COLLEGIAN Fong dismisses lawsuit Jennifer Pignolet email@example.com Monday, Butler University officially dropped the libel lawsuit against “John Doe, aka Soodo Nym,” the author of a blog that ignited controversy on campus, university President Bobby Fong said in a memo to the faculty yesterday. Junior political science major Jess Zimmerman, the student behind the pseudonym of Soodo Nym, was identified to the administration through subpoenas as a result of the lawsuit and to the rest of campus through an interview with The Butler Collegian two weeks ago. The issue began in October 2008 when Zimmerman began the blog which operated until the administration sent an e-mail to the TrueBU address listed on the site and threatened a lawsuit. Zimmerman removed the site from the Internet Jan. 4, but Butler filed a suit Jan. 8. The suit also mentions two “threatening” and “intimidating” e-mails sent to Butler administrators, but Zimmerman stated he authored only one, sent Dec. 25. After the revelation of the lawsuit and the identity of Soodo Nym, the story hit the national market, garnering coverage from Inside Higher Education, “The Huffington Post,” The Indianapolis Star and several other online outlets.
While the lawsuit has been dismissed before his name was ever legally attached to the situation, Zimmerman is now going through an internal judiciary process at Butler. Zimmerman said he is being charged with violating three statutes of the student conduct code. In an address to the Faculty Senate yesterday morning, Fong mentioned Zimmerman would be taken through the process, but he would not be able to comment on the details, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). “Late last week, I was notified that the Office of Student Affairs had begun [internal] proceedings,” Fong said in a statement read to the faculty. “In turn, I directed the university attorney to request that the court dismiss the lawsuit against John Doe.” In an interview with The Collegian, Fong stated he had hoped the whole issue could have been resolved internally. “The fact that it’s gone on the Internet is not the choice of the university, and I deeply regret that,” Fong said. Fong also stated the issue became intertwined with that of Zimmerman’s father, Michael Zimmerman, whose contract as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was not renewed at the end of the last academic year.
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Librarians propose motion for faculty status Hayleigh Colombo firstname.lastname@example.org
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MOTION: Dean of Libraries Lewis Miller and Associate Dean for Public Services Sally Neal spoke to the Faculty Senate yesterday.
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If there’s one thing Butler University students can always count on, it’s a silent library in which to get their homework done. However, librarians across campus won’t be quiet for long. At the Faculty Senate meeting yesterday morning, the Faculty Affairs committee, on behalf of Butler’s librarians, proposed a motion that might grant them faculty status. The motion, which will be voted on at the next Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday, is comprised of two parts: one, that faculty status be extended to the professional librarians, and two, that this will allow currently employed librarians to choose between a non-tenure track or to initiate a tenure review process. The motion also proposes that all future position searches be for tenure-track librarians. “[Having faculty status] would hold librarians to a higher standard,” Dean of Libraries Lewis Miller said at the meeting. “It’s very important to maintain the momentum that we already have.” Miller said the motion was proposed in part because of the movement that universities have taken to grant faculty status to librarians statewide and nationwide. The American Library Association released information last week on 2008 library trends and statistics for Bachelor of Arts granting institu-
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Despite lawsuit, students say they are willing to continue blogging Brock Beneﬁel bbeneﬁe@butler.edu Though it has warranted two appearances from President Bobby Fong at Faculty Senate meetings and multiple memos, Fong wrote Oct. 19 that the school will not sue a student over online speech. “The university did not, has not and will not sue Jess Zimmerman,” Fong wrote. “His public claim that the university has done so is false. The university filed the lawsuit against ‘John Doe,’ the anonymous blogger, because it did not know who Soodo Nym was.” Since Fong first addressed the senate Oct. 13 and Zimmerman admitted to being the TrueBU blogger, the lawsuit has raised questions over the implications of the litigation. School administrators have been adamant that this case is not setting precedent. “As many have noted, recent litigation sets a dangerous precedent not only for the regulation of blogs, but for student speech generally,” Caleb Hamman, who co-founded the Butler Underground, a blog that formed following the termination of TrueBU, said. Levester Johnson, vice president of student affairs, said Butler is not setting a precedent, as other universities have stood against online speech they feel is illegal. “Campuses and courts have been very clear as to what line that is,” Johnson said. “You can’t threaten anybody. You can’t intimidate anybody.” Johnson cited the push by multiple colleges and student governments to ban Juicy Campus last fall as one example of universities regulating offensive content online. Last week, according to the Claims Journal, two former Yale
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University Law School students settled a lawsuit with anonymous bloggers who posted sexually harassing and threatening messages about them on the Internet. Johnson said despite successful legislation, offensive content online will always be around. “Technology and the use of technology are going to be seen much like alcohol in the university environment,” he said. “We have done enough to try and enforce laws to establish campus policies and to educate, but we’re only able to keep it at bay so much.” Bill Watts, an assistant professor of English who has been vocal about his opposition to the lawsuit, said Butler is still in dangerous territory. “I agree with Dr. Fong that certain kinds of speech—including hate speech—should not be protected on campus,” Watts said in an e-mail response. “However, Dr. Fong and Provost Jamie Comstock are trying to draw the line between protected and unprotected speech in precisely the wrong place.” Johnson said the university openly welcomes the exchange of opinions, including those that are unpopular to school administrators. However, he said the TrueBU blog was anything but a free exchange of ideas. “When you make it personal and talk about an individual in that sense,” Johnson said, “you leave yourself open for being challenged yourself on whether you’re putting the truth out or not, whether you’re damaging someone’s character or whether you’re creating an environment where this person feels intimidated.” Christina Lear, a senior English student who is employed by the university to produce a blog, said she has been critical of the school’s lawsuit and has not received any backlash. “The Jess Zimmerman case is a big issue on campus, and I know
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prospective students will know that,” Lear said. “I think if none of the students are talking about it, that’s more concerning than someone commenting it.” Johnson said the university will continue to help students better understand the dangers of the Internet. “We believe that more can be done and should be done to educate people,” he said. Fong said he hopes that this incident will be cause for conversation on how faculty and students should address online speech. The president said no rules will be added at this time. “It would be inappropriate for us to try to initiate those discussions while a process is still going on,” he said. “Inevitably, a general discussion of these things would be tied in to a proceeding.” Johnson said he continues to partner with Tyler Johnston, systems support project coordinator, during orientation to present programs on proper Internet use to incoming students. Despite the lawsuit, some students said they will go about their business and continue producing online content like before. “Campus blogs differ in importance depending on the setting,” Hamman said. “They need be no more than marginal in a place where students are allowed free and substantive input in university policy. It appears this is no longer the sort of university we have—a case in which diverse outlets of speech are of the utmost importance.” For Fong, the campus still has to adapt to the issues of online speech. “We are trying to find an appropriate balance between free exchange of ideas and protection for the community,” he said. “People have honest disagreements on where the line should be drawn. Maybe it’s not the same for every situation.”
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Hayleigh Colombo email@example.com When Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a child, he loved imagining his name being paged when he went to the doctor’s office. “I just imagined they’d call ‘Dr. Carson, Dr. Carson’ to the ER,” Carson said. But he said he never thought he’d get that far. Carson, addressing the Butler University and Indianapolis community at a Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series, said that even though he eventually ended up going to medical school, he was called ‘dummy’ as a child. “Not everything we do is successful,” Carson said. “Dreams aren’t always good.” Carson’s lecture, which focused on both the importance of formative education and having a good sense of humor, started with a disclaimer to the audience. “It’s not my intention to offend anyone here tonight,” Carson said. “And if anyone here is offended, too bad.” Meghan Moed, a Butler senior, attended the lecture and said she thought Carson’s comment was her favorite part of the night. “It sheds light on how easily offended people are in today’s society,” Moed said. “We automatically jump to the defense. It also showed how so much emphasis is placed on what is politically correct rather than speaking your mind.” Carson said he believed sharing one’s thoughts, even if they are of a dissenting nature, is extremely important to the learning process. “It’s vitally important that people talk,” Carson said. “And they should not be afraid of the vocal
minority that tries to control them.” Carson said that when a group is dissenting against an organization or administration, the best thing they can do is try to be helpful. “Come up with solutions,” Carson said. “[Don’t] just criticize.” The rest of the lecture focused on Carson’s life story, most of which was filled with trials and tribulations that he said helped him get where he is today. Carson grew up moving from one unsafe area to another, and his family was faced with economic troubles. Carson’s mother, who did not know how to read, required Carson and his brother to read two books from the library every week and turn in book reports, which he said helped him academically.
Carson said he applied to his alma mater, Yale University, because he only had enough money to apply to one college. He based his decision on the college that won the final round on an old college trivia showdown television program, he said. Although Carson succeeded in college, he was accepted into medical school on a whim, he said. Carson knew he was smart, but he thinks the reason he was accepted was because, during his interview, he talked about jazz with his interviewer after noticing a jazz album in the man’s office. “[It goes to show that] there is no knowledge that is useless knowledge,” Carson said. Carson said in the lecture that he believes many of the problems in America are due to substandard
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, spoke at Clowes Memorial Hall last week about the importance of education.
education. “We have a very serious problem,” he said. Addressing the fact that African-American students tend to receive substandard education and do not succeed academically, Carson said the issue is in the perception that African-American students have toward education. “They grow up not seeing people that look like them in their history books,” Carson said. He said a remedy to this issue is to let AfricanAmerican students know the many improvements people of their race have made to America, beginning what he called a “five-minute history lesson.” Carson rattled off names and accomplishments of African-Americans and said that if African-American students were told this more often, they would believe they had room to succeed. “Diversity is not a problem,” Carson said. “It’s a strength.” Even though African-American students might be economically disadvantaged, Carson said they should not use this as an excuse to devalue education. “When things aren’t ideal economically, that’s just an opportunity,” Carson said, urging students to spend time reading in their local libraries. Moed said she enjoyed the lecture because it inspired her to reconsider the value of her education. “[Carson’s] intelligence is not intimidating but exciting,” Moed said. “It makes you want to learn as much as you can about everything.” Bobby Fong, president of Butler, said Carson’s lecture was an important event at the university because of the value he sees in improving education. “These aren’t idle words,” Fong said at the lecture. “[Carson’s about] maximizing the potential in each child.”
