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Q&A: Getting to know DePauw’s 2011 Walker Cup finalists University announces three candidates for award given to senior who has ‘done the most for DePauw’ By CHASE HALL email@example.com
The DePauw: What have you been involved in on campus? David Dietz: Executive VP of Student Government; Co-Fonder of Building Tomorrow; President of College Democrats; first year mentor; Sigma Chi fraternity; Media Fellow; Mortar Board; Pres. Bottoms research asst. for his book “Ethical Leadership.” Ben Stilwill: Executive member of DePauw Entrepreneurs’ Association, Civic Fellows, and Building Tomorrow; tour guide, Tyler the Tiger mascot; Beta Theta Pi fraternity; allocations board, Management Fellows. Christine Walker: Student Body president;
debate society; ITAP; Alpha Phi sorority; Student Democrats; founding member of DePauw Model UN; TG3, a group dedicated to improving town/gown relations. TDP: What has been your biggest accomplishment during your four years at DePauw? DD: “The first would be Building Tomorrow and all the success we had right off the bat… I’m also really proud of the work that Christine and I have done with SG, making it into a legitimate voice of the students and a trustworthy source of information.” BS: “The management fellows has given me so much, and I’ve tried to give it so much back. I’ve had experiences where I got to work with a lot of alumni and perspective students.” CW: “The biggest one is changing the way
Dietz, from Indianapolis, is majoring in sociolgy. students work and collaborate with faculty and administration on different issues in the institution through Student Government.” TDP: What’s your favorite moment at DePauw? DD: “Absolutely election night 2008.
Stilwill, from Okemos, Mich., is majoring in economics.
Walker, from Fort Wayne, Ind., is majoring in political science.
It really showed me if you work that hard at something you something truly believe in, literally anything is possible.” BS: “Definitely freshman year, Jordan Havercamp kicking the winning field goal [for the Monon Bell game]. I think that was an amazing segway for our first semester at DePauw. It re-
ally pumped me up to see DePauw as community.” CW: “My favorite, total DePauw moment was President Casey’s inauguration because literally the entire campus was there—it was so exciting to see the whole campus rallied around that one moment.”
Major decisions: Selecting paths within DePauw’s liberal-arts environment By ELLEN KOBE and MARITZA MESTRE firstname.lastname@example.org
The environment at DePauw offers a plethora of paths for every student, but every student must select a major to be listed on their diploma. Following this liberal arts approach, students choose majors based on academic subjects — economics, communication and psychology — instead of hotel management, broadcast journalism or law enforcement. Pedar Foss, dean of Academic Life, said educat-
ing someone holistically is very different than educating them for a trade. Lots of universities educate students for trades, but not many focus on the whole person, he said. “That’s the job of the liberal arts university,” Foss said. “It’s a special job; it’s an expensive job because it requires a whole lot of attention and conversation in small numbers with faculty who know what they’re doing.” In the spring of 2010, DePauw’s top three majors were communication (217), economics (194) and English writing (162), three disciplines that can be
applied in most occupations. “A liberally educated person has to know a variety of approaches, a variety of contents, a variety of theoretical frames through which they approach problems, issues and evidence,” Foss said. “And liberally educated people are able to make connections between those different areas. “And so that provides breadth, but in order to have depth, in order to be truly conversant or expert or able to make a difference in anything you need to concentrate in a particular area of two, so that you really know something about it. And that’s why we
have majors,” Foss continued. Many students come to college thinking they know what they want to do, but in reality, the majority of students will change their mind, Foss said. The liberal arts school allows students to explore different areas and find what they love. Sophomore Stacey Way has known she wanted to be a lawyer since the seventh grade. Way’s parents, first generation immigrants from Greece, and her grandparents, who came to the
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CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS In the article, “After months of work, Little 5 road route approved,” which appeared in the March 11 issue, it said that the before 2006, the race always took place on the road. This information is incorrect, as the race has taken place at the track every year, except for two years at the race’s inception and in 2005. In the same article, there was no mention of Ellie Weed’s position as the graphic designer for The DePauw. The article “State higher-education funding cuts prompt student protests,” which ran in the March 11 issue, said 75 students left DePauw after they lost state funding. The students lost their scholarships, but stayed on campus. In the editorial, “Vibrant Greencastle community means vibrant DePauw community,” which appeared in the March 11 issue, the words city and town were used interchangeably. Both Greencastle and North Vernon, Ind. are cities, not towns.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: • DePauw’s website is under review: DePauw is hiring a firm to completely restructure www. depauw.edu, and student senate members sit on a committee with administration to advise the firm. No changes are imminent. • January 2012 marks the 175th anniversary of DePauw, founded Asbury College in 1837: A committee has been formed to begin planning for celebrations and events next year.
• Economics majors are concerned due to lack of more specific, in-depth classes offered: Student government is considering appealing for a class that would provide information from areas not currently covered in economics classes in order to better prepare students for postgraduate opportunities.
