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Penn State Scandal Highlights Disconnect Between Campus, Community

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Scandal rocked Pennsylvania State University, this month, when assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of engaging in sexual activity with eight boys over the course of 11 years. It’s being called a public relations disaster, resulting in scandal and also causing head coach Joe Paterno and the president of the university Graham Spanier to step down from their positions. “It was a situation where, when it was reported in the football program … it wasn’t then reported to the police,” said Chancellor Michael Wartell of IPFW. There is also evidence that other administrators outside of the athletics program were aware illicit activity on behalf of Sandusky without alerting the police. For example, in 2002, a meeting was held between Penn State athletics director Tim Curley, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz and a graduate student who claimed to have seen Sandusky engage in anal sex with a young boy. Both Curley and Schultz denied they had been told this and instead claimed they amounted the incident to horseplay. They are currently charged with felony perjury and failure to report abuse allegations. Neither Paterno nor Spanier have been charged with crimes, but Wartell said, “If the head coach knows about it, then the head coach has committed a crime.” “There’s not balance. If there’s an incident, then you report it,” Wartell added. “If you are an employee, then you have a duty to report it …” said Christine Marcuccilli, Director of Institutional Equity at IPFW. This is accordance to the Purdue University policies on reporting criminal or violent behavior, which this university follows. “Any time we receive a report … of criminal behavior or violent behavior we take it very seriously,” said Marcuccilli. Still, many cases of rape and sexual abuse remain secret. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 60 percent of the approximate 213,000 annual rapes and assaults are never reported. 12 percent of the total amount are victims under the age of 12, and

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as well as the allegations against Sandusky, 93 perfect of juvenile victims knew their attacker. Also factoring into this case is the fact that males, though they make up 10 percent of the victims of assault, are the least likely group to report an attack. Only 1 out of 16 rapists ever go to jail and there is little over 50 percent of a chance for a reported rapist to be arrested and only 16.3 percent will be sentenced to prison, according to RAINN. Upset over Paterno’s leave from the university over a thousand students and fans of Penn State protested on Nov. 10 to the point of rioting. “In this case, I don’t believe they’ll have any affect,” said Wartell of student and fan supporters. Instead, he said he believes Paterno will be gone permanently from the university. For Penn State, the scandal has damaged reputations and threatens to harm sports programs at the school. But how can a university prevent something like this from happening in the first place? “All you can do is educate someone,” said Wartell. At IPFW, education is key. “In athletics, there’s an incredible amount of education meetings [that] … bring up issues where coaches have to be vigilant,” Wartell said. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t violations, even with proper training. “The rulebook is so thick, you can’t know all the rules,” said Wartell. Instead, IPFW has a compliance officer that makes sure everything is in line. The coaches report to the officer and the officer reports directly to the chancellor. At Penn State, said Wartell, “There’s kind of a conflict of issues.” There, coaches report to the athletics director instead. According to a press release, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the association will be reviewing Penn State’s control over its personnel and programs. “We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes,” he said. A recent Associated Press article speculated

that Penn State’s administration’s desire to maintain a good public image affected the campus police’s ability to effectively investigate the claims against Sandusky. Pressure on the department may have led to a cover up. The suspicions against the Penn State police highlight a disconnect between college communities, their law enforcement and the universities. On Nov. 18, students protesting as part of the Occupy movement were pepper sprayed by the UC Davis police while sitting. Chancellor Linda Katehi said that she never asked the police to forcibly remove the students, just to remove to the tents that were there. “Just like any department, I think we all strive for transparency,” said Jeffrey Davis, chief of the IPFW university police. “One thing we need to be cognizant about is having a good relationship with the administration.” At IPFW, Davis and the university work closely together, both in strategy planning and keeping lines of communication healthy and open. “Any of their doors are open to me or anyone else, really,” said Davis. “We do things differently, we view our students differently. The administration and my department are truly here for the students.” Making sure the wrong people aren’t hired is also an important step to protect students, the university and the public from scandal. “Not all universities do criminal background checks; we do,” said Wartell. “We’re especially attentive to sexual offenders.” Where Penn State and the people in charge made the gravest mistake, however, was simply in failing to report the sexual offenses. Had Sandusky been reported to the police to begin with, “it certainly wouldn’t be in the news right now … it wouldn’t be as sensational and far-reaching,” Wartell said. “You should be open,” he added. At IPFW, an anonymous hotline to report illegal activity exists via Purdue, at 1-866-8182620. For victims, six free sessions of counseling and unlimited group sessions are available through the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program. The sessions are confidential.


