Game of Thrones Season 7 is ON FIRE!

15 Mar

Claudia Rojas

Staff Writer

The new season of Game of Thrones is heating up as the show has finally announced its release date for Season 7 in the most interesting and interactive way.

The official Facebook page for HBO’s show, Game of Thrones, revealed its release date using fire, ice and Facebook Live. It took the show three separate Facebook streams to finally melt all of the ice away.

The release date was sitting in a block of ice and would only be melted when people commented, “fire” to shoot one flame at the ice block and “DRACARYS” to shoot two flames. According to Metro, more than 130,000 people tuned in to the show’s live stream to watch the ice melt.

About an hour later, the release date was finally revealed to be July 16, 2017. Many people made fun of themselves for literally watching ice melt for over an hour, but said they wouldn’t do that for any other show.

However, most fans of the show will be able to finish the new season in less than a day as Season 7 will only be 7 episodes compared to its usual 10 episodes per season, according to CNN Entertainment.

The world is waiting patiently for Season 7 to premiere and many will be excited to see singer, Ed Sheeran, make a guest appearance on Game of Thrones.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the writers and producers for the show, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, “…were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie and this year we finally did it,” Benioff said.

The showrunners would not discuss any more details about Sheeran’s appearance, but Season 7 is set to be a great season.

Click here to watch the reveal of the premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 7!


Tuition Increasing for 2017-2018 School Year

8 Mar

Michelle Reilly

News Editor

The cost of tuition for the 2017-2018 school year was approved by the Benedictine University Board of Trustees and with this approval, students will see about a 5.5% increase in the cost of tuition. Cost of attendance for this past school year was $32,170 and next year it will increase to $33,900, according to the Benedictine website. Tuition isn’t the only thing going up either, room and board is as well.

The cost to live in residence halls will also be increasing 5% in Jaeger, Ondrak, Neuzil and Founders Woods apartments, according to the website. Jaegar, for example, will go from $3,015 to $3,165 a year. Meal plans are also among those prices changing.

This year meal plans for residence hall students were $1,450 per semester, which included the options of either 165 meals and $150 Munch Money or 145 meals plus $250 Munch Money. According to the Benedictine website, this coming school year the price could be anywhere from $1,525-$1,735 per semester. There is a range in the actual price for meal plans because of the different plans that were added. If you want an unlimited meal plan with $50 munch money, it will cost you $1,735. There are a couple other different options in the middle range of price, and then the lowest breakdown is 5 meals per week plus $850 Munch Money meal plan that rounds out to $1,525.

“University leadership reviewed all available data regarding the students we serve throughout the BenU community,” said Mercy Robb, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. “Increased tuition and fees enable the University to reinvest in key areas. As a result, tuition increases in 17-18 will help support these major initiatives: increasing the number of full-time faculty over the next five years, increasing student scholarship funds, continuing improvement of technology and facilities at all sites.”

The news of the increase in cost of attendance has definitely had an impact on some students on campus.

“As a student, I feel like the tuition going up is something that makes me cringe, but that’s the aspect of education which we have to deal with. I think I will be able to afford it with loans, but it’s going to be hard. I plan on paying the difference with my loans that I’ll eventually have to pay off. It’s already hard to pay tuition now, but it’s going to be harder next semester,” said senior Christina Alfaro.

If you want to know more information about the changes ahead for next year you can visit


BenOfficial Announcement from Chief of Police to Students

8 Mar

Michelle Reilly

News Editor

The following contains information obtained directly from the university’s police department.

Campus police has informed The Candor that students should be careful when participating in any BenOfficial festivities this weekend. For those unaware, BenOfficial is an annual event in which students spend the day partying in honor of St. Patrick’s Day the Saturday before Spring Break. This year has a few changes than in years’ past. Chief Ferguson has informed The Candor that there will be extra officers on duty and that if cited with a ticket of any kind, the fines are doubled. Not only are they doubled, but there will also be NO CHANCE FOR APPEAL. 

Know Thy Neighbor: Muslim Student Association Creates Space for Interfaith Dialogue

8 Mar

Nabiha Asim

Staff Writer

An interfaith dialogue, organized by the Muslim Student Association as a part of Islam Awareness Week, held in Goodwin 411 Monday, February 27 was joined by a Muslim, a Catholic, an Atheist and a Hindu to explore to the common principle of what it means to know your neighbor.

Throughout the dialogue, topics such as unity, diversity, giving voice to the voiceless and making change happen were discussed.  Also, while discussing some of the chaos that has happened, the panelists noted that in the midst of it all, there is a surge of good bringing people together.

