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New sorority possibly coming to campus MARAIS JACON-DUFFY MJACONDU@BUTLER.EDU
INSIDE THE ATHLETICS BUDGET
$14,738,745 and no one’s talking about where it’s going
Butler University is discussing the possibility of bringing a new sorority to campus. Becky Druetzler, director of Greek life, said increasing women’s recruitment numbers show a need for another sorority. “We wanted to potentially have something ready this semester,” Druetzler said. “But this is a very long process, and we have to ﬁrst ﬁgure out housing and know when it would be available.” Butler’s Panhellenic Association created an exploratory team comprised of Panhel ofﬁcers and delegates whose goal is to evaluate the need for another sorority and different options. Panhel delegate and exploratory committee member Tai Vogel said, so far, the committee has mostly been crunching numbers. “We deﬁnitely found that there is a need for another sorority,” Vogel said. “Women’s Greek life has continued to increase over the past few years, and pledge classes are growing by about 10 girls each year.” This year’s women’s recruitment showed very high numbers of participation, with 52 percent of freshman girls going through recruitment. Housing is the main issue slowing down the process of adding a new sorority. The Panhellenic board must vote on the proposal, which will then be given to the Board of Trustees. “The trustees only meet three times a year,” Druetzler said. “It could be a while before we can move forward with housing.” Druetzler said parking also needs to be deﬁned for a new sorority house. Druetzler and Vogel both conﬁrmed a new sorority will not live in the old Tau Kappa Epsilon house. “The university has a contractual agreement with TKE, similar to what happened when Phi Delt was shut down some years ago,” Druetzler said. “They need to be able to potentially buy the house back, so in the meantime we can’t house a sorority there.” Druetzler said rumors of speciﬁc sororities trying to come to campus are false. “This is a mutual selection process,” Druetzler said. “First, we will contact the National Panhellenic Conference after our proposal is put to a vote, and then the sororities contact us.” Druetzler said it is against e NPC rules for a university to contact speciﬁc sororities ﬁrst. “If we don’t think the interest is great or that we’ve found a good match for our campus, we can always withdraw our offer,” Druetzler said. Druetzler said the increase in women’s Greek life is becoming somewhat of a national trend. “A lot of schools are starting to experience sorority upswings,” Druetzler said. “But whenever you decide to expand, it’s important to be very cautious and intentional.” With the addition of a new sorority shortly after the shutdown of TKE, sororities and fraternities on campus would no longer be equal. Campus would have eight sororities and six fraternities. “People want to see pairs,” Druetzler said. “But when the girl to guy ratio on campus is already 1.5 to 1, it makes mathematical see team page 2
Opinion: Butler needs to focus on making our degrees valuable. Page 10
Shared Strategic Vision looks forward JEFF STANICH
JSTANICH@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Butler University President Jim Danko and his team have created their Shared Strategic Vision—a list of goals for the university. Danko said he will use the vision as a “future rendering of what this campus could look like” when he is out fundraising, whether he is in the community or across the country. “I want to ﬁnd a way, especially on the academic side, to assure that everyone is thinking progressively about how Butler has to change or adapt to the evolution that’s going on in higher education,” Danko said. THE VISION
ADAM WINAY AWINAY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler University’s athletics department is on “an island of its own.” The budget is a mystery to the public. No one from the athletics department will discuss information about this year’s budget, and ofﬁcials in other departments say they don’t know much either. Butler athletics has the right to keep budget information private since the university is a private institution. WHAT WE DO KNOW The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to submit an annual report about participation, stafﬁng, revenues and expenses. Through that report—the Equity Athletics Data Analysis—students can access Butler athletics’ 2011-12 revenue and expenses. Some information can also be found on Butler’s 990 tax form. Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier, through Sports Information Director Jim McGrath declined an interview regarding any questions about the budget. He deferred any budget matters to Bruce Arick, vice president of ﬁnance.
revenue and expenses for last year were $14,738,745. This was a nearly $1 million increase from 2010. The Collegian reported in February 2012 that the 2010 revenue was $13.7 million, according to the EADA. The report submitted to the EADA for 2011-12 lists the revenues for each sport at Butler. The three Butler sports that produce the most revenue are football and men’s and women’s basketball. According to the EADA, men’s basketball revenue was $3,924,026, women’s basketball revenue was $1,194,883 and football revenue was $648,837. Arick said these three sports bring in the most revenue for most universities. He said men’s and women’s basketball bring in the most money at Butler. This is in part due to the revenue generated from the NCAA tournaments being distributed to conferences and teams. Arick said after the NCAA pays all their expenses, there are signiﬁcant dollars left that are distributed back to the conferences. The biggest distributions go to the teams that participated in the tournaments. The money is allocated to those teams depending upon the number of games they played in the tournaments. Arick said the disbursement of money is made to each
REVENUE According to the EADA, Butler’s
see budget page 5
The Shared Strategic Vision is a list of 10 goals that have been laid down while envisioning Butler’s future. The list includes expanding the undergraduate program, increasing emphasis on research, pursuing innovation and growing the endowment in the next 15 years. “We need to get our faculty to also think on how what is happening out there applies to Butler,” Danko said. Chief of Staff Ben Hunter said Danko addressed Staff Assembly and said his ﬁrst year was used imagining the possibilities for the university. He’s been exploring the possibilities, and now Butler is laying out the groundwork to achieve those possibilities. “Athletics has been great for this institution, but it all comes down to the quality of academics and your degree,” Hunter said. “I don’t think Butler is getting ahead of itself. I think Butler has to explore every option to become a leader in the changing world of education.” ENROLLMENT Hunter said the administration is looking at enrollment and what the market would bear, capacity and what the infrastructure to hold students is, and updating Butler’s overall master plan. Tom Weede, vice president of enrollment management, said he sees the perfect enrollment for Butler at 5,000 but only after students can be comfortably housed. “It’s just difﬁcult for us to grow in class size and total enrollment,” Weede said. “My goal will be to see vision page 3
Danko reﬂects on his second year JILL MCCARTER JMCCARTE@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR IN CHIEF
Butler University President Jim Danko is ready to get started with a full year under his belt, after getting to know recognized personalities and becoming familiar with the Butler community. While his ﬁrst year on campus was used as a time to reﬂect and ﬁnd his spot and mission as president, he’s settled in and moving forward with his plans for the university. His job is “intense and relentless.” He and his wife, Bethanie, were hosts to events every day last week. The end of the year is always more fast-paced, but it’s just part of the job. He’ll have Board of Trustees meetings, graduation and dinners by the time May 11 rolls around. At the beginning of the year, Danko spoke to
the university’s staff and faculty members with his State of the University address. He talked about progress. “How can Butler be at the forefront of academics?” he asked. And now, eight months later, he’s seen DANKO: Second year the progress he asked is a time for action and for. progress for Butler. Faculty members have gathered in committees to ﬁnd ways to bring Butler’s classrooms up to par with those of other “rising private institutions.” Danko has made some big moves at the university this year, including Butler’s move
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to the Big East and bringing two recent sizable donations to the university. Danko said he has learned more about the community and has valued the chance to learn the different personalities of some of Butler’s faculty and staff members. “In your second year, you learn who to trust and who has their own biases and missions,” Danko said. “The ﬁrst year, there’s no reason to not trust people, but as people start talking, you learn more about everyone.” He’s also had time to connect with Butler alumni and students as he made his way around the country this year, traveling with the basketball team to Maui and Lexington and making trips to visit alumni chapters. In December, the Dankos invited dancers’ parents to a Nutcracker performance and to dinner see danko page 3
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Alcohol-related arrests rise while hospitalizations decrease TARA MCELMURRY TMCELMUR@BUTLER.EDU NEWS EDITOR
Changes to alcohol education and conduct sanctions at Butler University have resulted in almost twice as many summons arrests compared to last year. The summons arrests from fall 2011 to fall 2012 increased by 30 arrests. From spring 2012 to spring 2013, that ﬁgure increased by 14. Irene Stevens, dean of student life, said the cause of this increase is due to the presence of Indiana State Excise Police on campus and the fact that Butler University Police Department started doing summons arrests. Assistant Police Chief Bill Weber said a summons arrest is an order to appear in court at a later date whereas a typical arrest includes handcuffs and a trip downtown to the Arrestee Processing Center. Weber said BUPD began using summons arrests last year. Weber said using the summons arrests gives BUPD the chance to work with students and use BUPD programming in place of the students having to go to court. But Weber said not every alcohol incident results in an arrest. BUPD still utilizes referrals to Student Affairs, which he said is a good option BUPD has that city police do not.
