How much does a polar bear weigh?

Enough to break the ice.

Shannon Anderson

The clock reads 2:01 p.m. The day has finally come; Media Now STL is officially underway, and Kate Manfull’s contagious and unrelenting enthusiasm fills the Maryville auditorium.

With so much to learn and only four days to learn it, wasting time in awkward silence is not an option for the motivated students and instructors as they file into classrooms in Reid Hall. Classes participate in ice breakers to feel more comfortable with their peers and instructors, with activities ranging from leaning towers of pasta to forced hugs.

In Yearbook, students passed Jolly Ranchers with spoons held in their mouths.

Future architects, the Social Media students created towers using dry spaghetti noodles in an attempt to support a marshmallow.


With temperatures in the 90s, and classrooms brimming with smiling faces, it is safe to say the ice is broken.