Panelist, Anne Marie Smith, said she keeps a countdown to the next election date on her phone to help her feel better and to remind her to not wait for the administration to change, but to work together to bring the change.

“Good things are happening from this awfulness and the only constant is change and although this may seem awful, change will happen again, guaranteed,” said Smith.

To forward that change, Carrie Roberts from the campus ministry, following the Catholic Social Teaching Principle, which guides Catholics on how to live their lives and interact with their neighbors, said she reflects on the term ‘solidarity.’

“For me as a Catholic, what it means to me to live out my faith is to be encountering my neighbor as Jesus calls me to encounter my neighbor with love and mercy. Solidarity is essentially from the tradition that I’m speaking from is that my joys become my neighbor’s joys, and my neighbor’s joys become my joys, and my neighbors sorrows are my sorrows, and my sorrows are my neighbor’s sorrows. So I love this conversation that we’re having right now because every single piece of it is calling me to be in solidarity with my neighbor; with my neighbors that are experiencing discrimination, with my neighbors who are going to the airport to be in solidarity too. So I need to reflect on myself personally, what ways I am spiritually being in solidarity with my neighbor too,” stated Roberts.

Just as knowing your neighbor is a vital component of Catholicism, according to Roberts, the dialogue was a way for the Muslim Student Association to show the worth of a neighbor in Islam as well says MSA secretary, Maimoona Fatima. For Fatima, this principle exceeds to a personal level.

“There’s a hadith about how the neighbor has a right on you, and that’s from the Prophet Mohammad (saw). If your neighbor is in trouble, you go and try to help them, if you see them in distress, you see if they are okay… One time my grandma had to be taken in the ambulance and what I  saw was neighbors that weren’t Muslims were came and knocked on our door and asked if we were ok and needed help or if we needed money. And the next thing you know, same thing happened to our neighbor and our instant reaction was to go make sure they’re ok …Neighbors are your extended family,” stated Fatima.


Vice President of MSA, Abdul Rahman Damra, brought up a point that since President Trump got elected, there has been an increase in hate crimes and discrimination against minorities in America, but despite the ongoing hatred, the panelists spoke of hope and events that demonstrate love and support for one another.

Panelist, Imam Abdullah Madyun, said people have been conditioned to want to defeat one another and this ideology has created xenophobia. While reading a verse from the Qur’an, Madyun’s answer to countering xenophobia and hatred is by recognizing the faults of Americans as a whole and understanding and appreciating each other’s differences.

“I’m not supposed to look at you and see the extraordinary, phenomenal difference, and say that’s a problem…We’re supposed to be intrigued by difference. But, there is this evil force that seams this type of phobia, so now when I look at you, you’re white, I’m black and think that’s a problem. And there’s evil people and continuously nurture and reiterate this. We fall for this exploitation…We have a responsibility to be a vicegerent on earth. We’re not supposed to be at war with each other, we’re supposed to be taking care of things and making sure things are well…for the future,” said Madyun.




Men’s Lacrosse Wins Second Straight

8 Mar

Logan Hanson

Sports Editor

The Eagles Men’s Lacrosse team huddle up before their game against Kalamazoo College. Photo Credit:

The Benedictine Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Kalamazoo College 14-4 on Saturday afternoon in the Lisle Sports Complex. The win marks the team’s second straight victory after starting the season with two straight losses.

The Eagles started the game well scoring first on a shot by Junior Attack David Blanco less than three minutes into the game. The Eagles maintained their fast pace with another scored goal just 30 seconds later, this time by Junior Attack Corbin Gett. but he was not done yet. After a goal by Kalamazoo made the game 2-1, Gett scored back to back goals to extend the Eagles lead to 4-1.

The two goals were the first of nine straight for the Eagles, a streak that spanned the first two quarters. The Eagles scored another goal to end the first quarter with a 5-1 lead. The second quarter went just as well for the Eagles as they scored six goals to push their lead to 11-1 at the half. The second half saw the teams play at a more even level as both sides scored three a piece during the half.

“It was a great team win,” said Junior Long Stick Midfielder Rich Mix. “We’ve struggled this year playing all 60 minutes of the game with high energy, so it was good to see everyone excited and focused the whole game.”

The Eagles will travel for the first time this season for their next match when they travel to Augustana College on Wednesday.


