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University, SGA budgets to be determined NATALIE SMITH NMSMITH1@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR
response to the planned commission has been overwhelmingly positive. “We have had so many students, staff members and faculty write to us asking, ‘What can I do to help?’” he said. “They said ‘I’ll be around this summer’ or ‘I’m going abroad next semester, but I want to help in every way I can.’ We always want input and community buy-in.” Danko’s campus-wide message preceded a sexual assault-related rally at Star Fountain last Thursday. More than 100 individuals participated in the protest, titled #StandWithEliza. The event was intended to “raise awareness about the inappropriate/ineffective way that our administration handles cases of sexual assault on campus,” according to a Facebook page. The event spawned from a pair of
Butler University’s ﬁnancial ofﬁce and the Student Government Association are looking at potential changes in their budgets for the upcoming school year. The university is working on an operating budget proposal to give to the Board of Trustees in early May. There may be some slight changes in money allocation, but the budget and speciﬁcs are not yet ﬁnalized, said Bruce Arick, vice president of ﬁnance and administration. The university is working on the budget with a focus on President James Danko’s 2020 vision, Arick said. The university is planning how it will deploy the dollars that are focused on moving it toward that vision for Butler in the future. In the 2013-2014 school year, Butler had a budget of more than $195 million. Seventy-six percent of that amount came from tuition. More than ten percent came from room and board, and about six percent came from auxiliaries such as athletics, Clowes Hall, Aramark and other sources, according to the budget. Butler’s highest expense was ﬁnancial aid. The university gave 28 percent of its budget to merit, need and talent-based scholarships. This left the university with $150 million in its budget, Arick said. Instruction is the next highest expense at 25 percent. However, there are no exact numbers regarding how the money is spent. “There is ﬂexibility,” Arick said. “We’re obviously trying to address our operations as holistically as possible. We’re recognizing that we need to balance what we’re spending.” SGA is also working on its budget for the 2014-2015 school year. There are no major projected changes in budgets as of now, said Chad Pingel, vice president of ﬁnance and president-elect.
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Students, faculty and staff gathered near Star Fountain on Thursday afternoon to protest Butler’s response to cases of sexual assault and rape on campus.
Sexual assault concern stirs campus community COLIN LIKAS & MARAIS JACON-DUFFY
COLLEGIAN@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & NEWS EDITOR
A recent protest on Butler University’s campus has accelerated plans to address sexual violence at the school. Butler President James Danko said in an email to The Collegian that addressing sexual violence on campus is the administration’s “number one priority.” “My intention had been to send a Butler community message on the issue once we were in a position to outline speciﬁc plans and improvements (to Butler’s sexual assault education and prevention efforts),” he said. “However, given the intensity of dialogue on the topic last week, we decided to accelerate our outreach.” Danko sent an email to the Butler community last Wednesday addressing the handling of sexual assault cases
on campus, Title IX compliance and privacy concerns. The email also told of a planned Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault and Rape. It will be tasked with the goal of stopping sexual violence at Butler. Students, faculty and staff will be permitted to join. “It is always important to bring a broad and representative set of stakeholders to the table for any effort of this importance and signiﬁcance,” Danko said in an email to The Collegian. “We will welcome participation from all who would like to contribute, and have not made any ﬁnal decisions regarding the commission’s membership. “Our hope is that this group can recommend and outline clear plans to implement improvements that immediately impact efforts to stem sexual violence on campus,” he said. Ben Hunter, chief of staff, said
Colleagues defend Couture, but questions linger COLIN LIKAS & MATTHEW VAN TRYON COLLEGIAN@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Former Butler University women’s basketball players and coaches continue to speak out about the program’s 12-year coach Beth Couture. Couture again declined to comment this week. The Butler Collegian ran a frontpage story titled “Former players allege verbal abuse, mistreatment” last week. Since then, The Collegian has received feedback from former players and former assistant coaches voicing support for Couture based on their experience in the program. Courtney Lickliter, a member of the women’s basketball program from 2003-2005 and a team manager from 2005-2006, recounted how the team would have a tough practice on the court. Later that night, women’s basketball coach Beth Couture would be “razzing her in her ofﬁce” because Lickliter wore her hair down when she ran. For Lickliter and other former members of the Butler women’s basketball team, one thing was clear in their comments regarding their time in the program—hard work was a necessity, but they reaped the rewards. A source close to program, who
COUTURE: Defended by former players after others spoke out alleging abuse. wished to remain anonymous to protect her job security, said she loved her experience with Couture because of the coach’s willingness to go above and beyond to help. “My all-in-all experience was great,” the source said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, I would go back in a heartbeat. My experiences with the coaching staff were great. Anything I needed, they’d bend over backwards for me.” Terra Burns, a member of the women’s basketball program from 2007-2011, said that even as a freshman, Couture provided support for her. “I could go to her about anything,” Burns said. “Anytime I was concerned or nervous, she supported me. (When I needed something), the person I would
call was Coach Couture. She never judged me for anything I told her.” The anonymous source added that while Couture and the rest of the coaching staff were supportive, they were honest about what it took to be successful. “You just knew exactly what needed to be done,” she said. “You just put on the grind and did what you had to do.” Angel Mason, a member of the program from 2000-2004, said hard work was a part of the program and she reaped the beneﬁts. “She spoke a lot about togetherness and working hard,” Mason said. “It wasn’t always fun to work hard, but we would reap the beneﬁt of it. We realized we could be successful if we stayed together and if we did the things she was telling us we needed to do.” Susan Lester, a member of the program from 2006-2010, said the rigors of Couture’s program are part of the collegiate athletic experience. “If you lose a game—the sprint, it’s going to happen,” she said. “Was I happy about it when it happened? No, not at all. At the time, you’re really upset about it; you don’t want to do it. But once it’s done, it’s done. It’s part of the learning process.” She added that she has beneﬁtted from those tough experiences. “I feel like it has prepared me for who I am now in society and has made me better and taught me how to deal with certain situations on a
daily basis. I appreciate what they did for me,” Lester said. Jackie Novinger (nee Closser), a member of the program from 2003-2007, said that “tough love” does not necessarily coincide with harshness. “I don’t think it’s always rainbows and butterﬂies, especially when you’re a Division I athlete,” Novinger (Closser) said. “I think they’re going to push you as much as they can possibly push you. It’s not that they’re trying to be mean or don’t like you, it’s that they know what is best for their program.” Lickliter said the rigors of a Big East program necessitate high intensity. “I imagine there is pressure there to make girls know this is serious—(to let them know) you are on a scholarship, and we are now in the Big East,” Lickliter said. “You can’t take plays off. You can’t take practices off. You kind of have to suck it up, because we have to keep this thing going in the right direction.” Novinger (Closser) said that while conﬂict is inevitable, it is up to the players to determine their attitude. “I think any high-level program, they’re going to have their issues, and there’s going to be headbutting going on between coaches and players,” she said. “I guess the question is, are the players strong enough to persevere through those
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problems?” Steph Hatley is a former assistant coach who was with the team for six years over an eight-year time period. She said she left the program for reasons not related to the head coach. Hatley said nothing out of the ordinary happened on the team in regards to extra-long practices. Hatley said the team was not allowed to practice for more than 20 hours per week, and the players signed off on the hours before the sheets were sent in. “If we had a bigger practice, sometimes it would be one day off (afterward), sometimes it would be two days off,” he said. “Sometimes, it would be light position work (afterward). That’s not an every day of a week type thing.” Hatley also said the team had a policy where if a player did not practice before a game, they would not start the next day. “If the kid is really sick or hurt, you’re not 100 percent sure that, overnight, they’ll be better,” he said. “You have to plan on ‘what if.’ That’s always been a thing. It’s no punishment. It’s more along the lines of your game plan and preparing to give your team and everybody on that team the knowledge to be able to play.” He said the decision on whether or not a player can participate in a game is up to the see COUTURE page 6
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 Some seats in Hinkle Fieldhouse were discovered to be covered in lead paint. Others were donated to a nonproﬁt organization.
Lead paint in seats, but no harm to fans MIRANDA MARITATO MMARITAT@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Renovations to Hinkle Fieldhouse led to the discovery of potentially dangerous chemicals in some of the building’s seats. During the replacement of older seating with full-back chair arena seating, some of the removed seats were found to contain low concentrations of lead paint. “The levels were not signiﬁcant enough where they needed to be treated like a hazardous material,” said Craig Hardee, director of planning design and construction. “There’s no issue with disposing of them. We did not want to have any increased potential liability exposure, so we did not sell them.” Other removed parts of Hinkle also contained lead paint. “Some of the steelwork that
had to be replaced contained lead paint,” Hardee said. “The primer on the steel when the building was built in the 1920s had a lot of lead in it. We’ve had to remove the lead paint as an environmental material within the project, and we have done that.” The most common source of lead exposure come from particles of old lead paint, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said young children often place their toys, ﬁngers and other objects in their mouths. Such hand-to-mouth activity may put them in contact with lead paint or dust. Lead affects all organs and functions of the body. The severity of symptoms among exposed individuals depends on the amount of exposure. Symptoms range from fatigue and nausea to miscarriages and stillbirths.
