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Jesse Wilson: The Franklin
Students run through Province Park in Franklin while volunteers throw colored cornstarch on them. More than 70 people participated in the student-run event.
Leadership students organize Franklin Color Run By Jesse Wilson
Students, parents and kids all came out Wednesday to support Franklin College’s first Color Run. Five leadership students combined the color run with their knowledge of how colors are used in other cultures. They took signs that told about the importance of different colors in other cultures and religious backgrounds and placed them along the path so that those who were in the color run would see and read them.
“We had just over 70 people do the run,” junior Chelsea Howell said. Howell is one of the four leadership students who set up and ran the color run. “I feel really good about the run,” she said. “We had a good turn out and combined with bags upon bags of cornstarch, we had a great color run.” The other students who worked alongside Howell were freshman Emily Miller, senior Alex van Cleve,
junior Torie Zeiner and freshman Marissa Hendrickson. The students started the run as a project for their leadership class. They incorporated the teaching of basic color uses in other cultures as a way to make the run both fun and informative. Freshman Taylor Yazzie participated in the run. “I really enjoyed the run,” Yazzie said. “I like the idea of the color run; it adds an exciting turn to
the traditional 5K run. Also, the addition of the informational signs along the course was nice as well.” Five different groups were represented at the run. Some had volunteers to throw cornstarch on runners, others participated in the run and some were there just to help support the cause. The groups represented were FC Greek Life, Boys and Girls Club, SASOM, Interfaith and the Grizzly Pride Alliance. See “Color Run” on Page 10
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Billionaire helps save rhinos Rhinos are one of the most endangered species in the world, sitting at a population of just 22,000. And with poachers looking to take their horns, billionaire Howard Buffet has put a new initiative into effect to protect the animals. The $23.7 million initiative places a helicopter, other vehicles and a number of armed groups in Kruger National Park in South Africa to combat poachers, according to ens-newswire.com. This will create a protective zone both in the air and on the ground thanks to a combination of ranger teams with elite canine units, updated tracking equipment and a helicopter that will arrive in six months. To make up for the delay of the helicopter arrival, Buffet is leasing another one to begin patrols this May. Kruger National Park is home to over 40 percent of the entire world’s rhino population. It’s at Kruger that 1,383 have been poached since 2010. Buffet is on the corporate board for The Coca Cola Company, as well as other companies, and has been a resident of South Africa since 2007. He is an example of what changes the wealthy can make and an important step in protecting the wildlife that is in danger. In a time when we hear constant stories of corrupt CEOs, embezzlement and fraud, it’s nice to realize that not all the powerful people in the world are bad. Hopefully this sparks more similar movements from other powerful individuals as they realize the differences their money can make.
Stephanie Rendon: The Franklin
Connie Ables-Rigsbee, assistant professor of education, helps a student in one of her education classes. Forty percent of Franklin’s education graduates, with two years of experience, were rated “highly effective” in a Department of Education report.
Education major rated highly effective on evaluation By Paige Clark
Franklin College’s education graduates ranked best among private colleges and universities in Indiana. “Having our school ranked as highly as it was – that’s incredible,” said Karen Burgard, education department chair. “I think it will make (students) far more marketable.” The Department of Education released a report that rated Indiana teachers as highly effective, effective, improvement necessary and ineffective. Forty percent of Franklin’s graduates, with two years experience, were rated “highly effective.” Burgard said Franklin students are at an advantage compared to other colleges throughout the state because of the field program. “The clearest distinction is our focus on our field program,” Burgard said. “We’re a field based program. We have more clock hours than many of our peer institutions.” Education majors start their field work their sophomore year during January. They spend the entire month in a classroom, observing, teaching and receiving feedback.
“The education program allows each student to have at least six placements in the field before you start your student teaching,” junior Sarah White said. “This gives you a first-hand feel at whether or not this is the right career for you. You get to observe veteran teachers and teach lessons on your own.” Education majors will have spent more than 1,000 hours in the field by the time they graduate. “We really prepare them. They know what they’re doing,” Burgard said. “They know what it’s like to be a teacher. They experience that job. But also, even bigger than the job and the career, they experience the essence of teaching and what that means and what those expectations are. The only way to become an excellent teacher is to teach.” Franklin’s field program is proving to be effective. While forty percent of Franklin graduates were rated “highly effective” for two years teaching experience, the other 60 percent were rated “effective” – meaning no Franklin graduates were rated “improvement necessary” or “ineffective.”
“FC is always…looked to when principals are hiring,” Burgard said. “Principles will call our field coordinators – Professor Hall and Professor Prather – and say ‘I have a job opening, do you have any seniors because I’d like to interview them.’ Our program is renowned in the state.” White echoed Burgard’s sentiments towards the program. “Franklin College is known for their excellent education program,” White said. “Schools in the surrounding area know Franklin is very professional when it comes to preparing future educators. The placement rate after graduation is very high. Last year every elementary education major was able to find a job before the next school year began.” Even though Franklin is a small campus with small classes, Burgard says she feels students are prepared to teach at both big and small schools. She said the two hall coordinators – Sherri Hall and Cynthia Prather, professors of education – give the students a “wide variety of field See “Teachers” on page 10
Leadership group holds BLOOM project By Amanda Creech
Students, faculty and staff offered their assistance to the physical plant on campus on Wednesday. Bringing Leaders Outside on Missions Day (BLOOM) was designed by a group of students from the LEA 100 class as a service project. The project, junior Joseph Green said, was similar to FOCUS day except meant specifically for the campus itself. “LEA 100 is a leadership class and it requires a service project and so we were trying to think of ways,” Green said. He said as an all male group he thought it would be nice to plant flowers and trees or help on campus outside. From noon to 5 p.m. students, faculty and staff worked in shifts helping with various chores around campus, such as waterproofing the Hoover deck, cleaning and painting light-posts, mulching and cleaning the curb. Various organizations and individuals on campus came together
to work for the day including the football, lacrosse and basketball teams, and sororities and fraternities. Green said he and his group members came up with the project after speaking with Thomas Patz, director of physical facilities and energy management. “We found that he had a lot of things that needed to be done,” Green said. “We figured what a better way to do it than to try to get volunteers on campus.” Sophomore Cody Warren, one of the members of the group project, said the class was randomly put into groups to do a service project. He said Green originally had the idea. “Originally it was supposed to be called Making Franklin Beautiful Day, which is awkward so we had to rename it BLOOM and as soon as it was turned out everyone agreed and See “BLOOM” on Page 11
Katie Cavin: The Franklin
Sophomore Jacob Broyer and freshman Evan Vernon represent Kappa Delta Rho fraternity as they help with mulching areas of campus, one of the BLOOM Day tasks. More than 80 students and faculty volunteered for BLOOM Day.
