Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pi Kappa Inductees Grace the Stage

On Monday, October 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., 45 students graced the stage at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre to be  inducted into the Pi Kappa Chapter of

Antonio Parker

Jeanne Florini
 the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a group that promotes leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship. Jeanne Florini, the chapter faculty advisor, had the pleasant assignment of announcing a new scholarship -- "Sapere Aude", which means dare to know. Antonio Parker, president of the Social Justice Club, was the first beneficiary of the scholarship

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Open Mic

 On November 7, 2012, the Poetry Club will be presenting the an Open Mic session in the Multipurpose Room . All are invited. Come with poetry, original music or essays. Traditional poetry, free verse, spoken word or whatever style you prefer to perform, as long as it's clean. The time of the event will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 and refreshments will be served. Come through and enjoy some powerful and insightful messages. 

Siler's Television Premiere Recap

                                             Diversity, Drama and Comedy

                               New Season Kicks Off with Something for Everyone

A Horror Cartoon for the Tykes

By JEFF SILER of the Forum

Stop Motion animation is a technology that has been under-utilized over the years. Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” set the bar for the technology and to the no other stop motion film has come close to its brilliance. That is until his latest creation, “Frankenweenie” hit theatres on Oct 5.
“Frankenweenie” is based on a thirty-minute short, of the same title, that Burton released in 1984. It is set in, what I assume to be, the early 1940s. It starts with Victor, a young boy, and his loving dog Sparky, who has become the main character in a series of films that Victor has created. Times are good and the fun-loving dog is just what you expect out of “mans best friend.” That is, until Sparky is run over by an oncoming car and killed on impact. This completely rips Victor apart and makes him wonder how he’s going to live without his only friend in the world until Victor has a brilliant idea.
After a lecture in science class about recreation with the ever-so-scary Dr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau), Victor has the idea to bring Sparky back from the dead. Following the steps laid out for him, Victor attempts to bring the dog back to life and originally thinks he was unsuccessful. After a few moments of disappointment, the blanket that is covering Sparky starts to move and the dead dog is resurrected, but with a catch. The dog has to be recharged periodically so he can function properly. This would have been fine and dandy for Victor but once he leaves for school, Sparky decides he wants to go out and explore the city.
Once out on the town, Victor’s classmate, Edgar E. Gore, sees Sparky and knowing that the dog is supposedly dead, immediately questions Victor. This leads to a downward spiral and the city is eventually turned upside down by the kids’ recreations.
All in all, the movie was one of my favorites from recent Burton films and by far my favorite in the field of stop motion since “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” I highly recommend seeing this film because it is entertaining throughout and it really does justice to Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein.” Plus it’s a good film to take the kids to. So, if you see any movie this Halloween season, “Frankenweenie” is a sure bet for an entertaining flick.

Club Corner National Broadcast Society

By JEFF SILER of the Forum

National Broadcasting Society (NBS) is geared toward students looking to go into the field of broadcasting. Broadcasting includes anything from radio, television, journalism and advertising to public relations. NBS is a national organization that has business professionals throughout the United States and the world. They provide students with ample opportunities to connect with professionals in broadcasting. One of the major ways of connecting is through the yearly national convention which has taken students to such places as New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., which will be the destination this spring.
NBS also provides students with a means for submitting any material that they have made for judging by professionals from the different fields of broadcasting. At the most recent national convention a number of Flo Valley students were honored for their achievements in the art of radio production. NBS is a good way to find broadcasting jobs as well. A number of speakers and entertainers have graced the campus of Florissant Valley as a result of all the efforts that NBS has put into making the club informative and fun.
For any student studying broadcasting, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t be in National Broadcasting Society as it is, by far, one of the best ways to get your career underway.

