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Ben’s Den, which is located in the basement of the student center, offers snacks and grab-and-go meals for students (left). Freshmen Jaime Robbins and Julia Dembroski look at the frozen food options (right).

Sodexo changes Ben’s Den’s hours Food service director explains employees’ scheduled breaks By Erika Brock

Because of students’ schedules, some find it hard to eat during Sodexo’s dinner times. Many rely on Ben’s Den for a meal or a midnight snack, but recently they have felt that the hours are uncertain. Ben’s Den, which is the college’s convenience store located on the lower level of the student center, is scheduled to be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 7 p.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Les Petroff, food service director, said Ben’s Den used to be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. But due to less than 10 customers visiting between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Sodexo cut back the hours. Sophomore Erin Moll, a Ben’s Den employee, said the convenience store used to be open longer because Sodexo employees, who are not students, worked between those hours. But now that students are the only employees working, it would

be more difficult to remain open during the school day, she said. Ben’s Den has recently received complaints about workers missing during the store’s scheduled hours. Petroff said students have also complained about the lack of food items. He said it has “recently come to their attention” that workers aren’t there when they should be. Ben’s Den workers are supposed to take only five-minute breaks to use the restroom. See “Sodexo” on Page 10

Ben’s Den’s Hours Mondays through Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays: 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturdays: 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays: 7 p.m. to midnight

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Videogames aimed to battle stereotypes

I will be the first one to tell you that I know almost nothing about video games. I know the stereotypes and controversies surrounding video games, but I also know that I’m never getting the full story. So when I read a headline from CBC News saying a video game conference was going to “explore social issues,” I was very interested. This year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is putting more emphasis on advocacy-themed sessions and panels that will examine “racism, misogyny and homophobia in games (to) aid the industry’s continued fight for wider cultural legitimacy,” according to CBC News. About 23,000 game developers and executives from around the world are expected to attend the conference. The development of more inclusive games is a step in the right direction for both increasing the number of players and sales, and for the promotion of acceptance of diversity. Sessions like “Beyond Graphics: Reaching the Visually Impaired Gamer” and “Women Don’t Want to Work in Games (and Other Myths)” show that developers are interested in being more accessible to everyone and eliminating stereotypes of who “can” and “can’t” play and be involved in games. I can only imagine that this exciting information will go mostly unnoticed. While the negative criticisms of video games are often important, this type of positive move should be acknowledged and encouraged, too.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has officially removed the pledging process on a national level to help prevent future hazing incidents. Instead of waiting eight to 12 weeks to complete pledging, the fraternity will now have only 96 hours to initiate its new members.

Fraternity eliminates pledging process By Danielle Faczan

The National Fraternity for Sigma Alpha Epsilon terminated the fraternity’s pledging process due to problems resulting from hazing. “As a national organization, we have had several incidents – not our chapter – around the nation where we needed to make a change and a drastic change in order to stay as an organization,” said senior Micah Gerike, president of SAE. “Their thought behind eliminating the pledge program is that you eliminate the opportunity to haze.” The national fraternity’s Supreme Council, which is made up of roughly eight people, talked about the possibility of terminating the pledging process in early February. They then addressed it to presidents of about 135 out of 250 chapters at a convention. Then, the council met with 30 presidents around the nation at a meeting in California and took it to a vote. The vote passed, but it wasn’t in a consensus with all chapters, including Franklin College’s chapter. Gerike attended the convention alongside 134 other chapter presidents. “They told us on the last day and it kind of shocked all of us,” Gerike said. “You could tell immediately that

certain chapters were all for it and certain chapters were all against it, and they made it apparent. A lot of people vocalized their concerns, others just accepted the fact that it had to be done and it was going to happen.” But sophomore Ian Mullen, vice president of SAE, said scrapping the pledging process isn’t new to the fraternity. “Before World War II, this is what it was like,” Mullen said. “We’re kind of going back to our roots.” The original pledging process involved eight to 12 weeks of education following bid distribution. New members learned about the national fraternity, the local chapter, fraternity songs and things required in the organization’s ritual. Members read from ritual books and were tested on that material. Now, members must be initiated within 96 hours of receiving their bids. The process then switches from new member education to four-year education. Freshman year members learn about the national organization; sophomore year members learn about the local chapter; junior year they learn about leadership roles; and senior year members become mentors

and learn how the fraternity can help them later on in life, which will help keep seniors involved in chapter. “To me, (pledging) was a fun experience to go through and we bonded pretty well – our pledge class did,” said sophomore Dylan Pasley, treasurer and scholarship chair for SAE. “So for the new guys coming into the house, it’s going to be a disadvantage to them not having a set time to get to know people of their own class. But I see it as something that could be a good change. I welcome it. I think it’s going to be good once we hammer out all the details.” Mullen said he doesn’t think the lack of a pledging process will affect rush. “New students coming in won’t know what it was like,” he said. “For us, usually we have a long pledgeship to decide if we like a guy or not, to make him a brother, but now we initiate him two days after we give him a bid so we still have to get to know him.” Pasley said that without the pledging process, the fraternity will have to be cautious about who it gives bids to. See “Fraternity” on page 10


Franklin students dance for a cause By Natavia Howell

Franklin College will hold its first ever Riley Dance Marathon sponsored by Franklin College track and field at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Fitness Center. Freshman Jaime Robbins, the project leader, said this event is about raising money and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children. “Riley is a nonprofit organization and it never turns a family away because of an inability to pay,” Robbins said. “Without causes like Riley Dance Marathon, that wouldn’t be possible.” There are more than 70 high schools and colleges in Indiana that hold Riley Dance Marathons. Robbins said when she got to Franklin, she was surprised it didn’t have one of its own. Robbins said participants cannot sit down during the six-hour marathon because they stand for those who can’t. There will be games, a line dance and food from places like Fazoli’s, Noodles and Company, and Dominos. During the event, a Riley patient will tell his or her story every hour.