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WhiteandBlue The Schedule of Events for Homecoming at IPFW

Candidates for Queen

Candidates for King

Laddan Abbasi

Mitch Fallon

Junior, Media & Public Communication

Junior, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Jillian Penny

Casey Carroll

Senior, Business Management & Marketing

Senior, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Courtney Trout

Cody Meshberger

Brooke Smith

Joe Eenigenburg

Senior, Public Affairs

Sophomore, Civil Engineering

Junior, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Freshman, Civil Engineering

Ashley Wilson

Jim Christoffel

Sophomore, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Junior, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Nov. 30 WHERE TO VOTE: FREEBIES: 8 - 10 a.m.: 11 - 3 p.m.:

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11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kettler Hall basement T-shirt, Travel mug

Dec. 1 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fieldhouse

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kettler Hall basement

T-shirt, Warm weather headband

T-shirt, Scarf

Dec. 3 T-shirt, Hooded sweatshirt

Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Science Mall

Cookie Nook

Coffee, hot chocolate and milk. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kettler Basement

Pep Rally

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fieldhouse There will be inflatables, pizza, popcorn and cotton candy. Giveaway.

Women’s Basketball

5:30 p.m. T-shirts to the first 200 students.

Cupcake Contest Finals & Hot Shot Contest Men’s Basketball For more information visit new.ipfw.edu/microsites/homecoming

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Josh Golden Concert, GlowFest Party & Dance with DJ 5 p.m. - ? Walb Ballroom Refreshments provided. *Canned food drive at party.

Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon 11:30 a .m. Alumni Center

Women’s Basketball 4 p.m.

Homecoming Celebration at the Coliseum Men’s Basketball

7:30 p.m. *It’s a blue thing day.


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Pedestrian Students at a Loss as Winter Approaches Though November hasn’t shown much in the way of cold weather, the approach of December means a trip outside will start becoming more and more uncomfortable. But while the new parking garage has been built to accommodate commuters in cars, what is being done for campus pedestrians? Many students, particularly those who live in student housing, don’t have a car, leaving them to rely upon the grace of friends and roommates or, more commonly, the CampusLink shuttle. “You can’t complain about CampusLink,” said student Kayla Wheeler as she and communication major Mark Green toted their groceries from the bus to their apartment at student housing. Because they don’t have a car, they need to take the shuttle to the Scott’s store on N. Anthony Blvd. to buy food. The shuttle service has been running for almost three years and is free to passengers. “The bus is the perfect solution,” said Marwen Jemili, an Arabic teaching assistant from Tunisia. He is also without a car. “I count on it very much … Without it, I would be lost here.” However, carrying groceries from Scott’s onto the bus and then to the dorms isn’t always easy. Bags can be heavy and there is no option for making second trips to make a lighter load. Either students must struggle with sacks or buy less in each trip to make it easier to lift. CampusLink also only runs on days when classes are being taken or before 8:30 p.m. That means no weekend service or buses during breaks, like last week’s Thanksgiving holiday. While many students return home to celebrate those holidays with family, foreign exchange students like Yvette Lin of Taiwan might not have that option. “I don’t think it’s really convenient because they usually delay. Last time, I wait at Scott’s for more than 30 minutes in 35 degree … And actually, the place I can get to are only a few!” said Lin. Normally, Lin hitches rides with friends. “Because people may feel bored in the housing, so it’s not hard to get my friends to give me a ride. However, I stay in my room most of the time,” she said. The lack of a bus service often forces students to shop for groceries during school, between Jessica Geyer

classes, like Wheeler and Green. Or if that’s not possible, they have to take the CitiLink bus, which operates on Saturdays but not Sundays. “The city bus system’s a joke,” said Green. He claimed they take too long to get anywhere and even then, they stop after 9 p.m. Jemili, however, said the CitiLink is convenient. He uses it on the weekends to get around the city. “It would be better if it worked on Sundays,” he said. The other alternative is walking, but even that poses problems. “It’s not easy, especially during the winter,” said Jemili. “Even in the summer it’s exhausting.” Sometimes being a pedestrian requires walking in the road or on the grass, due to a lack of sidewalks. “They’re not anywhere and they’re broken,” said Wheeler. And in the winter, it can take time before the ones that exist are cleared of snow. Although places like Scott’s or even Glenbrook mall can be considered within walking distance, trips can be difficult, if not downright dangerous. For example, crosswalks and cross lights can be hard to come by. They aren’t anywhere down the stretch of Coliseum Blvd. between IPFW and Glenbrook mall, across Crescent Ave. and Hobson Rd. or at N. Anthony. As a result, crossing the street is a game of timing and speed, and pedestrians don’t always win. Last year, 22 people in Fort Wayne were struck by cars while walking. This year, the count is over 8. So what is being done to make traveling the city safer or just more convenient for people without cars? CitiLink already offers a discount on fares to IPFW students and the bridge over Crescent allows them to safely cross to the campus from the university. Currently the CampusLink system is being reviewed by the CampusLink Project, which seeks to improve the services and be able to run the buses without their grant which expires this year. Plans of building a pedestrian bridge across Coliseum have been rumored but no construction plans have been confirmed.

Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 3, 4 p.m.

Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.

Firefly Coffee House, Sigma Xi Science Cafe. “Making Our Future,” by Greg Jacobs of TekVenture.

Coliseum Expo II, Homecoming Celebration and Games. IPFW men’s and women’s basketball teams play, plus a tailgate-style party.

Walb Ballroom, Legislative Issues Luncheon. $10 lunch with Northeast Indiana legislators and discussion of important regional issues.

Dec. 3, 12 p.m.

Dec. 5, 12 p.m.

Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.

LA 159. “Can You Afford Your Own Lobbyist?” IPFW faculty discuss the current political system. Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute.

SB 168, First Mondays Lecture. “The Discovery of New Molecules at Plasma Temperatures,” by IPFW professor Steven Stevenson.

Chancellor Search Committee Forum. An open forum to “solicit characteristics or attributes that constituents believe are important” for the new chancellor.

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Professors: Use Time Logically Getting a degree is all daily expenses and tuition. The high population of While students agree that doing well in a that most college students non-traditional students at IPFW means that many class requires more effort than idly sitting in on want. For those who are of those students also have families class lectures, they also believe focused on that goal, putting in the effort to make and obligations within the home to that professors often don’t take that degree a reality vies for importance with other deal with, meaning that schooling, outside factors into consideration. “Many students obligations such as a job or family. Which leaves while important, sometimes has to Instructors plan their course some questioning, is the university really doing all take the back-burner. will choose schedules around their content and it can to help students graduate? “Non-traditional students face the number of weeks they have to to shave a few IPFW prides itself m a n y teach it, often ignoring the fact that on catering to the many challenges. hours of sleep off students have more than just the one “Have a more realistic non-traditional and T h o s e class to focus on. their day before commuting students “I am an honor student, but expectation of what students who are that make up the successf u l they’ll slack on my grades are on the border line of have the time to handle.” student population. In in that status this semester school work.” staying order to get financial aid, academically due to not enough time to study. these students must be have found Many of my professors give the considered full-time students, with a minimum a way to balance the demands of impression that their class is the of 12 credit hours. Making time for the classes their lives outside of school with only course offered at IPFW,” said themselves may not be a problem, but the real the academic expectations of their Tricia Day, mother of three. college schedule is heavier than it appears. courses. Because they are more mature, often more The solution isn’t to do away with work outside The university suggests that for every hour a disciplined, and because they are shouldering the the classroom, but for professors to have a more student spends in class, they should be studying for financial responsibility for their education, they three hours outside of class. For a student taking are often among the most successful students 15 credits, this means they should be spending 45 at IPFW,” said Dean of Arts and Sciences Carl hours a week studying in addition to the 15 hours Drummond. they spend in class. To be sure, not all students are diligently A survey of IPFW students found that working toward their education 24/7. They like respondents spent an average of 14 hours a week to enjoy social and entertainment activities. But studying and working on homework. The number that doesn’t necessarily mean they are slacking of hours spent studying likely varies by course, but off. Between school, study, jobs, friends and sleep, many students can’t realistically spend 45 hours a the majority of students have schedules full to week in study. bursting. And many students will choose to shave Many students, full-time or otherwise, have a few hours of sleep off their day before they’ll commitments to jobs that help them to pay for their slack on school work. Staff Editorial

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extremely valid and useful, and mentoring can play a key role in the process of developing your network by introducing you to their own network of professionals. Did you know 80 percent of jobs are filled without ever being advertised? Mentors can also help you gain abundant knowledge and tools for success. Mentors are more experienced and recognize the steps for accomplishing your career goals. It may seem daunting as to where to begin with the mentoring process. No need to worry, the Mastodon Mentors Program will provide the structure in which to find a mentor, specifically an alumnus from IPFW. You will be able to view available mentors in your field through JobZone, and email the matches of your choice. The mentors will contact you and the process will begin—it’s that simple.

The qualities you want to look for in a mentor include someone who will provide career direction and guidance, challenge you and encourage growth. If you are interested in finding a mentor, the time to prepare is now. In preparation for the Mastodon Mentors Program, update your profile in JobZone at www. ipfw.edu/career, upload your resume and tell your career counselor what types of mentors would be interesting to you. We are currently gathering info of those interested in being Mastodon Mentors. If being a mentor is of interest to you, please contact Christine Force, On Campus Recruiting Coordinator in Career Services, at 260-481-6640 or forcec@ipfw.edu.


