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UIndy Athletics enters historic era of success By Noah Crenshaw NEWS EDITOR
This past fall, the University of Indianapolis became one of three NCAA Division II programs in the nation that sent four teams to NCAA tournaments, along with sending a runner to the cross country national championships. The four teams UIndy sent were football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer teams. Sending so many teams is historic and has never happened before, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey said. In the past, fall sports have been weaker when it comes to going to NCAA competitions, while winter and spring sports have been stronger, she said. Willey said she challenged the fall sports because she wanted the fall student-athletes to have an NCAA tournament experience. “Right now, for both soccer teams, I think they have peaked at the right time and volleyball has been doing well to get to this point,” Willey said. “It's been a long time since any of those teams had been to NCAA playoﬀs.” Having all of UIndy’s fall sports make it to tournaments and have that experience is exciting, Willey said. The distinction shows the level of commitment and support the strength and conditioning group, athletic trainers and the community gives to UIndy’s student-athletes, she said. While the football team made it to their tournament, the results were not what UIndy had hoped, Willey said. In November, the football team made it to the first round of the NCAA D2 playoﬀs. However, they lost to the University of Central Missouri 37-27 on Nov. 23 and ended the season with a 9-2 record, according to UIndy Athletics. Football had made six previous appearances at the playoﬀs, with this year’s game being the seventh appearance, according to UIndy Athletics. Head Volleyball Coach Jason Reed said that he’s proud of UIndy’s student-athletes for the work they have put in to reach this level. He said that UIndy not only has great resources for athletics, but also has people that are willing to support each other in their endeavors. “From the athletic department to science to chemistry, everybody is doing such a good job at their thing,” Reed said. “At the same time, nobody's taking themselves too seriously to [not] go and support one another.” The volleyball team has been building up to a tournament for the last few years, Reed said. He said that the team was close to the NCAA tournament last year and was in the regional rankings. “We'll be foolish if we think that something just changed or happened overnight,” Reed said. “Hats off to the programs that are able to stay at that level and maintain that success, year in [and] year out, that's special. Winning is crazy hard. I want to shout out to the groups before them that didn't get there, they're still part of the success that happened here because it all goes together into getting to this point.” Reed said that the seniors on the team have done a great job of leading volleyball this year. Senior setter
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DECEMBER 11, 2019
A tradition revived
Grady is UIndy's first live mascot in nearly 40 years, third in school's history
Contributed photo by University Photographer D. Todd Moore
Contributed photo by University Photographer D. Todd Moore
C. Greyson "Grady" Veritas made his first appearance as the University of Indianapolis' third live mascot on Nov. 20. He is a retired racing greyhound from Daytona Beach, Fla.
By Noah Fields STAFF WRITER
After almost 40 years, the University of Indianapolis has revived its Live Mascot Program. Grady the Greyhound made his first public appearance at a press conference on Nov. 20, and he will continue to make live appearances at events and walks around campus. With Grady’s introduction, he became the third live mascot in UIndy history, according to Grady’s UIndy web page. Coran Sigman, associate director of alumni engagement and university live mascot handler, cares for Grady. Seth Sigman, her husband and UIndy Police oﬃcer is Grady's other handler. She said that Grady will come to work with her every day and return home with her in the evenings. Grady is a twoand-a-half-year-old retired racing greyhound from Daytona Beach, Florida, according to Sigman. He came to Indianapolis through the Indy chapter of Greyhound Pets of America, where he stayed with a foster family, she said. Sigman said that Grady will serve as UIndy’s live mascot so long as he is happy and healthy. She said that Grady is considered an oﬃcial member of UIndy’s staﬀ. “We didn’t want to oﬀend any faculty members by saying he was a faculty [member],” Sigman said. “It’s just a novelty title.” At the press conference, University President Robert Manuel presented a campus ID card for Grady. The poster board-sized card was branded with Grady ’s full name: C. Greyson Veritas. According to Sigman, Grady’s name was the dual eﬀort of U I n d y ’s C o m m u n i c a t i o n s & Marketing Department and the Live Mascot Committee. The surname Veritas was chosen to tie back into a former university seal, back when UIndy was known as Indiana Central College, according to Sigman and UIndy360.
Grady will make appearances on campus at various events and during his walks around UIndy. Ace will not be replaced by Grady, instead they will work together as partners.
Veritas is the Latin word for truth, included working in person with Michael according to Sigman. As for his Kaltenmark and Evan Krauss, the current nickname, she said Grady was the name and future handlers of Butler University’s of the UIndy costume mascot in the live mascots, Blue III and Blue IV. 1990s. “I spent a whole day with Michael and “We wanted something that was just Evan and Blue at Butler,” Sigman said. fun and over-the-top and kind of like he “I helped do a photoshoot. I watched is a little bit,” Sigman said. when he needed to go on breaks. I Sigman said she wanted students to asked all the questions about requesting understand that the live mascot program the care and every kind of thing that is not replacing UIndy’s costumed we went through in the whole mascot. With that, Ace and Grady will process.” act as partners on campus, she said. Another big choice came down to “We actually put on the [appearance deciding between purchasing a puppy request] form ‘If Grady can’t make or adopting a fully-grown greyhound, it, would you Sigman said. prefer Ace?’” UIndy ended Sigman said. up choosing to “So, there’s still adopt Grady. “We wanted something the partnership “I think that was just fun and working there.” with Florida’s Reviving [greyhound over-the-top...” the program racing] ban, it was an idea just provided that had been a great up in the air for a long time, and new opportunity,” Sigman said. “And the circumstances brought the idea to historical tie-in that both of our other fruition, Sigman said. It was during ones were adopted as well. So, we early conversations regarding the didn’t want to break that tradition with program’s revival in which Sigman Gradybug here.” had first expressed an interest in being Grady's adoption and care costs are the Live Mascot Handler. There were minimal partly due to the university’s several factors to consider before they close relationship with GPA-Indy could make any concrete decisions, she and a local veterinarian, Sigman said.The said. For instance, Sigman said that remaining costs associated with Grady she and others involved in the process are covered through UIndy’s existing looked into UIndy ’s archives to budget, she said. understand the roles of the university’s “We want to grow the live mascot past live mascots. program so that Grady can become “Dixie [UIndy’s first live mascot]… an even bigger part of our university,” lived in one of the residence halls Sigman said.“We plan to do that through and she slept in a diﬀerent room each sponsorships and a small charge for night, and so she was beloved across oﬀ-campus appearances so that no new campus,” Sigman said. “That was that funding is needed.” real fun connection, and then Timothy Students, faculty, staff, alumni, O’Toole [the second live mascot] lived reporters and other live mascots with a faculty member and his sons. were present at the press conference So, it’s just that family dynamic.” announcing Grady’s arrival. According In addition to researching the live to sophomore marketing major Claire mascots of UIndy’s past, Sigman said Taggart, she believes the reintroduction she also looked at other live mascot of the Live Mascot program is the programs in Indiana in preparation for beginning of a push towards increasing UIndy’s program revival. This research morale across campus.
