Babes and Brews | Getting ready for gameday

By Mary Simon and Meg McMahon

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This week we’re taking a break from our normal “brewski” programming to talk a bit about our favorite things to drink before Johnnie football games in Collegeville.

We all know it, we all love it: tailgate season is in full swing, Bennies and Johnnies! Here’s how to drink your best–if you’re over 21–and make the team proud this Saturday as our beloved Johnnies take on Bethel.

First things first: tailgates are early, so sometimes it’s best to drink accordingly.

Nothin’ wakes ya up like a cuppa joe, but nothin’ gets ya goin for gameday like a cuppa Irish joe! With its smooth, creamy taste, a little Bailey’s Irish Cream will add a little flare to your daily brew. With the perfect combination of caffeine and liqueur, an Irish Coffee will warm you up in just the right way for chilly fall game days – you can trust us, we went to Ireland.

How to make:

  • Brew coffee.
  • Add as much cream as you like! (We recommend three parts coffee to one part cream)
  • Begin singing “Galway Girl” on repeat.

Clamato and spice and everything nice! A personal favorite of ours, Bloody Marys provide you with a solid base to get your day started. This drink is rich, flavorful and spicy – it’s not one for the weak of heart. A Bloody is the Edible Arrangement of tailgate beverages with its variety of toppings, including pickles, celery, meat sticks and cheese. These toppings cover three of the basic food groups of the food pyramid, so a Bloody Mary is the perfect choice for starting your day nutritiously! This mixed drink will fill you up and give you the energy you need for a long day of Johnnie football and fun.

How to make:

  • Clamato
  • Vodka
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Pepper
  • Celery salt
  • Spices
  • ALL the toppings you enjoy!
  • Pickles, celery, meat stick, olives, banana peppers, cheese (just to name a few)

Johnnie fans are some of the most dedicated and passionate in the league – we have no problem poppin’ some celebratory bottles before kickoff begins! Mimosas are a surefire way to drink easily on a Saturday morning and a classy way to jazz up your weekday breakfast’s OJ. Make your mother proud by prioritizing your daily intake of Vitamin C – drink a mimosa tomorrow morning!

How to make:

  • Pour half Solo cup champagne
  • Pour half Solo cup OJ
  • Add umbrella
  • Enjoy!

That’s the play for today, Bennies and Johnnies. Now get out there and do your best! After all, we’re just ordinary people doing ordinary things extraordinarily well!

Mary:

Irish Coffee 4/5

Bloody Mary 5/5

Mimosa 3/5

Meg:

Irish Coffee 5/5

Bloody Mary 5/5

Mimosa 2/5

How to look better than the Rat Pak on game days

By Abigail Proudfit and Jessica Fridges

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Hey students, Abby & Jess here. It’s finally football season and there is no better time to break out your inner Rat Pak than now. As game days have already started, it’s time to start getting ready to sport the best game day looks.

We all know the Rat Pak is a sight to be seen on game days, but the real question is: how can you look better than the ever so mysterious Rat Pak? We’re here to help!

Here are a few ways we can give them a run for their money:

  1. The bookstores: The CSB/SJU bookstores are always stocked full of school apparel. With a variety of styles from which to choose, there is always something new to get your hands on. Aside from clothing, they also have all the necessary accessories perfect for game days. From fanny packs and Hydroflasks (stay hydrated folks!) to eye paint and nail decals, it’s hard not to find something to spice up your game day look. Follow them on Instagram (@csbsjubookstore) to stay up-to-date with the latest sales and promotions!
  2. Savers: The name speaks for itself. Savers is a lifesaver sometimes. There’s nothing like a good thrift store to find some staple, yet affordable (great for broke college students like us) pieces to add to your wardrobe. Not only can you find a variety of different clothing, but you can also find accessories perfect for game days. From shoes and belts to fun hats, there’s plenty to find here.
  3. DIY: Sometimes we all have to “release our inner artist,” as James Charles would say. And there’s no better time than game days. After you’ve stopped into the bookstore or Savers and stocked up on some gear, try adding some flare! This could be as simple as just mixing and matching different pieces or grabbing a pair of scissors and modifying some pieces. No worries – if you don’t trust yourself with scissors (don’t worry, you’re not the only one), you can hit up the student-owned business, “Made By Michaela & Grace” (@madebymandg on Instagram) for customized clothes! They alter clothing you provide and turn it into trendy pieces for a reasonable price. Some of their work includes adding a zipper up your shirt, turning a regular shirt into a crop top (boys, you can rock crop tops too!) or sewing two different shirts together. This is a great and affordable way to spice up some classic game day pieces.