Actual arrests have increased over the past year too. From the 2011-12 school year to 2012-13, actual arrests have gone up by four. Stevens said the presence of excise police has died down on campus since fall semester. She said more arrests are made at schools like Indiana University and Purdue University due to their larger size. Even though they may not be on campus as much anymore, Weber said excise police might still drive through Broad Ripple and campus. If they see something that gives them reasonable suspicion, they will still make a stop. Although arrests have gone up, alcoholrelated hospitalizations have gone down. At the beginning of the school year, the Alcohol Task Force, made up of students, staff and faculty, added more alcohol education programming and made the conduct sanctions stricter. The new education programming includes changes to Red Cup Culture and adding the MyStudentBody module for students to take before coming to Butler freshman year. Another addition to the conduct policy included a section preventing students with alcohol violations from going through Greek recruitment or holding leadership positions in organizations on campus. Stevens said she does not have exact numbers on how many students this policy
ALCOHOL INCIDENT DATA FALL SEMESTER
Summons Arrests Actual Arrests
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15 4 8
Actual Arrests Hospitalizations has affected over the past year. But she did say students who were affected were students who were not running for leadership positions in the ﬁrst place. Conduct sanctioning increases depending on how many alcohol violations the student commits. “We changed some of the sanctioning to make it a little stiffer,” Stevens said. “The students thought our sanctioning was too much of a slap on the wrist and not enough meat.” The ﬁrst violation will result in an alcohol education program. The second violation will result in conduct probation and an education course or community service, both of which will cost the student money. The student’s parents will also be notiﬁed. The ﬁrst violation can result in secondviolation consequences if the ﬁrst violation was because of hospitalization or arrest. Stevens said students have encouraged
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A group of Butler Summer Institute students eat lunch after an Indianapolis Indians game. BSI students meet for weekly events and have the opportunity to discuss research with both peers and faculty mentors.
BSI not an average summer course Students spend the summer at Butler exploring a topic of their choice GERRALD VAZQUEZ GVAZQUEZ@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR The Butler Summer Institute offers select students an opportunity to conduct extensive research across a variety of disciplines over the summer alongside a faculty mentor. Candidates must apply with a variety of materials in order to qualify for the BSI. A committee then reviews the applicants based on their proposals and approves them based on their thoroughness and vision. “The primary criterion is the quality of the research proposal,” said Mariangela Maguire, associate director of the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement. “The students turn in the proposal, their transcripts and a letter of recommendation from their prospective faculty mentor.” Students participating in the program receive a $2,500 grant for both research and living expenses, and faculty mentors receive a $1,000 stipend to assist students with both materials and research event costs. Students work together with their respective faculty members in various capacities. Some faculty mentors serve as research guides, offering advice and
direction to students, while other mentors work with students either in the lab or ﬁeld collecting data. “It’s an independent research project that is guided by a faculty mentor,” Maguire said. “The relationship between the mentor and the student depends entirely on the type of research. In some research situations, they’re essentially side-by-side all day long in a chemistry lab, or they may be out in the ﬁeld collecting data on some biology project.” Senior pharmacy major Sarah DiDominick participated in the program last summer, conducting research on a speciﬁc enzyme that could potentially improve treatment with future cancer drugs. “My project was called ‘PRL phosphatases as potential drug targets in pancreatic cancer,’” DiDominick said. “My hypothesis was there would be a higher amount of this enzyme in cancerous pancreatic tissue than normal pancreatic tissue, and if this was the case, then these enzymes would make good targets for new cancer drugs.” DiDominick is currently continuing her research outside of the BSI. However, she said the weeks she worked during the program allowed a level of focus and independence almost unachievable during the regular academic year. “I liked having some independence and being able to work through things on my own,” DiDominick said.
“Depending on your major and what sort of research you’re doing, the nine weeks might not be that much time in the long run. What was nice is that it was something I can continue to research, not just something that ended.” At the end of the nine-week program, students prepare research presentations to showcase their work to peers and mentors. From puppetmaking and Shakespeare to studies on hermaphroditic frogs, Tara Lineweaver, chair of the Programs for Undergraduate Research Committee, said many of the presentations are memorable. “I always enjoy the students’ presentations during the last week of the institute,” Lineweaver said. “All of the projects are fascinating, and it is particularly interesting to see the diversity of the projects that students complete.” Maguire said the diversity of research ﬁelds available and students’ ability to work across a variety of topics help set Butler’s summer research program apart from other institutions and prepares students for post-graduate studies and research positions in the workplace. “Students gain a lot of conﬁdence in their ability to conduct research,” Maguire said. “They gain a deeper understanding about how research is conducted in their ﬁelds, they gain sophisticated research techniques and they enjoy learning about how research is conducted in other disciplines.”
sense that we would have more sororities than fraternities.” Vogel said as a student in the Greek system, she believes the addition of a new sorority would be beneﬁcial. “It will be good for the community to have something new,” Vogel said. “Maybe some of the girls who didn’t or otherwise wouldn’t go Greek will be attracted to the idea of a clean slate.” Freshman Kaylie Ricks, a new member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, said she thinks a new sorority is needed on Butler’s campus. “The pledge class numbers are just getting so big,” Ricks said. “Also, I know of a few girls who were dropped from every house during recruitment, which wasn’t the case in the past. There’s just so many girls that recruitment is much more intense.”
Student Affairs to suspend students who have tallied three or four violations. There have not been any alcohol-related suspensions this year, but there have been suspensions related to drugs, Stevens said. She said there has been an increase in marijuana use on campus this semester. Stevens said drug use on campus goes in cycles. “Sometimes it just happens, and we happen to be in an upswing right now regarding marijuana,” Steven said. Looking back to alcohol, Stevens said the group checked over the alcohol policy at the beginning of spring semester but decided it did not need any changes. The alcohol policy is examined to the degree it was examined this year about once every seven to 10 years. Stevens said she does not foresee any more changes to the education programs or sanctions any time soon. Druetzler said there is still a lot of work to be submitted and a lot of details to be decided. “Once we ﬁgure out what needs to be done on our end, the headquarters of the new house would need to organize consultants, ﬁgure out recruitment and make sure that coming to Butler works for them at the larger level,” Druetzler said. This process is new to all involved, Druetzler said. “We haven’t done anything like this since Alpha Phi came to campus in 1967,” Druetzler said. “Bringing Tri Delta back was much easier since they had already existed on campus. We didn’t need to ﬁgure out housing in that situation.” Druetzler said she would like to keep working on this process and exploring the options for the university. “I would deﬁnitely like to vote on this and have some further conversation,” Druetzler said. “This is all about timing, so if it’s not the right time, that’s OK. But we deﬁnitely have the desire for more sorority options on campus.”
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VISION: BU CONTINUING TO GROW
BU website features moving to mobile app
FROM PAGE ONE lead discussions in what growth is right for this institution.” Danko said he does not see the university growing to a student body between 4,500 and 4,700 undergraduates. “We know that you don’t shrink your way to greatness,” Danko said. “We want to get bigger, but we don’t want to go crazy.” Part of the process includes a visit from contractors who can determine what capacity the university can handle.
MIANNUZZ@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler University is launching a new mobile website on Friday. The renovated website is the ﬁrst phase of the new Butler app tentatively being released this August. This will be Butler’s third release of a mobile website. The site will have a campus map, a campus directory, alerts, a course directory, a link to Butler athletics, a calendar feed, and other news feeds and alerts, said David Alder, senior web systems analyst, who has been the project leader since the ﬁrst mobile site was released. “Mobile devices are much more heavily utilized than desktop devices,” Alder said. The full app will be in the app stores for both Apple and Android devices this fall. Instead of developing a new app, Butler Information Technology and the marketing department chose to purchase a license for an app from a company called High Point, which is already used in different colleges across the country. “We just thought that what (High Point) had was the best we’d seen,” Alder said. “If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it correctly.” The deciding factor in choosing a vendor was the app’s compatibility with the PeopleSoft program. PeopleSoft is the software behind My.Butler, which allows students to register for classes, check their ﬁnal grades, manage their hours for
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on-campus jobs, check ﬁnancial aid information and more. Pending approval by each of the departments, students will be able to use the new app to do the same things they do on the My.Butler website. They will not only be able to register for classes, but they will also be able to add friends and share class information, Alder said. “It’s pretty safe because it’s already well tested, but that doesn’t mean we have less testing to do,” he said. Although students feel positive about having an app to ﬁnd campus information in one place, some students are skeptical about registering for classes via their smart phones. “I would rather do it on my computer,” said freshman Marco Rosas, who said he uses his smart phone almost all of the time, mostly for social media and keeping in touch with friends. However, he likes the idea of an app capable of notifying students of what’s going on around campus. The app’s ﬁrst phase will not have push notiﬁcations, although High Point is starting to release apps for other colleges that include
them. A Butler-produced streaming radio station is in the works to be included with a future version of the app. In the future, Alder said he would also like to see a guided campus tour, a parking map, and the ability to buy parking passes and accept ﬁnancial aid added to the app. “We want to make sure we get everything right, so we’re not just going to release everything fullblown right away,” he said. The current mobile site was launched this time last year and did not automatically detect smart phones. It receives on average 800 visits per month. The new app will offer features that students want, Alder said. “It would be nice to have one thing you could go to to ﬁgure out everything that’s going on around campus,” freshman Rachael Goniu said. Her cousin at the University of Wisconsin uses her campus app to check sports scores, weather and road closings. “I think it’s just an overall win for the university,” Alder said. Students can preview and give feedback about the app outside of Starbucks this Friday.
