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‘No easy solution’ to make up for state’s depleted student aid

By Jill McCarter News editor After dropping more than 1 percent in a year, multicultural student enrollment at Butler University is one-third the national rate at other private, four-year, notfor-profit institutions.

Multicultural students—AfricanAmericans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and other nonCaucasian students—make up 11.3 percent of Butler’s population, down from 12.4 percent last year. On average, multicultural students made up 31.9 percent of the student population at other private, four-year, not-for-profit institutions

Multicultural student enrollment at other universities


Butler’s multicultural student enrollment has reflected a fraction of the national average at other institutions in the country over the past five years.


Source: The National Center for Education Statistics


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in the United States in 2009, according to data by the National Center for Education Statistics. The drop has been attributed to change in financial aid. In 2008, students looking to state funds to help cut the out-of-pocket costs could earn up to $11,000. Now, students with the highest need can earn up to $7,000.

Administration satisfied with second

2005 Tom Weede, vice president of enrollment management, said that multicultural students felt the most impact from the drop in aid and said that they tend to come from lower socioeconomic groups. “There has been a disproportionate impact on ________________see enrollment page 3

“We don’t want to change just because it would play positively for us on U.S. News.” Jim Danko UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

Pulling in a consecutive secondplace ranking by U.S. News, university officials assess what it means to still be No. 2.

Faculty senate tables vote that could close meetings By Brooke Deady Staff writer Butler University faculty senate members will decide at their next meeting how much access top-level administrators will have to their meetings. The proposal to amend the current practice comes from a new face on campus this year—university President Jim Danko—Margaret Brabant, chair of faculty senate, said at Tuesday’s meeting. Who qualifies as a top-level administrator has yet to be decided, but the designation could include the president, vice presidents, deans and associate deans. When Bobby Fong was president of Butler, he encouraged senior-level administrators to attend the faculty senate meetings. During his tenure, their attendance became a practice, Brabant said at the meeting. ____________see faculty senate page 3

Former SGA presidential candidate questions budget

By Kyler Naylor Staff writer Butler University is runner-up again this year, and it’s not because of a basketball game. Butler clinched the No. 2 spot in U.S. News’ list of best Midwest colleges for the second year in a row, and university officials said they don’t see any need to become No. 1. “It seems like No. 2 has been the trend for Butler these last few years, but I think it’s a great thing,” said Beth Fontanarosa, two-time Butler alumna and communications coordinator for admissions. “I don’t think we necessarily need to be No. 1. No. 2 is something to be very proud of because so many specific criteria go into these types of rankings.” President Jim Danko said he was excited to see Butler high on the charts, but that it’s important not to rely on rankings. “Rankings have their place, but we shouldn’t necessarily build strategies around them,” Danko said. “We need to build strategies around making sure that we’re consistent with our mission here, which is to offer an outstanding education on an intimate basis for our students. We don’t want to change that strategy just because it would play positively for us on U.S. News.” Butler has been in the top 10 U.S. News Best Colleges, Midwest Region category for 23 consecutive years. Seated at number one this year was Creighton University, a private university of comparable size located in Omaha, Neb.

By Sara Pruzin Print managing editor Part of the Student Government Association budget is still awaiting approval after assembly members questioned some of its items at Wednesday’s assembly meeting. Members voted to table the $25,800 miscellaneous expenses section of SGA’s nearly $670,000 proposed budget until today’s meeting. Senior Anna Roueche, who represents the Council on Presidential Affairs at assembly, first questioned a $2,000 increase to the presidential initiative and then suggested an increase to the volunteerism budget. Roueche, who ran against current SGA president Al Carroll, said she opposed the increase in the president’s initiative fund because Carroll didn’t put forth specific plans for the money as past SGA presidents have done. She also said the diversity programs Carroll said he would cover with the money are already funded by the student affairs budget and the REACH portion of the SGA budget. “I totally understand diversity programming,” Roueche said, “but it’s a weird way to use student money when there’s already money from students going to that.” Carroll defended the budget item, saying that he would put the extra funds toward other diversity initiatives and events that may not already receive money. “It gives me an opportunity to highlight that program,” Carroll said. Roueche said she wanted to

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INSIDE Assistant opinion editor Jim Hanna: Officials, students shouldn’t use rank to shape future of the university | page 11

Opinion: Multicultural enrollment gap should be bridged. Page 10

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Butler University recently was named second in the Best College in the Midwest Region category by U.S. News—its 23rd year on the list.


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Student Conduct Board allows students to be represented by peers By Aly Martinez

News Staff Writer

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In January, Butler University Police Department plans to make changes to the emergency notification system, which will incorporate more elements of social networking.

BUPD will begin using social networking to reach students By Chris Goff

Head Copy Editor

Word gets out faster than ever on Facebook and Twitter. Soon Butler University emergency alerts will, too. Next semester expects students, faculty and staff to have the option of receiving official Butler notifications on the popular social media websites. “It’s the age we live in,” said Andrew Ryan, assistant chief of police at Butler University Police Department. The integration is the result of a change in the software vendor used to distribute the school’s messaging service. A three-to-five-year contract with the provider Send Word Now will replace the more expensive current agreement with Honeywell Instant Alert Plus. The new deal is scheduled to be signed later this year and take effect in January. Wilkey said the updates will still be available by voicemail, text and email, but the additions of Facebook and Twitter notifications

could prove especially popular. “We think you need to hit every possible communication medium you can,” said Kathleen Wilkey, senior director of application services for information technology. Freshman Christiaan Ruff, an arts administration and dance major said, “Using the web is the best way to reach everyone reliably and quickly.” Two different types of alerts exist: emergency notifications are sent to all available mediums warning of a verified campus emergency and a timely warning is an email designed to make the campus aware of criminal activity. “It’s a known immediate or potential threat to your campus where you need to get information out as quickly as possible telling them to do something or not do something,” Ryan said. As an institution that receives federal funding, Butler is subject to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. According to the 1998 law, the

university is required to issue “timely reports to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees.” The Department of Education handbook states that the decision to produce a timely warning depends on “a case-by-case [examination] of all factors surrounding a crime such as the nature of the crime and the continuing danger to the campus community.” Students said they are pleased to be alerted to ongoing investigations and find the warnings useful. “Informing will not hurt anyone,” Ruff said. “It will only be beneficial toward resolving the issue.” Senior biology major Shannon Knall said, “I would make a note in my head to be aware.” “I’d be looking over my shoulder a little more suspicious.” Wilkey said those on campus are highly encouraged to sign up for every form of safety notification, including Twitter and Facebook alerts when they become available in the future.

Butler University students who violate the rules might face more than the student code of conduct, when they make an appeal. The Student Conduct Board made up of peers is called upon when a student appeals the decision that the university board has come to during an administrative hearing. It is made up of students, staff and faculty. When an appeal is requested, Sally Click, dean of student services, is the first to receive the information. She is an adviser to the board but also ensures students are aware of their rights. “It’s not like a trial you see on TV,” Click said. “It’s modified based on necessity, comfort issues, and protection of witnesses.” After a student presents his or her case to the board, the council meets and discusses the circumstances. The group will then vote to confirm the prior decision that was made, modify it in a way they feel is more fitting and fair or dismiss it all together. Robert Holm, director of university research programs, serves as a hearing officer who coordinates the meeting and introduces all who are present. He can be present for all cases but remains neutral without a vote in the final verdict. Holm said it is an interesting opportunity for students to present their story to peers which in turn “gives the students an audible voice.” Not every person on the board will be asked to address each case, because they want to avoid any conflicts of interest. This means that some people might be asked more than others, based on their affiliation to the state of affairs or peer. “We look for a breath of

It’s not like a trial you see on TV. It’s modified based on necessity, comfort issues and protection of witnesses. Sally Click dean of student services

representation and always try to protect privacy as much as possible,” Click said. Addie Baez, a student board member for three years said she’s only been asked twice. “I don’t think it happens that often,” she said. Baez admits that she is more comfortable talking it out with the students on the board but appreciates the staff members’ ability to prevent any student bias. Contrary to Baez’s experiences, Anna Roueche, a previous student board member, said she came across about seven cases during her two years. It is not a weekly commitment; it is more of an on-demand dedication, she said. Roueche said her experience on the board was gratifying and it is “comforting to know that if you are stuck into a situation where you have to meet with the board, there is a student somewhere who will listen to your side.”


Sexual assault report raises concerns regarding campus safety

By Chris Goff

Head Copy Editor

University warnings have been in the campus consciousness following last Wednesday’s email from Butler University Police Department regarding an alleged sexual assault by an undisclosed individual that occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. Andrew Ryan, assistant chief of police

at BUPD, said what is alleged to have happened at Phi Kappa Psi suggested a continuing danger, which is why university officials decided to send out a warning. That judgment was formed in a meeting last Wednesday morning. Attendees included Ryan, police chief Ben Hunter, vice president for student affairs Levester Johnson, dean of student life Irene Stevens and dean of student services Sally Click, along with university counsel. Ryan said none present opposed alerting

the campus with a timely warning. After BUPD first learned of the assault report Sept. 13, an email was sent at 11:45 a.m. the following day. “If we don’t tell anybody,” Ryan said, “and a similar incident happens, we’re not serving our community. Transparency is to benefit everyone involved. We hope it can generate some leads.” Hunter said he takes the matter of sexual assault very personally at Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting.

