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Enrollment inquiries increasing, School of Engineering growing, May commencement updates By Noah Crenshaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Editor’s Note: This is the second, and f inal part, of a two-part series about the state of the University of Indianapolis.The first part was published on Feb. 24. 2020 was a year full of events that led to unprecedented changes to the lives of students, faculty and staff at University of Indianapolis. In 2021, UIndy is facing further changes in admissions and enrollment, growth in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering and is preparing to hold May commencement in-person, although in a unique way. University officials are also preparing for the future and are hopeful about what is to come. Admissions and enrollment The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impacts have led to a drop in enrollment at many colleges and universities across the U.S., with overall enrollment nationwide dropping 2.5% for Fall 2020, according to InsideHigherEd.com. UIndy’s students were hit hard by the economic downturn, with some students unable to continue their education due to lack of income, according to University President Robert Manuel.This, however, was just one issue UIndy had to look at,
Manuel said. “‘How do we find institutional dollars to be able to help students continue their education if family units were unable to pay f or them anymore?’ That's a difficult set of questions when it's a lot of money,” Manuel said. “If you're a student at UIndy, you're part of our family, and we try to figure out how to help each other to get you through while that [downturn]
MANUEL was happening.” Manuel said that he has been impressed that the number of students re-registering for the second term of this academic year has not decreased. In fact, the number is exactly where UIndy had budgeted and expected, Manuel said. Current students were not the only students affected by the pandemic.
Incoming freshmen and potential students were also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to delays in decisions, Manuel said. UIndy also is beginning to see that for the next freshmen class, the number of people who are applying, being accepted and depositing money to attend UIndy is above rates the university has seen in the last year and is very encouraging, Manuel said. As of Feb. 17, 7,292 people have sent completed undergraduate applications to UIndy, according to data provided by the university. Of those, 7,031 were accepted and 504 of those acceptances have made deposits, according to data provided by the university. Compared to 2020, UIndy received 825 more completed applications, and the number of acceptances is up by 1,115, as of Feb. 17, according to data provided by the university. UIndy has received 43 fewer deposits, compared to 2020, according to data provided by the university.This drop is due to students taking a month longer, on average, to make their decision on where they would attend college, which is a nationwide trend that colleges are experiencing, according to university officials. UIndy also saw a substantial increase in the number of total inquiries with 97,712 inquiries for Fall 2021, compared
to 60,508 for Fall 2020 — a 38.1% jump, according to data provided by the university. For next year’s freshman class, the class of 2025, the university will be waiving the SAT and ACT requirements once again, according to Manuel. The decision was the result of a vote by the Faculty Senate. Manuel said that the decision to waive the requirements raises questions about
BAGG whether or not the SAT and ACT have any predictors on college GPAs. “The quick reviews we're doing [about the SAT and ACT] show that that's not the case,” Manuel said. “The notion is 'How do we choose and decide who's going to be a UIndy student?' Not knowing those doesn't mean you don't know who's going to
be able to fit and who's going to be able to succeed. It's just taking away one obstacle that people can take right now to the judge.” School of Engineering’s growth In January, the R.B. Annis School of Engineering began Phase 1 of its move into the new R.B. Annis Hall, located at 3750 Shelby St.. RBASoE, which launched in 2017, was initially funded by a $5 million gift from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, which led to the school being named after them, according to Manuel. “We've known for a long time that STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] areas and engineering areas are needed, especially in our own backyard, for the economic development of our region,” Manuel said. “It was out of that,that we thought we should be starting an engineering program, and we put our very unique twist on it by combining the technology and the science with ... the concept of design, and that has taken off in people's minds. Companies that are looking for students are interested in not just whether they know the technology, but whether they know how to use it, to solve the problem that faces the company in question.” This concept of design is UIndy’s DesignSpine curriculum. Manuel > See University on page 3
Spring Term look ahead UIndy under Phase 2 By William Riddell STAFF WRITER
Spring Term, the summer staple that concludes the end of the school year for many University of Indianapolis students, is right around the corner, and with professors prepped and ready to take on the term virtually, it does not look like COVID-19 is going to have too many negative effects. Figuring out a way to adapt was the big key, according to Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art and Design Jim Viewegh. “My whole department, we just kind of figured out how we could make it work and got together and made that happen,” Viewegh said. Viewegh, who has been teaching at the university for over two decades, will be instructing from his home studio. Viewegh said that a document camera and multiple screens allow him to teach from home without missing a beat. “All around me are pallets, and paints and pencils,” Viewegh said. “So, I can do anything I could do from school here [in my home studio]. I can’t work with them [students] hands-on, which is the part we really miss, but I can still demonstrate everything they want to
do. If they’re having problems with a drawing, I simply just redraw their s t u f f f o r t h e m . I t ’s a l l working.” The Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement has gotten innovative too, according to Director Marianna Foulkrod. She said that engagement looks different than it did traditionally.
Our students have been one heck of a body of students... “In music therapy or in art therapy, it may be that we have our students, and we do, we have our students connecting with seniors at senior facilities or youth programs via interactive virtual meetings,” Foulkrod said. “Some of those seniors cannot wait to connect to that Zoom link and have someone to talk to and listen to music [with] and do art [with]. They are so excited about it.” According to Viewegh, even though a virtual Spring Term has allowed him to get creative with how he teaches, he
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is still eagerly awaiting the day when he and his students can share a space, he said. “Before I could just simply go to their drawing or painting and demonstrate right there what they needed to do,” Viewegh said. “Now I have to demonstrate it, and record it, [and] take a photograph of it, and send it to them so they can do it that way. It’s that separation that we’re in right now and it’s that close contact that we had before that we’re missing.” Spring Term officially starts May 10, according to the university ’s official calendar. Viewegh is confident that no matter what Spring Term brings, the university will be ready to handle it. “Whatever we need to do we make happen,” Viewegh said. “That’s the thing. That’s the great thing about UIndy [and] the faculty at UIndy, they make stuff happen and that’s never an issue.” Foulkrod said, it’s in the students’ hearts to want to continue to give back and learn ways to do so. “Our students have been one heck of a body of students,” Foulkrod said. “They want to give back and continue to learn in those ways and engage in those ways. They are fearless and committed and motivated.”
By Noah Crenshaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
The University of Indianapolis formally moved to Phase 2 of the UIndy Road to Re-engagement plan on March 5, University President Robert Manuel announced in an email to students, faculty and staff on March 2. The university moved to Phase 2 due to a recent drop in COVID-19 activity in Indiana, and also to stay in line with community engagement standards from the Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health. UIndy had been under Phase 1.5 since Aug. 3, 2020. UIndy’s move to Phase 2 will not change the current meeting patterns or delivery formats of classes for this semester, according to the email. The university did not change the meeting patterns because UIndy is almost halfway through the semester, according to the email. Under Phase 2, UIndy is able to host events with up to 100 people while maintaining safety and social distancing policies, including staying six feet apart and wearing masks, according to the email. Standard gatherings will be limited to 100 people based on size; however,
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there may be exceptions granted for special events or events in large outdoor spaces, according to the email. In these situations, the number of attendees may exceed 100 people, but a waiver will need to be filed and approved at least two weeks in advance by a university cabinet member. Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli will need to approve events related to students, according to the email. Interim Vice President and Provost Mary Beth Bagg will need to approve events related to academic affairs, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Young will need to approve athletic events and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Perdue will need to approve all other events, according to the email. UIndy will also increase the amount of asymptomatic/surveillance testing that is conducted every week, according to the email. If an increase in the infection rate is discovered in the UIndy community, or a growth in virus activity in the larger community, the university will downgrade from Phase 2, according to the email. In the email, Manuel said that he has asked each administrative vice president > See Phase 2 on page 3
GAMERS CLUB UIndy’s Gamers Club is ﬁnding ways to play games together, from board games to video games, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Students staying strong
Making time for exercise can help you feel better amid the stress of school
MARCH 10, 2021
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Junior Marrisa McClelland demonstrates a couple of yoga poses in her apartment. Yoga can improve a number of aspects of health. The locust pose, left, strengthens the back and abdominal muscles. The low lunge pose, right, stretches out the quadriceps and hamstrings. Both poses are suitable for yoga beginners and people of all flexibility levels.
