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Benedictine Names New Provost

22 Feb

Michelle Reilly

News Editor

James E. Payne

James E. Payne. Photo credit to

Benedictine University has officially hired a new provost. James E. Payne, Ph.D, has landed the job as the next chief academic officer and will take over for Maria J. de la Camara, who has been serving as the interim provost for the past three years. Camara, also the Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced her retirement last year.

Payne is currently serving as the dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, and has over 28 years of experience in college level education. Part of that higher education includes a previous job as a provost at the University of New Orleans. With all of this experience and knowledge to offer the campus, Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., could not be more thrilled for Payne to start.

“The reason why he is a great addition at this point in time is that he’s been a provost before so he has that experience. Number Two-His strength academically, is in the business area, and with the addition of Goodwin Hall, the university would like the business programs to have a higher profile regionally and nationally. So, having a provost who is strong in the business area really helps us a lot,” stated University President Brophy.

Aside from his impressive administrative experience, Payne has also continued to be a scholar. He actively serves on several editorial boards, as well as a journal editor. He was names a 2000 Fulbright research scholar and 2007 Fulbright senior specialist to the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia. His background in education started at Berea College in Kentucky where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Following graduation, he went on to grad school and earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University.

Payne has lived in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and most recently Georgia. Now, he will relocate once again, to Illinois this time. This will be the first time in a while that he will have a true winter, and on top of that a Chicago winter. That being said, this new position has to mean a lot to him and he did speak a little bit about his decision to take this all on.

“First, my value system aligns with the mission and values of Benedictine University. Second, the dedicated faculty and staff clearly understand the student-centered focus of a Benedictine education. Third, on a more personal note, the location enables me to be closer to family. Fourth, I actually miss the seasons, though I am sure some will remind me of the warmer weather I left behind when winter approaches,” Payne explained.

When asked what excited him most about this opportunity, he had a lot to say.

“My excitement about Benedictine rests the university’s student-centered focus that embraces a value system that aligns with my own values.  As such, Benedictine not only provides a transformative educational experience that prepares students for success in their chosen career, but to also make a difference in the lives of others.  During the course of my interviews for the Provost position, I sensed the Benedictine community understood the importance of educating the whole person which confirmed my initial impressions.  I am really looking forward to settling in and begin meeting with the faculty, staff, and students,” stated Payne.

For those who are unaware of what the provost position is, it is really the Chief Academic Officer, essentially. Their job is second in command to the president of the university, so you could say they are the vice president of the university. If Dr. Brophy were to be gone for a day, this person would be the one in charge.

“They are the leader of the faculty when all is said and done and when I am not here, they are in charge. So they are the number two at the university,” explained Dr. Brophy. The university president also went on to share his predictions on Payne. “He will be a future president someday, somewhere, if it’s not here.”

Payne is finishing his time as dean down at Georgia College and will start as our provost on May 1st.

Amazing products to try in 2017

22 Feb

Jacqueline Gorr

Scene Editor

Becca First Light Priming Filter

This purple primer brightens, evens out imperfections, and makes your complexion look amazing. You can wear it without any foundation because your skin will be glowing. Since it’s a primer, it will prolong the wear of  makeup on top.


Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

The oil-free cream does its job, concealing a multitude of complexion flaws, then goes above and beyond its daily duties. Skin-smoothing peptides minimize the look of fine lines, while spherical powders blur away imperfections. Not to mention that this overachiever is also available in an impressive array of 16 shades.



Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

This lipstick is waterproof, transfer-proof, ridiculously long-lasting formula. With an extra-long, angled applicator, it’s super easy to both line and fill in lips with the saturated pigment. Just let it dry completely, and that color won’t go anywhere. It will stay on for hours but will come off if you eat. This comes in 30 shades in both metallic and matte finishes.


