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Student-run lobbying group trumpets youth voice

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Jacob Bonifield started his own lobbying group before he could even legally drink and had only voted in one election. Now 21, the college junior is the president of Hoosier Youth Advocacy (HYA), an organization he and two childhood friends founded to fill in what Bonifield says is a “chasm of representation” in state politics between wealthy, older interests and younger generations. “This idea arose in principal out of the notion that that gap needed to be filled,” he said. Bonifield first thought of starting HYA in the second semester of his freshman year as a member of the student-run environmental policy research group, the DePauw Environmental Policy Project. That following summer Bonifield worked at the Indiana-based law and lobbying firm Barnes and Thornburg, which he credits for exposing him to the difficulties of professional lobbying. “I got to see the stark contrast, both in terms of representation, participation and effectiveness, between causes that I was particularly sympathetic towards as an 18-year-old interested in and knowledgeable about how state policy affects my life, as well as in the larger political makeup in Indiana,” he said. Indiana University students Bennett Fuson and Matt Sadler teamed up with Bonifield in late 2010 to form the lobby and give a voice to Indiana residents aged 15 to 25. They began putting together a mission statement that would guide their efforts in the Statehouse and across Indiana. The following spring, Bonifield, Fuson and Sadler appeared before numerous legislative committees, state politicians and policy experts to discuss bills concerning campus police, comprehensive education reform and new driver education. “[Those policies] were going to have significant impact on 18 to 25 year olds in the state, but none of which seemed to elicit an organized, cohesive effort on the part of that age group to become involved,” Bonifield said. “So that was our niche and how we came to be.”






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While the recruitment process for the Class of 2016 is still underway, there are currently 601 deposits in, as of May 3 — just two less than last year at this time. According to Dan Meyer, vice president for admission, this year is panning out pretty similarly to the class admitted last year. The Office of Admission is still working with a number of students who have yet to make their final college decision. In addition, 21 students were admitted on April 17, who will have until May 15 to make their final decision. “I anticipate that we will add another 10-15 deposits over the summer months,” Meyer said. The Class of 2016 are vey similar in regards to test scores and diversity. Test scores — both ACT and SAT — are identical to those of the previous two classes. International and U.S. diversity are very similar to previous classes, with 10.8 percent international compared to 11 percent last year and 14 percent domestic diversity compared to 18 percent last year. The Class of 2016 has higher enrollment from Illinois, California, Kentucky and Missouri. There are ten fewer students enrolled in the School of Music, but as last year was a record year for School of Music enrollment, this number is in line with previous School of Music classes. The 2011-12 school year has yielded big changes for DePauw’s Office of Admission, as there have been significant alterations in the recruitment process this year. This year the Office of Admission established a calendar for announcing decisions based on which admission procedure you selected — early decision, early action, or regular, decoupled the acceptance notification from the scholarship decision, raised the minimums required for scholarship consideration, hired five new staff members, totally redesigned all print and web communications and moved the Office of Admissions to Emison Building and Museum. “So, all-in-all, 2011-12 will be remembered as the year of changes in DePauw’s recruitment efforts,” Meyer said. “I believe all of these changes will continue to bring success to our future recruitment efforts, so I am excited for DePauw’s future

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Multicultural gala aims to unite campus, various organizations By ABBY MARGULIS

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One of the final weekends of the semester will bring five different organizations together as they travel to Indianapolis Saturday evening for the annual multicultural gala. The Association for African-American Students, Committee for Latino Concerns, International Students Association, National Panhellenic Council and United DePauw are all co-sponsoring the event in an effort to unite the diverse groups. The event will take place at the Indianapolis Skyline Lounge from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Transportation will be provided by Miller Bus company leaving campus at 5:30 pm from the Student Union Building. A full three-course dinner will be served with a DJ playing songs suggested by members of the Facebook event. Senior Adrienne Taylor, president of Association for African-American Students and one of the lead organizers, is excited for this event as it is the last night to have fun before graduation and it en-

compasses a wide group of students all with very different backgrounds bringing various parts of the community together for one night. “We’ll have so many different vibes from everywhere since it’s co-sponsored by so many organizations,” Taylor said. “We always talk about diversity and I think it’s really nice that we’re putting our mouth where we talk.” Each group initially tried to choose its own date for an event, but when schedule conflicts prevented this, the groups decided to join together for one large event. Planning began in the end of March by various leaders within the organizations to create the event that is open to anyone to participant in. Junior Vanessa Bernal, co-vice president of Committee for Latino Concerns, and junior Marycruz Baylon, president of Committee for Latino Concerns, are two of the lead organizers along with other heads of organizations behind the multicultural gala. Bernal said a great deal has gone into the planning the event since it encompasses the entire DePauw community.

“A lot of time has gone into the planning and organizing of this event. I feel since this year more organizations were involved it was a bit harder to get a consensus from everyone and try to have a happy medium between everyone. But we all have been working really hard to try to provide the best and most we can for this gala,” Bernal said. Baylon agreed, stating that after much planning and overcoming the challenges that come with five organizations co-sponsoring an event, she is looking forward to the evening. “This year’s (gala) is a bigger collaboration,” Baylon said. “I am sure this gala will mean something differently for seniors a part of one or more organizations involved in the planning.” There were initially 200 tickets available for purchase by students in the community and, as of Thursday afternoon, 100 remain available for purchase. Tabling will occur in the Union Building during lunch today for students who would like to go to this event. Leaders of the organizations can be contacted after the tabling is concluded to purchase tickets.


