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ENTERTAINMENT l Mindy Kurtz Hensley




FEATURE l Cory Hart & Alexandra Wade


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Sunset Concert’s headliner, Neon Trees, has sparked interest with the student body. See how the two students planning the concert are looking to make this year’s show the best so far.

Aerial acrobatics are not a usual pastime, but for freshmen Aryeh Lax and K.J. Saur, the highflying tricks and incredible poses come naturally. See how they made a sideshow act into a lifetime love.

Art therapy and music therapy majors have spent their years at UE learning special methods of helping others. They share their experiences as well as their views on their different fields.

In response to UE’s consumptive habits, campus has tried to establish better routines. Though some improvements have been made, what more can everyone do to ensure sustainability?

OVERTIME l Emily Molli “Creative” and “athletic” are often viewed as incompatible, but not for senior Jake Naumann. He finds a way to balance his two loves — creative writing and baseball — while trying to excel in both.

03 Viewpoint

24 Fitness & Health

04 Vox Populi

26 Campus Crime

06 Giving Back

27 Myth Busters

07 Innovation

29 A Closer Look

08 One Word

32 Off the Wall

17 Dorm Storm

34 The Lists

21 Q&A

36 Don’t Quote Me

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Some simple advice from our graduating seniors. THAT SPECIAL

time has almost arrived for seniors and some graduate students — graduation. The day will soon be here when we walk onto the stage, shake some hands and receive the culmination of our four or more years of blood, sweat and coffee stains — an expensive but priceless piece of paper. But college is more than just an assembly line that spits you out at the end, diploma in hand and real-world ready. There are endless experiences that go with it, and those of us at Student Publications have learned a lot in the process. In fact, as two distinct staffs, we have learned four extremely important lessons during our years at UE. Lesson one: Learn to love. We have come from very different places, and at UE, we have learned that not everyone looks, acts or believes the same way. And that’s OK. People who do not fit into the prototype of those from your hometown are not bad: They are just different. No matter where you go in life, you will meet people who carry unforgettable stories with them. Take the time to love people and listen to their stories. You would want the same thing. Lesson two: Learn to admit when you are wrong. Everyone has shortcomings. Whether it is procrastinating, having a temper or even being a little too organized, we all have something that makes us human. Though the thought might sound a little farfetched, it levels the playing field a bit. All people put on their pants the same way each and every day, and all people fall on their faces every once in a while. This is not to say that you will not have times when you feel on top of the world — you will — but learn to embrace and treasure those moments. Also learn to admit your mistakes, and then work to do better — without excuses.

Lesson three: Follow your dreams. Many of us came to UE with a specific major in mind, but as we went along, we discovered that something inside us directed us onto a completely different path. We finally found that thing we truly love. Though parents, friends and the job market might disagree with your choice, push through and remember the love you have for your area of study. Even if satisfaction does not come immediately, this does not mean it never will. Lesson four: Don’t worry about it. We have spent far too much time stressing and losing sleep about grades, internships, graduate school and jobs. Take some time to appreciate what you have accomplished rather than wondering when the next thing is going to come along. Embrace relaxation for a while; it is a long-awaited, well-deserved feeling. Finally, to all underclass students: Spend your time at UE well. When you look back, you will not remember the nights where you got a full eight hours of sleep. But you will remember the nights you and your friends decided to enjoy life a little too much. We are not saying to totally neglect your classes, but remember to loosen up and have some fun every once in a while. After all, college is where memories are made.


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And speaking of moments that have made our lives a little better, we would like to extend our thanks to the younger Crescent Magazine and LinC staffers — each and every one of you has made an impact on us and taught us some great life lessons. We can only hope we were good mentors to you on your journey and that we passed on two successful publications that are yours to make into something even greater. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

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CRESCENT MAGAZINE is the University of Evansville’s student magazine. It is written, edited and designed by and for students and distributed six times during the academic year. It is funded through advertising revenue and a subscription fee paid on behalf of students by the Student Government Association. Circulation is 1,700. Printed by Mar-Kel Printing, Newburgh, Ind. © 2013 Student Publications, University of Evansville. z Editorial Policy: Commentary expressed in unsigned editorial pieces represents a consensus opinion of Crescent Magazine’s Editorial Board. Other columns, articles and advertising are not necessarily the opinion of the Editorial Board or other members of the magazine. z Letter Submissions: Crescent Magazine welcomes letters from UE students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, but material the Editorial Board regards as libelous, malicious and/or obscene will not be published. Letters should not exceed 400 words. For verification, letters must include the author’s name, year in school or title and e-mail address. Crescent Magazine does not print anonymous letters or those that cannot be verified. Letters will be edited for length, style, grammar and spelling. E-mail letters to and write “letter” in the subject line. 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine


The reason we are here

The time has come to stand up for a better future. EVERYONE GROWS UP.

It is a fact of life: You either grow up or die young. Eventually our generation will be the one in charge, the one creating things and establishing policy. That process begins now, but it does not seem like anyone our age is ready to do anything about it. There are plenty of possible reasons why things are the way they are. Controversial psychologist Bruce E. Levine produced a list of eight reasons that can be consolidated into two: It isn’t “cool” and it isn’t safe.


Sure, there are activists on Tumblr and protesters on Wall Street, and there is plenty of bile and rabblerousing to go around. But none of this matters. What matters is that we make something new or — at the very least — define for ourselves what the world we will soon inherit is going to look like. Every generation and movement borrows from and builds upon what came before.


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What we have done is steal from a century of social change to create a homogenized mass of vague, corporate and parentally sanctioned dissent, far too harmless and self-absorbed to garner much fear from the people in charge. There is a certain kind of flashy, vegan, hipster-esque protest that is considered cool, and it is so toothless that no one really cares. I get it. We are scared, and we do not really have the energy or the resources to risk something big. So we blog and chitchat instead. We are engrossed in intersectional feminism, gun rights, sexuality issues, artistic freedom, traditional values, rape culture, etc. We have hopped onto the Obama bandwagon or else tried to upset it, and we have done so from the comfort of our residence halls. Or maybe we have held up a sign now and again and have been stunned or pepper sprayed. We have stood with our Occupy movement comrades to raise the old battle cry, “We’re not going to take it.” I used to think the poorly aimed anger of Occupy was a good thing. I was wrong. That anger has not managed to produce real change or make a lasting impact. It is just noise in the ocean of information we live in. It does not help that iPhones and Twitter have become associated with the “movement,” further mainstreaming the ineffectual protest that takes the place of real dissent. Again, real dissent is not cool, and it is not safe.

It is ugly, even uglier than Occupy, and it leads to lots of jail time and bodily harm. It detracts from time that can be spent tuning up resumes and saving money. A University of California-Los Angeles study showed that more college freshmen than ever see a good job as the major reason for going to college, and in this economy that is not surprising. Yet without a worthwhile future, even a job can become meaningless. This column has been a place to list the various errors of popular culture, crony capitalism and infotainment politics. And it has been cathartic to make that list, but it is really time to stop listing why we are screwed because there is not enough paper in the world to print that list. We need to fix those problems. The “how” is not clear yet, but the “why” is: I do not want to live in this world, but I do not want to die young either. This is not a satisfactory place to live, even when you are privileged. If you are a student in an arts program, you are treated like a waste of oxygen. If you are a science or business major, your job is either being outsourced or cut. The right to earn a living is becoming increasingly marginalized, and the more colored, gay, poor, genderqueer or nonreligious you are, the worse it gets. Yet we act like we do not care. The announcement of the next iPhone is news. The tweets of that person you hate can make or break your day. The McRib is an event, not just an awful sandwich. The trappings of our young lives — watching “Girls” on our MacBooks or drinking Bud Light at cramped bars that play the same 40 songs endlessly — are nothing short of massive wastes of time, but we act as if our youth is endless and the future can only get better. Could matters be worse? Sure. This is a pretty good time to be alive, considering modern medicine and labor and civil rights laws. But that is no reason to be complacent. Enjoying the fruits of our ancestors’ suffering, sipping Starbucks and arguing over insignificant drivel are getting us nowhere. This is my last column. It has been fun, and I would like to think I can make a difference, but let’s face it; there is only so much I can do from here. I will try to do my part if you do yours, and maybe by the time it is our turn to be in charge, this world will be worth living in.

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ence occurred in high school, when he went to New Orleans with a group to build a home for a couple in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “A few years later, we went back down to New Orleans,” he said. “The same couple was still living in the house we built. It’s nice to see the effect you make, even years down the line.”

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In the future, Graninger hopes to work with an organization offering service projects in another country. “It really helps when you have friends with you,” he said. Graninger’s volunteering also provides him with many new friendships. While Hamilton and Graninger devote themselves to religious work, sophomore Becky Calahan and senior Joanna Calahan volunteer in a variety of areas. They claim most of their influence comes from their parents. “Our parents raised us to give back to the community, as we’ve been given so much,” Becky Calahan said. “Pay it forward — our mom says that a lot.”

