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With various online and exchange alternatives, UA students find ways to leave high bookstore prices By Eliza Molk ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT While the UofA Bookstore is a quick and convenient way to purchase books before each semester, many students find alternatives that often give you more bang for your buck. is one of the most popular websites that UA students use when looking to buy or sell their books. The search function allows students to quickly find the books they need and they can often buy the book new or used. Celeste Belletire , a chemical engineering junior, said she started using Amazon her freshman year after talking to an upperclassman about the savings. “You save so much more, and if I decide not to keep the book, Amazon buys back with significantly higher buyback prices as well,” she said. Belletire added that if she has the option to use Amazon, she does, however sometimes certain books, such as special editions, are only available at the bookstore. Amazon also offers books in a variety of formats, including audio, library binding, hardcover and electronic . Heather Morton, a studio art senior,

purchased a book she needed for her pre-session class for “half the price” using Amazon. “I went to the bookstore first, then Amazon, and when I looked at the difference I saw it (Amazon) was way cheaper,” she said. and are also popular online sites that allow students to save on books that they need for classes. Both sites give the option of not only buying books, but renting books as well. Renting books is the “way to go” if a student needs a textbook for a class that’s not within their major, according to Eitan Cramer, a journalism junior. “It just doesn’t make any sense to buy a book I won’t use in the future,” he said. Cramer said that he stopped using the bookstore after his first semester freshman year due to their “pathetic” buy back rate. “If I need to sell a book, I’d rather sell it online where the possibility of getting a fair price for what I originally paid isn’t thrown out the window,” he added. In addition to buying and selling books online, students use Bookmans , a local entertainment exchange store, to buy and

sell used books. The majority of what Bookmans sells is recycled directly from their customers, so most books can be purchased used at a less expensive price. Students can sell their used books to Bookmans at the end of each semester, and Bookmans will offer students a certain amount of cash or trade credit, depending on the flexibility of their stock. Offers can also be negotiated if the student feels that the book is worth more than the initial offer.

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If you don’t mind getting up early, morning classes are a good way to get your schoolwork out of the way early in the day. But if you can’t get up early (or if you just don’t like to), try to schedule your classes later in the afternoon. Don’t worry about looking lazy when your grades are at stake. You’re in college now, so come to terms with your identity as either a morning person or night owl.


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You don’t always have control over what your schedule looks like, but if you have options while planning for classes, here are three quick tips to help simplify your semester:

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If you can, cluster your classes together. Otherwise, you’ll end up sitting around wasting time between classes. Unless you’re super productive, that one hour between one class and the next isn’t going to be good study time; instead, it’ll involve going to the Student Union Memorial Center, drinking a smoothie and texting your friend. That’s valuable homework time that suddenly disappears. So schedule your classes in blocks. You’ll have more free time afterward for both work and relaxation.

3. Try not to schedule classes on Friday

Does this even need to be said? Not having classes on Friday is obviously a plus, but it can be hard to accomplish. Picking Tuesday and Thursday classes helps. And when you’re planning general education classes, watch out for those discussion sections. Discussions are usually scheduled on Fridays, but sometimes you can find the one section that takes place another day. If you succeed in taking Fridays off, your schedule will be more flexible, whether you’re going home to visit family or just starting your weekend early.

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From high school to higher education Transition programs help freshmen settle into college life

By Amer Taleb ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Students can make or break their college careers because of the decisions they make in their first few months on campus. Christine Salvesen, director of Academic Success and Achievement at Student Transitions, said Student Transitions’ primary goal is to assist students in the classroom and improve retention. “We give students a place to study, laugh, vent and plug into a strong network of friends,” she said. Academic Success and Achievement, a department within Student Transitions, packs an array of programs that assist students from orientation to commencement and everything in between, Salvesen said. According to its website, the New Start Summer Program is a six-week high schoolto-college bridge program that combines academic and social programming. New Start is followed up with academic support programs Prodigy and TRiO/Student Support Services. Many programs team up to enhance the transition experience, Salvesen said. Leadership Programs encourages students during New Start to take an active role in their community, the Arizona Assurance Scholars Program offers careerrelated workshops with the help of Career Services and Residence Life houses New Start students. The Dean of Students Office, Think Tank, SALT Center, Disability Resources Center, Arizona Student Unions and Campus Recreation partner with Academic Success and Achievement as well. Coming changes to the programs include individualized guidance plans for 2011

Arizona Assurance Scholars to connect them to their majors and colleges. Prodigy is looking to increase the number of students served through student services fee funding and Student Support Services/ TRiO is trying to bolster its sophomore year component and senior year programming. Salvesen said her definition of a successful transition is for a student to make a strong connection to a campus organization or person. “Knowing there is somewhere to go to get your questions answered or to just explore options is key in feeling connected,” she said. “Students that get connected are more likely to be retained and graduate.” Victoria Outfleet, a history sophomore and former student in New Start, said sacrificing last year’s summer for school made her freshman year more manageable. She is now a peer adviser with the program. “I decided to come back and apply for New Start because of the way it impacted my life,” Outfleet said. “I wanted to be part of that positive experience for a new group of

students, and to help them the way I was helped.” As a first-generation student, Outfleet said she often felt lost throughout her college preparation process. TRiO and New Start helped her navigate and make the most out of the campus, she said. According to Salvesen, New Start significantly improves student retention, grade point average and connectedness to campus. She cited a study that said 65 percent of New Start student staff members go on to serve the Tucson community through other service opportunities. Salvesen participated in both New Start and Prodigy and said the programs were key to her success. Ahmed Elhag will be an undeclared freshman in the fall and said he wasn’t aware the UA offered transition programs. He is working at Walgreens as a business management intern and said his summer was best used by gaining work experience. “I definitely see

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the value in those (transition) programs, but I can’t just give up my internship,” Elhag said. He said he thinks the transition programs would help him get accustomed to campus quicker. Osamah Eljerdi, a Pima Community College junior transfer who will study pre-pharmacy studies and molecular and cellular biology at the UA, said he’s more experienced with a college-type atmosphere than a typical freshman, but his transition will be tougher because the class work will be more rigorous. “As long as I get my degree and do well academically, I’ll call it a successful transition,” Eljerdi said. Eljerdi said he wasn’t aware that the UA offered transition programs either, but that they sounded like a good idea and would consider them. The Transfer Student Center assists student arrivals from other universities and colleges campuses by serving as a welcoming point of contact and connecting students to campus resources. The UA will host its second annual Finding Community Welcome on Aug. 23. The event introduces new students to an array of campus communities. “There was a great turnout (last year),” said Arezu Corella, assistant director of Academic Success and Achievement and director of Arizona Assurance. “We filled up the room (South Ballroom) to the point where we had to turn people away.” Corella said she expects another large showing this year. “I am nervous about coming to the UA, but in a good way,” Elhag said. “I’m excited to start my college career.”



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Making your mark on campus With hundreds of clubs, the UA tailors to all types of student interests By Eliza Molk ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT With more than 550 clubs and 50 Greek Life organizations, there is a way for everyone to get involved at the UA. This is what Bryan Ponton, the executive vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, said is so “awesome” about attending such a big school. The search engine on the ASUA club website, he explained, can allow students to type in key interest words such as “improv” or “law,” in order to find clubs that fit their interests. The club fair, an event where different UA clubs set out tables to answer questions and give out information about their clubs, is Aug. 23 on the UA Mall for all students to attend. Students can also go to the Club Resource Center, located in the ASUA office in the Student Union Memorial Center, to find out ways to get involved or even start their own club. Ponton explained that if a student wants to start a club that they are passionate about, the ASUA staff can help them through it.


For more information about clubs on campus, visit For more information about Greek Life, visit “It’s a three-step, super easy process,” he said. “With what we (ASUA) offer, it’s going to be hard to find something you are aren’t interested in.” In addition to clubs like the Society of Professional Journalists, a club that promotes the professional development on journalistic issues and PAIN, the Professional Achievements in Nursing or pre-nursing club, Greek Life at the UA is a popular way to get involved on campus while meeting

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Dancers from Club Columbia, Grupo de Danzas Folklorico Columbiano Orquidea perform at the annual Tucson Meet Yourself event. There are more than 550 clubs and 50 Greek Life organizations at the UA.

new people. The Greek Life recruitment process, also known as rush, is a week-long process for sororities and fraternities at the beginning of each fall semester. Although some chapters accept new members during spring, rush is not formal nor guaranteed, depending on space. “Greek Life is a great way to meet people right at the beginning of school,” said Johanne Jensen, the assistant dean of students. “Even if a student doesn’t join, they can still meet people.”

Jensen explained that Greek Life helps make a large student population seem much smaller because it gives students people to study, eat meals and do community service with. “It helps give you a small community within a community,” she added. Drew Eary, a music education and clarinet performance sophomore, will be the drum major for the Pride of Arizona marching band this school year. He joined last year among 80 other “rookies” and said all of his best friends are in the band or in one of their

Greek organizations, Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma. “Being in the Pride made me mingle with 250 people for a week straight,” he said. “The Pride is a great resource because it’s kind of hard not to be friends with the people in your section and those around you on the field.” Eary explained that as a freshman, older members of the band helped him buy dinner at Cactus Grill for the first time, warned him about various bike paths on campus and helped him adapt from being away from home.

Freshman faux pas How to avoid common slip-ups and mishaps at the UA By Eliza Molk ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Being the little man on campus can be intimidating. We talked to some of the departments which deal with freshmen the most to get their advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes made by new UA Wildcats.

Bursar’s Office

• Not knowing when fees are due. All fees are due by the first day of class for the anticipated amount of units you plan to take. If you want to register for more, you need to pay by the first day of class for those units. • Freshmen don’t often realize charges made through the UofA Bookstore may not necessarily be on the first bill. After financial aid applies, you may still be responsible for charges later. • Not knowing how much you can put on your bursar ’s account. You can bill up to $1,000 at the bookstore for the first two weeks on a bursar ’s account, which includes anything sold at the bookstore, including clothing and Clinique products. • Standing in line to pay fees. Payments can be made online, by mail, or on one of the drop boxes on campus — one in the

Administration building, one in the front lobby of the University Services building and one in the Student Union Memorial Center next to the information desk. • Not looking at payment dates and deadlines on the bursar ’s website at • Not remembering that the late drop fee is charged if classes are dropped after the second week of school. • Not realizing that they can be on a payment plan , if needed, which can be setup by the bursar ’s office. • Changing your university password and not informing the person who makes your payments, if it isn’t you .

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• Assuming classes will be just as hard as honors or Advanced Placement classes in high school. Classes at the UA are different, some are easier and some are harder than what people assume. • Using as the end all, be all to whether or not you should take a class. The website has a very biased group of users. People with the worst experience tend to write the most often. • Not getting involved. Join something, whether it is Residence Life, Greek Life or an athletic group. • Limiting yourself to joining just one

club. Get involved in a variety of things to meet different types of people. • Not finding your classrooms before school begins. Getting lost and missing the first day may not be a big deal in some classes, but in others, it could get you removed from the class permanently. • Procrastinating. Start managing your time wisely from the beginning of school, because it is truly impossible to learn everything in one semester the night before a final exam. Those who can’t stay on track transfer to Arizona State University.


• Not exploring your options fully. Think about what you are good at as well as what you are interested in, and try to match your major from there. • Not using campus resources to help you pick a major. The Center for Exploratory Students is located on the second floor of Old Main and advises undeclared students who want to explore different majors. • Thinking it’s OK to miss class. When you miss class, you miss pertinent information and discussions that are fair game for any exam. • Not understanding the “priority” in priority registration. If you miss your priority registration because you did not

wake up in time or did not note the day, you may not be able to get into classes you need for the entire semester. • Not getting to know your instructors, especially in large classes. Introduce yourself, participate in discussions and attend office hours regularly. • Being unsure about when to pick a major. UA policy states that a major must be declared by the time a student has completed 60 units. Mika Galilee-Belfer, an advising specialist in the Center for Exploratory Students, said that the best time for a student to declare is when they feel a student has explored enough to feel confident in a decision. For some, she explained, this is within a month, for others, this is within a year. • Assuming that everyone has a major coming into college. In fact, more freshmen come into the UA without a major than with one. • That once you pick a major, you have to stick with it. Nationally, students change their majors two to three times on average before graduating. The UA is consistent with this national trend. • Thinking that declaring a major is the same thing as choosing a career. If you study what you enjoy and what you’re good at, the right kinds of doors will open for you occupationally.


July 27-August 2, 2011


It can be easy being green On-campus resources make sustainable living a cinch By Bethany Barnes ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Being more environmentally friendly cuts down on waste and pollution, helps the planet be healthier and saves money and energy, according to Diana Liverman, co-director for the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth. “We need to care about the Earth because we only get one. Just like the old cleaning adage, we should leave the planet better than when we found it. Our children will thank us,” said Jill Ramirez, coordinator of sustainability education for residential education. If you’d like to save money and live greener, here are some pointers:

won’t remember to bring it with you on each and every trip to the store. If you end up with a plastic bag you can recycle it in your residence hall. Residence Life has been collecting plastic bags since spring 2010 (including bags from UA Bookstores, which are then returned to the bookstore so another student can lug their heavy book home). In the spring 2010 semester, Residence Life Sustainability collected more than 28,000 bags.

Buy a reusable water bottle

Having a reusable water bottle on hand will make it easy to stay hydrated, cut costs on bottled water and help the environment. “Reusable water bottles, and purchasing water in five gallon containers can keep the amount of plastic bottles that need to be recycled to a minimum,” Armstrong said.

Be aware of packaging

When buying new swag for your dorm room, Armstrong said it is important to keep in mind the packaging on the products you buy. “There are some things they (students) purchase like heavy comforters that come in bags that are really heavy but they aren’t recyclable,” Armstrong said. The residence halls will also do a big cardboard collection during move in.

Don’t just recycle, TerraCycle

In every residence hall, there are TerraCycle bins. TerraCycle is an organization that collects wrappers that normally would not be recycled and turns them into eco-friendly products. Ramirez said some of the items they collect are Lays chip bags, Mars candy wrappers, Nabisco cookie wrappers and foil-lined energy bar wrappers. “Buy products that have wrappers that can be TerraCycled, and keep many snack food wrappers out of the trash,” said Kenneth Armstrong, Residence Life recycling coordinator. You can also purchase eco-friendly school supplies and other items made from TerraCycled products on the TerraCycle website,

Think about how you travel

If you forget to bring along a reusable bag, recycle the plastic one Reusable bags are your best bet (but remember to wash them regularly) for sustainable shopping. You can buy them pretty much anywhere. However, realistically, you

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President Robert Shelton speaks to a crowd gathered for Students for Sustainability in 2008.

“Fly less or offset your flights,” Liverman said. Liverman also suggested using a bike to get around campus. For longer distance traveling around Tucson, UA Parking and Transportation offers a discounted Sun Tran bus pass called the U-Pass, which can be purchased for the semester, the academic school year or for the entire year. The discount covers 50 percent of the cost of a regular bus pass.

Get involved

There are several green-minded groups on campus that require a range of interests, opinions and abilities. You can join the Green Fund Committee and help decide which sustainability projects to fund from students and faculty on campus. By signing up with Solar Cats you learn about solar energy and teach others in the community about it and work to get photovoltaic panels on UA residence halls. Just because the ocean isn’t exactly walking distance away, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to work toward keeping the oceans clean and safe for marine life. The Marine Awareness and Conservation Society is a UA student group “devoted to promoting the conservation and protection of marine life and its oceans through education and volunteering for ecofriendly activities,” according to its website. In addition to advocating for oceans, the group also has trips planned to go scuba diving and clean up beaches. Those looking to get internship experience can apply for Students for Sustainability. If you are looking to meet more people in your hall, you can sign up to be an eco-rep or director of sustainability in the hall council of the residence hall where you live. You can also just keep your ears open and attend the events planned by your resident eco-reps. “Take an environmental course to become more aware,” Liverman suggested. “The UA has numerous environmental classes and there are events on campus every week.” These are just a few of the different groups available. Those looking for more information on what’s happening at the UA sustainabilitywise can got to the UA’s sustainability portal at


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Think Tank: Immersive academic support By Bethany Barnes ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Students struggling with a tough math problem or finding a way to manage their time can get help at the Think Tank. Last year, the Think Tank served 6,132 students. That’s 1,305 more students than the year before, with about 42,000 hours of support given, according to Victor Mercado, academic resource coordinator at the Think Tank. As the Think Tank has grown, it has expanded its services. This year, the Think Tank will support the Eroticism and Love in the Middle Ages course taught in Centennial Hall, as well as the introductory biology course, through study groups. A student who has taken the course before leads the study group. The study groups are similar to a discussion session, Mercado said. The Think Tank tries to tailor its work to the level of knowledge a student already has. “We never comment on students’ papers, it’s usually a conversation,” Mercado said. “It’s a very respectful mutual relationship that they have.” The Think Tank offers free drop-in tutoring for math, science, writing and Spanish classes. In addition to going to one of the Think Tanks’ three locations, students can also get tutoring online. Mercado described online tutoring as being similar to a chat room. Exam reviews are available for some courses with high enrollment, and students can sharpen skills that they won’t necessarily be tested on but will help them earn that “A,” such as how to visualize how a syllabus will impact a semester, ways to take notes and how to budget time.

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Greek Life, what a ‘rush’ By Michelle Weiss ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT

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Long days, intense heat and many memories come from the experience of UA Greek Life’s annual Rush Week. To those that have gone through the process, rush is an exciting time when new students visit different fraternity and sorority houses to find a house that best suits their personality. “It’s a very fun, energetic start to the year,” said Molly Wallace, a political science sophomore and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. Wallace described rush as “an experience you won’t get anywhere else.” She said she likes the formality of the recruitment process because it follows tradition and reinforces Greek Life. “Even if it turns out it’s not for you, give it a shot anyway,” said Josh Ruder, a physics sophomore and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. “I came into college never wanting to join a fraternity. I didn’t like any of the stereotypes or connotations that came along with it, but once I got involved with PIKE it really changed my opinion.” The process of waking up early in the morning and staying on campus until late in the evening is not for everyone, but many of those in Greek Life recommend going through it. “Recruitment is important to show the positive things about Greek Life,” Wallace said. Being a part of the Greek community is a fun way to meet more people and to be a part of social events on campus, said Kristelle Khazzaka, a communication freshman and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Philanthropy also plays a large role in all of Greek Life, she said. “It’s kind of a big deal to be in Greek Life when you’re here,” Khazzaka said. Rush Week falls during the hottest time of the year in Tucson. “It was nasty and hot, and you have to walk

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The UA’s newest sorority members race to meet their Greek sisters during Bid Day celebration. The day began with the girls opening envelopes bearing the name of the sorority they were selected to join on Aug. 22, 2010.

everywhere,” Khazzaka said. It can also put pressure on potential new members, particularly women, to have to look perfect all the time in order to make a good first impression, she said. “It was hell,” Khazzaka said. “For some reason I don’t recommend it (rush).” Though she said recruitment week is tough, she also said she thinks everything happens for a reason and has met many friends through her sorority. The sorority recruitment process entails women lining up at every house each day. The women have a chance to have conversations with a few members from each house. “The way we had it is there was two days of just people coming and hanging out,” Ruder said. There is a recruitment committee who sets up an event for each night of the week, he said. After each event, the committee gets together

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and discusses who they did and didn’t like. Throughout that process, about 40 men are chosen for the fall. “This coming semester, a big thing that we’re looking at first off is campus involvement,” he said. “It’s very important.” Each house has specific requirements for incoming freshman and returning students, such as a minimum grade point average. All men who plan to rush are required to have a 3.0 GPA from high school, or a 2.5 GPA with 12 college credits. Sororities recommend that women who rush have a 3.0 GPA from high school, however there is no general requirement. Individual sorority chapters may have their own GPA requirements, however. “(Greek Life is) a great opportunity to get involved through all sorts of leadership on campus,” Ruder said. “It’s a solid group of people that you can hang out with. It’s a wonderful experience.”

PNM — potential new member Bid — an invitation to join a sorority or fraternity Legacy — someone who had a family member in Greek Life. A legacy does not automatically receive a bid into the house in which their family member was a member. Big brother/big sister — a person who helps a new member through the new experience of joining a fraternity or sorority. Active — a member who has been initiated into a sorority or fraternity in the Greek community Pledge — a new member of the Greek community who has not yet been initiated RC — recruitment counselor, a sorority member who guides PNM’s throughout the recruitment process. The sorority in which the RC is a member of remains anonymous during rush week. After Rush Week, members receive a bid, which is an invitation to become a member of a particular sorority or fraternity. Bid Day was really fun and exciting because there was music, gelato and a water slide at the house, Khazzaka said. Wallace said she remembers going straight to her friends she had made connections with that week and they all ran to the house together. “I would definitely encourage going through the Greek Life process,” Wallace said. “It gives you a home away from home at the university.”

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How the car-less traverse Tucson By Luke Money ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Many UA students know all too well the pains associated with driving to and from campus. Parking permits cost anywhere from $140 for evening permits to $568 for major lots such as the Tyndall Avenue and Sixth Street parking garages. Yet a permit doesn’t guarantee you a parking space. Incoming freshmen looking to drive to campus are relegated to the slim pickings left after more seasoned students have staked their claim, and woe betide you if you park in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily, all is not so doom and gloom as the UA offers a variety of alternative ways to get around campus. The major forms of alternative commuting on campus are the ever-prevalent bus lines, the UA-centered CatTran and the Sun Tran, which operates in and around campus. The CatTran is free for all UA students, faculty and staff to utilize. The shuttle service runs along major routes through the UA campus and offers service to off-campus parking lots, buildings and shopping centers. The Sun Tran, Tucson’s primary public bus system, runs throughout the entire city with stops at regular intervals along major streets. The Sun Tran also offers discounted fares for UA affiliates through the UA’s U-Pass program, a selection of six passes up to 50 percent cheaper than normal. Details and rates for the U-Pass Program can be found at The Sun Tran also offers the Sun Rideshare, a voluntary carpool program that matches individuals from around Tucson and Pima County with others needing transportation.

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Rory Staiger, a business management senior, locks his bike to a rack outside of the Modern Languages building. Staiger rides his bike to school every day and said he feels lucky that he has never had it stolen.

Some students may choose to eschew four wheels in favor of two and bike to campus. UA Parking and Transportation Services recommends that all students who bike to or around campus should buy a U-lock instead of a cable lock, since cable locks can be easily cut by bolt cutters. PTS also offers free bike registration, which can help a student locate their bicycle if it is stolen on campus. Registration drives are held on the UA Mall periodically, or students can call 520-626-PARK for more information. If the threat of theft is too much to even consider parking your bike outside, students can elect to store their bikes in a secure area within a parking garage for a $35 annual fee. PTS also started a Bike Valet program last year, which allowed students to park their bicycles in secure racks supervised at all times by student workers. That service is currently free and is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Last November, PTS started the Cat Wheels Bike Sharing Program . The program allotted 10 loaner bicycles for free day use by anyone with a valid CatCard. To reserve a bike, students must fill out a user agreement form and agree to return loaned bikes by 4 p.m. the day after the bike was loaned, or the following Monday if a bike is taken on Friday. More details on the bike sharing program can be found at . According to , 20 percent of UA freshmen and 80 percent of undergraduates live or commute from off campus. But by utilizing some of the above services, it could be possible to beat the traffic of students this year at the UA.


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UA boasts bevy of minority student resources By Amer Taleb ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT As of 2009, almost 30 percent of the UA student body self-reported as minorities. To address this burgeoning population, the UA offers a wide array of resources for minority students. The campus contains four cultural centers: Native American Student Affairs , Asian Pacific American Student Affairs , African American Student Affairs and Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs . They offer students areas to work and study in, and the chance to connect with their culture or learn about a new one. They also hold events throughout the year, including student welcomes, social justice film series and highlighting heritage months. Lori Tochihara , associate dean in the Dean of Students Office , which oversees the cultural centers and the Office of Early Academic Outreach , said the organizations’ purpose is to benefit students by showing them worldviews other than their own. “As college students, you’re here to go to school but also to develop into global citizens,” Tochihara said. “We want UA graduates to be successful, not only in the nation but in a world that’s much more diverse.” James Allen , president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona , said progressing minority

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Dorms offer opportunity to get involved By Eliza Molk ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Moving away from home and into a room with a brand-new roommate can be both exciting and nerve-racking for incoming students. But the 24 different residence halls, composed of mostly freshmen, sophomores and a few juniors, can offer a positive and educational experience, if one knows what they are getting into. In-state and out-of-state students, as well as students from all over the world, account for the residents living in the dorms. This is why Natalie Chambers, a resident assistant in Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, said to try and meet all of the residents in your hall as soon as possible to make friends from the start. “Go knock on their door and say hello right when you first move in,” she said. However, Chambers said avoiding drama with fellow residents is important because these individuals will be living with you all year. A good way to do this, she said, is to make sure roommates set realistic boundaries with each other at the beginning of the year. “When we (RAs) do roommate agreements, people are like, ‘Oh no! I want them to borrow my clothes,’” she said. “But halfway through the year, the roommates change their mind.” Residence halls also offer a wealth of involvement opportunities. Students living in the dorms can join their dorm’s Hall Council to help plan social and educational programs

within their hall, or be active in the UA’s Residence Hall Association, the official voice of residents on campus. It works closely with department leaders to promote a great residential experience for students. The RHA is one of the largest clubs on campus and is a great way to get involved, according to Pam Obando, an associate director for Residence Life. Obando said that students living in the dorms should also get involved on campus in one of the hundreds of UA clubs and organizations. “There is an activity for everyone,” she said. All students initially living in the dorms mutually request a roommate or are assigned a random roommate. Roommate Agreement forms are given to both roommates once they check into the dorms, and students fill these forms out together. RAs and community directors can help roommates understand these agreements if needed. Aaron Gitell, a freshman who lived in Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall during the 2010-11 school year, said it is important to keep calm when a roommate angers you and to not get mad over the little things that they do. “Pick your battles,” he said. Ryan Brady, a freshman who also lived in Arizona-Sonora during the 2010-11 school year, said that while a roommate can help you with certain things, it is important to try and solve your own problems. “Give them (your roommates) their space when they need it,” he added.

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The exterior of Árbol de la Vida Residence Hall, one of two new residence halls opening on campus in the fall. The other is Likins Hall on Highland Avenue and Sixth Street. Coronado Residence Hall will be closed this year for renovations.

RAs directly oversee the residents living each hall, and Residence Life considers them to be the staff members who will get to know students living in the dorms best. Samantha Palmer, a freshman who lived in Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, said students should try and befriend their RA so they can be helped whenever necessary. “If you do this, they will maybe let you off the hook when you need it,” she said.

Lastly, student conduct is strictly enforced in the residence halls, and weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited. Freshmen Nikea Baconia and Lauren Fischer were caught drinking in their dorm, Coronado Residence Hall, and were written up by their RA. “Do not drink in the dorms,” Baconia said. “Community service hours suck,” Fischer added.


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The faces in high places

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Eugene Sander, interim president

Eugene Sander, former dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was selected by the Arizona Board of Regents to be the UA’s interim president while the board seeks a long-term replacement for outgoing president Robert Shelton. Sander brings more than two decades of experience at the UA to the office, as the agriculture dean and as provost for a year before Meredith Hay was hired. Still, Sander admitted he was not fully equipped to be president, and would have to learn more about the regents’ model for measuring university progress and the question of how to fund Arizona universities. But in a statement, Sander emphasized that he “will not be a caretaker” while the regents search for a permanent president, and that the UA will continue moving forward. He has yet to prove himself as president, but the expectations for Sander will be high.

James Allen, Associated Students of the University of Arizona president

The election of James Allen as president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona contributed to the destruction of UA student government — the first election, that is. In it, Allen was disqualified for violating the ASUA Elections Code. His opponent, Daniel Hernandez (yeah, that Daniel Hernandez), was also disqualified. After a month of appeals, the two faced off again in a special election, which Allen, predictably, won again. Never underestimate the power of the Greek Life vote. Allen ran on a platform based on notions of transparency and open government. Then it was revealed that he and his opponent were cheaters, and ASUA’s handling of the ordeal revealed the organization to be plagued by deeply flawed policies and secrecy. That said, prior to the disqualification debacle, the Daily Wildcat endorsed Allen because he was a decisive candidate with a clear head for logic. If Allen can be that candidate, he may be able to lend ASUA some legitimacy.

Meredith Hay, executive vice president and provost

As executive vice president and provost, Meredith Hay oversees the university’s entire budget. In her capacity as the UA’s chief operating officer, Hay wields a lot of power. So much so that in 2009, UA faculty members pushed for a vote of no confidence. Faculty members vented their frustrations with Hay and then-President Robert Shelton in a blog that was kept anonymous out of the fear that there would be retribution if they were open with their criticism of UA administration. Following an unscientific faculty poll that found 574 of the 858 members who responded did not approve of her handling of budget cuts, and that about 100 wanted her resignation or removal, Hay issued an apology and a promise for better communication. As the UA faces steadily increased cuts in state funding, it will be up to the administration, particularly Hay, to find solutions by increasing revenue elsewhere and making UA budget cuts. It’s a daunting challenge, and one that will require close oversight from everyone.

Melissa Vito, vice president for Student Affairs

Melissa Vito was named vice president for Student Affairs in 2007. She oversees student involvement and non-academic student services, including Arizona Student Unions, Residence Life, Greek Life and the Dean of Students Office. As funding from the student services fee reaches a broader variety of programs (including ASUA programs like SafeRide and the Women’s Resource Center, and some of the printing costs of the Daily Wildcat), Vito manages where millions of dollars go. Although Vito is a relatively low-profile administrator, as far as students are concerned, she plays a huge role in how you pay for services you may or may not actually use.

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ife in a dorm is a lot like life in an apartment. You live in a large building with hundreds of tenants, except in a dorm every resident is boisterous, impulsive and hormonal. You are not allowed to have your own room and you don’t really know your own roommate. When you stop and think about it, you might be better off getting an apartment. For many people, a dorm is the first time in their life that they have to share a room. For this reason, it’s only natural to opt to live with a close friend. However, living with a friend could lead to strangling them afterward. You’ll manage to find something silly that ruins the friendship. On the other hand, being randomly ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT assigned a roommate isn’t exactly the best idea either. It is college after all; you’re prone to get a crappy roommate. It’s tough living with people; just think about how often you clashed with your own flesh-and-blood parents. Who is to say a complete stranger or your buddy won’t drive you up a wall? Don’t forget that you can kiss your personal space goodbye the second you walk into a dorm. People are always bustling in and out of your room, whether it’s to introduce themselves, play on your Nintendo 64, or simply hang out. Getting to bed before midnight is rare. Silence is truly golden in a dorm when you consider that people are always bolting down the halls. Walls aren’t soundproof, no matter how thick they seem. Living in a dorm can be so intrusive you can’t even hear yourself think. It gets to the point that you forget the reason you even came to college. Which is what again? People make a big deal about the programs and involvement opportunities offered by the dorms, but it’s a sham. Don’t misunderstand, opportunities to socialize with peers, the ability to interact with a faculty fellow and free food make the programs seem alluring. However, after the first few weeks of icebreakers and friend-making activities, the programs lose their luster. The resident assistants do not always have the budget to include food, and after about two meetings, you begin to realize half of the people are only there to score some gratis grub and nothing else. More than likely, you’ll find yourself participating in an all-night karaoke competition with some tone-deaf teens and no Snacky Cakes. During this time of wonder and experimentation, you will be asked to participate in some tomfoolery like a scavenger hunt, or a game of capture the flag. More often than not, you’ll be bugged to play ultimate Frisbee, the unofficial sport of college students. Before you buy in, remember that there is a reason why no one plays the game before or after college. All in all, living in a dorm really isn’t that great and you’d be doing yourself a favor by getting an apartment, or even shacking up with Mom and Pop if need be.

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Dorms offer unparalleled ways to socialize


iving in a dorm is like being a chemist. While mixing chemicals together you never know if you’ll make your solvent or blow up the lab. Either way it’s something that you won’t forget. Regardless of which dorm you’re placed in, it feels great to be a five-minute walk from your classes. Hitting your alarm clock 10 minutes before you have class to get that extra sleep is fantastic. On-campus tutors, the Student Recreation Center, Centennial Hall and the wide-open UA Mall are also in your very large college backyard. With the CatTran and SafeRide you can take the shuttle to off-campus grocery ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT stores. What more could you need? Full of hundreds of young students out on their own for the first time, dorms always provide something to do. Whether you intend to study, play the piano or bake cookies, the dorm offers that opportunity and you don’t even have to go out of your way to meet people. It’s like the Staples easy button for making friends . Resident assistants, community directors and desk assistants are also there to listen. Although they have to crack down on you if you break a few of the standard rules, they can still be your friends. With the February release of “The Roommate,” many people have second-guessed living with another person, thinking that their roommate may be a psychotic stalker. Not to say that isn’t a possibility, but your roommate is probably just another nervous college student, too — probably. Perhaps they will be someone you’ll hate, or maybe you’ll become BFFs. If nothing else, it gives you a good story to tell. Although your parents may cough up blood when they receive the bursar ’s bill , dorms are actually pretty cheap. The hefty flat fee you pay at the start of the semester pays for all the unlimited air conditioning you could ever hope for. Trying to fall asleep while eggs are frying on the sidewalk outside isn’t an issue . Internet and cable are also “free” in the sense that you don’t have to pay monthly deposits. Washers and dryers are also provided and the cleaning staff keeps the communal spaces tidy too. Late in the first semester you may find yourself beating your head against a wall and asking yourself, why did I do choose to live in a dorm? Looking back five years, or maybe 10 years, you’ll be thankful that you did it. Trust me.

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s far back as anyone can remember, student government organizations have been laughable. It usually equates to nothing more than a few students who get uppity and think that they have real power when ultimately they’re just a bunch of cliquey kids. They plan events that are supposed to appeal to a wide variety of students, yet they habitually fail to meet those standards. Namely, their failures are attributed to the fact that they perpetuate the interests of likeminded, overly eccentric and misguided individuals. Much of the same can be said of Associated Students of the University of Arizona, or ASUA, as you’ll soon come to know them. If you’re thinking about getting involved with them, you might want to think twice, or at least have some enormous foolproof plans for how to right the ship. Let me start by acknowledging that ASUA most certainly works hard, as

any one of them will be sure to spout out at the first point of criticism. As a former member of the Arizona Students’ Association, a student interest group who shares office space with ASUA, I can truly attest that there are some hard working individuals in ASUA. However, it does little good if one tire is spinning in the right direction and the other three are going in the complete opposite. In fact, the idea of “going in the wrong direction” might as well be the motto of ASUA. Although many people work hard in there, few work in the proper direction. The best example of working hard in the wrong direction is the concert blunder, one so large it set ASUA back $1 million. Most incoming students wouldn’t know that, in 2009, ASUA put on a concert to outdo them all. In the end, it flopped and left ASUA’s cronies shaking their heads in regret. ASUA blamed the problem on the economy,

rather than recognizing that students don’t want to shell out the big bucks to see an “American Idol” winner, Kelly Clarkson, and Jay-Z, a rapper who is arguably more popular on the East Coast. Factor in that the concert was dangerously close to finals, and it’s clear to see that ASUA couldn’t be more lost. The effects are still being felt, too. Last year ASUA spent $150,000 of its nearly $1.4 million budget repaying the debt. In rebuttal, ASUA will often cite their great programs like Zona Zoo or SafeRide, which are certainly good ideas. Unfortunately, those are ideas hatched by students long since gone. Where is the recent and meaningful success? It’s nowhere to be found. It’s hard to sell success when your success is just repeating someone else’s plans. In continuing to break down ASUA, the next glaring hole is the dominance of Greek Life, which again touches on the idea of recycling the same like-minded individuals through ASUA. Last year alone, six of the 13 elected positions in ASUA were affiliated with Greek Life. The last three presidents have all been in a fraternity or sorority and, for the most part, it seems to be staying that way. Current President and Greek Life member James Allen had to face off with

national hero Daniel Hernandez (you may know him as the brave student who saved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life). Not only did Allen stomp Hernandez and his household name in the election process, he also did it twice. Allen and Hernandez ran perhaps the most historically embarrassing campaigns last year when they both were disqualified from the initial election due to numerous election code violations. Allen came back and crushed Hernandez again in a special election. Pardon me for saying so but, if a simple fraternity member crushes a national hero in what is basically a popularity contest, there’s an outrageous imbalance of Greek power. Student government is largely a joke, and ASUA is no exception. Of course you could say “who cares?” But the answer is that you should care. ASUA operates on a $1.4 million budget. That’s a lot of pork, and roughly $263,000 comes directly from student fees. ASUA is a misguided car wreck, and perhaps most unfortunate is that the same people who crashed the car are slamming their feet on the accelerator and clutching the steering wheel. — Storm Byrd is the perspectives editor of the Summer Wildcat. He can be reached at

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Tuition and fees: The economy is down, and so is state funding. With that said, your tuition continues to soar as it sees yet another disgruntling rise. Student fees have also established themselves as the new, hip and trendy way to fill in the state funding shortfalls. Greek power: Although you will always hear rumors that Greek Life at the UA is shutting down or being rubbed out, the Greeks continue to show their dominance in student involvement. Just take at look at your student government. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is littered with members of the Greek system.


Construction on dorms and the stadium: The UA will open two new dorms in the fall and has plans on the table to get another one built downtown. With financing pending on the expansion of Arizona Stadium as well, construction is certainly building up.

Logical student government elections: You probably didn’t take student government seriously in high school but here in college, they manage quite a large budget. Nonetheless, elections are still a joke. If you need proof, just ask any upperclassman about the nonsense of the last election. If they know the story (which is unlikely, given embarrassingly low voter turnout), they’ll enlighten you. Road quality: Tucson may as well list horrible road conditions as its historical landmark. The UA campus is the focal point of this. If you didn’t bring a car to campus, consider yourself lucky, although you’re not totally safe from the road’s wrath. If you’re out walking at night, be careful. The potholes can still get you as you wander back to your dorm from some partying. Stay tuned and you may find that twisted ankles are trending up on Cat Tracks.

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Once you get in, get out Luke Money ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT


t seems that every freshman class is subjected to the same tidbits of wisdom from students and staff. “Do your homework, wear sunscreen, get some sleep, drink plenty of water, etc.” It’s advice so banal it should only be found on a bumper sticker. Students should also be wary of their dogma being run over by karma. That’s the thing about college, it’s not something you can package into a cleanly formatted list of cliches or throw on a pamphlet. Hell, you could talk to two people with the same major who lived next to each other every year and the only thing they might have in common is their hangover cure (tea mixed with brandy, but that’s another story).

I don’t have all the answers, and I certainly don’t know everything there is to know, but here are some of the things I wish someone had told me when I was but a wee, wide-eyed wildkitten: Keep your door open: It seems painfully obvious, and in a lot of ways it is, but college is an experience every bit as social as it is academic. After my roommate dropped out two months into my freshman year, I mostly kept to myself. And, surprise surprise, I struggled to adjust to college life. The next semester I made a concerted effort to make myself socially available and made some great friends, two of whom I will live with my senior year.


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Find a secret spot: If you’re one of the lucky few who get to live in a dorm room large enough to house two people without violating provisos of the Geneva Convention, this may not apply to you. However, if you’re one of the many who live in a room most inmates wouldn’t envy, then it’s important to be able to define your personal space. Find a bench, a restaurant, someplace where you can go and relax if you need to get in touch with yourself. I recommend the easy-leaning sculpture near the campus refrigeration plant. That baby got me through some hard times. Be blunt: Almost blunt to the point of rude. If your roommate is a slob and you’re a neat freak, call them out on it. Your hallmates always wake you up at night? Tell them to can it. Your roommate always uses your room to engage in, ahem, extracurricular activities with members of the opposite sex? Tell them to be progressive and go to her room once in a while. You don’t need to make your dorm room the set for an episode of “The Odd Couple,” but

make it clear what your expectations are. Push your horizons: It may be a little too much of a PSA for some, but college is the time when you can break out of the rigid high school hegemony and finally spread your wings and take a pottery class or something. Get out of your comfort zone. Don’t hang out with all of your high school friends and do the same things you’ve always done. Challenge yourself to be different. Sure, you might fall flat on your face, but it’s always worth it to find the one instance when you rise to the occasion. Drink plenty of water: Yeah, this one is actually important. So there they are, my ruminations to save you from ruination. Can I guarantee your success if you follow my advice to the letter? Not remotely. But remember, if all else fails, never forget to buck up and bear down. — Luke Money is the editor in chief of the Summer Wildcat. He can be reached at



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Religious fervor is protected, may teach you something Nyles Kendall



he UA has become a pulpit from which religious fanatics preach sermons of hate and fear. The ramblings of “confrontational evangelist” Brother Jed and the crude imagery used by anti-abortion organizations like Justice For All have sparked outrage from UA students who believe such Bible-thumping fanaticism should be forbidden. After giving yourself some time to get acquainted with these whack-jobs, you too might wish they were silenced. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Take a gander at the UA’s NonHarassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy and you’ll see that harassment is defined as “unwelcome behavior that is … sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.” Students who object to the presence of religious fanaticism on campus have been keen to invoke this policy. However, what they fail to realize is that Brother Jed’s homosexual slurs and Justice for All’s anti-abortion display, though crude and offensive, are still forms of protected speech. So, what should you do when university policies collide with the First Amendment? You should take the side of our Constitution, of course. The UA’s anti-harassment policy is well-intentioned, but it doesn’t supersede our civil liberties. Yes, it’s safe to say that most students don’t want to be verbally and

visually assaulted while walking to class (the sight of the word “murder” superimposed over blown-up images of aborted fetuses can be quite upsetting), but is it fair to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment right just because you want to make it to chemistry class without getting your feelings hurt? Brother Jed and Justice for All have the right to proselytize on campus. If you disagree with what they have to say, put your hater blockers on and keep moving. If their bigotry and insensitivity are just too much to bear, rather than denying them their right to speak, challenge them to a debate and put them to shame. There is nothing better than watching a homophobic evangelist squirm when confronted with the fact that sodomy, according to the Bible, is as “abominable” as eating shellfish. If all else fails, find an alternate route. Does the uninhibited speech of a few religious zealots mean that the university will allow all extreme views to be expressed freely on campus? No, of course not. The line is usually drawn when views go from being controversial to overtly racist or violent. You can relax. Neo-Nazis won’t set up shop on the UA Mall any time soon. Toleration is the key to the preservation of our First Amendment, and where better to practice, or learn, tolerance than at a university? The presence of religious fanaticism on campus should teach students that though they may not agree with what someone has to say, they should respect their right to say it. You’ll learn a lot in college, and some of it might not even happen in a classroom at all. — Nyles Kendall is a political science senior. He can be reached at

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erhaps one of the biggest cliches of college is Greek Life. Anybody who has ever watched a scene of “Animal House” thinks that Greek Life is just the bee’s knees. The reality is, depending on your gender, Greek Life equates to a sewing circle clique or some of the most bacteria-filled days of your young life. That goes without including the horrendous clothing, or social label you receive. Greek Life can be fun for some, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. If you must rush, however, that doesn’t mean you have to be the cliche. College is a time to develop more of your personality, not absorb an already generated one. Ask most any student on campus to describe a generic fraternity member and you’ll get a description of a bro tank, flip flops, neon colors nearly head-to-toe and a flat-billed New Era fitted hat (or a visor if he’s feeling retro). Want to know the mold of a sorority sister? Look for the way overdressed girl in your class with platinum blond hair, that’s usually her. Once settled into the sorority, a generic sister will be adorning a different, but not that different, T-shirt or bag with her Greek letters stamped all over. For the sake of individualism, have the dignity to not become a walking billboard of whatever house allowed you to pay them money to hang out with them.

Greeks are also notorious for traveling in packs. Nothing says “I’ve matured from high school and don’t hang out in cliques” like walking with a group of people you forced yourself into. You’ll see all your buddies at chapter, or any of the “functions” and you’ll have an abundance of time to get acquainted. Until then, do something actually constructive to your character and strike up a conversation with someone who doesn’t have to talk to you for the sake of “brotherhood.” If you truly branch out, you could end up with some diverse friends that don’t care exclusively about mixers. Last, and most certainly not least, respect yourself. Hazing, while forbidden by the UA, is still a reality that sometimes students swallow in order to make some quick, “lifelong” friends. Now, hazing in good fun may not be a problem to some, but there is certainly a line and you ought to keep that in mind. I’ll spare you the stories, but you can rest assured some are lighthearted and others are just mean. In the end, the friendship you seek in Greek Life requires mutual respect. I can’t imagine finding respect for myself or my “brothers/sisters” in some heartless hazing. Overall, Greek Life is for some, not all. Don’t be fooled by the belief that everybody enjoys Greek Life and its presence. The people who love it are in it. Outside of that you’ll find little love. If you want to rush, just remember that a lot of people go into Greek Life as individuals and get spat out as followers and walking stereotypes, with empty wallets. Don’t get lost in the Lambda, be sure to stand out as a Sigma, and keep your self-respect as a Rho. — Storm Byrd is the perspectives editor of the Summer Wildcat. He can be reached at



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hether you’ve chosen to live in a residence hall, stay somewhere off campus, or save some cash and crash at home, college is going to offer a myriad of opportunities — if you’re looking for them. It can be easy to not branch out from the people you already know or not ask about the job you secretly hope your major leads you to. Is there something you want to know about? The UA probably has someone that can help you out. Always wanted to try your hand at comedy? The UA has two comedy troupes . And don’t forget you have a whole city to explore. You probably have a lot of family members telling you about all the exciting things headed your way. In fact, you probably have a lot of family members who are scared of some of the exciting things heading your way. But, despite the way everyone makes it sound, just being at college isn’t going to instantly

I wanted to know more about what my instructors thought about things beyond the classroom. I was looking for a way I could write meaningfully and I wanted college to just show me already. That first semester, I didn’t ask. I went to class and hung out with friends I already had. That is, until in the middle of the night over winter break I checked my email. On the Listserv email from the English Department was an advertisement for a job at the Arizona Daily Wildcat . The weekly email sent from your major ’s department (with hopefully relevant information) can be your best friend . It’s how I kicked off my career at the Wildcat , began an internship at the University of Arizona Press and ultimately found what I wanted to do: journalism.

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When I started at the Wildcat, I began to ask more questions. I didn’t just pursue news stories but also what I wanted to get out of college . I talked to more people in my classes and went to some of those office hours everyone was always talking about. It’s amazing what will happen when you just email an instructor. You can get a lot from just asking. And, because most people don’t ask, you often get a chance at some great opportunities. In May, I received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the UA . During the College of Humanities commencement ceremony, I didn’t feel accomplished. I felt regret. I felt like I hadn’t done enough. I thought of how I wanted to know more of the writers graduating with me, of how I wished I’d thought of applying to the Honors College when I first transferred, and of how I should have joined another organization of some sort. Sure, I’d only had two years at the UA, but you can do a lot in two years. You can do even more in four. Maybe I would have hated the Honors College and cursed the fee you have to pay. Maybe they wouldn’t have even let me in. Who knows? But you don’t want to be wondering when you finally get that diploma. A degree isn’t just a symbol of knowledge, it’s an experience. Enjoy it. Find what you love and find a way to do it here because tuition is expensive and I promise most of it will be fun. — Bethany Barnes is a first-year journalism graduate student. She can be reached at

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n the coming semester, you will question why you chose the UA. Being jaded is fashionable. Regardless of how bright-eyed and upbeat you are now, college will try to crush your optimism. Don’t let it. Your complaints will range from the droves of privileged bros and spoiled sorority sisters to the way tuition explodes every year. The Legislature doesn’t care about you, and a campus preacher is going to tell you that you’re bound for hell. True, things aren’t going to go your way every time. What you get in return for your tuition and fees isn’t always going to measure up without a little extra effort on your part. But if you’re going to learn anything

in college, it’s this: You are not entitled to anything without working for it. If that were true, you’d be at Arizona State University instead. Start with the small things. You’re in an overcrowded class, and you fear you won’t get personal attention from the professor. It’s not his or her responsibility to babysit you. Stand out. You don’t have to be the douche bag that raises his hand all the time just for the sake of hearing his voice, but participate in class discussions, and go to your instructor ’s office hours. Even if you don’t have a specific question, it never hurts to talk about the reading or an assignment. When campus preachers approach you (or yell at you, and berate you on the UA Mall), don’t yell back. Don’t throw things. Don’t mock them just to get a rise out of them. Listen to them courteously, don’t lose your temper and you might actually have a pleasant conversation. Also, don’t be naive; kindness won’t always work. But be kind anyway, because you can. This applies to campus preachers, and everyone else, too. Go bigger and get involved with the Arizona Students’ Association to lobby the Legislature. Join the Associated Students of the University of Arizona to work in student government, or any of ASUA’s programs, such as Students for Sustainability or the

Women’s Resource Center. Think about applying to the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Everyone tells you to get involved to find your place. You’ll broaden your horizons, and meet people you can relate to. This is true, but getting involved will also allow you to have a positive impact on others. It won’t always be easy or fun. People will take your kindness for granted, and test your patience. Sometimes the hard work won’t pay off. But if you never expect people to just hand you things, you’ll always be a little bit prouder of what you earned. Be kind, be accepting, but don’t lie down when you face something you don’t like. The future won’t be bleak as long as you keep working toward something better. Getting involved will give you a voice, and the right to have a say in how the UA community works. Whining about what’s wrong without offering a solution makes you no better than the problem. Don’t become another generic college kid, blathering about the general state of doom. If you don’t like the conversation, change it. Welcome to the UA. — Kristina Bui is the copy chief for the Summer Wildcat. She can be reached at


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sIERRa POIntE aPaRtMEnts. great for students! 1mile from UofA. 1and2 Bedrooms starting at $665. Awesome roommate floorplans. Rent includes *high speed internet, expanded cable, heating, A/C, water, sewer &trash* Pet friendly. Our quiet property also has a pool, spa, 2laundry facilities and 24/hr fitness center. Call us today @520-323-1170. Located at Tucson Blvd/ Grant. sPECIaL! 1BED/ 1Bath $320 and 3Bed/1Bath for $575. 2Bed/ 2Bath and 4Bed/ 2bath also available. Call (520)888-2111 or visit stUDIOs fROM $400 spacious apartment homes with great downtown location. 884-8279. Blue agave apartments 1240 n. 7th ave. speedway/ stone. Ua COnvEnIEnt, LaRgE 1BD 1920s duplex, wood floors, ceiling fans, $435/mo, lease, deposit, no pets. Available June 1. 682-7728. UtILItIEs InCLUDED $505*/MO. Pool & laundry. Wood floors. *Special pricing. 770 N. Dodge Blvd. Call 798-3331 Peach Properties HM, Inc. WaLk tO UOfa. 2br - 2bath, 850sqft remodeled duplex with A/C, W/D in apt., fireplace, private patio, lighted parking. $750 per month. Call 520-870-0183, or email 1st MOnth fREE RENT SPEC. $450/mo. TWELVE LARGE 1BR. CONDOS IN 100% GATED COMMUNITY. CENTRAL TO ALL. CALL 520-777-3895 TO SEE 2BDRM, 2Bath, sPLIt plan, 1105sqft, pool, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, covered parking, deck off kitchen, washer/dryer, a/c. Close to UofA, dishwasher, ceiling fans, walk in closet. $700/ month Call Frank 520-940-0340 2BED/2Bath COnDO $750/MO at Wilmot/Pima. 1,000sqft, A/C, Pools, Covered Parking, Washer/Dryer. Numerous upgrades. 520-419-1544 or 2BR/ 2Ba avaIL Aug. 15th $950/mo. 1233 E. Drachman Call 798-3331 Peach Properties HM, Inc. 3bed/2bath fully furnished condo! 1393sqft 2weeks free w/12 month lease on OaC. Please call kelly @319-0753 ext. 11 LUxURy 2BD 2Ba, River & Campbell, W/D, granite, stainless steel appliance, covered parking, 1st month rent free, 1year lease, $1100/mo, fitness center, gated. 520-895-2900 BEaUtIfUL COnDO 3BR, 2ba. Many upgrades. Asking $214,000. Central prime location at River/Campbell, W/D, pool, gated community. (520)991-4704, (520)247-3688.

$850/ 2br- 2ba/ On MOUntaIn avE BIkE Path/ Pool, green Certified, Private yard, Fridge, stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal. Cable/ satellite hookups Large Units! Covered parking, pool, gated entrance, laundry room. Convenient, central location close to downtown, Rillito River bike path, trader Joes. sEE OUR WEBsItE: http://web.m e . c o m / b e s t a z a p s/site/Rental_Properties/Rental_Properties.html Contact: (520) 795-7491 1BR OnLy $495/MO. 1281 E. Glenn. Call 798-3331 Peach Properties HM, Inc. 2BEDROOM, 1Bath, WaLkIng distance to campus, evaporative cooling, available August 1, $710/mo, water paid, internet included, 1319 N. 1st Avenue, call 520-370-8588 for details. 2BR $595/MO. avaIL Aug 15th Glenn/Mountain. Call 798-3331 Peach Properties HM, Inc.

