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Sophomore Peter Maxwell uses an umbrella to shield himself from the rain while walking across campus on Monday afternoon. SARAH STOESZ SSTOESZ@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler University plans to improve sidewalk drainage in the summer of 2015 to prevent ﬂooding on campus after heavy rainfall. Campus was hit late last week and early this week with heavy rain, causing ﬂooding in some areas. Atherton Union experienced ﬂooding last Thursday, Assistant Chief of Police Bill Weber said. “I was sitting down in Atherton talking to someone while they were eating lunch, and I noticed that they were eating off of foam plates and drinking out of foam cups,” he
Students armed with rain boots wade through puddles while walking across Butler University’s campus on Monday.
said. “One of the workers told me they had a problem with ﬂooding, so they didn’t have access to a dishwasher during lunch.” Because Atherton Union is situated at the end of a sewer line, heavy rainfall often causes this sewer to back up which leads to ﬂooding, said Rich Michal, executive director of facilities. Butler hopes to replace the sidewalks with permeable pavers that will prevent standing water. “We are holding off on doing that right now because we are working to develop the new housing project, and as part of that, we are going to have to reroute a number of utilities,” he said. “Obviously, I’d rather do it
sooner, but we don’t want to have to tear up the sidewalks when classes are in session.” The new drainage should help with other issues that surface. Puddles form on the sidewalks after it rains, creating a nuisance for Butler students, said junior Kimberly Bradford. “The puddles are super annoying,” she said. “I own a pair of rain boots, but if I am not wearing them, my feet get drenched and it’s like walking through a monsoon to get to class.” This issue is more prominent on the sidewalks on the mall near Atherton Union and Jordan Hall, Michal said. “The sidewalks have always been an
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issue,” Michal said. “Back in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, Clarendon (Road) used to go through campus. We closed that out to make a beautiful mall, but the problem was, the drainage was designed to end up on the sidewalk.” The west side of campus is also a region of concern, as it is built on a ﬂood plane. The roads on the west side often ﬂood, Michal said. The university has taken measures to prevent ﬂooding in the I Lot on the west side of campus, Weber said. “About a third of the I Lot is pervious. In
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Parking committee faces tough task NATALIE SMITH NMSMITH1@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR It’s 11 a.m. on a Tuesday. A group sits down with an agenda, ready to discuss, recommend and vote on one of Butler University’s most controversial topics— parking. This group of 15 faculty and staff members and two students is called the parking committee. “The committee meets to discuss issues involving parking and makes recommendations and decisions to resolve those issues,” said Assistant Chief of Police Bill Weber. The parking committee is currently facing the task of allocating spots for the school’s next school year due to the upcoming streetscape project. Streetscape will take away commuter parking on the west side of Sunset Avenue, faculty and staff
parking near the curve by the Health and Recreation Complex, and almost 15 spots in the Residential College parking lot. One suggestion from the committee is moving commuter parking to the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot. Kate Carroll, vice president of administration for the Student Government Association, is one of two student representatives on the committee. Carroll said this would create a longer walk for those who typically park on Sunset. “They’ll have to walk farther, but there are at least spots for those cars to go,” Carroll said. Another option is to remove a strip of A permit—faculty and staff— parking from the ResCo and Irwin parking area and change it to commuter parking. Weber said the strip of parking is not often
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used, but changing it could cause unhappiness. “You have people who will say, “No, I like having that as A parking because I won’t have to look for a space,’” Weber said. “I have the needs of a faculty or staff member who wants to park there. I also have the needs of a commuter who is being moved off the street. No matter what the decision is, someone is likely not going to be happy.” Some Greek parking will potentially be relocated next year as well. Weber said the committee is considering removing parking on the curve near 44th Street and Hampton Drive due to safety issues. “I want to remove some of the parking spaces here because it would provide a better line of sight for a motorist coming into see COMMITTEE page 4
Building K (right) and L (left) are among three in AV that will feature genderinclusive rooms this fall.
Co-ed rooms introduced in Apartment Village COLIN LIKAS CLIKAS@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR IN CHIEF
It’s not uncommon to have men and women living in the same ﬂoor of a residence hall on Butler’s campus. However, Butler will get its ﬁrst taste of co-educational, on-campus rooms this fall in Apartment Village. Co-educational, also known as co-ed, living descibes an area in which men and women can both live. Co-ed rooms in AV for next school year were provided to ﬁve groups of four, each
consisting of a mix of men and women, during the housing selection process in March. Thirty-four rooms were made available for such groups between buildings K, L and M. The cost of these rooms was not any different than a same-sex AV` room. Doug Howell, Residence Life associate director, said co-ed rooms were assigned to those three buildings in order to more easily monitor the concept’s development. “We have learned from other colleagues at other institutions and by going to conferences that
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the best practice is to make sure you put it in a place and make sure you assess it and see how it’s going,” he said. “That’s not to say it would stay there forever—that’s just where we’re starting.” Howell also said rooms in those apartments are often picked last among AV residences, and there happened to be a gender-inclusive group toward the end of the lottery number list. “Had we not put it in K, L and M, they wouldn’t have see HOUSING page 4
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 A student prepares for his presentation in the Undergraduate Research Conference, set to take place Friday. Photo by Michael Andrews
Student Town Hall addresses questions, concerns KATIE GOODRICH
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Undergraduate Research Conference breaks record ALEXANDRA BODE ABODE@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
More than 600 students from across the nation will present research at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday. The 26th URC is the largest in event history, with a greater than 20 percent increase in the number of presenters from last year. There will be participants from 20 states as well as Washington, D.C. Nearly two-thirds of those attending this year are coming from off campus. “We are probably about the only place in the country that does an opportunity like this for undergraduate research, especially as a multidiscipline approach,” said Rusty Jones, URC director. The event is free to register for Butler students and faculty but $40 for participants outside of Butler. The registration fee covers a full day at the event, as well as the cost of lunch and a T-shirt for participants. There are oral and poster presentations, and a gallery with art from all university disciplines of the university. Butler students can attend presentations for free. “My topic is media inﬂuence on stem cell research and opinions,” senior presenter Elizabeth Hamilton said. “It is my honors thesis topic, which I have been working on for the last year. It is a really fun topic I wanted to learn about.” This year’s URC will have new opportunities for those involved as well as for those attending. Sustainability Coordinator, McKenzie Beverage was hired this year. She is using the slogan “Cultivating Undergraduate Research” during the event to highlight cultivation on campus. Tours will be offered to view the Butler farm, the biodiesel project to fuel cars on campus, and the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design-certiﬁed facilities. “We don’t want to make the event about Butler,” Jones said. “But at the end of the day we are the hosts, and there’s no reason we can’t show off our facilities.” Furthermore, abstracts from the URC will go into the Irwin Library’s digital commons if presenters choose to allow it. “I think this is the one of the most exciting changes I’ve added this year, because it will be another way to see this program grow,” Jones said. The presentations take place in classrooms on campus. Jones said he encourages professors to cancel classes, but if a professor needs to hold class, there is a way to work around the use of their normal classroom. Many Butler professors require their students to attend a URC session as well. “My hope is that this experience will spur an interest in my students to get into their discipline outside of a classroom setting,” said John Esteb, associate professor of chemistry. “That will provide them conﬁdence that the research is indeed something they are more than capable of doing and assist in their development as a professional within their major.” “I would encourage students to see what’s going on, to see what their peers are doing,” Jones said. “And maybe it will inspire them to do it as well.”
Want to know more about this year’s URC presentations including topics, times and locations? For more information, visit www.butler.edu/undergrad-researchconference
Butler University students have answers to important questions from administrators and an idea of the university’s future after last week’s Student Town Hall. “I am sure you will see some explosive transformation in the coming months,” President James Danko said. “There has been some quiet time during our strategic planning.” Six administration members met with students at a town hall hosted by the Student Government Association. Kate Carroll, SGA vice president of administration, said the Council on Presidential Affairs began planning the event in December. The administration wanted to wait until after the Board of Trustees’ February meeting in order to answer questions more accurately. The main reason for the event was transparency, Carroll said. “I think more people would jump on board with changes, or lack of changes, if they understood,” Carroll said. “It’s good for people to be able to hear answers about why things are at the stage that they’re at.” Danko spoke at the beginning of the event about the Board of Trustees and the direction in which Butler will move over the next few years. “No matter what happens here at Butler University, the community atmosphere will stay,” he said. “We try to be an intimate undergraduate institution, but we have set our sights on opening up opportunities for the undergrad students.” The conversation centered mainly around expanding the university and the effect that will have on housing and residential life on campus. “We have to deal with the current state of affairs,” Danko said. “But we want to gain greater national recognition.” The president cited the move to the Big
East Conference as a strategy to attract more prospective students to Butler. “Your degree has gone up in value because of men’s basketball,” Danko said. “Not everyone is interested in men’s basketball. Being in the Big East is expanding our national recognition and putting us with other great institutions.” Butler’s number of applicants and acceptances have grown over the past few years, but growth could also bring problems. “Admission is an art,” said Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs. When the university overadmits students, it have to turn to its bag of tricks in order to ﬁt everyone into on-campus housing, Johnson said. He said he thinks new housing will solve some of these problems. “Ross and Schwitzer are tired,” said Rich Michal, executive director of facilities. “It would cost $23 to $25 million to renovate those buildings each. My advice would be to invest in exit signs because we go through a lot of those.” Danko also discussed a new residential building that will potentially be located near Schwitzer Hall. “We can no longer tolerate the type of housing we have now,” he said. The president said the university hopes to add 500 new beds on campus by the fall of 2016. “There is a chance that the housing will displace parking,” Danko said. “I know that parking is a sensitive issue.” However, the new housing will also allow more opportunities for soft space, which will increase the feeling of a small community, Johnson said. Carroll said she thought the town hall went very well. “We had some really great questions,” Carroll said. “I think it was good to let people vent a little bit. I think the administration was surprisingly candid. They were all so happy afterwards.”
