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One Month

by Alumni Posts on November 15, 2013

in College Life,In Saint Louis

We basically have a month until exams are over, thereby indicating the end of the fall 2013 semester and the beginning of Christmas break. What’s weird is that Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, was just over two weeks ago!

Earlier today, my mom and I went shopping at Gravois Bluffs, a nice complex complete with department stores like Kohl’s, restaurants like Qdoba (my favorite!), and unique stores like Garden Ridge. It’s out in Fenton, Missouri, which is just about twenty minutes from where I live. Anyway, as we were walking through Kohl’s, I realized that I was hearing some of the first Christmas songs I’ve heard this season. It seems too soon for Christmas music! I recalled a lunchtime conversation at work this past week when my friend and fellow intern, Stefanie, told us that she put a gingerbread house kit in her cart while shopping only to put it back when she realized that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

I guess the early hustle and bustle of the holiday season is inevitable. The “Christmas Season” no longer begins with Thanksgiving and ends with the New Year as it used to; each year, the stores begin “celebrating” (aka “marketing”) earlier and earlier. I don’t exactly know how I feel about this – though I’ll admit to looking at the first shipment of Christmas decorations and whatnot displayed at stores in early September, I also enjoy taking the holidays one at a time. (And to that point, I’m sad that Halloween decorations at stores are becoming more and more overshadowed by early Christmas arrivals.) All I can say for sure is that I hope everyone realizes that family and friends are the most important parts of Christmas and that presents and excessive credit card bills are, well, simply excessive.


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by Alumni Posts on November 4, 2013

in College Life

Witches, the incredibles, iron man, John Lennon, spiderman were some of the celebrities that came to our Halloween pot luck party.

Group Picture.

At first I didn’t know what to be for Halloween but then I decided to be little lady bug. For the halloween pot luck I bought some pretzels and baked some halloween sugar cookies. Here is the recipe.

Halloween Sugar Cookies


Makes 48 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Halloween sprinkles


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1 cup butter, the shortening and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll.) Cut with 3-inch pumpkin-shaped or round cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

Halloween Cookies


Happy almost Halloween!   It’s the last week of October already; can you believe it?  If you haven’t had a chance to do any festive activities, Fontbonne has a few going on this week that you might want to attend:

Fall Festival–Okay, so this one was last week.  But if you missed it, you definitely want to go next year!  Campus organizations come together in the meadow (or the AMC when it rains) and celebrate the end of October with all kinds of fall activities.  This year, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) had baby pumpkins to paint and BSO (Biological Sciences Organization) had big pumpkins for carving. RHA (Residence Hall Association) had some delicious cookies to decorate (and to eat, of course). There was also chili, apple cider, and . . . (wait for it) . . . a crepe truck!  The cardinals game was also playing on the huge blow-up screen, so no one missed any of the action while enjoying the party. So if you missed the fall festival this year, make sure you come next year!

Candy grams:

Monday-Wednesday this week, FAB is selling candy grams. If you’d like to go all Mean Girls on your friends, you can order them some candy grams to be picked up in the DSAC on Thursday 11:30-1:30.  You go, Glen Coco!

Halloween Havoc:

This is taking place on Thursday from11:30-1:30 in the DSAC (candy gram coincidence? I think not).  I hear they have caricature drawings and apple cider. You should stop by if you have time.

One last thing:  I promised you an update on my pumpkin carving. Well…

Voila!  One and a half hours and a very messy kitchen later.

You can guess which one is mine (the one that took 1 1/2 hours to scrape thin enough for the light to show through).  Happy Halloween!



Halloween Is Almost Here!

by Corie on October 28, 2013

in Uncategorized

Griffins! Halloween is this week and I am so excited! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Though, I am sadly too old to go get candy from door-to-door but I can still have fun. I am sure a lot of college students will be dressed in costumes at some random house for a party, but not me. I will be spending Halloween snuggled in my blankets with hot coco and Netflix watching horror movies. Halloween has always been special to me. It is crazy to me that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I was supposed to be born on October 31st 1991, but I came a month early. I remember 11 years ago on Halloween I was only 10 years old that I watched my first horror movie. After watching Child’s Play I made my dog sleep with me because I got scared. From that moment on my love for horror and thriller films grew and now I watch them multiple times a week.

Maybe is a coincidence that October is also my favorite month of the year. Good time for pumpkins, boots and scarves.

Until next time.


After the Boys of Summer Have Gone

by Alumni Posts October 15, 2013

Let’s be honest here: I’m a summer girl. I like warm (borderline hot) weather, laying out in the sun, and wearing flip flops and tanks. But I can get on board with fall. After all, it does bring about my favorite holiday: Halloween! Fontbonne always does a good job of celebrating the holiday with a […]

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My first Halloween night in the United States.

by Penny November 6, 2012

In Taiwan, Halloween is not a traditional event in our culture. Therefore, this year was my first to see the real “trick or treat” at my American friend’s house. My friend bought candy and decorated her house to prepare for Halloween, and I felt so honored she invited me to her house to see the […]

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My Other Person

by Lizzie October 31, 2012

“What do you mean your other person?” That may be the question that comes to mind when you see my blog title. Well, if I haven’t mentioned it, I have a twin sister name Mary. Mary and I have been together ever since we were conceived within our mom’s womb. Through thick and thin, we […]

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Second Star to the Right…

by Alumni Posts October 30, 2012

Although officially Halloween hasn’t happened yet, Fontbonne has already been celebrating! Last week was the Fall Festival, which was filled with mask decorating, pumpkin carving, and other spirited activities… like the Environmental Club costume contest! I’m super pleased with how it turned out, because everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and came up with some great […]

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A traditional Halloween Activity- Carving a Pumpkin

by Penny October 30, 2012

When I saw pumpkins, I knew Halloween was coming. This year, I’ve done my first pumpkin craving with my friends at Fontbonne. Last Thursday, Fontbonne offered an interesting activity–carving pumpkins–to students. Actually, I’ve never thought about carving pumpkin by myself until my friend, Carlos, invited me to do it. When I saw the huge pumpkin, […]

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This is Halloween

by Carlyn October 24, 2012

Cobwebs on front porches, jack-o-lanterns illuminating in yards, bulk candy sales, haunted house advertisements…Yep, it’s that time of year again when you see, hear, and taste Halloween all around you. Such decorations are seen on campus at this time as well. And, Fontbonne is hosting a Halloween event, the annual Fall Fest, this Thursday October […]

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