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Butler University is certainly not immune to sexual assault. It happens more than people think.



Sexual assault often goes unreported, leaving the victim to deal with the effects, the perpetrator free with no repercussions and universities looking to adjust programs and judicial systems to deal with the crime. Butler University, officials said, is no different. Each year, organizations work to sponsor Sexual Assault Awareness Week in September. This year, with the events just two weeks away, they’re looking to further the conversation surrounding sexual assault on campus. Greek Educators, Advocates and Resources, Peers Advocating Wellness for Students and the Butler University Police Department, among other organizations, have been working together to plan this year’s recognition. “Butler isn’t immune to sexual assault,” said Sarah Barnes Diaz, health education and outreach programs coordinator. “It happens more than people realize, and it needs to be talked about.” SEXUAL ASSAULT GOES UNREPORTED

RYAN LOVELACE RLOVELACE@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Butler University has begun the process of switching to a new online learning management service called Moodle. Butler has used a service called Blackboard in years past but is now in the process of switching to Moodle. The university’s technology centers encourage faculty members to start switching

Sanctions and penalties resulting from alcohol violations are now in the spotlight, with Butler University changing how it handles alcohol consumption and problem drinking by its students. Fines have been replaced with community restoration activities, which will allow students to work toward decreasing the negative effects of alcohol consumption on campus, said Sally Click, dean of student services. Being on conduct probation now prohibits students from participating in Greek recruitment and holding any major leadership positions on campus. The Butler University Police Department has also answered the call to be more consistent with policy see citations page 12

Policy causes confusion BUPD and excise police cause tension among students JEFF STANICH JSTANICH@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR

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Service issues prompt switch to Moodle feedback because they had a couple of courses that did it as a pilot last year,” Gilliland said. “They were upset Butler went ahead with it.” But Moodle allows those students to have more control over their learning experience, said Chad Miller, project manager for the Moodle conversion and an Information Technology systems engineer. “You could improve the experience for yourself,” Miller said. “Instead of just Blackboard being developers, we have everybody who uses it as developers. “ Allowing users total control over their learning experience


and offering the product for free is what made Moodle’s business model successful, said Martin Dougiamas, Moodle founder and developer, in an email. “I hope Moodle’s future improvements just make things better for you guys with an interface that takes less time to do things, works better on mobile and just has less bugs in general,” Dougiamas said. Moodle’s future at Butler may indicate new avenues in online education at Butler, junior Michelle Trainor said. “I have heard little inklings about trying to get more online

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to Moodle now, though the switch won’t be complete until fall 2013. Julianne Miranda, senior director for the center for academic technology, said Butler made the decision to switch because Blackboard promised services that did not work and that failed to meet Butler’s requirements. Moodle is free, open-source software that is easier to use. “As we started to do apples to apples, (Moodle) was clearly the better tool,” Miranda said. Senior Erica Gilliland tested Moodle at her job in Information Commons. She said that while she has yet to make up her mind, her friends dislike Moodle. “Most of them had negative


Students are uncertain about the new safety changes that Butler University has put into place for this school year. “The culmination of new changes to policy, an alcohol task force, public excise police and a few high-profile cases are all coming together in a sort of perfect storm, which is causing the tension and fear in the students,” said Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of public safety. Questions around campus have been raised on the new alcohol policy and what exactly the Butler University Police Department will do differently this year. Senior Michael Kedzie said that, as a Student Orientation Guide, there was confusion about what to tell students, and it almost appeared as a double standard. “The ones in charge of preparing the SOGs told us to tell our students, ‘If you choose to drink, then you need to be responsible,’” Kedzie said, “but then later, we were told that, ‘The legal age is 21, and if you aren’t old enough, then it is illegal,’ so we were very confused on what exactly to tell our students.” He said that the confusion was due to the new policies that everyone was unsure about, and he did not know what was different this year. However, Assistant Chief of Police Bill Weber said that nothing new is happening this year. “We are handling our job the same as always,” Weber said, “only approaching students if we have probable cause that something is wrong.” BUPD does not have authority over the excise police that are known to be on campus now, but they maintain a working relationship. Hunter also said that this is not the first year that the excise police have been on campus. “Excise police for the first time is

Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that less than five percent of completed and attempted rapes of college women are reported to law enforcement officials. Off college campuses, that number jumps to about 40 percent. At Butler, it’s no different. In 2010, there were four sexual assaults reported to BUPD. Though 2011’s comprehensive crime data hasn’t been released, at least two sexual assaults were reported in the 2011-12 academic year. Assistant Chief of Police Andrew Ryan said that the numbers of actual sexual assaults are far higher than that. “The survivor of the assault can feel like he or she is at fault,” Ryan said. “As hard as we work to try to dispel that feeling, it doesn’t always work.” When a sexual assault is reported, Diaz said, the primary concern for her is the victim’s well-being. “For us, it’s about helping to support the victim in identifying what steps to take,” Diaz said. “We tell the victim all of his or her options so he or she can make the right choice.” A lot of the times, Diaz said, victims don’t want to prosecute the perpetrator. Most of the time, she continued, the victims fear that people will find out.

Moodle will completely replace Blackboard by the next school year.

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“It’s a small university,” she said. “People know each other, and word gets out. There’s a social implication to sexual assault.” Under instruction from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the university is required to complete a minimal investigation any time a sexual assault is reported. While the victim does have a choice to pursue criminal prosecution, the university has to complete an investigation with or without the victim’s participation. CONDUCT BOARD DEALS WITH ASSAULT Most sexual assault cases on college campuses around the country do not get turned over to police departments, leaving university conduct boards to determine how to best punish the perpetrators. Butler University is no different. The same conduct board, overseen by Sally Click, dean of student services, also deals with student behavior, academic integrity issues and alcohol violations. In those cases, the board either finds the suspect responsible or not responsible, Click said. “We don’t have ‘Criminal Minds’-type people here taking prints and who can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that something happened,” Click said. “We have to determine if it was more likely than not that something happened.” The board considers a student’s history, the potential danger he or she poses to other students and the amount of harm that’s been done when determining how to best punish a student. If found responsible, Click said, the student could face a change in housing assignments, suspension or expulsion. “We can assure that this is not something we take lightly,” Click said. “These are some pretty severe responses.” PROCESS UNDER SCRUTINY In recent years, school judicial processes nationwide have come under fire from victim advocacy groups who say the punishments don’t always fit the crimes. Most students who were deemed “responsible” for sexual

misconduct faced little to no punishment from school judicial systems, according to a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The database showed that fewer than 25 percent of students found “responsible” for sexual misconduct were permanently expelled from 130 colleges and universities receiving federal funding to combat sexual violence. Alison Kiss, executive director for the Clery Center for Security on Campus, said that number isn’t high enough. “I’d like to think that universities take sexual assault as seriously as police departments across the country,” Kiss said. “I don’t think the numbers show that they do.” It is not clear what sanctions have been issued to Butler students who have been found “responsible” in sexual assault cases. Final reports have not been released, citing protection under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. When students enroll at a university, Kiss said, the university is faced with handling their wellbeing. “There has to be a broad sense of responsibility,” Kiss said. “The university has to share in that responsibility too.” BUTLER’S RESOURCES Through Peers Advocating Wellness and victim advocates, Butler has taken on that responsibility, Diaz said. The programs help victims in dealing with the likelihood that they will see their perpetrator around campus. Those involved work to change schedules and housing assignments to decrease that probability. “It’s harder with such a small campus,” Diaz said. “We just want to limit how often they cross paths.” Butler has a number of resources for students who have been victims of sexual assault. Victim advocates like Diaz will confidentially assist a victim 24 hours a day and seven days a week to provide consultation and guidance throughout the process. While sexual assault will likely never be absent from college campuses, the tone surrounding it can change. “Sexual assault has been normalized on college campuses,” Diaz said. “People think it’s just something that happens. It really should never be that way. We need to talk about how it affects your peers and your friends.”


hour class that is entirely online. “It’s something different,” Trainor said. “I’m interested in seeing how it works.” “But personally, I know my time management is going to have to change in order for me to be successful.” Moodle will become the sole learning management service for Butler when Blackboard’s license expires on June 30, 2013.


the public route that the excise police are taking. In years past, they have done their work in secrecy but have now decided to make a harder push by letting students know their presence. No matter student opinion and the police presence, the law for underage drinking will remain unchanged. “The law is the law, and we have the duty to act upon and report illegal activity,” Hunter said, “no matter what the university’s new policy.”