Two Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

This palette includes 18 eyeshadows inspired by peaches. There are winners and losers in the palette; most of the mattes were soft enough that they kicked up a lot of excess and sheered out on the lid, while the more matte shades with sparkle didn’t have much sparkle translate.  If you use primer and don’t already have a slew of go-to warm neutrals to go to, you might consider this palette. It has a sweet, peachy scent that you can smell with the palette closed, but you don’t notice any lingering scent when the eyeshadows are applied.


  Lancôme La Rose a Poudrer

The highlighter is a super soft and delicate faux rose with illuminating powder-infused petals sits inside a ’50s-style hat box.  The shape of the rose doesn’t fade away with use. Instead, the rose stays completely intact, no matter how many times you dip your blush brush into it.   To use the rose-shaped highlighter, all you have to do is swirl your brush atop the petals in a circular motion, which coats the bristles in just the right amount of the finely milled powder. Then, you brush it on your face as you would with any other highlighter.


Benedictine University at Mesa Opens First Residence Hall

22 Feb

By: Michelle Reilly

News Editor

On Tuesday, February 7, the Mesa campus turned a former hotel into its first residence hall. The Alhambra Hotel is located at 43 S. MacDonald Street in Arizona according to a press release from the university.

“We took a beautiful landmark that is at the heart of downtown Mesa and made a great thing happen,” said university Presi
dent Michael S. Brophy according to the release.


Photos from Mercy Robb Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

The renovation project cost $3.3 million and turned what was once a transient hotel into single- and double-room suites. The building comes with study areas, lounges, a café, kitchens, laundry and exercise rooms, an outdoor commons area, patio space and parking. The new facility can house up to 53 students, but with a second phase buildout, it will house roughly 10 more students. Nearly 100 people attended the dedication and ribbon-cutting, including students, faculty, staff, city officials, property developers and members of the general public.

“You can tell this is not a typical institution of higher education,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, according to the release. “Benedictine is very special.  What a great addition to downtown Mesa. To have 24/7, these vibrant, great students who are going to be a part of this neighborhood, who are going to keep businesses alive and attract a lot of exciting activity to the downtown area … this is the start of a very healthy community housing development in our downtown. That’s worthy of our celebration.”

The building first opened in 1894 as the Pioneer Hotel. It was then named the Alhambra and was one of the most popular places to stay, it was devastated by a fire in 1921. Although it did endure the test of time, the hotel fell into neglect and eventually served as a transitional-living facility and residential hotel.

“If you know anything about Benedictine, history is important to us,” said Charlie Gregory, campus executive officer at BenU at Mesa, according to the press release. “Community is everything, and we are proud to be a part of this community.”

The project all began back in August when a Phoenix-based developer, Venue Projects, and California-based Community Development Partners, bought the building for $1 million. The teams then reached out to Benedictine at Mesa because they knew they were in need of a residential facility for students. They then both came to an agreement and leased the property to BU at Mesa. Some students were in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony and could hardly contain their excitement.

“The facility is amazing,” said Ana Gonzalez, a junior Management and Organizational Behavior major, in a statement to the university. “I couldn’t ask for more. Everything is new. Students love the fact we are in Mesa, and that we are so close to school and all of the restaurants and businesses. We are really thankful that they chose this location,” she continued. Gonzalez, a Queen Creek, Arizona native, was named the first official resident assistant for Alhambra Residence Hall.


Photos from Mercy Robb Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Before the new residential building opened its doors, student housing was available through an agreement with the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. The new residence hall is located near the Mesa Arts Center, which is only a mile away from the main campus building at 225 E. Main St.






Valentine’s Day Photo Booth

22 Feb

Lina Zhu

Staff Writer


Photo credit to Lina Zhu

As Valentine’s Day came upon us, Benedictine University Photography Club held a photo booth in Kindlon on Tuesday, February 14. Participants could take three photos with a charge of $1 with Valentine’s Day props and a themed background.

“It is a fun way for people to get involved in different holidays,” said student, Emily Neis, who saw this event from the Facebook page, and then just decided to bring a group of friends to join in. “Everything about it was fun. They had props for us to use and a nice background. It was very nice,”Neis described.

