Category: Life

A Farewell to Our Graduating Galleon Staff

By Mary Clark Image above: Source Graduate : v. successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or high school. Succeed : v. achieve the desired aim or result. In life, we all look to succeed, and some look to graduate. This is a fairly innocuous claim, but it’s also a fascinating one. When you read the above definitions, to succeed and to graduate are just verbs. Strings of letters put together to give some kind of meaning, as is true with the whole of... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, May 1

Memphis Stands with Science

By Lauren Jeu Image Above: Source     On March 16, President Donald Trump announced his blueprint plans to make America great again. His plan included budget cuts on the EPA, NIH, and NASA , which, as you can imagine, made those in the science community very unhappy and afraid for the future. In response to this upset, a nonpartisan group formed the March For Science which celebrates science and its role in everyday lives. On April 22, 610 cities across the world ... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 28

Love Thyself: The “Heart” of Body Positivity

By Sarah C. Wages Image Above: Source   Igrew up the youngest of four. I am seven years behind my brother and eight behind my sisters. By the time I was 11 years old, I had been influenced, to some significant degree, to my two sisters who were addicts. More than alcohol, more than drugs, it was internal. They struggled with their own body images. Both were bulimic , forcing themselves to purge after a heavy meal. “Indulge, then, get rid of it” was their modus... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Apr 27

The Morality of Child Advertising

By Dominick Platt Image Above: Source   Is it right for companies to market their products towards children? They’re not the consumers of these goods being advertised; their parents are. The eight year old, even though he might do so because of that cool looking tiger on the box, is not the one swiping that credit card for those Frosted Flakes. One would think advertising would be done based on who is purchasing the item, which is how it works in almost every other sphere... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Wednesday, Apr 26

Unfiltered: Art That Speaks the Truth

By Lauren Jeu   There is a misconception that senior year is full of no work and all play. While underclassmen are complaining about their deadlines and tests and shouting that they “can’t wait for this school year to just be over,” seniors are spending their every moment finishing or perfecting their Senior projects, theses, and research. In the corner of Rosa Deal School of Arts, there are three particular seniors working hard in their private studios: the art... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, Apr 24

The Soul of Survival: How I Confronted Cancer with Faith

    By Emily Hines   Blessed is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of my cancer diagnosis. Although a cancer diagnosis is potentially devastating, I refused to look at mine that way. Within forty-eight hours of being diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia , I was flown to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . When the paramedics rolled me into the hospital, tears began to stream down my face. Observing my concern, they advised me to not cry... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 21

The Bible Doesn't Say So

By Mary Clark Image Above: Source As an Arkansas native, I care about what happens in my home state more than just the cursory glance at the news that other people might pay to it. As a moderate, with slightly right leaning views when it comes to politics, for a long time I believed in the appropriateness of the death penalty in some cases. I'm sure I have your attention now. I'm also sure that you are wondering what in the world these two conditions have to do with each... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Saturday, Apr 15

Still, She Persists - A Photo Homage for Women's History Month

By Lauren Jeu Image Above: Source   Behind the Madness, beyond the shamrocks and Guinness, there is a day in March that celebrates women. Each year, on March 8 th , we honor International Women’s Day and the entire month of March is Women’s History Month. Personally, I believe we should celebrate womanhood every day of the year, but it is comforting to know that there is a special place on the calendar just for us. One of my favorite quotes is “Behind every... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 30

In Plain Sight: 3 Local Memphis Gems

Words and Images by Anthony Maranise   In the South, we have a phrase used frequently to describe little-known places that have a great deal of character, flavor, or personality. “It’s a little hole in the wall!” Yes, that’s the phrase, and while at first pass, it may sound derogatory or belittling in some way, the fact remains that, at least in the South, some of the best of the best places, shops, or eateries are described in this manner. It comes... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Mar 24

Finding Your Religion

By Mary Clark All images courtesy of source   We all know how it feels, or know someone who knows how it feels to graduate high school, go off to college, then, after a few weeks, realize that you’ve missed a few weekends of church, but you're not really sorry about it. Even if you feel like you should be. According to a  LifeWay study  in 2007, two-thirds of young adults aged 18-22 who attend church for at least a year in high school will stop attending... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 23

Wait, How Much? - What the Numbers Look Like for Graduates

By Dominick Platt Image above: Source   I recently went apartment hunting with my fiancé in Nashville, since she’s finishing Grad School there. We didn’t look downtown, but we surveyed both urban and more suburban apartments. We chose one bedroom apartments because we really wouldn’t have saved any money trying to actually share a space, and I personally was astounded by the numbers I was looking at. With the apartment we decided on, one very close to my... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, Mar 20

Do You Have Your Green On?

