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New science center to impact students, faculty QUINN FITZGERALD


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The college is moving forward with until the very last stage, which will construction on a new science center renovate the existing building. to replace Barnes Hall by the fall of But the science building project 2018. isn’t a new idea. The Franklin began The building was officially approved reporting on the project as part of at the Board of Trustees meeting on the college’s long-term master plan Oct. 7. An all-campus email announce- in 2014. ment about the center followed that In 2015, former president Jay evening. Moseley said the In the email, building’s conpresident Thomas struction would Minar, who called begin after the the quest for the college reached renovation a “top 75 to 80 percent priority” in his first of the fundraisState of the College ing goal. address, said the Once connew science center struction begins, will help Franklin he said, the colCollege compete lege would seek in new student out the rest of the recruitment, as well funding. as educate current D e i d r a students. Baumgardner, the – Steve Browder, biology professor “It is critical for college’s commuthe future of the colnications direclege that we move forward as quickly tor, and Gail Lowry, vice president of as possible on this project,” Minar development and alumni engagement, said in the email. “In collaboration both declined to provide an updated with our science faculty, the updated estimate of the building’s cost or issue facility design for this renovation and any fundraising details. expansion will fully support our vision “With design and planning aspects of learning science by doing science.” still ongoing, cost and size estimates Minar said the college plans to break are not yet finalized,” Baumgardner ground on the project May 2017 and said in a statement to The Franklaunch construction no later than June lin. “No one can provide those as of 2017. yet, but we hope to be able to provide If construction goes as planned, more details in the near future. We do Minar said science professors will start know we are grateful for the philanteaching in the new facility in the fall thropic support of the project to date of 2018. and will continue to engage additional The current construction plan leaves support.” Barnes Hall open and fully functional

We believe that one year of inconvenince will be outweighed by many years of benefits of having that new facility.”

Submitted by Deidra Baumgardner

Created in 2015, this rendering shows the plan for the Barnes Hall renovation. The changes, set to be completed by fall of 2018, will add more study spaces and move the psychology department from Old Main.

Steve Browder, biology professor and science department representative, said the original $25 million project goal has been “scaled back” since. “It’s my understanding that there was some kind of money we had raised and money that was going to be borrowed,” he said. “But no, we have not raised $25 million.” Sophomore Akia Hilderbrand, who is a biology major and chemistry minor, said Barnes Hall is in need of an upgrade. “Change is almost always necessary to keep things up-to-date, that way, as students, we can always excel and learn with the greatest potential,” Hilderbrand said. “I love Barnes, but it is honestly a little outdated.” Browder said the problems during the estimated timeline for the project will be worth it in the long run.

“We’re just going to have to make the best of it that we can,” he said. “We believe that one year of inconvenience will be outweighed by many years of benefits of having that new facility.” These benefits, according to Browder, extend beyond the department and the science majors since everyone has to eventually take a science class. One benefit is the addition of more open study spaces for students. “You’re going to see students studying that aren’t science majors [in the study spaces],” Browder said “Maybe people that have gone to the library before. This is going to open a new place to study.” In addition to study spaces, the psychology department will be moved to the science building—something Browder said will benefit those stuSee “Science” page 4


Past meets present at a local gravesite MATTHEW BROWN





10/28 White River Pumpkin Patch Not up for a farm trip? Journey to White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis to pick out a pumpkin for $3. The patch also has photo booth station, gaming area and specialty Halloween-themed bicycle rentals to ride along the canal. Admission is free. 10/28 - 10/30 Heartland Film Festival Catch some flicks during the final few days of Heartland, Indiana’s largest and longest-running film festival. Tickets are $9 at heartlandfilmfestival.org. 10/29 Día de los Muertos Celebration Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis. Admission to the event, including a special Day of the Dead exhibit and altar, is free.



Take a trip down Johnson County Road 400 and you’ll see the road split. Straight down the middle, the road divides to make room for a grave. The resting place belongs to Nancy Barnett, who died in 1831. During her lifetime, she was married, at the age of 14, to William Barnett. Legend has it, William Barnett was a distant relative of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Together, the Barnetts were married 23 years before Nancy died. When she passed away, her only wish was to be buried in one of her favorite places—a hill that overlooked Sugar Creek. Over time, that hill became a local road. Construction for that road began in the 1900s. In 1905, the past met the present. When workers started construction on the road in 1905, they came across Nancy Barnett’s headstone and, to their surprise, they also discovered a man guarding the grave with a shotgun. The man, named Daniel Doty, was Nancy’s grandson. Until the construction was finished, Doty guarded his grandmother’s grave to ensure her grave was safe, according to a WISHTV article. It’s said he camped out and shouted, “Over my dead body!” when the workers first arrived. To ease the tension, they built the road around her grave. In 1912, the grave was given a historic Indiana

marker. And all was quiet—until recently, when the road needed to be repaired. Throughout the years, the road around Nancy’s grave had been beaten by cars and rubble. A plan was created to refurbish the road, including digging deeper into the ground. And to the construction workers’ surprise while repairing the road, seven additional bodies were found around Nancy’s grave this past summer. Luke Mastin, the Johnson County highway director, said finding a solution that worked for road safety and the importance of the bodies was difficult. “We worked with the family [of the bodies], the museum and the community,” Mastin said. “We wanted to make sure everyone had input and had an idea of what it would be like moving forward.” Little is known about the bodies other than that they belong to a man, two women and four children, according to an Indianapolis Star article. An archeology team from the University of Indianapolis came to excavate them and decided not to do DNA testing on the bodies. When the newly discovered bodies and Nancy Barnett were buried, they were put in new coffins that were made to look like they were made in the 1850s. David Pfeiffer, Johnson County Museum director, said the museum helped the team with historical infor-