Flo Valley SABC Budget Meetings

By Devese Ursery of the Forum

At noon, on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Multipurpose Room, the Student Government Association conducted its annual Students Activity Budget Committee (SABC) Meeting. Advisors and representatives of 30 clubs were in attendance to request and cast votes for funds to attend their various conventions and conferences for the entire year. Preparations for the budget meeting started at the beginning of the school semester. All advisors were notified a week prior to the meeting. Advisors were mandated to request funds by submitting an application, at least two weeks prior to the SABC process.
 The SGA Constitution and By-Laws determine club eligibility. They are as follows:
1. A club must have 10 active members that have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
2.  Club meetings must be held at least once a month.
3. Advisors must be available to attend all events and travel with the students.
4.A club must have representation at SGA weekly meetings.
Anyone is allowed to sit in and listen at the budget meeting, but only club representatives are allowed to vote and ask questions on the distribution of funds, conferences and events that each club will attend. They were also allowed to ask questions about the number of club members attending the event, transportation to and from the event, as well as the mode of transportation, lodging and any other club activities planned to raise funds for the event
The SABC budget is $70,000 that is allotted to all clubs each school year, if requested by the deadline. Each club that requests funds has to match the requested amount, dollar for dollar. There are several procedural steps that have to take place before a club can request funds. First and foremost, a club has to be active. Advisors have to do research on where the event will be held, where the hotel is located, cost of transportation and the mode of transportation to be used, along with other fees and costs that have to be filled out in great detail on the request form.    There are a collection of guiding principles and eligibility standards that students and club sponsors must maintain as the budget committee assesses their budget requests. They must encourage the following:
· Multi-cultural programming.
· Leadership training cooperation through activities.
·  Tying programming to club specifics or club relevant events.
· Programming that creates awareness in culture and the arts.
· Programming that provides for collaboration with academic departments and other campus departments.
· Off campus affiliation.
· Student involvement in/with both the campus and off campus community.
· Student participation and awareness in campus clubs, organizations and activities.
· Unique forms of programming that are relevant to the club purpose.
· Civic responsibility in all aspects.
With former SGA president, Donna Brandy and newly appointed SGA president, Rajeem Pearson the SABC proceedings were held in an orderly fashion, with little to no mistakes.

Horror Games, Horribly Cheap

By Marcus McDaniel of the Forum

Horror movies and Halloween are synonymous. Every year in October, people load up on horror flicks for the scary, candy-filled holiday. While movies are a popular way to get thrills or chills, there's another medium that can be just as good and that's horror video games. Here is a list of “scary” games without the scary $60 price tag.

Dead Space 1 & 2 ($20 a piece, Xbox 360, PS3): In this sci-fi survival horror game series, players navigate through a mining ship in space that the main character has been sent to repair. The crew has been killed and infected by an alien virus and monsters, dubbed necromorphs, are trying to kill you at every turn. The sequel follows a slightly different story but still involves you slaughtering the horrifying necromorphs. This series is chock full of blood, gore, and creepy alien monsters so if you're a little squeamish you may want to try other avenues. If this description sounds like something up your alley, pick it up for a mere 20 bucks. Just be sure to keep the lights on.

Dead Rising ($10 and under, Xbox 360), Dead Rising 2 ($20, Xbox 360, PS3): Zombies have invaded every inch and area of pop culture today and video games are no exception. While most zombie games are a serious take on survival, the Dead Rising series adds a unique brand of comedy and a fresh breath of life into the genre. Players can craft outlandish weapons to vanquish the undead and will have a fun time doing it. This isn't your typical zombie game and for $20 or less, why wouldn't you pick up these outrageously fun games?

Left 4 Dead 2 ($30, Xbox 360): Sticking with the zombie theme, gamers and horror fans should check out Left 4 Dead 2. This game is an adrenaline rush of terror and comedy. It can be played with up to four players and gamers will try to survive the zombie apocalypse together by brandishing guns but spicing it up with melee weapons like guitars and katana swords, something new added to the sequel. Gamers should get a good chuckle with some of the dialogue between characters (especially anything involving Ellis) all while feeling the sheer terror of the zombie apocalypse.

Devil May Cry HD Collection ($30, Xbox 360, PS3): This high definition collection of the classic Devil May Cry series is $30 well spent. In this trilogy of games you play as demon hunter Dante, who is half-human half-demon himself. Using two guns named Ebony & Ivory and a ridiculously large sword, Dante blasts and slashes through waves of demons with unreal combos and witty humor. While the second game in the trilogy is considered one of the worst games in gaming history, players should have tons of fun with the first and third installments, the third regarded as the best in the series for its great story, over-the-top action, awesome weapons, and gut-busting humor.

