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t some point or another, almost everyone has that moment. My moment arrived when I came home for Thanksgiving break my sophomore year. I was talking to my parents about what time I should leave to go back to New Orleans once the break was over, and it just slipped out. I referred to Loyola, and my residence in New Orleans, as “home.” It was a strangely comforting feeling knowing that I could call Loyola not just my school, but also my home. Whether you’ve had your moment or not, we hope that this issue will give you something you need. That’s why we’ve pulled together the housing issue of Wolf Magazine to reflect the many definitions of “home” and how we can best choose and maintain them. Whether you call a Loyola residence hall home, you’ve made the leap to an offcampus residence or you commute from the SARA FELDMAN/ WOLF MAGAZINE house you share with your parents, we’ve got you covered. Peek into the ancient French home that Music Business Senior Joy Cornay inherited from her great uncle (x5), St. Jean-Charles Cornay on page 8. We’ve also included pieces on how you can decorate your space on a budget on page 4, how to go about any issue that could arise in sharing a residence on page 10, and the safety issues that arise when you move off campus on page 12. We also included a piece in this issue to recognize the man who has been making Loyola a home for thousands of students over the years. The decisions you’ll make on where to live during your college years are some of the first adult steps you’ll take, so we hope you’ll make them wisely. Cheers,

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ISSUE 5|VOLUME 72 APRIL 11, 2014

Shannon Donaldson Editor Aaren Gordon Editor-in-Chief Leslie Gamboni Associate Editor Marlin Williford Photo Editor Kat O’Toole Copy Editor Cherie LeJeune Design Chief Leslie Gamboni Cherie LeJeune Diana Mirfiq Nia Porter Melanie Potter Contributors Alisha Bell Sales Manager Albert Clesi Business Manager Hasani Grayson Distribution Manager Luke Overton NiRey Reynolds Social Media Managers

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alking into Emily Andras’ apartment, you’d never guess her impeccably decorated space was created entirely by her— while also on a budget. Andras, a mass communication and English senior, attributes her sense of style to inspiration found on sites like Pinterest, Etsy and Tumblr. MARLIN WILLIFORD/ Photo Editor

College residential hall rooms and small apartments can be the epitome of bland and boring — but they don’t have to be. Instead of viewing your space as a jail cell, picture it as a blank canvas. The key to personalizing your space is to make it as comfortable and inviting as possible. An eclectic sense of style and open mind can transform any whitewalled, spatially-challenged room into an aesthetically pleasing oasis. STEP ONE: COLOR Don’t be afraid to throw a splash of color on your curtains, pillows, blankets or even your rug. Just make sure you stick within a color palette. A great website for creative coloring is Here you can find unique pairings of shades you’d never think of yourself, like their palette named “orchid.” Orchid brings out the individual colors that make up the flower, from the yellows, purples and blues, to create a palette perfect for you. 04 | WOLF MAGAZINE

STEP TWO: FURNITURE The key to finding good furniture on a budget is patience. This step applies more to apartments, because residence hall rooms usually come with furniture — for better or for worse. Some essentials for an apartment are a kitchen table, a few chairs, a coffee table, nightstand and a dresser. Lucky for you, there are unlimited possibilities when it comes to these necessities. Start with thrift stores like The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is an incredible resource that oftentimes gets overlooked. New Orleans is full of eclectic people, places and things, so thrift-shopping in the city can be a uniquely fun experience. Other recommended thrift stores around New Orleans are Habitat ReStore, the Red White and Blue Thrift Stores and the Bridge House. Thrift shopping is a budgetfriendly option for the bargain hunter that wants to donate proceeds to a charitable cause. The one caveat for places like Good Will and Salvation Army is that you must be

up for a challenge — expect to spend a few hours rummaging through their warehouses to pick out that perfect chair. If you don’t have the patience for thrift shopping, Craigslist is another helpful and more direct resource. Simply type in what you’re looking for at neworleans.craigslist. com and search for anything from a dining room set to a bookshelf in a matter of seconds. There is even a free section on Craigslist where people actually give away their stuff. Craigslist is also a good place to find out when yard sales are coming up in your area. STEP THREE: THRIFT SHOPPING While some of us cringe at the idea of picking through boxes of used trinkets, it is one of the most interesting places to find that level of kitsch your space needs. Here’s what to look out for at a yard sale: frames, artwork, wooden crates, lamps, costume jewelry and glassware.

