Over this past weekend, I attended the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO–again with my partner in crime, my sister. I’m less experienced when it comes to T/F, as this was just my second year. So if you want to learn more about the origins of T/F, I suggest clicking this link: http://truefalse.org/about/history
As with any journey, there are highs and lows, but this trip exceeded my expectations. It was all thanks to good friends and good films. Seriously, the films this year were extraordinary, and I was in excellent company.
Back in 1903 when the silent film The Great Train Robbery surfaced, audiences were immersed in a narrative movie (the first of its kind to my knowledge) that leant itself to an outpouring of all different kinds of emotions and reactions. And the best thing? Everyone was experiencing them together, united in laughter or astonishment.
And that’s exactly how T/F felt, sitting amongst fellow festival-goers who were just as eager to see the film. Everyone laughing in unison, or applauding at particularly moving moments. The films that inspired such boisterous reactions were Wiener, a documentary about the life, struggle, and political career of Anthony Wiener, and Sonita, a brilliant documentary about a 14-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran whose dream is to be a rapper.
I was able to see two other films, The Pearl about transgender women and their struggle to fit themselves into society and Author: The JT LeRoy Story about an intense web of characters and personas created by a woman named Laura Albert to attain the credibility and celebrity to write the stories she always longed to write.
Sonita won my heart, and the hearts of many, as after the film she appeared in person and performed. She was met by overwhelming applause, and in that moment I felt so lucky to have had such an experience. Documentary films may not be the most popular, but they have power.
Hopefully, these documentary films will make their way to St.Louis! In the meantime, seek out films that might not be the most popular but embody a message of social justice. And, soon enough the annual St.Louis International Film Festival will roll around. Can’t wait!
I am here to share my journey at Fontbonne. I graduated from high school with 75 people. In high school, I played three sports, was involved in multiple clubs, and my mom was the school nurse. Even though I was involved in school and was very comfortable, I never was that outgoing. So when I was searching for schools I wanted a similar atmosphere (small catholic school) where I could really come out of my shell.
On move-in day, I was so excited to get out in a new city and get involved. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and family but I knew that it was going to be good for me. Below is a picture of my sister and me on move in day.
During Welcome Week, we had activities fair! I signed up for nearly every booth. (note to self: only sign up for what you are really interested in!!) I ended up getting really involved in Griffin Gang! By second semester I was the VP of Traditions. This meant that I would lead all of our traditional events on campus. Through my work with Griffin Gang I got involved in Dance Marathon this year. A group of us worked really hard and attended SLU’s Dance Marathon event. After this Dance Marathon, became its own organization. (Picture below is a group of us at a NACA Leadership Convention)
I came full circle in the two years I have already been at Fontbonne. I went from being involved as a follower to being involved as a leader. So, my greatest advice is to get involved and find your niche. If that is a sport, organization, or even a department club, find the place that helps you grow as a person. College is developing yourself and that is what I can thank Fontbonne for.
Hello everyone! My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am the oldest in my family and have two sisters and a brother! Of course, I couldn’t forget our dog, Finn!
Here at Fontbonne, I am actively involved! I am the VP of Traditions on Griffin Gang (our spirit club on campus)
I am the President of the new Dance Marathon Organization (hint: you should join)
General board member of FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board),
The Women’s Volleyball team
I am also a WING Leader for this coming year! (Orientation Leader) Being involved on campus has made my Fontbonne experience wonderful! Although there are long days, there is nothing else I would want to be doing! All of my successes are due to me stepping out of my comfort zone and moving four hours away! I found Fontbonne because of their Deaf Education program. I came into Fontbonne knowing no one but I will be leaving Fontbonne with lifetime friends and memories! My advice to you is to leave your comfort zone when choosing a college or university because it will be an amazing experience!
Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the Griffin’s Nest finishing up final details, running last minute errands, or just hanging out with other people from my team. So basically… all of my Friday’s are absolutely FABulous, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Tonight, you can find me in the Lewis Room at the Slam Poetry event. Carlos Andres Gomez will be taking the stage at 8PM. (If you’re free…you should come. He’s stellar.) FAB is co-hosting this event with BSU and I seriously cannot wait. (This is all real enthusiasm – I promise.) Check Carlos out on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed!
Currently, I’m getting ready to leave to run some errands for an event we are hosting next Monday. You know what’s on my shopping list? Aluminum pie tins and whipped cream. Why? We are hosting a Dance Marathon Fundraiser where six student leaders can get pied in the face. One pie costs $2 OR you can purchase 3 for $5. Oh, and I’m one of those six student leaders that you can pie. I’m really excited (and nervous) because the event has been talked about A LOT. All the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Excited? Slightly interested? Want to support a good cause? Grab your cash and head to the Meadow on Monday at 11! (My mom is personally sending me with $5 so that someone can pie me in the face for her THREE TIMES. Thanks, mom.) All in all, it’s for a great cause and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise For The Kids!
It’s important to stay active in the campus community while you’re at Fontbonne. Fontbonne is a small university, but it has a lot to offer, I promise! I joined the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences immediately when I transferred to Fontbonne and got to know more about what student organizations can do for […]
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When people look for the college of their dreams they look for what makes it unique. They are looking for their home away from home. Fontbonne had this for me and for many other people who decided to come here. Fontbonne is unique because of its size. Fontbonne’s small class sizes really help the students. The […]
Unlike big state universities, Fontbonne is unique because it provides individualized attention and services. There are many activities to do throughout campus. There are movie nights, festivals, and holiday celebrations. In the beginning of the year, there is welcome back week and people hand out candy and host activity fairs that help students get involved. […]
My name is Danielle Ader and I am a senior accounting and business administration major here at Fontbonne. On top of being a student I am also the Student Government president. I am planning on graduating in May of 2016 with my degree and going to graduate school to study Higher Education and Student Affairs. I have 3 sisters and a little brother, as well as 4 dogs. Family is very important as well as my boyfriend Dillion who doesn't attend Fontbonne. My best friends are also the most important people in my life as well as my grandparents. If you want to know my story... Happy reading!
Hey everyone! My name is Taylor and I'm currently a junior here at Fontbonne studying dietetics & chemistry with future aspirations of being a sports medicine doctor. My current vices include hot yoga, music, and anything pizza related. I can't wait to share my adventures with all you new griffins!
Hello! My name is McKinley Robbins and I am sophomore majoring in Deaf Education. I play volleyball here at Fontbonne and I am involved in Griffin Gang, Dance Marathon, and FAB. I am from an hour south of Chicago and the oldest in my family! I can't wait to share my wonderful Fontbonne experience with you!
Hello! My name is Claire Downey. I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I am a fashion merchandising major and I am from St. Peters, Missouri. I look forward to having you with me as I experience my journey at Fontbonne University!