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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 15 students, I could not help but wish there was a larger turnout at the event. I understand that this event was not publicly promoted with flyers around campus, but news of the event was spread by members of the Black Student Union. After talking to members of BSU, they hosted two film events last year and had some rude students who interrupted the event by talking during the films. This was interesting for me to learn because that Tuesday that BSU hosted the showing of 13th, I tried to spread word of the event to students.

I tried telling everyone I saw on that Tuesday to come to BSU’s event. Unfortunately, upon telling people, I received an enormous amount of white people shifting uncomfortably in their seats and looking down at the ground. They all gave me a very similar answer, “I have homework.” I have come to a conclusion based on my experience being a freshman at Fontbonne. The faculty and staff at Fontbonne may be actively trying to address issues within the realm of diversity, but our student population has a long way to go. During Fontbonne’s expo event where each student organization is presented to the student population, where do students flock to? From my experience, I see students will go to Dance Marathon, Student Government Association, and the Fontbonne Activities Board. Some of these same students will walk quickly past organizations like Fontbonne International Student Association, Black Student Union, and the Latino Hispanic Union. This observation leads me to question if student organizations put diversity as a priority even if they are not a cultural organization.

If you are involved in any student organizations at Fontbonne, I ask you to ponder over these next questions honestly. Look around at the people in your student organizations, how many people of color are there, and are there any international students? Are the presidents and executive board members of these organizations actively supporting cultural events on campus like the International Bazaar and Diversi-TEA?

If you are a white student reading this, please try to realize that I, being a student of color, have a different college experience than you. I am not attempting to start a fight with anyone, I want to bring this “hush hush,” issue quietly discussed by students of color to light. I want future students of color to feel like they have a bigger platform to discuss issues they are facing at Fontbonne. If you are a student of color who relates to my experience, please reach out to me. We need to have more of these conversations, as uncomfortable as some students might become. I want to hear people’s thoughts about this issue. Do you think of it as an issue? If so, how can we as one campus solve this injustice?

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”-Desmond Tutu

Take care,

Mari

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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 a beloved artist. That is me 100%. (I even have a couple tattoos representing my favorite artists, if that doesn’t tell you enough about me…) I love going to as many concerts as I can, and sometimes even travel to see a particular artist. I feel like the memories I make at concerts are always worth it, and I never regret going to see a live show of any kind. The energy of a live performance is like no other.

It seems as if there is always a concert or show that I have tickets for. It keeps life exciting; there’s always something to look forward to. I already had tickets to a Beatles tribute band called Rain. I see them annually at the Fabulous Fox theater. And now I also secured tickets to The Weeknd and Lady Gaga! I will be traveling to Seattle in April to stay with some family members up there, and see The Weekend while in town. I have never seen him live before and am really looking forward to it! Lady Gaga is coming to St. Louis in November, so have a bit of time before that one. But still exciting! This will be my second time seeing her live in concert. I am anticipating Ed Sheeran (one of my absolute favs) to announce tour dates any day now. So that will hopefully be another one to add to my list. (My wallet won’t be too happy about that one..) Stay tuned for my many concert excursions. Life is always an adventure!

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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 that can always be used. Black history month is a time when one is reminded what it means to be an African American, it is not about the bad times but it is about the integrity, leadership, and determination. Black history month is a depiction of what true character looks like.

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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 4th semester living on campus, and I love living on campus! There’s always something happening every week on campus, and it makes going to events so much easier living within walking distance of anything on campus. I also love living on campus because I have met all of my favorite people from Fontbonne by living on campus!

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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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Black History Month

by Patricia February 22, 2017

The prompt for this week is what does Black history month mean to you? The answer is that I don’t know what it means to me. I never really thought about it. When I went to Washington D.C a few years ago I saw that they were building a Black History Museum and I thought […]

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Black History Month

by Jessica February 22, 2017

What does it mean to me? Hmm… I’m going to be honest, I don’t get excited about Black History Month. It’s hard to explain. On one hand, I’m not like, “Yay! Black History Month!” On the other hand, I’m not like, “Bleh! Black History Month.” I’m more like, “Black History Month is cool.” I guess […]

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“What am I most excited for?”

by Jessica February 21, 2017

Hmm, what am I most excited for?  Well, I’d say that I’m excited for spring.  While it feels like it’s already here, it’s just around the corner.  I love the feeling of the warm air and cool breeze (or vice versa) brush against my face, the smell of freshly bloomed flowers or rainfall, and the […]

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Practically Perfect In Every Way

by Carly February 20, 2017

After nearly 4 months of work, the production finally came together, and “Mary Poppins” was a huge success! Myself and the rest of the cast and crew spent over 80 hours at the high school last week. We were working until the very last minute to get everything ready: all the costumes, props, set pieces, […]

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