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Junior Ifeoma Nwaedozie gets a massage during the relaxation event in the UB Ballroom Thursday afternoon. As students gear up for finals’ week packed with tests, papers and projects, everyone is much in need of some relaxation. On Wednesday and Thursday, the DePauw Union Board hosted the annual Spring Relaxation Event. The event offered 10-minute massage sessions and healthy food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables — but also a chocolate fountain to dip them in. EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW

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AFFECTING REAL CHANGE Bonifield quickly grew disillusioned with the political scene at the Statehouse as a member of the DePauw Environmental Policy Project in 2010. Frustrated with the policies of a state ranked 49th by Forbes Magazine as the worst in environmental affairs, he looked for a way to better represent the issues he and others his age cared about. Over two years later, Bonifield said he saw the most tangible results of that labor take shape when Governor Mitch Daniels signed the Indiana lifeline bill, which HYA had lobbied for all session-long, into law on March 16, 2012. “It’s moments like that, standing at the podium talking about those lives that are truly affected by this and the opportunity we have to push an effort like this through, at those moments you’re

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more optimistic,” Bonifield said. He credits the lifeline law, which provides limited immunity to callers who pick up the phone and seek medical assistance for individuals incapacitated by alcohol, for giving HYA credibility as a viable tool for change. “These obstacles are not insurmountable.” Bonifield said. “The gridlock in Indianapolis is not the same gridlock that plagues Washington D.C.” In the two legislative sessions since the youth lobby was founded, Bonifield and his cofounders have testified on a variety of bills and policy matters that affect young people around the state. Looking forward, Bonifield says HYA will continue to work on issues such as tax credits for school textbooks and combating brain drain of recent college graduates. He believes these policy positions are not drawn along ideological or partisan lines but a different set of divisions: Age. “The issues that we represent involve those policy areas that have the greatest impact on 18 to 25 year olds,” Bonifield said. “Things like this are apolitical.”


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could come from within not from without … The point was to affect change.” The best way to do this, Bonifield said, was to make HYA a statewide extension of university student governments in Indiana. And thus far, he said the group has been successful in its mission.



Jake Bonifield, a junior, helped start the lobbying group Hoosier Youth Advocacy two years ago to represent the interests of Indiana youth aged 15 to 25. He currently serves as the group’s president. EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW


Sadler and others their age are often seen as lazy and uninterested in political affairs. Those perceptions aren’t groundless, either. According U.S. Census Bureau, the 18-toNear the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the 24-year-oldtoagethe demographic lobbying team secured its first source of outside turnout of any age group. has the lowest voter funding from the Indiana University student govBut Bonifield says that lack of involvement ernment. isn’t much the fault of young people as the Justin Kingsolver, the outgoing student body olderso political leaders who do all the talking. president at Indiana University, worked with Bon“I attribute it ifield, Fuson and largely to a failure Sadler to include of narrative,” BoniHYA in the student field said. “We government bud- “To my knowledge, we are the only organization not placed at a have high get before he was in the country that does this, and it arose enough priority a even elected to ofcompelling narrafice, which he said out of an audacity,” Bonifield said. “It’s an tive to explain how was a worthwhile and why state govaudacious idea to say that if you move beyond investment. ernment is relevant “They’re the the perceived limits of your age, of your to the average 18 only people that to 25 year old and classification as a college student, you can do what they do. from that we’ve alI’ve never heard achieve great things. And I think that ours is lowed to continue of another group apathy to inin Indiana that did an organization that’s tribute to that, to that an volvement.” that, and they’re Bonifield, very professional. mentality that we didn’t have to be constrained HYATomarks a proThey had the conby stereotypes. And that if you go about it the active and positive tacts necessary. step toward They had the in- right way and you work extremely hard you can first removing those formation and the be taken seriously and really affect change.” barriers to entry for resources and the American youth. knowledge necBut he says there essary to actually —Jake Bonifield has to be an effort make the right recPresident of Hoosier Youth Advocacy to draw people ommendations,” even after doors to Kingsolver said. political participa“They were contion open. summate profesAnd the founders of HYA don’t want to stop sionals. I knew that they would get the job done at the ballot box. They’re sticking their noses into for us and they did.” the heart of state politics. In halls and commitKingsolver and Bonifield both said that HYA tee rooms run by older men and women, these will continue its partnership with the Indiana young people respectfully raise their hands ask University student government and the groups only that their voices be heard. have already talked about continued funding with Like Kingsolver, Bonifield says this is a new Kingsolver’s successor. concept: Professional lobbying for youth advoBonifield hopes other colleges’ student gov- cacy. ernments will begin to team up with HYA as well, “I thought that our impact ought not be although for the time being he doesn’t want to limited to those traditional areas where college bill them for the lobby’s services. students were generally being out there on the street,” Bonifield said. “If you had smart leaders A CONTRADICTION OF SORTS you had people who took the time, were Hoosier Youth Advocacy contradicts images and thoughtful with their arguments, that persuasion of the stereotypical youth. Bonifield, Fuson,