These are just a few games to wet your Halloween-themed whistle. Be sure to pick up one, or all, of these titles for a great time and a good scare without breaking the bank.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On the Rise

 By Terence Monroe of the Forum

St. Louis has three major sports teams to call their own, the Cardinals, the Rams and the St. Louis Blues. All of the teams have been around for a while and they all have had some success at one point or another. But recently the success level for the Rams and Blues has been subpar and fans in the area have had to weather the frustrating storm of losing seasons and missed opportunities. It’s possible that fans have something to get excited about and something to look forward to. The Cardinals aren’t the only St. Louis team playing competitive ball. All of the teams are becoming relevant again.   

The St. Louis Cardinals have been the only steady team of the three, winning on a consistent basis. The team is coming off a season where they orchestrated another late season surge to gain a playoff berth. The Cards are a team that shows resilience and a never quit attitude that represents the city. Last year, not only did the team fight their way from 10.5 games back but they also were able to accomplish the goal that every team sets out to achieve, and that’s winning the World Series, a feat they are gunning for again this year. This is a team that has not only been the top in its state, but one of the top teams in Major League Baseball.

One of teams in St. Louis that need to take notes from the Cardinals on how to win is the Rams. The Rams have won 15 games in the last five years and have not been to the playoffs since 2003. The St. Louis football team has been cycling through coaches like a baseball game cycles through baseballs, each coach failing to do what the fans have been so desperately wanting, and that’s to win. With new coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams are no longer a team searching for an identity. They are a team searching for victories. The Rams are motivated by all the games lost in the past and the trials and tribulations that come with losing. This team is clearly on the rise and they aren’t the only ones.

The St. Louis Blues are no longer the punching bag of the National Hockey League. They are winning games and have a lot of expectations coming into this season. The team, led by Ken Hitchcock, now believes that they are a playoff caliber team and expects to fight for the Stanley Cup year-in and year-out although this season is in jeopardy because of a lockout. With the success of St. Louis’ three major sports franchises, it’s easy to imagine how a St. Louis fan must feel. It’s easy to get excited about sports in the city. 

Media Services Profile

Photo by Sarah Hayes / Forum


Above: John Brown hard at work for Media Services

By Sarah Hayes of the Forum

The classroom lights are still off when John Brown opens the door to Engineering 234. The only sound is that of the wheels from the equipment he pushes carefully to the front of the classroom. Without prompting, he moves into action, plugging in and turning on the computer and projector requested for that room. John checks the projector and makes sure the image being projected is clear and centered on the screen. He also checks to make sure that the Internet is working in the room.
These students like John Brown, who “operate” on glitching and chaotic computers, work for the college’s Media Services department. Media Services is located in the Instructional Resources building, although it’s not as obvious as most rooms. The door to the office is in a hallway leading to the library elevator with a sign reading “media circulation.” Inside is where students go to check out cameras and camera equipment for their classes and where teachers call in to make equipment reservations.
Although many people work in the department, three different heads of office directly oversee Media Services’ activities. During the morning hours, Donna Dixon and Duane McFall take care of the day-to-day operations. Dixon processes room reservations while McFall fields technical issues and equipment questions across campus. The night shift belongs to Aaron Linder, who handles every issue that passes through the office with the assistance of the student staff working evenings. Media Services is heavily reliant on its student workers who are picked through the college’s work-study program.
Robert Taylor is one of the student workers who have been working in Media Services since February of this year. Robert had assumed he would be nervous during his initial days on the job. He wasn’t particularly computer savvy and worried his lack of typing skills and PC skills would hold him back. After he became familiar with the job, Robert gained the confidence necessary to go on jobs alone. “I thought it would be a lot more challenging than it was,” Taylor admitted.
For future work-study students, Robert has some advice for those looking to become a part of Media Services. “Don’t over-think it,” Robert says. In his experience, the solution to any problem is often the most straightforward and least complicated of them all. Internet not working? It might not even be connected. Computer not on? Computer’s not plugged in.
Rarely, if ever, has he needed to do any fancy tricks to make everything function again. In those moments, Robert does what many student workers in his shift do: call Aaron Linder and ask him what to do. A Media Specialist with over ten years of experience, Linder usually has the answer. No one who signs up for Media Services as a student needs to be an expert in order to do their job.
 To Robert, Media Services isn’t just a place on campus where he happens to work. “It’s a very important department,” he says emphatically. “It’s Media Services who supplies teachers and group meetings with equipment and fixes it when things go wrong.” When something technical goes wrong at Florissant Valley, it is Media Services who gets the call - even if most people don’t realize they are here.

