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Computers stolen 3 PCs, 1 Mac missing from Writer’s Studio after heist BY TARA MCELMURRY | news editor

Four computers, valued at more than $2,000, were reported stolen from the Writer’s Studio on Sunday, according to Butler University Police Department. Employee Jamie Kostecki, a junior arts administration and Spanish major, said she noticed a desktop computer was missing when she opened the studio at 3 p.m. that day. Kostecki said she figured the computer was being worked on because the studio had been having problems with Microsoft Word earlier, but realized that three more were missing when Studio Director Susan Sutherlin told Kostecki she had no idea about any repairs being made. Kostecki called BUPD at 3:30 p.m. after she noticed computer lock wires had been cut. BUPD Police Chief Ben Hunter said he inferred that the suspect must have had some kind of tool to cut the tether that secured the computer to a desk. Hunter said this incident would be classified as a burglary because the cut tether signifies the intent to commit a felony. Burglaries on Butler’s campus are rare, he said. “It was definitely the most eventful Sunday I’ve ever worked in the Writer’s Studio,” Kostecki said. “What a fiasco.” Katie Arnt, a junior English literature major who also works at the studio, said that it was a slow process to get things started when she came in later Sunday. “I’m incredibly frustrated that someone would do something like this,” Arnt said. “The studio exists to help people and is an important student service. If someone on campus stole the computers, it would be incredibly upsetting. I really hope that the police will be able to find our computers so we can get back to work as efficiently as we used to.” Until Sunday, the studio had six computers total. The peer tutors, as well as students using the studio for their own work, use the three desktop PCs and the Apple desktop that were stolen, Sutherlin said. The three desktop PCs were in the Writer’s Studio in Jordan Hall 304 and the Apple desktop was in the studio’s adjoining space in JH 302. Hunter said there was no sign of forced entry when BUPD investigated. The doors to the studio are normally unlocked one hour before it opens. As of press time, BUPD has no suspects. Some latent fingerprints were taken at the studio, but Hunter said he doesn’t think anything will come of them. Hunter said a detective is going to be assigned to the case. The computers will be listed on the National Crime Information Center, a computerized index of criminal justice information including stolen property. If someone tries to pawn them, the computers will appear on that database as stolen property. Sutherlin said she is discussing additional security for equipment with Information Technology. “We should expect replacement computers very soon,” Sutherlin said. “We’re grateful for the support.” For now, the studio will be answering emails, conducting online tutorials and answering questions as usual on their laptops, she said. It backs up all of its work on BUFiles, so nothing was lost.

Fieldhouse gets a facelift $25 million project will update Hinkle’s infrastructure, facilities BY KATE SIEGFRIED | staff writer

Plans for $25 million in renovations to Hinkle Fieldhouse are in the works, including updates to infrastructure, the arena and student-athlete facilities. “Because the structure was built in 1928 for a different day and age, it’s lacking many needed updates,” said Tom Crowley, associate athletic director for operations. The plans include renovations to the infrastructure, making the upper levels more handicap accessible with an elevator and remodeling the pool area so it can

be used as a work area for the athletic teams. Mechanical, electrical and telecommunication capabilities will be updated to support the added renovations. “For years, there have been infrastructure issues and to address those you have to address the whole building,” Senior Project Manager Craig Hardee said. Hardee said the renovations will be done in phases, but the first major project will be the pool area. It will be converted into three levels, which will house locker rooms, administrative offices

and a large team room for athletes and coaches to utilize for team meetings. “When the facility was built, Butler only had three athletic teams. Now we have nine men’s teams and nine women’s teams that we need to accommodate,” Crowley said. In the fieldhouse, chair backs will be added to the middle row of seating, and a jumbotron with video capabilities and electronic signage will be installed. Restrooms and concession areas will be moved and renovated. $1.5 million to $1.75 million of

exterior repairs, such as replacing windows, are also planned but officials have to be careful to keep the building’s integrity intact. “Because Hinkle is a historic landmark, there are many guidelines and restrictions on what can be done to the exterior of the building,” Hardee said. Fundraising is ongoing, and renovations will begin once enough money is raised, Crowley said. “In the last three to four years, we’ve invested a lot in updating our athletic facilities, and this is just the next step,” Crowley said.

2011 Undergraduate Research Conference

STUDENT DISPLAY: Student artists and researchers from around the region showcased their work at the Butler University’s 2011 Undergraduate Research Conference. Typically, the Butler URC brings together about 600 students from more than 30 Midwest schools to share their findings. (Photo by Maria Porter)

President’s house, Creative Writing Center to get updates BY JILL MCCARTER | news editor

Renovations will soon occur at the Carter House, the official residence for university presidents, and at the Creative Writing Center. The president’s house, located at 525 Blue Ridge Road, will undergo renovations to welcome Butler University’s new president. No specific work orders have been placed and approved for the house, according to a press release from the university. Discussion, feedback and approval have to occur with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association before any construction can commence.

In addition to renovations at that residence, the Creative Writing Center at 530 W. Hampton Drive will face changes funded by the Efroymson Family Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. The organization, along with Jeremy Efroymson, donated $1 million last November to go toward the purchase and renovation of the house. The property, which served as the residence for the university president from 1965 to 1979, will be converted into a space for “collaboration, creativity and discussion with Butler’s visiting writers,” according to the Butler University website. The donors have provided the university

with other gifts, such as the naming of the Efroymson Diversity Center and student scholarship support. “We are extremely grateful to Jeremy Efroymson and his family for this gift and for their longtime friendship with Butler,” University President Bobby Fong said. Efroymson, who earned an MBA from Butler in 2002, said the aim of the Efroymson Family Fund is “to promote the individual creative person in Indianapolis.” “It’s important for writers to have their own space,” he said. “It will add a whole new level to Butler’s writing program and I think it will also be a boost to creative writing in general in the Indianapolis area.”




Campus Earth Day events in limbo

Earth Day celebration to be held Friday

BY SARA PRUZIN | asst. news editor

BY SARA PRUZIN | asst. news editor

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans, led by students, protested pollution in America. More than four decades later, Earth Day celebrations are still held at hundreds of campuses and communities across the country. The Student Government Association is planning an Earth Day celebration this Friday for Butler University students to get involved and raise awareness about environmental issues. Scott Nemeth, a sophomore political science and international studies major, said SGA got involved in Earth Day this year as an offshoot of its ongoing Green Movement. The Earth Day celebration will be featuring Tim Carter, the director of the Center for Urban Ecology, followed by a showing of the movie “Wall-E” in PB 150 at 9 p.m. Friday. SGA has also teamed up with Aramark to offer organic food for Friday’s lunch to promote sustainable eating practices. Nemeth said the goal is to make students aware of the small actions they can take to help the environment. “It’s a good day to be aware of the environment and know we have to do something,” Nemeth said. “We all sit here and we see the news and realize, ‘The earth is in bad shape,’ but then we get in our SUVs and waste gas.” While the Environmental Concerns Organization and SGA joined together this semester for the Green Movement with a video and poster campaign, they have focused on different events for Earth Day. Nemeth said both organizations can still make an impact toward raising student awareness. “We’re doing our own things,” he said. “But we’re still partners for the same cause.”

THE NATIONAL GREEN: Our nation’s capital celebrated Earth Day by decorating the National Mall last year. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Pickering)

EARTH DAY2011 Friday, April 22 9 p.m., PB150 Speaker Tim Carter, director of CUE Showing of Wall-E

An event planned by the Environmental Concerns Organization to be held next Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day will be rescheduled for next week because of a university contract with Aramark food services. ECO president Rebecca Taylor was unable to get a representative from Aramark to sign off on allowing the organization to have food provided by an outside source. Without approval from Aramark, Taylor said she is unable to get the event approved by the PuLSE office, which means her event cannot be held. According to the 2010-11 Butler University Student Handbook, outside groups may be brought in for fundraising or other campus events with the approval of PuLSE director Caroline Huck-Watson. Taylor, a senior public relations and Spanish major, said that while the group normally does an entire week of activities, they are holding a single event this year to increase participation. The organization will be

Four student groups come together to put on events for Peace Week BY ALLISON AMMERMULLER | staff writer

Four student organizations will hold events both on campus and around Indianapolis in honor of Peace Week, in hopes of raising awareness about the issues of the world outside of the “Butler Bubble.” Books for Peace, Amnesty International, Butler Peace and Justice and SGA are the four organizations collaborating to run events for the week. There are many events throughout the week including movies on campus and events in the community to help raise awareness. Books for Peace President Ana Baracaldo is originally from Colombia and started Peace Week with the help of a peace studies class. “Books for Peace is an organization that I started in high school as a nonprofit,” said

Baracaldo, a political science and international studies double major. “We work to start libraries in developing countries as a way of providing tools for education.” Baracaldo’s Peace Week initiative seeks to spread awareness to campus from around the world. “I believe that education is an important pillar in development,” she said. “When people have the tools for education they can contribute to society in different ways.” Caleb Hamman, president of Butler Peace and Justice, is a senior double major in political science and philosophy. He will be giving a presentation on his fieldwork in Israel and Palestine during the Peace Week festivities. “I hope to build a campus community around themes of peace and justice and create an awareness of issues around the world,”

Hamman said. Hamman said he created this organization because he wanted a club that was more closely related to the academic offerings of peace studies at the university. Amnesty International is also involved in peace week with petitions and letter writing projects involving Libya, the death penalty, immigration and women’s rights. “For us, Peace Week is a chance to reach out to the Butler community and make them aware of these global complex issues,” Matt Kasper, junior political science major and president of Amnesty International, said. Kasper also discussed how refreshing it was to have four organizations coming together this year. They hope to have even more in the future. Their collaborative goal is to raise $2,011 for Peace Week 2011.

holding an Earth Fair in Starbucks April 27. The event will focus on art and attendees can make mosaics out of recycled materials, paint glass vases and contribute to a mural. Taylor said while the focus of Earth Day can be on spending time outside and enjoying the beauty of the environment, it is also about considering how people use resources. “It’s about realizing that we have to preserve all these things we have,” Taylor said. “I hope people see there’s more to environmental welfare than recycling. There is so much more you can do, and it’s a team effort.” Taylor said this team effort can be especially effective in a small atmosphere like Butler’s campus. “When it’s a controlled environment where we all work together, you can actually see it as opposed to trying to save the whole world,” she said. “Participating in Earth Week allows you to make a visible change in your life, and if you’re moved by that, you can extrapolate it to the rest of the Indianapolis community. The sky’s the limit.”

