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Safety and Security Cuts Back on Safe Rides, Offers Safe Walks Instead

Although the department of Safety and Security has made no formal announcement of the policy changes, safe ride drivers were recently informed of a cut back in the number of rides that will be offered. Safety and Security, as

Asst. Professor Tony Magagna Receives Fulbright Lectureship By: Samantha Parks Assistant Professor Tony Magagna was recently selected as the recipient of the Junior Fulbright Lectureship in American Studies at the University of Potsdam, Germany for the 2012-2013 academic year. According to Magagna, the Fulbright program is highly competitive, with programs all over the world. Programs range from creative lectureships, to teaching and even research lectureships for scholars to study abroad. They are open to all fields. An individual can only receive a Fulbright lectureship twice in a lifetime. Magagna will be receiving a fulltime teaching lectureship in American Studies, where he will be teaching three courses on a variety of topics.

Specifically, he hopes to focus on teaching literature of the American West. “My doctoral research was on contemporary literature of the American West, looking at notions in the popular imagination and trying to trace through how contemporary writers have to deal with that manufactured image of romance in the West,” Magagna said when asked about his doctorate. He stated that Germany has a fascination with American culture; particularly with the West. Magagna noticed this when visiting his wife (then girlfriend) at Carnival while she was in Germany for a creative Fulbright. “It brought to my attention the idea that these popular representations of the West are not just national, but See Fulbright pg. 3

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By: Lauren Acton Safety and Security will be cutting back on the number of rides given to students living in residential buildings, following many reports of students abusing the system.

well as safe ride drivers, were informed they were not allowed to speak on the matter, due to agreements in their contracts. However, information was given from Safety and Security about the changes. The new system will no longer allow for rides from the 1030 Wood apartments or to and from residential buildings. Rides will be offered to and from Greek houses, the Woods, the Alumni house and “locations similar to these,” said one safe ride driver. According to a safety and security officer, “if you can walk through campus to your location or if you are with another person, it will be safe.” Rides will be limited to people who typically take rides to residential buildings or people who take rides through campus. “It will cut back on lazy rides,” said a driver, who said that they have seen many students take rides not for their safety, but because they do not want to walk. “There are a lot of students that go to the library, PMC, and Scovill very late at night. With events like the mugging that happened recently, I’m very surprised that safe rides won’t be offered to places such as academic buildings, especially since college is about academics,” Roy Lowery, sophomore at Millikin, said. “Not only that, but offering safe rides to Greek houses and the Woods and not residential buildings is silly because Greek houses and the Woods are just as far away from everywhere else as residential buildings. It really just sounds to me like Safety and Security

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New Cab Service Offered to Decatur

By: Mars McDaniel A new cab service will soon be running throughout the streets of Decatur. The A-1 Cab Company, owned by Anthony Walker, will be based on Route 36 in Long Creek. This is not Walker’s first foray into the taxi industry. His previous company, AOK Taxi, operated from 2005 to late 2011. AOK Taxi was Decatur’s lone cab service, but it was not without its share of trouble. According to Decatur City Council member Jerry Dawson, AOK Taxi had “numerous violations” of City regulations. Dawson explained that following a hearing on the company’s most recent violations, Walker’s license was revoked by City Manager Mike McCready. Some

of the violations include utilizing unregistered vehicles as taxis and hiring unregistered individuals to drive. Others include failing to inform the City of changes in both management and fleet, the decision to take cabs off the streets due to repairs and scrapping several cabs after sustaining irreparable fire damages. As a result, AOK Taxi could no longer operate within city limits or participate in Decatur’s “Operation Uplift” program any longer. The termination happened without advance notice to the company’s customers. Many were left stranded and forced to rely on other methods of transportation, including the more limited bus service. In order to combat Decatur’s considerable need

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keep offering the same rides they did before.” “We offer safe walks, which are [just as] safe as getting a ride,” said one safe ride driver. “No one should worry about their safety.”

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is getting lazy and don’t want to have as much work offering safe rides anymore.” However, one thing many students are not aware of is that Safety and Security offers, and has always offered, safe walks to students who need one. “Safe walks? No, I had no idea,” said Danae Peters, sophomore at Millikin. “[This is the] first I’ve heard of it… if they are offering it, they probably should promote it more, especially if they are changing their policy for where they will send safe rides.” Although many students have expressed complaints about the new change in safe rides, Safety and Security says that have made these decisions with the students’ safety in mind. They offer safe walks, not all rides have been cut and “we are doing everything to ensure that [Millikin students and faculty] will be just as safe without as many safe rides as they were with them…they are never in danger,” said one officer. Still, with a recent mugging on campus, in which a student was attacked when walking alone at night, students are questioning the timing of these new changes. “As to whether it’s safe, that’s debatable,” Peters said. “Between residential and academic buildings, most of the time it’s not a terribly far walk, but if you don’t have someone to walk with and it’s dark, that doesn’t seem safe. Not with some of the instances that have happened around campus. I’m sure they have good reasons, but there are good reason to

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for public transportation, a late night passenger van service was launched late last year. Dawson readily acknowledged that Decatur, a city of around seventy five thousand people, “really needs” a taxi service. A solution came from Walker himself. After AOK Taxi’s license was revoked, Walker reapplied with the help of city staff, who assisted in both filling out and filing the new application. At first Walker hesitated and requested a time extension in order to sort out his business model and ensure that his new company would be financially sustainable. In January, the Decatur City Council approved the license for Walker’s new service with nothing less than a unanimous vote. According to See Cab pg. 3

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Memorial services are taking place over the next two weeks for victims of the Ohio School shooting Monday, February 27. Three students were killed in the shooting, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin, and 17-year-old Russell King Jr. Two other students were injured during the shooting. One student has been released from the hospital and the other is still in critical condition. The shooting happened at Chardon High School, which is located about 30 miles from Cleveland. Gunman T.J. Lane opened fire in the school cafeteria. He has been charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. “They are forever changed. In what direction, I do not know. But they will have to form a new identity. It is not going to be easy,” Ann Bauer, associate professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision & Adult Learning at Cleveland State University’s College of Education, said about the students, staff, parents and community members impacted by Monday’s school shooting at Chardon High School, according to ABC news.

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Letter Sending Party Raises Money for St. Jude

Photo | Sierra Goldberg By: Morgan Ewald On Leap Day this past Wednesday Feb. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Up ‘til Dawn held a Letter Sending Party to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Students were able to come and send emails to family and friends to ask for donations. Music, snacks and beverages were provided. Up ‘til Dawn President, Chelsie

Spinner, welcomed Millikin students who came to the event and assisted with the letter-sending process. When asked about the Up ‘til Dawn program, Spinner said, “Up ‘til Dawn is an organization devoted to raising money to help the children at St. Jude. We aren’t just at Millikin. There are many schools that have an Up ‘til Dawn program that supports St. Jude.”

The Up ‘til Dawn staff all attended the program to help out with the letter sending. “Normally we send paper letters, but this year we are a test school for the program, meaning we are using emails this year for the letter process,” Spinner said. The program is trying out new ways to contact people because many people are using their email much more. The process for sending these emails is to go onto the website myuptildawn. org, and set up an account to raise funds for St. Jude. After sign up, add email contacts of people and a computer-generated email will be sent to the contacts. The next step is to wait for contacts to reply with answers, questions or donations. “The organization has been holding the Letter Sending Party for as long as they have been on Millikin’s campus,” Spinner said. When asked about the turnout that the Letter Sending Party usually gets, Spinner said, “This semester we haven’t had as many donations as we usually do because there are still a lot of people who aren’t used to the emails and paying online. We usually do pretty well, though. We get about 100 to 300 people to help out and donate funds to our cause.”

“We use the letters and emails to get the word out about our cause, and people can donate from there, or contact us further for more information or help on how to donate to St. Jude,” Spinner said. Up ‘til Dawn also does a few other activities throughout the year to raise funds and promote awareness. The next event is on April 3, and it is the annual faculty and staff auction. This event is a time where the faculty and staff bring different sorts of things to auction off. In the past, these have been things like fresh-baked cookies, tickets to concerts or events, or just other things to sell. All the proceeds go to St. Jude. “We also have more relaxed, social events and weekly meetings to talk about the program and new ways to raise funds. In the past we’ve even had bonfires and other events to get the word out about St. Jude and Up ‘til Dawn,” Spinner said. Up ‘til Dawn is always welcoming to new members and students who want to help out with the program. There are weekly meetings, and Up ‘til Dawn is currently looking for new officers for next school year. Stop in and help raise some funds!

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From Fulbright pg. 1 international,” Magagna said. “Professionally, I spend so much of my time teaching these concepts to American students. I try to get my students to think outside the box, and my work abroad is going to bring another dimension to the conversation… For a lot of traditional Europeans, your family is a huge part of your life. Here, we are a very mobile culture. I think that realizing that this isn’t the way that everyone in the world thinks about family, success or society, and gaining a different perspective will bring a lot to the ways I teach ‘America,’” Magagna said. Magagna will also be teaching other courses while working “on loan at Potsdam,” as he called it. It has not yet been determined exactly what these courses will focus on, but Magagna is considering a variety of possibilities including pop culture studies. He says that regardless, he will attempt to “hit on American studies through the lens of literature.” “This lectureship comes at a very auspicious time. I will be able to go abroad, teach abroad, come back, and promote the experience to students and faculty. I will encourage them to go abroad,” Magagna said when asked about further benefits of the lectureship. He gives credit to his dissertation advisor, who received two Fulbrights for his work, one to France and one to Russia (then the Soviet Union), and always encouraged students to seize any chance to go abroad. “This really sat with me,” Magagna said. For Magagna, this lectureship represents the chance he never had as an undergraduate. “A whole series of people who I knew had these experiences abroad and found that they grew from the experience of living in another culture. Adapting and growing is no longer just an option like it is when you simply travel,” Magagna said. “Plenty of faculty here at Millikin may never have considered something like this because on the surface, it seems intimidating, and it is. It’s really my hope to bring my experience first of all to the students, but to the faculty as well. Encouraging them to lead an immersion or do something like this– there’s no better way to encourage scholarship in a global community.” Magagna will be the second professor from Millikin to be honored with a Fulbright lectureship. “I would like to thank Millikin for this opportunity.” Magagna said. “I encountered no resistance whatsoever. It is heartening to know that I work at a campus that encourages these kinds of opportunities for growth.”  
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Dawson, “All the City ever wanted is compliance” with standards and regulations. He commented that “everything’s a learning experience,” voicing the hope that Walker truly has learned from his past experience. When asked about the outlook for the new service, Dawson was optimistic. He stated his belief that the service will be successful if Walker sticks to working in accordance with all rules and regulations that apply. Since Millikin lies within Decatur’s city limits, many of Decatur’s issues have an impact on the campus. Developments concerning public transportation, including new cab services, affect many students who do not have their own means of transportation. How, then, will this new cab service impact the lives of the student body? That remains to be seen. Many students, including freshman English education major Casey Kennett, were unaware that a new service was opening in the first place. Kennett goes off campus “maybe about every other week or so” to satisfy her shopping needs at CVS and Fairview Plaza. However, her experience traveling off campus has not always been positive. She stated that she “got tailed walking past Fairview Park from CVS” during a recent excursion. Kennett is not alone. Recent Security bulletins have indicated a rise in assault-related incidents lately, particularly in those areas not covered by safe rides, such as LSB and the Fairview Park area. On the possibility of utilizing the new taxi service, Kennett said, “If it’s cheap enough, maybe, and that I would most likely just stick with Safe Rides.” To Kennett, cost plays a role in whether the service will benefit Millikin students. “If it’s not cost-efficient, it probably won’t be beneficial in the long run,” Kennett said. For many students who have no other way of getting off campus, Anthony Walker’s A-1 Cab Company may provide a safe alternative. Photos | Lindsey Compton


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On the ‘Bottle Water Ban’ Article In the February 2012 issue of The Dec, an article appeared about the proposed ban of plastic water bottles on campus. In the interests of a fair perspective, I think that some misleading statements from the article need to be addressed. This is not an attempt to sway anyone’s opinions in favor of the ban; it’s just an attempt to give a more honest look at the situation. “This ban would make sense if everyone had a reusable water bottle, but not everyone does. Reusable water bottles cost more money than college students care to spend.” Reusable water bottles of decently high quality can be purchased for $3-4 dollars at any nearby convenience or grocery store. This is less than the cost of a single case of bottled water, and only twice the price of a single bottle on Millikin’s campus. If college students “care to spend” any money at all, reusable water bottles are a much more economic choice. “If more schools had people as ready to recycle as the people on Dolson two are, then this would not even be an issue.” Even if 100% of water bottles were recycled, there would still be a net resource loss. Recycling is awesome and more people should do it, but it’s still only second best, compared to not using new resources in the first place. Even if recycling one water bottle equaled one new water bottle, there is no way to ensure that all students will recycle. This means, one way or another, bottles are still being lost. “Dolson Hall is the only residence hall where students have sinks in their room. These students are really the only ones that have the option, or at least the ready availability, to drink tap water.”  I really hope I don’t have to explain the problem with this argument. Just in case though, here goes. The majority of Millikin students live in residence halls or Woods apartments with suite-style bathrooms. These students would have to walk, at most, ten feet to fill up a bottle of water. For those students living in Hessler, Blackburn, or Mills, the bathroom is “all the way” down the hall. This might require a bit more exercise than shuffling to the sink, but to say that it is not “readily available” is absolutely without basis. I hope that most Millikin students wash their hands after using the bathroom; if making an extra trip to fill up a water bottle is such a burden, they could always do it then. Honestly, I have much of an opinion on the “Water Bottle Debate.” I don’t think any harm would come from a ban, but I also don’t know if it’s a practical possibility. The important issue is that Dec readers receive a balanced, thorough view of the matter. The fact is most of the arguments that have been presented against a ban simply “don’t hold water.” Whether new, more valid arguments will arise, remains to be seen.

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I am writing this letter to thank Chris Ballard for his amazing leadership in Safety and Security. He has not even been a member of Safety and Security for a full year, but he has made countless positive changes to security in his time here. On several occasions, I have spoken to Mr. Ballard regarding minor security concerns I have had, and he responds quickly. Like other campus professionals, he cares deeply about the needs of students. It is very obvious his heart is in his job. Some people might not know Chris Ballard worked for the Decatur Fire Department for three years before switching to law enforcement for five years. His experience is extensive and exactly what Millikin needs. Between his experience and genuine concern for the safety of students on campus, it is no surprise he was able to move from Assistant Director to Director in a manner of months. The institution is extremely fortunate to have Chris Ballard leading security on campus. And personally, I am so pleased to have had the privilege to see the beginning of what will surely be a long and successful tenure at Millikin University. Sincerely, Melissa Nodurft Millikin 2012

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We hope that everyone who managed to make it into the Chronicle Premiere had a great time and be sure to look out for more amazing events like this one! We would also like to apologize to everyone who did not make it inside in time. There were some conflicts and miscommunication with www.eventful.com as to the amount of tickets to be given out (originally limited to 292 but exceeded 400). We had emailed them about opening two theatre screens for you all or even showing a discounted movie for those who had came all the way out for the event but it was labeled as a first come basis. We are deeply sorry for this and we appreciate your continued support. Please forward any concerns to jnielssen@milikin.edu Be sure to get your tickets to the 2012 BIG EVENT! --UCB

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The Art of Choosing the Perfect Roommate By: Sean Roe All of us, at one point or another, are going to have a roommate pass through our lives. For freshmen, you have made it through the first semester, you have been polite and civil, but you’re reaching your breaking point with that bowl of cereal and milk that’s been sitting on the windowsill since Halloween. Now, it’s going to get real. For those of you who went and whined to Residence Life and got a single or a room change, I have one word for you: Quitters! Just kidding, I know there are crazy people in this world, and I know some of them go to Millikin and might be your roommate. Now is time for you to start deciding which of the wonderful new friends you’ve made this year will become your house spouse next year. If you’re like me, broke and painfully codependent, roommates function as both financially practical and socially ideal people. Now, worst case scenario, you’ll wake up with a Leighton Meester mouth breathing over you, but ahead of that, there are some real life stories that may provide a guide of what not to do. For their protection and so their roommates don’t hunt them down, the names of the “victims” in all of the following stories have been changed. First things first, you’ll want to make sure that your values and your future roommate’s values are in check. After a year of blossoming friendship. It’s easy to think that there isn’t anything unknown about your pending pad partner, but this story might inspire a background check on your roomie: Toby and his roommate Amanda were getting along famously. They were completely open and honest with each other and were up front about any grievances they had with each other, which made their habitat quite peaceful. One was gay and one was devoutly Christian, but they shared such admiration for each other that it was never an issue in their house. One weekend, Amanda’s mother came to visit and after finding some queer paraphernalia in the form of a magazine, she decided to wait, Bible in hand, for Toby emerge from his room. When he did, the two had a tiff, which then caused a rift in Amanda and Toby’s friendship. The moral of the story is, make sure your roommate’s mom isn’t going to try to save you against your will. The second thing you’ll want to consider before signing a lease, aka signing your life away, is cleanliness. If you lived in New Halls or Dolson, you got the experience of sharing a personal bathroom. What most freshmen haven’t experienced is having a kitchen

in their residence, and that’s a total game changer. Unless you’re planning on functioning as a single family home with your roommates, odds are you will have your own groceries and you might have your own dishes. Deciding who gets what cabinet and how to divvy up fridge space will be a pain, but it can all be made easier with the right roommate. Maybe this tale of roommates will make your decision easier. Brian and Mark lived together freshman year and had a grand time. They never argued, they kept things fairly clean and decided to get an apartment with each other the next year. The apartment situation proved to be more stressful than the dorm for Mark. He had noticed that Brian would leave dishes in the sink for weeks on end. Mark tried to ignore it and decided he would tackle the issue when the two returned from winter break. When Mark returned from break early for a choir tour, he found a dead body in the living room. Just kidding, but he did find a huge mess in his kitchen. Brian had put several 40-ounce bottles of an unspecified brown liquid in the freezer before break. If you can think of the unspecified brown liquid, you know that it does freeze and when it does it shatters the bottles it’s in and then freezes to the inside of wherever it’s housed, which is what happened in Mark’s fridge. Needless to say, Mark was left to clean up this horrible mess. My last piece of advice is for all you lovebirds out there: Much to the chagrin of parents everywhere, The Woods Apartments have made their units coed in the past few years. Whether you and your honey have been together since birth, or whether you’ve found love in your first year at Millikin, the temptation to move in with this person is going to be overwhelming. Naomi and Liam thought it would be a good idea to move in with each other, so they did, and brought several friends along for the ride. As usual, everything started out fine, and the house was happier than the Brady Bunch residence, but when Hurricane Domestic Dispute blew through the house, no one was safe. Naomi and Liam’s shouting matches where so loud and so distracting, that by the end of the year all of the other roommates had moved out. So remember, even if you’re okay with the prospect of living with your ex, your other roommates might not be so keen on the idea. In short, the practical, less romantic, cleaner roommate might be less exciting, but who wants exciting jumping on their bed at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday? Choose wisely.

