Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | Volume 67 | Issue 13
Indiana University Southeast
Joe Moorehead Band takes stage at IU Southbeach
Caffeine drug of choice for students caffeine such as Four Loko. The FDA also gathered and published incident reports relating to 5-Hour Energy shots, Monster energy Michael McKean, computer sciences junior, said drinks and Rockstar energy drinks he would not be able to get through his busy day addressing recent reports of deaths linked to caffeinated beverages. without the help of caffeine. The 31-year-old said he struggles to find enough Michelle Smith, a dietician at the time for all of his responsibilities. Between working Floyd County Health Department, full-time, going to school part-time and spending said that when dealing with patients it time with his wife and two young sons, McKean works better to give exact numbers. “Three-hundred milligrams of cafsaid he relies on caffeine to keep him going. “Waking up at 4 o’clock in the morning is quite feine doesn’t really mean anything to difficult,” McKean said. “Caffeine gives you that the average person,” Smith said. “Nolittle pump you need in the morning — it has just body is going to count numbers. I usually say limit yourself to one 12-ounce become a habit.” McKean said that he considers himself a caffeine soda or one cup of coffee and to stay addict and that on any given day he drinks up to two away from the Monsters and the Red Bull.” energy drinks and five cans of Mountain Dew. McKean is not alone. According to a report from Smith also said that even when cafthe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 90 percent feinated drinks list the caffeine content of Americans regularly use caffeine, and the aver- the numbers can be incorrect. age adult consumes about 280 milligrams of caffeine Rob Hawks, public speaking sophomore, is a self-confessed caffeine addaily. According to the Mayo Clinic, a worldwide, non- dict. He said he usually drinks six to profit medical organization, adults should consume eight cans of Pepsi per day. no more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day. Some “I think college students really rely however find it to be difficult to keep track of how on caffeine as a means to keep them awake during finals,” Hawks said. “It much caffeine they are drinking. The Food and Drug Administration does not helps pull off the all-nighters, and alrequire the amount of caffeine in a beverage to be most every student needs that at some listed on the label because caffeine is not considered point.” Another self-confessed caffeine a nutrient. However, according to the FDA, investigations addict, Jade Veirs, biology freshman, of 30 different manufacturers are under way to look said she typically drinks about three into the safety of certain alcoholic drinks containing pots of coffee a day, but she drinks more caffeine to get through exams. “I’ll add some Monsters,” Veirs said. “Coffee doesn’t wake me up anymore, but Monsters will help keep me awake.” Caffeine is the world’s most Veirs said she thinks caffeine is popular popular drug. But how much among college students because they need caffeine are you consuming? something to make up for sleep deprivation. “With the schedules that most students have, they have to be powered by something to get through,” Veirs said. According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming more than 500 milligrams of caffeine could 100 mg Brewed coffee cause side effects such as muscle tremors, nervousness, fast heartbeat and upset stomach. 55 mg Mountain Dew McKean said he is familiar with some of the negative side effects of caffeine. McKean said once he was making a four-hour drive to Ohio 39 mg Pepsi after work, and was trying to stay awake. He said he stopped at a gas station to get some80 mg Red Bull thing caffeinated. McKean said he decided to buy a Red Bull energy drink and a 5-Hour Energy shot. 207 mg 5-Hour Energy “I do not recommend mixing a 5-Hour Energy with a Red Bull,” McKean said. “That’s caffeine overload. It goes way beyond that 200 mg NoDoz pills right amount of caffeine for me, and it made me feel really sick.” Source: mayoclinic.com Smith said that while the short-term side effects of caffeine are unpleasant, there are Graphic by Hannah Ash also unpleasant long-term side effects of prolonged caffeine use. By HANNAH ASH Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith said that the long-term side effects can include high blood pressure, anxiety, heart disease and irregular sleep patterns. Smith also said that caffeinated drinks can be dangerous because caffeine is dehydrating. “People think they are getting their fluids with soda and energy drinks, but they aren’t,” she said. Smith said that people using caffeine before exercising should be especially careful to drink extra fluids to offset the dehydrating effects of caffeine. Veirs, McKean and Hawks all said that they notice withdrawal symptoms if they go without caffeine. “I get headaches if I don’t have any or if I have very little, which is quite annoying,” McKean said. Veirs said that without caffeine, she feels less focused and cranky. According to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, signs of caffeine withdrawal can include difficulty concentrating, irritability, depression, anxiety or flu-like symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, if people plan to cut back on caffeine, they should reduce their intake gradually to help reduce withdrawal symptoms. McKean said his wife would like him to cut back on the amount of caffeine he drinks, but McKean said he has no immediate plans to. He said he relies on caffeine too much to get him through the day. “Caffeine is popular because the way our society is go-go-go,” McKean said. “It’s one of the only legal ways to keep our bodies going.”
New policy could allow guns on campus, IU opposed By HANNAH ASH Staff email@example.com According to the IU website, Indiana University’s current firearm policy states that firearms are not allowed on campus without written permission from the Chief of Police, but if passed, an Indiana Senate Bill could make it illegal for state universities to regulate the ability to carry concealed firearms on campus. Indiana Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, and Sen. Jim Tomes, a RPosey County, submitted the bill. The bill, Indiana Senate Bill 97, would make it illegal to regulate the possession of firearms on any land owned or leased by the state. Banks said he heard from a number of students at different universities in Indiana, including IU Southeast, that expressed interest in being able to carry concealed firearms on campus.
“These are licensed gun owners,” Banks said. “These are responsible adults that follow the law.” Banks said the Indiana state constitution affords the right to carry firearms, and he believes it should not be limited. He also said he spoke with female students who carried a firearm for personal reasons and expressed a desire to be able to carry a firearm on campus for protection. Mark Land, Indiana University associate vice president of public affairs and government relations, said Indiana University officially opposes the bill. “We’re opposed to a bill that would take decision making out of our hands,” Land said. “We find we are in the best position to determine our own policies.” He said that Indiana University believes campuses should be allowed to make their own policies concerning
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Under a proposed bill, concealed carry holsters and weapons like this one could become legal on Indiana college campuses. firearms because campus officials understand their own campus environments. Land also said Indiana University
believes in the police force and its ability to keep students safe. He said the university does not believe that introducing firearms on campus will make students safer. “It could potentially have the opposite effect,” Land said. Drew Appel, criminal justice junior, said he supports Senate Bill 97. He said he believes the bill would help make campuses safer. “The people that carry off campus are the people that are going to carry on campus,” Appel said. “If a person is all right to carry at Walmart, they’ll be all right to carry on campus.” Appel said if concealed-carry weapons were allowed on campus, students would be able to protect themselves in the case of a violent incident. He said that while the campus has security measures in place, IUS police cannot be everywhere. See GUNS, page 2
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Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | NEWS |
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Don McMahel, former IUS music director, directs his last concert at Warder Park in Jeffersonville for IU Southeast’s 70th anniversary concert last May. McMahel died at 82 on Jan. 10. He was a part of the IU Southeast community for 50 years.
