Thursday, August 30, 2012

Career & Employment Services Week

Become A Member Of The Student Government Association

BY DEE BRANDY of the Forum
Do you want to get involved in government? Do you want to be President of a corporation but unsure how to run a board? Well I have the answer for you! St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Student Government Association wants you! Here is an opportunity to learn Roberts Rules of Order and Parliamentary procedures for running a board while enhancing and developing your leadership skills for school and for your career.
To be considered for an officer’s position, such as president, vice president, chief executive officer, Programming council officer, secretary, and SGA representative at large, you have to submit an application in the Campus Life Office by the deadline, approximately two weeks after the school semester has started. This fall semester it was September 4, 2012. Just in case two or more people are running for the same position, there is a small amount of campaigning. The student body votes for the candidates they feel will represent the campus in its best image. The top eight students elected must give a 2-3 minute speech about why someone feels they are a good fit for the position. The speech is given to the SGA Board, consisting of the previous officers and a representative from each of the clubs and organizations at the meeting. The SGA Board makes the final vote by secret ballot which is counted and announced to the board. Immediately after the new officers have been elected, they are sworn in and commence serving their one year term in office.
A few additional requirements for being an SGA Officer and Representative at Large are the student must be taking a minimum of six credit hours, be available to attend the SGA meetings and the officers meeting held every Tuesday between the hours of 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Other requirements include some travel out of town, which is required during the fall and spring semesters to expand and enhance your leadership skills, be comfortable in being in the public’s eye to lead the SGA events on and off campus, and encourage the members of the board and students of the campus to participate in the different activities and events. You will also work closely with the Campus Life Office Staff members, especially with Gwen Nixon, manager of Campus Life. If you feel you can meet these small requirements and are enthusiastically charged to have a fulfilling experience with your fellow students, I invite you to take a leap of faith.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Special Ceremony For Future Interpreters

Photo by Marie McCool/Communications Department
Above: Front Row (left to right) Christina Matteuzzi, Brooke Alexander, Candies Wilson, Julie Bates, Courtney Jarvis Bolin, Deborah McCullough, Victoria Foster  Second Row: (left to right) Aislyn Wright Scholey, Rachel Banks Novosel, Tara Anders, Liz Affias, Sean Balke, Stephanie Puricelli, Jenna Funke, Josh Kirkpatrick, Rose Broyles, Jennifer Fogarty, Holly Newman Crossno Third Row: (left to right) Amanda Nolan, Emma Martin, Nikki Ritter, Brooke Lewis, Tabatha Madding, Anthony Pupillo, Olivia Swofford, Micki Augustus

By Marcus McDaniel of the Forum

Iris, the Greek messenger goddess, was known for being lightning-quick when delivering messages. While Iris may be considered mythology,  there is nothing fictitious about STLCC’s modern day Iris, the graduates of Flo Valley’s Deaf Communications Studies (DCS). These future sign language interpreters were rewarded for their hard work over the past two years with a special pinning ceremony July 28 in the Terry M. Fischer  Theater. The program and pinning process are unique to the FV campus since it is the only two-year institution that trains interpreters in Missouri. In fact, FV is the only other college in the state to train sign language interpreters other than four-year college, William Woods University.
Program Coordinator Tom Flynn led the extraordinary event. Each graduating student was presented with a silk iris, the symbol of the interpreting profession, along with a beautiful blue, white, and gold pin with the program’s logo.

