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Volume 112, Issue 1 February 8, 2012

News: Jeffcoat ad-

dresses the state of Millikin’s institution.

Features: The Career THE

Center hosts its first virtual career fair.

Arts: Margaret Eby lists

The voice of Millikin University student body since 1903

the top three CDs for the

Valentine’s Day lovers.

Sports: Men and Women’s track and field begin their season with a strong start.

Opinion: Are the tools of makeup necessary for you to feel beautiful?

Jeffcoat Addresses the State of the University By Lindsey Compton

For the first time since becoming Millikin’s14th president, Dr. Harold Jeffcoat addressed the campus on the state of the University on Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in Pilling Chapel. In his address, he listed a number of observations he noticed over the past nine months, including: what the vision of the University should be, enrollment, Transform MU, marketing and The Woods. “Loyalty is great from the employees; you can feel it,” Dr. Jeffcoat said. In his observations Jeffcoat commended the faculty on their efforts in making sure “people do what they should do” and for their commitment in “providing the best education and student life on this campus.” Even though he defined Millikin’s culture as “engaged,” he noted that the institution remains to be semiinformed about what makes it different from other schools of its kind. “I thought a small college would be more informed about what makes it tick. You can’t make an institution better if you’re not collaborating, informed and engaged.” He went on to remind the institution that focusing on the here, the now and the past should be changed to a forward way of thinking, one that includes the future of their education and Lindsey Compton stability.

“What does it mean to be a Midwest university? Are we in the top 25 nationally if we rank number seven in the Midwest? We have national accreditation all over this place. I would much rather you consider us a nationally ranked university because I’m astounded by what I see here,” Jeffcoat said. “Performance-based learning – that’s what separates us. We are the best small college focusing on performance learning in the United States.” Placing a piece of paper on the floor, he asked the faculty, staff and students to think about what they would do if given $5 million based solely on the top five needs of the University. One of Millikin’s top priorities is currently listed as enrollment, which according to Jeffocat has been “really good” due to Joseph Havis, the new director of admissions. “Admissions is critically important. One truism: we are a tuition driven institution. Enrollment is crucial. We got to have the numbers to have the quality. We have to reverse the trend in enrollment,” he said. Of the topics Jeffcoat listed as important, the two biggest points of discussion included marketing and The Woods, an ongoing debate from students who are continually frustrated with high-rising cost of rent.

By Samantha Parks


he “Transform MU” campaign has recently announced that it will move to expand Millikin University’s Exercise Science and Sport program to its own location at West Towne Square. Many students know West Towne Square as the home of Pipe Dreams and the SPEC. The plan for the expansion was approved in September, and with hopes that the project will be completed by 2012. According to Don Luy, department chair for the program, Millikin projects the cost of the expansion in two parts. Purchase of the building will amount to about $3 million, while renovation and equipment will cost about $2.77 million. The original plan was an expansion to Griswold Physical Education Center, which would have cost an estimated $8 million dollars extra. Luy said, “The extra square feet will be substantial. From the University’s stand point, more space for $8 million fewer dollars is a bargain.” West Towne Square will provide an extra 12,000 square feet. From Luy’s perspective as chair, there are two major motivating factors for the expansion. First, there has been an immense boom of students within the department. The building will serve to accommodate over 200 students based on projections from last fall.

This leads to the department’s second influential reason for the expansion – academic needs. Currently, there are five division classes running that must juggle two classroom spaces. Luy voiced that classes often need to be cancelled for athletic events. Furthermore, there is little space for educational equipment, which presents a challenge to learning. With the new Exercise Science and Sport Pavilion, students will have access to plenty of space for learning. In place of Tuscany restaurant, there will be a large aerobics floor where students will practice group fitness. “As of right now, there is no place designated to do that,” Luy said. The first floor will also feature a physical conditioning learning center where Athletic Training, Health, Fitness and Recreation and Physical Education majors will be able to do strength training and learn to work in an environment similar to an actual fitness center. Upstairs, there will be multiple classrooms and labs for the purposes of: nutrition, exercise physiology, athletic training and technology. “Lab work is very difficult right now; labs give students a space to be active and learn,” Luy said. The technology lab will give Sports Management students (along with others) the opportunity to use a lot of technology important to the world of sports. The technology

will allow them to do virtual measurements such as an analysis of a student’s oxygen level at a theoretical temperature. The nutrition lab will focus on the Health, Fitness and Recreation majors. One of its unique features includes the “Bod Pod.” “[The Pod] looks a little like a spaceship,” Luy said in the Herald and Review. The pod will enable students to measure body composition. More office space will also be provided by the expansion. Millikin currently rents the space for Pipe Dreams and the SPEC. Buying the square may result in future savings for the campus. Pipe Dreams and the SPEC will remain in their current locations. Tuscany restaurant and other tenants of West Towne Square will be relocated. Benny Ballazhi, owner of Tuscany, spoke to the Herald and Review. “Hopefully, wherever we go, we’ll still be able to take care of all the customers. And life goes on, I guess.” 

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Jeffcoat spoke about the ongoing lack of relationship and broken communication between Millikin and The Woods that has lasted nearly over a decade. “We have been a business partner, and for years we’ve been estranged. It’s incumbent upon me at trying to patch things up to have a civil conversation and relationship.” Jeffocat proposed a number of solutions that he hopes both parties can come to an agreement on so that the school can decrease their amount of debt. “We have no control over what [housing] students choose and where they decide to go,” he said. However, he hopes that through several discussions, the school can eventually compromise on a solution that works for both the institution and its students. At the end of the meeting, Jeffcoat reminded everyone of the progression the University has made and noted that the school is “making [the] best effort we can.”

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MLK Vigil Celebrates Black History By Mars McDaniels “On Aug 23, in 1963, a man of courage, intelligence and faith stood on the Lincoln Memorial steps in front of thousands of people who had a dream. This man is still known today as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Philip Armstrong, Millikin student and host of “Phridays with Phil” said in his video presentation. On Thursday, Jan. 26, dozens of Millikin students, faculty and members of the community met for the 4th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. vigil, focusing on a legacy of service. The vigil began with a walk by candlelight from Pilling Chapel to lower Richards Treat University Center. Armstrong’s video began the program that day. “’I have a dream.’ This simple phrase held much meaning of faith, hope, freedom, justice and equality across a vast multitude of people hoping that one day this simple dream would change our nation,” Phil said in his video. Dylan Howser, President of the Student Senate, spoke in the video that opened the vigil. “The first thing I think about is turning an idea into action, just like Dr. Martin Luther King did with the rest of the civil rights movement,” Howser said. “They turned a simple idea of equality for everyone into action and marched on Washington and the rest of the United States asking for equality for everyone.” Following the video from “Phridays with Phil” was a speech by Dr. Jeffcoat. “As the President of the University I work to provide every student in the University [with the opportunity] to take all that they learn — to take that, and let them grow,” Jeffcoat said. Dr. Toure, assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages, continued the program speaking about his experiences in learning about Dr. King as a child. “One version of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy I knew was that he was a leader,” Toure said. “In 2002, I adopted his views on war and peace. Dr. King’s legacy has grown stronger in my life.” “We need to become advocates of something bigger than ourselves,” Toure said. “We must have the courage to be committed to the good in our society. We must pursue education because we want to make the world better for all.” Dylan Howser then expressed his views on creating your own legacy. “Go beyond being mediocre,” Howser

said. “Be visionary and innovative. ‘Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.’” A pastor at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Decatur, Michael Hoy, spoke of morality in dreams. “Segregation was legal,” Hoy said. “But it was not just and it shouldn’t have been on in books. I work for a church without walls that will continue to love.” Following Pastor Hoy, Jefferson Perkins, president of the Decatur chapter of the NAACP for the last five years, spoke on dedication to the cause. “All of them gave their lives — we didn’t,” Perkins said. “The line of criticism is always so long but the line of activism is always so short.” Autumn Morgan, President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tau Iota chapter, spoke on the realism of living your life as if you are creating a legacy. “Legacy is something a lot of people strive for but they don’t understand the responsibility,” Morgan said. “It is our responsibility as young adults to not only learn our history but to embrace it.” A candle lighting by Julian Ford, Brandon Barney and Kevin Stocks, who represented Millikin’s outstanding male leaders, proceeded to take place. “I believe all men have a calling to serve others,” Barney said. “I want to be known as a leader of service. Be the leader that you would like to follow.” Jamie Pantoja, a representative from UNITY, then lead an open forum for those moved to speak. Beginning the open forum was Janae Thomas. “When I think of Dr. King, I think of two things: What women my age in those times went through and watched their children go through, and I am an African-American female at a 4-year institution,” Thomas said. Brooklynn Parrott, Millikin employee, spoke about being motivated to live a legacy. “Let’s think about these things that still need a champion,” Parrott said. “I challenge you all to do something.” Finally, a video entitled, “The King Legacy of Service,” was shared. The video, quoting Dr. King, closed the vigil with a summary of the ideas expressed in the evening. “If you want to be important, wonderful; if you want to be recognized, wonderful; if you want to be great, wonderful, but recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be a servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.”


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Welcome back to a wonderful semester everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying your semester so far. We’re finally in our third week of school...not that I’m counting or anything. As I sit here and reflect on the triumphs and tragedies this publication has faced even when I was a freshman, I have to say that I’m impressed, proud and humbled to be a part of the Decaturian’s history and legacy.


he Big Brothers Big Sisters organization held a benefit concert at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert was put on to raise money for the Richard and Marilyn Dechert Fund. The current goal is $100,000. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity or difficult times with an adult mentor who helps the children grow, realize potential and build their future. The concert on Sunday was called a Festival of Church Choirs, and the proceeds went toward Big Brothers Big Sisters. Four years ago, Dick Dechert brought about the idea of a celebration of diversity that Decatur could appreciate. Many churches were included in the performance Sunday. Choirs from First United Methodist, Central Christian Church, First Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, New Salem Baptist Church, Main Street Church of the Living God and First Christian Church performed in this year’s celebration. Pianists Julie McClarey and Bruce Gibbons performed duets, “Let There Be Praise” and “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” and accompanied several of the choirs. A Children’s Mass Choir and Adult Mass choir also performed Sunday. The Children’s Mass Choir performed, “In the Love of God,” “Ancient Word” and “This Little

Light of Mine.” The Adult’s Mass choir performed, “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord,” “Declare Your Name” and “Total Praise.” In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters has received various financial gifts. The Decatur Memorial Foundation and Decatur Memorial Hospital donated a new building for the organization. The building includes freshly painted offices with windows, a better layout and parking. Big Brothers Big Sisters also received over $25, 000 in donations. Millikin University has helped out with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for many years, and students at the school are always willing to help out the kids in the program. Students commented on how they enjoy the program and what kind of things they have done. “I really like knowing that in the short time I have known my ‘little’ [sibling] I have been making an impact,” said freshman Sam Reisman. “I really like that we’re helping the youth of the community by giving them the guidance that they might need at this point in their lives,” Tyler McLean said. “And I feel like I can really help out because of my experience since I grew up being the oldest on both sides of the family.” Students helping out with the program

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In case you’re reading this and wondering why I’m writing such a sentimental note, it’s because I will be graduating in less than 160 days (once again, not that I’m counting or anything). I have seen this publication operate with seven people, and now I have the pleasure of seeing it operate with nearly 40 plus individuals. I’m doing what I was always meant to do, and I have so many people to thank for this publication’s success. Now that I’m off my soapbox, I hope all of you enjoy this issue. We decided to start off the year with a 16-page paper that includes a number of new writers. We’re still creating changes within the publication, but are pleased with what we are presenting you this issue. By all means, please do let us know what you would like to see included in our publication. Your feedback is always welcomed, and we’re always looking for fresh ideas. Well, I’m off to study now and lay this issue to rest. Have a great week everyone! Editor-in-Chief, Lindsey Compton

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spend time outside of school with their “little,” and either hang out or work on homework together. “Normally we just do some sort of class work, and then we play a little game or do something in his journal like a drawing or play tictac-toe,” Reisman said. Some students are new to the program and have not been able to meet with their “little.” “I haven’t met with my “little” yet, but I know his name is Caleb. I get to meet him on Friday, and I have never been more excited,” said McLean. Overall, students enjoy helping with the program and meeting and hanging out with the children. “It’s given me a new way of looking at younger people because it’s something that I can truly enjoy. And being able to see that I am helping out is great,” Reisman said.








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Decatur’s Lincoln Theater Goes Up For Sale



the theatre was an interest in historic preservation. “[The Lincoln Theatre] has a rich history that not many people know about,” Mangum said. “It is a treasure for Decatur.” Recently, the Lincoln has existed as a rental space. Companies and schools rent out the theatre for their shows. Junior Nursing Major, Elizabeth Buenting, recalls performing dance concerts for high school in the Lincoln. “It’s a really historic piece of Decatur. You can just imagine that in its height, it was a great place to go to,” Buenting said. Though the theatre has upgraded many of its spaces Erie Patsellis for modern use, such as the dressing rooms and lobby, By Amy Fehr much of the theatre still The Lincoln Square Theatre, located retains its original features. Mangum in downtown Decatur, announced stated that the Lincoln has the potential on Facebook this month that it will to be a teaching tool because of its be closing its doors until the end of age, some original equipment still in March due to a broken boiler system place, and its classic design. Ford also and financial issues. The Lincoln, believes that the historic character of which first opened its doors in 1916, the theatre is important. “People go in, has hosted numerous big acts over its and the smiles on their faces make it nearly 100 year history including Bob worth it,” Ford said. Hope, Jack Dempsey and John Philip Currently, Mangum and Ford are Sousa. Though the theatre has begun unable to comment on specific plans a restoration process in recent years, for the future of the Lincoln. Mangum the operation costs along with other states that further information will soon financial factors have been hard on be available to the media. the theatre. In light of these issues, the “Whatever its fate,” Mangum said, theatre has advertised on its marquee “my dream is to see [the theatre] come that it is for sale. back to its physical glory.” “We have been doing everything Besides its rich history of performers, possible to keep the doors open,” the Theatre has also has a reputation Executive Director Debbie Ford said. for the paranormal. It has been featured “It’s the economy. Period.” on The Travel Channel in the program Because of problems with the boiler, “Most Terrifying Places in America” audiences who have visited the theatre and has been the subject for numerous in recent months have been complaining supernatural investigations. about the temperature, Ford said. Ford Though its doors are closed also cited other financial issues that to audience members, New Age have caused the theatre to temporarily Paranormal’s Adam White will be shut down. “It costs more to put on a conducting a ghost hunting workshop show than we make in profits, many in the theatre this month which times” Ford said. “Less people are capitalizes on the haunted legends of going to the theatre in this economy.” the Lincoln theatre. Tickets are $30, Though the future of the theatre is and all proceeds will go to the Lincoln. uncertain, Ford states that all scheduled For more information, visit the Haunted events will still be held. History Tours at the Lincoln Square Barbara Mangum, an associate Theatre’s Facebook page. professor in the department of theatre Those interested can also help and dance, also works as a board by becoming part of Friends of the member of the Lincoln. Mangum Lincoln. Donations can be sent to the stated that her original attraction to theatre, located at 141 N. Main St. here


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Grassroots Democrat Sam Cahnman Is Running For State Representative

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Democrat Sam Cahnman is running for State Representative in the new Decatur-Springfield 96th District in the March 20th Democratic primary election. A Springfield Alderman and former County Board Representative, Cahnman is a grassroots public servant. “I’m not the guy the power brokers in Chicago picked for this seat,” Cahnman said.  The new District, which has no incumbent, also takes in parts of Sangamon, Christian and Macon counties between Springfield and Decatur.  Cahnman is the only candidate in either party, who has served the people in elected office.  In addition to his legislative experience on the Springfield City Council and Sangamon County Board, Cahnman, a lawyer, drafted legislation for the Illinois legislature after graduating law school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Cahnman, who has never run before in Decatur, said “I could not have been


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News From Across the World Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has turned his attention towards the Islamic group Boko Haram as they have been spreading violence across northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has been at the front of many bombings and shootings throughout the northern part of the country causing hundreds of fatalities. The leader of the Boko Haram, Abu Bakar Shekau, said in a recorded audio message, “We’re killing police officers, we’re killing soldiers and other government people who are fighting Allah; and Christians who are killing Muslims and talking badly about our Islamic religion.” Analysts fear that the attacks are becoming more coordinated and bolder. They also worry that they may be linked to al Qaeda. 

