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Volume 111, Issue 3 October 5, 2011
News: MU Promotes wellness with new health promotion program.
Sports: Big Blue Wom-
Features: Kayla Mark
Big Blue Men’s Football on a winning streak.
fills us in on what MilliSTAT is, and why it’s important to on-campus events.
Arts: Jake Ray’s top five
The voice of Millikin University student body since 1903
most obscure movies.
en’s Soccer off to a strong season.
Opinion: Nicole John-
son on whether Millikin’s attendance policy is fair.
Fall Family Weekend Brings Families Together Fall Family Weekend, which fell this year from Sept. 23-25, is the weekend at Millikin where students are encouraged to have their families visit the campus. Families can see what is going on around campus and see how their children are doing with college life. It is also a chance for students to see their families and catch up on life at home.
On Friday night, the film Rango was shown, and the Gentle family attended. They also attended the Concertino at Central Christian Church at 6 p.m., as Skya is a member of Millikin Women. On Saturday morning, there was a street festival on the arrival court at Millikin. Gentle’s family and many others enjoyed the BBQ lunch, live music and booths. One booth at the festival was making and selling balloon animals. These appealed not only to the children visiting, but also to the adults and MU students. After the festival, Gentle gave her family a tour of Millikin. “It was fun showing my little sisters how cool I was in college,” Gentle said. “I was going to show my sisters my mailbox, but couldn’t get it to open. My sister tried, and figured it out before I could show her.” Saturday afternoon the Oakwood street festival began. Many different entertainers performed at the festival, even a fire-baton twirler. A drum line called Decatur Power Drillers performed at the festival, too. The Decatur Power Drillers are associated with the Boys and Girls Club of America. The group said the Decatur section has about 20 members. The drum line also had a dance team that performed routines to all of the cadences. When asked how old the youngest member was, they replied, “Oh, he’s about six.” The child’s bass drum was almost bigger than he was. On Saturday night in Lower RTUC, rounds of Family Feud took place. The Gentle family participated in this event, too. “We didn’t win, but it was still really fun,” Gentle said. After playing, the family went to the top of Leighty-Tabor to stargaze. A wind ensemble concert also took place Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night was the Cantus concert in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert started at 7:30 p.m. This was the beginning of Vocal Fest. Vocal Fest continued to Monday night as well, but most of the students’ parents left Sunday afternoon. Fall Family Weekend was a success; students enjoyed it, and the families did too.
Not all students can visit home regularly, so Fall Family Weekend was the first time some students have seen their parents since they left home at the beginning of the semester. One freshman student, Courtney Girk, had her family come to Millikin for the weekend. They took a run through Fairview Park and attended church at Pilling Chapel. “I was proud to show my family my college life and I was happy to see them,” Girk said. Another Millikin freshman, Skya Gentle, also had her family visit Millikin for the weekend. Her weekend was special because her sisters were able to stay overnight with her.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell The Revolution will not be Televised By Erie Patsellis
You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip, Skip out for beer during commercials, Because the revolution will not be televised.
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by Denny Patterson The End of 18 Years of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy When the clock struck midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, another step towards equality was taken. The U.S. military ended its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, a policy that has prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members. The policy also barred homosexual or bisexual service members from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military. “I am so excited that DADT is officially done away with. I think being open and honest about one’s personal identity is key in leading a happy and healthy life,” said Millikin student and Queers and Allies (Q&A) President, Sean Roe. “I think it’s also important to remember that gay people don’t just exist in the bedroom and saying that they do just forces people back into the closet. I think this is one of many steps on the road to total equality.” The DADT policy was signed into law on Dec. 21, 1993 under Bill Clinton’s presidency and the policy prohibited people who display an intent to engage in homosexual acts
from serving in the U.S. armed forces because their presence would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order, discipline and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability. The act prohibited gay and bisexual service members from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships including marriages and familial attributes. If any service member disclosed that they were homosexual or engaged in homosexual conduct, he or she would be discharged. The “don’t ask” part of the policy specified that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member’s orientations with witnessing disallowed behaviors, though credible evidence of homosexual behavior could be used to initiate an investigation. Millikin student Emma Wilson believes that the DADT policy was unnecessary. “I think DADT was a pretty ridiculous policy and I think its repeal is long overdue and really exciting,” Wilson said. “If someone wants to serve our country, we should let them do it whether gay or straight, it doesn’t matter.” After 18 years intact, a congressional bill to repeal DADT was enacted in Dec. 2010 and the policy officially
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ome 40 odd years later, history repeats itself, as it often does.
Mesh crowd control fences…. police spraying peaceful, nonviolent protestors with mace…Police supervisors dragging nonviolent videographers and photographers into the street in some cases smashing their heads against vehicles or damaging their cameras…mass arrests simply for protesting, disguised under the typical “disorderly conduct” (otherwise known as contempt of cop charges)…youtube videos contradicting official reports…and yet, total silence by mainstream media. Those of us old enough to remember the Vietnam and Nixon protests (though I was young, I still remember them), or those having studied the era in a history class, should know the mantra all too well. You’d think that this was a prodemocracy protest in some Middle Eastern country, akin to the “Arab Spring” populist uprisings. Sadly, it’s not. It’s happening in New York, and has been since September 17.
Mainstream media is conspicuously absent, while Youtube, Facebook and Twitter are offering glimpses of what’s been happening. Clearly there are some troubling events, though it’s not the protestors breaking the law. Videos show police supervisors randomly targeting otherwise peaceful protestors and spraying them with mace, dragging them across barri-
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ers, beating and arresting them for disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. Numerous videos show these actions from various viewpoints, and numerous incidents. In what can only be described as a plot from a bad police
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comedy were it not true, protestors are being charged with a law enacted around 1845 banning the wearing of masks at protests. Seriously, an 1845 law against wearing masks. See Revolution, Page 3
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October 5, 2011
A Healthier Lifestyle
DECATURIAN Illinois Collegiate Press Association Charter Member
The MU Health Promotion Program
by Nick Rosseau
activity during the day.”
MU’s Health Promotion Program is a new program on campus focused on spreading the knowledge of how to live a healthy and fit life. It is offered free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff who are interested.
All nutrition information, tips and motivational quotes are provided on the Moodle site associated with the program. A Schedule of Events is also listed on the site, including time and location for all of the recreational activities planned for this semester.
The program has two parts: an online component and a recreational activity twice a week on campus. The activities are meant to help promote the individual’s success with activity levels, overall health and wellness. The program is an extension of last year’s Health Beat Program, and an effort by the Exercise Science and Sport Department to improve the health and activity levels of the campus community. The success of Health Beat last year inspired the departments to offer additional health promotion programming this year with greater convenience to the campus community. Tina Cloney is a health and nutrition professor at Millikin, a registered dietitian, board certified sport dietitian and diabetes educator who serves as a coordinator for the program. “The Exercise and Sport Department would like to contribute to the health and wellness of both the Decatur community and the campus community,” Cloney said. “This program is designed to allow participants to access nutrition and fitness information at a convenient time, and opportunities to get physical
“We hope that the campus community will make the time to join the program and participate in the activities, incorporating this program into their schedule,” Cloney said. “Eating healthier and becoming more physically active has a variety of benefits including sleeping better, increasing productivity, stress management, reducing disease risk and managing certain diseases, as well as promoting general health and wellness.” Anyone can join at any time free of charge in a few easy steps. The program officially started Sept. 6. Individuals or groups interested in joining can selfenroll on Moodle under the My Courses category, through the link All Courses at the bottom. You may then select the Miscellaneous category, and navigate to MU Health Promotion Program to enroll and begin a new healthy life experience. “We, as a department, would really like to help our Millikin family meet their personal health and wellness goals,” Cloney said.
Happy Homecoming, and welcome to our third issue of the semester. For the first time in over two years we have decided to try our hands at producing a 16-page paper. As you will see we have more color pages than normal, more content and even best, more writers. For the first time in three years we have a staff of over 30 writers, photographers and editors. Very impressive, seeing as how we used to run a staff of less than 15 writers and editors combined. With that number, we are hoping to increase our staff even more in an attempt to run as a fully featured college newspaper. I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always give us your feedback.
Cantus Shares Their Talent with the Decatur Community
by Morgan Ewald
The men’s ensemble, Cantus, came to Millikin this year to perform at Vocal Fest. Cantus originated at St. Olaf’s College and calls MinneapolisSt. Paul their home. They are an a cappella ensemble which tours both nationally and internationally. Cantus has recorded 14 CDs. Cantus held a performance here at Millikin University in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Sept. 25, 2011. The performance, a collaboration between Kirkland and the University’s School of Music, began at 7:30 p.m. Two members of the group, Aaron Humble and Chris Foss, are Millikin graduates. Humble sings tenor, and Foss, bass. The other members of Cantus, starting with tenors, are Paul J. Rudoi, Gary Ruschman, Shahzore Shah and David Walton. The baritones are Adam Reinwald and Matthew Tintes. The second bass singer is Timothy C. Takach.
The show was titled On the Shoulders of Giants. It was accompanied by a quote from Sir Isaac Newton. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” During the concert, members of Cantus explained the history behind all of their music. One of the members mentioned, “Music is the memory of a moment.” “Music is not what they like, but what they are like,” said one of the members when talking about how songs affect lives and the people who associate with the music. Cantus performed a wide variety of songs in the show. They had songs ranging from different time periods, to different languages, and even to poetry set to music. The piece, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” the story of the ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald, was performed with instruments, along with “Zikr,” a Russian religious dance piece. The piece “We Two” included poetry written by Walt Whitman that had been set to music. The piece was five movements long. Cantus also performed a rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” by the Beatles. This song was “the entirety of Western music in three and a half minutes.” During the concert, Millikin Men sang a piece with Cantus. It was entitled “Biebl’s Ave Maria,” which is
normally the encore piece for Cantus, and also the first piece they learned.
“It was a real honor to sing with them. It’s not something everyone gets to do. Professor Hesse said they rarely ask another choir to sing with them,” Sam Reisman, freshman Millikin Men member, said. After the performance, Cantus had a meet and greet with the audience, students and professors. Cantus sold their CD albums after the concert, including “Christmas with Cantus (2011),” “That Eternal Day (2010),” “While You Are Alive (2008),” “Cantus (2007),” “There Lies the Home (2006),” “Deep River (2003)” and “…against the dying of the light (2002).” Monday, Sept. 26, a workshop between Cantus and Millikin Men took place in Perkinson Music Center. Millikin Men sang, and then the group split up and Cantus helped the men work on the piece and clean it up. Cantus gave different tips on skills like vowels, diction and dynamics. To find out more information about Cantus, visit their website at cantussings.org, ‘like’ them on Facebook or subscribe to their YouTube channel.
DADT, cont’d ended Sept. 20, 2011. Millikin junior, Heather Croyl, heard about some of the negativity towards homosexuals in the military. “I have a cousin in the Air Force,” Croyl said. “When working on the flight line, the men yell out “no homo” when they have to work in close proximity of another male. I find it sad that they aren’t comfortable enough with their own sexuality that they have to stoop to such levels. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a member of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning) community within this environment. I think that the individuals who defend our country should be able to defend our freedom of individuality as well.” With the end of DADT, the LGBTQ has won another battle, and, like stated before, took another step towards full equality. Homosexuals nation-wide will keep on marching until the job is done. President Barack Obama marked the day in a written statement noting that “Patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love.”
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October 5, 2011
President Harold Jeffcoat, A Closer Look
by Sam Miller Harold Jeffcoat played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds as an outfielder and pitcher. Millikin University’s 14th president, former Texas Wesleyan University president for ten years, is his son, and shares the same name. Millikin University’s president, Harold G. Jeffcoat, grew up in a family of athletes. From his father, Harold B. Jeffcoat, to his uncle, George E. Jeffcoat, baseball was clearly a part of life. When asked what our president wanted to do when he was growing up, his answer should be of no surprise. “I was going to be in the Hall of Fame, of course,” Jeffcoat said. “Isn’t that what every boy wanted?” While not reaching Hall of Fame status, Millikin’s president did play baseball for a decade. The San Francisco Giants drafted him in the 4th round of the 1965 MLB Amateur Draft. “The Giants gave me enough money to go to college in the off-season,” Jeffcoat said. “During the off-seasons, except for when I was in the military, I came back and went to college.” Because of Jeffcoat’s non-traditional academics, it took him eight years to get his bachelors degree. While an undergraduate student, Jeffcoat had little time for extracurricular activities, Greek life and the traditional college experience. “I went to college one semester and then left for spring training; I was disconnected from what was going on. I played intramural sports on campus but that was about it,” Jeffcoat said.
