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The DePauw WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

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INDIANA’S FIRST COLLEGE NEWSPAPER

The First: New Coordinator on President’s Staff

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BY CAILY GRIFFIN Katie Childs breaks new ground at DePauw University as the first Coordinator of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence and Education. “For people who have done prevention education work in the past, it’s been a small part of their job but this is 100 percent of my job, so there’s a huge opportunity to develop more programming that’s consistent across the four years of experience at DePauw,” she said. Child’s earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University, then furthered her education by attending Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. During her time at Brown School, Childs completed a dual masters program in Public Health and Social Work with a focus in Sexual Health. When reflecting on her time at the Brown School, Childs said the masters program offered a unique focus in the sexual health field. According to Childs, sexual health is often thought about from a strictly medical perspective. Because of her background in social work, Childs wanted to focus on sexual health from a “people perspective” so she’d be able to work with people wherever they were on their sexual health journey. Childs also shared that Brown School provided her with a lot of practical skills that were useful in her field as a sex educator. Childs got to put her skills to practice during her involvement in the Peer Sexuality Educator Training Program. According to Childs, the program began as a partnership with fraternities at Washington University, but when interest grew the program opened up to all undergraduate students. During the eight week training session, the students discussed and voted on what topics they wanted

to learn related to sexuality. Although Child’s time at Washington University provided many opportunities for her to practice the skills of her chosen field, she knew she wanted to focus on sexual health before graduate school as the point when she knew. Childs said that before entering grad school she worked for an AIDS service non-profit organization. Her role was in the development field where she did both fundraising and event planning initiatives. Although she loved the work, she said she realized that her skills and interests were not being met in the way she desired. However, Childs came to really admire her co-workers work in the prevention unit and gained a sense of career inspiration from the people in that department. “Many of the people who would go to the agency for prevention services might be people who used injection drugs, or they might be people coming for safer sex supplies and what I saw was that many times the people who were coming in for prevention services had a lot going on,” said Childs. Childs acknowledged that the conversation surrounding sexual health can be difficult, but believes it’s important to have this difficult conversation. “There’s a lot of barriers and it’s hard to talk about this stuff, but what I saw my coworkers that worked in prevention doing was saying ‘I know all this is hard, but here’s a packet of condoms; you can come here for free lube; here’s clean injection supplies’ and that was so useful to those clients.” She said her co-workers in the prevention unit inspired her to make a shift in her career to do something that “cuts through all this noise, stigma, and secrecy.” Child’s believes the originality of her position provides a lot of possibilities for change at DePauw and she has already de-

Katie Child is eager to meet students on campus as she becomes a new member of the President’s Staff. (Photo by Caily Griffin)

veloped goals based on the culture she has observed so far. Childs said that the sense she has gotten from conversations is that the programming around sexual assault and general sexual health education at DePauw happen in isolated groups. “That’s a great place to start,” Childs said, “but it’s my hope that my position can help facilitate those conversations blossoming into more university wide conversations.”


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DePauw expects to receive the final report in latest accreditation process next month. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which conducts all-round evaluations of post-secondary education institutions across the central United States, visited campus this past Monday and Tuesday. It is important for colleges and universities to be accredited because it is a sign that a school meets minimum standards or exceeds them. Additionally, accreditation affects federal and state financial aid, ensures a student’s credits will be accepted if they choose to transfer schools, and determines whether a student may be accepted to a graduate program. This evaluation, which is done every 10 years, was conducted by an accreditation team of peer reviewers and includes the following components: an on-site peer review, which happened this week, a student opinion survey that was offered to all the students this past spring, and a federal compliance review and submission of institutional materials before the on-site visit. DePauw is currently in its third step of evaluation: the on-site peer review visit. On-site visits occur after the peer review team has reviewed the institutional report and student survey results. “The accreditation process began last fall with the gathering of materials, continued in the spring with a student survey provided by the accreditation agency, and finished over the summer with the writing of the accreditation report, which is now —along with our campus— being reviewed,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne Harris. The HLC accreditation visit is a big deal

for DePauw, said Harris, and there is more emphasis on the accreditation assessments compared to 10 years ago. “This is related to the two biggest missions of the accreditation process: quality assurance and public trust. So, assessment of student learning means that an institution can objectively demonstrate that its students have learned, and that they know a great deal more when they graduate than they did when they entered the institution,” she said. After the accreditation team arrived on campus, they met with the institution’s leadership board, and also hosted open forums with faculty, staff and students. These forums, held Monday and Tuesday, discussed topics like finances, institutional effectiveness, quality of facilities and academic programs, diversity and retention, among other things. During the accreditation session meant only for students the accreditors asked about what students appreciated at DePauw as well as any grievances. There were 6 students who attended that session. History Professor Glen Kuecker, who attended these accreditation sessions, said, “It is important that faculty participate in these processes, especially as they work toward finding the best paths forward for the institution as it faces multiple challenges.” Kuecker feels that this is a necessary next step of the accreditation process, and none of the sessions particularly stuck out as controversial or impactful. “Accreditation is one of the more substantial, if not the most substantial, process of peer review,” he said. “The accreditors were not controversial in any way. They facilitate a process of being reflective and intentional, and their findings will very much help us move forward.”

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Go for the Gold (Commitment), if you want BY AMELIA MAULDIN news@thedepauw.com

Although there are requirements to participate in DePauw University’s new Gold Commitment, such as fulfilling curricular guidelines and the experience pathway, it is not a graduation requirement said Cindy Babington, vice president for strategic initiatives. According to Babington and the DePauw website, in order to be eligible to receive the benefits of the Gold Commitment, first-year students have a set number of events and meetings they must attend along with meeting their general academic, behavioral and financial requirements. Babington–– who is in charge of overseeing the overall Gold Commitment–– said, “Most students are going to do all of the things that are laid out in the Gold Commitment without even trying.” According to the DePauw website, 95 percent of students are employed or have plans to attend graduate school within six months of graduation. Yet, those part of the projected five percent who may need the post-graduation assistance offered by the Gold Commitment are welcome to optout of it if they wish. This year, the University has instituted its new Gold Commitment to ensure student success post-graduation. It is “a way for us to cohere the co-curriculum and connect it to the curriculum in a way that students can articulate both,” said Babington. The guarantee of the Gold Commitment is that if six months after graduation, graduates are not employed, in graduate school or in a fellowship, the University will provide them with their first job or another term of tuition. When asked whether he knew if the Gold Commitment was not mandatory, first-year Will Webster said, “I don’t think it’s mandatory. I don’t know.” Nevertheless, Webster thinks the Gold Commitment is a great new feature of the University and will help guide students through their four years at DePauw. Another first-year Reyna Wilson is happy that it will benefit her and future