1BEDROOM gUEst hOUsE. Mountain/ Prince. Fenced yard. 1pet ok. AC. Water paid. $525/ month. 520-235-6587 4BLOCks fROM Ua! Nice studio with carport. Available now. 1332 E 10th St (back unit). $475/mo water pd. Call Phil 520903-4353 fREEstanDIng 1BD hOUsE, 4blocks north of UofA. Private. 600sqft. Off-street parking. Newly painted. Water paid. $450/mo. 3274228 sMaLL fURnIshED stUDIO, 5mins from the University, includes utilities. Washer/dryer available. $500 per month. call Elaine 520.591.9288. Thanks! WaLk tO CaMPUs! guest house with utilities paid, a/c, dishwasher, washer, dryer, pets ok $450 ALSO 725sqft 1bd unattached guest house with a/c, washer, dryer $650 call REDI 520-623-5710 or log on to ! 1-3&4 BEDROOM hOMEs. Renovated with green features. Luxury living. ~1 mile UA. Large backyard with covered patios. All amenities included. 480.374.5092 ! 4BR/ 3Ba (2MastERs). All amenities. Completely renovated with Green features. Heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Covered ramada and patio. 480.374.5092 ! 5BLOCks nW Ua HUGE Luxury Homes 4br/ 4.5ba +3car garage +large master suites with walk-in closets +balconies +10ft ceilings up and down +DW, W&D, Pantry, TEP electric discount, monitored security system. Pool privileges. Reserve now for August 884-1505 ! REsERvE yOUR 4 OR 6bedroom home now for August. Great homes 2to5 blocks to UA. Call for details. 884-1505 or visit us at !!! 5BEDROOM 3Bath, sEvEn blocks to the UofA. $2000 Kitchen with tons of cabinet space! Big bedrooms & closets, fenced yard, tons of parking, washer & dryer, fireplace, very cute front porch for relaxing after a long day! Quiet neighborhood! Call Chantel 520.398.5738 !!! 5BLOCks tO UOfa Lee St near Mountain. One bedroom house $650 - $780 plus gas and electric, completely remodeled with $35,000 in new stuff, wood floors, AC, No pets, security patrol, quiet, <> 624-3080 or 299-5020. !!!!! sIgn UP nOW for FY11– 2, 3, 4 & 5bdm, Newer homes! 1mi to UofA, A/C, Garages & all appl. included. 520-790-0776 !$750 3BDRMs 1Ba 135 W Elm 1.5mi UofA Free Early Move in and Water. Private duplex, great fenced yard, fireplace, washer &dryer, tile floors, PETS, convenient location close to dntown buslines and bikepaths.... NEED IT FURNISHED??????? Call Me 1st 520-908-0910 !3BR 2Ba Great Adobe House. Charming. Bike to UA. W/D D/W Very Nice. Must See 1833 E. Water St. 520-624-3080 $1500, 4BD, 1305 E. Waverly #1 (Grant/Mountain) fenced yard, covered patio, fp, approx 1679sqft, AC, 881- 0930 view pictures at $1950 4BR 3Ba great house only 3 blocks from Campus (Lee/Santa Rita.) A/C, Laundry. Avail now. Deposit $2400. Call 415-863-7111. $800-$2400 fy11 – 3, 4 & 5bdm, BRAND NEW homes! 2mi to UofA, A/C, Garages & all appl. included. 520-790-0776 1BD hOUsE WIthIn 1/2mile of campus water paid fenced yard $495 ALSO Sam Hughes 1bd house refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer $550 CALL REDI 520-6235710 or log on to

stUDIO aPaRtMEnt 1121 E. 12th St. Complete kitchen, covered parking, no pets, fresh paint, lease/ deposit/ references/ $350. Owner agent 907-2044

2-5 BEDROOM hOMEs available August in Sam Hughes, Blenman, Catalina Vista, and Jefferson Park neighborhoods. Bicycle to campus! Large bedrooms, AC, remodeled kitchens, on-site parking. Beat the rush, secure for Fall 20112012 now! or phone (760)4349049

stUDIOs staRtIng at $350/ month. Wood floors. Country Club/ Speedway. Call 798-3331. Peach Properties HM, Inc.

2BD hOUsE On Elm Street, between Mountain & Park. Hardwood floors, fireplace, walled yard, water paid. $770/mo. Available July 1. 327-4228

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2BD hOUsE WatER paid, available immediately, close to stadium $650 ALSO 2bd/2ba with garage, dual cooling, italian tile floors, pets ok, fenced yard $825 call REDI 520623-5710 or log on to 2BEDROOM 1Bath/ fULLy furnished cottage, about 5mins from the University. Wi-fi, cable ready, washer/ dryer available. $975 a month some utility paid. Call Elaine 520.591.9288 2BEDROOMs, 1Bath, CaMPBELL/ Waverly area, walk to UMC. AC, washer & dryer. 900 a month includes water. 326-0788 2BR 1 Ba Historic adobe, modernized, 5blocks to university, oak and coriane, walled patio, gated parking, on 101 N. 1st Ave. $790 4409880 2MIn tO CaMPUs IN FY11– 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5bdm, homes & apartments! 1mi to UofA, A/C, Garages & all appl. included. 520-7900776 3-5 BDRM hOMEs. REDUCED! Park & Elm. Walk to school! Aug. availability. $1580-2500 Rent (incl. water & trash). All homes have 3baths, fireplaces, W/D, fully equipped kitchens, lg bedrooms & closets, central A/C, security doors & gates. 2400sqft. Contact Erika: 602-703-5557 or email at 3BD hOUsE a/C, saltillo tile, all appliances, fenced yard, pets ok $1000 ALSO 3bd/2ba in Sam Hughes dual cooling pet friendly with fenced yard $1100 call REDI 520-623-5710 or log on to 3BED, 2Bath, a/C, tile floors, ceiling fans, large bedrooms, dishwasher, pantry, large enclosed yard, covered parking. Immaculate. Available now. Pima & Columbus. 3miles to UA. $995. Call 631-7563 3BR 2.5Ba a/C, pool, new carpet, new showers, etc. Tennis court, covered parking. Water & trash paid, lease, no pets, near Starpass. $850. 682-7728. 3BR/ 2Ba WIth office, large kitchen, covered patio, swimming pool, parking, W/D hookup. 3mi. from campus, Alvernon/Pima $895, 520-744-4211, Victor 4BD COMPLEtELy REMODELED. Under two miles north of UA. 1650sqft, 2baths, a/c, w/d hookup, large living room. $1150/mo, water paid, avail now. 2926 N Tyndall Ave (back house). Call Phil 520-903-4353 4BED 2Bath, 1MILE west main gate, fenced yard, wash/dry hookup, ceiling fans, new cabinets and tile, Central heat/ AC/cooler $1300 +util Call Bill 624-2107 4BEDROOM 2Bath $1995 spacious living room with a fireplace! Two story home with full size washer and dryer, dishwasher, storage room, private balcony, tile throughout the house and carpet in the bedrooms! Tons of parking, right on the Mountain bike path, three blocks to UA and super close to Eller! Call Amy 520.440.7776 5BEDROOM 4Bath- $2800 per month! Right off Park, three blocks north of Speedway! 2story house with a balcony, A/C, washer & dryer, dishwasher, microwave, fireplace, huge kitchen, walk-in closets, onsite parking. Call us and get yours! Call Chantel 520.398.5738 6Bed 3Bath house w/sWIMMIng POOL near Uofa. Ceiling fans in each bedroom, Dual Zone A/C, tile and wood flooring, washer/dryer, Large kitchen with dishwasher, garbage disposal, all appliances, hUgE yaRD, pets ok. available august $2975 Call anthony 520977-7795 6BEDROOM, 4Baths! aWEsOME FLOOR PLAN! $3000 a month. Huge private covered patio with outdoor fireplace! Parking at your front door! Rent ONLY $500 per person! Open living room, corner fireplace, walk in closets in bedrooms, tons of cabinet space in the big open kitchen with breakfast bar! Call Nellie 520.398.5738 a CLOsE tO campus, close to play, and close to perfect new home. We have 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes with private entrances, separate leases, roommate matching if needed, fully furnished, most utilities paid and much more. Call or come by for this weeks’ special 520622-8503 or 1725 N. Park Avenue.


attRaCtIvE 2BD 1Ba Home 1200sqft. Walk/bike to campus. Includes: Refrig, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer, Lg. Private Backyard, Carport, Storage shed, covered patios and more. Water/Garbage Paid by landlord. Pets OK. $850/mo 520882-9630 BEaUtIfUL 4-5BD 3Ba house. Sky lights, ceiling fans, marble floor, walled yard, bus lines, CatTran, shopping. Start $1200. 248-1688 CEntRaL 2BD 1Ba, 1700sqft house. Lots of storage, lots of parking, on quiet 1block street. Great for graduate students. $895/mo. Country Club & Glenn area. Contact Sharon 730-7508 or Jackie 4902777. DMt PROPERtIEs. 1 anD 2 BD homes available August 1st. $650, close to campus, many amenities, call Ilene 240-6487 DOn’t MIss OUt on this back to school special!!! Discounted rent for 1st month with a signed 1yr. lease by Aug 1st. Completely remodeled 4BR/2BA house. Large backyard, close to UofA. Kitchen appliances new. w/d included. 520-544-2727 hOUsE fOR REnt 3BDRM 2BA on Silverbell and Speedway. Appliances are semi-new & included. Your own laundry room includes washer and dryer. New carpet. Covered porch with huge private gated yard. Beautiful views. Yard has shed for storing needs. Nice neighborhood. Minutes from downtown, UofA and Pima. Wrought iron on doors and windows and alarm system installed. Available in August. $1200 monthly. Call 400-1218 or 429-4329. MODEL hOME has great curbside appeal, located in gated community. Large open areas, high ceilings, and beautiful tile flooring. Amenities include: stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, W/D, 3bd, 4.5ba, 2car garage, small outside porch area. Call 301-509-1963 nO PaRkIng PERMIt needed. Walk to your classes from a spacious 2BD/2BA located at the corner of University Bvld/ Euclid Ave. Classic architecture & freshly remodeled with granite counters, new cabinets, wood flooring, and brand new A/C units. $1750/mo. Email Or call (520)615-7707 PRICEs staRtIng at $390 per room, per month. Individual leases, private entrances fully furnished 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes available for immediate move in. Call or come by today! 520.622.8503, 1725 N. Park Ave. Visit us at qUIEt, ChaRMIng aDOBE brick house in the Catalina foothills. 2bdrms, 1office/bedroom, 1 large bath, 2screened porches, covered patio, fireplace, hot tub, carport, incredible views. 15minutes to campus, near River Park. $1,800 month, water included. Pet friendly. Grad students preferable. Available Aug. 1. 773-655-2457. savE yOUR qUaRtERs for playing pool down on 4th Ave. We have washers and dryers in select homes! Imagine the time and money you’ll save doing laundry in your own home! 5blocks from campus- 10minutes walking 5minutes on a bike. Close to University Boulevard and 4th Ave. Call for specials 520-622-8503 or 1725 N. Park Avenue. vERy COOL hOUsE! 2BR, 1BA, walk to UofA, fenced yard, pets OK, $1,000/ MN, Debbie 520-419-3787

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tWO ROOMs avaILaBLE for rent in a nice four (4)bedroom house near the UofA, (about 5miles), and PCC West Campus, (about 2miles). All rooms have wired Internet, phone and cable TV connection. Free wired and wireless Internet, free cable TV and free water. Roommates split electricity only. House has new efficient HVAC and high efficiency evap cooler for the dryer months. Washer, Dryer, dish washer, 2car garage and large fenced back yard. Absolutely NO PETS of any kind and absolutely no smoking within the house. $200 security deposit plus first and last month’s rent, (negotiable). These two rooms share one bathroom. Master bedroom occupied but is $425/month when vacant. Current roommates are neat and quiet. One is deployed out of country in USAF. Please call 888-537-2290 Option 1

$475 Covers Everything! $475/mo pays for rent, utilities, Internet, and cable/OnDemand/DvR. Room is in 4br/3bath house on a corner lot, 3miles from Uofa. house is newly furnished and has washer/dryer and grill. free tv upon agreement! Call thomas @(520)336-7850 or email @ *tUCsOn COUntRy CLUB Estates, large spacious 5000sqft house. Room available immediately w/private bath and parking, highspeed wi-fi, gated community, huge gourmet kitchen, separate rental agreement. Call Bob 624-0172

2BEDROOMs fOR REnt in family lived-in home. NW side family community, 25min from UA. $500/mo, inclds utilities, lg yard, pool, bbq, internet. Parks, library & stores within mins. Becki 520-360-0988







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Stereotypical, but true:

The roommates you may encounter ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT We all know that stereotypes are exaggerations, and that no one fits any certain mold perfectly. But when you meet your roommate this year, you may learn that he or she has some very stereotypical (and frightening) qualities. Never fear. If you keep a level head, there’s a reasonable way to go about living with just about anyone.

The slob

The slob never cleans (which causes her possessions to smell like feet) and she hasn’t done laundry for three months now. She hoards old pizza boxes and stacks half-empty soda cans into towers on her desk. Expiration dates mean nothing to her, and she doesn’t “believe” in washing dishes. What to do: Establish boundaries for the room, so that at the very least, your half will be clean. Since she’s so insanely messy, you probably won’t be able to change her ways completely. But if something is a health hazard, confront her calmly to reach a compromise. What not to do: Do not clean up the slob’s mess for her. This will enable her to become even messier, and she may also grow dependent on you — which means she’ll never learn to clean for herself.

The sociopath

A literal sociopath kills kittens, but a sociopathic roommate kills your soul. She can’t stand to see other people happy, so she has some psychological need to tear you down. She’ll tell you that you’re unattractive, that your major is stupid and that no one in the world cares about you. What to do: Find quiet, relaxing places to hang out (other than just your dorm room). When she’s bothering you, it’s good to know that you have someplace else to go. Also, make other friends. Try to hang out with people who build you up whenever possible. What not to do: Don’t believe the lies that she tells you, and never, ever follow advice that she gives you. She enjoys seeing you suffer, so to thwart her plans, you must continue to be happy.


Whether you knew each other before college or not, this roommate acts like your Siamese twin. She wants to do everything that you do, go everywhere with you and borrow everything that you

have. She doesn’t respect your boundaries, and can’t take a subtle hint. What to do: Be nice to her, but also be real with her. If you don’t want her to come to a party with you, it’s OK to gently inform her that only a limited number of people were invited. Remember that you’re allowed to say no. What not to do: Don’t get angry with her or insult her. She probably clings to you because she’s insecure, so it’s important to encourage her to establish her own identity as a person.

The invisible roommate

This guy lives in your dorm, but he’s never actually there. Maybe he’s always at his girlfriend’s place. Maybe his family lives in town. Maybe he’s just always out partying. Whatever his reasoning is, he may as well be invisible. What to do: Enjoy the extra alone time — and realize that this is a good thing. In fact, an invisible roommate may make adjusting to dorm life easier for you. Just remember to go out and make other friends, too. Spending time alone doesn’t mean you have to be a loner. What not to do: Never act like your roommate doesn’t actually live with you. Even if he’s not around, it’s not all right to borrow his things without asking, put your stuff in his desk drawers or invite other people to sleep in his bed.

The stoner

Her wide, vacant expressions, hourslong “chill out” sessions, and interesting taste in music say it all: She’s a stoner. She’s constantly munching on your snacks and engaging you in overly personal conversations. Not to mention that undeniable stench that no amount of body spray can mask. What to do: Ask her not to keep her stash

in your room. That’s a lot to ask for a stoner, but remember that if she gets caught with illegal drugs, both of you could suffer the consequences — you’ll be referred to the Dean of Students Office and you risk losing your dorm room. Also, if her eating your food is a problem, outsmart her by purposefully buying snacks that you know she doesn’t like. What not to do: Don’t join her in doing drugs. Drugs are bad.

The early bird

Her alarm clock wakes you up every morning at 6 a.m. As if that isn’t bad enough, she makes all kinds of additional noise as she makes breakfast and shuffles through her drawers to put together a matchymatchy jogging outfit. If you stir from your glorious sleep, she says “good morning,” and smiles obnoxiously, oblivious to the fact that you’re seriously annoyed. What to do: Talk it out. You can ask her to keep it quiet when she first wakes up, but keep your requests reasonable. Try designating quiet hours that reach a compromise between her schedule and yours. What not to do: Don’t ruin each other’s lives. You feel like she wakes you up too early, but she probably feels like you keep her up too late. Neither one of you is right or wrong, so don’t be disrespectful.

The partier

He’s a pretty cool roommate when he’s not throwing up in your sink, stumbling into the room at 4 a.m., drunk-dialing you or putting a fork in the microwave. He’s always going out at night to party, which is fine — it’s when he comes home that’s the problem. What to do: Encourage him to be smarter about his partying decisions. Remind him that it’s important to have a designated driver, drink plenty of water, and make sure people don’t pass out lying face-up. What not to do: Don’t clean up his mess. If he throws up in the bathroom, pees on the floor, or pisses a bunch of people off when he’s drunk, it’s not your responsibility to cover up his mistakes.

to bring someone home. Work out a schedule for the room, so that you can sleep in peace some nights, but also offer to occasionally sleep elsewhere if he gives you fair warning. What not to do: Don’t judge him or force your morals or ideas on him. His behavior may make you uncomfortable, but if this is what he wants to do, you have no right to tell him not to.

The couple

You didn’t just get one roommate. You got two. His girlfriend practically lives with you, which he doesn’t realize is totally awkward. And what’s worse, they’re always together, being all adorably couple-like — except for when they’re fighting and you’re trapped in the middle. What to do: Stay neutral. Be courteous to both your roommate and his girlfriend, but take care that you never take sides in their arguments. Also, if you don’t want his girlfriend’s Hannah Montana poster hanging in your room, it’s OK to say so nicely. Remember, this is your dorm. What not to do: Don’t tell your roommate that you don’t like his girlfriend, or that she has to leave. They’re so close that he’ll see any hostility toward her as an attack on him too.

The promiscuous roommate

Whether you’re home or not, this roommate has no shame when it comes to sex. He’ll bring home various girls at any hour and sleep with them even while you’re in the bunk above him. It’s great that he’s so uninhibited, but wow, this can get awkward. What to do: Set up a system (code words or warning texts) so that he can warn you when he wants

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Shopping subculture abounds on Fourth Avenue By Kelly Kleber ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Need a birthday present for a friend, new clothes for yourself or some unique decorations for your dorm? Fourth Avenue is a unique shopping district located just minutes away from campus. Here, you can find art, books, clothing, décor, music … and the list goes on. So skip the mall in favor of fresh air, great deals and an amazing variety of one-of-a-kind specialty shops.

Hippie Gypsy

351 N. Fourth Ave. This trendy and fragrant shop is covered

in colorful murals featuring icons such as Jim Morrison and the Beatles. Hippie Gypsy has a great selection of clothing, hemp bags, incense, pipes and wall tapestries. The store also sells posters with explosions of tie-dye, psychedelic patterns and other famous icons such as Bob Marley.


300 N. Fourth Ave. If you’re looking to furnish your apartment at a ridiculously reasonable price, Goodwill is the place to go. Goodwill sells used furniture, kitchenware and wall hangings — and just about everything in between. Of course, you may have to do some digging to find what

you’re looking for, but once you do, your wallet will thank you.

Tucson Thrift Shop

319 N. Fourth Ave. Tucson Thrift Shop is an eclectic outlet that sells new and used costumes, formalwear, hats, jewelry and wigs. If you’re looking for something to wear to a themed party or want to add more vintage items to your closet, this store should be on the top of your list.

Antigone Books

411 N. Fourth Ave. Are you an English major — or just an allaround bibliophile? Antigone Books is a specialty

(Left) The mural on the side wall of Hippie Gypsy, located on Fourth Avenue. (Right) Neon boots and other decade-specific apparel available at Tucson Thrift Shop.

bookstore that carries journals, cards and various other small gifts in addition to a variety of interesting book titles. The store sells many works by local poets and UA professors, so be on the lookout for familiar names while you’re there.


422 N. Fourth Ave. If you’re a creative shopper looking for some one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your collection, check out Pop-Cycle. Everything inside this vibrant boutique is made from recycled materials and reused products. Some of its most notable commodities include accessories and jewelry, picture frames and other household decorations.

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Coffee, coffee, coffee

Conveniently close cafes to curb those caffeine cravings Epic Cafe

By Kellie Mejdrich ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT As a student, you know (or soon will) that coffee is serious business — for staying awake, being social and getting that last paper done. So if you’re looking for a cup of quality caffeine near campus, you’re in luck. Tucson offers a plethora of excellent beaneries for you to dip your cup into.

Caffe Luce

943 E. University Blvd. Nestled right near campus, Caffe Luce doesn’t just brew coffee on the spot, it roasts coffee beans in-house, making for a fresh cup of joe. Specialty orders, beyond the local espresso, include the Azteca Mocha: a cinnamon-y, chocolatey drink that is sure to transport you into a fragrant Mesoamerican dreamland.

745 N. Fourth Ave. With notoriously strong espresso and a range of specialty drinks, Epic Cafe is a community staple. In addition to its standard coffee fare, Epic offers generous helpings of vegan, fruity and chocolatey baked goods. The cafe’s vegan seed cookie is legendary.

Ragin’ Sage 2458 N. Campbell Ave. Ragin’ Sage is a must for any caffeine addict. The artsy shop has a mellow, inviting atmosphere, and is known for its in-house roasting. Ragin’ Sage is also one of the only roasters in town where you can also order coffee drinks, and the shop boasts a lovely baked goods selection with excellent quiches and tarts.

Cartel Coffee Lab 2502 N. Campbell Ave. Cartel Coffee Lab is a Tempe favorite that’s finally made its way down south. The store places an emphasis on crafting individual espresso drinks — cappuccinos, lattes and au laits come with beautiful foam patterns in each cup. Another interesting possibility is brewing a single order of coffee, using imported beans from places such as Guatemala.

Time Market 444 E. University Blvd, Time Market serves up your typical espresso drinks but has a wide range of imported beans on drip all day, from Ethiopia to Brazil and beyond. Plus, since it’s also a grocery store, you have the option to buy a pound of coffee you like and brew at home, too.

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Best places on campus to get away from it all By Maitri Mehta ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT The UA is a large campus, but with so many students roaming the premises when school’s in session, it can be tough to find a quiet place to clear your head. Here are a few spots on campus that always have a bit of breathing room:

The Poetry Center

Garden at the Forbes building

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Located north of Speedway Boulevard on Helen Street, the Poetry Center is an out-of-theway oasis. It’s quiet, full of light, and stands as a stoic testament to the art of poetry. But it’s not just for English and creative writing students to enjoy — the Poetry Center’s library and garden are open to all students who hope to find some peace of mind. With a small, serene garden of bamboo and river rocks and a large inviting library space, the Poetry Center is the perfect place to sit in solitude.

that gives way to another small but lovely garden. This peaceful oasis is the perfect place to drink coffee between classes or finish up some last-minute homework.

The fourth floor of the Student Union Memorial Center

If it’s your first time at the UA, the Student Union Memorial Center can be daunting. Modeled after the USS Arizona, it often feels more overwhelming than a ship itself. The stairs don’t lead where you think they would, there is a glut of nondescript study rooms and Cactus Grill seems like a maze. But on the fourth floor of the Union, there are dozens of tables and a great view of the UA Mall. Climb that last staircase, and you might find your own quiet place atop this large building.

The Meinel Optical Sciences building

The Meinel Optical Sciences building is the beautiful, futuristic facade next to the UA Main Library. It’s one of the greenest buildings on campus and has a small, sunken courtyard in the front that not many students are aware of. Plus, inside the spacious glass lobby, the College of Optical Sciences displays its interesting collection of antique telescopes, lenses, cameras and microscopes. It’s a great place to explore, or you can sit on the steps in the shade and get some serious reading done.

Forbes building

The Forbes building stands just south of Old Main. Its exterior is typical of UA historic fare — dark brick and stately columns. In the back of the Forbes building, however, there is a gorgeous ivy-covered wall and rose garden The Poetry Center

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Talkin’ truth about the UA dorms By Jason Krell ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT No matter what school you go to, its dorms are sure to have certain reputations. The UA is no exception, and with more than 20 dorms on our campus, there are plenty of reputations to go along with them. Let’s take a look at some of the most notorious to find out what’s just talk, and what’s actually true.

Arizona-Sonora (nicknames: AzSo, AzHo)

The talk: AzSo was practically made to be a party dorm. With extra-large rooms to accommodate that third roommate — or if you’re on the Sonora side, you get the same size for two — it screams “dorm party.” There’s also a good chance you’ll find a cop car, ambulance or both outside on any given night. On the weekends, there are so many residents getting wild, the chances of your rager getting busted are slim. Party on, dudes. The truth: AzSo really does seem to be made for parties, and it does host a large number of them. You’re also pretty likely to find an emergency response vehicle outside on the weekends. But even though you may think you’re unlikely to get caught partying here, remember: The residents are regular students, just like anywhere else. Getting caught by your resident assistant or the police is still a possibility.

The only place with more debauchery is Greek Row, and here, there is no bouncer at the door asking, “Are you on the list?” Be careful, though. Many students gossip about contracting STDs here. The truth: It’s a crazy and loud place, to be sure, and the people in it seem to go out more than any other dorm. There are lines of taxis outside every night, waiting to take residents to parties. But the truth is that you’ll find people drinking and having sex in every dorm, not just Coronado.

Kaibab-Huachuca (nicknames: KaHu, Kaibab, Kaibab-a-crap-crap)

The talk: Kaibab always seems to get the short end of the stick. It’s not on Highland, it’s not new and it’s not one of the south-side

“party” dorms. Many students are dismayed when they see they’ve been assigned to Kaibab, because they believe that this dorm is old, dirty and boring. The truth: It isn’t the most luxurious dorm on campus, nor is it the most popular, but Kaibab is a perfectly fun place to live if you’re willing to go looking for it. The dorm has a great staff of RAs who run programs that can actually be fun. Also, there’s a pretty cool lounge downstairs where many students hang out.

Highland dorms: Pueblo de La Cienega (nickname: Cienega), Posada San Pedro (nickname: PSP), Villa del Puente (nickname: VDP)

The talk: Located all in a row on the west side of Highland Avenue, these are some

Hopi Lodge, Graham-Greenlee (nickname: HoGG) and Colonia de La Paz (nickname: La Paz)

Coronado (nicknames: Nado, Scoreanado, Whoreanado)

The talk: While it’s closed this year to have its plumbing and mechanical systems repaired, there is no dorm with a dirtier reputation. If you’re looking for some fun (namely sex, drugs and … do we rock and roll anymore?) this is the dorm for you.

of the newest and nicest dorms. They’re practical clones of each other too, and if you’re not familiar with them they’re easy to mix up. These three dorms are generally viewed as the boring ones, where you’re lucky to meet anyone else in your hall, since most of the residents are quiet and introverted. The most fun you’ll have here is by watching the drunken crowds stumbling into Highland Market on weekends. The truth: These dorms are definitely quieter than the rest, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never meet your hallmates or have fun. Don’t expect the dorm parties you might find on the south side, but kickbacks are common. Plus, the fact that you’re right by Highland Market makes those late-night munchies a thing of the past. The location is also conveniently near the Student Recreation Center.

Coronado Residence Hall

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The talk: These dorms are viewed as the less glamorous counterparts to Cienega, PSP, and VDP — mostly because of age. They trade that new dorm smell for a bit of rustic charm and a colorful past. Students often compare these rooms to the more appealing dorms across the street, and it’s commonly believed that you should consider yourself lucky if you don’t get lost in the labyrinth-like hallways of La Paz. The truth: La Paz may be a confusing dorm to navigate, but it’s also one of the most popular choices for students because of its convenient location on Highland Avenue. HoGG isn’t anything to turn your head at, but there’s nothing wrong with it either. Plus, the dorm’s traditional HoGG-o-ween celebration is a popular annual event.



Where to walk the rock

A guide to local concert venues and upcoming shows By Kellie Mejdrich ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT

Club Congress

311 E. Congress St. Although many of Club Congress’ shows are for ages 21 and up, the venue (which is part of the historic Hotel Congress) will occasionally open its doors to an all-ages audience. Shows usually take place in the Tap Room, a smaller space that allows for an intimate concert experience. The venue hosts well-known bands, as well as up-andcoming musicians. Indie pop band Cults is visiting on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. for only $10 — and the show will be all ages. With a funky, vampy sound that’s ultra-fresh, this mysterious duo wowed critics with their hot single “Go Outside” last year. And on Nov. 8, well-known indie rockers Ra Ra Riot will visit with Delicate Steve and Yellow Ostrich, at 8 p.m. for $15, $14 if you pay in advance. This show will be ages 18 and up.

Solar Culture

31 E. Toole Ave. If you need a break from all the indie rock rolling through Tucson, Solar Culture is the perfect place for you. Solar Culture is a non-profit venue created for the sole purpose of bringing together music and artists of various cultures. In addition to being a music venue, it’s also an art gallery filled with work of all styles, media and concepts. While the venue doesn’t sell food or drinks, you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Shows are always all ages. Catch a fascinating hybrid of samba, contemporary, pop and electronica music by Brazillian singer Luísa Maita on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $10.

July 27-August 2, 2011

Tucson boasts clubs, venues for all creative types By Kellie Mejdrich ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT When you start college, your low budget and the limited space in your dorm room can make it difficult to stay creative. But artistic hobbies can be a great way to relieve the stress of the daily grind at the UA. With a number of local clubs and facilities near campus, it’s easy to tap into all kinds of resources, even if you’re not a studio art major.

Ceramics Club

This club is open to the public for once-a-week pottery during the semester. All you need to do is pay a small membership fee and have an interest in the art of ceramics. Email Aurore Chabot at for more information.

Red Room at the Grill

100 E. Congress St. Though shows are often scheduled on short notice, the Red Room is a hotspot for local artists. Shows here are usually free and always all-ages. Since the Grill is also a restaurant, the Red Room is one of the only venues where you can get a burger, a soda and a specialty mixed drink in the same place while listening to homegrown jams. You can catch Havarti Orchestra, Mean Beans, and Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout on Aug. 12. It’s sure to be a great way to finish one of your last weeks of freedom before the semester starts.

The Drawing Studio

The Drawing Studio at 33 S. Sixth Ave. provides a range of artistic options, including drop-in open figure studio hours for only $10 per three-hour session. Classes are also available, and the studio even offers opportunities to draw live figure models. Visit for more information or call 620-0947 for details.

Tucson Clay Co-op

Tucson Clay Co-op is a studio located at 3326 N. Dodge Blvd. The co-op provides a range of membership opportunities as well as classes in wheel and hand-building ceramics techniques. Call 792-6263 for more information.

Rialto Theatre

318 E. Congress St. The Rialto Theatre has been a symbol of Tucson’s entertainment scene since it first opened its doors in 1920. The theater is a snazzy venue that’s been known to host some of the biggest names in music today. For example, this summer, the Rialto sold out for breakout artist Christina Perri. Acquaint yourself with the Rialto on Sept. 1 as you check out the lush, rich compositions of Explosions in the Sky. The show starts at the Rialto Theatre at 8 p.m. for $22, and these well-seasoned Texan instrumentalists form heavily layered, dramatic music that is truly trance-inducing.

University of Arizona Ballroom Dance Club

For a different kind of artistic expression, join the Ballroom Dance Club and dance your way to creativity. During the school year, weekly lessons cost only $45 for an entire semester, or $80 for the year. Visit for more information. The Rialto Theatre

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Free (and cheap) food and fun on campus By Jason Krell ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT College is expensive, but you know that. Tuition, room and board can get out of control, but if you look in the right places, you can find some great deals. There are plenty of bargains out there for both food and entertainment.

Meals, deals and steals

During the first few weeks of school, there will be random people on campus handing little coupon books and maps out to anyone with an empty hand. Sometimes these books are just set up on tables in big piles, ripe for the picking. Go ahead and take a few. In fact, go ahead and take as many as you can carry. They’re good for a whole semester and they’re free. Look through the coupons wisely, and you’re sure to find many deals you can use. Aside from that, weekly specials are your friends. Look for cheap combo meal prices at participating campus restaurants on Wednesdays and Fridays — priced at just $3 and $5 respectively. The deals aren’t available everywhere, but keep an eye out for the little signs that say they’re participating. You can also check online at Cheap food is good, but free food is better (although it’s much harder to find). The best place to start is the UA Mall. On certain days, which, for the most part will be random, there will be rows and rows of tables set up on the Mall. Sometimes the free food will come with a catch, such as signing a petition or agreeing to attend a club meeting. But hey, that’s a small price to pay when you get something else for free. Other places for gratis grubbing are those very club meetings themselves. If

you like the food they give out at on the Mall, you’ll like the food at the meeting even better. Of course, it’s not the nicest thing in the world to join a club just for the food. But if you’re a good enough actor or lack a conscience, have at it.

No-payment entertainment

The Mall is one of the best places to have a good time for free. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, there is plenty of room to get your game on, and you can easily join your fellow students in all kinds of sports out there. Whether it’s football, Frisbee or soccer, there’s room for most everyone. You can even find the occasional game of bicycle polo. Looking for something more cultured? There’s plenty of that at the UA as well. You can always visit the UA Center for Creative Photography or the UA Museum of Art, both of which are free to students with a CatCard. Otherwise, Gallagher Theater hosts frequent movie showings, sometimes of classics, and sometimes of newer flicks. Ticket prices are usually less than $5, which is still cheaper than going to an actual theater. Plus, you can catch the improvisation group The Charles Darwin Experience there every Tuesday at 10 p.m. For the ladies, and gentleman too, there is one good shopping deal worth mentioning. Every Friday before home games the UofA Bookstore offers 25 percent off all UA apparel. So if you want to stock up on UA gear, it’s worth waiting to get a better price. And don’t forget your friends amid all these fantastic distractions. They can make some of the best free fun available. Just hanging out and meeting new people is part of the college experience, so be sure to make that priority number one.

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Places to go at odd hours By Kelly Kleber ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT It’s 2 a.m. Your roommate is snoring obnoxiously and you have a paper due in six hours. The Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center is open, but you’re in the mood for some late-night grub while you do your homework. Where do you go? There are several places open 24/7 in Tucson. Here are some of the best places to go at odd hours:

A Shot In The Dark Cafe

121 E. Broadway Blvd. If you enjoy live music, art galleries and generous portions of organic food, then you’ll fit right in at this around-the-clock coffeehouse and restaurant. With its relaxing environment and friendly staff, A Shot in the Dark Cafe is the epitome of a downtown coffee shop. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or a meatloving maniac, there is something for everyone. Some of the most notable menu items include the “George Carlin,” a colossal sized black bean, spinach and green pepper burrito, and the Potatoes Maximus, a heaping portion of potatoes mixed with bacon, cheddar cheese, green chilies and red peppers.


100 E. Congress St. The Grill is one of Tucson’s best-known late-night hot spots, and this award-winning restaurant has been voted Best Diner in Tucson for 10 consecutive years now. Not only does the Grill boast the best tater tots in town, the diner also offers deep-fried ravioli, sirloin burgers and a big bowl of Cap’n Crunch. The shop’s low-key, norush atmosphere sets the mood for finishing your homework while enjoying your food and is sure to keep you coming back time and time again.

Coffee X-Change


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2443 N. Campbell Ave. Whether you need a quadruple shot of caffeine or just a regular cup of coffee, Coffee X-Change is your best bet. This coffee shop offers a great selection of fresh coffee as well as baked goods such as bagels, cookies and pastries. Coffee X-Change also makes breakfast foods and good-sized sandwiches at all hours of the day. It’s a great place for students to congregate, and you’ll find other people studying here at just about every hour.


Know your noms Favorite Tucson foods with strange names By Miranda Butler ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT

Highland burritos

What they are: Highland burritos probably don’t count as actual Mexican food, but they are some of the most delicious breakfast burritos around. A favorite among students looking for late-night snacks, Highland burritos are grilled up buffet style so that you can select what ingredients you’d like in addition to cheese and eggs. Where to get them: Highland Market on Highland Avenue. Although the market is open 24 hours, the cooks switch between serving burritos and sandwiches at various times of the day, so look at the posted signs in order to drop by at a time when burritos will actually be served. Also, to order a burrito, you must first fill out a slip (which you can find at the Highland Market checkout). Then bring that slip to the employees working the grill.


What they are: Although Eegee’s itself is a fast-food restaurant, if you hear students referring to “getting some Eegee’s” or “eating an Eegee,” this is a usually a reference to Eegee’s frozen fruit drinks in particular. Regular flavors are lemon, piña colada and strawberry, and there is also a different specialty flavor every month. Where to get them: You can purchase Eegee’s at any of their locations, of course, but they are also sold

at numerous locations across campus. You can find Eegee’s at the ice cream counter at U-Mart, as well as to the side of the coffee counter at Highland Market.

Sonoran hot dogs

What they are: This specialty hot dog comes wrapped in bacon, includes nearly every condiment including ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, and is also topped with pinto beans, vegetables and jalapeño sauce. Of course, some ingredients vary depending on where you buy your hot dog — and although all these toppings might sound overwhelming or gross, the savory taste will blow your mind. Where to get them: One of the most popular places to buy a Sonoran hot dog is at El Guero Canelo (the “G” is pronounced like a “W”), a Tucson restaurant located at 2480 N. Oracle Road. You can also buy a Sonoran hot dog at one of the many hot dog stands scattered throughout Tucson.

Chicken and waffles

What they are: If someone invites you to go get “chicken and waffles,” they’re actually suggesting a visit to a restaurant that’s famous for selling fried chicken and amazing waffles together in the same entrée. The portions are huge and reasonably priced, and the restaurant also has a bar and sells specialty Southern foods. Where to get them: The full name of the “chicken and waffles” restaurant is Mays Counter Chicken and Waffles, 2945 E. Speedway Blvd.



July 27-August 2, 2011

Tucson a mecca for movie-lovers

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By Maitri Mehta ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Whether you prefer B-grade horror, vintage foreign films, or obscure documentaries that never seem to make it to the main screens, Tucson has what you’re looking for. Sure, there is your regular fare available, with several theaters throughout the city and an IMAX to boot (for a serious headache). But if you gravitate toward the quirkier side of the silver screen, Tucson gives generously.

3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Arguably Tucson’s most notorious meeting place for art house films, The Loft is a non-profit organization that proudly gloats its worship of films, filmmakers and filmmaking. The Loft supports local directors and producers and, since 2002, has screened international films from more than

100 filmmakers. The Loft showcases independent, foreign, alternative and classic films, and also hosts special events such as screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and other cult classics.

Casa Video

2905 E. Speedway Blvd. If you’d rather stay in, Casa Video is a goldmine for film buffs. Forget about Redbox and Netflix, because Casa Video is guaranteed to outdo any other selection. The store provides freshly popped popcorn while you browse — which could take quite a while, since Casa Video boasts a space of 8,000 square feet with more than 50,000 titles. Movies are arranged by genre, so you can find a shelf of every Oscar winner ever, in chronological order, as well as everything from foreign horror films to B-grade World War II epics. Anything goes. And the staff really knows its stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Grand Cinemas

4811 E. Grant Road, 4690 N. Oracle Road Going to the movies can eat your paycheck. Tickets are $9 at the least, and if you want to see a movie in 3D, you might have to skip dinner, because those godforsaken 3D glasses can run you up another four bucks. If shelling out cash isn’t your style, Grand Cinemas is a nice relief from those ridiculous ticket prices. Grand Cinemas has two Tucson locations, and is one of the few discount theaters where you can easily catch any title you may have missed. So if you missed “Nanny McPhee Returns…” you’re in luck.

Fox Tucson Theatre

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17 W. Congress St. Fox Tucson Theatre takes you back to a time when big bands were the big thing, baby — it’s totally retro. The theater is a

historical space dating back to the 1930s in the heart of downtown Tucson, with a mission to restore the art of the theater to the glory it deserves. The theater mainly shows classic films, so a trip here is worth it to experience a Tucson of a more glamorous past.

Gallagher Theater

in the Student Union Memorial Center We have our very own screening venue here on campus. The Gallagher Theater at the Student Union Memorial Center was built in 1971, back when movies were only 75 cents for students. Today’s prices reflect the times, but traditions continue, like Midnight Movies and special screening events. Be on the lookout for fliers advertising free pre-screenings, too, since new releases sometimes get tested on a college audience here.

Do you spend your time curled up with a good book? Or even better, writing your own novels, short stories or poems? The English and Creative Writing Club is a small group of students that meets at the UA Poetry Center once per week. Activities include guest speakers and writing exercises. Email club president and former Wildcat arts editor Christy Delehanty at for more information.

Copoeira Club of the UA

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A ‘A’ Mountain

Actually named Sentinel Peak, “A” Mountain became a symbol of UA pride in 1915 when the freshman class built the “A” on the side of the peak. Students began the yearly tradition of whitewashing the monument in 1916. Both Arizona and ASU have “A” Mountains in their respective cities and the challenge of painting the other school’s “A” before big games has become a yearly ritual.

‘Bear down’

“Bear down, Arizona, bear down, red and blue. Bear down, Arizona. Hit ‘em hard, let ‘em know who’s who. Bear down, Arizona. Bear down red and blue. Go! Go! Wildcats go! Arizona, bear down!”

Criner, Juron

The senior wide receiver for the Arizona football team finished the 2010 season with a team-leading 11 touchdowns, 82 catches and 1,233 total yards. Criner is expected to be selected in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Duel in the Desert

The rivalry between Arizona and ASU began in 1899 with the first Territorial Cup, and the intensity between the Wildcats and the “other” state university hasn’t stopped since. It is renewed every year during numerous matchups between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils.


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John “Button” Salmon was one of the most famous Arizona athletes of all time. The student body president, quarterback and catcher on the baseball team is known for producing Arizona’s signature slogan “Bear down!” after the 1926 car accident that ultimately killed him. His inspiring words are painted on top of Bear Down Gymnasium in his honor.

Kenzie Fowler

The latest in the line of dominant Arizona softball pitchers, the sophomore from Canyon del Oro High School earned a 23-7 record in the regular season to go along with a 1.75 ERA and 211 strikeouts.


Since the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985, 12 Wildcats have been selected, most recently Derrick Williams, who was selected second overall in June’s NBA Draft and tied for the highest draft position ever for a UA player.

Z Starter Keola Antolin is a nice mix of power and quickness, and has the speed to break long runs. Sophomore bruiser Daniel Jenkins had an impressive spring, and incoming freshman Ka’Deem Carey has all the physical tools necessary to become Arizona’s feature back before the end of 2011.

Sage green and silver

At the turn of the 20th century, cardinal red and navy blue hadn’t taken over Tucson quite yet. Arizona hailed sage green, representing the sage bush indigenous to the area, and silver, which represented Arizona’s silver mines. Legend has it that the colors switched to red and blue when the football team needed new uniforms and cardinal and navy were the cheapest combination.


The name has become synonymous with Arizona football in recent memory. This year’s team has just one Tuihalamaka, Sione, who is a cousin to former linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka. The family is of Tongan descent and is part of the pipeline of American Somoans to play at Arizona.

McKale Center

The home to Arizona men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and volleyball programs since it was built in 1973, McKale Center was named for the father of Arizona athletics, J.F. “Pop” McKale. McKale served as the athletic director at Arizona from 1914 to 1957.


The strength and consistency of the Arizona softball program is something that head coach Mike Candrea has spent nearly his whole career achieving. Arizona has nine Pac10 Championships and eight NCAA championships as well as 21 consecutive appearances at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Natyazhko, Kyryl

With the departure of Derrick Arizona football is slated for at Williams to the NBA, the seldomleast four games with national used center has a chance to see signifiESPN/ABC coverage, includcant minutes in 2011. Natyazhko also became a Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Wildcat Vacancy ing two Thursday night games. YouTube sensation after Arizona’s victory over With the departure of Derrick Arizona Daily The second game of the season Duke to advance to the Elite Eight, by dancing Wildcat Williams to the NBA and guard at Oklahoma State, a rematch of last year’s Alamo Bowl, is on the sidelines during Arizona’s dominating second half. Lamont “Momo” Jones to transfer, the the first of three consecutive Arizona football games to be Arizona men’s basketball team has a void to fill. The most broadcast to a national audience. Offense likely candidate is incoming freshman Angelo Chol, who is The Arizona football team’s offensive unit has a defensive presence in the paint. Incoming freshman guard Foles, Nick been one of the most explosive in the conference Nick Johnson will provide the Wildcats with an ability to The transfer from Michigan State University entered in recent memory. Expect that to continue in score in a number of ways. the 2010 season as the unquestioned starter, but suffered 2011. Arizona will break in a new offensive line, a dislocated kneecap against Washington State and but returns experience and depth at quarterback, Wilbur and Wilma never regained his early season form. Foles finished the receiver and running back. The mascots for Arizona, Wilma and Wilbur Wildcat, season with 3,191 yards and a 140.86 efficiency rating in were married in 1986 and even have a certificate to prove it. 11 starts, and threw twice as many touchdowns (20) as Pacific 12 Conference While Wilbur and Wilma’s furry appearances get the crowd interceptions (10). After adding the University of Colorado, going, they’ve got to give props to the first real Arizona Boulder, and the University of Utah, the former mascot — a desert wildcat called Rufus Arizona who made Greg Byrne Pac-10 now has 12 member schools — his appearance in 1915. located in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, After the departure of former athletic director Jim California, Washington and Oregon Livengood to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Greg XC Byrne stepped into the position in May 2010. Byrne held — and a football championship Head coach James Li led the women’s cross-country the same position at Mississippi State University and also game, to be hosted by the team to its first NCAA National meet in eight years folhad experience at Kentucky and Oregon. An ASU graduate, school with the best conferlowing the 2010 season. ence record. Byrne has gotten the ball rolling on a number of upgrades to Arizona’s athletic facilities, including the new football scoreboard, which will be in place for the 2011 season. Youth Quest Bringing in the No. 4 ranked recruiting class in Arizona has never apAmerica, according to, the Arizona men’s peared in the Rose Bowl, Heyer, Kurt basketball team will have plenty of youth on the and 2011 marks another The title of ace on the Arizona baseball team belongs court for the 2011-2012 season. Guards Josiah Turner opportunity for the Wildcats to to right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer. The 2011 sophomore and Nick Johnson figure to be in the mix to start achieve that feat. With a senior manned the Friday night spot in the rotation, leading right away, and forward Angelo Chol set the all-time quarterback in Nick Foles and two the Wildcats to four straight series-opening wins to start high school record for blocks in a season, with 337 receivers that blend size and speed Pac-10 play. during his 2008-2009 campaign. in Dan Buckner and Juron Criner,


The Arizona football team lost three contributors — running back Greg Nwoko, safety Adam Hall and linebacker Jake Fischer — to knee injuries during spring practice, and none are expected to return until October at the earliest. Arizona was already thin at linebacker and safety entering the spring, but the Wildcats will have an opportunity to prove their depth come September.

the Wildcats may have the tools to overcome replacing all five starters on the offensive line and a brutal stretch to open the season.

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The student section at all sporting events, the Zona Zoo is unofficially the largest student section in the Pac10. It’s so big, it even has its own theme song written by Eric Ryan Costenbader and performed by rap artists Nick Nice and S.A.G.E. — Compiled by the Arizona Summer Wildcat staff



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Your guide to sitting in the Zona Zoo, the UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student section

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â&#x20AC;˘ Cheer as loud as possible for the Wildcats throughout the game. â&#x20AC;˘ Boo interceptions, fumbles, sacks or any bad play. â&#x20AC;˘ Question why Alex Zendejas is still the best option at kicker. â&#x20AC;˘ Know the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names, stats and strategy of the game. â&#x20AC;˘ Hydrate thoroughly prior to the start of the game. â&#x20AC;˘ Get pumped up and celebrate a big win. â&#x20AC;˘ Wear your Zona Zoo shirt with pride on game days and fashion yourself a Zona Zoo T-shirt dress. â&#x20AC;˘ Get involved in traditions like key jingling, chants or heckling opposing players. â&#x20AC;˘ Be a supportive and classy fan in victory and defeat. â&#x20AC;˘ Show up early to wait in line to get into the Zona Zoo. â&#x20AC;˘ Wear your â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASUcksâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASwho?â&#x20AC;? shirts to games against the Sun Devils.

â&#x20AC;˘ Leave at halftime, intermission or the seventh inning stretch. â&#x20AC;˘ Say â&#x20AC;&#x153;put in Matt Scott,â&#x20AC;? it just turns out poorly for everyone. â&#x20AC;˘ Get your hopes up on extra points, ever. â&#x20AC;˘ Use buzzwords like â&#x20AC;&#x153;clutchâ&#x20AC;? every time the punter boots one more than 10 yards (although that would be an accomplishment for Zendejas). â&#x20AC;˘ Forget that most events donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let you bring in beverages of any kind â&#x20AC;Ś any kind. â&#x20AC;˘ Rush the ďŹ eld with a minute to go in regulation. â&#x20AC;˘ Feel discouraged to wear minimal clothing because â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot out. â&#x20AC;˘ Scream â&#x20AC;&#x153;touchdownâ&#x20AC;? when the starting power forward dunks. â&#x20AC;˘ Hurl half-empty water bottles, from 20 rows up, at unsuspecting visiting cheerleaders. â&#x20AC;˘ Roll out of bed hungover from last night with 10 minutes to game time. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in. â&#x20AC;˘ Invite your friends from ASU to sit with you in the Zona Zoo. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Storm Byrd

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Road to the Rose Bowl By Dan Kohler and Alex Williams ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT The Pacific 10 Conference has expanded and morphed into the Pacific 12 Conference. Oregon is the only team that has separated itself from the rest of the pack, but schools like Stanford, ASU and Arizona aren’t far behind. The Summer Wildcat takes a look at each of the 12 teams in the conference.

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action. ASU will again be one of the least-disciplined teams in America, continuing a trend that started with the hiring of head coach Dennis Erickson in 2007. Best-case scenario: ASU goes 11-1 with a loss to Oregon, which is enough to win the Pac12 South Division and get ASU into the conference’s inaugural championship game. Win or lose, the Devils play in the first BCS game in school history. Worst-case scenario: ASU does, well, what ASU has done the last few years under Erickson. The Devils drop a close game at home against Mizzou and go on a five-game losing streak on their way to a 4-8 season to end the Erickson era.

Colorado Buffaloes

What they have: All the tools to be a surprising Pac-12 team in 2011. Colorado returns 2010 All-Big-12 tailback Rodney Stewart, along with allconference defensive end Josh Hartigan , as well returning three-fifths of the offensive line. The Buffs also return their quarterback, and have experience at all the right positions. What they’re missing: The defense to make up for a solid-but-notoutstanding offense. The Colorado offense will be good enough to keep the Buffaloes in most of their games, but their defense won’t be able to get the stops to get wins. Last season, the Colorado defense gave up totals of 43, 45 and 52 points, which happened twice. The Buffaloes went 0-4 in those games. Best-case scenario: The Buffaloes go 9-4 overall 6-3 in conference, which is good enough to win the south division after an ASU collapse and USC’s postseason ineligibility. Colorado loses a close game and goes to the Alamo Bowl. Worst-case scenario: Colorado starts the season 1-3 in non-conference games, including a loss to California, which doesn’t count toward Pac-12 standings because the game was scheduled prior to conference expansion. The Buffaloes go on to defeat both of the Washington schools, but finish their first season in the Pac-12 at 3-10 overall.

What they have: A senior quarterback with potential to be a first-round NFL draft pick in Nick Foles, and the conference’s top receiver in Juron Criner to pair with junior transfer Dan Buckner, who is eligible after sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. On the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats return their entire back seven, though linebacker Jake Fischer and safety Adam Hall will miss time due to ACL injuries. What they’re missing: As a unit, Arizona’s offensive line has one combined start, coming from center Kyle Quinn in last year’s Alamo Bowl. The Wildcats face a similar problem on the defensive line, where redshirt sophomore tackle Justin Washington is the lone returning starter. To compound potential problems on defense, Arizona must replace two NFL draft picks in ends Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed. Best-case scenario: Arizona goes 6-2 in conference play and 9-3 overall, and with USC’s postseason ban still in effect, that’s enough to get the Wildcats to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game and give Arizona a shot at the first Rose Bowl in school history. Worst-case scenario: The preseason injuries end up being too much for Arizona to overcome. The Wildcats go 5-7 overall with a five-game losing streak after the season opener against NAU, failing to extend their three-season-long streak of playing in a bowl game.

UCLA Bruins

ASU Sun Devils

What they have: ASU may be the second-most athletic team in the conference behind Oregon. The Sun Devils have a stable of running backs capable of producing big numbers, and a receiving corps that is talented, if unproven. ASU also has the best defensive player in the conference in junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who will go in the first round of the NFL Draft if he can keep the hotheaded penalties to a minimum. What they’re missing: Brock Osweiler could be the answer at quarterback, but he’s still unproven without much game experience and he tends to try to force the

Breaking down the Pac-12

Nick Foles

What they have: For the first time in a while, it looks like UCLA will have someone competent at the quarterback position. Richard Brehaut returns after starting most of 2010, and highly touted recruit Brett Hundley has been on campus since spring practice. What they’re missing: A way to protect whoever ends up at the quarterback position. UCLA is replacing most of its offensive line, PAC-12, page B15

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Calling all the shots By Alex Williams ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT While the athletes making plays on the field are getting most of the attention, the coaches are on the sidelines or in the booth making those plays possible. Former coaches such as Jerry Kindall or Lute Olson will forever be entrenched in Arizona lore, but the coaches currently at the UA may be more important to the university’s athletics programs. Here’s a look at the head coaches of a few of Arizona’s athletic teams: Editor’s note: The coaches’ year at the UA refers to the year they will be in during their upcoming season.

