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In memory of Jawad

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Coffee Break by Kim Coffey

In Memory of Jawad Mohammad By Hana Al Hawash hanahawash@yahoo.com

The sound of Arabic prayers spoken from the Koran filled the room with a seemingly resounding sound as candles lit the room and the smell of traditional Arabic coffee permeated the air. Both American and international students filled the room, quiet and somber. This was the setting last Wednesday at a memorial that took place for Jawad Mohammad, a student here at IPFW, that tragically passed away shortly after winter break. Though the memorial was a sad event, it was also a beautiful and culturally rich to honor Jawad’s memory. Jawad arrived at IPFW from Kuwait in the fall of 2008. He was majoring in Electrical Engineering and was named on the Dean’s list, as well as the Honor’s list, every semester that he was enrolled. Jawad was not widely known at our University, but the people that were lucky enough to know him thought very highly of him. He was the sort of person to help you study for a test, give you a ride home or even just give you a shoulder to cry on. On Jawad’s Facebook memorial page, people commented on what a great person he was. “I am absolutely stunned by this news! This is so sad. Jawad was a very good student and a wonderful person. He will be so missed,” said Robert Gregory, Jawad’s former Chemistry professor. IPFW student Zach Thorn also said, “Jawad was a remarkable person I feel lucky to have known him. However I feel I know so little about him.” It is situations like these that teach us how important it is to be involved with the people that surround you while you can.

Learning about fellow students is an important part of life at this point. Surrounding yourself and learning about the people you care about is incredibly important; you never know how many chances you will have. At any time, for any reason, the people in your life or the people that could be in your life can be taken away; it is a wonderful thing to experience as many different lives as you possibly can. “We…wanted to let the IPFW campus know that they lost a student in this community because it is important to be aware that he passed away,” said Neners-Evon. “For us to lose a member of our community, particularly a young person, that really hit home for us. We thought…we have to do a memorial event.” The circumstances surrounding Jawad’s death appear to be murky as it is yet to be determined what exactly happened. A close friend of Jawad’s said that they were in contact on his birthday and had plans to hang out but for some reason, Jawad was not responding to calls or messages. The friend even tried going to his apartment, to no avail. The next day, after trying his apartment again, friends were beyond worried and decided to ask the authorities at his apartment complex if they knew anything. It was discovered that just two days after his birthday, he had passed away. Jawad had planned to move back to Kuwait when he graduated to return to his family and his former job. Even though he never got to complete his degree, Jawad achieved other things in his life and touched many people in the process. With all of the things that were said about Jawad, Megan Dean (‘12) sums it all in one short, but generous, sentence: “RIP Jawad. You truly were an amazing person.”

A blessing comes in many ways, For this one there are too many words to describe in a single phrase Though it may not have lasted as long as we would have wished, We are blessed to have his presence in which will be missed We lost a companion, a leader, and the most humble of all men, Yet the hardest part is every night letting go of him again He was the most generous, loving, and caring determined friend, The kind of person in which you cannot find but only destiny can send It hurtens my heart to know that he is gone and I will never be able to look upon his face, For his smile, his laughter, and his positivity is nothing that you can ever replace We were blessed from heaven with the touch of an angel known as Jawad, Until he was called into service under our one and only heavenly God On his behalf let’s not morn a death but embrace a birth, For his soul now lives in the purest of clouds and no longer on this tainted earth With every blessing in your life you must give grace, Though there may be many…none will take the others place When death strikes a friend, It does not mean that their legacy will end The memories within your head will never move on, And their presence within your heart will never be gone Live on my friend and watch over us all from above, For you…within our hearts there will always be love -Written by Reza Moraveji


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International Writing Center Week provide assistance for more than just English assignments. The Writing Cenbashmr01@students.ipfw.edu ter staff is made up of a variety of students, both undergraduate and graduIPFW’s Writing Center will be kick- ate, that have a wealth of knowledge in ing off its International Writing Center several areas of study: English, History, Week celebration today, Wednesday, Education, Psychology, Biology, and February 10. IPFW’s Writing Center that’s only a fraction of the list. Aly Hess, a student at IPFW who is plays a fundamental role in the acastudying English with a writing concendemic achievement of IPFW students. tration, says that, “Students from every From February 10 through Wednesdepartment, no matter their experiday, February 17, the Writing Center ence with writing, can benefit from the will be open to guests who want to visit, support of the Writing Center.” Hess, ask questions, or see what services the who works as an IPFW Writing Center center can provide during their busiconsultant part-time and as an R.A. in ness hours: Monday through Thursday the IPFW Student from 10 am to 6 Housing, enjoys “Did you know that the pm and on Fridays much from 10 am to 2 Writing Center is a free service spending of her time with pm. On Wednesto currently enrolled IPFW IPFW students day, February 17 and helping them students? It is!” from 11:00 am to with the frustra2:00 pm, the Writtion that students ing Center will be can feel when faced with overwhelmhosting an Open House. You can stop ing assignments. “Knowing where to in to visit with consultants, enjoy free start is half the battle.” Hess wants stusnacks and drinks, and receive a token dents to know that the Writing Center of appreciation (while supplies last). Did you know that the Writing Cen- can assist in the brainstorming and orter is a free service to currently enrolled ganizational steps, as well as the steps IPFW students? It is! Did you know that that come towards the end of the writthe Writing Center can help with any- ing process. Hess acknowledges that thing that is language-related? They she has used the Writing Center sercan! The IPFW Writing Center strives to vices and believes that they are helpful.

