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It has been about a month and a half since sophomore construction major Arluan Van Hook initially filed a report against the Kappa Sigma fraternity on campus. Van Hook said the group used homophobic and racist slurs against him and engaged in hazing. STATUS OF THE INVESTIGATIONS There are two separate investigations of the incident according to Chancellor Randall Pembrook. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple and his staff are investigating the hazing, and the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination is investigating the racist and homophobic slurs. Waple said the Student Affairs investigation should be finished very soon. “I believe the hazing investigation will be done [this] week at some point. I’m not sure when the racial slur and homophobic slur investigation will be done, but I’m hoping that’s [this] week too,” Waple said. “And then hopefully, whatever the resolution is, we have it before we leave for finals, that would be my goal.” Waple said he believes his portion of the investigation went quickly. “Actually, a month to interview all those folks is quick. Because there’s a lot more going on, institutionally. But, we’ve taken this very seriously from the beginning,” Waple said. “I think that’s one of the frustrating things for people who are not familiar with this due process, and that’s the nature of the beast. We have information that has been shared; we’re trying to verify the details, the accuracy of that information, and that takes time.” In Section IV of SIUE’s Code of Student Rights and Conduct, specific rules are outlined regarding the process when charges are brought up against a student for breaking its rules. The Van Hook family believes the investigation is being slowed and that it should have concluded due to the 5-20 day rule outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Waple said this is not the case because no one has been charged. “So, when a student or student organization is charged, … then the whole conduct process that’s in the code starts to take place. And then we stick to that,”
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Waple said. “It’s 20 days after a student or student organization is charged, but no one has been charged. We are still in the investigation stage, and no one has been charged yet.” THURSDAY, NOV 18, AND THE UNIVERSITY’S RESPONSE During a meeting between the Van Hook family and Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jessica Harris on Thursday, Nov. 18, Harris said she was unaware of the investigation until recently. According to Waple, this may
plementing more diversity training for faculty, staff and students.” Waple said training for all organizations, but also specifically for organization leaders on campus, is something that he, Harris and Provost Denise Cobb are pursuing. Waple said student organization leaders requested this training. “The peer-to-peer communication accountability is difficult. Mind you, these are student orgs, with student leaders, who are handling conversations and things that may be coming across that
Reisa Van Hook, mother of Arluan Van Hook, waits with students gathered in support for her son to finish his meeting with university administration. | Jihun Han / The Alestle
have been because of the Bias Incident Response Team at SIUE moving departments this year. Pembrook agreed and said the Bias Incident Response Team could always use improvement. “I think that’s something that we’ll be working on more in terms of how BIRT can be involved right from the beginning, regardless of circumstances. I also think that this reminds us that there’s always an importance on emphasizing training so that people think about diversity issues,” Pembrook said. “And so, we will be im-
their members are doing or not doing,” Waple said. “It just can’t be the checkbox that you did it, and it can’t be the oneoff thing … We have to make it part of our culture.” More diversity training is something that Van Hook said would be helpful. However, Van Hook also said the university is taking credit for something he asked them to do. “That was something that should have been happening already,” Van Hook said. “Even now the institution is making it as if they’re the ones who request-
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ed that/implemented that, but that is not the case. That is one of the things that I requested.” Pembrook said he was off campus on Thursday when Van Hook and his parents met with Harris, but, since then, there has been a meeting between himself, the Van Hook family, Harris and Senior SIU System Counsel Phyleccia Cole. Pembrook also said he was happy to be at that meeting. “I think any time you have a chance to communicate in a situation like this, it’s good,” Pembrook said. “I think I have a better understanding based on the conversation. We had a chance to talk about some of the action steps that they would like to see SIUE implement in the future to try to create an equitable and anti-racist learning environment. … we’re going to continue to think through the things that we talked about and probably talk again in the future.” FRIDAY, NOV. 19, THE CAMPUS CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT A constituency of organizations on campus released a statement through The Alestle on Friday, Nov. 19. The statement called for the university to create on-campus resources for people who file claims from the BIRT, a minimum of annual reports to the public from the BIRT and called on Student Affairs to diversify its staff. The statement was signed by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Faculty Senate, Student Government, the Graduate Council, the Faculty Association, the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association, the Professional Staff Association and Safe Zone. Waple said diversifying Student Affairs is something that he wants to do. “We’re always looking to do that … Our division had a diverse array of programs and services ... About a year ago, that included [the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion], which is now the Hub, [the office of Student Opportunities and Resources] and ACCESS. To make better alignment to support students, those three units moved to [Equity, Disee INVESTIGATION on page 7
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SIUE students work with local historical site to bring history to life, indentured servants FRANCESCA BOSTON reporter