Professors to kiss bunny for nonprofit organization fundraiser By Danielle Faczan
Passion for Paws held a penny war during lunchtime from Monday through Thursday this week for its spring fundraising event, Kiss the Bunny. Students voted for their favorite professor to kiss a bunny by donating change. The two professors who earned the most money will kiss a bunny at noon on Friday. “It’s like a spoof of Kiss the Pig,” said Adam Shaul, volunteer outreach officer for Passion for Paws. “We wanted to include something springy, so we thought about bunnies.” Five professors participated in the fundraiser: Richard Erable, associate professor of English; Sarah Mordan-McCombs, professor of biology; Gordon Strain, associate professor of theatre; David Cunningham, assistant professor of fine arts; and
Justin Gash, assistant professor of mathematics and computing. The winners will be announced Friday. All donations will go to IndyClaw, a nonprofit animal rescue that takes care of small animals, particularly bunnies. IndyClaw provided the bunny to be kissed. “IndyClaw is a nonprofit organization – we wanted to benefit those organizations instead of the government organizations, like the animal shelter,” Shaul said. “Not that they’re bad organizations, but you kind of want to help the other ones, as well.” Passion for Paws president Taylor Thompson said the organization also chose bunnies because of the upcoming Easter holiday. “It’s Easter time, and this is a very rough time for bunnies because a lot of families adopt bunnies at
this time thinking it’s a cute gift,” Thompson said. “But unfortunately, about a month later, after families realize how much work and effort bunnies take, they get abandoned. So think about those poor bunnies.” Thompson said she originally didn’t know about the existence of bunny rescues and didn’t understand the need for them. “I would see (bunnies) at the pet store and think, ‘oh, they get adopted and live a long time,’” Thompson said. “But really, there are a lot that are homeless or get fostered out because people abandon them so much.” Amanda Williams, a Passion for Paws member, said she enjoys raising money for organizations that help animals in need.
“Our main goal is to raise money to give back to shelters for animals who are sick or dying,” Williams said. “The money gives them medical supplies, blankets and bottles, and it gives them a place to live. Without that, the animals would die or be euthanized, and I don’t think that’s right.” Williams said she used to volunteer for an animal shelter and animal clinic back home. She said she has seen several animals be euthanized because the shelter didn’t have enough medical supplies and that “it breaks my heart.” Williams said she is excited for the Kiss the Bunny event.
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cook on campus: sugar cookie
Story and photos by Emily Metheny
We are nearing the end of the year and you deserve a treat. Something that reminds you of your childhood, but is easy enough to make on a college budget and in the dorms. Cookies are the perfect solution, but sometimes premade ones aren’t what you want. Here is my grandmother’s cookie recipe we use every holiday that requires cookies. It’s super simple yet it completely hits the spot for a homemade snack or reward. This recipe only makes a single batch, but to get large batches, just multiply it by how much you want. It’s really that simple of a recipe.
Necessary baking items: Cookie pan (I use my pizza pan.) Spatula Whisk One large mixing bowl (A second bowl is useful if one is available.) Parchment paper (This is explained later but is completely optional.)
Grandma Helen’s sugar cookie recipe ½ cup margarine ½ cup sugar 1 ¾ cup flour 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda
The Steps: 1. Blend the margarine at room temperature and then add sugar gradually. If you dump it all in at once, it becomes very, very hard to blend. If you do not have butter at room temperature, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds. You don’t want it melted but you want it soft so it is easy to mix with the sugar. 2. Add your egg and vanilla into your batter. It will add more liquid bake into the batter before you start adding the flour. 3. Sift flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Once it is mixed, add it to the creamed mixture in the other bowl. You can do this in one bowl (like I did), but be aware that you still have to add the flour in gradually.
If you do not, you will have a mess that spouts flour everywhere and you will more than likely need to use your hands if you are hand whisking (like me.) 4. The dough should be easy to handle once the flour is mixed in. If it isn’t and still sticky, put it in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Usually, I create my dough the night before and have it chill overnight so it is ready to go in the morning. 5. I highly recommend purchasing a rolling pin and using it. Before I bought a rolling pin, I used a glass. It works but requires more effort. Using either item, roll out the dough so it is about ½ inch thick. 6. Now here’s the fun part: you get to use your cookie cutters!
Place the shapes on your cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees. I recommend using parchment paper on your cookie sheets because it browns the bottom of the cookies perfectly as well as makes cleaning up so much easier (no scrubbing the pans to get the leftover cookie crumbles.) 7. If you want, you can ice the cookies with a very simple frosting. All you need is powdered sugar, milk and food coloring. I usually eyeball this process because you can get different consistencies with different amounts of milk. Put about half a cup of powdered sugar in a bowl and add about a tablespoon of milk. Stir this until the milk is completely absorbed.
This is a very finicky process where you have to experiment to find the right balance for you. If it’s too runny, it gets everywhere, but if you don’t have enough, it’s not going to mix right. As you can see, I decided on some very fun cookie cutters for this how to. I actually purchased them from an antique shop in Franklin my freshman year and have added on to my collection since I bought them originally. If you do not have cookie cutters, you can use a cup to make simple circle sugar cookies. But if you want fun shapes like my dinosaurs, you just need to look.
