Corteama Series: Meet Sarah Peraud

I read Madi’s intro Cortina post. Like Madi, I like procrastinating on homework, and I like talking about myself. So here we are.

I’m Sarah. I’m a senior formation group leader/recruitment chair. I’m a JPS major with French and Gender Studies minor from St. Louis. Please don’t ask me what I’m doing after graduation. It will probably involve law school.  (Please don’t ask details.  I will have a panic attack. You will have to hold me while I cry. It might get weird for both of us. )

I love sharing the things I love—that’s why I’m the recruitment chair: I LOVE Cortina. So I figured the easiest way to get to know me is for me to share a list of things I love with you.

I love my family (if you ask me about them I’ll never shut up. They’re seriously so cool.)


I love my house. I live with some real wackos in a house called Hollywood.

I love feminism.

I love my puppies (just look at that little face).


I love avocados.

I love pizza.

I love potatoes A LOT.

(I was super hungry when I wrote this.)

I love reading.

I love politics.

I love Restored Hope.

I love riding my bike. (P.S. I have a big car and a big bike rack and extra bikes. If you ever want to ride one, let me know. I promise I’ll want to go with you.)

I love how many places I get to call home and all the people I get to share those places with.

I love disposable cameras. (This is an excuse to show you super cute pictures of my friends.)


(P.S. Emma used to be blonde.)


I love getting to go on the Cortina journey for the third year.

I love you all. Hang out with me. Be my friend please.



Sarah Peraud

Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Director’s Notes

This week, our External Communications Chair Emma Rasmussen is making her directorial debut with Creighton Theatre’s production of the one-act play “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” which will be performed with another one-act “Gladys” this week, Oct 9-11 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 12 at 2 pm at the Lied Center. Here are Emma’s director’s notes on the play:

“This bear, exit, whatever… show you’re directing… what’s it about?”

I so love getting asked this question, because, one, I am actually (pinch myself) directing a show, and two, my answer tends to catch people off guard. I begin, “Well you see, its a smart, funny revenge comedy…” The person I’m talking to smiles and nods. We’re doing well! Smartness! Revenge! Comedy! “…that deals with the issue of domestic abuse.” Yeah, that’s a plot twist. Some people are fascinated, but many are uncomfortable, confused, or even take offense. Our conversation ends as soon as it began. I get it. Domestic violence is by not exactly good passing conversation. The bear in the room, if you will. Not something anyone wants to talk about. However, that silence is a significant part of the problem.

Domestic abuse is perpetuated by a culture of silence and suppression: suppression of victims’ voices, and of the female story as a whole. One in four women in the U.S. will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. One in four. Y’all, that is unacceptable. That is something that we need to be talking about.

This show is the beginning of Nan’s conversation with all of us. And it ain’t your average bear of a conversation either. It comes with a side of expository theatre, your friendly neighborhood stripper, and maybe even a laugh or twenty. My hope is, this is a conversation you’ll be glad you stuck around for.

In the words of Simon, my favorite male cheerleader, BRING ON THE BEAR.

All the best,

Emma Rasmussen

Corteama Series: Introducing Madi Felipe

Hi friends! It’s Madi Felipe here, your Formation Time Chair extraordinaire. Hayley asked at our last Corteama meeting that everyone on the Core Team write something about themselves for the blog. I decided I like procrastinating and talking about myself, so here I am writing this blog post instead of studying.

A few very important things you should know about me are that first I am from Southern California, and I love it a lot. My mom is always saying I should bring my friends home to visit, so if any of you reading this don’t have anything to do for Christmas, you have a place at my home…in Southern California…where there are beaches…and you can tan on Christmas…and my mom makes really good food…and we have a cookie party before New Years where we literally invite people over and don’t let them in the house unless they have brought homemade cookies to share….so maybe you should come over. Second, I really love my dog and my friend’s dog. Their names are Napoleon and Judy and they are beautiful and perfect in every way.


Nappy and Judy ready for the cookie party!

Then there is my cat Veronica. She is fat, but she takes better photos than me. That is all.


I am a senior psychology major with a Spanish minor. I love to exercise and have most recently been into crossfit, power lifting and yoga! I’m a building supervisor and Group Fitness Instructor at the KFC and Rasmussen Center. If you want to talk to me about any of these things please let me know. I won’t shut up about them. Seriously. Ask my roommates. Speaking of roommates: FUN FACT – I LIVE WITH SARAH PERAUD AND EMMA RASMUSSEN. Both of those ladies I got to know through Cortina. Cherish these friendships, my ducklings, cherish them. P.S. we take a lot of selfies…

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I have a sister and three half-brothers who live all over the states. They are cool. I like my parents. They are cool, too. I have three tattoos that I like a lot. And before anyone asks, no, I did not get the tree on my back because of Cortina, but rumor has it I did. Who can say?


Okay, I think you know enough about me now. If you wanna chat, I really like coffee. What I like more than coffee are people who buy me coffee. If you don’t want to buy me coffee, we can go to a coffee shop and you can watch me drink coffee that I bought all on my own. Or we can get food. I like that. Basically I want to hang out with you, but like not in a creepy way. Okay, I think I’ve been creepy enough as it is, I’m just going to end this here. Bye.