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Waxman-Markey bill, proposed energy legislation, debated at expert panel Elizabeth Moy firstname.lastname@example.org One of the current hot-button issues in Washington is the WaxmanMarkey bill and the debate over the truth behind climate change. A panel was held Thursday evening in the Pharmacy Building to discuss and debate the bill, which has passed in the House of Representatives and will be voted on in the Senate. The panel included experts in business, environment and government. The panel members were Richard Mourdock (Indiana State Treasurer), Dwayne Burke (Indianapolis Power & Light), Jim Stanley (Duke Energy Indiana), Jesse Kharbanda (Hoosier Environmental Council), Sam T. Karnick (The Heartland Institute), Jeff Petersen (Indiana Tea Party), Richard Cockrum (Capitol Assets) and Terrence Black (Green Way Supply). The Waxman-Markey bill is legislation that, if passed, would mandate
a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 83 percent reduction by 2050. It’s often referred to as a “cap and trade” bill. The panel included several individuals who felt strongly in favor of the bill, and some that disagreed with the bill and the existence of climate change in general. Science and Technology in Society (STS) professor Carol Reeves said the aim of the panel was to educate students and citizens on the bill rather than sway their opinion one way or another. “The aim was to have a public discussion of the bill,” Reeves said. “I wanted the audience to be diverse, and I wanted all these views to come out on the table and for the panelists to challenge each other.” Reeves’ STS class, The Rhetoric of Climate Change, was in charge of putting the event together along with the Center for Urban Ecology and Butler’s Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC). The two leaders of the project were seniors Julie Elmore and Nashaat Yunus.
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YAY OR NAY: A panel of experts debated the WaxmanMarkey bill last week before members of the Butler community.
campusbriefs Student remembered two years after his death Olivia Ingle email@example.com Jeffrey Harrison died two years ago this week. Hodgkin’s disease took his life before he could fulfill his dream of becoming a pharmacist. But in the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building, he is still remembered for his insight and determination. “I think he touched a lot of people because he was so courageous when facing death,” Michael Vance, a pharmacology professor, said. “He knew he was dying and never got bitter about it. He is one of the most phenomenal people I have met in my life.” Lisa Markus said that, as the honors program coordinator, she is privy to many amazing “Aha!” moments and the astounding quests students embark on in their learning at Butler. She wishes these moments were topics of discussion on campus because they seem to get forgotten, she said. Harrison had many of these moments while fighting his disease. Harrison came to Butler in 2001 as a freshman and quickly became engrossed in his school work and extracurricular activities. He was active in many political groups on campus and was a member of the Jewish group, Hillel. Throughout high school, Harrison battled the disease. He thought he was cured, but in 2003, the disease reappeared. Harrison took refuge in everything Butler had to offer. He became very active with the Center for Faith and Vocation and explored different religions. “He had a spirit of determination and a very strong sense of ethics, knowing the difference between right and wrong,” Robert
Marcus, Harrison’s Hillel advisor, said. “He was a fighter for right, a fighter for his own life, a fighter for his health and a fighter for the cancer that eventually took his life.” Vance said Harrison was an insightful, deep thinker. “I remember the discussion we had in class on Sept. 11, 2001,” Vance said. “His insight was amazing. He had so much knowledge of the world.” As Harrison’s illness made him weaker, he still didn’t give up. He was at Butler for six or seven years but only made it to his second year of pharmacy school. His illness kept putting him further and further behind in his pharmacy class. “He never used his illness as an excuse,” Stephanie Enz, Harrison’s academic advisor, said. “He worked hard through all of it and always made the attempt to be in class and lab. I was amazed by his endurance and his dedication to being here.” Harrison didn’t get to live long enough to receive his pharmacy doctorate degree, but the university felt that he had worked hard and put out a great effort. At Butler’s graduation in May 2007, about seven months after his death, Butler rewarded Harrison’s family with a bachelor’s degree of pharmacy in Harrison’s name. “It meant a great deal to his parents,” Marcus said. “It was a very heartwarming experience for them.” Harrison’s legacy lives on through the people who reached out to him, through the Center for Faith and Vocation and his family and friends. Harrison’s legacy also lives on through an article he wrote that was published in “The Secular Humanist” in the spring of 2007. The article describes Harrison’s “Aha!” moment when trying to find reason for his illness.
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Gregory protects influence of stories Grace Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org In his new book, “Shaped by Stories: The Ethical Power of Narratives,” Butler University English professor Marshall Gregory reminds readers that even the smallest of stories holds the greatest significance. Gregory, having always been an advocate for the importance of stories, undertook the task of writing his arguments in book form about four years ago. He said the idea came to him after he noticed that human life was saturated with stories, and yet people disregarded their importance. “I wrote a book to show ways in which stories invite us to have a response that, once made, cannot help but to have influence,” Gregory said. Through his teaching experience and observations of the outside world, Gregory said he found people resistant to the idea that stories have any deep effect on morals, value structures, beliefs or notions of truth. This was greatly confusing, considering the use of stories as methods of communication. Our responses to stories, he said, are then applied to our everyday lives. “We tell stories about our life in order to make sense about life. We think of our lives as being structured as a narrative—feeling that the one thing we own most completely is our own story,” Gregory said. “And in the end, we wind up swimming in a sea of stories that come to us from many different sources.”
The stories we hear or live throughout life will affect us on three separate acceptance levels, Gregory said. The first of these is to say “yes” in an operational way, which pertains to the beliefs and ideas displayed in the story. The second is to say “yes” to the feelings or emotions the story evokes within its listeners or readers. The third and final level is “yes” to judgments of good and bad characters and their forms of conduct. “If we accept [a story on these levels], it constitutes a kind of conditioning to our character and a practice for our attributes,” Gregory said. Consider a lesson that is depicted to an audience—it is almost always the ones with the most entertaining stories by which people are most affected, Gregory said. This is because the audience is familiar with the art of storytelling and can lower their critical guard—allowing them to be more fully in tune with the lesson. “Everything is a story,” Gregory said. “Whether it be the Bible, song lyrics, legends, journals, memories or daily agenda, our lives revolve around stories. We need to realize that it is sometimes the little pieces that make the most difference.” Gregory, who has taught English for 26 years at Butler, said the liberal arts are a form of life that cannot be ignored. He even teaches an annual staff seminar on the idea and nature of a university as an area for the arts. “The existence of the liberal arts as an educational factor at Butler is extremely important for institutional identity and for students’ educational
completeness,” Gregory said. Sophomore Ginnye Cubel said she finds it very important that professors work to protect the liberal arts not only in their teaching, but also in outside ventures. “I feel like literature is the number one way to spread ideas,” Cubel said. “Stories are important to the liberal arts education, and they are the number one way to express yourself. “Stories define who we are and show the world what kind of person we are without having to put out the physicality of it—like having a tattoo or a certain haircut. And it’s important as a professor and a student to work towards protecting that.” The love for the liberal arts goes hand-in-hand with Gregory’s book’s theme, and it is certainly something he focuses on in the classroom, he said. For some of his literary criticism classes, he even allowed students to read through first drafts of his work and help him to fine tune all of the different aspects of his arguments. Graduate student Ken Isgar took part in Gregory’s literary criticism class and was able to read a few chapters of the book. “I’m absolutely sure that what you’ll find in the book is exactly what you’ll find in a Dr. Gregory classroom and hopefully at the core of a liberal arts education,” Isgar said. “I think that’s to say it will force you to deal with that tiny little question of what it means to navigate through this world significantly and intentionally, a question inherently critical and relational, and a question that signifies, for me, our fundamen-
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SHAPED BY STORIES: Butler University English professor Marshall Gregory recently released his book, discussing how stories influence one’s life. tal relationship with story.” “It invites us to see a sense of life beyond our own and tells us that we care about who it makes us in the process.” Gregory said he encourages stu-
dents to look at the stories that have shaped their lives and reflect as their lives change upon the little things. Gregory’s book is on sale at the Butler University Bookstore and Amazon.com.
Butler graduates share college wisdom Rachel Brummer email@example.com For seniors, graduation is right around the corner. Finally entering the real world is an exciting but scary time. Advice of any kind is a welcome contribution to students just out of college. Three recent Butler University graduates shared what they learned, what they wish they had learned from their time at Butler before entering the workplace and what they have already learned in their working experience. Alex Boros, a 2009 graduate in elementary education, is student teaching at an elementary school in Avon, Ind. “I chose the right career for me,” Boros said. She said classes at Butler taught her how to collaborate with her peers. Teaching in a school has taught her more about diversity, she added. “Diversity means more than where a person comes from or what they look like,” Boros said. “Every adult and student has their own style, their own likes and dislikes and their own ways of doing things.” Bryana Green graduated from Butler in 2008. She took classes in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, majoring in journalism with a concentration in integrated communications. Green works with Westcomm, a marketing and communications firm in Indianapolis. She is involved in public relations, advertising and working with print, electronic and interactive media. The most important lessons Green took from her Butler education are the importance of being a good citizen and the drive to go above and beyond, but she said she wished she would have started applying for internships earlier.
“I wish I’d taken the initiative to get an internship with a different company each semester to experience new work environments and learn more in other areas,” Green said. She said working at Westcomm has taught her that networking and continued involvement with people is essential. “You never know when a connection will help you or someone you know,” Green said. Green’s advice to graduating students is to ask yourself how you can improve. “Never stop learning and always crave more knowledge,” she said. “There’s always more to learn.” Jacqui Mahuren, a finance major and 2009 graduate of the College of Business Administration works in Raritan, N.J., as an associate financial analyst for Johnson & Johnson. “The job has been a great experience so far,” she said. “It was definitely an adjustment changing from being in college to the real world and realizing that my time at Butler was over, but I love my job.” Mahuren said she attained the basic skills in classes that she needed to be successful in her job, but got more out of her experiences outside of the classroom through extracurriculars and student organizations. “I learned to work with all different types of people and deal with conflicts,” Mahuren said. “I learned time management and the ability to prioritize the things I needed to get done.” Like Boros and Green, she said she has learned in the workplace that collaborating with different types of people is important. “You’re never going to escape working with those people who just like to cause problems or think only about themselves,” Mahuren said. “The ability to be mature and professional will help you succeed more than anything.”
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BUPD Beat Oct. 20 3:58 a.m. – BUTLERTARKINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD An ofﬁcer took a report of damage to private property. 10:03 a.m. – JORDAN HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of a sick person. 6:22 p.m. – BUTLERTARKINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD An ofﬁcer arrested an individual for residential entry. Oct. 21 7:42 p.m. – SCHWITZER HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of a sick person. 10:58 p.m. – BUTLERTARKINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD An ofﬁcer took a report of a residential entry. Oct. 22 1:53 a.m. – LILLY HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of a theft of private property. 2:00 p.m. – POLE BARN STORAGE AREA An ofﬁcer took a report of a theft of university property. Oct. 23 8:47 a.m. — ROSS HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of an injured person. 5:37 p.m. – SCHWITZER HALL PARKING LOT An ofﬁcer arrested an individual for residential entry. Oct. 24 1:56 a.m. – SCHWITZER HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of a liquor law violation. Oct. 25 1:43 a.m. – HRC FRONT LAWN An ofﬁcer took a report of a public intoxication. 7:45 p.m. – ROSS HALL An ofﬁcer took a report of a burglary. 9:15 p.m. – RESCO PARKING LOT An ofﬁcer took a report of a theft of property from a motor vehicle.
