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Deans, provost collaborate as they await new colleague HAYLEIGH COLOMBO BROOKE DEADY
THREE CCOM DEAN CANDIDATES TO HOLD OPEN SESSIONS
College of Communication dean candidates begin arriving on campus next week for open sessions. When they do, they will ﬁnd a university that has a busy community of existing deans. They teach courses, work on projects in their colleges, build relationships outside of the university and serve together as members of a group that is responsible for advising Butler University’s provost on how to allocate a near-$40 million academic budget. “We look for opportunities to
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work together and help each other solve problems,” COB Dean Chuck Williams said. “It’s something that you can do at an institution the size of Butler.” Most Tuesday afternoons, they can be found conferring together on the Provost Advisory Council, which consists of the deans from each of Butler’s six academic colleges, the provost and two
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associate provosts. PREPARING FOR A NEW DEAN The deans might be gearing up to welcome a new colleague next year, but they said they’ve all adjusted well to transitions in their group. “The group changes, but that doesn’t mean that the whole group see deans page 3
Photo by Taylor Cox The Provost Advisory Council meets most Tuesdays to discuss academic initiatives.
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Health Center offers free STD/HIV testing LUKE SHAW LAUREN STARK SARA PRUZIN Just a mouth swab and about a 20-minute wait can tell a Butler University student if he or she is HIV positive. That test, along with one for gonorrhea and chlamydia, is available on-campus for free through a partnership with the Damien Center. Butler teamed up with the Damien Center, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS and STD testing, to host two free testing nights last semester for sexually transmitted diseases. Both nights saw a turnout of 40 to 50 students. That led them to offer six testing opportunities this semester as part of ongoing programs meant to open up a dialogue about sexuality and
to promote good information. TESTING NIGHTS Rashida Walker, who works with people ages 13 to 24 at the Damien Center, said even people who aren’t sexually active should get tested. That way, they know what the test is like so when an emergency comes up later, they are more prepared. “Get in the habit so that if the risk happens, you can be less stressed about getting tested,” she said. The Damien Center conducted more than 1,500 tests in 2010—a more than 57 percent increase from 2009. Walker said the center tries to eliminate the stigma surrounding testing and testers will never lecture anyone who has engaged in high-risk behavior. “We’ll never say what you’re doing is stupid,”
she said. “We’ll give you alternatives to risky behavior.” Senior psychology major Toni Maraldo, a member of Greek Educators, Advocates and Resources, a peer education organization that helped sponsor the testing nights, said she felt the atmosphere was open. “At ﬁrst I felt a little uncomfortable going to a testing center around my peers versus getting testing at Planned Parenthood where you wouldn’t know anyone,” Maraldo said. “But everyone was super cool about it, and there was no awkwardness when I got there, so it was a really good experience.” Tara Thornburg, a secondyear physician assistant student, attended a testing night as well and agreed see testing page 2
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Testing at the Health Center 1. GO to testing night at Health Services in the HRC. 2. TAKE a number and ﬁll out a basic information form. 3. SWAB the inside of your mouth to test for HIV. 4. GIVE a urine sample if you’re a male. 5. SWAB the inside of your vagina if you’re a female. 6. WAIT about 20 minutes. 7. GET your HIV results. 8. WAIT about two weeks. 9. CALL for other STD results.
Commencement speaker on minds of students, administration SARA PRUZIN BROOKE DEADY It may still be the middle of ﬁrst semester, but students and the administration are already looking ahead to commencement. Determining a commencement speaker is not a simple process— cost, connections and nominations all come into play. Butler University’s Board of Trustees takes nominations and then decides who is worthy of and eligible for an honorary degree. That recipient also serves as the commencement speaker. Anyone from the Butler community can nominate someone to receive an honorary degree, and class ofﬁcers have a chance to nominate as a group. The Board considers whether a person charges a fee, if he or she has a connection to Butler and if he or she lives the Butler Way. The university does not pay speakers for their appearance. Senior class president Chris Beaman said that while the requirements make it more difﬁcult to seek high-proﬁle people, the university should not offer money to prospective commencement speakers. “I think it is important for a school our size and for a school of our stature to say that an honorary degree from Butler is much more meaningful than a dollar amount we could give,” he said. Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson said these speciﬁcations keep the focus on the university’s mission and help to build its reputation. “The criteria assist us in positioning and bringing back into the fold people who have the institution at their heart and a strong desire to give back and assist us,” he said. Beaman said that while class ofﬁcers’ nomination holds some sway, he would like at least one student to serve on the committee that decides who receives an honorary degree and the privilege to speak. He said that while past senior class ofﬁcers were ﬁne with former President Bobby Fong speaking last
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DUNGY: Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was nominated to speak at commencement. year, they wished they had had more interaction with the committee. “They had no chance to talk to the committee about why they nominated that person or why it would be special to have them speak at commencement,” Beaman said. Johnson said it can be difﬁcult to consider all nominees, but the Board has always tried to accommodate students’ suggestions. “Their nominations and recommendations are taken very seriously,” he said. Senior class ofﬁcer Ashley Merryman said that while the selection committee includes many voices, seniors should be included more. “I deﬁnitely think that graduating students should have an input on their commencement speaker, as they are the ones who will take away the most meaning from the graduation experience,” she said. Merryman and senior biology and chemistry major Deanna Proimos both said they nominated former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. Proimos said no matter who it is, the speaker should appeal to the entire class. “I would want a commencement speaker who is a well-rounded person, so the speech’s message will touch the majority of our class,” she said. “The speaker should be able to relate to us in some way and give us guidance and words of wisdom for our future journeys.” Anyone from Butler can nominate an individual to receive an honorary degree by Nov. 1.
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Butler University President Jim Danko has held 19 informational meetings and tours with university administrators and faculty to “immerse” himself into Butler’s community and academic affairs. These meetings included visiting the six academic colleges and talking with the provost, associate provosts and representatives from the administrative departments. Danko had the head of each department send him a four-page summary on each
respective division, which highlighted its challenges, organization and goals. “When I started all of this, several were unsure of how it would go,” Danko said. “And I said, ‘Listen. Consider me a student. Your job is to just educate me on what happens in your department.’” Danko said he noticed in his meetings that space is becoming limited in each of the colleges. “They feel stretched thin in terms of faculty resources and with administrative resources,” he said. COB Dean Chuck Williams said he agrees. “As of this year, we are running out of ofﬁces for professors, which is a problem because we are hiring next year,” Williams said. “We do not have space issues for students yet, but our enrollment has greatly
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with Maraldo. “It was a completely open atmosphere,” Thornburg said. “Initially the group that was there to get tested was very on edge, but you could tell the feel in the room got more laid back as you went through the process. It wasn’t that big of a deal.” About 50 percent of people will contract an STD at some point in their lives. Butler does not keep records on how many people are tested or what the incidence rate is. Maraldo said students cannot know their status until they’ve been tested. “It doesn’t just happen to the person who sleeps around or the person who isn’t smart,” Maraldo said. “It could happen to anyone.” Dr. Maria Fletcher said part of her job in Health Services is encouraging healthy sexual behavior. She said that everyone should get in the habit of getting tested for STDs as part of having healthy relationships. “It’s part of loving to present yourself in the best way,” Fletcher said. “And if you know that you’re free from sexually transmitted diseases, that would be the best way.” ON-CAMPUS CULTURE Walker said this generation is overlooked when talking about sex and the importance of testing. People were informed during the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s and 1990s, but she said a lot of schools are less open now about discussing
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increased, so we potentially could very quickly.” COPHS Dean Mary Andritz said she expressed the potential need for more space for pharmacy students’ experiential programs with Danko at her meeting. Since pharmacy students are required to do onsite shadowing at various health clinics and with faculty, Andritz said she wants to make sure these opportunities stay open for students. “One of the things I talked to President Danko about was looking into sort of a crystal ball and seeing how we could minimize this as being a future problem,” Andritz said. Andritz said she ultimately wanted Danko to realize how COPHS wants to be helpful not only to students but also to Indianapolis.
“The one message I wanted to get across to [Danko] is that we feel we are poised to do beneﬁcial things for the community,” Andritz said. “The good job we do is like the cake, and we want to add the icing and sprinkles, which are the things that set us apart in helping the community.” Danko said he also wants to make improvements to the library by updating its current infrastructure and facility. “I did see the library,” Danko said. “Clearly we do not have the library of the twentyﬁrst century right now. That building is certainly up there in age and does not represent the best that you would want it to be.” Dean of Libraries Lewis Miller said he welcomes Danko but feels if substantial changes were to be made,
JIM DANKO UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT there would need to be a follow-up meeting. “It was just an introduction, so to me in order for planning there would need to be a followup,” Miller said. “I do appreciate his including of the library in his introduction, because I do think the library is very important to academics.” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Comstock attended a brieﬁng and said the meetings will help the university plan its future and achieve its goals. “All of the information is providing him a solid foundation in Butler and providing him a chance to listen to our ideas and dreams for the future,”
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Both Donahue and Maraldo said Butler students’ actions and the atmosphere is similar to any other campus but that its smaller size affects how people act and talk about sex. “I think the attitude on campus is that we all know what is going on, but we don’t talk about it that much,” she said. “You talk with your friends and gossip on the day after the weekend, but in general I don’t think sexuality is talked about enough on campus. Sophomore resident assistant Megan Cullen is heading up an RA-sponsored event today that will invite a panel to talk about relationships and sexual health issues. She said the topic is pertinent to all students and the topic should be more openly discussed. “It goes right along with going to class, parties, alcohol and sports,” she said. Some may see the current generation as being less responsible as well as uninformed, but Walker said many of the young adults she meets are logical and willing to learn and teach others about sexual health. “I’m impressed by how receptive they are to taking control of their
own sexual lives,” she said. While a majority of students say they have hooked up, there are many who don’t. Just less than onequarter of seniors in the Stanford study said they are virgins. Sophomore Kelsey Lindsay, who is active in Butler’s Cru, said she does see a hook-up culture at Butler. While she and the group may not condone sex outside of marriage, there is little judgment of people who engage in it. “People who are on staff at Cru believe what the Bible tells us, that having pre-martial sex is wrong,” Lindsay said. “But at the same time, that’s not the only sin. People mess up a lot, we’re not perfect, and Cru’s going to accept you for who you are.” Rev. Charles Allen, the chaplain for Grace Unlimited, said students sometimes approach him with moral questions about their lives and their peers. His biggest warning to students, he said, is the emotional damage that can happen if someone does something he or she is uncomfortable with. “Don’t feel a need to be like other folks,” he said. “[A sexual relationship] can blow up in your face if you’re not careful.”
