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“ WHO MAKES THE FRANKLIN? Executive editor Ashley Shuler

Brandon Barger Reporter “Interning with Johnson County 4-H.”

Taylor Brown Reporter “Hiking and eating too much ice cream.”

Leigh Durphey Copy chief “Prepping my future classroom.”

Quinn Fitzgerald Lead reporter “Playing violin in my cousin’s wedding.”

Opinion editor Christina Ramey News editor Shelby Mullis Sports editor Erica Irish

Nicole Hernandez Web editor “Taking lots of photos.”

Chaz Hill Columnist “Preparing for the Griz football season.”

Erica Irish Sports editor “Finishing my to-be-read list.”

Jada Jones Reporter “Getting a tan, even if it’ll never happen.”

Copy chief Leigh Durphey Photo editor Zoie Richey Web editor Nicole Hernandez

Emily Ketterer Reporter, photographer “Going to Texas.”

Thomas Maxwell Photographer “Packing my stuff to move to Japan.”

Jessie McClain Reporter “Balancing work and travel.”

Shelby Mullis News editor “Planning my wedding.”

Advertising manager Matt Thomas Publisher John Krull Adviser Ryan Gunterman

Christina Ramey Opinion editor “Moving.”

Zoie Richey Photo editor “Being in two weddings.”

Ashley Shuler Executive editor “Having picnics.”

Matt Thomas Advertising manager “Making that money in the Salesforce Tower.”

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GETTING IT RIGHT // APRIL 20 ISSUE On page 15, Stephen Fisher was superintendent of Clarksville Community Schools until 2009, when he resigned and worked at New Castle Community Schools. For the complete story, visit

BIXLER: JOB MARKET LOOKS PROMISING FOR GRADUATES College keeps steady employment, graduate school rate EMILY KETTERER | STORY

Center for Professional Development. The class of 2018 can expect to see a strong Senior Christian Sullivan has accepted a job market after leaving Franklin College May 19. position as a sales associate for State Farm Insurance. He learned of the job at a career Kirk Bixler, assistant dean of students and fair, and he accepted a position in October. director of career services, said the current “A lot of seniors are going out to interjob market is “extremely good,” especially in views, kind of stumbling, trying to find somecentral Indiana. “This is probably thing,” Sullivan said. “I’ve kind of one of the stronger been at ease with job markets that we’ve that whole process had in a long time,” pretty early.” Bixler said. Senior Andrea The college’s webUnderwood said site promotes that 95 her goal was to find percent of Franklin a job she is passionCollege graduates are ate about. Underemployed or attendwood will serve as ing graduate school an operations manwithin six months of Seventy-two yellow stars are posted ager for Zeta Tau earning their bachoutside the Career Services Center Alpha International elor’s degree. Bixler announcing seniors’ plans after graduation. based in Carmel, said this fact has JALEN DAVIS | PHOTO Indiana. remained consistent, “It’s always been with last year’s graduon my radar to work for Zeta because it’s ates averaging a 96.5 percent rate. fun, and I would like what I’m doing every “The amazing thing is we remain very day,” Underwood said. “It’s kind of the consistent over the years,” Bixler said. dream to work for an organization that’s “There have been a couple up years and given so much to me.” down years, but that’s more economy driven Franklin College offers many resources to than student driven.” ensure students find employment after gradThe “95 percent” accounts for full and uation, Bixler said. Notable resources include part-time employment, as well as graduate professional development workshops hosted school. There is also an “other” category, by the Career Services Center and Handwhich counts graduates who do not have a shake—a career service platform recently full-time job, but are doing what they want adopted by the college that provides students to do, Bixler said. with access to job and internship listings. As of May 8, 72 seniors have announced “There’s just so many resources out there,” their plans after graduation. Their names, Bixler said. “It’s really just students taking printed on yellow stars, hang outside the advantage of what the college offers.” Career Services Center, located in the Dietz



5/12 NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN Park your car at Canary Creek Cinemas at dusk Saturday for the final FC on the Town of the year: a drive-in showing of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Rampage.” Admission is free with a valid Franklin College student I.D.

5/13 MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET Surprise your mother with an all-she-caneat buffet at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis. The buffet will feature an array of Greek food. Tours of the venue will also be available. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 through 12.




The Franklin College IT department is advancing its cyber security following multiple phishing email attacks this year. Systems administrator Brad Kinder announced the college’s partnership with security platform Avanan Cloud Security last month. The safeguards, activated April 30, will protect users against fake login forms attempting to steal credentials, emails that contain ransomware and impersonated emails acting as familiar contacts. The platform has adjusted certain features in users’ email inboxes to differentiate between real and fake emails. One adjustment includes adding a subject to emails with an “Alert or “Phising” message. Questions about the new platform can be directed to BUSINESS STUDENTS RANK IN TOP THREE PERCENT ON FIELD TEST Twenty-five senior business majors earned Franklin College a spot in the top 3 percent cumulative class scores on the Major Field Test. The exam, used by more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation, is a requirement of all the college’s senior business majors. It tests a student’s ability to retain and apply knowledge from their business, economics and accounting courses. The department has placed in the top 10 percent in the nation for several consecutive years. Business professor Jim Williams said in a press release that several students scored at or above the top decile of individual scores. For a list of the 25 students who completed the test, visit

5/18 – 5/19 HOOSIER VINTAGE WHEELS SHOW Marvel at vintage cars when the Johnson County Fairgrounds hosts the annual Hoosier Vintage Wheels Show. Hundreds of vehicles will be on display, and a variety of vendors will be on site. The showcase runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.


FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR SUMMER Discover Downtown Franklin, vendors prepare for new season JESSIE MCCLAIN | STORY

Franklin residents will flock to the corner of Jefferson and Jackson Streets tomorrow for the annual Franklin Farmers Market to interact with new vendors. Since 2011, vendors have gathered in the parking lot just two blocks west of the Johnson County Courthouse to sell homemade goods, fresh produce, baked items, flowers and more. An estimated 1,100 people visit the market each Saturday with July and August being the most popular months, said Emily Snyder, director of Discover Downtown Franklin—a local organization aimed at bringing economic, cultural and social transformation to the community “Along with fresh produce, vendors at our farmers market sell paintings of Franklin, hot sauces, fresh salsa, cinnamon twists and other handmade products,” Snyder said. “College students are also welcome to open a booth and sell this summer as long as the rules are followed: Items sold must be designed or made by the vendor, and all plants and produce must be grown in the state of Indiana.” Junior Tara Ricke currently interns at Discover Downtown Franklin. She said the Franklin Farmers Market is a great opportunity for college students to discover more about the city. “The farmers market allows you to see

the different members and the different homemade goods within the community,” Ricke said. “We’re working on trying to get a different thing for every Saturday.”


Franklin College religion professor David Carlson, journalism professor Hank Nuwer and English professor Jennifer Smith released books over the course of the last year. From a mystery novel to a textbook on the study of the short story genre, find out what each book has in store for readers.

DAVID CARLSON BOOK: “Let the Dead Bury the Dead” RELEASED: Sept. 1, 2017

The Franklin Farmers Market, located just two blocks west of the Johnson County Courthouse, opens tomorrow at 8 a.m. Discover Downtown Franklin established the market in 2011. NICOLE HERNANDEZ | PHOTO

Boys and Berry Farm, established eight years ago by Jody Taylor, is one of 32 vendors slated for this year’s market. Taylor said she will sell a variety of goods, including her homemade blackberry lemonade extracted with blackberries grown on her farm. “It’s just a really good way of sharing my hobby and passion and building up the

community,” Taylor said. Black Sheep Non-Toxic can also be spotted throughout the summer season. Owned by Toni Breedon, Black Sheep Non-Toxic houses lotions, body scrubs, bug sprays, healing salves and sunscreen sticks. All items are natural and unrefined, handmade by Breedon. “I don’t use any synthetic oils—only therapeutic oils or organic when I can get them,” Breedon said. “This is something I’ve done for our family for about five to six years, and then I had more and more people asking me to make things here and there, so I just decided to do it.” Vendors are not the only people who bring individuality to the market. Those who are musically inclined can pick a Saturday throughout the 17-week season to perform. “One thing that makes the Franklin Farmers Market unique is that we try to have live entertainment as often as possible,” Snyder said. “We are always looking to add to our entertainment for the farmers market.” The Franklin Farmers Market is open Saturdays through Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. It is free and open to the public. “It is so special to Franklin because we can show off the wonderful handmade and homegrown items our community is making and growing,” Snyder said. “It is a tradition for people to come every Saturday morning.”




BOOK: “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives” RELEASED: March 1, 2018

BOOK: “The American Short Story Cycle” RELEASED: Jan. 1, 2018

For this book, my research turned up at least one death a year from hazing in the United States from 1961 to 2017. My hope is that the book will educate the public, parents and students so that this horrid, ghastly streak finally comes to an end in 2018.”

My book provides a history of [the short story genre] that has been hiding in plain sight. I argue that stories in a cycle, which can be read singly but mean more together, reflect the individualism and pluralism that shape modern experience.”

“ “ “ In ‘Let the Dead Bury the Dead’ and other mysteries in the series, I explore the potential for darkness and murder within religious communities. Along the way, readers will come to appreciate how losing faith is as complicated as having faith.”


