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EJ

YOLO

by EJ on March 25, 2015

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It feels like almost yesterday that I was laying out, jammin’ out, and studying my heart out on campus. Oh wait, that was yesterday! With an exception to a few evenings, STL weather has been incredible!

What is there to do in STL on beautiful days like these!? Plenty..

You can take a walk in Forest Park, visit the famous city museum playground, find a lake to go fishing, find a bar to go fishing (if you’re 18 years & up), take a trip to the St. Louis Zoo, attend one of Fontbonne University’s baseball, softball, lacrosse or golf outings, shop downtown Clayton or the Galleria Mall, walk to Knoll park which is just across the street from FU, find a place to build a bonfire, find a place to not build a bon fire and save the environment, take your significant anywhere and everywhere, message me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@evanj_247) and I will personally, yes, personally assist you in finding something to do around STL. The possibilities are endless.. The End..

YOLO” – it really is a good quote when you actually think about it..

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In three days, I’ve been able to emerge from my shell of my residence hall and venture into the artistic delights of St. Louis.

On Friday, March 6th, on a whim, I was driving back to campus when I suddenly decided I should pop by the St. Louis Art Museum. After all, on Fridays, they are open until 9pm. So, I went, expecting a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. Nope. It turns out that Friday was the opening of the SLAM’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit, where floral designers around St. Louis emulated different arrangements inspired by the works of art in the museum. So, I did not get a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. I got a noisy night of joyful interactions with St. Louisans who were willing to engage with me and my mindful contemplations. I was really amazed at how willing others were eager to share their opinions with me. In fact, I made some new friends based on our mutual agreements and well-delivered disagreements. St. Louis has some very artsy people, and many who are willing to support the Arts.

On Saturday night, I joined some old Fonty friends that evening to do some Karaoke at Tom’s Bar and Grill in Central West End. For those over 21, they  have Karaoke there from 9pm – 1am. I go there often, and because it is so popular, I never get a chance to sing. Well, tonight, I was lucky- I impressed the crowd with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.” My friends were proud to call me friend that night, let’s just say. But I made a lot of new friends as well, those who complimented me and were wishing for me to sing again. It’s hard to stay humble when you have a reaction like that, but again, people were friendly enough to come up to me and thank me for a solid performance. St. Louis was friendly, encouraging people, people who are willing to support each other, new or old friends.

On Sunday, to my dismay, I discovered that the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis started at 12pm and NOT 12.30pm. Ooops. So for future reference, those who want to go there for Sunday Mass… it starts at 12pm. The Cathedral was very full when I walked in, and I had to sit at the back. You know if you’ve been there that the Cathedral is HUGE. So I concluded: St. Louis has a lot of Catholics, who are willing to support this beautiful Church, and who are willing to practice their faith and spirituality, without giving latecomers that snide look of “You’re late, go away.”

That evening, I had the unique pleasure of watching “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre tonight with one of my dearest friends, Angela. I have always been on the edge with this musical. I’ve performed songs from it in High School, but I never had the urge to watch the musical or the film. However, despite this, I was still very excited to finally watch it. One cannot deny that the opportunity to watch a famous musical is utterly exhilarating. Needless to say, the musical was fantastic, and I have been singing songs from it all evening. It was much more meaningful that I was able to watch it with Angela, too. And the House was packed. all 7600 seats filled. St. Louis has a lot of people who like to watch theatre and musicals; some take it more seriously than others, but they are willing to come out on a Sunday evening and watch a timeless classic.

What am I trying to say? St. Louis just has a lot of great people who recognize the worthiness of the arts, faith, and spirituality. You’re one of them. You’re a part of this community, whether you are from Missouri or not. And that’s something that’s worth staying for. I can only hope I’ll find a similar community after I move following graduation. For now, I can revel in being a part of this vibrant community. You can too!