classes. “It puts DePauw at another level compared to other colleges,” she said. Wilson is glad that the University has put the new commitment in place especially because “a lot of colleges don’t make that promise to their students,” Wilson said. Babington said that all current students will naturally benefit from the on-campus improvements that will be put in place. The integration of Campus Labs and the development of the centers will help every student become even more engaged in on-campus opportunities to better prepare them for life after college. Despite the Gold Commitment officially being implemented this year, the post-graduation guarantee is only offered to the class of 2022. This means other current students will not be a part of the direct post graduation benefits of job placement or another tuition-free term if they do not have solidified plans within six months of graduating. Current juniors Serena Rodriguez and Carla Cobb shared their thoughts on the new Gold Commitment. Both are happy that it will especially benefit the class of 2022 and future classes to come. “I’m happy that they are actually doing this for [first-years],” said Cobb. “It’s a great concept, and it’s a great idea.” They also said that upon learning about the Gold Commitment, they wondered where they and other current students fit into the guarantee. Rodriguez asked, “Well what’s our plan? What can we do?” She as well as Cobb wished that more thought was put into a plan for current students. When talking about post-graduation, Rodriguez said, “It’s a weird transition to know that I don’t have something set.” Both Rodriguez and Cobb are glad that the University is now making it a priority to help future graduates in a new and improved way but wish more could be done for current students after they too graduate. In regard to the development of the Gold Commitment, “this is the year for implementation” Babington said. “We’ve made a guarantee so we have to follow through with that.”

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“...the kind of intense collaborative ensemble that comes from deeply shared understanding and commitment.” — The Washington Post

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5 hidden spaces

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BY TILLY MARLATT Multimedia Editor features@thedepauw.com

This article is the second installment of a three-part series exploring hidden spaces on DePauw’s campus and within the Greencastle community. 1. Women’s Center The DePauw Women’s Center is located at 306 E. Hanna St., across from Rector Village and behind Alpha Phi. Within the women’s center, students can find a full kitchen and various study spots. The center offers free period and safer sex supplies, and pregnancy tests. The women’s center is open to all students-- not just women. “Everyone and every gender identity is welcome here. We are pretty apologetically focused on the interests and need of women, but to me that is linked to everyone,” director Sarah Ryan said. The center provides advocacy and resources for students of sexual violence and a temporary recovery space. Tabatha Sotomayor’s positive experience at Women’s Center events led her to the decision of becoming an intern this year. “Because it’s such a small house, you can really get intimate with the people you’re doing programming or an event with,” Sotomayor said. “For that reason, I always feel this house in particular has been such a positive space.” More information about the resources available at the women’s center can be found here: https://www.depauw.edu/studentacademiclife/womens-center/ 2. Prindle/ Bartlett Reflection Center The Prindle Institute for Ethics is located a few miles from campus at 2961 W. County Road 225 S. In addition to the numerous events that occur at Prindle throughout the year, Prindle is often praised by students for its numerous study spaces within the facility and on the property. The Bartlett Reflection Center next door to Prindle is ideal for yoga and meditation. Senior Barb Castellini is a Hillman Intern at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. Her favorite aspect is the quiet study space it affords along with scenic views. “My favorite thing to do is take a break and go watch the sunset at the overlook,” Castellini said. “There’s free coffee and 50-cent drinks and snacks.” Prindle is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. For information about events at Prindle and student intern opportunities, visit: https://www. prindleinstitute.org/ 3. Hartman House The Hartman House located at 500 E. Seminary St. is a space to allow students to connect with service opportunities throughout the community and to promote social justice. Through the Hartman House, students can arrange transportation for volunteer opportunities and host organization meetings and retreats

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within the facility. Junior Olivia Neff is a work study intern and enjoys the comfort the space provides. “The Hartman House can connect students with various community service activities,” Nuff said. Hours for the Hartman House are 9-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can access the Hartman House with a student ID until midnight. More information about the Hartman House is available here: https:// www.depauw.edu/studentacademiclife/hartman/ 4. Center for Spiritual Life The Center for Spiritual Life is now located in its own building on campus at 411 E. Seminary St., in the former location of the Bartlett Alumni House. The growing space is utilizing the opportunity to expand

its outreach to the DePauw community welcoming students with and without spiritual backgrounds to the center. Sami Aziz is the new director of the Center for Spiritual Life and is the first Muslim leader in both university and nationwide history to hold the title. “I feel religion and spirituality are a big part of people’s identities growing up in America, but we don’t talk about,” Aziz said. “This is a place for students to come, to feel calm, to meditate and to be their spiritual selves—whatever that may be for them.” The Center for Spiritual Life is active on Facebook and frequently posts about upcoming events. 5. CDI The Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for

1. Tabatha Sotomayor enjoyed her experiences at Women’s Center events in the past and now serves as an intern. 2. The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics is located at 2961 W. County Road 225 S. 3. Sophomore Karl Wilson and junior Kayla Sullivan work at the Hartman House. 4. Sami Aziz is the new director for spiritual life at DePauw. Aziz becomes the first Muslim to hold the title within both DePauw and nationwide history. 5. Sophomore Taiga Tamura enjoys studying at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion located across from the Peeler Art Gallery. (Photos by Tilly Marlatt)

Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is located at 5 W. Hannah St., across from the Richard E. Peeler Art Center. Within the CDI, students can find multicultural and international student services, the Association of African American students’ office, LGBTQIA+ services, and DACA support. The space supports a salon, small library, two media rooms and a kitchen. Students can reserve the space for events and meetings. “Not many people know how nice it is,” sophomore Taiga Tamura said. The CDI is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m. More information about the CDI is available here: https://www.depauw.edu/studentacademiclife/cdi/


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It’s Grreeaat: Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown”

BY GRACE NODEN

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The first page of Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown” begins with a sharp bang, like a puck being slapped: “Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.” Wow. However, do not be fooled. At first glance, one may think the novel “Beartown” is solely about the game of hockey and a scrappy team that plays it. But the pulsating feeling that “Beartown” creates does not just come from reading about the team’s hockey games. No, it also comes from the shock of witnessing the happenings of the poor, small town. This novel is neither just a “whodunit” mystery nor a sports tale. It’s a bit of both and then a lot more. While Backman centers the story around the junior-level hockey team and the upper management at the ice rink where the team practices, he really uses it as a microcosm for the rest of Beartown and the community’s hopes and beliefs. See, Beartown is incredibly rough, raw and, most importantly, poor, but if the junior team wins the national tournament, then a hockey training school will open and more businesses will follow suit. The town relies on