Peace Week Schedule Today 12 p.m. — Israel and Palestine presentation by Caleb Hamman and Reid Dvorak; University Club 5 p.m. — Concert featuring Robert Warren and Mark Alexander; Starbucks 6:30 p.m. — film showing “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”; JH 348 Thursday April 21 Give back night at Howl at the Moon; 20 E. Georgia St. Friday April 22 12 p.m. — Presentation on peace research by Kelsey Davenport; University Club All day — Awareness campaign on organic food; Atherton Union

As graduation looms, seniors evaluate their options BY AJA CACAN | staff writer

With the end of the year around the corner, many graduating seniors are finalizing post-graduation plans, and those still in school are just starting to explore these kinds of possibilities. Assistant Director of Career Services Jennifer McConnell said gap year programs have steadily increased in popularity in recently. The biggest programs are still the Peace Corps, Teach for America and AmeriCorps. These three usually attract the largest number of students and have seen an increase in application numbers and stricter acceptance requirements. “Part of the increase is the economy, but I think part of it is that there is such a strong commitment and focus on service at Butler,” McConnell said. She said students really want to give back to others and pursue these opportunities. Senior history major Taylor Newell, who is currently waiting to hear back from AmeriCorps, said commitment to service was an important part of his decision. “I believe pretty strongly that Americans should donate more time and effort to serving their communities,” Newell said. According to last year’s data, about 4 percent of survey respondents from the class of 2010 chose to do a gap year program. “It’s really interesting to see how patterns emerge. Even in this tough economy, 93 percent of the class of

TAKING TIME TO HELP: A Peace Corps agricultural volunteer helps students plant a vegetable garden by their school in Panama. Gap year programs like this are becoming more popular among Butler University students. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps) 2010 was where they wanted to be, either doing a gap year, employed, or in graduate school,” McConnell said. McConnell said taking some time off to be in a different environment can really help students discover what they’d like to do. “If I would have gone to grad school immediately after my degree, I would have gotten my degree in something different,” McConnell said. “It’s very helpful to take the time to hone in and figure

out what you are passionate about.” Program Coordinator at Internship and Career Services Mona Guirguis also said it can be a unique learning experience. “The gap year is an ideal opportunity to reflect on future career paths and academic choices, experience a different culture, meet new people and see new places,” Guirguis said. Guirguis also said it’s important for students to take time to identify their goals and what they’d like to

gain out of the experience. “The main thing is to know yourself and your motivations for completing a gap year experience,” she said. When it comes to researching gap year programs, McConnell recommends that students take the time to obtain printed information and pamphlets, all of which are available at Internship and Career Services. Having access to information on paper is also an added security

measure. “There are a lot of scams out there, so we keep a nice little library of gap year programs for students to check out,” McConnell said. Students have also become increasingly interested in international internships. “The whole idea of the gap year is somewhat new to the states,” McConnell said. She said that going abroad specifically helps students get the full international experience by learning a foreign language, adapting to different environments and relating to other cultures. Guirguis agreed that a gap year abroad helps open students to an experience outside of their comfort zone and helps them learn to handle different situations on their own. However, McConnell said there is a wealth of great gap year opportunities within the United States as well. Programs such as Teach for America and AmeriCorps place students directly in a service role with disadvantaged populations. Newell said he decided to pursue a gap year program because the year after college would be the best opportunity to do so. His AmeriCorps assignment would consist of working in small teams on various community development projects around the country. “What I really hope to get from the program is a sense of pride in serving, as well as some valuable experience in working with a team,” he said.



Student seeks Olympic bid | staff writer


Levi Smith named student employee of the year BY SARA PRUZIN | asst. news editor

Senior Levi Smith was named student employee of the year for his work with a new cancer treatment therapy. Smith is part of a pilot dual-degree program that combines a doctor of pharmacy and a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. He works in the research lab with Alexandre Erkine, an associate professor of pharmacy. The ultimate goal for the project is to publish findings and hopefully develop a new treatment for cancer. Student workers are nominated by their supervisors, and a three-person committee that chooses the top student based on reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution. Smith’s name will be added to a student affairs plaque in Atherton Union and to a plaque in the Internship and Career Services office. Smith said he was grateful and surprised, because winning an award was never his goal when he took the job. While he said having a job along with going to class takes time management skills, working hard is not difficult. “If you have a passion for something, it is easy to go beyond what people think is normal, because for you, it’s just work,” he said. He said working in the lab has equipped him with the qualifications to apply to graduate school and affected how he approaches tasks. “It’s taught me about working proactively and aggressively but also thoroughly and diligently,” he said. Though he was unsure about whether he could take the job over the summer due to finances, Smith said Erkine, his adviser Jason Range, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his girlfriend encouraged him to take the opportunity. The experience has impacted him greatly, he said. “The last year has certainly changed what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” he said. “I know now that I can spend the rest of my life everyday in a laboratory and be happy.” Erkine said Smith is one of the few students who has not shied away from the workload of his dual-degree and is committed to his work, even if it means staying over winter break and doing lab work right after final exams. “He never comes into the lab to just sit around,” Erkine said. “He has very clear goals.” Smith’s enthusiasm, work ethic and ability to assist his peers should be a model for other students, Erkine said. “He is willing to help others and go the extra mile, even for others,” Erkine said. Liz Freedman, the student employment coordinator for Internship and Career Services, said Smith’s recognition is exciting, since the award usually doesn’t go to students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Freedman said Smith’s work is important because it has an impact on campus as well as in the community. “The work he’s done is helping all over, not just around here,” she said. Freeman said campus employment helps students to not only connect to campus but to also gain valuable experience. “Not only is it beneficially financially,” Freedman said, “they are building skills that they will use professionally once they leave here.”

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BLACK BELT: Sophomore Sam Weichert shows off some of her tae kwon do moves. She is training for the 2012 Olympics. (Photo by Maria Porter) rill, one of Weichert’s roommates, said Weichert is hilarious and genuine while still very dedicated and hardworking. “She works out more than any person I know,” Morrill

Sam is Sam, through and through, and no one will ever change her.” Schaffer said she believes this inspiration comes from Weichert’s athletic mindset. “Being an athlete, you have to have discipline and know your responsibilities,” she said. “Sam works every single day to better herself as an athlete and I think it helps make her into a better person.” Weichert said that her training as an athlete becomes even more rigorous during summer break, when she usually spends from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. training in the gym. Sam Weichert This upcoming SOPHOMORE, BUTLER UNIVERSITY summer also brings the qualifying tournaments for the Olymsaid. “She sets her goals re- pics. ally high and works hard to “I start local, then work meet them.” my way up to nationals, Sophomore Jen Schaffer, then work my way up to inanother of Weichert’s room- ternationals,” Weichert said. mates, said there is some- “Any one of the tournathing about Weichert’s per- ments could be the last one.” sonality that inspires her to If she performs well at the be a better person. international level, Weichert “Sam has this contagious could be extended another spark to her,” Schaffer said. chance to compete for a bid “You can’t really explain it. to the summer Olympics.

Trophies are nice, but I think being recognized is more important than anything you could take home.