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The public cannot breathe more than 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter according to the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Regulation. “There’s no issue with the lead paint in Hinkle whatsoever,” Hardee said. People for Urban Progress recieved 650 of Hinkle’s old lead-free seats to sell and install them around the city. PUP is an Indianapolis-based non-proﬁt organization that works to advance environmental awareness and good design. PUP was given seats in order to
try to reuse them, Hardee said. “They would take some of the seats, sell them, take the proceeds from the sale, athletics would get a small portion, and then the balance of that would go to fund the instillation of them at various locations,” Hardee said. Rich Michal, executive director of facilities, is working with the installation of seats around campus. “We’re developing a shelter down by the I Lot where we will put some seats,” Michal said. “There will be four or ﬁve seats down there, a bike rack, an outlet and some lights, as well as a code blue station.”
The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse is working to preserve Butler’s “Grand Old Barn.” The fundraising campaign began in early 2012 and will be ﬁnished by the 2014-2015 basketball season, according to Butler’s website. “The campaign should highlight the historical value of Hinkle,” Hardee said. “We want Hinkle to be more Hinkle.” The campaign is working to extend building life and improve fan seating and accommodations. Seats will be available for sale on June 7 at the College of Urban Ecology farm on Butler’s campus, Michal said.
Administration addresses housing concerns ALEXANDRA BODE ABODE@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler University President James Danko described the student housing development as “a duck on the water.” “Because, as you look around campus, you don’t necessarily see the thing yet, but there’s a lot going on under the water,” Danko said. Butler partnered with American Campus Communities, a company based in Austin, Texas, to develop more student housing on campus. American Campus Communities was founded in 1993 with a sole focus on student housing. The company has worked with a variety of schools and is currently working with Princeton University. The process also includes lead architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, lead contractor Shiel Sexton, and Cripe Architects and Engineers, the site designer. Cripe has already provided service for Butler, including work on the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building, Hinkle Fieldhouse and the new parking lots, including the I
Lot built last summer. Butler has looked at the cost to update residence halls, and determined it will cost nearly $25 million per building, Danko said. Approximately 65 percent of the replacement effort will be covered by such funding, so Danko said it would be better to replace the building. In the process, eight ﬁrms were considered, but “out of these there was a clear front runner,” Danko said. Danko said the partnership with American Campus Communities allows Butler to move faster and helps to ﬁnance the projects. “The scope of the master planning process encompasses the renovation or redevelopment of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 student beds and related student amenity space,” according to a Butler University press release from April 17. The goal is to get the ﬁrst set of new beds ready by fall 2016. The university plans to do this without closing any existing residence halls. “We do not want to just improve life for today’s
student but the student of the future,” said Jason Wills, senior vice president of on-campus development for American Campus Communities. Sustainability, food services and facilities management will also be examined during the process. “We manage a lot of communities,” Wills said. “We feel we are very capable of managing campuses, but this is a very unique university and community. There is ﬂexibility.” The residence life staff will manage these facilities, according to Butler ofﬁcials. Focus groups consisting of students, faculty, staff and parents are also part of the future plan for student housing. “The way to create momentum is to do a lot of listening in the beginning,” Wills said. The student-speciﬁc focus groups will consist of a diverse group of students of different housing situations, genders, ethnicities, organizations, and both Greek and independent students. There will be an additional group of solely
Student hit by Dawg Ride bus near campus MARAIS JACON-DUFFY MJACONDU@BUTLER.EDU NEWS EDITOR
Butler University Police Department’s Dawg Ride bus struck a student on Saturday morning. The collision occurred after midnight near the Apartment Village and 49th Street. BUPD’s daily crime log cited the incident as a “trafﬁc accident resulting in personal injury/consumption and possession of alcohol of a minor.” Assistant Chief of Police Bill Weber said the student was hit on accident with the passenger side mirror of the bus. The student was intoxicated and received a drinking citation. BUPD investigated the accident just as it would any other trafﬁc accident would be, Weber said.
“Photos were taken, as were statements from those involved and any witnesses who offered to come forward,” Weber said. The driver was not punished in any way, Weber said. “Cross at the crosswalks, look and look again for trafﬁc,” Weber said. “Be particularly mindful that while (the pedestrian) might be able to see the approaching vehicle, the motorist may not see you. And I’m sure you drive a car, how many times have you had a close call with a bicyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle where it was the other person who wasn’t paying attention?” “I am very grateful that as much vehicle trafﬁc and foot trafﬁc that we have in and around campus that this was a minor injury and that these types of incidents occur very infrequently.”
independent students, since many of these students have indicated interest, said Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs. These students want the communal feeling similar to Greek students. “You will have options to ﬁt each experience as freshmen, sophomores, as juniors, et cetera,” Wills said. Regarding price, Bruce Arick, assistant treasurer
and vice president of ﬁnance and administration, said a market study will be done to look at a range of rent. “(The new buildings) will have some impact on room rates as we move forward, but still have options for all students,” Arick said. Sophomore Ryan Kelly attended a housing discussion last Thursday as a Ross Hall representative because, he said, he cares about Butler’s future.
“I feel comfortable with American Campus Communities working on this project,” Kelly said. “But I still feel like they are going through a process. Butler has been talking about this for two-plus years. I’m ready for a course of action.” The administration agrees with a call to action. “LJ and I would like to have this done before we retire,” Arick said.
New plans for student housing were presented at the Schrott Center on Thursday.
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Sophomore Jeff Stanich stars in the movie, “Indy Push,” which he also wrote, directed and produced.
Screenshots from “Indy Push” trailer
Sophomore wears number of hats in original ﬁlm, “Indy Push” SARAH STOESZ SSTOESZ@BUTLER.EDU
A new ﬁlm, “Indy Push,” will premiere on campus at the end of the semester. Sophomore Jeff Stanich wrote, directed, produced and starred in “Indy Push.” Stanich is a journalism and English double major. “I started writing it in December because I started doing video and I’ve loved writing, so I was like, ‘Why not combine the two?’” he said. The main characters in “Indy Push” are Bucca and Meatball. Stanich stars as Bucca, and sophomore Mike Giacopelli is Meatball. They are ﬁnancially struggling kids on scholarship at a private college who ﬁnd a way to make a little money on the side, Stanich said. “They are from Italian descent, so they want to be maﬁa mobsters,” he said. “They start stealing and
selling off test scores and hustling private school kids out of their daddy’s money and taking it for themselves by using their smarts.” Stanich said he was inspired by the movies “Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle.” He started writing “Indy Push” over winter break and ﬁnished it in January. He raised money in order to produce the ﬁlm. “I started a Kickstarter to see if I could start raising money online, thinking I would raise about $75 to $80,” Stanich said. Through in-person and mail donations, he raised $750. Stanich has spent more than 150 hours on his debut ﬁlm. “I am up till 5 a.m. a lot in the Fairbanks Building,” he said. “I taught myself how to use Final Cut Pro, how to use a camera and how to record sound, so it’s all new to me.” Stanich said he taught himself using the resources at Butler University. He rented much of this equipment from Fairbanks. However, Butler does not have a
ﬁlm program. “Even though Butler doesn’t have much ﬁlm practice here, we have the resources here and the students that would be good at it, so I’d like to see that in the future,” he said. The actors in “Indy Push” are all Butler students and faculty members. Journalism professors Marc Allan and Scott Bridge played detectives. “It was really informal,” Bridge said. “I think (Jeff) saw me in the hallway or he just stopped by and asked me if I wanted to have a part in his movie and I said, ‘Sure.’ Jeff did a nice job and he was very patient with us. I’m really curious seeing student reaction when they see Marc Allan and I on screen.” All of the student actors except for Stanich and Giacopelli were previously involved in the theatre department at Butler. Sophomore Caitlin Burd plays the role of Bambi in “Indy Push.” She was a theatre major last semester before switching to arts administration.
“Indy Push” will be released on April 29.
“It’s been really fun because I’ve gotten to know the guys a lot better,” Burd said. “I’m not doing any acting this semester so it gives me a chance to act. Overall, it was deﬁnitely a great experience, and I would do it over again.” Stanich does not pay the actors. However, he said he buys food for his cast. “I told him he could pay me in Krispy Kremes,” Burd said. Butler students are also involved in the production aspect of “Indy Push.” Sophomore Josh Gaal helps with camera operations, and sophomore Brian Brennan helps with sound. “They’ve been at nearly every single shoot if they can be,” Stanich said. “It’s just so cool to see these people want to do it and be a part of something, and I’m glad I could give that experience to them.” He said making the ﬁlm was a learning experience for himself and the cast and the crew. “I can already tell I’ve gotten so much better,” he said. “Everyone who has worked with me has
gotten better.” Stanich also created a ﬁlmmakers club on campus in March. About 40 students have expressed interest in the club or have attended meetings. The club, Filmmakers Anonymous, has had three meetings thus far. Stanich said he is now interested in pursuing a career in ﬁlm. “I loved every single bit of this whole ﬁlmmaking thing,” he said. “I wouldn’t spend 150 hours of my own free time if I didn’t like it, and I love it. Whatever I do, I want to be a professional storyteller; whether that comes through novels or ﬁlm or documentaries. I would absolutely love to do ﬁlm.” The movie will premiere on April 29 in Jordan Hall 141 at 6 p.m. The ﬁlm will be around 50 minutes long. Stanich plans on submitting it to ﬁlm festival competitions. “From the clips that I have seen, I’m really excited for it,” Burd said. “Jeff really is great when it comes to editing ﬁlm and putting it together, so I think it’s going to be amazing.”