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By Robin Crowell robinyourgrave@gmail.com

I am all about getting to know the stories of the individuals surrounding me, but good God have I noticed the common trend of interrupting that is plaguing the huts one by one. It’s going around faster than swine flu, I’m telling you. This semester I’ve been floating back and forth between the Kettler and Classroom Medical huts. Naturally, I’m pretty quiet in the Kettler hut… silently getting acclimated to a new environment, testing the waters, not quite ready to feed the sharks. In the CM hut, though, the new faces just don’t seem to care about anything that anyone has to say. This bothers me to a very large extent. As I have stated in previous entries of this column, it is important to get to know the stories of others; it’s important to ask questions and it’s important to make acquaintances. These people just don’t seem to get it. Picture this scenario: three individuals are gathered around one of the ash trays engaged in conversation. Maybe the conversation is of little to no importance, maybe the conversation is about 2012. Who

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cares? Then, amidst an epiphany within the conversation, a loud and boisterous voice chimes in bringing in topics that have nothing to do with the conversation at hand. In an attempt to be kind, the individuals involved in the ongoing conversation smile, nod, and continue on. Then, immediately after the initial interruption is brushed off, the ‘interruptor’ at hand raises their voice at least twelve more decibels to make sure that their furnished comments are heard and it is known that whatever they had to say is far more important than the ongoing topic of the apocalypse. My initial reaction is to turn around and punch whoever it is in the face. But, typically, I’ll hold back and nonverbally make it clear how rude I find their interjections to be. If, after my nonverbal communication fails to succeed, four letter words begin streaming out of my mouth. The point is to value what other individuals have to say. Shut your face, open your ears, and learn something new. This just goes right along with meeting new people and understanding the stories of others. How is one to understand the stories of others if all that matters is the word-vomit spewing out of one’s mouth?

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How long should you wait before you move in with your boyfriend/girlfriend? By Hana and Devin Writers

Devin: I say date them exclusively for 2 years. Then live together Hana: I don’t think it’s that cut and dry. I guess it’s a good time, after two years, but some people would still not be ready for that. Devin: Whatever time is right for you, but I would recommend doing it before you are married, and living together for a few years before you get married as well. Devin: I think two years of exclusive dating is enough time to figure out if you want to constantly have someone around and be even more of a staple in your life. Hana: Some people, however, want to wait until they are married. That might be part of the excitement...picking a house, getting it ready and building the home together as a couple. Hana: If you want to move in together before marriage, however, I’d say at least a year of being together exclusively is enough but even longer is good... depends on how you feel. Devin: If they are relying on that kind of excitement as part of their reason to get married then they will have a harsh reality to face later on in their marriage. Hana: Plenty of people do that. Devin: That kind of impulsive excitement will not last. Hana: It’s not impulsive. It’s something some people wait their entire lives for. Hana:  You can’t judge it like that. People think differently. Devin: What are they going to do when things start to get boring. Devin: When everything is not new anymore. Hana: That can happen if you date or live with someone, too. Devin: I would hate to say, I waited my whole life to pick a house with my girlfriend. To me, marriage will produce a lot greater memories than you can expect in the 1st year of it. Devin: Which is why living together is better in my eyes. Devin: You guys get used to each other and get comfortable with being in each other’s lives. Hana: Relationships are not this simple. You can’t just judge it. You have to judge it on yourself and who you are with. Everyone can change their mind as to whether or not they want to live with someone. Devin: Actually, I think relationships are very simple. Devin: A lot of marriages break up because of expectations not being met. The sooner people realize what being married is actually about, the sooner the divorce rate will go down. If you are only getting married for that beginning excitement, what are you going to hold onto after it wears off? Living together gives you more of an experience of what’s to come. So I think people should live together for maybe three years before marriage.

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For the love of traveling: Flight to Jordan By Hana Al Hawash hanahawash@yahoo.com

In the last installment of this column, I talked about one of my most horrifying trips to Palestine via Israel. This week, I will tell you about my trip to Palestine via Jordan. When my mom told me that she was buying tickets for our family to go visit family in Palestine over winter break, I was ecstatic. I was hoping that we would fly through Israel so that I would have

more exciting travel adventures to tell you about, but then I was informed that we would be flying with the “ayerabs” to Jordan. I admit it was somewhat comforting that I would be flying for over 15 hours with my own kind, but still, it was a big change. Upon arrival in Jordan, I learned that the bridge from Jordan to Palestine is controlled by Israel... did we not travel to Jordan to avoid the Israeli government? Well, there we were, in a place basically the same as the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, being messed with as

always. It took everyone else a total of five minutes or less to get through the border. For my family and me, however, it took about an hour. See, my passport has stamps in it that show that I was suppose to be deported the last time I came to the Middle East, which basically makes me exceptionally suspicious. But in the end, we got through with some waiting and a ton of extra taxes just to enter, and then leave, the country. I was not happy, though, and my family decided that it was probably easier to simply fly into Israel.

