Brescia at Champ’s Cup

After a season of training, Brescia’s flag football team finally had the chance to perform on the field last weekend. The annual Champs Cup is a league-wide tournament, and the biggest of the year. Brescia looks forward to the weekend-long tournament each year and although the team did not win any games this year, the players had a great time.

The weather on the morning of December 1 was very difficult for the players. The field was coated with ice, making gameplay very slow and slippery. Ultimately that game against the off-campus team ended in a no-score tie, but Brescia’s defense played especially well during the game. Following that, Brescia played King’s in an very friendly game. Although Brescia lost, the HBK spirit made for a very fun game. The day wrapped up in an evening game against Delaware. Again the weather was difficult, this time due to rain. Brescia’s loss to Delaware ended the tournament for the team, but Brescia still had a lot of fun.

Team coach Hien Thi once again led the team through the tournament. Her work helped to make Brescia the team that it is. Although the team did not have any big wins during the tournament, other teams congratulated the players on their good sportsmanship. Brescia’s team is known each year as one of the most fun teams in the league, and this year was no different. The team was tied with Elgin for smallest this year, but even so Brescia packed a big punch. As always, Brescia’s success was in its enthusiasm and good sportsmanship which carried them through the tournament.

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BUCSC’s Bold Moments

Brescia is an excellent university with a unique community, and that is something to celebrate! Our BUCSC members are sharing their most empowering Brescia experiences.

 

“I loved having my professor in my Business class refer to me by name in just the second week, that was powerful because I felt important in my contribution.” – Brooke Huffman, First Year Residence Rep

“My favorite Brescia moment so far has been Foundress Day during my first year. When all the first years write their names in the book it signifies that Brescia will become their home for four years.” – Kate Wood, Mature and Transfer Students Rep

“Just being surrounded by so many empowering and supportive young women here at Brescia has me feeling so motivated and ready to take on the world!” – Madison Sweet, Charity Commissioner

“I loved the Brescia cheers at O Week’s closing ceremony!” – Emily Petch, First Year Off-Campus Rep

“I attended Dr. Margaret Chan’s talk last year during Homecoming. When I found out she has a degree from Brescia it felt great! You never know where your degree will take you.” – Michelle Lau, Wellness Commissioner

“I think the first time I got to send a very professional email was a bold moment for me. I really felt like I was being prepared for a future as a powerful woman!” – Katie Vezina, USC Rep

“During the Summer I helped out with convocation. In the time leading up to the event I really got to see all of the memories and connections that the grads had and it made me reflect on my own time here at Brescia. While reflecting, I felt really warm and grateful for my own memories and connections.” – Vanessa So, Website Commissioner

“After transferring from another university, I really appreciate Brescia. I love being able to recognize and say hello to people while I walk to classes!” – Monique Lewis, AVP Promotions

“It was great to be a member of FRESH representing Brescia, sharing information about nutrition, and educating peers about Brescia on main campus.” – Stephanie Tom, Residence Rep

“Attending the Foundress Day ceremony as a BUCSC executive member was a big moment for me. It made me think of how I have grown since my first Foundress Day.” – Joy Huynh, Chief Communications Officer

“It was so exciting when I was voted into my positions on last year’s BUCRC and the BUCSC this year. I showed that people know me and want me to be their voice.” – Cassidy Blunt, Off-Campus Rep

“The classroom setting every day makes me feel confident and comfortable.” – Julia Sun, AVP Student Support

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Holidays at Brescia

The holiday season has begun at Brescia. Already, holiday decorations have sprung up all over campus and despite the stress that comes with the end of the semester, students are getting into the spirit of the season. There are plenty of holiday events going on at Brescia, so the Buzz is taking a look at how Brescia celebrates the holidays.

Holiday celebrations are often all about community, so it makes sense that the first place on campus to light up with holiday cheer was Clare Hall. Visitors to the residence or the Mercato have probably noticed that the living rooms on each floor are decorated with snowflakes, garlands, and Christmas trees. Many floors held decoration parties to get the residence in the mood of the season. The first year in residence can feel lonely around the holidays for some students, so this year the First Year Stocking Decoration Party helped to build new connections and traditions. First years gathered to socialize, sip hot cocoa, and decorate their own stockings in a celebration of the holidays. It was a great bonding opportunity, where students were invited to share their family’s holiday traditions.

