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St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

Students try to save cash on books By Chris Cunningham The Scene staff Forest Park students are always complaining about textbook prices. One textbook can range from $10 to $250 at the Highlander Bookshop. “If they brought down the prices down, I’d use the (the bookstore),” said occupational Hart therapy major Marie Matondo, 49, who shops online instead. But prices are only part of the problem. Nursing major Dora Washington, 27, once bought a $150 biology book, and she didn’t even need it. “I showed up to class the first day, and (the instructor) said we just take notes,” she said. General transfer student Carla McCall, 32, had a similar situation. She bought a textbook that came with a workbook, and it couldn’t be sold back. “I paid $80 or $90, and I’m stuck with this book on persuasion,” she said. The Highlander Bookshop is operated by St. Louis Community College.

Manager Christy Hart is used to hearing complaints from students about textbook prices. She understands their frustration. “I even complained about it when I was in college,” she said. But Hart said the Highlander marks up new textbooks 33 percent over wholesale, less than the average 40 percent at private bookstores. Hart also noted that profits from all of the college’s campus bookstores go back into the district. That includes $125,000 to campus presidents for special projects, $50,000 for academic scholarships and $36,000 for athletic scholarships. “Most of the construction being done outside of the (Forest Park) bookstore, and the cafeteria repairs, were done by Photo by Kimberle-Anne Young bookstore profits,” Hart said. The Highlander allows students to sell Employee Charon White, back textbooks after their classes have 25, stacks textbooks in the ended, if instructors plan to continue Highlander Bookshop. using them. The bookstore also offers more These two options also are offered by affordable alternatives to buying new private companies online. textbooks. “I went to Chegg because even used Students can buy used textbooks, books were very expensive (at the which cost about 25 percent less, or Highlander),” Matondo said, speaking they can rent textbooks. A credit card is required for rental due to a high number See Books page 2 of non-returns.

Team heads off behavior problems By Kourtney Pollard The Scene staff Colleges and universities across the country have taken steps to improve safety since high-profile shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and other schools. Forest Park is no exception. Six years ago, the college created a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), which receives reports from faculty, staff and students on unusual or disruptive behavior and decides whether or how to intervene. “The purpose is to reduce incidents and prevent situations with disgruntled students,” said team member Steve Smith, program director for Funeral Directing and division representative for Allied Health and Natural Sciences. Before BIT, the college had no formal clearinghouse for the sharing of information on problem behavior or the detection of patterns. Once a student has been referred to the team, recommended actions could range from counseling to tutoring, warnings to suspension. “The BIT committee has been successful on campus with helping



troubled students that are in need of assistance with mental health and those who want to report problems or potential threats,” said Thomas Walker, vice president of student affairs, who heads the team. The team is made up of faculty and staff members and administrators. Each brings his or her own knowledge and skills to the table. Member Marlene Rhodes is an associate professor and chair of the counseling department. She focuses on mental health. “Counselors are trained professionally in helping students,” she said. “We give students options, outlooks, resolutions, and (we) empower students with critical thinking.” The team has an extended program called “BIT Go Mobile.” Members

visit high-traffic areas, such as the cafeteria, and keep their eyes and ears open for suspicious activity or chatter. Police chief Richard Banahan, a BIT member, believes campus is safer than it was before the team was formed. ‘Five years ago, all types of problems and incidents where in the cafeteria,” he said. “Now we’ve changed the culture of the environment so that everybody can enjoy themselves.” Not all police officers are directly involved with BIT, but they use the system to report and assess situations. Forest Park’s team is part of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, which maintains a data base of incidents at colleges and universities across the country. Banahan estimates BIT has received 75 to 100 reports in six years. They’re handled on a case-bycase basis, with outcomes depending on seriousness. Smith feels the team is changing Forest Park for the better. “Here on the Forest Park campus, tension is down, the campus mood is better, and the campus has become

