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Most Butler University students will pay more for the MANAGING EDITOR same parking spaces available last year, despite the university’s expectation to spend tens of millions of dollars less than it originally planned. Butler officials implemented a new parking system without much prior input from those directly impacted by the price increase. “We didn’t spend a lot of time getting feedback from students, faculty or staff on the pricing,” said Bruce Arick, vice president for finance and administration. “Had we done it during the academic year, we would have had more time and spent more time talking with folks about the pricing aspects.” Instead, most Butler students will pay nearly triple last year’s price, which Butler froze before last school year. “I know people are concerned about the freeze issue,” said chief of staff Ben Hunter. “But once the city got involved, it’s one of those issues where we gave a lot of thought and care into it.” Assistant police chief Bill Weber said the City of Indianapolis telling Butler to create more parking— particularly greater visitor parking capacity for events—represents a huge driving factor of the new parking plan. Visitors will gain parking on main campus and in two new lots on west campus across the canal. Arick said campus officials received the directive to begin work on this new plan from the Board of Trustees in May. And in July, Butler officials announced they had lifted the two-year freeze on parking permit prices. Butler officials condensed the project into three months instead of six or nine months because the project had a fall 2013 completion date, Arick said. ‘B’ permit parking for residents of Ross Hall, Schwitzer Hall and Residential College will cost $200. Students living off campus will pay $95 to park in commuter spaces. Students who want to pay the same $75 parking fee as last year must park in the new ‘I’ Lot. This summer, the Board of Trustees indefinitely suspended its plans for a $45 million parking garage that would have included residential and retail space in favor of an approximately $4 million plan featuring a long-term parking lot. Butler sold all of the B permits available on Monday, according to Weber. Students who wish to purchase a B permit will now have to purchase a permit for the I Lot. This fall, Butler instituted parking permit caps equivalent to the number of spaces available for each permit with the exception of A and C permits for faculty and commuters. The 400-spot I Lot, located adjacent to the intramural fields on west campus, will cost approximately $16,500 less per space than the proposed parking garage would have cost, according to Butler’s website. Arick said $41 million or so saved does not translate into cash on hand. Rather, the cost will not fill up Butler’s debt capacity. This may free Butler up to rehabilitate residence and dining halls and work towards creating a building for the College of Business within five to 10 years, he said. Butler did not complete the long-term parking lot before many students began arriving on campus this weekend. The university has asked students who purchased long-term parking permits to leave their cars in the overflow section of the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot until the new lot opens. The I Lot, which will be the largest lot on campus dedicated to one specific permit, should open for student use this week. The idea for a long-term parking lot came from the Student Government Association’s recommendation to President Danko last April. Craig Fisher, SGA president, said he thinks if he and other current and former SGA members had not suggested a longterm parking plan, that all students would have had $200 permits this academic year. Butler projects an 83 percent increase in revenue off of student parking permits, and a 66 percent increase from see PARKING page 4


Butler University’s “midsummer” weekend may come to a stop due to arrests, community complaints and negative media attention surrounding the June weekend. As local outlets such as FOX 59 and the Indianapolis Star reported, 33 Butler students were arrested by excise police at midsummer this year. Countless others were ticketed. Levester Johnson, vice

president of student affairs, said he believes midsummer weekend, an informal social gathering held on the weekend between summer class sessions, is becoming progressively less safe and less healthy for students. “This event, this midsummer weekend, will stop,” Johnson said. “This is an unsanctioned and unorganized activity. But the numbers of students attending keep growing.” Johnson said he doesn’t blame the media for covering the police activity on campus

during midsummer. “When something like this happens, it’s a story, and I can’t fault them for covering it,” Johnson said. “But we have never been an institution under this kind of microscope.” Sophomore Katie Perez attended midsummer and was on campus from June 21 to the 23rd. She said she thinks the stories about midsummer didn’t give an accurate description of the weekend itself. “I definitely think it was blown out of proportion,”

Perez said. “While I was at midsummer, I felt safe, and I was with my friends. I didn’t see anyone naked or passed out in a bush.” Johnson said, after talking to students, it was brought to his attention that students felt they received mixed messages regarding underage drinking and alcohol consumption on campus. “Many of the students who received disciplinary action as a result of midsummer didn’t think that [alcohol] see MIDSUMMER page 4


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A house on Berkley Road, pictured the morning after a string of midsummer weekend arrests were made at Butler.



Blue II’s health declines

Aigotti, Mindrum join Butler staff COLIN LIKAS



Former Butler University mascot Blue II is doing well despite his recent diagnosis with Cushing’s disease, owner and handler Michael Kaltenmark said. The announcement came through Blue II’s blog and social media accounts on Aug. 1. Cushing’s disease is an irreversible brain disease that causes a tumor to form on the brain, affecting signals sent to the kidneys. The Butler community welcomed Blue III— also known as “Trip”—in February 2012. But the addition was also a realization that Blue II had grown old. In his blog, Blue II referred to himself as “one of those people who work their whole lives only to retire and almost immediately fall apart.” As treatment for Cushing’s, Blue II has taken cortisol steroids that force themselves through skin membranes, resulting in the raw skin lesions he exhibits. English Bulldogs like Blue II usually experience the effects of Cushing’s disease more strongly and longer than other breeds. Another concern for Blue II is his fight with heart disease, which causes liquid to fill in the lungs. Although his vet says is doing relatively OK compared to his prior state, there is no way to predict when this will affect his system again. For now, he will remain on medications and revisit his vet for a check-up in less than a month. Blue II received an outpouring

Blue II looking healthy and active during his retirement ceremony. of social media support after the Aug. 1 announcement, Kaltenmark said. “We’re sending lots of love and puppy kisses your way, Butler Blue II, and we wish you and your family all the best,” the Humane Society of Indianapolis tweeted. “We sure enjoyed seeing you at Mutt Strut this year. Take care, and hugs from your friends (both twolegged and four) at IndyHumane.” The Indianapolis Star began a Twitter trend campaign with the tag #loveBlueII, urging followers to tweet pictures and memories of Blue II. “It was hard to read, and it was very emotional,” Kaltenmark said. “But at the same time, it was really cool to see that outpouring of support for the dog. It made me proud.” Senior Sarah Barker is taking the news especially hard. Barker spends more time with Blue II than the average student, since she works as one of his two student handlers. “Finding out about Blue II’s health problems was like finding out that my own dog was sick,” Barker said. Barker said she has come to understand Blue II’s personality better than most people.

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“Sometimes, I swear that dog doesn’t have a clue that anything is wrong with him,” Barker said. Kaltenmark said Blue II does not like to miss out on his favorite things just because he’s sick. “When he wants something, you wouldn’t know he’s sick at all,” Kaltenmark said. Kaltenmark said Blue II’s ears still shoot up at the sound of the words “Tail Wagon ride,” and if someone mentions ice cream or chicken, he is right by their side. Blue II offered his response to saddened fans by tweeting “OK guys, enough bellyaching. I’m not dead yet!” The tweet was accompanied with a picture of Blue II in the Tail Wagon ready for a ride. While Kaltenmark encourages students to visit their mascot just as they always have, he said people need to be aware and understand that dogs get sick too. “I know the students care and that they want to see him for the right reasons,” Kaltenmark said. “I know it’s a risk to bring him in, but that’s OK.” When asked what Blue II would want to say to the students if he could talk, Kaltenmark said: “When you think of me, think about what I would want you to do for Butler University.”

One was plucked from another private Indiana college institution. The other was taken from a company that employed Brad Stevens over a decade ago. Now, Claire Aigotti and Matthew Mindrum are in key administrative positions at Butler University. On June 28, Aigotti was named Butler’s first-ever general counsel, and Mindrum was hired to be the university’s vice president of marketing and communications. Aigotti was working as an associate general counsel at Notre Dame when Butler put out an open application for the position. “When I saw the opportunity to be the first of something—and it was at Butler—I thought, ‘I want to go ahead and apply’,” Aigotti said. “(Butler is) such a beautiful place that it reminded me of Notre Dame.” Butler President James Danko said money and concerns about outsourcing certain legal issues were two deciding factors in hiring the school’s first inside general counsel. Danko said Butler spent an estimated $700,000 in legal fees during the 2011-2012 academic year. He hopes this staff change will save “at least a third” of what the school has been spending. Ben Hunter, chief of staff, headed the search committee for the position and said Aigotti stood out from a qualified applicant pool. “We thought she would understand our university’s needs and our missions of higher education,” Hunter said. Mindrum, meanwhile, fought through a field of more than 300 applicants to secure his new Butler position. An Indiana University graduate, Mindrum was working as the marketing director of U.S.


