April 3, 2009
Volume 96, No. 21
The Voice of Taylor University since 1913
Jabali Afrika gets students moving
By Stephen Groves World Editor Kenyans know how to party. And Jabali Afrika, a band from Nairobi, Kenya, showed just that on Thursday night in the Student Union. As students crowded into the union, drumbeats reverberated through the audience, infecting them with the “percussion discussion”, as the band called their music. They incorporated bongo drums, a bass guitar, two electric cars, a triangle, a drum set, a djembe drum and a host of African percussion instruments into their music.
David Sedaris “Doesn’t it sometimes happen that you come home to find your house completely overtaken by owls?”
Too Close to Home “As we wandered through the shops, feeling especially culturally clueless, it was difficult not to think, ‘Wow, I must look really American right now.’”
What’s wrong with religion? “Abortion recycles the false and fatal mindset that major life choices do not have lasting consequences.”
IN BRIEF Taylor Math Team
Teams of Taylor student mathematicians have won a recent statewide mathematics competition and obtained a high finish in a national competition. Taylor took first place in the 44th annual Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition (ICMC), which was held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
NSLC next weekend
The 2009 National Student Leadership Conference will be hosted by Taylor from Friday, April 17 at 3 p.m. to Sunday, April 19. With its theme of “De Civitate Dei,” or “City of God,” the conference aims to challenge students to set an example for others by living as citizens of the City of God.
Taylor Portal Updates
Over the next month, Application Services will be laying the foundation for some changes to the familiar Taylor portal. New technology will allow content providers — academic departments, university advancement, etc. — to better customize announcements and receive student feedback. Admissions are considering using the new features to create a Taylor portal for prospective students. The portal will not see significant changes until content providers take advantage of the new features, but students returning fall semester should find the site more personalized and more efficient.
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Jabali Afrika, a group from Kenya, performs with a guest during Thursday night’s show in the Student Union.
See Jabali, Page 3
Business meets art on ReadeAvenue New website displays and promotes student art
By Mandolyn Hecox Contributor Art has a new address. A true team effort of Taylor students and staff came to fruition this month with the successful launch of a new art gallery Web site, ReadeAvenue.com. The idea behind the e-commerce project is to promote and provide advertising for Taylor art majors. The project was conceived and headed up by Taylor’s chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), who collaborated with those in the art, new media and computer science departments. Senior Brian Salmon, a marketing major and member of the SIFE cabinet, said, “It’s not a one man show. It’s everyone contributing in a lot of different ways.” ReadeAvenue.com was initially launched on March 20 and became fully operational this week. The SIFE team was inspired after learning about other schools creating studentrun businesses, and they began exploring different business ventures to help showcase Taylor artists’ works. With more than 1,300 hits
ReadeAvenue.com is a project of Taylor’s chapter of SIFE. The site allows art students to sell their artwork online. from over 10 countries, the site displays students’ artwork to generate income for the artists and attract Taylor parents, alumni and the general public. Artists name their price for a piece of art, then SIFE adds 10 percent of the total to the asking price and receives the extra money for their future projects. Students from various majors spent a great amount of time and energy completing this project. While the main prem-
ise was to benefit Taylor art students, it also allowed those involved in SIFE another opportunity to act upon a creative entrepreneurship idea. “Academic knowledge of business practices is one thing. Taking initiative and action towards an idea however is quite another,” said Tony Pantello, a senior on the SIFE business team. This project has also given many students an opportunity to put to practical use what
they have learned in the classroom. “Working on ReadeAvenue has been a great way to apply everything I’ve learned in the computer science program here,” said David Kasper, another senior on the SIFE business team. “Watching everything come together has been a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the site in the future.” “That’s truly what we want,” added Salmon. “We want a
win-win-win.” Tremendous effort has been put into advertising and generating interest about the new project. Information about the new venture was included on a recent university relations enewsletter which reached over 6,000 people. The launch of the e-commerce site was also covered by the Marion Chronicle-Tribune.
See SIFE, Page 2
Senior art students find group support Design show incorporates work from 15 students By Mandolyn Hecox Contributor Forget senior shows – graphic design majors have FOUND a better way to display their work. Rather than having individual senior design exhibits, 15 students will be showing their portfolios collectively this year. This is the first year that the graphic design students will not be displaying their work individually, as in past years. According to Jonathan Bouw, associate art professor, this is due to the growth of the art department and the desire to attract more outside schools and venues to visit the exhibits. “There will be greater exposure for the students,” Bouw
said. “There will be fewer but bigger shows.” The seniors will be displaying professional work straight from their portfolios. This includes a diverse array of pieces from posters to advertisements to logos to photography. “It’s going to be an exciting night,” Bouw said. “The attendees can look forward to seeing design done at a professional level.” Senior Esther Kanuchok is excited about the upcoming show. “It is amazing to see the fruit
of so much time and effort,” Kanuchok said. A unique part of their final project involves the seniors’ Web site. Not only does it contain information about the show, but it lists every student involved, complete with their picture, a link to their personal Web site and samples of their work. “I think what makes it different is the way we’ve worked with each other,” Kanuchok said. “Tasks were split up and ideas were shared, and in the end we’ve developed a show
that could not have been possible if attempted by a single person.” The exhibit will be held on Friday, April 3 in the Metcalf Gallery of the art building
from 7-10 p.m. All Taylor students are welcome to attend. To learn more about the exhibit or the seniors involved, visit their Web site at http:// foundtheshow.com/.
Friday, April 3 • 7-10 p.m. • Metcalf Gallery Kellyn Walker Kelly King Sarah Froggatt Ruth Moorman Erin Geyer Luke Hattendorf Mark Williamson Alexandra Hennek
David Yurkanin Karmen Low Esther Kanuchok Kelsey Brown Kaitlyn Hillesland Kyle Barry Allie Jocson