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Fall Issue 3

October 20, 2017

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

SGA back to full speed By Timothy Bold The Scene staff Forest Park’s Student Government Association has all 11 members for the first time in more than a year. “None of the (races) were contested, so we were able to accept the full board,” said Donivan Foster, Campus Life manager and SGA adviser. The association serves as a liaison between students and the administration. Members also Foster develop programs and plan events on campus and in the community. Last fall, only eight people signed up to run for SGA. They were all appointed, and Williams the election was canceled. The new SGA president is Tony Williams Jr., 27, an audio engineering major. He replaced Chester Henderson. “It’s not that I wanted something out of it, like power or prestige,” Williams said. “(I wanted to) give something back to the student body.” Most of last year’s SGA members graduated, but they left a legacy of holding blood drives and making contributions to causes such as breast cancer awareness. Foster is optimistic that the new SGA also will make some positive changes. “It’s a very diverse group,” he said. “That’s the type of student government you want to have on campus,” he said. The other SGA members are Vice President King Nkopuruk, Parliamentarian Diamond Jones, Corresponding Secretary Abeku Pearson, Recording Secretary Jasmine Armstrong, Treasurer Kara Noland and Representatives at Large Dalia Alshawi, Jared Borja, Destini Clark, Abdul-Garar Olubogun and Kenneth Baker-Payne. Nkopurnk, 30, a general transfer student, is from Nigeria. “I was part of the student government when I attended school at the University of Calabar in Nigeria,” he said.

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Puerto Rican Mess See page 7

Halloween Jokes See page 7

Castaway Food See page 8

Archers head for postseason

Men’s soccer team is 18-0, ranked No. 1 in nation

By Timothy Bold The Scene staff One year after the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team got to within one game of the NJCAA Division I national tournament, the Archers start a new quest backed by an unbeaten record and No. 1 national ranking. The team, with only five sophomores and 17 freshmen, completed the regular season Oct. 16 by pummeling the Lindenwood University-Belleville JV 5-0 to improve to 18-0 and a five-game shutout streak. The team also extended its regular-season winning streak to 34 matches dating to the 2015 season. The team hosts the Region 16 Tournament opener on Oct. 21 against MCC Blue River on the Florissant Valley campus. A win would vault the Archers to the semifinals at 2 p.m. Oct. 24. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The Archers climbed to No.1 in the NJCAA poll in late September for the first time since 2002. “I think we continued building up to that ranking since 2015, finally getting recognition from the polls,” coach Tim Mosby said. “The region is so much better than last season.” A strong freshman class more than offset the loss of several rising sophomores as the team averaged 4.3 goals per game and a 19.2 shooting percentage. “We lost a lot of returning players due to academic reasons,” Mosby said.

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No. 4 Noah Vezzu, a freshman midfielder for St. Louis Community College, battles for the ball in a game earlier this season. Co-captains Chris Eduardo, a midfield-forward, and defender Connor Summerhill, both sophomores, like the newcomers. “They’re very mature and really good players,” Eduardo said. Summerhill, one of nine players from Great Britain, relishes the challenge of being a co-captain. He said, “I feel being

the leader is lots of responsibility doing a good job keeping everyone focused and ready to play.” The Archers’ British invasion helped lead the team to an 18-1-2 record last season and the team reloaded this year with seven new imports, including leading goal

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Hurricane relief Ceramic technician Marija Lajsic, 30, left, discusses artwork being sold in the Student Center to raise money for hurricane relief with art major Molly Svoboda, 19.