Top 5 Spring Break Hot Spots By: Nora Kocher It’s that time again. It’s that wonderful, glorious time when we get a reprieve from classes, papers, books, insufferable roommates, alarm clocks and all the winter clothes we begrudgingly brought back with us after fall break. So what that we’ve had no winter to speak of this year? Spring break is nearly upon us; it’s time to celebrate. There seems to be countless ways you can spend your spring break. Maybe you’re going to spend your week off serving others through the increasingly popular idea of alternate spring break. Maybe you’re just going home to catch up with old friends, your favorite foods and most of all, sleep. Maybe you’ll spend it getting lots and lots of work done (of course you will). But just maybe you’ll be one of the hundreds of thousands of American college students who will make grand pilgrimages to beaches and bars far away this month. Here are the top five spring break destinations, according to US News and World Report Travel: 5.) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico With breathtakingly beautiful beaches surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains, you won’t come back from spring break in Puerto Vallarta without a camera full of once-in-alifetime photos. The city’s thriving nightclub scene and natural beauty have consistently made Puerto Vallarta a spring break hot-spot. 4.) Puerto Rico Checking in at number four on the list is known as “The Island

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By: Sean Roe In case you haven’t noticed, there are gay people here at Millikin, and contrary to popular belief they aren’t trying to climb in your window and snatch your people up. Instead, representing one gay voice in a sea of glitter, I would like to extend a gift to all the heterosexual couples out there, and it goes a little something like this. When gay people come out, it is quite common for them to go through a bit of an identity crisis. Certain questions arise like ‘Do I have to wear Birkenstocks and listen to the Indigo Girls?’ or ‘Do I have to put a rainbow bumper sticker on my car and give my friends fashion advice?’ These questions tend to work themselves out over time, but the aspect of gay life that can be particularly daunting is that there is no precedent for relationships. Now, you straight people are probably thinking ‘What! There’s no precedent for straight relationships either! Where

do I put my hands at dinner? What do I do about sweaty palms?’ Well, ladies and gentleman, I’m afraid I cannot offer a remedy to these beginning date problems, except for maybe Botox shots in your hands, but besides that, I don’t have the answers. What heterosexual couples do have, thanks to romantic comedies, is what roles they play in a relationship. For instance, men are expected to do the asking-out, pay for the date, open doors, be the big spoon, the protector,the shoulder to cry on and for all intents and purposes, be the Thor of the relationship. Women are expected to sit and wait, waxed, poised and perky on a bar stool until someone comes along to ask them out. Later on they might be expected to be a homemaker, mother or a sex slave of some kind. Well, maybe not a sex slave, but more submissive than they might be otherwise. Where gay relationships can differ from straight ones is that these roles

typically don’t exist. Sometimes they do through the labeling of sexual roles in the relationship but overall, many gay relationships are equal partnerships. There can be some roles that one person in the relationship prefers to fill, but in many aspects there is a trade-off of these roles, so no single person is responsible for them all the time. Maybe this type of relationship isn’t for you; maybe you like being a manly man or a girly girl in your relationship, but guys, if there are times when you want to be the little spoon; or girls, if there are times that you don’t feel like waiting to make the first move, just follow the gay way. Be honest with your partner, and throw those old school relationship norms in the trash. So there you have it, the gays are giving back. Think of this as an apology for Perez Hilton and Richard Simmons, and remember, don’t feel like picking up the check? Do it the gay way.

of Enchantment,” and with balmy Caribbean spring weather, lovely beaches and rich culture, it’s not hard to imagine why. Puerto Rico is an exciting international experience, but, as a US territory, it’s very accessible to American travelers. 3.) South Padre Island, Texas US News describes South Padre island as being a family-oriented destination throughout most of the year. But something happens to the charming Texas locale in March. College students off the leash invade and South Padre Island throws one of the biggest parties in the land. 2.) Miami Beach, Florida No discussion of spring break could be complete without a mention of this trademark Florida destination. Bright city lights and fun in the sun are what make spring break spring break and you can find it all in Miami Beach. 1.) Cancun, Mexico Beautiful, exotic, alive and affordable, Cancun is a perennial favorite for spring break. Spend your days taking in such sights as Chichen Itza, the awe-inspiring Mayan pyramid or enjoying some of the world’s most incredible beaches. When the sun goes down, join thousands of fellow spring-breakers in any of the cities many bars and nightclubs. For a city with so much to offer, Cancun is very affordable, even for college students. Will you be trading Soy City for this undisputed king of spring break in 2012?

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Hello, Grad School! By: April Gleason Getting into graduate school may be the most stressful experience of my young adult life (besides dealing with boys, of course). Though it closely resembles the undergraduate application process endured as a wide-eyed senior in high school, applying to graduate schools was terrifying beyond belief. I remember when I applied for undergrad I didn’t doubt that I would be accepted to one, if not all, of my school options. Graduate school is far more daunting in that the competition to get in is fiercer than an episode of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Going into the application process this time, I was praying that I might be accepted into one single school. I had heard countless stories of students being denied acceptance to graduate programs for years before they finally made it and I feared that I might suffer the same fate. Though I wouldn’t mind working before attending grad school, my degree basically just qualifies me to help customers in the framing department of Hobby Lobby. I don’t want to work at Hobby Lobby for the next five years until I get into grad school or worse…lose momentum and give up entirely…or even worse worse worse…become the dreaded Mary Kay sales person for life. As a studio art major, my application process differed a bit in that I needed a portfolio of work instead of a test or GRE score to prove my value as a student. I spent countless weekends working overtime in the studio, trying to churn out drawings daily and have a plethora of presentable pieces for my portfolio. Though I felt a bit left out when my friends would gush about the joys of shark-bowls, I knew my hard work slaving over drawings leaving me looking like a coal-miner from the 1800s couldn’t be worthless. I kept validating the hours spent drawing and painting by saying, “Well, at least I don’t have to take the GRE.” Fast forward to New Year’s Eve. I’ve spent every bleak day of my winter break so far perfecting artist and personal statements to submit with my graduate school applications.

My application for the University of Michigan is due in three days…I still haven’t turned it in. I can hardly enjoy my swanky Chicago weekend filled with glitter and cute boys (my two favorite things), and celebrating 2012 because I am so worried about the deadline. The moment I get back home, I bawl over my application thinking, “I’ll never finish this in time and they won’t even accept me anyway! What am I trying to prove?!” But I sucked up what was left of my PMSinduced lack of confidence, devoured some much-needed chocolate and submitted my application to the University of Michigan just five short hours before the deadline. Risky, yes.

As I clicked the email open, I started laughing, crying and shaking all at once; I had been asked to interview for the program in person. But at least I didn’t give up. The next five graduate school applications soon followed and the waiting game began. Nearly two weeks after submitting my first application I received an email with a University of Michigan address. My heart stopped, the hairs on my arms stood up and my face became flushed. As I clicked the email open, I started laughing, crying and shaking all at once; I had been asked to interview for the program in person. Regardless of whether I would be accepted there, I knew this was a good sign and surely there would be other schools that would accept me. I practiced interview questions and

answers out loud until my throat was raw on my day-long trip to Ann Arbor. As the handful of applicants trickled into the gallery space I found myself out of place in terms of demographics. I was one of the only applicants from the Midwest, to which the other interviewees attributed my friendly nature. Surprisingly, I was one of the few drawing candidates, and the only student focusing on my particular subject matter. What was most interesting was that I was one of the youngest applicants interviewing that day; nearly every other applicant had graduated, been working, traveling or even pursuing careers as artists for years, leaving many amazed that I would not be graduating until the spring semester. My confident self said, “Yay! I’m different, therefore memorable!” My doubtful self said, “I should really invest in some hipster pants and maybe I would fit in more.” Lack of hipster pants aside, I nailed my interviews at the University of Michigan and drove ten hours back to Soy City, hopped up on Mountain Dew and interview adrenaline, knowing that there is no shame in being denied acceptance after giving every ounce of my energy and passion during my visit to Michigan. In the painstakingly nervewracking wait period to hear back from the University of Michigan, I’ve received two acceptance letters, one which included a full-tuition waiver, to other schools. That means I made it! I’ve been accepted and regardless of the outcome of my interview (fingers still crossed) or what the rest of the schools say, I can really attend graduate school and live out my dream! All the Thursday nights spent avoiding socialization and turning my feet black with charcoal dust, the neurotic forty-seventh drafts of my personal statements, the awkward begging to get letters of recommendation turned in on time — all of it was worth it. And there is no more satisfying feeling in the world than knowing I will be able to live out my dream every day for the rest of my life, after earning that MFA from wherever I choose to go.

March 7, 2012

Welcome to College: The Sexual Real World

By: Sam Schnorf We’ve been through high school sex ed., P.E., even sexual experiences in our younger years, but who and what was preparing us for college? Was it enough to point out that we have genitalia that when put together in the right way brings about offspring? I do not think so, and I think that many college-aged students would agree that college sex is another animal. Some are ready to bump uglies and tackle the best, but others get eaten alive. STDs or STIs, emotional breakdowns, social build-ups and breakdowns, professional reputations—all these things can be linked to college sex. On the other hand, so can positive relationships, marriage, love, friendship and growth as a human being. But, overall, we are out there facing this alone with only a pamphlet and a rubber gloved mystery man or woman lighting our way. To think — the main source of the few hard facts we have are those gained by experience, paper or a perfect stranger that is hardly available to us. We need a little structure, a better place, a safer and more comforting atmosphere to find new facts and share our stories. Not stories of who laid who or how they scored, but of real, valid information that you feel will help a young person in your place make a healthier choice for their future. It took me some time to write this article. I wanted to bring up tons of facts just for this age range. I looked online, I searched our school history, I asked around—there were people willing to share stories, but no ready information outside of a pamphlet that I could bring to you. My mission is to dive into the college sex world and bring to you the most valid and up-todate information on sex. Everything from STIs on the scene to how to help yourself—this age is a time for us to explore what it means to be human, and what it means to be sexual. Don’t leave this place and this opportunity to be educated behind. Learn to enjoy yourself, and if you already do, then what could a few extra pointers hurt? Now is the time, Millikin. Do you know what you want

sexually? Do you know what you need? Do you know what your partner needs? All these things can’t be found easily, but I would like to bring you information that might help you to discover these things more easily. Let me help you find your sexual you. If you have questions or information that you would like to share to make other college aged individuals aware, sexually pleased, at peace or just relieved that they aren’t the only one, hit me up on Facebook or send me an e-mail at sschnorf@millikin.edu. All information will remain anonymous. Now that I’ve laid down the paper plan, I’d like to say my first word to the wise: DON’T F*** JUST TO F***. It seems like fun and I’m sure is fun in the moment, but think about it for a day or two. If you are a fellow, do you want this girl or guy texting you and calling you often? Do you know the people she or he’s been with before you? How long have you really known him or her? Can you trust them to not infect you with a penis-crippling disease? If you think, “But of course I trust her with my penis!” then go for it, but if you had to wonder about any of those questions for a while, especially the last one, then it’s probably not the best idea or opportunity you’ve had or will have. Ladies, the same applies, but when I said penis insert vagina. Also, stop to think about the future and your career. Who will you be, who will this person be? Might this also ruin a good friendship or your friendship with others? Whether it be right or wrong, these are things that you might need to consider. This has been my wisdom; there will be more. Remember, Safe, Sane, Consensual (a drunken yes can still get you into legal trouble) Go forth and orgasm...or don’t. It’s whatever you’re into.

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GOING VEGAN by Lauren Mudge

Adulthood is approaching. Studies, work and campus life have been occupying most of my time in preparation for my professional future. Also, by this coming summer I’ll have been vegan for

approximately five years, and it has been quite an accomplishment since day one. At times, it’s hard not to reflect when my considerations need to be focused for post-graduate life. Yet, this humanistic process of unraveling — looking at each piece that makes some form of whole — like the process of writing is something that I can’t avoid. I need reflection in order to understand where I am and will potentially be. I recall the day that I decided to be vegan. I was on vacation in Florida with my dad and brother and bought Skinny B**** for a bit of light reading. By the end of the book, I was absolutely appalled and disgusted by the food industry after learning that they are practically poisoning us with food, not to mention the multiple cases of animal abuse and other forms of mistreatment. With that being a couple of reasons

why I decided to be vegan, I also was going through some health problems. Not to say that I wasn’t a healthy person, because I definitely was. Actually, I’ve been suffering from stomach issues since I was a child. For some reason, I’ve always had a sensitive stomach, and there were days where I felt so under the weather because of nausea and acid reflux that I couldn’t even go to school. What I didn’t know then turned out to be gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. I can’t help but laugh out loud knowing that I have the same disease that is most common among senior citizens. While the disease itself is a pain, I knew that making lifestyle changes would help treat my symptoms on top of the medication I take daily for it. Going vegan seemed ideal for my situation because processing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are easier for the body than processing

Featured Recipe: Vegan Family’s Cream of Tomato Soup Ingredients:

Directions (AND FOLLOW THESE TO THE “T”)

2 tins of plum tomatoes about a cup of water (rinse out tins with it) 1 onion 5 cloves of garlic 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 or 2 handfuls of cashew nuts seasalt to taste

1. Place the tomatoes and water in a pan and bring to the boil, adding the onion, sweet potato and garlic as it heats. 2. Once it boils, turn down to a simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft. 3. Place soup in a blender and add the cashew nuts. 4. Blend and taste for seasoning, add salt as desired. If your blender is not very strong, try soaking the cashews in water overnight to soften them before using.

meat and dairy. I’ve also successfully quit smoking and abstain from drinking much more than I used to in my earlier college years, which has definitely helped me in learning to deal with this disease. I felt great after the first few days of being vegan compared to how I previously felt, and while getting used to GERD and changing my lifestyle habits was a slow, yet determined, adjustment I know that going vegan changed, perhaps even saved, my life. Granted I still have a few stomach pains here and there, but I know that I made the right decision years ago and am glad that I stuck with it. Sometimes, though, my lifestyle makes me anxious because people in general still don’t understand why I would ever abstain from meat and dairy. The two are, in fact, the staple of the American diet ever since this

country was founded. I’ve been told, “Vegan is not patriotic . . . How unAmerican of you . . . How are you even alive?” At first, these comments upset me, but the more that I learned to shrug off the rude comments the more I realized that the majority of people in this country simply aren’t educated well about food and nutrition. All they know is their environment, and when their environment is full country dining, then no wonder the level of ignorance towards health. To me, this column is about educating both the community and myself. My name is Lauren, and I live a vegan lifestyle. No, being vegan doesn’t make me any less patriotic; no, I’m not any less American because of this; and yes, I am still alive and getting better. I’m vegan because I care. http://www.veganfamily.co.uk/


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Irish In American: The RV Adventure to Niagara Falls and Boston The East Coast Journey Continues (Fáilte ar ais agus taitneamh a bhaint as an chuid eile den turas)

Tá saol gan eachtraíochta dócha go mbeidh unsatisfying, ach tá an saol ina eachtraíochta cead ag cibé foirm a bheidh sé cinnte a bheith gearr. (A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.) Hi MIllibubble readers! I’m back to take you on the next chapter of my adventure, or vacation, as you guys call it, of the East coast. This time, we made our own arrangements for travel by driving a camper van (RV in America) to Niagara Falls and Boston. I am happy to hear that you guys are enjoying my articles and may it long continue. I hope you enjoy this one even more. Leaving New York and using the subway to actually drive in America was a weird concept at first, but the excitement of it all was intriguing to think of. I’ve never done this in Ireland, never mind America, but here it goes anyway. On route to Roselyn to collect the RV, we were on the train and it was rush hour. Workers were finishing their day of hard work, and my friend and I were having the banter on the train and giggling away when the ticket collector came down and said that people were complaining about the noise; we were too loud. I laughed and asked him if was he serious and he said yes. I was a bit shocked at first, but then I realized the Irish ones down in the back had sent him as a joke. Phew! We arrived and collected the RV; it was so strange to believe we were actually doing this and traveling stateside. I got into the RV and was so excited; it was like a mini home with a kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom

H

ey Millikin! I’m not sure how each of you feels about the whole “networking”business, but if you’re like me, it probably makes you a little uncomfortable. It seems like a weird, sort of selfish concept of “using” someone for their business contacts or to get “in” with businesses, and I agree — it’s still something I’m trying to figure out as well! When people say “It really comes down to who you know, not what you can do,” a wave of instant depression hits a majority of us college folk; what did I just waste four years and thousands of dollars on if it counts for nothing! But let’s take a minute to consider this crazy concept; maybe it doesn’t have to be such a weird, awkward topic. Maybe it’s something we can learn to work to our advantage without feeling like a schmuck at the end of the day. I promise, by the end of this article you (and I!) will be feeling at least 73 percent better about the entire topic at hand. Take a minute to talk it out with me, it could make all the difference in landing your dream job! To gain better insight (remember, I’m a beginner at this too!), I researched various websites and found one absolutely terrific list of the best tips and tricks in the game of networking. “ 24 Networking Tips That Actually Work,” written by James Clear from the website passivepanda.com, is an absolutely wonderful and concise way to learn about the art of meeting people

and seating area. So we set off on our adventure of a seven-hour drive to Niagara Falls. Back in Ireland, you could travel from the top of Ireland to the very bottom in seven hours, never mind within in the same state in America, but it was an adventure and I didn’t care. There were twelve of us Irish hooligans in an RV en route to Niagara Falls; what more could you ask for? Most of us just slept and played traveling games and cards. It was getting late and we were running out of petrol. Picture this in your heads as if it was a movie. We drove up this big steep mountain going around all these narrow corners and eventually arrived at this petrol station (gas station in America) that was closed. Oops! We were literally in the middle of nowhere with no gas left! There was a man putting something into his boot (trunk) which looked very suspicious; this scared the girls which was kind of funny! We pitched our tent (Irish saying for staying put and waiting) and stayed at the gas station until it opened at 5 a.m. By 3 a.m, everyone was frozen and all the windows iced over, and when I say freezing I mean VERY COLD! I was glad to see a light turn on in the shop and indulge in hot chocolate and crisps (chips) to my heart’s content. We set off once again but this time I was the designated driver, scary I know, but I made my way to Niagara Falls. It was daunting at first, thinking to myself, I have 11 other passengers in this RV and what if something happened? I said a few prayers to keep me safe along the way. Crossing the big blue bridge over to Niagara Falls was something else, and seeing all the

views from the top was, too. We pulled up and made our way to the Falls. Whoa! They were truly amazing and miraculous to look at. I just wanted to jump in and swim down the Falls. Joke, but you know what I mean. Considering it was winter, it was a tad cold, but I couldn’t complain with the sight I was seeing! After this we decided to leave the country and crossed the border to Toronto, Canada. It was cool going

