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Sophomore Chad Pingel is the Student Government Association’s vice president of finance.

Junior Robert Gale serves as a Student Government Association parliamentarian.


Two candidates vie to succeed Craig Fisher as head of Butler’s student government RYAN LOVELACE RLOVELAC@BUTLER.EDU MANAGING EDITOR

Butler University students will choose either Robert Gale or Chad Pingel to preside over next school year’s Student Government Association. On Wednesday, the candidates met in the Fairbanks Building with

members of the Butler Collegian for a conversation about their campaigns and ideas. Gale, a junior finance and management information systems major and SGA parliamentarian, said he thinks the biggest reason he is running for president is because of his love for the university. “Everyday when I wake up, usually the first words out of my mouth are, ‘It’s a beautiful day to be a bulldog,’” Gale said. “You can ask anyone that I live with, they’ll tell you that.” When asked what sets Gale

apart from other students involved with SGA and across campus, “I can’t tell you that answer,” he said. “But I can tell you, for me, it is my love, passion, and dedication.” “That love, that passion that I really want to show people,” Gale said. “I don’t have an agenda.” Pingel, a sophomore finance and marketing major, said he has managed SGA’s $750,000 budget as vice president of finance, but added he could not have pictured running for SGA president at the start of last year. “It wasn’t actually my own

personal initiative to want to run for this at the beginning,” Pingel said. “It was really the support of others that led me then to run for the position.” Gale said he has focused his candidacy on action, communication and inclusive leadership. Gale said inclusive leadership placed as the “number one point on Robert Gale’s campaign platform.” “It’s our time to stand up and to take, and be part of that larger conversation and to be part of all the students’ governance,” Gale said. “That’s what we’re doing,

that’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s what a Gale presidency would look like.” Pingel said his platform includes his desire to be engaging, efficient and a representative of the student body. Pingel said he views students and student organizations as the backbone of the university. “Butler University students are, I guess I should say, special and different than other students,” Pingel said. “It’s not like a school like IU or Purdue where students see PRESIDENT page 4



Bulldogs fall to St. John’s

Officials report year’s second rape

MATTHEW VANTRYON MVANTRYO@BUTLER.EDU ASST. SPORTS EDITOR It was a tale of two halves on Tuesday night as Butler visited St. Johns (18-9, 8-6). A hot first-half Butler offense went ice cold as the game wound down, and Butler (12-14, 2-12) fell 77-52. Butler played one of its better halves in recent memory in the first 20 minutes Tuesday. Senior forward Khyle Marshall dominated in the opening period, as he led all scorers with 16 points. Marshall also grabbed seven rebounds. Butler started slow, allowing

the Red Storm to jump out to a 4-0 lead. However, the Bulldogs scored seven unanswered points to gain momentum. Butler scored the ball efficiently, shooting 48 percent in the half. St. John’s struggled to find offensive consistency, shooting 39 percent from the floor. Marshall finished the half with a flourish, slamming home a missed layup to send the Bulldogs into the half with a 33-30 lead. Butler struggled out of the gates in the second half, as St. John’s opened on a 14-2 run and took a commanding 44-35 lead with less than 15 minutes to play.


WOODS: Was suspended for Tuesday’s game at St. John’s Butler shot 1-of-9 to start the period. Junior guard Alex Barlow sparked the Bulldogs’ sputtering offense after converting a fourpoint play with a 3-point basket and a made free throw. The play cut the deficit to 46-41. St. John’s stormed back and regained the double-digit see BASKETBALL page 5

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a rape by force that reportedly occurred in a Butler University residence hall early Sunday morning. The sex crime is the fourth to be reported in Butler University Police Department crime logs in the last three and a half months. BUPD is assisting IMPD with the current investigation, according to a timely warning sent to the university Monday by Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of public safety. The timely warning, which was sent approximately 24 hours after


the rape was reported, also states that a suspect has been identified. The notice also reported this individual may have been involved in another sexual assault that was previously unreported to BUPD. Matt Mindrum, vice president of marketing and communications, provided comment on the reported crime on behalf of Hunter, who was unable to comment. “While the number of reported sexual assaults at Butler is not unusual among similar institutions, even one incident is too many,” Mindrum said via email. “Through education and enforcement, we continue to work toward reducing see RAPE page 4



Class of 2018 trends emerge KATIE GOODRICH KGOODRIC@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR On Valentine’s Day, the regular decision admission notifications went out regarding Butler University’s next freshman class. The Office of Admission wants between 1,000 and 1,025 students in the Class of 2018, said Aimée RustScheuermann, director of admission. The exact number of students will be unknown until the Census Day on Sept. 11, said Angela Clayton, assistant registrar. Census Day comes after the semester begins, when students can no longer drop or add classes. This determines how many students are enrolled, either part-time or full-time. Student type, such as freshman or new transfer, is also counted, Clayton said. “There’s a little bit of the settling of the dust,” RustScheuermann said. “Someone has to call the time-of-death, so to speak, on this enrollment cycle.” The Office of admission has seen an almost 9-percent increase in applications across the board, Rust-Scheuermann said. The office also reached out to new markets during this year’s recruitment. “We have been very intentional in trying to get to that East Coast market when we are doing national fairs in that area,” Rust-Scheuermann said. Atlanta, Denver metro and Washington, D.C., and its surrounding areas were newly targeted areas for admission this year. “We are seeing some great results from those markets,” Rust-Scheuermann said. “We are getting the face-to-face and one-on-one time with those students.” Alumni in the areas have been helpful, recommending high school visits and making calls, Rust-Scheuermann said. Indiana and Illinois still provide the bulk of applications, but Butler admission is seeing increased growth in out-of-state applicants. In-state applications are up by 24 percent, while out-of-state applications are up 1 percent. There is also sustained interest from students outside of the Midwest. Women sent in 56 percent of the total applications. Besides the health sciences program, Butler admission is still seeing a strong interest in natural sciences, like biology and chemistry, RustScheuermann said. The Office of Admission asked its team of student ambassadors, particularly the freshmen, what its recruitment was missing. The answer sparked the creation

Class of 2018 applications By the numbers:

Total Applications YTD: 9953 Increase of 8.9 percent from last year. In-state: 38 percent Out-of-state: 62 percent Female: 56 percent Male: 44 percent of a new visit experience for admitted students. This visit is not an academic day associated with one of the colleges on campus. “These (admitted) students are in a different place than a prospective student,” Rust-Scheuermann said. “They have already done their application and been admitted.” The admitted student visit is comparable to the Explore Butler visit, which is a prospective student’s first exposure to the university. But the new visit focuses on resources and the feel of campus, Rust-Scheuermann said. “Feel, which is not something you can market toward or say on paper, is by and large what drives the decision,” Rust-Scheuermann said. On the admitted students visit, they learn about what happens after enrollment and sit in on a class. Students choose between 12 different courses, most of which are First Year Seminars. Emma Salter, a sophomore student ambassador, said she enjoys the increased interaction on the admitted student visit. “They are seriously considering our school,” Salter said. “I can connect with that prospective student feeling, and they are way more engaging.” The admitted students see their specific academic building and hear in-depth discussion about their major, Salter said. The tour includes a visit to Residential College and a picture in front the bulldog outside of Atherton Union. The tour ends at Star Fountain, where families decide if they want to continue with the regular tour or not, Salter said. “It’s amazing to me to see how many students in that group are visiting campus for the first time,” RustScheuermann said. Other admitted students are returning to campus in order to help make their final decision. “Coming back is great because it helps secure in that students mind that yes this is the right fit,” RustScheuermann said. “We have to provide students the right opportunities to get that feeling in many ways.”

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Butler Terrace was announced as the newest housing option for Butler students in an email Friday.

