Crusader 5K and Madonna Mile: Review

The annual Crusader 5K and Madonna Mile took place Saturday September 26, 2015. All proceeds go to the Student Emergency Relief Fund. This fund is distributed to students who need financial support in emergency situations. Thank you to all those you participated and volunteered to help make this event a success!

Results of the event can be found at:


First place


Second place


Third place


All medalist




Volunteers at the event


Week of Welcome: Calendar of Events


Monday September 14th: 

  • Board Games and Card Games 
    12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Take 5 Lounge
  • 50 Things To Do 
    Tag: #Crusader5K on one of the following…
  • Men’s Soccer Game 
    2:30 p.m.
    Madonna Athletic Complex

Tuesday September 15th: 

  • Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair 
    11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Franciscan Center Gathering Space
  • Movie on the Lawn: Lion King 
    8:00 p.m.
    By the pond, outside the 1400 wing

Wednesday September 16th: 

  • Family Feud 
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Take 5 Lounge
  • Men’s Soccer Game 
    4:00 p.m.
    Madonna Athletic Complex
  • Volleyball Game 
    7:00 p.m.
    Activities Center
  • Bonfire and Smores 
    8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    Between the pond and Activities Center

Thursday September 17th: 

  • Lawn Games, Balloon Volleyball, and Corn Hole 
    12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    By the pond
  • Welcome Party 
    6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Outside the Franciscan Center

Friday September 18th: 

  • Scavenger Hunt, Popsicles, and Games 
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    By the pond

Ultimate College Bucket List

Need some inspiration for how to live your undergraduate years to the fullest? Grab your friends and try to cross off every item by the end of your senior year!cropped-bucketlist1

  1. Take a class just for fun: It is easy to get caught up in all the classes needed in order to graduate but keep in mind those electives that allow you to take courses outside of your major(s) or minor(s).
  2. Go to a local sports game: Support our school teams by attending games dressed in our colors or gear! Check out Madonna Crusaders for full schedules of all the sports our school has to offer!
  3. Volunteer: Whether you choose to do an Alternative Spring Break or spend an afternoon at a senior care center, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community.
  4. Start a club: Is there something you are really passionate about that you feel is lacking on your campus? Do something about it by starting a club! It looks great on a resume, plus you will get the chance to meet likeminded people. The Office of Student Life is the perfect way to get started on this venture!  
  5. Sing karaoke: Find the nearest restaurant or bar that hosts a karaoke night, get a group of friends together and go sing your heart out. Who cares if you do not have a great voice? Everyone will be singing along with you anyway!
  6. Study abroad: If it is possible, you should definitely study abroad. You do not have to go for an entire semester as there are shorter programs offered! Feel free to contact the Center of Study Abroad with your questions.
  7. Get to know a professor: Go to office hours, stay after class, or ask a professor to meet you for coffee. Building a professional relationship with your professors is extremely valuable.
  8. Apply for an internship: It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freshman or a senior, you can apply for an internship at any point. Reach high, and if you don’t get it, so what? You’re putting yourself out there, plus you’re getting great practice writing cover letters and perfecting your resume! Check out Career Services for more resources.
  9. Go to a concert: From local bands to big name artists, musicians are always performing on or near college campuses. Splurge to see your favorite singer, or check out your friend’s band—either way, you’re sure to have a blast.
  10. Take advantage of free events for college students: You can flash your student ID for freebies at tons of places—like stores, restaurants, museums, and more. You won’t be in college forever (unfortunately!), so get those student discounts now.
  11. Do a group costume for Halloween: In college, Halloween isn’t just one day—it’s a whole weekend! Celebrate Halloweekend in style by coordinating costumes with a big group of friends. And don’t forget to take tons of pictures!
  12. Participate in a 5K: There are so many cool 5K options out there—from the Color Run to the 5K Foam Fest. Madonna even hosts the Crusader 5K and Madonna Mile in September! You won’t even realize that you’re exercising, because you’ll be having so much fun!
  13. Go to a student theater production: Whether you have friends in the theater program or you just enjoy a good play, seeing a student-run production is a must. Who knows, some of these people could go on to become big stars!
  14. Apply for a leadership position in an extracurricular you’re involved in: Don’t just hang back during club meetings; make your voice heard! Apply to be treasurer, secretary, VP or even president of your favorite extracurricular. It will take you places!
  15. Treat yourself to dinner at an expensive restaurant: Living on a college budget isn’t great. Sometimes dinner consists of Kraft Mac & Cheese… three nights in a row. Save up some money and treat yo’ self to a delicious meal that you didn’t have to cook.
  16. Participate in a campus-wide tradition: Every college has its traditions, some more outrageous than others. Before you graduate, it is a necessity that you participate in at least one. As a bonus, start your own school-wide tradition and leave behind a legacy!
  17. Go to the closest beach: When the weather is warm, take your car or public transportation and explore the nearest beach. It might not be a tropical island, but it will feel great to get some time away from campus. No beach nearby? Try going for a hike or exploring whatever natural beauty your school’s area has to offer.
  18. Spend a day (or a week!) without technology: As collegiettes, we are constantly on our smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Challenge yourself to spend at least one day free of all technological devices. If you do this over break, you can’t use class or homework as an excuse to check your computer!
  19. Go to a museum nearby: Most museums give students discounts or free admission. Spend a quiet day alone wandering through a gallery, or ask that cutie in your English class out on a casual museum date. Now’s your chance to get cultured.
  20. Make a fancy meal for you and your friends: While dorm or apartment kitchens can be hard to work with, take the time to plan a big meal for you and your friends. It can be on a special occasion, like a birthday or Friendsgiving, or just because. Make a day of it—cooking, decorating, and of course, eating the delicious food you all prepared.
  21. Visit a friend at his or her university: In college, it’s easy to get caught up in your own personal bubble. Visit a friend at a different school for a weekend. It will be interesting to see the similarities and differences on a new campus!
  22. Take pictures!: Document your college experience on your smartphone, with a Polaroid camera, or however else you choose. It’s important to enjoy moments while they’re happening, but you will want photos to look back on as well.


