Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese 2019

Last weekend Brescia celebrated two of its most important annual social events, Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese. The weekend of festivities kicked off on Friday with Wine & Cheese, hosted at the Mercato. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of cheeses to accompany the selection of wines available. A voting booth for the following night’s Brescia Ball royalty saw many visitors, as did the photo booth. Live performers played acoustic covers throughout the evening to set the mood, as well.

Each year, Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese are important events for student life, but this year they were particularly special. This year’s centennial was celebrated during the events- during Wine & Cheese, attendees were welcome to peruse Brescia yearbooks from decades past, and look at the alumni association’s commemorative wine glass collection. At the end of the evening, lucky attendees went home with the commemorative glass from this year- complete with Brescia’s centennial celebration logo. The official launch of the centennial at Brescia is January 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm which marks the Feast of St. Angela Merici.

Then, during Brescia Ball, the Junior Princess, Princess, and Queen were crowned not only as this year’s royalty, but also as the centennial royalty. Alison Lengyell, the BUCSC’s chief returning officer, was crowned Junior Princess while Amy Karpenko, a Clare Hall residence assistant, was crowned Princess in absentia and Esmé Panarello, who had been crowned Junior Princess in 2017, was crowned Brescia Ball Queen. The crowning began a whole evening of celebrations; after dinner, attendees enjoyed taking photos at the photo booth, a candy bar, and dancing on the dance floor to the DJ, Osso Good. A raffle drawing gave prizes to two winners who had come to the event in masks, just two of the many attendees who celebrated the evening’s theme- a masquerade.

The masquerade was a huge success, but perhaps the more important theme of the weekend was Wine & Cheese’s, which focused on Brescia’s centennial. Both Brescia Ball and Wine & Cheese are a huge part of the Brescia tradition, and the support of Brescia’s alumni association makes them more wonderful each year. Celebrating the centennial during these two important nights helped to start out Brescia’s centennial year properly. Next weekend, the official start of the Centennial year will begin- on St. Angela Merici’s feast day, For a second week in a row, the community will come together to celebrate this banner year in Brescia’s history, and begin a full year of bold celebrations.



HBK Frost Week

Each year, Western celebrates frost week during the first week back to classes after winter break. Frost week is all about welcoming new students to university. For students arriving at school for the first time and beginning their classes in the winter semester, O week has passed by. However, frost week is filled with social events to introduce these students to university and get to know their community. HBK’s frost week in particular helps foster the sense of community, commitment, and engagement between Western’s affiliates.

The first HBK event of frost week was a karaoke night at Huron’s beaver dam. Huron’s karaoke nights are always a hit, and this one was no different. On January 7, students from Huron, Brescia, and King’s gathered at Huron’s popular lounge for an evening of singing and socializing. The proceeds from the event even went to a good cause, the HBK Relay for Life, which will be held later in the semester. Later in the week, Frost week wrapped up with another HBK event on January 10. HBK students gathered again at the beaver dam to begin the all-ages bar night. Everyone was welcome to get to know some friendly faces from all the affiliate campuses.

For some students, frost week is all about meeting new people, and for others it is about reuniting after a long winter break. All sorts of HBK students had fun during the week with old and new friends from different campuses. Huron, Brescia, and King’s have always had a special relationship as Western’s affiliates, so it is particularly fun when they celebrate together.

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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.

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!

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!

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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