Oktober Career Fair 2002 attracted more than 1,000 students who were interested in information about possible career paths. They had plenty of opportunity at the fair in the Vadalabene Center because representatives from more than 120 businesses and organizations came to the fair to visit with students. Below, Trish Fleshner (left), of Edward Jones spoke with Emily Ellerbusch, a senior studying Human Resource Management. (SIUE Photo)
Displaced students from 428 Cougar Village have been moved to other buildings in the apartment complex, several student organizations on campus have begun raising food and money for the 30 students, and the university has hired its own investigative team to try to find the cause of the fire that destroyed their building in the early morning of Oct. 12.
In addition, new "arc fault" circuit breaker devices are being installed in every building on the 400 side of Cougar Village as an added safety measure. The updated device, newly added to the fire codes this year and only lately available on the market, is designed to shut down a circuit if the system senses an electrical arc forming between wires.
In September, the university began installation of a new fire alarm system throughout Cougar Village. The 500 side is finished, while work has been ongoing on the 400 side, with an expected completion date of Nov. 15.
Under the old system, each apartment has a smoke detector in each bedroom and in the dining area that alerts SIUE Police, per current fire codes. Under the new alarm system, which will exceed code, heat sensors will be located in the attic of each building and alarm horns will be located throughout the building. They are designed to alert all occupants of a building no matter what apartment generates the initial alarm.
The "arc fault" installation was ordered soon after the Oct. 12 fire, which still is being investigated by the state fire marshall and SIUE Police.
The fire also sent one student to the hospital with severe smoke inhalation. That student, Michael McGehee, 19, a freshman from Red Bud, was expected to return to classes Monday, Oct. 21.
As part of the investigation, SIUE Police said four students in 428-1B, where the fire originated, were charged by the Madison County State's Attorney with violating the state's smoke detector statute.
The charge contends that the four students-Marcell Doyle, Rontrell Robinson, Branden Peterson, and Carlton Johnson- draped articles of clothing over three of the four smoke detectors in their apartment. Each of the students was charged with the misdemeanor count.
SIUE Police said that in spite of the students' hindering of the smoke detectors, the building's fire system did function properly when an adjoining apartment's devices detected the smoke from Apartment 1B, sounded, and then sent an alert to the SIUE Police dispatcher. An officer was on the scene in three minutes and alerted the fire department which arrived within nine minutes of the alert.
ne of Illinois' greatest anti-slavery leaders and defenders of freedom of the press-Elijah Parish Lovejoy-will be honored the day before the 200th anniversary of his birth at a symposium on the SIUE campus.The symposium will be conducted Friday, Nov. 8, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium of the abolitionist's namesake building- Lovejoy Library. The event is presented with support from the SIUE Alumni Association.
With its theme "The Legacy of Elijah Lovejoy: Freedom of Speech /Freedom of Inquiry," presentations will be made at the all-day symposium by faculty from universities around the state and from SIUE, who will speak about Lovejoy's legacy. In addition, historians also will talk about Lovejoy's impact today on a free press in America and on other aspects of society.
Lovejoy was killed in 1837 when his Alton newspaper office was attacked by rioters angered by his anti-slavery stance. Those guarding the press fought back, killing one of the attackers. However, the rioters successfully set fire to the building, and killed Lovejoy, now called America's first martyr for freedom of the press.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees are invited to the symposium, as well as the general public. Admission is free. For additional information, contact David E. Cassens, (618) 650-2730, or by e-mail.
ATTACKED: Elijah P. Lovejoy, editor of The Observer with its anti-slavery stance, was killed by a pro-slavery mob at his newspaper office in Alton in 1837. This is an early illustration depicting the mob action. (SIUE Photo)
PREVIEW SIUE 2002 was the best ever, based on attendance and compliments received by parents and students, said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and coordinator of the event.
"This is our day for high school students and their families, as well as community college students, to see what we're about," Bollinger said. "They are in the midst of deciding an important step in the educational process and we do everything possible at PREVIEW SIUE to put our best foot forward."
Bollinger said university departments and units, including faculty and staff, were on hand to answer questions about academic programs and services available to students.
"We welcomed 1,295 total guests, including 618 prospective high school and transfer students," Bollinger said. "Compared with last year, these numbers are up 345 and 163, respectively. In terms of student attendance, this was our best-attended open house since Preview began in 1985.
"On behalf of the PREVIEW SIUE Committee, I thank the faculty, staff, and students who contributed their time and energy to this important event. Their contributions helped us roll out the red carpet to the next generation of SIUE students," she said.
Chancellor David Werner made opening remarks, before students and families toured the central campus, including the residence halls and Cougar Village.
Informational sessions were scheduled throughout the day, with topics including SIUE-The Place to Be; Financing Your Education at SIUE; Countdown to SIUE; and Emerging Careers, as well as academic sessions presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing.
"PREVIEW SIUE is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to get answers to all their questions in one visit to campus," Bollinger said. "Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting."
Season for the Child kicks off Oct. 26 with Piwacket Theater Co.'s lively presentation of Little Red Riding Hood. Yes, the wolf will to try and entice Red for (or to be) lunch.
However, our heroine has a few tricks up her sleeve (or hood), too, as she outwits the wiley wolf.
In this classic tale, the Piwacket cast uses catchy songs and humor to emphasize safety. Curtain is 7 p.m. at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
A Season for the Child continues with the annual holiday show this year featuring the children's classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, also at Dunham Hall theater. The production will be staged by the Imaginary Theater Co., the traveling troupe from the St. Louis Repertory Theatre.
Margery Williams' classic story has been adapted for the stage by Kim Wylie with music and lyrics by Joe Dreyer. We have all had a stuffed animal or special toy that meant the most to us. Children of all ages can enjoy this heart-warming story about a boy and his favorite toy, the Velveteen Rabbit who asks, "What does it mean to be real?"
It's a heartwarming story for the holiday season, with two chances to see a truly magical tale that explores the mystery of love and devotion.
The season continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, when Imaginary Theatre returns to present its production of Puss 'n' Boots adapted by Brian Hohlfeld.
The crazy cat in the high boots comes to life in this amazing adventure. Puss is cleverer than his master and sets out to make their lives cushy and free from want. Along the way, Puss overcomes an ogre, pleases a king and wins the heart of the princess.
The 2002-03 season ends with the return of the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company and its presentation of The Honest-To-Goodness Truth about a little girl who cannot tell a lie. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, also at Dunham Hall.
Audience members may recall the Black Rep's production of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters from two seasons ago with all of the audience interaction that the children and parents loved so well.
Individual tickets for each performance are $5-children and adults. For more information, call the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.