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tions. A link can be found on The Butler Collegian Web site. Miller said he fears that librarians might be hard to attract at Butler without granting them faculty status. “[They may be] more difficult to recruit,” Miller said. “We’ve had librarians who’ve said that they’re concerned.” While the motion passing would grant them faculty status, there are several other facets to being a faculty member than just the title. Jamie Comstock, university provost and vice president for academic affairs, said at the meeting that librarian salaries wouldn’t necessarily make adjustments because of the title change, but like the rest of the university faculty and staff positions, will adjust with need. “It’s a non-issue,” Comstock said, when asked about whether a salary consideration should be factored into the Faculty Senate decision. Regarding the issue of tenure if librarians are to be grant-
ed faculty status, Miller said the proposal is in no way an attempt to terminate any librarians. “Librarians who are not a good fit for Butler are out of here within five years or less,” Miller said. “[We’re not trying to] get rid of anyone. There would be much easier ways to do that.” Miller said over one-third of the librarians at Butler have been employed for more than 20 years. If the motion is passed, another issue that might be addressed is whether formal student advising will be implemented and whether librarians will teach core classes or help plan curriculum. “We want to be involved in curriculum,” Sally Neal, associate dean for Public Services, said. “I feel like we’re missing a lot of opportunities to be at the table.” Although Neal is already involved in the committee that plans core curriculum, she said she believes granting faculty status for librarians would encourage more of that.
“We’re at a crossroads,” Neal said. “There’s a difference in being involved in conversations informally and formally.” In the past, librarians have been involved in assisting professors in teaching classes in the College of Business Administration. “They got librarians involved,” Neal said, mentioning that they would lecture classes, assign work and grade work. “It makes for a rich experience for that business class,” Neal said. Miller said that although the librarians who were involved were able to put that experience on their résumés, they did not receive any compensation for it. Bob Dale, professor of psychology, said the issue speaks to where classrooms are headed in the future. “This is a reflection of the world changing and the role of librarians changing,” Dale said. “We don’t want to do anything to mess that up.”
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The administration has stated the purpose of the suit was solely to gain the identity of Soodo Nym in order to gauge the degree of seriousness of the perceived threats. However, the lawsuit was not dropped when, on June 9, the university learned the true identity of Soodo Nym. Fong said in a memo to the faculty senate Oct. 13, “given ‘John Doe’s’ position that no sanctions are warranted, the University is keeping all of its options open.” On Sept. 27, the university’s attorney, Michael Blickman, told the Zimmermans’ attorney that Jess’ name would be substituted for “John Doe” in the lawsuit. However, Fong said yesterday that it was never the university’s intention to follow through with such action, and that he had never dictated to anyone that it should. “Our attorney did proffer the possibility of substituting the name, and we stopped it. That was not for us an appropriate way to go,” Fong said. In his statements and in his interview, Fong stressed that the media has misconstrued the details of the story when they stated Butler sued a student for libel because Zimmerman’s name never actually was on the lawsuit. Zimmerman said he agrees that he technically was not sued, although he is the face behind “John Doe.” As a way of responding to what he perceives are inaccuracies in Fong’s statements and the university’s actions, Zimmerman is operating a new blog, akaDoe.blogspot.com. “Somebody said it’s ironic that I’m writing about this in a blog,” Zimmerman said, “but I figured it’s the best way I can communicate with the most people about what’s going on. “I want to catalogue what I’m going through.” He said he thinks people need to
know his story in order to have the confidence to speak their minds in what should be an encouraging environment for free speech and civil discourse. CAMPUS CONVERSATION CONTINUES In the weeks since Fall Break, campus has been whirling with information and opinions regarding TrueBU, the university’s response and the responsibilities that come with freedom of speech. Support has come in waves for the administration and Zimmerman. A Facebook group entitled “Friends of Jess Zimmerman” had 846 members as of press time. By that same time, an online petition asking for apologies from Fong and other administrators had 792 signatures. A teach-in that aimed to discuss civil discourse highlighted the appropriate channels to voice dissent in the community. “When you really care about something, show up in person,” English Department Chair Hilene Flanzbaum said. “E-mails will not get you the movement you want.” History Professor Paul Hanson encouraged concerned community members to attend one of Fong’s Starbucks forums, when he is available in Starbucks during the lunch hour to talk to anyone who approaches him. “The more voices, the harder it is to shut them up,” Hanson said. English Professor Bill Watts, a selfproclaimed “dissenter-in-chief” of Butler University, cited the need for more appropriate channels of communication between the administration and the faculty, staff and students. He cited a possible “chilling effect” the lawsuit could have on campus, which ultimately results in self-censorship when members of a community are afraid to speak.
“We’re going down a road where people will worry about saying fairly innocuous things,” Watts said. “We need people to say things that need to be said.” Students and faculty voiced concern for any possible damage the suit is doing to Butler’s reputation. “It seems to me that a lot of repair needs to be done externally,” Watts said at the Faculty Senate meeting yesterday after Fong’s statement. Another concern raised was that of a sense that students do not have a voice when it comes to important campus issues. “There’s a discontinuity of what students are asked to do in a classroom versus what they are allowed to do in a public forum,” senior Lindsay Rump said at the teach-in. “We need a marketplace of ideas,” senior Jordan Fischer said. Junior Jonathan Tigert discussed his discontent about the university’s response to a personnel situation with Andrea Gullickson, a member of the music faculty who lost her position as chair of the music department. Gullickson is Michael Zimmerman’s wife and Jess’ stepmother. “I sat in [Jordan College of Fine Arts] Dean [Peter] Alexander’s office looking for any explanation,” Tigert said. “TrueBU was the one source of information we had.” Jamie Comstock, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said she was aware of the students’ frustration, but that in the case of personnel issues, she could not respond fully. “You have to be prepared that sometimes that’s the only explanation I can give,” Comstock said. Comstock’s name, along with Fong’s and Alexander’s, was mentioned in the suit as having been threatened by Soodo Nym. Michael Zimmerman, who was present at the teach-in, raised several ques-
tions about Comstock’s response to the lawsuit. Both students and faculty inquired why she had not, if she truly felt threatened, called the police or followed through on the matter as a criminal procedure. While she did not have a response for those in attendance at the teach-in, she gave an answer to The Collegian in a later interview. “If you go the criminal route, and they do identify it as a threat, you have no choice whether you go forward with it or not,” Comstock said. “It becomes out of your hands because it becomes a crime against the state, not a crime against you. “I feel like it was the appropriate thing to do given that I deserve to work in an environment that is a comfortable working environment, but I also understand that as an administrator I need to be sensitive to the fact that we don’t know who’s doing these things, and I would want to go the least invasive way to find out the information that we wanted.” Comstock said she encourages any member of the Butler community who would like to talk to her about issues on campus to set up a time to meet with her. She refuted claims made in the blog that she is “unwilling to work with students unless she can see how the relationship will directly benefit her.” “My overarching goal is to raise these to a level of conversation so people realize we can manage our free speech in a way that doesn’t hurt other people,” she said. Both Comstock and Zimmerman expressed desire to put the situation in the past as quickly as possible. “It’s been terrible,” Zimmerman said. “The weight of it all has taken away the ability to do a lot of things that I should be doing. I’ve been touched with the amount of support, but I’d like it to be over now.”
LEGISLATION: Faculty says aim is to educate rather than persuade students at new bill debate panel Continued from Page Three
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ENERGY PANEL: Members of the Butler community attended an expert panel on the proposed energy legislation. The event was part of a project that fulfilled a requirement for a class.
- Spring Festival Concert Clowes Memorial Hall 7 p.m.
- “Nosferatu”Part of Mahler Project Toby Theatre- IMA 7 p.m.
- Trick-orTreating for Faculty/Staff & families Schwitzer Hall 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
“This started out as 350.org event and just spiraled from there,” Elmore said. “We think that climate change is something important to talk about and something we felt was important to get the facts out there so people could make informed decisions on legislative matters.” The project also fulfilled a requirement for Reeves’ class, in which both students are enrolled. Everyone in the class worked on some aspect of the event. “I require my students to do some sort of citizen project for which they don’t get a grade; they participate in the community somehow,” Reeves said. Reeves said that she contacted most of the panelists, but the students organized the rest of the event, from the informational flyers to the microphones and the catering. Ben Leslie, a senior arts administration major and advocate for community engagement with the CCC, was also a large part of this endeavor.
- Geneva Stunts (supports YMCA) Clowes Memorial Hall 6:30 p.m. -“Hocus Pocus” JH 141 8 p.m.
- Wind Ensemble Concert Clowes Memorial Hall 2 p.m.
“I wanted people to be able to talk about this issue as it relates to economic effects and health issues on a community level,” Leslie said. “Students are going to be independent in a short amount of time and need to make informed decisions.” Yunus and Elmore said they hope that individuals left the panel feeling more confident and informed. “I hope that any students who came to the event or read about the event will be more informed on the subject and feel empowered from the information they get,” Yunus said. “No one is ever too obscure to write to a senator.” Reeves said she hopes to see more of these types of events in the future because the sharing of information is important as a community. “If people don’t want to agree with it it’s up to them,” Reeves said, “but it’s our obligation to keep them informed.”
- Women’s Choir Festival Reilly Room 1-5 p.m.
- Doug Tallamy Clowes Memorial Hall 7:30 p.m.