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Jacon-Duffy chosen as next Collegian editor in chief COLIN LIKAS CLIKAS@BUTLER.EDU EDITOR IN CHIEF
The Butler Collegian’s next editor in chief was thrust into the news editor position at the start of the fall 2013 semester. Junior Marais Jacon-Duffy says she feels prepared to lead the publication’s staff during the upcoming fall semester. She will graduate in December, leaving the door open for another editor in chief in spring 2015. “I’m really excited. I was really nervous for a while,” she said. “I had a lot of conversations, just trying to make sure this was something I was ready to do. I felt like, not only could I do it, but I would really enjoy doing it, too.” Jacon-Duffy is completing her fourth semester on The Collegian staff. After spending her ﬁrst two semesters as a staff reporter, she wanted to make the jump to assistant news editor. But staff turnover presented her with the opportunity to lead the entire News section. “I was terriﬁed (at ﬁrst),” Jacon-Duffy said. “I relied a lot on all the other section editors, because I had never been in the environment. It was just a really new experience, but I had to learn really quickly. It was a good thing in the end.” Loni McKown, The Collegian’s faculty adviser, said Jacon-Duffy’s rise to leader of the newspaper’s largest section gave her valuable experience. “Marais did a terriﬁc job of mentoring a staff of relatively young, novice news reporters, some of whom were not journalism majors,” McKown said. “She created a cohesive team that pretty regularly met
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deadlines and came up with good story ideas. “Managing a news team is difﬁcult. Managing a news team with a lot of inexperienced writers is difﬁcult. She built an atmosphere where they respect her very much.” Jacon-Duffy tackled a number of hard-hitting and softer news stories during her ﬁrst four semesters on staff. Some topics she covered included sex on campus, mental health services at Butler, and the Indy 500 princesses. She also received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work on the story “Butler mourns America’s dog,” which reported on the death of Butler Blue II. Jacon-Duffy will work at The Cincinnati Enquirer this summer as a news reporting intern. “I really want to sharpen and hone my reporting, writing and editing skills,” she said. “But I am really looking forward to picking up on some of the things they do digitally and learn how to apply that (to The Collegian).” Staff members both old and young said they are looking forward to the work JaconDuffy will do at the head of the publication. Senior managing editor Ryan Lovelace, who worked with Jacon-Duffy on a story about the school’s tuition remission and exchange policy in September 2013, said he is excited to read the newspapers Jacon-Duffy and her staff will produce. “I’m looking forward to reading The Collegian next year under Marais, because I’m excited about the new
leadership and ability of a young staff to come together and do something that is valuable and important to the Butler community,” he said. Sophomore Maggie Monson, copy chief, said she feels JaconDuffy will bring “fresh ideas” to The Collegian. “I know Marais has some very good ideas about where to take the individual sections, and she has had a lot of great advice for us, even in the short time that she’s been working at the head of the paper,” Monson said. Overall, Jacon-Duffy’s biggest concern for the upcoming semester is being able to provide an equal chance to all staffers, who she described as “very talented.” At the same time, she said she is looking forward to the new frontier associated with moving more of the newspaper’s activities online. “I think Butler can expect the same high quality of news and reporting, but also new ways of storytelling, especially digitally,” Jacon-Duffy said. “I’m very honored I get to be in this position for my last semester of college.”
they need for next year. This school year, SGA had $765,000 to work with. The money comes from the student activity fee, which is $144 per student per semester. SGA also has some money saved in a rollover account for projects on campus, Pingel said. The highest expense for SGA is its program board at more than $395,000. The
program board puts on various events for students throughout the year. The concert fund of program board spends $150,000 of that budget with a focus on the ButlerPalooza concert in the fall. Throughout the school year, the budget and money allocation cannot be changed because the student assembly already voted on it.
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$765,000 SGA’s 2013-2014 budget
$195 million Butler’s 2013-2014 budget
$395,000 Amount of SGA’s budget spent by program board
$54.6 million Amount of Butler’s budget spent on ﬁnancial aid
$150,000 Amount of program board budget given to concert fund
$48.75 million Amount of Butler’s budget spent on instruction
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independent blog posts earlier this month by an individual named Eliza Quincey. These posts told of an alleged rape at Butler and the school administration’s alleged reaction to it. Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson said protest is a positive thing on campus. “I think it’s important that we allow students an opportunity where they have an opinion and a voice,” Johnson said. “And we promote the students’ ability to gather. And what we’re seeing a national trend on college campuses where students want to improve and get better in these types of relationships where violence take place. And, likewise, we want to be proactive and prevent and even eradicate it, if we can.” Sophomore Hana Goodman attended the protest because of experiences her friends have had while at Butler. “Seven of my friends have been sexually assaulted and several expressed their frustrations about how their cases were handled by Butler,” she said. “I love Butler, but I am dissatisﬁed by the way recent cases of assault have been mismanaged.” While Thursday’s demonstration was spurred by a blog post describing one speciﬁc case, Goodman said the protest was not focused on the Eliza Quincey case. “Sexual violence on college campuses is a national pandemic that needs to be addressed,” she said. “Thursday’s event was about far more than one instance.” The rally and Danko’s email to the community placed a spotlight on the university’s sexual assault policies as well. Policy and procedure that relate to sexual assault have been modiﬁed throughout this school year, speciﬁcally the university’s equity grievance resolution policy. The equity grievance resolution policy encompasses all Title IX discrimination and harassment policies, state and federal law and Clery Act compliance information. The policy was edited this fall to apply to all students, faculty and staff. The three bodies had been governed by separate policies with different procedures up until this point. The change to this system was modeled after what is called “one policy, one process.” In October, during initial policy change consideration, Johnson said the policy would not change for students, and that an increase in transparency should be in effect. Hunter said the policy change would increase efﬁciency in addition to transparency. “This policy is essentially social justice based,” Hunter said in a previous interview with The Collegian. “And what will be nice about it is that, in the end, all of campus will operate under this one set of rules and guidelines and that should, itself, lessen confusion and create more transparency.” The policy governs the rights of all university students, staff and faculty if they are a victim or the accused in a case of sexual harassment, assault or rape, as well as discrimination and workplace harassment, and procedure that must be followed in such cases. Human Resources Director and Title IX coordinator La Veda Howell described the policy as one “that will encompass anything that has to deal with situations of inequitable processes between the genders,” during a previous interview with The Collegian. Hunter said he is aware that the policy is still difﬁcult for the average person to navigate and understand. “I am a policy wonk, and I could talk policy all day,” he said. “But most people I’m sure would not.” He also acknowledged that people are not likely to educate
themselves on the policy at their leisure. “I know that, realistically, you’re not going to sit down and read the policy until something bad happens, and you probably won’t go ﬁnd it right away when something does happen,” Hunter said. There is a desire among Butler administration to create a more “user-friendly” version of the policy and to increase education regarding the policy, resources and procedures for sexual assault and harassment, Hunter said. Programming and efforts on this front will likely be led by the Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault and Rape. In addition to policy changes, the hiring of an in-house counsel, Claire Aigotti, brought more Title IX and related policy expertise to campus. Aigotti came to Butler from The University of Notre Dame and had experiences working at the collegiate level and also with sexual assault issues. Aigotti has attended various conferences and trainings with Hunter and other administration members since her hiring in the fall. Also, La Veda Howell was hired as director of human resources with her own background with Title IX and related grievance policies. Howell was also largely behind the efforts to require unlawful harassment prevention training by all university staff last month. “La Veda and Claire were not hired strictly to deal with Title IX related issues,” Hunter said. “They were a good ﬁt for many other reasons and they ﬁlled a need at our university.” When asked about the changes to policies or the hiring of new ofﬁcials, Hunter said the university is keeping up with federal code and compliance as well as following national collegiate trends. He also said that changes are not the effect of any speciﬁc cases or events in the past year. Danko, in an email to The Collegian, said updates and improvements in the realm of sexual assault have been a major university focus all year. “Many people at Butler have been working behind the scenes throughout the past academic year to bring the appropriate stakeholders together and plan improvements to our sexual assault education and prevention efforts,” he said. “This has been a topic of critical importance among the Board of Trustees, President’s Cabinet and Executive Council going back at least one year.” Hunter said the Butler community can expect more change to university policy in the near future. This is largely in part due to things outlined in the Violence Against Women Act. Speciﬁcally, Hunter said changes will be made to the deﬁnition and course of action taken against stalking and relationship violence, as well as the permission to bring in a legal advisor of choice into a sexual assault case within student affairs. Until this point, no outside legal counsel was permitted in these cases. Hunter said the combination of so many different governing bodies, such as the Clery Act, Title IX and VAWA, can be confusing and conﬂicting with one another. “There are a lot of things that are required in our policy that it is not our luxury to change,” Hunter said. “Many things are dictated by Congress and other governing bodies. The biggest things to continue to work on are transparency and protection.” Goodman said she appreciated Danko’s acknowledgment of a problem via email, but she is unsure that a commission will completely solve the issue. “The efforts made last year and the ones being proposed this year feel like an attempt to mollify those concerned rather than to actually address a problem,” she said. “None of us are against the administration. We want to work with them to ﬁx a large and troubling issue.”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Butler grabs N.C. State transfer Lewis BRENDAN KING BAKING@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
Butler men’s basketball incoming transfer Tyler Lewis, who played at North Carolina State last season, said he is eager to reverse the Bulldogs’ fortunes. Butler’s ﬁrst season in the Big East Conference was a tumultuous one, even after the last game ended. Six players have left the team since November, and the Bulldogs ﬁnished ninth in conference play. Lewis is from Statesville, N.C. Before he ever thought about playing college basketball, he was ﬁrst learning about the game from his family. “I started playing when I was about three years old,” Lewis said. “My dad and brother were always playing basketball, and I always wanted to be like them.” He played high school
LEWIS: Will sit out for one season following his transfer. basketball at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. There, he played at the same high school where National Basketball Association superstars such as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony once played. Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith
has led Oak Hill for 29 years. Lewis said being able to play at Oak Hill and for Smith had a great effect on his career. “He’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever had,” Lewis said. “He taught me a lot, and it was tremendous experience to play there with its great history.” In Lewis’ senior year at Oak Hill, he was named the 2012 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year and was also named a McDonald’s All-American. He led the Warriors to an undefeated 44-0 record and averaged 12 points per game. Lewis ﬁrst committed to N.C. State and head coach Sidney Lowe. Lowe resigned as head coach in 2011. Lewis said he was going to stay at N.C. State, but the new environment was not what Lewis said he wanted. “(N.C. State) recruited me very
hard my eighth and ninth grade years, but then Lowe resigned,” Lewis said. “I went in with the different coaching staff and it was hard to get used to.” Lewis decided to change schools from N.C. State, and his ﬁrst visit was to Butler. He announced his decision to transfer soon after his visit. “I just loved the environment they had,” Lewis said. “The coaches were great on my visit, and I feel like they truly want me to be here.” Lewis said he felt a great connection to Butler, and decided to become a Bulldog halfway through his visit. “I was at Butler for about two and a half days, but after a day and a half, I realized it was the school for me,” Lewis said. Lewis said he will be able to play his style of basketball at Butler. He said he has a high basketball IQ,
likes to get all players on his team involved and is a true leader. Due to transfer rules, Lewis will have to sit out this upcoming year but then will have two years of eligibility. His new teammates are eager to see how he can perform in the Big East. Freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz said having experience playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference will help Lewis in the Big East. “He has the maturity of a basketball player playing against great competition and will be ready from the start once he can play in the Big East,” Chrabascz said. Lewis said he could not pass up the opportunity to play in Hinkle Fieldhouse. “It’s going to be amazing,” Lewis said. “Obviously, I wish it could be next year, but I am very excited and I can’t wait to play there.”