MINDRUM Alzheimer’s Products for Eli Lilly before he decided to apply for the open position at Butler. He said he expressed a desire to get into a marketing role in higher education or the arts about nine to 12 months ago. “I still think we have a bit of a blank canvas when it comes to what’s the story we want to tell,” Mindrum said. “That’s an exciting thing: when people know who Butler is, but they are waiting for someone to tell them what Butler is.” Associate marketing professor Richard Fetter, who led the search committee for the position, said the committee was looking for a leader, follower and team player. Danko said he feels Mindrum’s role is to help the university manage its reputation and communicate effectively with Butler’s stakeholders, and he feels the school made a good hire. “What stood out were his strategic abilities (and) the way he articulates things,” Danko said. “He really just hit it out of the park.”

Butler IT launches app MELISSA IANNUZZI MIANNUZZ@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Students will now be able to access the features available on my.butler from their smartphones via a Butler University mobile app. The app directs users to the new mobile site Information Technology launched in the spring of this year. The app contains links to a campus directory, alerts, news, course catalogues, various calendars and other services. “We’re on a journey to continue to make Butler’s services available in the mobile world,” said Scott Kincaid, chief information officer. “The app is just a start, but it’s a notable start. Over time we want somebody to go to their app as the first place and have a rich, good experience.” Students can now access their grades, course schedule, financial information and working hours for on-campus jobs. “My.butler is cumbersome and difficult to use, and we know that but there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it,” said David Alder, senior web systems analyst. “We’d like to make it easier for students and faculty to do the basic needs that they do regularly.” As of publication, the app has about 400 downloads. The app also contains a Welcome Week schedule and campus map, which Alder believes will help incoming students become acclimated to life on Butler’s campus. “It’s good for freshmen and easy to navigate,” said senior Chris Thompson, after browsing the app. “It’s a cool, easy way to find things you need.” Thompson said he does not own a smart phone because he prefers a computer instead of touch screens, which are common on smartphones. Mobile accessibility was a priority of the 2010 Technology Master Plan, created by a committee comprised of faculty from all colleges, administration, staff and some students. The plan outlines how technology at Butler would change over the next five years, Kincaid said. As technology changes, people are relying more on their smart phones and less on a PC or a Mac, he said. More pieces of my.butler will be available during the year. Alder’s developing team is planning to unveil the option to register for classes through the app in the spring, although Kincaid believes the phone

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Students can use the Butler University mobile app to look at their class schedule, among other things.

would be better used for basic tasks such as checking grades, searching classes and library catalogues, and using Moodle. A full Moodle app will be available sometime in November and will most likely be linked to the Butler app. “It’s kind of like renovating Hinkle; you’re going to continue to be enhancing it,” Kincaid said. As feedback comes in via a direct link on the app, Alder and his developing team will be able to determine what features to add to the app. “People will use it in ways we don’t always envision, and that’s the cool part of social-oriented media,” Kincaid said. “You don’t always know how to use it, so you watch how they use it and build on that.” So far, the two main suggestions have been adding HRC hours and a fix my butler form. Fix my butler received more than 1,200 submissions last year. “The bottom line is we need to engage students in the way that they want to be engaged,” Kincaid said. “This is really more about meeting students where they’re at. If we don’t do it, we’re not relevant.” The developing team worked with a focus group and SGA to determine the demand for the app and features to include. “I would rather go directly to the representatives of the students,” Alder said. By going to general assembly, he said he could ensure he had access to all of the student organizations on campus. “I’d like to reach out to students this fall to see what their thoughts are,” Alder said.



Diversity, excitement and concern: a glance at Butler’s newest class ALEXANDRA BODE ABODE@BUTLER.EDU

units, Cunningham said. The biggest benefit of students living with students of the same age is that it allows them to be with others who are going through the same experiences, Cunningham said.


Butler University welcomed a record-breaking class last weekend. It was not size, but the group’s diversity which put it in the school’s history books. The class of 2017 is the most ethnically and geographically diverse freshman class to date. Of the 1,025 new students, 14.4 percent label themselves as “multicultural,” the highest figure Butler has ever seen in that category. The class features students from 22 different countries, including England and Jamaica. The group also broke another Butler record by including more out-of-state students than any freshman class in university history. Only 43.4 percent of the class are Hoosiers. This class represents 32 different states. “The more we come to represent the population, the better experience our students have,” said Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management. Levester Johnson, vice president of student affairs, said the university is not where it wants to be regarding diversity, but it is taking more steps to get there. “Any diversity in our community really adds to the richness and to the growth of the students,” Johnson said. Butler’s Office of Admission has reached out to multicultural students by providing ways— including funding—for them to visit campus prior to making their college decision, Weede said. Increasing the diversity on campus will lead to a more vibrant and energetic environment, allowing students to get a taste of a global world, Johnson said.


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A freshman moves into Schwitzer Hall on Saturday with her family’s assistance.

WORRIES IN HOUSING This year’s class contains almost 100 fewer students than last year’s. With 1,111 students being admitted in fall 2012, Butler’s largest ever freshman class, Butler was starting to face the issue of not having enough available housing for students. Johnson said that, although the fall 2013 group is still Butler’s third-largest class in university history, the Office of Admission worked on accepting a specific number of students that it was sure Butler would be able to handle. An increase in class sizes

the last few years started the conversation about creating more residential areas, said Karla Cunningham, director of residence life. Up to this point, housing has not been a problem because Butler has been working on maximizing the space it has, Cunningham said. This year, some sophomores who did not get rooms in Residential College moved into Ross Hall or Schwitzer Hall. But Cunningham said that, if rooms open up elsewhere, these students will be offered other choices. Residence Life clustered sophomores in dorms with other sophomores, forming sophomore

Although diversity increased in this year’s class, some things about the class of 2017 are similar to those of years past, specifically when it comes to majors. As in previous years, Exploratory Studies -- a major for students not ready to commit to one area of study -- has topped the list of majors for the incoming freshman class. Johnson said Butler’s Exploratory Studies major is so popular because there are so many areas of study for students to pursue. The next most popular majors in this freshman class are Pharmacy, Biology, Education and Psychology. Business did not appear on this list because it is considered an area of study and is divided into a variety of different specific majors.


Ben Keller, a freshman accounting and finance major from Spring Lake, Mich., said he came to Butler for the Business school’s good reputation and to get what he calls “The Butler Experience.” Caroline Bonini, a freshman marketing major from Cincinnati, said she chose Butler because she feels it is a close knit community. Music education major Michael Boyd of Lexington, Ky., said he is most excited to begin “finding a good group of friends, exploring Indianapolis, and finding a passion for the city and culture that surrounds me.”

Class of 2017 profile Some quick facts about Butler’s 1,025 new students...

