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Boxing champion among others added to Alumni Hall of Fame

Jump into fall with these orchards and pumpkin patches

Women’s soccer wins shutout game vs Morehead State




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Musical performances and a drag show on the adult stage, a dance party and amateur drag show on the teen pride stage and a kid’s zone brought fun for all ages at Metro East Pride Fest in Belleville, Illinois. D.L. Salisbury, Pride Fest chairperson, said they didn’t have Metro East Pride last summer due to COVID-19, but decided to have it in October rather than waiting a year until next June. “The desire for folks to be out and about and to show their pride is pretty great and the demand is pretty great, so we went ahead and went with October rather than our normal June,” Salisbury said. Salisbury said Pride is more than just a party and community outreach is also an important part. “We give back to the community every year through scholarships we give out to high school seniors every year, scholarships for college, and we raise funds for that through drag brunches and all different kinds of events. We have sponsors, locally owned businesses that sponsor those and help us,” Salisbury said. “We gave out Chromebooks to [Illinois Department of Children and Family Services] children’s homes that have a halfway house for them to be at so they’re able to look for jobs.” Alex Dougherty from Liberty, Missouri, said Pride is important because it provides a place for the LGBTQ+ community to get together and be included and validated.

“I haven’t been to a Pride in a long time and I missed the community and inclusivity of it, and I haven’t gotten to go out in a long time, so I thought it’d be really fun,” Dougherty said. Mal Hudson from St. Louis said Pride is a place to be free. “You don’t have to worry about boundaries,” Hudson said. “You don’t have to worry about being judged because there’s a street full of people that are just like you.” Gary Goldberg from O’Fallon, Illinois, said he attended Pride because it’s important to him to support the vendors and the festival. He said he was very involved with Pride St. Louis, so he wanted to give the festival patronage and publicity by posting on Facebook. “I’m happy to see as many people here. I was worried the rain was going to be a deterrent, but that shows good Pride love,” Goldberg said. A’kok Wallace from Fairview Heights, Illinois said Pride makes people feel safe and supported. “It’s just a really fun event where a lot of people are here who are like me and so I get to come out and see a bunch of other people,” Wallace said. “It’s also Pride, I’m gay, so what else do you expect?” David Shanks, a representative of five United Churches of Christ that are publicly committed to being open and affirming churches, said his church has been attending Pride for the last 10 years. “I think the important thing is … that people are assured there is agreement within this congregation that, ‘We’re going to be welcomed, we’ll be safe, that

Queen of Pride Roxie M. Valentine and Mona Chase talk to the audience during the Metro East Pride Fest drag show. | Jihun Han / The Alestle

we’ll be a part of this church,’ not just, ‘We’ll tolerate you,’” Shanks said. “We’re not about toleration. We’re about love and incorporating people.” Jen Mauk, a chapter leader of TransParent, said their organization came to Pride to be available to parents of transgender or gender expansive children who may be struggling. “Our main purpose is to help parents understand what their transgender kids or gender expansive children are facing or going through … because if you can support children, then they have better outcomes,” Mauk said. Sidney Spires from Belleville, Illinois,

said her family has been coming to Pride every year since her little sister came out to them to show their support. “I’m only 23, but I went to school where not so many people were comfortable coming out, and I feel like this has just made our town so much more open to being who they are and feeling more loved and supported,” Spires said. “Last year we were here we did the free mom hugs, and so many people were just crying, like, ‘Thank you so much for supporting.’” To learn more about Metro East Pride’s history and community outreach, as well as resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community, visit

Women’s March gathers at Edwardsville Courthouse NICOLE BOYD social media manager

Despite rain, a small group met at the Edwardsville Courthouse and marched through downtown Edwardsville in solidarity with Women’s Marches around the country on Oct. 2 in response to recent abortion restrictions in Texas. Emily Gaither, organizer of the march, said she thought Edwardsville already had a march planned. When she realized there was no march planned, she registered the march herself online through the national Women’s March. “It didn’t appear that anyone else was really going to do much, and it’s something that’s really important to me, so that’s what prompted me starting it and organizing it and everything,” Gaither said. Gaither said she wanted to see a bunch of women, and even men, show solidarity for women’s rights. She said that alongside

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marches being held all over the country, she hopes they can get the government to realize they’re overstepping their boundaries when they try to control what women do with their bodies. “It’s obviously mostly geared toward women and abortions, and with that being said, I am personally pro-choice. I could never do an abortion myself, I have four beautiful kids, but I don’t think anybody has the right to tell a woman what she can and cannot do,” Gaither said. “The ultimate goal is to hopefully stop the government from overreaching.” Gaither said she wants women to be able to make their own decisions. “The goal is that maybe not for my generation, but because I do have three daughters, that they won’t have to hopefully fight as hard as my generation and generations older than me have had to fight for our rights,” Gaither said. Sue Pate, an SIUE alumna


from St. Louis said she attended the march because she believes she has the right to make the choice about what happens to her body, except in cases of contagious diseases. “I just want to express my feelings and I don’t want to see a [Handmaid]’s Tale. When I first started at SIU, lo these many decades ago, I couldn’t even get a credit card, a bank account on my own, because women couldn’t,” Pate said. “So we’ve come a long way and I don’t want to lose any of that forward progress.” Gaither’s daughter Annie, a student at Liberty Middle School, said she wants all people to be treated equally, including their bodies. “We’re here to show the government that women’s rights are human rights, and that they should not make decisions for us,” Annie said. Gerry O’Brien, a professor in the department of social work at SIUE, said he attended the march because he believes it’s important