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Peach Pit releases a dynamic first album in “Being So Normal” BY DAVID PETRUSHKA WGRE Columnist features@thedepauw.com

the team. That’s immense pressure. You learn about the General Manager, his family, the star hockey player, the loyal friend, the scrappy underdog, the bully, the teenage girl with dreams and her friend who tries too hard. These characters become so engrossing that the first page’s hook almost falls to the wayside, but then you get there...to the part that literally changes everything. But there are no spoilers here. Aside from the engrossing plot, the writing and structure in the novel itself is both astonishing and revealing. The repeated use of “bang” adds an alertness to this novel.” Bang” is used for the hockey pucks being slapped to display the intensity of the team;it also signals important moments and character growth throughout the book. The novel also sometimes jumps forward into the future which allows the reader to better understand a character’s emotions and feelings surrounding a particular events. This technique is particularly powerful at the end of the novel after the reveal of the two people’s identities in the forest. “Beartown” delivers a strong storyline that will keep its readers engrossed. The sequel, “Us Against You,” is out now too, and you can find both books at Roy O. West.

Vancouver-based indie band Peach Pit has dropped an impressive first LP, “Being So Normal,” a little more than a year after their simple yet enjoyable EP, “Sweet FA.” They’re quickly becoming the band to watch in the Pacific Northwest. They describe their sound as “chewed bubblegum pop,” so fans of the soft surf rock sound of Mac Demarco to Beach Fossils, rejoice – this album is for you. Peach Pit opens the album with standout track “Drop the Guillotine,” which features dueling rhythm and lead guitars that immediately hook you in. This is juxtaposed by the following verses, which feature the soft vocal harmonies of Chris Vanderkoov, Peter Wilton and Mikey Pascuzzi. The title track, “Being so Normal,” manages droning guitar walk downs performed by lead guitarist, Chris Vanderkoov, and the soft vocal sensibilities of Smith Vanderkoov. Later on, distortion sets in, and you begin to realize how a consistent and deliberate decision has been made to place guitar at the forefront of their sound. The same holds true for “Not Me” and “Alrighty Aphrodite.” There are a few throwaway tracks throughout “Being So Normal.” “Chagu’s Sideturn” and “Private Presely” fall short of the high bar set by the first half of the album. Still, while both songs seem to drag on, the instrumentals are pleasantly soft served; you just have to do a bit more waiting. The whole LP has an angsty and bummer summer characteristic. The album begins by tackling a narrator, (presumably Vanderkoov No. 1), in the thralls of young love. We then moving to the inevitable parade of motions that accompany a break up, all the way to the long inebriated nights that follow.

Things slow down for “Hot Knifer” and “Tommy’s Party”—the latter song being the final track of the album. Faintly, there are great walkdowns reminiscent that take you right back to Mac Demarco’s “Chamber of Reflection.” Overall, this album stands out amongst other releases of 2018 with its consistent and confident sound. Don’t forget, you can listen to many of the tracks mentioned here and more on WGRE 91.5 Your Sound Alternative.

“Being So Normal” is played on a student’s laptop. (Photo by Abby Cook)


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The Player’s Club (TPC) is a clothing brand that Haysten started with a friend from high school.

Haysten Perez: On the True New Yorker

BY BYRON MASON II Photo Editor features@thedepauw.com

Byron Mason II: I see your outfit. It’s very dope. Tell me a little bit about it from top to bottom. Haysten Perez: So first, I have to highlight my hoodie. So my sweatshirt is the second line of hoodies from this group that I work with called “The Players Club.” For short it’s “TPC.” This is the second batch of hoodies. Everybody who’s in TPC gets this nice cream color, but we’ve sold black ones and navy ones and red ones as well. But the group, it’s based at Howard University in D.C. One of my best friends and I, we had a business back in high school and then we used that business plan to start something like this up. The best way to describe it is a culture group with boys and girls who are very very good at whatever it is that they do. BM: So the hat too. I know you gotta rep New York HP: Nah being from Queens, I should be wearing a Mets hat. Being from New York and being in Indiana, I have to have a Yankee hat. But I think one of the most important things is to always look at when a New Yorker is wearing a fitted is-- I feel like everyone loves these patches. These Subway Series or World Series patches. Most of the hats that a New Yorker wears-- they love that patch. Shoutout to Fela cause Fela got me back in the fitted wave. I stopped wearing fitteds for a while. New Yorkers-- you don’t wear [hats] with black brims. New Yorkers is all-- you have to wear the gray, and green brim. Gray, green red-red if you got money. Red is the expensive ones. If wear a black one-- in high school-- if were to walk into school with a black hat, you used to be called a “black nasty.”

BM: Why is that a bad thing though?

HP: It was just the culture. Literally, when the brim was black, they would look at you like “bro, you’re wearing a black nasty for real?” And they would just start roasting you. Snapbacks are a little bit different. But when it comes to the fitted hat-- the gray brim is usually the go to. But yeah the Yankee hat is a hat icon. Everyone knows what the Yankee logo looks like. I can walk around campus and all these people are like “oh you’re a Yankee fan?” I’m like “I’m just from New York.” When I’m at home and I wear a Yankee fitted, then it gets more specific. Now I really have to do my Google research about how the Yankees are doing. But here, it’s just part of the fit. BM: The shoes too! HP: Yeah I had to wear them. Cause I saw Byron wearing these the other day. I’m like “yo bro these are too fly. I’m gonna have to wearing mine a little bit more. I got my favorite pair of Jordans ever-- the Black Cement 3’s. My dad actually used to buy-- my dad had me at sixteen years old. He used to buy two pairs of every sneaker because he had a son. And once his son grows into them, his son’s gonna be rocking them too. So I had these Black Cement 3’s. ‘01. 2001 When they released with the original Nike Air and all that. And I wore ‘em to high school. Mad times. Those were my sneakers. And one time, I’m at school and I grab a basketball in gym. And I took a shot. I don’t even know if it went in or not. But my sole, because they were originals, BOOM. They started talking to me. And then I saw the insides deteriorating and stuff like that. And then I waited and waited for them to come out again. They came out on Black Friday-- I think it was either 2013 or 2014.. Me and my dad went to Times Square and were in line

for them. Right at midnight, we ended up buying two pairs. I kept one for me at the crib. Then I had one of my cousins come to the house. And I never wore em. I sold ‘em. Left me with no Black Cement 3’s. And I had to wait ‘till they came out recently to get these. So now, I really really take care of these. These are my favorite Jordans of all time. BM: What are some of your other favorite Jordans?

