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Engineering moves to R.B. Annis Hall By Noah Fields FEATURE EDITOR

Since launching in 2017, the R.B. Annis School of Engineering has been a growing progr am, Associate Dean and Director of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering Ken Reid said. W hile Mar tin Hall was a good space to start the program, Reid said, the school has moved to a new building now known as R.B. Annis Hall, located at 3750 Shelby St. “I think it was just an unused building that was kind of going to waste, and it was across the street from campus,” Reid said. “Engineering definitely needed the new help.” Photo contributed by Leah Diekhoff

Senior studio art major Leah Diekhoff was informed that her painting "Felix's Cave" went missing over winter break. It was on loan to the Chemistry Department in Lilly Science Hall.

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"Felix's Cave" a painting on loan to the chemistry department went missing By Kassandra Darnell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Over winter break, University of Indianapolis senior studio art major Leah Diekhoff ’s painting, titled “Felix’s Cave,” was taken from the chemistry department on the third floor of Lilly Science Hall. According to Diekhoff, she was informed by Chair of the Art & Design Department Jim Viewegh on Jan. 6 that the painting was missing and could have been taken at any time after the semester ended. Lt. Brandon Pate of the UIndy police department said there was a 24-day period during which the painting could have been stolen, but that was not reported by the Art Department until 11 days after the painting was discovered to be missing, and a police report was filed on Jan. 22. Officers are working with both Diekhoff and the Art Department to attempt to locate the painting, according to Pate.

“Our investigator will go through several steps in trying to identify who had access to the building,” Pate said. “ There's such a long window, [so] it's going to be hard to determine, but who had access, who would have been in that area? What motivation is going to come up for taking it? They would have passed several other paintings to do so, And several other opportunities. So as of the beginning, you're looking at who had proximity and knowledge that it was there.” According to Pate, the painting was accessible during the break due to UIndy’s promotion of an open campus, allowing the buildings to be fully open between semesters. According to Pate, there is no security camera footage and no reports of suspicious activity during this period, making it difficult to find any suspects. Pate said motives for stealing D i e k h o f f ’s a r t w o r k c o u l d b e m o n e t a r y, o p p o r t u n i s t i c o r collective. “It's just something that's there

and it's a, ‘I really want that. I'm going to take it. No one's watching,’ to sometimes, maybe it's collectible. Or maybe it's a piece that the person just really enjoys … [and] doesn't know another way to get it, and would take it,” Pate said. “Usuall y, consumables, laptops, cell phones, things like that, those are for monetar y type purposes. Opportunist crimes, typically out of a need.” Diekhoff said she cannot think of anyone who has shown any interest in her artwork that would lead her to believe that the painting was stolen, but that it is possible someone may have seen value in the piece. She said her artwork will be in the Art Department’s Senior Showcase this semester, and she has concerns that more of her artwork could be taken. Diekhoff said “Felix’s Cave” had been on loan to the Chemistr y Department, and there were plans to purchase it to hang permanently in the building. Diekhoff said she also was emotionally invested in the

piece, which is based on a creative writing work of hers. “It was based off of a novel I had started writing in one of my classes before, and I'm a huge fan of reading and writing young adult fiction,” she said. “And so I had based the painting off of a scene that I had written for the book, and this book was the most thought out one I had done before. So I was very connected to it, in that sense that it was connected to me in more ways than just painting a scene of something.” Pate said it’s important for UIndy students and staff to be aware of what happens on campus, never hesitate to report any suspicious activity and not be afraid to get involved if they see something. “Our biggest asset that we have is ever y single member of the UIndy community, because they're the eyes and ears of what happens. So we rely heavily on that. If you see something, let us know,” Pate said. “We can only investigate as well as the information that we have.”

REID R.B.Annis Hall will open in phases,the firstofwhichiscomplete,accordingtoReid. The first phase included faculty offices, c lassrooms and labs, especially those needed for this semester, Reid said. The second phase will consist of both metal and wood shop areas, as well as additional labs that are not currently needed, Reid said. Associate Professor of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering Paul Talaga said it is unsure when Phase three is going to be completed. R.B. Annis Hall is large enough that the school can build more classrooms and utilize more space if needed, Talaga said. “So rather than build the entire

Gallery to discuss sexual assault By Olivia Nettrouer BUSINESS MANAGER

The Student Leadership and Activities Board at the University of Indianapolis is recreating the What Was I Wearing Gallery to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The gallery will be up for one night only from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 17 along Smith Mall during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Graduate student and SLAB Homecoming and Spring F ling Coordinator Brayton Lipperd wanted to bring back the event because he said he felt that it was impactful. He brought up the idea to Assistant Director of Student Activities Nicole Schuch and it became their joint project. “It’s just to bring light to the fact that

it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing,” you’re seeing it everyday,” Lipperd said. Lipperd said. “The common stigma is “I feel like with the event if you add that that the more revealing you are the more aspect along with people sharing their likely you are to get sexually assaulted and stories it will allow you to feel the event that’s not true. Studies show that’s not in a deeper way.” true. So the gallery is going to be a part Submissions are still being gathered of a larger Take Back through a Google the Night event.” Form that was sent The last time through email by It's just to bring light to the Vice President of the gallery was on display, it stayed in & Campus fact that it doesn't matter Student the Health Pavilion Affairs and Dean and Student Center of Students Kory what you're wearing." for the entire month Vitangeli. Those of April, according who decide to to Lipperd. He decided to reshape the submit are only asked for a detailed event to only take place for one night due description of what they were wearing to previous criticism that the event was when they experienced sexual assault, triggering to students who had to see it according to Lipperd. Submittors are also everyday, Lipperd said. asked for their permission to display the “You can kind of get numb to it if clothing or story, Schuch said.

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“We have several submissions, which is unfortunate that our students have had to survive experiences like that, but amazing that they’re willing to come forward and submit,”Schuch said.“It’s all anonymous. They have the opportunity to tell as much or as little of their story. We really just ask about the clothing, we want to represent that as best as we can.” Actual clothing matching the given descriptions will be on display along with the story told in the submission, according to Lipperd. The goal was to have a wide variety of clothing, Lipperd said. Schuch found that a really interesting part of the gallery is the wide range of clothing descriptions that they have been able to gather. “Hopefully people will be able to see

building and then realize ‘Well, that was a bad idea’… we sort of built inside of the building the things that are necessary for the next few years. And then allowing space in the future to build some other stuff,” Talaga said. The school’s c laim to fame is its DesignSpine curriculum in which sophomore-through-senior engineering students build a project with an outside company, according to Talaga. With at least 15 projects with external companies going on simultaneousl y, the school has historically used every square inch

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Is college worth the cost during COVID-19? By Dashanee Hunter STAFF WRITER

College is tough, no matter when someone begins the journey. Within the last year, COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the daily lives of everyone, including college students. Some of the hardships are things that one might think never could happen. Some even may find themselves beginning to wonder, “Is college worth it during these tough times?” The answer honestly depends on the individual and his or her current mindset and goals. I, for example, have pondered this question since last semester. I wondered whether living away at school in campus housing or staying home to continue classes virtually would be better for my focus. I am a first-generation college student, which means that I am the first in my family to go to college to pursue a post-secondary education. If I lived at home, most of my family would not understand my telling them something like, “Sorry, I cannot help with this errand today because I have a huge midterm to study for.” So I decided to stay in my campus apartment. When thinking about the tremendous number of changes that have occurred because of COVID-19, I felt overwhelmed. Along with being a full-time student, I also work a parttime job. As most people may have realized last year, virtual or hybrid classes are not easier— the workload is the same, if not greater. I felt twice as overwhelmed trying to meet deadlines and study hard. One thing that I did appreciate was the fact that many professors at the University of Indianapolis have been very accommodating by extending deadlines and showing compassion for students during this tough time. When I thought a deadline could not be met, I emailed my professor in advance and let him or her know that I was trying my best, and my professor understood. Another thing that really bothered me was the increase in tuition. I do not believe that students should have to pay more during a time like this, when they are not even receiving the full, educational experience that they would normally. Typically, students would be in a community-oriented, classroom setting that would let them hang out in student lounges, use computer labs when needed, interact with each other, and meet face-to-face with professors. I believe that this is a very important aspect of student success because help always was available, whether from classmates or faculty members. No one is to blame for COVID-19, but I started to feel like there were more cons to being enrolled in the university than pros. However, one thing that has kept me motivated during COVID-19 is looking back over my years of tremendously hard work to get to where I am today. With very little guidance from anybody, I, a first-generation African American college student, am about to receive my bachelor’s degree in communication. I will be able to care for myself the way I need to and have a job that I am passionate about. When deciding whether school is right for you, consider what would happen if you gave up now. The year 2020 is something that I compare to an unexpected tragedy, but with great perseverance and the right mindset, we will be able to say that we worked through and graduated, despite some of the hardest times in recent history. As Henry Ford said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

