Fear of Heights? I Don’t Think So…

Over the past couple weeks I’ve discovered a new passion in the form of aerial silks. As a little girl I always dreamed of joining the circus but never did I think that in my senior year of university that circus practice would become a reality. Louisville has a lot to offer including acrobatic experiences. Nestled in a building off the side of River Road lies American Turner’s Circus, a gym which has circus training classes. The first couple times, I could barely make it off the ground. It’s only improved each time I’ve gone and I look forward to the day that I can call this a piece of cake.

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It’s your turn to try something new! I know I did…

Beach Day and Free Basketball? Yes please.

Be sure to come out to the basketball games today! Today’s game is beach themed, so throw on your summer attire, grab a beach towel and head on down to Knights’ Hall. Tickets are free for students and available at the box office. Girls tip off at 1pm. Hope to see you all there! Go Knights!

GLVC Opener!

Yesterday Bellarmine had its first GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) basketball games versus Qunicy. Both the women’s and men’s teams played, and being a member of the pep band I got to attend both games. Sadly, the women’s team lost 71-78. The men’s team pulled through with a victory winning 65-50,  giving us a 1-0 GLVC record! image

Aside from the game itself, this was probably one of the most exciting moment of the night. Bellarmine student, Casey Saulman completed the halftime challenge of making a layup, free throw, three pointer and half court shot all in 30 seconds winning him two tickets to the Caribbean (a $2500 value). In all my years of attending Bellarmine basketball games I have seen many people attempt this feat but he was the first I witnessed succeeding. Congrats to you Casey! Click here to see the video of Casey’s halftime shot taken by Scott Calmeise.

Tis the Season for Intramurals!

With this past weekend came the start of one of the most popular traditions at Bellarmine: Intramural Sports.

Last Friday brought the annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.  Over 40 teams participated this year!  Many other fall intramural sports started up this weekend, as well: 7v7 Flag Football, Indoor Volleyball, Singles and Doubles Tennis and Singles and Doubles Golf completed their first round of competition this past Sunday.

Other intramural sports offered throughout the fall semester include a Canoe Regatta, a Cornhole Tournament, a Softball Tournament, 3on3 Basketball, Indoor Soccer, a 9 Ball Tournament, Singles and Doubles Ping Pong, a Floor Hockey Tournament, and Wiffleball…something for everyone!

The best part about intramurals at BU is that everyone plays, no matter what skill level or past experience they have.  I am a part of both a flag football team and an indoor volleyball team…and I have not played those sports since 6th grade!

A new intramural season also brings a new improvement to the already outstanding intramural program: an Intramural League website.  This website allows students to register for teams, check schedules, track team and individual standings, and even “talk smack” to upcoming opponents.  This is also an extremely easy way for students to receive important updates and messages from the Director of Intramural and Club Sports, Chuck Vogt.

My intramural basketball team…we were champions that year!

Students can also stay connected through Bellarmine’s Intramurals website or the Bellarmine University Intramural Sports Facebook page.  It’s a great way to keep updated on intramural information, as well as look at pictures of past intramural champions!

The registration deadline for the Canoe Regatta and the Cornhole Tournament are approaching quickly, so grab your friends and get out there!  Here is a song to get you motivated!

Mud Volleyball

Won two games and lost the last…

Couldn’t have asked for a better team!

(from left to right) Kaitlin Young, Jake McCann, Alex Masterson, Tristan Robinet, Emily Buckingham, Jen Greb, Tatiana Rathke, Jamie Polak, and Antonia Long

Interview With a Knight

Hey everybody as my technically last post for my junior year I decided that I wanted it to be about one of Bellarmine University’s most well-known seniors, Braydon Hobbs. I got the chance to sit down with the 6 foot 5 senior guard for the Bellarmine basketball team and discussed things other than basketball, come to find that Mr. Hobbs is a normal and humble guy.

When he isn’t on the court or studying Braydon like to partake in hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling. Unlike many other athletes Braydon doesn’t listen to music before a game but when he does he likes country and his favorite artist is Luke Bryan. When asked if there was a particular professor(s) that made his learning experience unique he responded Dr. Bertrand, his academic adviser.