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Middle and high school gym classes taught us about fitness and health, but chances are if you didn’t participate in athletics, the bad habit of exercising only once in a blue moon started back when you were young and spry. Unfortunately, your body is not getting any younger, and the current pandemic does not encourage an active lifestyle. So the time to prioritize physical health is now.The compounding factors of age and COVID-19 protocols can make beginning your health journey seem like a steep hill to climb, but the scientific benefits of exercise should help coax you into a better lifestyle, for yourself and others. There are many ways to stay healthy, even if we do have to sit in front of screens all day. Better sleep and more energy are just some of the perks of physical activity and should be driving factors to convince college students to treat their health like an important course. This one is just worth more than a grade or a diploma. The University of California found that people’s smartphones recorded a decrease in steps from January to March of 2020, according to ACP Journals. While steps are not the most reliable indicator of health, the decrease suggests that the lockdown in March caused people to walk less during the day and lead to a more sedentary lifestyle since the pandemic started. I know from personal experience how much I miss my daily walk to in-person classes. Although I have the opportunity to go to campus every day,
my Zoom classes keep me paranoid that better and organs work more efficiently, I’m going to miss something online if I’m the Times wrote, which I believe can not back at my place by a certain time. lead to a happier life. So not only has the lockdown generated The Centers for Disease Control and these bad habits, but my exercise habits Prevention reported that adults need also have declined. I used to take daily 150 minutes a week of exercise, or 30 walks to go to class, meals and water polo minutes a day, five days a week. They practice twice a week—and that was my also encourage moving more and sitting routine for college. When COVID-19 less, which can be difficult in the age of hit, I didn’t get out of my apartment as COVID-19, but there is a way to combat much. I thought exercising meant I had virus fatigue. Putting the scope of the to leave my living space when it didn’t virus and personal health into perspective, have to be that way. If we start treating the time spent at home is time spent our physical activity like another class, with oneself. Taking the CDC’s advice then it won’t feel like a chore to remember and working on oneself to return to a but rather will be pandemic-free life integrated into daily feeling better can be routines at least two formula Your lifestyle is important, aforpowerful or three times a success. A great week, like college deal of motivation and it's in your hands to courses. is needed for this, take care of yourself... I want to however, at least encourage others for me. to adopt a healthy Changing old, lifestyle, because my overall energy levels, entrenched habits can be difficult, but motivation and health have declined according to a 2017 Healthfully article, since the pandemic. While I cannot scale the immense pressure of college can that for context, gaining 20 pounds over negatively affect college students if they the past year is a good indicator that do not exercise regularly. Because their something is wrong with my sedentary main focus is often not on exercise, college lifestyle. Looking at the benefits of students may be less likely to prioritize exercise, like its mood-boosting qualities, exercise during college, according to health improvements and promotion the article. Studying, online classes, of better sleep, as described by the papers and so forth may make the MayoClinic, college students like me time available for physical activity feel should look to get off their behinds and limited, but that doesn’t have to be the into an exercise routine to encourage a case. better lifestyle, at bare minimum. I have found guided exercises on Exercise, according to the New YouTube, such as yoga, a 30-day ab York Times, also can help your body challenge and morning stretches, that interact with itself better. Neurological have helped me exercise more regularly. connections are made faster, vision is Not only does yoga help improve
strength, balance and flexibility, but it can also help ease arthritis and back pain, according to hopkinsmedicine.org, and college students need all the joint support they can get. (I’ve popped far too many joints for a person my age.) I have also purchased Just Dance and Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch. If video games are a passion of yours, consider purchasing those as well. They are exercises, but made a lot more fun. The University of Indianapolis also has a gym and a track available for students, even during COVID-19.While I worry about my personal health while exercising, I recognize that trusting the health checks and workers at the gym is the best option for my health, despite my virus anxiety. Change is hard, but working now to achieve a healthy life later will be worth the effort. Healthy living accounts can be great motivators, too. A UIndy student who also is a personal trainer gives diet and weight loss advice and information and workout reminders at alissafarabaugh_fit, and uindycampusrec on Instagram provides workout routines, as well as fitness center hours, which can be helpful in planning one's day. Your lifestyle is important, and it's in your hands to take care of yourself, so find something that inspires you to work out and take control of your health. Instead of saying you’ll make the change one day, make today the first day and stop making excuses. Sedentary lifestyles, if not changed, can lead to a longer period of hurt than a lockdown. Don’t quarantine yourself from exercise: it can help give you a long lifetime of happiness.
that negatively affects my mental health. Now, I cannot give up school for 40 days, even though it is a bit stressful at times. Instead, I give up things that I can control. For this year's Lenten season, I decided to stop making negative comments about myself. This habit has been tricky to give up because I often unintentionally make self-deprecating jokes. But now that we are well into Lent, I am slowly getting used to catching myself when I am about to say something negative. In the short amount of time that I have been practicing this, my mood has changed. Lately, I have been feeling more content about things around me. I find it easier to be me. Even before the Lenten season began, I knew that I had to stop this habit. I recognized how much harm it was causing me, but I could not find the motivation to give it up. I can’t exactly explain why Lent has helped me to stop this habit, but it really has. As I said previously, I paid little attention to this season growing up. I went to church and followed the practices, but never gave up anything. As I’ve aged, I’ve realized other ways this season could be helpful for practically anyone. Lenten season isn’t just about giving something up. Anyone observing Lent or interested in doing so in the future can commit to doing a good deed for the 40 days instead. Perhaps you have been wanting to volunteer more—do it during the Lenten season. Even something as simple as
habit you’ve been meaning to break or encourage you to do kind things for others. Ultimately, Lent is about what you want to do to become a better person. During a pandemic, we can easily lose the motivation to do things
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Lent inspires personal change By Jazlyn Gomez
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Giving up a long-time habit is extremely difficult. Whether you want a fresh, new start or simply need a small change, finding the motivation to start can be hard.Research shows that breaking a habit can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days. If you are serious about ending one, why not use an already established 40-day religious holiday to take a break from the habit? The end of February usually marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a widely-observed Christian practice where practitioners give up a certain luxury or habit as a personal sacrifice. Oftentimes, this act of giving up something is seen as a sacrifice for God. Personally, I was raised Catholic and did not observe Lent when I was younger. Now that I have grown up, I can see how Lent can benefit certain people. This does not mean that all people should practice Lent. I am simply saying that in some ways Lent has helped me and others around me. When the Lenten season comes around, I take giving something up seriously. For me, bad habits don’t break easily. Lent motivates me to give up habits I know aren’t good for me. People may give up things that are either harming them or harming others. Some examples could include junk food, soda or alcohol. During the Lent season, I try to give up anything
complimenting others more often will work. Observing Lent is something anyone can do, including those who do not identify with a particular religion. It can give you the power to stop a bad
that once made us happy. But what if we did those things now? Even if you can’t practice every single day, start somewhere. The Lenten season can give you a small push toward taking care of yourself and others.
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Joshua Trahan, right, receives ashes to his forehead from Deacon Stephen Bentley with St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at an Ashes to Go event in Stockton, California on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
MARCH 10, 2021
US embraces vaccines
Pew: 69% of U.S. adults surveyed intend to be vaccinated By Karen Kaplan
LOS ANGELES TIMES
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The discovery of a ‘space hurricane’ high above Earth might mean that more such storms whirl away at other planetary bodies.
