Our Jesuit value of “Cura Personalis” or “Care for the Individual” compels each of us to not only be “agents for change,” but a friend to each other during grim times. I ask that each of us be friends with one another as the last few weeks have been challenging for our greater Creighton community. 

We continue to pray and mourn for all Creighton student members we have lost over the last few weeks, namely Mary Kate Phelan, Annie Semb, and Gabrielle Muniz and her daughter Rozara Estevez. Their spirit, legacy, and memory will forever be interconnected with Creighton University. To their family and friends: thank you for sharing each of them with us. 

Since the last Creightonian update in February, Creighton Students Union has engaged in some projects. 

On February 28, a new legislative resolution titled, “People For and With Others” passed House of Delegates 22-0-2 and Cabinet 7-0. This legislative resolution sought to transition the wording of our Jesuit value “Men and Women For and With Others” to “People For and With Others.” The objective of this legislation was not to change an inherently centuries old Jesuit value – that power remains only with the Society of Jesus. We seek to simply transition the wording of the value to be more inclusive of all identities shared within the Bluejay Community. As history has demonstrated, this is not the first time the value has undergone a wording transition. The value was once shared as “Men for Others.” 

University leadership has shared that Creighton will express this important and distinctive mission charism in myriad ways. We are excited that as a community for and with others, our Ignatian charism reflects our respect for the dignity of all people. 

On March 2, in partnership with Campus Ministry, Creighton Students Union held a prayer service urging, calling and praying for world peace. As stated in a previous address, Creighton Students Union stands with Ukraine, for democracy, and for world peace. 

On March 19, CSU Program Board hosted an axe throwing excursion. Additionally, the Program Board has been conducting weekly Wednesday After Class events in Skutt. Let us also thank the Program Board for planning the fast-approaching Spring Jam, taking place from April 22-24. Spring Jam will consist of on-campus festivities, excursions to some of Omaha’s entertainment hubs like the zoo, and more. Moreover, CSU Program Board is also reviewing nominations for this year’s upcoming Homecoming court. 

Thanks to the work of CSU Appropriations Committee, CSU has allocated over $50,000 to undergraduate clubs to assist with sports clubs attending national competitions, cultural events, and speakers. 

Finally, CSU is still collecting applications for University Committee appointments. Applications are due this Friday, and can be found on the CSU CUInvolved page. Student appointments will join faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in helping shape the university community, as outlined in our University Statutes. This is a terrific privilege for students to truly make an impact on the Bluejay community. 

Bluejays, I hope you have a great remainder of the semester.

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