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Knitting Makes a Comeback

Knitting might be an activity normally associated with grandmas in rocking chairs, but recent studies show that knitting has become popular among those aged 18-24. As younger people take up needles, more opportunities for the pastime have arrived in the city. In Fort Wayne, young and old knitters alike have access to three places that may stimulate and inspire the hobby: Sarah Jane’s Yarn Shoppe, Knitting Off Broadway and Simply Socks Yarn Company. Located on N. Anthony Blvd. in the shopping center across from Old Crown Coffee Roasters is Sarah Jane’s Yarn Shoppe. Opened in January 2008, the store is named after a family member of the owners, Linda and Sally, and Linda’s daughter, Lori. “We named the store after our mother, Sarah Jane, who had taught all three of us to knit,” according to the company’s website. The shop holds classes that range from knitting basics to workshops offering help with projects that may have gone awry. They also sell yarn, needles and other supplies. Knitting Off Broadway is “Fort Wayne’s oldest yarn store,” according to the company’s website. With a slogan that reads “Knit, Relax, Unwind,” the West Central located business deals with many different and unique yarn lines. From washable wools to yarns made with natural

dyes, Knitting Off Broadway carries a diverse line of options for the discerning knitter. They also furnish accessories and bags. For beginning knitters, the store will set up a personal session to teach the basics. For the more seasoned crafter, other classes are available that show how to make scarves and textured hats. Rounding out the three yarn shops is Simply Socks Yarn Company. Founded in a restored building on E. State Blvd., the store is stocked full of colorful skeins. Described as “a destination store for knitters” by store owner Allison Van Zandt, the building is just as fun as the merchandise. Van Zandt will release a seasonal winter kit for the upcoming holidays. The kits are in highdemand because of the nature of the products. “The Halloween kit sold out in 5 hours,” she said. “Typically, our kits include all handmade items: a handmade knitting bag, some stitch markers, patterns and of course a special addition yarn.” The Craft Yarn Council estimated around 50 million people both young and old know how to knit or crochet with yarn. So, taking up the hobby and taking advantage of these local specialty shops could be a good way to get into the spirit of the winter season.

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It’s a familiar feeling looking that are playing at the local c not being able to make a deci which one to see. The usual ques to mind: “Is it going to be goo question many have not though “What media property is it base In going through the list of m are currently playing at a theat Coldwater Crossing, one would nine of the 13 movies now sh based off of former media pro sequels. Recycled feature films are t adaptations of other movie theatre, television, radio, com video games, documentaries photographs and works of poe Greek mythology and the Bible sources for a remake. In all cases of adapting medi the appeal for producers is that th already knows the story, so the can instead focus on details such effects or other elements of cinem and renovated plot lines. For example, the famous tale and Juliet has been remade 1


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Imagine being able to work for someone famous, especially a person whom one has admired for several years. This is the reality for former IPFW student, Lyndy Bazile. “About a year and a half ago I had the inkling to contact Jonathan Katz,” she said. What began as a fan letter soon led to a new career for Bazile. “I sent him some of my artwork, and he liked it. Then we started working together on creating a new style for this online podcast that he called 'Hey, We’re Back.'” Katz is best known for his hit animated series on Comedy Central, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." "Hey, We’re Back," which currently airs online, is like "Dr. Katz" in that the main character is played by Katz but the style and premise differs slightly. “'Hey, We’re Back' looks similar to 'Dr. Katz' because it’s black and white … very deadpan. But it's a lot smoother. It doesn’t really squiggle,” said Bazile. Squiggle-vision was a signature style utilized by animators of "Dr. Katz" in which the lines visibly waved or squiggled. The television program, “had different comedians come on each episode. They’d come in the therapist office as patients and they’d do their comedy skit,” explained Bazile of "Dr. Katz." "Hey, We’re Back" plays like a radio show in which the DJ, voiced by Katz, tells humorous, anecdotal stories. Bazile animates the stories. Teaching herself the rudiments of various animation programs, Bazile

began working on animating the audio skits that Katz would send her. “It’s kind of depressing to look at, but it complements his dry sense of humor,” she said. Katz’s comedy is also very subtle in its delivery. Often characters being interviewed find it difficult to discern when he is actually being serious. “It’s not like 'Family Guy' where it’s just like ‘oh my God that’s hilarious and I can’t stop laughing because someone got punched.’ It’s not like that. It’s more thoughtful,” said Bazile. What is perhaps the most remarkable part of this story is that Bazile does not take herself too seriously as an artist. “I wouldn’t call myself an artist. I never made money off of it ... I’m a huge fan and I just wanted to tell him how much I loved him,” she said. Bazile also did not anticipate being taken seriously by Katz. “I expected him to be like: ‘Thanks for liking the show … like everybody else.’” But as fate would have it, Katz did not brush her off as “everybody else.” “She showed up one day as a fan and now I am her fan. Together, we have turned my audio podcast into beautifully conceived and drawn, animated shorts. Her talent continues to overwhelm me,” remarked Katz himself. The podcast "Hey We're Back" can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/ user/JonathanKatzComedy. Bazile has animated eight episodes and plans to continue working as a professional animator.

