Men’s Basketball Achievements recognized at Banquet

By Logan Hanson
Staff Writer

BasketballBenedictine University held a banquet for the achievements of the Benedictine Men’s basketball team in the Goodwin Auditorium on Saturday. The team, which appeared in the Division Iii National Championship, was recognized in front of faculty and staff.

The event started with a speech by the Voice of the Eagles, Bill Dorn, who listed the all of the accomplishments of the team which included having the nation’s best field goal percentage defensively, being the first NACC representative into the Division III Final Four, as well as having’s National Coach of the Year and National Player of the Year. Director of Athletics Mark McHorney was next to take the microphone as he discussed the various steps that the team took to make the season a memorable one.

President of Benedictine University Michael Brophy was in attendance and gave a speech about the team’s accomplishments and the affect that it had on the Benedictine community as a whole. McHorney and Brophy distributed the individual trophies to all the players for the season and their participation in the Division III playoffs.

In all, over 20 players received a trophy for their participation in the playoffs including six senior players. Individual accolades were then recognized as Benedictine presented national awards to players who had earned them.
Senior forward Tim Reamer was the first to receive an individual award as he was presented with the Elite 90 award. The Elite 90 award is presented to the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating the Division III National Semifinals. Reamer, who currently has a 3.88 GPA, is going for a degree in physical education.

“It feels really great,” said Reamer, “I’ve been working hard for four years here and you don’t typically get recognized for what you do in the classroom as a student so it’s very nice to get recognized for it especially at a national level.”

Another person receiving an individual award was Senior Forward Luke Johnson, who received’s National Player of the Year award. After receiving his award, Johnson gave a speech to the audience addressing the season.

“I just want to thank all of the fans and members of the Benedictine community for supporting us and making the season a truly special one,” said Johnson.

The last person to have the microphone was Head Coach Keith Bunkenburg, who received recognition for being named’s National Coach of the Year. Bunkenburg, who has been a member of the Benedictine community since he was a student in the 1980’s, read fan letters to the audience to truly reflect the impact the team had on people. After reading the final letter, an emotional Bunkenburg went on to thank all that were involved in the success of the team.

“It’s one of those things that I as a coach appreciate,” said Bunkenburg, “All of those people that have helped us get where we are, faculty, staff, our players and coaches it has been a truly great experience.”

It was a very unique event and many of the players had enjoyed the events. Although the team was thankful, they understood that this is just one step towards their ultimate goal.

“A lot of people showed up which is nice,” said Reamer, “We are still kind of focused on next season, working out, playing open gym and just really looking forward to next season.”

How to Make Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

By: Tatanisha Wooley


• ¼ cup unsalted butter
• 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast (1 packet)
• ¾ cup Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, warmed to 110 degrees F
• ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
• 3 cups bread flour
• 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
• Pinch of nutmeg
• Pinch of cloves
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 egg
• ½ cup pumpkin puree
• For filling:
• ¼ cup butter, softened
• 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons cinnamon
• Extra flour for dusting
• For the frosting:
• 4 oz light plain cream cheese
• 1/2 cup powdered sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 teaspoons unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk


1. Place butter in small sauce pan over medium high heat. Butter will begin to melt, foam, and crackle. Whisk continuously until butter begins to brown and smell similar to caramel. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool for a few minutes while you make the dough. If you aren’t sure how to brown butter, check out my step by step photo instructions here.

2. In bowl of an electric mixture, add warm milk, yeast, and 1/3 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. While the yeast is activating, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl.

3. Once the milk is a bit foamy from the yeast add in ½ of the flour mixture, along with the pumpkin puree, egg, and cooled brown butter; stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Then add in the rest of the flour and stir again until just combined. Place dough hook on your mixer and run on medium-low speed for about 8 minutes. Alternatively you can knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes.

4. Grease a large bowl with oil or cooking spray. Add dough and turn over, making sure to coat it all with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, then place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

5. In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients: ¼ cup softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Once dough is doubled in size, place onto a large surface dusted with flour. Punch dough down and roll into a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread butter and cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough leaving a ½ inch border. Beginning at the 15 inch side, roll up tightly and pinch edges together to seal. Using a serrated knife, gently cut into 12 slices.