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• Housing options: Providing more for students during breaks, particularly those who live far away from campus, such as international students. The white paper will be written and finalized at the next meeting after spring break. • Tiger card replacement: Exploring how Tiger cards are replaced, and assigning a committee to reassess the current $20 replacement fee. — INFORMATION COMPILED BY DANA FERGUSON
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3 | Investigative News United States with hardly anything, wanted to see a professional in the family. “I claimed lawyer, my brother claimed doctor,” Way said. Reflective of her penchant for making decisions and sticking with them, Way declared her double major in English writing and communication during her second semester on campus. Way also participates in the Media Fellows program of distinction and selected education studies as a minor. Way arrived at DePauw with nine Advanced PlaceWay ment credits, freeing up her schedule and allowing her to pursue so many different disciplines. But in order to assure that she gets into the classes she needs to complete her minor, Way e-mails professors about enrolling in their classes a semester in advance. Her interest in an Stefanov education minor spawned from a meeting about the Fulbright Scholar Program. Before continuing onto graduate school, Way would like to go abroad and teach, because she loves to share her passions with others. She hopes that her education minor will bring her closer to that goal. “I’ve got lots of goals,” White Way said. “They’re kind of broad in their category but narrow in their thought process … It’s a lots of goals that will take form I think later in life.” On top of her academic engagements, Way is also a water aerobics instructor, assistant news director for WGRE news and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She hopes to intern in Chicago with TeamWorks Media this summer and in the White House for her Media Fellows internship. This broad range of interests is characteristic of DePauw students. Foss said in his experience, most of the students who are committed to numerous
majors and programs on campus are so involved because they truly love those activities and areas of study, not because they think it will look good on their résumé. “Résumé building assumes that you know what any particular employer wants,” Foss said. “But how can you possibly know what all the possible businesses or hire-ers or schools are going to want from you?” Senior Jordan Stefanov decided he wanted to major in economics before he even arrived at DePauw and declared during his first semester on campus. Stefanov, a Bulgarian student and child of two mathematics teachers, focused on math in high school, and thought an economics major would suit his interests well. “I did not know a whole lot about the field,” Stefanov said. “So it was a leap in the dark, so to speak, for me. But then, after I took my Intro to Economics class I knew that I loved it.” Originally, Stefanov thought he wanted to attend graduate school before entering the work force and hoped that a mathematics minor would give him an edge in the admissions process. Stefanov said he likes how economics helps develop strong independent thinking skills and is also good for international work. But there were other reasons he chose his course of study. “The first thing, was, again the prestige to it. Just because people go into these fields and you hear about all these successful people and you want to be one of them,” he said. “That’s the tip of the iceberg.” Stefanov does not regret the decision to declare an economics major early in his college career. “I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I just got very lucky that I liked the things that I thought I would like,” he said. “The only regret I have is that I couldn’t take more classes.” However, some prospective students have academic interests that don’t align with any academic programs DePauw provides. “There are students every year who come to us with a major that we just don’t have,” said Earl Macam, director of Admission. “We guide them and make them understand the institution and help them understand the liberal arts.” Macam pointed to nursing as one of these areas of study. In situations like these, Macam said the admissions office is upfront with prospective students in letting them know the opportunities in that academic program are slim at DePauw. In the situation of talking to a student interested in nursing, Macam said he would highlight the biology and health sciences programs at DePauw. He said it’s important that prospective students understand the liberal arts education at DePauw, rather than the specific academic programs. “We look at it as an opportunity to sell DePauw,
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but we also look at it as an opportunity to educate a student upon what we are as an institution,” Macam said. “And, you know, to celebrate the fact that, again, we are a liberal arts college.” As a prospective student, sophomore Katherine White was interested in an area of study DePauw didn’t offer: international relations. She didn’t necessarily attend DePauw for its academic programs — financial scholarship was her largest motivation to enroll. While she believes that the education here is very strong and enjoys the small student-to-teacher ratio, White felt somewhat discouraged there wasn’t an international relations program. So, she assumed conflict studies would be a comparable option. “I do know that when you type in ‘conflict studies’ into Google, DePauw is the first thing that comes up,” White said. “And I don’t think that’s how a major should be. To me, that means it’s not necessarily legitimate.” However, she acknowledges that she could have researched DePauw’s academic options more as a prospective student before making her decision. White also noted that she believes it’s odd that DePauw encourages off-campus study through international Winter Term trips and spending a semester abroad, but that international relations isn’t something one can study as a specific discipline.
Because White had to declare a major in order to apply for her study abroad program, she chose to obtain a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and to minor in French. “I figured it would be the same thing anyway,” White said. “To be honest, you’re taking the same kind of classes, and I thought it would all even out.” White said she feels having a broad major rather than a more narrowly focused one will make her a one-in-a-million graduate. “I think the main problem of a liberal arts education is that you’re paying thousands of dollars for the price of a library card,” she said. However, White said every adult she has talked to hasn’t pointed to the major as the most important part of undergraduate study. “It’s being able to come out of college being able to read, being able to write, being able to speak and being able to interact well with people is what’s important,” she said. Unlike Stefanov and Way, White doesn’t exactly know what type of career she intends on pursuing after college — she just knows that studying on a global level is what she enjoys for now. “Basically, whatever you want to do, you can do at this school,” White said. “It just takes a little bit of effort in knowing who to talk to.”
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Students, faculty protest immigration reform bill By OLIVIA TELFAIR email@example.com
DePauw students and faculty not only oppose the plans for immigration reform laid out in Senate Bill 590 set for immigration reform, but avow to stop the possible law from coming into action. Last Thursday, while other students were headed to classes, more than 50 DePauw students were headed on a bus headed to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to protest the bill supported by Senator Mike Delph (R-District 29). The bill would require law enforcement agencies to verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals upon “reasonable suspicion” that they might be an illegal immigrant, and proposes several other changes to law enforcement proceedings. Similar to seventy other bills across the United States that seek authorization, SB590 will restrict the use of any language other than English in public schools, libraries, and state government agencies including documents printed and spoken. Prosecution will occur for those housing and hiring any undocumented person. Likewise, many fear the ongoing stipulation that racial profiling of the Latino community will arise and many, undocumented or not, will suffer. At the event, over 100 participants rallied for legislatures to come out of the Statehouse doors bearing a “Not a Public Entrance” sign and flanked by three Indiana police officers. The trip from DePauw was hosted by the Com-
mittee for Latino Concerns and the Compton Center for Social Justice. “[The bill is] encouraging intolerance because it promotes the idea of the typical American and if you don’t fit into that idea, you’re discriminated against,” said senior Lydia Cosio, president of CLC. “If you don’t know English or skin is brown, then you’re discriminated against.” Excited first-time protester, junior Kiran Wadia, joined others expecting to see many people with similar concerns who wanted to voice their opinion. She said laws that discriminate against members of a particular racial group pave the way for governments to pass laws that further infringe on citizens’ rights. Wadia said she was motivated to protest against the bill because she personally understands what those affected go through, whether the effect is direct or indirect. Having studied the issues in political science courses, she said she knows the potential negative consequences of the bill. “Being confused as Middle Eastern during the September 11th attacks, I was racially profiled and this law affects everyone including myself once again,” said Wadia. During the protest, performers charmed crowds with stories, songs about equality and reminders that all Americans being immigrants. The protesters held tight to signs that said, “We shall overcome,” and “We don’t run the country, but without us, the country will run.”
