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What You Might Have Missed Breaking Down President Obama’s State of the Union

With the presidential seat up for grabs, plenty of eyes fell upon Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, Jan. 24. In his potentially final remarks, the president laid out his plan for the economy and the nation, touching on topics from job growth to alternative energy and high school dropouts. Obama also called upon citizens and lawmakers to come together to achieve his goals. “This nation is great because we built it together … And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard,” he said. An enhanced version of the debate, which was available through the online stream and on the White House’s YouTube channel, included graphs and other visual aids to go along with the president’s talking point. Jessica Geyer

Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, gave the official Republican response to the debate. In it, he accused the president of trying to “curry favor with some Americans by castigating others.” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also gave what some are calling a “prebuttal” to Obama’s address, in which he attacked the president’s job performance over the last three years. Romney instead promoted himself as a president who would use his State of the Union Address to “get our country back on track and get our fiscal house in order.” “I thought Mitch Daniels’ address was a heck of a lot better than the president’s,” said Romney in another speech after the president’s State of the Union. Romney also claimed that Obama was “in fantasy land” and was “extraordinarily detached”

“I thought Mitch Daniels’ address was a heck of a lot better than the president’s.” -Mitt Romney

from the actual state of the union. Both of the candidate’s speeches occurred in Florida, which had its primary on Jan. 31. Citizens were given opportunities to comment and ask questions about the State of the Union, demonstrating the government’s use of social media. Vice President Joe Biden held a Twitter interview to answer questions about Obama’s address. YouTube and Google+ hosted a conversation and interview with the president, where questions were selected and answered. Members of the administration also answered questions from a live audience on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

“In his potentially final remarks, the president laid out his plan for the economy and the nation.” -Geyer

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Every state should pass a law requiring students to stay in high school until graduation or the age of 18. Extend the tuition tax credit and double work study jobs. Make college more affordable as an incentive for more funding from taxes. Open more than 75 percent of offshore oil and gas resources. End subsidies to the oil industry and pass green energy tax credits. Increase research into alternative energy.

CORPORATE REGULATION Form a Financial Crimes Unit to end fraud and protect investments Extend the investigation into the actions that led to the housing crisis Require multinational companies to pay a basic minimum tax

JOBS, TRADING AND THE ECONOMY More cooperation between companies and colleges to train skilled workers Form a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trading practices in China Cut red tape away from construction and infrastructure projects

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New Bookstore Location Puts Retailer Closer to Student Activity Follett’s Bookstore has moved. The new store is located in Walb Student Union, on the side of the building closest to the parking garage. The bookstore now has retail room on two levels, the first and second floors of Walb. Textbooks and notebooks are on the second floor, while clothing and other merchandise are on the first floor. The new store space is also about one and a half times larger than the old location in Kettler Hall. Shoppers will notice that the new space has higher ceilings and silver interior design. The whole store feels airier, more like the halls of Glenbrook Shopping Center rather than a shop in a basement. According to Store Manager Rusty McMakin, the bookstore moved after IPFW invited Follett’s to become a part of the new center for student activity on campus. This new hub is comprised of Louisa Danielson

Helmke Library, Walb Student Union, the Gates Sports Center and the elevated walkway which connects all three buildings. The new bookstore is located in the middle of the walkway. At this time, the variety of merchandise sold in the new Follett’s store is about the same as that which was offered in the old location. Merchandise emphasis is still on school texts. For this school year, the IPFW Follett’s store has sold more than 80,000 books and about 450 electronic texts. One quarter of the school texts sold have been rental books. Because of the more spacious location, however, more non-textbook items are visible, which might lead to a shift in shopping focus. “We wanted to get into the new space and see what people asked for,” said McMakin. Student reactions to the new bookstore location are mixed. For some people, the move makes no great impact on the way they get class

materials. Graduate student Darleen Baker, who drives to the Fort Wayne campus from out of state, said, “I’ve only been there once. Most of my stuff I get online.” Sarah Styf, who is pursuing her master’s degree, commented, “It makes sense to have the bookstore in the student union – then it’s in the center of campus.” “The new traffic pattern leads people past our store from any of the buildings… It also will give us the opportunity to work more closely with athletics and student services for tours, camps, and other events since we are no longer on the other side of campus,” said McMakin in an e-mail. For students interested in exploring the new shop or who need to grab a school necessity, Follett’s bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IPFW Student Housing in Top 10 Although students received incentives for taking the survey, IPFW student housing has ranked in the top 10 when it comes to customer service satisfaction. The recent survey was conducted by the American Campus Communities (ACC). Based out of Texas, ACC are management and developers who signed an agreement with IPFW to help turn IPFW from commuter student housing to residential student housing. ACC also has over 135 upscale and modern student housing complexes in which the results where based. Ashley Thompson

