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Sororities solicited for Super Bowl event attendance

Affairs Chair Mike Tirman mixes beats in his spare time.

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Celebrities visited Butler for a basketball showdown on Saturday.

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Jason Brozek, a former swimmer at Butler University, was one athlete left out by the elimination of the men’s swimming program five years ago.

Questions about men’s program linger Abrupt elimination of the men’s swim team five years ago caused controversy. MARISSA JOHNSON MKJOHNSO@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER


ive years ago, the Butler athletics department announced the elimination of men’s swimming, a sport that had been at the university for nearly 80 years. Swimming became a sport at Butler in 1928, with the introduction of both a men’s and women’s team. The two teams practiced and

competed together most of the time and considered themselves to be one team, said Chris Gordon, who was a freshman five years ago. “It was like they were pulling half of the team away,” Gordon said. “We were like family.” The news was given to the team about a month and a half before the season’s Horizon League meet and it came as a surprise to the members. The team had been struggling in previous years, finishing last in the Horizon League for 12 straight years, but under second-year coach Maurice Stewart, there were visible improvements being made. see swimming page 5


Despite administrative changes, partnership stands SARA PRUZIN SPRUZIN@BUTLER.EDU


Amid administrative shake-ups and new oversight, administrators at both Butler University and Shortridge Magnet High School say their partnership is growing. The partnership—put into practice between Butler and Indianapolis Public Schools in 2009 when Shortridge reopened as a magnet school for law and public policy—now includes the Early College Program, collaborative workshops for faculty and administrators, summer camps, student programming and other department and college-level initiatives. Programs are provided for mainly through a series of grants. On Jan. 24 the IPS school board approved layoff notices to Shortridge vice principals James Larkin and Lora Elliott as well as 32 other administrators as part of IPS Superintendent Eugene White’s reorganization plan, which is designed to save the district $40 million and shrink the size of the

Emily Burke, who teaches classes for Shortridge Magnet High School juniors, talks with Terrence Jackson during class Monday. Photo by Josh Morris

central office. White said he was required to give notice now before he would be able to lay off administrators in May. The vote came after White recommended in early November that school board members terminate then-Shortridge Principal Brandon Cosby. White’s reasons for the firing were insubordination, failure to supervise faculty, failure to provide leadership, failure

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SGA hopes to amp up campaign awareness


KYLER NAYLOR KNAYLOR@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR All Butler University sororities received an email on Jan. 18 offering free tickets to any members willing to be included as “featured audience” members for various Super Bowl-related concerts and shows, including front row seats. 1iota director of social media Josh Patil contacted director of Greek life Becky Druetzler via email on Jan. 17 about providing free tickets to sorority members for upcoming events. 1iota is a company that helps event holders fill the seats of their venues. The desired audience seemed to include strictly sorority members, and members of various fraternities said they didn’t receive a similar email. Students’ opinions on the offer varied. Some viewed it as a privilege for Greek sorority students to participate in the excitement, while others saw targeting only Greek women as unfair. Claire Roberts, a sophomore psychology major and president of Delta Delta Delta sorority, said she liked that Butler was thought of for these shows. “It was pretty cool that they were giving us an opportunity to get right up and experience [the concerts and shows],” she said. “It was kind of selective. I think it was just easier with the whole sorority aspect.” Roberts said she was happy to see Butler and other schools getting involved. Alpha Chi Omega member and strategic communications major Kate White said young women seemed to be in demand, but she said she thought offering opportunities based on gender was a bit unfair. “I think it’s interesting, especially with the Super Bowl, that they’re trying to target certain audiences,” she said. “I can understand there’s a certain sex appeal to it. I think it’s a little unfair to make it genderfocused.” Senior biology major Mallory Owens, who isn’t affiliated, agreed with White’s sentiment, although she said she was unaware such an


In raising endowment, the task should fall on everyone’s shoulders.

to complete spending reports requested by a school funder, failure to complete teacher evaluations and poor supervision of students. Also cited was failure to collaborate with the school’s partner, Butler. Shortridge Principal Stan Law, who has been in his position since Jan. 9, said the reorganization will not affect the partnership. see shortridge page 3

Butler University’s Student Government Association is hoping to increase student interest and voter turnout for the presidential and class officer elections on Feb. 27. Allie Combs, the public relations representative for the SGA Election Oversight Committee, said that SGA is turning to technology for this election. “(SGA members) usually do a ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign,” she said, “but it was causing confusion. People thought you could only vote that way and that you couldn’t vote online, so we’re not doing that this year.” Instead, voting will take place completely online and will be promoted through social media. Combs also said a debate and a Starbucks forum will be held for students to learn more about candidates. The candidates will not have to face an incumbent, since current SGA President Al Carroll said in an email to The Collegian that he will not be running for reelection this year. Applications for president and class officers went up Thursday and must be returned tomorrow by 5 p.m. Until that process is complete and applications are verified, an official candidate list cannot be made, Jonathan Himes, SGA vice president of programming, said. However, contenders are emerging. Mike Keller, a member of the SGA Finance Board, and Kelsa Reynolds, SGA vice president of

You’re voting for someone who will represent your views.


operations, both said in emails to The Collegian that they will be running for SGA president. Getting students interested in the election is key to increasing turnout, Dan Schramm, SGA vice president of finance, said. He said that students should care about the elections, particularly the presidential race. “The president is the spearhead person of SGA, and most of the programs we do are at least approved by him, if not led by him,” Schramm said. The money for those programs, such as The Fray concert during the fall semester, comes from the SGA budget, Lauren Pedigo, SGA vice president of public relations, said. This budget is made up of the $288 fee each student pays. “Students pay an activity fee every year to get programming on campus, and you’re voting for the person who will ultimately be the decider on programming,” Pedigo said. Money is not the only reason to vote, she said. “You’re voting for someone who will represent your views,” Pedigo said. Last year, The Collegian reported in “Al Carroll on see elections page 4

Carroll will not run for second term JILL MCCARTER JMCCARTE@BUTLER.EDU


Student Government Association President Al Carroll will not be running for reelection this year, despite speculation from student body members. “For me, it’s all about helping the next person that comes in be successful,” Carroll said. “I can see myself as happy, if not happier than I am now, if I’m helping someone be successful.” The question that kept coming up was whether SGA can be better next year than it was this year, Carroll said. “I kept having to answer that question with ‘maybe,’” Carroll said. “Because it was a maybe, I figured that you all deserve better than that.” Carroll will be completing a full-time internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers as he enters his senior year next semester. He said that it is time to start thinking about life after graduation. “Student government has been a great outlet to meeting people, and it’s been a very positive experience for me, but it’s not what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life,” Carroll said. “It’s time to start focusing on what is next for Al.” He said that he still plans on being involved with SGA, but he is not certain yet what position that means. “I will serve at the pleasure of


CARROLL: “It’s time to start focusing on what is next for Al.” the next president,” he said. “It’s more important that I help the next president be successful regardless of me. This is about making sure that this is a positive organization and not that Al is the leader.” From what he knows of the candidates that have submitted applications, Carroll said he feels confident that the next student body president will do an outstanding job. “I’m very comfortable stepping down because the next president is going to do an awesome job,” Carroll said. “It’s never been about me in this role,” Carroll said. “When you’re deciding to run, I suppose that it’s about you, but then when you get elected, you realize that it’s about the students. “This decision is the least about me, because if this decision was see carroll page 4



LAS, JCFA majors have worst job outlook at Butler that back down into a job,” Schrader said. Matthew Wright is a May 2011 Butler graduate with a degree in English. He is still looking for permanent, fulltime employment. He said he thinks LAS majors might have a harder time getting employment because of how broad their disciplines are. “There’s not one avenue connecting LAS majors to a job after they finish their education,” Wright said. “It’s probably a little more complicated, but we are all capable of finding a job.” In broad disciplines, there has been some difficulty for career counselors to imagine job or career paths for graduates who solicit their help, but no major is impossible, Schrader said. “Sometimes we have to get a little creative about classes they’ve taken and experiences they’ve had and how they can translate that into a full-time job,” Schrader said. The office of Internship and Career Services is considering putting on an


Class of 2012 students who aren’t considering advanced degrees will find this May that some advanced studies from Butler University translate into a job faster than others. Biology, history, philosophy, psychology and dance majors had the worst outlook last year for being employed within one year of graduating from Butler, according to institutional data. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Jordan College of Fine Arts may have a harder time than students in other colleges when facing the reality of filling out job applications, said Julie Schrader, manager of employer development in the office of Internship and Career Services. “In some of the LAS majors, a lot of students have difficulty figuring out how they’re going to translate

event this spring geared toward helping LAS majors identify jobs they’re interested in, Schrader said, but there are no specific plans yet. Despite the apparent advantage of majors like computer science and accounting, which had a 100 percent job outlook, the skills obtained from a major in the liberal arts are desirable in a new hire, said Wright, who is temporarily working for Butler’s Center for Academic Technology. “Writing and communication abilities are actually really important in pretty much every job,” Wright said. To improve the chances of being prepared for a job after college, Schrader said she thinks students in all six academic colleges should use the resources available in the office of Internship and Career Services. Students with majors in colleges like LAS without their own career offices have an even greater need to take advantages of the services,

Schrader said. “In the College of Business, they’ve got it squared away,” Schrader said. “But there are some departments, such as in LAS or JCFA, that just don’t have those resources.” Schrader said her office is there to supplement those departments as needed. “We think we have a pretty good relationship with LAS departments, but we’re always looking to strengthen those,” Schrader said. “Our goal is just to help all those departments and students in whatever they need.” Students in the COB, whose programs boasted

an average 96 percent job placement rate, attract employers because they come out of college with two internship experiences under their belts, said Mary Ellen Wolfsie, director of career development and student services for the COB. “That gives them some solid real-world experiences,” Wolfsie said. “It’s not unusual for some internships to turn into a full-time job. That’s a big piece of it.” Wolfsie said that COB’s office has the same services as Internship and Career Services but that COB students don’t have to put in as much effort to take

advantage of them because of the office’s relationship with the academic programs. “The resources are there,” Wolfsie said, “but the difference is that in other colleges, students may have to take the initiative to take advantage of those resources.” Students who choose to visit the office of Internship and Career Services may solicit the office’s help with trying to find an internship after graduation, going over a résumé or simply talking about career path options. “We dig into really where their passion lies,” Schrader said, “and what they’re really good at.”





