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University’s bond rating takes a hit Credit-rating report highlights concerns about weak cash flow, $120 million in outstanding debt. strengths also emphasized By SAMUEL WEIGLEY email@example.com
Investing in DePauw University has become riskier, according to Moody’s Investor Service, a prominent credit-rating agency. Last week, DePauw received a bond rating of A3, down from their rating of A2 (see ratings explanation graphic on page 4). As for why the rating was lowered, Moody’s pointed to weak cash flow (the movement of money into and out of the university) and $120 million of outstanding, longterm debt. Moody’s noted the net tuition per student in fiscal year 2010 was $14,289, significantly lower than far lower than the median total of $21,291 for other A-rated small private colleges. That contributed to the weak cash flow. University expenses are paid from three sources of revenue: tuition and fees, the annual fund and money from the endowment. Like most universities, DePauw’s endowment and gift revenue took a sizable hit after the financial crisis. Because of this loss, the university’s expenditures were 12.8 percent higher than revenue coming from the university, according to the Moody’s report. In order to maintain the student experience on campus without going into further debt, the money would have had to come from tuition, said Brad Kelsheimer, vice president for finance and administration. However, he notes that increasing tuition during a time of financial hardship would have led students to choose lowerpriced universities.
The Moody’s report pointed to some strength of the university’s finances. The university does have adequate financial resources to cushion their debt, with $164 million as of FY 2010. Investments grew 10 percent last year. Finally, DePauw has strong gift revenue, averaging $15 million over the last three fiscal years. Revenues are expected to grow significantly since the university plans to undergo a fundraising campaign for President Casey’s “DePauw 2020” plan. Furthermore, the amount of debt that DePauw currently holds is not necessarily a bad thing, a point mentioned by both Kelsheimer and Keith Morgan of Piper Jaffray & Co., the underwriter of the report. They note that the university has held debt for about 30 years, which has funded countless capital projects on campus. Kelsheimer pointed to the development of the Nature Park and the Julian Science and Mathematics Center as projects funded by the operating budget. “The university has a reasonable amount of debt,” Morgan said. “The university has a strong balance sheet…there is enough money that DePauw can pay off expenses on time.” Still, the higher the university debt, the higher the percentage of revenue going towards paying off interest. Economics professor Jeff Gropp said the lower credit rating could raise the cost of borrowing in the future. But he made sure to put the recent Moody’s rating in perspective.
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Life as a collegiate entrepreneur By NANA ADUBA-AMOAH firstname.lastname@example.org
Not everyone can run a virtual company while juggling college academics, but for senior Rhonesha Byng, being an entrepreneur has defined her college experience Byng is the founder and CEO of N.E.S.H.A. LLC, a company that seeks to guide youth with the proper tools to achieve their dreams. Byng registered her company for a copyright in 2007 and received a certificate acknowledging its approval March 15. The company’s name stems from her personal motto “No One Ever Slows Her Agenda” and is also an acronym for her nickname “Nesha.” Byng’s path to success began when she was a sophomore in high school. She took a journalism class and immediately found writing to be her niche. “When I took the class, something clicked and I knew that that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “I put myself out there at a really young age, so people expect a lot from me. Throughout the rest of her high school career she explored different media and journalism internship opportunities. She conducted interviews with politicians and celebrities such as Chris Brown and Mario about their discographies. She even modeled for Seventeen magazine and worked closely with marketing team of Teen Vogue. Thus, N.E.S.H.A is inspired by the plethora of innovative careers that interest her.
“It kind of embodies all that I’m about,” Byng said. “If someone tells me ‘No,’ I’m going to keep asking until they tell me ‘Yes.’” Byng began the first venture of her company during her sophomore year at DePauw by creating a website heragenda. com. The site reveals several success stories of various inspirational young women industries such as fashion, education,
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STUDENT GOVERNMENT HAPPENINGS
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
April 3 • Noise — loud music • Made contact with house representation/ turned down | Time: 9:55 p.m. | Place: Sigma Chi fraternity
April 4 • Assist student • Forwarded to campus living | Time: 11:04 p.m. | Place: Hogate Hall
April 5 • Trash dumping • Under investigation | Time: Unknown | Place: Nature Park • Theft of jewelry — delayed report • Pending | Time: Unknown | Place: The Inn at DePauw University • Assist Greencastle Police Department — Investigation • Greencastle Police Department took call | Time: 8:21 p.m. | Place: 400 Block of the West Washington Street • Noise — loud people • Made contact with subjects/verbal warning issued | Time: 11:12 p.m. | Place: Sigma Chi fraternity (outside)
April 6 • Suspicious activity • Officer checked area/checked O.K. | Time: 4:38 a.m. | Place: Delta Tau Delta fraternity SOURCE: PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THE FULL BLOTTER, VISIT HTTP://WWW. DEPAUW.EDU/STUDENT/SAFETY/
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS In the story, “Posner performs for nearly sold-out crowd,” it said in two different places that the concert was sold out and that it was not sold out. Concert tickets were still available at showtime, but some people were turned away at the door because Kresge Auditorium was filled to capacity.
The DePauw VOL. 159, ISSUE 40
2011 ELECTION CANDIDATES President/Executive Vice President Nic Flores and Charles Pierre
Vice President of Academic Life Joan Bemenderfer Lins Agokeng
Vice President of Finance Connor Stallings Margarita Villa Vice President of Student Life Sunny Wang Arezoo Nazari Austin Bonta Ellen Clayton
Graduate Member to the Board of Trustees Adam W. Johnson David Dietz David Hanger Sam Cheesman Graduate Member to the Board of Alumni Sally Reasoner Jessica Au
Director of Public Relations Brian Alkire
Sophomore Senators Walker Chance
Alli Caplinger Hunter Goble Samual Leist Jacob Weiner Stefani Cleaver Ayobamidele Animashaun Stuart Newstat Junior Senators Mark Fadel Caroline Heyde Abigail Ginn Sara Scully Senior Senators Sunny Wang David Church Samantha Wong Robert Dvorscak
Constitutional amendment opens elections to larger candidate pool By DANA FERGUSON email@example.com
The student government elections committee sat on the floor of Watson forum counting more applications than expected Thursday afternoon. Following the DePauw Student Government white paper passed in March, the DePauw Student Government Constitution was amended to allow the entire student body to run for executive board — rather than solely students who had been involved in student government for at least two semesters as the constitution previously stated. Student body president Christine Walker, a senior, believed the increase in applications for executive board positions was likely due to the constitutional amendment. “I definitely think it took the intimidation factor away. Even if that specific qualification didn’t apply to them I think just the general feeling of openness in this election made it more accessible,” Walker said. Former director of public rela-
tions sophomore Austin Bonta views the opportunity for more students to run for office as positive, though it means a greater number of candidates will be competing against him. Bonta meets the former criteria for running for executive board with his previous four semesters of experience in student government, but feels any student should have the opportunity to run. “If I don’t win I definitely want someone who is more experienced and more creative to be there so I think this opens it up for that,” Bonta said. Former freshman senator Stefani Cleaver said with some conflicting emotion that she too felt opening up the election would be a good opportunity. Cleaver said the new amendment would not directly impact her election, but she felt it led students to a greater number of opposing candidates in her race. She said regardless of previous experience the best candidates will win. “Some people just don’t have the time or the opportunity or the previous initiative to run for the
other things, but if you actually have a passion for things and if you actually know what you’re talking about people are going to vote for you,” Cleaver said. Walker explained that following elections in which not all students were allowed to run for executive board, student government hoped to open up the opportunity to all students as she said all students should have a chance to change their community. “We really think that all of the students have really good ideas on how to change DePauw whether or not they’ve chosen to be in student government and so they should all have a chance to apply those ideas,” Walker said. Though candidates said they supported the amendment and shared messages of luck to one another at the elections policy meeting Thursday, a sense of competition gripped the room as students fled immediately following the end of the meeting to craft campaign materials. Cleaver went so far as to address her competitors, saying, “Bring it on.”
