From the monthly archives:

September 2013

Over the weekend I celebrated my 22nd birthday. Of course Taylor Swifts song entitled “22″ was stuck in my head all day long. My birthday was on Friday. Me and two of my friends went to the last preseason Blues game. It was a lot of fun and also it was my friends first hockey game. I am so excited for the actual season to start. After that we spent the night away downtown and we finished the night at Ihop. Which kind of fit the lyric, “breakfast at midnight”. Finally went to bed around 3am. On Saturday I spent the day with my family. We had lunch at the loop and later that night had a family party. I had a lot of desserts. Then on Sunday I went to the Cards/Cubs game. It was the 50th anniversary of Stan “The Man” last regular season game. I thought that was pretty interesting. Also, interesting to see how we, Cardinal nation comes together.

This past Thursday before my birthday I bought a birthday present for myself. Before my night class started I got an email that said the Blues were adding more games to student nights. I saw what I have been wanting to see. So, now I finally get to see my Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th!!! I may not be a Cubs fan but my Chicago pride is within my Blackhawks and Bears.

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It’s been said before, and it will be said again: “Do as I say, not as I do!”

I lead a busy life – I am taking 18 credit hours, I work 25 hours a week, plus usually at least 1 day of babysitting a week, and I try to hang out with my friends occasionally (it’s good for your health, really!) … So needless to say, I tend to be doing a lot of my homework at the last minute. And you would think I would have learned this by now, but seriously guys: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! I mean, I’m a good student, I make good grades and I always get my work done, but not without causing myself a few panic attacks because I’m afraid I won’t finish on time, or because I am just lacking so much sleep!

If there is one piece of advise I would give any new college student it would be that time management and naps are your two best friends! The times when I am really on top of things I feel accomplished and happier about my school work, but on nights like tonight where I have been doing different assignments all day and no I am down to my final project (naturally I put off the most difficult to last) I am stressing myself out way more than I need to be! Freshman year now seems like some fairy-tale land I would love to return to because compared to junior year when you are into the heart of your major’s curriculum you really have to work hard to stay on top of all of your classes.

So my advise? Do as I say, and not as I do: Don’t procrastinate, try to work as little as you can, but I understand from personal experience that sometimes you can’t afford to be the student you are striving to be without keeping those 20-30 hours a week at your job, and remember to have fun in college!

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Hello again, everyone!

Boy, talk about waking me up when September ends!! I think I ‘woke up’ and realize how close midterms are – YIKES! Aside from that, I have to say that the best experience I’ve had at Fontbonne so far has been meeting so many people and making great friends. Quite honestly, it’s very reassuring to know that whenever you are going from class to class, you will see a friend or two to say “Hi” to along the way. Part of this comes from getting involved but also just putting yourself out there, being your own person, and socializing with an open mind.

I, for one, am a huge people person – I always love learning about and meeting different people. In a way, it helps you to learn about yourself a little more. (Yes, I meant to get philosophical there)! I wish more people were willing to try and make friends with people who have differing personality types, interests, so on and so forth. You seriously can’t judge a book by its cover!

I have to say that I am most looking forward to making the best of my college career while I can. I want to be reaffirmed that yes, I am going down the right path for my future – which, at the moment, I am hoping consists of my very own Personal Styling business! I know there are many great plans in store for me and it’s all in God’s hands, but I’m not worried by any means.

I have a lot to appreciate for now and later, so when I get über stressed, my focus diverts from that sense of appreciation to high inquisition about everything (i.e. Well, what do I do now?, How can I possibly get motivated?)

Maybe some of you can relate, maybe not.

Overall, I’m confident about where  I’m headed in this mad world and I hope to meet more people along the way who contribute to cultivating a sense of direction in my life. I’m in it to win it!

Ta, ta for now!