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doing its job in a public spectrum through press releases, which is what makes this year different,” Hunter said. “They have been on campus all four years that I have been in charge.” The main change this year is


Demerits dished out for underage drinking Conduct violations will now lead to stricter punishments. MARAIS JACON-DUFFY MJACONDU@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

A new sanctioning guideline for conduct violations has the power to prohibit students from participating in some campus activities. Students who are cited for alcohol-related violations could potentially be prohibited from leadership positions on campus as well as from formal recruitment for sororities and fraternities. “We didn’t think that the old policy was tough enough,” said Irene Stevens, dean of student life. The policy was created by the conduct violations task force consisting of Butler University students, faculty and staff. “If you commit a conduct violation, student affairs prefers that you not be a role model on campus,” Stevens said. “While rushing a sorority or fraternity is not a role-model position, it is a privilege.” However, the new guidelines are not as extreme as rumors may suggest. Stevens said that student affairs will look at every case individually. Prior offenses, the offense itself and other pertinent aspects will all be taken into consideration. Stevens said that, in most cases, students will not be placed on probation for their first offenses.

“Educational sanctions will be the first course of action,” Stevens said. “This could mean taking a class or an all-day workshop.” If the student needs to be arrested or is sent to the hospital, however, then student affairs may place the student on probation, Stevens said. According to student affairs, the students on the conduct task force were the ones leading the charge to add formal recruitment to the list of possible sanctions. “The students thought that adding formal recruitment to the list would give it more teeth,” Stevens said. Junior Jordan Ludwig, women’s recruitment counselor and sorority member, agreed with the policy. “Honestly, I think it’s a good thing,” she said. “But I do think this will affect guys more than girls.” Freshman thought that they were not properly informed on the change in conduct violations. “I think it’s stupid,” freshman Kelli Linsenmayer said. “I don’t like that they just started it and didn’t really warn us about it. “We only heard about it in Red Cup Culture. I don’t think the policy will keep people from partying.” Freshman Lindsay Byers said she understands the motive but doesn’t feel she was briefed well on the new guidelines. “It makes sense for what they’re trying to do, but it’s not fair that they weren’t upfront about it,” Byers said. “It’s still pretty unclear to me.” Students will receive a second

We just want to encourage students to find other things to do than drink. IRENE STEVENS


chance to participate in rush the following year if they have no new violations, Stevens said. Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of public safety, explained the reasoning behind this policy from a public safety standpoint. “We still see high blood alcohol levels on this campus, which is concerning,” Hunter said. “I think it’s good that we’re finding new ways to send a message. “When it comes down to it, the law is the law,” Hunter said. “You must be 21 to drink. There are consequences to breaking this law, whether it’s a fine, jail time or being placed on probation from participating in campus groups.” Stevens said that the motive behind the new policy is the safety and well-being of students. “We just want to encourage students to find other things to do than drink,” Stevens said. “You don’t have to drink to have fun at Butler. Use good judgment in how you choose to have fun.”




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Austin Weaver said he came to Butler and was disappointed that none of the Christian services on campus suited his needs. “I never found one that I really loved” he said. “I just felt like a guest there every week.” Eventually, Weaver said, he met Pastor Jawaan Wilson and discovered that they shared a mutual vision. Converge, a student organization that was started last semester, selected 10:43 a.m. as a starting time for services because of the Biblical verse Acts 10:43. Weaver, a pharmacy major, leads Converge, and with Wilson. The non-denominational Christian worship organization will resume services Sunday morning in the Johnson Room. “The service will typically open with a few contemporary worship songs by a band, and then the pastor will deliver the message,” Weaver said. Converge also offers opportunities for volunteer work and community service around the Butler community, in addition to

offering hour-long worship each Sunday morning,. “We want the Christian community to be as unified as possible,” Weaver said, “so that anyone who is doing a bit of soulsearching in college knows where they can go if they’d like to learn more about what Christ can do in their lives.” Converge is one of several new student-run worship services on campus that are diversifying religious life at Butler. “We strive to have a diverse perspective,” said Judith Cebula, director of the Center of Faith and Vocation. “These are groups that help us to be more interfaith.” “I believed that having an on-campus church that was predominantly Butler students could change that feeling (of being a guest) to a feeling of belonging,” Weaver said. “It took almost two years to get everything into motion, but now, it is finally ready to go.” Cebula said this is only the beginning of a trend of new energy and start-up groups on Butler’s campus. “Butler is private and nonreligious affiliated,” she said. “Diversity is a really big deal here.”

With a number of Butler University’s visitor parking lots under construction, Speech and Language Clinic patients were put in a bind last week. Construction outside Atherton Union left the patients without sports in their normal lot. The only visitor parking lots not under construction are located across from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, across from Robertson Hall and on Donor Plaza across from Gallahue Hall. The clinic is in Jordan Hall. Ben Hunter chief of staff and executive director of public safety, responded and took on the task of resolving the issue. “Hunter really understood the problem and wanted to be receptive and welcoming to our guests who are on campus,” Clinic Director Ann Bioldeau said. Bilodeau brought up the concern for client parking and had a response and solution from

Hunter 24 hours later. Bilodeau said she will ask parking services for a preset number of Butler handicap parking placards for the semester and will distribute them to the patients. Patients with this decal can park in the handicap spots located right outside the Fairbanks Building, which are the closest spots to the clinic. “This request was very reasonable, and it really won’t affect capacity,” Hunter said. “These clients are supporting the academic mission of the institution by supporting our students.” The clinic provides upperclassmen from the communication sciences and disorders program the opportunity to work directly with 10 clients this year. The clients are two Butler students, two elderly patients and six children. The non-Butler patients pay $200 per semester for once-a-week treatments. “In the past, we’ve had people struggle a little bit to get to the

clinic,” said Suzanne Reading, communication sciences and disorders program director. “If you’re 90 or have small children, it’s not so easy to get to the clinic.” Butler added handicap parking spaces over the summer, including three new spots in front of the Fairbanks Center, which should make things easier for clients. “We need to be as welcoming as we can be with these clients and continue to service their needs,” Bilodeau said. “We have a long tradition of doing that.” Hunter said he wants to work with parking services to create a special map for clients, highlighting the area that they will be allowed to park in. “We have full capacity (to accommodate), so to me, it’s a nobrainer solution,” Hunter said. Overall, Reading said she is pleased with Bilodeau’s request for client support and the overall accommodating nature of the university. “I have praise for Bilodeau,” Reading said, “and thanks for the people that helped.”

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The patients of the Speech and Language Clinic will now be able to park in front of the Fairbanks Center to ease previous parking issues.



Speakers Lab continues following director’s passing HOLLY BIGGS HNBIGGS@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

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Last year’s Butler Palooza took place in April, featuring Zion I (top), The Tribe and Big Cats! (bottom right) and Dev (bottom left).

ButlerPalooza sets aim higher

ButlerPalooza, a Student Government Association event that is free to Butler University students, will take place Friday on the mall. The lineup, which was revealed Thursday Aug. 23, will feature Smashmouth, Chiddy Bang and DJ Benzi. The bands are scheduled during the fall semester this year in hopes that students will have more free time and be able to attend, said Stevan Tomich, SGA vice president of programming.

“I expect a larger turnout because people won’t be as busy as they were second semester (last year),” Tomich said. “The Reilly Room will be all decked out for the after show, so there will be a whole day for students.” A variety of giveaways are expected to take place during the ButlerPalooza, including: • • • •

Jason Mraz tickets Eric Church tickets Glow sticks ButlerPalooza tank tops


6:30 p.m.—Pre-show activities start. Atherton will be closed, so students will get their meals outside on the mall. Along with food, there will be inflatables and other activities. 8 p.m.—The concert opens with Smashmouth. 9:30 p.m.—Chiddy Bang goes on. 11 p.m.—The ButlerPalooza After Party starts in the Reilly Room with DJ Benzi. There will be a light-up LED dance floor.

