Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Killers Make Fans Smile Like They Mean It At 2013 Loufest

By Tommy Schall

The fifth annual LouFest took place in Forest Park on September 7-8. The festival has grown to rival fellow music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. The 2013 edition of LouFest featured the biggest crowds the festival has seen yet, with an attendance of 31,000 over the two days. Previous LouFest performers have included The Roots, The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk.
The Killers Performing at LouFest 
Photo credit via The Killers

One of the bands to hit the stage was folk rock band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The band has an immense cult following and it was eminent as they had one of the biggest crowds of the day. They played an hour-long set as the sun began to go down. The crowd erupted as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros band closed their set with it's first single “Home” and other well-known songs.

As 8:30 p.m. approached, the LouFest crowd began to make their way to the Bud Light stage for the night’s main attraction. Sunday night’s headliner, The Killers, took the stage to roaring cheers. The Las Vegas band opened its hit packed set with “Mr. Brightside” from their 2004 album “Hot Fuss”. The band played songs such as “Spaceman,” “The Way it Was,” “Human” and “Smile Like You Mean It” during the beginning of the set.

The Killers also played two covers during their 16-song set: the Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” and Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We're Alone Now.” The Killers’ later songs proved to be the high point of the weekend as they had the entire crowd singing along to hits like “Read My Mind,” “All These Things I've Done” and the set closer, “When You Were Young.”

As the Killers wrapped up their set to loud applause, it was clear that the biggest and most exciting LouFest to date would end with a bang.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Review: “Junebug”

By Sarah Hayes

June, the main protagonist of “Junebug”, has not had an easy life. Her childhood has been filled with numerous moments of abuse, psychological and sexual, from the very people June expected to protect and love her. Her view of men has been changed to people who only want to harm and use her. In the close-knit rural town where June grows up, there’s no hope for anyone to rise above their station and everyone in town is all too glad to look the other way as person after person hurt young June.

The book “Junebug”, however, is not just a tale of unending misery for a little girl caught between her abusive father and her equally abusive male relatives. Through the introduction of elements such as the other world that June escapes to during her abuse and her spiritual guardian Tigua the panther, June’s story turns into one of unyielding hope in the face of misery. Through her spiritual journey, June becomes a stronger person, constantly refusing to become a victim of her circumstances.

The narrative of “Junebug” often moves back between June’s childhood and her present adulthood, in which a grown June is starting to put the pieces of her traumatized memory back together with the assistance of her husband. Sometimes, the shifts in time are very obvious; other times, they aren’t so easily marked and it takes a second to realize the story has shifted from past to present and back again. Despite the initial clunkiness of its usage, it becomes a useful device in showing how the scared younger June evolves into the older, more confident June.

Although the book would benefit from a copyeditor, the writing style of “Junebug” is immense in its emotional strength, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the life of June and her family. The most startling fact about “Junebug”, however, is not in the pages of the book itself, but lies on the back cover’s blurb: it’s all a true story, based on the real life experiences of the author herself. It’s one of those books where you keep flipping to the back cover to remind yourself that the main character actually lives to see tomorrow and write the very book you are holding in your hands.

“Junebug” contains multiple scenes explicitly describing sexual and physical abuse of young children. Reader discretion is advised.

Monday, October 28, 2013

STLCC Priority Registration For Spring Begins October 30

Via St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley's Facebook: Online priority registration for spring begins Wednesday, Oct. 30, for students who have earned 50 or more credit hours. 

Students with 30 to 49 hours can begin online registration on Thursday, Oct. 31, and all other currently enrolled students can begin to register online on Friday, Nov. 1. 

Check your student email for the date you may begin registration. 

In-person and online spring registration begins for new students Nov. 6. Payment is due Dec. 13. 

If you are not sure what classes you should take next semester, the online degree audit in Banner Self-Service can help along with advising and counseling staff. 

Faculty are also a great resource when choosing classes.