New minor created within College of Education MIRANDA MARITATO MMARITAT@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
The College of Education will offer recreation and sports studies as a new minor starting in fall 2014. The minor is designed for students looking to engage in health, physical activity, recreation and sports outside of school studies said Mindy Welch associate professor of physical education. Welch is also the coordinator for the COE’s human movement and health science education program and has been working to move the minor forward. “It started with the faculty in our major in the College of Education, human movement and health science education,” Welch said. “We’re all about fostering and advocating for lifelong physical activity. We wanted to come up with a way that allows all students to learn and engage in the content.” The minor formalizes the collaboration between COE and the Health and Recreation Complex. “So many of our students work at the HRC and (the College of Education)
teaches classes there, so there’s just a natural synergy between our major and the College of Education and the mission of the HRC,” Welch said. “At the beginning of this year, we came up with this idea of a minor that would be open to all students on Butler’s campus.” Recreation and sporrt studies requires 18 credit hours. The courses consist of 13 hours of required courses and three electives. Students must take three of six skill series classes in Physical Education 202-207. These courses range from basketball to pickleball. The elective courses include ofﬁciating volleyball and basketball. Lisa Farley, assistant professor of physical education said she has noticed an interest in the curriculum from Butler students. “It seemed like there was a lot of interest out there where people had dipped their toes in the program and really liked their own major but wanted to get some excess information,” Farley said. Thirty-one percent of students enrolled in PE 261 Theory of Practice
and Coaching, had been non-majors, according to a Butler press release earlier this month. The course is required for the recreation and sports studies minor. Junior Molly Dunn is a human movement and health science major. She is pursuing physical education and exercise science for a career. “With basically a double major, this minor will make me even more marketable once I graduate from Butler,” Dunn said. “I currently have worked at the HRC for two full years, which sparked my interest in the recreation and sports studies minor.” Based off of the basic curriculum for her major, Dunn has already taken credits that go toward a minor in Recreation and sports studies. “I have taken all but six credit hours of the classes required for the minor,” Dunn said. “Not only do I have an interest in recreation, I also have three-fourths of the classes completed. I was like, ‘why not pursue the minor.” Students interested in the minor can visit the Starbucks table today at noon for more information.
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Lack of air conditioning has Atherton Union
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Atherton Union will be without air conditioning for the next six to eight weeks. Rich Michal, executive director of facilities, said the 21-year-old cooling towers that sit south of Jordan Hall need to be replaced. “This winter was especially hard on everything,” Michal said. “So we decided now’s the time, let’s replace it and run the risk of having it down for six weeks in April and May verses having it go down in the middle of the summer and having to go without AC for six to eight weeks in June, July or August.” Michal said there are areas in Atherton that will not be affected, which include the bookstore, Starbucks, The Marketplace in Atherton Union, and the computer lab. The remaining areas, such as the second and third ﬂoor ofﬁces that house the Internship and Career Services ofﬁces, will be provided with portable air conditioning units. “Before we learned that we were going to have to do this, we reached out to those individual stakeholders and said, ‘Here’s the situation, here’s the exposure, and here’s what we can do to mitigate that,’” Michal said. Julie Schrader, Internship and Career Services associate director, said it could “get a little stuffy” without air conditioning in the upcoming weeks. “Especially when we’re meeting with students,” Schrader said. “We do want to make them feel
as comfortable as possible. And these two other ofﬁces over here are fairly small, so it does heat up and cool down fairly easily in the smaller ofﬁces.” The spring and fall transitions are a rough time of year for dealing with the school’s old heating and cooling systems, Michal said. “You can’t heat and cool at the same time in a lot of our buildings,” he said. “Until we get to the point here we’re looking at the forecast saying, ‘That’s when we make the decision.’ So we still have a 30-to 60-day window where we’re not going to need air conditioning.” Schrader said there are always a couple weeks where temperatures in the building are a little cooler or a little warmer than she would prefer. “The problem is the way we set the system,” Michal said. “We were trying to save money. If it’s 50 to 55 degrees out, we don’t want people using the heat. You know, there’s a point where we also have these setbacks in the system that if it’s cool enough or warm enough outside, we don’t want people using AC or heat, ideally.” This is not the ﬁrst time this incident has occurred, Schrader said. “This happened last summer too, when the air conditioning went out and (maintenance) brought out the air conditioning units, which deﬁnitely helped control that stufﬁness,” Schrader said. “Not having air conditioning can deﬁnitely be an uncomfortable situation, but I think they’re doing all they can to help with that.” The maintenance crew cut a screen out of the windowpane in Schrader’s ofﬁce last summer to allow for a tube that provides the air intake. Schrader said portable air conditioners help in these situations spite of taking up space. The PuLSE ofﬁce and Campus
Club will not be provided with portable air conditioning units. The PuLSE ofﬁce might move to a different location if it becomes too warm, Michal said. Mary Huser, PuLSE ofﬁce manager, said she is hoping for a cool spring. “Within the next four weeks, I’m going to dress accordingly,” Huser said. “I’ll open the windows, and I’ll probably wear more dresses and ﬂats than slacks in the next couple weeks. I’ll have something cool to drink at my desk, and just muddle through.” Michal says Butler hopes to increase the air ﬂow in C-Club to lower temperatures. A few C-Club employees said they were not aware of the current situation. Joe Sisk, a C-Club cashier, said he did not know the air conditioning was down. “I’ve been working utilities, so I haven’t worried about it yet,” Sisk said. “The only place I would be worried about is behind the grill. I think it would be horrible because then there’s no relief. At least you have the cool air coming from outside or from a side door. But if it’s hot everywhere, then it’s going to be especially hot next to a grill where you’re cooking some food.” When the time comes though, Sisk said he is pretty sure nothing will change. “I’m still going to have to work,” he said. “I won’t be able to be like, ‘I’m hot and I’m tired.’ The best thing I can do for myself is not wear an undershirt, or maybe no underwear. But who wears no underwear to work?” Taelor McCallum, a C-Club cook, said she was not aware of the situation either, but she said as long as workers have fans they should be OK. Sisk said he is not aware of being provided any fans because his
managers have not talked to him about the situation yet. “I mean, I personally probably won’t ask,” he said. “I highly doubt anyone else would ask, but even if they did ask, I’m not sure what the approval would be on that.” McCallum said she does not think food preparation will be a problem. “I don’t think it’s going to affect the safety, but it might affect the comfort,” Michal said. “Even with air conditioning, a lot of times they’re already working over a fryer or a grill or around an oven. We’re not going to do anything that’s going to threaten the safety of the food preparation or any of the Aramark employees that are working back there.” The Reilly Room will also be affected by the lack of air conditioning. Michal said the Reilly Room is an area of concern, but summer events in the room can be more easily planned in only the cooler parts of the day, such as morning and evening.
Michal said maintenance has already acquired portable units from the four-day power outage over Fourth of July weekend in 2011. “There were certain areas where, even if people weren’t there, the temperature level can’t drop below a certain level,” he said. “So we’ve acquired portable units, and we have the ability to rent units for events like that.” Michal said planning for worstcase scenarios is just part of the job. “Part of it is just the challenge of being on a campus with building and utilities and infrastructure where a lot of it is over 80 years old,” Michal said. Although the lack of air conditioning could potentially cause some discomfort, Huser is still optimistic about the end result, “Six weeks would put us at the end of May, I guess, and eight weeks would put us in the middle of June,” she said. “Typically the worst part of summer in Indianapolis is July and August. So we still might be OK.”
Photo by Amy Street
The second and third ﬂoors (shown) of Atherton Union as well as Campus Club food court will be without air conditioning for the rest of the school year.
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COMMITTEE: PARKING DECISIONS MADE WITHIN IT
Photo by Colin Likas Students ﬁlled less than a quarter of the co-ed designated spaces offered in the
Apartment Village last month.