Traveling together with the Irish opened my eyes to the friendships you can make from spending so much time together, and now I can say they are like my family. to another country by literally walking across a bridge. We got all our passports stamped and made our way to the gift shops and toured around Toronto. Our final stop was the duty free shop where we purchased a lot of cheap stuff, i.e. soda, wink wink! You know what we Irish like, so I’ll leave that for your own interpretation! Coming back to the American border was a bit more difficult than we thought. We all had left our I-20 forms in the RV so two

of the guys had to go and get all our forms. One of the boys had left his at his college and the guard told him he could be waiting for three days which was scary for him. We waited an hour ,and we all finally got through. We had seen the beautiful Niagara Falls, and believe me, this is another must-see place as it will open your eyes to the beauty of your own country. The adventure continues now to Boston for another eight-hour drive. It was long, but when you’re having fun, times flies by. Traveling together with the Irish opened my eyes to the friendships you can make from spending so much time together, and now I can say they are like my family. We cooked our own dollar meals from Wal-Mart in the RV’s microwave. Yes, we lived liked tramps, but none of us cared because we were enjoying ourselves so much. On arrival to Boston, we parked in a Best Buy parking lot. This is illegal, I know, but we couldn’t find a campsite, so we lived life on the edge. You are all going to laugh when I say this next part: we hadn’t showered in four days because we had no access to water mains, so we booked a hotel in Boston to take showers for $10 each. Lame, I know, but we badly needed them.It felt great after, and I felt clean! That evening, some man was selling tickets for a Boston Celtics game. He was looking for $45 and I bargained him down to $30. Not a bad deal, I suppose. Ya gotta use the accent to your advantage sometimes! Jokes! This was my first ever basketball game in America and it was very impressive. I’ve seen them on TV, but it was cool to actually be supporting the Boston Celtics in the arena! It was beyond belief. I loved the atmosphere and all

the chants for the team. Unfortunately they lost, but hey, I got to watch a live game! As you know, Boston is probably the most Irish city in America and is very populated with Irish people so we headed to South Boston to check out the Irish bars and indeed they really were! It was deadly to listen to some Irish music, bringing back the feel of home. It was nice to drink a bottle of Irish Cider Magners and a wee bit of Jameson. If you’re of age, I do recommend you try both of these Irish drinks and have a taste of Irish. I know it sucks to have to be 21, but if you come to Ireland the drinking age is 18. Sorry guys! The Boston Skyline Zakim Bridge was spectacular and pleasing to the eye. Boston was a striking city to visit, and I wish this visit to any of you. If you guys want a taste of Irish, then this is the place to go for the craic and banter and some Irish music with true Irish people. If you really want a taste of Irish Culture then keep Friday March 30 free in your diaries, where you will really learn about Ireland. More details to come next issue! The adventure in an RV is an experience, and has proven that you should live each day as if it was your last! The journey is not just over yet. Keep reading to find out about our travels to Salem and Sleepy Hollow. Scary! Léitheoirí a choinneáil ag léamh agus beidh mé ag scríobh a choinneáil (Readers keep reading and I’ll keep writing) Comhrá (Chat)

Be A Networking Superstar! beneficial to your future. It doesn’t require you to be fake, conniving, or annoying. Networking is a learning process that can help both parties involved. First things first, set a few key goals and expectations for yourself! You can’t walk blindly into the networking world, you have to be proactive and have a game plan. Of course, it’s a wonderful surprise if you accidentally stumble into a great contact, but more times than not there has to be a conscious plan set to motion. When looking for contacts, be sure to look both in your career field and also outside the box. By contacting people outside your exact line of work, you may have the advantage of bringing a special unique set of skills for the company. Just like that, you’re needed and special! Lastly, make sure your going for quality, not quantity. It’s great to send 500 emails out to 500 people, but be sure the people you are contacting are worth your efforts. Quality is key; you want to meet people who will help you succeed! So if you have started compiling a contact list, good for you! You are a step closer in being proactive about your future! Now it’s time to get down to the art of the ordeal, which is what to say and how to make an impression. If you choose the email route, be sure to keep first initial messages short and to the point. You don’t want plead your desperate case and freak people out with a 1,000 word essay on why

they must help you! Do be sure not to limit yourself to the email world; more times than not people will mindlessly browse through emails, and if they don’t immediately know the person, the message will not get read. Why should they care? This is why it is absolutely important to seize any sort of faceto-face interactions you can. As college people, we are given several opportunities to get out in the world and meet business people, whether that’s through the Career Fair, conferences you attend with your professors or organizations, lectures, meetings, and so on, opportunities seem to be almost handed to us. Be sure to visit with your advisor or professors and see what upcoming events you can be a part of. College can be great tool if you learn how to use it to your advantage! Once you have started talking to important people, be sure to follow a few simple, easy rules. Do be sure to be the best version of yourself and not put on a fake front. You are perfect the way you are! Be polite and you will succeed. Be sure to not immediately ask for favors and contacts; don’t even initiate a meet and greet lunch date. I for one always figured a let’s-grab-coffee-andtalk-about-it sort of meeting was the best to start out with. Various sources all conclude that offering praise to the person you are contacting is the best way to initiate the sort of conversation you are aiming to have. For instance, “I really admire the way

you execute your balance of creativity and leadership in the workplace, it really sets an example, especially to up and coming people in the field such as myself.” From there, after a few conversations, things can move into the more lengthy meeting. Last touches to add to the networking conversation, don’t be put off by denial! Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be or other circumstances arise. It’s not you if you did the best job you could have! “Never, never, never give up” is the number one life motto I live by, and you should too. Don’t forget about people you know; you already have a wide variety of social groups at hand and people are connected in better ways than you think. Networking is a chance to learn, not simply gain! It’s a two-way street, and can be used as a mutually beneficial relationship. Do some research; learn about people in your specific work field and see jobs and business people you admire and would like to be. Using linkedin.com is a great way to research people in a specific company or business you are interested in, and also in getting your name out there and meeting quality business people. Lastly, be sure to stay in touch with those contacts you make! There are ways to stay in contact that aren’t as creepy as you think! Send a polite and sincere message via Facebook, email, or a phone conversation to just say hello and see how things are going with the business and themselves. It’s important

to be conscious that the creep factor doesn’t get out of hand, but let’s get real, everyone’s a little creepy anyway. As long as you are polite, sincere, and friendly, I promise you, you can do no wrong. So Millikids, the key point in the beauty of networking is to remember to be yourself and develop a good relationship with your contacts. People are truly willing to help those they trust and respect, so make sure you make a good impression every chance you get! Sometimes you only get one chance, so be on your A-game all the time. Make sure you have content available online that represents the best version of “you.” In other words: be the best google-able version of you! No x-rated pictures should pop up! The more you talk to your contact and get a human connection established, the more comfortable you will feel by initiating the “asking” point of the relationship. I hope you feel a little better and more at ease with this crazy concept. I know writing this and doing the research helped me re-establish to importance of staying in contact with the people I know. You never know, you could be the exact person for an open position, and the only way to find out is to get out there! No opportunity will be handed to you, you must be proactive. Get out there and wreak havoc on the companies of your dreams!


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A Flowing Mini Skirt

March 7, 2012

WHAT’S IN 4 Must Have Items for Spring Break 2012

Forever 21: $11.06

Forever 21: $22.80

American Eagle: $24.99

By: Amber Spin

Lilly Pulitzer: $98.00

Say bye-bye to bandage skirts ladies. As much as we are bound to miss seeing everyone’s lumps, bumps, and imperfections on such an unforgiving silhouette, there’s a new trend this spring: the flowing mini skirt. There are many different styles, fabrics, lengths, colors and patterns to choose from, so after some trial and error in the dressing room, you will find one that looks fit and fabulous for your body. The best part is that a flowing mini can be dressed up or down! Some of my favorites are pictured to the right. The floral pattern with the bright blue tones from Forever 21 can be paired with a simple t-shirt, flat sandals and a messy beach wave side pony for a day on the boardwalk. Switch out the flats for a neutral wedge, add some bangles or a statement necklace, let your hair down and you’re ready to go to dinner. It’s that simple!

Sperry Topsiders How can you perfect that classic beach look without Sperry Topsiders? The neutral colors can be paired with almost anything. Slip them on with your shorts and tank. Wear them with a polo and skinny jeans. Whether you’re into wearing bright colors that stand out or earth tones, Sperrys are an accessory for everyone. The more outfits they go with, the more room you have in your suitcase for spring break…..essentials.

or 9”. However, the waist is a fixed low-rise style. The “Callahan” short by Lilly Pulitzer is a great alternative to someone who likes the classic, highwaist short. This is such a popular trend for spring because you can wear them with almost anything. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy. If it is in the same color family or tone, it works. Colorful patterns really pop with bright shorts. Tuck your shirt in to reveal a metallic or bright colored belt. The possibilities are endless. Make it your own!

Swimsuit Cover-up Swimsuit cover-ups are a must for spring break! Not only do you have to look fashionable hanging out in your bikini, but walking to and from the beach. Soffe shorts and an old t-shirt are frumpy and boring. What if you decide to put your cover-up on while hanging out at the beach? You don’t want to be that girl all day. Cover-ups come in a wide variety from simple to bedazzled, from cheap to outrageously priced. If you prefer more simple, cute and cheap, Target

Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe: $85.00

American Eagle: $9.50

American Eagle: $15.50

Forever 21: $5.50

As sad as it is to see them go, oversized shades are out this year. Cat eye sunglasses are big this spring and with good reason. Bright fun colors and patterns will modernize any retro look. Forever 21 sells them for as low as $5.50. That won’t hurt so bad if they miss the road trip home with you. Another style that does not seem to be going anywhere is Aviators. Aviators aren’t as picky as cat eye glasses. They look good on everyone if you find the right size for your face. They also come in different colors. FAUX PAX ALERT! Do not buy knockoffs. (The fake DG or Gucci symbol on the side) It looks better to have a no name brand.

Colorful Shorts Colorful Shorts are one of the hottest fashion trends this spring. Give your denim shorts a rest and try something new! They come in all lengths from booty shorts to a more conservative Bermuda style. My favorite by far is “The Eva” short from Victoria’s Secret. They come in dozens of bright colors including royal blue and fuchsia. Not only do you have a choice of what fabric you want, (twill, linen & lycra) but you can choose your inseam (the length of your shorts). There is an option 3.5”, 5”,7”,

Bahama Boat Shoe: $75.00

If beiges and browns are too boring for your taste, that’s okay! Sperry Topsiders come in many styles and colors. They have everything from metallic to sequin, to leopard print, and bright colors galore. FAUX PAS ALERT! No socks allowed past this point!

Cat eye & Aviator Sunglasses Hopefully your spring break is full of sunshine and that means cute sunglasses! The sunglasses you are wearing are just as important as your earrings, necklace or shoes. Usually the rule is to buy more expensive sunglasses for quality (and of course that designer name). This rule does not apply to spring break. How likely is it that your $200 Ray Bans will actually return home with you after a week of partying on the beach? If you’re having a good time, chances are they’ll be buried in the sand by day two. Just because sunglasses are cheap, does not mean they have to look it. American Eagle and Forever 21 have some great shades that do not look like they could break at any second.

Angelfish: $80.00

is perfect. They have a wide variety of simple cover-ups that will look great over any bikini. I prefer the white (pictured) because after a day of laying in the sun, that new bronze glow will really stand out. Victoria’s Secret has a million to choose from. They are more expensive, but also more intricate in design. They have anything from lace to gems to more or less fabric.

Victoria’s Secret: $39.50

Target: $19.99

Lilly Pulitzer: $64.00

Victoria’s Secret: $58.00

Charlotte Russe: $22.99

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Hey Milli Kids: Let’s get sinful! No, I don’t mean in the anti-Lent sort of way, I mean with your wardrobe! Who isn’t looking to snazz-up their wardrobe a little, especially for this upcoming spring season? You know you want to be looking extra fierce and fine once Spring Break hits, so let’s add a little “pep” to your wardrobe! If you’re looking for a more adventurous, wild look to experiment with this spring break (why not? You’re on break! Live a little!) I’ve put together a few saucy ideas guys and gals alike can test out! Take a last breath of your innocence and let’s enter the wacky and wild world of funky fresh fashion.

Saucy Spring Trend #1 Pastel Colored Pants This one’s for guys and gals alike, I promise! I did the research, and one specifically neat look that keeps catching my eye is the colorful pants, shorts and shirts that seem to be popping up all over the place! This is a unisex look that, when done correctly, can be a real eye-catcher (in a good way). Be sure to pair your pastel bottoms with a semi-neural top, whether that’s rockin’ white, grey, brown or really any dark colors that “go”. When we’re talking “sinful fashion,” you know there won’t be any “mom-approved” matchy-ness! We are aiming for colors and patterns that work well with one another and

really brings out the essence of the other piece. Be sure your pants are fitted properly to your body. Girls, this means you’re looking to find that perfect skinny leg fit that can’t be confused with jeggings, and you are definitely looking for a slight above the ankle fit! Boys, finding that “perfect pant fit” means you are not wearing baggy hip-hop star pants, and definitely not skin tight painted on fitting pants either. It’s about finding that right fit the compliments your look! Ask sales representatives for their input, it’s always helpful to have another set of eyes!

Saucy Spring Trend #2 Floral Goodness Done Awesome Sorry Guys, this one is for the ladies. Girls, when I say “Saucy Spring Trend Look #2 is Floral Lacy Goodness,” I’m not talking about grandma’s oversized flower pattern muumuu dress. I know floral and nude is always foolproof spring wear, but we’re stepping it up a notch. We aren’t looking to create more “girl next doors;” we want the wild, fearless girl down the block! I want you ladies to bring out the big guns; combine dainty flower print with a kick of daring, bold darknessin the form of a B.A jacket! I suggest paring the innocent flower dress or blouse with a wild black pleather bomber jacket, because you never want to be pinpointed to one type of look! Whether the jacket is black, army

green, dark grey or anything opposite floral, you will have nailed the fearless combo. Why label your fashion as “preppy,” “hardcore,” or “dweebtastic” when you can combine the best of everything? The sooner you learn this the better off your new adventurous and daring fashion will be; you’ll be the envy of female fashionistas everywhere! When perfecting the floral lace spring trend, be sure to look out for great pieces; skirts, blouses, shoes, sweaters, you name it! The more bold the better. The only rule I will give you wild fashionistas in training: Just as with the bold pastel colored pants, keep your bold statement piece to a one piece per outfit minimum!

Saucy Spring Trend #3 Wild Tights Alright girls, what you’ve been waiting to get the “okay” on: WILD TIGHTS! It has always been your long, lost dream; to master the wacky and fantastic world of quirky and sultry tights. First things first, build your collection! I know stores I can always count on to replenish my supplies (I’m clumsy and get holes in my tights every other week, but so worth it!), are Target, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. Look around, these tights you’ve always been dreaming of are available in more places than you think. Whether you want to explore lacy pairs in lilac, bright blue, dark grey, floral print, solid print, polka dot or cheetah, you can do no wrong- as long as you follow a few solid rules! I know as wild, untamed, rising fashion divas, the last thing you want is more “rules,” but I promise if you remember the golden rule of creating the perfect balance of “funky

fresh,” you will have nailed it. Always remember: If you want to have an outrageously awesome outfit with your new pair of saucy tights, make sure that is the key component of your outfit! Pair with an oversized sweater and cutoff shorts for a perfect spring, spicy look. Keep the other factors dimmed by wearing neutral colors and patterns, and throw in an fabulous pair of shoes! We will discuss shoes later on, but one of the trickiest parts of mastering the “wild tights” look is finding perfect shoes to compliment the ensemble! I usually find myself pairing tights with a cool pair of boots; either my green cowboy boots or neutral tall brown ones! Whatever your level of wild and wacky, you will be well on your way to the perfect “fashion sin” once you complete the look with a fierce pair of tights- guaranteed.

Saucy Spring Trend #4 Intimidating Shoes

Boys and girls, it’s time to talk shoes! Probably the most exciting and important topic to date when it comes to working your new fabulous fashion. Every gal and every guy love a perfect pair of shoes; whether it’s for comfort, style, you name it. However, I am here to tell you — saucy shoe fashion may not be comfortable. It may not be a breeze to strut around in (male or female), and you may have to break your new bad boys in before you feel your feet again. I will promise you this; you will feel like a 10, on the inside and out. When you put on a pair of rockin’ shoes, you literally have an attitude change. I don’t care if you’re a guy or a gal, you feel great when you look great, and that begins with your kicks. Girls, I want to see you in wild, sky high wacky shoes (preferably with leopard print) with an awesome kitten strap to seal the deal. Work it, own it, nobody said it would be easy! Take a few test laps around your apartment or dorm, then be prepared to go out into the world and be admired. Be sure to make use of handrails if you do choose the sky high shoe route, and be cautious of all the jealous and envious looks you will receive! Guys, I didn’t forget about you; when you find the perfect pair of

boots, I promise you, things will begin to sky rocket for your self-esteem and ego! This make take a few shopping trips, but when you find the perfect pair, you will simply know. A nice brown pair of “men’s fashion boots” will be the best choice you make in your everyday fashion life (so maybe not with a black tuxedo but you get the idea). Work it guys! Pair a cool pair of broken in boots with dark fitted jeans, a fitted tee and cardigan and the world is yours. I haven’t seen much success in men tucking pants into boots, so be sure to test your options, you never know, it could work for you! Spring break is all about being bold and brave, so I want to see you Milli Kids back on campus after break rockin’ some sweet new kicks! Millikin, I am ready to see some fun, fearless, brave fashionistas (and fashionistos?) struttin’ around campus. I challenge you to take this spring break to get wild and crazy with your wardrobe, combine pieces within your own closet in ways you hadn’t originally dreamed up, and you will be on your way. I’ll be on the look out, so you better WORK! Be safe this break and stay fierce!


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Eric Burgett By: Becca Mellott

ARTIST IN SPOTLIGHT

Year/Major: Senior Piano Performance Major What do I do... I enjoy singing, playing piano and guitar, songwriting, composing and arranging and pit-playing. While at Millikin, I have been involved with the Vocal Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Piano Trio, Percussion Groups and accompanying Millikin’s theatre and dance programs. I also have my own country band, which performs regularly around central Illinois. Country music has been a huge part of my life. I am a member of The Illinois Country Music Association and have gained a great amount of exposure through that. Last year, I advanced to the state competition level of the Texaco Country Showdown, a nationwide country talent search. It was an awesome experience, and meeting other independent artists from around the country was pretty cool too. My band performs covers as well as my original songs. Look me up! My site is www.ericburgett.com, and I have an EP out on iTunes and amazon mp3. Aside from all of the commercial music aspects of my career, I have a passion for working with children. I currently teach piano through Millikin’s preparatory department.

