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MOVING ON WITH THE CONVERSATION Sexual harassment applies just as much to the college-aged woman as to anyone else. It’s time to take a more in-depth look. When victims started coming forward in October 2017 — and kept coming and coming and coming — most women breathed a sigh of relief, with some even stepping up to tell their stories of sexual harassment. After so many years of having to endure threats, taunts, inappropriate language, groping and so much more, they felt safe enough to join other women as they shared their similar experiences. Finally, an issue affecting many women today — and yesterday — was getting the attention it deserved. Since those jaw-dropping revelations published by The New York Times about film producer Harvey Weinstein became public, the list of men who have been accused of sexual harassment has continued to grow and grow. Stories told by the original “Silence Breakers,” who Time Magazine called the voices who launched a movement, seemed to embolden other women to speak out and call out their abusers. It’s hard to say how many men are — or have been — sexual harassers over the years. (Some say it has gone on since the beginning of time.) While the media continues to report allegations about high-powered men in areas of industry, the media, restauranting, entertainment and politics, there are countless average guys who are just as guilty as men with power. “People need to take this moment to make clear that this is not just about Hollywood,” Anita Hill, a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis who testified before the Senate in 1991 in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing that he had sexually harassed her when she worked as his assistant, recently told The New Yorker. And she’s right. While the celebrity names may have gotten us to pay attention, it is the women’s voices that are helping to change the conversation. Shortly after the Weinstein fallout, #Me Too and #Times Up became the platforms and rallying cries of most women everywhere. The message to put it simply: “Women will no longer be silent about experiencing sexual harassment.” Women have had it with men (or other women, for that matter) who not only cross boundaries, but don’t seem to know that boundaries exist. They’re sick of it all — the fear of retaliation, the fear of being fired, the fear of men (and sometimes women) forcing themselves on them. “Anyone in power, male or female, can somehow forget

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that sexual authority over a subordinate is not a professional perk,” Karen Firestone, chairman and CEO of Aureus Asset Management, told MSNBC. But this is not just about workplace harassment. College-aged women, who have not yet had much workplace experience, can be sexually harassed in the classroom, while working out, online and in social settings. And there has been confusion on what people consider sexual harassment to be. Since each person views things differently, it is hard to pinpoint what crosses the line. Most know that being sexually explicit in actions and language is not acceptable. But there are other physical and verbal acts that might not be OK, either. For some, a hug is just a casual thing, but for someone else it is an uncomfortable experience. The same can be said about a wink, a whistle, blowing someone a kiss, invading someone’s personal space and other touchy-feely interactions. When something is considered harmless to one person but uncomfortable to another, where is the common ground? It is hard to find suitable commonalities for something one person sees as a sign of friendliness, but the other finds as inappropriate attention. Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, wrote in an October 2017 piece that the term “sexual harassment” wasn’t even in use until the 1970s, when the problem became so obvious that it needed a name. Fast forward to November 2017 when a Quinnipiac University poll found that 60 percent of American women said they had been the victims of sexual harassment in some way. While some of the accused, especially those with just an accuser or two, have denied the accusations against them, they are damned if they did/damned if they didn’t. There is a lack of fairness in some of this, even though an October 2017 poll done by NBC News/Wall Street Journal showed that 58 percent of men between the ages 18 to 34 have begun to rethink how they interact with women. Regardless of the worries and the things not yet figured out, the movement needs to stay strong, and men and women, no matter the age, need to talk to each other about what is acceptable in all settings. If we have a clear line of what is considered sexual harassment, confusion would be much more unlikely, fears would be put to rest and it just might stop.