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Former student wins appeal By Michelle McIntosh The Scene staff A former Forest Park student is free after spending more than a year in jail for allegedly attempting to make a terrorist threat at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court reversed a 2011 conviction by a Madison County, Ill., jury against Olutosin Oduwole, 27, of St. Louis. Oduwole The SIUE student was arrested after police found a note in his abandoned vehicle on campus that appeared to threaten a “murderous rampage” similar to the Virginia Tech shooting. In the Appellate Court decision, Justice Judy L. Cates questioned the strength of evidence against Oduwole. “The paper containing the alleged threats was discovered inside the defendant’s locked vehicle,” she wrote in a 19-page decision issued March 6 in Mount Vernon, Ill. “The paper was not prominently displayed.” During Oduwole’s trial, his attorney maintained the note actually contained innocent lyrics scribbled by the aspiring rapper. Oduwole was enrolled part time at Forest Park in the fall of 2007 and fall of 2008, after his arrest. He declared his major as business administration. Campus police questioned Oduwole in September of 2008, according to an article in The Scene. This week, police chief Richard Banahan declined to comment on the Appellate Court decision. “This doesn’t pertain to us,” he said. “I only know what I have seen in the news, and I don’t believe everything that I see.” Oduwole’s lawyer, Jeffrey Urdangen, did not return The Scene’s calls for comment. The Associated Press quoted Urdangen as saying that Oduwole’s prison release came with conditions, that he remains in Illinois,

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of an online textbook company. Since the fall of 2011, the Highlander has been selling “loose-leaf” textbooks. These are unbound pages that students put in their own binders. They may cost less than bound textbooks, but they can’t be sold back. “Loose-leaf is only an option if instructors have elected to use them,” Hart said. Another new phenomenon is that some loose-leaf and bound textbooks are bundled with Internet services, such as MyMathLab, which allows students to complete assignments online. The problem is, some students buy the bundle and don’t use the textbook or Internet services. Business administration major Fred DeSha, 27, once paid $253 for an alge-

from page 1 bra textbook bundled with MyMathLab. “I realized about a week into class, I wouldn’t be using the textbook,” he said. MyMathLab can be purchased separately for $105, so DeSha could have saved $148. “If you are going to only use (a textbook or Internet services), just sell us one,” he said. Engineering science major Shauanna Randle, 20, has found yet another way to cut textbook expenses. She took four classes this semester, but only bought one textbook. “I go to class first to see if we are using the book (during the class period). If not, I just go to the library for homework,” she said, noting that the Forest Park library carries many textbooks.

Appeal that he is “pursuing his options for the future” and plans to enroll in college. As the defense celebrates its win, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons vows to continue pursuing the case. “We respectfully disagree with the decision by the Appellate Court and feel that not all evidence presented to the jury during the trial was weighed and considered appropriately by the Appellate Court before reversing Oduwole’s conviction,” Gibbons stated in a press release. “Therefore, I am asking Attorney General (Lisa) Madigan to join us in the fight to protect our community and to honor this jury’s decision by pursuing this case to the Illinois Supreme Court.” Oduwole was arrested on July 24, 2007, and charged with attempting to make a terrorist threat, a felony, and possessing a handgun without permission in his apartment on the SIUE campus, a misdemeanor. Police had found six ammunition rounds in his abandoned vehicle, along with a note that read: “I lead She a follower, I’m single and I’m not wit her, but she gott a throat deeper than a Sword Swallower glock to the head of SEND 2 to … paypal account If this account doesn’t reach $50,000 in the next 7 days then a murderous rampage similar to the VT shooting will occur at another

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prestigious Highly populated university. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!” Oduwole’s friend, Thomas Phillips, testified that the note contained lyrics to a rap song that Oduwole had written while the two were watching the TV show “Law and Order.” Odowole was sentenced in December 2011 to five years in prison for the felony and a year for the misdemeanor. He only appealed the felony. Oduwole was released March 18 from Jacksonville Correctional Center in Jacksonville, Ill. “The university does not have a statement,” SIUE spokeswoman Bethany Bohrhorst said in a press release emailed to the media. “For more information, please contact the Madison County state’s attorney office.”


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an overall calm environment,” he said. Faculty, staff and students should contact campus police at 314-644-9700 if they view student behavior as a “severe” or “extreme” threat. They should contact Walker at 314-644-9009 for “elevated” or “moderate” problems or the counseling department at 314-644-9251 in cases of mild distress.