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3 | News: A Closer Look
The DePauw | Friday, April 8, 2011
Programs of Distinction struggle to retain students Grades, changing academic interests, time commitments help explain low retention rates across all four programs. By SAMUEL WEIGLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
When senior Sally Reasoner decided to attend DePauw, she wanted to bolster her education by joining a Program of Distinction. Her brother Scott, who graduated in 2009, encouraged her to join Management Fellows because of graduates’ successes finding employment after graduation. She didn’t have a passion for business management, but Reasoner stilljoined the Management Fellows Program. After two years, she decided to leave the program behind. Reasoner said she left the program because it decided not to approve her internship with the U.S. Department of Education. The internship did not relate directly to management and was only 4 days a week, falling short of the internship’s 40 hours per week requirement. Yet Reasoner wasn’t sure if she would have stayed with the program if the internship was approved. “I don’t know. I don’t think I could have lasted through the economics classes,” she said. “I did fine in them but I really didn’t enjoy it. And I wanted more freedom in my schedule.” Reasoner is just one of many students on campus who drop out of Programs of Distinction. As of last month, 42 of the 61 students (69 percent) who began Management Fellows in the fall of 2007 have left the program. Twentyseven of the 42 students (64 percent) who started in the fall of 2008 as Management Fellows have also left the program. Every year, a number of students end up leaving these programs because they cannot meet the required GPA to continue. For Science Research Fellows, students must maintain a 3.1 cumulative GPA by their first semester of sophomore year and maintain that GPA throughout the remainder of their time at DePauw, said Hilary Eppley, director of Science Research Fellows. As with all programs of distinction, if a student falls below the minimum, he or she will go on “probation” to give
the student a semester to raise his or her GPA. If they still cannot meet the minimum threshold, they are dismissed from the program. Media Fellows must also maintain a 3.1 GPA throughout their time in the program. However, in order to officially graduate from the program, they must graduate with a 3.2. Dave Bohmer, the director of Media Fellows, said there are no exceptions to the rule. Bohmer recalls telling one student before graduation last year that she would not graduate as a Media Fellow because she did not have a 3.2. Her GPA was a 3.19. In the class of 2011, six students have been dismissed from Media Fellows because of grades, while four other students left the program for other reasons. Seventeen seniors still remain in the program. Bohmer emphasizes that more people leave Media Fellows because of grades than some might think. He believes some students who were dismissed from the program may not want to admit that to their peers, so they tell others that they left the program voluntarily. Furthermore, Bohmer said students who will not have the grades to continue will often drop out of the program preemptively. The cutoff for Management Fellows is slightly higher. After their third semester on campus, students must have a 3.2 GPA in order to continue. If they do not, they are asked to leave the program. Gary Lemon, director of the Management Fellows Program, said that grades are probably the primary reason that students leave the program. Retention rates for Science Research Fellows are generally higher than other the programs. Although only 19 of the 29 seniors (65 percent) who entered DePauw as Science Research Fellows remain in the program, the retention rate for the classes of 2010 and 2012 fares much higher, at 84 percent and 86 percent respectively. Lemon said people choose to leave the Management Fellows program for a variety of reasons. Students often develop other academic passions, or simply
find out that economics does not suit them. “I have very smart students coming here with not even close to a 3.2 who later say ‘I want to be a doctor,’” Lemon said. “And I say, ‘Don’t be a Management Fellow. You should be over in the chemistry department or biology department.’” In addition, Lemon does not hesitate to mention the demands of the Management Fellows program can take up a chunk of time. Students are expected to attend nine lectures throughout the year and write a short summary about the speaker. In addition, students must complete a semester-long, businessrelated internship, which can interfere with opportunities to study abroad. Kevin Moore, director of the Honor Scholar program, said that while some students leave freshman or sophomores leave Honor Scholar, seniors often leave the program. Senior Honor Scholars work year-round on a thesis, which can often overwhelm those who already have demanding academic, extracurricular or family commitments. Senior Kristina Locke left the program well before having to worry about the senior thesis. As a double major, she did not want the stress of writing three senior theses. Furthermore, she clashed with one of her Honor Scholar professors and also struggled to scheduling Honor Scholar courses around her two majors and a desire to study abroad. As President Casey has discussed potential changes to the Programs of Distinction as part of his DePauw 2020 plan, some students and faculty members support the idea of all Programs of Distinction beginning during sophomore year. Moore disagrees. “I think it would be a terrible idea,” he said. “A big chunk of students say they would not have come to DePauw without the Honor Scholar program. And a lot of students stay because of Honor Scholar. They make us stand out to other competitive universities.” Lateral entries are quite common in Science Research Fellows. Eppley said that in any given class, approximately one-third to one-half of the fellows were
PROGRAMS OF DISTINCTION GPA REQUIREMENTS HONOR SCHOLAR: 3.0 in Honor Scholar classes and major
MANAGEMENT 3.0 after first semester FELLOWS: 3.1 after second semester 3.2 after third semester
3.1 at the end of third semester 3.2 to graduate
SCIENCE RESEARCH FELLOWS:
3.1 at the end of third semester
— Note: If a student falls below these requirements, they are placed on probation for one semester. If the grade requirement is not met during this probationary period, the student is dismissed from the program. SOURCE: PROGRAM FACULTY ADVISERS
lateral entries. She said the students often feel more comfortable with the research-intensive portions of the program after a couple semesters of college under their belt. Yet, not everyone who laterally joins Programs of Distinction has stayed with them. For example, in the class of 2010, six out of the eight students entering Management Fellows laterally left the program before graduation. As of last month, approximately half of the laterals from the classes of 2011 and 2012 have left the program. Reasoner said she wishes there were more opportunities for lateral entry into programs such as Management Fellows. Nonetheless, she thinks the programs are “good for driven students coming to
college.” Before leaving the program, Locke found Honor Scholar to be a rewarding experience. The classes were discussion-based, classes were more specific than most students had the privilege of taking as underclassmen, and the Honor Scholar director at the time, Anne Harris, was extremely helpful. “I have nothing bad to say about Honor Scholar,” Locke said. “It just did not seem like it was worth all the effort at the time.”
4 | News
The DePauw | Friday, April 11, 2011
Marvin’s driver arrested, jailed By CHRISTINE DIGANGI email@example.com
Public Safety arrested Jeffery King, 41, for driving under the influence April 6 while making deliveries for Marvin’s restaurant. An officer observed King driving erratically and pulled him over on Anderson Street after King driving through a stop sign. King failed two of three field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent, according to the police report. The legal limit is 0.08. He is still in Putnam County Jail. King, who was fired from Marvin’s following his arrest, had worked as a delivery man at the restaurant for less than a year. He was in the process of delivering an order to Beta Theta Pi fraternity when Public Safety stopped him after he dropped the bag of food when he exited his car. When King went to retrieve the bag, he appeared unsteady on his feet, the report said. Word of King’s arrest cropped up on Facebook Wednesday, garnering reactions like “this arrest is a long time comin’” and comments about previous encounters with an intoxicated King during his deliveries. “What’s most concerning is that people didn’t feel the need to report a drunk driver on campus,” said Angie Nally, director of Public Safety. “I don’t know what the loyalty to the Marvin’s driver is that you wouldn’t want to protect yourself or others.” King faces charges of driving while intoxicated and having an open container, as the Public Safety officer found an open 24-ounce can of Tilt — a malt beverage with 12
Byng | from page 1 who represent her motto by working in business and public relations. Byng displays several interviews with these women on the website to inspire anyone who wishes explore their career paths. Heragenda.com won two website competitions, one from a company called By Kids For Kids, from which she received a $500 trip to California to do a presentation about her company. A company called Youth Venture also awarded money, which she used to improve her website. Byng said the purpose of heragenda.com was to universalize her personal motto to all younger women and inspire them to chase their dreams regardless of life’s obstacles. “A lot of times girls get distracted by boys and drama with their friends,” she said. “Your youth is the time to figure out who you are and take chances and jump into what you’re passionate about.” Byng is still racing up the road of success. She is currently working on relaunching her website with broader ideas in mind. In order to raise money, she sparked a
percent alcohol by volume — in King’s van. In 2009, a Public Safety officer arrested King for driving while intoxicated on DePauw’s campus, and because of his previous conviction, King’s current charges are felonies. First-time DWIs are Class A misdemeanors. Kevin Sullivan, the owner of Marvin’s, knew King had an alcohol problem for which he took three weeks off of work last month to seek treatment. Two weeks ago, King came back to work. “We at Marvin’s thought he had this under control,” Sullivan said. “When I talked to him about it, and I talked to him about it every week, and he had given me his word that he was continuing his sobriety through his counseling.” Marvin’s does not run background checks on their drivers and only requires a valid driver’s license and insurance. Sullivan didn’t know of King’s previous DWI. Sullivan said he was sad to hear the news about King at first, since he was disappointed to hear King had “reverted back to this behavior.” Sullivan said this has made him think about conducting background checks for his drivers to avoid something like this in the future. “I felt deceived. I felt like he had put me and my business in a bad situation,” Sullivan said. “I feel like he had let me down.”
FROM LOWEST-RISK TO HIGHEST-RISK
Aaa, Aa, A, Baa, Ba, B, Caa, Ca, C Note: From Aa to Caa, Moody’s gives numerical modifiers to 1, 2 and 3 to each rating classification. Lowest-risk bonds are denoted by a 1, moderate-risk bonds by 2 and highest-risk bonds by 3. Most recent ratings of DePauw compared to other peer institutions:
Grinnell College: Aaa University of Notre Dame: Aaa Washington University: Aaa Carleton College: Aa2 Colorado College: Aa2 Oberlin College: Aa2 Denison University: Aa3
Moody’s | from page 1
campaign called “Embody the Motto,” during March for women’s history month. She collaborated with a clothing designing company, Triple L Society, to create and sell Tshirts that read “No One Ever Slows Her Agenda.” Byng has also received support from her classmates and the DePauw community. DePauw has also helped Byng register the work she’s doing with heragender.com into an independent study project. She also anticipates replicating her campaign on campus before she graduates. Senior Elizabeth Conner, a close friend of Byng, said Byng’s innovative work ethic always inspired her. “She gave me a lot of tips and pointers about internships,” Conner said. “I’ve watched her progress though the blogs on her website, and I know she’s going to be even more successful than she is.” Byng still wishes to pursue journalism while building her company in the future. She expects that her handwork will branch out and transform into a TV series, magazine, or a radio show. “I consider myself to be a journalist and an entrepreneur,” Byng said. “What I want to do is continue to build on the website and just get more members and help girls on there make their own blogs so that they can inspire each other to reach for their goals.”
“DePauw bonds are still investmentquality bonds. These are not by any means junk bonds,” Gropp said. “Junk bonds” is an industry term for high-risk bonds. The university actually requested a Moody’s update, said Brad Kelsheimer, vice president of Finance and Administration. The university needed the update so it could purchase letters of credit through Northern Trust and Harris Bank. Here’s how letters of credit work. Say an investor buys $1,000 worth of bonds issued by DePauw. Ten years later, the investor might want to cash out its bonds. If DePauw cannot pay the $1,000, DePauw would need a letter of credit from a second bank. Only with that letter could the second bank pay the original bank back. Currently, DePauw pays out slightly under 5 percent interest annually to their bondholders, Kelsheimer said. Gropp also said that while Moody’s ratings continue to be an important source of financial information for investors, many investors also do more independent research. He said the reputation
Macalester College: Aa3 College of Wooster: A1 Kenyon College: A1 St. Olaf College: A1 DePauw University: A3 Butler University: Baa1 Beloit College: Baa2
of Moody’s, along with other credit ratings agencies such as Standard & Poor’s, have taken a hit since the financial crisis, since companies such as Lehman Brothers and AIG were given strong credit ratings despite their poor financial situation. Despite the debt, the university will move ahead with plans for structural changes to the university outlined in President Casey’s 2020 Plan, Kelsheimer said. However, the projects will be funded through donor money and not through DePauw’s operating budget. “This will not add to the debt — no questions asked,” Kelsheimer said. But the costs of maintaining the “DePauw Experience” will still require a lot of money from students. To improve revenue into the university, Kelsheimer predicted that over time, financial aid will move towards need-based aid and away from merit-based aid in order to ensure that those who see the value in a DePauw education and can pay for it actually invest the money. Gropp notes that the plan to improve cash flow has already begun, pointing to a recent 6 percent rise in tuition and fees. After all, he said, “someone is going to have to pay this back in the long run.”