Practice Safe Text

Photo by Bradley J. Rayford / Forum
By Jeff Siler of the Forum

Chances are that if you have a cell phone, then you have probably text-messaged someone before. For those of you who aren’t on the texting bandwagon, my question to you is, why not? Text messages are, in a lot of ways, more convenient than your traditional conversation. They save time when asking basic questions and it also gives the other person time to think about an answer without having an awkward pause in the conversation. While there are many benefits to text messaging, there are also many downsides to it.

With the invention of text messaging, there is now a new way for people to sexually harass others in the work place, social settings, friendships or any place where you can interact with people.  A good example of this was in the recent McIntosh vs. Metro Aluminum Products case in which a woman was awarded $30,000 after her boss made sexual remarks to her through the usage of text messaging.
Texting and driving has become a serious issue nationwide. According to Adcouncil.org, “A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash with another vehicle than a non-texting driver.” In another recent survey, over 50 percent of high school seniors have texted while driving. It is especially important for young drivers to avoid texting and driving since they are just learning the art of driving and having one more distraction doesn’t help their development. Texting and driving has been outlawed in 39 states so far, including Illinois, and other states aren’t too far behind. Missouri enforces that anyone under 21 years of age is banned from texting and driving.

The main goal is to be safe while texting. Don’t text and drive, don’t “textually” harass people, understand the text lingo and don’t let text messages consume your life.

The Taste of St. Louis Fulfills the Appetite of Thousands

 By Devese Ursery of the Forum

Downtown St. Louis was a vacuum of activity on September 28, 29 and 30, as hordes of St. Louisans assembled at Soldiers Memorial for the Taste of St. Louis. The three day event was chock full of things to do. Dozens of St. Louis’ top restaurants were out selling some of their most popular dishes. There were also performances by nationally recognized acts like Macy Gray, The All-American Rejects, Taj Mahal, as well some local artists.

The Taste of St. Louis, an event sponsored by Charter Communications, is an award-winning celebration of the best food, music, art and culture the city of St. Louis had to offer. St. Louis Post Dispatch readers voted the event the “Best Family Festival” in the region. The Taste of St. Louis has also been recognized as one of the “Best Food Festivals” in AAA Midwest Traveler’s Best of the Midwest 2010, voted the “Best Festival” by Metrotix.com, earned a Readers’ Choice “Best Food Event” award from St. Louis Magazine and named “Best Culinary Festival” in Alive Magazine’s top 100 hot list.

The organizers planned the event perfectly to maximize audience turn out. Downtown St. Louis was bustling with movement as the Cardinals hosted the Nationals in a three game series and the Rams entertained the Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome, which added to the dynamic of the environment. “The lineup for 2012 is our very best ever,” said Taste organizer Mike Koceila. “With the generous support of our sponsors and St. Louis’ growing reputation as a culinary destination, we set to raise the bar again this year.”

As the treasure of the event, Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row offered festival-goers the opportunity to purchase a wide arrangement of succulent delights from 46 of St. Louis’ most mouth-watering dining establishments for no more than $7. From Southwest Veggie Sliders – to Georges Bank Scallops – to Ethiopian Cuisine and Jalisco Shrimp and Grits, the 2012 Restaurant Row included cuisine from a very diverse and palatable St. Louis. New to this year’s Taste of St. Louis was the Grand Tasting Event – an affluent, private sampling experience with delectable tasting from the area’s best eateries, wine, beer and premium cocktail samplings, celebrity appearances and live music.
The Taste of St. Louis is well known for its food, music, art and culture. Thanks to Charter Communications this year’s musical acts pleasantly entertained the crowds. The free concert series featured The All-American Rejects, Macy Gray, Taj Mahal and other great local and national talent.
The Art & Wine Walk displayed a truly unique experience where event-goers could scan work from both local and national artists, while they enjoyed the wine tastings of more than 200 wines from all around the world. The Marketplace included interactive exhibits and displays by Dodge/Ram, Texas on Tour, Ford, the Missouri Lottery and so much more. Among other cool attractions, this year’s Marketplace included a custom-made, all American T-shirt vendor,  Mobili-tees, that created official custom made Taste of St. Louis T-shirts for patrons.