Junior Christian Siania voiced his opinion during the protest. “It’s great to see students participating in the democratic process. Our voices will be heard,” said Siania, who stood at the protest wearing a sticker that read “Coming out of the Shadows.” Glen Kuecker, coordinator and professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies at DePauw, marched with the crowd as a statement of solidarity, saying that the bill is subject to destruct society as a whole. “Can Mike Delph assure me that not one single person will be wrongly deported and what are the protections?” Kuecker said. Calling them comparable to the Jim Crow laws, Kuecker refers to provisions SB590 as Juan Crow laws because of blatant targeting of Latino people. He explained that he believes many have already been wrongly accused of being undocumented and deported, although restrictions have prohibited such acts against citizens. Children born in the United States by undocumented immigrants have also been targets of deportation. “Nobody should be in a situation where they are feeling targeted or mistreated,” Kuecker said, adding that laws like these pose serious hardships for people when, for example, family members are deported. “The majority of students at DePauw don’t have to go through the burdens that students affected by this are carrying with them.” Kuecker said that, despite arguments to the contrary, immigration has had substantial benefits
WHAT IS SB590? Senate Bill 590 is a proposed immigration reform bill. Senator Mike Delph (R-District 29) introduced the bill that promotes a similar immigration reform to the one Arizona passed in 2010. This bill would allow state and local authorities to demand proof of citizenship to anyone they suspect of being in the state illegally. for the American economy. As the “Baby Boomers” of the 1950s start to retire, immigrants maintain a vibrant workforce despite a shrinking population. Many undocumented workers, he added, use false social security numbers so they can work, meaning taxes are still withheld from their pay. “It’s a myth that taxes aren’t being paid but they do – and most undocumented are filing with the IRS. When I pull out my Social Security, I’m going to be taking their money,” says Kuecker. Cosio felt confident that the protest was wellorganized and had a variety of people and performances. Marching, the crowd chanted, saying, “Up with hope, down with hate, Hoosiers don’t discriminate,” and “Education not deportation.”
Low attendance at Jesus Jams highlights trend for DePauw Christian Fellowship By DANA FERGUSON firstname.lastname@example.org
As seven people sat scattered across Peeler auditorium Sunday watching YouTube videos of various Christian artists, senior Shannon Fayson wondered what she had done wrong. Fayson, a senior and vice president of the DePauw Christian Fellowship organized the event. “Heartbreak” was one word she used to describe her reaction to Sunday afternoon’s turnout, however, as only seven people came to join her in Jesus Jams, an event that normally draws in a full auditorium. In recent years DePauw Christian Fellowship has decreased significantly in size from numbers in the 20s last year to around 10 members this year. Fayson said that she could not think of an explanation for the drop aside from changes in inter-
est among students. She explained the change as and musicians to withdraw from the event, which a “spiritual warfare” among students regarding caused a lack of planned entertainment. whether or not they should “Toward the end it was join religious groups on like ‘Oh my gosh, things are campus and make an effort ending in chaos because to follow their faith. She people aren’t committing “Compared to previous years, I expressed that low attendto their performances,’” wouldn’t say a failure because ance at Jesus Jams espeFayson said. cially highlighted the trend The result was an hour nothing in God is a failure, but for her. of fellowship among the “Compared to previfew in attendance marked a very, very, very low turnout. It ous years, I wouldn’t say a by two musical performakes me worry.” failure because nothing in mances, karaoke to YouGod is a failure, but a very, — Shannon Fayson, senior Tube videos displayed on a very, very low turnout,” screen and a game of BibliFayson said. “It makes me cal charades. Though not worry.” what the audience expectFayson specifically attributed the low num- ed, the overall reaction was good. Senior Schavel bers to the last-second decision of various artists Morrison applauded the group’s ability to embrace
the situation. “Going from a huge group to only about ten could be a little depressing and discouraging, but I think they did really well,” Morrison said. Junior Joy Mulhollan even said the low turnout made the event feel more intimate, and in her opinion, better. “It was nice for me to be able to relax and to be able to come together with other Christians in the middle of a busy homework rush day,” Mulhollan said. Fayson said that “Jesus Jams” achieved its goal: to praise God through various art forms. “It’s not about the numbers. It’s about the hearts of people, so if we can change a heart to soften a heart towards God, that’s bigger than a group of people who aren’t willing to change for God,” Fayson said.
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INDIANA STUDENTS CONVENE AT YOUTH SCIENCE FAIR IN JULIAN
2011 Regional Science Fair hosts young, aspiring science students By MARITZA MESTRE email@example.com
Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., a group of high school students walked down the third floor of Julian Science and Mathematics Center and paused by a booth titled “How to straighten hair without
Jeremy Rusk, a fifth grader at Dixie Bee Elementary School in Terre Haute, Ind., demonstrates his science project that investigates why arches are used in architecture as support rather than vertical columns at the West Central Indiana Science Fair on Saturday afternoon in Julian. CARLY PIETRZAK/THE DEPAUW
using heat.” “I thought Caitlin’s hair was naturally straight,” one of the girls commented as she looked at the pictures and walked past. The booth under observation was part of the Senior Division of the 2011 West Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair, now in its 58th year. According to Howard Brooks, Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department and organizer of the fair, approximately 100 students compete in the regional fair each year between the Junior and Senior Divisions. DePauw began hosting the fair in 1999, after Brooks attended a fair at Indiana State University for his son’s project and one of the coordinators asked him if DePauw would be interested in hosting it in the future. Since then, DePauw has switched between hosting the regional and state fair. During the regional competition this weekend, students spoke with five judges in the morning — mostly university students from DePauw and RoseHulman Institute of Technology, as well as some competitors’ parents — and additional judges in the afternoon. The competition was divided between the Junior Division, fifth through eighth graders, and the Senior Division, high school students. “The core of it is ‘Are they asking a good science question or a good engineering question?’” Brooks said about the judging criteria. “You kind of look at things like ‘Is it creative? Where did they get this idea?’ I think there’s a tendency for judges to like ideas that the students pick that are real practical.” Judges also consider the interest students show in their project as well as how well they present and explain their research. The judges selected ten students from each division to compete at the state level in Bloomington on April 2, although one student cannot compete because of a scheduling conflict. From there, 20 to 27 students from the Senior Division only will move onto the International level, which will be held in Los Angeles the week of May 9. The Science
Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. will sponsor student and teacher travel and board for those participants who advance to the International competition. On top of those selected to advance, a number of other awards are given out at the regional competition. These additional awards include honors from the Military, the American Meteorological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. Many of the awards given out include some sort of cash prize. Students can also win awards that will allow them to travel to institutions where they can further learn about issues related to their projects. Greencastle High School sophomore Frederick Soster, whose father is a geosciences professor at DePauw, showcased his project, titled “What’s in Big Walnut.” It won an award that may allow him to attend a week-long program related to the environment at the State University of New York at Oswego. Jessica Wright, a senior at Terre Haute Vigo High School, advanced to the state level for her project “Can tea be used as an effective ‘green’ cleaner?” Wright has four years of experience in the competition, and has previously gone onto the International level. “It’s a good experience, and doing the research [is] not just for a science fair,” Wright said. “It’s a good learning process, and being able to say that you worked on research and presented a poster looks good to colleges too.” Wright hopes to go into biomedical engineering in college, and said her experience in the science fairs has better prepared her for her career ambitions. “It’s helped a lot because I’ve learned a lot about working in the lab and using equipment and statistically analyzing all the results, and you learn a lot by working in the lab,” she said. Brooks said he has enjoyed watching the development of students, like Wright, who return each year.