Butler Terrace added as housing option for sophomores, juniors MARAIS JACON-DUFFY MJACONDU@BUTLER.EDU NEWS EDITOR

Sophomores and juniors will have another living option to choose from when the housing selection process begins March 25. On Friday, an announcement from Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson informed students of the new option to live in Butler Terrace Condominiums, which are located on the corner of 46th Street and Hinesley Ave. Associate Director of Residence Life Doug Howell said this housing option addition will hopefully help Butler meet the need for more housing. “Butler wanted to add more bed spaces to what we already have,” Howell said. “These additional spaces will allow us more flexibility in the required junior and sophomore housing selection processes; as well as lower or eliminate the number of incoming freshmen who may end up

in reduced rate triple rooms at the start of the fall semester.” Howell said the living space in Butler Terrace is similar to that of University Terrace and Christian Theological Seminary housing— where one Residence Life Coordinator oversees the building and tenants, and one Apartment Community Assistant lives in the building. All current policies and procedures in place in all other campus housing options will also apply to Butler Terrace. The setup of rooms in Butler Terrace will include one large bedroom, one small bedroom and one bathroom with two sinks. The larger room will be shared by two students, making each apartment a triple. Howell said a fourth person could likely live comfortably in the apartment, and requests to add a fourth person would be allowed. Minimal updates will be made

to Butler Terrace housing, such as changing locks and adding garbage disposals, Howell said. Only sophomores and juniors will have the option to live in Butler Terrace. Freshmen will still live in the residence halls, and seniors may live in Apartment Village or off-campus. There will still be units available in Butler Terrace for non-student tenants to be decided by the building owners. Junior Liz Burnell said she considered living in BT for her fifth year of college because of the complex’s location and price. “It seems nice, and I think it would be a great option for sophomores and juniors with the scramble for housing that Butler has every year,” Burnell said. Rising juniors will have first preference of apartment spaces from AV, UT, CTS and BT. Remaining spaces will be offered to sophomores April 1.

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Professors Angela Hofstetter, Susan Neville, and Natalie Carter were brainstorming ideas for a First Year Seminar conference when they came up with the idea of FYS Roundtables. They began this brainstorming because “FYS students are doing so much really hard, really good work that others may not know about,” Carter said. These roundtable discussions involve three FYS faculty members, one of each of their former students and an audience

that is open to the public. The audience is made up mostly of students but also includes some faculty members that want to show their support, Carter said. Former students are asked to participate because it allows them to discuss what they took away from the class a year or more later. “The roundtables consist of an ongoing conversation on common themes in the three different classes, and then a question and answer portion from the audience,” Carter said. Even though three different classes are represented, each event has its own topic. This is possible because the

titles of the courses may differ, but the subjects of FYS courses often cover similar themes. The first FYS roundtable discussion was held last semester on Sept. 13, and the theme was Monsters. “FYS is one of few opportunities students have to take a class just because it interests them, which is a really exciting moment intellectually,” Carter said. FYS classes are designed to have a community feel. The roundtable sessions are meant to extend the community feel. In addition, FYS classes were organized differently this year than in previous years—freshman

orientation groups were formed based on students’ FYS classes and not by their majors, as in years past. “I really liked (orientation) because, on the first day of classes, I knew people and it made my first day easier,” said Addie Barret, a freshman in the first semester Faith, Doubt and Reason FYS. In many cases, the professors who served as Faculty Orientation Guides were paired with the group of students who were in their FYS class. “I thought it was fantastic and a great idea because it helped me grow closer with my class before the first day of classes,” said

Carter, who served as a FOG. David Kennedy, a sophomore business student who served as a Student Orientation Guide in the fall, said he found it beneficial his freshman year to have the same students in his orientation group as in his Freshmen Business Experience course. “I think the change hurt the business students, but was probably better for the freshman class as a whole across all majors,” Kennedy said. The second FYS Roundtable will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. The theme for this event is Music and Politics.



Setting the pace in the fight against cancer COLIN LIKAS CLIKAS@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Adam Davis lost his grandmother to cancer last week. Instead of wondering why this happened to his family, however, the Butler University senior is part of an organization fighting to end the disease. Davis is involved with Relay for Life, an organization sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The organization allows groups across the world to organize events with an end goal of raising money and awareness for cancer treatment. “It’s near and dear to my heart and has made me more motivated than ever to get behind this cause,” Davis said. More than four million individuals in 20 countries raised funds and awareness last year under the Relay for Life banner, according to the Relay for Life website. Butler’s Relay for Life chapter generated more than $60,000 during the 2012-2013 academic year. The figure was tallied at the conclusion of a 12-hour overnight event at the Health and Recreation Complex last April. That total surpassed the chapter’s monetary goal and earned it Pacesetter status, meaning it exceeded $60,000. “I think the youth at Butler are very involved and want to get involved in these health causes,” said Davis, the Colleges Against Cancer president. Colleges Against Cancer is the student organization Butler’s Relay for Life chapter is run by, allowing the chapter to receive funding from Student Government Association. Davis’ grandmother died as a result of brain and lung cancer. However, Davis has been involved

with Butler’s Relay for Life chapter since arriving at the university. He accepted CAC’s president position after serving as a fundraising chair and team captain for Phi Delta Theta fraternity in years past. Senior Lauren Iles, a co-chair on the CAC executive committee, said she has been involved in Relay for Life events as long as she can remember. Iles also recently lost a grandparent to cancer, with her grandfather dying from the disease in November 2013. But she said she uses the movement, in part, to celebrate her family members that are survivors. “Seeing how much it has affected my life and my family’s life is enough that I want to try and end it and make sure I don’t have to see another family member go through that,” Iles said. Junior Lynn Zeheralis also knows how personal the fight against cancer can be. Zeheralis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age four. She successfully fought the disease, and she now serves on the Butler Relay for Life chapter’s recruitment team. Zeheralis said she did not like to publicize her fight when she was younger, but once she arrived at Butler, she used her story to inspire others to get involved. “It’s a horrible disease, but it’s something that brings us all together,” Zeheralis said. Butler’s chapter has organized a number of events, both small and large, to bring awareness to and raise money for the fight against cancer. Most recently, the group held its second “Paint the Campus Purple” week this school year. Purple

Members of Butler’s Relay for Life chapter stand over Star Fountain, which the group dyed purple last fall. ribbons were tied to trees, light posts and the stone bulldog in front of Atherton Union. Last semester, chapter members put on a similar event, during which they dyed Star Fountain’s water purple and created a luminaria ribbon out of bags on the mall. Friday night, Butler’s Relay for Life chapter was selected as the charity supported by the annual Freshman Skits event. Close to $1,500 was raised for cancer research that night. One of the chapter’s other promotions includes sponsoring men’s and women’s basketball games and providing T-shirts to Dawg Pound members for those games. Two larger events will come later this spring. Bark for Life, a Relay for Life event for dog owners, will be held at Broad Ripple Park on March 29. Following that is the chapter’s key event: the 12-hour, overnight Relay for Life event. This year’s event will be held April 11-12 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. at the HRC. Davis said the chapter’s monetary goal for the school year is $65,000. According to Butler’s Relay

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The chapter laid out luminarias in the shape of a ribbon to promote cancer awareness. for Life page, 208 participants on 38 teams have raised nearly $12,000 so far. Each Butler Greek house has a Relay for Life team, and Davis said the CAC executive committee is pushing for more Greek involvement in the committee. At the same time, Iles said the committee is pushing to get more non-Greek and even offcampus teams—including some Indianapolis Public Schools institutions—involved in Butler’s efforts.

Iles said getting college students to support a cause is part of the Butler Relay for Life chapter’s recipe for success. “We’ve seen it a lot. If you get the younger generation involved and behind something, it makes a huge movement,” Iles said. “(We) have the ability to change a lot for future generations.” To learn more about starting a team within the chapter, visit and search “Relay for Life of Butler University” in the “sign up for an event” box.