“My favorite part [of the event] was definitely just seeing people, how excited people were and how just glad they were to have an animal on campus,” Taggart said. “Especially as it gets closer to finals [and] people are more stressed out.” Sophomore secondary education major Frank Bentley said that while he is unsure of the extent of Grady’s involvement on campus, he feels that Grady will have a prominent role similar to that of Ace and the Hound Pound. “[A mascot] just brings a lot more hype and stuﬀ to the games,” Bentley said. “As well as just having [Grady] around campus.” Sigman said Grady’s availability would depend heavily on his well-being. She said that her responsibilities with him go beyond essential needs like food and water. Sigman has been able to build a strong bond with Grady to ensure he’s comfortable in every public situation he’s in, she said. “That’s the most important thing,” Sigman said. “We don’t want something that’s going to spook him or overwhelm him. You can’t have a bunch of people rushing towards him… I have to be his representative and his voice on campus.” Sigman expects that Grady’s public appearances will require some trialand-error in terms of determining his comfort with crowds and events, she said. Depending on how he reacts to different environments, Grady’s appearances will vary,she said.Regardless, Sigman said she believes Grady's presence will strengthen the sense of community for current UIndy students and alumni. “[In the UIndy community,] we fully believe that you’re a part of the Greyhound family for life,” Sigman said. “I think that’s the one thing that we all have in common with each other, and then just [having] a living, breathing animal that can run to you, can lean into you, can rub his nose on you when he’s trying to give a kiss, it’s just something to boost that morale.”
EXPANDING RELIGIOUS INCLUSION
GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
With the holidays right around the corner, staff writer Anthony Vlahovic writes about how UIndy should host more events to celebrate the variety of religions that are present on campus.
The Women’s Basketball team has set its sights on improving their performance this season. The Hounds are currently 6-1.
The Good Hall pillars represent some of the core values of UIndy: inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Earlier this year, one of the pillars was named for the Hanni and Hiatt families, the largest families to attend UIndy to date.
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DECEMBER 11, 2019
Oh, Christmas tree Artificial trees remove hassle, are cheaper than real trees By Hallie Gallinat STAFF WRITER
The time has come once again to put up a Christmas tree, string some lights and spread holiday cheer around the home. But that raises the old question of whether to buy a real or an artificial Christmas tree. Some enjoy the tradition of going to a tree farm to pick out the perfect tree, while others enjoy the more relaxed experience of using the same artificial tree every year. While there are pros and cons to both, I believe artificial trees are the easier, more convenient option. The fun of having a real tree, for me, was going to buy the tree with my family. For a few years, my parents decided to buy a real tree instead of using our old artificial tree. We always went to the same tree farm a couple of days after Thanksgiving. After picking out the tree, we would head to a small, neighboring building to buy a wreath and ice cream. So, half of the fun of having a real tree was the traditions that came with retrieving it. However, looking for and buying a real Christmas tree involves a large investment of time that some do not want to commit to, which is understandable. Artificial trees just require going to the store and picking one out. Once a real tree has been chopped down, it has to be attached to the top of the car or put in the back of a truck. My family had to borrow my grandparents’truck whenever
we got a real tree, which added an extra step to the process. The years we had an artificial tree, we bought it online and had it delivered to our door, completely eliminating the need to transport it from the car to the house. Throughout the process of the holiday season, real trees can also be diﬃcult to take care of.They drop needles, creating a mess, and need to be constantly watered. Also, if the branches are too long or the tree is too tall, it needs to be trimmed. Getting the tree in and out of the house is even more of a hassle. While artificial trees can be brought up from a basement or attic, a real tree must be carried inside from the car, which may
It is ultimately up to the consumer to decided which one they prefer. be a long distance for some and sheds needles the whole trip. Even inside, there are needles that need to be cleaned up, but at least your house smells good. After Christmas, real trees have to be taken to a Christmas tree recycling lot. Some are unwilling to do that so instead they let the trees rot in their backyard. Artificial trees are much less bothersome than real trees. They do not need to be watered and do not drop as many needles. They require one time maintenance most of the time, and that's
the set up and tear down of the trees. They come in a variety of colors, and many come pre-lit. Artificial trees can be kept for years, whereas real trees do not last long after Christmas. My family used the same artificial Christmas tree for years before the lights began to burn out and needed replacement. If we had used a real tree every year, we’d need to buy lights when those burnt out on top of a tree just for that year to have the same amount of Christmas cheer around the house. Because artificial can be reused year after year, they are cheaper in the long run. It is like a one time payment investment. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the average cost of a real tree was $75 while the cost of an artificial tree was $107. This may sound like real trees are a cheaper option, but real trees also need lights and a base, and cannot be used the following year. According to USA Today, WAP Sustainability Consulting asserts that artificial trees also have less environmental impact than real trees if they are used for multiple years, according to USA Today. I believe that artificial trees are the better option. They do not require as much work and are cheaper if used year after year. Artificial trees are also more convenient than going to a tree farm every year, and many come with lights and a base. Ultimately, of course, the consumers have to decide which option they prefer, but to me, artificial trees are definitely the better choice.
Graphic by Tony Reeves
Give gifts that are beneficial By Macy Judd STAFF WRITER
Inclusive religious events need to be held to accommodate student needs By Anthony Vlahovic STAFF WRITER
The University of Indianapolis has a religiously diverse population. Given such a diverse group of people, and with the holidays right around the corner, UIndy should host more events that celebrate the diﬀerent religions and their holiday traditions. Although the holidays are considered a time to spend with family, some students are hundreds of miles from home and feeling included during a time of celebration can be diﬃcult for them. Feeling excluded or sometimes misunderstood may be hard for students to talk about, so simple events to educate others about diﬀerent religious and holiday traditions could help students understand other cultures. Such events also could bring together people of similar religions so they have a sense of inclusion in their home-away-from-home during the holiday season. Some events also could oﬀer Lecture/Performance credit. One could argue that Christmas is celebrated by most students here, and other students can wait to celebrate until they head home for the holidays,
if they go home at all. I live 10 hours away from school, so before I head back for the holidays, I celebrate here. Some students may not celebrate Christmas at all. Christmas, or the holidays in general, are supposed to be a time of holiday cheer, but I assume feeling included is diﬃcult if you don’t celebrate Christmas and all the customs that go with it when that culture surrounds you. As of Reflector press time, the events on the MyUIndy events site that are related to any religious celebration are the Christmas Celebration, which is a concert associated with Christmas music, and the Home for the Holidays event, which can be seen as advertised as a Christmas celebration through its poster designs and gingerbread building contest at the event. As a Methodist university that is inclusive and welcoming to people from various backgrounds, UIndy needs to do more to help those who follow diﬀerent religions feel comfortable around the holiday time. Doing so would not only make the students happier, but also the outside communities that see we are inclusive to all religions. Also, the students of diﬀerent religions who are looking at perspective universities could
feel more comfortable submitting their applications to UIndy if they heard about the inclusive events the holiday season holds. Having the Christmas-specific events to celebrate the holiday is still important, don’t get me wrong. Listening to Mariah Carey sing Christmas songs and seeing trees lit up are staples of the holiday season, and such things tend to bring people together. But some holiday events, or decor of other religions in prominent places would be a nice eﬀort by the school and its organizations to show how inclusive we are. This would give students a chance to try something new and give other students a taste of the holidays back home. It would be nice to be more inclusive of all students and what they celebrate or recognize. Creating an even more inclusive environment and promoting the celebration of all holidays during this will continue to increase the diversity at UIndy.The lights, wreaths and Christmas tunes should remain at the forefront, but recognizing and including other religions’ and cultures’ celebrations will bring the UIndy community even closer together.
