Sports: The Bulldogs pulled out a victory against Youngstown State on Saturday. Their record stands now at 7-5-1. Page 5
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A&E: We welcome autumn with a collection of things to do. Page 8
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Opinion: Independents should have more ownership of large events. Page 10
INSIDE THE SGA BUDGET
Carroll: ‘I will spend this year’s money on this year’
PROGRAM BOARD: $379,500
Budget’s biggest allotments: -Concerts: $150,000 -Special Events: $45,000 -Podium Expressions: $35,000 -Films: $32,000 -Late-Night Programming: $25,000 -Spring Sports Spectacular: $25,000
Also included: Dance Marathon: $10,000
JILL MCCARTER JMCCARTE@BUTLER.EDU
Photo By Maria Porter
SGA EXPENSES: $115,957
Budget’s allotments: -Volunteerism: $20,000 -Readership program: $8,300 -Taxi Service at the HRC: $500
Budget’s biggest allotments: -Off-Campus Shuttles: $51,000 -Welcoming Weeks (first six weeks of programming): $30,000 -Presidential Initiative: $14,000 -SGA Retreats: $12,957 -Executive Board Stipends: $8,000
SGA President Al Carroll
photo by Ryan Love
FINANCE EXECUTIVE BOARD: $58,500
PUBLIC RELATIONS: $26,000 GENERAL EXPENSES “We’re looking to really raise awareness of SGA on Butler’s campus. This money will allow us to do so. We’re looking forward to this upcoming year.”
Budget’s biggest allotments: -SGA Grants: $36,500 -Club Sports Grants: $10,000
Budget’s biggest allotment: -General Expenses: $33,000
COUNCIL ON PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS: $12,000 GENERAL EXPENSES
Lauren Pedigo at SGA assembly SGA VP, Public Relations
CUSHION: $10,995 This line item is used in case an allocation goes over budget.
OPERATIONS: $11,500 Aids in logistics of SGA assembly.
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Butler University’s Board of Trustees voted down a 1 percent pay equity raise Saturday for some faculty and staff in light of the university’s failure to meet enrollment expectations this year. President Jim Danko said he supported the Board’s decision. “I really felt that it was a wise move to step back for the time,” Danko said. “Really, this is something we’re going to be able to revisit again later this year just as easily.” Since 2005, university ofﬁcials have reviewed and updated Butler’s compensation system, making a large effort to uncover equity discrepancies for faculty and staff, according to a president’s memorandum sent to faculty and staff Sept. 14. Two years ago, the university
CLASS ALLOCATIONS: $5,500 The assembly voted to add $4,000 to this line item to go toward funding class activities.
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Trustees vote down 1 percent equity raise for faculty, staff HAYLEIGH COLOMBO HCOLOMBO@BUTLER.EDU
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NEW THIS YEAR: BASKETBALL TRIP BUDGET: $7,000 Money was added to the miscellaneous budget to help cut the costs of sending students on trips for basketball games. During last year’s tournament, SGA helped send around 100 students to games in New Orleans and Houston.
very year, each Butler University student pays about $288 in student activity fees. Every year, about $180 of those fees go to Student Government Association. And every year, SGA’s executive board and SGA representatives are faced with the task of using those funds to engage students with programs that are both beneﬁcial and utilized. This year, SGA is working with a budget of $703,752—or about $178 for each of the 3,953 students who pay student activity fees. Over the summer, members said they looked at last year’s budget to see which activities or line items work and which have room to be changed, according to cost and beneﬁt to the community. “If an organization wants to do more stuff, the budget will reﬂect it,” Dan Schramm, SGA vice president for ﬁnance, said. “At the same time, if they ﬁnd something that didn’t really work, the budget will also reﬂect that.” While $703,752 may sound like a large amount of money, SGA President Al Carroll said he intends to oversee an assembly that uses all of that money wisely during the year. “You should be seeing $700,000 worth of programming on campus throughout the year,” Carroll said. “That should happen, and if it’s not happening, we’re not doing our jobs right.” The largest portion of the budget—$379,500, or about $96 per student—goes to fund Program Board, an operating board under the SGA umbrella that oversees organizations like ﬁlms committee, concerts committee and late-night programming. Program Board works to create programs that will engage and entertain members of the student body.
I really felt that it was a wise move to step back for the time. This is something we’re going to be able to revisit again later this year just as easily. JIM DANKO UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT paid equity raises to qualiﬁed faculty and staff but didn’t last year. The Board did approve a general 3 percent salary-increase pool in May, but when it became clear Butler wasn’t going to make its predicted enrollment numbers, it
delayed voting on the equity raise, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Comstock said at the Sept. 6 Faculty Senate meeting. At that time, Comstock said she predicted that the Board’s decision would fall this way. Danko said before he even started at Butler, he worked to assure people that the 3 percent pool was going to happen. “That was my big ﬁght,” Danko said. “There was concern that it was going to be risky to put ourselves out there ﬁnancially.” At Butler, compensation increases are heavily tied to enrollment and tuition dollars, which Danko said isn’t the best model. “For whatever reason, this place has got this link between raises and enrollment,” Danko said. “We need see raises page 2
Crime rates increased in Butler area in 2010 New statistics show rise in burglaries as well as alcohol and drug violations. AARON KELPIN AKELPIN@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
The Butler University area has higher numbers than it did last year in eight of 17 crime sub-categories, according to a new report. Aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, arson, forcible and non-forcible burglary, liquor law arrests, liquor and drug law violations referred for disciplinary actions and illegal weapon possession arrests each went up by at least one incident in 2010 from the year before. The numbers are part of Butler University’s 2010 Comprehensive Combined Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report, sent to the Butler Community Sept.
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28, which includes a breakdown of Butler’s crime statistics for 2008-2010. Liquor law violations referred for disciplinary actions increased from 134 in 2009 to 288 in 2010, and the number of liquor law arrests rose from three to nine. “We’re conﬁdent [the statistics] are accurate, but they can be misleading,” BUPD Police Chief Ben Hunter said. “What concerns me is what’s behind the numbers.” Hunter said that the rise in liquor law violations did not worry him as much as the number of dangerously high blood alcohol levels recorded last year. Hunter said that one speciﬁc incident last year involved a person recording a blood alcohol level of .38—almost ﬁve times the legal limit. “You don’t know if it’s an increase in incidents or a change in people reporting,” Dean of Student Affairs Sally Click said. see crime page 3
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Students find search for off-campus housing difficult BROOKE DEADY BDEADY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
Next school year might be months away, but Butler University juniors are already looking for offcampus housing. Stephen Small, a junior pharmacy major, said the whole process snuck up on him and his future housemates. They began the search in the ﬁrst couple weeks of September. “It has been hard for juniors [to ﬁnd houses off campus],” Small said. “I can’t imagine what it will be like for [the current] sophomores next year.” He said the ﬁnancial aspect was part of the struggle—some houses were pricey but poor in quality. To him it seemed like the closer the house is to campus, the higher the price is. “The highest price that we came across was $700 [per person per month], and that was right next to Clowes [Memorial] Hall,” Small said. Small said some landlords can be difﬁcult to work with, texting instead of talking to the students
and raising prices that don’t match the house quality. “Look out for people treating students like college students and not adults,” Small said. Scott Jacobson, a local landlord, said he is open to renting to students instead of looking at them as a problem. “For the 10 houses we have near Butler, I much prefer renting to students for a variety of reasons,” he said. “While others may shy away from having students as tenants, I’ve found Butler students in general to be more responsible and respectful tenants than perhaps others may assume students to be.” Jacobson also said that he is amazed at how quickly students race each fall to secure a place to live for the next year. “This has been a pretty busy last month for me, but it’s great because I’d much rather go through the process now than in March,” he said. Doug Howell, associate director of residence life, said residence life makes the Apartment Village an option for seniors and that process
Strategic plan faces changes KYLER NAYLOR KNAYLOR@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
Butler University ofﬁcials have started working on an update to the strategic plan, and are incorporating President Jim Danko’s observations into it. A strategic plan is a ﬁve-year plan based around goals and priorities. Its objective is to uphold and maintain Butler’s mission, integrity and excellence in education. The current plan, Dare to Make a Difference, was adopted in 2009 and will remain in effect until 2014. It was built upon the previous strategic plan, Dare to Lead. “A lot came out of the strateguc plan in terms of things we need to pursue,” Danko said. “I think now the challenge is how do we incorporate new leadership and go over and above that.” Danko said he would like to work more closely with the rest of the university leadership to determine what the future of the strategic plan will be. Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs Jamie Comstock is currently writing the next update, pending additional discussion. Updates are made regularly, as they are needed. With new administration, a new strategic plan seems to be on the horizon. “My best guess is yes, the strategic plan will change,” COB Dean Chuck Williams said. “It’s a natural thing to happen any time you have a new president. Any time you have a new leader who’s going to come in with a fresh outlook and, frankly, probably has a different set of challenges placed on them by the trustees, you can expect the strategic plan to change. “Higher education is different now than it was in 2001—a different set of opportunities, a different set of challenges.” Questions about what changes will be made are still being answered. “I think President Danko is doing what he should at this point; he’s in the listening phase,” LAS Dean Jay Howard said. “He’s going around and talking to people, and people are coming to him and sharing insight, which is what a good new leader would do. He’s doing the right things.” Williams said that the university should look to progressing from where it is now. “The key thing that needs to be decided is what does taking Butler to the next level mean?” Williams said. “If that becomes our objective, then we can begin to answer that
Nine priorities for improvement, Dare to Make a Difference 1. 2.