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Sophomore Chad Pingel (far left) and junior Robert Gale (far right) talk to fellow students during a meet-and-greet session at Starbucks yesterday. Pingel and Gale are running for the Student Government Association presidency.

The men behind the campaigns

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Get to know Chad Pingel and Robert Gale before casting a vote for SGA president

Pingel: “Already experienced” Gale: “Passionate and driven” NATALIE SMITH NMSMITH1@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Sophomore Chad Pingel did not always know the wanted to be Butler’s Student Government Association president. After seeing other leaders on campus and entering some leadership positions himself, the idea was on his radar. “What makes me want to run for (president) is that I’ve already had experience throughout student government,” Pingel said. “I have loved every second of contributing back to it.” Pingel is a double major in marketing and finance from Des Moines, Iowa. He said he hopes to get his Master’s in Business Administration and be leading others in five years. In the long term, he hopes to be a CFO or CEO. He currently serves as SGA’s vice president of finance and is ranked third in the SGA hierarchy. Outside of SGA, Pingel is a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He works as a campus tour guide, was a student orientation guide and Bulldogs Into The Streets leader and is a


might be there for more of the social scene or some sports game, but students here genuinely care about their education.” Pingel is ranked third in the SGA hierarchy behind Kate Carroll, vice president of administration, and SGA president Craig Fisher. Fisher appointed Gale as SGA parliamentarian.

PINGEL member of Students for the Advancement of Business Leadership. Pingel said he has a diverse family. His two younger siblings are both adopted. His brother Eric is from Vietnam, and his sister Emma is from China. He has an older brother, Marcus, and a German shepard named Katie. He came to Butler after considering similar schools, such as Drake University. He said Butler’s campus and business program won him over. Pingel was involved in band, choir, soccer and was secretary for student council in high school.

Fisher has endorsed neither candidate. “Do we want to be like Craig Fisher? I don’t know. Do we want to be like what the SGA president should be? Then yes,” Gale said. “If we want to show dedication, be open, and constantly trying to improve not only ourselves, but the university, then yes. I want to be like Craig Fisher.” Pingel said he thought Fisher made himself more accessible with his “Coffee with Craig” chats, but said, “I am not Craig Fisher by any means.”

Junior Robert Gale said he wants to run for Student Government Association president because he loves Butler University. “I’m very passionate, driven and dedicated,” Gale said. “Those things are great, but what it comes down to is love. That’s my entire campaign—trying to show that passion and love.” Gale is a double major in finance and management information systems from Park Ridge, Ill. He said he wants to work in private banking as a financial advisor or managing trusts. He said working at JP Morgan would open a lot of doors and options after graduations. Gale was appointed SGA parliamentarian at the start of the school year. Outside of SGA, Gale is a brother and housing manager for Sigma Nu fraternity. He serves as a student ambassador for Butler’s Office of Admissions. Gale was also previously actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Gale has been involved with Boy Scouts since kindergarten and worked as the head youth for 90,000 individuals at one point. “(Working for Boy Scouts) was something

Pingel identified SGA’s program board as an area that needs “reorganization” and “restructuring.” Gale said he wants to create a presidential advisory board that would open lines of communication between the students and SGA president and make SGA Assembly meetings the primary location for debate. Pingel also said he wanted to open communications between the students and administration, and added that he wanted to create a fund for new student

GALE that I’ll always remember,” Gale said. “It was truly an incredible experience, and I’m fortunate to have that.” Gale is the youngest of three, with two older sisters, Christina, 23, and Jessica, 28. His only pets were two goldfish that lived 12 years until dying his freshman year of college. Gale was involved in band and choir, as well as class and student government, Spanish club, Irish club and intramural sports in high school. He also volunteered and worked with the Illinois Special Olympics.

organizations, budget more effectively, sustain the grants process, and increase new student involvement with SGA. Gale said he wants students to remember him as someone who is authentic, genuine and energized. “Now the next 12 days, if you follow me on these social media networks, you’re going to see students speaking up on why they love me,” Gale said. “That’s what this is all about. It’s that love. I know people don’t like to talk about it a lot, but it’s just something that we’re doing. And it’s something

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that every person is capable of doing. We’re taught, especially men are taught, unfortunately in our social norm, not to show that.” Pingel said he hoped students would remember him as accessible. “I think that being able to directly assist the student organizations, and by that, the students themselves, is the greatest way to empower the success on our campus,” Pingel said. Butler students will have the opportunity to select either Gale or Pingel on their ballot on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.



Butler University students can now use their Dawg Bucks at Firehouse Subs in Broad Ripple. Last Monday was the first day Dawg Bucks were accepted there. “We’ve definitely noticed an increase, and quite a few students are actually pulling out their cards and using them,” said Mike Harmon, owner of Firehouse Subs. “I was at the restaurant (one day) and there were at least five students that had come in with that card in the few hours that I was there.” Aramark Operations Director Nate Haugh said Firehouse Subs has to give a percentage of money made from Dawg Bucks back to Butler. The university originally contacted Jimmy John’s, but it decided not to participate. “I think, ultimately, Firehouse Subs was selected for several reasons,” Haugh said. “One, to compete with Jimmy John’s but also because it was another delivery option. They are open late, and late night is one of the key things we’ve been trying to improve upon.” Harmon said students can use their Dawg Bucks for delivery at Firehouse as well. Students can also spend their Dawg Bucks at Papa John’s and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Dawg Bucks are also usable at Starbucks, Campus Club, the Convenience Store, and for Fuel Smoothies at the Health and Recreation Center, just like flex dollars. Students get $400 in flex dollars every semester with the all-access meal plan. Unlike

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A Firehouse Subs eatery, like the one shown above, in Broad Ripple now accepts Dawg Bucks. flex dollars, Dawg Bucks have to be purchased separately, Haugh said. “Dawg Bucks is basically money that can be put on by anyone,” Haugh said. “Your parents, students themselves, or anyone that wants to give money to the student (can do so).” Flex dollars expire at the end of the semester, whereas Dawg Bucks never expire. Haugh said several thousands of dollars of Dawg Bucks are used each week. However, some students feel misinformed

about Dawg Bucks. “I don’t really know what they are,” said sophomore Arielle Russell. “I don’t really know anyone in ResCo that even uses them. They seem kind of pointless.” Haugh said Dawg Bucks needs to be explained more clearly. “We probably need to work better with Student Affairs and people who explain the meal plan to people just to make sure everybody understands how they work,” Haugh said.

the number of reported sexual assaults. “The university is committed to providing campus educational programming to raise awareness around sexual violence, relationship or dating violence, and other related issues such as drugs and alcohol.” Other sex crimes to occur in the last three and a half months include a reported rape off campus on Jan. 19, a reported rape off campus on Dec. 8, and an alleged sexual assault on campus Nov. 8. The timely warning was the 12th sent by university officials since Jan. 1, 2013. Four of the 12 have been related to sex crimes. “The decision to issue a timely warning is made on a case-bycase basis,” Mindrum said. “In this situation, our decision to issue a warning was driven primarily by the allegation of a previously unreported assault by the alleged perpetrator against a different survivor.” IMPD’s Sex Offense Section did not return a call requesting an incident report pertaining to the reported rape.




