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Youth Vote Decided Presidential Election Many voters in Allen County turned out for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Nov. 6. 148,545 people took part in the election, which accounted for 58 percent of all registered voters. Though that might seem high, it is about the national average, according to the Center for Study of the American Electorate. Ultimately, what Indiana had to say in the race did not give Romney enough electoral votes to oust President Barack Obama, who won in a close tally of the popular vote but with quite a disparity in the electoral points. It was, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the youth vote that made one of the biggest differences in the election, as at least 80 electoral votes were dependent on what voters under the age of 30. If their votes weren’t taken into account, Ohio, Flor-

In 2008, CIRCLE said, Indiana was given to Obama because of the youth vote.

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Third Party Support Up Slightly

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ida, Virginia and Pennsylvania would have gone red for Romney. CIRCLE’s analysis of exit polls in those states showed around 60 percent

favorability for Obama and around 30 percent for Romney. With those 80 points, Romney would have become president elect.

Turnout for third party candidates was also higher in Allen County than in 2008. Only 1.76 percent of voters supported third party candidates for president, with 1.46 percent going to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Almost 5 percent of the vote for Senator went to Libertarian candidate Andy Horning. In 2008, less than 1 percent of voters in Allen County chose a third party candidate for president and only 1.66 percent chose Andy Horning when he was candidate for governor. The nation as a whole cast 1.61 percent of ballots in favor of a third party candidate, compared to 2008’s 1.4 percent.


Changes in Store for Diversity Showcase at IPFW Tom Vilsack once said in a speech that, “Strong communities … embrace change. New discoveries require us to think differently and approach things differently, to think anew.” This academic school year, the IPFW community has certainly seen some change, from the arrival of a new chancellor to the decrease of student attendance. And another thing that has changed is the annual Diversity Showcase, an exhibition and celebration of collegiate diversity. Dennis Barbosa

“You will see a record number of departments sharing their work and celebrating diversity,” said Kenneth Christmon, associate vice chancellor for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. “You’re going to see ... the fusion of events that take us from celebrating our work over the course of a year, to our giving back celebration, which will be this spring ... the Big Event.” For those attending this event on Thursday, Nov. 15, one obvious change—apart from the showcase being moved from the spring semester to the fall—will be the singing of the national anthem by Miss IPFW Okara Imani,

according to Krissy Creager, showcase coordinator and Student Life associate director. The showcase will present over 40 exhibits from the different campus offices and departments, schools and colleges, as well as student clubs, according to the press release. “We probably will have the largest amount of student led organizations sharing their work,” Christmon said. Ashley Simmons, assistant director for international programs, said that this year’s showcase will not feature the handful of sessions last year’s showcase had, which dealt with presenting infor-

mation on studying abroad and the immigrant population in Fort Wayne. “We will feature a diversity monologue presentation put on by students,” Creager said, addressing the topic of sterotypes. Some of the other performances will include a cultural dance by the African Student Organization as well as a Chinese musical by Yilin Li. “It will be much deeper and much more prevalent ... [than] our diversity showcase ... has been in the past,” Creager said.


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Omnibus Lecturer to Obama: ‘Dare to Take Risks’ It was rather timely for Pulitzer Prizewinning author and journalist Jon Meacham to be at IPFW. It was the day after the presidential election, and he would be talking about presidents—more specifically, Thomas Jefferson. Like Jeffrey Toobin, the Omnibus Speaker who presented in October, Meacham included a lot of humor in his speech. His, however, was not as controversial. Meacham refrained from making any overtly political or opinionated statements. That was perhaps in respect to the fact that the election had just taken place, though Meacham’s stints in Newsweek, PBS and his many political articles mostly refrained from any obvious bias, as well. Jessica Geyer

Meacham presented on his newest book, “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” a biography of the president. Rather than simply summarizing his book, he applied what he knows about Jefferson to the current political situation. We can do this, he said, “If only because human nature itself, as the Founders recognized so brilliantly, pretty much doesn’t change.” There are only rare moments when

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the population majorly agrees on an issue. “Those years are the anomalies,” said Meacham about election years when one candidate sweeps the other. Jefferson’s era was not unlike ours, he said, in that it was full of partisanship and political arguments. “If you are at all inclined to feel gloomy, even if your candidate won yesterday … here’s what George Washington said to Thomas Jef-

ferson about strife within Washington’s government: ‘How unfortunate ... that whilst we are encompassed on all sides with avowed enemies and insidious friends, that internal dissensions should be harrowing and tearing our vitals.’” At one point, an anonymous writer to a newspaper said to Jefferson, “I think you ought to get a damn kicking you redheaded son of a bitch,” said Meacham. Proof, he said, that the political world of Jefferson and of Obama are not too different. “Jefferson understood that partisanship was part of the intrinsic nature of human life, of public life, political life,” said Meacham. In other words, name calling and mud-slinging are inevitable