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A staff writer's thoughts on one of the most eventful years in his lifetime By Brett Pinna STAFF WRITER

Every year around New Year’s Eve, people claim that “this next year will be their year.” New Year’s Eve 2019 was no different in this respect, but then 2020 happened. The year 2020 was eventful, to say the least, with a worldwide pandemic, a heated U.S. presidential election and many other interesting events that somehow crammed themselves into one year. Yet through good and bad times (mostly bad), many of us were able to persevere into 2021. To kickstart the year, international relations became strained after former President Donald Trump issued an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The event elevated tensions between the U.S., Iraq and Iran and both Iraq and Iran later issued separate arrest warrants for Trump. A few days after the drone strike, Iran retaliated by launching rockets at two U.S military bases that were stationed in Iran. Thankfully, things de-escalated. This was pretty scary for Americans because there were not many countries that agreed with

Trump’s decision and the discussion of a possible world war was trending on social media. Only 26 days into the year, a beloved NBA legend and his 13-yearold daughter tragically passed away. Of course I am talking about Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Bryant and his daughter were traveling by helicopter to a basketball tournament his daughter was competing in when the helicopter crashed, killing Bryant, Gianna, and seven others. The death of Kobe Bryant shocked millions of people, especially residents of Los Angeles, where many murals have been put up to honor the soon-to-be Hall of Famer. Not long after that, the world was introduced to the hated coronavirus (a.k.a COVID-19). The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China, and spread worldwide, resulting in many countries going into lockdown. People’s plans were upended as this virus shut down concerts and music festivals, postponed vacations, forced bars and clubs to close and disrupted normal life. COVID-19 has been responsible for more than 2.3 million deaths, crashed economies, caused businesses to fail worldwide and created a deeply troubling and confusing time in people's everyday lives. As bad as COVID-19

has been, to see how quickly scientists have been able to come up with a vaccine and the thousands of people who volunteered to take experimental vaccines to make this happen has been truly incredible. We should all be extremely grateful to these people. Throughout the year, the country experienced a number of incidents of police violence directed at African Americans, including the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others. These events led to protests and, in some cases, riots. Protests in Minneapolis after Floyd’s death spread nationwide and internationally. There were many more peaceful protests than violent, and the movement they advanced continues. As we all know, 2020 was overall a bad year, but we can look back on a few things that happened that actually were great. Space exploration made significant strides forward. NASA sent the largest rover ever to Mars and a SpaceX rocket carried American astronauts into space to the International Space Station. According to Business Insider, “The launch kicked off the first-ever human flight in a commercial spacecraft, and marked the first time an American-made vehicle has launched humans from US soil in

nearly a decade.” The rover heading to Mars is going to be a big step for space exploration because, according to Nature, “the rover will try to collect rocks to bring back to Earth, look for signs of life, launch a helicopter and record audio on Mars for the first time.” This could answer many questions we have about Mars. Toward the end of the year, the presidential election between Trump and Joe Biden was probably one of the most unusual of all time. This was the first time that a large number of people did not vote in-person on Election Day because of the pandemic. Many people voted by mail or went to locations for early voting to cast a ballot. This resulted in multiple recounts. The results favored Biden, declaring him President of the United States, but Trump contested the validity of the outcome. This election also made Kamala Harris the first female vice president. While 2020 had its ups and downs, finding a bright side is always possible. Worldwide we have seen people make the best of what life has thrown at them, whether through home projects, getting into shape or many other productive activities. We also have learned how to improvise, and that always will be a great skill to have.

Biden's plan for colleges is great By Noah Crenshaw

would be eligible. 2. If the loans were only for EDITOR-IN-CHIEF undergraduate tuition. Graduate student debt would not be canceled Throughout his 2020 campaign, under Biden’s proposal. President Joe Biden promised major 3. If the person earns less than changes to higher education. Some of $125,000. these changes already have gone into Biden also has proposed the creation effect, such as a pause on student loan of a student loan forgiveness program for payments, but other proposals have yet those who provide public service, with to happen. Biden’s bold plans will affect up to $50,000 being forgiven, according college students, but whether or not they to NerdWallet.com. will be good is subject to debate. These three proposals will help ease One of Biden’s first actions as the financial burden that attending president on Jan. 20 was to extend the college can have on both current and payment pause for federal student loan future students, which I am all for. By borrowers until October 2021, according canceling student loan debt, Americans to CNBC. This order is a continuation will be able to use that extra money of a policy that began in March 2020 to buy more things, which can help because of the COVID-19 pandemic. the economy. I also think that Biden’s The suspension gives people a longer public service proposal will benefit every opportunity to get their finances in American, regardless of whether he or order, and people could use the time she has student loans, by incentivizing to pay off other bills or set aside extra public service. cash for when payments are reinstated, One of Biden’s most substantive said Kristen Holt, CEO of GreenPath proposals, however, is his plan to make Financial Wellness, in an article for the college tuition-free at some schools. Detroit Free Press. Under his plan, a student could attend This suspension is necessary because a public college or university tuitionthe COVID-19 free for four years p a n d e m i c if his or her family continues to affect Ultimately, Biden has lots has an income under every American. $125,000, according of plans that could affect While this plan to NerdWallet.com. may not help Students who college students ... those who are still attend private, in school, it does historically Black set a precedent for some form of student colleges and universities, tribal colleges loan relief, which was one of Biden’s and universities and other minoritycampaign proposals. serving institutions also could receive During his campaign, Biden proposed grants that would cover up to two years asking Congress to cancel $10,000 of tuition. Tuition also would be free in federal student loan debt for every for two years for students who attend American with federal student loans a community college if they have not as part of his plans for COVID-19 previously pursued a post-secondary relief, according to NerdWallet.com. degree, according to NerdWallet.com. Additionally, Biden has recommended This proposal from Biden is one of my that federal student loan debt be canceled favorites, as it has the potential to change in three other situations, according to completely how many people have the NerdWallet.com: opportunity to pursue higher education. 1. If the person has attended a public In 2019, nearly 250,000 fewer students college or university.Those who have enrolled in colleges than in the previous attended private, historically Black year, according to the National Student colleges and universities or other Clearinghouse Research Center, which minority-serving institutions also tracks college student enrollment. number, which will be verified. Letters are subject to condensation and editing to remove profanity. Submission of a letter gives The Reflector permission to publish it in print or online. All submissions become the property of The Reflector in perpetuity. Advertisers: The Reflector welcomes advertisers both on and off campus. Advertising rates vary according to the patron’s specifications. For advertising, contact 317-788-2517. Readers: You are entitled to a single copy of this paper. Additional copies may be purchased with prior approval for 50 cents each by contacting The Reflector business manager.Taking multiple copies of this paper may constitute theft, and anyone who does so may be subject to prosecution and/ or university discipline.

