Chick-fil-A gives Loyola students a break from finals

Loyola students make their own snowflakes. Photo by Kimberly Capagalan.

By Kimberly Capagalan

Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Hall offered students Chick-fil-A and a create-your-own snowflake exercise as stress relievers from the grueling week of finals.

Baumhart Hall Council’s organized a small stand at the entrance to the dormitory for students to stop by, grab a Chick-fil-A sandwich or brownie and create their own snowflake with their New Year’s resolution that will be hung on the walls of the elevator lobby to remind residents of their goals. Baumhart Hall Council is a part of Residence Hall Association which is an organization composed of undergraduate students organizing residence programs for each dormitory at the university.

As part of a one week finals break, the Council hosted its third event this week from its Happy Hour program. Donated sandwiches and brownies from Chick-fil-A were enjoyed by residents as they created their own snowflake with their resolution.

Anthony Re, 20, sophomore history and secondary education major and the President of Baumhart Hall Council, eagerly greeted residents as they came in or left the building and asked if they would like to share their New Year’s resolution and grab a snack before studying.

“We are trying to spread holiday cheers and give residents a break from the stressful time of finals,” Re said.

As residence created their snowflakes and enjoyed the meal, they seemed relieved with the free meal and time to be with other residents and talk about their finals stress.

“My finals were hard and this is a nice way to unwind and I’m really lucky to be at Baumhart because other dorms don’t seem to offer a break like this to their residents,” said Maggie Clerkin, 19, sophomore elementary education major.

Other residents were just relieved knowing they only have one more day to go with finals before they can go home and enjoy the holidays with their family and friends.

“This is definitely a great way to get a study break from all the stress and also a great way to know people in Baumhart and create community with a nice relaxing atmosphere and good food,” said Elizabeth Walton, 20, sophomore elementary education major.

The Happy Hour program not only gives residents a break from finals but also has a good cause. On Monday Dec. 12, residents enjoyed a meal from Connie’s Pizza and made cards for the Macy’s Make a Wish Foundation. One hundred cards were made, which resulted in a $100 of donation to the foundation.

The evening was enjoyed not only by Baumhart residents but also students studying at the Water Tower Campus, a free breakfast dinner to fuel the grueling hours of studying. The Terry Student Center, on the third floor of Baumhart Hall, served up breakfast to students from 9 p.m. to midnight.

This coming Friday, residents will enjoy a tasty dessert from Molly’s Cupcake and write Christmas Cards to the Women’s Circle which is a Women’s Charity.

Residents can also join in a raffle to every event they attend in the Happy Hour program and get the chance to win a Starbucks or Taco Bell card which are donated from both places. Prizes will be awarded at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Another way to receive more raffle tickets and better the chance of winning, residents can take the EBI survey sent by Residence Assistant’s to their according floor via email. EBI is a survey from Residence Life to find out how residence halls are doing so that they can better serve the residents for next semester and the upcoming school year of 2012. The email survey pushes students to fill it out and give comments on their experience at the dorm.

College application essays as brief as a Tweet

By Emily Bouroudjian

College essays have turned into 25 word sentences in some colleges across the country.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, some schools like the University of Maryland and University of Massachusetts have changed admission into their essay prompts from traditional essay questions to short, simple questions such as: “Imagine you had to wear a costume for the rest of your life. What would you pick and why?” The answer to this question must be 25 words or less and can end up being the one element that will get you accepted into college.

The students at Loyola University Chicago had mixed opinions about this new form of college applications.

“I think it’s really interesting. It’s very creative,” said Callie Short, 19, a sophomore psychology major.

“That will make kids choose what they want to say more carefully.” said Bita Rad, 20, a junior psychology major.

Others found the new approach for applying, a bad idea.

“I don’t like to think that there is so much riding on one sentence.” said Robert Knicker, 22, a senior biology major.

As of now, some colleges that are trying out this new approach are: University of Notre Dame, Brown University, University of North Carolina, Yale University and Elon University.

The admissions office of Loyola University Chicago had no comment as to whether or not they were going to try the new application which was good news for one student.

“It just wouldn’t be fair that I had to write an essay to get in here and someone else would have to write one sentence.” said David Lambert, 19, a communications major.