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Jordan Burt was a starting midﬁelder for the Bulldogs for four years. He recently signed a contract to play for the North American Soccer League’s Carolina RailHawks.
Goalkeeper Jon Dawson led the Big East in saves with 93 in 2013. He signed with the North American Soccer League’s Indy Eleven.
Two Bulldogs make the big leagues RHYAN HENSON RHENSON@BUTLER.EDU MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
Goalkeeper Jon Dawson and defenseman Jordan Burt are both rookies this year in the North American Soccer League. Only a year ago both called Butler home. Although both of them are enjoying the beneﬁts of their collegiate successes now, the road to get there was not an easy one. Approximately 1 percent of college student-athletes go professional. The margin for college soccer players is even smaller, according to NCAA statistics.
“I had been turned down from professional clubs. I just did not give up and kept trying,” Dawson said. “I did not take ‘no’ for an answer and tried my best.” Butler men’s soccer coach Paul Snape said neither player was proready when he came into Butler. It took years of work and practice for them to hone their skills into what they are today. “They did not stand out straight away for me,” Snape said. “Every time we spoke to them, they kept on picking things up.” Snape said both players work hard and share a drive and desire to
improve. However, they came into their own in completely different ways. “(Burt) plays with an enormous amount of heart, (and he is) a warrior when it comes to tackling,” Snape said. “In the last year we have been comparing him to other players who were going pro. He started to believe in himself. He was always a hard working kid then he started playing with intelligence. He is a guy who bleeds blue and white and loves Butler—a true leader.” Snape said Burt played frequently last season and the team was worse
when he was off the ﬁeld. Snape said Dawson’s talent came a little more naturally. “Jon had potential and it was inconsistent,” Snape said. “It was in the last year where we said, if he gets it together, focuses and was disciplined, he could have success. He made improvements in his game, and I am not surprised he got picked up.” Dawson relishes the new opportunity that years of training have brought him. “It is a dream come true,” Dawson said. “It is something I have worked on (since) when I
ﬁrst started playing. I am grateful for all the hard work I put in, and I am grateful for all the coaching and support.” Dawson’s success did not come immediately. After redshirting his ﬁrst season at Butler, he sat on the bench for another season before he got his chance to shine. He said his time on the bench early in his career had a lot to do with his success in the latter stages of it. “Jon is a talented goalkeeper,” Snape said. “He has really improved in his last few years, and that has to do with maturity. Him sitting out see BIG LEAGUE page 7
Leveling the playing ﬁeld for student-athletes College sports are at a crossroads. The National Labor Relations Board ruled Northwestern’s football players are employees, not studentathletes, and that those players can unionize. The NCAA has come out ﬁrmly against the idea of studentathletes being employees. But with legislation heading in the other direction, schools could be compelled to provide their athletes with more than just a scholarship. These players are advocating for increased health beneﬁts and scholarship protection, but they should be asking for even more. Of the 66 football programs in the six power conferences, the average program nets a yearly proﬁt of $18 million, according to
a study conducted by University of San Francisco professor Dr. Daniel Rascher. Men’s basketball is also a lucrative venture. Television ad revenue among all colleges alone was more than $1 billion in 2012. In some cases, this money goes to
support other athletic programs. However, a signiﬁcant amount of money goes to coaches and administrators, and the players receive none of it. Division I football and basketball coaches regularly make sevenﬁgure salaries while their players put their bodies at risk and earn nothing. Those opposed to creating a payfor-play scheme say athletes already get compensated with scholarships. This is a nice sentiment, but it rings hollow when those athletes can’t or don’t use the education they are given. The University of North Carolina has come under ﬁre for admitting athletes who could not meet basic college-literacy standards. A Chapel
Hill researcher found that more than half of 183 Tar Heel athletes screened for their reading skills over an eight-year period could not read beyond an eighth-grade level. If UNC is any indication, universities do not take into account whether student-athletes can grasp their coursework. As long as they can play, they get a scholarship. Universities are essentially letting kids into schools they are not qualiﬁed for and then compensating them with work they cannot do or that fails to qualify as educational. Without the knowledge behind it, a degree is essentially worthless. Education is not a form of currency. When student-athletes are being paid with a meaningless coupon,
they walk out empty-handed. Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier said he does not support the idea of student-athletes becoming employees. He said he is concerned education will take a back seat to athletics. “I think the opportunities available in college athletics are signiﬁcant,” Collier said. “The educational beneﬁt is very much a part of the experience for studentathletes and should remain so.” In an ideal scenario, Collier is right. If the athlete is equipped to take advantage of the opportunity and surrounded by a proper support system, the current model beneﬁts the student-athlete. see OVERTIME page 7
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COUTURE: QUESTIONS REMAIN
Steve Farley: On to the next one JOE HASENSTAB
JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
When Butler baseball head coach Steve Farley reached the 600 career win milestone, he immediately set his sights on win 601. He takes things “one game at a time,” and that may provide an answer to his success. “The most important game of the season is the next one,” Farley said. He has coached many players who have gone on to continued baseball success. Twenty-seven of his former players have gone on to play professionally. One example is Pat Neshek, a pitcher who played under Farley from 1999-2002. He has spent time in the big leagues with the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and, currently, the St. Louis Cardinals. A more recent example is Radley Haddad, who played under Farley from 2012-2013 and is now in the New York Yankees minor league system. Haddad graduated from Butler last spring. He grew up in Indianapolis and headed to Western Carolina University to play baseball after high school. After his sophomore season, Haddad knew things were not working out for him at WCU, and he decided to look at a school in his hometown. Being from the area, Haddad already knew some of the players on Butler’s baseball team, but what really drew him in was what the players told him about their coach. “They spoke highly of coach Farley and they said that he was an honest and fair coach, which is, I think, a rarity in college baseball,” Haddad said. He said he would come to ﬁnd that, when it comes to Farley, it is hard to ﬁnd something bad to say about his personality. “You’ll never go somewhere in the baseball community and hear somebody talk disrespectfully about Steve Farley, just because his whole career he’s done it the right way,” Haddad said. “(He) never really treated anyone Photo by Marko Tomich poorly and he gives respect out, and that’s why he gets it back.” Butler head baseball coach Steve Farley won his 600th career game on April 9 with a 6-5 win over Ball Respect is one thing that has State. been a facet of Farley’s coaching for his 23 years at Butler. Senior CORRECTIONS pitcher Gunner Johnson said The Butler Collegian corrects errors of fact. In last week’s story, “Former players allege verbal abuse, Farley teaches his players the mistreatment,” the following statement was attributed to Olivia Wrencher: “Couture once told her players that, if importance of respecting each they could convince a recruit to join the team, they would get practice off the next day.” This statement should other. have been attributed to an anonymous source. Farley said he learned ﬁrst hand that respect is an In last week’s story “Former players allege verbal abuse,” a photo caption said Beth Couture was an 11-year important aspect of any sport, coach of the Butler women’s basketball program. She is a 12-year coach of the program. being surrounded by a family of sports players and coaches. The Collegian regrets these errors. Farley’s father coached a
Division III football team and his mother was a great golfer, Farley said. One of his brothers took after his mother and played golf, at one time being the captain of the golf team at the University of Wisconsin. Another brother became the quarterback at the school where their father coached. Farley said he never dreamed of becoming a coach as a child, but looking back, his father served as a good role model for how he conducts himself as a coach now. Farley started as Butler’s baseball coach in 1991. He has been through two conference changes and has now won more than 600 games in his career, including 547 as a Bulldog. When reaching a milestone like 600 wins over the course of a career, it would be easy to sit back and take a moment to pat oneself on the back. Instead, Farley credits his accomplishments to those around him. “I’ve never thrown a pitch in a game. I’ve never taken a swing,” Farley said. “Sixhundred probably means I’ve had some longevity. I’ve been around a long time. To me it’s more about I’ve recruited some pretty good players and had some good assistant coaches around me.” Haddad said Farley’s humble personality speaks volumes about his career. “Being around as long as he has, you have to know that you’re doing a good job as a coach,” Haddad said. “I think at some point you realize, ‘I’m pretty good at this,’ but he never really lets that show out in his personality.” Despite success, Farley said he has learned a lot throughout the course of his career. He said he might have been overambitious early on. “I was probably getting like a general getting too far ahead of his troops,” Farley said. “As the years went by it was like, ‘Good, we’ve had a lot of success.’ But after a couple coach of the year plaques, you realize it’s really not that big of a deal. It’s really more about the players.” He said he has also grown as a coach from the lessons he has learned as a father of a studentathlete. His daughter, Hannah, is a freshman on the Butler women’s soccer team. “I’m kind of seeing things from a different angle,” he said. “I’m really trying to care about the players. These are somebody’s sons that I’m coaching. Not to make it too corny, but it’s gotten to be more of a family thing.”