Jeffcoat is in his 35th year of working in higher education. Before baseball and college, though, his first job was mowing lawns.“In those days it was a buck and a half a lawn. Gas was only 35 cents a gallon, too,” Jeffcoat said. Jeffcoat, whose undergraduate degree was in history, did not realize at first that he wanted to work in higher education.“It’s a kind of thing you realize when you look back on where
“I had walked around the campus, I fell in love with the architecture, and felt like we weren’t strangers when we went into the interview process.” you felt most comfortable, where you were inspired, and where people looked after you,” Jeffcoat said. Jeffcoat received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Florida, his doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Kentucky, and a graduate law degree in European union competition from the University of Leicester in England. With so many accomplishments, one may wonder whether or not Jeffcoat has any weaknesses. “I’m a lousy dancer,” Jeffcoat
said. “And I was not very good in mathematics.” Jeffcoat also wishes he could play a musical instrument. His favorite music genre is classical, and he enjoys the classic rock band the Eagles. When asked if he could name five hip-hop or pop artists, Jeffcoat replied, “Besides Lady Gaga?” He received one out of five for that question. Millikin’s president is certainly not out of the technology loop, though, with his iPhone and iPad close by in his office. “I have Pandora on [the iPad] right now,” Jeffcoat said. When asked whether he has a Facebook page, Jeffcoat did appear to be out of the loop as far as social networking is concerned. “Do I? I haven’t looked at it in ten months,” Jeffcoat said. Social networking sites are expert tools to get a feel for the person whose page you’re viewing, though whether Facebook is a ‘professional’ source or not is a different issue. Under Jeffcoat’s ‘favorite quotes’ section, a lone quote reads, “Without the God(s) man is nothing.” The quote, in short, is from the famous literary work The Odyssey, and is spoken by Poseidon to Odysseus, while Odysseus is nearly drowning in the Aegean Sea. “It caught me. It’s also my favorite piece of literature,” Jeffcoat said. “I think it’s important that one of the great flaws of the human condition is our hubris, that is, to hold ourselves in higher esteem than what we are warranted to.” Aside from literature, Jeffcoat enjoys occasional television entertainment and is a subscriber to DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Jeffcoat follows the New England Patriots in football, the San Francisco Giants in baseball, and keeps up with his Florida alma mater. Jeffcoat’s favorite meal is Norwegian salmon poached with sour cream, fresh garden potatoes and carrots. Concerning alcohol, Jeffcoat enjoys a nice French white wine, yet is partial to reds. Jeffcoat is partial to Europe for more reasons than salmon and wine, too. “What took me to Europe in the first place was my wife; I met her in college,” Jeffcoat said. Jeffcoat and his wife Marie just recently celebrated their 41-year anniversary on Monday, Sept. 26. The two are avid golfers and spend their free time at the Decatur golf courses. “We’re not very good, but we put 20 dollars on every game together,” Jeffcoat said. “One day I’ll give her a twenty and the next she’ll be giving it right back to me. So far, after six months, she’s only ahead 20 dollars.” Dr. and Mrs. Jeffcoat travel often, and have lived in many different places, thus raising the question of how they wound up in Decatur. Before coming to Millikin, Jeffcoat was in a one-year sabbatical after retiring from his presidency at Texas Wesleyan University. “I had intended to go back on the faculty, and all of that was negotiated, signed, sealed and delivered and we were as happy as a clam,” Jeffcoat said. “Then the opportunity to come to Millikin was presented, and we
If there’s one thing that we as a society have learned from the Rodney King beatings and the 1992 LA riots that followed, images are compelling, and it may very well be the very reason that police have targeted video and photojournalists. Apparently the “if there’s no picture it didn’t happen” mentality has taken hold at the NYPD, and it can only get worse. Fortunately in this modern age, where nearly every cell phone has a camera, and most have the ability to record video, suppression isn’t as easy as it used to be. There’s no more losing a videotape in evidence, or accidental erasure. Is this the America that my uncles, your grandfathers, your fathers, your friends have fought for? Is there truly freedom at all anymore? Our right to protest has been so watered down it’s mainly symbolic, as evidenced by events over the last several years. We now have segregated,
officially sanctioned “protest areas” far, far away from those that who should be seeing the protestors. As seen in both the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, SWAT tactics are used, numerous journalists are arrested and a great deal of fear was spread through those who protested. In case it didn’t sink in, let me repeat that, using oppressive, military tactics, the authorities silenced media and citizens who disagreed with their policies. And the general public agreed with the handling of these events, those “pesky” protestors who were making trouble. The very actions, when occurring in Egypt, the United States supported from the President down. The very same type actions condemned world wide in the Middle East. Yet, here, in the cradle of democracy, we allow our government to do exactly what we are so critical of other governments for doing. And our approach to this, simply blind the public to it, if you can’t see it or can’t read about it, you won’t have anything to be upset about. These protests are not just limited to Wall Street, there have been, and continue to be, protests in sympathy are occurring from Olympia, Washington to Miami, Florida. Chicago, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, in nearly every larger US city there are protestors turning out. And not just in the United States, protests have started in Melbourne, Australia, London, England, Hamburg, Germany and in Finland.
assessed it and said ‘Okay, let’s do it’.” As part of the Millikin presidential search, Jeffcoat and his wife were invited to Chicago, and on their way they passed through Decatur. “We snuck into Decatur without anybody knowing,” Jeffcoat said. Jeffcoat and his wife dined at the Tuscany restaurant that evening, and made casual conversation with a couple that was in the restaurant at the time, one of whom Jeffcoat later found out to be Millikin faculty. “They went on [speaking] great lengths about the University,” Jeffcoat said. The couple told Jeffcoat that Decatur is a much better community to live in than it looks like, and that the quality of life here is really pretty high. “By the time we got to Chicago, we had a feel for as much of the campus as you can get in a day or two,” Jeffcoat said. “I had walked around the campus, I fell in love with the architecture, and felt like we weren’t strangers when we went into the interview process.” Since Jeffcoat was first named president to his formal inauguration on Sept. 16, a good amount of time has passed. “I’m pretty comfortable with things by now,” Jeffcoat said. “It was good for me to have come when I did in the spring.” Jeffcoat hopes students understand that the decisions he makes and the direction in which he’ll lead the institution have only one thing in mind, and that is to strengthen the quality of the University. “That may mean taking a very hard look at the pricevalue proposition of the institution, and being respectful of those factors which contribute to what make this institution tick,” Jeffcoat said. As far as any changes are concerned, Jeffcoat says it’s not just a matter of what you’d like to do but it has to make sense, too. Jeffcoat says you have to have some discipline as you approach
these sorts of things. “It’s not just ‘We’d like to be better because we can be better,’ but there also has to be a marketplace for improvement,” Jeffcoat said. “We have to be respectful of what students and their families both expect and demand.” Still the new guy on campus, Jeffcoat’s time is filled with numerous interviews. People come in, testing and feeling him out on how he responds to things. “You have to earn your spurs – a good Texas term,” Jeffcoat said. One of the President’s current responsibilities is to oversee a new strategic plan that is going to guide the University over the next 10 to 15 years. A big part of that plan will include “cost containment,” as Millikin readies itself to be more competitive in terms of pricing in relation to other area schools like the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and even Richland Community College. When there is a break in Jeffcoat’s daily agenda, he is often out in the community. He likes to walk down to Einstein’s Bagels, for instance, and see what students are up to, and sometimes spends time people watching in the cafeteria. “A lot of times students will come by and I know they see me and I think they probably recognize me, and they will come say ‘Hello’,” Jeffcoat said, “but what I’m doing is looking for some dynamics at work. I try and see if the students are enjoying themselves, if there’s a certain social atmosphere or buzz on campus, if anybody is sitting by themselves – just to get a feel and flavor for what’s going on.” Once a member of the San Francisco Giants, Millikin University President, Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, is sharing his talents and insights with the University. With his guidance, the Millikin experience, vision and excellence will continue to grow and evolve.
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Fortunately, some websites, such as London’s Guardian and Huffingtonpost.com have had some coverage. While some of the commenters to these stories generally blame the protestors, there is quite a bit support being given worldwide. With small stories starting to pop up here and there in the mainstream media, there’s still precious little coverage. I’m not the only one that feels this way, UNM Daily Lobo writer Carrie Cutler summed it up as: “I can think of several reasons. Generally speaking, there appears to be a certain national squeamishness with reporting these kinds of events on US soil. The newspaper industry and US government have a long-running, uneasy relationship. There have been times in US history where newspapers have been told not to print information for fear of disturbing the public. The death toll in Vietnam, for instance, was not reported until later in the conflict for that reason. Perhaps this is information that news corporations, like the businesses they are, have decided is irrelevant or uninteresting to the area they serve. Many of the quotes from self-identified Americans on the Guardian’s articles and on the Huffington Post’s articles blame the protestors for refusing to settle down and get real jobs, or accuse them of being just idealistic college students, wasting their parents’ tuition money and unable to affect any real change.” I feel that it is important in our society to remember the words of the poet and philosopher George Santayana “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. History has shown repeatedly that the first steps a totalitarian government takes is to stamp out dissent, or barring that, instill fear in those that may protest, control the media and the message broadcast or written. In this case, facing probable cuts from their advertisers, the mainstream media outlets have simply chosen to ignore the protests, hoping maybe it will go away. Eschewing their responsibility to accurately report the news, apparently the almighty dollar and profits are far more important.
Unfortunately, coverage only started after the violence by the NYPD. Aided by celebrities such as Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Roseanne Barr, their celebrity has finally started bringing somewhat limited coverage of these events. Liberatos Pizza, right down the street from where the protests are being held, has become what amounts to the unofficial caterer of the Occupy Wall Street protest. In a show of solidarity, people from around the world have been phoning in orders of pizza from around the world, some of the donors mentioned in Liberatos Pizza are from Chicago, LA, and two from Athens, Greece. I realize that by time this issue of the Decaturian comes out, this protest will either have entered it’s third week, or have been disbanded. I also realize that for many of you, this will be the first time you may have heard about it, should you want more information, you can visit www. occupywallstreet.org or www.occupytogether.org for more information. 10/2/2011 UPDATE: According to Reuters, 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, the protests have entered their third week, and continue to are grow in strength across the country. Photos by: Mat McDermott (Flickr)
October 5, 2011
The Top 5
Expectations and Surprises
63rd Annual Emmy Awards For all the primetime television buffs out there who, like most college students, were too busy to catch the latest Emmy Awards ceremony, fret not — I have the scoop! The 63rd annual Emmy Awards, held on Sunday, September 18 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A., were hosted by none other than the ever-popular Jane Lynch, most commonly known as Sue on the hit television series “Glee.” In Lynch’s opening act, she openly lip-synched and danced to a song that was written specifically for the Emmy Awards. At one point Lynch proudly belted the lyrics, “Reading is stupid, exercise hurts me, and thinking’s a pain in the ass.” The funny thing is, we have all had our days where we have felt exactly like that; and what did we do? That is correct; click on the television, grab some snacks, and get comfy on the couch with our favorite television characters.
This year’s Emmy Awards had a variety of winners, some old-hat and some brand new. Here is a list of this year’s award recipients: Outstanding comedy series: “Modern Family” Outstanding drama series: “Mad Men” Outstanding miniseries or movie: “Downton Abbey” Outstanding lead actress, miniseries or movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce” Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce” Outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey” Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys” Outstanding supporting actress, miniseries or movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie: Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” Outstanding lead actor, drama: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights” Outstanding lead actress, drama: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” Outstanding supporting actor, drama: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” Outstanding directing, drama: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire” Outstanding supporting actress, drama: Margo Martindale, “Justified” Outstanding writing, drama series: Jason Katims, “Friday Night Lights” Outstanding variety, music or comedy series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (host: Justin Timberlake) Outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Outstanding reality competition: “The Amazing Race” Outstanding lead actress, comedy: Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) Outstanding lead actor, comedy series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” Outstanding writing for a comedy: Steve Levitan, Jeffrey Richman (“Caught in the Act”), “Modern Family” Outstanding director, comedy: Michael Alan Spiller (“Halloween”), “Modern Family” Outstanding supporting actor, comedy: Ty Burrell “Modern Family” Outstanding supporting actress, comedy: Julie Bowen “Modern Family”
Clearly, the television series “Modern Family” was a favorite of many as it made out with a multitude of awards including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy. At one point in the ceremony, Jane Lynch started referring to the Emmy Awards as the “‘Modern Family’ Awards.” However, “Modern Family’s” success in the Emmy’s was not the only remarkable event. The television series “Mad Men” received an award for Outstanding Drama Series making this the series’ fourth consecutive Emmy in a row. Impressive, right? Aside from all of the awards for the night, there were some interesting performances that graced the stage of the awards ceremony; some were planned while others came as a complete shock. The planned performance of the night was a mashup performed by The Lonely Island, Michael Bolton and Akon. While the performance may not have been the
best in terms of musicality, it definitely had spunk and proved to be very entertaining, especially in terms of costume. The comedy improv masters could not let the night continue without at least one gag—and it was a success, thanks to one of “Saturday Night Live’s” stars Amy Poehler. When it came time to announce the nominees for the outstanding lead actress in a comedy, Amy Poehler initiated the prank when she walked onstage like a beauty queen, prompting the other nominees to do the same. All the nominees then stood hand-in-hand, anxiously awaiting the results as if they were participating in a beauty pageant. Perhaps the most shocking event, although quite brief, was the unexpected shout out that Charlie Sheen gave to the people involved with the television series “Two and a Half Men.” For those of you who may not be familiar with the connection
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5) “Modern Family” (ABC) “Modern Family,” created by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, is a show about three families and the crazy shenanigans that they go through together. The season three premiere has the group taking a trip out to a dude ranch for a relaxing family vacation that quickly becomes crazy. In the past, “Modern Family” has made me laugh on several occasions, and I’ve found the family dynamic on the show to be believable as well as entertaining. While the episode had some great scenes like when Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) apologized to her daughter’s boyfriend, Dylan (Reid Ewing), and he took it the wrong way, thinking she was coming on to him, I spent more time grinning than out right laughing. The show has some great actors on it with good chemistry, but the writers are going to have to try harder if they want their audience to laugh through the next season.
4) “Free Agents” (NBC) Alex (Hank Azaria), a recent divorcé, and Helen (Kathryn Hahn), whose fiancé passed away, are two co-workers who need to get on with their lives. So of course, they sleep together despite the fact that neither is over their past lives. Hank cries over his kids and Helen’s apartment is filled with pictures of her dead boyfriend. Helen thinks that being friends is best while Alex thinks they should try for more. “Free Agents” takes your typical office romance and turns it into a quirky story of two characters that are trying to fight the inevitable as they find themselves bedding each other again later in the episode. The whole thing is made even crazier when their co-workers get involved in trying to give Alex tips on picking up women. I found their perverted boss (Anthony Stewart Head) to be particularly funny when he gave Alex a back rub while talking about various sex positions. “Free Agents” is by no means an original idea, but it definitely has the comedic element down and is worth your time if you need a good laugh.
