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Gay marriage discussion the first for new series KATIE GOODRICH KMGOODRI@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR

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The text service BrdsNBz has trained educators on hand to answer student questions about sex via text message. Butler University students can text “indyteen” to 66746 and submit questions related to sex, and they will typically receive a response within 90 minutes.



Do you have a sexrelated question you may be uncomfortable asking? Butler University students can ask sex-related questions to the BrdsNBz text service to receive an answer from a trained educator. Monique Hensley is the program manager of Health Care Education and Training, which offers the text service, and said that BrdsNBz was started after talking to parents and youth about their discussions concerning sexual health, or lack thereof. The BrdsNBz text service provides an outlet to ask such questions, especially if students do not have a trusted adult in their lives or any way of getting factual information. Junior Hannah Webster said she is wary about talking

about sex-related questions with certain people, but is completely comfortable talking to her friends. “One-hundred percent comfortable. There’s no filter about sex with my friends,” Webster said. Webster said she does not feel the same about talking to a doctor or school nurse. “Hell no, because there’s too many students who work all in the school,” Webster said. “Especially at the HRC, and I don’t want them to ever see my file.” Dr. Maria Fletcher of Student Health Services said she has different view. “In my experience, most students, after they have established a caring relationship with their healthcare provider, are not embarrassed to talk about sexual health or other sex-related questions,” Fletcher said. “I think the

most important job I have working at Butler University is to allow the students to feel open to ask me anything, and hopefully they will feel that I do not judge their choices or the sexual circumstances they find themselves facing.” Junior Ashley Garrett said she agrees with Webster’s line of thought. “I do have many sex questions that I would be uncomfortable asking most people,” Garrett said. “I don’t feel comfortable talking to the school nurse because I feel a little awkward.” Hensley said the text service is anonymous and allows an infinite number of questions. “The response through text messaging might not take into account the moral values of the student, and it can be less personal,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s important that the information or advice (students) get is non-judgmental, but at the

Princesses drive toward their happily ever after MARAIS JACON-DUFFY


Four Butler students will spend the next few months serving as ambassadors for the city of Indianapolis and its events, advocating volunteerism and involvement. These students were chosen to represent their hometowns of Indiana, and the state as a whole, based on their involvement, passions and personalities. On top of this, they have the chance to earn scholarship money and connect with local business professionals.

However, these ambassadors go by a different title: ‘Princess.’ The 33 college-age women chosen to be this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were chosen based on their qualifications and involvement, according the 500 Festival’s website. Under “requirements,” it is listed that “all candidates possess the qualities of volunteerism, (teamwork), maturity and responsibility…poise and professionalism, academic achievement, (good work ethic), patience, sense of humor, energy and

same time it is also encouraging healthy sexual habits and maintenance of a safe sexual environment.” A question proposed on the BrdsNBz text service is what is done if a question is submitted indicating a young person in crisis or some type of sexual abuse. “We do have a measure in place called our red flag protocol,” Hensley said. ”If we see there’s a person in crisis or they’re reporting an illegal activity, then the people who are actually running the service on the back end identify that person and then contact the appropriate people in that person’s community.” Hensley said there have been no such reported cases so far. Webster said it is important to talk about sexual health, and young people should not have see DIALOGUE page 4 Left to right: Caroline Kirkwood, Liz Mertz, Steph Wolfred and Alyssa Dyke have been chosen to be 2014 500 Festival Princesses. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Dyke

unselfishness.” Additionally, to apply for the 500 Festival Princess Program, candidates must be residents of Indiana and full-time students in the state of Indiana, maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average, be involved in at least one college extra-curricular activity, provide references and be in good standing with their universities. Nowhere on the 500 Festival website is there any mention of height, weight, dress see PRINCESSES page 4


Leigh Moscowitz from the College of Charleston returned to Butler University last night to talk about how “gays and lesbians were forced into a volatile war with the media.” “The gay marriage issue has its own implications,” said Moscowitz, a media studies professor. “For better or for worse, it is just like marriage itself.” Moscowitz came to speak for the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Speaker Series. Director of the GWSS program Ageeth Sluis said Moscowitz was chosen as the first speaker for a combination of reasons. “She shared relevant information to start a conversation,” Sluis said. “It was very timely with House Joint Resolution-3 being debated. She also worked here, so we know her.” Moscowitz attended Indiana University to earn her doctorate. While she was writing her dissertation, she taught at Butler in 2006 and 2007. In her speech, Moscowitz started with a brief history of events in the gay rights movement to give the audience a frame of reference. She focused on the timeframe of 2003 to 2011 in her research. “The marriage issue channeled through the media reshaped an entire movement,” Moscowitz said. “Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you have seen the controversial issue of gay marriage wage war under intensive news coverage.” She said she watched gay rights transform from a marginal issue to a public spectacle as it entered the entertainment world and the political sphere. “You will be hard pressed to find an issue with more dramatic change than gay marriage,” Moscowitz said. “All of the coverage of gays and lesbians depicts America as being in the middle of a ‘gay moment.’” Freshman Katie Koschnick said she thinks the coverage signifies the importance of the issue in our society. “One hundred years down the line, they are going to look back at this time and know that this is what was happening,” the psychology major said. “Without the media coverage, it would not be prevalent to society.” Koschnick is taking a GWSS course, and she said the speech related well to the class. Many points were brought up that she did not previously think about, Koschnick said. “It is difficult for society to grasp the amount of change,” she said. “There is more than just marriage to think about.” Moscowitz talked about how marriage rights have become the central focus, although there are many other issues to be discussed. “Media has made marriage the only focus,” Moscowitz said. “The movement is using marriage as an on-ramp to a highway of rights like AIDS funding, trans(gender) rights, and laws preventing job discrimination and bullying.” Gay marriage is an issue fought on political and legal arenas, but it is also played out on national and local news, Moscowitz said. “There are clearly images of gay and lesbian couples,” she said. “But that does not necessarily mean progress is imminent.” B-roll, footage played behind a news report, helped create a hierarchy of good gay versus bad gay, Moscowitz said. “America is going through a de-gaying of gay marriage,” she said. “Activists found it hard to interrupt the heterosexual news corporation. The movement is trying to soften and normalize gay marriage.” A shift in coverage of gay marriage occurred after the vote on Proposition 8 in California, Moscowitz said. At the beginning of her research, she said more than twice the people opposed gay marriage than supported the issue. Now the country stands almost evenly divided. “I have always been interested in media and social change,” Moscowitz said. “But I had no idea of the major transformation coming. In some ways, I got lucky.”





Bringing speeches to Butler students

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Butler students take part in “Get in $hape!”, an event put on by Butler’s White Team for the 2014 Bateman Case Study Competition. The White Team’s campaign is centered around marketing to students preparing for Spring Break.

Public relations event pits students against students


Two teams of Butler University students have been faced with the challenge of competing for public relations bragging rights. The Bateman Case Study Competition is the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) premier annual national case study event. It is geared toward public relations students. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences. In teams of four or five, students are challenged to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign. PRSSA partnered with Fiserv, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services and technology solutions, for this year’s event. Participants must gain awareness and usage of a Fiserv service: Popmoney, which facilitates digital person-to-person payments. Popmoney allows users to securely send, request and recycle money from their existing bank accounts using just an email address or mobile phone number. Senior Hilary Welter, strategic communications major and a participant of the White Team, said this year’s campaign differs from last year. “This year has been kind of a challenge because, in past years, the client has been more of an idea,” Welter said. “There wasn’t an organization with it. It was just an idea, so there was a lot of leeway. “This year, we’re working with an actual corporate brand, so there’s a lot more rules and regulations.” Butler’s two competing groups are the Blue Team and the White Team. The White Team focused on a target audience of college students preparing for spring break. “We knew that, with this service, we would need a strategy and objective that created a need, because we knew people would need a reason (to listen),” Welter said. “We went into the competition with the mindset that people need to know that they need this. The White Team chose “Don’t $weat Spring Break” as its campaign. One of the team’s most successful tactics in its campaign was called “Get

Photo courtesy of Clare Lintzenich

Members of Butler’s Blue Team, one of the school’s two groups competing in the annual Bateman Case Study Competition, is seen marketing products to students in Starbucks last week. in $hape!” The event consisted of a short presentation about Popmoney, a cardio and strength training workout led by two experienced fitness instructors, and a balloon dartboard. If participants hit and popped a balloon, they either got a small prize or a Popmoney-related tip, Welter said. Senior Clare Lintzenich, public relations and marketing major and participant of the Blue Team, said her squad aimed for a broad target audience. “Our team strategy is basically just to make people aware of (Popmoney),” she said. “Instead of trying to make people register, we try to make them aware.” The Blue Team took on “Be Popular” as its campaign. “We’ve had a couple of tables set up in Starbucks, and we passed out pop and lollipops going along with the whole Popmoney theme,” Lintzenich said. “We have a Twitter (account) encouraging people to be popular. We’ve reached out to a lot of area landlords to make them aware that this is something that people that rent from them could do.” Research and planning for campaigns is completed between November and January. Teams implement campaigns in February, and final entries are due to PRSSA in March.

After a judging process, three finalists are chosen to present their campaigns to sponsor representatives. The first-place team receives $2,500 and a trophy, second place receives $1,500 and a plaque, and third place receives $1,000 and a plaque. “The past three years, Butler has gotten at least an honorable mention,” said senior Christine Todd, strategic communications major and member of the White Team. Lintzenich said she thinks Butler’s campaigns—and those of other northern schools—were affected negatively by weather this year. “It seems like the a lot of schools that typically do well are in the south that don’t have to worry about weather,” Lintzenich said. “A couple of times we had tables in Starbucks when we thought we would have a lot of people show up. It was snowing, so no one was there.” The 2013 Batemen Case Study Competition first-place winner was Loyola University New Orleans. Butler did not place, but Butler University Team 1 received an honorable mention. “It’s a great way for PR students at Butler to build a portfolio for internships and jobs,” Todd said. “It’s a great way to combine educational efforts with professional efforts.” Butler’s teams will find out if they placed among the top three in May.

