DUSK TO DAWN
SEX, PRAYER, ECSTASY, BALLROOM DANCING WE STAYED UP ALL NIGHT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO.
The Indiana Daily Student Magazine | Issue 1 | Fall 2012
Meet the Night.
The Night Issue
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We asked. You answered. From one-night stands to midnight snacks, 261 people sounded off online about their nighttime habits. For more, follow along throughout the magazine.
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WHY SLEEP WHEN YOU COULD DO ALL THIS? KNOW-IT-ALL
STARS … Get smart. We debunk common myths of astronomical proportions.
Get dirty. This junior is dropping (seed) bombs over Bloomington. PAGE 3
TIP JAR Classy or trashy? We give both options to throw the best party ever. PAGE 13
ESSAY Hop in the car with a Jimmy John's delivery veteran.
DUSK TO DAWN
… AND BARS Go out. Bar crawl 101: we have everything you need to know before you wind up on the floor.
A dorm room, a stage, an emergency room — where were you on this night?
THE LATE SHIFT
One sophomore is balancing her nights (and days) between homework, friends and raising her three-year-old.
ONLINE ONLY Tips for how to pull an all-nighter, more crazy stories from a latenight delivery man, and Spotify playlists.
EDITOR'S NOTE Are you a raccoon or a firefly? Take our quiz and get down with our favorite night tunes while you do it. PAGE 9
Got the late-night munchies? Try recipes you won’t regret in the morning. PAGE 10
In the first months of my freshman year, there was nothing more simultaneously exciting and nervewracking than the prospect of a Friday or Saturday (or Thursday) night on campus. What would I do? Where would I go? Who would I go with? Still uncertain of what IU had in store for me, anything was possible. But this is just my story. We set out to find yours. Night is a time that means something different to everyone. For Erin Kilhefner, it’s a time to make a difference, to do something meaningful. For Denice King, it’s a time to catch up. For Malloryy Kirby, y, it’s a time to create. For the restless freshman, it’s a time to let loose. all oose. And can’t we al relate to that? Michela Tindera —M Mi ich heella Tinde
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Want to try your hand at foraging? L100 Edible Wild Plants is a five-week class where students will learn to forage for food in nature. The year ends with a “Taster’s Banquet” dedicated to collecting, cooking, and eating wild, edible plants.
WHAT DO I NEED? A Guerrilla Gardener’s Checklist
The ingredients for a successful late-night gardening mission R A mapped-out spot R Dark clothes R Shoes you can run in — just in case R Bike or getaway car — just in case R Small shovel or spade R Seeds or plants R Watering can or a large water bottle R Courage
DARK in the
While most students sleep, this activist gardener is restoring natural beauty to Bloomington one seed bomb at a time. BY JACKIE VELING
GROUNDBREAKING A brief history of guerrilla gardening Though the term wasn’t officially coined until the 1970s, the act of guerrilla gardening can be traced back long before. Remember the man “who wore a pot upon his head ... John Chapman was his real name, but we call him Johnny Appleseed”? That’s right — American legend Johnny Appleseed, who planted apple trees around the Midwest, was a founder.
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OGardening doesn’t typically top the list of risky nighttime behaviors, but junior Erin Kilhefner may beg to differ. A self-proclaimed guerilla gardener, Kilhefner plants flowers, shrubs, and produce on other people’s land without their permission. It’s a form of activism, a way of beautifying an increasingly urbanized environment. Kilhefner gives you the details of why she picked up the shovel.
like an aesthetic pleasure. If something is visually pleasing, it’s going to make things better. It’s a life-enhancer.
Who are some of your past victims? I’ve planted some sunflowers [behind the Hillcrest Apartments]. And another really important theme of it is seed bombs, or seeds encased in mud. You can literally throw them places, and with natural processes, the seeds go into the ground. So I’ve done a couple of those by Indiana Avenue and Tenth Street... Also there’s a lot of unused space around Ballantine, so we planted some flowers there this summer.
Don’t you ever worry you’ll get caught?
Why do you do it? It’s a beauty thing, first of all. If you look at a space, and it’s gray and broken down and there’s not a lot there, it’s
And I do it because on such a green campus — Indiana already does a really good job with indigenous trees — but there’s a lot of indigenous, edible weeds, like Purslane, that you can eat, that you can forage, that I think would be really good to have on campus.
I’ve been really lucky, mainly because I’ve taken my bike with me, so if I do get really sketched out, I’m just like, ‘bike!’ The area behind Hillcrest is not that well-lit. Once when I planted mint, I was actually pulling an all-nighter. And then that night I called up my friend and was like, ‘Do you want to go do this?’ It was four in the morning, but the campus gardening staff was already starting to make their rounds. We were like, ‘Shit, we gotta go,’ and so we kind of ran away.
You said you hadn’t been busted before! I haven’t been! But I have just seen those guys [police officers] zipping down the road, and they’re ready to go. They have like rockets on their feet or something. Do you see it as illegal? It’s just so interesting to me because when you think of nighttime shadiness, you think someone’s getting mugged, someone’s getting raped, someone’s getting shot ... And it’s almost whimsical to have someone going out there, breaking the law by planting shrubs in places where they aren’t allowed. It’s almost a little bit ridiculous, but in such a great, fun, naturalist way. It’s not what you’d expect to be going on in the middle of the night. You’re a 20-year-old at college. People expect you to go out and rage and party. But a lot of the time I find myself wanting to do something different. I want to go out and do something.
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Astronomical App Leave your telescope at home. Hold your iPhone or iPad up to the sky, and “The Night Sky” app will show which heavenly bodies are shining above.
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CASSIOPEIA In the myths, Cassiopeia boasted she and her daughter Andromeda were the two fairest that ever lived. To punish Cassiopeia for her narcissism, the gods condemned her to circle Polaris forever in her throne. Even today, she alternates between sitting right side up and hanging upside down in the sky.
URSA MAJOR Also known as the Great Bear, this constellation contains the group of stars called the Big Dipper. According to some Native American legends, the bowl of the Big Dipper is a giant bear and the stars of the handle form the shape of three warriors chasing it.
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Sky BY DIANNE OSLAND PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER I L L U S T R AT I O N S B Y A L I YA M O O D
OIf your knowledge of astronomy
lies somewhere between chowing down on a Milky Way and Wallace & Gromit’s 1989 claymation space adventure, well, you’re not alone. Seniors Jesse Feddersen and Katie Gosmeyer and other members of the IU Astronomy Club would like to set the record straight on this brand of science. Grab your pencil and paper (there may be a quiz!); it’s time for a little lesson in misconceptions of astronomical proportions.
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OH, YOU’RE MAJORING IN ASTRONOMY! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SPACE?
ASTRONOMY, HUH? CAN YOU READ MY PALM AND TELL ME THE FUTURE?
“We get it all the time. You tell people you’re majoring in astronomy, and then they think you want to be an astronaut. Wrong.”
“I tell someone I study astronomy and then they’re asking for me to look at their hand and tell their fortune... Sometimes I go along with it.”