Your September Checklist

Ah, yes. The time has come to put away the bikinis and start working again on Fridays—but September also signifies new career beginnings, pumpkin spice everything, and some really fun things to do. Below, your ultimate September checklist:

1. Get a PSL and grab your favorite novel on Read a Book Day. (Sept. 6)

Good thing it’s a Sunday because now you have an excuse to sit on your couch all day and laugh out loud, take a trip back in time, or get healthy.

2. Enjoy your day off on Labor Day. (Sept. 7)

Even though no one actually knows who started the holiday (read more fun facts about Labor Day), we’re really glad that we can rely on it every year. Have a picnic, take your last beach trip, or simply kick it back and relax.

3. Be part of a new era with The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (Sept. 8)

Over the summer, we said goodbye to our dear friend Jon Stewart, and now it’s time to welcome a new person into the late night space: Stephen Colbert. We’re expecting a doozy for his first episode, so stay tuned.

4. Take a moment of silence for Patriot Day. (Sept. 11)

This day is your opportunity to remember those who died and those who fought for our country just 14 years ago. We will never forget.

5. Call up your grandma or grandpa in celebration of Grandparents Day. (Sept. 13)

Maybe they send you $5 dollars every now and then or you just know that they’re always going to love you no matter what, but take a moment to simply say thanks and that you love them, too!

6. Get a history lesson on Mexican Independence Day. (Sept. 16)

It’s the equivalent of July 4th in America and marks the end of the Mexican War on Independence. Look out for our upcoming book list of awesome hispanic authors, because it’s also National Hispanic Month!

7. Have a Parks and Recreation marathon for Amy Poehler’s 44th birthday. (Sept. 16)

She’s one of the funniest women alive, and yet still sets an amazing role model for young women and girls everywhere. Between her Smart Girls campaign, her awesome book Yes Please, and her ability to play the coolest TV character, clearly there’s reason enough to celebrate her birthday.

8. Give your work BFF a hug on National Women’s Friendship Day. (Sept. 20)

Friends are an important part of a person’s life, and because sometimes we all take them for granted, here’s your chance to say how much you truly appreciate your friends in your life.

9. Whip out your favorite cable-knit sweater for the first day of fall. (Sept. 23)

Apple-picking, staying in on Saturday nights, and wearing yoga pants every day will be acceptable once again, thanks to the first day of fall. Wahoo!

10. Set your DVR for Shonda Thursdays. (Sept. 24)

This is the day that your favorite dramas return for the fall season. Grey’s Anatomy,Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder all premiere on this glorious Thursday, so you should start preparing your snacks now.