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Nicole Brooks looks over résumés with freshman Chelsea Sterba in the office of Internship and Career Services.

After national scandal, Butler confident in its procedures BENJAMIN HORVATH BHORVATH@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER

For more than two decades, SAT and ACT scores, along with other student statistics, have helped land Butler University on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best Midwest colleges. More than 2,000 miles away from Butler, Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., acknowledged this month that a former admissions administrator had been falsifying SAT scores to earn a spot on a similar top ten list. For five years, the official submitted fake SAT and ACT scores, which went unnoticed until the story broke nationally. Questions are being raised about the validity of scores that thousands of universities nationwide, including Butler, submit each year. Currently there are no laws directly dealing with misreporting test scores. This is a concern for the admissions department, said Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management. “I fear that the federal government will get involved and become heavy-handed,” he said. “We don’t need a one-size-fits-all law, but it needs to be a part of a school’s accreditation process.” Score reporting at Butler is a twostep process, Weede said. The academic office collects information, and then the office of institutional research is responsible for sending that data to agencies like U.S. News and World Report, Weede said. He said that the university prevents potential misreporting of test scores by not allowing the admissions office to report the information itself. “Admissions may benefit from inflated scores, but we’re garnered due to the fact that we do not directly report the scores,” Weede said. The possibility of a situation like

the Claremont McKenna incident is unlikely to occur at Butler, said Nandini Ramaswamy, director of the office of institutional research and assessment. “We have three people working in our office to cross-check data,” Ramaswamy said. “We also collaborate with the registrar whenever questions are raised.” Questions remain about how much of an impact rankings have on prospective students’ decisions. Butler’s college ranking was a big factor in freshman Aaron Wentzlof’s decision to attend Butler. “There’s only so much you can learn about a university from visiting it,” Wentzlof said. “Before you make a decision, you should research deeper and look at the university’s data and statistics.” Freshman communication sciences and disorders major Sam Pfeil said even though there were schools ranked higher in her major, she ultimately chose Butler due to other factors after visiting the campus. “I chose Butler because of the friendliness of people on campus, the small classroom size and the overall size of the school,” Pfeil said. Freshman pharmacy major Steven Frankowski said the pharmacy program was the main reason he chose Butler, not its college ranking. “Butler is close to home,” Frankowski said, “but the main reason I came here was because of the quality pharmacy program of the university.” While college rankings help a university establish a reputation, students make decisions based on multiple factors, Weede said. “It’s like Butler basketball,” Weede said. “It helps bring national attention to the university, but ultimately students make the decision to come here based on the programs we offer, our academics and location.”



Bill doesn’t prompt review of transfer credit policies “When people transfer to a university, it’s because they’re looking for the right fit.” LUKE SHAW


While a new bill in the Indiana Senate would streamline the transfer process at state universities, it has not caused Butler University to reevaluate its transfer policies. If passed, Senate Bill 182 would create statewide standards that would require all state schools to adopt a common course numbering system and give priority in admissions to a student who holds an associate degree over an out-of-state applicant. The bill would also require state-funded institutions to have at least 30 “general education” credit hours that are compatible with the curriculum at any state school, making a two-year associate degree from any state school acceptable as credit toward a bachelor’s degree at another state university. Associate Provost Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom said this is a common practice and legislation like this has been enacted elsewhere. She also said she believes the bill would have no weight on the private institutions like Butler, since course equivalency becomes an issue. “The faculty is the gatekeeper with respect to quality of the course and making sure the credits that are awarded are equivalent to Butler credits,” she said. “They are helping to ensure a Butler degree is a degree of integrity. I think we really show a fair amount of flexibility with respect to the number of transfer credit hours coming in.” Freshman Erin Hankel, a Ball State University student who

contemplated transferring after her first semester, said there were many factors she weighed when deciding where to apply. “I want to know if the program is good for my major, if it’s going to be expensive, if I have friends there and if the food is good,” she said. “But credits are obviously important too.” Hankel said the bill would motivate her to choose a state school first, but it wouldn’t prevent her from looking at private schools, too. Not all transfer experiences are negative. Sophomore Sarah Jacobsma transferred twice without a hitch. Jacobsma completed a semester at Butler, transferred to Indiana University Northwest and then decided to be a Bulldog again. “I didn’t want to spend $40,000 taking education classes, so I went home, took some classes there, then transferred back,” she said. “Everything transferred back nicely. My science class even counted for my science requirement here.” Although Jacobsma and Hankel experienced different transfer issues, both students said they considered Butler for the same reason: it felt like home. “I missed home my first semester,” Jacobsma said. “But being at home sucked, and I realized I missed Butler more. “ “When people transfer to a university, it’s because they’re looking for the right fit,” transfer student Luke Bunting said. Bunting, a sophomore political science major, said with or without the bill, the transfer process may always be a difficult transition. “It’s hard to make friends, because people have already solidified their friend group,” Bunting said. “If you know someone who has transferred, open your arms to them and try to get to know them, because it’s a tough time.”

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Early College Program students work on an assignment during class on Monday. Eight Shortridge Magnet High School juniors are currently participating in the program.

Students in Early College Program feel like Butler is their campus, too SARA PRUZIN SPRUZIN@BUTLER.EDU


When asked what they want to do after college, every Shortridge Magnet High School junior in the Early College Program has a ready answer. They have blended in with Butler University students, walking into class with their C-Club in hand and books in tow. “We’re more comfortable here and less out of place,” Terrence Jackson, a Shortridge student, said.“We feel like this is our campus, too.” This semester there are eight juniors enrolled in the program, which allows students to earn college credit by attending ongoing Butler classes. They take a threeor four-credit hour class every semester, as well as a strategies for success course and a college prep class their junior year. Eleven juniors started in fall 2011’s inaugural class. Next year there will be juniors and seniors enrolled, as Shortridge grows to include a senior class. The ultimate goal is for the students to pursue a college degree and beyond. Jackson, who said he wants to major in something technical like computer science after high school, said he has learned a lot about time management since his first day at Butler. He said while freshmen and sophomores may not be as aware of the program, his classmates are. “All the juniors know about it,” he said. “We’re the best of the best,


”Change is the only constant in life, and the partnership is not about the person, it’s about the institution,” Law said. “I think the partnership will be well intact and only grow with the change.” While there was outcry from many parents and students with Cosby’s departure, Elliott said the transition between principals has been fairly smooth. She said she has worked with Law before and that he has the ability to further both the school and the partnership. “Mr. Cosby had his strengths of being the best orator I’ve ever heard, but [Law] brings in organization,” she said. “When you’re a speaker that talks about a vision, sometimes you miss the nuts and bolts pieces.” Elliott said new leadership will help both students and faculty grow and become more connected. “We were a lot of individuals, and I’ve actually begun to see a team emerge,” she said. “If you get the students in on that it goes from team to family.” When the school initially opened, liaison Mark Cosand assisted Butler faculty members to determine how they and their colleges could work with Shortridge. A grant from the Lilly Endowment that covered the school’s start-up costs and Cosand’s position ran out

We’re the best of the best, and we get to come here. TERRENCE JACKSON SHORTRIDGE JUNIOR and we get to come here.” Benji Gerlitz, who wants to pursue acting, said he feels free when he’s at Butler, managing his own time and learning skills for college. “It’s a head start,” Gerlitz said. “For the average student going from high school to college, it’s a shock. I feel like we’re gradually going between high school and college.” Darlene Brown, who wants to some day work in media production, said the program has made her more confident about going to college. “Some people think it’s the hardest thing you’ll do in life,” she said, “but it’s not.” Emily Burke, the associate director of the Learning Resource Center who teaches the strategies for success and college prep classes, said that the juniors are already beginning to look at colleges and that they’ve embraced the opportunity. “I’ve seen their comfort level increase and their maturity level increase,” she said. “I’m impressed by the caliber of students, their commitment and how serious they are about the community.” Burke said that the maximum

