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Okay, this post is gonna be about Griffin Gang, which is one of the organizations I’m involved in here at Fontbonne. It’s new this year, so it’s been a little slow to start, but it has a lot of potential. Its purpose is to support the athletic programs at Fontbonne by having events centered around games and enticing people to come and cheer. If you’ve been reading my blog at all the past few years, you know that I both used to be on a team here at Fontbonne (XC and track, what whaaaaat) and that I am an avid supporter of all the other athletes as well.
The main publicity stunt of Griffin Gang right now is an attendance punch card that allows people to get a free t-shirt once they go to 10 sponsored games. The punches started during the men’s soccer games in the fall, so we are just now getting some people with 10 punches on their card, which is super rad. If you don’t have one yet, come to one of the home basketball games and pick one up! All conference home basketball games will have a Griffin Gang table. There are also raffles, half-time activities, and themed games, which help to generate some interest. So check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneGriffinGang) and come to a game!

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I love hockey. It is one of my favorite sports to follow. I have only actually been to a Blues game, but I am a die-hard Hawks fan. So last night was the most exciting night I have had since I have been home. They won the cup! I know Saint Louis fans do not like the Hawks, but I do. They are my home boys, and I have to cheer them on! I am planning on going to the victory parade in Chicago on Friday and I cannot wait. I get to see my favorite players, and maybe get a Shawzy shirt (aka Andrew Shaw #65). I am glad they won but I am sad that the hockey season is over. On that note, We KANE. We SHAW. We CRAWFORD. Let’s go hawks!

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My last forty minutes of basketball is tonight. I have always had basketball in my life since I have been in 5th grade. I have used up all my athletic eligibility and I’m not sure how I feel about today being my last day playing ball. I am somewhat happy because I am slightly burnt out but I become saddened to know how much I am going to miss these girls. My teammates have become sisters to me and I have never had that happen to me on all of my teams I have played on. I know I will miss it by the end of the week for sure. It is time to grow up and put my big girl panties on. So please come out tonight and encourage our three seniors at 6PM when we battle Greenville for one more victory.

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Last weekend, I attended my first conference in the St. Louis area which was called SLIAC Women’s Leadership in Athletics Symposium. The theme of this conference is “Discover What’s Possible.” Fontbonne sent three students to join this conference, actually this conference was open to all students from different colleges and universities in the St. Louis area, including Fontbonne University, Webster University, Spalding University, Blackburn College, Greenville College, MacMurray College, Westminster College, and Principia College.

This was a two-day conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield. During the first day, there was a party at Dave and Busters. We had some team building activities on the first day, and also made many friends from different colleges through activities. The second day was a whole day conference in the hotel, everyone dressed in business dress which looks so professional.

Actually, I was so impressed about this conference because SLIAC invited many successful people to be our speakers. Those speakers gave us many meaningful lectures, such as career opportunities, interviews for jobs, how to become a successful candidate, how to find our mentors, and how to work in a man’s world. All the topics were designed to help and encourage us find our possible careers in the future. Moreover, all the speakers were so friendly to students. They really want to help us be successful, and they encouraged us to keep contact with them if we need their help. I remembered when I was eating lunch with another Fontbonne student, there was a speaker who asked me “could I sit at your table? All you can ask me any questions during lunch time, and I really want to help you if I could. “She was so nice and patient to answer all the questions we had.

It was so hard to describe all the things I learned from this conference, because I learned so much during those two days. During this conference I also made many good friends whose major is communications, so that we had many similar topics to talk to each other about. I was really happy SLIAC created this conference for students, and Fontbonne gave me an opportunity to join this conference. It was really worth it to spend my weekends at this conference, because I learned a lot to help my career in the future, and to build my network in the field of athletics. What a beautiful weekend I had.

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Hi All!!

by Kelia September 11, 2012

Hi all! I am new to the Fontbonne University blogging community so an introduction is only appropriate. My name is Kelia, pronounced “Kayla.” A lot of people, teachers included, know me as “Kayla,” but freak out when they see my name on paper. So don’t worry if when you read my name on paper you [...]

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Do or Die!

by Marielle April 3, 2012

One thing I would like to do during my time at Fontbonne is to attend an athletic event for every sport. If you look at the Fontbonne athletics page (which is http://www.griffinpride.com/athletics/ by the way) you’ll see that Fontbonne has baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, bowling, softball, and dance. So [...]

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You Heard of the Dream Team?

by Marielle March 28, 2012

“C’mon, Michael, it’s game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we’ll grab a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark!” Even though the above quote has absolutely nothing to do with cross country or track, it still finds its way into my head at [...]

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Griffin Pride!

by Deanna March 6, 2012

How do I show my school spirit, you ask?! Simple! I go to sport games and cheer on the Griffins from the stands! This past weekend, I went to 4 baseball games, sporting my purple Fontbonne hoodie because it was so cold out! Just last week I went to my first ever men’s volleyball game [...]

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Welcome Back!

by Aaron January 19, 2012

And 2012 has begun! Which means…. Welcome back to college! I missed Fontbonne. The kids, the teachers, and of course being on my own again. Break just seemed to drag on for me. I am still used to my one week of high school break so this seemed like FOREVER! Classes and homework are back [...]

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Volleyball

by Aaron October 5, 2011

I started playing volleyball in 3rd grade on a CYC team for a church near my house. I loved the sport and always thought I was decent at it, but didn’t want to go anywhere with it. Then when I hit eighth grade, my gym teacher (during the volleyball unit) told me I was good [...]

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