During his career at Bellarmine Braydon’s Senior Research class got him to understand the different research methods and taught him why it is important to do research. His most memorable experiences were his award for Excellent Student for Criminal Justice and of course winning the Division 2 National Basketball Championship. One of his biggest influences in life in and out of college was his mom, Michelle Johnson. His overall final career goal is to play basketball overseas then retire and become a conservation officer. One thing that Braydon wishes he could have done while at Bellarmine was to study abroad in Australia.

The last question I asked Braydon was what he thinks it means to be a Knight, his response, Hard work, being an actual Basketball Knight and graduating.

Braydon is a humble, non-attention grabbing, quiet, normal 22-year-old guy that I know will succeed in all of his endeavors. Congratulations Braydon and the rest of the class of 2012 best of luck to all of you!

What Grinds My Gears- Ignorant College Basketball Fans

Oh yes, I am going there. I am not going to name a specific fan base of ignorant fans *cough UK *cough. But one thing that really grinds my gears are those people who cannot win with class. First off, ACT like you have been there before! UK fans HAVE been there, they win all the time. Second, what good does it do for your team’s reputation when you rub it in the face of everyone you see after you win? Not much! It is kind of annoying actually. I do acknowledge the fact that every fan base has those fans. BUT some are obviously more prevalent than others. I think we all need to realize we, as fans, actually, unless we played on the team, did literally nothing for the team besides being a fan. We did not cause them to win, or help them score another point, we rooted for them. The players played the game and the coaches coached=direct cause of winning. Rooting?= not direct cause of winning. I rest my case…

March?

I cannot believe it is March 30th of 2012. Where did the month go. I feel like it was Spring Break 2012 just yesterday. So much has happened in such a little amount of time. From Basketball, school, activities, to movies.

We had played in this years Elite 8 for Division II. We won that game. The crowd was so intense. Many people started calling the Bank of Kentucky Center, Knight Hall North. Well that is what it really felt like. The Knights advanced to the Final 4. The next night we played at Knights Hall North again. Though we weren’t able to advance to the National Championship this year, we still had a fantastic round, and our guys did such a great job. One of my favorite things about Bellarmine is that, they guys on the Basketball team aren’t just that. Some of them are my friends, and it was great seeing them play and go far in the tournament. Everyone on campus is very proud to say that we love them and are very proud of them.

ImageSome of us drove up to “Knights’ Hall North,” some of us took buses up in huge caravans.

ImageThe place was packed with maroon, it really did feel like Knights Hall.

With March being so close to over. We are in the home stretch. There is only about a month left of classes so final tests, papers, and projects are all coming up before exams. Only problem with this is there is only a month left of school. I can see summer just around the corner. Which is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, everyone could use a small break from classes. A curse because, I now have the attention span of a four-year old boy sometimes. So getting homework and these papers done doesn’t seem like it will every happen.

With school almost being over there is so much stuff going on at the moment. There are events going on around campus left and right I feel like. Right now, there are Easter Eggs hidden all over campus and for each egg found a student receives a gift card to an establishment around Louisville. There is a Late Knight Bingo coming up. As well as Summer Send Off. One of my favorite events on campus. It is like the last big event before school is over. With everyone able to have some fun as well as just get a chance to see all your friends and say goodbye for the summer before exams start and everyone starts stressing.

Something I just can’t forget to mention would have to be the premier of the Hunger Games. Who would have thought what an impact it would have on college students. I feel like almost all of my friends have seen it or are saying they still want to go see it. I know I saw it last week and loved every bit of it. I cried, laughed, screamed and got the chills. It has everything from a small love story to such action. I would recommend it to anyone no matter what age you are. It was such a good movie, I will probably go see it again over Easter Break with my family.

With March over there is so much to look forward to. Next week is only a three-day week, for Easter Break. Which means I get to go home and see my family! I am so excited to see them and spend some time relaxing. As well as the weather is getting great. Now, I am able to study in the Quad again, one of my favorite places to do any sort of work. It is so nice to be out in the fresh air while working, and you can take as many study breaks as you need to say hey to the people passing by. And with it being basically April, that means DERBY FESTIVAL! Probably the most important thing in Louisville. I am so excited for Thunder, the concerts, Oaks, and of course the Kentucky Derby. I feel like Louisville becomes a different city when Derby time arrives. Lastly April mean, that I only have about one more month at Bellarmine before I study abroad in the fall. I am looking forward to this more and more every day. I cannot contain my excitement.

