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from about 50 to 41 percent in the last decade, National Association for College Admission Counseling says. Meyers says this is true for DePauw. “The last couple years the yield has solidified at 20 percent,” Meyer said. “Personally, I think the yield should be higher.” DePauw last saw a high yield in 2009 when it was at 25 percent.
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of private universities have reported a decline in applicants.
321 number of applications dropped within the last two years.
20% of the students who actually enroll to DePauw after they apply.
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In her senior year of high school Traci Balz, now a DePauw junior from Plainfield, Ind., knew three things when she applied to colleges: she wanted to be close to family, small class sizes and a good education at a cost she could afford. Balz also looked at Indiana University and IUPUI, but chose neither. She knew a DePauw education would give her the best shot to get into grad school. Three years later, Balz knows she made the right decision. “I knew the benefits I would gain from a DePauw education and [that] alumni connections would justify the cost,” Balz said. “I knew by attending DePauw it would help me get into good law schools and help me find a good job.” While Balz chose DePauw, a school more expensive than her other options, many high school students around the country cannot compromise over tuition costs. DePauw — and other liberal arts schools across the nation — are feeling the effects with their higher tuition costs, and scholarships cannot always even the financial playing field. The early decision application deadline, Nov. 1, is approaching next week. DePauw’s applicant numbers have dropped in recent years, following the trend of declining applicant numbers for small liberal arts universities. In a new admission’s season, DePauw hopes to raise its applicant numbers as deadlines are fast approaching. The economy crash in 2008
heightened families concern with the cost of higher education causing small liberal arts colleges to lose applicants while state schools increased. Dan Meyer, vice president of the Office of Admissions, acknowledges the hard economic times. “Families are concerned with how they will be able to afford this education,” Meyer said. Specifically, DePauw’s admission has seen a drop of 321 applicants within the last two years. Many colleges across the nation are seeing a decline in their application numbers, too. Dickinson College lost 224 applicants and Washington and Lee University lost 517 applicants between 2011 and 2012, according to the New York Times. More than 40 percent of private universities have reported a decline in applicants according to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Since 2007, a higher trend and selling point for colleges has been scholarships. A survey conducted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers gathered data from 400 hundred private universities tracking their tuition discounting — 42.8 percent of schools gave discounts to freshman in 2011 in an effort to attract more students. From this same survey, 375 colleges reported space was still available for their current freshman class. Not only are applications down, but the yield is down too. The yield rate is the percentage of students who actually enroll at the school they apply to. This rate has fallen
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Anderson Street Construction on time, despite rain By NICOLE DECRISCIO email@example.com
With Mother Nature’s recent decision to make up for the lack of rain in this summer’s drought, it can be hard to imagine that the construction on Anderson Street will be finished on time. However, Richard Vance, associate vice president of Facilities Management, expects that the street will be open in time for the Dec. 1 deadline. “We are literally 30 days away from opening the street,” he said. Vance anticipates the first base coat of asphalt will be laid at the end of next week. The next stages of the project, which will be completed after the opening of the road, is installing the light posts, planting the trees and building a monument to better the entrance to DePauw. Vance said that the contractor anticipated a few days of inclement weather, and that the recent rainfall has slowed construction down a few days, but not enough to delay the opening. “The contractor would say that they worked as diligently as possible,” Vance said. “From my perspective, there were days where there was not a lot of activity going on on the street itself. You sit back as an observer and ask, ‘Why is that?’” However, Vance did note that the issue was not a lack of manpower, but rather that some supplies were not delivered in a timely manner. “DePauw is truly benefiting from its partnership with the city of Greencastle,” Vance said, despite the setbacks. Yet, the students that are directly impacted by the construction have a slightly different view on the “benefits” of the partnership. Junior Vincent Guzzetta, who works for the ambulance service Putnam County Operation Life, cites a complaint that impacted both
Anderson Street’s progress as of Oct. 25. ISABELLE CHAPMAN / THE DEPAUW the DePauw community and the Greencastle community. “Before they had opened up Bloomington Street, you couldn’t drive the ambulance down that way,” he said. “You had to actually take a roundabout way to respond to calls, which is really frustrating when you’re trying to get to somebody to help them out. An extra minute or two is really frustrating if you are responding to a patient.” Senior David Kunkel, whose room is on Anderson Street, is woken up by the noise nearly every morning. “It hadn’t been too bad,” Kunkel said, “but now they’re starting to use jackhammers.” Kunkel points to a recent morning after pulling an all-nighter, when he needed to sleep. “I was woken up at about 8:30 [a.m.] in the morning, hours before my first class,” he said. “I just couldn’t get back to sleep.” Even without considering the obvious and serious problem of the noise from the construction, Kunkel has concerns about the deadline being met. “I didn’t think that it would take as long as it’s taking, and I don’t think that they’re going to have it done by the projected date of Dec. 1,” he said. Based on the university’s projection, students and community members should be able to access the new and improved Anderson Street by the end of November.
