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The state of Butler’s intramural fields mixed with the I Lot’s creation fuels concerns MATTHEW VANTRYON MVANTRYO@BUTLER.EDU


The construction of the I Lot disrupted the availability of some intramural athletic fields for nearly 2,000 Butler students, and Recreation Director Scott Peden said “chaos may ensue” if the situation— among other issues—is not resolved in a timely manner. The lot’s construction diminished the amount of space available for intramural activities in the area just across Central Canal. The construction eliminated one of eight fields that existed last school year. Peden said the remaining intramural fields are not in prime condition for Butler athletes. Yet the number of intramural athletes and club sports at Butler continues to climb. Peden said intramural sports are facilitated by the recreation department, whereas club sports are student organizations that are advised by the recreation department and compete against other universities. In 2005, there were 951 intramural participants. Last year, that number increased to 3,133— which translates to nearly 2,000 students participating—according to statistics provided by Peden. Six years ago, there were five active Butler club teams. That figure has since tripled, Peden said.

Approximately 300 intramural athletes use the fields on a daily basis. The five club teams that use the facilities amount to an additional 75 students. The club teams practice 2-3 times per week, in addition to hosting various events. This means close to 400 students use the fields at least two days a week. There are also questions regarding the safety of the fields. Peden said Butler’s varsity athletics programs stopped using several of the fields due to safety concerns, and they transitioned to using the Butler Bowl. This raises concerns for the intramural and club athletes who do use the intramural fields. Peden said he was not alerted of the safety issues until very recently. “The athletic department deemed the fields unsafe for varsity athletes to play on. However, we were using it for recreation purposes,” Peden said. “That was an example of disjointed communication. We weren’t even aware that anyone had deemed the fields unplayable until a year or so ago. “It was surprising to us that athletics was not using the fields. We weren’t aware that they were intentionally not using that space.” Carl Heck, associate athletic director, said Butler’s varsity athletic programs formerly used the intramural fields area, but he did not confirm they stopped using the area due to safety concerns. Since this issue has been raised, it was determined the fields are not level. There is also an issue regarding the irrigation system and size of the sprinkler heads on the fields.

Due to these issues, intramural athletes are not using these fields unless absolutely necessary. “If irrigation and leveling the playing fields get done, [the construction of the lot] will be great,” Peden said. “If not, we’ll have a problem on our hands.” Rich Michal, executive director of facilities, played a large role in overseeing the construction of the I Lot. He said that before the increase in intramural participation, there was a different attitude in creating and locating the intramural fields. “Historically, we developed haphazardly out there,” Michal said. “We probably haven’t done a good job of master planning that area.” Michal said there is a different approach this time around, however. “We were very deliberate to say, ‘Okay, what are all the uses out here?’” Michal said. Michal said Butler intended to maximize the available space for intramurals and club sports. He added that he and his team met with a number of other administrators and stakeholders in order to get their input. Those involved in the discussions included Peden, vice president of finance Bruce Arick and head softball coach Scott Hall. Students, however, said they feel left out of the picture. “Student input was not included. It was kind of just dropped on us when we came back to school,” said Katherine Memsic, senior see FIELDS page 5

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Issues with irrigation, level ground and holes, such as the one above, currently plague Butler’s intramural fields.

Graphic courtesy of Scott Peden

The above map shows the addition of the I Lot where an intramural field formerly existed and the creation of a sidewalk (yellow dotted line) and other parking in the area.


Apartment Village student circulating petition JEFF STANICH


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A petition created by Apartment Village resident Julia Levine to protest AV’s parking situation obtained more than 150 signatures in just a few days.

A parking lot adjacent to Apartment Village often sits nearly empty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because students who live in AV cannot park there. Because of this parking situation, multiple AV residents—with their parking options reduced—have been getting ticketed if they try to park in the empty lot. AV resident Julia Levine wants that to change. The lot was designated for AV residents in previous years. Following changes to parking areas across campus, the lot is now designated for commuters, faculty and staff. This lot sits across campus from the academic buildings, and a majority of commuters choose

not to use it. “I can see the parking lot right outside my window, and I can’t park there,” Levine said. “Now it sits empty.” Bill Weber, assistant police chief, said the parking area was changed for big events on campus, per requests from the city of Indianapolis, for more Butler Univerity event parking on campus. “I don’t think we got (the changes) square on the head the first time,” Weber said. “More changes could be coming over this winter break.” Levine started a petition that acquired more than 150 signatures in a matter of days. She was hoping to present the petition to administrators this week, but Weber, who sits on the parking committee, said it might have to wait until November.


Weber said parking committee meetings only last an hour, and an agenda is already set for October’s meeting. “This is a problem that could be fixed very simply,” Levine said. “Everyone I’ve talked to in AV and around campus is frustrated.” Haley Baas is another AV resident who signed the petition. She said she feels the designation of the lot is wasting space. “Commuters and professors don’t want to park there because it is so far away,” Baas said. “I hear from students every day who get tickets.” Weber said students have voiced concerns with parking, and changes have been made because of them. “I encourage any petition or opinion that anyone has,” Weber said. “I hear great ideas that turn into changes because of students.”






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Part of the Residential College parking lot sits close to or completely empty due to new parking regulations. Many people have gripes with the parking system, but Butler University needs to be more realistic and smarter when issuing tickets and arranging the allotment of spaces. The semester is not even halfway done, yet there have been enough parking stories and issues to last the rest of

the semester. Some nights, users of lots—such as the one behind Residential College—circle lots, passing all of the empty faculty and staff (A) and commuter (C) spots, with the hopes of finding a lone Residential College (B) spot so they can park their cars. The amount of tickets


handed out is even worse than the layout of the parking situation. On many nights, the students who have walked out of academic buildings late at night have found a fresh green slip under one of their windshield wipers. No matter how desolate the lot or the hour of the

night, the Butler University Police Department seems to always find the lone car and issue it a $50 or $75 fine. That was apparent in a recent incident involving the Lambda Chi fraternity. Brothers could not park in their house’s parking lot during the recent Watermelon Bust, a Lambda Chi philanthropy event, because of the space constraints pertaining to the event. BUPD informed Lambda Chi brothers they could park in the Clowes Memorial Hall lot. Tickets were threatened around 10 p.m. one night for cars parked there, however, and they were asked to move the vehicles to the Hinkle

Fieldhouse lot. The situation played itself out again the next night— with some tickets actually being distributed at Clowes. Even worse, more tickets were distributed at Hinkle later in the evening. While this ticketing fiasco was occurring, Lambda Chi was hosting the philanthropy event. Despite the tickets eventually being rescinded, it underscores a lack of common sense being used by Butler through BUPD. Assistant Police Chief Andy Ryan said most students could avoid all the parking confusion and issues reading and knowing the parking policy. Most of the parking

violations occur between eight in the morning and five at night, Ryan said. Ryan said some of the problems with the current parking system will be discussed at the next parking committee meeting. At the next meeting on Oct. 30, the 24/7 parking policy in the school’s various lots will be brought up for discussion and potential reassessment, according to Ryan. Ryan says he does not believe anything will change, but it is worth having a discussion about reassessing the time limits on some lots. While changes to the parking policy may take place on Oct. 30, any changes made they will most likely be implemented during a school break, Ryan said. Butler should consider making a small change through BUPD even sooner: using logic and common sense instead of padding the pocketbook.


Butler should allow juniors to live off campus There is a simple solution to fixing Butler’s housing problem: allow juniors to live off campus. Butler’s housing is systematically flawed, and it is a money grab for the school. If juniors had the opportunity to live off campus, students could potentially save themselves thousands of dollars in housing fees and reduce the crowding amongst the residential areas designated for underclassmen. This would also open up more room in Ross and Schwitzer Halls and the Residential College. Some students say they feel like the school is taking advantage of students long before they ever commit to being Butler students. “It comes down to an abuse of power by the school,” said sophomore David Eldrige, a second-year resident of Ross Hall. “They recruit us as freshmen coming in here guaranteeing us that we are going to improve our living circumstances year by year.” Seeing that only 30 sophomores have to live in Ross Hall and a handful live in Schwitzer for a second year in a row, Butler comes up short on this guarantee. Eldridge said that school’s refusal to let students live off campus and live cheaper is the university’s way of making more of a profit. The housing lottery is a big reason some sophomores are displaced. Liberating an entire class from having to live on campus will make the lottery obsolete and ensure students will live in the areas that were advertised to them when they were prospective students. Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said the university has plans to renovate Ross and Schwitzer. The vacating of rooms in these halls would allow the university to quickly and efficiently renovate the rooms and areas in these halls. As Butler gains more national recognition, more students will apply to come to the university. The school will


not only have a better housing system, but the residential facilities will be excellent. The freshman residential halls will no longer be seen as an eyesore and a drawback, but as a selling point for prospective students. Director of Residence Life Karla Cunningham said installing air conditioning units is not too expensive. Residence Life officials are concerned with the buildings’ ability to handle the power needs of these units. During these renovations, the university could take out a few rooms and transform that space into more community space, because there will not be a need to have as many rooms if there will be less people living in the residential hall. Additional study rooms could be really beneficial, to students who study late into the night. Giving juniors permission to live off campus will thin out the population of other housing facilities and eliminate the need for Butler to use Christian Theological Seminary. All students that are currently living in CTS would be put back into one of the primary dorms. Allowing juniors to live off campus will reduce the crowding in the dormitories and make current students happier as a whole, Eldridge said. Allowing juniors the option to live off campus might empty out residence halls in the short term and in the long run, the school will benefit from this change. Contact Opinion editor Rhyan Henson at

