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Nadkarni to receive honorary degree By Tyshara Loynes STAFF WRITER
Every so often, the University of Indianapolis selects a recipient to receive an honorary degree at commencement. This process is done with the help of a selection committee who goes through an extensive list of potential people, according to University President Robert Manuel. After much consideration, the university announced that world-renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni would be presented with an honorary degree during the December commencement ceremonies. Nadkarni is a professor of ecology at the University of Utah and has been there for over nine years. She is best known for the ecology research she pioneered on tree canopies while she was in grad school. “At that time, in terms of regular ... forest ecolog y, people didn't really look into the forest canopy .... But I and various other people got curious about what’s going on in the treetops,” Nadkarni said. “So that’s when we began sort of inventing different ways of getting to the forest canopy with hot air balloons and construction cranes and mountain climbing techniques. We’ve been able to document and understand the plants and animals that live up in these treetops and forest canopy.” Nadkarni, who is an emeritus professor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, has innovated bringing science education, conservation projects and nature imagery to the incarcerated, according to a UIndy press release. She co-created the Sustainability in Prison Program in Washington state in 2003, and created the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated, or INSPIRE, program in 2011, according to the press release. In 1994, Nadkarni co-founded the International Canopy Network, which is a nonprofit organization t h a t p rom o t e s c om mu n i c a t i on among researchers, educators, and conservationists concerned with forest canopies, according to the press release. Nadkarni’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets, she has given two TED talks, and has given more than 25 endowed lectures,according to the press release. She has also authored two books: “Between the Earth and Sky” in 2002 and “Kingfisher Voyages: Rain Forest” in 2006. According to Nadkarni, this will be her second honorary degree she has received. She received her first in 2014, which was an Honorary PhD from her alma mater Brown University. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate degree in 1976 and went on to immediately pursue her PhD at the University of Washington in 1983. “When you get something like this as a surprise it makes you think ‘Wow. What did I do that was worthwhile?” Nadkarni said. Nadkarni has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001, the J. Sterling > See DEGREE on page 3
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Students participate in Model UN Conference made virtual due to pandemic, Chigadaza wins best delegate According to Saksena, the new format brought many challenges, but SPORTS EDITOR also brought many benefits. Due to the conference being online, they were able to work with schools from all over the For international relations majors country, she said. Another benefit was at the University of Indianapolis, the exposing the students to new forms Model United Nations program is one of technology as the team had to use of the forms of practicum that they Discord, which is a communication are required to participate in for their platform, to communicate with other degree, according to senior psychology teams. One major change was how and international relations double major normally students would be placed Craig-Anesu Chigadza.The class is open in pairs to work together during the to all students that want to participate conference, but this year, due to the online in it, however. nature, they worked independently. UIndy has been participating in “There were individual countries this program for over 20 years now, that were represented but due to the COVID-19 by individual students,” pandemic this year, the Saksena said. “So it really, conference was different, to some extent, limited according to Associate some of the issues and Professor and Graduate conflicts I would use to Director of the International come up with partners not Relations Program Jyotika doing sufficient work. So I Saksena. think it gave students a lot “There were multiple of independence to work at challenges in the sense their own pace, to prepare for us this time, one, we at their own pace.” were not used to doing The conference allowed the General Assembly. We SAKSENA the students to simulate the always had [the] Security experience of the UN’s and Council, and the rules and what it would be like to represent a regulations are very different,” Saksena country and work within the different said. “We were working with a university committees of the organization, in California who actually invited us to according to Chigadaza. He specifically join the conference, so we had to learn worked within the African Union as new procedures ....The whole point of a delegate from his home country of [the] simulation is to do it in-person, Zimbabwe. In the process, he won best whereas where students basically delegate out of the African Union. fundamentally act like diplomats, so “For me, I think it's [the award] a the ability to practice that kind of inrepresentation of the importance of person simulation was very difficult to do diplomacy, the importance of cohesion online.”
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and the importance of discussion, representing Zimbabwe politically, it's especially in the international political an honor,” Chigadaza said. “It also [helps sphere,” Chigadaza said. “As the world me] not hide from the reality of it. It becomes more and more polarized, allowed me to realize the challenges even though this was just a simulation that Zimbabwe is facing. The obstacles … dealing with issues that are affecting that we're facing, places where we have everyday people. So, getting that award, failed as a country and places where to me, signified that international we can grow, because I totally believe relations and international diplomacy that youth have the ability to change still has a very big part to play within the direction of Zimbabwe as a country the international community and sort and Southern Africa as a region of of bringing the community together.” Africa.” According to Chigadaza, he had Saksena said that the learning done previous experience in Model UN, as he in the class and at the conference goes had done it in Zimbabwe, but it was still beyond just learning the content and very different competing in the American that the experience in applying the and international circuit. content is what really helps He said the conference the students. She said that provided them with the the students are also able to resolutions that they would learn a lot about themselves be discussing beforehand by participating. Chigzdaza so everyone participating said that Saksena did a great would be able to prepare. job preparing all the students The research involved a large for the conference. amount of data and other “I think it was information that Chigadaza interesting to see and the rest of the team that you can combine had to comb through to the communications prepare arguments and department and the CHIGADAZA department of international talking points. He said that a lot of the data is from live relations, history and political research, which is data from researchers in science and merge it into one sort of the field, making it even more important experience and be able to pull from to respect the countries. both sides and deliver something,” Many students do not get to represent Chigadaza said. “So a big thank you to their home countries, but for Chigadaza, all the people, my classmates, because he was able to do so. He said that it I think at the end of the day, if has been a lifelong aspiration of his to the university doesn't give us these represent his country. The issues that opportunities, then these awards never Zimbabwe faces were also brought to come and we never get the exposure light, according to Chigadaza. and the opportunity to network like we “Starting to take those steps towards did.”
Students react to 2020 election campaign. She arrived at the polls at 6 a.m. and worked until 6:30 p.m., she STAFF WRITER said. “I was doing polling work for Ashley Eason, who is the Democratic candidate Fall 2020 has been a unique time in who ran in this district that UIndy is part the lives of students at the University of of,” Wilson said. “So this past year, I have Indianapolis. In addition to dealing with split time between her campaign and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that [Democratic Indiana 5th Congressional has taken many of their courses from onDistrict Candidate] Christina Hale’s, in campus to online, some students also have different positions.” had to tackle being first-time voters in the Wilson said she woke up at 4:30 a.m. 2020 presidential election. Sophomore on Election Day. She said both she and political science and international her boyfriend worked different polls relations major Blanca Osorio Ortega and arrived at their locations at 5:45 and sophomore international relations a.m. She decided to work the polls for major Ellie Wilson had especially Eason because she lives in Eason’s district, unique experiences because of the direct Wilson said. involvement in the election. “I was at the Perry Township Osorio Ortega said she worked Government Center. The line started to the polls on Election Day at her local get super long, and library. She said I started talking to she arrived at 5 a.m. people about Ashley. and was told by the There really isn't a And I pretty much inspector in charge did that until to prepare for a middle ground anymore, just the polls closed, lot of people, but with one break to go and it's kind of sad." because early voting deliver food to the reduced the number other poll workers,” of people who came Wilson said. “It was a marathon of a day.” to the polls, the experience was not Osorio Ortega said she voted a week stressful. before Election Day, at the same library “I wanted to work the polls just to be where she worked the polls. She said this a part of history,” Osorio Ortega said. “I was her first time voting in a presidential know it sounds crazy, but we are living election. Her main concern with the in historic times. I mean, right now, both election was how long states would take parties are very different. There really to count the ballots, she said. isn’t a middle ground that we can have Wilson also voted early because of anymore, and it’s kind of sad. But I think health and safety concerns, she said and that whatever the outcome of this election because she knew she would be working is, it will be pretty much historic.” on Election Day. One of her biggest Wilson said she worked all of Election concerns in this election was COVID-19 Day for Democratic Indiana State Senate District 36 Candidate Ashley Eason’s > See REACTIONS on page 3
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A staff writer writes about why we need to remain respectful and civil and promote unity following a divisive presidential election.