“The issue of sexual assault keeps me up at night,” he said. It is underreported.” With the current situation, Hunter said BUPD and the administration was working diligently to keep campus safe. “Right now we’re investigating one, and we’re going to do our best to present that case to prosecution,” he said. “We’re doing our best.” He said the university could be fined $27,000 if someone from the university is made aware of an assault does not report it.

College of Communication implements new changes By André Smith

Assistant News Editor

The College of Communication is undergoing changes this year to help students be competitive in the job market. This has caused Butler University community members to disscuss how these changes impact students. Journalism Convergence Journalism now combines print, digital and broadcast into one major, instead of separate majors for electronic journalism and print journalism. Senior political science and journalism major Katie Day said she finds the changes to be inconvenient. Day said she feels like the administration is phasing out her major and are making it harder for her to schedule classes. “It is a pain in the butt,” Day said. “But, in the long run, I am sure it will maybe be good in helping students compete in the job market by making Butler more competitive.” Journalism professor Scott Bridge said the change is beneficial. “In this day and age, print reporters need to know how to shoot and edit video, and broadcast

reporters need to know how to write stories,” Bridge said. “So you learn a new skill which makes you more marketable, which is what we hope to do.” Bridge said he thinks eventually there will be a convergence of journalism and public relations. “In the future I think there will be a possible mix of journalism and PR,” Bridge said. “I have seen that many graduates with a journalism degree [from Butler] are going into PR. Many do this because they may want to have more regular hours instead of a career in journalism where the hours are less set.” Associate dean of the College of Communication Ann Savage said the changes were made to the major to reflect changes in the field. New Majors This year, public relations and advertising is a new major that combines three previous majors: public relations, integrated communications and public and corporate communication. Interim Dean of the College of Communication Bill Neher said students under this new major will gain the same skills as previous

students. “Students will receive the same skills, but it will not be divided into three different majors,” Neher said. “It is always advantageous when it is not split into three different sections.” Media, rhetoric and culture is also a new major taught by professors who were formerly part of the communication studies department and the media arts department. Instructor Casey Kelly said he welcomes the changes. “For me there are two things I find exciting from the development of the media, rhetoric and culture major,” Kelly said. “The first thing is that many professors in both departments taught the same things but did not get a chance to work together on ideas which has changed since it is one major. The other point is that it has exposed more students to my classes which has a lot of benefits because now there are more people cooperating on projects that have relevance to both majors.” Senior communication and biology major Lauren Lupkowski said that she is not under the new major but has received benefits from

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The College of Communication, located in Fairbanks Center, has made numerous changes to majors this year. it.

“I think it is great that [the administration] adapted the program to fit new skills for the new students,” Lupkowski said. “I was even allowed to take one of the new classes in the media, rhetoric and culture major, which is good because it is nice to broaden my knowledge, since a lot of things learned in college become outdated by the time you graduate.” Organizational communication and leadership is a new major that will be ready for faculty approval this fall. Lecturer Janis Crawford, who teaches courses for the major, said the changes will bring new growth options for students.

“It opens all kinds of opportunities for faculty to work together,” Crawford said. “It also broadens opportunities for students because it allows students to work more closely with faculty.” Neher said the changes serve to help students. “We hope that [students] will be good critical communicators but also good citizens,” Neher said. “Another thing we hope for them to understand is ethical communications. We do not teach ethics in terms of yourself having ethics but [instead] the ethical demands in journalism, PR, organizational communication and communication sciences and disorders.”



Individualized major serves students craving options By Aaron Kelpin

Staff Writer

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Senior Duwan Morris (left) and junior Todd Deloney (right) work on homework in the Efroymson Diversity Center on the lower level of Atherton Union.

enrollment: DESPITE HIGH APPLICATIONS, ENROLLMENT LOW continued from page 1 multicultural students. “What we’re asking is that the poorest students—some of whom are multicultural and some of whom are white—who have the least ability to pay it, to find an extra $4,000 to come to the university,” Weede said. “It’s just not plausible.” Financial aid makes up a majority of the university budget, with 92 percent of students receiving some sort of aid from the university. Making up the difference from state cuts would be difficult, if not impossible, Weede said. “We, as a university, just don’t have a way or the means to make that up,” Weede said. “When we try and move money from budgets to find this money, we take away from something else. There’s no easy way to do this. “It looks really fine and seems like a good idea to just do that, until it’s your budget that’s being changed.” HOW BUTLER STACKS UP Butler’s multicultural rate is slightly below similar universities, Weede said. He said the cost of the university is one to be considered when looking at the hard numbers. “It’s easy to look at other universities with higher rates and be surprised that ours is low,” Weede said. “Our cost is a factor. So if anything happens that would hinder a student’s ability to pay for the university, we’re less likely to get that student to come to Butler.” PAST AND FUTURE OF MULTICULTURAL ENROLLMENT In the past four years, multicultural enrollment has been on a steady increase but still is behind other similar universities. Butler’s history in recruiting and enrolling diverse students is one that has faced changes in recent decades. Between the 1920s and the 60s, university policies--including one that put a quota on how many multicultural students were admitted each year--built a barrier between multicultural communities and the university. It wasn’t until around 1986 that the university made a mindful effort to appeal

to and recruit more multicultural students from around the country, Valerie Davidson, director of diversity programs, said. “Under [former university President John G.] Johnson, administrators really started to look at how to better the university’s relationship with the community,” Davidson said. “They wanted to really start breaking down those invisible barriers.” When Johnson became university president in 1978, he was one of the first university presidents to consciously improve appeal to multicultural students. Johnson said after his inauguration that one of the guidelines for developing his administrative policies was a desire “to attract highly qualified young people who represent a broad segment of economic and cultural backgrounds.” Under Johnson, a diversity program and task force were created to increase multicultural recruitment and enrollment, including changes in academic programs and outreach efforts. “With the changes the university has made, the perception that people have of Butler has changed,” Davidson said. “The university has become a community partner and has encouraged interaction, which has helped create a better view of the campus.” Multicultural recruitment efforts have been successful, Weede said. The university has seen an increase in both acceptance rates and applications received by minorities. “We’ve seen the acceptance go up,” Weede said. “Now we’re just waiting to see the enrollment catch up. We’ve all been working hard to make sure that can get done.” Davidson echoed Weede’s sentiment. “Recruitment has a big job in front of them,” she said. “We’re competing for students from the same pool of applicants, so we just need to keep finding creative ways to create relationships with different potential students.” The Collegian contacted, but was unable to meet with, officials from admissions and financial aid.

With advising for the spring semester only a month away, Butler University underclassmen soon will consider what course of action they want to take with their academic futures. But when the most common major among incoming freshmen is the exploratory studies major, according to Tom Weede, vice president of enrollment management, some students struggle to settle on a path. Butler University’s individualized major program gives students the opportunity to pursue a degree in a field of study that might not necessarily fall within one of Butler’s preestablished degree programs. While being a small, liberal arts college means a smaller variety of majors are available (just over 60, in Butler’s case), it also allows for programs like the individualized major to exist because the smaller size allows greater interconnectivity between the six academic colleges, said Stuart Glennan,

associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Large state schools like Purdue University, Ohio State University and the University of Illinois offer anywhere between 150 to 200 different majors, but their tremendous sizes prohibit them from managing a program that requires such coordination between colleges like an individualized major does. Butler’s individualized major program has been in existence for more than 10 years and typically has less than 10 students involved in the program at a given time. “It tends not to be the best option for a lot of people,” Glennan said. He said that only about one in four students who show an interest actually end up doing the individualized major track. Often, a student’s idea for an individualized major will not be approved if an alternative major and minor combination is available. Although no permanent majors at Butler have come about as a direct result of popular areas of study in individualized majors, they have been used when



Total Budget: $683,822 Class Allocations* $1,500 Council on Presidential Affairs $9,000 SGA Expenses $115,957 Finance Executive Board $57,000 Public Relations $26,000 $11,500 Operations Program Board $374,500 $48,000 REACH Miscellaneous $25,800 $14,565 Cushion *Amount too small to be represented in graph


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Faculty Senate chair Margaret Brabant addresses members of the senate on Tuesday morning. At the meeting, the senate decided to table a vote that may close the doors of the meetings to the public.

faculty senate: VOTE COULD CLOSE MEETINGS TO TOP ADMINISTRATORS continued from page 1 Philosophy professor Stuart Glennan said at the meeting that the administration should be responsive to the needs of the senate, but the senate shouldn’t order top-level administrators to attend the meetings. “The decision was made by Fong [when he was here], but it is ultimately up to administration as long as they are responsive,” he said. Glennan also said that it is important for the president to be available to speak to the faculty when they need to, but that shouldn’t require them to

show up to every faculty senate meeting. He said there should be a mutual understanding between the president and the senators. While Fong was here, he said he wanted to improve the notion of shared governance, and Glennan said Danko may do things differently but still reach shared governance in the end. Senate members also discussed having executive sessions, or closed-door meetings, when they need to address sensitive or controversial topics. Faculty senate meetings are, at this point, open to the