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Mythology and religion sometimes seem to be synonymous with many similarities, but the two are not interchangeable. Zeus’s lightning strikes down the evil. God smites the evil and sends them to hell. Poseidon rules the sea, creating tides and floods. God sent a flood to destroy humans and make them revive their world. Fundamentally, there doesn’t seem to be a large difference between myth and religion. Many people believe them to be the same. Yet there is a distinction that sets the two apart, although they are still related. To understand the differences between myth and religion, the individual definitions need to be understood first. Mythology is defined as “the interpretation of fables; a book of such expositions” or “symbolic or allegorical meaning of a fable,” while it defines religion as “a state of life bound by religious vows; the condition of belonging to a religious order.” They are separated by the use of superhuman figures to explain natural phenomenon or to support the history of humans and their creation. These figures are often categorized as gods, which often confuse mythologies with religions, as many current religions are centered on God. Religions are separate because they are practiced, used in daily life and affect society, whereas myths are only used as stories rather than a tool for worship. Many of what are now considered mythologies used to be religions, in that they


would routinely shape a culture and dictate how people would live, worship and work. Greeks, Romans and Egyptians shaped their societies around their gods, thinking that they would help them prosper or perish based on their deeds. These have gone out of fashion and are no longer considered religious. As religion typically includes stories based on gods and Gods that have supernatural abilities, mythology can be considered a subset of religion. Both have the fables and tales to help support their claims and encourage interest in the teachings of the stories. Religion goes further, adding teachings that are not based in stories and gives lessons on how to live, worship and interact with others. It isn’t just a story; it’s a lifestyle. Holding on to that idea, the Bible, Quran

Religions are separate from MYTHOLOGIES because they are practiced and used in daily life.


and Torah cannot be considered myth, as many people tend to believe. Each of these texts holds many stories of prophets, teachers and God that do parallel certain myths, but they also hold teachings that ask the faithful to follow the words of wisdom held in them in order to better individual lives and the lives of entire communities. Knowing that religion and mythology

are separate is important for today’s culture because of how each is represented in the media and pop culture. With a rise in books and movies that speak of mythological ancient cultures such as Atlantis and Mount Olympus, the line distinguishing them as mythological begins to blur. But because of the religious prominence and conlily|RENFRO flicts in world culture, the distinction is important. Most followed faiths have a large impact on society and worldly decisions, which often includes the start of wars, the reasoning behind terrorist attacks, a call to give homes to refugees and moral integrity to speak out for the oppressed. Knowing that these faiths are considered religion and not mythology is needed to help recognize these societal impacts they constitute. Realizing the historical impact mythology has had on culture is similarly important; again emphasizing that having a concrete idea of what separates them is imperative. The shaping of many ancient cultures stemmed from the stories of their gods, often determining the large majority of how a society was run. These then influenced other new and growing cultures that needed a basis for their lives, such as the U.S.’s use of the Roman model for democracy. Because they were so influential while they existed, the impact of many ancient societies is still seen today, and because of that their myths live on in current culture. Mythology can be considered a subset of religion, and there are many parallels but they are definitively not the same thing. To say they are interchangeable is to take away the significance and impact each one holds. Religions are in use and practice today and are therefore still highly instrumental in much of the world’s society. They still have followers and, most importantly, hold teachings for lifestyles. Myths are fun to learn and knowing their historical significance is important but remembering they cannot be misconstrued with religion is important for both religious followers and understanding the daily impact of religion on society.

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lock.” This is 2018, people. If you’ve got a problem with unmarried women having children, re-evaluate your thinking. I’ll wait.

If you’ve got a PROBLEM with unmarried women having children, re-evaluate your thinking.




Young, single mothers are still stigmatized in society. It’s time we stop being judgmental and become a lot more empathetic. We have been lied to as a society. From shows like “Teen Mom” to general misinformation, it has been perceived that teenage pregnancy has been an epidemic in modern American society, which is simply not true. Birth rates among teenagers have dropped by 67 percent since 1991. Despite most young people knowing a person who got pregnant in their teens, it is not typical, nor is it on the rise. The average age of having a child in the United States is 26, but for women from lower socioeconomic status, the age drops to 21. Whether you are personally on board or not, women in their 20’s are having babies. Though there are many different circumstances, there has been an increase in young women raising their child or children alone, either due to the father not wanting to participate in rearing the child or the mother deciding that it is best the father not be in the child’s life. The Atlantic cites that since 1960, single parent households have more than tripled in America. It has become a common situation a lot of young mothers have to deal with. Rearing a child single-handedly is no walk in the park. Just looking at statistics for how much money young single moth-