On Nov. 17, 1978, four employess of the Speedway Burger Chef location were found dead. Debuting on the anniversary of the homocides, the “Murder Sheet” podcast takes a look at the case.
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My activist experience Staff writer shares her experiences participating in local social justice efforts and movements, but to have them happen in Indy was surreal. I have STAFF WRITER lived in Atlanta and Indianapolis, and the differences in these communities Activism can be defined as are overwhelmingly apparent. When campaigning to bring about political living in Atlanta, I often saw activism at or social change, but activism may look work, and it felt normal and everyday. different from one person to another. People were proactive; they fought for To me, activism is about not only the equity and the rights of others. When amount of work someone invests, but I moved to Indianapolis, I saw nothing also the passion to see things change. of the sort. So being part of the shift, Change occurs as a result of activism, prompting social action this summer, and the passion to help others by felt like a pivotal moment in my life. engaging in activistic campaigns is Throughout the summer— where this change ultimately stems COVID-19 and all— I participated from. But because our passions are in social justice efforts. I marched, different, what we choose to do looks boycotted, sat and protested in every different for each of us. way I could think of. Organizing My passion for serving my protests has been one of the most community has inspired and kept me challenging things I have ever done, on my activist journey. When people both physically and mentally. Meeting call me an activist, that sounds funny with local legislators and community or weird to me, leaders has been but I have had to easy. I can call learn to accept that them up, email My passion to serve my activism is indeed them, and even community is what has a huge part of my message them on service. I want to social media and inspired ... me. help people— all receive responses. people— especially But mapping out those who have been discriminated action plans on how a protest will take against because of their sexuality, place felt like a huge task. Ensuring ethnicity, religion, or income. Because I safety from anti-equality groups and am a queer black woman who has lived the police is impossible, but making a large part of my life without stability sure we all strive to keep each other in my identity, this is important to me, safe as our voices are heard has been not only because of my experiences the main goal. Seeing so many people but also the unfortunate experiences fight against our work for equity and of others around me. My life changed justice has been the hardest thing when I realized that these terrible for me to grasp. But it shows us that experiences that I had studied, lived, the work to ensure that all people are and watched happen commonly, more cared for and treated justly is far from frequently than I ever could have over. imagined. Every step of my journey as an This year has been quite different organizer has been made possible for activism in this country and in through the help of my community. I Indianapolis. The death of Dreasjon never want anyone to think that doing Reed sparked a fire in the community the work and implementing change that I had never seen before, and I are impossible. As long as you strive think it was because of who he was as for change, it will come. It may not well as the climate of the world at the come today, tomorrow, or even next time he was fatally shot. Usually, the year, but progress does come when the larger cities have large demonstrations passion and fire to work are consistent.
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Fostering unity post-election By Brianna Smith STAFF WRITER
This year’s presidential election was nothing short of a battle, bitterly contested throughout each candidate’s campaign, with false facts and sore attitudes flying around. The debates were vehement and heated. The American people were polarized and divided. Yet, interestingly enough, this led to massive voter turnout as, according to The Washington Post, President-elect Joe Biden received the most votes ever, in any presidential election. Americans tuned in for days after the election, awaiting results that seemed as though they would never come. I spend a lot of time on social media, and no matter what time of day or how frequently I accessed my feed, the constant frustration, anger and annoyance expressed by people across the country was widespread and apparent. There were the “Joe Biden is not my president” tweets, along with conspiracy theories that the election was rigged in favor of Biden. I also saw myriad posts making fun of Biden or his traits, such as his speech disability or age, and other disrespectful communications about the presidentelect. I did see a post that discussed giving Biden a chance to show what he can do for our country, which made me wish everyone thought this way. Four years ago, Democrats were in the same position, saying unfavorable things about President Donald Trump. Now that the tables have turned, Republicans are bashing Biden. This rhetoric is a never-ending cycle. No matter who wins the presidential campaign, one side or the other will always be unhappy. Showing respect and understanding that we all have to take losses at some point in our lives are key here. How we handle these losses is what’s most important and indicative of a true democracy. We all should be making the best of the situation. Rather than rioting or
complaining, everyone should take a step back and be more open-minded. Maybe Biden can do great things for this country, if we give him a chance. It’s not mature to let election results dictate our attitudes and actions for the next four years . I even saw businesses in Downtown Indianapolis with boarded up windows, in preparation for riots that could occur after the election. What does this say about the kind of world we live in? People are willing to express their rage violently just because their preferred party didn’t win the presidential election. Many other important things are going on in our world today that should get far more attention, such as COVID-19, social justice issues and police reform. Instead, people are too busy drafting social media posts about how much they hate Biden. We need to promote unity and respect during these difficult times. As a society, we need to focus most on unity and respect for the person running our country. We may not agree with them, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are in political office and have the authority to make decisions. Voicing our opinions is important, but think about what opinions can actually do— they can’t change the election results. People use their opinions to degrade one another by saying hurtful things on social media just because their viewpoint is different from someone else’s. Instead of continuing to let who won the 2020 presidential election divide us, we need to come together, promote different viewpoints and try to give Biden a chance to show the nation that he can be a good president. In another four years, the political situation could be reversed again, and a Republican candidate could win the next election. We don’t need to continue the constant cycle of hate, violence and disrespect. We should move forward with an open mind and respect all political parties and their voters in order to stay politically tolerant and civil. If we don’t, the strife that followed the 2020 election may follow us into the future.