Meet and Greek Black Greeks Encourage Students to Join By Hana Al Hawash hanahawash@yahoo.com

Last Wednesday, a luncheon took place called “Meet and Greek,” which was sponsored by the Black Greek Letter Organization; this informational meeting was open to all who wished to attend. “Not many people know what Black Greek Letter Organizations are.” Christopher Douse, the director of multicultural services, explains. “IPFW has a rich history of African American students participating in these organizations from our campus, and as the campus has started to explore bringing Greek letter organizations back to campus, we wanted to provide a venue for students to learn what Black Greek Letter Organizations are truly about: academic achievement and giving back to the community through service,” said Douse. The first “Black Greek,” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on December 4, 1906. According to the official website, the goal of this group was simple: “…to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood…”

After this group was formed, it was just two years later that a group of black women at Howard University on January 15, 1908. This group, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is about women uniting to help one another to become citizens of higher standing and scholastic achievement, as well as volunteer and form bonds to fall back on. These organizations, however, are not solely represented by black individuals. Plenty of other races have joined Black Greeks, even former President Bill Clinton joined a fraternity. Even Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, almost joined, but withdrew her application when she learned that she would only be able to join AKA, the first formed sorority. Many other famous people have joined Black Greeks such as Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou and Michael Jordan, to name a few. Douse highly suggests that all students consider joining sororities and fraternities, as he believes that they aid in building character and a future. “Being a member of one myself, [I recognized] how my organization assisted in my growth and development,” said Douse. For more information on how Black Greeks and how you can join one, contact the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs located in Walb Student Union at 260-481-6608, or just stop by room 118 on the first floor.

Fort Wayne: Protect Local Transgender Individuals By Azariah Southworth

This past year, we saw how the economy took a toll on many American families and individuals financially. Literally millions of Americans lost their jobs. We saw a major jump in homes being foreclosed. It seemed as though, those of us who had a job, went to work with a renewed sense of gratefulness for what he have. Though countless still struggle to get back on their feet today, we are now able to see that the worst is over. Because we have experienced that fear of losing our jobs, and for some actually having that fear become reality, I think it’s safe to say, we wouldn’t want anyone to lose their jobs in good or bad economic times, especially not because of who they are. No person should be denied or fired from their job because of their race, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Yes… I said it… OR “gender identity.” What does that mean? Gender identity is someone’s inner sense of being male or female. You could biologically be a female but inside you know that your genitalia does not match the gender you identify with. In short, gender is defined by what’s in-between your ears not your legs. Transgender folk are some of the most discriminated against class of people in our society. When I was in Los Angeles this past Fall, I attended

the Transgender Day of Remembrance. At the end of the event we read the names of the 900+ transgender individuals who were murdered in 2008 alone. It was heartbreaking to say the least. That night I took time to remember Stephanie who visited my church when I was 7-years-old. After being rejected by my church, she went home that night, where someone was waiting for her, they tied Stephanie to her bed and killed her. Transgender people face rejection everywhere they go. Whether it be a trip to the local grocery store, while at school, at their job, and unfortunately even at church. It is because of Stephanie, and other transgender people I call my friends, why I believe it is urgent we love and protect them. This week Fort Wayne’s City Council began discussions on whether they will update the local human rights ordinance to include “gender identity.” By including gender identity in the ordinance, transgender people will gain protections in the workplace. Not only that, but they would no longer be allowed to be denied public housing. Yes, all of this does happen. Our transgender brothers and sisters have the right not to be discriminated against when trying to obtain a job or place to live. I’m not asking you to affirm transgender people, although I think we all should. I am simply asking you to understand the privilege you obtain. Most of you don’t have to worry about being discriminated against for being who you are. I am asking you to afford the same privilege and protections to your transgender

brothers and sisters. These privileges and protections can be given by simply including “gender identity” in Fort Wayne’s human rights ordinance. Whenever I see injustice in a movie I always envision how I would have stood on the side of justice and fought for those were being wronged and oppressed. Today, there is an injustice against transgender people. I urge you to stand on the side of justice and contact your city council members and let them know Fort Wayne’s current and future transgender people are equal citizens, who pay equal taxes, and deserve equal protections under the law.


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February 10, 2010 . Movies . Music . Theatre .

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Hope Arthur By Holly Gallaway gallha01@students.ipfw.edu

Artist: Sound the City Album: In This Moment Label: Unsigned Release Date: February 2, 2010 Sounds Like: Fall Out Boy, but worse. Rating: 0.1/5 From the get go, this band sounds like a cheap Fall Out Boy ripoff. This is not to say that Fall Out Boy is a good band by any means, however to rip them off… cheaply, at that, is a new feat of terrible. The music on this EP is slightly heavier but with worse lyrics than FOB. Their poppy, trite guitars and torturously dragged out lyrics

and enunciation are enough to make one want to personally extract their eardrums from their head. By the third track, entitled “Scene U Around”, any listener in their right mind would turn this album off. Not only does the title completely annihilate the song for the listener, but it also lets the listener know that the band doesn’t take their band seriously at all. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it in my heart to give this band a zero because I know that, somewhere in the depths of music consumers, there will be some people who find this good and find some sort of musical value in this muddy trench of an album.

S’NIBORROBIN’S SWEIVERREVIEWS By Robin Crowell robinyourgrave@gmail.com

"I was being an anthropologist," IPFW student Hope Arthur said while talking about spending a year in Thailand prior to entering college. After graduating from Concordia Lutheran High School, Arthur traveled to Thailand for a year, where she immersed herself in the culture and customs and lived with a host family while attending school. When she returned to the States and enrolled in IPFW, she began studying music. Throughout high school, Arthur was in orchestra and choir, but in college she chose to study music in an outside field. Music in an outside field is exactly what it sounds like. Arthur is able to choose what field she can apply her knowledge of music to. After visiting Thailand, Arthur returned to Fort Wayne and discovered that she was essentially, as she said, acting as an anthropologist. So, when the time came to choose her outside field, she chose a combination of anthropology and folklore. Dr. Richard Sutter and Dr. John Mintont are helping Arthur put together her degree. Arthur is looking into possibly following in Dr. Minton’s footsteps and applying her music degree to ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and dance in cultural contexts in both local and global settings. When asked