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gotten in,” he said. “(It was) a bonus there that we were able to align what we thought might happen with making sure it didn’t (negatively) impact the groups as much as possible.” Sophomores Blake Federman and Taylor Smith are living in a coed room in Building K next semester. They both said they were frustrated with the limitation imposed on where their group could live. “That was unfair, I thought, because they let groups of all girls and all boys choose those houses (further south), so some of the better apartments,” Smith said. “There were a lot (of rooms) open, even facing the football ﬁeld, that we just weren’t allowed to pick.” Federman and Smith said they felt the reason for limited selection for co-ed groups was not truly explained to them. “It might make the student body happy that Butler is being a little more lenient, but (it can also cause) frustration because it comes with a limit,” Federman said. Howell said the only complaint he heard during the selection process from students who intended to live co-ed was “why are you making us pick from here.” “All of the Apartment Village apartments are basically the same except where they’re physically located on the Village grounds,” he said. “It makes sense that students would say that, and they were not thinking on the back end about assessment and training and making sure we’re able to make sure this is going in the right direction.” The decision to introduce coed housing on campus follows President James Danko’s recent announcement of Butler’s partnership with American Campus Communities to create new oncampus housing by fall 2016. Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said AV’s presence on campus allows Butler to take advantage of chance to improve its housing. “Apartment Village represents an opportunity as it relates to what we’ve seen trending on college campuses across the country, which is gender-inclusive housing,” he said. “We probably could’ve made that decision when we ﬁrst built Apartment Village, and I’m still not sure why we didn’t do it then.” Constituents from the Executive Council, Staff Assembly and Parent Council provided feedback on Butler’s proposal for co-ed housing on campus. Research done by Butler’s Gender Equity Commission also spurred the decision to try out this type of housing. Johnson and Howell said the reaction was almost entirely positive. “We want to be proactive. This type of housing will appeal and meet the needs better of someone who doesn’t ﬁt into that gender
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other words, the rainwater, even though it’s can work through the street,” Weber said. “The loss of those spaces would mean trying to ﬁnd the asphalt and it is probably about six to eight feet deep,” Weber said. Water often collects on the ﬂat roofs of many of Butler’s
binary of male or female,” Howell said. “While we have not had that particular request, that’s not to say it won’t happen in the future.” Both Howell and Johnson said they looked at housing of many peer institutions prior to making this decision. However, Howell speciﬁcally cited documentation for co-ed housing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale as the model for Butler’s documentation. Howell said the application process for those wishing to live in a co-ed room varied little from the typical process. An extra agreement had to be signed by gender-inclusive groups that Howell described as “more of an acknowledgment of the special requirements” related to living with members of another gender. Despite no large obstacles existing to prevent students from applying for co-ed rooms, gender-inclusive foursomes only ﬁlled approximately 15 percent of the available spaces. One likely reason for this, Howell said, is that Housing Services did not get information about this change out as quickly as it would have liked. Two potentially more prominent reasons, however, are social and personal norms. Johnson said those norms were part of the reason he was not surprised by how few genderinclusive groups committed to the new option. “I think students are mindful of whatever expectations they have of themselves and family values and morals,” he said. “If that’s something they would be looking for, they’d have the patience to do it when they left housing.” Along those same lines, Howell said some foursomes pulled away from the option after group members discussed it with their parents. “I think probably the biggest hold up for this is parental inﬂuence and opinion,” he said. Federman said he decided to be part of a gender-inclusive housing group because some of his female friends asked him to, and because it allowed him to take advantage of a little more freedom on campus. For Smith, co-ed housing is a long-awaited opportunity. “If it was always available, I probably would’ve went straight to that,” she said. “I was really happy because all my girlfriends are in sororities, and I would never live with them. Butler doesn’t let me live off campus as a junior, so I was glad I was able to ﬁnd people to live with.” It is not immediately clear how gender-inclusive housing could spread to other on-campus housing options in the future, but Johnson said this initial implementation “opens up the thoughts and dreams.” “As it relates to options, we are providing more and more for students, we are listening to students, and we appreciate their feedback and family input as well,” he said. “More than being responsive, we’re trying to be responsible.”
buildings. The heavy participation and temperature changes this season have caused leaking, Michal said. “We did have at least one dorm room, a women’s dorm room in Ross Hall, where we had a leak problem, so we had to move those girls out of that dorm room and clean that up,” he said. Besides residence halls, Jordan Hall also has leaking issues, Michal said. “It was built in 1912, so the joints between
the granite have broken down. Moisture can get in between there and that brick is very soft, so moisture wicks in,” he said. “We especially have problems at both stair towers.” Despite the heavy rainfall, BUPD did not receive any complaints or have to respond to car issues from the ﬂooding, Weber said. “There were a lot of places in a lot worse situations, so relatively speaking,” Michal said. “I was pretty pleased with how we fared.”
FROM PAGE ONE campus, so they can see students crossing the asphalted, the rain water can work through more parking for Greek students on top of ﬁnding parking for the spaces lost from streetscape. Discussions within the university have begun about adding another housing building on campus. The addition of a new dorm would require an open space to build on. Parking lots are being considered in the construction plans, said Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs. “If (a new dorm) is the case, we’re probably going to need to ﬁgure out how to continue to provide ample parking on campus,” he said. Weber said the parking committee is still meeting and deliberating on these issues. He said balancing and providing enough parking in the wake of these changes will be challenging. “There’s the students, faculty and staff saying, ‘I want to be able to park here,’ and then there’s the city saying, ‘You have as much parking on your campus as you could possibly squeeze out,’” Weber said. “If you can come up with that right balance, sell your services as a consultant because you’ll make a lot of money.” A parking consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, was brought in at the beginning of the year to help ﬁgure out parking allocation. The
consultant found that there are actually more spots on campus than registered vehicles, Carroll said. “Students complain that there are no parking spots,” Carroll said. “What it really is, is that there are no spots closest to where you want to be. People think they should be able to park right next door to their dorm. That’s not always the way it gets to work out.” At the beginning of this school year, the committee changed some parking spot designations. The committee addressed the concerns of faculty and staff who work in the Fairbanks Building and the west side of Jordan Hall who wanted to park closer to their buildings. Spots in the Fairbanks lot were kept vacant most of the time, Weber said. The committee changed 25 spots from B to A parking. The committee addresses all parking concerns with the exception of ticketing. BUPD handles all appeals and concerns with ticketing. The only time recorded when the committee has dealt with ticketing was when it voted to raise the ticket penalty for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit. The committee itself is comprised of faculty and staff from various areas of the university, along with two students, Carroll and junior Cory Minard, from the Council on Presidential Affairs. “We try to have as many diverse people on there so no one view point is over or underepresented,” Weber said. The committee does not represent every department on campus. Assistant Chief of Police Andy Ryan said when the
committee was started, faculty and staff were asked to join by personal invitation. He said if someone wants to be on the committee, they can join. “We don’t limit who can be on the committee,” Ryan said. “We obviously can’t have too large of a group of people for a committee, but we try to get a fair representation.” Carroll and Minard joined the committee this school year to assist with parking. “Everyone’s on the same level,” Carroll said. “We’re there to represent the student voice in all of the conversations. The committee is good about being studentﬁrst when making decisions, but they sometimes don’t know what students want.” The parking committee discusses these issues at semimonthly meetings. “Meetings incorporate a review of parking structure and allocation of space on campus,” Johnson said. “They entail a strategic aspect of trying to look forward and ﬁnding what’s the best means for providing parking to the various constituent groups and meeting needs.” The meetings are open to all. Weber said students typically do not come, but he encourages them to do so. “It’s not secret or hidden,” Weber said. “It’s an open meeting that anyone can come to.” Meetings are held in one of three rooms in Atherton—201, 302, or 326. To get on the agenda, a student can email BUPD’s Lindsey Birt, Weber said.
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From left, Chief of Staff Ben Hunter, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist Lindsey Birt and Assistant Police Chief Bill Weber at a parking committee meeting.
Collegian staff earns multiple awards Members of The Butler Collegian earned one national and 11 state awards between two contests last week. Senior Ryan Lovelace, managing editor, tied for top student story in the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors awards. Lovelace won the national award for the story “A Center and Its Director,” which appeared in The Collegian’s Nov. 20, 2013 issue. The story explored Rev. Allan Boesak’s arrival at Butler University and alignment with Butler and Christian Theological Seminary as director of the Desmond Tutu Center. Lovelace tied with The Medill Justice Project from Northwestern University for top student honor.
At the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s 2014 convention, Collegian staffers grabbed more than 10 individual and group awards. Sophomore Mallory Duncan, assistant Arts, Etc. editor, won ﬁrst place for best entertainment feature. Sophomore Audrey Meyer earned top prize for best editorial cartoon. The Collegian took home ﬁrst-place prizes for best special issue and best sports page as well. The Collegian earned secondplace awards for best sports page, best non-deadline news story, best single issue and best front page. The publication took home third-place prizes for best opinion column and best overall design. The Collegian also received third place in the Division II Newspaper of the Year competition.
Former coach Stevens to return to Butler Boston Celtics head coach and former Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens will serve as Butler’s 2014 commencement speaker. The senior class received an email Friday announcing Stevens’ return for graduation festivities in May. Stevens will receive an honorary doctorate at commencement, as will Butler alum Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner (‘76). Stevens was hired by the Boston Celtics in July 2013. Previously, he was head basketball coach at Butler for six seasons. Stevens is a DePauw University alum and an Indiana native.
