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Spring Fest

For those of you who’ve been following my weekly blogs this semester, you probably haven’t heard me talk about my kinesiology class with Dr. Rayhel a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great class and I love Dr. Rayhel – organic chemistry just boasts some more explosive things to write about (no pun intended).

Anyways, this semester in kines., we have talked about the movements made possible by the interconnections between muscles and bones. During one class, we learned about the phases of movement, which are illustrated very well by baseball pitching.  There are five main phases of movement, which, in order, are: stance, preparation, movement, follow-through, and recovery. 

Yesterday at Spring Fest, the Biological Sciences Organization (BSO) brought back the dunk tank.  Last year, when I attempted to dunk Dr. Paine-Saunders, I literally threw the ball over the entire contraption and into a field somewhere beyond.  Now let me tell you, I’ve seen my fair share of Cardinals baseball games, so I know how pitching should work.  But thanks to cell and molecular biology last semester, I learned that I’m NOT at all a visual learner.  (Those cellular pictures sure threw me for a loop!)  Yesterday, however, I had words – not pictures – that guided me through the process of pitching the ball.  As it turns out, I dunked Brent Hickenbottom five, yes FIVE times, and I dunked a few other people as well.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take another try at dunking Dr. Paine-Saunders due to the weather’s lack of cooperation, but I’ll be ready next time.

So what did I learn in kinesiology?  I learned how to do something that I should have learned and mastered at least ten years ago.  But as they say, “It’s better late than never,” right?! 

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Around this time last year, I was asked to come on board to FAB—the Fontbonne Activities Board. The group had just restructured slightly, and had developed a new position called “Marketing Director.” Geoff Edwards, FAB’s adviser, invited me for no reason really other than I happened to be an advertising major. Keep in mind, I’m not the only ad major on campus, nor was I really qualified in any way at the time. So, initially I turned the offer down. Geoff wrote back and said the position would look great on a resumé. Ah, too true—and how desperate I was (and am) to build up my resumé! So I accepted.

FAB has been an incredible experience. But, I’m not actually here to reflect on that—I actually want to talk about the hustle and bustle of FAB as of late! See, the year is coming to a close (one month of classes left!) and so FAB is planning its last events: Spirit Week and Springfest! The chairs in charge of these events have been busting their butts to get everything ready for these events, and I’ve been doing all I can to stay on top of my end of the deal and prepare advertising for it. (Speaking of which—are you on facebook? Become a fan of FAB and stay up to date on our events!) It’s strenuous, but exhilarating. And let me tell you, these events are going to be awesome. (Look ma, free PR!)

Spirit Week lasts from April 19th to the 23rd, and consists of one day after another of fun contests and free give-aways. It’s our build-up for Springfest, and so both share a common Hawaiian theme this year! So, we’ll have water balloon volleyball, limbo contests, hula-hooping, and free sunglasses, beach balls, and fruit drinks throughout the week. Our theme? Come get Leid! (Those kinds of tag lines are fair game now—we’re in college, after all.) Springfest then takes place on Friday, April 23rd. The main events occur from 11 to 2, and there’s way too much going on for me to list it all here! (So check the facebook event for it!) My favorite part is the band we’re bringing in. They go by Sleeperstar, and they’re pretty awesome. Better yet, we’ve got something special in mind for where they’re going to play—you’ll have to come see it for yourself!

And I better not forget our final event: the Mr. Fontbonne Competition! It’ll be a multi-event competition including showing off talents, demonstrating school spirit, and proving Fontbonne knowledge to pick the best man on campus. And then, of course, that guy wins a huge prize.

April is definitely going to be a wild rollercoaster, and FAB will help make it fun!

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