6. Grease the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan or 8×11 with butter or cooking spray (don’t skimp). Place cinnamon roll slices in pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for 30-45 minutes or until dough doubles in size. At this point you can decide if you want to bake them now or later. If later, you can stick them in the refrigerator overnight (covered well). When you are ready to bake the rolls, simply take them out of the 30 minutes prior to baking and bring to room temperature.

7. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes. While cooling, make the frosting by combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Spread evenly over warm rolls. Enjoy!

If you want to make these ahead of time, make them up until the point that you would have them rise a second time. Stick unbaked rolls in the refrigerator overnight (covered well). When you are ready to bake the rolls, simply take them out of the 30 minutes prior to baking and bring to room temperature, then bake according to directions.

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Men’s Lacrosse Suffers Loss against Aurora

By: Logan Hanson

Benedictine men’s lacrosse team lost in a matchup against rival Aurora University 19-9 at the Lisle Sports Complex on last Wednesday night. The Eagles never lead during the game in which Aurora dominated offensively.

“It’s pretty hard to swallow especially cause we have been preparing for a couple weeks,” said head coach Guy Bourdon, “It’s just us being undisciplined and unfocused.”

The Eagles defense started off slowly during the rainy and wet game as they gave up two Aurora goals within a minute of each other in the middle of the first quarter. Sophomore Corbin Gett was the first to put Benedictine on the board when he put a nice shot past the Aurora goalie.

This was the closest margin for Benedictine as Aurora responded strongly with five straight goals to take a 6-1 lead halfway into the second quarter. A goal by Freshman Dell Hune broke the scoring streak and Sophomore David Blanco hit his 15 goal of the year to close the gap 6-3 with 4:20 left in the half. Aurora responded with two quick goals before halftime to take an 8-3 lead into the locker room.

The second half went the same way for the Eagles as Aurora extended their scoring streak to 6 taking a 12-5 lead with only a few minutes left in the quarter. Another Hunn score broke the Aurora run, but Aurora answered with four more goals outscoring the Eagles 8-3 in the third quarter to take hold of the game.

Hunn scored a goal midway through the fourth quarter was one of the high points for the Eagles as the Spartans took the win easily coasting to a 19-9 victory. Aurora outshot the Eagles 45-42 and won 19 faceoffs.

“I think we beat ourselves rather than Aurora beat us,” said sophomore Rich Mix, “There were times on the field when we forgot our game plan and that hurt us.”

The Eagles next game will be against Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) at the Lisle Sports Complex on April 30 at 1 p.m, before the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament (MLCT) begins in May.

Women’s Lacrosse Lose To Aurora

By: Elana Garay

Women’s lacrosse were defeated by Aurora University last Wednesday with the score of 13-10. Benedictine fell behind in the second half of the game while they triumphed in the first half.

“We fought hard but the pieces didn’t come together. It was disappointing but we just lost sight of the finish at some point in the second half”, said junior Becca Gullett.

Benedictine began strong by scoring the first two points in the first half. Freshman Ella Campbell scored the first point and senior Samantha Link scored the second goal. The opponent stroke back by scoring a point until Benedictine proceeded to score three consecutive points.

Gullett scored the sixth point for Benedictine and continued with scoring the final point made for Benedictine of the first half. The score finished with 8-5 for the first half.

Aurora scored five consecutive points at the start of the second half. Benedictine fell behind, but still fought back by scoring a two more points until the second half ended.

“It was a very emotional game, we started off really strong with confidence but they started playing stronger and we just started to fall to them. We put up a fight to bring it back but just couldn’t get it in tie. Playing Aurora is always fun because of the rivalry”, said Link.

Benedictine’s women’s lacrosse have won four and lost three times so far during the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC). Women’s lacrosse face off Illinois Institute of Technology at the Lisle Sports Complex on April 27 at 7 p.m for the next MWLC. Then, before the tournament in May women’s lacrosse play against Concordia University Chicago off campus on April 30 at 4 p.m.