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Living situation may seem unfair, but it is systematic and efficient Frustration and annoyance lie within the hallways of Schwitzer and Ross Halls. Thirty sophomores currently live in Ross Hall, according to Residence Life Coordinator, Laura Rychalsky. Additionally, almost a full unit and a half of sophomores reside in Schwitzer. Meanwhile, 39 firstyears live in Residential College, according to Jeff Tyner, ResCo’s residence life coordinator. These are 39 spots that could have been filled by sophomores, who have already paid their dues in freshman housing. For most students feeling frustration toward housing, this is all they know. What students may not know is that the Butler housing system is not only fair, but systematic and efficient. Each February returning students receive an email from residence life, notifying students that they must fill out housing contracts before spring break. The students who submit the contract on time, are assigned a randomly chosen lottery number. Based on that number, students report to the Reilly Room, in order, to physically choose which room they would like to live the following year. This in-person process allows students to have any questions answered by the Residence Life office. Select systems of housing entail an online lottery. Students have a specific time to log onto the housing website, look at blueprint of a dorm and quickly choose a room

TAYLOR POWELL before someone else does. When housing assignments are announced in late July, students often email the housing department to counter their assignment. I admit I was one of those students. But the lottery system is completely random. “Ultimately in the end, someone is going to get something that is not their first choice,” said Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs. Howell said due to its smaller size, Residence Life is able to address student concerns in a more personable way. “We try to give as much attention as we can to any concern that is raised,” said Karla Cunningham, director of residence life. The 39 first-years in ResCo,are not there by accident. Many of the freshmen living in the unit require airconditioning or elevators due to medical circumstances, Howell said. “It’s the best that we can do for those students that have that medical need,” Howell said. In Schwitzer, there is a lot unrest regarding housing assignments in the newly renovated basement. “The basement should


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be for upperclassmen,” sophomore Abigail Prichard said. “If they are going to make upperclassmen live in a freshman dorm, upperclassmen should have the nicest part of it.” The basement also has many triple and quadruple rooms. Putting all sophomores in the basement, though perhaps nicer than the upper levels, would force students to have more than one roommate, which may not always be desired. Butler’s housing department goes about room assignments in the most efficient and fair way possible. They also have upperclassmen comfort in mind. Butler guarantees oncampus housing, which not all universities are able to do. However, there is no denying the vastly growing undergraduate population at Butler. For that reason, the Commission for Undergraduate Residential Life of 2015 will benefit all students, and particularly please those looking for new housing. Recommendations for the commission will be made to the board of trustees to improve Butler’s inventory for housing, Johnson said. Later this year, Butler will likely announce any plans of these new additions to campus, according to Johnson. In the meantime, students should appreciate the housing system here at Butler. Contact assistant Opinion editor Taylor Powell at

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Students use SparkNotes as homework, class resource Is using SparkNotes cheating or using students’ recourses wisely?

Internships helps students secure jobs in their field of interest, instead of having to settle ABBY BIEN

“I just SparkNoted the Bible for one of my classes. I feel like that’s a sin.” – A tweet I posted Sept. 24. After reading 12 chapters from the Bible, I wasn’t completely confident I had understood all that I read. I turned to SparkNotes, a website that offers summaries on hundreds of books, to help me comprehend the 2,000-year-old text. The synopsis helped reaffirm the opinions and information I had gathered from the material. Although I regularly use these resources, I often wonder: Do professors view students’ use of such websites as cheating?

“It is cheating yourself out of the opportunity to engage in something important and meaningful,” said Brent Hege, religion instructor for Butler’s department of philosophy and religion. “You’re just reading someone else’s work.” However, using the websites is not technically cheating, he said. A difference exists between using these websites in place of the assigned text and using them as a guide. “If you’re participating in class

TONY ESPINAL and want to read (SparkNotes) to make sure you understand, that’s on you,” said Dr. Brandie Oliver, assistant professor of counseling in the College of Education. If you are going to refer to these resources, read the actual assigned pages first. “At least in the College of Education, the expectation is that if you’re asked to read these three chapters, you’re going to read these three chapters,” Oliver said. There is no harm in referencing another student’s notes to help you fully grasp the text. Just be sure to always form your own

opinion beforehand. “When I use, I read it in addition to the material to make sure I understood what happened,” freshman Gabi Randall said. Don’t expect to read a 300-word summary of a 1,000-page novel and come away with a complete understanding of every detail. “It’s not cheating. It’s just another resource,” freshman Noel Ball said. Contact columnist Abby Bien at


College of Business should listen to its students I want to start this letter by saying I believe Butler has one of the top business schools in the country. I believe the fact that Butler requires its COB students to complete two internships is key. The staff dedicated to helping students find internships is incredible. I believe Butler’s COB and internship program deserve every bit of their high recognition plus some, but not for the reasons the leaders of the internship program tell us. We are told the internship program is considered to be one of the best in the country due to the academic papers we compose. How does this make sense? The last time I checked, working in the real world is not all about writing papers. I know those in charge will counter with, “But employers tell us professors that recent grads need to improve their writing skills.” Great. Teach us how to write in our first two years at Butler. These internships are supposed to help us prepare for the real world.

I understand writing these papers is supposed to bring our classroom learning to the outside world. But writing an entire organizational analysis about a company I’ve never heard of before where I’ve been employed for only four weeks is ridiculous. I would be far better served by writing a onepage report relating what I’ve done at work to what I’ve learned in the classroom every other week. I now address Dr. Templeton directly. Dr. Templeton, you have, without a doubt, put your heart and soul into the internship program as well as helped me personally through it. I greatly appreciate and thank you for that. However, your comment from the recent Collegian article, “Students express concern with internship program”—“Just because some students aren’t happy does not mean most students feel the same. Their views do not reflect the majority,”—concerns me. It suggests you aren’t listening to the

students at all. I took a poll of the group of students in my current internship class, and the overwhelming majority are disgruntled with how the current internship program is structured. I have talked to many people outside my particular class who feel the same way. We are asked to write some very demanding papers, get 300 hours of work time in, go to other classes, be involved on campus and prepare for finding a permanent job. Please, listen to what the students are saying. The majority of students are, in fact, unhappy. Most students could get a far more powerful experience from their internships if they weren’t worried about whether or not their career goals have changed enough to get an acceptable grade on a paper. For the sake of the students and the future of the COB, please listen. James Huber Senior marketing major


Collegian’s look at sexual assault complacent The Collegian’s recent coverage on sexual assault offers a complacent understanding that is detrimental to our campus culture. The Sept. 18 article aptly demonstrated sexual assault is a problem on college campuses. However, the authors failed to question why sexual assault exists at all. This framing fails to address the misogynist social context in which rape occurs, thus ignoring the root of the issue and accepting sexual violence as an inescapable aspect of our reality. Instead, the article’s “solutions” focused on reactionary responses and quotes from individuals who discussed self-defense courses and how men can step up and protect women. While these aspects of education are important, given the current reality of sexual violence, focusing on these as solutions gives a skewed impression of what we can do to truly reduce sexual assault on college campuses and in our society as a whole. One quote stated, “I think we, as men, can help prevent situations from happening by identifying danger and looking out for girls if they seem at risk.” A more productive way to

stop these acts of violence would be to cultivate a culture that tells men not to rape instead of simply responding to the existence of sexual violence. Women don’t need men to “identify danger” or to “take control of a situation” for them. These are not productive solutions because they accept rape and sexual violence as inevitable, along with perpetuating an oppressive social dynamic that fails to give women agency. The Collegian interviewed individuals and presented the information obtained in an apparently unbiased fashion, but this does not eliminate responsibility. These articles play a role in cultivating conversations on our campus. If our media only gives light to reactionary solutions, then we will continue to focus our efforts in the wrong places. Journalists carry immense responsibility when it comes to how a social issue is perceived. They are often responsible for starting the public conversation. Instead of starting the conversation by accepting misogyny and rape as a social given, let’s start with proactive, imaginative solutions.

