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The 15th Annual Creighton Student Art Exhibit

Oftentimes, when we think of the human skull we think of death and evil. I think this connotation of the skull is diminishing. After all, you see the skull in clothing, purses, and bracelets. It didn’t surprise me to see it as an art at The 15th Annual Creighton Student Art Exhibit last night. The anatomical skull was depicted beautiful by a Studio Art Major, aspiring dentist Ashley Hauger. My friend and I were amazed by how accurate the skull looked. We are currently taking anatomy and after having learned every bone, tubercle, and sutures of the skull (and nearly the entire body), we were MIGHTY impressed by the meticulous details put in the skull.

We looked around and were drawn to another piece of art. It is probably one of the most beautiful oil pictures that I have ever seen. It seemed to depict humanity through the different hues the artist used, the youth and the old, and the laughter and smiles. My friend and I were enthralled by this art and as we started sharing our thought out loud, the artist, Allison Dethlefs whom I thought was observing the art said thank you! We took advantage of her presence and bombarded her with questions.  She shared with us about the people in her painting. She began to explain how she selected the people.  The elder woman is someone she found online, the children in the corner were her friend’s picture from the Dominican Republic, and the girl in right corner is her sister. She shared with us her technique of layering multiple colors and how she came up with the idea to paint every face a different color. As always, the Student Art Exhibit displayed the beautiful arts from Creighton students. I found this one in particular to be outstanding! I’d encourage everyone to look for it. It is titled “A color of Our Own.”

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Bumble Bars

Finals are just around the corner which means a lot more studying and a lot less sleep. The less sleep we get the more we usually cram down out throats just to try and stay awake. Instead of grabbing for that bag of skittles or that ice cream sandwich, why not try a healthier alternative that easy to make and actually tastes pretty darn good. They’re called Bumble Bars and don’t let the name intimidate you. They are a mixture of seeds, nuts, honey, and a bunch of other stuff birds eat. They may look kinda funny but trust me, its a dense treat thats going to give you the energy you need to get through the final push. Here’s the recipe:


Serves 15-20

1 1/2 cups sesame seeds

3/4 cup almond meal

1/2 cup flax seed (golden flax is preferred)

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

(finely chopped)

1/4 cup cashews (finely chopped)

1/2 cup brown rice syrup

(or corn syrup)

2 tablespoons evaporated cane syrup

(or corn syrup)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt


1)Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and press into a well oiled 9 X 13 pan (I use olive oil spray).

2)Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

3)Cut in to bars while hot (it’s so much easier than trying to cut when cool!).


There are many different recipes out there using different ingredients but most of them are the same. Give it a try and figure out what you want most in your very own Bumble Bar!

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What’s up world! It’s Joey again coming at ya. I am going to kick old skool for today’s blog and take us back to a time where all we had to worry about was catching up on the latest Hey Arnold episode and keep our gigapets alive. Yes, we’re going back to the 90’s!!!



Tune into the Department of Residence Life’s Facebook page and twitter because every hour from 8am-5pm I will post the 90’s song of the hour and numerous other fun things you’ve forgotten existed. It’s going to be a pretty rad and tubular day!

Spring Is Here!

So after this season of prolonged cold weather, an actual nice SPRING day has arrived. The sun is out; the air is warm; and Creighton students are out and about, bringing the mall to life! Here is a checklist of things I would suggest doing during spring (before winter comes back from nowhere again…)

  • Spring Checklist
  • Sit on the KFC lawn in between classes with friends
  • Bask in the sun on the Bean
  • Enjoy WAC outside
  • Toss a football with friends
  • Joggle down the mall
  • Meet someone new on the lawn
  • Play a pick-up game of soccer in front of the Morrison Stadium
  • Try sack-lining, even if you do fall down a lot
  • Eat lunch outside on the Skutt patio
  • Throw a Frisbee with friends
  • Smell some flowers
  • Nap in the Jesuit Gardens
  • Feed the squirrels (and find the Ninja Squirrel!)
  • Wear a new pair of Jorts!
  • Catch some bugs

Try coming up with some new ideas for the spring by posting a comment below!!!

Serve for Your Life!

You get eight fall/spring breaks through your four years at Creighton. Ever thought of it that way? Yes, eight separate weeks, each with endless possibilities. Have you used one of these weeks to serve something greater? No? Well, as the saying goes: “If not you, who? If not now, when?”

There’s a place right on campus that enables you to serve something greater. The Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) in the Harper Center puts on Service and Justice Trips each fall and spring break to dozens of locations around the country, each addressing a unique social justice issue. Immigration policies, education issues, homelessness, and environmental sustainability only begin to scratch the surface of the plethora of experiences at your fingertips.

