Thursday, March 31, 2011

Proceed with Caution

By Sean Hughes

Photos by Sean Hughes
As the season of spring begins to blossom upon us here at Flo Valley, it stimulates everyone’s conscience. “Proceed with caution’, is the expression in everyone’s mind as the semester winds down. Research papers, presentations and finals are in the forecast. So be cautious of the constantly changing weather, our grades, the time left to achieve our academic
goals and finally of our
unofficial mascots-
the geese on campus. 

This father goose is protecting a nesting area. 

The geese are letting the campus know that this is their turf.  They are abundant and very territorial. 

The father goose recognizes a Florissant Valley student as an outsider and proceeds to protect the nesting area.

The geese have attacked police  and even some of the students. 

A Florissant Valley student flees from the nesting area in an attempt to avoid the father goose’s attacks.

The father goose and FV student try to come to a formidable medium of understanding. 

So proceed which caution, because what’s good for the goose is good for the garden.

Geese stand their ground atop the Communications building. 

Check Mate

This Saturday, April 2, is the Community Chess Festival that will be held on campus.  It starts at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing you can pre-register either by calling 314-361-2437 or visiting

For more information about the event go to:
 (The video was provided by KCFV 89.5 The Wave students and Rachel Gomez.)

Pictures of the event coming soon, so make sure to check back.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bowling for Scholars


The 7th Annual "Bowling for Scholars" event will be held Friday, April 8, 3 to 5 p.m. at Strike 'N Spare Bowling Center, 1309 N. Lindbergh Blvd. The event helps St. Louis Community College students by providing scholarships for textbooks, eBooks, art supplies and software.

Get a team together and sign up to bowl . The cost is $20 per person. Lanes are limited, so don't hesitate.

If you're not able to bowl, don't worry, there are still many ways to contribute to this worthy cause. You can make a donation at the bookstore cash register or become a sponsor for the event.

Donations are displayed in the form of decorated bowling pins

Photos by Cammy Blount

New this year is the online auction, where you can donate items and/or bid on fantastic items. You can bid from 8 a.m. March 21 through 11 p.m. April 4 . Items up for auction include hotel packages, vacation packages, St. Louis Symphony tickets, hot air balloon ride, an autographed Pujols baseball, jewelry, golf packages and much more. 

There's also the pin decorating contest . It's a great way to help the cause and possibly win a great prize for the best entry. 

Winning pins are displayed from the decorating contest.

All funds raised are donated to student scholarships. The event has raised $115,800 in the past which helped more than 1240 students with their instructional purchases. This year's goal is $45,000. 

Mark April 8 on your calendar and team up for a good cause.

For more information contact:
Florissant Valley - Laura Stevens, 314-513-4304
Forest Park - Christy Hart, 314-644-9146
Harrison Education Center - Bradie Wilson, 314-763-6042
Meramec - Kevin Metzler or Sabrina Summers, 314-984-7660
SCEUC Book 'n More - Jane Nickles, 314-984-6759
Wildwood - Ellen Gough, 636-422-2031

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Marvelous Feast at Florissant Valley

By. Anthony Pickens

A crowded line of students and staff preoccupied 
the multi purpose room at Florissant Valley
Community College on March 10th
Photo by Stephen Johnson
The occasion was the celebration of its yearly Caribbean festival. 
The event was free of charge for all students and staff as large lines of 
people waited patiently in line for the taste of cold refreshments, 
red beans and rice, fresh baked chicken and much more. 
Photo by Stephen Johnson
The smell of hot and ready-to-eat food filled the air as great Caribbean music helped to create a great atmosphere. Split coconuts, pineapples, and candle lights provided great scenery as the dimmed lights helped to give the mood of being on a Caribbean cruise ship. 
Photo by Stephen Johnson
Overall, it was a great event and a marvelous feast for the students and faculty of Florissant Valley.

Visions From a Young Mind by Sean Hughes

    On February 17, at Florissant Valley’s Contemporary Art Gallery from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. there was an awards reception for the High School Art Exhibition.  The reception was an event to conclude the exhibition and give awards to some of the artists who participated. The high school students' art work was chosen by their own art directors and submitted to Florissant Valley to be displayed. Art Mart and the Contemporary Art Museum are some of the usual sponsors.

