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E’ville welcomes students back at 14th Annual Block Party SIUE hosts a number of events during the first few weeks to welcome students each fall semester, and for the last 14 years, Edwardsville has had its own way of reaching out. The annual Block Party is a free event downtown with various activities, including inflatables, spin-art Frisbee discs, a balloon artist, carnival games and more. From 6 p.m. until midnight, vendors representing local businesses will have booths set up, introducing themselves to students.

According to Michelle Welter, Campus Activities Board assistant director, the Block Party, hosted by the university, the city and the Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce is meant to acquaint students with Edwardsville. “The purpose of the Block Party is to introduce students to area businesses and to get them to the downtown Edwardsville area, which is an area that a lot of students, especially freshmen, don’t get to right away,” Welter said. The Edwardsville Jimmy John’s has come to the Block Party the past several years, and its general manager Richard Lynch

hopes to be able to interact with students at the event by offering free samples, menus, magnets and a bean bag toss game with free sandwich cards as prizes. “We try to get into as many of the dorms and all of Cougar Village as much as possible,” Lynch said. “We’ll try to get as much involvement with the college as is possible this year.” SIUE groups will also have booths, some selling food and other items and others giving out tickets for winning carnival games, which can be used to redeem for prizes. Live music from local musi-

cians of Smash Band will provide another form of entertainment for students and community members. They have appeared at the Block Party for a number of years. “They do a great job and always bring out a great crowd,” Welter said. “Smash does a great job getting the students involved, and he does lots of contests and gives away lots of prizes.” Shuttle buses will be available for student to travel from campus to downtown and back.

Not knowing what you are going to be when you grow up can cause college students a lot of stress and anxiety. There are the long talks with the parents, trips to the guidance counselors and the changing of majors. Occasionally, however, you will find that rare student. The student that is so sure about his or her destination relaxed, — confident and steadily moving toward the goal. T h e ,(+6 /.+"76 School of 8 Pharmacy currently has not one, but two such students. Emily Papolczy, of Centralia, and Caleb Corrigan, of Decatur, are on a path to earn their doctorates at the age of 22 after finishing a majority of their pre-pharmacy classes while still in high school. The first thought that might come to mind is the show “Doogie Howser, M.D.” They must be geniuses. The rest of us can go back to “Call of Duty” and delayed graduations. But that’s not it. Although they are both intelligent, they are not prodigies, and their parents did not pay for a new building at the school. Papolczy went to public school where she was a member of the golf and track teams. She decided early what she wanted to do as a career and started taking steps | pg.2

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in that direction. “In 8th grade, I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist,� Papolczy said, “and when I decide on something, I go through with it. So it was the summer after 8th grade, I took my first online class from the local community college.� Corrigan was home schooled and, apart from driver’s education, did not take any public high school classes. But like Papolczy, he saw something he liked about the pharmacy profession and immediately set out on his journey. “I first decided I wanted to be a pharmacist when I was about 15,� Corrigan said. “I was looking around at different careers and thought pharmacy sounded interesting, so I went ahead and jobshadowed a local pharmacist.� By utilizing a combination of online and night classes, they managed to significantly reduce the amount time it would take before they could start their job hunt. “It’s all about time management,� Papolczy said. “I didn’t watch TV or play video games, but I still had time for a social life.� Although Corrigan was not on a golf team, he attributes his home-schooling with giving him the tools to conquer his educational challenges. “I got very good at learning on my own and constantly making myself improve. That’s been helpful going forward,� Corrigan said. Although they come from completely different backgrounds, there are some compelling similarities: focus, drive and determination. But before labeling them as

