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BY THE NUMBERS Admissions staff continues work to enroll more diverse students PG. 8






Who or what is your spirit animal?


“ WHO MAKES THE FRANKLIN? Executive editor Ashley Shuler

Jordan Brodner Photographer “Golden retriever.”

Matthew Brown Reporter “Bigfoot.”

Taylor Brown Reporter “Sloths.”

Jalen Davis Photographer “Papa John.”

Opinion editor Christina Ramey News editor Shelby Mullis Sports editor Ashley Steeb

Leigh Durphey Copy chief “Labrador retrievers.”

Quinn Fitzgerald Lead reporter “Red pandas.”

Nicole Hernandez Web editor “Pandas.”

Erica Irish Reporter, photographer “Lemurs.”

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Jada Jones Reporter “Golden doodles.”

Emily Ketterer Reporter, photographer “Ross Gellar.”

Thomas Maxwell Photographer “Ellen DeGeneres.”

Jessie McClain Reporter “Anna Kendrick.”

Web editor Nicole Hernandez Advertising manager Matt Thomas Publisher John Krull

Shelby Mullis News editor “Oatmeal cream pies.”

Adam Price Photographer “Narwhals.”

Christina Ramey Opinion editor “Squidward.”

Zoie Richey Photo editor “Snorlax.”

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GETTING IT RIGHT // DEC. 1 ISSUE On page 4, the phone number for campus security is 317-738-8888.

WINTER TERM LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 London, Costa Rica among list of new destinations

COSTA RICA Known for its participation in the Special Olympics, Costa Rica is home to an array of diversity. The course, “Special Olympics in Costa Rica,” is led by exercise science professor Kyra Noerr. The course will explore the cultural norms associated with caring for individuals with disabilities. Students will also explore human rights issues relating to individuals with disabilities.


FRANCE “Bon Appetit” is open to students with an interest in the history of French culinary arts. Students will identify the influence of French cuisine on the world and learn how to prepare a variety of French dishes. The course is divided into two sections—“An Introduction to French Culinary Culture,” taught by English profes-




2/17 – 2/18 WINTER WARMUP Visit Mallow Run Winery tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m. for the weekly Winter Warmup Weekend. The event features live music, free wine tastings and a specialty soup. The winery is located at 6964 W. Whiteland Road in Bargersville.




Winter Term is often a time for students to abandon their comfort zones and use the month to explore a new field of learning. Perhaps the most immersive of the opportunities is studying abroad. January study abroad courses introduce students to new cultures through a two- to three-week long trip. The Office of Global Education recently announced six new courses and locations for January 2019, more than the typical amount of locations offered. “In the past we’ve approved three or four courses, and this year we’ve approved six locations,” said Jennifer Cataldi, director of international and off-campus study. “The idea being that we’re going to allow students to decide where they’d like to go.” Below is a list of locations for students to choose from:


sor Richard Erable, and “French Language Immersion” led by Kristin Wasielewski.

GUATEMALA “The Study of Fair Trade Coffee,” taught by Spanish professor Agueda Mayan, will take students on an immersive experience of the Spanish language. Students will learn about the fair trade of the coffee industry and how it connects to agriculture. While in Guatemala, students will receive firsthand experience on how to cultivate, harvest and roast coffee.


LONDON & PARIS Students interested in the history of World War II will love “A London to Paris Experience” led by public relations professor Ray Begovich. The course will focus on the invasion of France by the Allied Forces, with a secondary focus on the cultural tourism of London and Paris.


UGANDA “Drawn Together: Understanding Uganda through Arts” will take students on an exploration of Uganda’s use of art to heal and nurture. The course is taught by art professor David Cunningham.


NEW YORK CITY Focusing on diplomacy and game theory, “Model United Nations,” led by political science professor Randall Smith, will give students the opportunity to work through an international scenario in a mock United Nations Conference. Travel for Model UN will take place during the spring. Applications are available now outside the Office of Global Education. The deadline is March 15.


2/19 – 2/25 INDY TACO WEEK If you like tacos, you’ll love Indy Taco Week. The weeklong celebration of tacos kicks off Monday with half-priced tacos at more than 20 Indianapolis restaurants. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit indytacoweek. com.

V. Von Boll, alumnus and Franklin College trustee, died Sunday. He was 88. Born in Columbus, Boll graduated from Franklin College with a degree in mathematics in 1952, according to an email sent to faculty and staff Monday. He became a trustee in 1979 and received an Honorary Degree in 2003. He was a member and long-time supporter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served on the Alumni Council from 1964 to 1967. As a student, Boll played a key role on the Grizzly baseball and football teams. Following his graduation, he has been a supporter of the Franklin College athletic community. Boll named the Formal Lounge in the Dietz Center, the Press Box at the Football Stadium, the Welcome Center and Tennis Courts in Grizzly Park. In 2006, he established an endowed scholarship to support business and math students. Boll started working at Cummins Inc. in the finance department before rising to become one of Cummins’ top managers and owners of a Cummins Distributorship in New Hudson, Michigan. His career has led to a continuing partnership between the college and Cummins. A funeral service will be held this weekend in Michigan.