Butler community, and the faculty senate constitution does not state whether the meetings have to be public. “There are reasonable and important times [for a closed-door practice],” Glennan said. “It just depends when and how often [these meetings] happen.” Mary Andritz, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, said at the meeting she didn’t think deans would mind being included in the definition of top-level administrators. These issues will be discussed and voted on at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

proposing new majors. This is the first year Butler is offering the gender, women and sexuality studies major, and the administration used the popularity of gender studies as an individualized major as evidence to support establishing it as a new major. Individualized majors can range from Chinese and Italian to Egyptology and museum studies. Katie Crowe is a senior political science and Far East Asian studies double major and Chinese language minor. Even though it required more planning and paperwork than a preestablished major at Butler, Crowe was confident in her decision. Her unique major allowed her to study abroad in China, which then landed her two internships in Washington, D.C., that may lead to future career paths. “They were very clear about the difficulty of the process,” Crowe said. She drafted her proposal for her independent major in April of her sophomore year. “It just takes a lot of meticulous planning,” Crowe said. “It’s so hard to get [majors] approved by the committee.”

continued from page 1 move money into the volunteerism budget to help better fund programs like Bulldogs into the Streets and to finance new service opportunities. “That office serves students, but it also serves the community,” she said. Dan Schramm, vice president of the SGA finance board, said that all SGA presidents have an initiative fund. That item, along with the rest of the budget, was formulated by the executive board over the summer. However, the presented budget can be amended or approved by SGA assembly. “It’s pretty much completely in their hands,” Schramm said. After assembly approves the initial budget, boards can then trade money or draw from a $14,656 budget cushion to cover any deficits they may face. Schramm said most boards stay within budget, though there is no set restriction about exceeding the allotted amount. This spring SGA will work on and approve a budget for next school year instead of waiting until the fall. Schramm said this will involve members more in the process and allow boards to begin planning events earlier. “We’d know when we meet over the summer what budget we have to operate in,” Schramm said. “It will make things less stressed out later.” SGA assembly meets today at 4:30 p.m. in PB 156.

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Shuttle service leaves AV residents feeling left behind By Grace Wallace Assistant News Editor

Students are concerned that the Student Government Association shuttle bus that runs on the weekends from campus to Broad Ripple and Glendale is failing to stop at the pickup point located at the Apartment Village. Senior Audra Winger said she and her friends were left waiting outside of AV on multiple occasions for a bus that never arrived. “We even waited outside for over an hour thinking maybe [the bus] was a little off schedule,” she said. “We saw it drive by headed toward Atherton but never saw it come back the other way. We ended up staying home, very frustrated.” In past years, the shuttle bus only stopped at the main pickup and drop-off spot along the front of Atherton Union. SGA vice president of operations Kelsa Reynolds said the AV pickup location was added this year in order to reach out to more students living on the other side of campus. But students said the bus is not

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Students say the Student Government Association shuttle bus is failing to pick them up at the Apartment Village bus stop. making its promised stop at the announcement about it in the new AV location at the scheduled Butler Connection,” Winger said. times, and it is irritating to have “My friends and I will likely not their plans constantly changed. risk the shuttle bus again, and if we “If the SGA is going to post do, we will be very skeptical about a [bus pickup] schedule, then it it.” should be reliable, especially the Reynolds said her operations weekend after they put a special board has not heard concerns but

she thinks the problem could be a lack of signage to make the new bus stop visible for both students and the drivers. “[The buses] have been stopping [at AV], but it was probably not as much or for as long as it was at Atherton,” Reynolds said. “I’m guessing the driver wouldn’t stop to wait if they didn’t see students outside at the stop.” The official stop is supposed to be by the emergency pole outside of the Dawghouse convenience store, but there is nothing currently marking its location. Reynolds said the delay in getting a sign, like the one currently at the Atherton stop, is because she needed the approval of Butler University Police Chief Ben Hunter and a city ordinance for the location. “It has probably taken a little longer than it should have, but it’s a process,” Reynolds said. The new sign alerting both drivers and students to the official stopping point should be placed within the next week or two, she said. In order to get the shuttle drivers

accustomed to the routes, Reynolds said she has assigned someone from the operations board to ride the first bus route every weekend to ensure that problems don’t arise. She receives a head count of bus riders at each scheduled stop so the operations board can communicate with the bus company to ensure the service is more efficient. “I receive a report from the actual company itself that gives us the numbers for the specific pickup and drop-off times,” Reynolds said. “We have open communication that allows us to adjust that schedule if there is a concern.” She said students who continue to have issues should contact the operations board so problems can be worked out the problems with the bus company. In addition to the new pickup location, Reynolds said the operations board has worked hard to make the shuttle bus more useful for students by adding a downtown shuttle on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, as well as an airport shuttle for Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

Two years, two people, two broken greenhouse roofs Individual leaves broken windows after climbing on top of the greenhouse. By Sara Pruzin

Print Managing Editor

Glass rained down last week in the Butler University greenhouse for the second year in a row. Phil Villani, associate professor of biological sciences and the manager of the greenhouse, said someone tried to walk on the metal grates between the glass window panes sometime during the weekend of Sept. 10. Though the person did not fall though the glass, he or she broke

three windows. Villani said it looked like he or she was trying to write lyrics from the Katy Perry song “Teenage Dream” on the glass. The university put up signs warning passersby that the greenhouse is made of glass when a freshman fell through after sitting on it last September. That student told police he believed the greenhouse was made of brick. “Students should know that it’s glass, and the average person knows it’s not a good idea to step on it,” Villani said. The greenhouse’s Facebook page had a photo of the broken windows along with a caption that read “It happened again, 2011.” The biological sciences

ranking: Officials weigh the meaning of national rankings continued from page 1 Danko pointed out how the rankings reflect the improvements and success constantly being made at Butler, even prior to entering the public eye with back-to-back Final Four appearances. “The predominant set of information going into these rankings has to do with characteristics of the school,” he said. “Butler has been rising steadily over the last 10 years, so that predates the basketball success.” Despite Butler’s success before its basketball fame, Fontanarosa said she is enjoying the national recognition and believes the rankings reflect it. “I think it is exciting how Butler University is becoming more and more nationally recognized,” Fontanarosa said. “Being from outside of Chicago, people used to ask where Butler was, but now when they see my Butler T-shirt, they say, ‘What a great school!’ or even ‘Go Dawgs!’ which has been a really neat progression.” Fontanarosa said she expects to improve Butler’s standing in the rankings. “I think a realistic expectation would be to move up to first place in a few years,” she said. “We just need to be patient.” While both administrators agree that being represented in the rankings is beneficial for Butler, they also point out that rankings are by no means everything. “People buy magazines. They want to know the top 10, It’s pervasive in our culture,” President Jim Danko said. “We’ve had great, steady progress in the last 10 years, which is a great reflection of what’s happening here. “It’s a great credit to the thousands of universities out in this country now for us to be in a major category and to be ranked number two in our region with the types of great institutions that are here.”

I think a realistic expectation would be to move up to first place in a few years. Beth Fontanarosa communicaions coordinator

Fontanarosa said she wholeheartedly agrees. “It’s easy to get lost in numbers and rankings, but I think the success, retention and well-being of Butler students are all just as important statistics,” Fontanarosa said. Sophomore psychology major Michelle Miller also said she agrees. “I think our ranking is an excellent representation of the university and what Butler is doing for us as students,” she said. “I can easily see us advancing to No. 1 in the future. We’re always working to improve.” U.S. News deals almost exclusively with rankings of various kinds, including hospitals, cars, colleges and universities, high schools and graduate schools. Its collegiate rankings take a lot into account, including size, cost of tuition, enrollment, student-faculty ratios and numerous other factors. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that we’ve done well in this ranking because so many factors go into it,” Danko said. “They’re not necessarily the perfect set, and they’re not a complete set, but no ranking is perfect. But we like being recognized.”

department’s page had the same photo with the caption, “hey...let’s all agree not to try to walk on the greenhouse anymore, k? great, thanks.” Villani said these incidents are the only times students have damaged the greenhouse in its 30year history. He said there is little else the school or department can or should do to ensure it doesn’t happen again. “You can’t protect against stupidity,” he said. “You can’t put a wall around the greenhouse.” Villani said the damage will cost at least $500 to fix. He said that if authorities cannot identify who broke the windows, the cost will fall on the university or the biology department.

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On the weekend of Sept. 10, a person who climbed on the greenhouse shattered its windows. It appears the person was trying to write lyrics to“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry.