‘Paw Prints’ Will you take advantage of the free newspapers that are now available around campus? Page 8
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A Way Out! Did “The Butler Way” lead to a lawsuit designed to force out a Butler student? Page 8
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OUR POINT THIS WEEK: Voicing
Talking and talking fast and talking dramatically can be addictive. But demonstrative words work best when they are backed by congruently demonstrative thought. On sensitive issues, particularly those involving matters of legality and allegations of wrongdoing, a certain amount of judgment and informed thinking are in order to complement pointed opinions. On Butler University’s campus, two recent controversial circumstances have elicited both the best and the worst of responses from observers. When it comes to the TrueBU lawsuit and the case of Cori Jackson, everyone jumps in. Students, faculty and the community are intrigued. Everyone is talking. But it would appear that not everyone has spoken well. Some people have offered nuanced, useful input, displaying a balanced attempt at perspective while trying to find the facts of the case. Others have opined without foundation, impulsively condemning in one direction or the other while falling behind the
an uninformed theory does not advance campus dialogue.
latest news to come to light. A campus-wide forum on free speech Oct. 20 in the pharmacy building served as evidence of both the wonderful advantages and irksome disadvantages open discussion of difficult concerns can create. The fact that, according to The Butler Collegian Online, roughly 150 members of the Butler community attended the event, is worthy of due praise. Nothing is worse than a lack of communication. People only learn, only connect, by sharing their thoughts and feelings with one another, particularly in a private college setting. Provost Jamie Comstock, the students and faculty deserve credit for participating in the public discourse on a pivotal school issue. But we at The Butler Collegian felt that some audience members infringed upon the civility and productiveness of last week’s teach-in by speaking either from the quicksand of disinformation or from the muddy waters of conclusion-jumping. The facts, all of them, are not available now, nor will they likely ever be.
But that doesn’t excuse a lack of research on some of the more basic aspects of the lawsuit. Read. Research. Inquire. Take formative action before engaging in a discussion that belongs to so many people. Be cognizant of the ones it affects all the more directly. The lawsuit filed in conjunction to junior Jess Zimmerman’s blog has been reported on thoroughly in this newspaper and even in The Indianapolis S tar. The suit, in its entirety, can be found online. There remains, at this juncture, no excuse sufficient for not knowing what is and what isn’t. We feel there is little downside to using precaution before voicing one’s feelings in public on the lawsuit, on Jackson’s ever-twisting saga or on any other matter. Much upside exists, however, for your own reputation and the health of the community if restraint is exercised. “Think before you speak,” while a simple ethos, rarely fails its employer.
Butler Inc.’s latest disaster deserves contemplation Caleb Hamman email@example.com
While Zimmerman has publicly apologized for lying, I’m aware of no such action on the part of Fong, whose conduct has been much more egregious. By all Butler University has suffered a accounts, he has actually been defending his actions, tragedy. choosing to now punish Zimmerman through an The facts of the case are well pub- “internal disciplinary process.” It can only be hoped lished. I will not waste time recount- that he will soon elect a more admirable course. ing them here. Until that time, his conduct cannot be excused. But What’s important now is identify- again, no party involved can be held ultimately responing the problem—far from a trivial sible for their actions—mainly because everyone’s concern. actions have been coerced. The typical Butler controversy fails at the In searching for the villain, we “More than ever first stage of prescription. Almost invarimust turn to everyone and no one, ably, the information doesn’t get out. to collective culpability and sysbefore, the structure tematic constraints. We must look Students remain unaware. This has not been an obstacle. to the merger of the university and of the academy is Rather, something of the opposite has the corporation and to the enorhappened. The information circulated has mous effect this synthesis is havbeen enormous. Claims contradict. False that of corporatism.” ing on us all. accusations abound. Questions of discrimiMore than ever before, the nation have arisen. The list goes on. structure of the academy is the structure of corpoAs I say, what’s important now is identifying the ratism. Hierarchy and domination pervade. Values are problem. subjected to the bottom line. Unfortunately, what has been apparent for some time The influx of customers must be maintained. The has yet to be realized: Neither Jess Zimmerman nor public image must be carefully managed. Any who President Bobby Fong can be held ultimately respon- would malign it risk sacrifice on its sacred altar. sible for recent events. Their conduct has been merely It is nothing less than the regimented promotion of a manifestation of an increasingly destructive phenom- “The Butler Way.” enon. The evidence has long been available to those interThis does not excuse certain actions. ested in looking. The latest of strategic plans contains Zimmerman lied. His tone could have been more the bluntest of admissions: civil, his arguments less personal. “‘The Butler Way’ has gained currency with the exterFong must atone for more. nal news media which, in contexts increasingly beyond He associated Zimmerman with “racial and sexual athletics, uses it to convey a sense of programmatic epithets” and a supposedly threatening e-mail for excellence and institutional integrity. which there is no evidence Zimmerman sent. In justi“In this respect, ‘The Butler Way’ has become an fying his actions, he invoked a campus massacre. organic part of the University’s identity and values. We There is little to say about such things. now have an opportunity to shape its connotations.” Fong also orchestrated a dubious lawsuit that had litExpectedly, the “connotations” have been “shaped” tle hope of ever bringing a conviction. Of course, it is to conform to the highest “values”—items like “acadnow understood that a conviction wasn’t the point. On emic excellence” and the “welfare of other people.” these counts, I have little to add to the insights of othImmediately following a ritual declaration of devoers. Moreover, there should be no need to illustrate the tion to such things—one which reasonable people litigation’s obvious conflict with university ideals. should ignore—we find their actual function in the uniAll I will add here is, aside from being unethical, the versity’s “identity”: suit has always been an invite for tactical disaster— “Contingent upon necessary funding, a reputation something well on display in national publications. enhancement campaign will be undertaken to commu-
nicate Butler’s strengths and aspirations to its key constituents...Highlighting these initiatives to our constituents will enable us to formulate future fundraising plans.” Again, the bluntest of admissions. The priority of profit is merely one facet of the corporate academy. Others abound but can only be mentioned here: the structure of administration; the prevalence of contracts and lawsuits; the quantification of performance; the false input granted to students and faculty; the hijacking of values for the facilitation of “future fundraising plans.” As with recent litigation, there is little need to discuss the obvious conflict with university ideals. What is failing to be understood is the coercing effect of corporatism upon the university community. It is quite unlikely that the administration acts with authoritarianism for personal pleasure. It is equally unlikely that its members value public relations more than decency. Rather, the administration is systematically pressured to adhere to corporate values. The consequences of insubordination amount to nothing less than institutional collapse. This is the true source of totalitarianism on our campus: the merger of the university and the corporation. Its effects extend far beyond the administration, reaching faculty, classrooms and the community. In past weeks, one of its most vicious influences has been demonstrated—its coercion of students. Despite enormous controversy, there has been a conspicuous absence of student action. The deficit is distinctly in line with the corporate model. Obedience is internalized by some; it is readily adopted by others, understandably afraid. I support no harassment, violence or illegality. But there is much that can still be done. Others have proposed strategies for addressing recent events. There is no room for them here. There is also an imperative for addressing the corporate academy. In this struggle, we must daily oppose values antagonistic to the university whenever we have the strength. Finally, we must realize that the constraints of corporatism do not justify all behaviors. Conduct must be measured against the level of coercion. As I say, certain actions remain unexcused.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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TrueBU lawsuit raises questions about how Butler truly operates Dakota Manuel Contributing Writer
what the liberal arts tradition is, a cruel joke. Butler is, in essence, an illicit enterprise like a political machine or a mafia family. The whole purpose of the enterprise The Jess Zimmerman lawsuit is yet another example of the is making money and everything is centralized under the evils of “The Butler Way.” authority of the “boss.” The preservation of the enterprise is President Bobby Fong and the university the ultimate goal. administration speak about a notion of free Our student government has long been co“Butler is, in essence, dialogue and how defamatory and libelous lanopted into this illicit compact through the subguage disrupts this discourse among the an illicit enterprise like tle art of patronage. The administration hands the Butler community. But there is no free diarole of student leader over to conformists who logue and nothing that resembles a communidon’t rock the proverbial boat and a few disena political machine or a chanted “multicultural” students so they can ty. Fong and the university administration build their résumés and establish networking mafia family. The accuse Zimmerman of libel and defamation of opportunities, while the university and the character, but I accuse Butler University and “boss” can claim that they have student support preservation of the its minions in the Student Affairs department for the university’s policies. of defamation of character and the malicious Zimmerman’s situation shows this most enterprise is the goal.” poignantly in the fact that he was once one of assassination of the future of Cori L. Jackson the students co-opted in the illicit scheme and III. was ultimately tossed out because he challenged the organizaLike the Zimmerman case, the university systematically tion’s attacks against his own stepmother. worked to railroad a poor fool out of Butler by denying him due Subsequently, the university went after Zimmerman’s father, process and invoking evidence that the public was not ever the former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and allowed to scrutinize. filed a lawsuit against Zimmerman. The fact that all this is fresh in my mind makes the notion There is no community at Butler. of Butler as a community of learning, or anything close to
Butler Way leads in the wrong direction Jon Irons Contributing Writer Graduating from Butler University has afforded me an invaluable perspective. Reflecting on my time at Butler and keeping up on the current events makes me proud to be a Bulldog. Free thought—this scourge upon higher education and academic pursuit—has finally been brought to an end. No longer will students wallow in the swamp lands of honesty, perspective and challenge in expression. No longer will we skulk aimlessly through a maze of diverse truths and independent conclusions. Indeed, the powers at Butler have set a glorious precedent by, once and for all, extinguishing the treacherous, heretical flame that was Soodo Nym. In this epic tale, the well-meaning, well-educated and wildly-rich Goliath has rained down an inescapable fury upon the misguided, malicious evil-doer David. And henceforth, we will tread absolutely, without erring, along the safe and lucrative, sleek asphalt of “The Butler Way.” If only I were so lucky. In my time at Butler it was only through informal acquaintances and pure happenstance that certain university officials attempted to protect me from my own naïveté and liberal thought. I see now, in hindsight, that they pleaded for me to abandon my foolish independent mind for their righteous version of the truth. I envy current students who have no worries about succumbing to the frivolity of honest expression. By suing Soodo Nym it becomes so publicly and absolutely clear that there is no other way than “The Butler Way.” There are no questions to be asked, no accountability to be demanded, almost no need to
think at all—so long as everyone graduates within six years! Gone are the days of critical evaluation. Gone are the days of agency in education. Gone are those terrible eras of sharp and pointed dissent that forever marred the world with civil rights and war resistance and equal opportunity. Gone are the terrifying times when reform could be brought by discontent and popular demand of the people and for the people. Gone are the dark ages when the sharing of ideas, flow of information and freedom to discuss inspired young people to get involved and make a difference in our troubled world. Gone are the ever-turbulent times when arts and literature, progressive thought and creativity flourished in liberal arts institutions. Students can now rest assured, softly within the bosom of those who “Dare to Make a Difference,” that the university has only the best intentions for the students. They know that there is no need to wonder if the direction of the university fits with the experience of the students. And, most importantly, they know that should a small voice arise in objection that such a voice will be crushed with a furious might and never heard from again. Oh, to have lived such a life! The only worry now is to frame that diploma, find a well-paying corporate job and give and give lots of money back to the alma mater. I am so glad to see that, by the grace of Ovid, an Iron Paw has come crashing down, leaving a barren crater upon the face of Old Fairview. And it is there, in this fear-haven, that students are finally protected and free to frolic amongst the stifled dissent and empty promises haunting “The Butler Way.”
