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Students, community members collaborate to re-open shelter By LEANN BURKE

Two students reflect on sexual assaults to raise awareness on campus By DANA FERGUSON

Anne Neal had teeth marks on her bicep the next morning. Those teeth marks, intended to be sensual, haunted her for days as they remained on her body. Over two years after being sexually assaulted, she still bears the memory of that night. While the teeth marks on her arm can no DePauw defines sexual longer be seen, the scars from the man who misconduct to include date raped her remain. relationship violence, “I felt ashamed and embarrassed about stalking, voyeurism, sexual the entire situation,” said the current junior. battery, rape, sexual “I blamed myself for having too much to harassment or any other drink and for somehow not sticking with my nonconsensual sexually- friends.” For this article, rape victims agreed to related conduct. speak with The DePauw on the condition of anonymity for fear of being stigmatized on campus. Anne Neal and Olivia Thompson, who is mentioned later in the story, are fictitious names used to protect the individuals’ identities. Neal is one of many victims of sexual assault on DePauw’s campus who decided not to report her case to the university. Though reports of sexual assault have increased from six cases in 2008 to nine in 2011, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network The Rape, Abuse and Incest website says that 60 percent of all sexual asNational Network website sault cases go unreported. That may explain why universities such as says that 60% of all sexual Purdue and Notre Dame have similar numbers assault cases go unreported. of reported sex offenses with thousands more students. Director of Public Safety Angela Nally said that she knows many cases of sexual assault go unreported, but she believes the number of cases reported continues to increase due to greater awareness. “It worries me that we have a culture that sexual assaults exist in, but I am very glad that the individuals that

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these numbers represent sought out someone to help them,” Nally said. According to the sexual assault policy posted on the university website, sexual assault can “include a broad spectrum of behaviors including: relationship violence; stalking; voyeurism; sexual battery; rape; sexual harassment or any other nonconsensual sexually-related conduct.” Indiana state law uses a similar definition and adds, “A person who is unconscious (passed out) or incapacitated, whether from alcohol, drugs, or illness, cannot give consent to sex. Therefore, if sexual contact occurs, it is sexual assault.” Two years ago, Neal had just joined a greek chapter as a freshman and was eager to celebrate with her sorority sisters on “black monday,” the day after bid day in which the greek community at DePauw celebrates its new members. On that night, Neal went to the fraternities with her new sorority sisters and began drinking. After pre-gaming, taking many shots and drinking an unmeasured number of mixed drinks, Neal realized she was very intoxicated. She rendezvoused with a male friend who she had talked to a few times before and her sorority sisters quickly let her know that he was interested in hooking up with her. Both Neal and the man were intoxicated, but Neal said she did not feel uncomfortable kissing the man. As the situation moved to the man’s bed, however, Neal worried about what would come next. The man removed Neal’s clothing as well as his own and penetrated her. “He didn’t stop,” Neal said. “I was pinned down and whether due to fear or too much to drink or a combination of both, I was overcome with a sense of helplessness and could not move.” She began crying, but the man did not stop. When the man finished Neal crawled out of the bed, grabbed her clothes and ran from the man’s room. She

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The Greencastle community has sprung into action, collaborating with DePauw students to reopen the A-way Home homeless shelter. The shelter closed in 2011 due to financial reasons. With the nearest homeless shelters to Greencastle almost an hour away in Terre Haute, Indianapolis and West Lafayette, both students and the community realized the urgency and relevancy of the issue. “Greencastle got the Stellar Community Grant and it’s hard to be a stellar community when you don’t have an active shelter,” said senior Ethan Schweir, a Management Fellows student working on the project. “There’s a really big range in the middle where there is a definite need.” A DePauw development team, a group of Management Fellows, is working on the project with the help of the Greencastle community as part of their Management Fellows seminar class. “The assignment is for groups to find a way to make Greencastle better for everyone,” said Gary Lemon, Management Fellows director and advisor to the DePauw Development Team. “[It’s students] job is to figure out the finances to make the shelter sustainable.”

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The Greencastle homeless shelter, which closed in September, remains empty. Both DePauw students and community members are working together in hopes that the shelter will reopen soon. ISABELLE CHAPMAN/THE DEPAUW

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New white paper hopes to improve student-alumni relations By ABBY MARGULIS

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At Sunday’s student government assembly meeting, the student alumni engagement white paper was passed to improve relations between current and former students. Previous white papers concerning student and alumni relationships have worked to improve student accessibility to Civic, Global and Professional Opportunity offices, but members of student government would like to see more on-campus communication and interaction between students and alumni. Student body president Charles Pierre, senior,

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is enthusiastic about the potential impacts this new white paper may bring to the university. “This white paper being passed is a step in the right direction,” he said. “In the future, we hope student government will facilitate conversations between students and alumni. This white paper calls for more opportunities for both groups to get together here on campus, and addresses how we can strengthen these ties.” Student government plans to increase student’s knowledge of the Graduates of the Last Decade Council and Barlett Alumni Office, work together to make more alumni and student coordinated events during Old Gold and Monon weekends and to set up

an event once a semester for alumni and students to meet and converse. At the meeting, another new white paper suggesting the providing of more outside study spaces for students was brought up. While the East College lawn is currently a common place for students to congregate and study, many students feel as though DePauw could offer more options. They suggested providing more seating for students with more chairs or picnic tables and adding more blackboards would allow for more students to study. This paper will be discussed again later in the semester to further finalize details.



