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Summer Issue 1

June 30, 2017

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

Dream Vacation See page 2

AC on the DL See page 3

Dive-bombing hawk

Student startled on campus By Timothy Bold The Scene staff

Photo by Brian Ruth

Nursing major Candy Suggs walks past a bed of red geraniums in the circle drive near C Tower.

Landscaping is a big deal at Forest Park

By Brian Ruth The Scene staff Landscaping at Forest Park is designed to enhance “curb appeal,” but its flowers and trees also provide shade and beauty for people to enjoy. “We plant several hundred flowers per year,” said Facilities Manager Dennis Kozlowski. “Most annuals have been begonias and impatiens. The perennials are geraniums and mums.” The campus also has dozens of maple, ginkgo, cherry, ash, elm, plum and birch trees. Students, faculty and staff seem to

Photo by Brian Ruth

A view of the campus butterfly garden, featuring yellow black-eyed Susans, pink hibicus and red canna plants.

appreciate them. Tripti Dura, an English as a second language student from Nepal, waits for rides while sitting on benches shaded by three river birch trees, next to the circle drive and security booth. “Coming here, I see many different flowers and trees than in my country,” she said. “And they do such a good job here, even with the grasses.” Facilities staff members work on the grounds all year, but spring and summer are their busiest times with planting, mowing and weeding. Work is supervised by Josh DeWitte, maintenance and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) manager. “We have multiple locations that we are looking at to improve our curb appeal,” he said. “Some are additional plants and shrubbery we are looking to get in before the end of the growing season in late summer to early fall.” Beyond landscaping, the campus also has a butterfly garden that faculty and staff planted in 2015 at the southwest corner of A Tower. It has daisies, coneflowers, tiger eyes, black-eyed Susans and three milkweeds, which attract Monarch butterflies. “I look for volunteers wherever I can find them because it’s quite an undertaking,” said humanities secretary Mary Kearny, one of the volunteers. Kozlowski, a Forest Park employee since 2001, has become something of a tree expert since he took the job of facilities manager 12 years ago. He does extensive research before deciding what to plant and where to plant it. “Maybe I do have a bit of a green thumb, I don’t know,” he said. “I just like the beautification aspect of landscaping. But then again, I can’t get the tomatoes to grow in

Red-tailed hawks are common around Forest Park, nesting in trees, perching on utility poles and looking for rodents or birds to eat. Student Connor Smith didn’t know this – until last month. That’s when a hawk swooped down toward him as he was walking in the Student Center door. “From behind my Smith left side, I felt a gust of wind, like a broom sweeping against my ear, next to my shoulder,” said Smith, 28, a general transfer student. He saw a brown hawk with red feathers and a wide wingspan making a beeline for a pigeon in the courtyard. It came within inches of his ear. “I was in shock because it happened so fast,” Smith said. He then walked into the Student Center lobby, where information desk attendant Tim Cary was on duty. “He came in, eyes wide open, and he looked shook up,” Cary said.

Smith reported the incident to campus police Lt. Terri Buford, who wrote a report. “The main thing was, I had to make sure he wasn’t injured,” she said. “I take everything serious.” Buford later watched the incident on campus security video. She verified Smith’s version of events. “The pigeon flew in the right corner, next to the Student Center entrance,” she said. “Smith was about to enter through the automatic doors when the hawk flew past his head.” Campus police haven’t received any reports about hawks in recent memory. “No, they never cause problems,” Buford said. Red-tailed hawks are common throughout the St. Louis area, according to John Hoffman, director of World Bird Sanctuary Hospital in Valley Park. “(They) dwell in the open areas, where old trees are perfect to nest,” he said. Hawks particularly like highways lined with utility poles because they are good places to perch and spot prey. Their vision is eight times better than that of humans. What happened to the pigeon at Forest Park? “The pigeon actually got away and changed its course,” Smith said. “I went to the police department to see if they had it on video. It was a close encounter, but I didn’t file charges.”

Photo by Timothy Bold

John Hoffman, director of World Bird Sanctuary Hospital in Valley Park, holds a 24-year-old female red-tailed hawk. my back yard.” At Forest Park, his staff has dealt with several tree diseases. “We had an ash-borer disease that killed most of the original ash and honey locust trees that were put in back in the late-‘60s and early-‘70s,” he said. The ashes were replaced with maple, ginkgo, cherry and plum trees.

“The ginkgo is one of the oldest-living specimens of tree life on earth,” Kozlowski said. “So I figured it would survive during my tenure here.” The cherry and plum trees were planted for color. The gingkos along Highlander Avenue (in front of the Bastian theater) and Wise Avenue were

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Campus Chatter Alexis Rice,19, nursing “I want to go to Egypt to explore the pyramids, ride a camel and see King Tut’s tomb.”

Pamela G. Camp, 52, nursing secretary “Being somewhere cool outside of campus right now, like Colorado, by the mountains, where the weather is nice.”

Megan Reese, 21, dental hygiene “Experiencing everything Italy has to offer. I want to indulge in the culture (food, language and men).”

Maya Nettles, 18, business “My place would be Paris, France, for the Eiffel Tower, French cuisine and lifestyle.”

What’s your dream vacation? By Timothy Bold

Margie Maclin, ESL tutor “My dream vacation is just to have one. I really would love to put my feet in a cold river at Lake of the Ozarks.”

Brittany Farnhan, 22, business inspection “Returning to Ireland and staying forever. I’ve been there twice already, admiring the gorgeous scenery and cold weather.”

Duy Huynh, 25, ESL student “I want to go back to Vietnam for my family and friends. I got married there last year, and we came to America.”

