WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2018
The DePauw INDIANA’S FIRST COLLEGE NEWSPAPER
VOL. 166, ISSUE 20
“We need to be held accountable to our beliefs.” Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter
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#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Tometi leaves Kresge crowd on their feet BY MARIA MENDEZ Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement Opal Tometi’s discussion was moved from Thompson recital hall to Kresge Auditorium in anticipation of a large crowd on March 6. They were not disappointed. #BlackLivesMatter, a historical and political movement, was created in 2013 by Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors in order to “combat implicit bias and anti-black racism and to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives,” according to Tometi’s website. Tometi spoke to DePauw University’s campus on March 6, and she began her discussion on issues of antiblackness and immigration by quoting queer feminist poet Audre Lorde. Tometi repeated Lorde’s quote twice: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live singleissue lives.” Sophomores Mayra Leon and Maria Flores brought Tometi to campus with the help of the Bonner Scholar Program, Peace and Conflict Studies Wright Fund and the Compton Center for Peace and
Justice. Tometi’s speech was part of the DREAMing Together series started to discuss undocumented as well as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. As a black woman whose parents immigrated from Nigeria, Tometi said she could never just choose one identity and believes that people should bring their full selves into spaces. “We can’t afford not to bring our full selves into the movement,” Tometi said. Due to racial profiling, her father was constantly pulled over by police, and his undocumented status heightened their fear. “We didn’t know what the outcome of each traffic stop could be,” Tometi said. Jaylus Rufus, senior and president of the Association of African Americans, said Tometi’s talk created a more holistic picture of immigration by discussing anti-blackness because people have a certain idea of what an immigrant looks like that is not usually black. “In her talk she clearly states that everybody’s body in this movement matters and that you need to focus on a lot of issues when you are talking about Black Lives because all black lives do matter,” said Rufus. Trayvon Martin’s death moved Tometi and co-founders Cullors and
Garza to start the #BlackLivesMatter. Martin was a 17-year-old AfricanAmerican who was fatally shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, according to CNN. Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013 and on that day Cullors wrote a tweet that ended with #blacklivesmatter. Tometi saw Cullors’ tweet and was moved by her words, especially the hashtag. “The last few words,” said Tometi, “were the words I wanted to whisper into the ears of every black person I knew.” DJ Steward ‘15 acknowledges that this is an issue that is perpetuated throughout history and wishes his own all black high school would have educated him on institutional racism. “I think that that is something that the Black community really needs to look at. If we want to break the mold and say it is the systematic institutional racism, then how do we change the system to better help us?” She emphasized state-sanctioned violence multiple times throughout her speech, and said it does not always look like acts of direct violence. “Statesanctioned violence is any law that strips away the rights of people,” Tometi said.
For Tometi, the arbitrary deadline for DACA is also state-sanctioned violence. “I don’t think any individual is ‘illegal’,” Tometi said. She called out Congress for allowing the DACA deadline to pass and said how it just shows how Trump wants to “Make America White Again and not Make America Great Again.” After her speech, Tometi answered questions by Leigh-Anne Goins, assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, about immigration and the way people can be effective allies. Tometi said that white people need to not only learn about how they can be allies, but also act as allies. She said it is up to white people to have the tough conversations with other white people and to stand for an anti-racism movement. First-year Re’Nae Dillard agreed with what Tometi said about white people showing they are allies. “I was talking to a couple of friends because black people are tired of advocating for ourselves, we have to have people who are going to advocate for us because white people are going to listen to white people.” “We have a duty to transform our world,” said Tometi, “we need people like you to get organized and hold yourself accountable to your values.”
Survey shows appreciation for diverse communities on campus increased BY MADDY MCTIGUE & ALAINA STELLWAGEN firstname.lastname@example.org
A report from the 2017 DePauw Climate Survey states staff and faculty think “appreciation for multicultural and international communities” on campus has improved since 2015. Renee Madison, senior adviser to the president for diversity and compliance, sent the survey to all faculty and staff via email on Oct. 27, 2017. The results of the survey, presented at the faculty meeting on Monday, also included reports on faculty and staff opinions regarding morale, campus climate, campus
conflict management, job satisfaction and respect for DePauw staff. Jarrod Hunt, assistant professor of economics and management, introduced the survey data. In 2015, only 24 percent of faculty and staff of color believed there was significant appreciation for multicultural and international communities on DePauw’s campus. This past year, that number rose to 48 percent. Elsewhere in the survey, however, only 26 percent of faculty and staff “strongly agree or agree” that campus morale is high. Also, only 29 percent of faculty and staff overall “strongly agree or agree” conflict is “managed well” on campus. Almost 60 percent of faculty and staff
of color would leave their jobs for a comparable job elsewhere, while only 30 percent of white respondents would do the same. Emmitt Riley, assistant professor of Africana studies, feels that the term “people of color,” a category listed on the graph, is too broad to accurately represent all of the varied ethnicities found on campus. “Too often we say people of color, and we have to really disentangle what is included in that term ‘people of color,’” he said. He also noted the term “appreciation” is also unclear, saying, “... the critical question we should be asking is if we’ve seen an increase or change in attitude - what specific communities are responding in a
certain way?” During the faculty meeting, a student questioned if the term “people of color” would include specific racial categories. Madison responded and said, “It will be only people of color, and not a specific racial demographic breakdown, so as to preserve anonymity and confidentiality.” Towards the end of the faculty meeting, Hunt emphasized that the conversation surrounding the survey will continue in the future. “In the coming weeks,” Hunt said, “there will be a number of full presentations of the survey results and these presentations will provide wonderful opportunities to continue this conversation.”
