New Registered Organizations!

Exciting news, Crusaders! Three new registered student organizations have been founded this month.

1. Madonna Stitch: The mission of Madonna Stitch is to bring warmth to the community by coming together to knit, crochet, or embroidery, and give warmth to those who need by those means

President: Bonnie Green (

2. Math Club: The purpose of this organization shall be to advance and enrich students’ knowledge and appreciation of mathematics through intellectual activity, exploring career opportunities, and community engagement.

President: Katie Krawczyk (

3. BLOSSOM- Beautiful Loving Optimistic Scholarly Sisters On A Mission:  To bring unity and inspiration to the campus of Madonna University. Our goal is to culturally enhance and increase campus awareness of African American women. Furthermore to strengthen and support all women on the campus through a network of educational activities and social events.

President: Cynthia Ralston (

Contact the presidents at the email address provided if you are interested in getting involved in any of these organizations. If YOU have a great idea for a new student organization that you would like to start here at MU, stop by the Office of Student Life (Room 1411) to speak with someone. For a full list of organizations on campus, click here.

What other organizations would you like to see at MU?


Tickle Your Tastebuds Tuesday!

Just to remind you before the year ends, there are three main places to eat on Madonna University’s campus….

  1. Take 5 lounge – Located in the middle of the main academic building on campus. It mainly has order-to-go grille items, grab and go food, coffee products and much more.
  2. University Dining Hall – There is a wide variety of food choices in this dining hall from home style entrees to burgers. Every Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 9 am is breakfast, at noon it is lunch and then 5:30pm to 9pm it is dinner.
  3. Stacks – This café is open from 11:30am till 5pm… Monday through Thursday. It offers custom made sandwiches.

What is your favorite order from the Take 5 or Stacks?

Why Should I Donate Blood?

Did you know every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood? That means 43,200 people need blood every day. For a process that takes typically only 45 minutes, there is a severe lack of blood donors. One pint of blood can save at least three lives! According to the American Red Cross, if one individual donates whole blood starting at 17 years old every 56 days until they reach 76, that one individual could potentially save more than 1,000 lives. In addition to the benefit of saving lives, there are many other health benefits.

Preserving cardiovascular health:
Blood viscosity contributes as a risk for cardiovascular disease according to Harvard Medical School. Donating blood can reduce the blood viscosity by eliminating the iron that may possibly oxidize in your blood. A study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) discovered that participants ages 43-61 had fewer heart attacks and strokes when they donated blood every six months.

Reduced risk of cancer:
With iron thought to increase free-radical damage in the body, the reduction of iron when giving blood decreases the risk of cancer. A study done by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that one group reduced their iron stores by blood donations twice a year whereas the other group had no changes. Thus the results show the group of blood donors had lower iron levels as well as a lower risk of cancer and mortality. Cancers with lower risks include: liver, lung, and colon due to the reduction in oxidative stress when the iron is released from the bloodstream.

Burning calories:

According to the University of California, San Diego, one pint of blood donated is over 650 calories burned.


Providing a free blood analysis:

Upon donation, donors are tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases. The testing is done to indicate whether or not a donor is eligible to donate based on what is found in your bloodstream. The American Red Cross, with your consent, uses samples of blood for further tests and other medical research.


All benefits aside, right now, family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and others in your community are depending on you. Premature infants are born day and night, often requiring blood to survive. Cardiac surgery patients may need life-sustaining blood transfusions.The need is great. The rewards are many. And only you can volunteer to give the gift of life.


Donate blood at Madonna University on Thursday, March 26th in UC 1 and 2. Make an appointment at


Avoid A Case of the Mondays: Bystander Intervention

This month at Madonna, we are going to focus on bystander intervention. A part of that is stepping up and preventing sexual assault. As Student Health 101 put it, sexual assault is “everyone’s issue.” That may sound intimidating, but effective bystander intervention should be low-key and pressure-free. The March issue of Student Health 101 suggests indirect ways to stand up for someone in trouble. All it may take is making it clear that you are not okay with hearing someone make derogatory comments, and that doesn’t mean aggressively confronting the person. For example, if you hear a classmate making sexually suggestive comments about another student, a good response would be, “That is awkward and a bit much.” For more ideas, read the full article here.