Space Hurricane spins over Earth By Richard Tribou
ORLANDO SENTINEL ORLANDO, F la. ( TCA) — While Florida is no stranger to hurricanes at ground level, the Earth once experienced a 620-mile-wide “space hurricane.” That’s what researchers were calling a phenomenon that formed over the North Pole in 2014 captured for the first time by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. Instead of wind and rain, though, the “space hurricane” was whipping around electrons. Made up of plasma, the vortex spun counter-clockwise and lasted about eight hours, according to the research compiled by scientists from the University of Reading and Shandong University in China. They published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. “Here, we report a long-lasting space hurricane in the polar ionosphere and magnetosphere during low solar and otherwise low
geomagnetic activity,” the paper’s abstract reads. “This hurricane shows strong circular horizontal plasma flow with shears, a nearly zero-flow center, and a coincident cyclone-shaped aurora caused by strong electron precipitation associated with intense upward magnetic field-aligned currents.” T h e p a p e r s a i d t h e “s p a c e hurricane” fed large amounts of energ y and momentum into the ionosphere. Bursts of solar wind can disrupt the GPS satellite systems that orbit Earth, and this phenomenon is an example of why scientists monitor space weather. This marks the first time the existence of a “space hurricane” has been found. Researchers suggest that “space hurricanes” could be present on other planets as well across the universe. ——— ©2021 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
(TCA) — More Americans are warming up to COVID-19 vaccines, with 19% saying they ’ve already received at least one dose and 49% expressing intent to do so when they get the chance, according to new poll results. Altogether, 69% of U.S. adults surveyed by the Pew Research Center now intend to become vaccinated. That’s up from 60% in November and 52% in September. Still, 15% of respondents said they “definitely ” wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine and another 15% said they would “probably” pass up the shots. Epidemiologists estimate that up to 85% of the country will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus. At that point, the virus will have difficulty finding new hosts to infect, and the outbreak will come to an end. Nearly 29 million Americans have had coronavirus infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins Universit y. But experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say even those who have recovered from an infection should get vaccinated because the protection is likely to be more long-lasting. More than half of those surveyed — 58% — said that the emergence of new coronavirus variants has increased the urgency for Americans to get vaccinated. Strains from South Africa and Brazil were less susceptible to vaccines in clinical trials, and others — including one that emerged in California — have shown signs of vaccine resistance in l aboratory tests. Health officials have also urged vaccination as a way to get ahead of more transmissible strains, such as the one from the
United Kingdom. Black Americans in particular said they were concerned about the possibility that new variants will hinder the country’s ability to beat back the outbreak. The survey found that 68% of Black adults agreed that the variants “will lead to a major setback for efforts to contain the disease.” That view was shared by just 51% of American adults overall. Indeed, the survey revealed that Black Americans are more likely to feel personally threatened by the pandemic. For instance, 35% said they were “very concerned” that they would become sick with COVID-19 and wind up needing hospital care; 21% of adults overall said they felt that way. In addition, 42% of Black adults said they were “very concerned” that they might spread the virus to someone else without even realizing they were infected; 30% of adults overall had this fear. There’s a basis for this heightened concern.Black Americans are significantly more likely than Americans as a whole to know someone who has died of COVID-19 or been sick enough to require hospitalization, by a margin of 78% to 67%. A report last month from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that life expectancy for Black Americans fell by 2.7 years in the first half of 2020. (It also fell by 1.9 years for Latinos and 0.8 years for whites.) This may help explain the sharp increase in the percentage of Black Americans who see COVID-19 vaccines as part of the solution. As of February, 15% of Black adults surveyed said they had received at least one dose of vaccine, and another 47% said they “definitely” or “probably” would get vaccinated. That adds up to 62% embracing the vaccine — way up from 42% in November. Although support for COVID-19 vaccines is stil l lower among Black Americans than other racial or ethnic groups, the gap is now
University from page 1 said that the creative way to teach engineering and engage engineering problems through this curriculum is what led to the development of the program, including the new building, faculty and machinery. The way the school is structured allows students to work with each other and faculty on all levels in creation and design, Mary Beth Bagg, interim vice president and provost, said. RBAS oE is also about to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering a n d Te c h n o l o g y, o r A B E T, this fall. The accreditation process could not begin until the first class of students from RBASoE graduated, which was in May 2020, according to Bagg. The ABET accreditation would have begun last fall, but was delayed due to COVID-19, Bagg said. “We would have been scheduled to do that already — to have the ABET visit — but because of COVID a lot of their accreditation visits and their process just got delayed,” Bagg said. “So we'll do that this year, which is fine …. We're working with it and we'll get there.” UIndy’s Vision 2030 When Manuel became UIndy’s ninth president in 2012, the university began formulating a vision for what UIndy would look like over the next several years. This formulation became Vision 2030, a set of lenses that UIndy were going to look through to focus on what the university wants to accomplish, Manuel said. “ We wanted to look through them so that we were thinking about institutional competitiveness and what we're doing in our community and how we'd make brave decisions about being relevant to the future,” Manuel said. “We still look through those [today] at least for a while, until we redefine those a little bit later on. Every five years, we put together a five-year strategic plan, which tells us what we're going to do that is informed by the lenses we looked through.” The first five-year plan was from 2013-18 and focused on initiatives, according to university officials. Thirty-two initiatives were launched during this period, 20 of which were completed, six of which are still in progress, one of which is under review and five of which are dormant, according to university officials. These initiatives include the building of
much narrower than it used to be. In May, the proportion of Black adults who said they’d get vaccinated was 20 percentage points lower than for white or Latino adults, and 37 percentage points lower than for Asian Americans. By February, those gaps had narrowed to 8 percentage points compared with white adults, 9 percentage points compared with Latinos and 30 percentage points compared with Asian Americans. Though Americans’views on vaccines may be converging along racial and ethnic lines, they’re moving farther apart politically. In February, 83% of Democrats and those who lean toward the party said they’d received at least one dose of vaccine or intended to get it. That compares with 56% of Republicans and those who lean toward the GOP — a difference of 27 percentage points. In November, 69% of those on the left and 50% of those on the right said they intended to get vaccinated — a 19 percentage-point gap. That partisan gap is also reflected in Americans’ views on the health threat posed by the coronavirus in general: 82% of those on the left said the pandemic is a “major threat” to the U.S. population, compared with 41% of those on the right. Despite this, 66% of Republicans and Republican leaners agreed that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 would help get the U.S. economy back on track. That view was shared by 87% of Democrats and Democratic leaners, the survey found. Overall, 51% of American adults said vaccination would help “a lot” and 25% said it would help “a little.” The findings are based on surveys conducted with 10,121 adults during the third week of February. ——— ©2021 Los Angeles Times. Visit at latimes.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Phase 2 from page 1 the Health Pavilion, campus apartments where UIndy was looking to raise a and the renovations of Martin Hall and certain amount of money to manage Krannert Memorial Library, according everything. to university officials. The creation “Originally, we approved a $30, $35 of the Professional Edge Center, the million campaign, meaning we were lacrosse programs, the Criminal Justice hoping to raise $30 to $35 million,” Education Lab, the Office of Equity Manuel said. “ We became really and Inclusion and the development successful early on. Now we're imagining of an engineering program and a that we might end this campaign at master’s of professional studies are also $100 million dollars.” among the many initiatives launched Roughly $92 million has been raised during this period. for the campaign as of Feb. 5, according The second five-year plan, which to Manuel. He said that UIndy has had began in 2019, will end in 2024, and a very good run of philanthropy over the will be followed by the final five-year last five years and that the university’s plan of Vision 2030, according to relationship with the donors and university officials. The second plan is supporters has been made strong over focused on the master planning process the last five years. These relationships of professional life, campus and campus only grew stronger with the arrival of facilities, student life, academic life COVID-19, he said. and finances, according to university “People that could give, continue to officials. This phase was affected by give, did, and people that were unable the COVID-19 pandemic, Manuel to because they were affected by the said. financial circumstances remained within “In 2019,the [first] five years had ended, our community, and we did what we could and we had started developing plans for for them at that time,” Manuel said. “We the next five-year plan in support of likely, within the next year, will close … Vision 2030. And then as Mary this portion of the campaign .… I'm Beth [Bagg] said, very, very grateful ‘ C O V I D to the donors and happened,” Manuel the philanthropists said. “ W hat we We want to be connected to w h o c o n t i n u e d needed to do was suppor t our the lenses that came out of to take, now it'll be work because they two years off, of understand that our [Vision] 2030.” figuring out what students getting the next five years their educ ation looks like to make sure we can get is really one of the critical ways through these two years of COVID that we recovered from the harm and then move into the next five years' that the COVID [disease] had strategic plan.” on our economy.” Manuel said that he sees the university May commencement is beginning to be more successful at Last year, COVID-19 forced dealing with the pandemic, so now the cancellation of an in-person campus leaders are starting to think commencement ceremony for about what happens post-COVID-19 May graduates. Flash forward to and what the next five-year plan 2021, on Mar. 3, UIndy announced would be like. that there will be an in-person “That five-year plan will be our commencement parade the weekend aspirational objectives that we want of May 8. The parade will be for to accomplish in order to be able to be both the Class of 2021 and the that relevant, prominent university,” Class of 2020, according to an email Manuel said. “We want to be [an] from the Commencement Planning impactful university. We want to be Committee. connected to the lenses that came The parade will include a driveout of [Vision] 2030.” through experience that will allow Campaign for the University of students to have friends or family in Indianapolis their car, according to the email. It Another aspect of Vision 2030 will also include multiple chances to is the fundraising campaign the celebrate along the route, including university began in its first five-year live music, a DJ, a virtual photo booth plan: the Campaign for the University of and more, according to the email. At Indianapolis. According to Manuel, the end of the parade route, students when UIndy began its first five-year will walk across the stage and receive plan, it began a comprehensive campaign their diplomas.