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Celebrating the holidays safely By Brett Pinna STAFF WRITER
It’s almost that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are approaching, and that means traveling, spending time with family, going home and generally being social. But how are we going to celebrate our beloved holidays during a global pandemic? There are a few ways that families can still celebrate together, but they most certainly will not be traditional. If the weather cooperates, family gatherings should be held outside and accompanied by an outdoor heater, if needed. Our holiday celebrations would be safer and more practical if we all could gather and eat outside. Outside gatherings provide a larger space to allow social distancing and can prevent the spread of COVID-19. If the weather is too cold and family members wish to go inside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends opening up the windows in your house to create some air circulation. Also, encourage attendees to adhere to regulations set by the CDC, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, to lessen the possibility that one of your guests could spread the virus to other guests. Keeping the guest list short is another smart thing to do, but some people, myself included, come from big families with 20+ cousins. But limit this year's celebrations to members of the immediate family. If you choose to invite more people than just immediate
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Journalist, lawyer begin podcast on restaurant homicides, debuts with 1970s Burger Chef case By Kiara Conley NEWS EDITOR
Four employees at the Burger Chef restaurant on Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Ind., were closing the establishment at 11 p.m. on the night of Friday, Nov. 17, 1978. The bodies of those four employees — Danny Davis, 16, Mark Flemmonds, 16, Jayne Friedt, 20, and Ruth Shelton, 17 — were found the following Sunday in Johnson County. A new podcast titled “Murder Sheet” will look at the 42-year unsolved case. The podcast began on the anniversary of the homicides on Nov. 17. Senior reporter for Business Insider and co-creator of the “Murder Sheet” podcast Áine Cain and attorney and co-creator of the “Murder Sheet”podcast Kevin Greenlee met through Newspapers. com, as Cain was researching the Burger Chef case for a Business Insider feature piece. Greenlee was researching the case for his client, the sister of one of the victims, Cain said. This case cannot be escaped, Cain said, because the case is intriguing, upsetting and overwhelming. Both Cain and Greenlee said that they have
been sucked into the case. Cain and Greenlee considered doing a different type of project about the case but decided a podcast was the best way to go about informing the public, Cain said. “We decided that a podcast would be the best way to inform the public about this case and all of its twists and turns in a way no other medium could,” Cain said. This case is unusual because it has received a lot of attention, but there are many intriguing details that have not been reported, Greenlee said. “It’s a case that people think they know, but they really don’t,” Greenlee said. “There are a lot of secrets out there that we’re hoping to bring to people’s attention.” Greenlee said that typically in homicides involving restaurants, the victims would be killed at the restaurant. He said that it is very unusual that they would be kidnapped and taken to another location. The car of one of the victims was stolen from the restaurant’s parking lot and was found a few hours later just a block away from the Speedway Police Department, Greenlee said. It was an odd place to drop a stolen car, according to Greenlee. This case had jurisdiction issues,
according to Cain, because the victims were kidnapped in Speedway, which is in Marion County, and driven across county lines to Johnson County, where the bodies were found. The FBI was involved early on in the case, knocking on doors before realizing this was not a federal crime, Cain said. The case involved several law enforcement agencies including Speedway Police, the Marion County Sheriff ’s Department, the Johnson County Sheriff ’s Office and the Indiana
We really want to get attention, not for ourselves, but for the case.” State Police. The case has gone through different detectives and iterations over the years, Cain said, and is currently led by Indiana State Police Sergeant Bill Dalton. The case is still cold, but Dalton is looking into it, according to Cain. Before deciding to make a podcast, Cain and Greenlee put together a spreadsheet of restaurant-related
homicides similar to the Burger Chef case to see if they could connect them or why crimes like this one play out, according to Cain. The Burger Chef case is being treated as a miniseries for the podcast, outlining the case and the theories surrounding the case, Cain said. There will be approximately six episodes about the Burger Chef killings and then the podcast will transition to a “crime of the week” that will include the nearly 600 cases compiled in the spreadsheet they started, according to Cain. The name of the podcast, “Murder Sheet,” comes from the spreadsheet of cases Cain and Greenlee put together when trying to find any links or similarities to other fast food or restaurant homicides, Cain said. Cain and Greenlee plan to draw from this sheet throughout the series and talk about different cases, Cain said. The Burger Chef miniseries, “You Never Can Forget,” has a double meaning, according to Cain, as it was the slogan of Burger Chef in the late 1970s. The full slogan said ,“Open wide, America, you never can forget, you get more to like with Burger Chef.”
Cain said that community and family members cannot forget this case because it was a horrible and brutal crime, and four people lost their lives in a needlessly heinous manner. “We really hope that people don’t forget that and don’t forget the tragedy at the heart of this case,” Cain said. “Murder Sheet” debuted on Nov. 17, the anniversary of the Burger Chef homocides. The release date was intentional, according to Greenlee, because people may tend to pay more attention to the case around the time of the anniversary. “We want people to notice this. We really want to get attention, not for ourselves, but for the case,”Greenlee said. “Our dream would be that this might shake out some information from some listener who might finally provide the missing piece that would bring resolution to the families and friends of the victims.” The “Murder Sheet” podcast can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MurderSheet and on Facebook at @MSheetPodcast. The podcast releases weekly on Tuesdays and can be found on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and other platforms.
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and its impact on everybody’s lives, she said and its impact on campaigning and election season. Waiting for the election results was nerve racking, she said. “Unfortunately, both candidates that I worked for ended up losing, and that was tough,” Wilson said. “It's nine days post-election, and I think, ‘Finally, I'm starting to come down off of that high of just how crazy the past month of my life has been.’” Wilson said she focused on the candidates she had gotten to know personally and felt bad for those who lost for many days after the election. Wilson said she felt like she could take a breath after President-elect Joe Biden gave his victory speech. “I finally started to feel like everything, hopefully, once he's in office, will go back to normal, which gave me just a sense of relief,” Wilson said. Osorio Ortega said she felt that for the media to declare Biden, the Democratic candidate, the president-elect was wrong because ballots were currently being recounted and President Donald Trump had lawsuits in multiple states. She said she believes that more will be revealed in the coming days. “I think that Biden supporters should be OK with the recounts, because then it would definitely prove that Biden rightfully won. But if it shows that Trump won, then the media will be to blame, because they made Biden supporters think that a blue wave occurred,” Osorio Ortega said. Wilson said that the results are legitimate. To poke holes in the electoral process is to poke holes in democracy, she said. She said she looks forward
Morton Award from the National Arbor choose her as this year's recipient. Day Foundation, the Grace Hopper “ I have been working with Lifetime Achievement Award, the incarcerated men and women and youth Public Service Award from the National .… I’ve worked with artists and rap Science Board in 2010, and the AAAS singers, pretty much anybody that would Public Engagement With Science like to work with me,” Nadkarni said. Award in 2011, according to the press “I think that’s maybe why the University release. of Indianapolis chose me because I'm a S he has also received T ime little bit different from your standard Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2014 scientist.” award, Washington State University’s In a press release, Manuel said William Julius Wilson Award for the that Nadkarni had demonstrated a Advancement of Social remarkable commitment Justice in 2015, WINGS continuing her research on WorldQuest’s Women of rainforest ecology while Discovery Award in 2018 connecting her academic and Union of Concerned e x p e r t i s e t o b ro a d e r Scientists’ Inspiring audiences. Scientist honor in 2019, “The impact of her work among others, according to is immeasurable,” Manuel the press release. said in the press release.“The She said that it is always University of Indianapolis is surprising to receive awards deeply proud to recognize for her research because she her career with an honorary did not realize people would degree and to highlight hear about the work that she her shining example of our NADKARNI does. For a long time scientists university mission,‘education did not share their work with people for service.’” outside of other scientists, according to She has not been to UIndy but Nadkarni. said she plans to do so as soon as “I think that with that work, she is able. Although never seeing with that privilege comes a responsibility the school, she expresses her want of saying ‘Hey, do you guys want to to get acquainted with the school hear about my research or can I make as it seems like a really wonderful my research practical or can I make place. it be meaningful to people outside of “I’m excited for the class of 2020 my little world of science,’” Nadkarni and I'm interested in knowing all said. the different kinds of things that Nadkarni said that she thought her the students are going to be doing willingness to share her work with the as they leave the university … I masses and to make it where anyone just wish every one of them well,” can get involved and learn more about Nadkarni said. “I hope everyone does ecology, as well as conservation efforts, really super well when they get out played a part in UIndy’s decision to there.”
to seeing Republicans stand up to the Trump administration and that the president needs to focus on smoothly transitioning out of office and unifying o u r c o u n t r y after this divisive
“So I look forward to seeing Republicans stand up to the president and come to their senses to declare that Biden did win the election.” Osorio Ortega said that what students can learn from this election is how to have open discussions. Right now, she said, we are living in a hostile political climate. “Students should learn from this election that not everyone is going to think like you, not everyone is going to support the same things as you,” Osorio Ortega said. “But at the end of the day, you have to be able to be civil about it and be able to not let it get the best of you, because I’ve seen so many people cut other people off because of their political ideologies. And at the end of the day, that’s not right.” Wilson hopes that what students take away from this election is the importance of political participation and voting. The fact that we can all have different opinions is what makes our political process beautiful, she said. “I hope what a lot of people take away [from the election] is how to have positive conversations about that, where you don't walk away from it and feel like you're just angry,” she said. “But instead, you walk away and you say, ‘Okay, even if that person ends up winning and makes the decisions, I see in them that they're a patriot. I see in them that they care about our Graphic by Ethan Gerling country and about our people.’ So election. having that positive political discourse “The fact that the president is is something that clearly we need more choosing to ignore that and is choosing [of ]. I hope that a lot of students that are to continue to divide the American watching all of this unfold are starting people is concerning, no matter if you're a to think about how they could do that Republican or a Democrat,”Wilson said. in their own lives.”