Sorry I had so much to say about. I will be better about that next time!

Peace, “and May the odds be ever in your favor!”

Spring Has Sprung!

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve done a post. Time sure has flown by! I’ve been incredibly busy lately, so let me fill you in on what I’ve been up to. And I promise, I won’t have a post this long from now on and will post more frequently!

Remainder of February:

Most of my days were spent focusing on homework and working at my internship which took up the majority of my free time. Though when I did have a free moment, I had a wonderful time celebrating my beautiful suite-mate, Julie’s, 20th birthday with all of our close friends. We went to BJ’s Brewhouse for dinner and “pizookies.” If you’ve never had a pizookie, you must. Seriously. It is a freshly-baked chocolate chip (or your choice of their other available options) warm from the oven and topped with ice cream. Simply delicious. Also in February, I was able to watch my first lacrosse game. Some of my close friends, and my boyfriend Michael, are on the team, and it was really fun watching them play! Lacrosse is such an aggressive sport, but it gave me a chance to bring my Canon Rebel camera and practice taking some cool action shots! I’m looking forward to going to their next game soon… hopefully it’ll be a bit warmer than it was last time! I was freezing!

March:

After studying extensively to prepare for and take my midterm exams, Spring Break allowed me to relax for a little bit. Oh wait, who am I kidding? I never relax ;) though it was nice taking a break from school for a couple days. It was a great week spent with family and friends. I was able to catch up with one of my old friends, Kayla, over some retail therapy at The Summit. Also, throughout the week, I ended up getting to log around 20 hours doing my internship work at the Community Foundation of Louisville.

It has been wonderful getting to work so much at CFL: I have been given the opportunity and privilege to manage several major projects, such as creating postcards and print invitations, along with maintaining their social media platforms and creating and sending out monthly E-Newsletters to all of their affiliates. The projects I have been assigned have in turn helped me incredibly on improving my writing and design skills and gaining experience in realms I never would

Representing BU in the Office!

have expected to know. Over Spring Break, in an initiative to help those affected by the tornadoes that tore through the week before, I spent a lot of time compiling information for all of the nearby cities affected. I turned it into a special E-News blast that was sent out to all of CFL’s affiliates, highlighting what we all could do to help. From there, I could hear phones ringing often with donors wanting to donate money to our Tornado Relief Fund. It warmed my heart knowing that my contributions in creating the E-News blast helped spread the word and gather in so much aid for the nearby cities. I even heard a phone call of a donor donating $100,000!

So, what am I up to now? 

Well, lately, I have been balancing a lot of upcoming assignments with the responsibilities I have with my other extracurricular activities. I was able to cheer the Sweet 16 game here at Knights last week and I’m anxious to see how the team does in Highland Heights this week! The crowd was so excited at the Sweet 16 game… I love watching our boys play and win! The atmosphere was AMAZING. It was definitely the loudest game I’ve ever been to.  My favorite part was watching our players cut pieces of the net after the game. Could we have another repeat this year? I think so! Keeping my fingers crossed. Also, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Phi Mu girls: we just participated in Greek Week with the rest of the greek groups (Alpha Delta Gamma and Delta Sigma Pi) which was an absolute blast! Now my efforts will be focused on planning our annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. It’s awesome having such a responsibility! On another note, though, my motto for the next week or two is to STUDY STUDY STUDY. We’re honestly in the home-stretch now! After the basketball games this week, we’ve got Easter break coming up shortly after and then finals, and then we’ll be done! But I have a lot of assignments to do before the semester is over.

Thanks to all of you readers for sticking through that tremendously long post. I promise I’ll post more often now that I’ll have a tiny bit of extra time. Stay tuned and Go Knights!

PS: Welcome to our newest BU Blogger, Tyler! You can check out his posts here.

Song of the day: Feel So Close by Calvin Harris. The beat makes me happy and want to dance!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPW3gRgXTq0