You’re probably wondering what you could possibly do with a wooden crate in your dorm room. With a coat of paint and some gold-stenciled shapes, that old crate just became a stylish place to hold your textbooks or shoes. STEP FOUR: GET CRAFTY Glassware of any kind is the start for a festive decoration. Have a few empty wine bottles lying around from last Friday night? Simply remove the label with some soap and water, cut up some strands of Mardi Gras beads and fill the wine bottles to the top with different colored beads. Arrange three beaded bottles on your mantle for a classy, yet festive decoration. Mardi Gras beads are an incredible — and free — craft supply. At the end of carnival season, when you’re pondering what to do with the thousands of beads scattered all over your dorm room floor, remember you can use them to redecorate. All you need to create a carnival piece of art are beads, hot glue and a piece of thick cardboard. Print out a design like a fleur-delis, cut around the cardboard in the shape, line the board with hot glue and arrange


Mardi Gras beads and an empty wine bottle add easy, affordable sophistication to any room. the beads in a Fleur-de-lis shape. Voila! You now have a beautiful, cost effective decoration to color your bland walls. The key to making a space your own is comfort, creativity and color. Fill your room with photos of friendly faces, colorful

palettes, beaded decor and painted pieces of furniture. Creating a special place will make your house feel like home in no time. Melanie Potter can be reached at



Roommate RUCKUS

Life with roommates can bring various challenges— including furry ones.

Sharing living arrangements can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be Having woken up to piles of vomit scattered throughout her Buddig Hall residence, Music Therapy Senior Faith Benford has experienced her share of roommate problems. “One night my roommate went out to party and the next morning I woke up to three piles of throw up around her bed and another pile leading into the bathroom and another pile in the bathroom. That was the worst,” Benford said. In attempts to remove herself from the situation, Benford went to Tulane University to study, scared that if she remained on Loyola’s campus that she would still be able to smell the stench of the vomit. “When I got back, the room was cleaned up but still wreaked of vomit. I took matters into my own hands and I poured her bleach and her detergent onto the floor and then let her know it was ready to be cleaned up,” Benford said. College is a time in life designated to educate students intellectually. However, the challenges presented to students are sometimes not found in the classroom,but in their college residence hall or apartment. 06 | WOLF MAGAZINE

Benford was very upset because of the situation, but after both of the roommates cooled down, she started to work toward mending the damage created from the passive aggressive fight. Benford was eventually successful in patching up the relationship by creating a dialogue with her roommate. Benford said she believes communication was lacking from the start of the living arrangement. “If something bothers you just say it, don’t be passive aggressive about it,” Benford said. “It’s the best way to get rid of problems quickly.” By talking the problem out, Benford said that the rest of the semester ran much smoother for both roommates. “Communication is key,” Kristin Himmelberg, A ’13, said. Himmelberg has run into problems when roommates do not pick up after themselves. However, if it is due to a tight schedule or other issues, she said it is important to be patient with the people you live with. “Life happens, sometimes you have to be flexible. Your roommate might be a clean person but is busier one week than most. If the problem continues sit down and talk to them,” Himmelberg said. Associate Director of Residential Life at Loyola Amy Boyle said that while experiences with roommates are not all left to chance, being


flexible and understanding helps relationships to continue smoothly. “The best advice I can give is to approach a new roommate with an open mind and understand that all of us are changing and growing all of the time. You and I are not exactly the same person as we were 5 years ago, 1 year ago or even a few months ago,” Boyle said. After graduating from Loyola and living with roommates for four years, Himmelberg has learned lessons that work to make living situations stress-free. Shortly after moving in with her new roommates, they scheduled a meeting where basic rules of the house and chore responsibilities were distributed. “Everyone does something and pitches in to keep the house clean. I’ve had roommates who don’t help out and this is how we avoided running into those same kind of issues,” Himmelberg said. Experience has taught Benford to take care of her roommate issues swiftly and tactfully. As a senior, she enjoys a healthy relationship with her roommate by using the communication skills she has picked up over her four years of sharing living spaces with others. Leslie Gamboni can be reached at

