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Pharmakon
April 2019 
Volume 10, Issue 6
SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS DEAR MORTY QUESTION
Artwork by Taylor Bock
What's the Point?
By:  Bear Wood

 
            What's the point?  Why do we have to learn this stuff?! This is so dumb, will we even use this when we graduate?!  These are questions that I hear on a daily basis from my classmates.  The problem with these types of questions is that the students are unable to see the big picture.  The students are not looking at the end goal, rather than just looking at what is right in front of them.  Teaching about the idea of looking at the big picture rather than looking at what is right in front of students is a passion of mine.  I want to be able to spread the idea of looking beyond what is happening during that very moment...
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Research Symposium
By: Clara Go

     On Saturday, April 13th, STLCOP hosted its 10th annual research symposium. The event was hosted by the student chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and showcased the researches of over 50 STLCOP students in a wide variety of topics. Over 180 people RSVP’d for the symposium, making it one of STLCOP’s biggest events this year.

     The keynote speaker for this year was Dr. Thomas Burriss, Ph.D., FAAS, FAHA. He is an endowed Alumni and a Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, as well as the President’s Senior Research Advisor. He is also an adjunct professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, he was the William Beaumont, M.D. Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at St. Louis University School of Medicine...

 
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The Source of Influence
By: Junyun Park

 
            With the recent flooding of superhero (and heroine) blockbusters, the child in one’s heart is brought out. Superheroes serve to become the role model, or a figure of respect and earning in a child’s heart. This is because most superheroes have noble, gentle, and brave hearts, attributes that are greatly praised ever since childhood. The idea of standing for the weak and underprivileged excites an individual. Perhaps for some, the idea of punishing and serving justice to the evil antagonist is appealing. One way or another, a superhero acts on noble intentions, and more importantly, has the power to do as he or she fits. The power is what is appealing most of all. If one were asked if he or she could acquire the heart and ideology of their favorite superhero, or that superhero’s abilities, the choice of abilities would greatly outweigh the numbers of which chose otherwise. Thus, although bravery and nobility are to be admired, it is the power that makes superheroes respectable, or else they would be mere vigilantes with extremely ineffective outfits...
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Fruits Basket, Family, and Feeling: 
Reducing Family Accommodations and Supporting Your Well-being

By: Taylor Bock

 
     Many fans of anime and manga around the world are excited for the reboot of the classic 2001 anime and manga Fruits Basket. In Fruits Basket, a high school student named Tohru Honda ends up moving in with the Soma family after her mother dies and unkind family members cause her to leave her grandfather’s house. One day, she discovers the members of the Soma family are under a curse where they turn into one of twelve Chinese zodiac animals when they experience stress of some kind. Over time, Tohru’s kindness changes the lives of the Soma family members for the better.

     On April 11, 2019, Dr. VanDyke gave an interactive presentation on helping families of patients with OCD symptoms, as well as techniques for stress management and self-care. Dr. VanDyke teaches psychology here at STLCOP and is also a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety-related disorders. Since quite a few characters in Fruits Basket suffer from psychological disorders—such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, multiple personality disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder—the Comics Club thought it would be perfect for Dr. VanDyke to give a presentation...
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Review: I love you, You’re perfect, Now change!
By: Megan Tang

 
               Remember those awkward first dates? The nervous butterflies… the way too high expectations… the comfort of having a relationship only to see it all go down the drain once you thought you were in a comfortable place? Don’t you want to relive all of those moments! Well aren’t you in luck, as STLCOP’s own ensemble of actors and musicians came together to perform the imperfections of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The show follows no specific plot. Just different stages of any relationship. They may all start awkwardly as we can all carry some baggage around, but eventually, we find someone who we would go to the ends of the earth with. Once that’s decided, you settle down, have a few kids, with very little time for said relationship to continue in the same manner. Who has time for “Married Sex!” Despite the time that has passed, all the fights, horrors and anxieties pass as well. In the end, we all just want someone to love. However, that won’t stop even people who have lost their loved ones to someone else...
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