2/23 – 2/24 ‘SHREK’ AT THE ARTCRAFT Don’t miss your favorite green ogre on the big screen next weekend when “Shrek” comes to the Historic Artcraft Theatre. The movie will show Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.25 for students and $5.25 for adults.


SODEXO TO PROVIDE MORE ALTERNATIVE DINING Student criticism prompts changes in daily vegan, vegetarian options ERICA IRISH | STORY

Following complaints made by multiple students, Franklin College’s Sodexo management wants to increase awareness and availability of options for vegetarians, vegans and other students with dietary needs. The complaints came after Sodexo served cold carrot sticks and hummus as a vegan entree over Winter Term, said Les Petroff, director of food services. Sodexo Executive Chef Rosie Neel said she recognizes students with dietary needs and has options available to keep them fed. “I know students personally who are vegan, non-dairy, gluten-free,” Neel said. “I have so many choices for these guys, but they don’t know it.” Junior Tori Sexton, who consumes animal products but has an allergy to shellfish, said she is skeptical about Sodexo’s ability to provide alternative meals. Over Winter Term, Sexton filed a formal complaint with Dean of Students Ellis Hall to communicate her concerns about cross-contamination. She was also concerned with Sodexo’s lack of daily hot vegan and vegetarian options. “People with dietary needs deserve the same amount of options as everyone else,” Sexton said. “Sodexo doesn’t get that.” Sexton noted in her complaint that the dining facility served cold carrots and hummus several times during January. Hall confirmed that he discussed the situation with several students over Winter Term. The dean said students complained about an absence of options at the station and inconsistencies in the online menu. He then visited with Petroff and Sodexo’s Student Life Committee, a group of faculty and student representatives who report to the college administration, to encourage better meal options.

Several vegan and vegetarian ingredients and grab-and-go meals are available behind the serving line for customer use. ERICA IRISH | PHOTO

“They can’t be what I would call hors d’oeuvres. They have to be a meal, an entree,” Hall said. “They have to have that on the menus, and they need to be accurate. If it runs out, they need to get something else out there that is an equivalent type of thing, and it needs to be there all the Sodexo Executive Chef Rosie Neel said her kitchen is stocked time.” with vegan and vegetarian ingredients to use in individual student After the fact, meals and station entrees. ERICA IRISH | PHOTO Petroff said he realized only offering On top of making adjustments to general hummus and vegetables was a mistake, but recipes, Neel prepares individualized meals said it was served in response to “multiple” for students as requested. Petroff said this student requests. depends on the semester, but usually involves The managers also faced criticism after no more than 10 students. serving a fruit tray for lunch. Neel said they On Feb. 11, a Sunday, Sodexo placed ice served this in response to another request cream at the vegetarian and vegan section made by students. in place of a meal option at the designated Now, Neel and Petroff said the vegan and station. Neel said this is because, of the vegetarian station will always be stocked with students she consults with who are vegan an entree during meals. or vegetarian, most do not stay on campus “We will always have an entree,” Petroff during the weekend. said. “Those will be added as extras, be it a Hall said he wasn’t aware of this. fruit tray, the carrots and hummus.” Petroff later told The Franklin Sodexo will The management team said they have now serve a vegetarian or vegan option at since corrected their menu to list “hearty” the designated station on weekends. options like meatless meatloaf and mashed Sodexo currently has a variety of vegan potatoes made with non-dairy milk. and vegetarian products in its stockrooms, “The students that have these problems including Impossible Burger, a plant-based should be able to eat like the rest of the stu“meat” product, Chao coconut cheese, gludents,” Neel said. “They pay the exact same ten-free pizza dough and more. money, so they should be able to eat.” Neel and Petroff said they want to better Each week, Neel partners with Petroff to market these products to encourage more review recipes in a database Sodexo provides individual requests from students. to its 900 partner schools. Junior Emily Pierce, who has been a The Food Management System provides vegetarian for eight years to support animal gluten-free, non-dairy and vegan options for cruelty-free living, said she never knew about Sodexo staff to choose from. Additionally, the the individualized options available. She said FMS lists nutritional information about each the food placed at the station each day isn’t recipe, Neel said. enough to provide for students as is. Petroff said Neel “Franklin-izes” the recipe “There is a cycle happening in Sodexo,” options. This includes incorporating student Pierce said. “A student or FC staff member feedback and observing the popularity of will complain and for the next one to two certain dishes. days it will change, but after that it goes right “It is a corporate-wide menu, but Chef back to carrots or, sometimes, nothing at all.” [Neel] makes it for Franklin College,” Petroff said.