Several academic departments are also planning smaller events to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduates, according to the email. The goal of the parade is to allow students to commemorate their achievement with the people they care about while following safet y guidelines, according to the email. In February, Manuel said that there was a chance that commencement would look weird compared to years past. Manuel said the university would think as creatively as possible to provide as much normalcy to celebrate graduation. “Our effort will be to make sure we do that as creatively and then safely as we can,” Manuel said. “If that means I got to dress up and come to your house and give you your diploma, I'm happy to do that, too.” UIndy is in a ‘strong position’ U I n d y i s a ve r y c on n e c t e d community that cares about each other a lot more than most, Manuel said. Because of this, the decisions the university has made were about the well-being of everyone, he said. “They were about ‘How do we make sure we, as people — students included — are getting through the experience in the best way we can’ [and] as a result we were very, very creative,” Manuel said. “As a result, we are in a very, very strong position .... As a result, our students stayed enrolled. Our faculty continue to teach. Our administrators continue to do their work and academic progress can still be made.” Manuel said that there has not been one day where he has looked at UIndy and thought that they were in trouble because the university community has come together to try to solve it. While it is his job to be optimistic, Manuel said his judgment has been clouded for the past year. UIndy, however, has figured ways to get through the questions that could have harmed the university, Manuel said. As a result of this, students continue to come and new students are wanting to enroll, he said. “As we begin to think about more interactive ways for us to get back to our sense of community, I think we're going to see that relevance though,” Manuel said. “I am very, very optimistic about our future and actually excited about the long-term outcome for us over the next one to five to six years. We have a lot that we're going to be able to accomplish.”
to begin to review the support needed to begin slowly, and safely, transitioning some university areas back to oncampus work. The process will take some time, and will only move at the pace that is supported by the public rates of infection and science to keep the UIndy community safe, according to the email. University-owned residence halls and campus apartments will continue to be open, with restrictions in place to promote social distancing, according to the UIndy Road to Re-engagement Plan. The housing areas will also continue to have the same guest restrictions as Phase 1.5, Vitangeli said in a statement. Since August 2020, students are only allowed to enter their own building in order to combat the number of people entering and exiting. The university’s updated Road to Re-engagement P lan can be found online. Phase 2 at a glance: • Essential employees: Working on-campus • Non-essential employees: Most working remotely with some oncampus with approval or upon request from supervisor • Courses: Delivered under guidelines from Phase 1.5 for semester II • Gathering size guidelines: No more than 100 people • Social distancing standards: In effect • Masks: Required • Student clubs, groups teams, organizations: Continue under guidelines from Phase 1.5 • Student facilities: Open, per size and social distancing guidelines • University-owned residence halls: Open with restrictions to promote social distancing • University apartments: Open • Dining Services: Dining open, but limited to 100 people. Graband-go options also available • University-sponsored travel: Restricted, with approval necessary from provost for academic travel, or chief financial officer for administrative travel • C O V I D - 1 9 s c r e e n i n g : Temperature tests and testing as needed. This will be in effect before vaccine availability and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines
4 THE REFLECTOR
MARCH 10, 2021
Softball opens season with 1-1 split By Nathan Herbst OPINION EDITOR
The University of Indianapolis’ Softball Team opened their season last weekend at the Blue Ridge Battle tournament in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Hounds walked away with one win and one loss before the remainder of the tournament was rained out, according to UIndy Athletics. This is the first time the team has played since their season was abruptly canceled last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Softball Head Coach Melissa Frost, who is entering her 17th season as the head coach of the Hounds, said her players worked hard during the long offseason — physically, mentally and emotionally. “This team has been put to the test. Our season was cut short in the middle of the year last year and that takes a toll on everybody. But I feel like this team is going to come back stronger than ever, and it’s just great to see,” Frost said. Last season the softball team was down in W inter Haven, Florida for a stint of spring break games. They walked away from that series of games 6-2 before being set to return to Indianapolis for the rest of their season, but that is when the rest of the season for all athletics were shut down due to the pandemic according to UIndy Athletics. The team shares the same eagerness to return to play as well, according to senior pitcher Hallie Waters. She said she anticipates the beginning of the season as the team displays a lot of talent. “[There’s] a lot of anticipation, excitement and really high expectations. I think we’re going to make a statement and we’re going to make it loud, so I’m really looking forward to kicking it off,” Waters said. Waters finished the season with a 1.10 earned run average last season and currently has a 1.83 ERA after two games, according to UIndy Athletics. Waters said her role as a pitcher is to focus on keeping the runs low so the rest of her team can focus on scoring at the plate. However, Waters is only one of the team’s many
Nagel shatters records By Keshon Griffin STAFF WRITER
University of Indianapolis junior Track and Field mid-distance runner Ben Nagel had a historic weekend at Grand Valley State University’s Big Meet, breaking a near 30-year UIndy record. Nagel won his section and broke one of the oldest records in UIndy Track and Field history, finishing the 800 meter with a time of 1:53.07. He went on to beat this record a week later at the UIndy Last Chance meet, improving it by three seconds to 1:50.33, and putting him at No. 5 in the nation in Division II for the event. That was not the only record that fell to Nagel as he and his teammates junior Alexander Brown-Baez, freshman Devon Whitaker and senior Jacob Stamm broke the school’s previous Distance Medley Relay record a day later by more than 15 seconds with a time of 10:00.01. Nagel earned the GLVC Athlete of the Week for his performances on Feb. 12-13.When Nagel found out he received the award, he said he never expected to see this happen. “I was pretty surprised. Coming in as a freshman, that wasn’t even on my radar,” Nagel said. “It was really exciting to see all my hard work, consistency and training come through. Getting an award like that is really cool.” According to UIndy Athletics, the previous record for the 800 meter was set by Dean Rich in 1992 at 1:54.90. Nagel is no stranger to success; he is also a 2020 Brother James Gaffney Award honoree as well as a 2x Academic AllGLVC, according to UIndy Athletics. Nagel’s teammates, as well as his coaches, have praised his work ethic. Head Cross Country Coach and Track and Field Assistant Coach Brad Robinson was happy for Nagel and his teammates. “I’m thrilled for Ben, and this is one of those benchmarks that can move this program in the positive direction,” Robinson said. Robinson said that one of Nagel’s strongest qualities is his work ethic. He said that his energy and personality help draw in his teammates and push them to be better athletes and people. Robinson said what makes Nagel different from others is his ability to focus on his goals without relent. According to Nagel, he has many more goals he wants
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Junior mid-distance runner Ben Nagel runs the DMR at the UIndy Last Chance Meet on Feb. 27 inside the ARC. Nagel beat his own record in the 800 meter that he set the weekend before at the Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State. He is fifth in DII in the 800m.
to accomplish before the end of the year. During this moment, Nagel said he could He said there are no specifics but that the not believe he won a medal, surprising fans are in for a treat. himself yet again as well as surpassing his “Ben’s pretty fearless, he’s not going to own expectations that he set for himself back down from a challenge,” Robinson his freshman year. said. “He runs hard but he runs at his Nagel said his preparation is best when he’s got different for cross somebody to chase country and track. down; that’s when He said he prepares Ben’s pretty fearless, the magic happens by running miles and he takes himself during the summer he’s not going to back to another level that and that he has run he hadn’t been to up to 85 miles in down from a challenge.” before.” one week. He said Nagel said that, he also prepares by so far in his career, the memory he doing workouts during the weeks cherishes the most is the 800 meter race and running as many miles as he can at conference last year. According to to prepare for the upcoming season. Nagel, during this event he went from Nagel’s work ethic has led him to success last place and worked his way to third, during his time at UIndy as well as in high earning himself his first conference medal. school. According to Nagel, he beat a near
40 year record in the 800 meter in high school as well. “That was pretty cool to have that parallel from high school to college,” Nagel said. “I would have never expected this is where I would be.” No matter what Nagel does, according to Robinson, he will continue to find success. Robinson said he has high hopes for Nagel and he is pretty confident in Nagel’s future. Nagel said he continues to surprise himself and the coaching staff by surpassing his personal goals, as well as expectations set by the team. According to Nagel, his teammates push him and will tease him if he does not do his best. “Ben [Nagel] will be very successful no matter what opportunities he has in his life,”Robinson said.“He is very motivated, and always looking for ways to challenge himself but doing it in a positive way.”