Commenting on the survey, sophomore resident Jasmine Bell said, “I like that there’s lots of stuff to do … always something going on.” Kevin Morris, a freshman resident, said, “It makes me feel like I have my own place.” “Customer service is what sets us apart,” said Sara Garcia, director of student housing. She receives help from over 30 resident assistants in planning and creating activities that help students connect with each other and feel more satisfied. After IPFW Housing didn’t do well in the survey last year, Garcia wanted to make sure that all the needs of the residents were met this year.

The results also follow new updates such as WiFi, pool tables, ping pong tables, 24-hour Internet access and rooms with wood floors and washers and dryers. Garcia encourages anyone who has not seen the housing to come in on a walk-in basis to see what they have to offer. The housing rank wasn’t IPFW’s only achievement. It also ranked 10th in faculty credentials and training, 19th in teaching practices and assessment and 9th in student services and technology for its online undergrad program according to the U.S News and World Report.


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Google Policy Change Causes Worry Over Privacy How much privacy can one Jessica Geyer expect when surfing the web? Since the Founding Fathers didn't have the supernatural foresight to comment on the Internet, ethics and law in technology can be tricky. Internet giant Google's privacy policy and search changes have been one of the most recent causes of stir. Beginning March 1, Google will take over 60 policies and consolidated them into one in a move that extends across all of their services, including Gmail, Youtube and Google Plus. Because IPFW runs its student e-mail through Google Mail, the new privacy policy directly affects students. The company already scans through e-mail content to produce relevant ads with its advertising service. The new changes mean that, in theory, content scanned from Gmail could be consolidated with other information, such as from an Android phone. However, Google does not share any of that personal information with advertisers. It takes that information and selects the related advertisements other companies have already bought. Still, the potential affect on the privacy of its users has many concerned about the changes. It has have even begun posing legal troubles for Google. “While it is undetermined at this point how the policy will impact specific Google services, it is imperative that users will be able to decide whether they want their information shared across the spectrum of Google’s offerings,” said Congressman Edward Markey in a statement. With its standing as the most popular search engine, Google's search function is also under criticism. The company recently decided to add

pages from its social website Google Plus to its search results. Called Google Plus Your World, these search results are personalized—strangers will not be able to see the pictures and content that haven't been shared. The site has even been accused of cheating its algorithm to make Google-related results appear higher on the list and bump back competing companies. The Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating these anti-trust claims. Facebook, Myspace and Twitter have even called out Google Plus Your World. A new Firefox add-on called “Don't Be Evil,” named after Google's famous slogan, inserts search results from the three sites to combat what some call favoritism for Google's own social network. “As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter … We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone,” said Twitter in a statement about Google Plus Your World. Twitter previously had a real-time search agreement with Google to include its content in search results but they chose not to renew it. But Google isn't the only one facing allegations of whittling away at Internet privacy. Facebook's new Timeline feature, which they have made mandatory for all users, is under suspicion. It could potentially allow Facebook posts to become publicized. There are features to privatize the Timeline, though. By simply not logging into Google's services while on the internet, users can avoid having their data collected. They can even use Google Search. However, logging into IPFW student e-mail will leave the user under the privacy policy.

