Election season is fast approaching! Here are some steps you can take to be an involved citizen:

  1. Know where you stand on the issues. Take this quiz to see what candidate and party you side with.
  2. Register to vote. If you are over 18 and a US citizen complete the necessary steps it takes to register! Simply follow the guidelines on this website.
  3. Actually vote. Only 19.9 percent of 18- to 29-years old cast ballots in the 2014 elections. That was the lowest youth turnout rate ever recorded in a federal election! Being away at school is no excuse, click here to figure out how to cast an absentee ballot.

Still aren’t motivated? Watch this rock the vote video to get ~inspired~

Remember, “Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters.



CU Presidential Inauguration

Last week, Creighton University celebrated the inauguration of the University’s 25th President, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ.  It was a beautiful time at the University.

Many Cortina students were involved in the celebrations and took part in this momentous occasion.

Fr. Hendrickson chose a poem, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Fr. Gerard Manly Hopkins, SJ to be the inspiration for the days.  It speaks to the core of the human experience and our capacity to be Christ-bearers.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Former Cortinian, Nico Sandi, created a beautiful video interpretation of the poem for the Inauguration.  It features some familiar faces!

Humans of Cortina

Influenced by Humans of New York, the members of the Cortina Community took time to get to know one another better. These conversations went beyond surface level topics, they went deeper into learning about someone else in the community. Some prompt questions were: Who influences you the most in your life?  What’s your saddest moment?  What’s your happiest moment? What is your greatest struggle right now? What has changed the most since you started college? What scares you?  What do you hope for?

Let’s start the series!

ed nunez

“I like saying I’m Filipino because it says something about me as a person.” -Sophomore, Ed Nuñez

“I am convinced that we can make a difference” – Pope Francis in his address to congress

Today, history was made before our eyes as Pope Francis, the Holy See of Rome, was the first pontiff to address the U.S. Congress.  Using historical heroes to frame his talk, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, he addressed the current refugee crisis, immigration, care for creation, gun control, and the death penalty, among other topics.

In his speech, he championed care for the other and for creation.  He directed his comments to the American people and to the leaders of the U.S.  He stated, “A good political leader must initiate processes, rather than posses space.”  His worlds challenge us to action and to consider the lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis.  We must, according to Francis, choose love.  For more about this historic event, visit the NPR website.

The World Meeting of Families Prayer

In case you are living under a rock and haven’t heard yet, Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. this week!  Some members of the Cortina family will be traveling with Creighton to visit him in Philidelphia, PA.  He is coming to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families, a conference focused on strengthening the sacred bond of the family.  As inspiration for the week and in advance of his visit, please read and pray the prayer below:

Everyone is encouraged to pray the special prayer for the World Meeting of Families in 2015. It is a prayer of supplication to the Holy Family for the meeting’s success and your own family’s intentions.

God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Ditch ‘Dat Bag! – Resusable bags & loving on Mother Earth

Last week, students in the Cortina program and other Creightonians participated in an event to create re-usable bags out of old t-shirts.  Fun (and cookies) was had by all!

For information on how to DIY your own bag, check out these websites:

Tote bag from an Old-T-shirt

Fancy t-shirt bag

Look at how much fun we had:

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag!  Go Jays!

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag! Go Jays!


Hong: “Re-useable bags will help bring about world peace!”


Maryann and Joey collaborate on a new bag design.


Ed and Maryann work to make a Cortina version of the re-useable t-shirt bag.


The team making their re-useable bags.

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!