sexuality. Media reports also warn of a “hookup” culture that involves having many partners and is inﬂuenced by alcohol and the environment of college campuses. Thornburg said she sees views on sexuality as being not as tied to the college environment as tied to the age of students. “I think there is a hookup culture,” Thornburg said. “It’s natural, it’s normal, it’s human nature. You should practice your own morals and beliefs and be strong in what you’re doing.” A study of college students by researchers at Stanford University found 72 percent of both sexes reported having at least one hookup, with an average of 9.7 for men and 7.1 for women. The deﬁnition of a hookup changes for many people and can range from kissing to sex. Sophomore psychology major Jason Donahue said hooking up is not a bad thing as long as both people are on the same page. “Each person has different values,” Donahue said. “If someone is looking for a physical relationship and not ready for the emotional attachment, they are entitled to that.”
Comstock said. “I am very happy he wanted to invest time to learn about each of the areas. He spent one to three hours in each of the meetings, so he has invested heavily to take that grounding to plan for the future.” Williams said he thinks the meetings will ultimately be beneﬁcial to the university. “He is not only learning more about [the departments] but also about their leaders and staff,” Williams said. “It takes a while to learn about an institution like Butler. He has to know what he has inherited, so it is very good for him to listen intently to understand Butler.”
Allen said people need to think through the consequences of their actions in other ways too. “I think we deceive ourselves if we think it’s just casual sex,” he said. “It connects you to another person in a way that you can’t just say, ‘Well, that was nice.’” Fletcher said while she sees students who are engaging in casual sex, she counsels many who are in monogamous relationships or are virgins. “The college culture makes you feel like it’s the norm to have casual sex, but I think that’s far from the truth,” Fletcher said. OTHER PROGRAMS Sarah Barnes-Diaz, health education and outreach programs coordinator at Butler, said her goal is to provide information and resources to students so they can make informed decisions, whether they decide to have sex or not. Along with the testing nights, Barnes-Diaz also helps organize other events with Peers Advocating Wellness for Students, such as Sex on the Mall and a sexual education discussion called “That’s What She Said” in the spring. The events are well attended, and students are open to them, BarnesDiaz said. “It kind of surprised me in the beginning that Butler students were so open to talking about sex and sexuality, but through these programs I’m realizing that people are willing to come out and talk,” she said. Visit www.damien.org/testing or call 317632-0123 for more information on free testing. There are three testing dates left this semester: Nov. 1, 15 and 29.
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The Johnson Room in Robertson Hall is undergoing major renovations, including a new mural which highlights Butler’s famous landmarks.
Johnson Room undergoes ﬁrst renovation in two decades AARON KELPIN AKELPIN@BUTLER.EDU
Some 2,120 square feet, 30 colors, seven iconic Butler University structures, a turtle named Heather Locklear and an “I SPY”-esque grasshopper now adorn the walls of Robertson Hall’s recently renovated Johnson Room. Chris Blice and Jon Edwards of Blice Edwards Decorative Arts were brought in by Rowland Design to paint the massive mural encompassing the Johnson Room’s walls. Craig Hardee, general construction maintenance manager, said that in addition to the painting, the room got new carpet, lighting, ﬂoor outlets, furniture and storage space. Crews are still working on replacing the chandeliers and installing new drapes, countertops and an acoustic ceiling. Hardee said they plan on having the room completed by December, although it’s already being used for conferences and meetings. A new casement for the rear door also was installed to balance out the room. Angled walls in the corners were incorporated to house projection screens. The Johnson Room had not been renovated since 1990 and previously had a traditional,
formal design. However, the room lacked modern touches. “There was no technology in the room at all, and that’s pretty limiting in what could be presented or talked about,” Hardee said. “That was a driving factor. It’s not a lot of construction, but it’s enough to make a drastic change.” The university has a $395,000 renovation budget, Vice President for Finance Bruce Arick said. ”The funding source was 201011 operating surplus,” he said in an email to The Collegian. “We have historically allocated signiﬁcant portions of ﬁscal year operating surpluses toward capital investments on campus.” In the mural that covers all four walls, Blice and Edwards depicted Jordan Hall, Robertson Hall, Atherton Union, Holcomb Observatory, the statue of Persephone from Holcomb Gardens and the under-construction Howard L. Schrott Center, which they had to paint solely from blueprints and projections. After completing Persephone, Blice and Edwards were asked to come in and take the depiction of the statue “from a Pamela Anderson to a Jennifer Aniston,” Blice said. The mural contains quite a few personal touches by the artists as
well. Edwards added a mother with her two sons at the top of the steps leading up to Carillon Bell Tower. He said that his mother, a Butler alumna and member of Delta Delta Delta, used to bring him and his brother, Bill, to the bell tower and let them run up and down the steps. Edwards and Blice also included a cameo appearance of Heather Locklear, their pet turtle named after the actress. Edwards said that while working for a catering company he catered an event at which Locklear was a special guest. Later, Edwards and Blice got a pet turtle and named it after the actress, but once it grew to be too big, they released it into Holcomb Pond, where it is believed to still reside. And, just for fun, Edwards included a small grasshopper in an undisclosed location in the grass of the mural for spectators to ﬁnd. Blice and Edwards incorporated numerous other aspects of campus into the mural, including taking three of the phrases found above the entrances to Jordan Hall and painting them above the doors of the room, as well as adding tromp l’eoil—something painted to look 3-D—brackets from the hallways and the top of Jordan Hall.
isn’t moving forward,” COPHS Dean Mary Andritz said. “It’s just different, not necessarily bad.” Since the arrival of provost and vice president for academic affairs Jamie Comstock, deans in JCFA and LAS have been replaced and CCOM was formed—all of which have required dean searches. In the interim, members of the colleges stepped in to ﬁll the void, and Comstock said the interim members all have taken their role on the PAC seriously. “As we were going through these transitions, we didn’t have strangers,” Comstock said. “We had people who we knew and trusted, who knew and trusted us.” LAS Dean Jay Howard said now that his college has ﬁnished the leadership transition, he wants to stick around and slow down the turnover of Butler’s leadership. “What the college needs right now is stability,” Howard said. WORKING DYNAMIC Since the PAC started working together, Comstock said the group has never taken a vote, which she said speaks to its collaborative nature. “That does not mean that we compromise, that we go along to get along,” Comstock said. “That means that we have the tough conversations that are required. We’re a very progressive group.” Comstock said the members of the PAC work well together because of how much time they spend as a group. “Whenever you invest four hours a week with a group of people, and you’re dealing with issues that are really at the heart and essence of a Butler University education, you get to know people really well,” Comstock said. The deans said they all work well together and help new members of the PAC adjust to their working environment. “I deeply admire every one of my colleagues,” COE Dean Ena Shelley said. Andritz said part of the PAC’s summer retreat was spent helping JCFA Dean Ronald Caltabiano adjust to the university. Caltabiano couldn’t be reached for comment. “I think everybody feels a sense of trying to help the new members get acclimated as quickly as possible,” Andritz said. Howard said the relationship between all the deans is very collaborative and cooperative. All of the deans said being able to get along with their colleagues makes their jobs much easier. It creates a support group where they can express any obstacles which they may need help getting over. “The provost has done a great job creating camaraderie,” CCOM Interim Dean William Neher said. COLLABORATIVE ALLOCATION The entire academic division budget goes through the PAC, as well as incremental requests, which are additions to the operating budget, and one-time capital requests. Comstock said resource allocation decisions are made collaboratively. “It’s not Jamie’s list,” Comstock said. “It’s our list. We all support the decision that the group has made. If we have six requests and can only fund two of them, I can make that decision by myself. But I’ll make a better decision if we talk it out.” When she ﬁrst stepped into her role as a dean at Butler, Andritz said she was worried about possibly needing to compete with other deans for limited resources. But she hasn’t found that to be the case. “We’re not a group of people that’s only looking at representing our own college,” Andritz said. “I’ve been so pleased that when there’s decisions about how to use limited resources, that there really is a discussion.” When requests come to the PAC, the group gives people a chance to advocate for a request, then decides the priority of each request and sends the top ﬁve to the budget committee. Comstock said priorities
change each year and that the group considers how time sensitive a request is and whether there is another source of funds for it. “One year, JCFA gets a roof, and the next year it’s LAS and COE,” Comstock said. “This year, it’s growing the space for students with disabilities.” On top of the academic division budget, the PAC discusses academic strategic initiatives for the university, as well as the core curriculum, advising practices and faculty replacement, tenure and promotion. It’s a diverse mix of work, Comstock said. GROUP ADJUSTMENTS Comstock said the nature of the group’s work has changed since members started working together when she was hired. “We were trying to make sure that nothing got lost in the transition,” she said. “Now we’ve gotten to the point where we’re able to work more on strategic initiatives as opposed to house cleaning.” Andritz said the group members also share valuable information that helps each of them understand the university’s challenges. “It often excitingly leads to opportunities for us to collaborate on issues that are on the table,” Andritz said. Under previous Butler provosts, the group was called the Council of Deans. Andritz attributed the PAC’s name change to the fact that the two associate provosts—Laura Behling and Mary Ramsbottom Macmanus— also are members of the group. “We didn’t want them to feel like second-class citizens,” Andritz said. A DEAN’S LIFE The deans don’t just work on the PAC and perform administrative leadership duties. They’re also responsible for teaching courses, unlike at other institutions. “Some people may think that a dean is far removed from what is happening in teaching and learning,” Shelley said. “I do teach on a regular basis, which is not typical in other institutions.” There is no such thing as a “typical” day for a dean. Howard said that part of the challenge is having to give up control of his entire calendar to devote to meetings, whether they are one-on-one or committee meetings. “It’s easy to lose track, so it’s important to stay organized,” he said. “It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks.” For Shelley, her days begin early with attending meetings, answering emails and focusing on staff, faculty and students in her college. She points out that a dean must be ﬂexible and willing to do everything as needed. “I am a servant to students, faculty, the university and my profession,” Shelley said. CCOM DEAN SEARCH The search has already begun, and the new CCOM dean will start June 1, 2012. Howard is chair of the search committee that eventually will make a recommendation for hire to the provost and president. “It makes sense to have a dean chair the search committee because we know the job, the challenges, the opportunities,” Williams said. Neher cannot be involved in the dean search but said he does know that the new dean will be very strong. Along with getting a new dean, CCOM will also be replacing other faculty as some members retire. “There will be a one-third turnover with retirements and ﬁlling some positions that aren’t ﬁlled yet, which will be good for the new dean,” Neher said. Members of the search committee will welcome the three ﬁnalists starting next week. They will hold open sessions for the Butler community to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know them. The candidates are Alan Stavitsky, Glenda Balas and Gary Edgerton.
