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Incoming class of 2017 is more diverse and has a higher average GPA By Noelle Witwer firstname.lastname@example.org
Some high school sophomores and juniors got one of their first glimpses of life at DePauw Saturday. DePauw’s Spring Preview day draws students from all over the country who are just beginning their college search. “We’ve passed the May 1 deadline, so we are finished with next year’s class. Now we have turned to recruiting the class of 2018, giving them a feel of DePauw and encouraging them to come back,” explained Emily Fry, admissions counselor and event coordinator of this Saturday’s preview day. According to Fry, the day’s activities will include a tour, information session and choice of financial aid discussion or student panel. “I think so many websites look so similar. When you come to campus, you get a sense of what the student body and campus are actually like,” Fry said. Making a good impression on students early on helps to improve the university’s chances of securing a class. DePauw is working to increase class size, diversity, average GPA and to reduce costs. According to Dan Meyer, vice president of admission and financial aid, these four qualities of an incoming class are four qualities that the admissions team always aspires to. “For the class of 2017, we’ve actually hit all four of these markers,” Meyer said. According to Meyer, there will be about 680 students in the incoming class of 2017, which is a 12 percent increase compared to last year’s 601 students. In addition, the average GPA of the incoming class is 3.74, which is slightly higher than last year’s average GPA of 3.60. The class of 2017 has greater diversity: 10
percent of the class is composed of international students, and 22 percent are domestic students of color. “China is most represented, as usual, but there are also some students from places like Ghana and Sweden,” Meyer said. “We have a lot more students [in the class of 2017] from the Chicago area.” Sophomore Colleen McArdle has been a student tour guide since November. “From the [prospective students] that I’ve talked to throughout the semester, we will have a wide variety of students,” McArdle said. “Usually there are lots of students from the Midwest, but I’ve seen lots of students from California and some from New York.” Another difference that McArdle noticed was academic. “When I got a chance to talk to them, they weren’t all just bio and political science majors. There were a wide variety of interests,” McArdle said. According to Meyer, raising the academic profile at DePauw is a long-term goal. While recruiting the class of 2017, the admissions team decided to dramatically limit the number of admits with a GPA lower than 3.1. There were over 100 fewer admits with GPA’s lower than 3.1 this year, compared to last year. “I would like to see change inside and outside DePauw, with students more focused on academic endeavors,” Meyer said. Fry characterized “the DePauw student” that the admissions team searches for. “They’re leaders with academic focus who are involved outside the classroom as well,” Fry said. “They are students who can continue our legacy and who show that they would be suited to the DePauw lifestyle.”
increase incoming 12% from last first years year’s 601
10% domestic 22% students of color average 3.75 GPA 50 55% 45% international students
students taken with GPA 3.0 and lower
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Trustees approve Casey’s second term, Divest DePauw efforts By Dana Ferguson email@example.com
Last week the Board of Trustees voted to renew DePauw President Brian Casey’s contract, extending his term for another five years. Casey took the position of university president on July 1, 2008. In his first five-year term as president Casey has been an integral part in helping Greencastle win the Stellar Communities Grant, he began a seven-year capital campaign and worked on completely rebranding the University. “I’m thrilled,” Casey said. “I hope in my second term I can really put my goals in action.” Trustee Marletta Darnall said the Board was pleased to renew Casey’s contract and said they hope he’ll feel as excited to remain at the university. “I’m just hoping no one else can snatch him away from us,” Darnell said. Casey said in his first five years at DePauw he has set a great deal of groundwork for bringing in funding for the university and regaining connections with alumni. In the next term he hopes to create more concrete change, which will include expanding into the next phases of the DePauw 2020 plan. The Board of Trustees also considered various other issues at its spring meeting. Among these it approved the Divest DePauw proposal to invest the university’s endowment funds in more sustainable companies. The Board of Trustees’ Buildings and Grounds committee agreed to switch to the Cornerstone Investment group from the Mercer Investment group, saying the Cornerstone group supports more sustainable companies and seeks out environmentally friendly investment options. The Board also agreed to seek out more sustainability projects on campus, create a “green
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deficit-related debt. “We’re making remarkable progress against the deficit,” he said. The Board also approved its operating budget as well an endowment draw of 5.5 percent or $26,086,000. The amount was determined by taking the 5.5 percent of the endowment over 12 quarters and averaging that number. This money will be used to maintain campus building maintenance and provide funding for students.