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Nancy Barnett’s grave sits in the middle of Johnson County Road 400 in Amity, Indiana, south of Franklin. Barnett died in 1831 but wanted to be buried on her favorite hill, which later became a road in 1905.

mation once the bodies were discovered. “The museum helped with coordinating efforts and providing historical background,” Pfeiffer said. “The family created new coffins, and the museum paid for them.” Pfeiffer also said that, due to this discovery, the museum will be adding a new piece over the grave in the road. Along with the original historic marker, there will be a new marker, pictures from the excavation process, and the original headstone placed on the site. There has not been a set date yet for when this new site will be completed.

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“When I was in third grade, I was obsessed with Spiderman. Even before Halloween, I had worn my Spiderman costume for months. I would not take it off. I was just learning to answer the phone. One time the phone rang, and I answered it, and I said, ‘This is Spiderman.’ The person just hung up.”



“I went as a ‘cereal killer’ for Halloween one year. I put cereal boxes on my shirt and had a mask and a knife. It was hilarious.”

“My brother James and I would always dress up for Halloween, and we’d go to the zoo and go trick-or-treating. I remember, one year, I was dressed up as Jasmine from ‘Aladdin,’ and there was another person handing out candy that was dressed up as Jasmine.”

Fraternity haunted house switches philanthropies LAURA OLIVO maria.olivo@franklincollege.edu

The ghostly whispers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s haunted house will be heard around campus tonight. Brody Perrine, senior and SAE fraternity president, said the goal of the haunted house this year is to increase Greek community involvement. “We want to keep [the setup of the haunted house] within our brotherhood,” Perrine said. “I can tell you it’s going to be a different layout than last year. Most people will be amazed at what we can do in our house.” Senior Bryce Woodall is a member of SAE and is in charge of coordinating the event. This year, the fraternity is hoping more than 50 community members will attend the haunted house. “I think [people from the community] should come and donate to the cause,” Woodall said. “I don’t know of any other haunted house around the community, and there aren’t many other community events, other than trick or treating. It will be a good time on a Friday night.” Ian Mullen, an SAE member who graduated from Franklin College last year, started publicizing the event to the city of Franklin in 2014 through KORN 100.3, the city’s country radio

station. Sophomore Jackson Hughes, a philanthropy co-chair for the fraternity, was in charge of finding a new cause to donate to this year. Originally, the fraternity donated funds raised by the haunted house to Wounded Warrior Project, a veteran service organization. But in March, two top Wounded Warrior Project executives were fired for how they spent more than $800 million in donations over the last four years, according to a Fox News article. Hughes decided to donate to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association this year. “Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as a whole, brothers have been involved in military, and to find a charity supporting veterans was my goal,” Hughes said. The fundraiser engages all 44 fraternity brothers. Most will dress up and hide within the house. Others will be outside welcoming their guests. “It’s really cool to see, and it’s something all guys get excited about,” Hughes said. “It’s a unity event for us because we’re able to bond over something that really does help society and gets the entire community involved.” Last year, the event raised $1,250.


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Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosts its annual haunted house tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. All funds raised will support the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association.

Perrine, the fraternity’s president, said the goal this year is to raise $2,000. The haunted house is today from 8 p.m. to midnight at the SAE house. Admission is $4. SAE will also be accepting donations in front of the house if an individual doesn’t want to go inside.

Bigfoot organization stories touch Johnson County MARISSA HENDRICKSON marissa.hendrickson@franklincollege.edu

LeRoy Nail, the head of Indiana Bigfoot Research Organization, will be the first to say he doubted the existence Bigfoot creatures in the beginning. But that doubt, he said, was quickly proved wrong when he first got involved in the organization. Now, Nail is a full believer that the furry beast has roamed forests all over the world—including Indiana. Nail said there have been reported accounts in over 46 counties in Indiana. He claims there was a sighting in Johnson County as recently as 2002. Nail said that, even though some people will make fun of what he believes, those people continue to ask questions and want to know more. “I tell people all the time, they can laugh and not believe what we do, but some of them will believe and may contact us,” he said. One of the main points skeptics bring up about Bigfoot creatures, Nail said, is what happens to their bodies.

“We are dealing with something highly intelligent,” he said. “We don’t know exactly what happens, but there are theories that they could bury each other just like we do.” Nail said this theory makes sense because his organization seldom finds just one creature—they usually travel in packs of three. The Indiana Bigfoot Research Organization meets twice a year, in the fall and spring. During these meetings, the members sit around and tell others about their experiences. The researchers have outings throughout the year across the state. Just this month, the organization went out in Brown County. “Like usual, we had some great experiences and recorded some great vocals calls,” Nail said. He said Bigfoot sightings aren’t like the popular “Finding Bigfoot” TV show on Animal Planet.