Encourage academic excellence and innovation. Develop, strengthen and expand creative co-curricular programs and campus collaborations to promote student learning, development, retention and success. Pursue creative collaborations to engage students in learning experiences with local impact and national reach. Build on Butler’s reputation in international education by forging additional opportunities and partnerships. With our mission and commitments ﬁrmly in mind, calibrate Butler’s optimal student body size and shape, given coming demographic shifts and the dynamic external ﬁnancial environment. Make Butler an employer of choice for a highly-qualiﬁed, diverse mix of faculty and staff. Construct and maintain facilities and infrastructure commensurate to the mission and reﬂective of the commitments and aspirations of the university. Grow and steward resources that enable us to execute our plans and sustain the university for future generations of students. Increase Butler’s national proﬁle.
question, and the strategic plan will develop around making that happen.” At this time, it is difﬁcult to tell just what the university could use in its strategic plan if and when changes are made. “It’s hard to predict what is going to happen at this point, and the way these things evolve is in cycles,” Howard said. “I think even President Danko would have a hard time saying how the strategic plan is going to change, because he’s still in that listening phase. I don’t think we’ve gotten to that point yet.” The strategic plan provides guidance for nearly all university operations. At the same time, the individual colleges have agendas that support the plan as a whole. “It’s not unreasonable to expect that if the strategic plan changes that the colleges will have to make some adjustments, but at its core Butler’s mission doesn’t change with the strategic plan,” Williams said. “Butler is committed to personalized education; students have great opportunity in all of our colleges to do work in professional settings. At its core, Butler isn’t going to change.”
will begin Nov. 7. “I have heard from students that they are approached pretty early, like around move-in day or the year before, about off-campus houses,” Howell said. Howell said he has heard of roommates having a falling out when someone is rushing last minute to ﬁnd another living option. He said that residence life can accommodate students in situations like this and the student can live in AV. Howell said a majority of people do take their time and don’t rush a decision. Once students sign a lease, Howell said they are locked into the agreement Marcy Thornsberry, a junior theater major and one of Small’s future housemates, said she and Small actually looked for houses with “for rent” signs and that the whole search process was overwhelming. “Houses that we were considering would be rented in the time from when I called the landlord to the day when we had an appointment to see it,” she said.
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to move away from that. That’s not a good approach.” Danko said he wants to move aggressively on growing the endowment so that compensation and improving student life aren’t so tuition-dependent. “I don’t want to operate in that kind of system, that’s for sure,” Danko said. “I don’t expect that to be the case as we move forward.” Butler employed the help of consultants at Fox, Lawson & Associates to perform the 2005
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Students said it has been difﬁcult ﬁnding a balance between quality and price among the limited housing options surrounding campus. “I felt like the houses were ﬂying off the shelves sometimes. It was stressful at times.” Thornsberry said prospective students should think ahead before looking.
INSIDE Columnist James Hanna weighs in on the decision about the equity raises. | Page 11 What do you think? Send a letter to the editor to email@example.com with your thoughts on the decision. compensation study. “The ﬁnancial impact of study recommendations selected for adoption will be assessed, and plans will be put into place to implement those recommendations within ﬁscal restraints,” former President Bobby Fong said in a 2005 memorandum. The study based target salary
“My advice would be to start early,” she said. “Get a reliable group together. Look for houses in your price range, and know how close or far you want to be from campus. Get a good landlord.” ranges for employees largely on seniority, responsibilities, performance and department, Vice President for Finance Bruce Arick said. It also analyzed benchmarks within the market, such as salaries at other regional universities. Arick said the analysis indicated inequities within departments, especially for female employees. Danko said that although it’s unfortunate that the university was too strapped ﬁnancially this year to give out equity raises, he recognizes the concern about the discrepancies. “We’re below market right now, there’s no doubt about that,” Danko said. “We have to continue to invest in retaining faculty and staff. I look at that as a key priority.”
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University prepares for expiring accreditation KATIE YOUNGEN KYOUNGEN@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
As Butler University approaches the expiration of its 10-year accreditation, university ofﬁcials begin to plan for the process. Butler’s status as an accredited institution will expire in 2013. Last spring, the university established the steering committee for the reaccreditation process. Now, the committee is preparing a 200-page report to demonstrate the university’s commitment to ﬁve criteria for accreditation: mission; integrity; academic program quality, resources and support; academic program evaluation and improvement; and resources and planning. Judith Harper-Morrel, executive director of the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement, leads the 14-member committee of faculty and staff
members. Butler falls into the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and its Higher Learning Commission regulatory regional standards, as set forth by the Department of Education, HarperMorrel said. Accreditation, as stated by the Higher Learning Commission, “provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.” “[The committee] is instituting a self-study to show compliance with the criteria,” Harper-Morrel said. “The study will be completed and turned in to the Higher Learning Commission in fall 2012.” The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences recently
Students should look for the opportunity to take part in the reaccreditation process. JUDITH HARPER-MORREL DIRECTOR OF CHASE underwent reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. COPHS Dean Mary Andritz said that the accreditation process was similar to the university’s, although the accreditation was provided by a different accrediting body. “[COPHS] just ﬁnished a twoyear self-study and put together an extensive set of documents that was shared with reviewers who came on campus and met with us for three days to validate what was
in there,” Andritz said. After the Higher Learning Commission receives the university’s report of compliance in fall 2012, a team of peer reviewers will come to campus sometime in March 2013, Harper-Morrel said. “The peer reviewers will come to campus to interview the Board of Trustees, students, faculty and staff and then issue a report about our accreditation,” Harper-Morrel said. Both Andritz and Harper-Morrel said that the accreditation process has become stricter in recent years. Harper-Morrel said the rise of forproﬁt colleges has made oversight committees stricter about the accreditation process. “Butler has been accredited since 1915 when the [accreditation] program began,” Harper-Morrel said. Students might not see changes in the day-to-day operations
of the university, but there are opportunities to get involved and learn more about the process. “Students should look for the opportunity to take part in the reaccreditation process,” HarperMorrel said. Students may be asked to provide information through surveys and focus groups and online via a website that will be launched later this month. Student input in the accreditation process can provide the push for big changes. “One thing that came up in the 2002-2003 self-study was that Butler needed better on-campus housing options for upperclassmen,” Harper-Morrel said. “Out of that came the Apartment Village.” To learn more about the reaccreditation process, students can attend one of two informational meetings this week. They are Oct. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. in GH108 and Oct. 7 from 11a.m. to noon in JH141.