Look for more information about the Butler/IPS partnership at Shortridge Magnet High School in upcoming issues of The Collegian. in 2011, and the position was not renewed. A steering committee took over in March, and Associate Provost Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom, who also serves as the administrative liaison for the partnership, said it was necessary to manage the different connections. Before the steering committee took over, individual teachers or departments would collaborate with Shortridge on their own. While Ramsbottom said this type of collaboration is important, the committee will help to streamline the process and make it more “intentional.” “We’re hoping that providing a little bit of structure in no way hampers people from being innovative in their ideas,” Ramsbottom said. “But it’s really a way to help make sure that we’re doing the things that are working best for both partners.” Shelly Furuness, assistant professor of education, said the steering committee will serve as a centralized body and help the partnership prioritize. “Education has to happen first and foremost before projects,” Furuness said. Ramsbottom said the committee

size for each class at this point would be about 12 students. She said that while the number of Shortridge’s roughly 500 students who are involved is small, administrators are trying to extend the reach in other parts of the partnership. “We have to figure out how all the components of this fit in,” she said. Associate Provost Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom, who serves as the administrative liaison for the partnership and director of the Early College Program, said it prepares the students for college, no matter where they attend. “This is not all about getting these students to come to Butler,” Ramsbottom said. “Our commitment to these students is to prepare to launch them into college degree programs successfully—a college degree program of their choosing.” Shortridge’s magnet is law and public policy, but Ramsbottom said she hopes students embrace science, technology, engineering and math opportunities. Because of this, pre-calculus and calculus 1 will be offered for senior students next semester. Intermediate Chinese will be offered for students who have already taken it for three years at Shortridge, and she said the goal is to add a wide variety of disciplines to the course offerings. Ramsbottom said setting the college program has been a priority in the partnership, and Shortridge Principal Stan Law said he hopes more students will get involved in the program in the coming years. is still in its early stages and in no way wants to disrupt any ongoing partnership activities or collaboration. “Right now we don’t want to say, ‘Well, wait until we get our act together,’” she said. “We want to say, ‘If you have a good idea, and Shortridge is interested, let’s find out who the person is you should talk to. We provide those linkages, and they go to town.” Christine Muller, a Shortridge English teacher who works with Butler faculty and students on the Writing in the Schools program, said that connections need to come on the teacher-to-teacher level. She said the partnership has become somewhat “out of sight and out of mind” and ongoing engagement comes from the individual outreach and dedication of one teacher to another. “It started with a personal connection,” Muller said. Law, who is a Butler graduate, said he wants to represent Butler well in his capacity and work toward student success in all interactions. “I want to make sure that I do everything in my power and the school does everything in its power to make the partnership a viable partnership where our kids benefit and want to move on into college,” he said. For Ramsbottom, the success of the partnership is not determined by test scores or other more measurable indicators. “It’s all about opportunity for meaningful engagement on both sides,” she said.



Despite $56,350 cost, community happy with Fallon appearance CHRIS GOFF CGOFF@BUTLER.EDU


Jimmy Fallon’s visit to Butler University required more than dance moves and Twitter pleas to become a reality. The total cost to the university was $56,350. Contributions from the Student Government Association and ticket revenues paid for most of the Jan. 29 show. The Office of Student Affairs and Clowes Memorial Hall also contributed. Payout to the NBC late-night host was $50,000, with the remainder of the cost accrued in procedural expenses. “We knew it wasn’t going to be free,” said Dan Schramm, SGA vice president of finance. Fallon charged Butler significantly less than his typical college appearance fee and did not take

much profit, Joshua Lingenfelter, marketing director for Clowes, said. “Because Jimmy came out with an entire team of writers and gave up an entire schedule for the evening, nobody was really making any money,” Lingenfelter said. “That was a lot of people who came in and donated their time because they really wanted to do it.” Prior to performing in the soldout “Jimmy Fallon and Friends” show, Fallon told The Collegian that he was swayed by the YouTube video featuring Butler students doing the “Come Back Jimmy Dance.” The breakdown within SGA saw $20,000 come from the Podium Expressions committee and $5,000 from the Late Nite committee. Program Board, Finance Board, Public Relations Board, Operations Board and the Council on Presidential Affairs combined to cover another $8,000.

Student Affairs put $5,000 toward the stand-up comedy event. Clowes, the host venue, handled the contracts, equipment, labor and scheduling. Ticket revenues covered the roughly $18,000 remaining in the cost, Lingenfelter said. Mary Ann Huser, office manager of the PuLSE Office, said payment has already been processed. Students campaigned eagerly for Fallon to return to Butler for the first time since 2001, often attaching the hashtag #JimmyBackToButler to their tweets. “That brought him here,” freshman marketing major Kashton Foley said. “He likes to have a lot of fans.” But freshman finance major Nick McInally said Fallon might not be completely forthcoming. “The money’s nice,” McInally said. “He realizes he’s going to get

Fundraising options considered by university administration AISHA TOWNSEND ATOWNSE2@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER

Officials from Butler University’s Office of Annual Giving said they are looking forward to working with President Jim Danko in his vision to aggressively fundraise for the university. “We’re really excited about the direction that President Danko is taking with fundraising,” said Lee Vriesman, senior director of annual giving. The university’s endowment currently sits at $150 million, but is projected to rise to $175 million by 2014, Vice President for Finance Bruce Arick said at a town hall meeting last week. “I’ve never been at an institution

so tuition-dependent,” Danko said at the meeting. “It’s like we’re waiting to hear whether or not that last student is coming so we can decide what we can do.” Danko said that only about 25 percent of the university’s 43,000 living alumni give back to the university. Vriesman said she understands that number to be higher than the rates at most universities that Butler looks to for comparison. “We’re pleased with that, but there’s always room for improvement,” Vriesman said. Specific plans to increase or adjust giving programs are still in the works. “There are many, many ways for alumni to give through the university, and we’ll just be looking at all of those and figuring

out where the opportunities need to be increased,” Vriesman said. Alumni participation can affect how prospective students view the university, since they are included in national rankings like U.S. News and World Report, where Butler was ranked No. 2 last year in the Regional Universities Midwest category of America’s Best Colleges. Chris Beaman, senior class president, said that the class of 2012 is encouraging undergraduate participation in the Ovid Butler Society, one of Butler’s giving groups. “My gift to Butler signifies how appreciative I am for the changes it has made in my life,” Beaman said, “and the belief that I am placing in Butler to provide more students with that along the way.”

a lot of good publicity.” The office of Peter Levine, Fallon’s agent at the Creative Artists Agency, did not immediately return a request for comment. Realizing the host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” would be in Indianapolis the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, Fallon’s representatives contacted Butler administrators in December to express interest in scheduling an event. Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson met with Irene Stevens, dean of student life, and members of the PuLSE Office to discuss logistics. “Everyone agreed it was a relevant and very good student program,” Jen Agnew, assistant director of the PuLSE Office, said. Clowes officials then negotiated compensation and other details. On Jan. 6, SGA executives


offer was made to the sororities. “I chose to be independent, so I expect to be left out of some things,” she said. “But if they do this, I wonder what else is done for Greek life?”

received notification of the price and agreed to meet the cost necessary for Fallon to appear. “If it was exorbitant, we wouldn’t have done it,” Schramm said, “and $50,000 didn’t seem unreasonable.” The show ran for about an hour and 45 minutes, as opposed to the 45-minute length Fallon initially proposed. In addition to promoting the Butler brand, Lingenfelter said the event helped establish relationships between the university and people in network television. “You can’t put a price tag on those things,” he said. Agnew said social media is what ultimately enticed Fallon. “I’m really proud of the students’ role,” she said. “We wanted him to come back to our school. He wanted to come back to our school. The Super Bowl gave us that opportunity to come together.” Roberts said the email was forwarded by Druetzler at the request of the ticket holder. The offered events included the Univision Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Jam, the VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, the CMT Crossroads Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, and the 1st Annual NFL Honors Award Show, featuring artists such as Don Omar, The AllAmerican Rejects, B.o.B., Gym Class Heroes and Lenny Kravitz.

Faculty Senate votes on raises OLIVIA INGLE OINGLE@BUTLER.EDU


Faculty Senate members voted in favor of a motion Tuesday that endorses cost-of-living raises until true merit-based raises for faculty can be funded. The Senate voted 27-5-1 on the motion. The motion, as amended, states, “Raises should be identified as COLA until a time when true merit raises can be funded above COLA. COLA should be dispensed with

a minimal amount of faculty and administrative time spent with reporting. Merit, when funds are available, should be competitive and awarded by application.” Robin Turner, assistant political science professor, said her understanding of the motion is that for cost-of-living raises, people submit something fairly simple. “We really don’t need long forms for a minimal raise,” she said. “If funds were to be available for merit-based, you would have to apply for it.”

Vivian Deno, associate professor of history, said that she appreciates the concern of the motion, but in 20 years she has not had a raise that has kept up with the cost of living. “I would like our experience to reflect us as professors,” she said. Hilene Flanzbaum, an English professor, said the motion can serve as a guiding principle for upper administration to consider. “It could be an incentive for the board to come up with real merit pay,” she said.

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Rock the Vote took place in the Reilly Room during the 2011 SGA elections.


winning SGA president, moving forward” that 27 percent of students voted in the presidential election, which was a 6 percent drop from the previous year (Mar. 3, 2011). In addition, The Collegian reported in “SGA presidential candidate debate draws 35 students” that less than 1 percent of the student body—35 students—attended the candidate debate for the 2010 election (Feb.


about Al, there’d be one more year.” When Carroll ran for president last February, he stressed the importance of being available and visible for the student body. A full-time internship, Carroll said, could have kept him away from the students. “Part of being student body president is just being on campus and walking around and just being there,” Carroll said. Carroll said that it’s important for the next president to realize what duties the title brings with it. “The amount of responsibility that you have and the decisions that you’re making is a little daunting at first,” Carroll said. “At the end of the day, you are dealing with $700,000, and it’s a little overwhelming sometimes.” He said that during his tenure, he’s learned the importance of delegating tasks to other executive board members. “Surround yourself with the best possible people available,”

17, 2010). Pedigo and Schramm both ideally want 100 percent voter turnout but said they realize that result is nearly impossible. Schramm said he hopes for 50 percent, and Himes said he aims to double last year’s percentage, which would require hitting 54 percent. “A good goal would be to improve upon last year,” Pedigo said, “and get more people involved and caring about the election.” Campaigning begins Monday, and voting will take place on Feb. 27. Carroll said. “They may not be your best friends or the people that look like the easiest answer, but surround yourself with people that you trust and the people that are the best.” Overall, Carroll said that his tenure so far has been successful but like anyone else, he said he realized that nothing goes exactly as planned. “The perfect world that I was describing when I ran was not what I got, but what I got was better than what we had,” Carroll said. Criticism has been one thing that Carroll said took a little bit of time to adjust to. “It’s important to get some thick skin,” Carroll said. “I’m so passionate about the things I do, so it’s hard for me to hear critique about what I’ve done. “The person that comes into this role should realize that they’re putting themselves under a spotlight that you can’t hide from. And you shouldn’t hide from it.” Carroll, who will finish out his tenure as student body president at the end of this school year, said that he’s confident that he’s done a good job and is looking forward to seeing what the coming months bring.