Rocket ships, zero gravity, and space ice cream are not always the aspirations of someone sitting through a class on astronomy. No one’s going to teach you to moonwalk in A100: The Solar System. Astronomy is a major grounded in Bachelor of Science classes where you’re more likely to be studying physics, calculus, and computer or geological sciences. With advanced mathematical problem solving skills, students can go on to graduate degrees and work in technology, programming, or careers that are research-based.
A simple equation for you to memorize: astronomy ≠ astrology. And the difference is more than a just few letters in their spellings. Astrology is what scientists call a pseudoscience; it is based on the idea that there’s a relationship between celestial objects and phenomena and earthly, human events. Failed your exam because of the zodiac? Not so much astronomy’s fault.
WAIT, SO THE MOON ISN’T MADE OF CHEESE? “There is no such thing as moon cheese! And the sun is not made of spareribs either.” That myth can be traced back to a cheesy couplet that has set many young Galileos looking to the sky for their sandwich ingredients. 16th century English poet John Heywood wrote, “Ye set circumquaques to make me beleue / Or thinke, that the moone is made of gréene chéese.” Get your head out of the stars and grab yourself a grocery cart — the refrigerated cheese aisle will have to do, earthling.
HELP, I’M LOST! I JUST NEED TO FIND THE BRIGHTEST SPOT IN THE SKY AND I’LL FIND MY WAY HOME, RIGHT? “Polaris, commonly called the North Star, is actually not the brightest star in the sky...” Sirius, the Dog Star, holds that title. Polaris is only ranked as the 50th brightest star, so don’t set your sights on this spot as nature’s foolproof GPS. The star sits as a fixed point aligned to the north celestial pole, thus earning its name and its ability to be used as a navigational tool. But you’ll be led astray if you look only for the brightest dot in the night sky.
Upcoming Astronomical Events Oct. 21 Orionid meteor shower peaks: 20 meteors per hour Oct. 29 Full moon Nov. 4 Daylight savings time ends Nov. 13 Total solar eclipse: northern Australia, Pacific Ocean Nov. 17 Leonid meteor shower peaks: 20 meteors per hour Nov. 28 Full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse
Polaris (the North Star)
URSA MINOR Also known as the Little Bear, this constellation contains the group of stars called the Little Dipper. The star at the end of the Dipper’s handle is known as Polaris, the North Star. To find the North Star, locate the Big Dipper, then look straight up from the two stars making up the outside of the cup.
PEGASUS In the myth, this famous winged horse is brought to life from the blood of Medusa, a snake-headed monster. Tamed and ridden by his master, Pegasus was rewarded for his good deeds by the gods who placed him among the stars for the rest of time.
OPEN FOR OBSERVATION Nestled on the edge of campus near the Sample Gates, the Kirkwood Observatory makes stargazing accessible to the general public. Astronomy graduate student Maria Cordero gives the details on this round-topped piece of history. O The observatory’s named for Daniel Kirkwood, a professor of mathematics at IU from 1856-1886. His name also graces nearby Kirkwood Avenue and a lunar crater, due to his significant research in comets, asteroids, and meteors. O Dedicated in 1901 and used for research on binary stars, the observatory now serves only as an educational facility. O A 111-year-old, 12-inch refracting telescope sits on the upper floor. On public viewing nights, the top of the observatory opens up for the scope to peer out at the skies. O The best time for viewing is in the summer, but December brings events like the opposition of Jupiter, when the planet shines from opposite the sun. This means Jupiter and some of its moons will be visible through Kirkwood’s telescope. OPublic viewings are Wednesday nights March to November. Viewing times vary based on the season, check their website astro.indiana. edu/kirkwood.shtml. For updated weather conditions and closings, call their hotline at 812-855-7736 or follow @iuastro on Twitter.
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Have you ever had a one-night stand?
Yes 42.9% No 57.1%
School's in for those who have just turned 21 or those looking to branch out of their usual bar scene. While there are plenty of restaurants, pubs, and bars to grab a drink in around Bloomington, we've provided an eclectic sampling to plan a time-honored nocturnal tradition â€” the bar crawl. So coaches, get your whistles ready. Our only test is to see if you make it back in one piece.
Drink specials can change at any time, check with venues for updated information.
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KEY Specialty Drink When to go
THE ALLEY BAR 210 W. Kirkwood Ave., 812-336-2216 "We have more than 60 different beers, which is amazing for a bar our size," General Manager Dan Baily says. Every Friday is Sixth Barrel Friday â€” a different craft beer is featured. For those looking for a cheap buzz, try Mondays for $2 pints of Bud and
Bud Light. FYI The bar can trace its history to 1887. The building has been a saloon, a barbershop, and as of 1977, a local bar. Seating is very limited, so keep your group small or prepare to pack in. Cover? No. THE ATLAS BAR 209 S. College Ave., 812-334-4435
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The Happy Pig offers brunch every Sunday. FYI Skee-ball and shuffleboard make Atlas like Chuck E. Cheese, but without the screaming kids. Just bring a bag of quarters and your A-game. Cover? No. BEAR'S PLACE 1316 E. Third St., 812-339-3460
The Hairy Bear is often referred to as the "blackout in a cup." Bartenders keep their lips sealed, but the mix has at least six shots of liquor. Skip the pregame and start off your Thirsty Thursday with a $7 Hairy Bear. FYI Bear's Place has a long history in Bloomington's jazz scene that continues
to this day. The Jazz Fables series features live music every Thursday night. Cover? Sometimes, to get into the back room with live performances. BROTHERS BAR AND GRILL 215 N. Walnut St., 812-331-1000 Royal Flush Shot Curb your hunger until 9 p.m.
Wednesdays with 15 cent wings. Wash them down with $2 Jaeger bombs and $2 wells. FYI Brother's has 16 locations across the country, from Denver to Cincinnati. THE BISHOP 123 S. Walnut St., 812-333-4700 Craft beer selection $3 pint night
Wednesdays FYI The Bishop books local and national acts, and the intimate bar means you might get to share a drink with the band. Cover? Never for the bar, venue cover is determined by show. THE BLUEBIRD 216 N. Walnut St., 812-336-3984
What time do you go out at night? Between 9 and 10 p.m. 11.2 percent; Between 10 and 11 p.m., 58.5 percent; Between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m., 22.1 percent; After 12 a.m., 8.1 percent
The term “pub crawl” has been in the English vernacular since the late 19th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It is referred to as a crawl because participants literally end up on their hands and knees by the end of the night. But we didn’t need a dictionary to tell us that, did we? The Dirty Bird Wednesday has 15 cent beer. What better way to make friends than hand out a few beers you can't carry? This bar gives local bands a boost, but can also attract major artists. Cover? Depends on the show, but expect to pay $5. Check their Facebook and Twitter pages before going, sometimes a coupon will be posted for no cover. CRAZY HORSE 214 W. Kirkwood Ave., 812-336-8877 International beer selection Weekday happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. and has specials and free munchies. FYI Want your name on a plaque in a Bloomington bar? Play Around the World in Eighty Beers. Print out a wheel from crazyhourseindiana. com and have a bartender punch your wheel every time you try a new beer. Cover? No. DUNNKIRK 430 E. Kirkwood Ave. Wednesday has $1 wells and Sunday has cheap pitchers. FYI Miss Uncle D's? Have no fear, the bar is now serving pizza. Now you don't have to finish your drink before jumping in line for greasy drunk food. Cover? Only during special shows. FARM ROOT CELLAR 108 E. Kirkwood Ave., 812-323-0002 FARM prides itself
on using local ingredients to make fresh cocktails. Tuesday nights are "Trivia Night." The winning team gets a $50 gift card to FARMbloomington. FYI A mural by local artist Gretchen Sigmund Marks lines the basement, and the title is enough to entice anyone to check it out: "Orgy in the Cornfield." Cover? $3 on nights with entertainment and $5 on Thursday nights for the Ryder Film Night. HOUSE BAR 813 N. Walnut St. 812-339-5646 The Big Pink Drink The House Bar offers everyday specials: $1 PBR, $2 Upland, $2 wells, $3 Bell's Two Hearted, and $5 PBR pitchers.