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Times columnist: Romney, Mormonism and the campaign those sentiments. If they could speak out in defense of their religion, Freedman asked, why can’t Romney speak firstname.lastname@example.org out in defense of his? “I’m yearning for Romney to give As the first Mormon Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney the speech he has not given about Morhasn’t taken advantage of his position to mons and who Mormons are,” Freedcurb negative stereotypes of his religion. man said. Freedman said the Church of JeAt least, that’s what Columbia University professor and New York Times column- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is going through changes as its missionaries go ist Samuel Freedman claims. In Tuesday’s 2012 Mendenhall Lec- abroad and return with new views about ture, Freedman, who writes a bi-weekly the world and other cultures and races. He cited the retraction of the column for The New York Times called “On Religion,” spoke about how reli- church’s teaching that said Africangion interacts with politics. One of the Americans could not be priests within focuses of the speech was that Mor- their religion and the building of Mormons have been placed on the fringes mon churches in Harlem as examples of of American culture, and that this elec- such change. “These stories could have been told tion was a chance for the group to join the American mainstream. Through Mitt [during the campaign], but weren’t,” Romney’s campaign, Freedman sees an Freedman said. Some students who attended the opportunity to “change the stereotypes lecture were not convinced of Freedthe left has created.” Freedman used Al Smith’s 1928 man’s argument that Romney should discuss Mormonism. Junior Zach Crenshaw felt that such a speech would not be appropriate since Romney’s platform “I’m yearning for Romney to is based on the economy, not his religious beliefs. give the speech he has not “Backlash for such a speech would given about Mormons and who have been prevalent, and it would have cost him votes,” Crenshaw said. Mormons are.” Sophomore Meredith Lockman would agree with Crenshaw. “The presidential platform is not a - Samuel Freedman chance for religious discussion,” LockNew York Times religion columnist man said. “If someone asked him about [Mormonism], then go for it, but otherwise it isn’t relevant.” In the question and answer portion and John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presiden- of the talk, Freedman gave his thoughts tial campaigns as support for his ideas about the importance of separation beabout the potential of Romney’s cam- tween church and state. He said that paign. Both Smith and Kennedy were while the separation is vital to prevent Catholic candidates who ran at a time one religious group from gaining total when voters held strong anti-Catholic control, the intersection of religion and sentiments, and both candidates used politics is valuable. It is for that reason, their campaigns as a chance to alleviate he argued, that religion deserves a pub-
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Three DePauw students pled not guilty to a Putnam County judge last week on charges of possession and dealing marijuana. In August, two of them were found with possession of over a pound of marijuana by public safety officers. Seniors Justin Mann, Alexander Chen and Colin Graham received the charges when Public Safety officers searched their W. Hannah St. duplex to find 1.17 pounds amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia after a fire alarm went off, according to an Aug. 19 police report. A second trial appearance has not been scheduled for any of the students, but an attorney representing both Mann and Chen will return to the Putnam County courthouse on Nov. 16 for an attorney status conference and then again on Jan. 9 for a pretrial conference, according to a Putnam County Prosecutor secretary. Graham’s attorney, Jeffrey Boggess, will meet with a judge on Nov. 19 for a pretrial hearing. Mann was charged with knowingly possessing marijuana in pure or adulterated form in amounts greater than 30 grams and dealing marijuana in amounts greater than 30 grams and less than 10 pounds, both Class D Felonies. He was also charged with possession of paraphernalia — a misdemeanor. Chen was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, dealing and possession of a controlled substance (dried mushrooms). Graham was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Meggan Johnston, director of Community Standards, said federal privacy laws prevent her from commenting on the community standards process for the students. She confirmed that Mann and Chen are not currently enrolled at DePauw.
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said. Religious studies professor Harvey Stark’s favorite part of the talk was seeing how the map illustrations developed over time. “It was terrific,” Stark said. “It made an otherwise unknown subject really approachable.”
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Dr. Emilie Savage Smith ’62 stood proudly behind a podium bearing her alma mater’s name, in front of a screen reading “Mapping the Earth in Medieval Islam,” in the Watson Forum on Tuesday night. Smith, who is the Emerita Professor of the History of Islamic Science at the Oriental Institute of Oxford University, presented the Horizon Lecture on the topic of Arabic geographers mapping the earth. Smith discussed three things one should keep in mind when studying medieval maps: there were no European regional maps made at the time, European maps only had one or two cities on them, and all European and early Islamic world maps had a ring which represented the encompassing ocean, not intended to be the edge of a flat disc. “Not only scholars, but sailors ... knew the earth to be spherical,” Smith said. “Not flat, not disc-like.” Smith said it was commonly accepted that the earth was round because people realized that the sun does not set at the same time everywhere on earth. She then introduced four different historical approaches of mapping the world: the Balkhi school in Baghdad in the 10th century, Egypt in the 10th century, Sicily in 1154 and maritime charts in 1513 and from 1521 to 1526. She discussed instruments in Baghdad used to measure minutes only in regional terms and designs of the coast of the “New World” in the 1600s. There were laughs throughout the audience as Smith found humorous ways to describe some of the maps. For instance, she compared one world map illustration to the modern-day map of London’s subway system, since it was composed entirely of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines with circular arts. “It was, as you might say, a reader’s digest guide to the universe, the book of curiosities of the sciences and marvels for the eyes,” Smith said. Though Smith indicated that there was no
evidence that the original designer of London Underground ever saw those medieval maps, the audience seemed to nod in agreements in the similarities between the one produced in the 20th century and those produced in the tenth century. “They must be counted among the best maps conceptually produced,” Smith said. Nahyan Fancy, associate professor of history at DePauw, introduced the lecture by praising Smith’s investigation on those topics and other extensive work authoring, coauthoring and editing 11 different books. “[She is] notwithstanding her physical stature, a true intellectual giant in the field,” Fancy
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PAGE 4 Admissions | continued from page 1 The university has strong competition every application season. Students tend to stay within their state or the Midwest when searching for schools, therefore it is no surprise DePauw’s greatest rivals are Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State University, Denison University, Wabash College, Miami University and Illinois Wesleyan, according to Meyer. The state schools have an additional allure since they are more well-known due to their size and sports teams. “In the Midwest right now, the Big Ten institutions have more national prominence,” Meyer said. State schools have seen an increase in their application pool, unlike small private universities. California schools in particular have had to cap enrollment because they are receiving so many applicants. University of California, Berkeley increased by 8,749 students and University of San Diego increased by 7,377 applicants, according to the New York Times. In the Midwest, Miami of Ohio had a record high of 18,623 students apply for enrollment this last January. Their applicants increased by 138 students from the previous year, setting the highest number of applicant’s in the school’s history. Meyer is not surprised to see state school applicants rising while private university numbers shrink. He said they have bigger resources pulling students in. Meyer added, students applying to DePauw also apply to big state schools that have major differences with DePauw because the common application makes it easy. The common application gives students accessibility to apply to more schools with a few clicks of a button. Another factor that may contribute to students choosing other schools is the concern over DePauw’s rankings on Princeton Review’s top party school list and lower position on Forbes top colleges rankings. The Princeton Review ranked DePauw as No. 12 this
year, an increase from last year’s No. 15 spot. The Forbes list placed DePauw as the 79th in the country, a decrease from last year’s 50th placing— a 29-spot drop. Although the effect of this ranking cannot be charted statistically, reoccuring concern from prospective student parents during campus tours – where they cite Princeton Review Ranking and the Forbes list – signals that it is a concern in prospective students’ decisions. Meg Benedict, senior tour guide at DePauw, says this ranking is a huge drawback. “Families are concerned about the greek life and the Forbes list that just came out,” Benedict said. “We seem like a school full of alcoholics.” DePauw is entering a new admission season with hopes of improvement. In the upcoming years Meyers would like to see DePauw receive a pool of 5,500 to 6,000 well-qualified applicants to enroll a class size of about 650 members. He also wants to see the yield go back up to the mid20s again. DePauw is shifting its marketing strategy to increase its applicant numbers. DePauw plans to focus on the 90 to 95 percent of its seniors who graduate with a job as its new selling point to prospective families. “We have a good story to tell here, and we need to articulate that,” Meyer said. For the past decade, DePauw has sold the financial awards as the main reason for students to apply. However, DePauw is now bragging about the “DePauw experience” to pull applicant numbers up. The recession and the defecit have made it more difficult for DePauw to award financial aid and scholarship that compete with the lower tuition costs of big state schools. “[I want] students to look at a DePauw education as an investment that has a return far greater than another [university],” Meyer said. “I want to see the family saying, ‘I’m getting so much more back.’’’ DePauw is ready to fight the economic recession and raise their applicant numbers by 1,000 in the upcoming three years.