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all permits. Parking revenue is expected to increase nearly $200,000 for a total of $496,200. Last year, Butler allocated 843 permits for ‘B’ spaces. This year Butler planned to allocate 443 permits for B spaces and 400 permits for ‘I’ spaces. Similarly, 75 permits that were given for commuter spaces have become ‘UT’permitted spaces for students living in University Terrace. Butler expects to earn more than $82,000 by raising permit prices and repurposing spaces. Even if the lot opens this week, it could be just the beginning of increasing parking woes. Weber said he knows adjustments will be needed. “If I’m wrong and we have a greater demand for B permit parking, then we’ll have to look at ‘OK where can I rob Peter to pay Paul?’” Weber said. Hunter said Butler is


prepared to call gametime audibles in a month or two if need be, but said he was proactive in letting the community know in advance. “We put it out on Twitter,” Hunter said. “That was the intent of the email I sent out, to tell students that, ‘Hey this is coming. This is what you need to do.’” But explaining where students may park on campus will undoubtedly take more than 140 characters. Weber said hundreds of signs across campus would begin getting replaced this week. Students should look to the parking map first and foremost. “You see a sign on campus? Odds are it’s going to be changed,” Weber said. Hunter said officers will be very forgiving. They will issue warnings instead of citations as the parking situation gets ironed out, and he asked that students call BUPD with questions. A campus-wide email from Weber said that citation enforcement will begin Sept. 6. Weber said he would still write tickets for flagrant violations, and students with ‘I’ permits that routinely park in ‘B’

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This area of parking at the Fairbanks Building has been changed from faculty parking to ‘B’ permit parking. lots could recieve a parking ticket. Whenever the ‘I’ Lot opens, students will notice additional security measures for the long-term parking lot. Ten high-intensity LED lights will light the path to the lot. Five code blue phones will be added to allow people to call 911 in case of an emergency. Students will use their student ID cards to

enter and exit through two ‘I’ Lot gates. Another gate will be placed at the Lester Street entrance of west campus. Additional patrols will canvass the area, including two new parking officers. Twelve cameras will be placed in the ‘I’ Lot and along the path leading to it. Pan-tilt-zoom cameras, 360-degree cameras and cameras pointed in one

Reaction to parking changes varies JEFF STANICH


Parking permits for the majority of Butler University’s students will cost nearly three times as much as last year. Students have had various reactions to the change, both in favor and against. Sophomore Serena Caress said the more expensive permit forced her to leave her car at home. “I tried to convince my parents to let me bring my car,” Caress said, “but I couldn’t because of the $200 price.” Last year, a freeze was announced that would have kept the price of all permits at $75 for two years. The decision to go against the freeze was a collaborative effort made by the Butler parking committee and the city of Indianapolis in order to address the parking shortage on campus. Rich Michal, executive director of facilities, said he saw

the price freeze as only a recommendation made by the parking committee. This year, the Board of Trustees and the administration decided an increase was necessary. “Compared to other universities, we were artificially low for a long time,” Michal said. “But we want to be respectful of students and give them options.” Another aspect of the parking problem was the limited amount of spaces available for students, faculty and visitors. Rumors on campus pointed to a parking structure being built on the main campus that would include residential living and retail. Instead, the administration decided to build a 400-space parking lot west of the Indianapolis Canal near the intramural fields. Even though the lot cost about a tenth of what the parking structure would have, permit pricing still increased by $125 in most cases.



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The lot completion was originally supposed to be in the week of Aug. 19. Since it is not ready, freshman Haley Jackowiak said her parents have to drive back to campus to bring her car. “My parents are driving from South Bend with my car this weekend,” Jackowiak said. ”I’m hoping the lot is ready by then.” With the lot located west of the canal, students who participate in intramural sports are concerned the new lot will intrude on their space. However, Hunter said that the new lot affects no previously designated fields. “Students should not worry that their

fields will be changed,” Hunter said. “The space the lot is on was green space that cars usually used for parking regardless.” With all changes happening in a short time, administrators said they aren’t sure if this was the best solution for the campus. Michal said this next year will be monitored by the parking committee to see if the lot and the increase in price are successful. “I don’t know if the lot will be as successful as we hope or if the pricing will stay where it is at now,” Michal said. “We will be watching and reevaluating to hopefully solve the parking problem completely in the future.”

A LOOK AHEAD C-Club was renovated over the summer, with new decor and options for food beverage



FISHER: Student Government Association president

A look into the Student Government Association, including Craig Fisher’s plan as president

direction will be mounted on light poles and code blue phones throughout the area, as part of Butler’s emerging camera plan. “Right now, my priority is to grab real estate and then, over time, focus it down more and more and more until, eventually, I have cameras everywhere,” Weber said. Weber added that while the ‘I’ Lot will be the only

was becoming a problem on our campus,” Johnson said. “But it’s a matter of personal responsibility and also the community of care. When I read that students are passed out in a bush—that is definitely not the ‘Butler Way.’” Chief of staff Ben Hunter said he believes midsummer is becoming progressively out of control. “In the five years I’ve been here, midsummer weekend has gotten worse regarding alcohol incidents,” Hunter said. One event called the Night Ride, a night bike ride through Indianapolis, has fallen on the same weekend as midsummer for the past two years. Hunter said he personally received complaints from riders regarding the behavior of students during midsummer and the Night Ride. “The riders complained of students who were running out into the street, yelling, and even throwing red cups full of beer at the riders,” Hunter said. Hunter said that event in particular warranted him to task assistant police chief Bill Weber and BUPD for mutual aid via excise police for this year’s midsummer weekend. Hunter explained that excise police are a separate entity from BUPD. The Intensified College Enforcement program that brought excise police to Indiana college campuses last year has since expired. Excise police are now patrolling college campuses as part of a mutual assistance agreement. Hunter said students shouldn’t

lot with cameras this year, Butler hopes to change that in the future. “Chief Hunter wants cameras all over this campus for student safety,” Weber said, “but it costs money, and like anything else, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Additional security measures may alleviate the concerns of student parking in the long-term parking lot. However, residents of Lester Street will have approximately 400 new neighbors using their street as a main thoroughfare. Hunter said the new parking plan had the unanimous consent of Rocky Ripple’s town board, and Butler will resurface Lester Street and 51st Street. Going forward, Arick said a parking structure could be considered if Butler builds an academic building or residential structure that eliminates parking on main campus. Arick said students could probably expect parking prices to increase 3 to 5 percent in the future. The next parking committee meeting on Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in Atherton Union 201.

feel tricked or surprised by excise police. “It’s pretty easy to predict when excise will be on campus,” Hunter said. “They share where they are going and what they are doing very clearly on their Twitter [@ ExcisePolice].” Johnson said numbers are proving that excise police are helping safety on campus. “All excise police are is an extra set of eyes,” Johnson said, “but since they’ve been on campus, incidents related to alcohol have gone down at around 10 percent.” Sophomore David Kennedy said he believes excise police on campus are good for campus safety. “I know it may not be the popular opinion, but I think excise police are good for colleges,” Kennedy said. “Students are afraid of getting caught, so they don’t go as crazy with the drinking as they might otherwise, and they aren’t as likely to wander around campus or go to random parties that might get busted. I think, because students are afraid of excise police, they’re going to be safer on weekends.” Hunter and Johnson both urge students under 21 not to consume alcohol. “I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: If you’re not 21, don’t consume alcohol,” Hunter said. “But if you are 21, just please do it responsibly. All we want is a fun and safe environment.” Johnson said the university’s goal to stop activity like that displayed at midsummer is for the benefit of Butler students. “We don’t want the Butler diploma to be tarnished and we don’t want to decrease the value of the Butler name,” Johnson said. “I can continue to preach, but in the end, students will just have to be responsible.”

A quick glance at what readers should expect next week.