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is very important for our trustees,” Sarah Wallace, chair of the Board of Trustees said. “We need to be responsible.” Casey acknowledged the potential dangers of switching investment groups, but said, “There is a risk when you switch, but hey, we’ve picked someone with an incredibly strong track record.” The Board balanced its fourth consecutive annual budget on a cash on-hand basis and Casey was optimistic about the progress in rebounding from
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AIDS walk brings awareness to campus and community By Zoe Grabow email@example.com
The First Annual AIDS Walk pulled off a moderate turnout on Sunday morning despite rain. “Due to weather, it wasn’t as big as we hoped it would be,” junior Ricardo Flores said. From 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., students and members of the community walked around Greencastle to promote HIV/AIDS research and awareness. Nonetheless, people from local businesses and student organizations—as well as many independents— turned up. “Ricardo [Flores] reached out to our chapter and asked us to send people, and we sent ten women,” junior Sarah House said. “Delta Gamma supported the cause. We went out yesterday and walked through the square with them.” HIV/AIDS awareness is the philanthropic mission of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Elegua Chapter. One of the founding members is HIV positive, making the mission a little closer to home. “Even though a walk doesn’t make him better, it’s a way to make people aware of the AIDS epidemic going on today,” Flores said. “We wanted to expose that to both DePauw and the Greencastle community. It’s not really talked about places like Greencastle—it’s more like the big cities.”
Awareness became a close cause when national founder Alberto Rivera passed away from AIDS complications in 1989. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1.1 million people in the US have AIDS, and one in five people don’t know they live with the disease. An additional goal of the event was to better unite the campus and community in hopes that the movement will spread. Walkers started from Bowman Park and continued on Hanna, Jackson, Washington, Bloomington, Anderson and Locust streets before returning to Bowman. A barbecue followed the walk, though it was moved indoors due to weather. In order to make the AIDS walk happen, Flores and other organizers had to ask the mayor for permission and recruit walkers by going out to local businesses and creating an event on Facebook. Participant feedback was positive. Though the turnout wasn’t as big as it could’ve been, the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance, Flores said. “They said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to make it the best thing ever!’” Flores said. “Despite the weather, people came out and made the best of it.” The ultimate goal of the walk is to raise awareness. According to Flores, “If we could get more people out, we could potentially close off streets if it gets to be that big.”
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campuscrime May 3 • Noise - Loud music • Made contact with house representation / Verbal warning issued | Time: 12:06 a.m. | Place: Sigma Chi fraternity • Recovered property • Disposed of | Time: 12:28 a.m. | Place: Delta Gamma sorority • Noise - Loud music • Made contact with house representation / Verbal warning issued | Time: 1:49 a.m. | Place: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity • Housing policy violation • Forwarded to Campus Living | Time: 2:00 a.m. | Place: 423 Anderson st. • Suspicious activity • Subject located / verbal warning issued | Time: 2:16 a.m. | Place: East College lawn • Civil disturbance• Subject located / escorted from premises | Time: 4:40 a.m. | Place: Phi Gamma Delta fraternity • Fire alarm •Under investigation | Time: unknown | Place: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity • Assist Putnam County Sheriff’s Department - traffic stop• PCSD took call | Time: 1:48 a.m. | Place: Walnut St. / Jackson St.
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• Assist Greencastle Police Department • GPD took call | Time: Unknown | Place: Jackson St.
International students gathered in the Great Hall of the Green Center for the Performing Arts Friday evening to say goodbye to the graduating seniors. The event, hosted by the International Student Association, featured light refreshments and awards honoring students within the organization. For freshman Madhavi Sreenath, an international student from India, the event provided her with an opportunity to meet new people from the organization and to say goodbye to the friends that she has made from within the international community. “In a way, it shows that regardless of whether we’ve spent a lot of time together or not, we’re
• Suspicious activity •Report filed / forwarded to Community Standards | Time: 11:55 p.m. | Place: Delta Upsilon fraternity • Traffic stop• Verbal warning issued | Time: 11:58 p.m.. | Place: Wood St. / Draper St. • Assist Greencastle Police Department • GPD took call | Time: unknown | Place: Jackson St. • Nature Park rule violation / trespass • Trespass warning issued for mushroom hunting | Time: 7:33 p.m. | Place: Nature Park • Noise - Loud music• Forwarded to Interfraternity Council | Time: 10:46 p.m.. | Place: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity • Suspicious vehicle • Subjects located / Checked okay | Time: 11:25 p.m. | Place: Hogate Hall lot • Disorderly conduct • Guests located / verbal warning issued | Time: 11:29 p.m. | Place: Inn at DePauw / The Duck
• Noise - Loud music• Forwarded to Campus Living | Time: 11:48 p.m. | Place: Montgomery Hall
• Alcohol violation • Released to custody of friend / forwarded to Community Standards | Time: 1:33 a.m. | Place: Hogate Hall
• Suspicious activity • Report / forwarded to Community Standards | Time: 11:55 p.m. | Place: Delta Upsilon fraternity
• Disorderly conduct • Made contact with house representative / verbal warning issued | Time: 1:50 a.m. | Place: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity
May 4 • Noise - Loud music / people • Made contact with house representation / forwarded to Community Standards | Time: 12:24 a.m. | Place: Phi Delta Theta fraternity • Minor in consumption • Arrested: Gregory Barrow | Time: 1:17 a.m. | Place: Peeler Art Center • Assist Greencastle Police Department Battery• GPD took call | Time: 3:09 a.m. | Place: Jackson St. • Suspicious activity • Report filed / forwarded to Community Standards | Time: 11:55 p.m. | Place: Delta Upsilon fraternity
• Operating a vehicle while intoxicated; resisting arrest • Arrested Christopher Lee Pate (non-student) | Time: 3:10 a.m. | Place: Intersection of Locust Street and Berry Street • Property damage accident • Report filed | Time: 3:21 a.m. | Place: Administration parking lot • Property damage to pole • Officer checked area / unable to locate damage | Time: Unknown | Place: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority parking lot
May 6 • Welfare check • Subject located / checked okay | Time: 1:24 a.m. | Place: Bishop Roberts Hall
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International Student Association says farewell to graduates
• Traffic stop • Verbal warning issued | Time: 11:58 p.m.. | Place: Wood St. / Draper St.