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Butler graduate Jason Brozek was a senior on the school’s men’s swim team when it was eliminated in 2007. Brozek was also an assistant coach for Butler’s women’s swim team after graduation.


“Under [my] first year we had already made significant progress on both squads,” Stewart, the current coach of Butler’s women’s team, said. “We had increased point totals at the conference championship, raised the level of competitiveness, and multiple records— both personal and school— were being set.” But the men’s swim team was a non-scholarship sport competing against Horizon League schools where this was not the case. In addition, the team was barely meeting the NCAA minimum of 11 swimmers. The decision to cut the team was made by Athletic Director Barry Collier in his first year at the position. It was supported by thenPresident Bobby Fong as well.

Before the elimination of both men’s swimming and lacrosse, Butler was supporting 21 teams with what Collier described as “a bottom-of-the-barrel financial aid budget.” The other schools in the Horizon League averaged only 16 Division I sports. Collier said that the decision was made after a review of the entire athletics department and after receiving information from a study by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The study determined that Butler ranked almost last in comparison to other private, Division I schools in terms of financial support per student athlete. Butler’s football players were buying their own cleats, its softball catchers were buying their own gear and its teams were making 20-hour trips because they could not afford to stay the night in a hotel. “Clearly what we felt was that we were doing too much with too

little,” Collier said. “We had too many teams and couldn’t support them.” Gordon, who had been swimming since he was five years old, said he believes the team was never really given a reason why men’s swimming was cut versus another sport and that he was disappointed in how the situation was handled. “It was 12 guys versus the whole organization, and no one listened to us, even after meetings with Dr. Fong and Barry [Collier],” Gordon said. “It was kept so secret, and nobody ever explained to us in a clear and concise way why.” Collier said that he knew there was no easy way to decide which sports to cut, but the cost to make swimming competitive would have been “excessive.” “The scholarships, staffing, operations and facilities available were so far below what we felt [gave] the team its best opportunity to succeed,” Collier said. “We felt that the other teams had a better chance

to succeed, and Title IX eliminated any consideration of [eliminating] women’s sports.” In addition to the determinations of the athletics department, the decision was based heavily on senior exit reviews, which are given to every athlete upon graduation. According to those reviews, 50 percent of all Butler athletes— not including those who had left before their senior year— said they would not come back to Butler and participate in athletics again. Collier said this was one of the most striking facts and played a big role in his decision. “It made me sick as a Butler alum and as someone that had been here,” Collier said. “Literally 90 percent of the reasons were tied to a lack of financial support in facilities, coaching staffs, operations and financial aid.” Stewart said there were some negative consequences as a result of the decision, such as an initial backlash in recruiting and a change

in dynamic of the team, especially among the swimmers who trained with the men’s team. At the same time Stewart also said his budget never decreased after the cut, meaning the funds originally used for two teams are now used for just women’s swimming, which he said is good for team camaraderie, retention, equipment and travel. “Those athletes are now given everything they need to be competitive as they can be,” Stewart said. One of the bright spots for Collier is the fact that the senior exit reviews have increased to as high as 91 percent and are currently at 86 percent. “We have been able to better support our remaining 19 teams and that, in combination with the [improved] student athlete experience, is key,” Collier said. “Every team has benefitted and I take my hat off to our studentathletes that are able to achieve what they are.”


Jordan uses experiences to create tournament BETH WERGE


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Participants enter ice-filled waters during the 2009 version of the annual Polar Plunge in Milwaukee, Wis.

Polar Plunge comes to Butler

ANDRÉ SMITH AMSMITH5@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Many students will bear the cold in this year’s Polar Plunge event. The event, which is part of Butler’s Spring Sports Spectacular and sponsored by the Student Government Association, aims to raise money to support training and competitions for 11,000 Indiana Special Olympics athletes. Participants will jump in a pool of frigid water in winter temperatures to raise money for the cause. Some will participate as part of a group while others will participate individually. Each participant will swim across the pool, some in a variety of costumes and outfits. “I find the event important because it is a good way to give money to a special community that is important in Indiana,” junior Rachael Essig, Polar Plunge committee co-chair, said. “The Special Olympics is so close to Indiana, and it is just a fun time.” The committee is currently short of its goal of raising $20,000 for the

Special Olympics but has exceeded its goal of 120 participants. Essig said she expects more donations and participants to come in this week and on the day of the event. As of press time, the event had 142 fundraisers and had raised $13,571. “It is good for people to know it is the fundraising aspect of Spring Sports,” senior Lauren Gatchel, Polar Plunge committee co-chair, said. “[The Polar Plunge] is specifically about the Special Olympics, which is important for people to know.” Many of this year’s participants said they think it is a fun way to raise money for a charitable cause. “I am really excited to jump in the water this year,” said sophomore Abby Miller, who will be plunging as part of Delta Delta Delta’s Polar Plunge group. “I heard [the temperature] is supposed to be in the twenties that day, so I am curious to see how well I handle the cold.” Junior Ali Harre said she is see PLUNGE page 6

Sometimes a traumatic experience at an early age will leave a child in shambles for a lifetime. Other times, a traumatic experience at an early age will inspire a child to use his or her own life-changing moments to change the lives of others. Juli M. Jordan chose the latter, most recently hosting the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops game at Hinkle Fieldhouse last Saturday to raise awareness and funds for neglected and abandoned children. Put up for adoption as a child, Jordan was thrown into a world of confusion at the age of three. “I just remember the whole stigma of having parents that don’t want you,” Jordan said. “And that’s what a lot of these kids are dealing with. You know, ‘How did you not want me?’” Jordan worked all around the country for various companies, putting together sponsorships for special events, tours and concerts to help neglected and abandoned children. Eventually, she decided to branch off on

her own. She launched Jam Sports and Entertainment in 1993 and is currently the president and CEO. Jordan said she specifically wanted to start some sort of tournament to raise funds and awareness for both adopted and abused children and realized that basketball was perfect. So the Gridiron Celebrity Basketball Game was born. Celebrities and sports figures such as Terrell Owens, J. Cole, Floyd Mayweather and Dez Bryant took part in the event. “It’s a big fundraiser for kids, and it’s a great opportunity,” Jordan said. “They want to meet the J. Cole and the Terrell Owens, the people that came up. Plus, everyone loves basketball.” Hinkle Fieldhouse was not entirely full on Saturday, but the profits of all tickets sold will go toward Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, a not-for-profit organization started by Jordan to help aid abused, abandoned and neglected youth placed in foster care. “We had a pretty good number here today,” said Lloyd Taylor, Event

Manager for Jam Sports and Entertainment. “We were in maybe one newspaper and a small magazine. But other than that, it was pretty much word of mouth.” Taylor said the next step is sponsorships, such as already-signed-on Nike and Under Armour, in order to make the event bigger, better and more far reaching. “We’ve been talking

to people and all the celebrities this weekend,” Taylor said. “We’re going to bring them back and try to do more events in the city.” Jordan said she has even higher hopes for her own event. “I’ll be 50 in three years,” she said. “[Before then] I want it to be nationally televised, and then the legacy will live on.”

Photo by Rachel Anderson

Football wide receiver Terrell Owens takes a practice shot prior to the start of the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops game.



Hiring coaches a team effort JERREN FAIR


Butler is no different from any type of organization when it comes to hiring new employees. The only difference is when the school has to hire new coaches. The school has many spots to fill, ranging from president to adjunct faculty to janitorial staff. Also included are the coaching positions on Butler’s 19 athletic teams. “A sport without a leader is not very good,” Athletic Director Barry Collier said. “This results in the search for a head coach being completed at a more rapid pace than other hirings at Butler.” The process for hiring a coach begins with the vacancy itself. Interested applicants submit their name to the school. The school will then do extensive background checks on each candidate and review their credentials to verify the candidates are capable of properly mentoring and teaching a group of collegiate athletes. After that stage, the process really picks up. For higher profile sports such as basketball and football, a school will typically have a few

preferences for possible hires before the vacancy becomes official. “For some of the smaller sports like [tennis], athletic directors don’t know who they want until the interview pool comes in,” tennis coach Jason Suscha said. Once the candidate pool swells to an acceptable level, the school begins the interview process, both over the phone and in person. For second-year softball coach Scott Hall, this step could not arrive soon enough. “I was excited to get into the interview process,” Hall said. “It couldn’t get over fast enough for me.” Along with interviews, there are multiple ways a school will attempt to lure coaches to its programs. Collier said that academics, facilities, other staff members, the current team members, available scholarships and operating budget all come into play during the hiring process. “None of these factors is more important than the others,” Collier said. With these variables in mind, the athletics department then attempts to find the best candidate to fill the position—for both the student-athletes and the sport.