Vice president of business, finance reflects on position at Franklin College EMILY KETTERER | STORY

After five years serving as the college’s vice president for business and finance, Dan Schluge retired Thursday. Schluge previously spent 25 years working in the corporate world before coming to Franklin in October 2012. Schluge said the higher education environment differs from what he used to do. “Our customers never get old because we keep turning them through,” Schluge said. “Working with young people is energizing, and the people that work at this college, it’s a vocation to them; it’s not a job. They’re committed to making sure our students are successful, and it’s neat to see that happen.” Schluge, a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, joined the Franklin College community after 12 years as chief financial officer for OneAmerica, a network of companies whose products include retirement plan services,

individual life insurance and annuities. Because of his new experience working in higher education, he said his time at Franklin has been a learning experience. “I think I’m leaving here a better man than I came,” Schluge said. “It’s been a learning experience for me. I probably learned more in this college experience than I did when I went to college.” Schluge said he looks forward to spending his retirement babysitting his grandchildren, traveling, volunteering at church and doing other “fun stuff.” “I’m humbled by the experience I have gotten here,” Schluge said. “It’s been very motivational. It’s been very enjoyable, and I’m going to miss it. I won’t miss the work, but I’ll miss the people, and that’s true.”

Dan Schluge joined the college in October 2012 as vice president for business and finance. He retired from the position Thursday. EMILY KETTERER | PHOTO

STUDENTS CONCERNED BY LACK OF OUTDOOR CAMERAS Security director says parking lot cameras are ‘not terribly beneficial’ TAYLOR BROWN | STORY

Senior Bret Roberts never expected to walk into the Dietz Center parking lot and discover that her car had been hit. She was even more frustrated when she discovered the parking lot had no cameras, making it impossible to catch the culprit. “I feel like I pay so much to go here,” Roberts said. “They can afford to put a camera in the parking lot.” Of the 53 total security cameras placed across school property, only three are exterior cameras. None of them face the parking lots. But Director of Security Steve Leonard said through his own experience, having cameras in parking lots is typically not helpful. “Unless they are monitored 24 hours a day—which means someone is watching what is happening in that parking lot— they’re not terribly beneficial,” Leonard said. In the past, the college did place cameras in the parking lots, but the cameras did not allow security guards to zoom in when reviewing the film unless they were watching in real time. Leonard said security guards only looked

Senior Bret Roberts’ car was hit by another vehicle in the Dietz Center parking lot in 2016. No Franklin College parking lot has a security camera, making it difficult to identify an offender. BRYAN WELLS | PHOTO

at the footage when they were notified of a car break-in or accident. The footage, however, only showed dark figures breaking into cars, making it difficult to identify the individual. “We don’t have anyone who sits and monitors cameras 24 hours a day,” Leonard said. “We just don’t have the staff for it. I would probably have to quadruple my staff.” He stressed that while safety and security are the college’s biggest priorities, budget tends to be a factor.

Leonard said security is currently working on adding more card access locations on campus. They determined that was an appropriate way to spend money rather than adding cameras in a non-high-demand area. Five vehicle break-ins have been reported this academic year, Leonard said. The security office has not received any reports of accidents in the parking lots. Junior Holly Short, a Dietz Center resident assistant, said having cameras in parking lots is a necessity for college campuses. While on duty in the residence hall, Short and junior Emily Pierce encountered “a suspicious man” pacing back and forth near a car in the nearby parking lot. “I would not necessarily feel safer, but maybe more comfortable knowing that if something happened to me or my car, we’d have evidence,” Short said. Roberts continues to drive with a smashed bumper after someone left $1,500 worth of damages to her car when she was hit in the lot. “I’ve never gotten it fixed because I have to pay that all out of pocket because I don’t know who did it,” Roberts said.



I got to witness and do everything, so it wasn’t just them talking at me and telling me what they do.





One Franklin College sophomore had a January of discovery, but she didn’t need a passport. She needed a good pair of mud boots. When biology student Brittani Covault approached her adviser and biology professor Ben O’Neal about potential internships, she never imagined she would spend a month on a sheep farm. “I wanted to have this experience to see if it’s something I would want to do later on in my life,” Covault said. O’Neal connected Covault with Poe Hamps, a family-owned sheep farm in Franklin. While it may not have been the most glamorous internship, she said the experience was necessary for her to determine whether this was the line of work she wanted to continue in her future. After earning her undergraduate degree, Covault said she wants to go to veterinary school and eventually work with small domesticated animals insteadw. Throughout her internship, Covault was involved in a variety of experiences, including a sheep’s live birth. “I actually got to pull a lamb,”