Wright worked on her project with a professor at Rose-Hulman, who had an interest in working on the topic previously. Brooks said it is not uncommon for students to work with university professors on their projects. In the past, DePauw faculty members have worked with Greencastle students by guiding them through their projects or providing safe equipment. Wright took her project seriously. While other boards on display showed construction paper pasted on poster board, Wright had her poster professionally printed and brought display lights to highlight her poster. But the competition aspect of the fair wasn’t as serious for all students. Greencastle sophomore Tyler Hudson brought his project, “Paintball Barrel Accuracy,” to the fair after working on it in school. Presenting it at the regional fair earned him extra credit points. “I’m here for the bonus points, and I don’t really care if I move on or not,” Hudson said. Anna Nagy, a seventh grader from Otter Creek Middle School in Terre Haute, researched the quantity of waste produced by a dog depending on the brand of food it was fed. Her project, “The Full Scoop on Doggy Poop,” attracted a large crowd of fellow middle school contestants, some of which came up to the board to take pictures with their cell phones. “It just kind of captures the middle school humor that I think a lot of people don’t get in their science fair projects,” Nagy said. Judge Boxin Tang, a DePauw junior, learned about the fair through one of Brooks’s classes during his freshman year. Now in his third year of judging, Brooks has noticed an overall improvement among the projects since his first year. “I would be really happy to see if the local students could actually come to this event...I would rather see other audiences rather than the parents and the judges,” Tang said. “This is definitely a great chance for Greencastle development.”
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In pursuit of a DePauw degree, two students pay the By JENNA BUEHLER firstname.lastname@example.org
The face of debt isn’t always easy to pick out in the DePauw crowd. A Delta Gamma sorority girl behind Dolce and Gabbana shades, clutching a Betsey Johnson handbag — sporting Michael Kors shoes, a BCBG blouse, and a snug pair of Seven jeans — is one such face. Beyond the brand name, junior Claire McVey is a hard-edge, $10,900.93 Kentucky-bred farm girl The amount Rachel Butler who pays for college currently owes (not including herself — but without this semester) in past-due the help of financial aid. McVey is an unusual type balances to DePauw to pass through the system, because her parents $31,700 make more than a quarter million dollars a year. Amount of debt Claire McVey They paid for their eduwill incur before graduating cations and encouraged McVey to do the same, $24,210 believing hard work builds strong character. Average debt of 2009 As a result, she balanced DePauw graduates five jobs simultaneously at once and made $6,000 48 percent the summer before her freshman year. Proportion of 2009 DePauw Her college career has graduates with debt been a busy one: picking up shifts back home as a SOURCE: THE PROJECT ON pool lifeguard, working STUDENT DEBT, HTTP:// as a CUTCO saleswoman, PROJECTONSTUDENTDEBT.ORG tutoring at Gobin Church, serving as a hostess at Outback Steakhouse, baby-sitting, dog-sitting, making GCB’s at Marvin’s, calling orders at The Den and serving up lattes at Café Roy in Greencastle and Starbucks in her hometown of Lexington, Ky. “I’ve got a good resume for cheap labor,” McVey said as she walked from class to her afternoon tutoring job, where she makes $7.25 per hour. McVey schedules classes around work and often misses class. She attributes her reliance on anti-depressants, routine therapy sessions and
multiple car accidents to physical and mental situation. She could exhaustion. She says knowing she will graduate months, not in four owing $31,700 after scholarship sometimes puts Until she finds a a serious strain on her financially, academically, on campus for the r and emotionally. her GPA — a frustr “Some people like to call me superwoman not afford the book because of how I work a lot,” McVey said. “But into work and hop I’m not at all. I’m 20 living like I’m 30 and where teacher or factory w I’m at, it’s dark.” “I don’t want to Sometimes hard work and dedication don’t “I don’t want to be pay off. poor. You’re so poo The pursuit of “Uncommon Success,” DeP- anymore.’” auw University’s creed, comes with a price. For Compassion is w students like sophomore Rachel Butler, who pay Craig Slaughter said for school themselves, the cost is more than a difficult financial si sticker price — it is two jobs, mounting debt, and lack of finance awa consistent sleep deprivation. balances” owed to A recent nation-wide study e done by the Department of D Education showed six out of l 10 students graduating from a “Some people like to call me d four-year college or university have debt from student loans. superwoman because of how s DePauw students who graduI work a lot. But I’m not at c ated in 2009 accumulated y an average $24,000 in debt, all. I’m 20 living like I’m 30 w consistent with the national and where I’m at, it’s dark.” t average. — Claire McVey, junior s Butler knew her family’s combined income wouldn’t c provide for a single semester. t She came prepared to bear the t financial burden alone. She sought work at the at both the state an First Christian Church nursery and as a lifeguard Associate Vice most mornings; $15 here, $7 an hour there, until Kessinger gathered treading water was no longer an option. the new university b “When I came to DePauw I told myself, ‘I can “Thirty-four per do this because I’m smart enough,’” Butler said. goes toward financ “I just don’t have the money anymore.” ences the rest of the Shortly after the Feb. 4 announcement that that we are very hum DePauw’s total cost would increase 6 percent to Kessinger said it total $46,700 per year, Butler received a letter. experience that im She read the bold-faced font: campus programm “If this past due balance is not resolved by ratio, landscaping a Feb. 1, a financial hold will be placed on your ac- aid options — or th count. This hold will prevent you from register- Kessinger said are c ing for fall 2011 classes or obtaining transcripts.” in the nation. She cried. But for Butler a Butler knew there was no way she could pay a reality — whether the $10,900.93 owed in past-due balances and follows them for ye options offered would not accommodate her
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“Small-town girl” lives and learns from D.C
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d not pay in full — not in 10 r payments either. a job, Butler says she will stay rest of the semester and raise rating obstacle since she canks. Butler has started to look pes to work as a substitute worker. o admit defeat,” Butler said. e like, ‘OK, that’s it — you’re or that you can’t afford school
what Director of Financial Aid, d he feels when he addresses ituations. He said it’s often a areness that causes “past-due the university to compound each semester. He added that DePauw cannot afford to allow students to incur pastdue balances any longer. “Historically, we have had some issues with folks just carrying balances over from year to year, to year, to year without any penalty,” Slaughter said. Slaughter said he feels for students who struggle financially — especially now, as the U.S. Congress threatens o slash need-based programs nd federal levels. President for Finance Kevin d the data to help compose budget. rcent of the entire budget cial aid,” he said. “That influe budget and so does the fact man-resource oriented.” t is the totality of the DePauw mpacts the budget the most: ming, small faculty-to-student aesthetics as well as financial he “tuition discounts” — that considered some of the best
and McVey the cost is already r it sends them home now or ars.