“There were certain standards, like the Butler Way, that they made sure I understood and was capable of upholding,” Hall said. The task of finding a new coach is not a one-person job, however. Collier said there is always a committee, usually ranging from three to six people, that is actively involved at some step in the hiring process. In addition to the athletic director, a member from the human resources department participates, as do other coaches. Even though Hall is just entering his second year coaching the Butler softball team, he participated on the committee to hire a new soccer coach last fall. The final say in the hiring process always rests with the university president. Once the president approves the hire, a formal request will be sent to the candidate. Butler’s 12 current head coaches have accepted that request, and there will certainly be more acceptances in the future. “Butler either sends a formal request or [the request] is sent to the NCAA website, which happens through Butler’s Human Resources Department,” Suscha said.





participating because it is for a cause she is passionate about. She has raised $120 so far for the event. Harre said she previously participated in Special Olympics events in high school and wanted to do the same in college. “I watched a video of last year’s plunge and the people’s reactions to the cold were hilarious, so I think it will be fun to have people watch me do the same.” Essig said groups who are shy of their

fundraising requirement will still be allowed to plunge. Students who raise the minimum requirement will also receive a Polar Plunge T-shirt. “People should expect a cool atmosphere, a lot of entertainment, food and to have fun,” Essig said. The Plunge will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Health and Recreation Complex. In order to take part in the event, students can visit the event’s webpage,, to sign up. There is a $50 minimum donation for individual participants and $75 for groups, but the committee encourages participants to raise more.




OVERTIME: Main event result hurts UFC

nyone who tuned in for the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 143 last Saturday was treated to an intriguing fight with a controversial result. The main event featured Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit fighting for a share of the Welterweight Championship. Titleholder Georges St-Pierre was supposed to face Diaz at the event, but he was sidelined with an injury. Fans saw five five-minute rounds of action between the two during which Diaz was clearly the aggressor while Condit was consistently backpedaling.


The end result: Condit was declared the victor by unanimous decision. It was a close match that saw Condit land 36 more strikes than Diaz. Many of these strikes were relatively ineffective kicks to the legs, but they still counted.

Two of the three judges believed that Condit won four rounds, giving him the victory. This decision has left the UFC in an unfortunate spot. What the UFC has done is tell its fans that a fighter who shies away from action can not only win a fight—but also hold part of a championship. By virtue of his victory, Condit will face St-Pierre for the Welterweight Championship in a future event. This means that fans will be paying to see another fight where one competitor runs away from the other. This is not what the UFC is about.

I am not looking for every UFC bout to end with one fighter sprawled out on the mat while the other bleeds profusely. However, individuals who choose ultimate fighting as a career are expected to stand their ground and try to out-fight their opponents. Getting out of harm’s way is a tactic that should be employed when necessary during a bout. Avoiding any and all forms of confrontation in a sport based on confrontation should not be rewarded with a title belt. If one of the UFC’s championships is being (partially) held by an individual who spent a large portion of his fight running

from his opponent, who says the rest of the promotion’s titles cannot be attained in the same fashion? I would venture to guess that most fighters do not enjoy being punched in the face or kicked in the knees. But it is what they signed up for. The UFC needs to subtract points from fighters who consistently run away during fights. This was done to Jamie Varner in UFC 62. It is a fair solution that will make the fighters fight, entertain the fans and keep money flowing toward the UFC.

Contact sports editor Colin Likas at


Photo by Rachel Anderson

Sophomore Caroline Hedrick fell in No. 1 singles play against Eastern Kentucky but won in the same spot against Dayton.

Women’s tennis grabs first victory

Men’s tennis continues to struggle

The Butler women’s tennis team was busy over the weekend, defeating Dayton on the road Saturday after falling to Eastern Kentucky at home the day before. The Bulldogs (1-3) picked up their first victory of the season with a 6-1 win over the Flyers (0-4). The squad’s match on Friday saw a different result, as the Bulldogs dropped a 7-0 decision to the Colonels (3-0). Butler will be back in action Saturday when the team travels to the University of Indianapolis at 5 p.m.

The Butler men’s tennis team continued its losing skid with a 7-0 home loss to No. 66 Harvard on Sunday. Freshman Austin Woldmoe had the team’s best singles showing against the Crimson (5-1), losing to senior Jonathan Pearlman 6-4, 6-3. The Bulldogs (0-5) also suffered two losses Saturday in West Lafayette, falling 7-0 to No. 67 Purdue (3-0) and 5-2 against Southern Illinois (1-1). Butler will move on to face Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

BUTLER AT DAYTON, FEB. 4 SINGLES No. 1: Hedrick (BU) def. McNulty (DAY) 6-1, 6-0 No. 2: McLoughlin (BU) def. Stevens (DAY) 6-1, 6-2 No. 3: Hornbarger (DAY) def. Rubenstein (BU) 6-3, 6-2 DOUBLES

BUTLER VS HARVARD, FEB. 5 SINGLES No. 1: Pearlman (HAR) def. Woldmoe (BU) 6-4, 6-3 No. 2: Steer (HAR) def. Marx (BU) 6-1, 6-1 No. 3: Steinroeder (HAR) def. Ervin (BU) 6-1, 6-2 DOUBLES

No. 1: McLoughlin/Rubenstein (BU) def. McNulty/Stevens (DAY) 8-2

No. 1: Nguyen/Nguyen (HAR) def. Woldmoe/Weldon (BU) 8-5

Two school records fall at Notre Dame

Swim team defeats Rose Hulman

The Butler track and field team continued to break school records with strong performances from its freshmen at the Meyo Invitational over the weekend. A week after nearly breaking her own school record in the triple jump, freshman Nicole Hudec achieved the feat for the Bulldogs with a leap of 36-08.50. In the sprints, freshman Kelly Davidson broke her previous school record in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 26.09.

The Butler swim team took second place in a meet at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday. The Bulldogs placed ahead of Rose Hulman and behind host IUPUI. Freshman Lauren Scotti won the 100 backstroke, sophomore Rosalie Fidanze grabbed second place in the 100 breastroke, and freshman Hannah Somerville took second in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.

MEYO INVITATIONAL, FEB. 3-4 WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP Hudec: 36-08.50—new Butler record WOMEN’S 200-METER DASH Davidson: 26.09—new Butler record MEN’S MEYO MILE Curr: 4:00.73—2nd place

Women’s basketball wins third straight

The Butler women’s basketball team got back on track after a six-game losing streak early in the season. The Bulldogs (10-12, 6-5) came out of an Ohio road trip with two more Horizon League victories after topping Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Against the Penguins (1012, 4-7) of Youngstown State on Saturday, a 3-point basket

from sophomore guard Mandy McDivitt with 2.3 seconds remaining pushed Butler to a 65-63 win. With the Bulldogs down 63-62 in the final minute, McDivitt hit her sixth 3-point basket of the contest to put Butler over the top. Butler hit 12 3-point baskets against Youngstown State, besting a previous season-high of eight in one game. On Thursday, the Bulldogs

BUTLER AT IUPUI (VS IUPUI AND ROSE HULMAN) 100 BACKSTROKE Scotti: 1:03.00—1st place; Somerville: 1:03.84—2nd place 100 BREASTROKE Fidanze: 1:10.42—2nd place 200 IM Somerville: 2:21.21—2nd place claimed a 68-62 win over a struggling Cleveland State squad. Despite receiving doubledigit points from three players, the Vikings (8-14, 3-8) could not topple the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Jenna Cobb tallied a team-high 21 points for Butler and sophomore center Sarah Hamm had a double-double. Butler faces Valparaiso at home this Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Sophomore Lauren Lambrecht, seen in a meet on Jan. 22, took fourth place in the 100 freestyle at IUPUI on Saturday.

BUTLER (10-12, 6-5): 65 Y. STATE (10-12, 4-7): 63 PLAYER H. Douglas B. Bornhorst

J. Cobb D. Brierly S. Hamm Bench TOTALS

MIN 12 35 36 39 17 61 200

FG 0-0 0-5 4-8 8-13 4-9 9-21 25-56 44.6%

3PT 0-0 0-2 1-3 3-5 1-2 7-15 12-27 44.4%

FT 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-4 0-2 0-0 3-6 50.0%

*includes team reb REB 2 6 1 7 5 9* 30

PTS 0 0 9 22 9 25 65






With a determined expression, large headphones wrapped strategically around his head and the whispered count of beats, Mike Tirman is able to take a plain beat and make it dance. He calls himself DJ Frontir when he’s mixing beats, but when he’s mixing with students, faculty and administration at Butler University, he’s known as the chair of the Council on Presidential Affairs. Sitting behind the executive board table, Mike Tirman addresses campus concerns and fields questions about university improvements every Wednesday at Student Government Association assembly. After watching Tirman work behind his jumble of equipment complete with cords and switches galore, it becomes clear that performing as a disc jockey is not simply about pressing the play button. Tirman said there is much more to being a DJ than what meets the eye. “It’s really a very technical process,” he said. “It’s an art.” While Tirman said most of his friends at Butler know he is a DJ, it is not commonly known throughout the student body. “It’s almost like a running joke, because I’m in the honors program, I’m in SGA and I mean, I’ve been a fairly straight-laced kid, but I’m a DJ,” Tirman said. As a college student, Tirman usually only performs at Greek events, school events and weddings. Tirman admits to having a younger audience, though. “Some of the gigs I have done are middle school dances,” Tirman laughed. “It is kind of fun to go to a middle school dance and see how awkward the kids are.” Tirman began his career as a DJ during his sophomore year of high school. He was involved in high school

theater and said he always had an interest in music and sound equipment. When he entered college, Tirman continued his career as a DJ. The only difference was his show name—DJ Tirmonster became DJ Frontir. While he said he loves classical music, his favorite music to perform and listen to is electronica. While Tirman said he plans to continue his career as a DJ in law school, academics will always come first. “I love being a DJ, but it’s always been this side gig for me,” Tirman said. “I really want to try and keep it as more of a hobby.” While many people might be surprised to learn that Tirman is a DJ, his friends don’t find his hobby that shocking. Freshman Becky Pokrandt, who serves on CPA with Tirman, said it is hard to see him as anything but a genuinely nice, fun-loving guy even though he is very organized and holds many leadership positions on Butler’s campus. “I always saw him as this really outgoing, loud-in-a-good-way person,” Pokrandt said. Senior English major Ginnye Cubel is also on CPA with Tirman, and she knew Tirman as a DJ before she even became friends with him on CPA. According to Cubel, there is no one better to work with than Tirman. “He’s good at getting things done, and he’s very encouraging,” Cubel said. “He’s never strict or scary. He’s very fun and relaxed.” Whether Tirman is leading a CPA meeting or spinning as a DJ, Cubel said there is little he can’t do. “He can get anything done. I’m convinced,” Cubel said. The key to being a successful DJ is to think simply and always remain aware of the beat, according to Tirman.