Roadside Breakdown

What Every College Student Should Know

By SARAH HAYES of the Forum

 It’s another hot day in Saint Louis and Joe Blow is driving his parents’ minivan down I-270 on his way to his weekly psych class. He has the windows rolled up and the A/C cranked to the max, as is his radio. He is so focused on “Rack City” that he doesn’t notice how low his gas tank is until the minivan starts sputtering and stalling on the road.
Panicking, Joe manages to steer the rattling vehicle onto the side of the road right before the needle hits empty. Joe Blow finds himself standing on the side of the highway, wondering what he should do next and what he could have done to prevent this.
 Joe Blow is hypothetical, but that doesn’t mean his story is an unfamiliar one. As the Saint Louis summers get hotter, the last thing anyone wants is to be stranded with no assistance in sight. However, many students may not be aware of what they need to do to stay a safe driver during these high temperatures, or the various resources open to drivers in distress.
For younger students in college, the dangers of driving are higher for them than for older, more experienced drivers. According to a 2009 study by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 20 have the greatest proportion of distractions. Inexperience is a major factor in these accidents. Without the correct knowledge and understanding of how vehicles work on the road, younger motorists more than any other group are unable to make the correct decisions that lead to safe driving.
 In order to cut down on accidents, college drivers should keep a few important tips in mind while on the road.
Tip # 1 Keep an eye on the weather. Whether it’s raining torrents or covered in snow, the condition of the road changes several driving factors. These include the speed of the car and the condition of parts of the car.
Tip # 2 Make sure to see the other drivers and what they are doing. It’s the difference between sailing safely through a green light and getting rammed by someone who had their turn signal on.
Tip # 3 Pay attention and slow down when passing through work zones. The workers are making sure the roads are safe enough to be driven on, so they should be respected and also kept safe by driving through their work areas at slower speeds than usual.
 There is a certain level of preparedness college drivers should have when on the road. The trunk of your car is where you keep the essentials for smart driving. This includes a spare tire, local maps, jumper cables, water in case the engine overheats, a tool kit, and a fire extinguisher. There should also be a first aid kit, in case of injury.
 For when the trunk essentials aren’t enough, there are services available that provide roadside assistance. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a national service that can be reached over the phone at 1-800-AAA-HELP by its members, which costs a fee. AAA members can also use the 24-hour service Road Service Online. Modot provides its own Motorist Assist which moves disabled vehicles off the highway as well as perform minor repairs. Drivers can reach them via *55 on their mobile; the service is free to all motorists.
 You can call your own mechanic, as they usually offer their own roadside assistance services as well as towing. Ask what kinds of fees they charge for their services.
Florissant Valley campus provides assistance to stranded student drivers. Campus police regularly patrol the campus area and can assist with any emergencies. According to the school’s website, the Flo Valley police can help students with issues such as lockouts and jump-starts. Like some of the services above, calling upon the campus police does not come with a fee.
 Driving with less experience is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster. With this information at hand, Flo Valley students can make sure their next trip doesn’t end like Joe Blow.

Underwood Award Lecture

Photo By Bradley J. Rayford / Forum

Above Center: Dean Ruby Curry gives speech as Underwood Award recipient.

By HOLLY SHANKS of the Forum

Allieze Ruby Curry, dean of Business and Human Development, stepped onto the stage and into the spotlight during the David L. Underwood lecture earlier this month. She revealed through self-reflections, the lessons learned from her 35 year career, the struggles and rewards of becoming a guardian of her nephew and her thoughts of the ever changing highway of education.
Florissant Valley Music Professor Paul Higdon performed classical piano pieces by Sergei Rachmaninov. Professor Chris Stephens introduced Curry by sharing with the audience her many encompassing accomplishments. Stephens also shared his memory of Curry being the first person to welcome him aboard as a newly hired full-time professor at FV.  
Annually, Florissant Valley honors the memory of Professor David L. Underwood who joined STLCC-FV in 1963, with a lecture named in his honor. He is remembered as “flexible, caring and supportive man for both staff and students.” Underwood’s dedication and commitment is embodied in an apparent theme that reoccurred in Curry’s speech, the idea that striving for each and every student and faculty’s well being and success is important.
Curry started her career with Florissant Valley in the fall of 1976 and has seen many changes and challenges.  “Life is a moment to moment experience that can’t be scripted,” she said. 
The former college field hockey standout and Professor of Physical Education, shared rewarding stories and some that had made her shed a few tears. Through it all Curry encouraged the audience to always strive for excellence in and out of the classroom.
Curry’s inspiring words resonated with the audience that filled the Terry M. Fisher Theatre.
“We must recognize cultural differences that our students and staff bring and use them as assets not problems to overcome,” she said.
Along with self-reflection and self-assessment, Curry challenged the audience to think about a few things. “What kind of campus are we making? What kind of campus should we be making and what kind of campus can we be?”
Curry left the stage the same way she stepped on to it, to a warm standing ovation of colleagues and friends.