Instead, the team goes into the woods at night and then sits and waits to see if anything comes around. “They have to feel safe—that means dark and quiet,” Nail said. “We use a few different tricks to bring them in.” Nail said he’s often asked if he’s scared of the creature. His answer is always no. “Not here in Indiana,” he said. “Maybe in the more remote areas. In Indiana, they share the area and aren’t as territorial. Technically, we are in their house.” Nail admits his organization doesn’t know everything about the beast, but said that’s why they continue to go out and search. Those interested in learning more about the Indiana Bigfoot Research Organization can visit their website, indianabigfootresearchorganization. org.


CJ’s Consignments is closing its doors after eight years of business. The businesses had two separate locations, one selling clothing items and the other selling furniture. Both of the storefronts were located on Jefferson Street in downtown Franklin. Owners Connie Carson and Shannon Hicks cited an inability to secure a long-term lease in a relocated building as a reason for closing, according to a news release. Because of the road work that has partially closed Jefferson Street, the owners said moving back to their previous location wasn’t a “good financial decision.” Consignors at both locations who have an account balance must collect their money during regular business hours between now and tomorrow, the official closing date.

INDIANA JOURNALISTS, AUTHORS TO SPEAK THURSDAY The college will host writers Tom and Kelley French next week. The two Indiana-based creative writers will present readings, hold a question and answer session and sign books during their visit. Tom and Kelley French’s book about their daughter Juniper’s birth at 23 weeks old, titled “Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon,” was released last month. It begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Richardson Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

CITY ADDING NEW PARKING LOT DOWNTOWN A new parking lot will soon be added just south of downtown Franklin. The property, located at the northeast corner of Wayne and Main streets, will be paved and will be used for parking, especially during events in downtown Franklin, according to a recent Daily Journal article. The city purchased the land from the Johnson County Public Library for $7,000 in 2009.


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Interstate construction expected to finish June 2017 SHELBY MULLIS shelby.mullis@franklincollege.edu

Orange barrels and flashing caution signs are no new sight to Hoosier commuters, and they’re not disappearing anytime soon. The construction on Interstate-65, stretching from Greenwood’s Main Street exit to the Franklin exit at State Road 44, is one of several projects included in the state’s Major Moves 2020 project, proposed by Gov. Mike Pence. In 2014, the state legislature appropriated $400 million for the construction and widening of heavily traveled, four-lane interstates across the state of Indiana. “Our infrastructure makes Indiana a national transportation hub and a global distribution powerhouse, and it is one of the reasons Indiana continues to be recognized as a great place to do business,” Pence said in a statement. Projects currently under construction through the Major Moves 2020 initiative include the following: • I-65 between State Road 44 near Franklin and the Johnson/Marion

county line • I-65 from State Road 38 to State Road 26 near Lafayette in Tippecanoe County • I-65 between Sellersburg and Memphis in Clark County • I-69 between Fishers and Pendleton in Hamilton and Madison counties Harry Maginity, Southeast Indiana Department of Transportation’s media relations director, said the current project affecting the Franklin area is an $84 million construction effort stretching 11 miles. Despite being called an “added travel lanes” project, Maginity said what most commuters do not understand is the construction involves rebuilding the entire width of the highway—not just adding a fresh, new lane. In 2015, contractors focused on completing a three-mile midsection within the 11-mile stretch. Maginity said the plan is to have almost all the work completed by the end of November, but crews will return in May to complete a final surface coat on the south stretch of the

project, expanding from Whiteland Road to State Road 44. The final coat must be laid during a certain temperature environment due to its sensitivity to temperatures below 50 degrees. He compared the road construction process to that of building a house. Matt Thomas | The Franklin “You have a contrac- Travelers of Interstate-65 deal with construction on a regular basis. This tor,” Maginity said. “You construction won’t be complete until June of 2017. give them a punch list of “Obey the speed limit the state police things our inspectors and project engineers look at, and we are enforcing,” Maginity said. “They’re give them a punch list of items that writing tickets, which seems like the only way to slow traffic down is to write need to be fixed up in the pre-final.” But it doesn’t end there. After several a whole lot of tickets. Some people are inspections, INDOT can officially wrap not too sympathetic with our workers up their construction efforts and re- working out alongside the road.” The project is expected to be commove all signs cautioning drivers. pleted during the summer of 2017. Until all construction is complete, For information regarding road cloINDOT urges interstate commuters to follow the speed limit signs, pay atten- sures, detours and future projects, tion to traffic shifts and put down the visit in.gov/indot and click the Major Moves 2020 tab. cell phone.