Director’s passion for music lives on FROM HORIZON REPORTS
Don McMahel, a part of the IU Southeast community for nearly 50 years, died at age 82 on Jan. 10. McMahel was involved in many activities, such as teaching at various elementary schools throughout the New Albany and Floyd County areas, directing several musicals, teaching at IU Southeast and directing the Floyd County Symphony Orchestra. McMahel was the first music director IU Southeast has ever had, and in 1974 he had a hand in helping design the Ogle Center. Kathyrn Burger Johnson, adjunct lecturer of music, said that he was a very inspiring man with a very hard work ethic. “Without Don McMahel, the music programs in the Floyd County and New Albany region would not be what they are today,” she said. Burger Johnson explained how much of an inspiration McMahel was to a lot of people, including her. “I first met Don when I was 6 years old,” Burger Johnson said. “My mother took me to one of his concerts to watch him direct. It was there and then that I felt inspired to become a music teacher.” McMahel taught at nearly every level of education, from pre-school to college, and Burger Johnson said McMahel was able to relate to nearly every age. “One minute he would be teaching third graders, and then an hour later he would be teaching music theory here on campus,” Burger Johnson said. “It
Dec. 7 at 6:48 p.m. Officer pulled a vehicle over for suspicious behavior. The person was test driving the vehicle.
Don McMahel, former IUS music director was amazing to see that transition and see him work with every age so well.” Burger Johnson said that music and teaching were McMahel’s passions and you could tell by being around him. “When he was teaching it never looked like an effort,” Burger Johnson said. “I knew he had to be tired because we were colleagues, and I knew how heavily involved he was, but that was Don. He always gave a 100 percent, always.” Burger Johnson said that he had a great impact on thousands of lives teaching countless students. “Music was his strength,” Burger Johnson said. “But his students and colleges were his motivation and he loved what he did.”
Group makes plans to keep campus gun free “The idea of the bill is that since universities are state-funded, they should follow state gun laws,” Appel said. Appel said that anyone carrying a concealed firearm on campus would have a permit and training, so it would not make campus more dangerous. “It’s not like we’re going to have vigilante justice,” Appel said. Andy Pelosi, director of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus project from the website Gunfreekids.org, said there are several reasons to keep firearms off campuses. “Add handguns and you get potential unintentional shootings,” Pelosi said. Pelosi said that campus security should be left up to trained law enforcement. Pelosi said that an average gun carrier has the potential to cause collateral damage in the case of a violent incident. “Police have much more practice and training to deal with actual shooters,” Pelosi said. Pelosi said that col-
lege campuses are already generally safe environments. Pelosi said that while it is good to have strong campus security, allowing guns on campus would cause more harm than good. Gunfreekids.org is an internet-based advocacy organization that was founded in 2007 after the Virginia Tech shooting. Pelosi said the organization is focused on educating the public, speaking to policy makers and lobbying to protect families from gun violence. According to the IU website, Indiana University’s current firearm policy states firearms are not allowed on campus without written permission from the Chief of Police. Banks said he looks forward to bringing up the topic for debate. “It’s important to have reasonable discussions about these kinds of issues,” he said. “That’s what we do in the legislature. We raise issues and hold responsible debates.”
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Dec. 6 at 12:13 p.m. IUS Police responded to a report of someone talking loudly on their phone outside of University Center North. The officer talked with the individual and requested he quiet down. Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Angela Etherton reported that her wallet, containing $80, debit cards and a driver’s license was taken out of a locker in a bathroom. Etherton called back and said she found the items. Police report was cleared.
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Dec. 3 at 9:12 p.m. IUS Police responded to a report of a student shining a laser light from Woodland Lodge onto cars driving into the parking lot. IUS Police took a report after finding the student. The problem was handled by Residence Life.
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Dec. 11 at 12:03 a.m. Officer responded to damaged property in Hillside Hall, report was taken and damage totals approximately $200. Dec. 11 at 2:24 p.m. Officers responded to a report of students harassing faculty. Officers found three suspects and coached them on proper etiquette. Dec. 17 at 1:22 a.m. A community adviser called IUS Police to report possible underage drinking in Forest Lodge. Officers located four students drinking alcohol in their apartment common area. A report was taken and sent to Resident Life. No citations or arrests were made. Dec. 17 at 6:25 p.m. Officer dispatched to Central Parking Lot to check on a vehicle with the driver’s side front door open. The officer secured the door and was unable to contact the student. Dec. 26 at 11:30 a.m. A panic button was pressed in the IUS Bookstore, however when officer arrived they found the button had been pushed by accident and it was reset. Jan. 2 at 7:20 p.m. A truck was parked on the Koetter Sports Softball Complex. When the officer asked the driver what he was doing he said that the headlight was out and he was working on it. Jan. 4 at 2:51 p.m. Officers responded to a report of someone passed out in the IUS Bookstore. The student had not eaten that day and had low blood sugar. They were given chocolate and transported to their lodge. Jan. 7 at 4:17 p.m. A report of a male and female wanted for questioning by the Floyd County Police Department were dropped off at the bus stop by McCullough Plaza. IUS Police responded but were unable to locate them. Jan. 8 at 5:35 p.m. Jennifer Flener, 39, reported a key scratch down the side of her vehicle. Officers took a report, the approximate damage was $500. Jan. 12 at 11:31 p.m. IUS Police responded to a call about a raccoon stuck in the dumpster next to Grove Lodge. Officer was unable to remove the raccoon. Jan. 14 at 10:00 p.m. Officers were dispatched to search for a vehicle for a sibling trying to locate her sister. The vehicle and sister were found.