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Repercussions of college mistakes: The professional world of law study By LEANN BURKE

An excise ticket or a run-in with Public Safety may not seem like a big deal in the DePauw bubble, but a mistake like that can leave a bigger mark than some may think on future professional opportunities. DePauw Counseling Services organized a presentation by the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) discussing how students’ choices can affect their futures in the professional community. Counseling services faculty member Quamina Carter, organizer of the event, hopes the program, which many DePauw alums are involved with, will push students to reach out to alumni for both professional advice and career opportunities. JLAP is an organization that provides confidential assistance to law professionals and law students with disabilities that result from disease, substance abuse, mental health problems, or age that could impair their ability to practice law.

The Indiana Supreme Court appoints members of JLAP. JLAP is broken into two groups: a five person staff and a 15 person Committee. Three of the 15 JLAP Committee members are DePauw alumni, Jack Vissing ’70, Kim Jackson ’77, and Michele Bryant ’86. Vissing has served on the JLAP Committee since 2003, and was Committee Chair from 2008 to 2010. He is a partner in the firm, Vissing, Grannan and Elston, as well as a board member at Lifespring Community Mental Health & Guidance Center. He also served as president of The Lifespring Foundation, a new not-for-profit that supports Lifespring and educates the community about mental health needs and services. In 2011, Vissing was awarded the Bales Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Clark County Red Cross. Jackson is currently the JLAP Committee Chair. She has been a deputy prosecutor at the Clay County Prosecutor’s office since 2006 and was previously a prosecutor in firearms and related felonies for the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office. She has also

worked for the Department of Public Welfare and taught business law at Indiana State University. Jackson has been a member of the Indiana State Bar Association since October of 1980. Bryant became an associate attorney at Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn in Evansville, Indiana in March of 1989 and was named a partner in the firm in 1995. Bryant specializes in the defense and trial of medical malpractice claims, representing both individual health care providers and hospitals. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, and the American Health Lawyers Association. She currently serves on the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program State Committee and is the chair of the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee of the Evansville Bar Association. DePauw is also well represented on the JLAP staff. Two of the five staff members, Frank Kimbrough ’65 and Terry Harrell ’86, are DePauw alumni. Kimbrough practices alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation law in Fort Wayne, IN. Kimbrough

was one of the original 15 JLAP Committee members appointed in 1997, but now works part time on staff with JLAP as northern Indiana Liaison. Harrell is the Executive Director of JLAP. She began as the Clinical Director for JLAP in July of 2000 and became the Executive Director in October of 2002. Prior to working for JLAP, Harrell worked in the mental health field in both private practice and community mental health with adults and children. Harrell returned to DePauw in April to speak to current students about how alcohol and drug violations could affect their law school and bar exam applications. “The talk helped students in understanding how their choices as undergraduates can impact them for many years to come, and possibly acted as a catalyst for students to reach out to these alumni for career placement opportunities,” Carter said.


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#WhatShouldDePauwCallMe: The latest campus mystery KATE GRIMM


t has only been two days since the first #WhatShouldDePauwCallMe post, and it’s already in competition with Pottermore as my favorite source of procrastination. #WhatShouldDePauwCallMe is a spinoff of another Tumblr blog, #WhatShouldWeCallMe. It depicts common situations DePauw students see or experience on a regular basis with silly videos from various pop culture and media outlets. Even though it has only seven pages of posts, I spend an unhealthy amount of time trying to figure out who the mastermind behind all this is. We shall call this person, who remains mysteriously anonymous, Mysticon. I’ve made charts, lists and summaries tracking who and what is in these memes in hopes of figuring out just who Mysticon could be. I’m going to talk about these charts, lists and summaries now. For starters, Mysticon has to be over 21. Three posts are related to local bars in Greencastle (“When you hear Hoods has dollar drinks on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout May,” “When I see my professor at Hoods” and “When I walk into the Duck on my 21st birthday”). Considering there are only seven pages of posts, having three about the same topic means he or she is very passionate about their bar experiences. When you start to think about how much time

it takes to go out and find all those gifs, create the memes and then post them, this person has to have a lot of free time. Perhaps a second-semester senior that’s finished their thesis? There’s no way a student could take that much time on this Tumblr and still try to care about their final grades. Which begs the question of whether it’s just one person or a group of people. Mysticon is one person. Stay calm and hear me out. If it were a group of people, someone would have spilt the beans. A secret passed between friends, a hushed whisper on the staircase, or a drunken shout in the middle of campus, it would have been spilled once people started obsessing about it. It has to be one person — two, tops — because one person can keep a secret. The more people involved, the more likely there is going to be a weak person that spills the secret to the world. Guys are also less likely to create a Tumblr account copying a big, nation-wide trend. How do I know this? Go on Facebook and look at who’s been sharing these posts. They’re all girls, right? Exactly. Only girls really care about spreading this trend. Yes, guys think it’s funny at moments, but they are not behind this Tumblr account. Kindly take my ideas with a grain of salt, if you please. But if the identity of Mysticon is revealed and predictions prove correct, start calling me The All-Knowing Kate Grimm. — Grimm is a freshman from Evansville, Ind., majoring in film studies and English literature.