Former Pro Soccer Player Comes Back Home

Photo by Devese Ursery / Forum

By DEVESE URSERY of the Forum

 On December 21, 2011, St. Louis Community College proclaimed the hiring of local product, Dan O’Keefe, as the head coach of the Archers men’s soccer team. This will be O’Keefe’s second term of action with the Archers. His first stint was during the 1996 season as head coach of the women’s soccer team. Before that O’Keefe enjoyed a productive career as a forward in the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA, presently named the National Professional Soccer League). O’Keefe’s career spanned 10 years with stints on six professional teams from 1983—95, including one year with ST. Louis Ambush (1992-93). He was also selected as first team NPSL all-star in the 1991-92 season.
 In a recent interview O’Keefe revealed that this year’s crop of student/athletes have the skill level and creativity to sure up the inadequacies in the scoring department that plagued the team last season. The new consolidation format, which was implemented last year, has allowed for the influx of a batch of fresh new talent. Newcomers like Andrew Branca (St. Mary’s), Nino Adrovic (S. St. Louis City), Jesus Morales (Venezuela), Allen Cox and the son of the head coach, Cullan O’Keefe (McCluer North) are an energetic bunch that are geared for greatness. “I was pleasantly surprised by the skill level of my newcomers,” said Coach O’Keefe. Players like Ryan Delk, Tolga Bolan (Turkey), Ryan Sanfilipo (Hazelwood Central), Joey Ianazone (Eureka) and Adam Brakaw (Vianney) make up the core nucleus of the team. O’Keefe asserts that “each one of them have really good basic skill levels and it’s my job to take that raw talent and sharpen it into something precise.”
 Being a bona fide scorer throughout his entire career, including high school and college, it’s obvious that he was brought into the mix to help boost the teams scoring prowess. Coach O’Keefe has come into the fold with a plan for success. He has a short-term goal of getting everybody to play up to his highest level. While his long term goals are to get the team’s skill level, fitness and tactics to fuse together before the playoffs in order to make a strong run for the National Championship. With a formidable defense already intact the offensive minded coach is preparing his team to become a scoring juggernaut. The Archers have a solid veteran core and some hungry youngsters that are confident that they can hit their mark of making the playoffs and eventually play for the title.
Since the age of five soccer has been a major part of the coach’s life. For years O’Keefe has been a distinguished and prominent figure in the St. Louis – area youth soccer while working with the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. He has also coached young athletes at the Maryville University soccer camp, since 1984. O’Keefe is a native of St. Louis whose esteemed playing career began at McCluer High School. He also played collegiately at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville from 1980-83. In 1983, the Kansas City Comets picked up Dan O’Keefe in the second round of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Draft. 
 O’Keefe’s message to his players are simple ones; commit to the team, play with confidence and challenge their own abilities.
For a listing of the men and women soccer team, as well as the volleyball team’s schedule, check out the Forum blog at