Last week, PNC Bank installed a new ATM machine in the northeast staircase of the Hub in an effort to provide students with another option for banking. Students can withdraw as little as $5 at a time from the machine and the machine offers a check deposit features. The ATM supports 10 different languages. There will be no transaction fees for PNC customers. Non-PNC cardholders will be charged a fee of $2.50. This fee is $.50 less than their standard fee of transaction. “We haven’t received any feedback on the ATM machine yet,” said Kevin Kessinger, associate vice president of finance. “It’s only been there for a week so far though, so we are hopeful that it will be useful and appreciated.” The Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) ATM machine located outside of the student bookstore is to remain, but the university realized that PNC was a bank more common to students than TCU. TCU’s ATM charges a $2 transation fee. “Not as many students have accounts with TCU as they do with PNC,” said Brad Kelsheimer, vice president for finance and administration. “PNC has a great reputation in markets and is a great choice for our students. There are many PNC banks in areas where our students are from such as Indianapolis, St. Louis, Chicago and Ohio.” PNC will host an event March 23 to offer students, faculty and staff further information about the banking options they offer. “DePauw has a longstanding relationship with PNC, so it made sense,” Kessinger said. “PNC plans to provide financial literacy education to employees and students. We are also planning on creating a co-branded debit card sometime in the future.” In the fall of 2012, the ATM machine will be upgraded to give PNC customers the ability to cash checks to the dollar and accept currency bill deposits.

A peformer from Indianapolis sings during a Dragball on Friday night. United DePauw hosted the second annual Dragball, the Dragalicious Dragball Haus of Fierce, Friday night at the Inn at DePauw. Well over 125 students and faculty members attended the event which celebrated the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community on campus. The Drag Ball serves as an event for students on campus to explore gender in a safe, accepting environment. Both DePauw students and performers from Indianapolis were featured in the show. CLARISSA ZINGRAF / THE DEPAUW

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University ends fact-finding mission, no action in academic freedom case Mark Tatge, the investigative reporting journalism professor who prompted action by university administrators after he used a current student’s public arrest record as an example in his class, won’t be disciplined. Vice President for Academic Affairs David Harvey dismissed his informal query late last week after “collecting information” for about two weeks. Harvey declined to comment for this story, expressing that “personnel mat-

ters considered confidential” in an email he sent while off campus this week for a conference. The Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism was also brief on the matter. “Thankfully common sense prevailed,” Tatge said. “I consider the matter now closed.” The controversy started two weeks ago in an Investigative Reporting Techniques class, which teaches journalism students how to access public information, when Tatge passed out a 17-page packet detailing the student’s Jan. 27

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Tyler Witherspoon, a junior member of Sigma Chi fraternity, prepares for the Alpha Chi Omega sorority Strutathon in the Indoor Tennis and Track Center on Saturday morning. Sigma Chi went on to win the event, which raised money for domestic violence awareness.


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Babington, who removed herself from the investigation early on to work closely with the student’s family, said she didn’t have anything to add to the conversation. “The conversation felt difficult,” Casey said. “But the fact that an institution like DePauw had a difficult discussion is not in and of itself a reason to be concerned.” During last week’s faculty meeting, Andrew Hayes, a theater and communications professor, asked Casey if there would be any public forums among the students or faculty.

He has since had a brief meeting with Casey about the possibility of a forum, which has not been announced. Casey noted that he has had conversations about this issue with over three dozen faculty members and many students over the past weeks. Casey wouldn’t comment directly on the investigation’s dismissal, but he thought the conversation was “absolutely” productive. “What you hope is that there was a meaningful resolution,” Casey said. “And I think we had that.”

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“Whether it be through one of the offices here dealing with community service, to have someone on campus who can really head-up volunteers and continue support for the shelter yearin, year-out after we’re gone.” The Management Fellows students currently working on the project intend for the program’s involvement with A-Way Home to be long-term. “We want to pass [the shelter] down as part of being in Management Fellows,” Lemons said. “For freshmen and sophomore members, part of being in Management Fellows would be to maintain the A-Way Home program.” Although the DePauw Management Team is doing a lot of work to help reopen the shelter, the help that they have received from the community has played a large role in their success thus far. Former DePauw professors John Dittmer, Walker Gillmer and Bob Sedlack, as well as the former pastor of St. Andrews Episcopal Church Bill Wieland, are working to win the support of Greencastle residents and to get the community excited about supporting A-Way Home. The four men

also brought in Joel Rekas, the former executive director of Bloomigton’s Shalom Community Center, as a consultant. One of the major problems Rekas found was that A-Way home was functioning both as a single adult shelter and a family shelter. The main change that the group plans to make when the re-open the shelter is to consolidate the shelter’s purpose. Rekas also suggested creating a realistic budget for A-Way Home that is based on the programs offered. They also plan to broaden the donor base. “A good shelter should get about half of its operating funds from some kind of contributions,” Schweir said. “The rest can come from United Way, federal grants, et cetera.” In order to raise the necessary funds, Rekas suggested A-Way Home regularly look for media opportunities, including social media. While the group has worked hard thus far, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the shelter can reopen. “There is no certainty on reopening,” Dittmer said. “But we are confident we can work something out.”

The main goal of the DePauw Development Team is to get the DePauw community excited about the A-way Home Shelter. “We’re really trying to bolster support, specifically financial support,” junior DePauw Development Team member Max Blankenhorn said. “One of the big projects is a philanthropy. We have financial goals in mind of raising $5,000 or 10 percent of the necessary funds in terms of donations.” Schweir stated that there are a few anonymous donors that will match the amount that is raised. The $5,000 the DePauw Development Team hopes to be able to provide is only one-tenth of the funds a good shelter needs to have donated annually. Alongside the money that the DePauw Development Team hopes to raise, they also plan on providing volunteer help once the shelter is reopened. “We’re looking at trying to set up a Winter Term program,” junior Joe Wojda, a member of the team, said.



arrest. Within the day, the student’s parents contacted Cindy Babington, vice president for student life. One of her sorority sisters contacted Babington not long after. Harvey then began his query of students in the class. Babington called the students to invite them to a meeting with Harvey on Saturday morning. President Brian Casey changed his flight schedule to meet with the student’s family on Sunday. Other administrators have been careful in addressing the subject since its close.