drinking feats and special toasts. If you choose to challenge a friend to a yard race, be careful of the bubble at the end if you want to avoid being splashed with beer. Cover? No. JAKE'S NOW! NIGHTCLUB 419 N. Walnut St., 812-332-0402 The Fishbowl comes in over 15 flavors, including homemade ice cream and tiger's blood. Thursdays are "tappa-kegga" night. You buy a $5 mug and get $0.25 refills all night. FYI Shelly Johns and Mike Galardo bought Jake’s last winter and are working on changing the reputation after a few slow years.
FYI The name says it all: it's an intimate atmosphere. Visit if you want the feeling of drinking with a few friends at home, but don't want to play host.
Cover: Free to $10. Call ahead to check for a specific night.
The Long Island is Kilroy's on Kirkwood's specialty. Try the unflavored water version, but drink with caution — it actually does taste like water.
THE IRISH LION RESTAURANT AND PUB 212 W. Kirkwood Ave., 812-336-9076 The menu includes a full page of whiskeys, but order with caution, some shots border on $50. Release the stress of school with $5 martinis and Manhattans on Fridays. FYI This is one of the few places to order a yard of beer for around $15. The glass originated in 17th century England and is often associated with
KILROY'S ON KIRKWOOD 502 E. Kirkwood Ave., 812-339-3006
The line wrapping around the building Tuesdays and Thursdays gives away the popular nights, but Monday is KOK's best kept secret with $1 wells, $3 domestic minipitchers, $4 import mini-pitchers and $3 Long Islands. FYI: Pay $3 cover on Thursday night to get some cheap grub and a free T-shirt. Cover? $2 on Tuesdays, $3 on
KILROY'S SPORTS 319 N. Walnut St., 812-333-6006
$2 Tuesday, $3 Thursday. The dance floor doesn't typically warm up until 1 a.m. or later on weekends. For dancing, grinding, twerking — whatever you call it — this is the place to go when you want to dance, dance, dance. Cover? Cover ranges from $3 to $5, depending on the night, time, and your gender. There's never a cover for $2 Tuesdays, but expect to pay at least $5 on a weekend night. MAX'S PLACE 108 W. Sixth St., 812-336-5169 Craft beer Support local breweries and enjoy a change from your cheap PBR by grabbing a $3 pint of local beer on Mondays. This includes Bloomington Brewing Company and Upland Brewing Company. FYI: Test your talent at Open Mic Night, every Wednesday. Performers must sign up by 5 p.m., and the performances, ranging from comedy to poetry, start at 7:30 p.m. NICK'S ENGLISH HUT 423 E. Kirkwood Ave., 812-332-4040 Bucket of Beer for Sink the Biz.
THE UPSTAIRS PUB 430 E. Kirkwood Ave. #25, 812-333-3003 The alcohol content in the AMF — or Adios Mother Fucker — is still a secret, but most agree the "blue drink" masks the taste of the multiple shots included. Go Tuesdays for $1 wells. FYI: Ponder how all the bras and underwear ended up plastered across the ceiling of the pub, and hope you never get drunk enough to add your own undergarments to the collection. Cover? No. PLAYERS PUB 424 S. Walnut St., 812-334-2080 The live entertainment defines the experience, so check out the calendar on their website to find a night that suits your taste. There is never a day left blank on the event calendar, and performances range in variety from jazz groups to professional steel bands. Cover? Depends on who is playing. Sometimes free, sometimes up to $7. THE RAIL 825 N. Walnut St.
For $7 domestic pitchers, visit on a weeknight.
Try craft cocktails like the Pimm's Cup and the Maiden Indiana.
FYI Surrounded by IU memorabilia and fans on gameday, it's the best place to cheer on the Hoosiers short of
Drinks range from $8 to $12, but one bartender assures the drinks are strong and made with good liquor.
FYI: It was originally the luggage storage building for the Monon Railroad, which ran from Chicago to Indianapolis to Louisville from 18971956. A classy establishment, this bar does not tolerate any "hooting, hollering, shouting or any other forms of loud behavior," according to their website. Head here with a few friends when you want your crawl to be more of a leisurely stroll. SERENDIPITY 201 S. College Ave., 812-330-6688 or 812-287-8066 The bartenders are trained to make more than 20 specialty martinis, as well as the usual cocktails. It's hard to justify dishing out $9 to $12 for a fancy drink, so visit Serendipity on a Monday when all martinis are half priced. Every once in a while, Serendipity is the venue for Wine and Canvas events. What could make for a better girl's night out crawl than art lessons and martinis? Cover? No. UNCLE ELIZABETH'S 1614 W. Third St., 812-331-0060 The Boys of BOP, an all-male exotic dance troupe, perform on the poles every Wednesday night starting at 11 p.m. Drink specials accompany the show, usually $2 domestic bottles and $3 Long Islands. FYI: Uncle E's is
the only gay bar in Bloomington, so visit for a LGBT-friendly atmosphere. Cover? $3 Fridays. THE VIDEO SALOON 105 W. Seventh St., 812-333-0064 Pitchers of beer, both domestic and craft varieties. The bar gets pretty crowded on the weekends, so visit on a weeknight to enjoy darts or pool without the wait. FYI: Getting your ID checked by Mike Shiflet is something of a rite of passage. Look up Fights' "I Ain't Playin'" on YouTube, and you'll want to go see the famous bouncer immediately. Cover? No. YOGI'S GRILL AND BAR 519 E. 10th St., 812323-9644 Yogi's sells more than 100 different beers and even challenges its customers to try all of them in eight months or less. Try Midnight Madness Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 to 2 a.m. for 50 cent Bud Lights. FYI: A class you don't want to miss — experts are on hand starting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays to explain the brewing process and offer samples for their Beer School. For a calmer start to your night, try similar restaurant and bar combos like Macri's at The Depot, Scotty's Brewhouse, The Upland Brewery, and others. Cover? No.