Baseball’s early struggles Greyhound pitchers give up 52 runs in first two series of their spring start By Noah Fields FEATURE EDITOR
FROST returning players. “Our depth is so much deeper than it ever has been,” Frost said. “I’ve said that Coach [Ben] Farrell and I are going to have some really tough decisions when it comes to who our nine are because … we really have a lot of options and I don’t feel like we have to rely heavily on two or three players.” This talent has revealed itself in the team’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason r anking. UIndy has moved steadily up the ranks to No. 17 in the nation, progressing from No. 21 at the end of January and No. 19 in mid-February, according to UIndy Athletics. Frost said their main goal is the same as always: to win a national championship. However, the team also places a strong focus on individual goals as well, such as GPA and mental toughness, according to Frost. She said the team currently has a cumulative 3.78 GPA, which put them at one of the highest for the 23 varsity sports, according to UIndy Athletics. Waters said that each player on the team is committed to the goal of making it to the World Series as well. She said her and her teammates all have a similar mindset and work well together. “The team shares the same goals. We want to make it to the World Series when it’s all said and done,” Waters said. “I think if we can play to our potential every single time that we step on the field ... we’re going to achieve that. Our goals are very aligned and this team is very selfless. At the end of the season, we all just want to be in one spot, and that’s at the World Series.”
After their 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Indianapolis Baseball Team has returned to a rocky start, dropping five of their first six games. Despite only one error in their first two games, the team has made mistakes indicative of a team that has not been outside a lot, Head Baseball Coach Al Ready said. According to Ready, there were a lot of positives in the first two games against Tusculum University. He said redshirt senior pitcher Corey Bates had a good fastball in his first start. While Bates struggled in his off speed command, Ready said Bates threw the ball very well overall. In his first start of the season, Bates gave up five earned runs and two walks alongside a six strikeout day in 5.2 innings pitched, according to UIndy Athletics. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Justyn Eichbaum said with conference coming up, the team has a new focus and considered themselves 0-0 again. He said that since this is the only season with an upcoming conference, the team is more worried about it than anything else. “It’s been pretty good. I mean, I think the guys are for sure getting better every day. Our first couple [of ] weekends were a little rough but I think it was something that we needed,” Eichbaum said. Senior pitcher Reid Warner was lights out at the third game against Tusculum on Feb. 21, Ready said. In Warner’s first start, he threw eight solid innings for the game resulting in the team’s first win of the season at 9-2, according to Ready. However, the team made some physical mistakes at that third game, according to Ready. The pitchers gave up a lot of walks, which Ready said is uncharacteristic of UIndy’s ballclub. “... If you walk as many people as we did on the third game on Sunday, those errors tend to mount,” Ready said. Despite the abnormal circumstances and restrictions, the team had somewhat of a normal fall schedule, according
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Senior third baseman Hunter Waning launches a ball across the diamond in a game at Bishop Chatard High School on Feb. 27 in Indianapolis, where the Hounds hosted the Northwood University Timberwolves. The game resulted in a no-hitter loss for the Hounds.
to Ready. In addition to mask and social distancing protocols, he said he implemented a split-squad practice in which players split into smaller practice groups and met at different times. The purpose of this was to limit the number of bodies physically present at practices, Ready said. “And it is a veteran team as well. So a lot of the plays ... the systematic stuff that you’re teaching your players like your first and third plays, your buck coverages [and] things like that, most of our guys have been through it. They know how the system works,” Ready said. Eichbaum said the team has done well with following COVID-19 precautions. However, he said the split-squad practices made things a little different. “I think that’s the biggest thing
was the team just kind of felt split a little bit because we didn’t know all the new guys yet,” Eichbaum said. “So I think just right now, in the past couple [of ] months, we’ve really gotten to really get the whole team together and really became one big team, one big brotherhood right now.” Including redshirts, there are 19 freshmen on the 2021 roster, according to UIndy Athletics. Ready said that while most of them are returning players who are still listed as freshmen, it still bodes well for the program to have young talent. Ready said the team’s statistics such as their earned run average are inflated due to the first weekend. While those statistics will come back down to where they need to be, according to Ready, he expects more low scoring this season. “We can swing the bats pretty well.
There’s no question about that,” Ready said. “I do think that we are going to score a lot of runs against mediocre-type pitching. But when it’s the best guy against the best guy, yeah, I do expect it to be a little bit more lower scoring than what we saw last weekend.” Eichbaum said that being inside and not having to play on turf instead of the field they are used to has been a learning curve. According to Ready, the weekend was a good learning experience. He said it was great to be outside playing again. “I told the guys, win or lose… just to have fun and enjoy it because they deserve it,” Ready said. “They’ve been shut down inside for the majority of last year and it was just really fun to see just the glow on everybody’s face, just the buzz around just being outside play[ing] baseball.”
Hounds win first ITA title
MARCH 10, 2021
Women’s Tennis leaves Edmond, Okla. ITA DII Indoor National Champions, 12-0 in tournament By Giselle Valentin
DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Last year the women’s tennis team made their ITA Division II Indoor Team Championship debut. However, they did not walk away with any hardware and lost to the Hawaii Pacific University Sharks in the first round. But the script was flipped this year as they came in as the No. 4 team in the nation and proceeded to sweep the field with three straight 4-0 wins, leaving Edmond, Oklahoma as the ITA DII Indoor Team National Champions,according to UIndy Athletics. Women’s tennis head coach Malik Tabet said he couldn’t be more proud of his team achieving such a huge victory. “Our first national title as a team,” Tabet said. “It’s a great way to keep building this program.” The Greyhounds walked through the tournament beating Midwestern State University, Central Oklahoma University and, finally, GLVC rival Southwest Baptist University in the finals. UIndy jumped out to an early lead in the last match of the tournament against SBU, securing two doubles victories to earn the team’s first point. Doubles partners, seniors Alina Kislitskya and Kristina Lagoda, won first and were followed by junior Maria Solnyshkina and sophomore Sofia Sharonova to secure the point. The Greyhounds maintained their dominance going into singles with Novikova keeping the team’s momentum going as she won in two consecutive 6-0 sets. She was followed by Lagoda, who identically delivered two consecutive 6-0 sets. Sharonova won her first single set 6-4, but she was on the verge of losing after dropping four games. She did, however, find her stride in the second set, which she won 6-0. Just like that, the Greyhounds were crowned champions and held the ITA
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The University of Indianapolis Women’s Tennis Team holds up their ITA DII championship trophy for the ITA DII Indoor Team Championships in Edmond, Oklahoma on Feb. 28, 2021.
trophy over their heads. When facing SBU, a team they have defeated before, Tabet said his players did an excellent job of stepping up. “My players, it was a final, so they did not want to take any chances to lose,” Tabet said. “It’s also a great way to show how strong our conference is. We had Southwest Baptist in the final of the national championship which is a great representation of our conference.” According to UIndy Athletics, junior Nikol Alekseeva led the team, being No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and has yet
Volleyball takes big strides in spring season By Kassandra Darnell
success.Thom said middle blocker Emily Ellis and outside hitters Katie Furlong EDITORIAL ASSISTANT and Taylor Jacquay have been leading the women every step of the way. Those seniors are not the only leaders for the The University of Indianapolis team, but they lead in the stat sheet with Volleyball Team is taking big strides this Furlong having 74 kills and leading the season. Led by Head Volleyball Coach team, Jacquay having 71 digs and Ellis Jason Reed, the team has been ranked having 4 kills so far this season nationally for the first time since 2014 and “I feel like Emily [Ellis] especially rose to No. 18 in the AVCA Division II has done a good job coming back and Coaches Poll before falling down to No. leading the team and being super vocal,” 25 later, according to UIndy Athletics. Thom said. “Taylor [ Jacquay] does a very Reed said he attributes the success so good job bringing us all together and far to hard work and the relationships keeping us focused. Of course, everyone amongst team members. loves Katie [Furlong]. She’s been super “I think that in the past few weeks, helpful on and off the court, scoring our team has done a really nice job of points, bringing us close together. All the coming together, spending some time seniors, I feel like they’ve done a really working on relationships and building good job working with us.” those relationships, which I think does While the team is climbing the help in terms of the wins and losses,” rankings, the women are not letting Reed said. “There’s a trust factor that is their victories or losses get the best of developing that I think you can see within them. The team’s our play.” current record is According to 5-5. Opening the Reed,the team’s goal All the seniors I feel like season with a win in a normal season the University would be making they’ve done a really good over of Illinoisit to the NCAA Springfield before tournament.But due job working with us.” dropping their next to the tournament’s two games then, cancellation, Reed bouncing back into a three game win said the girls are putting all of their focus streak. Thom said the team is focusing into winning the GLVC tournament. on one game at a time. While practice will take this team to “I think for us we’re not as focused on the top, Reed said coming together is where we’re placed overall ... but getting important for achieving that goal. better each day and coming into practice “The more important piece is that and not focusing on the very end. ‘Who every day we come in and we work on our culture, getting just a little bit better,” is the next team that we’re playing? Who are we facing next?’” Thom said. “I think Reed said. “So we’ve been spending that is where our focus is, not necessarily time both in practice, out of practice, all over the place. We’re all super excited as a group and as individuals trying to about that. And that’s really cool. It’s work on getting to know each other a super motivating too, to even see that little bit better. In a time like now where we’re able to accomplish something so everything’s done via Zoom and that big, but, again, staying focused and not human connection piece is less and less, losing sight of the next game.” we’re trying to really make it a point safely, Reed said that he is proud of obviously, but to try and make sure we’re everything the team has accomplished connecting. Trying to learn each other a so far this season, despite the numerous little bit better.” obstacles because of the pandemic. Freshman setter Natalie Thom has “I think that what we’re doing is been an important asset to the team, unbelievable,” Reed said. “We’re finding leading with 132 assists so far this season, a way to play amidst a pandemic. We’re according to UIndy Athletics. Thom finding a way to play [at] a really, really said she feels blessed to play despite the high level, amidst an incredible amount of pandemic while other collegiate teams barriers and limitations and distractions in the division do not have the same and other obstacles. And through all of opportunity. that, we’re finding a way to be a darn According to Thom, the seniors on good volleyball team.” the team have been a big factor in their
to lose a match. According to Alekseeva, the victory feels fantastic, but the team felt a little pressure heading into the tournament because they were the top seed and had to prove that they deserve their spot. She said the team is overjoyed with their accomplishments in what has proven to be a challenging year due to the pandemic. “We are very excited and very proud of ourselves because we did a hell of a job. We worked hard for it for two months,” Alekseeva said. “We were preparing, practicing, working out. We
were preparing mentally for it. And how we did, it was amazing.” Alekseeva said the win boosted the team’s confidence. Although the victory feels terrific, according to Alekseeva, the work does not stop heading back into the rest of the season. “It’s not like we won now, so now we’re going to win everything. It doesn’t work that way,”Alekseeva said.“We know that we’re going to work hard. We’re going to push ourselves, but this [win] will help us feel like we can do everything, that we can make it.”