what cultural area she would like to concentrate on, Arthur mentioned that, as she already has a partial knowledge of Southeast Asian culture, she would consider returning there. She also, however, wants to return to Europe (she went to Germany in high school as part of the foreign language program). Arthur’s also considering working as a professor in the future or perhaps in a museum. She has anywhere from three years on to complete her degree, so she’s been focusing on taking at least six classes per semester. A few of the classes involve weekly time commitments, and the others are classes that she must attend and spend time outside of studying. As for outside work, Arthur teaches piano, both through Sweetwater Sound and privately. She performs at various open mic nights around town, including Mad Anthony’s and The Bean. She also works with the Student Activities Board, helping book the bands that play during campus events. Aside from open mic nights, Arthur performs shows frequently. But when asked how often each month, she responded, “It varies-- one month, I could have a show every weekend, the next month, I could not have any.” No matter what she ends up doing with her career, Hope Arthur knows one thing for sure; she wants to keep playing music.

The Wolfman (2010)

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Remember Me (2010)

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Photo by Lucas Carter / LucasCarterPhotography.com

Artist: The Heligoats Album: Goodness Gracious Label: Greyday Productions Release Date: January 26, 2010 Sounds Like: A less drunk Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes with a lot of random sound effects. Rating: 2.5/5 We begin with a track entitled “A Guide to the Outdoors” which commences with the sound of cricket noises. The instrumentation gets heavy but maintains a smooth quality. It isn’t overly complicated, nor boring, but those things considered, it still seems to be missing something that the listener can’t quite pinpoint. At times it almost seems as if they are searching for an Appleseed Cast

type of quality but never quite get to the point of achieving that full-bodied sound. Oddly enough, the sound effects don’t stop. The listener would think that on occasion they are fine; on an introductory track it is acceptable. They just don’t seem to get the point though. Out of the ten tracks on the album, half of them contain out of character sound effects. Sound effects aside, the instrumentation on the album isn’t entirely bad and some of the songs are worthwhile. When the vocalist isn’t trying to be Bright Eyes, the album is tolerable, upbeat, and serves its purpose for a shallow listen but doesn’t traverse much deeper than a paper plate.

Bontrager Makes Directorial Debut With Stop Kiss By Veronica Gabet gabet.artweekly@gmail.com

IPFW is opening its spring line up with an all student production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son. This is the first in a series of provocative and humorous plays this season. This production also happens to be the directorial debut of Janet E. Bontrager an IPFW theatre major with an emphasis in directing. While this is her first outing as a director, she isn’t new to the area’s theatre scene. She has taken on various roles behind the scenes where she has tackled lights, make-up, and stage management. Bontrager is enthusiastic in this new undertaking and is confident in the cast and crew that she has assembled, regardless of their experience. It is her vision for Stop Kiss to create a dynamic and thought provoking theatre experience that makes the viewer ask, “how far

would they be willing to go for the one they loved?’ Bontrager knew Stop Kiss was the play she wanted to direct after she read the script and could not stop crying. According to Bontrager, this production gives her “the opportunity to play with self-expression and her interpretation of the misconceptions and judgment when people make assumptions about each other.” She also chose to direct Stop Kiss because of the play’s subject matter and its ability to elicit a reaction from the audience. Bontrager is anxious but optimistic to see how her direction and motivation will make the transition from actor to audience. The cast features Stephanie Lochbihler as Callie, who swerves to avoid life’s obstacles in the road, and Elizabeth Burris as Sara, the friend of a friend who is new in town.Also appearing are Adam Hamilton,who plays Sara’s estranged boyfriend Peter, and Jon Kasunic as George, Callie’s friend and colleague with benefits—depending on the whims of the Magic Eight-Ball. The cast also features supporting roles by Kathryn Wimer as Mrs. Winsley, Jacob Stone as Det. Cole,

and June Rambo as the Nurse. Callie thinks there is something wrong with her and George because neither one of them can understand what would make Sara want to take a teaching position in the Bronx. George thinks something is wrong with the fact that he knows next to nothing about Sara, but she is suddenly Callie’s new best friend. Sara can’t understand how in this day and age people would want to get married and Peter can’t understand how Sara could run off to New York with an upcoming wedding to plan. Stop Kiss is an original New York Production by The New York Shakespeare Festival’s George C. Wolfe. This play was written with support from Playwrights Horizons made possible in part by funds granted to the author through a program sponsored by Amblin Entertainment, Inc. “This show is not for younger viewers, because of the adult subject matter and content,” warns Bontrager. StopKiss runs February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in the Kettler Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5 or free to IPFW students with a school ID.

Valentine’s Day (2010)

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February 10, 2010 . Movies . Music . Theatre .

Movies

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Opening this Week

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

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Hope Arthur By Holly Gallaway gallha01@students.ipfw.edu

Artist: Sound the City Album: In This Moment Label: Unsigned Release Date: February 2, 2010 Sounds Like: Fall Out Boy, but worse. Rating: 0.1/5 From the get go, this band sounds like a cheap Fall Out Boy ripoff. This is not to say that Fall Out Boy is a good band by any means, however to rip them off… cheaply, at that, is a new feat of terrible. The music on this EP is slightly heavier but with worse lyrics than FOB. Their poppy, trite guitars and torturously dragged out lyrics

and enunciation are enough to make one want to personally extract their eardrums from their head. By the third track, entitled “Scene U Around”, any listener in their right mind would turn this album off. Not only does the title completely annihilate the song for the listener, but it also lets the listener know that the band doesn’t take their band seriously at all. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it in my heart to give this band a zero because I know that, somewhere in the depths of music consumers, there will be some people who find this good and find some sort of musical value in this muddy trench of an album.