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in “Prisoners”
After watching the recently released film Prisoners, an incredibly suspenseful kidnap mystery, I could not help but long for a time when these types of stories were a rule of mainstream American film rather than an exception. While the popularity of thrilling “airport novels” is still derided by literary highbrows, and on network television police procedurals still rule the ratings, the mystery has been fading from the movie theater. Gone are the 1990s, when movies regularly found huge box office success by having leading men like Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, or Harrison Ford follow a string of clues to a find a killer, unveil a bureaucratic conspiracy, or prevent a geopolitical disaster. In this new decade, whether it is an Oscar-nominated spy versus spy mole-hunt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, 2011), an acclaimed courtroom drama (The Lincoln Lawyer, 2011), a gritty, macho neo-noir (Broken City, 2013), or a star-studded political conspiracy (Ides of March, 2011 ), the mystery has simply failed to draw the attention and success it could take for granted during the days when writers like John Grisham and Tom Clancy were at their peak in popularity.
In the current Hollywood roster, adaptations based on works by popular authors in the mystery genre often rely on a heavy action element to justify their existence in a medium dominated by CGI-spectaculars. Both James Patterson’s Alex Cross (2012) and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (2012) followed this model but still generated less than $100 million in box office revenue, the traditional mark for a Hollywood hit. If fact, even with the expanded fistfights and shoot-outs, Alex Cross could not recoup its low Hollywood budget of $35 million even when incorporating the international market, a far cry from when Morgan Freeman played the same character in 2001’s Along Came A Spider and did little else besides ask questions and have “Aha” moments to the tune of $105 million in worldwide box office. One fictional character who did prosper with a revised fusion of action and mystery was the most famous detective of all, Sherlock Holmes himself . Portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. in these 2009 and 2011 releases, the iconic sleuth deduced his way through swashbuckling brawls and chases the scale of which rivaled anything in the original Pirates of the Caribbean. The seamless integration of mystery into a larger adventure appeared so effortless for director Guy Ritchie, one could say of him that it almost seemed elem… second nature.
Now, in regards to the pure mystery, could a whodunit still intrigue the public enough to show up in mass to learn the answer? If any movie seemed to embody a “yes” to that question, it was the American version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Every aspect of the film appeared to prophesize success. It had a built-in audience from the mega-selling trilogy of Scandinavian thrillers by Steig Larsson. It had an acclaimed director, David Fincher, who made his name in the psychological thriller genre with the Academy Award-winning Se7en (1997) and, later returned to similar ground with the true story of Zodiac (2007). The size of the marketing budget for Girl could compete with that of many blockbusters and the advertising made ample use of actor Daniel Craig during a 007 drought and Roony Mara, who’s eerie physicality in her performance as Lisbeth Salander was already inspiring whispers of “Oscar.” After the duration of its domestic run, and all the dollars were all tallied, the film was a quantifiable hit, earning just north of the domestic hit marker at $102 million dollars. But this success was still too small to be considered a worthwhile return on a substantial investment. The grosses were far below studio hopes considering it was made on a budget of $90 million (not even including marketing). Ultimately, it was considered a financial disappointment. Development on the other installments of the trilogy were shelved, each sequel waiting for an adaptation that would likely never occur.

Ben Kingsley, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mark Ruffalo in "Shutter Island"

There is one bright example, however, of a true to form mystery, which was successful in this decade without qualification: Martin Scorsese’s almost “locked-room”-style Shutter Island (2011). Set in the 1950s, the film follows an emotionally tormented police detective, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he investigates the disappearance of a mental ward patient on an isolated island. The detective gradually realizes that the appearances of this mental ward are, of coarse, not the reality and that the missing patient is just a single piece to a much more maddening puzzle. Proving the everlasting reverence of director Martin Scorsese and the reliable box office draw of Leonardo DiCaprio, one of Hollywood’s last “sure bet” movie stars, Shutter Island reached $128 million in the United States. At last, a true hit mystery film.
But could this just be one of the last breaths of dying genre? Probably not. While popular mystery films such as Shutter Island are rare, it is never for a lack of Hollywood trying. Like Westerns, it seems you can always count on a few high profile productions cropping up on occasion when the studios decide it is time again to test if audiences are ready embrace the format. Additionally, there are always enough moderate successes, such as The Call (2013), which made $51 million on a budget of only $13 million, and Unknown (2011), which made $63 million on a budget of $30 million, to ensure that fans of the genre will always have a decent serving of intrigue, suspense and one person’s dogged search for the truth. The mystery never really dies. Sometimes it just goes missing and waits to be found.

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New Perspective

by Alumni Posts September 30, 2013

I cannot just pin point one Fontbonne experience that is the best. I have got to experience so much since I have been in St. Louis. I come from small town in Illinois. I would say it is a sheltered community. Coming to Fontbonne has really opened up my eyes. I have a new perspective […]

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Some of the Best Memories at Fontbonne

by Alumni Posts September 30, 2013

This is my third year at Fontbonne, and I cannot even count the numerous memories that I have created with so many great friends. Some of my favorite memories are of my closest friends and I killing time between classes in the DSAC or random places around campus and joking around, talking about boys, and […]

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Color Run!

by Tim September 30, 2013

This was my second color run. My sister, brother, his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s dog, and I were a team this year. The color run raises money for charities. The run was a 5k, with stations where they toss food dye on you. The colors this year were orange, pink, blue, green, and yellow. There was […]

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20 College Life Lessons

by Kristen September 28, 2013

I have learned a lot while in college. Some of my new knowledge is class-related, but I have also learned a lot about the world. For this week, I decided to share with you some of the lessons I have learned throughout my time at Fontbonne. Maybe some of them will apply to you! 1. […]

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This is that thing I signed up for

by Alumni Posts September 27, 2013

So, this is my first post. I’ll introduce myself: My name is Holly Rogers. I am a freshman majoring in Advertising. I am from St. Charles, MO. And technically, I live on campus. But I feel like a commuter most days. Between 2 jobs and a boyfriend back where I live, I only sleep here […]

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Fontbonne after dark…

by Alumni Posts September 27, 2013

It’s 1:00 a.m. in the morning on a weekday and Fontbonne students are up walking to Schnucks and watching bootleg movies on Netflix. Everyone is tired but no one will admit it. Girls are all on the boys floor going in and out of each room, and people are walking around laughing, talking, being friendly, […]

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