By Mary Clark Image above: Source   The United States of America is a land built by immigrants. One of the most exciting things that comes from this foundation, is the way that all these immigrant cultures cohesively mix together in our society. Not only is this intermingling of cultures interesting and exciting, but also important to who we are as individuals in our own cultures, and in the nation as a whole. Among the greatest facets of cultures that mix together are... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Mar 17

5 Ways to Take 5

By: Mary Clark   Stress sucks. Unfortunately, it's inevitable. Everyone deals with events in their life that pack on so much worry and burden that sometimes, a part of us just wants to shut down and check out. However, more often than not, it's the mundane, little “nitpicky” things in life that wear us down most and ultimately cause us to need a break. One of the hardest things to do when everyone is as busy so often is to remember to focus on ourselves, and... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 16

Sifting Through Real News, Alternative Facts, and Everything in Between

By: Kay Cunningham I am a librarian, and facts are important to me. Reliable information is important. Knowing how to find, identify, evaluate, and verify valid and reliable information and sources of information, to classify and organize them, and to deliver them into the hands of people who have questions is the work of all librarians, built into the ethical codes of our professional organizations and the Library Bill of Rights . Because of this, the currency of fake news and the... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 10

The Couples of CBU - A Photographic Essay

By Lauren Jeu Adam Buczyna & Reggie Raney Adam: “She's the whole package: Gorgeous, Goofy, and Grounded. The love of my life, and so much more.” Reggie: “After being together for over two years, we have learned to balance our strengths and weaknesses. I cannot wait to call him my husband in October.” Will Walsh & Brianna Berg Will: “4 Valentine’s Days down, a lifetime worth to go! She is seriously... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Feb 9

The Long-Distance-Relationship (LDR) Survival Guide

By Dominick Platt It finally happened. You met that special someone, connected on all levels like a circuit board, and you’re ready to start that long commitment as a couple. But, it’s not always so simple: perhaps one of you has to move, or go back to school, or any manner of like circumstances. That’s the way it was for me, when I had to come back to finish school right after I met this one amazing woman. We talked about it, and came to the conclusion that what we... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 3

Humans of Christian Brothers University

By: Gabriela Morales If someone were to ask you: ”Hey! How are you doing today?” while walking down the hallway, most of us would simply reply by saying something along the lines of “I’m good” or “Just fine”. But what would happen if that person stopped you for a second and said: “No. How are you really doing?” These questions were asked by Brandon Stanton when he started asking people on the streets of New York City to talk a bit about... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jan 3

Top 10 Tips for Parents Looking to Take Care of Their College Student

By: Gabriela Morales Yes, it’s that time of year again. Winter break is almost here, which means that overly stressed college students are slowly migrating back home from their college campuses. If you know one of these tired college students, here is a list of the top ten things you can do to raise their spirits before the following semester destroys it: 1. Let them sleep. During that last week of finals, college student often forget to sleep in an attempt to learn a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jan 3

To Exist, To Breathe, and Take Up Space

By: Gabriela Morales To all of the people who vote for Donald Trump, I need to say this: I’m sorry. I’m sorry because there is another place that I call home. Because my lungs fill with air to speak in a language that puts passion and intimacy into every rolled R that you can’t pronounce. Because salsa, merengue and plena control my body, making it sway to the rhythm of the Caribbean. Because my childhood heroes are Pedro Albizu Campos and Eugenio Maria de Hostos... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Nov 9

I'm Not Voting in This Election. I Can't. I'm Puerto Rican.