COLLEGE WRAPS UP PHASE ONE OF SCIENCE CENTER The Franklin reporter, photographer take exclusive tour of new facility QUINN FITZGERALD | STORY

As part of the design, concrete and mechanical systems are exposed throughout the halls of the building. Patz said students will notice the flexibility and open spaces right away. “You’re not going to have students that are kind of back-toback and feel like they’re crowded in the room,” he said. Some lab rooms will contain “pods,” which will be different than in the old buildThe new center has larger open areas that serve as a space ing. Different from the for students to study and collaborate. Students will start using long, rectangular tables these amenities next fall. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO in the current building, the pods are smaller, round tables. Each one the city storm sewer,” he said. “It’ll help conwill allow four to five students. trol flooding. It also purifies groundwater.” The furniture in the labs is mobile, The new greenhouse consists of newly-deallowing professors to change the room signed controls for monitoring the humidity for different configurations, a concept Patz and temperature. Shading will also minimize said demonstrates the flexibility of the new the amount of heat on hotter days. building. Although the center has LED lighting When they aren’t in class, students can placed throughout its interior, the design alwork in the “collaboration areas” throughout lows more natural light to enter the building. the building. Some areas will also feature an When students walk through the entrance, interactive projector they’ll find a digital display listing the locaand white boards for tions of labs and offices. students to use. To honor the history of the original “Collaboration Barnes Hall, the college has decided to keep areas are a very imsome of the original features from the 1927 portant feature,” Patz building. said. “Areas where Microscope lockers will be refurbished students can hang and put on display in the new science center. out, work in small Additionally, an old walnut tree that stood groups and problem where the center is being built had to be cut solve whatever discidown, but will be used in tables that students pline across campus.” use. A rain garden is “There’s a few things that we’ve really located outside the tried to keep for the history of not only this building, which Patz building but even the lot,” Patz said. said adds to the susOverall, Patz said the new center will be tainability advantages an inviting area for all students. of the new building. “Students will find this to be a very “They’re really comfortable space to hang out in,” he said. designed to collect “I just love the openness, the natural light. The Franklin College Science Center features new lab tables storm water so you Both students and faculty will find it a great for students to work together easier. Patz said group areas are a key feature in the facility. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO don’t just dump it into addition to Franklin College.” Sustainability, history and advanced technology are just a few features students can expect to see when they walk through the Franklin College Science Center. “We’re honoring the past, but there’s also an eye to the future when you get into the new addition,” said Tom Patz, assistant vice president of physical facilities. Members of The Franklin were granted an exclusive tour of the new science center Thursday with Patz, who shared the progress of the project, expected to be completed early 2019. The project is split in two phases. Phase one is the construction of the new science addition, and phase two is the renovation of the existing science building established in 1927. Patz said phase two will begin shortly after the week of May 21 once they finish moving furniture into the science center. Classes will be held in the newly-constructed portion of the building next fall when the existing structure is under construction. The building design was created by BSA LifeStructures, with lead architect Kalevi Huotilainen, who wanted to focus on an industrial style. “He wanted this strong, gritty, industrial type feel,” Patz said. “That you learn science by doing science. You kind of have to get your hands dirty. The design was ultimately embraced by the Science Center Steering Committee here on campus.”

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Couple rediscovers youth, learning through college courses Nothing can stop Gene Critchfield and Joyce Duvall from chasing their ambitions. Including their ages. “We’re old,” Duvall said. “We’re in our eighties. We just retired last year. We’re not ready to sit around and do busy work. We wanted to be intellectually challenged. That’s important to us.” Critchfield, 87, and Duvall, 83, are lifelong learners. After decades of giving to others through teaching, counseling, ministry and coaching, the two are back in the classroom—only this time, they’re the students. The couple resides in the Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community, and when they discovered they could audit Franklin College courses for the purposes of self-enrichment, they took the opportunity. “We’re both physically quite healthy, and probably our brains are the most important part of who we are to us—our brains and hearts,” Critchfield said. “When people ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ my first reaction is, ‘Why not?’ Life is interesting, and life is good. We want to keep on experiencing it and learning all that we can.” The two are currently enrolled in sociology professor Cheryl Crane’s gerontology course, a class on the scientific study of old age. Critchfield and Duvall said they thrive off the energy of the students around them. “I’m fascinated by the students—how bright they are and how interested they seem to be,” Critchfield said. “It’s a family-like environment here. I’ve never experienced any of that in previous schooling.” Critchfield graduated from Ball State University in 1954, earning a bachelor’s degree in education. He later went on to pursue additional degrees in theology and counseling at Garrett Seminary and Indiana University. Duvall is a Franklin College alumna, graduating in 1960 with a degree in music education. She said there are stark differences between what the college looked like in the ‘50s compared to now. “I t’s twice as big,” she said. “Twice as many buildings. The campus just really knocked me out because I had no idea there

were so many buildings. The student body is about twice what it was when I was here. However, the same standards seem to exist. The high academic standards which I really admire, and the family-like atmosphere.” Critchfield and Duvall share an admiration for the college’s uniqueness, something that emulates the uniqueness of their 32year marriage. The couple met in 1978 when Critchfield offered Duvall a job at an Indianapolis Public Schools adult education program. Two years later, the tables turned and Duvall asked Critchfield to work with her. They say the rest is history. “I just look at her,” Critchfield said. “We were both fascinated by the same things. I was fascinated by her energy, attracted to her immediately because she has a positive energy about life.” Duvall agreed. “I suppose that’s the main thing we have in common. We share values. Both of us are very people-oriented.” Since enrolling in the course, the two made a decision to donate their bodies to a medical school to help train future physicians. “Both of us have always believed in the power of knowledge, and of the human being,” Critchfield said. “There’s some drive in each of us to be of service to other people, and you can’t do that if you don’t have anything to offer. Of course, all of us do have something to offer.” The two agreed the class has been extremely beneficial for their wellbeing. They said they’ve enjoyed it so much that they’ve already enrolled in another class next semester—a political science course on elections. “It’s such a healthy thing for the elderly—I have trouble saying that word,” Duvall said. “We have educated others and helped others to see their potential for lifelong learning. That’s been probably at the core of everything we’ve done.”