KATIE GOODRICH KMGOODRI@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Butler University hosts several speaker series that allow the audience to get to know the people behind various works While students know the guests involved, the process of getting them to Butler is likely less understood. The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series brings six speakers to campus each semester. Andrew Levy, head of the English department, has worked with the Visiting Writers Series in different capacities for 20 years. The series began 25 years ago, and around 2007, Delbrook donated money to enhance the program and make it permanent, Levy said. All the events are free and open to the public, including people outside of the Butler community. Two—thousand community members are on a listserv informing them of upcoming events, Levy said. “The cultural importance of Butler to the Indianapolis community can not be understated,” he said. “We want to give the best possible opportunity to interact with these writers.” The series is comprised of literary writers, including fiction writers, poets, screenwriters, graphic novel authors and playwrights. “This program is not for (the faculty),” Levy said. “We want to see the students happy and inspired. That’s when we know we have succeeded.” To choose the writers that visit, the planning committee asks faculty, students and administration who they would like to see on campus. A list of 25 to 30 names is generated to be whittled down to 12 speakers. Scheduling can start up to a year in advance. “The scheduling process is complicated and fluid,” Levy said. “It is a constant, unending challenge to coordinate the series.” Ultimately, writers are chosen for a variety of reasons, including availability and affordability, Levy said. While Levy would not disclose the budget for the entire series, he said they will pay between $2,000 and $2,500 per speaker. The price depends on level of celebrity and honorarium, and they often negotiate with the writer’s agent or agency, Levy said. Another series, conversations@efroymson, also aims to connect students to writers. This series began two years ago and is sponsored by the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing and the Master’s of fine arts in creative writing, said Mindy Dunn, the administrative specialist for the center. “This series was started to offer MFA students and

the writing community in Indianapolis more events to go to and more events with new and different types of writers,” Dunn said. The variety of writers includes bloggers, literary magazine editors and graphic novelists. The conversations are open to campus, but they are directed toward MFA students and English undergraduates. All the events are held at the center in the sunroom to create an intimate setting for a conversation. The center generally holds around 50 people. The writers stay in the center for the duration of their visit, Dunn said. The center pays for airfare, housing and honorarium, which can cost anywhere between $250 and $3,000, she said. Planning begins the semester before the events, and a small group brainstorms a list of writers that are current or will bring a new style to campus. Dunn contacts the writers directly with a formal invitation and negotiates a date. “I always love seeing how it turns out and seeing which is the most popular,” Dunn said. “Just hearing back from the students is amazing.” Clowes Conversations, another series, offer information and conversation about a topic before a performance. James Cramer, community relations manager, said the series began this academic year to educate people about different forms of art. A think tank generates ideas, and topics are selected based on conversations that would spark interest and have enough material to warrant a conversation event, Cramer said. Clowes tries to host local speakers in order to draw from the depth of talent in Indianapolis, he said. The new program is free to the public with a ticket and counts as a Butler Cultural Requirement. “We do not have an elevator speech for it yet,” Cramer said. “We are still trying to find out what the program is going to grow into.” The conversations are an intimate setting with a limit of 100 to 200 people. These events are real conversations, not lectures, he said. Each event costs at least $1,000 for the camera crew to tape the presentation for Clowes OnDemand, Cramer said. “That price seems reasonable for what we are trying to do for the community, both Butler and Indianapolis,” Cramer said. The series also aims to expand the audience for Clowes. “It is not about selling a ticket,” Cramer said. “It is about getting someone in the door. Once they visit, they are more likely to come back, and hopefully bring a friend.”

New fraternity means business SARAH STOESZ


Butler University has a new business fraternity, Gamma Iota Sigma, which will be chartered on April 15. Gamma Iota Sigma is a fraternity for risk management and insurance majors. Students join the organization because it helps with future job placement, said junior Kelsey Harris, the chapter development chair for Gamma Iota Sigma. “It’s the only international risk

management fraternity, so it’s good for your resume,” she said. “A lot of people haven’t heard of it because the risk management program is new to Butler.” The Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program has been at Butler for two years. This spring, the Davey Program will have its first graduating class, said Zach Finn, faculty advisor for Gamma Iota Sigma. “There are only about 50 insurance programs in the whole country, so that’s one of the great competitive advantages of our

program,” he said. “There’s a huge demand but not a lot of supply and all the best programs have Gamma Iota Sigma, and that’s the bottom line.” Butler’s chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma has 52 members, 38 of which are risk management majors. Any business or actuarial science major interested in a career in the insurance industry is able to be a member, Finn said. The College of Business hopes to have a top-25 program in risk management, and Gamma Iota Sigma enhances the reputation of

the Davey Program, said Chuck Williams, dean of the College of Business. “I know that from the start of the Davey Program, one of our goals has been to have a chapter and, because only one in 10 business schools has a risk management insurance program, they are relatively rare,” Williams said. “We also know that universities and business schools are only meeting about 15 percent of the hiring needs in this industry, so there is a tremendous amount of demand for people who are trained at the

entry level. “Having a chapter is a key sign of quality, so we have worked toward that from the start.” The risk management program and addition of Gamma Iota Sigma may help raise Butler’s job placement rate, Finn said. “It should have a 100-percent job placement rate,” Finn said. “The insurance industry is a trillion-dollar industry, and there are about 55 schools to support that. It’s a new major that should add to our job placement rate and also the quality of jobs.”



“Real Beauty” model inspires students NATALIE SMITH NMSMITH1@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Model Stacy Nadeau said she wants everyone to be their best, healthy self. On Thursday night, Nadeau spoke to a crowd in the Johnson Room about her experience being featured on a Times Square billboard in nothing but her underwear and bra, untouched and un-airbrushed, as a part of Dove’s Embracing Real Beauty campaign. Peers Advocating Wellness for Students and Butler’s chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority brought in Nadeau in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which was observed on campus last week. Nadeau, who wears a size 10-12, delivered a speech outlining her struggles and triumphs during and after the campaign. Students laughed as she animatedly told of the day she was followed down the street by some woman with a notebook she did not know. The woman approached her later and asked her to be a model for the campaign. Nadeau described how her friend called the agency pretending to be her and set up an audition a week later, in which she could only wear underwear. Nadeau discussed the advantage women have when they get together. “We women have the power to change things,” Nadeau said. “Don’t ever forget that.” PAWS member Emma Edick said Nadeau was relatable. “She made everyone in the audience feel really comfortable,” Edick said. “She did a great job of addressing problems that relate to college students and put them in our point of view.”

Elizabeth Davis, co-president of PAWS and risk management chair of Tri Delta, said Butler’s chapter was chosen to host Nadeau. Davis said Nadeau’s mention of ‘girlfriend poker’ struck her the most. Nadeau described girlfriend poker as when girls one-up each other in things they dislike about their bodies. “We needed a beautiful, confident woman to tell us to stop playing this game,” Davis said. “There’s such a culture of talking about the negative things. People aren’t saying, ‘I feel good today, let me tell you about it.’” Freshman Meg Talley attended the event and said she was given a new perspective on her trip to the gym later that night. “We went to the gym after and we said we’re not going to the gym to get spring break bodies, we’re going to the gym to be healthy,” Talley said. Nadeau also stated that body image is not just a women’s issue. Davis said when Nadeau asked, “What do we want in a guy?” almost the entire crowd whispered, “a six pack.” “It’s not just a women’s issue,” Davis said. “Who are we to give them that standard? Just like we are given the (standards) blonde and size zero. It impacts men as well.” Davis said the impact of the speech was strong. “Walking back from the speech I heard a lot of girls asking, ‘When are we bringing her back?’” Davis said. “Girls are wanting to share Stacy’s message with others.” Davis said other programming for the week was low key but effective. PAWS will host Fat Talk Free Week in October and hopes to bring in a speaker like Nadeau for it,

Eating disorder trends amongst college women 91 percent of women surveyed attempted to control weight via dieting 86 percent of women surveyed reported onset of eating disorder at age 20 43 percent of those

women reported onset betweeen ages 16 and 20

25 percent of college-

aged women engage in binging and purging for weight management

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Information from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Davis said. Eating disorders and body image issues are in the top five issues reported to Butler’s Counseling and Consultation Services, said Shana Markle, associate director and practicum coordinator at CCS. Markle said CCS sees more cases of body image issues than eating disorders. In a student’s first visit to CCS, an intake interview is performed that includes assessing the student’s body image. Markle said many students wish they could change something about their appearance. A large percentage of women in the nation experience body image issues that are not severe enough to be considered a disorder, she said. Markle said the most common eating disorders reported at CCS are anorexia nervosa, binge eating and “not specified.” When a student is found to have one of these disorders, a multidisciplinary team is put together for the case. The CCS, a dietician and medical staff from health services work together to monitor the student. The patient also receives weekly individual therapy, Markle said. The different kinds of eating disorders bring different struggles. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder in which a person restricts food from

themselves. Those with anorexia struggle with control, perfectionism and self-criticism, Markle said. “Weight loss is valued and rewarded in our culture,” Markle said. “It’s a struggle being told you need to gain weight when society says the opposite.” Binging and purging, when someone eats a lot in one sitting and then throws it up afterwards, brings a perpetual cycle of shame, Markle said. “Our society is surrounded by food,” Markle said. “Those with eating disorders may feel anxious about events with food and wonder what they will do.” The causes of eating disorders are different for each person. Markle said the disorder might start out simple and innocent by trying to lose a belly that sticks out. Some will start to diet and just keep going, she said. “The disorders are related to an inability to cope with other things in life,” Markle said. “It’s a lot of things that are emotion related.” Edick said college brings these pressures. “You’re in a place where you don’t know many people and you feel that you have to present yourself at all times,” Edick said. “We’ve forgotten what normal is. College kids are (already) stressed out and

this is one more thing added on.” Talley said she thinks the causes of eating disorders are everywhere and are overlooked. “We’re so bombarded with it all the time,” Talley said. “You don’t realize or recognize it.” Markle said Butler’s campus could be an added pressure for students. “Butler is a health-conscious campus,” Markle said. “It can be difficult for students to think that they should be working out more. As a college student, shame and guilt about that isn’t necessary.” Getting help is important for many reasons, she said. “Eating disorders are very serious and the health risks can be fatal,” Markle said. “They also intercede with social and academic aspects of life and make life so less fulfilling.” Markle said shame makes it difficult to make the first phone call toward help. “Despite feeling that shame, the CSS is a place to go where you won’t be judged,” Markle said. “There should be no shame in seeking help.” The recovery process is not easy, Markle said. “Recovery is a life-long process,” Markle said. “There are spirals and relapses. It’s not easy, but with support and help, it’s possible.”