When we think of Christmas, we tend to think about gift-giving. Every year, people buy books and toys for children, which is probably the most suitable way to celebrate Christmas with a child. But what about adults? Everyone wants to aim for something meaningful, but also useful, to give friends and family. Perhaps it’s time to start taking a diﬀerent approach and put a more modern twist on gift-giving. The entire premise of Christmas itself is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. On the night that Jesus was born, the three Wise Men brought him gifts, which accounts for the origin of the tradition of gift-giving. The frantic mall shopping and lastminute gift card purchases are supposed symbolize what the three Wise Men did for baby Jesus. However the tradition of gift-giving is losing its meaning in modern times, so it’s time to change the tradition. I think the problem arises from the questions we ask.When we ask somebody for Christmas gift ideas, we are asking the person what he or she wants rather than what he or sheneeds. We want many things that we don’t necessarily need. We want those shoes we saw at the mall. We want the newest model of the iPhone. We want the newest video game that everyone is raving about.
Perhaps the time has come to think about what we really need instead of what we want. We need to fill up the gas tank before it empties. We need to pay the bills we’ve been putting to the side. We need to get groceries instead of continuously eating out. The problem is that we’re spending money on gifts that our loved ones don’t necessarily need but what everyone wants, there’s a way to fix this though. We should put more thought into how we can help others. Start asking, “What do you need?” rather than, “What do you want?” Giving someone something he or she needs is thoughtful and useful. Doing this reduces the chance of buying that person something he or she already has. Stop assuming the gift we plan to give is something that the person really wants or will like. Fill up someone’s gas tank or buy that person a grocery store gift card. Do something that will help that person in his or her daily life, rather than buying a moment or two of happiness for him or her. It should more of a beneficial in the long run, most of the time. The question of why we continue to give gifts may have many answers, such as for the sake of tradition, out of thoughtfulness or because it’s what the Wise Men did for Jesus. The practice of giving gifts, though, has become problematic. If we focus on what people need, to help them in their everyday lives, we can put meaning back into the practice of giving gifts.
3 DECEMBER 11, 2019
Alum drafted for semi-pro box lacrosse
By Justus O’Neil FEATURE EDITOR
After graduating from the University of Indianapolis in May, alumnus and lacrosse attack, Parker Kump returned to his hometown after being drafted to be an attack for the semi-professional box lacrosse team Coquitlam Adanacs in British Columbia. Kump was drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 Western Lacrosse Association draft as the 36th overall pick and joined the Coquitlam Adanacs WLA senior A box lacrosse team, according to wlalacrosse.com. In 2016, UIndy launched their first men’s field lacrosse season, according to Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Greg Stocks. Kump was one of the 30 recruits to play for this team. According to Stocks, box lacrosse is a six-on-six variation of field lacrosse that is played in a hockey-like arena. Stocks said in box lacrosse, the nets are smaller and the goalies wear hockey-like padding.The stick skills tend to be sharper because of the lack of space and the players rely on those skills to be successful box lacrosse players, according to Stocks. Stocks said that during Kump’s time at UIndy, he was able to join the team and make an instant impact by using his stick skills that he developed from playing box lacrosse growing up, paired with being a smart overall lacrosse player. Kump’s transition to field lacrosse from box was quick, which allowed him to focus on his academics and be successful in the classroom as well as on the field Stocks said. He said Kump achieved various awards, both academic and athletic during his four year college career. According to UIndy athletics, Kump’s senior year he had a career high 61 goals and 22 assists and he ended his career with 166 goals 45 assists. “He was also awarded Scholar All American, which is an award to seniors that excel… in both the classroom and on the field,”Stocks said.“His junior year he was also awarded a Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s lacrosse, for the GLVC conference. He’s racked up a few awards and he also won Player of the Week All Conference awards throughout his career here.” Kump said that he felt that the group of guys on the Adanacs clicked well right away to start the season. He said that it was a good experience meeting people from all walks of life. Kump said that he experienced a big jump between college field lacrosse and semi professional senior box lacrosse. According to Kump, he would use his practice time to try to absorb as much information as possible from the veteran players in the league. “It took a bit [to transition], probably a few games and my coaches were good,” Kump said.“When I got back they let me practice a bit and sit out the first couple of games just to get my feet under me because changing from field lacrosse to box lacrosse in such a short window is diﬃcult. [It is a] totally diﬀerent game, totally diﬀerent strategies. Then once I got the hang of it, they put me in and I saw quite a bit of success pretty early, so I was lucky and fortunate.” In one of Kump’s first games during his rookie season in the WLA, he said that his eyes were opened to the intensity of it when he was struck with a lacrosse stick by an opponent that he had grown up watching. “I got slashed pretty hard by a guy,” Kump said. “He’s a veteran now that I’ve grown up watching and he slashed me [in] my first shift and I couldn’t feel my hand the rest of the game and I was like, ‘Okay, I got into this.’ I guess [it] definitely opened my eyes a little.” Kump said that he was starstruck when he first stepped onto the box lacrosse field after returning home from university. He said that growing up and watching players that he is now on the same team with was shocking. “[It] took a little bit to get used to… and playing with some of them on my team is pretty crazy because you see them, but you just want to be a sponge,” Kump said. “My rookie year, I was just trying to learn and I had great coaches around me, so [I] just tried to learn as fast as I can and catch up [to] all of them. I ended up having a decent rookie year, so it worked out good and [I am] really excited for next season.”
Photo by Kiara Conley
Senior guard Laura Thomas celebrates after a play. On Nov. 20, the hounds played Cedarville University Yellow Jackets losing 55 to 60 giving the Hounds their only loss of the season so far. Thomas was third on the team in points with 12 playing 33 minutes in the game.