By: Gabriela Morales Back in November 2008, when I was about eleven years old, my dad woke my siblings and me up in the middle of the night to watch as Obama was declared the president of the United States of America.  At the time, I knew this was a big deal, but I’ll admit that I really had no idea as to why it was a big deal. Can you really blame me? I mean, what is an eleven year-old supposed to know about the economy, foreign policy, or social issues? I only knew it was... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Nov 7

Of Soldiers, Survivors, & Strength Unfailing

By: Anthony Maranise, OblSB Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Survivor’s Day event at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. After a keynote presentation and welcome, offered by St. Jude’s medical director, Dr. James Downing, the faculty of St. Jude’s After Completion of Therapy (ACT) clinic along with the director of cancer survivorship, commenced the annual survivorship pinning ceremony. The program began with a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Sep 22

Seeing America, Part 4 – Chicago

By Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski. Photo above: Chicago Postcard Museum This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. The original can be found HERE Whenever I tell people that I love Chicago and that I used to live there, the most common response usually goes something like “Oh, I love the  Field Museum  /  Shedd Aquarium  /  Art Institute !” or, “You must love going to... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Jul 18

Finding Your People

By Emily Austin This article originally appeared in the blog,  The Waiting . I have always liked thinking about the relative simplicity of early humans. I imagine that they lacked the need to organize their peers into little piles like we do today: best friends, colleagues, schoolmates, hated enemies, people they drank with, people they prayed with. There was no hustle and bustle to meet with the disparate groups at dumb meetings. All the human interaction our distant... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Jul 14

Parenthood: It Doesn't Get Any Easier

By Emily Austin This article originally appeared in the blog, The Waiting . There is this interesting phenomena that occurs about six months into your stint as a parent. You’ll be sitting there, covered in spittup and running on the fumes of a microwaved cup of coffee that you made last Tuesday. You’ll reflect on the fact that you no longer bat an eye at the idea of eliminating your bowels in front of other people, and you’ll cry inside a little. The idea of... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Jul 6

Seeing America, Part 3 – The Upper Peninsula of Michigan

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. The original can be found HERE Full disclosure. I’m a  Yooper . I grew up on the southern shore of Lake Superior or as one of my friends once said, “So you’re basically Canadian?” In fact, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP) is so set apart from the rest of the country that it often doesn’t appear on... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jun 28

Seeing America, Part 2: The Black Hills

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. I realize now that I had a strange education growing up. In my home and school, we spoke regularly about the history and plight of Native Americans. My family read  Black Elk Speaks  aloud alongside the Bible and other religious texts. We learned about  Ojibwe customs in elementary school. Our Civics teacher taught us... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Jun 15

Seeing America, Part 1: What is Southern?

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. Two years ago, I decided to move to Memphis. When I told my friends and family, nearly all of whom are from great northern states, they were shocked. They said true and practical things like, “but you hate the heat” and “it’s so far away from home.” However, they also said some extremely biased things... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Jun 10

Like Many Holidays in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo is Mostly Farce

By: Gabriela Gomez-Pedro According to Urban Dictionary Cinco de Mayo is… A beer-fest that occurs on May 5 of the year, with lots of tequila and margaritas. A mayonnaise extract that is a rare delicacy in the southern United States. It can also be used as a sobriety test. When a whole bunch of white college kids get together and have a kegger for reasons unbeknownst to them. Mexico’s Independence Day Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images   First... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, May 5

Trash Talk

By Sean MacInnes   The 20 th century is already clearly visible in Earth’s geologic record. Archaeologists of the distant future won’t simply find cemeteries and buried cities; they’ll also find a massive and disgusting permanent layer of artifacts we call “garbage.” The world has a consumption problem and by extension a waste management problem. Our waste is an environmental disaster of global proportions caused from a gross negligence by the... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 22

A Reflection on Art, History, and Travel Through Cambodia

Words: Dr. Emily A. Holmes Images: Dr. Mary Campbell During the first week of January, Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences) and I travelled to Cambodia as part of a partnership between CBU and the Harpswell Foundatio n. Harpswell’s mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia, and they accomplish that mission through two dormitories and a leadership center for university women in Phnom Penh, along with a school in the village of Tramung Chrum, fifty miles from... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Apr 18

New Study Reveals That Napping is Most Certainly the Way to Go

By: Chase K. Encalade A report released by the National Sleep Foundation on Tuesday proves what many college students and young adults have been saying for years-naps are necessary. After many studies and clinical trials, sleep specialists have determined that brain function increases substantially when naps are added to one’s day. In fact, there are some risky side effects that come with choosing to avoid napping. One consequence of fending off naps is sleeping through the night. Now... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Apr 1

