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April 17, 2014
Layla Souers

SLU Offers Summer Programs for International Students

Are you an international student, faculty or staff member with a friend or younger sibling interested in Saint Louis University? Help them discover what being a Billiken is all about with SLU’s 2014 International Student Summer Program.

Designed for students considering attending college in the United States, the program features two sessions that allow high school students from all over the world to check out SLU’s beautiful campus and explore St. Louis while taking a college-credit course in English.

Session One: International High School Students – July 7-26

This three-week session helps prepare high school students 16 years or older for a successful transition to academic, social and cultural life at the university level and improve their English skills.

Students will live and dine on SLU’s campus and take a college-level course in English that explores U.S. culture and history. This classroom learning is further enhanced with events and activities throughout the city of St. Louis.

Session Two: International Incoming SLU Students – July 30-Aug. 19

The second session serves as an opportunity for international students who have been admitted to SLU to get a head start on their college career in the U.S.

Students arrive on campus before classes begin, move in early to their assigned dorm rooms and participate in a variety of academic, social and cultural activities. It’s a great opportunity for international students to learn their way around the University campus and the city of St. Louis, meet fellow Billikens and University faculty, and make friends before the fall semester begins.

Plus, the program includes a class worth three credit hours and serves as the best preparation for the SLUWE, the written test of English proficiency that every new international student takes at the start of their studies at SLU.

Combining Academic Study and Cultural Experiences

Students in both sessions are exposed to American culture through a variety of events, excursions and activities, including:

  • Visits to St. Louis landmarks, such as the Gateway Arch and Forest Park
  • Tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium
  • Fun trips to St. Louis attractions, such as the City Museum, the St. Louis Science Center and Six Flags amusement park

Know a high school student who would like to attend Session One or an incoming freshman who would be interested in Session Two?

Interested students must sign up by May 31 and can visit the International Student Summer Program online to find more information and register. For additional questions, contact Bridget DeClue at bdeclue1@slu.edu or 314-977-3926.

Learn more about the 50-plus camps, academies, courses and conferences available at Saint Louis University this summer by visiting summer.slu.edu.

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Feb. 24, 2009
Layla A. Souers

Illinois Bill Would Ban Texting While Driving

Nine out of 10 people interviewed on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus Wednesday said texting while driving is unsafe and should be outlawed.

“It’s dangerous—obviously. I’ve seen the results of people not paying attention while texting,” said Michael Graham, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at SIUE. “This lady ran a red light while texting and had to slam on her brakes to avoid an accident.”

Texting or text messaging involves sending or receiving quick typed messages via cell phones. This typically requires the use of both hands and eyes to focus on the cell phone to read what is typed.

Two respondents recalled a time when they felt their lives were in danger because the driver was preoccupied while texting and not paying attention to the road. “Texting is very disruptive while driving — people aren’t focused,” said Alex Kaufman, a freshman in pre-pharmacy. “I’ve seen friends texting and driving and I don’t like to be a part of that.”

The exact question posed was: “Do you think that there should be a law to prohibit texting while driving?”

Jeremy Muth, an SIUE MBA graduate, said, “Talking on the phone should be banned too, but texting is more involved than talking on the phone.” He also said that he has seen drivers not paying attention and just texting away with their hands off the wheel. He made a two-handed gesture of texting to demonstrate what he had witnessed.

Erin Bremer, an undeclared freshman, did not agree with a ban on texting while driving because she does it all the time and did not want to be hypocritical. Two respondents that were for a ban admitted they continue to text while driving even though they have almost wrecked before. The rest of the respondents really frowned upon texting while driving.

Bonnie Farrington, who is the office support associate for SIUE student government, said, “unequivocally—yes” to a ban on texting. “It interferes with concentration and a persons’ ability to function as a driver.” Although adamant about a ban, she said it would be very hard to enforce.

Kayla Smith, a senior in business administration, said that texting while driving is extremely hazardous. “Even if it’s something important—it can wait,” she said. “There have been so many things in the media about accidents being caused by texting while driving.”

Trent Harvey, a freshman studying business administration, strongly agreed with a law that prohibits texting while driving. “A friend of mine got killed when he stepped out in front of a driver that was texting,” he said.

According to the Illinoishomepage.net, Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-Potomac) has proposed a bill to access fines to drivers caught texting. If caught, the driver may be issued a “Texting While Driving” ticket of $75. A steeper fine of $200 would be imposed if an accident is caused by texting. The idea for a bill came about when the senator witnessed a women text while driving with her kids in the car with her.

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