PG. 3 | March 7, 2018
DePauw ‘Swipes for the Homeless’: Fifty years later: Media
Making the most of DePauw’s meal plan diveristy remains an issue BY VICTORIA ZETTERBERG email@example.com
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As sophomore Chloe Reed and her friends ate at Hoover one November morning, she could not help but wonder how many meal swipes were going down the drain. Four months later, Reed is now in the midst of an effort to feed Greencastle’s homeless community. Her initiative, “Swipes for the Homeless,” uses extra student meal swipes to put together boxed meals for residents living at Beyond Homeless shelter. “They waste a lot of food here at Hoover, and we always have extra swipes,” Reed said, explaining her initial thought process. “My main goal is to get enough boxes to last throughout the week and eventually just [become] a continuous project.” Since early February, Reed and her friends have waited outside Hoover every Thursday, encouraging students to donate their extra swipes. Last week, Reed used the swipes to put together eight extra meals, a number she expects to grow as she continues to spread awareness through the initiative’s Facebook page. Although “Swipes for the Homeless” is still in its early stages, Beyond Homeless’ Executive Director Michelle Boller has already seen the initiative’s impact. “It’s just kind of an eye-opener, especially for students who come from a higher-end background, to see what their waste does for these people,” Boller said. “There’s been a lot of focus on poverty in this area, and I feel like the community in general is becoming more aware of it. A lot of people are starting to act.” The majority of Beyond Homeless’ residents have to bring
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Extra meal swipes go to Beyond Homeless, providing well-balanced meals to those in need.
food to their jobs; Reed’s prepared and well-balanced meals have proven to be a better alternative to the stored foods Beyond Homeless keeps in their pantry. “When people donate, they think of canned foods. Well, certainly a woman’s not going into a factory with a can of green beans for lunch,” Boller said. Reed makes sure to add a healthy amount of vegetables, grains and meats to give residents what she calls a “full meal.” But while Beyond Homeless has put the meals to good use, the issue of excess meal swipes still remains on campus. DePauw Dining declined to disclose the exact number of meal swipes. However, Reed and her friend, sophomore Emma Ruano, still have their suspicions given what they have overheard from other students. “There are first-years and sophomores who have all these extra swipes and they go to Hoover like, ‘Oh, we have extra swipes, I don’t know what to do,’” Ruano said. Ruano implores students not
to waste. “Come give them to us, come donate food and help out the people who need it,” Ruano said. Because most of DePauw’s Greek student body eats in their respective fraternities and sororities, the 630 DePauw first-year students take up a large portion of the students using the Resident Hall Meal Plans. First-years have the choice of either using 14 or 18 swipes per week. “I can’t think of a single week this year that I have used all 14 of my meal swipes,” said first-year Zosha Roberson, who has an average of five swipes left over each week. “It pains me to see them go to waste at the end of the week.” Students interested in donating swipes can find Reed outside Hoover’s doors tomorrow between 5-5:30 p.m. “This is something that’s fairly easy (to do) but makes a huge impact on the homeless community in this Greencastle area,” said Reed. “I think we have the privilege to be able to help them, and we should definitely use that privilege to help them.”