Now that you’ve got some ideas, get out there and start getting ready for the next game day. We hope to see you all at the next one looking just as good, if not better, than the Rat Pak!

Bennies can’t get enough of exploring abroad

Bennies can’t get enough of exploring abroad

By Erin Hacker

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CSB/SJU students are known for traveling the world: according to the Institute of International Education (IIE), around 65.5 percent of CSB and SJU students will participate in a study abroad program. The Center for Global Education offers 18 semester-long programs, as well as 10 to 15 short-term study abroad programs each year. For some students, one study abroad program is just not enough.

CSB seniors Julia Petron and Anja Wuolu both decided to further their global traveling and go on multiple study abroad programs.

Petron, a German and pre-med double major, completed a pre-med internship in Germany during the summer of 2018. She then went on the semester-long South Africa program in the spring of 2019, and finally went straight back to Germany in the summer of 2019 to work at the same pre-med internship. “After you travel the first time, you have so much less inhibition, and you’re like, ‘Let’s go!’” Petron said.

Petron enjoyed learning about different cultures while she was abroad; the majority of her classes in South Africa and the internship in Germany were focused on the culture of the countries. “You cannot go wrong exposing yourself to any culture in the world.” Petron said.

Both students also used their multiple study abroad programs to work on aspects of their majors. Petron wanted to take her knowledge of the German language and culture further the first time she went on the Germany program.

During her second time at her German internship, Petron was able to advance her knowledge about the German medical system and their medical ethics. She also had the opportunity to work at clinics in South Africa and developed an interest in working with non-profit medicine as well as with migrant women.

“You catch the bug and you never want to stop,” Wuolu, a communication and Hispanic studies double major, said. She shared similar thoughts when she reflected on her semester long program in Guatemala in the spring of 2018 and her short-term creative writing and poetry program in Italy during the 2019 May term. “I learned a lot about the world. The more I traveled, the more I could learn about the world and my place in it,” Wuolu said.

Wuolu worked to improve her knowledge of the Spanish language and culture while she studied in Guatemala. When it came to the Italian creative writing poetry program, it was the concept of the program that drew her in.

“Because I am interested in poetry, I saw this program where I could go abroad and practice my poetry,” Wuolu said.

In Guatemala, she learned about the “circle of confidence or trust,” a way of connecting and meeting new people.

“You talk to the people around you. In Guatemala it was our host family and teachers. And then from them, you meet more people,” said Wuolu. She used this same technique to her advantage when she went to Italy for her May program.

Petron and Wuolu expressed how confident they felt the more they traveled and how much they learned about themselves. They want people to know that the world is filled with amazing opportunities.

If you are looking to go abroad, follow Petron’s advice: “Adventure is out there. Go and do it!”

FEATURE PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIA PETRON

Student Music Review | DaBaby’s originality ended with hit single, “Suge”

Student Music Review | DaBaby’s originality ended with hit single, “Suge”

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By Seth Holland

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DaBaby – “Kirk”

There is a collective agreement that some rappers are better at featuring a verse in another artist’s song than they are at creating their own album. With “Kirk,” Charlotte rapper DaBaby hopes to prove that he is more than the “feature artist” that many in the hip-hop community have pegged him as.

