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Before I start this post, I want to clear something up. I am a bandwagon sports fan. Cardinals, Blues, Rams, etc., I really do not care if they win or lose. However, I do like to join in on festivities. For example: opening day. Technically, the opening day of the season was last Monday, even though the Cardinals weren’t playing in St. Louis, so I decided to go downtown with a few friends and check out the famed Ballpark Village.
We took the metro, which in my opinion is the only way to go because I hate parking. The BPV (I like acronyms, okay?) was only a short walk away from the Stadium stop, and it wasn’t hard to find at all. It’s honestly right next to Busch Stadium, which was a smart move. You can even see into the park from some of the bars inside.
Speaking of bars, the inside layout of BPV is basically like a two story food court, but instead of Hibachi Grill and Chik-Fil-A, it’s a bunch of different bars. They are all slightly different, though, and tied together by a huge 80 foot TV screen in the center of everything. (And in case you were wondering, the beer is slightly cheaper than it is inside the ballpark. But only slightly).
Either way, I was glad to go see what all the commotion was about before the massive crowd descends during home games. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just along for the ride, Ball Park Village is a nice place to watch some baseball.


Back in high school, about a year before I had this huge revelation that I was meant to major in biology instead of in English and communications in college, I had an awesome biology teacher who gave us various fun assignments that were meant to help us figure out major concepts. One such assignment was a brochure in which we had to relate cellular organelles to some sort of organization. Being the, shall we say “eccentric,” person that I am, I decided to relate the cell to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Oompa Loompas were the lysosomes that clean up the factory floors and keep the factory in tip-top shape. The chocolate waterfall was the mitochondria, constantly churning and producing energy. Willy Wonka himself was the nucleus; he knew all of the recipes that made all of the delicious sweet delicacies and all of the information about how to make the factory run. As you can see, I had a little bit of fun with this project.

Since the Cardinals’ win over the LA Dodgers last night in the National League Championship Series, I keep thinking about how Saint Louis resembles a cell as well. As Dr. Sheldon Cooper says in one episode of “The Big Bang Theory” to which I can easily relate since I don’t like football at all, “Football is ubiquitous in Texas.” I’d definitely say that baseball is ubiquitous here in Saint Louis. Busch Stadium is always packed with people for games, tours, and photo opportunities. Even after a loss, you can still hear people in the stands shouting, “Let’s Go, Cardinals!”

So how, do you ask, does this relate to the cellular model? Well, for starters, since I realized that baseball is “ubiquitous” in Saint Louis, I related the word “ubiquitous” with the protein “ubiquitin,” which, by its very name, indicates that it’s present nearly everywhere in the cell. I also thought about ubiquitin’s role in immunology; in immuno class, we recently talked about how ubiquitin protein tags certain cellular proteins for destruction during the process of macrophage activation. Going back to the overall cellular model, then, we could say that the Arch grounds are like the nucleus because, being located right along the Mississippi River, they sort of form the blueprint for what Saint Louis is, was, and will become. Busch Stadium (especially during Red October) would serve as the mitochondria, producing energy that powers the city and all of its inhabitants (figuratively speaking, of course!). Forest Park, the crowned jewel of Saint Louis, would be like the cytoskeleton that binds Saint Louis together by bringing together all Saint Louisans for nice weather, picnics, and trips to The Muny, Zoo, and Science Center.

So here’s to a World Series that will act as a mitochondrial energy source for this great city until the 2014 baseball season begins.

Click here to read about my personal experiences at Game 7 of the 2011 World Series!!


It’s official – as of 11:45 this morning, I’ve been on summer break for one week. And what have I been doing? Working. But not in a bad way. I’ve been having a lot of fun working on projects that I’ve put aside during the school year. I guess it would be better to give a visual…

I’ve been doing a lot of work in my garden! In this photo, you can see some of my new plants, as well as my all-time favorite plant off to the left, my miniature papyrus! (And yes, it’s a relative of the plant that ancient Egyptians used to make paper!)

And in this picture, you can see my view from my seat at Busch Stadium. “And how exactly does an outing to a Cardinals game relate to work?” you may ask. Well, I was working on my baseball score keeping skills, of course! (And yes, I really do keep score for each and every game I attend. It keeps me focused.)

And this final picture was taken in the microbiology lab where I’m interning. I absolutely love this lab and everyone in it. I’m learning a lot of invaluable skills there, and it’s a nice atmosphere. Plus, we have a lot of fun and laughs. Last week, for instance, a few of us went out to see the new “Iron Man” movie.

So, as you can see, I’ve been “working” a lot since school let out for the summer!! :)


Today is the first day of Spring, and coincidentally happens to be the first day of my Spring break! I will be leaving for New York soon, and am so anxious to finally be in the city. I’ve been counting down the days and planning nonstop over the last couple weeks, so I can’t wait to do all I have planned! More blogging to come about New York City after I get back.

Once I get back from my trip I still have a handful of days left of Fontbonne’s spring break. I am looking forward to spending that time relaxing. These last 3 weeks have been immensely exhausting, both physically and mentally. I cannot wait to have some spare time to just relax and “catch up” on some sleep. I love college life, but it sure can be tiring sometimes. I won’t get a complete break from academics however, because I have two papers due when school resumes and other assignments to be working on throughout my break.

Even with items on my to-do list, it will still be nice to be at home. I plan on attending a lot of my younger brother’s baseball games next week. I am a huge fan of baseball, especially my brother’s teams and the St. Louis Cardinals. Opening day is fast approaching and Fontbonne did sell us discounted tickets for April 9th, but I’m too excited about New York right now to think about that!

Until next week..

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America Culture- Baseball

by Penny October 18, 2012

This week, everybody on campus is talking about baseball, because the St. Louis Cardinals are playing to win the championship for the National League. In my opinion, baseball is a big part of American culture. People have so much passion about baseball, and they are willing to explain the American baseball rules to me. But […]

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What I Learned in Kinesiology

by Courtney May 5, 2012

For those of you who’ve been following my weekly blogs this semester, you probably haven’t heard me talk about my kinesiology class with Dr. Rayhel a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great class and I love Dr. Rayhel – organic chemistry just boasts some more explosive things to write about (no pun […]

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The Royal Treatment

by Elizabeth April 20, 2012

Last week, I was hanging out with the Quidditch team (…yes, you read that right. There’s a new Quidditch team on campus, and since I didn’t get in on the action soon enough to be on the team, I’m just a Quidditch groupie now.) and they told me they’d be wearing their new jerseys on […]

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The Birds on the Bat and Busch Stadium

by Conner March 1, 2012

One of the many perks of going to college at Fontbonne is that it is located in St. Louis. St. Louis is a city full of life and places to go. The reason why being in St. Louis is so exciting for me is because it is the town of the St. Louis Cardinals! I […]

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Game 7: I Was There.

by Courtney October 29, 2011

Since Thursday, my life has been a whirlwind.  I took my third cell biology test on Thursday afternoon, and then I attended the Big Fall Event on Thursday evening after my organic lab ended at 8:15.  I later went to bed around 11:30, and I had absolutely NO idea that I’d be one of the […]

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