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team’s athletic trainer. “We take everything from a trainer, and what they decide is what goes,” Hatley said. “There’s never where you go and tell a kid, ‘You need to play through this.’ It’s what the trainer tells you, and that’s what you go with.” Cameron McDaniel, a Butler alumni and former Butler football coach from 1998-2002, hosted an international student during the 2006-2007 season who was a member of the women’s basketball program. McDaniel said the player was having issues understanding her role on the team, and McDaniel approached Couture about the situation. Despite McDaniel saying he made it clear that the issue was “not about x’s and o’s, but about the beneﬁt and well-being of your player,” he said Couture reacted angrily. “That conversation turned into her telling me she did not appreciate me coming in and speaking to her, that I was questioning her about her coaching tactics,” McDaniel said. McDaniel said Couture contacted BUPD and had him escorted out of her ofﬁce. McDaniel said he contacted Athletic Director Barry Collier after the incident, and Couture later apologized. McDaniel said he feels Couture intimidated team members. “It was a game of, there’s a lot of pitting players against each other,” McDaniel said. “Instead of taking responsibility as the adult in this situation, as the person that is supposed to be the leader, she really ruled by trying to intimidate. (Studentathletes) should be able to come to you for anything. That type of environment did not exist.” McDaniel questioned whether or not anyone is holding Couture accountable. “Somebody has to sign off and say, ‘You’re okay and you’re doing a great job.’ It’s almost as if there’s not enough people paying attention to what goes on day to day,” he said. “At the end of the day, everybody should be held accountable for their actions.” Senior Evan Schroeder, who has been a member of the women’s practice squad for three years, said in a message to the Collegian that “major sketchiness” has occurred with the coaches recently. He did not comment further on the matter.
Bulldogs look to Big East Championships BRENDAN KING BAKING@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER
The Butler men’s golf team will wrap up its season at the Big East Championship at Callawassie Island, S.C., this weekend. Butler is looking to have a strong performance at the championship after a soid regular season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 10th-place finish at the Indiana University Invitational and a second place finish at the Big Four Classic. Junior Andrew Eiler won the Big Four Classic. He used that as momentum toward
DECK BUTLER SPORTS THIS WEEK
the championship, he said. Leading the way this season is senior Matt Vitale, who has averaged a 75 per 18 holes. Eiler is averaging a 76 per 18 holes. Butler underclassmen will have an opportunity to step up too. Freshmen Joey Arcuri, Connor Dudley, and Iain Ferlmann have all averaged just over a 78 in the rounds they have played this season. Arcuri has played the most out of the three. He has played 17 rounds, and his best score of the year so far is a 70. The team is confident it can perform well at the tournament.
THURSDAY Track and ﬁeld Drake Relays Women’s tennis Big East Championships Men’s tennis Big East Championships
Eiler said it is just about the basics and athletes playing the best they can. “Keeping big numbers off the card and hitting greens are key,” Eiler said. “If I find myself in the trees after a bad shot on the fairway, I have to keep it at a bogey at worst.” The Butler women’s golf team wrapped up its season this past weekend at the Big East Championships in Daytona, Fla. Butler faced off against Seton Hall, Georgetown, St. John’s, Xavier and Creighton in the tournament. Butler finished in sixth place
after the three-day tournament to conclude its 2014 season. One Bulldog golfer was able to finish strong on the score sheet. Junior Jenna Peters finished in second place overall in the tournament. In three rounds, Peters shot a total score of 229. That was only three strokes higher than the winner of the tournament, St. John’s senior Harin Lee. Peters also shot the best score out of Butler golfers on all three days. She shot a 78 in the first round, a 74 in the second and finished the tournament with a 77.
The Seton Hall Pirates finished first overall. Seton Hall junior Erin McClure and sophomore Megan Tenhundfeld both finished the tournament with a 229 total. They tied for second place with Peters. Butler finished this season with three tournament wins. The Bulldogs won at the Navy Chesapeake Invitational, the Butler Spring Invitational and the Big Four Classic. The Bulldogs will only graduate one player this year— senior Ali Restaino. She played in 21 rounds this season, and her average score was an 82.
Baseball at.Creighton 6:30 p.m.
Track and ﬁeld Drake Relays Softball at Seton Hall 12 p.m. Baseball at Creighton 2 p.m.
Men’s tennis Big East Championships Softball at Seton Hall 11 a.m. Baseball at Creighton 1 p.m.
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Baseball vs. Kalamazoo 3 p.m.
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BIG LEAGUE: PLAYING PROFESSIONAL FROM PAGE FIVE
lot to do with him improving his skill.” It was in the latter part of his career where Dawson realized he would not have to give up his dream: Playing the game that he loves. “It kind of happened in my senior season, when I started getting interest from various professional clubs. (I realized) if I kept working and doing things that this could be my job,” Dawson said. “I am just along for the ride, and I am trying to ride it out for as long as I can.” Burt also realized the potential of a professional career in the latter part of his time at Butler. “It was always a dream when I was really young, but (during) most of my time at Butler, I didn’t really think it was a possibility,” Burt said. “It wasn’t until my junior year that I started thinking about it seriously, when my good friend Ben Sippola (Columbus Crew) urged me to give it a go. “Since then I have always had it in the back of my mind. When I was
OVERTIME: ATHLETES VS. EMPLOYEES FROM PAGE FIVE
However, as the UNC case shows, schools cannot always be trusted to uphold this model. Compensating players with a tradable currency is a tangible form of payment that better ensures players receive what they are due. Collier said he foresees the NCAA passing a measure by the end of summer to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of school attendance. This same ruling was approved in October 2011, but it was rescinded months later when more than 125 Division I schools formally opposed the measure. Collier said Butler supported the original measure and plans to support a future resolution as well. Passing legislation this summer is
THE BUTLER COLLEGIAN | PAGE 7 done at Butler, I needed to see if I could make it at the next level, so I just went on as many trials as I could get.” The hard-working mentality is common amongst team members. Burt said his success came from hard work and dedication as well. “I had lots of doubts along the way, but I just tried to focus on doing what I do best,” Burt said. Burt said he believes his own effort is not the only reason behind his success. “I think the people in my life are the primary reason I was successful on the ﬁeld,” he said. “I have always had great family, teammates and coaches giving me the tools to succeed.” After Dawson and Burt played together for four years at Butler, it was only ﬁtting for them to start their professional careers on the same ﬁeld—this time wearing opposing uniforms. “It was very special,” Burt said. “To get my ﬁrst cap as a pro in front of my family, friends and old teammates is a script you can’t write. To be able to share that with Dawson and to represent Butler, I felt very honored.” The feeling was mutual. “It was unbelievable to share a special experience,” Dawson said.
“We have been through a lot and it was special for both of us, and it was a good representation for the type of program Butler has.” Burt also recognizes the strong Butler program for helping him develop. “On the ﬁeld, Butler soccer allowed me to grow every year, which is a testimony to the team and coaching staff,” he said. “I was deﬁnitely not the most talented player on the team last year, if that tells you anything about the quality of program we have. There was no better place to play in the country because of all the people involved.” Butler may be in Burt’s rearview mirror, but his Carolina teammates help keep the memories alive. “I loved Butler, and it will always hold a special place in my heart,” Burt said. “Here in Carolina, the boys call me ‘Butler.’ I don’t know if it’s because I talk about it a lot or what, but it is great to represent the school I love.” Although Dawson is no longer at Butler, he said he is still excited for what the future holds. “I love playing at the pro level,” Dawson said. ”Every day is a battle and a competition. Once you get a taste of it, you do not want anything else.”
a step in the right direction. However, more could and should be done for the student-athlete. The NCAA is currently facing an antitrust suit from former UCLA student-athlete Ed O’Bannon regarding the idea that athletes are not properly compensated for use of their name, likeness and image. Even for schools without major college football programs like Butler, there is money to be made off of men’s basketball. Programs make money from more than just broadcasting. Selling items like numbered jerseys also allows schools to proﬁt directly from their players. Without the players, there wouldn’t be jerseys to sell, yet those players see none of that money. Butler men’s basketball coach Brandon Miller echoed Collier’s stance on the beneﬁts of being a student-athlete in the current system. However, he said he sees some opportunities for change in how
player likenesses are used. “Schools are going to make money off what players have done by selling their jersey in the bookstore,” Miller said. “I think there are opportunities to reward studentathletes in different circumstances. I’m not exactly sure how to do that, but I think there is room for change moving forward.” Miller may not be advocating for sweeping reforms, but at least he sees opportunities to improve. Radical changes are not going to happen overnight, but acknowledging the ﬂaws in a system is the ﬁrst step toward building a better one. In theory, student-athletes are receiving a substantial opportunity. However, looking at the big picture shows an uneven distribution of wealth, and a system that fails to punish the exploitation of its laborers. Change is coming, but it needs to arrive sooner rather than later.