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CAMPUSCRIME OCTOBER 14 • Property damage to fence/landscaping • Report filed | Time: 7:48 a.m. | Place: Nature Park Entrance • Unauthorized entry/suspicious activity • Under investigation | Time: 2:36 p.m. | Place: Seminary Street Apartments
OCTOBER 15 • Suspicious persons • Subjects located/ checked okay | Time: 9:46 p.m. | Place: Locust Street
OCTOBER 18 • Medical • Ambulance refused/patient chose to seek medical attention at a later date/time | Time: 2:06 a.m. | Place: Bishop Roberts Hall • Mischief to furniture • Subjects located verbal warning issued/forwarded to Community Standards Committee | Time: 4:06 a.m. | Place: Delta Gamma sorority/ Bishop Roberts Hall
Members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity play pin guard, a game similar to dodgeball, Thursday evening during Arrowstrike, a philanthropy event co-hosted by Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities. Proceeds from the event went towards the chapters’ literacy initiatives. MEG CROWLEY / THE DEPAUW
OCTOBER 22 • Welfare check • Subject located at residence/checked okay | Time: 2:23 p.m. | Place: Campus • Lost keys • Pending | Time: 3:33 p.m. | Place: Campus • Theft of money • Pending | Time: 4:03 p.m. | Place: Campus • Welfare check • Subject located/ checked okay | Time: 11:46 p.m. | Place: 109 Hanna
OCTOBER 23 • Assist GPD – civil disturbance • GPD took call | Time: 7:27 p.m. | Place: Off campus • Suspicious person • Officer checked area/unable to locate subject | Time: 9:53 p.m. | Place: Union Building (outside)
• Alcohol violation • Released to custody of friend/forwarded to Community Standards Committee | Time: 9:58 a.m. | Place: Humbert Hall
• Suspicious activity • Officer checked building/checked okay | Time: 9:15 p.m. | Place: 305 East Walnut Street
• Noise – loud people • Made contact with House Representation/verbal warning issued | Time: 10:47 p.m. | Place: Phi Kappa Psi fraternity
• Theft of chairs • Recovered | Time: 7:55 a.m. | Place: Inn at DePauw Patio
• Suspicious vehicle • Subject located/ checked okay | Time: 2:49 a.m. | Place: Vine Street Lot Criminal mischief to window • Pending | Time: 4:45 a.m. | Place: Harrison Hall
OCTOBER 20 • Nature park rule violation • Subjects located/verbal warning issued | Time: 9:30 p.m. | Place: Nature Park OCTOBER 21 • Assist GPD – traffic stop • GPD took call | Time: 2:46 a.m. | Place: Hanna/College Streets • Assist PCSD – traffic stop • PCSD took call | Time: 3:15 a.m. | Place: Jackson Street
• Assist motorist • PSCD took call | Time: 2:58 a.m. | Place: US 231 South of US 40
• Welfare check • Officer checked area/ unable to locate subject | Time: 10:55 a.m. | Place: Humbert Hall (outside)
OCTOBER 25 • Noise/possession of Marijuana/possession of Paraphernalia | Time: 12:12 a.m. | Place: Lucy Patio • Medical/alcohol violation • Transported to Putnam County Hospital/forwarded to Community Standards Committee | Time: 1:34 a.m. | Place: Pi Beta Phi • Property damage to vehicle – delayed report • Report filed | Time: 8:17 a.m.. | Place: Julian Lot • Property damage accident • Report filed | Time: 9:30 a.m. | Place: 703 Locust Street
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Creative writing program enhanced by visiting professor Antonya Nelson
FOUNDATION Antonya Nelson, a nationally-recognized fiction writer and visiting professor from the University of Houston reads Tobias Wolff’s short story “Bullet in the Brain” during a craft talk on Septmber 27.