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Mike Stoops, football

Year at UA: eighth Record: 40-45 Conference championships: zero Fast fact: The UA’s current streak of making a bowl game three consecutive years matches the longest such streak in school history.

Sean Miller, men’s basketball

Year at UA: second Record: 46-23 Conference championships: one Fast fact: Miller’s 120 wins at Xavier University rank him third on the Musketeers’ all-time coaching wins list.

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Mike Candrea, softball

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Meet the head honchos of Arizona Athletics Niya Butts, women’s basketball

Year at UA: 26th Conference championships: nine College World Series appearances: 22 National championships: eight Fast fact: Arizona appeared in eight consecutive National Championship games, from 1991 to 1998, with Candrea at the helm.

Year at UA: fourth Record: 47-48 Conference championships: zero Fast fact: Butts won back-to-back National Championships while playing under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee.

Eric Hansen, men and women’s swimming

Andy Lopez, baseball

Year at UA: 11th Record: 316-208-1 College World Series appearances at UA: one (2004) Fast fact: Lopez is one of three coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead three different programs to the College World Series.

Year at UA: first All-Americans coached (at Wisconsin): 56 Top-20 finishes (at Wisconsin): 11 Fast fact: Hansen was a six-time All-American while swimming at Iowa State.

Leaving a legacy

Dave Rubio, volleyball

Year at UA: 19th Record: 321-189 NCAA Tournament appearances: 12 Fast fact: From 2000 to 2003, Arizona had a streak of 30 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.

Rick LaRose, men’s golf

Year at UA: 34th Head-to-head wins (as of Feb. 21): 5,370 Conference championships: four National championships: two Fast fact: LaRose is the only coach in collegiate history to win both a men’s and women’s national championship.


Laura Ianello, women’s golf

Year at UA: first Tournament wins: one (Wildcat Invitational) Conference championships: zero National championships: zero Fast fact: Ianello won a National Championship at Arizona as a freshman in 2000.

Sean Miller

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PAC-12 continued from page B13 so whoever ends up behind center could be looking at a painful 2011 season. The Bruins also lose all-world kicker Kai Forbath , along with linebacker Akeem Ayers and safety Rahim Moore, to the NFL. Best-case scenario: UCLA goes 7-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play and ends up in the Holiday Bowl. The Bruins finally get some momentum on offense and the 2012 season will come with high expectations. Worst-case scenario: The Bruins open the season with a loss to Houston, and then beat San Jose State University before losing eight of their final 10 games of the season. Head coach Rick Neuheisel loses his job before he has a chance to drop to 0-4 against USC in the season finale.

USC Trojans

What they have: One of the big-three quarterbacks in the conference in Matt Barkley, who took a big step forward in his sophomore season. The jump between a quarterback’s sophomore and junior seasons is often the biggest, so the Trojans could have a very dangerous passing attack to go with a steady run game. What they’re missing: The defense to slow down high-powered Pac-12 offenses. The Trojans’ defense will still be a fairly solid unit, but isn’t built for stopping the sideline-tosideline spread attack that a number of teams now employ. USC’s linebackers have been disappointing the past two seasons, and the defensive line isn’t good enough to hide the linebackers’ flaws. Best-case scenario: USC goes 11-1 overall and 8-1 in the Pac-12, with the only loss coming in a close game at Oregon. The Trojans, looking to show that they are still one of the best programs in America, enter the 2012 season as a national title favorite after a dominating 2011 season. Worst-case scenario: Unmotivated because of its Andrew Luck postseason ban, USC goes 8-4 Michael Ignatov/Arizona Daily Wildcat overall and 5-4 in Pac-12 play. The Trojans’ winning streak against ASU is snapped, and Oregon hands them another blowout. The national media start to question the Lane Kiffin hire and wonder out loud if USC is still one of the nation’s top programs.

Utah Utes

What they have: A good core. Utah returns the majority of its offensive and defensive lines as well as bringing back sophomore quarterback Jordan Wynn. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has been rock-solid at Utah, and offensive coordinator Norm Chow has a wealth of experience in the former Pac-10. What they’re missing: The depth to play against BCS level teams week-in and week-out. The Utes were able to handle the Mountain West Conference fairly well, but the toughest team they had to face regularly was BYU, who would finish in the lower half of the Pac-12. Utah will struggle with this in its first Pac-12 season, but recruiting will pick up as long as the Utes can hold their own. Best-case scenario: The Utes put together a 9-3 season, going 6-3 in the Pac-12. That may or may not be enough to get Utah into the Pac-12 Championship Game, but it’s a good season for a school in its first season in a BCS conference. Worst-case scenario: Utah drops non-conference games at both BYU and Pitt, then goes 2-7 in conference play on their way to a 3-9 season. The Utes get beat up over the course of the season and drop two or three games that, on paper, it looks like they should win.

Sports NORTH DIVISION Stanford Cardinal

What they have: Senior quarterback Andrew Luck, the preseason consensus No. 1 pick for the 2012 NFL draft. Luck decided to return after securing the Cardinal an Orange Bowl win last year. Seven starters return on the defensive side and, although they had weaknesses in the secondary last year, they have the tools to further develop. What they’re missing: Head coach Jim Harbaugh was poached by the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason and he took defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with him. Now, coach David Shaw’s co-coordinator front is creating skepticism for the defensive side of Stanford’s attack. Best-case scenario: Shaw is able to jump out of Harbaugh’s shadow and bring the Cardinal another BCS bowl win. Stanford tops Oregon at home going 8-1 in conference play to secure a Pac-12 North inaugural title to give the Cardinal a chance at a Rose Bowl bid. Worst-case scenario: Chaos: the co-coordinators can’t keep up and Shaw can’t take the limelight. The Cardinal goes 5-4 in conference play including losses to Oregon, Oregon State and USC on the road.

California Golden Bears

What they have: Greater mobility at the quarterback position thanks to junior Zach Maynard, who transferred following a freshman season at the University at Buffalo where he rushed for more than 300 yards. Last season’s leading receivers Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen return as added threats to Maynard’s dynamic game. What they’re missing: Shane Vereen, all-conference running back who decided to forego his senior season and enter the draft. The loss of a back capable of a 1,000-yard season will be tough on the Golden Bears’ running attack. Best-case scenario: The Bears are able to beat both Stanford and ASU at home to finish off 6-3 conference schedule, but it won’t be enough for a Pac-12 North title. Worst-case scenario: The lack of depth at quarterback and the relatively inexperienced defensive unit takes its toll on the Bears as they fall to Washington on the road and Oregon State at home to finish off a 2-6 record in conference play.


Oregon State Beavers

What they have: Junior quarterback Ryan Katz returns after a successful 2010 campaign completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,401 yards. The Beavers also get their top three receivers back in Markus Wheaton, Jordan Bishop and James Rodgers. What they’re missing: Jacquizz Rodgers was one of the most dominant running backs in the Pac-10 and the nation last year, and the hole will be tough to fill for the Oregon State ground game. With the loss of Stephen Paea, the Beavers will also be concerned with a weakened defensive line. Best-case scenario: Unfortunately for the Beavers, they cannot compete with the likes of Stanford and Oregon, but a 7-5 season could position the Beavers for a solid bowl bid. Worst-case scenario: The Beavers don’t recover from a road loss in Wisconsin and start to topple. A disappointing 4-8 season finishes with five straight losses, four of those to division opponents.

Washington Huskies

What they have: The return of running back Chris Polk, who ran for more than 1,400 yards last season and comes in as one of the conference’s best this year, will be invaluable for the Huskies as they transition into a new quarterback scheme. On the defensive side, four starters return on the line and they should have one of the best defensive fronts in years. What they’re missing: Despite quarterback Jake Locker ’s somewhat unenthusiastic numbers last season, he was still the figurehead of the Husky offense and the team will need to regroup without his leadership. Starting his third year at the helm, head coach Steve Sarkisian has yet to give the program a real reason to keep his job secure and this could be a make-or-break season for him. Best-case scenario: The Huskies can’t contend with Stanford and Oregon — no one else in the North can — so it’s essentially a battle for third and a bowl bid. They finish the season 7-5 after beating Oregon State in Corvallis and Washington State at home. Worst-case scenario: A lack of offense leads to inability to perform on the other side of the ball. The Huskies finish 4-8 after losing to Oregon State and Cal, and finish only in front of Washington State in the Pac-12 North final standings.

Washington State Cougars

What they have: The Cougars return junior quarterback Jeff Tuel, whose surprising play last season accounted for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Wazzou offense. Washington State also returns its leading receivers from last year in Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter who combined for 1,664 yards and 13 touchdowns. What they’re missing: A defense. Running and passing something has to give for the Cougars on defense. Depth on their rushing attack, considering leading rusher James Montgomery only accumulated 478 yards last season, it might not be bad that he’s missing this Oregon Ducks season, as it opens up the posiWhat they have: The majority of the tion for someone to step in and offensive talent that led them to the National make an impact. Championship game last year. Heisman Trophy Best-case scenario: There’s not runner-up LaMichael James returns at the much of a difference between the running back position and gunslinger Darron best case and worst case for this Thomas again takes position under center. team. They only won two games What they’re missing: Serious talent at the wide last year and don’t look to be receiver position as they have to fill the void left by challenging any conference Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis , who combined for 1,546 opponents this year. But in yards and 15 touchdowns last season. the best case, they can Best-case scenario: Oregon is able beat Louisiana pull off an upset of State University in its season opener and run Cal, OSU, or through its schedule, beating Stanford on the Washington road to finish 12-0 and clinch the Pac-12 North and finish title. If they are running red hot through the con4-8. ference, then no other team will be able LaMichael James Worst-case to match up with them in the conference Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Wildcat scenario; The championship game. Cougars get skunked. They fall Worst-case scenario: A loss to LSU creto Idaho State and can’t get back on track, finishing 0-12, at ates a domino effect for the Ducks as they go 7-5 with which point the Wazzou fans are left to shake their heads a loss to Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., and fail to go to a and ask, “Why us?” BCS bowl for the first time in three years.



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Top 5 athletes flying Fall games you don’t want to miss under the radar By Alex Williams ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT

By Kelly Hultgren ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Welcome to the UA. Sure, you can rattle off some names of current athletes like Nick Foles, Juron Criner or maybe Kenzie Fowler, but your knowledge of UA athletics barely scratches the surface. The Summer Wildcat takes a look at the top 5 athletes that you don’t know about — whether it’s because they play a non-revenue sport or have been in the shadow of top draft picks — but you should after how they’ve performed during their time at Arizona.

Her personal best is 18.31 meters (60-1), which is currently the eighth-best outdoor throw in NCAA history and is ranked 20th in the world. Labonte transferred to Arizona from Quebec during the 2010 spring semester. Despite speaking a different language and arriving well into the 2010 season, Labonte managed to place 12th in the indoor and fourth in the outdoor national championships in her debut as a Wildcat.

Solomon Hill, basketball

As a sophomore, Arizona basketball’s Solomon Hill put up impressive numbers from rebounds to scoring averages last season. The 6-foot-6 forward hailing from Los Angeles was one of three players to start all 38 games, along with Derrick Williams and Momo Jones. In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Hill averaged 9.5 points and 7 rebounds a game, and was named to the IBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 10 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists during the November tournament. Arizona head coach Sean Miller deemed Hill as the Wildcats’ most improved player last season, and, with Williams drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jones’ decision to transfer, Hill will play an even bigger role during his junior season.

Stephen Sambu, track and cross-country

Arizona men’s track and field distance runner Stephen Sambu, originally from Eldoret, Kenya, had a record-breaking 2010-2011 season after transferring from Rend Lake Community College in Southern Illinois. In his first Division I level 10,000-meter race, Sambu broke a 12-year-old school record with his time of 27:28.64. The junior also holds the 5,000-meter indoor record for Arizona after earning AllAmerica honors for the race in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sambu took home another AllAmerica honor at the outdoor championships after placing third in the 10,000-meter race. Earlier last year, Sambu competed on Arizona’s crosscountry team, where he earned his first All-America honors after finishing second in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Sambu is a Pacific 10 Conference Athlete of the Week.

Alyssa Anderson, swim

Julie Labonte, track

In her sophomore year, Arizona women’s track and field thrower Julie Labonte had a perfect 2010-2011 season. For shot put, Labonte went undefeated in every regular season meet and also took home both the indoor and Solomon Hill outdoor national titles for the event. Arizona Daily Wildcat

Alyssa Anderson, a senior captain on Arizona women’s swimming and diving team, had an exceptionally strong season TOP 5, page B17

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With the fall semester comes the start of NCAA athletic events, including football, volleyball and, at the end of the semester, basketball. Here’s a look at five sporting events you won’t want to miss during your first semester on the UA campus: Arizona football versus Stanford, Sept. 17 You don’t want to miss your chance to see the nation’s top quarterback and eventual No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck play live. This showdown is also Arizona’s first Pac-12 contest, which adds a little sentimental value to this matchup. Arizona won in a thriller the last time these teams met in Tucson, but wasn’t competitive in last year’s game in Palo Alto, Calif. For Arizona, the matchup comes in the middle of the toughest four-game stretch any team in America plays in 2011. Arizona football versus Oregon, Sept. 24 After taking a halftime lead to the locker room the last time these two teams met, Arizona rolled over in the second half, succumbing to Oregon’s high-octane, fast-paced offense. But now the showdown is in Tucson, and the early-season date gives Arizona the benefit of the desert heat. But don’t forget that Oregon is the two-time reigning conference champion, and lost in the BCS National Championship Game to Auburn on a last-second field goal. Oregon also boasts Heisman candidate LaMichael James in the backfield. Arizona volleyball versus California, Oct. 22 This match is tucked away in the middle of the Arizona’s schedule, but it pits two of the Pac-12’s top volleyball programs against each other. The last time the two teams met in Tucson, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead before falling in five sets. California is the defending Pac-10 champion, finishing last season with a 15-3 conference record, and ended the season ranked the No. 2 team in America. Arizona basketball Red-Blue game, Oct. 22 It comes in the middle of football season, but Arizona’s Red-Blue intersquad basketball scrimmage is a sign that basketball season — which reigns supreme in Tucson — is just around the corner. It’s also the public’s first look at highly regarded recruits like Nick Johnson or Josiah Turner, as well as offering a chance to see how established players like Kevin Parrom or Solomon Hill have added to their game. Last year’s scrimmage featured a dunk contest won by guard Brendon Lavender, and expect more of the same this year. Arizona basketball versus ASU, Dec. 31 ASU and Arizona open Pac-12 play with the Duel in the Desert on New Year’s Eve. Arizona has won three of the last four matchups between the two schools, but ASU is bringing in one of the conference’s top recruits, guard Jahii Carson.

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A senior on the Arizona football team, Wade could be the most important piece of a secondary that looks to rebound from a tough 2010 season. Wade earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore and second-team all-conference honors as a freshman, though he struggled as a junior. Entering his third year as a starter, Wade is seven pass break-ups from being in the top-10 of the UA’s all-time list. Wade has 10 career interceptions, including one returned for a score against top-10 Iowa in 2010.

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1. A high-flying basketball season

Arizona might be the most athletic basketball team in the Pacific 12 Conference this season. With the additions of Nick Johnson and Angelo Chol , the Wildcats will have athleticism top-to-bottom on the roster. Johnson, a six-foot-three guard from Nevada , has shown outstanding leaping ability and is one of the top on-ball defenders in the class. Chol, a six-foot-nine forward , has the second-most blocks in high school history with 1,120 . He was the final piece to head coach Sean Miller â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recruiting class, which is ranked fourth in the country by Along with adding Johnson and Chol, Arizona returns athletic wingmen Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom , which gives the Wildcats the potential to be one of the best defensive teams in America this season.

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inside Student groups .................................................... 4 Religion ....................................................................... 7 Campus safety ..................................................... 8 Student Life ............................................................ 9 Common questions ........................................ 10 Advice columns .................................................. 11 Staff picks ............................................................. 12 Senior bucket lists ............................................ 14 Health ....................................................................... 20 Technology ............................................................ 22 Textbooks .............................................................. 23 Grievances ............................................................ 25 Greek life ................................................................ 26 Course registration .......................................... 27 What to know in sports .............................. 28 People you should know ............................ 30

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273 registered groups offer options for extracurriculars By Odille Parker Staff Reporter

Traveling the country, meeting Ke$ha and organizing a Harry Potter scavenger hunt are a few of the experiences students have had thanks to keeping active outside of their curriculums. With 273 registered student organizations on CMU’s campus, there are many options for students to find their niche, no matter what it might be. Tom Idema, assistant director of Student Life, said every group welcomes new members. “Students should all get involved in something,” he said. “An RSO will allow you to get the best out of your college experience.” To join an RSO, students can log on to OrgSync, the Student Life website, at http://cmich. and peruse the entire list. Each group has a brief description and contact information to find out more about activities and requirements. With more than 1,200 students in a sorority or fraternity, Idema said Greek life is the most pop-

Inside w Why students should get out of their residence hall rooms, 9 ular form of RSO. The Volunteer Center, Program Board, traveling club sports and political and religious organizations are among other top picks. “By getting involved you learn skills that you can apply to other stuff,” Idema said. “It’s a great way to get connected, learn how to work in a team and build on to your resume.” Hailey Uribe is involved in various Greek Life RSOs. The St. Louis senior is part of Phi Mu Fraternity, the Panhellenic Council and a Greek Life Intern. “In terms of RSOs, don’t judge a book by its cover,” Uribe said. “Go for it and give a few a try. You never know who you’re going to meet and what you’re going to get. There are a ton of opportunities and it will make your college career a whole lot better.” Saginaw junior Nicki Rowlett has made the most of her CMU experience by participating in 10 different RSOs. She said she became involved

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Equestrian Club Team President Ashley Abbruzzi, a Novi senior, prepares a thouroughbred horse named Baby for practice Jan. 26. Abbruzzie has been riding with the club for four years. “My favorite thing about riding would be the companionship,” Abbruzzie said.

to increase her leadership skills and make new friends. “I have learned more being heavily involved on campus than in any other classroom,” Rowlett said. If students do not find a group that meets

their needs, they can create their own. All that is needed is a minimum of three students, a faculty advisor and constitution, and Student Life will help put the rest together.

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Campus, community offers options for students exploring faith By Hailee Sattavara Staff Reporter

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Ghana senior Charlene Ofosu prays during a moment of silence during one of two Easter services on April 24 at His House Church, 211 W. Broomfield St.

Students can also explore different faiths while at college exploring their professional and personal preferences. Among the on-campus places of worship are His House Christian Fellowship, 211 W. Broomfield St., St. Mary’s University Parish, 1405 S. Washington St., Wesley at CMU, 1400 S. Washington St., and Christ the King Lutheran Chapel, 1401 S. Washington St. CMU also has several registered student organizations for students of other religions to learn and celebrate. Hillel at CMU is an RSO focused on the Jewish faith. “Our goal is to appreciate Jewish life and meet other Jewish students on campus,” said Abi Liepshutz, Hillel’s president for the 2010-11 school year. The Franklin junior said Hillel promotes Judaism on campus. “We’re a laid-back group.” Liepshutz said. “We have programming three to four times a month.” Some of its events include celebrations of Jewish holidays, which often fall during the week, because it is difficult to get home, Liepshutz said.

“Fridays are Shabbat (the day of rest) and we try to get together for this once a month,” Liepshutz said. Hillel meets bi-weekly Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Down Under Food Court of the Bovee University Center. About 350 to 400 people gather in His House to celebrate their faith every Sunday of the academic year. “It is a place for people to seek God and to help others draw near to Christ,” said Leslie Collins, a CMU alumna and His House office administrator. Collins said His House also holds gatherings Thursday nights in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium where about 250 to 600 people worship. “We encourage members of His House to contribute to the community in something they’re passionate about,” Collins said. Mount Pleasant Community Church, 1400 W. Broomfield St., strives for an accepting environment, said Mitchell Sheahan, director of college ministry. “(MPCC) has no expectations,” Sheahan said, “we just want you there to check things out.”

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CMU Police Dept. offer tips to keeping possessions, self safe By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

Whether incoming freshmen relish or dread it, many have much greater freedom from their parents when they move into their residence hall rooms than ever before. That freedom also comes with responsibility — in more ways than one. Incoming freshmen find themselves solely responsible for belongings. CMU Police take measures to ensure these incoming freshman understand how to protect their items as well as themselves. “We have a number of presentations that we do to talk about how to put a plan together to avoid those situations,” said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. “From our perspective, one of the most important pieces of information regarding safety we want to provide people is what they do when they find themselves in the presence of some kind of violent encounter; not just on campus, but throughout the course of their life.” When freshmen move into their resi-

dence halls, community officers will also do presentations that touch on how to keep themselves and their property safe. Lt. Cameron Wassman said the the biggest thing students can do to prevent theft is to simply lock their doors. “It seems kind of silly to think about, but you would be amazed at how many thefts could be prevented if you lock your door, even when you go check your mail,” he said. “It takes a minute for somebody to walk in to your room and take your laptop and other valuable items.” Wassman said any valuables should be locked away or placed out of sight. He also suggested students write down the serial numbers of electronic items and other expensive items so that police have a better chance of tracking them if they are stolen. Bicycles are also vulnerable to theft, even locked. Wassman said several students will secure their bikes with thin cables, which are easy to cut and thus leave the bike more vulnerable to theft. “Lock your bike and get a bike lock that

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Mount Pleasant Police Officers Jeff Browne, left, and Nathan Koutz explain expectations for Welcome Weekend parties on Aug. 21 at a residence on S. Main Street.

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Students should explore more than just their residence halls rooms By Annie Harrison Staff Reporter

Tony Voisin encourages freshmen to get involved at CMU outside of the classroom to make the most of their college years. “There are so many things to do here,” the director of Student Life said. “Don’t just sit in your room.” Voisin said there are about 270 student organizations at CMU, including academic, recreational and social clubs. He said CMU has a great tradition of encouraging students to experience different parts of the university. “Everyone’s not interested in everything, but there usually is something there for everyone,” he said. Voisin said academics should remain the top priority for students, but that does not mean they cannot also have fun on campus. He said his office helps students get involved in the community and develop leadership skills. “The Office of Student Life supports programs that encourage community and individual development to connect students with the university,” he said. Student Activities Coordinator Damon Brown said campus involvement helps stu-

dents build relationships and feel connected to the university. Brown said students develop team spirit during campus activities throughout the school year, including homecoming, Up All Night and Sibs Weekend. “Once students feel they’re a part of something, they want to stay,” he said. MAINstage is the biggest activity for freshmen because it is the first event to expose students to the numerous organizations at CMU, Brown said. He said it allows students to develop their interests and sample from the various groups on campus. “It gives the student a chance to get a taste of everything,” he said. Brown urges students to step outside of their comfort zones and discover everything the university has to offer. “If you stay within your bubble … you’re going to miss out on a great experience,” he said. Shawna Ross, coordinator of the Volunteer Center, said volunteering also is an important part of campus involvement. She said the Volunteer Center helps students become active citizens by developing local and global perspectives on community needs. Ross said the center encourages students to ask themselves, “What are some ways for me to

give back to the community that I’m in?” Volunteering helps students who are undecided in their majors explore their interests, she said. A student considering a career in education might get involved with the Lunch Buddies elementary student mentoring program to gain experience working with children. “It’s a great opportunity to expand their learning and make new friends,” she said.

In addition to visiting the Volunteer Center in the University Center, Ross said students can access the database of volunteer activities on OrgSync and sign up at their convenience. “This is their opportunity to learn outside the classroom,” she said. “It helps them just learn in a different dimension.”

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Questions I would have liked to know the answer to as a freshman mosphere usually doesn’t end well. When you eat, sleep and live so closely with many people it keeps the peace better if the sexual tension is left out. Plus, if you start dating someone on your floor, then you won’t be able to meet cute people in your classes or at parties.

Chelsea Kleven 2010-11 Lead Designer Where can I check out a library book? I’ll admit, this is something I am still daunted by. The magic-moving shelves and the multiple floors and rooms are a bit overwhelming. The best advice I can give is just to ask. No one is going to get mad at you for being curious or needing help. But in the case of checking out books, the second floor reference desk is the place to go. Should I date someone who lives on my residence hall floor? It’s up to you, but I would advise against it. The guy in the room next to you might be super hot, but dating someone in a residence hall at-

Where can I get good food after the dining halls close? The campus stores are a good place to start. Chances are you’ll have some flex dollars attached to your meal plan, and you can use those on a late night snack. There are also restaurants close to campus that are open late and are within walking distance. If you’re going at night make sure to walk with a group. My advice would be to venture to the local places early in the year when the weather is nice. Then in the middle of the semester when winter strikes, you can use your flex dollars at the convenient stores and not have to venture outside. Where is a good, quiet place to study? You would think the library, but I’ve found

you are not always guaranteed a quiet atmosphere. There is always a group of people working loudly on a project at the table next to you. The local coffee shops are the best place to find refuge. University Cup, 1027 S. Franklin St., and Kaya Coffee & Tea, 1029 S. University Ave, are just north of campus. There is also two Biggby Coffee locations, at 210 S. Mission St. and 4445 E. Blue Grass Road, and two Starbucks, at 5655 E. Pickard St. and inside Target, 4097 E. Blue Grass Road. The patrons are always quiet and doing their own thing, and a good cup of coffee will be your best friend on a late night of studying. What kind of winter clothing will I need? Everyone should invest in a good pair of boots. There is nothing worse then getting snow in your shoe and having to sit through your class with wet socks. I thought I knew what a hard winter was, but having to trudge to class at 8 a.m. in a snowstorm is a whole new world. Wear lots of layers, and wear a hat, gloves and scarf. No one is going to laugh at you for being warm.

Are taxis worth the money? Taxis are a huge part of the Mount Pleasant night life. It’s a safe way to get from point A to point B. As a freshman you won’t always know the town well and where you’re going, and if drinking has been involved then a taxi is a nobrainer. Taxis will often offer discounts too for large groups of people. A $6 round trip may seem like a steep price to pay for one night out, but it’s worth it for a guaranteed safe ride.

How can I avoid fights with my roommates? Fights are inevitable. Even if you’re best friends, you’re bound to disagree on something at some point. The best way to avoid fights is to take responsibility for yourself. Most arguments are over cleanliness and space. Keep your area clean and your things out of everyone’s way. Also, don’t be a space hog. If you and your roommate are fighting, try to talk to him or her and get it resolved as soon as possible, otherwise you’re in for a long time of awkward living.

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Jake Bolitho 2010-11 News Editor

Classroom learning might not be enough


lasses are valuable. Not just because a typical one costs about $1,000 at CMU, but because you do indeed learn a quite bit from the majority of them. Quite a bit, but not quite enough. From January to August 2010, I completely stopped being a student and found myself interning at two different professional newspapers.

Perhaps the oddest part of driving back to Mount Pleasant after those was the feeling of suddenly being a student again — excitement for what lays ahead in campus news, dread for taking classes again and a surreal observance of my surroundings, which I hadn’t seen for what felt like an eternity. When I took the spring off for a newspaper internship with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, I left campus with the impression I would be back for the summer semester. Instead, I found myself at the Muskegon Chronicle for another internship experience. And what an experience those eight months were. You hear professors in every department rave about the value these internships will bring you. Honestly, I never saw myself doing one. Over the course of this year, I’ve been asked by friends and family if it was really worth delaying my graduation to commit to not just one, but two internships. I decided, somewhat hesitantly, to deliberately throw the four-year plan out the window. One thing is for sure, you will learn more A jake | 15

Jackie Smith 2010-11 Editor in Chief

Explore who you are; don’t narrow your path


raduating from high school, I thought I knew everything — including what I wanted to do with my life. And in a lot of ways, that’s still true. But somewhere between being broke and overwhelmed with activities as a freshman and sophomore, I wish someone would have told me that I didn’t have to choose a path right out the gate. I always knew I wanted to study journal-

ism. No doubt about it. Still, I’m now seven semesters into my college career and I wonder what happened to all of those interests of mine that occupied so much of my time and daily thought. At the beginning, I was reporting for CM Life, was a member of Orchesis Dance Theatre and was researching a country for the Society of Model United Nations, on top being in a then-long distance relationship and studying for a full course load. Then after an eight-month hiatus from school while I completed newspaper internships, it was all CM Life all the time. Suddenly, I didn’t keep up with international news and humanities with no country to research. And I was severely out of shape from not dancing. It was hard not to feel somehow inadequate as a student — and as a person — seeing other CM Lifers not only dedicate themselves to the paper, but also a student group or two. Why had I felt it was necessary to choose to do nothing but work for CM Life? And was narrowing my path doing A Jackie | 15

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CM LIFE FALL STAFF PICKS Everyone has their go-to places in town, whether it be to relax or find something good to eat. Either way, it might take exploring the area before freshmen find theirs. So to introduce the fall 2011 CM Life editorial staff, here are their picks: Eric Dresden Editor in Chief

Place: Stan’s Famous Restaurant, 220 E. Broadway St. Why: To try and describe Stan’s breakfast in words is truly unbecoming to the food. I would use the word “heavenly,” but even that isn’t appropriate for how delicious their breakfast is in the morning. Make sure to get there early too, because Stan’s isn’t a giant secret in Mount Pleasant and I’ve had to wait several times, which makes me want it even more. Ariel Black Managing Editor

Place: The Book Garden, 114 St. Main St. Why: This used bookstore provides a variety of categories, and employees are always willing to go out of their way to place special orders for books. Students studying English should check out the collection before dropping their cash at CMU’s bookstore. There are often times several copies of popular novels used in the classroom. Andrew Dooley Student Life Editor

Place: Mount Pleasant parks, along the Chippewa River Why: My personal favorite is Nelson Park, north of High Street, which features a great little beach on the side of a hill. There are also really wide, smooth paved trails for walking, biking or Razor scootering, if you have the need to be that person. The beach is directly in front of some shallow rapids and rocks, and wading in the water there is an awesome way to cool off on days when it is unbearably humid out. Emily Grove Metro Editor

Place: Doozies Ice Cream Place, 1310 E. Pickard St. Why: I am an ice cream nut, and they have so many things to choose from. It is off the beaten path of most freshmen, however. Theresa Clift University Editor

Place: Los Aztecas, 4445 E. Blue Grass Road Why: Los Aztecas is where I go to when I want to practice my “Spanglish” and immerse myself in the culture. It is one of the only restaurants in the region that serves authentic Mexican food. Although from the outside it looks like an average restaurant in a strip mall, the inside is filled with colorful decor and friendly people.

John Manzo Sports Editor

Place: CMU disc golfing course, south campus on West Campus Drive Why: The course is something fun and different. It is a place to get away from it all. College can be stressful, but if needed, the course can provide relief. The game contains a mixture of golf and Frisbee. During the early part of the fall and late part of the spring, the course is filled with other students who enjoy the outdoors. Matt Thompson Assistant Sports Editor

Place: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 1904 S. Mission St. Why: B-Dubs is a great place to go and watch any and all sports events. It also has phenomenal wing deals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for some delicious honey barbecue wings (clearly the best sauce). It’s the perfect location right beside campus, which makes it easy to walk to after or between classes for lunch. B-Dubs is money. Jeff Smith Photo Editor

Place: The Pond at Central Walkway Why: It’s a great place to relax, enjoy the weather and get some studying done. On nice days you can see anything from protesters to bassoon-playing music majors for some free entertainment. Andrew Kuhn Assistant Photo Edtior

Place: Freddie’s Tavern, 705 S. Adams St. Why: Freddie’s is good for those looking to enjoy a game in a great atmosphere with a friendly wait staff. They have a wide variety of gourmet burgers to choose from, including the delicious Jalapeno Cheddar Cheeseburger. Connor Sheridan Online Editor

Place: Island Park, North Main Street Why: If you are driving north on Main Street and sneeze you could very easily miss Downtown Mount Pleasant. But I will remember Island Park for its welcoming picnic spots and contemplative memorials long after I descend the pleasant mountain. Whether it’s for a study break or just to get your feet wet in the Chippewa, make sure you plan an Island getaway. Jackie Smith Online Editor

Place: Big Boy, 1623 S. Mission St. Why: Friends might tease me for picking a chain. However, the Big Boy in Mount Pleasant has free WiFi for its customers, and it’s a suitable choice when you don’t exactly have deep pockets like me. It’s also nice that they usually let me sit there for more than an hour with nothing but a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Students nearing graduation reflect on college bucket lists By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

Skydiving, getting tattoos and visiting every bar in Mount Pleasant — just a few items checked off of CMU student bucket lists. Though college is a time to advance academically and prepare professionally, it is also an opportunity for many new experiences. A bucket list, or a set of desired achievements, is normally considered a lifelong quest, but some are also set to the about four years of college. Riley senior Patrick Braun wanted to travel while in college. Studying abroad in Argentina helped him make that dream come true. “The thing that was on my bucket list since I saw it on ‘The Wild Thornberrys’ was to go to Machu Picchu,” he said. “I did it.” Cadillac senior Chad Cross finally got the grades he had been trying to get his

entire college career in his last semester — straight A’s. He said was very excited to be ending his education on a high note. “I’m dropping my first 4.0,” Cross said at the end of the spring semester. “I’ve got two weeks and I can’t mess it up.” Cory Paliewicz said he before he leaves CMU he wants to take a look into the politics of CMU’s campus. “Before I graduate, I want to have a head count on how many students actually vote on school, community and state issues,” the Menominee senior said. “I hear a lot of people talk about what should be done, but they give their ideas, not actions.” Traverse City senior Kelly Korbel said she thinks a bucket list makes sense on a lifelong timeline, but a college list is too short to accomplish anything big. She wants to travel to every country in the world, she said, and will need her life to make that happen. A bucket lists | 29

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from these professional experiences than you will in any classroom on campus. You won’t just make copies. You won’t just fetch coffee for your boss. It’s the real deal — you’re treated just like any other co-worker. Being a reporter in a professional newsroom with people who have been writing and editing for decades is an incredible treat. It would have been well-worth it even if I hadn’t been paid. In the classroom, professors talk, you write papers, you take exams. Rinse and repeat. On the other hand, I was working on a

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more harm for me as a person than good? Within reason, don’t limit yourself to the groups you join, activities you do

different assignment and traveled to a different location almost every day in Jackson and Muskegon. Interning in different places — on my own and far away from home — was scary at first, but I’d recommend it to just about anyone. Home is nice, but it’s so much more rewarding to travel elsewhere, get outside your comfort zone and milk the most out of the few months you’re there. This summer I find myself at The Buffalo News in Western New York and farther away than I’ve ever been for work-related reasons. Hundreds of miles away. But thanks to this and my past travels, I’ll be hundreds of miles ahead of the game once I graduate. I don’t regret it.

and people you meet. Try an activity. If it doesn’t suit you, then try another. College, especially when you’re just starting out, is your chance to explore who you are as a person. Take my advice. You’ll be a better person for it.

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H e a lt h o n C a m p u s

Several services offered for students By Theresa Clift Senior Reporter

Though students come to college to focus on academic and mental improvement, there is no excuse to let physical well-being fall to the wayside. Students can access health services at Foust Hall at the corner of Preston Street and East Campus Drive. Foust has two physicians, Dr. Penalope Cook and Dr. Sarah Yonder, both family practitioners. “We want to welcome incoming freshmen and inform them that University Health Services is available to assist them in their quest to stay healthy throughout their college career,” said Lori Wangberg, University Health Services educator. “We want students to be assured that University Health Services can meet their medical needs while they are away from home.” Some services include treating illness and injuries, physical and gynecological exams, chronic and serious illness management, laboratory testing, prescriptions, birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and allergy treatment.

There are no major changes for health services for next year. “We will continue to promote the health and wellness of CMU students and the CMU community through individualized medical care, health promotion and disease prevention,” Wangberg said. The Foust Hall clinic is open for appointments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can call 774-5693 to schedule an appointment or can call a registered nurse at 774-6589. There is also a walk-in clinic within the Towers located in Cobb 103, which treats students for common injuries and illnesses. The Towers clinic is open without appointment from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The pharmacy inside Foust makes prescriptions available for students from onand off-campus doctors, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sameday prescription delivery is also provided to the Towers front desk at the end of each day. Students experiencing an emergency after A health | 29

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Technology experts offer tips to smooth transition at CMU By Jessica Fecteau Staff Reporter

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Thousands of CMU students fill Charles V. Park Library on Dec. 4 during a flash mob that was organized by students on Facebook. “The flash mob was epic,” said Midland freshman Derek Herman. “It’s cool that it was organized by students.”

CMU’s team of tech experts is on hand to prevent technological breakdowns as students adjust their gadgets. Jeff McDowell, Information Technology Help Desk manager, said freshmen should come to CMU prepared since so many of their lives revolve around computers. “I think the single most important thing for freshmen to know is to get their computer registered on our network prior to arriving on campus,” McDowell said. “In the fall, there are a lot of people who try to do this all at the same time which means if they need help, there will be wait time involved.” McDowell said the best place for students to start when having technical problems is by contacting the Help Desk at 774-3662. “The Help Desk will help with students with any technology-related questions,” McDowell said. “They also have a great deal of experience helping new students locate the

correct contact point for other CMU services.” Students can register their computers at starting August 1 for one less frustration when moving in, McDowell said. Part of the registration includes making sure the computer is up to date and has antivirus software installed, said Technical Writer Kole Taylor. He said computers can be brought up to snuff for free by downloading McAfee Enterprise antivirus software from antivirus. Although illegally downloading digital content can be risky on a home network, it is doubly inadvisable to do so on CMU’s, McDowell said. He said it is very easy to get caught pirating music and videos at CMU and thousands of notices to cease are delivered to CMU students by license holders every year. “Universities are disproportionally targeted A technology | 31

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Rentals, online purchases a popular money-saver with textbooks By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

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Walled Lake sophomore Amanda Martlock, right, takes a break from finding textbooks to talk to Grand Rapids sophomore Geana Greiner on Jan. 10 in the CMU Bookstore. “I’m just price scoping today,” Greiner said. Both students said they are renting as many books as possible this semester.

Students might purchase enough textbooks to rip a backpack, but there are many options to keep them from footing an equally overwhelming bill. Local stores and online retailers offer sales, rentals and buy-backs for students on a budget. “It is clearly a ‘textbooks your way’ (ideology) we have taken here at the (Central Michigan University) Bookstore,” said bookstore Director Barry Waters in an email. “You can buy used and new textbooks, rent used and new textbooks or buy a digital textbook.” The process of renting books has become increasingly popular with students since its introduction in August 2010, Waters said. The renting process allows students to pay a lower price than if they were to buy, and avoid potentially losing out on cash if certain texts are not bought back at the end of the semester. “About 25 percent of the book list for fall

is available to rent,” Waters said. “We’re only doing the book rentals in fall and spring semesters.” Waters recommends freshman students bring their class schedules with them when shopping to ease the process. The Student Book Exchange, 209 E. Bellows St., has also seen book rentals rise in usage. “It has been very popular since it’s one of the least expensive options,” said store manager John Belco. “The nice thing about renting is that it’s less money up front even though there’s no cash at the end of the semester.” Belco said starting in the summer SBX will also offer e-books for courses. The store will keep track of its progress and success before it decides whether to do so for the fall semester. Belco said SBX books are competitively priced to those online and other stores, so they are an affordable option for students. Some students skip local stores altogether in favor of shopping online for what

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Student Concerns

Ombuds Office on campus helps sort out grievances actually an advocate for a fair process.” He said ombudsmen follow four principles: Neutrality, confidentiality within the confines of the law, independence and informality. Although the office is part of the university, it is impartial and favors neither the university nor the student, he said. The office canBy Ben Harris not promise that student conflicts will be reStaff Reporter solved favorably for them, but it can promise Students who are uncertain about grades fairness. Humiston said CMU’s ombuds office only or university proceedings have one clear desdeals with students, unlike most in higher edtination if meeting with professors does not ucation which assist faculty and staff as well. help. “The office cannot The Student Omtake the place of the buds Office is a place formal process,” he for students to voice said, “but I can help their concerns. connect the dots ... “I try and explain and point students in what the policies and the right direction.” procedures are at the Although the stuuniversity to resolve dents who visit the the concerns that office keep him busy, students have,” said Humiston said there Jon Humiston, presiare quite a few who do dential assistant for the Office of Student Jon Humiston, presidential assistant for not know it exists. “To be completely Ombuds. the Office of Student Ombuds honest, I didn’t even The majority of know that there was a meetings are done via neutral place we could telephone and email, Humiston said, but walk-in appointments go to that would hear our concerns,” said Allen Park freshman Woodrow Holder. are available. Humiston said the President’s Office is He said he acts as a mediator or troublesupportive and also committed to student shooter who refers students to the proper adsuccess. ministrative processes to, for example, appeal He said, “I love this job and the opportunity a grade or have a problem with an instructor to make a difference in students’ lives.” sorted out. “A common misconception is that I’m a student advocate,” Humiston said. “But I’m

Walk-ins available, though email; phone meetings more common

“A common misconception is that I’m a student advocate. But I’m actually an advocate for a fair process.”

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Greek Life membership stays consistent over time at CMU By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

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Plainwell freshman Kaitlyn Horton, left, Ball Lake freshman Cassie Bryant, Oxford freshman Brittany Resk and Highland freshman Amanda Gilman point at and yell that they are jumping to Delta Zeta on Sept. 17 at the Sorority Recruitment Jump in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Greek organizations have seen steady enrollment at CMU throughout recent years. Rebecca Cooke, fraternity/sorority life assistant at the Office of Student Life, said the numbers for people joining Greek groups have remained consistent. “It has stayed the same, pretty much,” the Mount Pleasant graduate student said. “We’re just under five percent of campus, so it’s about 1,300 kids that are involved.” Cooke said Greek organizations are positive groups to get involved with on campus, most importantly as a connection to a presence on campus, she said. Events like Greek Week make students want to get involved, said Madison Heights junior Nicole Rowlett. Rowlett is a member Delta Phi Epsilon and the Office of Student Life’s Greek Life intern. This year’s events raised more money than any other she has participated in. “This year people went nuts,” she said. “There were five of us at the bank from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. even after it had closed, just counting

all the money.” The week raised more than $970 for the American Red Cross, $1,200 for the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, $500 for the Children’s Miracle Network and $9,000 for a student with leukemia. Macomb senior Chelsea Pulice, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, said she joined the sorority as a sophomore at a friend’s encouragement. She said her first week at “Tri Sig” was the second-best week of her life. “I sat on my butt all freshman year and I was so involved in high school,” Pulice said. “I feel like I have a purpose now.” Pulice said many Greek Lifers join for educational purposes. Most groups require a certain grade point average, which Pulice said helps with résumés and maintaining educational standards. “There’s no room for slacking off,” she said. “My grades have only gone up.” Both Rowlett and Pulice said their main reasons for joining a Greek group was to make friends. “You can join other stuff on campus, but there’s something special about the bond you make (in a Greek group),” Pulice said.

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More changes will be announced for online registration by registrar By Ariel Black Senior Reporter

A new course search and registration tool is continuing to evolve in an effort to ease the often stressful process of choosing classes. Recent changes over the past semester have allowed students to view course selections, pre-requisite information and view professor ratings while registering. Ann Arbor junior Dan Lopez said registering completely online works well for him because it is much more convenient. “I think they’re great,” he said. “Before if I couldn’t register for something, I’d have to go to the bulletin to see if I didn’t meet a prerequisite.” Lopez said the additions are becoming more beneficial, and may replace meetings with advisors altogether. “Everything I need to find is right there (online),” he said. “With advisors, I need to go to more than one person, and what one tells me sometimes doesn’t match up with

another. I leave with more questions than answers.” For students nearing graduation who have used the website for several years, these changes may prove beneficial. “For me, I get used to technology quickly,” said Novi senior Lauren Kotylo. “When it’s on a computer right there in front of you, the process could be easier. People that are horrible with it should still go see an advisor.” She said being able to view professor profiles directly on the CMU website could be easier than visiting sites such as www. “Sometimes the site won’t work and says it’s too busy,” Kotylo said. “It would be good if they had their professors right there while registering.” The Registrar’s Office is working with Information Technology and will soon announce added changes to the registration process. A registrar | 34

STUDENT SECTION | Rowdies rev up game tempo

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Hundreds of students hold up “Who Cares” signs as members of the Rose Rowdies as the opposing basketball team is announced during the first home game Dec. 1 at McGuirk Arena.

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Roundup: Football, basketball at a crossroads in 2011-12 By Aaron McMann 2010-11 Sports Editor

Some of you may have heard the hype around the CMU athletics department in recent years. Two seasons ago, the CMU football team cracked the Top 25 for the first time in school history. Dan LeFevour? Yup, he was on our team. More recently, the CMU basketball team received some publicity from ESPN and other media outlets. Trey Zeigler, a highly-touted high school recruit out of nearby Mount Pleasant High School, decided to stay close to home and play for his dad, instead of taking his pick of playing Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA or Duke.

Even with the extra attention, two of CMU’s biggest sports are at a crossroads and the 2011-12 academic years may prove to be important for the future of both. After leading the football team to an uncharacteristic 3-9 record, head coach Dan Enos enters his second season at the helm of a program still trying to find its identity after losing LeFevour and playmakers Frank Zombo and Antonio Brown, both of whom played in last year’s Super Bowl. Junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff has a lot of pressure on him after last year’s dismal season, but expect to see a stronger, more confident Radcliff in the pocket this season. Despite the losses of Nick Bellore and Matt Berning, two consistent forces on defense, expect a more consistent, pre-

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Junior running back Paris Cotton runs downfield Sept. 18 during the first half of play against Eastern Michigan.

pared football team take the Kelly/Shorts Stadium field Sept. 1. This season will also be integral for the future of the men’s basketball program. Head coach Ernie Zeigler’s club finished the 2010-11 season a disappointing 1021, a significant step back from where the team finished in 2009-10 (15-15, third consecutive MAC West division title). With

his son Trey and a recruiting class ranked at the top of the conference in 2010 in its second season, this year becomes do or die for coach Zeigler and his staff, who have had a winning season in their five years in Mount Pleasant. With two of the bigger sports in flux and

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is durable,” he said. “Heavier metal locks are a lot harder to cut.” Twenty-six blue light alarms are set up across campus that are directed to the CMU Police Department to provide for emergency safety. After calling, an officer will arrive on the scene usually within one minute. For any other safety problems, Was-

A group of college students comes together to worship with the main components of a church service without the service at weekly uNite meetings in addition to Sunday gatherings, Sheahan said.

hours can contact the ReadyCare Walkin Clinic, 2935 Health Parkway or Urgent Care, 520 N. Mission St. UHS accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional, PPO and Blue Preferred Plus, straight Medicaid and Medicare, Tri-Care Standard and CMU Student Health Insurance. “We provide courtesy billing to all insurances but it is highly advisable that students contact their insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment to confirm coverage and benefits for services at the clinic,” said Angela Smith, assistant director of business services at UHS. Foust also offers allergy shots and immunizations. Travel health visits are offered for those approved and in regular need of a nurse to come to their residence. Classes on stress management, drugs and alcohol, sexual infections and men’s health are also available.

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“To me that’s better than saying, ‘I want to make it to four countries before I graduate,’” Korbel said. Lindsey Conyers, a Mount Pleasant senior, said she thinks buckets lists can distract students from other experiences. The list helps people make goals, she said, but spontaneity is also important. At the end of the day, she said being content with life should be the most important goal. “If you’re just trying to fill your bucket list the whole time, then life will pass too quickly,” Conyers said. “Sometimes you just gotta be.”

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sman encourages students to call the CMU Police Department or stop in to report anything lost or stolen. “If anything gets stolen, call us and we will conduct a thorough investigation,” Wassman said. “Hopefully we will catch somebody.”

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People you should know on campus, in community

George Ross University President

Dan Enos Head Football Coach

Vincent Cavataio Student Government Association President

Dave Heeke Athletics Director

Bill Yeagley CMU Police Chief

Trey Zeigler Men’s Basketball Sophomore Guard

Bruce Kilmer Mount Pleasant Mayor

Kevin Cotter State Representative, R-Mount Pleasant

Being new to campus, it might be difficult to know who’s who. Student leaders, university officials, community administrators — they all play an important role, often in ways unrecognized by students. Here is just a sample of the people who you might notice around at CMU and in Mount Pleasant.

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right,” McDowell said. Taylor said CMU does not monitor internet traffic, but if the university is contacted by the RIAA, the Office of Student Life will take action. Limitations and services Students are limited as to the amount of pages they can print on university printers per semester by the PrintQ system. “Undergrads are allotted $10 worth of prints a semester and graduates are allotted $15,” Taylor said. The quota equals 250 pages of black and white prints for undergraduates and 375 for graduates. Taylor said students may add additional paper to their quotas by going to http://printing. Almost all of the online services students will need are available through the iCentral portal, McDowell said. “If freshmen are looking for something, be it campus events, news releases, links to important web sites, accounts, billing, course registration, all of it is available right there,” he said. Jeremy Bond, learning management systems administrator, is the “go-to guy” for any Black-

“If freshmen are looking for something, be it campus events, news releases, links to important web sites, accounts, billing, course registration, all of it is available right there.” Jeff McDowell, Information Technology

Help Desk manager board-related questions. “Most students find Blackboard relatively easy to navigate but there still can be challenging moments, especially when students are asked to do something in the system for the first time,” Bond said. “Fortunately, CMU has a collection of stepby-step guides available at blackboard in the ‘Student Tutorials’ area.”

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Senior guard Antonio Weary’s attempted shot is blocked Temple senior forward Lavoy Allen and junior guard Ramone Moore on Dec. 1 during CMU’s home opener at McGuirk Arena. Weary, who played 27 minutes, went 2-8 with four points, and also recorded three rebounds. sean proctor/ staff photographer

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not living up to CMU’s “championship culture” motto, there have been several others that have fit the bill. The soccer team, having made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances after winning two consecutive MAC tournament championships, is led by first-year head coach Neil Stafford. The wrestling team is coming off its 10th consecutive conference title and always makes a strong showing at the NCAA tournament. Gymnastics

has become a consistent winner also. In the spring, baseball and softball always make a run for postseason play. When the weather warms up, usually around late Aprilearly May, nothing beats a game outdoors. Don’t forget about the other sports staples at CMU: women’s basketball, which welcomes one of its best recruiting classes in program history, volleyball, playing its first season in the new McGuirk Arena, field hockey and cross country and track and field. CMU is a Division 1 school that often competes on a national stage.

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potentially cheaper prices. “I choose to shop online because it’s about half the price of the stores,” said Kentwood senior Meghan Mikula. Mikula said she has tried renting books

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Registrar Karen Hutslar said other changes are not completely set yet, but an announcement will go out to students informing them of the new additions, and will also appear on iCentral, the university’s web portal. “We can’t send anything out yet until we know for sure that everything is working,” Hutslar said.

before and likes its convenience, but she usually sticks with shopping online. “I would go to bookstores and see how expensive they were (if ) I did something different,” she said. “I mostly buy on eBay or Amazon and generally they’re new.”

Regarding the online student opinion surveys that were launched halfway through this past semester, Hutslar said she has not determined yet if they are useful or not. “I really don’t know if they are helpful to students as they are registering,” she said. “I really have not had any comments from students about this so do not know their feelings.”

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traditions of the hill

Big Red, the Red Towel and the Fight Song are three traditions every WKU student needs to know.


experiencing the hill


staying active

The opportunities are endless, and your education inside the classroom is only part of college learning.

tailgating tips

Every home football game begins with tailgating. Students have a new area this year where they can prepare for the game.

10 free stuff

The days of the “Freshman 15” are history if you watch your eating habits and visit the Preston Center regularly.

There have to be some perks for becoming a student. You’ll be surprised.

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Academic success Campus dining Campus safety Getting involved Campus map Greek life Health services Homecoming Local eateries Names you need to know

A letter from the President

On behalf of all of us at Western Kentucky University, I want to welcome you and your family to our University Family. We are glad you chose WKU and look forward to sharing with you the spirit that can only be found here on “The Hill.” As you become engaged in and out of the classroom, you will quickly come to understand why we say, “The Spirit Makes the Master.” We think you will find the WKU campus and Bowling Green community friendly and inviting. Our faculty and staff will help you achieve your academic and personal potential and prepare you for life and work after college. At WKU you will find highly credentialed scholars, a broad range of academic programs of national and international distinction and state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities. Our renovated residence halls, the campus-wide wireless network and high quality restaurants ensure an unmatched college experience. Staying connected to WKU – whether you’re here on campus, away on a study abroad trip or at home – is easy with Facebook, Twitter and WKU News. Find links to these sites on the WKU Web site at www. You can also “friend me” on Facebook! This will be a life changing experience for you, and I look forward to welcoming you as you arrive and congratulating you when you graduate. All of us at WKU are eager to support you as you work to make a difference for your campus, your classmates, your community and yourself. Good luck Class of 2015, and Go Toppers!