Inauguration Committee plans upcoming events ANDRÉ SMITH AMSMITH5@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR The inauguration of Butler University’s President Jim Danko will honor the president and his wife Bethanie and welcome them to the university. This year’s theme is “Imagine the possibilities,” which will be represented by many exhibits and events in the Butler neighborhood. Organizers of the inauguration festivities said they expect the events to showcase the university’s relationship with the Indianapolis community. “Me and Jim [Danko] would rather the event not be about us but about Butler in the whole community,” Bethanie said. “If we can be an excuse for that to happen, then great.” COLLEGE EXHIBIT One of the ﬁrst events will be an exhibit at Irwin Library from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11. The exhibit starts during Family Weekend. The exhibit will include displays from all six of the university’s colleges, the Center for Global Education and the Center for Citizenship and Community. Each group will have an interactive multimedia display that showcases its relationship to the community. Darlene Waddell, who represents the College of Education on the academic affairs subcommittee, said the education display will include elements of how Butler has worked in partnership with Indianapolis Public School Lab School 60 and Shortridge Magnet High School. “I think [the display] will draw in the community and showcase the academic side of Butler,” Waddell said. “I hope the community can see we still have dreams and that there are possibilities that we can use our imagination to reach.” INAUGURAL GALA The inauguration committee is also planning its gala at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The event is invitation-only and 350 guests are expected to attend. Those invited include the Board of Trustees, volunteers who work on the behalf of various university committees, the alumni board, faculty members and students. The gala will feature performances from various student performing groups, including Out of the Dawg House, Butler’s male a cappella group. “I want [the gala] to showcase the talents of our staff and students at Butler and celebrate where we have been as a university and also the next step we want to go,” Rachael Burt, co-chair of the gala committee, said. STUDENT INPUT The inaugural committee also allowed student input in the
planning. Student Government Association President Al Carroll and Council on Presidential Affairs Chair Mike Tirman both serve on the committee to represent the student voice on campus. Carroll said one way he has tried to get more student involvement in the process is by using money in the student initiative fund in SGA to pay for the regalia robes to be worn at the Installation Ceremony at Clowes Memorial Hall on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. A representative from each student organization on campus will wear the robes. “[Butler Catholic Community] thought it would be good to be there for [Danko] since he and his wife sometimes come and celebrate Mass with us, and she even bakes cookies for us,” said junior pharmacy major Eileen Carroll, who will be representing BCC at the ceremony. Al Carroll said he hopes that students will participate in the inauguration festivities. “The inauguration is not only about the new president but also about the university as a whole,” he said. SPRING EVENTS The committee is also planning to have different events on campus year-round as part of the inaugural celebration. PuLSE Ofﬁce Director Caroline Huck-Watson, the co-chair for the day of service subcommittee, said that her committee is planning to host a service event in April for students and faculty. “It is great because we are encouraging people to think of creative ways to think about the university,” Huck-Watson said. Huck-Watson said the committee is waiting for the inauguration week before making a ﬁnal decision on what the spring service event will be. Bethanie is also co-chair of the committee to plan the end-of-theyear event. “[The event] is about how Butler students engage the community,” Bethanie said. “We want to ﬁgure out how to take students to new places. We deﬁnitely want [the event] to be student-focused.” Bethanie said she wants the inauguration to allow the community to get to know Jim Danko better. “Part of what [Jim’s] ﬁrst 100 days is about is understanding what people are saying and to begin with that,” Bethanie said. “It is about him listening and the community to be inspired and getting to know him.” Jim Danko said he hopes the inauguration will reinvigorate excitement around the university. “I hope [the inauguration] energizes the community to think beyond current ways of thinking,” he said. “I want it to be a time of selfreﬂection and a chance to celebrate the community.”
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Underage drinking violations are among the many rising crime trends on and near campus, including drug use, theft and assault.
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Sometimes isolated incidents can distort the statistics. In 2010 for example, a single offcampus party around Halloween resulted in 50 to 60 of the 288 total liquor law violations. Click estimated that around 15 alcohol-related medical responses have already been reported this year, and that number is higher than all of fall semester last year. Irene Stevens, dean of student life, said that September and October have the most alcoholrelated incidents, primarily due to freshmen’s newly acquired freedom while living away from home. On top of this newfound independence is the fact that highproﬁle events like Homecoming and Halloween are in the fall. This year is the ﬁrst that Butler is
SGA BUDGET: MONEY ALLOTTED TO ORGANIZATIONS
FROM PAGE ONE Carroll said that once SGA plans an event, advertised it and encouraged students to participate, the responsibility falls on the student. “Everything that SGA does, you have an impact on it, so you should want to get your money’s worth,” Carroll said. “There are a lot of people that pay for these events, and they just don’t go.” Money to cover SGA expenses— including the ﬁrst six weeks of programming, executive board stipends and the presidential initiative—makes up $115,957 of the budget. In the Sept. 14 assembly meeting, members raised questions regarding the $8,000 budgeted for executive board stipends. The six vice presidents of SGA, the president and the parliamentarian each receive compensation for serving the year in that position. “I don’t understand why you guys are being paid to do work that I feel anyone in the room could do,” senior Chris Beaman said. Council on Presidential Affairs Chair Mike Tirman said that the time and effort put into the organization
implementing an alcohol task force, which is working on gathering opinions and information from around campus about views on alcohol. They intend to have recommendations for student services by the spring term. “It would be irresponsible of us to not address these things,” Click said. Click also said that student services has been working to provide more late-night programs to help students “to release stress and cope in a different way” than using alcohol or drugs. Drug law violations have steadily increased since 2008, from six to 13 between 2008 and 2009, and to 19 in 2010. Stevens said that drugs are most commonly being used as an alternative to alcohol by students to help them relax and cope. Stevens also said that marijuana is the most commonly used drug, but rare cases involving heroine or cocaine have been reported.
2010 saw a spike in forcible burglaries as the total number reported jumped from four to 11. Stevens said that most burglaries, robberies, larcenies and related crimes are committed by nonstudents and are primarily driven by the current status of the economy. “College campuses nationally are a target,” Stevens said, “and the fact that Butler is in such a metropolitan area makes it even more prone. Although there have been some increases in crime sub-categories, the statistics are relative, and Butler’s total numbers are smaller than some larger campuses like Indiana University or Purdue University. “Everything goes in cycles,” Stevens said. “I think we’re a pretty safe campus, comparatively speaking.” Both Stevens and Click cited Butler’s focus on education through conduct corrections rather than immediate arrests and expulsion. “We need to watch out for ourselves, make wise decisions and watch out for each other,” Click said.
could potentially take away from the opportunity of having a parttime job. “I spend eight hours a day working on CPA stuff, whether it be in meetings, talking with people about their concerns or planning events,” Tirman said. “I do not think that the stipend is unnecessary.” The $14,000 budgeted for the presidential initiative is money that the president can use to fund special projects on campus. At the same meeting, Carroll said that his presidential initiative fund would go toward more diversity programs on campus. “It gives me an opportunity to highlight that program,” Carroll said. The largest portion of the SGA expenses budget funds the operation of the shuttles that run every weekend and to the airport for breaks. “The shuttle is something that is very beneﬁcial to the student body,” Carroll said. “We are offering something that could appeal to just about every member of the student body.” The $35,800 put into the miscellaneous budget category currently funds the taxi service at the Health and Recreation Complex, the readership program and the volunteerism budget—a budget that doubled with a vote on Sept. 21.
ON THE WEB Visit www.thebutlercollegian.com for a more in-depth look at the SGA budget in the SGA Beat. An item added to this year’s budget is funding to cut costs of any basketball trips that SGA would offer students. Last year, SGA was able to offer a limited number of spots for students to attend the NCAA Men’s Final Four games in Houston. The cost to each student was around $100. SGA footed the rest of the bill, which averaged about $150 more per student. “That was one event that if you attended, you would have had your money back in one time,” Carroll said. “One event.” It was noted at the Sept. 14 assembly that this added budget wouldn’t completely cover the costs of the trips, but it would help cut the costs. “We never expected these costs last year,” SGA vice president for operations Kelsa Reynolds said at the meeting. “By adding this in, we know we have some money set aside in case we need it.” While everything in the budget has been voted on and approved, assembly members can make amendments to the budget at any time.
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Lang saves the day LUKE SHAW LESHAW@BUTLER.EDU STAFF WRITER
Butler senior kicker David Lang has been “good as gold” this season, to steal a term often used to describe Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould. Lang drilled a game-winning, 35-yard ﬁeld goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game to give the Butler football team a 2927 victory over Dayton on Saturday. “That was a great win,” Butler head coach Jeff Voris said. Lang nailed another 35-yard ﬁeld goal earlier in the fourth quarter as well as a career-long 46-yard ﬁeld goal in the closing seconds of the ﬁrst quarter. The performance earned Lang the Pioneer Football League’s Special Teams Player of the Week honor, his second this season. The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1) needed all the points that Lang produced after blowing a 10-point advantage against the Flyers, (3-2, 1-1) the cochampion of the PFL last season. Butler overcame Dayton’s defensive effort on its ﬁrst drive of the game, moving the ball 83 yards in 11 plays. The drive ﬁnished in the end zone with a three-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Zach Watkins from senior quarterback Andrew Huck. Huck ended the day with 255 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The Bulldogs had a 10-0 lead by the end of the ﬁrst quarter thanks to
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Butler sophomore running back Trae Heeter (right) attempts to get around Dayton redshirt senior defensive end Devon Langhorst during the game on Saturday. Heeter ran for 142 yards on 25 attempts and caught ﬁve passes for 61 yards in Butler’s 29-27 victory over Dayton. Lang’s 46-yard ﬁeld goal. mentality ‘we can win’, and that’s The Bulldogs erased part of the Butler sealed the victory with The Flyers rallied in the second what gave us tempo.” deﬁcit when Lang made a 35-yard Lang’s ﬁeld goal with seven quarter to score two consecutive The third quarter saw tight ﬁeld goal, bringing the Bulldogs seconds left to go. touchdowns and gain a 14-10 lead. defense and one touchdown within one point of the Flyers with Cook said that beating last Butler responded by putting for each squad. Dayton’s failed 7:52 remaining. season’s PFL co-champs made the together an 80-yard drive in the last two-point conversion after its After the ﬁeld goal, Butler’s Butler win even sweeter. three minutes of the ﬁrst half. Huck touchdown left the Bulldogs with a defense held strong to give the “We don’t want to share anything capped the drive with a four-yard 23-20 lead. offense another opportunity. The with anybody,” Cook said. “If we pass to senior wide receiver Jeff The tide turned for the Bulldogs Bulldogs’ defense limited Dayton can beat the league champs, then Larsen, giving the Bulldogs a 16-14 in the fourth quarter after a Butler to 78 passing yards and 162 rushing we can be the league champs. This lead at halftime. punt was blocked and returned 42 yards while forcing three turnovers. win was crucial to the rest of our “We came out really strong,” yards, giving Dayton a 27-23 lead. “[The defense] was more season.” sophomore cornerback Kevin Cook “That put us down, but we set aggressive on the short passes, and The Bulldogs will hit the road said. “Dayton has always been one the tempo on the next drive,” Cook we really wanted to press that,” for their next game at Campbell of our biggest rivals. We had the said. Cook said. Saturday.