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Antonya Nelson is used to teaching graduate students during the spring semester at the University of Houston. However, upon accepting the Mary Rodgers Field Distinguished University Professor of Creating Writing, she has landed at DePauw, welcomed by a classroom full of eager undergraduate writing majors. “It is a prestigious honor, and it’s nice to work with advanced undergraduate creative writing students,” Nelson said. “It seemed like a good thing for me.” The opportunity for Nelson to come to DePauw was made possible by a 2007 endowment from David Field, senior professor and professor emeritus of English at the time. Nelson is teaching Modeling Fiction Writers, a 300-level writing workshop class for junior and senior English writing majors. In the class, students read and analyze short stories, focusing on certain writing strategies. In order to fully embrace the meaning behind the writers’ works, the students are also compiling their own fictional short stories. “I would be really happy if my students walk away from the class wanting to read more short stories and being able to appreciate the art form,” Nelson said. On the first day of class, Nelson asked her students to write three short anecdotes. The students worked in groups of three to figure out which story had the potential to be a semester-long project. Each week, the class reads short stories modeled after other stories, studying a certain aspect of the story before applying the lessons to their own work. “I think it’s a really complicated art form, and it’s not readily as understood as other [literature] art forms,” Nelson said. Nelson is well established in the field, as an author of 10 works of fiction and a variety of personal essays. She has been published in several magazines, including The New Yorker. Her works also
appeared in Best American Short Stories. In 2000, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Other awards include the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rea Award for Short Story. Although Nelson likes writing long stories, she prefers short stories. “To me, revision is everything,” Nelson said. “Ask any serious writer, ‘How many stories have you written in the last four months?’ They are not going to say three.” Peter Graham, an associate professor of English, said that before this semester, several members of the department created a list of writers they’d potentially want to teach a class, and Nelson was at the top of the list. “She is one of the premier writers in the country,” Graham said. According to Graham, Nelson has brought more to campus than just the ability to teach well. She has also brought friendship. “She is a fantastic writer, and a great colleague, and is very generous,” Graham said. “I wish she could stay longer.” Matt Haeske, a junior English writing major, is taking Nelson’s class as his first writing workshop. “Before this class, I haven’t been able to slave over one work the way a real author does,” Haeske said. Haeske really likes that aspect of the class, and thinks that taking the class has given him a big advantage. “The sheer amount of peer editing I have been exposed to from a writer’s point of view has been eye opening,” Haeske said. Lauren Reed, a senior English writing major, signed up for the class without prior knowledge of Nelson’s work. “She really challenges us to think of writing in new ways that I haven’t thought of before,” Reed said. Reed said that Nelson is intelligent, creative and interesting, which inspires her for her own work. “She makes you want to put forth your best effort in class,” Reed said.
Saturday, November 10 @ 6:30 p.m. A buffet dinner at the Inn at DePauw conference room. Internationally-renowned blues and soul singer Tad Robinson will hold a concert at 8 p.m. Come for the tennis ($25), the dinner/concert ($50), or both ($75) and help us in our fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Please email Jenny Riggle at jennyjriggle@gmail. com and provide your full name, additional guest(s), address and phone number(s). Please mail your check by November 1 to Team Riggle 860 Robin Wood Pl., Greencastle, IN 46135 Tickets will not be mailed. All tickets will be held at the door. **If you are unable to attend but would like to support Team Riggle and make a donation towards a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, please mail your check to Team Riggle at t he above address.
Scott Riggle, the President of the Team Riggle Foundation, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease in September of 2010, and with the help of his wife Jenny and their friends Keith and Annette Waterman, has started the Team Riggle Foundation in an effort to raise money and awareness to fight this disease. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative condition which, among other things, leads to tremors, rigidity and loss of muscle control. Scott Riggle is a patient at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and plans to support the Mayo Clinic researcers with the funds raised by various events the Team Riggle foundation puts on.
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HELPING OUT When students post about lost and found items on e-Services, it helps the owners to be reunited with their possesions. Since 2009, there have been...
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iscovering and collecting misplaced items 35 DANIEL CHEN and NETTIE FINN
Many recognize the panicky feeling that accompanies losing something; the fear that car keys, a cell phone or even an ugly glove is gone forever. Luckily, there is a good chance that someone will pick up what has been forgotten and take it to the home of all missing objects: the lost and found. For some, the lost and found at DePauw can be a challenge to find in itself. There are currently multiple locations around campus where lost and found items are stored, including the Lilly Center, Roy O. West Library, Asbury Hall and the Hub. English professor Jean Everage manages the lost and found in Asbury, which consists of a drawer in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Everage said items found in the Asbury bathrooms are often brought to the “unofficial depository” in the ARC. Items can be recovered by talking to Everage herself or by speaking with whomever is working at the ARC desk at the time. Everage has found several valuable items, including cell phones, wallets and even a passport. She successfully reunited the passport, which was left in a copier, with its owner. In addition to higher-value objects, Everage has also seen more obscure items. “Interestingly enough, I found a pair of pants on the couch,” Everage said. “A student must have emptied out his bag and left it there.” In addition to the pants, Everage said another memora-
ble find was a graphing calculator. She posted the information in the lost and found section of e-Services but no one claimed the item. Everage ended up giving the calculator to the Q-certified tutors who could benefit from using it during their tutoring sessions. “People must have money to throw away,” Everage said. Another location where lost and found items are kept is outside of the Lilly Center fitness room. The glass case, labeled “lost and found,” holds the clothing that is later donated to Goodwill during the fall and spring breaks and at the end of each semester. Electronics, student IDs, keys, jewelry and other small items are kept behind the student worker desk. Linda Williamson, Public Safety dispatcher and switchboard operator, said items from Lilly are only kept there for a short period of time before they are transferred to the Public Safety office to be tagged and documented. According to Angie Nally, director of Public Safety, the Public Safety office serves as the primary collection place for found items, which often include keys, phones, IDs, clothes, books, umbrellas and glasses. Since the Public Safety office is open 24 hours, individuals are able to report or retrieve lost items at any time. While Nally said Public Safety wants to be central lost and found, she is aware that other buildings and departments also collect items with the thought that people will return to where they last remember seeing their respective items. “Sometimes that can be confusing for students,” Nally said. “I think it’s not exhaustive to check in Public Safety, but it is a good place to start.” Despite their efforts to reconnect people with their belongings, Public Safety is not always successful. “It’s hard when someone loses something like a jump drive and their paper’s on it, and they’re really anxious,” Nally said. “We want to help them find it, but that doesn’t mean we always can.” Nally said managing the lost and found is “a lot more give than take” and that she’s had several fun experiences.