There is only the illicit compact and everyone else. “Everyone else” includes the mob of disinterested and disillusioned students and the few radicals who fight for space for the classical liberal arts to remain somewhere in a small pocket. The mass of the “disinterested and disillusioned” make up a pool of folks who can be co-opted into the illicit enterprise. The radicals include such faculty groups as the Collaborative for Critical Inquiry and the “diversity” student organizations that have been banished to the Efroymson Diversity Center. The radicals are considered the enemies of the illicit enterprise and are dangerous because we question what goes on and try to shed light on the decision made in the hidden, smokefilled back room. If one had to make a guess about who was the “boss” who leads the machine-like mafia outfit, I have to say that it can’t be Fong. The sad fact that modernity and the 21st century have reduced the job of the university president to that of a fundraiser is enough to mark him off the list. I truly believe that Levester Johnson is the proverbial “boss of bosses” because it seems to me that the patronage that goes out through the Student Government Association couldn’t happen without his say-so. I’m resolved to pray for some momentous event to shock the foundations of all of this because I am a senior, and there is little left for me to do.
Environmental Tip Warming Awareness
Sarah Prusinski Contributing Writer Global warming is a hot topic in today’s media due to the magnitude of the effects it could have on the Earth and the level of controversy that arises about its existence. Everyone has heard the concerns about what it can do to the climate: increase temperatures, melt glaciers, raise sea levels, etc. The threat that it causes for many animals, like the polar bear, due to habitat loss has also been brought to the attention of many people through the media. However, there are other concerns as a result of global warming that are not discussed often, yet are still very pertinent to how life on Earth can change even within the next decade or two. Humans have greatly sped up global warming. According to scientists, it is a natural process that the Earth goes through in leading up to an ice age, but it is currently happening at a tremendously greater speed than what is natural. Even though human interference is the main factor in speeding global warming, a more surprising element that is also contributing is global warming itself. As the atmosphere gets warmer, polar ice melts. The arctic permafrost that is melting releases methane—the gas that speeds up global warming—into the air. Therefore, once the process has begun, it will keep itself going. This makes it even more important to minimize the human effect. Every bit of impact that humans have on
global warming is magnified by natural processes. The acceleration of the effects of global warming is a bigger issue when considering some things over others. However, there is one negative result to global warming that is often not considered and will start having repercussions in the near future. It is true that as the Earth warms, many animals will lose their habitats, and this can lead to two things: extinction or moving to new habitats. The second could potentially have adverse effects on humans. Many disease-carrying insects and rodents will be moving to places that were previously deemed inhabitable by their species. This will bring these diseases to new places and infect humans and other wildlife already residing there. Although many of these diseases will be treatable, it is not guaranteed that they all will be, and, either way, it will still cause issues for the areas inflicted by the diseases. Although global warming is a familiar issue to many due to its exposure in the media, there are aspects of how serious it can be in the near future that are not well known. Due to how quickly global warming can accelerate and the negative impacts that it can have on humans almost directly, people need to increasingly take their actions into consideration. By making small adjustments, global warming can be slowed, and people can have an impact on not only their community, but communities worldwide.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR I have been deeply disappointed, frustrated and angered by the way in which the higher administration at Butler University has handled—or, in my view, mishandled—the affair of the Soodo Nym blogger who said some things that the administrators did not like. I have read the evidence the administration offers as alleged proof of the student’s terrible assaults on human decency and personal safety, and in my opinion, what he said seems innocuous, neither dangerous nor threatening and certainly not hostile enough to justify legal retaliation. I cannot believe that Butler University’s institutional identity is so vulnerable that the administration thinks it desirable and defensible to react to a bit of undergraduate twitting with heavy legal muscle, bullying intimidation and self-righteous claims about “civil discourse.” It is hard to imagine any sort of discourse more uncivil than hanging the threat of a lawsuit over the head of an undergraduate for months on end. What one student writes on a blog, even if it is intemperate, will not damage Butler’s national reputation, but that reputation has been damaged by administrative actions that focus a national spotlight on the university as a place where students will be threatened with a lawsuit for speaking their minds or for trying to speak truth to power. In one crude display of temper and temperament, Butler’s administration has given the university the appearance of being intellectually obtuse, more invested in power than in discourse and
more committed to its own version of truth (what Bakhtin calls “authoritative discourse”) than to the genial and collegial exchange of opinions. If Butler University has become the kind of place where a student’s attempt to speak his mind is met with displays of naked power and threats of coercion, then Butler University has become a vastly different, and vastly diminished, institution than I have thought it to be. But, in fact, the university’s ethos has not changed; it is being misrepresented by the administration’s actions over the past several months. I have been talking about teaching in concentrated and intense ways with faculty members across the Butler University community for more than a decade, and I find it overwhelmingly true that most faculty members are committed viscerally and intellectually to developing the talents, abilities and capacities of their students. Butler is the kind of place where students are nurtured, treasured and developed by teachers who possess personal kindness and professional expertise, and who react in measured, nuanced ways to their students’ uncertain management of rhetoric and tone. If I were a parent helping my child choose a college, however, and if every Google search about Butler referred me to a shocking story about how the university’s administration sued a student over a blog, I would drop Butler from consideration in a heartbeat. When students on this campus break the law by engaging in illegal actions such as, say, underage drinking, or when they cause
social disruption by engaging in immature and dysfunctional conduct, these infractions are generally dealt with in nuanced and delicate ways by a student affairs staff that knows how to exercise influence rather than threaten power. In a striking contrast to this practice, it seems very mysterious to me that when a single student blogger expresses frustrations over particular administrative decisions, the university abandons restraint and, in a huge and over-reactive spasm of authority, suddenly mobilizes its resources of money, lawyers on retainer and its ability to penetrate the mechanisms of communication (e-mail accounts). It’s the last thing one would expect to see at Butler. It’s like watching Socrates, who devoted his life to making arguments, suddenly turning into a back alley mugger. Why? What does the administration think is really at stake here? President Bobby Fong’s explanations leave me unenlightened and unconvinced. It seems to me that the university administration should apologize to the entire community for the damage it has done to Butler University’s reputation and, potentially, to its recruiting ambitions. The administration should especially apologize to the young man whom they have callously placed at the center of a controversy that they themselves seem mostly responsible for having generated. Marshall Gregory Ice Professor of English, Liberal Education and Pedagogy
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Local artists help Indy hip-hop scene Amy Rensink firstname.lastname@example.org In big cities like L.A., Chicago and New York, great local acts can be heard on every corner any night of the week. Here in Indianapolis, it is easy to miss many of the underground shows if you don’t know where to look, especially when it comes to the local hip-hop scene. Just earlier this month, the Broad Ripple Music Fest hosted a few hundred local acts, many of which were hip-hop, on 20 stages around the Broad Ripple area. On that Saturday, IUPUI student and local rapper Sean “Oreo Jones” Smith took the stage at Northside News Café at 54th and College along with several other hip-hop acts, including The Mudkids, The Proforms and Grey Granite, to name a few. “It’s not normally a concert venue, but so many people showed up,” Smith said. “It was an awesome turnout.” Smith moved to Indiana from Arizona when he was 12 and didn’t get into rapping until his high school speech class. During the poetry unit, he wrote a rhyme and performed it in front of his class. Since that moment, writing and performing have become natural for Smith. “I’ve been writing ever since. I’ve just recently been putting things together and playing shows,” he said. For Smith, getting into the scene was easy once he met the right people. Some local acts, including DJ Z, DJ Metrognome and Grey Granite, took Smith under their wings and introduced him to producers and artists in the area. Smith said a lot of success in the hip-hop scene is based on who you know. “I believe it’s 85 percent the game and 15 percent talent,” he said. Another local who has taken a different route in the hip-hop scene is Butler University sophomore Josh Whitaker, one of four in the alternative hip-hop group Deuce Deuce. The group was formed in Chicago when Whitaker and a friend recorded a song in a man’s basement for fun. The man turned out to be the CEO of an indie record label in Chicago called Low Jazz Recording. He wanted to sign Whitaker and his friend as a duo. “At that point, I wasn’t confident with performing or recording my voice, but I gave it a chance,” Whitaker said. Now Whitaker is five years into it, and he and the other group members all go to separate schools. When they’re home in Chicago for breaks, they write
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HIP-HOP CITY: Marc “Mr. Kinetik” Williams (left), Sean “Oreo Jones” Smith (middle) and Josh Whitaker have found their place in local hip-hop through social media and networking. and record, and when they go back to school, they book shows and promote. “When we’re not together, it’s tough. Right now, we’re just in a promotional period,” Whitaker said. Whitaker recently performed some Deuce Deuce pieces on his own at the campus Starbucks for a Butler Dance Marathon event. When the group is together, they mostly play college campuses, including Butler, Ball State and Illinois State. Some gigs are in the works for Indiana University, the University of Illinois, Purdue University and some clubs in Chicago. A great part of Deuce Deuce’s success is their ability to individually promote the group and their music at each of their respective campuses. The group has also found much success through their YouTube music video, and it has helped them expand their fan base. “YouTube has been huge,” Whitaker said. “We’re not paying for ads or anything. It’s just moving on its own.” The group has plans to shoot another video this winter. Whitaker said it’s a great way for people to see who they are without going to their shows. Smith also said that social media is huge for local hip-hop. The venues don’t do a lot of local advertising, he said.