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Student groups get involved with approaching mayoral elections ALY MARTINEZ ALMARTI1@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
With mayoral elections just around the corner, two of Butler University’s political organizations—College Republicans and Butler College Democrats—are working to educate students and the surrounding community about the importance of involvement in local elections. On Nov. 8, Indianapolis residents decide whether incumbent Republican Greg Ballard or Democrat Melina Kennedy will be mayor of the city, and some Butler students are encouraging the rest of campus to participate in the election however they can. “We have a problem of apathy on campus with students not recognizing what the impacts of local elections are on their lives,” senior Angela Miller, president of College Democrats, said. “We tend to be trapped within the Butler Bubble.” Miller has been part of the organization since her freshman year and through her experience said she has seen how what happens locally in Indianapolis affects Butler students more than most of them realize. Senior Chase Smith, chairman of College Republicans, said he believes there are many beneﬁts to
paying attention to local elections. “Whether you call Indiana your home, or you are just here because you are a part of the Butler community, you are part of this state,” Smith said. “Caring about local elections, be it through volunteering for a campaign or helping in some other way, is one way to give back to this state.” Election day is quickly approaching and in order to spread the word of the upcoming polls, members of College Republicans and College Democrats have spent time assisting the candidates’ campaigns. Paige Newman, political director for College Democrats, said she has been involved in several events. Some activities include helping set up voter registration, promoting the debate that took place in Clowes Memorial Hall and attending a roundtable discussion with Kennedy. “Kennedy took an hour out of her day to meet about 25 to 30 college students at a local high school to discuss issues in the area and how to make people aware of them,” Newman said. Smith said College Republicans help out with the candidates whenever they can. Members have been volunteering in a series of events called “Operation Red November” that focus on reaching
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Butler University students Paige Newman (far left), Cole Collins (third from the left) and Drew Hogan attended the Melina Kennedy roundtable discussion. out to both large and small do anything from making calls on registration has already closed communities. behalf of candidates to walking for the mayoral elections. Hinkle “With the number of College door to door,” Smith said. Fieldhouse will house a polling Republican chapters around the Butler students are eligible to station for all Butler students who state, we can usually assemble a vote if they are registered at their are registered to vote along with respectable number of people to school address, although voter other residents of the city.
Social media jobs on the rise KATIE YOUNGEN KYOUNGEN@BUTLER.EDU
Social media jobs are a relatively new and growing option for college graduates who consider Facebook and Twitter secondary majors. Jennifer McConnell, career adviser in Butler University’s internship and career services department, said social media jobs are not uncommon today. “There has deﬁnitely been an increase [in social media jobs],” McConnell said. “It has really taken off in the past two to three years.” McConnell said that according to voluntary surveys, some class of 2011 Butler grads have gone on to work in social media jobs. Michael Kaltenmark, Butler alumnus and director of web marketing and communications, handles Butler’s social media presence. To students, he may be familiar as the person on the other end of Blue II’s leash, but Kaltenmark manages a Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and blog, among other platforms for the mascot. He said that students who aspire to work in web marketing need a
basic set of skills. “More than anything, it helps to be able to write well,” Kaltenmark said. “There are people out there who are killing it on social media without any public relations training.” McConnell said that, according to data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers highly value communication skills. “One thing [we] hear over over again from employers is to please tell students not to email like they’re texting,” McConnell said. Social media jobs are becoming a real, viable career option for college students. On Oct. 18, students may have noticed the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile roll through campus. It’s a classic American icon that provides photo ops, Oscar Mayer merchandise and jobs. Drivers of the Weinermobile are hired right out of college for oneyear paid positions to drive around the country, promote Oscar Mayer products and do public relations and marketing work. Kylie “Ketchup Kylie” Hodges and Dylan “Dyl-icious Dylan”
Hackbarth are the “hotdoggers,” that visited Butler’s campus last week. “It’s a paid road trip,” Hodges said. “And on our off day, we get to hang out with Blue.” In order to promote Oscar Mayer, the “hotdoggers” have traveled to major events in their assigned region to meet consumers and the media. “Everywhere we go we pitch to media,” Hackbarth said. “Kylie and I had a ﬁve minute interview on CNN, because it was the 75th birthday of the Weinermobile this year.” While media pitching might seem like traditional work in public relations-type positions, Hackbarth and Hodges said they devote time to social media platforms as well. Hackbarth said they use Twitter, Foursquare and blogging to update consumers about the duo’s latest adventures. “For us, our social media is our way for consumers to catch up with us,” Hackbarth said. Career opportunities such as with Oscar Mayer are becoming more readily available to students both at Butler and elsewhere.
Alcohol taskforce gathering information to send to administration KYLER NAYLOR KNAYLOR@BUTLER.EDU
In response to an increased number of alcohol-related hospital visits, the Butler Alcohol Taskforce is gathering information and plans to present recommendations to administration about potential changes to Butler University’s alcohol policy by the end of the semester. During last week’s Homecoming, some students worried that Butler would be cracking down on the festivities, often alcohol-related. “I think the message we are most comfortable with is if you choose to consume, do so responsibly,” Dean of Student Services Sally Click said. “It’s a perpetual topic of concern.” Chaired by Dean of Student Life Irene Stevens and Sarah Barnes-Diaz, coordinator for health education and outreach programs, the taskforce is comprised of a variety of representatives from the campus community, including Greek chapter presidents, residence life staff, Butler University Police Department, Council on Presidential Affairs, Peers Advocating Wellness for Students and faculty who have expertise in the area. “Right now the taskforce is in the phase of examining our campus policy,” Barnes-Diaz said. “And from that, we’ll make recommendations as a taskforce about potential policy changes or amendments on campus. “Our goal is by the end of the semester to have recommendations to send to our vice president of student affairs, Levester Johnson, with the understanding that he will be consulting with the president.” She said Johnson and President Jim Danko will have the ability to agree or disagree with the taskforce’s recommendation. As its name suggests, the taskforce, which was formed last March, has a clear goal in mind. “The university wants students to be part of a safe and responsible community,” senior Josh Ruff, a student on the taskforce, said via email. “The taskforce came about as a response to the trend of increased levels of binge drinking. We’re looking at what can be done to create a safer student community here at Butler.” In order to achieve this goal, the taskforce began gathering information this January in four
primary areas: alcohol education, student culture, alcohol policy and enforcement. But, issues with alcohol are not strictly limited to Butler. Stevens said a majority of the data comes from surveys and research that helps to compare campus data to national and state data. Barnes-Diaz said there seems to be a strong misconception about the taskforce. “It was clear to me that there is a real misconception that this is a group that is coming in and frowning upon drinking and looking to crack down on campus,” Barnes-Diaz said. “I would love for that misconception to be corrected, because this is a group of faculty, staff and students representing a lot of different organizations or areas of campus which are really involved in this issue in one way or another. There are a lot of different students with a lot of different perspectives; it’s certainly not a group that is looking to make Butler a completely dry campus.” Stevens said the addition of the taskforce raised some concerns that the campus would move toward a greater crackdown on alcohol policies or even a change in policy to a dry campus. “Are we going to be a dry campus? I don’t think so,” she said. “That’s just not in our frame of reference at this point.” Barnes-Diaz said the taskforce is trying to take everything into account. “That’s the way I love to see things operate on our campus, when we really talk to students about their thoughts and feelings,” she said. “I hope that’s clear that this has been a huge part of what we’ve done, and it’s not any sort of outside entity coming in and saying, ‘I don’t care what this campus thinks or needs.’” In the end, taskforce members said they have the best interests of students at heart and want to develop suggestions in a way that is fair, reasonable and promotes safety and healthful decisions on campus. “As a student on the taskforce, we’re there to give the university a viewpoint that they might not otherwise see,” senior Melanie Clark said. “We’re trying to get a feel for the alcohol environment.” Stevens agreed. “We’re just trying to help students be safer and make better choices so they don’t end up in the hospital,” she said.
