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Hello students and prospective students,

I had a very nice meeting tonight with my colleague, Lottie Marie Page, regarding the “re-start up” of Fontbonne’s LGBTQ Alliance for Respect and Equality (FLARE). After having difficulty managing to run FLARE last semester, I have unfortunately decided to step down as president. Sadly, I did not do anything for FLARE except attending mandatory meetings for being the president of a student organization. Luckily, I had Jes Stevens to help me out (a lot) by making sure FLARE was still being recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA). So, I give much thanks and credit to Jes for having been a very large help for FLARE. It looks like very soon Lottie will become the FLARE’s president. I was hoping that FLARE would not permanently fail due to lack of participation. I am very happy that Lottie is volunteering to take up the position as president of FLARE. I was so inspired to hear her speak about her history of being involved in Pro-LGBT rights activities during her high school years and her involvement with the Gay Straight Alliance at the previous university she attended. I invite all of you to check out FLARE. Lottie is an excellent person for being the new president. (Thanks, Lottie!)

So if you would like to join FLARE, look for Lottie. She is a nice person and is very passionate about restarting FLARE for the student population. It looks like it is going to be a great semester for Lottie. I wish her all the best!

Hope to see you all at her meetings, and of course, I will support FLARE. Let’s go LGBT Rights!

Happy Beginning of Spring 2014!


Last night before bed, I watched “Marie Antoinette”. A few weeks ago, one of Fontbonne’s Faculty and Staff won the “best costume”, dressed up as Marie Antoinette. I admired her costume. She looked like she popped out of the 1700′s. When the name of the character she dressed up as was announced, I asked my friend: “Who is Marie Antoinette?” My friend looked shocked when I asked her. After many years of History Classes in grammar school and high school, I felt dumb when she told me who she was. Marie Antoinette was the Last Queen of France, married to King Louis XVI. The film “Marie Antoinette” gave a great insight about how life was like as royalty in France in the late 1700′s. I never really knew what life was like for the King and Queen of France, until I got to see “Marie Antoinette”. Although I have heard about Versailles, I haven’t really known about what King and Queen lived there. I was very interested in seeing the King and Queen live in Versailles. I had absolutely no idea who was the first and the last royal to live there. (By the looks of it at the end of the movie, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were the last governing royalty to reside in the Palace).

When I was browsing through the Jack C. Taylor Library at Fontbonne University, I was surprised to have spotted a movie about Marie Antoinette. (Just a couple weeks before I had no idea who Marie Antoinette was!) The movie was very good in my opinion; Kirsten Dunst did a very fine job acting as Marie Antoinette. The film enabled me to take a good look into what life was like for the Queen. She was a beautiful girl, but the movie did not make her look mean. Some think that Marie was a villainess, while other French people looked at her sort of how Americans view the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Marie Antoinette was dressed to the nine’s and had a handful of responsibilities and adjustments to make in the French Court. Although the King did the majority of the governing, the Queen had some power. It was very interesting to watch the changes of Marie Antoinette from a young duchess in the Austrian Court to the Queen of France. The next time you are at the Library, I recommend that you borrow “Marie Antoinette”.


Being a student at Fontbonne University has many perks. The best perk, in my opinion, is having everything you need to be a successful student available for you within walking distance. Since Fontbonne University is a small campus, it has everything that is needed to run an institution in a just a few buildings. There are only five buildings on campus that your classes could be in if you are a native English speaker. (Fontbonne has some more class space in the St. Joseph Hall, a dormitory for all freshmen resident students, for English As A Second Language courses).

Navigating campus is so easy that it is very difficult to get lost. If you realize that you are in the wrong building for your classes, it is always going to be somewhere close. I sometimes get my schedule mixed up on some days, but fortunately, it only takes me a minute to make my way over to the correct building. Every building is labeled with a recognizable sign, so you should not have a problem identifying either of the five buildings: Ryan, East, Anheuser-Busch, Library, or Southwest. Southwest is just a little bit off the beaten path, but is still on school grounds. There is a Campus Bookstore on the first floor of the Ryan Hall that is open every day except on holidays, so it is easy to purchase something you need for class there.

If you are hungry, you can grab a quick meal at either of the dining options, Ryan Dining Hall or Griffin Grill at the Dunham Student Activity Center, that are located just behind the main part of campus. There is also a gymnasium, track, and completely-equipped work out room that you can use to let out stress. When you go on your tour around campus, you will see for yourself why being a student at a small campus is actually quite lovely.

I hope you like Fontbonne as much as I do!


Good day, Fontbonne!

This week I wish to discuss how I study for exams. For me, the best way to study for an exam is paying attention in class. If you are unable to understand your teacher, then I would suggest dropping the class and getting into a new one. (There are some classes taught at Fontbonne with different teachers teaching the courses. Find one that works in your schedule.) Since I fortunately am able to understand my professors, I can usually give my undivided attention. What teachers say in class is very important. You can read the book all you want, but most likely what you will be tested mostly on is the information that the teacher has presented in class. There is a chance that you will have a class that does not use the book in class. It is always good to read the book regardless if the teacher does not review from it in class. For example, in my Western Civilization Pre-Historty to 1700 CE course with Mr. McCabe, Mr. McCabe tests his students on both the material that was given in class, and what was not touched upon from the chapters in our book. He will often say in class: “Make sure you read the chapter!”.

I have to admit, I do not always read everything for my classes. It is really only when it is mentioned in class that I read outside of class and homework. What has been working for me lately is studying my notes thoroughly, then skim the book for any information that I might have missed. Once I come across something that I realize that I need to know for the test, I read the section over maybe once or twice up to an hour.I feel that paying attention in class and taking good notes are the best ways for studying for a test. Good luck to all of you, and I hope that you have found my tips useful!


Childhood Dreams Have Changed.

by Sean September 28, 2012

“When I grow up, I wanna be famous. I wanna be a star. I wanna be in movies. I wanna see the world, drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies.”- Pussycat Dolls Every one of us who lives has some type of dream for what he/she wants for him/herself for the future. The Pussycat dolls [...]

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WELCOME to the FALL 2012 Semester!

by Sean September 9, 2012

Hello, fellow Fontbonne students and bloggers! My name is Sean Pellegrini, and I am a new “Real Life at Fontbonne Blogger”! I hope that some day I could meet you. I am a sophomore Psychology major and I LOVE this school. Fontbonne is like another home. I am from Chicago (yes, actually from there on [...]

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