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Collegian staff members holding the 11 awards won at ICPA over the weekend. From left, sophomore cartoonist Audrey Meyer, junior news editor Marais Jacon-Duffy, senior managing editor Ryan Lovelace, freshman sports reporter Joe Hasenstab, and freshman assistant sports editor Matthew VanTryon.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
Walk-ons face difﬁcult, uncertain path MATTHEW VANTRYON MVANTRYO@BUTLER.EDU
ASST SPORTS EDITOR
Thirty-three was an unlucky number for Butler freshman Carl Sanders. The Butler baseball team has room for 32 players. Sanders was the odd man out. Sanders was a walk-on for the squad this season. He tried out for the team in the fall and said it gave him a chance to showcase his skills. “It’s your basic college tryout,” Sanders said. “(The tryout) evaluates players on every skill— hitting, fielding, and running.” Sanders said he worked hard during the tryout process, doing his best to make the most positive
impression possible. “I had to do my own thing to stand out for the coach,” Sanders said. “I was the first one to the field and the last one to leave. I was trying to finish first in every running drill. I focused on hustling.” Sanders made the initial cut after fall tryouts. However, he did not make the final cut after winter break. Coach Steve Farley was helpful in the midst of disappointment, Sanders said. “He was very nice about explaining why I didn’t make it and explaining what I could’ve done better,” Sanders said. Sanders, like other walk-ons who are cut from the team, has the
option of transferring to another school to try to find a spot on its team. But he said Butler is home, whether or not baseball is in the picture. ‘’Right now, I’m focusing on academics, because that’s something I can focus on,” Sanders said. “(Transferring) is something I’ve thought about a lot. The reason I picked Butler was because of the academics. Baseball always came in second. (Transferring) is a possibility, but as of right now Butler is the place for me.” Baseball is not the only sport that has had to cut short the dreams of hopeful collegiate athletes-to-be. The golf team had to cut a number of players this
year. Butler golf coach Bill Mattingly said the team’s roster allows for only eight spots. One to two of those spots are left open for walkons, while the rest are filled by scholarship athletes. Mattingly said the tryout process is based strictly on scores in the qualifying round. Sophomore Corbin Sellers walked on to the team last year and was granted a roster spot. Sellers played in 17 rounds and averaged a score of 80.8. He had three top five finishes over the course of the season. Sellers tried to walk on again this year and was not granted a roster spot. Sellers said he had nothing positive to say about the
program and declined further comment via email. Sophomore Clark Etheridge also failed to make the golf team this year after walking on last season and posting an average score of 80.6. Etheridge did not respond to requests for comment. Mattingly said the fact that Sellers and Ethridge made the team last year had no influence on their roster spot availability this year. “We have a roster limit,” he said. “Guys that have scholarships already have a spot, and we award those scholarships during the year.” Mattingly said two walk-ons see WALK-ONS page 7
Photo by Amy Street
The Hinkle ﬁeldhouse renovation process began shortly after the men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped up their seasons. A new video scoreboard will hang over the court, among other changes.
Building a new experience Fans will see modern Hinkle Fieldhouse
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The Butler community will experience a different Hinkle Fieldhouse starting this fall. One of the new amenities for the fans will be a scoreboard that is twice as large as the current one. The scoreboard will also have video capabilities. Associate Athletic Director Ken LaRose said the athletics department would like to use the video capabilities to show other games, statistics and highlights in the future. The department also wants to incorporate a fan cam to show the different faces of the fans of Butler basketball. More concession stands will also be added for next season.
DECK BUTLER SPORTS THIS WEEK
One upgrade Butler fans may most appreciate is improved seating. Freshman Lily Picket said she is eager to see a refurbishment of the stands. “I know one of the things they are changing is the seats,” Picket said. “Those seats get very uncomfortable, especially if you are there for however long the games last. Then there have been times where I have been there for two games in a row, and it is just very uncomfortable.” LaRose said there will be increased and improved seating areas for fans with disabilities throughout Hinkle. “Right now we have two handicapped areas, and they are behind the baskets,” see HINKLE page 6
Why the change to ticket process? BRENDAN KING
The student ticketing process for Butler men’s basketball games is going to change this fall. The ticketing process will move away from students picking up their tickets at the Hinkle Fieldhouse ticket ofﬁce. Instead, students will get tickets through
online access only, said Lindsay Martin, sports marketing manager. Moving online only makes the process more complicated. The system where tickets were available at Hinkle for in-person pick up only lasted one season. As a Butler student who attended nearly every game this season, I can say stopping by Hinkle and getting a ticket was one of the easiest and simplest processes the athletics department could come have up with. All students had to do was go up to the ticket ofﬁce, ﬂash their Butler ID, and walk see OVERTIME page 6
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away with tickets for the next two or three home games. “The process we used this past year was always considered a stop-gap measure,” Martin said. “We needed to address the issues and concerns with the ID-only process immediately.” But what were the problems with the ID-only process? Martin said student attendance to basketball games increased signiﬁcantly this season. Not once did I hear anyone talk badly or request a change in the ticketing process. On my way to Hinkle to get tickets every week, there were always many students doing the same thing and getting their tickets ahead of time. Call me old school, but I prefer an actual ticket to take to games instead of a printed out piece of paper that can easily be misplaced or thrown away. Details of the new plan have not been released or ﬁnalized yet. Martin said the plan will be ﬁnalized by Welcome Week this August.
HINKLE: CHANGE IN FAN EXPERIENCE
FROM PAGE FIVE LaRose said. “Not only are we going to have them there, but we will have more handicapped seating areas upstairs because some handicapped people like the view from upstairs.” Fans can expect changes in the concourse and lobby areas as well. They will grow in size and will feature picture collages. There will be a history tour that fans and visitors can walk through and view in order to relive the past of Hinkle Fieldhouse. “There will be a lot of things to see,” LaRose said. “It is going to be like a large museum.” The museum piece that is currently in the West Gym will greet fans at the front door. The Athletic Hall of Fame will be moved to the back. “The donors will see a new enlarged hospitality area (the Wildman Room). The Wildman
This concerns me. I want to see the online ticketing system succeed. Every student has access to a computer in some way. Students at Butler have access to printers whether they are in dorms or other buildings across campus. Finding the correct technology is not the problem. The problem I foresee is students forgetting to get tickets in time or misplacing the paper they printed out. The Dawg Pound did a nice job of communicating this year with students, reminding us to go to Hinkle and pick up tickets. I know when I got a ticket to an important game that I kept an eye on it and locked it up until game day. If my ticket is simply a piece of paper, it can get thrown out or misplaced. If the plan has not been ﬁnalized, how is the athletics department so conﬁdent that it will work? What if student response is negative and attendance drops? If the administrators had the plan and website ﬁnalized now, it would make many people— including me—feel a lot more conﬁdent about student attendance for next year. With a growing basketball program that Photo by Amy Street needs student interaction, the students and Butler students will no longer pick their tickets up from the ticket ofﬁ ce in Hinkle their support are the biggest factors in this starting next season. Instead, the process will move to online only. whole process.
Room will be totally redone and three times as large. It will be new and modern,” LaRose said. Even with all of the changes in progress, some fans enjoy the ﬁeldhouse for what it already brings to Butler. “Hinkle is one of the only places on campus where you are one of the crowd,” Picket said. “That is such a big-school feel, and for a school as small as Butler, you do not get that feeling very often.” As all the changes alter how fans experience Hinkle, LaRose said he expects the nostalgia to stay. “On one hand, the fan experience is going to be better, but, on the other hand, people are going to say, ‘Well, it is still Hinkle,’” LaRose said. “It is still a cathedral of basketball—it still has got the tradition. It is just going to be a new and improved, updated Hinkle Fieldhouse without changing the traditional feel. “We are still going to have the rafters showing. We are still going to have the iconic windows up in the corner. But everything is going to be brought up to code, brought up to standard.”
the Bradley Invitational on Sunday to continue a string of good play in recent tournaments The Bradley Invitational course par was 72. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was junior Isabella Lambert. Lambert shot a 77 in the first of two rounds, but then roared back with a 73 in the second round to help Butler finish strong. Also finishing in the top 15 for Butler was junior Jenna Peters and freshman Megan McCambridge. Peters shot a team-low 1-overpar on Saturday but shot an 80 on Sunday. McCambridge shot a 79 in the first round and then 77 on day two to finish overall in 13th place. Southern Illinois was the only school to finish ahead of Butler. The Salukis posted a total score of 617, while the Bulldogs totaled 619. Senior Ashleigh Rushing shot a 76 in both rounds to lead the Salukis. Also finishing in the top five schools were Northern Illinois, Indiana State, and Northern Iowa.
The Butler men’s basketball team is adding a transferring student-athlete for a change. Former North Carolina State point guard Tyler Lewis made the decision to transfer to Butler last Friday. Lewis is a sophomore who will be forced to sit out for one year based on the NCAA transfer rules. Following that year, Lewis will still have two years of eligibility remaining. Lewis averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 assists per game for the Wolfpack last season. He started in 18 games. Lewis is a former McDonald’s All-American. He will be the ﬁrst to ever play for the Bulldogs. Lewis comes in while another player is leaving. Freshman guard Michael Volovic announced his decision to leave the program last week. Volovic was a walk-on who saw limited action in four games this season. Volovic is the ﬁfth player to leave Butler’s program since November. The women’s basketball team is dealing with a transfer of its own—redshirt sophomore forward Haley Howard. Howard played in 30 games, starting 26, for the Bulldogs last season. Howard averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Coach Beth Couture commented on the transfer in an ofﬁcial statement. “I hope the best for Haley as she continues her academic and athletic careers,” Couture said.
