Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Obtain Independence and Financial Security This Thursday


by Andre Bunn

Beginning this Thursday, Regional Unbanked Task-Force will jump start Bank-On Save- Up, a movement which is lobbying to help families in need gain financial security and independence.

According to a recent study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Saint Louis was ranked third in the country for the highest number of unbanked African Americans and 10% of the households in the metro area have never occupied a bank account. As a result, the primary goal of this Task-Force is to create financially literate communities. To do so Bank-On Save-Up wants to establish 20,000 bank accounts over the next two years for current household that don’t have one as well as maintain at least 80% of those newly created accounts and at best have those accounts upgraded.

PNC, Montgomery, and Fifth Third are just some of the eighteen financial institutions that have agreed to participate in this effort.

Fiscal education and opportunities will be readily available to those interested in learning. St. Louis Community College’s William J. Harrison Education Center is the location for this upcoming launch. Later that evening families may gather and sign up for an account on site.   

If you have any questions or are looking to take advantage of these opportunities, please call 1-888-STLUNBANKED or visit online at the following: www.stlunbanked.org

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Breaking News: Shooting Occurs Near Florissant Valley Campus

Reprinted from the Florissant Valley website.

At approximately 2:05 p.m. today, Feb. 20, a shooting occurred near the Florissant Valley campus. Another individual came across the victim and transported him to our campus physical facilities building. Ferguson Fire and Rescue responded and the victim was provided treatment and transported to a nearby hospital. The Ferguson police are now in charge of this investigation. Please be assured that the Florissant Valley campus is a safe and secure environment. Classes are still scheduled for this evening.

Marcia Pfeiffer
President, STLCC-Florissant Valley


This blog will be updated as more information becomes available to us.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

“Warm Bodies” Leaves a Less Than Warm Feeling

by Jeff Siler

When I first saw the trailer for “Warm Bodies” I instantly thought that it looked like an interesting take on the world of zombies; that feeling has since left me.

The film is set in a world where the zombie apocalypse has actually happened. There are two forms of Zombies: your traditional almost human looking version and a version that is made up of just bones or “Bonies”. The two forms of Zombies live together in an abandoned airport while the remaining humans live behind a giant wall. Both the humans and zombies only leave their respective areas for hunting purposes-- the humans to eliminate zombies and zombies in search of their food source. That is where our main characters of R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer) meet each other, as R saves Julie from certain elimination. The odd part about this whole ordeal is the fact that R is a zombie. As time goes, on R and Julie become more and more attached and their relationship starts affecting the other zombies, well all but the Bonies. With their relationship the oddest thing happens: the zombies start to feel things again and they eventually get to a point where they actually have a heartbeat and can speak clearly. This doesn’t bode well for the humans or that half of the zombies when the Bonies go on an all out attack to stop this process. I’m not going to go into the film all that much more, just in case you actually want to see after reading the rest of this review.

This film is not very good at all. The storyline has plot holes all the way through it. I’ve always been a huge fan of zombies and this film is completely in accurate from everything I’ve even seen or read on zombies. Zombies don’t run, zombies can’t drive cars, zombies can’t heal themselves, zombie can’t talk, and zombies most certainly can’t fall in love because they are not alive and can’t feel a thing. I can honestly say that I don’t hate romantic films and this one didn’t even impress me in that regard. I jokingly said before the film that this movie is going to be “Twilight with zombies”, but walking out I took that statement back because “Twilight” was better than this horrible film.

Rob Corrdry and Analeigh Tipton’s characters were the only entertaining parts of the film for me. I also felt like they could have used John Malkovich’s character a lot more and in a lot better of ways because the way his character is set up is kind of dull. I’d seen Teresa Palmer in one or two films before and was actually looking forward to her role in this film, but she was just another let down for me. I’d never heard of Nicholas Hoult before this and I won’t be looking forward to seeing him again.

I don’t know if you picked on the fact that I did not care for this movies in the slightest bit. I do not recommend spending, no wasting, money on seeing “Warm Bodies”. It’s really not even that great of a “date movie”. If a “Date Movie” is what you want then go see “Silver Linings Playbook” and if you want a  “Zombie Movie” then you won’t have to wait long as “The Evil Dead” remake comes out next month and “World War Z” comes out later this year.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ADAEZ Wireless Door Opener Will Save Campus Money

by Bradley Rayford


Florissant Valley is working with cutting edge and eco-friendly technology, trying out a new automatic door opener in an effort to save the college money. This new system, installed and serviced by campus maintenance, costs around $1200.  Each unit is self-contained and does not require an outside power source. The internal battery recharges when the doors open and close. The current automatic door openers were installed back in the 70’s and are considerably more bulky and larger than the new system weighing around 50-60 pounds.