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By Mercedes Trent

The first thing one of my new friends asked me when I arrived on campus was, “Do you have a Red Towel yet?” And then he tossed me one. Holding the rough cloth in my hand, I remember wondering what I was supposed to do with it and what exactly I was in for. In the months since, that Red Towel has been useful. I’ve swung it over my head at athletic events while yelling my lungs out, used it to get hot dishes out of the oven, and followed the towels on WKU signs to navigate my way back to campus. The spirit of the Red Towel is important when identifying yourself as a Hilltopper. And when we say “Hilltoppers,” there’s an important, probably breathless, emphasis on the word “Hill.” After a few days on campus, I realized it’s not just a nickname. The Hill is part of my everyday culture here. I love arriving to class and panting as I take my seat, my classmates nodding in understanding. That sense of mutual understanding, of community, is

what I love about WKU. When I got to college, I decided I wanted to try some new things that would have been restricted to me back home, like Greek life. WKU gave me so many opportunities to try things like this and, through these opportunities, so many new types of people to work with and befriend. I’ve interacted with more people while at WKU than I probably ever did in my small hometown of Winchester, and that has been invaluable. Also, I’ve enjoyed the many ways WKU offers to expand interests and knowledge outside the classroom (and usually pick up a little extra credit), by taking advantage of its guest speakers, events and clubs. A typical day for me is never the same. Some days I have sorority meetings to attend, Herald interviews to conduct, classes and homework, while others I may have an extra credit lecture, a Pilates class at the gym, a charity event and an on-campus concert. Many nights end late with GADs (Great American Donuts) runs, and too many Saturdays have been spent

shopping at the mall and the second-hand boutiques or in the car for a quick road trip to Nashville. Sundays are soccer and Frisbee days, and I can almost always find a game to join on South Lawn or in the Valley. I’ve also spent plenty of nights inside, lounging in the hall with the people in my dorm. Sometimes a friend cooks us dessert on the floor kitchen and we sit in the hall outside, holding the door open and reading magazines aloud to one another. I’ve gone to other dorms to play card games with international students, and I met my closest sorority sisters standing in the dinner line at Bene Pasta. WKU is the kind of environment where you can comfortably meet so many people and become a part of so many unique things that maybe you’ve always looked forward to doing or that maybe you had no idea how perfect you were for. So let Guthrie Bell Tower keep you company during late study nights, but spend the rest of the time trying the things in this guide and developing your own spirit of WKU. VOH


Henry Hardin Cherry Western Kentucky University began in 1906 as the Western Kentucky State Normal School, with Henry Hardin Cherry as its first president. Cherry introduced the motto of the school, “The Spirit Makes the Master,” as an inspiration to students, faculty and staff. Cherry Hall and its cupola have become the universal symbol for WKU, with a statue of the first president standing sentinel in front of the building crowning the Hill.

The Red Towel

According to former WKU coach and Athletics Director Col. Ed Stansbury, legendary WKU basketball coach E. A. Diddle approached him because the athletes and P.E. students weren’t returning their towels. Stansbury decided to order red towels and the symbol quickly became associated with Coach Diddle. Through 1,062 basketball games, he held a red towel, using it to wave to fans and signal players. When Diddle retired in 1964, he had won 756 games – the most than any other coach in NCAA history at that time. Rubbing the foot of Diddle’s statue before games is supposed to ensure a Topper victory.

Guthrie Bell Tower

The 125-foot bell tower near South Lawn honors Sgt. 1st Class Robert Guthrie, killed during the Korean War, as well as all those associated with WKU who lost their lives. The Lowell Guthrie family funded the project, completed in 2002. The surrounding courtyard, featuring benches and a garden, was named in honor of Lowell Guthrie’s wife, Judith Carolyn. The dome of the tower resembles that of Cherry Hall, and the bells ring out songs such as “Edelweiss” and “America the Beautiful.” 4


Big Red

Big Red, WKU’s mascot and favorite Hilltopper, has been around since 1979 when student Ralph Carey (’80) created the original costume. Since then, Big Red has been named one of USA Today’s Top Mascots in College and Professional Sports and frequently appears on the annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team. Big Red was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007, one of seven college mascots now in the hall. The big, furry creature can be seen spreading the WKU spirit at athletic games and other events across campus and throughout Big Red Country. Big Red has become an award-winning mascot and one of the most well known in the nation.

Alma Mater

Originally written by 16-year-old schoolgirl Mary Frances Bradley as a poem to be entered in a contest on WKU’s campus in 1924, “College Heights” was first performed by Bradley at a chapel assembly in Van Meter Hall in 1925. There is a notation on the music that the song, composed by Bradley’s father, is dedicated to WKU’s first president, Henry Hardin Cherry.

Hilltopper Nickname

In 1911, President Henry Hardin Cherry moved the campus to two new buildings atop a prominent hill, rising 232 feet above Barren River and surrounding the Bowling Green community. During the 1920s, WKU’s athletic teams adopted the nickname Hilltoppers, and it appeared on the first WKU uniform in 1927.

“College Heights” College Heights, on hilltop fair, With beauty all thine own, Lovely jewel far more rare Than graces any throne! College Heights, we hail thee; We shall never fail thee Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail!

College Heights, we hail thee; We shall never fail thee Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail! College Heights they noble life, Shall e’er our pattern be, Teaching us through joy and strife To love humanity. College Heights we hail thee, We shall never fail thee, Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail!

Stand up and cheer Stand up and cheer For dear old Western For today we raise The red and white Above the rest Rah-rah-rah Our boys are fighting And we’re bound to win the fray We’ve got the team We’ve got the steam For this is dear old Western’s day.


College Heights with living soul And purpose strong and true, Service ever is thy goal Thy spirit ever new.









2011 Football Schedule Sept. 1 Kentucky (in Nashville) 8:15 p.m. Sept. 10 Navy TBA Sept. 17 Indiana State TBA Oct. 1 Arkansas State TBA Oct. 6 at Middle Tennessee 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Florida Atlantic TBA Oct. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette (HC) TBA Oct. 29 at Louisiana-Monroe TBA Nov. 5 Florida International TBA Nov. 12 at LSU TBA Nov. 19 at North Texas TBA Nov. 26 Troy TBA

Tailgaters troop to Topperville By Jeremy Brown

No football game is a football game without the world’s most renowned pre-game ritual: Tailgating. And at WKU, students and fans certainly know how to do just that on Saturdays in the fall. Now there’s a student tailgating lot — Topperville – in the Kentucky Street parking lot. While vehicles aren’t permitted on most lawns off the Avenue of Champions, anyone wanting to park on the designed grass areas can buy a permit. Long before the kickoff, the grills are firing up, the drinks are flowing and the cornhole bags are being tossed. With tents set up on the lawns outside Houchens-Smith Stadium, you’ll see various events going on, ranging from cornhole to tossing around a football. Even the youngest of Topper fans can enjoy the atmosphere, as there are often numerous inflatables set up across South Lawn. “The fans that come to the games are very supportive and energetic,” junior cheerleader

Jennifer Ryan said. “The energy on campus during game day is awesome.” One of WKU’s game-day traditions is the Topper Walk. Two hours before kickoff, Coach Willie Taggart and Big Red lead the way down the Avenue of Champions followed by the Big Red Marching Band, Topperettes, cheerleaders and the Hilltopper football team. They arrive at the stadium two hours before kickoff. “I love the Topper Walk,” Ryan said. “It’s my favorite part of game day.” Once the ball has been kicked off, it’s all about cheering the Toppers to victory by waving the famous Red Towel. Some students go to such extremes as painting their bodies to support the Tops, but your basic WKU gear and Red Towel are the only necessities when attending the game. WKU’s season kicks off against Kentucky on Sept. 1 in Nashville, and the Toppers will make the season’s first appearance in Houchens-Smith Stadium on Sept. 10 against Navy.

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1. Make two teams of two people. One member from each team stands by each board. 2. Players switch off throwing bags from behind the board to the opposite board. The game goes until all eight bags have been thrown. 3. Scoring is simple. A bag in the hole counts as three points, and a bag on the board equals one point. Players can cancel opponents’ points out by earning the same amount or more points in a turn. 4. The game ends when a team reaches exactly 21 points.

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Homecoming: It’s the biggest day of the year By Josh Moore and Shakia Harris

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Homecoming isn’t a time when students will want to go home or stay in their dorm rooms, said Ginny Hensley, director of alumni programming for the Alumni Association. Homecoming is one of the most memorable times for students, she said. From building floats for parades to tailgating for the big football game, there’s plenty for everyone to do during Homecoming. The events have a significant importance to alumni, she said. “We will usually see 20,000-plus people in Bowling Green for Homecoming,” Hensley said. “It’s the largest attended weekend on campus.” This year’s theme is “Geaux Toppers!” based around the day’s football game against the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. Homecoming week begins Oct. 17 and culminates with the Toppers’ football game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 22. Hensley said specific plans for Homecoming activities are still being made, but the planning committee is looking for tasteful but good fun.

“We’re looking at having a Mardi Gras parade,” Hensley said. “So instead of throwing out candy, we’re looking at throwing out beads.” Shelbyville junior Sarah Lohr is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and said her favorite part of Homecoming is working with fraternities in making the banners and floats for the parade. If first-year students would like to be involved with Homecoming activities apart from tailgating, they can join a student organization of any type, Hensley said. “It doesn’t just have to be Greek organizations, anyone can participate,” she said. Students, alumni and community members can find information about Homecoming activities on the Alumni

Association website at, she said. The website lists information on activities including blood drives, luncheons, pep rallies, Greek open houses and sporting events. Hensley said it’s a weekend no one in the WKU community will want to miss. “We’re all here celebrating the same thing — the WKU spirit,” she said. “It’s the best time of year to be on campus. It’s fun and it’s fellowship.”




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Located in the Kentucky Building, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits Kentucky artifacts.

Career Services Center

The Career Services Center is located in Downing University Center, Room A230. The office assists in job placement, career exploration, career engagement, academic career guidance and a host of other individual specific services.

Movie rentals

The University Libraries’ Visual and Performing Arts Library is located on the second floor of Cravens. The collection includes music CDs, LPs, leisure DVDs and VHS tapes all available for check out. A WKU ID card is required to check out any library materials. The loan period for audiovisual materials is seven days.

Topper Transit

WKU’s free bus service provides transportation from the perimeter parking lots to academic buildings on the main campus, connects main campus and South Campus, provides evening service between main campus, South Campus and off-campus shopping areas and service along parking lots and buildings along north side of main campus. Paratransit service is available on-call service for disabled faculty, staff and students. For transit schedules and NEXTbus tracking system, visit


WKU Information Technology supports full wireless coverage across campus. Students, faculty and staff use their WKU login information, but campus visitors can access a separate wireless network without a login.

The Talisman, founded in 1924, is the official yearbook of WKU. Students can reserve their free copy on TopNet under Student Services. The book is distributed in the fall.

The student newspaper is the main source of news at WKU. The print edition is published every Tuesday and Friday during the school year, and its website,, is updated regularly. Both provide the latest on news, sports and campus events. Find the newspaper in racks at the front entrance of most academic buildings across campus. Interact with the latest news at Facebook. com/wkuherald. Download the WKU Herald mobile app for Apple and Android phones.

Tutoring Services

The Learning Center, located in Downing University Center, provides students with free tutoring and study skills help. Students may make appointments for one-on-one or group tutoring or drop in for assistance. TLC is open more than 60 hours every week and is located on the top floor of the Student Success Center, DUC A330.

Computer Labs & Printing

Six computer labs are scattered across the main campus. There is also a Student Technology Center at South Campus and each of the regional campuses. The lab in Mass Media and Technology Hall is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week when classes are in session. You will need your WKU account information to log in and your WKU ID card to print. The annual free printing allocation depends on your registration status. Full-time undergraduate students are allowed 1,500 pages of free printing during the school year.

Students get free access to all WKU athletic events with their WKU ID card.

Check cashing

Two types of personal checks (maximum $50) may be cashed by the University Cashier’s Office in Potter Hall, Room 208. The check may be written by the student and made payable to WKU or by the student’s parent and made payable to the student. Student ID is required for check cashing services.

Scantron forms

The Student Government Association provides free Scantron forms and Blue Books while supplies last in the SGA Office on DUC first floor.

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ResNet is a network and computer support service available to all students. Provided services include hardware diagnostics and repair, software troubleshooting, network support, virus and spyware removal and system rebuilds. Service may be obtained by contacting the IT Helpdesk or going to the ResNet office on the third floor of Mass Media and Technology Hall.

Bike rentals

Big Red Bikes is a daily bicycle lending program free to WKU students, faculty and staff. The bikes are available for check-out weekdays at the Department of Facilities Management on the first floor of Parking Structure 1. Bikes can be checked-out for two-day periods and renewed indefinitely.

Escort service

The escort service is an on-campus service provided for the protection of students, faculty, staff and visitors. The escort will be provided by either a student police Explorer or a campus police officer. For an escort or more information, call (270) 745-3333.


If you are a new WKU student, your TopperMail email account will be accessible 24-48 hours after you have registered for classes. It’s important that you maintain and check your WKU email account regularly. You can access your WKU email through the WKU Portal or

Technology equipment rental

The Technology Resource Center, Mass Media and Technology Hall, Room 257, is a hands-on digital media facility for students and faculty. Walk-ins are welcome, however reservations are highly recommended to ensure you get what you need when you need it.

IT Helpdesk

The IT Helpdesk, 270-745-7000, can assist with problems such as accessing the Internet, web accounts (TopNet, Blackboard, email, etc.), registering game consoles and general hardware and software troubleshooting


Franklin Taxi provides students with on demand, late night service. Provide-A-Ride service is available from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m., Tuesday - Saturday. This service provides a free ride home (within the service area) with a current WKU ID. Request service by calling or texting 270-776-7777. Name, location and destination must be included in the text. Alternative number: 270-843-3232. VOH


Working on campus has advantages By Maciena Justice

To avoid being that ‘broke college student’ syndrome, many students look for a part time job. One option for students is on-campus employment. More than 1,500 jobs are available to students in the fall and spring semesters. About 600 students are on the payroll in the summer. Stephanie Frig, Student Employee coordinator, said students who are seeking on campus jobs need to have a FAFSA filled out and filed in the Student Financial Assistance office. Frig said students should then check for job listings on the financial aid website from the link on “It’s a pretty simple process,” she said. Frig said that she encourages everyone to apply. Working on campus could be extremely beneficial because of the environment, she said. Since students will be working

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in the world of academia, they don’t have to leave that environment to earn money. Working off campus is more challenging and the hours could make balancing work and school more difficult. One of the perks of working on campus is earning a paycheck every two weeks. “Most jobs pay minimum wage,” Frig said. Owensboro junior Abbey Piersma said she chose to work on campus because she didn’t have to deal with parking. “I could walk to work,” she said. Piersma, who works in the English department, said the hours were better because you work during the day because most students will work between the WKU office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. She said her job allows time to work on homework where an off-campus job would take time away from her studies.

“It also helps pay for school,” Piersma said. Versailles junior Brittany Cheak said that she prefers working on campus because supervisors are flexible with hours. “Most jobs are understanding with scheduling,” she said. Both Cheak and Piersma said working an on-campus job was convenient. “Working an on-campus job is easier than commuting elsewhere,” Cheak said. Cheak said working on campus was a good experience. Cheak has worked in the biology department and the writing center, and will be working in the religious studies department when she returns to school. Cheak said another benefit was that it was easier to balance the on-campus job with her education, because she is not separating herself from her education.

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Officials recount stories of WKU’s ‘haunted’ spots By Aaron Frasier



In the 1980s when Tamela Smith was a police officer at WKU, she noticed something odd at Garrett Conference Center. Smith was doing rounds one night near the fountain at the fine arts center. She glanced up at Garrett and saw a black male in a white T-shirt hanging by his neck in one of the windows. Every night, she would travel to that spot and look up into the window to see the image. Smith said she did some research and learned that the last lynching in Warren County was on a tree between Garrett and Cherry Hall. The victim was a black male in a white T-shirt. “(The image is) not there anymore,” Smith said. “They have redone the building, and it is different now.” Smith is now manager of Interactive Video Services and has become WKU’s personal ghost story collector. There are more than 10 places on campus that have haunting stories, according to, a website that directs users to “real” haunted houses across the country. Spots at WKU include the Kentucky Building, Potter Hall, Barnes-Campbell Hall, Pearce-Ford Tower and others. A girl killed herself in Potter when the building was still a dorm, according to the website. The girl is rumored to have stayed around, banging on the pipe in the basement where she hung herself. Smith was in Potter one night with another officer when the two were startled by a doorknob turning on its own and knocks at the door. Smith opened the door to find the room empty. Smith isn’t the only WKU official who has had paranormal experiences on campus. Howard Bailey, vice president for Student Affairs, was once the assistant hall director of Barnes. In 1968, a freshly-showered fifth-floor resident assistant in Barnes was killed when he pried open the elevator door to flip a switch and get it to work, but was crushed by the elevator coming down. When Bailey was the assistant hall director, he came across a discovery on a school break after all the students were gone. He had just swept the building and then went out to eat. When he returned, he went to the fifth floor to retrieve something from the RA’s room. “When I arrived on the floor, I found all of the sinks on and a pair of barefoot, wet footprints leading from the bathroom to the RA’s room,” he said. Along with Smith’s and Bailey’s experiences, there have been dozens of other experiences on campus, including students being chased by an entity in the yard of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, the haunted portrait of Mattie McLean in McLean Hall and the glowing blood stain of Van Meter Hall’s auditorium. Despite all of the experiences, Bailey does not believe in ghosts. Smith, on the other hand, said ghosts are year-round for her.

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Head Coach: Ken McDonald, fourth season 2010-2011 record: 16-16 Key Returnees: Junior guard Jamal Crook and junior guard Caden Dickerson, Key Losses: Sergio Kerusch, Steffphon Pettigrew, Juan Pattillo What to know: The 2010-2011 season was a rocky road as the Toppers fell 5-11 in mid-January. Roster turnover and turmoil — including the losses of guards Ken Brown and Brandon Peters and forward Cliff Dixon — plagued WKU throughout the year. The Toppers rallied to a .500 record before falling to North Texas in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.


Head Coach: Willie Taggart, second season 2010-2011 record: 2-10 Key Returnees: Senior running back Bobby Rainey, junior quarterback Kawaun Jakes, senior defensive end Jared Clendenin, sophomore safety Kiante Young Key Losses: Thomas Majors, Mychal Patterson, Preston King, Chris Bullard What to know: Willie Taggart ushered in a new era of WKU football in 2010, as the Toppers broke a nation-long, 26-game losing streak. The Toppers eventually won two games and look to continue to climb in the Sun Belt behind an improved defense and Bobby Rainey, the country’s No. 3 rusher in 2010.



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Head Coach: Travis Hudson, 17th season 2010-2011 record: 27-9 Key Returnees: Senior middle hitter Tiffany Elmore, sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts, junior libero Sarah Rogers, junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner, sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman, senior middle hitter Lindsay Williams Key Losses: Kelly Potts and Emily Teegarden What to know: The Lady Toppers ended their season in heartbreaking fashion after losing to Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA tournament. This year, WKU hopes to earn a repeat trip to the Sun Belt Tournament Championship match with sophomore setting sensation, Melanie Stutsman, who has gained national recognition last year.


Head Coach: Mary Taylor Cowles, 10th season 2010-2011 record: 15-17 Key Returnees: Senior forward LaTeira Owens, senior guard Vanessa Obafemi, senior forward Teranie Thomas, senior forward Keisha Mosley, senior center Jasmine Johnson Key Losses: Arnika Brown, Amy McNear, Hope Brown What to know: The beginning of the 2010-2011 season was unkind to Lady Toppers. They lost their first five games during a non-conference schedule. But the Lady Toppers went 9-7 in Sun Belt Conference play, knocking off previously unbeaten Arkansas-Little Rock at home. They came just one win short of an NCAA tournament berth.


Head Coach: Jason Neidell, 11th season 2010-2011 record: 9-8-3 Key Returnees: Senior forward Mallory Outerbridge, senior goalkeeper Libby Stout, senior midfielder Lindsay Williams Key Losses: Jamie Silverberg, Maggie Wilder, Chelsea Grover What to know: The Lady Toppers’ 2010 season ended in heartbreaking fashion, with a shootout loss to Middle Tennessee in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. WKU returns a wealth of experience this year.

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College experience changes lives By Joanna Williams

Before I stepped onto WKU’s picturesque campus filled with cherry trees and statues for my first year of college, I was deeply naïve, to say the least. Of course, I didn’t know it. I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I thought I knew what kind of people I would meet, how my freshman year would go and what to expect out of this whole higher learning deal. Like I said, I was naïve. However, that changed after having important talks with my professors about the significance of thinking critically and why I must always do so. I also met new people, some of them a good influence and some of them a bad influence. In the end, I learned lessons that will stay with me forever. One weekend, I went back home and realized I

wasn’t the same person I was when I left. My view of the world and what was important had changed dramatically. My goal of getting a job where I could have a nice paycheck soon turned into having a job where I could help others. Maybe these newfound feelings were always there, and it just took new experiences to bring them out. Living on your own for the first time will lead to a number of challenges, but the decisions you struggle with will help you become stronger. You’ll gain tremendous life experiences (running out of quarters for laundry is one of those life experiences), and they won’t compare to any others. A class may help you realize you don’t want to pursue the career you always thought you did. A

different extracurricular activity may lead you down a new path. And that is the best thing about college: The room to grow is enormous. The important thing is to come to college and be open to all aspects of it, the good and the bad. Because there will be bad parts. No matter what, make sure you live your truth. Make sure that you are living the ideals WKU was built on. Make sure you think critically about the world around you. College is the one time in your life where you are essentially free to make whatever decisions you want. Those decisions will impact you in far more ways than you can imagine, so think intelligently. But have fun as well. They say college changes you, and it all starts during freshman year.



Get involved in campus life By Herald Staff

Getting involved on campus is one of the keys to a student’s success. Not only does involvement in extracurricular activities and organizations help broaden a student’s experiences, but recent studies have shown that increased student involvement can increase a student’s satisfaction with his or her collegiate experience. Most organizations will be recruiting early in the fall, but don’t join every group that recruits you. Remember that getting a degree is your primary occupation at WKU. Most academic departments have multiple student organizations that provide opportunities for students to meet people with similar interests. Here’s some obvious groups looking for interested students:

assessed to those who accept a fraternity bid. A $40 fee is assessed for joining sorority rush. More information can be found at CAB WKU’s Campus Activities Board is made up of eight committees for such things as concerts, films, guest lecturers and special events. Membership is open to all students. More information can be found at Sports More than 20 club sports are active on campus, and if the current lineup doesn’t fit your need, WKU invites you to start a team. The university also offers a number of spring and fall intramural leagues and tournaments. More information can be found at

Student Government Association Stop by the SGA office in Downing University Center, Room 130, to apply for a senator position, or sit in at one of the organization’s weekly senate meetings at 5 p.m. every Tuesday in DUC. More information can be found at

Student Media The College Heights Herald, the twice-weekly student newspaper, and the Talisman, WKU’s official yearbook, provide opportunities to stay involved, especially if you worked on your high school newspaper or yearbook. Stop by the Student Publications Center for an application. If broadcasting is your passion, there’s Greeks Freshmen hoping to participate in formal recruitment Revolution 91.7. The student radio station is located on to a fraternity or sorority need a 2.5 high school GPA the third floor of MMTH. More information can be found and must register at A $25 fee is or

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Formal recruitment occurs the week before classes begin for the fall semester for sororities in the Panhellenic Association (fall only) and fraternities in the Interfraternity Council (fall and spring). This process allows potential new members to meet all of the organizations before accepting a bid at the end of the week. The National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and fraternities (traditionally black Greek organizations) don’t participate in formal recruitment. Instead, they hold separate interest meetings where students can learn more about the organization and get information about the application and interview process. For more information on recruitment and each Greek organization, go to

Greek life offers opportunities

By Tabitha Waggoner

Alpha Delta Xi sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will be returning to the campus this fall, adding to the options available for students interested in Greek life. Joining a fraternity or a sorority is an individual choice. Some people will say it's the best thing they did when they came to WKU; others may choose to remain independent. All the Greek organizations will emphasize their individuality during the membership selection process known by most as rush. Each chapter's new member program extends for a different length of time, with the average length being six to eight weeks. Some last an entire semester so they can initiate after grades are released. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta do not participate in sorority recruitment. Their information recruitment meeting is scheduled in the Garrett Center Ballroom on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8:30 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma do not participate in fraternity recruitment. If you are interested in learning more about these organizations, please contact Greek Affairs at 270-745-2495. Before he was even at WKU, Lexington senior Jesse Caylor knew he wanted to find his brothers. Then, men’s rush was the

same week as MASTER Plan, so it all worked out well. For many like Caylor, becoming a brother in a fraternity or a sister in a sorority is a step to being more involved in campus and community life. Opportunities are presented to all Greeks whether it’s community service, campus involvement or leadership positions, Bowling Green senior Ann-Blair Thornton said. “Going Greek opens more doors for students than almost anything else on campus,” she said. Caylor agreed. “Being Greek has helped me get more involved on campus and now I feel like I have a deeper connection to WKU overall,” he said. Each greek organization sponsors a variety of service projects each year to impact the local community and benefit their philanthropies. Becoming Greek does not only provide students with the opportunity to make a difference in the community — it can also make a difference on one’s personality. Ambria Cunningham, a senior from Huntsville, Ala., said she's grown a lot as a young woman since she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. “Before I was Greek, I was a very shy and reserved,” she said. “Now, I am still reserved, but I do give my opinion when

I feel it is needed.” Cunningham said being a member of Delta Sigma Theta has changed her life. “I love and cherish every day as a member of this illustrious sorority,” she said. There are a lot of reasons to be interested in going Greek, Thornton said. Sometimes students become members of the Greek community because their parents were. Thornton is a member of Chi Omega sorority. So is her mom, sister and four aunts. Becoming Greek allowed Thornton to extend her family. “You instantly gain a group of friends who are there for you no matter what and would do anything for you because you’re a sister,” she said. “When I decided to go Sigma Nu, I automatically gained over 50 brothers,” Caylor said. Plus, he made many friends in other sororities and fraternities. Greek organizations are involved in all sorts of philanthropic as well as social activities on campus ranging from tailgating for football games to campus-wide fundraising events, he said. Students joining a fraternity or sorority must have at least a 2.5 high school grade point average or 2.25 college GPA with 12 or more earned hours.



Intramurals give students a chance to keep playing sports

By Lucas Aulbach

A popular activity for those who wish to continue playing sports, intramural sports provide a unique physical outlet for students. Intramural sports is a program offered to all students, in which they can compete in individual and team sports. “Intramurals are a competitive and recreational outlet which allows students to continue to play sports after high school,” intramural coordinator Sean Sherwood said. Admission into the intramural league is free for all students. WKU currently has 29 sports available between the fall and spring semesters. The sports offered range from traditional to the more unusual, such as cornhole and pickleball. Others, such as

the March Madness Bracket Challenge, aren’t sports so much as activities. Most sports are available in only one season, though some, like softball and basketball, are offered all year. While prior experience may help a student be successful at a sport, it is not a requirement to join a squad. “Experience doesn’t matter, and we have a pretty wide variety of sports for students to choose from,” Sherwood said. While many fraternities and sororities field teams in several sports, Greek affiliation is not required in order to be a part of the league either. Sign-ups for intramurals typically take place at the beginning of the semester, and the forms are available

online on WKU’s website. The registration period extends a week into the sport’s competitive season. Since the teams consist of students, travel and transportation isn’t a problem. All of the sports are played on the main campus, either at the Preston Center or at the Hattie Preston intramural sports complex. The intramural complex is located near the South Campus. “I’ve never heard of transportation being an issue for anyone involved,” Sherwood said. Sherwood said intramural sports are good for students at WKU to get involved with an activity out of class. “Intramurals are a great way for kids coming in to get out and meet some new people, as well as continue to play their favorite sport,” Sherwood said.

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1. Wear a helmet - Protect your noggin by wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet. It should sit level on your head and rest about an inch above your eyebrows. The straps should form an even “v” around your ears. The straps should be snug, but allow two fingers between your chin and strap when fastened. 2. Obey traffic laws - Bicycles are vehicles. They should behave and be treated like vehicles when riding on the road. 3. Go with the flow - Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it. 4. Ride a straight line - Be predictable so drivers know what to expect from you. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic. 5. Beware of Intersections - Make eye contact with other drivers to make sure they see you before proceeding through an intersection. 6. Use hand signals - Signal to other drivers when you are turning or stopping. 7. Use lights at night - Use white headlights and red tail lights or reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. See and be seen! 8. Beware of approaching traffic - Be aware of traffic approaching from the rear. Scan frequently or use mirrors. 9. Be defensive if riding on sidewalks - Riding on sidewalks can be very dangerous because motorists are not looking for cyclists on sidewalks. If riding on a sidewalk, use extreme caution and be aware of motorists entering and exiting driveways. Also, pedestrians always have the right of way on sidewalks. Ride slowly when pedestrians. 10. Lock it up - Buy the best locking system you can afford. None is as expensive as a new bike! Secure the frame and rear tire to bike rack. If you have a quick release front tire, secure it, too.

Despite the Hill, WKU is bike friendly By Marianne Hale If students don’t want to make the trek up the Hill on their two feet, they can make it with the help of two wheels. Students, faculty and staff can take advantage of the biking resources – including bike repair and bikes to rent at no cost – offered on WKU’s campus. Big Red Bikes, a program supported by the Office of Sustainability, offers the campus community an opportunity to rent bikes for free. Students, faculty and staff can rent a bike for a weeklong period through this bike-sharing program, said Nick Asher, coordinator of Big Red Bikes.

“I think the bike is an excellent form of transportation,” he said. To rent a bike, take your WKU ID to Facilities Management, located first floor of Parking Structure 1. There, you can check out a bike, which comes with a lock and a helmet. Big Red Bikes has about 15 bikes available, all of which were abandoned on campus and would have been thrown away otherwise, Asher said. The Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Center has tandem bicycles available for you to rent as well as a fullservice bike repair shop.

The bike shop offers anything from brake adjustments to complete bike overhauls, said Amanda Even, graduate assistant for ORAC. The shop, located in the first floor of the Preston Center, also does custom orders and can have any part you might need for your bike within two days, Even said. If you’re looking to buy a bike, you can also turn to some off-campus resources, such as local bikes stores. Nat’s Outdoor Sports, located at 1121 Wilkinson Trace, and Howard’s Bicycle Shop, located at 604 Park St., both offer a wide selection of bicycle equipment as well as repairs.

Preston Center fit for physical fitness fans By Lauren Arnold

The Preston Health & Activities Center offers students, faculty and staff a model physical fitness facility. It includes a weight room, fitness room, gymnasium, dance studio, racquetball courts, swimming pool, a pro-shop, the Outdoor Recreation & Adventure Center, a Health & Fitness Lab, separate locker rooms for faculty/staff and students, a lounge and vending area and a first-aid room. And it’s free for all WKU full time students. Built in 1992, the Preston Center recently underwent a $10 million renovations and the addition of a 14,000-square-foot fitness center was completed in spring 2010. Renovations included upgrades to all mechanical, electrical and technological operating systems; upgrades to lights, sound and security systems; improvements of the natatorium, locker rooms, health and fitness lab, Intramural-Recreational Sports administrative offices, multipurpose room and dance studio; and new carpeting,

painting, furniture and landscaping. One of the features of the facility is the Bill Powell Natatorium, which includes a 25-meter x 25-yard swimming pool, which contains 350,000 gallons of water. The pool depth ranges from four to 13 feet. The natatorium contains an ADA compliant pool lift and is accessible for everyone. Also included in the natatorium is balcony seating for 300 spectators and an outdoor sun deck. It is the home of the WKU swimming and diving teams. Students can also take advantage of Preston’s fitness classes, such as “Awesome Abs,” “Yoga,” “Zumba” and “Cardio Hip Hop,” all for no cost. During the school year, the Preston Center hours are from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and from 1-8 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the Preston Center and the activities located there go to VOH


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For most, dorm life is required By Herald Staff Freshmen and sophomores (less then 60 hours) are required to live on campus, space permitting. However, special circumstances could be granted an exemption, including students who are veterans of military service (181 days or more), married, have dependent children, 21 years of age or older, members of fraternities or sororities living in chapter houses (sophomores only) or commuting from their parents’ permanent address. Exemption forms are available in

Housing and Residence Life in Southwest Hall. Students who don’t follow this policy will be charged a $1,000 fee. WHEN YOU MOVE IN When you arrive on move-in day, go to the front desk of your dorm before moving in your belongings. You’ll have to fill out a few forms and pick up your key. Here are the mailing addresses for oncampus residents:

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A new journey is about to begin. As you make your way to WKU to become a Hilltopper, there are several things you need from home to help you along the way. Obviously, you’ll need the basics: • microwave • mini-refrigerator (5 cubic ft. or less) • TV and cable • clothes • socks • underwear • food • pots/pans • utensils • money/debit card • book bag • paper • pencils • folders • toothbrush

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Cutting corners on parking won’t cut it

By Lindsey Kriz

Cars and convenient parking spaces on university campuses happen only slightly more often than total eclipses. Parking at WKU is one of the most frequent struggles students face in their four years. The only certainty is that if a car is parked illegally, it will be ticketed and the owner will be faced with a fine. The ability to hear a meter expire at 100 yards is a skill honed only by people who write tickets for Parking and Transportation. Few WKU employees are as timely and efficient as those who patrol the campus parking lots. Dennis Cain, transportation analyst at Parking and Transportation Services, said just a small percentage of WKU students make it through college without having to pay a parking ticket fine. There are two options. Pay the ticket or appeal – if you have a legitimate reason. Running late for class doesn’t fit the bill and it may be hard to come up with an excuse the folks at Parking and Transportation haven’t heard before. Cain said 26.3 percent of students who appeal their parking tickets are successful. “That means 74 percent either pay what was suggested or have the price reduced,” he said. 32


Cain said those who decide what action should be taken on parking tickets are part of the appeals committee, which is a collection of faculty, staff and students. Cain had some advice for freshmen, which included buying a permit only from Parking and Transportation services. “Freshmen have bought (permits) from someone else,” he said. “No one but us can sell them. Anyone else who is is trouble waiting to happen.” Another problem that freshmen seem to have, Cain said, is knowing where and when to park their cars. According to Cain, freshmen don’t realize that there is a parking crunch until around October and that the parking lots are very crowded until then. “They don’t know what their options are,” he said. “They can’t find a spot when they come to school right before class, so they park illegally. They may even be taking the spot of the professor who is teaching.” Cain said that it is never okay to park in faculty or staff parking spots, and that each parking lot entrance is clearly marked with what permits are accepted there and what the enforced hours are. Another type of illegal parking is when students park in a space that is not a parking spot.

“If a space is not clearly marked or defined, it is not a spot or a space,” he said. “Just cause your car can fit there doesn’t mean it’s legally parked.” Cain said students park in spots that are clearly marked yellow, and park in metered lots during unenforced hours, which are both illegal. Many students who have classes on South Campus commute there by car, which is unnecessary, Cain said, because the transit system provides a bus that takes students back and forth between main and South Campus. According to Cain, some freshmen, including those who live off-campus, won’t register their cars, so they rack up parking tickets. “Be smart,” he said. “Register with us even if you don’t buy a permit. There is no such thing as free parking.” Of course, the best remedy for the parking dilemma is leaving your car at home. Because freshmen will be living on campus, there’s no real need for a car because the WKU bus service can take you around campus and on shopping trips. If you walk, ride a bike or catch a bus instead of spending hours hunting for a parking space, you’ll save a lot of time, too.

Common sense, locked doors prevent theft By Spencer Jenkins While students feel safe on the WKU campus, it’s always important to be smart and take safety precautions. Sgt. Dominic Ossello stressed that a lot of the responsibility to keep property safe rests on students themselves. “Don’t let just anybody come into your room,” he said. “Keep your door locked, stay on top of it, stay on top of your roommate to make sure your items are secure, because it’s up to both of you.” A lot of students — especially freshmen — come to campus with a too-trusting mentality, he said. “They think someone else is going to take care of these things,” Ossello said. “We try as hard as we can to be everywhere, but we just can’t. We can’t be on every floor at every hour of every day.” And that means keeping valuable items, especially

electronics, protected, he said. Small, portable electronics like laptops and cell phones are common and easy to conceal, Ossello said. They appeal to thieves because they’re “high-dollar” items. “You’re gonna have to grab a whole lot of shoes to make up for one laptop,” he said. Ossello recommended that students keep serial numbers for their electronics, which help police track the stolen items faster. “If you’ve got your serial number for your laptop — and I highly recommend that to anyone — keep up with it,” Ossello said. “We can get them back 90 percent of the time if you have that number, whereas it’s only 15 percent if you don’t have that number.” Police enter an item’s serial number into a national database to see if it’s been picked up somewhere across

the country, he said. Pawn shops can also run the numbers of items that have been brought in. WKU police work with local pawn and consignment shops when looking for stolen property, Ossello said. The pawn shops are also required to give the Bowling Green Police Department their inventory lists, which contain information on who they bought an item from, any distinguishing markings it may have and its serial number. Ossello also recommended the LoJack security system for laptops, which — for a price — can help users track, locate and recover stolen computers. LoJack company officials log on to the stolen computer and can see what WiFi network it’s connected to and what key strokes the thief is making. That information is then given to police.



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Dining choices leave decisions to students

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Students have many options when it comes to eating on campus and paying for food. WKU has 26 different dining locations on the main campus and South Campus in eight different buildings with hours ranging from 7 a.m. to midnight. Freshmen living on campus are required to have a meal plan, said Nena Shomler, dining services marketing director. They must have the 10, 14 or 19 meals per week residential plan, according to a WKU Restaurant and Catering Group brochure. Students have a three-week window at the beginning of each semester to purchase or upgrade their plan, Shomler said. Meal plans for the fall semester are automatically applied for the spring semester, but can be upgraded. Students can also purchase commuter meal plans,

with 25, 50 or 75 “block” meals to use for the entire semester, according to the brochure. Those meals can be used at any time and in any amount. Students with residential meal plans can use up to four meals per day and they must be used by the student who bought them. Meals can be used to get into Fresh Food Company or for a predetermined value meal at most locations on campus. For example, a meal can buy pasta and a drink from the Garrett Food Court. Students can only buy meals for themselves, but dining dollars and meal plan dollars can be used to buy food for others as long as the student is making the purchase. Meal plan dollars, dining dollars and Big Red dollars are prepaid debit accounts that can be used at locations

on campus. Meal plan dollars and dining dollars provide a discount at on-campus dining locations, while students with Big Red Dollars can use the money to pay parking tickets, use vending machines on campus and in several other ways, Shomler said. For more information, go to http:// She said the best plan for a student depends on that student’s eating habits. Shomler said officials recommend students who don’t get meal plans get dining dollars so they can get the 11 percent discount. Students can check online for the number of meals, dining dollars, Big Red dollars and meal plan dollars they have throughout the school year at www.managemyid. com. The information is also accessible on the iWKU mobile app.

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Health Services: caring for the WKU community By Lauren Arnold

WKU Health Services is a full service primary care center dedicated to providing WKU students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families with quality medical care. The three boardcertified physicians on staff have admitting privileges at both The Medical Center and Greenview Hospital. Health Services is located on campus at the corner of Normal Drive and Regents Avenue. Patient parking is available in front of the building. The regular hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Terri Cunningham, marketing coordinator for WKU Health Services, said that students don’t need to make appointments in advance in most cases.

“We’re basically a walk-in clinic,” she said. There are some exceptions, such as physicals, which can take some time, Cunningham said. Cunningham said students with insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card and a photo I.D. Students are expected to pay their co-pay at the time of the visit. Students without insurance can set up payment plans with Health Services. Absentee slips are provided for students who seek care during class hours. The slips given will provide proof that you were seen by one of the health care providers on a specific day and time. Health Services is closed on all official University holidays, including Labor Day (Sept. 5), Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 23-25), Christmas Holiday (Dec. 19-30), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2012) and Memorial Day

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Take advantage of academic help By Caitlin Carter Most students strive to be academically successful, but anyone can get behind. It’s important to know where to turn if a problems occurs, said Kevin Thomas, director of the Academic Advising and Retention Center. A student’s academic adviser is one person a student can turn to for help, Thomas said. Advisers help students select what classes to take, among other things. Students must meet with their academic adviser each semester until they have earned 90 credit hours, Thomas said. An adviser is assigned to each student based on their major. If a student is undecided on a major, the AARC provides an adviser within the exploratory program, Thomas said. The exploratory program is for students who are exploring their major options, have not chosen a major or wish to change their major, according the AARC website. “It is set up so that students are able to make more educated decisions as far as picking a major,” Thomas said. A student should communicate with his or her adviser throughout the semester, getting to know them on a more personal level, Thomas said. Even while meeting with an adviser and keeping up with classwork, some students still fall behind, Thomas

said. These students still have options. The Learning Center offers free tutoring in hundreds of courses. Most services are in Downing University Center, but there are also TLC offices in Keen Hall and Pearce-Ford Tower. “Students should take advantage of this service as soon as they can each semester,” Thomas said. “Everyone should seek tutoring regardless of their grades. We know that students who attend tutoring on a regular basis will find greater success,” he said. Jessica Staten, TLC’s assistant director of supplemental education, said it’s also a great place to study. “We offer a quiet place to study for any currently enrolled student,” Staten said. “There is also a closely monitored 32-machine computer lab, similar to Mass Media’s.” TLC also offers workshops throughout to ensure academic success, Staten said. “The best part is that everything is already paid for through tuition,” Staten said. The most important place to go for academic help is the AARC, President Gary Ransdell said. But students should also go to faculty for academic assistance, he said. “They have to ask questions and seek help when they need it,” Ransdell said.


This computer software, available through TopNet, allows students to track progress toward their degree. “What-if” audits allow students to compare their coursework against other majors. Along with visiting an adviser, monitoring iCAP is important to graduating on time.

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Debit card a green alternative By Herald Staff The WKU Debit Card allows a paperless method for the university to return money to students. From residual money to student employee wages, it’s an efficient way to get your money without receiving a paper check. Students have the option of using the free account associated with the card or having the money transferred to their own bank. Commonly asked questions about the card: How do students get the WKU Debit Card? The cards are mailed to students after they are registered with the university. Students should contact the WKU Debit Card office at (270) 745-5551 or stop by Potter Hall, Room 208, if there are any issues receiving the card. Are there any fees for using the card? The only fees that students need to worry about are overdraft charges and ATM fees. The card comes with a free checking account that has no service fees. How can students get a replacement card? 38


Students should contact the WKU Debit Card office, and the staff there will help determine the best way to receive another one. They should also be contacted if the card needs to be re-activated. Do students have to use the card or are there other ways to get their money? Students need the card to access their money. Refunds and wages are handled through wkudebitcard. com. Options include putting the money on the card or getting it deposited directly into a bank account. What are the benefits of the card? The card can be used anywhere that accepts MasterCard just like a normal debit card. Parents can send the student money online using Higher One’s “Send Money” feature. Mobile alerts can be set up to keep tabs on the card’s balance from a cell phone, too. For more information: newrefunds.html Source: email interview with Ashley Smith, accounts associate in the Bursar’s Office

Stress levels higher now for students

By Caitlin Carter

Recent studies have shown that stress levels of incoming college freshmen are at an all-time high. Of more than 200,000 incoming full-time college freshmen polled, 51.9 percent of students reported their emotional health to be “above average,” according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA’s survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010.” This number dropped by 3.4 percent from 2009 and has decreased by 11.5 percent since 1985, when emotional health was first measured by the survey. Brian Van Brunt, director of the Counseling and Testing Center, said this increase in stress can come from multiple places. He said freshmen encounter more stress when they first step foot on campus today than ever. “Some students who are coming in haven’t had the experiences of traveling, living with someone else, the new food, the requirements to complete all their different syllabi and coursework,” Van Brunt said. “They also have to learn any schedules — learn the bus schedule. The adjustment is a critical stressor for any college student.” With tuition increases each year and the recent recession, Van Brunt, also president of the American College Counseling Association, said there is also a greater financial burden on students these days. “Though parents are helping out with students on secondary things such as gas, travel money, food and books, there’s less money to go around,” he said.

Today, students owe more than $800 billion in student loans, according to a CNBC report. The survey by UCLA concluded that 53 percent of students use student loans to help pay for college expenses and 73.4 percent of students have received grants and scholarships — the highest number since 2001. After seeing such numbers, Van Brunt said many graduating high school seniors wonder if college is truly worth the price. Though statistics still show that students are better off going to college, they are finding it harder to believe there’s a job out there waiting on the other end, Van Brunt said. “Some students now feel as though it’s a gamble,” he said. “It’s a little frustrating to see your friend making $25,000 as a manager at Abercrombie and Fitch at the mall while you’re basically living in poverty while in school.” Kim Phillips, psychiatric nurse practitioner at Health Services, said it’s important that students learn to combat stress in a healthy way. “This means getting adequate sleep, eating a healthy diet and exercising,” she said. Phillips said some students, when stressed, will engage in risky behaviors such as binge-drinking, drug abuse or risky sexual behaviors. “These unhealthy coping mechanisms most always end up leading to an increase in stress, which in turn may lead to anxiety or depression,” she said. Phillips said it is important for students to seek out the

services that are available on campus if they begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed, such as Health Services and the Counseling and Testing Center. The Counseling and Testing Center, which offers couples counseling, crisis management and groups for anxiety and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues has seen a 20 percent increase in students each year, Van Brunt said. “Some of that is from us from growing and getting more outreach, but more are those struggling with the adjustment to college,” he said. Louisville sophomore Holly Rodgers said she has felt stress heavily throughout her first year as a college student. She said the stress stems from a tough course load, large amounts of homework and financial worries. “Sometimes I get what I feel like is an overload of homework to do,” Rodgers said. “It’s sometimes tough to balance everything else on top of that.” Rodgers said she believes it’s important to take time for herself when her stress level rises. “I like to go home and relax,” she said. “It takes my mind off things.” While her freshman year has been tough stress-wise, Rodgers said she’s optimistic that her remaining years as a college student will become less stressful. “I feel like I’m experiencing more now than I will in the future,” she said. “I’m just now getting into the swing of things.”

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College students’ checklist: The three C’s you should carry everywhere By Marianne Hale I have a knack for leaving things behind: my debit card in an ATM, my car keys at Waffle House, a cell phone somewhere in the city of Louisville. So, when I heard that September was National Preparedness Month, I thought maybe it was a month-long celebration of getting prepared designed for people who, like me, should consult a checklist before leaving their homes.

But it was really designed to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities, according to the National Preparedness Month website. But what about unnatural disasters or those sticky situations that typical college students face on a day-today basis?

Where’s the kit for that? I took this question to the experts, who in this case were current and former college students who all happened to be in my cell phone’s address book. Together, we created the college student’s emergency kit, and for space purposes, I narrowed it down to the three C’s that college students should always have.


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Common Sense

You should always keep cash on you in case you need to pay for a cab ride home or a late-night blueberry cake doughnut run at GADS. It’s also helpful when a group of your friends wants to order a pizza and split the cost as it’s hard to make change from a debit card. Plus, some places still charge fees for using debit or credit cards.

I don’t think I need to sing the praises of cell phones to the college crowd, but you should always keep your phone on hand in case you need to call a cab, phone a friend or update your Facebook status. A friend also recommended knowing at least one cell phone number by heart in case something happens to your cell. I picked my friend Josh’s number to memorize because it’s made of up lots of sevens. If you don’t have anyone’s number, let me know. I’m sure he doesn’t have anything better to do than be the emergency contact (designated driver) for others in the campus community.

Common sense encompasses a lot of different things. It might mean making sure you have a designated driver for the evening or just having a buddy to protect you from the things that go bump in the night. The idea is to plan ahead and behave in a safe, responsible manner, even when you’re getting crunk ... or whatever. Other good suggestions from my experts included aspirin, an umbrella, condoms, tampons, a toothbrush, ChapStick, pepper spray, Band-Aids and a spare change of clothes. Feel free to adapt this emergency check-list to include your must-have items, or what you can never leave home without. VOH


Just how average are you? By Spencer Jenkins

The Herald set out to find the typical WKU student. Meet freshman Hannah Scheidegger. When Bowling Green freshman Hannah Scheidegger enrolled at WKU, she didn’t know she fit the image of the most common student on the Hill. White female freshmen from Warren County majoring in elementary education are the most common students on WKU’s campus, according to the 2010 Fact Book. Scheidegger chose WKU because of the teaching school. She has been set on a teaching career since she was a little girl. “Since I am from Bowling Green I wanted to stay closer to home, and so far I have been very happy with my decision,” she said. She plans on staying in Bowling Green for the rest of her life, she said. Networking with teachers she knows around the area will benefit her career. “I think you can make Western as far away or as close to home as you want it to be,” she said. She thinks its popularity among females stems from women not venturing into other realms of academics. 

A lot of women use teaching as a “fall back” major if they like kids and can’t decide what else they want to do, she said. But she isn’t interested in a “fall back” career. “In order to be a good teacher you have to really love teaching,” Scheidegger said. Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, said WKU’s roots go back to a teacher’s college. He said it’s not surprising elementary education is one of the more popular majors at WKU. “If you go back historically, education attracted females, and that just hasn’t changed,” he said. Evans said teaching was ideal for many females so they could be with their families in the summer. Scheidegger comes from a family of teachers, including her grandmother, who influenced her career decision, she said. Her grandmother’s stories about shaping kids into smarter individuals inspired her to teach. “My grandma has been a very big part of my life,” she said. “Her job was important and she loved it.”

Ethel Watrous, Scheidegger’s grandmother, earned her master’s degree in elementary education at WKU. She never set out to influence her granddaughter’s career decision, but she always talked about the love she had for her students. “I think Hannah really has the temperament for teaching,” Watrous said. “To be a teacher today you really have to have the stamina.” Scheidegger works with special education students in surrounding elementary schools, including McNeill Elementary School, she said. “I love the kids - they are hilarious,” she said. “Whether it’s elementary or special education, you never know what’s going to happen during the day.” Watrous said there aren’t a lot of people who like to be around children with disabilities. No matter what Scheidegger teaches, she wants to work with little kids, she said. “I saw how, throughout the year, the kids progressed,” she said of her volunteer teaching experience. “You can really make a difference in their lives.”

The typical WKU student 21 percent of WKU students are from Warren County Top 10 Kentucky counties 1) Warren - 4,324 2) Jefferson - 1,378 3) Barren - 1,312 4) Daviess - 965 5) Hardin - 943

6) Logan -682 7) Simpson - 394 8) Allen - 392 9) Monroe - 290 10) Butler - 278

30 percent of WKU students are freshmen Freshmen, 30 percent, 5,254 Sophomores, 18 percent, 3,219 Juniors, 18 percent, 3,255 Seniors, 25 percent, 4,397 Others, 9 percent, 1,520

5 percent of students are elementary education majors Top 10 undergraduate majors

59 percent of WKU students are female Male, 40.7 percent, 8,420 Female, 59.3 percent, 12,292

1) Elementary education, 965 2) Nursing-RN training, 667 3) Management, 560 4) Biology, 544

5) Interdisciplinary studies, 526 6) Nursing, A.S., 513 7) Broadcasting, 389 8) Agriculture, 374 9) History, 360

10) Sociology, 358

Information from the 2010 WKU FactBook based on fall 2009 enrollment of 20,712.






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Freshman 15: Local eating spots to try in Bowling Green By Herald Staff


Brickyard Cafe 1026 Chestnut St. Brickyard offers a combination of Mediterranean and Italian food. Brickyard might be a little pricey for a typical meal, but it’s a great place for a date. Just be sure you like your date enough to spend anywhere from $10 to $26 on their entree. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Great American Donut Shop 901 U.S. 31-W Bypass This 24-hour doughnut shop can be a place to get a quick breakfast or a latenight hangout. GADS has doughnuts sprinkled, glazed and jelly-filled. Try a blueberry cake doughnut or a double chocolate one, but be sure to bring your cash unless you plan to eat a lot of doughnuts. GADS asks that you spend at least $5 if you pay with card. Hours: 24 hours every day


Buckhead Cafe 760 Campbell Lane Buckhead is a “fast-casual” restaurant, meaning that it provides the high quality food typically found in casual dining but with faster service. The menu includes wraps, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Greener Groundz Coffee & Café 871 Broadway Greener Groundz serves up food, 100 percent organic and fair-trade coffee as well as music acts and local art. It’s co-owned by Molly Kerby, an assistant professor in Women’s Studies. Hours: Tue. & Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Anna’s Greek Restaurant & Bar 535 Three Springs Road Anna’s is known in Bowling Green for its Greek cuisine, which includes a long list of Greek salads, pastas and other entrees as well as a Greek wine list. It’s good for a date or a night out with friends of family. Hours: Closed Mon., Tues.Thurs. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4. Double Dogs

1780 Scottsville Road This restaurant/sports bar’s menu includes wings and doggie-themed treats, including Pickled Paw Prints, Beg Please Chili Cheese Fries and Sit, Heel & Peel Shrimp. Double Dogs also serves up karaoke on Friday nights. Hours: Sun.Wed. 11 a.m. to midnight, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


Gigi’s Cupcakes 760 Campbell Lane Gigi’s cupcakes are baked fresh daily, and the menu changes each day. You can also order them online and pick them up. Hours : Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

1265 College St. Hilligans has food and football close to campus. The sports bar can boast 13 high-definition TVs, three pool tables and two “full stacked” bars. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner for dine-in, carry out and delivery. Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.