“(The process) has been very exciting,” Robbins said. “When I got to Franklin I knew I wanted to start a Riley Dance Marathon so I did everything I could to make that happen.” There isn’t an official organization yet, but she said there are 10 directors, who each have about five committee members, and two assistant project leaders. They’ve already done several things to raise money for Riley, such as holding a fundraiser at Late Night and having a percentage night at Applebee’s. Robbins said the goal is to raise $5,000 for Riley in the end. Although money is a big part, she said it is not her main goal. “It’s more important to me to raise awareness than to raise money because with awareness comes money,” Robbins said. “Riley is an amazing place and people need to know about the wonderful things they do.” Being a Riley Kid herself, Robbins will tell her story at the marathon. She has multiple heart

conditions that have caused her to be hospitalized many times, staying for as long as three weeks. This summer, she had open heart surgery to put a pacemaker in. Freshman Sarah Ramon, the co-director of morale, said she did a Riley Dance Marathon in high school and loved it. “For the first year, I just want people to come and see exactly what Riley Dance Marathon is and know that the main cause of this is to help Riley kids,” Ramon said. Sophomore Kayla Hammelman, an assistant project director, said she has been through the experience of starting a Riley Dance Marathon because she started one her junior year of high school. Her passion for Riley came when her friend was diagnosed with leukemia and she saw how much Riley impacted her life. “Riley makes you feel like a kid, not like a patient,” Robbins said. “Even if I’m in pain or if I’m having a tough day, they do every-

thing they can to make me feel okay. They genuinely care.” Robbins said although this is the first year Franklin College is holding a dance marathon, she hopes it continues to grow in upcoming years.

“(The process) has been very exciting. When I got to Franklin, I knew I wanted to start a Riley Dance Marathon so I did everything I could to make that happen.” Jaime Robbins, freshman and founder of FC Riley Dance Marathon

Singing competition to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital By Paige Clark

Franklin College students will sing in a friendly competition to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. TKE Idol will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Custer Theater in Old Main. The singing competition is similar to FOX’s “American Idol.” Contestants are nominated to represent different clubs and organizations on campus. Contestants, or their organizations, pay a $25 entry fee while spectators pay $3 to attend the event. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude conducts research and provides care for children with catastrophic diseases. It is a non-profit medical corporation. Tau Kappa Epsilon also held a Penny War event in the Napolitan Stu-

dent Center this past week. Students donated money to give points to the different organizations competing in the singing competition. All of the money donated also goes to St. Jude. “I was happy with the turnout last year,” senior Shawn Fogleman said. “But I hope it will be bigger this year.” Fogleman held the vice president position at TKE last year and created the event to help raise money for St. Jude and showcase the talented students of Franklin College. “I’m not sure if the other TKE chapters do the event,” Fogleman said. “Some schools do a Greek Idol though, and that’s how I got the idea.” TKE did not have a large philanthropy event before TKE Idol. Fogleman “wanted to get

(TKE) an event that we could hopefully grow with time.” Last year, the fraternity raised around $400 for St. Jude. Sophomore Evan Downey, vice president of TKE, said he hopes to exceed that amount this year. “It was successful last year, and everyone said they enjoyed it, so why stop a good thing?” Downey said. “Everybody likes to see their friends perform something, and so when you have every Greek organization nominate people, the turnout is normally pretty outstanding.” Downey is in charge of the event this year. “As of right now, there are eight people, but I am still waiting to hear back from a few so hopefully more by the time of the event,” Downey said.

Junior Jesse Hamilton won last year for Sigma Alpha Epsilon after showcasing his piano and vocal talents. He is unsure if he will compete again this year. Runner-up and junior Ann Gilly will also be competing again for her chance to be the next “TKE Idol.” She will represent Kappa Delta Rho. “Get your vocal chords loosened up and help us Save Those Kids,” Downey said.


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how to We are so close; we can almost feel it – even if the weather isn’t cooperating. Next Friday starts Franklin College Spring Break 2014 and it couldn’t take any longer to get here. To help you get through these last six class days, here are six tips to make it through to the next Friday. 1. Don’t check out early class-wise. Get your work done now or even work ahead so you can make the most of your break. 2. Pack early. You need to have that shirt for that occasion during break – don’t forget it because you waited until the last minute to pack. Also, no one wants to have to pack right before pulling out of the parking lot. 3. Gas up your vehicle before the day you leave. It seems that if I wait until the minute I leave to gas up, prices jump 30 cents and I get anxious. Save some money (possibly) and some time by preparing your vehicle prior to leaving. 4. This springboards off number three but it is worth the time. If you know how, I would also recommend checking your tire pressure and oil levels (yes, I know how to do both, and yes, I usually do them before I go home). Nothing would stink to start your spring break more than breaking down on the way home. Been there, waited three hours on I-65 for help. Take the time and do it right the first time. 5. Go through your room the day before and begin checking items off the list for room checkouts. Fines are unpleasant. Take the time to make sure everything on the checklist is complete before signing off in that mad rush to leave. 6. Check out The Franklin’s website next week for some more tips to get you through the final five days before break.

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survive the last week before break Left: It is really important to take your time and check your engine. If you do not, ask around when you get home. Someone is bound to know how to check your oil. If that doesn’t help, the Autozone mechanics can be very helpful to tell the difference between a radiator and a flux capacitor. Left bottom: The beach is such a great place to relax on Spring Break, but I would not recommend trying to do work while out there. The beach is relaxing and volleyball, not psych. Bottom: I don’t have a departure checklist for my spot in the newsroom, but it is clear and ready for me to leave for a week.


Student magazine brought back to campus By Amanda Creech A new online student magazine will be launched this semester as a prototype. The Avenir will serve as an outlet for designers, photographers and multimedia journalists. As a prototype, the magazine staff plans to only present one issue for the semester. Junior Olivia Ober, the magazine’s editor, began The Avenir to offer a different style of journalistic writing compared with “The Franklin.” “I think on campus we’re missing an opportunity for students to publish long form journalism and to do multimedia journalism online,” Ober said. “Because that’s where I think the business is moving.” Ober said The Avenir’s name comes from a font, as well as a French word that translates to ‘looking toward the future.’ “We thought it aligned with what we see as the future of journalism and the future of magazine writing and designing and photography

and those types of things,” she said. “It was in line with what our vision was. We really like the significance of what that means.” Hank Nuwer, associate professor of journalism, is The Avenir’s adviser. “I had been the adviser to a magazine called The Wellhouse when I was first here,” Nuwer said. The Wellhouse was a printed student magazine and is no longer on campus. Nuwer said he thinks it would be a good idea to bring a student magazine back. “I thought it would give the students an opportunity that maybe The Franklin didn’t,” he said. “I love magazines and I’ve written for so many.” Nuwer said he has written more than 2,000 stories for magazines. He also subscribes to at least eight magazines currently. The prototype of The Avenir, Ober said, might be a tab added to The Franklin’s website due to the maga-

zine’s small staff. The magazine staff is hoping to publish content in May. Ober said she wanted to partner The Avenir with The Franklin. “We still need to meet with ‘The Franklin’ and establish what the partnership would look like,” Ober said. “That was John Krull’s vision this semester and we think that is a good idea to work with the audience The Franklin already has.” Nuwer said the magazine would be taking content from journalism classes, as well as building content from the staff. “We’ve got some great ones from magazine reporting and magazine classes,” he said. “One of them is an expose on nursing homes and it’s very powerful.” Sophomore and managing editor Hannah Troyer said she and Ober took a magazine writing class and that the two of them discussed bringing the magazine back on campus.