“People say there’s nothing to do,” Smith said, “but there is. You just have to find it.” Butler graduate Marc “Mr. Kinetik” Williams is another local performer and also said the biggest issue for local hip-hop is awareness. “Indianapolis needs a place where people can guarantee that there will be quality hip-hop on display week in and week out,” Williams said. “Kind of like in Indianapolis you can go hear jazz at The Chatterbox on Mass Ave. or at The Jazz Kitchen on College. Hip-hop in Indianapolis needs that kind of spot.” Having only been in Indianapolis for two years, Whitaker said he feels like he’s on the outside of the local hip-hop scene and has yet to experience Indianapolis. “I feel like I hear the same thing. Maybe I haven’t gotten out and into it enough,” he said. Smith has different feelings toward the city, having been more immersed. “I believe wholeheartedly that the scene is thriving,” Smith said. He said it’s only a matter of time before some of the acts are heard, and the vibe is so positive between artists that there is a lot of constructive criticism. “We’re like a band of brothers,” Smith said. When asked whether or not he planned to stay in
Indianapolis in the future, Whitaker said that San Diego or L.A. are possibilities. There are a lot of people out there that he thinks could be helpful, he said. “It’s not that there aren’t people here, but I’ve found the hardest place to make it is definitely where you’re from, your home town,” Whitaker said. “No one wants to jump on that bandwagon until other cities give you respect, until you get that kind of buzz.” He said Deuce Deuce has received a lot more fans from outside of Chicago and hopes that he can generate some buzz on the West Coast. For Whitaker, Butler has also been a huge support, and he will always come back to thank the school for his success. Williams also said he must thank Butler professors for helping him understand how to be a better musician. He plans to stay in Indianapolis mainly because of the connections he has with people, but also because he thinks it’s easier now with the Internet. “It isn’t necessary to move to New York or L.A. to realize a dream; people will continue to seek quality music, and the Internet has made it easier to do that,” Williams said. Smith also said that because Indianapolis has been so good to him, he feels like he should stay. “I’m never going to turn my back on this city,” Smith said.
Upcoming Hip-Hop Shows in Indy Action Jackson, DJ Z, Yaz, B Qwyatt, Grey Granite and Oreo Jones Saturday Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. Murphy Building, ages 18+ Mudkids and Midwest Hype Friday Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. The Mousetrap, ages 21+ Mr. Kinetic, Rusty Redenbacher (from the Mudkids), Alpha and DJ Phenom Saturday Dec. 5 at TBA Locals Only, ages 21+
BU Composers’ Orchestra commemorates 25th anniversary Sara Pruzin email@example.com Music professor and composer-in-residence Michael Schelle is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Butler University Composers’ Orchestra this year by continuing their new music repertoire and bringing back alumni composers. This is one of the few 25th anniversaries Schelle said he will ever celebrate. “It will be nostalgic for me,” Schelle said. “It will be nostalgic for the guests, and it will be eye opening for the students who are here now thinking, ‘It’s not too far down the road that I’m an alum, and I may come back to the Composers’ Orchestra.’” Schelle said he created the ensemble 25 years ago to fill a void that he felt in his first years as a professor at Butler. “The first couple years I was here, I felt a real emptiness about new music,” Schelle said. “I had just finished my doctorate. I was steeped in that world for years. I was in love with that world. Suddenly, I’m arriving at a very conservative school.” The group started small at fewer than 10 people but has grown to include about 25 students. Its repertoire consists of both student compositions and music by contemporary composers.
Collegian photo courtesy of Michael Schelle
AROUNDTHEWORLD: Schelle, creator and director of the orchestra, invited Tokyo composer Shimoyama to visit earlier this year.
With the ensemble reaching its 25th anniversary, Schelle said he looks back fondly on his and the ensemble’s accomplishments. “I’m proud that in 25 years, I’ve held this thing together in a school that is basically a traditional conservatory with some really great performers who, most of the time, want to spend a lot of time with Beethoven,” Schelle said. “We’ve kind of created our own family here of new music composers and fans.” Schelle said his main goals have remained unchanged in those 25 years. They include allowing the composition students a chance to get their pieces played, offering composers a “laboratory” of players to draw from, giving the performers experience with premiering a piece and exposing the audience to new music. “I almost feel like a preacher, and that I have to let the world know that there’s a lot of good stuff,” Schelle said. “All composers didn’t die in Germany a hundred years ago and were white men. There’s a lot of really interesting stuff, that if you just relax your traditions a bit, you can enjoy.” Zane Merritt is one student who said he appreciates the ensemble’s ongoing opportunities and the returning composers. Merritt is a graduate student in composition and studied under a former Butler student as an undergraduate. Merritt said Composers’ Orchestra has offered him the chance to experiment with his compositions and have his pieces performed in a supportive atmosphere. He also values that the ensemble does not take itself too seriously. “It’s supposed to be fun,” he said. “It doesn’t try to pretend to be more than it is. I’m not saying it’s not artistic, but at the same time, it’s not creating this really deep meaning where there isn’t any. If you think this is really goofy, it is.” Meredith Gilna is a senior composition major who has been involved with Composers’ Orchestra since she was a freshman. She said that bringing alumni composers back to campus is beneficial to current students and helps keep composition relevant. “It’s great to invite somebody in and say, ‘We really want to know what you have to say, please say it,’” she said. “Composition is not one of those things that really has a market. People need doctors, but they don’t necessarily need composers. Composition is one of those things you just have to do.” Gilna said she appreciates the friendships and connections she has made through the ensemble. “I like really getting to know the guys,” she said. “Just getting to know them and meeting people who aren’t the same as me, but they approach things in a similar way to how I do.” Frank Felice, an assistant professor of music and a director of
Composers’ Orchestra, agreed that the ensemble is far different from the traditional music group but not just because of the camaraderie among the composers. “It provides an on-campus forum for a kind of off-the-beaten-path, avant-garde music that they may not know much about.” Felice said. “We end up with a kind of reputation that this is a pretty wacky thing.” Felice has been at Butler for 13 years and said that his favorite thing about the ensemble is its sense of humor. “You can do things that are funny or just downright zany or silly,” Felice said. Felice described a piece called “Popcorn Music” in which the players are conducted by the noise of popcorn in an air popper. While some of their pieces are more accessible, he and Schelle both said the ensemble has a reputation for embracing the absurd. Schelle said that once the ensemble performed a piece called “Roll,” where performers were rolling on stage, throwing bagels, and he was calling the roll of the students in the music school, all while the thendean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts (JCFA) sat in the audience. “We’ve thrown food,” Felice said. “We’ve had very large men dance in tights. We’ve had all kinds of interesting instrumental forces: musical saw, Theremin, three didgeridoos. We’ve done pieces that are more choreography than sound. We’re a little irreverent at times.” While the ensemble pushes the boundaries, Felice said there is value for the performers and composers. “You learn notation that you never have seen before,” Felice said. “You learn how to read rhythms you’ve never been able to count before, so you come out a better player and singer because of it.” While the musicians might benefit from the new experiences, not all of the composition students are comfortable with the type of repertoire the ensemble performs. Junior composition major Kyle Wernke has also been in Composers’ Orchestra since his freshman year, but he said the group should not focus on such avant-garde pieces. “A lot of people go to one concert, and they don’t go back because of how alienating that can be to the audience,” Wernke said. “They should focus on things that involve playing the instruments or singing, as opposed to talking or hitting flashlights against dry erase boards.” Schelle said he wants students to learn by listening to the returning composers’ music and words. “How it will affect them or infect them, who knows, but it will be great,” Schelle said. “It will be positive no matter what. If they hate it, then they know they’ll never write like that. If they embrace it, they’ll try to find their own way to do it.”
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of the Week
“This Is Halloween”
“Halloween Head” - Ryan Adams
“Monster Mash” - Bobby (Boris) Pickett
“Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” - David Bowie
“Ghostbusters” - Ray Parker Jr.
TAURUS APRIL 20 MAY 20
OCT. 23 NOV. 21
In career and school this week, Bulls, the magic word is “exploitation.” Make like a true capitalist and squeeze all the profits you can from any underlings you have.
This week is defined by your ability to know what you want. Embrace this, and don’t be shy about demanding satisfaction. If your service at Taco Bell is too slow, by golly, you WILL complete the phone survey this time.
GEMINI MAY 21 JUNE 20
NOV. 22 DEC. 20
Anticipate an important message near the end of the week. Prepare yourself by making your cell ringtone really loud and clearing your inbox of clutter. Are you pumped yet?
“Thriller” - Michael Jackson
“Timewarp” - Richard O’Brien
“Running Through My Nightmares” - Chesterfield
You will be called in on a few favors this week, but don’t despair. There are a ton of suckers out there who owe you. Make a list, or just start knocking on doors. Somebody needs to tie your shoes, and today, it’s not going to be you.
JAN. 20 FEB. 18
LEO JULY 23 AUG. 22
You might need help this week, Aquarius, so don’t be afraid to ask for it. Not only will you suffer, but it is super annoying to all of your friends who see you floundering.
“Cry Little Sister” - Gerard McMann
“Halloween” - The Misfits
“Welcome to My Nightmare” - Alice Cooper
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” - Blue Oyster Cult
“Werewolves of London” - Warren Zevon
The stars indicate that this is a week full of contradictions; productive mornings followed by lazy afternoons, alliances forged followed by broken promises. It will be just like that Katy Perry song “Hot N Cold.” Isn’t this what it’s about?
“This Is Halloween” - Danny Elfman
ARIES MARCH 21 APRIL 19
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Famous Geminis include former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Olympic figure-skating silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan. Try not to inadvertently alienate the working class or you might get capped in the knee.
CANCER JUNE 21 JULY 22
DEC. 21 JAN. 19
The key word this week is plan. Plan, plan, plan. Reorder your schedule, arrange your will and take note of the location of the nearest exit in every room.
by Kelsey Truman Staff Astrologist
The stars tell me that you will do well in love this week if you are honest, but tactful, with your emotions. By this, I think the stars want you to lie.
PISCES FEB. 19 MARCH 20
AUG. 23 SEPT. 22
SEPT. 23 OCT. 22
Your school and work life is off the hook this week, but only if you keep close tabs on phone calls and e-mails. MMORPGs seem tempting, but do yourself a favor and let that Warcraft raid wait until Monday.
Anticipate making soul-crushingly slow progress this week, Libra, but don’t get too down. While you’re waiting for the figurative paint to dry, dabble in arts or sports you have not considered before, like Fabergé egg painting or competitive jump rope.
This week finds you accident prone. Is this really different from any other week? Avoid grasping hot stove tops and make sure you know where to find the Band-Aids and whiskey.
‘Wild Things’ brings new life to story Ben Niespodziany Contributing Writer At the opening of “Where the Wild Things Are,” writer/director Spike Jonze’s newest film, we see Max, played by Max Records, chasing his dog around the house. He is wearing a tattered wolf costume as he growls and howls at the barking, confused animal.
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WILD THING: Max Records plays Max in the film adaptation of the popular children’s book.