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Bulldogs outfoxed by Marist
Huck goes down with injury as the Bulldogs struggle against the Red Foxes. LUKE SHAW LESHAW@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
Three different Butler quarterbacks hit the turf in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 at the Butler Bowl Saturday, but their combined efforts were no match for Marist senior quarterback Tommy Reilly. Reilly’s 283 passing yards and two touchdowns led the Red Foxes (3-5, 2-3) to a 28-10 win over the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-3). “We knew they were a good team coming in,” Butler coach Jeff Voris said. “Our guys played with great effort, but Marist played better.” Despite the ﬁnal score, it was Butler who came out with a strong start. Just three plays into the ﬁrst half, senior defensive back Jack McKenna nabbed an interception at the Red Foxes’ 26-yard line. The Bulldogs could not come up with a touchdown off the drive, but senior kicker David Lang put Butler on the scoreboard with a 28yard ﬁeld goal. It marked the last time Butler would score in the ﬁrst half. “We came out really hyped up, but they outplayed us, and we just didn’t respond,” sophomore cornerback Kevin Cook said.
With 5:38 left in the ﬁrst quarter, Reilly connected on a 29-yard pass to junior tight end Anthony Calcagni to give Marist a 7-3 advantage. The second half saw two more touchdowns for the Red Foxes on a 4-yard pass by Reilly and a 1-yard run by senior running back Matt Gray. The scores gave Marist a 21-3 lead going into the locker room. The Bulldogs were hit with two key injuries at the end of the second quarter as well. Senior linebacker Nick Caldicott was helped off the ﬁeld after suffering an injury during a tackle, and senior quarterback Andrew Huck suffered a shoulder injury on the last play of the half. Play was much closer in the second half, with Butler holding Marist to one touchdown and scoring one as well. “We weren’t going to bend over and let this happen,” Cook said. “There was a lot of good leadership showing at halftime.” Things began to look bleak for the Bulldogs when the Red Foxes scored another touchdown, stretching their lead to 28-3. Butler made the game respectable by scoring the ﬁnal touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, closing the deﬁcit to 28-10. Butler freshman quarterback Wade Markley recorded his ﬁrst collegiate touchdown pass with a 29-yard toss to senior wide receiver Jeff Larsen. “Those guys were put in a
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Butler senior quarterback Andrew Huck (left) tries to fend off Marist junior defensive lineman Chris Katerianakis during the Bulldogs 28-10 loss to the Red Foxes. Huck suffered a shoulder injury on the play and had to leave the game. really tough situation,” Voris said. “I thought they did well for the situation they were in.” Markley completed ﬁve of his six pass attempts for 83 yards in relief of Huck and redshirt sophomore Tom Judge. Reilly was the star of the game though. He completed 21 of 24 passes for 270 yards and two
touchdowns with one interception. Marist held a 38:58–21:02 advantage in time of possession by the end of the game and outgained Butler 431-284. Senior defensive back Andy Dauch led the team in tackles with a career-high 14 stops. “[Dauch] is a good football player,” Voris said. “He does his
job, and he’s an outstanding leader in the locker room.” Junior linebacker Jordan Ridley tallied 12 tackles for the Bulldogs. He is currently leading the Pioneer Football League in tackles. After an off-day this Saturday, the Bulldogs will be back in the Butler Bowl against Davidson Saturday, Nov. 5 at noon.
Galovska ﬁghts injuries LANCE RINKER
LRINKER@BUTLER.EDU SPORTS EDITOR
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Butler senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska (left) comes out of the net to make a play against Oregon State on Aug. 28. Galovska was recruited to Butler as a position player, but injuries forced her to give goalkeeping a try in order to stay involved with the team.
on deck Upcoming Bulldog home events
After enduring one injury after another, it seemed that Butler women’s soccer player Natalie Galovska would never catch a break. “When my doctor said I should probably call it quits, I remember thinking, ‘No, not again,’” Galovska, now a senior, said. After battling injuries through her teens, Galovska’s aspirations were realized when she was offered a scholarship to play Division I soccer at Butler. But then the aches and pains returned. During her junior season, Galovska, then a midﬁelder, suffered a pulled quadricep and was approached by coach Tari St. John about the possibility of taking a medical redshirt. Hopeful to return, Galovska declined. However, her knee buckled during a pregame warmup, ending
her season and jeopardizing her soccer career. When she approached St. John about switching from midﬁeld to goal, Galovska’s idea was well received. “I just wasn’t ready to end it,” Galovska said. “I thought maybe there was one last chance. Maybe I could help out somehow if I were in goal.” Galovska played goalie as a kid, and the Bulldogs were in need of depth at the goalkeeper position. After working with goalkeeper coach Elise Edwards during the spring and honing her skills in the summer, Galovska emerged as the Bulldogs’ top option. “There are special traits that make a good goalkeeper—risk taking and courageousness,” St. John said, “and Natalie has those. She’ll take a foot to the face if that means she’s going to save a goal for us.”
Galovska began the season as the Bulldogs’ No. 1 goalkeeper, starting nine games and amassing a 4-5 record. Her ﬁrst career victory was also her ﬁrst shutout, a 1-0 win over Indiana State. As Butler’s lone senior, Galovska’s career will be celebrated Friday in the Bulldogs’ ﬁnal home match of the regular season. “She is always there to offer advice or guidance when someone is struggling,” junior midﬁelder Kelly Grott said. “When senior night comes around, it’s going to set in that she won’t be around next year.” While sophomore Julie Burton will move into the goalkeeper role for the Bulldogs after Galovska graduates, St. John said Galovska’s presence will be missed. “She’s had a profound impact on this program with the inspiration she’s provided,” St. John said.
MEN’S SOCCER vs. Cleveland State 7:00 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL vs. Valparaiso 7:00 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER vs. Loyola 7:00 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL vs. UIC 4:00 p.m.
TENNIS Butler Alumni Match TBA
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. St. Francis 2:00 p.m.
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RotoDawg: Butler’s source for fantasy football
Oldham lifts Butler to victory
The kids are alright As an Indianapolis Colts fan, it was brutal to watch even one millisecond of the game on Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. However, from a fantasy perspective, I was giddy, as some of the Saints put up monster numbers against my favorite team. In week seven, there were many quarterback changes that resulted in anemic point totals for some quality players. These situations make the waiver wire that much more intriguing for ﬁnding quality help. Quarterback Tim Tebow looked awful for the ﬁrst 55 minutes of the Denver Broncos’ game against the Miami Dolphins. He looked unstoppable in the last ﬁve. With Tebow, you never know what you are going to get, aside from solid rushing totals. The rushing yardage makes a world of difference, and Tebow can be a borderline starter in the shallowest of leagues because of it. Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is struggling more right now than most Butler students are following Homecoming weekend. Johnson has a single 100-yard game this season. This week, Johnson squares off against the match up-friendly Colts. If Johnson doesn’t break the century mark this week, feel free to cut all ties with this ﬁrst-round bust. With Minnesota
Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder earning his ﬁrst career start on Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers, running back Adrian Peterson looked absolutely unstoppable, rushing for 175 yards. More surprising was the emergence of Michael Jenkins as Ponder’s favorite target. Jenkins’ stat line was three catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Ponder is fully utilizing Jenkins’ height, making him fantasy-relevant again. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ran wild, rushing 25 times for 253 yards and a touchdown. I try not to put too much stock in one game, but Murray seems like the real deal and has a favorable match up against the Philadelphia Eagles this week. With another strong performance, Murray could be included in a Maurice Sendak picture book. Lastly, the injury bug bit multiple marqueename players this week. Monitor Darren McFadden, Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower, Earnest Graham, Marshawn Lynch and Peyton Hillis. Contact staff writer Jerren Fair at email@example.com.
MRHINESMA@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
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Butler junior defenseman Jordan Burt (#10) uses his head to move the ball along during a match against Illinois-Chicago on Oct. 8.
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Butler sophomore goalkeeper Jon Dawson makes a save during a match against Illinois-Chicago on Oct. 8. The match ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Butler men’s soccer team broke a four-game losing streak with a nonconference victory over Evansville Saturday at Arad McCutchan Stadium. The 1-0 victory over the Purple Aces (5-7-1) also broke a scoreless streak for the Bulldogs (6-6-2, 1-2-1) that lasted for more than 400 minutes. Sophomore forward Austin Oldham ﬁred the ball past Evansville freshman goalkeeper Eric Teppen in the 36th minute. The goal was Oldham’s team-leading sixth and his second game-winning goal of the season. Junior defenseman Jordan Burt picked up the assist on the play after feeding Oldham the ball across the pitch. “It was a total team effort,” coach Paul Snape said of the scoring play. The start of the match was consistent with the past three weeks for the Bulldogs, with the Purple Aces out-shooting them 8-4. The turning point of the match was Oldham’s goal, which seemed to ignite Butler on both sides of the ball. “We had four or ﬁve opportunities to put more in the back of the net,” Snape said.
In the second half, the Bulldogs out-shot the Purple Aces 8-2 and held them to a single shot on goal. Overall, the Bulldogs outshot Evansville 13-11 and held an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Burt led a strong offensive attack for the Bulldogs with three shots on goal. Oldham added two shots on goal. Justin Sass, a junior defenseman who transferred from Evansville to Butler prior to the start of the season, turned in a strong performance against his old team with two shots on goal. Butler sophomore goalkeeper Jon Dawson quietly turned in a solid effort, recording six saves en route to the third shutout of his career. The Bulldogs will take on Horizon League opponent Cleveland State tonight at the Butler Bowl at 7 p.m. The match will be the biggest of Butler’s season thus far, with the Bulldogs looking to get in the conference tournament picture. Six teams qualify for the Horizon League Tournament at the end of the regular season. Butler is currently in seventh place, holding a similar record as Illinois-Chicago in league play. The Vikings (6-8-1, 3-2-1) currently hold third place in the league.
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Earning their place
Bulldogs grab a spot in Horizon League tournament with a win over Green Bay. ZACH ERVIN ZERVIN@BUTLER.EDU
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Butler sophomore midﬁelder Jackie Hafele (right) embraces freshman forward Stephanie Kaylor during a match against Xavier on Sept. 29.