Photo by Rachel Anderson

Mike Tirman, the current CPA chair, works as a disc jockey in his spare time. Tirman mostly performs at Greek events, school events and weddings.

Local painter brings life to Clowes Hall lobby

Photo by Reid Bruner

Local artist Gayla Hodson’s works are displayed in the lobby of Clowes Memorial Hall, part of the Art @ Clowes program.

ANNE CARPENTER ACCARPEN@BUTLER.EDU ARTS ETC. ASST. EDITOR For Gayla Hodson, painting is an intuitive experience—not one bound by technique and structure. Hodson is a local artist whose art is currently within walking distance. On display at Clowes Memorial Hall until Sunday as part of the Art @ Clowes program, Hodson’s exhibit entitled “Inclusion,” is a combination of pieces from the past seven to eight years that mark her evolution as both an artist and a person. “They are all a part of me,” Hodson said. “[They are] all a part of the journey.” Hodson said her journey has been one of tragedy and change, but it is not sad or bitter. Hodson has learned to listen to herself and her heart through a divorce, a new marriage and death. When Hodson’s mother and creative influence passed away in

2001, Hodson felt a strong pull to leave her career as a teacher and start to paint full time. “It was perfect timing,” Hodson said. “Everything I learned from teaching influences where I am today.” Since she has an extensive background in art, Hodson knew the technical side of painting such as shape, color, composition and dimension, but she realized she wasn’t listening to herself, which is the point of “intuitive painting.” She wanted to know more about herself as an artist, and in 2009 she got her chance. Hodson received the 2009 Creative Renewal Fellowship Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council through the Lilly Endowment and went to Taos, N.M., for a painting workshop and retreat. Today, she said her work represents her inner self. It has evolved from city scapes and hearts to elegant mirrors of her thoughts, desires and passions. “[It’s not about painting] from

the head,” Hodson said. “[It’s about] painting from the gut.” James Cramer, the program coordinator for the Art @ Clowes program, said there is an essence of Hodson in her work. Cramer said her intuitive paintings and all the art at Clowes give people a comfortable and accessible way to discuss art that they might not otherwise have. “Art can bring us together to have safe enough conversation about difference of opinion,” Cramer said. “We can grow and learn from the arts.” Hodson has grown in her style since Cramer approached her two years ago to create the display. Leaving the traditional bounds of technique and composition behind, Hodson’s work now is reflective of her open spirit. Cramer said patrons should view Hodson’s work with no preconceived notions. Sometimes, just looking at the art is enough, he said. “Just open yourself up to it,” Cramer said.

The ButlerArts and Entertainment Calendar 8


Visiting Writers’ Series: Anne JCFA Composers’ Orchestra Waldman Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

10 Kirk Franklin Clowes Memorial Hall 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

11 No events scheduled

12 Butler Chorale Concert Northwood Christian Church 4 p.m.

13 No events scheduled

14 Faculty Artist Series: Quintessential Winds Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.



Students sing with Madonna KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU


Did you see any familiar faces during the Super Bowl Halftime show on Sunday? Besides Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, M.I.A. and the boys from LMFAO, that is. About 20 students from the Jordan College of Fine Arts were a part of the 200-voice choir that accompanied the “Queen of Pop.” The choir also included students from Indiana University, members of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and other local singers. Barred from discussing the details of the show by confidentiality agreements,

The Efroymson Center, located across the street from BUPD, will be a new home for the English department’s MFA program. The space will also host the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

the group rehearsed in secret throughout Indianapolis preparing for the 12-and-ahalf minute set. When it came time to face the almost 70,000 people in Lucas Oil Stadium, sophomore Molly Anderson said that she was ready. “The fact that I was so excited outweighed everything else,” Anderson said. Whether you loved the halftime show or not, it was a capstone to a week of parties, zip-lines and giant Lombardi trophies. It was a week that highlighted the Butler community and found students, staff and a certain four-legged mascot brushing shoulders with fame at every corner.

Photos by Taylor Cox

New center gives space to writers and speakers KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU


Once upon a time, there was a university in central Indiana with its eye on a stronger creative writing program. Without waxing “Grimm,” Butler University’s tale involves a four-yearold Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing that needed a new home. The Efroymson Center will begin hosting speaking events on Feb. 15, after opening in December to house the MFA program. The center kicks off the visiting writers series with memoirist Karen Maezen Miller. Miller is a Zen Buddhist priest – “not the kind of priest you have pictured in your mind,” according to her website — from Sierra Madre, Calif. She writes about spirituality in everyday life. According to university publications, the Efroymson Center’s

series will run alongside the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series with the guests of the Efroymson series placing special emphasis on the craft of writing. While the speaking series gets off the ground, the Calliope Creative Writing Club, comprised of undergraduate writers from many majors, is still trying to get its foot in the door. “Right now, the Efroymson center is promising, but we’re still working on actually finding an opportunity to start working in the center,” said Brian Gross, former president of Calliope. He said scheduling conflicts with the center’s classes have prevented the group from moving to the center from its current meeting spot, Starbucks. Chris Speckman, an MFA student in creative writing, said that accessibility will improve with time. “Anytime you start a new endeavor of this magnitude, there’s a learning curve, so it’s to be expected that it may take a few months for the leaders of the program to figure out how to best utilize the space,” Speckman said.

A $1 million gift from The Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Jeremy Efroymson gave the center its start. The center is located in a building on Hampton Drive that once housed Butler presidents. Speckman said that the center is perfect for writing and discussion with colleagues and professors. “I’ve been at the center for classes, readings, meetings, quiet study and social functions, and it always seems to fit the need,” he said. While the center specifically houses the graduate program, undergraduate English students have been taking advantage of its space and resources as well. Ally Denton, a senior english creative writing major, said the new center is one of the best things that could happen for the department. “I’m just excited that the English department has a place on campus they, or we, can call our own,” Denton said.

How about a retweet?

Butler community proves just how savvy it is when it comes to Twitter CAITLIN O’ROURKE COROURKE@BUTLER.EDU ARTS ETC. EDITOR Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, but Butler University is a Twitter-addicted school. As more and more students add tweeting to their repertoire, the number of Butler-themed Twitter pages has risen, making the “must follow” list for Butler students a mile long. The question is: who actually runs these pages? Who has the special authority behind the official university Twitter page to tell us we’re off school for a snow day, and who gets to tweet Butler Blue II’s sassy comebacks? @butleru

Ashley Plummer, social media coordinator for Butler, is the face behind @butleru. She says that she has set things to tweet about every day—such as the alumni—but other than that, she receives help from the public relations office and tries to RT (retweet, for any Twitter newbies out there) as many student organizations as she can. @LevesterJohnson

As for Vice President for Student

Affairs Levester Johnson and President Jim Danko, Plummer said they do great on their own. “I helped LJ in the beginning, but he really took off on his own,” she said. “Students really like to follow him, and he certainly knows his audience.” @ButlerPrez

Plummer said Danko came in with his Twitter and manages it on his own. His wife, Bethanie, also runs her own, tweeting about her husband’s op-ed pieces and what she’s enjoying about both the city and campus. @gobutleru

The Butler admissions office, @gobutleru, is handled by Kristen Raves, the coordinator for electronic communication. While she tweets mostly for the incoming Bulldogs, she tries to update information about campus and any “Butler happenings.” @ButlerBlue2

However, no piece can be complete without the quintessential Butler Twitter

page belonging to Blue II. Michael Kaltenmark, director of web marketing communications, and Blue’s owner, maintains the page, illustrating the bulldog as a sassy and spoiled Butlerloving puppy. @ButlerGirlProbs

And of course there are a few Twitter pages dedicated to poking fun at the daily lives of Butler students. @butlergirlprobs and @butgrlproblems cover the trials of Pinterest and Brad Stevens. @total_gdi_move promotes the independent lifestyle and @busororitywire tracks what each sorority is doing—incorrectly.@SGAatBU


Beyond that, be sure to tune in to the tweets of Lauren Pedigo, Student Government Association’s vice president of public relations, @SGAatBU, for information about shuttles and Program Board events, see what the @campusfarm is growing this week and follow @BUpoliceChief to keep yourself safe. Time to start tweeting.

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Madonna performed during the halftime show of Super XLVI on Sunday night. Performing in front of nearly 70,000 spectators at Lucas Oil Stadium, Madonna sang and danced alongside names like M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green and LMFAO.