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Butler officials make push to diversify the student body JEFF STANICH JSTANICH@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Butler University’s goal of diversity is appreciated by students but is not as recognizable on campus as the administration thinks it should be. The Taste of Diversity dinner was held last week and encouraged students to “dive into Butler’s diversity.” The gathering featured a variety of international foods, including Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Mexican, Dominican and Cuban. Butler has not had a Moroccan, Dominican or Cuban student in at least the last decade, according to enrollment statistics from the Office of Diversity. Based on last year’s enrollment, the combination of Indian, Thai and Mexican students made up 0.004 percent of the total student body. Butler’s top three mostrepresented countries, outside of the United States, are India, England and Canada. In fact, the total percentage of minorities enrolled at Butler is less than 10 percent and has not surpassed that in the past 10 years. “I feel bad saying that I don’t notice much diversity,” freshman Kelsey Malcom said, “but walking around campus, it is obvious that it’s not as prevalent at Butler.” Students involved in organizations at Butler try to promote the idea of diversity throughout campus. “Butler does have great resources for diversity, and what I try to do

Junior Marci Kolb interviewed Paul Sandin during the previous academic year for a story she was writing for class. She asked him what would happen to the Speakers Lab when he retired. In response, Sandin said, “The Speakers Lab is an evolving thing.” Change is inevitable. However the sudden passing of Sandin, the previous Speakers Lab director, took many by surprise this past spring. “Of course things are different,” said Kolb, a tutor recruiter and assistant manager of the Speakers Lab. “Professor Sandin has run the lab from the very beginning.” However, because Sandin managed the lab using student tutors, the transition between directors has been smooth. “When Mr. Sandin left, of course, he left abruptly,” new director Kristen Hoerl said. “The tutors, however, have done a remarkable job of keeping everything together and holding the fort down through the transition.” Hoerl has previous experience that applies to her new role. Hoerl earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in communication studies. She also worked at the university as a writing consultant at a center with a similar structure to Butler’s Writers’ Studio and Speakers Lab. Before coming to Butler, Hoerl was the director of the Public Speaking Center at Auburn University. There, she trained both masters and graduate students to teach public speaking courses across the university. Student tutors and Hoerl have worked together to make changes in how the staff operates. “The lab is still student-run,” Kolb said, “but we’ve been going to classes to teach about what the Speakers Lab is. There are both new students and professors, so many don’t know what the lab is and what it does.” One of the newest public speaking professors said the Speakers Lab is a fantastic resource for students and thinks its feedback will only help make speeches stronger. “In all of my previous institutions where I have worked, I have never had this kind of resource support for my students,” said Erin Ortiz, assistant professor with the organizational communication

The tutors have done a remarkable job of keeping everything together and the fort down through the transition.


and leadership program. “I am looking forward to using it this semester.” Student tutors are proficient in understanding both content and delivery, Hoerl said, and they know what to listen for when helping a student prepare a speech. They provide detailed comments and suggestions before a student delivers a speech in class. “We have some expertlytrained students here who can provide guidance and feedback in a really useful, casual atmosphere,” Hoerl said. Student tutors serve as a great representation of the audience that the students will be speaking to in class, Ortiz said. The students are targeting their key audience by organizing and practicing their speeches with the tutors instead of professors. “The tutor gave me very constructive criticism, and I found the lab to be very useful,” sophomore Billy Krawzak said. He used the lab while taking Freshman Business Experience. The Speakers Lab primarily serves students in both the College of Communication and the College of Business, Hoerl said. However, Hoerl would like the lab to become a resource for students across the university as well. “I would like more students to know about the role of communication and public speaking and the value it can have for them,” Hoerl said. “Even if they don’t see themselves in a career that immediately uses public speaking, this will probably be a part of everybody’s career.” Because of the legacy Sandin left behind, Kolb and others think the Speakers Lab will only grow from here. “Things are not going to be the same,” Kolb said. “However, with a bigger staff and strong leadership, I only see the Speakers Lab getting stronger.”

Photo by Jeff Stanich Students said they feel there is not enough diversity on campus at a place like Atherton Union.

with those resources is increase programs and create an environment where we, as a student body, value diversity,” said UnoBlessed Coons, vice president of diversity for the Student Government Association. Freshman Brandon Shannon said he thinks the incorporation of diversity should be a collaborative effort. “Becoming a more-diverse campus is not totally on the admissions office, but also on the students to embrace the idea,” Shannon said. Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management, said that recent reductions in scholarship funds have made it harder to provide to students from diverse backgrounds, but that has not stopped the passion for it. The state of Indiana cut its

minortiy scholarship funds from $11,000 to $7,000, so some families can simply no longer afford Butler. However, administrators are still searching for new ways to cut costs so they can help families in tough financial situations. “We want a multicultural student body because it adds to everyone’s education,” Weede said. “It allows students to have a fulfilling conversation with individuals from all different backgrounds.” Both the student leaders and the administration say the push toward diversity will continue to be their focus. But statistics show that the task ahead is a difficult one. “I expect more and have been working with the staff,” Weede said. “It is like what Yoda said: ‘Don’t try. Do.’ And that’s where we need to be more successful.”

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The Speakers lab, located in the Fairbanks Center, will begin tutoring students next week.

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Butler athletics represented worldwide BETH WERGE


International student-athletes have long been a part of the tradition of Butler sports, and the 2012-13 school year is no different. There are 19 international athletes at Butler this year, according to an email from Hillary Zorman, associate director for international student services. Only 16 international athletes are listed on The fact remains that Butler attracts athletes from different corners of the world, each for a different reason. For sophomore tennis player Stephanie McLoughlin, it was the combination of a great academic institution linked with the strength of the athletic teams here. “I really just wanted a school with a good enough team to challenge my tennis play,” McLoughlin, who is from Toronto, Canada, said. McLoughlin started her freshman year posting wins in doubles play against Indiana, Illinois State, Xavier, Dayton, Ball State, Western Michigan and Mercer.

McLoughlin did not always have her eye on a Bulldog jersey, despite her older brother Stephen playing tennis at Butler and her father playing at Indiana. She visited a few schools similar to Butler in size, including Dayton, Wright State and Pittsburgh. But the more she was around Butler, the more she wanted to be a Bulldog. “I got really comfortable on campus, and around the coaching staff and the environment,” McLoughlin said. Toronto is closer to Indiana than states like California or Texas, but the culture is the biggest difference. “People are always like, ‘Whoa, you’re from Canada?’” McLoughlin said. “I’ll get people who occasionally make fun of how I spell or something, but it’s all in good fun. I can’t exactly go home on the weekends, but I feel very much at home.” Ross Clarke, a junior distance runner from London, England, was the polar opposite. The British runner traveled to the United States to run for Butler for two years before returning home again, forfeiting his full

Tom Anderson Junior Winchester, UK Men’s XC

Joel Zimmerly Sophomore Winnipeg, Manitoba Men’s Soccer

“I can’t exactly go home on the weekends, but I feel very much at home.” STEPHANIE MCLOUGHLIN WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER scholarship two years early. “Butler’s coaches were very proactive in making me feel wanted,” Clarke said. “I really enjoyed my first two years—the whole running and training aspect and the way of life. “But obviously, you get homesick.” Despite running personal bests in every one of his events, Clarke chose to return home—to family, friends and familiarity— and got a job straight away. But then, everything changed. Again. “I had gotten a little down,” said Clarke, who made the initial decision to return home

Ross Clarke Junior Essex, UK Men’s XC

Matt Proctor Senior Rochdale, UK Men’s XC

Tom Curr Sophomore Stroud, UK Men’s XC

Katie Clark Senior Hull, UK Women’s XC

after being invited to the British Olympic trials, only to fall victim to a stress fracture in his foot. “I think the main thing was that I had doubts about whether I’d be able to use the (Butler) degree back home. But then I realized that I really wanted to try and build my life in America.” Last week, Clarke, who is now paying to be at Butler until his final year because of his early departure, made the last-second decision to return to campus after the fall semester had already started. He said he credits cross country coach Matt Roe and the athletics department staff for working around the clock and getting him back into place at Butler. “I realize I made a mistake,” Clarke said, “and it was hard leaving my family, but I had to make the decision to make a better life for myself. It may cost me ‘x’ amount of money, but I had to work around it to get back out here. “Being from London, I had a busy city on my doorstep – but I really enjoy the Indiana way of life, and I intend to stay here for as long as I can.”