Overtime Sports Bar and Grill 773 Bakersfield Way Overtime has regular drink specials, daily happy hour and a full menu. The sports bar also has karaoke every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Other entertainment includes cornhole pool tables and NTN BuzzTime trivia. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to close, Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant 1632 31-W ByPass Puerto Vallarta has authentic Mexican food and vegetarian combination and steak and pork specialties. The restaurant’s lunch special start at $3.39, and it also offers desserts and beer. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Spencer’s Coffeehouse 915 College St. From handmade soups to signature sandwiches, Spencer’s offers a quick, delicious and affordable meals. Spencer’s coffee is 100 organic and 100 percent free-trade. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Kyoto Gardens Japanese Steak House 760 Campbell Lane Kyoto offers quality Japanese cuisine on a college budget. Try any of the restaurant’s combination meals for a price in the $5-range. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stakz Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt 1945 Scottsville Road Stakz offers 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, including sorbet and tart, and Stakz swaps out one of their flavors for a new one each week. Stakz lets you pick from 50 toppings and fresh fruits to stack on your yogurt. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. noon to 9 p.m.

801 State St. Located downtown Bowling Green’s oldest brick house, Mariah’s offers casual dining with a menu that includes speciality salads, steak, seafood and pasta. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2500 Scottsville Road Toot’s motto is “Good Food & Fun.” The restaurant serves wings, seafood, burgers, ribs and more. Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Stay busy in Bowling Green all year long

By Lauren Arnold

Some people might call it “Boring Green,” but there are plenty of things to keep you busy in Bowling Green during every season. Fall

Starry Nights Music Festival: Three nights of camping and live music in October, Starry Nights has two stages showcasing about 30 bands with no overlapping sets. Headliners from 2010 include Ghostland Observatory, Keller Williams, Colour Revolt and hometown celebrities Cage the Elephant. Camping is optional. Jackson’s Orchard: This attraction, located at 1280 Slim Island Road, is ideal for a large group. You and your friends can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, go through the cornfield maze, drink apple cider and make a trip to the petting zoo. Chaney’s Dairy Barn: It’s best known for its ice cream but it’s also popular for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a full array of favorites, including breakfast burritos, homemade soup, hot sandwiches and desserts. Chaney’s is located at 9191 Nashville Road. Skeleton’s Lair Haunted Woods and Hayride: Located just outside of Bowling Green, this attraction is in its 12th season. Skeleton’s Lair has about 50 performers for the hayride, haunted woods and parts of the Lair that are in 3-D. There are also animatronics, fog machines and pyrotechnics used in the show. Last year, Casey Hendershot, the actor who played Michael Myers in the remake of “Halloween,” made a guest appearance, signing autographs for fans. The Lair opens at the end of September and runs through Halloween. Doors are open on Friday and Saturday nights. GM Corvette Assembly Plant, 600 Corvette Drive (I-65 exit 28); Visitors can witness a behind-the-scenes view N ig


Bowling Green can get cold in the winter, but there are plenty of indoor activities to stay warm and outdoor activities to enjoy the snow. Kentucky Library and Museum: This one is on campus, so you don’t have to worry about travel, even on snowy days. But the 80,000 square foot museum has several exhibits year-round. Historic Downtown Lights Up: Every year, Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green is decorated beautifully in Christmas lights. Historic Downtown Lights Up is an annual Christmas celebration, kicked off with a countdown to lights on. You can even have a carriage ride with Santa. If you aren’t up for big crowds, don’t worry. The lights stay up until January.


Beech Bend Amusement Park and Splash Lagoon: With more than 40 rides, Beech Bend is home to the Kentucky Rumbler wooden roller coaster, as well as Michael Jackson’s Sea Dragon ride. Other fan favorites include Wild Mouse Spinning Coaster, Whitewater Express, antique cars, bumper cars, go carts, wave pool, water slides, and Lazy River. Don’t forget about the Beech Bend Raceway, a nationally-recognized raceway for its drag strip and oval track. Beech Bend opens in May. Lost River Cave: Kentucky’s only underground boat tour is located in Bowling Green, on what Ripley’s Believe It or Not claims is the shortest, deepest river in the world. The cave is 57 degrees year round. After you’re done with the boat tour, head over to the butterfly habitat, where you’ll enter a garden full of butterflies native to Kentucky.


Hot Rods games: Bowling Green’s own minor league baseball team plays at Bowling Green Ballpark, a 4,559seat stadium. The season starts in April. Tickets are an affordable $5, and it’s a great group activity.

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Historic Railpark and Train Museum, 401 Kentucky St.: This 1925 structure has been restored to house a twostory history museum where visitors can learn about the history of the railroad by asking a Pullman porter, an L&N cook and a conductor through interactive galleries. The old L&N Passenger Depot is here as well. This museum has one of the region’s largest model railroad displays. A 1911 L&N Presidential office car is displayed outside, along with a 1949 Pullman Standard dining car, a 1953 Luxury Pullman sleeper and a Chessie Class Caboose.

of the assembly of America’s favorite sports car. Bowling Green is home to the only Corvette assembly plant in the world. While you’re in the vicinity, check out the National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Drive: The museum has more than 75 Corvettes on display and is a must-see for sports car enthusiasts.



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Traveling to I-65 getaways

WKU students can escape the pressures of class and work by taking day trips north or south on By Herald Staff Interstate 65 toward Louisville or Nashville. Here are nine of the places they can visit along the way.

Clermont Bernheim Forest, 90 miles This scenic arboretum and research forest, on KY 245, has more than 35 miles of trails, woodland roads, lakes, gardens and a canopy tree walk. It offers places to fish, bike and picnic.

Horse Cave Kentucky Down Under, 40 miles Visit with kangaroos, wallabies and emus at 3700 L and N Turnpike Road. This attraction also offers a chance to learn about aboriginal culture. Take Exit 58 near Horse Cave. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13 - Sept. 9 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10 - Oct. 31.

Louisville Churchill Downs, 115 miles Check out the museum, some thoroughbred horse races during the spring meet season, Downs After Dark or at the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The track is located 700 Central Ave. and has several ticket options, including the infield, which costs between $25 and $40. Louisville Slugger Museum, 120 miles Not only does the Louisville Slugger Museum display some of baseball’s great pastime players and artifacts, visitors can also take a tour into the factory to see how MLB bats are made today. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is at 800 W. Main St.



Fall hours are Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time and noon-5 on Sunday. There is no bat production on Sundays, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving. Muhammad Ali Center, 120 miles Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 N. Sixth St., is a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of hometown hero Muhammad Ali. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday-Saturday, noon- 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday.

Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave National Park, 35 miles From Bowling Green, take I-65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left onto KY 255 and follow 255 as it becomes the Park City Road into the park. Follow Park City Road until it joins the Mammoth Cave Parkway; turn left. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center. The cave is the world’s longest known cave, according to the Web site. It offers tours, campsites, hiking, horseback riding trails, canoeing and kayaking. Summer season hours are from 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. daily.

Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort, 55 miles The famous resort at 2800 Opryland Drive has reopened with new restaurants and bars after flooding last year closed the complex. It’s

home to the famous Grand Ole Opry, where various concerts are. An American icon, the Grand Ole Opry is known for creating oneof-a-kind entertainment experiences. The same flooding closed Opry Mills Mall, 433 Opry Mills Drive, which is expected to reopen in spring 2012. Centennial Park, 65 miles Centennial Park, 2600 West End Ave., has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the middle of it. The Parthenon is also an art museum. Hours — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday Special summer hours during June, July and August include from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N, 67 miles One of the most famous concert halls in the history of country music, Ryman Auditorium still hosts live music events. It is rated the top attraction in Nashville by tripadvisor. Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 Fifth Ave. S., 66 miles Interesting for non-country music fans, but amazing for those who love it describes the Country Music Hall of Fame. New exhibits are being added. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 74 miles This museum exhibits the work of contemporary regional artists and is surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens.

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Names You Should Know You’ll probably hear these names floating around campus soon enough. Familiarize yourself with what these people do so you can impress other freshmen and stay up to speed with upperclassmen.

Gary Ransdell, WKU president Ransdell has been the face of WKU since he became president in 1997. Achievements during his tenure include the creation of Kentucky’s only independent Honors College and rebuilding WKU’s campus through construction projects.

Billy Stephens, Student Government Association president The SGA president serves as the chief executive officer of the SGA and is the official representative of the student body, including representating students on WKU’s major decision-making board, the Board of Regents.

Ross Bjork, Athletics Director The athletics director is responsible for the planning, management and administration of WKU’s athletics department. WKU participates in 15 men’s and women’s Division I intercollegiate sports and is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.



Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs The provost is the chief academic officer for the university. As provost, Emslie is responsible for setting goals for the university’s academic missions, which includes instruction, research and community outreach. This will be his second year on the Hill.

Howard Bailey, vice president for Student Affairs Bailey oversees several hundred student employees in eight departments. He is the primary student advocate for more than 20,000 students and looks after their general welfare outside the classroom.

Jonathan Lintner, Herald editor The Herald editor oversees WKU’s student-run newspaper, published on Tuesdays and Fridays in print. The website,, is updated several times daily. To contact Lintner, call 745-5044 or email editor@

Numbers You Should Know Academic Advising and Retention 745-5065 Academic Affairs 745-2296 AcadAffairs Admissions Toll Free Phone: 1-800-495-8463 Office: 745-2551 Athletics 745-3542 Billings and Receivables 745-6381 or 745-5370 Campus Post Office 745-3093 College Heights Herald 745-2653 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences 745-4662 College of Health and Human Services 745-2425 Counseling and Testing Center 745-3159 Dining Services 745-2416 Diversity Programs 745-506 Division of Extended Learning and Outreach 745-1900

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TABLE OF CONTENTS NEWS 3... Construction 6... Marine Memorandum 7... Professor writes “Godfather 8... Registrar

10... Registrar (cont.’d) 11... Curing Multiple Sclerosis 11... I-81 Shooting 14... Missing Student 14... Drowning

15... Tech Goes Green 17... Founder’s Day 18... Knowledge Works 19... Center of Peace Retiree 21... Center of Peace Retiree (cont.’d) 22... Tuition increase 23... Death at the Cascades 23... Fire at the Courthouse 24... Tuition increase (cont.’d) 25... EPA Regulations 26... Firearm laws 27... VT Police 27... Suspicious Briefcase 28... New Kids Museum 29... TechPad Opens 30... Visitors Center Opens 31... EcoFriendly Programs 32... Cho Tapes Discovered 33... Cho Tapes Discovered (cont.’d) 33... Finch Announces Re-election 34... New Laws 36... Hokie Real Estate Lawsuit 36... Bus from NRV to D.C. 37... New Research Center in Arlington 38... Professor Writes Book 39... Tech and the Recession 40... A New GRE 42... Democrat Candidate Announced 43... New Parking Permit Prices 44... New Health Center 45... Helmet Research 46... Montogomery Drug Testing FEATURES 47... Venture Out 47... Farmer’s Market 48... Songs of Summer 49... Friday Nights Out 50... Friday Nights Out (cont.’d) 51... Orientation 51... New Wine Laws 52... Nickelodeon 53... How to Make a Cornhole Set 54... Google +

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New detours create confusion on N. Main JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 5-26-2011 Construction on a new roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Prices Fork Road began on May 16 affecting travel in the downtown and Prices Fork Road area of Blacksburg. The roundabout construction is the fourth phase of the Blacksburg Main Street Improvement Project, a project that commenced in June of 2010 to renovate a half-mile segment of Main Street from the College Avenue-Main Street intersection to the Main StreetPrices Fork Road intersection. When completed, the renovations will reduce the number of road lanes from two in each direction to one in each direction with a new turning lane. It will also include wider sidewalks, new pedestrian signals, streetlights, benches, trees and landscaping, and 130 feet of seating wall. The $11.5 million project is part of an effort to vitalize downtown commerce, embellish the downtown streetscape, and eliminate traffic con-



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Construction of the new roundabout closed the connection of Prices Fork to Main Street. The roundabout opened in late July on N. Main. gestion on Main Street. The project is mainly being funded by federal and state money, costing the town of Blacksburg a total of only $224,000. The roundabout, introduced as a part of the Main

Street Improvement Project in the Downtown Master Plan conceived in 2001, is an effort to help alleviate the traffic on Main Street and Prices Fork see CONSTRUCTION / page four summer 2011

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and to improve safety, as well as bolster business in the downtown area. “It will be a more pedestrian friendly area,” said Brandon Steel, urban transportation manager and the leader of

the roundabout project. The roundabout was incorporated into the Main Street Improvement Project due to the discovery that car crashes could be reduced, traffic flow could be improved, and new, safer

sidewalk systems could be installed to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Since construction began, a segment of Prices Fork Road has been closed, and detours have been implemented to prevent heavy traffic for

people traveling on Main Street and Prices Fork Road near the construction. New traffic signals have also been installed to assist consistent traffic flow on the detoured routes. Kabrich and Webb Street have become the designated detours for those traveling south onto Prices Fork Road from North Main, and Turner Street for those traveling north onto Prices Fork Road from Main Street and the downtown area. The Main Street, Toms Creek, and University City Boulevard routes of the Blacksburg Transit system have also been impacted. Some bus stops are temporarily closed, and routes have been altered to accommodate the new traffic pattern near the Main Street-Prices Fork intersection. Local residents have felt effects from the recent construction. Residents have experienced traffic issues, some parking lots have been closed, and the detours and road closings are forcing residents to discover alternate routes to get around Blacksburg. Wes Hill, a recent Virginia Tech graduate and Blacksburg resident said, “The ease of traffic flow has been inhibited. It’s kind of a hassle to find your way around.” Local businesses have also been

affected by the construction. Parking has become more limited in downtown Blacksburg, and consumers have to find alternate lots to park in. The detours have also diverted some traffic away from some local businesses. Although the roundabout construction has created some temporary frustration for local residents, many believe that the construction will result in a positive outcome. “I think the roundabout will be a good thing for Blacksburg once the construction is all done,” Hill said. “I’ve done some research on roundabouts in some of my classes, and they actually allow for easier traffic flow when they’re constructed and put into use, so I feel like once the roundabout is done and all of the construction is done, then traffic flow along Main Street and Prices Fork will be a lot easier.” According to the Town of Blacksburg’s website, pavement demolition has begun at the construction site, and new traffic signals have been installed. A Blacksburg official stated that the two-lane roundabout is projected to be complete by this September, and the Main Street Improvement Project is slated to be finished by the spring of next year.



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ELIZABETH HAYDU news staff writer 5-26-2011 On May 2, President Charles Steger and Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen signed a memorandum of understanding, allowing honorably discharged Marines to apply to Virginia Tech. The agreement could bring up to five marines each year to the university. However, this does not mean that other applicants will be pushed aside to make room for the incoming Marines. “It must be noted that over the last 3-5 years, the admissions rate has grown from 2,800 to 3,000,” said Mark Owczarski, director of news and information. “Nobody is being bumped or pushed aside.” The incoming Marines can be seen as military transfer students. They are held to the same standards that the university requires transfers to have. In order to be eligible for admissions,

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the applying Marines must be Virginia residents, have graduated high school, have obtained a score of 70 or higher on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, and have a score of 115 or higher on the General Classification Test. It is also recommended that they have an overall score of 1100 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all college level courses they might have taken. “The standards (for admission) are still as high as they are for all students,” Owczarski said. “This just helps the Marines to communicate to constituents that this is an option once they are discharged.” James Madison and Longwood University also signed the same agreement with the only difference being the standards changing to fit those of their respective institution. Like all incoming applicants, the final decision of the selected Marines admittance rests with the university they are applying to.



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tion and poetry. “It’s a very different way of writing than I’m usually used to,” Falco said. “It was fun to try something completely new.” Falco is now interested in merging literary and popular fiction for future projects. “I’d like to take what I’ve learned from writing the Godfather book and what I already know about literary fiction and figure out where to go next,” Falco said.


“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” These are the famous words of the character Don Corleone in Mario Puzo’s Oscar-winning movie “The Godfather.” They also serve as the inspiration for a prequel written by Virginia Tech creative writing professor Ed Falco, entitled “The Family Corleone.” Falco’s prequel, to be released next year, takes place in the period of the depression, just before World War II. “It’s been a lot of fun ... there’s about ten years that aren’t covered in any of the movies or the books. That period was wide open for imagination,” Falco said, “It’s an opportunity to fill in the gaps and some of the missing questions.” Fans of the Godfather will recognize many of the characters, although there will be new ones as well. “I had a lot of fun thinking about Luca Brasi,” Falco said. “Neither the books or the movies go into detail about why he’s so loyal to Vito, and why he’s so feared.” Falco also took a close look at Sonny Corleone and how he began his involvement with the family. “The Family Corleone” will explore the same themes touched on by the movies, family, loyalty, crime, and punishment. This is Falco’s first foray into popular fiction, but not his first offer to write a Godfather novel. He was originally approached to write a sequel in 2001, but declined. “I wasn’t interested in popular fiction at the time, and I was working on other books,” Falco said. Falco’s primary genres are literary fic-


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CARA MCBROOM news editor 5-26-2011 Although criticized with an election violation last November, Randy Wertz was reappointed as registrar of elections for a second four-year term. “The issue, in which the State Board of Elections was concerned with, was the decision by the electoral board to have people write down their names as opposed to checking with us here in the office if they were registered for that precinct,” Wertz said. “They should have used provisional ballots.” Wertz addressed the new Montgomery county electronic poll books, also known as an e-poll book, typically either hardware, software or a combination of the two that allows election officials to review and process voter information during an election but does not actually count votes. “We were utilizing the EPBs County wide and the people that were dealing with those went through multiple training sessions,” Wertz said. But come time to vote on Nov. 2, some of those machines would not work properly. Like Wertz said, the provisional ballots should have been used, especially since those who were not exactly computer savvy were given them anyway. On April 29, the state board of elections received results of an investigation by the office of the Virginia attorney general into


the Nov. 2 election in Montgomery County. Investigators found several violations. EPBs in six precincts failed. Instead of using provisional ballots, the election officers were instructed to check a voter’s identification, enter their name and information on a legal pad, and then the voters were allowed to vote on electronic machines.

The issue, in which the State Board of Elections was concerned with, was the decision by the electoral board to have people write down their names as opposed to checking with us here in the office if they were registered for that precinct. RANDY WERTZ GENERAL REGISTRAR

This allowed approximately 750 voters to cast ballots without first having their registration status verified. 13 of those voters voted in the wrong precinct, meaning their votes were improperly cast and improperly counted. The investigation concluded that the Nov. 2 election was in clear violation of the election law. However, it did not find the issue to be an attempt to corrupt the election, see REGISTRAR / page ten



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alter results or allow non-registered voters to vote. Joshua Lief, senior assistant attorney general, recommended that the State Board issue a letter of censure to the Electoral Board and

General Registrar for violations of Virginia law. According to Lief, the letter of censure from State Board of Elections should at minimum state that the Virginia code was violated, that going forward Montgomery County should

focus on better training, make sure that adequate provisional ballots are printed, and to seek guidance from the SBE if a problem arises where they are not sure of how to cure the problem. If in future elections there

are traceable violations to the Election Board or the General Registrar, they should be on notice that state board of election will seek their removal pursuant according to Virginia code. Several people were upset by the reappointment. Each citizen, including public servants, need to uphold the law and by reappointing Wertz, it’s not sending out a very strong message. Despite this censure, state officials still say they support Wertz’s reappointment. “We’ll work closely with the state board and I even spoke to them this morning about getting the resources that we need to do the job that’s before us,” Wertz said. “It’s a constant battle to stay ahead of the game so we’ll continue to try to do that job.” Wertz also caused controversy in Blacksburg in 2008 when he said that students could risk losing their financial aid and health insurance due to false voter registration information. The problem began when campaigners told citizens that their vote would not count if they voted absentee. Under Virginia law any absentee ballot that is signed and completed must be received

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by the general registrar located in that city or county that the citizen is registered to vote in by 5 pm EST on the Tuesday prior to the election in which the applicant offers to vote. It was later clear that college students from both in and out of state can register freely at their college addresses. It is safe to say that Wertz and the election board will be under substantial scrutiny by the state board of election as well as the citizens of Montgomery County. Wertz is hopeful that, with the backing of the state board, the community will also regain their confidence in the registrar. “I appreciate the board understanding that we’re doing the very best we can and we’ll continue to do that to make sure elections are run as fairly and smoothly as possible.”

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JAY SPEIDELL news writer 6-2-2011 A Tech alumnus is walking across the country, from Massachusetts to California, to raise awarenessforMultipleSclerosis,more commonly known as MS. Stephen Homsey, who graduated in 2008, is making a documentary of his walk and the people he encounters to raise awareness and money for MS victims. “I’m filming a documentary as I walk for MS throughout the country in different regions,” Homsey said. “Seeing what people have access to, what they’ve gained and what they’ve lost.” Homsey doesn’t have MS himself, but he got involved with the cause after experiencing a fall two years ago in which he broke his back and several other bones. This accident left him immobilized for two months. “I knew I was getting better, but a thought I had was if ‘I wasn’t ever going to get better, what would it be like?’” Homsey said. “It’s the same concept with MS, when you have an attack it limits what you are able to do. A majority (of victims) are unable to do those functions for the rest of their life.” Homsey’s experience inspired him to create Steps4MS, a charitable organization to raise awareness for the disease. The causes of MS are still a mystery to science, and treatments are limited. “Every attack of MS is different,” Homsey said. “One person could just have numbness in the hand, another could have

loss of vision, and another could progressively get worse and eventually pass away from it.” Homsey is interviewing individuals who suffer from MS across the country to highlight their specific situations. He has already seen a variety of cases and treatments, but no easy solutions. There are medicines available to treat MS, but they often have severe side effects. “You might have one week out of commission in the month, but the rest of the month, you might feel as good as normal,” Homsey said. “So for three weeks out of the four they can function normally, but that other week they’re completely out of it.” Homsey spoke with one woman who chose to forgo medication and manage her MS with diet and exercise. This decision was met with positiveresults. “Ifyouworkoutevery day,itlessenstheseverityoftheattacks, reducing the rate of atrophy in your muscles,” Homsey said. “That’s not scientifically proven to reverse the effects of MS, but a lot of people are having success improving their quality of life.” Homsey said he hopes the documentary will bring a focus to individuals, as well as to research. A few patients he has already spoken with said that their biggest issues were with insurance coverage, as well as finding doctors who were able to assist them. Homsey’s path will take him through Blacksburg around June 19th and he is planning on hosting an event. For more information, check out Homsey’s blog at

I-81 closed to further investigate shooting CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-2-2011 An off-duty Franklin County deputy shot and killed his ex-wife in a Roanoke convenience store parking lot Monday morning. Jennifer Louise Agee, 30, pulled into the parking lot of the Sheetz store on Williamson Road, according to Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins. Perkins said Jonathan Agee, 32, of Boones Mill pulled into the parking lot behind his ex-wife’s car and shot her several times with a rifle. Jennifer Agee was pronounced dead upon her arrival at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. According to authorities, one of their two daughters, age 12, was in the vehicle with the ex-wife during the shooting but was unharmed. Agee fled from the scene in his marked car and was pursued by Sgt. Matthew Brannock, 35, who was later shot in the pursuit. Agee was shot several times by the unmarked cars involved in the chase. The chase lasted approximately one hour and ended in


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Helicopter lands to transport shooting victim to Roanoke Hospital. Montgomery County, where Agee was finally stopped by police gunfire. Agee was taken to the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and was listed as in critical condition, Brannock was also taken to Carilion. His wound was not life-threatening. A northbound section of Interstate

81 shut down for hours during the investigation. Aut hor it i e s s ay to expect more delays throughout the week due to the recreation of the chase. Agee has been charged with murder according to Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins.

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14 Documents in missing person’s case may be released CALEB FLEMING news reporter 6-2-2011 The thirteen-year-old missing person case of a former Virginia Tech student remains unsolved, but a W. Va. judge could force state police to

relinquish important documents by the end of the year. A Kanawha County judge will hear testimony later this year before deciding the fate of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Educational Media Company of Virginia Tech. Robert Kovack was a

graduate architecture student when he was reported missing nearly 13 years ago. He vanished without a trace somewhere between Blacksburg and his hometown of Rivesville, W. Va. Kovack’s Geo Tracker was found abandoned four days after he was last

sighted alive on Sept. 22, 1998 on U.S. Route 19 near Fayetteville, W. Va. But while investigators have followed thousands of leads, none have provided closure in the case. In 2009, the Collegiate Times published a ten chapter in-depth piece regarding Kovack’s disappearance. The newspaper was denied its request for information from the West Virginia State Police and subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming FOIA violation. The US government enacted FOIA as mandated disclosure of certain government documents. There are exceptions to FOIA, including information that would compromise a criminal investigation. The West Virginia State Police claim this case falls under such an exemption. The department argues releasing information would be harmful to the investigation and rejected the FOIA request. Brian Wheeler, the attorney representing EMCVT, argues that the West Virginia State Police “cannot keep the documents secret forever simply because they remain unsolved.” “What have they done recently to solve this case,” Wheeler said. “Who knows if anything has been done in the last decade?” Ultimately, these questions will be answered in court. The presiding judge, Wheeler said, will have to determine if the case fits the parameters of an ongoing investigation. There are no precedent cases. The West Virginia State Police did not return calls to the Collegiate Times. Lt. Steve Taylor with the Blacksburg Police Department said the investigation remains open locally. “I can’t go so far as to say we get valid leads, but there are times we receive leads that we investigate,” Taylor said. Taylor declined to comment further on the investigation. Michael Kovack, Robert Kovack’s older brother, said he had not heard

information regarding his brother’s case in years. “There is nothing new; nothing has changed,” Michael Kovack said. “Realistically, after a while, you have to face the facts. You may never know what happened.” Michael Kovack said that two years ago the family officially declared Robert deceased, despite the fact that there was no official confirmation from police. The declaration kept bill collectors at bay but was a challenging decision for the Kovack family. “That was tough, but you have to move on,” Michael Kovack said. “It’s either you let it consume you or you move on with your life.” Michael Kovack admitted that his brother’s memory invades his mind daily. “Me and my father went fishing last weekend, and that was something the three of us used to do together,” Michael Kovack said. “It came up. The little things bring back memories.” Michael Kovack commented on the nature of the relationship his brother had with his mother and father, furthering expressing the emotional stress of the disappearance. “My mother sat by the phone day after day,” Michael Kovack said. “I told her she had to live her life; not saying to give up, but moving on with life. You accept fate for what it was or let the obscurities get the best of you. You have nothing, and that’s probably the hardest part.” “Each day you hope that something breaks and you can put this part of your life to rest, or that he is out there somewhere and he comes back,” Michael Kovack said. But for the Kovack family, closure is the only thing that will fullsatisfy.“Forthepast12yearswehave lived in limbo,” Michael Kovack said. “It’s something that I would not wish on anyone.”

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news editor 6-2-2011 A former Virginia Tech student was found dead in the New River at McCoy Falls Sunday. Kevin E. Ocampo-Arias, 27, drowned after swimming in the rapids. This isn’t the first drowning at McCoy Falls. Over a year ago, a man was reported to have drowned. Sgt. Dirk Compton of the Virginia State Police said two witnesses were present. One of the witnesses, a roommate of Ocampo-Arias, called in the incident and said Ocampo-Arias went into the water, went down in rapids

and did not come back up. Sgt. Compton suspected that the water came a little over Ocampo-Arias’ head and drowned him. The body was taken to Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Va. Alcohol was not suspected to be involved. The family was notified and arrangements are unknown. McCoy Falls is a class II rapid, meaning it is of moderate difficulty. The water is medium to quick speed with regular waves. There are clear and open passages between rocks and ledges, but maneuvering required.


Tech recognized for ‘Going Green’ news staff writer 6-9-2011 The Princeton Review has just announced Virginia Tech as one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the United States and Canada of 2011. This year, Tech was recognized with the honor along with 311 other colleges. In 2010, Tech was recognized with only 286 other other colleges. “Frankly, it is an honor to be recognized,” sustainability program manager Denny Cochrane said. “It is really a shot in the arm to be able to say we are not there yet, but we are on our way.” A main reason Tech was chosen for such an exclusive honor includes the Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. The goal of this plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost energy efficiency, and pursue LEED Silver certification standards for the new campus buildings. In 2009, the Board of Visitors approved the “Climate Action Commitment Resolution” along with




the accompanying Sustainability Plan. Following that, Virginia Tech received a Gold rating for one LEED project and is pursuing 11 additional certificates. “The students deserve a lot of credit,” Cochrane said. “The 2006-2007 academic year was the start of students really getting involved.” In that year, the students at Virginia Tech asked the campus to restore the paper recycling program, which was recently cut from the university as a whole. “During the 2007-2008 academic year, a series of movements such as sustainability week set off a catalyst for the green movement at Tech,” Cochrane said. It was not just these goals that put Tech in The Princeton Review, it was also a combination of sustainable programs into academic curriculums, and the participating levels in alternate transportation, composting, recycling, and programs such as the sustainability week and Y-toss. “The bottom line is that the students are in the forefront,” Cochrane said. “If you have the passion and interest that students bring to the table in working with our committee, that’s a home run.”

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ESKII KEBEDE news staff writer 6-2-2011 Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will be making a trip to Blackstone, Va. Saturday, June 11, to deliver a keynote address at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center. The church will be hosting the inaugural Founders Day event “Faith of Our Founding Fathers,” a controversial yet appealing topic. Once elected for office, McDonnell declared April as confederate history month. The controversy around the matter arose from the major role slavery held in colonial times. Many activists were against the governor celebrating a time in American history in which others suffered. Known to be a scholar on George Washington, McDonnell works hard to promote tourism in the state as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the civil war. With such a pride in preserving colonial history, VUMAC is excited to have McDonnell speak as the guest of honor. Events for the evening include a colonial style dinner, as well as an appearance from Virginia Patriots interpreters Kevin Grantz as President George Washington, and Michael Wells as Governor Patrick Henry, participating in what should be a lively debate. There will also be a silent auction during the event with

This event is anyone who would like to come throughout the state of Virginia and celebrate the history of not only our founders but also Blackstone.” JENNIFER WALL EVENT STAFF

items donated from VUMAC varying from artwork to vacations at Smith Mountain Lake. Jennifer Wall is one of many working hard to put together the event. “This event is anyone who would like to come throughout the state of Virginia and celebrate the history of not only our founders but also Blackstone,” Wall said. The assembly center is a wellrecognized building with a strong Virginian history and the purpose of this event is in it’s honor. Funding for the event will come through ticket sales as well as several sponsors. All proceeds will go to the assembly center for future renovations for the facility. This event is open for all ages and will be a night to remember. As controversial as some would deem this evening topic, the purpose of the event is to celebrate the history of the United States, particularly Virginians in the most patriotic of times. Those interested in attending Faith of Our Founding Fathers should contact Jennifer Wall at (434)392-7799 or via email

ELIZABETH HAYDU news staff writer 6-16-2011 The Commonwealth of Virginia saw less crime last year than in previous years, according to the latest police crime report. Virginia State Police’s annual crime report showed an overall decrease in crime figures in the state of Virginia in 2010. Violent crime has decreased by 4.9 percent, property crime by 2.8 percent, robbery by 10.1 percent and vehicle thefts by 9 percent. As part of Tech’s initiative to help in the decrease of crime, VT Police offer classes and safety tips to help students stay safe both on and off campus. To combat any increases in crime, VT Police offer a variety of programs and online resources to help keep students both safe and aware. VT Police hope that the programs they offer will help raise awareness of crime and let the students recognize and prevent crime on campus. “In the rape aggression class that is offered, we try to make it as empowering as possible,” Officer Geof Allen

said. “The only men in the room are the officers for you to beat up.” The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing onto the basics of hands-on defense training. In addition to this class, VT Police also offer programs like the Faculty/ Staff Police Academy, Student Police Academy and a Campus Citizen’s Emergency Response Team or CERT program. These programs are available to any and all students and are free of charge. “In the police academies, you literally get to shoot machine guns, drive out cars, and CSI your own crime scene,” Allen said. “If you become a CERT member, you learn how to do everything including triage and are given all the equipment at the end of the class.” Allen views these classes as not only helpful to students, but enjoyable. “I really do encourage students to sign up for the classes,” Allen said. “I

have heard from (the students) that some of the free classes we offer were their favorites here at Tech.” If students are too busy to attend any of these classes, they can still read some of the safety tips offered online by VT Police. These tips include walking with a buddy, engraving valuables, and refraining from putting personal class schedules up on Facebook. The VT Police department also urges students to sign up for the VT alert messages for their mobile devices. This helps to keep students informed of crime incidents at the university and in the surrounding areas so they can stay safe and informed. More safety tips, information about the classes and how you can sign up for VT alerts can be found on the VT Police website or by typing in “safety tips” or “VT Alerts” into the search bar on the VT home page. “What I have found with students is that they want to help continue lower the statistics,” Allen said. “Programs like the police academies and the response team classes will allow them to help.”


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FirstOffice fosters ideas to fruition ESKII KEBEDE news staff writer 6-9-2011 The end of May marked an exciting time for VT KnowledgeWorks as the local business acceleration center announced the launch of a new fourmonth program called FirstOffice. Located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VTKW is known to help entrepreneurs with not only starting up their new business, but also how to keep it running strong. The FirstOffice program will stand out from other programs offered at VTKW because it offers counseling and networking, specifically on matters many companies won’t realize are important until later down the road. When someone logs onto the VTKW website there is a full breakdown of all services offered with

FirstOffice. “You pay a minimum cost for a maximum pay off,” said director Jim Flowers. With a price of $750, members are receiving VTKW membership, access to conference rooms, Wi-Fi, peerinteraction, three two-hour strategy sessions with two mentors, and local and regional start-up press releases. Members will also receive commercial insurance offerings, human resources issues and answers, financial and administrative setup, banking services primer, tips on public relations and internet impact, or a $50 gift certificate to Wikiteria and unlimited coffee. For those who only have a great idea and a basement, these amenities will make all the difference for the future of their business. Running a business that helps launch

other businesses is a hard thing to do, but Flowers and his staff of three manage to do so efficiently. “We are more of a catcher not a grabber,“ Flowers says about how they attract clients. “We need people to know that we exist so that when the time comes, they know we may have something that will help them.” “VTKW isn’t here to make a profit,” Flowers said. The company is subsidized by the CRC and because they aren’t officially a part of the university it allows the company to experiment with new ideas such as the idea of FrontOffice. “We are allowed to be flexible and experiment what better suits individuals,” Flowers said. FirstOffice caters to each company’s business aspirations. The goal is to help companies minimize obvious mistakes made by other businesses in the past. The program offers a co-working space in which you will have the ability to receive advice from others and create relationships with other businesses that can help your company grow down the road. Three companies have already shown interest in the FirstOffice program, one coming from as far as Clemson, South Carolina.


Jim Flowers, founder and CEO of Tech incubator VT Knowledge Works. VTKW is a company with global connections so their client list reaches out further than the NRV area. Businesses who show interest in VTKW services are generally technology-based innovators, or those who are creating an idea from scratch using advanced materials, alternative energies or even chemists with an idea of their own. The most important clientele VTKW hopes to reach out to are students here

at Virginia Tech. To invent the future is the pride of every Hokie and VT KnowledgeWorks will help students do with what they think is just a small thought or idea. Their ability to provide entrepreneurs with ample information about the business world is rare. Students may not have that million-dollar idea just yet, but when they do, VT KnowledgeWorks is just the place to take it.

news staff writer 6-9-2011 Jerzy Nowak, the founder of the Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP), will be retiring from Virginia Tech and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention on July 1. James Hawdon, a professor of sociology at Tech will replace him as director of the nonviolence program later this month. Hawdon has worked with Nowak over the past few years, assisting in some of the center’s main programs. Nowak chose to found the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention in 2008 to help combat violent acts and promote peace as a tribute to the April 16 victims and their families, and the community.

Nowak’s wife, Jocelyne CoutureNowak, a French instructor, was one of the victims of the April 16 massacre. Nowak has been involved with various programs around Tech, including co-leading a class in global peace, as well as playing a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of the CPSVP. The center, based in Norris Hall, has seen extreme success and expansion over the three years that Nowak has been director. The program held an international symposium for violence prevention in 2010 and has been working with the departments of sociology, philosophy, geography, political science, and agricultural and applied economics to create a new undergraduate program in peace studies and violence prevention. The program began offering a yearlong interdisciplinary capstone seminar

course called Global Society, Violence, and the Prospects of Peace during the 2010-2011 school year, and the center plans to begin offering a university concentration in Violence Prevention and Peace Studies next school year. The center also completes projects outside campus to help promote nonviolence in K-12 schools by providing

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prevention and peace movement. Nowak plans to continue involvement with the CPSVP and has expressed interest in participating in the design and development of Norris Garden – “a garden that will provide some secluded space for reflection,” Nowak said. He also plans to spend more time with see PEACE / page 21

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Peace: Nowak will always be a part of the center his family. In retirement, he wants to see the program continue to grow. “I want (Virginia Tech) just to continue with this program and expand its capabilities in the area of violence prevention by promoting engagement,” Nowak said. Many students believe Nowak has accomplished some remarkable things with the program over the years. “I don’t think he realizes how much he has done


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with this curriculum (on nonviolence and peace studies),” Sophia Teie, president of the Students for Nonviolence organization, a student club closely affiliated with the CPSVP, said. “He’s been through a lot and for his reaction to be creating not just a vision out of the face of this tragedy, but being a part of it, wanting to lead it and being there to make sure it happened – he definitely exceeded his vision.”


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22 BOV votes to increase tuition, students concerned CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-9-2011 The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors met June 63 at Squires Student Center for their quarterly meeting. The board discussed several topics and within the first hour of meeting

passed all motions made, including the decision to approve a new degree in the College of Natural Resources and Environment in addition to budget changes. Virgina Tech will receive $1.14 billion for the 2011-2012 budget. This amount increased from the previous fiscal year due to budget cuts.

President Steger commended the university even with its losses. The board also approved the motion to raise tuition for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. “No one wants to raise tuition,” Steger said. “$75 million was cut out of the operating budget and 230 positions were lost as a result--it’s part of

the pressure.” The university usually develops tuition and fee proposals each February and March, with final rates submitted to the Board of Visitors at the end of either month. This allows the university to adjust to the actions made during the general assembly session. These adjusted rates help students plan for the financial costs of the upcoming academic year, help students make decisions such as attendance at summer school, and allow the university scholarships and financial aid office to deliver timely and effective financial aid award information to current and prospective students. The 2010-2011 average cost of education at Virginia Tech was $15,866

$75 million was cut out of the operating budget and 230 positions were lost as a result-it’s part of the pressure.” CHARLES STEGER PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA TECH

and in 2011-2012 the estimated cost is $16,208, an increase of only $342. The 2010-2011 total of undergraduate tuition plus general fees totaled $8,098, while in 2011-2012 the estimated total of tuition and fees is $8,899, an increase of $801. “Considering my financial background, my parents are able to pay my full four years of instate tuition so this raise isn’t the see TUITION / page 24

CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-16-2011 Christiansburg and Blacksburg fire crews reported to downtown Christiansburg after they received information about the fire at the new Montgomery County courthouse on June 9. According to a Christiansburg press release, the fire was called in to police at 7:46 a.m. by a construction worker. Officials said the blaze was caused by welding work. About 40 construction workers in the building at the time were evacuated but none were reported with injuries. A worker was welding when the styrofoam insulation caught fire.

The fire was contained to the roof of the four story building. Damage was considered minimal and was limited to stacks of insulation and two air handler units. Officials claimed that the fire could have spread very easily but the reaction time was quick enough to save the building from being engulfed. The fire was contained by 8:20 a.m. and extinguished by 9:05 a.m. Insurance will cover the damage, which is not expected to delay the courthouse opening in January. The insurance adjuster for the construction firm will assess damage at the site in the next several days. Building has already resumed and no cost estimates have been made at this time.

Woman suffered heart attack at Cascades 23 CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-9-2011 A 35-year-old woman suffered a heart attack and died after hiking the Cascades on June 5 with her boyfriend and four children. All family members have not been notified of the incident, therefore the name of the woman has yet to be rea-

leased. Witnesses said the victim was having difficuty breathing and was in a great deal of distress. Public Information Officer, Steve Davis, of the Giles County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dept said it was hot outside and there was no air movement. The woman, from Bland, Va., never made it to the Cascades and began showing signs of trouble in between the two bridges on the lower trail.

According to Davis, this lower trail is steep, rough, and would take exertion to get where she was. Witnesses performed CPR, however the procedure did not work and a doctor from Carilion Giles Community Hospital called the time of death over the phone. The body was taken to Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Va.


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worst thing, but it certainly does make things more stressful,” said Neel Patel, a biological sciences major and student representative in the Student Goverment Association. Patel is not just looking at the

increase from an academic standpoint. His social life spending will also be affected. “There will probably be certain things I would have to give up or find a way to pay for on my own, like road trips or concert tickets. I may have to be more

frugal when buying books, maybe find ways to rent them or find places that will buy back for more money. Subleasing my apartment next summer, assuming I am not living there, is now a must,” Patel said. Tech students are not the only ones affected by the increase of

tuition. Students from JMU and UVA are also paying hundreds of dollars more than the previous fiscal year. JMU’s tuition and fees rate for an undergraduate Virginia resident increased $294, while tuition and fees for an undergraduate non-Virginia resident increased $557. Tech students might think JMU’s increase is realistic, however, after seeing UVA’s rates they might

There will probably be certain things I would have to give up or find a way to pay for on my own, like road trips or concert tickets. I may have to be more frugal when buying books, maybe find ways to rent them or find places that will buy back for more money. “ NEEL PATEL BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJOR

feel more comfortable with their own tuition and fees. UVA’s tuition and fees rate for an undergraduate Virginia resident increased $958, while tuition and fees for an undergraduate non-Virginia resident increased $3,006. Other changes to the university is the incoming freshman class. According to their report, 5,283 students accepted their offers to the university. The board claimed them as the most qualified and diverse class at Tech ever. Of these 5,283, 251 students identified themselves as AfricanAmerican, 269 as Hispanic, 8 as Native American, 998 as transfers, 2,090

as women, and 961 as first generation. The board approved a new Bachelor’s of Science degree in meteorology, being the first in the commonwealth of Virginia. It will focus on geospatial information technology and its ability to unite data from both the natural and human environments, preparing students for careers in forecasting and modeling weather events. Buildings and Grounds Committee also received a report on the status of a new 460 Bypass Interchange near Southgate Drive as it relates to the Virginia department of Transportation (VDOT) 2012-2017 six-year Improvement Program. The VDOT program is altering the roadway to alleviate traffic congestion and increase the safety of motorists. A grade separated interchange from the 460 bypass will be created south of the current Southgate Drive to access campus, the airport, and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. During the meeting, board member William Holtzman suggested the university compare its university honor code regulation to the Naval Academy, VMI, among other military-affiliated schools. Holtzman said the proposal to upgrade the honor system was rejected and sent back as a result of it being “watered down.” “Integrity is as important as a class we teach,” Holtzman said. “Honor needs to be taken back to if you cheat, you’re out.” When some hesitation was shown, Holtzman replied, “There are no degrees of honesty. I don’t think there ought to be any other answer.”

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American Electric Power announced the company’s plan to stay in agreeance with a series of regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That will impact Appalachian Power’s coal-fueled power plants, including the Glen Lyn plant in Giles County, in addition to almost a dozen other plants in seven states that will have to retire or retrofit in order to meet EPA regulations. After 90 years of service, the Glen Lyn plant will close on or before Dec. 31, 2014, retiring two units, 335 MW of power, and 44 jobs. It is not certain yet whether or not any Blacksburg residents are employed with them now. However, the closure of this plant among several others across the country, will increase the cost of service by 10 to 15 percent by the end of 2014. “The cost of electricity will have to go up as time goes on,” said John Shepelwich, corporate communications manager for AEP. “Either way the cost will go up, but if plants retire early, that cost will go to the customer. We’re trying to spread the increase over a longer period time.” The electric charge that customers see directly relates to the price of labor, copper wire, gasoline, and any other commodity the company needs to provide power. High demand for labor and materials due to a constrained compliance time frame could drive actual costs higher than these estimates. The cost has to be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Committee. Appalachian has a package of four rate filings pending before the State Corporation Commission, with a ruling expected in the fall. Combined, they would generate $115 million in new revenue for the company and, if approved, would mean a 9.6 percent increase in monthly bills starting in 2012 for the company’s 520,000 customers in Virginia. The company said most of the requested increase is related to compliance with previous EPA mandates to install pollution controls at key generating plants, which have cost more than $2 billion. AEP is working with the EPA to extend the projected timeline in order to create alternative plans. “We hope that there is still room for negotiation with the EPA about extending the plant life. There will be better alternatives and perhaps there will be a huge innovative plan that will cost less, we don’t know. It just seems that if you put this relatively short timeline in place, the only thing you can do is to shut a plant,” Shepelwich said. The Glen Lyn plant provides only 335 MW, which is a considerably small amount of power compared to other plants. It may come down to comparing

the life of the plant with the cost of retrofitting it to comply with EPA regualtions. The value of the retrofitting ends up being more expensive in this case. “It’s not a good idea to retrofit a plant like that,” Shepelwich said. “If you had a 20-year-old car with 200,000 miles on it, you don’t put a new paint job on it, reapolster it, unless it’s for fun.” Other plants will continue to operate at their sites once they are modified. The Clinch River plant in Russel County has three generating units all run by coal. This plant will be modified so that one of the units is retired and the other two will be refitted to burn natural gas. “A lot of people ask ‘why not Glen Lyn?’ but there is not an adequate supply of gas lines that run near the plant,” Shepelwich said. Rep. Morgan Griffth, R-Salem, issued a statement blaming the EPA for the loss of jobs. “This is what I have been talking about. More burdensome EPA regulations, more jobs lost. The cost of complying with these regulations is closing one plant in the 9th District and reducing generation at another,” Griffith said. “Why can’t the EPA recognize that their actions kill jobs and destroy the economy not only in Southwest Virginia, but nationwide.” AEP claims that some jobs would be created from the installation of emissions reduction equipment, however they are still expecting a net loss of approximately 600 power plant jobs with annual wages totaling approximately $40 million as a result of compliance with the proposed EPA rules. “Communities that have depended on these plants to provide good jobs and support local services will face significant reductions in payroll and property taxes in a very short period of time,” said Michael Morris, AEP chairman and chief executive officer. According to AEP, based on the regulations as proposed, AEP’s compliance plan would retire nearly 6,000 MW of coal-fueled power generation. It would also upgrade or install new advanced emissions reduction equipment on another 10,100 MW, refuel 1,070 MW of coal generation as 932 MW of natural gas capacity, and build 1,220 MW of natural gas-fueled generation. The cost of implementing this plan could range from $6 billion to $8 billion in capital investment through the end of the decade. The plan, including retirements, could change significantly depending on the final form of the EPA regulations and regulatory approvals from state commissions. It is definite that Blacksburg residents will see an increase in price, but according to the EPA, closing these coal-generated plants will save approximately 17,000 lives a year. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality released that the plant discharged about 217,000 pounds of toxins in 2009 – mostly hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, with smaller amounts of lead and mercury compounds.


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New firearm law implemented in Blacksburg JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 6-16-2011 Legislation on firearm policy changed in the town of Blacksburg. Blacksburg altered restrictions on pneumatic weapons, which include paintball, pellet, and air soft guns, so that they can be used on private property within town limits. According to the new legislation, anyone 16 years of age and older will now be allowed to operate pneumatic weapons on private property as long as they are used responsibly and the gun’s projectiles do not pass beyond the property lines. Anyone under age 16 must have adult supervision when using these devices. The new proposal arose from a statewide mandate requiring localities to change their policies on pneumatic weapons by July 1 to parallel

a bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly in April. The new law is passed under the Dillon rule, which states that the state government holds superiority over municipal governments. Under the Dillon rule, localities across the state, including Blacksburg, are required to comply to the new state law permitting the use of pneumatic guns on private property within town limits. Members of the Blacksburg Town Council have expressed opposition to the bill out of concern for public safety and beliefs that the bill is unsuited for Blacksburg. “When you’re dealing with pellet guns, there are some out there that are really powerful,” said Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam. “I think that care has to be taken, and that’s why pneumatic weapons were not allowed until the state required us to do so.” Other council members have

expressedthatthedirectivefromthestate legislature does not take into account the differences between localities, which makes the law less applicable in some areas. “Every town is different,” Rordam said. “I think I would have preferred not to do this.” Town council member John Bush believes that the new law was more fitting for rural areas rather than more urbanized regions such as Blacksburg. “In the town of Blacksburg, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Bush said. “It seems like this is one of those cases where the Dillon rule is clearly an impediment to local authorities and governing officials to be able to promote rules that make sense to their community.” Although the new law will affect anyone within the Blacksburg town limits, it will not affect the regulation of firearms on Tech’s campus. The town of Blacksburg does not have jurisdiction over policies pertaining to Tech’s campus, so the new gun law will not affect university policy. Guns and other weapons will remain prohibited on campus, in accordance with Tech policy. The new policy will, however, affect students that live off campus. Students living off campus will be allowed to use pneumatic weapons under the new act, as long as they are


A battle-ready paintballer participates in an elimination match at Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg in June 2011. on private property. Although the new policy has raised some concerns, others believe that raising the restrictions will have some positive outcomes. Paintball guns will now be allowed within town limits because of the new ordinance, which has some paintball players believing that they will have the opportunity to play without the hassle of leaving Blacksburg to find a location. The paintball club at Tech travels to a location in Jefferson National Forest

about 20 minutes away from campus to play. Alex Barker, president of the paintball club, believes that, although the paintball club plans to continue playing at Jefferson National Forest, the lifted restrictions will increase the popularity of paintball in the Blacksburg area. Players will no longer have to travel to Christiansburg and other locations to play. “Anyone that owns paintball equipment can now play (in Blacksburg),” Barker said.


CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-23-2011 At around 8 p.m. on June 16, the Blacksburg Police Department taped off the area in front of Sharkey’s and the Cellar for about four hours. A suspicious briefcase was spotted sitting on top of a trash can.

According to Blacksburg police Lt. Steve Taylor, a briefcase left on top of a trash can was brought to the attention of police by a citizen. The intersection in front of The Cellar restaurant was cordoned off as a precautionary measure, he said. The briefcase was found to be empty, Taylor said, and police have reason to believe “that it was simply discarded.”


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Future Kids Museum opening in Blacksburg CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-23-2011 Local citizen of Blacksburg Janine Kniola aspires to open a children’s museum within the next five years, if all goes well with fundraising. The Blacksburg Children’s Museum will focus on art, science, technology and regional heritage. All components of art, like drama and music, will be included. Regional heritage will educate children about the local Southwestern Virgina region and the history of area, among other things. The future museum will serve families across the entire New River Valley and surrounding regions from ages 012.The pre-school age is most popular but will still attract other kids in the 0-12 range. “I have an 11- and 8-year-old, and even now they like to go to museums. I’ve been to several around the country so having a resource like a museum in the New River Valley would be great,” said Lori Greiner, a local supporter of the museum. Kniola said the the idea came about between she and some friends a couple of years ago at one of their children’s birthday parties. “Most of us had relocated from other areas that had children’s museums and that’s how we came up with it,” Kniola said. “Once you’ve taken your children to a kid’s museum, they want to go to more, either the same or a different one. That will be the exact thing that we’re hoping for. We hope to drive business to more programs.” The community gave Kniola feed-

back on the museum and the general consensus is to support her and the volunteers. The only opposition heard thus far is the concern for competition among other programs. “We dont want to be in competition,” Kniola said. “We want to colloborate with whoever we can. There’s always more we can offer to our community and we wouldn’t want to take away from anyone’s program.” The future children’s museum hopes to work with Virginia Tech in addition to other organizations. The civil and environmental engineering department brought the idea of their research on oil spills to the Children’s Museum of Blacksburg’s booth at the Summer Solstice festival in June. The kids were taught about oil spills and how to clean up after them. “One kid enjoyed it so much, he came back several times and with great questions. That’s whay we really hope to do – have more exhibits like that that,” Kniola said. The museum’s planning does not have direct exhibit ideas. Instead, there’s a call for exhibit application that’s on the website so people in the community can share their ideas of potential exhibits. The board will review each application on a rolling basis and if the idea is accepted, they will partner with the person credited with the idea to discuss future plans. “I think it’s great what they’ve been doing with the traveling exhibits but having a permanent location somewhere with rotating exhibitis would be great,” Greiner said. The future museum still needs


A volunteer at the Children’s Museum watches as a boy works on a craft. The Children’s Museum set up a booth at the Summer Solstice Fest this June. The museum plans to be located downtown Blacksburg. to find a place, a search that has not narrowed down as of yet. Kniola said she and several others want to have it in Blacksburg, near Tech and the downtown area. According to Kniola, if the musuem were to open in the downtown area, it would drive

people to come to the museum for the day and then stay for lunch or dinner and it would be part of the downtown revitalization. “In talking to town council, we’ve spoken to them about the museum as an economic driver,” Kniola said. “It would boost other retail spaces.”

Also, students would be able to engage with the museum by volunteering or doing an internship since it would be a non-profit organization. “Certainly seeing how enthusiastic the kids are has been the most rewarding,” Kniola said.