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OWe love our music. It seems our earbuds and headphones are stuck to the sides of our heads at all times throughout the day. And our love of listening does not falter as the sun sets, so Inside has compiled five playlists guaranteed to please your ears all night long. TO PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER WIUX music director Dylan Samson recommends genres like punk rock and Motown to keep you energized and focused.
WHICH NIGHT CRITTER ARE YOU?
You’re not the only one who loves nighttime. When you're going out or heading to bed, these nocturnal critters come out to play. Don’t be surprised; they love a night out as much as you do. Take this quiz and find out which one you’re most like.
5. You get a late-night emergency phone call. What’s happening and what do you do? a. It’s probably a booty call, and I’m game. b. I’m too lazy to pick up the phone. c. I quickly answer it; hopefully, my innovative nature can help! d. I’m always expecting a call. 6. Someone is trying to break in late at night. What do you do? a. Wait, is the robber attractive? b. Call a friend frantically. I need help! c. I already have a trap in place to catch the thief. d. I’m camouflaged in black, ready for the occasion. 7. You wake up in the middle of the night. What is the reason?
a. The person lying next to you is asking where the bathroom is. b. You forgot to make your nightly phone call to your best friend. c. The perfect idea for your research paper finally hits you! d. Your phone goes off to alert you about a tweet.
Mostly Cs, you’re a firefly. An innovative soul that is constantly looking for inspiration, you light up at any source of creativity. At night, you feel at peace and ready to work. Your calm and creative personality can really light up a room. But take a break and go explore — you’ll be surprised with what you can find outside the walls of your bedroom. Mostly Bs, you’re a raccoon. You're constantly nagging others to help you, and you tend to wait until the last minute to ask for something. So yeah, you’re a bit of a mooch. Raccoons’ natural behavior patterns can cause huge problems for those living in areas these creatures inhabit, according to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Well, at least you're furry and adorable. Instead of calling your friends in a moment of crisis, try solving the problem yourself. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish on your own.
1. “Tonight is the Night” by Outasight 2. “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins 3. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen 4. “Night Fever” by Bee Gees 5. “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
a. Texting someone I’m trying to get with. b. Facebook messaging my friends and distracting them from their own homework. c. Sketching, writing, or working on some other personal project. d. Stalking everybody on Facebook.
Mostly Ds, you’re an owl. So how do we put this gently? You love to watch people. Yup, you’re a bit of a creep. Owls are made for watching, hunting and capturing prey at night, according to the Center for Extension and Continuing Education at West Virginia University. They also have large eyes, which lets them see even when there's limited light. You’re an observer and the darkness of night always lets you go unnoticed, just the way you like it. Next time, though, when you spot an interesting character, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and strike up a conversation.
a. I just hit up different parties trying to score. b. I text everyone I know — friends, acquaintances, that guy who borrowed a pen from me in poly-sci — whoever is doing something fun. c. I usually just let inspiration hit and work from there. d. I just sit, watch, and wait.
a. Licorice, strawberries — anything red. b. Whatever’s in my roommate’s stash. c. Some fruit or granola to get the juices flowing. d. Something delivered so I can creep on the delivery guy.
TO PRE-GAME B97 DJ Kevin Stockbridge recommends artists like deadmau5 and Skrillex “if you want to rage,” while hip-hop and pop music also “get a lot of people excited for the night.”
1. “Beach Baby” by Bon Iver 2. “I Spy” by Guster 3. “Bloodstream” by Stateless 4. “To Be Alone With You” by Sufjan Stevens 5. “Breathe Me” by Sia
2. How do you find something to do at night?
4. What’s your favorite midnight snack?
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a. Something that will catch attention; something seductive. b. I’ll just raid my friend’s closet and hope to find something. c. Nothing elaborate. I’m staying in for the night and just working. d. The real question is, “What is everyone else wearing?”
3. It’s almost 1 a.m., and you have to write that paper. But let’s be honest, you’re going to procrastinate for a while first. How are you wasting time?
1. “Nowhere to Run” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 2. “Electric Feel” by MGMT 3. “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones 4. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson 5. “Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
1. “Clique” by Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean 2. "Keep Their Heads Ringing" by Dr. Dre 3. “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” by Katy Perry 4. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" by Skrillex 5. “Ain’t No Thang” by Outkast
1. You’re ready to go out for a party. What do you decide to wear?
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ANSWERS Mostly As, you’re a bat. You tend to be someone who thrives at night socially. You’re not shy and like to get what you want. According to a report from zoology professor Dr. Donald Griffin of Rockefeller University, bats leave an area simply if a light is turned on. They thrive in darkness. Once the sun sets, you’re ready to take off. But don’t forget, a night in studying or watching movies with some friends never hurts.
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Compared to other age groups our bodies are actually hardwired to function better as the evening goes on, according to Russell Foster, a professor of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Though body clocks differ from person to person, the tendency to wake up later and later — and by cause and effect, stay up later — continues until women are about 19.5 and men are 21. Past those ages, we slowly revert back to earlier sleep and wake times, and by the time we’re between 55 and 60, we are getting up just as early as we did in the fifth grade. Morning cartoons, anyone?
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HOW TO CREATE THIS Light-Up Night Sky Canvas Materials R Classic Collection Artist Canvas, 22 inches by 28 inches ($17.99, Hobby Lobby) R Reeves acrylic paint set, 18 colors ($10.65, Amazon.com) R Artist’s Loft White Synthetic Acrylic Brush Set, 5 piece ($13.49, Michaels) R FolkArt Glow in the Dark Paint, 2 ounces ($3.09, Walmart) R Home Mini String Lights with White Wire, clear, 100 count ($6.99, Target) *Tip when it comes to art supplies, the cheaper it costs, the cheaper the quality. But don’t buy the most expensive, especially if it’s just for fun. Get products with prices that fall in the middle. Directions 1. Mix different shades of blue, black, and white paint. *Tip Acrylic paint is nice for layering and texturing because it can easily be painted over. 2. Paint the background a solid dark color. *Tip Use a harderbristled brush so the paint will go onto the canvas better. 3. Mix different shades of yellow, white, and red, and fling it onto the canvas. Splatter on more color and use your fingers to create swirls. *Tip Experiment with lots of different shades. The more shades and hues you use, the better your project will look. 4. Splatter on glow-inthe-dark paint. It will seem clear in the light. 5. For added effect, poke holes in the back of the canvas and put Christmas lights through them. Cover the wiring on the back. Then when it's lit, the whole painting will look like it's dotted with stars.
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KIRBY’S TIPS FOR Creating Night-Themed Art Use Paint “People think they should use black to do night-themed paintings, but blue is the best color to experiment with. Dawn and dusk both have blue in the base, and you can get so many different shades when you mix it with other colors.” Charcoal “Charcoal is great for shading things or creating really good highlights and outlines.” Camera “Photography at night is really fun, especially when you have a good camera. You can manipulate the light to take some really cool shots.” Don’t Be afraid to try. "Never think you can’t do it. Anyone can be an artist; it’s just a matter of finding out what you’re good at.” Do “Play music in the background. It’ll help you think and release your creativity.” “Work at night when there are no other distractions and nothing but your mind to occupy yourself.”