Updates on construction all across campus, from Jordan Hall to Hinkle Fieldhouse

STEVENS: Former dean of student life

Butler looks to replace Irene Stevens following her retirement from the dean of student life position in May





A familiar face: Former Butler player replaces Stevens KYLE BEERY KBEERY@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR The Butler men’s basketball program will stick to its roots yet again this year, as Brandon Miller begins his first year as the Bulldogs’ head coach following Brad Stevens’ sudden departure earlier this summer. Stevens, with two National Championship appearances and a 166-49 record over six seasons, announced on July 3 that he would become the new head coach of the NBA’s Boston Celtics. “Our family is thrilled for the opportunity given to us by the leadership of the Boston Celtics, but it is emotional to leave a place that we have called home for the past 13 years,” Stevens said in a statement released by the athletics department at the time of his hiring. The Celtics signed Stevens to a $22 million, six-year contract, according to media reports. Three days later Butler announced that Miller, a 2003

Butler graduate, would be his successor. Miller becomes the fifth consecutive coach dating back to Barry Collier in 1989 to have either played for or coached at Butler before becoming head coach. Miller, a transfer from Missouri State, was the starting point guard for the Bulldogs in his senior season in 2003, leading Butler to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1962. He was first hired as an assistant coach under Stevens in 2007 after serving as an assistant under former Butler coach Thad Matta at Xavier and Ohio State. Miller spent one season under Stevens before another stint at Ohio State. He took a year off from coaching before serving as a special assistant to Illinois coach John Groce last season. Miller was rehired as an assistant coach last April, three months prior to being hired as Stevens’ successor. “I think it was pretty clear he made an additional impact in the time that he was here as an

assistant under Brad for those three months,” Butler athletics director Barry Collier said. Collier said Miller’s Butler connections were a big factor in the hire, as well as his personality. “He has a great work ethic, and he has an intensity to him that’s pretty obvious,” Collier said. “He understands the Butler culture and how we become successful.” Miller said he expects to face some big challenges as he begins his head-coaching career, but he will have his team prepared like any other Butler team. “We’re going to have the mindset that we’re going to come out and we’re going to play really hard,” Miller said. Miller took the team on a trip to Australia this summer, where they played four games, winning two and losing two. He said the team looked solid, but the trip proved costly to the team. Returning leading scorer and junior forward Roosevelt Jones suffered a season-ending wrist injury.

“I feel awful for Rose,” Miller said. Aside from losing a key player, Miller said he feels they will be all right and he is looking forward to what he has to work with. Junior guard Alex Barlow, a former walk-on under Stevens, said the transition from Stevens to Miller has been a lot smoother than most people anticipated. “With getting to know him the three months prior (to Stevens’ departure), and in the time since then, it already feels like he’s been here a lot longer than what he has,” Barlow said. Freshman center Nolan Berry enters the program with a clean slate, like Miller. Berry said he was a little hesitant when he heard that Stevens was leaving, but only in hopes that nothing would change within the program. He said the team had a good summer, and the team’s trip to Australia really helped with the transition. “It’s obviously a unique situation with one coach recruiting

me, and ending up having another coach,” Berry said. “Getting to know him and the beliefs he has, has been great.” Barlow said he ultimately chose to walk-on at Butler because he wants to become a coach some day, and figured that learning under Stevens would be a great learning process. With Stevens’ departure, Barlow has remained optimistic. “I think it’s a good thing to learn from two different coaches because you see different things from different coaches,” Barlow said. “There are new things to learn under Miller that I never learned under Stevens.” The Bulldogs begin conditioning as classes start this week, and will begin official practice in October. Berry said he’s excited to start a new era of Butler basketball under Miller without a lot of pressure. “There aren’t a lot of high expectations for either of us, so I think we’ll just go out and work hard and try and have fun and try to get better,” Berry said.



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Junior forward Roosevelt Jones will miss the entire 2013-2014 season due to ligament damage in his left wrist.



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Next man up. It’s a common theme heard in the world of sports. And for the Butler basketball team, that mantra will be more prevalent than ever after learning that star forward Roosevelt Jones will miss the 2013-2014 campaign due to torn ligaments in his left wrist. The junior suffered the injury just four minutes into the Bulldogs’ opening game on their Australia trip three weeks ago. Jones was the only Bulldog to start all 36 games last year. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and led Butler in assists with 3.5 per contest. Butler is already losing its two leading scorers from last year in Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith due to graduation. Losing Jones means they will head into Big East play minus their top

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three scorers from last year, with senior forward Khyle Marshall now leading all returners with 9.6 points per game last season. Marshall said it is clearly a tough loss, but it will be a team process to fill his absence, not one individual. “At the end of the day, we still have to keep our goals in mind,” Marshall said. “Everybody’s got to step up and fill his void.” Butler is also losing its three most heavily involved players on offense from last year. Usage percentage is a stat that estimates the percentage of offensive plays in which a player was used while he was on the floor. Smith, Clarke and Jones had a combined usage percentage of 70.6 when they were all on the floor at the same time a year ago, according to



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Jones is a unique player on both ends of the floor, new head coach Brandon Miller said. “We obviously don’t have another Roosevelt Jones sitting on our bench to say, ‘Oh, plug that guy in,’” Miller said. He said it won’t be one guy that replaces Jones, but the whole team instead. “We have to come together as a team and move forward and everybody increase their role,” Miller said. “And move forward in terms of our team coming together, instead of one single player replacing

him.” It’s clear that the loss of Jones has impact. Still, his injury brings the opportunity for other players to showcase their abilities on the big stage. So who will start in Jones’ absence? It remains to be seen, though sophomore guard Devontae Morgan and junior guard Andy Smeathers are likely candidates to replace Jones in the starting lineup. The Bulldogs will continue their conditioning program the first week of September. Jones was unable to be reached for comment.




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Defense of Pioneer League title looms STAFF REPORTER

Butler football players and coaches are preparing for another run at the Pioneer Football League championship. The Bulldogs started full-time training camp a few weeks ago. Last season, Butler finished with an overall record of 8-3 and went 7-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs shared the PFL championship with San Diego and Drake. Butler has won two PFL championships in the last four years under coach Jeff Voris. Butler players have high expectations coming with the possibility of a postseason berth awaiting them at the end of the season. This is the first year the PFL champion will receive an

automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Voris said the team lost only eight players from last year’s squad, and 17 starters are returning for this season. Voris said having those starters brings crucial experience to the team. “You got guys that have played in the league and understand the competition level,” Voris said. “A lot of those guys are seniors, and with a senior season always comes a unique focus.” Redshirt senior quarterback Matt Lancaster and senior running back Trae Heeter return after strong offensive seasons in the PFL. Lancaster was named PFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. He threw for 3,116 yards and rushed for 408 yards. Heeter led the PFL in rushing with 1,103 yards.

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Redshirt senior quarterback Matt Lancaster (right) lines up for a play during a Butler football practice last week. The defense has three returning starters: redshirt junior defensive back Sean Grady, senior defensive back Jayme Szafranski and senior defensive lineman Jeremy Stephens. Szafranski said a majority of the football players stayed at Butler over the summer working with coaches and trainers.

“We were at it all summer and making sure we were up to par and staying in shape,” Szafranski said. “I’ve been here every summer, and this was by far the best summer. We had more guys here than before.” The coaching staff is happy with the progress made over the summer and during training camp. Voris said the team’s 26 new

New faces look to lead men’s soccer A new conference brings major changes for the Butler men’s soccer team. The Bulldogs, coming off a 5-85 season last year, face new talent and teams on their journey to a Big East title. In coach Paul Snape’s third season at Butler, the Bulldogs will return 12 starters of 10 games or more from last season and add three transfer students and five freshmen. “Some players are going to help now, and some players are going to help us in the next few years,” Snape said. “But overall, we’re very pleased with the class.” Sophomore midfielder Vincent Mitchell transferred

from Concordia College (Ala.). He is eligible to play in the 2013-2014 season. Transfers Michael Kozielek and DJ Schillinger are not eligible this season and must sit out one year due to NCAA rules. Kozielek is a sophomore midfielder formerly from DePaul, where he started 17 matches and was named Freshman Player of the Year by his teammates. Schillinger is a junior midfielder formerly from Marquette. Prior to college, Schillinger played for the Indiana Olympic Development Program. David Goldsmith and Anthony Smith Jr. are major standouts of Butler’s

incoming freshmen. Goldsmith is a forward from Bristol, England, and played for West Bromwich Albion F.C. Academy for five years. Although Goldsmith is away from home, he said he’s up for the challenge of playing in the Big East. “The fact that Butler is so far from home means I need to make it feel like my new home,” Goldsmith said. Smith is a forward from Country Club Hills, Ill., and spent the last two years playing for the Chicago Fire Development Academy. The Bulldogs begin their season Friday with a 7 p.m. match at the Butler Bowl. -Clayton Young

players learned the system quickly. “Coming off a really good season and having a lot of the same guys come back, we are really excited for the season,” said fifth year senior wide receiver Brendan Shannon. The upcoming season starts Saturday at No. 6 South Dakota State.