over-achievers, Papolczy has a laser-like focus while Corrigan measures and re-evaluates his progress. “I sit down, pray and make sure I’m on the right heading,� Corrigan said. “If I felt like this wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing, I would change.� Even their attitudes toward learning are different. Corrigan said it has been a challenge, but Papolczy was at ease in the classroom. “Learning has come easy for me. I was never a star basketball player, but learning I can do,� Papolczy said. One correlation that can be drawn between the two students is the support they received from their parents. “My mom would be the main reason why you’re interviewing me today,� Papolczy said. “She took the time to find and research the college classes and pull all the strings to get them to allow a 13year-old into these college classes.� Corrigan’s parents assisted him with classes as well, but it was their turbulent earlier years that helped him mature. “In addition to their considerable involvement in my life, the fact that my parents and I argued fairly often helped me out later in life,� Corrigan said. “Arguing forced me to learn how to think through my ideas and plans. I’ve seen a lot of people make a lot of mistakes that I avoided because I thought through the consequences.� The School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup said the age of the students makes them unique but they passed the Pharmacy College Admission Test, the

admission’s interview and have performed well in the program. “It is quite uncommon,� Gupchup said. “They obviously have a sense of purpose.� Gupchup may have described what these two very different students share — “a sense of purpose.� Papolczy will be in the class of 2014 while Corrigan is in the class of 2016. Both students intend on working in or around their hometowns. “I’d like to go into community pharmacy. My ideal job would be one where I get a chance to see and interact with my patients constantly,� Corrigan said. “Regardless of how I do it, I want to make sure that I take the time and effort to make sure I take care of the people who trust me.� The two students are achieving the same goal while having had different experiences and utilizing different strategies but both have a sense of purpose. Papolczy said there is no secret to accomplishing goals. “I believe hard work does pay off, and my advice to others is to go for your dreams and to not let hurdles stop you along the way,� Papolczy said. “I was told that I was too young to take college courses and that I was too young to be accepted into pharmacy school, but I graduated with my associates in science degree two weeks before I graduated high school and was accepted into pharmacy school to start the fall immediately following my senior year of high school.�

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Put down the phone, now it’s the law We are living in an age when technology is literally in the palm of our hands. Whether Americans are talking with the phone up to their ear, texting, checking Facebook or tweeting, many drivers take their electronic appendage with them into the car, putting themselves and others in danger. While the behavior seems innocent, the results are not. According to distraction.gov, 3,331 Americans died in 2011 as a result of an accident involving distracted driving, which is about 10 percent of the total 32,367 Americans who died in car accidents. Those numbers do not include the many permanent injuries, emotional and physical, that both the victims and distracted drivers suffer afterwards. On a campus that requires crossing the street often, little is more frightening than walking the crosswalk and seeing an irresponsible, distracted driver nearby. The government of Illinois is trying to combat this growing trend. Effective in 2010, police were permitted to issue citations to drivers they saw texting and driving or talking on the phone in a school or construction zone. Most recently, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, banning talking on phones for Illinois drivers except for hands-free use, and this is a step in the right direction. The new law will make the campus a safer place for

both drivers and pedestrians. Electronically-distracted drivers who cause great bodily harm to others will now face up to a year in prison, and accidents that result in a fatality will result in a prison sentence of one to three years. Some drivers think they are skilled multitaskers, but according to the National Safety Council, talking on the phone and driving both require significant parts of the brain, and when you do both, your brain does a poor job at both tasks. While Bluetooth and speaker phone usage may seem safe, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University, brain activity in the parietal lobe, where visual movement is processed, decreases by 37 percent when listening to conversation. We commend the state government for trying to combat this dangerous habit, but what we need is a change in attitude about driving while using the phone. While it is easy to blame others, we cannot say truthfully that all of us at the Alestle have never used a phone behind the wheel. We must begin by changing our own behavior. Nothing your phone sends you is important enough to risk lives. It’s as simple as that.