Junior Claire McVey works the evening shift at Marvin’s. She says she has sacrificed academics so she can pay for school on her own and often thinks about what life would be like if she was not balancing work and school. JENNA BUEHLER/THE DEPAUW
CLAIRE MCVEY’S THURSDAY 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Class 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Work at Marvin’s
2:20 - 3:50 p.m. | Class 4 - 4:45 p.m. | Work at Gobin After School Enrichment program 5 - 9 p.m. | Work at Marvin’s 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Study
RACHEL BUTLER’S TUESDAY 6 - 9 a.m. | Work at
Erdmann Natatorium as lifeguard 9:20 a.m. - 4 p.m | Class 4 p.m. - Bed | Homework and meetings
WATCH THE VIDEO AT THEDEPAUW.COM Experience a day in the life of junior Claire McVey, who balances two jobs and academics.
riving into Washington D.C. just two left to gain new friendships. Little did I short months ago, I could never know the people I was about to become have expected what I’m experiencing friends with were some of the most dihere in the city. Sophomore year, I had verse individuals I’ve ever met. The joy the idea that ‘off-campus’ clearly meant of meeting others from places such as Europe or somewhere far away where I Poland, Australia, the United Kingdom would have to learn a whole new culture and numerous other states has truly and feel estranged for weeks. Being a been an incredible experience. It Media Fellow student and having breaks my heart to realize that the requirement of an internship, some of these people I may I quickly began searching for never see again. abroad programs. However, my Obviously, working at plans changed. So, somewhat Amnesty International I have reluctantly, I made the decibeen introduced to activsion last semester to travel ists with an extreme pasa measly 10 hours from sion for global change. the infamous GreencasMy work place has tle, Ind., to D.C. to work given me the opporfor Amnesty Internationtunity to open my eyes GRACEKESTLER al. Part of me thought I to a variety of world iswas setting myself up for sues that I’d say I was a high-strung internship in a city of poli- somewhat blind to before. It has been a tics that would leave me in over my head. truly surprising experience as an intern And the other part of me was thrilled to at Amnesty. Between my incredibly unbe getting out of Indiana. derstanding supervisors and the life-long Let me take a few steps back and first intern friends I’ve made, it is beyond say I love Indiana. I’m a small-town girl easy to express my satisfaction with my at heart who grew up for most of my decision to come to D.C. childhood on sweet corn, the woods and Living on ‘The Hill’ and being a part collecting eggs from the chicken house of such a historical city has honestly with my grandma. Ironically, I’m also not been an exceptional occasion. No, I’m a complete foreigner to a big city. New not exploring Rome or England on the York has a special place in my heart along weekends, but I am learning a whole new with the fast-paced lifestyle that engulfs lifestyle. And trust me people definitely any visitor. With that said, I thought know the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto I knew what I was getting myself into that DePauw accepts so enthusiastically. when coming to D.C. Although, suffering withdrawal from But, really, who was I kidding? If liv- Marvin’s mac bites and Frank’s fries are ing exactly two blocks from the capitol enough to drive someone crazy, it’s not wasn’t enough of a shock I was surprised enough to make leaving this place enjoyto be greeted by my pot-luck roommate, able. With just less than two months left, a DePauw senior. Small world, I’d say. I’m trying so desperately to live in the DePauw students have this special bond moment and soak up as much D.C. culthat no matter where we are, we tend to ture as possible – even if visiting Georgeflock together. So, I spent the first month town Cupcakes is cliché. As hard as it will being a classic tourist with my roommate be to leave the wonderful people and and two more DePauw students who we places in D.C., it’s comforting to know discovered also lived in our building. We I’ll be coming home to one year left at a definitely brought Winter Term fun to a school like no other. whole new level. I’ve also quickly learned that D.C. is a - Kestler is a junior from Columbus, Ind., come-and-go place. My DePauw friends majoring in communications. features@ only stayed for Winter Term and I was thedepauw.com
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THE DEPAUW | Editorial Board Andrew Maddocks | Editor-in-Chief Macy Ayers | Managing Editor
Rachel Cheeseman | Chief Copy Editor
Samuel Weigley | Managing Editor
Ellen Kobe | Chief Copy Editor
Social awareness on the rise breaches surface of “Bubble” Maybe it’s something in the air, or maybe it’s something in the water, or maybe it’s simply more good, old-fashioned awareness, but campus activism is surely on the rise. The DePauw campus tends to embrace controversy. From the bottled-water ban, to racially offensive content on a Facebook page, to a rumored visit from the infamously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church and the campus-wide Love Rally in response, students here aren’t afraid to rally. No pun intended. Last week, however, was a particularly good reminder of how students take political activism to a new level. Students took time out of their days to travel to Indianapolis to protest on the capitol steps. Whether they were protesting the funding cuts to higher education or Senate Bill 590, the message was clear: they cared. Like many of us, these students had classes and meetings to attend, assignments to work on and midterms to study for. But for a few hours, they left it all behind to take action and stand behind something with implications “Beyond the Bubble.” Also at this time, many others on campus are preparing to forgo a week of relaxation and frivolity to give their time to worthy causes in alternative spring breaks. But even inside the Bubble, people are taking action to weave social justice and daily activism into the fabric of campus life. Student government adopted a resolution suggested by a student to promote the purchase of conflict-free minerals in an effort to wash the blood of many war-torn areas in Sub-Saharan Africa from our campus’ hands. While we recognize that this is a largely symbolic action, even grand gestures can be powerful ones with long-lasting implications. Our development on this campus need not be limited to personal, academic and professional development — we can also seek out and take opportunities to grow into more conscientious consumers. This resolution is a great example of the lesser-known facet of activism that takes place in our everyday lives. It might not be easy to spot, but it’s no less important. There’s not much to say aside from what we’re seeing — whether it’s as tangible as driving to the Statehouse on Thursday or as symbolic as an endorsement of conflictfree minerals, it’s obvious we give a damn. Write to the editorial board at: email@example.com — Macy Ayers did not participate in this editorial because she is vice president of academic life for the student body.