Failing to question and investigate social context is lazy journalism, and The Collegian can do better. Butler University can do better. It is not just The Collegian that is complacent in its stance against sexual violence. This example is representative of a much larger widespread rape culture epidemic. However, as students and critical thinkers, The Collegian does have the ability and choice to be a part of a greater cultural shift and solution. We must stop failing survivors of sexual assault by making invisible the reality of the situation. The first step we can all take toward a more humane reality is to stop accepting sexual violence as an inevitable aspect of our society. Journalists have an obligation to offer hope and vision to citizens. Instead of taking a complacent position, I challenge The Collegian to offer an alternative vision of our community as a solution and to push others at our university to do the same. Kate Siegfried Senior media, rhetoric and culture and gender, women and sexual studies double major


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Internships are an integral part of your academic career. Without one, you can place yourself in a tough spot when you start your job search after college. Employers are demanding more education and experience as more people enter the workforce. I once saw a job posting on Indeed. com, a job website, for a position with a news station in Chicago. The station wanted applicants to have one to three years of previous experience. This position was part-time and entry-level. I did not do any interning while I was an undergraduate, and I paid the price. I took a job that is out of my desired career path and am now trying to play catch-up in graduate school. My fiancee did several internships. She was still rejected from many jobs because employers said she lacked sufficient experience. Even with all the experience gained from her several internships, employers still wanted her to have more. In today’s job market, it is imperative to differentiate yourself from your competition. Internships are the way to do it. In 2010, U.S. News reported university personnel and employers are in agreement that an internship is critical to finding employment after graduation. The report also said universities are starting require internships for graduation. Internships are important because they give you the opportunity to network and gain the experience needed for future jobs. Internships also give you a chance to get your foot in the door with companies. In December, “Forbes” reported 69 percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time employment to their interns. Stuart Lander, chief marketing officer of, told “Forbes” you have a seven in 10 chance of being hired by companies with which you intern. So what steps should you take to get ahead in your career? Butler offers great resources to get a jump-start. The university’s Career Services website, B.L.U.E., has a great list of networking events, websites and career events you can utilize. You can even engage in practice interviews and check out who is hiring at the many career fairs. You can also use B.L.U.E. to start your internship search. Take some time to familiarize yourself with career services. Ensure you have maximized your opportunities to get ahead and apply for internships. Otherwise, you may find yourself struggling to find a position in your field right after college. Contact columnist Tony Espinal at Letters to the editor policy The Collegian accepts letters to the editor no later than noon on the Sunday before publication. Letters to the editor must be emailed to and contain a phone number at which you can be reached. Letters can also be mailed to the Collegian office. The Collegian reserves the right to edit letters for spelling, style, clarity and length. Letters must be kept to a length of 450 words. Contact The Collegian for questions. Exceptions to these policies may be made at the editorial board’s discretion. Corrections policy

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The largest home crowd in Butler men’s soccer history enjoys the action between the Bulldogs and Indiana University last week. A record 5,029 fans turned out to watch Butler win the contest 3-2 in double overtime. The Bulldogs tallied a pair of goals with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before freshman forward David Goldsmith headed a ball past the Hoosiers’ goalkeeper in the second extra period.

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Sophomore forward Jeff Adkins (left) tries to get around a defender during Butler’s match against Villanova Saturday. The Bulldogs pulled out a 2-1 victory.

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Junior midfielder Zach Steinberger (right) prepares to move the ball up the pitch during Butler’s match against Villanova. Steinberger tallied both Butler goals in the victory.

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Student groups provide friendship and mentorship EMILY WILLIAMS ECWILL2@BUTLER.EDU


Butler University has partnered with nationally known organizations to bring different volunteer opportunities to campus. College Mentors for Kids, Best Buddies, and Bulldogs being BIGS are just a few of the organizations that allow students to become involved in the lives of local community members. College Mentors for Kids allows school age children from Indianapolis Public schools No. 60, Butler’s lab school, and No. 43 come to Butler. About 85 children spend two hours per week with their mentors from the College Mentors for Kids program. The children range from first to fourth grade. “The change you see in the kids over the course of the year is great,” said Becky Pokrandt, president of College Mentors for Kids. “They gain confidence and become more sure of themselves. It is very rewarding when they get off the bus each week, because they run into your arms and hug you.” College Mentors for Kids has 23 chapters at different colleges and universities in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Ohio. More than 1,700 college students volunteer nationally. More than 100 students are involved in Butler’s chapter, which won the national chapter of the year last school year. “A lot of the kids we work with could use an adult role model in their life, someone to always be there for them,” Pokrandt said. “The kids get exposure to what college is by coming to campus. I was talking to parents with kids in the program and they said they don’t know what we are doing with their kids, but they see their kids are happy and coming out of their shells.” Volunteers must apply online at www. to get involved with the program. Afterward, they have an interview with staff and commit to one year

of mentoring, Pokrandt said. It is best to apply at the start of the school year. Sometimes spots open up during the semester, but there is often a long wait list. Students can also support the program by purchasing a sweatshirt for $20 . All proceeds go toward College Mentors for Kids. Butler is also affiliated with Best Buddies. This program offers friendship between students and young adults with disabilities. “The goal is to create opportunities for oneon-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” according to Best Buddies’ website. Butler students are known as peer buddies and are asked to commit to weekly contact with their buddy. This could include phone calls, e-mail or text messages. The program expects buddies to meet in person twice a month. Students typically take their buddies to the movies, out for ice cream or bowling. Best Buddies has monthly chapter meetings that count as a “hang out.” If a Butler student does not have the time to commit to a year, he or she can be an associate member who comes to the monthly chapter meetings. “Our events typically have themes. In the past, we’ve had luau, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day themes,” said Katie McGill, President of Best Buddies on Butler’s campus. “We also have an annual prom with the other Indianapolis college chapters. Our exec board comes up with ideas for each event. Often, our buddies have some great ideas that we make sure to include.” Each year, the peer can choose to get a new buddy or stay with their original buddy. It is the student and the buddy’s choice if they want to stay together. “Some people like to get a new buddy every year to help build friendships between more people. Others have had the same buddy since joining,” McGill said. “My buddy, Mary, is great,” said Sammy

Butler student Erin Vollmer introducing llammas to children in first through fourth grades in a College Mentors for Kids activity. Photo courtesey of Becky Pokrandt

Stang, exexcutive board member for Butler’s Best Buddies chapter. “She comes to swim and is involved in Special Olympics. I love spending time and getting together with her. She has allowed me to grow as a person, and I have helped her grow.” There are several different fundraising opportunities for students to get involved. “We typically do give-back nights with businesses in Broad Ripple, McGill said. “This year, we are working on an auction night and a tailgate in the Reilly Room before a basketball game for students.” In March, all Best Buddies chapters do an awareness and fundraising week for Spread the Word to End the Word, a campaign to end the use of the word ‘retard’ and instead use more respectful language. Best Buddies Indiana hosts the annual Friendship Walk on the Central Canal in Indianapolis. All members are encouraged to raise money for the walk and their chapter. The organization is partnered with more than 16 colleges in Indiana. Butler students can get involved by emailing kemcgill@ and filling out an application online at Bulldogs Being BIGS is the division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana that’s facilitated at Butler. “The bond between the big brother or sister

lasts beyond the program. It is mentoring but also a solid friendship (between the two),” said Danielle Stone, Bulldogs Being BIGS’ president. Bulldogs Being BIGS has won the Big Brothers Big Sisters Corporate Partners Award for both 2011 and 2013. About 40 Butler Students and several faculty members are involved in the program. The time commitment for Bulldogs Being BIGS is a full year, but students can get involved at any point during the year. The kids involved range from ages eight to 14. The organization pays for any activities the two do together. “My favorite part is when we host an event for our matches,” Stone said. “They constantly run up and thank you for hosting. It is so rewarding when you see the child’s face light up.” A big brother or sister must meet with their little two times a month and can do even more if he or she wants. The pair can either spend time on campus or go to a different venue. “We encourage students to try to program out. Everyone who has gotten involved and matched with a child said it’s life changing,” Stone said. “You step into the child’s world as a friend, and role model. It will completely change your life.”


You don’t have to read the whole book. Just read the SparkNotes. This phrase is pretty common on college campuses, where students have to juggle their time between many demanding assignments from professors. The act of using references such as SparkNotes, BookRags and Shmoop is frequently seen. Students who rely on SparkNotes-like resources may wonder: Can using SparkNotes and other reference websites put students in violation of the academic dishonesty policy?

Officially, the answer is no. The use of these sites to replace the reading of the real book is not explicitly against the academic dishonesty policy in the Butler Student Handbook. However, this doesn’t stop some professors from considering it on the same level as cheating. Some think the use of these online helpers is wrong because they do all the work for the student. “Those sites do the thinking for you,” English professor Carol Reeves said. “You get the confidence of being able to do it on your own when you actually read the text.” Popular online and text references among students include SparkNotes, a site

that contains summaries and quote analyses from many novels; BookRags, a studentgeared site that contains quizzes, essays and plot summaries; and Shmoop, a reference site for all subjects, complete with notes and quizzes. Some professors have not noticed their students are using these sites. They believe students would not still be using these sites at the collegiate level. “I expect that if I assign a reading of three pages, my students will read those three pages and show up for class ready to discuss,” education professor Nick Abel said. “At an undergrad level, you should expect less and less students using these sites to

get by.” Butler students see a lot of these sites being used on campus. Students who were asked about their usage of the site either denied usage or denied comment. “No student is going to want to say that they use SparkNotes,” freshman Megan Borries said. “It’s too risky if their professor were to find out.” Other students genuinely hold the belief that using these sites is not doing the real work. “I only use SparkNotes if I don’t understand something that I’ve already read,” freshman Danielle Daratony said. “It should only be used for that.” The Butler policy on

SparkNotes, a tool for getting summaries of publications, is not considered cheating, according to the Butler Student Handbook. cheating and plagiarism is for explicit evidence that something is not your own work. It is, therefore, easy for students to get away with simply rewording a text they find on one of these sites. But if a student uses a sentence directly from

one of the sources, Butler professors can catch it using sites like to scan documents for plagiarism when students submit them to Moodle. “It may not be academic dishonesty, but it’s laziness,” Reeves said.