3) “Up All Night” (NBC) Another new show to the NBC line up, “Up All Night” stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as a couple trying to raise a newborn baby girl. The show has all the basic trademarks of new parenting shows; they argue about whose turn it is to go check on their daughter and they spend time trying to interpret what she is crying about. I had particularly high expectations as Lorne Michaels (SNL) was listed as one of the show’s executive producers, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. Christina does an excellent job as Reagan, who freaks out and believes Matt Lauer is talking to her through the television. Though, Will Arnett’s Chris takes the cake as my favorite character, who frantically calls Reagan when he gets lost in the supermarket then gets super excited when he meets another new dad at the park who also loves late night Xbox live sessions. Maya Rudolph also stars as Reagan’s boss, Ava, who serves as the crazy family friend bringing over a basket of wine and cheese as a baby gift. I’m skeptical as to how long this show will run, but until then if I need a laugh, I’ll be “Up All Night.”
2) Whitney (NBC)
between this particular television series and Charlie Sheen, get ready for some drama. Charlie Sheen, former star on the series “Two and a Half Men,” was fired from the show earlier in the year because of his negative, sometimes belligerent attitude and drug problems. After being fired from the series, Sheen became very bitter and often spoke out against the people who were involved with the series. As you can imagine, when Sheen began his speech at the Emmy’s stating that he would like to “get a few things off his chest,” the crowd held their breath in anticipation for what many expected to be another angry rant. However, surprisingly enough, Sheen ended up wishing the people who are involved with “Two and a Half Men” the best of luck and reassured them that they always have and always will make great television. Source: http://www.emmys.tv
In the same vein as “Home Improvement” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Whitney” gets its source material straight from its protagonist’s (Whitney Cummings) standup comedy (which, as I find with most female comedians, is on the ridiculousness of relationships). As a fan of Miss Cummings’s standup, I was particularly looking forward to this show and while her material is a little too raunchy for network TV, the show still manages to be quite hilarious. The series premiere sees Whitney being taken to a sex shop by her friends in an effort to spice up her sex life with her three-year boyfriend, Alex Green (Chris D’Elia). Alex comes home to find Whitney waiting for him dressed in a sexy nurse outfit. She then not only makes him present his actual insurance card, but also fill out patient history forms, much to his dismay. Things take a turn for the ridiculous when the events cause him to end up in a real hospital with a head injury. The whole wacky relationships topic has practically been beaten over the head, but “Whitney” reinvigorates it and shows that it’s still a worthwhile topic of comedy.
1) “Two and a Half Men” (CBS) I have to say that I’m surprised that this show made the list, let alone the number one spot. I have never found the show to be particularly funny but felt (with Charlie Sheen gone) that I should give it a chance. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, I found myself laughing hysterically at the dialogue and the characters’ antics. Season nine opens with Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) speaking at Charlie’s funeral which is mostly being attended by all the women Charlie had ever wronged that lead to comedic interruptions throughout Alan’s speech. The episode revolves around Alan selling Charlie’s beach house as he is no longer able to afford it. This leads him to a run in with billionaire Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) who was trying to drown himself but decided against it after he realized the water was cold. Alan cheers him up by taking him out for a drink and encouraging him to pick up a couple of women to take back to the house. Not surprisingly, Walden ends up with both girls while Alan is left all alone. Ashton Kutcher’s character fits perfectly into the show and has real chemistry with the rest of the cast. If the writer’s can keep the laughs coming season nine will be the most successful yet!
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October 5, 2011
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Student Senate to Host Forum over Gay Blood Ban
By Abbey Smith ello my little darlings! In this article we will be discussing staples, and not the type of staples that hold paper together, but the more fabulous and exciting fashion staples! What are fashion staples, you ask? They are versatile pieces of clothing that can be worn for numerous occasions and many different ways. They are timeless pieces of clothing that will never go out of style. So obviously your parachute pants, trucker hats and jelly shoes do not fit in this style category. Here are my opinions on the top 10 fashion staples every woman should have on hand in her closet. The first and most important staple that all women should have is a little black dress (LBD). A little side story about LBD’s is Coco Chanel introduced them in a time between the wars, when the bright colors, prints and heavy embroideries dominated the fashion. Little did she know that this trend would become a fashion staple and be worn by women everywhere for years to come. A little black dress is an important item to have in your closet not only because black is so flattering, but also because it can be paired with so many different accessories and other pieces of clothing that it can be worn for countless occasions. For example, pairing it with tights, boots, a cardigan and a scarf could make it a perfect fall day look. Pairing it with pretty sandals, floral accessories and a floppy hat could make it a sassy summer look. Dressing it up with stunning jewelry and platform pumps could make it a sexy date outfit. When purchasing your black dress make sure it has a perfect fit, not too snug and not too baggy. It should be a cotton material so it’s simple and light. A tip for finding the perfect little black dress is remembering it has to look chic and have a sophisticated simplicity to it. Another crucial staple is a comfortable stylish heel. These should be heels that can be paired with various items in your closet. With this staple you can’t go wrong with black or nude heels. I would suggest platform heels or wedges because that type of heel is comfortable, but stylish at the same time. They need to be comfortable enough for you to wear all day at the office and stylish enough to wear for a night on the town, or for you Millikin students, a Thursday night on the dance floor at LSB. Another essential staple that should be in your closet is a perfect fit skinny jean. If you have a dark pair of hot skinnies your outfit selections are endless. I feel as though this staple doesn’t need any explanation or examples of what to pair with it because there are hundreds of ways to wear them. They can be paired with boots for fall, heels for nighttime, cuffed with flip-flops for summer and that’s only shoe options. For a casual look that guys love V-necks with your skinnies, a blazer to make it classy, or a flowy top for daytime looks. These are just a few options, but like I said there are too many to list. It is key to have skinny jeans in your closet. They have the perfect fit that everyone looks for, which is tight from your thigh to your calf, no muffin top, they make your booty voluptuous and able to breathe. I know that the dreaded jean-shopping trip may sometimes be long and challenging, but once that perfect fit is found, trust me, it’s worth it. Next up on the list are leather jackets. Leather jackets can instantly transform an outfit from simple to polished and put together, but with an edge. Leather jackets are definitely an investment staple item because a good one lasts for a long time, and they will definitely always be around. Just remember when buying one to not go too biker on it, and keep it simple. Also keep in
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By Denny Patterson On Monday, Oct. 10, Millikin University’s Student Development Board and Student Senate will be hosting a forum to discuss whether or not blood drives should be allowed here on Millikin’s campus due to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) blood donor eligibility policy for men who have sex with men (gay blood ban). The FDA claims that homosexual men are classified to be at high risk for HIV/AIDS and some types of hepatitis, viruses that can be transmitted in blood transfusions. The restrictions of this policy vary from country to county, and in many cases men are deferred who have not had sex with men for many years. The restrictions affect men who have sex with men and the female sex partner of men who have had sex with men, but do not affect women, including women who have sex with women. Millikin student, Chelsie Spinner, of Mattoon, Ill thinks the policy is ridiculous. “The FDA doesn’t have significant evidential proof that homosexual men are actually carrying HIV/AIDS,” Spinner said. “It’s basically narrowing the pool of potential donors and preventing people who have decent blood with no discernable reasons.” The forum ignited after Millikin student Chet Lord-Remmert of Bourbonnais, Ill last year became aware of the FDA’s policy which ignited interest and research for he is a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgendered (LGBT) community. Lord-Remmert also put his research to use for his CWRR class for the Millikin Day of Scholarship, where students have no classes and present what they have been researching to students and faculty. “As part of my reseach, I petitioned to have blood drives banned on Millikin’s campus until the FDA updates its ‘men who have sex with men’ policy gaining over 250 signatures from Millikin students, faculty and staff members last December,” Lord-Remmert said.
by Kayla Mark Behind the scenes, it’s that time of year for one Millikin group to be busier than ever. Busy at the beginning of the year with phone calls to alumni, MilliSTAT switches pace to spend the weeks surrounding homecoming helping out in the planning. But around campus, despite all their efforts, MilliSTAT is a group commonly mistaken for another one, while their work is also rarely mentioned. “The most unknown thing about MilliSTAT is that most probably don’t realize we are not a math organization dealing with statistics,” secretary, Elia Pepps, said. “Trust me, I probably wouldn’t be in it if it did.” MilliSTAT, standing for Millikin Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, plays an active role in planning homecoming week, Founder’s Day events and also additional activities around campus. With their goal to promote campus awareness, MilliSTAT is currently teaming up in order to host a Halloween event for the whole campus to participate in. Previously, the group helped organize the wreath laying ceremony and formal ceremony for Founder’s Day, an event to help students get involved with campus history. They also partner closely with the Alumni Development Center in order to raise campus awareness and promote unity within the students to prepare for the future. “Because of our organization, about one-third of every student’s tuition is paid for through donations,” vicepresident, Christy Swanberg, said. “The most important thing that we do is continue great contact with the Alumni Development Center to help with donations to the University. Without
this contact and understanding, we cannot create and provide a gateway for the students today to be great alumni and donate also.”
“The outcome of the forum can result in three different ways: keep the blood drives the way they are, get rid of Millikin blood drives permanently or keep the blood drives...” Lord-Remmert also met with Millikin’s Student Development Board last semester where they met with the Student Senate and both organizations decided to have the students’ opinion and input on making a more informed decision. “The idea of Student Senate is that it is meant to be a clearing house of
information for students,” said Student Senate President Dylan Howser. “This issue was proposed to Student Senate and suggested that we have a forum so both sides can give arguments at the same time where all of the information can be given to the students. Student Senate will provide an opinion based off of a collective student voice to the administration.” Howser believes that any issue affecting students is important, but only as other students give it value. The outcome of the forum can result in three different ways: keep the blood drives the way they are, get rid of Millikin blood drives permanently or keep the blood drives, but allow members of Queers and Allies and Unity to hand out information about the FDA’s ruling on homosexual blood so students can make a more educated choice on whether or not to give blood. The procedure of the forum will have two sides presenting evidence or an argument for 15 minutes followed by a five minute rebuttal from each side, ending with a 30 minute open question session from the audience. “When the policy was first passed, it made sense,” said Millikin student, Charlie Huth, of Naperville, Ill. “Seeing that we now have the medical technology and that the knowledge of HIV/AIDS has increased, the policy now seems outdated and kind of silly.” The forum will be held in LRTUC from 7:30-9:00 pm and is advertised only to Millikin students since this is an issue involving the student body, but outsiders are welcomed.
Learning about the Future from the Past “The most unknown thing about MilliSTAT is that most probably don’t realize we are not a math organization dealing with statistics,” Each fall and spring, with the aid of volunteering students around campus, MilliSTAT conducts phonathons to raise money for the Millikin Fund. They also recently started raising money for the new Transform MU Campaign, which focuses on updating and transforming the Richard Treat University Center (RTUC) and the Griswold Physical Education Center. The new Transform MU Campaign is also gaining financial aid from grants from the Caterpillar Foundation. MilliSTAT was designed to help students become involved with the campus now in order to stay involved in the future. It helps to establish relationships within both the student and alumni bodies. Their goal is to have fun in an environment where they can help the entire campus while also creating an environment for students to
put their input on campus involvement and improvement. “MilliSTAT is an opportunity for campus involvement, networking for career opportunities and a place to develop leadership abilities,” Pepps said. “These are all so important because they are practical life skills you don’t learn in the classroom that will actually prepare you for internships.” This group strives for a stronger connection between students and alumni. MilliSTAT offers opportunities within the group and the Millikin community, connecting students all around. With so many groups on campus, diversity is only increasing. These group members also gain connections to those who have already experienced Millikin in all its aspects. “My most important event is homecoming because that is the first time this year we’ll be meeting with alumni. They have so many cool stories about Millikin when they were students,” Pepps said. For more information about MilliSTAT, contact Tim Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
mind that leather jackets are good to layer with, so make sure it is not too tight especially in the arms. Once you find your ideal leather jacket, don’t be afraid to wear it as often as possible. It completes any look, from girly to casual to edgy, always leaving you with a hot look. A surprising staple that not many of you would think of is a simple white V-neck. V-necks are versatile and can be paired with almost anything. They can be dressed up with a fun bright skirt, worn to work out, paired with yoga pants and a cardigan for a cute comfy look, and like I said earlier for that sexy t-shirt and jeans look that guys love. Another staple that I never considered until recently is business casual clothing. This category consists of blazers, dress pants and pencil skirts. At some point every single person will need this type of clothing. These are valuable staples to have because, like many of the others, I stated they could be paired with causal or dressy items to make completely different looks. Blazers are not just to be worn in the office or for men, but they can be worn with mini dresses or skinny jeans with heels for a mature, but trendy look. Dress pants can ideally be paired with almost anything from a fitted button up to keep it business casual, to a stylish top for a fun, going-out look. Pencil skirts automatically add sex appeal to your outfit, so be careful what you pair it with, especially if it’s for work or school. Business casual is not about all work and no play; it can definitely be styled for some playful options. The final four staples all go under the same category, which is accessories. A girl has to protect her eyes, so sunglasses are a necessity. Sunglasses are not just good for protection but when worn right, they can make anyone look like a movie star. There are certain trends to avoid, such as oversized and crazy ones like the ones Lady Gaga wears, unless it’s for Halloween. It’s always best to stick with aviators, the Ray Ban “Wayfarer” look, or a circular shape that is not huge and overpowering to your face. Another staple accessory is a fedora or a beanie hat. You never know when you’re going to have a bad hair day, and when you do, these hats come in handy and complete any look. Fedoras are not for all people, but they are a look that will be around forever and are very stylish and give outfits a unique look. But if fedoras aren’t your thing, beanies are more relaxed and easy to wear. When a plain look needs to go from drab to fab, an important staple to have is a statement necklace. This is just a necklace that can be worn with almost anything and make it pop. It can be a huge pendant on a long chain to a chunky short necklace. That is your preference. This type of necklace really does come in handy and can never be over worn. The final staple that is important for every girl to have is a giant hobo bag, or as I call it a “Mary Poppins” bag because it holds so much and it seems like when you take things out it is never ending. Now don’t think because I used the word hobo that means big, baggy and messy looking. This bag needs to be big enough to fit all of your personal belongs in yes, but it needs to be chic and have a classy and simple look to it so it can be worn with any outfit for any occasion. Simple colors like black, tan and gray are great colors to have for this staple. This hobo style bag will not only be very useful to you, but it will pull a complete look together. Now that you know my top 10 fashion staples, go raid your closets and drawers my little fashionistas and see what you need to stock up on. You many not agree with some of my ideas, but you will look great in anything as long as you pair it with the most important staple: confidence.
