Blues Set to Host Panthers at Scottrade Center

ST. LOUIS – After the Buffalo Sabres dealt the Blues their first loss in two weeks, St. Louis will look to get back in the win column as they face off against Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers at Scottrade Center Monday (7pm, NHLN, FS-MW).

The Panthers (27-20-10) are coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Kings on February 18. Florida is currently perfect on their road trip (4-0-0), which will conclude in Monday night’s tilt against the Blues. Florida has 64 points and remain very much in the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting just a point out of the second wild card.

The Blues (31-23-5) are coming off just their second loss since Mike Yeo took over as head coach on February 1. St. Louis is currently 6-2-0 in their past 8 games, and come into Monday holding the third place position in the Central Division. St. Louis trails second place Chicago by 10 points.

Vincent Trocheck leads the Panthers in points (41) and goals (20) this season, and has at least a point in 5 straight games.

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored the opening goal against Buffalo on February 18, has 28 goals and assists this season for the Blues (56 points), and has 4 points (3 G, 1 A) in the last 5 games overall.

Game Notes:

This will be the first of two meetings between the Blues and Panthers this season (April 6).

Both teams have been good on the penalty kill so far in 2016-2017. The Panthers are ranked third in the NHL (85.0%), with the Blues just behind them, ranked fourth (84.6%).

Blues Set to Host Panthers at Scottrade Center

Cardinals Hoping for Impact From Kolten Wong in 2017

ST. LOUIS – It was a disappointing year for Kolten Wong last season in St. Louis, especially on offense. The organization knows it, and Wong knows it.

In 121 games played, Wong’s .240 BA, 7 SB, 23 RBI and 75 H were all the lowest totals since he broke into the league in 2013. His 313 official AB were down from 557 in 2015, and Wong was forced to spend time in Memphis for much of 2016, re-gathering his swing and suring up much of the inconsistency in his play. He never did find the traction he was looking for.

The Cardinals missed the postseason in 2016 for the first time since 2010 in part because of their defensive woes, and it was no surprise that the organization entered the offseason last October, and now spring training, with a clear focus on athleticism and defensive depth. Kolten Wong figures to add into that equation in a large capacity this year as an everyday staple in the lineup at second base. He committed 8 errors last season at the position.

Even with less at bats, Wong had a .327 OBP a season ago in St. Louis, his best in 4 years. Along with new addition Dexter Fowler, and returning members such as Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, and Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals expect to improve their on-base numbers this year. Wong will play a role in helping the team achieve that goal.

Now 26 years of age, Wong signed a 5-year contract extension worth $25.5 million last year, with a club option in 2021. There is clear indication that the organization feels Wong is a key factor to the team’s success moving forward. It will be up to Wong to make that happen, and it will start in this year’s campaign.

Cardinals Hoping for Impact From Kolten Wong in 2017

SLU Accessibility A Concern for Present, Future

SLU is one of many colleges in the country dealing with accessibility issues for students with disabilities. With the ongoing construction on campus, many students feel that accessibility should be considered a priority.

ADA regulations, which were enacted in 1990 by the US government, protect against disability discrimination. Colleges like SLU must take all necessary action to assure that students enrolled and living on campus with disabilities have the resources necessary to successfully complete their college obligations. SLU, and many colleges throughout the country, work to help disabled students with everything from getting in and out of the buildings to working in the classroom. SLU has directors of student disabilities who work with the students individually and directly to assure this happens.

Some students have spoken out about existing issues with disability access in particular locations around campus and the inconvenience that such problems have caused.

“I had a friend who lived in the hall next to Fusz, and I couldn’t get into the residence hall because they didn’t have an elevator” student Tim Gruensfelder said. “Right now I’m living in the village, and any of my friends who live on the upper floors of the village can’t get there” Gruensfelder said.

Some locations on SLU’s main campus are accessible, but the locations of accessibility are less than ideal. For example, the Lindell Blvd. side of O’Neil Hall is not accessible by elevator, and a student needing access must do so through a secondary entrance on the back of the building. Some doors are automated, but others are not. The terrain on campus is relatively flat, though some slope does exist on some of the main walkways, and that can be a hassle for disabled students. During the winter months, ice and snow can cause many headaches for students with disabilities having to battle with slick conditions and the risk of injury. SLU grounds workers are responsible for the maintenance and treatment of walkways and buildings during snow and ice to ensure that students can walk the campus safely.

Policies for buildings in SLU’s sports complex, even when vacant seating is available, have also caused inconvenience for friends and family of disabled students.

“I went with people to Chaifetz Arena and they’d only let one person sit with me [in the handicapped spots]. And no one else was sitting in those spots” Gruensfelder said.

SLU is amidst two separate construction projects on its campus. Each of the buildings will be used as student housing.

“I know housing is very excited because it will bring in units that are very accessible and will have accessibility features built in. So it will increase the number of residence hall options for students with disabilities” Student Disability Director Heather Stout said.