Hounds hope to defy poll
Women’s Basketball ranked 11th in preseason poll, but hope to improve their season
Laura Thomas said that the players do take some stock in the ranking. STAFF WRITER “We take [the ranking] as a little bit of motivation going into the GLVC After being ranked 11th in the and non-conference games and regional GLVC preseason poll, the University games as well,”Thomas said. “Just giving of Indianapolis Women’s Basketball us some motivation to work hard, play team has plans together and to improve ultimately be this season better than the according to pre-season poll “Leading vocally on the Head Women’s that we were court is something we can given.” Basketball Coach Kristin Thomas continue to get better at.” Wodrich. said she strives She said she to bring her does not talk individual about the poll to the players and prefers abilities to the court by improving to go oﬀ the team’s performance in the communication during play. previous season and she hasn’t openly “Leading vocally on the court is discussed the ranking with anyone. something that we can continue to get “I don’t want our girls to think that’s better at,”Thomas said.“That’s something where we are, because that’s not where that I bring to the table, as well, that I we are,” Wodrich said. “We have to keep have to do every single day.” getting better every day.” According to Wodrich and Thomas, The Hounds finished last season with players are expected to put in additional an 11-17 record and so far this season work outside of practice and games. , have started out with a 6-1 record Wodrich said that independent practice according to UIndy Athletics, ranked is entirely voluntary, but players are still third now in the GLVC. Senior guard expected to come to practice prepared
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and in shape. Wodrich said that one of the team’s big goals moving forward is to make the conference tournament this year. She said new players this season will be able to fill gaps in terms of getting rebounds, stronger defense and a faster pace of play. She said working on technical aspects and building morale will also improve the team’s performance. “Definitely our turnovers, really working on our fundamentals,”Wodrich said. “Being able to get more possessions and just focusing on our standards and our core values and growing them not only players but as women.” In addition to making the conference tournament, Thomas said another big goal was simply improving over how the team has performed before. Accordig to Thomnas, achieving this will come down to individual eﬀort in addition to the eﬀort players put in practice. “Success looks a lot diﬀerent for everybody, but success in our eyes is getting better every single day,” Thomas said. “So, if we can come into the gym and we can do that, then I think we’re going to like the results.”
Alum selected in XFL draft By Macy Judd STAFF WRITER
After graduating from the University of Indianapolis in December of 2016, Reece Horn went on to bounce around the NFL shortly joining the Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts. Now, he is taking his professional football career in a diﬀerent direction after being drafted in the eighth round in the first XFL draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers. According to CBS Sports, the XFL is a professional football league and is a successor of the previous XFL league, which was ran for only one season in 2001 and canceled due to a variety of reasons, including unprofessionalism and lack of rules, according to the XFL website. After graduation, Horn was signed to the Indianapolis Colts who are a part of the NFL, but then was released after a few weeks. Following this, he continued on with a try-out for the Tennessee Titans for about 7 to 8 months, but was again released, said Horn. “It was actually kind of a crazy turn,” Horn said. “Once I got released from the Titans it was an awkward situation where you still have your 53 man roster, and I still wanted to play obviously, so I went over to Europe to [play] ball for two seasons. My first season there was in Italy, in Milan.” According to Horn, the team was strong and ended with a good season, but he still wanted to play. After coming back to the U.S., he signed with the Vienna Vikings of Vienna, Austria and headed back to Europe. After playing two seasons over in Europe, Horn was signed to the NFL once again, this time with the Miami Dolphins, but was released at preseason
The Hounds played their first game in September, beating Ashland University 24-9. The team went on to be undefeated until losing to Lindenwood University on Nov. 2. On Nov. 14, they played in the 2019 NCAA Division II playoﬀs, falling short by just 10 points, with a final score of 37-27 against the Univeristy of Central Missouri. According to UIndy Athletics, in mid-November, three student-athletes, Toriano Clinton, Clay Hadley and Alex Parsons were named Academic All-District, which recognized them for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Junior running back Al McKeller has been named a candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best player in D2 football. The Greyhounds finished their 2019 season 9-2.
The University of Indianapolis Women’s Volleyball Team started their 2019 season with not only one, but two wins against Anderson University and Northwood University in September. The Hounds continued through their season until the end of November to play in the GLVC Championship Tournament winning against Drury University in the quarterfinal and losing to Rockhurst University in the semifinal. The women then went on to play in the NCAA Midwest Regional, falling short to Hillsdale College, 2-3, in the quarterfinal. According to UIndy Athletics, junior outside hitter Katie Furlong was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association and American Volleyball Coaches Association's All-Region teams on Wed. Dec. 4. and she remains the only Hound to receive this honor since 2014.
WOMEN’S SOCCER At the beginning of the 2019 season, the Hounds were ranked 10 in the GLVC Women’s Soccer preseason poll. The women started their season with three wins until losing to Southern Indiana University 0-1 in September. After continuing through their season, the women headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, according to UIndy Athletics. Junior midfield Taylor Peck was named second-team-all region by the D2 Conference Commissioners Association. Traveling to Mankato, Minn. the girls lost 0-9 in the Sweet 16 against Grand Valley State University on Dec. 6.
Photo contributed by Ryan Thorpe
Wide receiver Reece Horn had a total of 3562 receiving yards with 31 touchdowns in his UIndy tenure. He had 108 receptions for 1396 yards and eight TD’s in his senior season.
after about seven months of being signed. Horn said the whole process of getting into the professional league is a waiting game. After waiting for his next opportunity, Horn was drafted in the skill position players portion of the draft in the first day of the newly reformed XFL to the Tampa Bay Vipers. UIndy Head Football Coach Chris Keevers has coached Horn since day one of his career at UIndy. According to Keevers, he is not surprised that Horn is going pro. “He was our best player, and everyone [we played] hated playing against him,” Keevers said. “The league he played in last year, during the summer, before it folded, he was playing really well. I got to watch a couple games with my kids and he was very successful, made a bunch of plays and commentators were very positive about him so I would not see any reason for him not to be successful.” According to Horn, XFL is a great opportunity for athletes who are just on the verge of being skilled enough to play
in the NFL. In addition to great athletes, the XFL also has a lot of great coaches who have experience. “Every single coach in the XFL has either coached or played at a high level,” Horn said. “Or even [in] the NFL at that matter.” According to Horn, the newly formed league is more family friendly and the rules are similar to the NFL, which makes it a great complementary league. This league is great for both the players and the fans in more ways than one, Horn said. “The start of the season is one week after the super bowl,” Horn said. “It gives fans a chance to keep watching at a highly competitive [level] and it gives them a team to root for.” The new XFL’s first season starts on Feb 8, 2020. Horn’s first game will be on Feb 9, 2020 against the New York Guardians, according to the XFL website. “I see it being very successful,” Horn said. “Just be prepared for some great football.”