Favorite part of Major... I really seek to express my emotions and ‘tell a story’ with the music that I perform. I get up there and do my thing and at least hope that I send some sort of message across to the audience, whether I am performing my own country songs or a full-length piano sonata. Expressing myself through the music is perhaps my favorite part of my major. Many people ask, “What does it mean to be a performance major?” Well, performance majors are held to higher expectations in terms of practicing and especially perfection. We take classes on technique, theory, history and literature that specifically relate to our particular instrument. And we are also expected to PERFORM! Future Plans Next fall, I will be moving to Nashville, TN in hopes of attending Belmont University for graduate studies in piano. I landed a part-time job playing piano for the Nashville Ballet, so I’m really looking forward to that. While I am down there, I want to pursue as many opportunities in songwriting as I can. Thankfully, I have met some really good people down there who have been a great help in forwarding my ambitions. It is crazy to think that behind almost every wall in Nashville, a song is being written, and I really want to be a part of that circle! I understand that co-writing with people is the backbone of the songwriting industry, and fortunately, while at Millikin, I have had the experience of collaborating with fellow students in ensembles and songwriting. This summer, aside from performing with my band, I will be on staff for Millikin’s Summer Piano Camp, which should be a fun experience. I will also be working with “Legally Blonde: The Musical” over in Springfield, Illinois. In addition to my music endeavors this summer, working on the family farm will be a regular part of my schedule. It’s always a good feeling going from “musician” to “farm-kid.” Sometimes, it is a relaxing feeling to be out in the country and experiencing nature and being around family. Quirky Fact... I like taking really steamy showers. The whole bathroom will be steamed to the point where you cannot see.

How Hollywood is Allowing Us to Relive Our Childhoods

By: Sierra R. Goldberg Memories, whether good or bad, are undeniably powerful. People flee from bad memories and cherish the good ones. For most, childhood is full of good memories. Some people keep old toys as reminders of their childhood. They save books, a favorite t-shirt, knickknacks, photo albums and old school projects. These objects bring back memories of better days for some or are a great source of ammunition for embarrassment from parental units for others. But either way, there is a very strong emotional reaction attached to these memories. With the re-release of many classics and a fair number of sequels to old favorites popping up, the thoughtful individual has to wonder one thing: why? In a culture that is all about the new, the fresh and the exciting, why are we so interested in reliving our past? Economically, these are all smart moves. Fresh and exciting is great, but remakes and updates already have an audience making it easier to get more people warmed up to the idea. “Tron: Legacy” and “Fright Night” are examples of excellent ideas; whether that panned out in practicality and dollars is another topic altogether. Sequels and book-to-films are another audience guarantee, unless you screw the movie up enough like Fox did with “Eragon.” Fantastic examples of this tactic working successfully are “The Hunger Games,” the Harry Potter franchise and, most recently, “The Muppets,” which was the first Muppet film in six years. Re-releases are even better. Taking an already created film and sticking it back in theaters is easy money, even after the cost of converting it to 3D. In the past year, Disney has put “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King” back on the big screen, much to the pleasure See Nostalgia pg. 15


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Indie Films: Not Just for Mom MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD: and Dad Anymore

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By: Lauren Mudge

Artist: Buena Vista Social Club Album: “Buena Vista Social Club” (1997) I listened to this band in 1997 when their first album came out, which later prompted me to get recordings of all of Ry Cooder’s projects during my later teen years. Before even knowing much about this band, I want to share my experiences first listening to them, because they are some of the fondest memories of my childhood. I was around eight years old vacationing with my parents in Holden Beach, South Carolina, sharing a great house with the best of our family’s friends. This album filled our space every evening paired with delicious local seafood, couples dancing on the deck to the house with the calm of the ocean’s waves in the background. This music reminds me of everything good and vacationing on the beach. The project behind the sound makes it even more inspiring. Deep in the roots of Cuban sound, Ry Cooder pulled together the best of Cuba’s artists and recorded this timeless album. Every song is worth

listening to, but my favorite will always be “Chan Chan,” because that’s the one that reels through my mind like a movie of my favorite childhood experiences. Artist: Amadou & Mariam Album: “Welcome To Mali” (2009) The Mali born husband and wife duo share their funky/French/ reggae/electronic sounds with an adorable story behind it all. Both being blind, the pair met years ago at the Institute for Young Blind People in their homeland. After falling in love, the musically talented pair began creating together. I first heard of them through NPR’s All Songs Considered, and knowing that the show doesn’t play anything not worth listening to, I already expected something of quality. The music speaks for itself. The blind couple portrays their love for one another in their native French language in the music they create together, which still resonates every time I listen to them.

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Artist: Toumani Diabaté Album: “The Mandé Variations” (2008) Whenever I’m plagued with a time of unrest, I listen to this album to rest. Being a Mali native, Toumani Diabaté plays the Malian kora unlike anything I’ve ever heard. The instrument itself, too, is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I can’t tell you exactly how many strings are on this instrument, but there are definitely a lot. At first look, the instrument is like a cross between a harp, banjo, guitar, cello and drum. With that in mind, it covers a lot of territory. The sound, however, is heavenly, and Toumani Diabaté is certainly its master. Listening to “The Mandé Variations,” I’m at a state of nirvana unlike any I’ve ever accomplished. Take the time and let yourself drift into the album in its entirety. While the sound is complex, it meshes together lovingly, almost. I hear something new every time, forever being intrigued by the instrument and the man behind it.

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Artist: Juana Molina Album: “Un Día” (2008) Juana Molina is an Argentina native most commonly known for her comedy television gig. When she later released her albums, fans couldn’t take her seriously. They thought they paid for comedy when all they got was music. Despite the disappointment, Molina creates a plentiful sound. She sings in Spanish, but the powerful background sounds of her music speak to all languages. To give her music a definition, alternative/ electronic/Latino suffices. “Un Día” translates beautifully to all listeners, each song being strategically placed to complement the other when listening to the album in its entirety.

By: Sean Roe Remember when you were a child and you would go to Blockbuster, yes, Blockbuster, with your family and you would pick out a “Land Before Time” movie and probably something with Frankie Muniz in it? Then, your parents would go and pick out something with super neutral cover art and a pretty boring-sounding title, and they would stand there and say “Oh yes, this is supposed to be fabulous, it’s up for all kinds of awards.” Well guess what, you’re now old enough, and probably have the mental capacity to enjoy an independent film. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a beret or be an existentialist to be a fan of indie films. If you find yourself watching the latest romantic comedy or action flick, and you feel like you’ve seen it before, then it’s definitely time to graduate into the world of indie films. Breaking into indie film territory isn’t as difficult as you might think. You don’t have to live in a big city or have access to some cool hipster video store. Its 2012, so you probably have a Netflix instant watch account, and if you don’t, then you’ve probably obtained a friend’s account info and use theirs. Well, you might be surprised to know that there is an entire genre of movies classified as indie at your disposal. If you don’t have Netflix and have no friends, you’re still in luck. Redbox, which is the movie and video game dispenser that you can find at almost any grocery store or Walgreens, houses critically acclaimed independent movies, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best of the best in indie films. When venturing into the unchartered waters of indie film, there can be a lot of garbage to sort though before finding a film of real value. There are a lot of film makers out there with a lot of ideas, and not all of them are gems. Short of sifting through pages of movie descriptions on Netflix, it can be difficult to find quality indie films. For the best in recent indie films, you can turn to the experts. The 2012 Spirit Awards, which honors the very best in independent film, just aired on Feb. 24. Some of the winning titles are “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “My Weekend with Marilyn.” Delving into this new genre of films might trigger some anxiety. You might feel confused or scared thinking “There won’t be any famous actors, so how will I recognize anyone?” Well, some of the best indie films this year feature actors like Ryan Gosling, Seth Rogen, George Clooney, Michelle Williams and John C. Reilly. And don’t get bogged down thinking that all indie films are downers like “Blue Valentine.” Movies like “Cedar Rapids,” “50/50” and “Midnight in Paris” are sure to get your abdomen chortling with laughter. If thrillers are more your style, then films like “Take Shelter,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” are sure to prevent sleep for a few days. So you see, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Indie films have something for everyone. To see indie films as they come out in theaters, you can also check out The Avon in downtown to Decatur, which features a variety of main stream and indie films. So remember, hit up Netflix, Redbox or The Avon for the latest in indie films and you’ll be the coolest cat on the quad this Spring.

MILLIKIN’S EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL: Save the Date! Join Staley Library at Millikin University for its fourth annual Edible Book Festival!  Individuals and groups of any size from Millikin and the Decatur community are invited to submit an “edible book” in Millikin’s festival. This year’s festival will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd from noon-2pm (or until all the leftovers are eaten!) at Staley Library, Millikin University (second floor gallery space).  Entry instructions, pictures from previous festivals, and additional information are available on the Staley Library website:  www. millikin.edu/staley/about/edible 


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Central IL Hip Hop Showcase Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. At Corner Stone Tavern 1190 W South Side Dr, Decatur, IL 62521-4031 Tickets - $5 advance/$7 day of show WITH PERFORMANCES BY:
Paperboy$, MC-Jizzle, Les Luger, Pytch Wyte, Woods G, Dirt Poor, Jusie Marie

Millikin Math Education Fundraiser! Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. At Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Decatur IL 255 West Mound Road (By Starbucks), Decatur, IL 62526 “RAISE SOME DOUGH by ordering pizza, cookie dough, or other great treats from Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n Bake Pizza for MILLIKIN MATH EDUCATION MAJORS attending the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in April.”

UCB Presents Millikin University’s Big Event 2012: ALL TIME LOW! Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
“All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2003. The band consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alexander Gaskarth, lead guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zachary Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. The band’s name is taken from lyrics in the song “Head on Collision” by New Found Glory.”
Tickets go on sale Feb. 23: Students & Faculty/Staff
March 4: General Public
STUDENTS: FREE
FACULTY/ STAFF: $15
GENERAL PUBLIC: $20
MU Students will receive ONE FREE TICKET and can purchase additional tickets for $15
Tickets can be purchased at the Kirkland box office or by calling 217-424-6318

UChoir to perform at Carnegie Hall! Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Carnegie Hall, New York City “Millikin’s own University Choir will open the concert with a 30-minute set and then join in a performance by the high school National Festival Chorus, which this year is being directed by University Choir director Dr. Brad Holmes, MU professor of music and director of choral studies. Tickets for the performance are available now (Use code FTN13498 to receive the Millikin discount).” For more information see Millikin University’s online calendar.

Jess Black, Paintings
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Blue Connection Downtown Come downtown and experience the creative picture that Jess Black provides with her wonderful creatures. They will warm your hearts, captivate your minds and show you the inner workings of a quiet, cool artist that prefers to show rather than to just sit and tell. Below is a sample from Black’s artist statement. “I am consumed by painting. I find that it is free and breathes just as I do. The medium is versatile in and of itself, and is invariably forgiving. Painting challenges me every time I pick up a brush. The struggle to create in this medium leaves me teeming with ambition, as if around every corner there is something entirely new to discover…to conquer.” Complimentary refreshments from Lock, Stock, & Barrel

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Don’t Be ‘That Guy’: Movie Theater Etiquette By: Denny Patterson It’s that time of the year again. Spring is around the corner, so that means a ton of movies will be making their debut in the theaters including “The Hunger Games,” “The Three Stooges” and the return of “Titanic,” in honor of its centennial. But just because we go to the movie theatre doesn’t mean you can behave at the theatre like you would in your own bedroom. It’s a bit sad that I have to write an article like this, thinking society has grown and matured to the point where we wouldn’t have to be told how to act in public. Let’s face it, courtesy has been thrown out the window, and people could care less. Well, I’m going to list some simple rules that every movie lover should follow so the audience doesn’t end up throwing their popcorn at you! 1. Cell Phone Usage
 Yes, you guessed it. Turn off your phones! There is no excuse for a ringing cell phone. None whatsoever. Unfortunately, we live in a world today where our cell phones are like our lifeline, where one may have a heart attack even if it’s shut off for two hours. Even though technology has improved our lives, it is degrading our theatre-going experience. It is because people think that their cell phones are the most important thing in the world to them that this rule must not apply to them. Think again, buddy. You don’t need your phone on; I promise that you will survive. At least simply put it on vibrate; that’s what I do. I can understand if it slipped your mind and you forgot to put it on mute or vibrate, but if it goes off, don’t pretend that you can’t hear it ringing. And for the love of all that is holy, don’t answer it. Mute the ringer, and let it go to voicemail. 2. Talking 
Shut up. It’s as simple as that. If you cannot zip your lips for two or three hours, then I think it’s time to find a different hobby other than movie-going. No one cares about your opinion, especially if you speak at a volume that can be compared to a freight train roaring through town. I understand that there are some times when it’s absolutely necessary to talk such as asking your date if he/ she would like some more popcorn, or if you didn’t understand what just happened so you ask your friend to explain it. If need be, please whisper as lightly as you can. I’m sure we have all sat behind that one person who has either seen the film before, or tends to predict and compare throughout the

entire movie. Don’t be that kind of person. It’s rude and flat out obnoxious. 3. Babies/Small Children
 First off, why in the world would you bring a baby to the movie theatre? I’m sure every other couple with common sense hired a sitter for the evening. There is no excuse for bringing a baby to a PG13 or R film. Listening to a baby wail throughout a movie is like someone kicking the back of your seat the entire time. Even though the youngster’s parents have learned to ignore the child’s wails, that doesn’t mean the entire audience has. Now, if we were watching a family friendly film such as a Disney cartoon or a flick with talking animals, it is expected for the theatre to be overwhelmed with a loud and vibrant atmosphere. A note to parents: when your child cries and is having a tantrum, taking them to the tunnels is not the answer. Remove them entirely from the theatre. The tunnels increase the volume of noise and will only make others more bitter. 4. Be on Time 
I understand, things happen that can make you a few minutes late. Arriving while the previews are showing usually isn’t that bad. Arriving 10-15 minutes after the flick has begun can be a little distracting and irritating. Arriving 3040 minutes after the flick has begun: why bother? You already missed the entire opening sequence and probably a few clues as to what will contribute to the plot. My advice to you would be to see this film another time, because you’re not getting your full money’s worth this time around. Plus, trying to find a seat while the audience is already this much consumed by the film can be aggravating to them. 5. Stay Seated
 Nothing drives me more insane than when somebody leaves the theatre six or seven times throughout the film. I believe that movie theaters should place a policy stating that if one leaves the theatre more than three times throughout the film, they should not be allowed back in. It’s distracting to see people walk in and out of the theatre multiple times. I understand that you might have the bladder of a kitten or you would like to get a refill of your popcorn or drink, but try to plan ahead. Use the restroom before the film starts, and make sure you are good on snacks and fluids. I mean, you might be missing some key points in the film, and you’re also wasting money. Understand?

Does A Celebrity’s Death Increase Their Popularity? By: PJ Walker There are many tools an artist uses to boost their sales: Concerts, radio, online distribution and many more, but it seems that death has also become a powerful tool. Even though we see death as a bad thing in the music industry, it can be a good thing. Particularly for well recognized artists, it helps their record sales tremendously. Recording artists such as Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Michael Jackson and most recently, Whitney Houston, would be examples of this scenario. They were already prominent artists, but after their deaths, they have become more famous. In certain cases, it shows that

the more tragic or unexpected the death, the greater the increase of sales. The artist’s image also affects these increases. Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are prime examples. Both performers had been in the industry for quite awhile. They had been in the media, had major hardships throughout their career and still managed to come out on top, so their deaths of course grabbed the attention of the public. Michael Jackson’s album sales soared the week after his death. His three albums that sold the greatest in that time were “Thriller,” selling 101,000 copies, “Number Ones,” selling 108,000 copies, and “The Essential Michael Jackson,” selling

From Nostalgia pg. 13 of a great many college students and young families. However, economics, while a large factor, is not the only factor that influences producers’ and audience’s decisions. There has to be something more to this nostalgia kick that’s got us sifting through our old toys like Andy in “Toy Story 3.” Perhaps it has less to do with a desire to be young again, but a desire for a time when the world was simpler. The world gets darker every year and the good guys and bad guys start to look far too similar. Maybe we are running from the problems of the present to a time when things were simpler and more quantifiable. Burying ourselves in known things, we hope to sweep the present under the rug for a short time. People have called some movies timeless in much the same way that scholars have called Shakespeare or art timeless. This is usually referring to the way they can capture beauty (verbally or visually) or present ideas and emotions that still resonate with us today. Theatre and art are amazing methods of escaping reality for a little while and film, as a relatively recent addition to the artistic canon, has taken up this purpose as well. Film, however, has something that neither art or theatre has, and that is location. While theatre is more

powerful, movies are much more accessible. Going to the cinema is a great experience, but you can create a comparable atmosphere in your dorm room or living room with your very own TV and light switches. Like a can of Coke to get you through the last two pages of a research paper, movies can change your mood and take you to another place for two hours or so. Pop a DVD in your television and you’re in Iraq with Matt Damon or France with Nicole Kidman or the Pridelands with Simba and Nala. Curled up with your significant other or your blanket, what problems can assail you if you’ve got the noise to block them out? We are a quick fix society and movies feed this addiction quite nicely. Remakes, re-releases and sequels are akin to getting a free concrete mixer with your combo meal at Culver’s. On top of helping us escape, throwbacks connect us with our past -- family, old friends, old dreams -- and provides us with a way to share that with the next generation. For those of us in college, we may a bit young for the last part, but it’s a not-too-distant reality for most. But isn’t nostalgia always bittersweet? It leaves one to wonder if this nostalgia kick is really helping us in the long run. Also, who let George Lucas re-release Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D? Someone should do something about that.

102,000 copies. In total, 420,000 copies were sold by the end of that week alone, according to the New York Times. Not to mention the sales of the “This is It” film, which grossed $261 million dollars worldwide. Many retailers ran out of stock of his music the two weeks following his death and digital copies skyrocketed. While he was alive, he was very wealthy, having his “Thriller” album certified Diamond, but it almost seems as though his work produced more revenue dead than alive. The same thing goes for Whiney Houston. Like Michael, Whitney is known for having top hits during her time. After her death, in a day and a half, she sold 101,000 albums,

including 64,000 of her greatest hits album, most of which were digital downloads. There was a nearly 60fold increase in album sales after her death. Online streaming of Houston increased, also. Spotify recorded that the day after Whitney’s death, streaming came out to 2.4 million, which was 4,000 percent more than the day before. Her most popular song “I Will Always Love You” was the top individually downloaded song, having 195,000 downloads. Not only is this good news for Ms. Houston’s record label but also Dolly Parton. She has received a massive increase in revenue, being the writer of the song. Based on this pattern, Whitney’s final film “Sparkle” is

expected to open with sales. This trend has been going on even before the millennium. Singer Selena died in 1995 and her album “Dreaming of You” sold 9.9 million copies, her highest record sales. In 1970, after her death, Janis Joplin’s final album “Pearl” sold four million copies, her highest album sales, as well. And that is only scratching the surface. One would argue that by these statistics, while death is tragic, it can sometimes be the best thing that could happen to increase an artist’s sales revenue.

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Oh, some silly blue Her ribbons bounce A robin’s egg Stripped and placed In her chocolate curls Bouncing and bubbly This little girl doesn’t know The sadness that infects the world Crawling across its callow skin Like a disease She does not see That leaving her sheltered nest Holds risks and rewards Greater than most Could ever fathom Were I to keep her in my nest, She would never know The ache that comes with love The end that comes to happiness She would be eternally innocent But she would never know That strength does rise From agony’s shaded depths. That at the end, Smiles meet us, mixed with tears. For is it not The naivety lost That makes us who we are? After enduring the pain And sorrow of life? So this silly blue This robin’s egg, May be tainted. Soiled with pain, Sodden with sadness Her delicate beauty, Tarnished by the loss of innocence Makes her all the stronger Unlike her delicate, Robin’s egg. And her chocolate curls Will never cease to bounce.