Professor focuses on engaging students BY JESSICA KILCOYNE contributing writer

Maintaining passion and enthusiasm for their jobs is often a difficult task for many people. Deborah Corpus, an education professor, has a perpetual eagerness for teaching that is hard to rival, especially when the students are freshmen. While some professors may dislike teaching freshmen, Corpus said she adores teaching and relating to the students in her first year seminar courses. “I love teaching FYS, because it does allow me to teach kids from all different majors and not just education,” she said. “When you’ve got music majors bringing one thing, that’s different than what a psychology major might bring. If we are all the same, if we are all education majors, we don’t get all those different perspectives. “Part of the fun is getting surprised and having people do things I don’t expect.” Corpus said freshmen are so enthusiastic and excited about being in college that they do what is expected of them and have fun with it. She also said they have not developed the bad habits older students might have. “Putting challenges in front of fresh-

men is enjoyable because they have fun seeing that they can succeed,” she said. Corpus’ teaching methods for first year seminar and her other classes are designed to be advantageous for her students. Corpus says she hands out daily agendas for each class period in order to focus on immediate tasks and not overwhelm her students. She said she strives to have changes in activities throughout the class to continually reengage students that may have dozed off. Stephen Bloom, a professor of education, described her teaching methods as proactive and caring. “She firmly believes the way to help people become better learners is to help them become better people,” Bloom said. “She wants them to learn more about themselves as people and learn about others and value them.” Claire Randich, a freshman public and corporate communications major, said she thinks Corpus can relate to her freshman students well. “I think she understands us because she has kids around our age,” Randich said. “She sees her children in us and we bring out aspects of her children.” Randich is on Butler’s volleyball team and had to miss a few of Corpus’

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BY ALLYSON DOBBERTEEN Sophomore biology and psychology major Sam Weichert is not someone you would want to run into in a back alley. She is training for a bid to the 2012 Olympics for tae kwon do. Last year, Weichert was offered an invitation to compete for an Olympic bid. She was unsuccessful, but didn’t give up on her dream. Weichert started practicing tae kwon do when she was four years old. “I was so young that I think it was just something to do,” she said. “Your parents go crazy signing you up for extracurriculars and that was just it.” Weichert said the decision to stick with the sport came easily. “I stick with stuff that I’m good at,” she said. “I think I was just innately good at it, so that made it not as boring as soccer, where all I wanted to do was pick dandelions.” These days, Weichert is more focused on her dream than ever. “It’s a 24-hour, seven-daya-week job,” she said. Weichert trains everyday. Her regimen is a balance between cross-training and traditional tae kwon do training. She keeps herself on a strict diet to maintain her weight class and stays in constant contact with her coach of 16 years. Though she does take tae kwon do seriously, Weichert said people often get the wrong impression of her. “I am a student first and foremost, then I am looking to have fun,” she said. “It’s more important for people to know that about me than to get scared away or hone in on the Olympics.” Sophomore Jordan Gill, a friend of Weichert, said Weichert has found a good balance. “Sam is quite possibly the most driven person I have ever met,” Gill said. “But that certainly doesn’t mean that she doesn’t know how to have fun. The girl is hysterical, but also knows when it is time to be serious.” Sophomore Ashlynn Mor-


classes because of it. She said Corpus was extremely helpful in getting her back on track with the rest of the class, and Corpus understood her need for extensions. Corpus began her undergraduate studies at Butler, majoring in secondary education and English. Later in her career, when she was offered a position at Butler, she knew she had to accept it. Corpus has been at Butler for 14 years and has never regretted coming back to teach. “I never feel like people don’t like being at Butler,” Corpus said. Corpus’ love for Butler has kept her teaching here for 14 years. In that span she has developed close relationships with her colleagues. Bloom said he could not find one person on this entire campus that has any dirt on her. “She is well-known that if you want something done and you want it done top notch, you go to [Corpus],” he said. Without her continual enthusiasm, Corpus’ classroom would not be the same. “It’s that love of learning I want to get across,” Corpus said. “If I can help this generation fall in love with reading again, I’ve done something good in my life.”

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Weichert said last year’s invitation to compete for a bid was the highlight of her tae kwon do career. “Trophies are nice, but I think being recognized is more important than anything you could take home,” she said. Even if she isn’t given a bid, Weichert said she is pleased with her career so far. “If the Olympics happens for me, then it happens,” she said. “But if it doesn’t, I’m content with everything I’ve done so far. It won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t happen.” Gill said Weichert’s Olympic dream is inspiring to her and others. “I think a lot of us tend to limit ourselves to what’s easy or attainable in our minds,” she said. “Sam has shown me that it’s OK, and we all should strive for what we truly want, not what seems just within our reach.” But Weichert isn’t going to let her Olympic dream define her as a person. “I don’t think [the Olympics] defines any athlete,” she said. “I think its about the passion you have for the sport. I am very passionate about it.”



Students win national recording competition BY KATE SIEGFRIED | staff writer

A team of five recording industry studies students won the Fantastic Scholastic 7 Recording Competition. The team included seniors Rob Courtney and Brian Gross-Bias, junior Taylor Lehman, sophomore Tommy Nichols and freshman Elissa Chapin. The competition is put on by Shure electronics, a company that makes recording equipment. Shure selects 10 schools across the country to participate. For the competition, the company sent the students a package of microphones and challenged them to record a song that best showcased the microphones. The song

could be from any genre of music, as long it had not been produced before. The students picked a slow jazz piece performed by Butler faculty and recorded it in the EidsonDuckwall Recital Hall. “We picked the song because its jazz characteristics gave a dynamic range that showcased the microphones,” Lehman said. After they recorded the song, they transferred it back to the studio where each student made their own mix. “Everyone had different jobs throughout the process, but we all mixed our own version because we all have different techniques,” Lehman said. Even though they all made their

own mix, Chapin said they did not want to master the sound too much so the natural sound of the microphones could be displayed in the final recording. “The key was to find the best placement for the microphones,” Chapin said. As a prize for winning, the university gets to keep the package of microphones used to record the song, and each student also gets his or her own microphone. Chapin said the competition was a learning experience for her. “I went into this as a freshman who barely knew how to record, and I learned a ton from this opportunity,” Chapin said. This is the seventh year of the competition.

PLACEMENT PERFECT: Senior Brian Gross-Bias places and adjusts a microphone for the Fantastic Scholastic 7 Recording Competition session. (Photo courtesy of Elissa Chapin)

Rainy weather doesn’t stop ‘Sex on the Mall’ BY GRACE WALLACE | asst. news editor

Butler University’s Alliance and Demia student organizations teamed up Saturday to bring Sex on the Mall to campus. The annual event raises awareness about sexuality and informs and educates students about safe sex practices. Vice president of Alliance, freshman Abby Robison, said she hopes Sex on the Mall builds the Butler community’s sexual awareness and helps students realize the importance of the topic. “It is very important that we help create a Butler University that accepts different forms of sexuality and promotes everyone’s safety,” Robison said. Grace Unlimited, the Damien Center and Planned Parenthood tables were present at the event, as well as a moon bounce, snow

LETS TALK ABOUT SEX: Students pick up information and learn about safe sex at the Planned Parenthood table at Sex on the Mall. The Damien Center and Grace Unlimited also sponsored tables. (Photo by Ryan Love) cone stand and hot chocolate, which Robison said the organizations hoped would attract students to the outdoor event. Charles Allen of Grace

Unlimited said his church is a campus-based ministry that’s founded upon Lutheran and Episcopalian foundations. Both religions ordain gay men and lesbian women

to their priesthoods and are open to the topic of sexuality. Allen said he works closely with the Alliance group to help students understand

their viewpoints on and attitudes toward sexual practices and individuality. “I think [the students] need to know that there are churches and organizations not as condemning and not as strict with figuring out who is breaking the rules,” Allen said. “They need to know not all Christians are alike.” Jamie Putman, a representative from the Damien Center, stressed the importance of sexual health and promoted their free STD and HIV testing at the HRC on the second and fourth Wednesday every month. Students do not need an appointment to receive testing. “If you’ve had sex, testing should be part of your overall health checkup,” she said. “STD testing shouldn’t be as stigmatized as it is and should be part of a regular routine if you’re sexually ac-

tive.” Robison said the event was supposed to have taken place April 9, but was rescheduled for Saturday due to rain. The weather was still uncooperative Saturday, with chilly temperatures and a light drizzle coming down, but Robison said this was the last available weekend for the event. She said she thought the student body turnout at the event would have been better if the weather was nicer, but she still thought the event was a success that can be built on for next year’s event. “Sex on the Mall promotes a Butler community that’s accepting of the range of sexualities and helps them to prepare for safe sex by providing the necessary information,” she said. “It’s not something that’s going away anytime soon.”



Both sides of the broom

Bulldogs sweep Phoenix before losing two in Ohio BY LANCE RINKER | asst. sports editor

The Butler softball team’s four-game win streak was snapped yesterday when the Bulldogs got swept in a nonconference doubleheader at the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. Butler freshman Leah Bry took the mound in the opener for the Bulldogs (25-17, 11-3 HL), allowing three runs in five innings of work. Bry held Miami (21-17, 4-6 MAC) scoreless until the third inning when two Butler errors and four Miami hits resulted in three runs for the Redhawks. Miami freshman first baseman Allie Larrabee drove in two of those runs with a one-out single to left-center field. “We’ve got to get rid of some silly errors defensively,” Butler head coach Scott Hall said. “We need to make the routine plays and execute on the offensive end, such as getting bunts down and smart baserunning.” Current MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week Jessica Simspon picked up the win for Miami, throwing a complete game shutout and striking out 14 batters en route to her 18th win of the season. Junior leftfielder Lauren McNulty recorded the lone hit for the Bulldogs, breaking up Simpson’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning with a single to second base. In the second game of the day, Miami used a big first inning to spark a 7-1 victory. The Redhawks scored five runs in the opening inning, three of which were earned. Senior Jennifer Chasteen took the loss for the Bulldogs. Before yesterday, Butler won six of its last seven games, including a series sweep over the Green Bay Phoenix. Sunday, the Bulldogs completed that three-game sweep over Green Bay (15-15, 2-7 HL) with a 5-4 win. Sophomore Jenny Esparza picked up her 12th win of the year, striking out six batters in five innings of work. She allowed three earned runs, putting an end to her streak of 47