Outside commencement possible but difficult By Adam Lee firstname.lastname@example.org Commencement will be held on May 24 inside Spurlock as usual, but this has not and may not always be the case. Some students question why commencement does not take place outside, considering Franklin has a late graduation date with traditionally warm weather. An outside ceremony could also allow for more people to attend commencement. David Brailow, vice president for academic affairs, said he would support an outside ceremony and “would love to see it outside eventually.” Brailow said commencement took place outside years ago, but weather caused the ceremony to be moved inside. The last time the ceremony was outside, rain the day before had left the ground wet and muddy.
In order to organize an outside commencement, extra time would be needed to prepare for weather. This would mean setting up both outside and inside in case bad weather occurred and the ceremony would need to be moved indoors. Marian University in Indianapolis takes these measures. The commencement is held outside on the campus’s football field and the inside is set up so the ceremony can move inside if the weather does not cooperate. Although limited tickets come with an indoor ceremony, Brailow said there are often extra tickets left and it is usually not an issue for students to request more. Senior Krystel Sloan said she understands the difficulties having an outside ceremony would bring.
“I think that having a graduation outside would be nice, but it’s not practical because the weather is so unpredictable,” she said. Brailow said the final decision is left to the Board of Trustees. Since the first move to an inside ceremony, there have not been any complaints and things have gone smoothly, Brailow said. However, Brailow said he thinks the trustees would be open to discussing the future possibility of an outdoor commencement.
“I think that having a graduation outside would be nice, but it’s not practical because the weather is so unpredictable.” Krystel Sloan, senior
CEO to speak to Franklin College 2014 graduating class By Ray Brents email@example.com Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter will speak at the Franklin College 2014 commencement ceremony. In the beginning, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni and current students get involved with the selection for the speaker for an upcoming graduation. David Brailow, vice president for academic affairs, said generally many people of the Franklin College community are contacted and asked whom they believe will be a good candidate to be a commencement speaker. Names are brought to a committee of individuals who then narrow it down to a select few. Brailow said the college committee is made up of trustees, faculty and administrators and is co-chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees and Brailow. The decision on options for speakers is made about one year in advance. President James Moseley sends a
letter inviting the first candidate to speak. If the first person says no, Moseley follows the list until one agrees to be the speaker. Once someone accepts the invitation, the board and the faculty then decide whether to award him or her an honorary degree; it is customary to do so. Brailow said Franklin wants to select someone who best represents what the college stands for, who best embodies Franklin College and who can be a leader and role model to the individuals he or she comes in contact with. “We try and think strategically about what the college is doing right now and who would be the right person to speak at a particular time,” Brailow said. “You want someone who has lived the kind of life that is consistent with our mission and with our values.” In recent years, Franklin College has focused on choosing speakers
that are in close relation to Indiana or to the school itself. In the past, there have been national figures who have spoken, such as 11-time NBA champion and hall of famer Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, a prominent social justice advocate, has also spoken at commencement. Senior Corrine Beyer said she’s looking forward to hearing Lechleiter speak. “It’s always interesting to hear what they have to say about life and what they have experienced and the advice that they can give about the things that will be useful for you to know after college,” Beyer said. “I have no doubt that it will be interesting and worthwhile.” Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 in the Spurlock Center.
“We try and think strategically about what the college is doing right now and who would be the right person to speak at a particular time. You want someone who has lived the kind of life that is consistent with our mission and with our values.” David Brailow, vice president for academic affairs
Students with intellectual disabilities come to Franklin By Natavia Howell
Franklin College has become a stepping-stone for high school students with intellectual disabilities. This is happening through a program called INSPIRE, which is a partnership between Franklin College and Special Services of Johnson County and Surrounding Schools (SSJCSS). It is an attempt to build successful work related transition programs for students with disabilities. The partnership was formed out of a grant from Indiana University and is one of three such programs in the state. “It’s a transition program for students with disabilities to experience college life and also gain vocational and social skills in order to be successful in their future lives,” said Karen Burgard, chair of Franklin’s department of education. Burgard said all of the students currently work in the Student Center cafeteria and although they do not enroll in classes on campus, some have been able to have educational experiences.
One student works one-on-one with Katie Adams, a senior art major, where they create art projects together in an art studio. “I’ve been doing every art project that you can think of with her and we’ve been completing a lot of really good stuff and she really enjoys it,” Adams said. “It’s really nice to see that growth with the kids in the program.” Two other students participate in a health and wellness class where they are learning physical fitness, health and wellness strategies. There are currently five students participating in the program and they are all from local Johnson County community schools. To participate, an application must be submitted and students are selected by coordinators of the program. Megan Horsely, the director/coordinator of the program for SSJCSS, said the program started because she was charged with getting a transition program started for Johnson County students with disabilities between
Photo provided by Katie Adams
the ages of 18-22, but needed a college or university to partner with. “We went directly to Franklin and they have been nothing but receptive and so agreeing with everything that we’re doing,” Horsely said. Horsely explained that this program is an initiative for something that was lacking in Johnson County to help students who don’t graduate in four years. Burgard said this program has benefits for students that are immeasurable, but she said they are not the only ones being rewarded. “Through this program, the FC faculty, staff and students are able to be exposed to a different aspect of diversity that is often underrepresented on college campuses,” Burgard said. She said this program has been the most rewarding thing she has experienced in her 20 years at Franklin College and she hopes it will continue to grow and change the lives of students in the future.
“It’s a transition program for students with disabilities to experience college life and also gain vocational and social skills in order to be successful in their future lives.” Karen Burgard, chair of Franklin College’s education department
Photo provided by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
INSPIRE student Brook Jeffery works on an art project (left). Franklin College senior Katie Adams, left, and Jeffery collaborate on a different project in the Johnson Center of Fine Arts building on campus (right).