CHASING THE DREAM Former Butler star Jeremy Stephens is taking aim at the NFL BEN SIECK BSIECK@BUTLER.EDU SPORTS EDITOR

Nearly all Butler football players’ careers end with the final whistle of their last collegiate game. When they take off their pads in the locker room, it is the last time most will ever wear them. Former Butler defensive end Jeremy Stephens’ pads are not going into storage just yet. Every spring, the Radio City Musical Hall hosts the National Football League draft. Over three days, more than 220 lifelong dreams are realized. Even more are fulfilled in the days following, as teams sign undrafted players. Whether it is during the draft or shortly thereafter, Stephens will await a call that could change his life forever. “It’s always been a distant dream of mine growing up (to play in the NFL), but I think I have a shot to get paid to play this game,” Stephens said. Stephens was a standout for Butler after he transferred from Thomas More College in 2010. From starting in every game in his three seasons at Butler, to being named to the All-Pioneer Football League first team twice, Stephens had an illustrious collegiate career. His last game in a Butler uniform came this fall when the Bulldogs lost to Tennesse State in the FCS playoffs. Now, Stephens has his sights set on the NFL. He will not be found at the top of anyone’s draft board, but Stephens said he believes he can compete with best of the best. Stephens’ strong will dates back to his childhood. The youngest of two, Stephens grew up the son of a pastor in Indianapolis. He credits his strong faith at an early age with getting him this far in football. “Always believing that I can overcome obstacles and things like that has definitely helped me on the field a lot,” Stephens said. Football has played a prominent role in his life, but it was not his first love. It was not until fourth grade that Stephens first played football—as his first athletic passion was soccer. “I started off playing soccer, believe it or not, but I went to one of my older cousin’s football games up in Fort Wayne and I saw how passionate and fun it was,” Stephens said. “I told my mom, ‘I have to sign up for football next year, I’m playing the wrong sport.’” Once he started playing football, Stephens said he never looked back.

Stephens went to Lawrence Central High School, where his high school football career got off to a rocky start. He fractured his knee three games into his freshman season and missed the rest of the campaign. However, Stephens came back his sophomore year better than ever. Fully healed, he started for the varsity squad, skipping over junior varsity entirely. “This was a blessing in itself,” Stephens said. “I was playing against top-tier competition each week. I think that catapulted my football IQ and skills and helped my progression as a player.” Jayson West took over as head coach at Lawrence Central during Stephens’ senior year. West said he remembers Stephens most for his passion for the game. “Jeremy always put the team first,” West said. “He wasn’t the most verbal leader, but he was a guy everyone respected and liked.” West said Stephens was part of a tight-knit group of about 15 football players that West thought resembled a family. When it came down to choosing a college, many of those players—including Stephens—were lightly recruited, so they decided to go to Thomas More together. Thomas More is a small college located in northern Kentucky, with a Division III football program steeped in tradition. It was that tradition that attracted Stephens and his high school teammates to the school. In his first year at Thomas More, Stephens helped his team win conference, but he said he felt he was not maximizing his potential. “I didn’t really like it. It wasn’t a bad school at all, but I just felt like I could play at a higher level,” Stephens said. That offseason, he reached out to one of his former high school teammates, Jordan Ridley, who was playing as a linebacker at Butler. “Jordan told me I should come to Butler, and that I could definitely play here,” Stephens said. “That was the best decision of my life, coming here.” Per NCAA transfer rules, Stephens was forced to sit out and redshirt the 2010 season. But like high school, once he got back on the field, he made his presence felt. Butler head coach Jeff Voris said Stephens was a leader from day one, always doing what he could to help the team. “He played out of position his sophomore year as a defensive

tackle because that’s where the team needed him,” Voris said. “He’s always been a great teammate and a great leader. “As good a player as he is, he’s an even better person.” After his standout junior season where he was named first-team AllPioneer Football League, Stephens began to attract attention from the NFL. Officials from the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions came to Butler to put Stephens through a series of drills and measure his athleticism. Halfway through the 2013 season, Stephens said the Houston Texans contacted him for another workout and interview session. It was during this meeting that Stephens was told he was too small to play defensive line in the NFL. If he wanted the chance to play at the next level, he would have to make the transition to linebacker. Stephens said he has been training since December to play linebacker at the next level. Phillip Powell played linebacker for the Bulldogs for the past four seasons and was also high school teammates with Stephens. Powell said he has done what he can to help Stephens with his transition. “We’ve been going over formations (because), as a defensive lineman he hasn’t really had to worry about formations,” Powell said. “Once the weather warms up, I can go out on the field with him and teach him linebacker drills and stuff like that.” Powell said he began to see Stephens’ potential as an NFL player as early as his sophomore year of college. “He started transforming his body into (that of) a premier, top athlete,” Powell said. “Once he started keeping up with me running-wise, that’s kind of when I knew.” Stephens said he hired an agent after the season to give himself the best possible shot at the NFL. Eugene Parker, a cousin of Stephens’ father, represents him. Stephens said Parker typically represents players who are projected to go in the first couple rounds, but he was willing to help a relative out. When he met with the Texans, Stephens said he was told he would likely be an undrafted free agent. However, he said all he wants is the opportunity to come in and show what he can do. “I don’t quit on plays. I don’t back down,” Stephens said. “I will outwork anybody on whatever roster I end up on.” see DREAM page 6

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Stephens was twice named to the All-Pioneer Football League first team during his Butler career.

In his senior season, Stephens led the Bulldogs in tackles for loss and sacks.


Photo by Amy Street



advantage. The Bulldogs continued to falter on the offense, and the deficit continued to grow as the clock wound down. Butler failed to score for more than eight minutes in the middle of the period and missed 14 straight shots at one point. Butler shot 20 percent from the floor in the second half. After scoring a game-high in points in the opening half, Marshall scored zero points in the final period. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham added 13 points.

With 11 points, Barlow posted a double-figure scoring output for the third consecutive game. It is the first time in his career he has done so. Junior forward Kameron Woods did not make the trip to New York. Miller said after the game Woods is temporarily suspended, but he would not say why. Woods is the fourth player to be suspended for disciplinary reasons this season. Butler will return home on Sunday to face Providence. The Friars defeated Butler in Rhode Island 65-56 on Jan. 21. Providence has lost four of its last five contests. The Friars are coming off an 82-79 double-overtime loss at Villanova. The game will tip at 6 p.m.








Men’s tennis at Northern Illinois 5 p.m.

Track and field Big East Championships Baseball vs. Pittsburgh 12 p.m.

Track and field Big East Championships Men’s tennis vs. Toledo 12 p.m. Women’s basketball at Depaul 8 p.m.

Men’s tennis vs. IUPUI 1 p.m. Men’s basketball vs. Providence 6 p.m. Baseball at S.C. Upstate 12 p.m.

No events scheduled

Women’s basketball vs. Xavier 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball at Villanova 8 p.m.



Just keep walking on



Walking on to a college sports team may inspire images of a plucky athlete working his or her way onto a squad and trying to make an impact. Alex Barlow, a junior guard on the Butler men’s basketball team, showed the value a walk-on can bring to a team in December 2012. During the annual Crossroads Classic, Barlow put home the winning basket in an overtime victory against the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers. Barlow now boasts a scholarship and regular spot in the team’s starting lineup. Barlow’s Cinderella story is not how those of all walk-ons turn out, but his success shows what can happen when a walk-on athlete takes advantage of an opportunity. Walk-on athletes, even if they are not participating in the team’s events, do many things to make their team better, men’s basketball coach Brandon Miller said. This year, the team has three walk-ons--Steve Bennett, Mi who have been invaluable to the squad, even if their work is not seen on game day, Miller said. “They play a huge role in what we do (because) they come to practice every single day and work their tails off,” Miller said. “They have a huge part of what we do everyday, no matter what the statistics show.” When the team considers accepting a walk-on, Miller said he and other coaches look for everything they would in a scholarship-holding athlete.

