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Franklin College to host Washington University-St. Louis in

first-round playoff game

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By Alex Engelbert

The Branigin Room erupted into excitement and applause Sunday evening as the Grizzlies learned that they would host the opening round of the NCAA Division-III playoffs. The football team secured its spot in the playoffs after a 59-21 victory against Hanover College last Saturday, marking nine consecutive wins in the Victory Bell Classic and its fourth consecutive title in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. In keeping with tradition, the entire team crowded the room at 6 p.m. on Sunday for the selection show. Within just minutes, the released bracket showed Franklin hosting Washington University-St. Louis in the first round of the Wisconsin-Whitewater section of the draw. Junior running back Joey Pasquale relived the team’s reaction. “It was a really great feeling, the entire room erupted into

excitement,” he said. “The team and coaches were ecstatic.” This game marks the fourth time that Franklin has hosted a playoff game and the second in the past four years. It will also mark four straight appearances in the playoffs. Although the opponent and location came as a surprise, the Grizzlies know the opportunity that stands before them. Head Coach Mike Leonard said he is excited about what the game means for the college. “What a great way to showcase what this institution is all about,” he said. “And what our football program stands for.” The playoff game also has implications for the entire community. The college has put out several press releases, and Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness has tweeted about the game multiple times, including See “Playoffs” on Page 10

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The Grizzlies carry the bell after winning in the 2007 Victory Bell Classic against rival Hanover College (top). Senior Zack Corpe signals a fair catch during the game against Defiance College on Nov. 2 (left). Members of this year’s senior class pose with the bell after a 59-21 victory over Hanover last Saturday.

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New campus group focuses on retention By Megan Banta

Megan Banta

Editor bids farewell This semester has been a semester of lasts. It has marked my last journalism class and my last homecoming as an enrolled student. I’ve registered for classes and stressed about what exploratory requirements I still have to fulfill for the last time. And in this moment, I am writing for my last issue of The Franklin as an editor. It’s bittersweet. I’ve been on the newspaper staff since the first semester of my freshman year, and I’ve been an editor since my sophomore year. I’m still not quite sure what I’ll do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights next semester. No matter what, there’s no way it will beat nights in the newsroom with people I’ve grown so close to. Saying goodbye to that will be hard. But I know that something better lies ahead, both for me personally and for this paper that has become such an integral part of my life. I’m passing on the torch to a staff of reporters, photographers and editors who have proven themselves time and time again. They’ve made my time as the top editor a breeze, and I can’t thank them enough for that. A special thank you goes out to my editors: Ellie, Oober, Olivia, Danielle, Darian, Zimmy and Anna. I couldn’t have done it and kept my sanity without all of you. Those of you who are returning as editors should know that I fully believe that the newspaper could not be passing into better hands. And while it’s technically time to say farewell, I would much rather say hello – hello to a new adventure, and a semester that promises to be one of firsts.

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Though the college will not officially know retention rates until next semester, there is an ongoing effort to take a comprehensive look at retention. In June, the college created the Campus Retention Group, a group of faculty and staff members charged with three basic tasks related to retention. Ellis Hall, dean of students, said the group is supposed to review institutional policies and programs in relation to how they support or inhibit retention, review and evaluate data relevant to retention, and develop retention strategies and priorities and assist in their implementation. The group consists of nine faculty and staff members: • Ellis Hall, dean of students • Tim Garner, associate vice president for academic affairs • Brooke Worland, dean of alumni and student engagement • Elizabeth Sappenfield, director of financial aid

• Katie Wehner, director of the Academic Resource Center • Jenni Fry, coordinator for new student programs • Lance Marshall, assistant director of athletics and head baseball coach • Jennifer Whitson, interim registrar • Shelley Nelson, instructor of sociology And Hall said the group already has taken several actions. He said it has created a form telling faculty and staff where to send students with questions and concerns about certain topics, is creating a family help line and is looking at ways to better track student attendance, among other things. Hall said the group’s efforts are especially targeted toward increasing first-year retention rates because the group that leaves Franklin each year is largely made up of those leaving between their first and second years.

He said the goal is to increase the quality of students’ experiences to enhance their likelihood of success, especially in academics. “The better students do academically, the more likely they are to stay,” Hall said. Overall, he said, the college wants to help students and make it easier for them to get their questions answered and their concerns addressed. He said this hopefully will make questions and concerns less likely to escalate to into a reason for students to transfer because the college will be able to address issues immediately. “You want to create options, not close doors,” Hall said. And Alan Hill, vice president of marketing and enrollment for the college, said admissions will work with the Campus Retention Group to recruit the kinds of students who, statistically, succeed academically and stay at Franklin.

College website gets makeover By Ryanne Wise

After years with little change, Franklin College decided to revamp its website in hopes of attracting new students to the college. Alan Hill, vice president for enrollment and marketing, said the website was going on its fifth year before it switched to its newest look this fall. He said the college wanted to make sure the website reflected the needs of students and effectively provided information for prospective and current students and faculty. The idea for the new website started two years ago, when the college hired current marketing director Theresa Lehman. Franklin College made the website its number one priority and also hired Caylor Solutions in Fishers to help start up the site. “They worked with us on the project from concept to completion,” Lehman said. With the new website in mind, Lehman and others completed focus

Screenshot of home page

The college revamped its website this year to reflect students’ needs and more effectively provide prospective students with information. groups in high schools and on campus to see what students and parents wanted out of the college’s website. “People want to find what they need in just a couple of clicks,” Hill said. “The new site is refreshed, bright and easier to navigate.” The new site was released on Oct. 31, the last day for the college to meet its goal of an October re-

lease date. However, the site was not flawless at release. “The first day, I went home to pull up the site to show my wife, and it was still the old website,” Hill said. “On campus, it showed the new site, but the further away you were from campus, the slower it was.” See “Website” on page 11


Students experience homelessness, raise awareness

By Amanda Creech

Students slept outside for three nights this week to raise awareness for the homeless. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, students met to debrief and talk about experiences of homelessness before they slept outside. Then on Thursday evening, students gathered at campus minister David Weatherspoon’s house to discuss how the church can help the homeless. Students wrote statistics on pieces of cardboard, which they placed in front of the Richardson Chapel. In addition to making signs to put in front of the chapel, students also wrote lobbying letters to congressmen. Freshman Taylor Heideman slept outside all three nights. She said her first night was miserable and that she didn’t sleep much because of the cold. “I think I’ve already started to see just how privileged I am just in that, I have a roof over my head,” she said. Heideman said people should consider the homeless as their neighbors.