ESTABLISH GROUND RULES RIGHT AWAY Do not wait to discuss expectations with your new roommate. How orderly will you keep the room? What belongings are for both of you to use, and what do you prefer your roommate not to touch? The longer you wait to have these conversations, the harder it will be to establish these ground rules later on.

DON’T OVER PACK Talk to your new roommate over the summer about what each of you will bring for your room. For example, you don’t need two trash cans, but you may each prefer to bring your own desk lamps. You will both benefit from some advance planning.


REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE Use common sense and remember that living with a roommate will require you both to compromise in order to keep the relationship healthy and positive.


BE OPEN-MINDED You and your roommate will be different people with different tastes, lifestyles, cultures, hobbies and pet peeves. Part of being a good roommate is learning how to be yourself while appreciating and respecting your roommate and their differences.


A Loyola senior is the heir to the ancient home of her martyr-saint ancestor in France As a young girl, Music Business Senior Joy Cornay never gave her family name much thought when she flew with her parents to the small town of Loudun, France. In Loudun, there is a park called the Jardin Jean-Charles Cornay. There is the theater, Cinéma Le Cornay. But the most well-known landmark of them all, is the Maison Cornay, an ancient Medieval home — a home that Joy Cornay’s family had owned the rights to for over 60 years yet had no idea until nearly a decade ago. “I didn’t really understand it then,” Joy Cornay, now 22 years old, said. “I was 10 years old. I didn’t understand it when we visited the house the next year, either. And then a few years down the road, the history 08 | WOLF MAGAZINE

behind it just hit me.” The house, which dates back to the 1700s, was left unoccupied after its previous occupants were shot and killed during a World War II Nazi raid. This is only one part of the history of the Cornays, a family that calls the Catholic Saint JeanCharles Cornay a direct relative. Billy Cornay, Joy’s father and an ear, nose and throat doctor in Birmingham, Alabama, said that he has always been fascinated by the history of his family. “As a child, we all knew we were related to Saint Jean-Charles Cornay,” Billy Cornay said. “We actually were invited to his canonization in 1988 by Pope John Paul II. But we didn’t know much beyond the fact that we were related.”

For Cornay, his discoveries were purely by chance. Two decades ago, as Billy Cornay began extensively researching his family’s genealogy in his spare time, his Internet searches and tracing of the family tree always brought him to a stop. “I kept coming up with Loudun, which is the town where the house is,” Billy Cornay said. “But there were no family members left in Loudun. I kept running into a brick wall somewhere in the 1940s.” The ultimate breakthrough for Billy Cornay came about 12 years ago on a hot August day. He’d taken his two young children, Joy and Will, out for a breakfast croissant at one of the French bakeries they frequented in Birmingham before taking the kids


He and his wife Liz have decorated their home to their own taste while maintaining respect to the historical aspects of the home.


to school. “A friend of ours comes flying in the door, venting in French,” Billy Cornay said. “She’s saying ‘Where is Dr. Billy Cornay? I need Dr. Billy Cornay right away.’” The woman’s husband had been involved in a car accident that injured his ear, and she asked Cornay to help. Later that day when Billy Cornay was stitching the husbands ear, they began chatting in French. Billy Cornay shared with the patient that he’d been researching his own French genealogy, but that he’d hit dead ends in Loudun, France. The patient told Billy Cornay that he has family in that region and agreed to call his father up for some answers. “He then calls me up later that afternoon and tells me that I own a house,” Billy Cornay said. “He says, ‘You’re the only heir in all of France.’ He tells me that there’s a house in my family’s name that has been empty for over 60 years. I’d have to go over and claim myself as heir, and then wait six months to prove that no one has better rights to the house.” The news was shocking to Billy Cornay, and he and his wife immediately began planning a trip to France. The house itself