Protesters marched through downtown Edwardsville and gathered on the steps of the Madison County Courthouse in response to recent abortion restrictions in Texas. | Nicole Boyd / The Alestle

to fight for social justice, and that reproductive rights are the major social justice issue currently. “The pro-life movement used to be much more social justice oriented,” O’Brien said. “But now it’s just about pro-life and I think that a lot of the social justice oriented pro-lifers have left the movement because it’s become so nasty and I think those who are left, many of them are

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just being used by conservatives for political purposes.” Gaither’s husband John said he attended the march because he wanted to support his wife and the cause. He said he hoped to raise awareness, and wished the march could do more to create change. “I’m very proud of my wife. I will support her every time she does this,” John Gaither said. See you on the Internet!




New confirmed positive cases (from tests conducted by SIUE and self-reporting):

Sept. 24 - Sept. 30: 3 students, 6 faculty/staff

Sept. 17 - Sept. 23: 26 students, 3 faculty/staff

14-day new positive tests: 29 students, 9 faculty/staff All prior weeks positive tests (Aug. 6 - Sept. 16): 121 students, 15 faculty/staff Total positive cases: 150 students, 24 faculty/staff

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Madison County confirmed cases by day

225 200 175 150 125 100 75 50 25 0 SEPT - OCT










Source: Madison County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard under the Cases by Day tab as of Oct .6

Percentage of isolation/quarantine space available on campus (as of October 6): 100 percent Source: Health, Reporting, and Testing page on SIUE’s COVID-19 website, as of October 6

Tests conducted by SIUE Sept. 24 - Sept. 30: 1,947

COVID-19’S impact on Madison County

14-day new tests conducted: 4,012

All of Illinois’ regions remain under Phase 5, which went into

Sept. 17 - Sept. 23: 2,065

All prior weeks tests conducted (Aug. 6 - Sept. 16): 8,642

effect June 11. All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place:

Total tests conducted: 12,654

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Positive cases identified by SIUE testing: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30: 4

Sept. 17 - Sept. 23: 14

14-day new positive cases: 18

All prior weeks positive cases (Aug. 6 - Sept. 16): 100 Total: 118

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Large gatherings of all sizes can resume. All sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures. Conventions, festivals and large events can take place. On June 30, Illinois returned to mandated masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Source:

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Psychologist brings discussion of Adlerian Psychology and belongingness to SIUE BRANDON WELLS sports editor


Marina Bluvshtein, the Director of the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship at Adler University, presented Adlerian Psychology and the psychology of belongingness to SIUE, marking the second time Adlerian Psychology has been discussed on campus since 1968 when Rudolf Dreikurs presented it. During the lecture, Bluvshtein talked about the importance of belonging, the origins of the ideas of Alfred Adler and Dreikurs as well as how Adlerian Psychology differs from other branches of psychology. Adlerian Psychology, named after Alfred Adler, focuses on psychotherapy and the effort people make to make up for inferiority they find and see in themselves, which to Bluvshtein represents a lack of belongingness. In comparison to the other branches of behavioral psychology, Bluvshtein said Adlerian Psychology differs in how it looks at values. “Adlerian Psychology is values first, and it’s first and it’s last and it’s everything in between. We don’t do it without values,” Bluvshtein said. In describing belongingness, Bluvshtein said that belongingness should not be looked at through conventional means or through the literal definition of the word, but as something more. “The true Belongingness is a feeling of oneness with the one who is the least like you, who is the least familiar to you, who is the least comfortable perhaps to sit next to you,” Bluvshtein said. “The ultimate belongingness is not just indivisibility between you and the [person] next to you, between you and your family or you and you city, your town, class or university, but ultimate belongingness — it is indivisibility between you and humanity,” Bluvshtein said. Bluvshtein said a lack of belongingness is present in mental illness, personality disorders and social issues, including depression. “Impaired sense of belongingness is visible on many levels depending on the type or severity of depression. You might see a person’s elevated degree of entitlement, leading to control, subordination [or] punishment of other,” Bluvshtein said. “In psychotic illnesses, we see a lack