Russian runners’ kiss fuels LGBT debate Whether they intended to or not, the Russian women’s 4x400meter relay team has raised awareness about the conflict between the Russian government and the country’s homosexual

Evan Meyers Alestle Reporter community. The kiss could be very beneficial to the LGBT community overcoming what are ridiculous laws laid down by the Russian government. This week Russian sprinters Kseniya Ryzhova and Tuliya Gushchina made headlines after sharing a kiss on the medal stand after their team won gold in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Moscow. The celebratory kiss comes after many people have begun discussing how Russia’s anti-gay policies may have an impact on the upcoming Winter Olympics and was thought to be in protest of such

laws. Since then, both runners have come out to say the kiss was nothing more than a celebration. While that may be true, it has the chance to mean something very important to the LGBT community, and I hope the opportunity is taken to press the Russian government into repealing the laws. As the kiss made headline news, other athletes around the world also saw the chance to voice their opinions about Russia’s stance on homosexuality. For example, Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro had her nails painted in a rainbow design to protest the anti-gay laws, but was told by Swedish officials that the design would be a violation of the competition’s code of conduct and may even be illegal in Russia. It is good for these athletes to use their time in the spotlight to speak out on issues much bigger than them or the sports in which they compete. Under the new laws, the display of homosexuality, the display of any homosexual propaganda or

the discussion of gay rights and relationships has been barred from the country. This has led to violence against the LGBT community. It has also led to confusion as to what the country is going to define as gay propaganda. While the Russian government has not come out to say what will define homosexual propaganda, they have said they will allow gay visitors and athletes to be involved in the games and the law will not affect them. Still, many remain uneasy, and the idea of boycotting the games has been thrown out there by several groups. Boycotting is a terrible idea because it takes away the athletes chance to compete. Also, they will be able to deliver a much bigger message if they compete and perform well, further pushing the issue. These runners may have just been celebrating a victory with their kiss, but they may have helped Russia move one step closer to celebrating equality.

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Students return from abroad with stories to share McKnight observes hospitality, gender shift in Japan Johnson learns Chinese experience is not what Americans imagine Senior psychology major Jennifer Johnson, of St. Louis, has been studying Chinese for three years and her understanding of the language helped in certain cities while studying abroad in China. Johnson said she stayed in the city of Hangzhou, which had fewer English-speaking citizens, and they were not accustomed to meeting foreigners. “Since it’s less globalized, people would stare at us. Some people would want to come talk to us and take pictures with us,” Johnson said. Shanghai had more of a cultural mix and many people spoke English, Johnson said. Despite the cultural blend in Shanghai, Johnson said she noticed gender did not mix as easily. While at a Chinese night club, Johnson said the guys and girls never mingled. Guys would dance in groups separate from the girls. “Guys don’t really pick up girls like at bars or anything,” Johnson said. “Guys talk to girls through friends.” Johnson also noticed that communism in China is not what Americans might imagine. Johnson said she felt people had more freedom in China than in America. “It’s not what you would think, like how it’s portrayed,” Johnson said. “It basically seems more free than America actually. Cops don’t pull drivers over to give them tickets, and people drive crazy but they don’t get arrested for stuff like that.” Johnson’s time in China allowed her to see culture and interaction firsthand. “It kind of opened my eyes to how to interact differently with different people of different cultures, and how not to judge based on what I know back home,” Johnson said.

This summer, senior English major Sarah McKnight, of Edwardsville, spent a weekend in Nagasaki and visited the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Park. During her stay in Beppu, Japan, she had the chance to hear a survivor share his story. “He was the only one to survive among his friends. He told us that he went to work and everything just got quiet. He was standing behind a pillar when the explosion happened,” McKnight said. “He was looking for his friend, and all of them were just on the ground asking for water. He went and found water and brought it back and got his friends water. They all died anyway. To this day he brings water to the park.” According to McKnight, her experience at Nagasaki was difficult and a little depressing, but the rest of her trip proved to be eventful and enlightening. One evening, McKnight and her friends were invited to a party for which they only had an address to help them navigate. “We got completely lost,” McKnight said. “We would stop people and ask if they knew where this address was, and they would pull up their phones and pull up maps and show us and make sure we understood. That’s just not something you find here [in