she said. “I actually assisted in labor most of the times. Some days they would have 15 to 20 or more lambs born in a day.” However, Covault said not everything always went as planned. “During the colder days, like 10 degrees below zero, we did lose some lambs because they just weren’t big enough, weren’t strong enough to make it through the weather conditions,” she said. But this didn’t keep her from praising the overall experience. “I would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to go into a career with animals, even if it’s not livestock,” Covault said. “It was a lot of physical, hard labor, but it was also really rewarding because it was a great experience. I got to witness and do everything, so it wasn’t just them talking at me and telling me what they do. I got to do it.” The opportunity solidified her decision to pursue a career involving her passion for animals. She even looks forward to the upcoming summer when the farm welcomes her back to witness the lambs’ artificial insemination process before more sheep are born next January. “I never missed an experience.”



Diversity leaders see room for growth in campus culture



ast fall, 36 freshmen self-reported that they came to Franklin College from a multicultural background—an increase of only one student compared to the incoming class of 2016. In an effort to increase campus diversity, college leaders are developing strategies to recruit more students of diverse backgrounds in the future. “To recruit a diverse class, we have to be a campus that appreciates diversity, and I think the college has made strides in doing that, diversifying staff and faculty,” said Kate Coffman, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid. “I think students want to come to a campus where they see themselves, where they see that there’s going to be an authentic experience.” It’s difficult to gauge the exact population of students with multicultural backgrounds at Franklin College, said Denise Baird, associate provost and professor of sociology, because students are not obligated to report details relating to sexual orientation, religious affiliation or other personal information. Race, however, is reported. In 2016, 83.9 percent of students on campus identified as white according to the National Center



for Education Statistics. About 14 percent identified as black, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Narive or two or more races, while nearly 1 percent identified as “non-residential alien.” The remaining 1.9 percent is unknown. The college’s admissions office is analyzing its tactics to ensure students of diverse backgrounds are being reached. “The admissions team takes a look at where are there large populations of multicultural students,” Coffman said. “And then we do a variety of activities to reach those students.” When high school students take the SAT or ACT, or visit a college-planning website, they typically grant permission for their name to be sold to colleges across the country, Coffman said. Franklin is one of several colleges to purchase a new pipeline of names each year. Admissions counselors also partner with community-based organizations that work with multicultural students like the Center for Leadership Development, an Indianapolis-based organization that provides professional development opportunities to minorities. More recent partnerships include Starfish, a group that promotes college access

and readiness to youth in poverty, and the Indiana Latino Institute, which advocates for health and education among Latino Hoosiers. “Through the partnerships, they bring their students to Franklin for different activities or tours and we can hopefully help them see what Franklin has to offer,” Coffman said. She acknowledged that recruiting diverse students does not only involve multicultural enrollment. The college also focuses on aspects like out-of-state enrollment, major preferences and students who may be interested in programs the college is developing, she said. Marketing also plays a vital role in recruiting students, especially of diverse backgrounds, because it can showcase the positive experiences multicultural students are having on campus, Coffman said. However, the experiences must be honest. “It can’t create a situation that’s not true or authentic,” she said. “So then once you have those things in place on campus—and I think Franklin is still making progress in those areas—then marketing can reflect that.” Just as marketing helps to bring in more diverse students, the Office of Diversity

9 and Inclusion also advocates for recruiting students of different backgrounds through campus programs and events. Terri Roberts, director of diversity and inclusion, serves as an advocate and resource for students, specifically for those from non-majority backgrounds. While the Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides ways for students to learn about diversity, Roberts said students also need to educate themselves. “It’s important for students to remember that you’re not a baby anymore,” she said. “You know that you have not been exposed to things, so you need to take initiative to go out and expose yourself. You need to come to the diversity center on your own. Take your learning into your own hands.” Roberts said she would like to see the college’s faculty and staff use diversity advocates, who are students selected by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in the classroom more often, especially in the math and science departments. “Our diversity advocates are utilized, but it’s usually by the journalism department and the social sciences,” Roberts said. “No matter what you’re doing in life, diversity is a part of it. I think that would really show students that it’s important no matter what

you’re doing.” Kayla Commons, a sophomore diversity advocate, said she loves seeing students realize the diversity of their classes. In general, however, Commons said the college is not very diverse. “I don’t think Franklin College is extremely diverse, but I do know that they are trying,” Commons said. “Our school is welcoming to all students, and they do openly promote diversity which is a step in the right direction.” Coffman said there is a slight increase in the total number of multicultural applicants for fall 2018 with 602 self-reported multicultural applicants—29 more than the 573 applicants at this time last year. The number of admitted multicultural students has also increased since last year. While she and her team are still working to increase campus diversity, Coffman said the college has made strides and is already more diverse than it has been in the past. “Multicultural recruitment is important to the college, and our multicultural enrollment is definitely something that we want to grow,” Coffman said. “I think we’re headed in a good direction, but we still have significant growth to make.”