4 THE REFLECTOR
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
What Holcomb's re-election means By Madison Gomez
ONLINE EDITOR & CO-BUSINESS MANAGER
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks to the media during a press conference about the COVID-19 pandemic on March 24, 2020. Holcomb was re-elected on Nov. 3, 2020.
US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty By Steven T. Dennis BLOOMBERG NEWS
(TCA) — The U.S. has withdrawn from the Open Skies Treaty due to non-compliance by Russia, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Nov. 22, making good on a planned move by the outgoing Trump administration. The move was immediately criticized by a top Democrat, who urged Presidentelect Joe Biden to reverse the decision next year. "Today, pursuant to earlier notice provided, the United States withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies is now effective," Pompeo tweeted. "America is more secure because of it, as Russia remains in non-compliance with its obligations." The treaty, which was signed in 1992 and came into force in 2002, allows countries to fly over each other's territory for unarmed reconnaissance flights. It was intended by its almost three dozen ratifiers to reduce the risk of war. The Trump administration stated six months ago its plan to withdraw. At the time, Trump predicted that the U.S. plan to withdraw would get Russia to the negotiating table. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the move reckless. "The administration's decision to abandon the treaty fits into a broader pattern of discarding arms control and non-proliferation agreements, raising deep concerns among our allies about our commitment to their security," Menendez said in a statement. Menendez said Russia would still be able to fly over American assets in Europe, and that Trump's actions ran counter to U.S. law. "I urge the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the treaty in a manner consistent with our constitutional structure, and I expect the new administration to consult early and often with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on this and other treaty matters," he said. ___ (c) 2020 Bloomberg News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb won re-election on Nov. 3 as the Republican candidate for governor. His win was expected, but the margin was surprising, according to University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Political Science Laura Merrifield Wilson. Overall, Holcomb is a relatively popular incumbent, and his biggest liability this election, according to Wilson, was probably not being necessarily wellknown. “He [Holcomb] became a lot better known to Hoosier voters in March and April, especially as the [COVID-19] coronavirus was taking hold of not just the country, but specifically the state of Indiana,” Wilson said. “He was talking about what he was doing to stop it. He was using his executive authority and leadership to try and curb its expansion in the state. And so he became a central force in especially the statewide leadership in terms of tackling that problem.” The issues that Holcomb will focus on are the same ones he ran on four years ago: education, economics and workforce development, along with the addition of COVID-19. While Holcomb is at his term limit now and does not have to appease both parties, his party does have the supermajority in the state legislature, Wilson said. She said that Holcomb has been and will continue to be a governor of all parties in Indiana. “He will be known as a COVID[-19]
governor simply by the fact that it’s a dominating political issue right now,” Wilson said. “There’s absolutely no part of politics that it doesn't permeate and touch to any degree.” Wilson said one thing that is interesting about Holcomb is the household name recognition. Prior to COVID-19, his predecessor, Vice President Mike Pence, was more well known than Holcomb was. Even being less controversial than Pence is to Holcomb’s benefit, Wilson said. “Where he [Holcomb] lacks that wellknown, household name recognition, he’s generally seen as pretty easy-going, [he’s] steered the ship in the right direction,”
... He's going to continue to listen to health officials and scientists." Wilson said. “There were challenges, especially from the libertarian candidate, Donald Rainwater, during the debates and by people with that kind of ideology, I would say, where they say he’s done too much, that he’s overstepped bounds. Of course, Democrats and more liberal ideology voters would say, ‘No he hasn’t done enough.’” For the next four years, senior political science major Drake Abramson said he sees Holcomb as someone who is going to advocate for aiding colleges through funding and providing personal protective equipment for COVID-19
recovery. Holcomb wants students to get the high quality experience that colleges and universities provide, Abramson said. Abramson said that he thought Indiana was well-equipped to deal with COVID-19 because of its Republican leadership and because Indiana was fiscally conservative in the past, the state was able to allocate funds to local communities, schools and small businesses that really needed it. This was due to Holcomb working with both the Republican and Democratic leadership, Abramson said. “As far as his policies going forward, he’s going to continue to listen to health officials and scientists,” Abramson said. “Their expertise is in this and we should trust them.” Wilson said she was happy about the overall voter turnout this election, and does not believe the straight ticket voting aided Holcomb’s re-election. If anything, Wilson said, President Donald Trump’s ideals are opposite of Holcomb’s, even though they are in the same party. The straight ticket voting option, which only nine states have, could have hindered Holcomb’s win, but he prevailed anyways. According to Wilson, Holcomb’s interest in workforce development and trying to attract people to Indiana, prevent “brain drain,” or boredom, from its current citizens to encourage them not to leave, and reform education as Indiana has some of the lowest metrics in the K-12 system are what Holcomb is going to focus on during his term, as well as other issues.
Grocery store rationing returns Stores put measures in place to avoid empty shelves, supply chain still intact By Sam Dean
LOS ANGELES TIMES (TCA) — Hard times have returned to the nation's toilet paper aisles. With coronavirus cases and lockdowns once again on the rise, shoppers are reverting to the panic-buying patterns of the early days of the pandemic. In response, grocery companies such as Target, Kroger and Albertsons have reinstated purchase limits on toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies. But this time, the grocery companies say, they're putting limits in place specifically to avoid the empty shelves many consumers faced in the spring — and industry experts say the grocers and suppliers are prepared for the winter wave. "We put the limits on out of caution," said Kevin Curry, president of Albertsons' Southern California division, who noted that the current uptick in demand is nowhere near what he saw in March and April. "The supply chain's in a better position to handle this rush." Over the summer, the industry put a number of measures in place to adjust to a new normal of high-volume grocery shopping and waves of lockdown-related shopping sprees. Among them, stores and suppliers have started keeping more inventory on hand, when possible, to prepare for unpredictable spikes in demand. The industry has "gone from a justin-time mentality to a just-in-case mentality," said Willy Shih, a professor at Harvard Business School who studies manufacturing supply chains.Companies have spent the last few decades trying to reduce inventory, in pursuit of a world in which raw materials arrive at factories in the morning, leave as finished goods at night and are sold out on store shelves the next day, with no surplus lying around at the end of the process. The just-in-time model relies on using past data to forecast demand and flexible logistics networks to adapt to predicted shifts. It falls apart, however, when the unpredictable strikes on a global scale. Nick Green, chief executive of Thrive Market, which sells mostly organic food and health products, said he has laid in extra supplies to prepare for this new wave of shopping. "In an ideal world, and nine months ago, we were holding tens of millions of dollars less inventory than we are today," Green said.