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Everyone is welcome at spiritual center By Patrice Harris The Scene staff

The purpose of the Living Insights Center in Clayton is to celebrate spiritual diversity and help people find themselves spiritually. It’s housed in a two-story brick home that used to be the office for a human resources consulting firm. Now the home is filled with altars, chapels and artifacts representing a wide range of religious and spiritual traditions. There are life-size statues of Buddha and St. Therese of Lisieux. “People come from all over to pray with St. Therese,” said Executive Director Jack Sisk. “Miracles have occurred (after) people prayed with her.” The center hosts a variety of events, including silent meditations and prayer gatherings on Sundays. It’s open to the public. Baladhara Ishaya, 64, of St. Louis, discovered the center about 10 years ago. He visits once a month to pray at the St. Therese statue. “The center is my own sanctuary, a place where everyone loves one another,” he said. “Once you’re here, nothing outside matters.” Ishaya said he was reared

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Executive Director Jack Sisk motions toward Hindu artifacts at the Living Insights Center, left; people leave flowers and momentos beneath a statue of St. Therese of Lisieux. Catholic but now has no religious preference. “It’s not about religion,” he said. “It’s about awareness. People from all walks of life are amazed at what we all have in common.” Another regular at the center is Crese Blakely, 31, who is studying psychology through University of

Phoenix. She said she was reared Baptist but thinks it’s important to keep an open mind. The center has taught her about all religions. Blakely refers to it as “an amazing cross-cultural experience.” “Any biases you may have are completely gone once you walk

Dont forget to brush Deborah Bush-Munson, director of Forest Park’s Dental Assisting Program, recently took students to the Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis to teach children about good dental hygiene. They used puppets, sang fun songs and gave demonstrations with giant toothbrushes. One even dressed up as the Tooth Fairy. “Two to 4-year-olds understand and respond to this type of encouragement,” BushMunson said.

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through the door,” she said. Sisk worked as a corporate attorney for 20 years. He founded the center in 2001 after his mother was diagnosed with cancer for the third time. She was given only a short time to live. “I wanted to help people who were about to pass on,” Sisk said. “But I think I ended up helping the living even more.” Sisk said he wasn’t a religious person before founding the center. “I had the finer things in life, a wife and kids,” he said. “But I was still stressed.” Today, Sisk doesn’t see God as a scary figure. He believes God presents himself to humans in different forms and uses people to convey his words. Sisk said he is happier now, even though he volunteers his time to run the center and hasn’t received a paycheck since 2002. “I don’t do this for the money.” he said. “I do this for the people.” Blakely has not only learned about religions, but also about life. She now understands that a person doesn’t need seniority or experience to be a leader. She noted that Sisk has had a huge impact on people. Blakely loves to hear him play hymns on giant, white ceramic bowls at the center. “I would highly recommend it,” she said. “When Jack played a hymn on his bowls, I literally felt the vibration in my entire body.” Sisk emphasizes that those who come to the center aren’t part of a cult. He wants people to view it as a home away from home, a place where they can leave negativity, stress and financial problems at the door. Everyone is welcome. “Male, female, homosexual it doesn’t matter,” Sisk said. “We’re all the same. I want others to be as open as they want to be when they come here. It’s about unconditional love.” The Living Insights Center is at 6362 Clayton Road. For more information, call (314) 721-4455 or visit

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Imo’s has been serving college for 46 years

By Markeith Childress The Scene staff

Forest Park is good for the pizza business. Students, faculty and staff have been eating at the Imo’s restaurant on the corner of Hampton and Oakland since it opened in 1967. “We deliver (to the college), also,” said manager Izra Lomas, 36, of St. Louis. “It takes 15 to 20 minutes.” Reggie Boykins, 57, a Funeral Services student, stopped by for a pepperoni pizza on a recent Wednesday. “(Imo’s does) not serve beer, and I love beer with my pizza,” he said. “But I prefer Imo’s pizza over the others. “I do not eat Domino’s or Papa John’s. I have tried Cicero’s, but I love the thin crust and the cheese that Imo’s has, and it is so convenient to Lomas Forest Park.” The same day, Tina Sheperd was waiting to pick up a pizza. She has been a customer for 30 years. “I worked (at Imo’s) when I was 15 years old on Spring and Delmar,” said Sheperd, 51, of Lake St. Louis. “I really love it -- the food, the people. There are all pros and no cons coming from me. “I will be coming here forever. Forget