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The DePauw | Friday, April 8, 2011
Former university president addresses ethics symposium
President Emeritus Robert G. Bottoms addresses participants in the 4th annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium hosted at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. ISABELLE CHAPMAN/THE DEPAUW By CRYSTAL LEE firstname.lastname@example.org
President Emeritus Dr. Robert G. Bottoms gave the keynote address for the 4th annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium on Thursday night, entitled “Listening to Annoying Voices.” Bottoms retired at end of the 2007-08 academic year after serving as president of the university for 22 years. He is the founding director of the Prindle Institute for Ethics and is currently the President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. His primary goal, Bottoms said, was to try and establish the conversations we hear in our mind when we’re trying to make important decisions. “Some of the voices we hear become annoying voices because they expose us to the tensions that we subject ourselves to when we have important to decisions to make,” he said. Bottoms began his speech with a discussion of what he
feels to be the two voices we struggle with. “We have a rational voice. We all want to be rational,” he said. “Then we have our emotions and sometimes these voices are annoying because they tell us different things.” Bottoms admitted he is faced with all of these voices. “I just hear all these voices, and they argue in my brain, and I try and decide what’s right and what’s wrong,” he said. At the speech’s end, Bottoms added one more voice to the list. “The other voice that is really annoying is wouldn’t we like [to know that] after this big debate is over, that we were certain? That’s the most annoying voice of all to me,” he said. “We will never be certain, so how do we decide?” The symposium is hosted by Prindle to encourage undergraduate scholarship and artistic work. This year, the selection committee encouraged entries focusing on personal mortality, ethics and
diversity. The selection committee consisting of faculty members chose 25 scholars — 5 of whom are DePauw students — to attend this year’s three-day symposium. These students will meet in seminars led by one of the distinguished visiting scholars or professionals who will read the students’ works and start discussion about them. Prindle covers costs for travel, lodging and meals for the visiting students. Senior Rahul Abhyankar is one of the selected scholars and remembers hearing Bottoms speak during the opening convocation his freshman year. He enjoyed the opportunity to hear Bottoms speak again as his time at DePauw is coming to an end. “[He] did a good job portraying the tensions we face when making decisions,” Abhyankar said. “I face some of those tensions, and I’m sure others do as well.”
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Professor Andrea Sununu reunited with former student, Kelly Writers Series poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg By KATHERINE SHOVER email@example.com
One need only glance at the clock during a mere hour-long class on a sunny Friday afternoon to observe how slowly time can pass. Compared to that one hour, 28 years is a long time. Much may change in such a span, but some bonds, such as the friendship of Professor Andrea Sununu and poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg, never fade. Corresponding only via letter and email since 1983, the two friends met in person again when Schnackenberg visited DePauw Wednesday as a part of the Kelly Writers Series. After picking her up from the airport, Sununu said, “We just seemed to have picked up from when I had last seen her. We had a lovely, lovely evening.” The women met when Schnackenberg took Sununu’s Shakespeare class at Mount Holyoke College in the spring of 1975, during Sununu’s second year of teaching. “She was a terrific student, and I’ve been hoping that she could come to DePauw for a long time,” Sununu said. Sununu has incorporated Schnackenberg’s work into her teaching for many years. Emily Follas ’03, upon hearing from Sununu that Schnackenberg was visiting DePauw, responded by quoting a snippet of her favorite poem by Schnackenberg, titled “A Dream” — “where are you it’s so black/ the taste of smoke is smoke I back / away.” After multiple attempts to find a time when Schnackenberg could visit, Sununu’s wish to see her student again was fulfilled when Schnackenberg spoke in Peeler’s auditorium, where students filled the seats and lined the walls. When she introduced Schnackenberg to the expectant crowd, Sununu told the story of Schnackenberg’s participation in Mount Holyoke’s “Glascock Poetry Contest,” founded by Robert Frost, in
which Schnackenberg took first place. After her reading, Schnackenberg opened the After describing her as “a quintessentially in- floor for questions. When asked what she did to terdisciplinary poet who thinks about poetry, art, keep herself in the state of mind of a poet, Schnackmusic, history and philosophy,” Sununu welcomed enberg responded, “It’s all I do, really… except Schnackenberg to the podium. that I’m a good cleaning lady.” She explained that The crowd greeted Schnackenberg with enthu- chores like vacuuming gave her time to think alone siastic applause before she began her presentation, − time when nobody can interrupt. thanking Sununu. Many of the stu“Those of you dents who packed who are students the room seemed THE FIRST THREE STANZAS OF of Professor Sueager to hear GJERTRUD SCHNACKENBERG’S nunu know how Schnackenberg “SUPERNATURAL LOVE” lucky you are,” read her poetry said Schnackenaloud. Freshman berg, who went Carly Tebelman My father at the dictionary-stand on to describe Suespecially enjoyed Touches the page to fully understand nunu as possesslistening to “SuperThe lamplit answer, tilting in his hand ing “energy that is natural Love.” phenomenal, and “The way she apparently inexread it gave stress His slowly scanning magnifying lens, haustible knowlto different words A blurry, glistening circle he suspends, edge.” than when I had Above the word “Carnation.” Then he bends Schnackenread it, and it sort berg read and of gave it new So near his eyes are magnified and blurred, commented upon meaning, especiala small selection ly the last stanza,” One finger on the miniature word, of her poems. Her said Tebelman. As if he touched a single key and heard way with words Junior Zach captivated the auDonish, who writes dience – coming poetry himself, through in her pocame to the event etry and engaging explanations behind the poems, before he had the chance to read any of Schnackwhich were sometimes quite humorous. enberg’s work, but was “very excited” nonetheless. Before she read “Archimedes Lullaby,” Schnack- Afterward, he shared his impression of her poetry. enberg inquired, “If I read Lullabies to you, and you “I never really heard that kind of repetition fall asleep, have I succeeded?” before. The poem was so long; it was like a symSchnackenberg also read “The Paperweight,” phony,” Donish said. referring to it as “that poem I wrote in college,” at Professor Marnie McInnes, a member of the Sununu’s request. “Professor Sununu, I would do Speakers and Writers Committee that chose this only for you,” she said. Schnackenberg for this Kelly Writers Series event,
also expressed excitement about Schnackenberg’s visit. “One of the nice things about this kind of event is, you get charged up again,” said McInnes. “After a poet has come, we get inspired.” Thanks to a donation from MariLou Kelly ‘55 and her husband, James, DePauw welcomes several writers each semester through the Kelly Writers series. “We brought a variety of people from all across the country,” McInnes said. Schnackenberg can now be added to the list of writers to have visited DePauw, and her depth as a poet was clearly exhibited in her presentation. Schnackenberg incorporates a variety of historical figures in her poems, including great contributors to science such as Archimedes and Charles Darwin. When the Biology Department threw a party to celebrate Darwin’s birthday a few years ago, Sununu did not miss a chance to share Schnackenberg’s poem, “Darwin in 1881,” at the commemoration. Referring to mathematical concepts such as “The wondrously unlocked square root of 3” and the geologic process of plate tectonics in which “underearth plateaus / Are moving in slow motion” in the poem “Archimedes Lullaby” from her newest novel, Heavenly Questions, Schnackenberg’s poetry brings the typically separated areas of poetry and science together. Thanks to Sununu’s connection to her former student, the DePauw community was able to experience Schnackenberg’s poetry. “I’m very grateful that she’s made the trip. It’s been just wonderful to see her again,” said Sununu. ------------Due to Ms. Schnackenberg’s respect for licensed photography, she declined to have her photo taken by The DePauw.
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POETIC PATHS Tracking the lives of Sununu and Schnackenberg since their days at Mount Holyoke College
POET GJERTRUD SCHNACKENBERG
PROFESSOR ANDREA SUNUNU
Spring of 1975 - As a senior at Mount Holyoke, takes Shakespeare course taught by Sununu. Wins the Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition at Mount Holyoke for second straight year. 1982 - Publishes her first poetry books “Portraits and Elegies” and “The Lamplit Answer” Spring of 1985 - Gives commencement address at the University of New Hampshire while receiving an honorary degree, but doesn’t get a chance to see Sununu 1985 - Republishes “The Lamplit Answer” 1987 - Receives a Guggenheim grant 1992 - Publishes “A Gilded Lapse of Time” 1996- Becomes fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1997 - Becomes visiting fellow at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford 1998 - Wins Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2000 - Publishes “Supernatural Love” and “The Throne of Labdacus” 2001 - Wins the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry for “The Throne of Labdacus” 2010 - Publishes “Heavenly Questions” April 2011 - Reads at DePauw University
1973 - Starts teaching at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass. Spring of 1975 - Teaches Schnackenberg as a senior in a Shakespeare course Fall of 1983 - Starts teaching at Swarthmore Fall of 1984 - Starts teaching at the University of New Hampshire Fall of 1985 - Oberlin Fall of 1986 - Returns to teach at New Hampshire Fall of 1987 - Returns to teach at Swarthmore Fall of 1989 - Returns to teach at New Hampshire Fall of 1990 - Starts long career at DePauw April 2011 - Welcomes Schnackenberg for her reading at DePauw University
Schnackenberg has also taught at both M.I.T. and Smith College.
TOP: Professor Andrea Sununu’s personal copy of Heavenly Questions now bears the signature of her friend and former student Gjertrud Schnackenberg. LEFT: Sununu’s collection of Schnackenberg’s work ranges from her earliest book to the newest title. PHOTOS ABBY EMMERT/ THE DEPAUW. Mug shot of Schnackenberg. COURTESY OF DEPAUW UNIVERSITY WEBSITE. Mug shot of Sununu. ARCHIVES OF THE DEPAUW.