“We are looking for a great teammate, (and) we want that player to have a very good work ethic,” Miller said. “We want that player to represent all the things that a scholarship athlete would represent.” The team is not currently on the search of walk-ons, which may come as a disappointment to students like Dillon Daniel. Daniel is a member of the Butler men’s club basketball team. He participated in Division III basketball at Manchester College but has since transferred to Butler. Daniel helped lead Butler’s club team to a runner-up finish at the 2013 National IntramuralRecreational Sports Association national tournament. “I had hoped the club team could be my stepping stool to getting my name out there a little bit,” Daniel said. “It was also a great experience for me regardless, and the team really helps me fine tune my skills.” Miller said he is no stranger to seeing students walk on to Butler’s team, including a teammate Miller had while playing for the Bulldogs. Other Butler sports have accepted walk-ons into their ranks as well. Sophomore Kayla Pope figured she had wrapped up her softball career in high school, saying she thought she was burnt out after 14 years of playing. Pope found her passion once again after helping coach softball at a local middle school, leading her to reach out to Butler’s team. “During the summer going into sophomore year, I emailed the coach (Scott Hall) asking questions about the team and their process of trying



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Junior Alex Barlow walked onto the men’s basketball team as a freshman in 2011. out for the team,” Pope said. On a mission, Pope started a workout program to get back into playing shape before arriving on campus. “I went to the coach’s office and introduced myself, and we sat down and talked for a little bit about softball,” Pope said. “He also asked questions to get to know me more as an individual.”

Pope is currently one of three listed catchers on the team. She said she never expected to be playing for the squad when she first arrived on campus, but she is glad she made the decision to walk on. “While playing in high school, I would always dream about playing in college, but I never thought I would be playing on a Division I team,” Pope said.

If things do not work out with the NFL, he said he will continue to pursue professional football at some level. “The Texans’ scout told my agent that I would be a great player in the Canadian Football League,” Stephens said. “We’ve been looking into that and sending my game films to teams in the Canadian leagues.” Stephens will learn his draft fate while he is in Sweden. He was selected to represent the U.S. team in the World University Championships, played in Uppsala, Sweden. The event overlaps with the NFL draft, but he said he plans to watch what he can on TV. Ball State University’s pro day on March 27 will be Stephens’ chance to impress NFL scouts one more time before the draft. Stephens’ was not invited to the NFL combine workouts, but he said he plans to do the same tests at Ball State as he would have at the combine. Amidst the chaos surrounding a college senior working toward a degree in physical education while pursuing a career as a professional athlete, Stephens keeps a positive attitude. “Hopefully it all works out,” Stephens said. “I’m believing it will.”

More records fall in last meet before Big East championships JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU

The Butler track and field team is coming off another SPORTS REPORTER recording-breaking weekend. The team sent athletes to Iowa State for the Cyclone Classic and to Purdue University for the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational. At Iowa State, junior Mara Olson continued her great season with a school record in the 5,000-meter run. She finished third with a time of 16:03.89. Fellow juniors Katie Good and Nicole Hudec both set personal records in their respective events at Iowa State. Good surpassed her previous best in the 3,000-meter run when she ran a 9:39.78, and Hudec set an indoor personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 11.57 meters. On the men’s side, seniors Alex Berry and Tom Anderson competed with junior Tom Curr and sophomore Erik Peterson in the distance medley relay. They finished in 9:37.35, which is a school record. That time was also good enough for third at the Cyclone Classic and is 10th-best in the nation. The performance of these four runners caught Hudec’s attention. “My favorite performance was the DMR,” Hudec said. “They got third at this meet, and that put them 10th in the nation, which was my favorite thing to watch.” Peterson and Anderson also ran in the 3,000-meter event, with Peterson achieving a new personal record of 8:08.24. At the meet in West Lafayette, senior Dominique Stephens

was the Bulldog to break a school record. Stephens placed ninth in the weight throw, with a 15.35-meter toss. Coach Matt Roe said he was impressed by the team’s effort this weekend, especially with those athletes who competed at Iowa State. “The group here at Iowa State had a tremendous weekend, one of the best weekends in school history,” Roe said. This weekend, the team will go to New York to compete in its inaugural Big East Conference Championship meet. Roe said the Big East is one of the best conferences in the country, so the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them. “It’s going to be a highly competitive meet,” the coach said. “We don’t know exactly what that is going to mean in terms of points, but what we do know is we are setting a lot of school records and having great performances when we need to. “So we’re going to need a lot of momentum, and I feel like we’re going to have great outcomes.” Roe said he believes all of the pressure in the conference meet will be on the schools that expect to win. He said Butler is not included among those. “It’s fair to say that we’re not going to win the conference,” he said. “We just don’t have the resources that a few of the schools in the conference do across the board in track and field.” Hudec, who competes in the 60-meter-dash, said she does not think the Big East is as competitive as the Atlantic 10 Conference for sprinters, but does think it is more competitive for distance runners.

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Junior Nicole Hudec, seen here competing in 2012, set a personal best in the triple-jump last weekend with 11.57 meters.

“I think there’s a little more pressure, because I know for the people I’m with this weekend (distance runners), it’s a lot more competitive for them compared to the A-10,” Hudec said. “So I think they feel a little more pressured to step up their game.”





The Butler men’s tennis team dropped its second match of the season Saturday, falling 5-2 in the Butler Bubble against ASA College. The setback put the Bulldogs at 5-2 for the year and snapped the team’s five-match win streak. Juniors Sam O’Neill and Billy Weldon came out strong for the Bulldogs, grabbing the No. 1 doubles match 6-1. From there, the duo of junior Pulok Bhattacharya and sophomore Brandon Woods were able to secure a 6-5 win in the No.3 doubles spot. O’Neill was unable to compete in his singles match after suffering a shoulder injury, but the team expects him to return to action Thursday at Northern Illinois. Despite the early momentum, things went almost exclusively downhill from there for the Bulldogs, who lost all but one singles match. Coming up with the lone singles win for Butler was freshman Alex Woldmoe. He outlasted the

Avengers’ Shaquille Taylor in a three-set, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 nail-biter in the No. 6 spot. Alex’s older brother, junior Austin Woldmoe, also went into three sets at the No. 2 spot, but he ultimately came up short in a backand-forth 6-5, 3-6, 3-6 loss. Also dropping close matches were Weldon in the No. 4 spot and junior Tommy Marx at No. 5. Butler coach Parker Ross said coming up short in close matches ultimately hurt the Bulldogs down the stretch. “I thought that our guys played very good in doubles, but just fell short in singles on a few critical points,” Ross said. The Bulldogs’ next match will be Thursday at Northern Illinois University. The Huskies are 7-3 on the year and will face the Bulldogs at home, where they are a perfect 7-0. The Butler men will then play two matches this weekend— against the 2-8 Toledo Rockets at home Saturday, and at Indiana University-Purdue University on Sunday.

IUPUI is 2-9 on the year and has dropped its last six matches. Butler’s women’s team fell to 2-7 on the season last week after being swept 7-0 for the third straight contest in a row, this time against the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats won all three doubles competitions to earn a point and would pile it on by winning all six singles competitions in straight sets. Senior Angelina Qin contributed to the most competitive match of the day, playing the Bearcats’ Hannah Willie to a 7-6, 6-2 loss in the No. 5 spot. The women will look to avenge last season’s loss to Xavier today in what will be their first Big East Conference match of the season. Xavier is currently 4-2 on the year and is coming off of a four-match win streak. Xavier went 20-6 last year, including a perfect 9-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This will be both teams’ first Big East matchup. The Butler women haven’t beaten Xavier since a 5-2 victory in the Bubble in 2011.

Photo by Marko Tomich

Sophomore Konstantina Adami played in the No. 2 singles slot Friday. Adami fell to Cincinnati senior Ashleigh Witte 6-4, 6-2.


Winter weather brings trying start to new season JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU


The Butler baseball team was supposed to play three games last weekend in North Carolina. Mother Nature decided against that. But she could not stop the Bulldogs (1-1) from getting their first win of the season. Major snowstorms hit the East Coast and cancelled the team’s scheduled flight last Thursday. The weather left many college teams with cancelled games and nowhere to play. Two games were quickly scheduled for Butler in Nashville, Tenn., against Illinois State. The squads faced off Saturday and

Sunday. The Bulldogs came ready to play with an early start Sunday, in what turned out to be a competitive game. Butler scored six runs through seven innings and headed into the eighth inning with a tworun lead. The Redbirds fought back to score a run in both the eighth and the ninth innings to tie the game at six. After the Bulldogs failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, the game headed to extra innings. Junior relief pitcher Kyle Allen put down the Redbirds in order in the top of the 10th. After sophomore outfielder Drew Small led off with a single, freshman infielder Alex Horowitz bunted the ball back to the pitcher.

