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Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer is best known for championing black voting rights, especially in her home state of Mississippi, one of many hotbeds for racially motivated voter suppression.

Madam C.J. Walker

Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, is widely regarded as one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Prompted by her experience with early hair loss during the 1890s, Walker created hair care remedies primarily with black women in mind.

Mary McLeod Bethune

After struggling to balance school with working on a plantation to help support her family, Bethune went on to become an educator herself, founding the Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute for girls in 1904. Bethune’s successful stewardship and fundraising for the school eventually gave way to a 1932 merger with the Cookman Institute to form what’s now known as Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

Ruby Bridges

Although she lived mere blocks away from an all-white elementary school, segregation forced Ruby Bridges to travel for miles every day to attend an all-black kindergarten. Then, in 1960, Bridges was thrust into the national spotlight at the tender age of 6, as the first black child to racially integrate an all-white elementary school in the South. The move came less than a decade after the Supreme Court‘s Brown v. Board of Education ruling struck down school segregation.



Next weekend is the Refresh and Renew retreat at Fontbonne and I am very excited to see how it will go this year.  I went last fall when Lori Helfrich had the first R and R retreat which was held off campus at the Mercy retreat center in Ladue. I really enjoyed the retreat last year as we had the opportunity to relax, be ourselves and pray with one another. I liked that we had the opportunity to explore the retreat center grounds and if needed we could pray outside on the labyrinth. I also had the opportunity to really bond with the other students who were on the retreat with me and even though it was only one night I feel like I was able to get to know people better.  I would really suggest this retreat to anyone who is still considering going on it and if you have already registered get excited because it will be a fun time away from campus. I am really interested to see what kind of improvements will be made to the retreat this year and how much more I will enjoy the experience.

There is also another retreat coming up in the coming weeks — the busy person’s retreat, which is actually open to anyone on campus. This retreat is for those who feel they are too busy to go off campus for a weekend with some of their classmates and have limited time during the week. During this retreat, one will have the opportunity to meet with a Sister of St. Joseph (CSJ) multiple times throughout the week and they will pray with that student or faculty member. The retreatant will also have the ability to share a meal with the CSJ and other retreatants during the week. This retreat is offered the week of March 12th and it is purposefully scheduled during the Lenten season, which is a time when Catholics either abstain from something or do something they don’t normally do. We do this during the spring season as it is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of the Easter Celebration, and Lent is a time of reflection and self-examination. When someone is on the busy person’s retreat, they will have time for reflection following their daily prayer session.  If there is anyone in the Fontbonne community considering this retreat, you should probably sign up for it because the busy person will be beneficial.

Thanks for reading my post and I hope everyone has a great week.


College is pretty fantastic. You’re on your own for the first time – new friends, potentially a whole new city, no curfew, no one to really make any personal rules for you – you can do whatever you want (within reason) without being under that parental iron thumb. However, such freedom doesn’t come without drawbacks – cooking all of your own meals, remembering to do your laundry without a gentle motherly reminder, grocery shopping for yourself…not easy skills to keep up with while trying not to drown under that mountain of schoolwork.

For me, that freedom included going crazy with food. I didn’t have a convenient kitchen in my dorm room, so I mostly ate out or at the cafeteria, which didn’t offer the greatest options. To my delight, there was a Dairy Queen within two miles of campus, a Chick-fil-a within five, and a much-loved local ice cream place within WALKING DISTANCE. As you can imagine, I didn’t stand a chance. So, even though I was on the school’s tennis team, working out about five days a week, I still gained weight. I guess I couldn’t quite force my mind to accept the fact that I couldn’t eat ice cream four days a week without feeling the consequences. However, when I got home for the summer, I knew I had to get real. So I talked to my aunt (who is a registered dietitian) and we came up with a few things that I could do to change my college eating habits. These tips are pretty easy and I never felt like I was depriving myself, plus I learned how to cook a little bit – not too shabby, right? 🙂

(1) Hydrate. This seems pretty standard, but water consumption is very important. If you’re a soda drinker, try to replace at least one soda a day with a glass of water. If you’re a very quick eater (like me) and eat so quickly you don’t even realize how full you are until you’ve consumed half your pantry, it helps to drink a full glass of water before every meal. It’ll make you feel more full and cut your calorie intake.

(2) Participate in some form of exercise 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. This could be a walk, jogging, skateboarding, roller skating, basketball, you name it – just get out there. Bonus: it’ll clear your head, and make studying seem like less a chore, too. Also, it’s totally acceptable to do jumping jacks, high knees, ab workouts, wall sits, burpees etc in the dorm room when snowed in/feeling lazy. I’ve done it. Try for 25 each of the high intensity stuff like crunches and mountain climbers three times in a row, then a 30 second wall sit. You’ll be knackered.