Drama Club presents Cabaret Part Four By Amanda Creech
Although it is Drama Club’s fourth cabaret here at the college, this is the first year the performance will be run without its initial creators, Franklin College alumni Zach Morris and Rachel Konchinsky-Pate. The Drama Club will host its Disney-themed cabaret at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the chapel. Cabaret, in previous years, was designed to be once a semester, but this year it was only planned for the spring semester. Junior Megan Curran will be singing “God Help the Outcasts” from the Disney film “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Curran has been involved in cabaret since Morris and Konchinsky-Pate first began the event on campus; this is her fourth time participating. She said she is excited the Drama Club is finally doing a Disney theme and that the club is doing a great job organizing it without the help of the creators. “This is drama club’s first year running it and they’re doing a really good job, but it’s weird for all of us
that have been there because (Rachel and Zach) are not there,” Curran said. Junior Alix Hatfield, Drama Club social chair, is helping organize cabaret. Hatfield said this is her third semester participating in cabaret and that the format is different from last year’s performance. “This is actually more similar to the first one I was in, which was the one last fall of 2012,” Hatfield said. “The fall of 2012 cabaret had songs with a little connecting dialogue and then there’d be another performance.” Cabaret Part Four, Hatfield explained, does not have any set dialogue or a script and performers are responsible for their own songs and skits. “The last cabaret we actually tried to write a script for it and that didn’t go over so well, just because of issues with timing, getting everyone together for rehearsals and getting everyone on the same page,” she said. Curran said she is looking forward to participating in “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules as
a muse. Sophomore Michelle Rojas will sing as Meg and the other girls in cabaret will play muses. “I’m really excited for Michelle’s song,” Curran said. “It’s just fun, I mean, I don’t know any girl that didn’t see Hercules that didn’t want to be Meg at some point in her life. I’m more excited for Michelle’s song than my own.” Rojas said she will be the first performance in the show and that “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” was her “go-to song” when she was a kid. This will be Rojas’s first Cabaret. “I’m not sure what to expect but I’m hoping for a good turn-out,” she said. Rojas said there is also a surprise appearance during her performance and although she would not disclose who would appear, she advised the audience to keep an eye out. Hatfield said she is excited because of the new performers in this year’s cabaret. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the newcomers to the show react to it because we have a lot of
veterans performing in this one and I’m just looking to see what their reaction is going to be,” she said.
“It’s just fun, I mean, I don’t know any girl that didn’t see Hercules that didn’t want to be Meg at some point in her life. I’m more excited for Michelle’s song than my own.” Megan Curran, junior
Running Start gives younger students more opportunities By Ally Marlow
Not everyone attending classes at Franklin College is actually a college student. Some high school students are taking advantage of a program that allows them to get ahead on their college courses. The Running Start program is an opportunity Franklin College has offered to junior and senior high school students for several years. Alan Hill, vice president for enrollment and marketing, said roughly 20 high school students apply for the program every year and most are accepted. Hill said Franklin students will often not even realize a high school student is sitting next to them in class. “(A) majority of the students are the very best in their high schools,”
Hill said. “They take these classes because they are prestigious.” Hill said several Running Start students come from home schooling backgrounds, such as Nathan Walker. Walker is currently in 12th grade and has been homeschooled since first grade. He took a calculus class last semester and is taking digital fine art photography this semester. “It was convenient to get a good start on the college experience and was close by,” Walker said. Sarah King is also a homeschooled student and is signed up to take classes next spring semester. “I’m excited to take classes at Franklin and get a feel for what college is like,” King said.
King is signed up to take a writing class and an introductory chemistry class. “I’m planning on majoring in English, so I’m taking the writing class to improve my skills,” King said. “The chemistry class is for my high school dual credit, since being homeschooled I don’t have much lab experience.” Whereas Walker said he does not plan to attend Franklin College, King said it is in her realm of possible options. “I’m interested in a smaller college with small class sizes to form that better sense of community,” King said. “I want those close relationships with everybody.” Hill said most of the Running Start students do not end up at-
tending Franklin College, but a few do attend. Hill said some students come back to Franklin in the summer to take courses because of the rigorous classwork. This approval from high school students has led to good publicity for Franklin. “A lot of families, especially in the homeschooling community, inquire about us.” Hill said. “This is a benefit for the college and gives us a chance to yield those prospective students.” Reporter Ellie Price contributed to this story.
features “We call it ‘Man Band’ but the proper name for it is the “It was the hobby that carried me through high school FC Men’s Chorus,” said senior Blake Haughton, biolbecause I was involved, and we had a show ogy major and chorus member. Haughton has performed choir-esque group there I started in ninth grade,” in choir during his entire time here at Franklin College. Haughton said. “Musicals were the highlight of my school year every year.” Franklin is not the first stage Haughton has sung on, though; he has been in choir since eighth grade. Initially Haughton joined “Man Band” his freshman year. He said his time in the chorus has been one of his best he participated in an arts rotation that included home experiences at Franklin. economics, but after pestering from his mother and friends, he stopped sewing and took up the stage. “We get out and perform for different groups,” Haughton said. “We get to perform for social events
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features on campus. It’s a bit more wide-orientated due to the “Men’s songs are usually more open and acknowledged fact that we’re a smaller group than FC Singers and the and known, so our performance pieces are more fun,” women’s chorus, so we get to go out and do all of these Haughton said. different performances.” For the spring concert on May 10 and 11, the Men’s He added that it was nice to go out and meet people Chorus will be performing Haughton’s two favorite while seeing the scenery. pieces. One piece is the original version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Freddie Mercury’s solo. Haughton said Depending on the group, there is a different perforthe other piece is called “Walk in the Kingdom.” The mance tactic Casey Hayes, assistant professor of music show on May 10 is in the evening, but the show on and chorus director, will choose to use, Haughton said. May 11 is a matinée.