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The DePauw | Friday April 8, 2011
Ten great rainy-day albums for the inevitable April showers I
think it’s safe to say the snow is gone, but don’t hold me to that. You just never know with Indiana weather. As evidenced by Monday, however, we’re going to have to put up with the rain now, for better or for worse. So it’s time to find your umbrella, dust off your galoshes and make a playlist of those mellow yet comforting songs you usually skip over, otherwise known as “rainy-day music.” This highly ambiguous term will obviously mean different things to different people, but nevertheless, I thought it would be fitting to share a couple of personal suggestions. Listed here are ten albums I like to put on when the rain is a-fallin’.
Gonna Fall.” “Menos El Oso” by Minus the Bear – This album is not your typical rainy-day album. The songs are up-tempo and performed with a full band that knows how to play sensual math rock like no other. Still, there’s a gloomy calmness to it, making it an ideal soundtrack for a rainy day.
“Colin Meloy Sings Live!” by Colin Meloy – On this album, The Decemberists’s front man takes his acoustic guitar to various stages across the U.S. and performs his songs solo. As if The Decemberists’s songs weren’t already apt for a rainy day, Meloy manages GERARDPANNEKOEK to make them even more so.
“If You’re Feeling Sinister” by Belle & Sebastian – This album perfectly captures the essence of alienated youth and does so with some of the most catchy melodies I have ever heard. It’s a must have for indie music fans and rainy-day music lovers alike. “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” by Bright Eyes – You know that song they play in “Knocked Up” when Ben finally moves out of the “bro pad”? That’s on this album. It’s a tour de force of poignant folk rock and another must-have for those unafraid of introspection.
“Boxer” by The National – The National may very well be our generation’s version of The Smiths. The baritone croon of front man Matt Berninger along with the intelligent and melodic instrumentation of the band works well to evoke that conflicting feeling of being sad yet at peace. “Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits” by Simon and Garfunkel – Any Simon and Garfunkel would work in all honesty, but this just happens to be the only album I have of theirs. Few things go better with a rainy day than a little S&G.
So it’s time to find your umbrella, dust off your galoshes, and make a playlist of those mellow yet comforting songs you usually skip over, otherwise known as “rainy-day music.”
“Parachutes” by Coldplay – This is the album that put Coldplay on the map and earned them their reputation for writing sleep-inducing pop/rock. They successfully capture the full sound of a rock band while maintaining the softness of an acoustic solo artist, and they will undoubtedly complement your day spent inside watching the rain. “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” by Bob Dylan – Consistently ranked in the top 100 greatest albums of all time, this entirely acoustic album features Dylan at his best with songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and the ever-so appropriate for this column “A Hard Rain’s a-
“Broom” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – This album is great for when you’re upbeat but still want to listen to rainyday music. Think old Weezer but more intricate. I’m not sure how else to describe it. It’s good, though, despite the awful band name. “Sky Blue Sky” by Wilco – This is simply a beautiful, mellow album, and the irony of the title is just too good to pass up. — Pannekoek is a senior from Chesterton, Ind., majoring in English writing. firstname.lastname@example.org
BEYOND THE BUBBLE
Internships bridges lives on, off campus O
ff-campus experiences seem to be a touch- ton D.C. for a semester. But if I had chosen coffee stone of DePauw education. Whether it’s an in- runs over Greencastle, I never would have learned ternship back home for Winter Term or a year-long as much as I have. excursion abroad, most students will spend some In D.C., I wouldn’t be able to talk up legislators part of their academic years learning off campus for hours or testify before congressional commitand outside the conceived DePauw bubble. tees. I wouldn’t be able to work directly with policy So approaching the second semester of my makers, lobbyists and activists alongside my fellow junior year, I began thinking about where I would DEPP members. take my required semester-long Media Fellows If I hadn’t chosen to stay in Greencastle internship. — within the bubble — I would have missed I planned on interning with a future out on the best hands-on political educacongressman. But come November, his tion I’ve ever received. chances of winning the election seemed Admittedly, there was a bit of luck inas good as me understanding the plot of volved. I couldn’t have picked a better year “Lost.” to focus on Indiana politics. This session I looked for other political internships has featured a slew of controversial legisin D.C., but most of their job descriplation, massive union rallies, a governor tions featured photocopying and with presidential prospects, numercoffee runs as primary responsious incidents of corruption and the bilities. I even thought about longest walkout by members of MATTCECIL interning with a Republican. I a state legislature in U.S. history. was desperate. In short, the 2011 Indiana Looking for a back-up to General Assembly has been kind my ever-dwindling list of options, I applied for the of a big deal. DePauw Environmental Policy Project — an enviBefore this semester, I thought I’d have to travronmental policy research and education group. el to a big city and temporarily sever all ties with At first, I didn’t even consider it a serious al- the university to get a valuable internship experiternative. I’d still be living on campus and eating ence. I was wrong. dinners in my fraternity house. I wouldn’t have to The DePauw bubble is not as impermeable as make new friends or cook on my own. it may seem. My peers abroad and in cities across the United States are undoubtedly having those meaningful internships, and they are most likely far different I even thought about interning with a from mine. But that doesn’t mean living in Greencastle makes one’s internship or education less Republican. I was desperate. significant. In my experience, the DePauw bubble has some serious osmosis action going on. But when my prospects in D.C. began to disapI have time after college to live on my own and pear, giving up the opportunity to test my Easy Mac work a traditional 9 to 5. For now, I’m just excited I microwaving skills seemed like an acceptable loss. won’t have to miss Little 5. I took the semi-off campus position with DEPP. A few weeks later, the congressional candidate I — Cecil is a junior from Elmhurst, Ill., majoring in political had hoped to intern with lost bad in one of the first science. He was a staff member of The DePauw last semester. races called on election night. It would have been amazing to live in Washing- email@example.com
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The DePauw | Friday, April 11, 2011
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
EDITORIAL SEE WHAT WE DID HERE?
5 little Haikus for you: “Keep the roads clear. Be safe. Live, laugh, Little 5.” -Rachel Cheeseman, junior “We stayed up ‘til 5 a.m. making the special section. You should read it now.” -Ellen Kobe, sophomore “Ridin’ on the street. Lots of Franzia to drink. Go Little 5 Go.” -Sam Weigley, senior “All we do is spin/win. Charlie Sheen? Nothing on me. Robo victory.” -Macy Ayers, junior “I am a hippie.
I hate capitalism. But I love Lil’ 5. -Andrew Maddocks, senior EDITORIAL POLICY The DePauw is an independently managed and financed student newspaper. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of DePauw University or the Student Publications Board. Editorials are the responsibility of The DePauw editorial board (names above). The opinions expressed by cartoonists, columnists and in letters to the editor are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial staff of The DePauw.
The DePauw welcomes letters to the editor. Letters must be signed and accompanied by the author’s name and phone number. Letters have a 350-word limit and are subject to editing for style and length. The DePauw reserves the right to reject letters that are libelous or sent for promotional or advertising purposes. Deliver letters to the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, email the editor-in-chief, Andrew Maddocks, at editor@ thedepauw.com or write The DePauw at 609 S. Locust St., Greencastle, IN 46135.
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College: Where nicknames die, or live forever I
remember someone calling my sister Molly Moo Cow when she was in third grade. She wasn’t, and still isn’t, covered in black spots. She’s not even a cow and the only dairy product she eats is yogurt. You know… that fat free late-for-school crap that probably burns more calories just to open? Eat a bagel, people. Molly didn’t like this nickname. I thought the name had potential, but that probably had to do with my tendency to make animal noises at a young age. As we grew older, more nicknames began to develop. During this time, I began to realize patterns amongst nicknames, formulas if you will (and I will). Starting with the simplest of methods: Association by Habit: Let’s say Little Tommy is very ticklish. Before you know it, Tommy Tickles is born. Butterfingerz Bob, Frisky Freddie, Cookie Monster… you get it. Big Tuna: If you are tall or big-boned, take the first letter of your first name and add a “Big.” In some cases, the last name can be abbreviated. In my case, Big Jorgy would be appropriate, but incredibly annoying and unoriginal. Big Sexy: This is more a subspecies of the Big Tuna formula. If I had a nickel for the amount of people called Big Sexy, I could buy a better nickname from the Jersey Shore cast.