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by Jessica Ingle

The do-good mentality

These four students lead the pack when it comes to volunteering. VOLUNTEERING IS

viewed as a must for students at UE, but some go above and beyond what is required. Senior Matthew Hamilton is one of those students. When he is not running cross-country, playing intramurals or focusing on schoolwork, he is in church, helping wherever he can. Most of Hamilton’s volunteer history stems from work back home in Floyds Knobs, Ind. “I often lead a bunch of retreats for high school students,” he said. “I help them out with everyday problems, but I also aid them in their faith development.” Hamilton’s last retreat included about 40 students, eight of whom he led himself. During the summer, Hamilton volunteered with Faith in Action, a national organization devoted to interfaith caregiving. He constantly looks for Christian organizations to work with, also hoping to be involved with YouthWorks, a group that offers weeklong Christ-centered mission trips in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. “YouthWorks is something I’d really want to do,” Hamilton said. “I’d love to be able to lead several different mission trips somewhere in the U.S.” Hamilton’s service benefits him as well as those he helps. “It’s definitely given me a sense of identity,” he said. Much like Hamilton, freshman Robbie Graninger spends most of his time at his church, Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, Ind. He mostly helps with the vacation Bible school, and though he enjoys helping with the classes, Graninger prefers volunteering with construction projects. His most memorable experi06

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The sisters are both members of Chi Omega, and they also participate in several activities on campus. Becky is an Admission Ambassador, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the president of Colleges Against Cancer and a member of the Leadership Academy. She likes volunteering at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, where she enjoys the experience of manning a booth and seeing all the excited children pass by her. Though handling all of her positions may be tough, she has a good grasp on scheduling. “I just have really good time management,” she said. “My sister and I get bored if we’re not doing something. Volunteering is not a chore for us. It’s something we want to do.” Joanna, meanwhile, is president of the Music Therapy Association and an Orientation Leader. As a music therapy major, she interns at hospices. “I volunteer with Deaconess Hospice,” she said. “A lot of my volunteering comes from there — on a weekly basis I work about two to three volunteer hours.” Joanna likes how volunteering and her major blend into one another, allowing her to learn and practice her field while helping the patients. Though the realm of volunteering may seem daunting, especially for the college student, these four have shown that they can reach success in their academic, social and humanitarian lives. “People aren’t going to turn away a willing helper,” Becky said. “Get involved in organizations that have volunteer opportunities. It’s a really great way to bond with people you know nothing about.”



by Chelsea Modglin photo by Samantha Cook

NEW-AGE LO G I STICS A robot may change transportation globally. In the engineering world, computer science and electrical engineering go together like salt and pepper. And for the last year and a half, seniors Jordan Stoltz and Eric Whitney have been working on a robot that could change the way we transport cargo. Once finished, the robot will be able to determine the size and color of packages, and from there it will determine how the packages should be shipped — by ship, plane, or train — all while navigating its surroundings using laser sensors. In order for it to do this, Stoltz and Whitney must work together to create more advanced technology. In past competitions, robots only had to read barcodes, which Whitney said basically just tell the robot what to do. “This one actually has to look at [the cargo] and say, ‘Oh, this is what it is,’” he said. Although Whitney has an internship and Stoltz has a part-time job, they estimate that they spend at least 40 hours a week on their project. “That seems like a lot of time,” Whitney said. “But it takes forever just to do one little task.” For the robot to work, Whitney, an electrical engineering major, has to create the hardware that will accommodate the software made by Stoltz, a computer science major. “It’s nice to work together with somebody who can help,” Stoltz said. “We can figure things out more efficiently than if we were both electrical engineers or if we were both computer engineers or computer scientists.” They plan to enter their robot in this year’s annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers competition in Denver. “We would like to place in the top three,” Stoltz said. “But I think even if we don’t place super high, just seeing the robot perform this course [in the lab] and deliver all the blocks to the right areas would be great for us, just so we can prove to ourselves that we did it.”

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Christine’s ONE WORD is Perceptive A GREAT

lawyer can find strengths and flaws in people’s words, and this is something exchange student Christine Donaghy knows how to do, too. “I am quite a good judge of character,” she said. Donaghy studies law with politics at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, U.K., but she is currently spending a year at UE. She hopes to become a corporate lawyer at a London law firm. “You put your work forward, present it, and you have to reinforce it,” she said. While here, she concentrates on her studies with business administration courses. But she is not only perceptive of others; she knows to make time for herself as well. Back in her hometown of Derry, Donaghy likes going to Gaelic football matches and music festivals, such as Oxegen, the largest in Ireland. But Donaghy still recognizes the hardships ahead of her, and when she is back in Europe, she will prepare for her bar exam and apply for internships, preparing to face her challenges.

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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN Student leaders work toward a bigger and better Sunset Concert this year. by Mindy Kurtz Hensley


remember last year’s Sunset Concert as chaotic and underwhelming. But this year’s performance is already headed in a better direction. “Things went a lot more smoothly this year,” said sophomore Andrew Abad, SAB special events chair. “Last year was a fluke, in a way.” Abad said that compared to last year’s mix of unfortunate circumstances and trying to get a band at the last minute — combined with leaving the floor space open to high school crowds — this year’s show is a definite improvement, right from the concert’s inception. “We sent out an e-mail survey around the time Winter Break had ended, asking students who they wanted to see at Sunset,” Abad said. “We did that, rather than giving them set choices like we did last year. Asking for suggestions worked out a lot better. It was a better idea for us to see what campus liked.” And Abad definitely has a point about preparations running more smoothly this year. From communicating with the band’s manager to getting Ford Center set up, the process this year has been a lot less stressful. Even though Ford Center comes with its own rules and regulations, Abad has found that it makes a better venue than an outside location or a smaller area located on campus. His partner in the project, sophomore Kiki Jones, SAB entertainment chair, agrees that using Ford Center is beneficial. “With the Ford Center, we have more of a budget to


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spend,” Jones said. “The contacts there were easier to work with.” Neon Trees was one of the top five choices that students submitted, so Jones and Abad got to work contacting the band. “We had a lot of conversations with the manager, and it worked out,” Jones said. “It’s great because they’re a relevant act, and being free makes it that much better.” Though this is Jones’ first year helping to plan the concert, she has found that all of the scheduling and work is easier when it is split between two people, especially with Abad, who has already been the special events chair for a year. And Jones stressed that with the support of the other SAB board members behind them, the job seems more fun. “I can’t imagine only one person working on it,” she said. “And it’s not just the two of us; the rest of the board has been really supportive with what we wanted to do.” Jones and Abad also believe that since the announcement that Neon Trees would be the headliner and with the anticipation of the nearing performance, student excitement has been piqued. “In about two days of selling tickets, 400 students had picked up theirs,” Abad said. The two have worked to try to make this concert as catered to UE students as possible in order to improve from last year. They plan to rope off a section of the concert floor that includes both standing and sitting options spe-

“I’m personally pretty jazzy pumped.” cifically for UE students, and they are holding two contests — one for a group of students to actually meet the band and another for a group to be chauffeured to the concert in a limousine. Though they admit that opening the concert to the public does diminish a little of the intimacy that would come with the concert being strictly a UE event, it was worth it to them. “When it comes down to it, the dollars matter with events like that,” Jones said. “The Ford Center is a way for us to get bigger bands that normally wouldn’t come through here. It’s a small price to pay for us to get such a notable band.” The two agree that the popularity of Neon Trees itself is a large draw to get students to attend the concert this year. The band, hailing from Provo, Utah, formed in late 2005 but did not gain national fame until 2008 after touring with the band The Killers. When they released their single “Animal” in 2010, it climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the top spot on the alternative rock chart. Since then, Neon Trees has maintained this chart-topping mentality, doing covers of songs such as Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” Also, “Animal” was featured on an episode of the popular TV show “Glee.” Their newest hit, “Everybody Talks,” gave them their highest-ranking single by topping out at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Neon Trees is current in both online and live performances, and Jones and Abad wanted to use that hype

to make the event a hit. “The band’s name itself was a great promotion,” Abad said. “They played at New Year’s Eve, and they have some popular songs, so we really wanted to use that to get students to want to attend.” Though the band has two very prominent songs, Jones and Abad are excited to attend the concert and hear more of the band’s songs. “I love ‘60s-style music, and I feel like they’re really ‘60s-oriented,” Jones said. “I want to go to the concert and hear more of them. That’s why I go to a concert in the first place, to hear more of a band and see if I want to really get into them.” But one problem the two have noticed is that just because students get tickets, this does not mean they will actually end up going to the event, no matter what the incentives might be. They stressed that if students pick up a ticket, they should also plan to go to the event, or they should at least give their ticket to someone who wants to go. “We want to know that people who are getting tickets are actually planning to go, because we want to use our UE section,” Jones said. “If we’re giving them out, we want people to use them. It’s a waste of money if you don’t, especially if other people really want to go.” Jones and Abad have spent a lot of time and effort planning the event from day one, and the two are excited to hear Neon Trees play. “I’m personally pretty jazzy pumped,” Jones said. “I think it will go over really, really well.” 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine





freshmen Aryeh Lax and K.J. Saur can be found practicing gravity-defying maneuvers in Carson Center almost every day. The name of their act, “Folie a Deux,” is a French phrase describing a condition that causes two people to share the same delusion. Lax and Saur hold their dream of becoming professional acrobats near to them. They work constantly and have high hopes for the future. “We both are big dreamers,” Saur said. The Anchorage, Alaska, natives may seem to have nearly perfected their craft, but it was only last summer that they really earned the title of acrobat. They started training about a year ago when their high school art teacher helped them form AcroClub. The two excelled quickly, able to outperform intermediate students within a couple of months. “They

DEFYING GRAVITY For two freshmen, performing awe-inspiring tricks has become part of their daily routine.