She once helped to reunite a DePauw alum with his class ring that he had lost while clamming in Michigan several decades earlier. While individuals are encouraged to contact Public Safety about their lost items, Nally said it is “perfectly fine” for students to post messages and on e-Services. According to Adam Hughes, director of administrative information systems, there have been over 400 posts made on e-Services about lost or found items since August 2009. “The more eyes that are out there looking for their property, the better,” Nally said. “So I think it’s just kind of a joint effort of several different ways to find stuff.” Public Safety tries to coordinate lost and found items with the libraries and other locations, and Nally said most lost items eventually end up in the Public Safety office. Items remain in the office for an entire school year before they are donated or disposed of during the summer. Items left in the ARC are eventually donated to Goodwill, but are occasionally thrown out. Everage often tries to find some use for these objects because most of them stay in the drawer for extended periods of time. “I don’t know how to make [the lost and found system] more effective,” Everage said. “But I do think that it would be better if there was one spot on campus, specifically the Public Safety office.” While Williamson said a central location would be easier, freshman Paul Clarke said he thinks the current system is fine. “It would be inconvenient for a student to have to travel to a different location than the one that they lost it in,” Clarke said. Regardless, many items still remain in all of the various lost and found locations on campus. However, there is no worry until the end of the year when students and faculty will have to say goodbye to their items when they are donated.
— Margaret Distler contributed to this article.
iPods have been lost and 22 found by others.
wallets were lost, but only 3 reported to be found.
jackets reported missing, but 29 were found.
ID cards have been lost and never seen again.
cell phones were found and returned.
water bottles lost their owners and 3 found them again.
umbrellas have been lost and 5 found.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
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Cheaper options tough to beat We would guess that prospective families don’t often run into students who speak poorly about their DePauw experience. It’s much the opposite. In fact, it seems to us that most DePauw community members gush about their professors, their program of distinction, their club or sport. The institution’s liberal arts education is meant to provide a much wider berth of academic experiences than larger universities. The smaller, hyperactive campus fosters community and leadership. On our smaller campus, professors and administrators know students by name. At our big games, we cheer for friends on the field as often as we do for the team itself. But those experiences come with a high price tag, and its no surprise that an experience doesn’t sell well in a tight economic climate when cheaper options are on the table. That helps answer why yields — the amount of students who were accepted and choose to attend a school — are shrinking when DePauw’s giving power is shrinking too. When push comes to shove, a scholarship is a huge temptation. So are tangible resources that state universities often boast: large schools with a more specialized staff, bigger towns with more entertainment and night life, deeper research from the partnership of a graduate program, filled stadiums. Those are likely to seem like a safer bet. But that doesn’t answer why applications are so far down, when they often cost very little money or time in the age of the common app. That points to a shifting attitude in college-bound students. Is a tougher economy making undecided students force themselves to be more specialized in the hopes of a stronger job application? DePauw fights that attitude by pointing out over 90 to 95 percent of its students graduate with a job or graduate school in hand. We hope that this new marketing technique in the Office of Admissions is successful and that prospective students won’t think twice about applying to DePauw.
Refreshing religious conversation Thumbs up to the recent Mendenhall lecture featuring New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman. Focusing his lecture on religion and its impact on the presidential election, we found it refreshing to see DePauw incorporate the religious aspect in the international conversation of who will be our next national leader. The Mendenhall lecture is known for its prestigious speakers, and we weren’t disappointed. While students may not have agreed with some of his points regarding candidates publicizing their religious beliefs, the fact that he introduced a new conversation to campus was appreciated. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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DePauw: color-coded or color conscious? STEPHANIE GRAUER
have noticed a distinct trend on campus around this time every year, as the leaves begin to change, the sun hides and the air starts to bite. Call it “that time of year” again, call it what you will, but it is tanning time. Every pale person flocks to the UV beds in a fevered attempt to regain that lost tinge of summer sun. Herds of concerned fashionistas apply bronzer, blush, creams, lotions and potions to preserve their beauty. As I learned the hard way over fall break, this is not the time to be purchasing the fairest hue of concealer at any department store. Amidst this beauty-conscious frenzy, let’s zoom in to a DePauw classroom, to a class I attended this Monday. While I sat and contemplated the eminent social ostracism that I was sure would result from my failure to spend the past week in an artificial sun coffin, the discussion in the classroom turned to the ethics surrounding skin color.
To my surprise, in countries where white skin is rare, people go to extreme lengths to lighten their skin. Bleaches, cream, sun-proof clothing — you name it, it is utilized. Immediately, I noticed the connection between this ethical dilemma and the social trend I was noticing on campus. We seek to define ourselves through our style decisions, because style is a personal choice. We actively craft a persona that we want society to associate us with and ultimately define us by. Yet there is a distinct difference between choosing a trendy sweater and choosing to use a skin-altering cream. When we alter our physicality, the conversation turns from a discussion of fashion to a discourse in ethics. But why is there such an obsession with color? We live in a country where we strive to be colorblind and advocate equality, but color cannot be ignored. Time and technology have allowed color to become malleable. Many of us now try to adjust the color that we were born with. With relatively minimal effort, we can make ourselves lighter or darker. Yet, as a society, we still assert that this malleability is inconsequential: it doesn’t matter what color we are,
but rather what matters is who we are, what we do, what we believe. In this sense, all colors are equal, but we still acknowledge the variations. When we tan or bleach our skin, we are conscious of color. When we watch a debate between Governor Romney and President Obama, we are conscious of color. But we accept this. It is at a place like DePauw where we learn that colorblindness solves nothing. Rather, when we can discuss how color defines us and explore the link between color and culture, we grow. When we engage in a Unity Step Show or a discussion at Peace Camp about the rights of Latino immigrant workers, we grow. It is this unity, this recognition of a common humanity regardless of skin color, that makes the DePauw experience so valuable. Regardless of whether you are a victim of the fall break tanning tantrum, or if the department store simply does not make concealer light enough for you, our color variations are to be embraced. — Grauer is a sophomore from Rocky River, Ohio, majoring in political science and art history. firstname.lastname@example.org
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What Busts My Hump: weather complaints MAEVE MCDONOUGH