Close contests keep coming
O’Neill leads Bulldogs
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The Butler men’s tennis team gained more experience and picked up some victories at the Ball State Invitational last weekend. Freshmen Sam O’Neill, Tommy Marx and Ruben Geeraert each earned two victories for the Bulldogs. O’Neill had the strongest showing of the trio, winning the White Division consolation bracket. After two byes, he met Duquesne freshman Mehdi Mekaoui and defeated him 6-4, 6-0. The bracket’s ﬁnal match featured O’Neill and Geeraert, who was victorious in matches against Duquesne junior Matt Smith (6-1, 6-1) and Northern Illinois freshman Bryant Wei (6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (6)). After trading 6-2 wins in the ﬁrst two sets, O’Neill topped Geeraert 1-0 (9) to capture his second victory of the event. Marx picked up two wins in the Flight A consolation bracket before losing to Green Bay freshman Michael Tenzer 6-3, 6-2. The Bulldogs will head to Louisville, Ky., for the Louisville Invitational Oct. 14-16.
Upcoming Bulldog home events
Photo by Maria Porter
Butler junior forward Katie Griswold (left) knocks the ball down as Xavier junior defenseman Brooke Eberly looks on during a match between the teams on Thursday.
VOLLEYBALL vs. Loyola 4 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER vs. UIC 7 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL vs. Green Bay 4 p.m.
vs. Cleveland State
Not even chilly conditions could prevent the Butler women’s soccer team from taking down Youngstown State Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs (7-51, 2-1-0) triumphed 2-1 over the Penguins (3-6-2, 0-1-1) for their second straight conference win. “If you score early, that may change the way they are going to play,” Butler head coach Tari St. John said. Butler ﬂexed its offensive muscles early, scoring ﬁve minutes into the game on a 25yard strike from junior forward Katie Griswold. The goal was Griswold’s team-leading ﬁfth this season. After being staked to an early lead, Butler kept up the pressure, both on offense and defense. The Bulldogs outshot the Penguins 13-1 in the opening half, which ultimately led to another Butler goal. The strike came from freshman defen-
seman Kelly Mahoney, who buried the ball in the back of the net off of a corner kick in the 38th minute to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. The second goal proved to be valuable insurance for Butler. Youngstown State freshman forward Jade Flory provided a goal for the Penguins in the 63rd minute to pull within one. The Bulldogs outshot the Penguins 18-5 on the afternoon. Freshman forward Elise Kotsakis led the way with ﬁve shots. “The game had a lot of variables like the bad weather and a different ﬁeld than what we are used to,” Kotsakis said. “The one thing we did was make sure we played a 90 minute game and kept our lead.” Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Burton got her fourth start of the season in net for the Bulldogs and notched her third win of the season. Butler also was in action on Thursday when it hosted its second night match in less than a week. This one
was against non-conference rival Xavier. The game went into double overtime and eventually ended in a 2-2 tie, giving the Bulldogs their ﬁrst draw of the season. Butler started the game strong, breaking out to a 2-0 lead before halftime. The Musketeers (64-1) were able to pull closer in the second half when senior forward Jessica Brooks scored in the 69th minute. Xavier then came up with the equalizer late in the contest when junior defenseman Brooke Eberly scored in the 86th minute. The game would remain deadlocked until the ﬁnal whistle at the end of the second overtime period. While the game will go down as a tie, the statistics will show that the Bulldogs were the aggressors, holding a 23-13 advantage in shots. The Bulldogs will take the pitch again today when they host Cleveland State (7-41, 0-2-1) at 3:30 p.m. for another Horizon League showdown.
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RotoDawg: Butler’s source for fantasy football
Women win; men place second LANCE RINKER LRINKER@BUTLER.EDU
The only thing more ideal than Tuesday’s weather was Butler’s golf game. Senior Michelle Nash captured medalist honors while leading the Butler women to a team championship in the Butler Fall Golf Invitational. The win marked the squad’s third tournament victory in as many tries. The Bulldogs entered the ﬁnal day of competition with a 13-stroke lead over Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The Jaguars played catch-up, shooting a tournament-best 287 in the ﬁnal round of play. IUPUI, led by junior Jordan Essman, ﬁnished second, four strokes behind host Butler. Essman closed out the tournament tied with Nash as both players shot identical ﬁrst and second rounds, ﬁnishing with overall scores of 142. Nash, one of ﬁve Bulldogs to ﬁnish in the top 20, captured medalist honors in a playoff against Essman. Junior Julia Porter and freshman Isabella Lambert ﬁnished tied for ﬁfth and seventh, respectively. Freshman Jenna Peters ﬁnished tied for 12th, and senior Clare Cornelius tied for 17th. On the men’s side, junior Andrew Wegeng also captured medalist honors and paced Butler’s men’s squad en route to a second place
team ﬁnish behind IUPUI. During Monday’s second round, Wegeng shot a schoolrecord 65. He shot an evenpar 70 in the ﬁnal round to ﬁnish one stroke ahead of Eastern Illinois senior David Lawrence. “Andrew [Wegeng] has been knocking on the door for a few years,” Butler head coach Bill Mattingly said. “He has worked hard, especially on his short game, to get to where he is.” The Bulldogs entered Tuesday’s ﬁnal round with an 11-stroke lead over eventual winner IUPUI. Three Jaguars shot under par to lead IUPUI to a tournament-best 273 in the ﬁnal round. The Jaguars ﬁnished four strokes ahead of host Butler. Four Bulldogs ﬁnished in the top 20, including junior Matt Vitale, who ﬁnished with an overall score of 216, one stroke ahead of senior teammate Jordan Mack. Senior Alex Walker ﬁnished with a ﬁnal score of 218. The men will get a week off before resuming play Oct. 17 at the Dayton Fall Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. “There is always room for improvement in golf,” Wegeng said. “We beat a lot of good teams in this tournament and gained some conﬁdence. I think we will progress really well.” The Butler women will be in action this weekend as part of the MAC Preview in Indianapolis.
Byes and trade talk
Photo by Rachel Anderson
Butler freshman Isabella Lambert follows through on a drive during the Butler Invitational on Tuesday.
Photo by Rachel Anderson
Butler junior Andrew Wegeng sets up a put during the ﬁnal round of the Butler Invitational. Wegeng shot a school record 65 in the second round.
ith hindsight being 20/20, it becomes easy for a fantasy owner to ask him or herself why in the world he or she would have played Player X over Player Z. “If I would have started Player Z, I would have won!” can commonly be heard by the water cooler on Tuesdays. Try not to get suckered into this school of thought. What most people fail to realize is that they decided to start Player X in the ﬁrst place—and probably for good reasons. Now that we are through the ﬁrst four weeks of the season, bye weeks will start to factor into fantasy decisions. This is the heart of the schedule and allows the teams with better depth to get more wins. This week, players from the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins will be out of action, so plan accordingly. Now, what do you do if you are the owner of a struggling team? My suggestion would be to make some roster moves: a combination of trades and waiver wire acquisitions. For the primary positions, there will probably not be as many long-term ﬁxtures lurking on the waiver wire. For these positions, I would try a trade. A good strategy that I try to implement is taken straight from Wall Street: buy low and sell high. Maximize the returns you get by offering an average player who is coming
off a monster game for a struggling superstar with an increasingly fantasyfriendly schedule. Another good strategy to salvaging a lost season is to do a two-for-one deal. Say you are the owner of multiple stud running backs, like Darren McFadden and Fred Jackson. Why not go ahead and trade Jackson for a duo like Felix Jones and AJ Green? In this scenario, you gain a legitimate receiver but take a small hit at halfback. Just know the strengths and weaknesses of the other teams in your league. Don’t be “that guy,” either, who makes absolutely absurd trades comparable to an upgrade from Rosie O’Donnell to Natalie Portman in the acting industry. Sorry, no one in their right mind would want to do that. If you would not accept the trade you are proposing, do not propose the trade in the ﬁrst place. Lastly, if you are sitting at 1-3 or 0-4, do not toss the season away. It is not fair to everyone else in your league for you to purposely throw games just because your team is underachieving. Contact staff writer Jerren Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo by Taylor Cox
Senior middle back Maureen Bamiro (left) and freshman middle back Stephanie Kranda prepare to make a play against Wright State.
teams beneﬁt MLB
ell, the Tampa Bay Rays have been eliminated from Major League Baseball’s playoffs. After defeating the Texas Rangers in convincing fashion in the ﬁrst playoff game between the teams, the Rays dropped the next three games of the series. Despite Tampa’s early exit, MLB is going to be better off thanks to the Rays making the playoffs instead of the Boston Red Sox. That does not make any sense, though. How could it be better for a small-market team to be in the postseason instead of a money-spending, controversy-laden team of media darlings?