GOLF The Butler men’s golf team finished in second place out of four teams in the Big Four Classic on Thursday. The Big Four tournament is an annual event involving Butler, Wabash, Hanover and DePauw, held at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. DePauw finished in first place with a total team score of 301. Butler’s best individual score came from junior Andrew Eiler, who shot a 73 to give Butler momentum going into the final holes. Butler shot a total team score of 306. Other top Butler scores were a pair of 76’s shot by senior Matt Vitale and sophomore Brigham Stewart. Butler’s final tournament before the Big East Championship will be at the IU Invitational on April 12 and 13. The Bulldogs have won one tournament so far this season in the Bulldog Florida Invitational. The Butler women’s golf team placed second out of 10 schools in
Basketball transfers continue
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Team opens Big East play with series win JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Over the weekend, Butler baseball played in its ﬁrst Big East Conference series of the year, taking two of three against Seton Hall. Coming into the series, Seton Hall had a record of 20-5 and had received votes to be ranked in the NCAA top 30. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs came into the series with an 11-16 record. The Bulldogs were looking to use this series to prove they were better than what their record shows. “Obviously the season didn’t start off the way we wanted it to,” sophomore inﬁelder Chris Maranto said. “We kind of went in every game knowing that we were better than we showed and we kind of went in with the mindset that even though every game is important, throughout the season the games that really matter are in the Big East.” The series started off with a strong pitching performance from senior Gunner Johnson, who threw seven shutout innings against a Seton Hall lineup in which the ﬁrst through seventh batters were all batting above .290. Junior Kyle Allen ﬁnished off the game, giving up one run in the last two innings to secure a 6-1 win. Butler scored those six runs against Seton Hall’s ace, senior Josh Prevost. Before Friday’s matchup, Prevost was unbeaten
at 7-0, with an impressive 1.45 ERA. One thing that might have had an effect on the game Friday was the energy on Butler’s bench. Senior closer Billy Laing said he thinks cheering from the bench not only helped his team but also hurt Seton Hall. “I think it took their pitcher, who was supposed to be the best pitcher in the Big East, completely out of his own game,” Laing said. “He was physically rattled, and I think it helped our hitters gain energy and conﬁdence at the same time. It made him lose focus on the mound and got this series going in the right direction.” After a 7-3 loss on Saturday, the rubber match was set for Sunday. Junior lefty Eric Stout held back the Seton Hall bats. Butler put up ﬁve runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and led 6-5 after six innings. Laing came in to pitch the ﬁnal three innings. Butler added a run in the bottom of the seventh, and the Pirates were able to get one across in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. The Bulldogs claimed their ﬁrst series win in Big East play with a 7-6 victory. Laing said the Seton Hall series will help the team in the games to come. “I think it gives us a huge amount of conﬁdence going forward, especially out to St. John’s this weekend, who
is supposed to be another great team,” Laing said. “Just knowing that you can compete with anybody now, and so the conference is kind of ﬂip ﬂopped of what the expectations were in the preseason rankings of the year.” After the series win, the team will try to continue its success, ﬁrst with a game at home against Ball State today, and then with a three-game series against St. John’s this weekend. Both Laing and Maranto agreed the team’s energy level will play a factor in the series at St. John’s, a team that is 11-1 at home this season. “Playing at home for them has been a big thing, and I think the intensity is the biggest thing for us,” Maranto said. “We know we have the talent, and we know we can play with anyone in the Big East.” After losing two of three to Villanova, St. John’s will look to bounce back against a Butler team that is still under .500. Laing thinks Butler will be able to use this to its advantage. “They’re probably still overlooking us a little bit, even though we just took two of three from Seton Hall,” Laing said. “They feel like they should get back on track by playing us and we feel the opposite way—that we’re going to keep rolling and hopefully take them almost out Photo by Michael Andrews of the race for the Big East after Senior Marcos Calderon reached base three times and scored two runs in the Bulldogs’ series this weekend.” opener against. Seton Hall last weekend.
Women take two of three from Friars MARKO TOMICH MTOMICH@BUTLER.EDU
Senior Kristen Hakola went 3-for-3 in the ﬁnal game of Butler’s series against Providence last weekend.
Photo by Marko Tomich
The Bulldogs hosted Providence last weekend and took two of three games to move to 4-4 in Big East Conference play. Butler sophomore Kristen Gutierrez made headlines for the Bulldogs, earning Big East Pitcher of the Week accolades. Gutierrez pitched a complete game shutout in the series opener while striking out six. The Bulldogs won the game 4-0 after scoring three runs in the opening inning. The Bulldogs dropped the second game of the twin-bill 7-2, as they left seven runners on base. Gutierrez helped Butler bounce back in the ﬁnale of the series, as she pitched her second complete game in two days. She struck out seven and surrendered only ﬁve hits. Senior inﬁelder Kristen Hakola posted a perfect 3-for-3 day and scored a run. Freshman inﬁelder
TRACK AND FIELD
Bulldogs compete from east to west
JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU
The Butler track and ﬁeld team is coming off two successful meets over the weekend. A small part of the team went to California and competed in the Stanford Invitational, while the rest of the team competed at Miami of Ohio University. Seniors Kirsty Legg and Tom Anderson, juniors Tom Curr and Katie Good, and sophomore Erik Peterson competed at Stanford. Legg and Curr competed in the 1,500-meter race. Legg won her section of the race, ﬁnishing in 4:24.28. Curr ﬁnished 11th in his with a time of 3:48.73. The other three athletes all competed in the 10,000-meter run. For Peterson and Good, it was their ﬁrst time competing in the event, but their times were no indication. Good ﬁnished with the second-best time in school history with a 34:13.26 ﬁnish. Fifth-year senior Katie Clark, who did not compete in this meet, holds the current school record for this event. Good said it is nice to see her teammates perform so well because it is a testament to
their work ethic. “You know how hard they’ve trained, and they’ve put in all the hard work, so it’s nice to see it and makes it all pay off,” Good said. Peterson ﬁnished 11th in his section of the 10,000-meter and set a school record for best time in the event in a debut. He ran a 29:20. Last week, coach Matt Roe said that one of the main goals for the runners competing in the 10,000-meter race was to attain times that will qualify them for the ﬁrst round of the NCAA regional meet. Peterson met that goal. The Stanford Invitational featured a high-level competition, including some professional athletes. Roe said that was another reason for making the trip to California. “That’s the reason we ﬂew out there, to get that opportunity and hopefully get that type of result, especially in running 10,000s,” Roe said. “You don’t get to run those very often, so it’s pretty pivotal that you get it right, because you can’t just come back the next week and run one, at least not effectively.” Butler also competed well at Miami of
Ohio. Freshman Colleen Weatherford won the ﬁrst event of her collegiate career by placing ﬁrst in the women’s 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:39.55. Fellow freshman Kristen Seiler came in about seven seconds after Weatherford and ﬁnished 10th. Junior James Martin won the men’s 5,000-meter. He ﬁnished in 14:48.13. Junior Nicole Hudec placed third in both the long jump and the 100-meter dash. Seniors Dominique Stephens and Nigel Spears both placed well in their events. Stephens got second in the shot put, third in discus and ﬁfth in the hammer throw. Spears placed fourth in the long jump. Next weekend, the team will compete at the University of Illinois in the Illinois Twilight meet, which will be held at night. Roe said he is looking forward to the meet. “I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere,” Roe said. “It’s the ﬁrst time we’ve been to the meet, and they just starting hosting this Twilight meet. I think the competition is going to be really good. Running at night, we ﬁnd, is advantageous. And I think it will be an exciting atmosphere. We expect strong results across the board.”
Chelsea Norwood added a hit and an RBI. The Friars threatened in the seventh inning, putting runners on second and third base with two outs. A groundout ﬁnalized the win. Butler has won six of its last eight contests. The Bulldogs look to maintain their momentum today as they travel to Morehead State for a doubleheader. After today’s games, Butler will travel to Villanova for a threegame weekend series that includes a doubleheader on Saturday. The Wildcats have struggled of late, and are 0-6 in conference play First pitch for the series opener is 12 p.m., with the second game to follow at approximately 2 p.m. The series wraps up with a matinee on Sunday afternoon. Butler hosts Miami of Ohio in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. The ﬁrst game begins at 3 p.m. with the second game to follow.
WALK-ONS: UNCERTAINTY ABOUND FROM PAGE FIVE
who tried out for the golf team this year made the team, Mattingly said. Sophomore Logan McBride made the team after failing to qualify his freshman year. Fifthyear senior Matt Vitale has walked on for the past two years. McBride played golf in high school and said he missed the game over the course of his freshman year. He went into last summer determined to make the team this year, and practiced relentlessly, taking only four days off. McBride admitted that the walk-on process can be frustrating at times. “It’s a four-day process,” McBride said. “If you show up and play well, you make the team. If you don’t play well, you don’t make
the team. It’s frustrating sometimes. It’s whoever shows up and whoever plays well.” Of the eight golfers on last year’s roster, only four remain. Last year’s team graduated two seniors, while Etheridge and Sellers failed to make the cut. In addition to adding McBride through walkon status and retaining Vitale, the team added three freshmen via scholarships. Junior Logan Holt, who earned a scholarship for his freshman year, said he sees walk-ons contribute immediately. “(Junior) Andrew Eiler joined the team as a walk-on and made an impact right away,” Holt said. “We’ve been stridefor-stride since then. Logan McBride made an impact right away. Coming so close (last year) really motivated him and showed him he had a chance. He really helped us this fall and went right into his role with a lot of conﬁdence.”