all the others. There’s only Imo’s for me.” Ed and Margie Imo founded Imo’s in 1964 at Shaw and Thurman. They opened their second restaurant nine months later. By 1985, the couple owned 30 restaurants. Then they started allowing people to buy franchises. Today, Imo’s has more than 90 restaurants and 4,000 employees, mostly in the St. Louis area, but also in Springfield and Kansas City. “I love my job,” said Shirley Black, 75, of St. Louis, who has worked for Imo’s more than 30 years. “Ed and Margie Imo are great people to work for. They are so humble and down to earth.” Lomas is another longtime employee. He started as a cook at Imo’s in Edwardsville more than 20 years ago. Today, he supervises 12 to 15 cooks, servers and dishwashers at the Hampton restaurant. Imo’s specializes in pizza, but it also serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pasta. “What make’s Imo’s so good is the provel cheese, fresh ingredients, homemade sauce and the thin crust, which is an Imo’s trademark,” Lomas said. The Hampton restaurant serves an average of 1,550 people per week. Lomas, who works 12-hour shifts, would love to own his own Imo’s franchise someday.

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Forest Park students Dominique Eason, 19, left, and Cameron Warren, 19, enjoy a meal at Imo’s. “It’s been fun working at Imo’s,” he said. “And at times, it can get very busy.” Nathaniel Preston has been working at the Hampton restaurant for two years. He’s a mass communications student at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. “I love my job,” said Preston, 18, of St. Louis. “I am a cook, but I do everything I am asked to do. I’m also a manager-in-training, and one day I would like to have my own store, if I can

come up with $1 million.” Imo’s contributes to several charities, including the Variety Children’s Charity, Forest Park Forever, the St. Louis Science Center and Missouri Botanical Garden. As of November, Imo’s was ranked 35th largest pizza chain in the United States. Annual gross income is $74.7 million. The Hampton restaurant is at 1000 Hampton Ave., about three blocks west of the college.

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Risks come with the territory By Michelle McIntosh The Scene staff The next great season in motorsports began in February. NASCAR started the races in Daytona, Fla., for the Daytona 500 Weekend. However, a severe accident in the Nationwide Series (formally called the Busch Series) DRIVE4COPD 300 race hung over the event. On turn four of the last lap of the race, what could have been just a “normal” wreck turned far worse. The No. 32 car, driven by Kyle Larson, went airborne after being “T-boned” twice by other cars. Larson’s car flipped into the catch fence, where it was ripped apart; a tire and other debris flew into the crowd and injured 25 fans. The engine was left in the fence.