The Stephenson House, a historical site in Edwardsville, is currently working with SIUE mass communication students to create a documentary about the indentured servants who worked at the house in the early 1800s. RoxAnn Raisner, the current director at the Stephenson House, said the documentary is told from the perspective of Winn, a female indentured servant. Winn was chosen as the main focus of the documentary as the Stephenson House, as they know more about her than any of the other ten indentured servants who would have worked in the house. Jeffery Edison, former director of the house, spearheaded the project which began several years ago. Edison wrote the script while he still worked at the house. Edison was able to secure several grants from the Meridian Society and the Illinois Humanities Society, which helped pay for the documentary. Raisner said telling this story is a vital part of the house’s history. She said that even though historically, the term used in Illinois was indentured servants, it was a legal loophole to own slaves in the freed states. The indentured papers could contain servitude amounts of up to 99 years and often wouldn’t allow enslaved people to secure their freedom. Raisner said it can be difficult to paint a complete picture of their stories as the house relies on historical documents, which
Muriel Jones, who plays Winn, works in the kitchen as the main character in a documentary about the Stephenson House that SIUE mass communications students are currently working on. The story is being told from Winn’s perspective. | RoxAnn Raisner / Stephenson House Director
are often hard to come by when researching slave history. “They were indentured servants, but they were slaves and we’re trying to tell what we know about them. And unfortunately, slave history has a tendency to be very oral, and it’s hard history to research because of that, and so we’re lucky enough to have the indenture papers, emancipation papers, we have a couple of bills of [sale], so we’re trying to piece it together and just
Walt Raisner (left), Mark Myers (center) and Jeffrey Edison (right) are all dressed in period-appropriate clothing for the shooting of the documentary. Raisner portrays Colonel Stepheson and Myers is an unnamed surveyor. Edison plays Hark, one of the indentured servants. | RoxAnn Raisner / Stephenson House Director
bring their story out,” Raisner said. SIUE students have the opportunity to be a part of the storytelling. Cory Byers, a mass communications instructor, has worked with the Stephenson House in the past to help create their informational video. He said he was contacted back in 2019 to help film the documentary. SIUE students who are in Byer’s advanced video production class were presented with the opportunity to work on the project. Byers said he believes it’s a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in the film industry. “Working with other people, other clients, for example, something you can’t really get in the class itself. Even though they’re not directly working with the client, they’re on set and they’re seeing how that interaction goes on and kind of talking about the shoot and how we figure out how to shoot things. It’s a very good look at real-world production that they can observe and help with,” Byers said. Senior Anna Gentelin, a mass communications major from Alton, Illinois, worked on set with three of her classmates one weekend. She said it was lots of fun to be able to film on an actual set and learn the story behind the film. “It was really interesting to get an indepth look at what it is and to see everybody in their outfits and be a part of the filming process. I really like to get more experience with filming because that’s the field I want to get into,” Gentelin said. Raisner said all of the cast is made up of volunteers or other locals who are connected to the Stephenson House. In 2019, there were nearly 60 volunteers, but in the most recent shoot, there were approximately 20 volunteers who were able to make it for filming, Raisner said. The production crew is the mass communication students from SIUE, who filmed and will edit the documentary as part of the project. Raisner said she is glad that the students have the opportunity to work on a smaller set and earn some experience in the field, and that the stories of indentured servants at the Stephenson House are being told. “I think to me, I think it’s probably the most important side of the house. Because it’s our responsibility, I think as stewards of history to share everybody’s history. And history is not always pretty, but if we don’t tell their story, we do them an injustice,” Raisner said.
News in brief Minor selected for new chancellor, pending board approval James T. Minor has been selected to become SIUE’s next chancellor. The Board of Trustees will vote on his appointment at their Dec. 2 meeting. If Minor is approved to become chancellor, he will step into the position March 1, 2022. Minor is the assistant vice chancellor and Senior Strategist for the Division of Academic and Success and Inclusive Excellence at California State University. He has held that position since 2016 and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Minor has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his master’s from the University of Nebraska in sociology, before receiving his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educational leadership and policy analysis. He is currently assistant vice chancellor at California State University and previously served as a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Minor said he was truly honored and excited to be chosen. “[SIUE] has made tremendous strides but is also well-positioned to extend its reach and impact,” Minor said in a release. “Our collective effort will be important to enhance the success of SIUE students that they realize the many benefits that come along with earning a college degree. It will also be important that we, as a university community, define our future and then pursue it with great clarity, conviction and enthusiasm.” Minor will replace retiring Chancellor Randall Pembrook, who will step down after six years leading the university. The search has encompassed six months, with a 28-person committee and an executive search firm involved in the process. Minor was selected from among four finalists to serve as the 10th chancellor of SIUE. SIU President Dan Mahony said that Minor is a “straightforward and innovative leader who has the vision to maintain a positive trajectory for the entire SIUE community, while at the same time embracing the strengths and collaborative nature of our university system.” Jessica Harris, SIUE vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, chaired the committee and described Minor as a recognized thought leader in higher education. “He is a collaborative, mission-driven and equity-minded change agent who will lead SIUE in its response to a number of higher education’s most pressing challenges; in particular, the persistence of inequities,” Harris said.