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Spring break: what’d you expect? I
n one week, some of you will be lying on a beach with a Sleep: Not too much, just enough to feel well rested again. drink and a bottle of sunscreen. A handful of students could Reality be camping off a random country road – where you’ll prob Acquire Weight Zebra cakes usually do me in. ably attempt to pitch a tent for ten minutes, only to resign to Don’t forget second breakfast, elevensies, fourth meal sleeping in the car. Then after 3 minutes of using matches, and every-time-you-walk-past-the-kitchen. start the fire with gasoline. We’ve all done it. Watch Forrest Gump: TBS will be playing it That’s all fine and dandy for you guys, but I’ll be at most of the week or it will air on ABC Family’s home, wearing a bathrobe. Let me make this clear: except “Countdown to the Countdown to the next for the last sentence, today’s column is not a Dave JorCountdown of 25 Days of Christmas.” Some of genson Pity Party. That was thrown a few nights ago. you might be inspired to go runnin’. But I Instead, let’s focus on the activities that inevitably doubt you get past the Alabama state line. will take place for all us DePauw Tigers kept in Read Harry Potter…again: This our cages over spring break. (Get it? We’re tigers happens to me every time. But if you in cages). Yes, this column includes another one start pointing at the television remote, of my lists. No, I didn’t steal the Expectations/ shouting “Accio Remote!” you’ve been DAVEJORGENSON Reality concept from (500) Days of Summer – I reading way too much HP. borrowed it. Go to Taco Bell: And go multiple Expectations times. Did you know the beefy crunch burrito is only 99 Exercise: If you can’t show off your washboard President cents? Score! Casey abs at the beach, why not go to the gym and get that Sleep: a lot. Then, sleep some more. body even more toned? Cue Rocky theme music. Torment the Cat: Ole’ Whiskers was never good for anyWrite back your grandparents: Every Grandma loves to thing. Might as well just throw him at your sister’s face while send care packages. I get newspaper clippings about how she’s sleeping. awesome Nebraska Football will be. My last package had a So, you people that will actually be doing something Red Lobster Gift Card (awesome). Maybe they actually de- with your life, remember the rest of us – sitting at home, serve a letter back. eating thin mints and watching Spongeob. For now, I’m Read a book: Remember what it was like to read a book going to post an announcement on e-services. Wanted: that wasn’t assigned to you? I forgot too, but I’m pretty sure Ride to anywhere but home. On an unrelated note, if it’s actually a surprisingly fulfilling experience. anyone brought chain-linked fence with them to college, an Go on a road trip: Pack up the dog, some extra clothes, e-services listing has been desperately requesting some for and some old easy-to-convince friends and you’re off! Though about a month now. gas is around $3.50 a gallon, it’s not getting any higher. Also, sing “Life is a Highway” until a fellow passenger attempts to — Jorgenson is a sophomore from Shawnee, Kan., majoring in English writing and film studies. firstname.lastname@example.org strangle you.
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EDMUNDSON CHALLENGES BLOGGER RANT
Experience is uncommon, but not unpleasant I
do not normally read blogs. But a included, have addressed them in review I read recently on a website a proactive way by getting involved about DePauw really got me. This both on and off campus. It’s all a work student, a senior who unfortunately in progress, and most people can also happens to be in my major, understand that. completely ripped this school But the writer of this artiapart, cautioning future applicle does not. While it seems cants, “DePauw isn’t anybody’s like a late-night rant that first choice...the kind of permay have been a procrasson who wants to get black tination tool for a paper out drunk, go through college due the next day, or doubting themselves and possibly a heated working to prove their response to a bad worth to random people, experience, it is who are willing to judge still damaging to and be judged... why, Dethe university that Pauw’s a perfect fit.” many of us love. DIANAEDMUNDSON Oh, really? So, dearest blogger I, myself, have a who does not have few problems with how DePauw the courage to own your work in the works. Most are minor, and I believe blogosphere, I would like to respond I have even voiced a few of them in to a few of your claims. my columns. I think we need to work The article explains how terrible on support for graduating seniors in DePauw is socially. “DePauw is a place certain majors, fix up what even Dr. where people smile at you while they Casey has said is a despicable excuse talk about you behind your back,” the for a workout center, and continue to writer tells us. I am not here to judge examine how we work together both the social experiences of one member inside and outside of the greek com- of the DePauw community, but I do munity at DePauw. While there are have something to say about one perother concerns, I feel that many oth- son reflecting a negative experience ers in the DePauw community, myself on an entire community of people. I
do not feel like DePauw has a malicious or backstabbing mob straight out of “Mean Girls” who haunt our classrooms or social events. Nor do I feel like our campus plays host to a bunch of students stuck in high school stereotypes. There will be conflict nearly anywhere you go, whether it is a university or a workplace, but that doesn’t mean DePauw as a university breeds a mean-spirited mentality. As for town/gown relations and community involvement, this blogger believes prospective students should, “be aware; those programs are run by a very ‘elite’ group of social gods and goddesses. Participating in community projects is a social badge around these parts, not a humanitarian calling.” Please. DePauw has nearly as many campus-recognized organizations as many state schools. Are you trying to tell me that all of these organizations that work with mentoring kids, raising money to build schools abroad, or building houses for local families, are not open to having interested students participate and lead projects? I do not believe you. I have neither seen nor heard of any
willing, interested party being turned away. Plus, if you were really so upset by this, you could always approach student government about starting up your own organization. It is possible that the reason “the townies hate the students,” and “the students judge the townies,” is that you call Greencastle residents “townies,” and because you choose to not get involved. What is “unhealthy” is your mentality toward the way DePauw and Greencastle have been striving to work together over the last several years to overcome these perceptions. There were a few other claims, ranging from the belief that all of our students are either “depressed or alcoholic,” to the fact that we are all socially inept and are incapable of connecting to each other or holding intelligent conversations. Well, my fellow almost-grad, if you ever care to have an intelligent conversation about the state of DePauw and the direction of the campus and its students, let me know. Don’t worry; I won’t even try to buy you a drink. — Edmundson is a senior from Greensburg, Ind., majoring in English writing and religious studies. email@example.com
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hire sustainability leadership A week ago I read an article directed at a concern that has been buzzing around my head since early last December. Last December I met Missy Orr. Orr, the Assistant Director of the office of Sustainability, is joining the Peace Corps. This means she — the organizing force behind many things sustainable on campus — will not be here next year. Her paid position as the Assistant Director of Sustainability will disappear…that is, unless the student body decides they would like to do something about it. As a first-year, I have only just gotten my toes wet in the vast depths of the sustainability efforts here at DePauw. But so far, I have seen a united front of students who want to do something to help the environment. And it