Bixler said the website is one of the big things employers look at when vetting a job candidate. He said it’s important for students to not only have a profile but to keep it updated and completed with information. “These days, what employers are doing is they also look for some supplemental information off of the LinkedIn account,” Bixler said. “What employers are looking for is just to make sure that students don’t have anything that could be problematic out on their social media.” Bixler also said many people, not just students, do not understand that what you post, comment or tag will last

forever, even if you delete it. “My rule of thumb would be: Don’t put anything on any social media page you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see,” he said. Sophomore Marie Ostendorf said that if she was an employer looking at a possible employee’s social media page, some red flags she would look for are disrespectful language and illegal substances. Ostendorf said she keeps her social media related to political and art topics she’s interested in. “So I don’t really post anything super personal,” she said. Senior Jeffrey Stanton, who is on the football team, said he keeps his

social media clean, not just for future employers, but for his athletic career at the college. “As a football player, they require us to have our social media protected, so that our personal thoughts are not really spewed out to the public as being words of the Franklin College football team,” Stanton said. “I think it’s good that they offer the private eye in your account so that you can keep what you say hidden at certain times. Because there are lines between what you say as a professional and what you say as an individual.”

“When I was on sabbatical four years ago, I visited a lot of schools that were building new science buildings because I knew we were planning on doing this,” Browder said. “Almost all of them said if you build a new science building or renovate and expand— which is what we’re doing—you can re-

ally expect to see an increased enrollment in sciences. I think that you need to continue to recruit good students to have a good program, and facilities are important in student recruitment.” The Barnes Hall renovation and new construction is the second phase of the college’s long-term plan to update

campus. The construction follows the first phase of the plan, which included the addition of Grizzly Park, a collection of running trails, practice fields and tennis courts—a $6 million project— in 2008.

Social media posts can lead to lost job opportunities

MATTHEW BROWN matthew.brown@franklincollege.edu

Every second, of every minute, of every day and of every year, social media is growing. Although social media has a lot of helpful tools and brings new connections, what gets posted can make or break a potential job opportunity. Trying to clean up your social media is problematic, but one sight helps with dealing with what you want employers to focus on. One platform that can spread social media positivity is LinkedIn, a professional network that students should have, said Kirk Bixler, assistant dean of students and career services director. SCIENCE continued from page 1

dents and Old Main, too, because it will free up space in the building. Although it will have an impact on learning for science students, Browder agrees with Minar’s statement, saying the biggest impact of the science center will come when recruiting new Franklin College students.


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County library card has digital, community discounts ASHLEY SHULER


The library isn’t just for books. Besides checking out traditional items like paperbacks and magazines, the Johnson County Public Library has unique digital and community offerings. For free. County library card holders have access to digital content, including Zinio for magazines and OneClickDigital for audiobooks. The network also gives cardholders subscriptions to Cloud Library for e-books and Hoopla for audiobooks, e-books, music, movies, TV shows, comics and more. Sarah Taylor, who manages the Franklin branch, said the purpose of the digital library is to give cardholders more offerings anywhere, anytime. Most of what’s found on the apps can’t be found at the Hamilton Library for Franklin College students. “A lot of what you get with these apps are more for entertainment purposes,” Taylor said. “If you’re looking for the latest bestsellers or if you want to listen to a new CD that just came out, you can stream it right from your device without having to purchase it or any other subscriptions.” Taylor said that if school is anything like when she was in college, students are on a budget. “You only have a certain amount to work with,” she said. “With your li-

brary card, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on books or anything like that.” The Franklin branch—located at 401 State St., a five-minute walk from the Johnson Center of Fine Arts—also does interlibrary loans. “So if there’s something you really wanted to read, we could find it for you,” Taylor said. To figure out how much you’d be saving with a library card, visit ilovelibraries.org for a calculator. In addition to browsing thousands of items online, library card holders can check out family passes to get into Indiana State Parks or the Indiana State Museum. The passes are good for a week before having to be returned. This September was also the first year for the Johnson County library system’s “Play Your Card Right” program. The program was for Library Card Sign Up Month and gave cardholders discounts at area businesses just for flashing their cards. Although most of the discounts ended in September, some discounts are available until the end of the year on Dec. 31, 2016: • Hops and Fire. 1259 N. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. Free dessert with purchase of an entree. • Nails by Whitney at Walt’s Barber Shop. 105 S. Madison Ave., Green-

wood. 10 percent off nail services. • Nora’s Knotty Pine Grill. 524 E. Old Plank Rd., Bargersville. 10 percent off cardholder’s order. • Pizza King. 520 State Road N. 135, Suite S, Greenwood. Free drink with purchase of entree. • Selective Seconds. 1140 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. $5 off $25 purchase. • Silver Fern Day Spa. 2555 Fairview Place, Greenwood. 20 percent off a regular-priced massage. There are two ways for Franklin College faculty, staff and students to get a Johnson County library card. The first option is to walk into the Franklin branch with a photo ID with a Johnson County address. If the address is not in Johnson County, the individual has to have some piece of mail with their school address to confirm their residence at Franklin College. The second option is to apply online at pageafterpage.org by clicking “get a library card” under the “visit the library” tab. Once the online application is done, individuals can pick up the card at the branch with photo identification (like a college ID) and a proof of address. You can also have the card mailed, which doesn’t require identification or proof of address.

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Johnson County Public Library cards give exclusive access to a variety of digital content and community offers to cardholders. To apply for a card, visit the Frankin branch or go online to pageafterpage.org.