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Assault | continued from page 1 cried as she made her way back to her dorm room. Neal saw that she had missed phone calls and text messages from her friends. Neal awoke the next morning to the harsh reality that she had been date raped. She told a few close friends who referred her to a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate as well as the Wellness Center, but Neal elected not to go. She had been sexually abused by a boyfriend in high school and received extensive ridicule as a result. Neal hoped to avoid similar treatment from her peers by deciding not to report the incident to the university. “When I came to DePauw, it was a fresh start,” Neal said. “I did not want to spend my next three years becoming a social outcast just like in high school.” Junior Sarah Kloppenburg, an intern at the Compton Center for Justice, said many students fail to consider state law regarding sexual consent when engaging in sexual activity at parties. “It’s more of an issue than any one of us knows,” Kloppenburg said. “This is wrong and a lot of the things that are happening on this campus are illegal.” Olivia Thompson, a sophomore from Indianapolis who also spoke under the condition of anonymity, reported her sexual assault case anonymously during her freshman year knowing that the man who violated her had acted in an illegal way. She decided not to pursue the case in university court, however, because she did not want to deal with the emotional impact of seeing him face-to-face. “I knew that what he did was wrong, but I just couldn’t see him again,” Thompson said. “I couldn’t look at him and not remember what he did to me.”

TIPS FOR WOMEN ON HOW TO PREVENT RISK OF SEXUAL ASSAULT: • Monitor beverages • Limit alcohol consumption • Travel with other women to parties and be sure to keep track of one another • Hang out with men who you know and trust at parties


Cara Setchell, associate dean of students, said she wishes that more victims reported their cases and took them to university court, but she understands how difficult that can be. She said in the past three years there have been six cases that have been tried in court. The cases resulted in consequences for perpetrators ranging from suspension to expulsion. Victims can seek legal action separate from DePauw’s Sexual Misconduct Board hearings.

“He didn’t stop. I was pinned down and whether due to fear or too much to drink or a combination of both, I was overcome with a sense of helplessness and could not move.” — “Anne Neal,” a junior and date rape victim

Kyle Robbins, a junior and Interfraternity Council executive board member, said he believes most men at DePauw know the state law regarding consent and choose to follow it. He said the Interfraternity Council works to make men in the greek community more aware of the law, but said some continue to construe the law in a way that better suits their desire to hookup. “I feel like anyone and everyone should know that that law exists,” Robbins said. “Ignorance should be no excuse.” Neal said she shared her story with The DePauw in order to raise awareness about sexual assault on DePauw’s campus. She said she decided not to report her case to the university because she did not want to cause the man ex-


• Avoid hooking up with women who appear to be intoxicated • Know the rules and laws associated with sexual assault • Watch out for your friends both male and female to be sure that they do not engage in inappropriate behavior while intoxicated

tensive harm, especially after he apologized. “Many of my friends were not happy with this decision, but I did not see the point in ruining his life when I knew that he was sorry for what he had done,” Neal said. Kloppenburg said that in many cases, like Neal’s, alcohol creates a significant problem. “When alcohol is involved it is really easy for a bad situation to get much worse,” Kloppenburg said. “I would be surprised if not everyone on this campus did not know someone or know of someone who has been personally affected by either relationship or sexual violence.” To publicize the issue of sexual assault on campus, Kloppenburg and Jeanette JohnsonLicon, director of the Women’s Center, are working on a campaign financed by a National Department of Justice grant. Johnson-Licon said the project will address “the elephant in the room.” Herds of small elephant cardboard cutouts will make their way across campus in the coming weeks. “We try to take this metaphor of the elephant in the room and use that as a catalyst for some conversations about the prevalence of sexualized violence in our communities,” Johnson-Licon said. Other efforts such as a combined project between Feminista and student government to create a white paper pertaining to sexual assault, as well as initiatives from the Women’s Center and administrators, shed light on an issue that often remains in the shadows. Neal continues to share her story with other women who have been affected by sexual violence and strives to make sure that she never leaves a sorority sister or friend behind at a fraternity. “People want different things and sometimes this is not communicated,” Neal said.


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• Assist Greencastle Police Department — traffic control • GPD took call | Time: 1:46 a.m. | Place: Bloomington and Washington streets • Medical • Transported to Putnam County Hospital | Time: 2:28 a.m. | Place: Mason Hall • Assist Campus Living noise/loud music • Made contact with subjects/verbal warning issued | Time: 11:54 a.m. | Place: Union Building • Noise loud music • Forwarded to IFC | Time: 12:57 a.m. | Place: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity

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• Driving while intoxicated • Arrested: Kirk Hudson II | Time: 2:55 a.m. | Place: US 240 • Roommate conflict • Forwarded to Campus Living | Time: 3:19 a.m. | Place: Longden Hall • Unauthorized use of ID card • Under investigation | Time: 10:23 a.m. | Place: Union Building • Fire alarm/trespass • Pull station alarm reset/ juvenile issued trespass warning | Time: 8:44 p.m. | Place: Lilly Center • Assist PCSD/alcohol violation • Released/ forwarded to Community Standards Committee | Time: 11:18 p.m. | Place: Humbert Hall parking lot

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• Criminal mischief to sign • Pending | Time: 1:16 a.m. | Place: Gobin church • Suspicious activity • Officer checked area/ unable to locate subjects | Time: 3:11 a.m. | Place: Phi Kappa Psi fraternity • Noise — loud music • Made contact with House representation/verbal warning issued | Time: 3:45 a.m. | Place: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity • Noise — loud music • Made contact with house representation/verbal warning issued | Time: 4:40 a.m. | Place: Delta Tau Delta fraternity • Medical • Transported to Putnam County Hospital | Time: 8:30 a.m. | Place: Humbert Hall SOURCE: PUBLIC SAFETY WWW.DEPAUW.EDU/STUDENTLIFE/CAMPUS-SAFETY/ PUBLICSAFETY/ACTIVITY-REPORT/YEAR/2012/

