Riot Fest

Hello Cougar Diaries Readers!

My friends and I at Riot Fest!

My friends and I at Riot Fest!

Over the summer, myself and a few of my close friends decided that we wanted to attend Riot Fest this year. For those of you who don’t know, Riot Fest is a huge punk, rock, and alternative music festival. It’s basically Lollapalooza’s crazier, less expensive cousin. (It has carnival rides and a freak show for crying out loud!) I waited all summer long for thisglorious weekend in September that would feature some of my absolute favorite bands and lots of undiscovered talent that I would surely need to know more about. For me, listening to music is such a beautiful and truly spiritual experience…so you can just imagine how much I appreciated September 13th, 14th, and 15th 2013.

Sean Mackin of Yellowcard

Sean Mackin of Yellowcard. Photo credit to William Weyant.

I got to see one of my all-time favorite bands, Yellowcard, for the second time, got crushed in Fall Out Boy’s pit, and screamed the lyrics to every blink-182 song they played. I danced to rapper Atmosphere, as well as indie ska group the Selectors. Even though it was rainy and cold for most of the last day, the rain ceased and clouds parted once my favorite band, Brand New, took the stage. Seeing Brand New up close and hearing the songs that got me through my angsty teenage years was something I can’t even put into words. Just know that it really touched my heart and soul in a way no other performance ever has. My friends and I left Riot Fest with smiles on our faces, stress erased from our hearts, and the desire to keep finding things in this world that made us feel the way this festival did.

Mark Hoppus of blink-182. Photo credit to William Weyant.

Mark Hoppus of blink-182. Photo credit to William Weyant.

The last thing I want to talk about before I go is College Radio Day, which takes place on October 1st every year. This day is special to me because I am involved with WXAV, the radio station at SXU. Every year to celebrate this day, WXAV does a TON of various things here on campus and on the radio in order to raise awareness for college radio. So make sure you tune in to 88.3, or go talk to some of the DJ’s in the diner on this day to support SXU’s coolest organization on campus!

That’s all I have time for for now, but always remember…

“Music always helps, no matter what you’re going through.”

Peace and love,

Torie

First post:)

“Critically thinking, it is not easy to continue to be an individual while going throughout life in our society. Since my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Hardt, taught us about this hard fact of life and gave us an environment where we could truly exercise our individualities virtually uncriticized- I have fallen in love with the light each person holds, and the different ways they carry it.  Not only those I dislike, but those that I despise, I have embodied the love for their eternal energy because positivity is what will get us all through this journey, not just surviving- but discovering, loving, seeing, creating. I have lived my life based off of this idea.”

Hello Everybody!! I wanted to use this first post as an introduction. The above paragraph is an excerpt from my introduction transitions paper assignment. I am currently 18 years old and am double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. I am from Algonquin, Illinois so I chose to stay on campus. Living here is the type of situation where I imagined it, I visualized as best as I could; Then, it actual happened and it kinda left me like, whoa. I have freedom, literally a 4 minute walk max to my classes, I have a cafeteria as a kitchen and Starbucks as a coffee maker, my closest friends are around the corner and down the hall, and I’m going to guestimate that I see a minimum of 5 people a day either about to go into the shower or just getting out- and yes, in case you were wondering, both male and female.

I’d say that the most challenging thing about living on campus and going to school for me is doing priorities (school work) at a timely matter. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I get assignments done on time, but since I’ve been here I go to sleep at 2 a.m. generally every night. That being said, it’s the most fun I do believe I’ve ever had. Yeah, it can be hard and stressful but over all I’m learning a lot about myself and life while making bonds with a dorm full of people. That being said, I’m about to start putting together the 10 minutes presentation I have to do tomorrow while watching the Chronicle; it’s an awesome movie, I suggest it to those who haven’t seen it.

Allow me to Introduce myself

Hello readers, my name is Antonio Davis and I will one of your new SXU bloggers. I will be blogging to you about my time here on SXU. I’ll be talking about the challenging academics to the very friendly community to the fun, and other exciting events happening on campus, but that is all for another time. Until then, I hope you won’t mind if I tell you a bit about myself.
First thing you should now about me is that I am a comedy lover which is why I am in such clubs as Improv club and Stand-up comic relief club. Currently, the stand-up club is disbanded but that won’t stay true for long. Until then the improv club provides me with all the laughter and fun a man could ask for.