Travel Channel’s “Taste of America” Mark DeCarlo hosted The Chef Battle Royale Competition, presented by Stella Artois, was held on The Bunge Culinary Stage. 2012 celebrity chef presentations included Tom Pizzica of Food Network’s Outrageous Foods and Marc Bynum from Food Network’s Chopped.

The 2012 Showcase Stage and Dining Area was the perfect place to relax and enjoy some scrumptious grub while watching educational and entertaining showcases like Cocktail mixology demonstrations.

2012’s all-new Kid City opened on Saturday and Sunday and was the events best family fun yet, with adventure-filled and educational activities for the whole family. Visitors enjoyed an all-new family area, which included a Kid’s Credit Union, Soccer and T-Ball Park, Giant Carousel Bounce and Road Wise – an interactive, life-size cityscape designed to help children learn to safely navigate city streets. The first 100 kids, 10 and under, received free bicycle helmets. Dora the Explorer and Elmo took pictures and gave out hugs to the children.

All in all,- this year’s Taste of St. Louis fulfilled the proverbial appetite of all in attendance. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top 30 Halloween Movies

 By Devese Ursery, Jeff Siler & Marcus McDaniel of The Forum

What do four zombie movies, six “slashers”, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, Mogwai’s, witches, birds, and weird stair people have in common? They’re all featured in the Forum Staff’s Top 30 Halloween-Themed Movies of all time! Forum writers Marcus, Devese, and Jeff recently sat down and had a discussion about the best films in the long history of the horror genre. With that discussion came a list of our take on the best Halloween-Themed Films of all time. 

Before we get into the list, here are a few we had to leave out.

Honorable Mentions:

Young Frankenstein- “‘Young Frankenstein’ has always been one of my favorite films from this genre and my  favorite Mel Brooks film.” -Jeff

The Frighteners- “A Peter Jackson movie with cool special effects about Michael J. Fox talking to ghosts and running from ‘death.’ What’s not to like?” -Marcus

Black Christmas- “This is a flick that turns Christmas into Halloween. Gruesome with a twist, a must see.”-Devese

Top 30:

30. Gremlins

29. The People Under The Stairs

28. Fright Night

27. Alien- “It wasn’t the physical appearance of the alien that scared me, but the suspense the movie built that made me wonder when and where the alien would attack. Plus an alien popped out of a guy’s chest! Epic.” -Marcus

26. American Werewolf in London

25. Sixth Sense

24. Shaun of the Dead- "The first 'zombie' movie to really make me laugh and I love the special f/x." -Jeff

23. Evil Dead

22. Carrie- "She killed her whole high school and made the line, 'They're all gonna laugh at you!' famous. Classic." -Devese

21. Scream

20. Nightmare on Elm Street

19. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

18.  Ghostbusters- “While it’s not a scary movie, what’s better than four guys catching ghosts and cracking jokes while doing it?” -Marcus  

17. Friday the 13th Part 2- "Jason's actual debut to the silver screen pumped fear into horny teenagers everywhere." -Devese

16. Texas Chainsaw Massacre- "The original backwoods, inbred family with a leather-faced, chainsaw weilding psychopath butchering young beauties for dinner. Even scarier since it's based on a true story." -Devese

15. Zombieland- “The perfect blend of horror, action, and comedy. This is my favorite zombie flick of all time.” -Marcus

14. Child’s Play- “I will fully admit that I was scared to death the first time I saw this film and I will always have a feeling that any doll I see could potentially murder me”. -Jeff