COMIN’ AT YA: Senior pitcher Jennifer Chasteen flings a pitch during her complete game last Saturday., securing her 10th win. (Photo by Ryan Love) consecutive scoreless innings. “Our pitching staff has been unbelievable this whole year,” McNulty said. “We might not have our best offensive game each time out, but our pitchers have been there to pick


us up. They are really what’s holding us together.” Butler trailed, 4-3, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before McNulty belted a two-run homer to put the Bulldogs on top for good. McNulty finished the day 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and was subsequently named Horizon League Softball Player of the Week. “I was seeing the ball better,” McNulty said. “And our bench does a great job of keeping track of what the pitchers have been throwing. I had a pretty good idea of what the pitchers were going to throw me.” Chasteen got her 10th win of the season in Butler’s second Saturday game. Her two-hit outing led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory. Freshman designated hitter Callie Dennison shared the spotlight with Chasteen in the second game. Dennison did all the damage required in the second inning by using a double to left-center field to drive in both of the Bulldogs’ runs. In the opening game of the series versus Green Bay, junior first baseman Erin Falkenberry recorded a pair of RBIs that put her atop Butler’s all-time RBI list. Falkenberry currently has 109 RBIs in her career, including 38 this season. She is six RBIs from tying the Butler single-season record, and 18 from breaking into the Horizon League’s single-season top 10 list. With at least 11 games left this season and her senior year to boot, Falkenberry is likely to move up the Horizon League’s top 10 for career RBIs. The Bulldogs will close out their home schedule this weekend against Youngstown State. The teams will play a doubleheader Friday and another game Saturday. Saturday’s game will mark the last regular season home game for seniors Chasteen, Erin Jackson and Lauren Ott. Butler’s final six games will be on the road—three at Wright State (18-18, 7-2 HL) and then three at Loyola (16-18, 6-5). Butler now leads the Horizon League standings and is 3.5 games ahead of second-place Wright State (18-18, 7-2 HL). The Bulldogs will travel to Wright State on Tuesday to begin a crucial series that could decide the regular season conference championship. The regular season league champion will host the Horizon League tournament, which will be from May 11 to 14. ”If we keep playing the way we’ve been playing in conference, I think we have a great chance to win the league,” McNulty said. “It would be huge for us.”

Keeping up with Sippola BY STEVEN PEEK | sports editor

HELP FROM THE TOP SPOT: Senior Natali Jaimes has been helping the Bulldogs this season from the No. 1 singles spot. Jaimes won her individual match last Thursday against Wright State’s Kayla Tuscany. (Photo by Erin Drennan)

Women’s tennis nabs No. 3 seed in HL BY MATT RHINESMITH | sports staff writer

After defeating both fourth-place Wright State and ninth-place Valparaiso in 7-0 sweeps, the Butler women’s tennis team lost its regular season finale to finish in third place in the Horizon League. Defending league champion UIC routed the Bulldogs (14-8, 6-2 HL) Sunday, 7-0. “UIC continues to be the class of the league with its ability to put the ball in the court,” Butler head coach Jason Suscha said. The closest match of the day was at No. 2 doubles. Senior Gabriela Bobrowski and sophomore Brittany Farmer played their UIC counterparts evenly before losing a tiebreaker, 8-7. In singles play, Farmer, freshmen Caroline Hedrick and Stephanie McLoughlin all took their matches to three sets. However, none of the them were victorious. With the win, the Flames (16-4, 8-0 HL) gained the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.



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On April 16, Butler hosted Valparaiso and grabbed an easy 7-0 victory. The Bulldogs won all six singles matches and two out of three doubles matches. In singles play, Butler got wins from four freshmen: Hedrick, McLoughlin, Gabrielle Rubenstein and Laura Shull. Juniors Cam Thompson and Kahfii King also came out on top in singles play for the Bulldogs, who were using a different lineup against the Crusaders (0-8, 0-19). On Thursday, Butler swept Wright State, 7-0, en route to their fifth win in Horizon League play. The Bulldogs won all three doubles matches and won every singles match in straight sets. “We looked a lot more comfortable playing outdoors today,” Suscha said. “Our players have a lot of fire power and it’s important that we show a little more patience outside.” With six regular season conference wins, the Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in next weekend’s league championship. They will play No. 6-seeded Milwaukee April 21.

Professional athletes have the stigma of being flashy over-spenders. Butler student-athletes have a reputation for humility. So what happens when a Butler men’s soccer player is drafted into Major League Soccer? Ben Sippola, drafted 84th overall by the Columbus Crew, kept his humble roots and bought a used Honda Civic, which he says he got partially for the 40 miles to the gallon. Sippola gave The Butler Collegian some time to catch up on his life since being drafted. Collegian: What were your feelings around the time of the draft? Ben Sippola: That was a pretty anxious time for me, since I had no idea where I was going. I asked myself, “Should I come back to Butler for the start of the second semester?” and “Should I drop out of college and focus solely on soccer?” Fortunately, the academic staff at Butler has been very flexible in working with me, so I was able to stay in college and pursue my dream of playing professional soccer. C: Once you went to Columbus, what were things like, and did you have any concerns?

BS: At that point, I was going with the flow of being a draftee. I lived in a hotel for nine weeks—that was an experience in itself—but who am I to complain? It has been an easy transition moving to Columbus because the cities are comparable, and I am a Midwestern guy at heart, so I could not be happier to be playing here. But, I do miss my Butler family, friends, teammates, etc. I’ve been back twice since I was drafted. C: What were things like trying to make the Crew? BS: I tried out for three weeks before I was offered a contract. I was nervous the first few practices because I didn’t know what to expect or what the level of play would be like compared to college. There was definitely a level of jitters that I had not felt for a long time, but now I think I’m doing well and rising to the level of the players around me. C: What has your role been like within the team? BS: Right now, I’m not in the starting 11, so my role is to work hard and push the other players around me. As a rookie, sometimes that is all you can do. You have to take pride in working hard and not getting much reward for it. I’d love to be playing more, but I couldn’t be happier going to work every day on the soccer field. I am living a dream I’ve had since I

BEN SIPPOLA was seven years old. There are some really great guys here. I made a bet with some teammates from UConn [about the outcome of the NCAA Championship Game], and since Butler lost, I had to wash both their cars. But it’s OK, because our basketball team gave me bragging rights for most of the tournament. C: What have you taken from Butler and applied during your time with the Crew? BS: Butler has taught me that there is no replacement for hard work. When things are not going your way, you can’t put blame on other people or exterior factors. You just have to hit the field and work hard and hope that it pays off. I think that’s the “Butler Way” when it comes to athletics. C: What’s on the horizon for you? BS: When I get some free time, I’ll go on a road trip in my Honda. Also, I desperately need to get my fly fishing fix in. That is one thing you can count on—that I’ll be somewhere near a trout stream until the day I die.





BASEBALL vs. UIC 3 p.m.

SOFTBALL vs. Youngstown State 3 and 5 p.m.

SOFTBALL vs. Youngstown State 10 a.m.

BASEBALL vs. UIC 12 and 3 p.m.



Baseball sweeps Lawrence BY COLIN LIKAS | asst sports editor

The Butler baseball team put an end to a three-game losing streak and swept the series against a non-conference opponent, Lawrence. The Bulldogs (15-16, 4-5 HL) outscored the Vikings (2-21), 32-3, during the three-game weekend series and were victorious in all three contests. “I expected us to have a very successful series against Lawrence,” head coach Steve Farley said. “Our starting pitchers gave us three good outings and overall we played good defense.” The Vikings tallied their first runs of the series late in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. It was not nearly enough, however, as Butler finished off Lawrence, 14-3, in seven innings. A five-run first inning gave the Bulldogs all the runs they needed. Sophomore designated hitter Pat Gelwicks had a two-run triple in the frame and later scored on a wild pitch. In the third inning, the Bulldogs managed to plate three more runs without recording a hit. Butler scored seven more times during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to lead 12-0 before Lawrence brought home its only three runs of the series in the sixth inning. Ten different Bulldogs had a hit during the game. Leading the way was Gelwicks, who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk. Junior shortstop Griffin Richeson and junior right

fielder Mike Hoscheit both had a pair of RBIs as well. “We have a lot of parts we can put in to produce,” Richeson said. “We have been changing lineups, but we have 12 or 13 guys who can come in and do a good job.” Junior Mike Hernandez picked up his third victory of the season by pitching six innings for Butler. He allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits. The first game of the doubleheader was headlined by the pitching of senior Jared Wagoner, as the Bulldogs shut out the Vikings, 11-0, in seven innings. With the win, Wagoner improved his record to 4-3 this season. He went six innings, giving up just three hits while striking out six and walking none. “I thought I pitched pretty well,” Wagoner said. “I was really efficient and I made pitches when I needed to.” Freshman third baseman Patrick Guinane and senior shortstop Luke Duncan had three RBIs apiece in the win. Senior first baseman Grant Fillipitch turned in a strong performance at the plate as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. “It was great that all of our position players got the opportunity to get in the games and help us score a bunch of runs,” Farley said. The opening game of the series featured more solid pitching for Butler, this time from senior Dom Silvestri, as the Bulldogs toppled Lawrence, 7-0. Silvestri had little trouble with the Vikings’ lineup.

He threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out eight. Butler provided support for Silvestri by putting up crooked numbers in the third and fourth innings. Guinane was the top producer for Butler, driving home three runs with a single and a

triple. Fillipitch tallied three hits and an RBI in the contest. Butler’s scheduled game against Ball State yesterday was canceled due to weather. The Bulldogs look to repeat their weekend success against conference foe UIC at home Friday and Saturday.

BIG BULLPEN: Sophomore Chase Byerly was one of three Butler pitchers who combined to throw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the three-game series against Lawrence over the weekend. (Photo by Maria Porter)

Men’s tennis finishes fifth in Horizon League BY MATT SCHUMACKER | sports staff writer

The Butler men’s tennis team rounded out regular season conference play this weekend at home against Valparaiso and UIC. On Saturday, the Bulldogs (6-15, 3-4 HL) swept the Crusaders (9-13, 0-7 HL) in doubles play en route to a 4-3 victory. Seniors Brandon Bayliss and Lenz Theodor highlighted the Bulldogs’ dominance at doubles with an 8-0 win over their opponents.

This momentum carried over to singles play, as Butler would go on to grab straight-set victories in its first three matches. At No. 1 singles, Bayliss defeated senior Jose Gaspar, 6-3, 6-3. Senior Chris Herron and junior Zach Ervin both won their matches as well, winning by scores of 6-1, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. From then on Butler struggled, losing in its final three matches. Sunday’s match versus UIC was another chapter in Butler’s season

of inconsistency. The Flames (7-12, 4-3 HL) got off to a quick start, winning two of three doubles matches, and kept on rolling to win 6-1. Bayliss got the lone victory in singles play for the Bulldogs, finishing the regular season with a perfect 7-0 against conference opponents. “I commit to my game plan on a daily basis in practice,” Bayliss said. “I figure out what I need to do and then I do my best to ex-

ecute.” Butler did not close out the regular season at full strength. Bayliss and Theodor sat out against IUPUI due to the regular season maximum match limit, leading to a 6-1 loss to the Jaguars (7-15) yesterday. The Bulldogs were able to take one point in singles play thanks to Herron, who won at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 7-6. Butler’s only other victory was at No. 2 doubles, but the Bulldogs were forced to forfeit the No. 3

doubles match. With their split performance this weekend, the Bulldogs clinched the No. 5 seed in the Horizon League Championship tournament. They will face off against UIC in the first round Thursday at North Central High School in Indianapolis. “Everyone just needs to play with more confidence so we can start closing matches out,” Bayliss said. “It’ll be tough, but we can definitely do it.”



IS IT TIME?: LeBron James has a chance to win his first championship ring and give Miami its first title since 2006. (Photo from MCT)

THREE-PEAT?: Kobe Bryant looks to lead the Lakers to their third consecutive championship and the team’s 17th overall. (Photo from MCT)

GOOD OLD DAYS?: Joakim Noah could help the Bulls to their first championship since 1998, the end of the Jordan era. (Photo from MCT)


has progressed, yielding better performances. As long as the team’s defense creates opportunities for transition scoring, I see no reason why that success shouldn’t continue. James, Wade and Bosh are not going to back down in these playoffs and their teammates will not either. I think the Heat are going to emerge victorious in the end.

game winning streak to end the regular season and you have a freight train headed for a trip to the NBA finals.

OVERTIME: Who is this year’s NBA champ?

With 82 regular season games in the books, the National Basketball Association playoffs are underway. Sixteen teams have a clean slate and are competing for the crown. The field is a mix of strong holdovers, fresh faces and proven champions. This leads to a question for which everyone has an answer: which team will take home the NBA Championship? We’ve pinpointed three teams as favorites: the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. Steven: With the Lakers and Spurs struggling in the Western Conference, I think the NBA champion will come from the Eastern Conference this season. The Bulls are a tempting choice, but they are too much of a one-man show. The Pacers, a team that was under .500 in the regular season, are proving that the Bulls are vulnerable to a diverse offense. The Miami Heat have plenty of that. They will be able to survive the weakened and unimpressive Boston Celtics to make a trip to the NBA finals. The “Big 3”—LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh—have always been superstars. Together, however, they have worked well with their teammates as the season

Colin: The NBA is going to see a changing of the guard this season and the Chicago Bulls are going to grab the franchise’s seventh championship. The Bulls finished with the league’s best regular season record, 62-20, and they are every bit as good as that record indicates. Derrick Rose has been on fire down the stretch, scoring 30 or more points almost every night. Joakim Noah has been everything Chicago hoped for under the net. Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng have been great when healthy and head coach Tom Thibodeau has made the team defensively sound. Chicago is also benefitted by playing in the East, where teams are weaker and have had trouble beating the Bulls all season, as shown by the squad’s 39-13 conference record. Chicago should not fear whoever it might meet up with in the championship series either, as the Bulls sport a 23-7 record against teams from the West. Add all of that to a 36-5 home court record and a nine-

Lance: Having grown up listening to my dad tell stories about the legendary Larry Bird and his championship years in Boston, I developed a hatred for the Lakers. So, it pains me to say that the Lake Show, led by 13-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, is primed and ready to win its third consecutive title. Even at the age of 32, Bryant managed to finish among the top five in scoring for the ninth straight season. Bryant is co-captain of the Lakers with veteran point guard Derek Fisher, who has teamed with Bryant to bring five championship trophies to Los Angeles. Fisher and Bryant make up what is easily the most experienced backcourt in the postseason. The two will be complemented by a talent-laden frontcourt, featuring Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest rounds out the Lakers starting five and will share time with versatile wing-man Lamar Odom. This is not the year that an upstart team like Oklahoma City or Chicago makes off with the title. The changing of the guard will eventually take place, but the Los Angeles Lakers will accomplish the rare feat that is the three-peat first.

Gauson sets school record

Shrewsberry accepts position at Purdue BY STEVEN PEEK | sports editor

Butler and Purdue University have confirmed what The Collegian Online reported last weekend—Butler men’s basketball assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry is now an assistant at Purdue. The former Butler assistant, who helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship appearances, officially started his tenure with Purdue head coach Matt Painter’s staff this week. Shrewsberry spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs after serving one season as Butler’s Coordinator of Bas-

ketball Operations. During his time as an assistant at Butler, the team compiled an 87-21 record, won three Horizon League regular season championships, captured two Horizon League tournament titles, made three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament and posted back-to-back national runner-up finishes. “[Shrewsberry] has had a terrific impact on our program during his four years here and we’re very appreciative of all that he’s done,” Butler head coach Brad Stevens said. “As a coach, it’s always bittersweet to lose someone from your staff, but

we’re excited that [Shrewsberry] has the chance to pursue another good opportunity with really good people. “We want to wish him and his family all of the best.” Shrewsberry came to Butler after serving as head coach at IU-South Bend for two seasons. He was named the first full-time men’s basketball coach at the NAIA Division I school in 2005. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., Shrewsberry began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis in 1999.

Golf stumbles at Invite BY MATT SCHUMACKER | sports staff writer

The Butler men’s golf team struggled at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, held at the Delaware Country Club in Muncie, Ind., last weekend In the first and second rounds played Saturday, the Bulldogs finished 14th out of 15 teams. Senior Ryan Wegeng shot a 77 in the first round. Junior Jordan Mack and sophomore Andrew Wegeng shot opening round scores of 79 and 80, respectively. Butler tallied a team score of 390 for the opening round. The second round saw the Bulldogs shoot a 394, putting them in 14th place heading into the final round Sunday.

In the second round, Ryan Wegeng shot his second 77 in as many days. Sophomore Matt Vitale also finished with a 77 on day two, while Andrew Wegeng ended the day with a 79. Butler fared better in the final round, as the Bulldogs limited their mistakes and went on to shoot 382 for the day, giving Butler a final team score of 1166. Ryan Wegeng carded Butler’s best round of the weekend with a 74 on the final day of play. He finished at 18 over par for the tournament, tying for 31st overall. Ball State, the host team, took first with a score of 1104. Butler begins Horizon League tournament play Thursday in Florida.

KRIS GAUSON BY MATT RHINESMITH | sports staff writer

Senior Kris Gauson is making the most of his last few meets as a collegiate runner. Gauson broke his own school record in the men’s 1500-meter this weekend at the Mount Sacs Relay meet in Walnut, Calif. Running against some of the best competition in the country, Gauson took first place in the event with a time of 3:40.59, breaking his record from 2009 by more than two seconds. “He really looked like he was in control of the race, which is kind of what we expected,” head coach Matt Roe said. “He’s in good shape for the NCAA Championships in June.” The top five runners all finished within two seconds of each other. Sophomore Jeremy Rae from Notre Dame took second place, finishing in 3:41.11 and senior David Bishop of New Mexico finished third with a time of 3:41.12. While Gauson’s performance was the

highlight of the weekend, the team put together a solid performance as well. Sophomore Craig Jordan took 13th in his section of the 1500-meter, running a time of 3:54.14. Freshman Callum Hawkins and senior Justin Roeder took 13th and 28th respectively, in section B of the men’s 5000-meter. Hawkins finished in 14:11.60, while Roeder ran the event in 14:30.72. On the women’s side, sophomore Kirsty Legg finished 10th in the women’s 1500-meter, running a time of 4:21.69. Legg’s time was just more than a second slower than the Butler record time of 4:20.27, set by Ava Hutchinson in 2005. Fellow sophomores Katie Clark and Lauren McKillop finished 15th and 31st in the 5000-meter, respectively. Clark ran a time of 16:36.16, while McKillop finished in 17:10.96. The next meet for Butler is the Hoosier Invitational April 22 and 23.