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Marina Bluvshtein, director of the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship at Adler University, presented Adlerian psychology, and specifically the psychology of belongingness to SIUE. | Damian Morris / The Alestle

of belongingness in hostility and isolation, an extreme feeling of inferiority, coupled with childhood indulgence and trained exclusivity.” Being a first generation immigrant and coming to the U.S. as a refugee, Bluvshtein said belongingness has a personal meaning for her as well. “I was not born into this culture [and] I was not born into this country, so it was not a birthright. So ... I think it was me looking for a way to belong in a socially useful way,” Bluvshtein said. Grant Andree, director of Arts and Issues, was one of the people who organized the lecture and said one of his biggest takeaways was Bluvshtein’s comments about support groups. “I like the point she made where [she said] ‘Don’t just find a support group, make a support group. Don’t just find somebody to get help, help somebody,’ where you’re taking action,” Andree said. For being the first in-person event like a lecture since the start of the pandemic, Grant said the seats filled up almost completely and he was happy with the turnout. Senior psychology major Thomas Goodbrake of St. Louis, Illinois, said the introductory story about courage and find-

ing light to keep going was one thing that will stick with him from Bluvshtein’s lecture because of his own experience with courage to come back to college after nearly a decade break. “I have decided to take a step into the waters of academia away from a very successful career monetarily, but not spiritually or personally, so I can definitely identify with her first opening story and that’s one of the key elements of wonderful public speakers,” Goodbrake said. Goodbrake said he hopes that everyone else during the lecture took away the same messages and inspiration as he did. “This is exactly what I needed — this is exactly what we all needed and I believe tonight anyone who had the pleasure of getting one of the 122 available seats — I hope they take away first and foremost a greater sense of belongingness and the understanding the courage that it takes to turn the noun into the verb, to go out and step into the darkness and that light is something I hope sticks with everybody who heard these words tonight,” Goodbrake said. Bluvshtein will be on campus until this Friday and will be speaking in various classes throughout the week as well as being a part of a NASAP tap talk on theoretical orientation tonight at 7 p.m.

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10.04.21 Officer responded to the parking lot regarding a vehicle having a fake hangtag displayed in it. Investigation continues. Officer responded to a welfare check from a panic alarm from a cell phone. Officer made contact with the subject and the subject did not need police assistance and advised it was an accident. Officer responded to a report of a female subject being approached by a male subject and asking her an inappropriate question.

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Alumni Association inducts nine new members into Alumni Hall of Fame DANA MCLENAN copy editor DAMIAN MORRIS managing editor Editor’s Note: The Alestle was unable to get in touch with Kim Gidley, Michael Marchal and Sherri Wu at the time of this publication.

Dr. Terry Barnfield He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in biological science and again with a Dental degree in 1986 through the School of Dental Medicine. He has held a private dental practice in Salem, Ill. since his graduation. | Photo courtesy Barnfield said the one of University thing he wasn’t preMarketing and pared for when enCommunications tering into his career was the impact someone could have on a patient. “When you’re in school, you’re concerned about meeting requirements so you can graduate and you’re concerned about finding out what’s going to be on the national boards so you can pass and get a license. You kind of have tunnel vision, but then when you get out in the real world and you do some things for folks, whether it’s helping them get a smile back or helping them improve their function or get them out of pain — the first time that someone really got emotional over that, it surprised [me],” Barnfield said. Barnfield said these are the moments he falls back on whenever he’s having a bad day and the comments from his patients stick with him. “I know one time I had just extracted a tooth on a lady and my daughter, who was probably 14 at the time, was walking through the office right at the time [the lady] had said ‘You rock,’ to me,” Barnfield said. “It’s just something small like that, but those things make your day and I said, ‘Just a second.’ I called my daughter back. I said, ‘Tell her what you just told me’ … I wasn’t really prepared for the gratification you get from helping someone like that.”

Bill Land Land is in his 19th season as playby-play announcer for the San Antonio Spurs. He has worked in both radio and television. He said he always knew he wanted to do something with sports announcing and he | Photo courtesy left college with that of University goal in mind. He said Marketing and he started at the top Communications when applying for positions, but that working in smaller markets allowed him to be more well-rounded. “I think people should have lofty goals and shoot for the stars and look at it as ‘I want to start high up the food chain as I possibly can.,’” Land said.

Land said he found speech classes an important aspect of preparing for the workforce. He said learning to get in front of people to speak and to be comfortable with expressing yourself will benefit whatever career path is chosen. However, he said he found internships the most valuable aspect. Land graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications. “[I] would encourage people to intern in as many different operations as they can, whether they’re getting paid, a credit or not, because, again, that pushes you into the real world and [to] find out what the position is like. You make the network contacts, you never know where those will pay off,” Land said.

Kelly Malson Malson retired before the age of 50 twice, once in 2014 from the World Acceptance Corporation, where she served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, and the other in 2019 after holding | Photo courtesy the position of chief of University financial officer of Marketing and Nicholas Financial Communications Inc. She learned that volunteering during her time at SIUE paid off later. “I was glad that I had done a lot of volunteering and just worked with other groups that weren’t necessarily business related,” Malson said. “It just kind of helps to give you a different perspective of what’s going on. When you’re in college, having a lot of volunteer work, or any kind of community work on your resume shows that you kind of see the big picture, and I think it helps you get your first job.” Malson said students should network through job fairs, clubs or other ways and it is important to show that they are well-rounded. “Use the network that you’ve created [and] put out as many resumes as you possibly can. Make sure that your resume shows that you’ve done well in school but you’ve done some volunteer work, you’ve been involved,” Malson said. Malson graduated in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the School of Business.