“We view them as lazy or inferior to us,” she said. “And I think that’s not true.” Although senior Alex Lancaster isn’t participating, he said he thinks it’s great that students are raising awareness; Lancaster was homeless his first three years of college. “During breaks when I couldn’t afford to stay on campus, there were times where I either slept in a car for a few days or found somebody’s living room to crash in,” he said. “I know I’m not the only person on this campus who has been through situations like this, and I think it definitely helps show people that these are the difficult things people go through.” Junior Torie Zeiner said she first interacted with the homeless population in Indianapolis when she took the Intercity Missions winter term course her freshman year. And Zeiner said her goal for Homelessness Awareness Week See “Homelessness” on page 10

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Students camped out on the steps of Richardson Chapel this week to spread homelessness awareness. Freshman Taylor Heideman (left) and junior Torie Zeiner (right) both participated in the event (bottom right).

Religious life to celebrate combined holiday By Caitlin Soard

Franklin Interfaith will celebrate a rare and unusual combination of holidays on Monday. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah will fall on the same day this year, and this won’t happen again for almost 80,000 years. The combined holidays have been dubbed Thanksgivukkah, and it’s become a bit of an Internet phenomenon, warranting its own Buzzfeed article and Facebook page. To celebrate the event, Franklin Interfaith will host an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday in Richardson Chapel, and Interfaith members will bring various dishes to be served during that time. David Barickman, a senior and public relations officer of Franklin Interfaith, said the organization

first heard of Thanksgivukkah celebrations happening this year at an Interfaith festival in Indianapolis. He said a synagogue was promoting the idea and explained how the first day of Hannukah and Thanksgiving rarely fall on the same day. He said the group thought that the Monday before Thanksgiving break would be a good opportunity to promote the unique holiday. Barickman said Interfaith members will make Thanksgiving and Hanukkah foods and offer free samples, so the event will give students an opportunity to learn about both holidays and how they are connected. Nov. 28 is the first and last time Thanksgivukkah will happen in the lifetime of the current population.

“So they’re doing things to celebrate both because they are actually fairly similar,” Barickman said. “Both center around family and kind of enjoying the people around you. And so both of those are kind of celebrating the shared experience.” Tess Handy, a junior and Interfaith’s co-coordinator, said the organization planned the event with a focus on educating students. “Whenever Interfaith plans an event, our main goal is to increase awareness about different religions,” Handy said. “Since Hanukkah, which is a Jewish holiday, takes place on Thanksgiving this year, we thought that would be a good way for individuals on campus to relate (to the holiday), even if

they aren’t Jewish, since many of us participate in Thanksgiving.” Handy said she encourages students to attend events like Thanksgivukkah in order to raise awareness. “I think Interfaith events are important to come out to because a lot of students grew up in small towns that didn’t have a lot of diversity, especially religious diversity,” Hand said. “And it’s important to just understand that regardless of your faith, or non-faith, background that there are other perspectives than your own. And by understanding other faiths’ holidays, you gain a greater appreciation for other religion and their beliefs.”


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Studying for Finals 1. Set up weekly or biweekly meetings with professors during office hours to go over course material for the final exam. 2. Utilize online tools and flashcard apps like Quizlet to help you study vocabulary terms and important dates. 3. Rewrite notes. The rewritten notes will not only be more legible than your original, but rewriting notes helps engrain the information even more. 4. Set up study sessions with other students in your classes once or twice a week to go over previous notes and tests. 5. Ask professors for additional pages to study or for other resources related to the topics from this semester. To see the rest of the list, check out

Story by Ryanne Wise, photo by Caitlin Soard

how to Prepare for Black Friday Step 1. Look at websites and newspapers for coupons and deals.

Step 5. Map out where you want to go and when.

Step 9. Split up and cover specific departments. It eliminates the chaos.

Step 2. Highlight what items you want most and prioritize them.

Step 6. Pack snacks in the car for breaks.

Step 10. Purchase as many items as possible online to avoid the stores.

Step 3. Get a good night’s sleep!

Senior Briana Jurrema prepares for Black Friday shopping this year by looking online and in the newspaper for deals.

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Step 4. Wear layers of clothes. Bundle up to brave the cold while you wait in lines. But also dress comfortably.

Step 7. Take the exact amount of cash needed to prevent impulse buying, unless your debit/credit card earns you rewards. Step 8. Take a shopping partner! It’s fun and helps you deal with the stress. Story by Danielle Faczan, photo by Stephanie Rendon


Students take leadership to new levels By Erika Brock Freshmen in an introduction to leadership class have spent the semester planning and implementing community projects. For this class, Bonnie Pribush, director of leadership development, requires students to complete a full leadership project. Students were put into groups randomly, and they then had to work with an agency on or off-campus to hold an event or do something on their own that would benefit someone else. Pribush said the students picked the topics, ran the meetings and learned conflict resolution. Pribush and Doug Grant, service learning coordinator, met with each group and rejected or accepted the students’ visions of their projects. Pribush said she requires the group projects because “leadership

isn’t something you can memorize; it is something you have to do.” Freshman Kristen Southern said the project showed students how to be leaders outside of the classroom. The groups led four different projects – FC Time Capsule, FC World Tour, FC Field Day and Oh the Places You’ll Go. For FC World Tour, students interviewed international students and teachers and presented the information to students to expose them to different cultures on campus. At FC Field Day, students partnered with the Boys & Girls Club in Franklin and Girls Inc. to have kids come to Franklin College after school and learn about healthy living and exercise. See “Leadership” on Page 10

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Freshman Kelsie Williams learns about Ireland during FC World Tour, an event organized by students in an introduction to leadership class that took place Nov. 6 in the atrium of the Napolitan Student Center.