Brescia has many of its own holiday traditions, thanks to the campus ministry. The Christian season of Advent is beginning, which means ‘tis the season to get ready for Christmas. Already, Brescia Chapel and the Ursuline Hall foyer are decorated for the season. On December 6, the Brescia Chapel will be the venue of the annual Lessons of Love & Songs of Hope Carol Service. This is an evening of beautiful music performed by the Brescia Choir to celebrate the goodwill of the Christmas season. The campus ministry will also hold its annual Brescia Family Christmas Party on December 2 in the St. James auditorium. The event promises to be tons of fun, with refreshments, gingerbread decorating, and even a visit from Santa!

With all the festivities happening around campus, the BUCSC is sure to join in. Already, the council members have held their holiday potluck and secret santa exchange, but there are still events to come. The BUCSC’s environmental commissioner Adrienne Aguechi is holding a Holiday gift wrap making event, where attendees can learn the value of recycled holiday gift wrap, tags, and cards as they reuse them to wrap presents and make holiday decorations for this year. The council has recently hosted a holiday card-writing event for the residents of London’s Chelsey Park retirement center, but it is not too late to participate! Anyone is welcome to stop by the council office and pick up a blank card to write a nice holiday message for the Chelsey Park residents.

There is plenty going on at Brescia these days, so it is especially nice when the Brescia community takes the time to celebrate the holidays. There are many celebrations going on around campus, so however you like to celebrate the holidays you have a chance to do it with your Brescia community. As this semester winds down and the winter break approaches, the BUCSC wishes you a Happy Holidays!

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Dear Brescia Blogger…

“Dear Brescia Blogger,

This is my first year as an off-campus student, and I miss the community of residence life. How can I  stay involved on campus even though I live somewhere else?

From, Lonesome Off-Campus”

Dear Off-Campus,

As a first year off – campus student, I know how rough it can be to be living off campus and away from the welcoming atmosphere of the Clare Hall residence.  At Clare hall you made your first friend, spent most of your time and went to all kinds of fun events, and it’s hard to live without that now. What I realized is that just because you’re not at Clare Hall doesn’t mean you can’t do all these things. If you miss that atmosphere, all you have to do is be proactive and find that atmosphere for yourself elsewhere.

As an off-campus student, I made goals to keep myself active and involved in the school. I joined clubs on campus and at the western campus. You can take a look at Brescia’s clubs here, or the Western clubs here. Joining clubs means you can make more new friends, with the same interests as you. There are still many clubs that are looking for members. This way you stay active in the community.

There are also many events that as a Brescia student you can attend. You are able to attend Brescia events put on by the BUCSC, by the clubs themselves, and by the school. With Brescia’s centennial coming up, there will be a plenty of events you can attend. You can keep a lookout for upcoming Brescia events with Brescia’s  events calendar. Plus, as a Brescia student you are part of the HBK family; you can attend events on the other affiliate campuses. Of course, you can always take a trip down the hill to main campus, there are endless possibilities of how you can spend your time, having fun and engaging with new communities of students.

So, you don’t have to resign yourself to missing the residence life, just bring it into the present, be proactive and go find the clubs or events that interest you. You have endless opportunities to make friends and have fun.

All my best,
The Brescia Blogger

Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese: Your Complete Guide

Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese are a very big deal every year at Brescia. With the ticket sale coming up on December 3rd, it is time to get ready. Here is the BUCSC’s complete guide to planning your Brescia Ball weekend, and preparing for the ticket sale!

Theme
One of Brescia’s greatest traditions is the annual Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese, so students were thrilled when this year’s Lookbook came out to promote this fabulous weekend. This year, the Wine & Cheese will honor Brescia’s centennial, while the Brescia Ball will be a night of mystery, a Masquerade Ball. Attendees are not required to wear masks, but it is highly recommended!

Dates
The Wine & Cheese will kick off the weekend on Friday January 18th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm in Brescia’s own Mercato. Attendees will receive two drink tickets, cost included in the price of their admission ticket, upon arrival. The following evening, Saturday January 19th from 6:00pm to 12:00am, the Brescia Ball will be hosted at London’s Brookside Banquet Centre. Shuttles will run between Brescia’s campus and the venue during the night.

Ticket Sales
Ticket sales will be on Monday morning, December 3rd. Sales will start at 10:00am in the St. James Auditorium.
Here is a handy chart for ticket prices:

  Brescia Students Non-Brescia Students
Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese $65 $70
Brescia Ball only $55 $60
Wine & Cheese only $15 $15

The ticket sale will accept cash, debit, and credit this year. However, there will be a 2.65 percent processing fee on card exchanges.