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Nearly 400 people protested the president’s reelection on Nov. 6 at the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. During that protest, racial slurs were used. Some have defined the protest as a riot, but others, including the university’s leadership, are edging away from that word. In an interview with the Daily Mississippian, the university’s student Jessica Geyer

Continued from pg. 3 and will continue because that is human nature. Meacham drew from Jefferson’s actions and words as president to offer advice to Obama. “Dare to take risks, to spend as

newspaper, Chancellor Dan Jones of Ole Miss said, “We had a gathering of students with some inappropriate behavior—particularly the hate language was very, very disappointing—but we didn’t have anything that approached a riot on our campus.” When Ole Miss enrolled its first black student 50 years ago in 1962, there were riots during which two people were killed. Since then, the university has continued to struggle with issues in diversity.

In 2009, “From Dixie with Love” was banned from being played by the school band because students would cheer “the South will rise again” at the end. That controversy ended with a Ku Klux Klan rally being held at the college. However, only around 12 members of the KKK showed up and there were over 200 people present to counter-protest. In counter-protest, around 600 people showed up for a candlelight vigil called “We Are One Mississippi” on Nov. 7.

limited political capital … depart from dogma when you can, do what you have to do as long as you’re committed to one central principle, cultivate the science of human relationships … and then lead us with as broad a vision,” said Meacham. “If [Obama] does well, the country

does well, and I think Governor Romney struck lovely notes last night about that,” Meacham said. “What I hope President Obama does is recognizes that … he’s been given a great opportunity to learn from his own mistakes … and to try to do an even better job.”


EDITORIAL POLICY Editorials are the opinion of The Communicator. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of IPFW, its employees or its student body. A column is solely the opinion of its author. The Communicator welcomes responses. Letters to the Editor must be signed, dated and accompanied by a current address, telephone number and class standing/major or title (if applicable). Letters not meeting these requirements will not be considered for publication. All submissions made via e-mail will be verified by telephone or in person. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Submissions must be typed and no more than 700 words. The editorial board of The Communicator reserves the right to edit all submissions for length, grammar, style, and clarity. Letters deemed potentially libelous by the editorial board will not be published under any circumstances. The Communicator is funded in part by an allocation from the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association. November 14, 2012

news&politics 5 Luncheon Brings Local Politicians to IPFW Students are welcome to attend a lunch with local government leaders on Nov. 29. The luncheon will host community leaders and Indiana legislators, and IPFW students, faculty, staff and alumni can talk with them about politics that affect the university and city. This is the 11th annual Legislative Luncheon at IPFW. Last year, legislators like Phil GiaQuinta, who was reelected to the Indiana House of Representatives, had time to speak to the entire crowd about issues important to them. Afterward, they had lunch with students, staff and faculty. The lunch is catered and is free, but the university asks that guests RSVP to Kelly Shanks at 481-6105. Jessica Geyer

Domestic Violence Awareness Chair Shares Story of Abuse When it feels like there is no way out and it feels like no one will listen, there is still hope. Chris Garret, Ivy Tech Community College– Northeast Domestic Violence Awareness chair, shared her grim story at the 6th annual Breaking through the Silence: The Noise of Overcoming an Abusive Situation. Garret spoke of her heartbreaking more than decade-long abusive marriage. From her ex-husband’s anger over small things to explosive fights, Garret attempted to stick it out for the sake of being a family. Eventually, after a fight in 2002 that left Garrett unable to walk, she decided that enough was enough and gathered the courage to leave. That is a decision that victims often do not make. Garret made it clear to the audience that even the small things can be conNikki Sanders

sidered abusive behaviors. Any time a relationship is feeling unbalanced, as if one person has more power over the other, there is a possibility that the relationship could be or could become abusive. Garret gave tips on how to counsel and aid to someone that is in an abusive relationship. Her tips were to: allow the victim to talk and be there to listen, never blame the victim, never assume that because it is not a fullblown abusive situation that it is not abusive, form a spiritual group around the victim and help the victim seek refuge in a safe zone. According to, one in every five teenage girls who have tried to break up with their boyfriend has been threatened with violence or self-harm. Also, men who have witnessed violence as a child

are more likely to become violent in adulthood. Garrett cried that it is time to end the cycle of domestic violence. She said that one of the most vital things that anyone can do is listen to the victim and to never downplay the abuse just because there are not black eyes or broken bones. Garrett stated that she has not yet found love again because she is very cautious and aware of the possibilities. Yet, she left the audience with a reminder that there is always hope to find love in the aftermath of an abusive relationship. The Health and Wellness Center and The Center for Women and Returning Adults, both located in Walb, offer resources and help to escape from abusive relationships.