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pick it up so quickly,” said freshman Harrison Mann, a hometown friend who has known both since middle school. “They’re really spectacular, and they’re only getting better.”

When we’re not in class, we’re in the gym. When we’re not in the gym, we’re dreaming.”

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Lax and Saur started doing street performances — also known as busking — last summer. With Lax as the base and Saur as the flier, the duo performed at festivals. It was not the ideal stage, but it enabled them to receive feedback on their routines. Saur said one her favorite memories comes from a time when she and Lax went busking at a market one Saturday. She said two young girls watched their performance over and over until finally getting the courage to approach Saur to ask for an autograph. The same day, they were performing for a group of men who thought they could replicate the duo’s tricks. As Lax and Saur transitioned into one of their more difficult moves, the men suddenly went silent. Saur said they quickly realized that the pair’s acrobatics were anything but easy. Mann also related that one of his favorite memories about the duo occurred at Flattop Mountain, a popular Alaskan camping site, when Saur and Lax performed a routine directly in front of the sun during the summer solstice — the day with the longest amount of daylight. “One woman said, ‘That’s sensual,’ while we were performing,” Lax said. “We had to laugh. I said back to her, ‘Don’t tell me about sensual.’” The couple ended up in southern Indiana because of Saur’s interest in physical therapy. As she became more interested in UE’s program, she also noticed that UE offered an art program, which interested Lax. Saur convinced him to look into UE as well. She eventually decided on physical therapy and exercise science with a minor in art, and Lax enrolled as a double major in art and physical therapy assistance. Though Saur and Lax say they are content in Indiana, they do admit that they miss some parts of Alaska. Saur said she misses her dog, her constant companion back home.

“We once learned the tango just to say that we knew how to.” The landscape is also quite a dramatic change. “I kind of miss the mountains,” Lax said. But Evansville does have its perks. Lax said most events in Alaska cater to those 21 and older. “Everyone drinks to get through the winter,” he said, adding that at UE, students can attend more events and it provides the chance to hang out with other students their age. The duo’s talents do not end with acrobatics. They have experimented with various forms of dance. “We once learned the tango just to say that we knew how to,” Saur said. In fact, the two learned the tango scene from the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!” Dancing has been the one great love, aside from acrobatics, that has brought the two together and made them test their abilities. Once Saur starts talking, it is easy to see that she has another great love — the late pop artist Michael Jackson. Her signature song is Jackson’s

“Thriller,” so much so that she once formed a group for students who did not feel comfortable at school dances. After teaching the group the iconic “Thriller” choreography, they gained a new-found confidence, and Saur convinced them to perform the routine at school dances. Lax and Saur even chose a Jackson song for their cross-dressing performance at PRIDE’s “Drag Show” in December, with Saur dressing and dancing as her idol. Though Saur and Lax spend a great deal of time together, they also have separate — though fantastical — interests. While Lax juggles and does single-person balancing, Saur enjoys costuming and makeup design. And as their acrobatics have improved, Lax and Saur’s dream of becoming professionals is becoming a reality. They hope to intern during the summer with the Aerial Angels, a traveling group based in Kalamazoo, Mich., that performs acrobatics, fire-eating and

trapeze acts. While they may not get to perform much, they will get the chance to train and learn from professionals. In the meantime, they practice at least 16 hours a week and try new tricks. To stay in shape, they workout regularly. “We’re both exercise freaks,” Saur said. “But we add a creative twist to it.” Though some of the workouts are dull, they push each other to keep going. ”Sometimes I only get up [in the morning] for the gym to spend time with my best friend,” Saur said. In hopes of combining their talents and careers, the duo have dreams of someday working for a professional circus company like Cirque du Soleil. And though they are open to wherever acrobatics may lead, their desire to achieve their dream keeps them working hard. “When we’re not in class, we’re in the gym,” Saur said. “When we’re not in the gym, we’re dreaming.” 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine


Both art and music fascinate people of all ages, but could they possibly help a person’s health?

A cowgirl and a cactus are the focus of senior Sarah Creekmur’s silhouette painting during Art 301, “Creative Development and Art Therapy.” [photo by Jessica Crihfield-Taylor]

What are the words again? Senior Katie Demuth begins to laugh when she realizes that she doesn’t remember the second verse to the folk song. [photo by Samantha Cook] Learning about the influence of art on today’s youth, senior Megan Thomas uses palm trees in her silhouette painting in Art 301, “Creative Development and Art Therapy.” [photo by Jessica Crihfield-Taylor]


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days when the word “therapy” suggested lying on a couch and answering the question: “How does that make you feel?” Therapy today can be as simple as listening to music or painting to relieve stress, but extensive training must be completed to practice it on a professional level. One of the toughest challenges alternative therapists face is getting the word out that such programs even exist. “It’s the best kept secret,” said Kathleen Murphy, assistant professor of music therapy. “No one knows about it.” Music therapy became a recognized profession in America in the 1940s, but music and healing have been linked throughout human history. “The idea of using music to help people for health reasons is centuries old,” said Mary Wylie, professor of music. In the ‘40s, doctors realized that hospital musicians were helping injured veterans. They decided the musicians needed more training to provide effective therapy. Interest was high, and the profession expanded rapidly.

Music therapy majors such as juniors Alyssa Thorp, Jennifer Wetzler and Kaitlin Emmert and senior Hilary Fisher lead a drum circle by singing everything from classics like “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Hey Jude” to the newer “Some Nights.” [photo by Samantha Cook]

Music therapists begin by assessing their clients. They discover their music preferences and then tailor the therapy process to their needs. Then the therapists move on to different exercises known as interventions. They play instruments, improvise and sometimes even compose music and lyrics to connect with their clients. “A lot of people think, ‘I’m going to listen to music and that’s my therapy,’” senior Joanna Calahan said. “We manipulate it so we can get a certain outcome.” During their freshman year, UE music therapy majors observe another student’s practicum experience. After that, they must complete practicum hours in five different settings, such as schools and hospitals. “It’s kind of cool because you get a taste of what it’s going

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to be like when you’re out there,” senior Margie Heideman said. “I’m out there and meeting people, and I’m really seeing what music can do.” While working with a preschool class of developmentally disabled children, junior Meghan Messer encountered a boy who rarely spoke. “He said a complete sentence about the song or intervention we were doing,” Messer said, “and all his teachers looked dumbfounded. If I hadn’t seen that, I wouldn’t have known that was out of the ordinary.” Instances such as this are rewarding for Messer, and they motivate her on her path to becoming a music therapist. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “I’m very excited about it.” While music therapy has unofficially been around for centuries, art therapy began in the ‘40s as an attempt to inject more jobs into the economy after the Great Depression. Artists were placed with psychologists and in hospitals, where they started to incorporate art as part of the healing process. “It’s beneficial to everyone,” junior Lauren Oates said. “It can even be beneficial to people who don’t have a classical condition.” Art therapists help their clients create art in a variety of mediums, including painting, ceramics, drawing, design and sculpture. But art therapists can also work with sewing, collages, beading and baking. “You don’t need any art skills, actually, because it’s more about the client than you,” Oates said. “It’s helpful to know how to do things so you can show them, but it’s less about how good or aesthetically pleasing it is and more about the deeper emotional aspect of it.” 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine