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New Gates Center Not Reservable Despite Student Interest

The department of athletics finally got its hands on the finished Gates Sports Center at the end of the fall semester and has seen increased use of their facilities since the construction. Some students, however, don’t think the new facilities aren’t getting enough use from students outside of athletics. The newly opened facilities, which have provided much needed space and resources to IPFW athletic teams and intramurals, are not currently available for use to student clubs and organizations. “[Gates] is not a reservable space because the primary function was created for athletics,” said Student Activities Coordinator Thomas Landis. “I am the president of what can easily be considered an alternative sports group. Our activities are primarily season-based and have needed indoor space for our growing amount of participants to continue practicing during the off-season,” said Joseph Carpenter, president of the Live Action Combat Club. Carpenter was informed by student life that outside of reserving the racquetball courts the majority of the new facilities are not available to student organizations. Athletic Director Thomas Bell says he hasn’t had any members of student clubs come to him about space, but even if they did, it would be hard to make space for them. “Space here in our facility is a commodity. Staff Editorial

We’ve got to support the athletic program and meet the needs of academics. We don’t have a lot of space to accommodate more of the clubs,” said Bell. Prior to the addition of the facilities, many IPFW athletic teams were forced to practice offcampus. According to Bell, with our Division I teams practicing in the facilities year-round, the hosting of intramurals and the limited sizes of other rooms within the building compared to its spacious hallways, making space for clubs like Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu is difficult to do. “I understand sports teams get first dibs and full-heartedly agree, but don't understand why the space isn't in use, nor made available for use, during other hours for student organizations that could very much utilize the larger indoor room for their activities,” said Carpenter. Bell suggests that student organizations searching for space should try the Dolnick Gym, but for those who find that the Gates Center should be made more accessible to students, self-advocating is key. The athletics department, while skeptical about the amount of space available, can’t make accommodations for clubs if the inquiries aren’t getting to the right people. Make your desire for space known. Administrators in athletics should take note of this student interest and do their best to make time and space for student organizations. Student athletes deserve their space, but so do students who participate in athletic activities that aren't recognized as official university sports.

“Athletic Director Thomas Bell says he hasn’t had any members of student clubs come to him about space, but even if they did, it would be hard to make space for them.”

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Balancing Work and Life Balance is always a topic in flux and can even create frustration. However, an important thing to remember is that balance is different for every individual, and only you can know what the right balance is for you. Perhaps you enjoy being busy constantly each day and going to bed exhausted with a smile on your face, or you might prefer predictability and a more routine schedule. Ideas to manage your precious time all hover around being efficient in a way that works for you. Some ideas about working out your schedule include talking it out with someone, using sticky notes, spreadsheets or lists – what works for you to organize

your life? Define your professional and personal goals, always being intentional in each step. Be honest, ask yourself what do you want? What am I willing to sacrifice if it gets to that point? What will I never do? By creating boundaries, you are securing your work-life balance. However, it is also key to understand life changes, and to have an open attitude in order to stay flexible and prioritize as needed if other opportunities come up. After all, according to systems theory, you need both stability [morphostasis] and growth [morphogenesis] for a healthy life balance [Becvar & Becvar, 2008]. In order to keep your sanity – though we all have those

moments of craziness – maintain a sense of humor, remember you cannot be everything for everyone else and no one can tell you the right thing to do. Feedback is important from others, but ultimately you make the decisions for your life and live it out. A good tool to assist you in selfassessment and career exploration is the free FOCUS Assessment! Visit and click on the FOCUS logo at the bottom of the page; keycode = Mastodon. We recommend you go over your FOCUS results with a career counselor – call us to set up an appointment at 260-481-0689.

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In the last seven years, Fort Wayne roller derby has quickly grown into a counter-cultural yet accepting alternative to traditional school sports. IPFW communication major Sara Tavassol—also known as “Alpaca Punch” when skating for the Fort Wayne Derby Girls—said, “I wasn’t as scared because I felt like I could find my place within roller derby rather than basketball or volleyball … I never felt like I fit in with those girls.” “People always ask me to play basketball and volleyball ‘cause I’m six feet tall. And I learned to resent those sports. The great thing about roller derby is it’s for everybody,” commented Kellie Adkins, “The Adkins Riot.” Adkins is a biology major at IPFW, who recently competed in her first bout of the season on the “Bombsquad,” FWDG’s nationally ranked A-team. And it’s not just in Fort Wayne that roller derby has increased in popularity. FM Spotlight Magazine stated last fall, “the number of roller derby leagues in the U.S. has increased from 50 leagues in 2005 to 500 leagues in 2011.”

