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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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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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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. My favorite dessert is the lemon and blueberry cake with lemon mousse. I enjoy the smoothies in the DSAC. I have made lots of new friends. When I lived at home I didn’t get to see them very often. Now I see them everyday. Last weekend I went roller skating with the Residence Hall Association. Next weekend I will go to a birthday party for a friend. I also enjoy walking on the track in DSAC. I listen to Pandora.

I am also excited that 2 of my 8-week classes are almost over. I am taking quantitative analysis and Public Policy. I am working on my final projects for these classes and hope to do well. After that I will just be continuing my other class and that’s it! My 5 week course starts next month but that should be fairly easy, its GOV101.

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Terragan

Our Mission

by Terragan on February 20, 2017

in Campus Community

Fontbonne and its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet work to further the common good we all share in our exchanging of values of friends and family and through service. Its hard to find another religious order that has been on the forefront and facilitator of social change outside the CSJs. I, coming from a public school background and wasn’t raised in a particularly religious household, found the work and message spread by Fontbonne and its founders to be universal. Our mission statement is:

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

We are to search out the most good for our community and be prepared to learn and act in a way that treats our neighbors with love and respect. One doesn’t have to share the same religious views to understand the CSJ’s message of continuous learning and possessing the gusto to better ourselves…together. Only together can we overcome the challenges to our community.

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Mission… Possible!

by Yuri February 16, 2017

Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is: “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, […]

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GALENTINE’S DAY ALL THE WAY💕👸

by Morgan February 16, 2017

Hi guys! Happy Monday and happy Galentine’s Day! What is Galentine’s Day you ask? Well sit back and let me shine some light on the situation… Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day.  Galentine’s Day was invented by Leslie Knope, the main character leading lady from the TV show Parks and Rec. […]

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Critically, Ethically, Responsibly

by Jess February 8, 2017

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.” Without getting too political, in light of the state of our world today, I […]

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My View on the Fontbonne Mission

by Jessica February 8, 2017

Well, before I begin my statement, I think it is best to give y’all a little rundown of the Fontbonne Mission. Fontbonne was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a group of Catholic nuns that had immigrated to St. Louis from France. They sought to teach their students the common good and […]

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Fontbonne’s Mission

by Patricia February 8, 2017

Fontbonne’s mission statement is ” a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly. Being educated is important because it teaches you to think critically […]

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The Fontbonne Mission

by Claire February 8, 2017

The Fontbonne Mission is something that is always lurking in the shadows on campus. It is always present whether we know it or not. To me, the Fontbonne Mission is perfectly aligned with what the President and educators promote on campus every day. “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of […]

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