Happy Hannah: Remember that one my personal favorite, Jack “tweeknmanecamp at that one place where you played la-flair” Rollins, I will unfriend you faster the name game? “We’re going to learn than you can say Jermaine “McHeartnames by putting adjectives in front of break” Winsby.* them,” said the counselor, “for instance, *These names have been changed I’m Happy Hannah!” Happy Hannah for the individuals’ protection from the then beamed happily at everyone, who outside world, and the world’s protecall stared back rather sadly. At student tion from them. council camp in Emporia, Kan. (wait… Nicknames either live or die for good where?), Delightful Danny took my ad- at college. When I’m in a jollier, boulderjective. And so, Danger Dave was born. run type mood, I tend to call myself DanWhich isn’t all that bad. Lightyears better ger Dave. Otherwise, the name is extinct. than Monkey Matt. Another sister of mine (who also is not a So-and-so’s boyfriend: Hey look, cow) had a friend in college, who after it’s Ali’s boyfriend! What’s his name? a terrific diet plan is no longer the hefty You know, the one that stalks his 300+ pounds he used to be. Yet, he girlfriend? Does it matter? Sure, it still goes by “Big Sexy.” matters, but you’ll never know I guess I wanted to point out his name. that nicknames are completely Pet names: Studmuffin, Boo, ridiculous and rarely mean anyBumblebee, Honey Bunches thing. But somehow, they seem of Oats with Peaches…. I to stick. So if you leave DePknow you’re out there. auw with the name “Vomit But stop saying them in Veronica” or “Sloppy public. Seconds,” you probably DAVEJORGENSON Facebook Middle did something wrong. Names: Students at Don’t say I didn’t warn my high school insisted on bestowing you. Also, if you want to refer to me as new middle names upon themselves. “Big Sexy,” I won’t be opposed. These weren’t just names, but sentences. I don’t see this trend catching on a DeP- — Jorgenson is a sophomore from Shawnee, auw, but if you ever change your name Kan., majoring in English writing and film to Jerry “too-legit-to-quit” Johnson, or studies. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The DePauw | Friday, April 8, 2011
POP CULTURE’S DECLINE
Lamentations of a music lover drowning in low-quality hits W
hile out and about a few weekends ago, I encountered a room of people with their heads tilted as far back as humanly possible, and arms flopping at their sides as they all stumbled around to a beat. I stood at the doorway for a second, watching and wondering if I had just encountered perhaps some sort of strange fraternity ritual, or if the arms of everyone in the room had all simultaneously fallen asleep and I was just a witness to an elaborate setup to get their blood pumping again. But then I was asked to join this “dance party,” and the situation made a little more sense (but only a little). Apparently the newest dance craze is “Bernie”-ing, inspired by the film “Weekend at Bernie’s,” whose title character is a dead man being passed off as alive, hence the floppy arms and inability to hold their heads up. Now, I’d like to consider myself a relatively decent dancer, but ISA’s song “Movin’ like Bernie” is just one of many moves that I just feel incredibly stupid
doing. Also, whipping my hair at the Movement proclaiming how “slizzard” urging of a nine-year-old girl hurts my they are, or have choruses consisting of neck and I’m sorry, Soulja Boy, but I only the words “Baby, baby, baby oh.” never did learn to “Crank Dat.” I suppose my main question is I think the issue here isn’t just “What went so wrong in the litthe idea of doing weird dances, erary education of these artbut rather a concern for the ists in that they absolutely quality of music in general slaughter the very principle these days. With each new sinof similes?” How can T-Pain gle released, I grow more contell us with a straight face cerned that perhaps the muthat the “shawty” he’s “josic industry has simply run nesin’” for is “hot like a out of ideas. Everything toaster,” and why does cool and creative has Katy Perry want to already been done, so know if I feel “like a now popular artists are plastic bag”? Usher, SHELBYBREMER repackaging the same did a woman’s rear beat over and over, and end literally punch adding autotuned vocals to finish it off you in the face? If not, please don’t (I’m looking at you Ke$ha – no amount tell me she has a “booty like pow-powof editing can give you talent). pow.” While these dope, fresh, sick and Thanks to the music of today, I now radical beats are fine for dancing know that Travie McCoy wants to be a around on the weekend, and even I billionaire “so frickin’ bad,” but as the enjoy running to mash-ups like Girl very desperate housewife of New York, Talk, it really worries me when the top- Countess Luann, enumerates, “Money selling singles worldwide are Far East Can’t Buy You Class.” Even down to the
messages they send us, these so-called artists have to contradict each other! Perhaps I’m just nostalgic for my Beatles vinyl records back home, or even the days where TLC told me to stick to rivers and lakes that I’m used to. Well, Left-Eye, in your honor, I will stay with what I know, which is music that makes me feel something. These record companies push for terrible hits because they know they’ll be just that-hits. We as a community need to stop these songs before they get worse. When we’re just hanging out, let’s listen to jams by artists with real talent and fresh ideas. If we cast our vote this way, maybe the music industry will finally listen. In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy belated “National Smang It Day”– I hope you celebrated in style! — Bremer is a sophomore from Clarendon Hills, Ill., majoring in communications. email@example.com
A complete, graded guide to study spots A
professor here once told me, “The purpose of college is to teach you the art of crisis management, and the BS that comes after.” Well, the daily crisis of a DePauw student is balancing socializing, sleep and studying. More often than not, sleep is the one that gets cut. Here at DePauw, we are masters of time management. People at other schools might miss social activities to work on a Saturday night, but not us (at least until finals week). We are the champions of all-nighters, and, let’s be honest, the inventors of the “I’ll get up in the morning and do it” trick. But have you ever wondered how you could maximize your study time so you can actually sleep? You’ve come to the right place. Since there are a number of things to consider when picking a study spot, we’ll rate them all on their
quietness and social factor, with other ent world. The silence is almost eerie and if you can stay focused you’ll get notes at the end. an astounding amount of work done. Roy O. West Library 1st Floor Social factor is an F because you can Quietness: D occasionally hear other people Social Factor: A around you (writing, flipping This is where studying pages, etc.) but you can’t see turns into a social event. Be them because most of the desks ready to see and talk to everyface the wall. one you know and spend a lot Julian Science and of time on Facebook. All the Mathematic Center first floor needs is some 2nd Floor loud Top 40 and bad Quietness: B dancing, and we’ve Social Factor: B got a party. It avoidANDREWCARTER If the porridge is ed the F for quietness too hot or too cold in by having one silent Roy O., you might find it’s just right at moment in the time I was there. Julian. There’s a little ambient noise Roy O. 3rd Floor and friends will walk by occasionally Quietness: A but nothing too distracting. Perfect Social Factor: F Walking up two flights of stairs study space for an afternoon study sesmight as well have taken you to a differ- sion.
Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics Quietness: A Social Factor: Motivational There’s something in the water here, and it turns students into geniuses for a couple of hours. Assignments that should take ten hours take two hours here. Especially during finals week, Prindle is popular but silent. Looking around the lecture hall and seeing other students working productively is just the peer pressure needed to sign off Facebook and work like a boss. Using it for daily studying, however, feels like killing a spider with a cannon. — Carter is a sophomore from Carmel, Ind., majoring in English writing. firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOPINION If you were going to create a program of distinction what would it be? “A community service initiative that helps bind the residents of Greencastle and DePauw students.” Charles Pierre, junior “A program with a focus on international affairs.” Franziska Fehrmann, freshman “One for music. Yes, we do more than practice.” Jorie Moss, senior
“WizApp, Wizard Apprentices.” Josh Miller, sophomore
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The DePauw | Friday, April 8, 2011
Top-25 teams facing off in ‘Big weekend’ By LESLIE GABER email@example.com
The men’s and women’s tennis teams will hit the road this weekend for a pair of tournaments that will have both facing off against nationally ranked opponents. Tabbed No. 19 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s most recent rankings, the men return to action Friday at the Great Lakes Colleges Association Championships. The Tigers (11-3) garnered the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face the winner of a first-round match between Hope College and Oberlin College. Despite the withdrawal of Kenyon College (No. 7) earlier this week, the tournament will still feature three ranked teams: No. 17 Carnegie Mellon University and No. 25 Denison University. The Tigers earned a third-place finish at last year’s tournament. “It’s a really big weekend for us,” said junior Michael Rardon. “We’ll play a lot of nationally ranked teams, and there will be NCAA implications in a lot of matches.” The squad is coming off of a spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C., during which it went 3-1 with wins over Bethel
College (Kan.), Carleton College and the University of St. Thomas. The trip also included a tough 4-5 loss to the University of Chicago in which DePauw swept doubles play but earned just one point in singles. Although Rardon cited mental toughness as an area the Tigers’ hope to improve, he said players are settling into their spots in the lineup. Rardon has gone 8-6 this spring at No. 1 singles, while freshman Sam Miles is on a four-match win streak at the No. 2 position. The tandem of Rardon and senior Hunter Schouweiler has provided consistent performances at No. 2 doubles. “We have a young team all around, and everybody’s starting to come together,” Rardon said. Meanwhile, the No. 14 women’s squad will head to Madison, Wis. this weekend for the Midwest Invitational. Fourth-seeded DePauw opens tournament action Friday at 10 a.m. against No. 5 seed Washington University at St. Louis. With a record of 8-6, the Tigers will be in elite company at Madison. Thirdranked University of Chicago, sixthranked Denison University, 11th-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College, 27th-ranked
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 29 Carleton College are among the other slated participants. DePauw finished fourth at last year’s tournament, while the University of Chicago claimed the championship title. “It’s a lot of tough matches in a short period of time,” said senior Tricia Wilks. “I think we’re capable of winning against any team that’s going to be there this weekend. If we continue to get better every match, that is a realistic goal for us.” The Tigers enter the weekend on a four-match win streak after going 4-1 over spring break and posting a 9-0 win against Rose-Hulman College March 30. Senior Janelle Arita has won four of her last five matches from the No. 1 singles position, while she and junior Kelly Gebert have been equally impressive at the No. 1 doubles spot. Wilks says the squad has also received strong contributions from its younger players. “I think spring break was really good for us, both on the court and off the court ... There were teams that we beat that probably a month ago we wouldn’t have,” Wilks said. “Everyone is really excited about how we’re playing.”
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The DePauw men’s and women’s golf teams have been hitting the links and working hard every day. The men’s team, which struggled with consistency earlier in the year, has come into its own as of late. Stringing together some impressive performances, the team took first place at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in a competitive field of eight. “I think we’ve improved since the fall season, and the team has definitely come together,” said senior Chase King. With the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships taking place
later this month in Big Rock, Texas, the team is still looking to improve its play. “Right now our goal is to become more consistent with every round and to win the conference tournament and have some success at Nationals,” said junior Nate Smith. The story of the women’s season has been slightly different, with a high quality of play from the minute the team set foot on campus. Their continued success into the spring season comes as no surprise to anyone who has attended a match this year and seen the chemistry that surrounds the team. “We all support each other regardless of how someone plays one day, and we really are a team and don’t get caught up in rivalries over individual spots,” said
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tiger week OF THE
freshman Abby Dickey. With the women placing first in four out of their seven matches, the team is posed to finish atop the SCAC and looks to have a sustained run all the way through Nationals. Currently ranked second in the country for Division III women’s golf, the team’s only finish outside of the top five came at the Butler Invitational, against Division I competition. “The women’ s team realistically expects to win every tournament and are disappointed any time they fall short,” Smith said. Next up for the Tigers is the Ted Katula Memorial Tournament which will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Danville, Ind.
Last Week, Berra led DePauw to a two-round 643 and a seven stroke victory at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. In the second round, he shot a tournament-low 75 and earned Medalist Honors with a final score of 156. The first-place finish was the first since the Denison Fall Classic in September.
On what he means to have his hard work pay off and earn medalist honors: “It was my first time being medalist so it’s pretty neat to post the lowest score in the tournament. Also it was cool that I was able to help the team come out on top.”