Red Cross Banned in Parts of Somalia The International Committee of the Red Cross has been banned from operating in certain areas of Somalia. These regions are dominated by the military group, Al-Shabaab. According to the group, they banned the ICRC for distributing expired food. The group stated on Twitter that they “have decided to terminate the contract of #ICRC

permanently... Following the repeated distribution of expired food and false accusations.” The ICRC said earlier this month that they would be suspending their aid to nearly 1.1 billion people in southern Somalia due to conflicts with local authorities. Spokesman Jean-Yves Clemenzo said, “We are aware of the announcement by Al-Shabaab. We are taking it quite seriously and analyzing the situation.” 

Suspected Drone Attacks in Yemen Kill Nine

Yemeni security officials say that there were three suspected drone attacks in Sanaa, Yemen late Monday evening, and into Tuesday morning. These attacks were on military targets and killed at least nine people that were believed to have been linked to al Qaeda.   It has been confirmed by U.S. officials that at least one of these drones came from the United States. President Obama commented about the attack, “Our ability to respect the sovereignty of other countries and to limit our incursions into somebody else’s territory is enhanced by the fact that we are able to pinpoint-strike an al Qaeda operative in a place where the capacities of that military in that country may not be able to get them.”  The attack was specifically targeted to a military group linked to al Qaeda called the Ansaar al-Sharia. 

the open primary passed by 80 per cent or more, sending a loud clear message to Springfield. But legislators turned a deaf ear, twice rejecting the open primary since then.  “I plan to work hard to cary out the will of the people on the open primary and other issues,” Cahnman said. Cahnman and 20 volunteers collected more than  3,000 signatures of registered voters in Decatur to put the question on the ballot March 20th as to whether Illinois should have an open primary. “Because we don’t have an open primary yet, to vote for me March 20th, you have to ask  the election judge for a Democratic ballot.” Cahnman said.   If you’ll be out of town March 20th, you can vote early or absentee starting in mid-February at Macon County Clerk Steve Bean’s office, 141 S. Main, 4241305.  If you’re not registered to vote in Macon County, you have until February 21s to register either at County Clerk Bean’s office of by contacting Cahnman’s campaign at 217/528-0200 or  If you haven’t registered by February 21st, you can still vote up till March 13th by going to the County Clerk’s office and registering and voting at the same time (Grace Period Voting).  Students wishing to volunteer on Cahnman’s campaign are encouraged to contact his campaingn at the number or email above.  Check his website at www.

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more pleased with the tremendous reception I got at Millikin University, Decatur and other parts of Macon County in this new district.” He added, “the voters especially in Decatur, are looking for a representative with experience in solving tough urban problems facing cities like Decatur and Springfield.”  Cahnman co-sponsored the recently pased Abandoned Properties ordinance in Springfield.  Cahnman, who gave a guest lecture to Prof. Karla Luxner’s class on public health last semester, said “I was impressed with the calibre of the students, some of whom gave me good ideas on public health issues, which I hoope to take to the Illinois legislature next year.”  While on campus Cahnman also met with President Harold Jeffcoat and purchased beautiful pottery made by talented Millikin art students for Christmas presents.  “I had been to Decatur many times, but never on campus and I was very favorably impressed,”  Cahnman said.  The Springfield Alderman, who considers Decatur his second home, called for opening up our primary elections to the 80 per cent who stay home by enacting the open primary law.  In an open primary voters would cast a secret ballot in the primary so the politicians and others wouldn’t know whether you voted Democratic or Republican.  In 2006 Cahman led a statewide effor to put the open primary question on local ballots across the State.  Everywhere it was on the ballot,

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I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes.... Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. ~Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me, 1928 Wednesday, February 1st

Opening Ceremonies: Black Women in American Culture and History 7:30pm, Lower Richards Treat University Center (LRTUC) Keynote Speaker: Deanna Kimberly Burrell

Kimberly Burrell is a successful business-woman, published author, and popular speaker. Her first book, Voted Most Creative: Perspectives on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness, is a collection of poems and essays that inspire creativity, growth, and self-expression. Her recently published first novel, Single Girl Summer, is more than just a story of sophisticated friends having fun in the big city. It is a celebration of women – their strengths and weaknesses, and their ability to pull themselves up by their designer bootstraps. Sponsored by: The Center for Multicultural Student Affairs

Friday, February 3rd

African American Read-In Pilling Chapel 9:30-11:30am

Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the West Indies, African countries, and more have participated in this annual celebration of African American literacy as a traditional part of Black History Month. Millikin continues this tradition by partnering with Dennis Elementary School. Students from grades K-6th will have the opportunity to listen to Millikin students read literature from various African American authors. Sponsored by: School of Education, Dennis School, Center for Multicultural Student Affairs

Monday, February 6th

Movie Night: “Rosewood” 6pm, East Room, LRTUC

“Rosewood,” a 1997 film directed by John Singleton, is based on the true story of a little known incident in a small Florida town inhabited almost entirely by quiet "middle-class" African Americans (most of them home and land owners better off than average at the time.) On New Year's Day 1923, the town was wiped out by angry whites from a neighboring community. Based on palpably false testimony by a single white woman against one "Black" stranger, many of the men of Rosewood were hunted down and lynched, shot, or burned to death. The remaining residents fled into the swamps and never returned. At the time, official reports stated that two to six people from the black community were slain. The incident was not spoken of again until 1983 when a reporter stumbled across the old story and began investigating. Interviews with survivors indicated that between 70 and 250 people were killed during the four-day attack. Sponsored by: The Center for Multicultural Student Affairs

Wednesday, February 8th

Tuesday, February 21st

12-1:30pm, East Room, LRTUC FREE LUNCH PROVIDED!

6pm, Parquet Room, LRTUC

Food for Thought: “The Power Of You” The Food for Thought Lunch Series is a signature program sponsored by CMSA. At this event, faculty and staff who identify as African American/Black women will participate in a panel discussion on self-esteem, balance, careers, families, relationships, and other issues which face African American/Black women. Sponsored by: The Center for Multicultural Student Affairs

Friday, February 17th

Black In America

6pm, East Room, LRTUC

Black In America is a signature event sponsored by Black Men Inc., Millikin Chapter. During this event, there will be an open discussion about issues facing Blacks in our local communities, the state of Illinois, the United States of America, and around the world. Sponsored by: Black Men Inc.

Monday, February 20th

“Your Black Is Beautiful Black Women’s Wellness Fair” 6pm, East Room, LRTUC

This will be a wellness fair for African-American/ Black women. Presentations, screenings, tips, and other resources will be provided, with a special focus on Diabetes. Sponsored by: The Center Multicultural Student Affairs

Tuesday, February 21st

Food for Thought: “Black Women in American Film and Literature”

Speaker: Erin Talley, Professor at Richland Community College 12-1:30pm, East Room, LRTUC FREE LUNCH PROVIDED!

Erin Talley, instructor of English and Humanities for Richland Community College in Decatur and Benedictine University in Springfield, has performed considerable research into elements of the black experience and African American identity. Identity formation starts at a very early age. The images a woman is exposed to as a child and teenager help determine the strength of character she will display as a woman. Body image, internal self value, educational success, and socioeconomic independence are too often overlooked in discussions with young women of color as they grow and mature. High standards must be impressed, developed, and reinforced consistently in a positive campaign to ensure physical and emotional security. Several examples of strength in womanhood can be seen in film media and in literature. We will discuss how we can bring out the strong women within ourselves and how we can identify with positive role-models in our own lives and communities.

Sponsored by: The Center for Multicultural Student Affairs

Black Greek 101

Black Greek 101 is the first book to provide a complete analysis of the culture of historically Black fraternities and sororities. It provides a detailed history of Black fraternalism as a whole, including information about never before discussed fraternities, chronicles the history of pledging, discusses the membership intake era of Black Greek organizations, exposes over eighty Black fraternal organizations (with indepth discussion of three that represent different forms of fraternalism), explains the origins of cultural meanings of the artifacts of Black Greek organizations, and identifies the contemporary issues of these organizations, including the development of Latino fraternal organizations, and the increasing interest of non-Blacks in joining. Sponsored by Office of Student Programs

Friday, February 24th

Poetry Night featuring Brandon PoetXplicit Thornton 8pm, SPEC

Smooth, imaginative, sultry, cunning, and eloquent could all be used to describe this poet, but one word is enough: Xplicit. His passion for poetry draws from life experience, and his work truly captures the moment and paints a vivid picture in your mind. Sponsored by University Center Board

Saturday, February 25th

Black Out Party

10pm-2am, LRTUC For details, contact Sponsored by Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 28th

Black History Month Closing Ceremonies 7pm, LRTUC DINNER PROVIDED!

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Union, Multicultural Voices of Praise, and Black Men Inc., will come together to close the month by honoring Black women in American culture and history through song, inspirational tributes, and a wonderful meal.

Sponsored by Black Student Union, Multicultural Voices of Praise, & Black Men Inc.

For more information, contact the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411.


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A Night on the Streets of Cardiff Millikin Hosts First

By Amy Fehr hen spending a limited amount of time in a foreign country, it’s difficult to visit all of the tourist attractions while also getting a good feel for residents of that particular country. I spent last semester in London, and when I travelled outside of England most of my time was spent being a tourist; I would take pictures of anything that caught my interest in a fleeting hope of capturing a bit of a place that would soon be out of my reach. So, my trip to Cardiff was no different in that respect. I travelled to the capital city of Wales with my roommate and friend, Jane Davis, and her family. We spent the first few days in the city seeing everything we could; we visited Cardiff castle, strolled through the National Gallery, cheered

on Cardiff City at a football game, ate at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant and went shopping for the perfect key chains and postcards to send home. I felt that I had seen a lot of Wales in my three days there. It wasn’t until I spent a night homeless in Cardiff, however, that I felt I had a truly special experience with the city. Jane and I planned to head back to London on a Megabus. For poor college students, Megabus is a godsend. We were able to buy a one-way ticket from Cardiff to London for about a pound. There is one catch to the deal, however – you have to catch your bus to get a one pound ticket home. After a bit of confusion concerning which bus was ours, Jane and I realized that our warm, cheap Megabus was speeding its way to London while we

Our society lives in a manner of convenience. It’s easy to stop by McDonald’s for breakfast before our morning classes; it’s easy to buy snack food at the gas station down the street; it’s easy to have a bagel and coffee from Einstein’s in Shilling Hall everyday. We want convenience because, personally, I

believe our society always wants more out of life. Students take more than 15 credit hours because they want to get in as much as they possibly can in order to graduate with two degrees, extra endorsements, minors and so on. Students apply for work while they’re in school because they want to earn as much money as they can now, in order to make their lives easier later. Ironically, this convenience mindset makes us even more stressed and makes our lives harder. We are in class all day, then we have to work; by the time we have a break, it’s already the evening and there is little left for personal time, minus the few hours of evening rest until we have to start the same routine all over again. All of this want as opposed to need is bad for us students both mentally and physically, knowing that little time is spared to consider the healthy alternatives. While I could spend this article


were stuck in Cardiff. It was rather late, at this point, and we knew that the next bus to London didn’t leave until 5:00 in the morning. So, Jane and I had to decide what to do for the night. We decided against finding a hostel, as we didn’t want to spend the money for a few hours of sleep (we were also paranoid of sleeping in and missing another bus). So, we decided to spend the night on the streets of Cardiff. But then, there was the issue of safety. It was a Saturday evening, so all of the local color were gracing the pubs (and then the streets when the pubs closed). As we passed a 24-hour McDonald’s, Jane and I found an opportunity for safety. The McDonald’s was protected by two large bouncers. Unfortunately, the McDonald’s was take-away (carry out) only after midnight, so we couldn’t stay in the warm, safety of the restaurant. However, the security guards allowed Jane and me to sit outside of the building under their protection. So, the next five or so hours were spent getting to know our new Welsh friends. We learned about one of the guard’s ambitions to be a tattoo artist, and why rugby and football players don’t get along. We talked to people who were seriously enjoying their Saturday evening in Cardiff (drunk and hungry for burgers). One man was being a little too friendly with us, so our new bouncer-buddies threw him to the pavement and kept him away for the rest of the night. By the time 5:00 came, Jane and I were sleeping comfortably on a Megabus back to London. We weren’t pleased by our last night in Cardiff, but decided that it would be a great memory once the initial pain had subsided. Who know that two Americans would learn more about Cardiff by spending the night outside of a McDonald’s than all of the museums in the city?

scolding students on the cons of committing too much to unnecessary activities, I’ll refrain from doing so. Much of what’s overlooked is students’ daily food intake and its effect on the mind and body. Many, I’m sure, haven’t even considered how bad food greatly amplifies the negative physical and mental side effects of overworking. I firmly stand by the importance of eating well in order to better handle our stressful lives, and I also firmly believe that people, not just students, need to learn to love themselves. Unhealthy food sparks anything negative that could possible happen to the human body from bad thoughts to poor physical condition. For example, many haven’t considered the effect soda has on their bodies because of its tastiness and convenience factor. In fact, there is nothing beneficial to the regular consumption of soda. Any doctor would agree that such consumption can lead to increased anxiety, weight gain, diabetes, osteoporosis, cavities, cardiovascular

Virtual Career Fair

By Nora Kocher

There’s no denying the increasing role of technology in our daily lives. There is very little that can’t be done online nowadays. We can rent and watch movies, order food for delivery, pay bills and even chat face to face with people on the other side of the planet, all from the comfort of our laptops. In a nutshell, the interconnectedness afforded to us by advances like the Internet, smart phones and social networking is changing how we do almost everything. And certainly not least of all, it’s changing the face of how we find work. That is why Millikin, along with over twenty other small private colleges in the state of Illinois, will be participating in the Illinois Small College Placement Association’s (ISCPA) Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 21 and 22. A virtual career fair offers students from small institutions a chance to connect with companies for whom it would be unfeasible to come to a conventional fair on campus. Companies benefit because they can reach a much greater pool of potential new applicants much faster than they ever could in person. In order to participate, students must register in advance and upload their resumes. Links to registration and more information, including a list of participating employers, can be found on the Career Center’s website. During the fair, students will interact with recruiters via a chat room format, and some applicants who impress the recruiters may be invited for a private chat or Skype interview. Rooms will be set up in Scovill both days of the fair specifically for these Skype chats, but students may use their own computers as well.

problems, cell damage, organ damage and dehydration, . Decreasing soda intake is one of the first steps to leading a healthy lifestyle, but for now, let’s move on to the best part of living a healthy lifestyle: the ever-so delicious food we get to eat. Healthy food consumption is one of the first routes to take in order to find the love everyone needs in their lives, especially for themselves. Eating healthy has numerous positive advantages in leading a healthy lifestyle. From my personal account, the day I went vegan the pounds started to drop, and trust me, I was much heavier over 4 years ago than I am today. I also gained a better positive image of myself, which is always helpful, now, and in the long run. While I’ve set aside specific times where I stay at home and cook for myself, not many students are able to do so, especially if they don’t have access to a well-stocked kitchen. I advise such students to make healthier choices at the

With all the advantages they offer, it’s easy to see why virtual career fairs are a hot trend in the job market. Pam Folger of the Career Center describes the virtual career fair as the “wave of the future,” but reminds us to keep in mind that this is still, in fact, a career fair. Students “still have to do [their] research” on the companies, and have their own sales pitches prepared, just like at any other career fair. And just as with meeting potential employers in person, professionalism is still the name of the game here. “Don’t talk like you’re text messaging,” Folger warns. She explains that far too many students tend to fall into the trap of being too informal online, leaving potential employers unimpressed. Beyond the limited scope of one virtual career fair, it’s also important to keep in mind that employers and potential employers are keeping an eye on Facebook and other social media. The boundaries between our personal and public personas are becoming much more blurred thanks to technology, and people hoping to launch and maintain careers need to remember that. But, according to Folger, even with the added responsibility, the internet is an invaluable tool for professional networking. We now have ways to communicate with employers that our job-searching counterparts a generation ago couldn’t have imagined. The computer age is constantly bringing forth exciting new trends and changing how we live and work. Many things, like traditional oncampus career fairs, may never be completely replaced, but by utilizing resources like a virtual career fair, Millikin is helping its students keep up with the times.

caf. Instead of eating a burger and fries, switch to the black bean burger with a side of vegetables and hummus. Also, cut out the soda, and drink the special water selection the caf provides daily. To those on the go, instead of ordering a regular latte and asiago cheese bagel with cream cheese at Einstein’s, switch to ordering a soy latte and a whole-wheat bagel with hummus, spinach and tomato. In doing so, some may be shocked by how delicious the healthier options are, and others may not enjoy the different tastes as much. To those who disapprove, give the healthy foods a chance. Often, it just takes time for the body to adjust to these foods because it has been used to consuming unhealthy food for so long. Truly. And of course, for my devout chefs, here’s a recipe to try at home.