“We really liked that style of writing,” Troyer said. “John is not happy about it, because it’s taking away from the budget even though we’re online. It’s still pulling in resources. So it’s just been a kind of process to get the ball rolling.” Although the magazine is short staffed, Ober is still hoping there can be a magazine on campus. “As of now, it really is a small scale sort of effort,” Ober said. “We’re just going to see what happens. It is just a prototype so this is just a test drive kind of semester. If it’s something we see as good for the campus hopefully we’ll move forward and if not, hopefully sometime in the future will be a good time.” Ober said she plans to travel abroad in Madrid next fall, so she’s not sure if she will still be editor next semester, but she still encourages students to be on board for this magazine.

Study abroad, study away options available for students By Adam Lee Students at Franklin College now have multiple options to study outside of campus either internationally or domestically and the options are likely to grow each year. One of the more popular study abroad programs offered on campus is a winter term trip, said Jennifer Cataldi, director of the office of global education. In January 2015, four different trips are being held. Assistant Professors of English Carl Jenkinson and Richard Erable will lead a three-week program in literature and French culture in the South of France. Another program will take place in Uganda where Keri Ellington, director of student activities, and Doug Grant, service-learning coordinator, will lead a program. The program deals with the leadership styles in American and Ugandan leaders.

A unique course is being offered in Guatemala where Jarrod Brown, assistant professor of Spanish, is leading a program that takes a look at the agricultural and commercial process of coffee and chocolate in the world. The final trip will be offered in England and Ireland, but it is only open to students who have completed BIO 110/115 and BIO 120. This course brings students from Franklin College and Manchester College together to focus on sports medicine in Europe. This past January, students had the option to travel to England. Among them was senior Corinne Beyer. Beyer took a course regarding the decline of religion in England and strongly suggests other students take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. “Studying abroad is an amazing experience and forces you outside of your comfort zone in a good way,”

Beyer said. “You get to experience and see things from a completely different experience and it makes you appreciate what you have back home.” Some students may put it off because of financial issues, but the price of the trips and the extent of what the individual gets are well worth it, Cataldi said. These classes have a fee of $3,800 that covers all flights, accommodations, some meals, group activities and travel insurance. Using financial aid to pay for studying abroad is an option as long as the student studies abroad for a semester. The financial aid from Franklin College and federal aid from the government can be put toward a student’s stay in another country and sometimes ends up being cheaper than living at Franklin College, Cataldi said. These programs are through CISabroad and have hundreds of op-

tions for semester courses as well as summer courses, according to their website at These programs also offer scholarships that can help cover the course prices. If international travel does not appeal to students, there are still more options to choose from. A new option to FC is the study away program. This program allows students to go through Lugar Academy in Indianapolis and intern with a senator in Washington D.C. More progress is being made in the study away program and options, such as studying wolves in North Dakota or sharks off the coast, will become available as time goes on, Cataldi said. For those interested in winter term study abroad, applications for the programs can be found in Old Main 148 and are due by March 21. Applicants will be notified about their admittance by April 15.


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Student works overtime to pay college tuition By Sandie Love and Caitlin Soard,

For junior Jacob Rund, the college experience came coupled with a heavy dose of reality. Rund pays for every part of his college experience, from his classes to his housing. He takes out loans for what he needs and pays them off when he earns the money. That means he needs a job – and right now he has two of them. The 21-year-old works three, sometimes four, nights a week in security at Caterpillar, with the third shift group. He works Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and sometimes Sundays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He also works two afternoons a week at “Finding time to sleep (is something) I always took for granted until now,” Rund said. The junior’s responsibilities at Caterpillar vary. He deals with people who forget their badges, occasionally calls supervisors and makes three rounds through the

building throughout the night – checking everything out and making sure doors that are supposed to be closed are actually closed. Rund’s other job is writing for on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and other days as needed. TheStatehouseFile. com is a news website produced by Franklin College journalism students who report on issues within the Indiana government. “Jacob is literally one of the hardest working students I’ve ever had at,” said Lesley Weidenbener, executive editor of “He comes in after having worked all night and produces high quality stories, and never complains about anything I’ve asked him to do. He gets more done in a short amount of time than a vast majority of students.” See “Working” on page 10

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Junior Jacob Rund works two afternoons per week at as a reporter. He also works Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and sometimes Sundays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in security at Caterpillar.

Students pursue two bachelor’s degrees By Ellie Price

Leah Dixon started nursing classes at Purdue University, one week before she graduated from Franklin College last May. She’s one of a few FC students who has completed her undergraduate degree and then gone on for a second bachelor’s degree from a different institution. Kirk Bixler, director of career services, tracks student’s post-graduate plans. But he said he can think of very few students who go back for a second bachelor’s degree. Dixon, however, said she has no regrets. She believes her liberal arts education at Franklin College prepared her for nursing school. “I was prepared at a much higher level than if I had gone into nursing as a freshman,” Dixon said.

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Dixon graduated from Franklin College in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in biology. She didn’t realize she wanted to be a nurse until halfway through her junior year. She enjoyed chemistry, but she didn’t know which career she wanted to pursue in the healthcare industry after graduation. Dixon had considered becoming a physician assistant, but she ultimately decided to become a nurse. So she selected Purdue University’s second-degree accelerated baccalaureate program in nursing in West Lafayette. She will graduate from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing on Aug. 9, just 15 months after she graduated from Franklin.