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Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | SPORTS|
Grenadiers shoot down Eagles By ETHAN FLEMING Staff email@example.com
The IUS women’s basketball team scraped out a conference win over Alice Lloyd College on Jan. 12. The score was a nail-biting 80-78, bringing the Grenadiers to a 10-7 record overall, and 3-3 record in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. “It’s a conference win, so it’s always exciting,” Heather Wheat, sophomore guard, said. “Alice Lloyd is a strong team, so it was a really big win for us.” Wheat co-led the offense with 21 points and nine assists, alongside Ashmere Woods, senior guard, who scored a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Kortney Woods, senior center, fought through illness to lead the defense with six blocks, six rebounds and 11 points in the first half. Wheat said she felt the team was rushing in the first half, in which the Eagles, who lead the KIAC, barely outperformed the Grenadiers. “In the second half, I tried to slow
things down and it worked a lot better,” Wheat said. The Eagles led the game at the end of the first half with a score of 44-39. Before the start of the second half the lead bounced between the teams, changing nine times. Robin Farris, IUS women’s basketball head coach, said he thought the team performed better in the beginning of the second half. “We switched defenses in the second half,” Farris said. “Once we set up our defensive stops — that got our fast break going.” The Grenadiers rallied back into the game during the second half, scoring an 18-point run in the first eight minutes of the half which brought them to a 10-point lead, the biggest lead in the game. Although happy about the win over the first place Eagles, Farris said there are things that need to improve on. “It’s hard to teach people to be physical and to be aggressive,” Farris said. “I would love to see our defensive rebounding get better. I think that’s the only thing that’s holding us back.”
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TOP: Heather Wheat, sophomore guard, prepares to take the ball towards the goal in the game against Alice Lloyd Jan. 12. Wheat lead the Grenadiers in scoring with 21 points and nine rebounds leading to the 80-78 win over the Eagles. LEFT: Wheat drive towards the goal as the Eagles’ defense pressures her shot. Wheat leads the KIAC in steals per game (2.6) and assists per game (4.8). RIGHT: Ashmere Woods, senior guard, and Wheat work together on the offense as the Eagles’ defense adds pressure. Woods ended the night with a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Grenadiers fall to Midway IUS soars past Golden Eagles
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The IUS Women’s basketball team failed to earn their fourthstraight win, after a seven point loss to Midway College Jan. 15. Midway College started the game out hot from outside, as they went three for three from outside the arc. The Grenadiers started out in a matchup zone, but Photo by Raymond Shutt after Midway’s hot start Ashmere Woods, senior guard goes for a layup against Midway’s defense on Jan. they quickly switched to 15. Woods had another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. man-to-man. “We didn’t commu “We just attacked more, and actually started nicate, or go to the right spots,” Robin Farris, IUS finishing,” Wheat said. “[We] got to the free throw women’s basketball head coach, said. “I don’t think line, and then every single time we made our run, those shots beat us, but I guess it didn’t help.” they just got back ahead again.” Farris said that the team had trouble landing Farris said that the team worked harder defentheir baskets.The Grenadiers shot poorly, especial- sively in the second half, and thought they were goly in the first half as they went 9-28 from the floor, ing to make a comeback to win the game. and 2-10 from behind the arc. “Defensively, we got a few stops, started get “I just thought we shot poorly, and we didn’t ting to the free throw line a little bit,” Farris said. “I play with a lot of passion, and I don’t know why,” thought we were eventually going to take over.” Farris said. The Grenadiers lacked in defensive rebounds, Heather Wheat, sophomore guard, said lack of giving up 14 offensive rebounds to communication was a problem in the Midway. matchup zone. “Every single game we’re getting “We weren’t getting our matchups killed on the boards,” Wheat said. right, so they got open for two or three “Everybody has to go to the defenthrees right in a row,” Wheat said. sive boards, and if we don’t one per Wheat lead the Grenadiers, finishson breaks down, gets the ball, gets ing with 27 points, eight rebounds, a second chance opportunity, and and six assists on 6 for 15 shooting, usually they hit it.” and was 15 for 20 from the free throw The Grenadiers had no answer line. for Whitley Henry, senior guard of Midway had a tough time keepMidway, as she had 23 points and ing Wheat out of the lane, and stopsix rebounds, and connected on four ping her penetration, allowing IUS to Robin Farris 3-point field goals. head coach After being named KIAC player shrink Midway’s lead to three at the IUS women’s basketball of the Week, Ashmere Woods, rehalf. Wheat came into the game as the sponded with 14 points and 11 reGrenadiers leading scorer averaging bounds. 19 points per game. Kortney Woods, senior guard, came into the In the second half Midway switched to a full game ranked first in the KIAC in blocks, and fincourt press, and took a comfortable 12-point lead ished with three. with 13 minutes left to go in the game. Farris said the team has some things to work on The Grenadiers started connecting on shots and before returning to the court. crawled back into the game. With three and a half “I thought we didn’t play with a lot of passion,” minutes remaining, IU Southeast gained momen- Farris said. “I thought after winning three games tum as Ashmere Woods, senior guard, connected in a row, and having a big win on Saturday, you on a 3-point-play that brought Midway’s lead would play a lot harder, but you know you have to down to 56-54. be a psychiatrist to be a coach sometimes.”
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Tina K. Reed Staff email@example.com The Activities Building was filled with sounds of clapping, cheering and excited fans as the IUS men’s basketball team took to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 8. “It’s going to be an interesting game,” Natalie Oliver, criminal justice sophomore, said. “Cincinnati Christian is a good team.” Ashton Richardson, history sophomore, comes to games regularly. He said his favorite players are Kevin Mitchell, junior guard, and Kevin’s brother Cameron, junior guard. Kevin Mitchell scored seven points with four rebounds for the Grenadiers. Cameron Mitchell scored 17 points with seven rebounds. Haris Batalevic, senior guard, lead the Grenadiers in scoring adding 21 points with five 3-point field goals. “The team played real well tonight,” Batalevic said. “That’s what we do. We try to keep the other team from scoring by playing defense. We played a well defensive game tonight.” Batalevic said the team has had problems with defense in the past. “We’ve not always played defense, but I believe our defense and offense has gotten a lot better,” Batalevic said. “We’ve really come together as a team.” Despite defense problems, the Grenadiers pulled out a close win over the Cincinnati Christian Golden Eagles, 96 to 60. Batalevic said he is looking forward to playing in future games. “This game has helped us to get ready for our rivalry game with IU East,” Batalevic said. The Grenadiers added another win when they knocked off IU East in their rival matchup, 98 to 96 on Jan. 12. Batalevic said there is no MVP for the Grenadiers when they battled the Eagles. “We play as a team,” Batalevic said. “There is no one person that wins the game.” Batalevic said the team could have done better and there were strategies they used for to pull off a win. “The team can always play better,” Batalevic said. “I think the more we play, the better we play together as a team. There are always strategies that we use to play different teams, because not all teams play the same way.” The Grenadiers victory continued their winning streak being their 10th consecutive-gamewin. The Grenadiers now rank No. 14 in NAIA.