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 Liz Mertz: Mertz is a sophomore business major from Martinsville, Ind. Mertz is a member of the Butler cheerleading squad, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and works in Butler’s Office of Financial Aid. Mertz said her mom encouraged her to apply for the Princess Program. “I had never done anything like this before, or even thought about doing anything like this,” Mertz said. “But once I saw what a great opportunity it was I couldn’t pass it up.” Mertz said, for her outreach initiative, she plans to go to back to her former high school’s special education classes in which she used to be a peer tutor. She also plans to go to East Middle School where her mom is a school counselor. Mertz said, so far, her favorite part of the Princess Program was volunteering at the 10K training last weekend. “I became so emotional when I saw how kind and thankful everyone was,” Mertz said. “I definitely feel very grateful and blessed to be a part of this.”

Alyssa Dyke: Dyke is a sophomore Art + Design and strategic communication double major from Indianapolis, Ind. She is a graduate of Franklin Central High School. Dyke is a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Dyke said she remembers seeing the 500 Festival Princesses on a float in the parade when she was a little girl, but never thought she would be a princess herself. “I was always kind of a tomboy,” Dyke said. “I played soccer and I remember, when I stopped playing dress up, I told my mom once that ‘soccer players don’t wear crowns.’” For her outreach intitatives, Dyke said she plans to speak on her former high school’s radio station, visit elementary school classes and campaign at her sorority’s spring philanthropy event. Steph Wolfred: Wolfred is a junior strategic communication major from Greenwood, Ind. She is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and vice president of the ADrednaline club. Wolfred said she admired the 500 Festival Princesses when she was a little girl growing up near Indianapolis. Wolfred said when she learned about how involved the princesses are in the fesitival, she wanted to be a part of it too. “[The Princesses] do so much behind the scenes work,” Wolfred said. “And in the end, that does so much for the festival and the city overall.” For outreach, Wolfred plans to go back to her high school and hometown and also promote volunteerism at the festival during her sorority’s spring philanthropy event. Wolfred said she is most excited for the 500 Festival weekend. “I can’t wait to move into the fairground dorms with the other princesses,” Wolfred said. “They’re all such cool girls, and I know it will be a blast.”


size or even physical beauty. “This is not a beauty pageant,” said Alyssa Dyke, a Butler sophomore and 500 Festival Princess. “Really we’re more of ambassadors, and it’s a chance to be a part of something that is so iconically Indianapolis.” All four Butler students chosen to be 500 Festival Princesses said they had never been involved in, or even very interested in, beauty pageants. “I have nothing against beauty pageants, but I have never had the desire to be in one,” senior and 500 Festival

Princess Caroline Kirkwood said. “I don’t think that I would be able to showcase my personality and strengths in a beauty pageant setting.” Kirkwood said she thinks the Princess Program is meant to highlight inner beauty. “It might sound cliché, but this is really something that highlights character and the kind of person you are,” Kirkwood said. Sophomore Liz Mertz, another 500 Festival Princess from Butler, said she had no idea what to expect from the interview process for the Princess Program and chose to just be herself. “I went in almost anticipating the ‘peace on earth’ type of questions during the interviews, but that wasn’t how it was,” Mertz said. “I just spoke from the heart about the things I was passionate about and my


sex until they can understand all the risks but also all the pleasure that come along with it. “This is the time that you realize that you are indeed a sexual being with sexual thoughts and desires, and the opportunities to experience yourself sexually is available to you,” Fletcher said. “This is the most important time to know what pleases you sexually and how you behave sexually with another person. “You are in contact with other students who have different opinions and experiences about sexuality and you can then decide for yourself who you are sexually and how you are going to experience sex for yourself safely,” Fletcher said. In regard to students practicing safe sex on campus, Webster and Garrett both said they believe few students actually do. “A lot of people here feel that they’re above everything, so bad things can’t happen to them,” Webster said. “So they’re stupid enough to believe they can’t get pregnant or an STD or whatever comes with not having safe sex.” Fifteen to 24 year olds make up one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million STDs diagnosed in the U.S., Hensley said. With that being said, this is why

involvement—really it was a fun interview.” Another aspect of the Princess Program is the networking and mentoring aspect where each princess is paired with a business professional working in a field corresponding with her academic major or career goals. Butler junior and 500 Festival Princess Steph Wolfred is a strategic communication major with the desire to work in retail. She said she thinks her pairing with a store operations manager at Finish Line will translate well to her future career goals. “While I think I would like to continue to work in retail, I think it will be great to have someone to learn from on how to grow,” Wolfred said. All princesses will participate in outreach

gaining information about sexual health is so important, Hensley said. “If you don’t get all of the information and accurate information, then you’re not going to be able to make the best decisions for yourself,” Hensley said. “The message is always ‘don’t do it, sex is bad,’ ‘wait until you’re married,’ whatever. We’re not giving them the whole picture, and that’s what I think is still so important.” “Studies show effective youth-parent communication is a protective factor, with these youth less likely to engage in risky behaviors or have unhealthy relationships,” Hensley said. Because many students are away from home during college, this is the time that parents are not around to guide students through the options that are availablethem, Fletcher said. “I think (BrdsNBz) would be a good start to answering the sexual questions, but I would hate to think that it would be the only way or the end to the dialogue,” Fletcher said. Butler provides gynecological examinations, sexually transmitted infections screenings, and gynecologic issue evaluations as well as issues in male health, Fletcher said. Butler Health Services also orders oral contraceptives. In the meantime, students can text their sex-related questions to BrdsNBz and expect an answer within 24 hours, or more typically about 90 minutes, Hensley said. To use the BrdsNBz text service, text indyteen to 66746, or visit Standard texting rates apply.

BRIEFS Workplace harassment training required

All Butler University faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete a series of training programs relating to harassment in the workplace. The announcement was made in an email from President James Danko to involved parties Monday. The first of these programs is a 45-minute, interactive program meant to “empower members of our community to

recognize and report potential harassment,” according to the email. Butler Human Resources is working with Workplace Answers, an “external human resources training service,” on releasing instructions today for the intial training program. Workplace Answers’ website contains a tagline promoting “Sexual Harassment Training, Diversity Training (and) Discrimination Training.” The program must be completed by April 4. The Butler Collegian

will provide a report on this program in a future issue this semester.

From the BUPD Crime Log March 3—Theft from the Holcomb Building, case closed, no further action March 2—Unauthorized control with intent to deprive, possession of alcohol by a minor, and criminal mischief and vandalism in Ross Hall, cleared by summons arrest Feb. 27—Public intoxication in Ross Hall, referred to Student Affairs

initiatives leading up to the 500 Festival. Dyke, Kirkwood, Mertz and Wolfred said they all plan to do some type of outreach in their hometowns or former schools. “I want to let some of these kids know that they don’t have to stay in Knox County for their whole life,” Kirkwood said. “You really can get out and make a difference.” Dyke said she believes the outreach is crucial to the actual operation of the festival and Indy 500 race. “So much of this event is dependent on volunteer work,” Dyke said. “I don’t think people realize how much goes on and how much people can do, no matter who they are. And every little bit helps, because this whole week really wouldn’t happen without volunteers.” Of the 33 Princesses

Caroline Kirkwood: Kirkwood is a senior strategic communication major from Bicknell, Ind. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, ADrenaline and PRSSA. Kirkwood said she did not know much about the Princess Program before she interned for the Indy 500 last year. “Once I saw firsthand how enthusiastic everyone involved was, I really wanted to be a part of it,” Kirkwood said. Kirkwood said she plans to do her outreach in her hometown elementary schools. She said she is most excited for Kids’ Day and to do the “rookie run” with her 3-year-old niece. “She thinks it’s pretty cool that I’m a real princess now,” Kirkwood said. Kirkwood said she also plans to run the Indy 500 minimarathon with her dad.

chosen for this year’s 500 Festival, one will be chosen to be this year’s 500 Festival Queen. The chosen queen, to be announced in May, will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. The 33 princesses have already gone through orientation together and will also attend the Princess Program reception, the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 5K, Kids’ Day, Volunteer Appreciation Day, the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500 itself. Wolfred said she has enjoyed getting to know the other princesses from various cities and towns in Indiana. “I never realized how many farm towns there really are in Indiana before this,” Wolfred said. “There are so many girls in the Princess Program who insist that they are from towns that are literally just

made of farms. One girl even described herself as a country bumpkin.” Wolfred said she thinks the girls in the programs are unique but all beautiful. “It’s amazing, I look around and think ‘Wow, every one of these girls is so gorgeous,’” Wolfred said. “We’re all individuals, but everyone is still so beautiful in their own way.” Mertz said she would encourage any fellow Hoosier to apply for the Princess Program if interested. “It’s really about being yourself and sharing your passion for the community,” Mertz said. “The key is to be yourself, and if you don’t get it the first time to just try again. One girl tried out three times before she got in and then she ended up being queen, so you never know what can happen.”