In the early 1990s, UE was one of two schools in Indiana that offered art therapy. But when the sole art therapy professor suddenly quit, the program was shut down. The university temporarily resumed the program so current art therapy majors could graduate, but due to time constraints, the students were required to take nine hours of classes each day. The program closed again once the students graduated. Valerie Milholland, adjunct instructor of art, was one of those students. After spending time working elsewhere, Milholland revived the program in 2003. “I was very well prepared for graduate school by my UE program, much more than most of my graduate school classmates,” she said, “and I will always be grateful for the boost UE gave me in my career. I feel privileged to do the same for the next generation of art therapists.” Practicing art therapy now requires a master’s degree, so UE has a pre-art therapy program that focuses on preparing students for graduate school. Students take a core of art studios, psychology courses and courses specific to art therapy. The art therapy courses are a mix of lecture and making art so that students can build their portfolios. When working with clients, the therapist begins with an assessment such as the House-Tree-Person exercise. Clients draw a house, a tree and a person while the art therapist reads the art and talks with them to get an understanding of their state of mind. “It’s less about the ability to draw and more about your brain knowing how things work and how to get that onto the page,” Oates said. “If a child isn’t where they should be developmentally, then that’s a red flag.” The first client Milholland worked with had been abused and had no schema, or visual concept, of a human. But he loved birds, and the two spent many sessions crafting birds in different mediums. “We built a connection through the birds,” Milholland said, “and through that, he developed a schema. I saw the importance of the art through that. I didn’t feel like I could have reached him any other way.” Though art and music therapies are both young fields, they are backed by research and can treat many disorders. Awareness is growing slowly but steadily through publicity from people who have benefited from alternative therapy. “I think our future is bright,” Calahan said. “I really, truly do.” 16

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on the wall make for great conversation starters. That’s the case in senior Chris Lasley’s room in the Sigma Phi Epsilon house, where each rack evokes hunting stories that he likes to share with his guests. “There are too many,” he said. “Something happens every time you go.” Yet whenever Chris can, he returns home to Princeton, Ind., to hunt. He said his uncle first took him hunting in the country fields that surround his hometown. “It’s almost like you’re in Kansas because it’s flat and there’s lots of open space,” Chris said. “I got addicted to it.” Chris takes his fraternity brothers and co-workers hunting with him. But his usual companion is his brother, freshman Ryan Lasley. While both are members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chris is a civil engineering major, and Ryan is a mechanical engineering major. The brothers escape to the woods whenever they can, and they do not plan to stop. “I’ll hunt until I can’t walk anymore,” Ryan said. They hunt almost everything, including deer, coyote and duck, and divide hunting into two types: waiting


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and tracking. “It completely depends on what you’re hunting,” Chris said. “Deer you have to be patient with, while [with] ducks, you can chat with your friends until they fly up.” When deer hunting, they set up tree stands, where they sit for hours until a buck comes along. The Lasleys use patience to hunt the animals. “It’s not easy killing a decent-sized buck,” Chris said. “It can’t be that stupid if it’s gotten that big. They’re one of the smartest animals in the world to hunt.” But although it takes patience, they love the challenge of hunting. “You get that buck fever, where that buck comes in and you’re sitting and shaking,” Ryan said. “Once you get it, it’s a rush. When deer season comes around, I always get the itch to go deer hunting.” While bagging deer requires fortitude, bird and coyote offer more action. The brothers travel through difficult terrain to find them. “We’ve waded miles through a flooded river to hunt duck,” Chris said. Freshman Zane Wyman went hunting with Chris and Ryan last fall. They spent the night looking for coyote before taking a break and resuming the next day. “We slept about 30 minutes to an

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hour,” Wyman said. “Then at 4:30 a.m. we were right out the door. Power nap and a warm-up.” Hunters occasionally indulge in jokes and stories while they hunt, but they mostly listen, tuning their ears to hear a scrape of leaves or a flap of wings. “If you’re not patient, you can’t hunt,” Ryan said. Some hunts last all season. Chris hunted one buck for weeks in his home woods, picking up its tracks in random spots. Yet he had no luck killing it until one day when it walked right under his tree stand. “I just got him with my gun,” Chris said. “Caught him on an off day.” The 11-point antler rack now adorns his room, a point for every inch-long or longer tine on the antlers. The more tines the antlers have, the more mature the deer was. Ryan remembers his first kill vividly. He went one morning with another hunter and found a big buck walking by. Mounting his cross hairs and taking aim, he shot. He went home with his first rack. “I didn’t even realize it was my birthday, I was so amped up,” he said. “The guy asked me how old I was, and I said, ‘Crap, I’m 15 now.’” Meanwhile, the antlers hang in Chris’ room, with new additions sure to come. 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine


Approaching Earth and Arbor days, let’s look at how UE conserves and where it needs to improve.

by Mindy Kurtz Hensley

UE THROWS OUT 21,500 POUNDS OF TRASH — about the weight of three elephants— per week, and only 8 percent of that trash is recycled. Even though UE is one of the smaller universities in the state, it produces an immense amount of trash. From plastic bottles to aluminum cans to piles and piles of papers, students often manage to produce a heavy heap of trash, and that does not even account for the weeks before students leave for Summer Break, when heaps of garbage that will not fit into students’ vehicles line the roads in and around campus. Lamps, chairs and even tables find their way to designated trash collection points.

To combat this need to consume and dispose, UE has established a recycling presence in the form of differently sized blue bins and other containers that are located in a number of areas around campus. Though the attempt to get students to recycle was done for the right reasons, junior Ryan Bassemier was not too impressed when he transferred from Ball State in 2012 and tried to recycle at UE. “I was just confused at some of the stations,” he said. “There were signs that looked like a middle-schooler had printed them out and stuck them on the wall — it looked sloppy.” Although he knew the two schools have drastically different budgets, Bassemier still wanted to make a difference. He started his position as Student Congress’ enhancement chair last fall, and the first issue he wanted to tackle was recycling. “It was something physical, something noticeable around campus,” he said. “It was the most realistic option I could see, and I wanted to give my position purpose. Plus, who doesn’t want to reduce waste?” Since then, Bassemier has started the UE Green Project, an effort to make campus more environmentally conscious. He has made several suggestions to help the cause, including moving recycling bins to more convenient locations and putting more accurate labels on the bins. “I wanted to put more 18

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bins in more locations and make [the labeling] easier to understand, but I didn’t want to do it alone,” he said. “I wanted to do it as a team.” To establish a bigger presence on campus, Bassemier joined forces with Jan Schrader, risk and environmental management manager. Schrader has only been on the job at UE since June, but Bassemier said she is firmly dedicated to keeping UE a clean and environmentally conscious place. “She bends over backward to do so much here,” he said, recalling that she personally hauls the recyclables not picked up by city companies to the local recycling plant each week. “She goes above and beyond to get things done.” And Schrader brings years of experience and attainable, practical options to the table. “I worked at Alcoa for 25 years,” she said, “and I know the systems that they have there work. I was excited to be able to bring them here.” What Schrader relies on so heavily is the EPA’s Environmental Management System, a set of practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. Each EMS is tailored to an organization’s business and goals, and it relies on continuous improvement — reducing, reusing and recycling waste; environmental compliance; sustainability and training and education. “It’s a formal, practical way to get things done,” Schrader said. “It raises awareness.”

The natural environment is not the only thing that affects how UE goes about implementing strategies like the EMS. UE is located in one of the most coal-reliant states in the U.S. National Geographic states that Indiana’s coal-burning plants supply nearly half of the country’s energy and produce as much carbon dioxide as America’s cars, trucks, buses and planes combined. The U.S. itself burns more than one billion tons of coal Americans t h ro w annually. As a nation, aw a we throw away 180 million tons of trash each year, and we throw

But Mohsen Lotfalian, professor of electrical engineering, said conservation changes are being made at a larger level because the need to conserve is dire. “The best way we can meet our energy challenges is through conservation,” he said. Lotfalian said changes are being made to the way we convert electricity and heat-based energy. He specifically stressed the use of nanotechnology — adding miniscule nanoparticles to substances to improve their energy efficiency or to make them have greater durability. “These are the things that will be used in terms of efficiency,” he said. “We should be seeing major implementations of them in five to 10 years.” While it may not be building a geothermal plant anytime soon, UE is becoming greener, and changes made show that UE is heading in the right direction. There are motion-sensing lights in some buildings, and recycling bins are in more places than ever before. The School of Business Administration and Ridgway Center have both earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an honor that goes to buildings whose design helps to protect the environment and the health of those working inside of them. SOBA received certification in 2008 and was the first building in Evansville to earn the honor. Ridgway followed in 2009. “I think we’ve got a lot going on here,” Schrader said. “We do a really good job with what we have. We have a way to go, but we have opportunities to improve.”

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But aside from keeping storm drains clear, Schrader said the same EMS strategy can be applied to make recycling and saving energy more prominent on campus. “It allows us to make improvements in one area until we’re satisfied, then move on to the next area, all while applying the same strategy,” she said. “We’re really formalizing and making it systematic so it can be applied to anything.”


Schrader’s focus is to safely handle and dispose of hazardous waste materials, as well as to make recycling more prominent on campus. She said there are a variety of materials handled on cam-

pus that could be hazardous, including chemicals used in Koch Center laboratory experiments or materials needed to build sets for theatre productions, and all should be used and disposed of properly. Using the procedures specified in the EMS, she looks for ways to do things like protect campus storm drains from hazardous products and for ways to make students take notice of their effect on the environment. “We want to make a recycling web site that’s separate from the one on the RSA page, just to get us a bit more out there,” Schrader said. “We want to make it interactive, to inform the students and give ourselves a good web presence.”

