Sunday, August 14, 2022

Webster alumna turns passion into a career

Although Balloni has doubts about her change in career, she ultimately thinks it was worth it.

Black history is deeply rooted in formation of Meacham Park in Kirkwood

Meacham Park is a historically black community, but most of the current residents don't know much about the area's past, according to Darren K. Smotherson.

Daughter of Webster University’s first black student shares mother’s story

Webster's first African-American graduate underwent struggles with the Catholic community as well as national segregation issues.

Opinions on tattoos differ by religion

Though religions take various stances on tattoos, Webster students sometimes do not take their beliefs into account.

The heroic life and traumatic death of Tom Palozola

Tom was thought of as the strong one. The one who was the rock for everyone around him. Tom Palozola committed suicide after a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. This is his story.

Civilians should not romanticize war

From the Opinions Section: It is not easy being a veteran in civilian life. Tom's death is proof of that. Rest in Peace, Tom.

Service dogs assist veterans through mental illness

Tom Palozola relied on his dog Basilone, who helped him cope with anxiety and stress. Organizations like Missouri Patriot Paws match veterans with service dogs specifically trained to help them combat PTSD and emotional trauma.

Higher education welcomes tattoos in the workplace

Webster's professors weigh in on how surprised they were that their tattoos were welcomed at the university.

Kirkwood and Meacham Park residents still feel separate 10 years after shooting

Meacham Park residents remember Kirkwood shooter as a friendly neighbor. They are also aware of some of the social issues that may have led to his actions.

Tom Palozola: The new voice of veterans at Webster

A combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has big plans to benefit veterans at Webster University.

Behind the Ink: Becoming the artist

What does it take to be a tattoo artist? Three local artist weigh in on their day to day process.

Veterans matter more than the NFL

From the Opinions Section: Ranting on social media is not going to solve the homeless veterans problem in America.

Immigrants face hardships at US-Mexico border wall

Isabella said she fears leaving her house and being caught by Border Patrol.

Palozola’s legacy continues with the Zola Initiative

Tom Palozola had a passion for helping veterans in their fight against PTSD. In the wake of his death, the Zola Initiative was launched to honor his legacy and passion.

How grief has made me a better counselor

From the Opinions Section: After Tom's loss, I almost gave up counseling.

‘Life moves forward’ for family of officer slain in Kirkwood shooting

Kirkwood police officer Tom Ballman made the ultimate sacrifice for his community on Feb. 7, 2008.

Mother’s immigration saves son’s eyes

Christina Ferris only had one thing in mind when coming to the United States: to better her son’s eyesight.