appears that students only get more and more involved in our sustainability front as they progress through their four years here. I saw a brief hint of this in the Letter to the Editor section on Friday. Clearly, students have something to say on the issue. I am now writing to propose that we continue to fight to keep the position that Orr created. I am writing to ask the DePauw University community to strive to work to keep the many projects that have been started here, to acknowledge the LEED certified buildings we are lucky enough to have, to keep the water bottle ban in action, and to win Campus Conservation Nationals again next year. Let’s work to keep and expand these things around our campus, DePauw. — Allison Orjala, freshman
Fund sustainability position Stephen Hesterberg’s article on Tuesday highlighted DePauw’s commitment to climate neutrality, a commitment that will be compromised without long-term sustainability staffing support. I agree entirely that, as a signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the university has a moral obligation to fulfill when it comes to sustainability. The main issue with Stephen’s solution – hiring a long-term Assistant Director for Sustainability – is funding. In a time of economic instability, DePauw must make especially careful decisions about how its funds are invested and distributed. The university has to be financially practical right now. Hiring a sustainability staff member will add another salary to the payroll, but will also en-
sure the continuation of Energy Wars, the implementation of the Climate Action Plan, and the success of other programming that saves money for DePauw. We need an Assistant Director to coordinate the students who get involved in these projects. Our work in the environmental arena has earned DePauw national recognition, drawing the attention of prospective students. It has saved thousands of dollars through decreased water and electricity usage. It has brought together students from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal. It’s plain and simple: sustainability is an investment with huge payoffs for the university, for the environment, and for students; it’s an investment that needs to happen. — Kate Wright, senior
PHOTOPINION What are you looking forward to for spring break? “I’m going to Florida so I’m looking forward to having an amazing tan and lots of fun!”
Anna Kung, senior “I’m looking forward to eating my weight in my mother’s cooking.”
Gabriel Lopez, junior “It’s time to take a rest. I’d like to stay on campus to just have some time for myself and spend time with friends.” Hai Nguyen, freshman “I am excited to see my family, friends from home and my dogs.”
Kaela Vass, sophomore SUNNY WANG/THE DEPAUW
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Baseball team searches for consistency Tennis teams lose, recover By ANDREW CARTER
By ELEANOR AXT firstname.lastname@example.org
It was an interesting weekend for the DePauw men’s baseball players, as they evened their overall record to 7-7. On Saturday the Tigers defeated Manchester College 10-3 and Alma College 9-1. Sunday brought a disappointing 14-2 loss against Manchester and a 10-9 loss to Marian University. “It was a mediocre weekend,” said Sean Brennan, a freshman pitcher. “We’re still just looking for consistency.” In the Tigers’ first game against Manchester, the team scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. They then sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the frame and scored all seven runs with two outs. Junior Rob McPike reached on a bunt single and scored on junior Alex Wright’s double. Sophomore Zach Galyean followed with a double and junior Alex Berlyn with a run-scoring single to make it 3-1. Freshman Robbie Stein’s double scored Berlyn, and junior Chris Forbringer followedup by plating Stein with a single. Senior Ben Gardner followed with a single before junior Sam Swafford singled home two. The Tigers totaled 17 hits led by Stein’s
three. Gardner, Swafford, Wright, Galyean, Berlyn and Forbringer had two each. Junior Hobs Donovan improved 2-1 after allowing two earned runs in eight innings. Against Alma, DePauw extended its winning streak to 4 games. Gardner and Swafford each had three of DePauw’s 13 hits, while Wright and Galyean followed with two each. Swafford also drove in three. Junior Elliot Ross pitched the entire game and improved to 2-1 and added eight strikeouts without allowing a walk. On Sunday, DePauw fell to Manchester, who scored six in the first before adding three more in the second inning and four in the fourth, eventually leading 14-0. “I think we lost focus,” said head coach Jake Martin. “We got off to a slow start on game three. We really dug some holes in our offense we couldn’t make up for.” The Tigers’ two runs came in the seventh inning as freshman Pat Lyons doubled and scored on Swafford’s double. Sophomore outfielder Sam Yeary’s sacrifice fly then scored Swafford. DePauw totaled 10 hits in the loss, and Swafford led the way with three. DePauw played four different pitchers, senior Mike Peterson and freshmen JT Timmer, Alex Sroka and Brendan Bolander. Agsinst Marian, the Knights scored four in
the first inning before the Tigers added two in the third on an RBI single by Yeary and an infield error. Marian added four more in the fourth after collecting six straight singles with two out. Freshman Brendon Pashia’s pinch-hit homer to lead off the sixth closed the Marian lead to 8-3, but the Knights added two more in the seventh on Brody Edgerly’s double. Yeary’s two-run single in the seventh plated junior Aaron Henry and Gardner. The Tigers added three more in the eighth with two outs as Gardner, Yeary and McPike hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 10-8. In the bottom of the ninth, Stein hit a two-out double and scored on Swafford’s single-to-left. Henry followed with a single, but Gardner’s fly-out-to-center ended the comeback. “The guys didn’t quit, they kept fighting until the end,” Martin said. Each team totaled 17 hits with Gardner and Yeary each collecting four for DePauw. McPike, Stein and Henry each had two and Yeary drove in four runs. Four pitchers also played in the Marion game: freshmen Michael Chiaro, sophomores Joe Wojda and Derek Mounsey and junior Andy Manson. “We can’t get caught up about one bad day,” Brennan said. “We need to just be able to move on.”
The DePauw men’s and women’s tennis teams both lost close games to Div. II Ferris State University last Thursday, but overcame the losses on Sunday. The Tigers fought hard but came up short, losing the men’s match by just one point and the women’s match by two. The men’s team rebounded well on Sunday, brushing aside Indiana Tech and Rose-Hulman University by a score of 9-0 in both games to improve their season record to 8-1. The women’s team will be back in action March 20 against No. 3 ranked Emory University. Head tennis coach Scott Riggle recognized saw the loss as an opportunity for improvement in the team. Riggle said that Ferris State, who is coached by a friend one of his friends from his playing days, is one of the best teams in Division II. “We weren’t maybe as mentally or physically tough as we
needed to be to beat a team of that caliber,” Riggle said. Riggle further believes that the loss to Ferris State motivated the men’s team to excel on Sunday. “[The loss] woke them up a bit, showed some areas we needed to improve in and they did a great job of working on those areas.” The improvement was obvious on Sunday as the Tigers steamrolled their opposition in shutout victories. Hunter Schouweiler played for the men’s team in all three games. He is the men’s captain and only senior on the team. He said that Riggle explained to the team how the Ferris State game was a moment to show the younger players that every match takes hard work. “The team definitely came more focused and ready to play on Sunday,” Schouweiler added. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play at Emory this weekend.