The classic New York Yankee hat is essential to Haysten’s style. (photos by Byron Mason II)

BM: With that said, what do you think about people wearing things for status versing wearing things just because you like them? HP: I love thrifting. So I’m a firm believer that you can make anything look cool. You don’t need [clothes] to have that label in order for it to be cool. You can go to a thrift store and get one of those basic button ups and make that look cool. No pun intended, it’s all about how you bust that fit. And that’s something I love about DePauw too. I feel like everybody seems to have a ill style, but when you check the price tag, it’s like “yeah nah I only like ten dollars for this whole fit.”

HP: Threes, Elevens. I like Ones for sure. But that’s just ‘cause of the fashion aspect of the Ones. ASAp Rocky started wearing the Ones. Kanye. I’ve been looking for a pair of new BM: So how does the culture of New York Bred Ones ‘cause mine are original too. But the thing is with me, I bargain shop, one. And affect your style? two, to drop three hundred something dollars HP: I would think that culture of New York on a pair of Bred Ones-- I’m not with it. And is just stand out as much as possible. My bigthat just goes to show the culture of fashion as gest thing though-- and this is just me and this a whole. In terms of Jordans and what Jordan is nothing against other people-- I love wearmeans now. And stuff like Supreme. Supreme ing stuff that people don’t have. I’ve always made a collab with the Jordans--the Fives. It been rooted on that. I need to make sure that just shows that they’re just shooting things out nobody’s ever seen what I’m wearing. of a missile and people are just grabbing grabbing grabbing. They can put whatever in a missle and just shoot that out. People are still gonna grab it. It’s kinda like Kanye West. He can make anything he wants. Those new Yeezys that are about to come out, they look trash. But people are still going to be rocking them. I promise you they’ll Haysten’s favorite shoe of all time is the Jordan 3 Black Cements. (photos by Byron Mason II) be sold out.


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Drum Circle ZooSouL makes Greencastle ‘whimsical’ BY MADDY MCTIGUE Features Editor features@thedepauw.com

At 10 p.m. on Sunday, I beat on a bongo drum in a circle surrounded by a cat, a fox and a gorilla. Hard to believe? What if I told you it was one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had? Last week, I attended ZooSouL Drum Circle at the DePauw Center for Spiritual Life, a new organization on campus this year. The purpose of the circle is to “create an open-hearted community by bringing diverse voices together into shared rhythm,” according to the group’s description online. Individuals of any age and drum experience gather to “promote healing, harmony, and just plain fun.” So far, six DePauw students have joined the circle which meets biweekly. When I showed up at 9 p.m., I was greeted warmly by one of the group’s organizers, Shm. Shm has been playing the drums for 23 years and started participating in drum circles three years ago. For him, drum circles are a way to create magic in the world. Recently, he went to a drum festival and

wanted to bring back what he experienced to “make Greencastle whimsical.” Shm, Professor Beth Benedix, World Literature, and drummer Cliff Gemen have been playing together in ZooSouL for the past four years. There is no definitive beginning to the drum circle. One person begins a rhythm and the other members follow with similar beats that go well together. There are no rules or sheet music. Everyone plays together and responds to each other’s creative rhythms. Also, there is no time limit to each set of rhythms. Some compilations lasted 3-4 minutes while others lasted much longer. I was nervous to join in. The members all played with such confidence and I worried my rhythm would be “off.” However, as I watched all three of them, I noticed their heads were bowed, focused on the sounds. No one was judging me. I was the only one judging myself, questioning my own capabilities. And it wasn’t about me. It was about the drums connecting us all together as one. I started tentatively at first, choosing a small handheld instrument. I wasn’t used to expressing myself through noise. My rhythms weren’t perfect, but no one seemed to mind or even no-

tice. As the circle continued, I let go of caring whether or not my rhythms were perfect. Instead, I became focused on the repetition of the sounds around me. It was meditative and became a sort of trance. Drums are among some of the world’s oldest instruments and the history of drum circles can be traced back thousands of years. In fact, drumming has a place in almost every ancient culture. According to Gemen, ZooSouL is a combination of many drums traditions from Native American, Indian, African, and Shamanistic cultures. For him, the drum circle is like “being part of the past.” He demonstrated how groups drums in tones, as many of the percussion instruments represent the earth’s elements. Low tones signify the earth and high tones are representative of air. Some drums can be utilized to sound like water. Cliff creates many of his own instruments such as the pow wow drum and bucket drums pictured. Benedix said that the drum circle is the “best feeling ever,” both energizing and calming. She explained how the circle requires a lot of trust because it is not a competition, but a conversation aimed at keeping the rhythm going. When she

drums, “time kind of goes away.” ZooSouL also visits nursing homes around Putnam County under the name of Secret Healing. In the past, they have also played with elementary kids. Benedix said the only time she has experienced resistance in a drum circle is when playing with college students. “Younger kids are really receptive.” On the other hand, older kids have “more inhibitions,” making it harder for them to let go and engage in the drum circle. Toward the end of the evening, Shm insisted that they all wear masks. According to Shm, wearing the masks, “allows you to be someone else” and “gets rid of the ego.” When everyone’s identity is concealed, differences between each other melt away and the drum becomes the center. As Shm said, “the drum doesn’t care what religion you are.” I know as a college student that I care way too much about what other people think. Being part of ZooSouL for the evening allowed me to put aside by inhibitions and simply exist within the harmony of the music. As Gemen so perfectly put it, in the drum circle there is “no past, no future, no me. Just a big ‘we.’”