Naptown’s local wonders Summer is quickly approaching, and for those staying in this lovely city, there is a world of possibilities outside of the Butler and Broad Ripple bubbles. We have given you our top 10 places to go and what to do when you get there. Have fun exploring. BY CAITLIN O’ROURKE AND AJA CACAN

1. BUY LOCAL: INDIANAPOLIS CITY MARKET 222 E. Market St. 317-634-9266 The Indianapolis City Market has clearly been doing something right since 1886. Overflowing with food vendors and places to shop, it is a haven for those who want to show some local love. With fresh fruits and veggies, just baked pastries and rosted coffee beans, it is the best place to grab some quality snacks. For the over 21 crowd, head over to the Tomlinson Tap Room for some Indiana craft beer and a laid-back atmosphere. Spend a Saturday exploring the whole market—you’ll be glad you did.

2. SMOKE HOOKAH: CAIRO CAFÉ 3047 Lafayette Rd. 317-926-2233 Broad Ripple offers many decent Middle Eastern restaurant and hookah bar combinations, but those who want to branch out can look to Cairo Café. Located in one of the city’s most ethnically diverse areas, it offers a different hookah and dining experience complete with a rich Middle Eastern atmosphere, and a lunch and dinner buffet. They offer basic, premium and exotic hookah. If you’re feeling bold, try the more unique flavors, including cappuccino, bubble gum, pina colada or tiramisu.

3. GET ARTISTIC: HARRISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1505 N. Delaware St. 317-396-3886 We know art galleries aren’t everybody’s favorite place to visit, but Indianapolis is full of galleries featuring wonderful work. Our personal favorite is the Harrison. Their Austin Dickson exhibit now has some Inception-type photography of Indy’s skyline and last month’s Emma Overman exhibition was a collection of dark fairy tales. Even better, it has a community atmosphere, guaranteeing you’ll find people of all ages and backgrounds mutually sharing in their love for art.

4. BUY FANCY GROCERIES: GOOSE THE MARKET 2503 N. Delaware St. 317-924-4944 Those looking for a refined grocery experience should head on down to Goose the Market, a local specialty food store offering an exclusive variety of high quality local and international goods. Delicatessen is one of the place’s specialties, and they’re also quite confident in the quality of their local and imported fresh artisanal cheeses. Other options are European dry goods, a bakery offering selections of artisan bread pastries and sweets, and even a gelato shop to pick up a scoop—or a pint.

5. GET A TATTOO: ARTISTIC SKIN DESIGNS 5349 N. Keystone Ave. 317-257-8282 With six Indy locations and a knowledgeable, friendly staff, we think Artistic Skin Designs is one of the best places in Indy to get your first—or tenth—tattoo. Even better, the entire place feels clean and their equipment is too, which is always a must-know fact before someone puts a needle in your skin. With more than 22 years of experience and award-winning tattoos to their name, we highly recommend you experience getting a tattoo at Artistic Skin Designs. Just don’t tell your grandparents.

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6. GRAB A CUP OF (ORGANIC) COFFEE: THE EARTH HOUSE 237 N. East St. 317-636-4060 There are a ton of places to get coffee in this city, but we doubt they will make you feel as cool as if you were to grab a cup at the Earth House Collective. Their coffee is 100 percent fair trade and organic and you can enjoy a local, vegetarian menu as well. Really though, the café is truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Earth House. They offer classes such as yoga and tai chi, screen movies and even some pretty awesome live music every once in awhile. There is never a dull moment, so why not enjoy a coffee while you take everything in?

7. BE DRAMATIC: INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE 140 W. Washington St. 317-635-5277 They just had the world premiere of “The Gospel According to James,” a play exploring Indiana’s past racial tensions, and their new season includes a fresh take on “Dracula” and a work by August Wilson. The Indiana Repertory Theatre manages to keep its plays varied and courageous, bringing a large range of the stage to Indy audiences. Expect only the best from the IRT, whether it’s performing pieces rife with emotion or light-hearted pieces that you can bring the kids to. Get out of your comfort zone and see what the IRT has to offer— we promise you will not be disappointed.

8. TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK: GARFIELD PARK 2505 Conservatory Dr. 317-327-7183 When was the last you actually went for a walk in the park? Not for awhile, we bet. Thankfully, Indianapolis has beautiful parks just waiting for you to rejoice in once you’re done with those pesky finals. We dig the oldies, so our personal favorite is Garfield Park, the oldest park in the city. While you’re there, venture out to the Sunken Garden and Conservatory for some lovely flowers and plants. For the more athletic readers, walk to the tennis courts, weight room or horse shoes courts. No better cure for your post-exam braindeadness than sunshine and green grass.

9. ROCK OUT: RADIO RADIO 1119 E. Prospect St. 317-955-0995 The fact that it’s non-smoking is enough of a draw, but Radio Radio has much more than that going for them. Located in Fountain Square, one of our favorite Indy areas, Radio Radio has a nice, retro feel but brings some of our favorite modern indie acts, like Andrew Bird, Cat Power, Devendra Banhart and The Frames, to name a few. A more intimate area than other concert venues in the city, Radio Radio has a perfect atmosphere for the fabulous bands it draws every month to Naptown. Even better, the fact that it is in Fountain Square means quality shopping and food before the show—always a must.

10. DRINK BEER: SUN KING BREWERY 135 N. College Ave. 317-602-3702 Locally owned and operated since 2008, Sun King is a craft brewery focusing on the creation of unique and seasonal brands of beer. Sun King’s beer repertoire consists of standard house beers such as the Sunlight Cream Ale and Wee Mac, as well as a seasonal selection which debuts 2-3 different kinds of beer each month. Stop in to visit the tasting room, where visitors can learn about craft beer while having the opportunity to taste several of the brewery’s selections. Those who want to take Sun King home can take advantage of several carry out options, including growlers and kegs of different types and sizes.



Sophomore creates sci-fi world

“Dungeon Crawlers” book series combines LeBlanc’s many interests BY BRIAN WANBAUGH | asst a&e editor


o have a book published while still in college is quite an accomplishment. Sophomore biology major Stefan LeBlanc has already published two and he plans to publish more. LeBlanc is the author of the recently published “Dungeon Crawlers,” Episodes One and Two, the first installments of what he hopes will be a continuing series. “Writing, to me, is a hobby,” LeBlanc said. “People miss out when they just constantly write. You need to take time for life.” LeBlanc has certainly done that. “I moved a lot when I was younger but primarily lived in Vancouver, British Columbia,” LeBlanc said. “I also spent some time volunteering in Toronto and Latin America as well.” Living and volunteering in these different places exposed LeBlanc to the world. The different cultures were just one of the many influences for “Dungeon Crawlers.” “My biggest influence in my writing are my friends,” LeBlanc said. “Although I do not know anyone

exactly like [one of the main characters] Lars, a lot of the dialogue comes from my friends.” Because they are mainly based off of his own life he said he has a good connection with his characters. “I can put myself in my characters’ shoes,” LeBlanc said. “It is easy to create a dialogue when you know what [the characters] would think and feel.” Originally coming to Butler University on a theater scholarship, LeBlanc switched to biology because of his changing interests. He said both fields of study have directly influenced his writing as well. “Theater is a study of life and biology is a study of life,” LeBlanc said. “I am trying to imitate life in my stories.” Professor Diane Timmerman has noticed LeBlanc’s desire to learn in his two years at Butler. “He is always deeply curious about the topic at hand and wants to know more about just about everything,” Timmerman said. Timmerman, a professor in the theater department, sees LeBlanc’s aptitude to combine subject mat-

ters. “He is very gifted at making connections between different areas of study and easily applies knowledge he has in one area to another,” she said. As for “Dungeon Crawlers,” the stories are an imitation of life, but with an interesting twist. The books are set in the distant future. Episode One begins 10,000 years after a civilization that blended technology and magic was suddenly wiped out by an unknown cause. “I thought, ‘How would it be if technology today was suddenly gone?’” LeBlanc said. “If we started from scratch, what would the end results be?” LeBlanc hopes “Dungeon Crawlers” can be an on-going series aimed at young adults. “I have about 15 or 16 books planned for the series,” LeBlanc said. “The books have multiple story arcs and are all connected in one way. “[They] will never really be finished because it is a world, not a story.” After Butler, LeBlanc has plans

beyond writing, including graduate school for a masters in genetics. He always wants to keep writing though. “I would like to try out writing horror,” LeBlanc said. “Back in high school I wrote some horror/zombie apocalypse stories, but would definitely like to pursue another series or book.”

No matter what LeBlanc does, Timmerman thinks he will always be up to something new. “Stefan and his parents are all Renaissance people and have many diverse talents and interests,” Timmerman said. “Dungeon Crawlers” is available online on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble bookstores.