Open Doors Data: International Student Exchange Increased Last Year International student exchanged increased in the United States by 6.5 percent last year, according to new “Open Doors” data from the Institute of International Education (IIE). A total of 764,495 international students attended American universities in the 2011-12 academic year. That is a record high. According to IIE, 273,996 American students went on study abroad programs during that year. That is up from 270,604 from the 2010-11 year.

The Open Doors report was released on Nov. 12, the kickoff day of International Education Week. Purdue University and Indiana University made the top 25 of universities accepting international students. Purdue placed fourth in the list with 8,563 international students. Indiana, in 11th place, had 6,123. Only Indiana University at Bloomington placed in the top 25 when it came to sending their own students overseas.

They placed 7th with 2,203 students participating in international programs. Of all universities in Indiana, 37 percent of their international students came from China. According to IIE, a growth in students coming to the United States is helpful to the economy. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that $22.7 billion is spent by international students in the United States. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s lead-

ers,” said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock, according to an IIE press release. “International education creates strong, lasting relationships between the U.S. and emerging leaders worldwide. Students return home with new perspectives and a global skill set that will allow them to build more prosperous, stable societies.”

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Staying Safe While Driving in the Winter Fort Wayne saw the first snow flurry of the year Nov. 12. While it didn’t last long, it was beautiful—and it was a clear reminder that winter is on its way and IPFW rarely closes for cold and snowy weather. Typically, a cancellation of classes will only occur if streets can’t be cleared or the city makes it illegal to be on the roads. In that case, one would be smart to not put themselves in danger—or worse, become the focus of an angry, snowy day Facebook status—and drive according to the weather. Fort Wayne has been forecasted for lows slightly below freezing temperature for the most part of the next couple weeks, but regardless of whether or not

it snows, it’s best to brush up on safe winter driving techniques.

the same difficulty stopping in icy conditions.”

The Weather Sets the Speed Limit

Update Brakes and Tires

Difficulty slowing or stopping is a given with snow or ice on the road, and though one may arrive to class a couple minutes late, it’s best to slow down. Especially when turning—approaching turns slowly can prevent sliding and give the person driving behind you time to avoid hitting the bumper as well. Last year, Betti Bradtmiller, owner of Safeway Driving School, told The Communicator that “drivers need to anticipate that other drivers will have

Bald tires and bad brakes don’t help when driving on a slick surface. “Always cover the brake in case you need to stop suddenly due to cross traffic,” Bradtmiller said. “This is especially a concern in intersections because even though you have a green light, the cross traffic could possibly slide into your path of travel.”

Keep the Essentials Though it may be a nice excuse for missing class, getting stuck in the snow

definitely isn’t ideal. Keeping a trunk filled with essentials in case of emergency is not only good for keeping weight on the back of your car, but it could help you out should you get stuck. A blanket, water, kitty litter, a shovel and any other combination of things could end up saving the day.

Stay Home If the weather is particularly nasty and you’re not comfortable driving in it—don’t. If it’s not completely necessary to go out, getting homework done in a warm bed or catching up on favorite television shows will be a lot more enjoyable than scraping off the car and starting out on a high-anxiety journey.

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“The frosting’s blue on the cupcakes and people will like smoosh them on each other’s faces.” November 14, 2012

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Homecoming is typical for high school and college alike, but many often don’t know what they’re celebrating. “Unless they were home-schooled or from another country, I’d say that most every student regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity has experienced a homecoming of some kind,” said Associate Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Ken Christmon. Christmon went on to say that, without knowledge of the exact history, homecoming is “a time or period where those who have previously partaken in a given institution and have been separated through graduation or travel or whatever have come back to experience or be reinvigorated and to reconnect with that experience.” Kind of. Traditionally, homecoming is when the football team comes back from their farthest away game of the season, and it becomes, as the online Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines, “an annual celebration for alumni.”

Unconventional Celebration At IPFW, however, homecoming is a little non-traditional. According to Kimberly Wagner, director of alumni relations, alumni attendance for homecoming has been between 75 and 125 people from 20082011. While those numbers include guests, she estimated about 75 percent of attendees graduated from IPFW. “The unique thing about IPFW is that we’re less than 50 years old, which means we’re not like, say IU or Purdue in the respect that they have been alive all these years, and they have all this

that’s always fun.” Essentially, Donat said, she’s trying to plan events that get students to stick around and socialize rather than grabbing freebies and leaving, as is the case with many events. “I realize we’ll probably always be a pretty decent commuter campus,” she said. Though, “I want to see people that Kristan Mensch

“It is relatively new considering how whole 65.” long the campus has been around,” she said.

home.” After about three months of plan-

ning, Donat’s finally at a place where Though Donat said she’s about she’s watching it all come together. $1,000 over budget, she also purchased “You have to figure out what times,

puses do,” but it helps to feel more like order to regain some of the funds. don’t have one at all, she added.

question: “Do you want to do some“We try to at least make some sort thing in the evening to hit those evening of income on what we do,” she said. “It students, do you want to try to do some-

IPFW uses the basketball team in- looks like I’m over budget, but we’ve al- thing on Saturday to hit those Saturday stead. ready sold 22 fleeces and we just started students?”