BY THE NUMBERS
COVID-19 at SIUE
New confirmed positive cases (from tests conducted by SIUE and self-reporting):
Nov. 19 - Nov. 25: 15 students, 6 faculty/staff Nov. 12 - Nov. 18: 5 students, 1 faculty/staff
14-day new positive tests: 20 students, 7 faculty/staff All prior weeks positive tests (Aug. 6 - Nov. 11): 217 students, 45 faculty/staff Total positive cases: 237 students, 45 faculty/staff
Madison County confirmed cases by day
225 200 175 150 125 100 75 50 25 0
Source: Madison County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard under the Cases by Day tab as of Nov. 30
Percentage of isolation/quarantine space available on campus (as of November 30): 100 percent Source: Health, Reporting, and Testing page on SIUE’s COVID-19 website, as of Nov. 30
Tests conducted by SIUE Nov. 19 - Nov. 25: 187
COVID-19’S impact on Madison County
14-day new tests conducted: 1,911
All of Illinois’ regions remain under Phase 5, which went into
Nov. 12 - Nov. 18: 1,724
All prior weeks tests conducted (Aug. 6 - Nov. 11): 23,701
effect June 11. All sectors of the economy reopened with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place:
Total tests conducted: 25,425
Positive cases identified by SIUE testing: Nov. 19 - Nov. 25: 1
Nov. 12 - Nov. 18: 12
14-day new positive cases: 13
All prior weeks positive cases (Aug. 6 - Nov. 11): 176 Total: 189
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: dph.illinois.gov
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Winners named in Metro East Startup Challenge, Edwardsville 3-D printing business takes first place NICOLE BOYD social media manager DANA MCLENNAN copy editor
3D Gloop! Makes adhesives and coatings for 3-D printing, and now is the winner of the Metro-East Startup Challenge. Co-founder Andrew Martinussen said plastics are generally hard to glue together — and 3-D printed plastics used by consumer grade 3D printers are typically even harder. According to him, their largest market is the consumer market. “There’s super glues, epoxies, things like that on the market, but they don’t hold up to the bond strength of our adhesive at all. We blow everything else out of the water,” Martinussen said. Martinussen said his inspiration came from his dog, who had bone cancer and wanting to make an ergonomic wheelchair for her. “I was doing a lot of 3D modeling for different startup companies at the time and I drew one up but couldn’t make one, so I bought a printer, ran into some issues and [co-founder Andrew Mayhall] created the first take at what this product would become,” Martinussen said. “That way I would be able to glue the parts together and not have warping on the bed and it solves the problem for me … maybe somebody else, other people in the community would get a lot of benefit out of it.” Co-founder Andrew Mayhall said they’re going to use the $10,000 prize money to expand their operations, and are looking into upgrading their manufacturing equipment, which will allow them to produce more at a faster pace. “We’re really kind of reinvesting into the business. The entire business up to this point has really been bootstrapped. So that’s just taking the profits from the company and reinvesting them in every which way we can to continue in further growth,” Mayhall said. Jesse Campbell, owner of Missing Meadows, Inc., said his second-place prize of $6000 is going to help them grow their mushroom kit business. Campbell’s business sells gourmet mushrooms to restaurants, farmer’s markets and grow-yourown mushroom kits for at home gardeners. He said their first priority is refrigeration and then marketing. “Right now, we’re trying to build out
our climate control. [Refrigeration is] a good way to slow the growth of the mycelium, you kind of want to stall it and make the shelf life on the [mushroom] blocks last longer,” Campbell said. Campbell said they began selling the mushroom kits before Christmas last year and sales took off. They now sell locally to restaurants like Moussalli’s Prime in Edwardsville. They are looking forward to ramping up production for this Christmas, Campbell said. “We sell gourmet mushrooms to the restaurants, and we also want to sell to home gardeners. [These are] mushroom kits where they can grow their own mushrooms. That’s kind of what we’re trying to do before Christmas, get back to it again because people just love to grow mushrooms,” Campbell said. Because they do all the complex work prepping the kits, Campbell said, anyone can grow mushrooms from home. “They just buy a block that’s already pre-colonized, and they cut a hole in the box and boom, you get mushrooms,” Campbell said. Campbell said he became passionate about the mushroom business because of his interest in regenerative agriculture and learning from Greg Judy, a regenerative agriculturist from Columbia, Missouri,, who focuses on the health of the ecological system as a whole and not just production of crops or livestock. “I’ve just been really fascinated with this concept of rebuilding soil and I did a field day with [Greg Judy] a couple years ago. He was growing shiitake mushrooms on mushroom logs. And I [thought] that’s a pretty easy way to get started in the regenerative agriculture aspect,” Campbell said. “Our substrate is literally an agricultural byproduct, it would generally be thrown away, but instead we’re able to inoculate it with a mycelium which is just rebuilding soil and it’s really awesome, so I love the concept.” WholeBody Physical Therapy won third place and the prize for ‘women, minority or veteran owned business’ of the year. Rebecca Willmann-Albrecht, owner and physical therapist, said they are a hybrid physical and massage therapy running clinic, but all of their physical therapists have extra certifications and specialties. While a typical physical therapy clinic would have a physical therapist with gener-
al knowledge of all musculoskeletal conditions, WholeBody physical therapists also specialize in different areas. Willmann-Albrecht specializes in runners and chronic pain, while another physical therapist specializes in pelvic floor therapy and postpartum rehab. Willmann-Albrecht said she worked in insurance-based physical therapy for about 15 years, and was burnt out because she was triple-booked all day and that impacted the kind of care she could provide. Additionally, she said, insurance companies limited the kinds of treatments she could do. “I’ve been a runner for 20 years and about 10 years ago I had a running injury that for the first time ever, I could not fix on my own. I was looking for a physical therapist that specialized in runners, and I couldn’t find any anywhere around here, and so eventually I just really dove into the research and ended up actually being able to fix myself,” Willmann-Albrecht said. “But then it was really about, well, since this doesn’t exist, I need to make this.” Willmann-Albrecht said they’ve spent the last two and a half years getting therapists together and the right physical location to be able to grow and offer different services, so the prize money will all be used for marketing. “The next step for 2022 is going to be to really get our marketing on point, so the money is going to go towards getting our marketing systems in place, so possibly hiring a coach, possibly just figuring out where we need to land come with sponsorships and ads and things like that,” Willmann-Albrecht said. Jo Ann DiMaggio May, director of the Small Business Development Center for the Metro East, said this was the competition’s eighth year, and the competition continues to grow. “It never ceases to amaze me how creative and responsive to the changing environment and innovative these entrepreneurs are. I just look forward to a great 2022,” DiMaggio May said. DiMaggio May said she would love to see more student involvement in the competition. “We usually have maybe one or two [student entries] every year, but [we] could definitely have more. I know there’s a lot of creative and entrepreneurial minds,” Di Maggio May said.
Officer assisted the Bias Incident Response Team with an incident that occurred on campus.
Officer took a report regarding multiple employees receiving fraudulent mail and emails at Rendleman Hall. Officer took a report of an SIUE iPad being stolen at Lovejoy Library.
Officer responded to a loud music complaint at Cougar Village. Officer advised there was not loud music coming from the residence.