After the car came to a stop on Speedway, you go with the knowledge sider the risks of being injured when the racetrack, Larson was miraculously that you may get hit with mud if the they choose to be close to the “action.” Many racecar drivers and other athletes able to get out unharmed. Anyone who ground is moist or get dirt or dust in have been known to visit fans who have saw the accident was shocked to see your eyes if the weather is dry. Going to a baseball game, you run been injured and bring memorabilia. that he made it out alive. Among the For instance, back when Mark spectators who were injured, one adult the risk of getting hit by a ball or a and one child were declared in critical splintered piece of a bat. Many people McGuire was in the running for a record condition. The child had been hit in the get hit by foul balls when trying to 70 home runs, I went to the stadium head with a tire. Fourteen other fans catch them for souvenirs -- but they that season and collected ticket stubs. One night, I was crosswere treated at on-field ing a driveway just after medical facilities, while receiving Fernando Tatis’ others were transported autograph when I was to a local hospital. almost hit by a car. I had What angers me to jump back to not get about this whole situation hit. When I looked to see is that three of the injured who the driver was, I saw fans have hired a lawyer that it was McGuire. He to file a lawsuit against waved at me before the NASCAR. Am I angered fans recognized him and because I believe they he left. The next night I shouldn’t get any help? went back. He was there No. What angers me is and he recognized me, that the lawsuit was filed and he gave me a signed by individuals who sustained only minor injuball and an apology for ries. It feels to me that almost hitting me. they are just trying to So really what I am earn a quick dollar. getting at is this: if you’re People in the United Kyle Larson looks at his car after crashing on turn four of not seriously injured or States are becoming law- the last lap at Daytona Speedway. on your deathbed then suit happy. Whether a save the drama and get doctor, a restaurant or a racecar driver don't rush to a lawyer. over yourself. Cuts and bruises heal Going to a basketball game, you in a matter of time. If you’re afraid of makes a mistake, the “victims” all too frequently immediately think of dollar could get run into by the players if you getting injured, then watch the games, sat in courtside seats. Would you then races, etc., at home. Don't knowingly signs. If the Daytona lawsuit had been filed sue the NBA if you developed a bruise? accept a risk, and then sue someone Even at concerts, it’s know that peo- if you’re injured so you can get easy by the family of the injured child who was seriously injured, perhaps it would ple run the risk of hearing loss if money. In the end your lawsuit could be more legitimate. But even in that they sit too close to the performers. ruin the opportunity for someone else case, when the family chose to attend Nevertheless, people still want to sit the next time a person really deserves the race, they knew the possibility exist- in the front row near the sound stage getting money or help. ed that someone could be hit by debris. because they consider it to be the best Remember that money isn't everyIt’s the same everywhere you go. place to experience the music. thing, and enjoy your spring-summer Common sense dictates that fans con- sports season. When you go to the dirt track at the I-55

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Managing editor: Michelle McIntosh Layout editor: Jammarl Montgomery Photo editor: Garrieth Crockett Business manager: Sana Cole Assistant Editor: Chris Cunningham Reporters/photographers: Marla Howard, Linden Mueller, Nardos Taeme, Brandon Panosh, Markeith Childress, Tamara Dodd, Jessica Chase, James Brown, DeJuan Baskin, Irma Barragan, Kimberle-Anne Young, Christy McIntyre, Patrice Harris, Kourtney Pollard, LaJerrel “Link” Johnson Designers/artists: Victoria Wheeler, Mars Chekhovskaya, Justin Tolliver, Jerome Clark Faculty advisers: Teri Maddox, Lane Barnholtz

The Scene is a publication written and designed by students at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. The office is in F Tower, Room 408. The telephone number is (314) 644-9140. The e-mail address is the_scene_fp@yahoo. com. All text, photos, graphics and other content are property of The Scene and may not be used without permission. Views expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis

Community College, its Board of Trustees or administration. The Scene welcomes opinion pieces and letters to the editor. They should be signed and include the writer’s student or staff number. They can be mailed to the above addresses or delivered by hand. We reserve the right to edit for length and taste. The Scene will run classified ads for students free of charge. They should be submitted in the manner described above.

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Police don’t help in the hood By Tamara Dodd The Scene staff I’ve had frequent brushes with the law ever since I moved to Jennings. Squad cars linger along Interstate 70 between Goodfellow Avenue and Jennings Station Road and patrol the surrounding residential areas. I’ve been pulled over so many times that I’m hesitant to leave the house if it requires getting behind the wheel. I was almost ready to move out of my little two-bedroom house on a dead-end street and return to the city. But I’ve decided to declare an overdue “war on terror” against the police. Yes, this is personal. I’ve never been a fan of police officers - at any time, in any place. They

“House of Cards” can be addictive By Chris Cunningham The Scene Staff Lies, manipulation and crime: It’s the stuff of dirty politics and, thanks to a new drama, great TV. “House of Cards” centers on U.S. Rep. Frank Underwood, a Democrat majority whip played by Kevin Spacey. He is hungry for revenge after being promised and then denied the position of U.S. secretary of state. An expert manipulator, with a chess master’s ability to think ahead, Underwood makes easy work of removing those in his way. Intimidating, fram-