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ers make compared to married couples is disconcerting. While the average married mother’s income is about $57,000, young single mothers only earn around 60 percent of that, which is about $34,000. Don’t forget — married mothers also have their husband’s income to add to that $57,000, while single mothers obviously don’t. Single parents also tend to work less and are more likely to work part time than full time, due to having to be responsible for the full care of a child. These statistics are slightly altered when the single mother has support from lea|ARNOLD her family, but a lot of single mothers don’t even have that luxury. So if single motherhood is so hard and time consuming, then why do women do it? For some it is not really a choice. Abortion or adoption is not for everyone, and sometimes when a woman chooses to keep a child, the male in the relationship is not willing to stick around to help out. My heart goes out to single mothers. The stigma they have to deal with is unreal. While I couldn’t find any research about prejudices against fathers, there were countless articles about mothers. And there are other women bashing young, single mothers for having children “out of wed-

The facts are that children are generally not affected by being raised by a single parent. It is generally other causes that affect children adversely. The University of Amsterdam discovered things such as parental stress, living in a low-income neighborhood or being neglected or abused are more often the culprits. Though the findings are interesting, one must keep in mind that the sample for the study contained mostly women who were financially stable and had achieved higher education. Not all single-mothers are fortunate enough to be in these circumstances, which may cause more parental stress. So why is there such a stigma toward young, single mothers? Sure, there are some people who are just plain ignorant and wish they could go back to a time where the nuclear family wasn’t an exception, but the rule. That’s just not how most families are structured these days. I have even seen in some feminist circles a general consensus that women should wait to have babies until they are financially stable and have a good home to bring them up in. Others would prefer to have nothing to do with the creating and rearing of a child. While both of these options are fine, our society has to acknowledge that children are being born and the parents are not necessarily waiting until they are in a stable relationship or over the age of 30. That’s just not how it works for some women. Sometimes children aren’t planned, and just because they aren’t, doesn’t necessarily equate that the children are any less wanted. Despite not personally wanting to be a young mother, it isn’t the feminist’s job to judge the young mother — or the single mother — or the young, single mother. Maybe if society were more open and supportive of our struggling young mothers, they wouldn’t have to deal with so many stressors and hardships. The family structures of the present day aren’t always traditional, but that doesn’t mean they are negative.


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Diversity. Entitlement. Evidence-based. Fetus. Science-based. Vulnerable. Transgender. President Donald Trump made headlines yet again when The Washington Post reported in December 2017 that his administration gave the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention these seven words to avoid in their 2019 budget request in a move many have called “Orwellian.” Most people outraged by this “seven words ban” understandably focused on two TRANSITIONS > phrases in particular: science-based and evidenced-based. What is the CDC — the organization charged with setting the standard for medical research and treatment in the United States — supposed to base its work on if not science and evidence? Does the suppression of these phrases signal a greater anti-intellectual push still to come from The last time politics interfered those in power in this country? the whole country suffered and As frightening as this prospect sounds, science- and evidence-based are not the only two phrases whose omission will put describe how the virus was transmitted. people in danger. By giving the CDC a manThe results were catastrophic. Bedate to avoid the word “transgender” in its cause “bodily fluids” was so vague, people budget requests, the Trump administrathought they could catch the disease from tion actively stands in the way of transgena bloody nose or even just through conder equality. tact with saliva. Half the country supportWhen an official medied quarantining victims as cal organization such as the “AIDS hysteria” set in; school CDC is unable to use the districts tore themselves correct terminology in its apart over students with reports, it is forced to find AIDS; AIDS victims found other ways to describe the themselves ostracized by subject of its reports. This their families, their friends inevitably leads to inaccuand their communities. racy and widespread misinMisinformation persists formation. to this day, with many peoThis has happened beple infected by AIDS still fore. The last time a nationtreated as if they carry the al medical organization was bubonic plague when in rejesse|ROBKIN pressured to avoid specifality it is perfectly possible — ic words was during the AIDS crisis in the likely, even — for AIDS victims to live long 1980s. Very few people took AIDS seriously lives without ever passing HIV on to anyin the beginning. Those who knew about it body else. at all thought AIDS was something only gay If the AMA had just used the proper terpeople had to worry about. minology at the beginning This changed when the national meof this crisis, people would dia picked up an American Medical Associhave been more likely to ation report detailing how the disease was understand that AIDS vicspread. Although the AMA knew that AIDS tims do not pose a seriwas transmitted by blood and semen, they ous danger to society. People at risk for confaced pressure from blood banks to avoid tracting AIDS could have access to medical the word “blood” and from the public to evaluation and treatment without fear of avoid the crass term “semen.” Instead, the being ostracized. A person infected by the AMA settled on the phrase “bodily fluids” to syndrome might have had the support of




