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Back in high school, about a year before I had this huge revelation that I was meant to major in biology instead of in English and communications in college, I had an awesome biology teacher who gave us various fun assignments that were meant to help us figure out major concepts. One such assignment was a brochure in which we had to relate cellular organelles to some sort of organization. Being the, shall we say “eccentric,” person that I am, I decided to relate the cell to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Oompa Loompas were the lysosomes that clean up the factory floors and keep the factory in tip-top shape. The chocolate waterfall was the mitochondria, constantly churning and producing energy. Willy Wonka himself was the nucleus; he knew all of the recipes that made all of the delicious sweet delicacies and all of the information about how to make the factory run. As you can see, I had a little bit of fun with this project.

Since the Cardinals’ win over the LA Dodgers last night in the National League Championship Series, I keep thinking about how Saint Louis resembles a cell as well. As Dr. Sheldon Cooper says in one episode of “The Big Bang Theory” to which I can easily relate since I don’t like football at all, “Football is ubiquitous in Texas.” I’d definitely say that baseball is ubiquitous here in Saint Louis. Busch Stadium is always packed with people for games, tours, and photo opportunities. Even after a loss, you can still hear people in the stands shouting, “Let’s Go, Cardinals!”

So how, do you ask, does this relate to the cellular model? Well, for starters, since I realized that baseball is “ubiquitous” in Saint Louis, I related the word “ubiquitous” with the protein “ubiquitin,” which, by its very name, indicates that it’s present nearly everywhere in the cell. I also thought about ubiquitin’s role in immunology; in immuno class, we recently talked about how ubiquitin protein tags certain cellular proteins for destruction during the process of macrophage activation. Going back to the overall cellular model, then, we could say that the Arch grounds are like the nucleus because, being located right along the Mississippi River, they sort of form the blueprint for what Saint Louis is, was, and will become. Busch Stadium (especially during Red October) would serve as the mitochondria, producing energy that powers the city and all of its inhabitants (figuratively speaking, of course!). Forest Park, the crowned jewel of Saint Louis, would be like the cytoskeleton that binds Saint Louis together by bringing together all Saint Louisans for nice weather, picnics, and trips to The Muny, Zoo, and Science Center.

So here’s to a World Series that will act as a mitochondrial energy source for this great city until the 2014 baseball season begins.


Click here to read about my personal experiences at Game 7 of the 2011 World Series!!

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Penny

America Culture- Baseball

by Penny on October 18, 2012

in Extracurricular

This week, everybody on campus is talking about baseball, because the St. Louis Cardinals are playing to win the championship for the National League. In my opinion, baseball is a big part of American culture. People have so much passion about baseball, and they are willing to explain the American baseball rules to me.

But what’s the meaning of NLB, MLC, ALC, and WS? Do you get confused about American baseball terminology? I got confused when I arrived in St. Louis and watched a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. Then, I learned baseball terminology from my friends.

For those who don’t know about American baseball, here is some basic knowledge about the American baseball game: In the United States, there are two leagues in Major League Baseball (MLB): one is the National League (NL), and another is the American League (AL). Each league sends 4 teams into the postseason. The Cardinals are one of the baseball teams in the National League.

The Cardinals won the World Series last year. Before gaining the World Series (WS), there are two rounds to determine which team will be the champion this year.

In the first round, it is called National league division series (NLDS) and American league division series (ALDS). The two winners from NLDS and ALDS go to the next round and the two losers go home.

The second round is called the League Champion Series (LCS). NLCS for national league champion series, ALCS for American League champion series, where the two remaining teams in each league play each other. If the Cardinals win this round, they will be the National League Champions. This is what the Cardinals are playing right now. That’s why St. Louis people are so excited now, because we are proud of our Cardinals, and we want to see them go to the World Series.

The last round is called the World Series (WS). When the two league champions play each other, the winner will be the World Series Champion.

The St. Louis Cardinals were the WS champions last year. I’m looking forward to hearing some good news from Cardinals this year. I’m hoping the Angry Bird (St. Louis Cardinals) can make the miracle happen again.

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I feel like this year Halloween wasn’t just one day but was a whole weekend. Since I was a little kid I always loved this holiday. What could be better? I got to dress up, stay out later, get way to much candy, and there was no school the next day. Although, I’ve grown out of most of the things that I loved about Halloween, I still love Halloween, for many reasons.

There are so many things that made this weekend great, first the Cards won the world series. I’m not really much of a sports person, but I have to admit that watching game 7 last Friday was a great way to start this Halloween weekend.

No matter how old you get, carving pumpkins never gets old. For the past few years I have been getting together with one of my friends from high school to carve pumpkins together. I have to admit we get pretty into it and try to carve the most interesting designs that we can think of. Although I’m not very artistic, I like to think that I’ve gotten pretty good at this.

One of the things I love about St. Louis is there is usually always something interesting to go to. In October, there are 3 haunted attractions around the city. This weekend I went to ‘Creepyworld’ for the first time. I am a huge fan of horror movies, so I was pretty excited to go. There are three attractions in St. Louis: Creepyworld, The Darkness, and Lemp Brewery. I was only able to go to Creepyworld, but I have to say I was really impressed. There was so much detail put into the set and I even got freaked out at times. I would most defiantly got next year again.