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alienated me when I was in middle school by accusing me of stealing my own things in a burglary. They figured I was the criminal since my family was the only black family in the neighborhood. Police in St. Louis County pull people over for not using a blinker and other petty violations. I grew up in the City of St. Louis, where “real” crime happens. Police don’t want to put a bunch of traffic-law violators in jail; they need room for the “real” bad guys. The police establishment only “protects and serves” upper- and working-class white people. The spirit of that motto never has been felt or acknowledged by those in the hood. We don’t feel protected, and we don’t feel served. By “hood,” I mean poor people and minorities. I fit both demographics, so I believe I can speak for the silent majority when I say, ‘We just don’t like the police.’” In the 60s, we preferred the Black Panther Party to protect our neighborhoods. Police officers have always been our persecuting enemy, so we feel like we need to be protected from them. We don’t need police sitting on our street corners, demanding our IDs, searching our possessions and asking, “Where are you going?” when we’re in front of our own houses. Police don’t protect anything in the ghetto, except their ticket-quota-based paychecks. We don’t need police writing cita-

tions when there are bigger fish to fry. Dope-dealers, heroine-heads, armed robbers (who don’t look like 13-yearold schoolgirls), home invaders, domestic abusers, car thieves, schemers, scammers, murderers and pedophiles … These are the real problems that plague the hood, not uninsured drivers. We don’t need police spending hours writing tickets instead of fighting

ing and sabotaging are a regular part of his afternoons. Viewers get an idea of Underwood’s personality in the show’s first episode. He steps outside, into his chic Washington, D.C., neighborhood in the middle of the night. A dog has been hit by a car. He tells a neighbor to alert the owners then kneels before the dog. “There are two kinds of pain,” he says, as if talking to the camera. “The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain, the sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.” Underwood calmly strangles the dog. “There, no more pain,” he says. The moments in which Underwood breaks the fourth wall, addressing his audience directly, are some of my favorite in the show. They are like informal speeches, which reveal the ulterior motives for his actions. In my favorite fourth-wall moment, Underwood looks to the camera after his friend, Freddy, explains how he almost got into a car accident. “You see, Freddy believes that if a fridge falls off a minivan, you better swerve out of its way,” he says, with dead-eye seriousness. “I believe it’s the fridge’s job to swerve out of mine.” Viewers might mistake Underwood for a textbook sociopath if it weren’t for his marriage to Claire, played by Robin Wright. Their days are filled with

selfish, cut-throat decisions, but their actions could catch up with him, ending relationship has moments of genuine his political career. The series artfully tenderness. builds tension, raising the stakes with “I love that woman,” he says. “I love every episode. her more than sharks love blood.” “House of Cards” can only be found It’s interesting when the Underwoods on the Netflix website, which released stand next to their dining room window, all 13 episodes on Feb. 1. This unusual talking and smoking cigarettes. They distribution method is noteworthy, connever smoke anywhere else, so the dirty sidering the big names, such as Kevin h a b i t Spacey seems and directo be a tor David secret Fincher and per(“Fight haps a Club,” represen“Se7en”), tation of attached their true to the characproject. ter. T h e T h e risk of Kevin Spacey is shown in a provocative ad for s h o w ’s releasing No. 2 pro- his new Netflix show. the show tagonist exclusiveis Zoe Barnes, played by Kate Mara, ly on the Internet seems to have paid off a young reporter who is desperate to for Netflix, however. About 85 percent write important political stories. Francis of users claim they are less likely to Underwood becomes a source, as well cancel their subscriptions because of as a sexual partner. the series. At times, he gives Barnes false inforThe second season is in production, mation to further his career. But she but there is no release date. doesn’t mind because the stories she I’d advise you to pace yourself when publishes propel her into the national viewing the first season because you spotlight. will miss the backstabbing, corruption Underwood’s entire life is a balanc- and immorality. I finished in five days ing act. At any point, his treacherous and experienced an intense withdrawal.