Tabet said the team’s mindset for the remainder of the season is to return and focus on the various goals they want to achieve, as well as recognize that they have areas upon which to build. “My players unfortunately have a coach that is never satisfied,” Tabet said. “Not that we always look for perfection in tennis, but we always try to get better as a team... And hopefully, now we can start looking at peaking for the conference championship and the national championship in May.”
By Jacob Walton & Giselle Valentin
that we face working with athletes is overcoming the stigma — and having people recognize that these are human beings, not robots.” According to Steinfeldt, sports psychology is a part of every sport, and a strong mental game for an athlete can make the difference between an average player and a great player. Steinfeldt said that players in sports such as baseball or golf may benefit more from developing the mental side of the sport. “A great athlete and elite athlete is right here, between the ears. It is about decision-making in that space,” Steinfeldt said. “In baseball, there’s a lot of split-second decisions that you have to make. It’s also about how you rebound. In baseball, you strike out three times, what do you do that fourth at-bat? You’re going to crap your pants and feel sad if you’re sorry for yourself ? Or are you going to focus and get that important hit and go one for four? ... So I believe wholeheartedly that the mental aspect of your game is as important for you to train as a physical
them [athletes] in the right frame of mind to compete.” University of Indianapolis redshirt sophomore wrestler Jack Eiteljorge said he starts to prepare himself to compete three matches before his. He said he has a playlist that he listens to in order to prepare himself and help keep his nerves under control. “I think the best thing is just to embrace them [the nerves] and realize you’re nervous, but use it in a positive way,” Eiteljorge said. “Like, yeah, I’m nervous, but I’m still going to do my best. I … leave it all out there and whatever happens, happens. It’s just a sport. I’m here to have fun.” According to redshirt senior defensive back Connor Steeb, everyone is different before games, and some people will be in their own bubble with music and their thoughts, while others may get hyped up before the game. He said the coaches preach to stay in the middle. To control the emotions before the game, he said, is one of the biggest challenges he faces mentally as a football player. “A good quote that I like to use is from our defensive coordinator, Coach Cooper. He says, ‘Don’t get too high and don’t get too low.’ You want to stay in the medium because if you get too high too early, then it dies down in the game later on,” Steeb said. “But if you’re too low, you’re not going to be high to make good plays.” Junior women’s tennis player Nikol Alekseeva said that she is a emotional person and part of her mental preparations is dialing back her emotions. She said that having a pregame routine really helps her stay focused. “What I do is in the morning before the match, or even the night before, I need to prepare all my stuff, all my clothes. I need to get fully ready,” Alekseeva said. “Then in the morning, I usually have the same breakfast. I do meditation. This helps me a lot just to clear my mind … I don’t like to communicate with others a lot. I just have my music. I have the same playlist that I use every time before the match, and this sets my mind or prepares me for the match.” For mid match, Alekseeva said she relies on her teammates to keep spirits up and that if she is down in a match she will try to use her teammates to raise her energy. So that’s the beauty of having the teams because they always cheer for you,” Alekseeva said. “What I do personally is when I’m like losing a match or like in the bad mood, I cheer for my teammates.”
Mindset of an athlete SPORTS EDITOR & PHOTO EDITOR, DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Editor’s Note: This is the first in a twopart series about the mental side of athletics. The second and final part will be published on April 14. NBA superstar and champion Kevin Love published a piece in The Players Tribune on March 6, 2018, that detailed his experience with mental health and his struggles with a panic attack during an NBA contest. Love’s openness with the public did a large amount of good for the field of sports psychology and helped reduce the stigma around mental health in athletics, according to Jesse Steinfeldt, an associate professor of counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University and director of the IU Sport and Performance Psychology Practicum. “I think Kevin Love really did well for human beings and for the field and for other athletes by being honest and being vulnerable and putting that out there,” Steinfeldt said. “His experience … opened eyes to a lot of people whose eyes might not have been aware or open of what was going on … So we’re eroding the stigma. It’ll be a while before we totally wipe it out, but we’re eroding. It’s breaking it down in really good ways for college, professional, high school and youth-level athletes.” Sports psychologists are practitioners who help prepare athletes to be strong mentally on and off the field, according to Steinfeldt. He said that sports psychology works within two spheres. The first is the performance side, which is focused on preparing athletes to be motivated and perform at the best possible level. The other, according to Steinfeldt, is mental health. “As a psychologist, I help them deal with symptoms of depression or deal with a breakup with a girlfriend or anything that could be getting you off your center…,” Steinfeldt said. “For some people having a bad day or going through hard times, it [the situation] gets in the way of the performance, [so] we teach them to compartmentalize. So it [the spheres] only overlaps a little bit, but in some cases, it can be eclipsed, it could be debilitating … I think one of the biggest challenges
STEINFELDT part of the game because it’s the differentiation point. It’s what’s going to tip you off from good to great.” Preparation before games is another part of athletics on which psychologists focus. According to Steinfeldt, one of the strategies that they use is slowing the athletes’ worlds down and focusing on their immediate moment. “When you’re performing at the peak performance, you’re not really thinking about it. You just get into that space. But it’s hard to get in that space,” Steinfeldt said.“We [sports psychologists] also talk about activation, like before you play. It’s three hours before our kickoff, what are you doing? If you are all jacked up three hours, it’s going to fatigue you, or you sit down, how do you properly amp yourself up? There’s a lot of things we do with our mindset and how we use cue activation and things like that to get
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Barstool hires UIndy alum By Jacob Walton SPORTS EDITOR & PHOTO EDITOR
Starting out like many communication majors, University of Indianapolis alumnus Joey Mulinaro said he wanted to work in the sports industry.He has amassed 318,000 Twitter followers, 157,000 Instagram followers, 137,0000 TikTok followers. He has been featured on ESPN, Bleacher Report and other media outlets with several videos in the million-plus views range, and now working for one of the biggest sports media companies in the world, he has established himself as a well-known figure in the sports industry. Mulinaro said the natural route for him was combining the things he always had liked. “I always felt like I was a fairly good communicator,” Mulinaro said. “I could speak well, and I love sports. And on the side at the time, I was like,‘I like to be entertaining,like to make people laugh.’ But it wasn’t the top priority because I didn’t really know what a realistic route to an entertainment career was. So I was like, ‘All right,I’ll match the communication with sports, get into sports broadcasting [and] sports radio hosting.’” Mulinaro said that passion for sports led him to UIndy.He said he spent his freshman year at Ball State University but felt like he would have to wait forever to get a chance to do what he wanted to do. Before his sophomore year, he transferred to UIndy and became a communication major. He said one of the things he loved immediately was how early he got to work on the things he cared about. “The thing I loved about UIndy... is just that they threw you into the fire right away, and they didn’t throw you in without caution,” Mulinaro said. “They have a very systematic and good program that teaches you while you’re also gaining really valuable experience that you don’t get a whole lot of out of other places.” WhileatUIndy,Mulinaroservedassports director for WICR and eventually became operations manager, according to UIndy