Marian University and IUPUI also offer accelerated programs in nursing for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. But Dixon chose Purdue because of its shorter program and summer start date. “I figured if I took a break, I would be less likely to go back,” she said. Dixon described her spring semester as a “little overwhelming.” She is taking 21 credit hours in addition to clinicals, and she’s working 20 hours a week as a pharmacy technician at a CVS. She and her husband are involved in their church, and she said it can be extremely hard to balance everything. “When I was at Franklin, I worked three different jobs, and I took an average of 18 credit hours,”

Dixon said. “So it has helped with my time management.” Senior Kyle Kellar came to Franklin knowing that he wanted to pursue engineering. But Franklin College doesn’t have a traditional mechanical engineering major. Instead, the college has a partnership with IUPUI that allows students to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied mathematics from Franklin in three years and then receive a Bachelor of Science degree in computer, electrical or mechanical engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI in two additional years. The program makes it possible for students to earn two degrees in five years. See “Degrees” on page 10


Spanish course offers hands-on learning experience By Ally Marlow

At Franklin College, various exploratory classes are offered to foreign language majors and minors, one of which is Spanish 313: Altruism & Civic Engage: Latino Community. Spanish 313 is a course offered once every other year in the spring, currently being in session this semester. The class is an optional upper-level course designed for majors and minors that takes the students out of the classroom and into a real life scenario. Professor Kathryn Johnston has been teaching the course for the past two years and calls the course a “true service learning” opportunity. “The best way to learn a language is to have a real and authentic experience with the language, so certainly, linguistically speaking, this is the best service we can offer,” Johnston said. Students have a required amount of time they have to fulfill at their

given job each week. These jobs include but are not limited to local schools, clinics, libraries and community centers. Students here, depending on the setting, may push themselves through the language barriers and do volunteer work with the Latino community. The supervisors keep track of the student’s progress and provide evaluations. Johnston said students benefit greatly from taking this course, even though it is not required. She said the students learn a lot of qualities and gain attributes that will set them apart from future competition in the workforce. “The other big component that I feel like this course offers is lessons in empathy,” Johnston said. “Employers can hire smart people. There are lots of smart people in the world, but those who are able to empathize

and recognize the paths of other people may be the best employees.” Currently there are nine students enrolled in this course, one of which is freshman Emily Day. Day volunteers at a clinic in Indianapolis called Countyline Wind Rose Health Center. She works to diminish the language barrier with Latinos by communicating with them in Spanish. Day says she is extremely satisfied with the experience already and cannot wait to see what the rest of the semester holds. “Each time that I go into volunteer I have a different experience, whether it’s strictly learning Spanish phrases or about the culture and people,” Day said. “It’s really interesting to see how different cultures affect what people say and their actions.” Day’s experience is just one of the examples of what the journey

could entail. Spanish 313 will be offered again in Spring 2015, and Johnston said she hopes students pursuing a degree in Spanish will take advantage of the opportunity. “This course is optional within the Spanish curriculum, but if I were to talk to anybody planning to major or minor in Spanish, I would say to make this course happen in your four years,” Johnston said. “I really think it is a profound experience for many students because it is the first opportunity for students to really use the language in a real context outside of the classroom.”

Student sees letters, numbers in colors By Halie Solea

Senior health science major Erin Fisher sees her name in hot pink. Her favorite bright green color is the number four. Fisher has a condition called synesthesia, which is a melding of senses that makes her see letters and numbers in various cloud-like colors. “There’s all different kinds,” Fisher said. “It basically all incorporates colors. Some people incorporate sounds and colors, or smells and colors was another common one. Mine is just the way I read or memorize numbers. So, like, A through Z in my mind, each has a specific color, and then zero through 9, too.” Psychology professor Kristin Flora briefly discusses the condition in one of her classes. “Synesthesia is a neurological condition where one sensory experience evokes another,” Flora said. “The most common is sounds (music, voices, etcetera) seen as colors. Even

with recent technological advances in neuroimaging, scientists still are not 100 percent certain of the cause of synesthesia. What research has shown is that it is different than hallucinating and that the experiences are consistent over time.” Fisher discovered her condition as a young girl, when her teacher brought it up to her parents. “When I was little I thought everyone had it because that’s just the way I read and I just saw everything like that,” Fisher said. “I noticed it when I was in preschool. The teacher had the days of the week above the chalkboard in all different colors and Monday was on a red card and I raised my hand on the first day of school and told her that Monday was supposed to be blue.” Photo submitted by Erin Fisher

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features Sophomore Ashley Myers is more than a student at Franklin College. She is a resident assistant and an elementary school student teacher. She is also a runner. Myers runs both cross country and track, but she says that isn’t unusual. She said a lot of distance runners like herself run track. However, distance runners normally do not compete in jump events like Myers does. She said she enjoys the jumping events because they are fun and her high school didn’t offer the triple jump. But Myers’s usefulness doesn’t stop there. She also throws javelin, which was another event she picked up her freshman year. “It’s a pretty tough event,” Myers said. “You’d think it’s all in your arm, but it’s all of your body. It’s hard to train for, and it’s hard to get the technique down, so I’m still learning.” With so many different events to train for, one would think it would be hard to find a mindset to get through practice. It wasn’t hard for Myers. “My mindset is to get better everyday,” Myers said. She said her coach creates challenging workouts that push the athletes but is still within their capabilities and will help them get to their goals.

“If you aren’t doing an event, you are cheering for your other teammates that are working hard and pulling through for your team,” Myers said. “(Cheering) creates an exciting environment and that’s what I love about track,” Myers said. “The environment is what you make it. You can either make it a quiet meet or you can make it a very enthusiastic and exciting meet. That’s what we try to do as a team.” One reason Myers said she came to Franklin was because of the track and field team. She said she wanted to stay involved in athletics and wanted to continue her passion of running. “My favorite part (of track and field) is the team aspect of it,” Myers said. “That’s cliché but everyone works hard, everyone is doing something different, but we all come together as a team. Track is composed of many different events, so it’s just really neat to see everyone working hard at their certain event but coming together to pull through.” As the end of outdoor season draws to a close, Myers said she will continue to run. “As a runner, you have to keep it consistent if you don’t want to lose anything,” Myers said. She will start summer training once the team competes in the HCAC at the end of next month. “I don’t know what I would do without the sport,” Myers said.

With about 20 events in track and field between men, women and coed relays, there is a lot happening at a given time. But Myers said it isn’t hard to be a team with so many individual events.

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For every six hours an employee works, they receive a 30-minute break. But during that break, the Ben’s Den employee should sit next to the table outside. In the last month, Ben’s Den did not have many prepared food items, such as sandwiches and salads, available for students. Petroff said this was due to a Sodexo employee being absent because of weather. He said Ben’s Den should be restocked every day and that the problem has been resolved. Sodexo created a backup plan for when the worker is unable to make it to campus. Petroff said Sodexo would love to add an on-campus restaurant and retail operation, “but we have a lack of space.” Many colleges close to Franklin College’s size have other sources of din-

ing, instead of just the main cafeteria. Hanover College has two other sources for food apart from the main cafeteria on campus. One of these options is called the Underground, which consists of a “Simply to Go” choice of food, Papa John’s pizza and The Grills favorites. The other option is called The Shoebox, which has all assortments of wraps, burgers and wings. Senior Antonio Cordero said he believes Franklin College should have more options. “I came from University of Southern Indiana and they had four restaurants,” Cordero said. “Ben’s Den is good because it gives people another option rather than just ‘Saga.’” As Petroff continues to address complains, he said, “we are here for the students.”