Featured Recipe: VeganYumYum’s Chili Almond Asparagus Serves two to four as a side 1/4 cup sliced almonds, roughly crushed and divided
 1 Tbs powdered soup stock (I used Bill’s Chik’nish Seasoning)
 2 tsp red chili flakes
 1 lb asparagus spears, trimmed
 2 carrots, peeled
 2 tsp peanut oil (or any kind you like)
 1 tsp toasted sesame oil (or any other kind)
 Fresh zest and juice of 1 lemon Crush the almonds. Mix together 1/2 of the ground almonds, the soup stock powder, and the chili flakes. Trim the carrots to the same length as the asparagus spears. Half the carrots lengthwise, then quarter them, and continue cutting each piece lengthwise until you have lots of long, flexible, thin strips of carrots. In a large bowl, toss the carrots and the asparagus spears in the oils. Sprinkle the almond seasoning over the asparagus and carrots and toss well, making sure the coating sticks to the veggies. Arrange the veggies in one layer on a parchment covered baking sheet. If there is any seasoning left in the bowl, scrape it onto the veggies. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the veggies are tender and starting to color. Finish under the broiler for a few minutes (watching it, it’ll burn easily) until brown and crispy in places. Top with the remaining almond pieces, lemon zest, and season with a sprinkle of lemon juice if desired. This is best served hot/warm. The asparagus should be cooked through and tender, but not mushy. It’s a perfect compliment to any spring dinner or lunch.



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February 8, 2012

My International Experience – Week Ten Journey to the East Coast (Dia duit gach duine agus failte ar ais go dti Millikin)


know it was a long five weeks, but we’re back in action and ready for a new semester of fun and hard work. I left off with my last article saying the Irish will have a green Christmas on the East Coast, and this was surely done in style. My break was the most amazing, incredible, Irish time of my life, and I can clearly say America is a beautiful country. The trip began when I travelled to Florida to hit Orlando, which brought me back to my childhood and to a warmer climate to top off the tan. A group of twenty Irish ventured to Universal Studios, which was absolutely deadly, meaning “class” over here. It was like a land of its own in a fairytale full of characters that were enlightening to the eye and in a dreamland. I felt like I was part of the cartoons I used to watch when I was younger while going on all the rides and bringing back all my childhood memories. My favourite of the day was the Harry Potter world; it was just awesome (as you guys would say) walking through the cobblestone streets with the big train. The castle had me in awe and it felt so real, as if I was in the movie. We all got on the Harry Potter ride which was magnificent in 4-D and I felt like I was playing the Quidditch game and flying on a broomstick, and I’m being serious. I went on another ride, the Hulk roller coaster, which was fast and furious. I was in my element the whole two days at Universal Studios, going on rides such as the Simpsons, Men in Black, ET, Jaws and lots more. We also watched a 4-D movie of Shrek and got soaked in the auditorium,

but enjoyed ourselves. In the evenings, we would head to an Irish bar and do karaoke; I found this to be good craic and good bonding time with the other Irish. We drank a few Magners, an Irish cider that brings back the taste of Ireland. Time flies when you’re having fun and this certainly was the case on my travel; before I knew it, it was time to make the next venture to Miami on a bus. I couldn’t wait to arrive and experience Miami and actually see what it was like for myself. You hear all these stories about it, but to be actually going was crazy and weird at the same time. We arrived at the hostel in South Beach and got our room keys for our pokey hotel rooms. You could hardly swing a cat in the room, as an Irish saying would go, but I didn’t care; I was on holiday and in Miami. When we found our bearings, we headed down to check out the beach and the surrounding area. The heat was lovely and just felt like a holiday in Spain or France, but it was Florida this time. One of the guys had booked us a limo for the night to disembark to a nightclub in Miami. It was so real and still hard to envision that I was actually doing this! This time the number of Irish had increased to thirty-seven — can you imagine? You may think one is bad at Millikin, but think of thirty-seven of us hooligans in Miami. Thinking of words to describe this trip is hard, as I want to use every word possible because that’s how amazing it was — an enlightening trip in the States! A Hummer limo

pulled outside our hostel and half of the group hopped in. I felt posh and rich cruising through Miami in the limo, but I was enjoying life and making every moment memorable. Going from LSB to a nightclub in Miami is a big change, no offense, but it was incredible! It brought back memories of my college days back in Ireland.

“Going from LSB to a nightclub in Miami is a big change, no offence, but it was incredible!” Miami consisted of lying on the beach, playing in the water, getting buried in the sand, playing ball and eating out. There were some beautiful restaurants on the promenade, but one that stuck to mind was my first experience of TGI Fridays. We all went there for one of the guys’ birthdays and had a big steak, delicious!! Of course we hit up a few Irish bars, which is no surprise, and had a few pints of

Guinness and Magners. One tip for anyone, you have got to go to an Irish bar and experience it, come back to me and tell me what you think! We went to the Everglades, a subtropical landscape with alligators, crocodiles and different birds and communion of nature. This was an attractive landscape of the wildlife, and something I have never experienced before. Christmas Day was spent in Miami and was certainly weird not being with the family, but with new people we had just met a week ago. We all went to Christmas Eve Mass and celebrated it together as one big group. It was very endearing and sincere, and nice to do it all as a big group. I Skyped my family on Christmas Day and spoke to all eight of them; in a way, it was strange that I actually wasn’t sitting at the dinner table in Derrygonnelly, but sitting in my hotel talking to my family through a computer from miles away. Technology has certainly paved the way of communication from the touch of a button. We all went as a big family to eat out and had the famous turkey and ham dinner that is one of the Irish traditions. There were thirty-seven of us in the restaurant, and I really felt sorry for the one waitress that served us, but we tipped her well and were very appreciative of her patience with us. As you know, the Irish are hard to understand sometimes. Yea, right? We all got back to the hotel and watched “Elf” to keep us in the Christmas spirit and bring a little of the home tradition of sitting in front of the fire watching

a Christmas movie. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a fire, but we had each other. On that note, we met Alex Rodriguez, the famous baseball player for the New York Yankees, and also Andy Murray, the famous tennis player, who was sunbathing on South Beach. I was starstruck, of course, and very excited to meet these people. That night, we went to Nikki Beach nightclub, a very famous club in Miami. We were very lucky to get into VIP by, as they say, the luck of the Irish! We all suited up for the night and felt like royalty as we danced the night away. One other famous spot we saw was Miami Ink, which is televised over here and on sky back home. We got a photo of the cast and of the shop front and nearly could have been on TV! Jokes!! Miami was just astounding and magical and a great destination to visit. I recommend it to anyone, as they will have a deadly experience. We Irish partied and had fun, which is what life is about. Enjoy yourself and live life to the fullest. The opportunities are always there, so just go for it and do everything you can! As the Irish say, go grab the bull by its horn, meaning take the risk and dive in. The travels of the East coast have just begun, but stay tuned for the next article when I will talk about New Year’s Eve in New York and my RV travels to Niagara Falls. Thanks for reading my articles, and I hope you’re enjoying reading my international experience. Comhrá déanaí (Chat later).

Building Bridges, Not Statistics How to Be A Green-Tastic College Kid


ey there Milli-bubble! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ali O and I pretty much love everything. If you do know me, you’ll probably know what I am most excited about within minutes of our chat (whether that’s good or bad, I’m not sure!). What I am constantly geekin’ about is the environment, specifically, our beautiful environment and just how easy it is to live an ecofriendly lifestyle — even as a college kid! I have four years’ experience at this point in my college career, as I am now in my last semester of my senior year. I realize I am on my way out of the Milli-bubble (currently crying on my keyboard), and it is time to share what I know. It is officially time to unveil my best, most epic tricks of the trade in staying green in college. The best part? If you choose the green path, you are guaranteed to save money! And our planet! Say what? I know! Let’s not waste another sentence on why we need to conserve our planet, let’s just do the dang thing! Ali O’s Top Tips To Green Livin’ At Millikin 1) Return your plastic bags to local stores such as Kroger — they will accept them and reuse them! 2) Take it a step further: Invest in a reusable bag, available at stores such as Kroger, Target and Walmart to reap the various benefits! Not only can you bring it with you to grocery shop and quit the plastic bag craze, but you will now have a new school backpack, going out bag to carry beverages, laptop case, sleepover bag, and more! Also, if you do choose to invest in a reusable bag, stores will actually compensate

you as a buyer! Target will give a 5 cent discount to customers who bag their goods in these reusable totes, and CVS will even give customers $1 cash bonuses on their CVS card every four times they shop and opt for non-plastic bagging! Awesome deal! 3) Red Solo Cup vs. Clear = Choose Clear! Why? “While the omnipresent red and blue solo cups are non-recyclable, the clear, plastic cups marked “No.1” or “No.2” are recyclable” according to OGB News, and countless other sources can be quoted in the same debate outcome. Quit the traditional red, mix up your life! Go clear, go great! 4) Save energy by unplugging! Especially computer and cellphone chargers! Fellow Milli-student and green advocate Grace Mulkern practices this very act: “One really helpful green tip that I do is I unplug EVERYTHING if I am not using it, especially my microwave. When things are plugged in, they still use a lot of energy even if they’re not switched “on.” Get it girl! 5) Save school supplies and reuse! Take notes on your laptop! Save paper! 6) Instead of buying new, support used! Decatur has great thrift stores close to campus! 7) INVEST in a refillable water bottle! The investment of a lifetime! 8) Go meat free! You would be surprised to know the environmental impact the meat industry has on our land. 10) Be proactive! Come to the Environmental Affairs Council (E.A.C) meetings!

Millikin’s very own Green Club! Meetings are in LTSC 224, every Thursday at 4:00 p.m! That’s all for now, future greenies. Stay tuned and feel free to find me around campus for more tips! Reduce, reuse, recycle, and stay great!

Interested in the Environmental Concerns Association (EAC)? Contact Ali Oremus at

By Tyler Hicks-Oliver In order to bring about change sometimes bridges must be built, relationships established and barriers broken. For most, the pressure of college can sometimes be overwhelming but the steps you take and decisions you make right now can be the deciding factor in whether you accomplish your goals and fulfill your dream or become just another statistic. Hopefully, after reading this article, you take a moment to stop and think about what it takes to become not just a better student but a better you and pave the way for others like yourself. After interviewing a couple administrators and being involved in campus life myself, school advisors and students have noticed a disconnect among students and their academics as well as their involvement in different programs that are implemented to help them succeed. I decided to visit Raphaella Prange, our current Dean of Students to understand why there has been such a significant drop in student GPAs, especially in the underrepresented community. My first question to Prange was why did she think students’ GPAs were dropping, especially in the minority population? She then gave me several different reasons why underrepresented students have not been successful, which I applied to myself and could really understand since I am a man of color. Prange said, “Stereotype threat has been a statistical trend shown in African-American males thinking they won’t be as successful as their white counterparts.” I then asked myself why most under-represented males and females felt like that, but then remembered not only did I have a mother who went to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degree, but I also was always enrolled in college career after school programs and constantly had the guidance of a male mentor active in their collegiate journey. “Most under-represented students are first generation children, meaning they are the first out of their immediate family to go to college,” Prange said. The path, dedication and work ethics that students take on are

not learned in a school environment but in their household. Being a first generation student means that as a child, they most likely did not receive the guidance and tools to become successful in a collegiate atmosphere because their predecessors did not go. This becomes an immediate gap in knowledge of the commitment and habits you need in order to succeed and do well in college.” If you have someone to continually show you how to study and be successful and give you the tools you need to succeed in college, you naturally will have more drive and more awareness on how to be successful versus a student who is the first in their family to attend college and was never taught or has little knowledge on the necessities. Now we have a familiar issue that most students have become aware of. My next question was how can we as a student body and faculty build a bridge to fill that gap? “Millikin does not have enough African-American faculty, which is a problem because naturally minority students feel more comfortable when facing a person in a position of power who is very similar to themselves,” Prange said. Knowing how I am and learning from the different communication classes I have taken here, as people, we have defensive listening. This means that we are more likely to stick to what we know, especially when we are uncomfortable. Having a diverse faculty would make the under-represented community not only feel more comfortable, but more prone to go out and seek help. Prange touched on the importance of Greek life, which is big because you are put in an atmosphere with students who have experience, who have been successful and who are looking to help their brothers or sisters be successful as well. Each fraternity and sorority is different, but as a Greek man or woman the emphasis is to uplift, succeed and give back. Previous to my interview with Dean Raphaella I met with Beth Evans, Director of Student Programs, to see how big of an impact Greek life has here on Millikin’s campus and what their average GPA was compared to non-Greek students. See Statistics pg. 7



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Logic vs. Love Letter: And the Winner is... By April Gleason “I don’t want a boyfriend anyways,” “I’m not looking for anything serious,” “Being single is way more fun than dating!” These are my signature lines when someone gets too close or pries about my singledom. But, it is a natural feeling for a gal like me to look for a serious relationship – so why do I talk myself out of it every time? Part of my reasoning stems from the fact that I do love being single. I’ve been consistently happy the entire time I have been single as opposed to the emotional ups and downs that a relationship brings. Being single means freedom: no “ball and chain” to answer to, spending free time with friends and freedom to flirt with whomever. Another reason I hold on to singledom desperately is because of my patent-pending excuse method of disqualification for potential boyfriends. When I find myself considering a relationship prospect very seriously I always find a reason why the relationship would never work. “He lives too far away; I do not do long distance,” “He is too young; I’ll be graduating in May,” “He wants to be a rock star and that is not stable enough for a steady relationship,” are among my numerous excuses. The excuse method is nearly foolproof at hindering every chance of a relationship blossoming. But I’m okay with it—actually, I love it. Because, to me, the stress of being in a relationship is not worth dealing with a “problem” before the relationship even starts. The logical half of my brain tells me that dealing with factors that will work against the relationship before it begins is just messy, when I could simply find a problem-free chap to date instead! Besides, who really wants to spend their free time with a new boyfriend in the last semester of college? Or deal with long distance in the summer? Or become emotionally attached? Not this girl. I want to be absolutely positive that a relationship will be better than being single, so I don’t let myself deal with frivolous crushes that I cannot see becoming a full-force romantic relationship. That’s a bit cynical, isn’t it? I simply thought it was smart to avoid a relationship, but that’s when it hit me. Relationships aren’t logical. Relationships are feeling-based, and my excuse method was brain-based, not heart-based. Love isn’t something that you can control, and disqualifying every crush because of a silly excuse is going to become a habit and eventually ruin my chances of being with someone truly amazing. What actually inspired this change of heart was my very close friend’s recent love life development. She is a senior, planning to attend graduate school and is at a nearly identical point in her college life as me. But she did the unthinkable and is now in a relationship….with a FRESHMAN?! Gasp!! This kind of drastic relationship dive defies all my logical methods of disqualification for boyfriend material. I couldn’t help but wonder what on earth she was thinking as she made it Facebook official. But I saw how incredibly joyful she was. There’s always a smile on her face and a little extra bounce in her step; she’s the happiest I have ever seen her.