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—> Night can be a magical time full of intoxication, vomit, and drunken fornication. But for senior Mallory Kirby, it’s a time of peace and solitude when she can finally withdraw into her art room and pour over a painting while Jimmy Eat World and Explosions in the Sky blare from her laptop. “It started because I was in a bad place in my life, and my art was a way for me to keep myself entertained and happy,” Kirby says. “Now it’s become a huge part of who I am, and it means a lot to me.” Kirby typically begins her work when most are going to bed, between midnight and 5 a.m. “I do most of my work at night because that’s the time that’s hardest for me,” she says. “When I spend time painting, it helps me from falling back into depression. Sometimes I’ll stay up all night because I’m working on a project.” Kirby likes to create night-themed art because the darkness inspires her. “I love that you can create beauty no matter what your state of mind is,” she says. “Even when you’re depressed or in darkness, art can bring you happiness.”
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WHEN IT COMES TO partying, IU students are experts. We wake up at 6 a.m. for tailgates, stand outside Kilroy’s in subzero temperatures just to get stamped, and are happily sleepdeprived for the entirety of Little 500. But when it comes to throwing our own parties, we may need a little assistance. Inside spoke with Valerie Peña, executive director and chief of staff for IU’s Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations, about the best party planning strategies. Peña has taught classes on event planning and tourism systems and says she starts planning her fall tailgates in July. Clearly, she knows what she’s doing. Her number one rule? Plan ahead. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but you do have to spend a lot of time,” Peña says. “Throwing a good party means more than opening a bag of chips and pretending you participated.You need to start planning about four weeks out so you have time to get creative.” Peña suggests letting your friends take on specific roles. If one person is in charge of food, another handles drinks, and yet another works on dishes, you’ll have more time to work out the smaller details, such as personalized invites, clever decorations, and other creative accents. “It’s all about setting milestones,” Peña says. “Once you reach a milestone, you address the details: Where will I serve this food? What music will I play?” Here, Inside broke down the tips and tricks you'll need to pull off both an awesome rager and a subdued study party.
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THE STUDY PARTY Study sessions are just as much a part of our college experience as crazy parties, but they don’t have to be boring or uninspired. Light snacks, a few sweets, and plenty of tea and coffee add up to an enjoyable evening that motivates everyone to actually get their work done.
THE FOOD Don't serve processed foods out of the bag. Do try options that are satisfying, but not messy or greasy. No one wants to feel stuffed when they’re trying to write a thesis. Instead, head to your grocery’s deli section and pick up some hummus (fig. 3) — or try out the recipe on page 10 — and toast a few rounds of pita bread for dipping. Other snacks to try include veggies, mini sandwiches, homemade
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trail mix, or chopped fruit. Don't order in cookies or other snacks — too expensive. Do look in your grocery’s frozen food section. Try Tollhouse Break & Bake chocolate chip cookies (fig. 2), but break each square in half to make bite-size cookies. They’re less messy and help your guests control how much they eat. HELPFUL HINTS Don't stock up on sugary soda.
THEMED PARTY IDEAS
Underwater: Try anything from a mermaid to a scuba diver. Jungle: Me Tarzan, you Jane. Understand? 90s: The only time scrunchies and fanny packs are socially acceptable. Tight & Bright: Neon, spandex, and black lights. Don't forget Richard Simmon's invitation.
Do pick up a few varieties of teas and coffees (fig. 1), plus milk, sugar, and flavored creamer, so guests can customize their caffeine boost. Starbucks VIA packets (hot or iced), Tazo Tea, and Nescafé instant coffee require little effort and come in a variety of flavors. Don't make guests sit on your hardwood floor. Do find some throw pillows or cushions, so your friends are somewhat comfortable as they hunch over their biology books.
Army / Navy: for a patriotic bunch. “I’m Glad I’m Not”: Dress as something you’re glad you're not. Note: Purdue fans are always a hit. Around the World: Dress as a specific country and offer different drinks to represent each. Margaritas for Mexico, wine for Italy, and ouzo for Greece.
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ARRANGE FOR RIDES It’s 4 a.m., the party’s winding down, and you need to get home. What are your options? Take the Night Owl. But it only runs on Fridays and Saturdays 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Take a taxi. But most drivers don’t use meters, so depending on where you go, the fare can rise to a scary amount. The ideal situation
would be to assign a designated driver among the group before heading out. Keep in mind: tickets are not given after 2 a.m. west of Indiana Avenue or north of Fourth Street, which includes the lots behind BuffaLouie’s and Potbelly’s, says Doug Porter, Parking Manager at IU Parking Operations. But if you’re heading home from a late night of studying, IU Safety Escort operates
Monday to Thursday, 8 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 11:45 p.m. All rides are free, but they will only drive you if the pick-up or drop-off locations are on campus. BEEP CODE BLUE While the blue emergency lights are known for the capability to hit the red button in an emergency, the button pad above it can call
IUPD, Safety Escort services, and the Motorist Assistance program. COUNTER THE AGGRESSOR What happens when the danger is another person? If ever attacked by an aggressor, Leslie Slone, sergeant of investigations and self-defense instructor with IUPD, says you should stay mobile. It’s harder to catch a moving target.
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It was the last sunset of a lingering summer. That evening — Friday, Sept. 14 — started out unseasonably warm, but a chill trailed close behind. Anything was possible. Midterms were far away. IU’s football team was still 2-0. The sun fell, and the city came to life. Freshmen pulling strings for alcohol. A boy and a girl surrendering to lust. A convert to Islam seeking solace in prayer. An opera singer discovering herself, and her dreams, under the stage lights. A violent drunk pursuing a trio of unsuspecting students. Just another night in Bloomington.
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At dusk, the restless freshman hurries into her dorm room at Wright Quad, drops her bag, and announces her intention to get wasted. “I’m so ready to rage right now, you don’t even understand,” the blond-haired 18-yearold tells some friends, already gathered for the pregame. “Guys, I plan on being belligerent tonight.” She peels off the shirt she wore to class and stands in her brown lace bra, staring into the closet. Who does she want to be tonight? Opting for temptress, she pulls out a black bandeau, a hot-pink crop-top with dangling fringe, and a pair of jeans with strategically placed rips and tears that offer glimpses of her upper thighs. Her roommate, also half-dressed, changes beside her. Neither of them care that guys are in the room watching or that the window blinds are up. Modesty is not an issue. “We’d probably make someone’s day,” says the roommate. “But no one looks, your loss.” From a nearby laptop, Lil Jon shouts the pulsing opening to “Turbulence.” Ladies and gentlemen Welcome to Flight 909 Taking you on a journey All around the world Both the freshman and her roommate dance as they dress, spinning and swaying. Are you ready? Are you ready? Ready for takeoff Some of their friends are ready to go to the tailgate fields for GLOWfest. But the restless freshman has other plans. As the music plays, she texts a guy who lives in Briscoe Quad. They met one night a few weeks back while both prowled for parties. She calls him her “slam piece.” “He doesn’t want a girlfriend. I don’t want a boyfriend,” she explains. “We’ve hooked up sober five times in a row now. That’s a big deal.” Before they take off into the night, she and her friends want to get a head start on their drinking. But there’s a problem. All of them are underage, and even though they’ve recruited an older student to go out and buy the alcohol, he has yet to deliver. In fact, he and the rum are three hours late.