In the Works

selling them yesterday—I should be able to balance it back out.”

Weekend students are a smaller demographic and turnouts for events

Donat estimated a couple thousand on the weekend are typically reflective Donat has been planning Home- dollars were regained after hoodies were of that, she said, but there are usually

coming Week since the beginning of sold last year. August, and hopes to build more of a campus community through interactive events this year.

Building Traditions

events on the weekend and evenings as well to make sure everyone can get some enjoyment out of the event.

“One thing we are trying to build, “It’s not like ‘hey, here’s your t-shirt, deepen, strengthen, expand, to be more still have people who were part of the was $80,000, which comes from student here’s your food, now leave,” Donat said. inclusive with, is our tradition of homefirst class who are generally still alive. activity fees. With enrollment down this “This year, we’re having the second an- coming here,” Christmon reiterated. “It Most institutions can’t say that.” year, there was less to work with. nual cupcake eating contest, and so is critically important that the instituUnlike many universities, IPFW “We try to cut back so we can spend we’re trying to kinda kick-start a tradi- tion puts forth programs and homealso doesn’t have a football team to more in other places,” Donat said. tion with that. coming celebrations that are culturally celebrate with, and it’s only hosted a This time around, the budget is “The frosting’s blue on the cupcakes aware, culturally sensitive and inviting Homecoming Week for about 11 years, $65,000—a whole $15,000 less. and people will like smoosh them on that makes people from all walks of life according to Vice President of Student “I think we’re cutting it close this each other’s faces—a lot of the staff and want to come back to IPFW.” Programming Audrey Donat. year,” she said. “I definitely spent the faculty members will sign up as well and alumni,” said Christmon. “We probably

Last year, the homecoming budget

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don’t just drive here, go to class and go

“It does kind of suck that we can’t do 100 hats, 400 fleeces and a couple hun- what spaces you want to use,” she said. it with the football team like other cam- dred t-shirts to sell to faculty and staff in Student demographics also come into a school and a community than if you

Homecoming Schedule Monday Wings Etc., Baseball Caps Walb Ballroom 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Casa Italiano Cupcake Eating Contest Gloves Walb Ballroom 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

wednesday Big Apple Bagels Second Floor of Kettler 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.

thursday Firehouse Subs Tumbler

The Stomping Grounds 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

thursday cont’d Midnight Run/Polar Bear Plunge Student Housing

friday Pep Rally

Gates Sports Center Noon

Chuck-a-Don Contest Panda Express Student Org Fair Fieldhouse 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

saturday Homecoming Game Memorial Coliseum 7 p.m.

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New Club Strives to Address Environmental Crisis In September, IPFW saw the emergence of a new student led organization called the Green Action Club (GAC). Grayson Ostermeyer, sophomore biology premed major, initiated the club, starting out with about 23 people. GAC has held two events every week since their inceptive event, presenting documentaries every Tuesday. Ostermeyer said a large part of his goals for the organization was to inform the public about ecological sustainability, referring to the practice of consuming renewable natural resources as opposed to the traditional exhaustible resources. “There didn’t seem to be any club on campus that served these purposes,” he said, although there is the Urban and Community Gardening Organization, a club which aims to “educate local citizens and students about the benefits of … gardening,” according to IPFW’s special interest organization webpage. “They’ve helped us tremendously,” Ostermeyer said. “They’ve gone to a couple of our meetings, but [they] don’t pursue some of the goals we want to, such as energy conservation and life-

style changes.” There are a lot of students who want to take action against the environmental crisis he said, and GAC is a club which facilitates that drive. For the short-term time frame, Ostermeyer wants to see more people from the local community get involved. For his long-term vision, he’d like crossinstitutional involvement, where other campuses would create clubs similar to his. “If we reduce our carbon output here individually, that really doesn’t do a whole lot, because there’s not a whole lot of us. But if we reach out and talk to other universities for them to establish the same thing … then that’s a big change,” he said. A huge obstacle Ostermeyer’s club faces in spreading their message is “a lack of education,” he said, even admitting that he himself was ignorant of the issue before taking biology classes at IPFW. “A lot of the norm, especially about our Western culture, is that consumerism has no draw backs,” he said. “If everybody in the world were to live with the standard of Canadians, we would need three more worlds to provide the

resources for that to happen. So cuts in our lifestyle are necessary for sustainability.” In October, GAC saw their first field event, “Plant A Tree By Maumee,” a collaboration with Abigail King, director and founder of Save Maumee – a chapter of the multinational organization Waterkeeper Alliance. Trees donated by Neuhouser—a 35-year-old local nursery and landscaping company that recently went out of business—were planted on

Maumee’s riverbanks. With plans on being a year-round club, GAC will meet for the last time this semester on Nov. 20 to discuss ideas and goals for the spring. “We’ve noticed a poor showing for the documentaries,” Ostermeyer said. “So if there’s any way we can find something that’s funny and educational that has to do with environmentalism, we’d be good to go.”