Digital or Die

Film Industries Shift To Digital Format

By JAMES DOCKETT Forum Guest Writer

 The movie theater industry, for a majority of its existence, has championed the 35mm (millimeter) projector as the best choice for overall quality and reliability, but with the advent of new digital technology, 35mm is quickly becoming obsolete. By 2013, many, if not all, theaters will only have digital projectors. The time has surely come for movie theater owners to take that next step into the digital age but at what cost?
 The changeover is great for some of the larger chain theaters that can afford the large price tags on new digital projectors, but for other smaller, more locally owned and operated theaters, the changeover is basically a death sentence. This is making many independent theater owners debate on whether or not it’s even an option to stay open after the changeover.
 Jamestown 14 Cinema, previously owned by Wehrenberg Theaters, is a local independent theater that is on the fence as to whether or not to stay open after the changeover. “It depends on how this year looks, revenue-wise. That’s the only way we’ll know whether to make the change or not,” said Donovan Dansberry, manager at Jamestown 14 Cinema. “If we do well enough for the next two quarters, a changeover could be possible.”
 This movie industry shift to all digital is considered by some to be the biggest change to the industry since sound was introduced to films.
 The predominant reason for the changeover is shipping and production costs. On average, a movie slated for distribution costs $700 to $1000 just to have it printed on 35mm film. Multiply that cost by the average number of theaters required for a wide release (600). Then add the shipping costs for a box of film weighing 40 to 50lbs getting to and from theaters. The price tag adds up quite quickly.
Also, a large number of films are no longer reusable after their run at a movie theater. They are either too badly scratched from running through the old projectors or are just plain damaged from accidents or negligence.  All of these are symptoms of 35mm films that production companies want to avoid, and digital allows them to do that.
 Digital films are distributed as hard drives that weigh less than 10lbs. They cost, on average, $150 to produce and the substantially lowered weight saves money on shipping costs. Not to mention, they display the image at higher quality than 35mm and are fully reusable making them environmentally friendly and excellent for redistribution.
 The savings for the industry and the environment are all great and are backed with straightforward logic, but even with all the benefits the impact on some local communities could be devastating. This changeover reaches into the pockets of stocking companies, shipping companies, maintenance and janitorial companies, and of course other local area businesses surrounding the recently vacant movie theaters. It will definitely produce a ripple that will go far beyond just the individual theater.
In this ever-advancing technological age, staying ahead of the curve is the key to success. Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” This is truer now than ever, but especially for movie theaters.

Siler’s Television Season Preview

By JEFF SILER of the Forum

 The 2012-13 television season is set to begin throughout September. This year, there are quite a few promising new shows along with a few questionable changes to some of the stations’ line-ups.
Let’s start with some of the changes that you will have to deal with. Two and a Half Men, which has been a staple in Mondays entertainment for the past nine seasons, makes its move to Thursday nights to follow the widely popular The Big Bang Theory. CBS is also moving The Mentalist from its previous spot on Thursdays to be paired with The Good Wife on Sunday Nights. Honestly, any move CBS makes isn’t going to hurt them since they are so far ahead of their network competition that it isn’t even funny. Fox moved its most popular sitcom, Glee, to Thursdays in order to make way for new shows on Tuesday. The CW made a big and presumably smart change in moving Supernatural, once again, from Friday nights to Wednesdays to compliment the new Arrow. The questionable moves for me come from NBC (no surprise there) and ABC. ABC threw me for a loop when they decided to move Revenge from Wednesday to Sunday. Revenge had good numbers up against CBS’s CSI and moving it to Sunday to pair with Once Upon A Time and the new 666 Park Avenue may or may not pay dividends. Of course, all three are similar shows so I can see why they did it, but I just don’t agree with it. The biggest move I thought was NBC deciding to pair Community with Whitney and move them to one of the least watched nights of the week, Friday. Now anyone who is a fan of Community knows that NBC has been trying to kill the show for two seasons now, but moving it to Fridays basically writes its death certificate, and pairing it with Whitney doesn’t do any favors to either show.
 Now that I’ve got the major moves out of the way I’m going to jump into the new shows. One thing I have noticed with this year’s crop of new sitcoms is that they are putting more of a focus on homosexual relationships.
 Last season women dominated the new shows and that worked out whole heartedly, so I’m hoping the shows like Partners and The New Normal can see as much success as the women did in 2011. If you were looking for your Matthew Perry kick then he’s back and he is also making his return to his old stomping grounds of NBC for Go On, which focuses on a therapy group where people deal with a countless number of issues. Surprisingly, NBC seems to have the best crop of new sitcoms to offer. These four new shows (Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice, and Guys With Kids), all have promising outlooks. There are quite a few other sitcoms coming this season but I’ll leave it to you to check out exactly what all is out there.
 The world of Drama has the potential to be filled with a load of success. CBS leads the way (In my eyes) with their take on the Sherlock Holmes series in Elementary. They also have another intriguing show starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in Vegas. The series will be set in 1960 Las Vegas and follow Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Quaid) in his dealings with Chicago Mobster Vincent Savino (Chiklis). Now if you were a fan of NBC’s The Event then you will be happy to see that NBC has taken a similar concept and made Revolution (It’s even in the same time slot as The Event). The CW is making the riskiest moves with bringing Beauty and The Beast back to television, but they are also making my most anticipated move by bringing Arrow to the network. I’ve been looking forward to Arrow ever since they teased a spin-off in the finale of Smallville back in 2011. Arrow will be based around the DC Comic’s character, of the Green Arrow.
 There are so many other shows that I would like to talk about but I don’t want you to be sitting here reading this all day, so I’ll just leave it where it is and hope this has been a little helpful in helping you with your future T.V. watching.