• Nature Park rule violation / After hours• Officer checked area / vehicle left premises | Time: 7:33 a.m. | Place: Nature Park
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always going to be there for each other,” Sreen- the fall semester of their freshman year in part ath said. because of the international student orientation For senior Ruxanda Profir, an international that takes place for about a week before freshstudent from Moldova, a country part of the man orientation. Then, as the spring semester of former USSR, the event meant a lot because she freshman year comes and goes, Profir said that has not seen some of the it becomes harder to stay students within the inter- “After freshman year, people kind in contact with some of national community at Dethe other international Pauw for a few years. Pro- of got disconnected, so it was nice students. fir pointed to the fact that Shota Ebata, to get everyone together and see an Senior she was off campus for her international student entire junior year. from Japan, also agreed everyone once again.” “After freshman year, with Profir that the event — Ruxunda Profir, senior from Moldova people kind of got diswas a good opportunity to connected, so it was nice see friends again before to get everyone together and see everyone once graduation. Ebata, who has not been as involved again,” Profir said. in the organization throughout his junior and seProfir expressed that the international stu- nior years as he would like, also thought that the dents tend to become close to one another in awards were nice.
The awards were in recognition of those who were within the International Student Association in an effort to acknowledge and thank them for their contribution both to the organization and to the community as a whole. “I really felt like we were important,” Ebata said. “We were acknowledged for who being who we are and representing our culture.” However, Ebata feels that the diverse culture at DePauw is not something that students always take advantage of. He pointed to the lunch time at the hub, where it can be seen that the international students tend to sit with other international students and likewise domestic students with domestic students. Ebata noted, “Both international students and domestic students don’t get out of their comfort zone to make the best out of the population that we have at DePauw.”
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By Nettie Finn firstname.lastname@example.org
App creator Rajat Kumar
Most college students have been told time and time again that there’s more to these four years than the classes they take and the grades they make. While this may be true, at least twice a year students remember that earning a degree is the main reason they’re here. This day of realization is the day class schedules are released. There’s always a certain amount of excitement and disappointment that comes along with discovering what classes the complicated and confusing registration process has put together for students. For most, there’s a certain element of surprise, since not everyone can get all the classes they want. Junior Rajat Kumar taken it upon himself to use his knowledge of computer science to eliminate as much of this surprise as he can. As a self-taught iPhone developer, Kumar has worked on quite a few small Apple product applications. His latest venture, Coursemate, is the first of these to be published by Apple. “Last fall I was signing up for courses that I would take in the upcoming semester and I realized that whenever I wanted to find out more about a course, all that I had available was the small paragraph on the DePauw website,” Kumar said. Kumar spoke to several other students and found that they had encountered the same dilemma. Many students who were placed in classes they hadn’t planned or registered for had no idea what to expect from these ambiguous descriptions. “So I thought, what if there was a tool that let you find who had taken that course before, and that way you could talk to them.” He set to work on preliminary designs for Coursemate last December and filled out the necessary paperwork to turn his idea into an independent Winter Term project with the help of faculty supervisor Brian Howard. It only took Kumar 25 days to get his app up and running. “Then, I submitted it to Apple, and luckily for me it got accepted in the first go,” he said. After downloading Coursemate from the
app store, users input information on the classes they are taking. The app will then direct them to other students who have listed this same information. It is all tied to user’s school email accounts. “All your information is limited to the students of that college, so students from Princeton won’t spam you with their courses,” Kumar said. Through use of online materials and videos of a Stanford class available on the iTunes store, Kumar was able to learn the “language” necessary for iPhone programming. Armed with this knowledge, he developed a few “mini” apps. “I started with ‘rock, paper, scissors—that was fun.” This, along with a mini-tennis app and a whack-a-mole app were among Kumar’s first attempts at app making. Though unpublished, they were enough to teach him the basics and prepare him for the development of Coursemate. Though Kumar was fully responsible for the creation of this app, he had plenty of help along the way, “He’d have me look at the app, and then ask if there were any problems I could see, or new features he should add,” senior Michael Osborn said. Osborn pointed out that around half the people involved in the software industry today are developers, where the other half test products and provide constructive criticism. For Coursemate, Kumar took on the first role while Osborn provided the second. “It’s a lot like having your essay reviewed or criqued,” Osborn said. Osborn added that most of his critiques focused around the user interface, or how easy it was to use the app. “Something like the iPhone, the reason it’s so successful is because it’s easy to use. I wanted his application to be just as easy to use,” he said. One of Osborn’s main suggestions was to provide Coursemate users with a prefilled registry course. Instead of filling in information on classes themselves, users could simply scroll through a list of classes offered at their university and choose the one’s they were taking or had taken from that point. This would, however, involve a greater amount of administrative involvement that Kumar has been able to push for as of yet.