Vulcans Without Chests

by Dr. Lewis Pearson An excerpt from “Vulcans Without Chests: Spiritual Disorders Portrayed in Star Trek ”  in the upcoming anthology Science Fiction Film and the Abolition of Man . Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers . ...When mutually exclusive goods vie for our attention, we experience inner conflict, a divided will. One voice says yes, another says no. In our efforts to settle the matter we may try to figure out which voice is stronger, and then be... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 17

10 Books Every Woman Should Read During Women's History Month

By Chase K. Encalade March is Women’s History Month. The following 10 books are written by women and exemplify what it has meant—and what it means—to be a woman both in the past and now. These works are both thoughtful and engaging; if you dig deep enough you may just see a glimpse of yourself in them. Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love is the story of a young woman leaving behind the frills and adornments of modern day American life and embarking on a journey to... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Mar 7

On Being Black

By Chase K. Encalade We hear it all the time. Some of us are more aware of it than others. The United States is a melting pot of many different cultures and ethnicities. It makes sense that there would be some dispute and lack of understanding among the many sub-communities that exist. Racism still exists. Personally, I get questions leaning more towards how I identify. “What are you?” “What are you mixed with?” And my favorite: “Are you completely black?” These questions never... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 29

Week / End 2.19.16

In case you haven't looked at the Memphis forecast, this weekend is slated to be a warm reprise from the frigid February weather. While there are plenty of activities in Memphis to keep you occupied, we've compiled an additional list of CBU-related events happening on campus to consider. Then again, with Spring TV programming beginning to come out in full swing, we'd understand if you're privy to the great indoors and a healthy dose of Netflix....your call.  Anyway, here's the Galleon's... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 19

Life Without a Smartphone Sucks

By Morgan Harper As a 21st century enthusiast, I can honestly say one of the most frustrating experiences I've had in the last year was going without a smartphone for a week after an accident that involved my iPhone and a bottle of sprite… whoops. When I frantically called my dad to confess what happened to the pricey birthday present I'd spent months begging for, his short and ill-tempered response really got me thinking. "Sorry. You'll have to use my old phone until you can afford to buy... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Wednesday, Feb 17

In Search of Home

By Chase Encalade I’ve been thinking a lot about the word home. It rolls off my tongue in a strange way, like something foreign. But maybe some of us were meant to wander. Maybe some of us were meant to leave our homes behind in exchange for finding new ones. What makes a home a home? The answer lies somewhere between a dictionary definition and the cliché response, and it isn’t an absolute. Fair warning: Most of the questions asked here won’t be answered. They are here, and they... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Feb 17

Valentine's Day

By Servando Mireles February is here, and Valentines Day is just around the corner — so if you have not made dinner reservations by now at that fancy restaurant she’s been talking about, now might be time. There are three kinds of people in this world you’re probably going to come across on social media on Valentines Day:  The lovey-dovey couple walking to class holding hands   The ones that are single and detest everything about the day The... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Feb 11

A Lament of January: Why the First Month is the Worst Month

By Morgan Harper Ah, January. It's like Monday, but worse, and much longer. It's cold, and it's soggy. December has dropped you off on January's doorstep with a holiday-induced, emotional hangover, left to fend for yourself. Sheryl Crow once said, "The first cut is the deepest," and I think she must have been talking about January, because it's the first month of the year, and always the most miserable and difficult, pain-of-a month to push through. Last week, we powered through what... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 1

Growing up with St. Jude - A Story of Volunteerism to Beat Childhood Cancer

By Morgan Harper If you're a part of the CBU community, there's a good chance you've had the pleasure of meeting Alison Allensworth. As an intern for the Career Services Office and a member of the Student Activities Council, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lasallian Collegians, and President's Ambassadors, Alison is a very well-known, friendly face at CBU. We all know students like that around campus, but what’s unique about Alison is that it also applies to the metro area. With all of her commitments... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jan 26

Tips from a Frequent Flyer

By Gabriela Morales Traveling to new places is great fun, but sometimes the process of getting ready before you actually leave the ground can be quite tedious and nerve-wrecking at times if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing. Here are seven simple tips to help make your travel experience the best it can possibly be. 1. Before you book your flight, try to see if you can get certified as a TSA Pre-Check member. It has an additional cost but will save you A LOT of time while you’re... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Jan 25

New Year, Same Me?