SCI-FI MASTER: Stefan LeBlanc (center), sophomore biology major, has written the first two books in his “Dungeon Crawlers” series. (Photo courtesy of Stefan LeBlanc)

‘Scream 4’ frighteningly mediocre BY BRIAN WANBAUGH | asst a&e editor


ANIMAL LOVE: Noah Lennox comes back with a new solo album that still holds Animal Collective influences, but is full of evocative lyrics and a laid-back feel that differs from his previous work. (Photo courtesy Helena Price)

Panda Bear chills with “Tomboy” BY AJA CACAN | staff writer

Almost a year after releasing the first single from what was to become “Tomboy,” Panda Bear finally released the entire album last week. A few tracks will already be familiar to fans, as some have been released as singles, although in somewhat different arrangements. Those who listened to “Tomboy” the single over the past eight months may notice the song’s subtly different intro. But thankfully, Noah Lennox refrained from making major adjustments to the already familiar tracks. Panda Bear, Lennox’s solo project, has always maintained its Animal Collective influences, although he insists that this record represents the most marked departure from the AC sound. It’s perhaps most accurate to say that “Tomboy,” like acclaimed predecessor “Person Pitch,” continues the process of taking the Collective down to the single member level. The first five tracks steal the show. Fans will recognize most, as the previously released singles. Hymn-like opener “You Can Count on Me” has Lennox chanting those same words throughout, establishing a theme of repetition that sinks through the rest of the album. The style of computer-generated effects on “Tomboy” differs significantly from Lennox’s previous work. The album is unequivocally chill, lacking the high tempos and upbeat rhythms that made songs like “Take Pills” and “Bros” instant favorites. That is not to say “Tomboy” makes any concessions, especially during the first half. Take “Slow Motion,” where he retorts to common adages like “practice makes perfect” and “an apple a day,” in the most unlikely of ways: “And when I slow it down, it’s clear just how it’s what they don’t say, that’s what

counts,” he sings. Crashing waves and electronically generated wind chimes open “Surfers Hymn,” with a languid intro that turns upbeat in an electronic mashup of reverb and distortion. Though, even at its heightened pace, the song never steps outside of the perimeter of “Tomboy”’s dominant sense of nonchalance. In the interests of balance and reciprocity, the album’s first half is finely rounded off with the steady, lyrically rich “Last Night at the Jetty,” and its nearly poetic line, “I want to enjoy what’s meant to enjoy, not try to find slights and slurs to employ.” Apart from sound, Lennox experiments with both placement and aesthetics. The possibly deliberate placement of mid-album reverie “Drone” neatly splits the album in two. On “Tomboy,” Lennox’s lyrical talent is often unintentionally lost in the process of creating the clean and consistent sensory impression that highlights the album. But, unlike on “Person Pitch,” which was a great record thematically, the lyrics here are less abstract and more evocative, less whimsical and more thought-provoking. Paying close attention to the speech behind the distortion reveals that, amid the languid, drawn out choruses of songs such as “Benfica,” Lennox often acts the philosopher. “There is nothing more true or natural than wanting to win,” he says. “There’s nothing more to life, nothing more to life.”

f this is the beginning of a “new generation” of horror films, this genre is in for a rough ride. “Scream 4,” starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Emma Roberts is set in the fictional town of Woodsboro, the setting of the original “Scream” film. The film opens with a few fake beginnings, both of them film clips from the fake film series “Stab,” which is sort of a film within the film that began in “Scream 2.” The third sequence—the actual opening—to no surprise, is two teenage girls being brutally murdered by Ghostface. The whole town is unaware because the local celebrity and lone survivor of previous murder sprees Sidney Prescott (Campbell) is back in Woodsboro to promote her new book. When the sheriff, Dewey Riley (Arquette), finally hears of the murders, he is led to the bookstore where Prescott is holding her book signing only to find a cell phone and bloody papers in the back of Prescott’s rental car. This is where the killing begins. Everyone in Woodsboro, including the cops and Gale Weathers-Riley (Cox), think that Prescott being back in

SCREAM 4 | FILM REVIEW Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Emma Roberts, “Scream 4” is set in Woodsboro, the fictional town from the first film in the series. While some parts will make you jump, ultimately the stale dialogue and weak ending make the fourth installment of this horror franchise mediocre at best.

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town has something to do with the murders. All are worried that Jill Roberts (Roberts), Prescott’s cousin, will also be a victim because of threatening phone calls she receives, so 24-hour police surveillance is assigned to her. Jill and her friends don’t particularly care for the idea and are constantly trying to get around the cops, even though a murderer is on the loose. From here on out, many teenagers, cops and people associated with Prescott are found to be on the wrong end of a knife wielded by the Ghostface killer. The fast-paced action and suspense is bogged down by the slow and over-thought dialogue, which ruins many sections of the film. The characters, particularly members of the high school Cinema Club, constantly talk about the new “rules” of hor-

ror films and end up explaining parts of the plot. As the action continues and the climax fast approaches, two other glaring aspects come into play: Arquette and Cox are not very good actors and the role of Jill should not have been played by the squeaky-clean Emma Roberts. The line delivery and “emotions” the characters portray are one of the scariest parts of the film, making one question the screenwriters’ credentials. The ending of “Scream 4” goes from semi-decent to terrible in about five minutes because of the dialogue and over-thinking on the part of the screenwriters. The bad acting doesn’t help here either. So if you are a fan of slasher films, be cautious of “Scream 4,” because the scariest part is wondering why you spent two hours in a theater watching it.

TOMBOY | ALBUM REVIEW Panda Bear’s fourth studio album, “Tomboy,” uses more evocative lyrics and harmonies to create a pleasing album.

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BACK FOUR MORE: Neve Campbell (above) returns for the fourth installment of “Scream” to star as Sidney Prescott. David Arquette and Courteney Cox also return as their respective roles. (Photo from MCT)

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21 Click, Clack, Moo Clowes Hall, 12 p.m. Small Lives, Big Dreams LH168, 8 p.m. Composer’s Orchestra Eidson-Duckwall, 8 p.m.

22 Upon this Rock Clowes Memorial Hall 6 p.m. Small Lives, Big Dreams LH168 8 p.m.

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OUR POINT THIS WEEK: The social construct of gender identity is outdated and deserves a more tolerant welcome from society | VOTE: 21-0-1

Blurring the lines of gender identity A recent J. Crew catalogue included a picture that is causing controversy. The president of the company, Jenna Lyons, is shown painting her son’s toenails pink. Beckett, the five-year-old, is laughing and modeling a J. Crew shirt. Critics, including psychiatrist and Fox News contributor Keith Ablow, claim that Lyons’ actions will result in her son needing “psychotherapy.” He said such actions will result in “psychological sterilization” and loss of gender identity. We, at The Butler Collegian, object to the concept of rigid gender identity. In today’s day and age, gender roles are more flexible than they were in the past—and that is something our staff applauds. One of the repeated problems critics have with the advertisement is the idea that Lyons is turning her son gay by painting his toenails hot pink. The implication is that transgendered identity and homosexuality are unhealthy and are caused by one’s environment and upbringing. Biological research in the 1980s showed correlations between size of structures in the brains of males and homosexuality. Individual testimony says some transsexuals identify as such as early as three or four years old. If the advertisement had shown a young girl

wearing flannel and playing football in the mud, the outcry would be nonexistent. It would have been considered an advertisement advocating “girl power.” Being a tomboy is completely acceptable for young women in our society. But the sight of pink on a little boy, the gender police start whistle blowing. It’s worth mentioning that Speaker John Boehner has a penchant for pink ties and has been married for 37 years. Wearing a color, regardless of its gender association, do not make one gay or straight. Nor can they change one’s gender association. However, we do feel featuring her son’s painted toenails in the ad had to make either Lyons or her marketing staff consider the media response. Lyons should probably have been more careful about exposing her son to this kind of media circus. If anything in this debacle will damage Beckett, its likely going to be the public outcry about the advertisement.

Regardless, we feel the response should not be nearly as widespread as it has become. In fact, most of us engaged in “gender bending” as children. Several of the men on staff were dressed up by older female relatives when they were around Beckett’s age; some of the women were tomboys. Children are naturally curious. Lyons presumably encourages Beckett to pursue his individuality, regardless of what society says. It’s ridiculous that a single picture like this causes people across the country to question her ability as a parent. We recognize that Lyons, possibly deliberately, stirred up a hornet’s nest. However, gender roles are not inherent. They are social constructs. These stereotypes are part of our American heritage, but that doesn’t mean we have to preserve them or that they have any relevance today. Individuality is one of the defining values of our society. It is time we as a nation respected that—in all aspects.

Gender roles are not inherent, they are social constructs.

Teaching ESL classes inspires a change in perspective

BY LEXIE SMITH | opinion editor

We all have our prejudices. I will admit I have some of my own. However, I was recently reminded we need to continue to be open-minded about those who we meet throughout the course of our lives. I teach English as a Second Language classes once a week at St. Monica’s Church for one of my classes. After teaching for the semester, it has unraveled some of my most intense and unfounded prejudices. Week after week, I show up at St. Monica’s at 6 p.m., to teach English to immigrants from various countries. Normally, they are Hispanic and most are from Mexico. This past week, as I showed up to teach there was a large family I had never seen before in the classroom. A different tutor from my class worked with them during the time. After asking my students about the family, I was informed that they had emigrated to the U.S. from Libya just four months earlier. I was struck by the profound determination of this family. I watched as the father encouraged his five children to go up to the board and spell out the words the tutor was teaching them. After seeing this, I vowed to drop all childish prejudices I may have.