Student Congress recognizes faculty, staff By Ashley Smith

Student Congress held Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day this Tuesday. But in the past, this event recognized the entire campus. Student Congress members drove students to classes in a golf cart and provided food in the Student Center Atrium for everyone. This year, Student Congress members wrote personal thank you letters to all faculty and staff members and gave them coupons to use at 66 Water Street Arts Café. “Making a specific day that we focus on to say thank you helps us, the students, remember and reflect and be grateful for all that we have and don’t have,” said Tess Anglin, a junior and Student Congress president. Anglin said because Thanksgiving is coming up, Student Congress members felt like this was the

perfect time to show their appreciation for the faculty and staff. “It’s nice to take time out of your day to thank people,”Anglin said. “A lot of their work goes unnoticed and unappreciated.” Ralph Guentzel, associate professor of history, said he thinks it’s great that faculty and staff are receiving recognition for their work. “Franklin College is an institution where we think of ourselves as a community,” Guentzel said. “And I think the faculty in general appreciate appreciation day.” Senior Katie Blake said she feels it’s still important to recognize the students for their hard work. And Anglin said Student Congress still plans to have an appreciation day for students later this school year.


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Black Friday starts early this year, affects students By Danielle Faczan

Some retail stores will open Thanksgiving night for Black Friday shopping this year, and some Franklin College students are required to go into work hours before those stores open. Franklin’s Kohl’s will open at 8 p.m., and workers are requested to work a 12-hour shift that night, whether they come in on Thursday or Friday to work, said junior Megan Curran, who works at the store. “It’s a very crazy holiday, and literally all of us are working,” Curran said. “My shift doesn’t start until 8 p.m. but I’ll need to be there around 7, 7:30 so I’ll get off around 7 or 7:30 in the morning. No sleep for me!” Curran worked the closing shift on Black Friday last year and requested the opening shift this year because she didn’t enjoy it. “I’m a people-person; I like communicating with people,” Curran said. “For my entire six hour shift that night, there was no one to talk to, no one to communicate

with, so it got very boring.” She said there were clothes strewn about in different sections and missing shoes, and she spent most of the night folding. Curran said Kohl’s “really needed to hire a cleanup crew for Black Friday alone.” Sophomore Valerie Jacobson has worked Black Friday at other retail stores in the past year, but this will be her first year working Thanksgiving night, as well. “We can’t request Black Friday off, which is really frustrating because I was really looking forward to break, seeing my family, catching up on my homework,” Jacobson said. “It’ll be my first Thanksgiving away from my family, and I honestly don’t know how to cope with that.” Jacobson said Thanksgiving and Black Friday are considered “blackout days” at Kohl’s, which means employees cannot request off or call off work without negative consequences.

Jacobson said she didn’t find out she would be working Thanksgiving night until last week. “Honestly, I don’t see what the use is opening Thanksgiving because how important are deals and discounts then when you can get them on Black Friday?” Jacobson said. “That takes time away from me and other workers, from our families, and that’s why I don’t get to go home. I don’t think it’s very fair for just shopping.” Although Jacobson must work Thanksgiving, she said she’s trying to keep a positive outlook. “I’ll miss it, but I’ll still be there in spirit, which is the main attitude I’m trying to take toward it right now,” she said. “You have to take the emotion out of the equation and stay logical, and that’s kind of a hard balance to maintain.” Sophomore Kelsey Stouse doesn’t have to work the holiday, but she also doesn’t plan to go Black Friday shopping.

“I think it’s the dumbest thing ever pulling people away from their families to be there to work for people who could just as easily wait until the next day,” Stouse said. “I think the entire concept of Black Friday is dumb anyway. It just shows how material-driven America has become, and I don’t like that.” One year, Curran went Black Friday shopping, and she saw a woman snatch a pair of shoes from another woman’s hands and push her back into the wall. Curran also said people who bring children Black Friday shopping are “not on her happy list.” “Don’t be violent about it,” Curran said of Black Friday shopping. “I understand you want to get the sales, but you also need to be courteous. It’s still Thanksgiving. Get in there, know what you want, if someone else gets it first, tough. Accept it, get what you can, and try to stay as thankful as possible.”

Canned food donation turned into competition

By Halie Solea

This past week, the residence hall floors put their competitive spirit to good use. The Franklin College campus held a canned food drive benefitting the Interchurch Food Pantry in Franklin. Elsey Residence Hall Coordinator Melissa Harvey came up with the idea to have floors compete against other floors to gather as many foods to donate as possible. “The (resident assistants) always like to do some form of giving,” Harvey said. “I spoke with the other two hall coordinators to see if they wanted me to open it up. They like healthy competition across the buildings, and I decided that if I could get the RAs invested, know then, by proxy, I can get the rest of the students invested.” Working on a point system, Harvey set up the competition, passed out fliers and let the RAs go at it. Each food item was worth one point, with soup, chili and canned beef stew