Trust me, this situation will help professional baseball in the near future. The exposure of teams like the Rays, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 postseason proves to fans that small-market teams can survive in a league run on dollars and cents. Casual baseball viewers
like watching the bigmarket teams in the playoffs because it means they can see the teams and players they are used to seeing. But what happens when small-market teams start making the postseason with consistency? The casual fan goes from begrudgingly watching them to getting behind them year after year. Once this happens, ratings are up no matter if the small-market or big-market teams are in the playoffs. Plus, small-market teams getting the national spotlight for a while will build their fan bases, which in turn will beneﬁt MLB. Milwaukee got the Brewers in 1969. Tampa Bay
Hard times continue MATT RHINESMITH MRHINESMA@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR After losing two matches this past weekend and falling to 5-12 on the season, the Butler volleyball team is searching for answers. Hurt by unforced errors, the young Bulldogs (6-12, 2-4) cannot seem to string together enough wins to get themselves back on track. “This season is just a lot different,” sophomore outside hitter Maggie Harbison said. “We’re still trying to ﬁgure out who the leaders are, and everyone is taking on different roles.” On Saturday against Valparaiso, the Bulldogs’ youth was apparent. The Crusaders (13-6, 4-1) narrowly took the ﬁrst set 25-21, but the Bulldogs came back and won the second set. Valparaiso came out of the break strong and cruised to win the third and fourth sets. Middle back Maureen Bamiro, the only senior on this year’s Butler squad, led the Bulldogs with 10 kills. Harbison added nine kills and ﬁve blocks. “On the stat sheet, we beat them, but unforced errors really hurt us,” Harbison said. “Our second game should be more of a rivalry, and we’re getting better with every game.”
Earlier in the weekend, the Bulldogs visited Chicago to take on the IllinoisChicago Flames. Amid a hostile crowd in a packed gym, the Bulldogs were able to push the Flames (11-5, 4-1) to a ﬁfth set but dropped it and the match on a missed serve. “It was a very emotional and intense game,” junior setter Gina Vera said. “We fought through the whole game and were proud of our effort.” Freshman Kelly Kyle had a strong match, with 11 kills and nine digs. She was joined by Harbison, who recorded 10 kills and eight blocks. Bamiro added 10 kills and four blocks. The Bulldogs played well at times during the game but made too many self-inﬂicted errors to win. “The gym was crazy, and they’re one of the best teams in the Horizon League,” Harbison said. “We went ﬁve with them, which was good to see.” The Bulldogs took care of Wright State at home on Tuesday. They took all three sets from the Raiders (2-16, 1-6) by scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-15. The Bulldogs face Loyola Oct. 8. The game will start at 4 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Photo from MCT
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach (right) celebrates with third baseman Evan Longoria after hitting a home run in Game 1 of the team’s American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.
and Arizona had to wait until 1998 for their teams. Building the fan bases in these cities allows both the team owners and MLB suits to generate money they were not able to before. Fans will pay to see a successful team that previously performed poorly. MLB will then have a reason to put games featuring small-market teams on ESPN. A variety of games on ESPN instead of the constant Yankees-Red Sox matchup would draw higher ratings and, over time, more fans and money for MLB. This would also ensure that MLB would not have to deal with a team relocating. In relocation, not only do you lose the fans from the location where a team originally was, but you also usually do not gain too many fans in the new location. Sure, the new location’s fans are brieﬂy interested. But it is likely they have gotten past not having a baseball team, and local baseball just is not that important. Next year’s postseason could feature eight big-market teams. MLB executives should hope that does not happen and attempt to ride the small-market teams to a big payday. Imagine MLB making more money off of teams that use less money. It would have brought the late George Steinbrenner to tears. Contact sports editor Colin Likas at email@example.com.
Hawkins leads Bulldogs MATT RHINESMITH MRHINESMA@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR The Butler men’s and women’s cross country teams both posted solid showings in the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend last weekend. The men, led by sophomore Callum Hawkins, placed 16th of 26 teams in attendance, while the women placed 22nd of 28 teams. Hawkins has opened the 2011 season on a torrid pace and has earned some national attention. He placed seventh at the Roy Griak Invitational last week and ﬁnished ﬁfth at Notre Dame despite racing in the fastest heat. He ﬁnished the ﬁve-mile course in
a time of 24:04—a mere ﬁve seconds behind the winner, Brigham Young University senior Miles Batty. Butler’s second ﬁnisher was sophomore Ross Clarke, who placed second in his heat and 44th overall with a time of 24:53. Freshman Tom Curr ﬁnished with a time of 24:57, which was good for third for among Butler men and 54th overall. Redshirt freshman Harry Ellis ﬁnished 128th with a time of 25:50, and junior Kevin Oblinger ﬁnished 139th with a time of 26:05 to round out the top ﬁve for the Bulldogs. BYU won the men’s title handily over Florida State, Princeton, Stanford and Washington State, the second to ﬁfth place teams, respectively.
In the women’s races, sophomore Shelbi Burnett was Butler’s highest ﬁnisher at 47th, completing the ﬁvekilometer course in 17:48. “It was a big step forward for me,” Burnett said. “It was nice to be in a race where I could play to my strengths and get in a groove.” Junior Lauren McKillop ﬁnished 85th in 18:06, and fellow junior Becky Howarth ﬁnished 107th. Senior Lauren Haberkorn placed 146th. Junior Alyson Fosnot ﬁnished 163rd to round out Butler’s top ﬁve. Florida State took home the women’s title ahead of Arkansas-Fayetteville. The men’s and women’s squads will next run on Oct. 14 at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill.
wednesday, OCTOBER 5, 2011 the butler collegian
A&E Photos by Maria Porter
The air is getting crisp, the leaves are turning and pumpkin spice lattés abound. It’s this time of year that makes Butler look like the perfect campus, with students walking to class in their cardigans and boots; big trees turning from green to yellow and orange; and organizations sitting outside Starbucks, organizing for our favorite fall activities. By Anne Carpenter & Caitlin O’Rourke
celebrate your heritage Didn’t know we had a German Klub? Now you do. Be prepared to eat your weight in German food at their Oktoberfest event this Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Norris Plaza. Expect a raffle, classic German food such as brats and pretzels for $5, games, trivia and a bratwurst eating contest. Oh, yeah, and a keg. Of root beer.
embrace your inner child
Throw on a cardigan and jeans and head to the first fall-inspired Student Government Association event. SGA is taking those who sign up first to Stuckey’s Farm for some good, oldfashioned pumpkin picking. Besides just picking out future jack o’ lanterns, though, students also will be able to zipline. Sign-ups took place Monday at noon for $5. The actual event is Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. As of press time, there were still plenty of tickets available at the PuLSE Office.
scare yourself silly
Looking for something a bit more Halloween-ish?
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Cindy Sheehan Gallahue Hall 108 7 p.m.
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Esperanza Spalding Clowes Memorial Hall 8 p.m.
