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Diversity Week

A lot had happened, dear reader, since the last time I blogged.  (I apologize if you’ve been waiting with baited breath to see what will happen  in the next chapter of my ever-exciting life.)  This week was Diversity Week on campus, and to celebrate, I tried something new:  using the weight room in the Dunham Student Activity Center!

Contrary to its name, there’s actually a lot more stuff inside the weight room than just weights – it’s got exercise bikes, treadmills, a yoga ball, and an elliptical machine for students and faculty to use.  I’m training to ride my bike from Saint Louis to Columbia, MO this summer, so in addition to weekend riding, I’ve been hitting the exercise bike at school, getting there at 7:45 three days a week.

Here’s my reaction to the weight room:  at 7:45, it’s really, really nice and quiet.  Sometimes there are people there, sometimes not.  Either way, it’s an enjoyable experience.  I plug in my headphones so I can listen to music, and sometimes the morning news is on the tv, so I can read the captions (actually, when that happens, and I’m watching tv while listening to music, I feel a little over-technologized and I just pick one to focus on.)

At first, it was a little difficult to figure out how to work the menu on the bike.  I sat down on the seat and poked at the buttons, and nothing happened!  Then, I got off the bike and looked around for a switch I’d maybe forgotten to press, but I couldn’t find anything!  So then, I thought, “Well, I’m sure the bike works with or without the mile-counter, so I might as well start pedaling.”  So, I got back up on the bike, slid my feet under the pedal straps, and pressed my foot down to begin pedaling.  Guess what?  The menu came on with a loud beep, asking me for my age!  After I filled out all the preliminary user info, I chose to bike in “Rolling Hills Mode.”  I didn’t notice much of a tension difference until I made it to the top of the hill on the bike’s display.  It was pretty cool.

I’m glad I have the chance to bike in the mornings now – it’s a really nice start to my day.  If you haven’t been to the weight room, you should definitely check it out!

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Hello Everyone,
Diversity week is this week and tons of activities have happened! We had a Fontbonne for Justice Event where the Fontbonne community was asked to wear a hoodie as a sign of support for justice for Trayvon Martin. Bollywood Dance lessons were given, and we did One Day Without Shoes for children around the world whose normal footwear was NO footwear. The most recent event was an Interfaith Student Panel to discuss the different religions that are right on our doorstep! More is still to come this week! We have a cookout, different discussion panels, and more. A blood drive was scheduled for this week, but is now April 25th! So don’t miss out on saving some lives with a small donation. This week, the event I participated in was One Day Without Shoes. Besides the dining hall (for sanitary reasons!), I walked around campus in my bare feet. I prefer no shoes, so the challenge was not too difficult. My toes were kind of cold in this crazy weather, but I definitely appreciate the fact that I have the option to wear shoes to protect my feet while others do not have a choice. Diversity week is an eye-opener to many students because it brings up multiple facts about life such as the poverty, discrimination, and different outlooks on life. Also, during this week and sometime after, numerous drives are happening. Fontbonne has a denim drive, diaper drive, and old clothing drive in preparation for Fontbonne Day, our day of service. I am excited because that means no school AND you get to participate in helping the community. I will be at the Open Door Sanctuary for animals, but tons of other volunteer opportunities are available that day and any day really. Volunteering is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and experience something that will help others. Keep all of this in mind when you are “bored.” Fontbonne is always posting something around campus for the community to partake in!
Thanks,
Jeanne!

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Hello FBU! One thing that is great about Fontbonne is its extreme value for diversity. In honor of Diversity Week, I enjoyed going to the interfaith panel held in the AMC hall. I can truly appreciate and respect that we all have different beliefs, cultures, and faiths. It is so important to have an open mind about other  religions. I may not agree with their dogmas, beliefs, or rituals but I can understand the passion of having a connection with a higher power. I also learned of a religion that I had never heard of before; Baha’i. I can’t really explain it but it started about a century and half ago. I will be looking it up just to get a better understanding of it. Of course, this panel was facilitated by the religions instructor, Mr. Steve Stopke. I have said it before in another post, but he is definitely a great teacher in his field, and he is part of the reason why I have a fascination about other religions besides my own (Christianity). I hope you all get a chance to experience something different or out of your comfort zone this week, because you will be glad that you did. Check out the weekly e-mails about the events and activities that FBU has going on each week, and find a way to partake in them. Have great, diverse week FBU community!

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