America.]” She said she felt very safe walking through the city at night because of Japan’s strict gun control laws. Japanese people would ask if she had ever seen a gun before. McKnight said this is because reputation is extremely important in Japan. “You don’t want to mess up,” McKnight said. Major observations McKnight made regarding culture were differences in gender and a transition in gender roles taking place. She said older generations tended to be traditional — women would stay home and cook while men would hold a job to support the family — but there was a shift in the younger generations. “A lot of women want to continue to work even after they have children,” McKnight said. Unlike in America, teen pregnancy is extremely rare and handled very differently in Japan. McKnight said parents take custody of a baby and raise him or her as their own so teen parents can finish high school. “High school life is so hard in Japan. That’s when you have to study the hardest. That’s when you’re under the most stress,” McKnight said.

Adkisson gives the Queen her best royal wave While studying in London, junior mass communications major Emma Adkisson, of Sullivan, was a bit star-struck when she encountered the Queen herself at a derby. “It looked like she saw me and smiled at me,” Adkisson said. Before her arrival, Adkisson said she did not have much interest in the royal family, but that quickly changed with the publicity surrounding the royal baby. “Once I got there, it felt more personal and like it actually applied to my life,” Adkisson said. Not only was she able to see such an important figurehead, but she also visited many English landmarks such as the Globe Theatre. While at the theater, she watched Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “It was so much better than I thought it would be. It was hilarious, and all the humor translated so well to modern day,” Adkisson said. “I thought it would be like reading Shakespeare, but it wasn’t.”

Adkisson said romance was in the air for several of her friends who found time for it while abroad. It was not as heartfelt as people might imagine after watching a film with that storyline, though, Adkisson said. She stayed in Kensington, which is an affluent district in London, full of wealthy men. “None of these guys wanted to tell them what they did for a living because they’re like, ‘Oh these girls are gold diggers.’ They basically have jobs that don’t have titles,” Adkisson said. With these once-in-a-lifetime experiences under her belt, Adkisson said traveling abroad is something she highly encourages students to do. The moment they feel a slight interest is the moment they should begin planning their trip, she said. “It’s a really easy process if you really, really want to do it,” Adkisson said. “I would greatly encourage studying wherever you want to go.”


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Resler returns from China spiritually satisfied Hanlin sees social issues in action while in South Africa Senior political science and economics major Jorgia Hanlin, of Leroy, studied abroad in South Africa this summer, and had her eyes opened to the racial issues that still exist. A lot happened in South Africa early this summer. President Barack Obama visited the country while Nelson Mandela’s health declined. According to Hanlin, there is still a rift that remains between social groups, and it stems from both race issues and resentment over South Africa’s history. “One thing that was a little bit frightening was our group got stereotyped by a man in Capetown. He did not appreciate that we were white and walking through Capetown. He was obviously not happy that we were there and we heard some nasty words from him,” Hanlin said. “We did not say a word to him, but he was asking where we were from. … And then he decided that we were probably American and he was screaming to us about Obama being in town.” Hanlin said Obama’s visit to South Africa sparked some controversy given Mandela’s state of health. While some people welcomed the visit, others felt it was a conspiracy.“Some of the students at the university we were there with hinted that maybe Mandela had already died,” Hanlin said. “They thought that basically the government was covering it up because they didn’t want Obama to be here at the same time Mandela had passed on.” Obama toured many other countries in Africa. His administration granted $7 billion to boost electricity to sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa was not mentioned in this campaign, but Hanlin said it could have been very useful. The lack of available electricity in South Africa was something she saw immediately as her plane entered Capetown during the night. She saw a few lights