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Butler storms past Taylor

More close calls

Bulldogs split pair of matches in Michigan; 10 of 12 games decided by a single goal. By Luke Shaw Sports Staff Writer

By Matt Rhinesmith Assistant Sports Editor After a tough loss to Indiana State last weekend, sophomore running back Trae Heeter and the Butler football team got back on track with a 23-6 win against Taylor Saturday. Heeter led the Bulldogs (21) and their powerful offensive attack, which racked up 475 yards in Butler’s first ever visit to Taylor. Heeter, who was named the Pioneer Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week, was responsible for 155 of the Bulldogs’ 225 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also added three receptions for 59 yards and another score. “Heeter had a really good day,” head coach Jeff Voris said. “The offensive line played very well in opening things up, and he did a nice job of running to daylight.” Senior quarterback Andrew Huck continued his impressive season with another banner day in the air and on the ground against the Trojans (2-1). He threw for 250 yards and one touchdown and added 36 yards on the ground, including a 29-yard touchdown run. “We came out of the gate a little slow, but we were able to get going,” Huck said. “He [Heeter] made people miss in the second level.” On the receiving end of 85 of Huck’s passing yards, including a 38-yard connection, was senior wide receiver Jordan Koopman. “Our offense was going pretty well, and Huck was throwing great balls,” Koopman said. “It really wasn’t hard. We just had to get open for him.” Koopman and fellow senior Zach Watkins tied for the team lead

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Senior wide receiver Jordan Koopman (center) tries to break away from Taylor defenders after a catch during Butler’s 23-6 victory over the Trojans. Koopman caught a team-high seven passes for a game-high 85 yards in the win. with seven catches each. With those seven receptions, Watkins became Butler’s all-time career leader in receptions, with 197. The previous record holder, Dan Bohrer, finished his career with 192 from 2006 to 2009. Watkins also made the move into second place on Butler’s list for most career receiving yards with 2,217. He will again have to catch Bohrer, who recorded 2,241 receiving yards, if he wants the title for himself. While the Butler offense was successful, the Bulldogs’ defense led the charge and shut down the Trojans for most of the day. Led by junior linebacker Jordan

Ridley and sophomore defensive back Jayme Szafranski, the defense forced three turnovers and held Taylor to 288 yards of total offense, including a mere 17 yards rushing. “The story of the game really was the job our defense did early on and really all game,” Voris said. “Our guys were put in some tough situations, and they really played well to keep Taylor off the board.” Taylor received the opening kickoff and drove down the field to the Bulldogs’ 14-yard line before Ridley came up with an interception of Taylor’s sophomore quarterback Nick Freeman. The Trojans’ second drive of the game ended the same way, with

Freeman throwing an interception deep in Butler territory. This time Szafranski made the pick and returned it 24 yards. After a Butler miscue on a punt in the second half, Taylor had perhaps its best scoring opportunity of the game, with the ball on the Butler 6-yard line. The Bulldogs kept the Trojans out of the end zone on that drive, as well as several others. “That was just an awesome stand,” Voris said. The Bulldogs will be at the Butler Bowl this weekend to open Pioneer Football League play. They host the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday at noon.

Take notice: walk-on Ruffolo making noise in Butler volleyball

By Colin Likas Sports Editor

Since arriving at Butler last month, Brooke Ruffolo has made everything look easy. The freshman from Farmington Hills, Mich. immediately became the Bulldogs’ starting libero this season. In that role, she has played in every one of Butler’s 13 matches and 47 sets and leads the team in hitting percentage (.400) and digs (173). The best part: Ruffolo is a walk-on player. “I have a good work ethic, and I know what the coaches expected of me,” Ruffolo said. “It’s an honor to be a freshman walk-on and starting. I’m really lucky.” Luck might not have as much to do with it as sheer ability and talent. The nine-year player became serious about volleyball during the offseason of her junior year of high school. After deciding that she indeed wanted to play the game at the collegiate level, Ruffolo starting winning awards and getting phone calls from multiple colleges. One of those colleges, of course, was Butler. “The coaches [at Butler] contacted me during a tournament, and I fell in love with the campus,” Ruffolo said. “The girls are very nice, and it was a perfect fit for me.” Ruffolo has proved to be a perfect fit for

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Butler volleyball coach Sharon Clark’s team as well. “[Ruffolo] has worked and competed hard for the starting libero spot,” Clark said. “She’s done a great job for us this year.”

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Freshman libero Brooke Ruffolo applauds after a Butler point against Austin Peay on Sept. 9.

Ruffolo said she can not only help the team with strong performances but also acquire a scholarship to help offset some of the cost of college. “I hope there is a scholarship for me in the future,” Ruffolo said. “If I’m doing my job for the team, I don’t see why there can’t be.” While Ruffolo’s work in the first 13 matches of this season has been impressive, she said she must keep working if there is any chance for her to attain a scholarship. “I need to keep doing what I’m doing now,” Ruffolo said. “I need to scout opponents, get stronger and try to get better during practice.” Ruffolo said that she hasn’t been treated any differently on the team because she is a walkon, and Clark admits that she does not use the term walk-on. This bodes well for a squad that is likely to return nearly all of its players, excluding lone senior Maureen Bamiro. “Maureen [Bamiro] does a good job leading, and the juniors have stepped up, too,” Ruffolo said. “We all mesh well, and we’re optimistic about the future.” Ruffolo, who is studying pre-med at Butler, said she expects to “do her own thing” after college. Even if that does not include volleyball, she said she knows she will be better off for competing at the college level. “It will be a great experience,” Ruffolo said.





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The weekend was filled with highs and lows for the Butler women’s soccer team during the squad’s nail-biting double overtime victory against Oakland and close loss at Detroit. The Bulldogs (5-5-0, 0-1 HL) were able to find the net in the second half of the game against the Titans (7-3-1, 1-0 HL), but it was too little, too late, as Detroit grabbed the 2-1 win on Sunday. The Titans scored the only goal of the first half and the first goal of the second half. In the 28th minute, Detroit junior midfielder Sarah Dzuris punched home a free kick from 25 yards out to give her team an early advantage. The eventual game-winning strike came from Titans junior defenseman Rebekah Dornbos, who put away an unassisted goal in the match’s 46th minute. Butler finally broke through on a goal from junior forward Katie Griswold in the 78th minute, but Detroit’s defense stayed strong for the remainder of the half. “We have made a habit of starting slowly and giving up goals early but haven’t been punished for it,” head coach Tari St. John said. “Today we were made to play.” Butler was able to tally nine shots against Detroit’s eight. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska recorded three saves. Butler began the weekend by defeating Oakland in a hard-fought match that ended with a double overtime goal by junior defensman Claire Milam. The Golden Grizzlies (2-6) struck first when sophomore forward Serena San Cartier scored her first goal of the season, putting Oakland ahead 1-0. The Bulldogs, who had 17 shots in the contest, went scoreless in the first half. Oakland notched its second goal two and a half minutes into the second half. Despite being down by a pair, St. John said the team was still confident they could go home with a win. “These girls are resilient, that’s for sure,” St. John said. “Even at two down, there wasn’t a player that didn’t think we could make a comeback.” Butler started that comeback with an own goal from the Golden Grizzlies, which occurred after a shot from Butler freshman midfielder Ann Zerfas. The Bulldogs then seized a game-changing moment on a corner kick in the 77th minute. Freshman forward Stephanie Kaylor connected with sophomore midfielder Jackie Hafele, who knocked the ball off her head and into the net for a game-tying goal. The match could not be decided in regulation time or after one overtime period. Butler held on until the 105th minute, when Milam sealed the win for the Bulldogs, putting away a rebound on a shot by freshman forward Elise Kotsakis. The Bulldogs will continue their conference season when they host Wright State Sept. 24 at the Butler Bowl.

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By Zach Ervin Sports Staff Writer The brooms were out Saturday afternoon as the Butler volleyball team swept Youngstown State 3-0 to gain its first Horizon League win of the season. The win provided those in attendance with plenty to cheer about just one day after the Bulldogs (5-8, 1-1) opened conference play with a loss to Cleveland State. Butler jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the Penguins (1-12, 0-2) and never looked back. Youngstown State was able to trade points throughout the opening set with the Bulldogs but never got within three points. Butler ended up taking the set 25-19. In set two, the Penguins provided their toughest challenge to the Bulldogs. Butler would build a 17-11 lead before Youngstown State reeled off four points in a row. Butler then extended its lead back to five at 20-15 and held off the Penguins in the end to take the second set 25-23. With two sets in hand, the Bulldogs looked to stay strong and secure the sweep. Youngstown State proved to be tough in the third game, jumping out to an 11-10 lead, but the Bulldogs answered with a 7-1 run to take a 17-12 lead. The Penguins would pull back within two, but Butler ended any hopes of a miracle comeback by winning three of the last four points to take the set 25-21 and complete the sweep. “We served aggressively and kept them out of their hitting patterns,” freshman outside hitter Kelly Kyle said. “Overall we just raised our level of play.” Kyle led the Bulldog attack with 16 kills, and junior setter Gina Vera provided 35 assists for Butler. Freshman Belle Obert also added nine kills, five digs and two blocks to round out the Bulldog attack. With the win, Butler kept alive its 10-year winning streak against Youngstown State. The Bulldogs are a perfect 22-0 all-time against the Penguins. “It brings [us] pride that we’ve fought for however many years and always come out victorious,” Vera said. “It’s great to have a positive turnaround after losing the first match of the weekend.” Butler opened conference play on Friday night when it hosted Cleveland State. The Bulldogs made things interesting but ultimately fell 3-0, losing 25-19, 26-24 and 25-22. Cleveland State cruised through the first set without much trouble, but the second and third sets proved to be much more difficult for the Vikings. The second set featured seven ties, with the last tie coming at 24-24 before the Vikings (8-4,

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Senior middle back Maureen Bamiro (center) rises up for a return against Youngstown State last season. 1-0) finally won the set. In set three, there were 11 ties, with the last one coming at 18-18, but the Bulldogs could never get over the hump to take the lead. “We made too many errors and made them at pivotal moments in those sets,” Vera said. “We got ourselves in a hole within the first 10 points of the set. Playing catch-up is not going to win us those tight sets.” Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Kirkpatrick led the attack for the Bulldogs with nine kills while freshman libero Brooke Ruffolo contributed 13 digs. The Bulldogs will have a few days off before heading to Milwaukee for another Horizon League showdown Friday. The Panthers (9-4) have won four of their last six contests and opened their conference campaign with victories over Green Bay and Loyola.