Both Weede and Hunter said the future of higher education is uncertain with classes moving online. They want Butler to have quality online courses that hold a valued degree. “There are a lot of folks wanting to make your degree more valuable,” Hunter said. “It’s more than just athletics. We want academics as our national reputation.” Danko said he is focusing efforts on pursuing online courses along with improving the quality of life on campus. There are between 16 and 20 online courses “somewhere in the creation process,” he said. “We wanted to allow the faculty members to start thinking about
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at his home. “You don’t get many opportunities to connect with parents,” Danko said. The highlights of his second year have centered around connecting with students. “Butler is full of intelligent
what they would want to do in the classroom without thinking of what resources we have,” Danko said. “We want to just see what ideas they have so we know what we could look to do.” Ideas could be funded in part by gifts like the recent $1 million donation from the Melvin Simon Family Enterprises Trust. Danko eventually wants to create a pool of money to put toward technology in the classrooms. “You can’t get people down this path and have them excited about something and then say, ‘Never mind, there are no resources for this,’” Danko said. THE FUTURE Hunter said the next few years will be crucial for Butler and the growth that it hopes to achieve. “I think it is an exciting time at Butler,” Hunter said. “I think the current graduates in two or three years can look back and say, ‘Wow, that’s a different school.’” Hunter and Danko said the strategic vision is not the absolute plan. It is just a vision that will shape Butler’s plan for the future. “It is hard to tell exactly where we will be in 10 years,” Hunter said. “But I know Butler is positioning itself to be in a better place and to make the changes as they come to improve our higher education.” —Additional reporting by Jill McCarter and dynamic students who come from different backgrounds, and they all have accomplishments to their names,” Danko said. “It’s an enjoyable part of my job, and it’s an incredible aspect of the university.” Moving forward, Danko said he wants to continue making Butler’s name more recognizable on the national stage. This year, he said, was a sort of planning stage. Next year will feature implementation and bringing those ideas to life.
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State group to promote cancer awareness on campus Healthy Horizons to decide which type of cancer education and screenings to promote KELLY ROSTIN KROSTIN@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Healthy Horizons just wrapped up phase one of a multi-phase process to encourage screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer in the campus community. Healthy Horizons is a program started in 2004 to promote healthy living. Earlier this month, the ﬁrst phase of the process began with a conﬁdential online survey testing faculty’s and staff’s general knowledge of behaviors and attitudes that relate to cancer screening. More than 370 faculty and staff members responded. Their baseline data will be evaluated for phase two of the process, starting in July. Based on the results, the Healthy Horizons staff will pick one cancer to focus on and will develop a strategy to encourage screening and educating the university on that
The earlier cancer is detected and treated, the more successful the outcomes. CARRIE MAFFEO HEALTHY HORIZONS DIRECTOR particular cancer. “Our focus at Healthy Horizons is prevention,” said Carrie Maffeo, Healthy Horizons director. “The earlier cancer is detected and treated, the more successful the outcomes.” The survey and follow-up activities are supported by the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital and Grace College wellness programs are also participating in the pilot program with ISDH. Their results are separate from Butler’s, but their processes are similar. Maffeo said Butler has worked with ISDH before on several initiatives over the past four years. Because of that background,
Maffeo said Healthy Horizons decided to apply in the hopes of being one of the few schools selected to be part of this pilot program with ISDH. Both Maffeo and Kelly Daneri, Butler academic program coordinator, are excited to see the baseline results and assess them. With the average age of faculty on campus being 46, Daneri said there is a large eligible population due for certain screenings, and getting the word out though this pilot will be helpful for the Butler community. “Something interesting that came from the survey was that it spurred people to go online and look at screening recommendations because they realized that, after taking the survey, they might not know as much as they thought they did,” Daneri said. Maffeo said exposure to education and conversation on the topic is important to raising awareness. “I think a lot of people fear it because it is a scary thing to say,” Maffeo added. “Still, early detection is really the key for successful treatment.”
Likas to take Collegian helm JILL MCCARTER JMCCARTE@BUTLER.EDU
The Collegian’s next editor in chief comes with an ability to write just about anything, a love of sports, quiet leadership and a subtle sense of humor. A committee of journalists, teachers and journalism advocates selected Managing Editor Colin Likas to serve as the editor in chief during the 2013-14 academic year. Likas started at The Collegian three weeks into his ﬁrst semester at Butler University. “It was fun and exciting, but it was also terrifying at times,” Likas said. ”It was what I wanted to do, and it put me in the right direction.” He served as assistant sports editor during his freshman year. He was one of three writers who live-blogged during the 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament. The blog reached several countries and had thousands of views. “When I think back to Colin’s time at The Collegian, that was one of the moments that really stands out to me,” Collegian Faculty Adviser Loni McKown said. “It
was a time where he really shined.” During his sophomore year, Likas took on the role of sports editor. He led the team of sports writers and photographers to cover not only games, but also harder sports news stories. “He really stood out as a sophomore leader,” McKown said. “It also gave him a chance to really show his reporting chops.” Several of the stories he oversaw won awards at this year’s Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards banquet. Likas traded in weekly sports stories for some of the biggest page one stories as managing editor this year. Stories about housing and alcohol policies pushed Likas to take on challenging stories, but he said they helped him grow as a reporter. “The transition from sports editor to managing editor was difﬁcult at ﬁrst, “ Likas said. ”There were some growing pains in ﬁnding out how to take on other types of stories. It gave me an opportunity to grow as a reporter and as a person.” Marissa Johnson, this year’s sports editor, worked under
Likas last year when she was a sports writer. Now, as they have both taken on higher positions at The Collegian, Likas has helped Johnson manage her section of eight writers. “He’s someone I can rely on for just about everything,” Johnson said. “I know that he is always there to help out when I need a suggestion or just someone to vent to about things.” Both fellow staff members and members of the selection committee took note of Likas’ dedication and enthusiasm for The Collegian “Colin is someone who, from day one, has embraced The Collegian and what it is and what it should be,” Johnson said. “This position is what he’s worked for since he stepped onto campus.” Likas said he hopes to continue what The Collegian has been doing since 1886—”covering campus and reporting the news.” He said he hopes to connect with the Butler community to help make The Collegian “the people’s paper.” “I want students and faculty members to be proud of what we’ve done,” Likas said. “I want us to be an outlet for our community.”
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William Walsh teaches Shakespeare in class but also takes students to where the work originated on a summer trip to England.
Walsh takes Shakespeare out of the classroom JYLIAN VIGAR COLLEGIAN@BUTLER.EDU CONTRIBUTING WRITER
English professor William Walsh established a Shakespeare Summer Program in 1987. Since then, he has taken more than 500 students to experience Shakespeare in England over the course of 26 years. “I love watching the young people discover the country,” Walsh said. A University of California, Riverside graduate, Walsh began his ﬁrst teaching job at Butler University in 1971 and never left. “I decided that if I was going to do this for the next 50 years, I would do the best, and so I did Shakespeare,” Walsh said. “I’ve never regretted it. I have a great time selling it to students.” Walsh said each year he takes approximately 20 students to England for two weeks in the beginning of August. The students see six Shakespeare plays at the Globe Theatre and New Theatre Royal. These plays include “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Students visit London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and can even spend a day in Paris. They are given the opportunity to see landmarks such as Stonehenge, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. Each year after they return to Indianapolis, Walsh and his wife, Ellen, invite the students to their home for a wrap-up session. As a professor and trip facilitator, Walsh said his goal is to be the best he can be while teaching his “beloved Shakespeare to bright-eyed students.” Derrick Brown, junior English literature and English education major, said he has known Walsh for two years through classes and the Shakespeare trip. “The amount of knowledge he has about Shakespeare is just incredible,” Brown said. He said he loved the laidback nature of the trip because it allowed him to see so much. “I don’t tell the students what to do,” Walsh said. “I tell you what you should be seeing, and you make your own plans. Take charge of your own time.” Melissa Rangel, senior English literature and secondary education major, enjoyed Walsh’s approach. “It was honestly the best two weeks of my life,” Rangel said, “with all of the experience you get and all of the Shakespeare plays that you see. I went to Paris for a day just because I could.” Rangel said her fondest memory of the trip was when they entered London, Walsh and his wife shared their taxi with her and a friend because they knew the girls were frazzled. “It was something simple but sentimental,” Rangel said. Junior English creative writing and pharmacy major Katie Johnson has also taken classes with Walsh and went on the Shakespeare trip last summer. Her fondest memory of the trip was Walsh’s enduring enthusiasm despite the fact that he had been on the trip so many times before. “He’s got this great enthusiasm
for everything,” Johnson said. “It becomes infectious.” This enthusiasm is what Johnson refers to as “taking a Dr. Walsh approach to things.” Having taught at Butler University for 42 years, Walsh’s character has had time to be established, and he is a noted professor by both students and faculty. “I think he’s passionate, both for his students and the subject matter,” Rangel said. “He’s caring. That goes along with the passion.” Brown said Walsh’s most admirable quality is his passion for not only Shakespeare but for his job as a whole. “He really does care about our education, our experiences and our well being,” Brown said. Johnson noted Walsh’s generous spirit and the way he treats students as equals. “He acts like one of us while still being intellectually megasuperior,” Johnson said. “He’s like, ‘I have all this knowledge, but I’m not going to hold it over you. In fact, have some.’” As a colleague, William Watts, associate English professor, said he has known Walsh for 22 years. “He’s humorous, diligent and lighthearted,” Watts said. “He is in some ways, I think, an example to us all. He is quite a successful teacher, and he also manages to live in harmony with those around him.” Watts said he has learned from Walsh that you can be serious and do good work without being overbearing. “One of the things he told me early on that has stuck with me,” Watts said, “and this comes from his expertise in Shakespeare, ‘In life we can either take the tragic or the comic mode. I choose the comic mode.’” “I think his sense of humor really deﬁnes him as a person,” said Jen Wetzel, junior strategic communications and English literature major, who will be attending the Shakespeare trip this summer. He made the class really entertaining and educational, Wetzel said. “I think that’s one of the best things I took away from him,” Rangel said. “Being able to relate something so old to something current. “ Walsh teaches several courses, including Introduction to the Discipline of English, Renaissance Literature, 17th and 18th Century Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Global and Historical Studies and Texts and Ideas. Walsh’s passionate love for Shakespeare is evident to the students in his classes. “Shakespeare sometimes gets a bad rap for how he writes, but there’re so many different layers to what he writes,” Brown said. “Dr. Walsh is able to study him for so long and still ﬁnd things out. It’s incredible.” Walsh’s profound love for Shakespeare and teaching has affected several students and faculty members in positive ways. “There are people you meet, and there are people who happen to you,” Johnson said. “Walsh is the second kind. He is in and of himself an experience.”