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scorer Conor McArthur from Scotland. School in St. Louis. “We weren’t playing Other key components include sophomore our best at all.” Chris Eduardo and fellow countrymen In their first match, the Archers beat Connor Walters and Mattias Tonking, both Southwestern Illinois 6-0. freshmen. On the pressure of McArthur has 16 being No. 1, Yabwana goals, Walters and said, “Everyone is Tonking have nine bringing their best each and Eduardo has each game now. We eight. now have a target on “Our chemistry our backs.” and hard work is what Mosby added: “We drives our offense as don’t feel any presa team,” McArthur sure. We just have to Mosby Passalis said. match the same intenDefensively, the sity our opponents team has shut out opponents 13 times bring us every game.” and held them to eight goals. Sophomore STLCC now has back-to-back champigoalkeeper Braedan Passalis said, “Our onships in both Region 16 and the Missouri defense makes my job easy, not giving Community College Athletic Conference our opponents any chances. They create and now gears up for the ultimate goal, a the situation in front of me, closing in on 13th national championship and first since the ball.” 1989. Passalis, a Last season, “Our chemistry and hard the eighth-ranked Missouri Baptist transfer from Archers were work is what drives our Winnipeg, ranks eliminated 3-1 in No. 1 in the nation the district chamoffense as a team.” with 17 wins and pionship game by is eighth in goalsParkland College – Freshman Conor McArthur against average of Champaign, (0.57). Ill. The Archers got Sophomore Eric a scare Oct. 12 at Habonimana, a Southwestern Illinois College when they defender from Soldan who has three goals, won 1-0 in overtime after some contro- said, “This season is fantastic. We’re hunversial officiating and close-call shots gry and poised for greater things.” by the Archers that hit the goal post. Mosby, finishing his fourth seaMcArthur scored the game-winner in son with the Archers, said the team extra time. approaches the postseason with a “win “This was the most challenging game or go home” attitude. “Be healthy, well this season by far,” said Junior Yabwana, rested,” he said. “The season has started freshman midfielder from Soldan High over again.”



“In life, you always stay relevant by being involved in the community. I started a club for students on campus called the African Pride Club.” For Baker-Payne, 19, a business administration major, serving in public office has been a lifelong dream. “There’s a core of things I like about this group,” he said. “Drive, innovation and diversity.”

from page 1 The new SGA members are working to come up with ideas for what they want to accomplish in the next year. Armstrong, 24, a general transfer student, is the only returning SGA member from last year. “I feel really good and excited with the new team,” she said. “It’s lots of change and energy, but I like their charisma.”

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The new Forest Park Student Park Government Association includes, back row left to right, advisers Kim Love Austin and Donivan Foster; middle row, Corresponding Secretary Abeku Pearson, Destini Clark, Abdul-Gafar Olubogun, Vice President Anyiedeabasi “King” Nkopuruk, President Tony Williams and Kenneth Baker-Payne; and, front row, Treasurer Kara Noland and Recording Secretary Jasmine Armstrong. Not pictured are Jared Borja, Parlimentarian Diamond Jones and Dalia Alshawi.

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Left, culinary arts major Julie Pruitt, 23, mixes cocoa butter and white chocolate to create an edible “logo.� Below, early childhood education major Domonisha Williams, 19, sells popcorn in the Student Center lobby as a part of a fundraiser for the African Pride Club.

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A Day in the Life

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of Forest Park Above, art professor Matthew Isaacson, left, shows students in his Ceramics 1 class how to throw cylinders on a wheel. The students are, left to right, Neil Brandon Pendleton, Caitlin Schulte, Haley Wilson and Daphne Drohobyczer. Right, network engineering major Saiida Ali, 19, studies her notes before attending a Cisco programming class.

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Points of view Too Human

By Micah Caldwell

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Points of Speaking out

Puerto Ricans are treated as second class By Joshua Phelps The Scene staff The residents of Puerto Rico are not “illegal aliens.” They’re U.S. citizens. It’s time we start treating them that way. In a Morning Consult poll, only 54 percent of Americans knew that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens. Fifty-four percent! Even before Hurricane Maria, the U.S. commonwealth was struggling. It filed for bankruptcy in May to deal with its $70 billion debt. The unemployment rate was 11.7 percent. Puerto Ricans can’t vote in elections for U.S. president or Congress, so they have no political clout. Maria hit hard on Sept. 20. Nearly a month later, many people feel the U.S. government hasn’t responded adequately. Some 85 percent of the island remains