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Academic freedom, in law Ditch university concerts, start festival LEAH FREESTONE On March 13, 1925, the Tennessee State Legislature passed the Butler Act. This new law stated that it was unlawful for any teacher in a public school to teach the theory of evolution or more specifically, “that man has descended from a lower order of species.” Even though state Rep. John W. Butler, the writer of the bill, never anticipated such discord to result from it, the law became the focus of the famous Scopes vs. Tennessee trial that began in May of that same year. The trial, also popularly known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, became an intense and prolonged debate regarding the constitutionality of the law. On May 5, 1925, John Scopes, a substitute teacher in a public high school in Tennessee was charged with teaching evolution in the classroom and thus violating the Butler Act. He was tried and convicted quickly, but his defense attorney, Clarence Darrow, immediately appealed the decision with four points of reasoning, all of which were refuted and rejected by the Tennessee Supreme Court. First, he argued that the law itself was far too general and that the term “evolution” was, in itself, extremely vague. If the term could not be so easily defined, Darrow insisted that Scopes, or anyone else for that matter, could never truly be properly convicted of violating such a hazy law. The Tennessee Supreme Court retorted with the fact that the “popular significance of evolution” was publicly defined due to recent debates. Darrow’s second argument resided in the notion that this conviction denied Scopes his right to free speech. However, the court pointed out that he was an employee of the state and was contractually bound to it, so this privilege was rightfully limited. The third objection in Darrow’s appeal was derived from the apparent contradiction with the portion of the Tennessee State Constitution, which stated that the legislature was responsible for pursuing endeavors that “cherish literature and science.” Darrow argued that the theory of evolution was a recent and prevalent scientific study and the teaching of it should there-

fore not only be permissible, but encouraged. The court avoided the issue with the defense that the judiciary was not permitted to decide what was to be considered science. The final portion of Darrow’s grounds for appeal was that the Tennessee State Constitution prohibited efforts to establish a state religion and that this law was violating it. With the defense that the law only forbade one idea, not even technically a religion, instead of establishing another, the court refuted all four of Darrow’s efforts to appeal. Scopes was convicted but eventually the decision was reversed due to a technicality in the pronouncement of the price of the fine. The Butler Act was later repealed in 1967. The trial became and remained famous for its bizarrely vivacious and prolonged arguments over a fine of a mere $100. The core of the debate blew seemingly out of proportion due to the fact that someone was proactively stepping out of the typically accepted ideas about religion and education. In this Southern community, the thought of teaching children that humans could be derived from anything other than God’s creation was considered simply blasphemous among the majority of people. The Scopes Trial demonstrated that regardless of the popular acceptance of an idea, it is the written guidelines in the law that ultimately distinguishes the acceptable from the unacceptable. Similar to the questions of academic freedom and student privacy that have recently been circling our campus, a controversial issue arises from the idea that at the end of the day, whether written rules and a person’s violation or obeying of them, should be the ultimate decision maker or not. John Scopes’ actions were not popular, that is for certain, but he believed that according to the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions, they were legal. Regardless of the legality of actions, we like to think of ourselves as intrinsically moral people and therefore the labeling of right and wrong actions create the potential for a permanently unsettled debate. Little did he know, John Butler was introducing an outstanding example of this dilemma between morality and written rules 87 years ago today. —Freestone is a sophomore from Brownsburg,

Ind., majoring in history and biology.

JIM EASTERHOUSE It’s just the same old song and dance. That’s what comes to mind when I think of the upcoming concert this Saturday night featuring Gavin DeGraw and David Nail. Another safe bet for a show — a neutrally typical performer without much excitement or an enticing reason for me to take the two-minute stroll from my south quad dorm to the GCPA. Before I go any further, DeGraw does deserve credit. His hit single “I Don’t Want To Be” did receive two noteworthy accomplishments in 2005 and 2006, including “Top Soundtrack Single of the Year” by Billboard and “Song of the Year” by Radio Music. His current single “Not Over You” has also received support and major exposure on the radio. The fact is, though, that the awards for “I Don’t Want to Be” came nearly six years ago. And to be quite frank, it doesn’t float the boats of many people on campus. As mentioned, Gavin DeGraw is a safe selection for a concert (as are some past shows): Not much dispute, fairly calm or collective, and with one or two recognizable or relative hits. DePauw deserves something better, something different. What if we scraped aside the thought of two seasonal shows a year? Went a completely different, unconventional route? What if DePauw had it’s own miniature music festival? Before elaborating, I will note that yes, this idea is totally idealistic and would be a tough sell. There would be a lot to have to go into it and would take a strong push by many inhabitants in this humble area. However, take a step back and think this through: The aim, the factors, and the possibilities. In no way, shape, or form would this be a high scale event with mainstream acts. Imagine having multiple up and coming or completely unknown bands coming to DePauw to showcase their abilities to a widespread crowd of eager, accepting music-loving college students. WGRE does a fantastic job at presenting fairly

unknown indie artists to listeners all through Greencastle. Many students have increasingly developed a love for the new trend of electronic music as well. It would, therefore, be easy to target bands that would fit this criteria and work for all. This would also be a tremendous opportunity for DePauw’s own artists to perform for fellow classmates and professors. There is a plethora of musically talented students who itch for the chance to jam for anyone who is willing to listen. People would actually be getting involved, rather than just stopping by for the normal concert and leaving half way through. By scheduling this festival in a time of good weather, a unique atmosphere can be felt by the campus as well. Rather than being cooped up in the Kresge auditorium, awkwardly standing between formal seating and alongside unnecessary barricades, festival-goers could enjoy the comfort of being outdoors. Some open space, such as near the nature park or in front of the GCPA, would work well for a few small stages. Fans then could embrace

the freedom of being able to venture between multiple shows at once. Though this would obviously be mainly centered around music, the whole campus could get in on the action. Many clubs and organizations along with Greek houses could set up stands to sell food or merchandise. They could represent themselves in whatever way they prefer. This is a sure bet that people would actually actively set out to attend and affect a public event on campus. Everyone can impact it and get a piece of the prize. As a lover of both DePauw University and music, I hope for nothing but the best for Gavin DeGraw’s performance this weekend. However, it is crucial to realize the current standing of participation and anticipation of these events, and what can be done. DePauw is full of exciting, legendary traditions and experiences. Why not start a new one? —Easterhouse is a freshman from Evergreen Park, Ill. majoring in communications.