Nov. 15

Nov. 16 An African celebration

Nov. 18

Trumpet Studio Showcase

Nov. 25

Holiday Swing Concert

Brian Wagner from Arena Dinner Theatre and Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin from the New Huntington Supper Club will go through what’s planned throughout the year and more. 7:30-8 p.m. at WFWA PBS39.

A concert by the IPFW choirs and Griot Drum Ensemble for International Programs Week. 7:30 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall. Admission is free for IPFW students, $7 for adults and $4 for non-IPFW students.

Held by the Department of Music at 5 p.m. in Rhinehart Recital Hall. Admission is free for IPFW students, $7 for adults and $4 for nonIPFW students.

Music from the big band era, featuring old and new holiday jazz numbers. 7:30 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall. Admission is free for IPFW students, $7 for adults and $4 for non-IPFW students.

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arts&entertainment 11 Senior BFA Exhibitors Attempt to ‘Show the World Their Thesis Statements’ “Good presentation is half of everything,” said guest juror Andre Murnieks of Notre Dame, which seemed to be the mantra for the Senior BFA Exhibition. The 16 artists revealed their projects on animation, photography and graphic design to the public last Friday. “Every semester … the seniors have a public exhibition, so they show the world their thesis statements,” said Haig David-West, chairman of the Department of Visual Communication. “I expect some very explicit work.” The seniors, students of the Thesis Seminar and Exhibition II class, built their theses in the previous semester and then learned to execute them. They also were responsible for planning and marketing their projects, and were taught “public gallery talk presentations,” according to the bulletin website. The professor,, John Motz, was present at the exhibition to close the awards ceremony. Murnieks made his own criteria, which included the idea, how they researched it, how well they communicated their idea, and the final craft, by which he judged the seniors’ theses. “It is also gratifying to see the work convey traditional values like identity, differentiation and utility, but also include personal, social and environmental concerns,” said Murnieks. What’s next for the students? They have one of two choices: get hired or go into graduate school. “Well … after graduation within three months most of them get hired. The discipline is very oriented to work the professional practice of design, photography, and animation. So they’re in good demand,” said David-West about employment. The Senior BFA Exhibition is showing at the Spectator Lounge at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center until Nov. 24. Zach Crook

Cinema Center Hosts Comedy


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The average person goes about watching movies laughing at cheesy dialogue and kitschy scenes and plot twists. But when you’re Glenn Berggoetz, you compile all of these elements into one film and call it the worst movie ever. A filmmaker raised in Fort Wayne and proponent of low-budget filmmaking, Berggoetz has been making films on his own since 2006. Not put off by the lack of a studio to pick up his scripts, he has written, directed, produced and acted in several films, including “Evil Intent,” “To Die is Hard,” and “The Worst Movie EVER!” According to the movie’s tagline, “It might be the worst movie ever, but it’s the best sci-fi/action/drama/horror/comedy/musical you’ve ever see.” Berggoetz’s film will be playing at the Cinema Center later this month as part Laura Rosenbaum

of the theater’s Midnight Movie Series. The first film in the series, David Cronenberg’s “THE FLY,” showed last month. According to Cinema Center director Jonah Crismore, the series caters to fans of cult, genre and local films, allowing them to show films that may not have done the best at the box office despite having a dedicated and discerning fan base. Of “The Worst Movie EVER!” he says, “[It] is such a low budget achievement in how it lampoons staples of independent [film]. The humor in the film is so unconventional and irreverent. I don’t know if anyone in the local filmmaking community is attacking comedy with such reckless abandon as [Berggoetz], and we need more filmmakers like him who are brave enough to not worry so much what everyone is going to think and just make their movie.” Berggoetz admits that with this film

he didn’t have much intent toward substance, but rather just to see how much he could make himself and others laugh. “While some people have certainly walked out of theaters scratching their heads and saying to themselves, ‘What the heck was that crap,’ many more have spent their time watching the film laughing. It’s one of those films where, if you go in realizing that we’re not trying to make the next ‘Godfather’ or ‘Apocalypse Now’ and just let yourself … go along for the ridiculous ride, you’ll have a lot of fun,” said Berggoetz. The Midnight Movie Series allows audiences, who may agree with Berggoetz’s sentiments on fun, to view one time showings of films on the last Saturday of each month at 11:59 p.m. Beer will be available to patrons and the theater’s quiet rules will be relaxed to allow for a different experience than seeing one of the regularly programmed films. November 14, 2012