Taylor said library cards given to Franklin College students expire every year. Students must go into the library each year and confirm they are still attending. “I would love to have the students in more often,” Taylor said. “And letting us know if there are certain events or things they would like to have at the library and build up that relationship.”

A day in the life of an academic adviser: Meredith Clark-Wiltz LAURA OLIVO


At Franklin College, Meredith ClarkWiltz, assistant professor of history and head of women studies, performs two jobs. Her first role is to teach classes, grade homework and perform other educator duties. Her additional role is that of an adviser. She helps students choose the correct classes needed for graduation, get internships, address grade concerns and guide any other aspect of a student’s education. Clark-Wiltz said balancing both duties can be interesting. “There are different demands, and there is a different series of events that are different schedules,” she said. “There can be some divide of interest for both students and faculty. There’s no better way to [split teaching and advising], but there are some times competing pressures in the scheduling.”

According to Katie Wehner, assistant dean for academic services, professors have to meet certain requirements before they become an adviser. All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members are required to serve as academic advisers and begin doing so during their second year at Franklin College. Academic advisers are required to complete new adviser training, which introduces them to the Franklin College advising program philosophy and goals and to our printed and online advising resources. Clark-Wiltz said she also had to meet with the chair of her department to learn about the specific aspects of the major and curriculum. Wehner also said faculty members from academic affairs and other non-tenured faculty members can help with academic advising.

However, these faculty members are not required to fulfill academic advising—their help is voluntary. In her first year at the school, ClarkWiltz helped with some advising, but she has been an official academic adviser for five years. The number of meetings she completes per semester with her advisees depends on their academic status. She said freshmen tend to need a little more help with academic planning and support, sophomores and juniors tend to need more help with internships and seniors tend to seek help with careers and life after graduation. “There is no set number [of meetings] per week, but certain times are heavier than others,” Clark-Wiltz said. “But, my door is always open and they always know they can schedule an appointment or drop by [during] office hours.” @THEFRANKLINNEWS

Clark-Wiltz finds academic advising to be a rewarding aspect of her career. “It’s helping students to be the best that they are able to, and to achieve excellence,” Clark-Wiltz said. “Really, in their field of study, but also in figuring out their place in the world more generally than just their career.” At the end of every academic year, advisees can evaluate their adviser with a 10-question evaluation. According to Wehner, advisers will use these evaluations in their portfolios and can be used for promotions. Clark-Wiltz wants everyone to know advising isn’t reserved solely to the adviser’s advisees. “To see us as a resource, as a faculty and staff that can be helpful even if we’re not in class with you,” ClarkWiltz said. “They should take advantage of us as a resource to them.”


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queen Actress takes on big roles in theater department

If you can’t find Kiera Shackelford working in the bookstore or giving campus tours to prospective students, you know where to find her: on stage in Theatre Margot. The junior music major and theater and psychology minor spends so much time in the theater because she’s had a role in every production since she came to the college in the fall of 2014. But her acting experience is not limited to the 10 Franklin College productions she’s been in for the past two years. She’s held a role in more than 20 plays since she started acting in seventh grade, including ones in the Theatre Margot, at Merrillville High School and in the community theater in Merrillville, Indiana. Shackelford said she wouldn’t know what to do with herself if she wasn’t acting. “Acting is really what I want to do with my life,” she said. “I feel like I would feel weird if I wasn’t doing something on stage. I wouldn’t know what to do during my time.” When her acting career began, Shackelford had no intentions of making a career of it. Her middle and high school best friend, Toni Smith, encouraged her to be in a production, and Shackelford was reluctant to agree. “I thought that I wasn’t going to be good at it, but I thought, ‘Whatever, I’ll try it,’” she said. “And I did it, and I fell in love with it.” Smith passed away last year, and Shackelford said she considers her to be the biggest inspiration in her acting career.


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“I continue it for her,” she said. “If I could at least perform on Broadway once, I would feel like I accomplished something.” Shackelford has already attempted to make it big. Last spring, she auditioned for the musical “Hamilton” in New York City. Although she didn’t nab a role, Shackelford said the experience was worth it. “When I finally did sing, the guy said that I did really great,” she said. “It definitely was a confidence booster, and I had a lot of fun going there.” Shackelford said the other actors auditioning for “Hamilton” were surprisingly welcoming to her. “I was expecting it to be a lot of people who were like, ‘Oh, we know everything. We’ve been in New York,’” she said. “But everybody was super nice. We all warmed up together, and we were singing together. It was a nice cool vibe. We were all supportive of each other.” This camaraderie is evident within Franklin’s theater department, as well. “Everybody is super close in the theater department,” Shackelford said. “Even with the professors. We’re on a first name basis with them. You don’t get that everywhere, so that’s super cool. My best friends are in my theater family.” Shackelford said her favorite performance was in her role as Cinderella for a high school production. “Obviously, I’m not the typical looking Cinderella. I’m not the blond hair, blue-eyed Cinderella,” she said. “But kids would come up to me and truly believe that I was Cinderella. That was my moment


where I was like, ‘I actually want to do this.’ I just like that I’m making people happy by doing something that I’m enjoying.” After graduation, Shackelford said she hopes to start auditioning for roles in Chicago, which is near her hometown. She also has dreams of being a music therapist. “Right now, I’m kind of just going with the flow and seeing how my life is,” she said. “I’m not quite sure where I want to go yet with life.” For now, Shackelford said she will continue auditioning for every production at the college. “I’m just going to keep on chugging,” she said. “Even if I’m not in a show, I’ll probably be stage manager or something and still be involved somehow, just because I love being in theater.”