— COMPILED BY LEWIS BROWN, SPORTS@THEDEPAUW.COM
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Old Gold 2011 will be without football game By MEREDITH McGRADY
The DePauw | Friday, April 8, 2011
Tigers’ offense not enough, swept by Anderson’s offense in doubleheader
In the minds of many collegians across the nation, homecoming is synonymous with a home football game. In 2011, however, DePauw’s Old Gold Weekend and homecoming celebration will not coincide. Due to the university changing athletic conferences from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference to the North Coast Athletic Conference, the DePauw football team is having difficulties scheduling home football games for the 2011 season, and therefore had to settle for a homecoming weekend without a home football game. The DePauw Tigers will face the Austin College Kangaroos on Oct. 29, the day that the university selected as the final day of Old Gold Weekend. Head football coach Robby Long said although the team has not discussed the situation, he believes that the team takes pride in playing in front of a home crowd. “They’re probably disappointed that they don’t get to perform in front of the fans and alumni who come back,” he said. Although homecoming won’t be during a home football weekend, Long said, he hopes that alumni and fans still come support the Tigers during their three home games next fall. “We take each game and make each game our own Super Bowl,” Long said. “We’d love for the community, the university, and alumni to come out and see us at home.” The weekend’s festivities have included a parade and the crowning of an Old Gold King and Queen in the past, but the future of these traditions is uncertain. Sophomore Nora Murphy was in charge of planning the 2010 Old Gold festivities for Union Board, and she says that they are unsure what approach they will take towards Old Gold this fall. Union Board is currently considering two options for the 2011 crowning of the Old Gold King and Queen, Murphy said: either hosting “DeProm” on Old Gold weekend or announcing the winners at another sporting event during the weekend. “Our perspective right now is that trying to do DeProm on Old Gold is our biggest goal,” Murphy said. “We had over 500 people there on a random weekend this year, and it wasn’t during Old Gold. I definitely don’t think we should lose the tradition of Old Gold King and Queen just because there’s not a football game.” As for the parade, Murphy said she isn’t sure what will happen. “We worked really hard this past fall to take it over and restart it in a sense,” she said. “We were hoping for it to go, but I’m not sure how many people are going to want to get out of bed to watch a parade.” As for the football team, regardless of where they are playing during Old Gold Weekend, they are looking at each game as a special experience. “There’s an aspect to each game that’s special,” Long said. “There are some negatives, but the team decided that they want to be great. That’s what we’re focusing on.”
By MICHAEL APPELGATE email@example.com
With a pair of walk-off wins for Anderson University (13-9), the Tigers, ranked fourth in the latest NCAA coaches’ poll, suffered two tough loses in the final inning of each game. In the seventh inning, DePauw (16-4-1) held a two run lead only to have Anderson get on base and score three runs to win the games 11-10 and 10-9. “It was tough to lose like that for sure,” said senior shortstop Brianne Weeks. “It’s hard when you put up nine and ten runs and you still can’t get the job done. They were getting solid hits; I can’t deny them of that.” Sophomore pitcher Emily Bichler struggled against the persistent offense from Anderson. In the first game, the Tiger offense gave Bichler a 5-1 lead into the fourth inning only to have Anderson tie the game in the fifth and take the lead 8-5 in the sixth when freshman Megan Landahl was substituted for Bichler. DePauw rallied in the seventh, scoring five runs on doubles by senior Emma Minx and juniors Haley Buchanan and Rachel MacBeth. With the 10-8 lead, Landahl walked the first batter she saw, which prompted head coach Bonnie Skrenta to turn to Bichler to finish off the game. Bichler got her first two batters to ground out, but could not get the final out of the game and Anderson loaded the bases. Left fielder Lys Hess of Anderson doubled to deep right over the head of right fielder Holly Paris and scored three runs to shock the Tigers. “I think Anderson was a great team today,” Skrenta said. “Whenever we walk on a home field of another team, they are out to win.” In game two, the Tigers came out swinging once again and established a commanding lead in the third inning with a score of 7-1. Anderson once again responded at the plate, scoring three runs in the fourth and the sixth for six unanswered runs. Tied at seven in the seventh inning with one out, junior Cymone Allen got on base with a single and moved to third on a double by MacBeth. Junior Jen Kosinski hit a hard liner to center field for two RBI’s and to once again give the Tigers a two-run lead.
Megan Landahl, a freshman, throws in the sixth inning of the first game against Anderson University Thursday afternoon. Landahl surrendered four runs including a three-run homerun to Lauren Smith in relief of Emily Bichler. The Tigers were defeated 10-11. MICHAEL APPELGATE/THE DEPAUW “Our team never gives up, and that’s one thing you can always count on,” said Weeks. “But they didn’t either.” With Bichler on the mound again, the first two Anderson batters got on base with singles. First baseman Megan Kruse then hit a line drive to deep center which landed in the outfield trees for a walk-off homerun and the Tigers were left stunned again. “There were moments where I felt like we were playing with a lead and it was more ‘let’s just not lose’ rather than ‘go out and win,’” Skrenta said. “We got out big and then got a
little flat.” With the losses, Bichler’s record dropped to 15-4 and will look to rebound from her tough afternoon on Saturday, April 9, when the Tigers host Birmingham-Southern College (19-7) in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The losses on Thursday may give the Tigers an extra boost when they return to SCAC competition. “This may be just a test for us to come back Saturday and Sunday even harder than before,” Weeks said. “And maybe this will be a nice wake up call.”
2011 LITTLE 5 SPECIAL
Preventing disaster: Course safety this year
Where to watch the race
Get to know the riders: Team Q & A
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LITTLE 5: DEPAUW’S ANNUAL BIKE RACE
Beasting the rest
15 TEAMS • 28 FEMALE RIDERS • 27 MALE RIDERS • 36 LAPS • 18 MILES • 9 POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY • 144 TURNS • $30 REGISTRATION FEE PER RIDER NUMBERS PROVIDED BY ELLIE WEED, CO-CHAIR OF LITTLE 5
21 or older? Choosing to imbibe? Try this for a good time ... Little 5 Cocktail 2011: The Not-So-Little FIVE (A variation of the “Four Horsemen”) 1 part Jack Daniel’s 1 part Jim Bean 1 part Jose Cuervo 1 part Sailor Jerry 1 part Jaegermeister ... in a Solo cup Little 5 Virgin Cocktail 2011: Milk. This is Indiana, where winners drink milk.
Sophomore Chrissy Wildt, a rider for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, competes in the Little 5 time trials Tuesday afternoon at Dixie Chopper Airport. Wildt finished with a time of 1:33.28 and is seeded first going into the street sprints Friday afternoon. Full results: Page 8. MARGARET DISTLER/THE DEPAUW
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Little 5 leaders emphasize safety in training, planning By KATIE GREEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophomore Quinn Carrico remembers finishing his first Little 500 bike race, but he doesn’t remember beginning it. Carrico was riding in a cluster of competitive fraternity boys in DePauw University’s 2010 Little 5 when he was launched over his handlebars and onto the track during the third lap of the race. He got up, readjusted the chain of his bike, got back on, and began pedaling to catch up with the rest of the riders. He doesn’t remember any of it. “I came to [consciousness] 24 minutes into the race and I remember thinking ‘Why is my head pounding? Why are my knees red?’” Carrico did not find out he had a concussion until he went to the hospital after the race. A collision of riders in the final minutes sent other male riders to the emergency room as well. DePauw University’s Little 5 committee has decided to increase several safety procedures and requirements for participants in this year’s race after students were injured in last year’s event. By altering the race’s track and enforcing stricter rules for the cyclists, the committee says it’s making safety its paramount concern. The committee’s first priority was to change the location of the race. The event originally took place on the streets throughout campus, but was moved to Blackstock Stadium’s track when the Julian Science and Mathematic Center was undergoing construction in 2005. When the committee decided in November to change the location, they first presented the plan to the team captains of each greek house. “Some were upset about the change of the track since it makes it a ‘different race,’” said senior Ellie Weed, one of the committee’s co-chairs and a designer for The DePauw. “But we knew it’d spread people out so there wouldn’t be large clumps [of riders].” A large clump of cyclists in last year’s men’s race is believed to have been the
cause of the brutal collision. “When you get people in a big group who all want to win, they tend to all rush into a big pileup,” said Little 5 coordinator Kent Menzel. Last year’s collision was the first “pack crash” he had seen in the 18 years he has been helping with the university’s Little 5. “You can’t win if you crash — they forgot that rule.” To reduce the danger of riding within a tight space, the committee mapped out a course throughout campus that would accommodate both participants and spectators. The course circles Julian Science and Mathematics Center and the Lilly Center. Aware that cyclists face a risk of riding on city streets, the committee intends to close off the streets on race day to avoid any collisions with cars. In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 700 bicyclists in the United States were killed in crashes with vehicles and 43,000 riders reported injuries. To avoid any injury during training and the actual race, Little 5’s committee wants all of the riders to know the basics of cycling. Each year, the committee has conducted safety meetings for its participants to cover the important rules of bike safety before they begin training. This year, however, the committee made them mandatory. “If Little 5 is not your main priority, you should not be in it,” said Weed, stressing the importance of attendance at the meetings. Menzel agrees that knowing cycling etiquette can decrease chances of getting into an accident. At scratch races, or the mock races where participants train on both the track and the street route, Menzel begins with a mini-lecture on bike safety. His stresses the importance of not overlapping wheels, staying in line, and communicating with fellow riders. “I go over it over and over again, whenever I get a chance to talk to the riders,” Menzel said. “If you constantly reinforce [the rules], the riders constantly think about them until they become habits that they don’t have to think about.
Then-juniors Danny White and Ellie Weed look on with several students as a rider receives medical attention after the large crash in last year’s Little 5 criterium race. The large pile-up happened as many riders rounded a turn in close proximity. ARCHIVES/THE DEPAUW Carrico would agree: “You can never hear it too many times,” he said. The committee insists that riders come to at least two out of the four scratch races. Last year, skilled riders were only required to attend one. However, Weed said the experienced cyclists can “lead the pack” when training with the lessexperienced. Trista Wyman, a sophomore, agrees that the constant safety reminders are beneficial, and she hopes her fellow competitors are taking them seriously. “If someone wrecks me, I’m going to be mad that I spent the last five weeks training and then only got to ride for five minutes,” she said. If an accident should occur, the committee is ensuring that plenty of outside help will be available. “Officers will be at each corner and spotted along the route,” said Public
Safety Officer David Barber, who is in charge on race day. “Every officer has some degree of first-aid training or better. Help will not be far.” The committee is fortunate to have professional help on hand. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies have indicated that many bicycle crashes requiring emergency room treatment are not even reported. Only 10 percent of the cycling accidents are reported to the police because they do not deal with vehicle or roadway hazards. According to the Federal Highway Administration, of the 500,000 bicyclists who visit the emergency room each year due to cycling accidents, 70 percent of the injuries do not involve vehicles and 31 percent of the cyclists were injured in non-roadway locations.