with medical research, human life was lost

their family and community during their time of crisis instead of suffering alone. Now, 30 years later, the Trump administration is forcing national medical organizations into the same situation. What words will the CDC have to use to describe trans people if not “transgender?” Will the CDC find vague, inaccurate ways to describe trans people or will they give up on the subject entirely? How the CDC handles this mandate for inaccuracy will dictate the progress of medical transition research over the next three years and could sway public opinion about transgender people for the next 30. The exact ramifications are not yet known, but there will be consequences of some kind. Trump’s impact is already clear from the CDC’s 2018 budget request. Jon Cohen of Science Magazine reports that the use of “evidence-based” was down from 125 uses to 38 and “transgender” was down from 10 to 1 from the CDC’s 2017 request. Words matter. The wrong ones have

Will the CDC find vague, inaccurate ways to DESCRIBE trans people or will they give up on the subject entirely?


the potential to spread misinformation and mass hysteria. When political agenda stands at odds with medical research, real people are put in danger. Only time will tell what that danger will look like this time.

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Jedi are on campus! Taking inspiration from the score of “Star Wars,” freshman Jameson Sheets plays “Duel of the Fates” at Comic Con, sponsored by Morton & Brentano Hall Council. | Sam Wallisch The Tin City dig finishes up as juniors Tessa McAdoo and Abigail Miles clean and inventory their findings as part of Archaeology 340, “Field Techniques,” lab. | Rebecca Clark As she learns to work with a wide array of mediums in Art 370, “Sculpture,” junior Erica Tidwell uses cloth and twine to transform a deconstructed umbrella. | Jessica Peistrup