S’NIBORROBIN’S SWEIVERREVIEWS By Robin Crowell robinyourgrave@gmail.com

"I was being an anthropologist," IPFW student Hope Arthur said while talking about spending a year in Thailand prior to entering college. After graduating from Concordia Lutheran High School, Arthur traveled to Thailand for a year, where she immersed herself in the culture and customs and lived with a host family while attending school. When she returned to the States and enrolled in IPFW, she began studying music. Throughout high school, Arthur was in orchestra and choir, but in college she chose to study music in an outside field. Music in an outside field is exactly what it sounds like. Arthur is able to choose what field she can apply her knowledge of music to. After visiting Thailand, Arthur returned to Fort Wayne and discovered that she was essentially, as she said, acting as an anthropologist. So, when the time came to choose her outside field, she chose a combination of anthropology and folklore. Dr. Richard Sutter and Dr. John Mintont are helping Arthur put together her degree. Arthur is looking into possibly following in Dr. Minton’s footsteps and applying her music degree to ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and dance in cultural contexts in both local and global settings. When asked

what cultural area she would like to concentrate on, Arthur mentioned that, as she already has a partial knowledge of Southeast Asian culture, she would consider returning there. She also, however, wants to return to Europe (she went to Germany in high school as part of the foreign language program). Arthur’s also considering working as a professor in the future or perhaps in a museum. She has anywhere from three years on to complete her degree, so she’s been focusing on taking at least six classes per semester. A few of the classes involve weekly time commitments, and the others are classes that she must attend and spend time outside of studying. As for outside work, Arthur teaches piano, both through Sweetwater Sound and privately. She performs at various open mic nights around town, including Mad Anthony’s and The Bean. She also works with the Student Activities Board, helping book the bands that play during campus events. Aside from open mic nights, Arthur performs shows frequently. But when asked how often each month, she responded, “It varies-- one month, I could have a show every weekend, the next month, I could not have any.” No matter what she ends up doing with her career, Hope Arthur knows one thing for sure; she wants to keep playing music.

The Wolfman (2010)

(wide)

Remember Me (2010)

(wide)

Photo by Lucas Carter / LucasCarterPhotography.com

Artist: The Heligoats Album: Goodness Gracious Label: Greyday Productions Release Date: January 26, 2010 Sounds Like: A less drunk Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes with a lot of random sound effects. Rating: 2.5/5 We begin with a track entitled “A Guide to the Outdoors” which commences with the sound of cricket noises. The instrumentation gets heavy but maintains a smooth quality. It isn’t overly complicated, nor boring, but those things considered, it still seems to be missing something that the listener can’t quite pinpoint. At times it almost seems as if they are searching for an Appleseed Cast

type of quality but never quite get to the point of achieving that full-bodied sound. Oddly enough, the sound effects don’t stop. The listener would think that on occasion they are fine; on an introductory track it is acceptable. They just don’t seem to get the point though. Out of the ten tracks on the album, half of them contain out of character sound effects. Sound effects aside, the instrumentation on the album isn’t entirely bad and some of the songs are worthwhile. When the vocalist isn’t trying to be Bright Eyes, the album is tolerable, upbeat, and serves its purpose for a shallow listen but doesn’t traverse much deeper than a paper plate.

Bontrager Makes Directorial Debut With Stop Kiss By Veronica Gabet gabet.artweekly@gmail.com

IPFW is opening its spring line up with an all student production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son. This is the first in a series of provocative and humorous plays this season. This production also happens to be the directorial debut of Janet E. Bontrager an IPFW theatre major with an emphasis in directing. While this is her first outing as a director, she isn’t new to the area’s theatre scene. She has taken on various roles behind the scenes where she has tackled lights, make-up, and stage management. Bontrager is enthusiastic in this new undertaking and is confident in the cast and crew that she has assembled, regardless of their experience. It is her vision for Stop Kiss to create a dynamic and thought provoking theatre experience that makes the viewer ask, “how far

would they be willing to go for the one they loved?’ Bontrager knew Stop Kiss was the play she wanted to direct after she read the script and could not stop crying. According to Bontrager, this production gives her “the opportunity to play with self-expression and her interpretation of the misconceptions and judgment when people make assumptions about each other.” She also chose to direct Stop Kiss because of the play’s subject matter and its ability to elicit a reaction from the audience. Bontrager is anxious but optimistic to see how her direction and motivation will make the transition from actor to audience. The cast features Stephanie Lochbihler as Callie, who swerves to avoid life’s obstacles in the road, and Elizabeth Burris as Sara, the friend of a friend who is new in town.Also appearing are Adam Hamilton,who plays Sara’s estranged boyfriend Peter, and Jon Kasunic as George, Callie’s friend and colleague with benefits—depending on the whims of the Magic Eight-Ball. The cast also features supporting roles by Kathryn Wimer as Mrs. Winsley, Jacob Stone as Det. Cole,

and June Rambo as the Nurse. Callie thinks there is something wrong with her and George because neither one of them can understand what would make Sara want to take a teaching position in the Bronx. George thinks something is wrong with the fact that he knows next to nothing about Sara, but she is suddenly Callie’s new best friend. Sara can’t understand how in this day and age people would want to get married and Peter can’t understand how Sara could run off to New York with an upcoming wedding to plan. Stop Kiss is an original New York Production by The New York Shakespeare Festival’s George C. Wolfe. This play was written with support from Playwrights Horizons made possible in part by funds granted to the author through a program sponsored by Amblin Entertainment, Inc. “This show is not for younger viewers, because of the adult subject matter and content,” warns Bontrager. StopKiss runs February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in the Kettler Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5 or free to IPFW students with a school ID.