Officer took two reports of smoke detectors being covered where the people were issued an Edwardsville City Ordinance for Tampering with a Smoke Detector at Cougar Village. Officer took seven more separate reports of smoke detectors being covered at Cougar Village.
Officer took a report of a possible sexual assault incident that occurred on campus. Investigation continues.
Officer responded to a traffic incident involving a deer on N University Dr.
Officer assisted Staunton PD by taking a report regarding an employee stating someone used her name and personal information to open an account. Officer advised the employee to file the report that the incident occurred in. Officer assisted Edwardsville PD with crowd control on a domestic battery in their venue.
Officer assisted Edwardsville PD with crowd control on a call in their venue.
Officer assisted Edwardsville PD with a motor assist.
Officer assisted Edwardsville PD with crowd control on a possible fight.
Officer responded to a report of a female subject yelling in Lovejoy Library. Officer made contact with the subject, the subject calmed down and did not need police assistance.
Officer took a report of male subjects knocking on doors and asking a question while videotaping the resident at Prairie Residence Hall.
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‘It’s just a good way to talk to new students about how cool anthropology and archaeology could be’:
Archaeology students bring heritage, knowledge to campus NICOLE BOYD social media manager Public archaeology students hosted a mock excavation with games to educate students about this area’s heritage and the field of archaeology for class projects. A mock excavation and game of Chunkey were set up on Dunham Lawn. Chunkey was played by the Mississippians, in which one person rolls a disk and others throw sticks or spears at it. The person who’s spear lands closest to the disc wins. Hayley Goebel, a senior history and anthropology double major from Palos Heights, Illinois, who is president of the anthropology club, co-hosted the events with public archaeology students. She said she saw the events as a way to reach out to more students. “Anthropology is kind of a hidden subject. Not many people know about it unless they take it as one of their gen ed requirements, so it’s just a good way to talk to new students about how cool anthropology and archaeology could be,” Goebel said. Goebel said those who participated in the mock excavation got to dig up flint shards, broken tools, pottery from the Woodland era and modern era pottery. “I hope that they saw it’s more than just useless digging. Archaeology is tedious, yes, but it’s also extraordinarily reward-
Junior anthropology major Lydia Wegel, of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, sits at a table on the MUC’s first floor, promoting the anthropology department, as well as the card game Old Maid Jones, a play on Old Maid meant to teach about the misconceptions of archaeology. | Nicole Boyd / The Alestle ing, especially when you find some of those old artifacts that help fit pieces to the puzzle,” Goebel said. Lydia Wegel, a junior anthropology major from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, is a public archaeology student. She said the project required them to engage with the public, ideally those not familiar with archae-
ology, and teach them about the subject. Wegel set up a card game in the MUC based on Old Maid with matching questions and answers, called Old Maid Jones. “My entire project is about clearing some big archaeology misconceptions, so I thought, ‘What is the biggest archaeology misconception? It’s got to be
Although Indiana Jones the most famous archaeologist in pop culture, real archaeologists cringe when they see how he treats ancient artifacts. | Nicole Boyd / The Alestle
Indiana Jones.’ People running into tombs and stealing artifacts, that’s not really what we do,” Wegel said. Wegel said she mainly wanted to focus on ethical misconceptions about archaeology, one being that archaeologists get to dig up whatever they want. She said the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act exists to protect Native American remains and artifacts, which archaeologists aren’t allowed to take. The final misconception of the game had to do with Atlantis and pseudoarchaeology. “A lot of people view archaeology as a means to find really niche things that don’t actually exist,” Wegel said. “Or they focus on mystical white civilizations rather than acknowledging that there were real civilizations, often people of color, that were perfectly capable, smart and left amazing things in this world.” Susan Kooiman, assistant professor of anthropology, teaches public archaeology. Kooiman said they are in the business of heritage, which in the U.S. is inherently the heritage of indigenous people. “As archaeologists, traditionally, we’ve kind of kept the stuff that we found, the things
that we’ve studied, to ourselves. And that’s not fair,” Kooiman said. “We get a lot of our funding from the public, and so … we need to get better at sharing with the public and interacting with the public.” Kooiman said she hopes her students gain skills in interacting with the public and think about ways of reaching out that are effective or not, and she hopes those who participated in the mock excavation got to experience the process of archaeology. “It’s fun to dig in dirt and find stuff that is thousands of years old. Sometimes when I excavate and I find something new, I hold it in my hands a lot of times,” Kooiman said. “I’m just in awe of the fact that I’m the first person who’s held that item in 1000 years, and so I want the public to experience that and appreciate that as well.” Kooiman said she thinks having a game of Chunkey is a tangible way to relate to people of the past. “There’s some universals. We think of ourselves as very different today as people than people were in the past, but they played games as well,” Kooiman said. “They gambled, they bet, they had fun together.”
Holiday festivities for the upcoming winter break ANDREW CROWDUS reporter GABRIEL BRADY lifestyles editor With winter break just a few short weeks away, the SIUE community cannot wait for this semester’s finals to be over and done with. When the time comes, and the snow starts to fall, here’s where you can celebrate the holiday season.
This weekend, downtown Edwardsville will be home to the Winter market. Artists and artisans, baked goods and much more will be offered at stands for anyone attending. Several businesses in the area downtown will also be hosting open houses for any curious members of the public to look within. Despite the outdoor venue, masks and social distancing will be enforced, and due to the colder weather of the season, the city of Edwardsville is reminding anyone attending to dress warmly. The Winter Market is from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 in downtown Edwardsville. All this information can be found on the city of Edwardsville’s website. For more information, visit the parks department’s website.
Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park
Located in St. Louis, Steinberg Skating Rink will once again be open. Skating admission is $10, and skate rentals are $5. Also available are bumper cars on ice, which is $15 and includes a 10-minute ride. It opened on Friday, Nov. 19 and closes for the season on Monday, Feb. 28. Hours for normal skating are Monday through Thursday 1-9 p.m., and bumper cars are 2-9 p.m. The hours for weekends for skating are 1-11 p.m. and for bumper cars 2-10 pm. Hours will change beginning the week of Christmas to 11 a.m. for skating and 11:30 am for bumper cars during the week and closing at 11 p.m. for skating and 10 p.m. for bumper cars. The exception to this is New Year’s Eve. And, if you’re wanting to go skating on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, or New Years’ Eve and Day, the rink will be open. Steinberg Skating Rink is located in Forest Park, 400 Jefferson Drive, in St. Louis.
If you’re looking for a date idea involving scenic, wintery lights, there are several options in the area. Uptown Alton’s Rock Springs Park on College Avenue is home to an annual lights show, with a $7 admissions fee for most vehicles, and $1 per person for vehicles with more than 10 passengers The lights turn on at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 6 p.m. during weeknights, and the park is closed at 9 p.m. every night. If you’d rather not drive through a light show for the holidays, there’s the Christmas Village in Bethalto. In the Bethalto Arboretum, there’s Mr. and Mrs. Claus for younger visitors, and, in Bethalto Central Park, there’s a paved path with plenty of lights to walk through and admire. The Christmas Village is open daily until 9 p.m. For more information on either of these events, visit the Rivers and Routes website. Or maybe, you want to see individual homes with holiday lights, rather than parks and trees. The city of Edwardsville has you covered, with its Tour of Lights. Follow the tour route (located on their website) in your own vehicle and drive through town, viewing homes submitted by the people who decorated them to be on the tour.
Music of the Season in Concert
There’s a wide range of different places to go hear holiday songs this month. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, Chicago-based band The Empty Pockets has their “Holiday Show Spectacular” at the Wildey Theatre. And, at the same time the next evening, nationally-known singer Erin Bode performs. More information and tickets can be found on the Wildey Theatre’s website. For those who want a more cultured holiday experience, there’s Opera Edwardsville’s upcoming concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Dunham Hall on campus. Tickets can be found on Opera Edwardsville’s website.
The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is bringing back Winterfest. This year it includes ice skating, holiday lights, music, along with igloos that can be reserved. Winterfest began on Nov. 20 but will continue until Jan. 2. The hours of the ice rink at Kiener Plaza are Fridays 4-8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8 p.m., and Christmas Day from 2-8 pm. Skate rentals are $12 for adults, $7 for children 3-15. Guests are allowed to skate for free if they bring their own skates. Igloos are available for reservation. It includes two hours in a heated igloo that overlooks Kiener Plaza, along with a $50 food and drink credit to JR’s Gourmet at the Winterfest Cafe, up to six skate rentals and one car can park for free. Igloos are available Fridays 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-8 p.m. They are also available during the extended holiday weekend, Dec. 27-31. The cost is $250. Tickets can be purchased at Gateway Arch.
New Year’s Events
With how this past year has been, almost all of us are looking forward to 2022. If you’re looking for somewhere to ring in the new year, there’s many options in the area. On the night Dec. 31, there’s The Michael Johnson Band performing at Chez Marilyn in Alton, a karaoke party at 3rd Chute II in Alton, a masquerade ball at the Bella Vista Winery in Maryville, and plenty other events at bars in town. However, for those who always dread staying up until midnight on the 31st, there’s a party from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Milo’s Tobacco Road in Edwardsville, and the Edwardsville Children’s Museum is hosting a “New Year’s at Noon,” for younger partygoers. If your New Year’s plans are at someone’s place (or even your own), there’s always the option to watch the ball drop in Times Square. You can watch a livestream of it on TimeSquareBall.net or TimesSquareNYC. org, or see any number of national news sources cover the many performances that night online as well.
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park
St. Louis County Parks is hosting its 36th annual Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. It officially opened for the season on Nov. 19 and will be open every day through Jan. 1 The hours of operation are 5:30-9:30 p.m. The only day that it will remain closed is New Year’s Eve. Most days are vehicle and carriage only with only two walk nights in Dec. 6 and 13. For those driving vehicles, fees can be paid on-site, but credit cards are not accepted. Those wanting to pay in advance or pay with a credit card can purchase tickets through Metrotix. Vehicle fees are based on the size. Family vehicles are $15, limousines and vans are $30, commercial transport vans are $60, and tour buses are $135. If you plan on walking, prior registration and ticket purchase are required. Tickets can be purchased on Metrotix. Desserts, hot chocolate and other beverages are available for purchase on-site. Carriage rides are also available. Purchasing tickets online at Metrotix is suggested. However, there is a small number of walk-up rides available every night. The prices vary by the size of the carriage. The Snowflake carriage holds six people for $110, the Candy Cane carriage holds nine people and is $160, and finally, Santa’s Sleigh is $17 a person and holds 24 people, which can include people from other groups. Tilles Park is located at 9551 Litzsinger Road, in St.
Wildey Theatre’s Interactive Movie Showings
Christmas movies are always a big part of this time of the year for some. The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville has a different way to enjoy these films, featuring help from the Curtain’s Up Theater Company. Wildey Theatre is hosting several different interactive versions of different Christmas movies for three weekends in December. Starting on Friday, Dec. 3, Curtain’s Up Theater Company will be performing “A Christmas Story” at the Wildey until Sunday, Dec. 5, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The same format is given to “White Christmas”, starting on Thursday, Dec. 9. For more information, visit the Wildey Theatre’s website.