Small was able to slide in safely ahead of the throw. Another sacrifice bunt from junior outfielder Michael Fries put runners on second and third for sophomore cleanup hitter Quincy Quintero. He was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a double play. Sophomore Nick Bartolone spoiled the Redbirds’ plan, however, when he struck a single into centerfield and sent Butler home with a 7-6 victory. The first game of the season on Saturday did not go the way the Bulldogs hoped. Illinois State’s offense was too much for senior left-hander Eric Stout, and Butler fell by a score of 9-1. Senior infielder Marco Caponi

said the team recognizes how important it was to get the win following a loss. “It’s always important to get a win early. It gets things going, (and) it gets people excited,” Caponi said. “We had a tough one (Saturday). We didn’t play real well. So it’s good that we bounced back.” The caliber of team the Bulldogs beat is also a positive for the team, senior pitcher Billy Laing said. “(The win) was awesome, especially since Illinois State is the defending Missouri Valley champion,” Laing said. “The Missouri Valley Conference is a really good conference, and they’re a really good program. “(On Saturday) we were really

disappointed in how we played, so to come out and get a huge win like that, it can just set the table for our entire season.” This weekend, the Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to South Carolina for games against Pittsburgh, Wofford and South Carolina Upstate. Laing said the games will be tough, but added that the Bulldogs expect to win at least two of the three. “Pitt is a very good team. I think they’re projected to win the ACC,” Laing said. “They have a very good pitching staff, so we’ll have our work cut out for us opening night, but I think we should be able to compete. We’ll be throwing Eric Stout Friday night, and he should get us going.”



Art above you below The Arts Council of Indianapolis takes local art out of the galleries and displays it above the streets



Looking for some great artwork around Indianapolis this year? It’s all around the city. One only has to look up. The Arts Council of Indianapolis is hosting a citywide public art initiative called “High Art,”occurring throughout the year. Ten artists were selected to have their work enlarged and printed on billboards around Marion County. These works will be on rotation throughout the year, so each work will be on display at each billboard site. One featured artist is Butler University associate professor Gautam Rao. Rao became involved in this project through an open call submission process. Judges chose 20 pieces they liked best from the pool of works submitted by local artists. From there, the council asked the public to vote online for which works it wanted. “There is a wide range of artwork among the 10 pieces that were chosen for the final,” Rao said. “They are all very different and express (the creators’) different approaches as artists.” Rao’s piece, “Color Sentences,” was part of his recent “Unblocked” exhibition at Studio 924. He said he was enthused to see his work in such a different setting this time around. “The High Art initiative is just really amazing,” Rao said. “The Arts Council has been doing a really good job. They always have high standards, and I think the final works just go really well in the city.” Sophomore Rebekah Pollard, a past student of Rao’s and an online voter for “High Art,” said she was thrilled to put support behind Rao. “I voted for Rao because (his work) was one of my favorite ones, and he’s my professor, so it just worked out,” Pollard said. “I chose the ones that would look best on a billboard without looking stretched out or funny, just things that would look really good if they were big and cool in the sky.” Pollard said she was also a fan of High Art’s concept of exposing the city to more public art. “I think it’s wonderful that they’re doing it because, aside from the arts community that goes to all the shows, there are people that are outside that bubble,” Pollard said. “It’s made it easy for them to see what local artists are working on, and everyone gets to be part of that culture.” In regard to his own work, Rao said the feedback is what he finds most exciting. People have approached him publicly and posted pictures of his billboard on social media. “It’s all really neat, but sometimes when I see photographs, I worry a little bit,” Rao said. “I just imagine them taking pictures while driving on the highway at 70 miles an hour. It’s exciting but dangerous.” He recounted going on an adventure with his wife to drive around for the perfect view of his art. Although Rao said the billboard’s location—in the center of downtown Indianapolis—gets prime attention from everyday viewers, the location also has a personal connection to him. “When I first moved to Indy, I lived in the apartments just a few blocks away from the site,” Rao said. “It is a special place with a lot of memories.” This public exhibit is not Rao’s only recent achievement. His work was also recently accepted into a Chicago-based font design showcase, Typeforce. Closer to home, Rao’s work can be seen off I-465, north of 38th Street, through the end of the month.

Gautam Rao, associate professor of art, has a work exhibited on a billboard as part of “High Art.” His work “Color Sentences” is located on I-465, north of 38th Street Art photos courtesy of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. City photo from Wikimedia Commons. Photo illustration by Brittany Garrett.

Other artwork exhibited on billboards throughout the city includes Amory Abbott’s “Flight Against,” on Delaware Street, north of 22nd Street.

Michelle Given’s work “Anna Maria, Florida” is on a billboard on Madison Avenue, north of Terrace Avenue, on the south side.

“Secret Sub,” a digital print by Lesley Baker, is on display on Keystone Avenue, north of 71st Street.


e d a r e Paper faces on parade u q s a M WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014



Student Government Association’s late night committee hosts a masquerade ball.

Photos by Amy Street

An ice sculpture adorned the center table during Saturday’s masquerade ball.

Butler University’s Reilly Room was filled with masks, mystery and music Saturday night thanks to the Student Government Association. SGA’s late night committee, part of the program board, hosted a masquerade ball for the student body, which featured a disc jockey, an hors d’oeuvres buffet and an ice sculpture. “If (students) just want to come and have fun, we always have a ton of food at our events, and we do different stuff all the time,” late night committee co-chair Kaylie Ricks said. “It’s just somewhere students can go to have fun.” Masks, sparkling cider, shrimp cocktails and a large chocolate fountain of fondue added to the ambience of the masquerade ball. Guests were asked to dress semiformal. “We tried to go for fancier, just because at this point a lot of the fraternities and sororities are doing their formal events, and not everyone at Butler is Greek,” Ricks said. “We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to dress up and come out.” Ty Martorano, another co-chair of the late night committee, said their events give students a break from going to the same places each weekend and sparked the idea of a ball.

Student a creator with many outlets

a new friend each day and do something fun at night.” Junior Ephraim Rudolph said he brought his own mask and planned on keeping his identity a secret. “I wanted to come to surprise my sister, because she didn’t know I was going to come,” Rudolph said. Recent late-night activities from SGA have included pottery, ice skating, Flip the Script and more. For future and upcoming events from SGA, students can look on its Facebook page, Twitter and in the Butler Connection.

Three femmes masquées dance together during the masquerade ball.




A stroke of a pencil. Dipping a brush into paint. Eraser shavings all over the paper. These are all things an artist might experience when creating a new piece of artwork. But in the 21st century, graphic design has slowly been taking the place of what some may view as typical art. Senior Morgan McFarland has been applying graphic design to her life since her sophomore year at Butler University. Originally a biology major and wanting to go into optometry, McFarland quickly changed her mind. “I realized I didn’t actually love it (biology),” McFarland said. “I love talking to people and working with them to create ideas. As a strategic communication and an Art + Design major, I get to do that. It’s something different every day.” McFarland switched majors in her sophomore year, from biology to doubling strategic communications and Art + Design. With no previous experience in graphic design, McFarland started from scratch. “I was able to teach myself how to use the programs until my first class,” she said. “From there, I just grew.” McFarland has had many opportunities from her Art + Design major. Since her junior year, she has held four internships, all allowing her to do some graphic design in combination with communications work. This semester, McFarland has an internship at BLASTmedia.