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the depauw| editorial board Maria Mendez | Editor-in-Chief Emma Mazurek | Managing Editor Reid Cooper | Opinons Editor email us at editor@thedepauw.com

Take care of yourself and others

On Sept. 7, 2018, the passing of Pittsburgh rapper Malcolm McCormick, otherwise known as Mac Miller, started yet another discussion on mental health and substance abuse. This week being National Suicide Prevention Week, The DePauw sees it vital that this topic of mental health is addressed. Mental health is important, especially for college students in this day and age. According to the Journal of Psychiatric Research, university students are at a higher risk of depression, despite being a socially advantaged population. When living in a culture that tells people not to value the way they feel or listen to their intuition, problems start to develop. Even more so, they develop when people aren’t comfortable expressing how they feel. This leads to suicidal people or those struggling with an addiction to not know who to tell or what to do. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five U.S. adults suffers from a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million people a year in the United States alone. It’s not like a small amount of people are being affected, people that you know and care about are sure to be affected in some way. It may seem normal to think that this is the way life is meant to be, and that panic attacks are normal, and that it’s perfectly fine to burst into tears for no reason. But it really isn’t, and people should be able to talk about their experiences and receive the help they need. There are no easy solutions to mental illness, but we at least need to start talking about mental illness out in the open and remove the stigmas and falsities that surround them. We need to give people a fuller understanding of what mental illnesses are and how they can be treated. We need to make sure people understand that mental illness is just as serious as any physical illness. And we need to make sure people understand the importance of taking care of yourself. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, please reach out, because you are not alone. At DePauw you can contact the Counseling Services at 765-658-4268. There are also different life lines students can contact such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 which also has an online chat service. For students of color who feel like their identities are not represented in either of those organizations, you can text “START” to 741741 to reach the Steve Fund Crisis Text Line for Students of Color.

OPINIONS Letter to the Editor:

Bring clarity to the Gold Commitment When the Gold Commitment was initially introduced as an idea by the DePauw administration, many faculty raised objections. I was one of them. Like other faculty, I had doubts about how much it was really needed, and about whether it would negatively impact the liberal arts curriculum. But I was also aware that student recruitment at a time of diminishing interest in the liberal arts is not an easy job and not my field of expertise. Not surprisingly, the administration ignored those of us who voiced our doubts and who suggested that limited DePauw monies might be put to better use. Once it became clear that the Gold Commitment would become a reality, I, like many faculty, took a wait-and-see attitude: perhaps it will entice students to come to DePauw and perhaps it won’t; perhaps it will prove a transformative way to improve the student experience at DePauw and after, and perhaps it won’t. In short, I regarded the Gold Commitment as a test of sorts, a test of both its popularity and viability. Unfortunately, based on what incoming students and their parents have been told, the Gold Commitment is neither being tested for its popularity or viability. Why? Because incoming students have been auto-enrolled in the Gold Commitment as part of the admission process,

and this has, in turn, created a widespread assumption that admission to DePauw entails completing the Gold Commitment. This assumption may be precisely what the administration hopes to foster. For the longer students are confused about the need to be in the program, the longer students will remain in the program…and the longer the administration can portray the Gold Commitment as a success story. I know of no other program on this campus that admits students in this manner. In a very real sense, the Gold Commitment is like Management Fellows and Honor Scholar in that by “opting in” students take on extra responsibilities, sometimes curricular, sometimes co-curricular. And if students decide those responsibilities are too much or they would rather put their time and effort elsewhere, the students may drop and graduate from DePauw in good standing, as long as they have completed all the requirements as outlined on their Advising Transcripts. By auto-enrolling incoming students into the Gold Commitment, the administration has fostered two false impressions: 1.) that admission to DePauw and fulfillment of the Gold commitment are inextricably linked, and 2.) that the Gold Commitment is quite popular among incoming students and their parents. But, let’s be honest, if we choose for

students, we will learn nothing about the popularity and viability of the Gold Commitment. Moreover, if we choose for students without informing them that there is a choice to be made, we jeopardize the trust that students, and their parents, place in our institution. We also rob students of the self-determining power that comes from actively choosing to enter and complete a program. For all these reasons, we must clearly inform students of their capacity to choose, and we must do it now. The longer we wait to clarify this misimpression, the more it will seem an intentional administrative tactic to bind students to something that is optional and perhaps not right for them. I remain in a wait-and-see mode about the Gold Commitment. But I believe that we, as an institution, need to uphold our values, our integrity, and communicate clearly, and honestly, with students and parents. We owe it to ourselves and to our reputation. And, yes, we owe it the Gold Commitment to allow it to be tested fairly, to allow it to succeed or not on its own merits. If it is a good idea, it deserves better than the confusion that marks its debut. Jeff Kenney, Professor and Chair Department of Religious Studies

EDITORIAL POLICY T h e D e Pa u w i s a n i n d e p e n d e n t l y m a n a g e d a n d f i n a n c e d s t u d e n t n e w s p a p e r. T h e o p i n i o n s e xp r e s s e d h e r e i n d o n o t n e c e s s a r i l y r e f l e c t t h o s e o f D e Pa u w U n i v e r s i t y o r t h e S t u d e n t Pu b l i c a t i o n s B o a r d . E d i t o r i a l s a r e t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y o f T h e D e Pa u w e d i t o r i a l b o a r d ( n a m e s a b o v e ) . T h e o p i n i o n s e x p r e s s e d b y c a r t o o n i s t s , c o l u m n i s t s a n d i n l e tt e r s t o t h e e d i t o r a r e t h o s e o f t h e a u t h o r s a n d d o n o t n e c e s s a r i l y r e f l e c t t h e o p i n i o n s o f t h e e d i t o r i a l s t a ff o f T h e D e Pa u w. T h e D e Pa u w w e l c o m e s l e tt e r s t o t h e e d i t o r. Le tt e r s m u s t b e s i g n e d a n d a c c o m p a n i e d b y t h e a u t h o r ’s n a m e a n d p h o n e n u m b e r a n d s e n t i n b y 4 p. m . t h e M o n d a y b e f o r e p r i n t d a t e s . Le tt e r s c a n n o t b e r e t r a c t e d a ft e r 5 p. m . t h e s a m e d a y o f s u b m i s s i o n . Le tt e r s h a v e a 3 5 0 - w o r d l i m i t a n d a r e s u b j e c t t o e d i t i n g f o r s t y l e a n d l e n g t h . T h e D e Pa u w r e s e r v e s t h e r i g h t t o r e j e c t l e tt e r s t h a t a r e l i b e l o u s o r s e n t f o r p r o m o t i o n a l o r a d v e r t i s i n g p u r p o s e s . D e l i v e r l e tt e r s t o t h e Pu l l i a m Ce n t e r f o r Co n t e m p o r a r y M e d i a , e m a i l t h e e d i t o r- i n - c h i e f a t e d i t o r @ t h e d e p a u w. c o m o r w r i t e T h e D e Pa u w a t 609 S. Locust St., Greencastle, Ind. 46135.