Photo by Marko Tomich
Junior Austin Miller digs in at the plate against Xavier. Butler took two of three games against the Musketeers.
Bulldogs prepare for Indiana State JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU
The Butler baseball team has a game today at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis against Indiana State. The game starts at 3 p.m., and tickets will sell for $5. The Bulldogs (16-22, 4-5) are going into the game coming off a series win against Xavier. They .will face a Sycamore team with 25 wins. Butler will also look ahead to its next Big East series this weekend, when the team heads to Omaha to take on Creighton. The Bulldogs will look to grab wins against conference opponents, something that hasn’t proven to be easy so far this season. Junior Austin Miller said he believes part of the team’s struggle is based on inconsistency on the road. “We play at home really well, and when it comes to road games we’re struggling a little bit,” Miller said. “I think it’s basically intensity and guys stepping up and doing things that they don’t normally do.” Butler’s record shows the Bulldogs are a different team at home versus on the road. Of the team’s 16 wins this year, 12 have come at home. Conversely, the Bulldogs are
just 1-12 on the road. Today’s game will be at a neutral site and the team is 3-5 in such games. Butler’s hitting and pitching were both ﬁring on all cylinders during its 8-0 win over Xavier on Thursday. Senior Gunner Johnson hurled eight shutout innings. Miller said if they can get outings like this more often, the team will have success. “We’ve just been a little inconsistent all year,” Miller said. “We haven’t had the pitching when we need it and we only had the hitting, or when we only had the pitching we didn’t have the hitting. So basically what I’m thinking is going to help us a lot is to get consistency from both sides.” The team will get the chance to win its ﬁrst road series of the season in TD Ameritrade Park. This is Creighton’s home ﬁeld and also the site where the College World Series is held every year. Miller said playing at Ameritrade Park will be something the team can check off of its bucket list, but that the Bulldogs won’t let the setting distract them from their goal. “When it comes to Friday, Saturday and Sunday it’s basically a business trip, and we’re there for wins,” Miller said.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Giselle Sleeping Beauty
As Butler Ballet puts the ﬁnishing touches on “Cinderella,” news that a sixth ballet might soon be added to the rotating spring repertoire has some students concerned
MALLORY DUNCAN BREANNA MANLEY COLLEGIAN@BUTLER.EDU ASST. ARTS, ETC. EDITOR AND STAFF REPORTER
The Butler University dance faculty is contemplating adding a sixth ballet to its repertory. The dance department has been rotating ﬁve ballets—Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake and Coppélia—for many years. “As a faculty we are trying to enhance what we offer to the students,” said Larry Attaway, dance department chair. But some students are concerned about the potential ballet changes. The current junior class put together a letter outlining its concerns and sent it to the faculty. “We are not trying to tell the faculty what to do. We’re just trying to say, ‘If you want our opinion, here it is,’” junior Conner Horak said. But Attaway said no decision has been made yet, and it all depends on funding. “The only piece of (the potential ballet change) that has any foundation is that we have been discussing (adding a new ballet) for a long time,” Attaway said. “We have this series of ﬁve ballets that we do and we’ve been discussing ﬁnding a way to insert a new one along the way. Whether this would’ve been the time to do that, we as a faculty haven’t made a decision yet whatsoever.” Horak said the students trust the faculty but want to be involved in the potential change. “We respect the faculty so much,” Horak said. “They are one of the reasons we all
We are not trying to tell the faculty what to do. We’re just trying to say, “If you want our opinion, here it is.” CONNER HORAK JUNIOR DANCE MAJOR came here, for their training. We don’t want to disrespect them at all, but along with that another reason we came here is for the performance opportunities. We feel like, if any of those are being compromised, we (students in the department) should say something.” Another factor that opened up conversation about the addition of a ballet is the Butler ArtsFest, Attaway said. “As the ArtsFest grows and changes, we want to be sure that our spring ballet can be a substantive part of it,” he said. This year, by sheer coincidence, the spring ballet “Cinderella” coincided perfectly with the ArtsFest theme, “Fairytales, Fables and Physics.” Attaway said Cinderella is a great ballet and one of the ﬁrst ‘story ballets,’ meaning that it tells a cohesive story throughout the ballet. “It’s very different than other really classical pieces,” Attaway said. “The music is far more contemporary. You don’t see tutus, you see some pretty outstanding dresses.”
Horak, who is cast as the Mazurka soloist and Prince’s understudy, said he is looking forward to his role as a ball guest. “It’s a great role,” Horak said. “There’s a lot of dancing. The entire second act is mostly the party guests dancing. It’s really technical. It’s hard and fun.” While some dancers’ roles are more technical, other roles like Cinderella’s stepmother, portrayed by Erica Johnston, require more acting. “It’s a lot of acting,” Johnston said. “I don’t dance at all, but I get to be showcased a lot. I’m on stage almost the entire ballet; I get to practice my character’s role.” As for the rest of the ballet, the story is told through dance. Attaway said the ballet tells the story perfectly because the dialogue is not relevant when you see everything. If you are looking for a classic retelling of the story, you will not see that in this version. There are no mice that turn into horses, the fairy godmother appears as a beggar woman at ﬁrst, and the prince is pompous and stuck up before he meets Cinderella. Another big change is that men, instead of women, play the stepsisters. “I usually have fun (in rehearsals) because the guys who are playing my daughters, the stepsisters, are hysterical to work with,” Johnston said. The men took on many challenges when they accepted the roles. “The two male actors are doing a marvelous job learning how to dance in heels, wigs and other things they have to deal with,” Attaway said. The rags-to-riches performance will bring to life Sergei Prokoﬁev’s score under the lights for three magical nights. The music is said to be a favorite of many. Johnston’s
favorite part of the production, however, involves another facet. “I’m biased to the costumes, but that’s just me,” Johnston said. “I actually made Cinderella’s ball costume myself from scratch this year.” Along with the different aspects of the production, “Cinderella” is a crowd favorite. Attaway said the biggest difference in the audiences for “Cinderella” compared to other ballets will be age. Attaway said they have been marketing to children to come see the production. He said they will have little girls walking through the door in princess costumes. In conjunction with the ArtsFest, a story time will be held for children before the Sunday matinee performance of “Cinderella.” Butler has hired Happily Ever After Productions to bring in some “princesses” for a meet-and-greet before the show. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Tiana and Rapunzel will be there to take pictures and listen to the story with the children. “(The story event) sold out before we could hardly talk about it,” Attaway said. He said having children in the audience is great because they so readily believe everything they see. The dance department is prepared for the long weekend of productions—including costuming, dancing and even collaborating with the Butler Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music professor Stanley DeRusha. “It’s going to be a really good show,” Horak said. “Everyone’s just so ﬂipping talented.” Cinderella will open this weekend and run April 25-27. For tickets, contact the Clowes Memorial Hall box ofﬁce.
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Percussionist presents ﬁnal recital at Butler VANESSA STAUBLIN VSTAUBLI@BUTLER.EDU
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Writer Alix Lambert will come to Butler University to teach screenwriting classes.
English department hires documentarian-screenwriter BRITTANY GARRETT BGARRETT@BUTLER.EDU
Butler University’s English department has hired accomplished screenwriter Alix Lambert to teach screenwriting courses. The English department made a recognizable stride with the opening of the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing in 2012, and now it is building on that achievement. According to Lambert’s website, pinkghettoproductions.com, her most recent event was an appearance at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for her animated series “CRIME: The Animated Series.” Lambert has directed ﬁlms like “The Mark of Cain,” a documentary about Russian prison tattoos, which garnered her a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award in 2002. She has also written for HBO’s “Deadwood” and “John from Cincinnati.” Screenwriting is just the beginning for Lambert, however. She has also written books and worked in media production, art and photography. “CRIME: The Animated Series,” cocreated and directed with Sam Chou, is available on YouTube. Dan Barden, an English professor
involved in the search process, said Butler has offered screenwriting classes in the past, but current students have expressed interest in studying the topic more. Barden currently teaches a class in playwriting and screenwriting. Casey Lowenthal, a sophomore theatre major, expressed enthusiasm over the prospect of this new option. “I know there are deﬁnitely people in our department who would want to be involved in a class like this,” Lowenthal said. “I also think other departments, like digital media productions, could beneﬁt from it.” Junior English writing major Marie Cunningham said she thinks the new professor will help improve the English department because all students can have well-qualiﬁed instructors specializing in what the students are interested in. “It would be good for all writers to have at least one teacher in their medium. You just want to get the most out of what you can,” Cunningham said. Barden said the committee looked for just this when selecting a candidate. “We wanted someone who made a living in screenwriting but also demonstrated an interest in teaching,” he said. An air of enthusiasm and eagerness for the future surrounds Butler’s welcoming of Lambert as a professor.
