Tag: Student Events

Jesuit Jam

Jesuit Jam

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The Loyola Men’s Basketball season is in full swing, and the Loyola community has been pulling out all the stops to show its full support!

The walls of Damen have been covered in advertisements for basketball games and events.  On Thursday the school sponsored the Jesuit Jam, closely followed by the “Cage the Redbirds” Tailgate on Saturday.

While I had to spend Sunday catching up on homework and going to meetings, I was able to stop in for the Jesuit Jam on Thursday.  Cheers from the student section could be heard as far as the Damen Food Court.

Besides a free t-shirt and sign, I was treated to some seriously hilarious entertainment from the Loyola Jesuits.  Breaks in the game were filled with trivia sessions, dance competitions, and endless cheering from Loyola students and fans.

Though the basketball team suffered a loss to Bradley, I think it’s safe to say that the event was a huge success.


A Busy, Yet Fulfilling Junior Year

A Busy, Yet Fulfilling Junior Year


I am already getting close to finishing off my fifth week in the spring semester!

Where has the year gone?

With the organizations that I have been a part of, we have done a lot of work on Loyola University Chicago’s campus and off.

In the video above, my African dance team, AfroDescent, performed a reggae-dancehall routine at the Pan-African Night on Jan. 26, in Mundelein. This was a benefit night that the African Student Alliance collaborated with a local nonprofit organization, the Pan-African Assocation.

As a kick-off to their 5k event in May and as a thank you to their benefactors and community members, my team wanted to be a part of it as well to show off our new routine.

It was a great night of community with both Loyola students and the community of the Pan-African Association, as well as with the immigrants and refugees they support.

Watacheza – Let Them Dance

Watacheza – Let Them Dance

For a good part of the semester, I along with the executive board members of African Student Alliance and AfroDescent have been planning this event for the Loyola community that will take place tomorrow!

Watacheza (Swahili for “they will dance”) is an event where we are offering free African dance classes, a cultural component with Minianka Dance Ensemble, and great food and music! We wish to end the year right with sharing our love for African dance with Loyola in Centennial Forum Student Union.

The classes we are offering are South African dance, West African drum and dance, and Khaleeji belly dancing (North African style).

I am excited for this event because this is the first time we have done this, and with the help of the department of Student Activities and Greek Affairs, this would not have been possible. They have helped us with every step not only with this event, but with all our events we host throughout the year. By helping us stay on top of space reservations, performers contracts, catering, and promoting, we come to these events with a good turnout.

The good turnout makes all this planning worth while, along with those who are not familiar with African culture to walk away with something new. That is what I am looking forward to on Saturday!

Flashing Lights: Black Cultural Center Fashion Show

Flashing Lights: Black Cultural Center Fashion Show

On March 31, 2012, I had the joy of participating in the Loyola University Chicago Black Cultural Center‘s fifth annual fashion show. This is my second year participating as a model. It is always a great opportunity to be involved in a collaborative effort like this, because along with the hard work, I get to meet new people, especially first year students.

In preparation for the fashion show, we work with a consulting company. They help us find local designers to wear clothes for the show, and they train us to walk and pose like professional models. It is always nerve wracking in the beginning, especially for me, because I can be shy. But the confidence does come out eventually, and practicing for the show ends up being a lot of fun.

This year, we were able to wear clothes from Plato’s Closet, Enstrumental (photographed above), That Girl Boutique and many more. We even featured a swim suit fashion line for the first time.

The staging and lighting were great, and the audience enjoyed the show as well. This is an event that I definitely look forward to at Loyola every year.