SGA is also sponsoring a trip to Indy Screampark, selected as one of America’s Best Haunts in 2011 by the same named website. With five different terrifying attractions, the event is worth its cost. Sign-ups for the event are Monday, Oct. 11 at noon in the PuLSE Office. Cost is to be determined. The trip will be Saturday, Oct. 29.
support campus & the community
Butler’s Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Phi are coming together to put on their fifth annual Haunted House, Oct. 27-29 at the Lambda house. Admission is $3, but the cause and the scares are well worth it because 100 percent of the proceeds go to help feed Indianapolis’ hungry at Gleaners Food Bank. Josh Phelps, a junior marketing and MIS double major, and one of the organizers, said there are two routes in the haunted house, one for young children and one for the more courageous thrill seekers.
appreciate your professors
Butler students are not the only ones in on the haunted festivities. Theater professor
9 Butler Symphony Orchestra Clowes Memorial Hall 3 p.m.
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Diane Timmerman has been setting up a haunted house in her garage for years. Timmerman said that the house has become more elaborate each year. Kelsey Nylin, a sophomore theater major, helped Timmerman last year and is going to do so again this year. “Everyone just had a great time with each other, and it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to let go of stress and enjoy themselves,” she said. Timmerman’s haunted house is in Brownsburg, but she is happy to give directions. Just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
revisit butler’s history
Once upon a time, when our campus was split in two and still named Western Christian University, we were situated in Indy’s Irvington neighborhood. Time to relive history, because Irvington’s Halloween Festival is full of spooky events. Go on a ghost tour of the neighborhood, see a haunted puppet show, see “Young Frankenstein” and definitely don’t miss the Halloween Street Fair on Oct. 29. For more information, visit irvingtonhalloween.com.
11 Faculty Artist Series Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.
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Still time to dress up in drag
Podium Expressions seeks big childhood names An SGA board seeks names like LeVar Burton, Bill Nye and Robert Irvine. PETE WELDY PWELDY@BUTLER.EDU
Photo by Maria Porter
Attend the most colorful show on campus this year. Alliance’s annual Drag Show will be held this Saturday in the Reilly Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHAT IT IS: A drag show is a performance of different acts where people dress up as the opposite sex and dance and sing or lip-synch to a song. WHAT IT’S HELPING: Alliance, a student group promoting community between the LGBTQ and straight communities, will donate 90 percent of the funds to the Damien Center, a center in Indianapolis dedicated to HIV/ AIDS prevention and empowerment to those affected by the disease. The other 10 percent of proﬁts will go to Alliance. FEEL COURAGEOUS?: Alliance is accepting acts until Saturday, the day of the show. Students can perform, usher and help with costumes. STILL NOT SURE?: Alliance’s straight-ally coordinator Kelsey Nylin said that it’s important for all students to get involved. “From an ally standpoint, the drag show is a great way for allies, who may not have a way to show their support, to come out and be just as much a part of the community as its LGBT members,” she said. “Allies are essential to the promotion of love and support of LGBT, and without them, there would be no way to spread awareness.”
Remember the Reading Rainbow song? That little ditty was a part of many a child’s Saturday morning ritual—sitting in the living room with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, listening to the wisdom of LeVar Burton. And just think, Burton might be coming to Butler University, or at least, that’s the hope of Sarah Kuchinsky and Chris Ring. They are in charge of Podium Expressions, a branch of Student Government Association’s Program Board. Their job? Bring cool speakers to Butler. Their afﬁnity for YouTube stars and educational friends “brought to you in part by viewers like you” isn’t a cheap pastime. This year, Podium Expressions is operating on a $35,000 budget—$5,000 more than
previous years. “We sought additional funding because the price of speakers has gone up tremendously recently,” Ring said. “We were struggling to ﬁnd notable individuals that fell into our price range. This funding will help us bring someone noteworthy to Butler’s campus.” Last year, they nabbed the guys from “Auto-Tune the News.” A couple years ago, they brought BJ Novak. This year, they could get Bill Nye the Science Guy. When one of those noteworthy speakers ﬁnds their way to Butler, Podium Expressions provides for literally every expense, from a ﬁrst class ﬂight to the pillow that could caress the head of Mr. Nye. The extra money came from a vault in the SGA coffers called the “cushion.” “We expressed [our] concerns with the assembly, and our request was voted on with a favorable outcome,” Kuchinsky said. “We received the extra funds because we pleaded our case.” The extra money will not
idly sit by. “We are looking to wisely use the funds allotted to us, so we will do the best we can to bring someone exciting to Butler,” Ring said. Kuchinsky and Ring also work with other campus organizations. In the past, they’ve partnered with SGA’s R.E.A.C.H. and Peers Advocating Wellness for Students to bring speakers to Butler. Along with the possibility of Nye and Burton, Podium Expression intends to invite some other speakers to campus. “Nothing is deﬁnite. It depends on the costs of each speaker as well as their availability,” Kuchinsky said, who hinted at the possibility of some TV personalities, including Robert Irvine of Food Network fame. “We will now discuss what options we can do with the new amount of money we have—the bigger the name, the more expensive they are. We may look into bringing one big name to campus and spend the majority of our funds on that.”
Clowes brings the beautiful, the beastly and a Broadway show CAITLIN O’ROURKE COROURKE@BUTLER.EDU A&E EDITOR Once upon a time just happens to be next week at Clowes Memorial Hall. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is taking the stage at Clowes from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16. And don’t worry, the musical rings true to the ever-popular Disney movie. “I think most of us remember the movie from our childhood, regardless of when we were born” said Clowes Marketing Director, Joshua Lingenfelter. “Disney movies are timeless, and seeing the movie come to life on stage is such a unique experience, especially when it is right here on campus.” This speciﬁc tour is extra special: real-life Disney princess Emily Behny, playing Belle, is from Silver Lake, Ind., and attended Ball State
University. She was unavailable for an interview at press time. For everyone who chose to do other things besides watch Disney movies when they were younger, here’s an update: “Beauty and the Beast” is the story of Belle, a young woman searching for more in her small town, and the Beast, a spoiled prince who was cursed by an enchantress to see if he could learn to love. Add in the Academy Award-winning score, music by Alan Menken and a magical love story, and you have “Beauty and the Beast.” Lingenfelter said the musical doesn’t differ much from the movie, except for some additional songs, including a solo for the Beast. While tickets are a bit pricey— ranging from $20 to $87— Lingenfelter said students should watch the Butler Connection for a chance of a student discount for
the show. He said that so far tickets have been selling extremely well. For students like Jillian Begos, a sophomore exploratory major, it’s probably because—in Begos’s words—this generation grew up with the movie. “I really enjoyed it as a child,” she said. “I love the songs.” Musical theater may not be for everyone, but Lingenfelter said he thinks that Broadway still has an important role in today’s society. “Broadway still stands as a uniquely American tradition,” he said. “It generates nearly $10 billion of economic impact each year, and new audiences are drawn in to both classic shows and new works. Musical theater producers are still making entertaining and thought-provoking works that all ages can enjoy.” So go ahead and indulge in your Disney fantasies for one night. Just don’t sing along too loudly.
Dueling Pianos event was entertaining, but lacked proper planning and participation KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU
With Saturday’s performance by Dueling Pianos International complete, October events on campus are off to a lukewarm start. The performance, which took place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., featured two good -spirited keyboarders on two quarter-sized fauxpiano electric keyboards, which appeared comically small in the expansive Reilly Room. Brandon Kent and Landon Rocks were both fantastic performers. Not
pianists, per se, nor really even singers, but great entertainers. I especially applaud their efforts with such a small audience, sitting two-to-ﬁve at a table, with the forward most tables empty. While the audience did not participate much, the performance was extremely engaging. Each table sent up multiple sheets of paper with requests for the performers, who were more than happy to oblige. And what an eclectic mix it was: they played John Williams’ “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars,” Jim Croce, Scott Joplin, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney’s “Live and
DUELING PIANOS | EVENT REVIEW Saturday’s Dueling Pianos International performance was engaging and entertaining, but that was about it. The performers did the best they could with what they had. An eclectic mix of tunes and awesome keyboarders qualiﬁes a two-star experience.
5 = perfect, 4 = outstanding, 3 = good, 2 = fair, 1 = poor
Let Die” and even an excerpt from Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” with varying degrees of success. Even when the songs sounded less like music and more like search-and-destroy missions, the performers and audience had a lot of fun. And that is the conclusion that should be drawn from Dueling Pianos. It was fun. “I think the idea of the event was great, but the setup, atmosphere and marketing could have been much better,” said Jonathon Himes, vice president of programming for Student Government Association. “There wasn’t a great turnout from what I saw, which in turn affects the sort of atmosphere the event has.” Of course, there is always room for improvement. The balance between piano and vocals was egregious, and the performers prompted audience participation far too often. The deeper ﬂaw, which the performers almost concealed with their positive spirits, was an unclear conception of what the event was supposed
Photo courtesy of Clowes Memorial Hall
Clowes Hall will host a throwback to childhood begining Oct. 11. “Beauty and the Beast” takes the stage until Oct. 16. Tickets range from $20 to $87, but watch the Butler Connection for a chance of a student discount.
to be. If SGA and the PuLSE Ofﬁce were advertising and promoting for a small crowd, then a more low-key event would have been more appropriate. The heavy ampliﬁcation and constant audience participation would then not be necessary. On the other hand, if a large audience was desired, the concert setting would be completely appropriate. Himes said SGA advertises via social media, the Butler Connection, posters and the TVs in Atherton, but the message did not spread as it should have. However, Himes said that the event served as a good learning experience. Still, Butler students should continue looking ahead to October’s other events. The Black Student Union is hosting a Late Night Dance Oct. 7 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Reilly Room. There is a trip to the local game center Snapperz Oct. 8 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Spots are still open, but pre-registration is required and may be completed in the PuLSE Ofﬁce through Friday.