Valentine’s Day (2010)

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February 10, 2010

STUDENT ISSUES

P. 8

Right and Wrong It’s FAFSA time on Valentine’s Day OpEd

under-represented in the Indiana collegiate community.   The meeting will be held in the lobby of Neff Hall at 2:00 PM The March 10 deadline for on Sunday the 21st.  There will be those complicated FAFSA forms trained financial aid professionals is quickly approaching.  Luckily, available to answer questions on financial aid professionals will be finding aid but the primary focus on hand February 21st at IPFW to of the meeting will be to help filling help individuals from the com- out the FAFSA online.  It is impormunity decipher the forms and tant to meet the March 10 deadline get them in on time.  According to because it allows families to qualGerald Curd from IPFW’s finan- ify for federal grants, loans and scholarships.  cial aid office, “It is important to meet the Students will “The event is mostly geared March 10 deadline because it also have the opportunity towards firstg e n e r a t i o n allows families to qualify for at the meeting to qualfederal grants, loans, college bound ify to win a seniors and and scholarships.” $1000 scholstudents from arship offered lower income families.”  He adds “We don’t turn by LearnMore Indiana and CGS.  College Goal Sunday will be individuals away who are wanting assistance with FAFSA so college taking place at many different locations across the state of Indiana students could come that day”.   The event is called College Goal on Sunday.  The program encourSunday (CGS) and is hosted by the ages students to be accompanied Indiana Student Financial Aid As- by parents and for everyone to sociation (ISFAA).  College Goal bring their tax information from Sunday is in its 21st year and has 2009.  Spanish interpreters will be helped over 75,000 families get available to help with language their forms turned in before the barriers in counseling sessions.    deadline.  Currently, they are at- More information about College tempting to expand their efforts to Goal Sunday and the opportunipromote aid within minority com- ties it offers can be found at Colmunities and other groups that are legegoalsunday.org.

By Holly Eggelston

eggehm01@students.ipfw.edu

By Kelly McLendon mclendon.kelly@gmail.com

Year after year, stores sell those gigantic teddy bears with “I Love You” emblazoned across their chests for Valentine’s Day. People actually go out and buy them for the person they think they love. Because nothing announces your love better than a life-size stuffed animal, right? This couldn’t be further from the truth. Look at it this way, if you are old enough to be in a relationship, you are probably too old for stuffed toys. Then there is the whole dozen red roses tradition. Women don’t really want flowers; they just want them delivered to where they work so the other people can see and get jealous. When the deliveryman walks through the door with a bouquet and a cute little note attached, all of the women in the office suddenly think, “Wow! Her boyfriend really cares about her.” The status symbolism is uncanny. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes are up next. Of course, if there is a holiday in the United States, there must be some kind of food involved. Boxes of chocolates are made for the guy who forgets about Valentine’s Day until it is almost too late. They are conveniently found in most grocery stores during this time at the ends of the aisles. Those candy hearts with the

sappy messages fall into this category, too. With messages like “UR Kind” and “So Fine” printed on them, they aren’t good for anything more than a joke. The fancy dinner rounds out the Valentine “wrongs.” Once again, people are trying to use food to convey care and love. But this year, a Bloomberg report says people might be lowering their usual spending. “While the standbys of flowers, candy and cards are still popular, the gifts are falling on the practical side this year. Fewer people will splurge on an evening out: 35.6%, compared to 47% last year,” according to financial website DailyFinance. But the market for buying gifts won’t completely die down because of the rough economy. “Valentine’s Day shoppers plan to spend $103 on gifts on average, up only 50 cents from last year’s level,” DailyFinance reports. Even though there are many “wrongs” on the holiday, there are also many fascinating ‘rights.’ “The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend $367 million on their pets for the holiday,” according to ABC News. Your pets can’t provide you with gifts in return, but they can give you love and attention, which is a whole lot more than a box of chocolates will.


February 10, 2010

SPORTS

P. 9

Photo by Lucas Carter of Coach Dane Fife

Centenary shoots hot, Dons fall in final seconds game, and 50% from beyond the arc.  In the first half alone they knocked down eight three-pointers.   IPFW got big performances by Zach Plackemeir and Their record may not show it, but Frank Gaines who both put up fifteen on Saturday afternoon Centenary Col- points for the squad, and Ben Botts lege (8-16, 3-10) proved that on any added twelve. Thanks to a big 3-ball from Ben given day, any team can beat anyone.  Botts with six secThe Men’s basket“IPFW got big performances onds remaining in ball team fell Satthe first half, the urday afternoon by Zach Plackemeier and Dons found themto Centenary College in front of a Frank Gaines, who both put up selves down eight large crowd at the fifteen points for the squad.” points going into the break.  With Memorial Coliseven minutes to seum.  Whatever the Gents’ had for breakfast/lunch or go in the half, it was Ben Botts again whatever you want to call it, it worked.  with IPFW down three, who hit a big Centenary shot 60% for the entire three pointer to tie the game.  It was a