Communication Faculty Member and General Manager of WICR Scott Uecker. Uecker said that he wished there were more students like Mulinaro, because he had the ability to bring up those around him and push others to do their best. “He was, and still is, an incredibly creative young man. He’s driven. He is an excellent writer, and I would call him a leader as well,” Uecker said. “I mean he makes the people around him better, and that’s one of those things that isn’t always the case with students. But Joey was one of those... he really lifted up the people around him and made them better, made them want to work hard, made them want to create.” In addition to working at WICR, Mulinaro said he also was able to work part-time for Emmis Communications, which eventually led him to his getting a job with 1070 The Fan, the ESPN affiliate radio station for Indianapolis. Uecker said he has had multiple students work part-time with Emmis, but Mulinaro’s experience was different because he was a transfer student. “So because of that, we had to speed up the process a little bit with him,” Uecker said. “But he was more than capable of handling it, and I think that his academic experience and what he did for WICR while he was here uniquely prepared for him to go into Emmis and be successful.” According to Uecker, it was not only Mulinaro’s education that helped skyrocket him to where he is, but also his creativity and drive. Uecker said that there are many people like Mulinaro who are creative, but not everyone can put that into quality content as Mulinaro has, and that is one of the things that is going to take him far. “Joey is one of those few people, at least at a very young age, that’s able to take an idea and then turn it into something tangible, where it’s going to find an audience,” Uecker said. “So I’m not surprised at all. But I think he’s not done…. The pinnacle, if you will, for someone like Joey would be ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and that is a really tough get. There’s only a
handful of people that ever achieve that. Not to put any pressure on him, but I think Joey is one of the probably handful of students I’ve had over the years that he’ll make it to the top of whatever path he goes down. He’s just got to figure out what that looks like for him.” Around that time at Emmis, Mulinaro’s internet popularity skyrocketed. According to Mulinaro, the moment that made him say “wow” was his Thanksgiving skit about University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban. “The first real one [skit] that was just different from everything else was the Nick Saban Thanksgiving impression, Thanksgiving of 2019. That’s when I put it out, the day before Thanksgiving, and then all of a sudden on Thanksgiving Day, ESPN and Bleacher Report and Barstool--before I was even working there, they [Barstool] had picked it up and posted it,” Mulinaro said. Mulinaro said that since then, he has had several videos surpass that one million views mark, and it has gained him notoriety within the sports entertainment landscape. Through the years working at The Fan, Mulinaro said he would see comments by people saying that he would be a perfect fit for Barstool Sports, a brand focused on comedy and sports. Mulinaro signedonwithBarstoolSportsinMarch2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “I’d been a fan and followed them for so long,” Mulinaro said. “... as time went on when I was still at Emmis and still just doing all that on the side, a lot of people would be like, ‘Oh, well, Barstool has got to come calling, right? Like, that’d be a perfect fit for you.’ And at the time, it would be like, maybe they will, I’d love to, but I didn’t know. And so then when they finally did, it was like,‘Wow! OK.’This is crazy just because they’re the top of the game when it comes to digital media and comedy and sports.And so it’s just an honor to be here.” Mulinaro said that he had planned to move out to New York to work with the entire Barstool team, but due to the
Alum joins cohort By Amber Beraun STAFF WRITER
University of Indianapolis alumnus Pamela Guerrero has been named part of the Axis Leadership Program’s cohort for 2021, according to UIndy 360. Guerrero graduated from UIndy in 2019 with a political science degree and a minor in international relations, but she didn’t want to stop there, Guerro said. She applied to join the Axis program to continue her growth and became one of the 30 participants selected out of over 300 applicants, she said. Indianapolis Director of International and Latino Affairs Ruth Morales said the eight-month-long program supports its participants with monthly sessions and provides them with a mentor to guide them. She said these mentors are locally-established professionals who volunteer to aid young individuals in their development while helping them get more out of their Axis sessions. “The program is aimed at helping develop, personally and professionally, young Latinx professionals here in
Indianapolis and connecting them to a range of opportunities to be more connected in the community,” Morales said. G u e r re ro s a i d t h e s e s s i o n s and workshops Axis provides are valuable and worthwhile, as sessions t e a c h s u b j e c t s f ro m fi n a n c i a l literacy to how to be marketable online. According to Guerrero, most sessions have taken a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they remain beneficial and relevant. She also said getting to meet others in the program is valuable to her, and she hopes to create lasting connections from the Axis program. “Specifically for my career, knowing people and having connections are key to everything that you may want to do in the future, and I think this is a really good match for that,” Guerrero said. Morales said the mentorships are especially important because there is little Latinx involvement in Indianapolis. Latinx is a gender-neutral term for a person who is from, or whose ancestors were from, a Spanishspeaking land or culture or from Latin America. However, the program is a
way young individuals can integrate into the community early in their careers, she said. “It was just nice to be surrounded by more Latino people because I don’t know many in Indiana,” Guerrero said. “It was rewarding to see that there are so many other professionals just like me everywhere else in different industries.” Guerrero said having a mentor to guide her with professional advice has also benefited her. She said she meets with her mentor monthly and is glad to have someone who will follow up with her as she works toward her goals. Guerrero describes her mentor as her accountability partner throughout the program. “I really enjoy it. I think that we are a great group, and I think that there’s so much talent among the participants that is really inspiring, and I’m really truly grateful to be a part of this,” Guerrero said. Morales said she recommends students of all backgrounds apply to the Axis Leadership Program, the only restriction is that they are within the age range of 21-to-28. According to Morales, applications open up in the fall.
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University of Indianapolis alumnus Joey Mulinaro hosts “Study Break” for UIndy TV his senior year. Since he graduated, Mulinaro has since gone on to work for Emmis Communications and Barstool.