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According to NPR, this is not the first time the number of enrolled students has dropped. From 2011-2019, college enrollment across the U.S. dropped by 11%, or about 2.3 million students, and one of the primary reasons for the drop was the cost of college, according to NPR. The cost of college has increased for a variety of reasons, one of which, according to NPR, is that the states are putting less money into higher education. This has only gotten worse amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of all undergraduates said in a 2020 survey that they needed to figure out a new way to pay for school because of the pandemic, according to CNBC. By offering free or reduced tuition, Biden is giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn a college degree, which can lead to a higher-paying job. This opportunity gives students the potential to move up the socio-economic ladder and can help the citizens who need it the most. One of the major caveats about Biden’s “free college” plan is that students still would need to pay non-tuition costs such as room and board and textbooks, according to NerdWallet.com. While

this cost may still be a burden for some, compared to the potential cost of tuition on top of the fees, students are ultimately saving thousands of dollars under Biden’s proposal. The other major caveat is how the plan will be paid for. According to Forbes, the plan would cost $49.6 billion in its first year, and after 10 years, it would be even higher. However, the plan likely would bring in tax money, according to Forbes. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that there would be $371.4 billion in federal and state tax revenue, along with $866.7 billion in private after-tax earnings gains, according to Forbes. The revenue from enacting this plan would go well beyond paying off the initial costs of implementing it. Ultimately, Biden has lots of plans that could affect college students for the better. The only downside is that they are just that — plans. His proposals are not executive orders, nor are they Congressional legislation. While these proposals would really help college students, we all need to be careful not to get our hopes up that they will turn out exactly as planned once they go through the wonderful (not really) institution

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COVID-19 policies updated Testing, new quarantine guidelines among new updates By Nathan Herbst OPINION EDITOR

As the University of Indianapolis continues to deal with the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the protocols and guidelines put in place to protect the public’s health may require updating. Most of the rules have stayed the same, but some have recently changed, Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli said. However, all students are still required to practice social distancing and wear masks on campus, unless they are outdoors and able to maintain adequate spacing, according to UIndy’s Road to Reengagement plan. The first major change residential students may have noticed was the mandatory testing requirement before arriving on campus this semester. All students living in residence halls or campus apartments were required to test negative for COVID-19 prior to moving back into their living spaces, according to an email sent out on Jan. 8 by Vitangeli. Only specific student groups, such as student-athletes, were required to test at the start of last semester, according to Vitangeli. "When we looked at the numbers, it really made sense just to be safe and test everybody because we were already going to be testing such a huge percentage [of students]," Vitangeli said. Random surveillance testing will also continue this semester and will take place in the Health & Wellness Center in the Health Pavilion, according to Vitangeli. The first few rounds will focus on testing

Gallery from page 1 that in a wide range of clothing that it doesn’t matter the gender of the clothing, the size, the shape, the style, it does not matter,” Schuch said. “The unfortunate, really impactful piece is that it’s so rampant. Another piece that we will try to highlight with this program is removing the shame for survivors when it comes to their clothing.” Tables of information and statistics

SCHUCH about sexual assault will be present at the event, according to Schuch. Guest speaker Brittany Piper from Campus Speak, a program that works with colleges to inspire and inform higher education students, will also be at the event to share her story, Lipperd said. Schuch hopes that the event will give strength to survivors and let them know that they are supported at UIndy. Lipperd said he hopes the event will educated students that it does not matter what the victim was wearing when they experienced sexual assault. He wants the campus to start talking about sexual assault more and knowing that there are resources on campus for survivors. Sexual assault on college campuses

LIPPERD is an issue not specific to UIndy, but the university can set a precedent against that behavior, Schuch said. She wants the campus and the surrounding community to understand that UIndy takes sexual violence very seriously. “It’s not a fun topic.It is uncomfortable,” Schuch said. “However, we have to embrace and challenge the preconceived notions on a topic such as this. The very direct way to do that is to engage with a program such as this .... And then we can start the work of completely eliminating sexual assault.”

commuters and faculty and staff since all residential students have been recently tested, V itangeli said. "We really were so fortunate that our positivity rate was less than 1%,” Vitangeli said. “I felt really good about what students did to keep themselves and others safe over break. I think it speaks really highly of the UIndy community." UIndy now has on-campus testing facilities for those requiring a test, according to Vitangeli. The university had no such testing capacity last semester when students were required to test off-campus. Now, the university has acquired 33 testing machines to conduct their own testing, Vitangeli said. "We have multiple locations where we're able to test, which has been a

Thank you to everybody for everything they've done to try to do the right thing." huge shift in us being able to know almost instantaneously if we have a student that needs to be quarantined or isolated off-campus," Vitangeli said. These testing locations are located in the Health Pavilion, the ARC, and Student Affairs office. The quarantine protocols have also changed from what they were for most of last semester. According to Vitangeli, UIndy now follows the quarantine guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated late last year, which gives one two options to follow:

• Option 1: Quarantine for a full 10 days. • Option 2: Quarantine for five days, get tested on day five, and stay in quarantine until day seven. If the results come back negative, then a student can leave quarantine. The daily health check is still required for everyone coming to campus. T he consequences for not following protocols are outlined in the UIndy Student Handbook and can include official university warnings, fines, social conduct probation or removal from campus spaces for repeat offenders. "O ur community has been very good about complying with our policies,” Vitangeli said. “We've had ver y fe w individuals that we've really had to enforce strict consequences with … For the most part, our community is really good about caring for themselves and others." Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines does not excuse students from following the university ’s protocols. Vitangeli said one can still p o t e n t i a l l y p a s s on t h e v i r u s even if one has received the full dosage of the vaccine. Furthermore, if one is vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, they will still be required to follow quarantine and isolation protocols, Vitangeli said. "I really have been so impressed at the way our community has embraced the guidelines and really tried to keep the community safe,” Vitangeli said. “I've always loved working at UIndy and I think in times of crisis it just shows that people do care about one another …. Thank you to everybody for everything they've done to try to do the right thing."

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Tuition to increase this fall By Noah Crenshaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published online on December 11, 2020. Tuition at the University of Indianapolis will increase once again for the 2021-22 academic year, following approval by the Board of Trustees, according to University President Robert Manuel. Full-time undergraduate tuition will increase to $31,972 annually, an $1,084 increase from 2020-21. The standard room and board rate will also increase by $240 to $5,896 annually, and the cost of the 14 meal plan will increase by $188 to $5,504, according to Manuel. University fees will increase by $416 to $1,548 annually. Manuel said that the increases for next year include a number of enhancements for students and that UIndy would continue to be a low cost option for students. The increases are needed because the university wanted to improve campus facilities, provide resources to update educational technology, increase student services, manage the rising cost of utilities, and to attract and retain the highest quality faculty and staff, according to Manuel. What the tuition and room and board increases will pay for: • Improving technology capabilities for UIndy’s network and classes • Enhancing academic programs • Creating a new student recreation center in Schwitzer Student Center • Increasing funds for student activities • Expanding student health care and counseling services • Addressing mechanical and HVAC costs • Updating residence halls and university buildings • Increasing security measures The new student recreation center will take over the space that UIndy IT currently occupies on the second floor of Schwitzer Student Center, according to Manuel. The space will be converted into a larger, state-of-the art recreation center for health and wellness programming, in partnership with Community Health Network, according to Manuel. Community Health will be helping with the programming and the creation of the physical space. According to Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli, this initiative was the result of Student Life Reviews UIndy conducted. For a couple of years, the university worked with the campus community to identify initiatives that they wanted to see, Vitangeli said. “One of the main bullet [points] to

come out of that Student Life Review was an updated health and wellness facility,” Vitangeli said.“This is meeting one of the goals that came out of that Student Life Review, but will allow … for faculty, staff and students to have expanded [health and wellness] classes.” Over the past few years, UIndy has been expanding its ability for exercise classes for faculty, staff and students, and this expansion will provide more space for those classes, according to Vitangeli. UIndy has a workout space in the basement of Ruth Lilly Fitness Center and has been upgrading it over the years, but it does not provide adequate space, Vitangeli said. “It allows for expanded continuity of health and wellness initiatives for faculty, staff and students, so we’re excited about the opportunities that it brings,” Vitangeli said. “Then to tie into some of the work that Kinesiology is doing, that the Be Well program for faculty and staff are doing, and that Campus Rec and intramurals are doing for students, to really tie everything together so that there are campus-wide initiatives.” The increases will also pay for increased security measures on campus, including adding more cameras and lighting oncampus, according to Manuel. This year, the university worked with its partners at University Lofts and College Crossing to add cameras in those buildings’ parking lots, Vitangeli said. Greyhound Village also added cameras to its parking lots in October. Additionally, Vitangeli said that the hope is that UIndy will also be able to add more cameras to other parking lots and other needed places. The university also hopes to add more ID card access to buildings that do not currently have card access.