WITHIN THIS ISSUE
Across 1. President Jim Danko’s inaugural gala will be held at this museum. 2. This kicker scored the winning ﬁeld goal at Saturday’s football game. 5. This group is trying to bring LeVar Burton, Bill Nye and other famous faces on campus. 6. He led the men’s cross country team at the Notre Dame Invitational. 8. This “Beauty and the Beast” actress from Silver Lake, Ind. 9. This Student Government Association committee’s budget is $32,000 this year. 10. The ______ Act requires campuses to release certain
crime information. 11. She serves as Faculty Senate chair. 12. The Butler men’s soccer team defeated this team Saturday. 13. Participants will wear this attire at the inauguration. Down 1.This group was denied its own Homecoming team. 3. This sorority pairs with Lambda Chi Alpha to create a haunted house for Halloween. 4. $7,000 was allotted in the SGA budget to pay for trips to these games. 7. This women’s team took down Youngstown State 2-1 on Saturday.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
OUR POINT THIS WEEK: Butler University needs to give independent students more ownership of oncampus events | VOTE: 29-0-1
Independents need more ownership of Homecoming
ast Tuesday the Homecoming theme for 2011 was announced, teams were paired and celebrations were had. However, only one component still is missing from what’s sure to be an entertaining 1990s throwback event: an Independent Council team. We at The Butler Collegian think university ofﬁcials’ decision to deny IC its own Homecoming team is unfair and promotes a proGreek campus atmosphere. While it might take a bit more effort and planning on the university’s part to adequately adjust to the fact that an independent team would be larger, it is imperative that the university powers that be actually crunch the numbers next year and accommodate independents more—instead of running scared from them. Butler University administrators need to give independents more ownership of Homecoming and other campus events throughout the year. For the past two years, IC has had its own Spring Sports Spectacular team, which is a great way for the group to showcase its own culture instead of being forced year after year to split by residence hall into a system that is too pro-Greek. The decision to let IC get more ownership of Spring Sports Spectacular was a great step in the right direction, and it’s time for the university to take the next step and give IC more of what they deserve, a chance to really put their stamp on campus traditions in the same way Greeks do. This year, independent students will be grouped by their residence halls to participate in Homecoming events as usual. Although there are some facets to the culture and tradition of the weekend that are
Collegian cartoon by Hali Bickford sure to remain pro-Greek, it is commendable that Irene Stevens, dean of student life, and others put new rules in place this year to make sure Homecoming will be more inclusive. The new rules include having a set number of people from each party within Homecoming pairings attend all the events and a rule to keep meetings out of Greek houses exclusively. Although IC and other independent students will feel slightly more included this year to participate in and attend Homecoming as part of their residence halls because of the new rules, they’re still going to feel less welcome than Greeks because they don’t have anything else to identify with but the buildings they live in. Butler claims that all students are welcome to participate in Homecoming activities and constantly reassures students that Greek students do not dominate the campus. However, this is just another instance of the administration’s
hypocrisy on the issue of making all students feel equally involved. While Greek houses have the opportunity to collaborate with other fraternities and sororities to make ﬂoats and lawn decorations for Homecoming, independents are lumped in with their residence halls. Butler is not a large school, so there is not much room for exclusion of students who are not members of Greek houses. If Butler wants to maintain the close relationship that is cultivated on this campus, then administrative ofﬁcials need to incorporate independent students as well as Greek students into massive campus-wide events, such as Homecoming. How does Butler expect to keep a tight community when Greek students dominate the campus? The answer is not to push independent students away from on-campus events. “I’m exasperated,” Hannah Wysong, an IC executive board member said in The Collegian
article “Independent Council denied its own Homecoming team” (Sept. 28). “Essentially, this decision directly affects independents, but we have no control over it in the end.” This lack of an IC team this year is essentially encouraging non-Greek students to simply stay home. It is imperative for the university to make all students feel comfortable and welcome at oncampus events and to avoid Greek favoritism. Administrative ofﬁcials and members of the PuLSE Ofﬁce should have weighed the pros and cons of this issue more before deciding to continue placing independent students with their respective residence halls yet again. Hopefully this year’s new Homecoming rules will make it obvious to all involved that independents are a necessary part of the student body, and more of a ﬁght should be put up for their expanded participatory and ownership rights in school events.
C-Club needs to improve health standards since Butler enforces solicitation policy
wenty-four is not the number of items you can pile on your sandwich at C-Club. It’s not the number of delicious beverages provided for your consumption, and it deﬁnitely isn’t the amount of toppings on a slice of Papa John’s pizza. Twenty-four is the number of things the Marion County Health Department found unsanitary or unﬁt within C-Club during health inspections this August. If that’s not enough to turn your stomach and shrink your appetite, then maybe the combined 64 health violations that dining halls at Atherton Union, Residential College and C-Club obtained can do the trick. Not only is this disgusting, but it is unbelievably unsafe and unsanitary—especially considering residential students are forced to eat at these dining facilities for nearly every meal and the student affairs division insists on enforcing its non-solicitation policy that prohibits other food vendors from coming to campus. These facilities should be kept spotlessly clean to protect the health and safety of students and others who eat there. Juniors and seniors with cars can go off-campus, make their own snacks or share dinners with friends. They aren’t trapped in the labyrinth of dining services’ health violations. But let’s think of the freshmen
It is only fair that the food served to students is safe, well-cooked and bacteria-free to prevent illness.
options to eat on campus that rack up 64 health violations between them in an inspection. It’s saddening to think that at college, which is described as a student’s ‘home-away-from-home,’ that food options can’t be trusted. In a realm of constant tests, essays and endless reading, students need to be able to trust their food, at the very least. Being wary of dining safety is the university’s responsibility, not students’. Aramark corrected many of the violations at the time and said in a emailed statement, “We have rigorous quality assurance and food safety processes, and we are committed to continuously enhancing them.” While it is good that they addressed the issues, the goal should be to prevent problems before they happen. And if the division of student affairs is insistent on enforcing its non-solicitation policy to prevent food trucks from coming to campus and giving students alternative lunch options, then they need to make sure their food is a truly safe option. Students don’t need to stage an all-out boycott of Aramark food, but the powers that be should ensure that everyone who eats it is safe.
and sophomores who have no other options. These students are subjected to the monopoly that is Aramark dining services. It is only fair that the food served to these students is safe, wellcooked and bacteria free to prevent illness. “Having gotten sick last year from what I think was dining hall food, I think it is extremely important for on-campus food services to do the best they can to keep meals safe for students,” sophomore exploratory business major Kevin Patel said in The Collegian article “Dining services doesn’t fare well in health inspections” (Sept. 28). It is a cruel Catch 22—er, Catch Contact opinion editor Alexa Smith at ‘24’—to give students limited email@example.com
Health violations at C-Club this year According to an inspection held by the Marion County Health Department on Aug. 17
-Potentially hazardous food(s) not held at proper temperatures. -Potentially hazardous cold foods not held at proper temperatures. -Toxic materials improperly stored. -Food is unsafe and/or in unsound condition. -Food contaminated by miscellaneous source. -Physical facility not maintained in good repair. -Equipment is need of repair. -Foods are uncovered. -Non-food contact surface(s) soiled. To see how more of your frequent dining spots fared, visit http://www.indystar.com/ data/public_safety/food_ inspect.shtml
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
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Underpaid faculty and staff deserve equity raises Chair Margaret Brabant speaks Tuesday at Faculty Senate meeting. An announcement that the Board of Trustees voted down pay equity raises was made at the meeting.