Pedar Foss, dean of academic life at DePauw, acknowledged that while DePauw registration’s possible later involvement with Coursemate does not fall under his jurisdiction, discussions about changing registration processes are being had by university administration. “We’re trying to figure out the ways students are able to know about, queue up for, and eventually get into the classes they want to get into,” he said. Foss recognized the fact that students are often thrown for a loop when they first receive their class list on e-services and, while he doesn’t necessarily see this as a bad thing, believes that Coursemate could help students feel more prepared for classes they might not necessarily have chosen. “I thought this was a very clever approach to the situation and think it has real potential. This is definitely the direction of the future for this kind of process,” he said. Foss also hopes that Kumar’s app might lead to a greater spirit of openness when it comes to course registration. “What I hope is that the kinds of information shared by students about classes may open up people’s minds to consider a class they might not have thought of,” Foss added, “Often all it takes it to cross that threshold and they’ll realize there’s so much there that they didn’t know about.” While the current design of the app requires student input of information, Kumar hopes to eventually move in the direction that Michael and Foss are pointing him in. “Right now, there is the possibility that there might be duplicates and some bad data,” Kumar said in reference to the fact that users are responsible for the information available on Coursemate. However, he hopes to soon contact administration at universities everywhere in an effort to make Coursemate more viable. “Essentially, as a computer scientist you pick a problem and try to solve it in one way or another,” he said. Kumar has done what he can with Coursemate to widen student understanding and communication about classes. “My solution is not DePauw specific, it can work for any college.” Coursemate is now available as a free download at the Apple App Store.
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Cheers, Tears and Jeers Cheers to the women’s basketball team and another National Championship banner. Tears to sexual assault and other violent crimes on campus. Jeers to excise — missed ya this semester.
Cheers to the completion of the Anderson Street entrance. Tears to the men’s lacrosse team’s first season. Jeers to academic buildings not up to ADA standards.
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Cheers to the new dining service. Tears to Steve Santo’s departure from DePauw. Jeers to campus’s eternally slow wi-fi connection. Cheers to the Ubbens and all they do for the university. Tears to Marvin Long’s passing. Jeers to Lucy “Roland.” Cheers to the exciting changes taking place on campus. Tears to all of the resulting construction. Jeers to vandalism of public art and political statements. Cheers to Walker Cup winner Mark Fadel. Tears to the Class of 2013 graduating, and losing the ten seniors we have on staff at The DePauw. Jeers to honors societies’s exorbitant fees. Cheers to The DePauw winning awards. email us at email@example.com
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Cheers to a successful and safe Little 5. Tears to credit card fraud. Jeers to the waste of the Hoover Gates.
Cheers to lectures from the likes of Jane Goodall and Carl Bernstein. Tears to laptop thefts. Jeers to the Norovirus. Vom.