Week of Jan. 21, 2013| EVENTS |
TOP EVENTS FRIDAY
Bicentennial Art Exhibit
Keepers of the Dream
Where: Carnegie Center When: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The New Albany Bicentennial celebration continues with the opening of “Artists of the Wonderland Way.” The free art exhibit features work of local artists and is on display through April 6.
Where: The Grand When: 6 p.m. The New Albany Bicentennial celebration‘s second event in January is “DNA’s Thru The Decades Ball.” Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Kristianen at 812-948-5500.
Where: The Kentucky Center When: 7:30 p.m. Louisville will host a free community arts celebration of Martin Luther King’s vision in honor of Monday’s holiday. A film will be shown with a reception after. Event is free and open to the public.
MONDAY MLK Day
All day, Events Nationwide There will be no classes on this day in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. The holiday is on the third Monday of January each year in honor of his Jan. 15 birthday.
4 - 5 p.m. Univerisity of Louisville, Miller Hall The University of Louisville is hosting a hula hoop workshop for free. Hula hoops are provided and no prior experience is necessary.
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7:30 - 9:30 p.m. University Center Room 121
6 - 7 p.m. Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany
The movie “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” will be screened for free. The movie focuses on the battle for teaching evolution in schools.
Columbian-born Naydu Osorio heads a zumba class with a latin-dance focus. Class is $5 and meets in the church’s Disaster Relief Room.
A Financial Aid officer will be available on campus to answer students’ questions about how to pay for college. The event is free for students.
WEDNESDAY Speech Contest
7 - 8 p.m. University Center Room 121 The top five IUS student finalists in the “Voices of Change” contest will be presenting their speeches. For more details, contact Campus Life at (812) 941-2316.
THURSDAY Movie Showing 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Decca Restaurant, Louisville
Decca will feature two showings of “My Darling Clementine” to honor Louisville native Victor Mature. Tickets are available online.
Wild Wild Woods
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. University Center, Room 121
Carmichael’s Frankfort Ave. location welcomes novelist Karen Thompson Walker. She will sign copies of her novel “The Age of Miracles.”
This is a free support and counseling group on campus that will help students reduce anxiety, improve their mood and build relationship skills.
7 p.m. Carmichael’s Book Store, Louisville
12 - 1:30 p.m. University Center, Room 128
10 p.m. Nachbar, Louisville
5:30 to 8 p.m. Kentucky Convention Center Louisville
Brooklyn-based band Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires will perform at the Germantown bar. The show is for all ages and is free.
In this Girl Scout fundraiser, local chefs compete by creating unique dessserts with any Girl Scout cookie as an ingredient.Tickets are $50.
Photo by Ethan Flemming
Kortney Woods, senior center, draws the foul as she shoots a layup against Alice Lloyd College on Jan. 12. The women’s team won 80-78, advancing their record to 10-7 overall.
Jan 25- Jan. 27
Terrapin Flyer Jan. 26 9 - 11 p.m. Diamond’s Pub
Jan. 25 and 26 8 p.m. Louisville Ballet Studio
The F.A.T. (Frankfort Ave. Trolley) Friday Trolley Hop will take visitors across the popular street for free to enjoy store specials and live music.
Chicago-based band Terrapin Flyer brings their Grateful Dead-inspired sound to Diamond’s on Baxter Ave. Three bands will open. Cost is $15.
The Louisville Ballet will offer two showings of their Choreographer’s Showcase. Upcoming dances will be previewed. Pricing is $20-$25.
The Mellwood Art Center will be putting on a free wedding show in Event Room 1. Brides-to-be can pre-register for prizes. Food is provided.
Tony & The Tanlines and REMember, a REM tribute band, will perform. The 18+ show is $10 but is free with a blanket donation for Wayside.
The $5 show will celebrate the launch of underground magazine The Dirty Derby. Performances by Iron Bells, Discount Guns and The Trust.
Jan. 25 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Frankfort Ave.
Jan. 25 6:30 to 8 p.m. Louisville Rainbow Blossom’s Highlands location will host a short social and snack, followed by a guided meditation. Participants may donate $5, but it is not required.
Jan. 26 9 to 10 a.m. Louisville Local fitness company, InTENsity, hopes to help with resolutions. They will host a free boot-camp class in the Highland’s Tyler Park. Open to the public. Bring a mat.
Local families seeking transportation “nanny” to provide afternoon pick up from Providence Jr/Sr High School for teens ages 13-16. Required: Female student in academic good standing, non-smoker, well maintained and reliable car, excellent driving record, available between 3pm – 4:30pm most afternoons. Hourly rate plus mileage reimbursement. Position available immediately. Please send resume and 3 professional/personal references to: email@example.com
Jan. 25 9 p.m. Headliner’s
Jan. 26 8 p.m. Headliner’s
Jan. 25 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mellwood Art Center
Feb. 9 2 and 4 p.m. IU Southeast This year’s basketball homecoming games will be against St. Louis Pharmacy. The women’s team will play at 2 p.m. and the men’s team will play at 4 p.m.
Jan. 30 3 - 5 p.m. Hoosier West A second self-defense class will be offered on campus. The class will teach students the basics of how to be safe and protect themselves. The class is free for students.
Jan. 31 is the deadline for submitting pieces to the Metroversity Writing Competition. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Writing Center has more info.
The last day to withdraw from classes is March 15. Students can withdraw using OnStart online. Students who withdrawal prior to the deadline will receive a W.
Jan. 30 10 p.m. Louisville WFPK’s popular event, Winter Wednesday, will feature singer-songwriter Matt Costa. He will perform for free at the Clifton Center. Joan Shelley will open.
Yo La Tengo
Jan. 29 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Louisville Indie rockers Yo La Tengo will be coming to Louisville’s Brown Theatre with the band Calexico. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 on the day of the show.
