Archive for January, 2013

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You: An Interview Project from the McGloin desk

So, if you have not seen this video, please take a moment to watch it now:

As you have witnessed, this kid is awesome and has some great advice sprinkled amongst the hilarity. I thought, why not ask the residents of McGloin what his advice meant to them!


 “If Life is a game, aren’t we all on the same team?… if we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it.”


“You’re not going get anywhere in life if you’re not a team player. Learn to work with others and embrace their help.”- Brittney Allred


“You’ve got a heart beat, that means you gotta do something.”


“You have talents, share them. Sitting around doesn’t do any good.” – Matt Hamel
“You’re alive, make the most of it today!” – Ellyn Yarde


“What will be your space jam? What will you create that will make the world awesome?”


“I will try to create a world of peace and love!” – Leah Schaffer


“You were made to be awesome.”


“You have the potential to be anything you want to be and you just have to go out there and do it!” – Murphy Dowd


“It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”


“I believe that it takes more than two to tango. Also, the world needs to participate with each other.” – Jake Wingate
“Just being a positive influence is important and you can’t dance while you’re unhappy.” – Jon Ermer


“Create something that will make the world awesome!”


“To me it’s about creating myself and the people around me into better people. Recreating ourselves, and making ourselves the best people we can and then going out and serving the world.” – Jack Dingbaum

So get to it, Elizabeth Samson


Thoughts On Housing

On campus, off campus, house, apartment…so many options!!!  Don’t fret; you have some time to make your decision!  Though it can be a scary one (one step closer to being on your own in the real world!), there are a lot of ways to make sure you are making the right decision for you.


Here are some general tips to help you select where to live next year:


1.   Look at both living on campus and off campus.  Think about what would be more realistic for you.  Will you have a car next year?  If not, and you still want to live off campus, consider looking at places within walking distance of campus or the shuttle route.

2.  Look at apartments and houses.  There are quite a few houses out there that are a lot more reasonable than apartments…and you usually get your own room!

3.  Think about how many people you want to live with.  Some people want to live by themselves while others will live with 2-5 other people.

4.  Cost—while living off campus may be cheaper, you also have to factor in other expenses such as food, travel, furnishings, etc.

5.  Be sure to look at the lease and read it carefully before you sign your life away!  If there is something you are unsure of or don’t agree with, bring that up to your landlord before you sign the lease so that you can all be on the same page and you don’t end up with a ridiculous charge at the end of your lease.

All-in-all, make sure you take this decision carefully and look at all of your options!

To help you out and give you some more information about living on campus, next week, February 5th, your RA will take your floor to Opus and Davis so you can look at the rooms, talk with the apartment coordinators, and ask any questions you may have about living on campus!  An event you won’t want to miss if you are thinking of living on campus next year!

A Reflection on Respect

Lately, I have been reflecting about what respect means. I’ve heard this word being used from left to right in nearly all my classes in the beginning of this semester. All my professors have discouraged the use of cell phones and social media during their class. In fact, one of my professors threatened to answer our phone if it went off in class. Another professor of mine (my favorite class) attached a “classroom etiquette policy” to his/her syllabus.  Each professor seemed to have defined respect. I found out that are really two definitions of respect.

The first definition of respect is simple. Oftentimes we hear people say that they respect _____. Think of someone that you admire. The first person that pops in your head is probably the person you want to emulate. You regard this individual as significant and worthy of honor. For whatever reason, you admire this person. Maybe this person said something to you? He or she helped you achieve something? Maybe this individual is your mentor, friend, or significant other?  You admire this individual and celebrate his or her life. It inspires you. There are a million reasons this individual has your respect!

The second definition of respect is the “Golden Rule.” Treat others the way you want to be treated. Oftentimes, we resort to this rule but do we really know what it means? I’ve found that the “Golden Rule” is really showing common courtesy which can be the hardest thing these days! It is about considering someone else’s view and listening to what they have to say. It is about not pushing another person’s boundary or wish. Common courtesy is about being attentive to an individual even if we do not care about him or her.  To respect someone in this manner is to continually make the intentional decision to shut our phones during meetings, making eye contact with people we are interacting with, and actually spending time with our family and friends. The “Golden Rule” is the most genuine and compassionate thing one can do for someone.  To give another person our attention is respectful act.

