Billiken World Festival Features Food and Entertainment

Going to the Billiken World Festival with your passport in hand, the possibilities are endless. With this passport it can be used as a pass to try the different foods that the festival has to offer. Ending Atlas Week, the 14th annual event had food, entertainment, student and academic organizations booths.  The festival was held at the Global Citizenship Building and it started from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.


ST. LOUIS—SLU international students served as flag bearers in the Parade of Nations. (SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)

The festival kicked off with the Parade of Nations, which took place at The Quad, countries that were represented in the parade:


ST. LOUIS—The Parade of Nation heading to the Global Citizenship Building (SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)

  • Bosnia, Herzegovina, Poland, Belize, Peru, Nigeria.
  • Ukraine, China, Lebanon, South Africa, Cuba.
  • Pakistan, Chile, India/Oman, Taiwan, Vietnam.
  • Albania, Belgium, Uganda, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Bangladesh.


There were food booths representing different cultures from Latin America to Italy, many of the attendees had the opportunity to taste different types food.

Food Booths at the festival:

  • Caribbean and Latin American Student Association (CALSA)
  • Taiwanese Student Association (TSA)
  • Black Student Alliance (BSA)
  • Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO)
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
  • Filipino Student Association (FSA)
  • Italian Club

ST. LOUIS— Dr. Michelle Lorenzini has been coordinator for the past 13 years. The one thing she looks forward to the festival is trying out the different foods. (SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)

A couple of student organizations showcase their skills at the festival. Some of the performances were SLUsera (Salsa dancing), the Tai Chi Club, and the SLU Karate club.

Interested in salsa dancing? SLUsera started last semester, Tina Nguyen and Briana Harrison started the group along with Harrison’s twin sister, Tiara and friend Armando Gutierrez.


ST. LOUIS— SLUsera has performed twice this semester during ATLAS week at HALO’s first annual Spring Gala and during the World Festival.(SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)


“We are closely tied with the St. Louis Salsa Community and have danced for quite some time, and eventually we decided to bring our dedicated personal hobby as a part of our campus lives. Our friends, Interfaith Alliance, and the Hispanic Leadership Organization have shown the utmost support for our passion of salsa dancing and have decided to help out with participating in routines and attending events across campus,” Said Nguyen.

 The SLU Karate Club is the oldest martial arts at SLU, which started in 1991 by Matt Warshauer.The club is instructed by Master Chris Beardsley and Master Jamie Mize, they are fourth degree black belts.  “We do a lot of strength and conditioning, cardio, and push ups. It teaches respect and perseverance. It’s very empowering,” said Sarah Mallick who has been in the club since freshman year.


ST. LOUIS—Mallick ( on the right) has been in the club since freshman year. (SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)

Mallick and the rest of the club performed a demo of their moves and showcase the board breaking skills as well. The SLU Karate Club meets Mondays and Thursday at the Simon Rec Center Multipurpose Room, they also have a Facebook page where they post pictures and future events.


ST. LOUIS—Tai Chi promotes relaxation and the goal is to improve flexibility balance. It is also to understand practical applications for self-defense. (SLU/Delores McKenzie-Bush)

The SLU Tai Chi club, started back in 2011 and is instructed by Mr. Nam Nguyen. The club practices Fu Style, a hybrid system that incorporates elements of the Sun and Yang styles. The SLU Tai Chi Society meets every Tuesdays on the 2nd Floor Smart Classroom Simon Reaction Center.

Lorenzini’s intern Megha Ananth, had nothing but good things to say about the event. ” I thought that despite the weather the festival was wonderful and students really enjoyed the festivities, food, and performance, which is the most important thing,” said Ananth.


Finding Inspiration When Creating a Website

Be creative. There is a couple of ways to get creative when you are building your brand and putting out a digital portfolio. He first thing you have to figure what kind of content you want to put out there that will grab the attention of the company that you would like to work for. The next thing is to come up with web designs and ideas on how you would want your website to look like.

Digital Portfolio

Take Lam Thuy Vo, a multimedia reporter that has a creative digital portfolio. Getting an idea of what she is all about on her home page it consists of frame shots of her taking a taking a picture using her camera, her holding a keyboard, and holding a notepad covering half of her face.

The design of the website is very simple, clean and not a lot of colors used. Its just black, white and gray. The Digital Portfolio consist of eight pages and it is easy to follow

  • About Page: readers get a taste of where Vo has worked and how she got into multiplatform journalism. There is a list of her expertise and a picture of herself on an 100 hundred dollar bill, which represents that she covered the economy.
  • Video: The page is broken into her feature stories, news stories, motion graphic and miscellaneous videos.
  • Photos: The photos broken into enterprise, news, culture, street, and commission. The photos are colorful and it is wide range of different photos of varies subjects.
  • Graphics: Consist of different types of infographics that relates to the economy.
  • Writing: Her writing samples are broken down into the company’s that she worked for like Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. There is links or PDF files for each story.
  • Resume: The resume page is not really creative, it a straight forward resume with the list of Vo’s expertise/
  • Resources: Is a tutorial and cheat sheet page. Infographics that can be a resources and helpful for anyone that is aspiring multiplatform journalist.

Nontraditional Website

One of the nontraditional news website has to be “The Soup” website that provides news about celebrities and the weird things that they do, it is “News that you can’t use”, meaning that these weird stories you would not use at all in a news program like “60 minutes” or “NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams”.

The website is easy to follow and is straightforward. The design of the website tries to grab the attention of the reader and their audience, it is very colorful.

Content that peaks Interest

Bleacher Report website peaks my interest because it is a website that is all about sport- related news. Navigating the website is simple and its homepage has  images and stories that are popular or breaking news.