Volleyball prepares for season opener

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Junior Erica Stahl sets up for a spike.

Volleyball coach Sharon Clark, Butler’s alltime winningest coach in the sport, will begin her ninth season at the helm as the team kicks off its 2013 regular season with the Cincinnati Invitational on Aug. 30. Clark said this season may have a different feel as the club makes its debut in the Big East. “We have a great group, including five new players,” Clark said. “They are very hardworking, and we’re being tested early, facing Cincinnati, Morehead State and Tennessee in our first couple days. We’ll

look to focus on continued discipline and consistency, (while) raising offense.” Senior Maggie Harbison, the squad’s leading hitter, will miss the next two tournaments due to a broken finger. She sustained the injury in practice last week. The Carmel native is confident that her team will be able to cope in her absence. “We are really strong all around,“ Harbison said. “There are great incoming freshmen and, of course, all of the players returning. I think they’ll be able to step up and exceed expectations.” -John Yeley

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Bulldogs begin Big East era BEN SIECK BSIECK@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Despite a tumultuous offseason for men’s basketball, Butler officials remain optimistic about the school’s move to the Big East this season. Associate athletic director Mike Freeman said he believes that sooner was better for a conference change already in the works. “What we’ve learned in our recent history with conference moves is, if you can make the move right away, you do it,” Freeman said. Freeman said the analogy has been made to deciding to get a divorce, but putting it off for a year, saying that not many people would do that. “I think of this as more of a 50-year decision,” athletics director Barry Collier said. “It is unimaginable that there is a better league out there than what we’re in. When we were in the other leagues, we didn’t have the options that we do now.” During the offseason, Butler’s most prominent program lost head coach Brad Stevens to the NBA’s Boston Celtics and replaced him with former Butler assistant coach and player Brandon Miller. The Bulldogs also lost their leading returning scorer and rebounder, junior forward Roosevelt Jones, for the season

after he suffered a wrist injury during the team’s trip to Australia. Collier said the events over the past couple of months have provided challenges for the team, but he believes it is equipped to handle them. “We’ve got to deal with all the stuff that happens,” Collier said. “And Roosevelt’s injury is one of them. And Brandon (Miller) will do a great job.” Collier said Miller has a good staff, and has already done well on the recruiting trail, and he hopes to keep that going. The transition to the Big East may come with some difficulties in the short term, but Collier said the move is most beneficial in the long term. One of the major benefits of moving to the Big East for Butler is the presence of a 12-year TV deal with FOX Sports 1 that many reports have at bringing in $500 million. Freeman said that beyond the TV deal, the Big East move has already begun to pay dividends for Butler. Freeman said actual figures are hard to count, but they’ve already seen clear increases in the areas of season ticket sales, sponsorship revenues and licensing compared to last season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. “If you look at right now compared to last year, we’re way ahead on new season

tickets sold, the vast majority of our sponsors have renewed, and we’ve found about six or seven more that have come on at a significant level,” Freeman said. Joe Gentry, director of corporate sponsorships, echoed Freeman’s sentiments about the fruitfulness of the Big East. He said he thinks it is significant that most of Butler’s men’s basketball games will be nationally televised. “I know that the TV deal will have our games reach 90 million homes,” Gentry said. “People will see Butler all over and this will help our exposure to prospective students, people will see our gear and this will help with our licensing, and corporate sponsorship when the ads on the scorer’s table can be seen on national TV all the time.” The move to the Big East ultimately goes beyond basketball, and the athletic department as a whole. The opportunities that come with the network of the Big East are invaluable, Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said. “The Big East move continues to improve student spirit on campus,” Johnson said. “It helps with our level of institutional recognition and the quality of new student applicants, and it really puts Butler on par with the other great collegiate institutions.”












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Coaches prepared for Big East AUSTIN MONTEITH


The Butler men’s basketball team huddles around new coach Brandon Miller in its final game in Austalia.

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The Butler men’s basketball team took a nine-day trip to Australia earlier this month. The Bulldogs left the continent with two wins. The team kicked off the trip with a 77-65 win in the opening contest against the Norths Bears Invitational Team in Sydney. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham led the team in scoring with 22 points. Despite success on the court, the team did suffer a different sort of loss. Last year’s leading returning scorer, junior forward Roosevelt Jones, was injured in the game. He will be out for the season. Jones averaged 10.1 points per game last season. He led the team with 3.5 assists per game and was second in rebounding, averaging 5.6 rebounds per game. Coach Brandon Miller said the loss is tough to swallow. “Rose is so unique,” Miller said. “He has a game like nobody else. We have to come

together as a team and move forward, in terms of our team coming together instead of one single player replacing him.” Junior guard Alex Barlow said that Jones will not be absent from the team’s success. “He’s going to have a role, even if it’s off the court,” Barlow said. Despite the injury, it is clear that the team is focused on moving forward. “This program is known for overcoming adversity,” Barlow said. The team grew closer, both on and off the court during the trip, Miller said. The team visited the Sydney Zoo and the Great Barrier Reef. It was a special trip for junior guard Jackson Aldridge, a Sydney native. Aldridge helped the team get accustomed to Aussie life, teaching the team cricket just minutes after arriving. Freshman guard Michael Volovic said the team greatly benefited from the time together. “No other team gets that opportunity,” Volovic said. This year’s roster includes six freshmen.

Barlow said the trip allowed the upperclassmen to mentor younger players. “The most impactful moment (of the trip) was the bonding we did outside of basketball,” Barlow said. Miller said the Butler environment encourages older players to take ownership of the program, and Volovic said he saw the effects. “It was really important,” Volovic said. “It taught us the Butler Way.” The team won its second game of the tour behind a late rally, defeating the Sydney Kings 82-76. Junior forward Kameron Woods hit a go-ahead shot with 1:48 remaining in the final quarter to give the Bulldogs a two point lead. The team managed to hold on in the remaining moments to capture their second consecutive victory. Senior forward Erik Fromm led the team with 18 points. The team suffered a 96-57 loss at the hands of the Australian National Team in Canberra, the

nation’s capital, two days later. The Australian Boomers featured NBA player Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs and former Valparaiso standout Ryan Broekhoff. The Boomers were ranked the tenth-best team in the world after the 2012 London Olympics. The Bulldogs fell behind early while the Boomers shot 53 percent from the field. Despite the loss, Barlow came away with several positives from the contest. “We didn’t roll over,” Barlow said. The team suffered a second consecutive defeat a day later, as they fell 97-73 to the Cairns Taipans in their final contest of the tour. Dunham scored a team-high 16 points. Expectations are still high as the Bulldogs gear up for the regular season. “The expectations are the same as they are every year,” Barlow said. “Once you get into the NCAA tournament, anything can happen. If we play well we can play with anyone.”

Butler coaches are gearing up for their teams’ debuts in the Big East this season. The level of competition will be higher across the board in the Big East compared to Butler’s former conference, the Atlantic 10. “Night in, night out, there’s not a game that you can take off,” men’s basketball coach Brandon Miller said. “That challenge in itself is something that competitors look forward to.” It will not be any different in men’s soccer, with Big East foe Georgetown being last year’s national runner-up. “There are never going to be any easy teams,” said men’s soccer coach Paul Snape. “But you’ve got to make sure you’ve prepared your team, and you want to play against the best in the country,” “In the Big East, there are some of the best teams in Division I soccer. From my point of view, it’s fantastic to judge ourselves to see where we are,” Snape said. The defending A-10 champion women’s cross country team will face some of the toughest opposition in the nation, with Big East schools having won three of the last four national championships. Villanova won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, Georgetown claimed the title in 2011, and Providence finished as national runner-up last year. “Those three teams are obviously going to be really, really tough,” cross country coach Matt Roe said. “We could be a top20 program and be fourth in the league.” This is the second consecutive season Butler programs will be making the transition into a new conference. Miller said he thinks the experience of jumping conferences last year will make the switch go more smoothly for his players this season. “For Butler to do that from the Horizon League to the A-10 and

have that experience of having that transition already, I like the fact that our guys have already been through that one time,” Miller said. “They’ve made the transition and changed conferences once already. They’re going to have a feeling of going into environments and playing against different opponents.” Snape has the unusual distinction of coaching in four different conferences in four seasons after serving on Michigan’s coaching staff before being named Butler’s head coach in January 2011. “For me as a coach, I’ve been in four conferences in the last four years—Big Ten, Horizon, A-10 and Big East,” Snape said. “The game of soccer, it doesn’t change. There’s still 11 guys on the field, there’s still an opponent, the field dimension doesn’t change.” Volleyball coach Sharon Clark said she thinks her team will adapt to the new conference. “I was amazed at how quickly we got going, got used to things last year with that change happening so late,” Clark said. “And it’s kind of like that prepared us a little bit more for another change again this year.” Butler’s first Big East matchup is a women’s soccer match at Villanova on Sept. 26.

