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Organizations, Activities & Events

As you might have heard, I’ll be graduating in May. Cue the Vitamin C song, group hugs, reminiscing on the good old days, etc. etc.  One thing that I’m particularly proud of as I look back on college (and high school, I might add) ….I NEVER MISSED ONE SINGLE SCHOOL DANCE. Naturally this year was no different, and I attended my last dance as a Fontbonne student this past weekend.
Thankfully, it was a total success.  The theme was neon/blacklight bash and it was super rad. Of course I was completely on point with the theme, as usual. (Reference: my previous post about the fall dance). The dance was on campus this year, which eliminated both the hassle of transportation and the cost.  There was a photobooth, option to be paint splattered, a solid DJ…. I couldn’t have asked for a better night.  Thanks FAB and everyone at Fontbonne for helping me keep up my perfect streak and go out with a bang.

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This week is another busy one! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is hosting their annual Spring Spirit Week. There are events planned everyday that lead up to the dance. The overall theme is neon. Here’s the line up of exciting events.

Monday: “Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery” trivia competition during the day and Dueling Pianos performance at night

Tuesday: Trip to the Cardinals game

Wednesday: Splatter paint your own stunner shades during the day and watch “Frozen” in the meadow at night (and eat ice cream)

Thursday: Free lunch for commuters (we’re serving Pot Belly sandwiches)

Friday: Fontbonne Day (community volunteer work) and neon volleyball tournament at night

Saturday: Blacklight Bash! (it’s a dance with all the lights out, but will still be able to see thanks to the awesome glowing decorations and paint splatters on people)

It’s crazy to think how fast the end of the semester is coming. After Spirit Week, there’s only two more FAB events left: Trivia Finale and Springfest. Springfest is an annual end-of-year celebration that is collaborative among various student organizations. There will be a live band, food trucks, dunking booth, tie-dying, Velcro wall, and more. After the carnival portion, the fashion merchandising department is hosting a fashion show (I am also a part of the class that is producing this). Following that is a “Taste of St. Louis” dinner, and then time to relax and play video games and/or do Pinterest crafts. And finally, to end the night, a movie will be shown on the blow up screen.

I am very thrilled for these final events of the year. They have been a work in progress throughout this entire semester, so it’s exciting to see it all come together.

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I’m gonna take this opportunity to chat a bit about a workshop I’m doing for the Human Environmental Sciences department this week – Wednesday, April 2nd, at 11am to be precise. The presentation I’m giving is based off of a project I did in my Methods in Teaching class last semester, which in itself is based off of a book I read. The book is called “The Four Agreements”, the author is Don Miguel Ruiz, and the philosophy expounded therein is the way that I try to live my life.
The basic principle is this: all you really need to live a happy and fulfilled life is to take these “Four Agreements” to heart and follow them the best that you can. Here are the Agreements:
1. Be Impeccable with Your Word. This basically means to speak with integrity and spread kindness with the things you say. Don’t gossip, don’t lie, and don’t say hurtful things to yourself or others.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Be immune to the actions and words of others. Nothing they say or do is really because of you, anyway. It’s all a result of their own opinions, thoughts, and projection of reality. Don’t let it bring you down.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions. Communicate clearly with other people in order to understand how they really feel. You can avoid pain, misunderstandings, and needless drama just by not jumping to conclusions about why someone is doing something.
4. Always Do Your Best. You won’t be able to follow the Agreements perfectly, and that’s okay. Just do the best you can in the moment. Some days will be good, some days will be bad, but all you can do is take what is given to you and make the best of it.
The rules are simple, but I think they’re pretty profound as well. If you want to hear more about it (and get a chance to win a prize) come to the event on Wednesday! Hopefully it will help others as much as it has helped me.

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Holy cats, spring break is over already. Or was it winter break? With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell. Regardless, I’m sure the rest of the school year will fly by.  But wait! It’s not over quite yet. We haven’t had the Environmental Fair yet. I write about it every year without fail…it is an annual occurrence, after all.
To recap:  the Environmental Fair is our way of showcasing how students and staff can be more eco-friendly. In the past we had tables from various campus organizations promoting recycling, composting, and endangered wildlife, as well as tables from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, a local upcycled jewelry craftsman, and the REFRESH secondhand clothing store. We try to have it outdoors in our meadow, with a bunch of tables that students can stroll though and enjoy.
I’m trying to do it big this year: catering, lots of tables, all the bells and whistles. The date will be April 23rd from 11am to 1pm. Come out and enjoy!!! IT’S GONNA BE THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR EVARRRRRR.

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Dear Time: Can you please slow down?!

by Carlyn March 10, 2014

I’ve been told that time gets faster the older you get, and now I’m starting to believe it. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of future planning within my organizations, and it feels weird to already be thinking about my senior year of college. It may seem far away, but in the grand scheme of [...]

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Currently

by Lizzie March 7, 2014

This is a common phrase, I believe: “I’m so tired of the cold and snow!” Yes, that is the main sentence for the past two months. It’s bizarre! I guess we can cope with the constant cold and snow, but jeez, it does get old. And it doesn’t make things better with all the accidents [...]

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Love the Skin You’re In

by Carlyn March 3, 2014

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. In support, the Counseling and Wellness department hosted a couple events. On Monday, there was a panel of individuals and families that have recovered from an eating disorder battle. A Q&A session took place. On Wednesday, a documentary called Someday, Melissa was played. This film follows the [...]

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Not So Fun Weekend

by Corie February 24, 2014

I had good plans for this past weekend. I was going to go to STL Up Late Party, spend some time with family and also have a girls night. All of that had to be cancelled though. I just had to get sick. It’s the time of year where the weather is starting to change [...]

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Booking it in Boston

by Carlyn February 24, 2014

This past week was an exhausting, but fabulous one! For five days, I was in Boston for a conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). This opportunity came up because my position next year on the Fontbonne Activities Board will be the Live Performance Chair. The FAB president for next school year (Brooke Stochl) [...]

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Marielle February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – [...]

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