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counting for three points because they can be considered a full meal. “Every RA kind of did it differently,” Harvey said. “Some made it a competition between residents; some made it part of their closing activities. Some of them started earlier, some went shopping with their residents and some went door to door collecting money or spare change and then went shopping.” Of the 30 RAs on campus, 22 signed up and participated in the competition. Campus-wide, the efforts raised approximately 820 pounds of food to be donated. “I had a mountain of ramen that was better served given to the food drive,” freshman Caylie Guinn said. “It’s a good cause, and it was an easy way to help out. It wasn’t time consuming, but I was still able to feel like I contributed.” Guinn was one of many students who participated in the competi-

tion without the prizes in mind. “Even though it was a competition, the prizes were never a focus,” senior RA Sami Burton said. “The whole point of the program was to encourage residential students to work together and make a positive difference in our community.” Burton’s hall won the competition with 453 points, and everyone in her community participated, Harvey said. Many participants share Burton’s sentiment, especially the adults and faculty in charge. Harvey said that service was the true meaning of the competition. “Overall the goal is always to raise awareness with a community service project,” Harvey said. “Something else was also to tap into the giving spirit. I think that’s something that people often underestimate is how much college students are willing to help out.”

Ultimately, Harvey said she was pleased with the turnout and willingness to give. “Various people donated so many different things,” Harvey said. “One person in particular donated a full box of Lucky Charms. That’s what he had in his room, and he was like, ‘This is all I got, but I’m going to give it!’ Now, for college kids, I know how popular Lucky Charms are, and he donated it. That’s why we did this.”

“I had a mountain of ramen that was better served given to the food drive. It’s a good cause, and it was an easy way to help out. It wasn’t time consuming, but I was still able to feel like I contributed.” Caylie Guinn, freshman


Journalism professor takes advantage of time

By Ellie Price

Hank Nuwer spends his time writing novels and plays, traveling the country to speak about hazing and teaching full time. The Franklin College journalism professor plans to release his latest book, “Sons of Dawn,” in late December or early January. Nuwer has already published 26 books. The novel tells the story of two Basque immigrants from Spain who find a new life as sheep herders in Old Idaho. Many Basque immigrants live in western United States but are originally from Basque Country, which is between Spain and France. In 2009, Nuwer traveled out west and to Spain while on sabbatical. He went to the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada and to the Guernica Peace Museum Foundation in Spain. Nuwer used the research from his sabbatical for “Sons of Dawn.” But he first learned about the Basques when he went on treks with the sheepherders for magazine assignments from 1979 through 1981. “The dogs scared me because if you messed up, they growled at you,” Nuwer said. “And you couldn’t pick your hands up because they’re always looking for hand signals. And you couldn’t shout to the herders because you’d cause a stampede.” Nuwer said he thought the Basques might make an interesting novel “way back when (he) herded the sheep.” He said his fiction novels focus on characters in underrepresented minority groups. While “Sons of Dawn” is about the Basques, his next novel will focus on the Chinese miners. Nuwer said teaching full time in addition to writing novels can be difficult to balance. “I’ve made certain choices,” he said, “and the choices at my age were that I want these books done. It’s a very conscious choice.” Earlier this semester, Nuwer was invited to perform his one-act play, titled “A Broken Pledge,” at the Anne Frank Project annual conference. The play is a monologue of a grandfather whose grandson has

been killed in an alcohol-related hazing incident involving his fraternity. The grandfather speaks of his fond memories of his grandson and deliberates on how to forgive the fraternity and teach them the consequences of hazing. Nuwer said he wanted to write this play because “students are now jaded about hazing.” He said he thinks the play will allow students to see what a family in a similar situation experiences. Nuwer said many of the lines in the play are quotes from family members who have lost loved ones due to hazing incidents. “The audience’s response was far more visceral and from the heart than anything I could have said in a lecture,” he said. He said he wants student actors from colleges to perform the play in hopes that it will prevent a hazing death. Plans have not been made at Franklin College. Ray Begovich, a journalism and public relations professor, assisted Nuwer in the early stages of the work. Begovich edited the script while Nuwer practiced performing it. He also helped with lighting and stage directions. “Things that worked on paper didn’t necessarily work for the ear of an audience member,” Begovich said. “Hank has reached a maturity level in his writing that he gladly accepts constructive criticism, and he will take direction and edits.” Begovich said he thought the play was a great venue for Nuwer to express emotions about hazing, which he cannot convey as a journalist. He said the message to potential hazers and the audience was very powerful. “When he put it all together, I found it to be very moving, even though I knew what was coming line for line,” Begovich said. Nuwer became passionate about hazing after a student from his graduate school died from an alcohol-related incident. At that time, there was hardly anything written about hazing, and Nuwer said he wanted to change that.

Since then, Nuwer has written four books about hazing and travels to share his insight and research on hazing. Nuwer, who calls himself one of the oldest professors on campus, originally thought he would retire at the end of the school year. He said many of his mentors died within the last year, and he lost his longstanding support system.

But he said he “got over being blue.” “They’re gone, and I should be thankful they were in my life for as long as they were,” Nuwer said. “Because of my age and because I’ve had a lot of mentors, I’ve been really lucky.” Nuwer said he plans to continue See “Professor” on Page 11

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Journalism professor Hank Nuwer (top) has published more than two dozen books. One of his books, “Sons of Dawn,” is about Basque sheepherders and ranchers, whom Nuwer met during his travels while working as a freelance writer in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He explored many places, including the ghost town of Galena, Idaho (bottom), which he encountered en route to Wyoming and interviews with the Basques.