is an architect’s dream with six bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms and two working kitchens. There’s a courtyard, a cellar and high ceilings. “It is not a chateau,” Billy Cornay said. “It is what we call a Hôtel Particulier, a very large house in the city. It still looks like it would have in the late 1700s.” After waiting the six-month period, the Cornay family officially received the rights to the home, and the entire family planned several trips as restoration of the house began. Joy Cornay says that the historical artifacts they found littered around the house were some of her favorite discoveries. “When we first started renovating the house, we discovered some creepy things, like two swastikas sketched onto a wall,” Joy Cornay said. “There was also a destroyed wall where people had clearly been hiding during the war. There was a cellar that isn’t connected to the house that we found after a while, with thousands of shattered pottery dishes, old parasols and several lanterns.” Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, named a saint for his martyrdom in Vietnam in the late 19th century, lived in the house for

many years before it was passed on to later generations of Cornays. Joy Cornay said that while she’s proud of her family, she hasn’t wanted those around her to make assumptions because of it. “I don’t want to be that girl that’s related to a saint, so I don’t talk about it,” she said. Joy Cornay does admit that her visits to Loudun are interesting, because in a small town like Loudun, her family name practically makes her famous. “I feel like a movie star when I’m over there,” Joy Cornay said, laughing. “It’s like, ‘You’re a Cornay?’ There’s a historical plaque on the house, and when people do tours of the town, that’s one of the stops. Everyone in the town knows where it is. It’s a beautiful home.” Billy Cornay said he loved the village from the minute he set foot there. “You know, this is where I come from,” Billy Cornay said. “This is where my genes are.” Cherie LeJeune can be reached at


Billy Cornay peeks out of the window of the Maison Cornay. The Maison Cornay is open to tourists and visitors throughout the year when the family isn’t in Dijon on vacation. 10 | WOLF MAGAZINE



Administrator has made Loyola “home” to students for nearly 30 years BY DIANA MIRFIQ

Robert Reed never imagined his friend’s suggestion to become a resident assistant would turn into a 28 yearlong career. Robert Reed, assistant vice president for student affairs, served Loyola as director of residential life from 1981 to 2009. Reed said Biever and Buddig Halls were the only two residence halls available to students when he stepped on to Loyola’s Residential life scene. Reed said he joined the Loyola team after serving as assistant residential life director for Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He said he never imagined he’d still be at Loyola. “I’m a dinosaur in a sense. I sort of grew up here and didn’t expect to be at Loyola this long,” Reed said. Reed said he enjoys being a problem solver and working with people. During the 21 years he reigned as Loyola’s president, James C. Carter, S.J., president emeritus and Gerald N. Gaston distinguished professor in religion and science, said he saw that Reed’s dedication was wonderful, and that Reed could solve any problem thrown his way. “He made the life of everybody above him much easier,” Carter said. Carter said men and women living in the same building happened during his presidency. He said parents weren’t too happy about it, but Reed knew how to handle it. “I let people like Robert Reed take care of it,” Carter said.

Reed said that it was certainly an interesting experience. “Most of the parents of students thought I had committed a cardinal sin of some type,” Reed said. Reed said men were typically placed in Biever Hall and women lived in Buddig Hall, but one year posed a problem because more women signed up for residential halls than men. So Reed converted Biever’s sixth floor into housing for women, giving them the title, “sixers.” “They enjoyed their experience so much that none of them moved back to Buddig that academic year,” Reed said. “From that point on, we were able to flip the building based on the gender.” Carter said they desperately needed more residential space as more out of state students started flocking to Loyola. He said the university bought St. Mary Dominican College in 1984 when it shut down, turning the property in to what is now the Broadway Campus and Cabra Hall. “We were terribly cramped,” Carter said. “So we were happy to get it.” Reed said Cabra Hall’s 60’s exterior and interior definitely needed a makeover. Ansel Augustine, A’00, M.P.S. ’02, said


Keep an inventory of your valuables and electronics. Laptops, cellphones and tablets are some of the most valuable things college students own. Keeping a record of the make, model, serial number and cost of all of your electronics is great for insurance purposes and will only help you in the long run. Also, giving your parent’s a copy of these records won’t hinder your newfound independence. It’ll only make you a more responsible and alert adult.