“We had a big budget left over from last semester, so I thought, ‘How can we utilize our budget?’” Martorano said. “(The answer was) by having a fancy party.” SGA’s late night committee holds events once a month. It advertises its events through Facebook, Twitter and posters hung up throughout campus. Freshmen Vicki Miley and Irene Wei, residents of Schwitzer Hall, said they recognized the posters in their dorm and came to the event. “First semester, these events kept me away from being homesick,” Wei said. “I can meet

Photo courtesy of Morgan McFarland

A look at the cover of the children’s story McFarland wrote. The story is based off of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ but the wolf, as a pup, has asthma. Located downtown, McFarland goes off campus for her job eight hours a day. She will be working there until May this year. “At BLASTmedia, I write pitches and press releases, do research on today’s trends in technology and compile media contact lists,” she said. “I have been able to design blog post images, and I’m beginning to dabble in photography and video editing. It’s awesome to learn new things and brush up on my current skills.” Along with the job opportunities she has received during her time here at Butler, McFarland plans on continuing her passion after graduation. “I hope to find a job in communications that allows me to do graphic design as well,” she said. “I want to do something that allows me to be in a fun environment and something that is dynamic.” Between internships and taking classes, McFarland participated in

a student-led independent study last year. During the course of six months, she and other students wrote and designed a children’s book. McFarland and junior Taylor Cox co-illustrated a nowpublished book, “He Huffed and He Puffed But…” The book is about the big bad wolf from the story of The Three Little Pigs. In this book, he is a little pup with asthma. “It teaches kids with asthma how they don’t need to feel scared or held back,” McFarland said. “It was cool to see my name on the front of a published book.” By taking art and graphic design classes here at Butler, McFarland said she is ready for the real world. “I have been lucky enough to take several things away from my Art + Design major. The best is learning to create what you want and how you want to,” McFarland said. “Classes at Butler have allowed me to grow as an artist by not giving me strict guidance.”

Frank Felice, an associate professor of music, has organized what he said will be the first rock concert in the Schrott Center. Felice grew up listening to progressive rock and said he came to appreciate music theory and composition by enjoying and playing rock music. He will bring that lifelong passion and scholarship to the stage Tuesday in a free progressive rock concert called “Progressive Lenses, a Prog Rock Faculty Recital.” Progressive rock is a genre of rock music that appeared in the 1960s. Felice said it tends to be more complex—both musically and lyrically—and features instruments not normally associated with rock music, like violins and English horns. He said the music tends to be focused on environmental, spiritual, mythological and fantastical subjects. The recital will feature songs from The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rush, Genesis, Kansas, Yes and Pink Floyd. “(Students) can expect to hear music that has not been offered through the school of music,” Felice said. “It’s a chance for (students) to

hear live some of these pieces that they won’t ever get a chance to hear (played live).” This project has been on Felice’s mind for many years, he said. Recently, he found some like-minded faculty members, including violinist Davis Brooks and percussionist Jon Crabiel. Bringing in some instrumentalists from outside the university to round out the rock band, Felice has finally been able to make his dream a reality. “I’ve been rehearsing since high school,” Felice said, laughing. Felice said the concert will feature songs from a variety of styles of prog rock, from harder prog rock to more jazzy rock. The recital is part of the Jordan College of the Arts’ Faculty Artist Series, which usually takes place in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. But this recital will make use of the Schrott Center’s sound system. Felice said the concert was a unique opportunity for members of the Butler University community. “I can guarantee there is no band in the state of Indiana that is doing Genesis’s ‘Watcher in the Skies’ or Spock’s Beard, the song ‘June,’” he said. No tickets are required for the concert, which is free and open to all members of the public. Doors will open a few minutes before 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Frank Felice





It is that time of the year again. Butler University students will be tasked with choosing new officers and, most importantly, a new Student Government Association president, on Monday. As such, Butler students need to do research about candidates for the various positions available and make their voices heard through votes. This is especially important for the SGA president, considering the SGA currently works with a budget of approximately $750,000, one might imagine Butler students feel this is an important duty. That budget is comprised, in part, of student funds, and it goes toward many student activities. However, total SGA election votes did not surpass 1,325 in any year between 2010 and 2012. The figure bottomed out at fewer than 1,000 in the 2012 election. Participation rose strongly last year, though, with 2,034 students casting a vote. This is something Butler students should build on heading into the 2014 election. It may be easy for some to say one should vote because it is simply the right thing to do. The Collegian staff has come up with some crucial reasons why it is important for all Butler students to vote next week.

The first lies in the amount of money in SGA’s annual budget. Students can have a say in who is leading the SGA, which receives a large part of their student activity fees. Students should relish the opportunity to pick in whose hands they put their money—and its eventual spending. Also, the individuals elected to the SGA presidency will represent the whole student body in various matters throughout the next academic year. Students have the choice of whom they wish to do this and they can pick candidate whose views most align with their own in order to feel appropriately represented. Additionally, if students have concerns or new concepts they would like to see employed at Butler, they can go through SGA members to have their ideas brought to the public view. By taking part in SGA elections, students can feel more comfortable with doing this and more willing to speak with their representatives in general. Of course, choosing an individual for a position—whether it be SGA president or class officer—should not be based solely on popularity or flipping a coin. Paying attention to candidates’ platforms and seizing the opportunity to listen to candidates speak are both valuable opportunities to learn more about those who may represent students. Students must learn which

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candidate’s beliefs and goals align closest with their own. This allows a student to be an informed voter and a value to the university’s voting system. Increased voter turnout is something Butler students should strive for in 2014, even if last year’s election saw a large surge in votes cast. At the same time, those who let their

voices be heard through votes should do at least a small amount of research before throwing support behind an individual. Each Butler student has the opportunity to serve as an informed cog in annual student government and class officer elections, and it is a chance fewer students should pass up.

Cartoon courtesy of Kaylin Greer

Student government system flawed SGA needs to improve its procedures to encourage student involvement The newly-elected Student Government Association president title is a coveted one. And the hype of the coming elections proves this. But aside from the festivities and glamour associated with the position, the average student does not seem to have a strong interest in SGA matters. The candidates this year, Chad Pingel and Robert C. Gale, both have interesting platforms and campaign strategies. A voter cannot go wrong with either choice. But once elected, the future SGA president must to do better to include and inform students on Butler University affairs. A fantastic campaign strategy


with high-definition quality videos, funny slogans and social media buzz are not enough to interest students on a personal level. Concrete ideas have to be advanced in order for students to see the true value of SGA’s role as a liaison to Butler President James Danko. Gale, in his press release packet, lists three points of focus for his potential presidency: inclusive leadership, communication and action. When I questioned Gale about students being uninterested is SGA

affairs, he said he believes it was the responsibility of the organization to get students involved. “We need to be able to communicate about what we have to offer—show students the passion and love for SGA,” Gale said. Pingel says his goals are to be engaging, efficient and representative of the student population. He said he believes transparency and becoming an accessible president would open lines of communication. “I hate the fact that some people are very vague about their goals. I want to make them concise, understandable and relatable,” Pingel said. I agree with both candidates’ platforms in a general sense. But I will patiently wait for the results.