LEARNING to LEAVE? Influx of Arts Majors May Be Forced to Go Elsewhere for Employment Laura Rosenbaum, Jessica Geyer & Kristan Mensch

Professor Charles O’Connor, who came to IPFW as the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) in 2008, has announced that he will be resigning to take up the same position at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL). Having worked as a professor in UNL’s department of theater from 1993 to 2003, O’connor said he still has a very close attachment to the university and couldn’t turn down the offer to go back to the college that he helped to develop. “When a person gets a chance for advancement, they

deserve to take it,” said Chancellor Michael Wartell. Although O’Connor did not ask IPFW to match any of the offers made to him by UNL, Wartell said that attempts were made to keep him here at the university. “I would have if I could have [kept O'Connor]. … We said to him is there anything we can do to keep you here. When you get an offer from the institution where you started in originally, it’s really hard not to want to go there,” said Wartell. “I really appreciate that. I

"Farris said most of the local artists end up only being able to utilize their skill as a part-time or second job."

think it’s indicative of the kind of support that I‘ve had here from the beginning. If it wasn’t for this unique opportunity that I‘ve found, I really wouldn’t ever leave IPFW. I couldn’t speak more highly of the university. So it is a sad farewell,” said O’Connor. According to Wartell, the position that O’Connor has taken will not be very different, if at all, from the one he still currently holds at IPFW. “It’ll just be, to put it in theater terms, on a bigger stage. A more prominent stage. The University of Nebraska is a Research One institution and gives doctorates and M.F.A.s and it’s just a bigger, more prestigious institution,” said Wartell. With the university's loss of such a high-ranking professional, for any reason, the question of whether or not Fort Wayne is suitable for artists to make a living in the arts lingers. While the city has a distinct art community, there will be an influx of VPA as well as Visual Communication and Design (VCD) students graduating in the coming years, and if Fort Wayne cannot accommodate such professionals, they may just be learning to leave in search of employment. The College of VPA at IPFW has seen growth in student registration every year. “We've had a greater number in the community who are continuing to support us,” said Susan Domer,

First time hearing about this roller derby resurgence? Former FWDG Amber Recker described it on ABC 21 Alive as “rough-andtumble like football. It’s not like the old-school roller derby that’s on a banked track with all this choreographed staged stuff. It’s a flat track. It’s real athletics.” “So it’s very different in a sense of companionship and camaraderie… the sisterhood all over the nation and—at this point—all over the world is so strong,” added Adkins. She explained that “having people to depend on and having your teammates depend on you is part of my motivation to skate as hard as I can. They are just like family, and I never want to let my family down.” “It’s my derby family! Full of derby sisters! Wouldn’t have been able to make it through my ankle recovery without all of them,” mentioned Tavassol, referring to a broken ankle she received last fall during one of their skate practices. “When you join derby you join a whole new family,” said Adkins in Free and Young Indiana’s spotlight of the month interview. marketing and publication specialist for VPA. More support means more money for scholarships, even some that cover full tuition. “Because of that, our requirement efforts have grown.” IPFW also offers many chances for students to begin making art right away. This is helped because undergraduate students don't have to compete with graduate students for stage time. VPA does not have graduate programs. “They get onstage almost immediately … it's an opportunity to start right away in making art,” said Domer. C e r t a i n p r o g r a m s even require that students participate in ensembles from the first day of freshman year. Others, like VCD, have mandatory internships and music and art education majors have to have experience teaching in an actual classroom. “You have to have that practical application along with the classroom experience,” Domer said. In addition, “The mass majority of our students get jobs,” she said.

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To-Do List “It's one of the reasons we continue to grow and grow,” Domer added. For many graduates, finding a job means going to the big cities on the east and west coasts, a reality many theatre majors may face. As for programs such as art and music education and music therapy, jobs can be found throughout the United States and some even in Northeast Indiana. Domer said many positions exist in these fields, making job prospects high. Jes Farris, of Consipracy, a men's clothing and shoe store that also works as an art gallery, said that about 75 percent of the art showcased there last year was from local artists, and it typically sells more. He expects the numbers to turn out about the same for 2012. “It's definitely good” to hang up the work of local artists, he said. When they showcase local art, people “are more likely to walk in our door.” However, Farris said most of the local artists end up only being able to utilize their skill as a part-time or second job. While he wouldn't call the work from residents products of passion or hobbies, Farris said that making a living off art “is hard.” Calls to Arts United and the Continuum Art Gallery, which was created through VPA, went unanswered.