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keep going no matter what Senior Krista Schott has been playing basketball since she was young. She is the youngest in her family, and she said because her sister played basketball in high school, “we had a goal outside that I would always be shooting around on.” She started playing basketball on a team in second grade, the first year she was allowed to do so. Since then, she’s been on many teams, and she said the team aspect is one of her favorite parts about the sport. “I’ve been on so many teams that you just meet different people from all over the state of Indiana,” she said. “There are people from the north side that I’ve known because of basketball.” Schott said she also likes that basketball has given her the opportunity to travel to other states, including Florida and Louisiana, because it is “a lot of fun.” And she said she has acquired skills while playing basketball that carry over to life off the court. She said she has learned how to work with a team, take initiative and “recognize situations and go for it.”

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“In basketball, I have to be on the wing and see different options for the team,” Schott said. She said basketball has also taught her about being a leader, especially because she has had to step into a leadership position this year as the only senior. “I’m not really a vocal leader,” she said. “I just try to lead by example and hopefully people catch on that.” She said while it has been hard at times, “the freshmen are great and (junior) Lindsey Dall has also stepped up as a leader.” Schott said if the team were to take away one thing from the way she plays the game, she would want it would be to keep going, no matter what happens. “When things are going back, just stick with it, because it’ll always brighten up,” she said. “I know that people have quit on me, but I’ve always stayed with it.” Photo and story by Megan Banta and design by Darian Eswine




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one tweet declaring Friday a Blue and Gold Day throughout the town and others encouraging support from the local community. Senior running back Kyle Holzbog said he also realizes the implication of the game beyond the gridiron. “I think there should be a lot of excitement,” he said. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to give recognition to campus and the Franklin College community.” Hosting also allows the Grizzlies to play one more time in the friendly confines of Faught Stadium. For the senior players, having a home game is a special opportunity. Head athletic trainer Chris Shaff said he hopes they take advantage of one more Saturday at Faught Stadium. “Being able to host a playoff game provides another great opportunity to pay tribute to an extraordinary group of seniors,” Shaff said.

Franklin will face a Washington University team that relies on a primarily running offense. But Holzbog said the team will “start fast and finish strong,” pushing to muscle out the win. The Grizzlies will take on the Bears on Saturday with kickoff set for noon.

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Senior quarterback Jonny West prepares to catch a touchdown pass after the Grizzlies run a wildcat formation during the Nov. 2 home game against Defiance College. The Grizzlies will play at home againon Saturday at noon as they face Washington University-St. Louis in the first round of the NCAA Division-III playoffs.

>> Leadership Continued from page 5 These students participated in different activities, including jump rope, Zumba, yoga and relay races. For the FC Time Capsule, organizations, students and staff donated items that represented their roles at Franklin College. The capsule will be opened in 20 years. For Oh the Places You’ll Go, students made a world map mural that showcased where students have

studied abroad. After they created the mural, the students donated it the Office of International and Off Campus Studies as a way to help promote the study abroad program. Freshman Evan Vernon helped plan and participated in the Oh the Places You’ll Go event. “The project we conducted was an excellent chance to put professor Pribush’s lessons to the test,”

>> Homelessness Continued from page 3 was to teach students how people become homeless and what situations they experience. Zeiner said she’s participating because she believes in the idea of loving her neighbor like she loves herself.

“So in order to love my neighbor, I want to be able to experience things that my neighbor does,” Zeiner said.

Vernon said. “It not only encapsulated everything she had taught us, but determined whether or not we could apply those principles to a real world situation.” Every student learned something different from their projects, and freshman Anna Meer said she learned that communicating with people can be a struggle.

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“Trusting people to do their part of the project and not being in control of every aspect… was difficult,” Meer said. After the students had completed their projects, they completed a peer evaluation and presentation to discuss the challenges and what they accomplished and learned.

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news >> Professor Continued from page 7 teaching for as long as he remains healthy because he enjoys “everything” about Franklin College. “I’ve never had a bad day in class,” Nuwer said. He said he loves seeing his freshmen journalism students grow and he gets excited when they have internships. “You keep the desk between you all four years, and then you hug them when they graduate,” Nuwer said. “And then you keep in touch as alum. It’s pretty cool.

There isn’t a teacher on this campus that doesn’t feel the same way.” Sophomore Hannah Troyer has taken a class from Nuwer each semester she has been at Franklin College. Troyer said Nuwer has a distinct teaching style, but she said she appreciates that he has worked with her to develop her writing. “He really taught me how to write more creatively with journalism, which is something that no one has ever really taken the time to do

with me,” Troyer said. “He likes to add writing flair, which I enjoy.” Senior John Sittler took Nuwer’s introduction to journalism and sports writing courses. Sittler said he appreciates learning about Nuwer’s experiences outside of teaching. “He’s written for a long time for a lot of different publications,” Sittler said. “So he knows a lot of people and has a lot of interesting stories.” Begovich learned from Nuwer when Begovich was working on his master’s degree in journalism

at Ball State University. Now that they are both at Franklin College, Begovich said he’s still lucky to have the opportunity to discuss writing with Nuwer on a daily basis. Begovich said Nuwer has high standards of excellence for all his students, but he said Nuwer is always willing to help. “He’s a compassionate rock, who’s solid and steadfast and always willing to reach out a hand to someone who needs it,” Begovich said.

Since the launch, there have been significant problems with the site, but Hill said he was confident that any problems would be resolved swiftly. “We had new students trying to submit their deposits and were able to get all the way through the form until they had to hit submit, and it wouldn’t go through,” Hill

said. “They reported it today, and it will be fixed by morning.” Hill encouraged students and faculty to report any issues with the site so it could continue to be a good source for students and faculty. “We encourage students and faculty to look around the site and report any problems they see,” Hill said. “We’re already making corrections.

And each department will be able to adjust and update their information. We just need to make sure the website presents the college in a great way.”

>> Website Continued from page 2 Though there were setbacks, Lehman said the site did not crash on the first day. “No, the website did not crash,” Lehman said. “As for prevention, the evening the site did launch, there were multiple people, myself included, working late into the night to troubleshoot any issues.”



