Wednesday, March 7, 2018

BATTER UP!! STLCC Baseball March Home Game Schedule

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Graphic created by Ralph Schaffer of The Forum Newspaper

Friday, February 23, 2018

"Waiting for Lefty" play review

FV Theater Tackles Serious Past and Present Issues With “Waiting for Lefty”

by Tiffany Joiner and Ralph Schaffer 

The Florissant Valley (FV) Theatre Program opened the spring semester with a production of the highly-acclaimed play, “Waiting for Lefty” directed by Professor Chris Stephens. The play takes place during a meeting of taxi drivers during the Great Depression and deals with workers’ rights. They have had enough of receiving the short end of the stick, and the only option that interests them is a strike. 

The production is compiled of six different vignettes and flashbacks from the characters, seemingly unrelated. The only common factors they each share are their jobs, and they all have a story to tell. The play dives headfirst into burning topics such as fatal irresponsibility, collective bargaining and exploitation of the masses. Through the angst and frustration the characters face, burning questions keep the audience guessing. 

Lefty is a union organizer who is scheduled to meet with the union workers to discuss life-changing options that each employee can settle on. The union’s corrupt leader Harry Fatt does everything he can to discourage it, and the mysterious absence of Lefty Costello doesn’t bode well for the future strikers. After hearing the heart-wrenching tales of the hard-working cab drivers, each story is dramatized before the audience before transitioning seemingly effortlessly back into the union meeting. Agate Keller (Tylan Mitchell) takes the stage and demands immediate action. When word comes that Lefty has been found “with a bullet in his head,” the union joins Keller in chanting “STRIKE, STRIKE, STRIKE!!!” 

The playwright, Clifford Odets, originally set the play on a bare stage  with hardly any props, a departure from a traditional theater production. 

“It doesn’t all happen in a realistic place in time..I think that’s a really interesting thing to put on stage,” said Stephens. “...the audience is treated as though they are in the union hall and as if they’re fellow New York City cab drivers.” 
Actors, mostly current FV students, come to the stage from the audience seats adding an interesting feel to the experience.  “Waiting for Lefty” may have been written 83 years ago, but Stephens suggests that it still has a relevant message nearly a century later in Missouri as well as the United States. 

The next play, “Constellations”, directed by Professor Dan Betzler, opens in April. For more information contact the Fischer Theater at 314-513-4488 or visit

(photos courtesy of STLCC -FV Terry M. Fischer Theatre)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

High School Artists Add Color to STLCC FV Contemporary Gallery

Outside The Lines

By Ralph Schaffer
On February 15, the Art Department at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley hosted the Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony for its 25th Annual High School Art Exhibit. 

FV Art Department faculty selected over 30 pieces for this juried exhibit on display at the campus Contemporary Art Gallery in the Instructional Resources Building. The evening included tours of the Art Department and Labs in the Humanities Building. Art work from the young artists included a variety of mediums like acrylic, ceramics, graphite, oil pastel, PhotoShop, watercolor and clay. 

“It is very crucial that high school students are recognized,” says Deb Jenkins, gallery director.
Some of the work exhibited also challenged the “rules” of fine art that college art students often get drilled on in their studies. “High school artists tend to be a little less fearless,” said Jenkins. “It’s fun to see high school students breaking the rules (of art)." 

Participants included high students from Francis Howell Central, Collegiate School of Medicine and BioScience, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West, Edwardsville, East St. Louis, Pattonville, Parkway South, Lutheran North, Kirkwood, McCluer North, Ritnour, Incarnate Word Academy, Timberland, Metro Academic and Classical Academy and Desmet Jesuit.

The next exhibit in the gallery:
February 26 – April 6, 2018 
Stamps of Hope: Syrian Refugee Traveling Art Exhibit Work compiled by Rihab Sawah 
Reception: Thursday, March 22, 
2017 Brunch and Presentation at 9:30 outside the Contemporary Gallery (IR-111) and 
Evening Presentation from 6-8pm. Middle-Eastern Food Provided

For more information about the Art Gallery please contact the STLCC Florissant Valley Art Department at 314-513-4375 or Valley.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WYF: What's Your Favorite Scary Movie and Why?


Check out the Forum Newspaper's new "What's Your Flo?" question for the month of October. The question is based around the theme of Halloween. We asked students around campus "What's your favorite scary movies and why?" Check it out. 

By Jordan Wade of The Forum

Monday, November 6, 2017

Former NASA Engineer Lonnie Johnson Speaks at Florissant Valley

Dr. Lonnie Johnson,  (seen to the left) with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore (seen to the right) after the Vision 2017 event.