Top DLC for Cheap

By MARCUS McDANIEL of the Forum

 Summer is just about over and so are the big videogame releases of the season.  While gamers may have beaten their favorite games over and over and are looking for something to pass the time, don’t fret. There are great titles to download for cheap prices as well as other downloadable content to enhance a title you may have already conquered.
 Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge: (Xbox 360, PS3) As if Batman: Arkham City wasn’t awesome enough, fans can now download Harley Quinn’s Revenge for $10(800 MS points). The events take place after the ending of Arkham City, so players may want to make sure to beat the original story before playing though this DLC. Without spoiling any major plot lines, Harley Quinn, the Joker’s trusty sidekick, wants revenge on Batman and lures him back into Arkham City to fulfill her plans. This DLC is a great way to enjoy the Caped Crusader and one of the best games of last year even more. Plus, fans get to play a portion as Robin, the Boy Wonder. I’d call that a win in my book. Stop hesitating and download this amazing pack now.
 Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD (Xbox 360, Available August 28 for PS3): Are you ready to re-live your childhood with a gaming gem from yesteryear? Then download Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD for $15 (1200 MS points).  The first entry in the Tony Hawk series is redone in high definition and adds online multiplayer to the mix. Fans of the second and third installment of the series will be pleased to find that tricks like manuals were added along with some of the top names in skateboarding today. The original soundtrack remains intact and gamers will be kick-flipping and grinding to some of their favorite tunes from1999. There’s no need to finish building that time machine now. Just fork over the dough to transport yourself back to the end of the 90s and enjoy this game.
 Wreckateer (Xbox 360, must own Kinect): If you own a Kinect and are an Angry Birds fanatic then you should go nuts for Wreckateer.  Players must use their bodies to shoot a variety of different wrecking balls to destroy castles filled with goblins. This is a pretty entertaining game for the whole family and is a great addition to a slim market of decent Kinect titles.  Xbox owners can blow up castles for just $10 (800 MS points).
 Fruit Ninja (Xbox 360, must own Kinect): Sticking with the Kinect theme and mobile gaming, check out Fruit Ninja on Xbox 360. The title will only cost $10 (800 MS points) and players can enjoy one of the top-downloaded mobile games without using a touchscreen. Instead of the finger swipe used on cell phones, gamers use their arms to become living room ninjas.  The console version also supports local cooperative play. People will have tons of fun chopping through waves of fruit but try not to karate chop your buddy in the face (well…at least use a “Waaachaaa!” if you do.)
 Walking Dead (Xbox 360, PS3, PC): Are you a fan of the Walking Dead comic and TV series? Do you just love zombies and survival horror games? Well for a mere $5 each, fans can download parts one and two of the episodic Walking Dead game. Brought to us by TellTale games, the studio that delivered cult favorite games like Sam and Max, gamers will navigate the world of the undead as Lee Everett. This game stays really close to the source material and players should use caution when making decisions since each action or choice will affect the entire five-part series and how it ends.
Those are just a few nuggets of DLC to wet your whistle during this gaming drought. Check out these titles and I’m sure your thirst will be quenched until the fall gaming season. Keep calm and game on.