pandemic that was put on the back burner. He said now that Barstool has set up its own branch in Indianapolis,he is extremely happy to have his home city experience growth in the sports media world. Mulinaro, an Indianapolis native, said he is excited about the future of Barstool in Indianapolis “I just hope that I can provide a little bit of inspiration or hope for people that want to be in entertainment or sports media or whatever it is--that you can make it happen,” Mulinaro said. “The fact that we’re getting bigger, growing here, like I said, I love this town. I will go to war for this town every day. And so I’ve always been pushing for a bigger presence here.” Mulinaro said that everything, though, goes back to his days at WICR, where he got his start. He said that for people who
want to be like him and pursue a career in the sports entertainment industry, they cannot be afraid to fail. He said they should use the time they have in college to explore and learn while they can. “I remember being in college and being a junior and a senior, and I was doing everything I could to put my best foot forward. Being on management, taking extra hours, getting all these broadcasts in, working on my tapes, working at Emmis, and I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be ready to go.Like,I’m going to be a hot commodity coming out of college because I’ve busted my [butt] here,’” Mulinaro said. “And it was a little bit of a rude awakening--like it tested my patience; it tested my belief in myself. So from that, [I learned] if at first you don’t succeed, continue to try and try
Revving their engines Students bring racing RSO to UIndy
races in other states, such as Kentucky and Georgia. ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Johnson said he spoke with Associate Dean and Director of Engineering Ken Reid and Associate Professor of Engineering Paul Talaga about starting Since Indianapolis is the racing the RSO. Sophomore mechanical capital of the world, it makes sense to engineering student and UIndy Racing have a small piece of that racing spirit at RSO treasurer and secretary Megan the University of Indianapolis. Because Marshall said that she posted about the of this, junior mechanical engineering RSO on the UIndy App to see if people student and UIndy Racing Registered were interested. Student Organization president Issac According to Marshall, their faculty Johnson decided to bring that spirit to sponsor is Talaga, but they are also UIndy with a new RSO titled UIndy contacting other members of the Racing. engineering department about the RSO. According to Johnson, other schools The RSO was certified by contacting in the area, such as Purdue University and Assistant Director of Student Activities Indiana University-Purdue University Bridget Webster, Marshall said. Indianapolis, have events involved with The RSO also held three information racing. He said he started this RSO to meetings, Marshall said. These meetings bring motorsports to UIndy. discussed what the goals of the RSO are, “I’ve been racing myself for the past what they would be building and what eight years,” Johnson said. “I’ve been meetings would doing it ever since look like, according I was a little kid to Marshall. and then I’ve really I wanted to go that route... The club gotten into it in the past ... this’ll be because I wanted to provide currently meets on Zoom, but Marshall my fourth year I’ll be running a full an opportunity for students...” said she is looking to possibly meet season. I’ve always in-person in the thought of what it R.B. Annis School of Engineering or could be like to have something racingSchwitzer Student Center. Currently, integrated into my school.” the RSO is putting a budget together, According to Johnson, the RSO will Johnson said, and then he hopes to start first be building and modeling a car called building the car. According to Johnson, an Unlimited All-Stars Open go-kart. the RSO is split into different teams that These cars, according to Johnson, are each handle a certain aspect of the car. raced on dirt oval paths. “I wanted to break it off into different “Then you have the UAS open classes, teams and like more of what people would which are very limited on the rules. You can get more imaginative with that,” be interested in. So like [a] body team, tire team, chassis team and then a business Johnson said. “That’s why I wanted team,”Johnson said.“So then not only are to go that route more so than a stock engineering students ...getting involved class because I wanted to provide an in what they have [the] most interest in, opportunity for students to be able to but I can get other students who may come in and then they’re going to build not understand engineering or even like their knowledge on different things, engineering involved into something that like the business aspect of motorsports, they would want to do.” how the engine works and how the Johnson said that while the RSO aerodynamics works and things like that. has engineering aspects, it is not just We’re going to be able to think more for engineering students. All students, through what the different pieces do and regardless of major, are welcome to join the be able to integrate things that some other people might not have thought of before.” club, he said. Students can join the RSO by sending Johnson said that he is planning on Johnson an email at email@example.com. attending races at different local tracks Meetings are currently held on Mondays at in Indiana. If the RSO gains enough 5:30 p.m., however, Johnson said he plans funding and more members, he said he on moving this back an hour to 6:30 p.m. would also like to attend a few national
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MARCH 10, 2021
Gamers Club continues to play different types of games together despite COVID-19 pandemic By Noah Crenshaw
our Discord server than anything else right now.” EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Miley said that the Gamers Club has been utilizing their Discord server to create online events for video games.The At the University of Indianapolis, club will select three games a week and there are more than 70 Registered then see who joins the games, he said. Student Organizations that students can “We want to make sure not only are we join to make new friends and further their advertising to people and not only are we own interests. One of these groups is the trying to make sure everyone is playing UIndy Gamers Club RSO. games that they like, but we’re also just Gamers Club is a place for people to trying to introduce new games [to] see come together and have fun, according to how people feel about them and just have Gamers Club Public Relations Director this be a full experience of playing new and sophomore music major John games while also going back and having Miley. Whether it is video games, board fun with the old games that they really games or role-playing games, Gamers love,” Miley said. Club wants to make Although this sure that people can is Miley’s first year come together, have Everyone’s very chill, just with Gamers Club, fun and play games, said that based Miley said. wanting to hang out, [and] he on what he has read Gamers Club about the club, they Vice President and play games.” have not been able junior supply chain to do some of the management major activities they would usually do. One Samuel McGee said during their inof these activities is an overnight event, person meetings, the club tends to and even if people wanted to do it, the play more board games, but due to club feels that mask mandates may COVID-19, Gamers Club is doing be in jeopardy if they were to do online meetings and will play video so, Miley said. They also thought games. they would not be able to live up “We will do video game nights to the full extent of that event, he together,” McGee said. “We have a said. Minecraft server. We do things like Gamers Club meets for online events Codenames. We do things like the more almost every Thursday from 9 p.m. to complex board games, like Betrayal or about midnight or 1 a.m., according things of that nature. We’ll even play to Miley and McGee. During these card games sometimes or any and all of meetings, the club plays games and tries the above. Whatever anyone wants to to use voice chat on Discord as they play, do, we are willing to do.” Miley said. McGee said that due to moving “The first week we did this, we decided to an online format, Gamers Club we’ll do Minecraft, Among Us and ... has had to become more creative with Apex Legends,” Miley said. “A lot of how they operate, meet and gain new people play[ed] whichever game they members. Due to the change in gathering wanted ... Whenever we’re not in-person, restrictions, Gamers Club is now able this has just become a weekly thing.” to do one in-person meeting a month, Mile y said that bec ause of according to McGee. The rest of the COVID-19, it is hard for everyone month, the club meets virtually over on campus to be social. Gamers Club, Discord, an online instant messaging however, has been an outlet that allows and digital distribution platform. Miley to socialize and get people “Our online meetings are through interested in having fun and playing Discord and we play games through games. that,” McGee said. “We rely ... more on
Photo Illustration by Jacob Walton
“For anyone who isn’t a part of the club right now, I really would love them to join because I know the club would love to have more people,” Miley said. “Gamers Club is, in my opinion, just a great social outlet that I personally have needed, and many other people in the club have needed during COVID.” Gamers Club is where McGee found his first group of friends when he came to UIndy, he said. McGee is originally from Buffalo, New York, and did not know anyone who went to UIndy. “I was alone, but when I went to Gamers Club, [I found an] immediate
group of friends, just all the comradery I could have asked for,” McGee said. “My best friends today I’ve met at Gamers Club. I’ve learned a lot through Gamers Club and through the people I’ve met here, and it’s sort of been like a community that’s near and dear to my heart.” McGee said that Gamers Club has a great community and environment, whether it’s in-person or over Discord. Everyone in the club is very friendly and there is not a lot of seriousness, he said. “Everyone’s very chill, just wanting to hang out, [and] play games,” McGee
Mac and cheese on a budget
By Taylor Strnad
MANAGING EDITOR Cooking in college can be a hassle. If you live in a dorm, you have to go to the front desk and ask to borrow pots and pans or ask one of your neighbors for theirs. Then you have to go to the community kitchen, which everyone is always using to make something, so you might not even be able to cook when you want to. All of this can make cooking frustrating and not worth the hassle. But, if you’re lucky enough to have access to a microwave and a microwave-safe bowl, then you are in luck. Two of my favorite things are cheese and pesto, so what can be better than making pesto macaroni and cheese? Making macaroni and cheese from scratch takes way too long for a busy college student and personally, those microwavable macaroni cups just aren’t satisfying. So that is why I am going to give you a quick and easy recipe for microwave macaroni that’s better than those cups. Ingredients: • Elbow Macaroni • Salt and Pepper • Shredded Cheese • Milk • Pesto Optional: • Cream Cheese • Any topping you like with macaroni and cheese like broccoli, chicken, bacon, onions or even hot sauce!
Prep: Fortunately, not much preparation is needed for this recipe. Just make sure to soften the cream cheese before adding it into the mix if you choose to use it. I would take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator as you start to cook the pasta. Cooking: 1. Measure out ½ cup of elbow macaroni and add it to a large microwave-safe bowl filled with ¾ cup of water. Make sure the bowl is deep enough so that the water does not spill over when cooking. 2. Microwave on high for four minutes. Depending on the power of your microwave, you may need to cook it a little bit longer. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, or until you like. 3. Once the pasta is cooked, strain the water out of the bowl. 4. Now it’s time to add the milk and cheese. Add ½ cup of shredded cheese to the pasta. I personally like to use white cheddar cheese but really any cheese will do. Next, you can add the ¼ cup of milk; I use 2%. Stir until the cheese is melted completely. Optional: If you like your macaroni and cheese really creamy, this is where you can add in a little bit of cream cheese. Add in one tablespoon. 5. After the cheese is melted, it’s time to add in the pesto and salt. Mix in one tablespoon of pesto and a ⅛ teaspoon of salt and whatever you see fit for pepper, then stir. 6. Now you’re ready to pour it into a bowl and eat! If you are feeling adventurous, you can add some hot sauce, chicken, bacon, onions or anything else you’re feeling to give it some more flavor. Conclusion: That’s it; you are all set to make this quick and yummy macaroni and cheese. This recipe is meant to be easy, quick and adaptable. The great thing about microwave macaroni and cheese is that you can make it taste differently each time you have it. By adding different toppings and cheeses, you can have a macaroni and cheese dish tailored to your liking. Graphic by Hallie Gallinat
said. “There’s not a lot of seriousness, not a lot of officialness. It’s a casual club for people who just want to hang out.” Gamers Club has been trying to plan events for the next few months, and will be announcing those plans in the future if the plans come to fruition, McGee said. Miley said that if anyone has any questions about joining Gamers Club, they can contact him at mileyj@uindy. edu. Students can also contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Graphic by Noah Fields
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