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The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Well, it’s time to start blogging again for the fall season, and I’m gonna go ahead and drop some exciting news to start off with a bang. But first: some important background information.

About me: I’m Marielle; I’m a senior dietetics major at Fontbonne; I like running, drawing, dancing, plants, and hairless cats; I’m founder and president of the Environmental Club at Fontbonne; and I’m a vegan. So that’s that. Expect lots of shameless promotion of my club’s events.

Background info pertinent to my exciting news: Every year there is a balloon race in Forest Park. Sometimes Fontbonne sponsors a balloon. There is a contest to be the student who gets to ride in the balloon.

Now the exciting news: I AM THAT STUDENT. I couldn’t possibly be more pumped about it.

SO! You should come to Forest Park this Saturday afternoon and watch me be a boss. And see the Fontbonne balloon. But mostly watch me be a boss. See ya there!

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Something that I have come to love about Fontbonne is its Dedicated Semester every Fall Semester. The Dedicated Semester is something fairly unique to Fontbonne and features a broad topic that gives the Fontbonne Community a chance to learn about and discuss the topic through various classes, activities, and events. This year’s Dedicated Semester is “Foodology: The Culture, Economics, and Science of Food.” I knew that I would love this topic as soon as I found out about it. However, I have learned that I really don’t know a whole lot about food.

This past Wednesday, I went to a talk at Schlafly Bottleworks where a family came in to talk about their farm and what it’s like growing some of their own food.

Coming from the suburbs of Chicago, I’m always amazed by people who are able to grow and produce their own food.

The Biula Family even brought some tomato samples from their farm to share with the audience.

This Dedicated Semester has also motivated me to explore new foods on my own. For example, thanks to a local company called NeighborGood Foods, I recently received a basket of fresh local produce from different farms around the area. And I love them even more, because they deliver right to my residence hall on campus!

Another event that I participated in for the Dedicated Semester was a trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, which is one of my favorite St. Louis attractions.

We took a tour through some of the areas with people who work/volunteer there and learned about some of the things they’ve been doing at the Gardens.

Some other fun happenings at Fontbonne/around St. Louis:

Fontbonne now has a Quidditch Team/Club (you’ll understand if you like Harry Potter)!

And the Great Forest Park Balloon Race also recently happened! It’s one of my favorite festivals of the year.

Until next time…
Peace, Love, & the Energizer Bunny!

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