Monday, January 28, 2013

STLCC Celebrates MLK Day (Photos)

An advertisement for the MLK Day Celebration. Entitled Advancing The Dream: Healing Our Divisions, the event celebrated the life and work of civil rights activist Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. while also discussing ways to move forward in today's society while still staying true to his ideals. Doctor King was known as a non-violent figure of the civil rights movement during the fifties and sixties and believed in equality for all people of all kinds.

Lonetta Oliver, an FVCC English professor, accompanied by an American Sign Language interpreter, gives a speech at the campus MLK Day celebrations in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. The event also featured several speakers such as Rabbi Susan Talve as well as a performance by the Christ Our Redeemer AME Choir and 3 Central. In the print edition of the Forum, Professor Oliver was incorrectly identified as Gwendolyn Nixon. We apologize for the confusion.

The Poetry Club: Keeping the Art Form Alive

by Devese Ursery 

The Poetry Club is a group of tightknit writers who have a passion and love for an art form that has almost been forgotten, an art form that predates literacy. Regina Popper and Tim Layton are both English professors and advisors of the Poetry Club at Florissant Valley. They allow the poets to express themselves through well thought out verses, in a laid back atmosphere. During club meetings, poets recite their original poems and sometimes the poems of famous poets; after that, the poems are critiqued. The history of poetry is often discussed, along with different styles and forms. The Poetry Club also sponsors various Open Mic events and spoken word competitions, as well as written competitions, on and off campus. 

Oftentimes when a person thinks of poetry, they think of simple rhyme schemes or romantic eulogies pawning over a love lost. Most poets are typecast as ubersensitive or hopeless romantics, but the art form is much more than that. Poetry takes on many forms, from simple rhyming couplets to complex free verse. The earliest forms of poetry were believed to be orally recited or sung. 

Poetry includes both literary and musical features. On the literary side, poetry can use any combination of metaphor, simile, imagery, symbolism, allegory, and even narrative or storyline. Denotation (direct meaning) and connotation (indirect meaning) help to influence the literary meaning or sense of a poem. Musically, poetry uses rhyme, meter, assonance (similar vowels) and alliteration (similar consonants) to strike an auditory mood or tone. Poetry can be sarcastic or funny, charming or ugly, mystical or mundane. It allows the lyricist to delve into a different world, to create a new life, a new realm of comfort. It is up to the lyricist which road he decides to travel. It all depends on the writing style and choice of the poet. The inspiration of a writer comes from many different places. Scores of rhymesters are inspired by what they see or hear, some by real-life experiences and others by simply reading other poets. 

Searching For The Hottest Careers of 2013

by Sarah Hayes of the Forum

With so many jobs being moved overseas and a recession that does not seem as if it will end anytime soon, college students may be at a loss as to what to do with their degree once they graduate. The job market is complex and complicated; it is up in the air what kind of job the average college student will find out there in the real world that also fits their skill set. As 2013 begins, it is a good time to take a step back and evaluate what careers and jobs will be the hottest and what kind of skills will be most in demand, especially for current or graduated college students.
Several job fields are due to expand this year, including the health and wellness field. The health field is in constant need of registered nurses due to the country’s growing baby boomer population. Those enrolled in Florissant Valley’s accredited nursing program will find many hospitals looking for their skills. An Associate’s in Applied Science with an emphasis on nursing can be the first step in the direction of a successful career in healthcare.

Another job field on the rise, according to the PR Newswire, is that of technology, especially developing computer software, working with ‘cloud computing’ (computing via a shared wireless network) and developing new kinds of mobile devices. With the rise of devices such as Windows’ Surface tablet and the various versions of the iPad, companies will need workers who can spread their brand across these new platforms. That means knowing how to use these mobile devices and program for them, whether making a website mobile-friendly or creating a company-specific app.

Hey! What Is A STLCC HigherOne Student ID Card And Where’s my Money?!

by Dee Brandy of the Forum

Has this question crossed your mind as an STLCC student? Well, I have the answer to this question along with some very important and helpful information for you. All students who are either eligible for financial aid or have paid for classes by another method must have an STLCC HigherOne Student ID card. Your student ID allows you access to the computer labs around campus and to check out laptops, calculators, books, and CDs in the Library. It also will help to verify your identity as a student here on campus.

All financial aid is released on the Student ID card after the fifth week of classes. If you need books for class you must be eligible for financial aid to access your book account which is set-up based on the status of your enrollment, i.e. full-time, part-time, or half-time. Your Student ID card is valid for five years, so please do not throw it away or lose it. The replacement cost is $20 per card per occurrence. 

A new Enrollment Status feature is now a requirement for all students who have a Student ID card. Part of this enrollment feature will determine if a new monthly fee of $3.95 will be charged to your account. This feature is asking for an estimated graduation date for all students and verification if you are a current student. 

Wellness Goes Physical For Spring Students

by Sarah Hayes of the Forum

The Physical Education building is now the best place for students to shoot some hoops or do a little walking between classes. As part of a Campus Wellness program, the Physical Education Department will be hosting open gym events on campus for students, staff, and faculty alike. The program is to promote and enhance wellness opportunities on campus and make them available to those interested. These events will take place during the first eight weeks of the spring semester, from January 25th to March 8th.

On Fridays, the gym will be open for basketball and Matt McVey will supervise this activity. The PE Department will provide basketballs for all participants. On Mondays and Thursdays, the gym will be open for walking and Wayne Bryan will supervise this activity. This will be for those who wish to walk laps around the open gym. Students may bring their personal mp3 player or other music device with them as long as they also bring ear buds or headphones to use with them. Proper walking clothes and shoes are also needed to participate.

Those wishing to participate will be required to sign a waiver on their first day and present their school issued identification each day they attend. Students will also be required to bring a copy of their spring 2013 class schedule so it can be kept on file along with their signed waiver. They will also be asked to wear tennis shoes for both activities so as to not mark the gym floor. Street shoes will not be allowed in the gym.

Students will be expected to follow the standard campus behavior code, including manner, dress, and conversation while in the PE building. Those who do not follow the campus code of behavior will be asked to leave or will be removed by PE Department officials from the Campus Wellness activities. For more information, students and staff can go to the Physical Education building office in PE 205.