From Statistics pg. 6 Any Greek chapter here must remain above a 2.5 GPA or they are called in to figure out ways to pick their grades up and maintain a healthy collegiate process. We currently have six sororities and four fraternities for a total of 396 men and women together, 237 being women and 162 being men. As stated by Director of Student Programs, Beth Evans, “The sorority average is 3.224, non-Greek is a 3.032 and women as a whole 3.071. This is a healthy GPA for any collegiate student. Now for the fraternities, the average for male Greeks was a 3.023, non-Greek 2.716 and all men a 2.777 GPA. For all Greeks combined, men and women, a 3.165 and Millikin as a whole, 2.948.” Those are very good numbers for Greek life, especially as they are always active in philanthropy work and involved in campus life. As I stated before, you are naturally inclined to become more successful when you are in a positive environment as well as around people who uplift you and have prior experience. From these numbers and the information we have learned about from our Dean, Greek life can very beneficial to the student community. It establishes a relationship with students and instills a sense of familiarity no matter how different you may physically look from your Greek

I really admired her bravery in taking a seemingly spontaneous and in-themoment relationship jump. She proved to me that love isn’t thought-out and over-planned. Love happens regardless of “excuses” and “problems.” A year-and-a-half of singledom had made me blind to the excitement of a new relationship from getting to know someone closely, to tender moments like holding hands and forehead kisses. And those wonderful, incredible things cannot happen if you are not willing to open your heart to someone special, even if it is not the most logical decision. The distance, age difference, and future life goals were not enough to stop my friends from taking the plunge into something so new and exciting; these actions rekindled my heart’s spark for the spontaneous. I could see that the bigger risk/bigger reward effect before my eyes as my senior friend blissfully nuzzled into her new freshman boyfriend’s chest. Their actions were a result of their hearts, not their heads. Their relationship affected me strongly enough to completely reevaluate someone who I had dismissed even though we had a great friendship and even relationship potential. Now I realize that this is my last chance with him and logic is going to lose the battle. Even if it scares me to fall in love, or even just let a crush develop to something more, I never want to be left wondering, “what if...?” One semester means I have to live and love without regrets, and I plan to do exactly that. My only hope is that this isn’t too late: Hey you (you should know who you are), if you’re reading… I have a little crush on you. And I’d really like to live in the moment… with you, if you want. We can just hold hands; I promise I’m not as scary as they make me sound. So…let me know…if you want to be more than friends…or just friends. Because I’m not going to leave Soy City without knowing that we never tried even though we both wanted to. Love, Sincerely, Your Friend, -April, like the month. “Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love; love is all you need”

brother or sister. Millikin provides a variety of different fraternities and sororities that are paving the way for others and establishing a relationship with incoming students. I wrote this article not to encourage you to go out and join a Greek-letter organization, but to seek out the different organizations we have here as well as the programs that we as students are given full access to, to ensure that we succeed. If you did not take anything from this information, I ask that you continue to seek change and continue to help diversify this campus. If you are in a position of power and influence, take a moment to sit down with the different communities of people and lend a helping hand. Even as adults, we need help and the opportunity to learn from people with experience and pick up new tools to help hone all our crafts and do what we all plan to do, which is graduate from college, receive our degree and make a positive change in our field and community. There will always be change because change is constant, but in order to receive the change we want as a student body, we have to continue to build each another up and not be afraid to go to our faculty and let them know how we feel and provide ways that they can help us become better students.

By Caitlin Harriman

Tips for Valentine’s Day... You’ve seen it on the calendar; we’ve all seen it. Feb. 14 is creeping around the corner like a knife-wielding maniac who slowly opens a squeaky door in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. And just like an Alfred Hitchcock movie, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that most people wish they could just close their eyes and wait for it to be over. Now if you’re reading this and saying to yourself, “Actually, I like Valentine’s Day…in fact, I LOVE it!” Well guess what? You are probably the lucky Valentine of some hunkalicious lover, so put down this newspaper and go frolic with him in a field of daisies or something. But for those of you who hurled yourself into the fetal position when reminded that Valentine’s Day is near, this article is for you! Valentine’s Day tends to serve as a reminder to single people that they are, indeed, single. For those of you singles who embrace Valentine’s Day with the same disdain children share for vegetables or dogs share for high pitched noises, I wish to share some advice to help keep you a little happier this February. This article is going to give you a few tips about how to avoid a depressing Valentine’s Day this year, and a few more tips on how to actually enjoy Feb. 14 without feeling the need to vomit on hand-holding couples everywhere. Here are some things I’m going to recommend you don’t do on Valentine’s Day: 1) Drink heavily. Drinking away the loneliness some of us feel on Valentine’s Day might seem like a good idea, but it can only end badly. Buying a bottle of vodka and pasting a picture of Ryan Gosling on it isn’t going to make you feel any less lonely than before. Alcohol is a depressant, and so what will that do to you? It’s going to make you more depressed, in case you didn’t catch on. Let’s face reality…if you decide to drink your weight in red wine on Valentine’s Day, all you’re going to end up with on Feb. 15 is a gnarly hangover, sob-smeared make-up and no memory of sending drunk texts to your ex-boyfriend from three years ago. 2) Find a last-minute Valentine. Counting down the days you have left until Valentine’s Day to ensnare a Valentine in your love trap is only going to lead to either disappointment or the sketchiest/ awkward Valentine’s date ever. I’m pretty sure that trying to find a lastminute Valentine just for the sake

of having a Valentine is how the sequel to “The Craigslist Killer” starts off. 3) Read the Valentine’s Day articles in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Glamour. I know, we’re all guilty of it. And you might not be able to go through the month of February without breaking this rule, but maybe try to avoid it for a while. The contradicting articles that cater to both the Valentineblessed and Valentine-less are going to throw you into a whirlwind of emotions.

“Buying a bottle of vodka and pasting a picture of Ryan Gosling on it isn’t going to make you feel any less lonley...” On one page there will be sexy, body-butter filled tips to teach women how to please their man in the most ridiculous ways on Valentine’s Day; on the opposite page of this article, there will either be some random woman’s horrible account of how her Valentine tried to abduct her or something that resembles the plot line of a “Law and Order: SVU” episode. Stop torturing yourself with relationshipenvy, and put the Cosmo down. If you were planning any of these previously-mentioned activities and now feel the need to curl back up into that fetal position from before, DO NOT FEAR. Here are some things you can do that will make Valentine’s Day seem less daunting and more enjoyable: 1) Plan an event with friends. There is nothing better than surrounding yourself with people who truly make you smile. You have to admit, relationships and dating can get pretty messy sometimes, but your friends are always going to be the peanut butter to your jelly. Whether you decide to go out to a nice restaurant as a group or just have a chill night in with some “Boy Meets World” and pinot grigio (Note: Drinking in moderation is fine on Valentine’s Day, especially with friends, but be wary of the




repercussions mentioned earlier that accompanies the sad endeavor of drowning your sorrows). 2) Treat yourself. Get something nice that will make you feel better, if only for February 14. Buy that “Three Wolf Moon” t-shirt that you’ve been eyeing on Amazon for months. Splurge on a relaxing massage at a spa if you want to. It doesn’t matter if you want a giant bouncy ball or discount lipstick, buying yourself something will probably make you feel better. 3) Do something that makes you feel good. If you like baking, bake some cookies! If you like heckling strangers at the park, go heckle! If you know something you can do that makes you feel good, then why wouldn’t you do it on a day like Valentine’s Day? The people who walk around reusing the same “single awareness day,” whiny joke (no one goes through Valentine’s Day without hearing this) can become those unhappy rainclouds that follows us around on Valentine’s Day. Although there are some true holiday haters out there, I think a lot of us are only resentful towards Valentine’s Day as single people until the day comes when you have a valentine to show off to the world! Valentine’s Day is only “single awareness day” if you decide to be a depressed stick in the mud. If there are people who are in relationships telling each other how much they love each other, why can’t you do the same? Call your mom; call a friend you haven’t had time to talk to in a while; give your roommates an extra long hug, and tell whoever you want how much you love them!One myth of how Valentine’s Day originated is the story of St. Valentine, a priest who performed secret marriages for young soldiers and their lovers who were prohibited from marrying while serving the Roman Empire. St. Valentine was imprisoned for his actions against this Roman decree, and while in jail, he fell in love with a beautiful and kind young woman. Before his death, he wrote her a letter professing his love and signed it, “From your Valentine.” So screw Hallmark’s sickening commercialism and the depressing Facebook diatribes of “single awareness day!” Take a note from St. Valentine and decide to make someone feel like a Valentine by reminding them how important they are to you.


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Top Three Denny Patterson Most-Red-Hot Albums for Top Five Romance Movies for the Love Puppies Valentine’s E Day...or Night veryone loves a good love story. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I will be sharing what I consider to be my Top 5 favorite romance movies that are bound to capture the hearts of even the grumpiest of people. Boxes of tissues may be needed.

“The Notebook” (Cassavetes 2004) PG-13

By Margaret Eby

1. “Flirting with Twilight” -- Kurt Elling

This album is the perfect sweeping arc for a romantic evening. Kurt Elling, a Chicago-born jazz artist, takes it way down on this album. Compared to his other albums, “Flirting with Twilight” has slow, hard swinging, tempos. He’s far more focused on playing with the melody, sometimes holding a note so long or waiting so long to sing a single word that you are longing for resolution, and when he finally gives it, you are completely surrendered to the music, just waiting for him to sing again. I’m a firm believer that Kurt Elling could make the phone book sound sexy, so it’s magical what he can do with these classic covers. He has this incredible sensibility to know exactly how a song wants to sound but has never sounded before. Toward the middle of the album, he really gets down and dirty, digging into his blues roots with “Orange Blossoms In Summertime,” “Easy Living” and “Lil’ Darlin.’” He finishes this alluring album with sweet nothings about a romantic evening together, of the world embracing two people’s true love. It’s hard not to get in all sorts of “the mood” when his silky voice and sheer incredible talent with vocalese reach your ears, then get swept away by his romantic sentiments.

2. “The Girl from Impanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook” -- Various Artists

One would be hard pressed to find a more genuinely sultry album. As if Latin Jazz isn’t exotically charming enough, the producers of this album truly called in the experts-among them, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Astrid Gilberto and Jobim himself. Opening with “The Girl from Ipanema” in its original Portuguese, and moving through some of the most loved Latin Jazz songs, this album has the subtle seductiveness that finds you closing your eyes and imagining a balmy summer night in a Spain when the band is singing straight to you and the steamy stranger from across the room asks you to dance. The whole album seems to sigh with the amorous sway of saxophone and gentle bossa nova guitar strums. It’s the perfect album for planning a Valentine’s Night in with strawberries, cherries and passionfruit rather than indulging in a steak dinner at an expensive restaurant where every couple is trying to out-romance one another. So crank up the heat for this masterpiece of a compilation. Sure, you don’t understand half of the lyrics of the album, but you know it’s something irresistible, so isn’t that part of the allure anyway?

3. “Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads” -- Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye is the Greek god of sexy, the patron saint of seductive, the epitome of the irresistibly passionate. A list having anything to do with love would be remiss if it didn’t mention the name Marvin Gaye at least three or four times. Sure, we all know the classic “Let’s Get It On” album released in 1973, but with some digging around, I discovered this little gem of an album that outdoes “Let’s Get It On” tenfold. This collection of luscious tunes hides nothing about Marvin Gaye’s sex appeal or his innate ability to make anyone want to hop in bed — anywhere — with that special someone. “Bedroom Ballads” is over-the-top, racy and lustful, but somehow, through the ease and longing in Marvin Gaye’s voice, it still works. He lures you in with the incomparably romantic and sweet “Why Did I Choose You,” then lays you out with songs like “Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again,” “Funk Me” and “Feel All My Love Inside.” Caution: this album is not for the faint of sensibility. Complete with sighs and moans, Gaye puts it all out there and let’s the music do its work. “Bedroom Ballads” is an album to invest in if you want to make Valentine’s Day last two or three days. It’s better to clear your schedules for at least 48 hours and plan not to leave the house, or perhaps even the bed.


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Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, “The Notebook” is surely a film that will turn on the waterworks. This film is a prime example that loved ones will go through hell and back to be with each other and to recover lost memories. I wasn’t sure how much I would like this film because it was mainly considered a chick flick, but upon watching it, it will always be one of my favorite romance films. The plot is the typical guy likes girl, girl likes guy, they fight, they break up, the girl leaves without goodbye, they meet again but she’s with another guy and she must choose. But the ending…let’s just say it’s an ending that will leave you in a puddle of tears. Boxes of Tissues Rating: 5 “Letters to Juliet” (Gary Winick 2010) PG
 Besides the fact that Amanda Seyfried is one of my favorite actresses, “Letters to Juliet” is a story of how people with different backgrounds interact with others they normally wouldn’t, no matter how much prejudice is there. Following a love that was separated at a very young age, this film, I believe, would make Shakespeare himself pleased. Never give up on love; that person is still out there somewhere. 
Boxes of Tissues Rating: 3 “Titanic” (James Cameron 1997) PG-13
 “Titanic” has been a favorite of mine since I saw it as a child. There’s something magical, fascinating and unforgettable about this love story – that is probably why it’s considered one of the most romantic movies of all time. Not only do Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet make a good pair on the big screen, but director James Cameron is a genius behind the camera, and “Titanic” is a story rich in history. A tragic night, an unspeakable love and separation of classes. Even though the Atlantic Ocean swallowed the ship, Jack and Rose’s love could not be torn apart. 
Boxes of Tissues Rating: 4 “Ghost” (Jerry Zucker 1990) PG-13
 The only reason why I loved this movie was because Whoopi Goldberg was in it. I mean come on, who doesn’t love Whoopi? But as I grew up and my mom watched it almost any time it came on television, I started to understand the deep meanings behind the film. This is a story about love that transcends even after death. A classic for many reasons including the iconic pottery scene, this film is the perfect date movie and for any romantic movie lover. Even though your special someone is deceased, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still watching over you. 
Boxes of Tissues Rating: 3 “Brokeback Mountain” (Ang Lee 2005) R

This movie is a three time Academy Award winner, and it deserves every single one of them. I’m sure those of you who saw “Brokeback Mountain” weren’t quite expecting to see Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal portraying these kinds of characters. “Brokeback Mountain” is a story of two cowboys who developed a secret and forbidden relationship during the times when homosexuality was not nearly as accepted as it is today. Their passion for each other remained high throughout their lives even though they both married and had families of their own. No matter what your sexual orientation may be, you will never escape true love.
 Boxes of Tissues Rating: 3

Feeling a Bit Lonely this Valentine’s Day? Well...