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they don’t get the bonding experience, but overall it will be a better situation for everyone.” “Overall I think it’s going to be a good thing (for the chapter),” Gerike said. “I just think it’s going to take a while to adjust. It’s something we can’t avoid; it’s something that has already happened. But within three to five years, it’s going to be tradition because that’s all they’ll know about.” Mullen said he could see both pros and cons to eliminating the pledging process. “In my opinion, you can take away pledging, but you’re still going to have members that are new and unfortunately there will be other schools who haze,” Mullen said. “I’m interested to see what happens.”

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“It’s fun,” Rund said. “I like it. It’s different than anything I’ve done before. It changed my perspective on what I want to do.” He said he previously wanted to be a sports reporter but now is considering news as well. Rund said when he graduates, he wants to get a job at a newspaper. “Anywhere I can be a reporter or a writer,” he said. Currently, the junior is taking 16 credit hours. Add in his time spent at Caterpillar, his time spent at, and the fact that he holds an officer position in Tau Kappa Epsilon and a dilemma emerges: When does he have time to relax? Almost never. “Something is always coming up that I have to deal with,” he said. Rund worked for both and Caterpillar over J-term, averaging 70 hours of work a week. Now, he has had to add his 16 credit hours to his workload. It’s difficult, but he said it gets easier. “I don’t really have any other options,” He said. “If I don’t work, I can’t come to school.” For Rund, much of college has been uncertain. He started off at

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“I think at first it’ll be a bit rough to make the transition and to allow us to pick the right guys,” he said. “The biggest effect this will have is it’s going to make us more selective and careful of who we let in. With the pledge program gone, it kind of takes away our buffer or filter of people we think might jeopardize the security of the house. We’re just going to have to take second looks at the guys we decide to bid.” Gerike said there are mixed feelings among current members. He said although they’re asking a lot of questions, some members firmly believe terminating the pledging process isn’t right because of the mentality that, ‘I went through this, why don’t they have to?’ Gerike called that “a very grade-schoolish answer. Yes,

Lancaster Bible College playing basketball, but when he decided they were too strict, he transferred to Franklin College. In his three years in college, he has switched majors three different times. But he has recently discovered that journalism is a field he would like to pursue. “It’s interesting (at Franklin College),” Rund said. “It’s less strict. I joined (Tau Kappa Epsilon) two months in. It’s laid back (here). I have more friends. I’m able to play basketball. I enjoy (taking) different courses. It was a nice change.” During the spare moments between class, work and homework, he struggles to find the time to sleep and works towards spending time with his brothers in TKE. “I sleep mostly during the day,” Rund said. “I try to hang out with my brothers from TKE as much as possible. My brothers try not to bother me when I’m sleeping.” Editor’s note: Lesley Weidenbener is an adviser of The Franklin.

Kellar is completing his fourth year in the program. Even though he has mainly taken mechanical engineering classes at IUPUI this semester, Kellar will graduate from Franklin College with his applied mathematics degree this May. J.D. Crawley, who graduated from Franklin in August 2012, was the first FC student to complete an engineering degree at IUPUI. Crawley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering last summer. John Boardman, professor of mathematics, said 16 students are currently enrolled in the program. Kellar said he originally chose Franklin College because he could continue playing football and pursue an engineering degree. But in the end, it was too much, he said. He started taking a class at IUPUI his sophomore year. But most of his

mechanical engineering classes met in the afternoon during football practice. “I had to miss two practices a week,” Kellar said. “So after sophomore year, it was going to be the same deal junior year.” Even though Kellar no longer plays football, he said he’s glad he came to Franklin. By taking classes at both Franklin College and IUPUI, Kellar has compared the benefits of going to a small college to a large university. He said he sometimes wonders what it would be like to have more free time. “It’d be nice to stick around Franklin and not be driving back and forth to Indy all the time,” Kellar said. “But I think in the end, it’s going to work out pretty well.” Last year, Kellar interned at Cummins in Columbus, Ind. as a product design engineer. He plans to work at the company again this summer.

news ACLU sues state in effort to recognize same-sex marriage By Jessica Wray

INDIANAPOLIS – The ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the state’s current marriage law. The suit – the third filed against the state’s marriage law in the last month – is aimed at gaining recognition for gay and lesbian couples who are married in states that allow same-sex marriages, as well as allow same-sex couples to wed in Indiana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, with attorney Sean Lemieux of Indianapolis, filed the lawsuit on behalf of a widow whose wife died in 2011, one lesbian and one gay couple who are married, and two male couples and one female couple who would like to marry in Indiana. Midori Fujii and her wife, who died of ovarian cancer, were married in Californian in 2008. But because

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Throughout her school experience, synesthesia has had its perks and challenges, she said. “It’s helped me memorize numbers really well, like phone numbers or the order of numbers,” Fisher said. “It’s helped me with reading, but it’s hurt me with spelling if two colors blend together.” As an example, Fisher explained a recent realization that her sister, Gabby’s (whom she calls Babbs) cellphone contact information had an extra “b” in it for years, simply

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Indiana does not recognize their marriage, after her partner’s death, Fujii could not claim the same kind of benefits a married man and woman could receive, including having the inheritance tax waivered. The suit says, “same-sex couples wishing to marry in Indiana, or who live in Indiana but entered into a marriage in another jurisdiction, are denied the unique social recognition that marriage conveys.” “Marriage has long played a fundamental role in our society,” said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Kenneth Falk in a press release. “By failing to allow or recognize marriages for same-sex couples in Indiana, the state is perpetuating a discriminatory practice that cannot be squared with the Constitution.”

because the colors blended together and Fisher didn’t notice. Her sister also has Fisher’s form of synesthesia, though the specific colors they associate with letters and numbers don’t match up. A study from Boston University claims that the commonality of synesthesia is anywhere from one in 5,000 people to one in 100,000 people, due to the differing natures of the condition. “It is genetic,” Fisher said. “But my parents don’t have it so it obviously is a recessive gene, I guess.”

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David Orentlicher, professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, said it’s not if, but more a matter of when samesex marriages will be recognized. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and left it up to states to make decisions about the definition of a legal marriage. Since then, a district judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize marriages in other states. Also, a federal court has ruled that an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. That ruling came one week after a similar ruling was made on a same-sex marriage ban in Utah.