Jessica McCaskill A professional boxer, McCaskill is the undisputed welterweight champion of the world in women’s boxing according to the World Boxing Association. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communi| Photo courtesy cations in 2006 and of University was working for an Marketing and advertising agency Communications when she first took up boxing. Something she learned at SIUE was to be prepared for anything and always. “You don’t want to be that person

that’s not prepared or the person that drops the ball and I think the more you think ahead about the decisions that you make and the more you prepare, you know your day, or your choices,” McCaskill said. “I feel like you’re going to come out on top no matter what happens.” McCaskill said that minoring in theater helped her to learn to be more well-rounded and understand team work. “Being able to put yourself in a position to say, ‘Hey, let me know what I can do to help because I can do anything.,” McCaskill said. “It was a … self taught moment in school … you just dive in, because everybody’s helping. I think that was really good to see everybody doing something and everybody pitching in and really making an effort.”

Christina Moore Moore currently works in Nairobi, Kenya as a Public Health Institute/ CDC Global Strategic Information fellow at the Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/ AIDS and TB, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and | Photo courtesy Prevention Country of University Office in Nairobi, Marketing and Kenya. Communications She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Nursing through SIUE’s accelerated nursing degree. She has also received a Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in health and society with a Spanish minor at Beloit College. Moore said her biggest advice for students is to keep an open mind with their career and not be afraid to take opportunities when they arise. “When I started in my first nursing job, I wasn’t really looking to [become] a neuro nurse, neuro or surgical, which is a challenging specialty and it wasn’t exactly where I could be to even start my career in, but I kind of had a good relationship with the manager and my colleagues on the floor,” Moore said. “So, even though it’s not where I thought I would end up starting my career, I just took a chance on that unit and that job and it ended up working out really well.”

Cody Sandusky Sandusky is currently the president of the Illinois Pharmacists Association and director of pharmacy at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, Illinois and graduated in 2012 with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He said | Photo courtesy the biggest thing he’s of University picked up since enterMarketing and ing his field is that it’s Communications a continual learning process. “In pharmacy school they give us the roadmap and the building blocks for our

careers, but it’s up to us to continue on with that and it’s a never-ending process to keep learning and improving ourselves professionally and clinically and developmentally,” Sandusky said. Sandusky also said it’s important for students entering into the workforce to remember to keep their patients at the forefront. “That’s something that, especially the last few months, has been frustrating at work just with everything going on,’’ Sandusky said. “That’s something I’ve had to remind myself daily, is that’s the reason we do what we do. It’s the reason for those nights without sleep and the headaches and the stress, it’s because we’re here to help people and we have a purpose and that’s our purpose in life is to make people better … always remember that,” Sandusky said.

Kim Gidley Gidley is currently the most wins all-time coach in women’s tennis history at the U.S. Airforce Academy with 321 career wins and is currently in her 24th season as head coach for their team. In 2008, Kim was also inducted into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame. Gidley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1989.

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Michael Marchal Marchal has held the position of president of Holland Construction Services since 2011. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in construction and started as a project manager at Holland | Photo courtesy Construction in of University 1997. He now has 27 Marketing and years of experience Communications in the construction industry. He has also been involved with many professional organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America Board of Directors.

Sherri Wu Wu currently works for VoyageOne Group managing strategies, key accounts and revenue. Prior to her position at VoyageOne, she served as chief strategy officer and head of international business development of Alitrip at Alibaba Group. She graduated in 1997 with an Master of Science in accountancy and again in Master of Science in

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With fall weather finally coming in and scary movies on television, you may be looking for fall time recreation for out-of-town friends, a perfect autumnal date place for that special someone or just something to do with family on the weekend. The Alestle thought there would be no better way to get into the season than to review local orchards and farms. Ratings Graphics by Kirsten O’Loughlin

Rinkel Pumpkin Farm is a hidden fall delight NICOLE BOYD social media manager When we arrived at Rinkel Pumpkin Farm, located off a back road in Glen Carbon, Illinois, I was instantly pleased by the rustic entryway, which was decorated with pumpkins and scarecrows. Once inside, I was quickly drawn to several pens of goats to feed, including a pen of tiny, fluffy baby goats, which were the highlight of the day for me. I was pleased to see that the goats had plenty of room to roam about, and they were eager to interact with visitors. There were also a few cows, but they smelled horrendous, so I didn’t spend much time with them. The corn maze was surprisingly expansive, and just the right amount of a challenge. I appreciated the signs with corn-themed puns along the way. Rinkel also had a few flower fields, which I had never seen in a pumpkin patch before. Most of the sunflowers were dead, but there was a colorful patch of zinnias that would make a great photo op. There were two options for picking

pumpkins — actually picking them from the field, or selecting a pumpkin from a section with a set price. I opted for a prepicked pumpkin because there were so many options. There were mini pumpkins, including white, green, black and striped varieties, as well as small gourds, priced at $1 or $2. Larger pumpkins were between $4 and $15, and they offered a great variety of colors, including pale yellow, gold, dark orange and a melon shade. There were also all kinds of misshapen pumpkins, with some that looked like tomatoes. I went with a large yellow pumpkin, a mini smooth, spherical pumpkin and a small pumpkin that’s such a dark green it’s almost black. I also purchased a gallon of cider on the way out for $8, which was a bit pricey but absolutely delicious. If there was one thing I didn’t love, it was the $5 admission fee just to enter the farm. I’ve never had to pay to go to a pumpkin patch before, but that ultimately didn’t deter from the experience too much.