Haughton said he cannot credit all of his vocal improvements to just performing in the choir; he has been in private lessons since he started at Franklin. He has worked with professors Eleanor Mendoza and Eric DeForest. Because they are both professional performers as well, they “really give you all the attention and growth detail you need to grow,” Haughton said. “I think that it’s important to note that (Men’s Chorus) is a fun group and that I have enjoyed being a part of it, and I recommend it to everyone that comes in even
if you don’t have any experience because you are never going to know how much fun you can have unless you try,” Haughton said. When Haughton graduates this May, he said he will not stop performing. “I do plan on finding another group but the problem is that I need to figure out where I’m going to be so it makes looking a bit more difficult,” he said. “If wherever I end up, there isn’t a group, I plan to start one and get some people together as a hobby to have fun.” Story, photos and design by Emily Metheny
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Junior Torie Miller, freshman Marissa Hendrickson, sophomore Chelsea Howell, senior Alex van Cleve and freshman Emily Miller organized Wednesday’s Color Run.
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There were five stations where participants were engulfed in a different color cornstarch, which was thrown by volunteers from each supporting group. Not all those who participated ran the 5K, though. Freshman Emily Leonard and junior Chelsea Platt were two others who were part of the run but elected to walk, as many others did. “We had a blast,” said Leonard, who did the walk despite being injured and in a walking boot. “We got to walk the trail, which was very
nice and we learned about color and its meaning in other cultures.” Platt said she enjoyed getting covered in the colors. Leonard and Platt both said they rolled around in the color stations on their way back. “We got great feedback about the signs,” Miller said. “People said they enjoyed reading them because they learned things they didn’t know.” With the chance of bad weather, the group felt the run was a huge success. “Thank you to everyone who came out and helped support our run,” Hendrickson said.
>> Teachers Continued from page 2 experience.” They try to place students in different situations, with various ages, geographical locations and class sizes. White agrees, with the exception of private schools. “I believe FC prepares us for all situations outside of private schools,” White said. “We are not placed in private schools so we do not get a feel for how those are run in contrast to public schools. The department tries to place each
student in a school that has more diversity so that we can work with students from other cultures.” She said this is beneficial because she has learned how to interact with many different kinds of students. White is an elementary-education major and will graduate in the spring of 2015. “I feel extremely prepared to have my own classroom next year,” White said.
INDIANAPOLIS – Graduation rates remained relatively unchanged from 2012 to 2013 but the state’s top educator said she still sees signs of progress. The Indiana Department of Education released 2013 graduation rate data Wednesday that showed a graduation rate statewide of 88.7 percent. However, the data also showed that the state’s non-waiver graduation rate of 81.72 percent had inched up from 80.46 percent in 2012. That rate measures the number of students who passed without educators waiving a key requirement. Non-waiver data is necessary for federal reporting. Also, education officials say it helps give a more accurate reading of the number of students passing their end of course assessments. “There is some encouraging information in this release,” said Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz. “While the overall graduation rate is largely
the same as it was in 2012, when you dig into the data it becomes clear that more of our students are graduating without a waiver and passing their end of course assessments. “This is a crucial step in ensuring that our students graduate from high school both college and career ready,” she said. Six schools achieved a 100 percent graduation rate: Ben Davis University High School, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Signature School Inc., North Daviess Junior-Senior High School, 21st Century Charter School of Gary and Medora Junior & Senior High School. Nearly 200 schools had higher graduation rates in 2013 than the previous year. Ben Davis University High School and Signature School had 100 percent graduation rates for the third and fourth straight years respectively. About 170 high schools had lower graduation rates in 2013.
More than 300 Indiana schools rated Four Stars By Erika Brock
INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 schools were named Indiana Four Star Schools for 2012-13 by the Indiana Department of Education Tuesday. “I am honored to name these (311) schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a statement. “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.” To achieve this designation, a school must rank in the top 25 percentile in three ISTEP-based categories. To be considered in the calculations, a school must have at least 10 students tested in each subject. Only students enrolled for 162 days during the 2011-2012 school year were included.
Karen White, principal at Saint Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg, said the quality of their teachers is what made them successful. “The teachers have high expectations and they hold those students to those expectation,” White said. Saint Lawrence has been an Indiana Four Star School in previous years, but for some schools – such as East Washington Elementary School in Perkins – this is the first time. East Washington’s principal, Lisa Thomas, said the school had been working diligently at aligning curriculum to what students needed and to help them succeed. Thomas said the school strives for a family atmosphere, so that “when a student comes to school they just aren’t a student of the school, but they are our student.”
news Study shows large pay gap between CEO’s and employees By Antonio Cordero
INDIANAPOLIS— A report released today by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations highlighted the disparity in wages between top corporate executives and the rest of their workers. The report showed how corporate executives in Indiana earned 99 times more than workers in 2013 and 261 times more than those making minimum wage. The average Hoosier CEO earned $3.9 million for the year compared to the $39,841 earned by the average worker, while a full-time worker earning the state minimum wage made just $15,080. “In Indiana its long past time that we raise the wage. People are working harder and longer and making less and less – and that’s not only bad for our families – it’s harmful to our economy,” Brett Voorhies, Indiana State AFL-CIO President, said in a press release. But the report only used Indiana’s 47 highest paid public-comKatie Cavin: The Franklin
Sophomore Mary Foreman volunteers at BLOOM Day on Wednesday.
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>> BLOOM Continued from page 3 we decided to work with the physical plant, who were very willing,” Warren said. BLOOM Day had 84 volunteers help out on campus. Jessica Mahoney, instruction librarian and assistant professor, helped mulch in front of the football stadium. “It’s all about giving back and definitely about modeling service, not just to the kids on campus but you know, also others within the Franklin community,” Mahoney said. “It’s also not just about giving back but just knowing that after you’ve put back and helping others that you feel pretty good about it.” Mahoney worked from 2 to 4 p. m. and said she will have more appreciation for the work done on campus. “I have an appreciation for what they do,” she said. “And as a
pany executives to come up with the average. Only 15 CEOs make more than $3.9 million annually. Despite several companies in the country claiming they can’t afford to raise wages, the average CEO in the U.S. earned an average of $11.7 million in 2013 – meaning they were paid 331 times the average worker’s salary, and 774 times more than workers making minimum wage. In 2013, the S&P 500 Index companies earned $41,249 in profits per employee – a 38 percent increase of what they paid their workers. “CEO Executive PayWatch calls attention to the insane level of compensation for CEOs, while the workers who create those corporate profits struggle for enough money to take care of the basics,” Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, said in a press release. The report is available at AFLCIO’s Executive PayWatch website (www.paywatch.org).