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s I sit down to write the final column of my college career, I find that for once in my rather opinionated life, I don’t quite know what to say. Do I go with a thoughtful reflection on how much DePauw means to me, a cliché senior wisdom piece full of advice or simply pen my thoughts on a topic of the day? In searching for “real world” opportunities, I recently filled out an application for a fellowship that asked, among other things, that I write a cover letter on how I’ve “changed the world.” I balked upon reading that, not knowing how to respond without presumption. I’m not inclined to say I’ve changed the world at all, or ever will, given my limited abilities and just 22 short years. I pondered the topic, and consulted my most trusted advisors—what can I say that I’ve done? I can’t even cure my own seasonal cold, let alone find a cure for cancer. I will never understand calculus, and I leave my tab open far too often to be considered influential in any way, shape, or form. I’m graduating college much more aware of the world’s problems, but hardly equipped to single-handedly eradicate poverty, hunger or any of the myriad of issues we face. But over time, I thought about what matters to me and I realized what I could say. I definitely haven’t made the world a better place, but I try every day to make my little corner of Indiana better by doing what I can while I’m here. And what
that means to me is being the best version of myself, and trying to be as kind as I can to everyone I encounter. Call me idealistic, even naïve or silly if you will, but I’m leaving DePauw for an indeterminate stay in my parents’ basement with zero job prospects, and more optimism than ever. I have to believe that I can find my way, because DePauw has taught me that everything we do has an impact, and if you can bloom where you’re planted, that’s more than enough. Because of my time here, I’ve learned how to truly be where I am, and take everything in day-by-day. If we all stopped worrying about our next meeting, next assignment, next presentation, and remembered that everyone is stumbling their way through this campus and this life in just the same ways we are, I think we can all make the world a better place. Doing what you can, where you are, with what you have, is in itself, revolutionary. I’ve always held myself to high standards, and expected the same of my friends. But what I’ve learned is that you have to make concessions for others. Allow them mistakes, and in the process, you’ll find that you’re imperfect and entirely forgiven too. Someone once told me that all conflicts we have with others are just internal battles that we project outward, and if you look at the problems you have, I think you’ll find that there’s a lot of truth to that. So no, fellowship committee and devoted readership (hi Mom!), I haven’t changed the world. I haven’t even changed this campus. But I’ve done my best, and have had four fantastic years in the process. I’m so grateful and unbelievably lucky to have been here, and I know now that it’s time to make other little corners of the world better too. — Bremer is a senior from Clarendon Hills, Ill. majoring in communication. email@example.com
et’s just say that (hypothetically, of course) The DePauw wanted to report on a case of sexual assault this semester that resulted in the departure of a student. Under this potential scenario, the incident in question would be dealt with under the sexual misconduct policy via DePauw’s Sexual Misconduct Board. In all likelihood, our investigative team would find it exceedingly difficult to access information regarding this case, given the hushed nature of these proceedings. Administrators, presented with questions on this type of case, would cite FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which seeks to protect the privacy of students’ educational records without receiving prior consent. But under FERPA’s section 99.31, the university is not prohibited from disclosing the results of a disciplinary proceeding if “the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense” and when “the student has committed a violation of the institution’s rules or policies.” FERPA, then, clearly states that while a univer-
sity is not necessarily obligated to protect student privacy, it is not obligated to reveal any information, either. We understand that in this (hypothetical) case, DePauw would utilize the policies that are in place in order to protect the privacy of students undergoing difficult and delicate situations. But as journalists, we have the challenging responsibility of pursuing the truth and making that truth accessible to our student body. We also feel a certain duty, as student journalists, to hold our administration accountable. The question we would like to pose is this— what is the obligation of the university to provide meaningful, accurate information when it comes to cases of dismissed or departed students because of sexual assault? What information does DePauw owe us, its current stakeholders? As a private institution, the answer we’ve been met with is not much. According to Mark Goodman, a former executive director of the Student Press Law Center and current Professor and Knight Chair in Scholastic
PHOTOPINION Seniors: What have you learned during your time at The DePauw?
“I never thought I could laugh, cry and put out in the same room twice a week.”
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“I’m just happy to be here.”
Alex “RU” paul
“People say dumb things a lot.”
nicky “not cock” chokran “When did everyone get so goddamn sensitive?”
joe “tron” fanelli
Journalism at Kent State University, “There’s no legal reasoning for why the administration can restrict this information, but there is also no affirmative obligation that they release the information.” So if the university is not legally liable, what about morally? In cases of sexual assault, depriving students of information about convicted perpetrators within the Sexual Misconduct Board’s disciplinary system can not only perpetuate a cycle of violence and sexual assault, but can condone it. Not to mention that falsely accusing a peer of sexual assault becomes much easier without the consequences of a court case or a public record. But even though the university does not have to provide us with adequate answers, should it? According to Christopher Wells DePauw’s vice president of communication and strategic development, there is no one way to this question. “I think it’s complicated. There is no simple declaration that I can make. It’s very difficult to make a blanket statement about those kinds of cases,” Wells said. Our concern lies in the fact that the absence of information creates rumors, innuendos and falsehoods. The absence of information can be just as harmful to those involved in cases of sexual misconduct as it can be protective. It can also leave students in the dark about arguably the most important issue on this campus—or any college campus, for that matter. We, as uninformed students, are either left with our questions or we jump to conclusions that may
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or may not be justifiable. “There is a great risk of sacrificing the larger community by standing by this notion that ‘we can’t give you details of specific incidents,’ even when we’ve found someone responsible of this very serious misbehavior,” Goodman said. While we have the utmost respect for the university’s intent to protect the vulnerability of both parties involved in sexual assault cases, it also must consider the harm its silence could impose on the other 2,388 students on campus. Let’s just say this (hypothetical) perpetrator left DePauw, and its student body was left with gossip rather than facts. How do we find a better way to be informed of sexual assault at DePauw? How can we begin to look at such a complex issue more meaningfully? We argue that this begins with more information, not less. — Brelage is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind. majoring in English writing. Chapman is a senior from Lake Bluff, Ill. majoring in English writing. Ferguson is a junior from Minneapolis, Minn. majoring in communication and Spanish. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Baseball concludes season against Allegheny By Hamm Hooper email@example.com
The DePauw baseball team’s season came to an end this past weekend. The Tigers had two losses and one win against the the Allegheny Gators, and as a result missed a spot in the North Coast Atlantic Conference tournament. DePauw finished the season 17-23 and went 9-10 in the NCAC while Allegheny moved to 24-14 overall. The teams split the doubleheader on Saturday.
