosse, etc. See if there are any bake sales or fun events and go check them out. Try something new.

I hope I’ve at least given you a start off point for ideas of things to do.  Twist them around, change them up, or make them into what you want.

Stay safe and have fun!

Slip, Slide, and Repeat

We had our Christmas and our New Year flew by. The snow was pretty on the ground giving us the feeling of the winter season but as we calm down from our festivities we become less and less enamored with the snow and sparkling icicles. Wearing our bulky coats, having to shovel the snow or dust off our cars, and the freezing temperatures can get annoying and troublesome.

But when the snow melts to water right before the temperatures drop it gets dangerous.

Ice. The sneaky culprit to many an embarrassing moment. This can especially make driving a hazardous chore. Anyone who commutes knows the trials of traffic and the normal problems that come with the ability to drive but throw in some ice and it can become not just simple annoyances but major problems.

Authorities say to drive carefully and even slower at tricky intersections or stops and they mean it. They do not mean drive at five miles an hour in a twenty-five mph zone. They mean do not drive forty miles an hour in a twenty-five mph zone.

Some tricks to surviving a drive in the cold and braving the notorious ice:

  • Slow down sooner, gently applying the brakes before coming to a stop sign or stop light instead of waiting until you are only a few yards away and slamming on the brakes.

  • Start your car at least ten minutes before you actually leave so your engine has time to warm up. Also, giving your car time to warm up means you can drive in warmth instead of shivering behind the wheel.
  • Always have at least a half a tank of gas especially when you know it’s going to get extremely cold. This will save you from future problems with your car and your gas won’t freeze in your car.
  • Make sure your tires are in good condition; they have traction and are not flat.
  • Be sure to have enough break fluid and anti-freeze in your car.
  • And most importantly leave earlier than you normally would. This will give you enough time to make it to your classes without having to rush.

I hope these tips can help make your drive in the winter better. Stay warm and stay safe 🙂