“If I could at least perform on Broadway once, I would feel like I accomplished something.” Kiera Shackelford, junior





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Culture costumes: Offensive or not?


EDITORIAL With Halloween quickly approaching, many people are finalizing their costume plans. And while the usual witches and ghouls will be out and about on Halloween night, many other costumes will be making appearances— costumes that many people may find offensive and inappropriate. Over the last few years, dressing as another culture has become increasingly popular. Many people see this as cultural appropriation, or “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. This awareness of cultural appropriation entered the public eye through a poster campaign established by Ohio University in 2011. They

created a series of posters showing wearing a traditional ghutra, with a pictures of stereotypical costumes held bomb strapped to his chest. These by people from each respective culture posters are a way of telling people that with the caption, “This is not who I am what they dress as on Halloween can and this is not be offensive to okay.” those from that OUR POSITION The posters culture. depict a Since the The majority of the opinion Hispanic posters went s t u d e n t viral in 2011, staff believes that a person’s holding a several colleges intention determines whether photo of the and universities, M e x i c a n including or not a costume is offensive. d o n k e y F r a n k l i n costume, an College, have Asian student displayed the with an image posters during of a Geisha, an African American the Halloween season to encourage student showing a photo of someone students to stray away from dressing in blackface and a Muslim student as a culture. holding an image of a white man However, some people do not see a


“I personally think it’s silly because I would not wear a costume to set out to hurt anyone’s feelings purposely. We should be able to dress however we want.”

“There’s a line you just cannot cross when thinking of your costume.”

Shelby Springer, junior


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The editorial board represents the opinion of The Franklin and its staff members. Opinion editor Christina Ramey moderates the board and its members, including Brittney Corum, Marissa Hendrickson, and Ashley Steeb. Leigh Durphey, the executive editor, sits on the board. If you have an issue you would like the board to cover, email christina.ramey@franklincollege.edu.

We asked Franklin College students on Twitter: Do you think dressing as another culture for Halloween is offensive?

Depends on intention


Josh McDonald, senior



Madyson Elmore, junior

“I think people are offended anyway. Like people are offended by anything these days.”

problem with these costumes. While their argument may be that their intent is not to offend people, they also may not understand the impact their costume leaves on another person. Either way, whether you find it offensive or not, people should be conscious of what they choose to dress up as for Halloween. If you think that your costume may cause controversy, then you may need to rethink it.

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How to make simple and affordable costumes | Favorite Halloween movies | Terror of clowns

How to celebrate Halloween on a budget

ASHLEY STEEB ashley.steeb@franklincollege.edu

CHRISTINA RAMEY christina.ramey@franklincollege.edu

Halloween is a great time of the year. It’s the only time it’s socially acceptable to eat an entire bag of candy in one night. It is also the only day people won’t look at you strange for dressing like a pirate. Halloween costumes don’t have to be expensive. Sometimes it is even more fun to make your own costume than to buy one. Here are a few of ideas for costumes on a college student budget:

4) Any Harry Potter character Wear a long black robe, a white button up shirt with a red tie and black pants.

1) Supergirl/Superman Wear a red skirt or pants, a blue shirt with the Superman or Supergirl logo and buy a generic red cape at Walmart.

6) Nerd Throw on a warm flannel and tuck it into your cuffed jeans. Add suspenders and big glasses for bonus points.

2) Batman/Batgirl Wear black pants, a black shirt with the Batman or Batgirl logo and buy a generic black cape at Walmart.

Everything mentioned above can be purchased at Goodwill or Walmart or be borrowed from a friend or family member. The important part is to have fun and not worry about how expensive your costume appears. This Halloween, you can find me dressed as Batgirl.

3) Athlete Wear your favorite jersey and carry a piece of athletic equipment that matches the team.

5) ‘50s era character Male: Wear a white shirt, cuff your jeans, grease your hair back and wear a pair of Converse. Female: Wear black leggings, black flats, a black or pink scarf around your neck and plain pink shirt or a pink jacket over a black shirt.

Clowns. I hate them. Even typing the word makes me uneasy as I glance nervously around. I’ve had a phobia of clowns since I accidently stumbled upon the movie “It” as a young child. It scared me for life. I was petrified after watching that movie and will do anything to avoid clowns. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter because I don’t have to deal with clowns in my everyday life. But when it comes close to Halloween, there’s no getting around them. Especially this Halloween with people dressing up as clowns, harming people. Since this craze started, I have found myself on edge whenever I have to walk across campus alone at night. Thankfully, our campus is small so it doesn’t take me very long to get back to my room. Still, the short walk has me clutching my keys just a little tighter and keeping my phone in hand in case I have to

Clown phobias cause serious Halloween issues call anyone. Phobias are hard to live with. They can get so bad that they make it nearly impossible for a person to complete things in their everyday life. People with clown phobias are finding it harder to deal with this year because of the “killer clowns” waiting in the dark. Some people can be so afraid of the clowns that it causes them to be afraid to go outside. People are taking this thing way too far. I understand that dressing up as a clown for Halloween is common. I can prepare myself for that. What I can’t prepare myself for is having random people standing around the entire month of October in clown costumes with the threats of kidnapping and murder. It’s torture. Please be mindful of people in your life that may have phobias and if you can, avoid dressing up as those things for Halloween—especially clowns because they’re scary.