Millions of fantasy football team owners might just have seen their seasons crash and burn due to injuries Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is out for the year with a torn ACL. If you had him, you are now facing an uphill battle on scale with trying to beat Joey Chestnut in a hot dog-eating competition. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster aggravated his hamstring this week. This is a situation that needs to be monitored closely. Apparently, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke a few ribs in the game against the San Francisco 49ers. It seems as if he will play next week, but watch out if he takes a few big hits. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick came off the field spitting up blood on Sunday night. He did not return and has a concussion, which could cause him to miss a game. As for players who are not injured, New England Patriots running back BenJarvus GreenEllis should have a good week against the Buffalo Bills, who gave up quite a few receiving yards to the Oakland Raiders’ running backs. ‘The Law Firm’ is sneakily shifty and should find the end zone at least once while accumulating respectable yardage totals. Parents somehow manage to make everything about trust, and fantasy owners are similar. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has finally received my trust as a muststart option. The same Baltimore Ravens defense


that held the Pittsburgh Steelers receivers in check could not contain Britt, who now has 271 yards and three touchdowns over two games. Start him, regardless of the matchup. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams must be a magician, because he did his best disappearing act on Sunday. He tallied a single catch for negative four yards against an average Minnesota Vikings secondary. This week he faces the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up 314 net passing yards to the Eagles. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has been a nonfactor thus far. Through two games, he has seven receptions for 65 yards. The 49ers passing attack is struggling, but I think they will rebound against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Now, to the mailbag for a reader-posed question. Q: I have Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton as my quarterbacks. Who would you start this week? A: I would lean toward starting Orton this week, as the Green Bay Packers’ defense is stellar and the Chicago Bears’ offensive line looked terrible against the New Orleans Saints. Contact sports staff writer Jerren Fair at


Women grab runner-up finish By Colin Likas Sports Editor A strong start to the season continued for the Butler women’s cross country team, as the Bulldogs followed their season-opening victory at the Illini Challenge with a runner-up finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet on Sept. 16. Butler had to navigate through a field of 21 teams. Host Indiana came out victorious in the women’s race, scoring just 19 points. The Bulldogs’ 63 points left them 15 points ahead of Purdue. Junior Lauren McKillop was Butler’s top finisher

in the contest. Also the first non-Hoosier runner to finish, McKillop completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 17:59. The top seven runners for the Bulldogs finished within the top 30 overall. Junior Becky Howarth made her way to a 10th place finish, stopping the clock at 18:11. Freshman Mara Olson and sophomore Shelbi Burnett were the next runners in for Butler, taking 14th and 15th place, respectively. Senior Lauren Haberkorn (22nd), junior Kaitlyn Love (23rd) and junior Alyson Fosnot (27th) rounded out the Bulldogs’ top seven. The Butler men did not fare as well in their

8-kilometer race at the Intercollegiates. Led by freshman Tom Curr’s 16th place finish, the Bulldogs grabbed 12th place out of 21 teams. Curr’s time of 25:34 slotted him 20 places ahead of the next Butler finisher, junior Kevin Oblinger. Freshmen David Ford (45th) and Kodi Mullins (71st) and senior Orion Wenrich (108th) rounded out the Bulldogs’ top five runners. Purdue was the champion of the men’s race with 35 points. Butler finished with 258 points. The Bulldogs will head north on Saturday to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis.


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Bob Knight speaks at Clowes By Lance Rinker Sports Editor

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Butler sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun (center) engages in a battle for the ball with Bradley senior midfielder Luke Wasylik during a match earlier this season. Oluyedun recorded Butler’s only shot on goal in a 4-0 loss to Louisville on Saturday.


No. 7 Louisville overwhelms Bulldogs By Matt Rhinesmith Assistant Sports Editor After being on the winning side of four straight matches, the Butler men’s soccer team suffered a 4-0 loss to defending national champion Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals (7-1), who boast a No. 7 ranking nationally, showed they were comfortable playing at home in a non-conference game. “Louisville is clearly one of the best teams in the nation,” Butler head coach Paul Snape said. “They’re very sharp, they control the ball, they have great flow and rhythm, and they’re very tight defensively.” The Cardinals got their first goal in the 19th minute when redshirt senior Mark Knight deposited a header into the net for a 1-0 Louisville lead. Minutes later, the Cardinals boosted their advantage to 2-0 on a goal from junior

“We have to get better defensively, and we have to keep the ball and use it wisely.”


Michael Roman. “We have to get better defensively, and we have to keep the ball and use it wisely,” Snape said. A first half struggle that saw Butler outshot 12-3 continued in the second half for the Bulldogs. Louisville juniors Buck Tufty and Chase Rodgers added goals two and a half minutes apart to hand the Cardinals a commanding 4-0 lead. The Cardinals dominated the Bulldogs in shots (24-7) and shots on goal (7-1) as they controlled the offensive attack throughout the contest. “Some of our guys had never played in a game with such high tempo, and that will help us as

we move forward,” Snape said. Butler freshman Zach Steinberger and sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun each had two shots for the Bulldogs, with Oluyedun responsible for the only shot on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Jon Dawson had three saves in a full game of action but went home with his second loss of the season. “We played well for a 20-minute stretch in the second half,” Snape said. “We were creating chances, and if you came in at that time and didn’t look at the scoreboard, you would have thought the match was even.” The Bulldogs will end

their six-match road trip on Wednesday against Indiana University— Purdue University Fort Wayne. After that, they will return to the friendly confines of the Butler Bowl for their Horizon League opener versus Milwaukee-Wisconsin on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Panthers (3-4-0) lost their only road game so far this season 4-1 to IPFW. Last year, Butler traveled to Concordia University to take on Milwaukee. There, the Bulldogs walked away with a 2-0 shutout victory. Despite the win, the Panthers still lead the lifetime series 15-11-1.

The thunderous applause that met Bob Knight’s ears last week may still be echoing off the walls inside Clowes Memorial Hall. A crowd of more than 1,600 turned out to hear the winningest coach in Divison I men’s basketball history recount his life and coaching career. Knight, who led Indiana to three national titles, was greeted by a standing ovation before even beginning his speech. Amid immense success, Knight’s career was often clouded by controversy. Several altercations, including a former player’s claim that Knight choked him during a 1997 practice, led to Knight’s demise as head coach of the Hoosiers. In 2000, Knight resigned after 29 seasons at Indiana. Despite the controversial final act in Bloomington, Knight has remained an icon in the eyes of many Hoosier basketball fans, including longtime season ticket holder John Morawski. “Still, people love him for what he did for basketball, IU and the state,” Morawski said. Just as Knight’s candid responses and free-spirited court presence entertained audiences during his coaching days, Knight didn’t disappoint the Clowes Hall crowd. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Morawski said. “You never know what to expect with coach Knight. But he exceeded all expectations

tonight. He was humorous, philosophical and gave me chills reliving some of the great moments in IU basketball history.” In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Knight recounted career highlights, such as coaching Michael Jordan on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and Hoosier guard Keith Smart’s game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA National Championship game. Knight took more time, however, stressing the value he placed on academic success in his programs. “The most pleasing thing for me was the graduation rate we had,” Knight said. “My obligation was not to see that he made the AllAmerica team. It was to see that he got a degree.” Upon leaving Indiana, Knight served as head coach at Texas Tech from 2001-08, leading the Red Raiders to six postseason appearances. Since retiring from coaching, Knight has worked as a studio analyst and part-time color commentator for ESPN. After years of being at the mercy of referees, Knight has the power in the form of a microphone. Now, when Knight doesn’t agree with a referee’s call, his objection isn’t just heard by those within earshot. Knight can display his displeasure to hundreds of thousands of viewers. “When the officials come out on the court, I hold the microphone out so they can see it,” Knight said through a grin.


Bulldogs overcome youth at Purdue By Luke Shaw Sports Staff Writer With a roster that includes six freshmen, the Butler men’s tennis team hit the road this weekend to open its 2011-2012 season at the Purdue Invitational. Butler was led by promising freshman Tommy Marx, who advanced into the semifinals in the B singles bracket. Marx led the Bulldogs with three wins. His lone loss came to Toledo freshman Grant Adams. Freshmen Billy Weldon and Pulok Bhattacharya, along with senior Stephen McLoughlin, each earned a victory in a singles match. Together with Weldon, freshman Austin Woldmoe, who lost his first singles match, led the Bulldogs in doubles with a record of two wins and one loss. The pair was victorious in the first match by a score of 8-3 over senior Paul Swanson and freshman Michael Tebon of Green Bay. Weldon and Woldmoe’s great play continued into their second match against Toledo, which they won by a score of 8-1 over sophomore Ben Brocker and Adams. The victory earned them a spot in the semifinal round of the B doubles bracket. The duo narrowly lost the semifinal match to junior Mike Ward and sophomore Michael Nott of Arkansas, who went on to take the B doubles title. The Bulldogs will next hit the courts Sept. 30 against Ball State at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie. The three-day match against the 2010-11 Mid-American Conference champion Cardinals will be a tough test for the young Bulldogs. Ball State’s roster features eight upperclassmen, while Butler’s features just two.





