It is no secret that the Culture Club is nothing short of successful. The very first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year took place on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016. The faculty moderators of the Culture Club are Ms. Marangelis Pagan and Mr. Nikola Segoloni.
The Culture Club is highly revered by the students. Mr. Segoloni provided insight as to why the club is a significant part of school life bringing up the idea that it is a beautiful and wonderful way for students to get together after class and find fun in culture.
Mr. Segoloni gave insight into the reasoning behind the large number of girls who joined.
“So many people joined because last year we had a lot of interesting events and there were a lot of people participating in the club. The news of the club also spread easily. We [himself and Ms. Pagan] made sure people knew about it,” he said.
Ms. Pagan has often asked herself this question and took to her students for the answers as to why they joined.
“One reason why girls join is because I am the moderator of the club and I choose fun events. Second because it is the "it" club apparently (not my words theirs),” said Ms. Pagan.
Keeping this number of students entertained would seem overwhelming to regular people, but Mr. Segoloni and Ms. Pagan know just how to keep their students entertained. The girls this year should expect to learn more about culture.
“Trips this year will touch the student greatly. For example, this year the students will go to a Mexican cooking class and will be hands on with the culture. Food is the way to people’s hearts!” said Mr. Segoloni.
When asked the same question, Ms. Pagan stated the new trips that will be taken and the idea that the girls will be representing FHA where they should act like proper women.
Those who are part of the club must make a commitment participating in four of six activities. The most recent events were a trip Blood Manor experiencing American culture and a trip to Aladdin on Broadway exploring Indian culture.
The Culture Club provides knowledge for students who don’t know traditional customs people practice in different cultures where the knowledge is given in a fun and hands on way. With so members it is easy to assume that students agree that the experiences are fun and informational.
With Halloween right around the corner, Bonnies of each grade level are combining their personal styles to form a fashion packed Fontbonne Halloween! There are more than 150 participants in this year’s Halloween Extravaganza, according to a recent poll that was conducted. Fontbonne will see various unique sets of group and individual costumes. An estimated 29% of participants will be wearing “fun” costumes. 13% will be wearing costumes based on real people, 30% plan to wear costumes based on fictional characters, and 12% of girls will take a more classic route with their costumes. Finally, only 12% of girls plan to wear a frightening costume. According to Party City, the most common Halloween costume among teen girls is the Teen Little Red Riding Hood costume.
Halloween is highly anticipated by the students of Fontbonne because it is a time to create great memories, display school spirit, and win awards based on their costumes. But most of all, everyone is looking forward to seeing what the teachers might wear. Last year, Ms. Barton, Ms. Duggan, Ms. Marinello, Ms. McNiff, and Mr. Tutone won for the "Best Group Costume (Faculty)" and Miss Connolly won for "Best Individual Costume (Faculty)." No matter which costumes are worn, Fontbonne Halloween is guaranteed to be a great day filled with amusement!
With the emergence of the Christmas season comes an increased desire for presents. These presents are highly anticipated by children and teenagers across the world; especially in America. However, while many of us are hoping for a wonderful present, other children around the globe are hoping to just make it through a single day with their family. This year, those who are fortunate enough to not have to worry about survival are sharing their hope with those facing struggles.
Every person makes an impact on the world, therefore one has the ability to turn hope and desire for the future into action. Christmas is a time where one should practice being selfless and can share in the life of Christ. Christ was born to cleanse the human race, and hope drove him to take action.
Scattered throughout Brooklyn, there are copious amounts of charities to which people can provide. In Sunset Park, there is a monthly collection of food taken in by the O.L.P.H. Food Pantry, where food is given to those who are less fortunate. People can volunteer at the pantry for the first two Saturdays of each month. There are also hospitals where someone can volunteer or even donate blood to help the families waiting for their loved one’s health to stabilize. If one does not have the resources to go to these functions, there is a toy collection at Fontbonne during the Christmas season, where toys are given to those children who have occasional hopes of presents but have even more hopes of having a safe winter.
The Christmas season is full of hope, where people around the globe take a different look at their goals for the future. During this season, one should take the time to improve the future of children around the world through even the smallest actions.
What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
Mashed Potatoes: 29%
Pie (Apple/Pumpkin) : 14%
Biscuits and Gravy : 5%
Ham : 2%
There is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing, and Halloween festivities are winding down; it seems winter is soon approaching. However, before plunging into Christmas, everyone should settle down and notice that Thanksgiving still awaits! Whether you fall into the category of having a traditional Thanksgiving or the small majority of those who give thanks in a modern style, the Thanksgiving season is sure to be a good one.
For the Thanksgiving Feast, 29% of Bonnies enjoy potatoes. 25% of Fontbonne foodies enjoy turkey, 14% like pie (apple/pumpkin) the most, 25% enjoy stuffing, 5% enjoy biscuits and gravy, and only 2% eat ham with the most pleasure during Thanksgiving.
Food plays a major role on Thanksgiving, but there many other things to keep in mind during the season. The basis of Thanksgiving is thanks and is a time to display our gratitude for our extraordinary gifts. These gifts would include having a family that loves us and having a second home at Fontbonne. It is also a time to give back, where Fontbonne gives us this opportunity. The students join together and form F.A. Thanksgiving baskets and collect items to share with the O.L.P.H Food Pantry. Thanksgiving also guides us to other holidays and events, such as the greatest shopping day of the entire year, Black Friday.
Black Friday is one of the greatest times to get sales on some high end items. Although some may fear the large crowds and miss out on the best sales, there are many solutions to these problems. Regarding safety, one should know what they want first to avoid the copious crowd and always have a clear mind, avoiding violence of any collober. The store itself should try to maintain order among crowds, but once things turn ugly, that would be the time to abort your mission. As for the greatest place to shop, Best Buy would be the number one choice. Some of the hottest deals include the Apple Ipad mini 3, which is now 74$, and the other great tablet deals. Target is on the 55 Editor’s Choice where they have great deals on electronics, toys, and movies.
So whether you enjoy the food on Thanksgiving or the sales that come after, the season itself holds its own weight compared to other holidays. It is a great time for thanks and the experience at Fontbonne is sure to be a great one.