Living Life with No Regrets By: Jonathan Hicks Oliver Living life with no regrets, so why should I fret. The things I have seen, all the tight situations, when my life was at stake over the smallest altercations. No pops at home, just a hardworking mom feeding two kids. Two different fathers, one a six figure salary man, the other doing a 12 year prison bid. But hey I’m still living, still battling my emotions, daring not to cry out, just looking in the mirror and seeing the silent tears rolling. Been betrayed by the people that’s closest with no where to turn, many times I had to extinguish the fire of hate in my soul that burned. But hey I’m still living. Going to sleep to gunshots, and druggies walking my block, 10 shell casings in front of porch, no one hit thank God. House up the street drilled with 30 rounds, with children being present, courtesy of retaliation of an issue not even relevant. But hey I’m still living. Walk in my shoes but you couldn’t even fathom, what I den been thru you when dare to imagine. This just a testimony of some chapters in my book of life, so I’m dreaming big, staying humble an living my life with no regrets.

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BOOK REVIEW Candied Hearts By: Samantha Parks I cried gumdrops for a stranger I had never met more dear to me than chocolates to a child. Me, a child, licking sticky fingers dipped in love swirled in sugar, coated with lies, and frosted with fights. I cried gumdrops. I bled wine. You a part of me, and mine. But I was not ready for the intimacy of sweet-tarts, sweethearts beating in time… and when you left me, all I had was Time and I bled wine, fermented fruit, sugar-laced once confectionary but now tangy with fire and tainted by youthful desires, from my loins I poured the pulp of you, the heart of me both fragile, not ready to face a world of Lipstick stains on the mirror, bruises down my back you were tied around my fingers like ribbon shaky palms cradling ignorance because they could not hold you I held him, choked us. I suppose I should have told him then that I loved another, sweeter, sugarplum before you were cold and hard as a candied heart and he was far across the Ice Cream Sea.

Feeling By: Nicole Johnson The red muscle faintly beats Pumping, pumping, pumping. Silence as breath enters, small gasp as it leaves Breathe in, hold, breathe out. Love flows steady through these veins, the pureness coursing through the body. Hope intertwines with the breath, entering the body with pure elation and joy. Hope and Love unite in the body, of one stable mind, of unbreakable being. Carrying with them happiness, dreams, and enthusiasm. They are solid and steady, nothing will slow them down. Breathe out the pessimism, dismay, despair, let it exit the body and leave open spaces. In those spaces, flood Love, Hope, and Life. Never let them go... Find happiness in your day, beauty in front of your eyes, caring from your heart. Let Love and Hope find their way in to light your world. Never again will Sorrow win.

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‘Angus, Thongs, and ‘The Hunger Games’ Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson’ By: Lauren Mudge a red way for two years. 2. It is on my Depicting the life of a British teenager nose. 3. I have a three-year-old sister couldn’t be more hilarious than who may have peed somewhere in that of Georgia Nicolson in Louis my room . . .” and so on. Rennison’s first book in a series, I, too, could list what’s wrong with “Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal my life on the back of my hand, but Snogging.” After reading this book my worries are often thrown out after multiple times in high school and a devoting a few hours to Georgia’s. few times in college (to stray from This young teenager couldn’t be the tedious reading of textbooks), the more awkward and entertaining at confessions of Georgia Nicolson are the same time. Everything she does witty, perverse, and at the very least turns out wrong. For example, the entertaining. ridiculous stuffed olive costume idea, To best explain this series, Georgia which later plummeted because her cat, Angus, “had one Nicolson is basically of his ‘Call of the the teenage version I, too, could list Wild’ episodes.” Even of Bridget Jones. I adults would like what’s wrong laugh in between this book, because each line and can’t with my life on anyone can appreciate help but compare my the “woe is me” teenage experiences the back of attitude of teenagers, to her fictionalized especially that of experiences, granted my hand, but Georgia Nicholson. mine didn’t become more interesting and Being 14 years my worries are hilarious until I went old, she is just like to college. Rennison we all were. She often thrown out writes of the concerns doesn’t think she’s after devoting of most young women, beautiful, is lacking making her series the ability of finding a few hours to easily relatable and boyfriend material, ideal for young adult has an insane family Georgia’s. literature readers: with a psychotic cat, a demented yet very “. . . Talking of breasts, I’m worried that I may end adorable little sister and much more. up like the rest of the women in my Seeming like the young Bridget family, with just the one bust, like a Jones, she also familiarizes us to the sort of shelf affair. Mum can balance British version of Juno, minus the things on hers when her hands are pregnancy. Rennison also provides a full — at parties, and so on, she can British dictionary in the back of the have a sandwich and a drink and save book for unfamiliar readers of British a snack for later by putting it on her teenage slang terms. For example, “Nunga Nungas” translates as female shelf.” And there’s certainly more. breasts and “Hamburger A Go-Go Rennison turns everyday teenage Land” is the modern day American, worries into hilarious situations, and so on. Overall, kudos to Louise and I can’t help but wonder why I Rennison and the Confessions tormented myself so much in high of Georgia Nicholson series. My school over the silliest things. “There attention has certainly been caught, are six things very wrong with my and I look forward to laughing with life,” writes Rennison, “1. I have one Georgia as I read the rest of the series. of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in

‘House of Leaves’

By: Samantha Parks For those out there who enjoy a good thriller and plenty of mind-bending gimmicks, who appreciate novels as an art form, who see plot devices as puzzle pieces, Mark Z. Danielewski’s work of horror fiction “House of Leaves” is a must read. Without revealing too much, the book follows Johnny Truant as he attempts to piece together the writings of an old dead man known only as Zampano. Before he died, Zampano had gone insane while attempting to write a story about a documentary on the home of Will Navidson, a documentary that few have ever seen about a house whose shape and size defies all logic. As Johnny tries to make sense of his work, he is driven insane. Readers can no longer trust that he is conveying the truth of Zampano’s studies. He begins twisting his words

and changing facts in order to reveal something deeper. Throughout the documentary within a book (within a book) there are encoded letters, footnotes, stricken passages and words that must be read upside down or sideways. While the style may sound confusing, Danielewski’s games only serve to push the boundaries of reality and insanity to their limits. The book engrosses the reader, transforming until the story becomes more than a simple narrative of Navidson’s struggle in the house, or of Johnny’s battle with insanity. No. It becomes the reader’s very own struggle to decipher reality from fiction. This novel is a must read for all horror buffs. But I must offer a warning from Truant himself, “This is not for you.” Let the paranoia ensue.

By: Nora Kocher Young Briony Tallis, from the moment we meet her on the first mesmerizing page of Ian McEwan’s masterpiece “Atonement,” is one of the most fascinating and well developed characters I’ve ever read. A privileged, precocious, meticulous and spectacularly imaginative adolescent living in England during the summer of 1935 as the novel opens, Briony spends her time writing stories and plays. She often overestimates her understanding of the adult world, which, in the wake of a terrible tragedy, causes her to tell one story, a false accusation, which will have devastating and life-long consequences for her older sister Cecilia and her lover Robbie Turner. As Briony comes of age at the beginning of World War II, she slowly comes to realize and regret the damage she’s caused and begins her own life-long quest for atonement. “Atonement” is a superbly written

stroke of genius from McEwan, one of the finest contemporary authors. He takes us deep into the complex minds of his characters and gives us access to their worlds, while providing sensory descriptions that place us right in the scenes with them. We are given unflinchingly honest depictions of everything from the tenderness and passion when Robbie and Cecilia make love secretly in her parents’ grand home, to the agony and anger when the lovers are separated. Contrastingly, he presents the scarcely imaginable horrors of the war from the perspective of frightened and defeated soldiers making their way on foot across France and of young trainee nurses at a London hospital flooded with casualties. This isn’t a book for the squeamish, but its unadulterated realism helps make it beautiful. As a reader, one becomes enormously emotionally invested in the fates of this novel’s characters. Our hearts break for Robbie and

‘Atonement’

By: Ally Schipma Like any other avid reader, I decided to follow the latest trends on Millikin’s campus. After much coercing from my friends and a general curiosity as to what had my friends turning off their cellphones and picking up a book, I decided that it was time for me to follow the trend and start reading “The Hunger Games.” I was a little bit apprehensive at first, because in my mind, books that everyone else likes lack depth and meaning, but I have never been more wrong. Getting lost in the life of Katniss Everdeen was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. These three books will have you addicted from the first sentence of the first book to the last sentence of the third book. The first book, entitled “The Hunger Games,” maps out the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 17 year-old, poor, rough-around-the-edges type of girl who lives in the poor District of 12. Her life consists of hunting with her best friend Gale, taking care of her mother and spending time with her younger sister, Primrose. Life continues normally until it is time for the Reaping, the event in which one boy and one girl are chosen from each District to represent their town in the yearly Hunger Games. This year, Katniss’s worst fear comes true, Primrose gets her name drawn. Katniss quickly volunteers and from there unravels a story unlike any I have ever read! The second book follows closely with the theme of danger. Katniss is in deep trouble with the capitol after a certain stunt she pulls in the arena. Because of her trouble making attitude, the game maker of the Quarterly Quell, the special edition of the Hunger Games that happens every 25 years, has a very special surprise; Katniss is sent back to familiar territory, another arena. This time she faces completely different challenges, 12 to be exact, guaranteed to leave you unable to put the book down. The third and final book brings a completely different type of story. The race to beat the capitol is fullfledged, and danger waits in every pod. Along with discovering a new district, Katniss is forced to make a choice between the bread baker’s boy and her best friend. Within this final book, there is resolve, anger, love, betrayal and drama. These books have everything a reader could want! There is passion between Katniss and the baker’s boy, Peeta, and her best friend, Gale. There is drama within an arena which is designed to kill all that live in it. There are crazy dreams brought on by trackerjackers, animals that resemble tributes, characters that have nothing on their mind but to survive and kill. There’s enough creativity to make you believe that Suzanne Collins is a genius! I highly recommend these books. Upon first glance, you may decide that these books belong in the young adult section; I beg to differ. The values and underlying themes will leave you hungry for more. When I started these books, I found myself unable to do anything else until they were finished. Suzanne Collins is an extremely talented writer, and these books are the proof.

Cecilia, and our desire to see them vindicated makes the book nearly impossible to set down until the very final page. It’s not as clear-cut what to think of Briony. I’ve read the book a few times, and my judgement of her seems to vary slightly with each read. I blame her for the other characters’ plight, but I pity how she spends her life trying to pay for a wrong she did as a child whose robust imagination exceeded her maturity. But whether you love her or hate her, Briony never fails to fascinate. “Atonement” is ultimately a story about story-telling. It’s about how it can be dangerous and devastating, but also a great kindness at times. If you are a lover of stories, treat yourself to this sensational novel. Then treat yourself to the 2007 film adaptation starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy which, in terms of adapting a novel for the screen, absolutely hit it out of the ballpark. You shan’t regret it!


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Smith Westerns: Raw Youth and Dirty Electric

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ately, I’ve been on an electric kick. I’ve admitted before and I’ll stick to my guns on it, but I’m generally predisposed to like folksy singer-songwriter music, probably because the foundation of my own musical discovery started with artists like Iron & Wine, Kings of Convenience, Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter. As I’ve developed the ability and crazy passion for discovering new music though, I’ve expanded my horizons quite a bit. Every once in a while, it’s good to have a little techno from Hot Chip or a little old school from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli or some ambiance with Jonsi & Alex. Other times though, nothing satisfies the mood like distorted guitars and echo-y vocals, mixed with raw disregard for everything that might be considered pleasant to the ear. Smith Westerns, a native-Chicago band, satisfies this very need. Smith Westerns broke into the scene in 2010 when their debut album, “The Smith Westerns,” gained popularity. They’re a group of comparatively young guys, Cameron Omori, Cullen Omori and Max Kakacek,who recorded

their first album basically on GarageBand, and who burst onto the music industry’s stage through gigs and a MySpace. It’s the kind of Cinderella story that most commercial music majors dream about. “The Smith Westerns” is an album with piercing guitar strums and anthemic, p o w e r- t o - t h e - y o u n g people melodies. It is not, by almost anyone’s standards, a pretty album. Rather, it sounds like those nights when you and your best friends would take your beat up pick-up truck on the country roads to that old pond to run around in the mud for a while, just to feel dirty. Simply, this album is punk as s***. Their sophomore album, “Dye It Blonde,” is an entirely different beast, but no less impressive. It feels decidedly older, more mature and definitely more tailored. The mixing is more balanced, and the sound is friendlier on the eardrums, but they don’t in any way lose their identity. Arguably, they found it. Smith Westerns went from a feisty, raucous, even motley little crew of teenagers to band with a vision, striving to keep up with their musical heroes, with whom they were actually touring by then. “Dye It Blonde” has a depth to it that adds extended listening appeal, but also that makes you understand how the guys have changed because of their first album and the subsequent tour. At points, it feels much more orchestral, like grand sweeping memories of growing up on tour, discovering that they could party every night, then watching the novelty of that fade away. Fittingly enough, their themes stay very much

the same between the two albums, and just grow broader as they grow older. Song titles move from “Girl in Love,” “Boys are Fine” and “We Stay Out” to “Fallen in Love,” Only One” and “Weekend.” Perhaps they don’t tell a specific story anymore or speak to a specific person, but rather aim to tell everyone’s story, a coming of age story of sorts. It’s easy to feel like you’re growing up with the guys as you listen to their albums in succession. Sound-wise, “Dye It Blonde” makes you picture a group of professionals sitting at a mixing board making adjustments to synths and putting effects on guitars and mics, while “The Smith Westerns” looks more like a few gangly guys sitting in a bedroom pushing buttons on their Mac for hours just to see what happens. Whether they want to or not, Smith Westerns, are marked by their growth from their debut, “The Smith Westerns,” to their sophomore album, “Dye It Blonde.” No matter how much they try to shake the image of a group of rowdy kids, it is a comparison they will have to deal with while they’re still coming into their own vision and sound. They aren’t amateurs anymore, though. Smith Western’s sound is growing, broadening its scope and becoming a force to be reckoned with. From their first album to their second, you can in some ways reflect on all those I-couldn’tcare-less-about-the-world dreams you once had. Smith Western’s music epitomizes that point when you realize that maybe you’re not going to be the next Robert Plant or sit in your parents’ garage with your friends drinking PBR every night. Instead, you’ll study chemistry and drink PBR in your dorm room. The youth is still there, but the naivety is removed.


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SOCIAL JUSTICE By: Gerald Jamie Pantoja How does social change happen? It happens because people have stood up. In the world of social justice, it is advocacy and action that have power. However, in order to use that power correctly, one must be aware of the innate power in language, mannerisms and of course, political action. One cannot just simply say, for example, that they are going to advocate for the poor and expect instantaneous results. For one, how does one even be an “advocate”? Well, it is, again, one of those tough subjects to place on paper, but it is possible. I will try my best to describe what I believe are the steps one can begin to take to get involved in social justice advocacy. I can tell you right now that advocacy is no easy road to walk upon. It requires effort. First, you must know what the h*** you are talking about. If you are a heterosexual person advocating for someone who is part of the queer community, you have to be aware of what kind of struggles these people have and what the culture is like (and every one of the individual identity cultures in the queer community is drastically different from the others!). When you have really gained an understanding of those two things, you need to figure out just how you are going to advocate for them! From there, there are two key components one must always remember as an advocate. First, bow down with humility: you will never know everything there is to know about any culture or identity — perhaps including ones that you identify as. The most frustrating people are the knowit-all advocates who think they know everything about a specific culture, people, or identity. Believe me, we have all done it several times. It cannot be avoided forever. However, you can work to remedy that. For example, don’t be afraid to say things like, “Honestly, I don’t know everything there is to know about being ___” or “Can you please educate me on your experiences as a ____?” These statements will begin to help not only the advocate increase his or her knowledge base but also begin to establish a sense of respect with the

person or people you are advocating for. Second, you will screw up. There will be days you say nothing and let people get away with oppressing yourself or someone else. Yes, you will walk out of that area regretting your silence, but sometimes, it happens. There will also be the days you say something racist, sexist, or homophobic in joking and feel like a hypocrite and idiot. That is why social justice is, above all, a process. No one will ever be a guru of social justice, no matter how many essays, books, speeches, or theories they write. The wisest advice I can give is that you will always be a student, continually learning and trying your best to understand the world in the most inclusive frame possible. If you feel comfortable and cozy with the knowledge base you have as an advocate of others, here is the newsflash: You aren’t trying hard enough! An advocate is someone who is constantly putting himself or herself in the most uncomfortable situations, especially when no one else will. For example, if you are sitting at a large table full of friends who are bashing a particular group of people, do you just join in the fun or do you stand up for what you believe? That is the difference between accepting the oppression of today’s society and truly being an advocate. Sure, sometimes those “teachable moments” may not always be there, but as long as the voice is heard, that is one step closer to the goal. You have to put yourself out there to be heard, plain and simple. Ultimately, advocacy requires both enormous self-awareness and the ability to adapt to awkward and tense situations. It is a self-proclaimed profession that also requires work and dedication towards equity and equality (the topics of the next social justice column!), diversity, inclusion and lifelong learning. I cannot promise you that the steps discussed in this column will make you perfect or even near it, but I can promise you that if you at least practice some of these things, you may amaze yourself at just what you can do as an advocate of social justice.

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By: Denny Patterson A few of weeks ago, I really needed to check my e-mail. I was expecting something important and some updates on meetings that I had scheduled. However, that was not going to be possible due to the fact that myMillikin was going to be shut down for maintenance. Apparently at this time, myMillikin was shut down not only for a couple of hours, but for the entire weekend to some students. Now, why do you think this is happening? I have been hearing numerous complaints from students, and sometimes staff, that myMillikin has been screwing up. The weekend that myMillikin was down was very aggravating for many because they claim they never got a warning. I usually look at the broadcasts messages on the main site, and there is typically a warning stating what services will be down and for approximately how long. For example, I have myMillikin up on my laptop while I’m writing this article, and highlighted in yellow above the broadcast messages and news feed is a notice stating that “TurnItIn has notified us that its services will be unavailable intermittently for maintenance Saturday, March 3.” Students and staff welcome

these kinds of notices with open arms because we are receiving the message that a system that Millikin students use to turn in their essay/research papers will be down. But it’s not just the fact that students are not being notified with this kind of information. It’s the fact that sometimes the server is being shut down at the most inconvenient times. MyMillikin is basically a life line for students and staff here at Millikin. We need to be notified a few days in advance, not an hour or so before. And the thing is, I usually see these messages, I don’t know where the glitch was this time around. MyMillikin was down only one day for me, others claim it was down two-three days. Something isn’t adding up here. Other big complaints made by students include that e-mails are not working properly. I have been noticing glitches in my e-mails as well. Sometimes I will send out an e-mail, my recipient will say they never received it. I will go back and check my sent items box and my e-mail is gone, as if I never composed one. A couple of weeks ago, many of my unopened e-mails (most of them from professors) disappeared. I had a panic attack. I refreshed the page numerous times and nothing changed, I had no idea where in the world they could be. I finally searched every folder; they were in my deleted items when I never even clicked on them. What was up with that? I have no idea if IT or those who run myMillikin are hearing these complaints, but they are definitely major issues that cannot be ignored. Like I said, myMillikin is like a life line to Millikin students and without our e-mails, Moodle, MU online, etc., we can be in a whirlwind of trouble.