“The reality is things have changed,” Orentlicher said. “The Supreme Court didn’t decide the question about the constitutional right for same-sex marriage, but they did strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.” He said that as more states pass legislation with varying degrees of same-sex marriage recognition, it increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court may someday recognize same-sex unions on a federal level. Zoeller’s office has defended the state’s marriage law against legal challenges in state court. And the Indiana Attorney General’s Office was one of the lead authors of two amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of other states’ laws defining marriage in a traditional way.

Lawmakers pass compromise bill for pre-kindergarten program By Lesley Weidenbener

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers gave Gov. Mike Pence just a sliver of the expansive pre-kindergarten program he’d been seeking but assigned him significant responsibility in getting the state-funded classes going. On the last day of the 2014 legislative session, the Republican-controlled House and Senate approved a compromise bill that creates a five-county pilot preschool program. The bill authorizes Pence to spend up to $10 million to launch classes as early as this fall. But he must find savings within the Family and Social Service Administration to pay for it. And FSSA and the participating preschool programs must use grants or private donations to fund at least 10 percent of preschool costs. The bill’s author, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said the plan encourages only high quality programs with academic rigor and that parents must participate. “We’ll make sure that any parent that enrolls their child understands

this is not just a day care program but this is an early childhood education program,” Behning said. “We do have an attendance (requirement) so we make certain they attend on a regular basis.” The House approved the bill 92-8 and the Senate passed it 40-8. It includes a study that will follow participating students through the third grade and explore additional ways to pay for a statewide program. Pence had originally sought state-funded pre-kindergarten for all low-income children in Indiana. But lawmakers were concerned about the cost – and some GOP senators questioned whether preschool is effective. In the last few weeks, the governor has been traveling the state visiting pre-K programs to try to win support for his plan. On Thursday, Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the compromise measure “puts the burden on Pence” to show that preschool works.


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editorial Danielle Faczan

Disney connects with adults As a little kid you get an automatic pass to watch Disney movies because, well, you’re a kid. But as an adult you’re expected to watch more “sophisticated” films and shy away from singing and dancing cartoon animals and princesses. Like most little girls, I obsessed over Disney movies when I was younger. Now, as an adult, that obsession has managed to remain under control – for the most part. Miss Blue and Gold’s theme this year was Disney Princesses, and I had the chance to watch my sorority sisters and friends compete. The gowns were enchanting, the talents were brilliant and the contestants truly looked like princesses. Two hours before the event, I purchased Disney’s “Frozen.” All of this Disney exposure has made my “managed obsession” harder to control, but I am unashamed. “Frozen” already holds a special place in my heart, and I’ve only seen it twice. Within the first 10 minutes I was attached to the characters and bawling like a 5-yearold girl watching Mufasa fall. With its tale of misplaced trust, betrayal and sisterly love, “Frozen” has continued Disney’s new focus on female empowerment. During my childhood, Disney damsels in distress awaited their prince charmings to save them from an evil tower, dragon or stepmother; now, Disney princesses prove they don’t need a man to save them. Some people need a “forgivable” reason, like the new focus on female empowerment or a pageant, to embrace Disney, but I believe it’s perfectly acceptable to remain a child at heart.



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Students should use Spring Break to have fun and refresh minds, bodies We’re almost there. One week from today, Spring Break will begin and students will finally get a much-needed vacation. Some of us will go to the beach, some will visit family and some will just relax at home. Spring Break is students’ favorite break of the school year, except for summer. The freedom, newly warm weather and relief from the demands of school is welcomed with open arms by stressed-out students who feel like they could crash at any moment. But even though the break is needed, it’s often also exploited. We’ve all heard the stories. Spring Break is notorious for the tales of college kids gone wild in Panama City, Cancun or any other vacation spot that has a bar. Having fun with friends and going to parties is a normal part of the college experience. But for some reason, Spring Break is always the time that students kick it up a notch. Of course, we’re not implying that drinking and having fun during Spring Break is in any way wrong or immoral – that’s a normal part of college, and it would be ignorant to suggest that college students should or would give this practice up. But what exactly is the point of the hard partying? Spring Break was created to give students relief from the pressures of school. By the time it rolls around, everyone feels like they’ve gone their last mile and couldn’t possibly handle another thing. Our minds and bodies are in a desperate need of a break.

But ironically, hard partying does very little to help us restore our strength. In fact, it actually does the opposite. Everyone knows the alcohol clichés: binge drinking is bad for you, be responsible, know your limit, etc. These may be clichés, but they’re also true. If we’re not cognizant of our behavior, especially during Spring Break, we can get ourselves into a lot of trouble. Why not try actually relaxing during this year’s vacation? Go to the beach, lay around all day, have fun at night, but don’t stay out until 4 a.m. for six days straight. This kind of behavior would actually help us to renew our minds and bodies, which is the whole point of any school vacation. Think about it: do you actually feel good coming back to school after a week of hard partying and constant late nights? Most likely, the answer is no. It’s always going to be tough to get back into the swing of classes after a long break, but we can make it easier on ourselves by not pushing our bodies further to their limits. Aside from the parties, Spring Break is also a time when students tend to get themselves into trouble. Sometimes it’s a physical altercation, sometimes it’s trouble with the law and, in extreme cases, lives are actually put at stake. There is nothing that’s actually fun about any of that. Sure, you might get a good story out of the situation if it’s not too extreme, but is that really who you want to be – the person with all the stories of the really dumb things done over break?

Our Position:

The Franklin editorial board believes Franklin College students should have fun during Spring Break while also taking time to relax and renew their minds and bodies.

People might laugh at the stories you have to tell, but odds are they’re also judging you for your stupid behavior. Spring Break is for having fun, but within reason. It wasn’t designed as a free pass to get ridiculously drunk and get yourself into trouble; it was designed to give you a break. Take advantage of that while you can, because once you leave college, your days of built-in vacations are long gone. So when you leave Franklin next Friday, go have fun at the beach or in your hometown. We all deserve a little break from reality. But while you’re having fun, remember that your body needs a break more than you need that next drink.

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 juniors Ann Gilly and Adam Lee, sophomore Caitlin Soard and freshman Brittney Corum. Ellie Price, 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

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opinion Selfies

Olivia Covington

Refocus missing plane discussion

Photos provided by the staff of The Franklin

Reporters and editors of The Franklin pulled out their phones and took their best selfies, the word used to describe self-portraits posted on social media.