By Logan Pea

pealt01@students.ipfw.edu

brand new ball game, and that’s usually the point where the Dons turn up the heat.  Unfortunately for IPFW though, they never led.  IPFW never let the lead extend past seven, and had it cut to as much as just one point with sixteen second to go, but taking the lead was just something that Centenary was bound and determined not to let happen.  Off a purposely missed free throw by Zach Plackemeir, IPFW’s usual hero, Nick Daniels missed a ten foot jump to send the game to overtime as time expired, and IPFW lost the game 80-78.  The loss dropped IPFW to 11-12 overall, and to 6-7 in the Summit League.  The Dons are back in action Thursday, February 11 as they travel to the University of Kansas-Missouri City for an 8:05 tip-off. Photo by Lucas Carter of freshman Frank Gaines

Volleydons drop heartbreaker Shank carries team in loss with season high with 35 kills By Monica Gerdeman

‘Dons showed a weakness in serving up seven service errors and only completing five successful blocks on the evening. Sophomore Dan Mader offered 58 sets leading the team with 377 total assists on the season. The first definition of volleyball in the dictionary Other season leaders include Shank with 313 kills, reads: a game for two teams in which the object is to Kook with 29 blocks, Shaun Dryden with 102 digs, keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a and Shank with serving a 30 perhigh net, by striking it with the hands before it touches “The team played with so much cent serving percentage. IPFW will meet Grand Canyon the ground, but add a rival effort and emotion and although University for a face to face conteam, a bag of popcorn and a ference matchup at Gates Sports wedidn’t win, I feel as a team few fans and you’ve got yourCenter Friday 12 at 7p.m. and Satself a ball game. we’re taking a step in the right urday 13 also at 7. The Volleydons hosted a direction .” “And as far as up and coming five set heart-breaker against games, we are still a very young the Lewis Flyers of Rometeam with 6-7 starters being unoville, IL last Friday night. derclassmen. We are learning together and becoming (26-30, 30-26, 31-29, 24-30, 13-15.) a much stronger TEAM,” finished Fyfield. “The team played with so much effort and emotion and although we didn’t win, I feel as a team, we’re taking a step in the right direction,” said the injured freshman Elon Fyfield. Fyfield was unable to play in the matchup because of a hurt shoulder. He hopes to be back in action as 02/19/10 at Saint Francis 7:00 p.m. soon as he can play without pain. 02/20/10 at Penn State 7:00 p.m. Darryl Shank led the way with a season high of 35 02/25/10 at Ball State 7:30 p.m. kills on the evening, as the senior Oli Kook came next 03/05/10 vs. Cardinal Stritch 7:00 p.m. knocking 15 facials over the net. Between the two, 03/06/10 vs. Ohio State * 7:00 p.m. they kept the crowd hoping all night as slam after slam hit the floor. 03/12/10 at Puerto Rico TBA “We played good volleyball and tried some new 03/13/10 at Puerto Rico TBA strategies. The loss hurts, but is another step to get 03/19/10 at Rutgers-Newark 7:00 p.m. where we want to be at the end of the season,” said 03/20/10 at George Mason 7:00 p.m. Kook. 03/26/10 at Carthage 7:00 p.m. Although 71 IPFW kills hit an impressive high, the m_gerdeman2007@hotmail.com

Upcoming Schedule

Photo by Lucas Carter / LucasCarterPhotography.com

Men’s Volleyball: Sophomore Dan Mader goes up for a block against


February 10, 2010

SPORTS

P. 10

The Fish Picks (23-23) 10 Sabres- Hold on late for the W 9 Duke- Wins the rivalry

VS.

(28-18)

Sharks at Sabres Duke at North Carolina

Sharks- San Jose very underrated

10

Duke- UNC needs to get it together

9

UConn- The streak goes on

8

Blazers- Portland turning it on

7

8

UConn- Continues to win

7

Suns- They are on fire

6

Pitt- Big East home teams win

West Virginia at Pittsburgh

West Virginia- Step up for big one

6

5

Sophomores- Better weapons

Rookies vs. Sophomores

Sophomores- Rookies are Rookies

5

4

Cavs- They are on a roll

Magic at Cavliers

Cavs- Best home team in basketball

4

3

Tenn- Upset as Wall falls

Tennessee at Kentucky

Kentucky- Wildcats get big win

3

2

East- LeBron, Howard, Wade

East vs. West

West- Fun game, lots of scoring

2

1

Kahne- Upset victory at 500

Daytona 500

Martin- Starts first, finishes first

1

By Lucas Fisher / lucoruco8@comcast.net

UConn at Oklahoma (Ladies) Blazers at Suns

More picks at ipfwcommunicator.org

By Logan Pea / pealt01@students.ipfw.edu

March Madness is coming up, and we are challenging you! Stay tuned for more information.

IPFW to the world Yuka Kobayashi

Photo by Lucas Carter / LucasCarterPhotography.com

By Oli Kook oliverkook@gmail.com

Yuka Kobayashi is an IPFW junior on the women’s tennis team with a major in biology. Yuka came to IPFW all the way from Japan. Her hometown is Shimonoseki which is in the south of Japan. Japan’s capital is Tokyo, the biggest city in the world. Japan has a population of 127,530,000. “I decided to come to IPFW because the school has a great academic program and also a good tennis program. Our team won the regular season last season and we almost got to go to the NCAA tournament,” so Yuka. She loves to travel with