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Wisdom from the cosmos

OPINIONS

Reality CHECK

BY NICHOLAS WILLIAMS

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REID

opinions@thedepauw.com

No experience I’ve had is more fascinating than the simple act of looking up at the stars. Hidden in that beauty is the underlying reminder that, however wrapped up in our everyday lives we get, there is an entire universe out there. The cosmos are constantly changing, constantly expanding. Undiscovered planets are out there whose skies rain diamonds, or whose entire composition is a collection of different liquids or gasses. Some are light years away, so far that they will remain untouched for centuries, perhaps even millennia. Planets, for example, that burn, freeze, and erupt. And on top of these planets there exist stars that die only to be born again. And yet, through this terrifying beauty, one thing is a fact: we are a part of this universe. No matter how intense and chaotic the cosmos are, we exist inside it whether we like it or not. From this reality, I believe, a strange and somber feeling of comfort overcomes us. It is comfortable, and almost encouraging, to know that as chaos envelops the galaxy, we still exist; we persist onward. A reality that is even more astounding is the individual: namely, you. You are still here. Whether you buy into the monotheistic model of God, or the seemingly more natural and tribal belief in many gods, this simple act of stargazing reminds us of our primary purpose: to live. And by living our lives, we take part in the writing of human history. We are the authors of our own lives, which allows us to etch our story unto the galaxy. Mankind has aimed for the stars for eons. The cosmos were seen as the throne of deities, and the resting place of the great celestial orbs. And even though our understanding of the universe in which we exist has greatly expanded, we cannot help but retain the feeling of insignificance compared to everything going on in the universe. Humanity, though intelligent, is neither the epitome of material existence nor should be viewed as such. The Universe ought to not be organized according to some hierarchy of beings; rather, the Universe is a clock, with a large collection of parts that have a specific purpose. And while we could view this in a negative way, I urge you to see it as an invitation to be free. It is in our hands to do as we wish. Jean Paul Sartre once said, “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” Our purpose is to continue living and asking questions such as, “What does it

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OPINION How do ypu approach your crush?

See: Art. II, Sec. II, Cl. 2 of the Constitution BY REID COOPER Opinions Editor opinions@thedepauw.com

It’s no shocker that I’m not a fan of Brett Kavanaugh. As someone who is a fan of general reason as well as human rights, Kavanaugh’s judicial history is something that should strike fear into the heart of every person who has even the slightest regard for the well-being of residents of the United States. He has shown, time and time again, that he has no regard for reproductive rights, nor the rights of minority groups. When Donald Trump was elected, he became indebted to the religious right for their support. Because of this, Trump has been on a kick of nominating and appointing people who identify with the religious right; people like anti-abortion activist E. Scott Lloyd, former executive chairman of the far-right news syndicate Breitbart Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka (who had ties to far-right, anti-Semitic groups in Hungary), Stephen Miller, who has been responsible for anti-immigration policies seen as a “gateway to tyranny” in the eyes of his own uncle, etc., represent the views of the Trump administration, and Brett Kavanaugh is the newest addition to this list. Most of Kavanaugh’s views are wildly unpopular across the country. He praised Chief Justice Rehnquist’s dissenting opinions regarding the ruling of Roe v. Wade, while a majority of Americans have expressed the desire for Roe v. Wade to remain standing. Kavanaugh’s ruling against a 17-year-old from Central America seeking an abortion in Garza v. Hargan shows that he would likely

Christian Rodriguez & Austin Lewis, Juniors

“Offer them this particular bag of Doritos.”

PG. 9 | SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 be serving interests that oppose the precedent set by Roe. If that doesn’t worry you, then just look at his ruling in cases like Bluman v. FEC or Agri Processor Co. v. NLRB. In these cases, Kavanaugh has shown that he doesn’t believe voter ID laws are racially motivation, and that he supports the protection of corporations from liability regarding collective bargaining rights. This is a man that supports the rights of corporations and the social elite over the rights of people of color, workers or immigrants. By coding the rights of the corporate elite and the 1% as the rights of the “everyday American”, Kavanaugh proves that he will only continue to uphold the systems of oppression and bigotry in the United States. What is even more concerning, however, is the attempt being made to jam Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court by the G.O.P. and the Trump administration, something that very closely resembles how Republicans passed the tax reforms last year, with G.O.P. leaders withholding vital information that is supposed to be taken into consideration during deliberations. Once again, this will be something that is decided purely by partisanship, and unless two republican senators suddenly grow a conscience, it will likely be that Kavanaugh is confirmed. There seems to be a degree of secrecy and partisan actions being taken by Republican senators in order to guarantee Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republicans have rationalized their forceful pushing of Kavanaugh’s nomination by claiming that Democrats have already made up their mind to oppose any Trump nominations, which is hilarious because if we go back to 2016, multiple Republican senators promised to oppose any of Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominations. But that is beside the point. The American people deserve to know everything possible about the people that are being nominated to serve lifetime appointments on the highest court in the United States. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the Republican party have made a mockery of the ideas surrounding “advice and consent,” something that is supposed to be a careful and attentive process. This is to be expected, obviously, because the agenda of the right wing is known to be hugely unpopular, and the only reason they are able to get anything done is due to the slim majority they hold within the federal government. They hide it as much as possible through tactics such as rushed legislation and confirmations, because if too much of it comes to light, they know they will be voted out of office come November.

First-year Lexus Resendiz, & Senior Stephanie Espinal

“Talk about music and art.”


SPORTS

PG. 10 | SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Faces of the D3 Dream FAVORITE DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE? IF YOU HAD TO LIVE IN ONE FIRST-YEAR DORM FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH WOULD IT BE?

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO KARAOKE SONG?

ABBY DOWNS First-year Volleyball

“Lemonade Mouth”

TYSEN CHAMBERS Junior Football

“Let it Shine”

SPENCER MILLER Senior Cross Country

“Halloweentown”

Longden, for sure.

Longden, probably.

Longden 211.

“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. That’s a good one.

“Always and Forever” by Heatwave.

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.


SPORTS

Game of Stats: Week 1

An intro, struggling rookies and the Matt Ryan problem BY CHARLIE NASH Business Manager sports@thedepauw.com

Football is back, and so is everyone’s favorite source of banter to have between their friends and coworkers: fantasy football. We’ve had our drafts, paid our buy-in fees for our leagues, and taken in the first week of the NFL season. We watched Ryan Fitzpatrick ruin the weeks of every Saints D/ST owner, new head coaches go a whooping 0-7, and the Cleveland Browns played a game of regular season football and did not lose for the first time in two years. Absolutely wild. My goal for this column is to help you all, my readers, win your fantasy leagues this season. Everybody loves being a winner right? So, without further adieu, here are some players whose stock went up and down after week one, and some players to target on the waiver wire, who are available in more than 50 percent of leagues on ESPN.