Veterans Club created at Butler DONALD PERIN


Cooper Dinges went through the ice-breaker activities with a far different perspective than the typical incoming freshman. It was not because of the awkward questions and group activities, but because Dinges is a 23-year-old veteran Marine Corps corporal. Dinges is the vice president of the new Veterans Club on Butler University’s campus. Fellow Marine Corps veteran, sophomore Corporal Will Jones, is serving as the club’s first president. A group that originally started as a way for Jones and Dinges to find fellow veterans to connect with is turning into something more. “When we came here Butler really wasn’t a veteran’s school,” Jones said. “There weren’t many veterans here. It’s difficult to get out and come to school, to relate to people.” Excitement about the new

group grew once university administrator and faculty in the Office of Student Affairs and Financial Aid heard what Jones and Dinges were trying to do. The club aims to make Butler a more veteranfriendly school. Its goal is to make financial aid options for veterans well-known and get support services for veterans offered through the university. Debbie Ach is the Veterans Club’s faculty advisor and the University Veterans Affairs adviser. She is responsible for verifying veteran’s benefits through Veterans Affairs. Ach, whose son and husband served in the military, said the Veterans Club will be important for Butler with the growing number of servicemen and women returning to civilian life. Butler offers 24 Yellow Ribbon scholarships, which give veterans and their dependents up to $18,077.50, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additionally, all veterans discharged after Sept. 10, 2001 qualify for financial aid through the Post-9/11 GI-Bill. “Originally, a veteran would look at Butler and not know about the aid that is available to them and think that they can’t go to Butler,” Dinges said. “So we want to make benefits more known to veterans. “When I came here, I didn’t know what was available to me, I didn’t know who the VA rep was, basically until they came to me. So what we want to do is make it easy for veterans to know what is going on.” The Veterans Club is in the final stages of becoming an officially recognized student organization, said Caroline Huck-Watson, director of the PuLSE Office. She said the group only needs approval of the Office of Student Affairs. “Obviously, the students that put it together and the students that are supporting them by showing their interest in wanting to join show its value,” Huck-

Watson said. “I’m also serving on a committee with Debbie [Ach] and some other folks, focusing on veterans and the needs and the support that we can be offering. So I think it was at a timely point that they came to us with this idea.” Jones said the group is open to all students, not just military veterans. They plan on holding two monthly meetings. The first will be at the American Legion in Broad Ripple, with veterans present to talk about how to make Butler more veteranfriendly. The second monthly meeting will be held on campus with all members of the club to focus on service oriented work, including sending care packages to troops abroad raising money for veteran and military organizations. Jones said he also hopes to set up events with ROTC students at Butler so they have a chance to talk to veterans about life in active duty.

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The ins and outs of FERPA Students hear of it often, but what does the act really mean and cover? MELISSA IANNUZZI MIANNUZZ@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR A group of Butler students gathered to smoke marijuana late one night when they were approached by a Butler University Police Department officer. He started to confiscate their drugs when one of the girls started seizing and fell to the ground. “I was absolutely terrified,” said the student, who wished to remain anonymous. She stopped seizing and regained her consciousness, but she still had to ride in an ambulance by herself to a local hospital, where she refused medical treatment. “[The EMT’s] weren’t treating me like a sober person even though I passed all of their sobriety tests,” she said. “They were treating me like I didn’t know what was going on.” Later that day, she went to a hospital by choice, and the only injury she sustained was a minor scrape. A few days later, she received a letter from The Office of Student affairs, with a page of the Student Handbook attached that listed which rules she violated. “I’ve gotten many emails about the Student Handbook and changes, but, like many others, I treated it more like spam mail,” she said. “They could hide something in the student handbook and no one would know.” In her conduct hearing, she was

informed that there was a possibility her parents would be notified about the incident. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FeRPA that protects a student’s privacy when it comes to educational records, it is legal to notify parents of a student under 21 violating laws about use and possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. “I could’ve handled this on my own, I do believe that,” she said. “If I’m paying my own bills, I should be treated as an adult.” The standard administrative process assigned to under 21-yearold violators of drug or alcohol policies is to notify the parents, said Sally Click, dean of student affairs. Students are notified that it could be a possible consequence on informative “Red Cup” drinking policy posters posted accross campus and on the “Our Approach to Alcohol” web page on the Butler University website. Typically, parents are notified after the student’s second offense. “It’s a pretty standard thing,” Click said. “If someone goes to the hospital, an ambulance and hospital bill will be pretty hard to keep under wraps.” When sharing information and releasing conduct information, Click said the department tries to be careful about what they say and how they say it so they comply with FERPA. Under the act, each student has the right to access his or her education records, try to amend the records and control the disclosure of personally identifiable information in most circumstances. “A lot of people don’t fully understand what FERPA is,”said Michele Neary, Butler’s registrar.

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Certain student records have often been kept out of the public eye, while others have not, thanks to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act—more commonly known as FERPA. who previously worked at Northwestern University and Indiana University. “It’s a very difficult thing once students enter higher education.” When a student applies for graduate school and signs a release for the school to view their conduct records, Click tries to answer questions as specifically as possible. Different Butler officials have varying access to PeopleSoft, which houses Butler student’s records online, Click said. Student Affairs views all police reports filed by BUPD, said Bill Weber, assistant police chief. He said that under FERPA, reports cannot be shared with anyone unless it is for health and safety reasons, an investigation with another law enforcement unit, or for Student Affairs to handle conduct issues. Otherwise, the student must give consent for the police record to be shared. The law itself states, “The Act

neither requires nor prohibits the disclosure by any educational agency or institution of its law enforcement records.” The Guide for Eligible Students that the U.S. government published to explain FERPA says, “’Law enforcement unit records’ (i.e., records created by the law enforcement unit, created for a law enforcement purpose, and maintained by the law enforcement unit) are not ‘education records’ subject to the privacy protections of FERPA.” BUPD currently only publishes its crime log, which contains anonymous descriptions of crimes occurring on campus and when they occurred. “We aren’t a public institution, so we have more latitude,” Click said. “There has to be some sensitivity when a police report is generated. It needs to be treated with care and concern for the individual.” Students must sign separate

waivers for academic advising, health, counseling and other topics if they wish to share them with their families, Click said. The waiver is first offered when the student comes to campus for registration, but can be changed at any time at the student’s discretion. “We are very clear about what can and cannot be shared with parents,” Click said. Under FERPA, colleges can legally share what they consider “directory information” which is information that typically is not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. Every college defines what is shared as public directory information differently, Neary said. Butler has a wider definition of directory information than the other two schools where she worked, Neary said. It includes marital status, citizenship, hometown, special awards and scholarships, which is not typical of all institutions.



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Frequent hand washing is an important step students can take to help prevent the spread of illness in campus living quarters. Director of Health Services Julie Howerton said rest, over-the-counter medications and common sense are also key factors.

Close-quarter living spreads various illnesses ALEXANDRA BODE ABODE@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

A month and a half ago, students moved into their residences halls, Greek houses, campus apartments and off-campus houses, ready to

start the 2013-2014 school year. This means that, for a month and a half, students have been living in close quarters with one another, increasing the risk of health issues and the spread of viruses. Lately, an increasing number of

students are sick. Julie Howerton, director of health services, said the number of students who have been getting sick recently is usual for this time of year. Close living quarters with

Butler hits Twitter with serious, satirical accounts KATIE GOODRICH KMGOODRI@BUTLER.EDU


With more than 300 Twitter accounts affiliated with Butler University, the school has successfully made the leap to social media. Athletic teams, student organizations, residence halls and Greek houses use Twitter to keep their followers updated about upcoming events. Butler University Police Department uses its Twitter and Dawg Alert’s pages to keep campus safe and informed. Blue III’s account follows his life as Butler’s mascot. Michael Kaltenmark, director of web marketing, said the university’s Twitter presence started and grew because of Blue II. In 2008, Butler Admissions and Blue II started their accounts. “After that, it started spreading around the university,” Kaltenmark said. “It is kind of like microblogging, like to do this at a quicker, faster, more timely and immediate pace. I could just punch in 140 characters and roll.”

Kaltenmark said he values the Twitter presence on campus for the dialogue it creates with the students. “It’s immediate, and it’s timely,” he said.“More than that, it seems to be where our student population is. We just need to make sure that we’re there too, so we can communicate with them and have a dialogue.” Kaltenmark continues to try to get certain official Butler Twitters verified to certify the information for the followers. “We really do need to set some guidelines and strategies and wrap our arms around it,” Kaltenmark said. “That’s a good problem to have.” More than 14,000 people follow Butler’s official Twitter, @butleru. There are currently 4,700 students enrolled at Butler, according to the university’s website. That means almost two-thirds of Butler’s followers are from outside of the university. Along with official Twitter pages, Butler has unofficial accounts. The accounts range from telling anonymous confessions and crushes to showing pictures of students

eating bananas. Despite the popularity of the unofficial accounts, the official accounts garner more followers. More than double the student body follows Blue III. Approximately half of the student body follows the police department, @ButlerUPolice. Only a third of students follow Butler Confessions, the anonymous page that allows students to reveal their secrets. Students can tell the difference between the two types of accounts. Senior Abbey MacAllister said she knows not to trust unofficial accounts. “Most times I assume it’s made up,” said MacAllister. “They’re just funny to read.” Junior Evan Hill follows six Butler accounts, and the split is pretty even between official and unofficial. Sophomore Devon Lakes also follows a mixture of official and unofficial accounts. “I’m split about three and three,” Lakes said. MacAllister said she likes the Twitter account for Butler’s

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people from all over the country is often why students seem to get sick when making the transition back to college, Howerton said. Students often think another student is completely healthy and will share a drink with that person, but what they do not realize is “students may be immune to a cough or cold virus that another student from a different state is not,” Howerton said. This is often why viruses spread so quickly. Another reason students seem to get sick around the start of the school year is because their bodies are dealing with the transition. “I definitely think that I get sick much easier at Butler than at home in Cincinnati,” said sophomore Maria Thaman, who recently picked up the mononucleosis virus. “This could stem from my being stressed more often at school than when I am in Cincinnati with my family.” Students are often not able to handle the stress of school, get enough sleep, drink enough fluids and keep a nutritionally balanced diet. Howerton said the best things students can do to stay healthy are drink water, get rest, use over-thecounter medications when needed, practice good hand washing and simply have common sense when it comes to hygiene.