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When Daniel Fifer, a graduate student from New Lenox, Illinois, enrolled in Franklin College’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program, he never envisioned himself as an athletic trainer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I had been working for about a year and a half [at a physical therapy clinic] and knew that I wanted to go back to grad school,” said Fifer, who graduates from the program May 19. “My fiance was out here going to school at Butler, and I was more or less searching for a place out here in Indiana.” A three-sport athlete in high school and four-year collegiate baseball player, Fifer already had a passion for sports. Fast-forward

Undergraduate college puts itself on higher level with master’s program LEIGH DURPHEY | DESIGN

two years to May 23, when Fifer will step into a new role as an athletic trainer for the Arizona major league baseball team. It was Franklin’s first-ever graduate program that gave Fifer a clear vision of what career to pursue. The MSAT program, implemented in July 2016, is a comprehensive curriculum designed to integrate formal and rigorous classroom instruction with clinical educational experiences in a variety of allied healthcare settings. “We’re a professional-level athletic training program, which means we prepare students to take the board of certification exam so they can practice as athletic trainers,” Di-

rector Jennifer Austin said. “We focus on the prevention and management of injuries for individuals who are physically active.” Fifer and five other students will graduate May 19 as the first class of a Franklin College graduate program in the college’s 184-year history. The MSAT program offers two options: the 3+2 program and the two-year post-baccalaureate program. The 3+2 route allows entering freshmen or potential undergraduate transfer students to complete the program prerequisites and bachelor’s degree requirements before stepping into the master’s program during their fourth year.

9 The two-year program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree who have already completed the required prerequisite courses for the program. It’s a common track for college graduates who want to change careers—like Fifer, who was originally interested in physical therapy—or those who did not have time to major in athletic training during their undergraduate career. Regardless of the option, coursework for the program is completed over one summer session followed by work across the span of two school years. As the undergraduate program is phased out and the master’s program takes off, Kathy Remsburg, director of the undergraduate athletic training program, is transitioning to a new role as a professor of the MSAT program. Remsburg said the college created the program when the state set a mandate requiring athletic training majors to obtain a master’s degree. She said 2020 is the final year students can enroll in an undergraduate program to become an athletic trainer. “Knowing this was coming down the pipeline, as the division head for health sciences, I proposed a curriculum to start up a master’s program here at the college,” she said. Getting a head start puts Franklin on a different level than other schools who have yet to transition, Remsburg said. “We’re basically ahead of a big group of schools in that we’re already graduating our master’s students when the requirement is coming due here in a few years,” she said. “Where other schools are just starting the process, we will have been established and be able to fine tune the details.” Fifer said students spend two days of the week in class and the remainder of the week completing clinical work. Remsburg said she likes the program’s immersive clinical rotation because students can have full days to immerse themselves depending on the site. Clinical hours were limited in the undergraduate program. Recruiting students into the program is something Austin and Jeff Williams, assistant professor of athletic training, handle together. They are the program’s only full-time




faculty members. “We basically do everything that’s related to the program,” Austin said. “I’m constantly sending out emails. We use a central application system, so when a student submits an application, I reach out to them. It’s a lot of communication, especially electronic communication.” It was this approach that drew Fifer to the graduate program, as well as senior Chantel Paul, originally from South Dakota. “After speaking with Jen Austin, I decided this was going to be the best route as far as continuing my education to become an athletic trainer,” Paul said. Paul has accepted a job at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as an athletic trainer of the volleyball and softball teams beginning July 15. “I’m excited [to graduate] and a little nervous to be on my own,” she said. Austin said one aspect that sets Franklin apart from other colleges and universities is its small size. She said she knows students beyond just their first and last names. “We really are a close-knit group,” Austin said. Paul said Austin and Williams are always available to students for help or advice. “With anything we’ve had questions about, they’re very easy to talk with and very willing to meet up with, whether that’d be getting coffee or meeting up at lab,” Paul said. Before she entered the program, Paul said her grades weren’t strong, and the school she attended for her undergraduate didn’t have an athletic training program. Participating in Franklin’s MSAT program taught her to keep trying despite these obstacles. “Never give up on your dreams,” she said. “I definitely almost gave up on mine until I came here.” Austin said the program is also unique because it focuses heavily on evidence-based practice, which means searching for information to support what students are doing in their clinical practice. “We’re not just using traditional methods that have been done over and over again,” Austin said. “We’re actually backing up what we’re doing with evidence.” Students also focus on soft skills essential in a liberal arts education like communication, critical thinking, research and application. Although the faculty and staff ultimately work to prepare students to be independent, providing resources doesn’t stop with their education. Austin said she and the team also work with students to find jobs after graduation. “We’ve reviewed everybody’s resumes,” Austin said. “We don’t necessarily go out and seek things for them, but we support them