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And she is right; UE still has areas where it can improve. The issue of paper conservation is certainly a big deal. Some professors bring stacks and stacks of paper to classes, while other courses require page after page of printed material. And some departments and offices are also guilty of being wasteful as far as paper is concerned. “We get dump-loads of papers and pamphlets,” Schrader said. While the LEED certifications are a step in the right direction, UE has a long way to go before it can be truly seen as environmentally conscious. And this means students have to get onboard, too. “[UE] is and isn’t a ‘green school,’” Bassemier said. “It’s not the top concern on the list of things, but [officials] have established some efforts while I have been here, and I want to help with that.” When it comes to the future, Bassemier is already trying to implement recycling paths for when the townhouses are completed in the fall. He also plans to place bins in each townhouse. “I didn’t want to just start making decisions on my own,” he said. “I wanted perspective from everyone — the workers, students, everyone.” While these efforts are being made, students and other members of the campus community can still do their part to help create sustainability on campus, most of which involves making common-sense decisions and giving student recycling workers an easier time, which ultimately helps everyone and the environment. “People put glass in the bins, and we don’t recycle that at all,” said sophomore Tyler Vest, a student worker for UE’s recycling program. “We have different buildings that seem to care more than others — like over in Koch, they separate everything for us and make that extra effort to throw things away correctly, but in SOBA, it’s like people just throw things away wherever and don’t take the time the read the labels. Some people don’t dump out the liquid in their bottles first either, and that makes it really gross when we go to sort it.” When it comes down to it, Schrader said conserving energy and reducing trash starts with the individual. Taking the extra step to actually look where you are throwing something away or making sure to empty bottles first before tossing them can really make a difference. “Just think about it first,” Schrader said. “That’s the big thing: Think about it before you throw something away and what impact it could have. 20

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The board is the overseer of the university. It has judiciary responsibilities, responsibilities to make sure financial goals are established and met, to make sure academic standards are maintained, that graduation rates are maintained. We look over such things as enrollment and tuition policies. With so many areas to cover, how do members of the board go about making decisions?


The administration puts forward a proposal that identifies objectives, metrics, timing and what the benefits are. The board will have a discussion, and then it’s put to a vote, It’s a fairly straightforward process. We have a proactive, involved board. They’re interested in the status and success of the university.


What are some of the major issues that have been presented to the board this year? Tuition sensitivities, affordability, value creation, ways of demonstrating that if you come to the university, there’s a value for your efforts. We spend a lot of time talking about affordability. We talk a lot about marketing: How do we tell the story? We spend a lot of time talking about academics: What are the programs that shouldn’t continue or could possibly be added?


While you keep your jobs separate, what is your relationship like with President Tom Kazee?


We talk a lot. We share compatible interests and a deep sense of importance of the university. We talk about strategic direction. I try hard not to manage, but I think he’s open to suggestions. He wants this university to succeed. There’s a lot of contact and discussion about key issues.

Chair Larry Kremer

Crescent Magazine sat down with the leader of the board of trustees to get some answers to a few questions.

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Important topics are discussed in your meetings. What is the plan for sharing what goes on in meetings with students?


Historically, there’s been a closeness of keeping information quiet. Dr. Kazee has had a more open attitude as far as dispersing information. Are we where we should be? Perhaps not, but I think we always strive to determine the best way to get information out to students, parents and constituents. We work hard at that, but we’re perhaps not as successful as we’d like.


Senior trustee voting is soon. What is the importance of having students and recent graduates on the board?


Senior trustees play a full role in the board; they are voting members. We’ve had students on a lot of subcommittees that perform quite admirably. I find it refreshing, and I think they bring innovative thoughts. They’re not afraid to speak their minds — and they shouldn’t be. They’re articulate. They’re doing a great job at representing their constituents. 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine


Fighting instinct

Bringing Israeli self-defense to Evansville. BEING A COLUMNIST

is making me dangerous. As if learning how to rock climb, fence and dance was not harrowing enough for one man, the magazine’s Editorial Board decided I should learn the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. These techniques are taught not only to the Israeli Defense Forces but also to U.S. soldiers and law enforcers. The steps are designed to fit with the body’s natural response to an attack, making them easy to learn for those new to martial arts.


To start my training, I went to Morris Dynamics Martial Arts Training Center, located at 333 Plaza E. Blvd. A 1984 alumnus, Gary Morris, runs the school, and he has been teaching judo and tae kwon do in Evansville since 1993 and Krav Maga since 2001. Morris Dynamics is affiliated with Krav Maga Worldwide, which tries to spread Krav Maga around the globe. Because training involves a lot of partner work, I brought our photo editor, junior Samantha Cook, with me.


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Cook is a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, so I was afraid of what she could do to me if we ended up sparring. Head instructor Mike Parks conducted the class, which was labeled Krav Maga Phase 1&2. Parks explained to us that Phase 1 teaches defense against unarmed attackers, while Phase 2 teaches what he calls gun, knife and stick defense. Before I could get past the picture of someone attacking me with a twig, the lesson began. Parks said he made the drills as intense as possible in order to make things more natural and eliminate tunnel vision in case of an actual attack. I was apprehensive about learning what “intense” meant. We began with some basic warm-ups, and by the end of that, I was winded. But this says more about my physical state than the intensity of the workout. After the warm-up, we moved to some freestanding punching bags. Cook and I stood on opposite sides of a bag and took turns punching it when Parks told us to do so. We punched the top of the bag, and I enjoyed watching Cook, who is shorter than I am, reach for her target. Parks referred to the bags as “bad guys” and grounded the exercises in real-life scenarios. After the bags, we were given hand-held pads that we were supposed to use for crotch kick drills, leaving me with only that relatively thin material to protect my most sensitive area from Cook’s feet.

Thankfully, I was spared a shoe in my groin, but I still winced in fear every time her foot hit the pad. The next lesson was on breaking chokes. Parks gave us a brief demonstration, which involved grabbing the assailant’s thumbs and ripping them off one’s neck, making sure the attacker did not press on the trachea. For the next few minutes, Cook and I took turns limply grabbing each other’s necks and breaking the chokes. Since we were not yet at the point in our friendship where we wanted to choke each other, we laughed nervously. During a short water break, Parks walked by and placed a life-sized yellow plastic gun in Cook’s hands, which left her confused and terrified. This was the beginning of Phase 2. We learned a complicated maneuver that involved checking for an empty hand, doing a spin move to get the gun off our backs, elbowing our attacker in the face and holding the attacker’s neck at arm’s length while we kneed his gut. This was the first drill Cook and I had any real problem with. When we were finished with the guns, we went back to the punching bags and worked on elbow jabs. We also did rapid punches while kneeling to get us used to punching without the power of our legs. As soon as I started, I realized I could barely lift my arms, let alone move them fast enough to deliver anything resembling a punch. By the time Parks told us to finish with seven push-ups, both Cook and I were almost in tears. After the lesson — and for the next few days — my entire body ached and screamed at me in protest of the workout I had put it through. But despite the pain I felt, I do not regret the experience. It was a very rewarding workout, and I learned some useful tips for self-defense. If you want to try Krav Maga, go ahead and sit in on a class. If you want to commit, you have to buy a lesson package, which includes 50 lessons as well as sweatpants, a shirt and wrist straps. The package costs $820, which sounds like a high price, but it breaks down to a little less than $20 per lesson, and it can be paid in a few installments. Students can use their 50 lessons as quickly or slowly as they want; there is no contract to be there every week. To find more information about the school, including a full list of classes, visit

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Discover the many positive effects of gardening. RESEARCH HAS

found that active gardeners receive more health benefits from gardening than even the most consistent gym goers. In fact, a 180-pound person with 30 minutes to spare can burn nearly 200 calories in the garden, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. “It’s a combination workout because you’re not only stretching, but you’re lifting weights,” said Jerrilee LaMar, assistant professor of nursing. “I think any time you go out in the garden, you get a little stronger.” Besides burning calories, gardening regularly can also lower your risk for osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Additionally, exposure to sunlight provides an opportunity to get some much-needed vitamin D, which helps the body to absorb greater levels of calcium. So you are not only staying thin and building muscle, but you are also nourishing your body.

“I like gardening because I like to be close to my food.”