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Policy that could help students needs more campus attention One name made headlines throughout the month of January: Larry Nassar. Nassar, a once world-renowned USA Gymnastics physician, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and possession of child pornography. For two decades, Nassar abused more than 150 women and girls. Nassar treated several female Olympic gymnasts, and—like many abusers are—he was trusted by the athletes and their parents. According to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, a website created and operated by the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 11.2 percent of all college students experience rape or sexual assault through physical abuse. The website also reports that 8.8 percent of female and 2.2 percent of male graduates and professional students are raped or sexually assaulted through physical force or violence. To prevent these incidents from occurring, policies must exist to protect men and women of all ages. In the 1970s, the federal government passed a law called Title IX. The government originally created the law to ensure equal opportunities for men and women, primarily in athletics at the collegiate level. Since then, the law has evolved to cover age, gender and race discrimination, as well as sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence and stalking. Title IX is a necessity on college campuses. “A critical responsibility for schools under Title IX is to designate a well-qualified, well-trained Title IX coordinator and to give that coordinator the authority and support necessary to do the job,” Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon said in a 2015 article from Inside Higher Ed. In September 2017, Director of Security Steve Leonard became the interim Title IX coordinator when Director of Human Resources Maureen Pinnick left the position. President Thomas Minar announced Leonard’s new position in an October email, saying he values Leonard’s “leadership abilities

and his willingness to take these additional responsibilities until such time that we appoint a permanent Title IX coordinator.” June Henderson has since been hired as the director of human resources and Title IX coordinator. Leonard stayed on as deputy Title IX coordinator to help Henderson with the duties. The announcement of a new coordinator has not been made public to students in an email. On a campus where sexual misconduct was reported nine times in 2016, students should be aware of a new coordinator. Since Henderson is in a position of high importance on campus, students should be informed of who is taking care of sexual assault, rape and violence reports. Title IX provides a way for students to formally or anonymously report sexual misconduct. Students have a couple options when filing a report to campus officials. They can tell any college employee, who is then required to file a report. If a student takes this route, the report will be formal because employees are not allowed to file anonymous reports. Students can also file a report on MyFC. The link to do this is on the left hand side of the front page of the website. Students can complete one anonymously or formally and provide their name so those who respond to the situation can offer them help and resources. “Our main goal is to support that person, to help them through this situation,” Leonard said. “We don’t have an end goal in mind when we first get a report. It is to support the student and give them resources.” Title IX is a good tool for students to use when they feel like they have been a victim of sexual misconduct. Through Title IX, students can find help and guidance they may not have known were available to them. Any student, male or female, athlete or non-athlete, can benefit from Title IX. Title IX is designed to help all students find help

The Franklin staff believes that Franklin College needs to make students more aware of Title IX and how it can hep them. THE FRANKLIN OPINION BOARD

and get justice for what has been done to them. The Title IX coordinator should be explicitly introduced to students, and administration should explain Henderson’s duties and how she can help students facing any sort of discrimination.

#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. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TITLE IX IS?


*70 people participated in this poll


‘KEEP FRANKLIN FUNKY’ City should take notes on street art from Rio A small town like Franklin, Indiana, is hardly comparable to a big city like Rio de Janiero in Brazil. One has LEIGH DURPHEY quaint suburbs and small businesses with a population nearing only 25,000, while the other holds more than six million residents in its sprawling city. Despite these stark differences, the towns share one aspect every city strives to have: a true sense of community. Franklin residents take pride in the city’s thriving small businesses and tight-knit relationships in the same way citizens of Rio take pride in their cultural and historical roots that band citizens together. But one aspect of community the city of Franklin should take notes from Rio is in their celebration of street art. Nearly ten years ago, the Brazilian government decriminalized street art, opening a world of opportunities for artists and color to revitalize gray and dull Rio buildings. I was lucky enough to experience Rio’s street art on my Winter Term trip to Brazil. Because it’s such a prominent and vivid part of the city’s landscape, it has quickly become an integral aspect of its culture and added exponentially to the sense of community. Rio street art allows commissioned artists to express local happenings, from historical events to social unrest, that bring the commu-

nity together. And Franklin has the opportunity to experience this same community feel thanks to the likes of Associate Professor of Art Gordon Strain, who has been a big proponent of public art in Franklin and a leader of the Johnson County Community Foundation’s “Color the County” mural program. Despite Strain’s artistic vision and desire to beautify downtown Franklin, he has faced roadblocks preventing major murals from being painted in this space. One city ordinance regulates the size and type and frequency of signage—a category murals fall under—leaving artists with limited space to create. Officials are also concerned murals will “clutter” downtown storefronts and damage historical buildings, according to a 2017 NUVO article. This is a common misconception about street art—the belief that these works vandalize a town and take away from its historical beauty. But what these city officials are overlooking is the community these murals can foster. Community should be more than what Franklin has been known for, like its older homes and small businesses; it’s about the potential for what the town could become through cultural growth and the prospect of expressing the uniqueness of the city. If the town really wants to take its tightknit community to the next cultural level, they should take a page out of Rio’s book and allow street art to keep Franklin funky.