By: Jeanne StaAna As the New Year sets in and the campus reawakens from its winter hibernations, the classrooms quickly fill with an assortment of students. The clock on my phone reads 7:55 AM and almost immediately I question why I assumed this would be good idea. With each second, regret and annoyance flood my mind. As the heaviness of my eyes sets in with each blink, thoughts of a warm bed that I had so rudely abandoned flood into my imagination, and I begin to feel... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Jan 15

New Domestic Abuse Network Helps in The Aftermath

By Jerica Burgette This post originally appeared in Within the past few months, three acquaintances of mine have sent me messages on Facebook, asking for advice on how to deal with a domestic abuse situation they’ve found themselves in. On the bright side, they’d left the person. But they now needed resources to get back on their feet as a single parent, advice on how to get expensive medical bills paid after being seriously injured, legal direction on how... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Jan 7

12 Things You Did in High School That You'd Never Do in College

By: Alani Lee As told by a c/o 2011 graduate #wolfpack4lyfe   1) Passionately pursuing the latest fandom Obsessing over the latest hot book or show used to be fun, until your realize that you no longer have any free time and that most of the story plots have massive holes in them. #TeamJacob, #TeamEdward, #TeamGuyWhoAlmostHitBellaWithATruck  2) Dressing up for class     Let’s just be real honest, the things that you went through to get ready in high school... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Sunday, Jan 3

An Open Letter to Person Sad Because of a Loss, Like Me.

By: Summer Rudd Dear Person who is sad because of a loss,    Welcome to my life. You are most definitely not alone. With Christmas right around the corner, all I can think about is how alone I feel. I can only think of how my mom will never share another Christmas with me, how my dad is dating again, or how the person I love doesn’t feel the same, and I can’t even talk to my mom about it. (Literally the worst.)   If you’ve ever gone through something similar, chances... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Dec 17

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

For many in the U.S., Thanksgiving is a holiday in which scattered family members congregate around one table for a feast of great proportion, and may even engage in seldom-held (or just plain awkward) conversations that bring out the past from its forgotten dwelling. But whether you find yourself next to a distant cousin or your favorite aunt, this holiday is almost guaranteed to raise the audible levels of one's family. In years past, these conversations were stored in one's carb-laden memory... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Dec 2

A Letter of Gratitude from the Daughter of a Veteran

By: Chase Encalade On this Veterans Day,  let us remember the sacrifices of those who wrote their individual lives off for the good of this country. Throughout his life my father has worn many hats; son, brother, husband, dad (my personal favorite), policeman, constable, fireman, and politician just to name a few.  My favorite to use against the middle school bullies however was "Marine." “My dad can beat up your dad” was typical talk in my 6th grade classroom.  When... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Nov 11

What to Know for Alzheimer's Awareness Month

By: Chase Encalade November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Over 5 million people here in the U.S. suffer from the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is defined by The Mayo clinic as “a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions”.  Memories are sacred to us and they help us to hold dear these lives we live. The first of the many symptoms of Alzheimer’s is the loss of memory. Without our memories we are isolated from the past. The tragedies... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Nov 10


By Caroline Mitchell Carrico Mmm I want to linger… Some days are hard. And sometimes a string of days are hard. And sometimes the last thing I want to do is spend ten more minutes with a crying baby. If I lose mom points with you for that, you should probably reevaluate why you have decided to waste your time assigning mom points. Mmm a little longer… But sometimes, what I need at the end of a string of tough ones is to have that tired baby, the one with the... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Oct 16

Randel Price Wants to Keep Free Music Free

If you find yourself attending one of Memphis' oldest and most vibrant programs on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening in Overton Park during the summer, there's a good chance you'll run into an engineering professor by the name of Randel Price.  Dr. Price has been teaching students how to build, design, and test the structures that keep our society functioning at Christian Brothers University since 2003. However, on an average weekend you can find him constructing a different kind... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Oct 13