Textbook Choices

Photos by Bradley J. Rayford / Forum

By JEFF SILER of the Forum

 The semester is just starting and we all know that book prices are absolutely through the roof, but hopefully by the time you’re done reading this your mind will be a little more at ease.
By this point, most people know that there are more options than just going to our campus’ bookstore and purchasing your books for class. There are online sites like Amazon, Buy, Abe books, and many others that give students an affordable alternative to purchasing their books from the school. When researching some of the core class textbook prices, classes like English Composition 1, Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, American History 1, and a few others, the price difference really wasn’t as big as people make it out to be (American History 1 is actually cheaper at our book store than on Amazon and Although some textbooks in the bookstore can be a bit pricey, it is still considered an excellent and helpful resource for students of Florissant Valley.
 What students may not know about the bookstore is that they will buy back your books no matter where you get them.  The bookstore also offers you the option to rent text books as well. In order to rent them students need a major credit card, not a debit card, which is a change that went into effect this semester. Laura Stevens, the auxiliary services manager, says that fact has seen the textbook rental industry suffer a major drop off. Another current trend that hasn’t seemed to take off, according to Stevens, is the usage of the ever growing eBook industry. A number of classes are offering their textbooks via the eBook option and eBook’s are actually substantially cheaper than your standard textbook (and more environmentally friendly), but the biggest issue seen is the fact that eBook readers are not cheap. The bookstore remedies this problem by renting out eBook readers as well. That gives students one more affordable alternative when preparing for their class schedule.  Another growing trend is the usage of Facebook for classes. Professor Scott Dorough taught his Media Literacy via Facebook.
 There are many options out there for students to get their books, but before you do, check out the campus bookstore. All purchases from the bookstore are additional revenue for the college, and hypothetically speaking, could essentially lower tuition costs in the future. Over 92% of the bookstore’s profits are made off of books and supplies sold to students and faculty. Another thing to think about is the fact that our schools tuition is much lower than that of your four-year institutions and if you think about it, you are still spending a lot less money here.

August Rock Block: New Age of Technology

By HOLLY SHANKS of the Forum

 The new age of communication is influencing many aspects of a person’s life. Hours on end spent gaming, texting, Facebooking, Tweeting, web surfing and YouTubing give a person an alternate world to live inside. Friends and significant others are met, chatted with, and relationships maintained, sometimes only on-line. News and information sources suited towards every belief system, political ideology or interest anyone has can be found and followed inside a virtual world without any outside contradictions. 
 Music and how it is created, marketed and purchased is no exception in the advancing technological world we live in. Within our current virtual age are the musicians of yesterday’s technology that created the anthems of timeless melodies that still grace sporting events and lend the dramatic, adrenalin-pumping sound elements to the movies that continue to be fan favorites. The Iron Man movies have Robert Downey Jr. in action scenes accompanied by AC/DC music and the Broadway stage show Rock of Ages was currently made into a Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise singing some of Def Leppard’s classics.
 Quite a bit of debate surrounds the idea of true musical performance in the recording studio and the idea of using today’s technology of audio tools that allows the music to be altered to make musicians and singers sound flawless. Gone are the days of being forced to buy an entire album for just one or two songs since an individual recording can be bought one at a time from places, such as, and itunes. Some older bands and musicians fade away, but others embrace and adjust to the newer and advancing technology and continue to reinvent and remarket themselves or their music for newer generations.
 Def Leppard’s front man Joe Elliot said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter recently that the band is re-recording some of their past hits like, “Rock of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” to sell digitally because of disagreements with their record label. Elliot stated that Def Leppard has some contractual control of their music and the band was not being paid a fair amount for their music being sold digitally vs. the price they are paid for their CD’s. The duplicate recordings will be as close as they can get them to the originals, but the equipment used while recording in the 1980’s is no longer used.
 Def Leppard is a powerhouse of the past, but they are a band taking control of their own careers and adjusting to today’s technology by stepping up to the new preferred method of purchasing music.  They are doing it on their own and for themselves, which might not be possible without the use of the new virtual, super-access world of technology.
 Rock music giant and Eagles band member Joe Walsh, who just released a new solo album called “Analog Man,” is also using the business and promotion side of social media and technology. But keeping the recording studio a true performance based medium. Walsh stated in an interview on the Howard Stern show that the “hazard and temptation of using pro-tools and virtual instruments in the studio is that you can fix anything and sometimes you don’t need to.” While talking about recording his song “Rocky Mountain Way” Walsh said that “one of the things that makes it magic is it’s a bunch of guys playing in a room…that groove you can’t do with pro-tool.”  Walsh is offering not only CD’s for sale on his website,, but also vinyl albums as well.
 No matter which side of the digital music-making fence you fall on, the use of technology is here to stay and the rock legends like Walsh and Def Leppard are going to be with us a while longer. They are adjusting and using the pieces of the virtual world that make sense for them while sticking to what they believe in.
The repercussions of the new age of social media and the pro’s and con’s of the flux in how people communicate have yet to come full circle, but with time, debate and experimentation hopefully a mixture of old and new in the recording studio will surface to keep rock and roll alive and living well past the test of time.