An Evening of Kathakali featuring International Theater Artist Kunju Vasudevan Sept. 22-24, 8 p.m. | Lilly Hall 168 | Tickets: $10 for adults, free for students

Theater department dances to new beat with visiting artist Photo by Reid Bruner

Visiting International Theater Artist, Kunju Vasudevan teaches students about the drama and theatre traditions of India. Vasudevan uses the second part of his class to teach drumming sequences.

Kunju Vasudevan starts each of his acting classes with a dialogue about Indian culture. By Caitlin O’Rourke A&E Editor The bodies and minds of students in Butler University theater department ache from the addition of Kunju Vasudevan to their family. In the best way possible, of course. “The students are sore from the physical training,” Diane Timmerman, theater professor, said. “[But] they are loving the

Professor’s 9/11 piece resonates powerfully By Kevin Vogel Staff Writer “The Empty Sky,” a piece inspired by 9/11, received its debut performance at the University of Indianapolis Monday. Butler University’s assistant professor of composition Frank Felice wrote the oboe piece and University of Indianapolis faculty oboist Pam French performed it. The piece occurs in three sections. The first section is extremely open: soft, plaintive motives grow from expansive silences, stretching and pulling in Felice tempi and dynamics reminiscent of Estonian classical composer Arvo Pärt. Felice’s concept of this section brought the image of an empty sky, one that deeply affects him, to a captivated audience. “I was pleased to hear from audience members that they connected the silence with the title, and that their yearning for more sound in those sometimes uncomfortable

class and loving their work with Kunju and his associate artists who are here with him.” Vasudevan—originally from Kerala, India—is this year’s Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist. The program brings theater experts from other countries to Butler for a semester to teach the department something new. This semester, Vasudevan is teaching his students the art of Kathakali, a highly stylized Indian dance-drama. Students spend most of their class time from 2:25 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays learning Kathakali sequences and drumming sequences. Before all the physical activity, however, Vasudevan starts his classes with a discussion

THE EMPTY SKY MUSIC REVIEW Felice skillfully crafts a touching and powerful piece of music in tribute to the horrors of 9/11.

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spaces helped convey the loss felt by us on that day,” Felice said. For Felice, the loss of normalcy after 9/11 was most poignant in the sky above the United States on Sept. 12, 2001, a sky without the vapor trails of aircraft. The second section interrupts the first, a fast scalar section that brings a sinister energy. The open, expansive style returns in the third section, welcomed with a sigh of relief. While skillfully crafted, the piece would have died without French’s dark, rounded tone and enviable control. The piece could have used more length, and the scalar section felt misplaced, but Felice’s “The Empty Sky” is a moving presentation of his own personal experience of loss, one that resonates with an audience in a constructive and powerful way. Butler music professor Doug Spaniol will premiere Felice’ new solo bassoon work, “Walkin’ by Myself,” on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. His “Earthworks,” in collaboration with Dance Kaleidoscope, runs Oct. 6-9 at 7 p.m. at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Another new work, “A Pocket Breviary,” will be performed Oct. 22 at the Second Presbyterian Church. More information about Felice can be found at and on his Facebook page “Frank Felice – Composer.”

about a particular aspect of Indian culture, history or religion, allowing the students to appreciate the culture from which Kathakali was formed. “India is not merely the ‘Incredible India’ the tourism department is trying to make you believe,” Vasudevan said. “It’s more vibrant and colorful with its deep- rooted and strong culture that has made an indelible mark on humanity in general.” With this background, Vasudevan has brought what Timmerman calls a completely new perspective to the entire department. “The motivations, preparations and history behind his art form are completely different than those of an actor pursuing theater training in the United States,” she

said. “It is fascinating and even humbling for all of us to get to know artists whose work is completely tied to their heritage, history and religion. There is no ‘show business’ to this art form.” Vasudevan’s commitment to the art form has impressed his students as well, who all speak of him in only the highest regards. “Working with Kunju thus far has been an amazing experience,” Lauren Albert, a junior theater major said. “Not only do we get to work with him in the classroom but also talk and learn from him outside of it. He is an extremely smart person who is always willing to share his knowledge.” Junior theater major Thomas Benoist said he is also pleased with Vasudevan as well because of the way he has opened their minds and gave them insight into a new culture. Vasudevan said his goal for his time at Butler is to initiate the students to a totally new theatrical experience, which will be somewhat incorporated in their November production of “The Priest and the Prostitute,” which Vasudevan is directing. In the meantime, his own show will take place Sept. 22-24 in Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168. Three of his colleagues will also perform with him—Sadanam Bhasi, Kalamandalam Aneesh and Jishnu Namboodiripad. The students have welcomed the entire crew whole-heartedly, taking them to the 80s Prom last weekend that was hosted by the theater department and Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society, inviting them to their apartments for lunch and introducing them to American pastimes such as the game Apples to Apples. The students said it has been a hard task learning the art of Kathakali and all that Vasudevan has to teach them, but that it is worth the effort. “The Butler department of theater has never had the opportunity to host Indian artists of this caliber for such a long-term, intensive visit,” Timmerman said.

Humorist David Sedaris scheduled for Clowes in April By Pete Weldy Staff Writer Butler University is keeping its population literate. And amused. Author and master of satire David Sedaris is scheduled to come to Clowes Memorial Hall April 24. Joshua Lingenfelter, director of marketing at Clowes said this is Sedaris’ second visit to Clowes in the last few years. “He’s a very witty, engaging story teller with a great following,” Lingenfelter said. Sedaris is the author of seven books, including his most recent, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Beastiary.” The book puts a modern twist on Aesop’s fables. Faithful readers will remember his past hits as well, such as “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” which caused Time magazine to name him “Humorist of the Year,” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” which hit No. 1 on the New York Times’ non-fiction, best-seller list. “I’ve embarrassed myself more than once in public by laughing so hard I cried while reading Sedaris’ work,” Nicole Gilbertson, a senior marketing major, said. “I can’t wait for him to get here so I can tell him in person how much I’ve enjoyed my public tears of laughter.” Sedaris’ books put a twist on just about everything. His humorist writing has earned him awards, honorary degrees and a

Grammy nomination— for his audiobook version of “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.” Sedaris wasn’t available for an interview this week. With visiting writers this year including John Sedaris Green and “The Wire” writer Richard Price, the university has included a solid lineup of big-name literary figures for students to enjoy. Tickets are $40, $50 or $55.

SEDARIS TALK PRETTY Unfamiliar with Sedaris’ work? Here are some of our favorie Sedaris lines: “I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.” “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort, it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” “It is funny the things that run through your mind when you’re sitting in your underpants in front of a pair of strangers.”

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24 hours proves enough time to create a symphony By Kevin Vogel Staff Writer A person can do a lot in one rotation of the Earth. Eight student composers and four performers from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts chose to use 24 hours between Friday and Saturday preparing for the semi-annual 24 Hour Concert, which returned again this semester after a year absent from campus. The goal: write, rehearse and perform a piece in one day. The composers and musicians who agreed to perform met at 8 p.m. on Friday. Composition professor Michael Schelle drew the names of composers and performers from a hat, making impromptu groups of between one and five performers, with the composers acting as performers for one another. Once matched, the composers worked to finish their pieces by the concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. Some had their ideas right away and were able to get a good night’s sleep. Some, like sophomore Hannah Varnau, wrote and re-wrote until the morning. Student composer Scott Janz, who organized the event, had to finish his piece before heading to a full shift at work the next day. “I was really pleased with most pieces from the concert,” Janz said. Before the concert, the recital hall was abuzz with fervent energy, even though many were running on only

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Details: 12th annual Rocky Ripple Festival, located at 840 West 53rd Street. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Distance from Butler: If it’s a nice day, the best way

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Natasha Sharma, junior anthropology and music major, practices the violin with other students, who met for 24 hours to compose and rehearse original music. a few hours’ rest. Marimbas and stranger percussion instruments were moving backstage while the piano was set up onstage and composers were meeting with their performers one last time. Finally, the clock struck 8 p.m., the Earth’s rotation was complete, the time was up. Showtime. One might imagine that music put together in such haste might be, frankly, bad. Rather, every single piece in this concert was worth listening to, each one unique and well thought out. Emily Lazar, a senior

psycholgy and english major who was in attendance, said she has been coming to new music recitals since being introduced to the JCFA Composer’s Orchestra by some of her friends. “The first time [I went to a concert], I was blown away,” she said. “I didn’t know music could be that way.” The concert on Saturday was no different. From solo vibraphone, to electronic tuba mutes, to a constantly fidgeting pianist, the pieces were laden with the collaborative energy of the previous day.. Schelle said that he

was most impressed by the “confidence and commitment of the performers,” who gave their time and energy to give each piece its due. “I was really amazed at how much the composers could do in 24 hours,” John Harris, a sophomore film and music composition major, said. The Jordan College of Fine Arts’ Composer’s Orchestra will present a free concert Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in EidsonDuckwall Recital Hall, featuring more work from student composers as well as established professionals.