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Track for success: follow the bands JIM EASTERHOUSE


s a long school year comes to a close, an eventful summer of music begins. A wide array of upbeat and emotionally-driven bands has hit the circuit already, equipped with full-blown tours. Many have already been featured at Coachella, and will continue to make pit stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. As these bands continue on their quest of success, continue to check their progress. Being able to discover a band in its initial stages, and follow it to fame can be both gratifying and thoroughly enjoyable. These three acts, ranging from indie to rap and beyond, might just do that for you. Of Monsters And Men — This sextet is quickly making a name for themselves on the indie scene. Hailing from Iceland, the band has only been playing together since 2010. However, they are increasingly becoming a facet in the music industry worldwide. Their one and only EP Into the Woods features “Little Talks,” which is continually being featured on rock stations across the country. It is also featured on their debut album My Head is an Animal, which came out on April 3. As mentioned in one of my earlier articles, I would describe Of Monsters And Men as if Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros had a child. Slower songs such as “From Finner,” “King and Lionheart” and “Love Love Love” are the type that makes you sit down and closely listen to the lyrics. However, they feature gradual builds to a rousing chorus. Having six members allows this group to feature in separate instruments as the song progresses, making it a perfect build for gradual songs. “Mountain Sound” is an instant classic, features all six members right off the bat, making it a truly zealous and easily sing along able from the get-go. Childish Gambino — A true Renaissance man, Donald Glover continues to do it all. You may know him for his stand-up comedy, being a writer for 30 Rock as well as starring as Troy on Community. Now, however, he is celebrating success as a rapper under the name Childish Gambino. He has released three independent albums since 2008, but released his first studio album, Camp, this past November. Gambino’s style is very powerful and witty. Songs such as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Bonfire” do contain some explicit lyrics, but offer

some intriguing twists and turns on topics and tone. Sporting a high-pitched voice, it makes him seem quite younger than his 28-year-old self, almost sounding like a young punk type. However, his instruments are very appetizing and memorable, making him an enjoyable listen on various occasions. Additional songs to look into include “Heartbeat” and “Sunrise.” Alabama Shakes — This band may be one of the most interesting sounds to recently hit the radio. The Shakes have an engaging combination of genres including blues, soul and rock, all with a southern twist. Lead singer Brittany Howard has a powerfully captivating

“Being able to discover a band in its initial stages, and follow it to fame can be both gratifying and thoroughly enjoyable. These three acts, ranging from indie to rap and beyond, might just do that for you.”

voice, making her lyrics stand out easily. With such a combination, she has already been compared to Janis Joplin. That combining with their southern style make them seem as if they are from a much earlier musical era. Even though their first album Boys & Girls was only released on April 9, they are enjoying early publicity. At a recent concert in England, Foster the People covered “Hold On” by the Shakes. That and “You Ain’t Alone” both have been featured recently on the radio, and are continuing to receive positive acclaim. “Hang Loose” kicks off with a head bopping riff that carries out throughout the whole tune. Any lover of powerful blues or soul rock should take the time to listen to the album that grows on you every time you listen to it. With only so much space to give, it is tough to mention up and coming artists without giving credit to many other deserving acts. The War On Drugs, Delta Spirit and The Antlers are fantastic indie rock bands that have often been featured on our very own WGRE. All offer diverse tastes of indie rock that quickly become most played on your iTunes arsenal. — Easterhouse is a freshman from Evergreen Park, Ill., majoring in communications.

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Special friendships formed through student out-reach, community relations By ALICIA TUTINI

Friendship is a precious companion, bringing people together in all different places, in all stages of life. For junior Katherine Voskoboynik and freshman Julia Katherine Sobek, friendship comes in the form of volunteering at the Voskoboyinik, local elementary and middle schools. Both students work junior PHOTO BY through the DePauw Community Service Programs, which EMILY GREEN \ THE provide opportunities for students to get involved in the DEPAUW community. Voskoboynik, who volunteers through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, was named 2012 DePauw Big of the Year in light of Volunteer Appreciation Month. The program’s mission, according to their website, is to “provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Voskoboynik is striving to do just that when she visits her “Little Sister” Hayleemarie (who goes by Haylee) at Cloverdale Middle School. She said that the visits revolve around her Little Sister, enjoying whatever activities Haylee would be interested in. “We like to do a lot of arts and crafts — she’s very artistic so we like to exploit that creativity in her,” Voskoboynik said. “We also like to go to this nature park that’s at the elementary school — it’s like a little nature trail that goes into a forest – so we like to go hunting for frogs there. We definitely like to play outside.” If need be, Voskoboynik also helps Haylee with homework and other school activities during the time she spends with her every week. Voskoboynik has been involved with Big Brother Big Sister for the past three years, mentoring Haylee since her fourth grade year. She said that watching Haylee mature over the years has been the biggest change. “She’s growing older and maturing,” she said. “We’ve always had fun but now the fun is more focused on her artistic talents and scholarly stuff, whereas before it used to be running around and playing tag and catching frogs — things like that. So there’s definitely been an evolution.” “...But now the fun is more focused on her Voskoboynik said that she has thoroughly enjoyed the time artistic talents and scholarly stuff, whereas she has spent with Haylee over before it used to be running around and playing the years, watching her grow up and form relationships with tag and catching frogs — things like that. So other students. there’s definitely been an evolution.” In addition to the Big Sister mentoring the Little Sister, Voskoboynik said that Haylee has - Junior Katherine Voskoboynik returned the favor. “It’s taken me back to being a middle schooler again,” she said. “I’ve learned quite a bit

