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This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Lone Elk Park.  This park is about 30 minutes from campus but definitely worth the drive! Lone Elk Park is 546 acres of beautiful scenery located on top of a hill where you can drive around and look at beautiful elk and bison.  There are even pavilions and grills where you can stop and have lunch with your friends or family.  While here I was not able to see any bison but, there were plenty of elk to look at that came right next to the road.  Lone Elk Park is free to get into however, donations are welcomed.  Be advised that no motorcycles or pets are allowed in the park.  If you have free time and want to enjoy the beautiful weather and foliage, take a drive down to the park to check out some of these astonishing animals.

Just how close we were able to get to the elk! Just how close we were able to get to the elk!


If anyone has been on Snapchat the last week or so, you have probably seen the flags that are on Art Hill in Forest Park in Saint Louis. Over 7,000 flags have been placed in Forest Park to honor the lives of 7,000 fallen soldiers from wars from Afghanistan and Iraq and never made it back home to their families.


Overwhelming is the only word that I can use to describe the experience of walking through the flags at sunset. The lights have come on and illuminate the flags as they steadily blow in the wind. It is heart wrenching to go up to the various flags and seeing the dog tags and image of the fallen soldier that the given flag represents. The fountains in the Great Basin provides a steady background noise to accompany the somber ambiance that fills the park.

Although the display was only up for a few days, it was a moving display of public art and act of remembrance for the soldiers who gave their lives for our country since the tragic events of 9/11.





Although I have been quite a few times before, I thought I would let you all know of an amazing restaurant that I attended this past weekend. Crushed Red, located at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, is an “urban bake and chop shop” that serves cuisine that is fresh and delicious. The food is unique and satisfying and the price is even better. Almost of the items on the menu are under $10, which is great for college kids on a budget looking for a nice, fresh meal.

As per the main website page of Crushed Red:

“We believe food that’s served quickly should be great food, and great food should be good for our planet. We also believe that it takes experience and true artisan know-how to make this happen. Our chopped-to-order salads and hand stretched pizzas are prepared to exacting standards by people who have a deep understanding of food and care about what they serve. In addition to our commitment to quality, we’ve designed our restaurants to produce very little waste: because care about our guests, and the impact we have on our community and the world around us.”

Not only is the food they provide outstanding, but the atmosphere and ambiance of the entire restaurant is warm and welcoming. They also have soups to fill you up on these chilly fall nights. Whether enjoying a freshly chopped salad, or savoring a delicious slice of pizza, the food at Crushed Red is sure to satisfy your stomach and your wallet. Another also benefit of ordering from Crushed Red is that you can order it online so you just have to drive down and pick it up with no wait!

Crushed Red is also a part of the Green Dining Alliance as their website describes

“Crushed Red is part of the Green Dining Alliance. ‘Exceed industry norms for sustainable restaurant management & operations.’

We are proud that our restaurants produce zero waste and are 100% sustainable.

This has been very important to us from the beginning and we feel it’s also very important to our guests.”

Next time you’re looking for somewhere new for lunch, head on over to

Crushed Red at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105,

or any of their other Saint Louis locations.

*I have linked their website below for you to look at the delicious menu and other locations (all images from Crushed Red’s website)*




Despite the fact that I was born in Saint Louis and grew up only 45 minutes from the city (on the Illinois side), I never really got to know Saint Louis until I started at Fontbonne.

After adjusting to transferring to Fontbonne, I started to explore Saint Louis more than I had before.  I’ve finally realize how much this city has to offer, and I’m loving it!  Here are some of my favorite things about Saint Louis:

The Concerts

Saint Louis has a TON of concert halls, so it’s perfect for music lovers.  I’ve been to more concerts and music festivals than I can count, in Saint Louis, since the age of 14.  A few of the concert halls in the area include: The Pageant, The Fabulous Fox, Peabody Opera House, The Firebird, and Off Broadway.  The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater also holds many bigger concerts or music festivals.  

The Food

I wish I could stay I’ve been to, even a fraction, of the restaurants in the Saint Louis area- unfortunately I have not.  What I can say,  is that whatever type of food you love is almost guaranteed to be in found in Saint Louis!  Sauce Magazine is a great source for places to try in Saint Louis (Fontbonne usually has this magazine in the front doorway of the library if you want to check it out).  I also love the checking out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s when I need to stock my fridge with healthy options.

The Variety

This applies to Saint Louis overall.  Coming from Southern Illinois, variety wasn’t exactly what I grew up with.  A variety of culture, food, people, traditions, and beliefs is refreshing.  This semester I’m diving into things I’ve never been exposed to before.  I will be visiting a Buddhist temple for my World Religions class and writing a paper on my experience.  In my Food Pathways of Diverse Groups I will be cooking foods from different religions and cultures around the world all semester long.  Sometimes it can be hard to tackle new experiences head on, but I believe it’s one of the best things a person can do to be a well-rounded, culturally-sensitive person.  Learn something new every day!



The Cellular Model of Saint Louis

by Alumni Posts October 19, 2013

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 […]

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