In August, the Men’s Soccer Team was picked third in the GLVC Preseason poll. In their season opener, they won 4-0 against Oakland City University. In mid-November, five members received All-GLVA honors; Ben Rohder, Vincent Stone, Aba Phutin, Alex Steinwascher and Javier Steinwascher, who was also a James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Nominee. According to UIndy Athletics, the men made history Nov. 21, winning the first ever NCAA DII Tournament.The team advanced to the Sweet 16 quarterfinals on Dec.6 against Ohio Valley University, winning 3-2. They played Maryville University on Dec. 8, winning 1-0 and are now headed to the Final Four.
The UIndy Men’s Golf team started oﬀ the season with two of their players, seniors Erik Edwards and Spencer Kilmek named as Golf-All American Scholars. In early September, the Hounds oﬃcially opened up their season at the Ohio-Dominican Kickoﬀ Classic, placing first and second in the tournament with their Crimson and Grey teams. In late September, the men went on to win by 18 strokes at the Dan Salisbury Memorial Tournament. In October, the team placed fourth among 17 teams at the 54-hole Midwest Regional at Fox Run and their final fall tournament took place in Orlando, Fla., wrapping up their season at 14th place. Fall sports wrap up by Cassandra Lombardo
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4 THE REFLECTOR
2010s THE DECADE IN REVIEW
DECEMBER 11, 2019
A note from The Reflector: Towards the beginning of the decade, the University of Indianapolis said goodbye to former President Beverley Pitts and welcomed President Robert Manuel. New buildings were constructed and others were renovated. The live mascot program returned and UIndy continued to grow. The Reflector was 88 years old at the beginning of the decade and is ending it at 97. Our staﬀ started the decade in elementary and middle school and will end the decade as college students. Like UIndy and The Reflector, the world continued to change throughout the decade. Barack Obama was reelected as president. Donald Trump was elected as president. There were disasters and tragedies aﬀecting people all over the world, from the earthquake in Haiti to terror at home and abroad. This decade, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in over 108 years. Sports became more political and the issue of equal pay in sports was brought to the forefront. Marvel’s “Avengers Endgame” had one of the most profitable opening weeks for a movie. The controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” was released and Sandra Oh became the first Asian woman to win two Golden Globe awards. Diversity and acceptance was at the front of the music industry, K-Pop gained popularity in the West and music streaming apps changed the record industry. For technology, ride-sharing apps and e-scooters became popular. Games such as Fortnite and Pokémon Go took over the world and the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and the Nintendo Switch were launched. This decade, cancel culture and conspiracies became popular. Instagram, Snapchat, musical.ly and TikTok launched, along with the short-lived Vine. We lost literary icons Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, former President George H.W. Bush and Senator Richard Lugar. The Reflector took a look back and we decided to list some of the most memorable moments of the decade. Our lists do not include everything that happened in the 2010s, instead it includes a fraction of what we thought was memorable.
By Noah Crenshaw | News Editor Page design by Ethan Gerling Assisted by Kiara Conley, Megan Copeland, Madison Gomez, Justus O'Neil, Tony Reeves & Jacob Walton, Jayden Kennett
DECEMBER 11, 2019
Boston Bombing (2013)
Three people died and at least 264 were injured in the April 15, 2013 terrorist attack.
California’s Proposition 8 found unconstitutional (2010), Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed (2011), samesex marriage legalized (2015).
Haiti Earthquake (2010),Japan Tsunami (2011), Wildfires in Australia, Amazon Rainforest (2019).
Death of Osama bin Laden (2011) Syrian Civil War (2011-present) Drug Overdoses
Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. Extreme Weather in the U.S.
Hurricanes: Sandy (2012), Matthew (2016), Harvey (2017), Irma (2017), Maria (2017). Tornadoes: 2011 Super Outbreak, Joplin, Mo. (2011), Henryville, Ind. (2012), Moore, Okla. (2013), El Reno, Okla. (2013). California Wildfires.
#MeToo Movement Following sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the movement against sexual assault and harassment became a viral social media trend, leading to many high-profile firings.
There have been 467,000 deaths from drug overdoses this decade in the United States. 1
Golden State Warriors break NBA wins record (2016). Chicago Cubs win first World Series in 108 years (2016). Simone Biles becomes the most decorated U.S. women’s gymnast.2
Lebron James goes to eight straight NBA finals (2010-2018). New England Patriots win three Super Bowls.
Russia banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. U.S. wins Women’s World Cup. Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters Championship. Bianca Andreescu defeats Serena Williams at the U.S. Open (2019).
Fight for equal pay in sports.
MOVIES & TV: Animation is remade into live-action films. "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Death Note."
Songs becoming dances: “Gangnam Style,” “Harlem Shake.” Pop groups make comeback: One Direction, Fifth Harmony.
Occupy Wall Street (2011), Ferguson, MO. (2014), Women's March (2017), Charlottesville, Vir. Rallies (2017), March for Our Lives (2018), Climate Protests (2019), Hong Kong (2019), Iran (2019), Red for Ed (2019).
Advancement in LGBTQ+ Rights
Natural Disasters Abroad
Decade of Protest
Disney buys 21st Century Fox (2019). Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Go, CBS All Access launched.
"Twin Peaks," "Queer Eye," "Will & Grace," "The X-Files."
"13 Reasons Why" (2017).
"Game of Thrones" (2011) Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sandra Oh becomes the first Asian woman to win two Golden Globes.
"The Walking Dead."
Logic releases “1-800-273-8255” to promote suicide prevention. K-Pop becomes popular in the West. Ke$ha sued her producer to void all contracts because of abuse allegations. Music streaming apps became popular.
"The Avengers," "Black Panther," "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
Lil Nas X released "Old Town Road." Tool puts first album in 15 years on Spotify. Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Decade award. Shawn Mendes rises to stardom.
Ridesharing apps became popular (Uber, Lyft).
E-Scooters (Bird, Lime) launched.
Battle Royale games rose in popularity.
Streaming devices introduced,
Smart home devices launched.
Pokémon Go launched.
Launch of Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch.
VR commercial headsets released.
INTERNET: Instagram launched. Everyone was planking in 2011.
A fad where people were laying face down in bizarre locations and taking photos of it.
UINDY: The ARC was built (2011). Robert Manuel became president of UIndy. Roberts Hall opened (2012).
musical.ly launched and eventually Everybody thought the world merged with TikTok. was going to end in 2012. Vine (2013-2016). ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Game streaming became popular. Logan Paul "Suicide Forest" Cancel Culture became popular. controversy. When someone has said or done something that others object to and then condemned or “cancelled” on social media.3
Snapchat launched. Health Pavilion opened (2015).
University Lofts opened (2019).
Library renovated (2015). Greyhound Village opened (2016). Good Hall renovated.
THOSE WE LOST: Amy Winehouse (1983-2011).
Robin Williams (1951-2014).
Whitney Houston (1963-2012).
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
College Crossing added as apartment option (2019). Live mascot program returned (2019).