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PAGES 6 & 7 Immediate Right: Members of the Clark County basketball team dance with the women of Pi Beta Phi sorority at the Special Olympics pizza party on Saturday. Students and community members were invited to enjoy dinner and the music of Jack Daddy Sunrise with the Special Olympics athletes. Bottom Left: Members of the Hamilton County basketball team talk with their coach durring a timeout on Sunday afternoon. The state tournament was held for women’s Special Olympics basketball in Neal Fieldhouse Saturday and Sunday. Bottom Right: Coach Maria Sassaman (left), coach Kim Carr (lower right) and members of the Lady Hot Rods team cheer on the players on Sunday. The Hot Rods were in one of the final games in last weekends Special Olympics tournament. PHOTOS EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW

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KNOW THE FACTS DePauw University hosts the world’s largest Special Olympics Women’s Basketball Tournament • This tournament has been hosted at DePauw University for 25 consecutive years • Jack Daddy Sunrise performed at the Special Olympics Pizza Party/Spa Night event

Successful Special Olympics weekend created by vast student support By ABBY MARGULIS


The stands of the Lilly Center’s gym were packed with excited fans cheering on the 31 visiting teams who took part in this year’s Special Olympics basketball tournament Saturday. This year was the 25th consecutive year that the university has hosted the Special Olympics and, similar to years past, this year was a success with visiting athletes, coaches and fans. Olivia Carmel, director of philanthropy and service for Panhellenic Council, was excited with the weekend’s success. “It was amazing and I was impressed by the student turn out,” Carmel said. “The tournament depends on the turnout and the athletes love being cheered on and it makes it a lot of fun.” Students were at the event throughout the day supporting the athletes and cheering them on. Sophomore Alli Caplinger was thrilled to see the magnitude of support from DePauw’s students. “I’m excited that so many girls showed up and it’s nice to have girls come to support each other and the teams,” Caplinger said. Freshman Emily Haight agreed, stating that it was an enjoyable way to spend her day. Andrew Kahn, vice president of the Student

Athlete Advisory Committee, helped out with commentary during some of the games adding excitement for fans and athletes. Kahn thought this tournament is a great experience for the community to take part in. “It’s been a great experience for all the participants, fans, coaches and athletes to come together to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” Kahn said. Coaches saw a change in their athletes’ responses to the number of students that supported them. Sherry Johnson, coach for the St. Joe County Super Shooters, has been coaching for 14 years and loves coming back each year for the tournament. “It’s an inspiring, humbling and a motivational experience. I’ve been coaching 14 years and each year is different, but fun,” Johnson said. “The support from students is overwhelming and the athletes love it. The more the students cheer, the more the athletes perform.” While students look forward to next year, many are pleased with the successful weekend. “It’s special to see students get excited and have so much fun,” Carmel said.

• The farthest a Special Olympics team traveled for this tournament was 3 1/2 hours from Northwest Indiana • If you want to be more involved with Special Olympics events in Indiana, visit www. Top: Rebecca Buelo of the Cass County basketball team gets a manicure from sophomore Katie Vaky during the Special Olympics pizza party and manicure spa. Members of various sororities on campus were invited to participate in giving the players manicures on Saturday evening. Bottom: Megan Stamper of the Lady Hot Rods from the RipleyOhio-Dearborn County area drives the ball against a member of the Hamilton County team on Sunday afternoon. PHOTOS EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW

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THE DEPAUW | Editorial Board Chase Hall | Editor-in-Chief Dana Ferguson | Managing Editor Ellen Kobe | Managing Editor Stephanie Sharlow | Chief Copy Editor


Recognizing sexual assault on campus It’s time to address what the Women’s Center is calling the “elephant in the room.” Sexual misconduct, though not unique to DePauw, is an issue that is becoming more and more talked about as years pass by. It is a hazy subject, and not exclusive to rape. It includes all unwanted physical activity, intimate advances and sexual harassment. The rising numbers in reported sexual assaults may be an increase in actual attacks or, due to increased confidence in reporting incidences. Hopefully, it is the latter. Either way, this discussion is long overdue. Students on this campus, whether they realize it or not, are consistently breaking the law by engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity of any nature while alcohol and/or drugs are involved. While it could be argued that campus culture may not inspire longlasting relationships as much as short flings and one-night stands, it is important that we as adults understand appropriate actions. Everyone will be more safe. Consent is key in sexual activity. Men need to understand that sober consent must be given. When alcohol, drugs and even certain medication and illnesses are in the mix, legal consent cannot be given because an outside element is affecting one’s decisions. Men may become more aggressive. Women may become more passive or in extreme cases, unable to articulate what they feel comfortable doing. However, men are not solely responsible for women’s physical, sexual and emotional safety. Women on our campus, as well as others, have a responsibility to maintain a level of sobriety that allows them to make decisions that they would be comfortable with sober. In addition, women should not feel shame or embarrassment admitting what those actions are, or reporting sexual misconduct as soon as possible. A victim should not be punished. And they won’t be if they step up and speak out. The only way positive change that leads to diminishing the threat of sexual assault at DePauw will come about is with discussion. Coming forward with details of an assault or continuing conversations about what constitutes sexual misconduct or assault will only serve to educate all of our peers and enhance our social lives in a positive and healthy way. It is reassuring to see light shed on this taboo subject and more discussions arising. Speakers such as River Houston — a motivational speaker and college lecturer on subjects such as sex and alcohol who is speaking in Meharry at 6:30 p.m. tonight — are great resources that all students should take advantage of. We hope that this topic is no longer shoved aside, that victims are supported and that through such open communication between administration and peers, education and solutions can be found. Editors note: Dana Ferguson, managing editor, did not contribute to this editorial because she