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October 5, 2011
Makes the Heart Grow Fonder …or Forget? By Amber Spin Whenever you hear that someone is in a long-distance relationship, you may be think someone is cheating, it will only result in a break-up and they can’t possibly be happy. Long distance relationships are associated with many outdated negative stereotypes. However, they are becoming more and more common. The Center for Study of Long Distance Relationships reports that anywhere between 4 and 4.5 million college couples in the United States are in some form of a long distance relationship. Whether it is because you or your significant other graduated high school sooner and are off to college, you both attend different colleges or you met in college and spend breaks apart, you are definitely not alone! With the continuing development of communication technology, long distance relationships are becoming easier and should be taken advantage of. Can you imagine being in a long distance relationship and having to actually send real letters in the mail and waiting days for a response? If you are in a long distance relationship these days, you should almost consider yourself lucky to be able to send a text at any time of day and receive an instant response. Not only can you talk on the phone every day, but if you have an Iphone, you can FaceTime anywhere, anytime. Talking on the phone is nice, but sometimes seeing the person makes you feel more connected. If you don’t have an Iphone, there is always Skype. It’s important to set aside time for each other and agree on the amount of time being set. This prevents one person from feeling slighted or questioning
“Long distance relationships are far from easy, but no relationship is easy.”
how the other person feels. Millikin student, Bethany Haver, of Pittsburgh is in a long distance relationship and says, “When we’re apart we make sure to text and say good morning every day, and talk on the phone every night before bed, if nothing else in between.” Key elements to any relationship are trust and communication. “Keeping a long distance relationship is very difficult, and it is crucial to have communication,” said Millikin student Denny Patterson of Granite City, Ill. “Communication is the number one factor because without it, the relationship will fall apart. Both parties need to put effort into the relationship.”
Whether you live together or live a million miles apart, without communication the relationship will at some point end. This especially applies to a college long-distance relationship. College is stressful enough without adding in a crazy girlfriend or boyfriend who questions your every move. Students are already stretched thin between studying, class and homework that they don’t need someone making it more stressful for no reason. College should be fun too. No one should have to sit in their dorm room or apartment while everyone else parties and hangs out with their friends on the weekend because your girlfriend or boyfriend constantly thinks you’re doing something wrong. If you aren’t trusting or can’t be trusted, there is probably an underlying reason that needs to be addressed. “Once there is no more communication or effort, it’s done for,” Patterson said. One way to get through the times apart, is setting a date when you will see each other next. Don’t dwell on the time you are apart, but spend your time looking forward to the next time you will be together. Sometimes seeing each other less will make you appreciate each other’s company more than if you get to see each other every day. People in long distance relationships don’t take the time together for granted. A University study interviewed 450 college students. Eleven percent of the students managed to visit their significant other weekly, while sixteen percent never saw them at all. Circumstances differ in ever relationship. The key is to visit each other as much as possible. Make sure that one person isn’t always doing all the traveling because this can raise issues of who is more committed. If possible, take turns visiting each other, or if it isn’t too far, meet in the middle for lunch/dinner. To pass the time between visits, make sure you keep yourself busy. Focus on your next big test or your homework assignments. Hanging out with your friends is a great and fun way to pass the time. Your life went on before you met your boyfriend or girlfriend and should continue on while you are away from each other. You can’t put your life on pause waiting until you’re together. Although you should have your independence, you need to be considerate of each other’s feelings. There is a fine line between being considerate of your significant other and letting them control you. This is where communication comes in when figuring out what is acceptable or not for your relationship. The boundaries won’t be the same for everyone. Long distance relationships are far from easy, but no relationship is easy. Every day will be a challenge to keep it together. “My advice would be that if you are feeling attracted to someone who is long-distance, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into,” Patterson said. “Are both parties willing to be 100% committed and put effort into making it work? You have to be certain on where you stand with it.” According to the Center for Study of Long Distance Relationships, long distance relationship statistics of breaking up and those in relationships close in proximity are very close. It just depends on whether your relationship can withstand it.
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by April Gleason
Blue Eyes... Is it possible for men and women to have continuous physical relations and not have feelings for each other? From my experience, it certainly is a difficult task to accomplish. After my first long term relationship became “open” I found it incredibly difficult not to fall for every guy that I had any degree of physical relationship with. I ended up leaving my first boyfriend from the open relationship to be with a guy, we’ll call him Abs, that I had hooked up with, during the “open phase” of my life. The physical relationship that Abs and I shared had been so exciting that I assumed an emotional relationship would be equally as fulfilling and was worth leaving my first boyfriend. After leaving him, Abs eventually broke my heart as he was only in our “relationship” for the physical side and not for the relationship aspect. Some years later I began “talking” to a guy and we concluded that we’d be perfect hook up buddies. Both of us wanted to stay single and thought it would be awesome to have someone to have a no strings attached regular hook up. After a while the late night “heyyy” text’s started to annoy me. I was totally date worthy – way better than just a hook up buddy. With each inappropriate text, my confidence started to dwindle and I became confused about what I wanted in a relationship, if I wanted one at all. I started to confuse physical desire for emotional desire and realized that this guy wasn’t worth a relationship anyways. I cut off the interaction before my emotions could get involved and be hurt. No way was I going to have heartbreak over a guy that didn’t see eye to eye with me and hadn’t even proven that he was boyfriend material. After that, I decided to stay away from hook ups and made a pact with myself to only get physical with boyfriends. Well. That lasted about a month, until Actor (from a previous story) came into town. And after that incredible experience, it reaffirmed my love for being single. I had a real one night stand and felt no particular
emotional desire for Actor. Perhaps it was that he was from out of town so I knew I wouldn’t even have the option to hook up with him regularly. Maybe it was that we didn’t have particularly amazing emotional chemistry during out first encounter. Either way, it proved to me that I could be single and not confuse sex for a relationship. Soon after that the one night stand with Actor, I got into another juicy situation that tested the theory again. I had a party at my apartment and my guy friend, Blue Eyes, came out to celebrate. He and I had always had known each other for a semester or so and always had a little chemistry, but I simply assumed he was flirtatious with every girl. As the party dwindled down we were left chatting on my couch and made out in what started as a joke but turned into true hot and heavy hookup. It was the kind of make out session where you know everything after the make out is going to be just as awesome if not way better. I semi-unexpectedly ended staying the night with him and having a wild kinky night of fun. That afternoon as I lay in his bed thinking about the previous night, I found myself relishing the totally amazing experience and yearning to relive it again. He was also in town for the summer and the gears slowly started turning. “Next time I’m feeling it, I should totally call up Blue Eyes. He’s single and probably down for it,” I thought. Then an ingenious idea struck me. Why not be hook up buddies for the summer? That way we both know that we’ll get our happy ending and definitely enjoy it instead of racking up the numbers with rando’s with equally random skill sets. The plan seemed foolproof to me since I could stay happily single and have a regular hook up with a hottie that I definitely had chemistry with. But that’s where the problem hit. Earlier in the night as the action started getting steamy, he had told me that he kind of had a crush on me at one point. At the time it didn’t persuade me to do anything that I wasn’t already intending to do, but
afterwards those words resonated in my head and my heart sort of fluttered, regardless of if he truly meant it or not. I always thought he was attractive; we had an insane amount of things in common, very similar tastes and obviously great physical chemistry. It seemed like the perfect ground for a … RELATIONSHIP. Oh shit. My one year of singledom flashed before my eyes. When I was still my relationship-searching-self, Blue Eyes would have been the perfect dating prospect! And now, here we were, incredibly single and in Soy City for the summer with an awesome night together under our belts. I re-thought my hook up idea. It was actually way too likely to have a real connection with him and get seriously involved. I was not scared that he would break my vulnerable heart; I was scared that we would actually work out really well. And I still wasn’t ready to be in a relationship...or at least that’s what I told myself. My mantra during my “embracing singledom” period was that I would know if I was ready for a relationship if I was willing to give up my single life to be committed to a really great guy. The problem was that Blue Eyes was a really great guy. And I could see myself romantically involved with him, but I knew I had to stop thinking about what was said to avoid falling in like and getting into a draining relationship just before my senior year of college. Just as quickly as my ingenious hookup idea came to me, it left as I decided to treat it the same was as I treated my one night with Actor, a strictly physical relationship, and nothing more. I once read that you’re not ready to get married until you have been single for at least a full year in your 20’s. This Summer was my one year singleversary and I was DYING to make it a full year with no serious boyfriend. It was so close I could taste it. With only two weeks to go I realized that my heart was showing me, through my hook up with Blue Eyes, that it was finally ready to move on from being single and into *gasp* a serious relationship.
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Arts & Entertainment Artist in Spotlight: Jess Black by Sean Roe 1. What year in school are you? Senior 2. What’s your Major? BFA Studio Art 3. What’s your medium? Primarily oil paint, but I also delve into printmaking, specifically etching. 4. Are you a part of any extra curricular organizations? I’m a photo editor and cartoonist for “The Decaturian.” 5. How has what you’ve learned in your studies helped you in the organizations? My artistic background definitely plays into the cartoons. Principles of design such as balance, harmony, and unity are all in the back of my head while I’m working on a piece. 6. What inspires you? My work derives mainly from my subconscious and imagination, and therefore I can attribute everything I’ve ever seen and experienced as inspiration. I know that sounds like a cop-out of an answer, but we are all influenced by our surroundings whether we realize it or not. There is great subtlety in which those things of the past can reoccur. 7. What Artists inspire you? Lately I’ve been influenced widely by the abstract expressionists of the post-WWII era such as de Kooning, Gorky, and Motherwell. Their style is uninhibited and focuses on spontaneous, autonomous creation. 8. How has life experience influenced your art? As I said, my entire existence is culminated into every piece I do. All of the decisions I make are based on some sort of process I’ve come to develop, although I don’t specifically think about these things as I’m creating. I just let it flow. 9. When did you begin as an artist would you say? Art has always been a part of my life, I’ve been drawing and doodling in school and at home for as long as I can remember. Although I consider myself a student of art while I’m finding my voice as an artist. It’s a process of learning that will last as long as I do. 10. Have you worked in any unusual mediums? I’ve worked in an array of mediums but nothing I would define as crazy unusual. 11. If you had endless supplies, facilities and time, what type of project would you see yourself composing?(your dream project) I would want to do a collaboration piece that would combine the styles of multiple artists on the same canvas. I think it would produce a fantastic and dreamlike visual sequence...something you could marvel at for hours. 12. What has been your experience in selling your art? I had the opportunity as a past spotlight artist at the Blue Connection to continually have my work displayed, and have sold prints, paintings, and drawings. I have another spotlight show coming up in January in Indiana and will be able to get my name and work out there even more, so it has been very positive. I like talking to people about my work who have never seen it before and have no idea who I am. 14. Is your art on sale now? If so, how can people go about purchasing it? My art is always for sale, there are very few pieces that I keep for myself. I have work at the Blue Connection in downtown Decatur and I also have work displayed on my website:www.jessblackstudio. weebly.com. There is a form where those who are interested can contact me about pricing. 15. What can we expect out of Jess Black this year? Although my work is ever-changing, I can guarantee I will continue to develop my characters and my painting techniques. The population of this whole surreal colony has gotten exponentially larger each year so my senior show will have you completely enveloped in the products of my mind. 16. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In an ideal situation, I’d like to have my hand in character design with companies like Pixar and Disney; although I’d be quite content with my own home studio on the west coast and a day job that doesn’t drive me insane. 17. If there was one thing you wanted Dec readers to know, what would that be? The art department exists on this campus! That side of Kirkland that you never venture into is full of individual studios and work spaces. I encourage curious individuals to come by and see what’s going on, I’d be happy to show you around and give you some insight on what we do!
Star by Nick Rousseau Look around you In your eyes it is true How could it not be, If the eye is what you see?