When one sibling lives in the shadow of another, bitterness and jealousy often arise. The opposite is true for Austin and Alex Woldmoe, who are members of Butler’s men’s tennis team. In fact, they call each other best friends. The journey began at a young age for the Woldmoes. Their father, Mark Woldmoe, achieved a world ranking in one year on the Association for Tennis Professionals tour, in addition to playing in Europe on a German club team. Having achieved success at some of the highest levels, he is able to pass that knowledge down. “It helped me see what it takes to succeed at that level,” Mark said. Yet despite his success, he did not force the sport on his sons.

AUSTIN: The older of two is in his junior year at Butler.

ALEX: A freshman at Butler, he wanted to play tennis with his brother.

“I never wanted to burn them out,” Mark said. “We were pretty slow. I wanted to make sure it was something they wanted to do. I didn’t want them to do it for me.” For Alex, that made all the difference. “Our dad is our biggest influence,” Alex, a freshman, said. “He never really pushed us into playing tennis, he gave us the option. Not forcing it on us brought all three of us together. Tennis is something you can share on and off the court.” The brothers have played on the same teams since high school, where they spent two years on the team at Hamilton Southeastern in nearby Fishers, Ind. The head tennis coach at the school left at the beginning of Austin’s junior year and Alex’s freshman year. The brothers convinced a familiar face to step in. Their father took over the head coaching position that year. What emerged was immense success and lifelong memories. The team experienced its first undefeated season in school history during Mark Woldmoe’s first year at the helm. Austin won a key match in the state sectionals against Carmel, making it all the more special. Austin said his favorite tennis memory is that season as a whole. “The fact that we could share that together, and not only share it together but share success together, made those the best years of my life,” Austin said. His dad shares that sentiment. “Those are memories that I will never forget,” Mark said. “I bet they would say the same thing.” Austin began his collegiate career at Butler in 2011, while Alex had two more years at Hamilton Southeastern. When it came time to pick a college, the opportunity to be reunited with his brother was something Alex could not pass up. Alex had scholarship offers from various other in-state schools but was drawn to Butler. He said

he does not regret the decision. “It just feels right. I can’t imagine it any other way,” Alex said. Austin said he also relishes the opportunity. “This is an extremely special opportunity that not a lot of siblings get to experience,” Austin said. When it comes to playing on the court, the bond the brothers share pays dividends. The Woldmoes won their first doubles match of the season. Austin said they won because they know each other so well. “There’s a different element to playing doubles with your brother,” Austin said. “If you’re playing together and things aren’t going your way, you’re still brothers and we don’t have anything to lose. You might not know how another teammate clicks internally, but we know what gets each other fired up and how to take the pressure off each other.” Make no mistake, there is plenty of competition both on and off the tennis court. Instead of being divisive, however, the competition brings them together. “I would definitely say we have a competitive nature,” Austin said. “Most brothers do, and most siblings do. We definitely have that, but I don’t think we’d be where we are without that.” Alex added that the same competitiveness can be seen regardless of the activity. “I feel like we’re competitive about every aspect in life,” Alex said. “Whether it’s a video game or a pickup basketball game, we always get into it.” While Austin’s Butler career is approaching its conclusion, Alex’s is just beginning. As a team captain, Austin has been able to lead his younger teammates including his brother. “I know that, if I were a freshman, I would redo some of the things I didn’t know at the

Photo courtesy of Austin Woldmoe

The Woldmoe brothers are doubles partners on the Butler tennis team. So far this season, the pair is 1-4 in doubles actions. time, so I have the ability to share information with Alex or some of the sophomores that can put them ahead,” Austin said. One of the biggest imprints Austin has left on his younger sibling is the power of encouragement. Alex said he looks

forward to stepping into that leadership role in the future. “The biggest thing is the power of words,” Alex said. “He has motivated me whenever I’m down. I can learn a lot of things from see BROTHERS page 7


Behind the scenes with student managers RHYAN HENSON


Few people may know about the cog that keeps the Butler men’s basketball program running smoothly: the managers. The managers have a myriad of

duties. They show up to practices and games 45 to 90 minutes beforehand to fill water bottles, Gatorade tubs and ice chests. They are also in charge of restocking towels and basketballs, setting up the clocks and, on game nights, preparing the visitor’s locker room

Photo by Marko Tomich

(From left) junior Jared Todd, freshmen Matthew Qualters, and Jacob Spielberg, and sophomores Matt Richter and Christian Murphy are Butler basketball managers.



and setting up the benches. Afterward, their duties include logging and organizing game film, rebounding for players and sweeping the court. “They [work as managers] because they want to do it and love to do it,” said T.J. Saint, coordinator of basketball operations. Many of the managers get involved because it is a good way to get into coaching, Saint said. The managers are exposed to servant leadership immediately, and it is a good way to create contacts. There are currently eight student managers for the program. When Saint and the rest of the coaching staff select the managers, there is one quality in particular they are looking for: they have to know basketball. Despite having so many responsibilities, the managers’ efforts often go unnoticed to the average fan, the only compensation they receive is in experience. The long road trips and the lack of pay were not reasons why sophomore Brad Parish, firstyear student manager, decided to become a manager. “I became a manager because I had a strong interest in basketball,” Parish said. “It’s cool to be behind the scenes, and it is cool to see

what other people do not see.” Parish said the lack of compensation was not his least favorite part of the job. “Before the season starts there are early workouts. We have to be there at 5 a.m.,” Parish said. “It is not bad, but waking up early is always kind of (difficult).” Parish said by going from a fan in the stands to a manager behind the scenes, he has a different view of the game and how much goes into each day. “At first it was eye opening,” Parish said. “I did not realize what went into all of the games and how the team prepares for upcoming games. We played Creighton twice and I got to see how they played Doug McDermott, so it was interesting to see how they gameplan for him and how they were going to stop him offensively.” “We like to think we make practice go a little smoother, a little more efficiently,” Parish said. The coaching staff agrees that the managers’ background work helps the coaches do their jobs better. Not having to worry about setting practice up helps the coaches focus totally on basketball, Saint said. “They are like extra coaches,





Men’s basketball at DePaul 9 p.m.

Women’s tennis vs. DePaul 10 a.m. Baseball vs. IPFW 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Seton Hall 4:30 p.m. Men’s tennis at DePaul 2 p.m. Baseball vs. IPFW 1 p.m.

Women’s basketball Big East Tournament Baseball vs.IPFW 1 p.m.

and it makes things easier and realistic in drills,” Saint said. Saint said that among the tasks done by the managers, the logging and organization of film is extremely helpful. “The managers keep everything in line,” said senior forward Khyle Marshall. “They are very efficient and detailed with their assignments, and those details help us make sure that we are the best we could possibly be.” Not all managers travel to each road game. They have a rotation to determine which manager travels to which game. Parish said allocating time for homework and other personal responsibilities on top of managerial duties can be overwhelming at times. “It was difficult at first because it was a lot to handle, but when you start to learn your routine, it is easier to work around it,“ Parish said Even if those outside the program do not recognize all of the hard work that the managers do, those on the inside acknowledge their efforts . “They are very important to our team and all of the things that they do are important, and we appreciate it,” Marshall said.



Women’s basketball Big East Tournament

Women’s basketball Big East Tournament

WEDNESDAY Men’s basketball Big East Tournament






The Butler baseball team has taken time out of its busy schedule to get involved with a charity known as “More Than Me”. More Than Me is a charity that works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tyler Beede, a pitcher at Vanderbilt University, founded the movement along with the help of former Butler baseball player Brad Schnitzer. “I worked for Make-A-Wish as a wish granter in Chicago, and when he started telling me about his organization, I said, ‘That would be a great way to get athletes involved in Make-A-Wish and a lot of other great community organizations,’” Schnitzer said. “So basically what More Than Me became was kind of a way to get youth, collegiate and professional athletes involved in community programs.” The charity raises money for donationa through selling T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and hoodies with the “More Than Me” logo on them. Its goal is to have athletes at different universities across the nation support the movement. “A lot of organizations ask for donations, but we kind of want to give the students something to show that they’re involved in this organization,” Schnitzer said. “The shirts did it in a cool way.”

Each member of the team bought a shirt in Butler colors, white and navy. The money from the shirts directly benefits the Indianapolis Make-AWish chapter, Schnitzer said. Junior pitcher Eric Stout was the one who helped get current Butler players involved. He, Schnitzer and Beede all work out in the offseason at a gym in Boston, Cressey Performance. “We talked over winter break about it when we were in Boston, and (Schnitzer) threw out the idea of getting a bunch of colleges to support the More Than Me logo and the students getting together and supporting local charities,” Stout said. “He thought it would be a good idea to start off with small colleges and guys we knew through summer ball or college ball.” Schnitzer said Stout was not the only one at Cressey Performance that wanted to get involved. “The gym is just full of guys who are great athletes but even better people that all want to help out,” Schnitzer said. “So we used More Than Me as a way to get them all involved in their community.” The charity is currently working in affiliation with four Make-A-Wish branches across seven states. Other college athletes from schools including Vanderbilt, Long Beach State, Air Force Academy and North Carolina State are showing support for the charity, too. Butler players realize how important it was for their team to be a

part of the More Than Me movement. “It’s just a good organization, a good way for us to give back,” junior outfielder Michael Fries said. “There’s a lot of things in life bigger than baseball. Any contribution we can make to help Make-A-Wish, or any foundation like that, is positive, not only for our program, but it’s a nice thing for us to be able to do.” The More Than Me campaign is a way for the team to help the less fortunate. “It’s important to help people who are less fortunate,” senior infielder Marco Caponi said. ”The Make-AWish Foundation is a great cause, and the More Than Me foundation goes along with that.” Schnitzer said athletes have a specific reason to want to get involved—to show their gratitude to be able to play the sport they love while inspiring those who are unable to play them. “They’ve been blessed to play sports at a high level, and there’s a lot of kids that don’t get that opportunity,” Schnitzer said. “There’s a lot of kids that have life-threatening illnesses, and they see the athletes giving back and it really helps them and is important to them.” Anyone interested in getting involved in the More Than Me movement can go to mtmovement. com to buy apparel and support the cause.