Looking at the impact of the Kerner Commission’s report, three distinguished, black journalists discussed the importance of intersectionality and representation within the media from 50 years ago to today on Tuesday night. The Kerner Commission was established by former president Lyndon B. Johnson in order to address the causes of the race riots of 1967 and attempt to provide long-term recommendations moving forward. In a panel facilitated by Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor Miranda Spivack, journalists Paul Delaney, Richard Prince and Dr. Ava Greenwell discussed the findings of the commission’s report and the impact those findings had for media in the years after. Paul Delany, founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and 2010 NABJ Lifetime Achievement recipient, noted at how he began his career in the midst of the racial struggles the Kerner Commission outlined. The report is “biting and stinging” in its language and is one of “the best to come out of Washington,” Delany said. He, alongside the other two panelists, recommended that everyone read the report to get a full grasp of the language. Panelist Richard Prince, founding member of the William Monroe Trotter Group and founding editor of Black College Wire, highlighted some of the big takeaways from the report. Firstly, journalism was (and, as showcased through the panel discussion, still today can be) backward in its representation of black communities. Secondly, the world offered to a black audience is white in not only appearance, but additionally attitude, Prince said. Delany noted that as his career has progressed, the polarization of white and black communities has increased, as predicted by the report. Prince supplied information on why that could be the case. There is a devaluation of covering
community issues for people of color and media is ignoring that the United States is becoming a majority minority nation, Prince said. Junior Conner Berry hadn’t heard of the Kerner commission before last night’s talk, but was encouraged to attend after listening to Opal Tometi’s talk. From his experience and understanding, he noted that one of the central issues of Black Lives Matter is the media. “That’s where I first started hearing about the problems of the media not portraying certain issues and over portraying [other] issues,” Berry said. Dr. Ava Greenwell, 2006 Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship recipient and 2001-2002 McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor award recipient, stressed the importance of intersectionality and representation within management. She discussed the “gatekeeper function” that managers and editors serve in dictating content. “[The] audience doesn’t know what doesn’t get told,” Greenwell said in emphasizing the importance of having minorities help dictate the content shared by media platforms, which is still lacking in the modern industry. She referred back to the report in the context of representation. “[The report] is a time out for tokenism,” Greenwell said. Greenwell also discussed intersectionality by addressing a question on black women in media, particularly, by addressing how black women aren’t typically seen with their natural hair and what this means for modern narratives and representation. Myrna Hernandez, dean of students, noted the discussion of intersectionality across both the Kerner panel and Opal Tometi’s talk. She referenced the discussion of women, specifically women in the media, and how someone should not negate other identities. “For us, and our identities, what does that mean in our given industry? I think examining and figuring that out is really important,” Hernandez said.
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The Female Gaze ‘History is Happening Right Here:’ My Take on the 90th Academy Awards Courtney Barnett calls BY LINDSEY JONES
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In its 90 years, the Academy for Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences is finally becoming inclusive. Many nominations and awards broke the “white man” mold that has embodied Hollywood awards for far too long. Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked that “If you aren’t a nominee making history tonight, shame on you.” Although he was kidding—slightly—his joke embodies the tension within the academy’s nominations and awards for newcomers, trail blazers and Oscarveterans. Nominees Greta Gerwig (Director, “Lady Bird”), Jordan Peele (Director and Writer, “Get Out”), Yance Ford (Director, “Strong Island”), Rachel Morrison (Cinematography, “Mudbound”) and “A Fantastic Woman” are a few of the nominations that made film history. Jordan Peele, being the first black man with three nominations coming into the Oscars and becoming the first black screenwriter to win an Academy Award, deservedly won Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” “A Fantastic Woman,” written by Chilean Sebastián Lelio and starring Daniela Vega, won Best Foreign-Language Film and is a milestone for transgender representation in cinema. In between the historical moments of the night were inspiring montages, Best Original Song performances and expected humor from Kimmel. The best jokes were made by Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph who are fan favorites and set to host next year’s Oscars. Jokes aside, there was also a focus on address-
ing systemic inequities that women and people of color face in the industry. After winning Best Actress for her role in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Frances McDormand asked women nominees in the room to stand with her and ask for studios and agencies to provide “two words...Inclusion. Rider.” After I frantically googled “inclusion rider,” I understood the boldness of McDormand’s words. She stood on stage and demanded the industry to ensure a diverse cast and crew on any film project she is attached to. While films like “Lady Bird” and “The Florida Project” were unfortunately snubbed, my personal favorite “Dunkirk” came away with technical awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Design. It was no surprise that Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) took home Best Actor, although I was rooting for Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”). I also expected Allison Janney (“I,Tonya”) to rightfully win Best Supporting Actress and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”)
to win Best Supporting Actor—the two were incredible in their complicated, but rich, characters. Best Director and Best Picture went to Guillermo del Toro and “The Shape of Water” which has swept this year’s awards season with nominations and wins. It wasn’t my favorite for Best Picture or Director; however, its sciencefiction/fantasy genre and its creative personnel represents a historical moment for the academy. The academy and the industry are heading in the right direction for celebrating more diverse creators and inclusive films. It will be a tug-of-war with films like “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread” continuing to gain nominations. Whether it be representation, genre or storytelling, Hollywood hegemony’s time is up, and films nominated and awarded at the 90th Academy Awards are evidence that change is coming. Senior Lindsey Jones is a communications major and film columnist for The DePauw.