Is it a Scholarship or a Discount?


By: Nicole Johnson
 Picture this: you’re a hard-working student, and have been your entire life. You’re looking at colleges, and one particular college gives you a scholarship based on your academic success and a grant based on your financial need. Based on the financial assistance and the fact that they have a great program for your major, you choose to go to this college. Now, fast forward two years; you’re looking at an opportunity to travel to another university within the country for a semester for a great learning experience which would only enhance your knowledge. Obviously, this costs some money, but with the help of money from FAFSA and the assistance from your university, it should offset most of the costs. Little do you know that the scholarship and grant that you are receiving from your university has no money behind it; it is merely a “discount” off of your tuition. That little story up there is mine thus far in my pursuit to go to American University for a semester. I was trying to figure out what financial aid I could take with me to go there, and I couldn’t move any farther with my paperwork until they provided me with answers. So, within the first week back, I asked to speak to the representative so I could get some numbers figured out. At the time, I was told that I might be able to take half of my Millikin aid with me; she said “might” because it had been a while since a student had taken them up on this offer. I wasn’t thrilled that it was only half, but I figured it was better than nothing and assumed Millikin didn’t want to give all of their money away when the student wouldn’t be there for the semester. I thought that it was silly, but again, I preferred that over nothing at all. I was told I would have an answer by next week. The next week was incredibly busy for me, so I had no time to stop in to speak to anyone. I went, instead, at the beginning of the following week, assuming that with the extra time they would have confirmed answers. Wrong! I was told I would have to wait until that Wednesday, so I left, slightly miffed at the fact, but I tried to keep calm and carry on. No answer on Wednesday; my issue hadn’t even been brought up. I was irritated because it felt like Millikin was dragging their feet with

me…again. (I’ve been forgotten quite a few times, but I suppose that’s for another time.) It was only one faculty member, and I understand that things get hectic, don’t get me wrong; it’s just hard to see it as that when it’s occurred on more than one occasion. Finally, Friday rolls around, and I get a response. I’m thrilled that I can finish up my paperwork and not have to worry terribly about finances. Wrong again! I don’t get to take any of my Millikin aid to American University. I’m stunned when I open my e-mail, and I just can’t figure out what happened. I can’t imagine why

Call it the Millikin Discount Package since not everyone will receive the same amount of aid.

I wouldn’t be able to take the aid to AU. Am I not a student of Millikin University? Am I not in financial need, hence the Millikin grant? Have I not kept up my grades since I have been here, hence the reason I continue to receive the Millikin scholarship? A couple weeks later, I arrange to meet with the representative, Carol Risby, again, but she directs me to Barry Pearson, the Vice President of Academic Affairs. We agree to meet a few days later, and from the agreement of the meeting, it’s pumped in my head that I’m going to fight for this. On the day of the meeting, I talk to President Jeffcoat about an unrelated matter, and after that discussion, I bring up the issue I am having with Millikin aid. I make my case, and he agrees that it is a good one, but he then proceeds to explain that the Millikin aid is merely a “discount.” There is

no money backing their Millikin scholarship or grant. I walk out of the office bowled over, unable to believe what I just heard. I still go to the next meeting with the fight in my mind, but it’s useless. I receive the same explanation, and it infuriates me more. At this point, it looks like I’m not going to American University, which is upsetting. I’m missing out on a great experience because I was misinformed. There is a difference between scholarship, grant and discount. Scholarships and grants have money set aside so that they can be awarded each year to students in need; if there is no money set aside, then it shouldn’t be labeled as a scholarship or grant. Call it the Millikin Discount Package since not everyone will receive the same amount of aid. If I had heard it called a discount, then I wouldn’t be in this predicament; I wouldn’t have been waiting for an answer from Millikin on whether or not I can take my aid with me. I am also continuously being told to sign up for more loans to help me offset the costs; if I am eligible for the Millikin “grant,” which means that I am in financial need, why am I going to sign up for more loans that I will have to pay later? Let me ask this much: If the scholarships and grants are discounts to our tuition because it is money that’s not needed, couldn’t tuition costs be lower? According to the website, 99 percent of Millikin students receive financial aid. I figure a large portion of that 99 percent receives aid from Millikin, and if this large majority has the grant and merit-based scholarship – which has no money behind it because it is money that isn’t needed – then couldn’t tuition costs be dropped a fraction? If Millikin is all about helping its potential students offset the costs of coming here, shouldn’t this be a step in that direction? I leave that for all of you to consider after you finish reading this. As a side note, I haven’t lost my fight to go to American University just because Millikin misinformed me; somehow, I’m determined to get there. The fight still carries on, and this article written here is part of my fight. Even if I don’t get to go, at least all of you will know and learn from the mistake that I made. Moral of the story: As Dr. Gregory House has stated – from the show “House, M.D.” – “Everybody lies.”

Birth Control Controversy:

What’s the issue?

By: Samantha Parks Applause goes out to the Obama Administration for the recent mandate that health insurance companies offer coverage of birth control. This mandate has the potential to be a huge stride for women; many of whom face absurd fees in order to protect their reproductive health (what with the cost of contraception, childbirth, prenatal care, pap smears, etc). Of course, not everyone is cheering. Leave it to the white-haired, religious Republicans – most notably John Boehner, quoted in USA Today – to dub such an iconic move for women an “attack on religious freedoms,” as if religion has anything to do with women’s health. Personally, I do not understand how the mandate in any way impedes upon religious freedom. Making such

coverage available does not mean that a woman is required to use birth control. That is her decision and hers alone – as it should be. (Ladies, can I get a h*** yes?!) This mandate simply serves to make the option universal to women across the country. There are religious groups that oppose the use of birth control as a contraceptive. However, so many women use it for health reasons beyond the realm of preventing pregnancy. Jay Carney, White House press secretary, told USA Today that, “We’re not trying to win an argument here. We’re trying to implement a policy that will affect millions of women.” There really is no argument. Aging white men should have no say in how a woman takes care of her body. After all, from a spiritual perspective, we were always told to

treat our bodies like temples. Oh, and don’t forget: separation of church and state. Hello? Does anyone remember that little clause? Well, it’s a policy. A policy that schools so often forget when they force student’s to say the pledge, a policy that should come up more in conversations about gay marriage. Not to mention the fact that it is a policy that surely should apply now. This proposed mandate in no way prevents US citizens from practicing their beliefs. If enabling women to take care of themselves is somehow wrong in the eyes of the deities unnamed, people ought to find themselves a new god to worship. Now, perhaps the religious outcry is something an atheistic writer like me just cannot comprehend. In such a case, forgive my sarcasm. But as a woman, I know the risks associated with unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, for mother and child alike. I have experienced the extreme variance in the costs of contraceptives. And sure, life is precious, but so is safety. No woman should be forced to be a martyr. John Boehner has said that the mandate “will not stand.” Will he be shocked to see so many men and women standing up for women’s rights? Human rights. Religions are merely ideas, philosophies. Women are human beings. If there comes a day that a religious institution has more rights in our country than someone’s flesh and blood daughter, well, that day had best not come.


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Russia’s Is There A Thing As Too Much Help?
 Ban: ‘Gay?’ No Way!

By: Samantha Parks St. Petersburg, one of the largest cities in Russia, recently proposed a ban on public displays of homosexuality. According to The Advocate, the ban has already gained two out of three necessary approvals before becoming legislation. The Advocate also stated that supporters of the ban are pushing for it to become a nationwide policy. The ban was proposed by the party of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. As a member of the LGBT community here in the United States and an ally to all oppressed peoples, this bill appalls me. It is an attack on basic human freedoms. I urge friends and readers campus wide to stand behind the U.S State Department in denouncing this move. As Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, was eloquently quoted as saying in The Advocate, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” We are all merely people trying to find happiness and safety in a chaotic global community. If a bill such as this were to pass in any of the United Nations, how long before the intolerance spreads? This is not merely an issue of whether or not it’s okay to be gay (and it is, let me tell you!); it is an issue of whether or not it is acceptable to be an individual in this day and age. Sure, right now the talk is all about gay rights. But at other points in history, the conversation was about women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, black rights. For how long will we so-called civilized nations persist in persecuting minorities in order to boost our own nation’s ego? Where is the line going to be drawn? As Americans, we are privileged to freedom of speech and the right to assemble. We take for granted displays of expression: be they pride parades or Occupy protests, anime conventions or religious festivals. Here, such freedoms are supposedly safeguarded. Others are not so fortunate. Kudos to the U.S. State Department officials who were steadfast enough to voice their opposition to the bill. Given how much controversy fills our politics concerning gay marriage, this display of support to the LGBT community is a refreshing reminder that not all hope is lost. Others speaking out against the bill include Amnesty International, an international advocacy group. Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Director for Amnesty, said, “The notion that [LGBT] rights activists are somehow converting Russia’s youth through ‘propaganda’ would be laughable if the potential effects of this new law weren’t so dangerous and wide-reaching” in The St. Petersburg Times last November when the bill was first announced. And the bill is wide reaching. As mentioned earlier, supporters of the bill are pushing for nationwide legislation. According to The St. Petersburg Times, the bill has had a following in Moscow. It seems so absurd that “gay propaganda” is being blamed for corrupting youth, but nothing is said of the hetero-centric propaganda that fills magazines and TV screens across the world with sexual images and confidence-crippling captions. If any propaganda truly corrupts youth, it is political propaganda such as this that teaches wide-eyed youngsters that intolerance, hatred and oppression are okay as long as you put it in writing and seal it with fines. Such extortion is nothing short of a grotesque distortion of human rights.

By: Nicole Johnson We all need help at times, whether it’s learning the ropes at a new job or having someone proofread an essay for class. Typically, there are designated people to help us with these tasks in life. At a new job, it will be an experienced worker or a boss because they know how everything runs. Here on campus, we have the Writing Center to help with our papers or the Math Center to help with any mathematical woes that we may have. On top of these groups, there are individual tutors scattered throughout campus to assist other students in specific subject areas, such as psychology or biology. One of the more well-known groups of tutors would be the facilitators for the Department of Modern Languages; some of the language classes actually require their students to go a set number of times because of how much help they provide. Tutors are there to provide help to those who don’t understand a certain subject area, but can they really help “too much”? Chase Plasencia, one of the Spanish tutors, has been told many times that he helps too much, and it’s frustrating him. He used to work 12-15 hours a week last semester, but since the Office of Student Success and the Department of Modern Languages doesn’t have enough in their budget to pay him, on top of the work study cap, his hours were reduced, despite the fact that he filled out an allocation sheet last year to avoid this problem. He was reduced to six hours, but as of Friday, Feb. 24, he was cut down to four hours to make sure that he would be able to be kept as a tutor. If he were to run out of funds, he would be automatically replaced with someone who had the available work hour funds. I understand that work agreements are work agreements and shouldn’t

be voided, but I didn’t realize that the amount of help other students need was on the table for negotiation. If a student needs help, a student needs help. It isn’t fair to take away hours that could potentially be used to help these students succeed in their classes. Student success is made out to be critical at Millikin University, but this display of “helping too much” doesn’t back Millikin’s mission statement to “deliver on the promise of education

between a student taking advantage of him and coming for honest help, or in her case, trying to get ahead. “That’s the whole job; we’re here to help, no matter what.” The class she was in is difficult for someone who is fluent in Spanish, and it’s all the more difficult for someone who isn’t fluent. Chase saw no problem in helping her since this was a really difficult class, and since his job is to help students in need, he was only doing his job.

for all students.” Hmmm, this incident falls short of that statement by taking away critical hours that could be used to help deliver this education due to the ratios of students per tutor hour. This incident mostly spurred because of one student going to the tutoring hours a lot. The claim was that because this student was going to the tutoring hours so often, she was taking hours away from the other students and taking advantage of Chase’s tutoring. Chase, however, disagreed with this claim, stating that he knew the difference

However, the amount of time spent concerned the Office of Student Success, and one representative said, “The need for Spanish tutoring increases as the semester progresses, and the Office of Student Success cannot support this one student’s ‘need for tutoring.’” Since when can needs not be supported when there are tutors available? And who says that multiple students cannot be tutored in one session? The hours are there for all students to be tutored if they wish, and to deny one student’s tutoring rights

is wrong. The Department of Modern Languages said to have the student contact her teacher, where she can receive further help from the Professor or even drop the class if she isn’t up for the class’s work load. This dispute with tutoring has made Chase want to stop offering his help, due to the notable frustration that comes about when something is not up to set standards. Since he is majoring in education, this is a problem. No student should be reaching their burnout limit at this point in time. This tutoring opportunity is a great situation for performance-based learning, but he is being denied this chance. Millikin’s lack of “funds” is not meeting their high standards by stripping him of potential hours, and they are telling him to reduce the amount of time he spends helping others when a teacher/tutor is supposed to help students in need. Instead, he is to tell them to return for the following session or that the OSS or the Modern Language Department will create another time based on need. While this is more of a reflection on a few offices, I feel that it reflects Millikin University as a whole because of this breakdown in communication between its faculty and its students, which appears to be a common problem. I ask that Millikin reevaluates its definition of what it means to be a tutor and if they truly have the right to deny a student tutoring help that they clearly need. I ask the campus, as a whole, to determine if there truly is a definition of “too much help,” and to remember this each time you go to a tutoring session. Will you be denied next because you are asking too many questions? To me, there is no way to help too much, but apparently, Millikin believes that there is.

NOTHING BUT THE

By: Lindsey Compton I decided to start my own column after years of debating whether or not I wanted to write every week about something mildly important that I believe people may or may not read. As an advocate and firm believer in free speech, “Nothing but the Truth,” seemed like the perfect way to begin and end a column within my last couple of months as a student at Millikin. The columns will alternate between pure pithy conjectures to my stance on political issues in our world. As a disclaimer, my opinions may offend you (that’s why this is in the “Views and Opinion” section. Please feel free to write me with any complaints, comments or Letters to the Editor. I do sincerely appreciate hearing other views on any given topic).

Safe Rides vs. Safe Walks Although this hasn’t been confirmed in a formal announcement to the campus community, Safety and Security has allegedly cut down the number of places they are willing to drive a student. As one Safety officer told me, “Safe rides were originally meant for academic purposes and not for students who are too lazy to walk from RTUC to Shilling.” First of all, who in their right mind would get a safe ride from a building

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that’s less than a minute away? That’s pure laziness (unless of course your leg is broken or the Freshman 15 has disabled you from walking longer than two seconds). However, for those of us who call for Safe rides from Dolson to Weck, or the 1030 apartments to LRTUC, we have the right to obtain these privileges. The former Director of Safety and Security promised my parents, along with others during Freshmen orientation that these safe rides were implemented to keep us safe and that our tuition paid for this sort of benefit. Then one dreary night after a long day at the Decaturian, I call for a Safe ride and they offer me a “Safe Walk.” I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt uncomfortable walking with the Security guard to my building (talk about an awkward three minute conversation that felt like it lasted for an hour). Bottom line: I appreciate all the efforts Security is making to eliminate the lazy students and put them on the healthy and smart track when it comes to walking. But if a student wants a safe ride, give it to them. Our tuition affords us that right.

Cafeteria Suggestion Box To the person who suggested that we have more pasta options for lunch and

dinner: thanks for the last two weeks of “Pasta Gone Wild.” I mean I honestly didn’t know that pasta could be made into so many different dishes. Too bad I was bored after the first two tries. I feel it would be beneficial if the cafeteria offered a little more variety in their dinner and lunch choices. Yes, food prices are increasing and maybe the money that Aramark has right now won’t allot for other options. But having a few more surprises at lunch or dinner would be great. I love Aramark; don’t get me wrong. They are far better than our last vendor and they do listen to their customers, the students. However, lately the food has been a little dull. Spice it up a little, please?

Senioritis is a Real Disease I have Senioritis, and I really do hope that all of my professors read this section specifically. In case you are unfamiliar with the term, it means that after three years of busting my butt I have finally given up on trying to be “a democratic citizen in a global environment”…at least for one year. I swore up and down to my parents before this year started that I wouldn’t let the bug get to me, but it did (“I’m sorry momma. I never meant to hurt you”…. well, you know the rest of the lyrics). I often find myself daydreaming

about playing Frisbee on the Quad (when the weather has taken its bipolar medication), taking a nap on the closest couch I can find or even thinking of a way I can convince my professor that this disease is truly a medical condition. I can’t sleep until 4 a.m., and I can’t wake up until the afternoon hits. It’s terrible. I can’t find any motivation to do anything unless it’s journalistic or communication related (oh, and my Criminology class. Bravo, Dr. Laundra). Am I the only one who feels this way?

The Woods They advertise with the newspaper now, so according to “ethics” I shouldn’t say anything about them… but I will be short in my commentary about a specific incident. To the Security guard watching DVDs and eating Sour Patches during party hours: shouldn’t you be watching who you’re allowing to come in and out of the building? I mean, that is the purpose of you sitting there, right? If a person doesn’t have access, then why are you letting them into the building? Stop watching your “Soaps” and start watching.

The Gay War: Fighting For Acceptance

By: Travis Neese At a time when teen suicide is at an all time high, statistics have shown that nearly 35 percent of teenagers identifying in the LGBTQ community have attempted a form of suicide or self-harm. These alarming statistics have caused people to begin researching the issue, and results are showing that more and more teenagers are being bullied and thrust into a horrific world of hate, intolerance and violence due to how they identify themselves. Earlier this month, Rolling Stone released an article called “One Town’s War on Gay Teens” that showed direct evidence of one town’s

anti-gay agenda and its adverse effect on the youth there. In under two years, there were a total of nine suicides by teens; furthermore four out of the nine were bullied for being gay (whether or not they actually were or not). The article continues to explain that the environment of the town is extremely homophobic. The teens are made to feel that it’s wrong, and the adults don’t want to speak out and say otherwise due to the possibility of losing their jobs. The school board has even gone to the extreme of creating a district wide policy that states, “homosexuality cannot be taught and addressed as a normal,

valid lifestyle.” The article then tells more and more about the haunting amount of suicides and more details about them, showing the true effect of an ignorant society on teens. Puberty is an extremely difficult time for many different reasons, and above all, the desire for acceptance from peers weighs on people’s minds more than anything else. Thankfully I was lucky enough to go to an extremely liberal performing and visual arts high school, so I did not have to face many of the difficulties that I hear about as far as coming to terms with my sexuality as well as the pressures that people experience in middle and high school.

However, I feel as though the article can be seen as so much more than solely a commentary on the effects of anti-gay motives against teenagers. Everyone knows how difficult teenage years are; whether or not you personally had a rough time with them, you know of someone that struggled with adjusting and can only imagine what the adverse effects would be if someone was constantly telling them that who they are as a person is wrong, regardless of whether it is sexuality or any other trait. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, it’s extremely well written and tells an important story that we

all need to acknowledge. With the political agendas and the onslaught of attacks in all directions, we need to be aware of the consequences of our actions. Whether you’re attacking someone because of their sexuality, socioeconomic status, race, gender or any other facet of their life, there are lasting repercussions and damages. The article in The Rolling Stone is able to paint this picture, as gruesome as it is, and while they focus on the current gay war occurring, a broader conclusion can be made and hope that other readers make it as well.


