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I just got back to STL from spending some weeks back home in Illinois. Which was my last. Illinois will no longer be my physical home come July. My parents will be living in Florida, and I will still be in STL. Its a scary thing. I have to make a decision where I am going to go after the fall semester since I will be graduated. I decided to move to Colorado after graduation. To start a new chapter of my life with my boyfriend. Finally ending the long distance. It will be great to be a normal couple. While I was home, he came to visit! Which was awesome and amazing. I loved it. We saw a lot of movies; Godzilla, X-Men, and Captain America 2. Also, exploring the Chicagoland area. Illinois will always be my state, and Chicago will always be my city.

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If you are a hockey fan, not matter what team you are rooting for, you know what my title means. It’s that time of year again, and the race for the Stanley Cup is on its way. Last year’s champions were the Chicago Blackhawks — my boys won! This past Friday, I was able to go to game 5, and THEY WON. As of now, you should know that they BEAT THE BLUES. Sorry, not sorry. I love my boys. But back to Friday, It was my first playoff game! The atmosphere was great and exciting. During the game, the Blues fans were trying to get under Chicago’s goalie’s skin by repeating his name, Crawford, over and over again, but right after it would be dead quite. I caught on. So, after they did that I would scream at the top of my lungs, “LETS GO CRAWFORD.” Other Hawks fans joined me too! I made a lot of new friends, all from Chicago. As soon as Jonathon Toews broke through and scored the winning goal in overtime it went crazy. All of the Hawks fans were singing the Chelsea Dagger (our goal song) and “Lets Go Blackhawks” was being said all through the Scotttrade Center. IT WAS AWESOME. This is a night I will never forget! Playoffs are always a good time, BECAUSE ITS THE CUP. My prediction for the last round is Bruins vs. Blackhawks. Yes, I think a repeat will happen.

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Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes her over 6 ft tall.  She is also an avid athlete and could outrun and out-lift any boy in weightlifting class — yeah she took that as her elective every semester!

Well, as she explained, she was on the train, headed home from work, and sat by the door like always, just minding her own business with her ear buds in, checking her emails on her phone and boom!  This young man runs up grabs her phone and runs.  Now, I by no means suggest you do what she did if this happens to you, but she started yelling at this man (she has great projection due to her years of vocal training) and chased the man down.  She was almost out run by him as he headed up a stair only to run into a K-9 unit.  Sadly, the police officer exclaimed, “You again!”

Now, this was a happy ending to what could have been a bad night, but due to her actions it could have even been a far worse night.  When I spoke to her she hadn’t even thought of doing anything but chasing the man down, that’s the kind of gal she is, however, she did say that she learned some very important lessons on how to not let this happen again.

She said her first mistake last night was sitting by the door; this is an easy hit and run point for thieves on buses, trainsand public areas.  It was extremely easy for him to grab her phone and go without running into any other passengers who may have felt a hero inkling rise in them.  Her second mistake was closing herself off to the world around her.  She said had she been actively up and aware of her surroundings her phone would have been out of sight and she wouldn’t have seemed like such an easy hit.  Her third mistake was placing those valuables out in the open and letting thieves know what she had.  Again, her phone was out, her ear buds were visible even her purse was open showing what she had inside.

Now, I am not writing this to scare anyone but to simply warn other women out there who, like my friend and like myself, find ourselves traveling this busy holiday season or even wondering around campus or other public areas.  Be safe!  Try and always be aware of your surroundings, and yes, that includes the people potentially eyeing you as a possible target.  Do not have your phones or tablets out so that the public can see what they may want to take from you.  I know it is so hard to not be on our phones while we are waiting, but it only takes one moment for that phone to be taken, and I don’t know about you, but I am not a physically threatening person nor do I have the stamina to run down the person who takes it.  So please have a safe and happy holiday!

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Carlyn

Windy City Weekend

by Carlyn on October 28, 2013

in Extracurricular

This past weekend was a much needed all girls weekend to Chicago! For my cousin’s birthday, my mom, two aunts, cousin, and myself took a little trip up there. Friday was spent mostly dedicated to traveling. We did do a little bit of shopping on Michigan Avenue at night. For dinner, we ate some good ole, traditional, Chicago deep dish pizza. We ended the night playing fun games at our hotel (and threw a little homework time in there).

Saturday morning out on town began with a Chicago Theatre tour. Being such a dramatist, I really enjoyed getting to learn about its history and seeing backstage. From there, it was time to shop in Macy’s for quite a while. We even ended up dining there for lunch. Next, we made our way to Millennium Park, which is a major tourist attraction. The Bean was a must-see while in this area. Embracing the cold winds, we walked another couple miles up Michigan Avenue again for some additional shopping. Dinner was spent at a sports bar and grill because the World Series was on. It was different, but fun, watching the Cardinals win with potential Cubs fans around us.

Sunday morning already marked the day to check out of the hotel. To end our trip in Chicago, we were those typical tourists that soared to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (formally known as the Sears Tower). Of course, the view was amazing. The most fascinating part was walking on the Skydeck, which is platform made entirely of glass. I’ll admit it was a little nerve racking taking that first step, looking straight down to the street, feeling like I could fall 1,451 feet. But it was actually really neat. By the time we waited in line and walked around Willis Tower, it was about time to fly back to home sweet home St. Louis.

Me walking the Skydeck on top of the city

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Birthday Weekend was a Success!

by Corie September 30, 2013

Over the weekend I celebrated my 22nd birthday. Of course Taylor Swifts song entitled “22″ was stuck in my head all day long. My birthday was on Friday. Me and two of my friends went to the last preseason Blues game. It was a lot of fun and also it was my friends first hockey […]

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Its summer!

by Corie May 23, 2013

Finally finals are over and it is time to relax and enjoy the weather. My first year at Fontbonne was amazing. I had a great time; I made a lot of new friends and did really well in school. Now I am looking forward to hanging out with my high school friends and going to […]

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I didn’t choose Fontbonne; Fontbonne chose me.

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2011

The story of how I got to Fontbonne is an interesting one. I’m still not completely sure of how I got here, but I’ll do my best to explain my story. It all started with my love for music and the Fontbonne Communications and Marketing Department. I come from the Western Suburbs of Chicago and […]

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