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resident Jim Danko is beginning his tour to raise Butler University’s funds and profile. But he cannot be the only one promoting this cause. Members of the Butler community should all contribute to this effort, since the university stands to benefit from it a great deal. Butler’s fiscal reliance on tuition brings pause. “I’ve never been at an institution so tuitiondependent,” Danko said, as reported by The Collegian on Feb. 2. One way to solve this problem is to increase the endowment and donations. Only one in four alumni

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donate anything at all, he said. And Butler’s endowment currently stands at $150 million, a figure that Butler intends to raise to $175 million, said Bruce Arick, vice president for finance and administration, at the president’s town hall meeting last week. However, the university cannot spend that money directly. Endowments are typically invested in the stock market, and the university then spends the interest. While the effort to raise more money starts with Danko’s tour, faculty, alumni and students should all join the president’s tour, at least in spirit.


The poorlyplanned game could have raised more for charity.


o p e f u l l y , Indianapolis can host a Super Bowl again in the near future so the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XIV charitable basketball game can do a better job of getting its act together. The Saturday event as a whole came off as if half of it was planned beforehand and the other half was made up on the fly, without much thought. The fact that more people did not pack into Hinkle to see the 2012 Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XIV charity basketball game is a shame. The organizers missed an opportunity to market Saturday’s game to Butler University students who would be more than interested in seeing some of their favorite celebrities face off in nearby Hinkle Fieldhouse. Stars like Terrell Owens, J. Cole and Dez Bryant

were headlining the game, and the teams consisted of a good mix of people from big stars like Owens and Cole to locals such as Pastor Jeffrey Johnson, which gave the game a special connection to Indianapolis. The addition of several dance performances by a local children’s dance group furthered that connection. Other celebrities such as R&B singer Ciara and musician Stevie Wonder were also in attendance at the game. The best part about the game is that it supported National Foster Care and American Foster Care— two charities that help thousands of children around the country annually. Students and community members should have flocked to fill the fieldhouse to support charity and see the game—they didn’t. A lack of advertising guarenteed a lower draw of Butler students and community members. Even on Butler’s campus many students had no idea it was going on, even though all Butler students got half off for their tickets. The marketing of the game to the greater community was poor as well. I saw no TV commercials, and heard nothing on the radio about a game that was so star-studded.

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current students and targeting those interests could also be beneficial in an effort to raise the enrollment. Almost every student has some views on how best to shape the university’s future. Even if the administration disagrees with the expressed priorities of any given group, sharing views will give Danko a sampling of what Butler’s next generation of alumni want, causing them to donate. Danko brings a much more action-oriented vision to the university’s expansion, which might inspire donors. He is proactively marketing the university’s achievements and using the limelight grabbed

by two NCAA National Championship appearances. We should join Danko in this push. Students should reach out to alumni they know. Deans and faculty should look for partners in the community. And alumni should consider giving. Imagine the university’s roughly 43,000 living alumni. Imagine that, through the combined efforts of this community, 10,000 more are inspired to donate. Even if Danko’s tour is only marginally successful, it could still bring great changes and revenue to the university. Let’s be partners to increase this effort.

The Butler Connection was the only formal advertising tool that I saw used for the game. For an event that the people hosting tried to make so official and spectacular, they did not carry themselves that way. Event coordinator Juli Jordan could not be reached before or after the game for a comment. The event itself came across just as half-hearted. Yes, they had notable celebrities participating or acting at the game, and they made an attempt to connect with the community by bringing in local faces, but they didn’t focus enough on the details like timing and accurate promotion. The game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but didn’t really get underway until 7:45. Although there were plenty of stars at the game, I was anticipating a personal idol of mine, Rasheed Wallace, to participate, like the website advertised that he would. The game itself could also have been constructed to be more interesting. The more than 30-point blowout was dull and painful at times to watch. Seeing Luis Da Silva, a popular streetballer, horribly miss layups and UFC star Chris Lytle turn the ball over to give Dez Bryant another threepionter or a fast break dunk got old quickly.

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Hank Baskett jumps to block a shot by Pat The Roc at the 2012 Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XIV charity basketball game last Saturday. Judging the talent of each individual celebrity is probably difficult, but the group organizing the event could have done a much better job picking the teams. The winning team had two professional athletes and two former NCAA Division I athletes, while the other team had a retired

NBA star leading the team. While the money went to a worthwhile cause, and it was mostly enjoyable, the management and organization was lacking, and the event could have made a bigger splash. Contact columnist Rhyan Henson at

Don’t let Indy pride stop after Super Bowl weekend HAYLEIGH COLOMBO

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A larger endowment will allow the university to address many of the concerns commonly mentioned by students, such as facilities and tuition control. Maybe the university community would be more likely to donate if they knew that their interests were being served. Would more faculty and staff donate if they thought that the currently delayed equity raise issue would be put back on the table? Alumni have their own concerns, of course; college loans and this dismal economy probably do some damage to deter potential donors. Knowing what motivates

Celebrity basketball game could have been slam dunk

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Students should still be active in community, even without national spotlight on Indianapolis.


he recent Super Bowl madness is giving the rest of the nation a chance to learn what the Butler University community has known since 1855: Indianapolis is a super city, and that fact has nothing to do with a visit from Jimmy Fallon or a celebrity basketball game at

Hinkle Fieldhouse. After all, one sporting event can’t create a city’s entire legacy, and the 2012 Super Bowl isn’t the first time that Butler students got involved when the city hosted a large sporting event. Does anyone else remember a NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and national championship that we hosted and participated in less than two years ago? We have much more to be proud of—namely, Butler students, faculty and staff who make a difference each and every day in the Indianapolis community by volunteering, student teaching, starting businesses and creating programs that continue to make a lasting impact on our city. Even after the larger-thanlife XLVI letters are taken down and we all go back to drinking literally anything besides Bud Light, the Butler community

should still continue to display its Indianapolis pride by forging and maintaining lasting partnerships with meaningful groups and organizations. The Collegian reported today in “Despite administrative changes, partnership stands” that Butler’s relationship with Shortridge Magnet High School, an Indianapolis Public School, is growing despite the school’s recent administrative layoffs and dismissals. This is an admirable connection for Butler and one the university should keep for years to come. This connection does every day what the media makes a big deal of highlighting during the hype over a football game—how great it is that Butler students get involved in the city. To be sure, there is a lesson in the Super Bowl hype. Indianapolis thrives when people get excited about its possibilities.

It is not that we shouldn’t be excited for all of the Butler students who volunteered at the NFL Player’s Party or who posted Facebook pictures of their downtown celebrity sightings. However, I’m betting these people got more pats on the back and press in the last week than the staff or students at the Butler Volunteer Center have gotten in the last year. Once the Super Bowl fuss is over, the fact that Butler students danced or participated in a Twitter campaign for Fallon to come back to Butler will not matter. However to kids involved in the Shortridge partnership, Butler students’ involvement will matter. There’s no glam or mass media appeal to regular old volunteering, but that doesn’t mean that we should care about it less. Contact editor in chief Hayleigh Colombo at



Butler keeps autonomy through transfer rules

Make presidential votes count JEREMY ALGATE


Senate Bill 182 will not, should not change Butler’s autonomy and academic integrity.

It’s not a national election, but SGA presidential campaigns are sure to entertain.



he rhetoric and actions of Indiana legislators surely can prevent people from believing our elected officials will pass a bill with unanimous support. But the day before Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the controversial rightto-work bill into law, the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 182 by a vote of 50-0. If passed by the house, the bill will create a common credit transfer policy for state universities. While some students might hope this law would at least have faculty and administration at Butler reexamine the university’s transfer policies, I do not think that discussion needs to take place. The bill, introduced by State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, is intended to increase the amount of credits that can be transferred among all public educational institutions in Indiana. If the bill is signed into law, the Commission for Higher Education is tasked with creating a common course numbering system for general education courses at all public Indiana institutions by May 15, 2013. “Unfortunately, the numbering system and acceptance guidelines are different for each school, making the system for transfer students harder to navigate. A less complicated and more universal system would allow students to easily identify where and how their credits transfer,” Sen. Banks said. Associate Provost Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom knows that this bill is common practice and legislation like this has been enacted elsewhere. She also said she believes this will have no influence on the private institutions. “The faculty is the gate-keeper with respect to quality of the course and making sure the credits that are awarded are equivalent to Butler credits,” Ramsbottom said. “They are helping to ensure a Butler degree is a degree of integrity.” At first, I thought this bill might indirectly affect Butler and force the institution to examine its own transfer policies. But while Butler is generous with the transfer credit hours it accepts compared to other private institutions, it will not change the policy because of this. “The transfer policy stands for fundamental principles of what the Butler degree is,” Ramsbottom said. “The policy sticks for quite a while.” Sophomore political science major Luke Bunting said that the transfer process to Butler was confusing and had to keep calling offices to make sure all the paperwork was being processed. “I had taken 15 credit hours at my previous university, [and] only a few transferred to Butler,” he said. But Luke notes that his transfer to Butler was mainly about how Butler was going to be a great fit for him. Even though the transfer policy makes it difficult for some incoming students, I think we would all agree to continue to hold a Butler degree to a high standard. That is one of the main reasons why I think we enroll at a private institution. It is the prerogative of the state legislatures to impose new laws onto state funded institutions, and SB 182 demonstrates that right. But we should not expect to see any directly or indirect impact because we are independent from those laws. I agree with Ramsbottom and believe that Butler, along with all private institutions, should have the privilege of what their transfer policy is since it reflects the institution.

