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My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.

My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.

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The trees are finally starting to change colors and the air is getting a little more brisk- fall is here! I absolutely love fall weather and everything that goes along with it: pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, apple orchards, and the farmers marketYesterday I went to the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis and it was SO much fun. The market began in 1779 as a big grassy area where farmers could come and sell their local fruit, vegetables and livestock; today, the Soulard Famers Market is one of the largest in the area and sells a wide variety of items such as candles, carpets, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, spices, scarves, and so much more!

The atmosphere of this farmers market was lively and exciting. There was a live band playing, people walking around and vendors trying to sell their products to the people passing by. Some even used little riddles, like “a tisket, a tasket, you know you want my basket!” that one lady sang regarding her basket of broccoli. I spent a few hours there while I walked around the main buildings and sipped hot apple cider. The prices were amazing too! The fruit and vegetables were very inexpensive- I want to go there from now on to do my grocery shopping! I purchased some apples, pumpkin bread, a candle, and a pomegranate. I would highly suggest going to the historical Soulard Farmers Market if you are in the St. Louis area and looking for a great time and great food!

The market is open year-round Wednesday-Saturday with the following times:

Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday: 7am-5pm

Saturday: 7am-5:50pm

For more information about the Soulard Famers Market, click on the link: http://www.soulardmarket.com

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Hey Fontys! I’m back! I know when you’re at a family function or talking to a staff member on campus, you probably have been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had your life planned out since you were five. If not (and you’re lucky that you’re not), you probably don’t even know what you’re going to wear to class tomorrow. This post is about showcasing our future plans after Fontbonne. So, here are mine… After I get my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, I plan on apply to University of Missouri-St. Louis in Criminology to begin my career as a crime reporter for the city of St. Louis. After I’m settled in my career as a reporter, I plan to start an organization for homeless citizens where they will be able to move into an apartment below the org office and get help with things they struggle with, such as addiction, completing their education, budgeting, and housing placement after they complete the program. I also plan to write a novel series for teenagers. In between that, (I know… there’s more… ), I wanna get married, have kids, and build my own home. My degree from Fontbonne will not only give me great academic tools to start my career, but I can also use Fontbonne’s rich history of service to inspire me to continuously give back.

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Some weeks ago I attended an event about the West Lake Landfill crisis. Unbeknownst to me, the crisis at West Lake has a large impact on the St. Louis region. I, myself, was clueless about he goings-on in Bridgeton. My sister, a devoted advocate of the Earth, asked me to join her.

The West Lake Landfill located in Bridgeton, Missouri, is divided into sectors. In these sectors, smoldering fires have occurred. Due to the fallout of the Manhattan Project and the additional build-up of waste throughout the years, a landfill fire was caused in 2010. Since then, citizens of Bridgeton and neighboring towns have advocated for environmental justice. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has created a barrier between the landfill and radioactive materials (adjacent to the landfill) but this is not enough. Countless families are suffering from the effects of the landfill, from stench to the potential appearance of chronic disease due to contact with toxic materials in water sources.

Lois Gibbs was the guest speaker at the event. Having been witness to the Love Canal crisis (a similar catastrophe that dealt with 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals) Lois understood the importance of community and justice. Her speech was not only incredibly moving, but empowering. She called the West Lake Landfill site the “worst site in the country.” She also stated that the EPA has the power and authority to do anything. If this is true, why is change not so apparent? Like several other environmental cases, a lot of research is required to uncover the truth about environmental disaster–and it is not an easy task. For 35 years Lois worked to rectify the crisis that was going on in her own neighborhood. In order to find the answers, a lot of “digging” is required, which proves just how much we are left in the dark about our own health and safety.

The “unknown factor” is what causes a lot of people to become fearful. Knowing what’s going on in the St. Louis area is imperative to environmental change. Whenever I attend these events, I am reminded of my roots. St. Louis is my home, home to Fontbonne University, where so many of us enjoy the luxury of an abundant campus filled with nature and life.  It is easy to get caught up in your own world an it is easy to dismiss the bigger picture. The way I see it, St. Louis is, in fact, a much smaller picture and it is a great place to start. Just by going to events–such as the Nuclear Waste Landfill Fire Teach-In or–you are choosing knowledge over ignorance. It is important to know about the environment and how St. Louis, and all its respective areas, regions, and counties are faring.

Something I remembered from Lois’ speech was her letter-writing tutorial of sorts. She encouraged us to write a letter to “the people in charge” and write honestly. Some people fear that they do not know enough to write letters to authorities, or think that their writing skills are inadequate. On the contrary, writing the best way you know how shows that you are authentic and will make more of an impression.

I urge students to go out and seek opportunities that will increase knowledge and awareness. Stay informed!

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Tour of St. Louis

by Sara September 29, 2014

The office of international admissions organizes a tour for all Fontbonne students. Since I came in spring, this was the first time I had the opportunity to join the adventure. The tour was on Saturday 13th and we started at 9:30 am, too early for a Saturday! But it was a nice day outside and […]

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New Places, New Faces

by Abby Towle September 12, 2014

My first few weeks at Fontbonne have been AMAZING! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and transferred to Fontbonne this semester from the University of Minnesota, so I am a long way from home! I got accepted to Fontbonne last spring, was granted a generous scholarship, and then everything just fell into place! I couldn’t have […]

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Meeting Dr. Pressimone

by Sara September 11, 2014

I was lucky to meet Dr. Pressimone at the international students dinner on September 4th. As I came near the Wydown House, I noticed how everything was set up to make this dinner a welcoming experience. The flags in the entryway representing the countries, the tables in the front porch and the decorations inside the […]

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Theme Song

by Marki April 30, 2014

If I had a theme song it would be Supermodel by RuPaul. This song just make me feel like I am hitting the runway everywhere I go. The song is me because it just makes me feel happy and extremely sassy. Every street and corner is my runway and I can strut with the best […]

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5 Ways I Practice Healthy Habits

by Alumni Posts April 28, 2014

In college, it’s hard to keep up with, well, EVERYTHING. I’ve got your back; you know who you are, busy bees. Without further ado, I have made a list of 5 ways I have gotten into the habit of doing to progress and promote personal wellness! 1. Wake up at the same time everyday. Our […]

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The Smallest Family Members

by Kristen April 25, 2014

My family members would not be considered “animal people.”  My oldest and youngest brothers like to play with dogs, and of course we all love puppies and kittens.  But, overall, we are not prone to loving animals.  That being said, we do have two small dogs as members of our family.  Rather, we did have […]

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