Facilities management also feels that they are indeed making a lot of improvements when it comes to accessibility. For them, knowing is half the battle, and when problems are brought to their attention, they work to make sure that they are fixed as quickly as possible given the time and funding available to make those necessary improvements around the campus.

For students with disabilities, it is a much better situation to decide upon a university that offers them the greatest opportunity to succeed given their limitations. Moving forward, disabled students, given ADA guidelines and an improving attitude of importance and awareness for disability access and regulations, feel hopeful that their colleges will comply and provide more attention to fixing any pre-existing access issues.

If students notice, they feel that the university should also take notice of the issues that having a lack of accessibility can cause for the students and for the university.


SLU Accessibility A Concern for Present, Future

Stuckmeyers Farm Market Becoming Family Tradition for Fall Fun in Fenton, Mo.

For residents of the city of St. Louis, fall is a time for enjoying the fall foliage, bonfires on chilly October nights, high school football games, and as is recently often the case, Cardinals baseball. But St. Louis is home to one location in particular which has become a family favorite for multiple generations.

Stuckmeyers Farm Market is located in Fenton, Mo. and is a fourth generation family establishment that has become a fixture for residents in St. Louis who are seeking a kid-friendly setting for pumpkin picking.

The farm features a hayride, a market, live music, and a playground named “Fort Spooky.” Stuckmeyers also features a corn maze, inflatables, and a wooden play fortress with underground tunnels that has kids and adults everywhere crawling back each and every year.

The consumer market portion of the property is home to many homemade goods and products, including fresh vegetables and fruits grown on the 200 acres of land that the Stuckmeyer family owns. Produce includes items such as eggplant, apples, lettuce and tomatoes.

“We are producing a product that we feel like is as fresh and natural as we possibly can and we are giving a good product to our consumers,” Stuckmeyer manager Linda Beckemeier said.

Another value that Stuckmeyers bases its company around is family, in all aspects of the company. Whether it’s the pumpkin patch, the hayrides, or the operation of the facility, Stuckmeyers is a family function.

“We are a very family operated business, we value our families and we feel like we want to be a part of the community and bring everybody together,” manager Linda Beckemeier said. It is this family mentality that has driven the company for generations of time. “We come from a family, and the family has been in the business for so many years. We grew up from both family farms, and we want our children to do the same, and now the grandchildren are getting into it,” Stuckmeyer said. “Most people have a farm background somewhere in their lives and they can relate to that, and they want their families, their children, to do the same.”

Stuckmeyers draws many families back to the property each year during Halloween time, and with the family events that take place and the abundance of pumpkins that are grown, it is easy to see why.

“We enjoy the pumpkin season the best as far as the kids are concerned,” Stuckmeyer said. “They come out and they have such a good time. It’s fun to watch the children and the families, as a family, play and be together and go out in the field and pick a pumpkin together.”

Stuckmeyers is located between Fenton and Arnold at the intersection of highway 21 and highway 141. The address is 249 Schneider Drive, Fenton, Mo. 63026. The property features its Farm Fun Days every weekend in October from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.


Stuckmeyers Event Story Photo

FENTON—Owner Jean Stuckmeyer (right) aids customer Bryna Dudley (left) with the purchase of her new pumpkins. Quality assurance is high priority at Stuckmeyers, whether it’s the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch or the service at the register. (SLU/Zack Wilson)







Stuckmeyers Farm Market Becoming Family Tradition for Fall Fun in Fenton, Mo.

Writing For Broadcast: Tips to Consider!

Journalism is an art, and broadcast writing is one of its many forms. But writing a script for television is much different than writing one for an online article or even a newspaper. So when putting a broadcast script together for your audience, you must keep these top 5 tips in mind…

  1. Short? Simple? Sweet! Being creative and being interesting are great, but you have to keep things as to the point and as concise as you possibly can in a broadcast (time isn’t on your side). Grab the audience with a lead-in, and then hit them with the scoop. Sentences go straight to the idea, so if it’s not necessary, it’s not needed!
  2. It’s a Conversation! Again this writing is heard and not read. Your writing needs to engage your audience on a speech-oriented level. TV writing shouldn’t have focus on the writing, but rather on the way that the writing will sound and be understood by an audience.
  3. Subject, Verb, Object! Let’s face it…on-air speech is much clearer and to the point when it is said in an active manner!
  4. One Sentence, One Idea! The last thing you want is for the audience to struggle to understand your story because you are overloading them with way too much at once. Television again is simple, one idea, one short, concise sentence.
  5. Attention-getter! The way to lead your audience in during a broadcast is to hit them with a sentence which prepares them for what you are about to say and sets a framework for the remainder of your story. Think of it like a headline!

If these tips are followed, it greatly improves the quality of the broadcast!

Writing For Broadcast: Tips to Consider!