Photo by Jess Black
Make it Last Forever
In verbal representation A physical order does remain Untouched by understanding And fathomed into false The words are inert But the thoughts, they are not Slivers of sunlight cut out from one thought The sun just shined through me I am the sun shining through The light composed of me The light composed you Silent explosions deep in the array What of this occasion may we even say All that we quote is partition of it All that we state, a miraculous quotient I do not think that you can do Anything through the mind, The mind does to you. The love that we share Is truth in a glimpse My own mime home Is what represents Living in spaces Literally heavens sent A ventriloquist life that our minds lead us through A number of choices that are left up to you The love is greater than just you and I It is far more than I can fathom why I look at the skies and I see what It means I bow my head thankfully silencing screams Peace on this Earth may Arrive and be born If we look to the skies and Can see our own form Seemingly silent we move through our lives Saying nothing that means Same meanings in spite Losing touch with reality to make use of new light We lose ourselves slowly into the deep night Laughter consumes you like an itch in your gut Skies scraped by iron Torn into and cut Moving you further towards an absence of light Moving away from what you know is right Isn’t this real? Of course it must be Until the life is taken Along, away with me
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Letter to the Editor Dear Decaturian Staff, This will be my 9th semester at JMU and in my years here I must admit that the quality of our student run newspaper has declined to an embarrassing degree in my own opinion. When I read the several articles printed in your most recent issue bemoaning the lack of First Amendment rights, including the posting of your constitution, I must admit I was perplexed at some of the hypocrisy in those arguments. The word “responsible” is used several times in the Constitution of the Decaturian. I feel that a “responsible” journalist would have enough sense to be respectful of the university that provides them an outlet, a space to work, and an education; for as unhappy as people are with Millikin, they are receiving what they came here to get: a degree. I am offended when my teachers and staff are accused of avoiding the Decaturian staff out of fear. Why would they look into the loaded shotgun that the Dec has become? I think they have enough sense to appeal to their Fifth Amendment rights so as to
protect the university and individuals from legal trouble. For example, a “responsible” journalist probably should be 21 when tasting beers. It just seems non-sensical on that issue to try and complain that the university was upset over publishing under-age drinking in the newspaper affiliated with the university. I will argue that the Dec provides valuable experience to its staff and an opportunity to practice journalism, but are these articles intended to be respectable efforts or tabloid efforts? All I ask is that, as a paying student who loves the university, I can open the paper that is “the voice of the student body”, of which I am a member, and have it reflect MY feelings towards my home for the past 4 years. Please return to a level of respect and decency that would make me proud to read the Decaturian again instead of dreading how antagonistic it will be. Sincerely, Andy Jones
Let’s talk About Sex: The Other Side
My name is Taylor Hart. I’m a senior here at Millikin, and I’m majoring in Human Services. I wanted to write this as sort of “the other side” to the previous “Let’s Talk about Sex” article. This is for the non-virgins. This is for those of us who engage in the natural, pleasurable act of love making – or just down and dirty sex. This is also an article for virgins who are considering having sex and aren’t sure whether or not they’ll be struck down by God immediately after fornication. I, however, am not writing this to try and persuade people who have not had sex and do not believe in having sex before marriage (for good reasons of course, not just because their parents said so and they refuse to challenge their parents) to get out there and get their first time over with. I definitely believe that first times should be special and with someone you adore and who adores you. I absolutely do not believe, though, that sex is so sacred and so important that it should be avoided until marriage if mating is what you want to do. For example, when I was 11 years old, there was this big sex epidemic in my middle school. Girls my age were giving boys oral sex in the back of the bus and going ALL the way with older males that weren’t the slightest bit interested in them. I felt pressure to give my goodies up, but by the grace of God, and knowing the difference between right and wrong, I was able to preserve my virginity. Now THAT is a mistake I’m glad I didn’t make. However, when I was about 4 years older, for some reason, all I wanted to do was have sex. A couple of months before my 16th birthday I got my wish. I lost my virginity. I’m 21 years old
now and since then I’ve had 10 sexual partners, two of which were long term relationships. The point is that I waited until I knew I was ready. I wasn’t married, yet I never got labeled a slut or was called any derogatory names. The only time I’ve ever regretted having sex when I did was when I realized I was incredibly in love with my current boyfriend. I will occasionally wish that I had saved myself for him, but the thoughts don’t stay long enough for me to feel guilty. Then, after a few moments I realize that our sex wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is had I not had practice beforehand. I also had no way of knowing when he would come into my life. I didn’t want to wait forever; what if he never came? I’ve enjoyed testing the waters. Having only one sexual partner all my life would not have been my style. I like variety in every other aspect of my life, why should this be any different? I do NOT, however, encourage women to go bed hopping every weekend in search for her perfect mate. (I also don’t encourage men to do that, but hey, we all know those are words lost on them!) The only thing I want to get across in this article is that it’s okay to have premarital sex and still be a lady. Having sex before you’ve stood in front of God and recited your vows doesn’t mean you’re going to hell or that no other man will want you. If it’s your preference to stay pure until you find that special one, then by all means, kudos to you. But sharing what you’ve got isn’t the worst thing you can do, as long as you’re being safe. Hey, after all, it is pretty fun, and one of the most natural experiences in this world full of technology!
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With Liberty and Justice for All — Troy Davis by Jacquline Hollis Troy Davis was executed in Georgia on Sept. 21, 2011. Despite the lack of physical evidence against him, despite the fact that seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him recanted their stories, and despite the fact that even after twenty-two years of deliberation there remained a countless number of people who clung desperately to his innocence - his life was intentionally and deliberately ended. In lieu of this recent event, I myself am begging for revolution. The Troy Davis case embodies nearly every negative aspect of America’s losing battle with capital punishment. When a government takes the life of one of its subjects in an instance where there might be even the slightest chance of his innocence, the system has failed. And in my opinion, it only takes one example of the system failing on the highest level possible, taking the life of any person who could possibly be innocent, to truly reevaluate the effectiveness and validity of current policy. In addition to the fact that we very well may be sentencing people to death who are not guilty of the crime for which they are being punished, the innate subjective nature of the death penalty causes its implementation to be sporadic and unpredictable. The somewhat randomness with which capital punishment is applied takes away any deterrent value the punishment might hold. It is my hope that the death of Troy Davis will awaken the American public to our desperate need for reform. I fully understand that the founders of our nation and the writers of our constitution accepted the death penalty as a form of punishment, but I also adhere to the idea that we hold ourselves to a changing and ever altering standard of what is acceptable. Our government claims to
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base our standard for punishment on “the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” As society progresses and moves head first into the twenty-first century, so should our policies and methods. The death penalty is outdated, at best unfairly applied, and is used primarily
as a mechanism of vengeance veiled in the concealing robes of the term “justice.” I hold strongly to the idea that we are a government for the people, by the people, and in my opinion it is societal-enhanced illusion to believe that through the implementation of the death penalty that this idea is somehow being better upheld.
Too Offensive For a Name?
by Nicole Johnson Generally, queer is used as a derogatory term, directed at people who are homosexual in their orientation. However, one of the local organizations on campus, Queers & Allies, carries this derogatory term in their name. It was thought to be okay until the last meeting when a debate broke out over whether or not to keep the name. There were good arguments for both sides, and it was decided that the name change would be voted on in our next meeting. Organization names are difficult sometimes because it is hard to please everybody all the time. It is usually a matter of trying to compromise in the best way possible that will hopefully make everyone happy. When it comes to group names, however, there is one important question to keep in mind: is it a name that defines a group or a group that defines a name? I’ll let you think on that one as you continue to read the article. When the name change first came up in the meeting, I was surprised to hear how many people were fighting for a new name, and I simply sat back and listened to the debate for the rest of the meeting. The voices bounced back and forth across the room, some combining in agreement, and others fighting a point that had just been made. I knew clearly where I stood, but I did not feel like voicing it at that time. However, I did choose to be committee head for this issue, and it prompted some curiosity within me. First, what had started this desire to change the name? Was it personal, pressure from Millikin, or maybe pressure from the public? Second, was changing the name really going to have that big of an impact on the group? Finally, what would some potential new names be? In the hopes of getting answers to these questions, I talked to the president of Queers & Allies and a couple of members of GLAD, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur. Sean Roe, president of Q & A, informed me that the original idea for the name change came from a former board member. She hated the idea of “queer” being in the name, and it made her shudder every time she said this. When Ally Schipma brought it up at the meeting, this initiated the debate that I had walked into. Roe remarked that it could be beneficial for everybody. “I think that it would make the group more accessible because I think the word ‘queer’ can be daunting for people, and it’s really an ‘in-your-face’ kind of word. I think that if it were something a little less intense, it might welcome more people into the group, and LGBT might be more inclined to join. However, if it stayed the same, I think it’d be okay, too.” Queer is an offensive term,
regardless of whether or not it is simply just a name, and one idea Sean had was to change it to Millikin Pride. However, this creates a fear of losing “ally” in the name. If ally no longer remains in the name, will the group lose allies as a whole? This would have a drastic effect because allies and the LGBT community work together to fight for equal rights. If allies were to disappear within the group, then the bond would start to crumble, which would have a big impact on the group. Marlon Chaney, a member of GLAD, said, “Without our allies in the past, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go yet.” Both are important, and a name that mentions
“Without our allies in the past, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today...”
both seems to be a more welcoming name. If the name were to change, it would not have that much of an impact on the group. “It is the same group, just a different title,” according to Roe. Everything would remain the same except for the name. John Poling was the other GLAD member that I spoke to; John spoke from his opinion, not as the voice of GLAD. Both Chaney and Poling felt that “queer” was an all-encompassing term. It was a bold name, and Chaney said that it took him aback when he first heard of the group, but he is proud of Q & A for taking on the bold name. If the name were changed, he felt the boldness of the group would be lost. “Radical people create change,” says Chaney. It takes strength to make progress, and with such a bold name, it is more likely to draw attention and to make people wonder what the group is all about. While a name that is less offensive may seem to welcome more people into the group, there seems to be something more powerful about a name that uses a derogatory term and spins it into a positive light. That is one of the most important things: make a positive spin on the name. Chaney feels that the group should be proud of their name and hold it up high, and not let
it define who they are. John remarked that words change meaning over time, and he hopes that this will be one that will eventually change its meaning, so it will someday not be as offensive as it is now. There were good arguments from both sides. On one hand, queer does offend people, both the LGBT community and the allies. It may make some people fear the group and not wish to join with such a derogatory term. On the other hand, the name should not define the group, and with such a bold name, it may be likely to draw more attention. Each side brings up valid points, and what mattered most would be hearing the voices in the next meeting, to see what suggestions were brought to the table and what arguments were made for each name. At the last meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th, a vote was taken on the name change. Two other suggestions were Fay Folk, suggested by Chaney, and Alphabet Soup, a suggestion from Dria Cross, and Queers & Allies was still a choice. I personally advocated for Queers & Allies, feeling that it is important to turn a positive spin on the name. After a few minutes of listening to everybody’s opinion, a vote was taken, and Queers & Allies won as the group name. It was good to have a discussion about it, and John was glad that the group was open to this. Through the debate came good arguments from both sides and an understanding of everybody’s perspective on the name. Some of the air was cleared about the comfort level of the name, and hopefully everybody feels a little better about the name remaining the same. At the beginning, I asked if the group made the name or if the name made the group. In this light, I believe it is the group that makes the name. Queer is an offensive term, but it cannot label what the group stands for. “Regardless of the name, it’s still the same group; we’re standing for the same stuff. We’re all-inclusive, and we’re just trying to make a positive change in the LGBT community in Decatur and at Millikin. Don’t be frightened of the old name,” says Roe. It is important for the group to make a positive light on the name and to not let the name shape who they are supposed to be. Never let a name define what you are supposed to be and what you stand for; make your own definition of a name and let it shine. A change in the world is defined by actions, not by a label. Sean Roe would like to remind everybody that Queers & Allies meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 PM. It is welcome to all, and it is meant to be a fun and safe place. Both LGBT and allies are welcome, so stop by and see what the group is all about.