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The Two Maples
ABOVE—Amanda Reid plays Vasilisa the Hardworker, being stalked by a ghost played by sophomore Emily Bohn.
Freshman Riley Hill-Kartel plays a cat in “The Two Maples.”
KEVIN VOGEL KJVOGEL@BUTLER.EDU ARTS, ETC. EDITOR “A fairy tale about a mother’s love, which is able to overcome any obstacles to save her enchanted sons.” Thus begins the description of the Russian fairy tale play “The Two Maples,” from the Theatre for Young Spectators in Khabarovsk, Russia. Here in the U.S., the story is completely unknown—for now. The Butler University theatre department is putting its ﬁnishing touches on the play, which has been adapted by Elaina Artemiev, associate professor of theatre and the director of this production. The play opens Friday at 7 p.m. in Lilly Hall Room 168. Artemiev said she ﬁrst experienced this play as a child in Russia, on a class trip to a children’s theatre, and it was a very moving experience. Now, she said, she is excited for an American audience to experience the play. “It’s good literature. It’s good material,” she said. “I think it will be a good discovery for Americans.” The humorous play follows a mother who has been seeking her sons in the woods for more than two years. The mother, Vasilisa the Hardworker, is drawn to the spot where two maples stand together, and she waits there for her sons. “She’s very conﬁdent in herself, and she doesn’t really have any fear of being in this forest,” said senior theatre major Amanda Reid, who plays Vasilisa. “As long as she gets her sons, it’s all she cares about.” To save her sons, Vasilisa has to deal
with Baba Yaga, a traditional Russian folk character. Artemiev said Baba Yaga is often seen as completely dark, but this play paints her as layered. “I think this is not only my idea. I think it exists in Evgeny Shvarts’ play,” Artemiev said. “Vasilisa is able to change Baba Yaga’s chickenleg house, this mean personage, and we can discover this completely different side.” Artemiev also said the play speaks to a modern audience and modern society. Junior Julia Levine, stage manager of “The Two Maples,” said her favorite part of the play is the chicken-leg house, the dwelling of Baba Yaga, which she has seen come to life over the past couple months. Artemiev said this is one unique part of this production of “The Two Maples.” From what she said she can remember, there were no chicken-leg houses on stage during performances she has seen before. Levine and Reid also said the play’s humor made it an enjoyable experience to work on. “I think it’s really fun,” Reid said. “It’s a Russian fairy tale, not something we’re used to seeing. I think it would be really interesting for kids to come and see a whole different type of fairy tale, from a different country, and see how they relate to it.” Artemiev said she hopes families will see this play together. “I think it’s important that the whole family can be united during the show, and be a little bit closer after the show,” she said. “The Two Maples” will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 9-12, 2 p.m. on April 13, 7 p.m. on April 17-19, and 2 p.m. on April 19.
Senior Allyson Womack, above, plays Baba Yaga. Sophomore Bram Sheckles, right, plays the chicken-leg house. Freshman Nicole Bailey, below, plays a bear. Photos by Jaclyn McConnell
Student educator wins Fulbright to teach English in Greece VANESSA STAUBLIN VSTAUBLI@BUTLER.EDU
Senior Emily Seibert will be closing a chapter in her life next month at Butler University’s commencement. But as her time at Butler comes to an end, another adventure begins. Seibert is a recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. For the second time in her life, Seibert will be packing up her bags and living in Europe. But instead of studying abroad for four months in Amsterdam as she did her junior year, she will be teaching English for 10 months in Athens. “I’m deﬁnitely shocked but honored that I have this opportunity,” Seibert said. “It hasn’t hit me yet that it’s actually real. I have mixed emotions, but I’m mostly just happy and humbled.” The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school
teaching worldwide, according to Fulbright’s website. One other senior, Alex Still, will join Seibert in receiving the Fulbright. Still will spend her time in the Northern France this year. Still could not be reached for comment. Around 1,600 Fulbright program grants are awarded to U.S. students each year. Rusty Jones, interim associate director of the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement, posted an announcement through the Butler Connection early last fall semester. Seibert saw this opportunity and contacted Jones. “For some reason, it caught my eye,” Seibert said. “It connected teaching and serving and living abroad all in one. (Jones) said I’d be a great candidate. I started the application process in September and sent it in in October.” The application process included two one-page essays, three letters of recommendation and other personal information. Jones helped her throughout the process. “Successful applications have been given a lot of thought and
effort,” he said. “Students work with me to craft their applications. I then form Fulbright campus committees that provide further feedback for each candidate.” He then writes a university endorsement letter recommending the student based on the ideas of the committee, which is included Photo by Vanessa Staublin in the application. Senior education major Emily Seibert will be teaching English for 10 months in Athens. Of all of the places she could have chosen, Seibert said she had Returning in July 2015, Seibert Jones encourages current motives for choosing Athens. said she plans on looking for a students who will be graduating “I chose to send my application to Greece because there was no post-program U.S. job during her in spring 2015 to contact him and language requirement, which was stay in Greece. consider applying soon. deﬁnitely good,” Seibert said. “I “It’s nice because I don’t have “It’s a fantastic opportunity. I also get to work collaboratively to do that now,” she said. “But wish more students knew about it,” with 11 other students going abroad it’ll be harder looking for teaching Jones said. “I am already looking to in the program. I didn’t want to be opportunities while I’m across the recruit applicants for next year.” completely alone. I wouldn’t have ocean. I’ll have to start working With graduation next month, been able to do it.” right when I get back home in July.” Seibert reﬂected on her time at Jones said he believes the Seibert said she looks forward Butler and her future in Greece. Fulbright program is a life- to learning new teaching strategies “I still can’t believe I’m doing changing experience. while abroad. this and that this opportunity “You live abroad for a year, “I can’t wait to immerse myself has happened in my life,” Seibert work closely within a foreign in a different culture again and see said. “I’ve had an amazing four community, and it is all fully paid how the education system works years here at Butler, and I couldn’t by Fulbright,” Jones said. “It has in a different country,” Seibert said. be luckier to have this chance great professional beneﬁts on “I’ll get to have an in-depth look to further my education after the line as well. Employers and and see what works for them. I’m graduation.” Seibert and Still are the sixth and graduate schools are going to be excited to bring different things I excited to have a Fulbright winner learn there into my own classroom seventh Fulbright recipients from Butler in the last four years. on board with them.” back in the states.”
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Three JCA factions, one show BREANNA MANLEY BMANLEY@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler University’s theatre, dance and music departments are banding together for one night as part of the 2014 ArtsFest. On Thursday, the departments will collaborate with one another to present “The Soldier’s Tale” under the direction of theatre professor Owen Schaub at 7:30 p.m. in the Schrott Center. Composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1918, this tale will bring together four actors, six dancers and many musicians on one stage. “It is a lot of fun to work with the different departments because it helps you kind of get a broad understanding of what it is going to be like to work with other people when you get out to the real world,” said Nick Gehrich, a freshman who plays the role of Soldier. Gehrich said he was surprised to have been cast as the soldier. He will be playing alongside freshman Sarah Tam, who is cast as Princess. “I cried,” Tam said. “I didn’t think I was going to get cast in any shows this semester. I called my mom, and she thought I didn’t get cast because I was crying. I had to stop crying long enough to tell her ‘I made it, mom.’” “L’Histoire Du Soldat,” as it is titled in French, follows a soldier returning from war in Eastern Europe who sells his soul to the devil. The story goes on to show the soldier’s adventures after dancing with the devil. The most difﬁcult part of directing the show is the music, Schaub said. “I’ve directed a number of plays and done production work for
dance, opera and music works, but never directed a piece where music is such an integral part of the work,” he said. Tam said she agrees that the music is the biggest challenge for the group as a whole, but she noted that there were other challenges as well. “Personally, I don’t have a lot of lines, so I have to ﬁgure out how to convey the emotion of the character through physicality,” she said. Preparation for “The Soldier’s Tale” began in mid-March. The actors and dancers rehearsed six days a week for three to four hours at a time. Even though countless hours of rehearsals went by, the cast members did not lose focus. “Instead of saying, ‘I have to go to rehearsal,’ I tell myself, ‘I get to go to rehearsal,’” Gehrich said. “I get to work on my craft, because it’s something I really love to do.” While the students are working to perfect their performances to be at their best on stage, some said nerves will come moments before the lights come up. “I get really nervous right before I go on stage and have a lot of nervous energy, so I always have to jump up and down backstage,” Tam said. “I try not to psych myself out.” Whether nervous or not, Schaub said he wants to see his performers succeed. “It is my profession, and I have great affection for our students, and I hope I make some contribution to their development as they become adults,” Schaub said. “It’s always challenging, but it’s very rewarding. It’s the best job in the world.”
Freshman Nick Gehrich plays the main role of Soldier.
“The Soldier’s Tale” combines all three facets of the Jordan College of the Arts—music, dance and theatre.
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Broadway’s backstage MALLORY DUNCAN
MSDUNCAN@BUTLER.EDU ASST. ARTS, ETC. EDITOR
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Senior John Albert Harris prepares for his recital on Sunday. He composed a score for the graphic novel “Blankets” by Craig Thompson.