With drumsticks in hand, senior Eric Sanders marches to the beat of his own drum. Sanders is preparing for his upcoming senior recital Saturday morning in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. Sanders said this recital is an accumulation of everything he has learned during the past four years at Butler University. Sanders said he has many different emotions about his upcoming performance. “It’s a bit nerve-racking because you only get one shot at everything,” Sanders said. “There’s no going or playing it again.” Along with preparing for his recital this week, Sanders will perform for the Butler Ballet’s production of “Cinderella” on the same day, along with another concert for the Butler Symphony Orchestra a few days later. “It’s deﬁnitely testing my time management skills, but that’s what I have learned in this program,” Sanders said. Professor William Grubb, Sanders’ advisor, said Sanders has been working hard for one of his last performances here at Butler. “It’s evident that Eric works
hard at whatever he does,” Grubb said. “I’m excited to see what he has come up with for his senior recital.” Sanders said he plans to have a few different percussion pieces in his recital. Some are pieces he has heard previously, and others were recommended by professors. Percussion instructor Jon Crabiel helped Sanders along the way with making decisions on what to play in his senior recital. Crabiel gave Sanders a list of different pieces of music to choose from to perform. After listening to each, Sanders narrowed down his selection. “Professor Crabiel gave me a good direction to look in,” Sanders said. “I wasn’t quite sure where to begin, but professor Crabiel deﬁnitely pointed me in the right direction.” Sanders began his percussion career about 10 years ago. During his junior year of high school, he decided he wanted to pursue a music degree. “I was taking lessons from a local professional percussionist, and she thought I could have a successful career in percussion if I worked hard at it,” Sanders said. Sanders said he has not once regretted majoring in
percussion performance since being in college. “There isn’t much else I could see myself doing with my life besides playing percussion,” he said. Since being at Butler, Sanders has taken many different music classes for his major, including music theory, ear training, piano courses and percussion lessons. He has also played with ensembles, including the BSO and the Butler Percussion Ensemble. Sanders said taking so many different music classes has made him an overall better performer. “Musically, I’m much more mature and a much better player after these four years,” he said. As Sanders starts to close his music career at Butler, he looks to the future for other opportunities in music. Sanders said the music program at Butler has made him a better musician. He said he only hopes to grow from here. “These four years have changed my life drastically,” Sanders said. “It’s crazy to think where I was at when I came in as a freshman and where I am now.” The recital starts at 11 a.m. and will last approximately an hour.
Senior Eric Sanders practices on a marimba in preparation for his senior recital Saturday.
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Welcome to Page 9—why are you here? After two years as the Arts, Etc. editor for The Butler Collegian, senior Kevin Vogel reﬂects on the importance of the section to Butler University and the Indianapolis community. When I took over the Arts section in 2012, I posed a question to you, dear reader: Why are you here? Why are you reading this section today? I gave you my thoughts on what the “et cetera” in this section’s title meant for you and me, our staff and your community, and laid out my goals for “Arts, Etc.” You can read that ﬁrst “Editor’s Notebook” (then just called “Commentary”) online at thebutlercollegian.com. The piece is called “Philosophy of Arts, Etc.” I sincerely hope the answer to “Why are you here?” has changed in these two short years. I hope we have shown you that a student arts section does not need to be skimmable at best, throwaway at worst. I have had the pleasure of leading a great number of very talented and passionate writers who covered the most important arts news on and off campus. They also brought you interesting feature stories, insightful reviews and entertaining columns. The arts staff won multiple awards for its efforts, including awards in feature writing, page design and photography. We also extended the area of coverage from only on-campus stories to stories across all of Indianapolis. Over the past two years we have previewed concerts, lectures, exhibits, dance performances, public readings and much more.
We have reviewed senior theatre projects, mainstage theatre shows, Indianapolis Museum of Art galleries, concerts and other events. We have proﬁled student authors, looked at Butler University fashion and took a closer look at the people on campus who we so often forget, like our university carillonneur and groundskeepers. We have spoken with Maya Angelou, Lee Daniels, New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, the cast of the Intergalactic Nemesis, the crew of Memphis, Syrian composer Malek Jandali, British director Tim Hardy, U.S. Marine Band director Col.
Michael Colburn, and more leaders in the art and entertainment worlds. We gave you a ﬁrst look into the Schrott Center, told you about the lockout at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and covered other arts news on and off campus. On a personal note, it was with great pleasure that this section was able to interact with the community in a variety of ways as well. One of my favorite issues came from such an interaction. We published a crossword created by mathematics chair William Johnston, dedicated to and designed to surprise professor emeritus Jeremiah Farrell. There are many things I wish I had done better as editor, but I am proud of the momentum the section currently has. I’m conﬁdent we are heading in the right direction. Why devote valuable space to articulating this direction? Because newspapers serve people, and I serve you. I want you to know the philosophy I’ve tried to impart on the section and its writers because it will affect what you read and how you read it. That philosophy begins with the idea that the purpose of any arts section, besides informing the community of arts news, is to increase the depth of artistic dialogue in the community it serves. This involves a few different goals. The ﬁrst is to foster interest in art-related events,
in order to create a base of experiences the community can draw from. The second is to present cogent, insightful critiques of some of those events from the viewpoints of people versed in art. Students have to be careful when doing this, but it can be done and we have started to do so. A third step is to encourage community participation with the arts in a variety of ways. That’s the challenge posed to the next editor of this section. Every once in a while, it is worth it to take some space and remind you why we do what we do and why it is important to read. It is equally important for journalists to present their philosophies and open themselves to input from the people they serve. It is with this hope that I invite you to contact me at email@example.com with your thoughts about Arts, Etc. If there is some way that we can better serve you, or if there is something you want us to continue doing next year, please let me know. I will pass on your thoughts and ideas to the next editor. Thank you for your support these two years. The next arts editor will be chosen next month, but I know this section will be in good hands, on a ﬁrm heading and on strong winds. It can only go up from here, so keep reading. Get your friends and colleagues reading. I will be.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Faculty and students should show more professionalism OUR POINT THIS WEEK: BOTH STUDENTS AND FACULTY SHOULD MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISM AND TREAT EACH OTHER WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT WHEN INTERACTING WITH EACH OTHER | 16-1-10 Butler University students attend this school to learn skills necessary to prepare for their chosen careers. Yet, sometimes, students feel as if they are paying several thousands of dollars and spending countless hours of their time to be treated as children rather than adults Professionalism and respect are the backbone of the modern workforce. We believe such virtues should be a part of the culture at Butler. Faculty must treat students with the same level of respect that faculty members show their peers. For example, a teacher would be displeased with a student who shows up to class or ofﬁce hours late, yet some Collegian members say professors have done this to them.
Students may start to feel that there is a lack of respect for their time and needs. In turn, the student may become frustrated and lose interest in the class. Students may start skipping ofﬁce hours or classes out of spite, and their grades could start to suffer. We have concerns that some faculty members do not listen to students’ questions, suggestions, and complaints. Some professors choose not to respond or otherwise respond in a passive-aggressive manner. We know teachers have hundreds of students that they are responsible for, but this is part of the job. Students expect faculty to provide guidance and steer them on the right track. We should be able to rely on our teachers. While some teachers cover material in lectures or notes, not
every student may understand it perfectly. We come to ofﬁce hours or tutoring because we want to understand the material. It is unfair to turn us away or refuse to answer our questions simply because the teacher covered it in class and may—correctly or incorrectly—assume that we just weren’t paying attention. It is important that faculty members understand we are here to beneﬁt from their expertise and experiences. But that doesn’t mean students do not bear responsibility as well. As students, we must respect the time and effort teachers put in to helping us achieve our goals. We should recognize that the professors want to be a part of our education and show them that we take their efforts seriously.
It goes without saying that students like to text, play games or scroll through Facebook while in class. If we choose to slack off or mess around in class, then we are also choosing to ignore the lecture. We tell professors that what they teach is not as important as what we have to tweet to our friends. We wouldn’t mess around or tweet during a meeting at work. We should treat our professors the same way. Ultimately, faculty members should treat students as the adults we are and work to prepare us to leave college as more responsible and effective workers than when we stepped through the door our freshman year. Teachers must treat every student equally and understand that a paltry few that choose to
waste time does not mean every student will behave the same way. Faculty should teach and guide to work with tenacity. Students must learn to treat others as they wish to be treated. If we want the respect of our faculty and administration, we should show them we deserve it. Students should put their phones away during class. Whatever you have to say to your friends can wait the 50 minutes to an hour that professors dedicate to helping us grow and achieve our goals. Professionalism works both ways. If students and faculty can apply a standard of respect for each other every day, Butler can grow to be a much more enjoyable and effective institution.
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Survivors of sexual assault should know their options Sexual violence is one of the most serious problems facing college campuses right now. Nearly one in ﬁve women and one in 71 men report being raped at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number is one in three for college-aged women. Stalking, sexual harassment, assault and rape are the most prevalent forms of campus sexual violence according to Joetta Carr’s 2005 article titled “Campus Sexual Violence.” It can happen to both men and women and occur frequently on college campuses. Conversations about sexual violence have increased over time. It’s an important topic to discuss. The university needs to address the survivors’ safety and even the basic deﬁnition of sexual violence. All colleges could do more to prevent or respond to sexual violence. There is no correct way to handle these situations, but many schools struggle handle it well. Speciﬁcally regarding sexual assault and rape, in my opinion, many universities perpetuate the rape culture that exists in society today through the way they question the survivors. Rape culture is the way society treats rape as casual or a joke— the way society willingly believes myths about rape, the way society shames survivors into silence. There is not enough space here
to discuss all of the facets of rape culture. I recommend all students who do not understand this concept do more research about it. This is a very real problem. Another part of rape culture is victim-blaming. This occurs when people ask questions such as, “What was she wearing?” or, “How much did he have to drink?” It’s important to note that rape is never the survivor’s fault. Some programs fail to address this fact, however. “Sexual violence prevention programs...maintain a limited focus. Few studies...have documented actual attitude changes,” according to Carr’s article. Butler University is working to improve its awareness of sexual violence. President James Danko recently announced his plan to create a presidential commission to “develop a plan to stop sexual violence at our university,” according to an April 16 email. Many conversations have branched off from this at about rape and the university’s role in investigating crimes. We seem to be surprised that Butler struggles to handle sexual assault and rape cases in an effective way. Butler did not create rape culture.