around the outskirts of the city, and then the very bright Capetown came into view. “When we visited the townships on our own, you would see houses that had outside wires running in. Basically, they had rigged up the wires themselves and were just sharing multiple lines to multiple houses,” Hanlin said. “We went to a lot of houses where I don’t even think they had overhead lighting or anything. They had windows, and in one of the rooms they had set up a hot plate and a TV. I think that was the only electronics in the room.” Aside from witnessing current social and political events in South Africa, one of her classes brought attention to the fact that leadership has had a powerful influence on the spread of AIDS. “One of the presidents refused to make a drug available that would help with AIDS. So hundreds of thousands of people died just during the few years he was president because he refused to make that drug available,” Hanlin said. “Then the next [president] … it came out that he had sex with someone who was known to have HIV and he said, ‘It’s okay, I showered afterwards.’” Hanlin did not expect to learn these leaders had a lack of understanding about the disease itself or how their position influenced life and death of South Africans. There were many other situations she encountered that she would have never expected, such as petty crime and blatant displays of poverty. “One girl who was a full-time student there … she was held at gunpoint and mugged,” Hanlin said. Hanlin said she did not learn about South Africa before her trip and was unaware of the diverse cultures. “There’s definitely a very rich history with the apartheid and other things,” Hanlin said. “It was very interesting to see all the different cultures come together.”

Senior speech language pathology major Logan Resler, of Moline, spent his summer experiencing another country’s culture and spirituality firsthand. Resler is also working on an Asian studies minor with a focus on religion, and his summer in China helped him with both. “You know a lot of people go to church [in America] on Sunday — one day a week. I noticed when we went to temples, no matter what day of the week, there’s always people going,” Resler said. Resler said religion is important in China, with the practice and behaviors incorporated into the Chinese way of life. “That’s the reason they act the way they do because their culture is very influenced on religion,” Resler said. He visited many city temples in China. Resler said they were set up similarly in each city; however, each temple was specific to its city. They were not found in the core of the city either. According to Resler, there are mountains within the cities, and in order to get to the temples, he had to hike up a mountain. Along the way, he would see ornate shrines set up. Once in the temple, he saw people pray individually or with families. “It wasn’t like a sermon setup or anything like that. It was just kind of like you walk through the temple and you just pray. It’s almost just for yourselves,” Resler said. “I feel more spiritual in that sense. …They’re going for themselves.” Throughout the temples, Resler saw people sitting at statues and praying to the gods they represented. They were encased in glass and finely decorated. “It was just the most amazing thing you would see. And they would have a pillow in front of each one as a prayer station,” Resler said. “Usually [people] would donate money. That was a big thing too. They would go around to each deity and do their respects.” In isolated areas of the temples, Resler said he saw monks who would either stay in private sections of the temple or walk around

the second and third stories of temple. “I only talked to one monk on the street and he walked away. I think he automatically assumed I wanted to take a picture with him,” Resler said. Resler did not just spend his time in China visiting temples. He and his group took a weekend trip to Yellow Mountain and climbed it during a rainstorm. “It was like being on the edge while climbing this mountain,” Resler said. “Your adrenaline is just pumping. You feel like you’re going to get blown off.” He also spent his time in the cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou. The cultural differences between the two cities were obvious, Resler said. According to Resler, Shanghai had many foreigners. He got the sense he was in China, but felt more at home because there were more people he could connect with. Hangzhou, however, was not as diverse. “Back in Hangzhou, where we were living, it was completely like China. Not a lot of people spoke English,” Resler said. Both Shanghai and Hangzhou were heavily populated. According to Resler, Hangzhou’s population compares to New York City’s and Shanghai’s population is three times greater than New York City. “A lot of people think it’s really crowded. It’s not dirty or anything like that. I’ve been to New York City. It’s actually cleaner there than New York City. The streets were wider. It wasn’t as jam-packed as people make it sound,” Resler said. This was a huge experience, Resler said, and believes all students should take the opportunity to study abroad. “Financial aid is available really easily. There’s a lot of scholarships as well. A lot of people don’t go for financial reasons; there is a lot of help out there though,” Resler said. “I think once you get past that aspect and the courage to go, for the experience I got, I think money shouldn’t be an issue because it’s an experience of a lifetime that I don’t think you can put a price tag on.”