once they find something, even reviewing emails for that initial contact. And then obviously if we see something we think is suitable, we’ll forward it on to them.” Fifer said it was Williams and Austin who encouraged him to pursue the opportunity with the Diamondbacks. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go, and they gave me that push to follow my dream of being in that professional baseball setting,” Fifer said. Austin said graduation will be an emotional time for the faculty, staff and students. “We’ve been telling them ever since they got here that they’re a pretty special group,” she said. “They’re pretty unique. They’re going to be the first group to graduate with a master’s degree here ever.”







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EDITORIAL COLLEGE ASSISTS FIRST-GENERATION SCHOLARS Programs offered by Franklin prepare students for smoother transition into college Thirty percent of higher education students are first-generation scholars, according to University Business—an education news website. Franklin College slightly exceeds that statistic, with about 390 of its 1,000-student enrollment being first-generation college students. “On paper, it means that your parents or your lineage have not completed college,” said Jenna Martin, coordinator of new student programs. Martin said this could mean parents or guardians don’t have a degree, may have received a nontraditional or associate’s degree or simply didn’t go to college. Being a first-generation college student can be difficult for many reasons. Students may not know how to file the FASFA or may have trouble adjusting to college life. The Franklin First Scholars Summer Bridge Program eases the transition. The program is a three-day, two-night program where students and their parents stay on campus. Students can experience what college is like without the pressures of attending classes “It’s a little less overwhelming, they’re able to build bonds and see other folks who are first-generation [students],” Martin said. “Then they’re able to experience what a classroom looks like and what a residence hall looks like.” Parents can also see what living on a college campus is like. They tour classrooms and ask questions. It’s a great way to make the transition to college easier on everyone in the family. Junior Akia Hilderbrand participated in the First Scholars Bridge Program in 2015. She said she found it to be beneficial.

“I was able to get a feel of what college was going to be like,” Hilderbrand said. “I sat in a classroom setting. I had a paper to write. I had my classmates beside me to work with. I knew what it felt like to sleep with a roommate and stuff like that.” Hilderbrand said the program was more beneficial for her mom than it was for her because it allowed her mom to know what to expect when Hilderbrand went off to college. The college makes first-generation scholars feel welcomed when they first enter college.

The Franklin staff believes the college provides excellent programs for first-generation scholars. THE FRANKLIN OPINION BOARD

If students are struggling in their first semester, Martin reaches out and offers support. Several professors across campus are first-generation scholars—indicated by a first-generation sign outside their office doors. If a student has questions or wants to talk to someone who has been through the same thing, these professors are avaliable. Being a first-generation scholar can be difficult, but there are programs and people who can help students be successful in their college experiences.

Senior first-generation scholars recieve a pendant to wear at graduation. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO

#FRANKLINVOICES The Franklin’s poll board in the Student Center atrium gives students, faculty, staff and the larger Franklin community a chance to voice their opinion. ARE YOU A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT?


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Five summer 2018 films stand out in season for movies

‘JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM’ - JUNE 22 The original “Jurassic Park” is one of my

interesting to see it represented in a movie that shows the USA fight drug cartels.” ‘ANT-MAN AND THE WASP’ - JULY 6 After the colossal and apocalyptic “Avengers: Infinity War,” I am eager to check out the smaller-scale (pun intended) “AntMan and the Wasp.” The first film featuring the tiny titular hero was a refreshingly fun and hilarious heist movie—a genre that doesn’t get its deserved praise—so I’m excited for a sequel that will hopefully continue that tone. The trailer, which prominently features a giant “Hello Kitty” Pez dispenser used as a weapon, appears to do just that.

‘SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO’ JUNE 29 “Sicario,” released in 2015, was a film I missed in theaters. Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, the movie is a gritty thriller set against the backdrop of the modern-day war on drugs on the US-Mexico border. It displays the ethical gray zones and moral dilemmas that exist in this war. I am Which of these summer 2018 movies are you looking forward to the most? surprised a sequel was announced; however, I am thoroughly excited to see where “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” takes the characters that return from the first film. “It’s relevant. In this day and age, there’s 55% 38% 7% 86% 7% 7% violence with drugs,” junior *95 people participated in this poll. *96 people participated in this poll. Evan Warkins The Franklin’s polls are illustrative and not scientific. They are a way to get the college community involved. said. “It’s MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT






‘INCREDIBLES 2’ - JUNE 15 I was never overly attached to “The Incredibles,” as “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Finding Nemo” were the Pixar films that struck a chord with me as a kid. That being said, I have grown fond of the original over time, and I am anticipating the sequel’s long-awaited arrival. “As a child, ‘The Incredibles’ was the first superhero I ever watched and I immediately fell in love with the family dynamic and the understandable villain,” sophomore Alex Fry said.