“Every year, we [UIndy] try to identify places [where] we’d like to see that happen,” Vitangeli said. “The goal would be to just continue to increase and improve both the card access and the cameras around campus.” The university has always tried to be good stewards of students’ tuition, Manuel said. UIndy has kept their tuition low compared to other universities in Indiana, according to Manuel. Among the 31 colleges and universities that are a part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, UIndy is the eleventh lowest for combined tuition, room and board for 2019-20, according to data from the ICI 2019-20 guidebook. The university has a commitment through fundraising and endowed dollars to talk to people about how to afford an education at UIndy, especially if it causes financial hardship for students, according to Manuel. In addition to the increases in cost, the university has also increased the amount of money available for financial aid, Manuel said. UIndy is encouraging students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, by April 15, 2021, in order to be considered for federal, state and institutional grants, along with other forms of financial aid, according to Manuel. Students are also encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@uindy.edu, or at (317) 788-3217. The university is also encouraging students to use the new Student Solution Center if they have any questions. Manuel said that Center for Advising & Student Achievement Assistant Director Sunni Manges, who is currently running the solution center, is there to problem solve and help students with financial issues.

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Hall from page 1 of space possible in Martin Hall, the school’s former location, Talaga said. “There used to be a student lounge on the first floor [of Martin Hall]. Last year, that turned into project build space for the students. So we were ver y space-constrained,” Talaga said. According to Reid, a one-word answer for the biggest thing regarding the move is “expansion.” Shop space was previously located in Martin Hall, while innovation space was in the basement of Schwitzer Student Center. “It ’s a little bit tougher being in different places, especially for student-teams because … they are doing design projects for real customers,” Reid said. With R.B. Annis Hall, there is a lot more room under one roof. The space includes manufacturing and 3D printing facilities, as well as an innovation space, according to Reid. “The program is really ready to grow,” Reid said. “It offers faculty some space for collaboration ... and it is really necessar y. We’re starting to reach across the boundaries and partner with other folks at UIndy, but also other universities.”


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Wrestling gets top 10 ranking assistant coach, Nick Foster, he’s a dancer. I’ll shimmy a little bit. Assistant Coach STAFF WRITER Bob [Brubeck] will cut up a little bit. Anything to keep it light.” University of Indianapolis Wrestling Redshir t sophomore Dawson continues to roll despite facing all of Combest is currently ranked No. 2 in the challenges presented by a global the 157 lb. weight class on InterMat, pandemic. Led by twelfth-year Head and while the atmosphere has been Wrestling Coach Jason Warthan, the light at times, he said he knows this is a team is ranked No. 10 in the nation in serious group of guys. Division II, according to the InterMat “We believe we’ve got a championshiprankings. They are also currently 7-2 in caliber squad here and we’ve all bought dual matches for the season. into that,” Combest said. “We’ve got According to Director of Wrestling guys that are freshmen that are coming Operations Jackie Paquette, it is the in here [and] putting it on me some days, hottest start for the wrestling team getting the best of me, and that really since the 1980-81 season. In a regular motivates me to keep getting better every season that has already been cut short, day.” the Hounds were Combest may able to find their not be known for stride right from cutting it up at We believe we’ve got a the get-go. Warthan practice,but his fancy said that the team footwork on the mat championship caliber was able to get a lot has him as one of the squad here...” of practicing in the team’s three ranked first semester. wrestlers. Redshirt “These guys are sophomore Jack getting lots of practice, and they’re able to Eiteljorge is No. 6 at 165 lbs., and redshirt work on stuff that we normally would work junior Andrew Sams is No. 3 at 174 lbs. on,” Warthan said. “We are in midseason “I think it really just displays the work form right now and that’s good because that we have put in individually and as we are in the middle of the season.” a group,” Combest said. “I think that Getting a lot of practice during the rankings are cool, but at the end of the first semester has not been the only day, they are just somebody’s opinion.” factor contributing to their success. UIndy closed out its regular season According to the Indiana State Department on Feb. 6 in St. Louis with dual matches of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard,Indiana against No. 24 Maryville and No. 4 has over 639,000 confirmed COVID-19 Lindenwood. The team has already cases, as of Feb. 7. During these uncertain downed four ranked opponents this times, the coaches know that keeping season, including No. 9 Ashland at the the mood light inside the Velez/ Storm Duals on Jan. 30. Now, with Wetherald Wrestling Room is just as the NCAA Regionals approaching, important as putting in the necessary they’ve got the pedal to the metal and work to be successful. they are not looking back. “We keep it pretty light-hearted “I just hope people keep sleeping on and we listen to music at practice,” us,” Combest said. “You haven’t seen the Warthan said. “Guys will dance. Our best of us yet.”

By William Riddell

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Sophomore 2 in the nation for 1 lbs Da son Combest takes a break during his match on Jan. 2 here the ounds faced o. ranked c endree. ounds lost 20 11.

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Senior thrower Katrina Hopkins gains momentum in the weight throw event on Jan. 22 in the University of Indianapolis’ ARC. She threw a mark of 1 . 2 meters on her first thro of the contest. She as also able to in the shot put e ent ith a thro of 1 . 0 meters.

Track shakes off rust Hounds host season opener at Greyhound Invitational By Jacob Walton SPORTS EDITOR & PHOTO EDITOR

It has been 325 day s since University of Indianapolis Track and Field has been able to compete. Before this season, their last meet was the GLVC Indoor Championships on Feb. 29, 2020 and March 1, 2020. The y have final l y retur ned to competition, starting their season at the Greyhound Invitational held at UIndy’s ARC. Last season, the men’s team finished as the runner-up for the indoor championship, while the women placed in third. Senior thrower Katrina Hopkins said that even with the changes made to the season,such as the cancellation of the GLVC Championships, the team is gunning for that top spot in the conference. “We just want everyone to know that despite the current circumstances that we still have winning as our mentality, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get there,” Hopkins said. “We’re going to try like hell to make sure that Lewis [University], or whatever team, doesn’t beat us in the one conference meet that we get this season. We’re going to try like hell to win at this time. Get that ring.” Hopkins, alongside junior pole vaulter Brittany Clark, was able to shake off the rust of a 10 month long off-season and hit the provisional mark in the Hounds’ first meet back. Hopkins won the weight throw event with a throw of 17.38 meters allowing her to meet the provisional marks for the national meet. Clark also won her event, the women’s pole vault, with a vault of 3.66 meters that launched her to the provisional mark as well. According to Director of Track &

Celebrating women in sports By Taylor Strnad

MANAGING EDITOR In 2020, women made great leaps in the world of sports. The MLB hired Kim Ng who became the first woman to be a general manager of a baseball team, Vanderbilt soccer player Sarah Fuller picked up another set of cleats and went on to play and score in a Power Five college game, and the Cleveland Browns hired Callie Brownson as their chief of staff, according to USA Today. As the sports industry continues to progress, each year on Feb. 3, since 1986, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. One Hoosier that celebrates women in sports is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Fever Allison Barber, who only joined the sports world two years ago. In the past, Barber worked as a school teacher,for the White House and the Pentagon doing strategic communication before making the switch to s ports. “This is my 8th career, not job, but career. I just love change and disruption and really trying to put my hand to new things it is a good path for me,” Barber

said. “So I was just honored to get the phone call and thrilled to have this role.” Barber sees NGWSD as a really exciting and important day. She said now is the time to say “Let’s be serious about making more opportunities for girls and women.”She encourages girls and women who want to go into sports to do so, because there is more opportunity to do so today, than there was five or 10 years ago. “Now you have female referees and you have female coaches in the NBA [and] NFL, you have female coaches and athletes in the WNBA,” Barber said. “So if you look [at it as], ‘is there room for more?’ Absolutely, we’re just getting started as we are embracing these new careers in sports.” Like Barber, University of Indianapolis Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator for Student Support Jackie Paquette sees the opportunity for women in sports. Paquette said she always wanted to be involved in the logistics and planning of athletics. “It’s always just been the other side of it. It’s always been the side of managing things, managing travel, managing statistics, managing equipment,” Paquette said. “Keeping everyone in line with what needs to be done when it needs

to be done.” Paquette said she spends a lot of her time with the wrestling program at UIndy, as she works as the Director of Wrestling Operations. She said being a woman in wrestling was difficult at first. However, it’s all about the confidence and how one carries themselves, according to Paquette. “When a female walks in, everybody automatically sorta questions why she’s there,” Paquette said. “It automatically goes to ‘Oh, she is an athletic trainer,’ people think I’m an athletic trainer all the time because that would be the one reason why I would be there, right? Not the person facilitating the event, actually running the event and making it happen. Because there aren’t that many women in wrestling.” Paquette had the opportunity to speak on panels hosted by Women Leaders in College Sports, a leadership organization that develops, connects, and advances women working in college sports and beyond, according to their website. “I think that is the best thing we [women] can do, is that we can be that role model and show these girls that they truly can do that,” Paquette said. “And I think we will continue to do that as more and more women are going into these roles and I think that is the most important [thing we can do].”