The event went very well. Students posed for the camera with different positions, enjoying a relaxing moment during a rigorous school day.

“I like to take photos. I take a lot of selfies. I enjoy looking at myself,” said fellow student, Jahaven Haye. Haye took a group picture with his friends, saying it was a day their single friends hang out together.

The photos will go the Photography Club’s Facebook account, and students can download their photos from the album.


Students pose for pictures in Kindlon. Photo credit to Lina Zhu

“We decided to do this event to bring the idea of photography to the students,” explained Brittney Ballard, the secretary of the Photography Club.

“A lot of people take pictures off-camera or selfies on Snapchat, and we wanted to bring that to a live event. We hope students can get the idea that photography is fun,” stated Ballard.

Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity for running an event, as more students are willing to interact and spend their money during the holiday time. Benedictine Photography Club is planning to organize more events in the future, hoping to let students know more about the club, discover the beauty in our life, and enjoy the fun of photography.



Ben 10: Men’s Basketball Finishes Regular Season on Ten-Game Win Streak

22 Feb

Logan Hanson

Sports Editor

The Eagles break the huddle during a timeout in their win over Lakeland College Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Lina Zhu

The Eagles break the huddle during a timeout in their win over Lakeland College Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Lina Zhu

The Eagles break the huddle during a timeout in their win over Lakeland College Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Lina Zhu

The Benedictine Men’s Basketball team finished off the regular season with a win over NACC opponent Lakeland College 78-67 Saturday afternoon at the Rice Center. The win marked a tenth straight for the Eagles as they head into NACC tournament play on Saturday.

“Pretty awesome this senior group has been phenomenal,” said Head Coach Keith Bunkenburg, “Three conference championships in a row is a huge accomplishment so we are really lucky to have these guys.”

The Eagles, coming off a full week of rest, were sluggish at the start of the game. Despite scoring the first four points, the Eagles found themselves down early after a 9-0 run gave Lakeland an 18-10 lead with 10:36 left in the half. Shots finally began to fall for the Eagles as a 17-2 run gave them a 27-20 advantage off of four three pointers from Junior Guard Brayden Olsen. A 9-0 run by the Eagles gave them a double digit lead with 1:58 left in the half. The half ended on a buzzer beating three pointer by Senior Guard Tahron Harvey and gave the Eagles a 41-32 lead going into the half.

The Eagles started the second half as hot as they ended the first half going on a 7-0 run in the opening minutes and giving them a 52-34 lead, the largest of the game. The Eagles could not finish off Lakeland though as the Muskies pulled within nine points with just over five minutes left in the game. Four straight points by the Eagles gave the team enough separation to close it out and gave the Eagles the 78-67 win.

“We have a great group of seniors. A great team all around,” said Senior Forward Matt Chaltin, “It’s a lot of fun being around these guys and we’re glad to get this win on Senior Night.”

The Eagles will face the winner of the Wisconsin Lutheran-MSOE game in the semifinal round of the NACC Conference Tournament Friday night at the Rice Center.


Jimmy Butler and the Bulls

22 Feb

Daniel Dalenberg

Sports Writer

Chicago Bulls Shooting Guard Jimmy Butler smiles during game against the Detroit Pistons. Photo Credit:

Chicago Bulls Shooting Guard Jimmy Butler smiles during game against the Detroit Pistons. Photo Credit:

Coming off his third straight appearance in the All-Star game, Chicago Bulls star Shooting Guard Jimmy Butler’s future as a Bull remains in question.  Butler had an incredible first half to the 2016-2017 season. According to ESPN, Butler averaged 24.5 points, five assists and 6.3 rebounds a game, all career highs. Despite Butler’s performance, the Bulls had an underwhelming first half to the season, going 28-29. If the season ended today, the Bulls would barely squeak into the playoffs. So, with a middling NBA team, the Bulls can trade Butler beginning a rebuild or try to build around him.