‘Blankets’ brought to life MALLORY DUNCAN MSDUNCAN@BUTLER.EDU ASST. ARTS, ETC. EDITOR The Collegian sat down with senior composition major John Albert Harris to talk about his upcoming senior recital. Butler Collegian: Tell us a little bit about your project. John Albert Harris: Last summer I didn’t want to go home, so I was looking for things to do. I found out about the Butler Summer Institute and decided to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I made a movie out of a graphic novel called “Blankets,” by Craig Thompson. And then I began to write a score to the movie. BC: What did you do over that summer? JAH: Over the summer, I worked with Photoshop and the images in the book to really try to ﬁgure out how I was going to present it in a movie form. I must have read the book 12 times to ﬁgure out what I could cut. At the end of the summer I scored and presented a short scene. BC: Did you think that this project would turn into your senior recital? JAH: Yes, I did. I ﬁgured it
would continue on. BC: So what do you want the audience to listen to? JAH: Everything. A good ﬁlm score is one that isn’t obtrusive but one that people remember. And that’s a ﬁne line to balance. I’m not sure if I’ve achieved that, people will have to tell me when they come. BC: What have you learned from putting together your senior recital? JAH: Doing this whole ﬁlm scoring business for my senior recital has made me realize, ‘Oh, maybe I can do this whole ﬁlm thing.’ But I’m putting that off to the side right now and focusing on developing my composition skills by going to grad school. BC: When you thought of a scene in the novel, would you immediately write that part of the score? JAH: Usually in the mornings I would get ideas and immediately write them down. There are a ton of themes throughout that will be more subconscious for the audience, but very conscious for me. Part one of “Blankets” will debut in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall on Sunday at 5 p.m.
When the curtains go up at Clowes Memorial Hall, any number of performances could be on the stage. From Butler University events to outside productions, that stage has seen it all. But the shows that have always intrigued me are the Broadway shows. Last week, The Collegian had the opportunity to go backstage on one of these shows, “Memphis,” and discover what has to happen before that big red curtain can go up. Passing by wigs and sparkly costumes and doors with names on them, I was drawn in by the magic of it all. I had done theatre in high school, but this was a completely different world. The event manager at Clowes guided me backstage and into the green room, a place where actors and people from the show can gather. Don’t ask me how to get back there—I went in doors and down staircases I didn’t even know existed. While I waited for the tour manager to escort me around and tell me about the inner workings of “Memphis,” I was reminded of how much of an imposter I was. People in the crew and cast would walk by and smile, but a hidden question of “Who are you?” remained on their faces. If there is one thing
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I learned about being backstage, it is that these traveling companies are not a bunch of people just doing their jobs—they are tight-knit families with established routines. Speaking of routine, the crew of “Memphis” was ﬂawless. Tour manager Colin Byrne said the crew comes a day early from its previous location. The crew usually drives all night to get to the new location. When it arrived at Clowes, unloading the accompanying two semi trucks started at 8 a.m. and didn’t stop until 4:30 p.m., when the crew had a dinner break and got ready for the show which
started at 7:30 p.m. And what a job it was. The set for “Memphis” was incredible. A wrought iron staircase, a radio booth and an old fashioned TV camera were some of the things that stood out. The company also brings most of its own cords, which are run from the stage to the sound board. The light controller even has an app on his iPhone that lets him do light checks before shows. As I was escorted backstage, Byrne told me all about the process of working on a show that tours. The show itself could not run
without some outside support. At every venue, the show is provided with community members who help with costumes and lights. The spotlight job is fairly straightforward, but handling the costumes are a different story. There are many costume changes in “Memphis.” The company set up the costumes right behind the stage, so the actors don’t have to go very far for quick changes between scenes. Each actor is given a number so the outside help can use those instead of names, making it easier for the volunteers to remember. Byrne said, for longer runs, the volunteers get to know the names of the actors they are assigned to and don’t use the numbers. As for the actors, they never have a full rehearsal in each new stage space. The only amount of rehearsing they have is an hour before the show. The dance captain runs a ﬁght and dance call. This is when the actors can practice certain ﬁght and dance sequences to get used to the new space. But they don’t have to worry about the ﬂoor, because the company brings that in as well. As I left, I encountered patrons waiting to go into the show. I hid my smile as I walked out because, although I hadn’t yet experienced the show, I had experienced all the secrets behind it.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
Continue to improve food safety OUR POINT THIS WEEK: BUTLER SHOULD EXERCISE MORE CONCERN OVER THE FOOD ON CAMPUS AND HOLD ARAMARK TO HIGHER STANDARDS | 24-1-2 Butler University has three on-campus dining options for community members, all of which are serviced by Aramark. Aramark is a global food services industry that partners with many colleges and universities across 22 nations. Despite its use in so many locations, the company does not have the ﬁnest reputation at Butler, thanks to a number of health violations at the campus’ three dining options in 2011. While health and safety at these eateries appears to have gotten better since then, the majority of The Collegian’s staff feels Butler needs to continue ensuring Aramark is held to high standards when it comes to keeping food safe. Nate Haugh, the Dining Services interim director, said Butler and Aramark do not necessarily collaborate in all food safety ventures. Collegian staffers are aware of experiences they or individuals they know have gone through while dining on campus that would suggest there are occasional slips in abiding by these rules.
Such incidents included students becoming ill shortly after consuming chicken salad and sushi (in separate instances), a student purchasing expired skim milk from the Atherton Union and a student buying undercooked chicken tenders. While these described incidents may not have been reported to Dining Services or as straightforward as food directly leading to a student being sick, the fact that students are concerned they may be purchasing less than safe food on campus should cause Butler and Aramark to take action. Haugh said he was unaware of any conﬁrmed student illnesses caused by food in Butler’s dining courts this school year. He added, however, that he was aware of an incident involving a female student eating part of an undercooked chicken sandwich and later becoming sick. At the same time, Haugh said, there was nothing that indicated to Aramark that the girl became sick directly from the company’s food. Whether or not this female student became ill as a result of eating Aramark food, one case
of possible food poisoning is too many. Aramark has procedures in place to prevent this from happening, so they should be followed at all times. Just as importantly, Butler needs to hold Aramark accountable for doing so. Haugh said Aramark corporate employees perform monthly assessments of Butler’s dining courts, and Aramark employees must take a safe food handling class within 90 days of being hired. He also said Aramark employees are told not to attend work if they are sick. These are clearly good steps to take to ensure food safety in Butler’s dining courts. However, if the topic of substandard food safety is part of campus community discussion at all, perhaps not every rule and regulation is being followed to the T. The university expects Aramark to follow all state and federal health and safety guidelines while also providing facilities employees to assist with kitchen equipment concerns. Based on Aramark’s history of health violations on campus,
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it is surprising Butler’s role in Aramark’s health and safety procedures is not larger. At the same time, Aramark should follow all necessary procedures to be certain the three dining areas do not obtain a combined 60 health violations, as they did in 2011, ever again. Haugh said there are several key rules and regulations that employees are instructed to follow and are taught about upon being hired. Great attention is paid to time, temperature and employee hygiene, he added. Cold food must stay below 41 degrees, and hot food must stay
Media sites should stop sexually charged attacks
Media outlets should not use sexually charged attack ads against politicians
Politicians on both sides of the spectrum use attack ads and other negative images to discredit their opponents. These messages may or may not be ethical, but no matter what, they should not be crude or sexually explicit. Breitbart News, a politically conservative news website, recently featured an ad with Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s head atop Miley Cyrus’ bikini-clad body. Pelosi is the minority leader of the United States House of Representatives. The image shows Pelosi with her tongue out and bent at the waist. It used an image from Cyrus’ infamous twerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. This is a disgusting attack on one of America’s most powerful female politicians. Breitbart was trying to gain publicity, and it did so. But any website this desperate for attention clearly cannot be considered credible. A political news website should never have to publicly degrade anyone in order to gain publicity. Clearly the stunt worked, because I felt compelled to write this column. It only served to make the site seem like a joke, however. People all over the web are reacting, and rightfully so. Hopefully this national attention will help discredit the website and bring attention to the more subtle ways in which media try to discredit female politicians. A barrage of condescending, sexist and degrading words and images exist all over the Internet. Breitbart’s response to the uproar, posted online Monday, criticized its own critics for not speaking out
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I was extremely afraid of automatic flushing toilets until age 10. whenever the media degrade a conservative female politician. Cyrus herself portrayed Michele Bachmann on Saturday Night Live in a sexual way and some media outlets have sexualized Sarah Palin in the past. I would say their response is misguided. It is not necessarily the Democratic Party leadership’s responsibility to attack every single website, radio show or television show that degrades female politicians. This would be impossible. The appropriate response would have been an apology. All media need to stop devaluing female politicians’ signiﬁcant contributions to politics by using stereotypical tropes or sexualizing them. The issue is not about Democrats versus Republicans. This is about taking women in leadership seriously. Political websites do not have to be serious all the time, but this is not playful or edgy. It is disgusting. I hope Breitbart loses its supporters after such a pathetic stunt. It is time to call media out for using such tactics. Start looking for the more subtle ways news outlets use tired, outdated stereotypes about women to discredit their political beliefs. It is more common than one would like to think. Start criticizing politicians for their politics and stop using gender as a method of attack. Contact copy chief Maggie Monson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Faced with a missing loved one Students should be aware that anyone could face a missing person situation She sat there at her desk, hands trying to hold up her heavy head. With rivers of tears rushing from her eyes, she could not help the thoughts traveling at the speed of light through her head. “Do my parents blame me? Was this actually my fault? How can I ﬁx this? I never thought this would happen to me.” This girl was me last Sunday. My aunt went missing from the Greyhound bus station in Indianapolis, and I was the last one to see her. I panicked. I blamed myself. I spent day after day searching for her, only to come up with more questions. She has since been found, alive and well, but the thought still remains: I never thought something like this would happen to me. The truth of the matter is, more than two million people went missing in 2012 alone, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center website. This statistic includes all categories of missing persons, but imagine boiling this number down to only college-age missing persons. What would happen if your best friend was missing? What if it was your boyfriend or girlfriend? What would you do? After going through this experience in the past week, I have some advice and steps to follow if this ever happens to you, someone you know or another student. The ﬁrst thing to do is stay calm. At the end of the day, acting out of anger or breaking down will not ﬁnd your missing person—hard work and determination will. Second, a preliminary search is necessary. You should contact
friends and family of the missing person, and ask them to phone around to widen the search. The more information you have, the better. Don’t feel the need to take on everything by yourself. If nothing turns up at that point, the third step is to notify the police. However, it is never too soon to alert the police, so this could be the ﬁrst thing you do. After that, widening the search again is always a good idea. The Internet is the best tool for this. Newspapers, radio and television also help get the word out quickly. Posters can help if you plan on searching locally. What really helped us ﬁnd my aunt were tips we received. We kept asking—on the TV, radio and everywhere we could— for people to phone in if they knew anything. Eventually, someone received a tip that she had gotten a ride with a trucker, and we switched to Citizens Band Radio--the radio stations used by truckers. We eventually found her. Regardless of whether you believe someone has taken a person you care about, or if they have ran away, these steps could help. They may seem silly and based on common sense. However, when you’re in the moment of realization that someone is missing, all you might do is panic about ﬁnding that person. I wish I would have known these things at the beginning of my search. Hopefully it will help someone else in a similar situation. Contact columnist Morgan Legel at email@example.com.