February 8, 2012

Arts & Entertainment That’s No Moon CD Release

International Music in the American Scene

By Lauren Mudge Band: Whitehorse Album: “Whitehorse” Country: Canada After first listening to Whitehorse, I immediately connected the duo to Ryan Adams and The Swell Season, as if the two merged as one to create an alternative country/rock sound paired with the harmonious tunes of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Signing with Six Shooter Records, the married Canadian duo, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, defy the stereotypical, married and troubled road to success. Especially with the help of their previous separate music careers, the couple’s current fame is rising throughout Canada and the U.S. since recently being featured on NPR’s World Cafe. Noting the beauty of their musical journeys that finally intertwined to create a soulful Canadian sound, this band’s music is enriched with rock, country and blues roots. Their vocal harmonies blend gracefully with thoughtful lyrics backed by superb guitar playing, especially in songs “Killing Time Is Murder,” “Emerald Isle” and “Night Owls.” Band: SBTRKT Album: “SBTRKT” Country: United Kingdom SBTRKT is not only one of my favorite London-based bands, but also one of my favorite madmen producers/DJs/mixers/ songwriters. Behind the popular African mask, where he consistently hides his face to anyone and everyone, is Aaron Jerome. It’s true. I’ve yet to see a picture of this UK gem, and he prefers this anonymity. I imagine his interaction with the bands whom he chooses to produce and remix are fairly simple, yet mysterious. They give him songs and vice-versa, but none ever get the chance to see him because he simply won’t let them. The man has remixed Radiohead, M.I.A., and Basement Jaxx, to name a few big music industry names. Despite his anonymity, SBTRKT recently produced and arranged his first full length, a self-titled release for all of us consumers to enjoy. Collaborating with Sampha, Little Dragon, Roses Gabor and Jessie Ware, all well known in the UK, SBTRKTs music meshes modern English electronica with urban dance, a little bit of dubstep, and mid 1980s house. Listening to his music, one can’t help but feel the sexiness in the dance sounds he creates. Be sure to listen to “Hold On,” “Wildfire,” “Right Thing to Do” and “Pharaohs.”  Band: First Aid Kit Album: “The Lion’s Roar” Country: Sweden First Aid Kit, a Swedish female duo, sound a bit like Neko Case meshed with Jenny Lewis and My Sad Captains, creating a beautiful Americana/folk sound with heartfelt lyrics that cover a lot of territory. The sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg are even younger than I am, the older, Johanna, at 21, and Klara, at 18. Last year, the two released a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” via YouTube that gained wide popularity throughout the U.S. with a little under 3 million views. The ladies also recently released their highly anticipated 2012 album, “The Lion’s Roar,” receiving good reviews among the well-refuted critics of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Pitchfork. Be sure to listen to songs “Emmylou,” “The Lion’s Roar,” “King of the World” and “Wolf.”  Band: Jónsi Album: “We Bought A Zoo” Country: Iceland Jónsi, most famously known as the lead singer of Sigur Ros, was taking a break from music after he released his highly acclaimed solo album, “Go.” His mind certainly changed after Cameron Crowe, director of “We Bought A Zoo,” asked him to write the music for his film. The stars aligned perfectly for Crowe not only because his film is rated well among critics, but the album, co-written by both Crowe and Jónsi, has received even more praise as one of the best soundtracks of 2011. The album itself flirts with multiple genres, but for anyone that’s familiar with the music of Jónsi and his band, Sigur Ros, it’s only normal to create the epic sounds we know. Personally, when listening to “We Bought A Zoo” I feel the same hope and happiness in the songs that I felt listening to Takk and Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust. Be sure to listen to “Why Not?,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “Brambles” and “Gathering Stories.” 

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By Sam Schnorf Friday night on Jan 27 was an epic combination of known Millikin bands, The Great Waltz and Dari, and a group new to the Millikin music scene, That’s No Moon. The event was created by Millikin’s organization, Blue Box Records, and was hosted by Lock Stock & Barrel. It kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with The Great Waltz, who never leaves its audience unsatisfied, and ended with great, upbeat, party poprock sounds from Dari. Fans lined the stage and filled the seats, cheering on the local celebs. Though the crowd was ever changing, it persisted and kept LSB filled with fun and business throughout the night. The crowd was a great welcome wagon for the boys of That’s No Moon. Not long into their first song did they capture the hearts of the Millikin dominated crowd. For those that do not know them, they describe themselves as “indie-rocktronica” and have been playing in the Champaign, Ill. area since 2010. The band is composed of four young men from very different backgrounds. They came together to create this unique sound and plan to take this band as far as they can. This adventure begins as they will be playing up in Chicago this spring as well as other locations. Be sure to check out their page so you can catch a show. Go to to get dates, music samples, pictures and other information. Don’t forget to support the Millikin bands, Dari and The Great Waltz. Also hit up the Facebook pages of the two where (for Dari) you can find info on how to “Tweet for a track.” If you were lucky enough to attend the show and didn’t have a chance to get to the merchandise table, check out Blue Box Records on their Facebook page or go to html.

Some other musical and/or art events you might want to mark down on your calendar are: Faculty Showing at Blue Connection - Feb. 3 Blue Connection, located in downtown Decatur at 117 N. Water Street will be showing the work of a select group of faculty members from the Millikin University art faculty. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided as well as some lovely background music to complete the artistic atmosphere. Pawsapalooza - Feb. 11 This is an event LSB is putting on/ hosting to raise money for the Macon County Humane Society. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will have a 50/50 raffle, as well as this line up of bands: LEDERHOUSE CURIOUS COMBINED DARI KRISHNA THE GREAT WALTZ For more information contact this fine fellow: Louis Kappler, Client Care Representative, NPC 217-877-4393 If you know of any major events (musical or artistic) send me, Samantha Schnorf, an invite and I won’t miss it. Shoot me some info on it so that I can give a quick, artsy review for you and put it in the Dec. I’m not writing to give major opinions. I’m just here to let you know when it’s going down and how it goes.

By Becca Mellott

Define “art.” Perhaps it is the beautiful stroke of a paintbrush on a blank canvas, or the gentle plié of a dancer’s ballet. Maybe it is the expression of emotion through movement from a hip hop dancer or lyrics being sung by an indie rock band. Art covers all self-expression and is composed of words, feelings, movement and sound. At Millikin, all of us are surrounded by hundreds of artists who create, interpret and inspire their own art every day. This is your chance to get to know them a little better. Year and Major: Junior Instrumental Music Education Major Your Role in Music: I’m primarily a bass trombonist. I currently perform in the Millikin Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles and concerts as they arise. Last semester I was the student conductor for the Millikin Concert Band, which was an amazing experience! I am also the Historian for Phi Mu Alpha, the men’s music fraternity on campus. Favorite Part of Your Major: My favorite part of being a music ed major is all of the hands-on field experience. I’m currently teaching 5th grade percussion and 6th grade band in Decatur for one of my classes. In previous years I have also had the chance to teach kindergarten and 4th grade general music. All of this hands-on experience has been so fulfilling and rewarding. It is such an indescribable feeling to know that I am making a difference and actually educating students while in the process of getting this degree! On top of all of the teaching experience, I also love the experiences and opportunities I have as a performer. Having the opportunity to play with the MDSO, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Bands has been such a highlight of my time here. The high level of performance and all of the talented people and directors in the ensembles make all of the long hours of practice well worth it. Future Plans: My ideal future plans are to become a band director at either the junior high or high school level. However, I would also really enjoy teaching elementary general music, so I’m pretty open to what the future will hold and I plan to meet it head on!



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More Guitar in the Monitors, Please Encouragement for Writers By Mars McDaniel

Do not come lightly to the blank page. You will know what you shall write. A story, like wine, grows better with age. There are some people who get enraged When uninspired for days and nights Because they came lightly to that blank page. Wise writers take their time, becoming engaged Engrossed in the idea filling their mind’s sight. Their story will shine regardless of age. Here is something I learned from a sage:
 Writer’s block is not a necessary blight, So don’t go lightly to your own blank page. Think instead of the paper as an empty stage. Let your words dance from left to right Like Fred and Ginger did in the golden age. My words contain no anger or rage. I only hope to offer you my insight. You see, you shouldn’t come lightly to the blank page For writing, like wine, gets better with age.

By Sierra Goldberg There was a rock concert in the SPEC on Jan 28. Now, take a moment to let that sink in because yes, it actually happened: colored lights, floorshaking subwoofers, road cases, and all. Ever heard of MUCC? MUCC, or the Millikin University Concert Committee, is an entirely student-run organization that sets up concerts once a month. While they are huge supporters of Millikin groups, allocations allow them to bring in outside bands to add fresh faces and sounds to the scene. The executive board and committee take care of all the planning, renting, money, door watching and set up themselves. As Morgan Reed, a member of the exec staff, notes, “The advisors are very hands-off.” Returning president Jeffery Bensmiller is very passionate about MUCC as it is “As close to real life music business as you can get.” Bensmiller is excited about the Millikin attendance, but is hoping to garner more community support over the coming months. For the Jan. 28 concert, Millikinbased bands, The Levitating Cronkites, Lederhouse and Dari appeared alongside out of town bands Carielle and Empires. The evening started at 7 p.m. with some metal, courtesy of the Levitating Cronkites and lead singer Tom Chandler. Carielle, a student band from Michigan, brought an indie feel to the night. Millikin favorites Lederhouse and Dari brought a mix of rock and pop leading up to a fantastic rock finish by Empires. “Dari,” who had just performed alongside The Great Waltz at the Blue Box CD release party the previous night, was in great form and pulled a good audience. Steve Berger and Big Blue Sound brought expertise and equipment. The show as a whole was very well-mixed and the entire set

sounded professional and polished. The SPEC was transformed into a believable concert venue with some LED lights and a low stage. Bensmiller was pleased to say that the bands, out of town ones in particular, had enjoyed playing in the space. The out of town bands Carielle and Empires demonstrated the range of people MUCC can bring in. Carielle is a six-piece band based out of

“The music quality is superb and the event is free to Millikin students.”

Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It features Aaron Kopp as lead vocalist, Erik Rice and Cody Flowers on guitar, Jonathan Mackey on bass, Andy Preschbacher on drums, and Shanda Fredricks on keys. They have been together about a year and this is their eighth show. Describing themselves as indieinfused hipster pop, the band brought excitement and positive energy to the stage. Family members who live in the area turned up and friends from Cornerstone travelled with them to show their support. “Music is a gift,” Preschbacher said, “We’re all about using the gift God has given us.” While they are all Christians, Erik Rice says they’re not about “forcing anything on anybody.” Carielle can be found on Twitter and Facebook and is nearing completion of a full-fledged website. Chicago-based band, Empires came

together in 2007. Citing influences from the 70s and 90s, Empires is a rock band that infuses the well-loved classic sound with alternative and indie twists and strives to be “honest in the music we play and write,” according to drummer Ryan Luciani. Lead singer Sean Van Vleet, Tom Conrad and Max Sterger on guitar, and Ryan Luciani on drums comprise the core with Chris Hershman, on bass, joining them for a few concerts this season. Not only do they bring musical talent to the table, but each member of the band contributes to the marketing package from graphics, to recording, to video, to website development, resulting in a cohesive and dedicated group. While discussing the band’s background, they realized that they had just passed the four year anniversary of their first show. Luciani remembers performing to a sold out house as they had released music on the internet for a few months prior to the performance. “Empires” is about to release a lot of new music this spring and they can be found online at www.weareempires. com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. “Keep an eye on old Empires,” Luciani quipped, making fellow band members Chris and Tom laugh. With this kind of talent base, the question that begs asking is “Why did so few people know about this?” Decatur is not necessarily a hot spot for the rock scene. MUCC concerts like this are refreshingly low key watch a set, grab Jimmy Johns during change over, watch another set. The music quality is superb and the event is free to Millikin students. As someone who doesn’t get the chance to see a lot of concerts, I am very much looking forward to future shows. As the Millikin community has stepped up to support Pipe Dreams, I also hope that we will show our support for MUCC as well starting with the next concert on

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Pipedreams Teams Up with A Group of Students Interested in Play Writing

s technology advances and the internet is flooded with new applications, alike attend the weekly meetings and of the piece, followed by a group information, programs, etc., we can often become overwhelmed by By Sean Roe help to workshop plays in progress,” discussion answering any questions the If Shakespeare was alive today, the vastness of it all and, in doing so, miss out on things that may playwright has as well as giving general have interested us. Nowadays, there are music players everywhere, such as living in Decatur and in search of Honkala said. For those nervous about opening reactions,” Honkala said. Pandora, YouTube and Spotify — where you can hear new songs based on the next Globe Theater, he would turn to Pipe Dreams Studio for their their script up, which for many is “If you’re an actor wanting to flex your likes and dislikes or create your own playlist. However, because these players are based on what you already like or latest dive into the world of workshop like opening their diary in a public the old dramatic muscle, you may also dislike, there is little room for the experience of brand new music. Seeing as theater. Millikin ventured into the forum, Honkala assures that it’s a swing by Ink Support and lend your Millikin is a highly musical campus, the need to experience new music is a unchartered waters of workshop theater gentle process. “It’s a very laid-back talent to the creative process,” Honkala commonality that most people on campus share. That being said, what better when they housed a production of the environment where people can come said. “Actors can work on their cold way to get information out in a straightforward, condensed manner than by original musical “Golden Gate” by and go as they please, while still reading skills while contributing to the asking your peers what music they are listening to and hearing their opinion Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond a contributing and gaining a look into the creation of new works.” year ago. With programs like the New future of theatre.” In the collaborative spirit of all on their selections? Musical Workshop, students get the Now, don’t misunderstand, this isn’t of Millikin’s programs, Ink Support Some of the students around Millikin University’s campus were asked what opportunity to understand what it’s like a beatnik, hippyfest where everyone plans to team up with another their current favorite song is. In addition to that, the students were asked to provide a mini review of why they like these particular songs and what to be a part of the collaborative process sits around and snaps for each developing business on campus to of creating a show. other’s work. There are incentives to produce dramatic works,” Honkala elements of the song speak to them the most. As all actors and playwrights know, the program and community out- said. “We’re beginning to work with Some students connected to the music personally while others simply characters are simply ink on a page reach,”Honkala said. “Every semester, Bronze Man Books to see about enjoyed the catchy rhythms and melodies. until they are brought to life on stage, we choose a new work to perform a publishing an original work with These particular songs were chosen due to the fact that they represent a so where can aspiring playwrights go staged reading of, and this semester we them.” So whether you’re a writer fairly wide range of styles of music, making the chances that someone will to hear their work in action? That’s are starting an outreach program to a who wants to see your script on its find a song they like more probable. From hip-hop to alternative to pop-rock, where Ink Support comes in. local high school of Decatur.” feet or an actor who wants to get some there is a little something for everyone in this playlist. I sat down with senior theater So now you’re on board, but how reading experience, Ink Support has Discovering new music can create an exhilarating, refreshing feeling in both major Kaylie Honkala to truly grasp the does it work? “We typically plan ahead something for everyone. Ink Support the mind and soul — freeing old reservations and crafting new expectations. concept of Ink Support. “Ink Support what we will be workshopping, but meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. As students at Millikin University, you are encouraged to read your peers’ is a program started by students for we are willing to squeeze anybody in in Pipedreams Studios. For more reviews on their favorite songs, take them into consideration, and try out some students [who are] interested in the art that wants some time! The workshop information, contact Kaylie Honkala at new music. Who knows, you could possibly find your new favorite artist! Word Search Generator :: Create your own printable typically word find consists ... of play writing. Both actors and writers of a read-through “Frick Park Market” – Mac Miller “The flow of the lyrics and the transitions between choruses makes this song extremely catchy, and it will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day after you listen to it. It is just chill enough that you can listen to it when you’re hanging out with friends.” – Daniel Rear “On the Radio” – Regina Spektor


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“I absolutely love this song. It has great lyrics and a funky cute beat. My favorite verse would be, ‘This is how it works, you’re young until you’re not, you love until you don’t, you try until you can’t, you laugh until you cry, you cry until you laugh, and everyone must breathe until their dying breath.’ I love all of Regina Spektor’s music because it’s unlike everything that plays on the radio (pun intended haha).” – Val Anderson “I Look So Good Without You” – Jesse James “[The song] makes me feel better about my self after breaking up with my ex-boyfriend. I’m a strong woman and life is too short to dwell over silly boys when they don’t know what they want.” – Andrea Williams “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” – Against Me! “This song lyrically speaks to me due to its sort of rebellious sense against politics. Alternative is my favorite genre due its upbeat drum kicks and clean sound. I really enjoy this band due to the fact that not many people know about them and that not all their songs sound the same.” – Jeff Luczak “Red & Blue” – Lady Gaga “The light, pop-rock feel of the song makes you want to sing along and hit repeat way too many times. But in addition to the fun, addictive melody, there’s the relevant, relatable lyrics.  In this song, Lady Gaga sings of being young and lusting after a friend who’s practically her exact opposite. Even

















