I am not interested in a list of buzz words designed to gloss over the issues. SGA focus is to empower student groups and organizations, because these associations ultimately affect large portions of the campus. But what is there to be said of the individual student? Students, SGA and each of the two candidates must ask themselves if the system is doing enough to remedy concerns of the Butler community. We should wonder how many students, particularly incoming freshmen, care about the SGA process or if they even understand what needs to be done. Gale said he recognized the issue that some students simply don’t know what SGA is really about. Pingel said he feels that, in order to gain attention from freshmen,

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SGA must set aside positions reserved for the underclassmen. “A lot of that starts with the Welcome Week program,” Pingel said. Pingel and Gale both referenced Block Party as a tool to inform incoming students about SGA. While that is a good start, more can be done. SGA needs greater transparency, accessible leadership, interested students, open lines of communication and a rejection of the status quo. If SGA really wants the average student to be interested in the process, the system needs to be altered appropriately, and the next president should be responsible for that change. Contact columnist Julian Wyllie at

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Protect your online privacy Students should evaluate their social media use in order to improve online privacy

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Technologically-challenged teaching Students and faculty need to learn how to appropriately integrate technology in classes This is no longer our parents’ college. We are in an era where new technology has transformed the landscape of higher education. PowerPoint presentations, online syllabi, and websites allowing students to electronically turn in assignments are just the start. A new, technological era is being thrust upon us, bringing mixed emotions. Nearly half of American teachers have implemented technology in their lesson plans, according to Edudemic, a website used to connect education and technology. Kim Manlick, a French professor at Butler University, is amond the numbers. “I think technology can serve us very well in education,” Manlick said. “And at a school like Butler where classes are small enough you can control what’s going on, I think (technology) use is fine,” she said. However, Manlick has some guidelines for using technology in her classroom. She would much rather the technology be used by


her than by her students. “I think it’s great when teachers use technology,” Manlick said. “But there’s not much room for kids using cell phones and things like that.” While the reason for this rule is clear, what does this say for students who take notes on their phones, laptops and tablets? Electronically-taken notes can be just as useful as hand-written notes and sometimes can contain more. Junior Caroline Berg has learned her limit and does not bring technology to class anymore. “I, personally, get distracted if I bring my laptop into the classroom and if I don’t put my phone away,” Berg said. “I just don’t learn anything and it’s pointless to even go then.” As college students, we are able to make our own decisions and restrain ourselves from inappropriately using technology. The problem is, we do not use this ability as we should.

We allow ourselves to get distracted and lose attention for the topics being discussed. We spend more time on Facebook and ESPN. Then, we get mad when teachers ask us to put away our computers, tablets and phones. The solution for this problem is for teachers and students to meet in the middle. Teachers have to remind themselves what they already know—that there are various learning styles. Some students learn better with more technology, and they have to make room for that. Students have to see it through teachers’ eyes and understand their frustration with technology use. Teachers are here to teach us the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life. Sometimes, among all of our homework, annoyance and social lives, we forget they are here to help us. If teachers and students realign themselves, their beliefs and their actions to recognize where the other is coming from, there will no longer be an issue with technology use in classrooms. Contact columnist Morgan Legel at

Recently, Sen. Rand Paul decided to file a class action lawsuit against the National Security Administration for its role in mass privacy invasion. Americans from all over are rushing to support the suit and have been expressing outrage about this revelation. Some people are so mad that they have taken to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to tell everyone everywhere in the world how upset they are. It seems strange that we cling to social sites to express outrage over privacy. People are sharing their feelings through outlets that have been called out for their lack of privacy. So, if you are one of those people who think the NSA invaded your privacy, you should step back and think about your Facebook profile. In January, The New York Times ran an article about ways to increase privacy on Facebook. However, the article also tells us that Facebook “scrutinizes every like, share and data point — even things you hide on your public profile.” Then, Facebook uses this information to create ads for marketers. Facebook also has the right to change its privacy policies as it sees fit and can turn your private items public. That means the secret picture of us doing shots at the bar or the video of our most embarrassing moments could easily be made public, and once someone gets a hold of it, we have no control what they do with it. While Forbes tells us 47 percent of social media users fear friends or family will share inappropriate information about them online, we willingly spread our information throughout the Internet, giving no thought to the consequences of being so carefree and potentially reckless with our personal information. When we check in to a place


on Foursquare, we are telling everyone exactly where we are. When we tweet, we leave a trail of everything we have ever put on the site. Think back to how many celebrities or public figures have accidently tweeted inappropriate photos of themselves. If you look long enough, you can still find them online. Obviously, the most effective way to truly protect our privacy is to cut ourselves off from social media completely. That is never going happen. The next step we need to take is to learn how to manage our social media footprint to the best of our ability. It is also imperative that we begin to use the utmost discretion when deciding what we post on social media sites. So we should take some time out of our day to do research on these issues. There is a lot of good information out there that can help, such as how to navigate the different privacy settings on Facebook or limit location data on other sites. With information like that, we can develop the necessary skills to protect our digital identities. Protecting our digital identities may also require us to examine our own social media behavior and ask ourselves if there is anything online that we might need to take down. It is time we stop placing the blame solely on the government and corporations and take some responsibility for the personal content we willingly put on the internet. Contact assistant opinion editor Tony Espinal at


Past SGA president endorses candidate EDITOR’S NOTE: The Collegian will accept letters regarding either Student Government Association presidential candidate. However, The Collegian does not endorse a particular candidate. Dear Butler Collegian staff and readers, I love this time of year. The Student Government Association elections provide a time for us to reflect as a campus on the opportunities and challenges we face and who is best suited to address them. We are fortunate that Butler’s SGA continues to attract dedicated students to run for leadership positions. This year, two individuals have filed to run for SGA president.

KELLER: SGA president, 2012-2013 school year As a former SGA president, I admire their courage. There is nothing more intimidating and exhausting than being under the spotlight of a multi-week, campuswide campaign. It is comforting to see that both candidates truly love Butler University and are running for the right reasons.

While both candidates would be a suitable choice to fill the position, one stands out as having the necessary experience and ambitious plans to take Butler’s SGA to the next level. On Monday, Feb. 24, I will be casting my vote for Chad Pingel, and I strongly encourage the rest of the campus community to do the same. Even as a sophomore, Chad is quite possibly the most qualified candidate for SGA president in the past five years. He has served as a class officer, an assembly representative, a member of the SGA finance executive board, a student representative on the board of trustees finance committee, and currently serves as SGA’s vice president of finance— one of only three elected positions

within the student government. But a solid resume is not the most important thing when considering for whom to cast your ballot. Even when things are going well, fresh ideas are needed for continued success. This is another area where Chad emerges as the clear choice. His platform contains eight specific points for improving the functions of the student government. By proposing a special grant for new student organizations and allocating portions of the SGA’s rollover fund to finance larger campus improvements such as a C-Club renovation, Chad has shown a true understanding of student concerns and an agile ability to craft a solution. Those skills are essential for



What is your favorite olympic sport and why?

Johnny Frame Freshman Exploratory studies

Mike Keller SGA President, 2012-2013

Do you agree? Did we miss the point? Have a story idea?

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“I like ice hockey because I pretty much played it my whole life, and I love to watch it.”

fulfilling the most important role of SGA president: advocating for students to the administration. In my experience, President James Danko and the rest of the university officials welcome student input on major decisions. However, when the plans of the administration contrast with the ideals of the student body, it takes an articulate, forceful advocate to change the minds of the older men and women in the room. When you submit your vote on Election Day, ask yourself: Who do you want representing you in meetings with President Danko? Because of his strong experience and promising ideas, Chad Pingel is the right answer.

“I like the halfpipe because Shaun White is really attractive.”

“I like the luge because it is exciting and they go nice and fast.”

Abby Bien Freshman Strategic communication

Tommy Marx Junior Marketing, management information systems, Spanish

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Freshman Skits sees Butler’s newest students pull out all the stops to bring victory to their houses Photos courtesy of Cole Smith

LEFT: Women from the Delta Gamma sorority house perform their skit on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. ABOVE: Two men from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house lift a companion during their freshmen skit.

Mary Cerajewski, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, shouts to the sky during her skit Friday.

The Alpha Chi Omega sorority house, top, took home top honors in the women’s freshmen skits competition, while the men from the Sigma Nu fraternity were the winners in the men’s contest.

The Butler Collegian, February 19, 2014  
The Butler Collegian, February 19, 2014  

The fifth issue of the spring 2014 semester, and the 18th issue of the 2013-2014 school year.