Street art in downtown Franklin. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO


TWITTER POLL *51 people participated in this poll. The Franklin’s polls are illustrative and not scientific. They are a way to get the college community involved.

We asked Franklin College students: Do you view city street art as beautification or vandalism?

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WEIGHT ROOM DILEMMA Non-athletes face obstacles when trying to work out Earlier this school year a friend and I decided to start working out to try to be healthier. Spurlock has a gym that is CHRISTINARAMEY open to everyone, so it made it easy for us to decide to do it. A couple nights a week, we go and do cardio on the second floor of Spurlock. But one place we typically avoid is the dreaded weight room. Walking into the weight room makes us feel like outsiders and as if we don’t belong in the area. Most of the people who use the weight room are trained athletes, which can be a bit intimidating. For non-athletes who just want to be healthy like me, it would be great if hours could be set aside for the weight room at a time without athletes. This would help students feel more comfortable in working out. But the fact of the matter is there isn’t enough room or time to do something like that. “It’s a problem on top of a problem,” Director of Athletics Kerry Prather said. “What we’ve got in the weight room—and it’s the best we can do given the number of sports and the number of student athletics we have—we’ve said that we will not reserve the weight room just because there is a team or part of a team in there.” Even though it’s a small campus, our weight room and cardio area are too small to accommodate everyone who wishes to use the spaces. In order to accommodate everyone, Prather said we would have to have at least one other weight room the size of the one we have now. Getting another weight room and more equipment would require money that just isn’t available right now. The current situation isn’t one that is ideal and probably won’t be fixed anytime in the near future. The only things we can do right now is go to a different gym or, if you don’t want to do that, find times to go to the weight room when it isn’t so crowded.


TRAVELING PROVIDES CHANCES TO GROW Columnist reflects on new perspectives after fall semester abroad I’m sure you have been encouraged at least once to study abroad. And I’m only here to confirm that JESSICAKAISER suggestion—you absolutely should. I’ve traveled far and wide to countries around the world, but no experience was as amazing as my full semester abroad last fall. Studying abroad offers a number of opportunities for students, including the chance to meet new people and make connections that will last a lifetime. Of course you can make friends at home, but how many of those friends are from another country? Meeting new people while abroad provides comfort. They are probably in the same boat as you: living in a foreign country with strangers surrounding them, even facing the typical symptoms of homesickness. Additionally, you’ll have a reason to go back to the country—you can visit your friends. Another reason students should study abroad is to learn about different cultures. It’s one thing to learn these things in the classroom, but nothing beats seeing and experiencing these things for yourself. During my semester in Spain, I experi-

enced a drastically different culture, especially regarding schedules. Work or school typically didn’t start until 10 a.m. Then I would have midday breaks where I could go home, eat lunch and take a nap. Yes, naps. Dinner isn’t served until around 10 p.m., and if you go out to party, don’t expect to be home earlier than 5 a.m. Studying abroad also gave me the chance to travel to neighboring countries and learn even more. Traveling abroad doesn’t limit you to one spot. Take advantage of the opportunity to be within close proximity to surrounding countries. Being in Europe made this extremely easy for me. I traveled to a total of 10 countries other than Spain. All these reasons should have you ready to pack your bags and leave today, but one thing you have to remember while studying abroad is that you’re there to study. It isn’t a vacation. You learn a lot about yourself, other cultures and the subjects you study there. So, go flourish, spread your wings and study abroad. You will not regret it.

Jessica Kaiser enjoys a camel ride in Morocco during her semester abroad. SUBMITTED PHOTO | JESSICA KAISER

Jessica Kaiser poses in front of the Rome Colosseum. SUBMITTED PHOTO | JESSICA KAISER

SENIOR FAREWELL: LOVE WHERE YOU ARE, BUT EXPLORE Editor looks back on The Franklin, study abroad experiences When I think back to my past three years at Franklin College, some of my favorite memoNICOLE HERNANDEZ ries involve The Franklin and the Pulliam School of Journalism. I still remember my first year when I approached The Franklin’s booth at the activities fair because I wanted to do something that involved photography. I started out as a photographer, made my way up to assistant photo editor and eventually became the social media web editor. I’m so glad I took on the role as web editor because I discovered something that is a great fit for me, even motivating me to add a

public relations minor in my last year here. Because of my professors, I’ve gained so many great experiences, and I’ve grown so much as a professional. I’ve spent nearly all of my time in Shirk, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything because I’ve made some great friends and some great memories. I know my time at Franklin College wouldn’t have been the same without The Franklin. But if there’s only one thing I could say to you, it’s this: study abroad. I’m sure you’ve all heard this suggestion, and sometimes it can even feel like people are bugging you about it. For me, that was definitely the case. I kept telling myself I didn’t have the time for it because I’m graduating early, or I didn’t have the money for it. But finally, I stopped being so stubborn. Now here I am, a month after exploring