from her and it’s been so much fun. Julia Sobek decided to re-organize the DePauw Special Student Friend Program at Deer Meadow Elementary School after being approached by a professor. The program is an opportunity to mentor local elementary and middle school students with mild disabilities. Through the program, students have the chance to engage in a number of activities with their Special Friend, ranging from frolicking around at recess to attending showand-tell. “It’s being a friend to them,” Sobek said. “Just talking to them and being a positive influence on them.” The Special Student Friend Program had phased out slightly in the last few years, in need of leadership and new volunteers. Sobek took control of contacting Deer Meadow Elementary School and organizing students who wanted to volunteer. Sobek gathered a number of students who wanted to volunteer, scheduling them throughout the week based on schedules and times available. Each volunteer goes to the elementary during recess or lunch, sometimes staying after and engaging in brief activities after lunch. Sobek said that she has truly loved every moment of her time volunteering for Special Student Friend. “This might sound a little lame, but seeing how excited everyone gets,” she said. “Like we’re going up there to see the kids and visit with them, but it’s so cool to see the volunteers excited to go up there every week. The kids will wait for you, run up and hug you, hold your hand as you walk around. It’s really special.” Freshman Melanie Studnicka, who also volunteers with Special Student Friend, said visiting the elementary school is the highlight of her week. “My favorite part is being able to form a bond with the kids,” Studnicka said. “I love seeing their smiles when they see me. When I get to go to the school it’s my favorite time of the week. I’m able to make a positive difference.” Sobek hopes to keep her position during her remaining years at DePauw, continuing to volunteer herself and recruit more people for the Special Friend Program. “In the future, I’m hoping to get more guys involved. Right now there are 11 volunteers including myself, and they’re all girls. I love them, they’re great, they’re amazing women, but I would really like to get more guys involved.” Sobek said that she looks forward to volunteering next year and see how both the students and volunteers continue to benefit from their time with Special Student Friend. “Just knowing that there are people on this campus that really care about the Greencastle community,” Sobek said. “Knowing that students are willing to volunteer their time to go and hang out with these kids, even if it’s not for very long, is still very heartwarming.”




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Application numbers down after rebrand At first glance, admissions numbers for the class of 2016 seem on par with every other year. However, the number of students applying to DePauw has decreased by 7.2 percent since 2010 — that’s a difference of 385 students the Office of Admission could have chosen to attend DePauw. The largest decrease was this year’s recruitment season. A low number of applicants doesn’t leave much room for the Office of Admission to increase selectivity, which is the ultimate goal. Furthermore, the Office of Admission has taken significant strides to rebrand the university with the help of Neustadt Creative Marketing. The lower number of applicants questions whether these strategies are working. Do students receive the new postcards or visit DePauw’s new website and not even have the desire to apply? With the university on The Common Application system, applying to DePauw is relatively accessible. Yet, the new efforts might not be engaging enough. We hope these new statistics don’t create a negative loop in which prospective students notice the number and make assumptions. Perhaps high tuition or tough requirements for scholarship money discourage them. While we are sure that the incoming class will serve the university well, we hope that the university can locate the deterrent for applications and remedy it, making our university as competitive as it should be. — Chase Hall did not contribute to this editorial because he is an admissions tour guide.

Tigers take over NCAC The recent switch to the North Coast Athletic Conference has been fruitful, to say the least. With four athletic teams taking home conference championships this year (and several more in the top five), such an early presence in the new conference should make us all proud to be Tigers. We are proud of our student-athletes, who are working hard to represent our school well on the field. No matter the outcome of their respective tournaments, all of the athletes deserve to be rewarded for their contributions to the university. Hopefully this new success can instill more DePauw spirit on campus as a whole. At a small school that we all are proud to attend, we should extend that pride out of our Greek houses or our individual activities to each and every event and student. Our student-athletes are superb leaders and if we support them, our student body could unite. email us at

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Winter Term trips: providing personal growth SHELBY BREMER


have three favorite holidays: the Fourth of July, Easter and the day DePauw students find out if they were accepted to their Winter Term trip of choice. This time around, seeing everyone’s excitement at how they’ll be spending January 2013 has been a bittersweet experience. I didn’t apply for a trip this year due to another commitment, but I’m so happy for everyone who has the chance to take advantage of such an amazing opportunity. Winter Term is one of my favorite things about DePauw, and it’s an experience unlike any other. I spent this past winter term on the service trip to El Salvador, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. We toured the capital and spent two weeks doing a homestay in a remote village, helping renovate the local school and running a medical clinic. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life (sharing a latrine with 20 cockroaches is not the best way to start off your day), but I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything. If you’re lucky enough to be on a trip — foreign or domestic, service or tourist — I’m sure you want to make