22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival This November

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October Is The Month For Autism Awareness

by Kat Brewer

October is celebrated annually as autism awareness month. During the month, numerous groups take action by running local events to support families and individuals who are affected by autism. In St. Louis this year, the support has been tremendous from the start of the month. The main event in St. Louis, Walk Now for Autism Speaks, has already raised roughly $423,148 in support. This event featured a 5k run that took place at 7:30 a.m. on October 12, just before the walk. Autism Speaks Walks takes place all over the United States and Canada every year and unite hundreds of thousands of groups in support of autism research and autism awareness.

Another local event that has taken place in St. Louis this month is the Arc in the Park awareness picnic on October 5, held at Tiemeyer Park in St. Ann. St. Louis Arc is a local nonprofit group that provides individualized services to those affected by autism. The Arc holds events all year round; they promote donations to their cause and are always looking for volunteers for events.

Missed the October events? It’s never too late to spread the word about autism! April is Support Autism Month, during the month, families are urged to “light it up blue” by shining a blue bulb in their porch light all month for autism. Any time of the year is a great time to sport an autism puzzle piece on a shirt, bag, hat or even bumper sticker. Events in support of autism take place all around St. Louis during all seasons, and there is always room to volunteer.

For more information about Autism Speaks, visit their website at For more information about the Arc in the Park, donating to the Arc, or how to volunteer, visit or call 314-569-2211.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The NBA is Back in St. Louis

by Devese Ursery

B-ball fans, wake up and rejoice! The National Basketball Association (NBA) is back. Not only is it back for the season, but also it was back in St. Louis - at least for one day anyway.

On October 7, the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies did battle on the hardwood of the Scottrade Center. In a blowout game, the Bulls defeat the Grizzlies by a 20-point deficit. The final score was 106 – 86. Derrick Rose, three-time All-Star and faced of the franchise has played minimal minutes this year after missing the entire 2012 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that he suffered in April. In his second game back since the injury Rose scored 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes. But the biggest star for the Bulls that night was underachiever Carlos Boozer, who scored 16 points in the game.

The last time an NBA team played in St. Louis was when the city had an actual professional basketball team. The team was called the St. Louis Hawks (formerly known as the Tri-City Blackhawks) and they played at the old Kiel Auditorium from 1955 to 1968, which was their last season in St. Louis before they were shipped away to Atlanta. 

Last year in St. Louis was the Hawks' most successful with a record of 56 wins and 26 losses. The Hawks won one NBA championship while in St. Louis and that was in 1958.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Communication, Public Relations Focus Of September Campus Panel

Panelists discuss their experience in the fields of
communications and journalism.
by Travonte Harris

September 25 was a very important day for the St. Louis Community College campus. The campus had the opportunity to host a panel of experts in the field of communication in the library.  Many Florissant Valley students, several of which were from the media and communication departments, attended the panel. The experts were Craig LeFabe, the Public Information Coordinator of the St. Louis County Health Department, Larry Pry the Assistant Marketing Director of the St. Louis Muny Theater, and Everett Austin Dietle, Director of Communications for the St. Louis History Museum. The experts started by discussing their references and work history.

Some of the panelists had started in completely different jobs or fields, or they had started in a completely different part of their current field, but they all ended up working in communications. “I wanted to be a filmmaker,” said Craig LeFabe, “but life happens.” Craig eventually went on to other studies. Everett Austin Dietle said he liked history and originally wanted to be an archeologist, but changed his mind based on the work conditions. But Larry Pry, on the other hand, said that he “really liked theater so [he] knew [he] wanted to work in it.” He ended up taking jobs in theater and music.

The next thing they discussed was the future of journalism. They came to the conclusion that no matter how technology advances, Journalism will always exist in some form or another. Flexibility was also a major topic. “I play the piano,” said Pry. “You have to know how to do different things.” Pry explained that sometimes to get on important media outlets, one has to grab their attention. “It helps if I play the songs for the upcoming Muny season,” he continued. “The media is always looking for something different.”  

The panel discussed how many journalists no longer have camera people. They are expected to be able to operate the camera and sometimes ask the questions, or the questions are fed through an earpiece. “This means that something is lost, we don’t always get to have those pre interview talks,” said Everett Austin Dietle, “you have to be flexible.” 