Links for the following music and interview are below:

Analog Man by Joe Walsh

Def Leppard Interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Show Me Cannabis

By CAMMY BLOUNT of the Forum

 Recently, two associations have been established in Missouri to petition for the legalization of cannabis. Those organizations are Show-Me Cannabis and Sensible Missouri.
 Sensible Missouri is a statewide cooperation of cannabis therapy patients, committed to the task of treating the chronically and terminally ill.  Its mission is to seek to educate the public in regard to all aspects of medical cannabis and its medicinal applications. Show-Me Cannabis Regulation is an association of organizations and individuals who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does.
Mark Pedersen, a fulltime activist, chief editor of the Medical Cannabis Journal and the founder of Sensible Missouri, campaigns in many major cities across the state. Speaking at open forums, he uses lectures and films such as What if Cannabis Cured Cancer in order to educate the public about the possible benefits of cannabis.
 “I’ve interviewed over 150 people with a wide range of illnesses,” stated Pedersen. “For years now, we’ve worked to try to get our legislatures to pass a House bill that would provide protection for people who are chronically and terminally ill, who would choose to use cannabis as an adjunct and alternative to the pharmaceuticals. The ones who need cannabis the most to treat their terminal illness don’t have access because of the artificially inflated price that prohibition has created. We believe that our bill will do away with this issue.”
 In 2007, Pedersen interviewed Douglas McVay, Director of Research for Common Sense for Drug Policy at the Missouri State NORML Conference in Columbia, MO. Doug, a cancer survivor, credits cannabis for aiding his chances of recovery and easing the affects of chemotherapy.
“It had quite a lot to do with my recovery, if only because I was able to eat. I’d wasted down to 128 pounds after trying the Megace appetite stimulant. I would become nauseated and weak, things that you don’t want in an appetite stimulant. The cannabis provided pain relief, anti nausea and was a mood enhancer for me ”.
 This past June, petitions were distributed in Springfield, MO by the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation to launch an initiative that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis. The initiative seeks an amendment to an ordinance so that adults are not arrested and instead face a fine, community service or counseling for possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. The most severe penalty would be a $150 fine. This measure will save Springfield’s taxpayers thousands of dollars in law enforcement expenses every year.
While the results of the petition would lessen the blow to many citizens’ records, not all agree with the results it would bring, if approved. Springfield’s City Attorney Dan Wichmer said he reviewed the proposed changes to the ordinance and doesn’t think they would be legal.
 “I believe it conflicts state and federal law,” he said, although illegal language wouldn’t stop the proposal from going to a vote if enough signatures are gathered. “That’s council’s call, and I’m still looking into it.”
 Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds said she hopes the petition will show the voters people would like to see laws concerning marijuana changed.
 “Our goal here is to lessen penalties,” said Reynolds. “This is just a step in changing laws around the state”.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

STLCC Archers Womens Volleyball Schedule

College of Dupage
Glen Ellyn, IL
Lewis and Clark CC
Godfrey, IL
Lincoln Land Tournament
Springfield, IL


Lincoln Land Tournament

Springfield, IL

Lincoln College Tournament
Lincoln, IL
East Central CC
Union, MO
Mineral Area CC
Park Hills, MO
Pre-Region Tournament
Midland, TX Tournament
STLCC-Florissant Valley
Midland, TX


Jefferson College

Hillsboro, MO

Wentworth Military Academy Tournament
Lexington, MO
Missouri Baptist University JV
STLCC-Florissant Valley
Black Hawk College - East
Galva, IL
East Central College
Union, MO
Missouri Baptist University JV
St. Louis, MO
Lewis and Clark CC
STLCC-Florissant Valley


Regionals/Districts MCC-Longview

Lees Summit, MO


Head Coach:
Johnna Kinney
Asst. Coach:
Debbi Bronder

Athletic Director:
Johnna Kinney

Games are subject to change. Check our website for current information at