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Wolf Pack Wednesday: Loyola Traditions

Subject line: Find Your Favorite Loyola Tradition

Sent: December 22, 2021

When you join the Loyola community, you also become part of the New Orleans community—a city steeped in customs and vibrant culture.

As we prepare to celebrate some of our favorite and most sacred traditions for Christmas this week, we couldn’t think of a better time to share a few of the Loyola events and activities that bond us together as a community. Take a look at a few of our favorite traditions on campus.

Only at Loyola

  • Wolf Pack Wednesday: Every Wednesday, the University Programming Board offers giveaways on the front porch of the Danna Student Center to those wearing maroon, gold, or Loyola gear!
  • Class Beads: Each class at Loyola has a different “class bead” necklace that is given to them during the first semester. Traditionally, students wear their class beads at graduation. 
  • Dressing Iggy: On special occasions, our statue, St. Ignatius of Loyola is dressed in different t-shirts and accessories based on what is happening on campus.

Good Reasons to Get Together

  • Mass of the Holy Spirit: For centuries, many Catholic schools have celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to ring in the start of a new school year. At Loyola, it’s also an opportunity to showcase the talents of our students and faculty.
  • Mass and Pancakes: This late-night Pancake Breakfast celebrates the end of the academic year with something sweet! 
  • Sneaux (pronounced like ‘snow’): A winter celebration that brings 20 tons of manufactured snow to the front lawn for students and other members of the Loyola community to play in. There are pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, train rides, cookies, and more! 

A Habit of Helping Others

  • Homecoming Service: In the Jesuit tradition, Loyola strives to develop individuals who dedicate their lives to service for others. Each year, students come together at the start of Homecoming to complete service projects throughout the greater New Orleans community. 
  • Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP) is a student-initiated, student-led volunteer service and advocacy organization. LUCAP is open to all students, offering them opportunities for direct service; reflection on larger, related social justice issues; and advocacy and organizing through its many projects in areas such as rebuilding, hunger and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring, and environmentalism. Connect with them on Instagram and Facebook
  • Loyno Dance Marathon: This nationwide movement involves college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. 

These are just a few examples of the ways you can get involved on campus. The Department of Student Life and Ministry is here to help you find your path at Loyola—whether that’s taking part in a long-standing Loyola tradition or helping you start your own.

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