October 5, 2011
Jake Ray’s Top 5 Most Obscure Films 5.“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” (Van Peebles. 1971) R
As a heavy influence on classic movies like “Shaft” and “Superfly,” this “blaxploitation” film laid the groundwork for African-American protagonists in film. Mario Van Peebles was in charge of the entire production from music to the screenplay. He also stars as Sweetback – a sex performer who is on the run after killing two milky-white racist cops. Though it may seem to be funny now, the thought of a strong black character defending himself against the racist State was a radical thing in 1971. This is a movie that shocked people. It was initially rated X by an “all white jury.” It is taken far less seriously now. Maybe that means humanity has advanced. Film Rating: C-/Obscurity:C+
4. “Vinyl” (Warhol. 1965) NR
Andy Warhol is an interesting figure in the history of popular culture. His ideas about fame, fashion, music and art have been seen as revolutionary and extremely important. His movie making career, on the other hand, seems to be nothing but a rich man’s exercise in killing boredom. This is clearly seen in his atrocious adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel, “A Clockwork Orange”, which Warhol mysteriously named “Vinyl.” The film is set in one room with all of the characters sharing the same space. The actors were unrehearsed and the audience can clearly hear Warhol in the background feeding lines to his cast. One positive note is that we are treated to the lovely visual of the gorgeous Edie Sedgwick, but even the fierce fashionista cannot save this film from being awful. Though I am not a fan of Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” from a few years later, I am forced to recommend it over “Vinyl.” This is a film that is obscure for a reason. Film Rating: F/Obscurity: B
3.“The Color of Pomegranates” ( Parajanov. 1968) NR
How much do you understand about foreign culture? “The Color of Pomegranates” is a film that will test your tolerance for what other cultures find important. The story arguably follows the life of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova by using a universal language of symbolism from his poetry. Without any conventional narration, the audience is left to interpret everything that they see. This includes a fish dying out of water, a man kissing a live peacock and the mass killing of innocent sheep. I’ll admit that this initially sounded interesting to me, but this is easily the least entertaining film that I have ever seen. I hated every single unworking moment of this pretentious tripe. Do not get me wrong, there must be an audience for this somewhere. I, the middleclass white American male, am not that audience. This film is a snoozefest. Film Grade: F/Obscurity:B+
2.“Wavelength” (Snow. 1967) NR
At a little under 45 minutes long, “Wavelength” is not an easy film to get through. It features a non-moving camera set in a large room, and nothing else. The camera captured the action that goes on in the room to create what Snow calls “a summation of [his] nervous system, religious inklings and aesthetic ideas.” On the surface it is merely a stiff frame of three walls, a floor and a ceiling with the occasional, but brief, interaction of a human variety. Through the entire film, Snow has his camera zooming in at an extremely slow speed. After realizing this, your eyes will be fixated on the screen in a desperate attempt to convince yourself that you are not insane. This technique ultimately forced me into a starring contest with the screen. It was me versus the structure of a single room. It was me versus the nonexistent, but ever present, movement of the camera’s lenses. I waited arrogantly for the film to flinch. It never did. And then it ended. Film Rating: A/Obscurity: A
1.“Flaming Creatures” (Smith. 1963)
According to underground legend, Smith filmed “Flaming Creatures” on stock film that he had actually shoplifted. It has also been said that he paid his actors in either gay sex or drugs. True or not, this still remains one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen. It is a parade of camp-queens, transvestites, hermaphrodites and prostitutes mixed in with the occasional flaccid penis or saggy breast. There is no noticeable story being told, but Smith had said that his work was showing you “a comedy set in a haunted music studio.” I must have missed this, because all I saw was a showing of some very questionable acts amongst one of the cheapest looking sets I have ever seen. In one of the only secular moments of “Flaming Creatures,” we see an actress getting raped by way of cunnilingus. We are treated to the intense visual of a woman being held down and violated by more than one male figure. Of course, these men are naked and performing all sorts of “hand acts” on each other’s limp penises. This type of perverted sexuality becomes normality throughout the 45 minute running time. It is not an easy film to sit through. Flaming Creatures: F/ Obscurity: A+
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by Margaret Eby At last, a tribute to all the old fashioned, the Rat Pack lovers, those who feel jazz and blues tugging at the deepest strings of their souls: Madeleine Peyroux. She is not a singer of yesteryear. She is not a 75-year-old woman who, somehow, has still got it. Madeleine Peyroux is a 36-year-old who, since 1996, has been making a grassroots movement for the appreciation of old American jazz. To gain the maturity and the full scope of life experience to really sing jazz, one must have a rather lengthy and developed career. Practically no one can be a Billie Holiday on the debut CD release. Peyroux has certainly been growing in these journeys for a while. She’s been through life experiences that toss her from place to place, country to country, education to education. She’s been generating work for most of our lives. When thinking about the archetypal soul songstresses of our generation and the generation before, gals like Adele, Diana Ross and Tina Turner pop into our memories immediately. These women, wise beyond their years, burst the recordings and our hearts open with powerful vocals and large productions. Don’t get me wrong, here. I have absolutely no qualms with singers like that. There’s a whole genre of ladies, however, who are seemingly forgotten. But perhaps, that’s the way they meant it to be at first. They don’t desire to explode into the spotlight. An air of subtlety and charming shyness surrounds them. This is exactly where Madeleine Peyroux suits herself. Among the greats like Billy Holiday, Bessie Smith and Patsy Cline, no less emotionally evocative, just quieter. Peyroux has released five studio albums since her debut in 1996 with “Dreamland,” including one released just this past January called “Standing on the Rooftop. Throughout the years, throughout the songs she’s covered, she’s developed a versatility of styles and yet an abiding authenticity to her artistic identity that remains consistent no matter what artist she’s covering. From covers of Edith Piaf and Patsy Cline, icons of the early-mid twentieth century jazz, on “Dreamland” to Joni Mitchell covers on “Careless Love” (2004), all the way to Beatles covers on “Standing on the Rooftop” (2011). She interprets songs in a unique and distinctly Madeleine Peyroux-ish way that leaves the listener longing to hear what she’ll pick next. Peyroux is far more than a strictly cover artist, however. She draws on the influences she has from old jazz and blues to early rock ‘n’ roll, and channels their genius in addition to her own to create a modern soul. Her 2009 release, “Bare Bones,” consisted exclusively of original songs. She integrates instruments like Hammond organ, brassy sounding guitars and violins to pay her homage those greats
who came before her. She plays with different grooves and chords and adds instruments like ukulele as if to sign her own signature on the song and not be lost in the sea of imitators. Always important to the branding of a typical singer/songwriter, is the necessary individuality of the artists’ voice. Upon first listen, one can instantly liken Madeleine Peyroux an old jazz singer. Her notes sound elastic, effortless, flexible. It’s as though she just opened her mouth one day and music flowed forth. There isn’t the brassy, piercing quality to her voice that some other women are known for. She doesn’t need it. The tones that come through have a rich luster that is rare and somewhat underappreciated in today’s music industry. Her voice is like deep velvet or a dark pinot noir. It isn’t only her voice however that creates the aesthetic of her records. Her sparseness of production is also paramount. Peyroux seems to refuse to overproduce anything. She doesn’t just sit at the master board and push buttons to see what they might do to the sound. Peyroux knows what her music is and recognizes that it needs space to breath in order to be effective. As she’s grown older, it seems that she has moved through history in her music. Her progression, as she has developed her career, sounded like Billie Holiday at the beginning then harkened to old time country, that most people might associate with a Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen type character. On her two latest releases, “Bare Bones” (2009) and “Standing on the Rooftop” (2011), she infuses more modern tones with her signature old fashioned sound to classify herself as a 21st century artist. Warning: this is not music for the angry, or the abrasive. Of course, people who would do anything to hop in a mosh pit at a Megadeath concert will probably not find Madeleine Peyroux particularly entertaining. I am but one opinion in a vast summary of likes and dislikes on this campus. I promise I will not force anyone to like this music. Madeleine Peyroux is music for relaxation, possibly a rainy day where the most satisfying things to do involve hot chocolate, couches and blankets. Or calm autumn days in which everything seems to slow down just enough for you to walk a little farther and enjoy the scenery. Madeleine Peyroux, though not far in her life journey, sounds wise beyond her years, not only due to the colors of her voice, but also through her ability to write timeambiguous songs. She leaves behind the overproduction that some radio artists have a growing affinity for, steps back and lets the music flow forth.
October 5, 2011
My International Experience – Week Six In Dia daoibh hóigh Failte (Hello Again and Welcome)
I am into my sixth week here at Millikin University and can hardly believe the time has passed by so quickly, as it only feels like yesterday I had arrived. In my article this week I am going to explain my reason for choosing this college and continue on the journey of my international experience. Why Millikin — good question! Jokes! Before I travelled out to America, we had to choose three different colleges — one Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist. Millikin was my Presbyterian college and was actually one of the first I viewed online. For its additional information, it said “College has a School of Music, a Fine Arts theatre and a museum on campus.” “Bingo,” I said and this triggered a nerve inside as I love music and taking part in musicals. When browsing the website, three performers behind a mic caught my eye straight away because it illustrated the musicl ability of the college and what it offered. The college and its surroundings looked classy and I knew this was the one for me. It’s funny, before I found the right college I couldn’t even pronounce Illinois or Decatur right and it’s ironic that I am studying here now. As the man says “Things are meant to happen for a reason.” Moving swiftly on to my international experience — this is everything I wanted and more, and it feels like I am living the dream of a true Millikin student. I got the first week of college over and my apprehension started to disappear (I started to feel comfortable in my classes). I was making more and more friends every day and my Facebook friend requests were endless. So many people wanted to be my friends....score! Living on the International Floor opened me up to so many different cultures; Australian, Chinese, Taiwan, Mexican and the Bahamas, which adds to the experience of getting to know people and discussing our different cultures. It is funny when the Chinese can’t understand my accent and I end up repeating things five times but hey, I’m Irish...what do you expect? I attended Mosaic again on Friday night and found this very uplifting. Afterwards I eventually had my first night out in ten days, which is an accomplishment for an Irish man (not to say we are alcoholics!) I went to the Woods apartments for a party
with the French but there was no sign of them when we got there so ended up going to another party. I had my first game of beer pong, which was pretty cool and really gave me the American experience on top of sitting out on the porch chilling. It was nice to get to know everyone and how they loved me speaking with my Irish accent and saying “Top of the morning to ya.”
“Singing in an all male choir for the first time was amazing and felt very professional.”
Saturday had come and I had my first experience of brunch and it was quite cool talking about last night’s antics and discussing the ‘craic,’ (the fun from last night) an Irish saying! I went on my first road trip to Champaign with mates and it was an experience travelling on the other side of the road. The size of the roads in America are much bigger in comparison to Ireland. One thing I’ve noticed is the pickup trucks; everyone drives them around here and it’s so American! That night I headed out again to another party and it was great to get to know people and have an enjoyable night. Sunday came and the weekend was practically over. I went to Mass at 4 p.m. and it was exactly like Mass at home, so it was good to go and repent for my sins.Joke! My weekend was over and entertaining to say the least. Week two had begun and I was starting to find my bearings and actually arrive in the right classes. The choir practices began at 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Singing in an all male choir for the first time was amazing and felt very professional under the
direction of professor Ted Hesse. I dropped my politics class and took on music theory and ear training, as I have a very keen interest in music and wanted to learn the theory. I also began a guitar master class as I wanted to develop my guitar skills. Yes, I am here doing a business major but I get the best of both worlds which is great. One distinction between America and Ireland is that we get homework and reading every night and you’re learning all the time, which is nice sometimes, but not all the time — not to say we don’t in Ireland (sorry professors). I started getting into a routine of going to class, going to choir, going to the gym and doing homework, which made weekends a time to live for — take a break, take a Kit-Kat! The weekend had arrived and I had my second experience of a football game. I got to see where the President hung out in the VIP box and the press, and it was pretty impressive. It was really enjoyable to watch and take in the American atmosphere. I took a video of the cheer leaders dancing and sent it home to Ireland to show them what they were missing. That night I went to a Cowboys and Indians party which was pretty neat, as the Americans would say. It was Labor Day weekend so I had Monday off, where I went to the lake to watch the Orchestra perform. It just screamed American lifestyle all over, as I had never experienced this before and was mesmerized. On that Tuesday I had my first International presentation on Ireland. I was very nervous about getting up and presenting in front of everyone and especially my peers. I wanted to impress and teach people about the Irish culture and its history and what is so good about our country. My international advisor told me to be funny so I made up an acronym about the Irish: I – irresistible, R – romantic, I – intelligent, S – sarcastic, H – hilarious. This is not being cocky, but it might be true. I was very pleased with my presentation. I made reference to a rubber in my presentation which the Americans call an eraser for erasing — I think my mate was shocked in class when I asked her for one. As the week moved on I was settling in great and meeting loads of new people at the café. A running joke that goes on in my accounting class is, every morning when I come into class my professor goes “What’s the craic?’ It gives me a giggle and is nice to know I’ve taught the
professor something, as the shoe is on the other foot. On one of the evenings I had the famous Root Beer and Cheese-Its. My first taste of the drink reminded me of Deep Heat which you put on your muscles and has a flaming hot smell, but instead I was tasting this smell so it brought me back to Ireland. As every day passed more and more Irish sayings started to come out of my vocabulary like “deadly” which is like saying cool or awesome over here in America.
a group name and I suggested “The Irish Charmers,” with our motto being “Magically Delicious.” All the guys liked the name so it stuck. After all the hard singing we headed to the Professor’s house for the barbeque. This truly gave me a taste of America and the American styled houses which are totally different from Irish houses. We had fun and games at his house, and it was a great opportunity to make new friends in Millikin Men’s Choir — who rock!
Photo by Kaitlin Powell
The weekend came and something happened that I have never experienced before — we went to our Professor’s house for a barbeque. Saturday afternoon started out with the retreat in KFAC singing for hours and bonding. This gave me the chance to get to know the fellas in the Baritone section and to remember all their names. We had to come up with
That’s my journey so far folks, but do read my next article about the 9/11 Remembrance Day event held here at school, and how different the experience is here than it is in Ireland. Slán go foil (Goodbye for now) Irish quote: Go n’éirí leat (May your luck be rising)
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October 5, 2011
Sex With Your Ex Going too Far?
By Nicole Johnson We all know how difficult a breakup can be. There’s resentment, sadness, anger, regret and there’s almost always leftover feelings. The question is, what do we do with these feelings? Is it in the best interest for us to ignore these emotions, or should we, as human beings, act on this desire and work out whatever passion runs through our bodies? For some, the right thing to do is to let these feelings go and forget them as they have forgotten the person they left behind. Others act on this passion, choosing to go back to the source of hurt in hope of getting rid of these desires. If they do, they may worry about what other people think, and what judgment will be passed on them for not giving up their former lover. Something to keep in mind is to wonder if this is socially acceptable. As a society, though we frown upon it, we have almost made it a standard. There is pressure from the outside world and peers on this act. According to Millikin student Ashley Oh, one just has to turn on the TV to see how accepted it is. “Check out any reality show, music video or drama on TV,” Oh said. “It’s always accepted on those.” Our generation is learning that it is acceptable to sleep with your ex because it is on TV, even as the older generations frown and do not understand our actions. How could they? The world is constantly changing, and this is one more change that is still debated for its morality. What is accepting for our generation is simply unthinkable with the older generations. Going back to your ex brings a wall of conflict. Is it beneficial
or does it cause heartbreak? The most obvious benefit would be the feeling of sexual release. However, that seems to be the only benefit of having sex with a past lover. In the long run, this potentially does more harm than good. You may be heading down the same road as before, not willing to give up your past. If the relationship was already dangerous when you left it, then going back is even more harmful. “You could be putting yourself in a potentially distressful situation,” said Nick Burge, a studio art major. “Yeah, you’re getting that orgasm, you’re having that pleasure, but you could be falling into that trap of getting some of those old feelings back. Then, if you or your ex all of the sudden decides that we’re out, we’re not doing this anymore, you could be attached, and it could end badly.” On top of attachment, there is also the potential for becoming pregnant by your ex, something that may bind you both permanently, and the possibility of contracting an STD if your ex has been infected, a link that you will always have with your ex. Having sex with your ex may have an abstract harm to it, but this could quickly turn concrete and permanently change your life. On occasion, the term “friends with benefits” has been tossed around. Is this the same thing as sleeping with your ex? It depends on who you ask. Allie Roop, an early childhood education major, stands on the opposing side. “I think it’s different,” Roop said. “Friends with benefits, most of the time, is more mutual. Like, we’re going to do this because we both want some, and we both find each other attractive, so we might as well
have sex with each other without any commitment. I think, most of the time, it ends up being harmful, but sometimes, it ends up being okay. I think it’s better.” It does seem easier to go back to what you know, which is why some people may sleep with their ex. Maybe they see their friends or other people in happy relationships and yearn to have that happiness again. It may just be a desire to model those on the TV. The facts seem to point in the direction of this causing more hurt than pleasure, but in the end a person must decide whether or not they are ready to accept the consequences of their actions. If they are willing to sleep with their ex and understand the potential dangers — pregnancy, STDs, rekindling of old feelings — then they should have the free will to choose to sleep with them and not worry about others passing judgment on them. In the end, we are all young adults preparing to go out into the world, and we are slowly gaining our independence through our decisions and mistakes. Whether or not to sleep with an ex is simply another one of these choices to be made. If you already have had sex with your ex, you may already know some of these things. “I have, but I never will again because it’s stupid,” Roop said. This is a personal opinion, but some may agree with this, whether or not they have had the experience of sleeping with an ex. Ultimately, what it boils down to is what you want to do. If you want to, go for it. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise; after all, it is your feelings, your body and your decision. In the end, that is all that matters.