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BUDGET: FINANCES BREAK EVEN
Television deal made move worthwhile JILL MCCARTER JMCCARTE@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR IN CHIEF
The offer of conference membership from Big East ofﬁcials to Butler University was no surprise to Butler ofﬁcials. In his ﬁrst interview with The Collegian since the conference switch, President Jim Danko said university ofﬁcials assessed a second possible move when deciding to move to the Atlantic 10 Conference. The move to the A-10 did complicate the decision to move again. “There was discussion about the potential of a Big East invitation,” Danko said. “In this day and age of conference realignment, we knew that it was a possibility.” The group assessed a 20-percent chance that the Big East would extend an invitation to Butler to join the conference. Before coming to Butler, Danko served as the School of Business dean at Villanova—a Big East institution. He said the conference splintering was “a long time coming.” “I was aware of frustrations at those schools even before I stepped onto Butler’s campus,” Danko said. “It wasn’t completely new to me, and I certainly think my background
knowledge of the situation helped along the way.” When the FOX Sports Network made its way into the talks, the chances that Butler would join the conference went from 20 percent to about a “70, 80 or 100 percent chance,” he said. “The sports network would be very lucrative for the schools involved, or it would at least cover a lot of their expenses,” Danko said. “The problem with these sorts of things is that you never have enough to cover your expenses. “But the television deal deﬁnitely made the conference move more viable.” As the face value of a potential conference move continued to increase, the deal turned into a “no-brainer.” “You think about the exposure, the media deal, the realignment with other schools,” Danko said, “it was obvious. The league was turning into a perfect ﬁt.” Realigning the university with schools to which Butler aspires was another force in the decision. Costs of the switch are uncertain, Danko said. The A-10 has not ﬁnalized Butler’s early exit fee.
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“We know what the higher limits are, but nothing has been set in stone,” Danko said. There are also expenses that come with starting a new conference. Since the new Big East is starting from scratch, there are a lot more costs the university will have to split with the other institutions. The Butler Board of Trustees, Danko said, was quick to “universally back” a move to the Big East. Danko said 95 percent of the reactions from the university community have been positive. “Those with negative responses seem to be operating on a fear of athletics,” Danko said. “And you consider those responses and reactions, and you move forward.” Danko said the move will continue to make Butler more recognizable on the national stage. Athletic Director Barry Collier, men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens and Danko all agreed in the discussion about whether to move, that it would only be wise if the basketball team would continue to do well. “We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t going to continue to perform among those other schools,” Danko said. “We were only going to do it if we were going win.”
team over the course of ﬁve years. Total revenue earned from all sports except for basketball and football was $5,235,813. According to the EADA, other men’s sports made up $2,475,413 of the revenue and other women’s sports made up $2,760,400. Carl Heck, assistant athletic director, would not discuss the revenues of each individual sport. BREAKING EVEN The university does not make a proﬁt off its sports, according to the EADA. Butler has a revenue-net of zero on the report. This means Butler’s athletics’ expenses are the exact same as the revenue they bring in. This is similar to other universities. Georgetown University, one of Butler’s new conference members in the Big East, has a athletics revenue of $33,536,264 and expenses totaling the same amount. “It’s normal for a signiﬁcant portion of Division I schools whether they be public or private,” Arick said. Arick said only a little more than a third of Division I schools actually have money left over. He said large universities with big football programs are the colleges drawing a proﬁt. RECRUITING Butler athletics’ total expenses consists of recruiting, game day expenses and coaching salaries. According to the EADA, Butler athletics spent $189,717 on recruiting for the 2011-12 schoo year. Men’s teams made up $112,416 of the recruiting expenses, and women’s teams made up $77,301 of the recruiting expenses. According to the EADA, Butler has the lowest recruiting expenses compared to its new conference members in the Big East. Marquette University has the largest recruiting expenses with $1,193,227, followed by Georgetown with $732,241. The member with the closest recruiting expenses to Butler’s is Creighton University with $262,145. Heck would not comment on Butler’s recruiting expenses. GAME DAY
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The Butler football team uses its annual Blue and White spring game to improve and jumpstart the push for the fall season.
Team uses spring game for development KYLE BEERY
KBEERY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
The Butler football team is playing the waiting game. With 19 weeks remaining until they open their season at South Dakota State, the Bulldogs played their annual Blue and White spring game Saturday. Quarterback Matt Lancaster, who will be a senior in the fall, was in prime form. He completed three of four passes on the Blue team’s opening drive, capping it off with a 30-yard touchdown run. The Blue team went on to win 20-0. “It’s fun to come out here and play a game and play against a real defense,” Lancaster said. Alongside Lancaster on the Blue squad was junior running back Trae Heeter. Heeter also scored a touchdown. “The summer is the most important part of the season, and it helps
DECK BUTLER SPORTS THIS WEEK
According to the EADA, game day expenses are only $1,900,007 of Butler’s total athletic expenses. The EADA reported that men’s basketball made up $617,107 and women’s basketball made up $175,878 of the total game day expenses. Football made up $205,524 of the game day expenses—or about 13 percent of the total expenses. The rest of the sports offered at Butler made up $901,498 of game day expenses. SALARIES
us get ready going into fall camp,” Heeter said. “Once we come back in August, we’ll all be ready to go and get ready for the Jackrabbits on the 31st.” Junior defensive lineman Jeremy Stephens anchored the White squad’s defense. Stephens said it felt good to get back on the ﬁeld despite typical spring ball kinks. “Spring ball is deﬁnitely a developmental thing as far as the team goes,” Stephens said. “It was good to get back out there in game situations.” For the upcoming season, the Pioneer Football League champion will receive an automatic bid to the Football Championship Series playoffs. Lancaster said the team’s yearly goal of winning the PFL will remain the same, but it has the added incentive of making the FCS playoffs. “We won the conference last year, and that’s still our goal this year, except now we get to play for the tournament,” Lancaster said.
The EADA reported Butler’s average salary for head coaches of men’s teams was $197,683 in 201112. The average salary for head coaches of women’s teams was $44,763. According to the EADA, the total amount of money spent on Butler coaches for 2011-12 was $1,741,885. Butler spent $358,104 on women’s head coaches and spent $1,383,781 on men’s head coaches. The near $1 million difference in the total for head coaching salaries is due in large part to men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013 BASEBALL
Bulldogs defeat Wabash, host Northern Kentucky today AUSTIN MONTEITH
AMONTEIT@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
The Butler baseball team defeated Division III Wabash 10-2 at a wet and rainy Bulldog Park yesterday. The Bulldogs (18-18, 7-5) took the lead almost immediately when freshman outﬁelder Nick Bartolone hit a two-run home run in the ﬁrst inning. Bartolone ﬁnished 2 for 5 with a game-high three RBIs. Junior outﬁelder Marcos Calderon doubled to right ﬁeld in the second inning to drive in senior
outﬁelder Bob Akin from ﬁrst base. Butler jumped out to a 7-0 lead after just two innings of play. The Little Giants (13-19) scored two runs in the ﬁfth inning to cut the lead to 7-2. The Bulldogs answered in the sixth with two runs driven in on a sacriﬁce ﬂy by Calderon and a single by Bartolone. Senior pitcher Kyle Kramp earned the win, allowing one hit in two innings. Senior pitcher Joel Leichty struck out four in four innings of relief work. Butler was swept by No. 19
Indiana in a three-game series last weekend. The Bulldogs dropped the ﬁrst two games in Bloomington, losing 12-2 Friday and 5-2 Saturday. The Hoosiers (30-8, 8-4) won Sunday’s game at Butler 10-3. Indiana moved up to No. 17 in the Baseball America Top 25 after the series. The Bulldogs host Northern Kentucky at Bulldog Park at 3 p.m. today. Butler previously defeated the Norse (8-31, 3-12) 8-3 in a March 17 game played at Northern Kentucky.