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men out in her new single BY JERICA BEAN WGRE Columnist email@example.com
Courtney Barnett has to be one of my favorite artists of all time. She writes about her neuroses and experiences with such stark specificity and vulnerability that it cuts me to the core, making her the easiest artist for me to relate to. Her popularity surged with the release of her 2015 debut LP, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,” and after a few albumless singles and a collaborative record with Kurt Vile, she is releasing her second album. “Nameless, Faceless” is the first single from her upcoming record, “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” and I am writing this week to discuss my thoughts on the track. I hope the title of her album alludes to how brazen Barnett will be on this album. “Nameless, Faceless” is an indication that Courtney may be bolder than ever this go-around. The chorus of this track says, “Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them,” a paraphrase of a common feminist mantra coined by Margaret Atwood. The bulk of the rest of the song criticizes a man for being aggressive to her and negging her intelligence. Courtney just goes for it in a different manner than usual for this sin-
gle and I am very here for it. Barnett sticks with her gritty guitar chops for “Nameless, Faceless,” but there is an instrumental addition that has not been present in her past work: a keyboard. This new element is hard to distinguish from the rest of the instruments, but I am apprehensive about its implementation. Most artists make stylistic changes from album to album, and listeners either embrace them or feel completely repelled by them. In the case of Indie artists, their sophomore releases often go in a direction that makes their music similar to pop music. It is difficult to tell with just one track from the album if Courtney will also fall into this transformation, but I trust that she will cling to the musicality that made her successful prior to this release. Barnett’s “Tell Me How You Really Feel” will be released May 18. With this album comes a North American tour, including a Chicago stop that sold out within a few hours. Take a listen to the track and feel free to reach out to WGRE on any of our social media with your thoughts! You can hear Courtney Barnett and many others on the station 24/7 at 91.5 FM or on our website. Senior Jerica Bean is the music director for WGRE and a music columnist for The DePauw.
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Greisy Genao: Poetx Poderosx BY BYRON MASON II Photo Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Byron: We’re here with Greisy-very fashionable person on campus. I see your outfit here today, tell me about it. How did you put it together? Greisy: The jacket is a jean jacket that I got from Rescued Treasures; I do service there for Bonner. So I’ll usually do a couple hours of service and then as I’m helping put stuff on the rack and cleaning up, I’m peep-
ing what I like. By the end of the day, I have a couple new fits. I hate shopping. I don’t go to the mall. For me, I grew up really poor, so all of the clothes that I was getting was from my cousins. And I was always a really big girl. I’ve always been super tall and chubby, so it’d be men’s clothes that I was getting. So I’d get a bunch of clothes from my male cousins and I had to work with that ‘cause I really didn’t have the option to go to Forever 21 or H&M or anything like that. And then when I got to college and had the option of having money
to buy clothes, I was already so into the cycle of “wear what you have” and what’s in your closet. I still don’t really care for shopping name brand I guess. B: So your piercings. What made you get them? G: When I was born my mom pierced my sh--t a few months into my life. Pierced the first two. I have a second hole here. My sister did that in my kitchen when I was fifteen with a needle and ice. I do them too so if you ever need a piercing let me know. My third one, same thing. Needle and ice. I just do these at home. My tragus I got at a shop. I got this when I was fifteen in New York. Got the septum over the summer. I usually cut my hair to change stuff up, but I wanted to let my hair grow, so I was like, well to compensate, I gotta add something else to the way I look, so I got a septum. And I’ve had a nose piercing since I was sixteen. B: Do they have any significant meaning to you or is it just something to accentuate your style? G: I think for me my piercings are part of-- I call it the “queer aesthetic.” And that can be a little problematic ‘cause queer people don’t look a certain way. For me, it helps me express myself. Yeah, for me, my piercings are just a way to stand apart from the crowd. Just like me being queer is way to set myself apart from heteronormativity.
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Greisy’s number seven tattoo is a symbol of her poetry.
B: So how has your sexual orientation influenced your style and being on DePauw’s campus? G: My sexual orientation and also my weight-- not that I’ve struggled with weight ‘cause I’m okay with how I am. But growing up, I always felt the need to cover up because I was fat or chubbier than other girls and that was coming from outside influences like family where it was
like ‘if you look like this you can’t dress like that’; where people are like ‘fat girls can’t wear crop tops.’ I kind of internalized that. And also where I’m from, New York. Catcalling is a big thing. I never really felt safe when I dressed more fem. Actually have a poem called “On the Male Gaze,” where I talk about how much of my gender expression is due to the fact that I can’t be comfortable in my body without men tracking me or calling me on the streets, etcetera, etcetera. So that’s something I’ve really been grappling with. But when I identify myself to others, I say that I’m a masc presenting queer woman. ‘Cause not all queer women present masculine. Some are very feminine. For me though, I lean towards more of like a masculine presenting gender expression just because I feel more comfortable in it. But I’ve definitely been more fem in the past. B: What about your tattoos? What significance do they have? G: From the ones you can see I got, these are my first two tattoos. I got them at the same time. This one is a moon- half a moon- and the other one is number seven. So I got these two together with my friend who’s also a cancer. But then I also found out that the number seven- there’s this thing called life numbers- kind of like a zodiac, but you calculate your date of birth, and you’ll get a single digit number, and that single digit number is supposed to tell you what is your path. So apparently number seven is mine and I didn’t know that until after I got the tatt. And numer in life numbers means the seeker. A number seven person will constantly be seeking for the truth or like the mystical or like the underlying of things. Which is dope considering that I’m a poet. And I feel like that’s what’s poetry does. It’s like trying to get at some truth that we know is real and tangible but we don’t have the words to articulate. I got the sun here just cause I’m radiant. And this one is a matching tattoo with some of my chapter sisters. It means powerful in Spanish. It’s poderosa, but we put an x because Spanish is very gendered. Me and five other women have this tattoo from my chapter. B: We were talking about body image. You mentioned how it’s influ-
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Greisy uses poderosx due to the gendered nature of the Spanish language.