Carrie Fisher (1956-2016). Stephen Hawking (1942-2018). Stan Lee (1922-2018). George H.W. Bush (1924-2018). Paul Walker (1973-2013). Mac Miller (1992-2018). 1- Source: Buzzfeed News, 2- Source: USA Gymnastics, 3- Source: The New York Times
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DECEMBER 11, 2019
Generation after generation
Good Hall pillar honorees: Hanni and Hiatt family members reflect on their past as Greyhounds The four pillars that tower over the North entrance to Good Hall represent some of the core values of the University of Indianapolis. According to UIndy360, the columns stand for inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. On Sept. 28, each of the Good Hall pillars were honored with names of influential Greyhounds. One of the pillars was named after the Hanni and Hiatt families who have the most family members to attend UIndy, totaling almost 40 students. The Hiatt family has been a part of the university since 1927. The Hanni family saw their first Greyhound, Larry Hanni, graduate in 1958.
Larry Hanni: Post graduation By Madison Gomez OPINION EDITOR
After 61 years, University of Indianapolis alumnus Larry Hanni reflects fondly on his time at UIndy. Larry first came to the university as a basketball recruit. After graduating he became involved in the Indianapolis sports scene for 50 years. Angus Nicoson, the namesake of Nicoson Hall, recruited Larry Hanni in high school when UIndy was called Indiana Central College. By graduation, Larry Hanni was able to build connections to secure a job with the help of the well-connected Nicoson. From there, Larry Hanni worked in public education for 50 years and for the NFL for 32 years. Larry Hanni said he looks fondly back at his time at Indiana Central College, as it led him to many connections after graduation. From coaching sports, to teaching, to directing athletics and facilities, Larry Hanni has been involved in public education for much of his post collegiate time. Larry Hanni also manned the clock for Indianapolis games, including the Super Bowl XLVI. “When the Colts came to town, obviously the NFL was looking for
people,”Larry Hanni said.“I was selected as the play clock operator…. When you’re working a game, you’re part of the oﬃciating crew with the people on the field and you’re in the timing booth.” Larry Hanni said that having his family named on one of the Good Hall pillars was an honor for him and his family because of their relation to UIndy. He said that this humbling honor is close to him as Good Hall was the main building on campus while he was a student. Returning to the UIndy, Larry Hanni now serves on the Greyhound Club board of directors, Hall of Fame committee and is the senior associate athletic director for development. He can often be seen at athletic events, Larry Hanni said, visiting the oﬃce of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Matt Donovan, or attending musical productions. “I have found that if you have a degree from Indiana Central or the University of Indianapolis, [it] will not promise you a job, but having a degree from UIndy will get you an interview,” Larry Hanni said. “I think that’s so important because the University of Indianapolis is so fondly recognized both in the business world and the education world.”
Ted and Ethan Maple: Brothers By Justus O’Neil FEATURE EDITOR
The Hiatt family has had multiple generations of University of Indianapolis graduates including Ted Maple (‘96) and his younger brother and Professor of Religion Ethan Maple (‘02). The Maple brothers grew up on and around campus because both of their parents are UIndy graduates and their father, Stephen Maple (‘66), returned to the university to teach in the School of Business, according to Ted Maple. “My dad still teaches there,” Ted Maple said. “We went to church there
at University Heights United Methodist [Church]. My mom worked at the nursery school there [UHUMC]. We went to campus every week, whether it was to swim at the Ruth Lilly building or to go to a football or basketball game. We ate in the cafeteria every week after church, so the campus itself and the school mean a great deal to us.” Ted Maple said that because he grew up watching the campus grow and expand, he and his wife Johanna Maple (‘94) support the university and are excited to see where UIndy goes in terms of its future. Ethan Maple said from what UIndy poured into the generations that attended before him and the commitment his parents had to the university while they were students has continued to set the course for his call in life and in ministry. “I think that one of the amazing things about the University of Indianapolis is the community that it creates,” Ethan Maple said. “Not just while you’re on campus, but that community continues throughout your career and your life, and our family’s an example of that…. I think that community should not be overlooked or ignored and the power it has even beyond graduation to continue [in] your role and your responsibilities.” Ted Maple said that he continues to benefit from the education he got from UIndy and that the entire Hiatt family owes a great deal to it. Ethan Maple said that he is really proud of the legacy of the Hiatt family and that the Good Hall pillar honoring was very special.
Larry Hanni ‘59
Cary Hanni ‘69 Karen Hanni ‘69 Vicki Hanni
Kevin Hanni ‘74
Don Hanni Jeff Hanni ‘79
Kristine Dozier ‘01
Steven Cassell ‘08
Kenna Broomall ‘07
Blair Hanni ‘10 ‘11
Lynzi Hanni ‘13
Lesley Austin ‘13
Chelsea Hanni ‘14
Joshua Baker ‘15
Ashleigh Davids ‘19
Cary Hanni: Back to UIndy
Sarah Maple: Years of caring
By Jacob Walton SPORTS EDITOR
By Kiara Conley ONLINE EDITOR
A graduate of the class of 1969, Cary Hanni is one of 17 Hanni family members that have attended the University of Indianapolis. During his time at the University as an undergrad, Cary Hanni studied mathematics in pursuit of a career in education just like many others from the Hanni family, Cary Hanni said.
University of Indianapolis graduate Sarah Maple said that her family being honored with the naming of one of the Good Hall pillars at the President’s Lunch & Founders Day Celebration was very gratifying. At the celebration, Sarah Maple said that some of her cousins and
Hanni Family Bob Hanni
one of her sons came to the unveiling, she thought the honor was neat. “The Hiatts started coming in the 1920s, so most of those on the list are no longer with us but it was nice to have that recognizing the time that they were here,” Sarah Maple said. Sarah Maple graduated from UIndy in 1969 and studied English Education. She was also the News Editor for The Reflector for two years and then the Editor-in-Chief for one year. After leaving UIndy, Sarah Maple taught at the high school level for four years. She said that after having her own children, she realized how important early childhood was. “I decided to shift directions and work in early childhood, so besides raising my four sons I was the director of the childcare across the street here [University Heights United Methodist Church] and I started childcare in two other churches on the south side,”Sarah Maple said.“So, I retired as a childcare director.” Sarah Maple said that she felt comfortable and knew what to expect while she attended UIndy because she has been coming to the campus since her parents graduated from the university. She also said that she liked the smaller campus size and that she had a good experience while at UIndy. “I feel like I got a good experience, a good education and it was the right place for me,” Sarah Maple said.