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The Real Tragedy of Whitney Houston’s Death

By: Chris Pelikan Recently, Whitney Houston died. All of a sudden, the whole country is up in arms. All I see on the news is how much of a tragedy it is that she’s no longer here with us. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this is all a bit superfluous. Even though I don’t think she’s anything special, I agree that Whitney Houston was a great singer and influenced and impacted many people’s lives. But having the flag raised half-mast for her? Really, America? When I heard about her death, my first thought was not about how sad I was, or how unfortunate this was for

March 7, 2012

Bad Vibrations: Cell Phones and Life

By: Sierra R. Goldberg the world. In fact, my first thought should have the flag raised at half-mast With rare exception, teachers are was focused more on the media’s every single day, if for nothing else against texting in the classroom. take of this. Instantly, I wondered than the perversion of the American However, I venture to say that electronics can cause problems in more to myself how similar this would view of human life and death. be to that of Michael Jackson’s The real tragedy of Whitney than just the classroom. Texting, while death, when all we saw, heard, Houston’s death is the fact that we a fantastic form of communication, is and read about for weeks on end care so much. We place so much value also an excellent way of being rude to were tributes, farewells, and news on those who have fame and wealth a great many people. Maybe I’m the reports of conspiracy and foul- because these are the faces we see only person who feels this way, but I play regarding his death. I really on the news. Who do you think puts feel awful answering texts while I’m just hoped that it wouldn’t be a these people onto the news? The media talking to someone in the flesh. You repeat. spotlight is not randomly awarded. The know the routine: “Dude, my life sucks. My car’s There are issues such as rich get richer and the poor get poorer. international relations, or the This narrow-minded perspective that radiator busted and my girlfriend broke current presidential campaign or celebrities are people to be looked up with me and…” any other internal issues faced up to is blinding us and leaving the “Sorry, I had to answer this text. in America. Poverty, healthcare, nation desensitized to this mental and What were you saying?” welfare, taxes, rights concerning emotional corruption so that when You have just concocted your own human sexuality or the social someone on the street dies, we won’t complete conversation and mood killer. constrictions and constructions care. We won’t pay attention. And in all honesty, you probably only posed upon us by the very essence The real heroes are the single said “K.” For those of us who have of “the one percent” won’t be mothers, the single fathers and the tried talking and texting, it usually shown on the news. families struggling to get by that still ends up along the lines of telling your That’s not to mention all the somehow still make it happen. The real classmate that the guy in your bio class deaths that occurred on the same day of heroes are those who are homeless, sounds nasty and your mom that the Whitney Houston’s death. How many who will do anything to make their broccoli is very attractive. soldiers have died overseas fighting for families’ lives better. The real heroes If we get that mixed up in social a cause they didn’t believe in? How are unrecognized and unnamed and situations, how can we expect to many poor, hungry, homeless children innumerable. They are faceless, but handle the causes of World War I while died that day that didn’t even get their deaths will not be honored with texting? As a seasoned and practiced acknowledgment? How many times the flag at half-mast. We honor the multi-tasker, I can assure you that it is have we given a day to honor all those elite. We honor the one percent. And impossible to concentrate on a lecture who passed away, let alone have the unless we change the way we look at and text your best friend and still retain flag of the nation raised at half-mast for success, the cycle will only continue to both fully. It is extremely similar to them? self-perpetuate. So unless the solutions attempting to read a book on European There is no debate on whether or not to the real problems we face in America history and discuss “The Lord of the flag should have been raised at half- died with Whitney Houston, let’s leave the Rings” at the same time. If you mast for Whitney Houston’s death. the flag at full mast. remember anything, it usually amounts It’s not a question. It shouldn’t have to something along the lines of “In happened. If you want the truth, we 1939, the Dark Lord Adolph Hitler rose to power in Fangorn Forest and ordered the deaths of millions of Jews.” Now attempt to text and take notes during a Rise of Modern Europe lecture. rehabilitate him. Roman is a story of overcoming Result: “Russian Tsarism was clearly a A direct quote from Nicki states “I and being able to rise above everyone problem and the people revolted with had this vision for Roman. I had this trying to bring you down and tell you vodka and mixers. Doug will bring the vision for him to be sort of exorcised. that something is wrong with you. 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Nicki Minaj: Gone Too Far

By: Travis Neese
 
If you tuned into the Grammy’s on Feb. 12, you witnessed a performance by artist, Nicki Minaj, that spurred a huge amount of controversy. As soon as the act was finished, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and other means of social networking were set ablaze with comments, critiques and hardcore hatred toward Nicki Minaj and the performance itself. It was clear that she took a stance against something and wanted to make her voice heard, but what exactly was her message? The performance was a social commentary on how the Catholic Church and many organizations have chosen to try and “cure” homosexuality. many performance artists, Nicki WordLike Search Puzzle Minaj portrays many different roles in her work. The character of “Roman,” who was featured in the show, is meant to portray a fifteen year old homosexual teen who has been forced into horrendous, recuperative therapies because of his religious affiliation, and Roman’s mother called the priest to

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If you’re going to text, please keep the distractions to yourself and let your classmates either engage in class or figure out their own methods of keeping boredom at bay. recipes at the touch of a button. Chacha has saved me more times than I can count. But as soon as technology takes the place of real friendships, real experiences and real life, this is a problem. And think about it: what is so important that you cannot wait fifty minutes to respond to? Real emergencies and family problems are one thing, but weekend plans can wait. Sure, everybody’s got the class they don’t like. Guilty as charged for spending copious amounts of time on Facebook in Classical Traditions last semester. Regardless, I am all for banning cell phones in the classroom. They are distracting on so many levels to so many people. But frankly, it’s your personal call: how do you want to spend your time? How tethered are you to your electronics? Texting is a very simple issue of respect — for yourself, your professors and your peers. The professors who garner respect are the ones who get a cell-free classroom. This being said, to all those people who text in movie theaters, be forewarned for this is an entirely different issue. You have committed a crime worse than putting your feet on my seat. You and your blue light are destined for destruction.

Spring Break: Use Common Sense

By: Denny Patterson
 I am sure I’m not the only one who is immensely excited about spring break W H coming up. Spring break is the week to get away from school, leave the Z L homework behind and just let loose. The birds are beginning to return to the north (if they even left…crazy Z O weather) and the first buds of spring will be sprouting. College students L M across the nation will be making their way to the beaches of Mexico, the C L Caribbean and the southern U.S. Let’s not forget sunburns, margaritas and wet P O T-shirt contests. Oh spring break, how lovely you are. B X I am, however, a little more reserved. I have never been one to travel down to G B Florida or Mexico during spring break. As enthralling as that may be to some, X I it’s just not really my cup of tea…but who knows, that may change sometime in my life. I usually spend my breaks W V catching up on my favorite thing to do: sleep. Go ahead, call me a boring B D person, but I think I know what’s best for me. R P This year, I plan to go to Chicago and visit a friend who is doing an internship Y L up there. A few days away from home and school and inside the big city will T V do me good. It’s the little things that can help a person a lot. Plus a few shots X I of tequila, but that’s a whole different story. W O I had never been in the heart of downtown Chicago until a couple of weeks ago, when I attended the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) conferences. It’s a conference for 3/4/12 10:22 PM college newspapers and journalism. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl once we were there. I live 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Chicago’s atmosphere doesn’t even compare

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are. If you don’t want to be there, go somewhere else.” We are paying quite a chunk of change to take classes, both the ones we like and the ones we don’t. What’s the point in wasting your hard earned money (from now or from the future), your parents’ money or the money the government is throwing at you? If you want to be in class, be in class and be there all the way. If you don’t, then sleep in, stay at home or hang out with your significant other. It is often said that education is a privilege, not a right, and it is the honest truth. We can’t let technology run away with us. Cell phones are wonderful tools. I can figure out the average temperature on Mars, a direct route to Chicago, what homework is due in class tomorrow, contact my mother, initiate an undercover rendezvous, and track down the best mixed drink

to what I’m used to. I cannot wait to go back and finally get to experience Willis Tower (even though I still call it Sears Tower), China Town, Navy Pier, etc. I am indeed a city person. So, what are your plans for spring break this year? In my opinion, taking a road trip is the best way to travel. It might take longer to reach your destination, but it’s the best way to see America, and it’s always a blast when you’re in good company. With the economy in the shape that it’s in, though, can you afford to make the trip down south this year? The economy seems to be looking worse and worse, and I’m afraid it’s going to cut a lot of trips short. With gas prices on the rise and talking about charging $5 per gallon, I doubt that many will be planning extravagant vacations. One of my fears about spring breaking in Mexico this year is the fact that the Mexico’s drug violence does not seem to be in any better shape, either. This has put issue of safety is front and center for vacationers, and the country’s publicity-sensitive tourism promoters is on the defensive. I wouldn’t want to vacation where I know my life could be in danger. Those of you who plan to go to Mexico, just be careful. Spring break can get a little out of hand at times and I think that is a major contributor as to why I’m a bit more reserved. I have heard and read many stories about those who have overdosed on drugs or contracted alcohol poisoning. If its spring break and it’s your 21st birthday, use common sense. I know, it’s so rare these days, but it still exists. You may want to let loose, but don’t do it in a dangerous way. Be safe out there.


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Too Good to Be True:

By Nicole Johnson We’ve all heard President Jeffcoat’s recent announcement that tuition won’t rise next year. Celebrations broke out all across campus, and we all started planning how we were going to spend that saved money. Well, that’s how it went for most of us. As for me, I questioned where this zero-rise tuition came from, and if it wasn’t going to rise in cost, what was? So, to get to the heart of the situation, I talked to President Jeffcoat himself and tried to get as much information as I could. The first thing I had to clear up was whether or not this had been an on-going project or if this decision was made due to President Obama’s pressure on colleges to stop hiking up their tuition at the risk of losing all funding. President Jeffcoat stated that this idea had been in the works for ten months. They had decided that cost containment would be something that needed to happen in order for Millikin to keep going. “It wasn’t a matter of whether or not we wanted to do it; we knew we wanted to. The question was when,” Jeffcoat said. Now looked to be the right time, so we were given the joyous announcement of no rise in tuition. Other than meal plans, no other costs will rise for next year. The reason the cost of meal plans is rising is due to the cost of operation, according to Jeffcoat. However, he says that this is out of his control and is something to address with Aramark. Financial aid will not decrease for next year, which is good to hear for everybody, and at this moment, no other cuts are being made. “Every year, we’re going to evaluate our programs, evaluate what programs might be able to grow in terms of numbers of students. What would be the cost of that growth? How are we going to fund it? So, to that, we’ll be analyzing whether or not any reallocation is appropriate. As of now, not a lot of [cutting in the programs] will take place,” Jeffcoat said. At least, not yet. Tuition cannot be guaranteed to remain the same every year. President Jeffcoat wants to make sure that he can follow through with his word. “Other schools made promises to keep their tuition the same, and they weren’t able to keep their promises. I don’t want to make a promise I can’t keep,” Jeffcoat said. I think it’d be nice if this was actually a possibility, but what I would like even better is for the tuition to drop. However, decreasing tuition is harder because if tuition decreases, the quality of education decreases. In other words, if money doesn’t fill the pocket, then there is no desire to pass on education to the younger generation (at least, that’s how I read it). I find it very sad that we’re motivated only by money to teach, but alas, such is the nature of the human race to be filled with greed, I suppose. What’s my opinion on this whole matter? While I do believe that this was in the works for a while, I also feel that Obama’s sudden pressure on universities did ease this along to happen much faster than they may have anticipated or intended. I’m not complaining about it; in fact, I’m glad to hear that tuition won’t rise. However, Aramark is jacking up their prices for meal plans, so as far as I’m concerned, tuition may as well have gone up.

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More Than Just a Popularity Contest By: Chris Pelikan Frankly, this race has become between Santorum and Romney. I don’t really like either of them, but I’d take Santorum’s consistency over Romney’s powerhouse. At least I can count on Santorum making the same stupid decisions repeatedly as opposed to Romney being unpredictably stupid.

Mitt Romney:

According to a Feb. 26 NYTimes.com article by Katharine Q. Seelye and Michael Barbaro, Rick Santorum is reported as saying, in a response against attacks against him by Mitt Romney, “What you have with me is ‘what you see is what you get,’ as opposed to ‘what you see today may be something different than what you get tomorrow.’” I discussed this a bit in the previous issue: Mitt Romney has shown to pick his standpoint according to what is most politically advantageous. Now, that might appear at first to be an obvious statement. Doing what is most politically advantageous is something that anyone might think to do if trying to win the nomination. I understand, at least to a degree, the strategy. It is merely a matter of whether or not we can trust Romney. Who’s to say he won’t change his stance to reflect that of big business donors to his campaign? What has been most concerning about Romney lately is his inconsistency in his views. He has been liberal, moderate and now conservative. It seems to reflect the notion that his “ends justify the means,” in a Machiavellian political race. This leads me, as well as other Americans, to question how much of what he says he really means. That’s not to mention how his ill-located speech to about 1,200 people in Ford Field, a stadium that could hold 65,000, also impacts his image. Now, the speech was not intended to fill the stadium, but after all: location, location, location.

Rick Santorum

Man, this guy has been upset lately by all the attacks on him by Mitt Romney. So naturally, he goes all up in arms and starts calling out Romney on his own political agenda. Granted, it is important to rebut detrimental claims made about his campaign if he wants to win the nomination. I feel that he may have been too emotional in his response, however, rather than focusing on the matters at hand. What’s more important is to address the needs and wants of his constituents. By all means, if he loses followers because of statements made by those who oppose him, he needs to address that, but he needs to remember to fight for the nomination, not directly against Romney. It’s a sideways battle, and no one is really moving forward.

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich has fallen behind in the polls. Just take a look at the news. The stories are now focusing primarily on Romney and Santorum as they battle head to head. Gingrich even skipped out on the Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri primaries to campaign in Ohio instead, due to the “Super Tuesday” March 6, where he hopes to recover. On top of that, according to a Feb. 23 NYTimes.com article by Nicholas Confessore, Gingrich used his campaign funds to reimburse himself for $88,000 after traveling in January. The Federal Election Commission has requested a more detailed statement of how the funds were used, due by March 23. I wouldn’t be surprised if something fishy is going on.

Ron Paul

Bless his old heart, Ron Paul has been losing primaries left and right. I think that Ron Paul, the senator with two first names, will become a martyr for the under-represented. Out of all the current nominees, Paul has shown the most consistency. I think I’ve just about come to terms with the idea that he will not be receiving the nomination. Now, some of the standpoints that Paul has are good and merit him as a great choice, but I do urge those of you devout Ron Paul supporters to look into his history. Even I was unaware of his record of racism and homophobia. I leave it up to you to make your own opinions of him based on these issues. If you don’t believe me, look it up. After discovering more of these truths, my faith that we could have a good nomination for the GOP was broken.

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AROUND DECATUR CAHNMAN: “NO” TO OPPONENT’S SUGGESTION OF BALANCING STATE BUDGET ON BACKS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN & HOME OWNERS

Springfield, IL - Democratic State Representative candidate Sam Cahnman called his opponent to task for suggesting balancing the State budget on the backs of our school children and local home owners. “This is an amazing example of a teacher, turned candidate, who should want to strengthen our local schools, suggesting instead something that would weaken our local schools.” On Talk 101 Decatur on Tuesday, Sue Scherer said that forcing local school districts, instead of the State, to pay for teacher’s pensions might be a good way to go.  I am shocked that my opponent would say: “Maybe this is a good way” of the idea touted by career politicians in Springfield, including her prime financial backer, Speaker Michael J. Madigan, of forcing our already financially strapped school districts to take on this immense, additional financial

burden, Cahnman said. “As a teacher for 30 years, she should know better,” added Cahnman, a grass roots public servant.   Currently the State makes the payments for teachers’ pensions. “If with my opponent’s and the career politicians’ help our local school districts were required to pick up these payments, it would force school districts to either raise property taxes on local home owners, or reduce the already too low amount spent on educating our children even lower,”said Cahnman, who, as a Springfield Alderman, voted to turn the city of Springfield’s budget from a deficit into a surplus. “Illinois is already the lowest in percentage of State funding to education of all 50 states, and my opponent suggests reducing it even further. This is unbelieveable,” Cahnman said.  “I want a race to the top in education, not a race to the bottom,” said Cahnman, who also voted for balanced budgets when he represented many voters in the 96th House District on the Sangamon County Board.  On Tuesday, radio host, Scott Busboom, asked: “ The Governor is talking about shifting the pension burden to local school districts. This, as a teacher, is one that’s got to get you a little fired up I would think. Is this something you would support?”

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Purdue Basketball Players Get Dished a Serving of Justice By: Kyline Humm With March Madness upon us, it is relevant to start sharing some basketball information. If any of you March Madness go-ers are Purdue Fans, you will know why I think this is relevant to the issue. Purdue has been in a little trouble, but it has not been widely publicized. Two of its main players have been involved in an incident that stirred up things in Boilermaker nation. Not many of the fans saw this coming and most did not expect this incident at all. Both D.J. Byrd and Kelsey Barlow were involved in a public intoxication charge that occurred around Feb. 17, this season. Due to this incident Barlow was dismissed from the team, and Byrd was suspended for one game. Coach Matt Painter made a statement, released by Purdue: “This is an unfortunate situation, but we will move forward as a program, we expect our studentathletes to live up to a high standard, and when their actions become detrimental to the program, there are consequences.” Barlow was not usually a threat, but to some, he was considered one of the best defensive players in the

Rather than being even a little fired up, Scherer said, “Truthfully, I haven’t studied it a lot....So, maybe this is a good way.”   There is one candidate in this race, who is not just a little fired up, but is very fired up about balancing our State budget on the backs of our school children and local home owners, and that’s Sam Cahnman.  “I say no to forcing our school children and local home owners to pick up the tab for our State’s out of balance budget.”    Busboom also asked Scherer, “The school districts are not in financial shape to be able to withstand the additional money they’re going to have to pay out in pensions, so ultimately this is going to come back to the property owners and they’re going to get hit with a pretty hard burden on property taxes I would have to think?”  Scherer responded:  “Yeah, I just don’t know what the future holds.”  “Increasing property taxes and making education even more reliant on them is the exact opposite way From Bruce pg. 24 we should go,” Cahnman said.  “Over relying on the property tax is the reason Illinois has the second greatest disparity in funding between rich and poor districts among our 869 school districts of any State.” Scherer talks in her multiple mailers paid for by outside money controlled by a career politician about how “she wants to go to Springfield to teach the career politicians how to do the right thing.” First she better learn how to do the right thing by our local school districts herself, as opposed to what the career politician funding and running her campaign wants to do,”  Cahnman said.                                                                                                    

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tournament two out of the last four years. With Illinois’ losing streak continuing, Coach Weber has been under heavy fire in off-the-court press conferences because of harsh comments he has made about his players. Now, Weber’s job security is in question – especially with concern to new University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, who has already fired head football coach, Ron Zook after last season’s despairs. Thomas recently spoke on WDWS-1400 FM about the state of U of I’s athletics. He didn’t lash out at Weber, but he certainly didn’t defend him either.