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WA R N I N G ! 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.

Philosophy Students Can’t Prove Professor Exists Dr. Po Knee, last week, gave Zach Crook his Introduction to Philosophy class a pop quiz. Conventionally, pop quizzes for any class require the teacher or professor to be present. However, this is not the case for Knee, the unconventional doctor. When his class showed up at the scheduled time, they found a single phrase on the board: “Prove that Dr. Po Knee exists.” “It was weird,” said IPFW freshman Chris Tina. “He didn’t show up for class, but he didn’t announce any cancellation. Just that one phrase… I’ll be surprised if anyone passes this test. I just wrote down some smart answer.” “I couldn’t have prepared for this,” states IPFW Senior Know-It-All Stein Einalbert, “and I don’t think anyone could have. I tried my best. I answered, ‘I know you exist because I saw you last class.’ It should be good enough.” The philosophy department is praising Knee’s creativity and wit, but some think he might have gone too far. “It seems like he’s trying to make his students fail,” claims esteemed colleague of Knee, Dr. Hoar Sea, “which is unfair. But he might just want to make his students think outside the box, which is clever. I’m not so sure how I feel about this.” Some anonymous sources allege that some Philosophy majors wrote that on the board in order to confuse the Introduction students, which wouldn’t count towards the final grade for the

The student body had a good laugh when it was leaked that business major Kelly Maher believed the school mascot was a different kind of pachyderm. “I was like, ‘Stop trying to trick me, guys. I’m not stupid. That thing totally doesn’t look like a dinosaur,’” said Maher. “But my friends were, like, ‘No, Kelly, we’re so serious right now.’” Despite being in her third year at IPFW, Maher had never noticed that the bronze statue near the library was a mastodon, even as she walked by it every day. Instead, she thought it was the modern equivalent: an elephant. “Well, I’ve seen elephants and it really

Ireland Facepalms

Last week after Sheldon Mitvik, 29, decided to wear a kilt, a photo of him became overwhelmingly popular on the Internet. The photo depicted Mitvik wearing a bright-green kilt, a shirt with a giant four-leaf clover, spray-painted orange hair and waving an upside-down Irish flag. Upon the release of the photo the entire nation of Ireland proceeded to facepalm. “Well, my second cousin’s wife’s greatgreat-great grandmother’s best friend was from Ireland, and I wanted to display my pride for it,” exclaimed Mitvik. Ireland’s government officials have plans to extradite Mitvik and persecute him on charges of cultural indecency. In light of the event, the American government plans to agree to extradite him in hopes that he doesn’t end up disgracing the United States as well. “What he wore was a disgrace to our culture. He is in no way Irish, and his ‘pride’ should not be taken seriously. People like him are ruining the world with their false pride, and we plan to persecute him accordingly,” an official statement read. Mitvik’s idiotic claims and complete lack of cultural respect has landed him in a heap of trouble that he can’t even comprehend. “I don’t get why everybody is angry. I’m just showing my pride for the nation I hail from,” explained Mitvik. Regardless of the ruling, Mitvik has plans to wear a giant taco suit for Cinco de Mayo in celebration of “this guy I high-fived this one time.” Sean O’Leary

class. A select few believe that aliens kidnapped Knee and wrote the problem on the board for laughs and giggles. Oddly enough, Knee so far hasn’t responded to any phone calls, emails or other form of contact since the pop quiz. This only proves one of two things: that Knee is determined to prove his point or that he was in fact abducted by aliens.

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looked like an elephant,” said Maher. “I thought the elephant’s name was Don. Don the Elephant.” Maher’s friends were eventually able to convince her that they were telling the truth, but not before having her read about the prehistoric beast and its connection with the university. “Kelly’s not really the brightest crayon in the shed,” said Maher’s best friend Alicia Teagarden. “It didn’t surprise me that she had it mixed up.” As for the mastodon bones kept on display in Kettler, Maher had always assumed they were from a dead elephant from the Fort Wayne zoo. “I never read the information plaque. I thought it was a burial inscription and I thought it was going to be too sad.”