the team to see many different places in the United States. According to Yuka, there are many cultural differences between Japan and the United States. Obviously the food is a lot different; especially the size of the drinks they sell at fast food restaurants. “The largest drink in Japan equals a size medium here in the US,” says Yuka with a smile on her face. Everything seems to be bigger here in America: the cars, the roads, stores, and of course food. Yuka also noted the differences in holidays. “People in the US are crazy about Christmas.” Apparently, putting up Christmas lights is not a common thing in Japan. “There are so many good things about being here, but sometimes I really miss my family and my friends. And I miss seeing the ocean a lot.” Her first winter in Fort Wayne was a great new experience because she has never seen that much snow before in her life. Now she really misses the weather from back home. Talking about cultural differences, Yuka laughs, admitting she didn’t know some people dye their hair blond. “I thought everyone that has blond hair was naturally blond,” so Yuka. In the annual Summit League preseason poll, the IPFW women's tennis team has been voted first to win the conference in 2010. Like many of her teammates, Kobayashi received second team all-conference accolades for a fine sophomore season last year and is now ready for this upcoming season to finally make the step to the NCAA tournament.


February 10, 2010

SPORTS

P. 11

“Pink Out” brings landslide victory

IPFW women’s basketball team destroys Centenary College 68-28 By Logan Pea

nearly perfect by IPFW.  Scoring was spread out very well and the Dons found three players in double figures.  The students were pink, the fans Chelsey Jackson netted eleven, Anne were pink, the sneakers were pink, and Bosse contributed with twelve, and so were the faces of Centenary Col- Stephanie Roasdo paced the game with lege’s women’s basketball team as they fourteen points.   Not only did Rosado walked out of the Memorial Coliseum net a game high fourteen points, she Saturday afternoon after an embarrass- pulled down ten rebounds to secure a ing 68-28 loss to IPFW.  The women’s double-double. With a victory as large as this, one might basketball team “Defense is what led the Dons think the “3 Ball” put an absolute was chucked up pounding on Cento victory Saturday as they possession after tenary College, held Centenary to just nine possession.  Not but the reason first half points.” Saturday.  IPFW behind the game got most of their was even bigger.  scoring off of CenThe first 200 stutenary turnovers..  Defense is what led dents were given free pink t-shirts, and the Dons to victory Saturday as they the rest of the fans were encouraged to held Centenary to just nine first half wear pink as every ticket sold had $1 points.  As always, the women hit their donated to the Vera Bradley Foundafree throws (20-27) and the game was tion. The win on Saturday was still not never close.  IPFW will hit the road this even the biggest margin of victory for weekend as they travel all the way to the Dons this season.  The Dons de- Cedar City, Utah for a big time conferfeated Indiana Tech 92-35 over the ence matchup against Southern Utah holiday break.  The game was played at 7 pm.       pealt01@students.ipfw.edu

60 Second Sports Report

Super Bowl XLIV Special Edition By Lucas Fisher lucoruco8@comcast.net

On February 7, 2010, the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints battled for Super Bowl XLIV. This was the Colts second trip to the Super Bowl in Miami in four seasons and it was the Saints first trip to a Super Bowl in their history. Let’s get to the game. The game started out with the newest Hall of Famers coming onto the field and one of the inductees Emmitt Smith flipping the coin. The Saints won the toss and elected to receive. The Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney started the game. On the Saints opening drive they went three and out only gaining eight yards. The Colts completed their first play with a fifteen yard pass to Dallas Clark. They ended their opening drive with a thirty eight yard field goal by Matt Stover. The Saints converted a first down on their second drive with a pass to Reggie Bush. After another failed drive by the Saints late in the quarter they had to punt, they pinned the Colts down at the four yard line. Peyton Manning drove the Colts down the field throwing a nineteen yard pass to Pierre Garcon (who is from Haiti) with thirty six seconds to go. The score at the end of the quarter was 10-0 Colts. In the second quarter the game came to a standstill. With nine and a half minutes remaining the Saints finally got on the board with a forty six yard field goal by Garrett Hartley. Late in the half the Colts stopped the Saints at the goal line causing a turnover on downs. It was a risky call by coach Sean Payton that didn’t work out. The Saints then forced the Colts to punt with a minute and a half to go. Drew Brees

lead the team to field goal range. Hartley made a forty four yard field goal to end the first half. The score at halftime was 10-6 Colts. The Saints started out the second half with an onside kick and recovered it. Brees lead the team down the field to take the lead throwing a sixteen yard pass to Pierre Thomas. The Colts struck right back with a four yard run by Joseph Addai. On the following drive Hartley connected with another field goal this time from forty seven yards. The score at the end of the third quarter was 17-16 Colts. In the fourth quarter the Colts missed a golden opportunity as Stover missed a fifty one yard field goal. On the Saints next drive Brees threw another touchdown pass this time to Jeremy Shockey. This put the Saints up by five so they went for a two point conversion. Brees passed it to Lance Moore and it was ruled incomplete. The Saints decided to challenge the ruling and it was overturned. With the Colts now down by seven Manning tried to lead the team down the field but Tracy Porter had another idea, he intercepted a pass intended for Reggie Wayne and took it to the house putting the game all but away with three minutes to go. The Colts tried to come back and made it into the red zone but turned it over on downs. Drew Brees came out onto the field to kneel the ball and the game was over. The Saints won Super Bowl XLIV 31-17. Brees was named Super Bowl MVP. It was a great game to watch for any fan. On Monday it was announced that Super Bowl XLIV broke the all time history mark in the TV ratings beating the *M*A*S*H* finale with over 106 million viewers.

Photo by Lucas Carter / LucasCarterPhotography.com

Women’s Basketball: Juniors Jordan Zuppe and Sarah Haluska against Centenary College in their victory win of 68 - 28.

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