Why We Love This Place: Nothing beats taking a stroll, perusing works of art on a Saturday afternoon. This weekend, be sure to check out the Rocky Ripple Festival to do just that, peruse. Admission to the festival is free and all of the proceeds go to the Rocky Ripple Parks Endowment Fund. Throughout the day, bands will play a variety of music while you wander around the many artistics exhibits of jewelry, water color paintings, clothing, soaps and more. The Community Association and Veterans Association will provide fresh corn on the cob as well as all your grilled favorites. For those of you over 21, local beer and wine will be available. Want us to feature your favorite Indy spot? Send submissions to


For alumni, passions of music and teaching combine By Caitlin O’Rourke A&E Editor Ray Biederman is living a superhero life. During the day, Biederman works fulltime at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he received an internship as a Butler University music education major with a pre-law emphasis. After work and on weekends, Biederman changes from lawyer to composer. He graduated from Butler in 2006, but he still continues the work he started through the Butler Community Arts School. He works for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a program dedicated to enriching and transforming the lives of young people in positive ways, according to its website. “The community arts school was a great

conduit for me,” he said. “It provided opportunities to meet educators that I wouldn’t have met normally.” Biederman is one of many Butler students— in this case a Butler graduate— who have gotten to change the lives of local students through the BCAS. Cha Park has worked with the program for seven years, even though she currently lives in Bloomington attending graduate school at Indiana University. Park received her Butler degree in piano performance, with every intention of becoming a concert pianist. She said the BCAS changed her life goal to include teaching, as she discovered her passion for passing on the knowledge she has received. “Being a teaching fellow for the BCAS has given me an identity,” Park said. “I took two

years off my schooling and was more actively teaching for BCAS while I was preparing to pursue a graduate degree. I really wanted to have a real experience of what it was like to teach students full-time.” Recent graduate Shannon Crow dedicated her four years at Butler to the cause as well. Crow decided to change her life goal as well but in a much more dramatic fashion. “For nearly 20 years, I thought I was going to be a physician, but by having the opportunity to work with young people and teaching them an amazing craft, I realized that my heart and my time needed to remain with music and my students,” she said. Junior music education major David Platt has volunteered since his freshman year. “If anything it has only enhanced my teaching and perspectives on music

education,” Platt said. The BCAS has many stories just like these. Students found their passion for teaching and children that they might not have without an opportunity like the BCAS, even if it may not always be the easiest path. Biederman said it is tough at times to juggle his volunteering and his real job, but he makes it work. “I get to follow students as they grow up and see them become young adults and just know that I’ve been able to influence their lives in a positive way,” he said. What is tangible from many Butler student involved with the BCAS is the enthusiasm. “I still felt that I wanted something more than being on a stage and playing the piano,” Park said. “Teaching has fulfilled that missing part that I was desperately seeking.”

Butler Gleeks won’t stop believing in show choir

By Anne Carpenter Assistant A&E Editor

Tempted to break into song and dance after watching this week’s season premiere of Glee? Suddenly inspired to incorporate catchy tunes into your everyday life? If the answer is ‘Yes,’ try it. That is exactly what three Butler University students did. Two years ago, senior Eric Shoemaker set out with two of his best friends to make the fictional Glee a reality by creating the Butler University Show Choir. However, real life show choirs and the fictional Gleeks lead different lives. In real life, the process of forming a show choir is not so simple. BUSC held auditions last week with a total of 14 veteran members and 11 rookies comprising the 2011-2012 group. While the Fox show has indeed boosted the understanding of show choir, real groups, such as BUSC, spend more time working on pieces and performances than their on- screen counterparts.

Paige Newman, junior english literature major and vice president of BUSC, said she gives credit to the popular song and dance series because it sheds light on the show choir world. Nonetheless, she said the audience must understand that songs and choreography do not happen overnight. “People definitely have a better understanding of what show choir is,” Shoemaker said. “However, in Glee, the students learn the songs almost instantaneously, which is certainly not the case in real life.” The next step for the group is to form committees to begin choreography, to choose songs and to schedule performances. Newman said one of the biggest challenges is finding a time to practice that can accommodate everyone’s schedule. Doug Smittle, a digital media product major and member of BUSC’s original trio, said college students are inherently busy. Last year was a bit of trial and error process. But the club has learned to delegate and improve their time management skills and is ready to focus on moving forward.

“We made some mistakes,” Smittle said. “But in the long run that was a good thing, because now we know how to avoid making those same mistakes in the future.” With this kind of attitude, Shoemaker and the rest of the group have big dreams. “I want [students] to know that one day BUSC will be a powerhouse on campus like ‘Out of the Dawg House’ and ‘Freshly Brewed,’” Shoemaker said. “We are a group that has a lot of fun and works very hard.” Because it is early in the season and it takes a lot of time and effort to put together a show, BUSC does not yet have any performances scheduled. In the meantime, Butler students can expect to be surprised by the choir. Literally. “We will have random ‘flash mob’ performances around Starbucks and on the mall,” Shoemaker said. Other plans include exhibitions at local high school competitions and performing a show in April in the Reilly Room. “We are hoping to have our spring show in April,” Shoemaker said. “You will certainly see us before that though.”

Photo by Maria Porter

Freshman Sean O’Brien rehearses a number for the Butler show choir.


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OUR POINT THIS WEEK: We encourage Butler University to do more to help multicultural students with education costs. | VOTE: 27-3

Put up tougher fight for diversity


utler University’s devotion to diversity might look good on paper, but the numbers say otherwise. According to Butler records, the number of African American, Asian American, Native American and other students enrolled for the 2009-2010 year was 11.3 percent. This pales in comparison to the 31.4 percent national average for comparable private four-year universities in 2009. Although the number of multicultural students who applied to Butler this past year increased, the enrollment rate of these students decreased dramatically. We at The Butler Collegian think this decrease in multicultural students is a problem that Butler should strive harder to remedy. This year is the first year that the enrollment rates of multicultural students were noticeably lower than the application rates. Application rates are always higher than enrollment rates, but the gap between multicultural

students that applied and multicultural students that were enrolled is what alarms us. Although state funding has steadily decreased for the past three years, the current freshman class is the first and only one to be so directly impacted. Butler claims the reason for the enrollment of fewer multicultural students is a lack of state funding for these students. Multicultural students are accepted to Butler but end up being unable to afford the education. While the staff understands this, we wonder why Butler can’t fund raise or reallocate budgets in other departments to accommodate these students. Although the debt ceiling debate this summer put more stress on students— especially low-income students—about paying for college, it is preposterous that Butler is using the debate as a shield to hide behind. Butler has always promoted diversity as

Collegian cartoon by Hali Bickford one of its priorities. As a liberal arts university, one would think that increased enrollment of multicultural groups would be a priority. However, Butler has shown that this practice is not as essential to them as it has been advertised to be. Instead of spending millions on campus construction projects, tighten some budgets and give more multicultural students the opportunity to

attend Butler. If the university wants to follow up on its pledge and promise to promote diversity, then it needs to make more of an effort to give these multicultural students a fighting chance to be a Butler Bulldog. A founding pillar of a Butler education is service learning. Almost every student that attends this university completes some form of service learning before

graduating. Most of this volunteer work somehow involves visiting multicultural neighborhoods and high schools to explain the importance of a college education. It seems to be a cruel double standard that the university goes out of its way to reach out to multicultural students and encourage them to attend college, accept them to Butler and then blame the economy when these

Faculty Senate could benefit from limited top administrator attendance Top-level administrators at Butler University have enough to worry about on a given day. If the senate votes Oct. 4 to limit their access, one fewer worry would be whether or not to attend Faculty Senate meetings that occur twice a month. These meetings should be reserved for members of the Butler community and faculty members who feel the direct impact of the administration’s decisions. Top administrators, which could include the president, vice presidents, deans and associate deans, would benefit from a clear policy about meeting attendance. It is my hope that the Faculty Senate members vote to include deans and associate deans in any distinction of top administration since their role on campus is primarily that of an administrator, although they do teach classes. There is no denying that discussions involving top administration at Butler are imperative, but the university should allow the faculty and community to discuss the solutions among themselves before contacting top-level administrators. Top-level administrators should not be prevented from attending all meetings, but any new policy should be specific. Therefore, top administrators would still remain in tune with campus. With a policy that is not totally exclusive, there will not be a loss of the shared governance that former university president

ALEXA SMITH Bobby Fong was committed to preserving. Butler has a new president, so the university should take advantage of this opportunity to implement changes for the betterment of the university. You might wonder why these administrators wouldn’t attend, since they are such integral components of the university. But really, that is the exact reason they shouldn’t have the option to attend every single Faculty Senate meeting. People who are affected by their decisions should have an open forum for discussion without an administrator voicing his or her opinion unless they are invited. Change is not a bad thing; however, it does seem to be something that Butler tends to fear. Altering the protocol for faculty senate meetings will not cause campus to implode. There is no reason not to try a new method because the change could possibly make the Faculty Senate meetings more productive than they

ever have been. Additionally, top-level administrators are burdened with various issues in the university on any given day, from budget talks to inaugural luncheons. If the faculty senate policy were clearer, top-level administrators could direct their attention to more time-sensitive issues on campus. Philosophy professor Stuart Glennan said at Faculty Senate that he fails to see why top-level administrators should be at faculty senate meetings. The worst policy that Faculty Senate could effect on Oct. 4 would be increased closed-door, executive session meetings. These meetings would not serve any real purpose on campus because they would transform Faculty Senate into somewhat of a secret society on campus. Increased usage of closed-door meetings would not be beneficial for faculty or members of the Butler community, including The Collegian. Faculty Senate will be at its most highly functioning point when all members involved are there out of earnest concern instead of an outdated practices from a previous administration. Hopefully the upcoming vote on Oct. 4 will be one that changes and improves the effectiveness of Faculty Senate on campus. Contact opinion editor Alexa Smith at

students can’t afford to enroll. If the university can simply not afford to help pay for multicultural students to attend, then it needs to stop advertising diversity as a staple of the campus. Butler cannot have it both ways, so if it wants to continue to pride itself as a diverse, liberal arts university, it needs to take more aggressive steps to include multicultural students.