These opening two minutes give the audience a perfect representation of the main character: a child strongly involved in a world inside his head. While acting much like a “wild thing” and taking his imagination to an immature level, which is only necessary and expected for a kid his age, Max builds indoor forts, creates igloos and stands on kitchen tables demanding food. During his time at school, he drifts in and out of his daydreams, staring out the classroom’s window at the infinite possibilities beyond the school’s walls. Although the children’s book (from which the film is loosely adapted) only had nine sentences in it, Jonze maintained a close relationship with original author Maurice Sendak and worked alongside him in order to create a proper depiction of the acclaimed kids’ tale. Also, Jonze worked with writer/editor/publisher Dave Eggers (author of the memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) on the screenplay, and Eggers has turned the film adaptation into a novel entitled “The Wild Things.” The original book, which was released in 1963, was a fun bedtime story that expanded the dreams of youngsters. The movie, on the other hand, despite the PG rating, is by no means a children’s story. If anything, the film’s style and outlook might be more suitable and understandable through the eyes of an adult who grew up reading the original picture book. In the movie, Max runs away from home and encounters a tiny boat that takes him far away to his dream land of the wild things, seven gigantic creatures that all contain similar personalities and characteristics of humans previously shown in the film, such
as Max’s family members. The wild things are not cuddly, lovely characters. They are surreal, often wicked, fuzzy distortions of Max’s struggles in reality. After quickly becoming king (after all, it is his dream), Max converses with the wild things, and the metaphors become almost overwhelming. The audience sees Max face his inner demons and work out his family problems. Max’s epic dream has cheerful moments, like a dirt-clobbering fight or napping in a pile of wild things, but this dream also has nightmares: Anger, hatred and loneliness are all visited. The enormous costumes, which were created with the help of Jim Henson Productions, are realistic and jaw-dropping. No two creatures resemble one another, making each one incredibly unique. Some of the critical creatures consist of Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini), an emotionally unstable leader of the group who strongly resembles Max; Judith (voiced by Catherine O’Hara), a depressed know-it-all; Douglas (voiced by Chris Cooper), a bird-shaped thing who seems to be the most stable; Ira (voiced by Forest Whitaker), a quiet, understanding thing; KW (voiced by Lauren Ambrose), a female thing who seems to resemble both Max’s sister and mother; and Alexander (voiced by Paul Dano), a lonely thing to whom no one seems to listen. All of the creatures, in some way or another, help Max with the ability to cope with the outside world, overcome his fears and understand the struggle of human loneliness. By the end of the film, Max is emotionally moved, as is the audience. A strong sense of comfort is felt when Max reconnects with his worried mother, who never considers scolding him, only consoling him.
“Where the Wild Things Are” MOVIE REVIEW
Warner Bros. Directed by: Spike Jonze Starring: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo Voices of: Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, Forest Whitaker Rated PG
Rating: 5 = perfect, 4 = outstanding, 3 = good, 2 = fair, 1 = poor
While the story was great, and the acting was exceptional, the locations used for the film incorporated into the land of the wild things are equally miraculous: Wonderful sunrises and sunsets, rolling deserts and exotic forests fly in and out of Max’s dream state. During the visually-stunning wonderland, Karen O (lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) composes the soundtrack as she sings, chants and roars along with a children’s choir and numerous instruments. The film, with all of these factors tossed into 100 minutes, makes for a dazzling roller coaster ride through a dream land where Max will inevitably open up your head. It will only be expected to picture cars talking and buildings flying away during the car ride home from the movie theater.
‘New Moon’ soundtrack goes for indie cred with great lineup Drew Schmidtke email@example.com Teenage vampire love sounds like silly inspiration for compelling music. At least it probably does to anyone outside of the “Twilight” fan base. But with the second film in the series, “New Moon,” the music supervisors have raised the bar a notch. The result is an album full of haunting tunes that work in just enough places to be enjoyable. Much of the credit should be given to the new lineup of artists. The first soundtrack had a schizophrenic array filled mostly with the teenage angst of Paramore and Linkin Park. The soundtrack for “New Moon” features the likes of Thom Yorke, The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie. Most of the songs are quiet, acoustic guitar-driven music reflecting the dark mood of the series. Some artists use this theme well, while others miss sorely. The album starts off very strong. Somewhat surprisingly, Death Cab’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” is one of the more loud, upbeat songs found here. Frontman Ben Gibbard riffs on the teenage vampire love theme with his chorus of “Everything, everything ends.”
“New Moon” CD REVIEW
Various Artists Atlantic Records Rating: 5 = perfect, 4 = outstanding, 3 = good, 2 = fair, 1 = poor
The next track is the fuzzed-out “Friends” from Band of Skulls. Sparse verses contrast with big choruses while Russell Marsden sings about fairly standard stuff: “I need love, ‘cause only love is true/I need every waking hour with you.” It’s nothing extraordinary, but it is catchy enough to work. The third track, Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage,” is one of the best. The Radiohead frontman builds an electronic pulse over a snappy drumbeat. He ditches his frequently cryptic lyrical style for more straightforward fare. The line “you can do no wrong in my eyes” drones in and out. The Killers’ “A White Demon Love Song” is another highlight. It sounds like singer Brandon Flowers has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to write about supernatural teenage love. The wonderfully cheesy song starts soft before building into a grand, horn-blasting finish. Flowers sings back and forth with himself over the breakdown. “Let us be in love, let’s do old and gray/I won’t make you cry, I will never stray/I will do my part, let us be in love, tonight.” The song is exactly what it needs to be—catchy, corny and a little dramatic. Other hits come in throughout the album. Muse’s reworking of their own tune “I Belong to You” has a groovy stomp that sounds cartoonishly evil. Matt Bellamy’s operatic vocals add to this effect. Elsewhere, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Done All Wrong” fits the mood flawlessly. The simple arrangement, slow acoustic guitar riff, harmonica solos and ethereal vocals sound like a ghost town. For some added indie credibility, Bon Iver, St. Vincent and Grizzly Bear all make appearances. Each sound like they are trying to out-do each other in terms of haunting melodies, harmonies and falsetto singing. Team Bon Iver and St. Vincent win by meshing their vocals together beautifully for the evocative “Roslyn.” Not every artist on the album makes good use of the theme. OK Go tries to bend their brand of power pop too hard and fails. The closing track, Editors’ “No Sound but the Wind,” sounds forced and too dramatic. While the mediocre songs are spattered throughout the album,
they pass quickly enough. Overall, there is enough good material for an enjoyable listen. Plus, it is funny to hear what typically serious artists like Thom Yorke do when asked to write about vampires and werewolves. Compared to the first soundtrack, “New Moon” is a major upgrade. It would have been very easy to stack another album full of artists the “Twilight” fan base already loves. While this might not resonate with teenage girls as quickly, maybe it will get them to start listening to something other than Paramore.
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THE SUPERNATURAL: Thom Yorke is one of many all-star artists giving his musical skills to the “New Moon” soundtrack.
Unfortunate Ending Women’s soccer went on the road last weekend and lost the last two games of their season, landing in the fifth spot for the conference tournament. Page 12
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Laundry on the Field Players want to celebrate. Have NCAA football referees gone too far by flagging for excessive celebration? Page 13
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Men continue success on pitch Emily Newell firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite giving up a quick goal two minutes into the match, the Butler men’s soccer team, which recently broke into the national rankings in the 23rd spot, scored three unanswered goals to defeat DePaul Wednesday afternoon. DePaul junior Willy Lara scored off a pass from freshman Antonio Aguilar two minutes into the match, giving the Blue Demons (7-7-1) a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs (10-1-1, 3-0-1 Horizon League) quickly answered, though. Junior Jake Capito scored just under four minutes after the Blue Demons to tie the game. Head coach Kelly Findley said he always tells his teams it’s important to capitalize quickly when the other team scores. After tying the score just under six minutes into the match, the Bulldogs pushed forward, building a 3-1 lead with goals from freshman Julian Cardona and senior Boris Gatzky. “For some reason, we’ve been starting slow,” Findley said. “I don’t think we played our best, [but] it was great to get the third goal. To snap the neck, as I call it.” Gatzky is the team’s leading
scorer with five goals and six assists on the season. Gatzky said it was tough coming off a break after not playing over the weekend, but he said he is pleased with the team’s results. “[Coach] expected us to come out slow,” Gatzky said. “[But] we showed a lot of commitment and continued pushing forward and scored that second goal.” Junior Brett Heinz, who had two assists in the game, said he sees a lot more maturity in this year’s team, which has helped contribute to the Bulldogs’ success. “The freshmen have grown up real quick,” he said. Heinz was named Horizon League Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 19-25. Cardona said the older players have helped make the transition into college athletics easier. “The upperclassmen are great leaders,” he said, adding that they have been a great help to the younger players. The Bulldogs are in position to hold the top seed in the conference tournament if they continue to win. Findley stressed the importance of winning in order for the team to maintain their position. “Because of the teams we play, it’s possible that we
could win the rest of our games and go down in our RPI,” he said. After last Saturday’s game was postponed due to illnesses on the Detroit squad, the Bulldogs were finally able to face the Titans (3-11-1, 1-5-0 HL) yesterday afternoon, beating Detroit 3-0. It was a defensive battle in the first half, as neither goalie allowed a shot to pass. The Bulldogs led the Titans in shots 6-4 after 45 minutes. “There is some phenomenon in having a week off,” Findley said. “You’d think the team would be well rested, but it took a little time to get into our rhythm. “At halftime, we talked about continuing to do all the right things and knowing that the goal will come.” The Bulldogs came out strong in the second half, with their first goal coming just under 15 minutes into the half from freshman Tyler Pollock. It was his fourth goal of the season. Seven minutes later, Cardona scored his fourth goal of the season off a pass from Capito. The team finished off the Titans in the 85th minute with a third goal coming from sophomore Matt Hedges, his fifth of the season. The assist came off a corner kick from Cardona.
“The guys implemented our game plan very well,” Findley said. The Bulldogs, who stand atop the Horizon League with the win yesterday, will finish the season with three conference matches versus Cleveland State, UIC and Wright State.
“We want to continue to do what we do well,” Findley said. “We want to get results in those games, host the [Horizon League] tournament and make the NCAA tournament.” The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend, facing Cleveland State Friday at 7 p.m.