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Twins Battle for Alpha Male Zach Crook

Two of the most competitive

brothers on campus— or maybe in the whole world—are Pota and Toma Toe. The Toe Twins are sophomores and infamous for sprinting from the Rhinehart Music Center to Kettler to see who would be faster, for building snow forts during the heavy snowfall and having a snowball war that could only be compared to the Trojan War, and for seeing who could last the longest during Humans vs. Zombies before succumbing to the virus. These are only a few of their feats. “I’ve seen those two battle for alpha male status for Fort Wayne,” observes IPFW junior Abby Normal. “It’s almost spellbinding.” The two brothers have caused two teams to form that share uncanny resemblances to the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob fiasco. However, a new challenge and battleground has surfaced for the Toes: The classroom. “My brother and I both signed up for Calc 1. Same time and teacher and everything,” says Pota Toe. “I didn’t know he was taking that class. But we both realized our rivalry got a lot more interesting.” “We don’t talk about our classes that often, so it’s not surprising that we both mistakenly registered for the same course,” claims Toma Toe. “It was only a matter of time in my eyes.” Now that the competition has extended to

the classroom, both open and stealth warfare has been utilized. The brothers have been known to participate in every class discussion, derive equations expertly, and find limits with finesse in order to try to gain the upper hand over the other. Toma admitted that he fed Pota’s homework to their dog one night in order to get his brother a missing assignment and drop his grade. However, Pota made two copies of that assignment. Likewise, Pota confesses he siphoned the gas out of his brother’s car in order to make him miss a class, but Toma was one step ahead with a bus pass

and arrived on time. These are just a few examples of their subtle sabotage. The professor is impressed as well with their dedication. “They both have 100% in the class,” says Professor Mae Danerror. “I hope they’re content with tying this time.” Team Toma and Team Pota are feuding as well, creating disturbance in the campus buildings. After the semester is over, the staff is expecting the twins never to enroll in the same classes ever again.

Student Writes Nearly 1,000 Words About Writer’s Block Suffering from Kristan Mensch apparent writer’s block while typing up a paper, student Ghrey Kletts ended up spending all night writing about the condition of being a blocked writer. Readers were taken entirely

through the process. Hovering just below 1,000 words, the writing community Kletts has met with for years couldn’t comprehend the sudden shift in talent. “He’s usually pretty good, but it’s always quickwit before deadline, you can tell he never sits and puts everything he’s got into it,” said fellow writer

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Janis Flint. Kletts didn’t understand why people thought it was such a feat. Instead, he was rather ticked that he couldn’t think of anything to write about. He said he’d try freewriting next.


He returned his focus to his computer screen, against his subconscious wishes. Every ounce of energy was used to stare blankly at the screen. Hoping it would help, he took a sip of cold hot chocolate. At once it had made him feel warm and content, but has now only added to his anxiety. He continued to stare. Each key pressed echoed through the room. He slowed his typing as the echoes only contributed to the emptiness. His leg bounced with eagerness and desperation – he knew he must finish soon. His mind jumped from topic to topic, too tired to focus entirely. At first he focused on idea that would be whimsical, but only to a select few. His mind criteria broadened to silly subjects that would get a small chuckle, and yet he still was left with nothing. One word typed, and then shortly deleted in frustration. If he didn’t finish soon those eyes would haunt him into his sleep. Again, he felt the cold scratch at his neck, it began to consume his body in a freezing shake. If he did not finish soon, he may die of it.

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sports Hindes Matures into Star Runner

By Connor Killoren, Indiana Daily Student Senior middle distance runner Ryan Hindes ended his high-school track-and-field career without a single scholarship offer from a Division I school. Despite other coaches overlooking him, Hindes, who is in his final season with the Hoosiers, has established himself as one of the best middle distance runners in the Big Ten Conference this season, as shown by his winning time of 1:18.75 in the 600 meter invitational during this past weekend’s Indiana Relays. The time was .05 seconds shy of the school record in the event. However, it took Hindes three full seasons of action to arrive to where he currently is. “It was a slow, developing process,” Hindes said. “Right after the first indoor meet of my sophomore year, I went to Coach (Jeff) Huntoon and told him that I was no longer going to train as a multi-event athlete. I was going to switch over full-time with Coach (Ron) Helmer and the quarter-miler group. That’s kind of when