While Butler’s effort to include equity raises in the budget is admirable, we cannot achieve payroll equity by passing them over year after year.
n Saturday, Butler University’s Board of Trustees voted to approve President Jim Danko’s recommendation not to proceed with a 1 percent equity raise for approved faculty and staff. The university uses equity raises to close gaps between the salaries of comparable faculty and staff. While Butler’s effort to include equity raises in the budget is admirable, we cannot achieve payroll equity by passing them over year after year. Equity raises were provided two years ago, but not last year and, now, not this year. The equity raises were included in the budget for the 2012 academic year. However, like so many other budget items, the funds were to come from students’ tuition money, but under-enrollment left the budget under-funded. “The 1 percent pool addresses the equity gaps of the greatest need,” Vice President for Finance Bruce Arick said. He also called the equity raises a high priority for the president and the university. Arick explained that the university previously identiﬁed target salary ranges for employees
based largely on seniority, responsibilities, performance and department. In addition the university analyzed benchmarks within the market, such as salaries at other regional universities. The resulting analysis indicated inequities within departments, especially for female employees. And the university has started to close those gaps. He added that Saturday’s decision was made in part because salary increases are permanent lineitems within a budget. That’s an important consideration. Faculty and staff are at the university for the long haul while students are not. Student numbers may ﬂuctuate, so Butler cannot take on a long-term budget commitment in the form of a 1 percent equity raise as long as that increase is tied to the moving target of enrollment. That’s why tying equity raises to the unreliable statistic of enrollment undercuts the purpose of the raise. It effectively makes these raises a lottery based on enrollment. Will enough students decide to come to Butler next year? Who knows. But administrators should explore other
Parking woes follow you home The parking situation on campus may be horrendous and spark much debate, but has anyone mentioned the situation off campus? My question is, why does Butler University require a student that lives off campus to pay to register their vehicle when the parking that is utilized is at their house they rent or off Butler’s campus? I received a $50 ﬁne for nonregistration while my vehicle is off campus...are you serious? It is Butler’s policy to register your vehicle if you live off campus as a commuter, but why? That’s right—revenue inﬂows. I understand that registration helps BUPD do their job, but to pay as a senior, ﬁfth-year, sixth-year or Van Wilder is just ridiculous. If permits are required to park in your own driveway, then why are they not free? I ﬁnd this as just one more way for the university to generate revenue from students who already pay thousands every year for an education. A student who lives off campus should have only to register their vehicle for safety purposes. With that said, students who have already given three, four or ﬁve years to the university should not have to pay to park at their own houses. -Connor Ray, Senior
Photo by James Hanna
budgetary options when it comes to equity raises. For instance, tie the president’s raise to enrollment, and ensure equity raises by aligning them with more solid budget lines. Another consideration could be to sacriﬁce 1 percent of the university-wide 3 percent raise, thereby committing 2 percent to the merit-based pool and 1 percent to equity raises. Arick said that such a strategy might be considered for next year. A year can be a long wait for the staff or faculty hoping for a raise now. Faculty Senate Chair Margaret Brabant declined to comment on the raises. And Jamie Comstock, provost and vice president of academic affairs, addressed the Faculty Senate at yesterday’s meeting, announcing the Board’s
decision. Overall, Butler has done a good job providing raises to its faculty and staff. Just this year, Butler passed a 3 percent raise for faculty and staff who met the merit-based requirements. That’s not a ton of money, but when looking down from the ivory tower, it’s a lot better than getting demoted, furloughed or laid off. Butler has options to ensure that those who are being paid less than their peers receive appropriate compensation. Of course, the university’s resources are limited, and enrollment at the university dropped unexpectedly this year, but that shouldn’t stop administrators from doing everything they can to shrink equity gaps. Contact asst. opinion editor James Hanna at email@example.com.
Students pay profs, should get to decide how much
he average assistant professor at a Midwest private university in 2009 made $50,800 that year. Butler currently employs 91 assistant professors. The Butler University Board of Trustees voted down a proposed equity raise for faculty and staff on Saturday. One might hear this and say that educators are seriously undervalued in this country. As far as that matter is concerned, it’s true. To help ﬁx this, Butler students should have a louder voice in making their professors eligible for raises, using the surveys they already ﬁll out. A word of warning: Everyone should be very careful when talking about the price tag that goes with education. However, it has got to be discussed, especially when this much money is on the line. In 2009, Butler’s gross revenue was $163.5 million. It’s the rough equivalent of 3,000 brand new 2011 Corvettes, if that helps contextualize the number. Obviously, that amount is not completely unreasonable. The university has to pay for maintenance, construction of new facilities, equipment, technology and, of course, the salaries of faculty and staff. Butler University employed 3,203 individuals, including professors, at a combined cost of
Students should have a louder voice in their professors’ eligibility for raises. $76.9 million in the same year. Some of these individuals go above and beyond the call of duty, and this is not always recognized. Others might coast by with less than average effort. Quite simply, individuals who surpass their students’ expectations should be valued higher than their peers when it comes time to decide who gets more consideration for raises. One crude but effective way to do this is with cash. The administration should give students more power to help in this situation. And students should take the end-of-year idea forms very seriously. This proposal is not some radical new system. No one is saying that students should dictate the employment of their professors. But they should have a greater
say. They’re paying an awful lot of money to attend this school. The university should use the reviews that students already ﬁll out at the end of every course. The administration already uses that data to make some decisions, certainly. “We use the idea forms as one piece of faculty teaching evaluations,” Stuart Glennan, LAS associate dean, said. Glennan said this is “one small part” of considering faculty for raises, promotion and tenure. Read that again: those end-ofsemester questionnaires can affect how likely professors are to get raises. Administrators should consider them even more. Of course, it’s hard to tell exactly how much most individuals earn. Butler is a private, non-proﬁt organization, and so it does not have to document every action it makes to the public, normally. However, one thing that can be obtained is the IRS 990-S form, return papers that certain taxexempt non-proﬁts like Butler must ﬁle. Give it a quick look. It includes the ﬁgures above and also lists the top-salaried employees at Butler. Some of them make quite a lot. On average, of course, professors do not earn a lot. Several of them deserve a lot more. In all likelihood, some do not deserve quite as much. A stronger student-review system could help correct this.
Of course, this is a two way street. Students need to take the surveys seriously. They should not race through the surveys with sickening speed—like some currently do. If students don’t take the surveys seriously, it can be downright poisonous. Whatever value a thoughtful response might have had is wasted by that lack of thinking. Students should give professors the respect of an honest response. And that response should be considered more heavily when pay adjustment come up. Almost every Bulldog has probably had a professor who did not fulﬁll his or her expectations. And, conversely, there are many who couldn’t be valued
highly enough. I personally have had several educators who went completely beyond my standards and really challenged me to grow personally and intellectually. And sadly, none of them are among Butler’s top earners. Perhaps if those little surveys were used by both students and faculty a bit more effectively, that would change.
$4,622,800: an estimate of the combined salaries of the 91 assistant professors at Butler University in 2009, according to average ﬁgures. $163.5 million: Butler University’s gross income in 2009.
Contact asst. opinion editor Jeremy Algate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butler University’s annual income vs. faculty salaries, 2009 The gray half circle represents roughly 25 percent of Butler University’s 2009 gross income: $163.5 million. The white dot represents the combined salaries of the 91 assistant professors currently employed at Butler: $4,622,800. The average salary of an assistant professor at a private university in Indiana in 2009 was $50,800. Data from Internal Revenue Service and Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Graphic by Erin Drennan
PawPrints What’s your favorite part about fall on campus?
BY TAYLOR COX
“The beautiful trees as they change colors.”
Ryan Barton Freshman
Miranda Stover Sophomore
Matt Nicholson Junior
“The actual campus. The trees are so pretty.”
Jenny Hogan Senior
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“Alpha Chi Omega hosted Campﬁre Melodies on our front lawn to raise money for local charities. Events like this are why I love being an Alpha Chi and involved in Greek Life at Butler.” -Lauren Pedigo Senior
MODSUN Thursday at 7 in Starbucks! FREE munchies (bagel bites) and rad jams! @ChloeLyzun Singing at Schwitzer come on out ladies. #likeoutsideduh @OOTDH Paper #1- done....test #1- done. And...to top it all off....its a beautiful day. #lovinglife @BUSteph 3 Bulldogs ranked among @horizonleague ‘s best by Top Drawer Soccer. @ButlerWSoccer
BULLDOGS BREAK RECORDS, EARN MEDALS
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams competed in a two-day invitational at Highland Golf Course and Country Club Monday and Tuesday. The women’s team placed ﬁrst of nine teams, and all ﬁve golfers earned a spot in the top 20. The men’s team placed second of seven teams, and four golfers ﬁnished in the top 20. SEE STORY PAGE 7.
TOP LEFT: Senior Michele Nash earned medalist honors in a playoff against IUPUI junior Jordan Essman. Nash led the Bulldogs as they won their third tournament win in as many tries. RIGHT: Junior Andrew Wegeng also captured medalist honors in the twoday tournament. During Monday’s second round, he shot a school-record 65. BOTTOM LEFT: Senior Jordan Mack was one of four top-20 ﬁnishers for Butler. He tied for 13th overall. BY RACHEL ANDERSON