Baseball continues to struggle JOE HASENSTAB JHASENST@BUTLER.EDU


Butler’s baseball team is coming off another rough weekend in which it dropped all three of its games. They now look ahead to the home opener. The schedule for last weekend’s games was changed last minute.

Instead of facing Samford for a threegame series, Butler played Samford on Friday and Sunday and faced Purdue on Saturday. All three games were played in Birmingham, Ala. The losses this weekend brought the Bulldogs’ record to 1-7. They will try and snap their six-game losing streak today when they play Marian

Photo courtesy of Sarah Finnegan

Senior infielder Marco Caponi grabs a pop fly in a contest against Samford. The Bulldogs lost all three of their games last weekend to fall to 1-7 on the season.

in their first home game of the year. Butler lost one-run decisions on Saturday and Sunday. The team scored five runs in the ninth inning to tie the game in Sunday’s finale before Samford won in walk-off fashion. Despite being in the middle of a tough stretch, the Bulldogs remainsoptimistic. “Our team is right there, we just need to find one or two more big hits a game and I think we are right there in it,” sophomore outfielder Nick Bartolone said. Junior pitcher Eric Stout agreed with Bartolone and said he thinks getting more team practices in will help the Bulldogs. “Everybody needs to make adjustments, all around and in all aspects of the game,” Stout said. “We’re kind of struggling with pitching, hitting and defense right now.” Butler will have its first threegame series of the season on Friday at home. They will face off against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, a team that Bartolone said the Bulldogs are capable of beating. “Everybody is pretty excited to play a team where we know we can really play our own game,” Bartolone said. “We don’t have to try and go above and beyond. “It’s somebody that we can really put it to them, put a lot of hits on the board, pitch them well. We are just excited to go out and play a team that is used to the weather that we’re used to.” The two teams met last season for a three game series in which IPFW took two of three. Despite this, Stout shared some of Bartolone’s confidence. “I feel like if the weather cooperates, whether we play here or there’s a rumor we may play in Nashville, I think it’s going to be a great series and one we are definitely looking forward to winning and getting back on the right path,” the pitcher said.



Butler’s softball team continued its rough start to the season this weekend, dropping three straight contests at the University of Kentucky Invitational. The Bulldogs fell to 4-12 on the season. Butler faced host Kentucky in its first game and fell 9-7 in an offensive onslaught. The Bulldogs stormed back late, but four runs in the seventh inning were not enough to close the gap. Freshman pitcher Kacey Starwalt pitched three-and-athird innings in relief, giving up one hit and one run. Senior Leah Bry started on the mound for the Bulldogs and was later named

Big East Conference pitcher of the week. The Bulldogs started slow against University of Pittsburgh, falling behind six runs before rallying for four runs of their own in the seventh. The comeback fell short. Butler could not convert early and left 13 runners on base in the game. Sophomore Kristin Gutierrez had a rough outing on the mound, surrendering 10 hits and six runs, while the Bulldogs made six errors in the game. Gutierrez has a record of 1-5 on the season. In the final competition of the tournament, Butler scored two first-inning runs off a single by freshman infielder Chelsea Norwood. Eastern Kentucky

answered with two runs of its own in the second inning to tie the game. Eastern Kentucky scored three more runs in the eighth inning to seal Butler’s fate. Butler will look to snap its three-game losing streak when the Buldogs compete in the Under Armour Classic in Clear Water, Fla. The Bulldogs will have six games from March 13-16. They will face Penn in the opener before facing Long Island and Yale the next day. The Bulldogs will play their second double-header in as many days on March 15 when they face Massachussets and Iona, before closing the Classic in a matchup with Boston University.

Photo courtesy of Butler baseball team

The Butler baseball team has teamed up to begin the “More Than Me” movement.


Transfer rules hurt student-athletes BEN SIECK

Choosing a college isn’t easy. Often, students regret their choice and decide to transfer. Student-athletes are no exception. However, if student-athletes want to transfer schools, they face a myriad of restrictions and obstacles. Nearly all Division I athletes playing football, baseball, men’s ice hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball must sit out one year following a transfer. Only when that year has passed can they play again. In addition, those athletes are often at the mercy of their coaches as to where they can transfer. Over the past few months, it has come to light that the National Collegiate Athletic Association is considering allowing student-athletes who are in good academic standing the ability to transfer without sitting out. Additionally, this proposal removes a school’s ability to block scholarships to an athlete because of a transfer. If the NCAA wants the best for student-athletes, it needs to make sure this measure sticks. Transferring allows students to remove themselves from an undesirable position and put themselves in a better place to succeed. Student-athletes should be afforded the same courtesy without hindrance to their athletic careers. Butler junior swimmer Meg Boebinger is one of the lucky athletes to not miss playing time due to her transfer. When she left Illinois State after her freshman year, she was allowed to swim at Butler the following year. However, she said her coach held the power to reject or grant her waiver to transfer. “I was on great terms with him, so he let me know that he wanted me to compete and he wanted me to continue playing,” Boebinger said. However, not all coaches are as benevolent as hers. Wisconsin basketball player Jared Uthoff requested permission from coach Bo Ryan to transfer after his freshman year in 2012. In response, Ryan mandated that Uthoff could not contact schools in the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences, as well as Marquette, Iowa State and Florida. In the event Uthoff chose one of those schools, NCAA rules required him to forfeit his athletic scholarship and sit out the following season.

By giving the coaches the power to block schools and rescind financial aid, the NCAA fails at its main objective— supporting the student-athlete. Uthoff ultimately chose to defy Ryan and enrolled at Iowa, a Big Ten school, telling ESPN he could afford to pay for his education for that year. Like Boebinger, Uthofff was one of the lucky ones. Many student-athletes rely on scholarships to fund their education. When a coach like Ryan places restrictions on player transfers, they often have no choice but to abide. What’s even more troubling with this rule is its hypocrisy. Coaches are allowed to set the rules for their players, but aren’t expected to follow the same. If a college coach gets a job offer at a different school, even if he is under contract, he can immediately coach at that new school. A contract buyout is the only safeguard against this, but the coach’s new destination will simply pay it off. Recruits who pick a school based on the coach, only to have that coach leave for greener pastures, are left holding the bag. Those players either have to stick it out with the new coach, or sit out a year while the person they signed to play for is off coaching without delay. Transferring colleges is an increasingly common experience. Statistics show that one in three college students who enroll at a university end up transferring. Katie Reed, a junior soccer player at Butler, said her decision to transfer from Illinois was the best thing for her soccer career. With regards to the notion athletes need to sit out a year in order to adjust academically, Reed said that should not be the case. “The best way to get to know your new school is through your sport,” she said. “I feel like sitting out a year would make it much harder to adjust, not to mention depressing as well.” As a college student myself, it’s comforting to know that I can transfer to another university should I see fit. However, if I put myself in the shoes of a student-athlete, I couldn’t help but feel trapped. Should I decide to transfer, my future would be out of my control. While I’m certainly not a studentathlete, the idea of my professors controlling my collegiate career is an unsettling one. The NCAA has the following sentence about the organization’s founding on its website: “The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time.” If the NCAA wants to abide by its founding principle, it needs to alter its rules on transferring. A lot has changed in the past century, but the unfair treatment of student-athletes is troubling static.




Bulldogs prepare for tournament BRENDAN KING


Photo by Amy Street

Senior forward Daress McClung (right) and the rest of the women’s basketball team will travel to Rosemont, Ill., for the Big East Conference Tournament starting this Sunday.


watching Austin be a leader. I know that two years from now, that will be my chance to take that role.” Butler tennis coach Parker Ross said Alex is beginning to develop his own personality while learning from those around him. “Alex definitely has created his own identity on the team and is always finding his own way, but the brothers definitely do a lot of things together and are similar in their mindsets,” Ross said. Ross said Austin has taken on a coach’s mentality. “Austin has a unique ability to analyze and motivate,” Ross said. “He is such a positive person and has instilled this belief in other guys on the team in match situations. I consider

Austin as almost another coach on the team because he has such a great understanding of the game and is great at communicating encouragement.” Alex and Austin are 1-4 on the season as doubles partners.It is not record the two were hoping for, but it has not put a strain on the pairs’ relationship. The brothers’ bond is one that extends beyond the chalk lines into the rest of campus and their home. Some siblings separate to create different identities. The Woldmoes are in a unique situation. “There’s no space between us. Whether it’s on campus or at home, we’re going to be spending every second together,” Austin said. “We have lunch and dinner together every single day, we hang out together on the weekends. We’re best friends,” said Austin. “There’s not a single person I’d rather be with.”

The Butler women’s basketball team won a key game on the road against Creighton Tuesday night by a score of 67-59 to gain momentum going into the Big East Tournament starting on Saturday. Senior forward Daress McClung led the way for Bulldogs in the offensive department as she scored 20 points to help the Bulldogs win the game. McClung made 50 percent of her shots in the game. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Fellow senior forward Mandy McDivitt scored 13 points in the game, 12 of which came from 3-pointers. McDivitt’s 3-point shot was hot for the Bulldogs this game. She also shot 50 percent from the field in the game, and added five rebounds and three assists. Late free-throw shooting was key for the Bulldogs. The game was close all the way up until the

Bulldogs begin spring season MITCH RIPORTELLA


Butler’s men and women’s golf teams are gearing up for the start of the 2014 season this week, with their first competitions being held over Spring Break. This will be both teams’ first season in the Big East, with the men moving over from the Atlantic Ten Conference and the women from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Butler men’s team will kick its season off March 10 in Jacksonville, Fla., for the Benbow Invitational, a 14-team, two-day tournament. The Bulldogs have been hard at work preparing over the offseason. Since the end of October, the team has been doing offseason work two times a week, running and doing

final moments. McClung was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Junior guard Taylor Schippers shot 4-for-4 from the line and also sank two 3-pointers in the game. Creighton out-rebounded the Bulldogs 40-29. However, from those 40 rebounds, the Blue Jays (18-12, 12-6) only managed to score seven second chance points. Creighton sophomore guard Marissa Janning carried the Blue Jays on the offensive side of the ball.She scored 20 points and also had six assists and five rebounds. In the previous meeting between these two teams at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Janning’s 3-point shooting gave the Bulldogs trouble. Janning sank two early 3-pointers in the first quarter but only managed to tally one more for the rest of the game. Butler coach Beth Couture’s defensive strategy was able to stop the Blue Jays from the 3-point line which helped them get to the win.