Stock Up:

Jay Ajayi RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Although Ajayi was only on the field for 40 percent of the Eagles’ offensive plays on Thursday night, he received the bulk of the carries, receiving 15 carries compared to five a piece for Darren Sproles and Corey Clement. With his limited carries, Ajayi was efficient, rushing for over 4.2 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns, and did so with the explosiveness that has made him effective in the past. The lack of snaps can be attributed to Ajayi nursing a foot injury throughout the preseason, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson wanting to ease him back into his role. “I just wanted to make sure he was good and get him into the flow of the game,” Coach Doug Pederson said on NBC sports after Thursday night’s game. “He did a nice job. It was encouraging to see. I think not only going forward, but him, health-wise, coming out of the game was really good. Moving forward, we’ll see him more.” An uptick in Ajayi’s volume gives him serious fantasy value moving forward. He’s going to get the volume that will allow him to produce RB1 numbers, and should also get plenty of goal line looks on an Eagles offense that put up 28.6 points per game last year. Ajayi’s ability to produce in fantasy will largely be tied to his ability to stay healthy, but if he is able to stay healthy for all 16 games this season, he has a serious chance at finishing as a top 8 fantasy running back. Emmanuel Sanders WR, Denver Broncos: Case Keenum loves to throw to his slot receivers, as we saw last year during Keenum’s breakout campaign and Adam Thielen’s subsequent breakout. Now, as a member of the Denver Broncos, Keenum has a new receiver to throw to out of the slot, Emmanuel Sanders. After a rough 2017 season which saw him finish as the 61st ranked wide receiver in fantasy, Sanders bounced back in big fashion in Week 1. Sanders finished his first game on Sunday with 10 receptions, 135 yards, and a touchdown, the fourth best performance of all receivers in PPR scoring.

PG. 11 | SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Tiger of the Week: SENIOR, OUTSIDE HITTER

The biggest takeaway here is that Keenum targeted Sanders a team high 11 times, displaying his rapport with the receiver, and Sanders’ production is sustainable. As long as Sanders remains one of Keenum’s main targets moving forward, Sanders is a strong WR2 with WR1 upside.

Stock Down:

Matt Ryan QB, Atlanta Falcons: While watching the season opening game on Thursday night, it was hard to believe that the Falcons quarterback was the league’s MVP just two seasons ago. However, Ryan’s underwhelming performance is less about Ryan’s ability as a Quarterback, but rather the offensive play calling that the Falcons are having him run. Since former Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan left Atlanta to take over the head coaching job of the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, Ryan has regressed significantly. For reference, here are Ryan’s per game averages during his last 17 games with Shanahan as his OC, versus the 17 games he has played thus far with Steve Sarkisian as his OC. Ryan with Shannahan: 291.26 Yards, 2.24 TDs, .41 INT, 109.96 Passer Rating Ryan with Sarkisian: 255.65 Yards, 1.18 TDs, .76 INT, 90.42 Passer Rating Ryan’s last 17 games with Shannahan ranked him as the 3rd best QB in fantasy during that span. However, during his 17 games with Sarkisian running his play calling, Ryan has dropped down from an average of 19.8 Fantasy PPG, to 13.4 Fantasy PPG, dropping him to number 15. This trails the likes of Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, and Blake Bortles. Yuck! As long as Ryan is playing in Sarkisian’s ineffective offense, I would refrain from starting Ryan; or anyone on this Falcons offense for that matter.

Waiver Targets:

George Kittle TE, San Francisco 49ers (owned in 37.1 percent of leagues) - Week 1 was brutal to the tight end position, as perennial starters Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen went down with injuries that could cost their seasons. If you are a Walker or Olsen owner, pick up Kittle, who lead the 49ers in with 9 targets last week. Kittle should get plenty of volume in a 49ers offense that will continue to grow as a unit under Jimmy Garoppolo. Mike Williams WR, Los Angeles Chargers (owned in 34.5 percent of leagues) - Despite being listed as the Chargers’ third wide receiver, Williams had the second most targets among Chargers wide receivers in week 1. The second year pro appears to be becoming one of Phillip Rivers’ favorite weapons, and has great size that makes him a good red zone target. Phillip Lindsay RB, Denver Broncos (owned in 1.9 percent of leagues) - Going into Wednesday, no one expected the undrafted rookie from Colorado to lead the Broncos’ backfield in touches, especially with fellow rookie Royce Freeman and stalwart Devontae Booker still in the mix. After Sunday, it looks like Booker is the odd man out, and Lindsay has established himself as Denver’s running back on passing downs. This role gives Lindsay great value in PPR leagues going forward.

Suzanne Peters Senior outside hitter Suzanne Peters etched her name into the DePauw volleyball record book by becoming only the 12th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career kills mark. This milestone occurred in the first win of the season, a 3-0 (25-18) (25-11) (25-15), victory over University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Sept. 3. DePauw’s head coach, Deb Zellers, is one of the 12 players herself that have reached that all so important milestone. “It’s so exciting to be up there with my coach [Deb Zellers] and a couple of older girls I’ve played with over the years,” Peters said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.” Peters has plenty of room to add to her achievement. So far, through the first eight contests of the season, Peters has already managed 143 kills. Her team high of 150.5 points, solidifies her as not only one of the top players on the team, but the conference itself. “It has been very motivating to have achieved this early in the season because I can constantly strive to move

higher,” Peters said. Since arriving at DePauw, Peters has played in every single match over the course of her four year career. Last season, she was an AllNCAC First Team selection, while being named an Honorable Mention all-America as well. However, her favorite memories are not only on the court, but off. “Singing throwbacks in the back of the team bus together to a bluetooth speaker after a long, four-game weekend are some of my favorite memories,” Peters said. “It made me realize how special and fleeting a student-athletes time here really is. The time we spend off of the court is truly full of my favorite moments.” Despite starting off the year on a 2-6 note, Peters expects the comradery to continue to grow as the season continues. “I expect us to work hard and get better every single day. We value our time together and want to make the most of it,” Peters said. “We expect to beat some good teams and come out of this season knowing we beat some good teams.”