86,400 Seconds in a Day

By: Brandon Nguyen

Several calculus assignments are due Monday, a chemistry and biology exam is set for Tuesday, and to top off the week an argumentative essay is due Friday. Finals are around the corner and if you haven’t already hit the wall of anxiety you’ll eventually feel the surge of stress creeping up on you. The most important step to preparing and tackling a dramatic finals week is to execute your plans, namely, avoid procrastination. Every so often, however, students are vigorously tapping away on social media instead of marking calendars, making notes, and planning next week’s schedule. Consider time through a different perspective. Instead of looking at time as minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, or even weeks in a month, students should monitor time as seconds in a day. There are approximately 86,400 seconds in a day. Time doesn’t earn interest. Use it or lose it. So why waste time when it doesn’t carry over to the next day? Tally up the seconds you waste fiddling through viral YouTube videos or Facebook pictures in one day, and you’d be surprised as to how much time is lost. The workload will be heavier and it will make an impression on you if you drag your feet.

Adopt productive behaviors such as making a “To-Do” list. Keeping a task-list is an instantaneous stress avoiding measure that manages time and keeps life organized. When we know what to do and when to do something, we are less likely to conveniently forget. Start the most daunting tasks first. Doing so, we are driven to keep working and sometimes we will find ourselves with the finished product that created the most stress. An easy and resourceful way to completing large projects is to break them up into little steps. Divide the lengthy tasks into shorter manageable tasks. Then reward yourself after completion. This eliminates the crammed study session the night before and the risk of needing to pull an all nighter. The workload will be less taxing and more approachable when you study little by little each night a few days prior to exam day.

We only get 84,600 seconds in a day. Saving a few puts valued minutes and hours back into our life. Beating the clock can and will back stress and turn away depression. The perks of being proactive and tackling your assignments allows students to utilize their free time and engage themselves in other leisure and social activities. Organization also leads to peace of mind and confidence. When you’re free of clutter there is a state of serenity. When students stay organized and steer clear of disorganization, they will feel calmer and continue driving to the finish line. Moreover, adopting efficient behaviors not only reduces stress, but also prepares you for the working world. Organized and more efficient workers have more successful, fulfilled careers. Imagine showing up late to an important meeting and failing to prepare. The frustration will unravel when you struggle to find crucial documents and files, and the disappointment on your boss’s face will provoke you with dismay. These a just a few embarrassments that working adults face when disorganization meets reality.

College is like an unopened book; you never know what to expect until you immerse yourself in it. Students can be captured by vampires of laziness and procrastination which are the epitome of disorganization. Conversely, students could also be engaged in reading, writing, studying, and even socializing when students learn to create a schedule that establishes priorities. In doing so, students will limit the overwhelming fear of stress from being disorganized and procrastinating. The awe-inspiring benefit of being organized and prioritizing will not only reduce heavy-heartedness in college students, but also empower the strength and self-discipline to keep moving forward to achieve their goals. The law of physics states that inertia allows a body in motion to stay in motion unless enacted upon by another force. As a college student, you must ask yourself, “Where is inertia drawing me? Am I falling into stress-induced depression or well organized and confident happiness?” Everybody has a budget of 86,400 seconds to win the latter. Take that bargain and lose no time by starting now.

Summer Adventures

By: Katie Knudtson

With the weather getting warmer our thoughts start turning to the upcoming and long-awaited season: summer. We’ve been working hard throughout the year writing papers, making and practicing presentations, and all around trying to decide what to do with the rest of our lives. With only a few weeks left however, we start worrying less about what to do with our lives and more with what we’re going to do this summer.

Yes, some of us will be working, have summer school, internships, or any of a dozen other things on our to-do list. But who says we can’t have a little fun too? It’s called summer vacation for a reason.

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with yourselves then here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Out of State Excursions

The ideal get away is always somewhere far away from where we are—a weekend in a city in one of the great 50 states of America. Trip Advisor has a list of the Top 25 Destinations in the United States including New York City (pictured right), Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans, Miami, Boston, Savannah, or Nashville ( ). They all have their own charms. Traveling Teams suggests a few Best Summer Vacation Spots of 2016 including Mackinac Island in Michigan where you can actually go horseback riding and of course get the famous fudge that’s named after it. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is always a fun place with camping, fishing, hunting, and enjoying nature. Marco Island (picture left) if you’re craving that fun in the sun. (I personally suggest Shell Island—you can find the coolest shells there). (

2. Road trip

Just get some friends together, hop in the car, and go on an adventure. I’m just kidding—you might need a little more planning than that. However, a road trip is a time honored tradition. Seeing the sights, finding the hidden jewels of small towns and roadside restaurants, and enjoying the great land we live on. There’s so many different places to go and now with our technology you don’t have to worry about following the wrong line on a piece of paper. Unless of course you want to get lost—sometimes that makes the best adventures.