This is pervasive throughout our society. I’m glad Butler students are having these conversations to hold the university accountable for improvement. It’s important to communicate to meet survivors’ needs and work for a better system. It will be a long time before universities learn to stop blaming the victims. Society at-large tends to victimblame because it is easier to say a rape occurred because a woman was drunk than analyze the deeper, societal causes of rape. It will be an even longer time before universities are able to provide a survivor with all the resources, communication and solutions he or she deserves. For this reason, if you are assaulted on campus, do not go straight to the university. If you choose to take legal action, or think you may want to in the future, call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. At the end of the day, there is only so much Butler can do. When a student reports a rape to Butler University, the Equity Grievance Panel, consisting of Butler faculty members, investigates the claim. The decision of whether to hold a hearing based on the evidence lies with the Title IX coordinator— La Veda Howell, director of human resources—according to Butler’s policy titled “Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution Process for Faculty, Students and Staff.” Title IX is an amendment to a previous higher education law and helps prevent gender-based
discrimination. Butler follows Title IX guidelines for complaints of sexual misconduct. The Title IX coordinator is in charge of making sure Title IX is followed. The burden of proof for a case continuing to a hearing is whether “it is more likely than not that the accused individual committed each alleged violation,” according to the “Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution Process.” I truly believe this school does not want to harm a survivor any more than he or she has already been harmed. Title IX lays out the above procedures for Butler. However, the school has other factors to consider. Multiple rape cases reﬂect badly on the university. Reputation and prestige are bound to play a part in the university’s decisions, whether consciously or unconsciously. I cannot say deﬁnitively what goes through the panelists’ minds when considering these cases, but the administrators’ decisions are fundamentally more complicated than just looking at the evidence. The law has less to consider when they process rape cases. Judges and juries speak on behalf of the law, not a university’s name. I do not give this advice out of ill will toward BUPD or Butler, but this is the reality of how colleges work. It’s not some vast conspiracy to cover up sexual assault and rape on Butler’s campus. It’s an issue with the way society and college campuses in general treat these issues. There is a lack of transparency overall. Taking the case directly to IMPD
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will not be easier or more pleasant. Police ofﬁcers are just as much a part of rape culture as universities. The ofﬁcer may try to blame the survivor ﬁrst, and many survivors say the investigation feels like they are being victimized all over again. IMPD is not perfect, but the reality is that every group could stand to improve its treatment of survivors. This is a serious issue that will require policy changes and changes in thought. Neither kind of investigation is easy. One or the other is necessary in order to press charges of any kind, however. I suggest calling IMPD in order to avoid involving the university and the unavoidable problem of its reputation. Take time to evaluate how you would want to press charges, or if you would want to press charges, if this ever happens to you. It might be hard to imagine, but as the earlier statistics show, sexual assault and rape are prevalent. Each student has to decide what is best for him or her after sexual assault or rape. While we can’t truly know what we will do until the situation occurs, please consider not involving the university in the investigation. Danko’s commission to help prevent rape on campus is a good ﬁrst step. Survivors of sexual assault should bring their situations to Butler in order to help constructively criticize the university’s procedures. But the justice should be left to the legal courts. Contact copy chief Maggie Monson at email@example.com.
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Your class schedule will work out Students should stop complaining about scheduling classes It’s no secret that Butler University’s popularity has spiked in recent years. But so have its problems. As more students are being accepted to the university, problems have developed with regard to space on such a small campus. First, there were not enough parking spaces, and now, there is not enough class space. Many students have expressed frustration with the online scheduling system. For students with early enrollment dates, scheduling is a breeze. When it comes to students with later enrollment dates, they are not so lucky. Or so it seems. All I heard from other students during scheduling was how classes were ﬁlling up or closed and how stressed out students were. However, when I interviewed some students later, I got a much
different response. “None of my classes were closed this semester,” sophomore Katie Springston said. “I know, in the past, my professors have been really understanding when their sections close, and I’ve never had a problem getting in the classes I wanted, even if they were closed.” Is it possible the frustration of scheduling is just a façade? Is it just another thing for students to gripe about? Think about it for a second—how many students have not graduated on time solely due to scheduling conﬂicts? How many students have really not been able to ﬁll up their schedule with classes, even if it’s not the speciﬁc one they wanted? Most students are able to
ﬁnd away to work around their scheduling conﬂicts in order to graduate on time. The scheduling conﬂicts that students gripe about may be an inconvenience and take time away from their daily schedules, but they are nothing new. Students at every college have to schedule classes. There will always be a set amount of classes, with a set amount of students allowed in each section. You may not get the class you want, but you are not the only one dealing with the frustration. First, take a deep breath. It is only temporary frustration, and it does no good to stress out about one class you cannot get in—even if it is a prerequisite to a necessary class. Everything will work out in the end, and you will graduate on time, with all your credits. Second, look for another section of the class you want to take. Even if it is not at the desired time, if you really want the class, you will settle for any time. You should also keep in mind, the administration knows the core
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classes ﬁll up quickly. Sometimes they have other sections they are planning on adding on a speciﬁc date. Advisers are a great advantage at this point. If you just email them and express your want and need to get into a class, they will help you as much as they can. If ﬁnding another section is not possible, look for another class you can take in its place. Chances are, there’s a class at the exact time you want that you still need to in order
to graduate. Third, and ﬁnally, take another deep breath. You are done with scheduling for now. You have a full schedule next semester. All in all, some students just make scheduling a greater conﬂict in their minds than it actually is. Just stay calm, and everything will work out. Contact columnist Morgan Legel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tragdies should spark action People should help create ways to prevent recurring tragedies I work as a counselor at a Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis Recently, there was a shooting at an afﬁliate in Kansas City. The suspect charged with the heinous crime is Frazier Glenn Miller. In light of the recent shooting, the center I work for had to act. We ran an emergency drill last Friday. The goal was to make sure counselors could act quickly and make sure every child was escorted to a safer area. The drill succeeded, but I still have my concerns. Why wasn’t this done before? Why does it take tragedy to correct inefﬁciencies? Why do we wait until a disaster to unite as a community? The actions at the Jewish Community Center is just one of many examples. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy displaced thousands. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine and Virginia Tech are all locations of U.S. mass shootings. Dozens people died in the shootings, and many more were injured between the four areas. April 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing is closing in on its 20th anniversary. During this time, people will unite, protest and share the common pain that death and destruction brings. But will it move us to adopt preventative measures? I doubt it. As a native New Yorker, I remember 9/11 very well. I was seven years old at the time. I vividly remember my mother picking me up early from school. The fear in her face told me everything. I could see the giant smoke cloud covering the towers from my side of Brooklyn. I cannot imagine what the scene must have been like for the people around Lower Manhattan. I do not want to imagine the scene for people trapped within the towers. In 1993, a bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center’s
North Tower was detonated, killing six and injuring more than 1,000, according to the New York Times. The 1993 attack exposed vulnerabilities that would later be exploited again eight and a half years later. We tend to think of tragedy as school shootings, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. But there are hundreds of tragedies each day. In 2012, there were 228 alcoholrelated driving fatalities in Indiana, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. Twenty-two of the deaths were drivers under the age of 21. Personally, I do not know anyone who has died related to drunk driving. I hope I never do. Every 14 minutes, one person dies by suicide in America, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The study adds that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-24. I graduated from Pike High School in 2012. A fellow student committed suicide that year. Like most tragedies, the event sparked awareness within our community about the issue. I’m happy that her friends and many other students have kept her memory alive. But what can we do to prevent a recurrence of this tragedy? The key is to not forget. Once we forget, we fail. As a society, we tend to raise awareness after the damage has already been done. Make no mistake. These very real issues and they are happening in a community near you. Do not wait to act. If you do, it may be too late. Contact columnist Julian Wyllie at email@example.com.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE From running a trash audit to rallying against rape, Butler’s students and faculty are using the time at the end of the semester to stand up for what they believe in.
Mckenzie Beverage (center), Butler’s ﬁrst sustainability coordinator, arranged for 1,800 pounds of trash to be dumped on the West Mall to weigh the amount of recyclables thrown away on campus.
Butler students pose with their trash bags and the recyclables that came from them.
Julia Levine, junior anthropology and theatre student, looks for recyclables at the trash audit.
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Senior Kelley Pinnick, who helped organize the event, weighs a tub of recyclables. In total, 600 pounds of trash was actually recyclable.
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Senior Gabrielle Ceberville stands in front of fellow Butler students to speak out about rape.
Butler students hold signs showing their support of “Eliza Quincey” at Star Fountain on Thursday.
Photo by Jaclyn McConnell
Butler English professor Carol Reeves spoke out at the rally. She talked about how students should react when a rape occurs and that every student, male or female, should be prepared in case it ever happens to them.
Ageeth Sluis, director of gender, women, and sexuality studies, was one of several faculty members who spoke at the protest.
Published on Apr 23, 2014