All three of the panelists’ discussed the importance of interning in your field of interest. “I had a student who recently asked for an internship at the Muny.” Larry discussed how he was glad to give the student the internship, because it means something to gain experience and work in an unpaid internship. They all agreed that over education, internships and other experiences are more important than school to some employers.

The communication panelists closed by taking questions from the students, and ended up meeting one-on-one with students. This event turned out to be a major networking opportunity for those students present. A similar panel organized by the campus Mass Communications club, this one on filmmaking, will be held in the TV studio at IR 142 on October 23 at 2 p.m. and will be open to all interested Florissant Valley students.

STLCC Appoints Dennis Michaelis As Interim Chancellor

Via the STLCC Website:

The Board of Trustees at St. Louis Community College appointed Dennis F. Michaelis, Ph.D., to serve as the interim chancellor at the Oct. 17 monthly meeting. Michaelis will begin work Oct. 28.
“We believe that Dr. Michaelis will provide exceptional leadership through this transitional period,” said Craig Larson, Ed.D., board chair. ”His credentials and experience as a community college leader are outstanding.”
Michaelis retired in August 2009 after a 21-year career as president of McLennan Community College. During his tenure at MCC, the college expanded its instructional programs and invested in technology, staffing and infrastructure improvements. These initiatives resulted in the greatest enrollment growth seen in the history of the college -- an increase from 5,000 in 1988 to 10,000-plus by fall 2009.
Michaelis also was instrumental in developing MCC’s University Center, which provides access to affordable bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs on the MCC campus through partnerships with Tarleton State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
In 2006, Michaelis played a key role in helping the Friends of MCC pass a $74.5 million bond proposal to fund three new buildings as well as update infrastructure on the MCC campus. In 2007, Michaelis helped initiate a partnership between MCC, the city of Waco, McLennan County, and several local municipalities to serve central Texas with a regional emergency services training center. Michaelis' work to expand MCC's ability to serve more students is transforming the campus. The Dennis F. Michaelis Academic Center, the Science building, and the Emergency Services Education Center were completed just prior to Michaelis' retirement.
After retiring, Michaelis continued to serve on the boards of the Brazos Higher Education Authority and Providence Health Network, a part of Ascension Health.
He previously served as president of Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and Lake Region Community College in Devils Lake, N.D.
Michaelis earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Kansas State University. He holds a master’s degree in English from Fort Hays State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Flo Valley To Cosponsor Upcoming Global Film Showcase

Above: Eliane Raheb and Bill Emmott

STLCC-Florissant Valley’s Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Cosponsors Global Film Showcase

The Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies (IIGS) at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is cosponsoring a Global Film Showcase Oct. 15-17.

“Girlfriend in a Coma” directed by Bill Emmott and Annalisa Piras, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Washington University’s Steinberg Auditorium.

In this film, Emmott and Piras explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. The documentary is in English and Italian with English subtitles. Emmott, former editor of The Economist, will serve as guest speaker for the event.

“IIGS is committed to engaging our students and community through academic and cultural events,” said Chris Stephens, co-director of IIGS. “By cosponsoring film presentations and the visits of internationally known directors and writers such as Mr. Emmott, we are able to offer our learning community the opportunity to address issues of global significance and local relevance through dialogue with the opinion shapers of our day and the academic community at large.”

“Sleepless Nights,” directed by Eliane Raheb, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 105/107 in the Training Center at the Florissant Valley campus.

This documentary follows the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high-ranking leader in a Christian militia who was responsible for many killings during the war, and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of a kidnapped young fighter.

Shaftari has been exonerated for his role in the deaths of hundreds of people, yet he’s hounded by his past, while Saiidi struggles with the memory of the 15-year-old son she lost. When the two meet, questions are raised about war wounds and whether redemption and forgiveness are ever possible.

Attendees are invited to a Mediterranean/Lebanese lunch, catered by Kaslik’s, before the screening.

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States.  STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve more than 80,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs.  For more information about STLCC, visit