Field/Cross Country Scott Fangman, it was wonderful to see the Hounds competing again. He said that sadly he and a lot of the fellow coaches did not get to focus on the athletes as much as they would have desired. “We [the coaches] were so involved and engaged in meet management that sometimes we missed, literally not only the performances of our kids, but the joy or the quality in the performance,” Fangman said. “And because you’re always thinking when we were out there, both Coach [Brad] Robinson and myself… we’re running 50 in our head, 50, only 50 people out there, only 50 people out there. So you’re constantly trying to keep that in order, so that was a unique feeling for me and I think for Coach Robinson.” According to Hopkins, she hit the provisional mark on her first throw of the day. However, she said going into the meet she had a different mindset for weight throw since her coach was not at practice for the week leading up to the meet. “So [for] weight [throw] I was like, ‘You know what? This is shaking off the rust. We’re just gonna see what happens.’ And I ended up having a good throw,” Hopkins said. “And then shot put, I definitely was feeling the ‘every throw matters,’ and I got a little in my head. So that is something I felt where at this point last year you were already two, maybe three meets in. So you had gotten back into that routine of just relax, you know what you’re doing and just let your body take over. So it’s definitely been a transition, to say the least.” The atmosphere at the meet was extremely different compared to the meets in the ARC in the past, Hopkins said. She said that in the past everyone cheers each other on and the men’s throwers are there to support the

women, but for the Greyhound Invite, they were only allowed to have 50 athletes and staff inside the arc so once an athlete finished their event they had to leave. “It was definitely weird. Like I had to ask on Monday [ Jan. 23], ‘Hey, how’d everyone on Saturday [ Jan. 23] do?’ [be]cause I couldn’t even go in, so that was definitely weird,” Hopkins said. “It’s nice at home meets to look over and be like, ‘Oh, Taylor [Strnad] is jumping, let’s cheer Taylor on. Oh, Chandler [Martin] is going. Oh, Mary [Costello] is over there in pole vault. Oh, I see she cleared it.’ [It’s nice] because you can see it, and just being able to see others do well and seeing your teammates succeed is just motivational … It’s [the restrictions] definitely going to be — with the upcoming home meets — something to get used to, but, you know, we’re just grateful to be here and thankful to have a season.” Student-athletes’ motivation was questioned going into a large amount of the sports this year, but according to Fangman, he and the other coaches had no struggles getting the team geared up and ready to compete. He said that due to there not being a conference championship, the focus of the season for a lot of the athletes changed. “I’ll be honest. I did nothing. I don’t think even the rest of the coaching staff did anything. And the reason being was, is because these guys and gals had already done it,” Fangman said. “Those guys last week were so ready to go. There wasn’t a whole lot [that] we needed to say other than, ‘Hey, if you need anything, let us know, but here’s the s c h e d u l e. ’ E v e r y b o d y w a s f l a t just ready. Nobody got caught in a compromising state or a position by not fully understanding what it is that we have to get done here.”


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Men’s Basketball finds groove By Keshon Griffin & Giselle Valentin

STAFF WRITER & DISTRIBUTION MANAGER For Head Men’s Basketball Coach Paul Corsaro, it has been a rocky start returning to his alma mater, starting the season with seven straight losses. However, it all turned for Corsaro and the rest of the University of Indianapolis Men’s Basketball team when they took down Corsaro’s former head coach and former head coach of the Greyhounds Stan Gouard and his University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on Jan .14. Since picking up that first win, the Hounds have gone 4-2 with a four-game win streak in the mix. “I think a lot of it had to do with just the fact that the more we’ve played, the greater our chemistry’s gotten,” Corsaro said.“We have a group of newcomers and new faces from staff to players, and with all that newness, sports and basketball in particular has so much to do with chemistry and rhythm. I think just the more we’ve played and gotten used to each other that has really helped our growth and development.” In the Greyhounds’ first win, UIndy trailed 13 points in the first half. However, that all changed with big shots from freshman guard Aaron Etherington and senior guard Dee Montgomery, according to UIndy Athletics. Freshman forward Jesse Bingham led the team with 21 points, including two clutch free throws as the Hounds won 61-60. According to Corsaro, he has been very impressed with Bingham this season. The freshman forward is averaging 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals this season, according to UIndy Athletics. Corsaro says the team has a promising future with Bingham. “And not only do I think he should be the top candidate this year for freshmen in the league, I think he’s one of the best

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Senior guard Cory Miller Jr. is seen during a game against the University of Southern Indiana on Jan. 14. Miller Jr. is currently leading the team in points per game with 14.5.

Senior guard Dee Montgomery celebrates from the bench during a match against the USI Screaming Eagles. Montgomery is second in scoring, averaging 14.3 points a game.

players in the league, regardless of how old he is or how young,” Corsaro said. “I’ve been really impressed with how quickly he’s developed, and I think he just gets better and better every single day.” The Greyhounds kept the momentum going as they earned their second win of the season, when they defeated the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars 75-74 on Jan.19. Five Greyhounds finished in double figures and shot 50% from the field for the first time this season. A pair of free throws from Bingham with 25 seconds left helped seal the Greyhounds’ second victory. UIndy defeated the Prairie Stars

for guys, like just being able to pick them up.” Montgomery said. Senior guards Cory Miller Jr. and Montgomery combined for 41 points as the Greyhounds earned their fourth consecutive victory as they defeated Quincy University 86-78 on Jan.30. The game was a full-out battle as the Greyhounds made 15 out of 20 field-goals in the first quarter. Big scoring opportunities by Montgomery in the second half helped seal the victory. According to Montgomery, building team chemistry off the court has contributed to the Greyhounds’ success.