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Not Your Typical Shakespeare: The Modern London Theatre Scene

By Susie Wirthlin hen my plane touched down in St. Louis on Dec. 16, I was ecstatic. I was so excited to see my family, friends and simply to be back on American soil. Now, don’t get me wrong: studying abroad this past fall semester in London was life changing and mind blowing. I saw and


experienced so many new things that I’m still having trouble articulating just how incredible the whole journey was. However, after seeing a musical production in St. Louis only a couple weeks after returning home, one thing was quite clear: I’d become an even bigger theatre snob since coming back. I’ve always been enamored of

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theatre. I started performing back in first grade and simply haven’t stopped since. I’ve participated in numerous theatre workshops, intensives, and even performed overseas back in high school! I’ve had unique and rare opportunities, and for that I’m grateful. But, returning home from my semester in London, I realized that my palate had become more refined, and that the musicals I once enjoyed and gushed over no longer satisfied me. Our program in London took us to a plethora of new theatre venues that took us outside of our preconceived notions of drama: the first production we saw took place in an abandoned tube tunnel. This really set the tone for all the shows we saw in London. They were abstract, fresh, set in unfamiliar places and told through unconventional means. In total, our program took us to see twenty plays over the course of the semester, and I can confidently say that each and every one of them opened my eyes to some new aspect of performing. Some of the shows were absolutely incredible, and some, inevitably, were disappointing, but all of them had one thing in common: they were something I would never have seen back in America. The theatre scene in London, and Europe in general, is unique for many reasons. Obviously, one is the fact that Europe has been the leader in theatrics for quite some time. It is the place of Goethe, Stanislavski, Marlowe, Shakespeare and countless other playwrights who redefined the rules of drama and continually change the face of theatre. Being in London, and getting to work for eight weeks at The Globe Theatre, I had Shakespeare as my focal point. I was even lucky enough to see two of his works at the Royal Shakespeare Company, located in his home Stratford-upon-Avon. But, once one travels off the path of the classics, there are new, golden strands of theatre to find. These productions are what the Europeans call “fringe” theatre: they

stand on the edge of the big West End houses, are performed in gritty settings, have short run times and even tinier budgets. They deal with raw stories, things that people usually don’t go to the theatre to have shoved in their faces. These “fringe” shows are the true heart and soul of London theatre. I already spoke of abandoned tube tunnels being the setting of one show I saw, which seemed tame at the end of the semester, and is indeed common with these shows. One show called “Our Days of Rage” literally herded the audience from scene to scene (again, set in dank tunnels) and had visceral features that were quite disturbing. I’m talking actors hanging from nooses, a violent child rape scene, riot police banging plastic shields loud enough to burst your eardrums and suicide bombers killing innocent people. And this was just one show! Other productions had full nudity (thank you “Hamlet” at the Barbican), multiple blow jobs (“Phaedra’s Love” at the Arcola Theatre, which also had rape and castration shown onstage), incest and child rape (“Festen,” again at the Barbican), harsh language and even dirtier plot lines. While some may dismiss this all as pure “shock value,” as I instinctively did with some productions, one must look beyond these spectacles and realize the sheer scope of what is happening with European theatre. It is doing exactly what drama and art are meant to do: open our eyes to what is wrong with society. This message isn’t just present in these darker works. Dance shows, new works at the historically esteemed Royal Court Theatre and even a play focusing on the Bible, all 66 books, contained themes of dissent, frustration, and a need for change. While some of these shows aren’t as polished as typical blockbuster musicals like “Legally Blonde” or “The Book of Mormon,” they have a deeper level of craft, and a much more human nature to them. These playwrights and productions are forcing us to bear witness to the

everyday atrocities of our world, and inspire us to change them. “Time Magazine” named “The Protestor” as the person of the year, and that to me is indicative of what our world is becoming. Just as students and civilians led protests and revolts in years past, so today we are beginning to question what our elite puts before us and what we should tolerate. Our generation is not happy. We are questioning, frustrated and enraged by many of the events we read about online and on Twitter. And the theatre in London is, more than anything, a new outlet of reaching as many people as possible. These shows are small, sometimes don’t make a profit and often are overlooked for bigger, West End musicals. Once you see one fringe show, though, you feel the urge to see another, and another. It is a domino effect of show business, and it has redefined the minds of European audiences. No longer do audience members walk out of a production because it is “offensive” or shocking. Instead, they stay and try to pick apart why the performance was done in such a manner. It is an advanced theatre scene, one of conviviality, debate and lots of dissent. One can hope that the students returning to Millikin this semester will bring some of that to our own theatre scene, especially the student run Pipe Dreams Theatre. I know that I personally am embarking on a project inspired by my time in London, and it will most likely shock and upset some people. But, after my time abroad, that doesn’t scare me or make me nervous. In fact, upsetting people and making them think is exactly what I want. The artistic director of the RSC told us in a masterclass, “Don’t be afraid to be unpopular.” He meant as an artist and director, but it applies to all aspects of theatre, and life in general. Don’t always take the safe route. Make a choice that is your own, but also outside your comfort zone. Challenge yourself. I guarantee you’ll grow into something you never thought possible.

A Cure for the Common Anti-Winter: Fitz & the Tantrums

by Margaret Eby


veryone is in an outrage. Mother Nature, or at least the part of her that seems to deal only with Illinois, has once again tricked us with her unpredictability. Obviously, January isn’t supposed to feel like this. January is supposed to be dreary, bleak and quiet. We’re all supposed to be curled up under a mountain of blankets, bogged down with our new homework and drowning in coffee, to keep us awake; and hot chocolate, to get us to sleep. Instead, it’s teeming with life, activity and, craziest of all, sun. At a time like this, when the world feels like it’s being turned upside down(thanks, La Niña... or global warming...whatever), I need an album that matches. An album that can make me care less about my confusion at this weather and more about enjoying the sun while it’s here, because we all know this means that we are totally in for it come March. A band called Fitz & the Tantrums released their album “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” in August 2010 on Dangerbird Records. I know I’m quite partial to music that sounds like it was made forty years ago but still has a modern twist, but this is true, pure, soul. This album is like making love to the 1970s as an entire decade. “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” takes the music that we always think of as belonging in movies like “Superfly,” or in those dark, hidden dive clubs where everything is in a sepia tone and people are dancing scandalously close together, and exposes it to an entirely fresh generational audience. Fitz & the Tantrums echos all the greatness of the sixties and seventies in a more co-ed format, more of a Temptations meets Supremes, culminating in the dynamic twosome of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. This Los Angeles-based band formed in 2008, inspired by buying a vintage

organ by Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, who are the lead singers and faces of the band. With four other stellar musicians, Joseph Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks, and that little vintage organ, this retro masterpiece was born. In just a year, they catapulted from small cafe shows to major tours. Since, they’ve toured with Maroon 5 and performed with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. They are high energy, no holds barred soul with a groove that will sweep you off your feet into a swirl of sax, organ, and wailing harmonies. Hook laden funk isn’t their only priority, though. They not only stay true to the sounds of the era of funk and soul, but they also pay heed to the subject matter. Songs like “Breakin’ The Chains Of Love,” “News 4 U” and “Winds of Change” are about being wronged in love, but coming out on top, the “I don’t need you anymore” attitude. There are songs about longing for love and needing love like “L.O.V.” and “Tighter” that are equally as heart breaking as the previous three are triumphant. In true seventies form, Fitz & the Tantrums doesn’t ignore politics or society either. “Dear Mr. President” tells the story of a dysfunctional family and begs, “Dear Mr. President / There’s trouble in the streets / Now is the time and the test we must meet / Dear Mr. President / take a look around / Please Mr. President / put your foot down.” Social class is touched on in “MoneyGrabber,” the song that is pretty much credited as the catalyst to their fame, but also is commented on in “Rich Girls,” a tune about how rich girls and poor girls will take something from you that you won’t be able to get back, whether it’s your heart or your money. Fitz & the Tantrums is not a band that has a one-sided focus in their lyrics. They are straightforward storytellers, setting forth for us the disposition of the seventies as a way to transport the audience into the album and a soundscape that has largely been forgotten about in the last forty years. “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” is an album with extreme soul stamina. It doesn’t slow down until literally the closing tune called “Tighter” and even then, the emotional catharsis of longing for love makes up for the pulled back tempo. With their extreme commitment to the ambiance and attitudes of the 1970s and their obvious enthusiasm for soul, Fitz & The Tantrums is a band to not only watch out for, but also seek out for any of the crazy things they may be up to. Perhaps this is the perfect album for me right now because I honestly forget that the weather is bizarre, because I’m not in January anymore. This album makes my sense of time fall away so I can just enjoy the sunshine, the feeling of freedom that I can walk outside without my blood freezing. This is the kind of music that you want to blast when you’re riding around in a convertible with the top down, even in January.

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Tools of Beauty By Nicole Johnson Beauty has become an obsession of today’s world. “Is she wearing makeup?” “How could she go out looking like that?” “Look at her hair! How awful!” We have become shallow beings of this world, judging a person by his or her physical beauty rather than attempting to see the beauty beneath the surface. We fear being judged for hanging out with or dating someone “ugly” because we believe it will be a reflection on ourselves. We fear this because we

in their bathing suits on the beach. No, that isn’t a healthy look, but is drawing attention to it really going to resolve the issue? Of course not. Some stars even are ridiculed for gaining a small amount of weight, even if this small weight gain makes them look healthier than they did before. One of my “favorite” things about the media’s belittlement of stars is the front cover issues boldly screaming titles of “stars without make-up,”  filling the page with images of stars looking disheveled and paler than what we are used to. Honestly, who cares if someone

“We are human beings, and we were born without any make-up. What is so wrong about natural beauty?” know that we are also judging those who do not measure up to our own personal standards of beauty. It is a sad fact, and those of you who are reading may be saying, “I’ve never done that!” I’m sure we all have at least once in our lives, whether or not we like to admit it. I know I have at least a few times, and whenever a thought like that enters my head, I ignore it or chase it away as soon as possible. To me, beauty is never a matter of outward appearance. Beauty should be based on the inner self. The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind; one may look beautiful by our standards, but she can have a horrible personality that causes no one to want to be near her. Society teaches women that skinny is beautiful, to always wear make-up, to spend hours primping your hair, and to dress in designer labels. Society tends to lean toward lean, tall, and somewhat busty women in their advertisements. Rarely will one see a woman with an A cup in any advertisement, nor will we see someone who weighs a little more or has a short stature in said advertisements. These do not fit society’s description of perfection; the more “sexy” women look, the more likely the product is going to sell. Sex does sell, after all. The media plays a strong role in enforcing or discrediting the concept of beauty, whether setting new standards or belittling those who do not fit these standards. A perfect example of belittlement would be how the media stalks the celebrities of today, following every bit of their lifestyle, from diet and exercise to some rest and relaxation at an island off the coast. The media will rag on a star for weight changes; I recall seeing covers of magazines with skin-and-bone stars

walks out of the house without makeup? It should not be that big of a deal, but the media turns it into a carnival show of how many stars they catch walking around without putting on a little eyeliner or dabbing some blush on their cheeks. I couldn’t care less if they paraded around without any make-up on; we are human beings, and we were born without any make-up. What is so wrong with natural beauty? Nowadays, many a girl can be found getting up early to straighten her hair or to put on gobs of make-up to “enhance their beauty.” Personally, I feel that these tubes of lipstick or eyeliner pencils do not enhance beauty; they work as a shield for those who are insecure with themselves. No one needs to put on make-up every day of their lives unless their job truly calls for it; what harm would it cause to walk outside, free of all of these beauty tools? Every day, I go to class free of lipstick or eye shadow, and I feel perfectly fine. I don’t care if people pass judgment on me for not doing so; how I live is how I want to live, and I’m not going to go through life on someone else’s standards. I am sick of reading about the media reporting on the beauty of another store, and I hate the concepts society holds of beauty. Everyone is beautiful the way that they look, no matter what color their hair is, how tall they are, or how much they weigh. Do not let these tools mark your life, and don’t carry them around like a weight to be dreaded. In the end, the only thing you need is a beautiful personality. That will get you farther through life than any makeup that you can put on your face.

Oh, Fudge!

Should Children Swear? By Nicole Johnson Sooner or later, every parent has to face the fact that their young child might let a swear word slip out of their mouth. They try to censor what they say and keep their children’s ears away from those with foul mouths, but it eventually happens, like it or not. Once it does, all the parent can do is to explain that it was not a bad word and hope it never happens again.   TV shows are known to play off of real life situations like this and poke a little fun at the humor in this situation. Recently, a TV show called “Modern Family” had one of their toddlers, Lily, “curse” at her dads’ wedding. The show made it look like she said the f-word at the wedding by bleeping over the word and obscuring her mouth, as any other curse word would be treated had it been said on a show. The difference here is that instead of saying the actual curse, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, the actress who plays Lily, says, “fudge.”  This would seem harmless. She didn’t say the curse word; so no harm no foul, right? Apparently not. This episode was ordered to be pulled from the air by McKay Hatch, founder of the No Cussing Club. He felt that by ABC allowing this episode, they were making it alright for the f-word to be used all over TV, that ABC was giving permission to all of the other networks. The episode did still air, despite the controversy, but it has raised questions from many. Did “Modern Family” do something wrong, or were they right in tackling an issue that nearly every parent has to deal with?  To be quite honest, I feel this is

another case of people, such as Hatch, completely overreacting. If the toddler had actually cursed, I probably would have been in the same boat as him, but it was revealed that she didn’t. She said, “fudge,” and there is quite a difference between fudge and the f-word. Hatch and his club need to stay calm and get the full details of the story before jumping the gun to attempt to pull the episode from the air. “Modern Family” had the right approach of taking on a story line that many parents will have to deal with at one point or another. They integrated this incident into their story line because they wanted to connect with parents in the audience. What better way than to show the main characters dealing with a circumstance that nearly every parent has, and will, go through? This was an appropriate way to handle this delicate subject, and they managed to do it without having the actress say the actual curse word.  I find this situation to simply be a common problem with a different twist; when a potentially controversial issue arises and a person who could potentially overreact is thrown into the mix battle will take place. Which side will win? Will it be the side that brought the potential controversy to the table, or will it be the side that opposes this issue? Whoever does win will set the tone for similar issues in the future. I applaud “Modern Family” for bringing this issue to the table, and I hope they will present others like it. I find it better to bring one to the table and listen to the resistance than to never have even tried at all.

February 8, 2012

The Costa Concordia Nightmare

By Morgan Ewald I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy this January. In case you have yet to hear about it, here is a recap: the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy. And there is speculation as to whether the captain is guilty. Some say that he got off the ship early, and we’ve all heard the saying, “The captain goes down with the ship.” Now, I do not believe that a captain should be left to die on his ship if the passengers are safely on solid ground, but I am strongly against him being one of the first few off. Now, I have heard of some of the Costa stories on the news lately, but I had not been watching extremely closely. However, once I heard from my mother that my cousins were on that ship, I was a bit more concerned. My cousin, Andrew Ardire, and his wife, Meghan took the Costa Concordia cruise for their honeymoon. Upon taking this trip they had not expected their own personal Titanic. Since I was not completely sure about the captain, I sent a message to Meghan Ardire and asked her what she had witnessed on the ship. To begin, on the night the ship sank, Ardire had talked to a couple that had been eating dinner at the same time as Captain Schettino. They explained to her that he had been seen eating with the blonde woman, Domnica Cemortan, who has been in “defense” of the captain on the news interviews. They were also spotted with alcohol.