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key differences that make it harder for gay and lesbian victims to come forward. One is the fear of being outed either by their partner or by admitting they are in an abusive relationship. If a victim is not out to everyone they know, their abuser may threaten to out them to their family or coworkers jeopardizing their standing at LESBIHONEST > work or their relationship with their family. Similarly, coming forward about the abuse may necessitate coming out to conservative family members. LGBTQ victims tend to be more isolated than heterosexual victims. They face a stigma against reflecting badly on the LGBTQ community and there is pressure on sameSame-sex relationships can be abusive too. Time to cut the sex couples to appear perfect. Coming out crap and start calling same-sex partner violence by its name. about abuse fuels the homophobic fire. The abuser and the victim likely run in But this does not mean it does not hapWhen I was in high school, I dated a girl the same local LGBTQ community. Heteropen. A 2010 study conducted by the Centers who threatened to hurt herself if I broke up sexual couples often have different groups for Disease Control found that LGBTQ peowith her. When I finally broke up with her, of friends but same-sex couples are likely to ple reported similar rates of domestic viomy family and friends were shocked beinteract and socialize with the same people. lence to heterosexuals, with cause they hadn’t seen any of the problems If a victim speaks out about bisexual women reporting we were having. their abuse they risk either the highest rates of violence I didn’t realize the relationship was abubeing excluded from the loby an intimate partner. sive until I came to college. I have been able cal community or getting The silence around doto move on with my life but my story is not their partner excluded from mestic abuse among sameunique. Domestic abuse is just as prevathe community. sex couples can be traced lent among LGBTQ couples as it is among Gays and lesbians do back to heterosexist models straight ones. The problem is nobody wants not have a good relationof abuse. These stereotypical to talk about it. ship with the police. The pomodels cast men as abusers When most people hear the term domeslice have been historically and women as victims. But tic abuse, they think of a stereotypical scehomophobic and today they these models are not applinario wherein a husband beats his wife. But use heterosexist models of cable to same-sex couples. domestic abuse is not limited to acts of viabuse to navigate domestic oli|ROSS-MUSICK violence claims. Because of People think of same-sex olence. Abusers are often emotionally and domestic abuse as exclusive to gay men bepsychologically abusive and use manipulathis, police may end up disbelieving the viccause of a cultural myth that says women tion and gaslighting to shift the blame away tim, arresting the victim or brushing the indo not abuse other women. People are also from themselves. cident off entirely. Gay and lesbian victims reluctant to categorize domestic abuse beDomestic abuse is widely recognized as are also more likely to fight back if their tween same sex couples as such because a problem within today’s society and there partner hits them or becomes violent which they see the two as being evenly matched have been many studies dedicated to recan lead police to label it mutual abuse and just because they are the arrest both partners. same gender. When domesThe current models of abuse hurt tic abuse is called out, people straight couples too. They make it harder tend to think that the physfor abused men to gain credibility. We need ically larger or more masto stop thinking about domestic abuse in culine partner is always the abuser. All of searching how and why it occurs. Resourcheterosexist terms. these assumptions are myths. Women do es such as battered women’s shelters and It is important to note that the majoriabuse other women, same- sex couples are laws on domestic abuse have been develty of LGBTQ relationships are happy and not evenly matched, and the physically oped in an attempt to provide victims with healthy, just like the majority of heterosexstronger partner is not always the abuser. the support they need. ual relationships. There is little real differDomestic abuse among same-sex couBut the system is far from perfect and ence between same-sex and cross-sex couples looks similar to domestic abuse among one of the problems is that domestic abuse ples, the problem is that the perceived heterosexual couples, but there are a few among same-sex couples is largely ignored. differences have real consequences.




Coming forward about the ABUSE may necessitate coming out to conservative family members.