the most of your time. So here are a few of my personal insights that might help you prepare. First and foremost, do the prepwork. Go to all the pre-departure meetings, and whatever your professor assigns, do it. And if you can, study up beyond the requirement too. Try to learn about the culture and the history of your destination, because that will make your experience that much more meaningful. Prior to going to El Salvador, reading a bit about the recent civil war helped me understand what the people went through, and glean more from the sites we saw. You should also study so you can better acclimate to your surroundings. If there’s proper etiquette, learn it, so you don’t stick out like a bad stereotype of an American tourist. Show how engaged and willing you are to learn, and represent DePauw (and the United States) in the best light possible. This sounds cliché, but try your best to live in the moment — unless you’re very lucky, it’s pretty likely that you’ll never have a chance to return to your destination. So take advantage of every opportunity you have to immerse yourself in the culture. Though these trips are expensive, try to spare no expense, in every sense of the word. Work hard this summer to make some extra spending money, and apply for winter term specific scholarships. And spare no expense with your time as well. Resign yourself to the fact that you’ll probably be tired

— suck it up, and do everything you can in your short time there. Don’t count calories, just try the donut on top of an ice cream cone if you want (delicious, by the way). And unplug from electronics. You don’t need texting, and trust me, it’s nice not answering emails. On a similar note, step outside your comfort zone. Do things you wouldn’t normally do, and talk to people you would never have met under different circumstances. You’re sharing such a unique experience with these people, and you’ll always have that in common. A huge part of our specific trip was being flexible. It was our motto, and we had no choice but to live by it. Things will change, unexpected events will happen, and you need to go with the flow — it’s part of traveling. And among all this, take time to reflect and learn about yourself. Winter Term is about learning about other cultures, but if you do it right, you’ll grow as a person too. I learned more about myself (and who I want to be) in those three weeks than I ever had. If you have the time, journal! It will be so useful when you’re looking back, and it will help you bring those lessons to your life when you get back to Greencastle. It may be months away, but it’s never too early to start getting excited. — Bremer is a junior from Clarendon Hills, Ill., majoring in communication. opinion@


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Following my father’s rules: you say tomato, I say no-mato RACHEL CHEESEMAN


hen it comes to food, my dad has several obscure rules, but this one I’ve grown to stick to: Don’t eat tomatoes in an R-month. The winter months with their characteristic ending letter, from September to April, are not the in-season months for this delectable fruit (it would rhyme better if I said vegetable, but here botany is not on my side). But with a global economy and innovative farming techniques, we have tomatoes in our salad bars, grocery stores and vegetable crispers year round. They all look like tomatoes — red, round and juicy — so I was always skeptical of my dad’s seemingly antiquated aversion to out-of-season produce. Reading Barry Eastabrook’s “Tomatoland” has changed my tune, however. Out-of-season tomatoes are less flavorful than homegrown counterparts, production is hardly “natural” and they are harvested by some of the most poorly treated workers in the world. While this fruit is native to the Andes, the negative consequences of a temporally misplaced high demand occur right here in the United States — in Florida, to be precise. Florida tomatoes, which we consume in large proportion during the winter months, are produced in a manner that’s a far cry from what you

might expect. The higher temperatures in Florida might lead you to believe that the climate is suitable for tomato growing year round. However, the humidity in Florida leaves tomatoes vulnerable to a number of pests which thrive in humid climates. As a result, massive amounts of pesticides (and this is above and beyond industrial agriculture’s typical amount of massive) are required to keep the tomatoes pest-free until their ripening date. Another thing about these “tomatoes” is that using the word “ripe” is something of a glorification. Many of the tomatoes are picked when they are called “mature greens,” and they’re hard and about the color of a granny smith apple, to use Eastabrook’s language. These mature greens are exposed to ethylene gas, which makes them a ripe color, but doesn’t actually speed the ripening process at all. As a result, you have a half-grown, hard tomato that somehow manages to keep up appearances. In the end, the skewed growing process combines with an emphasis on weight and shelf-life to produce a fruit that lacks the scent, flavor and likely the nutrition of a homegrown tomato. A bland, unripened, pesticide-covered, fruit might almost be bearable if it weren’t for one other problem: These tomatoes are picked by people. This last statement might come as no surprise, but the implications are actually quite severe. Many of our unripened, tasteless “mature green” tomatoes are picked by migrant workers who are paid meager wages and traded like commodities. This language might sound familiar as it came up in a

previous column — the one about slavery. In fact, Eastabrook actually began his investigation of “How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit” when he was investigating a case of slavery in South Florida. While slavery is uncommon, the poor treatment and unfairly low pay for these workers is not. Some gains have been made in this territory thanks to the activism of groups like the Coalition of Imokalee Workers, an organization of activists representing low-wage workers in South Florida. Some food providers have signed what’s called the “Fair Food Agreement” which increases the wages of tomato harvesters by a penny per pound, but it should be easy to see while I call this a modest gain. Furthermore, these small wage increases do little to better other aspects of these workers’ lives. The negative health effects of chronic exposure to pesticides can’t be helped by wage increases. Quite simply, things need to be done differently. The only way to avoid patronizing the industrial norm is to purchase from small-scale farms or grow your own tomatoes. Eastabrook’s book is a powerful and eye-opening read, but perhaps the biggest message is that tomatoes might not be the only food product that deserves this kind of careful examination. From the industrial process to the social consequences, our food system deserves a careful look, perhaps many. — Cheeseman is a senior political science and biology double major from West Lafayette, Ind.