in nearly every language, according to the Library of Congress. Other popular remakes that have been adapted several times over include the “Bond” series, “Planet of the Apes,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Frankenstein” and “A Christmas Carol.” This is, of course, the short list. Let's not forget the superhero bubble wherein re-imagined Batmen, Spidermen and Supermen have graced the silver screen in various incarnations with seemingly rapid succession. Batman has been portrayed by different actors in five remakes; the Spiderman franchise has plans in the works for six films including sequels with two different directors; and Superman has been remade seven times since the first film was produced in 1978 with yet another reboot of the series scheduled for 2013. These figures are limited to major motion pictures and do not even reflect the various animated series and television productions depicting the characters. It is possible that Hollywood is playing it safe by recycling previous works because they are afraid of original ideas, though more probable is the concern with the almighty dollar. Of the top 20 grossing films of 2010, 14 of those films were based on former properties, meaning that they were recycled from previously published work. This figure suggests that as a nation of theatergoers, many prefer movies without an original plot. It could be that audiences don’t want to risk paying over $10 for a movie they won’t understand. Or perhaps the “based off of…” tagline displayed on posters and during trailers acts as a safety net for viewers. “I think it has to do with the American audience afraid of taking risks when going to

see a movie,” said a former IPFW theatre arts major, who wished to remain nameless. “To me it seems like we as a nation are afraid to see something that is foreign to us and it is not worth it to pay that kind of money to take that risk.” Spencer Crilow, a student at IPFW and self-proclaimed movie buff believes remakes are okay, “as long as the thought is there … if you can feel the director and screenwriter actually say ‘what made this movie good so we can make it better?’” Hollywood remakes are not a new phenomenon. Since the advent of major motion pictures, screenwriters and producers have been adapting scenes from popular plays. Yet, somehow we’ve gotten to a fourth “Shrek” movie and “The Smurfs” movie which was based off of a franchise popular almost 30 years ago. As an audience of theatregoers, demanding better entertainment is a must. According to Mark Hughes of moviebusiness.com, “We get angry at studios for relying a lot on outside sources of inspiration for films, but that's what audiences have always most endorsed and rewarded with money and viewership, so it's hard to blame Hollywood too much for it." Americans are voting for movies with their ticket stubs and Hollywood will continue to produce what they know is going to sell. Isn’t it time to ask “am I really going to pay for another ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks’ sequel?” “Meanwhile,” Hughes went on in his recent moviebusiness.com article, “plenty of good and original content still gets made.” Fortunately, there exists quality media available for consumption and being fearful of original ideas doesn’t have to be the American film legacy.

Student Readings, poetry @ Walb Union, G-21 on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from noon-1:15 p.m. Free. Jazz Quartet @ The Dash-In on Friday, Dec. 2 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. 21+. Free. Holiday Art Show @ Lotus Gallery, 1301 Lafayette St., on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m. Free. Festival of Gingerbread @ The History Museum. Check fwhistorycenter.com for times. Free. Fair Trade Alternative Shopping Bazaar @ Saint Francis University from noon5:30 p.m. Free. $ Indicates pricing $ 5-10 $$ 10-20


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WARNING! YES, ALL OF THIS IS FAKE. C’MON. FAKE, FAKE, FAKE, FAKE, FAKE. THERE AREN’T TROLLS ON CAMPUS OR HIPPIE COMMUNES IN OUR WOODS. DUH.

Study: Leprechauns Favor Irish Grass

A study was released Tuesday by the University of Ulster stating that leprechauns are more likely to be spotted while staring at Irish grass than any other variety of grasses. Puzzled by the apparent lack of the wee folk in countries other than Ireland, Dr. Cormac of the University of Ulster began working on the study five years ago. “Leprechauns apparently have an affinity Laura Rosenbaum

for the deep green shade of Irish grass. We also happen to have a higher percentage of trees with cottage doors in them here in Ireland, which significantly seemed to affect Leprechaun traffic,” said Dr. Cormac. Satisfied with the explanations from his most recent study, Cormac has begun work on a second study that he believes will augment the first. “I’d like to find out if transplanting Irish grass to other locations has the same results. If our grass is as wonderful as I think it is, we may soon find

leprechauns in previously unheard of locales.” The Obama administration has showed great interest in the results of Dr. Cormac’s work. It is believed that favorable results from the second study may influence U.S. economic policy. “We have all these unemployed individuals with families to feed,” said a White House insider. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could give every one of them a patch of Irish grass to attract their very own leprechaun and pot of gold?”