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well-being. In fact, this is so effective that horticulture, like art and music, has become a form of therapy. Besides benefiting your health, tending a garden might also keep your wallet in shape by reducing grocery costs. Accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables is certainly a privilege that some would describe as priceless. “I like gardening because I like to be close to my food,” LaMar said. “I think even if you’re not doing a garden on a large scale, you can still benefit. With the price of groceries, every little bit helps.” And any extras can be donated to a local food bank. Spinach, cherry tomatoes and basil also grow well in a college living setting. If you want to grow a plant in a residence hall or the Villages, Ann Powell, associate professor of biology, said a terrarium with mosses and ferns is the best option. A terrarium is a glass container that acts like a miniature greenhouse by trapping moisture and warmth inside. “Mosses and ferns can be quite nice to look at,” she said. “And they don’t have to be watered often, or ever, really.” You could also get involved or volunteer with gardening on campus by taking a horticulture course or by contacting Chair Bill Hemminger, professor of English, who initiated the annual UE farmer’s markets and also manages the large garden by the Auxiliary Support Facility, known by most as the Armory, and another behind North Hall.

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Resume enclosed In March’s “Viewpoint,” Crescent Magazine took issue with the Center for Career Development’s tactics used to craft student resumes. It was argued that resumes should be tailored to a student’s individuality. I would argue that one should focus less on having an exciting resume and spend time tailoring it to exemplify skills. Employment expert Alison Doyle was cited as saying “when choosing a resume format, not one resume fits every job.” I believe we must distinguish between a resume and a resume format. My resume to find a teaching position will not help me get one as a financial analyst, but how my resume is organized could be transposed to an accounting major’s resume. Doyle also encouraged people to think about the reasons for using a nontraditional resume, stating “Are there skills you have that only a nontraditional resume will emphasize? If so, then consider a nontraditional resume. If not, best to stick to the industry standard.” I think CCD is right on target. It is a helpful resource, and the staff knows what they are doing. Their resumes must have been right on target if they got their jobs in the first place. Coty Wiley, senior

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by Amy Reinhart & Alexandra Wade

BUSTERS Crescent Magazine presents Myth Busters each issue and compares UE’s myths to those at Hanover, Butler, DePauw and other similar schools to see how we stand up.

“All student-athletes go to UE for free.” Many assume student-athletes attend UE at no cost. While many students receive merit scholarships or have financial need, some believe that all an athlete has to do is be a member of one of UE’s 14 sports teams to receive money. A majority of UE’s student-athletes receive some kind of financial aid, but just because a student is an athlete does not mean he or she pays nothing to attend UE. Of UE’s 237 athletes, 178 received some kind of athletic scholarship. The NCAA sets the rules on how much money student-athletes can receive, which often depends on the sport. Basketball and volleyball are head-count sports, which means a limited number of student-athletes receive athletic scholarships. Head-count sports are fully funded and do not offer partial scholarships. Other sports, including baseball and swimming, are equivalency sports, which means the student-athletes can only receive partial athletic scholarships. An NCAA Division I school like UE, Butler offers many athletic scholarships, but that does not necessarily mean they will go to student-athletes. For example, one golf scholarship can support a nonstudent-athlete majoring in pharmacy if there is no qualified student-athlete. While some student-athletes may not have to pay for tuition or room and board, they may have other expenses to deal with. Hanover and DePauw are Division III schools, and it is against NCAA regulations for them to offer athletic scholarships. JoAnn Laugel, Financial Aid director, said student-athletes at UE on scholarship are no different from nonathletes who receive scholarships. “Our 237 student-athletes do not come to the university for free,” she said. Myth: False

Rumors are always flying around UE, but could there be some truth to them?

“If a student’s roommate dies, he or she does not have to take finals.” This is one of the more nonsensical myths, but that does not deter students from talking about it. There are several variations that seem to be passed around, such as the surviving student would receive all A’s or free tuition. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would believe it in the first place, but it is a myth that has been around campus for years. “That myth goes around so many universities,” said Mike Tessier, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. “It’s kind of like an urban legend, but it’s not true.” While all the schools will help grieving students, none would let them skip finals. Students may be given more time to study, but they would not receive special treatment. “We would be sympathetic, caring and work with the roommate,” Tessier said. “We would provide counseling and academic support with the understanding they are going through a difficult time.” None of the schools have specific policies for this situation. Students would receive counseling, but free tuition and a free pass on finals are out of the question. Myth: False

“Facilities at other schools are open longer on weekends than at UE.” While Cafe Court is open only 10 hours, other facilities are just as troublesome. The Fitness Center is open 77 hours a week, but students who like to exercise on the weekends are out of luck — the center is only open for 15 hours. DePauw’s recreation center is open twice that long, while Butler’s center is open 26 hours. Hanover’s recreation center is open 21 hours, six more than UE. Jeff Chestnut, Fitness Center director, said there has not been a demand to keep the center open longer. While about 300 people will use the center each weekday, Saturdays are a different story, with the number rarely more than 60. Sun-

days are not much better. “[The hours] have been tweaked a little bit, but there’s never been a reason to open earlier,” he said. “Right now, the numbers don’t support having it open longer.” The university libraries are also another concern for some students. Those who want a quiet place to study and a chance to get ahead on homework cannot turn to the libraries for solitude; the buildings are only open for 20 hours. Butler’s main library is open 25 hours, while Hanover’s is open 22 hours. DePauw’s library is open 30 hours, but its students enjoy one perk: 24-hour library access with a valid ID. William Louden, university librarian, said 24-hour access to the libraries could put students and library materials at risk if staff members are not present. “Both of those have to play into the decisions that are reached,” he said. “That is, by my line, something of a security issue.” As with the Fitness Center, numbers play a role. “The count of patrons indicates there are few people in the libraries nearest to closing times,” Louden said. “My sensibilities are that our hours are adequate in terms of use on any day.” Some question Ridgway Center’s weekend hours, too, since it is open only 16 hours. DePauw and Butler students can access their university centers 24 hours a day with their IDs. All schools fared better than Hanover. Its center is open just 16 hours each day and does not allow card swiping by students, but that could change with the opening of its new center this month. “I hope we’re moving in that direction, but we’re not quite there yet,” said Angie Preston, Hanover administrative staff supervisor. Hours at UE’s facilities may be problematic when compared to other schools where students have access to facilities 24/7. While that may be impossible for the libraries and Fitness Center, those in charge are willing to weigh other options. Myth: Debatable 04.2013 11.2012 l Crescent Magazine







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college, Laura Paglis, associate professor of management, wanted to be a meteorologist. But she quickly discovered that, to her, the amount of math involved was not worth the excitement of hurricanes, snowfall and tornadoes. “It seemed kind of tedious and all about data analysis,” she said. “And it’s ironic because now I have a phobia of tornadoes.” After changing her major to accounting and earning her undergraduate degree, Paglis began working with Amoco Corp. in Chicago. She found the work tiresome and too focused on quantitative data, much like meteorology; she was more interested in the people behind the numbers. “I enjoyed the human relations aspect of the field,” Paglis said. Because of this, she went on to earn her doctorate from Purdue in organizational behavior — a field directed at analyzing facets within the workplace that affect employee behavior and using that knowledge to implement effective group strategies.


by Jessica Ingle photo by Samantha Cook

Paglis runs to relieve stress. “I am a recreational runner,” she said, “but I’m by no means a speedster.” Her longest run was a YMCA 15K.

Now having taught at UE for 13 years, Paglis said Management 377, “Organizational Behavior,” is her favorite upper-level course to teach. She encourages students outside the School of Business Administration to take at least one business course, as the topics are always relevant. “Dealing with people is a universal challenge,” she said, “so it’s nice to have that diversity in my classes. They bring a different perspective to each class.” Senior Jeffery Hoida, one of Paglis’ students, said that while the Highland, Ind., native may be a tough professor, she is fair. “That’s one class I make sure I don’t miss,” he said. “She forces us to be better students.” For Hoida, Paglis’ interactive teaching methods have helped him grow from a shy freshman to a senior avidly participating in discussions. While Paglis uses PowerPoint presentations and gives regular quizzes, she also sets a higher standard when it comes to participation. “I do put an emphasis on professionalism,” Paglis said. “I hope students will contribute to the learning environment rather than passively listening.” She stresses experiential learning above all else, and she assigns projects that connect textbook topics to global concerns. As sophomores, for example, students must start their own businesses. “You would be an entrepreneur,” she said, “at least for a few semesters.” Paglis said she cannot credit herself as being a mentor to individual students, but she does see the effects her teaching has on them. “My students see the benefit of my class once they get out into the real world,” she said. Through the years, Hoida said he has learned a lot from her. “She really engages you,” he said. “You never have to ask how you’re going to use this in real life because it is real life. She is definitely a key member in the department.” 04.2013 l Crescent Magazine