There are many ways in which we can all be good bystanders, and not just in the area of sexual assault. You may notice that something is wrong in the areas of academics, alcohol poisoning, anger, depression, relationship abuse, discrimination, or disordered eating. It won’t always be an emergency situation, but if it is, Step UP! provides us with both direct and indirect ways we can help:

  • Direct: You take responsibility as the primary helper.
  • Indirect: You request that someone else take responsibility as the primary helper (e.g., the Police, Emergency Medical Trained or EMT personnel, Athletic Administrators, etc.)

You can make the same decision in non-emergency situations as well:

  • Direct: You speak with the person directly.
  • Indirect: Talk to another person who you feel could be helpful or give guidance and direction — teammate, counselor, administrator, coach.

Note: If you do not act immediately, don’t ignore the situation. Just because you don’t act right then and there doesn’t mean you can’t do it later! (

Regardless of the situation, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to handle it all on your own, and often times you shouldn’t. Engage other bystanders, and if necessary, call someone with more authority, whether it is the campus police or 911.

Safe Drinking Tips: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

It’s no secret that St. Patrick’s Day is a big day for the bars and pubs. If you’re heading out to celebrate in that way, remember to keep yourself and your friend’s safe.

  • Know your limits. Discuss these limits with your group BEFORE going out, so everyone is self-aware. Plus, discussing it with friends will hold you accountable to stick to the limit you’ve set.
  • Do not drink on an empty stomach. Have some corned beef while you’re out!
  • As always, don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. Did you know that at most bars, staff members are more than happy to assist in finding you a cab?! It will never hurt to ask your waiter for help.
  • If you’re the designated driver, watch out for others on the road. Unfortunately, you won’t know if everyone else has made positive choices with drinking and driving.
  • If you notice another driver swerving in front of you, call the police! You could be protecting the lives of many others by doing so.
  • Stick with your friends. There is sure to be a large number of people out this weekend, make sure someone knows where you are at all times.
  • Leave valuables at home. Again, anything can happen with big crowds.
  • Charge your phone before going out and try not to use up too much battery life while out. It’s tempting to want to take pictures of everything, but you don’t want to end up in a situation where you really need a charged phone and don’t have one.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, wear green and stay safe!

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate Madonna Student Life has some activities to celebrate:

  • Panels with the women that make up Madonna- In the Take 5 Lounge, we will be hosting the following panels with faculty and staff: Women in the Arts, Women in Business, Women in Health Care, Women in Higher Education, Women in Math and Science, and Women and the Media/Body Image. Students will have the opportunity to listen to the stories of these successful women and will also be able to ask questions.
  • Viewing of Makers: Women Who Make America– This three part documentary focuses on the stories of the women struggles of women in America and what they have done to overcome these obstacles.
  • Influential women posters: Keep an eye out for posters featuring 25 influential women!

Hope you will be able to stop by one of our events in honor of Women’s History Month!


Happy (early) St. Patrick’s Day!

stpatricks1Sometimes we all think that St. Patrick’s Day is just a day full of drinking and partying. As said by, this holiday began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland and has become an international festival with Irish food, dancing and parades that celebrate this culture. The usual day in Ireland on March 17th includes attending church in the morning, celebrating in the afternoon, and having a big feast for dinner. The meals consist of Irish classics such as bacon and cabbage, corned beef and cabbage, Shepard’s pie and much more. More than 100 parades are held by big cities in the United States, the biggest ones are in Boston and New York. Chicago even dyes their river green and they drink green beer into the night! Something I found interesting was that in the Northeast, people celebrate by planting peas.

Here are some things to do around our area that you can go to on St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Go to the 57th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Detroit on March 15th, 2015. The parade starts at noon on 6th Street and Michigan Ave.
  • There is a Corktown Race in Detroit on March 15th, 2015. The race starts at Michigan Central Station and the start time is at 10 am. The 5k race is only $30 online! Register here:
  • If you are of age you can head down to the Old Shillelagh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They will have a heated tent with live entertainment all day long… Black Mist, Blackkola and Stone Clover will be playing.

However you may celebrate, Have an amazing St. Patrick’s Day and Stay Safe!