Harry Ellis Sophomore Warrington, UK Men’s XC

Kirsty Legg Junior Middlesbourgh, UK Women’s XC

Olivia Colosimo Elizabeth Miller Stephanie McLouglin Junior Freshman Sophomore Thunder Bay, Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto, Ontario Women’s Soccer Women’s Swimming Women’s Tennis

Sam O’Neill Freshman Bali, Indonesia Men’s Tennis

Pulok Bhattacharya Sophomore New Delhi, India Men’s Tennis Ignacio Baeza Freshman Santiago, Chile Men’s Soccer

Lauren McKillop Senior Matraville, AUS Women’s XC

Jackson Aldridge Sophomore Sydney, AUS Men’s Basketball

Photos courtesy of Butler Sports Information, graphic by Taylor Meador

From field to classroom, leadership key for Isenthal CLAYTON YOUNG CGYOUNG@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

The feeling of being under pressure is something most people seem to avoid. This cannot be said of Butler senior men’s soccer player Jared Isenthal, who has no problem with the clock ticking down on him on or off the pitch. Leadership is the trait Isenthal lives by. During his high school career, Isenthal served on the student government at Carmel High School while also helping the Carmel United Soccer Club to a pair of national championships. When it came time for Isenthal to decide what college to attend, the University of Wisconsin, Marquette, Dayton and Butler were all in the running. But for Isenthal, Butler felt like home. “Butler was just the better fit for me,” Isenthal said. “Academically, I liked everything about classes and such at Butler, as well as the business program and all the other programs Butler has to offer.” During his freshman year, Isenthal stepped up in a big way for the men’s soccer team, playing every minute of the Bulldogs’ season.

Career Highlights

College: Started 45 games, seven career assists, Horizon League All-Newcomer team, two-year captain. High School: Team captain, 2008 All-State Team, 2008 Indianapolis Star Super Team, All-Conference, All-District honors

He was named to the Horizon League AllConference team at the end of the season. During his sophomore year, Isenthal fought a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery at the end of the season. Despite this adversity, he was elected to be one of the team’s captains going into his junior season. Isenthal’s impact at Butler has not been felt by the soccer team alone, though. Off the pitch, Isenthal jumped into the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He rose to the position of vice president his sophomore year before being elected to the presidential position his junior year. As a member of the council, Isenthal had the opportunity to put the priority scheduling document in place last year. This document gives student-athletes the chance to schedule their classes ahead of other Butler students so they have appropriate time

available for their respective sports. Isenthal continues to act as the voice of student-athletes, sitting alongside Athletic Director Barry Collier and answering studentathlete-related questions for the Board of Trustees. In the classroom, Isenthal studies finance and received the opportunity to work as an intern last year for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Additionally, Isenthal was named one of Butler’s top 100 students. Each year, Butler faculty and staff nominate 100 students who they believe deserve to be called one of the top students of the university. While Isenthal said he enjoys being active and feels he works better under pressure, he said he feels obligated to give back to Butler. “I just feel like I have to give back for everything I have received,” Isenthal said. “I do it by trying to be a leader on the field and off the field, giving student-athletes more say in the classroom and helping my teammates.” Isenthal said he will continue to be involved after college and that his love and passion for coaching soccer will carry him through the next step of his life. “I’ve never been one to have a lot of free time,” Isenthal said. “I’ve always liked it that way.”

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Senior captain Jared Isenthal leads on and off the field, not only for his team but for all Butler athletes.




Maccagnone leads way in first-ever win over Purdue MARKO TOMICH MTOMICH@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

With rain coming down in sheets at the Butler Bowl, the Butler women’s soccer team battled TennesseeMartin to a scoreless draw on Sunday. The Bulldogs (3-2-1) and Skyhawks (1-3-1) had to gear up not only for a battle against each other, but also against the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. The back-and-forth affair had its fair share of close calls. For Butler, the closest of these came in the 59th minute when freshman midfielder Sophia Maccagnone sent a shot off the crossbar. The near miss was one of her four shots. “I was able to get those chances mainly because my teammates were making them possible,” Maccagnone said. “They were opening space for me and making runs that caused UT Martin to spread out.” After 110 minutes, neither team was able to dent the twine, despite a combined 33 shots between the squads. “In weather like today, it’s very important for me

to concentrate on catching the ball and being ready to react if the ball slips from my hands,” freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Hopkins said. The Bulldogs tallied 16 shots, but only two of them were on net. Hopkins recorded five saves in the tie. Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs grabbed their third victory of the season, downing Purdue 1-0. The win was Butler’s first against the Boilermakers (4-2-0) in school history. “It doesn’t matter which league each team plays in,” Hopkins said. “It matters which team is better on that day.” The game’s only goal was scored when Maccagnone was able to step up and bury a penalty kick, helping Butler to its first road victory of the season. “I did feel a lot of pressure,” Maccagnone said. “There wasn’t that much time left on the clock, and you never know if that could be our last opportunity to score. “I knew my team had confidence in me, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t disappoint my teammates.” The Bulldogs will head north Sunday to take on the University of Michigan.

Photo by Heather Iwinski

Junior midfielder Mary Allen, seen here in the game against Tennessee-Martin, has started in all six games for the Bulldogs this season.

Football makes comeback, falls in season opener STAFF REPORTER

The Butler football team fell short of a comeback in its season opener against Western Illinois. The Bulldogs trailed 23-0 late in the third quarter before the offense showed its first signs of life in the season. Junior running back Trae Heeter scored on a 5-yard run with four minutes remaining in the quarter to make the score 23-7. The Bulldogs snuck an onside kick past the Leathernecks (1-0) but were unable to capitalize.

BUTLER vs FRANKLIN Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.

Redshirt junior Sean Grady intercepted a pass that set up the team’s next scoring drive. Grady said it was a big spark for the Bulldogs (0-1). “We hadn’t been able to get a turnover all game, and as a defense we really look to put the offense in a good situation by turnovers,” Grady said. On the ensuing drive, former quarterback Tom Judge made a circus catch for the Bulldogs (0-1) to get the drive moving.

On the next play, redshirt junior quarterback Matt Lancaster connected on another long screen to Heeter before running the ball into the end zone on the final play of the drive. On the 2-point conversion attempt, Butler ran a reverse pass from Judge to make it a one-possession game, 23-15. “The defense helped the offense, and the offense capitalized,” coach Jeff Voris said. By getting the 2-point conversion, Voris said they felt completing the comeback was doable. With two minutes

remaining the Bulldogs were able to use their timeouts to get the ball back on their own 1-yard line. Butler used four complete passes and three first downs to get the ball to the Western Illinois 7-yard line. The game clock was malfunctioning during the drive, and the officials kept the time on the field. “You never know what’s going to happen with the clock,and the officials,” Lancaster said. “It’s just a matter of going out there and competing and worrying about ourselves.” Lancaster completed a pass

to Heeter, who attempted to get out of bounds but was brought down at the 4-yard line. The game clock ran out, and the Bulldogs’ 95-yard drive came up short. “It was a little adversity thrown at us, and we needed to respond to it a little bit differently to get it done,” Voris said. The Bulldogs will be

playing under the lights for the first time since 1941 on Saturday. Voris said he knows the atmosphere will be special, but his team is preparing the same way as it always does. “We understand it’s a big game,” Voris said. “It’s a game that people are going to want to attend just because of the uniqueness of the lights.”

BUTLER AT WESTERN ILLINOIS, AUG. 30 TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Butler 0 0 7 8 15 Western Illinois 3 13 7 0 23

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Volleyball beats IUPUI, wins twice at Pittsburgh PETER BROWN


The Butler volleyball team used an unconventional line-up to grind out a 3-2 win against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis last night. The Bulldogs were without a starter and other players were playing out of position, but they used 19 team blocks to bring home the win. Sophomore Erica Stahl led the team with nine blocks, while junior Claire Randich finished with seven blocks. Junior Maggie Harbison finished with a match-high 21 kills. Junior Morgan Peterson led with 53 assists and sophomore Brooke Ruffolo had 17 digs for the Bulldogs. The team finished the weekend 2-1 at the Pittsburgh Panther Invitational. Butler (4-2) opened the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Howard. The Bulldogs dominated Howard University in its first match, winning 25-13, 25-22 and 25-14. Junior Maggie Harbison led the way with seven kills, while sophomore Belle Obert and senior Rachel Barber, both had six kills.