Meet a closer with a passion for writing. by Emily Molli photos by Samantha Cook


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writing may seem like polar opposites, but in the case of pitcher Jake Naumann, being a creative writing major makes the two balance quite well. Though baseball and writing have been a part of his life for a long time, baseball was always the senior’s first love. “I’ve been playing since I was 4 or 5,” Naumann said, adding that he started pitching in Little League when he was just 9 years old. Though his parents helped fuel his passion by supporting his love of the game and traveling to away games and tournaments, Naumann said his mother was not always sold on the idea of her son playing sports. “My mother was terrified,” he said. “There was a lot of traveling, a lot of money spent on it.” Since then, he has grown into a respected right-handed closer. He appeared in 20 games last season for the Aces as a reliever, posting a 3.67 ERA and holding opponents to a .268 batting average. He recorded 27 strikeouts in 34.1 innings and just 12 walks. He said his favorite game was last year when UE beat Vanderbilt, one of the top teams in the country at the time. “It’s fun when people don’t expect you to win and you surprise them,” he said. Naumann started school at UE not sure what he would major in. But his love for movies propelled him to creative writing halfway through his freshman year. Film appreciation runs in his family — his uncle, Ehren Kruger, has written numerous screenplays for Hollywood movies, such as “The Ring,” (2002), “The Brothers Grimm” (2005) and the “Transformers” sequels (2009, 2011). As a budding writer, Naumann said he focuses on his characters and plots before deciding what the tone and genre of the story should be. He said he enjoys writing thrillers the most, but also likes writing horror — but usually only for himself. “I like writing B-level horror,” he said, “but I would probably never let anyone read that.” Naumann said he draws inspiration for characters and situations from his real-life experiences. “Some of the characters I write about are inspired by quirky people on the road or teammates,” he said. “Some of the dumb things that happen will get thrown into stories.” Throughout college, the Naperville, Ill., native said he has seen many improvements to his writing style and process. And like any successful student-athlete, he has to find a balance between his academic, athletic and social lives. “I’m a lot more involved in my writing and a lot more organized,” Naumann said. “If you want to get more than five hours of sleep, you really have to be organized.” Having taken courses taught by many of UE’s creative writing professors, Naumann does not admit to a favorite but said each has had an impact on his development as a writer. “The professors have definitely really helped,” he said. “Every single one in the department is really strong. I’ve enjoyed all their [courses] a lot out of all the other [courses] I’ve taken.” Coach Wes Carroll said he has also seen Naumann improve academically and athletically over the years. “He’s definitely had growth in all areas as a student-athlete,” he said. “In the classroom he’s continuing to show growth and on the field physically in his overall ability.” While student-athletes come in all shapes, sizes and majors, Carroll explained that the baseball team rarely has players who are creative writing majors. He described Naumann as an uncommon student-athlete. “The conversations I have with him are very fun, very witty,” Carroll said. “He’s a very clever young man who, with no doubt in my mind, is going to be very successful in whatever he does outside of baseball when he graduates.” For Naumann, spending about 20 hours at baseball practice during the week with his teammates means not only building close friendships but also exercising his patience and leadership skills. “He’s extremely outgoing,” Carroll said. “He’s not scared to share his views, and he provides leadership in ways of being vocal. He understands what we’re all about as a program, and he helps people fall into line.” Naumann even lives with three of his teammates — senior Josh Biggs and juniors Ryan Billo and Nick Hathcoat. But Naumann considers living with them to be an advantage. “It’s good,” he said. “You have someone to talk to who’s going through some of the same things as you, and you talk to them about it, and they understand. Everyone’s usually around at the same time because we have almost the same schedules.” In his spare time, Naumann said he enjoys playing his guitar, listening to music and spending time with his girlfriend — not to mention indulging in his serious Mario Kart addiction. But he never loses sight of the big picture. Naumann hopes to move to the West Coast after graduation to find work as a screenwriter. “I love writing screenplays,” he said, “and Los Angeles is the place you have to be.” Even with his great love of baseball, it seems Naumann always finds his way back to the page.

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ever aspired to be the next Sherlock Holmes, James Bond or another secret spy who leads an action-packed life, now you can finally add some excitement to your average home with the Hidden Bookcase. This bookcase can be found on, and it is crafted from maple, oak or cherry wood and comes in two sizes, medium or large. They both provide stylish storage space while helping you hide a secret room or passageway from others. This is the perfect accessory for concealing the entry into your own private area. With this simple device, you can turn your day into a covert mission as you sneak into your bedroom to take a top-secret nap. By placing the bookshelf passage over any hallway entrance or doorway, the area is instantly blocked off from the rest of the world. When you fold the case back, the secret space is revealed once again. This classy shelf can be yours starting at a mere $3,000.

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“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

—former President George W. Bush

tidbits & assets

April Rain

April showers may bring May flowers, but April Rain is refreshing in a whole new kind of way. According to, to make this vodka martini with a splash of lime, pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Then shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime peel and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. vodka / .5 oz. lime juice / .5 oz. dry vermouth / lime peel for garnish

PEOPLE FANTASIZE about all sorts of things when they masturbate or have sex, and the Kinsey Institute says it’s common for one’s mind to wander. Although not all women fantasize about two men having sex, some do. Some men fantasize about two women having sex, and some straight men fantasize about other men. Many straight women fantasize about other women. And a number of gay men still include women in their fantasies just as some lesbians think about having sex with men. Some people fantasize about group sex, rough sex or having sex with strangers. Life is complex — and so is sex. Sexual fantasies are diverse, and they can change frequently. They may represent things a person has no interest in doing in real life. Other times fantasies may inspire someone to consider whether they want to try a certain sexual experience under the right conditions.

WHOKNEW? The “mystery flavor” of Dum Dums Pops is truly random. Equipment isn’t cleaned; leftover flavoring meets the next batch. 32

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HOLE IN THE WALL DID YOU KNOW that peanut butter could be used to clean leather? is a web site with how-to guides on tips like these as well as thousands more. From the practical to the bizarre, this web site has you covered. You could unclog a sink, construct a bookshelf passageway or make a candle out of butter — the list goes on and on.




It may not make you breakfast, but a free app called Winston does just about everything else. It wakes you up and reads you a daily brief containing the weather forecast and top headlines for the day, including social media updates.

SOME PEOPLE THINK science nerds are not as funny as right-brained folks, but this is not necessarily the case. For those who love to utilize both sides of their brains, there is, a site dedicated to making the mathematical, the romantic and the ridiculous hysterical. With a growing list of more than a thousand comics, this site is sure to keep you busy.


Bar Fly


It is illegal for women to stand within 5 feet of a bar while they are drinking.

Long Arm of the Law


A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel.

time suck of the month

Bells and Cannonballs

ON THE LOOKOUT for all things amazing?

One cannot discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.

Well, look no further than, a buzzing hub of fascinating things gathered from all sorts of web sites. Content is posted daily and categorized by topic. From Lego mugs to extreme nail art to memes, this web site has more content than you could shake a digital stick at.

Sunday Chute



Unmarried women who go parachuting on Sundays could be subject to fines or jail time.

it came from the library Ashrita Furman of New York set the world record for the greatest distance traveled balancing a pool cue on the chin. He walked the distance of 5,472 feet, 9 inches on July 6, 2008, at the Joe Austin Playground in Jamaica, N.Y. Furman has set more than 400 Guinness World Records since 1979, and he also still holds an astounding 151 of them.

Niek Vermeulen of the Netherlands has collected 6,016 airplane sickness bags from 1,142 different airlines, as of January 2010. He has snagged bags from more than 160 countries since the ’70s. Parts of his collection are exhibited in the Guinness World Record museums in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas and in the Netherlands Open Air Museum.

The loudest domestic cat purr was achieved by Smokey, a domestic cat owned by Lucinda Adams of the United Kingdom. Smokey achieved 67.7 decibels — 14 times louder than the purr of an average house cat. Adams used a grooming brush, slices of ham and petting to induce the recordbreaking purr. Smokey has her own web site, blog and book.

The greatest weight lifted with a human tongue was a 27-pound, 8.96-ounce stone lifted by Thomas Blackthorne of the United Kingdom. He lifted the weight on the set of “El Show Olimpico” in Mexico City by using a tongue hook. He has kept the record since 2008. He has done several stunts, including swallowing a jackhammer.



Music artist Baauer’s song “Harlem Shake” has inspired countless video clips in which one person dances, ignored by surrounding people. But everyone else joins in with costume changes and props when the song’s bass line hits. In February, a video featured passengers on a Frontier Airlines plane doing the dance during a flight. Now authorities are looking into what stage the flight was in when the dance took place, though the airline said it was when the seatbelt sign was off.

ASK GRAND-GOOGLE. Researchers have found that Google, Wikipedia and YouTube are replacing the advice of older generations now that grandchildren can look up answer to questions themselves. According to the survey, fewer than one in four grandparents said they have been asked for advice on basic domestic chores such as washing clothes, learning a recipe or sewing on a button.

LITTLE MONSTERS. Sam Vesty, a player for England’s Bath rugby team, said his sons, ages 6 and 8, spent more than 1,000 euros an hour — 3,200 euros total — while playing the game Tiny Monsters on his iPhone after they memorized his password. The cash was eventually refunded after Tiny Monsters accepted that Vesty did not authorize the purchases.