Lafonte Krushall, 23, dental hygiene “I would love to go to New Zealand because its crime rates are much lower. It’s calm and peaceful with no chaos.”


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planted for shade and bright yellow leaves in the fall. “I’ve also got them in the islands in front of A Lot,” Kozlowski said. “It was a long process to get finished up, and I’ve led the effort myself.” Kozlowski planted accolade elm trees on the south side of A, B and C Towers. He chose that species nine years ago because of its resilience to disease. “They are coming into maturity now,” he said. “They’re looking beautiful and are providing shade.” The staff also has dealt with Dutch elm disease, which has devastated trees throughout the region, particularly century-old trees in Webster Groves. Honey locusts, ash trees and juniper bushes were the predominant landscaping when the Forest Park campus was built in the 1960s, but most had died or were sick by the time Kozlowski became facilities manager. “It was looking like a scene out of a horror movie along Oakland Avenue,” he said. One of Kozlowski’s favorite trees is the Japanese cherry blossom. He planted several along the staff parking lot and student lots A, B, C and E. “Since there are cherry-blossom festivals here at the botanical garden and in Washington, D.C., I thought, ‘Why not bring some of that festival ambiance to the campus?’” he said. The staff planted two varieties: pink Kwanzans and white Yoshinos. Kozlowski and DeWitte do not know what landscaping is going to be involved with the new allied health building along Oakland Avenue. It is set for completion in 2019.

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Kevin Ngo, 20, graphic design “Probably three places: Thailand for the Buddhist statues, China for the Great Wall and Vietnam to visit my family and friends.”

Ashley Holahan, 24, general transfer “Hiking through the Andes Mountains in Bolivia and making it to Argentina. That’s going to be a long trip for sure.”

June 30, 2017

Opinions Flip Side

School of thought on the tiger mom By Daphne Drohobyczer The Scene staff What is a tiger mom? It’s a parent who has some of these characteristics: pushing her child to excel, perhaps sending him or her to a Montessori school; enrolling the child in a gifted program, testing his or her IQ at an early age; trying out different private schools; even starting college preparatory testing by the fourth grade. Controversial books on the subject raise the question, “is being a tiger mom the right thing to do?” I would say “yes.” Again, we are talking about parents whose kids are being prepped for the SAT much earlier than normal, kids who play several musical instruments, are star athletes and expect to be on track toward a high-income occupation. A tiger mom is a one who cares sincerely about advancing her child academically ever since, well, when he or she was a baby.

We are talking about parents who send young children to Suzuki method music lessons; put them in highly ranked Montessori schools so that they can skip grades; and may bargain with administrators to ensure their child has the top academic ranking in their senior class. I think all of these are great qualities for a parent; of course, there are also “tiger dads” – men who cooperate with their spouses. I know a number of tiger moms (and dads) whose kids attend prestigious schools and universities. A woman at Barnes and Noble whom I have known for about five years asks for ideas about how she can advance her child’s studies. One piece of advice I offered: have him join the debate team. She’s also ask for my input on her son’s school essays. He just completed his first year at MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School), my alma mater. He also is preparing to attend debate camp. Without a doubt, I also suggested he join school newspaper staff. Personally, I enjoyed being in the newspaper-debate crowd and enjoy reliving aspects of this experience in my daily life. Tiger moms bring their kids’ awareness and consciousness to a higher level. When children learn how to play the violin, they are exercising skills that bring them a passion for the arts; when they practice SATs in the fourth grade, their intellect could be matched with that of a much older student; when they attend a summer debate institute, they are interacting with peers who are all not

only intelligent, but also fun and intellectual. This interaction is in itself both edifying and enlightening. Tiger moms (and dads) are in charge of leading their child to these destinations; searching for such academic pursuits is their responsibility – and once they embrace that, the sky is the limit. Being a tiger mom does not necessarily mean her child will be headed to Harvard, Yale or Princeton – though it can. Being a tiger mom means that you give your all to your child; it makes no difference where he or she ends up. I know another tiger parent couple who is watching as their child skips grades while participating in Pattonville’s Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students, or PEGS. Sending him to kindergarten at a private school failed to meet expectations, and they found that the Pattonville school system was particularly helpful in providing them with high standards for child prodigies to advance quickly. To conclude, a tiger mom dominantly holds the characteristics of who I described in this article: A mother who encourages advanced intelligence, pushing the child to excel in studies, giving motivation to excel, giving the tools to excel and succeed, supporting the child through to adulthood, allowing the child to focus on studies, promoting an honor code to abide and live by, and even serve academia with insight to spread among the greater humanity. Tiger moms encourage, support and inspire their children. For the most part, tiger moms succeed, so do not be afraid to be a tiger mom.

Johnny the Pianist Presents: Piano Works No. 1 When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 Where: Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd.

Tiger moms bring their kids’ awareness and consciousness to a higher level.

Featuring compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Paul Creston and many more great composers

Cartoon by Darryl Reece

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Photo by Kalia White

Nursing major Danielle Warren, 18, gets enrollment help from Hazel Nettles of Student Affairs.

Photo by Timothy Bold

TRIO college prep program student Duh Thawng, 18, takes a closeup yearbook photo of fellow student Chrissy Bui, 16, in the courtyard. An instructor uses a reflector to redirect light.

of Forest Park

Photo by Timothy Bold

Early education major Helen Davis, 47, takes advantage of the mild temperatures by working on homework and relaxing in the courtyard.

Photo by Kalia White

General transfer student Jelessa McAlpine, 26, grabs a snack from the bookstore before heading back to work with TRIO support services.

Right: Baking and pastry major Edmond Brown, 52, gets information in the admissions office from Hazel Nettles of Student Affairs on the number of credits he’s earned.

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Photo by Kalia White

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