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news staff wrtier 6-23-2011 Virginia Tech engineering students and faculty are making progress toward more environmentally friendly vehicles. Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, (HEVT) won first place in the EcoCAR Challenge, a three-year competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. Tech’s team, a group consisting mainly of senior and graduate engineering students, competed against 16 North American universities trying to reduce environmental impact of motor vehicles by designing eco-friendly vehicles that maintain performance, safety, and consumer features. The team’s car, named Virginia Tech Range Extended Crossover or VT-REX, competed against other universities’ vehicles after being constantly altered, redesigned, and updated by the HEVT members over the past three years. The car is designed to use more energy from the power grid than from fuel,

reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The car is designed to go over 50 miles on battery power before the engine starts to burn fuel. The team wanted to design a car that maintained efficiency while lessening the effects on the environment, according to HEVT’s faculty advisor, Doug Nelson. “That was our work up to when we sent our vehicle off to competition – to make sure that it performed well, was very efficient, and yet still drove very well,” Nelson said. Last year, the car competed in the phase two portion of the challenge, winning second place. The team then altered the design to further improve the vehicle. “We came home with the goal of winning,” HEVT team Leader Lynn Gantt said of the team’s second-place win last year. After making major improvements during the third year of the project, VT-REX competed in the final competition, and won first

place overall. The team was thrilled about their accomplishment at the end of the competition. “It was pretty exciting,” Nelson said. “We knew we were doing well, but a big piece of the points and results were still not completely known to us at the awards ceremony, so we didn’t know for sure until they announced us as first place at the awards ceremony.”

After the completion of a threeyear program and winning first place, members of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team believe that the program has helped expand their expertise in engineering, while helping make progress toward more energy efficient vehicles. “I think they’ve (HEVT) grown a lot in terms of their knowledge, abilities, and leadership abilities,” Nelson said. The program has also helped members of the team secure jobs in the motor industry. “Over 90 percent of the team have jobs already secured after graduation, and it’s because of their involvement with this project,” Gantt said. Nelson believes that the influx of experienced individuals into the motor industry, such as those participating in the EcoCAR program, will help accelerate the innovation of eco-friendly vehicles and help make these technologies more cost-effective. “The main impact of our vehicle and

our project is really the learning of the students,” Nelson said. “These students have learned about the technologies and are ready to hit the ground running when they go into the industry and become leaders in this area of technology.” The graduating members also believe that the skills they’ve gained from this program will help them excel in their careers. “The skills that I’ve learned will pretty much directly translate to my day job,” team leader Patrick Walsh said. The HEVT team plans to continue their work with a new group of students in the fall. The team wrote a proposal and was chosen to enter into the EcoCAR 2 competition, where they will be designing a new eco-friendly vehicle, this time a Chevrolet Malibu. Nelson believes that the program will continue having a monumental effect on the industry. “The big impact is the learning and the education of the students and that they carry that into the industry,”

Tech professors perform research in cell talk news staff writer 6-23-2011

Researchers at Virginia Tech will begin a ground-breaking new project about how cells communicate with one another. Richard Helm from biochemistry, T.M. Murali from computer science, and Padma Rajagopalan from chemical engineering have teamed up for a collaborative research project studying systems biology, the study of how cells work as a system. The team began the research project after being awarded a $1.12 million grant by the National Science Foundation’s Advances in Biological Informatics Program. The research project, which is in its beginning stages, focuses on the way that two different types of cells communicate in synthetic liver tissues created by Rajagopalan. The liver mimic is used to establish and maintain several simulated liver functions, and is composed of two major types of cells naturally found in the liver. “Sometimes Cell A will release a protein that will bind to Cell B that will cause it to react in a certain way,” Helm said. Helm said that creating a simple system to study cellular communication between two cells will lay the foundation leading to more research on more complex cell systems and

organisms. “This system can be used as a model where we can control how we know that there are only two cell types,” Helm said. “So it’s much easier to piece together who is putting out a compound and who is binding that compound.” So far, the liver mimic, though not a perfect replica of a real liver, has performed very well, resulting in enhanced liver functions after the two cell types are put into the liver mimic. “Both cell types are communicating with each other, which is why the liver function is enhanced,” Rajagopalan said. The successful arrangement of cells in the liver mimic has been another achievement of the research. In addition to studying the liver mimic, Helm has used biochemical studies and mass spectrometry experiments to study what happens outside of a cell through chemical means. Helm believes that studying the biochemical characteristics of cellular communication in the liver mimic will lead to a better understanding of how cells manage to communicate with each other. The new research is also believed to provide a strong foundation for understanding how cells communicate with each other and will lead to





Virginia Tech researchers Richard Helm, Padma Rajagopalan, and T.M. Murali stand in Dr. Rajagopalan’s laboratory in ICTAS I. The team is studying the ways in which cells in the human body communicate. monumental discoveries in the study of humans and medicine. “Will it have a direct impact on medicine right now? I would say no, but will it lay down the foundation to reach that point? I would say yes,” Helm said. Rajagopalan also believes that the research will lead to medical

breakthroughs. “If you’re trying to look at different tissues, and you want to understand why they are performing in a certain way, using our approaches, you would potentially find out why different tissues are performing well or poorly depending on the conditions,” Rajagopalan said.

Although the research has had success since it began, Helm acknowledges that there is still a lot of research to be done to completely understand cellular communication and systems biology. “There are too many variables that we don’t really understand right now.”

TechPad offices open in downtown Blacksburg ESKII KEBEDE news staff writer 6-23-2011

It’s a fun place to work and learn, pad is a laid back type of place, and tech to focus around technology products. Companies that are software oriented for social, mobile are typical kind of companies that are here,” BOB SUMMERS FOUNDER OF TECHPAD

about the company through word of mouth. Marek Zareba, a recent Tech graduate, is a member of TechPad working on launching his company Engagn. Engagn is a software that helps businesses connect to their customers via mobile sharing, a simple scan from your smart phone will take you to a website the Engagn developers created, on which you will find different information about the business, especially helpful if

you have never been. For now, PK’s Bar and Grill is the only business which uses Engagn, but Zareba is working with Sharkey’s next. “Our team needed an office to meet, we now have employees and being so close to campus attracted us,” Zareba said. “In the early stages [of starting a business] you are really careful of how you spend your money and this is a great deal.” Zareba works for the university so his hours at TechPad usually start in the afternoon and continues through the wee hours of the night. TechPad is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. For Tech gradutate Michael Rihani the story is different. During his time as a student, he and his friends made history in their dorm rooms by founding the popular campus information sharing website Koofers. “[TechPad] didn’t exist when I was here four years ago, and I would have loved coming here,”

Rihani said. “This would be the first place I would have come because we just had to work in our dorms, we didn’t have a place. You have a space here to bring people and use the conference rooms, as well as a big advantage of working with everyone else. We can bounce ideas off of each other as well as receive mentoring from someone as experienced as Bob. There are a lot of cool companies in here and you bounce off ideas and get in touch with what we are building.” Koofers headquarters are located in Reston, Va, however Rihani just moved into TechPad a few weeks ago and will be in Blacksburg for the next three months working on campus deals, working with local businesses, the university, and most importantly, students to get their perspective about what they want from Koofers. As Summers described it, TechPad is “a community of like-minded people in a convenient location.“ summer 2011

Downtown Blacksburg is known for the local bars, restaurants and shops, but starting this summer, it is also the home of new entrepreunerial offices. The offices of TechPad are to be located right above PK’s Bar and Grill, serving as a co-working space for those with an idea and no place to go. As founder Bob Summers described it, TechPad is “a community of like-minded people in a convenient location.” When Summers began TechPad in January, it was originally named Blacksburg Innovation Center, but Summers changed the name to better capture the goal of the company. “It’s a fun place to work and learn, pad is a laid back type of place, and tech to focus around technology products. Companies that are software oriented for social, mobile are typical kind of companies that are here,” Summers said.

Summers was in search of a job himself when a friend from his undergraduate days at Virginia Tech reached out to help him start his business. Mike Whaley, owner of PK’s and Top of the Stairs, offered Summers the 6,000 square feet of office space upstairs to start his own business. Within that 6,000 square feet there are two conference rooms, four private suites, broadband internet, and lots of open space members can all use starting as little as $60 a month. Summers said he now has a sole interest in helping student entrepreneurs get their own start. TechPad will also offer help from a local angel investment group, 460 Angels, who are 33 investors that provide capital as well as mentoring to the new companies to help them grow. Although TechPad is still in its early stages, there are already 12 different member companies, all of which heard




Visitors center opened this summer ELIZABETH HAYDU news writer 6-30-2011 The July 5 opening of the new visitors center and admissions building will provide a better and more memorable

experience for incoming students and their parents. The new building will host over 50,000 visitors per year that visit Virginia Tech and will be the new processing center for over 26,000 student applications that arrive in the admissions office each

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year. Covered in the signature Hokie Stone with arches, towers, and iron work made to match the other landmark buildings on campus, the new visitors center costs $10.5 million, is 18,100 square feet, and took four years to complete. Located on Prices Fork Road near the new ceremonial entrance, the land that the new building is located on used to be part of the campus golf course, but has not been in use since the Inn at Virginia Tech was built. The building contains two conference rooms, an exhibit area, a visitor’s center, and the entire admissions office staff, previously located in Burruss Hall. The new building will also provide a central location for visitors to get information, campus tours, and parking passes. “The old vinyl-sided building was shockingly small for such a large university,” said Laureen White, a mother of a Tech graduate. “Eliza and I visited Tech when she was a prospective undergraduate student and with the old visitor center I got the feeling from Tech that she would just be another number there. It seemed very underwhelming in every aspect.” With many added conveniences and a comfortable environment, the new building proves to change visitor’s expe-


The new visitors center on Prices Fork Rd. opened right in time for freshmen orientation, as well as campus tours, this summer. riences completely. The atrium has interactive displays that contain information on the history of the university, student life, and the effect the university has had on the commonwealth of Virginia. With transportation as a concern, the office features an additional parking lot and shuttle bus to and from the center of campus. “With the new computer age, most people are computer literate and will be able to use these new amenities,” said

Raneir Hart, a current Hokie parent. “For the new students and their parents, having all the information in one place will be just wonderful.” White is excited to see and experience all the new amenities the building has to offer. “It seems more up-to-date and overall better for prospective students and parents,” White said. “The new technologies will help everyone find their way around without having to navigate an unfamiliar campus.”

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New eco-friendly programs considered news staff writer 6-30-2011 New efforts are being made toward environmental protection and sustainability around Virginia Tech and Southwest Virginia. The city of Roanoke has installed solar-powered ‘BigBelly Solar’ trash compactors in Roanoke’s Hurt Park region after being awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new trash receptacles each have a central coordination system that emails waste management workers when the cans are 80 percent full, which saves time and fuel for the city’s waste management system. The new system has had a great impact on Roanoke, reducing the amount of labor and greenhouse gas emissions used during trash pickup. After seeing a positive impact from the installation of these new units, the city plans to install new units in other locations around Roanoke. Virginia Tech’s Office of Energy and Sustainability has also considered installing BigBelly Solar units around campus. “They’re actually pretty popular on college campuses, and they’ve proven really effective,” campus sustainability planner Angie De Soto said.

De Soto believes that installation would save gas and time for waste management officials around campus. De Soto also said that the units, which can cost up to $6,000, might be too expensive to install around campus, but implementation could still be possible. “It’s definitely not out of the question,” De Soto said. “It’s just a question of resources.” Although the office has not implemented the new solar-powered receptacles, they have been creating new programs to help Tech reduce it’s environmental impact. Tech was recently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible universities. The program has created an innovative, interdisciplinary internship program that allows emerging sustainability professionals to gain experience in sustainability before entering the working world. The interns have created several new programs to improve environmental awareness around campus. One intern team has been working with Tech’s Athletics department to organize a ‘Green Effect’ football game. The team is planning to design a Green program to help generate

funds for sustainability programs around campus and is also trying to plan a near-zero-waste football game, using knowledge gained from assessments of game day trash and recycling operations. Tech has also been involved with the “Power Down, Lights Out!” program, an initiative working to reduce the amount of energy consumption from the regional grid during peak hours of the summer, when power suppliers are not able to produce enough electricity to meet the heavy demand. “We are a huge consumer of electricity,” De Soto said. “They can call on us during peak hours to see if we can drop our energy consumption.” Tech held a “Power Down, Lights Out!” event this summer to encourage students, faculty, and staff to turn off and unplug all non-essential electric items for one hour. The event’s goal was to reduce electricity usage by 6 megawatts. The office expects that they have exceeded that goal, reducing consumption by around nine megawatts, although the results have not yet been confirmed. If Tech completes the summer-long program, the university will receive around $200,000 dollars in payment for their energy reduction. Tech’s sustainability officials have also designed a new online sustain-





BigBelly solar trash compactors brought to VCU and now Roanoke. ability portal, which will allow Tech students to discover sustainability initiatives to participate in and allow students to post their own ideas and initiatives. Although Tech has no immediate plans to implement the BigBelly Solar waste system around campus, De Soto expects the programs they’re working on to have a positive impact on energy reduction around

campus. De Soto believes that real sustainability involves not only environmental issues but also social and economic aspects. “Sustainability is not just environmental,” De Soto said. “Finding the balance between all three of those— the people, the planet, and the economy—that’s where real sustainability is.” summer 2011

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Cho recordings found this June CARA MCBROOM news editor 6-30-2011 An audio recording of the Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho was found on June 24. The recording was of Cho’s 2005 civil commitment hearing and it was thought to be destroyed in 2009. It was uncovered in the criminal and traffic files rather than the civil commitment files, Montgomery County General District Court Clerk Kim McKittrick said. Special Justice William Alexander recently ordered the recording be released to the parents of slain Tech students Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson. Both parents filed two $10 million civil suits against Tech officials in 2009, and are represented by Fairfax-based attorney Robert Hall. Cho had appeared before a special magistrate in 2005, where he was ordered to have outpatient counseling. He was involuntarily detained overnight at Carilion Clinic Saint Albans Hospital because of a suicide threat and emergency mental health evaluation at the Tech police department. Mental health records released previously by Virginia Tech officials show that in 2005 Cho’s diagnosis changed drastically. Those records depicted a young man suffering with ongoing depression and isolation, to

a mentally ill psychiatric patient deemed “an imminent danger,” to a college student with no psychiatric history suffering from “acculturation issues” and “stress of college life.” There’s no evidence that Cho ever received the outpatient counseling ordered by the magistrate in late 2005. In 2007, the recording was required to be released by court order to three state agencies investigating aspects of the shootings in which 32 people died and 20 were injured. The Virginia State Police, a special state investigative panel convened by former Gov. Tim Kaine and James Stewart, inspector general for the state’s mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services, all received copies, according to court filings. McKittrick was able to find both the original and a copy of the recording by using the dates of those court orders. As of Tuesday, it was unclear as to why the tapes were in the wrong files. The attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case requested copies and this discussion convinced McKittrick to search other court records for evidence of the tape. “At that time in 2005, I wasn’t the clerk and I wasn’t familiar with what they would have done differenty,” McKittrick said in regards to see TAPES / page 33

Finch announces re-election news staff writer 7-7-2011 Montgomery County Commonwealth Attorney Brad Finch announced his re-election campaign this July. Finch, who is seeking the Republican nomination, took office in 2006 after the Commonwealth’s Attorney Joey Showalter was appointed a judgeship. No one else has publicly announced any plans to run for this office.Finch has served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia and won the general election for Commonwealth’s Attorney back in 2007 for a full fouryear term. If re-elected, Finch will remain in office and continue to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for the county. He will be charged with prosecuting all felonies, traffic offenses and certain instances of misdemeanor, as well as advising citizens, law enforcement agencies, and magistrates regarding interpretations of criminal law. Finch has been involved in a number of key prosecutions including the 2007 rape case involving Jonathan Utin. Utin was charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl and given a 40 year prison sentence upon the completion of serving out his 15-year sentence in Ohio for the molestation of a young girl there. “I am

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Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brad Finch hands out flags during Blacksburg’s annual Fourth of July parade. proud to serve as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Montgomery County,” Finch said. “I am proud of our hard work and accomplishments. We have excellent law enforcement in Montgomery County, and I am thankful to be part of that team. I aggressively prosecute cases with integrity, dedication and fairness, and I look forward to continuing to work hard for Montgomery County.” Finch serves as the president of the Christiansburg Lion Club and a mem-

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been kept in a box with other such recordings from 2005, and destroyed as a batch in 2009. The mental commitment paperwork and the audio recording tapes would be batched in two separate locations. Since then, McKittrick has given the tapes to Hall. In an interview with the Roanoke Times, Hall said that Cho’s voice is inaudible on the tape. Hall said he is searching for a company that could enhance the sound quality to retrieve Cho’s responses to a special magistrate’s questions. The wrongful death suits are set for a 10-day jury trial on Sept. 29 in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

ber of the Board of Directors of the New River Valley Alcohol Safety Action Program. In addition to this, he is active in the Christiansburg TRIAD Council for prevention of crime against senior citizens and a supporter of the DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the Montgomery County elementary school system. Finch is a life-long resident of Virginia and has been serving the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office since 2001.

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the filing system. “After I spoke with the Roanoke Times and the attorney, I looked through the different filing system for mental committments but the tapes weren’t attached.” “One of the court orders was written under a criminal code and I’m assuming that those tapes were filed with them,” McKittrick said. Under state law that governs court record retention schedules, civil commitment paperwork is kept for ten years and audio recordings of commitment hearings are kept for three years. Mikittrick explained that the tapes recording Cho’s commitment hearing on Dec. 15, 2005, would have



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Hundreds of new Virginia laws implemented JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 7-7-2011 Laws were implemented on July 1 that will not only affect Virginia residents, but Virginia Tech students as well. Over 800 new laws passed during the Virginia General Assembly session held this winter were implemented statewide on July 1. These young laws cover various issues ranging from policy on alcoholic beverages to license plate offerings. Here is a preview of these laws. Food and Beverage Laws are now established regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Restaurants can allow customers to bring their own wine when they dine out, if they choose. This new law will provide restaurant-goers with the opportunity to take the wine of their choice with them when they dine in a restaurant. The restaurant will be able to charge

a “corkage” fee to customers who use the service. Towns with populations over 1,000 will now be able to hold referendums to determine whether they are “wet” or “dry” towns. This will essentially impact the businesses’ ability to sell alcohol within town limits. A new tax law has been implemented affecting farmers markets and roadside stands. This law exempts agricultural produce and eggs from tax if the seller receives no more than $1,000 a year from sales. Underage Drinking More severe laws have been implemented to prevent underage drinking. Purchasing alcohol for those underage is now a Class 1 misdemeanor, for purchasers who knew or suspected that they were purchasing alcohol for an underage person. People found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor are subject to up to

12 months in prison and a fine of $2,500. Teenagers will also face harsh drunk driving laws. The new legislation states that teens caught drinking and driving may have their driver’s license revoked for one year and 50 hours of community service or a $500 fine. Civil and Criminal law Underage sexual abuse victims will now have 20 years after experiencing abuse to file a lawsuit. This has been extended from the previous limitation of two years. Another recent law will now allow people on bond for a criminal offense to be tracked by GPS devices. Education Some schools will now be exempt from a law that requires students to start school after Labor Day. The new law will allow schools to begin prior to Labor Day, if other school districts surrounding it already have a waiver on the previous law. A new law will require the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to create new guidelines to simplify the process for reinstating college students who left school for military service. Fishing, Hunting, and Gun Use

Virginia residents will now be able to obtain multiple-year hunting and fishing licenses from the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. If a person is charged with reckless firearm use, the person charged can lose their hunting license up to five years for the first offense and up to life for a second offense. Towns and cities will no longer be able to ban the use of pneumatic guns within the city or town limits. Transportation Bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds may pass through red stoplights, as long as they stop for at least two minutes and treat the light as a stop sign. The Department of Motor Vehicles will now offer new special license plates, including Blue Ridge Parkway, War of 1812 bicentennial, and tea-party themed “Don’t Tread on Me” and “In God We Trust” plates. Deceased Voters If someone casts an absentee ballot and perishes prior to Election Day, the vote will still count in the election. Feedback from the Locals Local residents are already beginning to feel an impact from some of the new laws. Last month, the Blacksburg Town

Council discussed the implementation of a new law mandating that the use of pneumatic weapons could not be prohibited within town limits, causing controversy among local residents and council members. The recent law exempting farmers market vendors making no more than $1,000 in revenue from sales isn’t believed to have a large impact on the local farmers market. “It is not likely going to affect many of them,” said Ellen Stewart of the Blacksburg Farmers Market. “The limit is very low.” Macado’s restaurants are uncertain of the outcome of the new “bring your own wine” law. “I don’t know how many people going out to eat are going to stop and pick up a bottle of wine or bring one from home,” said Kevin Clark, director of operations for Macado’s. The restaurant chain is considering the possibility of utilizing the new law. The company is expected to meet within the coming months to discuss a plan of action for implementing the new law. “We’ll just look and see,” Clark said. “We’ll see what the trends are in the industry, and then we will make a decision from there.


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Bus connects NRV to DC JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 7-14-2011 A new form of transportation will make traveling easier for students and residents going to Washington, D.C. and beyond. The Smart Way Connector, a bus service that has been running to provide transportation for NRV residents to Roanoke, will begin offering a new service that will connect Roanoke to the Lynchburg Amtrak station. The service will run from Roanoke to Lynchburg every weekday, and extended service will be provided on the weekends for NRV residents traveling to the Amtrak station. NRV residents will be able to use the Lynchburg connector during the weekdays by traveling on the NRVRoanoke connector and then transferring to the Roanoke-Lynchburg shuttle. The new shuttle service is expected to provide an easier form of transportation for Virginia Tech students traveling home for the weekend or for breaks. Tech sophomore Jackie Florio believes the new service will make traveling home to New Jersey easier on her and her parents. “The Amtrak system would definitely help me out because my parents don’t like to drive eight hours to pick me up,” Florio said. “I would most

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The SmartWay Commuter Bus will extend its services to connect Roanoke to the Lynchburg Amtrak station to better serve students. likely take the train if we got that service.” Florio also said that traveling via Smart Way Connector and Amtrak would likely be cheaper. “The bus is only four dollars, and I think that the bus to Richmond is $60 and airfare from Roanoke to Newark, NJ, is about $300 dollars for going there and back,” Florio said. “I’m pretty sure that the train is far less expensive.” Tech student

Nikita Chadha also believes that Amtrak travel would be simpler for her travel home to the Washington, D.C. area. “I think that this would be convenient for students who have to travel long distances,” Chadha said. “I would definitely use this form of transportation – taking the Amtrak would be a more comfortable and direct way of getting home.”

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A legal dispute that began late last year will soon be resolved. Virginia Tech, Hokie Real Estate and its owner, Tech alumnus John Wilburn, have nearly settled a dispute that began last October. Contention began over alleged trademark infringement by the real estate business because of their use of the term “Hokie” within the business name. The term “Hokie” has been used by other local businesses, such as Hokie House and Hokie Hair, but the university has stopped allowing the use of the word by new businesses. According to the Roanoke Times, a report was filed by Magistrate Judge Waugh Crigler in the U.S. District Court of Western Virginia last week, saying that both Tech and Wilburn had settled their dispute and would dismiss the case. According to Keith Finch, an attorney for Wilburn and Hokie Real Estate, both Tech and Wilburn decided to take the matter outside of court to avoid the expense and time required for a jury court case. After court proceedings ceased, the university and W ilburn began to form a settlement for the dispute. Many of the settlement’s terms have remained confidential. “All I can tell you is that the matter

was satisfactorily settled,” Finch said. Finch further elaborated, saying that both parties were satisfied with the outcome of the resolution. The dispute originally began last October, when Tech sued Hokie Real Estate, saying that Wilburn had infringed on Tech’s exclusive trademark right, according to the Roanoke Times. The university believed that the term belongs exclusively to the university, but Wilburn and his attorneys disagreed. Wilburn posited that the use of the term Hokie didn’t affect Tech because Tech is not in the real estate business, and Wilburn posted a disclaimer on all Hokie Real Estate items. The dispute continued through the following months, and in March, Tech attempted to file an injunction against the use of “Hokie” in the real estate firm’s title. Wilburn then countersued Tech, alleging that Tech had overreached its boundaries through illegal trademark use on the word, “Hokie.” The terms of the settlement between Wilburn and Tech have not been released to the public and have remained confidential as part of the agreement. It is unclear if either party will ever make the settlement’s terms public, but a Freedom of Information Act request could possibly result in the disclosure of some information from the case.

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JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 7-14-2011 A new Virginia Tech research facility has opened in Arlington, Va., providing university students and faculty the opportunity to begin new research projects in collaboration with public and private companies and organizations. The Virginia Tech Research Center—Arlington, a new seven floor, 144,000-square-foot research establishment, recently opened to faculty and companies studying cybersecurity, bioinformatics, alternative energy, and other research areas. The center includes many amenities for researchers, workers and visitors at the facility, along with the newest network technologies, making it one of the best connected research facilities in the world, according to the center’s official website. The research facility is equipped with direct fiber access to National LambdaRail, a 12,000mile high-speed network run by U.S. researchers and the educational community, along with Internet 2, a non-profit consortium involving researchers, educators, companies, and government agencies. The state-of-the-art network technology will connect with the Blacksburg main campus and other major universities, as well as serve as an access point to international peering locations in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. The new center will also provide user amenities, including retail establishments, an outdoor terrace restaurant and greenery. The facility will be equipped with business and research space, which will include new computational laboratories, offices,

and conference rooms that can be used for company meetings and forums. The top two floors of the building will be leased out to private corporations. Tech decided to build this new facility to “serve as a nucleus for discovery in expanding the university’s capability for new scientific inquiry, extending Virginia Tech’s footprint in the National Capital Region, and providing a benchmark for other universities,” according to Tech President Charles Steger in a brochure about the new facility. The Virginia Tech Foundation played an active role in the design and construction of the new facility. Raymond Smoot, chief operating officer and secretary-treasurer of the foundation said that the project “represents a major commitment not only to advancing the university’s research agenda but to engaging further with significant corporate and government communities in the National Capital Region.” The state-of-the-art facility is located geographically close to companies that Tech often works with on research, providing Tech faculty and graduate students the location and resources needed to perform research alongside companies in the public and private sector in the Northern Virginia region. “It’s an opportunity to be very close to the funding agencies that we work with, so it’s simply the matter of being close to the customer,” said Larry Hincker, Tech spokesperson. The new center is expected to generate a lot of new research for university faculty and students to get involved with, although most of the projects will involve graduate students rather than under-


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Researchers at the Arlington, Va. center will study cybersecurity, bioinformatics and alternative energy. graduate students. “Many of those operations will have graduate students working them,” Hincker said. “It isn’t to say that there won’t be that opportunity (for undergraduate students to get involved), but I don’t believe I have seen a lot up until this point.” Vice President and Executive Director of National Capital Region Operations for Tech, James Bohland,

believes that the new center will provide university faculty and outside participants the chance to work together and create more opportunities for groundbreaking research. “They’re (public and private sector industries) all our neighbors now, so we’re quite excited about having them nearby and working withus,whichallowsustobringfolksinto work with our faculty both here and on

campus,” Bohland said. Bohland also said the center could lead to further growth in the National Capital Region. “We’ve had lots of inquiries and opportunities because of the building and what we have up here to develop good relationships with the industry, and we think those will continue to grow as we grow up here,” he said. “It’s a real opportunity for the region to grow.”

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Professor, student publish book ELIZABETH HAYDU news staff writer 7-14-2011 Wornie Reed, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Race and Social Policy Research reveals stereotypes with his new book on racial profiling. “Racial Profiling: Causes & Consequences” was written by Reed in collaboration with Ronnie Dunn, a former graduate student of Reed’s.

We demonstrate that it is not the individual officer but rather the policy and practices of the police department, which is institutional racism not individual racism.” WORNIE REED DIRECTOR, VIRGINIA TECH CENTER FOR RACE AND SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH summer 2011

“What we try to show is that individual racism is not all that important relative to institutionalized racism,” said Reed. The book discusses three main points. It first showcases

a study that addresses the “driving while black” phenomenon, racial profiling by police on our nation’s highways. Then they analyzed data to compile the facts on drug arrests and the consequence of racial profiling. “It is a series of studies in which we wanted to demonstrate three things,” Reed said. “One is the nature of racial profiling and we wanted to demonstrate that scientifically. We also wanted to demonstrate the nature of profiling and the consequences of it.” The first study showed that police departments, due to profiling, assign more officers to predominantly black streets. “We go further. Most people who discuss this issue discuss it in terms of individually bad cops,” said Reed. “We demonstrate that it is not the individual officer but rather the policy and practices of the police department, which is institutional racism not individual racism.” This is highlighted in the second study within the book, where the authors collected data on thirteen states and how often these states


Wornie Reed, a professor of African Studies and Sociology, stands in his office in the Center for Race and Social Policy Research. The Center for Race and Social Policy was formed in April 2001 for research. stopped and searched cars for guns and drugs by race of the driver. The data from federal records showed that, where blacks are about 14 percent of all

illegal drug users and sellers, they are 35 percent of all people arrested for drugs. This data also showed the one-third of all black males in this country are in the criminal justice system. Currently, the center is working on two more books, one which Reed is co-editing. This book, “Handbook of African American Health: Social and Behavioral Interventions,” is slated to be relased this fall. The second book is on AfricanAmericans in Virginia. This book will be a comprehensive overview of things such as health,

economics, and education. The Center for Race and Social Policy was formed in April 2001 as a research center. It is meant to fulfill two primary goals: to conduct and disseminate original research in the area of public policy with a direct e mphasis on race and ethnicity, and to prepare promising graduate students to think and speak critically, plan quality research, and contribute to public-policy discussions related to race and ethnicity.


Tech still strong after recession impacts higher education 39 news editor 7-21-2011 National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently released a report revealing the Great Recession’s impact on higher education enrollment. A few years ago, people were worried that the number of applicants would decrease while the number of dropouts increased. But according to the report, the results showed a minimal effect on enrollment. The levels of enrollment of new students rose to 2.135 million in 2010, up from 1.997 million in 2006, an increase of 6.8 percent. The sharpest one-year jump, in 2009, followed the recession’s onset by a couple of years; 2010 brought a slight decline, with two-year colleges accounting for most of the dip. Enrollments of new students at four-year colleges remained stable though. Depsite public institutions receiving budget cuts, they still saw increases in all but one year. “Applications have still been strong (despite the recession),” said Larry Hincker, Tech spokesman. “One of the things that happens in a recession is that people either stay in

school or go back to school. We still plan to receive about 5,150 incoming freshmen.” Although the recession seemed to not influence the rate of incoming students, there was a change in the amount of high-school graduates attending community college. The authors of the report found that, “Specifically, enrollment in the two-year sector increased by 8.3 percent between the 2008 and 2009 cohorts, followed by a 5.1 percent decrease in year 2010. By comparison, the four-year sector saw cohort-to-cohort changes that were less pronounced, although they still showed similar alternation between larger and smaller increases. For example, the 2008 cohort enrolled in four-year institutions was 1.3 percent larger than the 2007 cohort; but in the following year, 2009, the cohort was only 0.7 percent larger.” The report says this trend was driven by two groups of students: those who would have chosen to attend a four-year institution given a better economy, and those who would join the work force. Another factor is a term called “mobility.” According the the report, adults and high-school graduates are transferring to several insititutions to

earn their degree. This prompted the authors of the report to look into the difference between retention (a student’s continuing enrollment at the same college) and persistence (a student’s continuing enrollment in any college). First- to second-year persistence rates were about 13 percent higher than retention rates across cohorts of students who enrolled between 2006 and 2009. The authors wrote that this affirms “much research based on retention measures ... underestimates the number of students who continue in higher education.” In addition to this fact, they found community colleges had the greatest gaps between retention and persistence rates. In response to the recession, Tech has implemented many funds and programs that have ensured that students would not be heavily affected. In 2009, the university created an emergency loan fund for students and families buffeted by changing employment conditions. The Horizons Program, which is a pool of $500,000, was made available to the University’s Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid. It was designed to assist enrolled Tech undergraduate students and families expe-




riencing a significant reduction in income due to family job loss or other similar significant reduction in family income. In addition to this program, other financial aid resources have been already available, such as the Presidential Scholarship Initiative, Funds for the Future, endowed need and merit based scholarships, or other state and federal programs. The new report, “National

Postsecondary Enrollment Trends: Before, During, and After the Great Recession,” examines the cohorts of students who enrolled in colleges between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2010, providing a unique and timely snapshot of where—and how—students are going to college. The report is the first in a series of analyses that the organization plans to release in the coming months. summer 2011

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40 GRE revised after eight years, test takes new format in August CARA MCBROOM news editor 7-14-2011 The Graduate Record Examination is one of the first steps students must take to receive their graduate or business degrees and take the work force by storm. After eight years of revision, the revised

GRE will be introduced on August 1 replacing the current GRE general test. According to the Educating Test Service, the added perks to the revised test will benefit students in a number of ways by giving them the advantage of a better test experience—and new types of questions that help show readiness for graduate-level work.

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The scoring will be much different compared to the 200-800 scale in 10point increments. Verbal and quantitative reasoning scores will be reported on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments. The test time will also be increased by 30 minutes. Analytical writing scores will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score level, in half-point increments. With 10-point increments, it looked like a vast difference when comparing two students scores. However, with 1-point increments, it will be easier to tell if two candidates performed similarly on the revised test. As for the new test, I expect some confusion since the score scale is changing dramatically,” said Mark Schaefermeyer, Associate Dean at the Graduate School of Virginia Commonwealth University. “We’re making changes to measure skills that the kids are more likely to be using when they are graduate students,” said Dawn Piacentino, program director of the GRE, in an interview with the Washington Post. According to Piacentino, grad students are “not likely to be doing analogies but more likely to be reading and interpreting reading passages.” On the current GRE, approximately the first eight questions were the ones that were the most crucial to a student’s

score. If a student did poorly on those first eight, then the chances of them doing well were slim. Computer adaptivity has been mildly changed to give students an advantage. Questions will get harder or simpler based on how a student does on a section, rather than each individual question. ETS has made it so answers can be skipped, reviewed, or changed.Analytic writing prompts will now be very specific. Students will have to pay attention to what they are being asked, whether it is to address both views presented, how a view could be challenged, the consequences of adopting a view, or how it shapes their position. According to the the ETS website, they hope to make it harder to write and memorize an essay or strategies before the exam. The test is designed to give the student more freedom, in that each person can use their own test-taking strategies. There will be harder question types, like open-ended questions and questions with two answers. According to their website, the ETS said that in life there is more than just one answer. While some question sets, such as analogies, are being removed from the test altgother, the ETS decided to add another feature: an on-screen calculator.

Students have adjusted to using calculators, and this will allow students to solve problems realistically. In addition to the calculator, the revised test will have new types of questions in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections, featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking students need in order to pursue a graduate or business program. Another feature of the new GRE is the 50 percent off discount when a student takes the GRE revised general test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. Also, if a student takes the GRE revised general test during the special discount period of August to September, their scores will be sent by mid-November. “Since widespread testing of the new format has not started yet, I’m not sure if anyone (especially test takers) can say if it is easier or harder than the current test,” Schaefermeyer said. “Here at VCU, we caution all programs to assess the ability of the applicant based on multiple factors—the GRE is only one measure of potential. Some programs give the scores less weight than other programs. Some programs rely more on one part of the test than the other.”


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Democrats pick nominee, Republicans still to decide ELIZABETH HAYDU news staff writer 7-21-2011 As the elections for Montgomery County draw closer, the Republican and Democratic parties must finalize their nominees. Recently, the Democratic Party has finalized its nominees including the nominee for the Commissioner of Revenue. The Democratic nominee for Commissioner of Revenue in Montgomery County was chosen July 9 at a mass meeting held by the Democrats. The voting started at 9 a.m. with 163 voters participating. In this voting, Helen Royal defeated fellow Democrat Alice Jones. Jones, the current Commissioner of Revenue, has over 32 years of experience and has worked six years as Chief Deputy. She has worked for the Commissioner of Revenues office since October 1978. Royal, a tax specialist, has said of that training and awareness of new information is key to the officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation and success. Royal is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Revenue and has worked in that office for 19 years. In addition to that, she worked for five years in the Montgomery Country Treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office and is currently serving as the District B chair for the Montgomery County Democratic Committee (MCDC). In November, Royal will run against a Republican nominee, which has not yet been finalized. The Republican nominee that Royal could run against will either be Darryl Gillespie or Tom Bernard.

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Gillespie has said that, under his leadership he will make the Commissioner of Revenues office taxpayer friendly and a team player with the County Administrator, Treasurers Office and the both the Town of Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Previously, Gillespie has held offices as the president of the Radford Chamber of Commerce and the Christiansburg Montgomery Country Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for Montgomery County. Gillespie has over 23 years of experience in public accounting. Tom Bernard, the other nominee for the Republican Party, has said that his success is based on team work and by listening to all perspectives in order to negotiate successful resolutions to current issues or problems. Bernard has previously served four and a half years as supervisor of Springfield Township in Michigan. As such, he oversaw all township finances including financial reports, tax assessments, collections, annual budget preparation and monitoring. His first year in this office, Bernard achieved a balanced budget and maintained a balanced budget every year thereafter. Bernard graduated in accounting from Walsh College of Accountancy and has over 38 years of experience in accounting. When elected, the new Commissioner of Revenue will be in charge of an office that does anything from assessing new construction of real estate to providing assistance with state income tax returns. All three nominees will be voted for on November 8, 2011.

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CARA MCBROOM news editor 7-28-2011 Permits for the new school year are available, with higher prices than previous years. Parking permits increased in price as a direct result of the construction of the Perry Street parking garage. Despite the project being completed as of late August last year, anyone wishing to park at the university will have to pay for the costs for the next 20 years. So far, this is the fourth consecutive year prices have been raised. Liz Roop, a senior architecture major, thinks that other alternatives could be made. “I feel like they should could charge more for daily permits,” Roop said. “That way it’d be more for people going to Tech for the day.” Parking services officials said permit prices would be increased to cover expenses, since parking is not state funded. Unfortunately, they said, this is what it takes to keep parking at Tech functioning. The future of prices looks bleak in regard to this $26 million project. The master plan of development includes the construction of two more parking decks to accommodate the university’s desire for continued growth. These new decks would be placed where the cage is now, in addition to either the Cassell Coliseum parking lot or the Squires Student Center parking lot. Tech has also considered removing parking from the Drillfield entirely. This is to ensure a pedestrianfriendly environment is kept in tact. This plan, however, will not be happening for many years. Typically with the construction of parking garages, parking prices will increase. According to parking services assistant manager Bo Frazier, “The increase is pretty minimal.” While

Tech continues to pride itself in its low-cost parking permits, other universities in Virginia cannot say the same thing. The University of Virginia charges $204 per year for general commuter parking. While James Madison University charges $212 for one year of parking, according to their respective parking services websites. “In comparison to other schools, it’s an adequate price but I also feel like there should be more availability of parking spaces,” Roop said. Frazier said parking services is able to keep the prices relatively low because of our location. “A lot has to do with the demographics,” Frazier said. “We’re fortunate to have a lot of real estate. We have a lot of property that allows us to build surface lots.”

of their assistantship appointment. The amount deducted from each payroll will be determined by the time frame of the appointment set by the sponsoring department. The department responsible for the assistantship will need to enter the position into a program prior to being able to enroll in the pre-tax permit

deduction program. This option is only available to graduate assistants whose appointments begin at the start of the fall semester. Tech parking permits for the 20102011 year will expire at the latest on Aug. 26. Students and staff are now able to purchase 2011-2012 parking permits online with Parking EZ-Biz.

Permits can also be purchased in person at the Parking Services office located at 455 Tech Center Drive. For permit price and information, visit the Parking Services website at or contact Parking Services at or 540231-3200.


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In comparison to other schools, it’s an adequate price but I also feel like there should be more availability of parking space” LIZ ROOP SENIOR ARCHITECTURE MAJOR

It costs about $3,000-3,200 to build a space for a surface lot, but it’s about $14,00-19,000 to build a space for a parking garage. Faculty, staff and resident students all pay $225 for a permit for a full year or $113 per semester. Commuter and graduate students pay $198 per year or $99 per semester. Students who choose to travel together can purchase carpool passes for $151 each year or $76 each semester. One new parking services feature will allow graduate assistants to buy parking permits using payroll deduction, like faculty and staff members. This availability is said to allow qualified students to purchase permits with pre-tax dollars and spread the cost over the duration summer 2011


Prices of parking permits continue to increase especially because of the newly built Perry Street parking garage and other parking lots.




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news staff writer 7-21-2011 A new public health center at Virginia Tech offers students and faculty more opportunities to participate in public health programs. The Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) opened the Center for Public Health Practice and Research, replacing the Institute for Community Health, to expand the educational offerings of the public health program at Tech. Kathy Hosig, associate professor in the department of population health sciences, will direct the new center. The center will provide Tech students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health projects and research with external health organizations, public health and government officials, and other outside groups. The program was formed in response to the demand for health-based research around Tech and as an addition to the Master in Public Health, a professional program that Tech, in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, offered during the fall 2010 semester. The ISCE, one of the main sponsors of the new center, wanted to create the new public health center because of the growing interest and excitement around health-related research on campus in the past several years, according to Karen Roberto, director of the ISCE. The new center will serve as a central hub for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and Master of Public Health students networking with outside organizations and businesses involved in public health projects, and public health education and praxis.

“Having a center that really focuses on public health issues helps to provide a central place for faculty and students to work together on practice issues and conducting research – that really gives it a place,” Roberto said. Roberto believes the new center will benefit public health students at Tech by providing them with a central entity to serve as an organizing body and a liaison with the public health industry, giving students access to public health practice and research projects. “The public health program – the Masters in Public Health – is a new program, so part of that educational program will be working with external partners as students are being placed in their practicums and field studies,” Roberto said. “It [the center] will serve as an organizing body.” The center also intends to make advances in the study and application of public health strategies and models, in addition to fostering student involvement with public health research and practice. The program is expected to facilitate collaboration between university researchers, faculty and students, along with professionals in government,publicandprivateorganizations involved with public health policy and issues. Roberto believes that the new center will be a catalyst for expansion of the ever-growing public health education department at Tech. “I think this is an exciting time on the Tech campus, and creating the Institute for Public Health Practice and Research is just another indication of Virginia Tech’s commitment to health science and health service research and practice,” Roberto said. “We are looking forward to the Institute’s growth and development.”

Research improves helmet safety ranks news staff writer 7-28-2011

the forefront of this,” Goforth said. “It makes me proud to work here and be a part of it, and hopefully we’re doing our part to help keep kids safer.” Brolinson said he hopes that the work the research team has done will help ensure athletes’ safety in the future. “We all love

sports, and we want to continue to enjoy contact and collision sports, but as sports medical professionals, we want to try to make sure that those sports are enjoyed in the safest manner possible,” Brolinson said. Brolinson also expressed excitement about the

future of the study. “We’re just really excited to be adding to this literature in this area and to promote player safety,” Brolinson said. “And we look forward to continuing to work in this area, and over the coming years we will develop more newer and better techniques to ensure player safety.” summer 2011

The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics and the Department of Engineering have been working together on ground breaking research in the field of football equipment safety and awareness. The athletic and engineering departments have collaborated on a study of footballhelmetsandtheirabilitytoprevent concussions in athletes, resulting in the first ever safety rating system for football helmets and concussion prevention. The program began a few years ago, when Stefan Duma of the engineering department began working with Steve Rowson, a then Tech Ph.D. engineering student, who participated in the project as part of his dissertation on a study of head acceleration experienced by college football players. “It started with looking at head acceleration experienced by college football players, and we collected many years of data that, once we had enough data, we understood how players get hit on the football field,” Rowson said. “So we had the idea for applying this knowledge in a setting where we could evaluate helmets and how different helmet designs might reduce concussion risk.” The research began when Duma and Rowson began studying the head acceleration impact in different types of helmets in a lab setting to measure a helmet’s ability to reduce head trauma and injury. To measure head acceleration, the engineers fashioned head forms for helmets to be placed on and dropped them onto different types of material at different heights, forming varying configurations that create impact conditions similar to those regularly found during football games. The team also installed sensors in football players’ helmets to measure the force that players were receiving during football practices and games. The study also discovered that some positions played on the football field were more conducive to head injury than others. After years of collecting data, the engineering team created a formula to make the results of the study easy for consumers to understand. “We took all the test results from the experiments we performed, and we condensed them to a single value – the stars represent that, so it’s easily understood by the general public,” Rowson said. The new safety rankings are publicly available on the Virginia TechWake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Science’s website. Researchers involved with the project tell consumers to use helmets with

a four- or five-star rating, while also taking factors such as helmet shape and size into account. “It’s a combination of both (helmet ratings and fit) – we recommend any of the four- or five-star helmets,” Rowson said. “All the four- and five-star helmets did a very good job of reducing head acceleration and impact. Which one a consumer chooses from that group is going to depend on a number of factors, and one of those is helmet fit.” Gunnar Brolinson, a team physician for the Tech football team, also agrees that choosing a highly-ranked helmet improves safety. “You substantially lower the risk of concussion when you look at the best helmets versus the worst helmets,” Brolinson said. “You probably reduce the risk by one-half to two-thirds.” The project has generated awareness for sporting equipment safely, and Tech has received much acclaim for its innovative ranking system. Many teams in the football industry at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels have used the ranking system to determine the best helmets to use for their players. “Based on the phone calls and emails I have gotten, as well as members of our research team, there’s no question that we’ve raised quite a bit of awareness regarding helmet safety and helmet testing throughout the country,” Brolinson said. “High schools, colleges, and professional teams are changing helmets as a result of the data.” The researchers involved with the project believe that this is just the beginning of studies in sports safety. “I think it’s a big step forward, and I think it shows that there’s more work that needs to be done.Sowiththisproject,weusedwhat we knew now to do something that might reduce injury incidents in the future,” Rowson said. “However, it has limitations, and what we want to do is expand on those in the future.” The team plans to expand its research in helmet safety by incorporating rotational acceleration, in addition to the linear acceleration methods used in the current project. They also plan to conduct the same study for lower level and little league football to see how impact affects the pediatric brain, according to Mike Goforth, the head athletic trainer for the Tech football team. The researchers also hope to expand their research beyond just football, conducting similar studies on sports such as baseball and hockey. The team is extremely excited about the success of their project, and they are enthusiastic about the future of the research. “It’s really impressive that Virginia Tech is kind of at




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Drug testing for Montgomery County schools JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer 7-28-2011 The threat of new drug screening policies loom over area schools. The Montgomery County School Board has looked at research on the results of implementing manda-

tory-random student drug testing (MRSDT), although the school system isn’t considering a new drug testing policy at the present time. Virginia public schools have begun creating mandatory student drug testing policies after the 2003 Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia,

giving school systems the option to develop policies for voluntary and mandatory drug testing for students. The law does not require drug testing policies in public schools, but it gives local school boards the discretion to require or promote student drug testing.

After the drug testing amendments were passed, the Virginia Department of Education conducted research by studying schools that implemented policies that subject students that violate school drug and alcohol policies to drug testing and compared the results to schools that do not have a drug testing program. Many of the schools that participated in research also submitted some students that participated in school sports and activities to drug testing, in addition to those who had already violated school drug and alcohol policy. A report and summary of the research was disseminated to the Montgomery County School Board during a regular school board meeting held earlier this month. The research includes observations from Roanoke, Buchanan, Russell, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Henry, Mathews, Northumberland, Scott, and York counties, along with the cities of Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Galax, and Norfolk. The research states that “the prevalence of illicit substance use among youth remains high and a cause of concern,” although the amount of drug use by teens has decreased over the past decade. The research also contends that MRSDT is a way to address the student substance abuse problem, along with other prevention and abstinence awareness. The results of the research found that schools that implemented MRSDT reported less usage than schools without a MRSDT program and participation of students participating in school-

sanctioned activities was not affected. According to Brenda DrakeBowdel, public information officer and clerk of the board for Montgomery County Public Schools, the school board has looked at the research and has not asked to keep the topic on the agenda for future discussion, although DrakeBowdel said that there is a possibility for future consideration. “They [school board] have not asked us to bring it back as an agenda item,” Drake-Bowdel said. “That doesn’t mean that they won’t in the future, but at this point, they have not.” Drake-Bowdel was also uncertain about the effectiveness of a program for the Montgomery County school system. “We would only be able to gauge the amount of people who are caught using drugs so it would be very difficult for us to say, ‘Yes, it would decrease the amount of drug usage in the county,’ when all we could talk about is the amount of students who are caught and brought forward to the board,” Drake-Bowdel said. For now, the school board does not have any plan to alter the current drug policy. Current policy states that students possessing or under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be subject to suspension or expulsion. It is unclear whether implementing MRSDT in Montgomery County would decrease student drug usage. “Could we eventually reduce those numbers,” Drake said. “It’s a possibility, but you really don’t know until you try a program like that.”


CODY OWENS features staff writer 6-9-2011 If you’re seeking to enjoy the natural wonders around the New River Valley and beyond, Venture Out has you covered. Venture Out, office located in 123 Squires Student Center, offers a variety of services for the outdoors-loving members of the Tech community. For those who want to take an outdoor trip but have no idea where to begin, an assortment of pre-planned trips are available. Each trip is guided by an experienced leader and has a fee between $20 and $30 which covers transportation and a meal. Among the programs offered this summer are rock climbing, caving, a day hike, and a canoeing trip on the New River. If you feel apprehensive about not having the skills for trips such as canoeing or rock climbing, don’t fear; Venture Out specializes in “low-risk outdoor adventures that require little to no experience to participate.” If the idea of having an outdoor adventure planned by experts specifically for you sounds appealing, then you might benefit

from a custom trip. These trips offer the opportunity for exciting activities such as horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, kayaking, whitewater rafting in West Virginia, and hiking trips to beautiful areas such as Mount Rogers, without having to worry about the details. Planning your trip through Venture Out also has other benefits: trip leaders often have access to privately-owned properties and caves that are otherwise closed to the public. Venture Out provides equipment rentals at reasonable prices, allowing the public to rent gear such as canoes, head lamps, life jackets, tents of varying sizes, and stoves on daily rates extending to a week. Additionally, the Venture Out website hosts a number of links leading to everything from sites about the Appalachian Trail and rock climbing to videos showing how to best roll a sleeping bag and set-up a tent. Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman looking to rent gear or an outdoors novice seeking new thrills while meeting like-minded people, Venture Out is your gateway to the wilderness.

Stuck inside? Blacksburg offers fresh air alternatives ALLY HAMMOND features editor 6-9-2011

The Blacksburg Farmers Market is starting off a summer full of exciting events and sounds for the town. The Farmers Market, open on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., traditionally offers fresh produce, herbs, and artisan goods on a seasonal basis. Over ten vendors regularly set up at the market and offer such diverse summer treats as apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon, among others. However, the market has more to offer than just fruits and vegetables. “If students haven’t been here, they’ll think it’s just a place to get fresh fruits and vegetables, but there is more,” said Helen Stuart of the Farmers Market, as she motioned toward a vendor selling fresh tamales and chimichangas. Vendors offer everything from breakfast foods to dessert sweets. “We have a crepe maker who will come every Wednesday and Saturday to sell savory crepes with everything from sausage and cheese to syrup and sugar,” Stuart said. In addition to food items, vendors sell handcrafted goods such as pottery, soaps, paintings, wood products, and dog treats. Along with the normal market days, several special events punctuate the summer calendar. The market had its annual Solstice Chef event on June 18. This free event featured a guest chef who will prepare a


Patti Chlepas of Bird Song Farm displays her beeswax candles. summer salad and treat market visitors with tastings and recipes. “Last year, the chef prepared a nice, fresh green salad and gave tastings out to over 300 people,” Stuart said. Accompanying the tastings was the music of Floyd blues guitarist, Scott Perry. This year’s event will feature Kat Mills, Blacksburg folk singer. “It generally sells out because it’s really popular,” Stuart said. “It’s a full, hot breakfast with everything coming from the market.” August will close out the market’s summer season with a tomato tasting. This event, which costs $2, features dozens of varieties of heirloom and organic tomatoes. As you decide which tomato is your favorite, you will be serenaded by the music of the Porch Loungers. “We usually have thirty varieties of tomatoes, which you can taste and judge. You can then put your vote in for the best,” Stuart said.