The undefeated Butler University football team faced off against Campbell (1-6, 0-4 Pioneer Football League) in Buies Creek, N.C., last Saturday. Butler maintained its untarnished season with a 23-16 win over the Camels. Butler head coach Jeff Voris said he is pleased with the season thus far. “It feels good to be undefeated,” Voris said. “You head out every week trying to win. Everyone feels good. “But we understand we have a handful of games down the road, so it is not time to celebrate yet.” In the first quarter, the Bulldogs made a statement by scoring two touchdowns. The first touchdown was run in by junior Scott Gray. The touchdown was Gray’s fourth of the season. The second touchdown was a 22-yard pass thrown by sophomore Andrew Huck to sophomore Zach Watkins. Sophomore David Lang, who missed an extra point on the first Butler touchdown, was able to put his second attempt through the uprights to give Butler a 13-0 lead. Lang was named Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 4 for his game-winning 39-yard field goal against San Diego on Homecoming. “It was important to take out the crowd (on the road),” Huck said. “It was their homecoming, and they were planning on beating us.” Butler’s defense had a strong showing in the first quarter and was able to keep Campbell away from the
Tennis falls at regionals Arika Herron email@example.com Butler men’s tennis finished their fall campaign at the ITA Tennis Ohio Valley Regional Championships last weekend. While none of the singles matches made it out of the qualifying round, each of the four doubles teams won their first match. Head coach Jason Suscha said the results were good for the team but thinks they haven’t reached peak yet. “I think we could potentially be an excellent doubles team,” Suscha said. “This weekend, we played closer to our potential.”
“We have a couple of players with the athleticism to do well at the top lineup.” - Jason Suscha head coach, men’s tennis
Collegian photo by Maria Porter
RUNNING WILD: Senior midfielder Kyle VondenBenken runs as he controls the ball and organizes the Bulldog offense.
Football continues perfect streak at Campbell Ashley Breitenbach firstname.lastname@example.org
end zone and out of field goal range. cessfully completed a field goal attempt from 21 “The big thing with defense is that you need to yards out, putting the Bulldogs up 23-13. trust the guy next to you and do your job,” Voris Campbell attempted a field goal from 37 yards out said. “We did a good job being in the right place at and made it with 3:08 remaining. the right time. We forced them to punt the ball early But Butler’s defense held the Camels scoreless for and often.” those final minutes to turn out a victory with a final In the second quarter, the Bulldogs were able to score of 23-16. score another touchdown. Redshirt senior Dan Bohrer “We got off to a fast start and scored early,” Voris caught the one-yard pass and said. “The defense continues ran the ball into the end “Everyone on the team believes that to play really well.” zone. Huck had a successful we can accomplish anything. With the extra point from game and totaled 214 passLang, Butler led 20-0. ing yards. Everyone has faith in each other.” “We jumped on them Watkins caught his ninth early,” Huck said. “Defense touchdown pass and - Zach Watkins got stops and offense manadvanced the ball 54 yards sophomore, football aged to score.” on five catches. “Everyone on the team believes that we can accomHuck said it is exciting and indescribable to be a plish anything,” Watkins said. “Everyone has faith part of an undefeated team. in each other.” “It is nice to see what we’ve been working hard for That faith helped the Bulldogs hold the lead going pay off,” Huck said. into halftime. Compared to previous seasons, Voris said the sucBut Campbell was able to sneak past Butler’s cess is due to the players on the field. defense to score a touchdown and kick a field goal in “I just think it is the players building up the relathe second quarter. tionship and trust they have built playing together,” At the end of the first half, Butler held a 20-10 Voris said. “We have trained to be bigger, stronger lead. and faster. In the third quarter, Butler’s offense was unsuc“We are going to do the same thing that we have cessful in scoring any touchdowns, and their defense been doing. The key to success is being consistent, wasn’t able to keep Campbell away from the end doing the same things that we have been doing and zone. Campbell kicked their second field goal of the trying to do them even better.” game, narrowing the gap with a score of 20-13 as Now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pioneer Football they entered the final quarter. League, Butler will turn its attention to hosting Wanting to maintain the Butler lead, Lang suc- Davidson this Saturday at noon.
Sophomore Zach Ervin and junior Lenz Theodor are the only Bulldogs to win a set on the doubles side, but neither made it out of the qualifying round. “It’s indicative of where we are as a team,” Suscha said. “We have a lot of good players who won matches, but we had no success in the main draw.” The end of the fall campaign signals the start of the conditioning season. Suscha said their goal is to stay in shape and work on some individual things before coming back in January for the spring season. Suscha said they have a challenging schedule in the fall and hopes his men will rise to that challenge. “We have a couple of players with the athleticism to do well at the top lineup,” Suscha said. “But they need to bring their intensity all match, every match.” Senior Ben Ra ynauld and junior Chris Herron are two of Suscha’s top players, both of whom he said have the ability to do very well. The men return to action the Sunday before classes begin, Jan. 10, against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are just one of several Big Ten opponents Suscha has on the schedule for the upcoming season. Others include Wisconsin Jan. 23, Purdue Jan. 24, Indiana Feb. 6 and Michigan State Mar. 6.
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Women’s Volleyball at Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. 7 p.m.
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Soccer ends season with two losses Matt Lawder email@example.com
The women’s soccer team (711-1, 3-4-1 Horizon League) finished their regular season with two losses on the road at Valparaiso (8-8-1, 5-3 HL) and Loyola (5-12-2, 4-2-2 HL) last Friday and Sunday. After starting conference play with a 3-1 record, the Bulldogs failed to win any of their four games and dropped to fifth in the Horizon League standings. After a double-overtime tie against Youngstown the previous week, the Bulldogs went into Valparaiso Friday with most Horizon League teams within two games of each other. The team started their game against the Crusaders in control, attacking the Valparaiso net often. The Bulldogs got two solid shots on goal in the first 10 minutes and finished the half with a total of six shots. They could not get anything by the Crusader keeper, though, and the Bulldogs entered half-
time still even at 0-0. At the start of the second half, the Bulldogs fell behind when Valparaiso’s Jackie Kondratko headed a cross past goalie Jess Schein in the 55th minute, giving Valparaiso a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs stayed focused and continued to press the Crusaders but could not get any momentum. “When we get down by a goal, we just keep playing soccer,” sophomore midfielder Natalie Galovska said. “We don’t try to rush things because, when you deviate from the game plan, that’s when things get hectic.” But the Bulldogs fell behind by another goal in the 73rd minute when Valparaiso’s Rachel Hoaglin poked the ball past Schein. Down by two, the Bulldogs failed to get any more shots and lost 2-0. The lady Bulldogs then headed to Chicago Sunday to finish their regular season against the Ramblers. Trying to shake off Friday’s loss, the Bulldogs
attacked Loyola from the first whistle, taking nine shots in the first half alone. However, the Bulldogs failed to net any goals in the first 45 minutes. Loyola countered the Bulldogs’ blitz with four shots of their own and scored the game’s only goal in the 30th minute when they knocked in a header for the 1-0 lead. “It’s frustrating when you get so many opportunities and don’t capitalize, and then [Loyola] gets one chance, and they score on it,” Galovska said. “The final result doesn’t show the whole game.” After the goal, both teams began playing more aggressively, leading to 17 fouls on Butler and another 16 on Loyola. The game also had four yellow cards and a red card. Golavska and Abbie Kaul both received yellow cards, and Molly Kruger got sent off in the 69th minute. With the Bulldogs’ leading goal scorer and assist-leader out of the game, the Bulldog offense slowed down and only managed
two shots the rest of the game. While the Bulldogs held off Loyola for the rest of the half, they ended the game behind 1-0. With scoreless games from this weekend, the Bulldog offense has sputtered down the stretch of the season. They scored only two goals in their final five games of the season, all of which were on the road.
Butler went 1-3-1 during that stretch. The loss to Loyola also dropped the team to fifth in the Horizon League with a 3-4-1 conference record. The Horizon League tournament, which takes the top six teams in the conference, will begin next week when Butler heads to Valparaiso, looking for a fresh start.
“Going into the conference tournament, we just want to leave the season as it is,” Galovska said. “It’s anyone’s game now; it’s not about anyone’s regular season record.” Butler will face Valparaiso in the first round of the conference tournament, which has a singleelimination format. A date has yet to be determined.
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STAR SCORERS: (From left) Seniors Molly Kruger and Lindsey Fox and freshman Katie Griswold are this season’s leading scorers. Kruger and Griswold had five goals each; Fox had four.
Volleyball beats Raiders in four, defeated by Vikings in three Ashley Breitenbach firstname.lastname@example.org The Butler University volleyball team played two strong conference teams this week as they neared the end of their regular season. The Bulldogs (17-11, 7-4 Horizon League) traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to play Wright State (10-15, 2-9), looking to take their second victory over the Raiders this season. In the first game, Butler suffered from many unforced errors at the net. But senior Porshia Allen’s 16 kills helped the Bulldogs take the lead, and they went up one game on the Raiders after winning 25-18. The second game was not an improvement, as attacking errors increased. The Bulldogs were able to
attack 11 times in the second game but 0.310, which was an improvement were unsuccessful in 10 of those from their second game average of 0.020. attempts. Wright State also attacked well in the The Bulldogs’ defense was no match third game, but the Bulldog block was for the Wright State middle hitter, able to touch more Chanel Gillies, who “Our morale is very attacks than in the first had 11 kills in the two games. match. high. We come in and “I think we make The major setbacks quick adjustments,” in the second game sophomore Maureen were inconsistent work hard every Bamiro said. “Our blocks and attacks, junblock adjusted, and the ior hitter Kelsey day.” Labrum said. game became - Kelsey Labrum Wright State was smoother.” junior, women’s volleyball The Bulldogs were able to take advantage able to edge a 25-23 and even the match win in the third game. score with a 25-18 second game win. Wright State battled hard in the The third game was a close battle. Both teams attacked well at the net. fourth game, but Butler responded well. Butler had an attacking average of Butler emerged with another 25-23 vic-
tory to clinch the match, three games to one. The Bulldogs’ spirit was up entering their Saturday match at Cleveland State (22-5, 10-1). But that spirit was broken when the Vikings dominated the Bulldogs. In the first game, Butler had to rely on their defense because the Bulldog hitters were unable to capitalize at the net. The Bulldogs’ hitting average was -0.056 in the 25-16 loss, and the average did not improve much from there. In the second game, Butler’s kills equaled their errors, and the Bulldogs were only able to win 14 points against the Vikings. “We didn’t put it all out there and fight back,” Bamiro said. “We didn’t show them what we were capable of. We could have taken more control.”
In game three, the Bulldogs were able to get double-digit kills and were within four points of the Vikings before the home team rallied four straight points to take a 25-17 victory. “Versus CSU, we started out game one blocking really well,” Labrum said. “We blocked four balls in a row, and we were up 8-2. We could have seen a lot of improvement in eliminating unforced errors. That was our major problem.” Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are looking forward to their match tonight at Indiana State and Friday night against Valparaiso in Hinkle Fieldhouse. “Our morale is very high,” Labrum said. “We come in and work hard every day. The atmosphere is intense, but we keep it light with constantly laughing about certain things.”
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Collegian photos by Mary Landwer, Maria Porter, and Rachel Senn Collegian illustration by Rachel Senn