Since entering the collective conscience of rap fans with “Suge,” which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year, DaBaby has struck while his mic was hot. He’s had verses on many of the hottest singles, ranging from a remix of Lil Nas X’s “Panini” to a song with Megan Thee Stallion, spitting brags with bravado and energy that would make anybody start nodding their head.

While his technical skill of rapping is undoubted, “Kirk” struggles to make a lasting impact due to the lack of narrative and an unfortunately one-note sound.

Although the album gets stale, the starting track, fittingly named “Intro,” is an amazing start. The track features high tempo percussion, an active sub-bass and a smooth vocal sample that DaBaby absolutely rips up with bars about laying his father to rest, dodging those seeking to leech off his fame, and providing for his family.

The second track, “Off the Rip,” is our first peek at what will become redundant during a sit-down listen of this album. It is the first of several songs that use the same exact bouncing 808 bass throughout the album. This may not sound like the worst thing ever, but after listening to the tenth song that sounds like DaBaby searched “DaBaby Type Beat” on YouTube, one may have to listen to another album just to remind themselves that interesting beats do exist. Add the fact that DaBaby is frequently rapping about the same “rappity-rap” subjects of money, haters, women and family, and it begins to feel like he is trying to make the same song 11 times in hopes that one would chart.

The album does have some high peaks though, as “Bop” has a lively flute sample that helps stall the feeling of monotony. “Gospel” featuring YK Osiris, Chance the Rapper and Gucci Mane has a looping piano sample and a catchy hook. Both Chance and Gucci’s verses are strong efforts and help give the song the much-needed variety the overall album was lacking.

“Raw S**T” benefits from a Migos feature that sees each member do what they do best, with Offset and Takeoff utilizing their signature triplet flow over a piano sample with a little less attitude than “Gospel,” but it works, nonetheless.

“Kirk” is an album with clear intentions: it wants to chart. DaBaby spits same-y bars with a same-y flow over same-y beats–which is a good thing if you are at a party, passively listening, or if you really enjoy his style. The beats bump, you’ll occasionally laugh at some lines and the worst song features Nicki Minaj, so there’s no surprises either (I kid). It’s fun and light, which is good enough to chart, but the lack of variety and any consistent narrative stops the album from being something to remember. For now, DaBaby is still a better feature rapper than he is on his own work.

5/10 – Average, but it do bump tho

Johnnie YouTuber connecting with community back home

Johnnie YouTuber connecting with community back home

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By Tanavia Gilbert

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When thinking of the typical college student, you wouldn’t think of multimedia entertainment. However, Gabriel Murgo-Garcia, a junior at St. John’s University, has goals to build a multimedia platform while creating popular content for views and giving back to the community he grew up in.

As a communication major in college, he is aware of what it takes to create content for the masses. An important part of his production and development of this platform is his YouTube channel, G’NiceTV, which he described as an outlet where he can be his authentic self.

Murgo-Garcia was always told he had a YouTuber-like personality in high school and was encouraged by his peers to start a channel on the video platform. In his freshman year of college, he started G’NiceTV on YouTube, and for a while, he said he filmed “stereotypical YouTube videos.” For a while, he felt like he was falling into a theme of content creators who were pretending to be something they were not for views. He then took it upon himself to revamp the channel into something he felt proud of.

Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., Murgo-Garcia saw not only the talent the people in his city had but he also saw the need for inspiration for the youth of his city. This is the reason why his G’NiceTV has multiple facets to its evolving brand.

On the channel, there are interviews with NFL players, some of whom are from the city he calls home. One of these players is former Oakland Raider, Shareece Wright, who talked about the ways he got into the NFL to represent his city. Wright also got Murgo-Garcia into contact with other athletes that he has also interviewed, giving him more connections to a world most sports fans want to be involved in.

G’NiceTV does not only have insight on sports. The channel also branches out into a variety of other topics on the podcast, “Ya Heard Me,” and short films with people that are recognizable around CSB/SJU campus.