In a game that was critical to conference standing, the Butler women’s soccer team got a crucial 2-0 win against Horizon League foe Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday. With the win, the Bulldogs (8-81, 3-4-0) clinched, at worst, a sixthplace ﬁnish in the Horizon League, which guarantees them a spot in the league tournament. “We’re good enough to be in the tournament,” freshman forward Stephanie Kaylor said. “We shouldn’t have ended our season without being in it, and we‘re relieved to have clinched a spot.” As they have done often this season, the Bulldogs came out as the aggressors against the Phoenix (3-10-4, 1-4-2). The team’s offensive pressure would be rewarded in the match’s 19th minute. The goal-scoring play started when Kaylor ﬁred the ball into the box. Phoenix senior goalkeeper Maddie Drusch attempted to break up the play, but the ball deﬂected off her hands and into the goal to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs and Phoenix and pick up its eighth victory of played an evenly-matched contest the season. Freshman forward Elise Kotsakis for the rest of the half and took the led the Bulldogs with three shots, 1-0 lead going into halftime. The Bulldogs outshot Green Bay and sophomore goalkeeper Julie 7-6 in the ﬁrst half and tallied ﬁve Burton had ﬁve saves for Butler. The win got Butler back on corner kicks. “We played really well from the track in conference play and broke beginning,” junior forward Katie a three-game losing streak. The Griswold said. “Our team really third loss in the slide came on Wednesday against Valparaiso. played as a unit.” The Crusaders (8-6-3, 4-2-1) took The second half would see no letdown from Butler, as the the decision 1-0 on Wednesday to remain in third Bulldogs took place in the only six minutes Horizon League. to notch their Butler was led second goal of by Griswold and the match. junior Rachael This time, Melendez, who Griswold drew each collected a foul in the box ﬁve shots. and received a Burton made penalty kick. “I got a pass four saves for the from someone Bulldogs in the and beat a player, STEPHANIE KAYLOR defeat. and a girl just FRESHMAN FORWARD The Bulldogs took me out,” return to action Griswold said. one last time be“It’s really nerve-wracking when fore the conference tournament you go up there, but I never make when they host Loyola under the eye contact with the goalkeeper. I lights on Friday. just pick a corner and go for it.” Loyola won their ﬁrst Horizon Griswold converted the League match on Sunday, with a opportunity, and the Bulldogs 1-0 victory over Youngstown State. took a 2-0 lead with 38 minutes The Ramblers (5-10-3, 1-4-2) are remaining. battling Cleveland State for the Butler was able to hold off Green sixth and ﬁnal spot in the league Bay for the remainder of the game tournament.
“We are relieved to have clinched a spot [in the Horizon League Tournament].”
Panthers drop Bulldogs COLIN LIKAS CLIKAS@BUTLER.EDU SPORTS EDITOR
Facing a team on a 10-match winning streak is problem enough for many volleyball teams. When the Butler volleyball team was handed that scenario on Saturday with a match against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bulldogs had to deal with an unanticipated problem as well. “We were really dead,” sophomore outside hitter Maggie Harbison said. The lack of energy exerted by the Bulldogs (10-13, 6-5) combined with strong play by the visiting Panthers (18-4, 11-0) pushed Milwaukee past Butler in three sets. The victory allowed the Panthers to remain undefeated in Horizon League action.
“Milwaukee is good, but they aren’t that good,” Butler coach Sharon Clark said. “We didn’t play very well, and it’s disappointing.” Milwaukee scored the ﬁrst four points in the opening set to create a gap that Butler was never able to close. The Panthers put together multiple point streaks behind their .371 hitting percentage and topped the Bulldogs in kills 17-10. Statistical domination translated to a 25-17 ﬁrst-set victory for Milwaukee. The second set saw the Bulldogs tally ﬁve points in six serves to pull to 15-14. The Panthers responded quickly however, putting together a ﬁve-point streak and pushing their lead to 21-15. Milwaukee closed out the set moments later, winning 25-19.
The Bulldogs picked up their ﬁrst lead of the match by grabbing an early 2-1 advantage in the third set. Butler led late in the set 21-20 before Milwaukee made a ﬁnal push to capture a 25-23 win and 3-0 match victory. “You need to have a match where you lose sometimes,” Harbison said. “Hopefully it’ll wake us up.” Freshman outside hitter Belle Obert had seven kills and 11 digs for the Bulldogs, freshman outside hitter Kelly Kyle had a team-high 10 kills and freshman libero Brooke Ruffolo added a team-high 19 digs. Butler will welcome Valparaiso and Illinois-Chicago to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday for two more conference matches. “We need to practice and work hard this week,” Clark said.
Bulldogs stumble at Memphis Invitational MATT RHINESMITH MRHINESMA@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR In the Butler women’s golf team’s last tournament of the fall season, the Bulldogs took home a 10th place team ﬁnish at the Memphis Invitational. The tournament, which ended Tuesday at the Ridgeway Country Club, featured 12 teams, including host Memphis, Boise State and Xavier. Senior Michele Nash recorded Butler’s
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Senior Michele Nash ﬁnished in a tie for ﬁfth place in the Memphis Invitational on Tuesday.
highest individual ﬁnish, tying for ﬁfth place. Nash took the course on Tuesday as the tournament leader after shooting a school record two-under-par 69 on Monday. She shot an 80 in the second round and ﬁnished the tournament with a ﬁnal-round score of 77. Junior Julia Porter was Butler’s next highest ﬁnisher, tying for 45th. She bounced back from a ﬁrst round 87 to shoot a 76 and a 79 in second and third rounds, respectively. Freshman Isabella Lambert tied for 49th after posting a three-round total of 245. Fellow freshman Jenna Peters tied for 52nd with a tournament score of 248, and senior Clare Cornelius rounded out Butler’s top ﬁve ﬁnishers with a total score of 256— good enough for 67th overall. Memphis and Sanford each took home a share of the team title after tying with a score of 913 after 54 holes. Playing on a familiar course, Marissa Steen of Memphis took home the individual title with scores of 71, 75 and 69. Kristen Tan of Xavier ﬁnished second. The Bulldogs closed out a fall season that saw them win three of the ﬁve tournaments they participated in. Butler opened the season by defeating nine other teams at the Green Bay Invitational. The Bulldogs followed up that victory by coming out on top in a 13-team ﬁeld in the Valparaiso Invitational. The team’s third championship came in the self-hosted Butler Fall Invitational. Butler beat eight teams to take that title. The Bulldogs pick up play again on Feb. 27 and 28 at the USA Women’s Invitational in Mobile, Ala.
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Sophomore outside hitter Maggie Harbison (right) sets up for a bump while freshman libero Brooke Ruffolo looks on during a recent match.
a&E the butler collegian
wednesday, october 26, 2011
BY CAITLIN O’ROURKE
John Green: Author, vlogger, world suck-remover, award-winner. Green is making his way to Clowes Memorial Hall Tuesday for the conclusion of the fall 2011 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series. It won’t be a long drive—Green is a Naptown native who lives here with his wife and son. Green has won an array of awards for his young adult novels, along with starting a YouTube channel with his brother Hank. It started the geek version of a cult following—just as Jerry Garcia had his Deadheads, the Green brothers have their nerdfighters. It’s a little much to take in. Don’t worry—we created a handy navigational tool to understand all of Green’s world.
NERDFIGHTERS nerdfighter dictionary
What is a nerdfighter? While many definitions arise on Tumblrs, websites and YouTube videos, we’ll go with the definition from Hank and John’s FAQ video: “Instead of being made out of bones and skin and tissue, [a nerdfighter] is made entirely of awesome.” Or, in Hank’s simpler definition, a nerdfighter just tries to fight against world suck— which is pretty self-explanatory, but if you need word clarification, check our nerdfighter dictionary to the left. Need more? Search “How to be a Nerdfighter: A Vlogbrothers FAQ” on YouTube.
DFTBA: Don’t forget to be awesome. Worldsuck: In essence, all the bad and/or stupid things in the world. Puppy elephants: The Green brothers asked natural selection for these, because they would have the “evolutionary advantage of being adorable.” French the llama: John’s attempt at working a phrase into daily conversation. Puff levels: John’s puff levels of his hair equal his amount of stress. Decepticon: The opposite of a nerdfighter. Giant squid of anger: A YouTube “troll.” Tiny chicken disease: When tiny chickens hatch eggs that ooze out of your nose—or, a common cold. Secret sibling: Anyone who makes video responses to On his books: The most fun I’ve ever had writing was working on “An Abundance of Katherines,” Hank and John. because it’s funny (some would say slight), and I was In your pants: An extremely able to indulge my interest in trivia and child prodigies. fun game when you start to But “The Fault in Our Stars” was by far the most fulfilling add this phrase to the end and engrossing writing experience of my life. of book titles. On “Looking for Alaska” achieving such success: I think it Notsome: The opposite resonates because it feels contemporary in a way that other of awesome. coming-of-age novels don’t, and hopefully because it assumes The Katherine: Hank’s that teenagers—both as characters and as readers—are not wife. idiots. The Yeti: John’s wife, On collaborating for “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”: Writing is a named because she—in the words of John—will lonely business. It’s quiet, contemplative work. I enjoy the quiet of be featured heavily in writing, but I also like collaborating, because sometimes I need to be pulled out of myself, both as a writer and as a person. stories and mythology On what he’ll be doing at Clowes: I’ll be reading from my new but will rarely be seen. book, “The Fault in Our Stars,” and also talking about writing and Evil baby orphanage: the internet and how I think they’re shaping each other. Once there’s a time On his vlogs: We are tremendously lucky to be part of this machine, people should growing community of people devoted to finding ways to use go back in time, take the internet to make the world a healthier and more productive all the evil dictators, place to live. such as baby Hitler, and On being recognized: It’s a lot of fun to meet nerdfighters put them in an evil baby in real life, and I’m always delighted that anyone other than orphanage to raise them as my mom watches and reads the stuff I make. Most of the nerdfighters. people who come up to me and introduce themselves So jokes: A word to replace are college students; the younger people tend to just “cool.” kind of stare at me. Stuff on heads: Doing this On the true definition of being a nerdfighter: makes you feel better about your Being a nerdfighter is essentially about life. celebrating intellectualism and finding Bedododo: Used as a greeting and ways to decrease the overall sign of happiness. worldwide level of suck. Nerdfighter hand sign: Spock’s “live long and prosper” sign done with both hands and palms facing inward.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
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Visiting Writer’s Series NatashaTrethewey Reilly Room 7:30 p.m.