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Relleke Pumpkin Patch offers small scale county fair vibe DANA MCLENNAN copy editor Relleke Farm in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, opened up for the pumpkin season on Sept. 20 and their Fall Celebrations on the weekends returned on Sept. 25. I was lucky enough to attend on a Sunday during the Fall Celebration, a weekend event that changes weekly. When I arrived, it was already busy with families milling about as their kids were running and playing, while others sat at picnic tables provided in the food area. Pumpkins, gourds, and mums were everywhere. Parking is free and entry is free. A large sign advertising ‘good eats’ immediately drew my attention to a tent filled with jars of honey, salsas, jams, jellies, cider and pickles. I purchased bread and butter pickles, honey and a single-serve cider, all for around $15. The pickles were extremely fresh and tasty. The pricing was very fair. After a quick wait, we also had drinks and funnel cake. All tickets were $1, required for each

activity or ride. There are multiple places to stop while walking around and purchase tickets including at the main counter. With all of the rides and activities being on average, three tickets, it can quickly become costly. You pay one ticket for an ice cream cone filled with pellets to feed the goats, pigs, turkeys, sheep, ducks and more. On the other side of these pens were ponies or a camel that children could ride, which was the most expensive activity at six tickets. Pick your own pumpkins are 49 cents a pound. If you don’t want to pick your own pumpkin you can choose from some at the front counter. They also carry pie pumpkins for $3. There are no inside options at Relleke, so they provide Porta Potties and handwashing stations. At the time I was there, they were all clean and filled with sanitizers and soaps. All of the employees of the farm, vendors, carnival attendants and animal handlers that I came in contact with were friendly and helpful.

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Eckert’s is a fun family experience ANDREW CROWDUS reporter

Located about 34 minutes from SIUE’s campus is Eckert’s Family Farm. It is one of many locations that the Eckert’s family runs, but the Belleville location is the main and original location. My roommate and I visited Eckert’s on a cool fall afternoon, and immediately I could tell this was a very family oriented farm from the minute we pulled into the parking lot. What made this more obvious was the big sign in front of the store which said “creating family memories.” There are many good things about the country store portion of the farm. And I think the best part is, is seeing all their signature meats behind their meat counter. Overall, the meat was good quality but overpriced for a family farm.

We took home some of their signature applewurst sausage which they are very well known for. The bakery also offered a wide selection of sweet treats, from all kinds of pies, to brownies, to sugar cookies. I bought an apple fritter and it was outstanding. Although some are not in season right now they offer “pick your own” of the following: peaches, apples, strawberries and pumpkins. It was obvious that all their goods were high quality and they pride themselves on selling family owned products. You will not find many well known products because they are such a family oriented store and business. It was a fun, very cheap late September afternoon experience and it’s definitely something I would do again.

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A quaint atmosphere gives Mill’s Farm fall vibes BRANDON WELLS sports editor Mill’s Apple Farm is a small farm in Marine, Illinois, that provides its namesake of apples, as well as butters, conserves, desserts and more. Upon arriving at Mill’s Apple Farm, we noticed the small produce store at the entrance that sold the different items the farm had to offer. After looking at some of the prices of the items being sold, we decided to buy a half-peck of a mixture of sweet Jonathan apples and tart Golden Delicious apples as well as roasted garlic mustard and homemade plum butter, all coming out to $14. The farm itself was smaller than anticipated, but we thought the size also was able to offer a nice experience and

still provided fun activities such as tractor rides, a small playground for kids, and even a small train. There weren’t many people at the farm itself, but that provided a calming atmosphere that a relatively bigger city like Edwardsville can’t provide. It also didn’t hurt that we got to pet some donkeys. One of the attractions the farm offers is its selection of animals to see and some to pet, including chickens, bunnies, guineas, donkeys and turkeys. Before visiting Mill’s, we had never seen a large turkey up close before, and the aptly named Dwayne was certainly a ‘Rock’ of a turkey. After heading home and trying some of the apples, the honey garlic mustard and plum butter, we can safely say that we will be getting more apples from Mill’s at a later date.