Ardire said, “Angelo said that when they were eating, a crew member came to the captain’s table and whispered in his ear. He calmly finished his plate, then left. Immediately after he left, we hit the reef.” This gives reason to believe that the crewmember tipped the captain off to what was happening. The stage curtain was tilted at an angle that made it very clear to them what had just happened. Glasses in the theatre were falling over, as were housekeeping carts. “The lights went out,” Ardire said. An announcement came on the intercom system saying, “On behalf of the captain, we would like to inform you that we are experiencing an electrical blackout due to a generator failure. The problem is being resolved.” Not too long after this, an announcement played again, but this time saying that it was taken care of. Schettino did not call the Coast Guard, or order another crewmember to call. “The Coast Guard called our ship to see if we had a problem only because a passenger told her daughter over the phone that our ship was sinking,” Ardire said. However, when the Coast Guard contacted the ship, they were told, “Yes, we have a blackout,” but that was all. Schettino did not send out a mayday, as he should have. The captain had waited to give the order to board the lifeboats until it was too late and the ship had already listed too far to retrieve all of the boats. Had he given the order when he

knew they had crashed, they could have saved everyone on the ship. The only problem with this was that the crew told the passengers, on behalf of the captain, “Go back to your cabins and close the door. Everything is under control.” “Andrew and I were told this, but we thought it was crazy and we went to the lifeboats. People are wondering why they are finding bodies in cabin rooms with life jackets on, but it’s because we were told to go wait in our rooms,” Ardire said. “There were crew members apologizing once we were safe on the island. They were crying and saying, ‘It’s what they told us to say. They didn’t tell us the boat was sinking.’ The word ‘they’ was referring to the captain and officers,” Ardire explained. While passengers were waiting on the island, it was said that the captain was spotted off the ship when there were still many people left on the ship. “It was later confirmed by passengers and the call with the Coast Guard, that the captain had, in fact, abandoned ship,” Ardire said. Hearing this story from my cousin, who saw the disaster happen firsthand, made up my mind on the issue for me. I strongly believe the captain should have been arrested. He made major mistakes that put many lives in danger and abandoned ship long before hundreds of passengers were able to get to safety. And while I don’t believe Schettino is fully responsible, he played a huge part in this disaster and the deaths of passengers.

By Denny Patterson

Welcome back Millikin students and faculty! I hope your winter break was as enjoyable and relaxing as mine was. The new semester is in full swing, so it’s time to get your brain out of vacation mode and back down to business. So, what should I write about in this issue for Brutally Honest? Like I said before, if you have a topic you would like me to address, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be more than willing to shed some light on your thoughts and concerns. Hmm, let’s see…oh! I know! Let’s talk about the holiday that is my least favorite, and in my opinion, isn’t even a real holiday. It is sometimes considered the worst day of the year. Yes, I am talking about Valentine’s Day. Now, before I start my spiel, I don’t want you readers to instantly think “Oh, wow, he’s just bitter because he’s lonely” or “With that attitude, he’ll never find someone.” No, that is not the case. My love life might be

a rollercoaster from time to time, but that’s a whole different story. My point is that out of every holiday that we celebrate, Valentine’s Day is the most commercial and depressing. Valentine’s Day is just like any other holiday we celebrate. Stores start putting out their merchandise a month or two in advance, and I swear the prices hike up almost every year. I say Valentine’s Day is depressing because not everyone has a special someone to share this day with. They would rather take Cupid’s love arrow and shove it down his throat. Research has suggested that 75 percent of suicide attempts are attributable to relationship problems. Those who are single sometimes feel lonely, insecure, depressed, and unwanted on Valentine’s Day. Love is either your friend or your enemy. It’s easy to fall in love, but it’s often with the wrong person, those who like you, and those you only like as a friend. The person you have your eyes on doesn’t even know you exist. Homosexuals are crushed to know that the person they like is straight, and vice versa. It’s incredibly easy to get wrapped up in your emotions, and your heart is an evil b****. When we were kids, we didn’t have a clue what true love was. Do you remember handing out cute Valentine’s Day cards for all your classmates and saving the best card for the boy or girl you had a crush on? We start dwelling on love at a very young age, but it turns painful once we grow up. It was all fun and games when we were in grade school; we just thought Valentine’s Day was another day where we can have a class party and eat chocolate. That’s not the case anymore. We now know what a

pain in the butt love is, and it’s not quite as enjoyable anymore. I do not like the fact that we grew up thinking that Feb. 14 seems to be the one day of the year where you should really go out of your way to show your special someone that you love them. What about the other 364 days of the year? I admit it, I get side tracked too easily and I don’t always show my boyfriend the attention that I should at times. He feels that I’m too busy for him. Everyone needs to show his or her boyfriend or girlfriend that you really care. Not to the point where you’re creepily smothering them to death, but you get what I mean. Just the simple “I love you,” holding their hand, a kiss on the cheek…the little things that mean the most. Remember, the little things are always more important than the larger. Since Feb. 14 is on a Tuesday this year and the majority of us students run around campus like a chicken with its head cut off throughout the week, I recommend celebrating either the weekend before or after. This means you can really be focused on each other without any distractions. Let’s be honest, the best gift for anyone is having your boyfriend or girlfriend’s complete attention. No cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Wrapped in each other’s arms, cherishing what you have together, and hopefully many more happy times to come. Happy Valentine’s Day, Millikin.

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Bibliophile Without A Kindle The Saga of an E-reader-less College Student By Sierra Goldberg I recently ran across an article on the Internet about Apple’s initiative to create more digital and interactive textbooks. I’ve been ogling Kindles and Nooks since the summer of 2011 and the Black Friday sales were tempting, I must admit. I could carry so many books around in one thin little grey contraption. All of Shakespeare could potentially be in my backpack at all times. If you do not love Shakespeare or do not love books, you may not understand how excited this thought makes me. As such, I’ve come up with some comparisons for music lovers and gamers. An e-reader for a bibliophile is like an MP3 player for the music lover and a portable gaming console for the gamer. You get to do what you love at the touch of a button wherever and whenever, and all you need to do is charge it regularly and make sure you don’t step on it accidentally. And why, you may ask, have I not actually purchased one of these seemingly fantastic devices? The answer lies in that question. Devices. As a lover of books, I want to touch them. I want to smell them – old book smell, new book smell, been in a closet for year smell. I want to physically turn the pages, measure how far I am with my thumb, and use random stuff (including but not limited to: cell phones, cups of coffee, knitting needles, other books, and napkins) as bookmarks. I want to collapse bookshelves with the sheer volume of books I have accumulated, and one day I want to make old books into pieces of art, secret stash sites, and Christmas trees. Now, if they were all on a little electronic device, I could do none of those things. But textbooks are quite a different matter. Textbooks are heavy, large, cumbersome, and have tacky covers. My flat patterning and draping textbook is the weirdest shade of blue with orange accents, which have nothing to do with patterning whatsoever. My roommate’s nursing textbooks are terrifying behemoths of the printed word. In this instance, an e-reader would be fantastic. When I get my days mixed up and think it’s Wednesday instead of Thursday, I will still have the right book because they’re all in one place. A lot of classics are offered in slightly

irregular editions for free and, being a big fan of the classics, this is quite wonderful. Also, I could secretly read “Harry Potter” in class if it gets boring and I’d get cool ads about new books that are coming out. I could feel abreast of the literary world. Apple has been talking about amping up the virtual textbook market. Those with tablets of some sort would have access to a sort of heightened textbook experience – 3D modeling, interactive features, the works. Now I could see this being a great thing for the sciences, but the books for the classes

“If I really want a book, I want it to exist in the physical world and not the cyber world.” I’m taking don’t require that level of technology. I could also see it being worthwhile in a high school setting – primarily still for the sciences – but it could be a way to get kids excited or at least interested in anatomy or biology. Often, however, I think people equate “interactive” with “learning more”. The reality is that the kids who learn the most in high school are the ones with good teachers. Teacher who inspire them to truly delve into the subject and who are excited and knowledgeable about what they teach. I did some price checking and realized that it still costs quite a pretty penny for the electronic copy of a book. In fact, it does not significantly reduce my annual textbook expenditure. On top of that, I’d actually have to purchase one of these e-readers, which involves deciding which one I want from the plethora of options available to me. And I’d have to get a case. The long list of dollar signs is starting to scare me more than carting heavy

books around campus. I realized that it costs me less to purchase a textbook on or, rent it from the bookstore, or borrow it from the library than it ever would for me to get it in its electronic form. I don’t plan on keeping many of the textbooks I have to purchase for class. The textbooks that are important enough to keep, I really want to have in the physical form. Suddenly, I have no need for an e-reader in relation to textbooks. Now think about this on a high school level – the amount of money required to buy the textbooks, the tablets to use them with, and to train the teachers on how to work them. I think it would be more worthwhile to put that money into cultivating a more positive learning environment instead of relying on quick fixes to solve problems. Frankly the bottom line is that, as a bibliophile, I love the printed word very much. If I really want a book, I want it in to exist in the physical world and not the cyber world. If I really don’t want the book after the class is over, it is cheaper for me to buy, borrow, rent, or steal than to get it electronically. And another point: I really don’t want to have to buy all the books that I already own in printed form so I can have them on my e-reader. That just seems like a massive waste of money and, frankly, unfulfilling. I would want to buy new books to read with this shiny new device, but instead I would feel it necessary to get “Frankenstein,” Shakespeare, and Neil Gaiman. And, quite frankly, I want to get my nose out of technology as much as possible. On the flip side, some of my bookloving buddies have fallen for the e-reader hook, line and sinker. This means that I can borrow theirs and read things on their shiny devices if the situation arises. I appreciate those who have purchased e-readers and allow me to leech off their good fortune and lack of strict adherence to sensory demands. Also, Apple is working to make it easier for new writers to e-publish their work, which is quite exciting and a great opportunity for young writers. However, all of the lovely positives of having an e-reader cannot dampen my staunch rebel-without-a-cause fervor of the physical, printed word. Thus, I will soldier on, heavy backpack and all, so that future generations can also carry around heavy backpacks and smell old books.


SOPA: World Wide Web at War By Travis Neese What may sound like a new stain fighting detergent, SOPA actually stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act. It is nearly impossible to turn on the news or view the Internet without hearing some sort of update on the new bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith. What exactly is SOPA? In its most basic terms, SOPA is a death sentence to both our Internet as well as our First Amendment Rights.  Initially, the bill was created with what I consider good intentions: stop illegal piracy on copyrighted materials, as well as intellectual property. As much as we all hate to admit it, downloading music and watching TV shows on the Internet for free isn’t exactly ethical. That being said, I’m guilty of partaking in such events. So when SOPA was first introduced I was a little frustrated. Why take away my ability to watch TV shows if I’m a busy college student who can’t sit down in front of the tube each night and catch up on them?  However, as with many ideas that start with good intentions, SOPA has quickly spiraled out of control and caused uproar both online and in real life. Simply typing in SOPA onto Google will show just how important this issue is to people. In response to the looming threat that SOPA brings, many prominent sites such as Reddit, Google, Craigslist and Mozilla – all led by Wikipedia – participated in an

Internet black out as a form of protest. Needless to say, the damage that was caused simply by one 24-hour period of protest was paramount. Many people who somehow managed to never hear about SOPA were now in the know about what was going on, and what exactly the new bill would entail. Furthermore, many people have started publicly declaring their defiance against it. Many websites allow you to enter your zip code and will provide you with the congressmen in your area to make sure your voice is heard. Many people are uniting against this danger to our rights. It is an amazing sight, to see so many people working together to try and bring this down. However, with the sweet also comes the sour.  On Jan. 19, 2012, one of the most well known and used file sharing websites Megaupload was shut down by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In response, an online organization known as “Anonymous,” which has become more well known since 2008 for their hacking skills and online protests, clamed that the shutdown of Megaupload is “the single largest Internet attack in its history.”   Because of this, and the looming threat brought forth from the SOPA bill and its many counterparts, Anonymous used their hacking skills to disable and delete many websites, including the Justice Department, the FBI, RIAA

(Recording Industry Association of America), MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), and Universal Music Group. The group has continued to post videos and warnings, literally declaring cyber war. As much as I find these events fascinating, it’s also something that is quite dangerous. Many people aren’t quite informed on what is going on. I suggest that you all do your own research and make your own opinion, of course, but I personally feel that the attacks waged by Anonymous are taking measures too far. While it is great to see people united together to try and oppose something that is clearly unjust and unfair, hacking and destroying government websites isn’t going to get anything done.  Furthermore, Anonymous has threatened to attack banking websites. I do not doubt their expert abilities, and if anything should go wrong, the damage would be much worse than simply deleting a website. I’m a firm believer that fighting fire with fire isn’t the best solution, and while researching Anonymous, I have found that their hacking and online attacks have gone on since 2006. Some of the attacks were simple and fun, but others have had really lasting damages. Personally, I’m concerned that if the situation doesn’t calm down, we’ll have our first Cyber World War.  

and its Rapid Decline in Shows By: Mary Hardcastle MTV, which used to be known as Music Television, was launched in 1981. It was a radical idea at the time. It could make or break an artist or a band. Slowly throughout the years, the producers began adding a few television series to their listings that had nothing to do with music. That was okay for a while. Nowadays, the only things they really show are programs that have little to nothing to do with music. They play music from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. every morning. Is that really enough to be called Music Television? MTV used to show programming such as Making the Band and 120 Minutes, among others. These types of shows were true to the name of the channel. They featured bands trying to make it big as well as underground alternative. If a band or an artist was played on MTV, you could be sure that they were already, or soon would be, very popular. What are the most popular shows on MTV now? They’re the shows that many people cannot see the point in. “Jersey Shore,” “16 and Pregnant” and “Friendzone” are just a few examples. These shows have nothing to do with music. “Jersey Shore” follows eight people from Jersey Shore. They are all put in one house, and drama ensues. This is one of those “trashy” television shows. Many people watch it just because they want to see the people on the show blow up at each other. There isn’t really a clear plot line for this reality television show. At least with most other reality shows, there is some prize

that the people on the show are fighting to get. Not with “Jersey Shore,” it’s all about the drama on the Shore. “16 and Pregnant,” as well as its sister show, “Teen Mom,” follows teenage girls who are pregnant and become mothers. Viewers watch as their relationships with their boyfriends fall apart and as their parents refuse to understand them. There has been some debate as to whether or not this helps to teach teenagers about protection so that there are not as many teen mothers in the United States. It can be painful sometimes to watch the girls on these shows make some of the worst decisions possible in the situations they’re in. “Friendzone,” much like many of the other shows about dating that have been aired on MTV, is truly scary to watch. A person wants to date their very good, if not best, friend, and they decide to tell them on national television. The best friend unknowingly helps plan his or her own date. They are put on the spot and have to tell them whether or not they want to take their relationship to the next level. Many times, the best friend does not want to ruin the friendship they have, so they do not want to date, leaving the person heartbroken. MTV has become a channel that you turn to when you want to watch trashy television. Viewers don’t have to think much to watch these shows. A lot of times, it’s all about the drama. Most don’t really connect with the characters on the shows and watch just to laugh. It’s too bad that the channel named Music Television has become a laughingstock of the television world.