enced your style. If you had a message to queer girls coming up who aren’t sure about their style or the role that fashion can play in their lives, what would you say to them? G: I would say just try what feels right. But I know that’s easier said than done. Because I face a lot of backlash from my family when I started dressing more masculine. ‘Cause like for them, it wasn’t “oh is she gay?” It was “is she trying to be a man?” Which is transphobic. And there’s this conversation that I feel like every person who is in the closet or not out in a family who is openly not very friendly towards LGBTQ people, I think it’s important to talk about survival. If you do this, if you take this journey towards expressing yourself fully, like what are you putting at risk? ‘Cause I know for me, if I would’ve dressed differently at any point in my life, I might’ve not had a home. I could’ve gotten kicked out. So I think try what feels right in terms of clothing. But also try what feels right in the context of your home. If you know that it can become an unsafe space, then figure out what your style is and what your fashion sense is o.r anything outside of that space ‘cause it can get toxic. And I don’t want to sit here and be like “it gets better” because it doesn’t for everyone. At some point, you do get the agency to figure it out for yourself. Byron Mason II is a sophomore English Writing major and fashion columnist for The DePauw.
PG. 7 | March 7, 2018
A Tiger tries: Belly dancing with W.A.M.I.DAN BY VICTORIA ZETTERBERG email@example.com
I am a sucker for anything related to dance. Whether it is a workshop, performance or learning about the history and culture behind a specific style of dance, it peaks my interest. So, it was no surprise that the World Association of Musicians, Instrumentalists and DANcers’ (W.A.M.I.DAN) post on Instagram about belly dancing caught my eye. W.A.M.I.DAN is a group dedicated to celebrating cultures through dance, music and food on campus. With the exception of attempting to move my body like Shakira behind closed doors, I had never formally tried belly dancing before. I was looking forward to the experience and seeing what I could gain from learning the basics. In total, there ended up being roughly 11 or 12 women who came
to dance apart from the instructor. When the instructor did show up, she was immediately recognizable. Mary Kertzman, professor of physics and astronomy, was our instructor for the evening. Donning a blue, sparkly hip skirt, it was easy to pinpoint her as the person to follow. Kertzman brought hipskirts for all of us wear as well, and we all tied our hipskirts on to a chorus of jingling sounds and laughter. Professor Kertzman quieted us down and gave us a brief history lesson about belly dancing before having us spread out in front of the mirrors. Instantly, the space was transformed. Professor Kertzman brought a fun and calming energy to the room. I was nervous at first, but it was hard to continue to be nervous as Professor Kertzman guided us through the basics. Her voice and body both followed the warm cadence of the Middle Eastern
music playing in the background. Body isolations were the most difficult part. These movements allowed us to break down and isolate different parts of our bodies from our head to hips. It took more control than I had originally imagined. It seemed easy, but some of the rotations were in directions not used in daily tasks, and additionally, it was hard to not engage hips or another part of the body, especially when the pulses were faster. We ended the hour session by combining some of the isolations and creating a mini dance combination. Once we had the combination going, it was a lot easier to let loose. At end of the session, I walked out with a lot of respect for belly dancers. It is not easy and the soreness of my neck and shoulders the following day was a testament to that. I also walked out with an appreciation for the culture behind it and an appreciation for myself and my
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First-year Sanskriti Tripathi practices arm isolations on her own during the belly dancing workshop.
body. It was a huge confidence booster to see just how I could move my body. Overall, it was empowering. I would encourage anyone even mildly interested to try belly dancing. I think the feeling you walk away with is well worth the time spent learning and practicing. As for me, you can catch me
in April at the W.A.M.I.DAN showcase on stage alongside many of the other women who attended the initial workshop. With Professor Kertzman’s help, we hope to create an engaging routine to showcase the skills we have learned and will continue to learn over the course of the semester.