(3) SLEEP. GUYS. YOU GOTTA SLEEP. I know I sound like a parent and that it’s way more interesting to stay up watching Netflix with your people, because I 110% still do this and I’m in grad school with a full time job and apparently like to make life harder on myself, but eight hours is basically necessary. If you start slacking for more than a few nights in a row, you’re gonna start feeling it – and you’re probably going to find yourself reaching for that pick-me-up chocolate bar a few more times than you would had you gotten a solid night’s sleep. Plus, your metabolism will be sleepy, too – meaning you won’t be able to burn OFF those chocolate bars without a little extra exercise. Sleep is important.

(4) Treat yo’self. Just do it in moderation. If you deprive yourself totally, you’ll break down and eat half a cake by yourself because you’ll probably have a bad day, get fed up, and need cake in your face right that second. It’s okay to have dessert – just don’t do it after every meal. Also, those random Oreos snagged throughout the day add up.

(5) Learn to cook for yourself 🙂 It’s fun, I promise. And, as this amazing website shows, it’s totally possible to make easy, healthy things in a microwave. I wish I had had THAT list when I was a freshman in college…

And now, to wrap things up, I’ve included a little recipe of my own.

Avocado Toast + Over-Hard Egg, inspired by the wonderful brunch restaurant First Watch. There’s one in downtown Clayton, literally five minutes from campus. Do yourself a favor and check them out!!

What you need:
1 piece of whole grain or 100% whole wheat bread
1 ripe avocado
1 egg
handful shredded cheese of your choice
olive oil
garlic (for seasoning) or garlic powder

For the egg:
1. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. I usually just eyeball the amount of olive oil.
2. Crack egg and carefully let it slide into the pan. You can crack it into a bowl in case you’re afraid of shell shards, then pour it into the pan from there. The key is to NOT SHOW THE EGG YOUR FEAR.
3. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle a smidge of minced garlic or garlic powder onto the egg as it cooks, along with the handful of shredded cheese.
4. Cook for about 5 minutes, until whites have solidified and yolks have started to thicken.
5. Flip egg with a spatula and cook for another minute or so. It’s really up to your personal preference how fried you want your egg to be – I like my yolks completely solid, like a boiled egg, but some people prefer them runnier.

For the avocado toast:
avo toast
1. Cut avocado in half. You can save the other half for a later meal 🙂
2. Toast bread to your preferred level of crispy.
3. Spread half of the avocado onto the toast. Season with lemon juice and/or garlic powder if you like and enjoy 🙂

You can eat them separately, or throw that egg on top of the toast and go to flavortown. Here’s the beautiful final product:

avo toast + egg

I hope you guys enjoy these tips. The Freshman Fifteen can fight, but it won’t win. You got this!

Keep moving forward.





Black History Month means to me appreciating those who are African American. I do think that there shouldn’t just be one month associated with appreciating African Americans because they deserve so much more than a month of appreciation, especially the shortest month of the year. I definitely think that it is important to indulge in the cultural diversity that they bring to America because without them and the other cultures that we have in America, we would not be the melting pot that we are.

Black History month is important to me because it recognizes the African American men and women who have made large impacts on our society, whether they were politicians, inventors, etc. It is important to recognize these men and women because of the struggles they’ve been through to not be recognized for their accomplishments they achieved while they were alive.

Thank you all for reading and check back in next week to see what I write about next!

peace out,



My Message to White Students at FBU

by Mari February 22, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21st I attended the Black Student Union’s showing of the Netflix documentary called 13th. The thought provoking documentary dove into the problematic issues of racial injustices affecting African Americans within the U.S. prison system. I would highly encourage everyone at Fontbonne to view this documentary. While watching this documentary with only about […]

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Upcoming Concerts!

by Carly February 22, 2017

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a HUGE fangirl. What is a “fangirl,” you may ask? The formal definition from Merriam-Webster says “a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.” In other words, a diehard fan that goes crazy at the sight or sound of […]

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What does black history month mean to me?

by Cecelia February 22, 2017

Black history month means to me a time dedicated to see what African Americans have accomplished and take time out of the year to recognize what people from past generations had fought for. Black history is a time of celebrating, and thanking African Americans for teaching us what it means to hope, a life lesson […]

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I’m So Excited…. and I Just Can’t Hide It!!!

by Morgan February 22, 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog this week! I hope you all are enjoying this amazing (yet crazy) weather these past few days! I cannot believe that we are having 60 degree weather in the middle of winter… Anyways… I am so excited for a bunch of different things this semester! This is my […]

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Black History Month

by Anna February 22, 2017

Hello, everyone!  Today I’m going to be writing about Black History Month, which is happening right now in the month of February.  What do you know about it?  It’s certainly a month to recognize and remember the important roles so many black men and women have played in the past 240 years (and beyond) of […]

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What I am most excited for

by Patricia February 22, 2017

There have been a lot of changes this semester. I have all night classes and online classes, but that is not very exciting. However, I decided to become a resident at Fontbonne. I am very pleased with this decision. I live in Medaille, and I enjoy dining at Fontbonne — there have been significant changes. […]

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