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We must learn from history to avoid war SAM HOLLEY-KLINE


hen was the last time you remember the United States not being in a war? Although the war in Iraq is officially over, the war in Afghanistan isn’t. It’s been more than ten years since Oct. 7, 2001, when the war began. All this talk about Iran — for instance, President Barack Obama saying that “all options are on the table” and Romney being “ready to engage our military might” — has me looking back to before our current military engagements. Not that I remember that much. I was 11 when the war in Afghanistan began. During that year, Microsoft replaced its old Windows 2000 operating with Windows XP, the first Lord of the Rings movie came out and The DePauw reported on the opening of a new Wal-mart Superstore that would feature a fullystocked grocery section. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Windows XP was replaced by Windows Vista, which was in turn replaced by Windows 7. The second and third Lord of the Rings movies are now classics, and the Walmart is a Greencastle mainstay. Now, according to the Associat-

ed Press, America “will not hesitate to attack Iran with military force to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.” Somewhat surprising rhetoric coming from someone who’s won a Nobel Peace Prize, but at least the President acknowledged that “already, there is too much loose talk of war.” So maybe it won’t come to that. Of course, candidates like Rick Santorum think Obama’s being too soft on Iran. According to his website, he “would work with Israel to eliminate the Iranian nuclear threat immediately; and develop a potential plan for military action if needed.” Is it not scary when the likes of Barack Obama and Rick Santorum seem to agree on a topic this important? After a decade of war in Afghanistan and eight years in Iraq, the Washington Post reports that 6,365 American service members have been killed. Sources disagree on the number of noncombatants and civilians killed, but it’s likely in the hundreds of thousands by now. Our national debt is some $15.5 trillion now. Can we afford to spend even more? Can we afford to lose more international goodwill? That we’re even talking about a conflict of this magnitude again — a war — is hard to believe. The end of the war in Iraq was a cause for celebration. It should have

been. While everybody agreed that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, no one in the Bush administration seemed to think that the war would last for as long as it did. After so many casualties and such high expenditures, it was a relief to hear that the combat mission was ending. Now, we seem to be considering something similar with Iran. Is there any reason to think a war with Iran would be different from the war in Iraq? Imagine your life ten years from now. Imagine that everything that will have occurred — who knows? Graduation? Careers? Families? — happening in the shadow of a war with Iran. Imagine reading every day about the casualties, the bickering between politicians, and the everpresent troop deployments. We’re the ones who will be paying for this war, literally and figuratively, so it’s up to us to learn the lessons from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They weren’t good for America in 2001 or 2003, and they won’t be any better in 2012. — Holley-Kline is a senior from Anchorage, Alaska majoring in Spanish and anthropology.

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Recycling: the first step towards environmental awareness LEIF ANDERSON


nvironmentalism has begun to take on the appearance of a cult following — some are very passionate while others remain ignorant or apathetic. But it is important as a community, DePauw begins to realize the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. Although the main reason, the reversal of global warming, isn’t the only reason that this subject exists. The rapid population growth of the world has begun to eliminate many of the natural resources that society relies on to operate and, frankly, exist. The destruction of forests eliminates habitats for animals and plants and diminishing water supplies

make it more difficult for society to function considering that water is a quintessential part of existence. But did you ever consider the economic effects that this subject has on society? The environmental sector isn’t only responsible for the employment of many Americans, but it is also responsible for allowing other industries to thrive. Take for example the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (otherwise known as the BP oil spill) in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Ryan McCarthy’s article “Gulf oil spill job losses could total 1 million over next 5 years: David Kotok” from The Huffington Post, cofounder and chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors said the spill could account for as many as 1 million permanent job losses with the five years following the spill as well as a total of $4.3 billion in value of real estate on the gulf. Environmental

issues play a major role in the existence of industry as well as society in general. The only answer available is for our society as a whole to be responsible for their actions and begin to involve themselves in the overall health of the environment — for others as well as themselves. Possibly one of the most important and simplest measures is for the public to begin to recycle as much as possible. A simple, painless lifestyle change could mean the prolongation and improvement of the world. Examples of how recycling benefits the environment as well as you, according to GreenWaste, includes: The energy required to replace the aluminum cans wasted in 2001 was equal to about 16 million barrels of crude oil. When it comes to recycling paper, statistics show that for every ton recycled, 17 30-

foot trees, 7000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and 4100 kilowatts per hour of energy are saved. Obviously, the waste of products that can easily be recycled accounts for a major impact on the environment and the economy. It is in the hands of each person individually to reverse the direction that society is headed. How do you want your future to look? How do you want the future of your children and grandchildren to look? Though a small contribution of energy, recycling can go a long ways in terms of benefiting the environmental and economic well being of the nation and world. Now ask yourself: should I continue to be a problem, or should I step up and be a solution? — Anderson is a freshman from Sycamore, Ill., majoring in political science.