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Liberty Orchard: Not much flair, but good apples there EMILY STERZINGER opinion editor While there’s not much to do at Liberty Apple Orchard, the quality of the apples and their other goods more than make up for a smaller, slower paced experience. There’s not necessarily any “activities” available at the farm, but there are areas to take pictures at the orchard. However, the main draw is the “U-Pick” apple trees, and that experience is plenty of fun on its own. Before going to pick the apples, there’s a stand that provides bags and has a guide on what varieties are available. I recommend taking a picture of the guide; the apples have color coded tags next to them that are on the trees themselves, which

helps in navigating the orchard. Thankfully, the trees are small and fairly low to the ground compared to other orchards, which means an easy picking experience, even if you’re not tall. As for the quality of the apples themselves, they’re delicious. I personally picked the Fuji, Empire, Liberty and Jonathan varieties, all of which worked well either as snacks, for use in baked goods or both. While you’re there, it’s worth picking up some of their other fresh goods, such as apple butter and apple cider. Though they charge by weight for apples, it was only $16 for a bag of about 30 apples, so the prices are fair for a small family-owned farm. Most of the other goods run in a similar price range, a bit more expensive than nationwide grocery brands, but certainly higher quality.

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Gabby Petito’s case highlights racial disparities in missing person coverage THE ALESTLE STAFF editorial board

Coverage of missing persons cases between white people and people of color is nowhere near equal. This has been a problem for a while, but now it becomes glaringly more obvious as big news stories break such as Gabby Petito, a white 22-year-old, going missing. Petito got most of the attention while people of color go missing and they aren’t covered. This is not to say Petito’s case isn’t tragic. She deserves justice, but so does everyone, no matter their race or gender. For example, there is the case of 24-year-old geologist Daniel

Robinson, a Black man who went missing on June 23. He was last seen in Arizona, and his case is just now gaining media attention. Media analysts have called this a prime case of “missing white woman syndrome”. It is still a very real problem and it continues to infect America’s culture. The missing white woman syndrome is essentially a term used by media experts and others to refer to the disproportionate covering of news between white women, and any men or women of color. According to the University of Wyoming, 710 Native Americans were reported missing from 2011 to 2020 in the same state Petito’s remains were found.

To an extent, white people are favored when it comes to missing persons cases. When missing person cases are covered, more often than not they are about white people, which is more than odd considering that plenty of people of color go missing with no coverage. Even though it may not be these news media outlets’ intention, they are implying that white people are more important than people of color by not equally covering missing person cases. This is the way it is perceived by the nation, especially after a case like Petito arises and a case like Robinson is just now getting attention when he went missing

much earlier. People need to start taking all missing persons cases seriously, no matter the skin color or gender. The fact is that people see a missing person case about a person of color and keep scrolling. On the flip side, the cases that are reported about white people are shared by people. Media outlets have to do better in their coverage of missing persons cases. It isn’t fair to the families of color that have had their loved ones go missing. It needs to go beyond just covering more cases that are about people of color; readers also need to be willing to share information about missing persons who don’t look like them.

parties from Anti-Trump Republicans and Yang have flaws that must be addressed if America is to have a functional political system with more than two options. The first and most obvious flaw is that America does not need more third parties — it needs more third party supporters. America has plenty of political parties other than Democratic and Republican. If you are at all upset with whichever of those two parties you associate with, there are almost definitely better options for you. If you want a more left-leaning approach to politics, there’s the Democratic Socialist Party. If you want a less authoritarian approach with conservative ideals, there’s the Tea Party. If you want a smaller government and environmental concerns addressed together, there’s the Green Tea Party. There’s practically infinite parties. These parties have been around, but they are just being drowned out. Creating two, prominent, powerful parties through Yang and these Republicans will work, but it will certainly be a bit unfair to these preexisting parties. Another flaw is transparency and clarity in mission. The Democratic Party and Republican Party both have members that don’t stand for exactly the same points.

But, as parties, they both have clear stances. The Republican party is known for being conservative, and the Democratic party is the face of liberal politics. So far, Yang has been unclear of exactly what his party would focus on, and the Anti-Trump Republicans have said nothing other than they wish to be less conservative than Donald Trump, but still moreso than the Democratic party. The biggest issue, however, with making any third political party more popular, is one that must be learned from history. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was my favorite president, and he lost his third presidential election due to this very issue. In Roosevelt’s time, there was no official rule regarding the number of terms a president could hold office, it was just a matter of tradition. After winning his first two elections in 1901 and 1905, Roosevelt looked to 1909. At the time, Roosevelt was upset with the lack of progressive politics in his party, and started America’s first progressive party, the Bull Moose party. Unfortunately, this led to a split, so his new party lost, as well as his previous party. If Yang fully fleshes out his party, and the Republican party remains as one single party, then

left-leaning voters in America would be split. Alternatively, if there were two conservative parties in America but one liberal, there would be no conservative policies enacted whatsoever. In order to keep the balance, it is crucial that conservate and liberal voices are both given enough options to fully realize the America they want. The best way to get to that America is to make that decision yourself. In every presidential election, there is immense pressure to vote for one of the two major parties, and if you don’t do that, it is seen as throwing your vote away. So, to create a truly open political system, we need to destroy that stigma. We need to understand that the only way to throw out a vote in an election is to not cast it. And, just like with many other flaws in the U.S., we are being left behind by other countries. Mexico has four major political parties, Canada has five and with President Emmanuel Macron’s election in France, France has gone from two major parties to four. If we follow in the footsteps of these other nations, and begin to restructure our party politics, then we can all have a chance to make the America we want, rather than picking from two different choices every four years.

