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Britney

Volunteering

by Britney on April 16, 2014

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Service is important because it is an opportunity to help others less fortunate than you or people who just simply need help. It gives an opportunity for networking and builds a sense of community. It is important for Fontbonne to encourage to participate in community as a whole because together we can make BIG things happen. We are the face of our school so when people see that Fontbonne is volunteering, it gives us a good reputation. We want to share the love that Jesus shared with us when he died on the cross and this is one way we can show and example of Christ’s love. Showing Christ’s love is why volunteering is important to me personally. School volunteer days have influenced my thoughts on service and community contribution.

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Joanna

Concert! :)

by Joanna on April 15, 2014

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This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to The Pageant for the first time! For those of you who don’t know what The Pageant is, it’s a concert venue on the Delmar Loop. Anyway, my friend and I bought tickets to see Phantogram, and on the day of the show, we grabbed our bikes and pedaled excitedly down S. Big Bend Blvd. The weather was perfect for a bike ride, and the venue is less than two miles away so it was very convenient. When we got there, I was jumping up and down with excitement! We walked through the doors, and they stamped my hand because I’m under 21. The stamp was a little baby – I was sooo insulted! But, I quickly got over it when I saw the  inside of The Pageant – it was awesome! My friend and I took our places at the back of the crowd as we listened to the opening act, a female band called Team. They were alright, nowhere near as good as Phantogram though! We had to wait awhile between the opening act and Phantogram’s entrance, but when they took the stage, we pushed our way to the front of the crowd to get the best view! They opened with a few flashes of a strobe light – it almost blinded me, but it was so cool! Their opening song was “Voices,” one of my favorites :) The whole concert was great…the bass was loud, the singing was flawless, and they had mesmerizing laser lights of all colors! I really felt like I fit in with the crowd there too. That’s the cool thing about listening to alternative bands – the people who listen to them all enjoy being different. Everyone there seemed perfectly happy being themselves. People were waving their hands, chatting with their friends, and dancing to the music however they pleased. I totally recommend going to a concert at the Pageant, especially if you like alternative music! It’s a great venue, always has interesting artists, and is literally right down the road from Fontbonne!

Until next time,

Joanna :)

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Airplane Tips

by Kristen on April 7, 2014

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As I am now a seasoned airplane veteran (having been on five airplanes, all in the same trip), I feel I have some quality advice about flying that I can share with you.

When you first get onto the plane, you will have to find your seat and store your luggage nearby.  For big bags, there is a compartment above the seats; but if you have a backpack or purse and can shove it under the seat in front of yours, it will be a lot easier to access later.  Once you’re seated, you have to put your seatbelt on and wait until the plane crew has checked and rechecked the entire plane.  At least five times.  Then you begin takeoff.

When the plane first starts to move towards the runway, you may think to yourself, “This isn’t so bad.  It’s just like riding on the ground.”  Well, that’s because you are still on the ground.  When the plane finally begins to go up, you will feel yourself tilt as the plane starts to rise.  If things start to get bumpy, don’t freak out!  Unless everyone else on the aircraft looks concerned, you probably aren’t crashing.  Probably.  As you get higher, you can look out the window (if you are near one) and see the airport and surrounding city get smaller.  Eventually it will resemble a patchwork quilt of little streets and hills.

Soon you will reach cloud level, where the window view is particularly interesting.  Clouds tend to look like this:

When you are above them, as you can see in the photo, the clouds resemble frothy white waves.  I like to imagine I’m on a beach somewhere looking at a white ocean, instead of miles above the ground.