Political Analysts: ‘Nu-uh’ Best Rebuttal Last week’s surprise presidential press conference took a turn for the worst. What started as a simple Thanksgiving speech from President Barack Obama quickly turned into a heated debate over his tax policies. The press wasted no time in hinting toward Obama’s romored socialist policies. One reporter even claimed that Obama was “a communist dictator with the sole intent of forcing his socialist ways onto the United States.” Completely fed up with the sheer madness of it Sean O’Leary

all, Obama shouted “Nu-uh!” at the reporter. The room went silent. Not a single reporter could fully grasp what was just uttered. It took about five minutes of reporters awkwardly looking around and gawking at each other for the phrase to settle in. “Oh, the simplicity of it! He [President Obama] knew that this quarrel was going nowhere and he found the perfect phrase to put it to rest,” said political analyst Burt Rhinestein. “I think all politicians should learn from this. It’s a real reminder that the press can’t just barge in on

everything.” At the same time, some psychologists have a different approach on the matter. Ronald Dober said, “I believe this will be a one-time occurrence. Obama was in a time of desperation and his childhood instincts took hold. It’s nothing special, but it was effective.” Whatever the case may be, the president evaded further questioning with the response. While the reporters were still in shock he was able to sneak out and join his family for their turkey feast.


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Homecoming Candidates: Totally Not About Nothing It was a shock to many higher-ups at IPFW when it was revealed after a question-answer session with Homecoming candidates that they weren’t really sure what the week-long event was actually for. While Homecoming is typically spent with tailgate parties, sporting events, free things and food at universities nationwide, the overarching Kristan Mensch

meaning behind it is to welcome alumni back to the schools they attended, allowing them to enjoy the school spirit. “Well, I would basically be the face of the school,” said one candidate for queen. “So, my face would probably be on a t-shirt or something at least.” After the shock of her statement began to dwindle, a king candidate attempted to save the

day for everyone. “We’re really here to get more fun stuff for students,” he said, pausing many times between words. “And ... faculty.” Though the students can’t seem to find a clear definition for the event, they came to a consensus on their top priorities post-election: More free stuff and things, and more options for stuff and things.

Students’ Faces Stuck in Creepy Smile Unable to Stop Making Fun of Parents as Pizza Declared Vegetable Eyebrows slightly tilted upward. Corners of mouths

“I took a picture of my freezer and sent it to my mom. All vegetables, all the time,” said student Andrew Klaff. “She almost cried [making face].” bubbling with spit. “I didn’t have much to say ... you know, other Cheeks full to bursting. than ‘I win, you lose, you have no idea what’s good These features, including at times glassy eyes, for me anymore, balanced meal my butt, if I need lonely tears and the occational uncontrollable more nutrition I’ll get stuffed crust and garlic dip,’” “heh, heh,” are popping up on students aged 18- said Alina Davon, sophomore. “I’m sorry, I didn’t 24 nationwide. While the trend has been for those even know I had that in me [making face].” to not be able to speak or answer questions for an The Food and Drug Administration found unusual amount of time, some who have overcome that with the combination of cooked vegetables their symptoms have cited the fact that pizza has found on pizza, it’s actually a quite healthy thing been declared a vegetable is the cause. to eat, barring the many unhealthy additives many

opt for. Beceause of this finding, parents all over the country are showing their hatred for such findings by making pizzas solely out of non-vegetable ingredients. “My mom made one the other day that was really just some sort of cookie dough. You couldn’t even pick it up. Plus, the ‘toppings’ were things like pudding and raisins,” said Klaff. “Doesn’t she realize that I’m a growing man and need the proper vegetables to help my body in that process?” It’s unclear how long this sudden change of facial structure will be going on.

Lonely Big Box Store Remained Empty on Black Friday Art Vandelay

The greeter at a local big box store began taking his shoe inserts out about an hour after midnight when he realized no one was going to show up. “I’m alright with it,” he said. “I kind of wanted the excitement but now I can just sit on the bench next to the door like usual ... routine is good.”

Police studied security camera footage from the store before calling the Guinness world record headquarters. “After viewing the entirety of Black Friday, I can safely say the only oddity in the parking lot was what appeared to be tumbleweed rolling across the front row spots,” said a FWPD spokesperson.

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Comeback Attempt Falls Short as IU Falls 33-25

