A Minion Things to Do This Fall

       Minions in Fall

      In the midst of the dog days of summer, it seems difficult to believe that the crisp, colorful days of autumn are almost upon us!  Whether it’s the outings to cider mills and corn mazes or the vibrant foliage or the freshness of a new term, everyone has something to look forward to in the coming semester.  The good news is, there are many ways to get involved at MU this season; in fact, you could say, there are a minion things to do this fall!

  • Catch the first home volleyball game of the fall on August 24th at 7:00 p.m.  Cheer for our team as they play Rochester College!
  • Watch the men’s soccer team play Cleary University on August 29th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Week of Welcome festivities will be kicking off on August 29th and continuing through September 9th.  More details about these events to come!
  • Support the women’s soccer team as they play Huntington University on September 2nd at 2:00 p.m.
  • Both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams will be attending the Knight Invite at Calvin College on September 3rd.
  • Are you looking for ways to involve yourself on campus?  Make sure to attend the RSO Fair on September 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., which will be held at Cardinal Square by the pond!
  • Run in the Crusader 5K or the Madonna Mile, which will be held on September 17th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Give your support to the women’s golf team when they host the Crusader Classic at the Treetop Resort in Gaylord on September 21st.
  • Support the men’s golf team when they participate in the WHAC Jamboree Five at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti on October 1st at 11:00 a.m.
  • Make sure to attend the first women’s basketball home game on November 12th at 1:00 p.m.  Our ladies will be facing the University of Saint Francis.
  • Spirit week is planned for November 14th through November 18th.  Stay tuned for details about the upcoming Student Senate events!
  • The men’s basketball team will have their first home game on November 16th at 7:30 p.m.  Cheer them on as they face Indiana Institute of Technology!
  • Get your groove on for the homecoming dance, to be held on November 19th from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the East Dining Hall.
  • Have your voice heard by attending Student Senate meetings, which will be held every Friday in Room 2213.

        This entire list can be found on the minion-themed bulletin board in the Take 5 lounge, and you can check out madonnacrusaders.com and follow @MUCrusaders on Twitter for up-to-date information about fall athletics.   Have fun participating in Madonna’s fall-semester activities!

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Italian American Chorale: Republic Day Performance

Madonna University’s Italian American Chorale, directed by Vivianna Garabello held a concert on June 2nd to celebrate Republic Day. Festa della Repubblica, Republic Day which is celebrated on 2 June each year. The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile. To commemorate it, a grand military parade is held in central Rome, presided over by the President of the Italian Republic in his role as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister, formally known as the President of the Council of Ministers, and other high officers of state also attend. There are important celebrations in all the Italian embassies and foreign heads of state are invited.


Construction Season Reminders!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events


On Friday, April 1st the student organization Stop Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking (Stop AVT) hosted a screening of the documentary It Happened Here to kick off its Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign. After the screening there was a panel discussion that included Madonna University staff, faculty, and security as well as outside members of the community like Wayne County SAFE. The panelists discussed themes of consent, bystander intervention, and prevention of sexual assaults on college campuses as well as answered questions from audience members.

Stop AVT’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking as well as the various support systems available to those who have been affected. Stop AVT also hosted multiple events this month regarding sexual assault awareness including a Take Back the Night, which consisted of a march around campus and survivor Speak Out. Stop AVT sold teal ribbons in which all proceeds benefited the survivor relief efforts of Wayne County SAFE.

The crisis line number for FIRST STEP (Wayne County) and HAVEN (Oakland County).  These crisis lines operate 24/7/365, and you can call if you or anyone you know needs help or wants more information.  All calls are free and confidential.

(734) 722-6800 First Step

(248) 334-1274 HAVEN

Age of Love: Review


On March 21, 2016 campus had some visitors from a couple of different senior centers in the area. The senior citizens joined Madonna students viewing the documentary “The Age of Love.” The Aging Studies department had two screenings and the director of the movie was present for any questions, afterwards.

The documentary followed 30 older adults, ages 70-90 years old. Each of these seniors went to a speed dating event. The documentary showed the struggles they face as seniors and trying to find love after not being loved for so long and it showed the beauty of finding love. One of the couples who went on a date after the event, are still in a relationship. They just celebrated Valentine’s day together, which they were very excited for.

The documentary brought laughter and sad moments for everyone in the audience. The Q and A afterwards, really showed the generation differences in how they felt about seniors and speed dating. The younger generation could not grasp the concept of seniors wanting to date and going on dates but it’s more common than we think! So speed dating is not just for the young!

8 Things That Will Help You Ace Your Finals


  1. Great music. What’s that go-to song or album that takes you to your happy place? What’s the music that inspires you? Pack it in your kit and listen to it often.
  2. A laugh out loud movie. Laughter is a great stress reliever. Make plans to watch your favorite funny movie with friends as a study break.
  3. Food bribes. When I have a long night of work ahead, I bribe myself to sit at my desk with food treats that I would not normally allow myself to eat (like a big box of Lucky Charms dry and by the hand-full).
  4. A reminder of your career goal. “Harvard Law School or Bust” was the note my brother hung above his desk in college. It was a constant reminder to him of why he was studying so hard.
  5. SLEEP. Don’t believe the theory that you can pull “all nighters” or even sleep 2-3 hours per night and get good results. Everyone is more stressed when they are tired. Little issues become big ones. Get at least four hours of sleep a night and you’ll be more relaxed. Start studying a day or two earlier if that’s necessary to get some necessary shut eye.
  6. Caffeine. Caffeine is a great tool during finals — in moderation. Too much will make you jittery and make it difficult for you to concentrate. Don’t knock down Red Bull after Red Bull or a two liter bottle of Mountain Dew in one sitting. Also, stop caffeinating at least a few hours before you try to get some sleep.
  7. Enjoy non-sugar snacks. Any protein is great. Many experts believe that protein will help your brain function better. Sugar without protein will typically lead to “crashes” — and that will seriously diminish your ability to focus.
  8. Find a study place away from both friends and classmates. There’s nothing more stressful than when people bother you when you’re trying to study. This is not a social time. Do not do what works for your roommate. Do what works for you. You can be social after finals. Also, classmates who want you to “tutor” them or to borrow your notes are not your primary concern so will drive your stress level higher if you must deal with them.


Encouraging Quotes to Get You Through Finals

Finals getting you a little down? Need an end of the semester pick-me-up? Below is a list of quotes Madonna students should read to help get through finals week!

inspirational quotes

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”  -Albert Einstein

“Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.” -John Green

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” –Christian D. Larson

“A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.” -Dan Rather

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.”  -Anonymous

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”  -Don Wilder

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” –Beverly Sills


Remember to keep your head up this next week! Also, remember: pain is temporary but a GPA is forever!