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Not many people have heard of the five sex languages. Many have heard of the five love languages, where partners learn how you express love, but sex therapist Douglas Weiss has been teaching a new way of expressing sexuality and getting your partner to really understand what you enjoy. In his 2016 book, “Five Sex Languages,” Weiss discusses ways to make sexuality a strength by taking control of sexual desires. Knowing the sex language and how it SEXPLANATIONS > relates to you and your partner can lead to a better sex life and a healthier relationship. Weiss believes sex languages can be formed out of one’s sexual history or may just come naturally, but everyone expresses their sex language uniquely. Weiss thinks this can limit sexuality and how it is expressed, leading to unKnowing and understanding your sex language allows fulfilled sexual needs. He has called the you to take control and have a more satisfying sex life. five sex languages fun, desire, pleasure, patience and acceptance and celebration. Those who express themselves through wholistic of the languages in its underthe entirety of a person during sex, not just “fun” believe the best sex is unplanned. standing and expression of creative sexutheir body or how good they are in bed. These people use for fun playful phrasality. These people have a desire to learn Like the pleasure sex language, this lanes and may bring items such as whipped about sex and think about ways to increase guage is wholistic. People who thrive under cream or body paints into their activity. the pleasure for both. this sex language like to feel that they can Fun sex language people also want dif“They see sexuality as near unlimited, trust their partners not only physically but ferent, creative locations expanding, growing, evolvmentally and emotionally too. for sex because it lets them ing and multidimensional,” “They are not trying to get somewhere know that their partner is Weiss said. “They see sex as with you,” Weiss said, “but are already with thinking about them sexua world to explore.” you and feel accepted and safe.” ally no matter where they People with a “patience” The celebration aspect of this sex lanmight be. sex language place a high guage makes the person feel that they can The “desire” sex lanvalue on time and space in impress their partner and earn their praise guage people thrive in an their sexual relationships both in and out of the bedroom. atmosphere of being wantand view a partner’s commitLike with any aspect of sexuality, there ed. These people enjoy ment to share that protectcan be unhealthy expressions of the sex sexual conversation and ed time. They see it as a safe languages. These expressions can include gestures outside of the bedspace that is valued by both objectifying partners and forcing relationroom and it includes such partners. These people not ship to be about getting sex “right.” melanie|ALIFF things as playful teasing only make time for sex, but “Sexuality is only part of a relationship and sexual texts that make them feel dealso take their time when having it, as they or a part of life,” Weiss said. “Yes, it is insired — even craved — throughout the day. enjoy 15 to 45 minutes of foreplay. deed a beautiful part, but it can never be Unlike the fun sex language, desire sex Patience sex language people also desire the whole.” language people do not enjoy spontaneous gentleness from their partner. Steadiness Partners will often have different sex sex because they savor the time between during sexual activity feels the suggestion and actual act of sex as it safe and reliable to them builds their desire for their partner. and they are not into agDesire people also enjoy feeling wanted gression. Much like the deafter sex as a way of thanking the other. sire sex language people, “Many times a day we say thank you to the patience sex language person craves atlanguages, but using the sex languages as a people for many different things, and typtention after sex, usually in the form of cudguide for experimentation in the bedroom ically these involve much less effort than dling or something equally gentle. and then communicating your desires and sex,” Weiss said. “Acceptance and celebration” sex lanfeelings can establish a healthier relationThe “pleasure” sex language is the most guage is about accepting and celebrating ship and a better sex life.




In Western culture there is far too little teaching on genuine, relationally healthy SEXUALITY.


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A world without color would be unimaginable. But a world with color can also get confusing. Colors have completely different meanings across the globe, so mastering their meanings could be the trick to understanding people worldwide.

If you think makeup today goes too far, think again. Women in Japan once dyed their teeth black in a custom called ohaguro. It was a weird color to choose, since in almost all cultures black usually represents anger, magic and the unknown. Many cultures also see black as a symbol of sophistication and formality, but it also represents death, bad luck and mystery. In the Middle East black can represent both rebirth and mourning.

RED. People in India probably do not watch a lot of “A Game of Thrones.” If so, they might rethink having a red wedding. In India, red represents love, beauty and seduction, which is why a bride would wear red on her wedding day.

BLUE. If you are superstitious, blue might be your new favorite color. It is believed to ward off evil in Greece, Albania and Turkey. Even the Greek flag is blue, to protect the country from evil

GREEN. Green might sound like a nice color — after all, it represents youth, spring and desirability. But be careful how you wear it in China. If you sport a green hat, it means your wife is cheating on you.

PURPLE. If you are planning to see a play in Italy, do not wear purple to the theater or you might get kicked out. It is considered to be bad luck. Purple is symbolic of mourning in Brazil and Thailand. In most Western cultures, purple is symbolic of royalty because in the past purple dye was rare and expensive so only royalty wore it.

ORANGE. “Orange is the happiest color,” Frank Sinatra once said, which is certainly true in the Netherlands. It is the national color, since the royal family is descended from the House of Orange.

BROWN. If you wear brown in Nicaragua or Colombia, you might be mistaken as a liar, a drunk or a lying drunk. Brown is considered untrustworthy, probably because it is the color of alcohol.


WHITE. While white is used for weddings in the United States, it means the opposite in India. White is the only color that a widow is allowed to wear. Not only has her husband died, she also has to deal with the death of fashion.