 

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Spring break is finally here!.. almost. For most of us, it starts as soon as classes are done today (Thursday). It seems like the semester just started but at the same time a lot of us are ready for this break. There are some challenges, however, that many of us face. I still have a work schedule to stick to, my spring break doesn’t mean I get to take off work too, and after all the bills are paid my wallet is definitely looking a little thin. That translates into a trend that’s become popular all over America, a staycation. The good news is that there is so much to do in St. Louis and a lot of it is either free or really cheap.

St. Louis has some fun places to visit and most of them are free! The art museum, history museum, science center, Grants Farm, the zoo, Cahokia Mounds (technically in IL but still close to the city), the Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, and every other park in the city/county. There are even several things to do that don’t cost much. The Botanical Gardens only costs $4-$5 to get in, City Museum is $12 and $10 after 5pm, and STL Cinemas has a whole list of local movie theaters that don’t charge an arm and a leg for tickets (some even have student discount days).

Another plus for this spring break week is that the weather is forecasted to be beautiful! 50s-60s and sunny. It’ll be a refreshing change from all the freezing cold and snow we’ve been having. The warm weather will also be perfect for those outdoor activities like the Botanical Gardens and hiking in the parks. Some local restaurants and cafes might even open up their patios, which, as many city residence know, is always a draw when looking for a good place to eat. If you need more ideas the Riverfront Times has a lot of great events listed on their website or in their magazine (which is freely distributed all over the city). So get out there and do something fun in your area this coming week! Cheers!

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Abby

When (If) Winter Ends…

by Abby on March 2, 2015

in College Life

As it starts to get warmer out and the sun begins to peek through those winter days, I start to get excited! My favorite time of the year is here, the season of bike rides, lakes, and most importantly warm weather! My favorite thing to do this time of year is to go explore Forest Park. There is so much to do and see there that you could spend days just walking the paths. My favorite spot in the huge park is Art Hill. It is the perfect place for a picnic or even to just study while enjoying the fresh air. Forest Park is the best place to experience both nature and the St. Louis culture- it is a perfect balance. Here you will see musical talent, golfers, bike riders, lovers, painters, and so many other amazing people and things. One thing that I did at Forest Park this past summer was paddle boating. I went with three friends and we had an amazing time, ending the perfect day with sandwiches at the Perk Cafe, located right in the heart of Forest Park. I would suggest visiting this amazing park any chance you can get. The great thing about it is that it is so close to Fontbonne and provides a perfect little getaway.

 

Some friends and I on Art Hill during the fall.

 

Some friends and I at Art Hill during the fall.

 

 

Forest Park Boathouse.

 

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“s/o all the country folk”

by EJ February 24, 2015

It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie […]

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Senior Snow Days

by Conner February 24, 2015

This being my last semester at Fontbonne, what I wanted most this spring 2015 was some winter weather. A fairly mild winter had left me missing last year’s snow storm. With snow in the forecast, I kept my fingers crossed all of Sunday. Working full time in retail eats up all of my weekends, so […]

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Plans for this Spring

by Patricia February 24, 2015

I have many plans for this spring. I’m very excited to wear items from my spring wardrobe since I’m getting really tired of wearing winter clothes. I can’t wait to go shopping for my Easter dress either. I also want to get some nice sandals, preferably with bows. I would really like to enjoy the […]

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Snow adventure!?

by Kathy February 23, 2015

Hi everyone, Honestly, I like snowing and this is my first experience seeing snow in my life. Initially I felt so romantic and excited seeing snow and everything seem frozen (car is frozen, leaves are frozen, etc). All around is white and peaceful. However, after few days, streets started to get dirty as the snow […]

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Activities on Campus

by Elizabeth February 9, 2015

I’m a first year freshman here at Fontbonne. I grew up in the county, but close enough that when out-of-state people or websites ask me where I’m from, I’ll answer “St. Louis.” Last semester, I decided to explore the city I claimed ownership of. I, mostly, avoided touristy destinations (City Museum, The Arch, etc.), having been […]

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A St. Louisan’s Guide To A Healthy Valentine’s Day

by Hannah February 6, 2015

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health! Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not! 1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate! Billions of […]

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