The restless freshman is tired of being sober. Having waited long enough, she and a few of her girlfriends decide to ditch the original plan and head to Briscoe. Her slam piece has already secured enough alcohol to begin the pregame. He meets the group in the Briscoe lobby and escorts them into the elevator. Even though it’s dusk, he’s wearing sunglasses. He takes the group into his room and grabs a handle of Gran Legacy rum. A bottle of Kamchatka vodka already waits on the table. Twenty minutes later and four shots in, the freshman sits on the bed beside her boy toy, sifting through a bowl of vodka-soaked Gummi Bears. “Play one of our songs,” he tells her. She cues Mumford & Sons’ cover of “Wagon Wheel” on a nearby laptop. Rum bottle in hand, she gazes toward her slam piece. The two slow dance. They stare into each other’s eyes, and he holds her by the waist to pull her closer. They laugh. They kiss. Mouths open, no tongue. Simple. The other girls are too busy downing more shots to take much notice of the intimacy unfolding in front of them. GLOWfest beckons and the group is antsy; White Panda is taking the stage. They scurry out of the room in a cluster. The door shuts. At last, the freshman and her slam piece are alone.
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The mosque glimmers in the darkness. Silver light pours from keyhole-shaped windows. Abdur-Rahman, 20, sits inside the Islamic Center of Bloomington in a carpeted room upstairs filled with dozens of men he has come to call his brothers. The Center is his refuge. This evening, he is teaching a 12-yearold boy how to recite from the Quran. “You have to do it beautifully for it to enter your heart,” he explains to the boy. “When you do it fast, your heart is hard.” Speaking slowly and with more confidence, the boy begins to recite in Arabic Al-Fatihah, the first seven verses in the Quran. In The Name of Allah,The Beneficent,The Merciful All praise is only Allah’s, the Lord of the Worlds The Beneficent,The Merciful Master of the Day of Judgment. Abdur-Rahman nods. After the two finish, the The author, accompanied by Editor-in-Chief Michela boy joins other children Tindera and photo editor Rabi Abonour, reported this story at the front of the mosque between 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 14 and 7 a.m. Saturday Sept. 15. before the prayer of Isha; The on-stage opera scene and morning at Briscoe were based on the last prayer of the day. later interviews with sources. They spent their night in search of Abdur-Rahman, dressed compelling stories. They even found themselves in the middle of in a turban and long white one. The scene at 1:37 a.m. refers to them as they were attacked garment, stares ahead. by a drunken man. Initially, this scene was to be left out. It may Thinking. Reflecting. He have distracted you, the reader, from the story. But soon they wasn’t always a Muslim. realized this was part of the story they were searching for. Crime His name wasn’t always happens. This was just another night in Bloomington. Abdur-Rahman. Three
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years ago, Denzel Draughn, as his parents call him, reverted to Islam. That’s the word he uses: “reverted.” In keeping with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, he believes everyone is born Muslim, no matter what faith they’re raised. As a teenager, he was troubled by his Protestant upbringing. Holding hands and singing in church on Sundays reminded him of a séance. He refused to believe in the Immaculate Conception and was not convinced Jesus was the son of God. He wanted out. When he turned to Islam and took his new name, his parents moved him to Zanesville, Ohio, a small, mostly Christian town northeast of Cincinnati, in an attempt to quarantine their son from Islam. During his stay, AbdurRahman visited with scholars, local Islamic centers and celebrated the faith his family scowled upon. Today, things are different. Now fully immersed in Islam, Abdur-Rahman has moved to Bloomington to care for his mother who suffers from an enlarged heart. He helps her with day-to-day tasks and washes dishes with her at the Scholars Inn Bakehouse. “Caring for your kinship,” he says, “is the second-best deed one can do to enter paradise.” The first is to consistently abide by the daily prayer times. At the front of the mosque, the muezzin, the man who makes the call to prayer, attaches a lavaliere microphone to his shirt. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar . . . God is the greatest, God is the greatest... Abdur-Rahman makes his way to the front of the mosque, faces eastward toward Mecca, and raises his hands, his elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. The other men beside him face the same direction, already in prayer. “Allahu Akbar,” Abdur-Rahman murmurs. In silence, he bows, dropping to his knees and pressing his forehead to the carpet as he whispers the prayer in Arabic. Now is the time when he may ask anything of Allah. Inside his head, Abdur-Rahman is talking to his god. He prays for his mother. He prays for his family’s acceptance.
Deep into the second act of “Don Giovanni,” the spurned lover stands backstage, awaiting her next entrance. It’s the opening night of the season at the IU Musical Arts Center, and the house is packed. Kelly Glyptis, a 23-year-old soprano in the Jacobs School of Music’s masters voice program, is fighting the usual fluttering inside her stomach. She is playing Donna Elvira, a character who loves Giovanni but discovers that he is a legendary womanizer. In the upcoming scene, singing an aria known as “Mi Tradi,” she is torn between hating Giovanni and C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 2 3
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ight’s a time for the dancing Lorax. Jaxon, 3, is fixated on the little orange figure dancing on the big screen. Mouth open, eyes wide. He’s long cast aside the Spiderman mask he wore atop his head. Old news. Night’s also a time for homework. Denice King, 19, is a sophomore pre-nursing major. She likes hanging out with friends. She likes parties and concerts. And binging on episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” into the early hours of the morning. But it's not about what she likes — or wants. Her main priority is raising her son, Jaxon. S H E ’ S F I X AT E D on a different screen, her computer, knee deep in Ancla, a Spanish assignment. She’s also answering emails and working on psychology. But that will all be put on hold when the movie ends. Then she'll make sure Jaxon finishes his dinner. They'll watch cartoons and splash at bath time. She’ll pick up the rest of her work after Jaxon falls asleep. She tries to tuck him in by 9 p.m., but that doesn’t always happen. He always seems to want just one more episode of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” She tries to be in bed by midnight, but that, too, doesn’t always work out. Night is a time for catching up. For escaping to the drama at Seattle Grace Hospital. For worrying about her nursing program application. For thinking about the future. For being a good mom to Jaxon. E A R L I E R T H AT D AY , Jaxon pounds on his little brown drum. The music mixes with the cries of laughter, the clashing of blocks, and the whine of discord at the coloring table. It’s 3:35 p.m. in the preschool room of the IU Campus Children’s Center. This is Jaxon’s first month at the center. His first time being cared for by someone other than family. “Just coming from a family experience to a big group especially, he’s done very well,” copreschool teacher Michiru Oleson says. Soon, Jaxon, in his little black Velcro shoes, moves on to Buttercup, the golden-brown class guinea pig. As he feeds her blades of grass, a much taller figure walks up behind the chestnut-haired boy. The young woman stands with her IU lanyard in hand. Her brown hair frames her pale face. Denice just came from Herman B Wells Library. She had some extra time for homework after her afternoon class was cut short. Play is over for now. So is Denice’s free afternoon. Mommy’s here. Time to go. H E ’ S I N C H A R G E on the way home. “Let’s go, mom,” he says as he pushes on the big door. “How did you get here?” he asks, trailing behind her as she leads him to the car. “I drove here like I always do.” “Did you get gas?” he asks, opening the gas nozzle door and sticking his face inside. “You should get gas.” “Do you have money?” Denice quips. Jaxon likes to talk. “He never shuts up. Ever,” she says, laughing. She glances every so often into her
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"This is the best thing that could have happened, having a kid: my parents being so supportive. Me getting into the college I wanted to." rear view mirror. “He usually falls asleep on the way home,” Denice says. A lounging Betty Boop poses seductively from an air freshener hanging off the rearview mirror. Her black, red, and white Southridge High School Class of 2011 graduation tassel hangs there, too. Mom rides in front, sunglasses over her purple eyeglass frames. Jaxon’s in back, black wayfarers reflecting Bloomington as it passes by. in Huntingburg, Ind. The second youngest of 10 children, she remembers siblings that both cared for her and fought with her.
