Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Magical Night

Tonight, shortly after midnight (so technically tomorrow), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" premieres.  This movie is the seventh installment in the film series based upon the books by J.K. Rowling.  The night should be interesting as some die-hard fans like to dress up for the premiere, but if you would rather wait to read some reviews before you go and see the movie, the Forum's next edition, which comes out on December 6, will have one for you.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Women's Basketball: FV Fury vs. Mineral Area Cardinals

The Florissant Valley Fury played the Mineral Area Cardinals on November 3, 2010.  It was a good game, but the Cardinals won in the end.  Below is pictures of the game that were taken by Sherard Curry.

The FV women's basketball team as they practice before the game.

The team sets up to take some practice free throw shots.

The tip-off at the start of the game.  Player Martoneice Hut (#13) jumps for FV.

Martoneice Hutt (#13) gets ready to try and rebound the ball, while playing defense.

Robneisha Wood (#12) takes a shot.

Iesha McDaniel (#4) prepares to take the ball down court.

Gwen Williams (#22) shoots for two-points.

The women's basketball team plays again on November 16, against Washington University JV.  It is an away game, and it starts at 5:30 p.m.

The men's basketball team plays tonight (November 15), here at Florissant Valley against Webster JV.  The game starts at 6 p.m.

Human Services Club's Rap Battle

The Rap Battle took place in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center on November 3, 2010.  There was an entry fee for the performers of $5, and audience members had to pay $2.  While, many people performed, only one group could win, and that was the Thurl Bredz.  Pictured below is what the Forum captured of the event.  Photos by Jessica Penland.

Above and below is rap artist Blacc Diamond.  

She rapped about Christian values.

Pictured above is rap group Thurl Bredz as the performed on stage.  The group includes Vet, A-1, Lil Ray and Kebo K-Black.

Here they are as the claimed their trophy after being announced the winners.

Finally, here they are with President Cynthia Hamilton and Vice President Jeanette Smith.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nugget: A Cake Tribute Band

Nugget is a Cake tribute band, and they played at Pop's tonight.  Check the forum print edition, which comes out on the Monday, November 18 for the review.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Man in the Mirror

by Onyi Kokelu

   As a kid I always wanted to play sports, be in every group and just fit in. Back in those days, who didn’t want to be in the “in crowd,” and if you fast forward to your teenage and post teenage life it’s exactly the same. As a matter of fact, it’s even worse.
   You may read that last sentence and think you should always want to be yourself.
   The funny thing is the main people screaming about how they are so “out there”, how they look different, dress differently and act so differently in essence you are all the same. If you consistently have to let someone know how “real” you are or how “different” you are; maybe you keep repeating it because you are trying to convince yourself.
   Don’t let your words portray you because words are just words. Words without a backed up action are just like an empty promise.
   Don’t get me wrong there is power in words, but your actions speak louder. In the world we live in sometimes I don’t even pay attention to the words that people speak; just their actions. It seems like a lot of people are just all talk, and it gets even more confusing because a person may say or do anything. Even if it is something that is positive, I think we must all sit back and think what their intention was. So when you wake in the morning look at yourself in the mirror and say these things to yourself, “The best person I can be is me, and my actions let them be backed up by my meaningful words.” 

The White Picket Fence

by Onyi Kokelu

   Is it just me or has the world always been this crazy?
   As I sit here, in the backyard in this not so comfortable lawn chair, I gaze at the scene in front of my big brown almost black eyes. I see beautiful trees, green grass and a few weeds here and there. In the distance I hear a lawnmower going.
   It is just an average day in October.
   The ironic thing is when I cross this white fence it’s like the real world sets in. I have to ask myself: how can we reside in an earth and a place that is so beautiful, and yet the people who inhabit it are such heathens?
   Then I have to sit back and think not everyone can sit in their backyard and gaze from the white picket fence because they live in a concrete jungle. I can’t say I understand how you feel but I can say you must remember: always strive for something better because the grass is always greener on the other side of the white pick fence.

Hip Hop film screening and discussion Wed 11/10 at 11 am

Come watch a cool documentary on Hip-Hop music and its impact.  Join in a discussion after the film with KCFV DJs, Flo Valley students, faculty, and staff.

Beyond Beats & Rhymes
Wednesday Nov. 11
Training Center Rm 207
presented by the Mass Comm Club, Gateway to College, African American Male Initiative and FV Campus Life

Monday, November 1, 2010

Missouri 2010 Election

            Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day.  This year is not a presidential election year, but there are still plenty of positions and issues to be voted on that affect citizens, as well.
            For instance, tomorrow’s election will decide a new Senator for Missouri.  The candidates are Robin Carnahan for the Democratic Party, Roy Blunt for the Republican Party, Johnathan Dine for the Libertarian Party and Jerry Beck for the Constitution Party.
            Carnahan is Missouri’s Secretary of State.  She has been since 2004. 
            Some of the issues that Carnahan supports are affordable health care, supporting rural areas, improving on seniors’ benefits, among other things.  For more information about her personally and politically, you can visit her website:  
            Blunt, is a Missouri Congressman, and he is the father of Matthew Blunt the former Governor of Missouri.  He first was elected to the House of Representatives in 1997, but before then he served as Missouri’s Secretary of State.  He was elected to that position in 1984.
            He wants to enforce border laws, making advances in energy sources, among other things.  For more information about Blunt, visit his website: .
            Dine supports the legalization of marijuana, making healthcare more affordable, and much more, which can be read about at his website: .
            Beck, who as I already mentioned is a member of the Constitution Party supports ideals based on “the Declaration of Independence,” “the Constitution of the United States” and “the Bill of Rights.”  For more about the party you can check out their website: or you can check out Beck’s Facebook page: .
            There are also plenty of other positions that will be on the ballot.  
            Some of these positions include the County Executive for St. Louis County, the Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County, U.S. Representative for District 1, the State Auditor, the State Representative for District 74 and different judges for Missouri.
            During an election, there are more than just people that are being voted on.  There are also issues to be voted on.  Depending on the area you live in, will alter what different issues will be on the ballot.  
            It is important to be educated about the issues when voting, because you are the person who is responsible for how you vote.  Before you go to vote take a long hard look at the candidates, and what they stand for.  Also research the issues that are being voted on in your area.  Take the time to learn as much as you can before you make your decision because every vote counts.