New Year’s Resolutions: Realistic? By Denny Patterson Before the ball dropped to ring in a new year in New York’s Times Square, I am sure many of you began thinking about and making lists of what New Year’s resolutions you would like to make for 2012. The questions I have for you are: are you going to keep them? Better yet, do you think they are good or bad ideas? A couple days before New Year’s, my best friend Chelsea and I were having dinner at Steak n’ Shake. The main topic of our dinner conversation was about what we would like to accomplish throughout the upcoming year. So, for the first time ever I wrote down a list of what I would consider to be accomplishments. These are goals I would like to achieve this year. Such as getting a promotion I want at my work, work an internship this summer for a LGBT magazine, work harder at my classes this semester, things of that nature. I believe there is a difference between setting goals for yourself and making resolutions. The list of goals I made was obviously not going to happen at that moment, but I can work in time to achieve them. Making a resolution, to me, is saying that you’re going to try to be a better person and improve your life. But are you going to follow through with it? Why does trying to be a better person have to start at the beginning of the year, in the first place? If you really want to improve your

life, I wouldn’t wait until the calendar marks Jan. 1. It might seem to you that it’s a fresh beginning, but is it really? Or are you fooling yourself by believing that you want to turn over a new leaf, when you know that you’re going to give up about a month later? It’s time to stop making excuses. It’s time to make that commitment with yourself to stick to your goals. I hate hearing people say that they’re going to do this and they’re going to do that, but then quit because of difficulty of the goal or just laziness, and this includes myself as well. In the past, I have told myself that I’m going do certain things, but I became lazy and gave up. Now that I made a list, I can refer to it to remind me to persevere. Little things like that can give you the energy and motivation you need to see those objectives come true. How much success have you had with keeping resolutions? If you have made them in the past and stuck with them, I applaud you. You are one of the very few who has the will power to do it. Some of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, get out of debt, get a better job, reduce stress, and be a nicer person. Some of these goals are definitely harder than others, but if you have the will power and commitment, you can accomplish them. Best of luck.

Respect for the Dead: A Skewed Review

By Chris Pelikan A recent video shows four men from U.S. armed forces urinating on the corpses of deceased Taliban fighters. Let’s stop and think for a second. What was the first thing that came to mind when you heard about this? I know that when I initially caught word of this news, my initial reaction was that the soldiers’ behavior toward the bodies of the deceased was reprehensible. I firmly believe in respecting the dead, and obviously, urinating on corpses, regardless of their affiliation with the Taliban, should be considered absolutely unwarranted and despicable. What an obscene demonstration of not only the four men’s morals, but also those of the entire military, and possibly the United States as a whole.

It was as if the soldiers did not realize the weight of their decisions and how they represent themselves and their country. Did they think to ask, “How would this affect peace talks?” Or, “How could this shake the already delicate trust of the Afghans in our armed forces?” I was livid. Why would anyone treat the dead in such a manner? I then became concerned with what this really did mean for U.S. to Afghanistan relations. According to a Jan. 13 article by Lee Ferran, Martha Raddatz and Luis Martinez on, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is quoted as saying, “The Government of Afghanistan is deeply disturbed by a video that shows American soldiers desecrating dead bodies of three

Afghans.” Karzai is also quoted as saying, “This act by American soldiers is simply inhuman and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” I do not think this event could be put into much better words. As I read on, I came to another appalling realization. While, yes, the troops urinating on corpses of the Taliban is almost a step backwards in both peace and our own humanity, I was deeply bothered that in my assessment of the situation, I was more troubled by the fact that there was urinating on the corpses than the fact that there were actual corpses in video. Instantly, the issue was flipped, and it became about my perception of this atrocity. I became overcome with questions. Why was I focusing so much

on the soldiers’ actions as opposed to the dead bodies on camera? When did our society become so desensitized to death that we are able to watch a video blatantly displaying these corpses, some even bloody, without so much as a moment of hesitation? Why do we read “Marines Urinating on Corpses” and instantly click on the link to be taken right to the video? Without thinking twice, we are watching the video. This is the kind of societal perversion of morality that I notice more and more. We want the gruesome, the distasteful and the ugly. We don’t care how bad it is. We can’t take our eyes off of it. We examine the case at an almost superficial level. We’re not thinking about the tragedy of the death of the Afghan soldiers. We’re

thinking about how we feel about it and how the soldiers are horrible people and how could anyone do such a thing? We think of almost everything else beside the sadness of the loss of human life. It is as though we accept the Taliban men’s death as a necessary truth, yet when some four Marines urinate on their lifeless bodies, all of a sudden, they become martyrs? Now, I do realize that not everyone may feel the same way. Not everyone is so desensitized. But with all that’s going on in our society in the ways of desensitization, maybe we should step back and really look at where we’re headed if we continue with this way of thinking about traumatic events such as death. When did it all become just another news report?



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Oskar Schell: A Real American By Sean Roe I recently went to go see the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” which focuses on the unusual grieving process of a young boy who has lost his father in The World Trade Center Tragedy. The attacks on The World Trade Center happened ten years ago this past September. For most of us, a lot has changed in 10 years, so I propose we all take stock of that day in our lives. I’ll get the ball rolling with what I can remember of Sept. 11, 2001. I was in second period math with Mrs. Bigenwald-Smith at Thayer J. Hill Middle School. This was before middle school classrooms had televisions, at least in my area, so we could not see what was going on. Our principal provided us with little information. All we had learned was that a plane crashed into The Pentagon Building. Mind you, probably only a hand full of my classmates knew what the Pentagon Building was, but we did know that it looked like an accident and few were injured. That was the most we heard. We were not released early, although some students were pulled out of school by nervous parents. I rode the bus home as usual, made some trouble with other kids on the black top at our local park and then headed home. I walked in the front door to find my mother sitting on the couch, tissue to nose, phone to ear, and eyes fixed on the television, which was showing what I thought was some modern earth disaster film. After she got off the phone, my mother informed me that our family

friend who we had affectionately called Uncle Piat and who worked in one of the towers, was safe. He had stayed home sick in 1993 when people drove trucks with bombs in the basement of the North Tower, and this time, a craving for a cigarette had brought him outside of the building moments before the plane hit.

“Singing in an all male choir for the first time was amazing and felt very professional.” Gazing into the television, I was dumbfounded. What did this look like? I had seen pictures of crumbled cities in England and Germany and the devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, but this was New York. This was in America. How could this happen? Why did this happen? These questions were on much peoples’ minds. In the movie, the difference for Oskar Schell is that he is looking for the answers through the lenses of a nine-year-old boy, who possibly suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Oskar has

many anxieties; some are products of Asperger’s and some were acquired after the attacks on 9/11. On the other hand, Oskar is terribly bright and creative. Using his extremely overdeveloped intellect, Oskar goes on a mission to uncover what he thinks is a reconnaissance expedition his father set out for him before he died. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you what he uncovers, but I will tell you that he forms a sort of web with people around him. He compels these people to open themselves, share stories, and create new relationships. When suffering a loss, people tend to lean on those who are not grieving for support, but where does one lean when everyone around them is grieving?  Oskar is very much a portrait of the emotional state of Americans after the attacks. Many were crippled with fear, terrified of planes and loud noises and large buildings. Yet, instead of cowering with frailty, they clasped hand to forearm and stood up together. It’s difficult to know what to take away from this film at first, but the over-arching theme seems to utter a lesson of war: despite great loss, sorrow, confusion, and pain, something greater grows from the ashes of disaster, and that is a feeling of closeness and understanding with the most unexpected of people. 

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Jersey Shore By Denny Patterson What are your first thoughts when you hear the words “Jersey Shore?” The first things that come to my mind are fake, guidos, sluts and the fact that I’m losing brain cells by watching what MTV considers reality television. It’s simply like being high-fived in the face. I have only watched one episode of this catastrophe of a show, and I never intend to watch it ever again. It is similar to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” They’re rich and famous for absolutely nothing. They have their own television series when there’s not an ounce of talent within their bodies. Beside the fact that Snookie can drink like a fish and Mike, “The Situation,” has a body that looks like it was photo-shopped, what are these people known for? While watching this show, I was seriously thinking of clipping my toenails and then jabbing the clippings deep into my eyes. Why would anyone want to watch this crap? If I wanted to see hot people have sex, I’d look up porn. If I wanted to see a fight, I’d watch a boxing match. It seems as though the cast of “Jersey Shore” is like a whole new breed of humanity and we are watching them in their natural habitats. Even the Governor of New Jersey has taken action against the show. Governor Chris Christie thinks the show is negative for the state because of the fact that most of the cast members aren’t even from New Jersey and the show is hurting the nation’s view of the state. People are beginning to believe that the real Jersey Shore is populated with people similar to the show’s cast. However, “Jersey Shore” is nothing but fake.

There have been numerous controversies surrounding the show including criticism from Italian American organizations for the way the show is marketed, the way the show uses the word “guido,” and for some of the cast members being arrested for assault and drunk driving. There has also been criticism for how the show glamorizes tanning. I mean come on, there’s a fine line between tan and looking like you rolled in Doritos. It’s saddening that trashy television shows such as “Jersey Shore” are so popular. About a month ago, studies were released showing that watching a mindless reality shows such as “Jersey Shore” might actually make you dumber. So it would be wise for MTV to cancel half of their shows, right? It’s called media priming. Media priming is the idea that the things we watch, listen to, or read can influence our emotions and behavior — sometimes more than we realize. Your brain is turning to mush. If you don’t know who Einstein or Sigmund Freud is, but automatically recognize a photograph of Snookie, I begin to lose all my faith in humanity. Now for those of you who disagree with me, how is “Jersey Shore” appealing to you? Is it because it’s so stupid it makes for good entertainment? Don’t get me wrong people; I do like some stupid shows because they can be funny. But when it’s reality television and you know these people are being paid more money than we can imagine, you begin to have those “what the hell” moments. I guess we will never know, and we will have to endure Snooki and her pals for a while longer yet.

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The Legacy of Joe Paterno Reflection is Key

Associated Press By Kyline Humm Everyone should know the name Joe Paterno by this stage of the game. Not because of his unfortunate involvement in a college scandal, but for the contributions he made in changing the college football handbook forever. This iconic football coach passed

away recently on Jan. 22, 2012. Many would say he died of a “Broken Heart,” but in truth spreading lung cancer was the cause of death. There were many positive points in this man’s career. According to USA Today “Paterno spent 62 seasons on the Nittany Lions football staff and became

one of the best Division 1 coaches in the history of the sport.” He worked for what he achieved and he did not step down from any challenge. According to an article from USA Today, “During 2000 and 2004, Penn state Paterno recorded a 26-33 record and the PSU president and athletics director asked Paterno to retire.” Due to lacking results, however, he refused to retire, and his team proceeded to go 11-1 that 2005 season, then also won the Orange Bowl. After that season, they continued winning. At the end of 2008, they won Paterno his second Rose Bowl game. According to an interview with USA Today, shortly before the start of the 2006 season, Paterno revealed, “I still enjoy it. I guess I’m dumb. If I’m going to get out of it, what am I going to do?” Besides not leaving his coaching career until forced to, Paterno is also well known for his Philanthropy. The Paternos contributed more than $4 million to the school during his tenure. This money, helped to endow faculty positions, scholarships and build two building projects in 1998. Paterno made sure things were “paid forward,” so to speak, and helped the students have a better college education. He made sure that his donations would enrich Penn State and the students in a positive way. In the end, a good man has departed. A man that made many contributions that have changed the college world of football and helped many students.             

By Kyli Humm

for the Bulls

The basketball season has finally started after many delays, and so far so good. For the Bulls, things are better than good. Besides the injuries, the record for the Bulls is 18-5 as of Jan. 30. According to Derrick Rose in an interview with ESPN, “The NBA is the NBA and people are going to get injured. Guys have to step up. We have to step up as a team.” They have stepped up. They recently lost their first home game to the Pacers on Jan. 25. The future of the Bulls looks bright. They are striving to impress their fans and not let them down. To achieve that status of winning for their fans, the Bulls reflect after each game on what they can do to be better. Especially after their first home loss, they looked back and reflected according to Ronnie Brewer. He shared via ESPN that, “When you’re walking off the court, you’re in the same corridor. And we were walking into our locker room, and you could hear those guys celebrating, cheering, screaming,

and that kind of hit home with a lot of guys on our team.” Every loss affects the big guys, even though many do not believe that phrase due to their large salaries and “it’s just a game” attitude. This year’s team is expected to go all the way, with little to no obstacles in their path. If they continue to play as they have so far this season, they may get a shot at the final championship game. Rose is coming back into the lineup from injury, as the reigning MVP, and the Bulls’ chances can only be heightened. As for Rose returning, he has reflected on his injury and has shown it is disappointing to be out of a few games. Fortunately, for Rose, his fellow Bulls have his back and have shown him that they can hold their own with him out of the lineup. The men have done a lot of reflection and with very few losses under their belt and their young talented player returning fully to the lineup, it will take a lot to smother the Bulls growing reputation.         

Ariel Robinson What year are you in school? Junior How long have you been apart of the Track team? I have been running since I was 12, but I have been on the Millikin team for three years. What do you look forward to this season? Nationals! I want to be an all American at least once by the time I graduate. How did you start running track? It’s a family sport. Most of us ran track. I do remember my dad wanted to see if I was good at running or not so I ran against an old friend of mine when we were younger and she beat me so bad I cried. I was 11 and then after that I went out for track in seventh grade to try it again and it just progressed from there and here I am now running still. Why do you love running? I love seeing how I progress as a runner. When you’ve worked so hard for so long, it’s so exciting to finally be at the athletic level you’ve been striving for. It feels great. And I love the competition. What is something most people do not know about you? I have a tattoo on the right side of my mid back. It’s a heart with a treble clef in the middle. Me and my best friend have matching ones. Who are some of your favorite artists? Currently I’m addicted to Drake and Rihanna, but I have been a Jennifer Lopez fan all my life.

Kevin Krows

Where do you hope to be after college? I want to immediately go to graduate school. I haven’t picked certain schools or programs, but I would like to be in Indiana, Tennessee or the Florida area.

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Men and Women’s Track and Field

Kevin Krows

Super Bowl XLVI

By Amber Spin After losing a close game (17-14) to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the New England Patriots will have another shot at victory in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New England Patriots have now made it to the Super Bowl seven times, with three wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004. They ended their season 15-3. The New York Giants have made five Super Bowl appearances, including this year, also with three wins in 1986, 1990 and 2007. They ended their season 12-7.  

By Kyli Humm For this indoor season, the Men’s and Women’s Track teams can agree everything is falling into place. They have met the beginning of the indoor season with great results and they continue to improve on their performances. Their goals for this season are to win conference and Individual events, which would qualify them for Nationals, and continue to grow in their own performances and team events. The Director of Track and Field for both the men and women is Dirk Doehring. Coach Doehring is very familiar with Millikin because he was a graduate in 2002 and also a track competitor. For now, the teams are preparing their times and distances while waiting for the outdoor season to begin. A key person to watch out for is Ariel Robinson who is a junior. She preforms in the 60, 100, and 200 sprints. Another is Emilie Altenberger, who is a senior on the hammer throw. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Brittany Sherron, senior, for discus. Also, junior, Leann Spesard for shot put. Spesard also was recently

awarded the CCIW athlete of the week. Finally, for the women’s team, Jordan Harris is a competitor to keep an eye on as she has potential to do great things in conference. Now for the men’s side, be aware of Carleston Acres, a senior, in the sprints. He is a national qualifier and is back healthy and ready to compete. The male distance runners are also out and about bringing down the competition. They have come out very strong and continue to plan on doing the same once outdoor season continues. While having a team full of talent, much preparation goes into creating a winning team. Their practices are intensive because of focusing on skills, improvement on throws, and speed. This group of student-athletes is dedicated and hardworking while in and out of season. Whether going to support the teams at a meet or tracking results online, show your support to the two teams and wish them luck on their future endeavors this season.

Super Bowl Match-up By the Numbers...

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Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

2/11/2012 Men’s Basketball vs. North Park University @ 4 p.m.

2/11/2012 Women’s Basketball vs. North Park University @ 2 p.m.

2/14/2012 Men’s Basketball vs. Illinois Wesleyan University @ 7:30 p.m.

2/15/2012 Women’s Basketball vs. Illinois Wesleyan University @ 7:30 p.m.

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