Get Ready!
The ticket sale date is going to be busy, so it is best to come ready with everything you need. Brescia students will need to fill out forms with their student number, phone number, and email, and non-Brescia guests will need to include contact emails as well. You may purchase tickets on behalf of other people, but you will need to fill out their information on their own form.

There will also be space on the form to fill in who you would like the sit at your table at Brescia Ball, up to 10 people per table.

The ticket sale will also have nomination forms for Brescia’s Royal court. Each year, a Junior Princess (1st and 2nd year student), Princess (3rd year student), and Queen (4th year, mature, or transfer student) are voted for during Wine & Cheese, and crowned during Brescia Ball. During the ticket sale, you will have the opportunity to nominate one person per category. You may also want to pick out your favorite dancing song, because there is space for song recommendations on the forms too!

Finally, the Brescia Alumnae Association are giving commemorative wine glasses to the first 100 ticket buyers in line, to be handed out and used during Wine & Cheese. In past years, student have been very competitive about being among the first 100 in line for that reason, so it is a good idea to line up well in advance of the 10:00am sale start.

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Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Brescia is Canada’s only women’s University, so it works hard to recognize and promote discussion of women’s issues. Sexual violence affects women particularly, and Brescia makes an effort each year to do its part to combat this deeply harmful social issue. Last week, the BUCSC hosted information booths to help educate students as part of Sexual Violence Awareness week.

As an awareness week, each event was dedicated to information. Monday began the week with the Help a Friend event, dedicated to helping recognition of harmful relationships loved ones may be in, and how to help. Tuesday’s event was all about consent, its importance, and how it works. The final event of the week took place on Thursday, with the Personal Promise event, where visitors to the booth had the opportunity to make a promise to themselves to do right by themselves and others in their relationships. Throughout the week, the booth was filled with informative pamphlets from ANOVA, a local organization in London who partners with Women’s Community House and the Sexual Assault Center of London. ANOVA has a long-standing relationship with Brescia, and the BUCSC was proud to work with them to make last week effective and informative.

Thursday’s booth event was part of a larger day of sexual violence awareness that Brescia recognized. Many students and faculty members wore purple on campus  on Thursday, in recognition of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign, by the London Abused Women’s Center. The campaign originates from London, but has become international in the past year. Brescia In particular celebrated by lighting Ursuline Hall in purple on Thursday evening as a gesture of solidarity with the affected women in the London community and around the world.

Brescia takes its role as a women’s University seriously, and its participation of the Shine the Light campaign reaffirms its support for women, especially those affected by sexual violence. The BUCSC served its students last week by offering resources and educating about sexual violence during its sexual violence awareness week.

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BUCSC’s Incorporation- a Closer Look

A guest article by Mikaila Hunter, the BUCSC President

In the summer of 2017, the Brescia University College Students’ Council, after years of dedication and passion from members, became Federally incorporated. Incorporation is the act of being legally declared a separate corporate entity from its owners. This means the BUCSC is now a Not-for-Profit Business separate from the University. This exciting change to your Students’ Council has allowed us to become a more professional and established organization. What you may not know is how this benefits you as a student. There a multiple ways Incorporation could have a direct effect on yourself.

  1. Increase opportunities for student leadership and involvement – Being a part of the BUCSC means you are a member of the corporation. If you were to choose to pursue an executive role you would become a member of the Board of Trustees, a role that many individuals would not have the opportunity to take on until much later in life.
  2. If you are not a member of the BUCSC, Incorporation has a huge impact on the activities of clubs. The Students’ Council now has the resources to look towards improving our future supports to clubs.
  3. There are also small changes such as the ability to have a credit card. This ensures thoughtful spending of student’s fees on large-scale events, such as Brescia Ball.
  4. Additionally, with increasing clarity of our relationship with Brescia University College, we are able to better advocate and provide meaningful changes on behalf of the student body.

With incorporation also came an increase in responsibility and liability held by the Students’ Council. As a result, the next reasonable step is the hiring of a General Manager. This person would ensure that the Students’ Council day-to-day operations run seamlessly and research that will impact students is being completed. Our General Manager can provide valuable research to allow up to grow or start initiatives we never imagined possible. They act as an experienced member who understands the finances and the way to spend money as responsibly. Additionally, as the institutional memory of the Council, your elected members of the BUCSC can spend more time working on issues that directly affect you as students.

These exciting change has the Students’ Council looking towards the future while working towards investing further in our ability to improve the student experience. If you ever have any question or concerns relating to the BUCSC or thoughts on how your Students’ Council can better advocate on behalf of the student body feel free to reach out to Mikaila Hunter at president@bucsc.ca

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