Enlightened Voices Poetry Club challenges boundaries of expression BY ALAINA STELLWAGEN firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Dead Poets Society” came to life at DePauw University as students joined together for the first Enlightened Voices Poetry Club meeting on Mar. 1 in the lobby of Reese Hall. Despite the sunless and windy weather, the meeting’s atmosphere was one of warmth and welcome as students mingled with pizza on their plates and smiles on their faces. The room was later replaced with fits of laughter as introductions began via freestyle rap. Primarily a sophomore-led club, Enlightened Voices was the result of students taking matters into their own hands. After feeling that DePauw did not have enough poetry clubs, sophomores Tarique Williams and Byron Mason took it upon themselves to begin their own. Now the club’s president and vice president, respectively, Williams and Mason have a team of classmates rallying behind them on the club’s board. Though the club is technically speci-
fied as a poetry club, Williams was sure Not only is the club looking to be ver- poets Nate Marshall and Sarah Jones were to express the club’s desire of variability. satile in terms of artistic expression and shown as some of the board members’ “Enlightfavorite artened Voices is ists. Marshall, a more than just a Chicago native poetry club. It’s who attended a place for anyMason’s high body with any school, was reartistic medium, cently featured whether that be in DePauw’s photography, Kelly Writer Seshort stories, or ries on Feb. 7. art,” Williams Sophosaid. “This is a more Tabatha place where eveSotomayor, a rybody should member of the feel welcome. Enlightened Don’t feel like Voices’ Public you guys are Relations board, confined to just chose to show writing poetry Sarah Jones’s while you’re “Your RevoluBRITTANY DAVIS / THE DEPAUW here. We would tion.” However, love for you Students react to poetry read during Enlightened Voices’ first meeting. she too supguys to bring in ported the club’s your work, no goal of variety. matter what form it takes, and show it off interests, but also in the field of poetry “These two performances were much to us.” itself. YouTube videos of performance similar in their lyricisms and the way they
performed,” Jones said. “But not every kind of poetry is meant for performances like these. It’s important to look at all kinds of mediums, poetry and art, and we want to include all those and talk about them.” No matter the level of involvement in poetry or the variety of medium through which members express themselves, secretary Sandra Laserna Cowell, as well as the rest of the Enlightened Voices board, wants fellow students to feel safe and comfortable. “We want to make sure this is a space where, even if you don’t identify as a poet, we want you to know that anything you bring to the table is really valuable,” Cowell said. Enlightened Voices will convene again on Mar. 15 at 5 p.m. in Reese Hall. Williams encouraged anyone who is interested to direct message the club’s Instagram page, enlightened.voices, for more information or just to come to the next meeting. “Show up at the next meeting excited and with a smile on your face,” Williams said.
PG. 8 | March 7, 2018
the depauw| editorial board Brooks Hepp | Editor-in-Chief Maria Mendez | Managing Editor Reid Cooper | Opinons Editor email us at email@example.com
DeProblems Recently on Depauw’s campus, there has been a certain sort of attitude among students that is impeding their ability to function well in their academic and social lives, and it even has the capability of affecting their health. A rut has formed. So many students on campus have fallen into this rut, one that is cyclical and continues to perpetuate itself as time progresses. Days pass, and one falls further and further into the system that resembles complacency. Concentrating on what you’ve already invested, ludicrous pipe dreams, wishful thinking and intermittent reinforcement all prevent students (and sometimes faculty) from overcoming this rut. What can one do? Embrace the regret. Understand your comfort zone, and understand how it keeps you in that rut. When trying to move past a certain situation, ask yourself: Does this seem familiar? Understanding where your responses to situations are coming from is a first step toward getting yourself out of your rut. The main key to getting out of a rut is actively investing yourself in passions that resonate with you. Often, as students, it is easy to get caught up in focusing only on what is going to prepare you for your future, but make sure to take the time to stop and ask yourself: “Do I really love what I do?” To have a vision to fulfill is a great asset, and to give day-to-day struggles a sense of meaning or reward, one must spend time doing work that is satisfying. Having a goal that you are passionate about to contribute to is important to continuing on in life, and finding fulfilment in one’s goal is deeply important. Nothing is more essential to living than doing what matters to us most – so try not to get caught in a rut due to trivial stuff.
OPINIONS Letter to the Editor:
Redistricting reform is worth the effort Dear Editor, We are writing to ask students to contact DePauw’s state representative, Jim Baird, and ask him to support redistricting reform in Indiana. Last week, Senate Bill 326 failed to get a hearing in the Indiana House of Representatives. Senate Bill 326 was intended to ensure that our state districts were drawn more equitably and would have a step towards increasing fair representation in our state. District lines are redrawn every ten years after the U.S.
census. The problem is that whichever party is in power can redraw the lines in their favor rather than fairly. The U.S. Supreme Court may provide direction on this issue in the future, but that’s no reason to stall action now. If you care at all about your voice being heard and combating political apathy, then please reach out to Rep. Baird and ask him to work on redistricting reform. All it takes is a quick email or phone call to make your voice heard.
The Sustainability and Democracy Team at DePauw: Ashaun Miller, Shelby Armstrong, Thomas Shelton, Lauren Stazinski, Andrew Athenson, Mary Stute, Katelyn Vierk, Francesca Bell, Paulette Parra Sanchez, Nathaniel Reed. The Sustainability and Democracy Team at DePauw is a group of students involved in a group project with the Sustainability Leadership Program. Opinions in letters to the editor do not reflect the views of The DePauw staff.
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.