Swim & Dive wraps up season Driggers sets new 400IM school rec. By Jacob Walton

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that fricking record,’” Hite said. “And sure enough, he didn’t just break it. He SPORTS EDITOR & beat it by almost five seconds.” PHOTO EDITOR According to Hite, what makes this record even more impressive is that Driggers was able to do it un-tapered. On Jan.23,a University of Indianapolis Hite said that unlike sports like basketball swimming record was broken by and football, the individual meets freshman swimmer Landon Driggers. between teams do not have as much In a meet at Miami University in Ohio, of an impact. Hite said that the times Driggers put up a time of 3:49.02 which that swimmers put up throughout the crushed a three-year-old record in the 400 season matter the most as those are what Individual Medley according to UIndy get the Hounds into nationals. He said Athletics. According to Driggers, it was because of that, the swimmers rarely are not a question of if he was going to take fully-rested throughout the season, but the record but when. now as the Hounds approach the GLVC “I had it coming in as an incoming Championships from Feb. 10 through freshman, but I didn’t know if I would be Feb. 13, the tapering starts. able to do it at that meet,” Driggers said. “You back off, you get more rest, you “I knew I would be able to do it though do less yards, you do a little bit more at conferences and nationals.” speed work and quality work,” Hite said. The goal is to rewrite the record “People are rested and then they shave books every five years, according to Head and then we wear these special suits … Swimming and Diving Coach Jason Hite. tech suits are what they’re called … He said that those records changing are [They] make you squeeze everything in a major part of the way the program is and make you a little bit more buoyant, evaluated. just make you faster. It’s a five, six hundred “If you’re not rewriting the record dollar piece of technology that is a little books every five years, your program just bit ridiculous, but is not progressing. I it’s what everybody look at those records uses. So we as an indicator of give them every It’s a good indication what we as a staff opportunity to are bringing in and of the youth swim as fast as they recruiting,” Hite possibly can.” said. “It’s a good of our team...” F o r indication of the the G LVC youth of our team. Championships, Hite said the It’s a good indication that we have competition is extremely fierce this power from the seniors all the way season with the men having five of down to the freshmen. But you know, the best teams in the countr y, it’s what our expectation is. Our i n c l u d i n g U I n d y, c o m p e t i n g expectation is to bring in people every within the conference. He said year that will help us continue to that the teams on the women’s progress and stay at the top of DII swim side are just as strong with Drury and dive.” University and Lindenwood Hite said he had been working University being ranked in the top 10 of with Driggers on the butterfly part the nation alongside UIndy. However, of the event, which is the start of Hite said that challenge is beneficial to the event, and he said that Driggers the team. came out aggressively for that part. “So it’s always very competitive, He said that Driggers’ best stroke which is a huge advantage for everybody is the backstroke so he took off to have that competitiveness in the in that part of the event, but during the meet because it prepares you for breaststroke is when he realized what the national championships, but the was happening. expectation is to win,” Hite said. “About halfway through the “We want to go in there and we breaststroke is when I said to our other want to bring home titles. two assistant coaches that were at [the] That’s what my boss wants me to do, so Miami of Ohio meet, ‘He’s going to that’s what we’re going to do.” break that record. He’s going to break

again 55-43 on Jan. 28 to earn their third straight win and fourth in the last five games. The Hounds kept the defense, holding down their opponent to 29% from the field. In the second half, things started to heat up for the Greyhounds as they nearly shot 60% from the field and never looked back as they garnered their third victory. Montgomery led the team in scoring with 16 points. In his final season with the Greyhounds, Montgomery says his leadership has improved. “My biggest thing is just being a leader, being more vocal, encouraging the guys and they get down and just being there

“I really think off the court has helped us a lot,” Montgomery said. “I know with Covid we haven’t been able to go out as much as a team, but in our down time we spend the majority of the time playing the game, I think off the court has really helped us on the court.” The Hounds are currently 6-9 on the season with seven games left in the season. With the GLVC tournament quickly approaching, Corsaro says his primary focus is to improve every day. “We want to get better today than we were yesterday, I think the skies the limit for our group if our entire organization thinks like that,” Corsaro said.

Hounds upset No. 24 By William Riddell STAFF WRITER

With just eight games remaining in the regular season, the University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team is making a push to land a spot in the GLVC Tournament. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kristin Wodrich’s squad sits at 8-8 after upsetting the No. 24 ranked team in the nation Truman State University on Feb. 4. On that night senior guard Mickey Sasson had a career night putting up a career high 20 points and 18 rebounds to help the Hounds win in overtime. The Greyhounds may have come away with the win, but Sasson said she knows there is still room for improvement down the stretch. “I think we’re getting closer to executing the way Coach Wodrich wants us to, but we’re not quite there,” Sasson said. “We have more to do to take that next step because we’re not playing our best game right now.” Indianapolis ranks 12th in the GLVC in turnover margin, turning the basketball over roughly four times more per game on average than their opponents. In a 69-63 loss to Illinois Springfield on Jan. 28, the team turned the ball over 25 times, one

turnover shy of their season high. “We come in with energy,” Sasson said. “We all listen and we focus in, but now it’s like executing [and] doing things right. [That means] meeting our passes, not turning the ball over 25 times a game.” UIndy had success avoiding turnovers in their game against Quincy, only turning the ball over 12 times through the entire 40 minutes. Not only did they do a better job of protecting the basketball; they dished out a season-high 25 assists, according to UIndy Athletics. Sasson, who leads the team in assists, snatched a career-high 11 rebounds while also contributing eight dimes. “I trust [Sasson] on the floor at all times,”Wodrich said.“Her aggressiveness offensively has gotten a whole lot better. [Her] just becoming a better leader has been really good for us.” Sadie Hill, a junior transfer from Murray State who is listed as both a forward and a guard, also continues to be an integral part of the game plan for Coach Wodrich. She has played 20 or more minutes in seven straight contests according to UIndy Athletics. Hill has started the last three games, and in the process, she is shot 50% from the field and 60% from three. “She can always work with her

advantage,” said Sasson. “She can drive against the post [players] and she can post up smaller guards. She’s a threat pretty much everywhere.” The Hounds have six remaining games in their season with four at their own Nicoson Hall and two on the road. They will take on Rockhurst University, who knocked off No. 1 Ranked Drury University, on Feb. 11 followed by a match up against Southwest Baptist University and then they will have a challenge on their hands facing off with the No. 1 ranked Drury on Feb. 18. So far the Hounds have a 2-5 record in Nicoson Hall but have found road success holding a 6-3 road record according to UIndy Athletics. Sliding into the GLVC Tournament will not be an easy task, but it is a task that this team, which has grown even closer as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is willing to take head-on, according to Sasson. “Toughness is a lot of things, it’s not only the physicality,” Sasson said. “It’s meeting your pass so the other team doesn’t steal a pass. It’s seeking to see who’s hot on the court [and] who’s playing their game and looking for mismatches. The thing that’s really going to help us make it or fall is just the toughness.”

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Junior forward Sadie Hill drives down the right side of the lane on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Nicoson Hall. Hill led the Greyhounds in scoring ith 1 points during the game. She shot of 11 from the field and racked up fi e rebounds and three assists. he ounds on 2 .


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Alum nominated for Man of the Year Leukemia and Lymphoma Society nominated Iman Tucker for 2021 Man of the Year award

Photo contributed by Iman Tucker

Photo contributed by Iman Tucker

Iman Tucker, pictured here DJing an event, was recently nominated for a 2021 Man of the Year Award through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Indianapolis. The award is a competition for those seeking cures for cancer.

Iman Tucker leaps hurdles at a track meet. Tucker’s coach, Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Scott Fangman said that Tucker and his teammates were one of the most spirtually connected teams Fangman had ever had.

By Jazlyn Gomez

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT University of Indianapolis alumnus and former track and field team member Iman Tucker has been nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Indianapolis 2021 Man & Woman of the Year Award. According to the LLS, the Man & Woman of the Year award is an annual competition for a group of individuals who are driven to find cures for cancer. Tucker said that this nomination has made him realize that he has come full circle since his own battle with cancer. Tucker said he has been diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma twice in his

life — first at 14 and then at 18. Nearly a decade after he was last diagnosed, he said that he is advocating for those with cancer and serving those in need. “I say the toughest part about a cancer battle isn’t necessarily the cancer itself,” Tucker said. “It’s the treatment you go through to try to overcome that battle. So for me, trying to run track and trying to be normal and trying to stay up late and just do what my peers were doing, it caught up with me a lot.” Tucker said he ran track for six years due to injuries and trying to keep up with his teammates. Throughout this time, he said Director of Track & Field/ Cross Country Scott Fangman coached and mentored him.Tucker said Fangman was someone who helped him find his

value as a team member. “He still knew that there was a purpose that I had, and he still knew that there was work that needed to be done,” Tucker said. “So he was just always really encouraging.” Fangman said that when he first met Tucker, he had no idea Tucker was going through such a battle. After learning about it, Fangman knew there was potential in Tucker. “I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, and I just knew I went ‘Whoa, okay, so now my responsibilities are even greater than trying to make this guy all that he could be as a track athlete,’” Fangman said. “He was out … a number of months, then he came back with that same determination.”

