Thursday, September 29, 2011

Taste of St. Louis 2011

The smells of culinary genius filled the air during Taste of St. Louis 2011, as the city's best restaurants took to the streets in front of Soldier's Memorial to give area residents a taste of delight.

Photos by Devese Ursery

Forest Park Ballon Race

This year's 39th Annual Forest Park Balloon Race brought much excitement to St. Louis, as many area businesses and residents participated in the balloon glow.  

Many onlookers watched as the balloons were fired up and lifted into the air.

Larry Owen came in first place, with Joe Nusrala and John Daugherty taking home the second and third place prizes. 

Photos By Bregt Bogaerts

Flash Mob

Photo By Christine Willbrand

During Deaf Awareness Week, a crowd of students excitedly flocked to the entrance of the Student Center to engage in a sing along, using sign language. The event is the first occurrence for the Florissant Valley Community.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Terry M. Fisher Theater Presents: The Pillowman

By Latoya Wadley

The Pillowman is a 2003 play written by Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh and directed by John Crowley. It was originally produced by The National Theatre of Great Britain. It won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, was nominated for four Tony Awards and won two Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting for a Play. It was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Featured actor in a Play.  

The story centers around the dark tale of troubled writer Katurian Katurian, (Maurice Walters II) and his brother Michal Katurian, (Sherard Curry), who are being interrogated about the short stories that bare resemblance to a string of child murders in their home town. The play will have you in suspense from beginning to end.  

McDonagh spares no detail in his gruesome story, making this play unsuitable for those young or faint of heart. It opens with a classic good cop/bad cop scenario, with the ever-calm Detective Tupolski, (Taylor Gruenloh) and the relentless police officer Ariel (A.J. Pupillo) interrogating a clueless and frightened Kuturian.

It goes on to explain the happenings that landed Kuturian in custody, and his brother Michal is introduced.  Horrifically mistreated and left for dead at a young age, Michal's homicidal innocence touches your heart.

The story ends in an act of twisted fate that will leave you in a state of  being amazed, making Pillowman a must-see play that you will want to see again.

Opening night will be at 8 p.m.on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Other showings will be at 8 p.m. on October 1, 7* 8 and  at 2 p.m. on October 2. All shows will be performed in the Terry M. Fisher Theater and are free to the public.

(* Sign Interpreted)  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finally, St. Louis appears on a positive “Top 10” list

By Jessica Penland

Photo By Cammy Blount

Recently, St. Louis has been recognized for drugs, sexually transmitted diseases and how dangerous it is.  Once again the city is in the spotlight, but for a good reason this time.  
St. Louis was named number 10 out of the top 10 cities for college graduates to live and work.  The list was compiled by, as a part of, LLC. [To see what other cities made the list you can visit: ]
Their findings are based on three distinct factors.  Those factors are the number of adults between the ages of 20 and 24 years old living within the city, the number of jobs that require a year or less experience and the cost of rent, according to the “St. Louis Business Journal.”
            Therefore, the list takes into account a cities’ affordability, availability for work and competition for jobs.
            Michela Walsh, the manager of the Career and Employment Services at Florissant Valley, said, “Speaking from the perspective of someone who assists students and alumni in seeking employment, I think there are a number of employment opportunities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.”
            Walsh went on to say that currently there are 284 positions waiting to be filled in eRecruiting, which is an online system where jobs are listed that St. Louis Community College uses. 
            “Recently, we have seen an increase in employment opportunities posted by small to medium sized employers. The use of temporary services and contract labor by local employers is growing rapidly. Internships are also on the rise which can provide valuable experience to individuals in school or shortly after graduation,” said Walsh.
            The Career and Employment Services center helps students seek employment opportunities as long as they are either enrolled in or have taken three credit hours.  If you would like to seek their expertise, they are located in the Counseling Department in the Student Center.  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Edward Jones Hosts Diversity Career Fair on Sept. 27

Financial-services firm Edward Jones will host a diversity career fair from 4:30 to 7 :30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the firm's headquarters, 12555 Manchester Road in Des Peres.