“Listen to your body. If you are not taking care of your body, you are most susceptible to catching the virus going around campus,” Howerton said. If students are feeling sick, they should visit the Health Center at the Health and Recreation Complex. Students are able to schedule appointments on the secure web portal or walk into the clinic. “I went to the Health Center when I was feeling ill, and they tested me for mono,” sophomore Liz Subrin said. “Although the results were negative, they helped me feel much better. It was a very effective visit.” The Health Center has a fulltime certified doctor, a nurse practitioner and three nurses who work everyday. The Health Center also provides students with free flu shots. There are flu shot clinics offered Oct. 2, 3 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the HRC conference area. If students cannot make these times, they may walk into the Health Center and receive a free shot at any other time. “We would certainly recommend a flu shot, but the best protection is good balance, making good choices and working on adjusting to the college life,” Howerton said.

Sources for facts and fun: Butler University twitter accounts @butleru: Official Butler account: 14.4K followers @IndyStar_Butler: The Indianapolis Star: 1,208 followers @BU_Probs: Satirical account: 1,778 followers @ButlerBlue3: Trip’s account: 10K followers @ButlerConfessio: Confessional account: 1,649 followers @BUbananacam: Humor account: 421 followers @gobutleru: Official admissions account: 1,847 followers @ButlerCamel: Parody account: 1,101 followers Student Government Association, @SGAatBU. Hill follows Butler Confessions for entertainment and the Butler Men’s Basketball account for information. Lakes said his favorite unofficial Butler account is Fake Brad Stevens. Kaltenmark’s favorite Butler account is @ButlerPrez due to its tremendous potential.

“President Danko has the sense of humor and the wit to make Twitter successful for him,” Kaltenmark said. “I just want him to do it more.” Kaltenmark called the unofficial accounts a slippery slope. Since the accounts are impossible to monitor, Butler wants to help students decide what is worth following and what isn’t.

Second armed robbery occurs off campus MELISSA IANNUZZI MIANNUZZ@BUTLER.EDU ASST. NEWS EDITOR Butler University Police Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the second armed robbery involving Butler students since the beginning of the academic year. Detective Bruce Allee spoke with Butler students involved to determine what happened early Saturday morning, said Bill Weber, assistant police chief. The involved students said “a light- or white-colored mid-sized vehicle” stopped near them while they were walking on the 4300 block of North Clarendon Road, according to a BUPD report. Allegedly, two of the four African American males in the car got out and approached the students. Armed with a handgun, they demanded the students hand over their money. After learning the students weren’t carrying money, the

suspects stole a student ID lanyard and fled the scene. BUPD will do most of investigating because students were involved and it occurred so close to campus, Weber said. BUPD will work with IMPD and access its records to aid in the investigation. BUPD officers will also investigate the possibility that this robbery and a previous one are connected, as the incidents were similar, Weber said. On Aug. 25, a “dark-colored vehicle” with three African American individuals inside pulled up alongside two Butler students on West 42nd Street near Haughey Road, according to a BUPD report. Two of the individuals confronted the students with what the students reported as a “toy gun” demanding money. “This [more-recent robbery] is a lot more personal,” Weber said. “This is my university and these are my students. This is why I enjoy working here.”


Program BUPD’s phone numbers into your phone—(317) 940-9999 for an emergency and (317) 940-2873 for a non-emergency. If you see the same vehicle driving past you more than once, call 911 and change directions quickly. Consider cutting through a yard or, if on campus, activating an emergency call station to notify the university olice.





Men’s soccer needs lasting support

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Freshman forward David Goldsmith (No. 20) takes a shot during last Wednesday’s 3-2 double-overtime win against Indiana. The men’s soccer team is ranked 16th in the country this week.

Nationally ranked teams abound at Butler KYLE BEERY


Butler athletics is most often recognized for its strong men’s basketball program. This fall, though, three other Bulldog teams are taking their own turns in the spotlight. The women’s cross country team as well as the men’s and women’s soccer teams are all nationally ranked. The men’s soccer team (7-1-1) is ranked No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll after wins over Indiana University and Villanova. The women’s soccer team (72-2) sat at No. 25 in last week’s Soccer America Women’s Top 25, while the women’s cross country team is No. 29 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The women’s cross country team had a successful weekend, taking third place at the Roy Griak Invitational, behind No. 5 Arizona and No. 12 Michigan State. While the women’s soccer team dropped out of the polls, sophomore Sophie Maccagnone said the team is looking to get back in the rankings. “The rankings are actually a really big deal with our team,” Maccagnone said. “It’s always been a goal of ours to be a top 25 team, and getting that ranking

meant a lot. It showed that all of our hard work in practice paid off.” Maccagnone said the recent losses will help the team to work harder to achieve its goal. “We have to come out stronger and tougher,” Maccagnone said. “Especially with the Big East. We have to stay focused and get back in the rankings.” Cross country coach Matt Roe said what matters most is performance, but rankings are certainly a nice thing to boast about. “Rankings matter for recruiting because you can say, ‘Hey, we’re one of the best teams in the country. Here’s where we rank,’” Roe said. “People want to identify with someone or something that is perceived as elite.” Roe’s squad, now a member of the cross country powerhouse Big East, joins Providence (No. 1 and 2012 national runner-up), Georgetown (No. 6) and Villanova (No. 11) in the poll. “They’re all good teams,” Roe said. “This is arguably the toughest conference in the country.” Roe said the women’s team has been ranked sporadically throughout his tenure at Butler, including each year they’ve made an appearance at the national meet in 2004, 2005 and 2012. Men’s soccer coach Paul Snape said the Bulldogs enjoy the


INTRAMURAL PARTICIPATIONS 2004-2005—951 2012-2013—3,133

229 percent increase USE OF INTRAMURAL FIELDS Nearly 400 students use the fields at least 2+

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rankings but are focusing on one game at a time. “I think it’s nice to get the recognition, but our main focus is winning each game coming up,” Snape said. “We want a real good record come the end of the season to get an at-large bid if we don’t win the conference.” Other Big East teams in the men’s soccer poll include Creighton (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 12). Freshman David Goldsmith echoed his coach, saying the team remains focused on winning but takes pride in the ranking. “You don’t really focus on [the ranking],” Goldsmith said. “It’s in the back of our minds, but winning games and winning the conference are most important.” Goldsmith said having multiple ranked teams enhances the atmosphere on campus. “It’s always good for schools to have teams ranked,” Goldsmith said. “It creates a lot of school spirit.” The women’s soccer team opens its Big East home schedule Thursday against No. 10 Georgetown. The next meet for the women’s cross country team is Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational. Goldsmith and the Bulldogs continue Big East play Saturday at the Butler Bowl against DePaul at 7 p.m.


president of the club lacrosse team. “Throughout the transition that has been made, we have understood that there are going to be some growing pains. However, the growing pains just kind of keep coming.” Both Michal and Peden said improving existing facilities to cater to students’ needs is a top priority. “We all recognize the importance not only of our varsity athletics, but also of our club sports and rec sports,” Michal said. “That’s a major part of our population, and we don’t want to do anything that’s going to take away from that program or the student experience.” Arick said the parking project was not designed to improve Butler’s athletic facilities. “I know that we had some folks probably disappointed that we didn’t do hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of improvements to the IM fields in the context of this project, but that wasn’t the

The atmosphere at the Butler Bowl during last Wednesday’s men’s soccer match between then No. 23 Butler and defending national champion Indiana was almost unlike anything I’ve experienced at Butler. For the first time since I have been a Butler student, the Butler Bowl actually had an audible student section. The game was truly a spectacle. A record crowd of 5,029 fans for men’s soccer packed into the stadium. It was the largest crowd at the Butler Bowl for any sport since it was renovated in 2005. The grass berm on the south end was actually close to capacity. It was incredible to step out of my building in Apartment Village and see how many people were in attendance for that night’s match. Unfortunately, the large crowd was due to the fact that Butler was facing intrastate rival Indiana, which brought fans out both in crimson and in blue. Attendance at other men’s soccer games this season has been sparse. The home game against Brown on Sept. 22, only three days before the IU game, drew only 337 fans. The average attendance for the first three matches of the season was only 443 fans per match. The team deserves more support than that, especially from students. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 16 in the nation. Their only losses came against No. 5 Northwestern and Evansville. Big East play began for the team on Saturday night with a 2-1 win in comeback fashion against Villanova. A mere 682 fans attended the match, a stark departure from Wednesday’s match.