DePauw won the opener 6-4. DePauw’s big moment came in the top of the sixth where they were able to capitalize on the Gator’s walks and HBP to score four runs. The Tigers benefited from great relief pitching as junior Peter Stuart and senior Joe Wojda went a combined four innings only allowing three hits and no runs to seal the game. “Against Allegheny, we got off to a good start winning game one and putting ourselves in a good position to win the next game,” junior pitcher Alex Sroka said. In the nightcap on Saturday, it was a pitcher’s
Track and field
Women fifth, men eighth at NCAC outdoor championship Coach pleased with performances despite low overall finishes By Joseph Fanelli firstname.lastname@example.org
In its second ever North Coast Athletic Conference outdoor championship meet, the men and women of the DePauw track and field teams again felt the pains of a new conference, placing eighth and fifth, respectively. The men tallied 49 points in the meet behind first place Wabash’s 275.5 while the women scored 75.5 points. The women of Ohio Wesleyan won the meet with 216 points. Despite the low overall finishes, men and women’s head coach Kori Stoffregen said he “couldn’t be more proud of the team” based on their performances over the weekend and for their resilience during the season. The team has been practicing without an outdoor track facility the entire season due to construction at Blackstock Stadium. Stoffregen said it was tough because this limited many aspects of practice like practicing handoffs for relays or leaping the water pit in the steeplechase, but that overall it was a bonding element for the team. “It really brought the team together a little more,” Stoffregen said. “[I was] really happy with their attitude about not having a track and really being patient. (…) The coaching staff did a great job of being creative and keeping the kids excited.” For the men, senior captain Noah Droddy continued his impressive season with a first place finish in the 5,000 meter run (15:00.28).
Droddy, who has also been a standout athlete for the DePauw cross country team, is enjoying one of his first fully healthy track seasons and has been reaping the benefits. His current time in the 10,000 meter run should qualify him for nationals. “It’s been great to finally have him very healthy for a track season,” Stoffregen said. “The way he runs is really conducive to him doing well. Flat fast track is something he really eats up. It’s been really fun to have him healthy for an entire season.” Droddy, whose 5K time is on the edge of qualifying for nationals, will compete next week at the Cardinal Twilight in Louisville, Ky. On the women’s side, freshman Heather O’Brien paced the Tigers with two all-conference finishes in the 5,000 (second with a time of 18:01.94) and 1,500 (third with a time of 4:42.58). “[O’Brien] had a great meet,” Stoffregen said. “She really gets pumped up for conference and wants to do well and can really bring her ‘A’ game.” Other notable finishes for the women included senior Brittany Sievers in the discus (second), sophomore Celia Kauth in the high jump (second), freshman Katharine Kondry in the triple jump (third) and junior Jillian Balser in the pole vault (third).
duel between the Gators and the Tigers. Gator pitcher Eric Brandt went nine innings allowing six hits and only one earned run. DePauw’s senior Jordan Niespodziany matched Brandt going six innings allowing only one run off three hits. Sophomore reliever Jack Peck would take the loss in the Gator’s 3-2 win. “Overall the pitching this year improved as the season went on,” Sroka said. “We always went out and tried to keep the team in games.” In the deciding game on Sunday, Alleghany took advantage of three unearned runs in the sec-
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sixth when freshman Amanda Chastang scored on freshman Hailey Freres hit to left. The girls never gave up during the tournament and battled back against Kenyon and Wittenberg. “The girls rallied together,” Hanrahan said. “The girls have so much fight in them when things don’t go our way. There’s nothing more that I want to see in a team than for them to fight until the end.” The Tigers eliminated the Ladies from the tournament and continued onto face Wittenberg. This was the last game DePauw played in the tournament losing by just one run, 6-5.