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opinion letter to the

editor Ann Gilly

Though the phrase “make it rain” is popularized in many contexts in which people are flashing money, it was maybe not the best choice of wording to describe the Franklin College drag show. The argument that it likens the show to strip clubs can then be considered valid. Fine. But people are forgetting the purpose of the drag show. All the money that was tipped was donated to Franklin Community High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance. A young woman stood onstage during the show and told a room full of strangers about her struggles with being bullied for being openly gay, and how she became president of GSA to help others going through the same thing. I believe many students here would find it difficult to take on the same challenge. Criticizing logistics that don’t even matter is counterproductive to helping the cause of the drag show. All the money raised will help kids close to Franklin feel comfortable and safe with who they are, which is something everyone can support. Tearing apart an event or department that encourages new experiences and diversity makes Franklin College look like much less of an accepting and open community than it really is. Why should people feel welcome here when they see students reacting like this? Finally, it can be argued that strip clubs put women on pedestals of sexual objectification, but this view forgets that women choose that position. It is a real job that provides women with the ability to make money doing something, on their own terms, that they enjoy. Seeing only a negative connotation is uninformed and closed-minded about women’s rights by only seeing strip clubs as the objectification of women. You don’t take a second to see them from their side, because you’re still seeing women as voiceless objects.



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Students can reduce stress by saying no, finding balance between school and activities With the end of the fall term rapidly approaching, stress and tensions across campus are growing. End-of-semester projects, papers and exams are looming over students’ heads, and the anticipation of finals week is almost enough to completely break our spirits. It’s normal to feel pressure during this time of year, but we as students have a tendency to put a lot of this pressure on ourselves. We always start out the school year with the best of intentions. We know which organizations we want to join, which classes we want to take and which sports we want to play. And, most importantly, we meticulously schedule every moment of our lives in extreme detail so that there’s no way we can become overwhelmed or get behind on our work. Inevitably, though, our careful schedules fall apart, and we become incredibly stressed. Especially around finals time, we feel tremendous pressure to perform perfectly in every single activity we’re involved in, academic or otherwise. But unfortunately, we cannot achieve this level of perfection. When we first come to college, we’re encouraged to try out new activities and organizations; this is good advice, but students tend to take it too far. We develop a habit as freshmen of believing that we can handle “just one more thing” without overloading ourselves, and we carry this attitude with us throughout all four years of college. But, if we were to be honest with ourselves, we’d know that we are not super humans. We each have a limit, and if we push ourselves too hard, we’ll crack. There’s really only one sure-fire way to reduce our stress levels: saying

no. It sounds easy, but turning down campus organizations is probably the hardest part of the college experience. We don’t want to let anyone down, so when the president of a club approaches us and begs us to help with his or her organization, we say yes to avoid feeling guilty. Occasionally, when we do get the guts to say no to something, there’s an extreme feeling of shame that haunts us for the rest of the week, sometimes longer. Of course, being involved in campus activities is integral to getting the full college experience, but it’s important to remember that academics should always come first. It doesn’t matter how important someone says an organization is; you are paying money to get an education, and that should be your main priority. In order to truly enjoy your college experience, you have to find a balance between work and play; if you can learn this lesson early, it’ll benefit you for the rest of your life. You don’t have to say no to every organization, just to the ones you don’t have an interest in. If you don’t like a certain club, don’t become a part of it just because your friend asks you to; only join the ones you will genuinely enjoy. If you get involved in something you actually like, the pressure you feel won’t be so frustrating; you’ll be willing to put in the work because you want to, not because you have to. This makes all the difference. Additionally, it’s important to have realistic expectations for yourself. No matter how organized you are or how good you are at managing your time, you can’t do it all. Trying will only burn you out and make you temporarily hate your life. Being a part of every campus organization

Our Position:

The Franklin editorial board believes Franklin students should learn to balance academics with extracurricular activities by learning to say no to certain things.

might be a good resume builder, but what benefit does it have to your life as a whole if you don’t get any enjoyment out of what you’re doing? Of course, I’m preaching to the choir. I would be the world’s biggest liar if I said I had figured out how to balance my schoolwork with my extracurriculars. But I’m learning and trying to be better. Maybe by my last semester at Franklin, I’ll have figured it out. At the end of the day, college is about more than just schoolwork or campus organizations; it’s about getting enjoyment out of both. You have to make a decision for yourself: is the stress of trying to do too much really worth the toll it takes on your life? Most of the time, you’ll discover that the answer is no. The editorial board represents the opinion of The Franklin and its staff members. The board meets once a week to discuss pressing issues relevant to Franklin College students. Meetings are moderated by Olivia Covington, the opinion editor. Board members are junior Adam Lee, sophomores Darian Eswine, Caitlin Soard and freshmen Brittney Corum and Halie Solea. Megan Banta, the executive editor, sits on the editorial board. If you have an issue you would like the editorial board to consider, please feel free to email Olivia Covington at

provs. con

opinion letter to the

editor Taylor Waclawik

Black Friday shopping

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of people wait in store lines for hours to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

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Black Friday allows bonding

Thanksgiving is for togetherness

Brittney Corum

Caitlin Soard

Thanksgiving is next week, and most people are excited to spend the holiday break with family and friends. In between the turkey, home videos and embarrassing family stories, many family gatherings also include stacks of newspapers highlighting the season’s best Black Friday sales. Black Friday is the one day my mom, my sister and I can’t wait to go shopping because we know we’ll be able to find all of our Christmas gifts at awesome prices. We get up early in the morning, ready to face the packed shopping malls. We can even smell the excitement in the air as we wait for the stores to open their doors and finally let us in. I love going Black Friday shopping because I get to spend time with my family and make lasting memories. For example, one Black Friday, my nana almost got run over by a mob of people trying to get to some towels that were going on sale. Or, one Black Friday, we almost lost my sister in Walmart. Black Friday shopping also helps me to keep in shape and shows me how strong I am. But it can also show me how strong other people are, which may or may not be a good thing. It’s also a good time to catch up with old friends while standing in the long lines and discussing the items we wants to buy. Some people think that Black Friday shopping is dangerous, but that’s not always the case. It can provide life lessons, and also help you prepare for day-after-Christmas Shopping, which can sometimes be just as hectic and scary.