It consist of 10 different pages of content about varies sports (MLB, NBA, NHL, Masters, etc.) It features “The Lineup” list of the top 10 viewed stories, which sometimes feature human interest stories.

The website and the design of the website is simply, but very colorful. Many of the stories may grab the attention of the audience. The color scheme is simple (orange and gray), but the design of the website is easy for the audience to find information and it’s easy for someone who is looking at the website for the first time.


Pat McGonigle Credits His Mentor For His Success

In journalism its about the play on words, learning about the Inverted pyramid, and coming up with catchy headlines, all of these skills that Pat McGonigle learned at Saint Louis University.  McGonigle graduated in 1994, still uses these skills every day as the morning anchor for KSDK in St. Louis. It also helped him land his first job at WHGH, the NBC affiliate in Boston.

In order to get the job in Boston, there was a writing test and they handed out AP wire copy. McGonigle had to write a 20-second TV script about the new Coca Cola campaign, where they were going to remove the ribbon from the can. “The lead-in that I wrote was a big ribbon ceremony for Coca Cola today, but not the one you may be thinking of,” McGonigle said.

McGonigle gives credit to his SLU mentor, Dr. Avis Meyer who McGonigle says taught him everything he knows about writing headlines and having fun with words and the knowledge that he learned from Meyer is the reason McGonigle got his first job.

McGonigle, a communication major  was in several classes that Meyer taught. One of Dr. Meyer’s fondest memories of McGonigle is when he learned that McGonigle was coming back to Saint Louis to work at KSDK. “ He called me to tell me that he got the job. I told him that I was really honored that he called me.  He said, ‘You know who I’m calling next?,’ I said ‘who?’ He said, ‘My parents,’ I think he gives me too much credit, but I love to brag on him,” Dr. Meyer said.

Top Five Ways Not To Violate Intellectual Property Laws

The first thing you might ask is “What is intellectual property?” Intellectual property is ownership of any idea or creation. Getting ready to create your own work, here are couples of things you need to know on ways of not violate intellectual property laws:

1) Copyright: protects the owner of their original work. The original work pay include: screenplays, movies, YouTube videos, or blog post. The owner has the right to perform or distribute their work.

  • Come up with your own ideas, not matter what taking someone else’s idea or creation and calling it your own is against the law.

 2) Trademark: The trademark law protects the use of phrases or symbols created by a person or company. The owner of that trademark has the legal right to protect their work from being using by others. Examples of trademark The ESPN logo and the phrase “Greatness Awaits” from Sony, the PlayStation 4 slogan.

  • The slightest resemblance of a logo can violate intellectual property laws.

3) Trade Secrets: Trade secret is any secret information about a certain company given to another company or rival company. Examples of items that you should consider protect by trade secret laws: Marketing plans and financial information.

  • If the information is obtain illegal (theft or hacking) the owner is protected by trade secret law from having that information release.

 4)  Patent: This law provides ownership of any creation or methods. This law is in effect twenty years from the time an application was filed. Examples of Patents: Blueprints and Computer software.

  • You do not want to create a blueprint/computer software from someone else ideas.

5)  Industrial Designs: It is the creation of shape, two or three dimensional. It is granted to the creator to be rewarded by their time an effort of creating the product. Granted this title the owner has the right to sell or import the design. Examples of Industrial Designs: Mini Cooper iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

  • Remember that any violation could result in appears in court or mostly likely being sued.

This should give you a better understand of the different types of intellectual property laws and provide information that will help you not violate this laws.

Entering The World of Online Writing Here Are Some Tips

If you are deciding to become an online journalist, it is always important to get as much information about online writing as possible. In print, there are a lot long paragraphs and you might lose the reader, but when you are dealing with online writing it is very different. Here are a couple of tips you can use wen starting to write online:

  • Grammar is important! Always make sure you proof read your articles, before publishing them online. Several grammatical mistakes your articles will deter readers from reading your articles.
  • Keep your paragraphs short and to the point, you don’t want to bore your readers with long paragraphs.
  • You have to ask yourself these questions:  What is your brand? Why should people read your articles?
  • Think about your audience: Reframe from using slang terms. Your audience might not understand some of the terms you use. So it is important that you keep them in mind when writing.
  • Start writing and continue to write.  There is always room for improvement, the more your write the better writer you become.

Networking With Professionals: Tips and Words of Encouragement

It is always good to network with others people in whatever field you are interested in. The Communication department held a networking event for communications majors. Some of the guest speakers were SLU alumni. Speaker’s areas of expertise range from Public relations, Journalism, TV production, Marketing, and Marketing Research just to name a few.

The main theme of the event was “building your brand”. It doesn’t matter what field you are interesting get your work out there and start putting your name out there so people can take notice. Getting to that extra push you would need in getting your dream job. Jim Mayfield, Executive Creative Director, Schupp Company had some good tips when working on your portfolio. “It is about the three C’s. Consume, create, and connect,” Mayfield said. His philosophy is to consume as much information as you possible can about your interest, not just your field, but other things as well. Continue creating new work and always update your portfolio. Stay connected use Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in. Linked in is another website where you can stay connecting with professionals in whatever field you are interested in. Other tips that may be helpful to the audience:

  • “Just Do”. Think about it, talk about it, and act. Put the campaign in motion
  • Whatever idea you have, just do it. For example, starting a blog and produce videos.
  • Pay attention in class, because whatever you learn in class you can apply to the real world.
  • Work hard to perfect your craft.
  • Be open and never assume. Always be able to adapt in any situation.

Rachel Moylan says, “I hate networking, but I know this is a great opportunity to pick other’s brain about your field”. Walking away from this event could give the audience a little more motivation to start putting their work out there and not just talking about it. Go out there and do it.