So I guess it’s safe to say this weekend was a great one. I spent time with my family and my friends. I love that the weather is getting colder. I am kind of sad that October is already over but that just means I can start looking forward to Thanksgiving!

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Well.  The Cardinals won the World Series last night.  It’s not like I was jumping up and down when it happened or anything, or that my neighborhood was going crazy with fireworks, people coming outside to yell and cheer, and car alarms going off late into the night.  You know us Saint Louisans…we’re calm, cool, and collected in the face of a Ranger-smashing World Series victory.

With that frivolous talk out of my system, onto the meat of this post:  the Fontbanner.

The Fontbanner is the University newspaper, and it’s run by a combo of students taking the class for credit and student volunteers.  I should rephrase that, actually.  Students who volunteer for the paper are few and far between.  Last year, my friend Carly (of FBYou blogging fame) and I were the only volunteers on the ten-person staff.  This year, after I dropped a class (Intro to Classroom Teaching – it was VERY enlightening, and I’d recommend it for anyone who thinks they want to be a teacher), I picked up Newspaper Workshop in its place as an 8-week class, and I’m officially an enrolled student now.

So far, it’s been a bit of a let-down.  When I was a volunteer, I covered some cool events and wrote some fun articles, like the one I wrote about the “Baby Boom” that occurred on the 3rd floor of the East Building.  Now that I’m actually getting CREDIT for my work, I’ve been covering boring stuff, like Sibs Weekend.  Sure, the weekend looked like a lot of fun IF YOU HAD A SIBLING TO GO WITH, but none of my 3 siblings (not counting my other sibling who goes to Fontbonne) wanted to go!  I had to drag myself up to school on a weekend (gasp!) and report on other people having fun with their siblings.

Oh well.  Such is life.

What I do like about the Fontbanner, and this is what kept me volunteering, is that it helps me improve my writing skills.  It turns out, journalistic writing is really difficult.  It’s not like the kind of writing you use for assignments, and the idea behind a newspaper article is to write as simply and powerfully as possible.  I find this really annoying, because it means you can’t use fancy words and that you have to intentionally dumb down your sentences and descriptions.

I consider working on the Fontbanner a writing work-out, because it makes me focus on control.  It’s easy for me to write complex, flowing sentences that sound nice when read aloud.  To shorten those down and make them easy for readers to absorb is a challenge, but doing so pushes me to creatively find ways to express what I need to get across succinctly.  Sometimes, it’s really frustrating and I want to quit the newspaper altogether.  But seeing the final product when it’s published on the Fontbanner website never ceases to give me that tingly feeling of pride inside, and that feeling’s worth all the angst that goes into the article.

So, if you’ve never read the Fontbanner, you should check us out here.  I think it’s a nice paper, but then, I’m a less than impartial critic, aren’t I?  What I like about the class is that anyone can sign up for it, and everyone’s articles get published.  Plus, it’s always a fun group of people to work with.  The staff is mostly English majors, so I get made fun of for being the Computer Science geek in the newsroom, but my background gave me an edge when the newspaper went online this past year.  (Muahahaha – revenge of the nerds!)

Anyway, that’s why I like writing for the Fontbanner.

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Game 7: I Was There.

by Courtney October 29, 2011

Since Thursday, my life has been a whirlwind.  I took my third cell biology test on Thursday afternoon, and then I attended the Big Fall Event on Thursday evening after my organic lab ended at 8:15.  I later went to bed around 11:30, and I had absolutely NO idea that I’d be one of the […]

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Going Back Home

by Alumni Posts October 26, 2011

Going back home may be just to do laundry, visit with family, or just to see something familiar. Going home for me is all of those things. Last Saturday I took a few extra guests with me. I took three of my Fontbonne friends back to O’Fallon, Mo. You may be thinking “Where is that?” […]

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Cardinal Nation

by Deanna October 26, 2011

I have never been so glad to have not left St. Louis for college! I absolutely love living in Cardinal Nation! This has been one of THE most exciting Red Octobers we have had, and although we are behind in the World Series 3-2, I am still keeping the faith! We came back and got […]

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The Weather Still Looks Fair to Me!

by Marielle October 21, 2011

Lately it seems that I’ve been hearing an awful lot of baseball talk around Fontbonne. Come to think of it, I’ve also been seeing a lot of red. A lot of CARDINAL red. Yes, it seems that ever since the Cards clinched the Wild Card, everyone has jumped on the fair-weather-fan bandwagon. Wait, don’t get […]

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Rally Squirrel!

by Courtney October 18, 2011

With the Cardinals now officially participating in the World Series, it’s a great time to be a Saint Louisan.  All of my friends (and even my professors) are overly excited about tomorrow night’s Game 1. You may wonder why I’m blogging about the Cardinals.  After all, most of you probably know that I’m a theatre and […]

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