When exiting your vehicle, make sure all of your valuables are out of sight. Returning home from a long day of school can be a huge relief. However, before you go inside and climb into your favorite pajamas, make sure your car is in order. While the fast food bags and coffee cups that line your car floor may not attract thieves, your valuables and electronics might. Remove your car charger, GPS and sunglasses.

Secure your home’s doors and windows even when you’re inside.



You can never be too cautious when it comes to your safety. By securing any and all potential entrances into your home, you can limit the possibility of finding a burglar stuck in your dog door at two in the morning. Burglars can, and will, enter your home if they see the opportunity, so it never hurts to double-check.

When moving into a new apartment or house, ask that the locks be changed immediately. You can’t be 100 percent sure that the person who lived there before you doesn’t still have a key. You also can’t be sure if that person’s crazy ex doesn’t still have a copy.

Be familiar with the routes you take to and from home. Always be aware of your surroundings, and familiarize yourself with your neighborhood. Choose a route that’s well lit and that has substantial car traffic. Stay away from any alleyways, abandoned buildings and suspicious people. If a certain area doesn’t feel right, chances are it probably isn’t.

Take advantage of some of the self-defense classes offered at the Loyola Police Department. Lt. Angela Honora of LUPD teaches two rape aggression self-defense classes each semester for the Loyola community as well as one class for the public each year.


Crimes reported within a one-mile radius of campus From Oct. 11, 2013 - March 31, 2014

Arson 0 Assault 13 Burglary 25 Disturbing the Peace 6 Drug & Alcohol Violations 43 DUI 19 Fraud 11 Homicide 0 Motor Vehicle Theft 17 Robbery 8 Sex Crimes 7 Theft/Larceny 59 Vandalism 20 Vehicle Break-In/Theft 34 Weapons 2

REED: ADMINISTRATOR SHARES HIS EXPERIENCES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 students dreaded being placed in Cabra Hall during his Loyola days. “It was the place that no one wanted to live at the time due to its cramped quarters,” Augustine said. Unfortunately, the university needed beds, delaying Cabra’s renovation, but Reed said he’s thrilled with the newly renovated hall. The hall Unfortunately, the university needed beds, delaying Cabra’s renovation, but Reed said he’s thrilled with the newly renovated hall. The hall went from 213 beds to 163 beds, then transformed to eightperson suites to two people in each room and finally evolved into six person suites with a kitchen. Another major change was incorporating Carrolton Hall to the residential life family in 1999. “It was great building apartments available to upperclassmen students,” Reed


Augustine said Carrolton hall was finished during his time at Loyola, and he spent his senior year living in their suite with his friends. “It was an awesome experience and we were blessed for all of us to share community in this way,” Augustine said. Augustine worked as a desk assistant during his undergraduate years at Loyola. He said Reed was awesome to work for because he created a family atmosphere. “He was always there for his staff and students as a person that wanted all of those who worked under him to succeed,” Augustine said. Reed said there have been many major changes that have taken place during his time at Loyola that could easily be overlooked. “A lot of things look like they’ve been in place forever, but they haven’t,” Reed said. For instance, Reed said Biever Hall has new windows and bigger rooms. The once

color-coded floors in the residence hall no longer have two separate rooms for the toilet and shower facilities. Reed said the biggest change was getting new air condition systems, especially with New Orleans’ unpredictable weather. Craig W. Beebe, director of Residential Life, said Reed is a vital member of the Loyola community and one of the most recognizable and respected people on campus. “Mr. Reed is a pillar of this university,” Beebe said. “He loves this university deeply, and that love shines through every day in his work.” Reed said sometimes God has a plan for you, and he’s thankful for the route his career path ended up taking. “It was one of those things were I would’ve never predicted it,” Reed said. “I never knew that this was even a profession.” Diana Mirfiq can be reached at