Former NASA engineer, Lonnie Johnson, Ph.D., spoke on here at Flo Valley during the Vision 2017, small business innovation event, last month. Johnson, also the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, joined Maxine Clark (Build-A-Bear Workshop, founder), Nicole Adewale (ABNA Engineering, cofounder), Bijal Desai-Ramirez (The Filament), and Jose Ponce (Remax Gold) to encourage students seeking career opportunities in business and entrepreneurship. The full-day symposium included hands-on workshops and panel discussions.

During the event, panelists talked about their business experiences.  Adewale said that to be a successful entrepreneur you must be willing to sacrifice. Other panelists echoed the need to put in long hours and hard work. “It’s the journey, not the destination,” said Clark.

Johnson took the stage at the end of the panel to explain how he came up with the Super Soaker idea and presented a slide show about his background, his time at NASA and the agency’s plans for the future. He urged the audience to pursue careers in STEM or whatever they deem fit to help change the world. 

“...Vision 2017 is an intentional outreach for women, people of color and immigrants. As well as anyone who’s really interested in understanding more about innovation as it crosses science, IT and manufacturing,” said Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Ph.D., event organizer. Moore focused on bringing women and people of color to speak on the panels to help attract diverse audiences to learn more about innovation, science, IT and manufacturing. 

In its third year, the symposium aims to step out of the Cortex community, a cluster of small STEM business upstarts in Midtown St. Louis, to reach a different audience of people in North St. Louis City and North County. The partnership with Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley allows students more exposure to entrepreneurship, STEM-based careers and networking with professionals in the fields. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Gremlins 3 is (finally) happening!

By Ralph Schaffer of The Forum

After years of speculation, a third entry in the cult-classic Gremlins franchise will (for sure) be hitting the big screen in the near future. Chris Columbus, screenwriter for the original Gremlins, has finalized a script for Gremlins 3 and the film is now in production at Warner.

From what information is now available, this third entry is set to be far darker in tone than the 1991 sequel. While Gremlins 2 was fairly lighthearted and whimsical, this script returns to the style of the original film. Entertainment website Slash Film interviewed Columbus regarding the script back in August.In talking with Columbus, they discovered that there is a possibility than one of the franchise’s most iconic characters may well be killed off this time.

The website suggests that one of the major questions fan have had in regards to the continuation of the plot is “…if all the gremlins come from getting Gizmo wet and feeding his mogwai offspring after midnight, should Gizmo be eliminated?”

“That (question) comes up in the movie, certainly.” Said Columbus.

Interestingly enough, Gizmo was set to die in an early version of the script for the original film. The second draft of the script features Gizmo dying and then being reincarnated as a butterfly-like creature.

The previous films in the franchise relied heavily on puppetry to bring Gizmo and the cast of green, slimy monsters to life on screen. With the popularization of CGI, some could presume that a new Gremlins film would over-use it. Columbus reassures that CGI would only be used to help simplify the shooting of certain sequences and not be the go-to effect for the cast of characters.

“CGI will enable us to remove wires and make the puppeteers lives a little easier. It was brutal. It was like a marathon every night for those guys. In the bar scene alone there were 18 [or] 20 people behind the bar. No one had any space to move. It was just hellish for those guys so CGI will simplify that a little bit but it’s all puppets.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FV Welcomes Archers Back To The Soccer FIeld

FV Welcomes Archers Back To The Soccer Field

By Darian O'Marr Jones of The Forum

Men’s and women’s soccer teams are back to business in full force. Coached by Tim Mosby, the men’s soccer team boasts a 6-0 opening season record.  The women’s team, coached by Jason Howard, has fought through some close loses with a 0-3 record despite a strong defensive game.

On August 25, Florissant Valley hosted a women’s and men’s double header against Allen County Community College Red Devils. The Lady Archers played first with an intense match ending in a 2-1 overtime loss. Coach Howard plans to keep his team focused on reaching the regional tournament despite the rocky season start. He is confident the team’s depth will be a strong factor in improving their defensive play.
The men’s team was up next in a battle against the Red Devils. 

Throughout the game defenders always seemed to be first to the ball, a good strategy in soccer when you want control of the game. All in all, the team played hard even toward the final whistle. In the end, the Archers’ racked up an impressive 4-0 win. 

These were the first two soccer games back on Florissant Valley turf after last year’s move to Meramec due to poor field conditions on the FV field. Coming up the men are playing Cinnati State Technical & CC on September 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and the Lady Archers are playing Illinois Valley at 2:00 p.m. For more information about STLCC soccer and other sports teams visit