10 favorite films of all time, so naturally I was excited when the franchise was brought back in 2015, and it was an entertaining and exhilarating entry. However, it lacked the compelling characters the original had. With this year’s coming sequel “Fallen Kingdom,” I am struggling to jump on the hype train, despite its explosive trailers.


‘SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY’ MAY 25 A tumultuous production, riddled with CHAZ HILL behind-the-scenes issues (including the removal of the movie’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller), has plagued the newest film to be set in the “Star Wars” universe. However, with veteran Ron Howard stepping in to helm the production, coupled with the newest trailers, I am optimistic for this space-western featuring one of my favorite characters of all time, Han Solo. “I’m excited to see the new movie, mainly to see how Han and Chewy’s relationship came to be, along with seeing more of Lando,” senior Jackson Freed said.

WE’RE GOING STREAMING Hill shares some of his Netflix favorites

‘THE PRESTIGE’ (2006) With filmography like Christopher Nolan’s (“The Dark Knight Trilogy,” “Interstellar,” “Inception,” “Dunkirk”), it’s hard to believe the director has an overlooked entry. “The Prestige” is just that. Starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as dueling magicians, the film is truly captivating and riveting. In similar vein to “Inception,” watch this one closely.

‘THE IMITATION GAME’ (2014) Nominated for ‘Best Picture’ and a slew of other awards, “The Imitation Game” follows the career of mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he attempts to uncover the secrets of the Nazi Enigma coding machine during World War II. Alan Turing is one of the most underappreciated figures in history, as he essentially invented the modern day computer—and fought persecution—in his strife to aid in the war effort.

‘THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN’ (2011) Directed by Steven Spielberg, this computer animated adventure film follows a young journalist named Tintin and his adorable dog Snowy in 1950s England as they unravel the mysterious disappearance of a ship carrying a vast treasure. Based on the comic series of the same name, “The Adventures of Tintin” is a charmingly thrilling good time for any age despite its animated nature.




College athletic department doesn’t offer specific guidelines for LGBT athletes

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In its April update, the NCAA LGBT Working Group asked all Division III schools for their policies on athletes in the LGBT community, in hopes of creating a better policy for all NCAA-affiliated schools. Franklin College didn’t offer a response. Kerry Prather, director of Franklin College athletics, said the college didn’t submit a policy simply because it doesn’t have one. He said the athletic department follows the campus’s general inclusion policy and values. Any college handbook or guideline that mentions equity—meaning the fair treatment of students—also applies to athletics. “I can’t immediately think of an instance where having a policy that would be unique from the rest of the campus would make sense,” Prather said. In the past, Prather said the department helped the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference establish an inclusion policy. To keep up with changing times, Prather said athletic departments will need to include more specific language about transgender students in their policies. “The one place where a separate policy is necessary, because it has competitive and logistical implications, is transgender athletes,” Prather said. Even with these guidelines, Prather said the inclusion policies are not always followed in practice. “We have had a couple of reported instances of bias based on LGBTQ status,” he confirmed in an email. “They are being investigated through the appropriate campus procedures.” This bias, Prather said, includes treating LGBT players with “insensitivity,” such as disregarding their sexuality or gender identity. It does not imply violence or physical attacks. Much of the bias, he added, comes from a lack of awareness. In 2016, the NCAA LGBT Working Group received over 4,000 responses nation-

LACROSSE vs. Thiel College L, 1-0 Junior Levi Spaniolo stands on the Griz Park track. He identifies as a transgender athlete. CLAIRE CASTILLO | PHOTO

wide to compile a report on LGBT Division III athletes. The report found that while many Division III schools have a general inclusion policy, less than half of the schools have a nondiscrimination policy specific to athletics. Nearly 20 percent of athletes identified as LGBT. Only 1 percent of listed respondents identified as transgender. Franklin College has a few athletes who identify with the community. Junior Levi Spaniolo is a transgender athlete who runs cross country and track. Spaniolo said the existing NCAA policy doesn’t say athletes have to be inclusive—it says departments “should” be inclusive. He thinks, in this case, a stronger word should be used to better protect LGBT athletes. Freshman Isabel Monnett, a thrower on the track and field team, is a member of the Franklin College Pride Alliance. She identifies as asexual, meaning that, while she wants a relationship with a man, she doesn’t find sex appealing. Monnett said she has faced few obstacles in athletics due to her asexuality. But, she, like Spaniolo, hopes the college will develop a more specific policy to support other parts of LGBT culture. “The athletic department can only do so much,” Spaniolo said. “They can enforce policies and stuff like that, but at the end of the day it has to be the people on the team itself to want to learn about being more inclusive and wanting to accept people.” Sports editor Erica Irish contributed to this story.