The holiday season is supposed to be about enjoying time with the people you are most thankful for. It is a time when we come together with friends and family to share our experiences and show our appreciation for one another. Yet at every Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday looms over the table. Family members who maybe aren’t around much during the year go to bed early to wake up in time to get in line for Black Friday sales; some even leave dinner early to wait outside in the cold. This year, some stores are even starting Black Friday sales on Thursday night, cutting into family time even more. Getting a good deal on a sweater is great, and Black Friday itself is fine, but when a commercial holiday starts taking over a family holiday, there is a problem. Instead of focusing on what we have – which is the entire point of Thanksgiving – we spend the day focusing on what we don’t have or what we want to buy, which defeats the whole purpose of the season. And we can’t forget to mention the insanity that ensues once store doors open for Black Friday sales; no one should get trampled to death trying to buy Christmas presents. That is just insanity, plain and simple. This Thanksgiving, take a moment and tell the people you’re spending the holiday with that you appreciate them. Tell your dog you appreciate her. Tell your pet fish, if you’re so inclined. Then, if you still feel like sitting out in the cold to buy things that in a year’s time will be replaced, go for it.

While I agree with the idea that comparing the drag show to a strip show would widen the already large gap in many people’s understanding of what a drag show really is, I don’t believe the show was advertised in a misleading way. The phrase “make it rain” isn’t offensive to drag queens and kings because to them, it means that people appreciate their performances. I would be lying if I were to say that the pop culture idiom “make it rain” could not be tied back to a strip club, but that is not the only thing it should be tied to. Language is always evolving and changing, just as cultures do. Cultures adopt diverse sayings and alter them to fit their own means of expression. This is why I support the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in its choice to use the phrase “make it rain” when advertising for the drag show. While the phrase may turn some people off from the show initially, those people should make assumptions so quickly. As a Grizzly, I cannot believe that people, in general, would still make such crass assumptions about something that they have probably never experienced, like a drag show. Franklin’s drag show was a family-friendly, energetic and fun event that lived up to every standard Franklin College puts forth. Nothing was done at the show for the sexual gratification of either the performers or the audience members, and there was never the impression that the men and women performing were being exploited in any way. Every performer that was up on the stage was there of their own volition, and they were happy to be up there expressing themselves. I cannot think of a better way for the students and faculty of Franklin College to experience a different culture.


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Alex Engelbert

Eternal hope

Over the course of the past four years, Franklin football has rightfully occupied a place of prestige high atop the Division-III college football world. With each passing season, tailgaters grew in numbers, school spirit soared and expectations were surpassed. This contributed to a college football atmosphere of pure revelry and pageantry unrivaled by any other D-III institution, yet each season ended in bitter disappointment in the opening rounds of the playoffs. In traditional fashion, the Grizzlies have lost their first two season games to national powerhouses before mauling through the HCAC, with few conference programs coming within two touchdowns. Each season would culminate in Franklin suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Whitewater or Mount Union. Why is a Franklin student bashing his own team? Keep reading. This season has been different. The Grizzlies proved in the first two weeks that they rightfully deserve to be in the conversation of the nation’s top programs. Even an Bluffton upset couldn’t derail Franklin from capturing another HCAC championship. As celebration exploded in the locker room, I could not help but feel optimism for a program with a tough playoff road ahead. In my interviews over the season, I’ve learned that, to these players, rankings mean nothing, national opinion means nothing and nostalgia has no place. The mentality has always been optimistic. It’s human nature to believe that regardless of shortcomings, we can come out a winner. As the Grizzlies press on, there is reason for optimism, because hope always springs eternal.

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Anna Wilson: The Franklin

Sophomore Dion Smith (left) guards Adrian’s Brad Hohman and senior Bailey Howard (right) keeps an eye on the ball in Adrian’s Drew Torey’s hands on Wednedsay night.

Men’s basketball stands unbeaten after third game Franklin grabs its second win at home before traveling for road game in Florida By Carney Gillin

Head basketball coach Kerry Prather and his Grizzlies have a pact for every game. That pact is to win and improve each game, and they have done that so far this season. Franklin started its season with three straight wins against Wabash, Centre and Adrian. The Grizzlies played their home opener on Monday night, winning in a dramatic fashion 102-97. Hosting Centre College, Franklin jumped out in a comfortable lead on the Colonels in the first half, only to end up behind in the second. With seconds remaining in the game, sophomore point guard Trae Washington sunk a three to tie the game and send the contest into overtime. The Grizzlies came out on top against the No. 23 ranked Centre.

Franklin played well against Centre, but lacked the presence of a big man in the paint. With a significant height advantage in the Colonels’ favor, the Grizzlies depended on the play of their guards. Senior Bailey Howard finished the night with a personal game-high of 34 points, 17 being in the first half, while Washington finished the night with 26 points, 12 of which were in overtime play. Senior Terry Sargent finished with 16 points, followed by 12 points each from senior Troy Porter and sophomore Dion Smith. Wednesday night, Franklin hosted Adrian College, continuing its success with another win of 64-53 at home. The Grizzlies played well as a team, but Smith and Porter had standout performances on the floor.