Along with his academics, Cary Hanni was also a student-athlete as a member of the golf team for all four years of his college career. As a Greyhound golfer, he found a friend for life in his coach. “[My fondest memories are of ] the people I’ve met. My best friend for life was and is my college golf coach,” Cary Hanni said. “I still have some friends that I go out for breakfast or dinner with periodically. But I think my fondest memories [are] related to the people that I met there [at UIndy] and the things we’ve done together.” Once he graduated, he found a career in education for a year, but soon returned to UIndy to work in admissions. He said that his time in admissions was some of his favorite because he was able to the opportunities the university provides to students. “I never saw any diﬀerence in how they were treated or in their progress in getting through university,” Cary Hanni said. “I just think that the university just made wonderful opportunities for people who had changed their lives.” Cary Hanni then went to medical school and started a family. Two of his children attended UIndy including his son who graduated from the nursing program and one of his daughters who graduated with two degrees in German and music. “I think they chose [to attend UIndy]. I have three other children [that] didn’t go there. So I don’t think there was pressure on them to go there or anything,” Cary Hanni said.“I’m glad they went there and I was proud that they attended.” Now Cary Hanni is retired and has moved back to Indianapolis from Evansville, Indiana, to be closer to family but still performs surgery in southern Illinois on a monthly basis. He said it has been an honor to have the Hanni family connected to UIndy. “It’s a lot of tradition. We carry a lot of pride because of it,” Cary said. “We’ve always been thankful for the relationship we’ve had [with] the university and the fact we’ve had so many people take advantage of the educational opportunities and we’ve met a lot of friends, it was great.”
Hiatt Family Russell Hiatt ‘27
Mary Carmony ‘29
Ruth Hummer ‘29
Herb Hiatt ‘34
Ralph Hiatt ‘32
Elena Sue Hiatt-Houlihan ‘65
Ted Maple ‘96
Irene Struble ‘33
Lisabeth Taylor ‘35
Lloyd Hiatt ‘40
Pam Hiatt ‘68
Don Carmony ‘29 ‘66
Elenora Hiatt ‘61 ‘73
Steve Maple ‘66
Sarah Maple ‘66
Ethan Maple ‘02
Zach Maple ‘06
Treva Hiatt ‘35
Dan Hiatt ‘67
Johanna Maple ‘69
Ashley Maple ‘05
Heath Miller ‘12 ‘14 Graphic by Tony Reeves and Justus O’Neil
ENTERTAINMENT THE REFLECTOR
7 DECEMBER 11, 2019
Ten underrated holiday movies By Gary Thompson
The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Photo by Justus O’Neil
While patrons walk through the Newfields Winterlights exhibit, the light covered trees are seen in every direction, with all parts of their grounds included. Red and green makeshift trees are complemented with enormous yellow-lit trees that tower over the exhibit’s path.
Winterlights offers festive fun By Hallie Gallinat STAFF WRITER
Newfields, the campus that includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art among other attractions, continues its tradition of Winterlights for the third year. My family and I visited Winterlights last year, and I was excited to visit again this year. Tickets for Winterlights can be purchased online on Newfields’ website and cost $25 for the public and $20 for members. In addition, special glasses that make lights look like snowflakes are available at Winterlights for $10. We first entered through the welcome center in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Inside, there was a shop called the Garden Shop. During the holidays, it sells festive Christmas decorations and cards. Before continuing to the main room, we bought the special glasses. Even though they cost money, they add to the experience, especially at the end when you go through the Ice Storm Walk. After purchasing our glasses, we went to the main room in the museum, called the Wintermarket. There was a Christmas tree in the center where people could take photos and a place to
buy food and drinks. I got a chocolate chip cookie and some hot chocolate, while my family got drinks and food as well. Our four drinks and food cost around $28. I recommend trying the food while visiting, because there is a wide variety of options, from cookies to grilled cheese. There is also spiked apple cider for the adults. After my family finished our food, we walked outside into the cold evening air. The trees were covered with lights and there were lit snowflakes hanging above the path. The first area was Snowflake Bridge, followed by Frosted Forest, with lights covering every surface. The next area was the Landscape of Lights. Large trees, balls and swirls of lights lit up to songs from The Nutcracker. It is relaxing, yet fun, to watch the lights move in sync with the festive music. Behind the light display was the Lilly House, a historic mansion that belonged to an Indianapolis businessman, that was decorated for Christmas. There were paper chains strung across Christmas trees. Even the sink in the butler’s pantry was filled with paper chains and paper balls to look like bubbles.There is so much to see in this house, I suggest stopping there during your Winterlights visit.
We walked down a path leading to the Whimsical Terrace. The path was dotted with little fire pits where people can warm their hands. Looking ahead, I saw that the trees had icicle lights hanging from them, which were mesmerizing to watch. When we reached the Whimsical Terrace, it was lit up with vibrant pink and green lights. There was a s’more making station located there as well. The best part of the Whimsical Terrace was a very unique piece of art: a Christmas tree made from old children’s toys. This piece, called Playtime in Indy by Karl Unnasch, is so interesting to look at. I loved finding old toys in the tree and seeing if I had them as a kid. The last stops were the Ice Storm Walk and the Finale Tree. Arches of blue and white lights stood above us as soft music played through the speakers. We used our glasses and they transformed the lights into snowflakes. At the end of the tunnel was the Finale Tree, a large tree covered in lights. Winterlights is absolutely worth going to. I highly recommend purchasing a ticket to see this wonderful Christmas experience. For those looking for a fun and festive time this holiday season, it is definitely worth the money.