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SIUE needs to do more about our Wi-Fi worries THE ALESTLE STAFF editorial board
What’s a student to do when campus Wi-Fi won’t work? From lagging connection to random periods with no internet access at all, SIUE’s population of faculty, staff and students, deserve a more reliable connection. Considering student fees are supposed to, at least in part, go to maintaining the internet access on campus, it’s SIUE’s duty to keep that access consistent, or at the very least, functional. Instead, a majority of students this semester seem to have had the Wi-Fi stop working on them at least once, either by going so slowly that it’s basically impossible to use anything online, or just completely falling out when they need it.
Since the majority of assignments are submitted online at this point, the Wi-Fi randomly going out can lead to major issues with properly submitting assignments. This can be disastrous if it happens close to a deadline, and similar issues can and do occur during online classes and even online exams. There are two ways to access Wi-Fi on campus: Eduroam and Welcome to SIUE, the former for students and staff and the latter for guests. Both have had the same issues this semester, but the issues do extend back further than just the last few months. Eduroam has always been inconsistent, and ITS staff will often just tell people to use Welcome to SIUE when they have trouble connecting to Eduroam. Due to
being shrugged off as such by the only people who can help, plenty of students end up relegated to guest Wi-Fi throughout their years at SIUE. To make matters worse, some students are told by staff during their freshman year that Eduroam is only accessible to students in university housing. That isn’t an issue with the WiFi itself, but the mixed messages do make the problem worse. Compared to the Wi-Fi, the wired ethernet connection available in university housing is more stable, but it’s not always accessible. Plenty of students don’t live on-campus and therefore can only use what’s available in public spaces on campus, which based on locations for study areas and classes, is usually just Wi-Fi.
We understand that part of why the Wi-Fi is worse than usual on campus is due to a broad period of time during the pandemic where less students were using it. After all, with less users it’s harder to tell when issues arise. However, students have been back on campus for several months now, and it’s still lagging behind. Ultimately, putting more resources towards improving the Wi-Fi on campus should be a priority, especially since these issues aren’t new, just more prominent now. Whether that means creating more base infrastructure for supporting it, hiring more ITS employees dedicated to working on the issues and assisting students with setting up connections, we find it’s necessary to make some changes as soon as possible.
Pro wrestling is an underrated marriage of theater and sport ALEX AULTMAN editor-in-chief
With former wrestlers like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dave Bautista entering acting careers, most people are aware of the existence of pro wrestling. However, very few of those watch the media these actors came from — and they should. The best way to describe pro wrestling is theater with athleticism and, depending on the matches, some gore. The reason as to why people watch wrestling will vary between fans — and most wrestling fans don’t watch it for the fighting. Sure, it’s part of the appeal, but what wrestling is really about is the stories that can be told through their bodies while fighting and cutting promos (insulting interviews about competitors) on the mic. What puts most people off of pro wrestling is that it’s “fake.” It’s no mixed martial arts, but the displays of athleticism are genuine.
Even if they aren’t knocking each other unconscious, doing various flips and rough moves without injuring themselves or their opponent is worthy of praise. Sure, the outcomes of matches are predetermined, but that’s all part of telling a story. It’s fun and simple to boo the bad guy (known as a heel) and cheer for the good guy (called the face or babyface). Some of the best moments in wrestling history have been when wrestlers change alignment. It’s always memorable when a beloved babyface turns heel with a surprise low-blow to his opponent and returns in the next show with a whole new look to match his evil persona. The ways wrestlers reinvent themselves and their character evolves is part of the fun. The part parody and part video essay “Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling” does a great job at hammering this point home through the evolution of Triple H’s character during the ‘90s and ‘00s. I always
show it to anyone I can rope into watching wrestling. The thing that can make wrestling difficult to get into is that it is almost entirely self-referential. Wrestlers will pay homage to those they were trained by, as well as wrestlers they grew up watching. Some storylines are crafted specifically to parallel the great feuds of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s still enjoyable without knowing everything that might be referenced and typically commentators are quick to point out those things. There are also several pro wrestling wikis I have used to give myself context. Now is a great time to get into wrestling. Especially with the rise of LGBTQ+ wrestlers and content created specifically for queer wrestling fans. While homophobia is still an issue within wrestling, promotions like All Elite Wrestling protect their performers and fans by kicking out people who say or do bigoted things to others. Women’s
wrestling is also amazing right now, especially Japanese women’s wrestling known as joshi puroresu. The bra and panty matches of the ‘90s are thankfully long gone. There are also multiple independent Metro East wrestling promotions that deserve some love, especially with the pandemic. They’re a great way to get the live wrestling experience for less money, with more audience interaction while supporting local businesses. There’s St. Louis Anarchy and Pro Wrestling Epic in Alton, Illinois, World Powerhouse Wrestling in Collinsville, Illinois, and Glory Pro Wrestling in St. Louis. So I will nudge you, dear readers, to get involved with the world of wrestling just as I have bugged everyone else in my life about it. It’s genuinely fascinating with a variety of wrestler personas and fighting styles. From traditional grapple wrestling to bloody death matches, anyone can find something that appeals to them.