1) My Bloody Valentine I’m going to be honest and tell you the only reason I ever watched this movie was because Jensen Ackles plays the lead character. Still, it’s one of my favorite movies because it tries so hard to be a quality, scary movie, but just ends up failing. 2) Friday The 13th This has always been one of my favorites. As a kid, I would always watch this on Halloween night. My favorite version is the 2009 movie, which stars Jared Padalecki—one of my favorite actors.

3) The Woman in Black (2012) I enjoy this movie a lot. It features multiple jump scares and follows a good plotline.


1) Phantom of the Megaplex It’s not officially Halloween until I watch this movie. It’s a cheesy Disney Channel Movie, but I loved the movie’s mystery—and the main actor. 2) Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide I loved this show, but the Halloween episode is golden. It’s a cheesy version of vampire shows, but who says Halloween can’t be funny?

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3) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow To be honest, I like the actual story better than the movie, but it’s a tradition. I remember feeling so cool knowing about the Headless Horseman.

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas This is a Tim Burton movie that has a very interesting soundtrack. It tells the story of how it is okay to be yourself.


3) Hocus Pocus It’s the typical story: an unnoticed kid has a crush on the popular girl, but it changes when he decides to light a candle summoning dead witches that eat children’s souls to stay young forever. Now we have a whole movie where the boy, dream girl, the boy’s little sister and a talking cat are running away from the witches and trying to save Halloween.

1) It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown This movie is an old classic and family-favorite. It may not be as good as “It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown,” but it still has those characters I know and love. The cute moments shared between Lucy and Linus in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin are my favorite.



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Volleyball looks to end season on positive note MEGAN POWELL megan.powell@franklincollege.edu



Go Cubs Go

This is no trick, but a treat all Chicago Cub fans have been waiting for nearly a century: The Chicago Cubs have not been in the World Series for the first time in 71 years. The last time the Cubs were victorious in a World Series was back in 1908 against the Detroit Tigers. Now, they face the Cleveland Indians. But Cubs fans will remember Oct. 22, 2016, for years to come. Why? That’s the day when Cubs fans across the country, and even in heaven, could say once again, “Our Cubbies did it. We’re not going to wait until next year.” Being a lifelong Cubs fan, I’ve waited for this day since my grandpa introduced me to America’s favorite past time. Unfortunately, he is unable to see this day, but my dad and I have texted each other in between innings more than ever. But when I opened a text from my dad on Monday morning that read, “Schwarbs is flying to Cleveland,” I’ll admit I had to reread it at least two or three times. Kyle Schwarber. I mean, geez! He suffered a torn ACL and LCL on April 7 and here he is at bat for the Cubs in late October—swinging at bat as if nothing happened. The fact that he practiced under the radar for this moment and then he gets a double for his first hit of the season. As manager Joe Madden says, “He’s a different cat.” Now, I know they suffered a hard loss in Game 1, given the fact Cleveland has a great pitcher in Cory Kluber. In Game 2, Jake (not from State Farm) Arrieta came pitching and my Cubbies came swinging to post a 5-1 win against the Indians. Who knows, maybe the doctor who repaired Schwarber’s knee will throw the first pitch at home tonight. He deserves the honor.


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After a tough loss Wednesday night to Spalding University (25-23, 20-25, 2624, 28-26) in a non-conference match, the Franklin College women’s volleyball team looks forward to this weekend’s final set of games. “This season we lost a lot of seniors from last year that really had big impacts on the team, but we gained a lot of freshmen and we really needed them to step up in their roles and they definitely have,” sophomore Libby Stahl said. “Watching them do that and watching them grow over the season has really been wonderful.” During Wednesday’s game, freshman Nico Morris led the Grizzlies with 21 assists and three serving aces. In addition, freshman Kennedy Surface registered eight kills on the night, while freshman Jenna Spini chipped in seven of her own. “[College] was a big adjustment, but definitely having the team support and the coaches’ support all season long has really helped get us through the season and really just the year, in general,” Spini said. “We’re one big family on the team—if we mess up, someone will always be there to support us, whether academic or any other aspect of college, so that’s really beneficial to us freshmen.”