Holiday movie traditions vary — in my family, for whatever reason, we often watched “The Road Warrior” after opening gifts — but traditions change, and from time to time we all need to update and expand our roster of Christmas movie selections. But if you’ve seen Jimmy Stewart grapple with that newel post one too many times, and you’re looking for a worthy holiday movie that perhaps you haven’t seen — something older or oﬀbeat — here’s a handy list of 10 Christmas titles to consider this year. ‘Remember the Night’ (1940) Derived from a Preston Sturges script, this rom-com stars Fred MacMurray as a district attorney who takes pity on a shoplifter and springs her from jail on Christmas Eve, leading to a road trip that takes them to Indiana and back. Alas, “Remember the Night”is not available for streaming, but it is on DVD and Blu-ray. ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ (1947) What do you get when you beseech heaven for help? In 1947, you got Cary Grant, who answers the prayer of a bishop who needs funds for a new cathedral. Complications arise when Grant’s handsome angel catches the eye of the man’s neglected wife. Penny Marshall remade the movie in 1996 as “The Preacher’s Wife” (YouTube, Amazon, iTunes) with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (1952) In this 1952 British film, a country parson with a reputation of caring more for his parishioners than his own family hosts his son and daughter for Christmas. The war has turned the clergyman’s son against religion, and his daughter harbors secrets she is sure will bring her father great shame. Understated and reserved, it comes by its holiday sentiment honestly. (Streaming on Kanopy) ‘We’re No Angels’ (1955) Directors Michael Curtiz and Humphrey Bogart teamed up again for this 1955 comedy, starring Bogie as an escaped convict who—along with fellow fugitives Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray— decides to help a befuddled shopkeeper
during the holidays, after they deem him to be even worse oﬀ than they are. (Streaming on Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.) ‘All That Heaven Allows’ (1955) In this Douglas Sirk film, a widow’s holiday love affair with a gardener disrupts her class-conscious friends and family. It was loosely remade by Todd Haynes as a vehicle for Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert in 2002 as “Far From Heaven.” (Not streaming.) ‘Prancer’ (1989) A young girl, coping with the loss of her mother and the escalating depression and alcoholism of her father , finds herself desperate to believe in something, and so she becomes convinced that a lost animal is really one of Santa’s reindeer. The film has a nice role for Cloris Leachman as a sympathetic neighbor who wants to help. (iTunes, Hulu and Vudu.) ‘Metropolitan’ (1990) Whit Stillman’s low-budget but tartly scripted debut provides a snapshot of Manhattan’s dying (and by now dead) debutante culture by looking in on college students from the Upper East Side who are home for the holidays. (iTunes.) ‘Millions’ (2004) Danny Boyle’s underrated Christmas movie ‘The Nativity Story’ (2006) A few years after “Thirteen” and a few years before “Twilight,” director Catherine Hardwicke made another movie ‘Tangerine’ (2015) Older viewers should be advised that this Sean Baker movie has absolutely nothing to do with the Johnny Mercer song of the same name. Rather, it’s the story of two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve, and the misadventures they endure at the hands of customers and faithless boyfriends. Some movies end with Christmas miracles, some more forlornly in an all-night laundromat. (YouTube, Amazon Prime, Disney+, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu.) ——— ©2019 The Philadelphia Inquirer Visit The Philadelphia Inquirer at www.inquirer.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
8 THE REFLECTOR
DECEMBER 11, 2019
Online textbook introduced Perusall program implemented in several physics courses By Emily Del Campo STAFF WRITER
The University of Indianapolis Department of Physics and Earth-Space Science introduced a new online textbook program called Perusall at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester. The implementation o f t h e p ro g r a m i s m e a n t t o help students be better prepared for se veral phy sics courses in the department. Timothy Duman, department chair and associate professor of physics and earth-space science, said the reason for the change from using a standard textbook to using an online textbook program was due to students being unprepared for the courses. Several sections of the PHYS 150, 153, 160, 163 and 390 courses are using the program, according to Duman. “The problem that we experience in our classes is that the students don’t come prepared to actually work on the material,” Duman said. “If they don’t come prepared to work on the material, they get very little benefit from what comes out of the class. And so this was a mechanism we were trying to use to get them to prepare [to] read the material before coming to class, so that they could start practicing and using it while we were in class.” According to Duman, professors in the department can benefit from the program through a specific tool that
is embedded within the program. The tool gives more insight to professors about how students interpret the reading of the online book. “One of the advantages that we thought we’d use… [is] what’s called a confusion report,” Duman said. “It gives you the top difficulties students are having in the readings, so then you can hit those points harder than you would everything else.” S enior biolog y major Derby Roan said that the transition from a physical textbook to an online textbook
to the program were made after listening to student f eedbac k, she could see it working really well in the department. She said with the right adjustments, the program could be beneficial to student learning. “I think there’s definitely hope for an online program,” Roan said. “I’ve seen online textbooks that work well. I think that Pearson’s mastering [of ] their online textbook access is really nice, so I think there is hope for it. Right now, it’s just not great for students.” Having spent an entire semester learning the course material through a new method, Roan said she "I've seen online textbooks hopes to see improvements in the online program in the near that work well.... Right now, future. “I think it’s really good that it's just not great..." they’ve made an eﬀort to try to reach students that aren’t connecting with the material or engaging created some diﬃculties when navigating with the material,” Roan said. the online book. “I’m not sure that it landed right, “It ’s really hard to get f rom but I’d like to see improvements and section to section especially within I do want to see if they do respond to assignments, you can’t just scroll student feedback.” normally throughout the online According to Duman, surveys for book,” Roan said. “It’s also got a lot student feedback on the program of resources we don’t seem to have will be conducted before the beginning access to. There are video links that are of next semester. The department broken and [when] I reached out to plans to continue using Persuall in Perusall, they said that’s something the spring for the PHYS 150, 160 on Pearson’s end…. We’ve had and 163 courses. He said the results of a whole semester of broken links and the survey will allow the department resources that we have paid for that to determine if the program is helping we didn’t have access to.” students learn the material from the Roan said that if adjustments courses.
Era from page 1 Alyssa Spears has shown an incredible amount of growth since she joined the team her sophomore year, he said. Junior outside hitters Katie Furlong and Taylor Jacquay have also been an important part of the team’s success, Reed said. “They've done well on the court, but with all three of those girls, I'm really proud of the way they've kind of emerged as leaders within the team,” Reed said. “Their work ethic [and] their leadership by example has been tremendous.” On Nov. 23, junior cross country runner Lauren Bailey placed ninth at NCAA D2 Women's Cross Country Championships, and received All-American status for the season, according to UIndy Athletics. Head Cross Country Coach Brad Robinson said that Bailey placing ninth was phenomenal and that he was proud of her achievement. “For her season in particular, that was the race we were building towards, without a doubt, and it went about as near perfect as possible for Lauren on that day, with the conditions, her racing style, everything,” Robinson said. “It almost feels like the planets were aligned… to have that type of performance because she didn't qualify the year before.” Robinson said that Baile y ’s achievement would leave a positive mark on UIndy’s program. While Bailey is rewriting the history books, she is also challenging the team to not be afraid, he said. “It's the highest finish, first All-American ever on the women's side in school history for cross country and the highest finish from either [the] men's or women's program at the national championship at cross
country,” Robinson said. “Being an All-American again shows the process of being patient, committing yourself to our system of [what] we're trying to build here that any thing's possible.” Having a student-athlete who placed ninth at a national championship and will be coming back for her senior year makes Willey proud, she said. Willey said that UIndy’s studentathletes are not only outstanding student-athletes, they are are also outstanding students. “They're just quality individuals that have so much to give and they just stand out,” Willey said. “[I] knew she [Bailey] had a good chance. [I] never thought she was going to be in the top 10 in the country, but [that's] just phenomenal.” Women’s soccer had never won a second round game and men’s soccer had never won a first round game until this past season, Willey said. She said that it’s exciting that they have moved up in the tournaments. Willey said that she never thought that UIndy would be where it is right now. “I never would have envisioned that we'd be where we are right now,” Willey said. At UIndy, everyone is pushing each other to be as successful as they can, Willey said. UIndy’s environment has made the university a more successful athletic powerhouse, according to Willey. “UIndy is known athletically across the nation,” Willey said. “ When you're having that success, it certainly, success breeds success. It certainly makes the job a little bit easier for our coaches and recruiting because people want to come and be a part of a successful program.”
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