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The Butler softball team dropped to 7-7 in Atlantic 10 Conference play with three losses last weekend. The team ﬁnished 1-3 on the weekend, picking up a 5-2 win against Saint Joseph’s on Saturday. It was also the designated Senior Day for the team’s four seniors. The Bulldogs (18-22) lost the ﬁrst game of the doubleheader to the conferenceleading Hawks 5-4, despite a
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Track competes in California, Indiana
The Butler track and ﬁeld team made waves last weekend with a handful of stellar performances at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Junior Katie Clark led the team, shattering All-American Victoria Mitchell’s school record in the 5,000-meter run by 23 seconds. Clark clocked 15:43.52 for fourth place out of collegiate runners and 11th place overall. Freshman Olivia Pratt took fourth in the Open-B 5,000-meter race, ﬁnishing in 16:30.24 and missing the top spot by less than four
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Senior pitcher Billy Laing delivers a pitch in Sunday’s game against Indiana at Bulldog Park. The No. 19 Hoosiers won the game 10-3.
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three-run seventh inning. Butler bounced back and picked up a win in the second game behind the pitching of freshman Sid Gutierrez. It was her fourth straight victory in her last four contests, all complete games. Freshman Riley Carter led the Bulldogs with two hits. On Sunday, Butler dropped a two-game series to Temple with scores of 7-3 in game one and 5-2 in game two. -Marissa Johnson
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seconds. For the men’s 1,500-meter run, junior Ross Clarke competed in the Olympic Development division and ran a time of 3:45.74. Back in Indiana, the rest of the squad was in Bloomington for the Polytan Invitational. Freshman Luke Zygmunt was the top collegiate in the men’s 800-meter run and third overall with a time of 1:52.61. The team splits again this weekend, with some staying in town for the Butler-hosted Stan Lyons Invitational and others heading to the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. -Beth Werge
Men begin A-10 championship play
The Butler men’s tennis team completed its regular season schedule with a 5-2 loss to Cleveland State. The match was played at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers. Sophomore Sam O’Neill won the No. 3 singles match two sets to one. Sophomore Billy Weldon was victorious in his No. 5 singles match, winning in straight sets. The men’s team ended its regular season with a record of 9-12. The Bulldogs begin postseason play in the Atlantic 10 Conference
Championships Friday in Mason, Ohio. No. 9 seed Butler will play No. 8 Saint Joseph’s at noon Thursday. The No. 13-seeded Butler women’s tennis team ﬁnished its season with a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Richmond in the ﬁrst round of the A-10 Championships in Charlottesville, Va. Senior Brittany Farmer and junior Caroline Hedrick won the No. 1 doubles match 8-6. Hedrick was named the squad’s most valuable player yesterday. The women’s team ﬁnished its season with a record of 4-17. -Austin Monteith
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No true offseason for Butler athletes JOHN YELEY JYELEY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
With summer and the subsequent break from school approaching, Butler athletes face a different routine for staying in shape when not on campus. Athletes at Butler, regardless of when their sport’s season is, are expected to maintain physical health over the break without necessarily being under the watchful gaze of their coaches. For different sports, this could mean different things. Spring athletes, such as freshman track and ﬁeld runner Jake McCormick, are fortunate enough to get a little time off. “We do get three and a half weeks off,” he said. “Our coaches design a daily conditioning workout that is emailed to us afterwards, and we are expected to keep up with it every day. “I’m able to have a full-time job and also get to spend more time with my family and hobbies, such as ﬁshing and boating.” For sports in the fall, however, the workouts are more regimented. Freshman linebacker Jack
Schaub is expected to abide by a more rigorous program to ensure his readiness for the upcoming football season. “I have a strength and conditioning program that I will be following for all of summer except for about the ﬁrst week and a half I am home,” Schaub said. “The program lasts all the way up until we report in the ﬁrst week of August. “It will consist of all the different lifts that I will need to focus on and also the conditioning that I will need to do in order to be ready in the fall.” The team gives the players individual workouts to focus on if they go home. If athletes stay on campus, there are open lifting and conditioning times. All football players will report to campus at the beginning of August for team practices. To help combat burnout, Schaub is planning on taking a two-week vacation, though he still plans on running every day. For the collegiate athlete at Butler, things are just getting started as the school year comes to a close.
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Freshman Jack Schaub (left) moves up ﬁeld to block for a teammate in the annual Blue and White spring football game.
BUDGET: CHANGES IN FINANCES FROM PAGE FIVE
Even though Heck would not discuss Stevens’ salary, the information can be found on Butler’s 990 tax form. Filing the 990 is a federal requirement. It is a public document and is ﬁled by Arick each year. According to Butler’s 990 submitted for 2011, Stevens made $1,165,940 in 2011. The 990 from the year before listed Stevens’ salary at $853,397. Comparing the 990s submitted for 2010 and 2011, the difference in Stevens’ salary was due in part to a bonus worth $337,500. Stevens’ bonus was more than Collier’s salary of $284,494, reported in the 990 submitted by Butler in 2011. Despite Stevens’ increase in pay, Arick stressed “not a dime” of tuition increases are going to Stevens’ rising salary. Instead, the Butler athletics department can pay Stevens’ large salary using university allocation. The Collegian’s Feb. 29, 2012 issue reported the university allocation of $4.3 million from the general Butler budget helped pay for Butler athletics’ operating staff expenses, including Stevens’ salary. Of the $4.3 million, $45,000 came from student activity fees. This equals out to being a little more than six dollars per student. THE FUTURE
FROM THE DESK OF THE SPORTS EDITOR
Balancing the job Being a journalist and a fan is a task not for the faint of heart When I took the role as sports editor last semester, I could never anticipate covering not only one conference move, but two. Nor could I imagine the stress the job title would entail. I’m not sure anyone could understand the difﬁculties of being a sports journalist unless you have been one. I am a huge sports fan. Being the youngest and only girl in my family with three older brothers, there was no choice growing up. But as I grew older I chose to embrace it and make it my career. And the day I stepped on Butler’s campus four years ago, I started to bleed blue. I wasn’t a journalism major until my junior year. For the ﬁrst two years, one of which I spent in England, I went to all of the games, bought all of the T-shirts and supported Butler athletics to the fullest extent. In fact, I was probably one of the few students who would go to football or soccer games just because. Unfortunately, being a Butler fan became very difﬁcult when I joined The Collegian sports staff. It started the battle of being a fan while still being professional. That means no cheering, no yelling, no complaining about calls and remaining unbiased in the coverage of departments, teams and games. It was easy enough my ﬁrst semester on the paper, covering more sports news stories than games. But as I became the editor, I had to balance being a fan, a professional and a good example for my staff writers. I can only hope that I’ve done that. The job is demanding, and sometimes it’s difﬁcult to hear from fans, students and ofﬁcials who don’t always like what we’ve written. People may think through the process I have lost my school spirit or become a “traitor” to the teams I fell in love with my freshman year. But in reality, this position has allowed me to appreciate this university more. Now, I don’t think Butler or the athletics department is ﬂawless. But I appreciate the effort to do
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Junior quarterback Matt Lancaster (right) drops back to pass during one of his reps in the spring game.
things the right way with respect to the integrity and tradition of the Butler name. I also appreciate the administration, coaches and athletes being available to student journalists. It wasn’t all the time by any means, but they treated myself and my staff as professionals and allowed me to become a better journalist. That meant not always answering questions and at times refusing interviews. But I understood and respected that part of the job. I witnessed ﬁrsthand the men’s basketball team defeating No. 1-ranked Indiana. But what many people didn’t see was what happened after the ﬁnal buzzer. While Butler celebrated the win and immediately went to press conferences, Indiana Coach Tom Crean took 60 minutes before he even made an appearance. Butler was humble and continued its next-game mantra. Growing up as an Indiana fan, it was an eye-opening experience highlighting the differences between the two programs. My respect for the ideals and composure of the athletics department grew remarkably. This year has taught me so much about being a journalist, a student, a fan and a leader. I can’t say going back I wouldn’t change anything, but I am leaving with no regrets. I cannot thank my colleagues enough for the continued support and for becoming my second family. Finally, as Butler joins the Big East and continues to grow, the university needs to make sure not to lose sight of the traditions and ideals that have made it what it is today. My hope will always be that Butler remains the Butler I fell in love with not so long ago.