These two teams will have to get used to seeing each other however, as Butler will play Creighton one more time in the Big East Tournament. The Bulldogs will face off against Creighton after their firstround bye, which was earned after the win against Seton Hall. Butler is 2-0 against Creighton so far this year and has done it through 3-point shooting, good rebounding, and a solid defensive game. Butler wrapped up its first regular season in the Big East Conference with a 15-14 overall reacord and 10-8 mark in conference. Butler will travel to Rosemont, Ill. for the Big East Conference Tournament. Butler’s first game is this Sunday against Creighton. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Should the Bulldogs advance to the semifinals, fans can watch the game on Fox Sports 1.

GOLF core work. “We just do things to get us in shape, and keep us in shape,” said sophomore Logan McBride. He said the team has been hitting both the weights and exercise balls. “We’ve started going pretty hard in practice,” McBride said. “A lot of putting, a lot of short game, just making sure we don’t go out there and embarrass ourselves.” Coming off what McBride called a “disappointing” 2013 season, Butler will look to improve on its lackluster tournament play. “We have a lot of potential. We have a lot of talent,” McBride said. “We’re going in with a super positive attitude. We’ve put in the work, and I think it’s really going to pay off come tournament time.” Butler will play without Andrew Wegeng and Colin Reenan, who were seniors last year, and had the teams top two scoring averages. The Bulldogs will look for juniors

Andrew Eiler and Logan Holt to fill the shoes of departing seniors. The women’s golf team will also travel to Jacksonville to play in the Benbow Invitational March 10. The 2013 MAAC champions will look to carry their success into the Big East. Key returnees for the Bulldogs include junior Isabella Lambert, who led the team with a 78.5 average last year, and junior Jenna Peters, who closely followed Lambert with a 79 average. The team had a good showing in the fall, placing in the top three in three of four tournaments. Led by coach Bill Mattingly, who also coaches the men’s team, the relatively young roster will feature three freshman and three sophomores. Both the men and women’s teams also compete on March 12 in Jacksonville in the Bulldog Florida Invitational.




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One student is taking on a major task of creating a graphic novel entirely by himself BREANNA MANLEY BMANLEY@BUTLER.EDU


A bag of Fritos, a bottle of Gatorade, a computer and a pencil make up the ideal workspace for graphic designer Joel Fuller to produce some of his best artwork. In fact, the sophomore Art + Design major still has his very first childhood comic book and sketch pad, complete with Scooby-Do drawings, from when he was a boy back at home in Birmingham, Ala. At Butler University, Fuller has begun a graphic novel titled “Xavian.” His novel features the protagonist, Xavian, and the villain, the Ophiosisen Leader. Fuller has one chapter completed and hopes to finish the second chapter by the end of the semester. “For a story, I decided, ‘What can I do that can make it different?’” Fuller said. “What if I make a story where I throw in a twist or make it the real world? Not the typical villain comes in, takes over the city, the hero comes in and saves the day and that’s it. What if I make a twist where it’s life or death? It’s all or nothing; there’s never any certainty of the hero always winning.” The graphic novel begins at the climax of

the story and then traces back through time to the current situation, Fuller said. This inspiration came from the book “Into The Wild” by John Krakauer. “I think his idea is fresh and innovative,” sophomore classmate Joshua Gaal said. “I think this is something that he can really run with and define who he is as an artist. If you are around him enough, you can really see his artistic style in each character and level of the art that he produces for this novel.” Professor Gautam Rao taught the two classes that Fuller said let his creativity fly: painting and graphic design. These courses emphasize creativity, innovation and story telling, Rao said. “He’s essentially created a world, and within that world, there is political intrigue, space exploration and there are characters with heroic qualities,” Rao said. “It’s exciting as a reader to kind of put yourself into that world he has created.” The main themes presented in “Xavian” are darkness and strategy during wartime. The novel also contains a close foreshadowing of worldly events, Fuller said. “I like to see how the world reacts to a

It’s all or nothing; there’s never any certainty of the hero always winning. JOEL FULLER AUTHOR OF “XAVIAN” threat to the entire planet,” Fuller said. “I love how no matter what or how much bickering there is at the time, people always seem to put aside their differences, come together and fight the main cause.” However, Fuller said he is his own biggest critic. He said he struggles with comparing his own artwork to that of artists who have been drawing for years. “Professor Gautam has always told me, ‘You have your own style that’s unique to you. If you try to mimic others’ too much, it won’t be yours.’ I’ve just decided to let that go and say, ‘Alright, this is how I draw,’” Fuller said. The improvements on Fuller’s work have not gone unnoticed, Rao said.

“I think improve, yes—but I think even just blossom,” Rao said. “You look at his illustrations now compared to last semester, and it looks like they are from a different person—so much better. He’s so focused on his art, and he’s done a good job.” Reflecting back on 2013, Fuller said he has already seen great improvement in his work and is excited to begin working on the forthcoming chapters of “Xavian.” “I told myself that, even if I don’t get this, or it doesn’t become popular, I can still be proud to say I’ve done something,” Fuller said. “I’ve always said that I am the author, writer, editor, artist—everything. I’ve always said I’ve needed help.” Fuller created a blog and Facebook page featuring the story of Xavian in hopes of expanding his work beyond just the Indianapolis community, he said. In his blog, Fuller features his intent behind different illustrations and how he created each individual graphic to audiences. He relies on feedback through comments, emails or tweets. “I don’t mind negative criticism,” Fuller said. “I know I’m not perfect and not a number one selling series, but anything to help me get better I’ll gladly take.”

How to: create a graphic novel Sophomore Joel Fuller shares his creative process for making the graphic novel “Xavian” come to life

Step one:

“I write out the script of a chapter before I begin drawing. Then I show my script to my art professors and friends for their feedback and any changes spelling, or grammar errors they suggest.”

Step two:

“Once I finish making changes to the script, I start drawing the panel borders on each page to get a feel of how I want the page to look like. Once I’m satisfied with the panel borders, I reread the script and I begin drawing the scenes according the script.”

Step three:

“Once the pencil drawings are done for the pages I go back over the drawings with ink. This is where I use various inking pens and go back over the line art for the final touches.”

Step four:

“Once the inking process is done, I scan the images on the computer and turn my black and white drawings into color pages.”




Indianapolis insists on innovation BRITTANY GARRETT BGARRETT@BUTLER.EDU


The entire Indianapolis arts community is about to undergo a makeover. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is preparing to start the first event of the new Innovative Museum Leaders Speaker Series this Thursday. It will bring in an assortment of leaders in the art field to talk about their work and how to boost morale in their organizations. The series is an outcome of a recent grant received from Eli Lilly and Company for $1 million. Chris Parker, IMA spokesperson, described the series as a way to better the art community from the inside. “We’re bringing in people from all around the country from likeminded organizations who have taken their museum or historical place to the next level as an institution,” Parker said. The first speaker, Marie McKee, is the president of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Her methods boosted revenue for her institution and greatly increased attendance at various events and to the museum as a whole. She will be speaking Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Parker said the IMA hopes to find use in her techniques and

implement them to enhance all organizations in the arts community, specifically the museum. “The Indianapolis Museum of Art has been here for over 100 years and has done amazing things during that time, but we still know with the ever-changing culture in Indianapolis and around the world, there is a constant need to keep up with the times,” Parker said. Junior arts administration major Andrea Rubens said she appreciates participation from everyone who engages himself or herself in this constantly shuffling culture of the art world. “I see arts students who go to these types of events with someone from a different major and it is just really great to see everyone involved,” Rubens said. Rubens said she sees the benefits of going to different events, especially at the IMA, for their educational enlightenment as well as being able to complete the Jordan College of the Arts Indy Metro Requirements. “It’s nice to be able to see the community and the arts in the community,” Rubens said. “Plus the IMA is so close and it’s always free.” Parker sees the series as something everyone can relate to, not just arts students.

“It isn’t just about the arts in particular. It’s about the culture as a whole and being able to create something that is expressive, not only for one notch of the population, but for everyone,” Parker said. The IMA always wants to be a welcoming community, not just during this series. “We’re a kind of institution constantly fostering diversity,” Parker said. “We want anyone from any sort of background, no matter what it may be, to feel welcomed and feel like he or she is part of something.” The second installation of the Innovative Museum Leaders Speaker Series will be May 6 and will continue having important members of the arts community come in and speak about their progress. Until then, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is free to enter and open Tuesday through Sunday. Innovative Museum Leaders Speakers Series, Indianapolis Arts Museum Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Marie McKee Tuesday May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Bonnie Pittman

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Students share Sondheim with “A Little Night Music” MALLORY DUNCAN MSDUNCAN@BUTLER.EDU ASST. ARTS, ETC. EDITOR

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Schrott Center

April 3-27 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Upper West Gallery Angela Lopez: Mythical States April 3-27 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lower Gallery Faculty and Students: Fables, Fairy Tales, and Physics April 3-27 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Upper East Gallery Petronio Bendito: Color Code-Algorithms and Expressions April 3 6 p.m. Porgy and Bess: Folklore, Fakelore, and Friction April 3 7 p.m. Angela Brown Sings Highlights from Porgy and Bess $$ April 4 7:30 p.m. Once Upon a Dream $$ April 5 7:30 p.m. Dance Kaleidoscope: “Mother Goose Suite and Other Flights of Fantasy” $$ April 6 2 p.m. Masterpieces for Two Pianos & Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks $$ April 10 10 a.m. The Soldier’s Tale- School Matinee $$ April 10 7 p.m. The Soldier’s Tale $$ April 11 7:30 p.m. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra $$ April 12 10 a.m. Butler Community Arts School- Children’s Percussion April 12 11 a.m. Butler Percussion Ensemble April 12 7:30 p.m. Jazz with Donny McCaslin $$ April 13 7 p.m. Blind Boys of Alabama and My Brightest Diamond $$ April 25 4 p.m. Art Gallery Reception April 25 7:30 p.m. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Quantum $$ April 26 10 a.m. Butler Community Aarts School-Children’s Dance April 26 7:30 p.m. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Quantum $$