Leading the Bulldogs in digs was junior Morgan Peterson with six. Sophomore Kelly Kyle and Barber also contributed with five digs apiece. Bulter continued its dominance by defeating Coastal Carolina (0-5) 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs started the match down 16-10 in the first set. Butler tried to rally but fell short as the Chanticleers closed out the set 2522. However, Butler quickly recovered and controlled the second set. The score was 14-0 before Coastal Carolina scored its first point. Butler went on to win the set 258. The Bulldogs won the third set by a score of 25-17 to take a 2-1 advantage. The Chanticleers would recover in the fourth set and win by a score of 25-23, setting up a winner-takesall fifth set. Butler reversed its play in the first set, dominating the beginning stages of the fifth. With the Bulldogs up 7-1, the Chanticleers would not go away. Coastal Carolina rallied and made the score 9-7, but Butler pulled away and ended up winning

the set and match 15-12 and 3-2, respectively. Pittsburgh (4-2) swept the Bulldogs 3-0 in the last match of the weekend. In the first set, Butler lost in a close 25-17 battle. The second set was summarized by the Bulldogs’ inability to hold leads. Butler had leads of 11-7, 15-10 and 23-18, but Pittsburgh was able to claw its way back each time. Butler ended up losing the set 2624 to find itself in a 2-0 hole. In the third set, the teams traded points throughout. In the latter part of the set, the Bulldogs were able to stave off several match points. In the end, the Panthers were too much and won the set 28-26 to complete the sweep. Leading the Bulldogs was Kyle with 13 digs, Barber with 12 kills and junior Claire Randich with four blocks. Peterson also added six digs and Harbison contributed 10 kills, with both being elected to the AllTournament Team. The Bulldogs will host Western Illinois, Stephen F. Austin and Indiana in the Butler Classic starting Friday. Additional reporting by Marissa Johnson.

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Junior middle back Claire Randich tips the ball over the net during a match last season at Hinkle Fieldhouse.


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The Butler women’s cross country team placed second at the Illini Challenge last Friday while the men finished fourth. It was the season— opening meet for both teams. The women were led by freshman Olivia Pratt, who won the women’s fourkilometer race with a time of 14:18. Competing in her first-ever collegiate race, Pratt said that she was looking forward to wearing a

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Women place second at Illini Challenge Butler uniform for the first time. “I was really glad to go out there and run a really good time for me,” Pratt said. “I was excited to put a Butler uniform on and start my college running career.” Loyola won the women’s competition with 38 points, and the Bulldogs finished the meet with a 49-point outing that was good enough for second in the eight-team field. The second Bulldog to cross the line was senior Kaitlyn Love who finished in fifth place with a time of 14:55. Fellow senior

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Lauren McKillop rounded out the topten finishers with a time of 15:11. Host Illinois won the men’s competition, with 26 points. The Butler men were led by sophomore Kodi Mullins, who placed 11th in the men’s sixkilometer race with a time of 19:04. Junior Billy Klimczak finished 19th with a time of 19:35. The teams are back in action at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet in Terre Haute on Sept. 14.


Photo by Heather Iwinski

Junior Justin Sass takes the ball down the pitch in an Aug. 28 match vs. IUPUI.

The Butler men’s soccer team will continue its three-game homestand when it takes on Northern Kentucky Friday. The Bulldogs (1-03) got their first win on Aug. 28, beating cross-town foe Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2-0. Northern Kentucky is a NCAA Division I team for the first time this season. It is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Norse are 0-4 on the season with losses to Green Bay, Milwaukee, Radford and High Point.

Opponents have outscored NKU 10-1 this season. Last year, as a Division II program, the Norse finished the season with a 14-5 record. They advanced to the Midwest Regional Championship game for the fourth time in five years. Butler has played NKU twice in its history. The first time was in 1989, and the second in 1990. The Bulldogs won both matchups, 2-0 and 3-0, respectively. Sept. 7 vs. Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 vs Central Arkansas at 1 p.m.


OVERTIME | Crowded schedule could hurt Butler Butler needs to be careful with scheduling multiple sporting events in close succession. This Saturday, Butler’s football team will be taking part in its first game under lights since the early-1940s. This is an important step for Butler from an athletic standpoint. With the university’s jump to the Atlantic 10 Conference last summer, school officials would probably like to prove that they can host athletic events under a variety of circumstances (despite the fact the football team will not be part of the A-10). Saturday’s game could help the flexibility of the football team’s scheduling in the future as well. However, moving some football games and, before them, some men’s and women’s soccer matches to an under-the-lights setting could also pose a potential problem for the university. Butler attempted its first athletic tripleheader last September. The football team and both soccer squads had contests in the Butler Bowl on the same day. The triple-header was likely a new and, at times, exhausting expeience for some members of Butler’s athletics department. Running one athletic event in a given day requires a number of different operations and


Friday, Sept. 7 • Volleyball—Butler Classic, starts 11 a.m. • Men’s soccer—Butler vs. Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 • Football—Butler vs. Franklin, 6 p.m. • Volleyball—Butler Classic, starts 6 p.m.



With no rest for the weary, Butler also has the following schedule assembled for Saturday, Sept. 29: • •

activities to take place in very short amounts of time. Doing those same activities three times over the course of eight to 10 hours would likely be draining. Accordingly, the athletics department has not scheduled three events in the Bowl on a single day this academic year. However, two separate weekends this month will see a great amount of athletic activity in short periods of time. The first of these is this weekend, and that schedule reads as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 9 Men’s soccer—Butler Arkansas, 1 p.m.

Football—Butler vs. Dayton, 1 p.m. Women’s soccer—Butler vs. Saint Louis, 7 p.m. Volleyball—Butler vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m.

It is great that Butler is finding opportunities for fans to take in multiple sporting events in a given day, but I see two major issues with this sort of scheduling. The first lies in overextending and straining the athletics department staff. I cannot speak for those within the department. I cannot say those individuals were exhausted at the conclusion of the tripleheader last year, that they were unable to rise from their respective beds the next morning. One might think that taking care of the operations and behind-the-scenes work for three athletic events in a single day— especially with one being the school’s first athletic contest under lighting since World War II—might be a bit stressful, though. So this year, the staff gets to run that gauntlet twice in four weeks. It may prove to be even more difficult this time around. Some teams have contests scheduled over each other.

Starting the finale of volleyball’s Butler Classic and the first night football game in more than 70 years at the same time cannot possibly benefit an athletics department staff that will have dealt with earlier volleyball and men’s soccer action less than 24 hours prior. Slotting the women’s soccer and volleyball teams into the same starting time just hours after the conclusion of a football game is potentially problematic as well. And then there are the fans that, on the surface, benefit from receiving the opportunity to view multiple sporting events in a given day. There is clearly an issue with attendance at Butler’s fall athletic events. Figures are not high, and the stands of the Bowl and Hinkle Fieldhouse are nowhere near full during such events. That is why it is difficult for me to understand how scheduling events on top of each other will fix this. Fans cannot be in two places at the same time. Also, if a day is filled with events, the casual observer will probably only attend the first on the list. It is simply overwhelming to attend three athletic contests in one day. Overwhelming is the key word in this discussion. If stacked scheduling is some sort of initiation into the A-10, the Butler community will have to live with being overwhelmed. Otherwise, the school should realize that it might be taking on more than it can handle.




Photo courtesy of MCT, illustration by Taylor Meador

Bulldogs board their broomsticks SARVARY KOLLER


Butler University is entering the magical world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter by establishing its first ever quidditch team this year. Quidditch is a fictional sport played by wizards on broomsticks in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. The game consists of seven players: three chasers, two beaters, a seeker and a keeper. The objective of the game is to throw the quaffle, which is the main ball, through the three hoops guarded by the opposing team. The team with the most points wins the game unless the seeker catches the snitch, a small golden ball with wings. The team that captures the snitch earns 30 points and ends the game. The Butler quidditch team entered the realm of reality late last year under the leadership of its co-presidents, sophomores Brock Brothers and Emily Mago. Both Brothers and Mago said their love of Harry Potter and the action-packed game of quidditch caused them to bring the fictional game to life at Butler. Brothers said he first heard about collegiate quidditch a couple of years ago and thought it would be something exciting and new to integrate into Butler’s campus. “Emily and I got together one night and just decided to