without power. He paid a visit to the island and threw American War in 1898. Many roads are inaccessible, and rough- rolls of paper towels to a crowd. It’s like Instead of offering residents the same ly 80 percent of crops are gone. Water he was telling them to clean up their own rights as other Americans, the United supplies also have been contaminated. mess. States sidelined them as part of an “uninThe official death toll stands at 48 peoTrump later had the nerve to tweet, corporated territory.” ple, but it’s believed to be much higher. “…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military U.S. interests supported a sugar-based As time passes without power and access & the First Responders, who have been economy, causing the coffee industry to to critical supplies, Puerto Ricans are tired amazing (under the most difficult circum- collapse, leaving many people in poverty. of being treated like “red-headed stepchil- stances) in P.R. forever!” Puerto Ricans had no legal standing dren.” (A term my as U.S. citizens until Southern relatives 1917, when the JonesSo how has President Donald Trump handled the are fond of using.) Shafroth Act was They want equal passed. This allowed crisis? He paid a visit to the island and threw rolls of the United States to treatment more than ever. send their men to paper towels to a crowd. It’s like he was telling them defend the Panama The Federal E m e rg e n c y Canal during World to clean up their own mess. Management War I. Agency (FEMA) Puerto Ricans could and the U.S. miligo to war for America, tary are on the ground, working to rebuild Trump isn’t wrong. FEMA can’t stay but they still didn’t have basic citizenship the electrical grid and delivering food and forever, but its involvement in hurricane rights, such as voting. relief has lasted for years in Louisiana and water. But it’s still a disaster. A hundred years later, the island is facI reached out to Jorge Maldonado, vice elsewhere. ing one of its greatest challenges. president of the non-profit Puerto Rican Trump also tweeted, ‘“Puerto Rico surMaldonado said it hasn’t been easy for Society in St. Louis. vived the Hurricanes, now a financial the Puerto Rican Society to get supplies to At a Central West End coffee shop, he crisis looms largely of their own making.’ people in isolated areas, mainly because didn’t seem outraged about the U.S. gov- says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of of road damage and debris. ernment response to Maria, considering it accountability say the Governor. Electric The society has partnered with local came on the heels of hurricanes in Texas and all infrastructure was disaster before organizations, but communications is difand Florida. hurricanes. Congress to decide how much ficult because of power outages. Maldonado doubts that the Puerto Rico to spend….” “Those on the island that have interElectric Power Authority can restore All this may be true, but I thought, net communicate with each other and power by March, as predicted. His family “Why kick a horse when it’s down?” tell each other where to go for goods,” is using a diesel generator. Trump even had a feud with San Juan Maldonado said. “March sounds like an ambitious, pie- Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who tweeted, How can you help improve quality in-the-sky goal more than a realistic goal,” “your comments about Puerto Rico are of life in Puerto Rico? Donate food or he said. unbecoming of a Commander in Chief money. Maldonado also stresses the The society normally hosts social events they seem more to come from a ‘Hater in importance of LifeStraws, which filter and gives scholarships to Latin American Chief.’” contaminated water. college students. But now it’s raising Maybe Trump is a hater. Maybe he just The Puerto Rican Society will hold money for hurricane relief. hates being criticized. Clearly, he knows a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 “We realized that we’re going to have little about Puerto Rico’s history and at Bar Italia in the Central West End. to help ourselves,” Maldonado said. hardship. The cost of $20 includes a buffet-style So how has President Donald Trump The island became a U.S. common- dinner. For more information, call 314handled the crisis? wealth after Spain lost the Spanish- 262-6284.

Madison’s Avenue

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By Madison Weicht

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Campus Chatter If you were stranded, would you order

tacos, pizza or a hamburger? By Timothy Bold

Josh Piper, 33, engineering

“Well, if you think about it, it has to be pizza.You’re definitely getting more portions, so it has a possibility of stretching out for a longer period of time.”

David Juriga, accounting professor

“The only thing my family eats for takeout and dining in restaurants is pizza. I’m a thin-crust type of guy.”

Cameron Hammond, 19, general transfer “Pizza, because of the various toppings you can choose from, and it tastes delicious.”

Martin McLafferty, IT educational assistant “I would take all of the above. But being diabetic prohibits me from indulging in those wonderful foods.”

Kameron Woods, 18, chemical engineering

“I looked up my ancestry and found out I’m 25 percent Italian, so pizza is now my favorite dish.”

Serenity Ghidoni, 21, general transfer

“In a survival situation, it would be have to be pizza. It’s going to last longer than the other choices.”

Rachel Mormol, 24, graduate nursing

“The hamburger has more protein, and I love eating them all the time.”

Chris Henly, 22, exercise science

“I’m originally from New York City, so I was raised eating slices of (New York-style) pizza. It’s so amazing.”

Ashley Holahan, 24, occupational therapy “My choice would be pizza.You can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

George Lang, 19, general transfer

“If it was my last meal, then it would be a big, juicy cheeseburger on a toasted bun. I wouldn’t share it with anybody.”

Tuam Ngu, 20, accounting

“I love pizza. It’s so much easier to eat. I can’t stand tacos or hamburgers.”

Amanda Canary-Smith, 29, radiology

“I prefer tacos. They have the four basic food groups and a crunchy texture.”

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