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

April 4 6 p.m. Once Upon a Time (space, matter, energy & light...) April 5 3 p.m. Bound by the Stories We Tell April 5 5 p.m. Tibetan Buddhist art April 5 6 p.m. Supersstition to Science: Stories from the Sky April 6 12 p.m. Astronomy, Astrology and Music of the Spheres April 12 10 a.m. Martin Kuuskmann: Mini-Recital and Master Class April 12 2 p.m. Readings by Butler MFA Writers April 12 4 p.m. Marchen Madness: A Tournament of Tales

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Lilly Hall

April 5 1 p.m. Composers’ Orchestra Workshop: Making It Up as You Go Along April 9 7 p.m. The Two Maples Preview $$ April 10 6 p.m. The Magic of Music and Flight: Ascent, Weightlessness, Descent April 10 7 p.m. The Two Maples Preview $$ April 11 7 p.m. The Two Maples $$ April 12 7 p.m. The Two Maples $$ April 13 2 p.m. The Two Maples $$

Holcomb Observatory

April 7 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The World on the Moon (Il Mondo Della Luna) $$ April 8 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The World on the Moon (Il Mondo Della Luna) $$ April 9 6 p.m. The World on the Moon (Il Mondo Della Luna) $$

Clowes Memorial Hall

April 25 7 p.m. Cindrella and the Physics of Dance April 25 8 p.m. Cinderella $$ April 26 6:30 p.m. Physics Beyond Fairy Tales: Modern Projection Techniques for Dance and Theatre April 26 8 p.m. Cinderella $$ April 27 2 p.m. Cinderella $$

The curtains opened last weekend to reveal a different kind of show on the stage of Butler University’s Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. Three students presented “A Little Night Music,” a musical. Instead of a traditional or original play, the students collaborated to bring the musical to the recital hall stage. This kind of production has not been tried at Butler for almost 10 years. Because of the size of Butler and lack of a musical theatre program, Butler typically only does straight plays and not musicals. “As a performance major, I really enjoy singing opera but I miss doing musicals,” said Alaina Bartkowiak, director of the production. “I noticed a lot of people felt the same way. Butler is not equipped for musicals.” Bartkowiak, along with Harriet Steinke, the producer, and Nick Roman, the music director, started this project last summer. The vision grew until January, when the trio started receiving donations and help from different departments at Butler. “We have help from so many departments that (the musical) has grown into this big legitimate musical. It’s exciting,” Bartkowiak said. Professors from the music department to the theatre department all lent their support. The dean of the Jordan College of the Arts, Ronald Caltabiano, also supported the show. “(The music and theatre professors) weren’t sure how it was going to go,” said sophomore theatre major Becca De Tar. “But Caltabiano was really supportive. He wants this kind of collaboration in JCA all the time.” Because Butler does not typically do musicals, Bartkowiak knew it had to be student-generated. The production was completely student run and directed. “We have people from eight or nine different majors,” Bartkowiak said. “It’s a collaboration between the music and the theatre departments. They are from all age ranges—we have a lot of freshmen up to seniors.” The show gave music students and theatre students an opportunity to work with people that they do not normally work with during the school year. “It wasn’t weird or anything,” De Tar said. “That is the world we are all going into. We aren’t going to work with just people we know.

It was a great experience to learn from different people.” The show ran from Feb. 27 through March 2. Even though musicals are rarely seen on a Butler stage, the reaction was favorable. “I don’t know what I was expecting but it was a lot more entertaining than I thought it would be,” freshman Thomas Kennedy said. “It was a lot more exciting and also pretty funny. I thought it would be a little more dry.” Because Butler stages are small and not equipped for musicals, the actors had to learn to speak in a way so people could understand them from the back of the audience. The costumes were rented because of generous donations by a number of people. The set also had to be minimal because of the lack of space on stage. A grand piano, the only orchestration for the musical, took up about a third of the space, leaving little room for much of a set. “Because the show was so rich in and of itself, it didn’t need a lot of space or flashy sets, so it was fine having a minimalist set,” Bartkowiak said. Although musicals at Butler have been a flop in the past, this one could pave the way for more to come, De Tar said. “I think it has made people realize it’s possible to do this grand production. It’s sparked a lot of ideas in people’s minds,” De Tar said. “It gave people an opportunity. For music majors, they could do something that wasn’t as classical. Theatre majors got to experiment with a different genre. It was a really good collaboration, and it brought a lot of different personality types together.” IS SONDHEIM STUCK IN YOUR HEAD? Did you see the show and now can’t get the music out of your head? The Original Broadway Cast Recording is on iTunes for $9.99.

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Students should challenge Danko Students need to be more aggressive about voicing concerns to President Danko


President James Danko may not want to admit this, but he is a businessman. Should students be worried or concerned, frightened or skeptical? Yes, they should, but not for reasons that you think. Students should question if Butler’s leader is considering their opinions when the university decides to make drastic changes. In 10 to 15 years, Danko wants students to look back and believe their degrees are more prestigious and nationally recognized. “We need to make sure that we are up there with the other well-known, residential, private universities,” Danko said. Danko said that elite class of universities includes Georgetown, Wake Forest and Villanova. Achieving this will not be easy, and students will experience growing pains as the university continues to make changes. I think there will be inconveniences when new construction breaks ground in the coming months. I expect the cost of attending Butler University will also have to rise to fund any additions to campus.

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Danko also spoke with me about his plans to match the increased demand in student housing. “Our housing is nowhere near what I think is acceptable for a university that wants to claim national stature—we’re probably going to have to build a building behind Schwitzer Hall and eventually think about probably removing Schwitzer or Ross.” Danko said. Clearly, these projects require a sound business and organizational

background. Danko said he does not look at Butler as a business. But he said his first steps as president were to create more investment through a program that he calls the “precapital campaign.” “What I probably bring to the table is a sense of service, financial management, leadership and organizational improvement— but I don’t view education as a business,”Danko said, “Not at all.” Danko said he is not a

businessman, yet he thinks and acts like one. And that is okay. He is calculating and action oriented. He knew that he could only add more to campus by building a large stockpile of cash. Butler is his business, and I believe he is good at managing all things financial. But has he shown enough interest in students’ everyday concerns? No, he hasn’t. Students are forgotten in the midst of change. He can do a lot more. Different stakeholders compete for Danko’s attention. Aside from students, the stakeholders include alumni, faculty, the Board of Trustees, donors and the surrounding community. Part of the problem is that students do not challenge Danko by voicing enough of their concerns. “I don’t feel overwhelmed by requests from students. I’d be welcome to more. If a student isn’t seeing me, then they are probably not trying,” Danko said. Danko said he is an open and accessible president and proceeded to list the various ways he can be reached. The shortlist included email, office hours, town hall discussions and social media. In order to interview Danko, however, I got the sense that he was rather unavailable. It took multiple tries to schedule an interview with the president, and even then my time felt limited. Students must test the claim that he is actively listening to their concerns, and Danko must destroy the barriers between his office and the student body. His office is in Jordan Hall 101. Students should visit him when they can. Tweet him when necessary and encourage the

Student Government Association to make sure that he is doing all he can to make Butler better. The donors and the Board of Trustees have Danko’s ear. The trustees are close to the president, and they have a centralized vision of how the university should grow. For example, the trustees have continued to weigh in on a decision on whether or not to build a new parking garage. “We had to solve a parking problem,” Danko said. “We talked about a parking garage and realized that this could be a $50-million building that would slow down our ability to build new housing.” In hindsight, students do not seem to think the parking situation is fixed “Was everyone going to be happy with the changes? No, it’s not perfect. We all wish we could park next to our office or our dorm,” Danko said. Danko is right. The situation is not perfect. But it can still be much better than it is currently. There are obvious inefficiencies in the parking system at Butler. Students need to have a voice all matters which directly affects their college experience. I think Danko has recognized other students’ concerns. He listed diversity, the independent versus Greek life divide and student health as most concerning. Danko and the administration must ultimately do a better job of addressing the needs of students. After all, our tuition means something, right? Contact columnist Julian Wyllie at

Affordable apparel is an option Butler’s bookstore offers less expensive off-brand apparel as an option for students Butler University’s school spirit will always be high, but unfortunately, so will its bookstore’s prices on merchandise. Students want to show spirit by wearing Butler blues, but how can that happen when a simple sweatshirt is so expensive? According to the Butler Bookstore’s website, the cheapest sweatshirt not on clearance for both men and women is $13.99, and the most expensive is in the women’s department for $80. Granted, the bookstore has “flash sales,” which are generally decent deals, but what if a student misses them? Shouldn’t students have access to affordable, quality merchandise whenever they want? “I think it’s ridiculous that (the bookstore) sell(s) their sweatshirts for $50 when, in reality, it probably only costs $20 to make,” said sophomore Katie Springston. Clothing is not the only merchandise that students feel is overpriced. The bookstore also carries products such as lanyards, jewelry, bags and plush toys.


“I think that it’s sad that the grumpy cat dolls cost so much, because they’re really cute and I would like one,” said sophomore Alexandra Selheim. Both Springston and Selheim said they believe that the bookstore is not competitively priced and could do better about this issue. But how? First, we have to acknowledge the bookstore itself is not the sole contributor to the high cost of apparel. The brands being sold have a lot to do with the situation as well. Looking back at the prices, the most expensive brand is Nike, and the cheapest is MV Sport. As much as everyone enjoys complaining about what Butler is doing wrong, how about looking at what Butler is doing right? The bookstore is trying to accommodate students by giving them name brands they desire, like Nike, but also giving them affordable options like MV Sport.