Jan. 31 All day Online
March 1 5 p.m. IU Southeast For those graduating in May and August, applications must be filed in their particular school by this date. Students can print graduations applications from online
March 15 All Day IU Southeast
Feb. 2 All day Everywhere Groundhog Day falls on a Saturday this year. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? A shadow means more winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | OPINIONS|
I relinquish my duties, just too fabulous Boy Scouts homophobic policy needs update By BRYAN JONES Senior Editor email@example.com
I earned the rank of Eagle Scout from The Boy Scouts of America almost one month before my 18th birthday. I remember the day like it was yesterday, the pride in my parents’ faces and this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. That was my first real accomplishment, but with the recent denial of Ryan Andresen’s Eagle Scout award because of his sexual orientation, quite a bit of pride has been taken out of the work I did to earn that rank. I painted equipment and put a flower bed in the park, and made it nicer and safer for children to play on. Since I was “in the closet” at that age I was accepted as a member of this exclusive club, and now that I am a member and I know more about myself, I have to decline. I sent my award back to the national Boy Scouts of America office and asked them that if they ever repeal their homophobic rules to send it back. However, I will not look for it in the mail any time soon. I have been active in the BSA since I was in kindergarten — from Tiger to Eagle is what I always said— and the BSA had nothing to do with how my sexuality turned out. I knew from a very young age that I preferred men, but in today’s society it is not widely accepted. I worked for my Eagle Scout just like everyone before me. So did Andresen, but seeing as he and I do not fit their definition of “morally straight,” we are not good enough. Morally straight always meant to me that you have your morals set out and you use those morals to do a duty to yourself, not being heterosexual. Through my experience in the Boy Scouts I learned how to survive in the wilderness, got CPR
certified multiple times, overcame equality — instead of exclusion. fears like swimming—finding out My advice to Andresen is to keep his head up. I’m not too terrible at it as well— met He did all the work for the award and that shows numerous life-long friends, shared enough. experiences that I might not have had I know it must hurt to be denied something that otherwise and saw not only a lot of requires that much work, however the work was this country, but had the opportunity done, and someone is appreciating what was done. to visit Canada, as well. Thank you for having the courage to be open These experiabout it. ences shaped me I wish I had been strong into who I am enough to be open about my today and gave sexuality at 18. That shows a lot me the drive to of bravery — one point of the go after whatevScout Law — to do what Aner I want. They dresen has done. taught me that The 2000 U.S. Supreme I am not always Court case Boy Scouts of Amerigoing to succa et al v. Dale said that the BSA ceed but when I fail I just have is allowed to deny membership to get back up and try again. to anyone if “the presence of The BSA potentially kept that person affects in a signifime from walking down a life cant way that group’s ability to of being a father at a young age advocate public or private viewand getting into drugs. points.” However, had I been the person The Supreme Court ruled that back then that I am now things would the BSA is allowed to oppose homonot have worked out so well. The sexuality because it is a part of their BSA has a notorious reputation “expressive message.” for getting rid of LGBT leaders I had high hopes that of all orgaand youth. nizations out there, the BSA would My advice to the BSA is to resurely reconsider the ruling 13 years consider any and all homophobic later when the issue was on the table rules and laws within the orgaagain, but it was upheld and they continue to exclude a group of young nization because members of the adults. LGBT community need the same les As Fall Out Boy says, “And I want these sons that I was taught, as well as the words to make things right, but it’s the opportunity to earn awards and experiwrongs that make words come life ... One ence new things. Photo illustration by Bryan Jones night and one more time, thanks for the This is 2013 and we are living memories even though they weren’t so in an ever-changing world, marriage I hope that one day equality is becoming more and more the organization will be great.” accepted. more focused on where I apologize for being too fabulous for this I would hate to see the BSA on their members land in award, I relinquish my duties as an Eagle the wrong side of a fight. They could society, not in the bed- Scout, because I do not stand for discrimination and that is exactly what this is. have a serious voice in advocating for room.
Social media is ruining my life By HANNA WOODS Senior Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
My life is very consumed with social media, so much that I have even begun to think in 140 characters or less. I tweet the random hilarious things on my mind, that are probably not as funny as I think they are. I pin all kinds of recipes and crafts that I will never make on my Pinterest boards. I take pictures of mostly uninteresting things and crop them to a square and overlay a vintage filter to share with the world on Instagram. I am pretty in with the social media thing. For the most part I think social media is great. It helps me reconnect with people I did not really care for in high school. It also helps me feel a closer relationship with celebrities that will never even know I exist. But in the end, social media does very little in my life other than make me loathe the majority of the population. Recently, Facebook is more of a political forum where people think that by posting pictures and statuses about their beliefs they will create change. Unfortunately, that is not how political change works. No political reformation comes from sitting behind a computer screen. So while some people were posting how the government was “conspiring” to take away their Second Amendment rights after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I actually took the effort to call my congressman and voice my concern for gun regulation. There are so many people who are more concerned with voicing their opinions on the Internet, they forget that there is a world outside of cyber space – myself sometimes included. When the trivial minds of Facebook get too obnoxious to bear, I can always find comfort in its better looking cousin—with a better sense of humor— Twitter. Of course, “the Twitter” – as untechnologically savvy adults everywhere seem to call it—has its downfalls too. Recently, the hashtag “#cutsforBieber” became a trending topic, and helped me to lose the little faith I had left in humanity. For those of you who may not be caught up on your Justin Bieber news, let me brief you on his recent excursions. Photos of Justin Bieber emerged where he was suspected to be partaking in extracurricular activities of smoking some marijuana. His fanbase consisting of mostly teenage girls – and the occasional 23-year-old still hoping for an *N Sync reunion—was outraged. Some of his fans took an extreme stance on the situation by posting photos of them cutting their arms with disturbing captions about how they would not stop cutting until Bieber quit smoking.