The Big East offers much more to fans as the season progresses. The Bulldogs host No. 4 Creighton on Oct. 23, in a match that should equal, if not surpass the excitement from the Indiana match. I fully expect students will fill the Butler Bowl as they did for the IU game and be just as loud if not louder. No. 14 St John’s will come to campus three days later for another high-profile conference contest. The regular season finale will be against rival Xavier at the Butler Bowl Nov. 8. The Dawg Pound did a great job of promoting the IU game to students. The turnout for these marquee matches later this fall should at least meet the atmosphere generated by students at the IU match. Soccer is best played before a passionate fan base. The result of last Wednesday’s match could very well have turned out differently if not for the attendance from Butler fans. With such a high ranking this season, the Bulldogs deserve our best as they compete in crucial matches that determine the Big East title. Let’s not have the IU match be a one-off showing of affection for this team. Let’s carry the feeling of that game on for home matches throughout the rest of the season.

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A crowd lines one of the fences at the Butler Bowl during the men’s soccer team’s match against Indiana University last week. The match drew a record 5,029 fans.

project,” Arick said. “Folks have desires, they want to improve this and that. We limited that for this project because it was already a big project, and (improving the intramural fields) was not the intent of this project.” While it is too early to determine the success of the I Lot project as a whole, Michal said there are already several positives to take away from the project. Some improvements he noted include a water line that will benefit the athletic facilities and the campus farm, walking paths for pedestrians, an electric line that will provide the potential for lights and security cameras. It will become an increasing problem when club teams begin to host games and tournaments, Peden said. Club sports can host up to eight visiting teams on a given weekend. It is unclear where visitors will be able to park for these events. Memsic said it is increasingly difficult to schedule practices due to the surplus of intramural field users. Arick said he also recognizes the need for more

intramural space. “We realized that the space we were taking for the I Lot would disrupt intramural playing,” Arick said. “So we said to the extent that we’re displacing those fields, we’ll make whatever improvements are necessary.” Arick said that while he has heard of the need for improvements, such as irrigation, it is one priority in the midst of many that the finance department will consider in its annual budget meeting. “I welcome the list of projects and improvements in a prioritized fashion, and we will put that into the overall capital process for future years as early as 2014 to 2015,” he said. Arick said he has not heard anything from the recreation department pertaining to the increase of club and intramural athletes, adding that a presentation of data would help the case for improvements to be made sooner rather than later. “If they provided data to support an explosion of IM sports and club sports and the use of the property and the needs, it certainly would improve the probability of doing more work over there

than without it,” Arick said. Memsic said she is disappointed in the lack of communication between the administration and the students as it relates to the fields. “I understand that, as a student, we don’t always have the authority to either weigh in on these plans or just have the general knowledge of them,” Memsic said, “and I understand that it is difficult to share all of these plans with students. However, it’s affecting students. “And I think its unfortunate that students as a whole have not been involved in the planning, because it is supposed to be for our benefit. No one can see the end of the tunnel yet.” Memsic said she wants to hear from those who are in control moving forward. “From here on out, listen to the students,” Memsic said. “Just being open and accessible to students when we need to talk and voice our concerns and not keeping students in the dark about this plan (is important). “There will be growing pains, but (the administration should) help us through the pains rather than telling us, ‘Tough luck.’”




No. 16 Bulldogs fall at Evansville STAFF REPORTER

Coming off a big win at home against Villanova, the Butler men’s soccer team (7-2-1) looked to continue its winning ways with a road match at Evansville (6-2-1). The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead with a header goal by junior defenseman Jesse Miser in the 28th minute of the match. Evansville sophomore forward Nate Opperman tied the match up with a goal in the 41st minute. Sophomore midfielder Mark Gonzalez gave the Purple Aces the lead with goal in the 72nd minute. Junior forward Dylan Terry added another goal for Evansville in the 79th minute to seal the 3-1 win for the Purple Aces. Sophomore forward Jeff Adkins added five shots for Butler, three of which were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson

ended the match with six saves, bringing his season total to 39 saves. The loss snaps a three-match win streak for the Bulldogs. Butler took the driver’s seat in the Big East standings after the win streak that included a win over Indiana University and the school’s first Big East win over Villanova last week. The team jumped from No. 23 to No. 16 in this week’s NSCAA Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs came back in the second half from two goals down and defeated the Hoosiers (4-4-1) with an overtime goal by freshman forward David Goldsmith last Wednesday. On Saturday, the Bulldogs claimed their first Big East Conference win of the season against Villanova (3-4-1). Sophomore forward Zach Steinberger netted the first goal of the match in the 21st minute off a pass from Goldsmith. The Wildcats tied it when freshman forward Padraic McCullaugh scored off a header in the 33rd minute.

FOOTBALL The Butler football team is 3-2 (1-0 Pioneer Football League) going into the second week of PFL play after defeating Jacksonville 45-27 Saturday. The Bulldogs host Stetson in their second PFL game Saturday. Butler rallied from a 13-7 first half deficit to beat the Dolphins. Butler’s comeback victory was led by the team’s running game, totaling 402 yards. Butler senior running back Trae Heeter carried the team to victory on 222 yards on 34 attempts and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Rico Watson ran for 51 yards and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Matt Lancaster added to the Bulldogs’ ground attack with 95 yards and two

touchdowns. “Early in the game, we just kind of beat them up in the inside,” Heeter said. “The offensive line did a great job all day. They blocked well not only for me but for the other running backs as well.” Butler looks to go 2-0 in the PFL on Saturday. Stetson is 1-3 (0-1) coming off a 59-0 loss against San Diego in its inaugural PFL game. Voris said the team will still prepare like any other week and still sees Stetson as a tough opponent despite the Hatters’ struggling record. “[The Hatters] do a lot of things scheme-wise that you don’t see week in and week out,” Voris said. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in the Butler Bowl. -Adam Winay

Steinberger broke the tie in the 72nd minute with a header into the right side of the net for his second goal of the game, giving the Bulldogs the 2-1 win. The performances by Goldsmith and Steinberger caught the attention of the Big East. Goldsmith was named Big East Rookie of the Week for the second time, and Steinberger was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Goldsmith’s seven goals have him tied for 7th in goals among Division I players. He also leads the Big East in goals. Dawson also gave the Bulldogs strong performances in both matches. He has a season record of 6-2-1. Dawson is currently third in saves in the Big East and fifth in save percentage. The Bulldogs rank 13th in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer RPI rankings. The Bulldogs will return home for a conference match against DePaul Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.

VOLLEYBALL The Butler volleyball team improved to 13-3 on Saturday, sweeping the Division III Marian Knights in three straight sets (256, 25-12, 25-13) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The local showdown allowed the squad to end the weekend on a positive note after losing its Big East debut against Xavier Friday. Junior middle blocker Belle Obert led the charge for the Bulldogs’ attack with a team-high 13 kills. Redshirt freshman Natalie Wichern excelled as well in the setter role, chalking up seven kills of her own in addition to 26 assists. On Friday night, Butler battled the Xavier Musketeers in the Bulldogs’ first Big East action over four close sets. After rallying to win the second set, the Bulldogs were ultimately defeated 3-1 (23-

25, 25-21, 20-25, 24-26). Bulldogs senior setter Morgan Peterson recorded 41 assists and 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. The Bulldogs will look to fare better in their second round of Big East action this weekend. Butler has a three-game home stand beginning with Creighton Friday night at 7 p.m. The Bluejays come into the match at 9-3. This is their first Big East affair. The Bulldogs play host to the St. John’s Red Storm Saturday at 4 p.m. St. John’s has a 12-5 overall record and are 1-0 in the Big East. The weekend wraps up Sunday at 3 p.m. against Seton Hall. The Pirates are 5-7 overall and 0-1 in the Big East. -John Yeley

Photo by Marko Tomich

Sophomore forward Jeff Adkins goes after a ball during Butler’s 2-1 win against Villanova on Saturday at the Butler Bowl.

WOMEN’S SOCCER The Butler women’s soccer team suffered its second and third losses of the season after visiting Villanova and Seton Hall last week. Villanova picked up the win by a score of 2-0. The Villanova game was the first conference matchup for the Bulldogs in the Big East Conference. Butler’s next three games are all conference games, against Georgetown, Xavier and Creighton. In Thursday’s game against Villanova, the Wildcats played shutout defense, holding the Bulldogs to just three shots on goal in the game. Villanova senior goalkeeper Jami Kranich saved three shots. Kranich improved her record on the year to 4-4-2, tallying her third shutout of the season. The first Villanova goal

was scored in the 37th minute off a shot from sophomore forward Christina Camassa. Villanova scored again in the 52nd minute from junior midfielder Victoria Gersh. The Seton Hall offense was too much for the Bulldogs to handle. The Pirates picked up the 3-1 victory. Butler kept it close in the first half. Pirates senior forward Kaitlyn Ritter scored her fifth goal of the season in the 22nd minute. Butler scored first on a goal from Elise Kotsakis in the 66th minute. Seton Hall answered quickly, scoring in the 80th minute when senior midfielder Ashley Clarke scored to make the score 2-1. Ritter buried the match with her second goal of the game. Seton Hall improved to 3-5-2 on the year. -Brendan King

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OVERTIME: MLB playoff preview After 162 regular season Major League Baseball games, 10 teams are left to see who will be crowned 2013 World Series champions. Every postseason is made up of contenders and pretenders. This year, both the American League and the National League have two true contending teams, one fringe contender and two teams lucky to be where they are. The NL has captured four of the last five World Series titles, and as the calendar flips to October, two NL teams are poised to continue the tradition. Neither of those teams call Atlanta, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati home. The St. Louis Cardinals were the class of the NL this season, finishing with the best record in the league. The Cardinals were led by their offense, finishing first or second in the NL in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, and total hits. However, that offense took a big hit in early September when first baseman Allen Craig suffered a foot injury that is expected to keep him out until mid-October. Matt Adams has been solid filling in for Craig, but St. Louis will miss Craig’s .315 batting average and league-leading .454


batting average with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals still have starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who posted a 2.94 earned run average with 219 strikeouts this season. If not for the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Wainwright would have a case for the NL Cy Young Award. Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller will join Wainwright in St. Louis’ top-tier rotation. But the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the best position to win the World Series out of any NL team. After stumbling out of the gate, the Dodgers have been the best team in baseball. Beginning on June 22, the Dodgers have gone an astounding 62-28. The Dodgers will have the best playoff rotation, anchored by the best pitcher on the planet, Kershaw. Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu will round out Los Angeles’ playoff rotation, giving the Dodgers no starters with an ERA over 3.00 on the season.

Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez lead a Dodgers’ offense that ranked as third-best in the majors, according to St. Louis has a shot to beat the Dodgers, but I expect Los Angeles will represent the NL in the World Series. The two true contenders in the AL are the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox posted the best record in the AL, just one year after finishing at the bottom of the AL East. Essential in that turnaround was the resurgence of Boston’s offense. rated the Red Sox as the best hitting team in the majors. The Red Sox finished first or second in the AL in runs scored, batting average, slugging percentage and total hits. Boston was also near the top of the majors in pitching. rated the Red Sox as the third best pitching team in the majors. Starter Clay Buchholz posted a remarkable 1.74 ERA this season but pitched only 108.1 innings. The Red Sox were arguably MLB’s best team in the regular season. However, it will be difficult for Boston to get by Detroit. The Tigers are built for the postseason. The Tigers are the reigning

AL champs and should be back in the World Series once again. Led by last year’s MVP and Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers were ranked as the fourth-best offensive team in the majors and led the majors in pitching, according to Detroit’s potential three-man rotation ranks close to the top of those that made the postseason. This year’s AL Cy Young Award frontrunner, Max Scherzer, will be joined by former AL MVP Justin Verlander and either Annibal Sanchez or Doug Fister. The Tigers should make short work of former Butler pitcher Pat Neshek’s Oakland Athleticss before taking on Boston in the ALCS. Ultimately, the Tigers have one thing the Red Sox don’t— Cabrera. He is going to be the AL MVP for the second year in a row, and when two teams like Boston and Detroit are so evenly matched, he is enough to tip the scales in Detroit’s favor. The Tigers were the runnersup last season and I expect them to correct this mistake in 2013. The Dodgers seem to be poised for a deep run, but I think Detroit’s playoff experience pays off in the end. My only caveat is Kershaw isn’t losing a game seven. Other than that, Tigers in six.

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Bulldogs continue hot start, travel to Notre Dame MATTHEW VANTRYON MVANTRYO@BUTLER.EDU STAFF REPORTER

The Butler women’s cross country team made a strong case for national contention Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational, placing third overall with a score of 94. Arizona and Michigan State placed first and second, respectively. This was the first opportunity of the season for the team to showcase its first squad. Butler had two competitors in the top 10 overall. Junior Mara Olson led the team with a fourth-place finish and a time of 20:58. This was Olson’s first cross country race in her home state of Minnesota, and Butler coach Matt Roe said he thought that she stepped up to the challenge. “It was a bit of a homecoming for her,” Roe said. “I think she was really excited about this meet. She did an outstanding

job and beat a lot of All-Americans in the process. Certainly her performance is one that stood out for us.” Senior All-American Katie Clark placed seventh overall with a 21:03 finish. The women’s varsity squad will rest until the NCAA Pre-National meet Oct. 19. The men’s team will face its first major test of the season this week at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 4. “This is the first large meet that the guys will be in, and it’s an important one,” Roe said. “We’re excited to see where they’re at against the top national level programs.” The team has competed in South Bend before and knows it will be a challenge. “It’s the same preparation as it was for the A-10,” senior Thomas Anderson said. “We just know we have to up our game, and we have to be better. We can only do as much as we can. We have to be ready, and there can’t be any excuses when it comes to

the preparation.” The team finished 16th at the invitational last year, and expects to do better this time around. Despite high expectations, the Bulldogs are willing to take even small victories as a positive. “This race is a huge opportunity to make a name for ourselves,” junior Thomas Curr said. “Any team that we beat will be a positive. If we can earn even one point toward nationals, it will be a success.” Curr said Roe has instilled an attitude of consistently getting better while also acknowledging the team’s ability. “Coach Roe has gently reminded us that we are not good enough,” Curr said. While this may seem like a negative, Curr said it’s a motivating factor. “We enjoy being the underdogs,” Curr said. Sophomore Erik Peterson said Roe has

trained the team for this race intentionally, focusing on long intervals earlier in the season and now having the team run shorter intervals in preparation for the upcoming meet. Peterson also said that since the meet is held at a golf course, it will run very fast. “We need to have everyone run their best on Friday,” Peterson said. “We hope to have three guys in 25th [place] or below.” Peterson finished with a 24:38 time in last year’s invitational as a freshman. This is a chance for Butler to put itself on the map, and the Bulldogs aren’t counting themselves out. “If the team can deliver and run well, then we’re going to beat some teams and get some points,” Anderson said. “It’s always good to start off the season on a positive note. Momentum is key as we get closer to the national meets later in the season.”

THE HOSTS WITH THE MOST Butler plays host for seven athletic events between Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of each event, what to expect and what to do if you attend. WOMEN’S SOCCER: Thursday vs Georgetown, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs St. John’s, 1 p.m.

SKINNY: Butler (7-3-2) got off to a strong start, punctuated by a 1-0 win at home over nationally ranked Michigan on Sept. 15. But the Bulldogs dropped their first two Big East matches on the road last week. Georgetown (9-0-2) is ranked fifth in the nation by the NCAA and defeated Xavier 7-1 in its last match. St John’s (7-1-2) faces Marquette Thursday in Big East action and battled to a scoreless draw with Creighton last Sunday. WHERE: Both matches will be held in the Butler Bowl. IF YOU WANT TO GO: Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for kids age 12 and under. They can be purchased at the Hinkle Fieldhouse box office, through Ticketmaster or at the Bowl 60 minutes prior to the match’s starting time.

MEN’S SOCCER: Saturday vs DePaul, 7 p.m. SKINNY: After receiving a top-25 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last week, No. 16 Butler (7-1-1) pulled out a stunning double-overtime win over Indiana before besting Villanova over the weekend. DePaul (3-4-2) took on Loyola, an old Butler foe, in its most recent matchup Tuesday. WHERE: The match will be held in the Butler Bowl. IF YOU WANT TO GO: Cost and methods of purchase are the same as for women’s soccer. FOOTBALL: Saturday vs Stetson, 1 p.m.

SKINNY: A trip to Jacksonville last weekend saw Butler (3-2) grab its first-ever win in the Sunshine State. Coming off the 45-27 win, the Bulldogs will take on Stetson (1-3), whose team was hammered 59-0 at home against San Diego last Saturday. The Hatters are in their first Pioneer Football League season. WHERE: The game will take place in the Butler Bowl. IF YOU WANT TO GO: Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. Reserve tickets cost $20, and game-day parking passes for tailgating can also be purchased for

$25 (campers and RVs) and $8 (cars). Tickets can be bought at the Hinkle box office or through Ticketmaster. Tickets are available at 10 a.m. on game day. VOLLEYBALL: Friday vs Creighton, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs St. John’s, 4 p.m.; Sunday vs Seton Hall, 3 p.m. SKINNY: A crowded weekend is on the horizon for red-hot Butler (13-3), which has won four of its last five matches. Creighton (9-3) is ranked No. 22 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. St. John’s (12-5) defeated Seton Hall (5-7) in its last match. WHERE: The matches will be held in Hinkle. IF YOU WANT TO GO: Cost and methods of purchase are the same as for men’s and women’s soccer. Information courtesy of Photo by Marko Tomich




Clothes in the throes of


As the weather begins to change, so does your wardrobe. We took a look at the early patterns already apparent in fall fashion around Butler.