March Madness: Why You Should Make a Bracket

8 Mar

Daniel Dalenberg

Staff Writer

Every March, millions of people fill out a March Madness bracket.  March Madness, another name for the NCAA Division I Men’s bask

Villanova Guard shoots over North Carolina defender in last year’s Final Four matchup. Photo Credit:

etball national championship tournament, has become one of America’s most popular sporting events and for good reason, as March Madness always finds a way to be incredibly dramatic.  Upsets, buzzer beaters, big name matchups and seemingly endless great games… March Madness has it all.  With conference championship week going on, and Selection Sunday on March 12th, there is no better time to set your sights on March Madness.

But, before you are convinced that you should join the fun of March Madness, there’s some things you need to know:

  • March Madness is a 68 team, single elimination tournament
  • “Selection Sunday” is the Sunday every year following the conclusion of conference tournaments that the bracket is finalized by the selection committee and revealed to the public
  • The bracket is broken up into four regions, each with one through 16 seeds. One being the best seed.
  • All Division I conference tournament champions receive automatic bids to the tournament. This gives small conference schools a chance to compete with “Power 5 conferences.”
  • The chances of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion
  • A “busted” bracket is when many of the teams someone picked to go far have already lost, making it difficult to gain more points.
  • First round games picked correctly get you ten points, second round gets you 20… and so on. Every round’s total points adds up to 320.  (Picking the correct national champion is worth 320)
  • A 16 seed has never upset a one seed in the first round of the tournament

If you aren’t convinced yet…here are the reasons you should fill out a bracket.

  1. It gives you rooting interests: If you love sports you can watch whether your team is playing or not, but isn’t it a lot more fun when your team is playing?  Well, when you fill out a bracket you have a rooting interest in almost every single game!
  2. Compete with your friends: One of the best parts of March Madness is trying to have a better bracket than your friends.  Get a group of friends and make a group.  Determine some sort of prize for the winner and sit back and see whose bracket reigns supreme.
  3. It is unpredictable: Every year, crazy things happen that no one expects. Last year, 15 seed Middle Tennessee State beat a red hot two seed, Michigan State.  While it may upset your bracket as well, it’s always fun watching a David beat a Goliath.
  4. You don’t have to know much about college basketball: While obviously watching games prior to the NCAA tournament would give you a more educated lens through which you make your picks, it doesn’t matter in the end. Picking a bracket is mostly luck. Every year, random people beat college basketball experts. People who haven’t watched a game all year beat those who are huge fans. Just because you don’t know the teams, doesn’t mean you won’t beat someone who does.
  5. It is free: This statement speaks for itself.

Be a part of it.  Make a bracket.  It may turn into something you look forward to every year.

PETA vs. Warhammer 40K

8 Mar

Claudia Rojas

Staff Writer

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are speaking out about the table-top miniature wargame, Warhammer 40,000, and their use of what appears to be fur on their figurines and people are outraged.

According to their website, PETA is an organization dedicated to protecting animal rights, with more than 5 million supporters. They focus their attention in four main areas that animals suffer in the most: the clothing trade, food industry, entertainment industry, and in laboratories.

Warhammer 40K is a miniature fantasy wargame that has been entertaining people of all ages for more than 30 years. The wargame is set approximately 40,000 years into the future and gives its players a chance to command armies in close combats with savage enemies, collect plastic figurines with different abilities to use on the battlefield, and immerse themselves into a creative history of Warhammer characters.

Warhammer 40K is a hobby for anyone who enjoys strategic wargames, collecting models, and or learning the creative, extensive history of the game’s universe.

Recently, PETA has expressed their dissatisfaction with Warhammer 40K publisher, Games Workshop, asking them to make their figurines fur-free.

PETA wrote to Games Workshop, “…draping them in what looks to be a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000.” according to Develop.

Though this seems to be a major concern for PETA, the players of Warhammer 40K do not agree with PETA’s stance on this issue and are protesting PETA’s request.

The wargame’s players are bashing the organization, asking if PETA’s request was a joke. In fact, they were correct. PETA seems to have indicated that their request to Games Workshop was a publicity stunt, boasting about how many people have visited their website because of their request.

Dan Howe, PETA UK’s digital marketing manager, wrote on PETA UK’s website, “We’re laughing, too! For the cost of a postage stamp, our website has received record traffic – and the people who were prompted to visit our site by this story can’t have missed the prominently featured eyewitness footage showing that animals in real life are electrocuted, drowned, and sometimes even skinned alive for their fur.”

PETA wrote their letter to Games Workshop to lure people to their website so they could make them aware of the animal abuse going on around the world.

Though PETA’s fake request fooled the fans of Warhammer 40K, their stunt was certainly a success as more than, “nearly a quarter of a million people” have visited PETA’s website since their letter was published.