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Hello everyone,

Let me tell you about all of the wonderful things I have done over my spring break.  I have had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with my parents and even some quality time with my boyfriend. Over the weekend I had the chance to practice golf with my dad at Sunset Country Club where my family is members and I even had a personal best score on Sunday.  It was great to be with my family at the course on Sunday and be able to prove to myself that I can play well in the cool weather.  Then, that evening my family went to the Des Peres movie theater to see the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie and it was such a breath taking movie.  My family had another movie night on Monday as we watched the other amazing Disney film that was recently in theaters which was Moana.  I just love that movie because it has so many life lessons about pursuing your dreams and doing everything possible to make them happen.

Then, on Tuesday I had the chance to go out to lunch with my parents and my grandma at Billy G’s in Kirkwood and I savored an amazing meal.  After that we walked next door to my favorite bakery, Great Harvest, in which I purchased two of my favorite treats there. Later on in the evening I went to mass at the Catholic Student Center on Washington Universities campus and following the mass I delighted in some soup for dinner in the church basement.  Then, I drove to my boyfriends house to bake some oatmeal bars and hangout with him.

A couple days later my boyfriend and I had tickets to the St. Louis Blues game down at Scottrade center.  But before the game started we enjoyed dinner together at Syberg’s downtown next to the Drury in Hotel and when we were finished we walked over to the arena. We arrived early enough to watch the Blues players warm up and it was very fun because I took many pictures and was able to see them all close up.  Once the game started there was a lot of excitement in the stadium as the fans cheered on the men in blue  each time they attempted a shot on goal.  It was definitely a thrilling game to watch once the Blues had their first goal on the scoreboard towards the end of the first period.  From there the Blues continued to dominate as they scored three more goals before the end of regulation that night.

The next day I woke up early and went to my practicum site early to work on one of my class projects and help the main cook prepare lunch.  That day we were preparing rigatoni pasta bake and manicotti along with some Caesar salad and cheese bread.  I followed the cook along all morning to see where I could help out and I ended up playing a big part in that days meal.  I assisted with making the pans of manicotti which had red sauce and some white Alfredo sauce inside of it.  Then I helped remake the rigatoni noodles into something even better than what it was before as we added some more pasta sauce to it, tomato juice, and some Parmesan cheese.  Another thing I worked on was adding cheese, butter, and parsley to the garlic bread and then baking it in the oven.  The lunch that day ended up being quite delicious and all of the sisters and guests seemed to really enjoy everything on the buffet line.

Later that same day, I took a drive to Moberly Missouri to visit a good friend of mine, Scott, who moved there in the fall because of a job.  It is about two and a half hours away from St. Louis and so it is not a very difficult drive depending on the weather.  I arrived in the late evening and shortly after, we drove to dinner, which was an authentic Mexican restaurant in the east side of town.  Then, the rest of the night we watched sports and when the sun rose again we watched more sports which included the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play and the St. Louis Cardinals spring training game.  Later in the morning on Saturday we went out to brunch at a local diner in the central part of town called the Brick and then Scott showed me around his workplace which was right next door.  The next thing we did was drive to the only park in town called Rothwell park in which there was a hiking trail for us to walk around.  Then, before you know it, it was time for me to take my journey back to St. Louis for the evening and the drive seemed longer than it should have been because of the pouring rain.

Thanks for reading about my great adventures on spring break 2017.  Remember, adventure is out there, so go experience the world.

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For the love of Sports

by Mary on March 8, 2017

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For me, I am very passionate about sports in general as I watch many different sporting events throughout the week.  I am a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues as I faithfully keep up with their schedules and stats throughout the season.  I have always been a sports fan since I was a young kid as my dad used to bring me to his adult hockey games when he would play late at night out in Chesterfield.  Also, my parents have always taken the opportunity to bring me along to Cardinals baseball games at Busch stadium as I have plenty of memories of old Busch and New Busch.  I have sat in almost all areas of the new stadium since it was inaugurated in April of 2006 and I had the opportunity to go to the Home Opener that year.  I have also seen countless postseason Cardinals games over the years as well as a handful of Blues postseason games with my family.  One of my greatest memories from a St. Louis Cardinals Postseason game was in October of 2006 when we won game 5 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. I am a passionate Cardinals fan because I faithfully follow them from April until September and I even keep up with who is on the DL, oh I mean the disabled list. When I have the chance to attend a game at Busch it is always exciting and I cheer for all of my favorite players throughout the game. And when I am watching the game along with my friends or my teammates they don’t understand why I yell at the TV for a bad call that was made by the umpire.