Murgo-Garcia is currently working on a thirteen-episode series that will begin filming this winter about upcoming music artists from around San Bernardino. Murgo-Garcia does not see G’NiceTV as a one layer YouTube channel, but as the building blocks of something larger. His drive to support his city and create something that he believes in is what keeps him going despite the challenges.

Being a college student can be a lot to take in on its own. Activities such as sports, classes and social activities take up a lot of time, but in addition Murgo-Garcia has to balance the goals and plans that he has for G’NiceTV, such as eventually becoming a licensed LLC, while also having a job and supporting himself. Garcia said that he would do whatever it takes for him to invest in his city.

As the channel has gained traction in the media, Garcia has started to be called “San Bernardino,” the name of his city. This effectively reminds him of why he is pushing himself and his YouTube channel so much further than anyone expects him to. Without a doubt, Garcia is more than a college football player. He is a Johnnie with a goal and vision for his community.

History in HMML

JILLIAN SCHULZ• [email protected] CSB junior Abbey Witham in front of the Golden Age of Spain exhibition, which she co-coordinated, in HMML.

By Brianna Steigauf
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In the lower level of Alcuin Library, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) serves to preserve, digitalize and provide access to thousands of books and manuscripts from around the world. Sitting under shining lights and sheltered by glass cases, artifacts and books surviving hundreds of years are displayed for the public to see.

On Sept. 24, a new exhibition opened in the HMML on The Golden Age of Spain, the result of months of research by Dr. Emily Kuffner’s Spanish Golden Age class last spring.

Starting with research on politics, science and religion by the students, the exhibit creation continued into the summer. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Kuffner, a Hispanic studies professor, and Abbey Witham, a CSB junior.

“After the end of the school year, I had an internship at HMML, and so since I was a part of that class I just kind of took over the project and finished it,” Witham said, who worked under Director of the St. John’s Bible, Tim Ternes. “So I took all of the section panels, all of the object labels, which were still kind of in their drafting stages and edited them, rewrote some of them, put them all together, cut them down and turned it into a cohesive story.”

As she prepared the content of her class for exhibition, Witham spent several days revising the information making sure it fit the word count she had to reach.

“The hardest thing for me was taking over for so many people and their hard work. Because they knew where they were going, they knew the direction they wanted these object labels to go, they knew where these section panels were coming from,” Witham said. “I only knew about the politics part, and so trying to ground myself in the other sections and doing speed research just for myself about the science and the religion aspects and then trying to bring that all together and keep what they were trying to say accurate while making it blend with the rest of the exhibition [was difficult].”

Witham and Dr. Kuffner also spent the summer finishing pieces of the project and discussing the ways they wanted it to be exhibited in HMML.

“A lot of the editing, a lot of the curatorial work fell to me and she looked over things, edited, made sure everything was historically accurate,” Witham said, who took on the role of co-curator.

As co-curators, the challenge of distance became part of the exhibition.

“I was in Spain during the summer for study abroad, so I was working with her over the internet and helping to revise,” Kuffner said. “Between the two of us, we finished the writing and I gave her feedback and finished the project up.”

“The Golden Age of Spain” is the second of the faculty and student-run exhibitions. Assisted by Matthew Heintzelman, the rare books curator, the class spent every Friday down in HMML. The draft stage of the exhibit was presented last spring during Scholarship & Creativity Day.

“We invited people from around campus to come down and they explained to people what they were doing and what they were working on. So that was really exciting for me as a teacher to see them being confident and explaining to people what they were working on. They did a great job,” Kuffner said.

After Scholarship & Creativity Day, Kuffner’s class decided how they wanted to end the project. They wanted to find a way to relate centuries-old information and artifacts to our campus and modern life today.

“They wanted to put one of the rules to St. Benedict at the end of the exhibition to show how it connects to our Benedictine values and the continuity that we share with Catholicism,” Kuffner said.

Today we still share those Benedictine values at our schools, centuries after The Golden Age of Spain.