At DePauw, committee members equipped with walkie-talkies and colored flags will be stationed along the route. If someone waves a yellow flag, the riders will know to use caution when riding, while a red flag indicates an emergency vehicle is on the track, explained Barber. While the committee may be optimistic about its new safety requirements and route changes, there are no guarantees riders will be safe. “Try to do this sport without crashing. You just can’t,” Menzel said. For some riders, the risk is part of the race. “I couldn’t stand on the sideline,” said Carrico, who will be riding in his second Little 5 on Saturday. “I’d hate watching and feeling like I could be out there.”
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’S LITTLE 5 S P E C I AL
KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA BETA THETA PI
Do you have any pre-race rituals? Breaking clavicals on the reg How do you train? Once a week 15-minute cool down Why are you going to win? ...win? How many miles did you bike? Three kilometers Pictured from left: Mac Metcalf, Tom Moran, Christopher Lee, David Morgan, Carson White, Will Potter
PHI KAPPA PSI
Do you have any pre-race rituals? Shotgunning Why are you going to win? Paulie D. is on the steering committee Why do you ride? To pick up chicks What is your favorite road to train on? Highway to Hell Pictured from left: Cameron Huffman, Joe Fanelli, Zach Snyder
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KAPPA ALPHA THETA
ALPHA CHI OMEGA
Team motto: The wolf pack that stays together How much do you train? All day, erry day How do you get psyched for the race? Smanging it, and some ‘roids. What is your favorite road to train on? The Las Vegas strip Pictured from left: Kat Donahower, Rebecca Swearingen, Sarah Kortebein, Abby Prine
Team Motto: ...until you vomit How do you get psyched for the race? Smangin it How much do you train? 8 days a week Why are you going to win? Because Chrissy can change a flat in five minutes Pictured from left: Sadie Powell, Chrissy Wildt, Laura Kissinger, Lauren Palfrey
DELTA TAU DELTA
How much do you train? Less than your average Little 5 rider How do you get psyched for the race? Taylor Swift — “Speak Now” album Desired famous teammate: Neil Armstrong. Lance’s twin brother...we think. If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would you go? Marvin’s Pictured from left: Calvin Sullivan, Nate Evans
Team motto: First and finest Do you have any pre-race rituals? Protein shakes and shok bloks Why are you going to win? Obvi If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would you go? Crawfordsville...they need more girls. Pictured clockwise: Katie Broecker, Alex Ehr, Emily Reavis, Margaret Burke, Margaret Ellis, Abbey Ginn
Delta Upsilon How much do you train? How many scratch races did we go to? How do you get psyched for the race? Reciting Menzel’s 5 Rules of Cycling Safety Desired famous teammate? Matt Howard If you could bike anywhere, where would you go? Mount Everest Pictured from left: Joe Diekhoff, Will Freske, Quinn Carrico, Shota Ebata
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w much do you train? ...enough you have any pre-race rituals? Carbo-loading and smanging it. w do you get psyched for the race? Warm-up playlists and a DiGangi pep She’s all about the pep talks. ou could ride your bike anywhere, where would you go? Dairy Castle a little post-race protein. ured from left: Christine DiGangi, Kaitlin Klose, Katy Strader, Trista Wyman
Team Motto: Two’s company, three’s a crowd. Do you have any pre-race rituals? No. Desired famous teammate: Mark Cavendish Why are you going to win? Because if you’re not first, you’re last. Pictured from left: Chris Jennings, Will Valentine
ALPHA TAU OMEGA
Team Motto: Quit while you’re ahead How do you get psyched for the race: A ritualistic ceremony involving deer blood, our own urine and hot sauce in no particular order Why do you ride? Because it’s easier than swimming or running What is your favorite road to train on? The Yellow Brick Road Pictured from left: Max Blankenhorn, Barry Bricker, Zach Alleman
PHI GAMMA DELTA
Team motto: Don’t crash Do you have any pre-race rituals? Make sure to have proper identification and insurance information, pray to respective gods and watch Cool Runnings Why are you going to win? “If you crash, you can’t win.” — Kent Menzel. As our motto states, “Don’t crash.” If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would you go? The Autobahn Pictured from left: Chris Alonzi, Alex Landreville, Henry Dambanemuya, Michael Osborn
Team Motto: Chase the Rainbow, Taste the Pavement How much do you train? Two at a time How do you get psyched for the race? We eat breakfast and brush our teeth Desired famous teammate? A celebrity would ruin the team dynamic Pictured from left: Katia Satterfield, Anne Hickey, Ashton Simmons, Sheah Hilton
SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON
otto: If we told you, then it woudn’t be a secret. ch do you train? Everyday between one and a half to two hours amous teammate: Lance you going to win? Because we’re prepared for anything. rom left: Addie McDonnell, Arezoo Nazari, Jesse Hawkins, Metternick Not pictured: Erica Mills
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Do you have any pre-race rituals? Butt smacks. Yelling. Desired famous teammate: Mrs. Doubtfire Why are you going to win? The active ingredient in our tires What is your favorite road to train on? The one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Pictured from left: Erik Krag, Zachary Vanes, Derek Davis, Andrew Lang
Team motto: Which seat can we take? How much do you train? Only on Fridays Desired famous teammate: Rebecca Black What is your favorite road to train on? Any road that can handle this awesomeness Pictured from left: Kristina Locke, Lindsay Thomas, Kara Yator PHOTOS BY MARGARET DISTLER, ELLEN KOBE, CARLY PIETRZAK/THE DEPAUW
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Q&A: Freshman riders discuss preparations for first Little 5 Riding in Little 5 for the first time can be a profound experience. The DePauw interviewed four freshman riders, all of whom took Kent Menzel’s cycling Winter Term course, Science of Cycling. TDP: How has your experience training for Little 5 gone so far? Abby Prine: It’s been pretty relaxed, not super intense. But it’s been really nice to have something to ride for, a reason to train. It’s always more fun for me to ride when I have a race at the end. [As a freshman] people don’t expect me to go out and win, so I can have a little bit more fun with it. TDP: Do you have a favorite pre-race food? AP: While I’m racing or after races I love these little things, they’re called Shot Bloks. They’re like little gel squares and they taste kind of like fruit snacks. TDP: Do you have a pump-up song or playlist? AP: I am all about Eminem. The last song I always listen to before I run a race or bike or anything is “Shake That, feat. Dr. Drake” and then usually before that I listen to “Insane” and “’Til I Collapse.” TDP: Can you talk a little bit about the “Science of Cycling” Winter Term class you took? AP: I took it mostly because my dad is an alum of DePauw, and he rode Little 5 I think three of his four years here, so he has been like, “Abby you need to ride, it’s such a great experience.” TDP: What quote or motto best describes your attitude going into Little 5? AP: It’s from the movie “Fired Up!:” “You’ve gotta risk it to get the biscuit.”
TDP: Have you ridden before? Zach Alleman: First time riding. So it’s something that I wanted to do, and I guess I kind of saw this as a opportunity to pick it up. TDP: Why did you want to ride in Little 5? ZA: I’m the type of kid that always likes to be doing something. In high school I played like three, four sports. Here I play football. I always thought it’d be cool — like say we win — my name is forever in history. TDP: Is there one thing that you most anticipate about Little 5? ZA: The whole atmosphere of everyone on campus. I was here last year for my football visit, and it just happened to be on Little 5 weekend. This campus is just alive that weekend. TDP: Do you have a pump-up song or playlist? ZA: If I really want to get pumped up I’ll listen to some rock…If it was rock, it’d be Metallica. If it’s rap I listen to a lot of Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa. TDP: What quote or motto best describes your attitude going into Little 5? ZA: It’s the one that we have on the back of our shirt: “Winning races, melting faces.” TDP: How did you get into riding? Carson White: Me and my dad used to ride down old farm roads…Just to different neighboring towns. It was a fun activity that me and my dad shared. TDP: How has being the only freshman on your team affected you? CW: It’s tough, you know? ‘Cause I feel like I have
Abby Prine, Alpha Chi Omega sorority
Zach Alleman, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity
a lot to prove. But it’s really enjoyable because I’ve gotten to know a lot of upperclassmen…It’s really fun to find people that share your same interests. TDP: Do you have a favorite pre-race food? CW: I really like to eat bananas or any type of fruit … Sometimes I eat it on the bike. TDP: Do you have a pump-up song or playlist? CW: “Friday,” the new sensation [joking]. TDP: What quote or motto best describes your attitude going into Little 5? CW: “Everything will be fine as long as you don’t break a clavicle.” [Sophomore] Christopher Lee, one of our riders…fell on his bike and broke his clavicle. TDP: When did you start riding? Will Valentine: I’ve been riding since I was a freshman in high school…It was really more for my own
Carson White, Beta Theta Pi fraternity
Will Valentine, Sigma Chi fraternity
personal training. I had the intention of doing triathlons. TDP: How has being a freshman in Little 5 affected your experience? WV: It’s basically [that] I just don’t know how experienced other riders are. TDP: Do you have a favorite pre-race food? WV: A banana [laughs]. Granola bar. TDP: Do you have a favorite pump-up song or playlist that you listen to? WV: I listen to a lot of Eminem while I ride…“’Till I Collapse” is probably the best pump-up song that he has. [Valentine and Prine have trained together several times this year.] — Compiled by Maritza Mestre
Reflections of a past rider: 2010 women’s champion recalls memories, lessons from race For most DePauw students, Little 5 is a time to wear goofy sunglasses and shorts, show DePauw spirit and celebrate the best weekend on campus. For the cyclists, it’s payoff time for the efforts of the past several months: the time spent riding in the cold, in 20 mph winds, and the injuries from falling. For me, Little 5 involves some of the best memories of my days at DePauw and has set me on a new course. It has been a way to remain competitive without being on a sports team. It has offered me a new perspective of Putnam County, which I have discovered has a lot of beautiful scenery and quaint towns. I cycle because I like to compete. I cycle because I like the peacefulness of
the road. I cycle because I enjoy feeling exhausted after a ride. And most of all, I cycle because of the freedom it provides. I’m not tied down to a team or a practice schedule. Cycling is all on my own accord. I can ride for 1 or 3 hours at the speed and intensity I want. I can chose a route with rolling hills at 10% incline or take an easier flat route. Cycling helps relieve the stress of schoolwork, the pressure of a DePauw schedule and removes me from the DePauw bubble. When I ride away from DePauw’s campus, I know I’m taking time for myself. I can joke with a friend about the occurrences of the day or slay the road (biking term for “Go hard”). Participating in Little 5 last year was a
whirlwind. Two months before the race, going to be able to participate in the I didn’t know how to clip in (or unclip), criterium the next day. With my face understand cycling strategy, the purscraped, and my hands bandaged, I pose of working with other riders raced on Saturday. I remember or think padding was needed in there being a tailwind on the back the shorts. Two short months end of the track and girls shoutlater, I was swiftly riding around ing, “slowing,” and “everyone Greencastle, drafting off other shift right” to avoid crashing riders and loving sporting difinto other riders. ferent cycling outfits. When LitDuring the last five tle 5 week arrived, I had knots laps, I patiently waited in my stomach. to make my move and Were my efforts going then my adrenaline NANCYTOBIK to pay off? How would I and training took compare to the other ridcare of the rest. ers? This year, I chose not to compete beFollowing the street sprints, I cause I want someone else to experience crashed, and I wondered if I was even the joys of riding as I do.