Modern-day slavery can be stopped with a few calculations RACHEL CHEESEMAN


n my last column, I stressed the importance of having awareness our actions as consumers have outside of our purchasing patterns. While companies and corporations do provide goods and services, they do more in their daily functions. They employ workers, treat them a certain way, donate to charities and support political causes and candidates. Any and all of these actions might not sit “quite right” with us and motivate us to seek a different product. As I’ve said before, quality and price are no longer our only considerations as we peruse the aisles. We also consider issues of labor relations, political alliances and general respect for ethical business. In this column, I’m going to focus on something a little general: Slavery. Forced labor is only one aspect of slavery. Slavery itself is the idea

that people can be treated as property to be purchased, sold, owned and used to achieve particular ends. The institution of slavery denies fundamental rights and dignities to other human beings for the purpose of commercial gain. More importantly, slavery still happens. While I don’t think the existence of modern slavery comes as a surprise to anyone, we learn of it case-by-case — there are stories about coffee farmers, laptop assemblers and T-shirt sewers. So while we might be aware, we are not always aware of just how much slavery is in our lives as a result of our purchasing behavior. There are now tools that allow you to calculate your “slavery footprint,” similar to calculating a carbon footprint. Like many carbon footprint calculation websites, slavery footprint calculations give a questionnaire about what products you consume and how frequently you either consume or purchase them. The survey hits on 400 different products ranging from coffee, rum and fruits to electronics and vehicles. This information is used to pro-

vide an estimate of how many forced laborers were involved in the production of your daily life and a map illustrating the projected locations of relevant forced labor operations. It’s obviously not an exact science, but the developers lay out their methodology and explain their exact criteria. While this version might not make distinctions between certain brands and focuses instead on products themselves (an important weakness as it makes no distinction between, say, TOMS and Nike shoes), future developments might make the program more accurate. According to this version, I have 37 slaves working for me, all over the world. The website also provides an application called “Made in a Free World” for smart phones that alerts consumers to “check in” with various brands, letting you know not only if slave labor is used in their manufacturing or production facilities, but also in their supply chains (e.g. the cotton fields where raw materials are harvested). You can send notes to various brands asking them to investigate, audit and otherwise alter their purchasing to reduce the

amount of forced labor involved. It sounds like a tiny step, and it is. But as the developer of the app explains, “the more we tell brands that we care about modern slavery and human trafficking, the better chance we have of making sure our products have been Made in a Free World.” If we seek out this information and are willing to adjust our purchasing behavior based on what we discover, we might see a marketplace that responds to our demands for ethical production. We cannot control the supply of forced labor. Whatever effect laws or regulations might have, there will always be black markets to supply those willing to break such laws. But we can attack the problem by diminishing demand — uniting to say that the ethical treatment of laborers is not just a branding mechanism, it is necessary for survival in the modern marketplace. It’s certainly idealistic, but it’s better than the alternative. — Cheeseman is a senior political science from West Lafayette, Ind., majoring in political science and biology.


PHOTOPINION What do you like doing on campus in warm weather? “Playing tennis outside.”

JULIE WITTWER, freshman “Usually in the afternoon, I enjoy walking outside and watching the animals play.”

PHUC HOANG, freshman “I just like walking to class when it’s nice outside.”

ANNIE SKELTON, junior “Going on a nice run in the morning then hanging out with people on the front porch of Beta.”


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Top spots fall, but improved doubles play defeats Ferris State By COLE HANSON

After an extended two-week break from matches, the 28th ranked DePauw men’s tennis team responded with a win over Ferris State University last Friday, March 9. The Tigers finished the day with a 6-3 victory, advancing to 5-2 on the season. The Ferris State bulldogs dropped to 5-3. After the past matches for the Tigers, doubles seemed to be a main concern heading into the match with Ferris State. Another concern for the team was playing with confidence. Senior Eric Hubbard was hoping his team would come out and play the way he knows it can. “We have the talent,” said Hubbard. “We just need to have the confidence.” The Tigers held the majority in doubles, with two out of three wins. Sophomores Sam Miles and Ben Kopecky fell to Ferris State’s top doubles team 8-3. Hubbard was very happy about the team’s doubles performance overall. “We had really been struggling in doubles lately, but this time we attacked more,” Hubbard said. “Before we had been playing tentatively, but we had been working on doubles all week and really played with confidence.” The two wins in doubles were in the second and third doubles slots. The number two doubles team of senior Michael Rardon and junior Noah Swiler (7-3) won in a close match 9-8. The third slot with Hubbard and junior David Moss cruised in their match to an 8-3 victory. DePauw held the edge in singles as well with victories in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth slots. Miles fell to Laurent Galam-

eau 6-3, 6-3 and Rardon fell to Steven Roberts 7-5, 7-5. Kopecky (7-3) had a dominating victory defeating Jack Swan 6-1, 6-1 and Swiler won at the four slots with a 6-0, 7-6. In addition, freshman Chris Bertolini and Hubbard won in the fifth and six slots, both in 3 set matches. Bertolini won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 and Hubbard won 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. The win was well received by the Tigers who, despite their 5-2 record, were disappointed with inconsistent play from their top spots. The win was also a chance to redeem themselves from a loss to Ferris State in 2011. “The two weeks to prepare really helped us,” Kopecky said. “It was great to beat a solid Div. II team and avenge our loss from last year.” Hubbard credited his win to the recent conditioning the team has been doing. “The first game in the third set was long, but I won it and used the momentum to carry through for the win,” Hubbard said. “We are all in really great shape and that really benefits us in those long matches.” The Tigers will continue next weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 at home. DePauw will face Wittenberg before hosting Vincennes in the afternoon game.

Sophomore Sam Miles returns a shot against Ferris State

on Friday afternoon. Miles and his partner sophomore Ben Kopecky lost the match 8-3. The men’s team won overrall with a score of 6-3, improving their record of 5-2. EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW





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Swimmers look to nationals, hope for another year of success By JOSEPH FANELLI

Ten athletes from the men’s and women’s DePauw swimming and diving teams will travel to Indianapolis next week to compete in the 2012 Div. III national championships at IUPUI’s natatorium. Nine of those athletes come from


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the men’s team. Only senior Catie Baker will represent the women’s team at the meet. Baker qualified in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke and will also compete in the 200 individual medley. She looks to finish what has been an impressive career. At the 2011 NCAA Div. III championships, Baker earned 8th and 9th place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes to go along with

her 6th and 10th place finishes in 2010. Baker also finished 13th in 2010 in the 200 individual medley. For the men, five relays along with four other individuals qualified by virtue of their B-cut times at the NCAC championship meet in February. The five relays consist of the 800, 400 and 200 freestyle relays and the 400 and 200 individual medley relays. The four individuals — freshman

Casey Hooker, senior John Montgomery, sophomore Matt Gleason and junior Matt Kukurugya — will all compete in individual races as well as being a part of at least two of the five relays. Montgomery will compete in four out of the five relays. Kukurugya, who will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke along with two relays, placed 8th in last year’s championships in the 100 breaststroke. The 200

free relay of sophomore Jack Burgeson, sophomore Joe Hessburg, Montgomery and 2011 graduate Josh Baugh placed 14th. The same group also placed 20th and 21st in the 800 and 400 freestyle relays respectively. Baker and the men’s team will compete in the national championship next Wednesday, March 21 in the three-day event.