Student Choreography Showcase LH310 7 p.m
Student Choreography Showcase LH310 7 p.m Percussion & Steel Drum Ensemble Concert Clowes Memorial Hall 8 p.m.
Jazz Ensembles Concert Clowes Memorial Hall 8 p.m.
harry potter the BOOKS
“Looking for Alaska”—Miles Halter lives in Florida, doesn’t have any friends and likes to find out famous peoples’ last words. He leaves home to go to Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama to find his “Great Perhaps.” Along the way, he finds Alaska, the beautiful, untouchable and broken girl of his dreams. “An Abundance of Katherines”—After being dumped by 19 girls all named Katherine, Colin Singleton sets out on a road trip with his friend to prove a “mathematical theorum he hopes will predict the future of any relationship.” “Paper Towns”—Enter another unattainable dream girl. This time her name is Margo Roth Spiegelman. Her neighbor, Quentin Jacobsen, has pined after her for years until one night she takes him on a whirlwind night adventure. It’s not as simple as it sounds—it won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson”—Co-written with David Levithan (“Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”), the novel is the story of two boys each named Will Grayson whose worlds start to intersect and cause their lives to head down new paths. “The Fault in Our Stars”— To be released in January
BUTLER NERDFIGHTERS We have nerdfighters walking around our very campus—people like Logan Richard, a senior creative writing and philosophy major, Melissa Rangel, a junior secondary education major and Eric Ellis, a junior English major. Rangel said she has watched every Green brothers video and follows their other YouTube channels. She follows both brothers on Tumblr and Facebook, along with John’s wife on Tumblr. She owns three nerdfighter posters and ordered a T-shirt as well. Clearly, the Green brothers encourage devotion. “[John Green] seems like a very smart, genuine and friendly guy who has this cool life writing books and being an Internet celebrity, and he shares it all with his fans,” Richard said. “He does these cool and crazy things like making up catchphrases and helping build water wells in Haiti. “His books are honest and thoughtful, and in his videos he blends entertainment with education seamlessly. I think that’s what people respond to—he’s just a fun person to listen to. Why wouldn’t you want a guy like that to tell you a story?” For some people it’s a lot simpler. “I’m a firm believer that the world should suck less,” Ellis said.
Wind Ensemble Concert Clowes Memorial Hall 3 p.m.
No events scheduled
Visiting Writer’s Series John Green Clowes Memorial Hall 7:30 p.m.
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Senior theater major wows KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU
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Hannah Van Nortwick performed last year at the Student Choreography Showcase. This year, more talent will be on display from many student dancers with pieces that convey emotions of life and all that comes with it.
A showcase of talent ANNE CARPENTER ACCARPEN@BUTLER.EDU ASSISTANT A&E EDITOR Dance students in the Jordan College of Fine Arts are coming together to create pieces independently choreographed to illustrate images of hope, love, loss and human connection. As part of the Student Choreography Showcase, the dancers created original pieces representative of the complexities of life. Taking place Oct. 27 and 28 in Lilly Hall 310, the performances are free and open to the Butler community. Here are just a few of the highlights in
the line up: “In Variations”— Stuart Coleman, a sophomore dance pedagogy major, will perform a piece about discovering love from all perspectives or variations. “Entre Sombras” (Within the Shadows)—Monica Munoz, a sophomore dance pedagogy major, created a piece that will illustrate the plight of being lost and hopes to elicit a connection from the audience. “(Un)Spoken Words”— Morgan Sicklick, a junior dance performance major, will present a piece of personal exploration that illustrates ﬁnding the joy and hope in loss and pain. “Loud as Hope”— Anna
Peters, a junior dance pedagogy major, created a piece that will allow the use of movement of the body to explore slow motions and a meditative state. “Paper Horses”— Lauren Reed, a junior dance performance major, will display a piece that she hopes will open up the audience to experience the music for themselves. “Place a Jazz Band on my Hearse Wagon”— Justin Metcalf-Burton, a junior dance performance major, will showcase a piece exploring the elements of blues dance, with inﬂuences of swing and Argentine tango.
Senior theater major Becca Muszynski’s senior project, devised-theater play “Split Second,” which ran last weekend, has simultaneously raised the bar for future theater students and attested to the strength of the theater program. Muszynski’s piece was a solid introduction to devised theater, or improvisation for nontheater majors. The piece had structure and a theme, but the words and attitudes of the actors were different with every performance. The end result was not seamless, but it was very well crafted. The show contained subtleties and ambiguity while also remaining very accessible and easy to follow. The cast overall related superbly to one another, and the choreography was very impressive, especially a duet featuring Medley and Moore. “Split Second” moved the audience. Stephanie Pan, a freshman digital media production major, said that the show made her cry. Pan said she was most impressed by the dancing but was disappointed by the ending, which she said “didn’t really ﬁnish [the story].” The cast was comprised of sophomores Logan Moore and Megan Medley and juniors Lauren Albert and Shane Tarplee. Freshman Madeline Carey was the stage manager. Muszynski, who directed the show, said the ﬁrst weeks of rehearsals consisted mostly of the actors improvising on the theme
of relationships. The actors experimented with different relationship scenarios and improvised choreography. Muszynski now refers to these ﬁrst few rehearsals jokingly as group therapy, as the actors brought their own personal relationship experiences to bear on their characters. One scene evokes the devastating aftermath of an affair. In the end, Muszynski said she felt the actors had the best chemistry when they improvised being siblings. The show evolved through the feeling each actor brought to their role. After some polishing and weeks of more structured rehearsal, the show was ready. “[The show] started as a vague idea, and came down to this,” Muszynski said. Indeed, the rushed ending, a few awkward transitions and a disappointingly lifeless recording of the sibling’s parents having a ﬁght were manifestations of a general immaturity that permeated the play under the surface. This immaturity was not a result of a lack of seriousness on the part of the cast and crew but rather a result of their youth. After all, the cast had to draw upon only 20 or so years of relationship experiences for their very complex characters. Muszynski and all who worked on this production have every right to be pleased with the outcome. The play was well performed and well received. This production was a pleasure to attend for the audience and also foreshadowed great success for its director.
THEATER REVIEW Becca Muszynski, a senior theater major, gave a performance last weekend that moved the audience and illustrated a real life theme of relationships. While the production may not have been seamless, the show was well crafted and connected with the audience.
Holiday invites students to a diverse celebration KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU
With the Latin American holiday of El Dia de los Muertos fast approaching, some Butler University students and Indianapolis institutions are preparing to celebrate the cultural heritage of Central Indiana’s Latino population. El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that is celebrated in multiple forms across most of Latin America. The celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, and, like All Soul’s Day, is held to bring the living closer to the memories of the deceased. Junior biology major Kelsey Coy, president of Latinos Unidos, said that cultural events like this celebration are important for the Latino community as a way to preserve their vibrant heritage. For students who are unfamiliar with this culture, Coy also said that the events give you a window into the lives of Latinos in Indianapolis. For the past 10 years the Indianapolis Art Center has been hosting a program for El Dia de los Muertos in order, according to its website, to “engage [Indianapolis] through a celebration of culture and
tradition.” This year the art center’s event takes place Oct. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. Butler University Residence Life is transporting students to and from the event, which is free. More information can be found on Residence Life’s Facebook page about the event, “Dia de los Muertos!” While All Soul’s Day is a day of passive remembrance, the Day of the Dead celebrations are vibrant and active. Children craft altars and shrines for dead relatives, families make skeletonshaped treats and communities gather for dancing and music. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census, almost 10 percent of the population of Marion County identiﬁes themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Coy attributed the data to the fact that Indianapolis offers many job opportunities and an accepting culture. The Indianapolis Art Center’s Day of the Dead programming is an example of this acceptance. “You can ﬁnd celebrations of Dia de los Muertos in larger cities like Chicago and in many communities in the Southwest,” said Michelle Gunter, director of the Art Center. “It’s not as common here in the Midwest, so our celebration is really
something for Indianapolis to be proud of.” Coy said that while Butler itself is not very diverse—12 percent of freshmen in 2010 identiﬁed with being any ethnicity other than white, according to Butler’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program Freshman Survey— being attuned to other cultures is extremely important. Coy said she hopes Latinos Unidos and local events such as the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Indianapolis Art Center and FIESTA Indianapolis will encourage Butler students to be more involved in National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is going on right now. Butler’s website said Latinos Unidos’ goal is to create awareness of Latino culture by getting students involved in social, educational, political and community outreach. “There’s something very interesting happening here in Indianapolis,” Gunter said, “a blending of centuries-old traditions with new artistic interpretations of those traditions.” For more information about joining Latinos Unidos, contact Coy at kccoy@ butler.edu. The group is also sponsoring a speaker, Priscilla Ruiz Guillen, in Jordan Hall 141 at 7 p.m. today.