Big Ten. Now with Barlow gone, Lewis Jackson is going to have to step up and play a majority of the minutes at point guard. But his injuries may be an issue this season. This affects the program as a whole. D.J. Byrd is now the only junior left from the class, with Barlow removed and Patrick Bade having switched to football. The team had just found a rhythm before this incident, and it can certainly be destroyed with this type of distraction. Purdue is going to have to show us what they are made of and work harder than they have before. It is disappointing to have a team lose such a contributing member, but rules are rules. As of right now, the team is going to have to regroup and prove that they do not need such key players. For the Purdue nation, it has been a blow to their team, but head coach Painter has to be respected for his integrity. Not only is it a disgrace to the players to commit their crimes, but also with such a strong individual head coach, they had to know there would be consequences for their actions. Barlow had his chance this season, and he blew it. This will show players the risk of messing with the justice system.

“There’s no doubt about it,” said Thomas, “We have to be in the higher ranks of the Big Ten Conference.” It’s become apparent that Coach Weber has not been living up to these standards the last couple seasons, and he is lucky to have his job as head coach of the Fighting Illini. “It’s waiting to explode,” ESPN analyst Stephen Bardo said about Illinois’ men’s basketball program. Bardo continued to comment on what would happen if Weber was let go: “I think if they decide to make that decision you’ll be very shocked at the quantity and quality of the coaches that will be interested in that position.” On the other hand, some have begun to place the blame on the players of the Illinois men’s basketball team. Former member of the 2005 national championship Illini squad, Deron Williams, feels that the players need to take some responsibility for this season’s woes. “As a coach, you can only do so much,” says Williams, “You have to hold yourself accountable, and the team needs to hold itself accountable.” Wherever the blame truly falls, Weber’s coaching career at Illinois is hanging in the balance. Only time can tell where his fate lies. 

Drama Queen: Just a Royal Status or an Addiction?

By: Jaimie Pantoja
 It is the quintessential part of social life for virtually all ages. It is a global phenomenon that still proudly defines many aspects of casual human interaction. What could I possibly be writing about? Drama, of course! Even the humblest hermits cooped up in their residence hall rooms are well aware of the topic of drama. Some people argue that it makes social life more interesting, while others walk out of their conversational circles as soon as the first shot is fired. Well, at Millikin, clearly the social grapevine does not climb up too far. For example, we all know the dire consequences of getting into fights or going steady with someone else’s ex-boyfriend or girlfriend. Once drama starts somewhere in the morning, a good handful of students and possibly faculty and administration have some inkling of what is going on by the afternoon.

There are obvious breaches of confidentiality and privacy going on somewhere along the line. However, we continue to see the drama queens, pot stirrers and the gossip gangs succeed and triumph in everything they do. Is it possible to say that we are sometimes even addicted to drama? I would have to say yes, some people could very well be addicted to it. I believe this addiction is based on the social environment you are around. Coming from a personal perspective, I was raised by a family with short tempers, loud mouths and tendencies to get involved in the most ignorant verbal boxing matches I have ever seen. I am very calm compared to my dramatic family, but nonetheless, I can’t help but notice that I act like my parents in many ways. It really becomes an integral part of your daily life and how you expect to interact with people. Yes, I can be one of those drama kings (thank you!)

sometimes, but overall, I would not say that is the only contributor to creating a true addict to drama and social stress. In fact, a lot of it also has to do with how you perceive situations. Tom Ferry, CEO of YourCoach. com, his success coaching website, has referenced drama queens a bit, saying, “There’s a perceived benefit to being dramatic. We get attention. Our needs are being met because we are connecting with others…” Clearly, there is a benefit of attention! For example, think about how two different people tell what happened at a party fight. Did Maria just punch Josie? Or did Maria knock the s*** out of Josie, give her a black eye, back on the floor, and everything? You might be either one of those people — the chill observer or the storyteller — and I think it is pretty obvious who is going to get the most laughs and attention from the

masses. The addict would be one who feels that the only way he or she is getting attention is by creating the most dramatic story possible, a talented social playwright in the works! Whether it is for the social satisfaction of fitting in or the regular environment people live in, drama will always be a factor of life. We can become addicted to the sense of social comfort it provides, even knowing that the backlash from the negative emotions will hurt in the end. However, I think it is very important to really look at this issue a little more closely. If you feel that drama really defines who you are and makes you the person that you are, I would be very worried. First and foremost, there is a psychiatric disorder called histrionic personality disorder that may be the root of a real drama addiction. Histrionic personality disorder is defined by symptoms of constant

attention-seeking behavior, quickly changing emotions, constantly seeking drama and approval, and a whole similar slew of symptoms like that according to the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth ed., TR). Please consult a local counselor if that shortened list sounds like a good description of yourself (or help a friend if it sounds like your BFF). For the rest of us who just like to over exaggerate here and there, my suggestion would be simply to get to know ourselves a little better. Self-awareness can go a long way. When it comes to affecting other people and toying with people’s personal lives and emotions, I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. Try to think about the consequences of your actions and how it affects your relationships with others before you stir the fires. Drama’s a constant flame, and all you need to do is stoke it. Just try not to get burnt.


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Swimming to the Top By: Amber Spin Millikin University’s Men’s and Women’s swim team traveled to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. to compete in the CCIW Swimming Championship Feb. 16-18. On Wednesday, Feb. 15 preliminaries were held where two swimmers made it into the finals while two more made it into the “B” Finals. Junior Swimmer, Kaley Wittrock, made it to the finals in the 500-Yard Freestyle by swimming a 5:15.32, giving her the eighth fastest time. Wittrock ended up breaking her Millikin record in 500-Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:08.68. Freshmen swimmer, Shane McDade, featured in our Athlete Profile of the Week, made it to the finals in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 21.79 making him the sixth fastest swimmer in that event. He placed seventh in the event with a time of 21.77 seconds. Senior captain of the Women’s team, Abby Robertson, made it to the “B” finals in the 50-Yard Freestyle placing fifteenth with a time of 25.71. She ended up placing fifth and and 13th overall in the 50Yard Freestyle. Sophomore, Michelle Maloney, also made it to the “B”  finals in the 200-Yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:24.96 making her the thirteenth fastest swimmer. On Thursday night, she finished in

fourth place and 12th place overall in the Women’s 200 Medley. Friday morning’s preliminaries brought nothing but excellent performances for McDade and Wittrock again. Both swimmers, again, made it to the championship finals. Wittrock broke another record in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 58.83, placing her fifth. She placed fifth in the finals with a time of 58.52 breaking her school record of 58.83. McDade placed second in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 58.21. In the finals Friday evening he placed second with a time of 58.18. Two swimmers from the Men’s Team and two from Women’s team advanced to the “B finals Friday night. Maloney advanced with a time of 5.00.75 in the 400 Individual Medley making her the 11th fastest. She again placed 11th overall with a time of 4:58.60. Robertson had a time of 2:00.56 in the 200-Yard Freestyle making her the 14th fastest swimmer. She finished 12th with a time of 1:59.63. Senior swimmer, Les Fleshner, advanced to the “B”  finals in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:03.47 making him the 16th fastest. He again placed 16th in the finals overall with 1:03.51. Sophomore, Tim Herink, advanced

Player Profile: Shane McDade By: Amber Spin Millikin University’s men’s and women’s swim team traveled to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. to compete in the CCIW Swimming Championship Feb. 16-18. Two athletes made it to the finals on Friday, Feb. 17. Freshman swimmer from Wheeling, IL, Shane McDade, was one of them. McDade took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke with an impressive time of 58.15 seconds. When asking McDade how it felt to be a top athlete on his team and placing individually as a freshman, he said that he doesn’t even consider himself a top athlete. Most people would disagree. He has had an amazing season and was even named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Men’s Swimmer of the Week back in January.

McDade began swimming as a sophomore in high school. His favorite event is the 100-yard breaststroke. He is undeniably good at it. He won the 100yard breaststroke against Illinois Wesleyan with a time of 1:00.92 and came second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.78. He also won the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:01.06 against Monmouth, but that’s not all. McDade placed first in both the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle against Illinois College. With three more years left in his college career, McDade is not finished yet. His goal for next year is to make the nationals cut for the 100-yard breaststroke. McDade is a health/fitness and recreation major and would like to pursue a full time position at a local gym after graduation.

Women’s Softball

3/11/2012 in FL vs. Defiance College 11 a.m. ET In FL vs. Rowan University 1 p.m. ET 3/12/12 In FL vs. University of Wisconsin River Falls 1 p.m. ET FL vs. Norbert College in FL 5 p.m. ET 3/24/12 Vs. Illinois College at 10 a.m. 3/25/12 Vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 1 p.m.

in the 100-Yard Backstroke as the 15th fastest swimmer. He finished 15th in the “B” finals with a time of 1:03.51. Saturday, Feb. 18 was the final day of the CCIW Championships. Wittrock competed in the 200Yard Butterfly event finishing in second place with a time of 2:07.77, breaking her Millikin record. She earned All-Conference honors and a chance at making the NCAA Division III Championships. McDade finished seventh place in the 200-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:12.94. Maloney placed 10th overall in the “B” finals in the 200-Yard Butterfly with a time of 2:25.05. Robertson, also competing in the “B” finals, finished third in the 100Yard Freestyle and 11th overall with a time of 54.82. Senior Alex Kralman also competed in the “B”  finals on Saturday in the 200 Breaststroke. He finished 13th with a time of 2:40.39. Fleshner finished with a time of 2:08.60 in the 200-Yard Butterfly. He also placed 15th. Herink finished in 14th in the “B” finals in the 200-Yard Backstroke with a time of 2:20.23. Millikin University’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams both finished in sixth place.

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WJMU: The Sports

Fanatic Central

By: Kyline Humm Looking for more sports to satisfy your craving? Needing more Millikin University sports updates and cannot seem to find them? Well we have a solution to fix that. The Decaturian and WJMU “This is the Sports Show” are teaming up to improve sports coverage here at Millikin University. Willie Harms and Ben Murrow are the two Sports Directors at WJMU, hosting the show Tuesday and Friday Nights on all sport topics imaginable. WJMU “This is the Sports Show” is available on 89.5 from 7-8 p.m. This team up is the next best thing to happen, bringing the best sports coverage together for an unbelievable success. I had the opportunity to meet with these sports directors, and I knew that this would be a hit once Ben contacted me about teaming up. When The Decaturian comes out about every two weeks, we host an athlete in spotlight. We recognize them for their performance and dedication to their sport. But did you not get the information you were looking for from our interview? Well that’s something that WJMU is going to fix, in conjunction with The Decaturian. We are working together to bring a personal interview on the radio, in addition to the paper interview, that goes more in depth into the life and workings of the athlete in spotlight. This is our goal for

one solution that focuses on enhancing the sports coverage her at Millikin University. “This is the Sports Show” is a great radio show and fun to listen to with updates and information. Even while completing homework, it does not hurt to turn on “This is the Sports Show” and listen to the updates and conversation going on. Not only should you listen to Ben and Willie on Tuesday and Friday Nights because it is a must do, but these men know what they are doing. They plan the perfect radio show to bring the listener the best experience for the duration of the time while they are on air. It will not waste your time, but instead enhance your knowledge on not only sports, but Millikin Athletics as well. Have any questions or comments to help enhance our collaboration? Want to see something in our features/show that we do not have now or have not mentioned? Send in your ideas to either one of us at The Decaturian or WJMU “This is the Sports Show,” and we would be more than happy to help meet the wants and needs of the viewers and listeners of Millikin University. So next time you want to get some updates and more information on your beloved sports team, pull out your calendars and mark down the next radio broadcast and tune in to WJMU “This is the Sports Show.”

CCIW Academic AllConference Honors

By: Eddie Stalter Millikin takes great pride in recognizing student-athletes who strive to excel with both their academic and athletic responsibilities. These student-athletes’ efforts both on and off the playing field have not been overlooked. The names listed are fall sport participants who have been awarded with CCIW Academic All-Conference honors. In order to be given this honor, the student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.30 grade point average and lettered in their particular sport, as well. These young adults are given great praise for their outstanding results while representing Millikin with academics and athletics. It’s not always easy to excel in school or sports, but to do both particularly exceptional. For that, they are recognized as what a student-athlete should aspire to be. The list below includes the team members from Millikin for the Fall 2011 season that have been selected for the CCIW Academic All-Conference Honors.

2011 Fall Sports CCIW Academic All-Conference: Player                         Year    Sport               Major              Hometown\High School Kara Anderson               Fr.        Cross Country    English Ed.         Danville, Ill.\Danville Sendin Bajric                 Fr.        Cross Country    Nursing             Arnold, Mo.\Fox Amanda Meeker             Fr.        Cross Country    Nursing             Pacific, Mo.\Pacific Grant Sparenberg           Fr.        Cross Country    Music Ed.           Kankakee, Ill.\Herscher Liz Wrobel                     Fr.        Cross Country    Biology              Tinley Park, Ill.\Andrew Keith Burczak                Sr.        Football             Bio. (Pre-Med.)  Manteno, Ill.\Bishop McNamara Dustin Moore                 Sr.        Football             Finance             Decatur, Ill.\Maroa-Forsyth Brandon Barney             Jr.         Football             Art                    Riverton, Ill.\Riverton Tyler Fawbush               Jr.         Football             Physical Ed.       Rantoul, Ill.\Rantoul Jake Palmer                   Jr.         Football             Elm. Education   Villa Grove, Ill.\Villa Grove Tyler Roush                   Jr.         Football             Fitness & Sport  Decatur, Ill.\Maroa-Forsyth Ben Murrow                   So.        Football             Communication  Wheaton, Ill.\Wheaton North Jim Vavak                     So.        Football             Management      Fenton, Mo.\Rockwood Summit Austin Brettschneider      Fr.        Football             Pre-Law             Marengo, Ill.\Marengo Andy Roth                     Fr.        Football             Marketing          Naperville, Ill.\Joliet Catholic Stephen Eades               Sr.        Men’s Soccer     Marketing/Finance Mattoon, Ill.\Mattoon Jamiahus Walton            Jr.         Men’s Soccer     Physics              Peoria, Ill.\Richwoods Grant Edwards               So.        Men’s Soccer     Accounting         Moro, Ill.\Metro East Lutheran Jack Graves                   So.        Men’s Soccer     Bio.(Pre-Med.)   Springfield, Ill.\Chatham Glenwood Kevin Price                    So.        Men’s Soccer     Business            Farmer City, Ill.\Blue Ridge Marcus Quick                 Fr.        Men’s Soccer     Music Business   Hampshire, Ill.\Hampshire Jonathon Robertson        Fr.        Men’s Soccer     Physics              Peoria, Ill.\Peoria Christian Sarah Kidwell                 Sr.        Tennis               Biology              Chicago Heights, Ill.\Bloom Hannah Church              Sr.        Tennis               Music Ed.-Vocal  Paris, Ill.\Paris Kendall Robison             Jr.         Tennis               English              Decatur, Ill.\St. Teresa Kelsy England                Sr.        Volleyball          Nursing             Highland, Ill.\Highland Brittany Cardott             Jr.         Volleyball          Physical Ed.       Lombard, Ill.\Glenbard East Brittany Childress           Jr.         Volleyball          Elem. Education Decatur, Ill.\Warrensburg-Latham Michelle Hoerber            Jr.         Volleyball          Finance/Math     Fulton, Mo.\Fulton Megan Mitchell               Jr.         Volleyball          Elementary Ed.  Clinton, Ill.\Clinton Miranda Korte                So.        Volleyball          Finance             Swansea, Ill.\Belleville West Kaitlyn Bradd                 Fr.        Volleyball          Accounting         Mattoon, Ill.\Mattoon Andrea Liston                Fr.        Volleyball          Exploratory        St. Charles, Mo.\Orchard Farm Lindsay Quick                Fr.        Volleyball          Graphic Design  Mattoon, Ill.\Mattoon Nikki Smith                    Sr.        Women’s Soccer Elem. Education Peoria, Ill.\Richwoods Courtney Allen               Jr.         Women’s Soccer Nursing            Normal, Ill.\University Emily Allen                    Jr.         Women’s Soccer Nursing            Normal, Ill.\University Natalie Robertaccio        Jr.         Women’s Soccer Fitness & Sport  Barrington, Ill.\Barrington Brittany Rohling             Jr.         Women’s Soccer Fitness & Sport  St. Louis, Mo.\Ursuline Academy Jessica Hoefert              So.        Women’s Soccer Bio. (Pre-PA)     Godfrey, Ill.\Marquette Catholic Kyli Humm                    So.        Women’s Soccer English (Sec. Ed.) Crystal Lake, Ill.\Prairie Ridge Brianne Johnson So.        Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Homer Glen, Ill.\Lockport Cristy Kinahan               So.        Women’s Soccer Mathematics Ed. Crystal Lake, Ill.\Crystal Lake Cen. Emily Leskowicz             So.        Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Racine, Wis.\Horlick Ashley Livingood            So.        Women’s Soccer Fitness and Sport Maroa, Ill.\Maroa Forsyth Miranda Lofgren             So.        Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Loves Park, Ill.\Rockford Lutheran Chelsea Smalley             So.        Women’s Soccer Human Services Hudson, Ill.\Normal West Ashley Flores                 Fr.        Women’s Soccer Exploratory Studies Round Lake, Ill.\Grant Samantha Miller             Fr.        Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Washington, Ill.\Peoria Christian


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Millikin Sapphires Dance Team Places Fifth Nationally in Florida

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Being on dance team was one of my greatest experiences at Millikin in my four years of being here. It gave me a sense of accomplishment, and it gave me another family. The dance team broadened my horizons as a dancer and made me grow as a person. When we were able to go to Florida I felt such a sense of pride and the fact that we made it to finals when it was only our 2nd time there was so amazing to me! I was so proud of all my girls and I will miss the team terribly. – Darcie Dostal

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By: Eddie Stalter In early January, things had been going well for the University of Illinois’ men’s basketball team. They managed to power themselves into the top 25 rankings when junior guard Brandon Paul scored an impressive 43 points in their win against sixth-ranked Ohio State and put themselves at a prominent 4-1 record in the Big Ten Conference. But it was at this point that head coach Bruce Weber and the Fighting Illini basketball players drove their noteworthy season off a cliff. Something changed after that memorable win because the Illini would go on to lose 9 out of their next 10 games. That’s a particularly quick way to mutilate a team’s desires of being invited to championships. Now that Illinois has a lot to prove without a lot of time to do so, the finger pointing has ensued. Much of the blame has been fixated on Coach Weber. Weber has accumulated a 21295 overall record, won two Big Ten titles, made one NCAA championship appearance in 2005 and has finished with at least 20 wins in 7 of his 8 seasons in Champaign. However, since Illinois’ loss to North Carolina in the 2005 national championship, the Fighting Illini have gone 60-56 in Big Ten play and have only made the NCAA

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