FOOTBALL: PRESEASON PREPARATION
FROM PAGE FIVE The Bulldogs open with the Jackrabbits on Aug. 31 and return home the following week to play against Division III Wittenberg. Two weeks later Butler hosts Ivy League school Dartmouth. Stephens said the tough schedule should prepare them for PFL play and help them reach the FCS playoffs. “(South Dakota State) is probably the biggest program we’ve played in the history of this program,” Stephens said. “South Dakota State and Dartmouth will deﬁnitely get us ready for those bigger schools that we would potentially play
in the postseason.” Coach Jeff Voris said reaching the playoffs is certainly a team goal, but as they did last season, the Bulldogs will be taking the season one game at a time. “Our success last season came from the commitment and dedication of playing onegame seasons,” Voris said. “The biggest thing is to get ready for August 7 and have a good camp and attack the non-conference (schedule) one game at a time.” The Bulldogs will spend the summer doing individual workouts with one date in mind, Voris said. “If you worry about the playoffs and conference titles, you’re never going to reach your goals because you’ll lose focus,” Voris said. “Our focus right now is South Dakota State in August.”
Expenses could continue to rise the next few years with Butler switching to another new conference. As reported in The Collegian’s Oct. 3, 2012 issue, Arick estimated the athletic operating expenses would increase to $800,000 with the move to the A-10. The Collegian also reported in the same issue the athletics department decided to pick up the $300,000 membership fee for joining the A-10. Butler’s early exit from the A-10 and move to the Big East may end up costly to the university and athletics department. The Collegian’s March 21, 2013 issue reported there may be a $2 million exit fee for Butler. The move to the Big East could bring higher traveling expenses, but Heck said it is too early to tell. In an interview with The Collegian, President Jim Danko said no exit fees or other expenses have been ﬁnalized by either the A-10 or Big East. Heck said he hopes even with an increase of expenses there will be an increase in revenue. In the March 21 issue, The Collegian reported Georgetown President John DeGioia said the new Big East schools accepted a 12-year, $500 million deal. This deal would spread among the new members. Arick said Butler will be better off in a conference like the Big East. —Additional reporting by Jill McCarter
Brown ofﬁcially signs AUSTIN MONTEITH AMONTEIT@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Elijah Brown, a Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) senior, signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to play men’s basketball at Butler. Brown previously gave his verbal commitment to Butler in January. The 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard averaged 17.3 points per game this season for Mater Dei while leading the team to its second consecutive California state championship. “I’m really excited to ofﬁcially welcome Elijah to the Butler basketball family,” coach Brad Stevens said in a statement released by the Butler athletics department. “Elijah is another
great example of the type of student-athlete we like to attract to Butler. He is a very versatile guard who can do a number of different things, including score the basketball in a variety of ways.” Mater Dei went 34-2 in each of the past two seasons with Brown on the roster, with each season concluding with a state title. “Anytime you recruit a young man who has two state championships and has played in those environments and under that kind of spotlight, that certainly adds to his ability to handle those types of experiences once he gets here,” Stevens said. Brown is a highly-touted recruit who appeared on Rivals. com’s rankings of the top-150 recruits in the country. The Los Angeles Times also selected
Brown to its 10-player All-Area Team. The guard spent the ﬁrst two seasons of his high school career with St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. “I’ve been dreaming of playing Division I basketball since I was a kid,” Brown said in a press release. “Ever since Butler started showing interest in me and coach Stevens started coming to my games, I knew I wanted to consider going to Butler very seriously. “Now that my dream is a reality, it’s the best thing for me. I can’t wait to get started at Butler and win some games.” Brown is the son of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown. It has been reported by various new outlets that Brown will coach the Cavaliers next season.
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Ai Weiwei, “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” 1995/2009. Ai broke an ancient urn to create this triptych, on display at the IMA through June 21.
Barred from leaving China, artist Ai Weiwei comes to Indianapolis through his visceral, challenging and dissident work LEA LEVY
LLEVY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
hinese social activist and artist Ai Weiwei says in his blog that “modernity cannot exist without freedom of speech.” He uses his art and the Internet to exert his right to free speech and to protect the rights of others. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is currently hosting a large exhibition of Ai’s works called “According to What?” Ai is famous for helping design the Beijing National Stadium, the “Bird’s Nest” for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had high hopes for the Olympics until May 2008 when an earthquake in the Sichuan province took the lives of more than 5,000 children because of poorlyconstructed schoolhouses. In his blog, he wrote, “If we had diverted one-thousandth of these resources to Sichuan, those schools would never have collapsed.” After this tragedy, he launched a citizen’s investigation to gather the names of every lost child so they would be remembered. This brought him to the Chinese government’s attention, and he has been under strict surveillance since. He was detained for three months in 2011, and his passport has not been returned to him, preventing him from leaving China. As a child, Ai and his family were exiled because of his father’s controversial poetry, and his father was forced to do labor. Ai grew up without much, but his parents gave him room to create. The young artist moved to New York City in the 1970s and immersed himself in American
culture and life. “He became increasingly interested in artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp,” said Sarah Green, IMA curator of contemporary art. These artists greatly inﬂuenced
Ancient vases in a museum exhibit are not shocking, so to create controversy he dipped some vases in industrial paint and photographed himself dropping an urn, destroying it. The question what do we keep
popular. “Kippe” is a German word that means “precarious balance.” In this work, Ai used parallel gymnastic bars and wood from dismantled Qing Dynasty temples to create a block.
Ai Weiwei, “Forever”, 2003. Ai comments on the usefulness of the bicycle in modern day China. On display at the IMA through June 21. him as he began to question the ready-made, everyday, useful objects put on display. Ai worked with a carpenter to create “Table With Two Legs on the Wall.” He used a wooden table from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and rebuilt it so that two legs seem to be climbing up the wall. Ai asked what the “readymades” of China were. He decided neolithic vases were a good representation.
and what do we discard on the road to modernity is a question that comes up over and over again in Ai’s work. He is not only rejecting the old but creating a new work in the process. “Forever” is made up of 42 bicycles stacked together in a circle. In this piece, Ai takes away the bicylcle’s use, commenting on the change that has come to China as cars have become more and more
Green said this brings up two memories for Ai. First, the playgrounds at his schools growing up had parallel gymnastic bars and a basketball hoop. Second, Ai grew up in a cold part of China, and his father always had beautifullystacked ﬁrewood in the front yard. This piece needs to be reassembled every time it is displayed in a new setting. The exhibit is full of big, heavy pieces that take a lot of work to assemble.
The Collegian’s guide to the final weekend of Butler ArtsFest April 27
Noon—“Intersection of Dance, Religion and Culture” Lecturedemonstration, Lilly Hall 310 6:45 p.m.—Butler Jazz Combos and Cocktails, Schrott Center 8 p.m.— “Pierrot Lunaire” and “The Rite of Spring,” Schrott Center
5 p.m.—Butler Symphony and Chorale, Schrott Center For a full listing of ArtsFest events, check out blogs.butler.edu/artsfest
“The team at the IMA has worked very hard to assemble this exhibit, as well as to create interactive iPads and a participatory website in which you can hear directly from the artist through video response,” Green said. When asked “What inspires you to be an activist?”, Ai responded in a video. “As an artist, I’m privileged to have expression as my career or as my profession,” he said. “So by ﬁghting for these rights, I’m also helping those people who are not familiar with those issues and helping those people who have no voice.” Green said one of the show’s most powerful pieces is called “Straight” and is made of 38 tons of steel rebar salvaged from the Sichuan province after the May 2008 earthquake. Ai gathered the rebar and worked with metal workers to laboriously straighten each piece. He then created an undulating landscape with a fault line. “It is a powerful reminder of the earthquake,” Green said. “The back wall has a full list of the names of the over 5,000 children who died, along with their ages and schools.” Sophomore Amanda King, who hopes to work in a museum after graduating, went to the exhibit. “I learned a lot from it,” she said. “I thought it was great. I didn’t know about all the political turmoil he had, and it was really interesting to see how he incorporated all that into his artwork.” The exhibit will be at the IMA through June 21 and will then move to Toronto. The exhibit is free for IMA members, $12 for the general public and $6 for children ages 7-17.
Want more Arts, Etc.? This week on www.thebutlercollegian.com: -—Meet a student rapper who’s performed in front of a crowd of 800 people. Inspired to rap after experiencing a family member’s debilitating illness, he has since recorded tracks and made a music video. —Meet the namesake behind the new Wayne C. Wentzel Lecture series at the Jordan College of the Arts. The ﬁrst lecture, “Revolutionary Stravinsky and Schoenberg,” will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Schrott Center.
