Senior Paul James demonstrates the “Saltine Challenge” at Morning Assembly by chewing as many crackers as possible. Student Ministry president Jake Theriot uses the opportunity to introduce the Saltine Fasting Challenge for the first Friday in Lent. Students sign up in the Campus Ministry Office to receive a half-sleeve of saltines, which will replace their lunch on Friday. This fast not only allows students to enter the discipline of Lent but will also show solidarity with the poor. Each week during Lent, Student Ministry will introduce a new challenge focused on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
February 9, 2018
Wild Horse Wild Photo…
On Friday of Mardi Gras weekend, Marines from the Mounted Color Guard showed Jesuit students a few of their horses. The group is visiting New Orleans to march in three of Carnival’s hallmark parades. Having participated in the Krewe of Chaos parade, the riders sets their sights on Proteus and Rex. The horses are wild mustangs that have been adopted through the Bureau of Land Management. Once adopted, the horses are trained to a standard of performance by a horse trainer and experienced stableman. Members of Jesuit’s MCJROTC program and various students in their P.E. classes had the opportunity to meet the horses and talk with Marines about the program.
February 8, 2018
Krewe of King Cake…
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! The annual school-wide king cake party took place today during the second half of lunch in the Traditions Courtyard. Student Council, teams, clubs, and homerooms served king cakes to the student body while the Blue Jay Band played lively Mardi Gras music. It was a sweet treat for the students before the holidays. Be on the lookout for the Blue Jay Band, Jazz Band, and MCJROTC in the upcoming weekend parades! See the schedule here! (Pictured: Senior Paul James and junior Langston Goldenberg hand out king cake to hungry classmates.)
February 7, 2018
Up on the Roof…
Jaynotes Feature: These “Jesuit Brothers” link up on a sunny day during their final week together. The four Puerto Rican exchange students – Jose “Jimmy” Munoz, Franco Guzman, Josearmando Diaz, and Carlos Perez – had a tour of the roof and ate pizza in St. Ignatius Hall with students from their host families – sophomore Joel Guerra, senior Seth Silva, senior Jacob Reeder, pre-freshman Matthew Reeder, and senior Jordan Merritt. Brother Larry Huck, S.J. served as the primary connection between Jesuit New Orleans and Colegio San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico. To learn more about this story, and other notable stories from the fall semester, click here to view the digital version of JayNotes: Fall/Winter 2017.
February 5, 2018
Good Luck Shucking…
Senior John McMahon cracks open a beautiful Louisiana oyster at Friday’s tailgate before the basketball game against Rummel. Fellow seniors Blaire Loupe, Benton Moore, Matt Frischhertz, and Jake Kuebel put their shucking knives to good use to prepare oysters for grilling. Students from the St. Lawrence Grilling Society carried the excitement over from the special order pep rally at 2 PM on Friday afternoon before watching Jesuit defeat Rummel 75-26 in the Birdcage.
February 2, 2018
Rhythm and Blue Jays…
Mark your calendars! The Blue Jay Band kicks off Carnival season this weekend, beginning with the Krewe of Carrollton parade, set for Sunday, Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. along the Uptown parade route. The revelry continues the following weekend when the Blue Jay Jazz Band performs on the Captain’s band float in the Krewe of Mid-City parade which rolls at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 (following Okeanos) while the Blue Jay Marching Band hits the streets for the Bacchus parade later that day, rolling at 5:15 p.m. Both Sunday parades follow the Uptown parade route. You can also catch Jesuit’s MCJROTC band and color guard performing in the Knights of Sparta parade this Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. and next Friday, Feb. 9 in the Krewe of Hermes parade at 6 p.m., both following the Uptown parade route. Happy Mardi Gras!
February 1, 2018
One Act, Nine Shows…
Starting tonight, the senior-directed One Act Play and Improv Comedy Festival celebrates its 10th year with nine plays directed by 11 seniors. More than 50 cast and crew members, along with the J-Troupe Improv comedy team, are donating their time and talent to support Second Harvest Food Bank. The festival features the world premieres of two new plays written by Phils. Senior Thomas Sagona’s “The Shattered Looking Glass” and senior Will Hite’s “Before the Third” will each be performed three times this weekend. Pictured here, pre-freshman Matthew Busenlener, Sydney Worthy (senior, Ursuline), Jennifer Hawkins (senior, Haynes Academy), Emily Bennett (senior, Cabrini), and senior Andrew Busenlener act out a scene from “A Murdered Mystery.”
Showtimes are tonight at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday Feb. 3 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. The full festival line-up can be found here. Admission is $5.00 or five canned goods to benefit Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
January 29, 2018
Blue Jay Bazaar Goes Green in 2018!
The 2018 Blue Jay Bazaar, held annually in March, will celebrate its 45th anniversary on the luckiest day of the year—St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). This year’s t-shirts are just the icing on the (green) cupcake and won’t cost you a pot o’gold! Junior Joshua Stedman and senior Kaden Knecht show off their new Bazaar threads, which are only $10 and available for purchase in the Volunteer Office (Rm 126). Pick one up today before they sell out!