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Bike Season Not Quite Over Despite Winter Weather Fort Wayne has seen some erratic weather changes lately, with temperatures jumping to the 60s then dropping to the low 30s. But this need not be a discouragement for those wanting to escape home on a limited budget. Imagine getting away from the painfully familiar scenery of everyday Fort Wayne and cruising through the Rivergreenway trails, past hickory and dogwood trees, for a chance to spot a bald eagle. For those adventurous enough, a relaxing break from the norm is within arm’s reach. At first glance, a bike trip to a wetland preserve might not seem like the best way to spend a day of hard earned free time, but for those wanting to travel for little to no cost, a scenic bike trip might be the answer. The Rivergreenway trail system is based on the paths the river tributaries take, traveling alongside each river with the exception of the Towpath trail — which travels southwest from downtown to the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve (EMNP). During November, one will not have to worry too much about obstructions on the trails. All the trails undergo ongoing maintenance unless flooding occurs, according to Al Moll, Fort Wayne director of parks and recreation. And as far as the weather goes, the next week appears favorable with temperatures hanging in the mid to upper 40s, according to However, Moll said, he encourages people making this trip to the wetland reserve to use the buddy system in case something goes wrong. Dennis Barbosa

With fall fading into winter, the EMNP normally sees a decrease in visitors, said Betsy Yankowiak, director of preserves and programs for Little Rivers Wetland Project. This, fortunately, is an advantage for those visiting the preserve with hopes of catching sight of a bald eagle in its natural habitat – which means less people to startle the wildlife. The bald eagles “feed at our ponds,” Yankowiak said. She likened the EMNP to a grocery store for animals. It’s a good place to come to see bald eagles, she said, with over seven hundred acres of wetland, it’s a good source for fish — a main source of food for the bald eagle. EMNP boasts being the largest nature preserve in Allen County. In the state, it surpasses even Pokagon State Park, with accessibility from any trail system, according to Yankowiak.

“This year I would steer you towards the Boy Scout Office,” Yankowiak said, recommending accessing the preserve through trails one and two. And if recent rainfall should discourage one from making such a trip, think twice. One acre of wetland can hold one and half million gallons of flood water. So four inches of rainfall, for example, would soak right into the ground, Yankowiak said. If one should be so unfortunate as to miss their opportunity to spot a bald eagle in person, there are over 2,000 bird species that have been recorded since 2006 to compensate, among other various mammals such as minks, beavers and coyotes. Micheal Blair, IPFW senior and bicyclist, said the Towpath trail was one of his favorites. It’s more scenic than the

other trails he said. Over the summer he had a lot of fun riding the Towpath trail. So much so it was a regular activity of summer break which consisted of grilling with friends, then hitting the trails. One sign that a biker has neared the EMNP is the boardwalk, a feature of Towpath that Blair said he liked. It’s fairly new, Moll said, built within the last five years. The boardwalks feature bike friendly traction to prevent slipping and sliding. Blair said it wouldn’t be too hard for him to find a couple people to join him for such a trip, seven miles southwest of Headwaters Park and 11 from IPFW campus, but also said, “most people would be like ‘bike season is over.’” Well, not necessarily. November 14, 2012

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Man Trapped in Bathroom Stall for 3 Hours Without Toilet Paper


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“I almost gave up and then I had a vision ... I knew I wasn’t going to die there.” It had all started out as a normal Sunday for Victor Furhurst. He said goodbye to his roommates and headed out to school to get some work done in the computer lab. What he didn’t know was that at the end of his day, he would be trapped in a bathroom stall, unable to wipe because there was no toilet paper. “It was probably all the Taco Bell I ate for lunch that made me have to go,” said Furhurst. “I usually don’t use the bathroom at school.” “My first mistake,” he said, “was choosing the emptiest restroom on campus to use. I don’t like to be interrupted while I’m pooping.” That bathroom was located on the top floor of Helmke Library, which was all but desolate on a Sunday evening. His second mistake was not checking to see if there was toilet paper in his stall. Jessica Geyer

“At first, I thought it was pretty funny that there wasn’t any there, and that I’d probably just be able to shout out for help,” he said. “But after a few minutes of shouting, I realized I was completely alone.” Furhurst was trapped in the bathroom stall for three whole hours. In some fluke of bad luck, no one came upstairs to check if the restrooms were clear after the library closed.” “I almost gave up,” said Furhurst. “I almost gave up and then I had a vision of the toilet flushing, so I knew I wasn’t going to die there.” Eventually, a janitor came upstairs. Furhurst, exhausted from his ordeal and dehydrated, weakly called for help. Luckily, the janitor heard his pleas for help and tossed a roll of paper over to him. “I owe that man my life,” said Furhurst. “Without him, I’d still have a stinky butt up there in the library.”