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By Alex McCarthy, Indiana Daily Student Thomas, who led the team in tackles this season and next year,” McDonald said. “They’re going to Prior to Saturday’s 33-25 loss to Purdue, CoDefensive Coordinator Doug Mallory said the memory of a final game against a rival might never fade. “I think a lot of times, when you get a little bit older and you look back, you’re always going to remember how you played your last rival game,” Mallory said. “I think that’s what you’re going to remember: whether or not you won the Bucket.” The 20 players not returning next season, along with the rest of the Hoosiers, didn’t win the Bucket on Saturday, allowing the Boilermakers (6-6, 4-4) 508 yards of total offense and a chance at a bowl game. It was the third time this season IU allowed more than 500 yards of offense. A major contributing factor to the large amount of yardage was the success the Boilermakers had on third down. They converted 11 of 20 third downs, including a third-and-23. Senior linebacker Jeff

with 80, said it was disheartening to allow so many second chances. “It’s crappy,” Thomas said. “We let them off the hook on a lot of third downs, a lot of third-down scrambles. It’s tough.” The third downs made for a number of long drives for Purdue, keeping IU’s offense off the field for the majority of the game. Even though players like sophomore running back Stephen Houston and true freshman running back D’Angelo Roberts had very few opportunities to touch the ball, they made them count. Houston averaged 18.4 yards per carry on his seven runs, one of which went for 52 yards and a touchdown. Roberts had four carries, scoring on two of them. Senior left tackle Andrew McDonald said the contributions from young players, such as Houston and Roberts, bode well for IU’s future. “Obviously, it does benefit the team moving forward because they get the experience this year

be in the game and just really have that experience to be able to do what they need to do.” IU was outscored 16-3 in the second quarter, and the third quarter was scoreless for both teams. True freshmen quarterback Tre Roberson and the offense found a renewed sense of urgency in the final quarter, bringing it to within eight points with 8:22 to play. On IU’s final drive, Roberson looked for true freshman wide receiver Nick Stoner deep in Purdue territory, but Purdue defensive back Josh Johnson wrestled the ball from Stoner as the players went to the ground. Fans expressed distaste for the call, but McDonald said the blame shouldn’t be on the referees. “It’s just a call they make,” McDonald said. “We probably shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position where that would have changed the game so much, so you take what you get. I’m not really Continued on pg. 12

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IU Sweeps Hoosier Duals, Powless Improves to 10-0 By Kate Wickwire, Indiana Daily Student

RESULT:

pounds, sophomore Ryan LeBlanc at 174 pounds, The IU wrestling team won all three rounds of senior Matt Powless at 197 pounds and the tandem the Hoosier Duals with a combined score of 80-34. of sophomore Mitchell Richey and senior Matt Ortega at 141 pounds all went undefeated for the THE ACTION: day. The Hoosiers continued to go undefeated this Walsh secured the most team points for the season as they took down SIUE 27-15, Campbell Hoosiers, as he earned a fall, major decision and 31-7 and Northern Illinois 22-12. decision for a total of 13 points. Richey and Ortega Redshirt freshman Taylor Walsh at 149 combined for 13 team points.

This was the first meet of the season for Richey as he returned from an early-season ankle injury. Powless maintained his undefeated winning streak of 10-0 for the season as he picked up two decisions and a major decision.

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Single Goal in Overtime Ends IU Men’s Soccer’s Playoff Run By Nathan Brown, Indiana Daily Student One foot offsides. One goal taken back. One slip. One pass. One shot. One goal. In the end, it was all that separated the IU men’s soccer team in its Sweet 16 match against top seed North Carolina on Sunday at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. But it was all too much, as the Hoosiers dropped the game 1-0 in overtime, and the Tar Heels knocked Indiana out of the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. After keeping Old Dominion, the No. 2 offense in the country in goals per game, scoreless last weekend, the Hoosiers were again up against one of the top scoring threats in the country. North Carolina came into Sunday’s game having scored 52 goals, yet during the first half and part of the second, IU seemed to have the more potent offensive attack. In the game’s opening minutes, Indiana gained the first five corner kicks between the two teams and constantly attacked North Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin. Yet, even with the quick opportunities the Hoosiers were able to create, IU Coach Todd Yeagley’s team failed to record a shot on goal Sunday. Yeagley said his players did everything he and his coaching staff asked of them but just couldn’t put together a goal. “Our team left everything on the field today,” Yeagley said. “They took on the No. 1 seed, and it took every ounce for that team to get a victory. I felt the whole time our team was very confident, played well and were the aggressors today in the match, and after the sting goes away, we can be proud of what we’ve done.” Perhaps no one felt the sting of the loss more than senior defender Chris Estridge, who played in his last game as a Hoosier and was the center of both of the game’s most pivotal moments, one that took a goal away from the Hoosiers and one that t continued from pg. 10