Japan, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Studying abroad will be the part of college I truly remember forever. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to travel abroad and immerse myself in such a unique culture. I’ve always enjoyed traveling, but this trip made me want to go out and explore the world more often. I gained a different perspective on life, and I feel that studying abroad has even made me want to live in a different country. In the end, I think that’s what college is all about: exploring new things, growing up, gaining new perspectives and finding your direction, whether that be your major, what you want to do after college or where you want to live next.


GAMES IN REVIEW WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Mt. St. Joseph University W, 72-68

MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Mt. St. Joseph University L, 80-70

Center John Beineke poses in the gym he’s practiced and played in for the past fours years. He is the only senior on the basketball team. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO


Senior center John Beineke is the only upperclassman on the Franklin College men’s basketball team abundant with freshmen and sophomores. However, he doesn’t see himself as an outsider on the young team, but as something else. “I see myself as a player-coach in a way,” Beineke said. “I know the system and what is expected of us, and I see the younger guys do something wrong or mess up.” One member of the team who has benefited from Beineke’s leadership is junior James Polston, who has transitioned from a player to a student assistant this year. “John just makes you a better player,” Polston said. Beineke has played basketball since sixth grade. The Grizzlies recruited him after he graduated from Perry Meridian High School, but he chose to attend IUPUI. When he started to miss playing basketball, he said transferring to Franklin was the best choice to play and be closer to home. Head Coach Kerry Prather’s first assessment of Beineke was that he’s a big perimeter kid who should be playing inside. “We had a conversation on the phone

where I said that what we really need is size, and we need inside players,” Prather said. “If you would like to learn how to play in the post, we really need that.” During the Jan. 20 game against Hanover College, Beineke attempted a rare threepoint shot, and he made it. Players listed as a center don’t typically make three-point shots, but Beineke’s attempt was just something he has done since high school, Prather said. “John has a long history dating back to high school and has always been a really good shooter,” Prather said. Prather said he will miss Beineke because he is not only a sharpshooting center, but also a hard worker. “From the day John showed up, his perspective on this was, ‘Tell me what you want me to do, show me what you want me to do and I will work to try and do it,’” Prather said. Beineke’s said he wants to see the team play well and get a shot at playing in the national tournament before his career is over. Beineke’s final game is Feb. 17 against Bluffton University. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING HCAC Championships 1st of 5

MEN’S SWIMMING @ Manchester University 2nd of 5


MEN’S BASKETBALL 2/17 @ Bluffton University

MEN’S SWIMMING 2/17 Liberal Arts Championships

WOMEN’S SWIMMING 2/17 Liberal Arts Championships


IN BRIEF INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Registration for Franklin College’s intramural basketball league is open for the 2018 season. Intramurals are open to anyone who wants to compete in an athletic setting. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create a team. Men’s basketball teams will be divided into professional and recreational leagues. Depending on the number of applicants, the women’s leagues will be combined into one section. Those who are interested in registering a team must complete an online form available on A team captain is responsible for completing the form, providing the names of their team’s participants and contact information. Competitions begin Feb. 22 and will be held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. The deadline for applications is Monday. Late applications will not be accepted. WOMEN’S LACROSSE TEAM PREDICTED TO FINISH SIXTH IN PRE-SEASON POLL The Franklin College women’s lacrosse team is predicted to come in sixth place in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference, according to a recent preseason coaches’ poll. Defending ORLC champion Washington and Jefferson College is predicted to win its second consecutive conference title with 137 points. The Grizzlies received 85 points and finished one point behind Mt. St. Joseph University, placing sixth overall. Franklin’s lacrosse team finished the 2017 season with a 6-7 record. The team has nine returning players this season, including senior attacker Jess Silva, who scored the most post points on the team last year. The Grizzlies kick off their season at home against Albion University March 3.