get it started,” Brothers said. “It has really taken off from there.” Mago said she first started an interest group on Facebook to see if students liked the idea. In less than 24 hours, the page received over 80 likes, and Brothers and Mago decided to officially form the team. At Block Party, swarms of Butler students flocked to the quidditch team’s table to get more information. Brothers said 275 students signed up, and the line branching off the table was comparable to that of the popular Dawg Pound. Brothers said he hopes to have the members out on the fields and on their broomsticks to play the altered version of J.K. Rowling’s game in about a month. “It’s the same sport essentially,” Brothers said, “but it is adapted for the ground. Basically, players run around with a broom between their legs, so it looks pretty ridiculous.” Mago said substitutions were made for the enchanted quaffle, bludgers and snitch. A volleyball will serve as the quaffle. Dodgeballs will take the place of the flying bludgers, balls that fly around the pitch to distract and deter players. A player dressed in yellow will play as the snitch. The snitch will have a tennis ball attached to his or her waist, and the seeker must capture the snitch and grab the ball to end the game. The snitch is not affiliated with any team. The sets of three hoops located on opposite sides of the playing field are fashioned out of hula hoops and PVC pipes. Brothers said he and Mago have already made the first set of hoops. Brothers said he expects the game to be action-packed and just plain silly. “I hope it will draw a crowd,” Brothers said. “The more people that join and the more the campus gets involved, the faster it will grow.” Brothers said he expects the games will take place either on the lawn outside Schwitzer or on the intramural fields. The mall was briefly considered as a quidditch destination, but Brothers and Mago decided against it because it could wreak havoc on innocent passersby and tarnish the Harry Potter nerd reputation. “Having it on the mall might be dangerous if a rogue



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scores points by throwing the quaffle through the opponent’s hoops


Quaffle = volleyball Bludger = dodgeball Snitch = player dressed in yellow with a tennis ball attached at the waist BYOB = Bring Your Own Broom

bludger flies out of control and hits someone in the face,” Brothers said. “They might not like the Harry Potter nerds anymore.” Brothers said individually-formed teams will determine who plays a certain position and what sort of uniform they will wear. Team names are also up to the general consensus of the seven-person teams. “We wanted people to be free to make their own decisions,” Brothers said. “Hopefully, we’re going to have a bunch of unique names and colors and outfits.” The team doesn’t have money to purchase shiny new Nimbus 2000s as of right now, Brothers said, but brooms may be provided in the future. “Right now, the concept is BYOB,” Brothers said. “Bring your own broom.” Brothers said the first call out meeting will take place in the next week or two.



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Illustration by Taylor Meador




Children make music through community school

The Children’s Orchestra poses for a picture last spring. The orchestra, for students ages 7-12, rehearses and performs at Butler University as part of the Community Arts School. MARIA LEICHTY MLEICHTY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

Twelve-year-old Selin Oh has been a part of the Butler University community longer than most Butler students. For three years, Selin’s mother drove her to Butler every Saturday to rehearse and study music through the Butler Community Arts School. The BCAS is an initiative of the Jordan College of Fine Arts that provides instruction in music, dance, theater and art to young people after school, on weekends and throughout the summer. Selin played for the BCAS’s

Children’s Orchestra. For two of the three years she played in the orchestra, she also took private lessons. “Every Saturday at 11 a.m. was a very precious time for me,” Youngbok Hong, Selin’s mom, said. “That whole hour, I could just sit and listen to the kids practice with the other parents in the back row.” The music program has been a part of BCAS from the very beginning in 2002 and includes private music lessons, summer camps, a youth jazz program and beginning piano lessons for both children and adults. About 1,800 students and 101 teaching fellows—Butler students

and alumni—make up the BCAS music programs. “Part of our mission at BCAS is to make the arts accessible to everyone,” BCAS director Karen Thickstun said. “Many children don’t have access to an orchestra. We are trying to fill a community need.” The children’s orchestra is a predecessor to the youth orchestra, which is for older students. There are other youth orchestras in Indianapolis, but Thickstun said the BCAS created one in order to give students who are too old for the children’s orchestra a place to advance at this university. She said that a secondary outcome of the BCAS programs is

that students and families become very comfortable at Butler. Sophomore Erica O’Brien went to the Strings Scholars Camp the summer before her senior year of high school. “I had gone to some Butler Symphony Orchestra concerts, and I wanted to be a part of it,” O’Brien said. She got to know Richard Auldon Clark, BSO director and viola instructor, through the camp. “He is a really awesome person,” she said. “My experience at the Strings Scholars Camp was half of the reason I decided to go to Butler.” O’Brien is now a music performance major. She plays for

Photo courtesy of Karen Thickstun

the Butler Symphony Orchestra, takes viola lessons with Clark and even helped out with the Strings Scholars Camp and Strings Camp last summer. Selin said she knows Butler very well and has enjoyed her experience, speaking fondly of the friends she made and of her time with the orchestra. “At first, I only played by myself,” she said. “But after playing with the whole orchestra, I learned about putting the different parts of the whole piece together. It really sounded nice.” Selin, who is not playing this semester, hopes to return to the BCAS youth orchestra in the spring. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 15.


Phoenix Theatre turns 30 this season KARL WIERSUM


Like a person trying to hush up hitting the big 3-0, the Phoenix Theatre will not be planning an elaborate party for its 30th anniversary this season. The reason is much different, however. Planning its anniversary season was much like laying out any other season, said Bryan Fonseca, producing director for the Phoenix. Since the theater focuses on producing the newest shows available, putting on a “big hits retrospective” would have been against what it stands for. Instead, Fonseca said he concentrated on what is happening in the moment. Being an election year, Fonseca said he looked to find a production “that might inspire people to be involved in politics, something that might cause people to think a little bit about politics and reflect upon their own attitudes.” He chose to start off the season with the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 21. Fonseca said part of what allows the Phoenix to be so current is the number of regional and worldwide premieres it produces. On average, half of the Phoenix’s season are completely new plays, he said. Last year, six out of its 10 productions had never before been

produced in the Midwest. The Phoenix belongs to the National New Play Network, the self-described “alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays.” Fonseca said that when he chooses productions, he also makes sure the plays or musicals are entertaining. He tries to choose productions that enthrall the audience while ultimately causing people to think and reflect. “Playwrights are unafraid to write about what’s going on in the world around us in a pure form,” he said. “They won’t dilute the message.” As an example, he spoke about the AIDS crisis and how long it took America to react. Mainstream movies about the crisis did not start coming out until the mid-1990s, he said. In contrast, the Phoenix put on productions centered on AIDS -related issues as early as 1985. He said that the Phoenix has moved toward programming musicals into its seasons as well, since musicals are now commenting on current events. In addition to the political “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” the Phoenix is producing the rock musical “Next to Normal” in January and February. This musical, which tells the story of a woman coping with bipolar disorder and hallucinations, is only the eighth

musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. This season, management and artists are creating a five-year plan for future development. Fonseca said he would like to see the Phoenix grow from an Indianapolis presence to a regional or national presence. Slow and sustained growth has been and will be the key to success, he said. Last year, the Phoenix had a 10 percent increase in ticket sales despite the down economy and troubled times for many arts organizations. The Phoenix Theatre has many ties to Butler. Butler students often work in its productions in acting or stage management positions, and several actresses from the Phoenix will be collaborating with Butler students in a staged reading of the play “Seven” this week in Lilly Hall. “Seeing students work with professional actors on the stage makes the world of theater seem that much closer,” junior theatre major Veronica Orech said. Fonseca said he wished to let Butler students know that he is always trying to find plays that address the concerns of their generation in particular. “The producers here in Indianapolis are much more approachable than you might assume,” Fonseca said. “If you have a project or play you’re aware of, share that with us.”

Photo by Karl Wiersum

The Phoenix Theatre, located at 749 N. Park Avenue, launches its 30th season.



The Butler Collegian corrects errors of fact. In the Aug. 29 issue, “From NYC to Butler: ‘Seven’ celebrates women,” it was reported that Butler Theatre’s production “Seven” runs tomorrow through Sunday. The play runs today through Saturday, with tonight being a preview night. To report a correction, contact Editor in Chief Jill McCarter by email at

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Disney’s new film is darker than its viewers might expect. It is compelling and, in the end, rewarding. Walt Disney Pictures has broken new ground with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (rated PG). The film does not carry the PG-13 rating of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, but this movie is much darker. Jim and Cindy Green—Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner, respectively—are a barren couple. They bury a list of their never-to-be child’s qualities in the garden, and that night, a mysterious boy shows up claiming to be their son. Timothy, played by Cameron “CJ” Adams, is

everything the Greens wanted in a son, except that he has peculiar leaves growing from his legs. As Timothy’s leaves begin to change like the trees in Stanleyville, where the movie is set, it becomes clear that Timothy has a secret. The movie, like Timothy, is unusual. It mixes fantasy with reality in a way that is not quite complementary. Stanleyville is completely separated from the world in all regards. Its citizens all know one another, dress more or less the same and all rely on the local pencil factory. In this respect, it is like the film “Moonrise Kingdom” released earlier this year. “Timothy,” however, also starkly presents the real world in scenes of a hospital and the government’s adoption agency. In a real sense, it rips its characters from fantasy.