Internships: Useful experience or free labor? JIMMY KIRKPATRICK


round this time every year students are asking each other what their summer plans are — staying at home is fine, but securing a comfortable internship is better. The sad reality though, is that most internships are unglamorous, require a large amount of expenses and are unpaid. In some cases, I’ve even heard of people paying firms to find them unpaid positions as interns. With little to show for it but a resume line at the end of a summer, are these experiences really worth it? On one hand, interns are perhaps not as “useful” as a normal employee and the position might be a learning opportunity for students that want to learn in a real-world situation. They create exposure to employers and all around contribute to an enlightened understanding of how the world works

outside of the “DePauw bubble.” Few can deny that many internships are helpful for both the employer and the intern, even if they are unpaid.  However, I believe that unpaid internships create a litany of problems for youth in our country. I take issue with the nature and compensation of many internships in America.  For one, they exploit the desire for youths to have an attractive resume for future employers, which means that a company can functionally employ labor without following the minimum wage laws in America. This is particularly an issue when interns are not gaining real-world skills and are instead fetching coffee and taking lunch orders.  In my opinion, if it is clear that “interns” are going to be doing  chores for any portion of their time there, that they should be paid for their labor. I would be hard-pressed to believe that someone fetching things for employees is gaining meaningful experience.  But, on a completely different level, internships also create a problem between classes of students which entrench economic inequalities in our coun-

try. If  indeed these internships give students exposure to future employers and bolster resumes, then those that can’t afford to live a summer in a big city might not have the same opportunity of those that can.  This lack of exposure translates to fewer opportunities after college, whether it is a graduate school or the start of a career. Some people do not have the luxury of paying for an internship, or even breaking even. For many, the most useful way to spend a summer is on a farm or in a factory to pay for school.  So, as you depart for your internships this summer, really ask yourself what it is that you’re expected to do and how you can maximize the true interaction with the work place. Particularly if you aren’t getting paid, know that the firm is supposed to be giving you valuable experience. Therefore, in large part, they are supposed to be providing a service to you. — Kirkpatrick is a junior from Overland Park, Kansas majoring in political science.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

PHOTOPINION How is the construction on campus inconveniencing you? “It’s gotten mud on my shoes.”

ELLA SMOOT, freshman “As a freshman I have to use Anderson Street to drive to DU. Now I have to drive around it.”

REILLY WILSON, freshman “Not at all, I don’t ever need to use that road. I rarely walk on that side of campus.”

KYLIE KASPAR, junior “Living in Anderson Street Hall the construction has provided me with an unwanted alarm clock.”


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Tigers receive No. 2 seed for national championship By JOSEPH FANELLI

The DePauw women’s golf team has earned a no. 2 seed at the NCAA Div. III National Championship. The tournament will be held at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind. from May 8-11. DePauw received the invitation and seed to the national championship after winning its first-ever NCAC championship

last weekend. The conference win was a bonus as the team had high chances to make the field all season long due to a strong national reputation. The team was ranked as the third best team in the country for the majority of the 2012 season. Head coach Vince Lazar was recently named the NCAC women’s golf coach of the year by the coaches of the NCAC. The team finished fifth in the country in last year’s tournament in Howley-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Softball travels to Allegheny for NCAC tournament


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hometown: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. The team congratulates one another during a regular season game against Wittenberg, won 4-3 and 5-3. The women will make their way to Meadville, Penn. Friday for the NCAC tournament. EMILY GREEN / THE DEPAUW By GRANT BARNOW

The DePauw softball team will be on its way to the NCAC tournament this weekend in hope of returning with a piece of hardware. The 2012 NCAC softball tournament is set for Friday and Saturday May 4-5 at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn. Allegheny earned the hosting rights to the tournament after winning the regular-season NCAC championship with a record of 12-4 in league play. The third-seeded Tigers will open the tournament on Friday morning at 10 a.m. with a showdown against secondseeded Wooster (11-5, 25-11). The Tigers have faced Wooster twice already this season, splitting the two games with a 1-3 loss and a 6-0 victory. Wooster qualified for the NCAC softball tournament for the first time since 2005 and enters the tournament strong after consecutive sweeps of Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan. Senior catcher Haley Buchanan, who shined in the regular season games against Wooster, made the point that the team will simply need to follow the path it has for most of the season. “Playing to our potential is one of the key things we need

to focus on,” Buchanan said. “Playing our game, playing like DePauw softball players, will be key going to the NCAC conference Tournament.” If the team does play to its potential, there will be little to stop them from advancing deep into the tournament. DePauw holds a 2-4 record against NCAC teams in the tournament and will need to provide top-notch quality play if they hope to advance. Senior Holly Paris also iterated what the team will need to do for this weekend. “The team has done a great job maintaining focus throughout the season and has put in so much work—at this point it just comes down to playing our game,” Paris said. “Hitting, fielding, pitching like we know we can.” Top-seeded Allegheny (12-4, 26-9-1) meets fourth-seeded Denison (9-7, 24-16) in the opening round of the double elimination tournament on Friday at 12 p.m. The tournament continues on Friday afternoon with the winners of the days’ first two games squaring off for a slot in the championship round at 2 p.m. The losers of the opening round games will meet on Friday at 4 p.m. in an elimination game, with the winner moving on to face the loser of Friday’s third game at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning to determine the final slot in the championship round. Saturday’s championship round will be played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (if necessary).