Here’s a personal service trip experience to really bring it home: Last year, I embarked on a trip to Pilsen, a Latino neighborhood in Chicago. I worked at a parish led by a matriarch named Miquita, an elderly woman who spoke only Spanish. To give you an idea of her warm demeanor, she was widely known as the “Mexican Mother Teresa.” Her soul seemed to glow, and I wanted so badly to hear her stories, but I didn’t speak a word of Spanish. Nevertheless, we would often smile at one another and sometimes she’d hold my hand as we walked from place to place. Her Christ-filled beauty beamed from these interactions, and I realized that though a spoken language barrier separated us, we’re all fluent in the language of compassion and humanity. I’ll embark on my sixth Creighton service for fall break 2013. These trips are the most formative and influential experiences I’ve had as a Creighton student. (Can you even fathom the weight of that statement? Think all the experiences, big or small, you’ve had as a student. These trips make an impact.)


Above all, these trips are rooted in the heart of the Jesuit mission. Whether or not you choose to integrate Creighton’s Jesuit values into your daily life, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teachings are undeniably electrifying and meaningful. An experience rooted in such impassioned values creates the foundation for a profound experience through a Service and Justice Trip. Each experience allows students to grow into men and women for and with others, as St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches, and to be in solidarity with the many members of our human family.

If you’re at all interested in becoming an influential, uniquely formed individual, Creighton is the right place. It’s the Jesuit values that set Creighton apart, that form extraordinary agents for change. Want to actually put our Jesuit mission into action, rather than just talk about it sometimes? Opportunity’s knocking: Applications are available now for Fall Break 2013. They’re due April 9. You’ll find the application and all relevant details here:

Don’t miss out on this truly incredible opportunity. A CCSJ Service and Justice Trip is the beginning of something complex, profound, and wonderful. In this writer’s opinion, no Creighton career is complete without [at least] one.

Omaha in the Summer

When busy, we all count down the days for a break. Whether that break is fall break, thanksgiving, winter or spring, we all just move from one break to another. Summer always seems to drag on and you start to miss all your friends when everyone moves back home. I am here to encourage you to stay in Omaha for at least one summer of your college career. I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun it is to stay here when you have a good chunk of your friends also staying. Sitting around on a front porch, sneaking into a swimming pool, and just being able to enjoy the city without all of the stress of college classes. Tailgate the CWS, go to as many games as you can, it is basically on campus! The entire city lights up and becomes even better during the CWS. Go throwback and break out a slip and slide. This is your chance to just do whatever you want in your free time with all of your close friends. As a graduating senior, I know I will always look back on my Omaha summer as one of the best experiences of my collegiate career.

Spring Fever Relief!

Getting a little spring fever? Itching to go explore Omaha? I am here to tell you about the gems of Omaha, the non-profit organizations. Whether you want a cup of coffee, some new furniture, or a good workout, Omaha has the non-profits for you. Non-profits are organizations that do not use their profits to pay dividends and investors; instead they use profits to improve their services, which make them neat places to support. Here are some non-profits you should think of supporting when out and about in Omaha.

If you are in need of a good cup of coffee, Urban Abbey is the place to go. Urban Abbey is a coffee shop on 10th and Jackson in the Old Market. This quaint coffee shop acts as a faith-based bookstore as well. It is a great place to study, read, and have a cup of coffee.

If you are in need of refuge from all the tests and activities in the spring, you can go spend some quality quiet time in the Joslyn Museum. The Joslyn is another non-profit in Omaha, that cherishes great art, and the best part about it is that Creighton students get in for free with their student ID.

Preparing to move out at the end of the year and need some furniture for your next place? Goodwill is a great place to buy furniture on a budget. If you don’t need any furniture from there, they also have great items for costume ideas, and you can find great clothes there for low prices as well. The nearest Goodwill is right after 72nd Street and Dodge.

In search for a good walk and a great indie movie? Take a walk down to Film Streams, which is a non-profit movie theater at 1340 Mike Fahey St. Film Streams offers great movies, and on the first Monday of every month, students can see a movie for free.

If you like to get in touch with your third eye, then One Tree Yoga has the perfect class for you. Every Saturday at 3:30 pm, One Tree Yoga (located at 50th Street and Dodge) has a free hot yoga community class. They accept voluntary donations, which are given to local charities.

Lastly, if you are tired of working out in the KFC, and you want to get off campus for your spring workouts, take a trip to the YMCA. The YMCA is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of work out activities, like classes, a gym with usual workout equipment, and even a swimming pool. The YMCA offers a pass to Creighton students to use the facility for free a couple of times each week. So, if this warm weather is making you want to go for a swim, then check out the YMCA.

There are so many more great non-profits in Omaha, so check them out this spring!