Edward Jones offers St. Louis based opportunities for talented professionals in finance, internal audit, service, information systems, marketing, operations, human resources, training and development and compliance.

The career fair also is aimed at attracting candidates for the financial advisor and branch office administrator roles in St. Louis and around the country.

"The Diversity Career Fair is a unique opportunity to meet Edward Jones associates and leaders and learn more about the exciting careers available at the firm," said Emily Pitts, Edward Jones' principal responsible for inclusion and diversity.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters and leaders from every area of the firm.  At 5 p.m. that evening, Edward Jones' principal responsible for human resources, Anthony McBride, will welcome attendees and share a few words about careers at Edward Jones

The career fair is part of the firm's Inclusion and Diversity Week, a week of activities that emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and raise the profile of Edward Jones as an employer that seeks out and welcomes diverse talent.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP for the event by sending an email to  Additionally, jobseekers may submit a resume to this address, whether or not they attend the event.

About Edward Jones
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
Edward Jones, which ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2011," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Web site is located at

2011 Health Wellness and Happiness Fair

Date:  October 15, 2011
Where: 11634 W. Florissant Ave at Fisher Wellness Center lot
Times:  10 am-4 pm

Purpose: To promote natural health and education for healthy lifestyle choices
 and to increase health literacy and preventive health behavior among youth and their parents.
a variety of engaging speakers and workshops are scheduled throughout the day including medical, dental, chiropractic and eye screenings, body analysis for nutritional deficiencies,healthy food samples, zumba, hip hop and line dancing, children's play area and a wealth of information

Dr. Perdita Jay Fisher, DMD
314-837-9777 office
314-322-4719 cell
'When Health is absent Wisdom can't reveal itself, Art cant be exerted, Wealth is useless and reason is powerless"
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his/her patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.~ Thomas Edison

Department of Justice Tells AT&T Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Monopolize the Phone Business

By Jessica Penland 
On Wednesday, August 31, the Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against AT&T, in an attempt to stop the phone company from merging with T-Mobile.

The Department of Justice wants to block the $39 billion deal because they believe the lack of competition will cause problems for consumers according to Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

In the Associated Press article, “Government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger,” by Joelle Tessler and Pete Yost, Cole said, “tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services.”

Competition between businesses not only allows for prices to remain lower, but forces companies to be more innovative.  If one company creates a new product unlike anything else on the market, the other companies feel the need to create something better.

T-Mobile has been very innovative, not only when it comes to product creation, but services or features to go along with the product.  They were the first to create the handset using the Android Operating System and national Wi-Fi “hotspot” access, among other products, services or features.

According to documents from T-Mobile, their strategy was to use innovation and unconventional thinking as a way to beat the other phone companies who are bigger than them.

Since the filing of the lawsuit, AT&T has claimed that they are disappointed with the actions of the Department of Justice because they have been co-operative.  They have also said they would bring back 5,000 outsourced jobs to the United States if they merge with T-Mobile.

What do you guys think?  Should the merger continue without a hitch, or should AT&T be stopped?

A Review of A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes & Life

By Dannie Boyd

There are many beats and rhymes in hip-hop history but A Tribe Called Quest created the low-end theory to put hip-hop culture into perspective for tape decks and TV screens.  Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest directed by Michael Rapaport brings the story of the Tribe to hip-hop heads in the form of a documentary that shows the construction and deconstruction of the classic quartet.  Members say ATCQ is “still relevant because it is the truth.”
Beats, Rhymes & Life was shown at the Landmark Tivoli theater in the Delmar Loop this past summer.  Making an appearance at the St. Louis premier was member Phife Dawg.  After witnessing his life-challenging struggle with diabetes in the film it was remarkable that he was in attendance despite health concerns.  The Tivoli is popular for screening independent films, documentaries, and other non-mainstream film projects.

ATCQ consists of rapper/producer Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.  The group first formed in the mid 1980’s, a story which is chronicled in the documentary.  Tribe is known for treasured Generation X songs such as “Bonita Applebum,” “Can I Kick It?” and “Electric Relaxation.”

Read the complete story in the September 2011 issue of the Forum Newspaper