Selfies build self-confidence

Selfies are attention-getting ploys

The phenomenon of the selfie is a fascinating one. The trend can practically be traced back to the invention of Instagram, but if you want to go back a little further, an argument could be made for MySpace being the social media site of origin. Regardless, we now live in a society in which photographing yourself is both commonplace and ridiculed. A lot of people are anti-selfie, which, to an extent, I understand; it can make a person seem vain. But at the same time, what harm is a selfie really going to do? I firmly believe that selfies do more good than anything. Posting a good selfie just makes you feel awesome about yourself. And because we live in a world where cosmetic companies market their products to people – women, mostly – by slashing their self-confidence, I’d say a little confidence booster can never hurt. For some reason, we live in a society in which it’s frowned upon to like the way you look or think you’re an awesome person. Self-loathing is extremely unhealthy and leads to more problems than just a lack of self-esteem. Young girls in particular are frequently comparing themselves to one another and sizing one another up as competition, rather than praising each other for their individual qualities. Selfies foster a culture of self-confidence, which is something I can totally get behind. Plus, even a “bad” selfie will make someone laugh, and at the end of the day, all that matters is that you and the people around you are happy.

The selfie – the art of extending one’s arm and taking a picture of the face – needs to stop. We get it. You took extra time in the morning to do your hair, and your outfit looked great last night. But instead of hopping on the self-esteem booster that is Instagram and posting the most flattering picture of yourself you could find, put the phone down and let people compliment you in person. I know this may seem odd, but having someone compliment you to your face is exponentially more satisfying than having a stranger click “like” on the selfie you posted in your new bikini. Posting a selfie is just a plea for attention. A picture with your friends that you can keep as a memory is one thing, but a photo of you in your dorm has no purpose except self-satisfaction. The addiction our generation has to these photos is so bad that selfie was the Oxford Word of the Year in 2013. Some people may use this recognition to put selfies in a positive light, but it’s really just an example of our decline. Just three years ago the word of the year was “squeezed middle,” a term describing the social class that is affected by inflation and wage cuts. Now, the word of the year is an attention-seeking self-portrait. For further proof of the ridiculous fascination with selfies, look at the amount of money Facebook offered to purchase Snapchat – more than $3 billon. Why would an app that actually limits photo times be worth this much money? Because nobody wants to see your face in the same three angles for more than 10 seconds at a time.

Caitlin Soard

Adam Lee

From the moment it went missing, one question has dominated the conversation about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: what happened? This is important. The mystery surrounding the virtual vanishing act of this flight will remain a topic of conversation for years to come. But many people seem to be ignoring the most important question: what about the people? Husbands, mothers, children; they were all on the plane, but no one is asking about them. Why don’t we care about these people – these real, fleshand-bone human beings with lives, families and dreams? Even the media are ignoring Flight 370’s passengers; coverage has been centered around the latest developments on how we lost contact with the aircraft. Intelligence agencies aren’t trying to solve this mystery to save human lives – they’re trying to save face. Figuring out what happened to this plane should not be about pride. It should be about finding the passengers and, hopefully, saving them. It’s about bringing peace of mind to the families sitting at home waiting for the call saying their loved one has been found. It’s about restoring peace for civilians who are afraid of acts of terror. Even though we may never fully understand what happened the day Flight 370 went missing, we’ll eventually be able to piece most of it together. That’s helpful, but that’s not what’s truly important. No, what matters most is trying our best to help the people on-board on that flight, because human lives matter infinitely more than any investigation.


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sports A look inside success of athletic training at Franklin Kyle Holzbog

Upgrades in order Franklin College continues to be among the best athletic teams in many HCAC sports and yet still doesn’t have proper facilities. Where are our multi-million dollar indoor sports complexes that other DIII schools have? It’s amazing to see how successful our teams are with the little help from facilities, but can you imagine what we could do with the proper facilities necessary for our teams? Elite DIII schools have the facilities to compensate for ill-timed bad weather or for off-season workouts, while we sit back and work out in a weight room with a capacity of maybe three. As a football player, I can remember doing a walk-through in the old fitness center because there was a practice occurring in Spurlock. As frustrating as it is, I applaud the athletic administration for jumping through so many hoops over the years to make sure we can all fit on this tiny block of a campus. Some of the pros to gaining bigger facilities include having access to a bigger weight room, therefore getting bigger, faster and stronger, which can only help. Another pro is coaches don’t have to schedule 8 p.m. practices that last until 10 p.m. or later, which in turn gets our athletes out of the gym and into their academics quicker. The topping on the cake is that we could show the great facilities off to future grizzlies, which will bring more money to our great institution. Of course it’s going to be expensive, but you’re going to tell me that the other schools in our conference have that much more money than us with as much as tuition is? All I’m saying is that if we had better facilities, the return on investment is going to be even greater than the amount of money it would cost for better facilities.

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Sophomore McKenzie Vanosdol, an athletic training major, stretches a student athlete during a track meet. By Carney Gillin

The athletic trainers at Franklin can be seen at any time of day helping an injured athlete go through rehabilitation, taping up ankles for multiple teams or icing down sore Grizzlies. An athletic trainer at Franklin is not just expected to be studious in the classroom, but also committed in hands on training experiences. It is a goal of Head Athletic Trainer Chris Shaff to ensure that his students get “real world experi-

ences and help them apply what they learn in the classroom.” “It’s been good, but it has definitely kept me busy. … I just stay focused and get my work done,” said junior Josh Uhlmansiek, an athletic training student. Most students outside of the training program understand the program at Franklin College is extremely competitive and takes a lot of dedication, but what they may not know is that those who graduate from the Athletic Training Program at Franklin usually test higher and pass on their first try when taking the Board of Certification exam. The BOC is the exam at the end of a student’s undergrad program that shows his or her progress and is the determining factor that shows if they are prepared for a career or higher education. Athletic training graduates from Franklin have an outstanding track record with this test. “Most of our kids sit down at the BOC exam and pass on their first try,” Shaff said. “We went 9 for 9 last year. This shows that when you get an athletic training degree from Franklin College, you are prepared.” Needless to say, the majority of people attracted to this highly demanding major are athletes. The two

go hand in hand. Athletes typically share a love for their respective sports and this major gives them the opportunity to stay involved throughout their entire lives. “As a swimmer, I have been around sports throughout my entire life,” said freshman Sarah Taylor, a student-athlete. “So this program just seemed like a good fit for me, and it definitely has been so far.” These student athletes typically run into scheduling conflicts as both athletics and athletic training are extremely time consuming. But, trainers like Taylor and many others said they make it work. The work of the Grizzly Trainers has not gone unappreciated by athletes around Franklin. “I have spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment for various injuries,” sophomore swimmer Alex Bariyev said. “The students as well as the faculty in the AT department do a great job, and have helped me to recover as quickly as possible.”