YELLOW. Heretics during the Spanish Inquisition were forced to wear yellow. So if you care about your image, do not wear yellow in France, Spain or Portugal, where it is a symbol of treason. In China, yellow once was a color indicating power, but today it is associated with pornography. And in Germany, yellow symbolizes jealousy.

PINK. Pink is a good indicator of a romantic evening in the United States. But do not get excited if your date wears pink in China. It was not even recognized as a real color for centuries, and was only viewed as a shade of red. And in Japan, pink stands for men rather than women.

GRAY. Let’s face it, gray is no one’s favorite color. While in most cultures gray is the color most commonly associated with the elderly and old age, it is also most often associated in Europe with modesty. For this reason, Taoist priests in China and Buddhist monks and priests in Japan and South Korea often wear gray robes.

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C AMPUS CRIME The following information was compiled from offense reports filed Nov. 1–Jan. 29 in Safety & Security. Jan. 21 – A Powell Hall student reported that someone entered her room, dumped out drawers and threw items on the floor. Loss not reported. Jan. 20 – A student in the University apartments was found in possession of marijuana. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — The back window of a vehicle parked in G-lot was broken. Loss not reported. Jan. 13 – A student in Powell Hall was found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Jan. 11 – A student reported several false purchases on her ID card using her ACE Bucks. Suspects located and referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Loss reported at $27.67. Jan. 7 – An underage student was stopped in F-lot and found to have consumed alcohol. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Dec. 21 – Two students reported having the tires on their vehicles slashed while parked in J-lot. Loss not reported. Dec. 15 – Sigma Alpha Epsilon members reported that their house was egged. Loss not reported. Dec. 14 – A student reported being assaulted during an altercation outside of Moore Hall. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs. Dec. 11 – Items were stolen from a bag in Carson Center room 113. Loss reported at $122. — Sigma Alpha Epsilon members reported that their house was egged. Loss not reported. Dec. 8 – Several underage students found in possession of and having consumed alcohol at the Phi Kappa Tau house. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — A student furnished alcohol to minors at the Phi Kappa Tau house. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Dec. 6 – A student had her cell phone stolen by an unidentified male after giving him a ride off campus. Loss not reported. Dec. 2 – Two students parked in N-lot were found with marijuana and paraphernalia. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — The license plate of a vehicle parked in J-lot was stolen. Loss not reported. Dec. 1 – A sound bar in Hale Hall lounge was stolen. Loss not reported. Nov. 25 – A stop sign in J-lot was vandalized. Loss not reported.

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Rock bands arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just on stage; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the classroom! Beginning the stone setting process, senior Chelsie Locker cuts a metal band to wrap around a stone. | Rebecca Clark Jewelry making gets students fired up! Senior Thane Pierce uses the torch to solder several stone settings at once, joining the metal bands and bases. | Rebecca Clark


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After coming up with their own intricate designs, these artists meticulously practice working with metal using techniques such as piercing, riveting and soldering in Art 350, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metalworking/Jewelry.â&#x20AC;?

Stamping letters into metal is no easy task. A sandbag and weight keep the cutout still once junior Madison Daniels strikes the form into her pendant. | Rebecca Clark A precise eye, two pairs of pliers and a little elbow grease help junior Mariah Beadles close small metal rings for a chain mail bracelet. | Rebecca Clark Sketching the base for enamel, senior Lizzie Tredinnick starts her earring project. Once fired in a kiln, colors will give a unique quality to the jewelry. | Rebecca Clark

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CHACE AV While we know there are many students who find helping others to be an important part of who they are, Crescent Magazine decided to showcase the following six students who make a difference in other people’s lives by showing their