While it was found after, that it began as a hoax by 4Chan, the trend began to spread. Hoax or not— it is just sick. To make light of a serious issue like self-mutilation to a fanbase that susceptible to that sort of behavior is just not funny. I think it is great that celebrities have Twitter accounts and use them to connect with their fans. I mean, I do not know what I would do without the hilarity of Rob Delaney’s tweets every day. But I, unlike a lot of 13-year-old fans of Justin Bieber, know that my existence has little or no effect on the lives of celebrities. But when you are dealing with someone such as The Biebs, who takes the time to read posts and retweet his fans, it almost gives the fans this false sense of relationship with him. Social media gives people instant access into the lives of their favorite celebrities, something that —back in my day— was unheard of. You had to flip through the pages of J-14 to find out what Justin Timberlake was up to, and if you wanted to contact him there was no “@reply” button. You had to get down and dirty, break out the ole pen and paper and write to their fan mail addresses in the back of TeenBeat. (Which reminds me—I wonder what ever happened to all my letters to Hanson?) Our lives are so emerged in technology that people are more concerned with what is on a four-inch screen than actual human interaction. So many times I have been at a social gathering where more than half of the people there are thumbs-deep into their phone, and they forget there is actual human life standing in front of them. So is this what we will become? A society driven by likes and retweets. Where relationships are built solely on how funny or witty a person is on the Internet. I tend to prefer the life on the other side of the screen. I do not want to become that person that is too submerged in their social media life that they neglect the actual life around them. I do not want to be the person who goes out to dinner with friends and everyone sits on their phones the entire time. I do not want to be that person who measures their importance by the number of friends on Facebook or the number of retweets on Twitter. Inevitably, this is the kind of culture we are going to become accustomed to. While, I remember the glory days when social media did not exist, and people had to actually speak to one another in person, younger generations have grown up with this way of life. When I have children I can only imagine them tweeting me to let me know they will be home late, instead of actually calling. This is why #SocialMediaIsRuiningMyLife.
How has social media affected your life?
Michael Dean Information operations management senior
I get a lot of my news from Twitter because a lot of the top news sources put headlines as their tweets. I use Facebook mainly for my circle of friends.
Isaac Jackson Finance and economics sophomore
Nicholas Moore Marketing junior
Social media adds unnecessary drama, negativity, bullying, etc. to the incompetent people who participate in these foolish behaviors.
Facebook is definitely the fastest way to keep in touch with close friends— the people I want to see in my free time. I’m trying to become savvy with digital media because I’m a marketing major.
Katherine Knies Biology senior
Negatively. Social media has gotten so big that, as a result, I have had my accounts compromised. Because of that, I’ve chosen not to have them anymore.
Alex Yson Economics sophomore
Social media is like a drug. It seems like a good idea at first until it keeps you up all night long and starts killing you slowly on the inside.
Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | PROFILES |
Harris comes off bench, back on court Brett Hancock Staff email@example.com During the hours when many students are still asleep or out enjoying leisure, LaMichael Harris can be found in the Activities Building with his team putting in long hours, sweat, and hard work. Harris, business marketing freshman and forward for the IUS men’s basketball team, is a face that followers of the Grenadier basketball will see more of in the upcoming years. “Harris is one guy we know we can count on,” Brad Zellner, assistant coach. “He is always ready to get out there and give it all he has in practice and during the games. He’s one we don’t have to worry about because the effort will be there.” Standing at roughly 6 feet 6 inches and 200-plus pounds, he makes ordinary people seem miniscule in stature. Coming from Western High School in Louisville, where he played his senior year. Harris has added extra size and depth to an already winning Grenadier lineup this season. He brings to the team an arsenal of post moves and versatility only a swingman of his size comes equipped with. Harris said he believes his athleticism and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the Grenadiers win, are his two greatest attributes. Harris also said he likes being tall because he can have a height advantage over most players. “Yeah, I can dunk,” Harris said. “I don’t like to all of the time because of an old football injury to my knee, but if in the adrenaline of a game I usually go for the one-handed type dunks.” He began his high school tenure at Butler Traditional High School in Shively, Ky., for three years before transferring to Western High School. Playing sports for as long as he can remember, Harris said he decided early on that he wanted to focus on basketball, even though his father was a football player. “My high school teams were tough, “Harris said “ I also played wide receiver for the football team,
Photo By Brett Hancock
LaMichael Harris, freshman forward, right, displays some tough interior defense on a fellow teammate in practice.
but came to the decision it was time to pick one or the other.” Harris said he has always been athletic but never considered his height as a benefit. “I played basketball just because of my love for the game, but when I realized I could play in college things changed, “ Harris said. “In fact, I stayed at 6 foot 1 inches for the longest time in high school
before hitting a growth spurt my senior year. Suddenly I was taller than just about everyone in my class. When I hit six foot six inches I realized my height worked well for basketball.” Harris decided on IU Southeast’s basketball program after receiving a plethora of collegiate offers for his basketball and football talents. Harris said IUS men’s basketball Wiley Brown, head coach, and a former assistant coach were instrumental in his recruitment and influenced his final decision to choose IU Southeast’s program as opposed to other choices. “I love playing for Wiley and Coach Z,” said Harris. “I think he won a championship with the Louisville Cardinals back in the ‘80s with Darrell Griffith and others. He’s a really cool guy.” Harris also said Brown made the decision early in the year to start Harris, which was a significant responsibility for a freshman. Harris remained starting until an injury sidelined the forward in late November. “I am ready to get back out there,” Harris said. “I have already returned to practice and am waiting to get some of the minutes I was seeing before the injury. I’m back but not back out there.” Harris suffered a dislocated pinky, which he said has affected his ability to dribble and shoot cleanly for the past couple months. Harris insists that he is feeling better and is eager for more playing time. “I want to be able to help my team win games again,” Harris said. “It has been tough not being on the court, but I’ll do whatever it takes to help us win a national championship.” Outside of basketball, Harris tries to fit in time to play video games, go to movies with his friends and spend time with his family. “I’m a big fan of the 2K Sports line of video games, in particular the NBA 2K13,” Harris said. “I also really liked that new Batman movie. I think my favorite actor is Denzel Washington, but the Dark Knight Rises was pretty cool.” As a business and marketing major, Harris said he would like to pursue the creation of his own venture one day in the future.