my journey started to begin.” Hindes said the fact that he wasn’t heavily recruited during high school has been a motivating factor in his progression to becoming one of the premier athletes on the team. “It’s impossible to say that wasn’t something that was always driving me,” Hindes said. “I felt like I came in with a lot to prove, and with good reason. When you’re a walk-on on a team, you need to stick out.” In fact, the only schools that reached out to Hindes during his four years at Glenbrook South High School were two Division III institutions located in Illinois and Wisconsin. Along with the hours of training and the vast amounts of dedication, Hindes said he wouldn’t be in his current position without the support of his father. “I talk to my father almost every day,” he said. “He and I are very, very close, and we have a great relationship. I attribute a lot of who I am as an athlete to his coaching. “Once I got to high school, he was just very

“You learn a sense of commitment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of routine and, most importantly, an unbelievable sense of competition.” -Hindes

encouraging. He wasn’t one of those fathers who needed to live vicariously through his kids. He was always supportive and encouraging of me and was always there at my meets cheering me on.” Hindes said he is certainly a “chip off the old block” because he carries himself with the same mental toughness his father instilled in him from a young age. “Something that my dad always preached to me was to have a strong mental head,” Hindes said. “So much of running is up in your head, and it’s something that has always stuck with me. I think the mental attitude my father taught me is part of who I am and has ultimately shaped the athlete I have become.” Hindes said mental toughness isn’t going to only pay off on the track for the remainder of his current season, though. He said it’s also going to pay dividends in his future career as an entrepreneur. Hindes said what he has learned as a track and field athlete during his four years will also be valuable to him as he moves forward in life. “You learn a sense of commitment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of routine and, most importantly, an unbelievable sense of competition,” Hindes said. “I don’t think you can be in this sport if you don’t love competition or if you don’t love winning.”

Water Polo Team Reaches Best Start Since 2004 Season By Jeremy Smith, Indiana Daily Student The No. 9 IU women’s water polo team went 3-1 during the weekend at the second tournament for the Hoosiers this season. The highlight came Sunday when IU squeaked out two matches versus ranked opponents, helping begin the season 5-2, the team’s best record since 2004. “It was great to see us face some adversity late in contests against quality teams and come out with wins,” IU Coach Barry King said in an interview with IU Athletics. “We made some timely plays, especially late in the UCSB game, that gave us some momentum heading into the overtime, and we got it done.” In IU’s first game against Concordia, sophomore Shae Fournier continued her hot start to the season as she tied her career high with four goals, matching the total of Concordia

in the entire game. At the start of the second half with Indiana leading 4-2, the Hoosiers went on a four-goal run — two goals courtesy of Fournier — as IU broke away and finished the game 9-4. “I was pleased with our defensive effort for the majority of the contest,” King said. A fast start for No. 7 University of California at Irvine in the team’s second game proved costly for IU. With four consecutive first-quarter goals, the Anteaters controlled the momentum all game, with the closest Indiana deficit at four goals. Down six midway through the third quarter, the Hoosiers were able to score two goals to cut the lead, but a late Irvine strike ended IU’s day at 9-4 and dropped it to 3-2 through five games. Senior goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff set a careerhigh 18 saves on 39 shots in an 8-7 victory against No. 19 California State

University at Northridge. Sophomore Amanda Redfern, who was playing in her hometown, scored two goals in the final 2:37 to clinch a nail-biter against CSUN. The Hoosiers were challenged in their final game of the tournament, facing No. 19 host University of California at Santa Barbara. Fournier and freshman Colleen McNaught, who has had significant production in her short time so far at IU, each recorded hat tricks in an 8-6 overtime win. Tied at six going into the extra two threeminute sessions, senior Hannah Eimstad netted a clutch strike to put Indiana up one after the first 180 seconds. Redfern sealed another tough battle for IU, notching a goal on a 6-4 advantage to end the tournament with back-to-back wins. The Hoosiers will be back in the water Feb. 11 when IU heads back to California for the Triton Invitational.