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Butler men’s soccer coach Paul Snape






Georgeanna Smith (left) and Michael Burke don makeup and costumes for their IndyFringe Theatre Festival performance, “The Beast, the Lady, and the Sanguine Man”


Four years at Butler University to prepare for life in the real world. Four years to figure out what to do for the rest of your life. Because after graduation, the show must go on. For two Butler alumni, Michael Burke and Georgeanna Smith, their four years at Butler prepared them to produce a new kind of theatre. Years after graduation, they teamed up to run a theatre company in downtown Indianapolis, with Smith as the executive artistic director and Burke as the associate artistic director and director of marketing. That company is NoExit Performance, which was founded by Ronald Gilliam and Nicole Gatzimos—also Butler alumni. It strives to break the bonds of the normal theatre routine that Indianapolis usually sees. “You can see a lot of straight plays in this area,” Smith said. “Indianapolis didn’t need us to do that.” “We are doing interesting work that is not being seen anywhere else,” Burke said. “And we are doing it well.” Imagine more: that is what NoExit

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Performance strives to push audience members to do. Smith said their goal is to come together as a company and ask their audiences to stretch their imaginations while their eyes feast on intriguing visual cues in the NoExit shows. At Butler, the pair learned to have an eye for art and imagination. “Butler instilled in me a desire to go out into the world and create my own art,” Burke MICHAEL BURKE said. “To not take ‘no’ for an answer until the ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NOEXIT world took notice.” Since graduating, Burke has won numerous Her famous words “Out, damned spot! awards for his directing, designing and acting. Out, I say!” were coupled with a murdered person being dragged by the same curtain He brings all this expertise to NoExit. “One thing I love about working with Mike Lady Macbeth wore. In essence, she was is that he is intensely visual,” Smith said. dragging her guilt behind her. From studying and performing at Butler “His great visual eye really translates into his to heading up a theater company, Smith directing.” This visual eye was showcased in NoExit’s and Burke have traveled a long way in their recent show, ‘Macbeth.’ With Burke at the careers—if not in distance—to get to this point. helm, audiences raved about a certain Lady They are “making their own art” through the diversity of NoExit’s performances. Macbeth scene, Smith said. “I like to think about NoExit as opening Act V, Scene I of Shakespeare’s famous play was the scene that gripped audiences because up a faucet of imagination,” Burke said. “We of the prominent visual metaphor. Lady remind the city that anything is possible if Macbeth, played by Smith, entered the stage they believe in it. We want them to imagine more.” wrapped in a long curtain.

We remind the city that anything is possible if they believe in it. We want them to imagine more.

A brief introduction to the indie theatre phenomenon. Started in Scotland, “Fringe” theatres have since sprung up all over the globe, including here in Indianapolis. by Alberto Mantovano | staff reporter Butler alumni Georgeanna Smith and Michael Burke—together with the rest of the theatre company NoExit Performance— produced a show for this fall’s IndyFringe Theatre Festival, a celebration of theatre in all its various forms that takes downtown Indianapolis by storm each year. The IndyFringe Theatre Festival, this year held August 15-25, contained eight different venues, 64 performing groups and 384 performers. Students can see a brand new play that lasts less than an hour for as little as $8, and all revenue accrued during the 11-day run goes directly to the performers. In 2012, the IndyFringe Festival collected a record $105,926. Pauline Moffat, executive director of the IndyFringe Festival, said it is meant to be a “cultural catalyst for the arts community of Indianapolis.” Moffat said a series of community meetings discussing the need to “attract and entertain the young and creative class” were held in 2002. Thus, the idea for a “Fringe” theatre here in Indianapolis surfaced, which created a new means of entertainment for audiences

Photo by Jaclyn McConnell Lines spread all over Indianapolis during the Fringe Festival, like this line into the Phoenix Theatre to see NoExit’s show.

and a means of performing for actors. “And as far as audiences go, you get people from all walks of life,” Moffat said. “You get people who have never seen a live play to come out and experience it first-hand. “Then, of course, you get those avid fans. It’s a real treat to see people from all over coming to support and celebrate theatre.” “Since I began working for the Fest in 2007, we’ve seen a shift in the cultural community of Indianapolis,” Pat McCarney, IndyFringe Festival technical

director, said. “We’ve seen more vibrancy and diversity, and the IndyFringe Theatre Festival has helped push that momentum for the people of Indianapolis who crave that cosmopolitan and urban experience.” Logan Moore, a senior theatre major who participated in the festival, said the coolest part is friends. “You’ll end up going to lunch with some professional actors and you get to talk to them person to person,” Moore said. “It truly is an experience unlike any other.”



Reflecting on love, life and poetry Chris Forhan discusses his third chapbook of poetry, “Ransack and Dance,” which was recently published by Silver Birch Press.


by Chris Forhan

Spin like this, the pinwheel, aflame in air, whistled to me. This way to the water,


While most people in academia may view summer as a time to catch up on some housework or relax by the pool, Chris Forhan, associate professor of English, saw it as an opportunity to share an intimate period of his life with the world. Over the summer, Forhan published his third chapbook of poetry, “Ransack and Dance.” A chapbook is a short collection of poems. Forhan’s latest one can be purachased now on for $12. After a Los Angeles publisher approached him to write another book of poetry, Forhan went through his writing to find 24 poems that complemented each other. “I had a whole bunch of poems sitting around that weren’t going anywhere,” Forhan said. “So I went through them and found a bunch that felt as if they belong together, and I put them together in the book.” Though Forhan had no intended theme for the chapbook when he created it, he soon realized that the collection of chosen poems represented a specific period in his life from 2005 to 2007. “That was a transitional time in my life before I met my wife and had my children,” Forhan said. “I was kind of lonely and disappointed in love, and I realized looking at these poems (that) there are a lot of miserable, disillusioned, bitter love poems.” Through writing these poems, Forhan said he believes he gained a better perspective on his life and its purpose. “They are love poems, but they are also life poems,” Forhan said. “When you have intense experiences in your life—an experience of death, an experience of utter transformation—it colors your perspective on everything, and it can be a way of making you see the larger picture of life much more clearly.” Forhan has previously published two chapbooks and three full books of poetry. He has won the Barrow Street Poetry Prize, the Bakeless Prize and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in 2007 His poems have been published in a wide array of magazines, including The New England Review and the Paris Review. “I hope if someone reads the book, he or she will feel invigorated by the language,” Forhan said, “and feel that much more a sensation of being alive and having a nervous system.”

the half-drowned children sang, sopped, hauled up blue. Crows screamed, laid siege to the seeded field. Careful, the wind was careful not to say, though I was born with a bubble in my mouth: a harbinger, cardiac in nature. I will not be glib about this. I gripped her fist and kissed her. I was implicated. O weighty world, lush, relentless: amid your blossoming conflagrations I understood I would not avert my heart.

They are love poems, but they are also life poems.

I hope if someone reads the book, he or she will feel invigorated by the language and feel that much more a sensation of being alive and having a nervous system.

Photo courtesy of Chris Forhan. “Signs,” from the collection “Ransack and Dance,” is reprinted witth permission from Chris Forhan

When you have intense experiences in your life—an experience of death, an experience of utter transformation—it colors your perspective on everything, and it can be a way of making you see the larger picture of life much more clearly.