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While uncouth, the bold style follows the narrative and perhaps foreshadows Disney movies to come: charming, challenging and presenting love, life and loss in a very real and gripping way. —Kevin Vogel, Arts, Etc. Editor


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Unclear system adds costs OUR POINT THIS WEEK: Professors and the bookstore must improve communication to save students money on books. | VOTE: 30-0-6


n the first day of classes, a student strolls into class with her books and materials. Glancing over the syllabus, she realizes with horror that the e-book she bought for her chemistry class is unnecessary. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common, and Butler University students are footing the bill. The Butler bookstore and professors need to open channels of communication so they can prevent these situations from happening. Online, the Bookstore offers cheaper, electronic versions of textbooks. But when some students arrive for class, their professors tell them they need a physical copy of the book. So now these students wasted money on a textbook they won’t use and have to buy another, more expensive copy. Bookstore Manager Janine Frainier acknowledges that these miscommunications occur. Last-minute additions and cancellations of books, incorrect orders and hung-up, unshipped orders have all happened, she said. Aside from these usual issues, the bookstore’s operator, Follett, launched a new online system to minimize out-of-stock items. The bookstore also has a new course materials manager, Scott Zurcher. Still, these vast changes in the bookstore’s structure do not absolve it from the costly mistakes made. If the bookstore management knew about the revamped online shopping system, it should have informed students about this change so they would keep a closer

Several students have experienced frustrations with their textbook orders this semester. eye on the progress of their orders. The bookstore had the entire summer to prepare for these orders and note any flaws in the system. Compounding the internal issues the bookstore faces, professors sometimes do not clearly communicate the necessary texts before students enter the classroom. Part of the problem stems from the fact that some professors allow e-books and others do not. Whatever stance the professor takes on e-books, the bookstore still presents the e-book as an option. So unless professors delineate their stance on e-books to their

students before they arrive, students can purchase the wrong version of the book. Either professors need to better communicate their preferences to the bookstore and students, or Faculty Senate should make a campus-wide mandate about e-books. Otherwise, students will continue ordering the wrong books. In the midst of all this miscommunication, students stand bewildered. But instead of only venting their rage to their friends, students should speak up to the bookstore and their professors.

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This call for open communication between professors and the bookstore does make the student body responsible for airing its concerns. “We apologize for any inconvenience and strongly encourage any student that is experiencing trouble with orders to visit or contact the bookstore,” Frainier said. If students have experienced any issues, they should follow Janine’s advice. Once students express their frustrations to those responsible, maybe the campus will see some improvements made.

New guidelines urge smart socialization The revamped guidelines for conduct violations will promote more responsible behavior in Butler students. Butler University is implementing new sanctioning guidelines for conduct violations this year in the hope that students can be given multiple chances for redemption. Under the new guidelines, students that commit conduct violations, mainly alcohol-related violations, will be at risk of probation by the university. This means that those students would not be allowed to hold leadership positions on campus and would not be allowed to rush for Greek fraternities or sororities. While these guidelines may be intimidating to some, the university is making a good choice


by implementing them. “We just want to encourage students to find other things to do other than drink,” said Irene Stevens, dean of student life “You don’t have to drink to have fun at Butler.” With more than 150 student organizations offered at Butler, there are plenty of ways for students to be active without breaking the law. So many extracurricular opportunities presented by the university and Indianapolis give students the chance to spend time being social by bettering the

community and themselves. The punishments for conduct violations that come with the new guidelines may also be a preferable option to other forms of punishment. “There will always be consequences no matter who ends up giving the punishment,” said Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of public safety, “Butler University Police Department could give you a fine or send you to jail. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will definitely send you to jail. Student Affairs takes the social approach, which would give more of an incentive not to drink.” Freshmen are taken aback by the new guidelines, which were introduced to them at Red Cup Culture during Welcome Week. “I don’t like that they just started it and didn’t really warn us about it,” freshman Kelli Linsenmayer said, “I don’t think [the guidelines]

will keep people from partying.” Freshman Lindsay Byers understands why the university has the new guidelines but wishes that the administration had been more up front rather than having to explain them through Red Cup Culture. “The guidelines make some people think twice,” Byers said, “but those set on going out will continue to go out.” While the university may have not been as upfront about the new guidelines as they could have been, they still present a reason for students to think twice about going out to drink at night. The guidelines offer a disciplinary route that will keep students out of trouble with the law and may teach they a thing or two about socializing responsibly and intelligently. Contact asst. opinion editor Donald Perin at

Change to Moodle is positive for students Although the Butler community might be adverse to the switch from Blackboard to Moodle, it will be a beneficial change. If students and faculty take the time to noodle around with Moodle, they will see the change is beneficial. The biggest reason that I support the change to Moodle is because it is cheaper than Blackboard. Moodle costs significantly less than Blackboard, said Julianne Miranda, senior director of academic technology. Being one who pinches pennies, I appreciate the school trying to


conserve students’ tuition dollars. The student’s educational experience is most important. But if there are two comparable academic programs, Butler should choose the cheaper option. “As we started to do apples to apples, Moodle was clearly the better tool,” Miranda said. In the case of Blackboard versus Moodle, Moodle is the one that is cheaper and performs better,

making it the all-around winning choice. Administrators changed to Moodle because of the broader spectrum of academic tools it provides to its students. Moodle is more user-friendly and offers wikis and blogs, among other components, that Blackboard never fully offered, Miranda said. Moodle is an open-source learning platform. Which means anyone can add enhancements to it. Students, faculty and administrators all have the power to create an enhancement for everyone on the server to use. Hackers beware: the Information Technology department scans all the applications before they are posted for general use, said Chad Miller, the systems engineer who managed

the transition to Moodle. Any attempt to try and shut down Moodle for a day or two would fail. The school is encouraging professors who teach lower-level classes to utilize Moodle because freshmen will be required to use it for the rest of their academic careers. Many upper-level classes are being taught with Blackboard to ensure a consistent learning experience for upperclassmen. Although people may not like change, this one is definitely for the better. Once students and faculty learn the ins and outs of Moodle, they will appreciate the change. Contact columnist Rhyan Henson at



Letters to the Editor

More free political discussion will liven campus thought The limited political debate on campus ultimately stifles student experience and thought. While people across the nation find themselves embroiled in political debate, Butler University locks itself out of the conversation. The campus lacks frank political discussion. Current policies block funding to overtly political student organizations on campus. This moratorium on public debate harms student experience and scholarship. Students on both ends of the political spectrum think a sweeping change to Butler’s political climate is essential. “A lot of people come in here with the biases their parents gave them,” the College Democrats President Cole Collins said. “If they do think about their own political views, they don’t participate.” One of the changes both political groups recommended is releasing previously blocked funds. “I think the blocked funding to political student groups on campus harms the student body and its ability to discuss these issues,” the College Republicans Chairman


Stephanie Hodgin said. Without money from Student Government Association, these organizations have to seek funding from outside sources, such as Organizing for America and the College Republican National Committee. This makes it far more difficult for these organizations to create events that involve students in political discussion. Both Collins and Hodgin said they want to set up debates, host student forums and invite political candidates to campus. But they lack solid funding to do so. Butler’s reluctance about bringing these discussions to the forefront is understandable, especially if it’s to avoid the appearance of taking sides. Yet encouraging political debate will ultimately benefit the campus. If student political organizations had the money to explain their platforms, students would better analyze their own stances and better understand others’ stances.