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ended not only his season but his career at IU. Midway through the second half, the Hoosiers were pushing for the game’s first goal as sophomore midfielder Nikita Kotlov took the ball wide down the field. After the game, Estridge said he thought Kotlov would play the ball to him, but the ball was sent to freshman forward Eriq Zavaleta, who shot and had it blocked before sending it into the back of the net. The IU players and fans yelled in triumph, as they thought they had scored the go-ahead goal, but Estridge’s momentum carried him what he said was “just a foot” offsides, and the goal was waived off. The teams would trade shots through the final minutes, with junior goalkeeper Luis Soffner making a few crucial saves to push the match into overtime, where the Hoosiers were just 0-1-5 before Sunday. With fewer than four minutes left in the first overtime, the Tar Heels were threatening again, but it looked to be just another routine clear that the Hoosiers had done so many times in the previous 96 minutes. But as a Hoosier cleared the ball to the top of his own box, North Carolina’s Kirk Urso rebounded the ball, and Estridge ran to cover him. Estridge lost his footing, slipping to the ground, as Urso slotted the ball to his teammate Billy Schuler, who sent it past Soffner into the back of the net for the win. “It was a good pass to goal,” Soffner said. “He gave it a good turn, and he’s one of the best forwards out there, and he can really finish.” Soffner said he thought that, as a whole, he and his back line played as well Sunday as in their past several games, as the Hoosiers came in without a loss in their previous 10 games. “We played really good as a unit today,” Soffner said. “Our communication in our last couple games has been really good, but we knew going in that we were up against a really good, attackminded team, and we knew we would have our hands full.”

NOTABLE NUMBER:

Four — The number of weight classes in which “Our inexperience showed a little bit,” IU IU went undefeated. Coach Duane Goldman said. “We made some mistakes in our wrestling, but we overcame that UP NEXT: in some individual efforts and showed some The Hoosiers will travel to Las Vegas to wrestle heart.” in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 2 and 3.

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IU Takes Tournament Title, Continues Undefeated Start

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By Connor O’Gara, Indiana Daily Student perimeter, where he could get a jab stab and Butler’s defensive prowess took it to the national championship game for the last two seasons. On Sunday night, the Hoosiers beat the Bulldogs at their own game. The IU (6-0) defense propelled a 75-59 victory against Butler (3-3) to claim the Hoosier Invitational title at Assembly Hall. IU Coach Tom Crean said the defensive performance left him impressed. “I’m truly blown away by our defensive effort,” Crean said. Per Crean’s count, the Hoosiers ended the night with a total of 74 deflections, which Crean said was the highest he had ever seen. Sophomore forward Will Sheehey, who took home MVP honors after a career-high 21 points, said preparation earned the Hoosiers’ win. “We just had to match their intensity,” Sheehey said. “We knew that they were a hard-playing, scrappy team, and that’s what we had to come and do and match that today, and I think we did.” IU was forced to rely on its defense after shooting 32 percent (8-of-25) in the first half. But the Hoosiers were able to cling to a three-point lead because they kept Butler at 36.7 percent (11of-30) shooting in the period. One Bulldog the Hoosiers weren’t able to cage in the first half was sophomore guard Chrishawn Hopkins, who torched IU for 13 points. “We were giving him too much room on the

take two dribbles and take a pull-up jump shot,” Sheehey said. “A lot of times our big guys switched, and that means a lot that our big guys can (go) onto a two-guard like that.” The halftime adjustment paid dividends for the Hoosiers, as they were able to limit Hopkins to six points in the second half. One of the post players responsible for that turnaround was senior forward Tom Pritchard, who provided an instant defensive spark. Crean said the vocal leadership he saw from the senior was critical for IU. “Tom Pritchard was just a gazelle,” Crean said. “It was hard to hear anything, but I could hear him all the way down by where we were.” The second-half lockdown propelled the Hoosiers to an 11-2 run starting at 12:15 to go in the second half. One of those keys was shutting down Andrew Smith. The Bulldog center was kept scoreless in the second half and finished the game with three points on 1-of-7 shooting. By game’s end, only Hopkins and forward Khyle Marshall finished in double figures. Hulls said IU’s ability to lock down the Butler offense grew stronger as the game developed. “They have a lot of sets, but I think we just turned it up,” Hulls said. “We knew rebounding and defense was going to get us a win, and that’s what happened.”

For IU, it was a win against an in-state rival. The win marked the second straight season in which the Hoosiers have started 6-0. But for Crean, the 16-point win against the reigning NCAA Tournament runner-up represented a certain maturation that he said he saw in his team Sunday night. “As I told the team, ‘I think you got better in the game, but I know you got tougher in the game,’” Crean said. “That’s a big, big deal.” t continued from pg. 10 too worried about the call or anything. McDonald and Thomas hailed the younger players on the team, both saying improvement is imminent for the 1-11 (0-8) squad. “The players we have now know how things will go and how Coach Wilson wants everything done,” Thomas said. “I feel like there’s only room to go up now.” Mallory, who played defensive back for Michigan in the 1980s, is still haunted by a loss in his final game against Ohio State. Houston, fresh off a loss in his first game against Purdue, said he is already looking to next year’s matchup. “You always want to win, no doubt,” Houston said. “Our year didn’t go the way that it was planned, but we had some good and we had some bad. Nothing’s perfect. Next season, when we return to West Lafayette, that bucket will come home, back to IU.”


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