In the past, the market has had live music on the first Wednesday of each month and during special events, but this summer Stuart is seeking to change that policy. “We’ve got a real push to have more music at the Market this year,” Stuart said. “I’ve put the advertisement out for any amateur musician that would like to play at the market, put out their guitar case for tips, and get exposure and I’ve gotten a great response. My goal is for every market day to have music.” The Blacksburg Farmers Market is promising to bring to the Blacksburg community local products and a local sound that is all its own. “This is the happening place to be on Wednesdays and Saturdays,” Stuart said. “Most students who visit are pleasantly surprised. If they come, they generally come back.” summer 2011

It’s summertime. Love and romance are abundant in the muggy air. What better time is there to show your special someone just how much you care? Blacksburg, in all it’s splendor, offers many romantic places for you and a significant other (or friends, for singletons) to spend a nice day together. THE DUCKPOND - Always voted Blacksburg’s most romantic, as well as cheapest, date, the duckpond makes a perfect picnic spot. Grab a blanket, some sandwiches, and lemonade, and stake-out that perfect grassy spot. For those of you less inclined to dine on the ground, picnic tables are placed in shady locations around the pond’s perimeter. Don’t forget extra food to feed the ducks! A BEGINNER’S HIKE - A day trip to the Cascades, located in Pembrook, Virginia (a short 20 minute drive from campus) is the perfect hike for a novice trekker. For only a $2 parking fee, the Cascades are almost as3 cheap as the duckpond. The trail is two miles to the falls, and two miles back, an easy leisurely day. The picture-esque falls make perfect summertime photos, as well as provide a refreshing dip, if you’re so inclined after

the hike. At the end of the hike, grills are available for a nice after-hike cookout. THE NEW RIVER - The New River, always a popular end-of-spring-semester destination, is even more desirable in the summer. The tubing company, New River Junction, offers $7 daily tube rentals from 11 am - 6 pm. Their website says, “The river will draw you, gently, and peacefully, as you float over small riffles in your tube. About a mile down stream the rapids are splashing. Ride the rapids a few times then visit Big Falls Park, where the park grills will be hot and ready for cooking” — how perfect does that sound? Their complimentary shuttle bus returns you to your car, or you can tube right back down the river again. Cooler tubes are also available for a mere $3, allowing you to float a lunch, or beverages, right beside you. MINI-GOLF - Nothing screams summer more than a rousing and competitive game of mini-golf. Blacksburg’s sole mini-golf course, Cox’s Golf Driving Range, charges only $7 a person — a perfect after dinner activity. Whether you’re in Blacksburg for the weekend or the summer, and need an activity more exciting than sneaking into the Village pool, one of these will be sure to fit your needs.

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Annual Summer Solstice Festival ALLY HAMMOND features editor 6-23-2011 Blacksburg residents took to the streets this past Saturday to celebrate the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. The fourth annual Summer Solstice Festival began at 2 p.m. and continued until 11 p.m., only interrupted briefly by a late afternoon thunderstorm. North Main Street was closed from Roanoke Street to Washington Street, with live bands set up at the foot of Lee Street. Local vendors, businesses and groups set up their booths in the middle of the road. You could pay a dollar to play games from the famous TV show “The Price is Right” or wait in line and get your face beautifully painted by a talented woman in fairy-wings. “The festival was the biggest and best we have ever had. It’s grown

immensely in the past four years,” said Laureen Blakemore, Downtown Blacksburg’s special events coordinator. This year’s festival not only had the most vendors but also the most visitors. “They’re all estimates we have no way of actually recording, but we think about 3,500 people attended,” said Blakemore. “Thank you f or coming and look out for the event next year, it’s only going to continue to grow!” said Blakemore. The Key West Band attracted a large crowd at night boosting the sales in the festival’s Beer Garden, always a popular spot. While the adults sauntered around the Beer Garden with bright yellow cups, kids could play on moon bounces set up in the middle of the road—breaking all the usual rules for outdoor play—or enjoy a big fluff of cotton-candy. After such a successful Summer Solstice Festival, Blacksburg locals

This festival was the biggest and best we have ever had. It’s grown immensely in the past four years.” LAUREEN BLAKEMORE SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR, DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG

and students alike are anxious for other events sponsored by downtown Blacksburg. Luckily, they don’t have to wait too long; Steppin’ Out occurs on August 5th and 6th, and holds just as much promise as Summer Solstice did last weekend. “Steppin’ Out is totally different. This year we have 200 craft vendors, making it the biggest ever. We also have three stages of entertainment running for two days,” said Blakemore.

Songs of summer CARA DISILVIO features staff writer 6-26-2011 A song comes on the radio and it immediately brings you back to when you turned the volume all the way up and lost yourself in the moment. Whether it be lounging by the pool, getting ready for festivities, or driving down the road with your hand out the window, we all have those popular hits we couldn’t help but listen to. These songs come and go, but forever define those few months when you heard it. They could be songs you love—or love to hate—either way they strike a chord somewhere inside. As music becomes a greater constant in our generation’s lifestyle, we look for even better collaborations of playlists and soundtracks to our lives. At the beginning of summer 2011, the radio was flooded with new hits that were sure to define the next few months. What songs were the forerunners for our summer playlist? After collaborating multiple lists of various top hits, upcoming releases, and DJ’s choice, I have created a master collection of songs that we can look forward to hearing this summer. The hits are not in any specific order, many are currently played and some were many critics thoughts on upcoming hits for this summer. Here is the master collection of this summer’s top tunes: “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer “Don’t Wanna Go Home” – Jason DeRulo “Till the World Ends” – Britney Spears “Hello” – Martin Solveig and Dragonette “Save the World” – Swedish House Mafia “I’m Into You” – Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne “The Edge of Glory” – Lady GaGa “How to Love” – Lil Wayne “Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean “E.T.” – Katy Perry featuring Kanye West “Good Life” – One Republic “This is What Rock N Roll Looks Like” – Porcelain Black feat. Lil Wayne “Roll Up” – Whiz Khalifa “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco “Just Can’t Get Enough” – Black Eyed Peas “Tonight Tonight” – Hot Chelle Rae summer 2011

These songs seem to be the most popular. Of course there are many songs that could also be on this list but these popular tracks have been played throughout the summer. Whether you love them or not, one of them could be the next song that defines how you look back on these summer days. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

‘Friday Night Out’ concerts fill downtown Summer features staff writer 6-16-2011 From TOTS to Chipotle and beyond, the sounds of summer blasted through downtown last weekend as the Friday Night Out concert series began. The concert series, presented by Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts & Cinema and the Town of Blacksburg, is a part of the Summer Arts Festival, now celebrating its 20th year. The site for each concert is Henderson Lawn, located on the corner of North Main Street and College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg, the rain site being Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires Student Center. “Henderson Lawn is gorgeous,” said Jane Harrison of the School of Performing Arts & Cinema. “People can bring picnics or play with their dogs. Henderson is also the gateway to downtown.” Every Friday will have a different group or artist playing music from a different genre, promising a variety of music. The summer schedule fea-

tures everything from bluegrass to Caribbean rock, from Irish folk to R&B, making each show a unique experience.“We’ve got just about everything,” Harrison said. “I tried to get bands that appeal to a larger audience.” Each concert is free to the public, giving both students and Blacksburg natives an opportunity to have a blast on a budget. “They’re free; that’s a big draw for everyone,” Harrison said. “You can go to a concert and then go do something else.” The first Friday Night Out concert featured the music of Surrender Dorothy, a four-man funk rock band that recently performed at Tech’s Wine Festival on June 4. Several hundreds of people, both students and Blacksburg families, came to be entertained by the band and easily filled up the grassy hill of Henderson Lawn. The energetic atmosphere buzzed as friends mingled, kids hula-hooped, and people dined on pizza and Italian ice. Among all the summer fun, Surrender Dorothy played a set that featured everything from

‘70’s rock to reinterpretations of top 40 hits. Among the songs heard Friday were a funky versions of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and the Commodores’ ever-popular “Brick House.” Surrender Dorothy also played a cover Travie McCoy’s recent hit “Billionaire,” although the band jokingly asked the audience to sing “the G-version” of the chorus in consideration of the children in attendance. The biggest surprise of the night and the biggest crowd-pleaser came at the end of the show as the band played Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Instead of the familiar guitar riff at the beginning of the song, however, the band’s saxophone player, Dan Royer, brought in the song with a flute solo. I’ll admit that this was the first time that a woodwind instrument has made me want to jump up and down. “Playing with these guys, you never know what they’re going to throw at you,” Royer said. “You have to be on your toes.” The night of surprises was far from over, though. As the two guitarists walked through the engaged crowd playing,

one of the Hokie stilt-walkers seen before many football games made an appearance at the concert. With the band playing “Enter Sandman” and an orangeand-maroon giant striding through the crowd, it was hard not to love being a Hokie, as evidenced by the crowd that night. One show featured the music of Laura Beth & Clover Hollow, an Americana band that released their debut album in December 2010. The band, with an array of talented musicians, backs up the rich voice of Laura Beth Payne. They produce a smooth, vibrant sound that will no doubt entice audiences. The show begins at 6 p.m. this Friday on the Henderson Lawn. Whether audiences are simply looking for a place to lie in the grass with friends while enjoying music, or a fun night on a budget, Friday Night Out concerts are a great way to begin any weekend. If you are going to spend your Friday night out, this is the place to begin.

Arts Festival activities CODY OWENS features staff writer 6-23-2011 The play “Rumplestiltskin” was performed in Blacksburg as part of the Summer Arts Festival, made possible by the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts & Cinema and the Town of Blacksburg. The production of “Rumplestiltskin” is presented by the Department of Theatre & Cinema at Virginia Tech and is directed by Michael Anthony Williams. The storyline is based on a familiar19th-century Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a miller’s daughter who is falsely said to be able to spin straw into gold. When the king demands that she spin him gold in three days or be executed, the miller’s daughter is aided by a creature who demands her first-born son in exchange for his work in spinning gold. Seeing no other option, she agrees. see FESTIVAL / page 50



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Festival: Plays happen in summer and school year from page 49 The creature performs the task, allowing the miller’s daughter to marry the king and bear his child. When the creature comes to receive his payment, the only way that the miller’s daughter can spare her child is if she can guess the creature’s name. The Department of Performing Arts & Cinema performed “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” this summer as well. Directed by Gregory Justice, this production is a “hysterical comic parody of all of the plays of Shakespeare… (in shortened form),” according to the play’s description. Performance dates and times can be found on the School of Performing Arts & Cinema website. All performances of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged)” are free to the public and will take place in Theatre 101 on College Avenue. Various performances are put on throughout the year by both local theatre programs as well as students in the theatre program at Tech.


The creature, played by Katie Griggs, looks out from the stage as the queen, played by Tierney Performances are announced well in advance and are open to all who would like. Check back on the School of Performing Arts & Cinema website at the end of August to see what is playing next.

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features editor 7-7-2011 Not impressed with a restaurant’s wine list? Not a problem. As of Friday July 1, Virginians are now able to bring their own bottles of wine to their favorite restaurants. The new corkage law was passed in the House and Senate in February and signed by Governor McDonald in March. The bill states, “any restaurant licensed by the ABC Board may permit the consumption of lawfully acquired wine by bona fide customers on the premises in all areas and locations covered by the license. The bill provides that a licensee may charge a corkage fee to such customer for the wine so consumed; however, the licensee may not charge any other fee to such customer.” Initially restaurant owners were hesitant towards accepting the law. Some chefs worry that the wine patrons bring in would not correctly complement their food, and destroy the experience all together. Another, more college-oriented,

concern was that patrons would purchase inexpensive wine to bring to the restaurant, therefore lowering the revenue of the beverage sales, but also the amount of tip left for the waiting staff. However, restaurants are now learning that the law may not affect them negatively after all. The corkage fee can be decided upon by each restaurant individually; some states where this law is already existent charge upwards of $15 per bottle. Also, many store owners have allowed some close-knit customers to bring their own wine to their restaurants for years. Common corkage courtesy normally revolves around wine connoisseurs who have their own fine wine collection and are simply bringing their personal bottle to dinner to share something special with their dinner guests. Writer Robert Whitley echoes these sentiments describing his own encounter with a corkage fee; “I brought two extraordinary red wines from my wine cellar; not to save money, but rather to

share something personal and special with my guests. More often than not, that is the motivation for taking a wine from home into a restaurant that obviously has a decent wine selection of its own.” Different measures that restaurants are taking include: not having a fee for corkage, but strongly encouraging high tips for servers and developing an average corkage price depending on their selection of wines in store. To avoid any confusion or conflict at a restaurant, it is best to call ahead and tell the wait-staff or owner of your intentions. Sometimes a fore-warning will result in waiving the fee, but even if that is not the case, it is always better to be prepared by asking their specific corkage price. Also, wine connoisseurs warn winebringers not to abuse the privilege, that is, if you bring two bottles, buy one, to be considerate to the restaurants existing wine list. Blacksburg’s own 622 is excited and ready to embrace the new BYOW law, so if you are so inclined, go give it a try. summer 2011

Freshman orientation was a great success this summer at Virginia Tech. Throughout July, over 5,000 new students in the Class of 2015 came to Tech for one of 12 twoday freshman orientation sessions During the introduction to Tech, incoming freshmen were separated into small groups led by one of 30 energetic and enthusiastic Orientation Leaders (OLs). Each OL led the group in games and activities that let new students learn more about the Hokie community and make lasting friendships. The small groups offer a unique experience for freshmen to make many personal connections with other students in a short period of time. The friendships developed often extend into the coming year, allowing students to arrive on campus in August with friends awaiting them or even a roommate. The OLs guided students through the Traditions Walk, where students can learn about the rich and vibrant history entrenched in the campus of Tech. Students had the opportunity to see many defining aspects of the university, such as the beautiful pylons above War Memorial Chapel, the towering Burruss Hall, and the heart of campus, the Drillfield. Students circled up for personal small group meetings, when OLs will typically share some of their experiences at Tech and pass on valuable lessons as well as exploring issues that many students will face during their freshman year. Out of all of the activities during orientation, my small group meeting did the most to make me feel a part of the Hokie community. As well as making friends, students learned about the opportunities for involvement at Tech. Interest sessions informed new students about everything from recreational sports to Greek life, as well as departments such as Career Services. Perhaps most importantly, orientation is also when freshmen selected their classes for the fall semes-

ter. Fear not freshmen. Each college will be there to aid you in your selection of both core classes and classes for the Curriculum for Liberal Education (hint: for an area 3 or 7 course, take World Regions – it’s incomparable to any class you’ve ever taken). While the incoming freshmen get their first taste of residence life, parents can ease into seeing their children leave the nest by attending a parent’s dess er t re cept ion held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on the first evening. Chocolate can do wonders for a worried mind. As students departed from orientation, more opportunities are now available for them to meet fellow Hokies before the beginning of classes. Hokie Camp is a three-day, two-night event held in August at nearby Smith Mountain Lake where students can engage in outdoors activities such as canoeing and low-rope walking with other incoming freshmen, while learning about some of Tech’s proud traditions. Camp counselors consist of upperclassmen, allowing new students to learn from those who have experienced university life. Finally, when new students arrive in Blacksburg again in August to move in, they will have a wide selection of events to attend as part of Hokie Hi. This series of events introduces students to the campus as well as the various organizations and clubs that are available to join. Everything from academic organizations to religious ministries to sports clubs are available for students to try out. Hokie Hi is all about helping students find their perfect fit in a big campus. Along the way, plenty of free food and fun times are to be had. For all incoming Hokies, I would like to welcome you to the Vi r g i n i a Te c h community. The Hokie Nation truly is uniquely special and is enriched by the diverse array of students that join it every year. I hope that Tech will better you as much as you will better it.


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90’s TV shows resurrected to Nickelodeon ALLY HAMMOND features editor 7-21-2011 “Hey, Arnold!” Miss Helga yelling that at football-head? You and the rest of the 90’s generation. Which is why, in an unexpected move, Nickelodeon has decided to bring back all of the 90’s most popular shows.

After listening to their fans, Nickelodeon is creating a block of television called, “The 90’s Are All That.” Some of the shows returning include, All That, Clarissa Explains it All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Salute Your Shorts, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel. Upon hearing this news, I was genuinely shocked, then incredibly happy.

Who doesn’t want to sit in front of the television and watch the shows we thought were awesome when we were kids? Apparently, my classmates felt the same way. “I think it’s nice to have the shows our generation grew up on back in circulation, it’s kind of like having a little piece of childhood back,” said Astleigh Hobbs, senior psychology

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major. “It will be like watching Nick at Nite, but it will be sharing our popular tv shows with kids today instead of our parents,” said Hobbs. While some are waiting anxiously for the return of these beloved shows, others were shocked by this retro programming. “Well, I was unaware of that, but it’s far and away the best news I’ve heard this month,” said Ross Tudor, senior in communication, after hearing the news. In obvious excitement, Tudor continued, “I would say behind the obvious college discussions, “do you remember x,y,z Nickelodeon show” is one of the top 5 conversations in my fraternity house. Elementary school is pretty much the happiest time of everyone’s life, so anything that can take us back there, even for 30 minutes at a time, it’s like a gift from the TV gods.” The television programming compa-

ny’sSeniorVicePresidentKeithDawkins said, “There is an entire generation of young people who literally grew up on these great 1990’s series, and many of them have been vocal about wanting to see and experience these shows again.” “TeenNick (where The 90’s are All That will air) caters to the older segment of the Nick audience, so it’s the perfect place to reconnect these shows to their original fans and introduce them to younger viewers for the very first time,” Dawkins said. Not only will this segment contain re-runs of everybody’s favorite 90’s shows, but movies as well. The segment “The 90’s Are All That” will run from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Monday to Sunday, allowing optimal viewing time for all those 20-somethings who want to relive their youth.

Alexander Black House keeps history alive features staff writer 7-28-2011 History is being kept alive on Draper Road. The Alexander Black House, located off Draper Road in downtown Blacksburg, has been a part of the town since 1897 and, at nearly 115 years old, the house is set to remain an integral part of it. Alexander Black was a descendant of William Black, one of the founders of Blacksburg. In 1872, at the age of 15, Alexander Black enrolled in the first session of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Virginia Tech, where his father was the first director of the Board of Visitors. While attending the college, Black served as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After college, Black owned several businesses in Blacksburg and served as the first president of the Bank of Blacksburg. Alexander Black built his first house in 1891. A simple home, it burned down in 1897. Black then began construction on a new, grandiose house modeled on Queen Anne Victorian architecture. When the structure was finished, it had cross-gabled roofs, colorful stained glass windows, decorated tin ceilings, a wraparound porch and a tower. Needless to

say, the Alexander Black House became a prominent part of Blacksburg. The house was later converted to a funeral home, and was renovated to better serve its new purpose. The wraparound porch and the second-floor balcony were covered while interiors walls were knocked down. The top of the tower was removed and the exterior of the house was covered with vinyl siding. In 2002, the house was to face yet another change. In order to remedy the need for parking on Main Street, a parking garage and retail center called Kent Square was proposed on the site of the Alexander Black House. Instead of demolishing the historic home, Kent Square and the Town of Blacksburg decided to move the Alexander Black House. Buying the house for $250,000, the town council contracted Expert House Movers, best known for moving the Cape Hatteras Light House, to move the house. Spaced was cleared next to the historic Thomas-Conner House and in December of 2002, the Alexander Black House found its new home. While the house was saved from destruction and has a new location, renovations are still underway. In preparation for the Alexander Black House’s new role as the headquarters of the Blacksburg Museum, renovations aim to recreate the





The Black House on Draper Road is currently being renovated. The project is still trying to raise necessary funds to complete the restoration. historic aspects of the home, including the wrap-around porch that was previously enclosed and the bedroom of Alexander Black, located on the bottom level of the house. In 2003, Bill Green, professor in the School of Architecture + Design stated that the structure of the home is very well preserved, with the foundation, roofing, and plumbing all in good condition. Green stated that the true problem

rests in the aesthetic parts of the house. Exterior banisters and railings all were missing, as were the once elaborate balcony and columns. Many of the needed additions are still to be addressed. The still-white house is planned to be painted in the original army green and the original furniture of Alexander Black will be added to his bedroom. In addition to keeping the historic aspects of the house, an accessible

staircase and an elevator will be added to aid touring visitors as they view the 19th century home. As of July 2011, the Alexander Black House has raised over $327,000 of its $1.5 million goal. Future fundraisers include the Alexander Black Tie Gala on Aug. 27 at The Inn at Virginia Tech, which will include a silent and live auction to raise funds for the renovations.

DIY: Cornhole Boards CODY OWENS features staff writer 7-21-2011 It’s nearly football season, which means you should prepare to do two things: jump, and play cornhole. For those who wish to have their own cornhole board set but do not want to pay for or order one, the process of making a cornhole board is relatively simple. Not only will you save money, but you will be able to paint it to your specifications (in orange and maroon, of course). Note that the supplies are for one board, to make a complete set, double the supplies.



1. Using the miter saw, cut the 2×4s according to the following measurements: (2) 4-foot lengths, (2) 21-inch lengths, (2) 16-inch lengths. 2. To construct the frame, lay the 4foot long 2×4s down as if they were the

3. If it is, then use the wood screws to connect the pieces together. It is useful to first drill a pilot hole by drilling into the desired spot with a small-diameter screw; this prevents the wood from splitting later. 4. Secure the plywood sheet onto the constructed frame using the wood screws, again drilling in pilot holes first. Additionally, since these screws will be on the playing surface, it is recommended that you c ou nte rsink them (if possible) so that they will not stop the bag from sliding. 5. To measure the hole for your board, measure a n d mark 9-inches down from the top of the board as well as 12-inches from the sides. Using a compass, draw a circle at the resulting point.

Using your jigsaw, carefully and slowly cut out the circle. Use the sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges on the opening. 6. The remaining two 16-inch long 2×4s will be used to construct the legs. Measure and mark 1.75-inches from the top of the board as well as 1.75-inches from each side. Place a compass at the resulting point and draw a half-circle upwards. Saw off these corners using the jigsaw, sanding the

resulting curved top. 7. Repeat for the remaining 2×4. 8. Turning the cornhole board over, place a scrap 2×4 against the top corner of the board as a spacer. Now place your 16-inch board against this spacer with the boards wide surface facing the side. Extend the halfway line of the 16-inch 2×4 onto the attached side of the cornhole board. Where this line intersects the halfway line of the attached side is where the bolt that will attach the leg will go.

9. Repeat for the other side. 10. Drill a hole at this point through both the side board and with the curved top of the leg. Extend a bolt through a washer and then through the two boards. Use a wing nut on each side to secure the leg while still allowing it to move. 11. Repeat on the other side. 12. Placing the cornhole board on a raised surface supported by something beneath it, allow board to be 12-inches off the table. Extend the legs fully beyond the end of the cornhole board. Mark where the legs runs flush with the table. 13. Using the miter saw, trim the legs at the marked line. Set the cornhole board up, making sure it is 12-inches off the ground when the legs are extended. When you are satisfied, tighten the wing bolts so that the legs are unable to move out of their current position. Congratulations! Your cornhole board is complete. Sand any rough spots and the top of the board. Having a smooth top surface will help the bags to slide more and summer 2011

(1) sheets of 2’×4’ plywood, 0.5-inch thick (4) 8-foot 2×4s (4) 3/8th-inch wing nuts (4) 4.5-inch-long 3/8th-inch diameter bolts (1) box of 2.5-inch wood screws (1) jigsaw miter saw (1) power drill or screwdriver (1) sandpaper compass

long sides of the board. Now put the 21-inch long 2×4s on the inside of the board’s ends as if it is the short top and bottom of the board. Place the plywood sheet over the frame to make sure the fit is correct.

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Google joins the social network CARA DISILVIO features staff writer 7-14-2011 Google launched their social networking service on June 28, 2011. This invite-only project is still in its testing phase, allowing exist-

ing users to invite friends to create their own accounts. Because of the incredible interest in the new networking service, the only way to join Google+ is by receiving an invite from a current member. After stalking my contact list for any new members, I final-

ly obtained my very own Google+ account. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the big deal with this new social service? After many hours playing around on my new profile, the benefits of Google+ started to unfold. Google has integrated services such as Google Profiles, Google

Search and other features common to a social network. Users are able to organize their contacts into groups called Circles, allowingmemberstoshareinformationwith specific Circles. New communication services similar to instant messaging are available with the Huddle feature, allowing messaging within Circles. Instant Upload, Streams and other features are also available. Obviously many of these elements have been modeled after Facebook and Twitter. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference? A huge benefit of using Google+ is the ability to separate contacts into different Circles, which is not available on Facebook. Another advantage would be the improved quality of pictures on G+ over the current photo features provided with Facebook. Overall, the information about privacy and content sharing is much more concise and understandable with G+. As the Facebook network is not an invite only service, membership is more common and users may find that Facebook is preferential when contacting friends and family. When compared to Twitter, G+ is much more complex in its ability to communicate with others. Though Twitter is fun and personal, G+ provides completely different types of networking tools. My first impression has me more intrigued than anything. As a brand new network, it is

slightly annoying that so few people are currently using this new service but perhaps as G+ becomes more available, this issue will fix itself. It is nice being able to combine all of my Google services in one profile, keeping everything organized and easily accessible. My favorite feature is the ability to separate contacts into circles. There are just some things I do not need to share with my parents or co-workers that I would like to share with my friends. Technology has never come easy to me but Google+ has been relatively straightforward and easy to use. There are still some features that I need to play around with to fully understand but that is the case with all new networks. After speaking with other new G+ users, many seem to think that this may be the next big social network. After all, Facebook and Twitter have been cluttered with comments advertising Google+ invites and recommendations to join. Speculations on whether G+ will take the throne from Facebook, as Facebook did to Myspace, have been circulating on news feeds across the spectrum. Will G+ be able to compete with Facebook? I think so, but Facebook will continue to be the main social networking service as long as G+ remains private.


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Editor’s Note s the oldest child in my family, I had little to guide me as I entered college. While some of my friends had visited their older siblings at school for a taste of things to come, I didn’t have that same advantage. Even my parents, both colby Brianna Wellen lege graduates, had little Editor-in-Chief to offer in the way of shared experience. Their college stories revolved around frat parties and studying abroad, two things I knew wouldn’t apply to my first year at Columbia. The summer before I left my hometown of Rockton, Ill., for school my mother’s best efforts to prepare me came in the form of “Law and Order: SVU.” She called me over to the television every time an episode revolved around a college girl getting kidnapped or murdered or date-raped. “Never set your drink down, someone will drug you!” she said, as Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay figured out the cute, unassuming boy from across the hall was guilty. “In fact, don’t drink or go to parties at all. Actually, it would be best for you to never leave your dorm. Ever.” And so, with only this advice to pull from, I packed my bags and left for college. My drive into the city was spent speculating about the day ahead. Would all my stuff fit? What would my roommate be like? How many


adventures could I fit into my first night in Chicago? I soon found out that, yes, my stuff fit fine thanks to Columbia’s gargantuan dorm rooms. I had to wait on a true answer about my roommate since she left after unpacking to go to a Jonas Brothers concert. I enjoyed no adventures that night but instead fell asleep watching “Spider-Man” on full blast to drown out the unfamiliar city sounds creeping through my window. Thankfully, neither “Law and Order: SVU” nor my first night at college set the stage for the next three years. I did eventually get to know my roommate and the two of us went on plenty adventures, none of which involved getting kidnapped, murdered or date-raped. In place of the beer can pyramids and fraternity formals I half-expected from my college years, I attended fancy art gallery openings, explored the quirky communities surrounding all things underground in the city and finally understood fashion enough to buy a decent pair of heels. Nothing I could have anticipated in the summer leading up to my freshman year of college would have reflected where I ended up at the end of my freshman year, let alone where I am today as I enter my senior year at Columbia. Sure, it’s smart to be prepared for the clinical things—classes, dorm life, city landscape—but no amount of preparation or speculation can shed light on the life experience college brings.

Editor-in-Chief Brianna Wellen

Managing Editor Sam Charles

Managing Editor Luke Wilusz

Ad & Business Manager Ren Lahvic

Senior Ad Account Executive Andrew Billmyer

Ad Account Executive Sean Campbell

Contributing Writer Alexandra Kukulka

Contributing Writer Vanessa Morton

Contributing Writer Lindsey Woods

Senior Graphic Designer Jonathan Allen

Graphic Designer Erik Rodriguez

Senior Photo Editor Brent Lewis

General Manager Christopher Richert

Faculty Adviser elcome to Columbia College Chicago! This is The Columbia Chronicle’s Orientation Guide to provide helpful information during your transition to our campus and also to introduce you to your student newspaper. Inside you will find articles for new and transfer students, information for starting college life at Columbia and some regular features that can be found in The Chronicle every week during the semester.  The Columbia Chronicle is an award-winning weekly student newspaper that has strived to provide students and the South Loop com-

munity with news and commentary, relating to the campus and metro area, arts and culture, and health and fitness since 1965. It also serves as a watchdog for the college and the community. At The Chronicle, students within various majors from journalism to graphic design spend each week generating story ideas, gathering photos, creating graphics, writing, reporting and laying out the paper. It can be found on newsstands around campus and the South Loop each Monday during the semester. You can also check us out on the web at for weekly updates including articles, photos and multimedia.   

Front cover photo: The view enjoyed by Columbia students looking north on Michigan Avenue from the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave. Photo by Brent Lewis


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Jeff Lyon The Chronicle is a student–produced publication of Columbia College Chicago and does not necessarily represent, in whole or in part, the views of college administrators, faculty or students. All text, photos and graphics are the property of The Chronicle and may not be reproduced or published without written permission. Editorials are the opinions of the Editorial Board of The Chronicle. Columns are the opinions of the author(s). Views expressed in this publication are those of the writer and are not the opinions of The Chronicle, Columbia’s Journalism Department or Columbia College Chicago. Letters to the editor must include full name, year, major and phone number. All letters are edited for grammar and may be cut due to limited space. The Chronicle reserves the right to limit any one person’s submissions to three per semester. Letters can be faxed to (312) 369-8430, emailed to or mailed to The Chronicle, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Suite 224 Chicago, IL. 60605-1996. The Chronicle 33 E. Congress Parkway, Suite 224 Chicago, IL. 60605-1996 Main line: (312) 369-8999

Oh, the places you’ll go by Brianna Wellen Editor-in-Chief

WHEN RADIO major Eric Pribramsky graduated from Columbia in May 2011, he didn’t face the stress of an uncertain future that might plague many graduates. Through connections and experience gained in his time at the college, Pribramsky, 22, jumped right into a job as a production assistant at Chicago’s oldies station WLS, 94.7 FM. The Chronicle caught up with Pribramsky to talk about Columbia’s influence on his career.

The Chronicle: How did you get the opportunity at WLS? Eric Pribramsky: They had an opportunity for a board operator and production assistant, so I submitted my resume. Actually, through Columbia I got to know the program director who had posted the job, and I forwarded him my resume. That’s how I got my foot in the door.

I was looking for a program that could mesh the two, where I could still be technically behind the scenes but also performing. Columbia was really the place I wanted to go. -Eric Pribramsky

The Chronicle: How did Columbia help shape your career? EP: A lot of it had to do with the opportunities that I had taken. Columbia helped in part because of the technology that they have. In the Radio Department we use Pro Tools, so the editing programs they needed me to be familiar with, I was already familiar with and quite fluent in them. I also invested outside of Columbia on my own production


tools. Through my internships that Columbia got me I was able to ask questions and learn other programs.

mercials into the system, editing the commercials for time and different lengths.

The Chronicle: Where are you The Chronicle: Why did you hoping to go from here? Is decide to come to Columbia? there another dream job on the horizon? EP: When I graduated high school I kind of knew I wanted to do radio or at least some media field. I had worked at the TV station that our high school had and I really liked it, but I didn’t like being in front of the camera. I was in theater as well, so I was looking for a program that could mesh the two where I could still be technically behind the scenes but also performing. Columbia was really the place I wanted to go because it was in Chicago where radio is prominent. For me, just from a job perspective, it was definitely beneficial from that standpoint to be working in Chicago and be studying in Chicago.

The Chronicle: What’s a typical day like for you at WLS? EP: I go back and forth between doing production and board op-ing. On the weekends I board op for the Saturday Night Party, which is a music show, putting the DJ on, putting all the songs into the system so they play and editing calls. Then when I do production, I’m dubbing com-

EP: I really do like working at WLS, I like the people there a lot. My ultimate goal is to have my own FM talk show. I really want to be on air and this is the stepping point, the in between while I look for the next opportunity.

The Chronicle: What advice would you give others to have the same success you’ve had? EP: Take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. Columbia’s a very unique school in the sense that in order to be successful there, you need to be a certain type of person [who] goes above and beyond what’s expected of them and is always digging for more. That’s really how I got the opportunity I did. This is with any major at Columbia, you really do need to love what you’re doing and show that you love what you’re doing. Orientation 2011


New program reaches commuters


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by Vanessa Morton Contributing Writer AS ORIENTATION kicks into full gear, Columbia’s New Student Program continues to develop new approaches that will better ease the transition of incoming freshman and transfer students as they enter the 2011-2012 academic year. Starting this fall, NSP will implement a program for all new commuting students called The First-Year Exploration Leaders.The program will focus on keeping commuting students involved with Columbia, despite their isolation from campus life. “Generally, commuter students aren’t involved and many don’t get to make friends or really get that college-life experience,” said David McEachin, student coordinator of the program and an art and design major. According to Melinda McIntire, lead staff member of the project and assistant director of NSP, the pilot program was suggested by the college’s First-Year Advisory Board, which consisted of students who volunteered their time to help plan and shape First-Year Experience programming. “We are going to be working with commuter students specifically to reach out to a population [of students] who aren’t always able to be involved,” she said. “We want to bring Columbia out to the neighborhoods in the city.” The Exploration Leaders program assigns eight upperclassmen to first-year commuter students based on which neighborhood they live in. The areas are divided into four districts within the city limits. Similar to an on-campus Resident Assistant, Exploration Leaders will serve as the go-to person for their students, and will stay in communication with them weekly. “The EL will be doing specific work with first-year commuter students,” McIntire said. “They will be there to answer questions, get students connected to the campus and host meet-ups both on and off campus.” In addition, the leaders will also be in charge of planning a monthly group activity, which gives the students a chance to stay involved. The events can vary from checking out new art exhibits to seeing an evening show. “In thinking about what makes Columbia special, it occurred to us that there’s not many other places where you can rally up a group of folks to do these types of things,” said Emily Easton, director of NSP. “And now, if you live on your own there’s a fellow student organizing those kind of fun trips.” Although the program is centered on the commuters within the city limits, Easton said suburban commuters and residential students can also be included in the program. “Everyone’s eligible to participate. However, we are hoping commuter students take the most advantage,” she said. “For now, most meet-ups are in the city, but hopefully we’ll have ELs in the ‘burbs next year.” As for the future, McIntire said she hopes to see the program expand and is excited for the opportunity to connect and engage first-year students. “Many schools are starting Commuter Assistant programs, and Columbia will be leading initiatives for urban commuters and first-year students,” she said. “We want to keep the college’s community expanding, and we’re hoping this program does just that.”


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Don’t fear the commute

I HAVEN’T had the most traditional college experi-

ence. I’m not saying that just because I chose to come to Columbia instead of a more conventional state university, although Columbia certainly isn’t just a run-of-the-mill college. I’m saying it because, unlike most people, I never really “went away” to college. I grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs my entire life, and when I decided that Columbia was the place for me, I contemplated moving into the by Luke Wilusz dorms. I relished the idea of moving away from Managing Editor home and tasting some of the freedom and independence that has become such a central part of our culture’s perception of the college experience. I looked forward to getting out of the house and living on my own for the first time in my life. Then I saw the price tag attached to that, and I quickly reevaluated my priorities. I could pay roughly $12,000 a year to live on campus, or I could stick with free housing and food with my parents and spend $116.10 per month on a Metra train pass. Sure, the hour-long train ride from suburban Tinley Park every day can get tedious, but choosing to commute may be one of the wisest decisions I’ve made in my college career. I spend much less on the commute than I would on the cost of living on campus or in the city, which allows me to save up money and, if I’m lucky, minimize the amount of debt I will graduate with next year. I had some reservations at first because I knew that a large part of what makes Columbia so valuable was all of the activities and opportunities that are available to students outside of the classroom. I was worried that I might have a harder time taking advantage of these opportunities if I continued to live at home and commute. Luckily, these concerns were unfounded. Rather than simply going to class and then taking the train home, I wound up sticking around for events like Wise Ass Comedy Nights, checking out different galleries and exhibitions between classes and making the most of my U-Pass to see as much of the city as I could while I was here. I began to write for The Chronicle, and a year and a half later, here I am, sitting at a managing editor’s desk giving advice to hundreds of bright-eyed new students on their orientation day. So if you live in the city or the suburbs, don’t feel like you absolutely have to move into campus housing to make the most of your college experience. Don’t feel like you have to live away from home to go to college. All the opportunities that Columbia provides for resident students are still available to commuters; you just have to take advantage of them. So don’t fear the commute. Do what works best for you and make the most of your time in college.

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Columbia offers courses you won’t find anywhere else

COLUMBIA IS an institution that believes in living what you love. To help students achieve this goal, the college gives them the opportunity to take classes that many other schools do not offer. Students can choose from such creative and odd-ball classes as “Freud and His Legacy in 20th Century Arts,” “Emotions” and “Zombies in Popular Media” that are unique to Columbia.

“Freud and His Legacy in 20th Century Arts”

“Self Identity and the Mind-Brain Question”

Taught by Rami Gabriel

Taught by Rami Gabriel

Examines everything from Freud’s life to the global reaction to his theories, including the misunderstood concepts of his work and its powerful influence on Western art, academics and popular culture.

Students study the relationship between the workings of the brain and the transcendence of the mind. Students will question what “self” is and whether people are selfish by nature.

“We go through the whole history of the concept of the soul to the concept of the self,” Gabriel said. “It’s kind of like a big overview in the different ways of approaching what is the self.”

“I talk about film, literature and poetry, and I show the influence Sigmund Freud [had],” Gabriel said. “So I was bringing together psychology, the arts and history.”

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-Rami Gabriel

“Emotions” Taught by Stephen Asma Students come to better understand the causes and the purposes of emotions like love, rage and despair. According to Asma, learning about emotions leads to intersections of psychology, philosophy and brain science.

“Students who take this course will get access to some of the cutting-edge research on the emotions, as well as the ancient perspectives that have informed our larger culture,”

-Stephen Asma


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“Urban Images in Media and Film”

Taught by Dana Kaufman

Students learn how the media helps to create “our images of ourselves and our culture,” according to Kaufman.

“[The class] uses the topic of ‘urban images,’ meaning images of city life and, conversely, suburban life, to explain how the media often defines our field of reference and thus our identity,”

-Dana Kaufman

“Zombies in Popular Media” Taught by Brendan Riley Focuses on the study of zombies from three perspectives: the Voodoo zombie, the Hollywood zombie and the philosophical zombie. Students then analyze the different ways these zombies are portrayed in varying movies and how it reflects American society.

“So on one level we are studying zombies, but on another level we are also studying how you can learn about culture through media,”

-Brendan Riley

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When it comes to alcohol, incoming freshmen should think before drinking By Amanda Knowles and Amanda Lilly, McClatchy-Tribune Booze, liquor, alcohol. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same. And during college is when many people begin experimenting with alcohol. Parties and going out to bars can be fun, but there are some things you should know about alcohol before you decide to hit the town. If you do decide to drink while in college, be smart about it by following our tips below and being educated about the ramifications your experience with alcohol may have.


Alcohol can be dangerous. Binge drinking or alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol poisoning. Dependence on alcohol, or alcoholism, is a chronic disease where your body is dependent upon alcohol; it can be treated but not cured. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), alcohol abuse meets one of the following criteria, over the course of a year: role impairment (failing work and home obligations), hazardous use (driving under the influence), legal problems or social/interpersonal problems as a result of use. Signs of alcohol poisoning: n Irregular breathing n Low body temperature n Seizures n Vomiting n Passing out n Pale skin If you think you are suffering from alcohol poisoning or see that a friend is, call 911 and get help immediately. Even if you are under age, some colleges have Good Samaritan policies. Don’t be afraid to do the right thing; your friend’s life might depend on it. Alcohol dependence, according to the DSM, meets at least three of the following criteria, over the period of a year: increased tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, drinking more than intended, failed attempts to cut down on drinking, excessive time related to alcohol (getting drunk, hangover), impaired activi-

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ties or use despite physical or psychological consequences. Signs of alcohol dependence: n Drinking alone or in secret n Not being able to limit alcohol intake n Losing interest in activities n Blacking out n Physical withdrawal symptoms (shaking, sweating) n Keeping alcohol in unlikely places (car, bathroom) n Drinking to feel normal If you or a friend is dependent on alcohol, find out where Alcoholics Anonymous meets in your area and go to meetings. You also can call The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). If your dependence on alcohol is full-blown, rehab may be the best way to treat it. Do not be ashamed in seeking help for your addiction.

Parties are a common part of college life. Follow these tips to keep you safe when you are going to the next college party.

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n Don’t go out alone; go out with friends. n Get your own drinks; you shouldn’t drink anything when you don’t know where it came from. n Don’t set your drink down and if you do, go get a new one. Someone could have slipped something into it while you weren’t looking. n Set a fixed number of drinks you plan to have that night and stick to it. n Know the game plan for the night; make sure you have somewhere to stay if you have too much to drink. n Keep a local cab company’s number in your phone and cash in your pocket in case you need a ride home that night. n Keep an eye out for your friends. If you think your friend has had too much to drink, make sure he or she doesn’t accept more drinks. n Don’t take part in drinking contests. n Drink slowly; pace yourself. n Don’t mix alcohol with any other drugs, including prescription medications. n Eat before you drink.

One way we let the world know these days that we had a great night last night is through our social networks. We join Facebook groups called “Alcohol!” along with 53,000 other members, or take quizzes like “What alcoholic drink are you?” We even mock other people’s sloppy nights by reading “Texts From Last Night.” But what does this mix of alcohol and social networking mean for our generation? In many ways, we have yet to see the backlash. It is true, companies do look on a potential employee’s Facebook page. If they see a photo of you drinking from a beer bong, you probably just lost any chance of them taking you seriously. University staff and student organizations, like sororities or sports teams, also use these sites to see what their students are up to; if there is an incriminating photo or wall post by you, then you could face the consequences. Moreover, privacy settings often can be misleading. “Friends of friends” can still view your profile, and there is always the potential that things you post now may be dug up years later. For example, did you know that the Library of Congress has digitally archived every public tweet since Twitter’s birth? Another danger to blending alcohol and social networks is that predators can acquaint themselves with your whereabouts. If someone sees your status “out for a night on the town with the roomies,” they instantly know your home is empty and a prime target for burglary. Or, if you post an update that you’re going to “so-and-so’s party,” an ill-intentioned acquaintance may show up there, waiting to see if you get drunk enough so they can take advantage of you. With the very real potential that not-so-flattering facts and photos of our youth will surface when our generation is running for political office or vying for a job promotion, we should all be aware of the online trail we’re leaving behind in our college days. Think twice about posting drinking photos to social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace.

Binge drinking can be dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning, blackouts or even death.

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Charles in Charge ON BEHALF of The Chronicle staff, welcome to Columbia. While at Orientation, you’re no doubt being inundated with messages of how great it is to get involved in some capacity at Columbia, and to be honest, everything you’ve heard and will hear is 100 percent right. Your time at Columbia can be as good or bad as you make it, as corny as that might sound. This is college. That means it’s time to be an adult—at least sort of. by Sam Charles Getting involved in some way can do more for Managing Editor you than you may realize. Speaking from my own experience, getting involved has given me a new appreciation for how the college is run, but it’s reaffirmed my faith in my decision to study journalism. Obviously, everyone There is a choice you can’t work for The Chronicle—although have to make on Day One: if you are interested, I Did you come to Columstrongly suggest you apply—but there are bia to have another year literally dozens of orgaof high school or did you nizations on campus come here to work? that can help you get to know more people, the college and Chicago as a whole. At the core of the matter, it’s about taking advantage of every opportunity. There is a choice you have to make on Day One: Did you come to Columbia to have another year of high school or did you come here to work? You can go to high school again if you want and for a lot cheaper than $30,000+ per year. But if you want to see where that money is going and get all that you can for it, you can’t be lazy. Don’t buy into the notion that Columbia is a place for artsy high school outcasts who want to live poor in a loft forever. It’s far from that. Granted, there are students who’d be more than happy to have a life like that, and that’s their prerogative. But the actions and desires of a few don’t define the incredibly diverse student body that Columbia boasts. While I hope readers take my word as gospel, I don’t expect everyone to do so. But one of the best things about Columbia is the similar mindset so many students share. The ones who really care for the college in a deep, passionate and meaningful way will tell you the same thing I did. And those people aren’t hard to find. They’re the ones walking a tightrope of classes, extracurriculars and maybe even a part-time job. They’re the people who don’t just go to class. So if you don’t believe me, ask one of them. I think you’ll like what you hear.




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Financial aid curbs tuition costs by Lindsey Woods Contributing Writer COLLEGE IS expensive.This year, Columbia announced it will be raising tuition for the 20112012 academic year by 4.98 percent, making it more important for students to get all the financial aid they can. The average student spends approximately $85,000 in tuition alone for four years at Columbia, according to Columbia’s Student Financial Services cost calculator tool. This figure does not include cost of living expenses, such as housing and food, or the cost of books and additional education related spending. For students who live on campus for all four years, that figure grows to about $126,000, depending on the residence hall of choice. One of the options for relieving financial stress is through scholarships. Scholarships come in two main forms: those offered by the college, and those offered by institutions and individuals outside of the college. Columbia offers 39 different scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students, according to

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the OASIS database. Those available to undergraduates make up around a third of these scholarships, while graduate students have access to approximately 40 percent. The remaining scholarships are available to all students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 21 percent of Columbia students during the 2008-2009 academic year received institutional financial aid.The average amount students received from the college was $4,729. Caroline Browne, a junior at Columbia, got $5,000 in scholarship money via the David R. Rubin Scholarship for her sophomore year. “I had to do an online application, and I had to have one or two references from teachers, and an essay,” she said. “I also needed a FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid].” Her scholarship did not get renewed for the 20112012 school year, even though she reapplied. “There are really not enough scholarships to help everyone who needs it,” she noted. “My whole school is paid for by student loans, and I didn’t get any financial help this year.” Qualifying for financial assistance often requires an application from the student. On top of the essays

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and letters of recommendation that are usually necessary, most scholarships also require a FAFSA. Many of the institutional scholarships Columbia offers are based partially on financial need. Over half of these scholarships, along with aid from the federal government, require students to demonstrate financial need through a completed FAFSA. A FAFSA takes into account a student’s family assets, parental income, household size and the number of children going to college per household, among other things. It then calculates the expected family contribution to the cost of higher education and appropriates money accordingly. The amount of money also depends on when a student turns in the application, as it is done on a first-come, firstserve basis. Will Casey, a college advisor for Columbia College, said his best advice for students is to take getting scholarship money into their own hands. “Applying is hard work, but there’s a lot of money out there,” he said. “If you have a good academic record there’s no reason it shouldn’t be reflected in scholarship money.”




by Brianna Wellen Editor-in-Chief

WITH CLASSES, social life and a new environment to think about in the

weeks leading up to college, it’s easy for first-year students to shunt the process of packing and moving to the back of their minds. However, without being prepared, the first day in the dorms can be stressful and hectic. Kelli Collins, associate director of Residence Life, gives tips for the preparation and process of moving in.



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Pack to make your dorm feel like home Along with the essential living items, be sure to bring comfort items like favorite posters or childhood stuffed animals to make the transition from home to dorm smoother, Collins said. “To make it simplistic in the thought process, students should look around their bedroom now at home and see some of their favorite things,” Collins said. “Think about bringing those to make the college setting the home it needs to be.”


Communicate with roommates


Be aware of parking


Bring moving supplies

According to Collins, it’s all too common that dorm rooms end up with four of everything because roommates didn’t speak beforehand to plan out what they needed to bring. She said as soon as their contact information is available, getting in touch with future roommates can lighten the load of what needs to be brought. Many of the dorms also provide items like televisions and microwaves, so being aware of the amenities in the buildings can also aid in the packing process.

Unlike traditional college campuses, Columbia, with its downtown location, can’t provide a designated area for parking and unloading on move-in day. “Most of the time parents will run into issues with that because of course it’s downtown Chicago, and ticketing and towing can happen,” Collins said. “We strongly suggest people stay with their vehicle, at least one person, while students are unloading and taking their belongings up to their apartment.” According to Collins, this also provides a safer environment for students’ belongings as there have been thefts in the past.

“We suggest that, though we provide moving boxes and carts, [families] also try to bring a moving cart or a hand dolly, something like that, to make it a much smoother process for the students,” Collins said. She said to also make sure to have a picture ID on hand on move-in day for security purposes, along with any tools, Sticky Tack or other supplies that may be handy for decorating the room once all belongings are inside. Orientation 2011


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Money, space among athletics’ challenges by Sam Charles Managing Editor COLUMBIA’S ATHLETICS Department was founded

less than 10 years ago, and while sports have been integrated into the curriculum in various academic departments, the college’s club sports continue to try to gain awareness, recognition and respect. Athletes at the college face an array of challenges, predominantly with finances and logistics. The budget for the college’s club teams combined is $8,000 per year, which all comes from student activity fees. Moreover, there is a limit to how much of the budget each team is allotted. Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.—one of the colleges the Columbia Renegades baseball team faces during the season—has an annual

athletics budget of $61 million. Currently, there are six club teams at the college: co-ed volleyball, co-ed soccer, men’s baseball, men’s basketball, men’s softball and men’s lacrosse. “[Columbia] will only cover up to 25 percent of teams’ total budget,” said Mark Brticevich, coordinator of Fitness and Recreation. “Most of the budget is expected to be raised by the team.” The budget is not solely meant for covering team expenses. It is also used to sponsor events that will aid the Athletic Department in raising awareness, such as displays. Though funding is a challenge, players are by no means desperate for equipment. However, they are



provided the minimum, compared to other institutions they face, according to Mackinley Salk, coach of the Renegades baseball team. Athletics and club sports have been on the upswing at Columbia in recent years thanks to new students, said Kevin Hartmann, vice president of Athletics. “We find that each year the freshmen class is xx SEE ATHLETICS, PG. 28

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Taking back the bike lane by Darryl Holliday Metro Editor A CHANGE in state policy concerning bicycle crash reports is in the works that could make roads safer for everyone. Bicycle crashes, known among many as “doorings,” which occur when bikes crash into abruptly opened driver-side car doors, are receiving increased attention since Gov. Pat Quinn agreed to institute a change on April 25.Those accidents will now be reported more accurately among the Chicago Police Department and Illinois Department of Transportation. “I think a lot of times when there’s not a serious [dooring] injury, the biker sort of swears at the driver, then cycles off,” said Brie Callahan, press secretary for Quinn’s office. “What we want people to do is tell the police so that this crash is really reported because that’s what it really is—a crash.” Previously, it wasn’t mandatory for those particular accidents to be counted as crashes by the CPD—though many officers, aware of the issue, had been noting doorings on crash reports.

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The policy change will eventually create a designated section on crash reports in 2013 that will be used to officially track the location and overall number of doorings. “We know people are getting doored,” said Ethan Spotts, marketing director for the Chicago-based Active Transportation Alliance. “So we’re thankful to the governor for his involvement and glad IDOT was willing to work with us and make this change.” While the new policy could increase safety for city residents through improvements in road planning and education methods, college-age students may begin to see the results more effectively.

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I think a lot of times when there’s not a serious [dooring] injury, the biker sort of swears at the driver, then cycles off, -Brie Callahan


According to a 2009 report from the Chicago Department of Transportation, many of the highest concentrations of bike sightings surround the South Loop, where Columbia and other city colleges are located. The highest numbers of sightings listed in the report were located along travel routes between the South Loop area and neighborhoods with high youth concentrations, such as Lakeview, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village and the Near West Side. xx SEE BIKE, PG. 28

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As part of your tuition Columbia provides students with a U-Pass that negates the cost of transit on trains and buses. You can retrieve yours at the 1104 Center (1104 S. Wabash Ave.).

Find where all of your classes are early!

Participate in dorm activities and outings. Go again!

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Play music out loud on train. Go back 3 spaces!

Get headphones! No one wants to hear that!

TIP! Always look out for free concerts around the city. Pull an allnighter to finish project. Take a nap, skip a turn.

Just tell them you had some bad oysters. Shake it off.

Puke at your first party! Lose turn. And pride.

TOKENS No one is going to make friends for you. Put yourself out there. Everyone is new so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and make friends.

Don’t worry. They are paid for you to annoy them. To set up a meeting with your advisor log onto and click “Make Appointments” at the top of the page. Your U-Pass is your life-source as a student. A replacement is $50.

While it’s fine to go out and have a good time, always be aware of your surroundings.

Lost your U-Pass. Go back 4 spaces.

Go back 3 spaces.

Call bank, Go back 1 space

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Don’t start off your first semester of college in slacker mode. Get a feel for the environment. Columbia’s education is what you make of it.

Stumble upon Green City Market! Eat green on the cheap.

Plan your trip night out on Google maps. Go again!

Sit by yourself at dining hall. Make no friends.

TIP! Download the CTA Tracker on your phone!

Score a $30 dinner for only $12 with Groupon. Go again! TIP! Always look both ways before crossing the street

You may not think it will happen, but it will. Contact your parents if you need to. The bank will screw you over a lot sooner than your parents will.

TIP! Always have an escape plan at a party.

Ditch first day of classes. Go back to start. They look great! Enjoy your allRamenNoodle diet.

Rock on.

Keep in constant contact with your advisor.

Leave drink unattended at a party.

Bank account at $ -36.00

“What’s that? Oh, I’d love to see your stolen mannequin collection but I have a quilting circle to get to. Sorry!”

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Fell asleep on the Brown Line. Lost bag. Missed stop. Check your student email often, and pay attention to Columbia events. You never know when you’ll have a chance to shmooze.

A walk signal is not automatic safety. Chicago drivers can be ruthless and reckless. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Went to Columbia event. Networked in your field. LAND INTERNSHIP. TIP! Wait a week to buy text books for classes.

Making friends in your major will help with future projects and collaborations. These people will be by your side for the next four years.