t’s that time of year again: corn mazes, trickor-treating, pumpkin flavored everything and subzero post-apocalyptic ice age temperatures. Woah, slow your roll there McDrama Queen. Frigid ice age temperatures? Obviously not. But just from listening in on some conversations, one would believe it is an arctic freeze out there. It busts my hump when people complain about how cold it is outside. Here is my humble opinion: if 50-degree temperatures in October are so cold that you need to complain about it every time you walk around campus, do not come to a school in the Midwest. As I write this, it is currently 52 degrees. Being from Chicagoland, these mid-50s fall temperatures are a special treat. To me, this seems
like an above-average temperature for mid to late autumn. Talk to anyone hailing from outside the Midwest, and you would think it was January in Canada. Of course, there is the psychological effect that we are transitioning into winter, which makes one think that it feels colder than it really is. But if it were the same temperature in March, we would break out the booty shorts and slap on the flippy floppies. In both situations, we are dealing with temperatures more extreme than our expectations — colder for fall, warmer for spring. You wanted sweater weather, you got sweater weather. These temperatures are mild, and if you are unable to handle this “tundra,” then I think you are in the wrong place. The Midwest is known for being colder and snowier than the rest of the country. Have you ever seen Home Alone or ER? Both shot in the Midwest, it was always snowing. If this 50-degree paradise is too egregious for your delicate constitution, start praying. Now, if you can’t toughen up and handle
Indiana’s temperate climate, at least do me this one favor: stop complaining about it everyday. Griping about the weather will not make it any warmer. All that hot air coming out of your mouth will just disperse. Besides, all that oxygen on your teeth will only promote cavities. When you gave a big fat “yes” to attend DePauw University, smack dab in the middle of the Midwest, you knew what you were getting into: cold weather and a lot of it. Global warming (bad) is making life easy and comfy here. So, if the Mighty Midwest’s mild fall temperatures feel like you could use a dog sled, buck up or buy a down parka. Winter will only get worse, and I’ve hit my saturation point of listening to you whine about the weather. See something that busts your hump? Email me at email@example.com or tweet me @MaeveMcDonough and let me know. — McDonough is a sophomore from Glenn Ellyn, Ill., majoring in communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
Unexpected inter-fraternity bonding on the links STEWART BURNS
our greek-affiliated men, each from a different fraternity, walked up to the first hole of Windy Hill Country Club and teed off. What happened next may come as a surprise to many. The four got along quite well, and the world continued to spin. A curious foursome indeed-members of Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Chi fraternities. Yet it proved to be something much greater than an assemblage of four unique identities. This fall
outing brought us together with the goal of scoring better than the other teams, and while doing so, the greatness of humanity was on display. Admittedly, the ensuing 90 minutes was marred with what was the worst personal golf in recent memory. There was no exceptional talent to speak of. While we mostly hacked our way around the course, managing to find an occasional shot to be proud of, the situation brought about necessary greek bonding. The collective commiseration of wretched golf created an unanticipated bond. We hesitated at first to open up, but as the round progressed, we became more comfortable. Uncontrolled laughter at the sight of my inability to hit a drive past the forward tees became especially appropriate. On more than one occasion, as the eager group behind us narrowly missed our heads with their shots, our group bonded over an awkward
blend of fear, frustration and absurdity. At times when one of us managed to hit a good shot, a collective pride could be felt. And although the execution of that particular shot could only be accredited to one individual, we all felt good about it, and it seemed as though we were a part of shared experience. On this particular course, our nine-straight pars was nothing to be proud of. The other two teams ended at five under, an impressive score for that October day. But instead of achieving golfing greatness, we built a unique relationship. Our golfing voyage had left us with a new fellowship. — Burns is a senior from West Lafayette, Ind., majoring in political science.
PHOTOPINION What part has religion played in this presidential election? “With the economy being the major point of debate, religion has hardly been spoken about this election. It’s sad.” RUDRA VISHWESHWAR, sophomore “I think it is a factor because people always have religion in the back of their mind.”
MARY WHITE, sophomore “Unfortunately, I feel those whom are not very knowledgable on the issues in the election come down to religious assumptions.” FELICIA SANTIAGO, junior “I haven’t paid attention to it at all.”
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Sprague | continued from page 12 boarding school to Cushing, and Dana had two friends from Dhahran who attended Cushing as well. Moving back to the U.S. was easier than she thought. For soccer, however, she had a lot of apprehension. “I was really nervous because I had never played soccer in the U.S. I didn’t know if they were going to be really good, I really didn’t know,” Sprague said. “Soccer wasn’t the major sport for people [at Cushing]. They were still good, but they weren’t as good as if they were playing for their whole life. I love passing the ball, not just knocking the ball up.” While she dealt with a more physical-style of play, Sprague and her sister combined in the midfield for Cushing as they proceeded to the New England Championships in their first year there. In her junior year, Dana accompanied Kelly on her college search around the country. Kelly attended Earlham College, and Dana in-turn wanted to stay close. “I looked at Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg, Earlham, Denison and DePauw,” Sprague said. “I really wanted to play with my sister, but I did not like Earlham at all. When I visited here (DePauw), it was just the feeling I got from it. It’s great academically and has a good soccer team.” Living close to her sister was a top priority because her parents remained in Saudi Arabia up until May 2011. The two sisters went home only during winter and summer breaks. “I thought I was going to be really home sick, but since I had my sister and a couple other people, I didn’t get home sick at all,” Sprague said. In recruiting, John Carter, DePauw women’s soccer head coach, said it was difficult to know what type of player she was because he never saw her play before, and she didn’t make a highlight tape. “From what I heard, she was a better player than her sister,” Carter said. “She comes off first and foremost very impressive as who she is as a person. I thought she could come in and contribute right away.” As a freshman, Sprague started all 19 games in midfield, but none of her 25 shots found the back of the net. She described herself as very timid on the ball her freshman year, and one who didn’t like dribbling the ball at all. “I was nervous about everything,” Sprague said. “In Saudi Arabia, we just passed it around, and it was never an issue. I was freaked out that someone was going to come tackle me, and I didn’t want to lose the ball.” After not scoring her freshman year, Sprague led the team in goals the next season with seven, then tacked on five more in her junior year. Sprague was selected to the first team
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 All-NCAC following the 2011 season. She also earned first-team honors in her sophomore season in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. This season, despite a seven-game losing streak to start the season, Sprague leads the team with five goals. She changed positions to forward mid-season, and now, defenses focus on limiting her touches inside the scoring box. “She’s more willing to take people on,” Carter said. “She’s willing to be more dynamic and influence the game more to her strengths. At times she’s still passive when she could be a little bit more aggressive, but that’s a part of her personality. She has a more giving personality and a more inclusive one, sometimes that
