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You probably haven’t heard much about the Biological Sciences Organization (BSO) yet this year. That’s because we’ve been busy with a lot of event planning. Well, now it’s time for BSO members and the campus community to have a ton of fun!

The BSO’s mission is to teach both biology majors and non-majors alike, as well as the Saint Louis community, about the integral roles that science plays in everyday life. And in the coming weeks, we have a lot of activities planned that should help us to live out our mission. On Thursday, October 24th, we will be hosting a “SAVE DUMBO!” Wristband and Bake Sale in the Ryan Hall Corridor (right outside the cafeteria on the first floor) from 11:30 until 1:00. The African Elephant is a critically endangered animal, and experts project that it will be extinct in the wild in just seven years. Come help us to save this amazing species for generations yet to come by purchasing your own “Save Dumbo! Fontbonne Sustainability” eco-friendly, made-in-the-US wristbands for only $2 each. And be sure to donate a little more to take some sweet baked treats back to your friends in your dorms or classes. BSO pledges that at least half of our proceeds will be donated to help save this magnificent creature. We found some great, reputable organizations in Africa who work diligently to educate and rehabilitate the African Elephant, so we hope that, with the Sustainability Dedicated Semester in mind, you’ll do your part and help us to SAVE DUMBO!

Also on the 24th, BSO will be participating in the evening Fall Festival event alongside other Fontbonne student organizations. Keeping with the Dedicated Semester theme, we will be hosting a pumpkin carving booth where you can learn how to partake in this favorite fall pastime while still being sustainable and earth friendly. We’ll also continue our SAVE DUMBO wristband sales, so if you forget your money at lunch, you still have the opportunity to purchase your wristband.

We’ll be ending our semester with a BSO member-only trip to the Endangered Wolf Center and a graduation party for our December biology graduates. All in all, we’re hoping to have great success in our events, and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money to do our part in saving a species who is becoming rarer and rarer due to poaching and habitat loss. We hope to see you at our SAVE DUMBO events!


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by Alumni Posts on March 9, 2012

in Our Causes

Just a couple of nights ago, I got home late at night from work and I did my usual routine of checking my Twitter and then my Facebook. Repeatedly on Twitter I saw the hashtag #KONY2012. Naturally at first I assumed it was a new political leader in the running for the election this year… I don’t quite pay as much attention as I should, so it didn’t surprise me that I had no clue who it was. But with each tweet, there was a video link along with it. Because I was looking at Twitter via my phone, I couldn’t put headphones in and my roommate was trying to sleep, so I really didn’t want to wake her. I decided it could wait until the morning. After Twitter I moseyed on over to Facebook, and again saw the video linked on many people’s pages. It was everywhere, and seemed to literally be happening within that hour, because when I asked my friends about it they had not heard of it either. I saw a few pictures on Facebook as well.

KONY2012 is not a Presidential candidate. KONY2012 is a movement. A peace movement.

Over in Africa there is a man who is abducting children and forcing the boys to become his soldiers and girls to become sex slaves. That man is Joseph Kony. There is a lot more to this story, and it would make this a very long blog post… So I too will tell everyone to go to YouTube and type in Kony 2012, and please watch it!

It is 30 minutes long, and I understand that is a fairly large amount of time. But it is worth it! Everyone needs to know about this, and everyone must make Joseph Kony famous.

Tonight, over 80 people were gathered in the DSAC Cafe to watch this video and hear from a survivor of Kony’s war in Uganda, and also members of the Invisible Children. It was great to see such a large crowd, and proved that our generation is not as self-centered as the media sometimes portrays us.

Please, just watch the video and see what you can do to help others.

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