Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I scream and you Scream for Charity!

The STLCC Student Government and Clubs of St. Louis Community       
College at Florissant Valley will host a fun and frolicsome charity festival to make a difference! 

Purpose: To collect donations and toys for the Friends of Kids with Cancer, a charity supporting children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

When: 11a.m. until 2 p.m.

                                                      Where: Student Center - Multipurpose Room
                                                                  STLCC-Florissant Valley
                                                                  3400 Pershall Road
                                                                  St. Louis, MO 63135

Monday, October 17, 2011

These Fabrics Never Looked So Good

By Jessica Penland

On September 26, the “Material Elements” exhibit opened at the Florissant Valley Contemporary Art Gallery in the Instructional Resource building.
            This new exhibit houses the work of the faculty and students from the Appalachian Center for Craft.  The center is located in Smithville, Tenn., and is a part of the Tennessee Tech University.
            The materials that the students work with are fibers, clay, metals and woods. 
Photo by Cammy Blount 
            The majority of the works that are on display currently use some sort of fibers.  Fabrics like cotton, denim, silk and polyester are some examples of the fibers that were used in the pieces.
            Although most of the pieces use fibers, they use them in different ways.  Sometimes the fibers are used in such a way that it is difficult to tell that fabric was even used.
            One such piece is Lauren Bryant’s piece of work titled, “Memory.”  From far away this piece looks like a clay sculpture of countless, tiny hands, but as you get closer you realize that those little tan hands are actually made of cloth.  Bryant dyed the cotton knit by hand and then sewed it all together. 
            Deborah Tuggle’s piece “Loves Last Gift,” is another work of art that does not seem like it is made of fabric until you get close to it.  From far away, it looks as if hundreds of red flower petals are magically suspended in air.  It almost looks as if time froze as the petals were cascading to the ground.  Upon closer inspection, you realize that the flower petals are synthetic and attached to a piece of see-through cloth.
            There are pieces that it is easy to tell that they are made from fabric whether you are near or far.  There are pieces of art that look like clothing like Melody Allen and Natalie Johnson’s pieces, and there are pieces that hang on the wall like tapestries.
            Allen’s pieces “Double-hawk” and “Stripes and Spots,” are aviator caps with a chin strap, and Johnson’s pieces “LOVE” and “SELF” are both jackets.
            Jeanne Brady, the curator of the exhibit, created one of the pieces that are reminiscent of a tapestry.  Her piece “I Am Content To Look Upon This Day,” includes four colorful panels that were hand painted on canvas.  At first your eye is drawn to all of the colors.  The autumn colors swirl together, and gives us the feeling of being in nature.  It isn’t until after you take in all of the color that you realize the words that are printed on the first panel.  Brady printed phrases like “change ALL THIS Just to be content,” on her piece of art.
            There are many more pieces to check out in the art gallery.  The exhibit is only open until October 20, so if you want your chance to see it for your self, don’t wait and miss out.  

Who Says There's Nothing on TV?

By Jessica Penland

We’ve all heard it said before, “There is nothing good on TV to watch,” but whoever said that must not be watching television now because there is plenty to watch this fall.
            With the start of the fall television season, shows that audiences love returned, and they were joined by some new blood. 
            Unique shows that range from comedy to thriller suspense have popped up, and they are guaranteed to entertain you.
            The most common type of new show seems to be the comedy.  Shows like “New Girl,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Up All Night,” are sure to have you laughing.
            The Fox Network’s show “New Girl” stars Zooey Deschannel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Jake M. Johnson and Lamorne Morris.  Deschannel’s character Jess has moved in with three men, whom she found on the internet after a break-up with her boyfriend.  So far the show revolves around the four housemates, especially the guys, getting used to the quirks of one another, namely Jess.  The cast has great chemistry, and you can’t help but laugh at the situations that the group find themselves in.  The show comes on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. after “Glee.”
            Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings star in CBS’s new show “2 Broke Girls.”  Behrs and Dennings both play, you guessed it, two broke girls.  Dennings character Max is a waitress/baby sitter with a sharp tongue, which she often uses to make fun of Behrs’ character Caroline.  Caroline is a former heiress, who lost all of her money when her dad was arrested for fraud.  The two characters meet when Caroline begins working at the same restaurant as Max, and shortly after become roommates and business partners.  The pair couldn’t be more different, which is why they make comedy magic.  To catch this hilarious, yet sometimes crude show, tune into CBS on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
            The show, “Up All Night,” from NBC is great because it differs from the previous two comedies.  Instead of focusing on roommate dynamics, this show focuses on being new parents.  The two main characters Chris and Reagan Brinkley, who are played by Will Arnett and Christina Applegate respectively, just had a baby and are trying to find the right balance between family, work and having fun.  They are desperate to not lose their cool edge just because they are parents.  Not only are the actors funny, but their attempts to stay hip are ridiculously entertaining.  The comedic duo is joined by Maya Rudolph, whose self absorbed character Ava only adds to the laughs.  This show is so entertaining, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a parent to appreciate what is going on.  To see what you think of “Up All Night,” watch NBC on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
            If you are looking for something with a little more mystery then the shows “Revenge,” and “American Horror Story,” are for you.
            ABC’s “Revenge,” begins with a bang, literally.  A character is shot within the first five minutes.  Then there is a time jump to three months prior to the shooting.  As the show unfolds the main character Amanda Clarke, who goes by the alias Emily Thorne, takes revenge on the rich elite that ruined her father’s life by framing him.  She is willing to do some pretty bad stuff to exact her father’s revenge, but is she willing to go as far as shooting someone?  The only way to know is to tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
            The show “American Horror Story,” is unlike anything else on television right now.  As you can guess from the title, this show has horror elements.  A family moves into a house that is haunted and has claimed the lives of the families who came before them.  If weird is not your thing, then this show is not for you because the show is weird from start to end.  Everything is weird, from the characters to the plot.  You will sit there watching the show and have no idea what is going on, or what is supposed to be real or fake.  The show is great for horror or mystery fans, and will definitely put you in the Halloween mood.  Just be forewarned that it is for mature audiences only due to its violence and sexual nature, much like the other shows on FX.  For your chance to get the creeps watch FX on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
            These are just a handful of the new shows on television now that have made an impression.  There are plenty of other new shows that have cropped up.  To learn more about what’s on television, you can visit each network’s website.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Simpsons Ending?

By Christine Willbrand

The Simpsons, a weekly animated cartoon show on FOX, might be coming to an end next spring after twenty-three years on air, a producer stated on Oct. 4. The longest-running scripted series is in danger over financial reasons. If you remember, the show went on a one-month strike back in 2004 over the voice actor’s salaries. Right now, their current paychecks are $8 million for 22 weeks of work. The pay cut would be an estimated 45 percent of what the main six actors are paid. The key actors who voice the show, including Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe the bartender, Chief Wiggum and Apu) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders) have offered to take a 30 percent pay cut in lieu of receiving profits from merchandising but, FOX refused.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dating and Relationships

Forum Opinion Question:

As promised in the Oct.10 issue of the Forum Student Newspaper, the reader response question is:

In your opinion, what are considered normal gender roles (if any) in a relationship?

Join our blog for a chance to post your responses.