PG. 9 | March 7, 2018
Wages have entered an ‘Age of Suppression’ BY REID COOPER Opinions Editor
A vast majority of Americans share economic growth through wages received through labor, rather than investments. But since the 1970s, wages for the majority of American workers have stagnated, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), and this wage-stagnation has broadened to include even college-educated workers. As the Raising America’s Pay Initiative shows, wage stagnation is not inevitable. It is a direct result of public policy choices made by those in positions of wealth and power
that wish to continue to intentionally suppress the growth of wages in the United States. Between January of 2011 and February of 2013, legislators from 31 states introduced 105 bills that aimed to repeal or weaken core wage standards at a state or local level, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). At the root of many of these bills is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a “forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, statelevel public policy issues,” according to the ‘About ALEC’ section of their homepage. The problem with ALEC is that it allows private corporations and organizations to get
their foot in the door of the country’s legislative process and influence legislation itself. Many corporations and their leaders benefit from lower wages, so they work towards pushing existing and new legislation in that direction in order to continue to suppress wages. In recent years, ALEC-affiliated legislators across the country have made efforts to weaken existing standards for wages and workplace environments that have been put in place in order to protect income and economic security of low-tominimum wage workers. One of ALEC’s top priorities has been passing state laws that preempt local minimum wages. Most preemption laws are created specifically to
block certain types of policies, particularly those that benefit workers, but not all local authority. Preemption is not, in fact, a matter of political principle for conservatives, but rather it is a tactic to suppress pro-worker legislation pushed by Democrats. This is why ALEC and conservatives get along so well in regards to wage suppression and antiworker legislation. A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour already isn’t enough to get by on, and wage theft continues to run rampant across the country. ALEC and its conservative allies want to make it easier to steal money directly out of workers’ pockets, all while making it harder to get a raise.
OPINION What’s your unpopular opinion?
Emily Parham, First-year “The Blues are better than the Blackhawks.”
Questions about #MeToo inspire change BY CHERIDAN ROSS
The #MeToo movement, founded by the Silence Breakers, has migrated to DePauw’s campus. As women of all ages express their heartbreaking experiences with harassment and assault, the nation has begun to recognize the disrespect that women endure everyday in public, the workplace and even in their own homes. It is disheartening to see just how many women have been violated, primarily by men, and how our culture refuses to recognize their trauma. On campus here at DePauw,
there seems to be a dialogue circulating about the #MeToo movement. “What is the #MeToo movement?” “Do you think it is making any real change?” “Only people who already care about women’s rights pay attention to feminist movements.” These represent only a few comments I have heard from my own classmates and friends. The buzz around the movement primarily stems from a lack of information and curiosity about the movement. Because the movement has been causing such a stir across the country and on campus, I am inclined to say that the movement itself is effectively inspiring change. The more publicity the movement gains, the more aware both men,
women and students are about the crisis that is sexual disrespect. This entire movement does not mention even half of the sexual misconduct that billions of women endure across the globe, yet the reaction has carried itself all the way to DePauw’s campus, generating publicity for the cause. The most common speculation about the #MeToo movement is “how would the movement be different if DePauw didn’t have such a heavy Greek culture?” In my eyes, the effects of the movement would not be as profound if so many women had not been violated as a result of fraternity culture and toxic masculinity that plague the campus.
Unfortunately, the result of such common disrespect has allowed the #MeToo movement to sweep across DePauw’s campus with fervour. The more people I have spoken to, the more support I realize the movement has gained from women on campus. The success of the movement, in my opinion, relies on the power placed in the hands of the women. This movement achieves a level of empowerment for women that sexually harassed women have not experienced in past movements. By taking the power away from the oppressor, the #MeToo movement has revolutionized a woman’s right to share their story and regain control of their own bodies.
Ivaylo Pasev, Senior “Chicago is wayyyyyyyy better than New York.”
Sophie Hensley, Alex Wendt, Julia Sifferlin, and Katelyn Vierk, First-Years “Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks.”
PG. 10 | March 7, 2018
ALEX RANDALL Junior Lacrosse
EMMA BALDWIN Senior Softball
EMILY WILSON Sophomore High Jump
Faces of the D3 Dream
ERICA RAPELJE Junior Lacrosse
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU’D BUY IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
All the puppies- and a lifetime supply of Graeter ’s ice cream.
A new wakeboarding boat- you can’t beat wakesurfing.
A bunch of clothes and shoes
A plane ticket back to New Zealand
THE TITLE OF MY AUTOBIOGRPHY WOULD BE...
“What Not to Do When You’re Stressed”
“Almost Finished- I Got Distracted”
“The Diary of An Entertaining Yet Boring Life”
“(Not Mary) Emma Baldwin”
IF YOU WERE ON DEATH ROW, WHAT WOULD YOUR L AST MEAL BE?
A really good steak, lot of bread, and an endless dessert/ ice cream bar.
All sorts of fruits, candy, pasta, and ice cream- Sort of an “Elf” types of meal.
Many, many flavors of ice cream
Any early 2000s throwbacks
“It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” because what’ better than another day in the Castle
“Good Old Days”
“Crazy Beautiful Life” by Kesha
WHAT IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE?
INDIANA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IN...
The Special Olympics! MARCH 10 & 11 AT 11 A.M. in Lilly
Men’s Golf: Tigers look to make statement in the NCAC
PG. 11 | March 7, 2018
Tiger of the Week: senior, Pitcher
“He came in and really did a good job. Filled up the strike zone, every pitch was working. He really saved our bullpen into Sunday’s double header. His leadership has been awesome.”