From revolution to fairy tales: the dean’s expectations for 2013-2014 The Butler Collegian sat down with Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts (JCA), to find out what art students can CALTABIANO: Dean of expect from the Jordan College of the the college this year. Arts The Butler Collegian: What changes, big or small, should art students expect this year from JCA? Caltabiano: One thing is that I have asked for more contact with students. I’ve asked for meetings with students from each program in both semesters. Mostly, the contact I get now is from going to performances, and you really don’t get a chance to talk to people with that. I sort of know what students are doing, but I don’t really understand those concerns. We are also beginning efforts to do programming specifically for high school students. (Another thing is) the theatre department will be doing matinees this year as well as evening performances. And then, later in the year, when we do “A Soldier’s Tale,” that will also have a high school outreach component. Another change that people

will notice in music is that music, for the first time, will have a ticket price for ensembles when they are in the Schrott Center. What we have figured out is a very low-cost, lowprice ticket all around. Schrott Center ticket prices (music): Adults: $10 Seniors/students: $5 JCA music students: Free Annual pass (with exceptions): Adults: $40 Seniors/students: $20

There are a couple of special things happening in theatre. We have the famous British actor Tim Hardy coming back. He’ll be doing a performance of his piece, “Galileo,” but he’s also directing the first mainstage theatre department performance in Schrott, “Romeo and Juliet.” BC: Can you talk a bit about this year’s ArtsFest? RC: I can’t wait. The theme for 2014 is “Fables, Fairy Tales and Physics.” That’s an interesting collection of things, of topics there, but the theme arose kind of organically by circumstance. The thought process was that we wanted something that was, at least at first blush, lighter than the idea of revolution from last year. The physics part came in when we started to talk about the Indianapolis

Symphony Orchestra, (which) wanted to be part of ArtsFest this year. They had this idea for a program they wanted to do at Schrott, about music and science. Some things we have on this year: the dance department was already scheduled to do “Cinderella,” and there is, wrapped up in one, a fable and a fairy tale. We’re doing Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale,” which is a collaboration of music, dance and theatre. The orchestra is bringing in a guest soprano—the contract hasn’t been signed, so I can’t tell you who she is, but she’s quite a famous lady—and the theatre department is doing a Russian fairy tale play called “The Two Maples.” Something new about the festival this year is that it will be free for Jordan College of the Arts students. BC: What do you see as JCA’s biggest success last year? RC: I would say that our biggest success was coming together to produce ArtsFest. We had 90 percent of JCA students involved and 90 faculty and staff involved across campus. That we managed to produce ArtsFest with all of those different people and open the Schrott Center at the same time was, I think, a pretty great achievement for the college. BC: What was your greatest disappointment from last year? RC: There wasn’t much to be disappointed at. I’m an impatient

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The Butler Theatre produced “Lunar Revolution 2.0” during the spring 2013 ArtsFest. New Yorker, and I always want things to move as fast as possible. I’m impressed at Butler that we move as fast as we do, and, at JCA, the faculty are so open to change that I sometimes wish we could move faster. But we understand that we need to deliberate and talk things out fully. BC: Where do you see the art program moving this year? RC: The art program is now quite firmly established. This year, Elizabeth Mix starts her first semester as chair, and Steve Nyktas is a permanent faculty member, so we’re back up to full speed. This is the real launching point of that program. From here, we can move forward. It can grow as quickly as we let it, so it’s important for us to develop

the art program in a steady way. We can’t let it explode. Simultaneously, we’ve got to continue to improve the space. Facilities is probably the biggest challenge to that program. We’re doing okay, but we need to make the Jordan College Annex even more useful for our students. In comparison to what other universities have to offer, I think we can do better. BC: Is there anything else you want to say to arts students before we begin the year? RC: We can become better artists by working with each other than we can by working separately. What art event or changes are you most excited about this year? Tweet @butlercollegian, #ButlerArts



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The parking situation on campus has gone from bad to worse. Over the summer Butler tried to fix itsparking problem by giving it a makeover. The administration was trying to ease parking tensions but now the problem is worse than ever before. In order to continue to grow the school, the city of Indianpolis ordered the university to add aditional parking, said Ben Hunter, the chief of staff. In reality the school added 516 spots,but it wont seem that way to a large portion of the student body. As a whole the university is adding a little more than 500 new spaces, but this is coming at a huge price to those who drive on campus. Jacking up the prices and taking away spots on main campus is highway robbery. Most parking passes have jumped in price from $75 to $200. When the school decided to impliment this plan making money may of not been their primary focus. But clearly student priorities were not a main focus either. The new price hike comes down to simple laws of supply and demand, Hunter said. There is a deficit of parking spaces because everyone wants one. By increasing prices, fewer people will buy spaces. If the prices are going to be raised, students should have the same amount of spaces they did last year, if not more. In the Residential College parking lot,


be utilized to transport people to and from ‘I’ Lot. Butler will also increase security on the lot. The university is adding manpower, five emergency phones, gates that will be activated by student IDs, cameras and lights. Still, all of this should not come at the expense of a reduction of spots for students on main campus. The amounts of visitor parking and freshmen spaces have been increased on campus. If anything, visitor and freshmen parking should be strictly on ‘I’ Lot. These two groups can utilize the university transportation in order to get to main campus if individuals do not want to walk. On many college campuses, freshmen are not allowed to have cars. With our current parking crisis, we should follow suit. Hunter said this is still an option. Faculty and staff around Fairbanks will have fewer spots with the new plan. The cons of the parking situation far outweigh the pros. The school needs to find another solution that will effect fewer students. As a whole, Butler has made parking worse by adding an additional 180 spots to freshmen and visitors and taking away 318 spots from ResCo and AV. They should force the freshmen and visitors to park in I lot. ‘I’ lot is currently not open yet, but is scheduled to be open on Saturday, Aug. 31, said Rich Michal, executive director of campus facilities.

THE SMALL INCREASE OF PARKING ON CAMPUS COMES AT TOO BIG AN EXPENSE TO STUDENTS. 29-0-1 there were 691 parking spots available to residential students. This year there are 529. The Apartment Village is losing 156 parking spots and they are being changed to commuter spots. The university as a whole is gaining parking, spaces, but critical populations within the university are being affected negatively by reducing their spots. Juniors and sophomores, the bulk of the population who lives in ResCo and AV, are also the bulk of students who drive on campus. They are losing the most spots. Most of the additional parking spots that students will have access to are in ‘I’ Lot, located near the intramural fields. Those parking in the ‘I’ Lot will pay $75 but will not have the luxury of living close to where they park. If the administration is going to increase permit prices, students should be able to park near their residence and not across campus. The school will provide transportation to and from the lot. Dawg Ride is a new service provided by the University. This is Butler’s solution for transporting people all throughout campus, but it can

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Butler athletics will continue to do well despite the jump to the Big East RHYAN HENSON

Despite being in a much harder conference, Butler athletics should continue to succeed. Fall sports are about to kick off, and Butler will get its first taste of Big East action. Everyone is excited for basketball in a few months, but two of our strongest teams are the men’s and women’s cross country teams. The two teams have received the most national recognition in recent years. The women’s team is ranked 26th in the country and both teams are coming of Atlantic 10 Conference championships.They will be heading into an even more difficult conference this season. Head coach Matt Roe said he is excited for the challenge of one of the best conferences in the country. “If we want to be a national level program and be on the national scene, we have to run against the best teams in the country,” Roe said. Georgetown, Providence and Villanova have all been championship-caliber teams during the last two years. Villanova’s women’s team is arguably one of the best programs in the country. In 2009 and 2010 the team won backto-back national championships, according to the school’s website. With that said, the women’s team is ranked fourth in the region this preseason and expected to compete very well despite the competition. The cross country squads won the A10 cross country championship last year despite making a significant jump in talent when compared to the Horizon League. Men’s soccer will have a tough schedule this year. The team is scheduled to play seven teams ranked in the preseason Top 25. Xavier and St. John’s, are also on the schedule and on the cusp of being ranked. The tough out-ofconference schedule will prepare the Bulldogs for their tough in conference opponents. Last year, the men’s team lost by one goal to Charlotte and VCU who are both ranked in the Top 25. Butler tied St. John’s who was just left out of the preseason Top 25 this year. Women’s soccer will do well this year with even more young talent than the team had last year. Last year the women’s team posted a conference record of 5-1-3 and an overall 12-5-4 record. The team has a good mix of senior leadership and young talent. Seniors Ali Backscheider, Mary Allen and Olivia Colosimo are all returning and expected to make an impact on the team. Combined with the young talent of Sophie Maccagnone, and Serina Kashimoto. “Our team has a lot of experience and depth and great leadership from our senior class,” Backscheider said. “We’re really excited to be in the Big East this year. The mixture of our veteran leadership with the additon of our talented freshman class is going to help us make a statement in the conference.” All of the teams should do well immediately or will utilize the stiff competition now to improve the program down the road.