Senior forward Dana Sprague dribbles against a College of Wooster defender Oct. 13 at Boswell Field. MICHAEL APPELGATE / THE DEPAUW
comes out on the field a little bit.” Sprague will need to be aggressive on Boswell Field on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the final regular season game of the year – and last regular season game of her career. DePauw (4-10-1, 3-3-1 NCAC) is tied for fourth in the NCAC with Kenyon College (7-7-2, 3-3-1 NCAC) and Denison University (4-10-2, 3-3-1 NCAC). The Tigers face No. 3 Allegheny College (9-7-1, 4-3 NCAC) in a must-win situation. “I’m trying to think if the sadness of the last game will help me or hurt me,” Sprague said. “I’m going to lay it out all on the field. Everyone will give it everything because it could possibly be the last game.” Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, Carter knows next season he will miss his forward who now lives in Houston, Texas, and wants to be a bio-medical engineer. “We’re going to miss her leadership style and her personality,” he said. “She knows what to make us a strong field on the field and off the field.”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
Ense’s career begins with two wins, good start Runners to tackle golf course By NICOLE DARNALL email@example.com
The DePauw women’s swimming team began its season on a good start on Oct. 13 in Louisville, Ky. Defeating Centre College and Washington and Lee University, the Tigers dominated their opening meet. “It’s a strong group of women as a whole, and we are definitely a competitive team,” head coach Matt Ense said. This is Ense’s first season as DePauw’s coach, taking the job from Mary Bretscher, who had been the head coach since the program’s inception 37 years
ago. So the pressure was on during the first meet. “The first meet was kind of a test to see how people compete,” Ense said. “The team really came together in Louisville, with a new coach and a large amount of freshmen, everything was just getting started.” Their start was not a bad one. The Tigers won against Centre 183-107, and they defeated Washington and Lee 157-143. Junior Allison Kirby led the way with three individual wins in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Along with Kirby was freshman Caroline Bridges
who claimed first place in the 100 freestyle. “In academic terms, I used that first meet as a quiz and our midterm is the DPU invite in December,” Ense said. “So we’re just trying to set ourselves up for the rest of the season.” The rest of the season is looking very bright for the team, especially with Ense’s leadership. “I don’t feel any pressure [being new], the nice thing is Mary is still here,” he said. “This was her program for 37 years, so I know she is still very invested. “We’re trying to fix and be better at the little things and just be better all the time.”
Tigers fare well against Div. I, Div. II opponents By KARA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
At West Lafeyette, Ind., on Saturday, DePauw’s men’s swimming team proved that being a Div. III team makes no difference in the competition, as they held their own against one Div. II team and two Div. I teams. The highlight came when the sprint relay team of freshman Blake Lehmann, sophomore Alex Alfonso, sophomore Matt Bacinich and junior Jack Burgeson finished first over Purdue University and University of Indianapolis. DePauw started off the season defeating Centre College (221-67) and Washington and Lee University (171-109) two weekends ago in Louisville. The Tigers then finished third (250.5) out of seven in the Indiana Intercollegiate meet falling to Purdue (786.5) and University of Indianapolis (288.5) but coming out on top over IUPUI (218.5), Wabash (132), Rose-Hulman Institute (122) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (60) last weekend. Coming into the 2012 season after a 19th-place finish in the NCAC Div. III Championship, head coach Adam Cohen knew
with the absence of five graduated senior swimmers, there would be big shoes to fill. The Tigers started practicing in mid-September. “I think we had a great year last year, but we left the national meet feeling like we had more to accomplish,” Cohen said. “On that note, in the off-season, we dedicated ourselves to recruiting and getting mentally and physically prepared for this year.” DePauw swept the boards in seven individual events at their first meet in Louisville taking first place in the 1000-yard freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and the 200 IM. Junior Matt Gleason racked up the points with three wins and freshman Alex Grissom with two wins. The swim team practiced for five hours per day over fall break, and it is clear that leaders are emerging. “After the first meet, the most satisfying thing to see was some of our returning swimmers step up into some roles,” Cohen said. “Jack Burgeson has worked hard and taken the lead role in the sprinting spot left open by former senior John Montgomery.” DePauw traveled to Purdue for
the Indiana Intercollegiates and faced more challenging competition than the team had previously. Sophomore Casey Hooker finished third in the 200 free. In addition to the first-place relay finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:25.00, DePauw also faired well in the 100 butterfly and the 50, 100 and 500 free. “Last weekend was the first time we ever swam against Purdue, and it was really exciting to see our last relay team beat them,” junior Mike Curts said. “For a Div. III school to attack a Div. I school like that really pumped up our team’s mental game.” Newcomer Blake Lehmann earned the honor of Counsilman Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week from CollegeSwimming. com. During the Indiana Intercollegiates, Lehmann contributed in bringing home a first, fifth and two fourth-place finishes for the Tigers. DePauw will be hosting Washington University in St. Louis at the Erdmann Natatorium on Saturday at 1 p.m. “This will be the first meet where every single guy will be tested,” Curtis said.
for NCAC championship By GRANT WALTERS email@example.com
One step away from the NCAA Regional meet, 24 DePauw runners are prepared to place higher than their peer-ranking predictions. The North Coast Athletic Conference Championships will be hosted by the College of Wooster on the L.C. Boles Golf Course. The runners will circle eight holes of the nine-hole public course before returning to the Wooster Inn Clubhouse. “It’s very typical for cross country to run on a golf course,” head coach Kori Stoffregen said. “It’s well-manicured grass, and actually the bestcase scenario for a race.” Although the grass is an advantage, the nature of a golf course with its rolling knolls will make the run slightly more difficult. “This course is hillier than Oshkosh,” freshman Heather O’Brien said. “We may be able to use that to our advantage because we train at the Nature Park. So that could benefit us.” The record for this course was set two years ago at 25:18 by an Edinboro University runner, a record within reach for senior Noah Droddy. Coming off of two first-place invitational finishes in Oshkosh and Terra Haute, Droddy rarely runs a race slower than 25 minutes. DePauw men placed 16th out of 38 schools in the Brooks Invitational on Oct. 13, while the women placed 21st. Each team will take 12 runners to qualify for seven regional meet spots. “I know a lot of girls are really excited to push themselves for this meet,” O’Brien said. “This could be the last race for some girls.” O’Brien paced the team finishing 22nd over-
all, followed by sophomore Hope Jordan, junior Ashley Guevara and sophomore Emma Clor. The front-runners individually are Droddy and O’Brien, but the team effort for the conference championships is crucial in Stoffregen’s mind. He will also be looking to runners like juniors Stuart Newstat and Dillon Raidt to aid the overall team score.