Her performance at the Event II of the NCAC Championship at Oberlin, Ohio: Smith was the overall individual champion of the two week, four-round NCAC women’s golf tournament with a final score total of 319. She helped lead the Tigers to a team championship as well with a 1282 score, 11 ahead of second place Allegheny. After the first weekend, Smith was in second place.

On her performance: “It’s more about playing for the team than playing individuality. Overall, you want the team to win, but if you happen to win, that’s really good.”



The final push: NCAC Competition past, present and future By JOSEPH FANELLI

the depauw | sports is competing in a double-elimination style bracket tournament that takes the top two teams from the east and west divisions of the NCAC. The teams will play over the weekend in head-to-head matches to determine the overall champion. Men’s swimming, on the other hand, competes in a single meet where the overall point scorer is named winner. Athletic director Stevie Baker-Watson, who was not a part of the decision to make the move from the SCAC to the NCAC, has been pleased with the new conference and how the addition of a school with an athletic reputation has boosted the conference’s national appeal. “When you look at the athletic success of everybody in the NCAC, it’s clear we’re one of the premier athletic conferences in the entire country,” Baker-Watson said. DePauw success all year has made the transition comfortable. Eleven DePauw varsity spots have currently competed in the new conference, with eight currently in play. Out of those 11, DePauw has had four overall champions, four second and third place finishes and five top five finishes. The results speak for themselves, but Baker-Watson is already impressed with what she has seen from the

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Four of the eight DePauw athletic teams are currently on the road ready to begin their post-season North Coast Athletic Conference tournaments. Three of those teams — men and women’s track and softball — will begin conference play today or tomorrow morning. Baseball, which started off its run at an NCAC crown on Thursday with a 1-4 loss against Wooster, is already in the heat of its conference battle and will play the loser of Kenyon and Ohio Weselyan on Saturday. That means after this weekend, every athletic team of the 2012 spring season will have competed in its first or NCAC tournament and are either looking ahead towards a run at a national championship or counting the days before the next season begins, making it crunch time for all athletic teams. For some DePauw teams, their conference fate has already been sealed. The women’s golf team concluded an impressive two consecutive weekends of golf play this Sunday to win the NCAC crown with a four-round score of 1282 – sophomore Kelsey Smith was also the individual champion of the weekend. The women’s tennis team followed suit with a 5-1 win over Oberlin. The men’s golf and tennis teams find themselves on the other side of the fence, where a fourth and third place finish respectively means the 2012 season is over. The win for the women means an invitation to the NCAA Div. III national tournament and championship. The golf team learned Monday night that they received a no. 2 seed in the national championship held from May 8–11 at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind. The tennis team is still awaiting the news for the tournament at Cary Tennis Park I Cary, NC from May 21–26 (the women will specifically compete in the team portion from the 21-23). For the most part, conference championships guarantee chances at national titles. Track and field is the one exception. Athletes are invited to the national championship based on their national ranking from their specific time, distance, height or — if it is an event like the decathlon or heptathlon — point total. Therefore, athletes that win their conference event are guaranteed a spot at competing in nationals. For example, freshman Jack Leibovitz was last week’s NCAC decathlon champion. Leibovitz’s final score, which currently has at 13th in the nation, must outlast the remaining competition that will compete over the next few weeks before nationals. There, teams win national championships based on total points scored by individuals invited. Except for football, whose conference champion is decided by record alone, conference champions are decided by either tournaments or a single all-team hosting meet. For example, baseball

“It’s clear we’re one of the premier athletic conferences in the entire country”


- Athletic Director Stevie Baker-Watson

teams. “There is a great thing about all of our teams,” Baker-Watson said. “I look at a program like women’s golf that when you look back at the four rounds they had played at the NCAC tournament, someone else from DPU was leading the team in every single one of those rounds. So, to see that kind of depth in the program is awesome… I mean there’s just a lot of stuff and there is excitement this weekend with the rest of the track going on, softball going on baseball going on. It could be a really great weekend for us.” But regardless of what conference, one of the odd quirks of DePauw athletics is the success the women’s teams seem to have over the men’s teams. Look at this season, DePauw women have had three conference champions and one runner-up compared to just one champion and no runners-up for the men. Baker-Watson recognized the trend, but did not see any factors besides the types of students attending the university. “I think some of it has to do with the type of students that attracted to DePauw,” Baker-Watson explained, “We have a lot of high-achieving academic students (pushing) to come to DePauw, and it just so happens that they tend to be clustered on the women’s side.” So gender aside, all teams will and have made the adjustment to the new conference. The original apprehension of new opponents and new players is gone. Some have already completed their first season in the NCAC, some are at the peak of it now – what has been consistent though is DePauw has remained an example of athletic success.


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