13. Pet Sematary- “That kid freaks me out and that cat scared the living ‘you know what’ out of me.” -Jeff

12. The Birds

11. The Shining

10.  Insidious- “For me, this is by far the scariest film I’ve seen put out in close to ten years.” -Jeff
9.    Halloween- “This film set the bar for the ‘slasher’ genre that has been dominating Horror for close to forty years now.” -Jeff

The Omen- “The operatic music alone would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and those eyes of Damien were hypnotizing in an evil way.” -Devese

Psycho- “Hitchcock at his best and I will never quite get over the suspense built throughout this film.” -Jeff

Dawn of the Dead- “This is the first zombie movie to really focus on how people’s behavior can change when life goes bad and focused less on the zombies. And it had amazing special effects for its time.” -Marcus
The Thing (1982)- “The scariest ‘thing’ about this movie is the fact that you never really know who ‘the thing’ is.” -Marcus

Salem’s Lot- “To me, this movie was an eerie rendition of the New England town’s hostile past. The movie and the town epitomize Halloween.”- Devese

Amityville Horror- “What made this movie so scary to me was the that you could feel the evilness of the house. There was this house on my block, when I was younger that looked exactly like the Amityville house. I had to walk past it everyday going to and from school, it freaked me out.”-Devese

Poltergeist- “This movie made people everywhere afraid of static on their television and the phrase, ‘They’re here!’ Spooky.” -Marcus

The Exorcist- “This film did a number on me that I don’t think I will ever live down. I also don’t think I’ll ever watch it again because of that. -Jeff
“Because of this movie, I get chills if someone even mentions ‘Ouija board!’ Don’t even fix your lips to say it!!” -Marcus
“I still can’t watch this movie in a completely dark house. If you’re bad, try it and tell me how it worked out for you.” -Devese 

What are your favorite Halloween movies? Be sure to chime in with a comment.

“8” Premiers At Flo

Photos provided by Terry M. Fischer Theatre Staff

 By Sarah Hayes of the Forum

The Historic Court Battle Comes To Life On Stage

  The year 2008 was historic for Americans. It was the year the United States elected its first black president and the year Californians voted to amend the state constitution in order to ban same-sex marriage. Immediately, two same-sex couples sued the state, challenging Proposition 8 as unconstitutional and a violation of human rights. Much of the proceedings of Perry v. Schwarzenegger were blocked from public access, including testimony from the two couples that filed suit, until recently.
  In Dustin Lance Black’s stage play “8”, the story opens with the closing arguments of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which originally occurred on June 16, 2010. Originally a staged reading, the full stage production of “8” has been brought to life at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre through the efforts of director Daniel J. Betzler and a cast of characters, many of them played by Florissant Valley Community College students, past and present. This college production ran through the weekend of October 5 - 7, which included the stage play as well as an additional 15-minute “Talk Back” question and answer session featuring different guest speakers every night.
  For the play “8”, the stage in the Fischer Theatre is appropriately transformed into a courtroom, complete with California state flag and official state seal. On both sides of the judge’s bench sat two rows of chairs, seating the cast portraying the lawyers, witnesses, and defendants who made up both sides of the case against Proposition 8. The stars of the play are the two couples who brought their argument to court, Sandy Stier (Janice Bruns-Mantovani) and Kristin Perry (Taleesha Stewart), Jeff Zarrillo (Robert M. Hanson) and Paul Katami (A.J. Pupillo), as well as their defending prosecuting attorneys, Ted Olson (Brad Kinzel) and David Boies (Thom Crain). Standing against them and representing the state of California was defense attorney Charles Cooper (Sherard E. Curry) as well as his team of “experts.”
  The historic content and scope of “8” is immense, but the feel of it is a uniquely personal one. Characters’ monologues are given with an intimate lighting, the entire area around them dimming so as to draw the eye onto their brightly lit figure. Testimony is given not from a high-up post but from a chair in the middle of the stage, bringing the audience on a closer level with the speaker as their words and experiences create the bigger human story of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger proceedings.
  There is no denying that “8” carries with it an agenda, which is to propel the dialogue on marriage equality. It does this through presenting transcripts of the historic California case as well as collaborating observations and interviews through theater, a medium that has often been used in the name of social change. Even if it does not come off as neutral in nature, “8” creates a conversation within its audience. Since that kind of reaction was Dustin Lance Black’s original intention, it can be argued that Black’s “8” succeeded in Saint Louis.