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School was always a priority. It still is. But when she was in junior high, her image as the good girl who got A’s and stayed in to watch movies with friends bothered her. She wanted to make a change. In eighth grade, she met Ryan, a bad boy by junior high standards. He stayed out late on the streets of their town. He shook up her bookish life and helped form part of Denice’s new group she began to hang out with in high school. Her family and friends didn't approve. Then in the middle of winter her sophomore year, she realized she might be pregnant. She told her best friend. She told another friend just to get her to drive her to the pharmacy. Eight positive pregnancy tests later, it was confirmed. The condom failed. She was pregnant at 15. Abortion wasn’t an option. Adoption was a consideration, but she shot it down, too. She was going to keep it, and with additional support from Ryan, things moved ahead. Her family wouldn’t find out until the five-month mark. She was hoping it would just go away. C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 2 4
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forgiving him. Kelly has been performing on stage since she was a little girl. But still she fights the butterflies every time. “Everyone gets nervous,” she says. “Anyone who tells you they don’t is either lying or an idiot.” Like many performers, Kelly is accustomed to small catastrophes. During dress rehearsals, she broke something every time — a fan, a pair of earrings — and tonight, another cast member is holding a clump of grapes when one breaks off the stem and jumps into Kelly’s emerald gown, lodging deep within her cleavage. She is still on stage when she feels it squish. When Kelly graduates from Jacobs, she wants to pursue opera, but also sees herself on Broadway. Opera is completely different from singing in a musical, but the training expands her range. When she auditions, she wants to stand out. For her, Mozart is always a challenge. She has a big voice, and her teachers have cautioned her not to let it overpower the delicacy of the composer’s intentions. “Mozart,” she says, “is very simple but very hard. You have to hit a high note and make it come out of nowhere.” “Mi Tradi” is particularly difficult — so difficult that it’s often cut from the opera. It’s both dramatically and vocally taxing. It requires physical endurance, a combination of buoyancy and anguish. Almost time for her entrance. The audience awaits. Kelly stands in the darkness, gazing toward the stage, visualizing what’s about to happen, like a slugger stepping up to the plate hoping for a home run. In her head, she fast-forwards through the upcoming scene. She imagines it going flawlessly; she hears her voice striking every note. She has prepared for this role for seven months, rehearsing and
reading multiple scripts, books, and interpretations of “Don Giovanni,” in addition to compiling a two-page character analysis. She has learned to disappear inside her character. Many critics think Elvira is crazy. Kelly sees it differently. “I think she’s just misunderstood.” Kelly waits for her cue from the assistant stage manager. He hands her a bottle of apple juice. She takes a swig and watches his raised hand. Standby. The assistant stage manager’s hand drops. “Go.” She steps out into the amber light. From on stage, the audience is draped in a blanket of darkness, but she can feel their eyes upon her. Kelly looks to the conductor, standing before her in the orchestra pit. It’s just me and maestro, she tells herself. Halfway through the aria, she sinks to her knees. The music shifts to a minor key. Quando sento il mio tormento Di vendetta il cor favela When I feel my suffering My heart speaks of vengeance. When she’s done, the applause washes over her in waves. She can’t smile; her character, after all, is in misery. But inside, she knows she has nailed it. Ecstasy.
leaving the raucousness of the bar scene and stepping into the quiet parking lot behind the building. Without warning, a drunken older man, maybe in his 50s, staggers toward the three. They hear the man shouting to his companion and hurry to their car. Having never seen the man before, the students are confused. Frantically, the woman tugs at the door handle, waiting for the driver to unlock it. As she swings the door open, the drunk charges toward the woman, knocking her into the interior of the car, hitting her chin and left knee. “Hey, you don’t fucking touch her! Help!” yells one of her friends. The attacker falls into the back seat, flailing. Panicked, the woman looks at him. So overwhelmed, her mind goes blank.
The night has turned brisk. In front of Dunnkirk, a man slumps on a bench, a river of vomit spilling out of his mouth as the woman next to him rubs his back in support. People continue to walk past, not paying attention to the man. He stares into the puddle of regurgitated liquor, now shimmering in the soft glow of the street lamp above. The bars are crowded and people spill outside the doors and onto the sidewalk. Three students, two men and a woman, walk beneath the underpass of The Upstairs Pub and head to their car,
In front of Showalter Fountain, four students waltz beneath the stars. From the center of the darkened fountain, the statue of Venus lies in her bed of water, watching as one of the men takes his lady by the hand. The fountain is not running and the water is still. Tyler leads the ballroom-style dance as his lady, Emily, stares straight into his eyes. The two dance slowly, conscious of their steps, giggling. “You’re the man,” Emily says. “You lead.” “I’ve never danced outside a fountain before,” Tyler says. Audra and Jordan, the other couple, are caught up in their own steps. Tyler nibbles at Emily’s neck. She pulls him in for a kiss. The four freshmen are together. Secure. Safe. But barely sticking out of the women’s jeans are pocketknives — each carrying her own. Just in case. “We never know when we’re going to have to walk home alone,” Audra says.
a fountain before.”
Finally he settles in a row of chairs, lying down as though he’s home in his bed.
The lobby of the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington Hospital is still. A fish tank bubbles and the television babbles above. A nurse pokes her head in and calls out, “Stephanie?” A heavy-set woman wrapped in a neon green blanket slowly rises from her chair. She holds the blanket and pulls it toward her chest tight. She turns to the man sitting to her right and attempts to mutter something, but her words are overcome by wheezing and gasping. She follows the nurse, and the door closes behind her. Her companion watches her go, waits a minute, and grabs the TV’s remote. He begins to flip the channels and comes upon a reality show about street racing. His face breaks into a near-toothless grin. For a moment he lowers himself to sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor, even though a mass of chairs surround him. Then he returns to his feet. Refusing to stay in place, he walks in circles. Perhaps he’s uncomfortable. Perhaps he’s anxious. Perhaps both.