“I owe that man my life. Without him, I’d still have a stinky butt up there in the library.” -Victor Furhurst

Study: Nothing Ever Learned When Professor Goes a Minute Over A study conducted by the Society of L ast Mi nute Learners said all recent research has pointed to a lack of comprehended information when a professor has exceeded class time by at least one minute. “It would seem that their brains just shut down and we’ve observed the students in a trance-like state, staring at the clock,” said lead researcher Gary Falcts. There has yet to be an official term Kristan Mensch

for describing such an action by students waiting to leave a classroom, however it would appear that most understand that there is something happening to their bodies. “I get really excited because I count down the minutes on the computer’s clock the whole class, and then when I finally get to the end, it keeps going and I’m just destroyed,” said student Halle Perdon. “My heart breaks, and the professor doesn’t seem to even care. It’s always a dark time in my life.” November 14, 2012

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Friends Laugh at Student’s Life Decisions

Sophomore John Cleary lived a relatively conservative life. He opted to play in his yard in the early years, went on to win science fairs and eventually graduated in the top 5 percent of his high school class because ‘life isn’t something to play around with.’ So when he began majoring in Kristan Mensch

mechanical engineering, it only seemed appropriate. Eventually, though, Cleary said he no longer got satisfaction out of the major, and wanted to pursue the arts instead, citing genuine happiness. “HAHAHA! Hahahahhahah.... hahahahahh,” said longtime friend Jack Hook. “....heh.”


Missed Connection:

I saw you in a crowd at a location this weekend. You were with friends. I forget what you were wearing, but I had a mustache and thick-framed glasses if that helps. I hope you see this!

Looking For:

Someone to come over and cook bacon in the mornings before I wake up. You can eat all the bacon, I’ll supply it. I just miss waking up to that smell in the morning. I miss my parents so much.


My dog and my dog’s seven brothers and sisters. If you see a dog, let me know because it’s probably mine. The name’s Deeville.

Researcher Doesn’t Click ‘Feeling Lucky’ Button, Feels Unadventurous Graduate student Emma Sprout began researching her term paper on Google Scholar over the weekend, typing in keywords relating to the anatomy of a shrimp. Though she ended up with some peer-reviewed, logical sources, she regrets one simple click: “I didn’t hit the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button.” “I just feel like I’m missing out, and can’t help but think that if I was to go back and hit the button with the same terms, I probably won’t get the exact same search results as I would have,” Sprout said. “That’s just something that I’ll never get back. I’m such a failure.” According to a source found on Google Scholar via the “I’m feeling Jessica Geyer

lucky” button, those who opt out of the random search ability often feel as though they aren’t as adventurous as other, more carefree searchers. “There’s something going on in the mentality of those who habitually click ‘search,’” it said. “They’re certainly no Robinson Crusoe.” “It’s not just this. My mom used to beg me to try and run across the street without adult supervision when I was little, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t sensible. There are so many things I’ve done so safely ... there must be something terribly wrong with the way I live my life,” Sprout said. “She wasn’t little, she was 16 years old,” said Sprouts mother, Jackie. Despite her regret, Sprout still won’t hit the button. November 14, 2012

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Volleyball Season Ends in a Loss at IUPUI, Second-Seeded for Summit League Games T h e Wo m e n’s Volleyball team fell to IUPUI over the weekend, allowing the Jaguars to take the first seed in the Summit League Tournament, while IPFW took the second seed. Sophomore No. 7 Emily Spencer led the team in their loss, taking a matchhigh of 26 kills and hitting a .308 clip. With 14 digs as well, Spencer got her 18th double-double this season. Freshman No. 3 Hailie Ripley and Senior No. 9 Jessie Manwaring both reorded double-digit kills in the match. Ripley reached 16 with eight blocks, and Manwaring reached 10 with four blocks. Senior No. 4 Tessa McGill got to second all-time at the university for the most digs in one season. In the match against IUPUI, she added 28 to her total, making her season total 671. The record is currently held by Peachy Jankowski, who recorded 742 in 2006. If McGill is able to achieve another 13 digs in the Summit League Tourna-

This Week's Sports men's basketball

At Ypsilanti, Mich. to play UTPA Nov. 16. Playing against Eastern Michigan Nov. 17 and 18, also in Ypsilanti, Mich. Also playing against Judson at home Nov. 20. Tip-off at 7 p.m.

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women's volleyball

In the Summit League Semifinals in Fargo, N.D. Nov. 16 and 17.

women's basketball

Taking on Ball State in Muncie, Ind. Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Team Loses by 7 in Season Opener Against SIU Edwardsville Photo by Sarah Pringle

ment, she will be able to match Jankowski’s school record of career digs as well, which currently stands at 2, 253. The Mastodons will play in the Summit League Semifinals Nov. 16 in Fargo, N.D.