If you are taking a short flight to another part of the country, you won’t have to entertain yourself for long.  However, if you are flying overseas, you have a long ride ahead of you.  Mine was between 8 ½ and 9 hours from the east coast to London; I hope you can occupy your time!  Longer flights have TVs at each seat, with a selection of new and old films.  They also serve scanty meals, just enough so you won’t starve.  On both my flights we were served two meals, which differed depending on the time of day I was flying.  The food isn’t terrible as long as you remember a few simple guidelines to ordering your meals.  First, when they ask if you want pasta or chicken, you always want pasta!  Even if you love to eat baked chicken; trust me, you need to order pasta.  They heat their meals on the plane, so any meat options have essentially been microwaved.  Or that’s how they taste, at least.  And as chicken tastes rubbery when cooked in the microwave, pasta is always a better option.  You should also know that they won’t wake you to ask if you want food, so make sure you are awake, especially at the beginning of the flight, when they serve the first meal.  If possible, I recommend asking those seated next to you to be vigilant and wake you when the food carts come down the aisle.

A word on airplane staff:  some are nice, some are cranky.  Stewardesses, I have heard, treat you with extra care when you’re an attractive male.  For the rest of us, we have to be especially nice to them and clearly make our needs known.  For example, if you look particularly young and the stewardess asks you what you would like to drink, she may try to give you apple juice when you ask for the complementary glass of wine.  You will have to speak more loudly and correct her if you want to get what you actually requested.  Or take the juice meekly and try again on your next flight.

If you plan to sleep on your flight, I recommend purchasing a travel pillow.  They are small and fit around your neck to give you some comfort while trying to sleep in your nearly upright seat.  Overseas flights, at least on US Airways, provide small pillows and thin blankets, but it’s difficult to find a position in which you can lean your head on the pillow without dropping it onto the person next to you.  I also recommend bringing your own headphones; while overseas flights do hand out earphones, they suck, so bring your own if you want to listen to music or watch a movie.

You know how it feels when you’re driving and have to make an abrupt stop?  That is how landing feels, except it lasts longer than a few seconds.  When the plane starts to land, you will definitely want to be back in your seat with your seatbelt securely fastened.  When it’s safe to move again, the seatbelt light will go off above you, and you can stand and stretch before picking up your bag or other belongings.  Then, after another five minutes or so of waiting for everyone else to get off the plane, you can exit and be on your way to a great vacation!

I’ll stick in a few more Europe photos for you before you go.  Have a good week!

More of the Irish countryside

Oxford University

Bridge in London

An Underground Railway Station

Double Decker Bus, London

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Tim

Senior

by Tim on April 7, 2014

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I’m starting to realize that this is it. My last year here due to graduation in December. It is my last time for a lot of stuff. I have had a blast the past year and a half here. I’ve met some great people that i consider my family here. The experience are priceless that I will never trade or take for granted. All my hard work has gotten so far from high school.

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Love

by Tara Jones April 7, 2014

LOVE isn’t solely for Valentine’s Day. Love is patient and love is kind. Love is for all. You might even think of Nat King Cole’s “Love” or Haddaway’s “What Is Love.” …Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more. Honestly, I think love is so overrated. People give love way too many definitions. Love [...]

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Fontbonne is Special

by Britney April 3, 2014

I chose this image because this is a picture of me and two of my friends at Fontbonne University. As you can see they aren’t the same color as me but that didn’t matter to us. We were having a great time at a Fontbonne party just mingling and talking with everyone. We had a [...]

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My First and Last

by Courtney March 16, 2014

I’m not going to lie – when I travel, it’s almost always with my family. I’m close to my family, so we just tend to do things together. I haven’t taken a trip without my family since high school, assuming you count our required overnight religious retreats as “trips.” However, in just a few days, [...]

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Charity Musings

by Isabella March 10, 2014

This morning, my friend Jes and her father loaded almost 10 bags of gently used clothes and goods into my room. Why? Because I’ve been collecting such donations for the past three months to send to my aunt, who works with the local government in Antique, Philippines, with Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief. I am relieved and [...]

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No Matter What

by Isabella March 7, 2014

I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this [...]

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Dress for Success.

by Marki March 3, 2014

What does it truly mean to dress for success? Now that I am talking an interpersonal communication class I get to explore what this truly means. When it comes to meeting people in regular social interactions to serious job interviews, your clothes are always communicating something. Are you trying to show you are a young [...]

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