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versity and Inclusion],” Waple said. According to Waple, Student Affairs is looking for someone to work for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. “We are developing and securing funding for that position, and we’re conducting a lot of searches right now. So, we’ll see how those searches pan out. I’ve not seen the finalists for some positions, but we will take a peek at that,” Waple said. Waple said there are several aspects to diversity training in Student Affairs, and he’s always open to adding more. “We did some EDI training at our mini conference in July. Dining Services had training from Impact Academy in August. And we are looking at similar training in the Kimmel’s Student Involvement Center, probably in early spring,” Waple said. “But, as a division, we will continue to work with Dr. Harris and her division on developing departmental-specific, individual and group training on those issues that were mentioned in the [campus constituency’s statement].” CRITICISMS OF UNIVERSITY’S RESPONSE The Van Hook family said they believe the investigation was delayed due to the race of the students involved. Van
Hook’s mother said she initially requested the cease and desist and believes it should have been done immediately upon receiving the report on Oct. 17. Waple said a no contact order between Van Hook and the fraternity members as well as the cease and desist were enacted after he met with the family the following day. “I mean, we suspended the chapter. They can’t operate. They can’t do anything, since we put them on cease and desist,” Waple said. “So we did take action against the group quickly. We did put no contact orders in between Mr. Van Hook and all its members that day.” Van Hook said the university offered to move him from Bluff, where he is an R A, to Cougar Village, but members of the same fraternity that harassed him live there as well. The family’s attorney Mike Pendergast said the school should offer Van Hook compensated off campus housing, and allow him to keep his R A tuition waiver since the harassment has affected his ability to fulfill his duties. “They should find him an apartment off campus, away from the people who have been tormenting him and allow him to live there and attend classes here,” Pendergast said. “And make sure that he doesn’t suffer financial problems because now he’s no longer an R A. The least you
can do is not take a young man like this and let him twist in the wind.” Van Hook said he has been questioned during the investigation about his usage of his Cougar Card on campus for building entry and usage of his meal plan among other topics. He said he lets his girlfriend use his meal plan on campus and investigators requested her name because they “may need to talk to her,” which he declined to give. He believes the questioning he has received is unfair. The Van Hook family said they are concerned that a BIRT email did not go out until after their story appeared on KSDK and The Grio, a publication created by and for the Black community, and said the university was trying to hide the situation. Waple said an email wasn’t sent out due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the active investigation. However, in past cases BIRT emails have gone out within 48 hours of the incident. Van Hook’s parents also said they felt disrespected due to Waple referring to them by first name rather than Mr. and Mrs. Van Hook. They believe the investigation hasn’t been taken seriously. ‘I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ACCOUNTABILITY’ Van Hook said he was hopeful the institution will do what’s right. And, ac-
cording to him, doing what’s right means holding people accountable — both the offenders and those who Van Hook feel slowed down the investigation. “I would like to see accountability. And, furthermore, I would like to see that Jeffrey Waple is no longer in such an important position,” Van Hook said. “Considering he does not have the students’ best interest. He has what’s best for him and what’s best for those under him.” Waple said he was proud of Van Hook for bringing the injustices he faced to SIUE’s attention. “It takes a brave soul to call out injustices when they see it. And I’ve said that to Mr. Van Hook on a few occasions … It takes a lot of personal perseverance to call out your peers when you see behavior that’s not acceptable, and we’ve commended him for it. And I’ve commended him for it,” Waple said. “We are working to create an equitable and anti-racist environment, and we understand that that’s a process, that we’re still in that process, as an institution and as a society.” Pembrook said he was sorry the incident against Van Hook happened. “I’m just sorry that Arluan and his family have experienced things that have been painful for them,” Pembrook said. The Alestle will continue to follow this story as it develops.
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Women’s basketball head coach is a ‘relationship builder’ FRANCESCA BOSTON reporter Samantha Smith, head coach of the women’s basketball team, leads the new coaching staff with a faster-paced playing style and helping players excel on and off the court. Smith came to SIUE in April of 2021 after being head coach at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, for four years. Smith said finding the head coach position at SIUE was like finding a diamond in the rough. She said she and her family fell in love with Edwardsville and the surrounding area, but also the campus community. “I feel like our family just really fell in love with the whole town of Edwardsville, but the [university] community that is set up, it’s just really been a blessing for us,” Smith said. Smith said she has introduced a faster paced coaching style to the team. She has already
started seeing success from this ing. She said Smith is extremely new coaching style, with a win good at creating a community within the team. against the Univer“She brings sity of Illinois Urin a winner’s menba na- Cha mpa ig n , tality and [knows] a Big Ten school, what it takes to be and a win against successful. She’s a Butler University. great relationship “[It’s] really cool builder, she’s come to have those sucin and done a great cesses, so early on job of building relain the season. It’s a tionships with our day by day process players and building of us continuing to a bond with them. get better. Having | Head Coach for [She is also able]to some early on here Women’s Basketball connect with them is really great for us, Samantha Smith through the sport of but understanding that we still have a lot of work to basketball, [as well as] off the do. We play our best basketball, court as well,” Pitts said. Allie Troeckler, a fifth-year all of us learning how to string together consistency and taking guard/forward, said Smith is enone thing that we learned one thusiastic both about the team day and translating it to the next and basketball, which means day, which can be really difficult the team is buying into and enjoying the process of learning the to do,” Smith said. Jazmin Pitts, an assistant new playing style. “It’s a new style in both ofcoach, said the experience Smith is bringing to the team is excit- fensive and defensive, but [the
team] is really enjoying the process and trusting the coaches and having them trusting us is really great,” Troeckler said. Smith said she has several goals for the upcoming season, but the main one is building a family in the team, through creating loyalty and trust among the team and coaching staff. She also said she is extremely proud of the entire team, but especially her seniors who have had a tough couple of years and have worked hard through COVID-19 and a new coaching staff. She said she is excited to see what they are going to do to leave their mark on the program. “I would say just continuing to build our culture, continuing to build our relationship side of things with our student-athletes. I think they’ll run through a brick wall for you if they know that you care about them. It’s been something that’s been a huge focus of our staff,” Smith said.