SOFTBALL vs. Transylvania University W, 1-0

MEN’S GOLF 4th of 9 HCAC Championship


BASEBALL 5/11 @ HCAC Tournament

SOFTBALL 5/11 @ NCAA Tournament


STUDENTS CONSIDER COMMUTING TO SAVE MONEY As room and board increases $304, some students look to live at home The tuition increase sparked several different responses from students, especially regarding the raise JESSICA KAISER of room and board cost. Room and board is increasing $304 for the upcoming fall semester, which leaves many students questioning their decisions to live on campus next semester. Sophomore Larken Adams is commuting next semester. “I decided to live off campus next year because it will be much cheaper for me to commute from my house,” she said. “I realized I didn’t want to pay off loans for a majority of my life.” Adams said the only reason she had to take out a loan this year was to cover the room and board cost. To avoid raising the amount of loans she takes out, she’s commuting next year. Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Hornett said the increase is attributed to the utilities used in the residence halls.

“Those cost increases get passed along to us,” Hornett said. “Those, in turn, end up getting passed along to the student.” Adams said the increase is “ridiculous” because students are already paying so much to attend the college. “Where does a majority of the money go?” Adams said. “Many of the buildings need some sort of renovation or addition, and the only one I’ve seen improved is the science building. It’s just appalling how much extra the cost went up.” Franklin College does its best to keep prices reasonable for students. “The debates that go on about cost increases that wind up being passed to students is usually subject No. 1 when it comes to almost anything,” Hornett said. As students, we are fortunate to attend a college that cares so much about what comes out of our pockets. Does the increase suck? Yes. But in the end, it’ll help our experiences here, which we will carry for the rest of our lives. “I’d love to tell you that we live in a world where costs don’t increase, but they do,” Hornett said. “We don’t want to be the same college that we were five years ago or

A female floor in Elsey could host fewer residents next year if students choose to commute. While rising room and board costs can cause financial burden, columnist Jessica Kaiser says these increased costs will ultimately help students. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO

50 years ago. We want to be an excellent college, and we want our students to be excellent students, therefore, we are investing in more things.”

SENIOR FAREWELL: CLOSING ANOTHER CHAPTER Opinion editor reflects, thanks people who helped along journey


It’s crazy to think I am about to graduate college. If anyone would have told me five years ago that I would be where I am today, I would

have laughed at them. Being a successful college graduate wasn’t something I had imagined for myself. Coming into college, I had a lot of selfdoubt. And I mean a lot. I doubted my abilities to succeed. I doubted my ability to be good at journalism. I doubted my ability to get through college. But I did it. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing people I have met during my college career. Morgan Elkins, for being one of the best friends I’ve come to know on this campus. I’ll always cherish our drives past Sigma Alpha Epsilon house blaring “Bye, Bye, Bye,” our late nights drinking Kinky and

trying to catch you up on “Supernatural.” I can’t wait to see the trouble we get into after college. Tori, who doesn’t go to this college, but is my best friend and platonic soulmate. Without Tori, I would have lost my mind. I will always look back at our adventures of going to “Supernatural” conventions together and bawling when Bucky Barnes dissolved with fondness. After all, it’s your fault Bucky became my favorite character. I’m looking forward to getting our apartment together and taking on the world, one con at a time. Victoria, who also doesn’t go here, but is my best friend. I will always remember our Skype calls that lasted four hours and how we would stay up and talk even though I had class the next morning. The lack of sleep meant nothing compared to the joy I had talking with you. I look forward to the next adventures we have. Logan Hale, for being an awesome person and an amazing friend who always seemed to have time to help me with projects. It’s

been a joy. Ann Barton, who never seems to get tired of me coming to her office to rant or cry or just talk about general topics. It’s been an honor to know Ann and have her help me succeed through college. Last, but not least, the girls on The Franklin staff. There’s been a lot of laughs and frustrating times, but it’s been enjoyable. I’ll cherish the conversations we’ve had, the laughs and tears we’ve shared and all of the memories of working on the paper with you. I’ve made a lot of memories at Franklin College. Not all of them are good, but all of them helped shape me into the person I am today. I am a better person than I was when I started school here. I am stronger and in a much better place in my life. Franklin will always hold a special place in my heart. Here’s to closing yet another chapter in my life. I’m looking forward to what happens next.



The Franklin College softball team will compete in the NCAA national tournament for the first time in program history this weekend. The team won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament Sunday in a 1-0 win over Transylvania University of Lexington, Kentucky, and an 8-3 win over Mount St. Joseph University of Cincinnati, Ohio. “Each of the last four years, we have taken a step forward as a program. These kids have made tremendous sacrifices to be successful and this is the payoff,” head coach Butch Zike said in a recap posted to Teammates, students and faculty joined together in the Branigin Room Monday to view the NCAA selection show livestream. The stream announced the team will travel to Hope College’s regional site in Holland, Michigan, to face Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin is 30-8 for the season while Franklin is 29-10. The team started its first round in Michigan yesterday and will finish tomorrow. FRANKLIN ‘WONDER FIVE’ TWITTER ACCOUNT POSTS ABOUT COLLEGE SPORTS HISTORY A Twitter account has been uploading daily throwback posts that show Franklin athletic life during a pivotal time in the city’s sports legacy. @FranklinWonder5 posts daily about sports in the time of the “Franklin Wonder Five”—five men who played on Franklin Community High School and Franklin College’s men’s basketball team from 1918 to 1926—using images of local newspaper clippings. “Follow daily life in Franklin during the Wonder Five era as reported by the press of the day with ‘live’ tweets from a century ago,” reads the profile’s bio. According to the Indiana Historical Society, the team won three consecutive championships at the high school level and led a perfect season in 1922 to 1923, when they became national champions.