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OUT OF THE DAWG HOUSE
Group closes the semester with 10th anniversary concert MALLORY DUNCAN MSDUNCAN@BUTLER.EDU ASST. ARTS ETC EDITOR Silence. That is not what comes to mind when you hear the collective voice of Out of the Dawg House. But silence is everywhere in its music. Silence pervades while a single voice sings the lead or during the count off at the beginning of a song. But the biggest silence one hears is at the perfect release of a chord. This could be in the middle of a song or at the end. It doesn’t matter. The silence achieves its desired effect: amazement. Out of the Dawg House is an all-male a cappella group at Butler University that sings popular songs without instrumental accompaniment. The group has its spring concert Saturday. The concert will celebrate the group’s 10-year-anniversary, which is no small feat for an a cappella group, said Tanner Walter, Out of the Dawg House vice president and business manager.
“Concerts are my favorite part about being in the group,”said Myles Pinder, Out of the Dawg House president. “It’s all about bringing enjoyment to the student body.” Out of the Dawg House started in 2003 with men who wanted to sing popular music but didn’t have an outlet for it, Pinder said. The group had a rough start with people inconsistently dropping out and joining, so it took a couple years to get the group off the ground. But once it got going, the group quickly started gaining prominence on campus. “We’ve gotten a lot more steam and a lot more integrity,” Pinder said. “We’ve had a higher class of musician try out and a lot more people trying out. We love seeing the new faces.” The group recorded its ﬁrst album in 2006 and another in 2009. Since then, Out of the Dawg House has recorded every year or two, with its latest album, “Unsupervised,” released in April
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2012. The group plans to record another album within the next year. The group’s name had a clever beginning. Pinder said members were thinking about how a group of guys could go sing to a girl if she were mad at her boyfriend, trying to get him “out of the doghouse.” The term “dawg” formed because it associated the group with Butler. Right now, 10 men are in the group, and six of them are music majors. The number of music majors is high this year. The group usually consists of a broad spectrum of majors. “I love that I have another place in college to have a family,”said Josh Turner, Out of the Dawg House music director. “It’s a family, and it’s something you can have
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even when people graduate with the great alumni corps.” The concert will feature 17 of the group’s songs, the most new songs the group has ever performed. Not wanting to give too much away, the group did divulge that it would be singing “No Diggity” and “Love on Top,” among crowd favorites such as “Efﬁngton” and “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” The concert will be held in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating. “It’s deﬁnitely worth the ﬁve bucks,” Walter said. The $5 will get you more than music from Out of the Dawg House. The concert will include funny skits and giveaways, and there might
be a surprise or two in the songs themselves.
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Freshman with a musical mission MAGGIE WRIGHT
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Playing random notes and chords, freshman recording industries major Dan Fuson seems to be messing around with his guitar. Within minutes though, a melody emerges that sounds as though it could be on the radio. The ease and nonchalance in which Fuson creates his music is striking. “Playing guitar is a part of Dan,” freshman MacKenzie Harris said. Fuson has been playing guitar for the past 10 years. He owns six guitars and is a connoisseur of music. Some of his favorites are Angels & Airwaves, Blink 182, John Mayer, U2, 30 Seconds to Mars and Oasis. Fuson said his love of music began in third grade when he watched his local high school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” In high school, Fuson was active in both his high school choir and theater. He was cast as the lead role in the school’s play his senior year. Fuson has been described by his friends as tall, goofy and musical. “He is fun-loving and not too serious,” freshman Sam Harmon said. “He enjoys the things he’s passionate about and is not afraid of socializing with all sorts of people.” During his senior year of high school, Fuson and friends Sarah Menefee, Caleb Baechtold, and Kevin Weinberg formed the band Rite of Spring. Fuson plays guitar, sings backup and writes the songs. Harris described the type of music the band plays as indie and alternative music. “(Fuson’s) music is different and funky,” she said. Rite of Spring currently has 161 likes on its Facebook page and, the band performs around the Bloomington, Ind., area.
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Robert Grechesky rehearses “Struwwelpeter” with Tricia Frasure (violin), Alberto Mantovano (clarinet), Steven Stolen (tenor) and Catherine Bringerud (piano)
FUSON: Freshman with a promising musical career.
Butler Wind Ensemble to premiere two pieces
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The band’s song “Oh Georgia” is Harmon’s favorite. Fuson said the song is the band’s most popular to date. The band has recorded “Oh Georgia” professionally in a studio, and the song is available online for free at spotify.com. Fuson said he ﬁnds inspiration for songs almost anywhere. “Friends, relationships, social issues and even the seasons are things I write about,”he said. For Fuson, music is a way to express his feelings. “My favorite part of playing is performing a new song for the ﬁrst time because that really is when I get to be expressive in what I really want to say,” Fuson said. Menefee said she believes Fuson contributes more than just musical talent to the band. “Dan is really talented, so he brings that to the band,” she said. “But he’s also very funny, so he really makes it fun even if we’re doing some crazy practicing for an upcoming gig.” Fuson is a recording industy studies major at Butler. He plans on recording more songs for his band and himself throughout his next couple of years on campus. For this freshman, the future appears bright. “I believe Dan can do whatever he sets his mind to,” Harmon said. “He is extremely impressionable, charismatic and enthusiastic about music. It’s truly up to him where he will take his music.” And this is just ﬁne for Fuson. “I would love nothing more,” he said, “than to be a musician.”
The Butler University Wind Ensemble will premiere two new pieces by faculty composers Frank Felice and Michael Schelle in the Schrott Center next Thursday. Both pieces challenge the traditional meaning of a revolution by society’s standards. Led by band director Robert Grechesky, the concert is part of the two-week Butler ArtsFest. Felice’s piece, “Revolution Calling,” represents an atypical way of thinking about what a revolution can be. Felice cites the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as inspirational in composing a piece to ﬁt the theme of revolution. “It became a way for me to be a part of the festival, to honor Schrott, but also to say revolution can also be spiritual,” Felice said. “My point is to say Christ’s life, death and resurrection are ﬁrst and foremost the biggest revolution, but nobody thinks about it like that.” The piece is scored for double brass choir, percussion and ﬁxed media, which includes narration from John 5:24 in numerous
different languages. Felice hopes the surround sound speakers in the Schrott Center will enhance the audience’s experience during his piece. “It’s a very visceral piece,” Felice said. “I wanted to grab everyone’s attention with this.” Schelle will premiere a new chamber ensemble orchestration of his 1991 song cycle “Struwwelpeter.” The inspiration for the original song cycle came from Heinrich Hoffmann’s 19th-century German children’s book by the same name. The stories were meant to teach children moral lessons through extremely exaggerated results of misbehavior. Schelle’s parents read him and his siblings these stories when they were children. “They’re very tough,” Schelle said. “They’re like Grimms’ Fairy Tales multiplied by ﬁve.” The piece became a dedication to his parents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991. “Those poems meant so much to me,” Schelle said. “Hearing these stories sort of made me what I am.” Schelle even used stories from “Struwwelpeter” to teach himself German when he was studying for his doctorate.
The ensemble’s performance of “Struwwelpeter” includes tenor soloist Steven Stolen, former chair of the School of Music. The performance of “Struwwelpeter” will be theatrical and vivid, Schelle said. “My piece is kind of spitting in the face of traditional song cycles,” Schelle said. Following the theme of revolution, the wind ensemble will also be performing Karel Husa’s “Music for Prague 1968.” Husa wrote the piece to commemorate events following the Prague Spring, in which the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress democratic reform. The piece is a standard in band repertoire. “It’s considered the ‘Beethoven’s Fifth’ of the band world,” Schelle said. Grechesky said he is thrilled to be premiering the works of two faculty composers. “It’s been a wonderful, collegial process from the very beginning with immediate feedback,” Grechesky said. “We’re not only colleagues, but we’re friends too.” Student tickets for the concert are $7.50. The Butler ArtsFest will close Sunday.
MAYA ANGELOU VISIT CANCELED
Maya Angelou was hospitalized earlier in the week and will not be traveling to Butler for her scheduled speech as part of the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series tomorrow. Butler is trying to reschedule the visit for sometime next fall. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will automatically be refunded.