BY AUSTIN CANDOR firstname.lastname@example.org
After a disappointing finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships last season, the Tigers put together an impressive season this past September and October. DePauw turned in three Top 5 finishes, including a second place finish at their annual Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic. “We demonstrated that commitment in the fall so hopefully we can ride that into the spring season,” sophomore Jason Miller said. The Tigers carry the goal of winning conference, but putting up consistent scores will prove to be a challenge throughout the season. “Every one of our guys has shown they are capable to go low, so hopefully we can all play well on the same day,” Miller said. “If we did that all on the same day, we are going to shock the NCAC conference.” Led by senior Jackson Mihevc, the Tigers will put out a fairly young team, which includes first-years Grant Germano, Kinder Jones and Jacob Kelber.
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Sophomore Nick Burris prepares to swing during the team’s practice on March 6 at Windy Hill Country Club.
“If we stay committed, we’re going to be Conference contenders,” Miller said. Key losses: Evan Atkinson, Quinn Smith, Ryan White Match to watch for: March 14-March 15 Katman Klassic; Twin Bridges GC; Danville, IN. With the
Klassic being the only home match of the spring, the Tigers will hope to pick up where they left off in 2016, the last time the team hosted the match. DePauw placed first out of eight teams, including Hanover College, Franklin College and Millikin University.
Women’s Golf: Returning talent and young potential set to continue winning BY AUSTIN CANDOR email@example.com
DePauw opened last September with back-to-back wins at the Lynn Schweizer Invitational and the Kyle Campbell Classic. The Tigers never looked back, placing no lower than fifth throughout the fall, rounding out the season with a first place finish at the conference preview. “We found that this year’s group of
freshmen fit really well into our starting lineup,” junior Rachele Miller said. “This should help ease the learning curve this spring.” The team’s new additions include first-years Layla Ahmadi, Christal Chan, Tori Gingerich, Tarinni Sameer Kakar and Allison Miller. Kakar, Chan and Ahmadi all put together strong performances in the NCAC preview. The Tigers will eagerly seek another shot in late April at the NCAC championships, a match they finished second at
last season. The motivation to win will be even stronger given the team also missed out at an at-large bid to enter the NCAA tournament. Given the strong returning core that includes sophomore Anna Foley, junior Larisa Luloff and Miller, the Tigers can certainly make a run in conference. “This year I have seen how much work my teammates have put in during the offseason,” Miller said. “They are truly a remarkable group who I hope will accomplish great things.”
Blake Allen, head
Holt turned in an impressive outing this weekend in the team’s season opener against Anderson University. The 6-foot-2-inch southpaw allowed only two baserunners in four shutout innings to close out a 16-6 win for the Tigers. The DePauw: Obviously baseball can be a huge mental game, especially on the mound. What was your mentality when you took the mound for the first time this season? Tyler Holt: I’ve been playing this game since I was 4 years old, and going into the last season, my goal is to have the most fun possible. This mentality allowed me to feel more relaxed, confident and less pressured when I came into the game. Additionally, it’s allowed me to no longer get caught up in the results or statistics. Now, I only care about being able to say that I competed to the best of my abilities on any given day. If I do that, then I’m confident that the results will take care of themselves. TDP: Throughout your baseball career, what have you loved most about being a pitcher? TH: I personally love being a pitcher because although baseball is a team game, pitching is the only position where it’s ba-
sically an individual sport. It’s you vs. the hitter. Your best vs. his best. And in order to be successful, you have to not only throw a ball at a target, but you have to use strategy to out smart the hitter. TDP: What’s something about pitching you wish people had a better understanding of? TH: I wish fans of the game of baseball were a little more patient while watching games. A lot of times, and I’m guilty of this too, they get bored with the pace of the game. However, if you take a second to analyze the little things that go on in a game (i.e. pitch selection), then I think that the game gets a lot more interesting. Sherman and the rest of the baseball team will be in action this weekend. They play three games against Manchester University. Read the rest of the profile on Tyler Holt on thedepauw. com.
PG. 12 | March 7, 2018
SEE YOUR TIGER ATHLETES IN ACTION: MARCH 2018 SUNDAY 4
Men’s tennis v. Taylor - 8:30 a.m. Women’s lacrosse v. Mount Union - 1 p.m. at Reavis Stadium Men’s tennis v. Hope - 4:30 p.m.
Baseball v. Trine - 11:30 a.m at Walker Field Women’s lacrosse v. Alleghany 12:00 p.m. at Reavis Stadium
Baseball v. Loras - 11 a.m at Walker Field
Men’s lacrosse v. Illinois Weslyan - 7 p.m. at Reavis Stadium
Women’s lacrosse v. Southwestern (Tex) - 5 p.m. at Reavis Stadium
Men’s lacrosse v. Kenyon - 2:30 p.m. at Reavis Stadium
Baseball v. Loras - 2 p.m. at Walker Field
Published on Mar 7, 2018