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!

Graduating in May?

happy graduates

First let me say on behalf of Student Life “CONGRATULATIONS!”  We all know the amount of hard work that goes into earning a degree. So here’s how to get the most out of that degree and ensure a smooth transition out of Madonna University and into the career you’ve worked hard for.

Important Dates:

  • Commencement tickets are available starting April 1st in the Office of Student Life (room 1411)
  • Also starting April 1st get your cap and gown from the Bookstore, in store or online.
  • Fill out the Graduate Survey for Career Services! (This can be filled out when you get your tickets)
  • Graduation Mass, Thursday May 5, 7:00 at the Felician Sisters presentation Chapel
  • Reception for Graduates and Families following Graduation Mass
  • Commencement is Saturday, May 7 at suburban Collection Showplace
    • Graduate Ceremony at 10:30 and Undergraduate ceremony at 2:00


If you’ve yet to fill out the Participation form on MyPortal, Students Tab, under Graduation Info 2016 make sure you do so by March 25th! Make sure to keep an eye on your Madonna Email and MyPortal for Vital Information!





Photo booth packed with props, pauses and pretty smiles

After weeks of calculated preparations and the countdown to the anticipated event, spring fling finally flung and it was a hit! Flashy lights twirled up the sky of the east dining hall like clustered stars forming constellations on a nebula, and a glitzy disco ball danced in rotation on the southern end of the ballroom, spraying rays of light as it spun. The walls were decked out with decks and vinyl records of various artists through the decades and the window stickers displayed a mirror of the decades’ theme. The photo booth was packed with props, pauses and pretty smiles and the dance floor, well, the dance floor sprung with boogieing feet, turning, twisting, and twirling.


Boogieing Bryan representing the 70s

When it came to dressing, the audience was really feeling the theme. All the decades were represented and everyone in attendance was fab! Throughout the night, the  DJ did a good job to keep all these partiers entertained and dancing through the decades, and a t no point was the dance floor lacking in people to fill it with eminent moves that were prominent at given periods in time. Refreshments were available to quench any thirsty dancers and mingling was the name of the game. Once the DJ got us back to the 2010s, it was time to buckle up and spring fling flung!


Turning, twisting and twirling on the dance floor