GINNY SPELLMAN TAYLOR POWELL COLLEGIAN@BUTLER.EDU As temperatures become cooler and tans begin to fade, students are forced to put away their flipflops and shorts, dig through their closets,and find something more suitable to wear in the Indiana weather. In terms of fashion, transitioning from season to season may not always be easy. Students may stare into their closets and drawers for minutes before asking themselves the infamous question: “What should I wear?” Junior Kelsey Ralph is here to help. Ralph writes and reports on Butler fashion trends for The site, which has students from around the world contribute to it, is a hybrid between a magazine and a blog, Ralph said. Many colleges have their own chapters, but this year is Butler’s first of having the website on campus because Ralph is the first student to contribute from Butler. For the fall, Ralph has quite a few fashion do’s and don’ts to guide students during the fall season. “What I’m really excited for people to try this fall are the jeans with the knee patches on them,” Ralph said. “I think those are really cool.” Her fashion recommendations go past tops and bottoms. “I also think everyone should have a pair of Doc Martens,” Ralph said. “I know a lot of people don’t like (the shoes), but I have a pair, and I literally wear them with absolutely everything. I get a lot of use out of mine.” Other essentials Ralph suggested are leather or pleather mini skirts, two-ones bomber jackets and stacking bracelets on wrists. For the guys, Ralph likes a trendy shoe, one that seems to be a cross between Sperry’s and Vans. Shoes likes these can be found at Aldo, Nordstrom or Urban Outfitters, she said. “I like how the trend for darker jeans is coming back for guys too,” Ralph said. She said rolling up pants legs also looks nice. Though Ralph has some tips on what to wear, she also has opinions

on what students should not wear. “I think it’s pretty safe to say that neons are probably…out of season now,” Ralph said. “My biggest pet peeve is when girls wear leggings in place of pants. Leggings are acceptable in rare occasions—under big sweaters or to work out in—but never in place of pants.” Ralph is not the only student on campus with specific plans for fall fashion. Sophomore Taylor Hendrix said fall fashion, to her, means boots, plaids and an assortment of jackets. “I’ve seen a lot more cowboy boots showing up, and I’ve seen more plaid,” Hendrix said. “Other than those, I haven’t seen much more different from before.” Sophomore Anyea Taylor said she uses the cold weather to pair outfits with scarves. “I have an obsession with scarves, and I’m also looking forward to wearing my cardigans and sweaters,” Taylor said. “I’m really big on beanies and tall leather riding boots with my leggings.” Senior Marwa Aly and sophomore Hannah Martin also share a love for scarves. For Aly, fall is her favorite season for fashion, she said. “I think you have to go more with earthy tones, like oranges and browns,” Aly said, “compared to summer, which is more bright and floral.” Martin said she gets her influences from around the world. “I have a lot of cousins who are from Europe, so they’re always wearing scarves. I kind of copy them sometimes,” she said. Martin also likes layering different textures and favors her brown moccasins, which she said can pair with anything. Even the Butler professors have a fall fashion plan. Duane Leatherman, associate professor in the mathematics and actuarial department, described his style as casual. He supports the school by incorporating Butler sweatshirts and hats into his wardrobe and shows students that he is a part of the class and a part of the community. “They’re casual, I’m casual,” he said. “No ties, no coats.” Check out more photos of fall fashion online at www.

What are you wearing this fall? What fashion-forward or faux-pas outfits have you seen on campus? Tweet us at @thebutlercollegian or let us know on Facebook.

Kelsey Ralph reports on Butler fashion trends for the fashion website Photo by Ginny Spellman Illustration by Kevin Vogel

Photo by Taylor Powell

Marwa Aly said fall is her favorite season for fashion, when bright colored clothing is abandoned for earthy tones.

Taylor Hendrix has already begun wearing the plaids that she associates with the fall season. Photo by Taylor Powell



Butler Symphony Orchestra shines in season debut KEVIN VOGEL


Ladies and gentlemen, your Butler University Symphony Orchestra! If you were in the Schrott Center on Sept. 19, you know there isn’t much more to say. In its first concert of the year, the new hall gave the ensemble a clarity and presence that it never seemed to have onstage in Clowes Memorial Hall. The musicians excelled in the spotlight. The most powerful indicator of the quality of an orchestra is how well each individual communicates with every other player, sensitively passing lines while maintaining balance and matching style. For the most part, the orchestra played very sensitively. The winds shined through a lush string texture with impressive precision. The strings were delicately attuned to one another, allowing them to play with subtle expressivity. Judging by the audience reaction, the orchestra’s work did not go unappreciated. The audience called orchestra director Richard Clark back on stage three times after the final notes of “Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony” died away. There is no doubt that the Schrott Center has helped the BSO communicate with its audience. But the clarity of the hall also has a price. Every individual in the orchestra can be heard. There is no hiding in the Schrott Center. Slight intonation problems were readily apparent, and stood out a couple times in the difficult upper-octaves of the high strings and in the winds. When parts are not there, it comes through. A percussion mistake clouded up the opening of Josef Suk’s “Scherzo Fantastique.” The hall also has peculiarities the orchestra needs to address. The vibrating of the open strings—left unstopped at the concert on Sunday—were so loud the sound took away from the music that preceded it. The triangle also really carried in the hall, almost drowning out the rest of the musicians at points in the Haydn symphony.

Peculiarities and small player goofs aside, the program on Saturday was phenomenal. Clark crafted a complimentary program, that flowed smoothly and logically. The program began with Suk’s Scherzo, which came together nicely after the first few bars. The musicians played with clarity and energy. This piece gave way to Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, which sat extremely well in the hall. Haydn’s tonal surprises, virtuosic melodies and classical motifs all came across well. The orchestra was locked-in enough to bring the symphony to life. But the hall also showed that the orchestra has room for improvement in the subtlety of music making. Note lengths were not always together, and some parts had different sections playing with slightly different levels of energy. I hope that Clark continues to program Haydn throughout the year, as the challenge of playing that music with the sensitivity and communication of a chamber orchestra will take the skilled BSO to the next level. And the Schrott Center is a good place to work on that communication. The final piece of the program was Antonin Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, and it began gorgeous, lush lines from the orchestra. The other pieces were played well, but this symphony was polished. Good solos all around, great communication and a wellbalanced brass backbone all helped the orchestra shine with true character. The Butler Symphony Orchestra will improve in the Schrott Center. There is no doubt about that after its opening concert this season. It will have to, because the hall is unforgiving. The fact that an alreadygreat orchestra now has such an awesome opportunity for improvement made the slight imbalances or rare intonation mishaps seem like symbols of hope. In summing up the achievements of the BSO in their opening program, the audience at the Schrott Center could not have said it any better: three ovations. And many more from audiences to come, I imagine.

Graduate student Luke Flynn leads the Composers’ Orchestra in rehearsal.

Photos by Jaclyn McConnell

JCA ensemble plays new student music HANNAH HARTZELL HHARTZEL@BUTLER.EDU


The Jordan College of the Arts Composers’ Orchestra is not a typical orchestra. It plays strictly new music and brings unique and envelopepushing music to the stage. The group will showcase this unique focus at its first concert of the year Oct. 10. According to Michael Schelle, JCACO founder and director, one of the largest challenges for student composers in music schools across the U.S. is getting their music heard and performed. With this in mind, JCACO specializes and plays only the music of living or recently deceased composers, Butler student composers and “classics of the avant garde.” Schelle said JCACO concerts involve “various kinds of theatre, extra musical elements and music that is outrageous, sublime, sensitive and insensitive.” The upcoming concert in particular will be “a mix of Butler student composers’ music and a few entertaining ‘new music’ classics,” Schelle said. The concert will feature student pieces, a few old favorites and some musical games and audience participation.

“The student pieces are always the best part,” JCACO percussion player Hannah Varnau said. “I am always amazed by the creativity and brilliance of my colleagues. They never fail to surprise and delight me.” Varnau said the orchestra serves an important purpose in teaching the young musicians to put their music out there and get used to accepting a range of reactions. “I’ve learned things from rehearsing pieces with real people and instruments that I never could have fully understood from reading in a textbook,” she said. Varnau said JCACO is the best place to loosen up and take a break from regular concert etiquette and expectations. “Even some of the ensemble members are usually surprised by what comes out of a typical concert,” Varnau said. While JCACO exists to serve the needs of Butler student composers, it is also raising awareness of contemporary music through performances, creating a diverse Butler experience for audience members. The concert will be held in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

JCACO plays new works composed by students along with living or recently deceased composers.

Meet the music makers Introducing two Jordan College of the Arts students who are two pieces of the music department’s puzzle




Senior Donald Bradley plays the violin in the Butler Symphony Orchestra. Bradley is currently working to earn his Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in history. He has been playing the violin for about 13 years. Bradley has played guitar, piano and bass throughout his life but DID YOU KNOW? -The violin has been around for roughly 500 years. -The bow used to play a violin is usually made out of horsehair. -Violins come in many different sizes. Children start on smaller ones and then switch to larger ones when they are older.

BRADLEY: Senior violin player in The Butler Symphony Orchestra. he ultimately chose to pursue the violin. He said he loves Celtic and Irish music, which really was a main reason he continued on with violin. His parents were a driving force in his decision to immerse himself in music. They fostered a love of music in his life from an early age. “It was my parents’ philosophy that music is something to be played and not just listened to,” Bradley said. His future plans entail going into ethnomusicology, the study of music as culture. He is currently applying for different programs in Japan and Turkey and hopes to teach English. “I love music because it allows me to connect with people on a whole new level,” Bradley said.

Tessa Sommers is a sophomore music performance major from Coal Valley, Ill. She plays french horn in the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. Sommers’ path to Butler University and music has been molded by her family. She started playing french horn before fourth grade at her mother’s suggestion. When she was a sophomore in high school, a guidance counselor told her that she should take a Spanish class instead of band. Sommers said she disagreed, and points to this moment as the moment she realized she wanted to pursue music as a career. While looking at colleges, Sommers expressed her desire to be in a marching band at a small school. Her father suggested that Butler might be a good fit, as he knew someone in its marching band at the time. When Sommers visited, she

SOMMERS: Sophomore french horn player in the Wind Ensemble and BSO. said she found exactly what she was looking for. Being at Butler now for a little more than a year, she said the best part of her education has been the amount of attention she has received from the horn instructor, Gail Lewis. After graduating from Butler, Sommers said she wants to join an orchestra. If she can’t make it right out of undergraduate studies—which she said is very common—she intends to go to graduate school before trying again. “I just really want to be in an orchestra somewhere. It doesn’t matter where,” Sommers said.

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The sixth issue of The Butler Collegian, fall 2013 semester