Blues notebook: No timetable set for Perron’s return JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) Veteran forward David Perron was the only Blue not on the ice Monday at Enterprise Center, as the team returned to practice after a day off Sunday. There’s no timetable for his return from his absence that apparently is because of a concussion he suffered in the first period of the Blues’ 3-2 overtime loss Friday in Chicago. “He came in today, (did) some light workout stuff,” coach Craig Berbue said after practice. “But that’s where he’s at right now. That stuff, nobody knows. Right? The only person that knows is the person himself. We’ll just see what happens with that.” Concussions can be tricky and unpredictable. A person can feel better and show signs of progress, start to skate again and then have symptoms reappear. So the last thing Berube wants to do is ask Perron how he feels every day. He’ll leave that up to Perron and head athletics trainer Ray Barile. “I really don’t talk to him day-to-day, ask him how he is,” Berube said. “Because if that was me and I was in his shoes, it’d
be irritating. So I just let him do his thing. I talk to Ray Barile ... and he gives me reports on him. I just more or less talk to David, just small talk.” Concussions are a sensitive subject with Perron. He missed 13 months after taking an elbow to the temple from San Jose’s Joe Thornton early in the 2010-11 season with the Blues. During the Blues’ Stanley Cup run in 2018-19, Perron suffered a concussion in mid-January and missed 24 games before returning in March. After returning from that concussion, Perron made this sobering comment: “It’s never fun to go through and I really, really hope — knock on wood — that it never happens again just because I don’t know how many more times I can go through this.” Having Perron out of the lineup never is a good thing for the Blues. He led the team in scoring last season and was second — by one point — to Ryan O’Reilly in the 2019-20 campaign. After a fast start this season, Perron went through a 13-game goal drought — matching his longest dry spell since he returned to the Blues in 2018. But it looked like
MEN’S BASKETBALL Men’s basketball started off the week with a loss against St. Thomas in The J. Arnold Wealth Management Company Tournament with a score of 73-86 on Nov. 21. Redshirt Freshman guard Ray’sean Taylor of Collinsville, Illinois scored the most points at 15. The second game of last week also resulted in a loss against Creighton, ending the game 6570 on Nov. 27. Taylor again scored the highest points at 17. The Cougars scored their first win in the past week on Nov. 30 against Omaha, winning with a score of 75-65. The highest point total of 20 was scored by redshirt sophomore forward Lamar Wright of Memphis, Tennessee.
he was getting back on his game, with a goal and five assists in the four games before suffering the injury. Even with the goal slump, Perron ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). In Perron’s absence, Berube moved Brayden Schenn to left wing on the O’Reilly line — with Jordan Kyrou on right wing — for the team’s 6-3 triumph against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Based on line rushes in practice Monday, that’s also the way the Blues will line up Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “With Perron out and stuff, that changes things a little bit,” Berube said. “And O’Reilly and Schenn have played together before. They’ve done well.” Scandella to sit? Struggling defenseman Marco Scandella was not among the Blues’ top three defenseman pairings during line rushes Monday, meaning he could be a healthy scratch Tuesday for the first time this season. “That’s a decision I’ll make (Tuesday),” Berube said. “But it’s possible.” Here’s how the Blues lined up Monday:
Forwards: • Schenn-O’Reilly-Kyrou • Pavel Buchnevich-Robert Thomas-Vladimir Tarasenko • Brandon Saad-Oskar Sundqvist-Ivan Barbashev • Logan Brown-Tyler Bozak-Dakota Joshua • Defensemen • Niko Mikkola-Colton Parayko • Torey Krug-Justin Faulk • Scott Perunovich-Robert Bortuzzo Promoted Sunday from the Blues’ Springfield (Mass.) affiliate in the American Hockey League, Logan Brown took part in his first Blues practice since training camp. With the Perron injury and James Neal and Klim Kostin on long-term injured reserve, Brown is set to make his Blues debut against Tampa Bay. “He looked more confident to me (in practice),” Berube said. “He looked stronger than he did at training camp. He looked quicker, more direct with the puck. So it’s good stuff. He’s played really well down there, so I’m looking forward to seeing him.” Brown was scoring at nearly a point-a-game pace in Springfield, with six goals and 11 assists in 19 games.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Women’s Basketball brings victory over the past week with a win over Butler on Nov. 23 with a score of 87-74, senior guard Mikia Keith of Indianapolis, Indiana, leading with 17 points. The match against Purdue Fort Wayne resulted in a 68-56 win, with redshirt junior guard Jaida Hampton of Lansing, Michigan, leading the game with 14 points.
SIUE STANDINGS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SIUE Murray State UT Martin Belmont Tennessee Tech Southeast Missouri Austin Peay Eastern Illinois Morehead State Tennessee State
3-2 6-1 3-4 3-3 2-4 2-5 3-3 4-3 1-5 3-3
SIUE Belmont Austin Peay Southeast Missouri Tennessee Tech UT Martin Morehead State Tennessee State Eastern Illinois Murray State
3-5 5-3 3-3 3-4 2-5 3-4 4-3 1-5 1-6 6-1
Morehead State Murray State Belmont Austin Peay SIUE UT Martin Eastern Illinois Tennessee Tech Southeast Missouri Tennessee State
20-11 18-12 9-20 21-12 6-23 15-17 11-18 16-14 25-7 10-17
All stats are from the OVC Website
UPCOMING Wrestling Cougar Clash at Edwardsville 10 a.m., Dec. 4 Men’s Basketball at Bradley 2 p.m., Dec. 4 Women’s Basketball at SIUE vs. Western Illinois 7 p.m., Dec. 7 Men’s Basketball at SIUE vs. Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m., Dec. 8 Women’s Basketball at SIUE vs. Saint Louis 7 p.m., Dec. 9 Women’s Basketball at SIUE vs. Illinois State 1 p.m., Dec. 11