The gallery was crowded with people who attended the reception.
The Awards Ceremony is also like a “recruiting event”.  “We had a really good turnout, a lot of new people to campus were here to participate which is what we want,” said acting Gallery Coordinator Roxanne Phillips.

Gallery Coordinator Roxanne Phillips

There were some remarkable pieces that came from the minds and hands of a lot of these high schoolers.  A young man by the name of Tyron Terry who attends Parkway South had featured two pieces titled “Gluttony” and “The Wrath,” which received a lot of attention from onlookers at the display. Terry appeared to be as equally shy as he is talented.  He said he took his name tag off upon entering the awards ceremony because he didn’t want any attention. 

Tyron Terry poses with his piece of art.

Artwork done by Kortney Luby of Francis Howell Central was impressive and equally mind provoking.  Her piece was titled “Hope.” After talking to a couple of different onlookers about this “Hope” piece, everyone had a slightly different depiction of what they thought it was trying to get across. It gives off an abstract feel to it. “You can get different perspectives from it, but I meant it to show how mankind is and will destroy the Earth, and yet you can never really destroy this earth and how there is also beauty sometimes to be found within destruction,” replied Luby, the artist who made it.

Artist Kourtney Luby poses underneath her piece "Hope".
This is a closer look at the work of art "Hope".

The winners were the first place, Tyron Brooks from Pattonville for his “Bite Me” piece pictured on the left.  Honorable mention went to Emily Doermer from Parkway Central for her piece, “Sunset Room” at the center.  Third place went to Sarah May from Parkway South for her piece, “Ghleann” pictured on the right.

The award winners all pose together.  Pictured from left to right is Tyron Brooks, Emily Doermer and Sarah May.

After talking extensively to you  young talented artists most of you expressed desire to do more digital art.  But after looking at some of the paintings, I would hope that you would still keep the tradition of painting for the sake of authenticity. You will do the world and yourselves a beautiful justice.
Thank you.
Sean Hughes

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One Book, One College Presents: PERSEPOLIS

Subtitled, "The Story of a Childhood," Satrapi's child's view of war, along with her emerging rebel ideals, is presented in black-and-white drawings, in the similar style of comic books. The book, translated from French in 2003, was made into a movie in 2007, and was nominated for best animated feature at the Academy Awards.
 Satrapi, was born in Iran in 1969. Her parents were radicals, and she is a descendant of Iran's last emperor. She lived during the oppression of civil liberties when the Ayattolah Khomeini overthrew the Shah.
Her parents sent her to study in Vienna, Austria, when she was 14. That, and her grown-up years, are detailed in the follow-up, "Persepolis2."
Today, she is a successful children's book author, graphic novelist and illustrator living in Paris.

Calendar of Events:

  • March 9 @3 p.m. : Book discussion on3rd floor of the library
  • March 10 @ 7 p.m. : Screening of the film Persepolis at the Terry M Fischer Theater
  • March 28 @1 & 2 p.m. :  Screening of Rick Steves' Iran in TC 202/204
  • March 31 @2 p.m. : Book discussion on the 3rd floor of the library.
  • April 13 @3 p.m. : Book discussion on the 3rd floor of the library.

    One Book One College encourages students, faculty and staff to read the same book and participate in discussions and events related to the work. "Persepolis" is the seventh book selected in this program.
    For more information, please contact Anne Schalda at (314) 513-4349 or

March 2: Women of Words

Kanitra Mckinney, a sophomore at Flo Valley reads Nikki Giovanni's "Ego Tripping".
Photo by Tira Wilkerson

Fo Valley freshman Exzavion Powes  and sophomore Kanitra Mckinney.
Photo by Tira Wilkerson

Flo Valley sophomore Alyssa Brooks reads "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou.
Photo by Tira Wilkerson

Regina Poper, an instructor at Flo Valley leads a discussion during the event.
Photo by Tira Wilkerson

Regina Poper, Flo Valley creative writing instructor.
Photo by Tira Wilkerson