“I know a lot of girls are really excited to push themselves for this meet. This could be the last race for some girls.” – Heather O’Brien, freshman
The men’s team was predicted to finish fifth last year by the Pre-Championship NCAC coaches’ poll, just as the women were predicted third. This year, DePauw teams are predicted to finish fourth in the NCAC, behind the men of Allegany College of Maryland, Oberlin College women and Wabash College men. “Coach just really emphasized our goal of beating their predictions,” O’Brien said. “I think we’re definitely capable of being in the top three.” With hopes high, both teams are restless just a day before they meet their conference rivals. “We’re getting fired up for the conference meet,” Stroffregen said. “With the weather as nice as it is, it’s really easy to be excited and anxious for Saturday.”
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Men win DPU Small College Classic
A foreign touch
By CLARE POLEGA
By MICHAEL APPELGATE
The men’s golf team hosted a tournament on Oct. 13 at Deer Creek in Clayton, Ind. Seven teams competed in the tournament with the Tigers coming out on top. The team finished third the first day, but on the second day of the tournament, there were strong winds effecting all the teams’ games. The competing schools did not do as well as the Tigers in the bad weather as DePauw won by three strokes. The team will begin its 11-week spring season on Feb. 18, hoping to reach nationals in May. “[Junior] Charlie Castino won the tournament individually,” head coach Vince Lazar said. “He bailed out the team and [sophomore] Eric Tandy also played very solidly.”
In the summers, Dana Sprague and her soccer team sometimes were unable to practice outside due to extreme heat and humidity. During the winters, she said it was warm. In Saudi Arabia, there really aren’t seasons – just a whole lot of time to play soccer. Sprague was born in Los Angeles and her family moved to a compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia when she was one year old. Her father was an engineer for Saudi Aramco – a state-owned oil company producing 10 million barrels per day, making it the largest oil company in the world. The company is headquartered in Dhahran, located in the eastern province near the Persian Gulf. When she was 15, the senior women’s soccer player moved back to the U.S. to attend boarding school, and brought with her the skills and talents she learned playing in the Middle East and in Europe. On Saturday, Sprague will play her final regular-season game after starting all but one game in her four-year varsity career at DePauw. Her ability and technique with the ball was what set her apart all these years, and what she learned under the desert sun. On a compound in Dhahran, 11,000 Aramco employees lived in the gated-communitylike town. “It was just housing, a few snack bars and there are 20 soccer fields there,” Sprague said. “The compound is basically a gated community with about five entrances into it. “Before 9/11, it was literally a fence with barbwire on top of it. Then we had huge walls around it with cameras and motion detectors. At the entrances, there were guards with guns standing there.” Dana attributes her involvement in soccer to her sister, Kelly, who declared she wanted to try playing soccer when they were walking to a pool. A year later, when Dana was three years old, she joined a recreation soccer team. In fourth grade, one of her Saudi friend’s dad, who was a Saudi Arabia national men’s soccer team player, started a select team in the compound. Her school never had a soccer team itself, so Sprague played just a few games each year in tournaments in Dubai. “We won them every year because the girls in Dubai and Bahrain weren’t that good athletically,” she said. “They didn’t offer the coaching support for girls that age, not as much as in our compound.”
High finishers 2nd — junior Charlie Castino, 73 5th — sophomore Eric Tandy, 74 26th — sophomore Brandon Bekkering, 79 34th — senior Matt Coffin, 81 44th — freshman Drake Dunaway, 84
Wittenberg edges DePauw in final fall tournament By CLARE POLEGA firstname.lastname@example.org
The women’s golf team competed in Wittenberg’s tournament in Springfield, Ohio, on the weekend of Oct. 13. They finished second to Wittenberg out of 18 schools by five strokes. There were Eastern schools DePauw does not normally compete against. The team played well the first day, but due to the bad weather conditions, the girls were mentally distracted and lost focus. The women’s team will start its spring season in February. “Sam Stahler played as an individual and shot 82, 79,” head coach Vince Lazar said. “It was her best tournament of her golf career.” High finishers 1st — junior Kelsey Smith, 73 2nd — senior Camila Romero, 75 23rd — junior Paige Gooch, 81 29th — junior Abby Dickey, 82 47th — freshman Jacqueline Carroll, 88
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
More than 15 years living in Saudi Arabia taught senior Dana Sprague the art of ball control and a love for the game.
Senior forward Dana Sprague chases after a long pass during the Oct. 13 game against College of Wooster at Boswell Field. MICHAEL APPELGATE / THE DEPAUW The compound didn’t have any other school or team to play against it at the select team’s level, so they would travel sometimes 20 miles away to the island kingdom of Bahrain to find opponents. In seventh grade, Sprague advanced to a travel team. This travel team made Sprague the player she is today. Coached by Gordon Lynch, she practiced ball control and making pinpoint passes to teammates. During these years, she asserted herself in the midfield when the team traveled to Europe to play in the three of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world – the Gothia Cup, Dana Cup and Norway Cup. “When we went to Europe, we weren’t allowed to represent Saudi because we were wearing shorts and girls aren’t supposed to
show their legs,” Sprague said. “So we picked a random country, and we picked Canada because we had maybe two players who were Canadian. We played teams from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. All I remember was those girls were huge. It was cool to play soccer and realize other countries’ style of play.” Sprague’s middle school provided education through ninth grade, then students had the chance to go off the Dhahran compound to an international high school, or go elsewhere. She followed her sister back to the U.S. and attended Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, after playing three years of travel soccer.
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