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Required Viewing Before stepping foot on campus, would, of course, provide the base for yet make sure to absorb these flicks another classic American film, “The Magby Drew Hunt Film Critic

SO YOU’VE seen this kind of thing before. It

seems like there are thousands of different “Top 5 Movies for College Students” lists. Normally, it’s a run-of-the-mill kind of thing. Movies such as “Animal House,” “Old School,” “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” are often included. That’s all well and good. But here at Columbia, we expect a bit more from our students. As one of the most renowned film schools in the country, Columbia expects those who enroll here to come out the other end as nothing short of cinephilic wunderkinds.There is no room for mere film buffs on this campus. “BREATHLESS” - Jean-Luc Godard, 1959: There’s before “Breathless,” and there’s after “Breathless.” With a single film, this French New Wave masterpiece changed movies forever. Its nonlinear structure, playful formal techniques and abundance of references to classic American films were revolutionary. All those filmmakers you love—including Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Martin Scorsese—drink a big glass of Godard each night before they go to sleep. If you’re aspiring to be mentioned in the same category, you probably should too. “SEVEN SAMURAI” – Akira Kurosawa, 1954: Much of American cinema was informed by innovations provided by Kurosawa. From his less expansive films (“Rashomon”, “Ikiru”) to his grand epics (“Red Beard,” “Throne of Blood”), much of his work has been borrowed by a number of American filmmakers and other directors around the globe. George Lucas, for instance, lifted innumerable elements from Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress” for a little film called “Star Wars.” But Kurosawa’s best film—and the one that includes each of his strengths as a director—remains “Seven Samurai,” which

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nificent Seven.” “CITIZEN KANE” – Orson Welles, 1941: Though this one may seem too obvious, “Citizen Kane” remains essential viewing. Whether or not it’s the greatest film of all time is an irrelevant debate. What matters is its lasting influence, including its elliptical narrative techniques, the complex visuals orchestrated by cinematographer Gregg Toland and the impeccable performance by Welles as the titular Kane. That he wrote, directed and starred in this masterpiece all at the tender age of 25 should both intimidate and inspire you. “8 ½” – Federico Fellini, 1963: Intricate and whimsical in equal measure, Fellini’s great autobiographical masterpiece might be the greatest movie about making movies to ever hit the screen. Though the film tends to be a bit abstract, there’s no denying “8 ½” is a seminal effort from one the form’s most admired filmmakers. Fellini’s inventive style can be felt in every frame. His star, Marcello Mastroianni, meanwhile, radiates coolness. His dark shades and sharp suits remain filmic icons, as do Fellini’s elaborate sequences meant to reflect the character’s complex mental state. “PLAYTIME” – Jacques Tati, 1967: Though it’s quite difficult to see “Playtime” in its intended format—on a large screen in a dark theater that compliments its glorious 1.85:1 aspect ratio and 70mm film stock—becoming familiar with Tati’s masterpiece is essential. The massive set built for the film, known affectionately as “Tativille,” was made up of two fully-functioning skyscrapers. The film itself is equally expansive, with Tati conducting a series of elaborate sequences in which hundreds of things seem to be happening at once.Tati makes full use of the frame, his ambitious vision making for a cinematic experience like no other.

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MOST CLICHE COLUMBIA STUDENTS The Hipster: They can be seen at Columbia in their natural habitat, wearing skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters, a T-shirt from American Apparel and the very necessary ironic glasses. When it comes to our student body as a whole, we basically are a breeding ground for hipsters. Other breeding grounds for hipsters include, but are not limited to: Whole Foods, Iron and Wine concerts, Logan Square and of course all the Farmer’s Markets across the city. Cute. The Special Needs Eaters: Vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, gluten free, raw diet, they are everywhere I’m even one (gluten free in the house!). Too many of these comrades and going out to eat becomes quite the challenge. The Bike Snobs: Another label I could fall under. They wear Chrome bags, ride fixed gears and hate public transportation. For the love of God, watch for them when you are crossing the street (it’s easier for you to stop on foot than for them), and if you hurt a bike snob’s ride, there will be hell to pay. The Music Man/Woman: Not only do they know the music, but they understand and appreciate music on a whole other level than most. Now I’m not doubting that you love music, but before you deem yourself worthy of a title like this one, ask yourself: “Do I know who Morton Feldman is? Do I understand music theory? How many instruments do I play?” The Individual: We get it, everyone is unique, that’s why you came to Columbia. Although in a sea of different you’ll be surprised how similar everyone really is here. Just don’t get all preachy about how you don’t fit into modern society. We hear you, your Mom thinks you’re special.

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.99 GPA: Creating a new record is probably the highest on any incoming freshman’s list, but at the bottom of that list is doing it by getting the lowest grade point average among your group of friends. Although, pretty epic when it is a number that you would rarely see, like a .99 GPA, but it will hold you back a little longer than you might Shopping: Now that you’re in college, it’s time expect. to reinvent yourself, and there is no better shopping than Chicago. The Magnificent Mile is legit. One night stands: Thinking college is like in the After orientation, trick your parents into some movies is the first biggest mistake you can make sightseeing and happen upon a new bag, shirt as a freshman, but it is something that we all or pair of jeans that you just have to have. It’s have to do. Waking up in a random girl’s bed, half easier to make friends when you’re dressed for hung over and trying to remember her name, as the occasion. well as hoping that she has teeth, is not as fun as Supplies: If you’ve picked a degree in fine or per- movies seem to make it. forming arts then congratulations! You’re going to be poor for a little bit; not because you’re not Drinking the night before finals: “Hey, you want going to make it in the art world. I’m sure you’re to play beer pong with vodka?” is a phrase that fantastic. However, I’ve spent $80 on final proj- at any other time in the year you should be overects and then survived on rice and water for the joyed to hear, but not the night before your big next few weeks. Don’t be afraid to hit up those final. You’ll wake up to the sound of your neighbor fantastic legal guardians of yours for a little extra celebrating finishing his last final, only to realize help. that you guys had the same class. Netflix: Netflix is the bomb diggity. No joke. It’s more valuable than cable. I can’t tell you how many gems I’ve stumbled upon in this infinite library of procrastination. As I write this article I’m watching the final season of “LOST” for the third time.

Food: Your parents can’t deny you sustenance and sometimes PB&J isn’t going to cut it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Invite your parents to visit and just happen to leave your empty cabinets open when they walk in. When they notice say, “Oh, right. I could use some groceries. Well, there is a Whole Foods right down the street so…” Anything your little heart desires: Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can be persistent! Keep your parents on speed dial. You see something you want? Call ‘em up! It won’t work 100 percent of the time, maybe not even 20 percent of the time. But if you’ll die without whatever it is I’m sure you can be convincing enough.

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Becoming the greatest B.S.-er: Now, what do you do after you missed a final in one of the classes that is what your major is based around? You send your teacher an email “explaining” why you weren’t there. Making lifelong friends: Finally finding that clique you click with is something that can only happen in college. Coming across people with like ideas and like minds that throughout all the ups and downs will have your back no matter what is probably one of the best things that you will find in college. Those people will be with you for life and if you find the right bunch, you will want them to be. Plus, they will give the best toast at your wedding.


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Cherry graham cracker cheesecake

mix blended, cover the bottom of the baking pan with a layer of graham crackers. You may need to break some of the crackers into smaller pieces to completely cover the pan. When the crackers are in place, spread the cream cheese mix evenly across them, making sure to leave enough cheese mix for two more layers. Then Tiela Halpin THE CHRONICLE of cherry pie filling, 2 tablespoons of put another layer of graham cracksugar, 2 8-ounce packages of cream ers across the cream cheese. Continue this pattern until you cheese and 2 8-ounce tubs of Cool Whip whipped topping. have three layers of crackers and Start by mixing the cream cream cheese in the pan. After cheese with the sugar in a large this is done, spread the cherry fillmixing bowl. Once the sugar dis- ing evenly atop the layers. Let it solves completely, begin stirring sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours in the Cool Whip whipped topping until the graham crackers become little by little until everything is soft and moist. Then cut, serve evenly blended. and enjoy. Once you have the cream cheese

Wow your friends with a deliciously easy recipe

by Luke Wilusz Managing Editor

CHERRY GRAHAM cracker cheesecake

is a simple and versatile dessert that’s sure to impress your roommates and help you win over new friends with tasty, free food. It’s a snap to make in a dorm room or a tiny apartment. Don’t worry if you don’t have any appliances yet; you don’t even need an oven. You will, however, require all of the following: a large mixing bowl, a 15 x 10 inch baking pan at least 2 inches deep, 1 box of graham crackers, 1 can

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INGREDIENTS 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 2 8-ounce tubs of Cool Whip whipped topping 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 box of graham crackers 1 can of cherry pie filling

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Mix cream cheese and sugar in large

bowl until sugar dissolves 2. Add whipped cream incrementally while stirring until blended 3. Cover bottom of pan with a layer of graham crackers 4. Spread cream cheese mix evenly across the crackers 5. Put another layer of crackers on top, followed by another layer of cream cheese mix 6. Repeat until there are 3 layers of crackers and cream cheese mix 7. Spread cherry filling evenly on top 8. Let sit in refrigerator for 2 hours until crackers become soft and moist 9. Cut, serve and enjoy






When I saw the first trailer for J. J. Abrams’ latest thriller, I was a little underwhelmed. It was a brief teaser that showed next to nothing, and I assumed that “Super 8” would be just another “Cloverfield,” but with a different setting. Luckily, that was not the case. While “Super 8” certainly retains the feel of Abrams’ previous monster flick, it also captures the spirit of many of executive producer Steven Spielberg’s ’80s coming–of–age tales. The simplest way to describe it would be “The Goonies” meets “Cloverfield,” with a hint of “E.T.” thrown in for flavor. The true strength of the film comes from the characters and their interactions with one



another. It isn’t really about an alien monster. At its heart, it’s about a group of kids in a small town trying to make a monster movie and facing the realities of growing up. They bicker, fight and laugh together like real children rather than cookie-cutter Hollywood archetypes, which is a refreshing change of pace for a major summer blockbuster. Sure, the story is good, the monster is cool and the special effects are fantastic, but it’s the kids who really steal the show here. —L. Wilusz

Spanning the course of several decades in a non-linear fashion, Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit from the Goon Squad” connects a group of seemingly unrelated characters. The narrative format was confusing at first, jumping around in time and constantly switching perspectives with only the subtle connection of the music business drawing everything together. As the story continues, however, the intertwining lives of the characters becomes something larger, showing how each character’s personal experiences influenced the lives of the others. Eventually a timeline is laid out showing the domino effect from the 1970’s punk rock scene to a foreseeable technology-filled future. Employing stream of consciousness techniques within character switching and time jumping chapters, Egan creates a funny and emotional story through her unique tactic of writing that I anticipate many authors in the future will attempt to replicate. —B. Wellen




“BON IVER” BY BON IVER “Sophomore slumps” can be common in many different fields, be it music, sports or schooling. After a stellar first effort—in whatever medium—many feel pressure to outdo themselves the second time around, and often they fail due to pressure, a lack of creativity or maybe a combination of the two. Bon Iver’s new self-titled album exhibits healthy evolution from the prophetic and heartbreaking “For Emma, Forever Ago” released in 2007. Production values were raised and more instruments were incorporated to broaden the sound, showing lead singer/songwriter Justin


Vernon’s versatility and artistic courage. But the elements that made “For Emma” such a brilliant entry into the band’s catalogue are still present on “Bon Iver.” The hauntingly introspective lyrics and agonizing introversion have not lost their charm. This is the album that could break your heart and make you smile from track to track. It’s no wonder that with the group’s charm and honesty have come success and exposure in the mainstream. —S.Charles


The summer is in full swing, and there are a lot of outside activities going on in Chicago: The Cubs and Sox games, Navy Pier, the overly crowded beaches, shopping on Michigan Avenue and outdoor dining of course. While I’m trying to enjoy the beautiful weather, I find myself being very selfish because I can’t get over all the annoying tourists that pollute the city. They travel in packs of thirty or more, walk slow, swarm the CTA trains and buses and are always lost. I’ve only lived in Chicago for about three years, but I feel like I have the right

to be annoyed. The other day I was running late to work, and I was stuck behind a family of crying babies on the train. My stop came on the Red Line, and I literally had to push my way through a crowd of Cubs shirts to get off. Moral of the story, tourists will be the death of me. —A. Billmyer

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“In terms of the demographic, college-age students tend to have less resources,” Callahan said. “They might live closer to campus but still have to commute, and I think especially a younger generation is often switching to more green modes of transportation. When you have a demographic like that, they’re going to see more of a benefit in terms of the applications of what comes out of this process.” Though IDOT has not yet committed to any particular changes regarding applications of the new policy, the department plans to analyze the information and implement recommendations as needed. “Really what we’re doing now is collecting any information and seeing if any changes need to be made,” said Guy Tridgell, IDOT spokesman. The policy switch is being hailed on all sides for its reception to a public need. “It’s the way state government is supposed to work,” Callahan said. “It was brought to our attention, so we’re trying to fix it. That’s the goal. When we become aware of a problem, we try to move and do the right things to make it better.”

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Respect your roommates by Luke Wilusz

In addition to treating their roommates with courtesy and respect, students should also take responsibility for their own privacy. They should limit the amount of access their roommates have to their personal property or sensitive information. They should keep in mind, at least at first, that they’re essentially living with a stranger and remain cautious until they learn how much they can trust their roommates.

Managing Editor AS THE new school year rapidly approaches, many firstyear students will be moving into dorms and living away from home for the first time. For many of them, it will be their first experience living with a roommate—or anyone other than a close relative, for that matter. Sometimes roommates get along with one another swimmingly. Other times, the relationship can be much more hostile. In an extreme example, Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers University, committed suicide after his roommate Dharun Ravi used a webcam to film his sexual encounter with another man and broadcast it online. Ravi has since been indicted on 15 charges related to Clementi’s death, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, and faces up to 10 years in prison. Most roommate relationships won’t result in consequences this severe. However, incoming students can take some important lessons away from this tragic incident. Roommates should respect each other’s privacy and personal space first and foremost. Upon moving in, students should establish clear boundaries and agree upon some basic ground rules regarding acceptable roommate behavior. Ideally, students living together will become good friends, but even if that isn’t the case, basic human decency shouldn’t be too difficult of a concept to master.

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The Weeks of Welcome: the name says it all really. In the 10 days before school starts, we have trips, sessions, big events, really big events and all sorts of happenings and good times for all first year students. Two things you have to do: go to your Connections session and go to Convocation. Connections will help you learn more about a major and give you some hands on practice working with your new creative posse and your faculty. Convocation is your official welcome to the college, where you’ll finally yell “Hell Yeah!” and pledge your allegiance to the best damn arts college in the world. Both are mandatory and both are awesome. Other than that, it’s up to you. Pick out a packed schedule and plan to be busy. Very busy. Everything you need to get started is here. Take a look and when you’re ready, head to the online schedule builder at wow to make an official schedule to keep you on track. For trips headed off campus, you might want to bring some pocket money, but we’ll take care of your bus/train fare. One last thing: these events are first come first serve, so don’t be late (in fact, be early) if it’s something you’re dying to do.

Shopping Trip to Bucktown Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 3–6 p.m. Bucktown: where the fashionable and on-top-of-it-trendsetters seek out the best shopping in the city. This stretch of city plays host to cutting-edge designers and the best of vintage, plus kitchy jewelry, fantastic coffee shops and bakeries and some damn fine record stores. Come out and check out what’s hot in a very hot, and cool, part of the city. Trip, New Student Programs

Trip to Boulevard Bash (Logan Square) Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 5–10 p.m. Boulevard Bash will be an incredible 3-day festival in Logan Square that features live music, artisans, and great food. The neighborhood is a dynamic mix of cultures, ages, interests and passions- and this festival reflects it all. Trip, New Student Programs

Lunch Break Music Series at Millennium Park: DJ Lady D Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, Noon–2 p.m. One of Chicago’s finest house DJs spins a fantastic lunchtime set. Grab a sandwich and join us. Trip, New Student Programs

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Commuter Student Event Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 1 p.m. Commuting to campus? You’re in good company. Find out just how good at this event where we’ll be going over the ins and outs of balancing a Columbia schedule with a train schedule. There are over 500 new students planning to commute this year so come out and meet some, pick up a train pass to attend WOW events and get the best advice on where to nap, eat and stash your stuff on campus. Session, New Student Programs

Managing My Account

See your RA, 7–8 p.m. If you have moved in to the Residence Halls on this day, your floor meeting will be that same evening at 7 PM. Session, Residence Life

Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 1–2 p.m. Attend this session to learn about account management and service resources, billing & payment options, as well as resources available to you to become money smart. Session, Student Financial Services (SFS)

Laundry Night

Finalizing My Financial Plan

Floor Meetings

Basement | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., Basement, 8 p.m. Don’t know your Tide from your tiedye? How does one get out those stubborn grass and photo chemical stains? Learn how to wash, dry, fold and iron to make sure you always look your best. This event is BYOQ (that’s “bring your own quarters.”). Event, Residence Life

Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 2 –3 p.m. Attend this session to learn the basics of creating and finalizing a financial plan. Session, Student Financial Services (SFS)

Trip to Lakeview

Campus Card Office | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 6th Floor, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For anyone who needs to grab a Campus Card, they’ll be open for new students. Stop by and be sure to smile! Session, Campus Card

Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 3–5 p.m. Lakeview’s got a lot going on. There’s Wrigley Field, Boystown, good eating, great shopping and excellent people-watching (hang outside Dunkin’ Donuts on Clark for 10 minutes and we promise you’ll see something/one interesting.) Come along to check out everything going on and explore it for yourself. Trip, New Student Programs

Taste of Greece

Chinatown Tour

SATURDAY 8|27|2011 FRIDAY 8|26|2011

terms should make you confused or hungry and, in either case, that means you should come along to Taste of Greece where you can learn about Greek food by eating Greek food. Trip, New Student Programs

Campus Card Office Open

Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, Noon–3 p.m. Gyros. Souvlaki. Tiropita. These

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Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 5–8 p.m. Every city has a Chinatown, but

Chicago has a great Chinatown with cool shops, bakeries, grocery stores and, of course, restaurants. You can find the best version of an old favorite or try something new and exotic; there’s some dim sum for everyone (was that too much? we couldn’t resist.)Trip, New Student Programs

Floor Meetings See your RA, 7–8 p.m. If you have moved in to the Residence Halls on this day, your floor meeting will be that same evening at 7 PM. Session, Residence Life

Tacos in Pajamas The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 8–10 p.m. If you live on campus and like tacos, gather your posse, a few board games and hang out as your most comfortable you… in your pajamas! Event, Residence Life

SUNDAY 8|28|2011 Maxwell Street Market Trip 1 Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Looking to buy a bicycle? Some cinnamon sticks? An army backpack? A rake? Welcome to Chicago’s largest and most famous flea market, where every and anything is being haggled over on sunny Sunday mornings. Come on out and see what interests you (and whatever you do, do not miss the pumpkin tacos becuase they are freaking incredible.) Trip, New Student Programs

Putt Putt Golf Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 1–3 p.m. A hidden gem in Navy Pier is the 18 hole putt putt golf course, bring your shades and the sun screen. Trip, Residence Life

Taste of Greece Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 4–7 p.m. Gyros. Souvlaki. Tiropita. These terms should make you confused or hungry and, in either case, that means you should come along to Taste of Greece where you can learn about Greek food by eating Greek food. Trip, New Student Programs

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Trip 1 Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 5–9 p.m. Interactive improv from the underground. Get ready to yell suggestions and laugh with one of Chicago’s homegrown troupes, based in the Andersonville neighborhood. Bring money: admission will be $6 plus the number you roll on a six-sided die. Trip, New Student Programs

Floor Meetings See your RA, 7–8 p.m. If you have moved in to the Residence Halls on this day, your floor meeting will be that same evening at 7 PM. Session, Residence Life

do, do not miss the pumpkin tacos becuase they are freaking incredible.) Trip, New Student Programs

Lunch Break Music Series at Millennium Park: Jazz Blues, and Beyond: Honeyboy Edwards with Rick Sherry Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, Noon–2 p.m. Eat lunch with a jazz legend or two. Maybe meet another jazz fan. Or just a lunch in the park. Trip, New Student Programs

Tour of Museum of Contemporary Photography

The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 8–10 p.m. Show off what you got in Residence Life’s version of open mic. This Open mic is for anyone living in the Residence Halls. Event, Residence Life

Museum of Contemporary Photography | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 1–2 p.m. Columbia is home to the nation’s only museum devoted to photography. Come explore what’s on display, along with the sprawling archive, to expand your mind and inspire your own work in any and all disciplines. Trip, Photography

MONDAY 8|29|2011

Don’t Just Get Involved, Get Engaged

Little Mouth

Mary Blood Behind the Scenes Library Tour The Library | 624 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor , 10 –11 a.m. Tour “behind the scenes” of key library spaces...CIRC my textbook here?...ARCHIVES/DIGITAL SERVICES...missed last week’s CHRONICLE???...A-V...cddvd...say what?...SPECIAL COLLECTIONS... to see somethings that are utterly fantastic...BLUM ROOM...blood velvet cupcakes...anyone? Session The Columbia College Chicago Library

;Connections: Television 600 S. Michigan Ave., 15th Floor 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Connections, Television Department

Maxwell Street Market Trip 1 Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Looking to buy a bicycle? Some cinnamon sticks? An army backpack? A rake? Welcome to Chicago’s largest and most famous flea market, where every and anything is being haggled over on sunny Sunday mornings. Come on out and see what interests you (and whatever you

The Loft | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor, 2 –3 p.m. Maybe you came to Columbia to sit alone in your room and play Xbox, but we hope not. Columbia has over 50 student organizations to jump into- and if you don’t like what you see, you can create your own! Come find out how to get going right from the get-go. Session, Student Engagement

Giant Twister The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 3–5 p.m. Wear your finest socks. Event, Residence Life

;Connections: Theatre

New Tribe

The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor 4 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

International Student Welcome and Info Session MCA | Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 4–7 p.m. Calling all international students! This is our extra special welcome just for you! You will find out about services and resources available to you as you begin your college career plus give you a full overview

of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago! We will also cover immigration matters relevant to your status as international students studying in the U.S. Current international students will be here to answer your questions and share their experiences on being a Columbia student and living in Chicago. We can’t wait to welcome you! Session, International Student Affairs

First-Year Industry Mixer: Film & Video/ + Television + Radio The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor , 5–7 p.m. Media is produced in teams. Period. Meet the people who are going to help you get your best work recorded, photographed, designed, filmed, acted, shot, sung, dressed and ready to dazzle. Without a solid posse of talented folks behind you, you can only go so far. Start finding the peers who will push you further than your best at these mixers. Event, College Advising Center, Portfolio Center, New Student Programs

Floor Meetings See your RA, 7–8 p.m. If you have moved in to the Residence Halls on this day, your floor meeting will be that same evening at 7 PM. Session,Residence Life

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Room 221 and Room 214 | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd Floor, 9:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

First Look: Open Outdoor Rehearsal with The Chicago Jazz Ensemble with Randy Weston Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Ever wonder about the rehearsal process for a jazz big band? Observe as the musical collaboration between Randy Weston, Dana Hall and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble unfolds at this open rehearsal! It’s a unique opportunity to gain musical insight and to see and hear the musicians in an intimate setting before the concert. You can even bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy. Trip, Chicago Jazz Ensemble

Chinatown Your Way Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 10 a.m.–Noon Hop on the Red Line at Harrison, and two stops later you’re in a small town in China. Well, sort of. Join Sandra Allen, Marketing Communication assistant professor, in a walking tour of the real Chinatown. Start at the Chinese Dragon Gate, the entrance to this exotic world. Journey along Wentworth and Cermak to see landmark buildings, authentic Chinese herb markets, and Chinese style tearooms. Finish your walk with lunch at a one of Chinatown’s unbeatable local-style restaurants. Extra plus? It’s ultra-good for not much money. Trip

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Last Names A - M

Ferguson Theater | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor 10 a.m.–Noon Connections, Audio Arts & Acoustics Department

;Connections: Film & Video

for A - G

Media Production Center | 1600 S. State Street 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Connections, Film & Video Department

;Connections: Photography Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Connections, Photography Department

Insta-Tons-O-Theater Room 215 | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor, 10 a.m.– Noon Create an original performance piece from your own life and experiences. Using fun and interactive theater games, a good time is guaranteed, even if you’ve never been on stage before! Session

Museums by Heart Room 809 | 624 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor, 10–11 a.m. Students from all majors join fellow museum lovers to learn about Chicago’s acclaimed museums and their exhibitions, volunteer opportunities, and possible internships. Session, Maketing Communication Department

Farmers Market at Federal Plaza Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon A few short blocks from campus is

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where local farmers gather to sell fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheese, and honey. Don’t forget to bring your recyclable bags! Trip, Residence Life

;Connections: Audio Arts for

Last Names N-Z

Ferguson Theater | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 1–3 p.m. Connections, Audio Arts & Acoustics Department

Vegetarian Chicago The Underground | 600 S. Michigan Ave., Basement, Noon–1 p.m. Sure, Chicago is known for its hot dogs, but what about its veggie dogs, falafel and other tasty treats? This quick info session is for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores interested in learning more on how to eat without meat in the South Loop. Recipes, restaurants, cooking tips and more to be exchanged, discussed and otherwise drooled over. Session, NSP

Chi-Tea with Asian American Cultural Affairs MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 12:30–2:30 p.m. Do you want the inside scoop on Columbia’s most diverse group of students? Do you want information on how you can participate in Columbia’s dope student run magazine, Chi-Tea? Join Asian American Cultural Affairs and the Asian Student Organization as they introduce you to the diversity at Columbia and the many ways you can get involved in Multicultural Affairs. Session, Multicultural Affairs

;Connections: Film & Video

for H - M

Film Row Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, 12:30 –4 p.m. Connections,Film & Video Department

Beach Party with Fitness Centers and Programs Meet at Fitness Studio | 731 S. Plymouth, Lower Level, 1–4 p.m. Catch some rays (with sunscreen), meet new friends, play some games and cool off in the lake. Join the Rec leaders from the fitness center for a day of fun in the sun at North Avenue Beach. Trip, Fitness Centers and Programs

;Connections: Art


Room 500C | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Fifth Floor, 1–3 p.m. Connections, Art Conservation Department

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;Connections: Radio Room 705 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 7th Floor, 1–3 p.m. Connections, Radio Department for students Computer Lab | Room 1302 | 624 S. Wabash 1–2 p.m. Want to brush up on Photoshop? Curious about FinalCut? is a huge (worldwide) online training resource for all sorts of helpful programs. As a Columbia College student, you have access to this service (which is normally $375 a year!) This session will teach you the ins and outs of taking advantage of this service.Session Center for Instructional Technology (CIT)

;Connections: Interactive

Arts & Media (IAM)

Room 150 | 916 S. Wabash Ave., First Floor, 2–4 p.m. Connections, Interactive Arts & Media (IAM) Department

;Connections: Theatre New

Tribe, Day 2

The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, 2–5:45 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

Don’t Just Get Involved, Get Engaged The Loft | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor, 2–3 p.m. Maybe you came to Columbia to sit alone in your room and play Xbox, but we hope not. Columbia has over 50 student organizations to jump into- and if you don’t like what you see, you can create your own! Come find out how to get going right from the get-go. Session, Student Engagement

Neighborhood Trip: Magnificent MIle Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 2–5 p.m. The name says it all: a solid mile of truly magnificent stores, all neatly organized for shopaholics of every taste. We’ll walk it together, with frequent stops to window shop and

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maybe even pick up a few treasures. Trip, New Student Programs

One Tribe Ya’ll MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Create change is our motto here at Columbia, but how can we actually make that happen? Join Multicultural Affairs and our One Tribe Scholars as they inform you about the ways in which we celebrate diversity and address issues surrounding social justice at the college. Session, Multicultural Affairs

Faith on Campus The Loft | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor, 3–4 p.m. Join four faith - based student organizations for a discussion about faiths of all kinds and how to practice and stay involved while you’re hear at Columbia. Hosted by SGI Buddhism, Hillel, Campus Crusade for Christ & Intervarsity. Session, Student Engagement

Mocktails with the Real Housewives of Columbia College Room 811A | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor, 3–4:30 p.m. Orange County. Atlanta. Miami. Columbia. See the campus from a new and more fabulous perspective than ever before. Wear your best shoes, bring your best divaness and just try not to start any drama that will last for more than the afternoon. Session, English Department

Life, Death, and Loudspeakers Room 618 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 6th Floor, 4–5 p.m. Rule one of audio: don’t drop the microphone. Rule two of audio: don’t blow up the loudspeaker. We’ll blow up a loudspeaker in order to autopsy it after and determine why it failed. Hearing protection will be provided.Session Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department

Shop N’ Save The Loft | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor 4–5 p.m. Everyone needs to eat. And buy handbags. And videogames. Lynn’s got the tips and tricks that will keep you living large on the cheap. Session, Learning Studio

Afro Blue: The African American Experience Welcome Chat MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 4:30 - 8 p.m. This workshop will give you a full overview of African - American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago, including how to find scholarships, internships, and mentorship programs. You will also learn about salons, barbers, clubs, poetry readings, restaurants, and festivals in Chicago that specialize in service to the African - American community 1st Afro Blue Café- Performances and open mic to follow.

Peer Support Program Welcome MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Welcome to the Peer Support Program. Come meet your mentor! Session, Multicultural Affairs

Lurie Garden Walk at Millennium Park Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 5:30–7 p.m. You came to a city that takes its nature very, very seriously. Come see some of the most beautiful flowers in the city and find a wonderful oasis in the midst of urban chaos. Trip, New Student Programs

First-Year Industry Mixer: Fashion, Advertising, & Design The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, 5–7 p.m. Media is produced in teams. Period. Meet the people who are going to help you get your best work recorded, photographed, designed, filmed, acted, shot, sung, dressed and ready to dazzle. Without a solid posse of talented folks behind you, you can only go so far. Start finding the peers who will push you further than your best at these mixers. Event, College Advising Center, New Student Programs, and Portfolio Center

Pop into SGA The Loft | 916 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor, 5 –7 p.m. Student Government Association will provide popcorn, drinks, and a movie (Accepted). SGA will have a table with information, free SGA merchandise, and a few Senators to talk to students as well. Session, Student Government Association (SGA)

Million Dollar Quartet at Millennium Park Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor 6–10 p.m. The cast of the smash hit Million Dollar Quartet, Chicago’s beloved musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, will be performing a free concert. C’mon along and join us. Trip, New Student Programs

WEDNESDAY 8|31|2011 Panel Discussion and Conversation with Randy Weston Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. There are few jazz musicians who have thought more deeply or in more sustained and personal ways about “the significant role that black music plays in world culture” than acclaimed pianist/composer Randy Weston. We invite you to join in a panel discussion about the work of Mr. Weston and his contemporary practice. Session

;Connections: Film & Video

for N - S

Media Production Center | 1600 S. State Street, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Connections, Film & Video Department

;Connections: Theatre Tech-

nical and Design Students

The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, 10 a.m.–Noon Connections, Theatre Department

Q and A About Transfer Credits College Advising Center Conference Room | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 3rd Floor 10–11 a.m. If you’ve still got questions, come out and get the answers. Start the semester off right with a solid understanding of all things transfer. Session, Degree Evaluation

Help Wanted: On Campus Student Employment Ferguson Hall | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 10:30 a.m.–Noon Help pay the bills and start building your resume by working on campus. Be close to your classes and make

new friends. Attend this session to find out more about on campus jobs at Columbia. Session, Student Employment

;Connections: AEMM Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Connections, Arts, Entertainment & Media Management (AEMM) Department

Putting Creativity to Work College Advising Center Conference Room | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 3rd Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon Filmmaker and College Advisor Bob Blinn will use his personal experience and expertise to show you how to prepare for finding a job that embraces your creative ability. Session, College Advising

SPB, Yeah you know me! The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Want to get involved in planning some of the biggest and best events on campus? Come learn from Columbia’s event planning gurus on the Student Programming Board and join the team! Session, Student Programming Board (SPB)

;Connections: Marketing


Collins Hall | 624 S. Michigan Ave., 6th Floor, Noon – 3 p.m. Connections

;Connections: Fiction Writing Ferguson Theater | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, Noon–5 p.m. Connections, Fiction Writing Department

;Connections: Theatre New

Tribe Day 3

The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, Noon–4 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

Street Defense: Navigating Urban Life Fitness Studio | 731 S. Plymouth, Lower Level, Noon –1:30 p.m. Learn a few quick moves that can help you feel safe and secure in your new urban campus. This is the first of an ongoing series of defense classes offered throughout the semester. Session, Fitness Centers and Programs

Study Abroad Room 401 | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor , Noon–1 p.m. Planning a semester in Venice? Shanghai? Rio? Learn more about how to find yourself exploring new subjects in new countries at this session all about Columbia’s study abroad opportunities. Session, International Programs

;Connections: ASL Room 421 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 4th Floor, 12:30–3:30 p.m. Connections, American Sign Language (ASL) Department

;Connections: Film & Video

for T - Z

Film Row Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, 12:30–4 p.m. Connections, Film & Video Department

;Connections: Cultural


Room 1303 | 624 S. Michigan Ave., Floor 13, 1–4:30 p.m. Connections, Cultural Studies Department

Photo Booth Day The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 1–4 p.m. Gather your roomies and your new best friends and strike a pose or make your own short video. Event, Residence Life

Thrift Shopping in Chicago Room 215 | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd Floor, 1–5 p.m. When it comes to thrift stores, Chicago rules. Come get a tour of the best spots in the city and the best days to go (like when everything is half off.) Score sweet decorations for your dorm room and some killer vintage fashions for pennies on the dollar. Trip, Journalism

All About Services for Students With Disabilities Ferguson Hall | 600 S. Michigan Ave. 1:30–2:30 Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD for short) offers a range of support services for students to achieve their academic best. This session will help you learn more about any and all options available to you. Session, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

;Connections: Poetry Room 309 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 3rd Floor, 2 –4 p.m. At Connections, incoming poetry students can expect to meet and ask questions of the acclaimed and widely-published core poetry faculty. Faculty will read poems, discuss their work, and go over all the ins and outs of the distinct program and its curriculum. In addition, students will meet their peers, peruse the latest edition of the studentedited, nationally-distributed journal Columbia Poetry Review, and start to get acquainted with Chicago’s vibrant poetry community. Connections, English Department

Mane of the Lion of Judah: a history of dreadlocks The Center for Black Music Research | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 6th Floor 2 - 3:30 P.M. Kenneth Bilby, anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, expert on Caribbean studies and director of research at the Center for Black Music Research, will discuss the cultural and spiritual roots of dreadlocks, their role in the Rastafari religion and how the popularity of dreadlocks spread through music. Janet Harper, CBMR catalog librarian, will share her personal experiences with dreadlocks. We will talk, share, listen to music and have an informative yet enjoyable time together.

Fun and Games in the Park Grant Park | West of Columbus Drive and South of Balbo, 2 –5 p.m. If games are your thing, then this is your program! Your Orientation Leaders and Rec leaders from the fitness center will be organizing pick-up game of all kinds at Grant Park, west of Columbus and south of Balbo. Games will include kickball, body soccer, football and bags. Event, Fitness Centers and Programs

LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community with Common Ground student chat MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, 2–5 p.m. Queer It Up! LGBTQA Welcome Chat Looking to find a fun, supportive LGBTQ community? Do you have questions about being gay or trans

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or questioning while being a student at Columbia College Chicago? Are you an ally or friend of the LGBTQ community and wanting to show your support? Curious about queer studies and gender studies on campus? Come make new friends and meet the team at the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community, Common Ground the glbtqqia student organization on campus, and lgbtqa faculty and staff. Join us for a lively, interactive welcome chat about queer life at Columbia College and discover the many programs and resources we’re excited to share with you! Session, Multicultural Affairs

Tour of Museum of Contemporary Photography Museum of Contemporary Photography | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 2–3 p.m. Columbia is home to the nation’s only museum devoted to photography. Come explore what’s on display, along with the sprawling archive, to expand your mind and inspire your own work in any and all disciplines. Trip, Photography

Want to be an Orientation Leader? Room 213B | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd Floor 3 –4 p.m. Has your Orientation experience sparked your interest in becoming an Orientation Leader (OL)? Come find out more about what it takes to become an OL! Session, New Student Programs

Study Abroad Room 401 | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 3:30–4:30 p.m. Planning a semester in Venice? Shanghai? Rio? Learn more about how to find yourself exploring new subjects in new countries at this session all about Columbia’s study abroad opportunities. Session, International Programs

First-Year Industry Mixers: Writing / Music / Performance The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, 5–7 p.m. Media is produced in teams. Period. Meet the people who are going to help you get your best work recorded, photographed, designed,

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filmed, acted, shot, sung, dressed and ready to dazzle. Without a solid posse of talented folks behind you, you can only go so far. Start finding the peers who will push you further than your best at these mixers. Event, College Advising Center, New Student Programs, Portfolio Center

Stitch N’ Bitch Room 215 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 2nd Floor, 5–7 p.m. The name says it all, really. Bring your favorite crafting project to work on with a college advisor and some potential new posse members. Been meaning to learn to knit or crochet? Join the fun for some beginner’s tips, and maybe try your hand at a stitch or two. (That handmade scarf you’re hoping to show off in December isn’t going to make itself.) Event, College Advising

Mentalist/Stand up Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 7–9 p.m. Dennis Watkins will amaze you in his mind boggling stage show of magic and mind reading. If you want to be entertained this is the place to be. Event, Residence Life

THURSDAY 9|1|2011 ;Connections: Music Concert Hall | 1014 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 9:30 a.m.–Noon Connections, Music Department

Find Your Classes Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 10 a.m.–Noon Don’t look lost on your very first day. Bring a copy of your schedule for a quick tour of where you’ll need to be for the rest of the semester. Session, New Student Programs

Off Loop Theatre Tour

Meet at Lobby of Theatre Building | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Columbia is right in the center of one of the most dynamic theater towns in the world and here’s your opportunity to take advantage! Get an inside look at two Tony Awardwinning theaters, Victory Gardens and Steppenwolf. You’ll be guided by Theater Department faculty members Bill Williams, who is ac-

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tive in the Chicago theater scene. He’ll offer unique insight and stories about Chicago theater’s rich history and exciting future. Trip, Theatre

Boot Camp in the Park Meet at Fitness Studio | 731 S. Plymouth, Lower Level, 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Join us for the first of a ongoing series of Boot Camp in the park, a quick fun and challenging fitness regime that will get you moving and ready to tackle your day. Trip, Fitness Centers and Programs

;Connections: Journalism 33 E. Congress Ave., 2nd Floor 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Connections, Journalism Department

Study Abroad Room 401 | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor Thursday, September 1, 11 a.m.–Noon Planning a semester in Venice? Shanghai? Rio? Learn more about how to find yourself exploring new subjects in new countries at this session all about Columbia’s study abroad opportunities. Session, International Programs

Textbooks 101 Bookstore | 624 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon Textbooks are a fact of life, but they don’t need to be an unpleasant one. Come see how the Bookstore can make your life simpler (and your book costs cheaper.) Session, Bookstore

What Makes an “A” Student? Room 627 | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 6th Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon This workshop will cover interactive strategies to empower you to become successful in your Science and Math classes. Session, Learning Studio

Urban Challenge The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, Noon–6 p.m. This is not a run of the mill scavenger hunt. This is an all out urban brawl … okay so maybe not a brawl, but it is an event where teams of new students will get out

in the city and really be challenged. The wits, charm, tenacity, and general awesomeness of teams will surely be put to the test. Admitted students will start being contacted regarding this event in August. If you know some new students you want to team with, that’s cool. If you want us to place you on a team so you can meet as many new people as possible, that’s okay, too. Current students plan the rules, games, strategy, etc. So you know it is going to be crazy. Watch your loopmail for an email when the sign-up opens and act fast- there’s a limited number of spots and you do not want to miss this one. Big Event, New Student Programs

Latino Heritage Celebration – First Year Student Chat MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, 12:30–2 p.m. Chat with LCA about scholarships, internships, and mentorship programs geared toward Latino student success. Learn about special speakers, giveaways, and programs scheduled during the upcoming Latino Heritage Celebration this fall. Meet & greet with Latino faculty, staff, and the Latino Alliance student organization. This will also be the opening call for entries for the 14th Annual Latino Student Short Film Competition. Session, Multicultural Affairs

;Connections: Early Childhood Education Room 610H | 33. E. Congress Pkwy., 6th Floor, 1–4 p.m. Connections, Early Childhood Education Department

;Connections: Fashion


Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 1–3:30 p.m. Connections, Fashion Studies Department

;Connections: Theatre Day 4 The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, 1–5:00 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

Coffee Shop Hop Meet at the Learning Studio | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 2–4 p.m. Join fellow students on a fun and

interactive tour of the best coffee shops and study hang outs in Chicago. Grab a cup of Joe at your favorite spot along the way! Trip, Learning Studio

;Connections: Creative


Room 309 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 3rd Floor, 2–4 p.m. Connections, English Department

LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community with Common Ground Meet at MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 2:45–7 p.m. Queer Chicago Tour of Boystown & Andersonville: Join us for a rousing field trip through the uber gayborhoods of Chicago. In Boystown, we’ll visit the Center on Halsted and the Broadway Youth Center, and other fun hot spots on Halsted Street and Belmont Ave. In Andersonville, we’ll visit Women & Children First bookstore—a hub for the feminist & queer community— along with cafes, stores and other hopping queer destinations. Trip, Multicultural Affairs

Dance Movie Classic Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Ave. 4–6 p.m. Head to the Dance Center to enjoy a classic dance movie. Which one? (Stay tuned. We’ll post an update. (Hint: Legwarmers). Event, Dance Department

Chicago Jazz Festival Kickoff with Chicago Jazz Ensemble Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 5:30–10 p.m. Chicago’s Jazz Fest is the city’s longest running lakefront music festival and will feature local, national, and international performers on several stages, plus an art fair. Trip, Chicago Jazz Ensemble

Cinema Slapdown Film Row Cinema | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, 7–10 p.m. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Come for the film—stay for the fight—fun and free! Is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World a perfect example of quirky indie cinema with its finger on the pulse of

today’s youth, or is it just a comic book for bleary-eyed stoners? Join us when Cinema Slapdown vs. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Debaters TBD. Referee’d by Film & Video Department Associate Professor and Talk Cinema host Ron Falzone. Learn more about Cinema Slapdown at Event, Film & Video Department

FRIDAY 9|2|2011 ;Connections: Theatre Day 5 The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

UPass Distribution The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, 9 a.m. –6 p.m. Be sure to bring a copy of your fall schedule of classes and your Campus Card. If you can’t pick up your U-Pass today, you can also pick it up during the first week of classes. Session

;Connections: Dance Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor, 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Connections, Dance Department

New Student Convocation Grant Park | Between Balbo Ave. and 9th Ave. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Convocation is mandatory. You come to the park, we feed you free food, you listen to the live bands, you have an amazing time and you look back on it as an amazing time. Hell yeah. See you there. Big Event

All About Services for Students With Disabilities Ferguson Hall | 600 S. Michigan Ave. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD for short) offers a range of support services for students to achieve their academic best. This session will help you learn more about any and all options available to you.

Learning Studio Open House Learning Studio | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 1–3:30 p.m. The Learning Studio will have free Jimmy John samples when students take a short tour of the LS facili-

ties. There will be other games and Columbia gear prizes! Session, Learning Studio

;Connections: Art & Design 623 S. Wabash Ave., First Floor 2–5:30 p.m. Connections, Art & Design Department

Trip to MCA Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 2–5 p.m. Visit one of the nation’s largest modern art museums and take advantage of free admission for all Columbia students! The Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) permanent collection includes work by Franz Kline, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons. The museum highlights surrealism of the 1940s and 50s, minimalism from the 1960s, conceptual art and photography from the 1960s to the present, recent installation art, and art by Chicago - based artists. Trip, New Student Programs

Student Programming Board (SPB) and Multicultural Affairs (MCA) Presents: THE Block Party 2:30–5:30 p.m. After Convocation come check out the hottest after party on the block with SPB and MCA! Look for us on Twitter and Facebook for more event details and THE secret location. Big Event, Student Programming Board and Multicultural Affairs

Tour of Museum of Contemporary Photography Museum of Contemporary Photography | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 3–4 p.m. Columbia is home to the nation’s only museum devoted to photography. Come explore what’s on display, along with the sprawling archive, to expand your mind and inspire your own work in any and all disciplines. Trip, Photography

Trip to Lakeview (2) Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 3–5 p.m. Lakeview’s got a lot going on. There’s Wrigley Field, Boystown, good eating, great shopping and excellent people-watching (hang outside Dunkin’ Donuts on Clark for

10 minutes and we promise you’ll see something/one interesting.) Come along to check out everything going on and explore it for yourself. Trip, New Student Programs

Flat Iron First Fridays Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 6–8 p.m. On the first Friday of every month, the famous Flat Iron in Wicker Park opens up all of its studios. Come see the art of the underground and check out Wicker Park while you’re over there. Trip, New Student Programs

Casino Royale The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, 7–11 p.m. Dust off that tuxedo, dig out that expensive diamond necklace, and practice your British accent for a night of music and casino excitement at The Conaway Center. Casino Royale will feature casino games including poker, black jack, roulette, and craps. You will receive playing chips as you arrive, and prizes will be offered throughout the night. Enjoy food and mocktails. Casino Royale is free and open to all Columbia students with a valid Campus card. Espionage attire optional. Big Event, Student Engagement

SATURDAY 9|3|2011 Trip to Green City Market Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. It’s where Chicago’s chefs shop for veggies and occasionally stop for crepes (they’re wicked good). Come and meet some of the best local farmers who grow some of the most incredible fruits and veggies. Trip, New Student Programs

Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. A bit of the wilderness in the heart of the city, come check out one of the nation’s best loved zoos right here in your new home. Lions, monkeys, polar bears, snakes- up close and personal. Trip, New Student Programs

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or questioning while being a student at Columbia College Chicago? Are you an ally or friend of the LGBTQ community and wanting to show your support? Curious about queer studies and gender studies on campus? Come make new friends and meet the team at the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community, Common Ground the glbtqqia student organization on campus, and lgbtqa faculty and staff. Join us for a lively, interactive welcome chat about queer life at Columbia College and discover the many programs and resources we’re excited to share with you! Session, Multicultural Affairs

Tour of Museum of Contemporary Photography Museum of Contemporary Photography | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 2–3 p.m. Columbia is home to the nation’s only museum devoted to photography. Come explore what’s on display, along with the sprawling archive, to expand your mind and inspire your own work in any and all disciplines. Trip, Photography

Want to be an Orientation Leader? Room 213B | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd Floor 3 –4 p.m. Has your Orientation experience sparked your interest in becoming an Orientation Leader (OL)? Come find out more about what it takes to become an OL! Session, New Student Programs

Study Abroad Room 401 | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor 3:30–4:30 p.m. Planning a semester in Venice? Shanghai? Rio? Learn more about how to find yourself exploring new subjects in new countries at this session all about Columbia’s study abroad opportunities. Session, International Programs

First-Year Industry Mixers: Writing / Music / Performance The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, 5–7 p.m. Media is produced in teams. Period. Meet the people who are going to help you get your best work recorded, photographed, designed,

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filmed, acted, shot, sung, dressed and ready to dazzle. Without a solid posse of talented folks behind you, you can only go so far. Start finding the peers who will push you further than your best at these mixers. Event, College Advising Center, New Student Programs, Portfolio Center

Stitch N’ Bitch Room 215 | 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 2nd Floor, 5–7 p.m. The name says it all, really. Bring your favorite crafting project to work on with a college advisor and some potential new posse members. Been meaning to learn to knit or crochet? Join the fun for some beginner’s tips, and maybe try your hand at a stitch or two. (That handmade scarf you’re hoping to show off in December isn’t going to make itself.) Event, College Advising

Mentalist/Stand up Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 7–9 p.m. Dennis Watkins will amaze you in his mind boggling stage show of magic and mind reading. If you want to be entertained this is the place to be. Event, Residence Life

THURSDAY 9|1|2011 ;Connections: Music Concert Hall | 1014 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 9:30 a.m.–Noon Connections, Music Department

Find Your Classes Meet at The Court | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st Floor, 10 a.m.–Noon Don’t look lost on your very first day. Bring a copy of your schedule for a quick tour of where you’ll need to be for the rest of the semester. Session, New Student Programs

Off Loop Theatre Tour

Meet at Lobby of Theatre Building | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Columbia is right in the center of one of the most dynamic theater towns in the world and here’s your opportunity to take advantage! Get an inside look at two Tony Awardwinning theaters, Victory Gardens and Steppenwolf. You’ll be guided by Theater Department faculty members Bill Williams, who is ac-

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tive in the Chicago theater scene. He’ll offer unique insight and stories about Chicago theater’s rich history and exciting future. Trip, Theatre

Boot Camp in the Park Meet at Fitness Studio | 731 S. Plymouth, Lower Level, 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Join us for the first of a ongoing series of Boot Camp in the park, a quick fun and challenging fitness regime that will get you moving and ready to tackle your day. Trip, Fitness Centers and Programs

;Connections: Journalism 33 E. Congress Ave., 2nd Floor 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Connections, Journalism Department

Study Abroad Room 401 | 600 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor Thursday, September 1, 11 a.m.–Noon Planning a semester in Venice? Shanghai? Rio? Learn more about how to find yourself exploring new subjects in new countries at this session all about Columbia’s study abroad opportunities. Session, International Programs

Textbooks 101 Bookstore | 624 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon Textbooks are a fact of life, but they don’t need to be an unpleasant one. Come see how the Bookstore can make your life simpler (and your book costs cheaper.) Session, Bookstore

What Makes an “A” Student? Room 627 | 623 S. Wabash Ave., 6th Floor, 11 a.m.–Noon This workshop will cover interactive strategies to empower you to become successful in your Science and Math classes. Session, Learning Studio

Urban Challenge The Conaway Center | 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, Noon–6 p.m. This is not a run of the mill scavenger hunt. This is an all out urban brawl … okay so maybe not a brawl, but it is an event where teams of new students will get out

in the city and really be challenged. The wits, charm, tenacity, and general awesomeness of teams will surely be put to the test. Admitted students will start being contacted regarding this event in August. If you know some new students you want to team with, that’s cool. If you want us to place you on a team so you can meet as many new people as possible, that’s okay, too. Current students plan the rules, games, strategy, etc. So you know it is going to be crazy. Watch your loopmail for an email when the sign-up opens and act fast- there’s a limited number of spots and you do not want to miss this one. Big Event, New Student Programs

Latino Heritage Celebration – First Year Student Chat MCA Multipurpose Room | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, 12:30–2 p.m. Chat with LCA about scholarships, internships, and mentorship programs geared toward Latino student success. Learn about special speakers, giveaways, and programs scheduled during the upcoming Latino Heritage Celebration this fall. Meet & greet with Latino faculty, staff, and the Latino Alliance student organization. This will also be the opening call for entries for the 14th Annual Latino Student Short Film Competition. Session, Multicultural Affairs

;Connections: Early Childhood Education Room 610H | 33. E. Congress Pkwy., 6th Floor, 1–4 p.m. Connections, Early Childhood Education Department

;Connections: Fashion


Stage 2 | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 1–3:30 p.m. Connections, Fashion Studies Department

;Connections: Theatre Day 4 The Getz Theater | 72 E. 11th Ave., 1st Floor, 1–5:00 p.m. Connections, Theatre Department

Coffee Shop Hop Meet at the Learning Studio | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor, 2–4 p.m. Join fellow students on a fun and







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Campus Map


Alexandroff Campus Center / 600 S. Michigan (ACC)


619 S. Wabash Building (SN)


618 S. Michigan Building (SE)


Wabash Campus Building / 623 S. Wabash (W)


South Campus Building / 624 S. Michigan (S)


Dwight Lofts / 642 S. Clark


Plymouth Court / 731 S. Plymouth (PLYM)


916 S. Wabash Building (NS)


1006 S. Michigan Building (STE)


Sculpture Garden


11th Street Campus / 72 E. 11th (TC)


W. Jackson Blvd.

W. Van Buren St.


E. Congress Pkwy.




1112 S. Wabash Building (ET)


The Dance Center / 1306 S. Michigan (DC)


Sherwood Conservatory of Music / 1312 S. Michigan Building (SHM)


1415 S. Wabash Building (TFX)


Media Production Center / 16th & State (MPC)

Residence Centers

E. Balbo Ave.

8th St.


9th St.

13 14 15 16

11th St.

17 18 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Campus Buildings

S. Wabash Ave.

1104 Center / 1104 S. Wabash (EC)

W. Polk St.

S. State St.


5 7 9

6 8


S. Plymouth Ct.

The Music Center / 1014 S. Michigan (MC)


S. Clark St.


S. Federal St.

W. Harrison St.

13th St.

19 20 14th St.


15th St.


S. Michigan Ave.

Chronicle Distribution Point

S. Indiana Ave.

(each Columbia building includes a distribution point)

16th St.



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Lake Michigan

University Center / 525 S. State (UC)

S. Lake Shore Dr.


W. Adams St.

Grant Park

33 E. Congress Building (C)

S. Columbus Dr.


. us Dr lumb S. Co

The Buckingham / 59 E. Van Buren




S. Michigan Ave.

218 S. Wabash Building (TE)

S. Dearborn St.



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