Commuter life provides challenges, opportunities for growth BY KAYLA MITCHELL All throughout high school, I planned on living on campus in a residential hall to get the “full college experience.” Once I decided on Loyola, however, my parents and I had to discuss our options, because I live close enough to commute. I still wanted to live on campus, but it wasn’t until a month before my first year, that I found out that this wouldn’t be a reality for me. Of course I was disappointed, but once I got back to campus for Wolfpack Welcome, I got really excited. At Wolfpack Welcome I was presented with tons of opportunities to get involved and meet new people, but I still needed to get accustomed to the commuter lifestyle. I commute from Harvey, Louisiana, which is about a 35-45 minute drive, depending on traffic. My first year of commuting was definitely a year of trial and error. Of course I had to get used to the commute itself, which included time management and knowledge of routes. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I had to overcome my complete awkwardness and find my own way on campus. While it does take extra effort to stay involved as a commuter, it has actually been the driving force behind me getting involved. I became determined to get as involved as possible and make the most out of my college experience. This didn’t happen overnight — it has been a three-year process for me. I was very


shy and much more comfortable around people I knew my first year, but I stepped outside of my comfort zone by joining the Emerging Leaders program and becoming a Krewe Leader during my first year. During my sophomore year, I began spending more and more time on campus, took higher leadership roles and developed close relationships with other students. This year has been the most comfortable for me. I am now the director of administration for Programming Branch of SGA, krewe leader coordinator for New Student Orientation and the new member educator of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. My involvement has allowed me to find a home in the Loyola community and my niche. The one thing that I have learned and have tried to instill in other students over the past three years is that whether you live on campus or not, the “college experience” is exactly what you make it. Getting involved in the Loyola and the New Orleans community allows you to expand who you are as a person. One organization that has played one of the largest roles in my Loyola experience has been The Commuter Student Association, which was recently chartered by SGA. Several other students and I began the process of creating this organization my first year, but it unfortunately didn’t come to fruition until recently. This year, I have

proudly watched several sophomores and first-year students bring the organization to life. They have put in many hours recruiting members, fine-tuning the constitution and promoting the organization to the student body. I have talked with their executive board, who has great ideas on ways to reach out to commuters and be their resource here on campus. These commuter students have disproven the many misconceptions about commuter involvement on campus. Their executive board members are great role models for all students because they stay involved in a variety of campus organizations and activities. Furthermore, they have made the commuter lounge their home away from home. When I was a first-year student it was utilized minimally, but I have watched it become the hang out spot for commuters and residents alike. I couldn’t be more proud of the Commuter Student Association, because they are showing the Loyola community and other incoming commuters that the “college experience” doesn’t revolve around which residential hall you live in, but rather how you put yourself out there and get involved in campus life. Kayla Mitchell can be reached at


“Don’t take early classes you know you won’t make. If you’re not a morning person do not take an 8:00 or a 9:30 if you can’t handle it.” Bethany Washington International business sophomore

”I wish I would known hygiene was a problem here.” Michael Scott Music industry sophomore, on residence hall life

“You don’t have the luxury of just waking up getting dressed and running to class. You have to wake up alot earlier and plan for possible delays due to weather conditions and traffic.”

“Keep to yourself. Wear your head phones and read a book. Its a good way to spend your time and sometimes you just don’t want to talk to people.”

Uma Julka Marketing sophomore

Chrishell Lennox Criminal justice sophomore, on commuting via RTA

”Beware of the elevators! They are slow. Make sure you prepare adequate time to deal with them!”

“I wish I would have known that Carrollton runs out of toilet paper quickly.”

Katie Atkins History freshman on living in Biever Hall

“Talk to strangers, but don’t be stupid.”

“Treat your roommates how you want to be treated.”

Taylor Galmiche Film studies sophomore, on living on-campus

Patrick Klena Philosophy sophomore

Kamaria Monmouth Mass communication senior

“I wish I would have known you cant open the windows in Carrollton.” Willie Green Music industry junior WOLF MAGAZINE | 15

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