Artist finds passion at IUS NIC BRITTON Staff nmbritto@umail. iu.edu
Hope Meriwether, graphic design senior, is a new kind of artist. “I’m really into pop culture, and that shows in my work,” Meriwether said. She is eager to use current technology, and has found herself in a relatively new, growing field: graphic design. She also utilizes familiar approaches to art, which she was able to practice in a wide range of art courses. In addition, she also hopes to show that graphic design is as legitimate as other forms of art. “I want to know that people consider me an artist, even though I’m not using traditional methods,” she said. Meriwether said she likes to incorporate both new and old styles to her artwork. Meriwether studied art extensively at IU Southeast, and has had some of her work used by the school. Most recently, she designed the gallery card for one of the school’s faculty shows. Meriwether was
I want to know that people consider me an artist, even though I’m not using traditional methods. Hope Meriwether graphic design senior
also accepted into the school’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (or BFA) program. However, her college plans were initially different. Meriwether began as a student at Northern Kentucky University, located a few miles south of Cincinnati. While there, she majored in journalism. However, soon after starting there, she decided to look for a school that suited her better. “I wanted to go to a smaller school and get personalized attention,” Meriwether said. After transferring to IU Southeast, Meriwether also switched her major to graphic design. Since then, she has taken a variety of art classes like ceramics, painting and printmaking. During her printmaking class, she created her favorite piece. “I made a print in my printmaking class, which was trees reflecting on water, and it was very abstract,” Meriwether said “It took me outside the box.” In addition to experimenting with the abstract, she also utilizes satire on occasion – most notably in animal-related art, one of her favorite styles.
“I like to put animals in awkward situations,” Meriwether said. “I like to put animal faces on human bodies. I know that must sound weird, it’s making fun of things we focus on in society.” When she is at home, she rooms with Allison Orr, a double major in psychology and criminal justice. Orr describes their relationship as “really good and honest,” and is enthusiastic about Meriwether’s art. “She’s always been good at art, and she’s really improved over the past year or two,” Orr said. “She excels at graphics, which makes her art really relevant to people in my age group.” According to Meriwether, though, not all students agree with this assessment. "A lot of students don't feel like graphic design is true art, because it's computergenerated,” Meriwether said. “I wouldn’t say I face discrimination, but it is a common view.” Meriwether says she isn’t frustrated or discouraged by this. She views it as motivation to prove them wrong. “I want to show that I'm able to have artistic elements in my designs,” Meriwether said. When she isn’t busy with school or her art, she enjoys reading, and seeing what her fellow graphic designers have been up to. As a resident of the Louisville Highlands she also enjoys visiting the various art shows and concerts around town. “I always like to see what’s going on around the community,” she said. Currently, she’s working on a set of mixed media collages. “I’m just an artist,” Meriwether said.
Photo by Sam Weber
Matt Nelson, management and marketing senior plays his guitar in Grove Lodge.
Student expresses faith through music SAM WEBER Staff firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Nelson, management and marketing senior, said he has gained a lot in his life through the gift of music, and in turn takes time being thankful and giving back. Though Nelson spends his weeks on campus as a full-time student, community advisor for Grove Lodge and activities coordinator for Campus Life, every weekend he devotes himself to his church by playing music at Sunday morning mass. “It’s my way of giving back,” Nelson said. “It also gives me personal fulfillment. I’ve been blessed. God’s given me this talent, so this is my way of thanking Him for it.” Though Nelson is originally from Mount Vernon, Ind., he found a church community here in New Albany while attending IU Southeast to continue practicing his faith. Nelson plays acoustic guitar in a four member ensemble every Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope. “I have kind of always done church music at whatever church I have been at,” Nelson said. “I started playing at church when I was 13 years old, and I have always enjoyed it. Nelson said he pursued the music position at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope. “I got in touch with the music director, and asked if they needed a guitarist. Low and behold they were looking for somebody for one of their ensembles. So it just kind of worked out.” Nelson said his gift of music has also directed him toward other devotions through IU Southeast. “My music background helped me get my job with Campus Life,” Nelson said. “I work with Student Program Council as an Activities Coordinator.
We find bands to play campus functions and also in the cafeteria during lunch. I also usually set up the sound system as well.” Nelson said he started playing guitar around the same time he took his first steps as a child. “It’s kind of a funny story,” Nelson said. “I started when I was about 18 months to 2 years old. When my uncle would come to visit, he would bring his Marshall [amplifier] and his Gibson Les Paul [electric guitar] and play for me. When you’re young something like that definitely makes an impression on you. I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” Nelson said his uncle currently lives in Illinois, and he only gets to see him three or four times a year. Nelson said they get together and play every time he comes to visit. “He’s pretty dead-set on getting me to play,” Nelson said. Nelson said his uncle played in a few bands when he was younger, but mainly plays in church nowadays. Nelson said he has taken several music courses at IU Southeast and learned to write music and play the pipe organ. Nelson said in addition to bass he is taking the knowledge he learned in his pipe organ class and starting to play piano. “Growing up my mom used to play piano, so it was always something I wanted to try,” Nelson said. Nelson said he plays as a hobby in his dorm room. He said he primarily plays cover songs from other artists. “I usually don’t do too much writing,” Nelson said. “There’s really not that big of a market for it.” Though Nelson has many musical talents, he said he is not interested in making a career of it. “It’s a hobby,” Nelson said. “If I tried to make a living at it, I would probably stop liking it.” Nelson said he is open to what comes his way in the future.
Week of Jan. 21. 2012 | DIVERSIONS |
• It was German-born theoretical physicist (and sometime philosopher) Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. • According to research conducted at Rutgers University, graduate students who are studying business are more likely to cheat than students in any other field of study. • You’ve almost certainly heard of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black American to serve as such. You might not know, though, that he was known to call a court recess at 1 p.m. so he could watch the soap opera “Days of Our Lives. • Cheese has been around for a long time, and it can last longer than you may think. In Ireland 25 years ago, a hunk of cheese was discovered that dated back 1,700 years -- and it was still edible.
• If you’re like the average person, the hair on your head takes two to three months to grow 1 inch • At the 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis, it was particularly hot. An ice-cream vendor was doing so much business that he ran out of the cups in which he was serving the ice cream. He looked to the other foodsellers to see if they had any spare containers that would be useful, but he had no luck. Finally, desperate not to lose any more business, he bought some waffles from a nearby vendor and wrapped one around each scoop of ice cream as he sold it. The result was even more popular than icecream in a cup, and thus the ice cream cone was born. • The most common surname in Germany is Schultz.
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Week of Jan. 21, 2013 | FEATURES |
Metro ranks best among nation Louisville is internationally known for hosting the Kentucky Derby, but it may offer young people more than just horse racing and bourbon.