Contact Opinion editor Rhyan Henson at



Bridge the gap between older, younger students Butler needs to encourage older students to connect with freshmen


Butler should explore more options to help incoming freshmen prepare for their first experience away from home. Freshmen can learn what to expect at college through the programs and resources the Office of Admission and Residence Life offer. “We certainly do our best to help that transition process,” said Karla Cunningham, director of residence life. “We do what makes sense.” Campus tours, for example, give a basic idea of the university. However, students are generally quiet during their tours, according to Kathryn Cleary, a sophomore tour guide. “Students are really timid. It’s mainly the parents [that ask questions],” Cleary said. “Students only remember the details that personally connect to them.” Other information might not seem important to students during the tours. However, when it comes time to get ready for school, they will want to know those details.

Additionally, freshmen need someone to reach out to when questions occur as they start packing for school. Resident assistants (RA) can fill that role for students who need help and reassurance. They are good role models. “Once [the students] are here, [RAs] are their most important resource,” Karla Cunningham, director of residence life, said. Still, the RAs do not contact their students until the end of the summer. Freshmen need help before this point and should have someone to talk to earlier in the process. The residence life FAQ page is also a resource for students seeking advice. The website offers good, basic information, such as dorm room floor plans and suggested packing lists. However, students need more than this. They need the personal touch of veteran students’ insight.

Butler offers lasting memories Freshmen look ahead and seniors reflect as students prepare for class Butler seniors recall their favorite memories as freshmen are welcomed onto campus. Butler seniors should draw on their personal experiences in order to help freshmen start their collegiate careers. The 2013 fall semester for the first time brings the opportunity for 1,025 new impressions on campus— impressions that can last for years and become cherished memories. Many freshmen look forward to their college years with anticipation, while seniors look back on theirs fondly, wishing they could join in the experience again. Incoming freshman Natalie Smith said her first impression of campus showed her the community spirit at Butler. “(The Butler Way is) so true,” Smith said, “Everyone cares about each other, and I’ve already felt that, and I’ve only been here for a week. No other place feels as much like home.” Senior Adam Davis said the sense of family that he has found in his Butler friends has made his experience on campus unforgettable. Davis said road-tripping with friends to the 2011 Final Four made his top 10 list of favorite Butler memories. Recent Butler alumnus David Flynn said some of his memories could not be experienced at any


other college. Butler University Police Department came to his door for a noise complaint, and a surprised Flynn answered. “When they found out there were four ladies in my room and only me, they demanded I go back in immediately but make sure I kept it down,” Flynn said. Even though the Butler website offers good information on what to expect out of daily life on campus, students crave more personal information. Upperclassmen on campus are willing to offer wisdom gained through their personal experiences. Davis said he believes involvement on campus is important. “Your time here at Butler is short,” Davis said, “but the lessons you learn from those activities will have a lasting impression on your life after Butler.” Students should have no problem getting involved through the various 140 clubs and activities offered on campus. Contact Opinion assistant editor Delaney Barr at


This page also does not address the questions many new students have about their classes, freshman Kate Eppen said. Her orientation group wanted to know what to expect when they walk into the classroom. “Our [student orientation guides] kept saying, ‘it depends on the class,’” Eppen said. Residence life should offer all its students a real preview of what they will experience as freshmen. True Blue, a program offered through the admissions office, allows high school seniors to shadow a Butler freshman for a day. “It really helped give me a feel for the class size,” Perry Ter Molen, freshman, said. “It was great to get to know some of the older students. It was cool to get a vibe for how the school runs during a typical school day.” Residence life should also bring the concept of shadowing a freshman to their website. Students who are unable to participate in the True Blue program could get a similar experience online, perhaps through a student-produced video. “Students should be provided a sneak peek [of college],” Cleary said. “Something that says, ‘Here’s what you need for your dorm.’ It could also show them a typical

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Freshmen get more information about various student organizations at the annual Block Party Tuesday afternoon. classroom and have a professor speaking about what you need for class.” Students producing the video would get to focus on the information they found most valuable as freshmen. Upperclassmen who have already experienced these worries are the best resource. They have their own helpful stories and examples.

Freshmen need resources that will answer questions they have and even questions they do not know they have. And their best allies are right at their doorstep: the very students who have preceded them.

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Troublesome tuition

Universities should focus on reducing tuition in order to reduce student debt

Remember when college was affordable? Neither do I. I am joining Butler as an MBA candidate, but I was once an undergraduate like most of you. During my three-and-a-half years as an undergraduate, I took out student loans to fund my tuition, books, fees and other college-related expenses. Of course, I knew I would have to pay all of this money back one day, but it never really hit me until a couple of months ago, when I received a bill from the government for almost $50,000. I could put a down payment on a house with that kind of money. Add the interest rate that comes with paying back these loans, and that $50,000 becomes closer to $70,000. This got me thinking: isn’t it about time that we talk about finding ways to lower the cost of education rather than fight over student loan interest rates? Don’t get me wrong. Student loan rates are an important issue, but a three-percent interest rate on $80,000 is still a lot of money to tack on to your college education. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported that

student loan debt was approaching an astounding $1.2 trillion—and it’s still growing. I know what you’re thinking right now: What does this have to do with me? As students of Butler, you are starting, continuing or completing your academic career and no doubt have taken out loans yourself. But have you really taken the time to consider how much your degree will cost you? U.S. News reported that, as of 2011, 66 percent of Butler graduates have borrowed money for college. The average debt of the 2011 graduating class was $36,925. Butler University’s website reports that tuition alone will run at $33,490. This does not include room and board, fees, books and other miscellaneous expenses. When you add it all up, Butler estimates that the total cost of your education will run at $49,008. Unfortunately, I feel that this is low-balling it because Butler estimates that you will only need $1,000 for books. I am paying almost $600 for three books this semester alone. The question should be “how do we lower the basic cost of an education?” and not “how do we lower the interest paid on the already exorbitant loans?” The New York Times recently

reported on President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Buffalo. He argued that colleges that allow tuition rates to rise should receive less federal aid for students. The president laid out a plan to create a federal rating system that would help students and parents compare schools. While some academic institutions and politicians oppose the president’s plan—and I’m not saying that I am completely on board with it—I think it’s about time that someone addressed the bigger issue. I am in no way saying that you should consider moving to a less expensive school. We pick the schools we go to for a reason. Butler is an outstanding school. U.S. News ranks Butler the No. 2 undergraduate school in the Midwest. Our education cannot be taken lightly, and, like so many other things, you get what you pay for. However, I am saying that, the next time you are complaining about student loan rates doubling, think about calling on your school and your representatives in government to address the couple thousand dollars you’ll most likely spend on textbooks, or the $49,000 plus interest that you’ll have to pay back for your degree. Contact columnist Tony Espinal at

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“What was your reaction to the new parking situation?”

“I thought that it was pretty steep. There was a significant price jump, which I wasn’t very happy about.”

“I think that it is good that they’re providing new parking options, but I don’t agree with their method of creating the new spaces.”

Trenton Reeve Sophomore

Nick Georgis Senior Marketing

“I am already paying a large sum for tuition and other living expenses, so I was not really happy when I was alerted about the severe increase.”

Austin Butikofer, Sophomore Pre-Pharmacy

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