Back at Briscoe, the restless freshman rests at last. Nestled in bed against her slam piece, the friends with benefits sleep off the vodkasoaked Gummi Bears. It was a busy night. The two drank, attended GLOWfest, danced and walked back to Briscoe. Once the two were back, they drank some more, watched a movie and had sex. At some point, for reasons she doesn’t understand, she sat up in bed and cried. Hours later, the scent of rum, sweat, and stale pizza linger. The window in the room faces east. The restless freshman and her slam piece sleep on as the rays of the rising sun seep through the edges of the blinds. Dawn.
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It struggles ahead, batteries dying. He gasps. The train has stopped, caught up on the rails. Denice crawls over and gets the train back on track. Jaxon now occupied, she slips away to take her clothes from the dryer. “Jaxon,” she calls. He has clothes to take back to his room, but he doesn’t listen. He might miss the 25th go-around. “Jaxon, I’m going to put your train away.” He zooms from the room.
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Eventually, she told her mom, who made her tell her dad. He took it very hard, falling silent in disbelief when she told him. But the months passed, and on Aug. 31, 2009, Jaxon Phoenix Trambaugh was born. 9 pounds, 23 inches. NOW LIVES with Jaxon’s aunt, her ex’s sister, and the sister’s husband. She’s remained close to Ryan’s family despite the couple’s break-up their senior year of high school. Jaxon still visits his father about twice a month. “He didn’t get the big picture,” Denice says. “We didn’t want the same things.” Last year, she lived in Forest Quad as a freshman. She would have had to wait an additional year for family housing on campus, so in the meantime Jaxon lived with her mother in Huntingburg. Denice tried to make it home every weekend to spend time with her son, but it was hard. “That’s the number one thing I felt so bad about because I didn’t want her to have to raise him because it wasn’t her responsibility, but she was so helpful. I don’t know what I would have done.” She missed him last year when they were apart. Her mother couldn’t work Skype and phone calls were usually one-sided as Jaxon couldn’t yet talk. He occasionally called her Denice when she came to visit, and that hurt, she says. She felt like he was forgetting who she was. But her mom told her to have the college experience for the year and live like a normal college student, and that they’d figure out something for next year. “Not having Jaxon was good, but it was also bad,” Denice says. “I didn’t have a kid anymore, not technically, but pretty much.” It had been two years since she had
days and nights to herself. “I was just free for once.” She went out at night. Out to parties, out to drink. She had a casual love interest. Mommy was off duty. In October 2011, Denice went out to a party. She came home to Forest, but never made it to her room. She doesn’t remember it happening, but police found her in the building’s stairwell and took her to the hospital. She remembers how upset her parents were. “That was even more disappointing than having to tell them, ‘Here I am with a kid.’” Her record has been clean since then. In fact, she says she has much of the “college experience” out of her system. Friends call her to hang out, but Denice usually stays home. She'd often rather sleep. “I feel like I push them away mostly,” she says. She hasn’t had a steady boyfriend since Ryan. “I feel like I can’t get a boyfriend just because I have a kid. That’s what I think, so I don’t look. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.” He corrects her as she tries to set up his train set. That’s the latest. Jaxon loves Thomas the Tank Engine. “Somebody bought him Thomas DVDs for his birthday and I was angry,” she says. “He wants to watch Thomas all the time, and I’m just like ‘This movie sucks.’” Jaxon plays on the plush carpet. The model train orbits him as he sits in the center of the track.
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“But I've always felt like a bad mother, but I guess that's what keeps me motivated..."
DENICE SPENDS a lot of her time studying, her GPA a constant worry. She’s trying to get into the highly competitive nursing program. Only about 60 of the 250 or so applicants are accepted each year. Denice’s grades last year didn’t earn her a spot, but she's trying one last time, this year, before she switches majors, or perhaps even leaves IU. It’s stressful to have to worry about that on top of raising Jaxon, she says, but overall she feels that her mothering is improving, along with her grades. “I just feel like I wasn’t here for him at the beginning, like last year and stuff. Now I can see that I’m better, but I feel like being a teenager makes you a worse mom just because you don’t know things. But I’ve always felt like a bad mother, but I guess that’s what keeps me motivated to do the best I can.” It’s not always ideal. She’s not always perfect, like the time she forgot to pack extra underwear for Jaxon when he had an accident at the amusement park. But she wouldn’t go back and change things. “This is the best thing that could have happened, having a kid,” she says. “My parents being so supportive. Me getting into the college I wanted to. Things have played out pretty well, even though I feel like my life sucks, but I know it doesn’t, thinking about it.”
the page together. It’s 8:47 p.m. Bedtime. Jaxon wears his Thomas jammies to bed. “Where’s George?” “There,” he whispers, pointing to the friendly little monkey. The book is short, only a few pages. “I love when he picks short books,” she says as she puts the book back into the closet. After story time, Denice will finish up her homework. Maybe watch TV. “Give me a kiss.” She leans in. Jaxon first squirms and covers his face, laughing. But he stops, and she kisses him goodnight. “Goodnight, love you.” “Love you, too.”
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We’ve all been there: it’s 2 a.m., you’re back from Kilroy’s, and all you want is a Beach Club from Jimmy John’s. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to deliver those late-night cravings as a job? We caught up with full-time delivery driver Lan Cartwright, 31. Drunk passengers and accidental $17 tips — Cartwright shares it all. Four years at the Kirkwood Avenue Jimmy John’s and a part-time gig at Pizza X have made Cartwright a bit of an expert on late-night deliveries. He began working at Jimmy John’s in early 2008 when he was still at IU. After graduating with a degree in informatics, he continued his job on a fulltime basis. Over the years, people have tried to call his cell phone to personally order food from him. Or after ordering, they’ve changed locations several times, which Cartwright says is the most annoying. Some have come to the door wearing nothing but a towel, while others have invited him inside for drinks. “They say, ‘Come on in, Jimmy!’ There’s nothing worse than being called Jimmy,” he says. Drunk customers are often the ones calling Cartwright for late-night deliveries. On a recent one, Cartwright made it to the door in less than 10 minutes only to find the customer drunkenly passed out on the couch. He knocked loudly and peered through the front window to see that the customer wasn’t hearing him. “I called the number on the sandwich bag and could hear his phone ringing, but that didn’t work. My last attempt was to call him and knock at the same time, which finally worked. He came to the door and said he thought I was someone else. “As we’re making the cash-grub exchange, a girl shows up behind me and he thanked me a second time — I kind of saved his night. I showed up before this girl and woke him up so he’d be conscious to greet her.” Although he occasionally gets home as late as 6:30 a.m., Cartwright says driving for Jimmy John’s has been a positive social experience. “I’d say it’s socialized me more than high school or college all together. And being sober around drunk people really puts things in perspective.”
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