By APRILE RICKERT Staff email@example.com A report conducted by two professors at Portland State University dubbed Louisville “the best U.S. city at luring and retaining educated young people,” with Portland, Ore. — long thought of as one of the hippest places in the country— coming in second. “It’s really diverse,” Sam Parsons, criminal justice junior, said. “You don’t get that in a lot of cities.” Just 12 miles south of Indiana University Southeast, with a population of 602,011 compared to New Albany’s 36,570, many young people may be migrating to Louisville for a taste of the city life. Between July 2010 and July 2011, the city experienced an average migration of 9.86 people per day, a bigger growth than 85 percent of all U.S. metropolitan areas, according to Business First. Parsons is from Floyds Knobs, but moved to Louisville in 2011. “In Louisville there’s more entertainment,” he said. “A lot of my friends actually live over here so I wanted to be closer to them.” Entertainment it has in spades. It seems that Louisvillians find plenty of things to do during the fifty weeks of the year that they are not celebrating Derby. In addition to well-known spots, such as the KCF Yum! Center, The Slugger Museum and Bat Factory, and the Louisville Zoo, in nearly every neighborhood there can be found clusters of local shops, eateries and bars can be found. On Bardstown Road, one can find The Holy Grale, a Gastropub for those with a refined beer palate and a few extra bucks, across from Cahoots, a local dive with cheap drafts, pub fare and a large pool room. Down the block, Wild and Woolly Video, known best for its selection of rare and independent flicks shares a three-car parking lot with La Que, a small, casual Asian restaurant, suggesting that one
fares better in the Highlands on foot or bike. The East downtown area is host to Slugger Field, the Louisville Extreme Park, a strip of art galleries, and newly opened restaurants, like Harvest, which strives to use only fresh, local ingredients, and Please & Thanks You, a coffee/ record shop. Then there’s Zanzabar and Nachbar in Germantown, as
well as the small Italian restaurant, The Come Back Inn. Parsons said that he avoids places like Fourth Street Live! because it’s not his style, but said that there is no shortage of cool places in the metro. The growing East Market Street scene is one spot Parsons enjoys. “Garage Bar, Meat—that’s a really chill place, really dark but just unique with good
music,” he said. “A place I go has to have good music— dance, pop, alternative rock, anything really but country.” The East Market Street area, aptly dubbed “NuLu” by Gill Holland, who owns several of the buildings, has experienced a major transformation. A street that, until recently, was lined with abandoned, crumbling buildings is now
the restaurant and gallery hot spot of the city, according to Eater National. Parsons said that he likes being in Louisville now, but he will probably settle down somewhere in Indiana. “I think I’m always going to be a country boy,’ he said. “Louisville is fun but I also like the peace and quiet and looking at the stars.” Some of the migration to Louisville can be attributed to regional students who move to go to school, and decide to stay. Krissy Pressley, 23, moved to Louisville four and a half years ago because she received a scholarship to the University of Louisville, where she initially studied biology. Although she is from Chicago,, she spent the last seven years before moving to Louisville in Muhlenberg County, Ky., a small rural area several hours away. She said that she thinks a lot of the residents consider it home, and would not want to move. “Muhlenberg is an old town,” she said. “A lot of people there have never seen anything else. I know there is something else.” Pressley, who currently lives in Germantown, said that she mainly hangs out in the Highlands neighborhood. She said that she visits Cherokee Park often and likes the atmosphere of the Monkey Wrench and Barrett Bar. She also goes out to listen to her boyfriend’s brother’s band, The Smoke Shop Kids, whenever she can. “They have a sax and a trombone—kind of a jazz/jam band. They’re awesome,” she said. Pressley said that she plans to go on to get her master’s’ degree in nursing from University of Louisville and to settle in the area. Pressley said that she thinks there are a lot of opportunities here for young people, and part of the draw is the people themselves. “When you have so many young people already here, and you’re young yourself, why would you want to leave?”
Joe Moorhead band sets mood for new semester By JUDE MATTINGLY Staff firstname.lastname@example.org IU Southbeach kicked off the new semester “hakuna-matata” style with a mellow-rock performance by Cleveland, Ohio natives, Joe Moorhead, on Jan. 8. IU Southbeach was a beach-themed welcome back event for students that transformed the Commons into a little slice of paradise. In addition to the performance, the event included activities, games, contests and information booths by student groups and campus departments. One student, Stuart Nordhoff, psychology freshman said he enjoyed the event. “As a freshman I don’t venture out too much,” Nordhoff said. “I had a friend drag me out, and actually had a lot of fun and found myself socializing with some new people I had met from classes.” Students seemed to be impressed with the performance. “I stumbled into IU Southbeach in-between classes and heard a couple of songs the band performed and actually really liked it,” Alex Goldsmith, criminal justice freshman, said. “I am going to have to look up the band and get a couple of songs.” The band brought T-shirts, leis, hula-hoops, and beach balls to get the audience engaged with their show. Domineque Heath, general science freshman, won the hula-hoop contest. The band rewarded Heath’s hooping skills with a free T-shirt. Joe Moorhead is comprised of four members, guitarist and lead vocalist Joe Moorhead, lead guitar-
ist John Morrow, bassist Tyler Lovell, and drummer Matt Vertock. The band members grew up together with the exception of Lovell, who joined the band later on. So how does a band from Cleveland, Ohio, the opposite of a beach, get into beach-rock? Moorhead said he attributes the bands’ beachy sound to time he spent in a tropical location. “I spent some time in the Caribbean, and that time is where I draw a lot of the inspiration, both instrumentally and lyrically,” Moorhead said. This was evident during their performance, as a theme of relaxing, enjoying life, and being happy persisted in all of the songs. The band’s other members said that their inspiration comes from a variety of different artists that range from everything from mellow-rock of Sublime to the classic-rock stylings of Guns N’ Roses. The band is avidly against doing covers, and prefers the songs that they have created to what other artists have created. “If you cover songs all the time, people think you are just a cover band,” Moorhead said. “The band who originally did the song probably did it the exact way they wanted and fans of that particular song or artist may be turned-off and disengaged by the way you cover it.” Another reason Moorhead said he does not like to do covers is because he is proud of his work and likes to share it with others. “I’d rather play the stuff we have created because, not only am I very proud of it, but I also want to get the message out of who we are, what we are about, and get people on board with Joe Moorhead,” Moorhead said. “We are not Sublime, so why play their songs?”
Photo by Jude Mattingly
John Morrow, guitarist and lead vocalist, performs in the Commons. The Cleveland, Ohio band brought T-shirts, hulahoops and beach balls to set the mood for the beach-themed welcome event.
Morrow had a piece of advice to share with all aspiring musicians at IU Southeast. “Get in the van and just do it,” he said. “If you are passionate about music start playing and do whatever you can to get the word out.”