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Toilet paper is out of stock at a QFC grocery store at University Village Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 15, 2020.
But the world changed in March. "We went through six months of toilet paper in about six days back in the first surge," Green said. This time around, he has seen demand more than double just in the past week. To prepare, Thrive went vertical in its warehouse for the first time. Historically, Green said, "our product is on the ground" for easy access. Now, "we not only need to use the 700,000 square feet of ground space but have stacked up multiple stories of pallets." Retailers have also gotten creative, cutting deals with lesser-known manufacturers that typically produce toilet paper and cleaning products for restaurants and office buildings to make more store-brand products, which can fill the shelves when name brands sell out. "There's a tremendous shift by the smart, strategic retailers in source of supply, drawing from excess inventory that was choking the food service and institutional manufacturers," said Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of the retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group. With most restaurants, hotels,
offices and large venues closed due to the pandemic, that pivot has allowed the paper-goods market to meet elevated consumer demand. The same holds true for cleaning products, according to Curr y at Albertsons. Popular name-brand items, such as Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, have remained in short supply all year, so the grocer has started sourcing more of its own. But the logistical difficulties of getting all that product from regional distribution centers to stores can pose a challenge. The disruptions to the global supply chain that began when the coronavirus first triggered lockdowns in China are still working their way through the system today, altering the typical delivery and shipment calendar for all sorts of consumer goods. The Port of Long Beach in Southern California notched record-high volumes in October and into November, when in a typical year, the holiday shipping rush would have wound down earlier in the fall. "Whether it's imports going to distribution centers or food logistics, they
spill over into each other," said Shih, as businesses compete for space on ships, trucks and trains. The downturn in the restaurant and institutional food service industry, however, has again proved a godsend for the grocery business. When consumer demand for fresh produce spiked at the beginning of the pandemic, "refrigerated warehouses and refrigerated trucks were all kind of bulging in capacity," said Michael Castagnetto, president of the produce division of logistics company C.H. Robinson. His company was able to tap into small regional warehouses typically used to store restaurant supplies, a strategy that helped grocers ride out the first wave. The same customers that needed that extra cold storage in the spring got back in touch just last week, Castagnetto said, saying they need help again, "probably through New Year's." ___ (c) 2020 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Swim and Dive starts
UIndy Swim and Dive starts the season at U.S. Open after inter-squad meet By Hallie Gallinat
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Despite the pandemic, the University of Indianapolis Swim and Dive teams have continued to work toward their goals. Both the men’s team and the women’s team have been training and competing at meets for a chance to earn GLVC and NCAA championship. According to Head Swim and Dive Coach Jason Hite, the teams this semester are well-rounded in terms of their strengths. He said that both teams are very similar in terms of power and depth. On the women’s team, the members are going to place high at meets, according to Hite. Hite said that he thinks both teams are very good. While two members of the women’s team stayed home this semester, they have continued to develop, according to Hite. He said that while there are some areas to improve on, such as the 500 meter free, both teams are very good. “It’s an interesting mix, but I think that we do well in anything, and I think our team is doing their absolute best to progress and represent the university really well and give ourselves a chance at a national championship, give ourselves a chance at a GLVC championship on both sides,” Hite said. Junior swimmer Johanna Buys said the team’s biggest strength is their unity. She said that a large part of the team are international students and that the American students are very supportive. “Right now I know myself and the other internationals, we can’t really go home for Christmas break. So I think a lot of Americans have opened up their homes to us, and I think that’s really, really sweet,” Buys said. “It’s a really friendly environment. I’m very happy. I enjoy the people that I swim with and their company and we all try to push each other to be better.” According to Buys, lack of motivation has been a weakness with some swimmers on the team this season. However, she said that Hite has done a great job of keeping the team motivated and training. “I definitely see an improvement already from the start of the season to now, because [at] the start of the season, people were really wondering if we would even be training right now and we’re still training,” Buys said. “So I think people have realized, ‘Maybe we might just have a season.’ So, people are already a little more motivated.” Hite said what he is expecting from this season is to compete whenever they can, train and to try to achieve as much normalcy as they can. In addition, Hite said he also expects to take every racing opportunity that the team gets. “[Racing opportunities are] obviously few and far between, we’ve had numerous ones canceled to this point,” Hite said. “But even this morning, I was talking to the coach at another school and we’re trying to figure out how to make something work on December 4. And they’re just constantly trying to make
Growing up, many athletes dream of becoming professional athletes, and the student-athletes at the University of Indianapolis are no exception. Every person playing a sport at one point or another wants to be a professional athlete, according to Football Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Brad Wilson. “If you’re a basketball player, baseball player, football player, the goal at some point [is to go pro],” Wilson said. H e a d M e n’s B a s k e t b a l l Coach Paul Corsaro said that professional sports influence college athletes because athletes at a professional level are student-athletes’ idols. They watch the pros on TV and try to emulate them, he said. “Everybody has those figures or people in their life that they look up to, and that’s who the professional sports athletes are for our student-athletes,” Corsaro said. Head Baseball Coach Al Ready said that college players pay attention to what is going on in professional sports. Several of Ready’s players watched the shortened MLB season this year and Ready said that he saw the players having many good conversations about the games on the team’s GroupMe, which is a messaging app for the purpose of group
SAAC works for studentathletes By Jordan Fisher STAFF WRITER
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Junior swimmer Johanna Buys performs the butterfly stroke during the UIndy Intersquad meet on Oct. 17. In the meet, the Hounds were divided into Crimson and Grey, with Crimson winning the meet with a score of 692-664. Buys won the 100 free in 53.26 seconds.
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Head Swim and Dive Coach Jason Hite looks on during UIndy’s Intersquad meet. Hite is now in his sixth season as the Head Coach. He has had 235 All-Americans at UIndy. The team had six national qualifying times against Eastern Illinois University on Nov. 18 and 19.
things work and we’re at the mercy of COVID[-19], really.” Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a few things are different this season, such as how many people can travel, according to Hite. The team is also trying to stay within their own group due to not knowing what other teams are doing, Hite said. “Not having people in the stands is weird, not having recruits, as much as we normally do,” Hite said. “Just having to live in a bubble is just really strange and really, really odd.” The teams previously held intrasquad
swim meets on Oct. 17, according to UIndy Athletics. Hite said that these meets act as mock meets for when they do host a meet. From Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, the Swim and Dive teams also participated in the Toyota U.S. Open, according to UIndy Athletics. This event is very prestigious, according to UIndy Athletics, and only 20 members of the teams qualified for the meet, Hite said. The teams this season have built up a great culture, according to Hite. He said that the teams care about academics and creating opportunities as well, whether
these opportunities are for what is going to happen after they graduate or opportunities to swim fast. “Both teams are in the top five in the country and swimming and diving and we get out in the community and we do things to help others,” Hite said. “So I think it’s a phenomenal group of young men and women. And I think for the most part, they’re all very selfless and I think they do a great job of being a family and united, even though they come from 25 different countries around the world and different backgrounds and different political views and everything.”