Freshman Taylor Johnson’s hot hitting leads Grizzlies By Seth Morin

Franklin College freshman catcher Taylor Johnson has been awarded with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Hitter of the Week title last week. The Grizzlies won all three games behind her powerful performance. She hammered home two home runs, batted in a total of nine runs and had a .455 batting average. Wilmington College was a victim of her hot streak as she drove in six runs and went a combined 4-for-7 in Franklin’s doubleheader sweep of Wilmington. During the opener of the doubleheader, she hit a three-run home run and batted in another run later on in the game for a total of four RBIs.

“I felt really good going into the doubleheader against Wilmington,” Johnson said. “I feel like the rest of the team felt the same way. We all had a lot of energy and I think we all fed off of that.” On top of her performance against Wilmington, she hit a two-run homerun on March 11 against DePauw University. When asked about how the past week’s performance affects her outlook on the season, Johnson said she feels really positive about it. “Coming in as a freshman can be kind of intimidating, but there are a lot of us,” Johnson said. “We are a young team and I think it

is just the start of what Franklin College softball has to show.” The game against Wilmington put Johnson’s season batting average at .421. She has scored two total runs, both coming off of homeruns. Johnson is currently in a four-way tie for most home runs in the HCAC. On top of that she has batted in 11 total runs, putting her third in the HCAC. The Grizzles now hold a record of 8-4. They travel to Oakland City University on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. followed by St. Mary-ofthe-Woods on Sunday, March 23.

sports Franklin basketball will be without seniors next season

Kerri Kinker: The Franklin

Junior Mark Kwiatkowski goes up for a layup during the 2011–2012 basketball season. By Kyle Holzbog

Led by missed opportunities, injuries and some possible misunderstandings, this year’s junior class has been cut from the men’s basketball team. Kerry Prather, Franklin’s head basketball coach and athletic director, said the decisions that were made were very difficult for the entire coaching staff, but were for the

betterment of the team and program. He said it wasn’t a matter of how hard the kids worked because they are all really hard workers, but there are younger players who were on the same level as the juniors. “Each year we go through a process with the players about the areas they need to develop in and as a starting point, our junior class wasn’t a very strong class talent wise,” Prather said. “Your junior year is a pivotal year when it comes to getting where you need to be or not.” While coach Prather and his staff think their decisions will be for the best, some of the players who were cut didn’t share the same feelings. Juniors Callan Hughes and Chris Carruthers were two players who were cut from the team and feel like they were wronged in the process. “We both understood that there was a good group of seniors in front of us and we were fine with that, but whenever we didn’t even get a shot, it was like all the time

we committed to the program was for nothing,” said Hughes. Hughes said that because they were a part of the team for so long, they have the experience that is needed to carry a team through a “so-called” rebuilding year. Despite the fact that the junior class felt as though they were ill-treated, Prather made his case stating that even though this class was a great group of kids, they didn’t make the significant strides that were needed to move up. “What you can’t have is a big group of guys go through who are capable of being just average players,” Prather said. Carruthers said the lack of experience on the team next year could hurt the team. With such a large senior class going through the basketball program this year, Prather will only be returning one starter: sophomore Trae Washington. “Although we don’t have a lot of starters coming back, we still have a lot of experience with a group

of freshmen who are talented and work hard,” Washington said. “So I think we still have some experience. Even though it’s not with seniors and juniors, we have a team with the experience to move forward.” Carruthers had a different opinion. “I just feel like with the seniors graduating, having older players who have been there before, we’ll be able to help pull the underclassmen up faster and help with the learning curve and transition from high school to college,” Carruthers said. Although both Hughes and Carruthers are disappointed about their basketball careers being over, they said they realize Prather is just doing what he feels is best for the team, even if they disagree. “Life isn’t always fair,” Carruthers said. “It’s more about how you persevere through the times of adversity that shows who you really are, and right now is one of those times.”

Franklin lacrosse looks to get its first victory of season By Ben Brown

This lacrosse season has been another step in the process of becoming a varsity sports team. The goal is to get the program to that level by next season. This season, however, the team has four scheduled matches. The outcome of the first two matches both resulted in losses. The team took on Indiana University in the first game. Franklin was routed 18-1 and 10 different IU players scored a goal. Sophomore Carley Campbell was the only Franklin player to score. Franklin faced Benedictine in the second game and was defeated 14-7. Franklin had four different players score in this match. Freshman Taylor Tichenor and Campbell both scored two goals each. Although coming off of two straight losses, the team has high hopes against Rose-Hulman. Sophomore

Presleigh Hobbs said the game against Rose-Hulman last season was the team’s best game of the year. The team came away with a victory 12-4. “Our team worked really well together that game and it was a huge success for us,” Hobbs said. “I expect that we will have a similar outcome this Saturday.” Hobbs said she believes a win Saturday will be vital for the team. She said a victory would be important to keep spirits up. “Winning would definitely help the team remain motivated to continue winning,” Hobbs said. Even with the losses the team sees improvement, but they still have one crucial thing to work on. Hobbs said that is commitment. “Since we are such a young program it can be difficult to take seriously at times,” Hobbs said.

“Once we get more girls coming in, in the next few years, we will be able to choose who we want on the team and make sure everyone is 100 percent dedicated.” One of the difficulties with lacrosse not being a huge Indiana sport is the learning curve. Hobbs said that it was one of the problems in practice. “We have a wide variety of players on our team experience-wise, which is frustrating deciding which drills to run in practice,” she said. “Some girls are struggling with things, while others get bored doing them over and over again.” Head Coach Veronica Mitchell said the team has reached one of her goals for the season: develop trust within the team. Hobbs said she believes the team has gotten really close to each other and all of them support each other.

“The bonds that we have created with each other, as well as our desire to grow as a program and win more games, really helps us to focus and keep pushing,” Hobbs said.

Ellie Price: The Franklin

Sophomore Carley Campbell makes her way past two Indiana University players to score Franklin’s only goal in the game.


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1. Kappa Delta Rho hosted its annual philanthropy event, Miss Blue and Gold, on Tuesday. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin. 2. Franklin College will be home to three themed houses during the 2014-2015 school year. The Modern Language House is for French and Spanish majors and minors.

For more on Miss Blue and Gold and next year’s themed houses, go to Photos by Katie Cavin and Ryanne Wise

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