blacks believe police officers have never been their friends. Duties of early American law enforcement included enforcing slave codes and catching runaway slaves. Like those slaves, people in the hood who are not up to mischief are just trying to better their situations. Black people have been victims of police brutality and harassment for as long as anyone can remember. In the 40‘s and 50‘s, a police chief in California recruited officers from the racist South to run his “lynching business.” Speaking of lynching, police were as guilty as the KKK when it came to hanging blacks from the nearest tree. Police love to strut around in uniforms and pretend they’re superheroes. They’re cocky and arrogant, and they see themselves as above the law. That’s not protecting or serving. Give a police officer a gun and expect a patronizing attitude, even when you’re only asking for directions. That’s why some people in the hood celebrate and applaud the efforts of vigilante cop-killers. That’s why they abide by the “code” of the streets: No snitching. Police follow us around, and keep us looking in our rearview mirrors. They pull up and freak us out, even when we haven’t broken any laws. All police - whether black, white or brown - are pawns in the game of racism. Police don’t produce peace of mind. They produce fear.

We don’t need police sitting on our street corners, demanding our IDs, searching our possessions and asking, “Where are you going?” when we’re in front of our own houses. crime. It’s an attack on hard-working, tax-paying citizens struggling to make ends meet. The police do more harm than good in the hood. They take from the poor to increase city coffers. I am now faced with a dilemma. If I give up driving, I will have to drop out of college and quit my job. If I drop out of college and quit my job, I’ll be broke. I would be rendered incapable of setting the stage for a brighter future, let alone paying some stinking traffic tickets. Police throw negativity into a positive situation. It should be easy to understand why

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Culinary students Judith Swininger, left, and Meagen Hudson arrange food on the plates.

The menu includes Baked Lemon Herbed Cod served with Creamy Polenta, Roasted Carrots and Sauteed Spinach.

Public can enjoy gourmet meals for $10 By Link Johnson The Scene staff The public can enjoy gourmet food while helping Forest Park culinary students get real-life experience. Each Thursday at dinnertime and Friday at lunchtime, a different student oversees preparation and presentation of a meal. “(It’s) truly a reflection of the individual,” said Chef Instructor Ellen Piazza. “It’s like a musician’s song.” The student-in-charge creates the menu, comes up with a grocery list and oversees chefs and servers. It’s all part of a Restaurant Operations class. “Not only are they cooking, but they run the restaurant,” said Rob Hertel, professor in Hospitality Studies. Meals are served in the Anheuser-Busch Dining Room in the Hospitality Studies Building. They cost $10 for dinners at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and $8 for lunches at noon on Fridays. Culinary major Mary Platz, 32, put together an elegant menu for

lunch on Feb. 15. It was the first meal of the season. Platz specializes in nutrition-based dishes. She called her restaurant “Simply Mary’s.” “I had confidence in my staff,” Platz said. “For students, I felt we did an awesome job. I wanted it to be healthy and easy to cook.” The meal started with beverages (water, tea, Sangria Sipper and regular and decaf coffee) and bread and butter service (ciabatta loaf with Italian olive dip). Next came a choice of cream of cauliflower soup, thickened with redbliss potatoes and buttermilk, or a spring mix salad with roasted beets and blanched asparagus, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and finished with feta cheese. For the entrée, guests could go for baked lemon herbed cod or grilled portabella mushroom with creamy polenta, oven-roasted carrots with honey glaze and spinach sautéed with garlic and white wine. Dessert was chocolate pound cake and vanilla ice cream topped with cherry sauce and slivered almonds. “It’s nice,” said Jennie Butler, 36, Platz’s friend and co-worker, one of 40 people who came for the meal.

Photos by Brandon Panosh

Culinary student Maisam Ghannam takes orders in the AnheuserBusch Dining Room.

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“The service was great,” she added. One of the five servers at Simply Mary’s was culinary student Maisam Ghannam, 21, a baking and pastry major. She felt more confident by the end of the meal. “I think I did pretty good,” she said. Proceeds from the meals are recycled back into the program, purchas-

ing food and other supplies. The culinary students will serve lunches on March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26 and dinners on March 28, April 11, April 18 and April 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Forest Park cashier’s office. Seating is limited to 40 people. For more information, email Hertel at

Culinary student Meagen Hudson sautees spinach on the commercial gas stove.

Culinary instructor Walter Clark Griffin shows students how to keep track of orders in the kitchen.

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April 1, 2013

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