Stahl hit a record teamhigh of 25 digs, while junior Carrigan Peak had 10 digs. Morris added nine digs, while seniors Sarah Labra and Ashley Bazier each had eight digs during the match. “There were a lot of changes to be made just because the line-up was going to be so different from last year,” Stahl said. “I think the beginning was a little rough, but now we Megan Powell l The Franklin really got our groove and I’m sad that the season is almost Senior Ashley Bazier and junior Lauren Harmon get ready for the over because I think if we had serve during a practice early in the season. Seniors Dena Dunn and just a couple more weeks we Bazier will be honored before the Saturday’s first match. could really do some great better as a team, according to Stahl. things.” Prior to the 1 p.m. match against DeThe Grizzzlies will conclude their 2016 season this weekend with two fiance College, there will be a program home matches in the Spurlock Center. to honor seniors Dena Dunn and Ba“I’m excited to see how we go next zier during the team’s annual Senior year because I think this year, it wasn’t Day. “It’s the seniors’ last matches, so do disappointing by any means. We did some really great things,” Stahl said. it for them, support them. You know “We really hung in there with Hanover they’ve dedicated so much time in and Bluffton and it could have gone their careers that we owe it to them,” a completely different way. We had Spini said, encouraging fans to come out and support the team tomorrow. some really, really good moments.” After the team’s final Heartland When looking toward the spring season, the time will be used for improv- Collegiate Athletic Conference game, ing on the fundamentals and working Franklin will also host Kenyon College

Swim teams prepare to challenge conference competitor ASHLEY STEEB ashley.steeb@franklincollege.edu

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are gearing up to face Manchester University, a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference competitor, at home this Saturday. The meet comes two weeks after the teams’ previous meet was cancelled at the Illinois Institute of Technology, which created more time to prepare for tomorrow’s matchup. “I think we’ve had our best start in the history of our program,” said Andrew Hendricks, head swimming and diving coach. “This year, we’ve been faster. We’ve been improving every week in practice.” After the debut of both the men and women programs at the Indiana Division III Invitational, held at Wabash College on Oct. 15, the men finished



fourth out of six teams while the women took home second out of five teams. Hendricks said both swim teams are poised to win tomorrow’s competition. Manchester is still building their team this season, according to Hendricks. Junior Hannah Bennett and senior Matthew Western are both confident in the Grizzlies’ performance. “As a team, we are expecting easy wins for both the men and women, with some good races coming from both sides,” Western said. Hendricks expects the teams to take advantage of this Saturday’s competition as a time to focus on any areas of their swimming that needs improvement Saturday’s competition marks the first home meet of the season. With the cancellation of the Oct. 22 meet, swim-

mers used the extra time for practice and rest for tomorrow’s meet at Franklin Community Middle School. “I don’t think there is a higher stress level to do well at home,” Bennett said. “We always bring our ‘A’ game to meets, whether they be home or away. We want to swim our fastest times and do the best we can do individually, and as a team.” The main goal for both teams is to continue growing competitively and to see competitions as an opportunity to become better competitors. “Overall, we want to continue our success, pushing towards another championship for the men and striving for the first championship for the women,” Western said. “We are also working towards going to nationals, individually and as a team, as well.”


Love of game goes beyond the field

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t the age of three, junior Mason Krupa’s parents registered their youngest son in a local soccer league. And since the first day he stepped on the field, Krupa’s love for the sport has remained—nearly 20 years simply because he “loved it and kept wanting to play.” Being the youngest child of three, Krupa found soccer not only enjoyable—a time to gain new friends—but also as a time to connect with family. “My brother played soccer, so I guess that’s why I got into soccer as well,” he said. The love of the game is what kept the Pike High School alumnus interested in the sport enough to continue his career in college. Since his sophomore year of high school, Krupa said he

knew he wanted to play in college. He even started looking at a variety of colleges and universities during his sophomore year. “I wanted to take it up a notch,” Krupa said. “Just compete at the next level and just be a part of something bigger.” On Krupa’s journey to become a Grizzly, the campus setting served as the decision maker. “I like the small school feel and just knowing that I could come in and make an immediate impact on the team,” Krupa said. Now standing at 6 feet and 2 inches, the junior middle fielder is a seasoned collegiate soccer player who attributes much of his success to his early days of playing in travel leagues. The leagues took him and his teammates across the country, even to Disney World.

To this day, Krupa continues to connect with former teammates. Some connections are so close that he sees them on the field, only this time they are wearing the opposing team’s jersey. “I am still friends with a lot of those guys today,” he said. “Like [Wednesday, I played] against two of my club teammates at Rose-Hulman.” Throughout his overall soccer career, Krupa said the greatest reward from the sport is the team camaraderie. As the team’s season starts to unwind, players will have a chance to allow their bodies to heal after a long preseason and regular season play. In a game against Mount St. Joseph College on Oct. 15, Krupa suffered an injury that left one of his hips bruised. Yet, through the pain, he still had the dedication to the sport and teammates @THEFRANKLINNEWS

to push through the pain and play. “The doctor said it could not get any worse by playing on it, so he gave me medicine,” Krupa said. “I knew it was going to hurt, but I knew it was going to be tolerable so I just kept playing.” Krupa’s injury this season was his first major injury in his entire soccer career. Last year, Krupa earned honorable mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors, started all but one game, and posted 12 shots on the season—one of those including a career-high of four shots against Defiance College. The team will finish out the season with their final game tomorrow on the road at Anderson University at 3:30 p.m.


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What are you going to do on Halloween? “I will go home and trick-or-treat with my parents.”

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