communication. Football has student-athletes on their “I think they definitely look up to roster that aspire for a chance to play at professional athletes and they try the best the next level, Wilson said. He said that they can to be like them on the field,” he thought the players understand the Ready said. “But I think also when you level of commitment and success — both had issues like the NBA shutting down academically and athletically — that it this past summer because of what was takes to be able to go to the highest level going on in the world, and then Major in the NFL. UIndy Football has already League Baseball followed suit at the time had some success with their alumni …. I think those were all important issues getting opportunities at the next level. that the players paid attention to and they “You’ve got players like Reece want to do their part too.” Horn and Ruben Holcomb who Ready said within the last two that as a former years have gotten minor league and in The media obviously plays opportunities independent player camps and things himself, he always a big part in that .... I can like that in the paid attention to NFL,” Wilson said. efinitel elate self what was going on “Reece had success with baseball at the in the defunct, now time, and what the it’s back, XFL …. professional athletes did. He said he We’ve got guys on this roster right now watched what they were wearing and that have the ability to potentially play how they trained. If someone wants at the next level.” to be a professional baseball player or Ready said that while he cannot speak a professional athlete, they have to do for other sports, both his players and what the professionals are doing, he said. players on the women’s side of all sports “It’s something that you really got to have goals of playing professionally. Most focus on, and you got to find out what of his players have aspirations to climb these guys are doing,” Ready said. “The the ladder to the highest level they can media obviously plays a big part in that go, whether that be professional baseball …. I can definitely relate myself, even or a minor league, he said. though you’re going back 20-something “We had one get to the major leagues years, things have definitely changed in in 2012, Andrew Werner, a 2009 grad the last 20 years, but the one constant is from UIndy and left-handed pitcher, you got to hang out with the people you so it’s very possible,” Ready said. “These want to be like. I’m a big believer in that.” guys [UIndy Baseball] pay attention to
what’s going on. I think the social media platforms too that professional athletes are using are a great way to get their message out. Whether it’s training-type things or just their views on anything, I think [it is] having an effect on the college guys and they pay attention [to that]. They really do.” The most important thing when playing in college is for student-athletes to get a degree because that cannot be taken away, according to Wilson. Opportunities such as the NFL and XFL can go away, so having a strong academic foundation is important, he said. “If you come to UIndy, you put on good tape out there, and the scouts will notice that,” Wilson said. It’s an excellent opportunity for our guys to chase their goals [be]cause you only get to go through this life one time. You got to take advantage of every opportunity you can and work your butt off, both in the classroom and on the field and in the weight room, and our guys do a really nice job of that.” Corsaro said he does not have many thoughts on how professional sports have influenced college athletes because it is the way it always has been and will continue to be. “As a former athlete, I looked up to pro athletes, and I think that’s going to be the way it always is, and I think it’s the way it should be because they’re the pinnacle of their sport and what other athletes aspire to be,” Corsaro said.
Effects of professional sports By Noah Crenshaw
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
The University of Indianapolis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee serves as a liaison between studentathletes and the athletic administration staff, according to UIndy Athletics. It encourages involvement in campus athletic activities along with other activities in general. In this committee, every sport, both men’s and women’s, are represented. Redshirt sophomore men’s lacrosse defenseman Austin Bartel is the current president of SAAC. According to Bartel, his role is to make sure meetings get held and to run them. “It’s the bridge between the studentathletes and the faculty,”Bartel said.“The goal is to make sure that student-athletes’ voices are heard in the administration and the faculty are doing the things that they want to do ... but it’s also recognizing student leadership.” Senior Administrator for Student Support Jackie Paquette is the advisor for SAAC.This committee gives studentathletes the ability to voice any issues they may have to the administration Paquette said, and even if the issue is not major, they still get things done. When fresh fruit options were taken out of the cafeteria, athletes told their representatives about the issue. Those representatives of SAAC were then able to tell the administration and they contacted the people in dining services to make fruit an option again, according to Paquette. SAAC is a place where representatives
PAQUETTE from each sport meet in a safe place to talk about issues or just support each other, according to Bartel. He said SAAC also works to keep coaches accountable. “We have practice logs that are uploaded that the NCAA can review, and we have representatives from each team that is responsible for confirming those practice logs,” Bartel said. “It’s a healthy relationship that we have as a group because we can support each other.” Due to COVID-19, SAAC has scaled back the amount of activities they participate in, according to Bartel. Normally they would do more fundraisers, volunteering, and attend each other’s sporting events but with these unprecedented times those things are not feasible. Now the representatives spend time talking about how to handle everything with COVID-19 in the mix, according to Bartel. “It’s a tough spot for any student here, but it’s also tough being a student-athlete. We had to go all summer without much training and now we are kind of hopping in full go and these coaches are expecting things out of you,”Bartel said.“We talked about how it sucked and what we are doing to try to make it the most positive experience possible.” According to Paquette, they have a speaker series every year and this year they were able to capitalize on using Zoom. They were able to host more students because they were not limited to a room size or the speaker’s location.The speakers talk about things such as mental health, how to become a coach and promoting your own brand on social media. “We had a coaching panel a couple weeks ago and we brought in coaches that were in Kansas City, Kentucky, Missouri, and Florida,” Paquette said. “We would not have been able to put that group of people together in-person … but through the use of Zoom we were. That’s sort of the silver lining because obviously the situation wasn’t great.” Bartel said that the biggest thing the committee provides is being able to have a voice for the student-athletes. Instead of an individual bringing up a problem on their own, they can go to their team’s SAAC representative and have it climb up the ladder from there in a safer place. “I’ve had such a positive experience here as a student-athlete,” Bartel said. “I want everyone to have that very same experience as me.”
6 THE REFLECTOR
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
Photo contributed by Stephanie Wideman
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UIndy’s Forensic Speech and Debate team had to set up their own studio in order for them to record their speeches amid the CO ID-19 pandemic. The studio is located in the team’s of ce on the third floor of Esch Hall.
Team Director and Assistant Professor of Communication Stephanie Wideman, who is highlighted in the bottom right corner, is seen talking to the Forensic Speech and Debate team during a synchronous tournament.
Speech and Debate adapts
Forensic Speech and Debate team uses new program to compete virtually during pandemic By Noah Fields and Jacob Walton
FEATURE EDITOR/ SPORTS EDITOR & PHOTO EDITOR For the University of Indianapolis Forensic Speech and Debate team, the pandemic meant the end of their competitive season last year. But this semester, Team Director and Assistant Professor of Communication Stephanie Wideman did not want to see the team suffer the same fate. Over the summer, coaches from all across the country met and discussed ways to have a season in the fall, according to Wideman. “We just wanted to honor the experience and all the work the students have done, but at the same time, keeping safety as the foremost priority,”Wideman said. “Then it was the summer that extensive meetings were held, throughout forensic speech and debate educators all summer long talking about ‘How we are going to do this? How are we going to mirror the best in the activity? What are certain changes we’re willing to sacrifice for?’” The speech and debate community took drastic measures and developed their own program titled Yaatly and designed specifically for speech and debate tournaments, according to Wideman.