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Second thing you should know about me is that I am a huge nerd. Now, I am not the socially awkward, napoleon Dynamite looking nerd, but more of the anime loving, Card game trading, video gaming playing nerd. I have been a gamer and anime lover since I was a young lad, and not much has changed since then except for which game and anime my obsession calls for at the moment. Currently, I am a huge Magic the Gathering Trading Card Gaming Fanatic, but do I let it completely take over my life? Well, maybe just 3 or 4 days a week.

Lastly, I am a lover of companionship and the SXU community provides it in surplus. As blogs go on, I will be telling you about this great community of students and faculty as we survive our Academic Quest of Glory and A+s.
There is more about me to learn and the same goes about SXU, and we will explore them both in the many blogs to go. Thanks for reading and until next time, Enjoy Life.

Hi Everyone!

Hi everyone,

st xavier campusI hope that everyone’s school year is going well so far. For me personally, it is going great! I transferred from a few different schools and each school year got off to a rocky start, to say the least. However, at Saint Xavier University, it has been a smooth transition. Over at my previous schools, it seemed like that I was just another student, who rarely received the proper help that I should’ve received to get my semesters started off right. At Saint Xavier University, it is different. When I arrived to the campus for Transfer Day, the counselors actually worked with me personally and sat with me to make sure that everything for me was straightened out and that I was registered on that same day for my classes.

The financial aid office, which is usually the worst department everyone wants to go to, was easy and only took me a few minutes out of my day to go over my finances and see how I could afford everything for the school year. I am very grateful of that, seeing at previous universities, it took me until the middle of November to get everything straightened out, which means I had to run around everywhere to get my books for my classes, which stinks! However, this semester, I have gotten my books and I am not behind in any of my classes.

So far the students and teachers are genuinely good people. Everyone stops and says hello and asks how your day is going. This, to me, is very rare to have that around, but is very refreshing. The teachers speak and are more than willing to stay after class and come before class to help you with any problems that you are having in the classes or if you just want to talk about anything, which is also refreshing.

It seems like to me that I have made the right decision to come to Saint Xavier University, as they have welcomed me to their school with opened arms!

Hey Everyone!!!

My name is Torie Bolster and I am a junior, Psychology – Clinical Counseling major here at SXU. I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, right down the block from Saint Xavier.  I was a commuter for my first two years here, but was chosen to be a Resident Assistant in Regina Hall this school year. Living on campus has been a huge transition for me so far, but I absolutely love it! I do get homesick a lot and miss my family, but I can always just walk over to my house and see them whenever I want. (all while doing my laundry for free and eating all of their food…thanks mom!)

Okay, enough of the boring stuff…here are some interesting facts about me that will help you get a better understanding of who I am.

1) I loveeee to workout. 

Working on my fitness!

Working on my fitness!

I worked at Women’s Workout World for two and a half years as a group fitness instructor, which is just a fancy way to say that I taught workout classes. So yes, I did wear a microphone headset and looked like I was a member of NSYNC. (Justin was my favorite!) Now you can catch me working up a sweat in the Shannon Center every day, which is our gym on campus. I teach the People on Weights class there every Wednesday at 12:15 PM so that means I’m pretty *buff and tough.

*see picture to see just how chickeny my little, scrawny arms are.

 

2) I’m super involved on campus. 

My awakenings small group and I!

My awakenings small group and I!

So y’all already know that I’m an RA, but I also have a lot of other things going on as well. I was an Orientation Leader this summer for the first year and transfer students who were coming into SXU this year. Along with the Coug Diaries job, I also work for Student Affairs as an information desk worker. I’m involved with WXAV, the radio station here on campus. I’m starting out as a producer right now so (hopefully!) next semester I can have my own show. You can listen to Ricky Widmer and me every Friday from 3-6PM on channel 88.3! I also do a lot within Campus Ministry as well. I’ve attended and led both the Quest and Awakenings retreats, gone on the Women’s retreat, and attended two Spring Break Service Trips to Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri. So if you see me running around campus a lot looking frazzled, now you know why!

3) Cats and babies make me happy.

Pretty self explanatory.

4) My little sister Mady is my best friend. 

me and mady.

Even though we are five years apart, she and I are extremely close. I wouldn’t know where I would be today without all of her love and support that she has shown me through the years. And she’s also super useful when I don’t have anything to wear/have no money to buy new clothes and can just borrow hers whenever I want to.

 

 

5) I’m obsessed with quotes.

So don’t be surprised if I get super cheesy and put up tons of inspirational quotes throughout the year!

 

Well, that’s all I have time for now! Thanks for reading and I can’t wait to keep on posting throughout the year!

Peace and love,

Torie