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Well.  The Cardinals won the World Series last night.  It’s not like I was jumping up and down when it happened or anything, or that my neighborhood was going crazy with fireworks, people coming outside to yell and cheer, and car alarms going off late into the night.  You know us Saint Louisans…we’re calm, cool, and collected in the face of a Ranger-smashing World Series victory.

With that frivolous talk out of my system, onto the meat of this post:  the Fontbanner.

The Fontbanner is the University newspaper, and it’s run by a combo of students taking the class for credit and student volunteers.  I should rephrase that, actually.  Students who volunteer for the paper are few and far between.  Last year, my friend Carly (of FBYou blogging fame) and I were the only volunteers on the ten-person staff.  This year, after I dropped a class (Intro to Classroom Teaching – it was VERY enlightening, and I’d recommend it for anyone who thinks they want to be a teacher), I picked up Newspaper Workshop in its place as an 8-week class, and I’m officially an enrolled student now.

So far, it’s been a bit of a let-down.  When I was a volunteer, I covered some cool events and wrote some fun articles, like the one I wrote about the “Baby Boom” that occurred on the 3rd floor of the East Building.  Now that I’m actually getting CREDIT for my work, I’ve been covering boring stuff, like Sibs Weekend.  Sure, the weekend looked like a lot of fun IF YOU HAD A SIBLING TO GO WITH, but none of my 3 siblings (not counting my other sibling who goes to Fontbonne) wanted to go!  I had to drag myself up to school on a weekend (gasp!) and report on other people having fun with their siblings.

Oh well.  Such is life.

What I do like about the Fontbanner, and this is what kept me volunteering, is that it helps me improve my writing skills.  It turns out, journalistic writing is really difficult.  It’s not like the kind of writing you use for assignments, and the idea behind a newspaper article is to write as simply and powerfully as possible.  I find this really annoying, because it means you can’t use fancy words and that you have to intentionally dumb down your sentences and descriptions.

I consider working on the Fontbanner a writing work-out, because it makes me focus on control.  It’s easy for me to write complex, flowing sentences that sound nice when read aloud.  To shorten those down and make them easy for readers to absorb is a challenge, but doing so pushes me to creatively find ways to express what I need to get across succinctly.  Sometimes, it’s really frustrating and I want to quit the newspaper altogether.  But seeing the final product when it’s published on the Fontbanner website never ceases to give me that tingly feeling of pride inside, and that feeling’s worth all the angst that goes into the article.

So, if you’ve never read the Fontbanner, you should check us out here.  I think it’s a nice paper, but then, I’m a less than impartial critic, aren’t I?  What I like about the class is that anyone can sign up for it, and everyone’s articles get published.  Plus, it’s always a fun group of people to work with.  The staff is mostly English majors, so I get made fun of for being the Computer Science geek in the newsroom, but my background gave me an edge when the newspaper went online this past year.  (Muahahaha – revenge of the nerds!)

Anyway, that’s why I like writing for the Fontbanner.

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Elizabeth P.

Going Back Home

by Elizabeth P. on October 26, 2011

in Extracurricular

Going back home may be just to do laundry, visit with family, or just to see something familiar. Going home for me is all of those things. Last Saturday I took a few extra guests with me. I took three of my Fontbonne friends back to O’Fallon, Mo. You may be thinking “Where is that?” and as I have been telling everyone here for the past three months, it’s about a half hour down Highway 40 going west. I took the girls back for a little St. Charles County vacation.

When we got to my house, my mother and I took them to Historic St. Charles. It is a small part of St. Charles that still has a historic look. It is a street full of beautiful old buildings holding so many stories. The buildings also hold shops carrying all kinds of goodies and plenty of yummy restaurants.  It also includes a beautiful view of the riverfront and part of the famous Katy Trail. It is very popular for wedding pictures and senior pictures. We spent a few hours there looking at all the shops and eating at one of the restaurants.

After that we headed home to relax, order a little pizza, and watch the Cards kick some Ranger butt! I surprised they survived my dad and brother yelling at the TV! The next afternoon, after a nice big cracker barrel brunch and an O’Fallon tour, it was time to head to the reality of college, but what a fun two days it was!

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I have never been so glad to have not left St. Louis for college! I absolutely love living in Cardinal Nation! This has been one of THE most exciting Red Octobers we have had, and although we are behind in the World Series 3-2, I am still keeping the faith! We came back and got the Wild Card spot from the Braves even though it seemed almost impossible! We beat the Phillies, practically the best team this season, and we clinched the National League Championship! This is our year to win our 11th World Series Championship in 2011! Each game night has been very exciting! I have gotten out of my last two Thursday night classes early to watch the games, they played some of the games on the big screen in the DSAC, and last night they even had the game on a big screen in the Meadow! It is all very exciting! For the most part, My friends and I have been watching the games in my room, and being VERY loud about it. I am more invested this year than I have ever been because I was given so many more opportunities to actually go to the games. I saw about 5 or 6 regular season games, the last one I saw being the last home game of the season…and to make that even better, it was my first Cards vs Cubs game ever! It was a GREAT atmosphere to be in! We won, of course. Just when I thought that was going to be the high light of the baseball season for me (besides of course win we win the World Series on Thursday night) my Mom surprised me and bought tickets to one of the National League Championship games against the Brewers for her, my sister, my self and my roommate/best friend! That same day my Dad bought us all Rally Squirrel shirts from Cardinal Glennon Hospital (It was a good cause, and an awesome shirt!) It was another winner and so much fun, and my Rally Towel from the game is now hanging up on my wall :) Then this weekend my Mom surprised me with a Angry Cards shirt (the Fred Bird looks like an Angry Bird) and I love it! Over all, this has been a great season and such a fun Red October!

I love how invested so many students and faculty are in this World Series! It’s such a great environment to be in!

I am looking forward to watching a winner!! Let’s Mess With Texas!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhTYFuRWheU
GO CARDS!

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Well, last night concluded spirit week 2011, and what a week it was!  I got more involved than I planned on, but I do not regret my decision one bit. This past Monday we had a sand volleyball tournament at Concordia Seminary. There was a great turn out, and my team actually won. We won gift cards for Papa John’s, and we got the opportunity to play the staff volleyball team Wednesday night. I was not able to attend the staff vs. student’s volleyball game because my soccer game interfered, but I would like to just say that my team came out and showed the staff who was boss, at least in volleyball. Thursday night, we got to show our skills in singing or not so much, when they had karaoke in the DSAC. I sang a few songs, embarrassed myself a bit, but had a blast while doing it. It seemed that people were really enjoying it!

Then Friday, the big day. The Lip Sync competition of 2011. Now I must say, I am not a person to go in front of crowds and make a fool of myself, but I decided to do just that last night. My friend and I decided last minute to do the lip sync! There was a lot of great competition, and we came out and gave it our all as we did our lip sync to Justin Bieber’s “One Time.” Hilarious, I know.  I am so glad I got the opportunity to do this, and I never knew I could have that much fun facing one of my biggest fears.  Props to the winners for the fourth year in a row, Mike Horn and Tj Eggleston.  And major props to William who came out and gave them some crazy competition. A lot of people believe he was the real first place winner! I hope everyone enjoyed spirit week as much as I did, and thank you FAB for getting all of it together!

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