Franklin College graduate, it feels very important to give back.” Green said the group wanted to offer help on campus because Franklin College is a community of its own. “There have been a lot of good projects that have done things for people outside of the community, different components and different off-campus organizations and so we thought, why not bring something to campus,” he said. “If it turns out well, who knows maybe we can continue this every year.” Warren said he was happy with the turn-out for BLOOM Day. “It is amazing to see how close Franklin College is,” he said. “We’re definitely a community. I’m very happy that this campus has been supportive of our service project.”
“Taylor Thompson has been here for a long time and it seems to be one of her favorite events because she would always talk about it,” Williams said. “It’s awesome because she’s enthusiastic about it
and puts a lot of time and effort into it, which makes me excited and makes me want to put time and effort into it also. And I think she inspires everyone else to go for it.”
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Senior farewell: Can’t imagine a better college life The other day I was watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother, and they were talking about “Graduation Goggles” – the feelings of nostalgia you get when you are about to leave a place, even if the place wasn’t that great. With only five weeks until I graduate, it’s easy to look back on my four years at Franklin through rose-colored glasses. But when I think about my time here, I’m not looking through Graduation Goggles; it really has been awesome. I remember getting brought up to the judicial board as a freshman on “weapons charges” because we had an airsoft war in Elsey. I remember playing Dizzy Bat on Dame Mall during GGP week. I remember four years of football with the best teammates I could ever ask for. Playing three plays on Senior Day with all 11 senior defenders will forever be one of my favorite Franklin memories. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Next fall I will realize a lifelong dream as I begin law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder (entering the workforce at 22 is like leaving the party at 10:30). Coach Leonard warned us against viewing college as “the best four years of my life” because that means we don’t have much to look forward to. So while I’m not going to say Franklin has been the best four years of my life, it’s hard to imagine a better college experience. A sincere thank you to my professors, coaches, mentors, everyone at TheStatehouseFile and, of course, my friends. It’s not goodbye; it’s see you later.
Housing process simple, but times are inconvenient for students in classes The room selection process is usually both exciting and stressful for Franklin College students, as well as college students around the country. The prospect of living with our friends makes us hopeful for the next year, but the tedious task of selection and securing a room is not an easy one. Luckily, Franklin students have it pretty easy when it comes to selecting campus housing. The room selection website, Simple Campus Housing, allows you to pick your room with just the click of a button. Selecting your roommates is easy, as well. Once you’ve claimed your room, all you have to do is list the one to three people you want to live with, and then they have to accept within 72 hours. As far as the actual process of selecting a room, it really doesn’t get any simpler than using Simple Campus Housing. But unfortunately, there is one downfall to Franklin’s room selection system: the times. This year, students selected their rooms either at 8 a.m. or at noon. Last year, when housing selection first moved to an online system, students selected their rooms in the evenings. This worked out well because most classes were over and students were generally free. However, at noon and 8 a.m., a large percentage of students are in class and are, therefore, unable to select their rooms. This presents several problems. First, and most importantly, if a student is in class, there are obvious hurdles to selecting his or her desired room. And even though the process is easy and extremely quick, you have
to be in an area with a good Wi-Fi signal. Some classroom locations, like the basement of the chapel or Johnson Center of Fine Arts, don’t have the best signals, which means a student could not quickly select their room at the beginning of class. Even if the Wi-Fi signal is good and students can easily select their rooms, professors probably wouldn’t appreciate students being on their phones or laptops during class time, even for just a minute. Second, if students don’t have the free time to select their desired rooms, they’re put in serious housing jeopardy. Students go to great lengths to create their housing plans and often they don’t have a back-up plan. So, if they can’t select their room at their designated time and have to wait until the next round, they could potentially lose the room they want. This is a particular problem for people who want singles. If you’re planning on living by yourself, you most likely don’t have a roommate waiting in the wings if you don’t get your own room. So, these students have to be randomly assigned a roommate, which doesn’t always work out. Obviously, housing has to be a lottery because that’s the only fair system. It makes sense that the students with the most credits should get to choose their rooms first, and it also makes sense that rooms are first come, first served. But it’s not fair to ask students to select their room when they’re in class. But, students also need to realize that nothing is perfect. The Department of Residence Life does the best it can to make the room selection process as easy as possible. There are flaws in the system, but
The Franklin editorial board believes Franklin College students should select their rooms in the evenings, and not during the day when they’re in classes.
it’s easier now than it has been in the past. Moving to an online system is significantly better than having to choose your room in person. That creates even more stress and chaos, which students already feel during the pre-room selection process. Living on campus is part of most students’ college experience, but it’s a part that can cause a lot of problems. Students put a lot of effort into planning their housing situation, and it’s unfortunate when someone loses his or her room just because he or she was in class at the selection time. It’s much easier to select rooms in the evening, because then more students are free. It’s fairer that way, and everyone deserves a fair chance. 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 email@example.com.
provs. con Working while in school
Students should stop accepting “rape culture”
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Senior Brandon Walker works at the help desk in Shirk. Students can hold work study positions in most of the buildings on campus.