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Salman Kahn is founder of Khan Academy, a website that offers free classes on a variety of subjects.
Students should take advantage of free online courses Students should utilize several websites that offer a variety of free courses I am a glutton for knowledge. I enjoy learning as much as I can about a different variety of topics, even ones that don’t have anything to do with my major or career choice. I was checking out my bookshelf yesterday and noticed that it was full of books on a variety of topics—investing, economics, philosophy, political theory, politics and history. As I went through my books, I realized I probably spent hundreds of dollars on them in the pursuit of knowledge. This prompted me to start digging to see what cheaper alternatives were available online. I was amazed at what I found. We have access to dozens of free online courses that can supplement our education and teach us a variety of new skills. I have found courses on journalism, business, computer coding, statistics and even foreign languages—for free.
A few of these courses are offered by some of the top schools in the country, including Columbia, Wharton, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to Business Insider. Have you ever wanted to learn computer code? How about biology or differential calculus? You can join Khan Academy for free and take its classes on computer programming, differential calculus, biology, economics—even MCAT courses. The amount of information that is at our ﬁngertips is truly amazing and will only beneﬁt our growth and knowledge. However, this does not mean this is a substitute for a good, oldfashioned education. A formal education gives us
a more detailed approach to the knowledge we seek. I imagine we wouldn’t use a doctor who studied his organic chemistry on a free website. But again, these online courses can be used to supplement our formal education. If we are just looking for a hobby or to take a course on a topic that interests us, we have a ton of different options to choose from. I encourage all students to check out some of these free courses. The courses will only serve to help us grow and may even help progress our careers. Imagine moving up in a job because of your basic knowledge of coding without having to pay hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars for a certiﬁcate or a degree on the subject. We may even be able to get a head start on our future classes and improve our understanding of the material. Whatever the reason, we should not let these free gifts go to waste. Contact Opinion editor Tony Espinal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People should learn to embrace interracial couples Interracial couples should be recognized as being a normal part of today’s society Society has been ﬁghting racism for some time. Personally, I believe that people can have the most profound impact on eliminating racism. The beautiful thing about the two of Butler University’s interracial couples (Callie Dennison and Trae Heeter and Akeira Jennings and Erik Thatcher) is that they are not trying to be the symbols of integration. They simply are. “We weren’t trying to change anything. We got to the point where race wasn’t anything to consider,”Jennings said. “You just love someone for who they are.” In my opinion, it does matter where we come from in terms of ethnicity. I dream of a society that acknowledges what makes us different and celebrates it. What better way to take the power back? William Shakespeare offers wise advice. “If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark,” Mercutio said in Romeo
and Juliet. We need love to see, understand and grow. As a society, I feel that we tend to focus on the negative. Let us take a moment to observe how far we have progressed. “Americans’ attitudes about interracial marriage have changed dramatically over the past 55 years, moving from the point in the late 1950s when disapproval was well over 90 percent, to the point today when approval is approaching 90 percent,” according to a Gallup poll in July 2013. There are more positives to be highlighted. “The number of interracial couples in the United States has reached an all-time high, with one in every 10 American opposite-sex married couples saying they’re of mixed race. In 2000, that ﬁgure was about 7 percent,” according to a
CNN report in 2012. The CNN report also said 18 percent of opposite-sex, unmarried couples and 21 percent of samesex, unmarried partners identify themselves as interracial. Maybe the statistics are surprising to you. There are more interracial couples now than ever before. The phenomenon simply needs more exposure. “I’m just glad that Butler and The Collegian are doing a story like this,” Heeter said. “Shine a light out there and let everyone know that it is okay and couples are happy in interracial relationships. While the numbers say the perception is changing, it still takes people time to become accepting of interracial relationships. “My grandpa wasn’t the happiest, but everyone else in my family really likes Erik,” Jennings said. “It wasn’t a huge issue, but my grandpa is from a different time period. He had to learn to trust Erik and see that Erik is a genuine person.” Her grandfather was worried that Thatcher’s family would not accept her. But his immediate family was fond of Jennings from the beginning, Thatcher said. As for Dennison and Heeter, their
families were generally accepting as well. Dennison is a child of an interracial couple. “In my family, it has never been an issue. My dad married an Asian woman and my uncle married a Hispanic, so his side was totally ﬁne with it,” Dennison said. “On my mom’s side, my grandfather is Chinese and my grandmother is German and Dutch so they didn’t have an issue with it at all.” Heeter also has a supportive family. “Once my family met her, they were all for it,” said Heeter. Both couples added that the Butler community is supportive of their relationships. This is a step in the right direction. If these couples can be happy in an interracial relationship, anyone else can. Nothing should be stopping them. “My point of view is that whoever makes you happy is who you should be with,” Heeter said. “People put their lives on the line to make sure that these types of relationships could happen.” I too have been in an interracial relationship. While none of my friends or family were against us, I could
not ignore the magnitude of the situation. Interracial relationships are taboo to some and encouraged by others. Those who remain opposed to the idea are due for a change of heart. I wonder why people feel a black man should not be in a relationship with a white woman. Why do they feel that a white man should not marry a black woman? In the end, there are no valid arguments, in my opinion, to be against interracial relationships. While I cannot change everyone’s mind, I would encourage those who don’t agree with me to try to be more open-minded about this issue. We are in a new era of relationships. “Some people are going to read this and agree or disagree with the entire article,” Dennison said. “But I think it’s one of those things that needs to be said.” Racism has yet to be completely removed from the world. A pessimist would say that “race is the wound that will never heal.” But we have certainly begun to heal. Like my predecessors, I will continue to dream. Contact columnist Julian Wyllie at email@example.com.
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BUTLER BASEBALL VS. SETON HALL
april 6, 2014
BUTLER HITS Austin Miller:
- Two natural singles - Bunt single
Chris Maranto: - RBI Single - RBI Double
Marcos Calderon: - RBI Single
Will Amador: - RBI Single
Michael Fries: - RBI Single
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Outﬁelder Michael Fries, junior, hit a single in the April 6 win against Seton Hall.
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today: April 9 Ball State 3 p.m. April 11 @ St. John’s on Fox Sports 2 2 p.m. April13 @ St. John’s on ESPN 3 1 p.m. April 15 @ Purdue 3 p.m. April 17 Xavier 3 p.m. April 18 Xavier 3 p.m. April 19 Xavier 1p.m. April 23 vs. Indiana State @ Victory Field 3 p.m. April 25 @ Creighton 6:30 p.m. April 26 @ Creighton 2 p.m. April 27 @ Creighton 1 p.m. May 7 @ Northern Kentucky 3 p.m. May 9 @ Georgetown 3 p.m. May 10@ Georgetown 2 p.m. May 11 @ Georgetown 12 p.m. May 13 @ Eastern Illinois 3 p.m. May 15 @ Villanova 3:15 p.m. May 16 @ Villanova 12:05 p.m. May 17 @ Villanova 1:15 p.m. May 21 vs. TBD @ Brooklyn N.Y. BIG EAST Tournament = Conference Games