SPORTS Nuna Bamatraf: Olympian at sixteen Academics PG. 12 | SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

BY IAN S. BRUNDIGE sports@thedepauw.com

If you were watching the first heat of the women’s 100-meter freestyle on the first day of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio you may have seen Nuna Bamatraf, now a first-year at DePauw University, swimming as the sole women’s swimmer representing Yemen. “Being up on the block and diving in, I guess it didn’t really set in what I was doing until I could see the camera on the bottom of the pool following the track of our race,” Bamatraf said. She could see the crowd and cameras surrounding her as she became an official olympic athlete, like she had watched on TV her whole life. “It didn’t stress me out, it was actually kind of cool, kind of surreal that I was the one being tracked by the camera and I wasn’t watching on TV,” Bamatraf said. Bamatraf is a first-year student from Atlanta, Georgia who swam in her first competitive meet when she was 5 years old, and she hasn’t stopped since. Back then, meets consisted of filling up on candy and simply swimming. “Five-yearolds don’t get in the zone, five-year-olds just jump up and jump in,” Bamatraf said. At 16 she had the opportunity to swim in the 2016 Olympics for Yemen after becoming a dual-citizen because her father is from Yemen. For Bamatraf, the water always felt natural, and her times reflected that. “You could look at the results and see that I was capable of swimming fast,” Bamatraf said. “A lot of things they just felt right, I had a good feel for the water.” Bamatraf swam with Stingrays Swimming, a club based out Marietta, Georgia, since she was five. This was her team when she first started swimming, when she went to the Olympics and when she committed to the sport. While the water felt natural, Bamatraf was not always sure if she wanted to commit to a life of competing. During her firstyear of high school she had a back injury and was out of the water four five months allowing her to evaluation her relationship with the water. “At the time I got back in the water,” Bamatraf said. “I was like ‘I think this is what I want to do,’ but the next year I was still kind of not convinced.” However, after returning home from the Olympics, Bamatraf remembered her time in Rio working with Arthur Albiero, the head coach at University of Louis-

ville, and the lessons he taught her which changed how she thinks. “[He] gave me almost a new perspective into swimming and what to think about when I was practicing and swimming to make it deliberate and to make it worth my while,” Bamatraf said. “That kind of made something click in my head and I started enjoying and trying more in practices and it really made my junior and senior year enjoyable.” The spring after swimming at the Olympics Bamatraf visited DePauw for the first time, meeting with Coach Shea Davisson and Dr. Brian Wright, assistant professor of kinesiology. Throughout the recruiting process Coach Davisson looks at times, grades and personality to check compatibility with DePauw. Bamatraf fit every box. “You know I think DePauw students are usually very outgoing, she was definitely that way,” Davisson said. “So, we just continued to text or call on the phone for next year until she was like ‘Yup, I’m coming to Depauw’.” After swimming with the Stingrays in Georgia for 13 years she will officially start practice with a new team Sept. 24. “We definitely haven’t spent enough time with each other for me to compare anything but that team [the Stingrays] was definitely like my family my coaches were like second parents to me,” Bamatraf said. The dynamics of the her new team will impact Bamatraf’s competition history, however according to Coach Davisson, the effects will be positive. “She mentioned it to me like once, then after that it just wasn’t like the forefront of why I was recruiting her,” Coach Davisson said. “If anything they are [the team is] pumped up. I think once they get to know her they might talk about it more than she does, she is very humble.” Roommate and fellow swimmer, Katherine Kempf, is a testament to that. “Rooming with an Olympian, that’s like awesome but she’s like completely normal,” Kempf said. “She is so humble about it too, so I’ll like hype her up every now and then like ‘thats my roommate she’s an Olympian’.” Although she did not make it out of her first heat Bamatraf swam a personal best in Rio. Next summer in Russia Bamatraf will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, giving her potential to be the first DePauw swimmer, and one of a few students, to compete at the Olympics.

and Athletics:

How DePauw Volleyball stays on top of both BY ALEX HLADE sports@thedepauw.com

Given the rigorous nature of DePauw University academics and the dedication required to succeed in any sport, thriving academically and athletically at DePauw requires substantial effort. DePauw’s volleyball team has epitomized maintaining high athletic and academic standards having won the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s “Team Academic Award” four out of the past five years. This recognition is given to teams that maintain a 3.3 grade point average for the entire school year, and DePauw’s team has earned it while also qualifying for the NCAA Tournament four out of the past five years as well. Juniors Kaylee Nichols, a Biochemistry major, Olivia Hartman, a Kinesiology major, and Meghan Etling, an English Literature Major and History minor as well as Head Coach Deb Zellers provided a view into how the team is able to maintain such high academic standards. All three athletes came to the conclusion that being on a team helps keep them focused and that time management is key. “My teammates push me to get work done when I should. We have occasional study tables to keep us motivated and productive,” Hartman said. Etling focused on the importance of time management skills. “Staying ahead of schoolwork allows you your best performance on the court as well as in the classroom,” Etling said. “I balance my academics and athletics by getting my homework assignments in advance and working on them when on the road,” Hartman said. “I also put aside time every evening after practice and do what needs to be done for the next day and even two days in advance.”

Coach Zellers described how the coaching staff supports the athletes. “We try hard to get our players to connect what is really important to them to the way they are using their time daily,” Zellers said, explaining that the players use individual goal sheets to hold themselves accountable. On advice for first-year athletes the team had much to say. “Build good relationships with professors and go to office hours,” Nichols said. “They are generally very understanding about the busy life of a student athlete.” Hartman said that first-year athletes should take advantage of DePauw’s small classroom environment. “The closer I am to my professors the more likely I am to engage in class and put forth that extra effort to ask questions,” Hartman said. Zellers agreed with her athletes’ advice saying, “We encourage our players to communicate well with their professors and to take advantage of study sessions and office hours.” On how they believe academics help them in sport, the three had similar ideas. “Both require hard work and have highs and lows,” Nichols said. “Working through issues on both sides has helped me be better as a student and an athlete.” “Sports have given me the opportunity to challenge my mind and my body in ways I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise,” Etling said. Zellers explained the value she sees in having smart players on the court. “I have found that players who are diligent in the classroom tend to be more detail oriented and hardworking on the volleyball court too,” said Zellers. “I am extremely proud of the players in our program for their successes both on and off the court.” DePauw Volleyball plays again this weekend at home in the DePauw Tigers Invitational, starting off against Muskingum at 6 p.m. on Friday.

A DePauw player lunges to dig a ball during practice. (Photo by Gina Chaung)

The DePauw  

Vol 167, Issue 4

The DePauw  

Vol 167, Issue 4

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