Crusader 5K Results

The third annual Crusader 5K & Madonna Mile were held this past Saturday, September, 27th on campus. This event is held each year to raise money for the Madonna University Student Emergency Fund. The fund is distributed to students who need financial support in emergency situations. Thanks to the help and support of many volunteers, sponsors and participants we are able to continue providing this support for students in emergency situations.

This year we had approximately 60 volunteers and 100 participants. Returning participant and top overall female runner, Laurel Park, took a 1:04 off her time from last year running a 18:57 5K. The top overall male runner was Chris Carbary with a 5K time of 22:37. For a complete list of the official race results go to

We would like to thank our numerous sponsors including Biggby Coffee, Panera Bread, The Looney Baker, Westborn Market, Fitness 19, Papa Vinos, and Kroger for their support in helping us continue this event to benefit Madonna University students.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Crusader 5K & Madonna Mile. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event!



Top Apps!

Everyone seems to own a smartphone or tablet now a days.  What are the top apps out there?  We chose a Top 10 Most Popular Apps list to share.  Do you have any of these?

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  1.  Facebook
  2. Youtube
  3. Google Play
  4. Google Search
  5. Pandora
  6. Google Maps
  7. Gmail
  8. Instagram
  9. Apple Maps
  10. Yahoo Stocks


And here is Student Life’s Top 10 Most Popular Apps: 

  1. Snapchat
  2. Pinterest
  3. Twitter
  4. Facebook
  5. Instagram
  6. Pandora
  7. Spotify
  8. Vine
  9. Youtube
  10. ESPN

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What’s your favorite app? Let us know!





We can’t wait to see everyone at our Third Annual Crusader 5K!  Start to the race is 9 A.M.  If you did not register online you can still register on the spot.  Stop by to cheer on your community as they participate in this wonderful event to support the Student Emergency Relief Fund.  

Check back on Monday to see the results from the Crusader 5K!

What do you want to be?….

batmanWhat do you want to be when you “grow up”?
 A ballerina?  A doctor?   Batman?!  This was one of the most asked questions I can remember going through    Elementary, Middle, and High School.  Do you remember what you wanted to be?  Do you know what you want to do today?  Whatever it is don’t stop!  Keep at it.  Madonna has resources beyond count to help you succeed.  (We might not be able to help you become Batman but you never know!)  It just takes a little effort and a friendly smile to get started.  Here are some ways to make your way through MU successfully:

  1.  If you’re about ready to graduate, looking for on-campus employment, or an job, make sure you stop by Career Services in room 1411.  They have a fabulous staff who can review your resume or help you get in touch with possible future employers for internships, Co-Op, or on-campus employment.
  2. Use the library!  Study in a private room or individually at a table.  There are some spots that are extra quiet for ultimate studying, you just have to explore a bit.  Ask the library staff to help you locate a book or help you access prevalent research for a project or your capstone.
  3. Visit Student Life.  Yup, US!  Stop by room 1411 to see what clubs or organizations you can become a part of.  Clubs/organizations are a great way to get involved in the university plus it looks great on a resume.   Some organizations are even career geared so why not come take a look and join one!  Ask us about events we have planned for the school year to get involved.  Make the best out of your time at Madonna.
  4. Stop by your advisor’s office.  Make sure everything is going smoothly, touch base on your academic progress, and keep in mind graduation no matter when it is.  Your advisor is a key player on your team while at Madonna.

Let us know what you wanted to be when you were younger/what are you doing in the future!

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National Voter Registration Day



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September 23rd is National Voter Registration day and it’s your chance to let your voice be heard. The right to vote is one of the unique reasons our country is so strong and independent. In recent years less and less people seem to be exercising their right to make a difference. A lot of non-voters might feel that their one little vote doesn’t matter much, but that is not true. Every vote does count and elected officials pay more attention/listen to those who do vote, than those that abstain from voting. If you don’t vote, then others make decisions for you. Your everyday life is affected one way or another by what the government does or decides. If you do not vote you are essentially just letting everyone else govern how your life goes each day.

Voting is not just about who gets to be president or mayor, but it also applies to how money is used and how certain things are funded. School and health care systems are affected by elections and voting. Not many other nations allow their citizens to have as much say in their country’s activities and governing as ours does. We are lucky and blessed to live in such a wonderful country.

If you have not registered to vote, National Voter Registration Day is September 23 2014. This would be the perfect time to register, it’s quick and easy. You can get all the information you need from the Office of Student Life in room 1411 or online at

Avoid A Case of the Mondays: Good Mood Foods


Avoid a Case of the Monday’s by eating some good mood foods! The food you consume actually does affect your mood. Eating foods high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium can leave you feeling down for up to two days, whereas eating foods full of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s can lead you to feel happier. Just how many servings of fruits and vegetables are needed to produce this effect? Seven or eight are the magic numbers.

When you’re a student, it can be hard to grab healthy foods on the go, especially if we’re feeling stressed or down to begin with. However, to avoid repeating the cycle of poor mood and junk food, grab some inexpensive and easy snacks! Carrots cost around $1 a pack and are rich in Vitamin E, which stimulates dopamine (a neurotransmitter in your brain associated with pleasure and reward). You can also buy an orange for $1! The Vitamin C will boost your energy level. Another low-cost and portable snack is nuts. The zinc in nuts promotes calmness and you’ll get an extra protein boost.

Make healthy choices and this week will be a breeze!

Adapted from Student Health 101. Read the September issue here

International Day of Peace

Have you ever heard of International Peace Day? Until a few days ago I never had. I started to do research about the Day of Peace and realized that this is no ordinary day. This is a day to advocate for World Peace. When I say “world peace” I am not talking about that basketball player either.

It is a day to celebrate the continuing relationships among Nations across the World. It is a day to remember that we are all human and that peace among us is so vital to the sustainability of our planet. When we see what is going on in the world today, this International Day of Peace should be celebrated in an even bigger light. Today, we have so much hatred in the world and people fighting over the small things. We see terrorist groups causing chaos and destruction all over the world. The International Day of Peace is something we should strive to achieve every day in this world. Peace is an ideal that every person should strive for.

The first celebrated International Day of Peace was Tuesday September 21, 1982. This day was created by the United Nations to help promote the message of World Peace. It is a day to celebrate the absence of war and violence. The celebration of this day is an advocate for humanitarian efforts of peace and ceasefire in all countries. In 2001 the United Nations officially declared, through a majority vote, that the 21st of September would be the official day each year for the International Day of Peace.

This year the International Day of Peace theme will be the Right of Peoples to Peace. This is being celebrated to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to supporting the promotion of peace for the full enjoyment of all human rights. It is great to come together on a day to celebrate World Peace, but honestly it is something that we should work for each and every day. So go out and hug a friend and be proud of this great country that you live in! Celebrate and remember that you are free, alive and home.