According to Fangman,Tucker would invite his teammates and Fangman to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis. At the hospital, team members would volunteer their time talking to different kids who were undergoing cancer treatment, Fangman said. “It expanded everybody’s reality about life,” Fangman said. “It was probably because of Iman, [but] it was probably, too, one of the most spiritually-connected teams I’ve ever had.” Tucker said that the experiences of bringing his team to the hospital made him realize how outsiders who have not dealt with cancer do not see the effects it can usually have on someone. According to Tucker, this pushed him to advocate

for cancer awareness. “It really made me see how sometimes people really don’t get to see what it’s like to be a caretaker or to go through the cancer experience and how serious and scary it can be,” Tucker said. “We just really want to make sure that that community feels loved, because they may never get a chance to leave the hospital and live a normal life again.” According to the LLS, every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. Also, more than one-third of blood cancer patients do not survive five years after their diagnosis, according to the LLS. More information about getting involved with the LLS is available at www.mwoy. org/get-involved/why.

Student workers find alternative jobs By Nathan Herbst OPINION EDITOR

Photo contributed by Amandula Anderson

From left to right: Amandula Anderson, Carol Gassen, Alma Trawick and Allison Brinkley pose together during a neighborhood cleanup in 2015. Anderson, a 2020 University of Indianapolis alumnus, was appointed to the Indiana Historic Preservation Commission in January.

Alum appointed to IHPC By Hallie Gallinat

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR University of Indianapolis alumnus Amandula Anderson graduated in 2020 with a master’s in real estate development, according to Inside Indiana Business. Recently appointed to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, Anderson is excited because of her experience working with Indianapolis communities, she said. The IHPC was founded in 1967, according to Indy.gov. Their role is to preserve and restore historic buildings and neighborhoods in Marion County. Anderson said her role at IHPC is to review applications to ensure petitioners’ plans are appropriate for locations. “If they want to put in windows, or if there’s a new building that’s going to be erected … in a historic district, we, as commissioners, would review that appropriateness application,” Anderson said. “[We] would look at one … the historic district plan to make sure that whatever they’re requesting aligns with that plan, but then two, we would layer that with what does the zoning require within the community? What are the sign ordinances?” Anderson also works for Illinois Facilities Fund, or IFF, as a director of real estate solutions in the Indiana market, according to Inside Indiana Business. IFF, according to their website, provides leadership, capital and real estate solutions to communities across the Midwest. “[At IFF] I talk to nonprofit leaders and boards about what they want to do in their strategic plan, as it relates to facilities, and help them to vision and create a path forward to ownership or new leasing that provides the space that they need to do the programming and continue to do the mission that they’re

there to do,” Anderson said. An d e r s on’s fi r s t c om mu n i t y development job, she said, was at the Near North Development Corporation on a project called the 16th Street Initiative. There, she worked in the Herron Morton and Old Northside neighborhoods, she said. Previously, Anderson also served as executive director for both the Irvington Development Organization and the United Northeast Development Corporation. According to Anderson, she focused on streetscape, community and small businesses projects during her time at Irvington. At UNEC, she said she worked on the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life plan.

So to bring in another diverse person ... it was really important to me ...” “As the director there [at UNEC], I co-led our Northeast Corridor Quality of Life plan, which was an engagement process that basically empowered over 900 people to dream about what they wanted their community to be, and then gave them the tools to figure out how to start to implement those dreams,” Anderson said. “So for example, the community really believed in … schools and education. And so we supported three really strong charter schools within the community.” While Anderson also graduated from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and Management, she said she went to UIndy to gain technical skills such as construction. She said the real estate program and its instructors helped her become a more rounded professional. In addition, Anderson said that she was surrounded by great professionals and

people during her time at UIndy. “It’s as much about the education as it is about the people who you’re around. And we had an outstanding cohort group of professionals and individuals that I still talk to today,” Anderson said. “One that I work with at IFF, but also folks that like I can call and say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about this project,’ or I can refer people to them.” According to Anderson,her experience gives her a chance to have a more open view on requests and support individuals, organizations, businesses and families. Another reason she is excited to be a part of IHPC is the equity piece, she said. “We don’t have a very diverse council, and most of the commissioners have been on that commission for decades,” Anderson said. “So to bring in just another diverse person, another woman, another Black woman and a woman who has been in community and nonprofit development, it was really important to me that we have some of that representation at the table. So I came with a little bit of that background and it just kind of all made sense.” IHPC Administrator Meg Purnsley said she is happy about Anderson joining the commission. According to Purnsley, Anderson was appointed at the end of December and brings to the table a background in community development and affordable housing. “I think it’s fantastic. I’ve known Amandula for almost 20 years and she has played a role in historic preservation over those years,” Purnsley said. “So she’s pretty familiar with what the IHPC does and has had a lot of interactions with the commission in the past.” Anderson hopes she receives good applications at IHPC, she said. It is important to preserve communities and recognize where they come from to know where they are going in the future, she said.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of daily life, people may have found themselves out of a traditional job and facing unemployment. But with the job market looking bleak, sometimes creative solutions had to be found to make ends meet. Ty Williams, a sophomore business administration major and member of the University of Indianapolis baseball team, said he decided to start streaming video games online last semester, when the campus suspended in-person operations. Many states were under stay-at-home orders, and traditional jobs were hard to come by. “It kind of hit me [that] so many kids are at home with nothing to do. Video games and streaming and everything online is going to be popping … [and] doing really well. I like playing video games as it is, so that’s what I started doing. I got on Twitch, and I started playing and streaming,” Williams said. “I would say a few weeks into really putting a lot of time and effort into it, I started to gain some traction, and I started doing pretty well. It was pretty good. I was making a little bit of money on the side.” Williams said he mainly streams Fortnite from his PC onto Twitch, an online streaming platform. His username is “Tactful,” and his setup includes a couple of monitors, a camera and a studio microphone in addition to his computer, he said. According to Williams, he streamed nearly every day last summer. However, he said he currently is focusing on school and baseball. “The harsh reality of the online world is that if you’re not doing it full time, and you’re not doing it six to seven days a week consistently at the same time every day, it’s near impossible to sustain any kind of success or see any growth on your channel,” Williams said. “When I would try to do that and balance school and baseball, I would realize how thin I was spreading myself. You can’t put too much time into everything, because you’re never going to do everything great — you’ll just do everything okay.” According to Williams, before he started streaming, he played a lot of video games and watched many streamers. He said this sparked an interest in streaming, and he decided eventually to purchase some equipment to try it out. “I felt like I knew the space pretty well and how to interact with viewers and

chatters and how to talk with people,” Williams said. “It really didn’t come as a surprise to me that I started having a little bit of success on the platform. I kind of knew my strategy and knew my route, and I think I did pretty well.” Other students also have been able to take advantage of opportunities created by COVID-19. Meridian Stowers, a sophomore pre-occupational therapy and psychology major, said she worked at a factory assembling ventilators to be used in hospitals coping with the pandemic. According to Stowers, she received an email from General Motors in April about the opening of a factory in Kokomo, Ind., that soon would be offering jobs. Stowers said General Motors was partnering with Ventec Life Systems to assemble the ventilators. She said she was the last person to inspect the ventilators before they were sent to hospitals, which included putting components together, running tests on them and packaging them for delivery. Stowers said eventually she was promoted to a management position. She said the factory, funded by the CARES Act, assembled 30,000 ventilators as part of its operational contract. Stower said the job was not without its challenges. She said she had no background in manufacturing and was the youngest person and only female in management. She said she applied expecting to get a desk job but instead was placed on the assembly line. Simultaneously working and studying full time also was difficult, she said. “It was a fun balancing act; it really was,” Stowers said. “I didn’t [balance work and school] at first, because at the beginning, I had never done online school before, and all of a sudden, we were in the middle of a pandemic, and all of my really hard classes were now online. That was really hard, and at the beginning, I really didn’t manage it. Trying to do final exams while working 50+ hours was ridiculously hard.” However,Stowers said she wrote down assignments and studied throughout the day during breaks to keep on top of her schoolwork. She said she also blocked off certain times just to focus on educationrelated matters. According to Stowers, she had many reasons for wanting to work at the factory, but altruism was one of the most important to her. “I was sitting at home [mostly] doing nothing other than attending Zooms for class, and I was like, ‘I should go out and help people while I can,’” Stowers said.