Hoosiers Roll Against Midwest Competition By Evan Hoopfer, Indiana Daily Student

They defeated both opponents, 7-0. Sophomore Sophie Garre and freshman In the Western Michigan match, the ladies Shannon Murdy defeated their opposition 8-3. The lone defeat for the Hoosiers came at the The women’s tennis team picked up two won 2-of-3 doubles matches, earning them the hands of Bronco duo Nini Sujashvili and Kathleen victories, bringing its overall season record to the doubles point. The tandem of sophomore Kayla Fujimoto and Hawkins when they defeated junior Leslie Hureau mark of 3-1. The Hoosiers played the Western Michigan senior Genya Vertesheva defeated its opponents Continued on pg. 11 t Broncos and the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday. 8-2.

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sports IU Defeats Iowa, 103-89


Photo by Courtney Deckard, Indiana Daily Student

By Kevin Bowen, Indiana Daily Student Sporting a freshly shaved head, sophomore guard Will Sheehey took on a different role for the IU basketball team Sunday evening. For the first time all season, IU Coach Tom Crean shook up his starting lineup as Sheehey took the place of classmate Victor Oladipo. No. 16/17 IU (17-5, 5-5) put together its most impressive offensive performance in the Big Ten this year en route to a 103-89 victory against Iowa (11-11, 3-6). Crean said he isn’t “married” to any lineup, and putting Sheehey in the starting lineup was for matchup reasons.

“We got the lift from Will that we thought we’d get, that we wanted to get, by putting him in the lineup,” Crean said. Sheehey hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game’s first 3:04. The Hoosiers had six players in double figures, led by a career-high 26 points by freshman forward Cody Zeller. Coming off a seven-point performance against Wisconsin, Zeller was 11-of12 from the field Sunday. “He is the best freshman center I have seen,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “You don’t see many seven-footers have as good of a feel for the game as Cody has.” After having a season-low four assists against Wisconsin on Thursday, the Hoosiers had 20

assists on 37 made field goals. IU had 58 points in the paint against Iowa highlighted by 11 dunks, seven of which came from Zeller. “The guards really penetrated like Cody said,” senior forward Tom Pritchard said. “They got past their guards and just made plays in the middle of the floor. Verdell was outstanding with his decisions tonight, and it led to a bunch of dunks for Cody and a bunch of drop-offs for us.” Sunday’s offensive effort was a far cry from the Wisconsin game, as with 0:58 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers had already scored more points (52) than they had in the entire game against the

straight sets and all the doubles matches by wide margins. The winners in the singles matches were Vertesheva, Klyczek, Chupa, Fujimoto and Murdy. Kauss also vanquished her opponent, not losing a single game, and took the match 6-0, 6-0. In doubles action, the pairings of Chupa/ Klyczek, Vertesheva/Fujimoto and Kauss/Murdy defeated their opponents by a combined total of 24-6 games. Overall, the Hoosiers defeated the Bulldogs by a combined total of 96-24 games played. IU Coach Lin Loring said he was very pleased with the outcomes of the matches. “We were confident we could beat both teams,” Loring said. “We were worried about Western Michigan because they always play doubles well.”

The ability to play a high number of women in the two matches was beneficial for helping the team, which has five freshmen, to gain some valued experience, Loring said. “We were pleased with the weekend,” Loring said. “Eight different girls played, and when half the team is freshmen, you don’t know when you need them down the line for singles or doubles. It was a really good match.” The Hoosiers will look to push their team record to 5-1 and will continue their season Feb. 4 when they travel east to take on the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University tennis teams. The Hoosiers will play the Bearcats at 11 a.m. and the Musketeers at 4 p.m.

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t continued from pg. 10 and freshman Katie Klyczek 8-4. In singles action, the Hoosiers did not lose a single match. The winners in straight sets were Hureau, Vertesheva, Klyczek and Fujimoto. Freshmen Carolyn Chupa (No. 79 in the nation) and Alecia Kauss outlasted their opponents, winning the deciding third set to take their victories Overall, the Hoosiers beat the Broncos by a combined total of 98-47. Later in the day, the Hoosiers took on their in-state neighbor to the north, the Butler Bulldogs. The team switched the lineup a bit, looking to gain more experience for the young team. The Hoosiers won every singles match in

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