Smith finished with a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Washington joined the double digits with 10 points, followed by Howard with nine points. Howard currently leads the team in free throws, making 95 percent so far this season. Sargent added eight points, and freshman Trevor Selburg scored seven points from the bench. Prather said he believes his team is deep and talented and shares the workload well. “(We have) great play out of a lot of guys in a lot of situations,” Prather said. “A lot of people have commented about how hard we play; we out work a lot of teams.” Franklin is 3-0 on the season and looks to continue the winning streak against Southeastern on Monday in Lakeland, Fla. Both teams are going into the contest unbeaten at 3-0.

sports Cross country season ends at regionals

Runners finish outdoor course running before moving inside for track season in two weeks By Carney Gillin

The men’s and women’s cross country teams travelled five hours north to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete in the NCAA Divison-III Regionals, their final meet of the season. The women finished 20th in the field of 30 teams, led by sophomore Hillary Cain and junior Anna Murdock, while the men finished 24th overall, with junior Blake Albrecht and senior Leighton Gough in the front. The Grizzlies saw the largest field of runners at the regional meet, more than any other competition of the season. The regional meet serves as the capstone to the season, as well as a time and place to qualify for nationals, which puts a lot of pressure on athletes aspiring to make the trop to national meet, as they only have one shot to move on.

While Cain and Murdock said they knew the performances on Saturday weren’t the best, that didn’t stop them both from having strong showings in the deep and talented field of runners. Cain finished 22nd overall, and Murdock finished 78th. “I felt like we did ok,” Murdock said. “Coming out of conference, we felt like we had more potential in regionals.” Since the beginning of the season, the younger runners have improved, which they showed on Saturday. “The young girls are still trying to get used to the six kilometer, and they have adjusted well,” Cain said. “I am proud of them.” On the men’s side, Albrecht finished 71st, followed by Gough in 112th. Much like the women, the two front-runners for the men’s team were not completely satisfied with their performances.

“It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to end my season with,” Gough said. “I gave it all I had, but I just wasn’t feeling it that day.” The young men stepped up on Saturday when it was needed. Sophomores Matt Millard and Eric Thompson ran well, finishing 138th and 203rd, respectively. The men’s side went into the meet without its number one runner, senior Kris Sandlin, who is out with an injury. “We ran well considering the circumstances,” Albrecht said. “Our young guys showed a lot of maturity and finished strong.” With the season ending, the teams will take a two-week mandatory break before a majority of the runners begin training for the indoor track season, which begins in December with the ARC Indianapolis Invitational.

Scores Nov. 15 Women’s Basketball v. Denison: 50-53 Men’s Basketball v. Wabash: 96-91 Nov. 16 Football v Hanover: 59-21 Women’s Cross Country at D-III Regionals: 20th Men’s Cross Country at D-III Regionals: 24th Women’s Basketball v. DePauw: 54-65 Women’s Swimming v. Rose-Hulman: 202-66 Men’s Swimming v. Rose-Hulman: 102-196 Nov. 18 Men’s Basketball v. Centre: 102-97 Nov. 19 Women’s Basketball v. Trine: 64-41 Nov. 20 Men’s Basketball v. Adrian: 64-53

Women’s season doesn’t start as hoped by team Grizzlies look to repeat last seasons success, but record doesn’t reflect goals By Jacob Rund

Coming off a tough 54-65 loss against national top dog DePauw University on Saturday, the women’s basketball team defeated Trine 64-41 on Tuesday night. A victory over the Thunder improved the Grizzlies’ record to 1-2 for the season. “We definitely proved to ourselves on Saturday how good we can be,” junior Lindsey Dall said. “So, we were all excited for the game and hungry for a win.” Dall finished the night with 10 points and six rebounds. She was joined in double figures by freshman Lauren DeSutter, sophomore Katie Brewer and junior Nichole Thompson. DeSutter tallied 13 points, nine being three pointers, as well as two steals. Thompson added 10 points, while Brewer finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Aside from the victory on Tuesday, the women’s team has not started the season the way its members envisioned. “We haven’t started a season with a losing record in a long time,” Dall said. “We are just excited and ready to overcome that and just keep getting better and live up to our reputation as a winning program.” The team was forced to fight through adversity when senior forward Krista Schott was sidelined with an injury during the game without return. Despite the setback, the bench was able to step up and fill the void to secure the victory. Before being sidelined with an injury, Schott was able to put up five points and pull down nine rebounds. Freshman Hanna Ballard added six points off the bench for Franklin. “The game was not our best performance,” Dall said. “In general,

the team was out of sync for most of the night, which makes winning hard. I think people stepped up to fill Krista’s role on defense after she got injured, and that really contributed to the win.” Consistency will be a big key for the Grizzlies to continue the success they had last season. “We are definitely working on taking care of the ball and just playing as a unit,” Dall said. “Those two things are what kept us in the DePauw game, so we know we can do it. It’s just making sure we do it every game, no matter who we are playing. If we can work in practice on just playing together and taking care of the ball, we will be a dangerous team this year.” Franklin is in action against on Saturday as it returns to Spurlock to take on Wittenberg at 7:30 p.m.

Megan Banta: The Franklin

Junior Nichole Thompson goes up for a layup over DePauw’s Erin McGinnis in Saturday’s game. Thompson tallied ten points in the 54-65 loss to the Tigers.


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3 1 Freshmen Amber Hambach, Kristen Southern, Katie Franklin, Kayanna Wolter and Kelsie Williams prepare to play dodgeball during Delta Dodge, a new philanthropy from Delta Delta Delta that took place 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fitness Center. 2 Susan and Nick Crisafulli, professor of English and theater, respectively, met when they were 18 while attending Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. They are now married with two children. 3 Students will have the opportunity to see many of the Indianapolis Zoo’s animals, including the Siberian Tiger, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 during Christmas at the Zoo, which is an FC on the Town event.

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