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Leading Scorers No Strangers to the 3-Point Line T h e Wo m e n’s Basketball team played their season opener at home Nov. 11 against SIU Edwardsville. Though they led 39-29 at the half, the Mastodons were taken down by seven to start out their season record with 0-1. Despite the loss, three Dons had double figures in the game. Sophomore No. 10 Haley Seibert led with 15 points, all from the three-point line. Juniors No. 11 Amanda Hyde and No. 2 Rachel Mauk scored 14 and 12 points, respectively. Mauk’s points came almost exclusively from the three-point line as well. Fairly level SIU Edwardsville had three players to record double figures as well. Raven Berry took 23 points with 10-for-21 from the field. Courtney Kenner scored 11 points and Valerie Finnin Kristan Mensch

took 10. Most of IPFW’s trouble came in the second half, when fouling began to show a major problem. Hyde had a third foul called on her about 13 minutes to the end of the game, and a fourth with 11:26 on the clock, leaving the Dons without one of their leading scorers in the game. Prior to Hyde’s fouling, the Dons led 50-48, but the Cougars were able to take a nine point lead afterward. The cougars shot 51 percent to IPFW’s 33 percent in the second half. This season, IPFW had no returning seniors. Rather, the Dons have a strong group of juniors with prior experience on the team. According to the Dons’ website, they are looking to be competitors in the Summit League standings this season. November 14, 2012

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How to Develop an Exercise Routine and Stick with it Being a college student means being constantly on the go; especially when work and family are added to the equation. Having time for anything else seems impossible. However, it is essential to our health to have activity and exercise. Exercising provides benefits in everyday life and health. Some of these, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include controlling weight, reducing risk of disease and improving mental health. Ivy Tech student and exercise enthusiast, David Pratt, noted that, “The most enjoyable part of it [exercise] is being productive. I feel that I get something accomplished. I feel that my body is healthier. I feel like I have more energy. And I’m happier.” Start living happier and healthier by starting an exercise routine. Below are some tips to help incorporate activity and exercise into everyday life.

Pratt said “Your mind has to be in this set to say ‘Hey, I want to work out. I need to work out. This will help me in the future.”

is that it’s nice to have that person there to push you. If you feel like you can’t do that last rep, they’re there to say ‘Yes you can’,” said Pratt.

Set Up Time

Add Exercise to Daily Life

Make the Commitment

“Whatever it [the kind of exercise] is, find something that suits your like and that way you will always want to go do it. Versus ‘Oh I’ve got to go to the gym to run’ ... Spice it up, find what you like and then go for it,” said Talarico. Doing something enjoyable makes exercise easier to do.

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Make the commitment to start exercising. One of the best ways is to find something motivating, whether it’s a person, song, movie or something else. Exercise class instructor Beth Talarico finds motivation in her two sons. She is determined to set a good example for them. “They [her sons] know when I go to the gym, they know when their dad goes to the gym, and they know that that’s just part of our lives,” she said.

Make exercise a priority, whether it’s for health or losing weight or for other reasons. Set an appointment to exercise, whether it’s once a day or once a week, and don’t let anything break that appointment. Or replace a time-consuming habit with a small exercise routine.

Start Slowly It is best to start slowly and work up to being active because, for an inactive person, suddenly becoming extremely active can cause health risks, such as a heart attack. Know the body and what it is and isn’t capable of.

Find an Enjoyable Activity

Make Exercise Social Get a friend or a group of friends to exercise with; pick friends that are motivating. “The nice thing about having a buddy

Little things like parking further away to walk more, flexing the abdominal muscles while sitting, using the stairs instead of the escalator and doing an exercise routine during commercial or homework breaks. “Little things like that all add up by the end of the day,” said Talarico.

Stick with it

It’s easy to lose steam after a few weeks or months of exercise, but it is important to keep active. One way, both Pratt and Talarico suggested, to keep motivated is to take a picture to achieve the opposite of, and put it somewhere that you will see every day, like the refrigerator or cell phone screen saver, and seeing that picture will be motivation. Working out provides lots of benefits both mentally and physically. Motivation is what will make exercise a routine. Have a workout buddy and a picture that shows the opposite of what to achieve. Start slowly to reduce the risk of injury. Wear lose fitting clothes and supportive shoes. Stretch before and after your work out and drink lots of water. Eat a nutritious diet to help the benefits of exercise.

Despite Loss, Gaines Gets CareerHigh Points and Player of the Week

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The Men’s Basketball team’s senior

No. 4 Frank Gaines, who was a standout player last season, was announced as College Sports Madness Summit Leage Player of the Week Nov. 12 for his performance in the season opener. Gaines, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native, scored his career- and league-best 32 points in the opener, moving him up to sixth place in the university’s career record book. Overall, Gaines sank 10-of-18 from the field, 3-of-8 long-range shots and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Three rebounds, two steels and an assist were also recorded for him in the game. Though Gaines gave a record performance, the Mastodons fell to the Auburn Tigers by nine points, ending the season opener 61-50.

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