Today’s NBA landscape is a grave one for those not named the Warriors or Cavaliers. While there are other teams playing at a high level, a Warriors versus Cavs Finals rematch seems imminent, unless a significant move is made. Since it does not seem the Bulls will be in position to contend for a championship in the near future, unloading Butler makes sense. Luckily for the Bulls, there is a team that is the perfect suitor for Butler.

The Boston Celtics are currently the second best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Cavaliers. The Celtics finished the first half of the season with a 37-20 record, only three games behind the Cavs. The Celtics have a solid core led by budding star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas and veteran Center Al Horford. The Celtics are a deep team with an elite coach, but many believe they are one star away from being a serious threat to Lebron and the Cavs. The Celtics should look no further than Jimmy Butler. The Celtics are equipped with tools to pull off a trade for Butler as well, which include a bevy of draft picks and young talent.

The Celtics and Bulls are no stranger to trade talks that include Butler. Last summer prior to the NBA draft, many NBA beat reporters believed that the Bulls and Celtics may strike a deal that would send Butler to the Celtics. Whatever talks were reported, fell through. Many believed that the Bulls did not think the Celtics offered enough for Butler and that his stock would continue to rise this season. The Bulls were right, as Butler has continued his ascension to NBA superstardom.

In recent days, reports have again risen that there have been talks between the Bulls and Celtics regarding Butler.  But, will it actually happen? During the “Gar and Pax” front office era, the Bulls have been a total stranger to making significant moves at the trade deadline. Along with their ineptitude to pull the trigger on big moves, the Bulls seem to be a team more concerned about selling tickets than winning championships. During the offseason, the Bulls signed Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, two former stars past their prime. While the signings were “cool,” they have only furthered the Bulls from contending in the future.

Unloading a fan favorite in Butler would not be easy, but it could be the fastest path to a championship. As long as the Warriors big four is intact, and Lebron James is in the NBA, the Bulls will not be able to contend for a championship. So, why not prepare for the future by getting younger and stock piling draft picks?




Rick and Morty Fans: Where is Season 3?

22 Feb

Claudia Rojas

Staff Writer

The popular TV show, Rick and Morty, is making its fans anxiously wait for Season 3 to premiere, and the creators of the show have yet to announce the release date for the new season.

Rick and Morty is about an alcoholic, careless, yet genius scientist and his simple-minded yet prudish grandson who explore infinite universes, causing mayhem and drawing trouble wherever they go. The show premiered its first episode in December 2013, drawing attention from all over and instantly becoming a cult-favorite with audiences.

The show then premiered its second season in July 2015 continuing the streak of its creative and unique comedy and keeping their fans coming back for more.

Season 3 was scheduled to release in 2016 but was pushed back to a tentative 2017 release date until recently according to Screen Rant. Co-creator of Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon, has taken the blame for the delay of Season 3 stating that the fans may have to wait a bit longer to see Season 3 on screen because of him.

Harmon stated at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival that it is taking longer than expected to write the script for Season 3 and he is not sure why. He also stated that he does not have a definitive release date for the new season.

Harmon and co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland, want to make sure that they come back in Season 3 even better than before.

According to iTech Post, the animation team is currently in “deep production” meaning fans will have to be patient until they finish the season.

However, there is still good news for Rick and Morty fans! Owlchemy Labs has developed a Rick and Morty virtual reality game, Virtual Rick-ality, that will be revealed at PAX East 2017, a gaming festival that is taking place in Boston in March 2017 according to Inquisitr.

It is still unclear what the game is about, however, KitGuru suggests that with the help of Rick’s portal gun, the player could travel to new worlds and different dimensions within the game and the player may also see familiar items from the show including, “…a plumbus, an image of a Mr. Meeseeks turned into a ‘Youseeks ball,’ Rick’s hip flask and a box of ‘time travel stuff,’ among others.”

The creators of Rick and Morty hope that this virtual reality game will hold over their fans until Season 3 comes out.

Even with the virtual reality game coming out this year, the fans of Rick and Morty still hope to see Season 3 very soon.