Today, I find that I have to be intentional about being respectful because it is easy for me to get distracted from a meeting from a Tweet I directly receive on my phone or a FaceBook post. Before I walk into any class, I have to make the conscious effort to turn off my phone. I found that having my phone on silent is just as tempting and distracting. The other day, I found myself in a checkout line at a grocery store and as I was talking to the cashier, my phone went off. I realized how rude it would have been for me to pick up my phone in the middle of a conversation. I did not have to think twice; I turned off my phone. My cashier shared with me a light-hearted story about driving in the fog to work and how she couldn’t see out her windshield. She also shared with me how her worried parents were going to pick her up from work. We exchanged laughs as I told her about my parents doing the exact same thing to me during a snow storm. I’ve learned that respect is something I must be intentional about. It is an intentional act of kindness and I think that is important. We must respect those whom we encounter with even though we may disagree with someone’s idea, value, or belief. In these times, we have to be extra alert to the individual and respond in a way that is considerate and polite.

1)      What are your definitions of respect?

2)       What do you feel about respect being gained or earned?

A Note From Coach Mac!

Hey Creighton!


Hope everyone is off to a great start to the new semester. It is so great to see everyone back on campus again. One of the BEST things about Spring semester is Creighton Men’s basketball. The season is in full swing, and our boys are taking on the other MVC teams in hopes to make it to the MVC Championship again.

So, my fellow Bluejay Crazies, I want to forward an email that Coach McDermott sent me in hopes to keep up that electric atmosphere down at the CenturyLink center. With an awesome student section, playing at “home” proves to give our team an advantage over the competition. So keep showing up, wear BLUE, and be LOUD!!!


“The student section at every college sporting event is something that creates an incredible experience, as well as the atmosphere and energy in the building.  When we walk out of the tunnel and onto the court, one of the first things we notice is the excitement in the building, one that is always dictated by our awesome student section. Having coached in the college ranks for over 20 years, I can look back on several occasions where the crowd’s involvement has shaped and influenced the outcome of the game. From the roar of the crowd after a dunk, made 3-pointer, or diving on a loose ball, one thing is for sure, the crowd at the CenturyLink has and will continue to impact the way that we play!

Having played and coached in hundreds of gyms and arenas around the country, there are few places as special as the CenturyLink .  When Creighton students are loud and proud, our arena can be one of the hardest places to play in the country.  As a coach and fan of the game, I know a home court advantage when I see one, and that is something the Birdcage can provide each home game. Your enthusiasm is infectious as the other 17,000 people in the stands will get crazy as they follow your lead!

Thanks for your continued support of Creighton Basketball!  Go Jays!”

Coach Mac”

The Sometimes Average Day of a Creighton Student

A Photoblog by Joey Kulczewski

Waking up each morning on a lofted bed
Convenient for space, not for sleeping

iPhone… CHECK!

Sperry’s… CHECK!

Northface… CHECK!


Press the crosswalk button! No bystander effect for me!

Hurry up 12 seconds goes by fast!

Chilling on the mall before class with all my peeps
Why I am so popular?

Class in Creighton Hall…

4th Floor…

Class over! Time to study in the library
But avoid the F door at all cost

Because we all check out books so regularly

The Library can be a productive place

Nobody knows what it means, but it’s provocative
Gets the people going

Time to eat

Sometimes it’s okay to eat dessert alone…

Always remember to swipe into the res halls
No Piggy Backing!

Probably should do laundry
Let’s be honest…it’s been a while!

End the night with a last minute cram session

What does your sometimes average day at Creighton look like? Tell us and show us by Tweeting and Facebooking us!

Look Sharp for Recuitment

Knowing how to tie a tie is a great life skill, recently I’ve had a lot of residents come to me in a panic and ask me to tie their ties for them so they can run off to a formal event. Learning this skill is important not only for the rest of this week but also for the rest of your life. So I’ve attached a video that shows how easy it is to learn how to tie a tie. Here’s a few other tips about ties that aren’t in the video; 1) don’t leave ties still tied, it ruins them and since most of them are made of silk they can’t be fixed, 2) practice and practice, tying and tie is like riding a bike once you learn how to tie one you will never forget.

New Card Sensors!

Coming back from winter break, I noticed something new in my residence hall. I could not have been happier at the moment when I saw that small black device with the red light – the sensor pad. I had bags of clothes and groceries on my arms, which were in hurting as I was carrying them from the McGloin garage to Swanson Hall. As a college student, I developed a habit of carrying as much as I could from my car and take the least amount of trips back and forth. So when I saw this sensor, I had a sigh of relief. I could just rub my wallet in my pocket next to the sensor, instead of laying down my bags, then getting my wallet, then taking out my Creighton ID, then activate the sensor, then put back my card into my wallet… Even though this is a small thing, I actually really appreciate it. I remember using the swiping sensor for the past two years, which was not too bad. However, I remember all of the times I had difficulty with it like the occasional two or three attempts for the device to unlock the door.

What are your initial thoughts of the device? Do you think this will help with the flow of traffic in residence halls? What are some of your favorite stories with the older swiping sensors?