Letter to the Editor As a former writer for the Collegian and current employee of the Health and Recreation Complex, I am compelled to set the record straight regarding the story “Limited access to athletic facilities for all students disarming, inconvenient.” There are various claims made that are not presenting the entire picture of the recreation department. While it can be frustrating that students are not allowed in all the facilities at any given time, it is important that we do not malign the wrong department simply because we are not sure whose ‘fault’ it is. The recreation department has done everything within its control to make tennis—and all other sports—available to all students, athletes or otherwise. It is equally as imperative that before bandying about numbers and claiming what is owed to us, we know for what exactly we are paying. -Brian Gross, senior

CORRECTION The opinion story, “Limited access to athletic facilities for all students disarming, inconvenient,” in the Sept. 7 issue contained incorrect information. It should have stated, “The [Health and Recreation Center] pool is open to students from 6 a.m to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.”



Save money and sanity with counseling More of Butler’s community should use the free counseling service—the single best deal on campus.


he vast majority of mental disorders are treatable, or at the very least can be made more manageable with professional advice and support. So Butler University’s community needs to take advantage of the amazing service that is provided for them. Only 36 percent of those with mental disorders receive counseling, reports the National Institute of Mental Health.


Among Butler students, that number drops to 8 percent— whether they have disorders or not. The American Counseling Association estimates that the average counseling session costs each patient $65. The ACA does not release data on the number of sessions that patients undergo, because every case is different. But for the purpose of this article, assume that the average number of visits is relatively low and that all issues are resolved with 10 weeks. Hypothetically, Butler’s free counseling program would save each patient $650. 26.2

percent of American adults suffer from some form of mental disorders on a yearly basis, the NIMH reports; over a lifetime, that increases to 46.4 percent. A “mental disorder” is a relatively broad term, but all of them affect the lives of their victims—and they are real. If the ratio holds true for this campus, then there are roughly 1300 people associated with the campus who have mental disorders and they’d end up spending a combined $845,000 on therapy. In other words, the counseling services are an immensely good bargain for the members of the community. For whatever it’s worth, I am a satisfied “customer” of the counseling service on campus. Two years ago, I would never have put my thoughts on display before the whole of the university—just inflicted them on my friends. So you have them to thank for this piece. It’s also worth mentioning that counseling can benefit everyone, not just those with recognized mental disorders. And, again,

it’s free. The only investment you make is with time. If it’s not a benefit, stop going. But in the meantime, you could make some amazing selfdiscoveries, overcome boundaries you weren’t aware of and just generally improve your selfimage. That sounds like something that should be worth more than $65 a week, and it’s priced even lower: free. That fact can’t be repeated enough. Sixty-four percent of Americans with disorders don’t use counseling services; 92 percent of Bulldogs don’t either. In 2011, a lot of people still think that they’re just being whiny, that they can “tough it out” and that nothing is really wrong with them. Chances are that any given adult doesn’t have a disorder. Almost everyone vents to his or her friends and family, and that’s healthy. Giving voice to thoughts and emotions helps humans deal with them maturely and rationally. Venting to a counselor has two major benefits: it’s absolutely confidential, and they’re a captive audience. The counseling staff gets paid to listen to you. They’ve been trained to offer professional advice. They also got involved in counseling because they sincerely care about people, and because they’re good listeners to boot. Did I mention its free?

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42.6 percent of Americans over the age of 18 suffer from a mental disorder sometime during their lifetime 64 percent of Americans with mental disorders don’t receive counseling 8 percent of students, faculty and staff use the on-campus counseling service $65: the average price of one session with a counselor $0: the cost of every visit to the HRC counseling center

For Butler’s future, throw away the lists U .S. News & World Report has once again ranked Butler University No. 2 among Midwest regional universities. It’s a great accomplishment for a great school. These rankings continue to become more influential to students and parents trying to make a decision about their education. But students should keep in mind that one list does not define a university. Students should use these rankings to decide which universities to apply to. But they should not use them to decide which university to attend. Likewise, administrators shouldn’t make policy decisions solely to increase the school’s rank. Fortunately, our new president agrees. In an interview with Collegian staff writer Kyler Naylor, President Jim Danko said, “No ranking is a perfect indicator of the strengths or even the weaknesses of a university. So we certainly want to celebrate when we do well because there is some indication, all be it not perfect, of your university. But one thing I’ve always been very cautious about is building a university premised on rankings.” Ranking indicators change every year, and if Butler makes changes based on a moving target, we easily could miss.


Ranking indicators change every year, and if Butler makes changes based on a moving target, we easily could miss.

Photo by Maria Porter

The class of 2003’s limestone book podium stands in front of a fountain on campus. U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Butler University No. 2 among Midwest regional universities.

Furthermore, rankings cannot quantify how well an individual student will fit into a particular program or college. That fit, more than any other factor, should help define a student’s choice. No matter how hard they try, one set of criteria cannot analyze the qualities of all faculty on a campus. It’s impossible to know what it feels like to throw a ball around the mall

on a cool September afternoon. And forget about measuring the feeling on campus when a basketball team goes to back-to-back Final Fours. U.S. News & World Report uses a broad array of criteria to measure their schools. And they should be used to determine, generally, which schools are better than others. But that’s not really what rankings are for anymore. They’re for marketing purposes. They’re for the ubiquitous pamphlets found in admissions offices across the country. They’re

for university web pages, press releases and presidents’ speeches. The rankings do not take into account the success of a university’s alumni. The rankings do not measure the value of the research coming out of a university’s faculty and PhD programs. Neither do they measure students’ community service, nor universities’ social mobility—the recruitment and graduating of lowincome students. Instead the rankings measure how similar a university is to

Harvard, Yale and Princeton. But Butler is not, nor will it ever be, an Ivy League university. And that is absolutely fine. Change is good. But we don’t want to change for change’s sake or just to move up a rank. Butler should be known for how Bulldogs are helping to shape the future of our state and our nation; how four years of living the Butler Way can change lives. Contact asst. opinion editor James Hanna at

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PawPrints By Rachel Anderson

“Lucas Oil Stadium during the Super Bowl because I love football, and it’s a beautiful stadium.” Laura Anderson Freshman

If you could take a bus to anywhere in Indiana for free, where would it be and why? “South Bend. That is where my second cousin lives, and he’s the coolest person in the world.” Ian Smith Sophomore

“The get out of the state. Any of them.”

“Indiana Dunes because I think it would be the prettiest place in the state.”

Brandon Reisdorf Senior

Becky Howarth Graduate Student

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Here is where we are: By 2013, fans will know what league #Butler is in (Horizon) but won’t be quite sure about Syracuse, Pitt or Texas A&M @DavidWoods007

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“I think of this statue whenever I hear the “R U a Bulldog?!” chant. Hell yeah, I’m a bulldog!” -Stephen Small Junior

Going over schedule for next 8 months. Pretty full with home and road comps & special events.. Let’s go win some championships #Butler @MichaelSFreeman Just saw Brad Stevens giving a recruit a tour.. definitely thought it was Mark Minner #Butler #PDTING @RobBeckett #butler application = 99% done. #readyforcollege @Tor_x2 so much homework. #stressedtothemax is it Saturday yet? I’m ready to play some lacrosse #bulldogs #butler @ashkiefer

SHOW CHOIR PRACTICES DANCE ROUTINE The Butler University show choir was able to practice a dance routine for their version of Renegade, originally by Styx, at their meeting Monday night. The classic American rock song is in the lineup for the choir’s next concert. SEE STORY, PAGE 9

TOP LEFT: Doris Almaraz, sophomore, is all smiles during rehersal. LEFT: Alpha Hoeffel, freshman, breaks it down during the dance routine. RIGHT: Juniors Paige Newman (front left) and Doug Smittle (front right) teach moves from the dance. BY MARIA PORTER Not on campus Wednesday? You can read us online anytime!


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