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TRACK AND FIELD
Fourth-place finish for Lauer at Div. III championships By LESLIE GABER email@example.com
Donning DePauw’s traditional tiger-striped jersey, senior Courtney Lauer sprinted, jumped and threw her way to the second All-American honor of
COURTNEY LAUER’S RESULTS NCAA DIV. III Indoor Championships • 55-meter hurdles 14th place | 9.20 seconds • High jump Fifth place | 5’ 2.25” • Shot put Second place | 34’ • Long jump Fourth place | 17’ 2” • 800-meter run third place | 2:23.69 minutes SOURCE: NCAA
her career this weekend. The St. Louis native scored 3,395 points to finish fourth in the nation in the women’s pentathlon Friday at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Lauer shattered her own school record with her performance, while also establishing new personal bests in three of the five events. Standing on the podium Friday after the six-hour competition concluded, Lauer was proud to be representing DePauw with a top finish among the best athletes in the country. “Anytime you get on the podium at nationals, it’s always exciting,” she said. “It’s not like your incoming score gets you anywhere — you have to do it all over again...Everyone knew that I could get there, I just had to do it.” Seeded third entering the meet, Friday’s competition began with Lauer posting a new personal best in the 55-meter hurdles at 9.20 seconds. She then matched a personal best in the high jump, taking fifth at 1.58 meters (5-2.25). In the shot put, Lauer finished second at 10.36 meters (34-0). That performance put her in fifth place overall with two events remaining. She moved up a
spot in the standings with another career-best showing in the long jump at 5.23 meters (17-2). And in the final event of the competition, Lauer solidified her spot on the podium with yet another personal best in the 800-meter run at 2:23.69. “The points stacked up pretty closely going into that last 800,” Lauer said. “Usually there’s a gap between me and the next pack of people, and they were right on my tail. People were gunning for it the whole time.” Emma Dewart of Ithaca College took home the national title with a score of 3,535 points. Janey Helland of Gustavus Adolphus College came in second at 3,526 points, while Baldwin-Wallace College’s Emily Oliver placed third at 3,411 points. Lauer’s All-American performance was the second of her college track and field career. She finished sixth in the heptathlon at last year’s NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships after competing in the event for the first time that season. “We’ve never had a multi-event athlete get anywhere near nationals, let alone be All-American,” said assistant coach Peter Crary, who guides Lauer in the jumping events. “She has worked very hard the last few years to get to that point.”
Season opens with excitement, two wins in doubleheader By MICHAEL APPLEGATE firstname.lastname@example.org
A week after their first games of the year were canceled against Maryville College (7-7), the Tigers’ bats came alive against Webster University in a doubleheader on Saturday. DePauw (2-0) hit three home runs in the two games including senior Emma Minx hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning of the first game to pull the Tigers to a 7-1 victory. In game two, sophomore Amy Hallett and junior Rachel MacBeth both hit solo home runs to lead the Tigers to a 7-0 victory. “The team was very excited to finally be playing on Saturday,” said head coach Bonnie Skrenta. “The chemistry is at a great place and skill-wise, we have some things to work on, but it’s great to have two victories.” Sophomore Emily Bichler took the pitcher’s mound in both games for the Tigers, pitching six innings in each game while striking out nine total batters and giving up no runs. While Bichler is the only player on DePauw’s roster listed as a pitcher,
Skrenta handed the ball to freshman Megan Landahl to finish off the games in the seventh innings. “Her numbers show exactly what she did,” Skrenta said of Bichler. “She went to a full count a few times and won the battles and only had a few hard-hit balls against her.” In Landahl’s collegiate debut, she gave up a home run facing her first batter for Webster’s only run of the doubleheader, but didn’t give up another run for that game or her second appearance in game two. “We all just wanted to get her nerves out and I think that did the trick,” Skrenta said. “She gave up that first home run but was able to face the next batters with a lot of success.” Bichler and Landahl have big shoes to fill as the only players who graduated last year were threetime all-American pitcher Meg Soultz and back-up Kristen Barrow. Bichler was used sparingly as she appeared in just seven games and started two of them, earning a 2.47 era over 17 innings while striking out 17 for a 2-0 record. Bichler and her catcher Amy Hallett will contin-
ue to work together to improve on strategy against different hitters and strive to locate each pitch with consistency. “I got ahead in the count for most of the game, and I had a great time working with Amy,” said Bichler. “These games gave me a lot of confidence as we head into our games over spring break.” The key for the Tigers this season will be to capitalize on their veteran offense and get on the scoreboard early to support Bichler and Landahl. The entire batting order from last year’s seventhplace finish in the NCAA Div. III tournament returned and, according to Skrenta, is already coming into form early in the season. “We need just more live at-bats with umpires and that will help everyone with seeing different pitchers and pitches,” Skrenta said. “To see two girls who can put it out of the park with Amy and Emma find their stroke early, hopefully we can keep them healthy. It was very nice to see them strong.” On Wednesday, the Tigers look to build on their season’s early successes when they travel to Manchester College (4-0) for another doubleheader.
Lauer proved a fast learner again this winter, qualifying for this weekend’s national meet in her first indoor season. A member of the women’s basketball team for the past three years, Lauer suffered a shoulder injury last spring that kept her off the court this season. Despite being disappointed in missing the final season of her basketball career, she turned to the pentathlon because of its similarity to the heptathlon. “It always stinks to end a sporting career, but it’s not like I didn’t have something else waiting for me,” Lauer said. I miss playing [basketball], but at the same time, the success I’ve had in track really helps me feel better about it.” Head coach Kori Stoffregen said Lauer’s work ethic and humble demeanor have also contributed to her athletic success. “[We’re proud of] how well she did not just in her end result, but in how she conducts herself,” Stoffregen said. “She’s very professional and works very hard in practice and does a lot of the extra stuff.” With one of her goals accomplished, Lauer will now move outdoors to train for the heptathlon. She hopes to return to the national stage in May, wearing the tiger-striped uniform, to go for another AllAmerican trophy.
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