Jobs teach respect, awareness
Too much work can hurt grades
I’ve had a job since I was a freshman in high school. I started out writing web articles for a website that is now defunct, then as a sophomore I went on to work at Arby’s, where I stayed throughout the rest of high school (and still work at during summers.) During my first year at Franklin College I cleaned the different academic buildings on campus for the physical plant, and I currently work as an assistant at the desk in the Pulliam School of Journalism. I think that these jobs, particularly the ones in the food and service industries, have helped me grow and mature as a person. One effect of having a job I noticed while I was still in high school was that I was more cognizant of little things, like making sure I cleaned up after myself or that I said thank you to the person taking my order at McDonald’s. After serving others, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making anyone else’s job harder. I truly believe that every young person should have to work in food service or retail, because it would make the world a much kinder place. Beyond that, for most college students, having a job is imperative to them being able to even afford school. That is not the case entirely for myself, but if I didn’t work, I wouldn’t be able to afford much outside of school. My current job allows me to work on homework during much of my down time, which is extremely helpful. Plus, I’m in the same building as most of my professors, so if I need help with a certain assignment, they’re only a few steps away.
We as college students are now at the point in our lives where we are living on our own and separated from our parents, also known as our money source. Without this money source, our college experience would be boring, so some college students decide to get a job. Usually, their thought process goes something like this: “I’ll get a job that lets me make money, work hours to fit around my classes and still have time to do my homework.” Unfortunately, this thought process falls through for some people. They start off okay, working their first couple of weeks at their job, not missing any class and getting all their homework finished. But then it starts: a forgotten assignment here or there, then “accidentally” missing a class because you worked too many hours and didn’t get enough sleep This progresses and progresses until you realize that you are missing projects and assignments that make up the majority of your grade. Then you see that you have missed too many classes, and when you finally come to class you find yourself way behind on everything. Then you see your grades and realize you’re flunking all of your classes and get called to your adviser’s office to have a chat. This might be an extreme example, but students can find themselves in similar situations. Obviously, every student can handle different amounts of work. But if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed between school and a job, your schoolwork should take priority. Remember, you’re a student first.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and among the reasons why this is important is that it brings awareness to the real and relevant issues of sexual assault and rape. It also brings to light how we understand relationships and the concept of sexual assault. Many women and girls think of men as “natural sexual aggressors” and found actions like unwanted touching or grabbing by men to be “normal” behaviors, according to a new study published in Gender & Society called “Normalizing Sexual Violence,” Critical thinking says there’s something wrong with these views, but sadly they are reflective of some people’s experiences. The perpetuation of these ideas as absolute truth or as “just the way things are” is due to a phenomenon called rape culture, which normalizes and validates sexual violence and rape in society. How do we stop rape culture from being the norm? For one, we can be conscious of ourselves and those around us. Society often portrays men as incapable of controlling their “sexual urges” and always “looking for prey.” We know this isn’t true of all men, so don’t let it be. Watch out for each other and be aware of how we interact and understand each other. Consciousness is imperative to changing culture. Sexual assault awareness matters because everyone is at risk. This month, think about these issues and check out “The Key” to see Franklin’s protocol on reporting sexual assault and rape on campus.
sports Franklin College celebrates Division III week By Will Reno
Draft day nightmare
As the NFL draft continues to draw closer everyone is still chasing down the same answers to one question: who is going to go number one? It would be one of the hardest jobs to be an actual scout. Scouts put it all on the line choosing one player over another. Ultimately it’s not their decision, but they’re still paid to influence the final decision. The real answer here is to just go with your gut and hope it pans out. Although Houston talks about using the number one pick on Jadeveon Clowney, I feel like that choice is a mistake. This isn’t me bashing his work ethic but noticing what went wrong for the Texans last season. The Texans booed their starting quarterback off the field and put the ball in the hands of someone who ultimately didn’t work out either. In what seems like a pretty strong quarterback class, why not go for something you lacked? The Texans also had the number one pick back in 2002. The team chose David Carr. While he is clearly not a Texan anymore, a horrible offensive line somewhat ruined things for Carr – he was sacked 208 times in his first four seasons. So they picked a quarterback before and blew it. Not only that, but the Texans passed up on both Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney. Maybe they just didn’t want to be like the Portland Trailblazers, who famously passed up Michael Jordan for a “big man,” then once again passed up Kevin Durant for a “big man.” Houston is afraid to make the same mistake twice. The Texans will definitely need something big to go their way on offense, especially with questionable quarterbacks and a running back who missed the majority of last season with a back injury.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in partnership with the NCAA, celebrated Divison III athletics this week. Division III week, or “D3 Week” as it is commonly referred to, is a campaign to promote non-scholarship student athletes and spotlight special achievements in athletics. The SAAC handed out NCAA key chains and lanyards to students throughout the week to promote Division III athletics at Franklin College. The SAAC also held a raffle and handed out gasoline gift cards to three winners who “liked” the committee’s Facebook page and followed the organization on Twitter.
SAAC President and senior Dominique Boyd said the week was an overall success. “I think it went good,” Boyd said. “It’s always nice to promote our school’s athletes. We’re definitely going to try to do more next year.” Boyd’s satisfaction with the week culminated with a healthy turnout of student-athletes at the final home women’s lacrosse game Wednesday. On Sunday afternoon, Boyd and junior Melody Quante represented Franklin College at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s yearly SAAC meeting. Following the meeting, Boyd and Quante volunteered their time with members of Johnson County Special
Olympics in a friendly bowling competition. The Special Olympics is Division III’s nationwide philanthropy. “It feels good helping the Special Olympics,” Boyd said. The SAAC wrapped up the week with a free “Grizzly Airball” tournament Wednesday night at Faught Stadium.
