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October 17, 1991
East of Elon
Exchange student Sallie Wolfe shares her semester in Japan
Sallic Woire likes to travel. Wolfe, a junior Trom
Shenandoah Valley. Virginia decided that she would like to
come south to Elon to get an education. She also decided
to go east. Far East to Japan to further enhance her studies.
The Pendulum spoke to Wolfe in J^qian by telephone
Pendulum: Where exactly are you?
Wolfe: I'm in Hirakata City Japan, which is a small
city in Osaka. I’m about four hours away from Tdcyo.
Hirakata. is a rural town but it isn’t rural in the sense that
we tend to think of. I can stand in my room and touch my
next door neighbor's house.
Pendulora: Why did you decide to go there?
Wolfe: I’ve always been interested in Japan and when
the opportunity arose I decided to take iL To be quite
honest, it’s hard to believe Fm here. Reality hit me every
morning when I ride my bike two miles to schocrf. The
roads are as small as driveways and the people drive down
the middle of the road. This is totaUy different
Pendulum: Are you having any problems
Wolfe: It’s not a problem at school but it is when
you go outside of the school community. There is a
misconception that a lot of Japanese people know English,
that's not true. Not long after 1 got here I went to buy a
soda in a local store. I was there almost 20 minutes trying
to get the clerk to understand what I wanted. I think 1 was
the first westerner she had seen. She wanted to touch my
hair and she stared at me the whole time. There are some
English directions. My host family has been God soil
They are great! My host mother and her daughter both
speak English. The host father can understand English, he
just c^’t qieak iL
Pendulum: Has there been much culture shock?
Wolfe: I wouldn't really call it shock. I’d call it
stress. Everything can be stressful. Even buying a soda
could t^e forever. Doe to that stress I have a lot of mood
swings. One moment Fm up and the next moment Fm
depressed. But it’s evening out now. I realize that the
good points will outweigh the bad points in the long run.
Although mail helps.
Pendulum: What classes are you taking?
Wolfe: I'm taking; spoken Japanese, reading and
writing Japanese. Sumi-E painting and Intercultural
communications. All of my classes are a struggle. The
language classes are unbelievable. There are three
Pendulum: What has been the highlight of your stay
Wolfe: Being able to live with my host family and
watching what is going on around me. I realize that I can
only be a visitor here. Japan enjoys visitors and it's
interesting to see them go about their daily routines. I was
invited to a Japanese tea ceremony and it was beautiful!
It’s indescribable. Every movement means something. I
mean it, it's difficult to describe. The only bad part was I
have American legs so they started to hurt after a while.
Jiqjanese people take food seriously.
Pendulum: What customs are strangest to you?
Wolfe: It's rude to walk down the street drinking a
soda or eating a sandwich. It’s seen as you don't have
enough time to eat the sandwich so you're rushing to eat
Here you’re to take time lo enjoy your food. I can't believe
I'm eating sushi.
Pendulum: How many Americans are there?
Wolfe: There are 240 students here and 220 are
Americans. We try not to hibernate together so that we
can experience the culture.
Pendulum: How is the education different?
Woife: It isn't that much different than the states.
Once a student makes it to college they basically have it
made. The toughest part is getting in to collq;e.
Pendulum: What has been the most challenging part
of your vist?
Wolfe: I would say trying to be as insignificant or
unnoticed in this society. Everywhere you go you're stared
at It is difficult to ignore. W^ into a r^l store and the
clerk will follow you around.
Pendulum: What kind of food do you eat?
Wolfe: Surprisingly enough, my family eats a lot a
western food. Last night we had macaroni and cheese and
hot dogs. But I also eat fish heads and raw shell fish. I
don’t like either one of those though-
Pendulum: What college do you attend?
Wdfe: I go to Kansai Gaidai.
From Page 2
(700 lo be precisc) all over
campus and to off campus
apartment complexes, there was an
ad placed on ECTV. and the
members of SGA were promoting
Oct. 2 came and the forum
began and low and behold there
were approximately 13 studenu
seated in Whitley Auditorium.
The SGA thought that this
would be an opportunity for the
students to bring their ideas,
comments, and frustrations before
the law enforcement panel. What
are we to do?
The second program was an
open forum for this year’s
Again, it was highly
PUBLIC12SD and we thought it
was a concern. Especially afto'
the debates over last years
commencement speaker. Furman
Once again, the turnout was
poor and the concern expressed by
the students was less than
expected. However, we will not
let that ruin our determination to
fulflll our responsibilities to the
student body. In an effort to find
out who the students may want
the SGA has placed ’'idea boxes"
in the rotunda of Alamance.
As for other campus concerns
such as AIDS, drugs, and alcohol
awareness, the SGA is also
involved. We were responsible for
the Health Center distributing
condoms to students lo help
prevent the q>read of sexually
I don’t want to sound like Fm
dodging responsibility, however,
there are many other organizations
at EI(hi who are tackling these
issues. Groups such as
BACCHUS and the Drug Abuse
Prevention Committee are
working, constantly, to help the
There are SGA representatives
on some of these committees
working alongside with others
helping to educate students on
these matters. In fact, the Drug
Abuse Prevention Committee is
hosting Mike Green, a renown
speaker on alcchd abuse.
1 personally thank John
Denning for his letter and I adc
that more students do the same.
Since the SGA is designed to help
the students, we need to hear from
SGA representatives are not
given "crystal balls" after
elections, we need student input!!
The leadership potential is there,
however, we need you. the
student, to make us work for you!
If there are any ccHnments or
questions please feel free to call
the SGA office at x2333.
Michael A. Mooney
SGA Vicc President
From Page 1
that the library will annually
receive $2,000 from the fund. This
income is in addition to the
library's annual budget and
The library seems to be a
place that gets overlocAed on
campus a lot." Bush said. "The
class of 1991 felt like it was an
important need and decided to do
something about it"