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Needing motivation? The Reflector’s staff put together a motivating playlist for the new semester With a new year and a new semester underway, many are probably struggling to get back into their work flows — us included. After the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, 2021 is a fresh start for all of us — and what better way to get back to work than with a motivational playlist? Let these songs The Reflector’s staff chose bring good vibes and motivation to your 2021 and the spring semester. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson “While this choice may be considered cliche by some, this song is very empowering. Kelly Clarkson’s stellar vocals, along with the underlying beat just give off a very strong ‘I can take on anything I want’ vibe, and this is the exact vibe I want as I head into my final semester at UIndy. (Although this song is a great motivator in any situation, especially heartbreak). After all, during a semester in the middle of a pandemic, we need all the help we can get to make it through online classes.” - Noah Crenshaw | Editor-in-Chief “Heaven Falls / Fall on Me” by Surfaces “I chose this song because the first time I heard it, I automatically felt so relaxed and calm. The song has really good vibes and is definitely a song you would play when you want to just chill out and get stuff done.” - Taylor Strnad | Managing Editor “LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO” by ALI “‘LOST IN PARADISE’is just a song I know no matter how I wake up in the morning, I can put that on and get myself in a better mood for the day. It’s just one of those songs you can dance to and its upbeat nature makes it impossible to not smile and even dance. The dancing may be due in part to the ending sequence in Jujutsu Kaisen, an anime, where the characters are dancing to it. I just love the wave of positivity it gives off when I put it on and just how happy it makes me when it comes on shuffle.” - Kiara Conley | News Editor “One Hundred” by NF “For me, this is one of my most reliable hype songs. I listen to the majority of my music in the gym and this is one of my favorites for that. When I’m in the gym the songs I listen to help me get in the mindset so I perform my best and this song is one of the best at it. It helps me prepare for whatever

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Chadwick Boseman makes SAG history By Mark Olsen

LOS ANGELES TIMES (TCA) — Chadwick Boseman made SAG Awards history on Feb. 4 when he became the first person ever to receive four nominations in a single year in the film categories. Boseman, who died in August from an extended battle with colon cancer, was nominated for actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and supporting actor for “Da 5 Bloods.” Both films were also nominated in the ensemble category. In 2005, Jamie Foxx received four nominations across both the TV and film categories, being recognized for male lead and ensemble for “Ray,” male supporting for “Collateral” and male lead in a movie or limited series for “Redemption: The

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workout I’m doing. This song alongside many of NF’s tracks are great at this.” - Jacob Walton | Sports Editor & Photo Editor “Someday” by The Strokes “An upbeat melody and driving tempo gives this song the power to make me feel like I can run to the ends of the earth and back. Plus the lyrics make me think of happier pre-COVID days.” - Nathan Herbst | Opinion Editor “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” by Donny Osmond “I chose this song because I love Disney and “Mulan” is one of my favorite Disney movies. The first line, ‘Let’s get down to business / To defeat the Huns,’ always gets me motivated and excited. I like to sing along to this song while doing work, whether it’s cleaning or writing an article.” - Hallie Gallinat | Entertainment Editor “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra “It is impossible for this to not put a smile on my face,and I feel like the rhythm just naturally fosters productivity.” - Noah Fields | Feature Editor “Wellerman” by The Longest Johns

Theatre department adjusts to COVID-19

time.” According to McKinney, technical STAFF WRITER aspects have also been changed to limit the amount of people in the space. Prior to In the past, the University of COVID-19, the pieces for a show would Indianapolis Department of Theatre be built in the scene shop, and then put was able to put on big productions up in one day, McKinney said. However, filled with huge audiences. Now, they now only groups of six are allowed in have changed directions when trying the scene shop at one time, McKinney to figure out how to navigate through said. The number of crew members and COVID-19 while still being able to hold people involved in production has also virtual productions. been reduced, McKinney said. According to Department of Theatre Another change that has been made is Production Manager and Technical to classes, where some are being held in Director Christian McKinney, the season a hybrid format, according to McKinney. has entirely changed this year because of Acting classes, however, are being held COVID-19. For example, bigger shows in-person, McKinney said. that were planned for this year, such “Some classes, we’re doing a hybrid. as plays by Shakespeare, are no longer If we’re having lectures, we can have allowed, McKinney said. some classes on Zoom,” McKinney said. “Last semester, we had a small, “Obviously, an acting class you can’t teach three person show that was originally that on Zoom, right? It’s really hard. So scheduled in April that, of course, just got the classes are still meeting in our spaces. canceled right off the bat back in April, Everyone, of course, is required to wear a that we were going mask ... and they’re to try and put up working with scenes in October, and we blocking in a Obviously, an acting class and got pretty far into it way that everybody, before we all decided you can’t teach on Zoom, hopefully, will be 6 we were prett y feet apart from each right? It’s really hard.” uncomfortable other at all times.” with the amount of Elisabeth people to be in the Hoegberg, associate space at the same time,” McKinney said. professor of music and chair of both “The actors couldn’t wear a mask because the Department of Music and the they were underwater in bathtubs at Department of Theatre, said that the points, and so that created a safety hazard, curriculums were arranged in a way so so we ended up just canceling that show.” that the classes that were easier to teach Student productions are continuing, online could be offered that way. according to McKinney, but will have According to Hoegberg, because of small casts. Students will also wear COVID-19, all performances are now masks for performances, according to virtual and are being live streamed. McKinney. Upcoming performances include “Our last show, called “Drowning “Drowning Ophelia” and “Kill Move Ophelia’’ has a very small cast, except Paradise.” we’re only going to have one actor in a “The faculty are really proud of how space at any given time [and] we’ll be hard the students have worked to still live streaming one actor in this space to make the show go on, as they say, and a screen to another actor in this space,” just to say that keep up the great work McKinney said. “And so there’s only and pretty soon hopefully we’ll be back going to be one actor in the space at a to normal,” Hoegberg said.

“Who doesn’t like a classic sea shanty to motivate you to finish that last piece of work when you’re absolutely exhausted?” - Madison Gomez | Online Editor “Lionhearted ft. Urban Cone” by Porter Robinson “All of Porter Robinson’s music has unique composition, and each song is filled with an unmatched energy. However, it is ‘Lionhearted ft. Urban Cone’ that stands out as the most encouraging to me. There’s something about the choir-esque vocals, combined with the slower yet larger sounds of the instrumental that puts a fire below me. Not to mention the lyrical content that makes it feel as though I am charging forward with a battalion of friends beside me like a cheesy anime. Quite literally, ‘Lionhearted’ makes me feel as though inside myself I have the heart of a lion.” - Ethan Gerling | Art Director “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead “I chose this song because it’s a jam. You can type while banging your head to the music. Something about the guitar really lights a fire under your butt and makes you wanna get stuff done. It’s also fun to sing dramatically to, which makes work more enjoyable when you’re

tired.” - Olivia Nettrouer | Business Manager “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande “Sultry guitar sounds with Ariana Grande’s powerhouse vocals equal the perfect recipe for a motivational song. ‘Dangerous Woman’ serves as empowerment for women to express themselves. A quick listen to the song when feeling down turns into a powerful reassurance that I can e confident and unstoppable.” - Giselle Valentin | Distribution Manager “On Melancholy Hill” by Gorillaz “I am a huge fan of Gorillaz and this song is one of my go-to songs. It has a sad title, but the actual song and beat are very happy. The song reminds me that even if everything doesn’t happen the way I want it to, it’ll still turn out alright in the end. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!”- Jazlyn Gomez | Editorial Assistant “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand “It’s a fast-paced, head-banging rock song that just gets me in the zone.” - Kassandra Darnell | Editorial Assistant Go to http://bit.ly/ R e f l e c to r 2 0 2 1 M o t iva t i o n P l a y l i s t to check out the playlist.

BOSEMAN Stan Tookie Williams Story.” He would win for his leading role in “Ray.” Maggie Smith in 2013 also received four nominations across the film and TV categories, with nominations for supporting female and ensemble for the movie “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and female lead and ensemble for the series “Downton Abbey.” She would win as part of the ensemble for “Downton Abbey.” The nominations for Boseman continue his streak of posthumous recognition. He was nominated earlier this week for a Golden Globe award for “Ma Rainey.” ——— ©2021 The Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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