ITS ALL GREEK TO ME: Students in ESL classes—like the one pictured above—work exceedingly hard to master the language. Their determination and drive has inspired me to drop prejudices and be inspired by their incredible work ethic in the classroom. (Photo from MCT) This family has put forth an immense effort to assimilate to their new home. Whether it is because of the conflict in Libya that may not allow this family to return to their original home or not, I do not know. I do know the fact that this family is making such a concerted effort to learn our language deserves much acknowledgment and encouragement. The father of this family explained to me how he wished to learn both Spanish and French after mastering English. I was floored. Most Americans don’t have that kind of drive to

immerse themselves in the cultures of countries around the world. The encounter I had with this family has inspired me—and I hope others—to have a more open and accepting world view. I spent years around others who believe that all immigrants to the U.S. are lazy and that everyone should learn English. After teaching this ESL class, I have seen that such a theory has been flipped on its head. These immigrants are anything but lazy. I have seen the hardest work come out of the students I have been

teaching. They are eager and determined to learn, but what is even more impressive is that they rarely get discouraged. They are determined to learn and are convinced that they can do it. These students have shown me skills that I think we all need to embody in today’s day and age. In a country where we are so quick to pass judgment and stick with stereotypes, no matter how ridiculous they are, I find these ESL students to be incredibly inspirational to me and to the type of person I want to become.



The issue with drug trafficking

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Trump for President? BY SAM HYER | asst. opinion editor

THE DRUG CRISIS: As the drug crisis continues to rage on in Mexico, there is legislation being passed in Texas that will make anyone found connected with the cartels guilty of treason. While the actual battle is mainly focused in Mexico, the United States can clearly feel the problems at home too. (Photo from MCT)

Mexico’s crisis is U.S. crisis, too BY JEREMY ALGATE | staff writer

I’ve heard several people express the idea that if we as a nation are not careful, Mexico’s drug crisis might spill over into the United States. The problem is it already has. There is no uniquely Mexican drug crisis. We are experiencing the American drug crisis. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, recently proposed that Mexican cartels be labeled terrorists. He cited how the U.S. could then address the threat they pose under different legislation. Anyone whose money and/or material assistance could be traced to the cartels would be tried with treason. Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican diplomat to the U.S., was quick to point out that this would

require the nation to arrest any bribed border officers or even cocaine-users—having labeled them as traitors. I’m not sure if I’m comfortable assigning the label of terrorist to any group we want to take action. But I also think that we’ve touched on an important topic. In order for the Americas to end the drug war, we need to dramatically re-label the conflict. This is not only a Mexican struggle, nor a Colombian one. The crisis is fueled by American consumers. Mexico’s drug cartels exist to smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. from South America. While there are few major growers in Mexico, they are essentially drug runners. The U.S. is the No. 1 cocaine consuming nation in the world. It’s natural that the massive cocaine and marijuana farms in South America try to ship to the U.S. The cartels are native to Mexico and most of

the marijuana that crosses the border is grown there. Drug problems in the U.S. precede Mexico’s struggles, however. Before crackdowns in the 1970s and ‘80s, cocaine and other drugs grown in South America were flown in or carried by boat. Our demand for cocaine and marijuana drives a multi-billion dollar business. Blocking one avenue only forces them to find another. Restricting smuggling by air and water forced the growers to reroute through Mexico. Indirectly, we created the Mexican cartels. As a society, we need to start thinking about how our lifestyles impact other nations. We need to understand that when we consume nearly half of the world’s cocaine, we are fueling a violent and illegal empire with vast political and social power. When we feed the problem, we need to stop pointing fingers and start offering solutions.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The definition of ‘queer’ In the most recent issue of the Collegian, an article was written about a survey taken by some Butler students. The survey on residence life, Greek life and service learning asked two questions that drew opinions from students about the phrasing of the questions. The first question asked if said survey-taker identified as “transgendered,” and the second asked which term best-described their sexual orientation: asexual, bisexual, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, queer, questioning, other or I prefer not to respond to this question. I felt the survey attempted to make itself objective, but some disagreed. One student quoted in the article said, “The answers were shocking to me. One of the choices was ‘queer.’ What does that even mean and how is it different from gay? And why is this information important anyway?” He actually attended the Alliance meeting the same day. At the meeting, we discussed the article. To my astonishment, this

CCOM a professional college student was not who I thought he was. His quote read angry to me. It sounded as if it was filled with contempt for the idea of someone being queer. In reality, the option of queer struck him as an option that was not objective, but subjective. The group agreed. Another member and I went on to discuss and explain the idea of queer theory and how this was the definition of queer that the survey had implied—or at least we hoped. This helped us all realize we had begun to hate a person we did not know because his quote sounded ignorant, when it was meant to be a search for comprehension. When we finally found that we actually had a lot of common ground, we were able to speak about our misperception. If we refuse to talk to one another and try to understand one another, then we also refuse to respect one another. Abigail Robison Freshman, Butler University

I am a 1966 graduate of Butler University and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. I’m proud to have served on the Board of Visitors to the Jordan College of Fine Arts for a decade. In a recent article by Brooke Deady in The Butler Collegian (“CCOM introduces new major,” March 30), associate dean Ann Savage was quoted as saying, “The College of Communications is not a professional college.” As a professional broadcaster for nearly 45 years, I have taken issue with this philosophy from the moment I heard of the convergence proposal forming CCOM. Mass communications is a profession—an important one. When the media arts department flourished in the Jordan College of Fine Arts, adjunct faculty with impressive credentials inspired, nurtured and mentored students for decades. I had the unbelievable experience of studying the art of sports reporting at the feet of iconic sports legend, Tom Carnegie. He would not be welcome in this environment. I had concerns about the conver-

gence process when I first learned of it. At Butler President Bobby Fong’s suggestion, I requested more information and was treated an entire day with faculty of the proposed new college. I was encouraged by comments of people I’ve known and have respected at Butler. They were convinced that creativity, originality and respectability would continue to thrive in the field of media arts but, media arts doesn’t even require a course in performance. This college is heavy on academic degrees and has become short on professional credentials. Not a professional college? That wouldn’t fly in the colleges of pharmacy, business, education and fine arts. While I can wholeheartedly recommend my alma mater to students seeking a liberal arts education with a foundation for a rewarding career, I cannot in good faith recommend the College of Communications to any student who has the dreams and aspirations I had when I enrolled at Butler. Barry G. Hohlfelder 1966 Alumnus, Butler University

Correction: Dr. Ann Savage, interim associate dean of the College of Communication, notified the Collegian that she was quoted inaccurately in a story published March 30 titled “CCOM introduces new major.” In an email, Savage clarified her statement: “CCOM is not solely a professional college. What makes the college uniqueis that it includes not only professional and creative programs but also elements of social sciences and humanities.”


With Republican hopefuls for the 2012 election beginning to assemble, one individual just cannot seem to go away, and will likely be making a run—or at least attempt to. For a few months, Donald Trump has been toying with the idea of running for president. For the sake of my party and the country, I am praying he does not. Trump discussed his running options in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal last week. “The concern is that if I don’t win [the GOP primary], will I run as an independent and the answer is probably yes,” Trump said. For many Republicans, I’m sure this gives flashbacks of the 1992 election, in which Republican nominee George H.W. Bush faced off against not only Democrat Bill Clinton, but also Independent Ross Perot, the businessman from Texas. At the time, Perot had more money than he knew what to do with. He was able to essentially self–finance his entire campaign and stay in the race until the very end. He did the same thing in 1996. Perot stayed afloat by airing commercials on primetime television about his ideas and what set him apart from the other candidates. Although he didn’t win any states, nor any electoral votes, he still took almost 20 million votes from Clinton and Bush. While historians and election pundits still debate whether he really impacted those elections, most people agree that regardless of intentions, Perot was a pain in the side for both candidates. I’m afraid that Trump is going to do the same thing. What worries me about Trump is that his self-inflating tendencies may make him a loose cannon for the Republican Party and a stain on the 2012 election. It is also unfortunate that he is trying to make a political name for himself by attacking President Obama’s birth records and boasts about being in league with the “birthers,” a faction of society demanding to see the president’s birth certificate. Trump has spent an unusual amount of time on this subject, even sending “investigators” to Hawaii to look for the document. I’m sorry, but if you are running for president and not really an American citizen, people are going to discover the truth well before you actually win the presidency. I think any Republican or moderate considering Trump as a candidate needs to step back and look at their options. On April 11, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced the creation of his presidential exploratory committee. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been stumping around the country too. For now, I think “The Donald” should stay focused on his floundering casinos and reality show.

What is your favorite part about spring?


“People like to order cold drinks, which are more fun to make.”

Anna Peters sophomore

“My favorite part of spring is the smell of fresh cut grass and that baseball gets the respect it deserves.” Jack Buckley freshman

“Making fun of girls laying out in their bikinis when its not even sixty degrees outside.” Carolina Glenn sophomore

“Being able to do homework outside. It puts me in a better mood.”

Emily Kile freshman

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