Make U.S. political parties as diverse as we are GABRIEL BRADY lifestyles editor

As the historic election of 2020 grew nearer, I wrote an article discussing third party options in the U.S. during that election. I volunteered to cover the topic because, as the fledgling political science major I was, I was passionate about the issue, and wanted every American — not just me — to have a candidate and party they can support with little to no ideological compromise. At the start of this year, Gallup released a poll which found that 62 percent of Americans want more parties in the U.S., which is the highest it has been in almost ten years. It’s easy to understand why. The Democratic party had so many candidates in 2020 for the presidency, but ultimately, only one of them was picked. As for the Republican party, many of Donald Trump’s critics in the party have made it clear — they too, want to split. What inspired me to write this article, and what reminded me of this issue was statements from former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang’s new book. It was implied in that book that Yang wants to create his own political party. However, both the hypothetical

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After a slow start, women’s soccer wins game 5-0 FRANCESCA BOSTON reporter

With five goals in the second half, SIUE now holds the record for the most number of goals in a single half of an Ohio Valley Conference game. Women’s soccer faced off against Morehead State University in the first Ohio Valley Conference home game and won the game 5-0, with all goals being scored in the second half of the game. The first goal of the game was scored after SIUE forced Morehead State to score on their own goal. Neither team scored a goal during the first half of the game. SIUE had 11 shots on goal, while Morehead University had only two shots on goal. Lydia Harris, a senior defender, said the team had some chances in the first half to score but didn’t follow through even though the team was working together well. “We definitely [had] a lot of chances in the first half but we weren’t finishing on them,” Harris said. After halftime the game picked up, and SIUE scored five goals in the next 45 minutes. The first goal of the game was scored less than a minute after the second half started. Morehead State University was forced to score on their own goal, giving SIUE the first goal of the game. Head Coach Derek Burton said the team only talked for about a minute during halftime, and said that he emphasized get-

There was a time not long ago that the Cardinals weren’t necessarily committed to bringing up righthander Dakota Hudson as he worked through a minor league rehabilitation option following Tommy John elbow surgery 11 months prior. Then, when they did bring him up, Hudson didn’t seem, really, to figure as a starter. On Friday night, five days from their first game in the 2021 postseason, the Cardinals had two big takeaways. One wasn’t that unexpected. Tyler O’Neill, who walloped 11 homers in September, ripped two more in his first two October at-bats. One went to right. One went to left. And then he had 34 for the season. O’Neill doubled in his third at-bat and scored a third run on Lars Nootbaar’s single. He reached on an error in his fourth at-bat and stole his 15th base. And he threw out the potential winning run at the plate from left field in the top of the ninth. He easily was the star of this one. “It kind of felt like a video game,” said Hudson. “That guy was hitting every pitch and he



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Senior outside back Emma Ehrsam (24) dribbles the ball during a game against UT Martin. | Photographer Khoi Pham / The Alestle

ting the energy up. “We just had a quick word and made it clear we need to pick up our performance a notch in terms of energy and urgency in our game. That was number one,” Burton said. Less than three minutes later, SIUE scored again. MacKenzie Litzsinger, a redshirt senior forward, was assisted by Megan Keeven, a redshirt senior defender, and Lily Schnieders, a sophomore forward. Keeven said the defense worked together to get the ball around the field and up towards the goal. “I think altogether like we’re very cohesive in our backline, and through the midfield. We’re able to get a lot of passes from the back and connect through the midfield … [it] made a huge dif-

ference,” Keeven said. SIUE scored again five minutes later, putting the score at 3-0. Maria Haro, a junior forward, was assisted by Schnieders and Litzsinger, with clean passes from the back. The Cougars scored their fourth goal of the game in minute 70 of the game. Kaitlyn Nichols, a freshman forward, was assisted by Sidney Christopher, a sophomore midfielder, for Nichols’ first collegiate goal. SIUE scored their fifth goal of the game, after three shots on goal all blocked by Morehead State goalkeeper. Angel Ikeda, a midfield senior, was assisted by Christopher to score the final goal of the game in the last 10 minutes. Christopher said the most important part of the game to

her was not the five goals, but the fact that the defense maintained a shutout game. She said that although she plays mainly for offense, she believes that the defense deserves praise as well for their performance in the game. Burton said there were several key players who made an impact on the game and stood out to him in particular, and turned the tide in the second half. “Keeven absolutely was a difference-maker in the game. I felt that Harris, who played all 90 minutes at center back for us, did an outstanding job of really battling and handling kind of a physical opponent in Morehead State. Christopher also did a great job in midfield for us, making a lot of things happen. She picked up a couple of assists late in the game,” Burton said.

