Summer’s here…Take Care of Your Mental Health!

Summer break is an exciting time, but there are a few things to keep in mind about your mental health while the business of the school year winds down.


  1. Caring for your mental health is a year-round priority. While your stress may be decreased during the summer (unless you’re still taking tons of classes), mental health issues and disorders do not take a break.
  2. Treatment shouldn’t also take a summer break. If you receive counseling services through the university, it may become difficult to coordinate these services while you are back at home. Reach out to counselors at home, or ask your current counselor for recommendations. This may only involve some self-care while at home.
  3. Look out for friends during the summer. Not only may it be boring and difficult to be away from friends, but if you’re friend’s aren’t around then there aren’t as many people to notice a change in your mood or behavior. It’s easier for students who are struggling to fly under the radar during the summer. Reach out to friends, even if that just means sending a “Hey!” over Facebook messenger.

What are you doing for your mental health this summer?




Pre-Commencement To-Do List


Hey Crusaders! Are you graduating this year? Are you participating in commencement? If so, there are a few things to consider doing before the big day on May 10th.

  1. Take care of the necessary stuff: Pick up your tickets, cap and gown if you haven’t already done so, and check MyPortal for all the important details you need to know.
  2. Stop by the bookstore and buy some alumni gear, because now you can!
  3. Knock out your final exams. They could be your last ones ever!
  4. After your finals, binge watch your favorite tv shows that you’ve probably missed because of how busy you’ve been.
  5. Catch up on sleep too.
  6. Spend time with friends. Not to be a downer, but you may all be off to different cities after graduation and won’t have as many opportunities to make late-night runs to McDonald’s. That’s not to say your friendship is over…it will just take a little more effort!
  7. Figure out what you’re going to wear along with your cap and gown. Ladies- if you plan on wearing heels, you want to make sure you can walk in them.
  8. Make your post-commencement dinner plans NOW. May 10th is also Mother’s Day! Restaurants could be busy, so make reservations ASAP.
  9. Eat one last meal on campus… Your favorite stacks sandwich order or maybe some chicken tenders from the Take 5- It’s your choice!
  10. Take a selfie with your favorite professor or at your favorite spot at Madonna. Then #MadonnaUniversity on Instagram or Facebook!

How to Celebrate Earth Day

earth dayApril 22nd is the 45th celebration of Earth Day! The goal is to join economic growth and sustainability and provide an example for world leaders on how to take care of our earth. To celebrate does not require anything extraordinary. Here are a few ways to make the earth more green:


  1. Plant trees and wildflowers.
  2. Do arts and crafts and create homes for wildlife.
  3. Educate yourself more about the environment.
  4. Once you find out more, teach others!
  5. Use Earth-friendly cleaning products.
  6. Show your support by wearing green and/or brown.
  7. Ride your bike or walk instead of driving.
  8. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  9. Take shorter showers.
  10. Turn off lights and unplug electronics when leaving a room.


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Murder Mystery 2015: Review

murder mystery2“It was Justin Bieber with the hammer and Nick Lachey” was one of the things that the students at Murder Mystery were trying to figure out. A game of who did what and when! “A true mind bender” are some of the comments that were received on the student evaluation forms. For those who don’t know what Murder Mystery is, it is a game where a storyline is given to students, clues are spread throughout the campus and students have the job of finding the clues. These clues are critical in finding the missing answers to the crime. Tywonn Mitchell, a co-founder of the event has said, “Murder Mystery draws students in because of the idea behind Murder Mystery and students being able to join together in fellowship and enjoy an evening of fun events”. Kasey Trierweiler, a member from the winning team the Softballer’s, had said, “Murder Mystery is such a fun event and I love inviting my friends to come because I always know it’s going to be an awesome event.” This year the Murder Mystery event brought in 48 students which since its inception is the highest turnout ever. It follows only second in attendance to Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag, which is the largest campus event. Over time Murder Mystery has grown and new ideas have been established, but one thing that remains constant is the friendships and relationships events like Murder Mystery and Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag create. Look for Murder Mystery next year around Spring Into Fun Time!

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Thrift Store Fashion Show 2015: Review

April is Financial Literacy Month! In order to celebrate, the Office of Student Life held a Thrift Store Fashion Show. Madonna students worked the runway of the Take 5 Lounge modeling pieces bought from the Salvation Army. Categories of outfits included: business casual, summer, and work out gear. Audience members got to participate by guessing the prices of some of the items.The person with the closest answer won a t-shirt and a gift card.

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Next time when you go shopping, try looking at your local Salvation Army! Think of the money you could save!

Finals Tips!


1. Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester. Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.


2. Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.


3. Create mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes or acronyms, to help you remember information.


4. Study in a distraction-reduced environment. Turn off your cell phone, TV and email notifications.


5. Overlearn the material.  When you think you are finished, keep going.


6. Keep your energy levels high! Get enough sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.


7Relax. Keep your stress levels low. Follow the 50-10 rule: 50 minutes of studying and 10 minutes of a mental break every hour.


8. Link new information to things you already know. Forming these associations will help you retrieve information later.


9. Explain it aloud. Draw it. Create tables, diagrams, mind maps or pictures. Form a study group. Do what works best for you to better learn the material.


10. When the exam is over, let it go! Forget it! Move on to the next one, or go enjoy the break!



Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? This movement started in the U.S. in 1978 when San Francisco and New York City held the very first “Take Back the Night” events. The very first nationally observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month was held in April 2001. The goal of this month is to not only raise awareness about sexual violence, but to educate individuals on how they can prevent it. One of the more recent campaigns had to do with bystander intervention. You may have noticed that we have been working to promote bystander intervention around campus. Being an effective bystander means stepping in and helping when you interpret an event as a problem. Of course, this may mean stepping outside of your comfort zone, but that’s why it’s important to know when and how to act before encountering a difficult situation.

Sexual assault is a problem on many college campuses. What is sexual assault? Any sexual contact with someone who has not or cannot provide consent. This may be due to fear, being underage, or being incapacitated, among other reasons. Knowing what constitutes consent is important for EVERYONE to know, as sexual assault is not just a problem for girls. When it comes to preventing sexual assault, we can all play a part.


Interested in learning more? Be on the look out for “Crusaders Step Up!” presentations, where you can learn how to step up in the event of not only sexual assault, but academic dishonesty, discrimination, or depression,

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