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GUEST VIEW: Forest Park stereotypes are wrong

July 27, 2015

Years ago, when I first moved to St. Louis as a teenager, my friends and I would joke that all the interesting places, cool hangouts and fun events seemed to be in St. Louis County. We would hear about something new and exciting going on and – upon inquiring where – get the response “in the county.”  It gave the county a certain mystique and glamour. It made me feel like I was missing out on something as a city dweller.  My thinking began to change in my late teens and early 20s, especially after I received an unusual compliment. I had been attending Forest Park, St. […]

Hall heads to Memphis

July 6, 2015

Forest Park is undergoing big administrative changes with the departure of Vice President of Academic Affairs Tracy Hall. Hall, 47, a St Louis native, left campus June 30 to become president of Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. “It has been my goal to move into a presidential role,” she said. “Not for the title, but for the opportunity to help lead a great institution and to play a role in improving student’s lives.” […]

Avian flu causes cafeteria prices to rise

July 6, 2015

Grocery stores and restaurants across the country have been struggling with egg prices due to the avian flu outbreak. Forest Park is no exception. On June 8, the cafeteria increased prices on all menu items that contain eggs or turkey by 20 cents. “The current avian influenza outbreak continues to affect U.S. layer hens and will now have a direct and severe impact on our café operations,” according to a letter posted on a bulletin board. The letter came from Treat America, the private company that operates cafeterias on St. Louis Community College campuses. […]

Student helps victims of sexual assault

July 6, 2015

Forest Park student Ka’Saundra Reynolds is using her attempted rape to help other victims of sexual assault. The 67-year-old fine arts major has shared her story at fundraising events and in a video produced by YMCA Metro St. Louis, and through TV and newspaper stories. “It’s not (the woman’s) fault,” she said. “It’s not about sex. It’s about power.” A man robbed and attempted to rape Reynolds in March 2007. He later was arrested and convicted. […]

From Africa to Washington University

July 6, 2015

Forest Park student Elie Mafolo got the opportunity to come to America by winning a green card lottery.  Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services uses the lottery to grant visas to 50,000 immigrants from all over the world. Mafolo, 22, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, found out about it through his older brother. […]

New basketball coach comes from Florida

July 6, 2015

St. Louis Community College has hired its third men’s basketball coach in three years.  Tip off for Coach Terry Collins was June 1.  Collins, 60, of St. Louis, formerly worked as assistant head men’s basketball coach at Ave Maria University in southwest Florida.  “I wasn’t looking to leave, but I have a lot of respect for Shawn Summe,” Collins said.  Summe became STLCC’s athletic director in January. He formerly worked with Collins as athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Ave Maria. […]

Wilson is passionate about chemistry

May 5, 2015

Joe Wilson’s trademark line is “no excuses,” a term plastered around his office and repeated in his syllabus. The Forest Park chemistry associate professor was born legally blind, but that didn’t keep him from earning a doctorate degree, becoming an admired teacher and winning a college Innovation of the Year Award in 2014. […]

Students named to All-Missouri team

May 5, 2015

Sherell Adams stands at only 4-foot-11 and weighs less than 100 pounds, but she makes a big impression.  The general transfer student at Forest Park recently was named to the All-Missouri Academic Team, a statewide award recognizing outstanding community college students. […]

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Students shiver in Highlander

May 5, 2015

Almost everyone who walks in the Highlander Lounge has something to say about the temperature.  Most students think it’s too cold.  “The room is chilly,” said Malcolm Davis, 24, a criminal justice major. “It’s a lot colder in here than it is in the main lobby.” Constance Davis, 26, an early childhood education major, had stronger feelings. “I am freezing,” she said. “Skin clammy and uncomfortable. However, I could have chosen better attire to wear on this particular day.” Constance was wearing a sleeveless dress. […]

Professor defends Charlie Hebdo cartoons

May 5, 2015

Some people look at a Charlie Hebdo magazine cover and see prejudice, but not English professor Dan Yezbick. “It’s a common mode of satire,” he said. “It is meant to be very ironic. You show people how others appear idiotic because they are so out of touch.” Yezbick,41, gave a talk titled, “What’s So Funny About Racial Profiling? Art, Terror and Identity in the Charlie Hebdo Killings” in Café West at Forest Park last month. […]

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