The MV Sport option may not always be what the students want, but the option is available. The bookstore is trying. Is there somewhere the bookstore can meet the students in the middle on prices? Some students suggest coupons to increase sales and give students an incentive to spend their money in the bookstore. Other students suggest a mark down throughout the store. But the bookstore is a business, and neither of these options are particularly profitable for it. The only answer that will truly work is an extension of the trickle down theory. Students have to buy the things that they want at the prices they are now. This seems like a stupid solution, but it is actually very logical. The bookstore will get better deals when it orders more of one product. It will order more of that product if it knows students like it. Even though the bookstore could not be reached for a comment, students should give it a break and try to support the business. Contact columnist Morgan Legel at

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Parking citations are an unjust punishment Students are unfairly ticketed due to lack of parking options Michael Becker is a guest columnist this week. He is senior strategic communication major. I cringe at the thought of parking at Butler University. He got me again. Another ticket from Butler parking enforcement officer Aaron Chalmers. It is one of nearly two dozen I have incidentally and haphazardly acquired during the three-and-a-half years I have had a car on campus. I commute, so I posses a C decal. My car was found and ticketed parking in the A section of Residential College. All this meant to me was that I needed to find more evasive, clever places to park. Some of the ideas I have tried and succeeded with are not exactly appropriate for me to disclose here. I do not wish to do these things—rather, I am forced to. Whatever well-meaning planning went into redeveloping parking about a year ago, regretfully, it has been a failure. Somehow, it appears that more student parking has been eliminated, and it angers me. I have a strong inclination this general sentiment is shared by all students. In fact, let me go ahead and be the first to publicly say this: A complete and utter reconsideration and reformation of parking regulations is more than warranted at Butler University. Butler has about 1,138 employees in its service. There are also 4,902 fulltime students enrolled here. That means there are slightly more than four students to every employee at Butler. It seems students should have about four times as much parking as these employees. They do not. When I commute to class, unless I arrive at 8 a.m., I have a lot of trouble find a spot for C decals in the ResCo lot. I counted the open A—faculty and staff—spots in the ResCo lot after returning from class. I counted 77 open spots and seven cars. This is just nonsensical. Prior to this year, Butler University Police Department cited the I-Lot and the future garage as upgrades to parking. Creating the I-Lot down in the trenches of Butler does not begin to address the more relevant issue of parking near campus for commuters, residents, Greeks and Housing Village students that make up the vast majority of the student


body. My reason, though, for writing this piece is less about parking options available to students than the parking citations issued to them. It so happened that a small group of prospective students was passing through the lot, presumably after a tour of the school. They asked why my car, as well as several others in the aisle, was lit up with bright green tickets beneath the wipers. I told them Butler’s parking system has no viable options for much of the student body seeking parking, and that I was forced to park in A—since all other spots were unavailable. The smile that was on their faces when they first approached me quickly faded. The habitual and ludicrous ticketing of students, whose parents could be paying half of their life savings for their child to attend this university, is unwarranted at best. Once I graduate, I do not plan on giving one dime of the money I earn back to Butler. I have asked administration to leave my name off of any prospective donor list and consider my miscellaneous parking citations as my donations to this university. Is this “The Butler Way”? I believe The Butler Way talks about “accepting reality, yet seeking constant improvement.” The reality is that BUPD tickets students who do not have a choice of where to park. We need to collectively start seeking constant improvement of this issue. BUPD now has more of a reputation among students as a ticket-giving body. My suggestion—create a universal parking decal for all students and allow parking by any student in any lot. Maybe prohibit freshman from having cars on campus. Perhaps administration could add another $200 to tuition as a hidden cost and eliminate parking citations to students altogether. Create more spots. Loosen restrictions. I really do not care. Whatever incomprehensible moral justification BUPD has for a ticketing hundreds of students per month, it is insane and needs to stop.

Student thanks Butler family for support A thank you to all my Butler friends and family who have shown me support


Kyle Beery is a guest columnist this week. He is a junior journalism major. As the old saying states, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” I have always been a true believer of that. And now, I have been experiencing that over the past couple of months. Many of you know I am recovering from a recent open-

heart surgery. I had an episode on Greek Bid Day (Jan. 12), in which I had an irregularly fast heart beat. I was taken from Rowdy Row in an ambulance to IU Health North Hospital before being transferred to IU Methodist downtown later that night.

The Indy 500 Princess Program seems to only have contestants that meet a certain physical criteria.

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Beauty is more than physical appearance The 500 Festival Princess Program seems like a beauty pageant


The 500 Festival Princess Program is not a beauty pageant in description. The 33 women selected each year as part of the program are ambassadors for the festival and are judged based on a number of criteria, none of which is their physical appearance. This program focuses heavily on volunteer service and altruism. Women who apply have to have a GPA greater than 2.8, participate in “worthwhile” activities in college and have a successful interview, according to the program’s website. These women must be professional, intelligent and unselfish. This is a far cry from the traditional beauty pageants where contestants model bathing suits and are judged on their looks and a couple minutes of speaking. Beauty pageants reduce women down to their looks. In order to succeed, one simply has to have a pretty smile and be able to walk in high heels. The 500 Festival Princess Program is a step above that. Four Butler women are princesses in this year’s competition to become the queen. They will have to work hard this spring in order to succeed in the program. They will participate in outreach initiatives in their hometowns, volunteer at the Indy 500 Festival throughout the month of May and become heavily involved in the Indiana community.

There is no doubt the 33 princesses will work hard over the coming months to represent the Festival’s mission well. However, the program is still flawed. Women are expected to be unmarried and have no children— including those who have gone on to attain a college degree after having children. I would argue these women have worked harder than most to be where they are and deserve recognition. The term “Princess Program” evokes a certain image as well. Even though physical appearance is not one of the criteria judged throughout the competition, all 33 women are traditionally beautiful. All have long hair and fit stereotypical norms for female beauty. They all look like a princess “should.” This festival clearly promotes a certain kind of woman as “ideal.” These are all smart, successful college women, yet they are being celebrated for fitting into the mold. There are many women who are intelligent and altruistic, yet do not meet today’s stringent standards for beauty. They seem to be underrepresented in the Princess Program. The program wants the women

On Jan. 16 at Methodist, I had a pulmonary valve replacement surgery, which went very smoothly. About a week and a half later, the doctors did an operation to put an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which will help save my life if I were to ever go into that fast rhythm again by shocking it back into rhythm, within me. I decided I was going to take the semester off from Butler and take my time to have a full recovery. I have been at home in Michigan, doing exactly that. I am pretty much past any major obstacles, as I visited my doctors in Indianapolis two weeks ago and got the thumbs up from all three of them. I will be starting cardiac rehab this week to get some stamina back. As I’ve been hanging around my little hometown, it’s safe to say I’ve been getting pretty bored. And

it’s even safer to say I’ve realized how much I have really enjoyed my time at Butler. I’ve also realized that I have been shaped by Butler and the people I’ve surrounded myself with there. I am enjoying a much-needed break and spending time with my family and friends during it. But I am really starting to miss Butler, especially my Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers and the great friends I’ve made over the past three years. I miss the wonderful professors that have been helping me grow as a student and have really pushed me towards becoming a better journalist. Despite a rough year, I certainly miss the basketball games—it has been tough watching from home. I am certainly lucky to still be here, so I can’t complain about being “stuck here” too much. That’s why I am writing this


to be viewed as role models for others. These women are good role models: They are working on a college education and unselfishly helping communities through volunteerism, before and after the program. However, the 500 Festival Princess Program could teach other girls that they have to fit into a certain beauty standard in order to fit in with these princesses. It is good the festival does not judge the women based on their beauty. When one looks at the 33 princesses, however, one would not assume their physical appearances had nothing to do with the selection. Little girls do not understand the networking opportunities or potential scholarships these women receive. They see 33 beautiful women, and so yet again little girls are taught they have to be beautiful in order to be celebrated. I would challenge the Princess Program to look for a broader range of women in following years. They should invite college women through a variety of campus organizations and promote a message of diversity. The program itself has good roots in celebrating women for good grades and volunteerism. However, a broader spectrum of physical attributes would make these 33 women more relatable and realistic. Good role models can come in any physical form. Contact copy chief Maggie Monson at column. I want to say thank you, not only to my brothers and friends who were there to help me get the attention I needed on bid day, but to everyone—everyone who has shown support, whether it be a simple text message, email, phone call, card, flowers or a visit. Not to mention all of your thoughts and prayers. I can’t begin to express how much that all has meant to me and my family; we are so grateful. As cliché as we always say it is, I now really see the Butler community of care, and I am so thankful for it. Throughout the past few months, it has been pretty rough, but that just sets me up for a good summer and a good return to Butler in the fall. As one of my favorite country singers says, “Bad times make the good times better.”

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What are your plans for Spring Break? “I plan on going home to Michigan and just relaxing until I come back to watch the baseball games.”

“I’m going to Colorado to go skiing.”

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Peter Buth Junior Business and finance

“For Spring Break, I am going to Fort Lauderdale.”

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Men from various fraternities fill bottles with maple syrup in the Spring Sports Spectacular.

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Sophomore Jonathan Golliher, a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, competes in the arm wrestling event during the annual Spring Sports Spectacular event last weekend.

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Special Olympics Indiana participants run through a banner to mark the opening of Spring Sports Spectacular 2014. Money raised in the event went to Special Olympics Indiana.

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Women from the Pi Beta Phi sorority compete in the tug of war, earning second place.

The Butler Collegian, March 5, 2014  
The Butler Collegian, March 5, 2014  

The 20th issue of The Butler Collegian in the 2013-2014 school year, and the seventh issue of the spring semester.