She said this was done very quickly and that there were many moving parts involved, but one of the biggest things that came from this was adapting to the unknown. Wideman said that one of the earliest struggles was not having the answers she has been used to having. According to W ideman, the virtual environment has brought new challenges and opportunities to the speech and debate world. She said that the tournaments are normally very good networking opportunities and that students are missing out on that. However, on the positive side, Wideman said, they are using this as a way to prepare the students for the virtual world that is going to come from the COVID-19 pandemic. “So how about we take this as a learning opportunity, not just to survive and to act and thrive during the pandemic, but also to learn post [COVID-19] that because things become very different when you have to add in a lot of factors, particularly about image management,’” Wideman said. “Taking that into the virtual world, we had to have some hard conversations.’Alright, what does your dorm room look like? Are we going to have to buy you a background so that can keep people from seeing you haven’t made your bed?’” Wideman said that the team used
their classroom as a studio and set up lights and a camera for the team to record their videos for their first asynchronous competition. According to Wideman, this was quite the challenge as it was uncharted ground for her. The team then progressed into synchronous tournaments which the teams would participate in from their own locations or locations that Wideman could get for the students, such as classrooms or the speech and debate office. Wideman said the synchronous tournaments brought their own sets of challenges. “[It] really pushed them to try some innovative things with how they’re performing. It has pushed them to speak in a different way, to use gestures in a different way,” Wideman said. “Because you don’t have your whole body typically on-camera, you’re going to have at least half of it, right. You’re playing this pendulum game here between ‘Do I have the camera close up on my face so you can see my emotion more? Or, if I do that though, then I’m going to limit you being able to see my gestures.’ So we have to find that sweet spot in the middle of it.” For the team president, senior psychology and international relations double major Craig Chigadza, the new format has been a large change. He said
that the team has tried to continue its team bonding and continued to be close through Zoom. He said the synchronous tournaments are different from what he is used to. “That has been a very big change,” Chigadza said. “Because we’re used to traveling together on a Friday, sleeping in the hotel and then waking up early Saturday morning and hitting out to the venue and competing and then coming back at the end of the day.” Due to the pandemic, the number of competitions that the team would normally compete in has also dwindled, according to Wideman. In an effort to reduce the effect of this on the students, the team started the Public Speaking Resource Center on-campus in order to give the team more opportunities to practice their craft, Wideman said. “What it is [that they do] is they act as tutors under my supervision,” Wideman said. “Each one of the members of the team has been assigned to a section, and then they act as tutors throughout there. Then these videos we’re creating also are things that the professors can use as examples.” Wideman said that for this semester, the program has been in a pilot stage to see if it is successful or not. She said that if it is, then they hope to continue it into the future.
According to Wideman, the team is full of some really smart and welleducated people in the public speaking community so this is their way of giving back. She said that while it might benefit those being tutored, it also has good effects on the team. “They have that adage that says, ‘You never know something until you can teach it,’” Wideman said. “Obviously we’re not going to put undergraduate students in charge of fully teaching these classes, but under my supervision, as well as my assistant coach’s supervision and the professors that teach these classes, they’re able to speak to these students on a different level. Really, just as much as they’re helping the students that are tutoring, they’re also helping themselves get a deeper understanding of their craft.” Overall, Wideman said that she is incredibly impressed with the team’s ability to adapt and overcome that they have shown throughout the whole experience. She said she is impressed with the whole campus on their response. “I’ve been continually impressed … the speech and debate community and with our students ability to adapt,” Wideman said. “This level of resilience, of grit … as well as being adaptable, is a unique skill set that students who are going to college during this time period are getting.”
Professor runs to raise scholarship funds By Nathan Herbst OPINION EDITOR
Photo contributed by Laura Santurri
The University of Indianapolis’ Laura Santurri runs a 50-mile race in October 2018. In October, Santurri ran 160 miles across Indiana to raise money for a scholarship fund.
Not every professor will run nearly 160 miles across the state of Indiana to raise money for a scholarship fund. But that is exactly what ultra-marathoner Laura Santurri, University of Indianapolis assistant professor, director of the Doctor of Health Science program and chair of the Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies department did for students in her department. An ultra-marathoner or ultra-runner is someone who runs distances longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. According to Santurri, she ran 155.4 miles in four days and five hours. Her run began on Oct. 19 and concluded Oct. 23. She said she originally planned to run east from Terre Haute, Indiana to UIndy for the first half of her run and then run west from Richmond, Indiana to finish the second leg of her journey on UIndy’s campus. But after running from Terre Haute to Indianapolis, she said she developed some foot pain that made her reconsider her original plan. Santurri said she decided to complete the rest of the run around her home and on the treadmill so she could successfully complete all of the mileage. “[It was a] tough decision to make but I wanted to do a little of the mileage on the treadmill to help save my foot, as I was a little worried about getting a stress fracture, and I was also just really tired of being passed by semi-trucks,” Santurri said. Despite the change in plans, Santurri said she felt good about the effort and the way she held up mentally and physically. This was also the longest run she has ever attempted, she said. “It just required a little bit of flexibility and paying attention to my body, making
sure I wasn’t risking injury,”Santurri said. “If I was going to do it again, I would say that, one, I’d like to do it not in a pandemic and two, I’d like to drive the whole route ahead of time.” Santurri said she was also motivated to complete the run by dedicating it to raising funds for her students. She has raised funds for several of her past ultramarathons, but she said this was the first one she did for a UIndy cause. She said running for a cause bigger than herself helps her persevere through the tough moments. “It feels good for me. When I’m attempting something really challenging and it gets harder ... it’s nice to know that
There was a quiet strength that maybe she didn’t even know she had...” I’m doing this for an even bigger reason,” Santurri said.“It’s not just to push myself, I’m doing something to give back to the community. It helps motivate you and inspire you when you’re struggling.” Santurri is coached by Nick Tranbarger of the Indianapolis based TS2 Coaching. Tranbarger, a USA Triathlon Level IIE Certified Triathlon Coach, has trained Santurri for a few years now. Santurri said Tranbarger has made all the difference in her preparation for these kinds of events, as they are quite different from shorter distances in terms of nutrition, hydration and training. Another key aspect is the mental training, according to Tranbarger. “There’s a lot of physical training that goes into being able to pursue these types of endeavors, but the mental training is equally as important,” Tranbarger said. Some of these struggles can come
in the form of self-doubt. According to Santurri, before she started ultrarunning, she never identified as an athlete. “I am not a natural runner,” Santurri said. “I didn’t do cross country or track in high school or college .... I never in a million years would have considered myself an athlete.” Even when she had several ultramarathons under her belt, she said she still didn’t consider herself an athlete. However, after conversations with Tranbarger about the importance she placed on pursuing her limits, she said this self-perception began to change. According to Tranbarger, Santurri’s doubts were never big enough to impede her next step, however. She was even able to get her training volume up to 100 miles per week, something Tranbarger said was due to her mental fortitude. “There was a quiet strength that maybe she didn’t even know she had, which I feel like in the last few years she has really uncovered,” Tranbarger said. Santurri’s perseverance ended up paying off, as she said she managed to raise several thousand dollars for students in the Department of Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies. This money will be enough to cover the tuition for several courses and any student in the department is allowed to apply, according to Santurri. But Santurri’s determination and experience ultra-running have taught her many things that go beyond the sport or the classroom. “For me, ultra events are like life condensed because over the period of that race you’re going to have some incredibly painful moments and you’re going to have some incredibly amazing, beautiful moments, too,” Santurri said. “You can go from feeling amazing to feeling really cruddy ... and the only thing that is inevitable is the oscillation between those moments.”