Hudson, O’Neill star as Cardinals beat Cubs in ninth, 4-3 wins seemed a pipedream. “Yeah, Rick Hummel St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS)

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turns around and hoses a guy at home plate with the game on the line. You could put that on a highlight reel any time.” Hudson, making his first start since last September, acted as if he hadn’t been hurt at all. The sinkerballer netted 10 of his 15 outs via the ground ball and struck out four more as he spun five scoreless innings, yielding just three singles to a rookie-laden Chicago lineup, as the Cardinals scored in the ninth to beat the Cubs 4-3 before an appreciative paid crowd of 41,618 at Busch Stadium. A pinch single in the ninth by Edmundo Sosa, who later in the inning ripped his pants, set up Paul Goldschmidt to drive in the winning run with a two-out single for his 99th RBI of the season. Goldschmidt narrowly had missed a homer to center in his previous at-bat in the eighth. Hudson threw what appeared to be a comfortable 70 pitches, 42 of them for strikes. “I figured maybe 80 (pitches),” said Hudson. “They’re just looking out for me.” And he most certainly is in the picture as a member of the postseason club, maybe as their second or third starter. “Here he is (as a starter), a little bit out of opportunity and

necessity,” said manager Mike Shildt. “It’s been very timely. He’s pitched very well.” “I saw myself on the roster from the time I had Tommy John. This was the goal at the end of the year,” said Hudson, who gained a win in relief in his season debut last week in Chicago. “Obviously, things had to go perfect. The big thing was just getting out there for one inning. But it felt good to get back out there for a start tonight. I’ve been blessed to have people who know what they’re doing. I’ve had great trainers all the way through.” A year ago, Hudson wasn’t so euphoric. “Last year, at this point, I was sitting on my couch in a cast and we were about to go play the Padres (whom the Cardinals lost to in the wild-card round),” said Hudson. As the Cardinals won for the 19th time in 20 games and 21st in 23, which is a totally preposterous stretch, they attained something which has come to be expected — at least 90 wins. Since the year 2000, a stretch of 21 full seasons, the Cardinals have won at least 90 games 12 times. All have resulted in postseason appearances. Some three weeks ago, 90

maybe,” said O’Neill. “Seventeen (wins) in a row will help. We’re a good ball team, for sure.” Shildt, pondering the meaning of 90, said, “That’s a nice number. Let’s not kid ourselves.” Lefthander Genesis Cabrera, though he tossed a double-play ball, also walked three of the four men he faced in the sixth and came out of the game in obvious frustration with an apparent recurrence of a nail problem on the middle finger of his left hand. That ailment usually keeps Cabrera out three or four days after an acrylic nail is applied, so he won’t be seen again before Wednesday. The Cardinals beat the Cubs for the seventh consecutive time this season and clinched the season series with their 10th victory in 17 games with just two remaining. O’Neill’s game was about as complete a game as one could have. “The first (homer) was wellstruck,” said Shildt. “The second one was loud.” But, almost the same thing happened the day before when rookie outfielder Dylan Carlson homered twice and saved two hits in the outfield with good catches.

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UPCOMING Women’s Soccer at Eastern Illinois 3 p.m., Oct. 7 Softball at SIUE vs. Kaskaskia College 1 p.m., Oct. 8 Volleyball at SIUE vs Belmont 6 p.m., Oct. 8 and 2 p.m., Oct 9 Men’s Soccer at SIUE vs Drake 7 p.m., Oct. 9 Women’s Soccer at SIUE vs UT Martin 2 p.m., Oct. 10 Men’s Soccer at SIUE vs Central Arkansas 7 p.m., Oct. 12 Women’s Soccer at Murray State 3 p.m., Oct. 14


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Heritage Farms features pumpkins of every size and shape FRANCESCA BOSTON reporter

Heritage Farm and Fruit Trees is a cute place, with lots of photo opportunities and fun fall decor. It is a smaller place but has a huge fruit tree selection and a very large pumpkin patch. It is a bit out of the way, off the main road in Godfrey, but the farm had good signage all throughout the town and country roads to make it easier to find. There is a good parking lot that is surrounded by the corn maze. The farm has a little stand where you can buy apple cider donuts, apple cider and other snacks. They didn’t have any donuts the day we went, which was a bit disappointing especially when they had advertised it on their Facebook. We did get apple cider, which was $1.50 for a cup, which I thought was a pretty good price for a good sized cup of cider. The corn maze was $2 per per-

son, which wasn’t a bad price, especially considering how large and extensive it was. I went with a couple of friends and we never managed to find the center. It started to rain so we had to end our visit a bit quickly, but not before taking a couple of photos. The pumpkin patch the farm has is huge, with lots of different types of pumpkin. They had varieties of pumpkin that were big enough ones to sit on or small carving pumpkins. You were able to pick them off the vine, and they cost less than $1 per pound. For those with young children, they had a small play area. It did cost $6 per kid, which seemed a bit pricey to a broke college student. Overall it was a fun Saturday morning and pretty inexpensive. The owners were wonderful and helpful. Heritage Farm and Fruit Trees have a pumpkin patch every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 p.m.

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