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A return to action Saturday in Denver seems highly unlikely, but Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold is working his way back into the practice routine after suffering a dislocated left shoulder Aug. 9 in Cleveland. “Day by day,” Saffold said, “I have to kind of work my way into individual [drills,] and then start to work my way into the team [11-on-11] and then go all out. “I’m glad I got to get some punching in. I feel good about it.” Saffold was referring there to the slight amount of individual work he did in practice Tuesday, a day when his workload was limited in part because the practice was heavy on “team” work. “That’s just the way it is sometimes,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll get to do a little bit more [today,] and then just see where I go from there.” Saffold is eager to play in an exhibition game, but as always, defers to head athletic trainer Reggie Scott and the Rams’ medical staff. “But if I get close before Denver, then I would love to play,” Saffold said. “Because I need reps against other people so I can get prepared for the first game.” More likely is a return Aug. 29 in the exhibition finale, against Baltimore. Worst-case scenario, just a few practices against left defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes should do the trick prior to the regularseason opener, on Sept. 8 against Arizona. “I think if I have any kind of rust, it will probably come off during practice,” Saffold said. “Because honestly, going against Chris Long and William Hayes, those guys aren’t easy defensive guys by a long shot. So if anybody’s gonna get me prepared, they will.” Saffold isn’t sure if the injury occurred while punching out at a defender, or in bracing

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responsibilities. This is an area in which Meisel was very successful, as SIUE athletes have maintained a high academic standard. According to the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rates, a report to show the academic integrity of a school’s athletes, SIUE currently has 15 programs that are performing above the national average. “Our athletes are doing a good job as students,” Retzlaff said. “I will get to view the APRs for the school, and I want to help make sure the student is being emphasized in studentathlete.” Hewitt said he believes a large reason for the academic success of the university has been due to the effort of all those involved to maintain a high academic level.

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played left tackle and he made the move with some reluctance after the Rams signed Jake Long from Miami in free agency to play the left side. Saffold writes with his left hand, but throws right-handed. In baseball and softball, he’s a switch-hitter. So in that sense, switching from left to right is nothing new. Obviously, doing so when 260pound edge rushers or 320pound behemoths are coming at you is a different deal. But the acclimation process in terms of technique and footwork was starting to become muscle memory before the Cleveland game. “I think it was,” Saffold said. “I was really focused on this. It’s a big challenge.” A challenge that’s about to begin anew. Alestle Sports can be reached at sports@alestlelive.com or 650-3524. Follow @TheAlestleSport.

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of that afternoon in a Detroit hospital for tests and evaluation, only to start the next Sunday against Washington. But he didn’t last long against the Redskins, suffering a knee injury 5 1/2 minutes into the game while trying to run with a recovered fumble. He missed the next six weeks. And now this. “Everything happens for a reason,” Saffold said. “I didn’t mope around at all after this happened. I kinda just took it as, ‘OK, now what do I need to do? How do I need to act mentally during meetings? And how can I help out the rest of the team be ready to play the next game?’ I think I’ve handled it well.” Saffold said his switch to right tackle was going well before the injury in Cleveland. “It was going great at that point,” Saffold said. “I was starting to feel it.” For years, Saffold had only

“We have clearly defined goals for our academic success and everyone has to try and reach that standard,” Hewitt said. Retzlaff said he has been in contact with Meisel to get a better understanding of the job, as well as advice for how to be successful. Even though he is the first new FAR in more than three decades, Hewitt believes Retzlaff will be able to monitor and promote a well-being for student-athletes attending SIUE. “He has some big shoes to fill, but I am very confident he will be able to meet the responsibilities of the position,” Hewitt said.

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