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UIndy holds Faculty Artist Concert Series Music Department showcases various musical styles from different artists throughout semester By Kassandra Darnell STAFF WRITER
Stepping onto the stage of the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Assistant Professor of Music Joana Genova prepares to play. Her performance, as well as many others this semester, are all part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series at the University of Indianapolis. The Faculty Artists Concert Series is a program spanning across the fall semester at the UIndy, according to a fact sheet provided by Genova. The series features live music performances from the Music Department faculty, including full-time faculty, adjunct professors and assistant professors, according to Genova. Each performance has taken place on Monday evenings in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall as well as being broadcasted via Twitch livestream, according to UIndy Events. Genova performed in the concert series on Nov. 9, playing the violin for pieces from composers Antonín Dvořák and Astor Piazzolla. According to Genova, it is important for faculty to perform in events like the concert series because it is a way of promoting the university as well as setting an example for students within the Music Department. “There are so many other universities— Butler has concert series—and so do we, so it’s important to show what our music department is doing, just like the theater department has productions, and also the students who study music with all of us, they have to put on their own recitals,” Genova said. “So we all have to do it. If you’re in the art department, you have to make a sculpture or painting and you go to the exhibit in the gallery. So this is our way of exhibiting what we do as musicians.” Adjunct Professor of Music Marko Petričić performed on Nov. 16, playing the bayan accordion in a set focusing on Johann Sebastian Bach, jazz and blues music. Petričić said the concert series is a great community outreach program because the program features more than just faculty performers and the events are
free to the public. “[Students] learn something about the music, about the repertoire that they may or may not play, but they widen their scope into different musical eras and repertoire, different instruments, different performers … ” Petričić said. “And it’s also nice for us too, for the faculty, for performers and guests to get together to play some new music and to experience some great music making together” Assistant Professor of Music Ryan Behan performed alongside Genova in a piano trio on Nov. 9, according to the fact sheet. He said that attendance for the concert series, despite COVID-19, has been very high due to livestreaming capabilities. According to Behan, the attendance displays there is still a desire for live music, and this series allows people to continue attending concerts, even though it is virtual. “At the end of the day, [music is] about communication,” Behan said. “I think after COVID[-19] is over, I think everybody will appreciate it even more. Technology has been advancing much faster than our ability to cope with it. And I think people will realize that experiencing life behind a screen and not interacting with other people is unnatural to the human experience.” According to Genova, while she does miss being able to see fans of the concert series because of limited inperson attendance, she still stresses the importance of watching the performances via livestream. “There is such a huge variety of repertoire we are offering that everybody should give it a chance,” Genova said. “It’s not just for people within the music department, it’s really for the whole university and you will find something for yourself, I guarantee you. And also with all the people we work with, we put our hearts and souls in those performances. All of the professors, we care about performing and bringing this music to life. And we need many people to be there because we do it for living people, not just for ourselves.”
Photo by Jacob Walton
Violinist Sarah Page performed in the Faculty Artist Series on Nov. 16 in the Ruth Lily Performance Hall. According to the program, Page, an Indianapolis native, has played for several orchestras across the country, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Photo by Jacob Walton
Adjunct Professor of Music Marko etri i also performed in the aculty Artist Series performance on Nov. 16, where he played the bayan. According to the program, he teaches organ, sacred music and music theory at UIndy and also taught at Indiana University.
Art & Design department receives grant By Dashanee Hunter STAFF WRITER
The University of Indianapolis Department of Art & Design has been located in Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, along with the Department of Music, for over two decades, according to Associate Professor and Director in the Department of Art and Design Katherine Fries. Though the students and faculty have been quite creative with sharing the minimum space they have been given, it has ultimately been a challenge trying to make space for some of their bigger projects, such as sculptures and printmaking, Fries said. To help with this, a grant was given to the Department of Art & Design, according to UIndy 360. The grant was awarded for $100,000 by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation to aid the Department of Art & Design opportunities for UIndy students, according to UIndy 360. This grant will help expand the department’s
size from 15,000 square feet to 26,000 square feet, according to UIndy 360. Receiving this grant will ultimately give the art students the space they need and deserve to do the projects they want to put their time into, and it will allow for the professors to teach more classes geared towards their students to meet their goals, Fries said. The Department of Art & Design is nearly 100 years old, and during this time, there have been several changes, Fries said. She said that when Christel DeHaan was built, there were three to four faculty members and about 40 major students but now, there are eight to nine faculty members and about 130 majors. “In the 20-plus years of living in Christel DeHaan, we’ve added majors and programs and have just continued to expand and have more offerings for our UIndy students,” Fries said. In that time period, the department has grown with students and programs, according to Associate Professor and Art & Design Department Chair Jim
Viewegh. With the new programs and increased enrollment, the Art & Design Department needed more space and they have been working on locating and reimagining the spaces that are on campus for a few years, Fries said.
It’s going to be nice now to expand outward and have that space...” The department now has sculpture, animation/digital illustration, and printmaking majors, said Viewegh. According to Fries, she teaches printmaking, but due to the lack of space, she cannot teach printmaking subjects that other universities have. “One of the nice things about being in our department is we’re a department of problem solvers and we’ve certainly made the most of our time and spaces in Christel DeHaan, but it’s going to be
nice now to expand outward and to have even better facilities for our students,” Fries said. All the programs are assisting the department and building enrollment by having more options for students, so more space is needed to house all those things, Viewegh said. The department has been problem solving, Fries said. “We’re nationally accredited, so that means we have certain standards we have to meet too to make sure our programs are up to date but that also puts us on the same playing field as schools like Herron over at IUPUI and Ball State and those sort of things,” Viewegh said. Though the department has been awarded the grant, Viewegh said he does not know the exact status yet. With the help of Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president of development in the Office of University Advancement, they have now started working on a financial campaign for Art & Design to help with the new annex, Viewegh said. “I think it [the grant] helps us get closer to our goal, and our goal is to make
sure that our facilities, whether they be in Christel DeHaan, or the new Art Annex, are really equipped and outfitted to enable our students to meet their goals,”Fries said.“They’re coming to us to learn how to be creative professionals in the fields of art and design and we want to give them as many transformative experiences as possible and by getting this grant allows us to expand our spaces which allows us to offer more things to our students which ultimately means that you guys get to enjoy your art classes whether you’re a non-major or meet your professional goals if you are an art major.” The students are coming to the faculty to learn to be creative professionals in the field of art and design, and the faculty ultimately want the experience to be transformative, Fries said. According to Viewegh, the goal now is to have the new annex open and ready to go when classes begin next August. This will include renovating the f acilities building and Chr istel DeHaan to make use of the space that will be left open there, Viewegh said.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ to return to TV this season By Nardine Saad
LOS ANGELES TIMES (TCA) — It’s a Christmas miracle, Charlie Brown! The lovable loser, the Peanuts gang and their iconic holiday specials will be back — albeit briefly — on broadcast television this year after all. In a welcome reversal, Apple TV+ has struck a deal with PBS to air “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The beloved 1960s specials will air ad-free on PBS and PBS Kids on Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, respectively, at 7:30 p.m. local time, reps for Apple TV+ said on Nov. 18. The programs had moved exclusively to the streaming platform, destroying quite a few holiday traditions and annual telecasts along the way. Sounds like someone took the lesson of overwhelming materialism from the Christmas special to heart. The classic animated specials will be available on demand on Apple TV+,
where “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” began streaming on Nov. 18. The special will be available for free on the platform from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the 1965 special, will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4. It will be available for free from Dec. 11 through Dec. 13. Disappointment abounded in October when Apple TV+ said that the comic strip-inspired films would stream exclusively on the platform rather than on ABC and other networks this year. The arrangement was part of Apple TV+’s team-up with Wildbrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions.The deal made the streaming service the exclusive home for classic Peanuts content, as well as new original series and specials based on Charles M. Schulz’s cartoon characters, several of which have been renewed. ——— (c) 2020 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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