“We knew this could be the end and it really pushed us to our limits. It brought us to reality and even though we were number one in the conference we needed to fight and come back. We needed to work to beat these teams.” - Amy Hallet, senior
DePauw trailed Wittenberg 5-0 until the third where the Tigers were able to put one run on the board. Bell scored on a homer to left. The Tigers next run came in the fifth when Hallet scored on Chasteen’s double. In the seventh the Tigers gave everything they had to try and pull out the win
ond inning and would go on to win 5-3, advancing to the conference tournament. Peck took the loss as he only went two innings, allowing five hits but no earned runs. “In the end, I don't think that we got the big hit, or made the big pitch that really put us ahead in the next two games, but you can't point to anything as the one reason why we lost the series,” Sroka said. “It was an intense and competitive series where both teams played well. Unfortunately, we didn't come out with the series victory.”
over Wittenberg, but an out was called before that final run could be made. The Tigers were eliminated from the tournament. DePauw ended the game losing 6-5 to Wittenberg and had a 22-17 record for the
“The girls have so much fight in them when things don’t go our way. There’s nothing more that I want to see in a team than for them to fight until the end. ” - Erica Hanrahan, head coach
season. Chasteen and Bell have been selected to the all-tournament team. Chasteen relaxed for the tournament and knew how to play the game she’s grown up playing to have her best weekend yet. “I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Chasteen said. “As freshman it feels good to get recognized. We have worked so hard. It’s really cool that we made it as freshman.” Looking forward to another season the team will welcome eight new freshmen to kick off a new season after eight seniors graduate. Next year is another year for the softball team to grow and get new faces on the field. Hanrahan anticipates next year’s season saying, “We’re in great shape as a program and we’re in the right place doing good stuff.”
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TUesday, may 7, 2013
The DePauw’s top 5 male and female athletes of the 2012-2013 athletics season By Michael Appelgate email@example.com
DePauw University’s athletic department took home six NCAC titles and as well as a national title. The overall strength of the Tigers sets up for a record finish for DePauw in the Director’s Cup, but it’s because of star athletes that have earned the university praise. Here are The DePauw’s top five male and female athletes of the year:
Tony Halterman soccer , senior goalkeeper
Barry Flynn basketball , senior forward
Halterman started every game in goal for the Tigers as the team captured its second straight NCAC title. He helped the team to a 14-4-5 record while allowing just 19 goals on the year. The senior from Dyer, Ind., posted a 0.85 goals against average with nine shutouts and 69 saves. In early April, Halterman signed a professional contract with the Kitsap Pumas based out of Bremerton, Wash., marking the second player in a year for a Tigers goalkeeper to turn professional.
Flynn started every game for the Tigers this season, and led the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. The Indianapolis product and transfer from Ball State University was named NCAC player of the week this season on two occasions.
Kate Walker basketball , senior point guard
Amy Hallett softball , senior catcher
Walker started every game for the Tigers in her storied four-year career, and finished with DePauw’s second national title. She tallied 8.8 points per game while shooting 66.6 percent from the field, dished out a team-high 125 assists and yanked down 128 rebounds. From Indianapolis, Walker earned a honorable mention to the Women’s Basketball Association Division III All-America Team, was tabbed to the NCAC first team and was a selection to the D3hoops.com’s AllGreat Lakes Region team.
Hallett, from Phoenix, Ariz., broke the career doubles mark (50) this season and capped her career by launching what some believe to be the first ball to land in the retention pond beyond center field in her final at bat. She became a starter behind the plate in her freshman year, and has held the position ever since. The noted power hitter also holds the career mark in homeruns with 37 and total bases with 352.
Noah Droddy cross country / track , senior
Casey Hooker swimming , sophomore butterfly
Taylor Wagner football , senior punt / kick
returner and wide receiver
Droddy’s the most decorated distance runner in DePauw history. In the NCAC track and field championships, he won the 5K in 15 minutes, 0.28 seconds. Two weeks ago, Droddy shattered the school’s 10,000 meter record with a time of 29:41.42 — bettering the mark by more than 40 seconds. In the fall, the Indianapolis native took second in the NCAC championships, fifth at the NCAA regional and eighth in the NCAA national meet — one spot better than his junior year.
Hooker continues to break DePauw swimming records at a torrid pace. Among numerous distinctions and swims, Hooker most notably broke the school record in the 100 butterfly in the NCAC conference meet and became the first overall winner for the Tigers in the NCAC with a time of 49.25. The Rensselaer, Ind. product competed in five events in the NCAA Division III national meet and placed 10th in the 100 butterfly in 48.76.
Wagner was the team’s lone selection to the All-NCAC first team as a return specialist after he returned 16 kickoffs for an average of 24.2 yards including an 86 yard return for a touchdown. From Carmel, Ind., Wagner ranks seventh in kickoff return yards with 870 and fourth in punt return yards at 652. He also competed in the D3Senior Classic Bowl in December where he caught six passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Heather O’Brien cross country / track , freshman
Paige Gooch golf , junior
The only freshman to appear on The DePauw’s top 10 list, O’Brien has the brightest future of any runner at DePauw. The Indianapolis native also finished 16th in the NCAA Regional — just one spot away from qualifying for the national meet. In the NCAC track and field championship meet, O’Brien placed second in the 5,000 meters (18:01.94) and third in the 1,500 meters (4:42.58).