If you want to take that trip but don’t know where to start, Outside Online has 10 All-American Summer Road Trips that you can use. Including—but certainly not limited to—the Southern Colorado Loop (left), The Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah, and Duluth, Minnesota to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan. ( But that’s not all you can do. It’s a road trip. You can go anywhere you want. Chicago to Milwaukee to Indianapolis to wherever your heart takes you. A great website to help plan it out is

3. Day in Chicago

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home and maybe just smidgen less expensive, how about spending the day in the Windy City? Take the train down. The Lincoln Park Zoo has free admittance. The Museum of Science and Industry is always changing, showcasing over 800 displays. The light/motion activated floor piano is always my favorite. Check out the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, or the Willis Tower (pronounced Sears Tower). Take a walk along the Chicago River. Or if you’re feeling adventurous Kayak down it. If you don’t want to spend too much money you can always walk around Millennium Park, check out the bean, walk down Michigan Avenue, or at Navy Pier, and of course swim in Lake Michigan (Beach Day!).

4. The Illinois Adventure

If you want to stay around Illinois but still want to go out on an adventure there is still plenty to do. We may be known for Chicago but we still have a few surprises. On Enjoy Illinois there were 10,866 items on this website alone. From Starved Rock State Park in Utica, the Garden of the Gods in Karbers Ridge (pictured left), Shawnee National Forest, the KeyLime Cove waterpark, Six Flags Great America, Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site in Springfield, and so many more! ( ).

So if you’re looking for an escape this summer try one of these ideas. I personally have been dying to take a road trip somewhere. Just a few more weeks and we’ll be there. Until then, keep studying, keep working hard, and just remember: summer is just around the corner!! Be strong!

Sophie’s Last Semester

A farewell to our four-legged friend


by Marissa Perez

She can be seen all throughout campus. People here on campus know her and her playful ways. She is known to bring you her favorite tennis ball. She is always wagging her tail and bringing smiles to passing faces.
Benedictine University is sad to announce that Sophie, the campus police dog, will be retiring with her partner, Officer John Rogacki.

“[Retirement] is a better stage of my life, but also bitter-sweet. I think I’ll enjoy it but I’ll miss it here, I know she’ll miss it here. I think a lot of the kids will miss her too” comments officer Rogacki.
To any visitor, she may be a campus police dog, but to the Benedictine community, she is much more than this.

Most of the Benedictine community would agree that Sophie is a friendly face that is always happy to be here. Her happy demeanor and passion for people brought a greater sense of home and joy to the Lisle campus.

“We started here in 2010, when she was nine weeks old. She’s been here for six years but unfortunately I have been and I’m older. I have been in law enforcement for 34 year,” said Rogacki. “We are moving to North Carolina, probably in August or September. We will be living in the Founder’s Woods Apartments over the summer, if anyone would like to come visit her.”

Officer Rogacki shared many stories about how Sophie has touched the hearts of faculty and staff here on campus. One story in particular that stood out to him occurred this past school year.
A mother called Rogacki this semester thanking me and the Benedictine Police Department for letting her daughter play with Sophie. Playing with Sophie had really eased the mind of this student who was struggling with depression.

“Sophie knows what dorm she lives in and will run up to her door and start scratching at it,” said Rogacki.
Although Sophie is known for her PR work, she will also be remembered for her contributions to law enforcement. She helped out with the narcotics control here on campus making about 15 arrests a semester.

“She made a lot of arrests. In the last couple of years I’ve seen a big drop of narcotics on campus. So besides public relations, she has served a really good purpose here… I would like to come back, if the administration wants it, for a week or two per semester. I hope we can work something out,” stated Rogacki.

To Officer Rogacki, we thank you for your 34 years of devotion to law enforcement and we wish you and your family the best in North Carolina. We hope you enjoy your retirement and you will be greatly missed!

And to Sophie, our four-legged friend, we will miss you! We hope that you enjoy your new home and hope that you can come back to visit us soon to play fetch and bring a smile to our faces! You and your partner will certainly never be forgotten.