RECORD-BREAKING SENIOR QUARTERBACK GRADUATES Position contender, coach discuss who could take Burton’s place this fall

Senior quarterback Chase Burton sits on a bench inside Faught Stadium. When he graduates next week, a new quarterback will have to take his place. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO DIONTE COLEMAN | STORY

The football team won’t have its offensive leader for the first time in three years. Until now, senior Chase Burton has been the quarterback for the Grizzlies. He put up record-setting numbers during his time as a starter, breaking the records for career passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. Overall, Burton made 11,579 passing yards and 121 passing touchdowns. The American Football Coaches’ Association names him a First Team All-American player in 2017. He also interacted with scouts from the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals at a pro-day event at Ball State University April 4. Burton will graduate this month alongside the largest graduating football class in history. Three quarterbacks are vying for Burton’s soon to be open position—sophomore Braden Smith, junior Spencer Fox and transfer junior Jesse Crebbe. Smith has been Burton’s backup for the

past two seasons. He said he knows he has the ability to take Burton’s place. Before fall, however, Smith said he still has room to improve “I can work on being more vocal. I can always improve my footwork and get better at recognizing coverages,” Smith said. “[Burton] could walk up to the line and almost laugh because he knew what defenses were going to do.” Head coach Mike Leonard said he understands the importance of having a quarterback with strong leaderships skills in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Nine out of the last 10 conference MVPs have been quarterbacks. Of those 10, eight came from Franklin. “We have some guys that can do it,” Leonard said about continuing the MVP streak. The Grizzlies will introduce their starting quarterback Sept. 1 when they open the season against Benedictine College of Atchison, Kansas, at Faught Stadium.


Junior Tanner Nicholson practices pitching. After injuring his back, he relearned the position. JORDAN BRODNER | PHOTO


Junior reflects on changing positions, finding place BRANDON BARGER | STORY

At the start of spring, the baseball team was preparing for its new season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. But as the other team members improved their batting, fielding and catching skills, one player worked on transitioning to a new position. Junior Tanner Nicholson played both pitcher and center fielder in high school. It wasn’t until his senior year that he moved to center field.

“I made the transition completely, just for the better chance to play college ball," he said. The college recruited Nicholson as a center fielder and played for two seasons. The second season, however, set his career in a different direction after what Nicholson called an “unfortunate circumstance”—he herniated a disc in his back. Nicholson said he suffers from regular back pains genetically.

Because he played so much, he added more stress to his injured back. In 2017, he played 27 games, bringing 55 putouts and 59 total plays overall. With time, the stress from playing so often peaked to sudden, unexpected pain during a team practice. “I was actually at practice taking my last few swings off the tee, and I felt a very sharp pain in my lower back and down my left leg,” he said. He could no longer play center field due to nerve damage in his left leg. Routine tasks like running from base to base and swinging a bat also became obstacles. “It was kind of gut wrenching because I didn’t know what my career was going to look like from that moment on,” Nicholson said. The injury made him consider what he wanted to do to continue playing in college. “I made the decision to go back to what I used to do, which I was still able to do— pitching.” The hardest part of Nicholson’s transition was relearning how to pitch after a two-year break. While he has only made five appearances this season, pitching around six innings on average, assistant coach Grant Bellak praised his growth. “Tanner has done a fantastic job transitioning from a hitter to a pitcher,” Bellak said. “He has handled the transition as well as anybody can.” Nicholson is just one member of this year’s championship-winning baseball team. The team is currently 35-3, which broke the original regular season record of 32 wins in 2011. They also clinched the regular-season conference championship along with the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament. Head coach Lance Marshall shares the sentiments of the team. “Our objective all along has been to win the regular season conference. That allows you to host,” he said. “We’re going to continue to work on that front by working hard every day and getting better.” The team is now focused on the HCAC tournament this weekend. Because they are the No. 1 seed, the Grizzlies will not play in round one. Their first game will be against the winner of today’s game between Manchester University of North Manchester, Indiana, and Bluffton University of Bluffton, Ohio. First pitch for today’s game is at 3:30 p.m. at the college’s John P. McDowell Field.


TIA WILLIAMS & JOCELYN KRULL, SENIORS Williams (left) and Krull (right) eat pizza at BoJak’s Bar & Grille during senior week. “It is really great getting to hang out and celebrate everything we’ve done,” Krull said. “It is also really humbling seeing how far we’ve come.” ZOIE RICHEY | COVER PHOTO THOMAS MAXWELL | BACK PHOTO

The Franklin: May 11, 2018  
The Franklin: May 11, 2018