If political debate and action happened on campus, students would become more involved in the community and unlearn the stereotypes they may have about the “other side.” If Butler invited politicians and political activists to campus more often, more students might be willing to enter the political foray. Another problem is that the administration does not allow SGA members to openly express their opinions in the public sphere. SGA President Mike Keller said he notices the lack of honest political conversations and hopes to rework the policy. “I think it would be an improvement to the campus to relax the policy a little bit since it’s a little broad,” Keller said. Keller formed a new SGA position, the director of external affairs, in order to bring more candidates to school and involve students in the political process. Butler administrators are currently considering reworking this policy with SGA. But for now, students are waiting to see some concrete changes. “They should just fund College Democrats, College Republicans and Student for Liberty equally,” Collins said. “Even $100 would help each group set up events.” Contact opinion editor Reid Bruner at

More positive stories would benefit the Collegian Kudos… kind of. For the first time in my four years of being at Butler, I have finally been given the opportunity to read a fun, refreshing, non-opinionated, interesting story. “The men behind the Butler blooms” was a great story. I am not getting my hopes up or anything, but maybe more students would read The Collegian if more positive stories were published. Highlight how beautiful our campus is by telling the stories of the people who work behind the scenes to make the university what it is. The organizations, faculty and staff could be focused on more. There are so many opportunities to publish unique stories about the people who make this campus. There is already too much negativity in the world. I am willing to bet that the majority of campus would rather read about a hardworking, involved, differencemaking student or staff member than a certain Greek house violating a law, another half

page on the worn-out parking/ housing issue, or my personal favorite—an article about something on campus that turns into an opinion piece and is not in the opinion section. Less opinionated, more positive articles focusing on how exceptional our campus is would get you a few less jeers and more cheers. -Laura Spieth, Class of 2013

Staff members deserve the recognition I’d like to thank The Collegian for taking the time to recognize our hard-working staff in the article “The men behind the Butler blooms.” It was exciting to see a positive article about the often unseen hard work of those on staff who make this campus amazing! I appreciated seeing this and just wanted to let Maria and the rest of The Collegian staff know how much it meant as a fellow staff member to see the recognition of those deserving. -Julie Schrader, Manager, Employer Development

Low fall sports attendance reflects student priorities Student enthusiasm at men’s basketball games should be apparent at all other sporting events. A mostly-empty stadium faced the Butler University women’s soccer team this Sunday as the team took the field. Absent were the screaming hordes of Bulldog fans who normally pack basketball games.


Butler casts itself as a supportive community, but sometimes that does not appear to be the case. Fans at Butler never attend fall sports in the same numbers as they do spring, but the difference between men’s basketball and all

other sports is even starker. Plenty of factors could contribute to this. People might need time to settle into college life in the fall. The men’s basketball team may be more competitive. Particularly rude people might assume that it comes down to talent. And this past Sunday, weather definitely played a factor. But none of these reasons quite suffice. If people needed to “settle,” attendance would probably increase as the semester wears on.

It does not consistently do so. Competition does not consistently explain the difference either. Other teams have incredibly close games and strong rivalries. Take the women’s soccer team, which has consistently had more than 10 shots on goal a game this fall. More importantly, however, the men’s basketball team had an admittedly tough season last year. Fans did not suddenly abandon Hinkle Fieldhouse when the odds were stacked against them. The attendance issue may, in

Fall sports teams do not receive nearly as much warm enthusiasm and support that the men’s basketball team does. In fact, they often see an empty stadium.

Photo by Rafael Porto

fact, be more of a psychological situation. Vice President of Student Affairs Levester Johnson offered an explanation and a solution for the disparity. “These are their classmates, people sitting next to them in class,” Johnson said. “We’re working with different departments to get students out to these games,” he said. Johnson’s idea makes sense. The men’s basketball team has come to define Butler in the minds of thousands of Americans who would not otherwise know about the university. Part of the solution then should be making all athletics a bigger part of the community. Butler prides itself on being different, on having a kind of neighborhood feel to it that other schools cannot offer. This difference should be spread to athletics. The university should not restrict itself to being a one-team school the way others do. Iconic, ever-enthusiastic student fans seem like the perfect group to spearhead this change. Though the Dawg Pound has made efforts to get more fans to other sporting events, like women’s basketball, in the past, they did not make a visible appearance Sunday. No members of Dawg Pound could be reached for comment. If Butler wants to address the low attendance—and more importantly, have a closer community—the change needs to be one adopted by the whole student body. Contact columnist Jeremy Algate at

PawPrints Did you buy a digital textbook? Why or why not?


“No, I like to be able to write notes in my books.”

Abbey Springer Senior Music performance

“No, it’s easier to take notes in an actual book.”

Rohit Chhokar Junior Accounting

“No, I like to have my hands on a book because it’s easier to use.” Terri Newman Senior Pharmacy

“No, because I have the worst luck with technology.”

Conner Horak Sophomore Dance

A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE OFFICE OF A DEAN An office tells a lot about a person. What do the top dogs at Butler University keep in their offices? Look for more in next week’s issue of The Collegian.

Photos by Rafael Porto

RIGHT: Chuck Williams, dean of the College of Business, sits at his desk. His office, which is in Holcomb Building, looks out onto Robertson Hall. BELOW: Dean Chuck Williams

Photos by Heather Iwinski

ABOVE: Ena Shelley, dean of the College of Education, browses through emails at her desk in Jordan Hall. RIGHT: Dean Ena Shelley Photos by Rafael Porto

BELOW: Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts, pauses from working while sitting in his office in Lilly Hall. FAR RIGHT: Dean Ronald Caltabiano


enforcement and to hand out summons arrests when necessary. “I suspect what may occur is, for those that aren’t aware (of the changes), that they will quickly become aware and curb their behavior,” vice president for student affairs Levester Johnson said. Irene Stevens, dean of student life, said students within the Alcohol Task Force, which was assembled during the last school year, felt previous sanctions for alcohol violations were too lenient and that the university needed to get tougher. This sentiment is reflected in the student conduct case statistics compiled by Click. Click said that approximately 75 to 80 percent of all conduct cases over the past several years have involved alcohol or drugs. According to the statistics, there were 321 total conduct cases recorded in 2002. That number has steadily increased in most years since, culminating in a total of 513 conduct cases last year. Click added that the number of recorded conduct cases does not represent the number of individuals who were held responsible for offenses or crimes. According to the 2011-12 conduct report, 33 students were required to receive alcohol or drug assessments from a licensed clinician, and 12 students attended Butler’s in-house alcohol seminar. Click said the alcohol assessments are mandated for individuals who demonstrate poor choices around alcohol or seem to have addiction issues. “We have this opportunity to at least intervene,” Click said. “When we see that pattern developing, we ask for an assessment.” The in-house seminar is conducted by Michael Denton, a program director and chemical dependency specialist with Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Denton is on campus every Friday for a three-hour session with students who have been recommended to attend the event and students who have decided on their own to hear him speak. “He’s really entertaining and engaging,” Click said. “He tells some compelling stories and talks about the continuum of addiction.” A description of the sanctions Butler can hand out must also be made available to students, according to parts of Section 120 of Title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This is necessary in order for an institution like Butler to receive funds and financial assistance under any federal program. This includes funding in the form of student loans. Also required under this act is a biennial review of an institution’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. This review must determine the effectiveness of the program and implement any changes that are deemed necessary. Click said the last review was completed in 2010, and she is working to prepare another one by Dec. 31 of this year. In addition, the act requires that the number of drug- and alcohol-related violations and the resulting sanctions be reported to the Department of Education. The Financial Aid Office reviews policy and programming, but BUPD Assistant Chief of Police Andrew Ryan keeps statistics of arrests and referrals related to alcohol and drugs. The number of alcohol-related arrests by BUPD in 2011 tallied 24 while the number of referrals totaled 167. Ryan said arrest numbers have increased in 2012, while referral numbers have fallen. While these statistics are undergoing change, so are Butler’s attempts to prepare students for alcohol-related situations in college. Butler released a new online module called MyStudentBody, and all first-year students are asked to take the survey in the module. The survey addresses alcohol and drug use and sexual assault. Click said the module will be tested for a three-year period before the university can assess its impact. “(The module) is going to provide us information to direct our educational efforts and programs,” Click said. “It’s one of those things where other campuses are doing it and we haven’t done it up to this point, and we just thought it would be worth an effort.” The MyStudentBody module will be used in conjunction with the Indiana Collegiate Action Network survey, which gathers information on students and their choices regarding alcohol, Click said. The benefit of the alterations to alcoholrelated sanctions and penalties cannot be determined so soon, but Click said she felt the changes were necessary. “We have to have some response,” Click said. “It’s our duty, it’s our obligation and it’s the right thing to do if our mission is education of the whole person.”

Sept. 5, 2012  

The Butler Collegian Volume 127, Issue 3 September 5, 2012

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