Although I am very passionate about this team, that is not the only sport I am passionate about.  I also keep up with Professional Golfers who are on tour and I try to watch the tournaments that are a big deal.  I follow players like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith, and Justin Thomas on Social Media. As a golfer myself I like watching their technique and seeing their amazing shots go in the hole, especially on days when they are playing amazing rounds of golf.  It’s always fun to see how they do when they have those tricky shots because it makes me realize that I am not the only one who encounters tricky golf shots when out on the course. I enjoy seeing the winner hoist that trophy at the end of each trophy and I have even watched a few trophy ceremonies before.  Both the officials and players make it seem like it is the most coveted thing to ever hold and they handle it with care.  It makes a golf tournament trophy similar to that of the World Series trophy or the Limbardi trophy that is hoisted every February.  Except in the game of golf coveted trophies are hoisted much more frequently than a World Series trophy that is given to one team at the very end of the season. There is so much excitement surrounding the game of golf because you want the players to do well while competing on the course, but if you are there following along you have cheer silently unlike other major sports.

Thanks for reading why I am passionate about sports, particularly Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and Professional Golf.

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Even though I’ve played sports all my life with friends, I didn’t “officially” play a sport until high school. My sport was football. But the sport that you play doesn’t matter unless you have a great selection of music to accompany it. And naturally when you play football, you listen to Hip Hop/Rap and Hard Rock (AC/DC anyone?!) Why Hip Hop/Rap or Hard Rock? Let’s say you are at the gym working out. Since the instrumental beats are loaded with bass and are repetitive, it helps you with lifting weights, running, or performing any other activity at a consistent and steady pace. Plus, it hypes you up to the point where you feel like an immortal while you are working out (certain songs have such ability). I’m pretty sure that everyone has listened to “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor while working out. These are the only two genres that are the music equivalent to the amount of adrenaline that is inside your body during a workout or playing a sport. But that was back in high school. What about now?

I still have the two genres in my Spotify playlists. I currently listen to almost everything: from 70’s/80’s classic Rock to today’s G-Eazy & Sammy Adams. I fall into the category called “Bass Heads.” If you haven’t deduced that already.. But when the moment strikes I can be listening to the polar opposite. When studying or doing mindless tasks (like copying notes from a PowerPoint), my headphones output the equivalent to getting some work done at a Bread Co. The reason behind this is because when you listen to songs that have no vocals (Classical or Smooth Jazz), you are less likely to get distracted, more likely to be productive and attentive of what you are doing. Until next time guys, stay classy.

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Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as D1 schools because we are only D3, but our athletes work just as hard and deserve their friends and colleagues at these games just as much.

Griffin Gang has specific sponsored games for each sport. They are always home games that we sponsor, and they always have a theme so our crowd can be just as involved! Our next game is the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Senior Night. These games will be played this Saturday at 1 and 3 PM in the gymnasium. The theme for these games are dressing as “Senior Citizens” for Senior Night. Fans can dress in their grandpa’s coat or whatever they see fit for the theme. It is all in a matter of fun to have everyone included!

When we sponsor games, Griffin Gang has a table that is placed at the entrance of the field or at the bottom of the bleachers when fans walk in. You really can’t miss us! We are there to welcome you to the game, tell you about the upcoming games and themes, and put a star in your punch card. If you don’t know what a punch card is then you should come to our table more often! Griffin Gang gives a prize to students if they receive 10 punches in their punch card just by coming to the games and stopping by our table. The prize is a free t-shirt! Next year for the school year ’15-’16 Griffin Gang will be ordering new shirts since so many students have filled out their cards, which is great! Hold on to your cards in the summer if it is not yet completed. These cards do roll over to the next year, and who wouldn’t want another Fonty Tee?!

If you have any questions about getting involved with Griffin Gang or want more information about what we do, please contact me at blaskos@fontbonne.edu.   Go Griffins!

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone IS a Good Thing!

by Alumni Posts November 25, 2014

One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University.  Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone.  After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless!  Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence […]

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A Good Way to Stay Fit

by Alumni Posts June 6, 2014

If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not […]

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It Feels Good To Be A Gangster

by Alumni Posts January 29, 2014

Okay, this post is gonna be about Griffin Gang, which is one of the organizations I’m involved in here at Fontbonne. It’s new this year, so it’s been a little slow to start, but it has a lot of potential. Its purpose is to support the athletic programs at Fontbonne by having events centered around […]

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As the weather cools, the competition heats up…

by Alumni Posts September 24, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least one of them – The NFL Football season is back in full swing, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot, and the steamy days of this St. Louis summer are making room for brisk fall weather. If you’re like me the pinnacle of […]

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Hello!

by Alumni Posts September 22, 2013

Hello, everyone! To start things off for my first blog, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Kristen (which you probably already know). I am a third-year senior here at Fontbonne. By that, I mean this is my third year in college, but also my senior year, because I’m graduating early. […]

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Chicago pride

by Alumni Posts July 2, 2013

I love hockey. It is one of my favorite sports to follow. I have only actually been to a Blues game, but I am a die-hard Hawks fan. So last night was the most exciting night I have had since I have been home. They won the cup! I know Saint Louis fans do not […]

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