Clowes brings the kitchen to campus PETE WELDY PWELDY@BUTLER.EDU
If you’ve ever seen Iron Chef America, then you’ve seen men clad in eccentric costumes running around chopping the heads off ﬁsh. Jonathon Sawyer, a sous chef on the show, won’t be chopping off any ﬁsh heads when he and celebrity chef Robert Irvine make their debut at Clowes Memorial Hall Nov. 16 for a charity cooking show. Robert Irvine, who made a recent trip to Indianapolis to renovate the Snooty Fox on 86th Street, has an impressive slew of clients, including the Queen— that’s right—of England. Irvine also hosts “Dinner: Impossible,” a show that challenges him to cook a meal under intense time and resource constraints. Both men own and operate restaurants around the country, and they are coming to Butler as a part of “Clowes Off Center,” a new alternative lineup of events at the auditorium. “These are events that don’t fall into our subscription package,” said Joshua Lingenfelter, director of marketing for Clowes. “These will be anything from comedy to concerts to performance art.”
Part of the stage itself will be transformed into a kitchen, where the two chefs will perform a cooking demonstration. The live cooking demo is projected to a large screen above the stage and features close up cameras for greater detail. Before the show, a spot at the “Chef’s Table” will be auctioned. The winner will be able to partake in the evening’s meal. All proceeds from the event beneﬁt the Mozel Sanders Foundation, a notfor-proﬁt organization that helps feed the elderly, medically conﬁned and needy. “Butler has had a long relationship with the foundation,” Lingenfelter said. The foundation expects to deliver nearly 40,000 meals for Thanksgiving, many of which will be prepared at Butler. Neither celebrity chef was available for comment, but if you pay up, you’ll be able to meet them in person after the performance, which starts at 7:30. Bring your good intentions and a fork. Tickets are $40 or $175, depending on your seating preferences. The latter option will get you a VIP pass and an on-stage seat.
Photo courtesy of Clowes Robert Irvine comes to Clowes in Nov. with Sawyer.
Clowes Off Center lineup Celebrity Chefs: Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Street Drum Corps presents “BANG!”: Fri. Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Playing for Change: Fri. Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Photo from MCT
A close-up of a Day of the Dead mask is on display at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Butler students are celebrating the event.
WITHIN THIS ISSUE
Use these clues to ﬁll in words and phrases from this week’s issue of The Butler Collegian. ACROSS 1. Butler University formed this type of task force last March. 6. This room on campus has recently been renovated. 8. Author John Green has a group of followers that call themselves this. 9. The College Republicans’ chairman is Chase___. 10. This university senate recently voted to have the option of closed meetings. 11. The health center is seeing an increase in this testing. 12. This type of media job is on the rise. 13. Butler University’s football team was defeated by this red mascot on Saturday. DOWN 2. Butler University is looking for a new dean for this college. 3. Chuck Williams is the dean of this college. 4. Twenty ____ is how long it takes to get results from an HIV test. 5. President Jim Danko is looking to improve this. 7 Angela Miller is the president of College ____. 11. This Butler men’s sports team broke a four-game losing streak this past Saturday.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
Faculty senate needs transparency
OUR POINT THIS WEEK: Faculty Senate’s recent vote to have an option for closed-door sessions removes transparency. | VOTE: 33-0
utler University Faculty Senate members voted Oct.18 to give themselves the option of holding closed-door sessions in the future, a blow to transparency that possibly could remove important faculty and student interaction with the assembly. We at The Butler Collegian believe anything that denigrates the transparency of a voting body is concerning, especially a body that has been open to the entire Butler community on all occasions. Faculty Senate discusses key issues with many stakeholders. From being lobbied by Butler’s librarians when they desired faculty status to leading the debate regarding the fate of CCOM’s creation, this group has discussions that the entire university community should be privy to. The Collegian is especially concerned with comments vice chair Doug Spaniol made at the last meeting regarding one of the reasons the language was added— to keep Collegian writers out.
The Collegian covers the meetings to inform the university community, which is similar to how other papers cover governmental meetings. We don’t need to talk or interact at these meetings at all; we simply want to listen and gain story ideas and insight from an important part of our university—its faculty. The senators claim this change was prompted by concerns from non-tenured senators who felt uncomfortable speaking about sensitive issues in front of top administrators, as well as a suggestion from President Jim Danko and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Comstock that top administrators should not be usual attendees at Faculty Senate. If having the option of closed meetings was aimed at removing top administrators from the discussion, the senate should have made its measure speciﬁc instead of going on to include other faculty, students and The Collegian in those that could be barred from attending.
Letters to the Editor Students should use their options to improve campus dining In light of recent Collegian articles pertaining to the Butler University food services, I felt it relevant to raise awareness for our campus food committee. The Butler Cuisine Bureau, a subcommittee for the Council on Presidential Affairs, is comprised of ten students. This committee exists to serve the student body in addressing any issues pertaining to food and to propose future changes to menus, dining locations, meal plans, etc. If students have a complaint, concern or suggestion, please utilize the Butler Cuisine Bureau as a way to bring about positive change for our campus dining program. The committee may be reached by contacting the CPA student affairs coordinator Anna Rouche (email@example.com), or the Butler Cuisine Bureau chair Kyle Frantz (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition to the Butler Cuisine Bureau, there are also many other ways students may have input into the dining program. These include: Emailing email@example.com with ideas, comments, critiques, and/or compliments. Filling out comment cards which are located in each facility— ﬁll one
out and you’ll get a reply. Completing the dining survey, administered every semester, by going to www.college-survey.com/ butler. Enter for a chance to win great rewards too. Sharing concerns/ideas directly with a manager. Other opportunities of note: Ed Campbell, Atherton manager, is available to consult with students with special dietary needs/ restrictions. This year, a new grab-and-go container option is available in Residential College during lunches to assist those who may have limited time at lunch. -Kyle Frantz, junior
Pharmacy comic misrepresents reality and university I ﬁnd the cartoon portrayed in last week’s Collegian entitled “White Coat Culture” to be completely biased, inaccurate, and unsubstantiated. No one can deny that the pharmacy job market is beginning to level out. Older pharmacists have delayed retirement and some chain drugstores have cut back hours. There are no longer large sign-on bonuses or a multitude of job offers for new graduates. However, Butler pharmacy students have no issues obtaining
Even then, blocking top administrators is trying to ﬁx a problem that doesn’t actually exist this year in the senate. Comstock and Danko haven’t regularly shown up to meetings and have said they would respectfully stay away unless invited or giving reports. Senators asserted minutes would still be available to faculty if a meeting went into closed-door debate, but minutes do not show everything. Faculty Senate meeting minutes, as they are written now, are a pitiful representation of the discussion that actually occurs at these meetings. We’re concerned a meeting’s closure would come out of a lack of willingness from some senators to stand behind their comments. Regardless of a faculty member’s tenure status, these individuals should take their role on the senate seriously enough to represent their constituents openly in all situations, and not be afraid of the university community knowing about it. Would U.S. citizens stand for
a senator who felt uncomfortable voicing their opinions on important issues? Certainly not. Before stepping into a governing role, senators should know that they are going to be covered by the press and responsible for their comments. The senate is made up of adults who choose to represent their colleagues in public. Members choose to voice their opinions on behalf of their peers, and they should not feel intimidated to present an unpopular position. In an academic environment, openness and dialogue should be the norm. It’s during the discussion on sensitive and important matters when the most people should be included, not just a select few. The vote is done, but Faculty Senate members should think hard about the importance of transparency before deciding to hold closed-door meetings, and the rest of the university community should demand transparency from such an inﬂuential group in all cases.
jobs after graduation. Here’s some math: More than 80 per cent of the 2010 graduating class had secured positions before April. I think that sounds really good on paper. Butler will need to face new challenges as new pharmacy schools open in order to keep its students in high demand. This is why COPHS constantly evaluates its curriculum in order to produce highly qualiﬁed and respected graduates. Also keep in mind, though, that the demand for pharmacists is evergrowing. The U.S. population is steadily becoming older as the “baby boomer” generation begins to age, and thus requires more stringent medical evaluation. Additionally, pharmacists hold many positions beyond the community practice setting (i.e., Walgreens). They play an integral role in hospitals, long-term/extended-care facilities like nursing homes, clinics, and industry (like Eli Lilly). So, if you actually do the math, Butler produces graduates that do have job security due to its highly respected program.
assembled work. I do have one growing concern that reared its ugly head, as of late. I would like to bring attention to the cartoons that have been published in recent weeks in The Collegian. I enjoy reading political cartoons because they are supposed to make the reader really question whatever the cartoon is focusing on. However, I feel that The Collegian’s cartoons are more negatively implicative and less playful and thoughtful. This is not a shot at the artist, for I am aware that The Collegian commissions the artist to draw these cartoons. I would like to speak up and say that I have heard negative response about these recent cartoons from students of all different walks of campus life, and I am speaking out as one of them. So far I have not fallen into a ‘category’ that one of the cartoons has called out, but I sympathize with those that feel negatively categorized. In the cartoons, problems that occur at Butler are demonstrated in a very protagonist/antagonist way and are not allowed many redeeming qualities. Sure we all have ﬂaws, but the exploitation of one group’s ﬂaws over another’s is not what I want my Butler Collegian to encourage. It is not necessary to make political cartoons neutral. They are supposed to be intelligent and edgy. But edgy doesn’t have to mean public condemnation of a group stereotype.