Gooch, a junior from Ft. Mitchell, Ky., finished first and second in the two NCAC championship events this season and was voted the conference’s player of the year by NCAC coaches. Gooch also took the top spot at the Washington (Mo.) Spring Invitational. The Tigers are now headed to the NCAA Division III Championships for the 12th straight year.
Margaret Ellis field hockey , senior forward Ellis set career marks for goals (75) and points (172) while helping lead the program to its most successful season ever. The Tigers proceeded to the NCAA Div. III semifinals and lost to eventual champion Tufts University. The senior from St. Louis notched her second straight Great Lakes Region Player of the Year distinction, was the conference offensive player of the year for a third time and was named to the All-America First Team. She finished the season with 27 goals, 10 assists and started every game all while battling plantar fasciitis.
the depauw | sports
Tuesday, may 7, 2013
Softball fights Women place first in conference, men sixth to the very end By Abby Margulis firstname.lastname@example.org
Top seeded DePauw left everything on the field despite falling to Allegheny College and Wittenberg College to take third overall in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. The DePauw Tigers dropped to Allegheny 8-0 in the opening game on Friday and faced Kenyon College to eliminate the Kenyon Ladies from the series. Facing Wittenberg in the final game, the Tigers played a close game losing by one run in the bottom of the seventh, 6-5. Fourth-seed Allegheny won the tournament to automatically qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships. Allegheny beat Wittenberg in the seventh and final game to claim the title, 3-2 after losing to Wittenberg in game six, 7-4. The Allegheny Gators started the opener game against the Tigers hot and ready to go. They scored two runs in the second inning and then five runs in the third to lead the Tigers, 7-0. Facing Allegheny’s pitcher Caitlin Nealer, named MVP of the tournament, DePauw knew it would be hard to get a hit past her, but still managed to total four hits throughout the game. In the first inning freshman Haleigh Chasteen hit a single to center to land on first base. “The team was hot,” head coach Erica Hanrahan said. “All the credit goes to them and stringing the bats [together] and hitting the ball well.” Again in the third it was Chasteen who singled down center and then freshman Linsey Button singled to center field to push Chasteen to second. Chasteen advanced to third on a pass, but was unable to score as the three outs were called. Sophomore Jennifer Ridge was the fourth player able to get a hit past Nealer in the fourth inning when she singled to right. The Tigers faced Kenyon after losing to Allegheny and were able to continue on in the tournament after a 6-1 win. The team knew they needed to step up their game after the tough loss to Allegheny. “We knew this could be the end and it really pushed us to our limits,” senior Amy Hallet said. “It brought us to reality and even though we were number one in the conference we needed to fight and come back. We needed to work to beat these teams.” The Tigers started out on the right foot with a three run lead in the first by sophomore Lauren Krumwiede, Hallet and Button. Hallet and Button came home on freshman Sammi Bell’s double to right center field. DePauw continued to tally up runs as freshman pinch runner Morgan Pigusch scored when Bell attempted to
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The women’s golf team finished first in the NCAC tournament, triumphing over Wittenberg by 58 shots. The championships are taking place May 14-17 at the Baytowne Golf Course in Destin, Florida. PHOTO COURTESY OF ABBY DICKEY By Clare Polega email@example.com
The women’s golf team, ranked fourth in the division, finished first in the second conference tournament and finished first in the overall conference tournament by 58 shots over Wittenberg. Junior Kelsey Smith won the tournament individually. The team took the gold with a 22 shot lead over Allegheny. Competing last weekend and again this past weekend the DePauw Tigers totaled 1271 points to conclude the championships. “Kelsey Smith played very well,” head coach Vince Lazar said. “Paige Gooch finished second and was two shots behind her. Camilla also played very well over the two days. She finished the tournament in
the top five.” All five players on the team finished in the top 10. Junior Paige Gooch, Kelsey Smith, junior Abby Dickey, freshman Jacqueline Carroll and senior Camila Romero made All-Conference of the tournament, while Gooch was also named player of the year by the NCAC coaches. Lazar received the Coach of the Year award for the second year in a row. The Tigers will wait to hear their bid for the NCAA Division III Championships. They will leave Saturday and play four rounds over the week at the National Championship in Destin, Florida if they receive the spot. The men’s golf team finished sixth overall in this past weekend’s tournament and sixth overall in the conference tournament with Wittenberg winning the tournament.
The team shot a two-round total of 622 combined over the past two weekends of play. The DePauw Tigers were one stroke away from beating Kenyon College who finished fifth. “Nobody came out and shot very low scores over the two days,” head coach Vince Lazar said. “The men did not play very well.” Sophomore Eric Tandy and freshman Logan Bertalan were both named All-Conference of the tournament. The men are now finished for the season. “Hopefully they continue to work during the summer to get better,” Lazar said. “It is mostly putting they need to work on. They just aren’t making enough putts to be competitive and hopefully it improves when they get back in the fall.