Little 5 was just the beginning of my cycling career. Now I compete for the DePauw cycling team. I have traveled to Mizzou, Purdue and other universities to compete. I still enjoy riding towards Filmore, or doing a Heritage Lake route. I will never forget my training days or victory in last year’s Little 5. Those are precious memories of my days at DePauw and have set me on a new course of competing. From a past rider of Little 5, I wish all the teams good luck and a speedy and safe ride. — Tobik is a senior from Ballwin, Mo. majoring in history. She is the 2010 Little 5 women’s race champion. email@example.com
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In alumni race, men — and one woman — relive DePauw days
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By MACY AYERS firstname.lastname@example.org
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How to be a great spectator at Little 5: Advice from event co-chair Danny White 1. GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE TO WATCH, CHEER, ETC.
White encourages spectators to support their riders and enjoy themselves near the finish line between Bowman Park and Julian to listen to the DJ. He said any area surrounding the course is open, but the area near the finish line will be the most exciting. “We’re going to have music there so hopefully things will be a little bit more concentrated there so we can up our security at that spot rather than around the whole course,” White said.
2. DON’T DRINK AT THE RACE
The main concentration of spectators will be near academic buildings (where drinking alcohol is prohibited) and four Public Safety officers — along with four Greencastle Police officers — will be patrolling the course. Further, White said that should spectator behavior become too rowdy, the riders they are supporting might be up for disqualification. “Just don’t drink at the race. I really don’t care if people drink before the race or whatever, I mean I know they’re going to,” White said.
3. USE DESIGNATED CROSSING ZONES
Designated crossing zones will be established at various crossings throughout the course in order to help prevent accidents. White emphasized the importance of using these crossing zones in order to promote rider and spectator safety. Spectators who fail to use strictly designated crossing zones could face legal troubles if an accident occurs. “This year just because it’s on the street, there’s going to be like designated crossing zones ... so people don’t run the risk of being some place they shouldn’t be or things like that,” White said.
Two DePauw alumni competing in this year’s alumni race share an additional connection: they are father and son. Tim Weadick ’83 and son Marshall Weadick ’10, both members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, will race together as alumni for the first time. The elder Weadick did not race in Little 5 during his time at DePauw. Marshall Weadick didn’t either, but watching peaked his interest. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s fun,” Marshall Weadick said. “I did a race with him last summer, and it’s fun to do that stuff with your dad. It will be fun to be back at DePauw.” The Weadicks are only two of the 31 alumni who will return this weekend to race and strengthen DePauw connections. Kent Billingsley ‘80, the alumni race director, said that many alumni who return to race are “recreational” riders — they enjoy riding bikes and enjoy the physical activity, but do not necessarily participate in professional or organized competitions. Oftentimes, these alumni competed in Little 5 in college, Billingsley said, and the racing bug stuck. This year the alumni will compete in 4 divisions differentiated by age: 5 in the “Master’s 30” age group, 4 in the “Master’s 40,” 19 in the “Master’s 50,” and 3 riders in the “Master’s 60.” Alumni range in age from 23 to 64; as of last week, all registered riders are male. In the past only one female, Katie
Luke Beasley ‘10 won the 2008 Little 5 student men’s race. ALEX TURCO/THE DEPAUW Doogan ’08, competed in the alumni race, and she competed with male riders. Billingsley hopes that enough women participate in the future to fill out separate male and female events. “There’s a tremendous field of student-women racers, and I struggle with why we can’t bring interest to alumnae women to come back and race,” he said. Billingsley said that his personal interest with the alumni race and DePauw increased when his son Alex, now a senior, decided to attend DePauw. “I love competitive cycling…and I like the fact that my son is going to be an alumnus of DePauw,” Billingsley said. “I always had an interest in mind to spark an alumni race, so when my son decided he wanted to attend DePauw, I thought that this was the opportunity.”
WHO RIDES IN THE ALUMNI RACE? 5 riders under 39 years old (Master’s 30) 4 riders between 40–49: (Master’s 40) 19 riders between 50–59: (Master’s 50) 3 riders between 60–69: (Master’s 60) All but one rider in all the alumni races have been men. COMPILED BY MACY AYERS/THE DEPAUW
However, when Alex graduates in the spring, Billingsley will stay involved. “DePauw has done wonders for me personally and for my son, and this is a way for me to give back with something that I thoroughly enjoy doing,” he said. Although Billingsley noted that a change in Little 5 location to the streets may impact the riders, he said he is more interested to see the impact on the spectators, and stressed the importance of spectator support during the alumni race. Billingsley, who races in a local cycling club in the Chicago area, plans to race on Sunday. “I’m a cyclist, I’m a racer, and absolutely, I’m coming back to put it down,” he said. Nevertheless, he stressed that the race generally is about alumni remembering collegiate bonds and having fun. “The whole premise behind it is about getting people involved and having fun,” he said. “We all have full-time jobs, and there’s a little trash-talking going on right now. There’s definitely a competitive spirit, but once we’re out there, we’re looking out for each other and it’s about having fun.”
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N CIAL SECTIO E P S 5 E L T W’S LIT T H E D E PA U
Sophomore Addie McDonnell, riding for Alpha Phi sorority, competes in the time trials Tuesday afternoon at Dixie Chopper Airport. McDonnell finished third and will be joined by two of her teammates for the street sprints Friday. MARGARET DISTLER/THE DEPAUW
1. Mac Metcalf | Beta | 1:21.70 2. Max Blankenhorn | ATO | 1:24.24 3. Cameron Huffman | Phi Psi | 1:24.36 4. Barry Bricker | ATO | 1:24.42 5. Alex Billingsley | DU | 1:25.20 6. Alex Landreville | FIJI | 1:26.24 7. Erik Krag | SAE | 1:26.35 8. Thomas Moran | Beta | 1:26.41 9. David Morgan | Beta |1:27.81 10. Quinn Carrico | DU | 1:28.66 11. Joe Diekhoff | DU | 1:29.07 12. Will Freske | DU | 1:29.21 13. Zach Alleman | ATO | 1:29.50 14. Will Valentine | Sigma Chi | 1:29.98 15. Chris Alonzi | FIJI | 1:30.52 16. Zach West | Phi Psi | 1:31.14
1. Chrissy Wildt | Kappa | 1:33.28 2. Arezoo Nazari | Alpha Phi | 1:37.71 3. Addie McDonnell | Alpha Phi | 1:37.93 4. Emily Reavis | Theta | 1:39.76 5. Christine DiGangi | Pi Phi | 1:39.99 6. Jesse Hawkins | Alpha Phi | 1:41.15 7. Alex Ehr | Theta | 1:42.27 8. Katia Satterfield | Psi Xi/IC | 1:43.75 9. Abbey Ginn | Theta | 1:43.75 10. Sadie Powell | Kappa | 1:46.64 11. Sarah Kortebein | Alpha Chi | 1:46.77 12. Kaitlin Klose | Pi Phi | 1:46.87 13. Ashton Simmons | Psi Xi/IC | 1:47.27 14. Abby Prine | Alpha Chi | 1:47.95 15. Margaret Ellis | Theta | 1:48.41 16. Katy Strader | Pi Phi | 1:48.45
LITTLE 5 2011 PLAYLIST 1. “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled 2. “Drop the World” by Lil Wayne from Delta Tau Delta fraternity 3. “Friday” by Rebecca Black from Phi Kappa Psi & Beta Theta Pi fraternity 4. “Get Outta Yo Mind” by Lil John and LMFAO from Alpha Chi Omega sorority 5. “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons from Delta Gamma sorority 6. “I’m on a Bike” by DePauw students circa. 2009 from Alpha Phi sorority 7. “Arms Wide Open” by Creed from Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity 8. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson from Delta Upsilon fraternity 9. “Till I Collapse” by Eminem from Sigma Chi fraternity 10. Anything BUT “Crash Into Me” by DMB from Phi Gamma Delta fraternity 11. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban from Alpha Tau Omega fraternity 12. “Lemme Smang It” by Yung Humma feat. Flynt Flossy from Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority 13. “Krazy” by Pitbull feat. Lil Jon from Pi Beta Phi sorority 14. “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa from Kappa Alpha Theta sorority 15. “Walking the Dog” by fun. from Team Skiddles