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BEST places things that make us crazy to eat this month BIKE RACKS BY CARSON How many athletes really ride bikes? And who needs bikes when we have cars? That space could be put to much better use as an extra parking spot.

OLD ACCOLADES Oh, you were captain of your high school cheer squad four years ago? Good for you! And you made the all-state team that same year? Great! And you got a 1900 on the SAT? That’s cool. And you — actually, just stop talking.

UEMAKEOUTS Talking about someone who got a little too frisky is one thing, but actually invading his or her privacy, photographing it and then posting it online anonymously? That is not only illegal but also majorly creepy. Cut it out.

BEING RUDE AT JAZZMAN’S All of the workers at Jazzman’s Cafe are nice to their customers and do their best to give you what you want, how you want it. So, unless you are going to die from having 2 percent milk instead of skim, please don’t throw a fit.

VECCHIO’S ITALIAN MARKET & Delicatessen is the place for those who love Italian food. It has all the scents of homemade cooking and all the tastes of a bakery. This specialty imports market and deli offers different sandwiches every day. It also has a shopping mart and an extensive list of beer and wine, both domestic and imported. 14 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Ind. •


small place that serves Mexican cuisine that is full of flavor. Its menu includes delicious meals such as chimichangas and beef burritos, and it has a cheese dip customers refer to as “liquid gold.” It also serves tortilla soup with a slice of creamy avocado on top along with bottomless chips and salsa. 4044 Professional Lane, Newburgh, Ind. • 812–490–2814

FIRST AVENUE DINER looks a bit sketchy on

the outside, but inside the staff and the menu are sure to make you feel at home. The diner is open 24 hours a day, and if you go late at night, the place is usually empty, and the cook is willing to put some songs on the jukebox and serve up a delicious, fresh meal that might not be good for your arteries but is definitely worth it. 520 N. First Ave. • 812–423–7011

EDGEWATER GRILLE is an elegant, intimate

place to take a significant other for any occasion. The best parts of this restaurant are its impressive view of the Ohio River and its outdoor seating. It serves a wide variety of food, from American to Greek to Italian, and from time to time, jazz groups also perform there. 1 E. Water St., Newburgh, Ind. • 812–858–2443

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do you think kid 1.rockWhat and chris rock talk about at family reunions? —Jim Gaffigan

Les Paul? I agree. I pre2.fer John’ s songs. —Tim Heidecker

I always get confused the phrase ‘stop, drop, and roll.’ The ‘stop’ part doesn’t belong. That’s just extra time for being on fire. —Jon Friedman

NY and it’s inhab4.itants.I loveI could wander the street licking people’s faeces just to convey my affection. Sorry, I meant faces. Either. —Russell Brand

bored at the airport, 5.I justSosmiled at a baby to kill time. —Todd Barry

tanning for the 6.firstOmg time in 2 months!!! This is going to be exuberating! (Hope I used that right lmao) #givemeprops —Snooki Polizzi

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as far as senior Coty Wiley is concerned. His picks include both the recent and the classic:

“Black Beauty” Anna Sewell (Jarrold & Sons, 1877) The “Harry Potter” Series J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books, 1997–2007) “Cell” Stephen King (Scribner, 2006) “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Series Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, 1999–2006) “The Importance of Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde (Leonard Smithers, 1898)

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Getting a discount for school is great, but some of these scholarships are absolutely outrageous.

you can apply to earn some sweet cash for college.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship and reel in $3,500 for studying a subject dealing specifically with environmental issues.

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a grant for first-time undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are born with the surname Gatlin or Gatling.

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The Romantics

“It’s my favorite song. I like the way it makes me feel.”

movies, but these films stand out.

Dimi Mayorga

Sophomore “Remember the Titans” (2000) “I like the soundtrack, the acting and the storyline. It makes me really happy.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll songs these readers love to listen to. “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU”

MOVIES There are many sports Mackenzie Harris


“It’s inspirational. No matter how bad of a singer you are, you have to sing it.”

sophomore Tiffany Iseler

sophomore Paige Anderson

Freshman “She’s the Man” (2006) “I like Amanda Bynes.”

Idres Alhammadi

Sophomore “The Rookie” (2002)



“It’s not always about the story for me. I enjoy watching the actors.”

“It’s a classic. Elvis Presley has a nice voice and great hip movement.”

“It has a really catchy tune. When you hear it, you want to sing it.”

Rachel Reising

Elvis Presley


freshman Katherine Eckert


Led Zeppelin

“My dad used to listen to it all the time on the radio. He’s making me learn the lyrics because he can play it on the guitar.”

sophomore Christina Miller

freshman Maddie Ralph


Sophomore “Stick It” (2006) “It’s different. There aren’t very many movies about gymnastics.”


“I like the beat of it. I saw a dance to it when I was younger and have liked it ever since.”

sophomore Kassie Hurst

Abdulla AlMehrezi Junior

“Raging Bull” (1980)

“It’s a fighting movie, and I always enjoy a good fighting movie.”

We signed up for Showtime, which I think put us on a Homeland Security LIST somewhere.” —Kate Clinton, comedian

Justine Moore

Freshman “The Blind Side” (2009) “It’s not too sporty. It has a good storyline.”

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Bored of the rings


No life-changing deed goes unpunished.


of how I proposed to my fiancee starts with my mom’s hip replacement surgery. It was about a year ago when my mom decided to undergo some routine maintenance. Granted, the maintenance would have only been routine for someone twice her age, but after years of chasing my brother and I around, the need for the surgery was understandable.


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And, because I am a wonderful and devoted son, I volunteered to chauffeur Mom to Indianapolis and back for the surgery. As an added bonus, my girlfriend, senior Karrie Anne Skinner, decided to join us as well. After recovering from our first-date disaster in which I botched up Hamburger Helper, Karrie Anne and I proceeded to have a surprisingly adequate relationship. We ate food together and occasionally exchanged gifts of endearment. Once she even let me hold her hand. After more than a year of being together, Karrie Anne began to hint that her ring finger was empty. I blame Beyonce for that. Soon the subject of marriage started popping up more frequently. At first, I developed a type of penalty system: Every time Karrie Anne asked me when I was going to propose, I would add three months to the date I had already planned to ask her. Had I enforced this, we would not be getting married until the middle of the 31st century. Of course on the way to Indianapolis, Karrie Anne had to bring up the subject of marriage again, this time with my mother in the car. Never in my life has swerving into oncoming traffic seemed like a good idea, but with two women plotting the rest of my life without my consent, I figured there were worse ways to go. We stayed that night at my aunt’s house, and the following morning we took Mom to a local mall to get her hair washed since her surgery would prevent her from conventional bathing for the next month or so. While Mom got a haircut, Karrie Anne and I decided to look at engagement rings. We had only been seriously looking at rings for a short time, so we did not expect anything miraculous. As soon as we saw it, though, we knew right away that we both absolutely loved the ring. She loved the delicate working of the silver and how it complemented the beautifully cut diamond in the middle. I loved how shiny it was. What I was not crazy about was the price.

But the lady behind the counter did magic that only jewelers and flea market dealers can do and knocked the price all the way down from super expensive to slightly less expensive. Eventually, Mom’s haircut was finished, and I decided to think about it for a few days. I knew I did not want to buy the ring with Karrie Anne there in order for the proposal to be a surprise. Fate stepped in on that one as Karrie Anne had to return home from the trip early to deal with a family issue. Taking that as a sign from the heavens, I went back and bought the ring. However, because Karrie Anne has freakishly small fingers, it was going to take the jewelers two months to size it to her finger. You would think that during those two months I could relax. Unfortunately, because Karrie Anne did not know I bought the ring, and because if I told her that we needed to stop looking she would have become suspicious, I had to continue to go ring shopping for two long months. We went to every jewelry store in the tri-state area, and she tried on every ring in every color, cut and clarity and in at least two kinds of lighting just to see if it looked good from all angles. If Hell exists, I imagine it looks like a Jared’s galleria. Two grueling months passed, and thankfully, the ring arrived in early July. I proposed to Karrie Anne Skinner on July 5, 2012, at my happy place: the Evansville Barnes & Noble. I got down on one knee in the children’s section and said, “Baby, do you want to do this thing?” She, of course, swooned in my arms and placed the ring on her finger while “Solsbury Hill” played in the background and the credits rolled. But in reality, before I had even finished saying, “Will you marry me?” she had already taken the ring out of my hand, put it on her finger and started dialing the phone to call every person she had ever met to tell them the good news. I think half of Evansville knew we were engaged before I even got off my knee. The whole ordeal took months of planning and a great deal of secrecy on my part. When all was said and done, Karrie Anne got the ring she wanted, we both got a lifelong friend and partner and, until my first big screw-up, I have the joy of knowing I will never have to go back to a jewelry store.

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April 2013 issue of the University of Evansville's Crescent Magazine.