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Big hitters power three more wins Season opens with two wins, no-hitter By GRANT BARNOW

Though the Tigers faced less than stellar weather this weekend, the team overcame the obstacle to win its doubleheader against Westminster College. The weekend tournament scheduled to be held at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, was cancelled due to weather conditions on Friday. In lieu of the tournament, DePauw softball played a doubleheader at home on Saturday, March 10, against Westminster College (Fulton, Miss.) The Tigers were originally slated to play them at the Rhodes tournament. The change in schedule had little effect on the performance of the Tigers, who were able to post a 20-1 aggregate score against Westminster over the weekend. Leading the way for the Tigers in the first of the two doubleheader games was junior pitcher Emily Bichler. The 10-0 win was fueled by Bichler’s no-hitter, which included nine strikeouts and just one walk over seventeen batters faced. Head Coach Bonnie Skrenta was proud of Bichler and the rest of the team’s work during the games. “It’s always great to get that kind of result out of the team– who supported and kept [Bichler] going throughout the game,” Skrenta said. “A no-hitter is a great achievement and an even better way to open up the season.” Freshmen Emily Dieckman and Kahla Nolan continued the great weekend of pitching into the second of the two games. Though Westminster came off to an early one-run lead after a Bluejays home run in the first inning from sophomore Brittany Lee, Dieckman dispatched thirteen batters through four innings before handing the ball over to Nolan, who finished out the last two innings of the game with only one hit against. The game finished 10-1, sealing a DePauw victory characterized by fantastic pitching and consistent offensive production. A collection of the Tigers contributed to the team’s top offensive support. In game one of the doubleheader, senior Jen Kosinski, started the game off with a deep home run to center in the first inning. Kosinski walked away from the game with three RBIs. Seniors Cymone Allen and Rachel MacBeth each had two hits and contributed to the stats line. Allen also drove in three runs over the extent of the game. The second game of the doubleheader continued DePauw’s high hitting performance. Kosinski maintained the level of her earlier outing that day by producing three of DePauw’s 10 hits. Senior Holly Paris demonstrated her power behind the bat by adding two hits, four RBIs and ended the doubleheader with a three-run home run. Great hitting and pitching came together for a potent combination that led to the doubleheader sweep and a 2-0 opening to the season. The Tigers will play another doubleheader at home against Webster University (St. Louis) this Saturday, March 17. The games kick off at 1 p.m.

Junior Zach Galyean bats during the men’s game Sunday. The team improved to 10-2 after beating Manchester in the double header at Walker Field, winning the first game 8-1 and the second game with a score of 6-3. HOANG NGYUEN / THE DEPAUW By PARKER SCHWARTZ

After winning three of four contests against Manchester College (North Manchester, Ind.) this weekend, DePauw continued its tear against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents after taking four of five games from Transylvania University (Lexington, Ken.), Anderson University and College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) the week prior. The Tigers now sit at a 10-2 record after splitting the first doubleheader at Manchester College, winning the first game 6-2 and falling in the second game 8-4. On Sunday Manchester (4-4) lost both games to the Tigers 8-1 and 6-3 in Greencastle. The number three and four hitters, senior Rob McPike and junior Jason Cohen, combined to hit 11-for-28 over the weekend with seven runs and two RBIs, giving the Tigers a dangerous middle lineup tandem to compliment a host of surging hitters in the DePauw lineup. “It hasn’t mattered where we have put guys

in the lineup,” head coach Jake Martin said. “They have hit. Getting Rob [McPike] and Jason [Cohen] going was a big part of our wins this weekend and we hope they can stay hot going into the conference stretch.” The power category has been a primary strength of DePauw early in the season. While Cohen and McPike provide a sure lift in that department, sophomore shortstop Zach Starr has matched his fantastic defense with four home runs in the last five games. “Our lineup is solid from top to bottom,” Starr said. “Right now I’m carrying my surge knowing other guys will get hot at different times. They can carry me when I might be struggling.” DePauw’s pitching over the weekend stretch was just as impressive. Sophomore Michael Chiaro has improved with each of his three starts, totaling his best numbers in the opening game Sunday. In the Tigers’ first complete game effort, Chiaro tossed seven total innings of one earned run baseball on just one walk and three hits allowed, coupled with five strikeouts capping a convincing 8-1 victory.

“I have a lot more confidence on the mound,” sophomore Chiaro said as he compared to his first outing against Washington University in St. Louis. With freshmen Jack Peck and Derek Asuras getting valuable innings, and the continual establishment of a solid starting staff, DePauw looks to bolster a dynamic bullpen, one of the most pressing needs for a strong showing in DePauw’s first year as a member of the NCAC. DePauw’s punch combination of pitchers to close out games has most routinely been sophomores Brendan Bolander (2-0, 1.29 ERA) and Alex Sroka (3.60 ERA), with junior Joe Wojda (0.00 ERA) as the closer. Wojda picked up his third save of the season in the Sunday afternoon game. “Our bullpen has done a really good job of coming in and shutting down opponents,” Bolander said. “We have done a good job keeping the team in games in the later innings.” DePauw will play the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University (3-5) at home this weekend for three nine-inning games before NCAC play against Wittenberg on Mar. 24.

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