COACHES’ POLL PREDICTS GRIZZLIES FINISHING THIRD IN HCAC DIVISION Baseball team focused on winning conference title, not the votes BRANDON BARGER | STORY

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coaches’ Preseason Poll predicts the Franklin College baseball team will finish in high conference standings. But Head Baseball Coach Lance Marshall said it isn’t the ranking the team should focus on. “It’s just a coaches’ poll,” Marshall said. “The most important thing is to be on top by the end of the year.” The Grizzlies were predicted to finish third place this season out of 10 teams in the HCAC. The Tyler Robinson practices throwing before the season starts. The team finished last season baseball team was predicted to finish third in the Heartland with a 21-7 record. Collegiate Athletic Conference. ZOIE RICHEY | PHOTO After last season, this placement is what senior This year’s baseball team is full of returninfielder Frank Podkul anticipated. ing players. After losing two seniors last year, “It’s kind of what we expected,” Podkul the team is now led by eight seniors—Freed; said. “We didn’t finish where we wanted to Podkul; outfielders Ryan Erlandson, Mitch last season.” Schuman and Peter Duncan; and pitchers Senior catcher Jackson Freed said this Chandler Cardenas, Christian Sullivan and ranking means they had to continue to work Mitchell Caster. to get to the top spot. Per NCAA rules, coaches could not work “We had a few first-place votes, but honwith the players until January. To make estly, we had a little bad taste in the mouth,” up for this rule, the eight seniors acted like Freed said. “But it will only do us good by coaches for most of the offseason, helping lighting a fire underneath us.” the younger players understand the GrizDefending HCAC champion Earlham zlies’ program. College was projected to repeat this year “We spent a lot of time in the weight with 93 points and six of the first-place room,” sophomore Jarrod Smith said. “You votes. can see it this year more than last year that Manchester University came in second we have been in the [batting] cages and the with 81 points. In order, Franklin, Rose-Hulfitness center, just always getting swings in.” man Institute of Technology, Mount St. The Grizzlies will start their season Feb. Joseph University, Anderson University, 24 when they take on Penn State Behrend Bluffton University, Defiance College and College in Chillicothe, Ohio. Hanover College followed.


Twin sisters Abby and Emily Stayer have played soccer together for 19 years. Both credit the other with making them a better person and athlete. QUINN FITZGERALD | PHOTO

SISTERLY LOVE FUELS COMPETITIVE SPIRIT Stayer twins motivate each other to be better in sports, life JADA JONES | STORY

Senior defender Abby Stayer and December 2017 graduate Emily Stayer have played soccer together since they were three years old. Actually, the twin sisters have done everything together since they were little, whether it be playing the same sports, playing the same positions or choosing to attend the same college. “We looked at schools more independently,” Abby said. “But we knew we would enjoy continuing school together.” Both said they are happy they decided to come to Franklin College together. Aside from the chance to stay together, they were also excited no one from their high school would be attending the college. “No matter what you do or how hard you try, if you’re a twin, everyone’s going to compare you,” Emily said. Both said they wanted a fresh start and to explore new interests together. A new school allowed them to do that. Before transitioning from their high school soccer team to the college team, the sisters played in different positions. Emily always played on defense while Abby was always on offense. When former Head Coach Justin Sullivan moved Abby to play on defense, the twins had a taste of competition they hadn’t known before. “It made it a little more challenging because we were competing, but now we were competing for the same spot for the first

Abby and Emily Stayer pose with on the field during the soccer team’s senior day in October. QUINN FITZGERALD | PHOTO

time,” Emily said. But Emily wasn’t bitter; she spent a lot of time helping Abby with her new position. Emily said having her sister be the main competition has not only made them better athletes but also better people in general. On Nov. 4, 2017, the women’s soccer team won its first ever Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship title. Although Emily was unable to play because of a sprained ankle, she was on the sidelines cheering on her sister as the team made history. Abby said being able to experience moving

on to the HCAC tournament with her sister was more meaningful and memorable for her. “Our support for each other over the past four years at Franklin—and the past 19 years competing together—has brought us closer and enabled us to achieve more than just the title of champions,” Abby said. After their HCAC victory, the Grizzlies also competed in their first-ever NCAA Division III soccer tournament. The team lost to Arcadia University in the first round, but being able to play together again meant more than winning to the sisters. “This was my first real game back,” Emily said. “So being able not just to be there with her but to actually play with her made it that much more special to me.” Emily said their biggest struggle when they aren’t together is not having someone who understands them. She said just by looking at each other, they know what the other is thinking. Emily said her favorite difference between the two is she is more of a realist, and Abby is a dreamer. This helps her think outside of the box more than usual. “A lot of people think we are pretty much the same person, but we’re really different,” Emily said. “I think we are really complementary to each other, and I love having her because I feel like I’m a better person having her with me.”



Rebhorn and Brutsche have been eating at the dining hall at least once a week for a decade. “If your president would come in here tonight, he would stop and say, ‘Hi, Phil!’” Brutsche said. “Absolutely,” Rebhorn said. “We call him Tom.”

The Franklin: Feb. 16, 2018  
The Franklin: Feb. 16, 2018