Going Vegan? Recipes by Lauren Mudge, Co-President of Millikin University’s Kind Life Club “Happy Herbivores,” “Vegs,” “Veggies”- call us what you will,” said Donald Watson, a British activist and founder of the first vegan organization. Watson created the term vegan in 1944. The word is derived from vegetarian, pairing the first syllable veg and the last syllable an to create a name for the people that live by a more strict vegetarian diet by not eating any animal products whatsoever, including dairy and eggs. Being vegan is not the easiest lifestyle to live, nor does it achieve the highest level of purity in this world, though it gets rather close, perhaps even the closest. Being vegan, to some, can be a daily struggle in a world where kindness isn’t the ultimate value to everyone. To be realistic, of course it isn’t. We’re all different in terms of our environmental influences, beliefs, customs and attitudes. Yet, being vegan is at least a means to an end—a way to attain a goal of wholeness, compassion, health and principle of kindness. I’ve been vegan for over three years to this day, knowing that every choice I make is done with the intention of ethical and healthful living. I try my best not to impose my lifestyle on others, as I’d certainly dislike for someone to impose their lifestyle on me. Yet, I know that there are ways in which others can make a difference like my fellow vegs and Iare. As vegan author Colleen Partick-Goudreau writes, “The problem isn’t that we wake up in the morning wanting to contribute to cruelty or violence. The problem is we don’t wake up in the morning wanting to create more compassion, peace, and nonviolence.” Some of us likely don’t wake up thinking about how we can make a difference in the world today, but when it does come to that moment in time where wanting to make a difference is considered, yet not knowing where to start—I suggest starting with food. For compassionate living, kindness, peace and absolutely for the love of food, I welcome all to the nutritional guidance and celebration of eating. Starting with one “kind” meal at a time, let’s feast! Simply Delicious Bean Burritos: 1 cup rice (Mexican, preferably) 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cloves garlic, crushed salt, to taste 1-2 teaspoons basil 2 tablespoons olive oil 1. Cook rice according to package directions. When rice is done, add beans, garlic, salt, basil, olive oil and mix. Let spices blend. For an extra “kick” mix in some salsa and/or Cholula sauce (highly recommended for those with a spicy palate). 2. If you want to get fancy, once the beans are finished slice some lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and onions to garnish. Kroger also sells vegan cheese (Daiya, preferably) and sour cream, which you can also add to your burrito. Don’t shy away too quickly from vegan cheese replacements. They’re actually quite good; however, if you’re prone to be more vegetarian than vegan, supplementing the replacements with real cheese and sour cream is fine. 3. Once everything is complete, serve on the center of a large tortilla and feast!
The War of Acceptance By David Rothmund Hello again, my fellow readers. My last article was about how the exchange students have changed the campus in a positive way; bringing their values, different mindsets and work ethics to our Milli-bubble. Personally, I can say that the exchange students have changed my way of life and thinking already. I have three roommates: one American and two French. My eating and studying habits, my social life and my personal relationships with people have all changed. In my opinion, this is something that was needed. It has opened my eyes into another ‘realm,’ and really made me realize what I want in life. The thing that disappoints me is hearing negative remarks about the exchange students. No matter where the exchange students are from, they are taking the biggest leap of faith to come to another country to study at a university. Everyone has their own set of values and lifestyles, so while we all try to adapt to each other’s – let’s give them some slack? Millikin University prides itself on being inclusive and well fitting for all individuals no matter their background – you chose to come here, so let’s be the respectful students we are. I think when any society must change, negative things occur. The in-between is what needs to be found so that all people feel equal. When adapting to other surroundings, we are faced with challenges. From what I have seen, every exchange student not only has to adapt to the culture and environment, but they also have to adapt to their way of learning. We all know there is a lot of reading in college, so let’s take an example: One chapter of reading in Finance can take the typical American student one hour. One chapter of reading in Finance can take an exchange student five hours. Generally, our classes are in blocks of 45 minutes. For the typical American, this is more than enough time to complete any test… for an exchange student it is unreal. I went to the Chinese Moon Celebration on Sept 21 and it made me realize a lot about the
relationships I have. No matter what race you are, what background you come from or even what your life goals are, the night is meant for you to celebrate as friends. I sat at a table with a group of my friends and we had one seat left open. A worker from Millikin sat down at the table and at first this threw me off. I thought to myself, “What is this old lady doing at our table?” But then I reflected upon what the purpose of the night meant. Come to find out, this lady had such an interesting background and made all of us laugh. No matter how an individual is different, it is a war of acceptance. When times get rough, just remember you have the ones around you to support you. Step back from life and accept the opportunities that have been given to you. Take away all perceived judgment and actually get to know the people in front of you. Yes, it is a challenge to do so, but it is rewarding. Tomorrow is a new day. Choose not to look back, but forward – for there are many opportunities waiting. I wrote this to show that we are all different, and that people will always look down upon you. No matter the circumstance, we are all different in our own way. Choose not to degrade someone from where they are, but choose to accept their culture. The saying “we must work as one...” is a lie. We are little ants compared to the world, but yet the alienation never ends. Hatred and disgust to my kind makes me cringe, while I gaze in fear as time goes by. To some I am a constituent, but to others I am worthless. Throughout life many blame their reasons because of God, yet we have no true answer for the way we are. There are groups and workshops to make us better so everyone can have a dream; but for now, we are still ants hiding from the better people.
October 5, 2011
Millikin University Withdrawal Procedure
#MakeALawForJamey While logging on for my daily Perez Hilton website check, I came across something that made my heart a little heavier. Under “My Celebs” tab, there was a very disturbing and tragic story, which originally caught my eye because Lady Gaga’s picture was the thumbnail for the article (I’m a little more than obsessed with Gaga, for those of you who don’t know me). This article was about Jamey Rodemeyer. Jamey was a 14 year old boy who committed suicide recently because of years of bullying. Jamey was bullied because of his struggle with his sexuality. Now, I know what you’re all thinking. “She is only writing this because she’s secretly really obsessed with the LGBTQ community” or “She has no right to talk about bullying because she’s one of the most sarcastic bullies I know” To those statements, I
have two responses. First of all, I am obsessed, but that isn’t a secret. And secondly, that is EXACTLY why I am writing this article! Most of us have that one thing that we have always been bullied for. For those of you who don’t have an easily teasable character trait, well, thank your lucky stars, but for all of you who own what you were once bullied for, I commend you. My weight has always been something that I have been mocked for. Years of ho-ho’s, potato chips, and Mountain Dew haven’t exactly made me a Victoria’s Secret model. (I know, shocking, right?) But, I have learned to not listen to the haters, and keep on keeping on. Fortunately for me, it was something I was able to work past with the help of my friends, family, and some attention from the male kind. Not everyone is as lucky as me, however, and some people struggle with issues deep down that they are not able to resolve. Allow me to take you back a little to my first week of Millikin, and then maybe you will understand my passion for this article a little better. Before I had come to Millikin, I had never met a person of the LGBTQ community. On my very first day of school, in the caf, by the ice cream, I met my best friend, Jon. Jon is one of those gay guys that is kind, compassionate, caring, and quite memorable to say the least. After having my first encounter with Jon, I went back to sit at my table, ice cream cone in hand and a big smile
on my face. My friends teased me before asking me what the smile was about. I then proceeded to tell them about my romantic encounter at the ice cream machine with Jon. I told them how he approached me, smiled, introduced himself, and seemed genuinely excited about meeting me! My romantic dairy tale was met with snickers and even some blank stares. One of my friends broke the news to me easily, “You weren’t getting hit on you idiot, he’s GAY.” And from then on, I have fallen in love with almost every gay man I have met. For me, the LGBTQ community doesn’t represent some foreign group with odd members. It’s a symbol of love. While being at Millikin, my experience has been full of nothing but kind, loving, caring and extremely accepting individuals. That’s why this article hits home for me. The fact that someone that was a part of that community was bullied to the point of death makes me so sad. With his upcoming year, I urge you to think about what you are saying. No matter what the situation - gay, straight, transgender, black, white, short, tall, fat, or skinny. No one deserves to feel like Jamey did. I think that it is everyone’s goal to make this campus as safe, loving and comfortable as possible. I leave you with these simple questions. What are you going to do? How are you going to stop perpetuating negativity? How are you going to make a difference in someone’s life?
Is Everybody In Attendance?
By Nicole Johnson Attendance is important; if you do not attend class, how do you expect to learn anything and to maintain a good grade? However, knowing this, is it really necessary to have a policy that penalizes a student for not going to class? Their grade will already have a drastic effect without attending class, so it should not be necessary to slam them with a double punishment. Now, as I have talked to students, most have agreed that it is a strong motivator for them to attend class. It makes you be responsible and stops you from being lazy or just ditching. Does it truly teach responsibility, though, or is the responsibility being forced on us, soon to leave after we get out of college? College is a time of growth, and in most cases, it is a time of maturing. “Isn’t college supposed to be a time where you learn to be a responsible, independent, sensible adult?” asks Bethany Narvaez, an early childhood education major. “Then again, would I make it to class and not flunk out of college if I knew a quarter of my grade wasn’t riding on it?” One issue is since we are paying to come here, whether it is our own money or our parents’ money, should we really have an attendance policy? There are clear benefits to this. Obviously, when your grade is riding on your attendance and how much you participate, you will be motivated to go. It may be an unwilling motivation, but it is motivation nonetheless. Some teachers have an incentive for having perfect attendance in their class. John Billimack, a history major, and Melissa Yates, an early childhood education major, told of a history professor who allowed students to not take the final if they had perfect attendance for the whole semester. However, the disadvantage is that if somebody misses a class, their grade drops by a letter. This is quite extreme for an attendance policy, and I would hope that not many are like this or will ever come to this. Others are more lenient, sometimes not caring at all whether or not you come to class, and the rest fall right in between, having a rough average of maybe two to four days of missing class. Depending how often the class is in session, this could be quite a few days of class. The policy varies greatly, but for the most part, it seems to have a positive effect. The attendance policy does well, but simply because it does well does not mean that one should be implemented. What if there was no attendance policy at all? Yates says, “If there’s no attendance policy, I think if I’m feeling crappy, I’d be more likely
to skip the class. I’m not going to skip it just because there’s no class attendance policy.” Billimack states that his habits of going to class would not change, regardless of whether or not there was an attendance policy. On the other hand, Narvaez states that she would be more likely to ditch class, in all honesty, if there was a lack of an attendance policy. Everybody has a clear point of view of where they are with this policy, and that’s because we are all different students. If there were no policy,
“If there’s no attendance policy, I think if I’m feeling crappy, I’d be more likely to skip the class. I’m not going to skip it just because there’s no class attendance policy.”
it does not mean that everybody is going to start ditching all of their classes. Some will ditch because of the freedom, and others won’t because they would rather be putting their parents’ money to good use. As I write this, I am sick with a terrible sore throat and some cold symptoms. I would like to head over to the health center to get some medicine and hopefully clear this up quickly, and I feel it would be best if I rested for a day to get better soon and to prevent my classmates from getting sick. However, I have great concern about whether or not it will be excused as an absence, and I would like to try and avoid using either of my two days because of this illness. What if something worse comes up? “I get sick a lot, and it kind of sucks when you have to drag your ass to class,” Yates said. “It does give you an incentive to go to class, though.” I hate having to drag myself to class when I feel miserable and need to sleep it off, but I must because of
this policy. Personally, I don’t feel that there should be a policy. We are the ones paying the money, and our grades will definitely suffer if we choose to not attend class. Slapping us with this policy is more of a grade deduction than is necessary, especially when it’s taken to an extreme. If this issue was viewed in black and white, I would be on the side that feels there should be no attendance policy. This doesn’t make me a bad student; it just means that I feel like there should be no policy whatsoever so I don’t have to worry about my grade riding on my attendance. Now, if it were viewed in black, white and shades of grey, I would be in the grey area of things. If there must be a policy, then one of two things should happen: either the line between excused and unexcused needs a clear definition, or there should be a more uniform policy across campus. I would feel more comfortable if there was a clear definition of the line. “The line between defined and undefined should be clear in people’s attendance policies. I know most of the syllabi say if it’s a death in the family or something like that, and that’s completely understandable, but people also get really sick. I know I’ve always gotten sick easily, and it sucks when you physically cannot go,” Yates states. “I feel like teachers automatically think that if you’re sick, you should still come to class. It’s like you have to be dying to not come to class, and I don’t think that’s really fair.” Narvaez agrees, stating that health services should count as an excused absence and that it’s not fair “to pay to go to DMH just to be excused from class.” However, Billimack feels differently. “I think that they should all follow more uniform standards. Right now, if you miss one class for certain classes, you’re screwed, but in other classes, you can miss three and get away with it. So how about we meet in the middle?” Both arguments are very good, and these are compromises between those in favor of an attendance policy and those against it. To some, this is a valuable policy that is a strong reason they go to class, but for others it is an annoyance that either needs to be more clearly defined or to become uniform across the campus. This policy may also be a reason that you choose to not waste the money that is being given for you to attend Millikin University. As with everything else in life, this matter has many shades of grey. The shade of grey you pick depends on your personal and school views. There is no right or wrong in this; there is only your opinion.