Using new technology, the new ADAEZ Wireless Door Opener weighs about 5-pounds, which is 10 times less than the old system. According to FV Maintenance Supervisor Gary Roney, the college has a contract with an outside firm that repairs and services the old openers at a cost of $300 to $600 per visit, depending on the severity of the repair. The new openers will practically pay for themselves because it can be installed and repaired in-house by campus maintenance.

“We are looking for something more reliable that we can service in-house and save energy,” says maintenance worker Kevin Gerstenecker. Kevin and fellow maintenance worker Eldon Gowen installed the new system in about an hour, which they say is a dramatic improvement over the old opener,which took about a day to install.

If the new ADAEZ Wireless Door Opener works in this trial program, they will be replace all he existing automated door openers at all of STLCC buildings. 

Keeping Our Campus Safe


by Devese Ursery
Photos by Sarah Hayes

The outside of Campus Police's office
on Florissant Valley's campus.
            Florissant Valley leaders are making sure that they remain proactive in keeping their campus and its community safe and secure.
            All over America there has been an epidemic of school/campus shootings. Looking back only two years to February 5, 2010, there has been at least 18 school/campus shootings. This is a phenomenon that seems to picking up steam, in January of the new year there has been eight school or campus shootings, with the latest one occurring less than two weeks ago at Prince Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia on January 28.
            “Unfortunately, there has been a number of incidents on college campuses and there have been incidents in schools, and every single time one of those things happens, we step back for a few minutes to think about, what if that happened here? How would we share information,” said Marcia Pfeiffer, president of the STLCC-Florissant Valley campus.
            Florissant Valley administrators have been aggressively reviewing training methods to better help faculty and staff with assessing and responding to emergency situations. The administration has set up a series of exercises called “table-top” exercises, where the faculty and staff are brought together to go over different scenarios and incidents that were put in play for them to respond to. A lot of work and effort has been done on campus to ensure the safety and security of its entire community.
On top of the Administration Building is a P.A. system to alert the campus of any proceeding dangers. In every building on campus information is posted on how to respond to emergency situation of all types. Florissant Valley has also set up emergency messages that will go out on every staff member’s computer terminal, so if a problem is identified on campus an emergency alert will be sent to every computer. Emergency phones were placed in the classrooms and deadbolt locks were placed on the doors of the classrooms that lock from the inside. In every building are maps showing people how to evacuate the buildings in case of an emergency and where the safe zones are inside and outside of the buildings. Kendra Tolson, coordinator of campus and community relations and Chief Sandra Turner, campus police are the two main people to get information from, in case of an emergency.
One of the vehicles Campus Police uses to patrol the Florissant Valley campus.
“We have been working very hard on campus to ensure that our faculty and staff know how to direct our students into the safest environment, no matter what the situation is,” said Pfeiffer. Last year, an armed intruder drill was conducted on campus with faculty and staff, and District Chief Stewart is giving consideration as to how the same type of drill can be preformed to involve the students.
Although the job of the Campus Police is to make sure that the campus is safe and secure, their primary responsibility is to develop and engage in a positive and proactive relationship with students, faculty and staff so that they feel comfortable enough to alert them of any suspicious activity. The Campus Police are continuously out in full force, in and around campus making their presence known. The Campus Police and other authorized personnel are the only ones authorized to carry a gun on campus. They are authorized by the governing body of the school, and the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 571. The Campus Police goes through specific training to assess specific threats, how to communicate with those threats and to help faculty and staff respond to emergency situations properly. The CPD has a special unit called CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) where officers go through a 40-hour training program at the police academy. There are currently four officers that have that special training. They go in and identify the situation, whether it’s a mental situation or whatever and handle it accordingly.
“…First and foremost, campus safety and security is my top concern every single day and we are very fortunate that we have a campus police agency that is looking out for campus security,” said Pfeiffer.
Not only does Florissant Valley have an extraordinary counseling staff to assist in dealing with someone who may be mentally unstable or who is simply stressed out the to point of not being able to deal, but they also offer a program called Mental Health First Aid that is taught on campus by the counseling staff. It is designed to help someone who is not trained in counseling identify another individual that may be in crisis and need help. Students, faculty and staff have not only taken the course, individuals out in the community have taken it as well. 
For more information about the Mental Health program contact Dr. Joe Worth at jworth@stlcc.edu  or Troy Hansen at thansen@stlcc.edu. You can reach the Florissant Valley Campus Police by calling 314-513-4300. For the locations of the Emergency Call Boxes on campus go to the Florissant Valley home page and click on the Safety Procedures tab.