Monday, September 22, 2014

Wear Red Day

The two Big Reds(Cate Coghlan and Katie O'Leary) get ready to take pictures with Students on Tuesday

Big Red looks for his next photo opportunity.
 Tuesday September 16th proved to be a day full of school spirit with the Cardinal in the Plaza! Students were encouraged to wear red  on Tuesday of Cardinal Days.

Cardinal Days is a week in September similar to what homecoming week would be like at a high school.

“We started Cardinal Day’s because people were sick of not having a homecoming,” says Lance Thompson, director of student activities. “It is just another week like Welcome Week, to keep people interested and excited with back to back to back events.”
Saint Mary's University student, Marwan Albalawi, takes a selfie with the Cardinals

Two cardinals showed up in the Plaza that afternoon, Cate Coghlan and Katie O’Leary decided to help out the Student Activities Committee by volunteering their time to bring some school spirit and cheer to the plaza.

“My favorite part of being in the cardinal costume is seeing how excited everyone gets when they see Big Red in the plaza,” said Saint Mary’s University senior, Cate Coghlan.
Despite not having any home games for any sport, students still took part in activities and had a lot of fun.
Other events from the week included: Baggage, Comedian Pete Lee, Surprise! Volleyball, Open Mic Night, the Dolla Dance, a showing of 22 Jump Street and a trip to a Twin’s game!
“We used to spend a lot more money on this week, but we found out that students still participate and have fun without spending a lot of money,” said Thompson.

“It is a great sense of school spirit, despite it being extremely hot in the costume, I would definitely do it again,” said Coghlan.
Saint Mary's University senior, Katie Stein, poses with the Cardinal.

Big Red takes a moment to pose for the camera.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

This post is going to get REAL very quickly.

I have been amazed by the LACK of respect that college students have for their professors. I am not sure if this happens just at SMU, but a lot of my peers are the most disrespectful people I have ever encountered.

Maybe it is a generational thing.. I have noticed that people in my class throughout elementary school, middle school, high school and into college that my classmates have this attitude and sass, if you will. 

Romans 13:1-5 says "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience."

My question is why do college students feel the need to be disrespectful to their professors? Many of them are sacrificing a larger paycheck to spend their lives dedicated to helping us become better, smarter additions to society. 

I challenge you to think about your level of respect for others and the example you are setting for others. Show people respect. You never know what people are going through. Your kindness could change their life in a drastic way.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 says "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!"


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fill the Gap

Just last month, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit. At the Summit, hundred of thousands gather around the world to learn how to better their business, organization, church, or school.

This experience was one of the most life changing experiences I have had. 

One of the speakers, Wilfredo De Jesus, author of In the Gap, spoke about the gaps we encounter in our community. 

As someone who volunteers and interned at a pregnancy center, I have see the gap in my community first hand. 

De Jesus talked about why and how communities should engage with those lost in the gap. 

The first obstacle he suggested you tackle in order to get closer to the gap is letting go of the fear we have about taking our faith into the community. 

He said: "With revelation comes responsibility." If we know about the gaps in our community, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to close those gaps! 

Even when it gets hard, we must do ALL OF THE GOOD! 

"The moment you decide to stand in the gap, there will be opposition, but if God is for you, who can be against you?" 

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” 
   -   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Find that thing you know you were made to do. Once you do that, get access the gap involved and do everything you possibly can to end the cycle of this seemingly endless gap we have right in our very own communities.