by Morgan Ewald Millikin University’s withdrawal procedure requires students to drop a course within the first ten weeks of a semester to receive ‘W’ for that course. If a student withdrawals from a course after the tenth week, the final grade will usually result in an ‘F’ for the course. Occasionally, in extreme situations, the Registrar will allow a student to drop a course and still receive ‘W’ after the deadline. This would include situations that are out of the student’s control, in which the student was unable to get the required paperwork in on time. Millikin’s final date for withdrawal from courses this semester is Nov. 1, 2011. Some schools, however, allow students to drop up until the final day of classes. Millikin students may argue that this is not fair to them, and that they too should be allowed to drop courses up until the final date of classes. I feel as though our policy is fair, however. Should not we, as students, take responsibility and always try our best? If a student wants to drop a course because of their dislike for the course they are in, or if they have a schedule conflict, those matters should be able to be taken care of before the deadline. Students are still given the opportunity to drop courses; they simply cannot drop them after the final date. A student should not have to drop a course in the final weeks of class because of a grade. This simply shows that the student has not been studying
or working on their assignments. And in the case that they may have had a serious illness or a family tragedy, they can apply with the Registrar to drop the class past the date. A situation such as one of these seems to be the only reasonable explanation for dropping a course past the deadline. They may argue that they are, in fact, paying for these courses and that they should be allowed to drop them whenever they want to. Since you are paying for the class, though, would you not want to get the most you possibly could out of it? After all, even if you drop it, you don’t get your money back. You simply miss out on material you could have learned. I feel like Millikin University should have a deadline date for their add/drop policy. It will help students to strive to do their best in class and keep their grades up because they know they can’t withdrawal from the course if their grade falls. If a student has the luxury of dropping a class up until the final date of classes, the student would be more likely to let a grade fall because they would assume that they could just drop the course at the end of the semester, and it wouldn’t impact their grades. I think having a deadline is the optimal way to have the add/drop policy. It makes things more efficient, it helps keep the students more responsible, and it helps make the Registrar’s job a whole lot easier.
The Necessity of Digital? by Denny Patterson How many of you check your Facebook and Twitter numerous times a day? How many of you click on Google for help and research with your homework? How many of you go to Youtube just to find the most random videos? I can most likely say without a doubt that not only the majority of Millikin’s student body does, but so does the majority of today’s society. Computers and the internet have become crucial to life in today’s society. Think about it. Do you think we would be able to function normally without access to the internet? Would you feel disconnected from the world without your social networks, news sites, etc? Some could probably care less and think it might be for the best. Others might find themselves locked up in a padded room and strapped in a straightjacket due to going insane. Our lives have become addicted and we have become dependent on computers. The first electronic computers were developed in the 1940s and were originally the size of a large room, consuming as much power as several hundred modern PCs. We have diminished the size and increased the content. The internet is not only used for pleasure, but also for business and schooling. Take Millikin for example. Most colleges prefer for prospective applicants to apply online, and in some cases, it is the only way to apply. What is the best way to contact an instructor? By email. How can we stay informed about what events are going on around campus and when they are? Moodle would be out and we would have to turn in hard copies of every homework assignment, and hand-write each and
every research paper. Besides the severe case writer’s cramp, we would not be treating the environment well. The“Go Green” campaign would be out the window if we lost computers. We would be killing trees left and right. Computers also allow us to hinder and expand our education. Websites such as Wikipedia and Google itself have allowed for us to dive into a world of learning. Whenever we are puzzled or have a question, we usually look it up online. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are becoming non-existent. We mostly go to the library nowadays to use their computers if we do not have access to one at home. Now don’t get me wrong, we still use the library to check out books, but it is so much more convenient to just look it up online and possibly renew them. Almost every major kind of business is becoming computerized. It is said that print journalism is a dying business due to online news sources such as CNN, MSNBC, and Yahoo News (wow, what a great career aspiration I picked). That aside, we can easily access any kind of information that we need on the internet: news, banking, public records, etc. No need to go to a box office for tickets anymore, simply visit Fandango or the theatre’s website. Looking for a good recipe to cook for dinner? I’m sure you’ll find millions of never before heard dishes online. See where I’m going with this? The internet has become a world of wonder, and it amazes me how far we have come within the past 10-15 years with it. I believe computers are a gift from the heavens, they make our lives so much easier…unless you’re Amish or live under a rock, but that’s a whole different story.
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Games to Look Forward To
By: Emily Kissel
Florida vs. LSU
Florida is back on the fast track to becoming a national power-house thanks to the new coach, Will Muschamp. Muschamp is slowly getting Florida back into the national spot light and a win this week over number one LSU would definitely catapult the Gators back into the top ten rankings. Hiring Charlie Wise seems to be paying off, even though he keeps his play-calling conservative like he did at Notre Dame. The philosophy there is to take what the defense gives you and always end every possession with a kick, whether that’s a PAT, field goal or punt. Some people believe that Florida’s defense is underrated since they have the same base as Alabama. Alabama’s defense is favored unanimously to be top in the country. The top team in the nation, LSU, is once again playing a ranked opponent. LSU is looking very balanced this year, not relying heavily on either the offense or defense. Although the defense looks extremely fast and dominant thanks to the play of their CB, Tyrann Mathieu, who some people believe to be the best defensive player in football. LSU’s offense is getting a boost because former starting QB, Jordan Jefferson, will be reinstated. The question is will they keep Jarred Lee who has kept them undefeated, or give the starting spot back to Jefferson?
Oklahoma vs. Texas
The Red River Rivalry is back for another year, and once again it’s going to be a great match up. Oklahoma, who is number two, is going to try and get their number one ranking back from LSU by beating the 17th ranked team in Texas. Oklahoma is going to try and keep their national title hopes alive while Texas will try to prove to everyone that they are back and a force to be reckoned with. Oklahoma will be led by a high-powered offense, Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles. Texas is currently trying to bounce back from their 5-7 season a year ago. The first step for that would be winning one of the biggest rivalry games in college football. They will be led by a rejuvenated offense thanks to their new starting QB, Case McCoy. Texas’s biggest obstacle will be that they are once again a team in the NCAA with little experience because of their younger members and they lack a lot of discipline and experience you only get by playing more games.
Millikin vs. Carthage
Millikin will be playing their second conference game homecoming weekend against CCIW rival, Carthage College. The game will be held on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Any game from now on will be crucial because they will determine the teams standing in conference and whether or not their season will continue. Last season the Red Men football team did not win a single conference away game, so hopefully Millikin can take advantage of playing at home. This will be the Big Blue’s second home game, so don’t miss out on the chance to support your football team.
the team set these goals and has started to work towards them. On Oct. 9, the Millikin swim team will be hosting an Alumni Meet at 11a.m. Alex expressed that for the alumni event that, “We are all pretty excited to see old friends and teammates and also meet those that have helped shape the team into what it is now. The event should be a blast nonetheless”. Alumni events are good for both current swimmers and past swimmers, giving the students and graduates the opportunity for in-house competition and catching up. For Millikin students that are available for this alumni event, stop by the swimming pool and show your support for the swim team and support for the returning alumni. This will not only show support towards the swim team, but help spread the sports spirit around the campus as well, which moves towards achieving the team’s spirit goal. The women’s swim team has a bright future ahead of them and making it to a meet should be on your checklist for this sports season.
Athlete in Profile Hannah Church
What year in school are you? “Senior” What is your Major? “Music Education Vocal”
How long have you been playing tennis? “13 years” What was your favorite part about the 2011 season? “Getting to know all the new girls” What will you miss most about tennis season? “The chance to play as often as we do… but not the running” What gets you pumped up before a match? “Listening to music” What else on campus are you involved in? “I’m involved in the University Choir, Queers and Allies and Good People” What is something most people don’t know about you? “I have played piano since I was five” Who are some of your favorite music artist? “Regina Spektor, Third Eye Blind, and Debussy”
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Football on Two Game Winning Streak By: Amber Spin After losing their first game in overtime to Illinois College, 30-24, the Big Blue have turned things around and are on a two game winning streak after beating Greenville and Hope College. The Millikin football team won 51-13 over Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 10. Junior running back, Tyler Roush, was first to put points on the score board with an 8 yard rush in the middle of the first quarter and ended the game with a total of 104 rushing yards. Also, contributing to the score was Quarterback, Matt Holmes, who completed 15 of 25 passes, throwing for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 71 yards for 2 more touchdowns. Freshmen defensive end, Brian Wolfe, earned the team’s defensive player of the game with a record of 3 solo tackles, 9 assists, and 1 force fumble. Defensive line coach, Chad Boskat, said of Wolfe, “He has really stepped up as a young player and he plays an important role on our defensive line.”
Photo by Jess Black It also happened to be Head Coach, Patrick Etherton’s, first win as the new Head Coach at Millikin University. “It was a great feeling to get our first win at Greenville College and then to follow it up with another win at Hope
College. It says a lot about our players. The wins are about our players more than they are about our coaches. I am honored to serve as the head coach at Millikin University and lucky to be surrounded by a great group of
players and an exceptional coaching staff,” Coach Etherton stated. On Sept. 17, the Big Blue travelled to Holland, MI to play Hope College, winning 27-15. Hope was first to score, kicking a field goal from the 20 yard line. Millikin quickly took the lead in the second quarter when Holmes rushed for a 13 yard touchdown. He ended the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 187 yards, ran for 41 yards and scored a touchdown. This earned him the title of offensive player of the game. In the third quarter, senior linebacker, Keith Burczak, gave the Big Blue a huge swing of momentum after he intercepted a pass thrown by Hope quarterback, Michael Atwell, and returned it for a 51 yard touchdown. The final Millikin touchdown was scored by Tyler Roush in the fourth quarter with a 4 yard rush. The Big Blue look to continue winning this weekend when they host Carthage College for homecoming weekend on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Starts Strong Hopes to Continue to a Successful Conference Season
By: Emily Kissel The Millikin Women’s Soccer team is led by Head Coach Emily Johnson. It is her first year at MU, and captains, Senior, Chelsea Jones, and Juniors, Brittany Rohling and Emily Allen are also being leaders. As of Thursday, Sept. 29 the team is currently 5-2-1, 0-1, competing in only one conference game thus far. When asked about the team’s transition to this season with new head coach Johnson, Captain Allen had this to say, “It has been a great change, we’re functioning more as a team and have more confidence. After losing a lot of seniors we have all felt motivated to step up and fulfill our roles. Coach has had a big part in that.” Though the Big Blue graduated four starting seniors last year, and the team only has two remaining seniors this season, the sophomores are stepping up where needed. Millikin’s first loss was to nationally-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. Millikin tied the game at 1-1, but Washington University pulled away with two goals in the second half. Instead of dwelling on their first loss, the team found the positive in it and looks forward to conference. “We have really been playing as a team to our fullest potential, proving to ourselves that we can compete with nationally ranked teams,” said Allen about their first loss. Wednesday Sept. 28 was Coach Johnson’s first taste
“We have really been playing as a team to our fullest potential...” of the College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin when the team played North Park. The team fell 2-1 in double overtime. “Conference will be a different level of play, but we’re picking up our intensity and enthusiasm,” said Johnson. “Everyone is going to have to perform at their best because we have high expectations this year” said Allen. The team is predicted to finish 5th out of eight teams in the pre-season poll voted on by coaches from the CCIW. Johnson has hopes of finishing as one of the top three teams in the conference, however. The remaining conference games will include rivals, Illinois Wesleyan, Augustana College, Carthage College, Elmhurst College and Wheaton College. The next home game for the Big Blue will be on Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. The team has been lucky and has not suffered any severe injuries. The team hopes to stay healthy and finish off the season strong.
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10/15/11 Women’s Soccer vs. Carthage College 10/22/11 Women’s Soccer vs. University of Chicago
Men’s Football 10/08/11 Men’s Football vs. Carthage College 10/15/11 Men’s Football vs. North Central College
Women’s Volleyball 10/11/11 Women’s Volleyball vs. Carthage College 10/21/11-10/22/11 Slagell Classic
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Making a Splash Women’s Swimming Team Has Potential
By: Kyli Humm t is once again the season for collegiate sports, especially on Millikin University’s campus. One of the sports making a splash in the news is Millikin’s Woman’s Swimming team. The team members are young, but with their youth comes potential, dedication and time to perfect their strokes. The team consists of 11 team members which includes: 3 freshmen, 5 sophomores, 1 junior, and 2 seniors in respect to the 20112012 roster. “Our leaders this season are swimming veterans Abby Robertson and Alex Kralman, both of which are not only great leaders, but sharks in the pool,” said Coach Yemm, “their leadership skills went into place as soon as they returned to campus and it’s been exciting to see these girls step up and make this their team.” The woman’s team is coached by Paul Yemm who comes from a successful past at Millikin University. Coach Yemm previously swam for Millikin as a student athlete and was a swimming standout. He was a 3 time NCAA qualifier and 4 year letter winner for
the Big Blue. With these credentials and many others, coach Yemm has the experience and attitude to lead the woman’s swimming team to success in his third year of coaching the swimming program. The success is not only achieved by the coach, but by the team members as well. “With it being our first official week of swimming season I’m excited to see what this season will bring. Everyone’s a little out of shape, but we’re starting to see some great potential shine through the out-of-shape rust,” stated Yemm. Senior swimmer, Kralman, helped share some insight on the teams goals this season that will help contribute to their success. “The team mainly wants to not only be a team, but a family. We also want to build up the team spirit...not only within the team, but everywhere. Many students at Millikin do not even realize we have a pool, let alone a swim team, and we want to fix that.” At the beginning of this season See Splash, p15