Meet Brooke Stochl. She is my best friend at Fontbonne. We first met about a year ago at the beginning of my junior year, and her sophomore year, through our involvement in FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board). She was the Films Chairperson while I was the Daytime Activities Chairperson. Currently during the 2014-2015 school year, Brooke is the President of FAB (I am so proud!) and I am in charge of all Live Performance events. Of course we were around each other for all the meetings and events, but we were probably considered acquaintances until this past February. That’s when everything changed. There was a conference in Boston that we both attended. Therefore, we naturally spent a lot of time together that week since we were the only ones on the trip (besides our advisor). And after we got back to St. Louis, we continued to hang out very frequently, on a professional and personal level. There are some pictures below of us working together last week throughout FAB’s Spirit Week. We were also bonding as best friends at the Cardinals game, Wild Country, and Neon Volleyball tournament.
Brooke has become that person that I talk to everyday about anything and everything. We can even carry on a conversation about nothing. Best friends have the skills to do that with each other. She is my rock and voice of reason. It’s amazing how quickly our friendship developed, and I’m thankful every day that it did. I appreciate her willingness to listen, give advice, support, and positivity. Brooke is such a fun person that I enjoy being around at any given moment. Also, I feel completely comfortable being my goofy self when in her presence. Ultimately, I am a happier person because she is in my life.
Many changes are bound to occur throughout college. As hard as it is to admit, some friends will just come and go. However, it is reassuring to know that there is someone that you know will always be there for you, even beyond the years at school. Everyone needs someone like this in their life, and I’m confident and pleased to say that Brooke Stochl is that person in mine.
With this past week being Spirit Week at Fontbonne, there have been an abundance of events and activities for students to attend! My favorite was by far the Neon Volleyball Tournament that was held Thursday night. It was held in the gym with all the lights turned off except for a few black lights that made everyone’s neon gear glow!
I got a team of my closest friends together and dressed in neon from head to toe. We called ourselves the Orville Ready Blockers and prepared to dominate our competitors. We tried to develop a strategy but ending up just winging it in the end. I think we had more fun than we won games!
There was a big turnout for the event and everyone seemed to get in the spirit! While some of us got a little intense, I think everyone that participated in the tournament as well as spectators can agree that they had a lot of fun!
This week is Fall Spirit Week at Fontbonne, and the theme is Helium Havoc! This means that everything is balloon-related in some way, shape or form. For example, there are balloons all around campus, they are playing the movie “Up” in the meadow on Friday, and this weekend, there is the Great Forest Park Balloon Race going on at Forest Park. Along with those there are also so many other fun events going on such as: Neon Volleyball tournament, Wild Country Wednesday, a night at the Cardinal’s game, and Dueling Pianos.
I went to Dueling Pianos on Monday night and it was such a blast! Two pianos were set up on stage facing each other, and there was one man playing/singing at each one. They would play songs (new ones and throwbacks) and just feed off of each other! The audience could requests songs for them to play as well, and people were up there dancing and singing along! It was by far my favorite event at Fontbonne so far!
Armed with a piano, a voice, and a full arsenal of popular songs, dueling pianos was a campus success. Helium Havoc, the school’s spirit week, has brought back a school tradition of two talented people battling with music. The experience gave a sense of comedy and entertainment, which filled the DSAC. The music’s high energy was contagious and filled the audience with the same energy. The highlight of the night, at least for me, was near the end when the familiar tune of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls began to play. That is when the serenading began and everything got a whole lot funnier. Imagine one male being sung the iconic spice girls tune five females. The atmosphere was full of laughter and joking around, a much needed break.
The fun isn’t over yet, Helium Havoc week is alive and well up until the very end when the helium balloons illuminate the sky this Friday. This enchanting experience will happen in Forest Park beginning at 5 PM and is a sight you cannot pass up. This night is even more ‘up’lifting, as it is followed by a showing of the movie “Up” in the Golden Meadow. The whimsical week of school spirit week ends with a riveting helium balloon race Saturday, also in Forest Park. These opportunities and great experiences within the community of St. Louis cannot be passed up! So grab a group of friends and immerse yourself in the atmosphere that is school spirit week. Go griffins!