"Book Club" Supporting the African American Male Initiative

Photo and information provided by Dobbie Herrion
Picture above: The men of "Book Club" publicly proclaiming, among other things, their commitment to engaging in scholarly studies, to changing how students are viewed on the STLCC campus's, and to voluntarily creating associations, groups and initiatives to address the societal needs of the students at St. Louis Community College. 

  "Book Club" was started as an initiative to support the functions of the African American Male initiative by simply putting a book in the hands of African American men on campus.  Through voluntary outside reading and open discussions focused on self-empowerment, self-worth, character building, identity, and education, this book club will serve as the visual and vocal demonstration that begins to reshape the academic and social culture of our campus.
  Leading this effort are a number of supportive faculty, staff and administrators throughout campus, such as Dr. Joe Worth, Wendell Covington, Keith Ware, Brandon Davis, James Gillespie, Genesis Steel, Keith Sayles, Isador Ray, and Wesley Bell .

The "Book Club" Meetings:
When: Every Thursday 
Where: FV Cafeteria
Time: 11:30-12:30.   

For questions and information please contact Dobbie Herrion by phone at 314-513-4639 or by e-mail at dherrion@stlcc.edu. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October Rock Block

By Holly Shanks of the Forum


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Nominees have been announced with a new twist.  For the first time, fans will be able to vote for the nominees and help choose the next inductees. According to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “The top five artist, as selected by the public, will comprise a ‘fans’ ballot’ that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees. Those that are selected …will be announced later this year.” Voting started on October 4, and will run until December 5, 2012. For more information or to cast a ballot for your favorite artist, visit www.rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com, or rollingstone.com.

Induction Nominees include:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Donna Summer
Deep Purple
Albert King
The Marvelettes
The Meters
Randy Newman
Procol Harum
Public Enemy

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee and fan voting website:

Polls, surveys and top ten lists can be interesting, fun and spark some great debates among music fans. The Rolling Stone magazine and Gibson Guitars recently published top ten lists for the metal music follower.

Gibson.com picks for the “Top 10 Metal Guitarist of All Time.”
1. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
2. Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield (Metallica)
3. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
4. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
5. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan)
6. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
7. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
8.    Adam Jones (Tool)
9. Dave Murray, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
10. George Lynch (Dokken)

Gibson Guitars - Metal Guitarist List:

The Rolling Stone “Readers’ Poll: The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.”
1. “Master of Puppets” – Metallica
2. “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
3. “Black Sabbath” – Black Sabbath
4. “The Number Of The Beast” – Iron Maiden
5. “…And Justice For All” - Metallica
6. “Reign In Blood” – Slayer
7. “Appetite For Destruction” – Guns N’ Roses
8. “Metallica” – Metallica (The Black Album)
9. “Led Zeppelin II” – Led Zeppelin
10. “Ride The Lightning” - Metallica

Rolling Stone Readers Poll: "The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time."

Friday, October 19, 2012

Flash of Excitement at FV

  The FV campus recently had a flash of excitement, and the daily student routine was interrupted with a gauntlet of the “Gangnam Style.”  Students from the Convergence Media Class, under the direction of Professor Renee Thomas-Woods, provided FV with a little flashy flair October 9, 2012.  Many students in the immediate area eagerly jumped in and learned the dance moves.  Spectators and everyone joining in with the movements seemed to enjoy the festivity and music. Flash mobs are spontaneous, fun and inspire inclusion with social camaraderie and interaction.  Click on the link below to see the FV Convergence Class “Flash Mob.”

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 "Gangnam Style" Flash Mob Video. 

FV Convergence Class Flash Mob Dance Move Instructions

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FVCC Bringing Gangnam Style To Campus

FV Flash Mob

A flash mob is coming to Florissant Valley Community College - and it needs your help! On October 9th at noon, the campus quad will be taken over by students as they dance to the ultra-popular Korean song "Gangnam Style" by PSY. If you want to join us, watch the video below and learn the dance, then get ready to join in on the ninth. The young men in the video below will demonstrate what the choreography of our flash mob will look like. We hope to see you out and dancing next week!

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