-Chad Lesczynski, P4 pharmacy student
Comics go too far, don’t cover all sides As I read The Butler Collegian in passing, I ﬁnd it to be a solidly
-Abby Robison, junior
Commencement speakers deserve a stipend
ollege graduation is a big deal. It’s a huge deal. It’s a deal big enough that schools like Stanford University, Harvard University and the College of William and Mary have had commencement speakers such as Steve Jobs, J.K Rowling and Jon Stewart. While Butler University is not Harvard or Stanford, it is unacceptable that the university doesn’t put forth more of an effort— or a check—to have inﬂuential people speak to graduates. Butler does not pay, and the Board of Trustees now decides who can come to speak at Butler’s commencement based on eligibility to receive an honorary degree. This is problematic because students don’t have much of a say as to who they would like to see as commencement speaker. Although students can nominate someone for an honorary degree, it is ultimately the board’s decision. “I wish a student or a couple of students served on the committee that decides the commencement speakers, especially senior class ofﬁcers,” senior class president Chris Beaman said in an interview
An honorary degree is quite prestigious, but it is insulting of to offer nothing more to speakers than a handshake and a diploma. with the Collegian. Butler prefers to stick to commencement speakers who have a close tie to the university, such as the speaker having a family member who attends the university or if the speaker previously has worked for the university. It is admirable that Butler wants to keep the close connections that it has made throughout the community, but after spending four years within the bubble, students
should have someone from FONG: Butler’s outside who can bring a fresh former president perspective instead of the same, was the 2011 tired speech about The Butler Way. commencement The issue with this system speaker. is the lack of compensation on Butler’s part. Although the university covers the cost of travel and lodging, it does not pay the speaker. There also is a sentiment that a degree is worth more than money Bobby Fong. to our commencement speakers. While Fong did a lot for Butler, “I think it is important for a it was unfair to students to hear the school our size and for a school of same speaker from freshman year our stature to say that an honorary at their graduation ceremony. degree from Butler is much more A commencement speaker meaningful than a dollar amount should be someone who has we could give,” Beaman said. attained success, is well-known, but While an honorary degree is can also impart a fresh perspective quite prestigious, it is seemingly onto a crowd of terriﬁed students insulting of the university to offer who are being turned out into the nothing more to commencement professional world. speakers than a handshake and a While Butler has to stay within diploma. Butler is not as large as its monetary limits when it comes the Ivy League universities who to deciding upon a commencement attract high-proﬁle speakers, but speaker, university ofﬁcials should the university should still offer a still work to ensure that the stipend to those who come to speak. quality of the speaker coming for Even last year, the opportunity graduation students isn’t suffering. to have a fresh commencement speaker was shot down in favor Contact Opinion Editor Alexa Smith at of Butler’s outgoing president firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Protest must do more than occupy O ccupy Wall Street slowly has been getting more national news attention in the past week and a handful of Bulldogs have taken up the cause here in Indianapolis. I can wholeheartedly agree with their posted goals, and I offer my support to the movement as a whole. However, I hesitate to say they will succeed. The movement’s website said money has always been a part of the political system. “A system based on the haves and have nots…will inevitably lead to a situation where the haves ﬁnd a way to rule, whether by the sword or by the dollar,” occupywallst.org said. At the risk of raining on the protest, I don’t see that maxim getting changed any time soon. Especially if the movement comrpomises. Compare it to the many waves of feminist protest in the United States. While important milestones have been hard won, no reasonable person can argue that the sexes are equal. Butler University students have joined Occupy Indy protests to express their frustration with a system that advocates hard work but offers little reward or security. The American Dream appears like a lottery wheel that only hands out to those who already have privilege. “I think the movement is expressive of a general frustration with loss of control, loss of socio-economic security,” junior politcal science major Nicholas Hochstedler said. More globally, the movement has spawned a huge viral response on Facebook, other social media sites and in other countries. “People are ﬁnally mobilizing against classism,” Hochstedler said. A poll conducted by the Associated Press shows that as many as one in three Americans support the movement, in part because of growing wealth disparity. “The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer,” junior political science
Occupy Indy ﬁght is for the right cause, but Bulldogs who participate shouldn’t hold their breath for reform. major Mike Callaway said. “It’s about getting the money and greed out of politics.” As one can gather from their statement above, Occupy Wall Street is not merely angry at the ﬁnancial sector, but at all governing forces. Money can’t rule politics unless politicians take the money. And no one can deny that almost every politician takes the money. In fact, it is precisely because the movement condemns the entire social structure of the U.S., of both government and corporations, that I ﬁnd the protests admirable. But something tells me that American politicians enjoy having deep pockets and won’t simply give it back. They’ve been accused of corruption and greed before. More locally, Butler students might notice the economy is suffering. Some worry about employment after graduation. They have good reason to fear an unemployment rate that various reports estimate is between 9 and 20 percent. “The middle class is disappearing,” Hochstedler said. “Student loans were hard to pay off before this.” “Most of us are getting undergraduate degrees,” Callaway said. “And that doesn’t mean what it used to. I think a lot of kids from Butler are going to have trouble paying off their debts and getting jobs. I don’t think I
SPEAKING SHOULDN’T SCARE
Photo by Caitlin O’Rourke
Occupy Wall Street Protesters sit at the feet of the statue of Thomas Hendricks outside of the Indiana State Capitol building in Indianapolis. Butler University students have joined the rallies. will be able to pay off $80,000 of debt.” There are, of course, exceptions. Self-made captains of industry have punctuated the history of this nation. To try to argue that their experience is somehow typical, however, insults both those men and women and the entire lower class. And even in some of the harshest slums in the United States, social scientists struggle to ﬁnd individuals who do not believe in hard work and meritocracy. Regardless of work ethic, Americans should honor the age-old virtues of compassion and community. “You measure a society by how they treat the least well off,” Hochstedler said. The issue isn’t just for those struggling in this economy, either. The upper-most 1 percent have to deal with the 99 percent as a political force. And we should show compassion, Hochstedler said. That’s not a new idea, nor one that should shock the vast majority of Collegian readers. But before everyone gets “99%” tattooed on themselves, a huge point needs to be addressed. While they have clear goals, the protesters have challenged some of the most powerful
IV seems to have gained a stigma in America as a disease that college students aren’t at risk of contracting. Many people are unwilling to get tested for HIV simply because they think there is no way that they could have it. I understand that it is very unlikely to contract HIV if you have not had unprotected sex or shared needles. Let’s be real though, we all know that protection isn’t 100 percent effective. Even if you are so sure that you do not have HIV, why not get tested anyway? Instead of spending a night watching television with your friends or sitting in your room being unproductive, take a break and get tested for free here on campus in Health Services at the HRC on Nov. 1, 15 or 29. Some people are afraid of taking an HIV test in the case that they test positive. This can mean they spend months, even years, worrying about possibly having HIV, when they might not even have it. I know that sometimes people are also afraid of the testing process. Now, this may be a little harsh, but get over it now. If you are afraid of something
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People should know their status
By Hali Bickford
establishments in the world with nothing more than democratic ideals. The body politic has passed incredibly controversial examples of corporate welfare before—the multi-billion-dollar bailouts, to name the most recent. These few protesters face very tough odds of effecting change. A handful of students in Indianapolis have to scream quite loudly to be heard in New York City and Washington, D.C. My fear is that Occupy Wall Street will endorse a handful of candidates who offer big, sincere promises and then ﬁnd themselves safely pushed to the side while everyone else continues business as usual. So my message to the protesters is this: do not compromise. Do not trade legitimate frustration and even anger for piecemeal reforms that might “get the ball rolling”. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
that one day might be the only way to save your life, then now is a perfect time to get past it. I’m not the person you’ll ﬁnd running around the hospital in a testing cheerleading uniform, but I also know that sometimes you have to suck it up. In almost every case, it is better to know your status ofﬁcially than not to know. If you are diagnosed as HIV negative, your mind will instantly be put at rest, you can stop worrying and move on. It’s like taking a test that you know you are going to do great on. When you get it back, it still feels really good. People who are infected, but are unaware of it are not able to take advantage of the medical attention that can keep them healthy and extend their lives, nor do they have the knowledge to protect their current or future partners from becoming infected. Early medical attention can slow the progress of HIV. The slower the virus spreads, the longer an infected body will be able to ward off the illnesses and life-threatening conditions that often accompany AIDS.
Getting tested for HIV is not a waste of time, but a good start to a healthy life. Getting tested for HIV is not a matter of, ‘I don’t need to know.’ If you think there is no possible way you have HIV, then get tested and have proof. For all college students, asking for proof from your partners is a good step in building trust and empowering your own health. I am pretty sure that if you have known someone for less than 24 hours that you do not have any basis to trust that person, so if you could see that they were being honest, it would be a step in the right direction to respecting yourself and each other. Contact Erin Drennan at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Reid Bruner
What building on campus do you think needs renovation and why?
“Gallahue needs renovations for its bio labs. Many of the tools and basic supplies are not modernized.” Ryan Love Sophomore
“Ross Hall needs to be brought to the 21st Century. For instance, Central Air should be brought in.” Mit “Mittens” Patal Junior
“The cafeterias in Atherton because for the money we pay we should have a cleaner enivironment where we eat.” Alyssa Setnar Freshman
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“Whenever I see this gazebo it always reminds me about how beautiful and serene the Butler campus is.” -Lindsay Higginbotham Freshman
annnnnnnnd the RX games have started! #clusters @roxx615 @ThePassTheBand is fresh off of @CMJnetwork in NYC and they’ll be in the Reilly Room on Friday! BE THERE. @BUCoffeehouse Just had an interview and the interviewer said that @butleru students are def. stepping up the competition with work experience. #goBU! @emilyelliott2 missing all of the distractions @ButlerBlue2 brings to the ofﬁce and jealous that he got to sleep in today. #mondaynotsofunday @jegill21
BUTLER FOOTBALL HOMECOMING GAME
The Bulldogs fell to the Red Foxes 28-10 in the Homecoming game on Saturday. Butler senior quarterback Andrew Huck left the game in the ﬁrst half after suffering a shoulder injury. The loss moved the Bulldogs to 4-4 on the season, including a 2-3 record in Horizon League play. Butler’s next game will be Nov. 5 against Davidson at the Butler Bowl.
TOP LEFT: Hink looks on as the Butler Marching Band plays at the halftime show. TOP RIGHT: Sophomore defensive back Jayme Szafranski makes a tackle on special teams early in the game. BOTTOM LEFT: Senior quarterback Andrew Huck avoids a tackle from junior defensive lineman Terrence Fede in the ﬁrst half. Huck left the game at halftime with a shoulder injury. BY TAYLOR COX