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The value of a Butler University degree seems to be getting lost in the shufﬂe as Butler continues to grow and change. Recently, President Jim Danko has done a good job of bringing more donations to the university. He has also potentially set the school up for further monetary and athletic success with the Big East move. However, not every decision Danko and other Butler ofﬁcials make should be fueled solely by monetary gain. Danko and the administration need to focus on ensuring Butler students gain a strong education and meaningful degree. The main reason the majority of students go to college is for a degree that will lead to a career. Being part of history or change can certainly be a plus, but it is not what students focus on while at school. Butler ofﬁcials need to recognize this. College costs far too much money for the resulting degree to be meaningless. Butler students would like their degrees to mean something more to potential employers because the Butler name is attached. Unemployment is down in Indiana from where it sat during the height of the recession. However, the current 8.7 percent rate is still higher than the national rate of 7.6 percent. Butler students do not want to become
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AMID CHANGES, ADMINISTRATORS NEED TO ENSURE A QUALITY DEGREE. 27-0-4 another statistic as soon as they leave campus. Butler’s administration needs to reﬁne its majors so everyone with a degree has an equal chance to ﬁnd a job after graduation. Students across various majors have had trouble working with teachers and advisers to land internships and jobs while in school. The fact that some students do not have much real-world experience on their resumes does not bode well when they are applying for jobs after graduation. This should be a focus for Butler administrators when crafting the Butler degree. With the recent changes, Danko has made comments suggesting his focus is not on each of his students’ degrees. In The Collegian’s April 17 article “Funding Butler’s Future,” it was reported that Danko was encouraging faculty members to think about how to keep Butler on the same paths as schools “we aspire to be.” He posed the question, “What is
Stanford doing and how can we get there?” Danko needs to focus on what is going on at Butler now instead of what other schools are doing and whether Butler is doing those things or not. He should not try to make Butler into some other university by forcing a major image overhaul. Application numbers suggest this is not necessary. Danko needs to worry about making sure the Butler degree is meaningful before trying to drastically alter the school. Devaluing the degree might alienate future alumni. Butler alumni who do not feel they were given a strong degree or any help toward attaining a career while at Butler are unlikely to donate to the university later on. That would hurt Butler in many ways and could actually contribute to decreasing the value of a Butler degree. Major donations and athletic conference changes will help Butler in many ways, potentially beneﬁtting the value of the school’s degrees down the line. However, for current students, it feels as though quality education and getting help starting a career are being pushed to the wayside. If Butler degrees are not resulting in students getting jobs, there is one less reason for potential students to consider Butler as a college choice.
Buckling down now will pay off in long run With ﬁnals approaching, this is the most critical time to focus With the semester coming to a close and the weather turning nice, it is easy to procrastinate and blow off assignments. But down the road it will be worth staying focused now. It’s not about how you start, it is about how you ﬁnish. The months of school may have seemed endless, but many classes have a majority of their points still to be earned in the last week or so of the year. Now is
the time to focus. With now being the most important time in the school year, there are many ways to trick yourself into studying. One of the biggest distractions for students is the Internet. Facebook,
Twitter and random web searches are some of the best time killers for college students. Cell phones are also good instruments of distraction. Texting and calling friends are easy ways to get distracted. Turning off the phone and closing the computer when it is not needed can help keep one on task. This will take away the temptation to check them constantly. Studying in solitude is another great way not to get distracted by friends. Some students decide to break up the work into smaller chunks. “I take short breaks throughout studying, drink coffee and listen to
music so I do not get distracted by others,” junior Michelle Miller said. Planning ahead and prioritizing work also lead to students being as efﬁcient as possible. “I write down lists of things I need to accomplish,” junior Sarah Jacobsma said. “I start with the more difﬁcult things and the things that take the longest and end with the easier, shorter assignments.” Students should remember that this is the most important part of the semester and staying focused on studies will pay off in the long run. Contact opinion editor Rhyan Henson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical thinking brings positive change Criticism of something one loves is difﬁcult but necessary Writing for a campus newspaper can be difﬁcult. It gets hard to think critically of a university you love. It can be even harder to ask those you have come to respect questions that could result in conﬂict or strife. Being a student journalist comes with drawbacks, but at the end of the day, I’ve been one to serve the Butler University community. Good journalism demands change. Journalists are in the position
to tackle issues by uncovering problems and asking tough questions. By simply bringing issues to light, journalists are in a peculiar position. They have the ability to start a conversation. During my four years, I think it’s safe to say The Collegian has started conversation. When I covered the Student
Government Association’s election season last year, I was met with both criticism and praise. It was an opportunity to keep those in power accountable for student votes. The conversation carried into this year, when SGA’s Election Oversight Committee took into consideration a written policy that could keep votes private. While it was disappointing that the decision passed and the votes would never be released, it was good that there was a wider discussion on campus about the beneﬁts and disadvantages. When administrators cut the College of Communication’s internship coordinator position last spring, The Collegian had another
opportunity to create discussion. Letters to the president and The Collegian poured in to respond to the situation as it unfolded. It was rewarding to see that the work our staff does each week matters. At Butler, we are taught to think critically. We are taught to examine all sides of an issue. We are challenged to ask difﬁcult questions. Student journalists at The Collegian put those lessons into practice each and every week, and I am lucky to have been at the helm of that this year. Contact editor in chief Jill McCarter at email@example.com.
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Criticism can start dialogue Criticism can be used to push ideas in the right direction and promote change
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Earth Day reminds us to think of ecosystem Earth Day is a reminder that people should be more eco-friendly Earth Day is a time when everyone here at Butler should reﬂect on how he or she can become more environmentally friendly. While Earth Day already happened Monday, it is not too late to improve this planet. We all have a responsibility to take care of the Earth. We hear about this responsibility all the time. This responsibility, according to society, is to our children and their children and so on. Future generations will have to live in this same place. They will need natural resources and clean air just like we do now. If we do not clean up the way we treat our home now, future generations will not be able to survive. Polluted rivers and a depleted ozone layer will make Earth uninhabitable. If you have been paying attention for the past two decades, you already know all of these things. Activists have been pushing to help “save the planet,” and laws are now in place to push the movement forward. However, it is important not to ignore the little things that we can do every day. It is easy to think that someone else will do the job for us. What will truly help is if every person continues to pitch in. President Jim Danko signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment last semester. Its goal is to lower the amount of greenhouse gas in the environment by targeting colleges. College campuses have an
extremely dense population requiring a large number of resources in a small area. The ACUPCC’s aim is to stop campuses from damaging the environment with excessive waste. Within the next two years, Butler will recieve the date at which the university needs to be completely free of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the agreement Danko signed. The Council on Presidential Affairs Green Committee will announce that students can help accomplish this goal within the next two years. The success of this mission requires every student paying attention and helping how either he or she can. For the short term, Earth Day Indiana is happening Saturday in downtown Indianapolis. There will be food, live music and exhibitions to learn more about what we can do. Students should attend Earth Day or volunteer at the event because being informed about what we can do is the ﬁrst step to ﬁxing the problems Earth currently has. Earth Day only happens once a year, but humans contribute to the Earth’s overall decline yearround. As part of a college campus, students need to be especially aware of how they can help prevent their community from damaging the planet even more.
Butler University has received some criticisms from The Butler Collegian over the past few years. It is not the place of this column to make any sort of argument about the purpose of student press or newspapers in general. But it is relevant to talk about criticism. Critiques can weaken an institution or cause scandal. However, critiques can also be used to raise awareness and to trigger positive growth. For example, imagine a report comes out that a politician’s aide said something incredibly offensive or took bribe money. That report might even come from a highly critical and “shady” publication. The politician has a few choices. The best option would be to publicly investigate the accusation and to act accordingly. Instead, sometimes institutions “close ranks” and argue the sources from outside have no evidence and no right to make accusations. Again, this is an entirely
hypothetical situation. The point here is that criticism can be perceived as an outside attack meant to destabilize everything positive about the university. It can also be the start of a conversation, which might then become the basis for change. It almost goes without saying that there should be responsibility on both sides of the argument. But even if a report comes from a disreputable source, part of being a “critical thinker” is to engage instead of shutting down. If we as members of a liberal arts institution want to keep that label, we need to move away from simplistic thinking. It is easy to believe that people either love or hate institutions. It is also easy to believe how they answer that question means they can or cannot offer useful insight. The difﬁcult truth is sometimes people who have little to do with a situation are able to offer insight. Other times, this clearly is not the
College is a time for students to make memories they remember forever With the end of the semester approaching and the last few days as a Butler student for seniors, we are left with memories. College is a time in our lives we will never forget because, for most, it is the best years of our lives. Senior Caroline Rogers said
one of her favorite memories of the semester was spring formal for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega. She spent it with her best friends. “It was a fun way to close the semester, to have a great time with my best friends and to spend time with a lot of people that I may
never see again,” she said. We will all eventually graduate and look back at the great memories we made on Butler’s campus. Every semester, we made different memories. One day, we will be in our professional careers, and something will make us look back at the times we had and make us reminisce on the memories that we made.
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case. But this is the role of the education we have all been receiving. Criticism should be examined in the context of the people giving it, in the context of the university and even society outside of the bubble. The university has done an effective job of addressing students in dialogue and keeping them informed of events and plans for the future. However, part of our role as community members and citizens is not just to listen but to engage. Most of us probably have the ability to obtain information about controversial situations abroad. Some think that by viewing photographs, stories and news reports in the media they become experts. I would hesitate to say that anyone here really understands all of the controversial events going on elsewhere in the world, myself deﬁnitely included. Information is not automatically the solution. We also need, as a student body, faculty, staff, community and nation, to engage in dialogue and act. Criticism, even from the most frustrating sources, can be the ﬁrst steps in dialogue.
“Hanging out with the cool people I met at the beginning of the year.”
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