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Unlike Klimczak, Rearden said that he is nervous about finding a job after graduation, since schools everywhere have been cutting back on the number of teachers they employ. However, his point about the happiest people hits this issue right on the nose. It does not matter if someone is the CEO of a multi-million dollar business, a pharmacist or a journalist if they are passionate about the work that they do. If they are happy, then the paycheck should not be a factor. Mark Twain said, “The law of work does seem utterly unfair—but there it is, and nothing can change it: the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in cash, too.” So Butler students, next time you think about your major, think long and hard about if it is really, truly what you want to do with your life. Will it make me happy? Will it make me feel fulfilled? These are questions that every college student should ask themselves. Do not be the person who wakes up 25 years from now and realizes that you hate what you do.

utler University students may be thinking like I am that this U.S. presidential campaign season has gone on long enough, considering all of the media hype it gets. Butler students are soon going to feel the hype getting closer to home as the university’s own campaign season starts. What the Student Government Association’s presidential election lacks in buses and scenic stops all over unremarkable Midwestern states, it makes up for in a slew of interesting issues for candidates to tackle. Butler faces a lot of changes, given its growing student body and national attention, and university President Jim Danko brings a new vision that makes progress a priority. SGA is also undergoing growing pains: Committees struggle to fill up, and the assembly is adjusting to open meetings and increased media attention. Students need to watch this campaign as closely as their grocery money and vote for whichever candidate they think can tackle these issues. Sure, the candidates cannot start the actual campaign for a few weeks, but that will not stop the saber rattling and pre-campaign fervor. Thank goodness. SGA meetings this year have been open to the press and public, so more people have seen the inner workings of government. Hopefully, this early start and the newly opened meetings will increase vote total over last year. In last year’s presidential election, only about 25 percent of the student body voted. Even if students do not partake in any SGA-sponsored events, the vote is the most direct chance they have to affect that programming, far more deliberate than attending assembly. The SGA handles more than $700,000 in student activity fees, so every student has a stake in the election. Perhaps SGA’s various events hold no interest for you. The future president has the power to change these events, and at least in Butler’s elections, you have a vote that matters. So while no one should be excited about the long election haul, every student should invest themselves in learning about the presidential hopefuls. The only thing worse than the abysmal voting turnout last year was the attendance at debates and other campaign events. If students do not take the time and effort to get to know the candidates, they cannot use their votes to any meaningful extent. Current President Al Carroll announced after some deliberation that he would not seek reelection. Because of the lack of familiar faces, students should not wait for the campaign to get to know all of the candidates, such as Kelsa Reynolds, current SGA vice president of operations.

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Major in passion, not cash— it’ll be worth it


hile all people are created equal, not all college majors

are. In the current economic situation, it makes sense financially to major in a field that is growing, has lots of jobs and pays well. But during undergraduate college years, it is better for students to study something that they will enjoy doing rather than taking the safe route. The current disparity between different majors in employment rate and payment is startling. According to a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in January, the unemployment rate for those who major in architecture is 13.9 percent, while the rate for those majoring in areas such as engineering, the sciences, education and healthcare sits around 5.4 percent. The study also found that recent college graduates who majored in engineering earn a median wage of $55,000 while recent grads who majored in areas such as arts, psychology and social work earn $30,000. Butler University has an excellent overall job, graduate and gap year program placement percentage, with 96 percent placement over the past five years and 100


Instead of following the money, study a field that can hold your interests. percent for education and pharmacy majors, according to the university’s website. Butler student Billy Klimczak, a sophomore marketing and strategic communications major with a Spanish minor, said that he does not worry about finding a job after graduation since he has a diverse major. “My major is so ambiguous, and public relations is a fastgrowing industry, so I don’t worry,” Klimczak said. “You do have to enjoy your major or occupation because you need to be able to go to work and like what you do.” “The way I see it,” freshman education major Greg Rearden said, “your job is a huge part of your life so you might as well enjoy it. The happiest people say they’ve never truly worked a day in their life because they love what they do.”

Paw Prints “Spending the day with my dad. It’s not a big deal where I’m from in Libya.” Sara Naama Sophomore

“Ignoring it and buying candy the next day.”

Patrick Clements Senior

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? BY MARCY THORNSBERRY

“Hanging out with friends and hoping my taken friends have a good Valentine’s Day!.” Veronica Orech Sophomore

“With my girlfriend. I have a big thing planned and I’m trying to keep it secret. ” Ryan Nugent Sophomore




League standings remain crowded The Bulldogs sit in sixth place in the conference with six games remaining.

For more on the men’s basketball team, as well as results from other Butler sports, check out the briefs on page 7 or go to


The Butler men’s basketball team headed into Super Bowl weekend looking to get out of a logjam in the middle of the Horizon League standings. The Bulldogs (13-12, 7-6) were unable to do so, splitting their twogame homestand this weekend against Wright State and Detroit. Playing before a sold-out crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon, Butler made a late-game surge but ultimately fell to visiting Detroit 65-61. The Bulldogs had not lost to the Titans (13-12, 7-6) at home since 1999 and had won 10 straight against Detroit before January’s loss at Calihan Hall. Sophomore guard and reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Ray McCallum Jr. led Detroit with 20 points and four rebounds. “I thought Ray played like the pre-season player of the year today,” coach Brad Stevens said. Butler freshman forward Roosevelt Jones put up his second career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, tying a career-high in both categories. “I thought Roosevelt was terrific, and [he] continues to play like one of the better newcomers around,” Stevens said. The Bulldogs were without sophomore forward Khyle

Butler sophomore forward Erik Fromm shoots a 3-pointer against Detroit. Marshall, who suffered a concussion in practice Friday. To make matters worse, senior guard Ronald Nored spent most of the first half in the locker room after suffering a broken tooth after diving for a loose ball. Nored would later return and tie his career-high mark of nine assists. The Bulldogs trailed 28-27 at the half after the two sides battled back and forth during each possession in the opening 20 minutes. Ultimately the 18 turnovers forced by the Detroit defense proved too much for Butler to

overcome. “When we’re on our game, we’re able to pressure and force turnovers,” Detroit coach Ray McCallum said. “We want to get out and score in transition.” Butler junior center Andrew Smith was the team’s leading scorer with 18 points, while sophomore forward Erik Fromm finished with 10 points. “Overall, I liked our effort,” Stevens said. “But I thought a few guys played timid. “We stopped some of our drives short when I thought we could have kept going and dished to the other side or finished the play.” On Thursday, Butler took the lead early against Wright State and never looked back, winning 64-53. The Bulldogs shot 62 percent from the field in the first half and went to halftime with a 35-26 lead over the Raiders (11-14, 6-7). Butler sophomore guard Chrishawn Hopkins led the way with 13 points while Jones picked up 11 rebounds. Fromm came off the bench and made four out of his five field goal attempts—including two from 3-point range—to finish with 10 points. The Bulldogs finished the game with 21 points off the bench. “Moving forward, I think consistency is the key for us and if we can get more players to be more

Photos by Reid Bruner

Butler senior guard Ronald Nored (center) drives past Detroit sophomore guard Ray McCallum during the Bulldogs’ 65-61 loss to the Titans on Saturday. consistent and comfortable I think that’s really positive,” Fromm said. Butler will head to Ohio to take on Youngstown State Thursday night before facing off against Horizon League-leading Cleveland State on Saturday. In a game against the Penguins (13-10, 8-5) at home on Jan. 15, the Bulldogs came away with a 71-55 victory. At the end of the contest, Butler was 10-9 while Youngstown State was 9-8. Both teams also held 4-3

records in the conference. Since then, the Bulldogs have played .500 basketball while the Penguins have lost just one league game. Likewise, the Vikings (20-4, 10-2) of Cleveland State have only gotten better since facing Butler on Jan. 13. Cleveland State left Hinkle with a 76-69 win that night and has gone on to win five more Horizon League contests, giving them a half-game lead over Valparaiso in the league.



The Butler University community this week in 140 characters or less. Follow @butlercollegian for more of our favorites.

Craving some ice cream? Head to BRICS anytime on Wednesday and 15% of proceeds will go to the HHH Spring Break trip to Haiti! @HHH_Butler Saw my daughter singing behind Madonna’s left shoulder during the Halftime show. She smiled so pretty. #proudmama. @ButlerDoc Happy to help! “@SlimJim317: Shutout to @butleruit for helping with my computer and phone probs!” @ButleruIT The team took on the 15 mile run including a loop of Super Bowl village. @butler_cctf After finding the perfect temperature in the shower, you hope nobody flushes the toilet or you are burnt to a crisp. @JSchuerm Although we all wish he was playing professionally right now, it was good seeing @MHoward54 working out in Hinkle today. @MrBulldogClub One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen @jimmyfallon LIVE superbowl show 2012. #Butler was SO all over the show!!! @deblecklider

The Dawg Pound will be wearing special T-shirts for the men’s basketball game on Feb. 14 after striking a deal with an oncampus business. Members of the Dawg Pound will be given shirts supporting the fight against cancer for the men’s basketball game against Loyola of Chicago. The shirts will be purple and read “Dawg Pound Dunks on Cancer.” According to junior Myke Van De Voort, vice president of the Dawg Pound, the group purchased 250 shirts, meaning approximately $1,000 went toward cancer research. “With both basketball teams having games during Relay for Life Week, we thought it would be good for the Dawg Pound to get behind this,” Van De Voort said. Van De Voort said men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens’ works with the charity Coaches vs. Cancer and women’s basketball coach Beth Couture’s experience with cancer also made the decision an easy one. The agreement was with an all-sophomore business group, Excessive Pride. Excessive Pride is part of the Real Business Experience program in Butler’s College of Business. “Excessive Pride did the best quality work of all on-campus businesses [that wanted to supply T-shirts],” Van De Voort said. This is the group’s second undertaking on campus following the distribution of koozies last semester. “I thought this deal was neat, especially during basketball season,” John Monroe, a member of Excessive Pride, said. Monroe said the Dawg Pound’s “large shipment of T-shirts” will benefit both the fight against cancer and the university. “I’m excited for [the Dawg Pound] and us because it’s for a good cause,” Monroe said.


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