Division III recruiting very different from Division I By Kyle Holzbog
Recruiting for Division III athletes has always posed to be more challenging than it is for Division I. The biggest challenge is recruiting an athlete without offering a scholarship for his or her athletic abilities, which is similar to fishing without any bait on the line. Not only is there a lack of money to offer the athletes, but there is also a budget for the coaches to go out and do the recruiting. Athletic Director Kerry Prather said it is imperative to be more technologically efficient. A large proponent of being technologically efficient would be that athletes could send coaches game film without actually meeting face to face. Being D3 doesn’t always have the negative connotation that normally comes with it; it gives opportunities for athletes from areas around the nation that don’t have D3 schools the chance to continue on playing after high school. Prather said athletes either have Division I or nothing in areas like Florida and there are only a handful of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools that offer all sports in Florida. This
gives D3 schools in the Midwest a chance to recruit those athletes. Money plays a role in almost everything a coach can offer an athlete. Money goes into not only scholarships and being able to recruit, but also facilities. Head Football Coach Mike Leonard said a lot of players want to see a nice big weight room along with a locker room with flat screen TVs, which hinders Franklin to a certain extent. “My take on that is when a player asks to see the locker room I’ll show him, but then I’ll tell him that when you go to your 25-year class reunion, the locker room isn’t something you’ll be talking about, it’s the people and good times you had at Franklin you’ll be remembering,” Leonard said. A big challenge for coaches at Franklin is recruiting large numbers of athletes. No matter the amount of recruits, they all go through the same application process and not all of them will be accepted. Even if they all do get accepted, then the athletes and their families have to look at the financial aid package
that is offered and decide whether they can manage the cost. Not only do coaches at Franklin have to compete with other private schools, but they also have to compete with public D3 schools as well. Public D3 schools are state-funded, which lowers the cost of tuition for athletes and gives the schools the advantage of having better facilities. Comparing total cost of tuition with room and board included, Franklin is $36,960, whereas the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is $21,151 for out-of-state students and is less for in-state students. “The thing that all coaches here at Franklin know is that no matter why athletes come to Franklin, one thing is known and that is that they are coming to play purely for the love of the game,” Leonard said.
sports Athletic director required to report to President Moseley By Megan Banta
Kerry Prather is close to the top of the Franklin College food chain in his role as athletic director. But as the head coach of the men’s basketball team, he’s just like the head of any other team on campus. As athletic director, Prather manages the college’s entire athletics program and reports directly to President James Moseley. Moseley said there is a “strong preference” in Division-III athletics for that direct line between the athletic director and college president. At least half of the schools in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference organize things that way, he said. And he said he thinks the arrangement has worked out “very well” for the school, largely because it more closely links the president to athletics. Prather gives Moseley what the president called a “formal” report – one detailing athletic outcomes, academic achievements by student-athletes and various other topics – on a regular basis. The two also sit down once every other week at Jazzman’s Café to talk about the college in general and athletics as a whole. They have a lot to talk about at those sessions. Prather’s job is hardly a small one. He manages personnel, budgeting, NCAA compliance and facilities for all of the college’s 21 sports.
He also makes sure there is a common set of goals, expectations and philosophies across the entire program – that there is a balance between academics and athletics and that, when the two collide, academics come first. Prather said his cardinal rule is one that makes his job much more manageable: “Don’t ever make a bad hire.” He said it’s best to have head coaches who are fully on board with the college’s “academics first” mindset and will allow student-athletes to be students who play sports, not athletes who go to school. And the college has been blessed to attract a “unique profile” of coaches who can do just that, Prather said. That includes his staff of assistant coaches on the men’s basketball team, who he said help immensely when life is “even more crazy” during regular season or times when his athletic director duties are particularly time consuming. He said Lance Marshall and Mary Helak, who serve as assistant athletic directors, are also a great asset when things get hectic. Prather said even though time can sometimes become an issue in having duties as both a head coach and athletic director, he’s never had an issue with conflict of interest. He said he’s very careful when it comes to the budgeting process.
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Kerry Prather, athletic director and head basketball coach, talks about his role as athletic director. “I think you have to be careful resource-wise,” he said. “You’re setting the tone for the entire department.” He also said his fulfillment of two roles isn’t unique. Of the 10 schools in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, he said, four have athletic directors who also coach a major sport. Moseley said that having the athletic director also be a coach is actually a good combination because part of the athletic director’s job is “to help coaches do well in their jobs.” Prather said he helps manage disputes and gives guidance and advice to coaches regularly. He gets calls and drop-ins from coaches multiple times every day, he said. But Prather said one thing he doesn’t do is micro-manage. He
coaches basketball in a separate role. He doesn’t coach any other sport. He doesn’t determine when students play or don’t play on other teams. He said on any sports team, including men’s basketball, decisions about that are made by the entire coaching staff. “That’s not a singular decision in any sport,” he said. What Prather does focus on as athletic director is what he said are the two main goals of Franklin’s athletic program: helping student-athletes get a good education and helping them develop as a player and have a team experience that will enhance their academic experience. And he and Moseley said they have a great deal of pride in what they’ve seen student-athletes achieve on both fronts.
Franklin men’s golf launches season with Defiance Invitational By Seth Morin
The Franklin College men’s golf team launched its spring season opener with a loss in the Defiance Invitational. The Grizzlies had a team score of 625 during the 36-hole event last Saturday and Sunday. Senior Griffen Brown, who tied for 13th place, led the Grizzlies. On both days he shot 77. Senior Will Reno and freshman Sam Pollack tied with a two-day score of 156. “I think, as a team, we performed pretty well considering
the difficult conditions,” Brown said. “It is good for us to get some rounds in on a course we will be playing for the conference championship later on this year.” Brown said the team needs to “focus on playing one shot at a time and keeping our emotions in check.” “I personally did not have my best showing,” junior Chris Arnold said. “The second day was like watching a horror film that you just want to be over.”
The team has shot lower scores before, so teammates believe there is room for improvement. “I think all the guys, including myself, just need to make smarter decisions when on the course,” Arnold said. “There were a few tee shots out there that needed to be strategically placed, and after hearing some reactions afterwards, we did not strategically place those tee shots. Our mental games could use some improvement.”
Franklin men’s golf plays again on Monday, April 21 at the EY Memorial Tournament at Ball State University.
1. Lloyd Hunter shared the story of one of Franklin Collegeâ€™s past presidentâ€™s service in the Civil War during a convocation lecture Wednesday.
2. The Franklin College baseball team lost two games to conference-leading Manchester. 3. The addition of athletics facilities, such as Grizzly Park, are part of a five stage renovation project. Freshman Cody Foster competes in track and field this spring.
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