It was almost time to stop for the day, but the trench wasn’t quite finished. Plus, no one thought the group could get the job done in a day anyway, and it looked like that was going to be the case. But when the supervisor said it was time to call it a day, no one stopped working. Finally, someone said, “We aren’t leaving until we’re finished.” And that turned out to be the case. Looking at what they had accomplished gave the group immense satisfaction and inspired senior Chace Avery. When Avery first visited Portugal on a Habitat for Humanity trip while visiting Harlaxton during his sophomore year, he never thought it would provide him with the inspiration to volunteer on a regular basis. Now he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t helping others. For Avery, there is something therapeutic about lending a hand and putting in a bit of effort. “We were assisting with a house that had already been built but had fallen into disrepair,” he said. “It was really cool because we got a real sense of the culture. When you do service, I think it ties you to the place. It was a good cultural and philanthropic experience.” No matter what, the New Salisbury, Ind., native stays involved with Habitat. He has assisted with smaller builds in Evansville and as a freshman went on a mission trip to Panama City, Fla., where Avery helped out at a thrift shop. He said there is a lot more poverty there than people think. “There have been so many times someone has helped me,” he said. “And whenever I see someone in a bad situation, I just think, ‘How would I feel? What would I want in that situation?’” A large part of what prompts Avery is his faith, and friends said in everything he does, he brings the acceptance and welcoming love of God. Since others have helped him through tough times, he believes in giving back. “Because of faith, I know no matter what I’m facing, I am called to love others unconditionally and it drives how philanthropic I am,” he said. Another organization Avery has devoted time to is Greek Intervarsity, a group that blends Greek life and faith. Graduate student Samantha Mackey said the organization is a big part of who Avery is, and as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he takes things he loves — interacting with people and his love of God — and brings them together.

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• He loves Mexican food. • His favorite TV show is “Grey’s Anatomy.” • The favorite place he has visted so far is Rome, Italy. • His hobby is playing ultimate Frisbee. • His favorite singer is Adele.


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He’s got energy and enthusiasm. He’s the guy that takes initiative and does something different.”

“That was something he immediately wanted to be involved in,” she said. “He purposely goes out to show love.” Senior Jake Ball said his fraternity brother is always looking for ways to help out. With Sig Ep, Avery has participated in UE Gives Back. He is also an orientation leader and a member of the Ballroom Dancing Club, which hopes to work with the Glenwood Leadership Academy this semester to teach the children how to dance since it is a way to build confidence and improve self-esteem. Avery also volunteered last fall at Deaconess Hospital. “He’s so willing to put his thoughts and prayers behind others,” said Megan King, assistant director of campus programs. “Chace is always wanting to do whatever he can in his power to help you.” The project Avery is currently organizing is Habitat’s “Barn Blitz,” a 48-hour event where teams will come together in shifts and build 25 barns and sheds. While Habitat usually builds homes, Avery said this time they needed help with barns and sheds to accompany many of the homes they have built. This will be the first time that a Barn Blitz has taken place in the United States and Avery is excited about it. “It’s right up his caring alley,” King said. “He’s always looking for ways to better his community, himself, his friends.” Avery is in charge of finding team leaders who would help volunteers form into teams and guide them through the building. While Habitat took care of setting up their side of things, Avery is helping to find the volunteers and planning the event. Along with Holly Carter, director of Education Abroad, who is soliciting faculty and staff to work alongside students, the build is set for April 7. “We saw the need and [are making] it happen,” he said. The biochemistry major said he always tries to remember something Mari Plikuhn, associate professor of sociology, once said — that people are like M&Ms. The outsides may be different, but we are all the same on the inside. “There is more substance to a person than what’s on the outside,” Avery said. “And just because of what you see of a person on the outside, that’s not what’s on the inside.”


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OLIVIA GO Selfless and caring, junior Olivia Goldstein puts others’ needs before her own as she devotes time to UNICEF and supports other community events.


On a chilly October night a little over a year ago, about 60 students gathered on the grassy area outside Ridgway Center for an event called the “Cardboard City Project,” sponsored by the UNICEF Campus Initiative. While there was a high of 63 degrees during the day, by midnight it was in the low 50s. Junior Olivia Goldstein was responsible for organizing the event on behalf of the Campus Initiative, a movement rooted in the belief that college students have a vital role to play in helping the world’s children survive. Goldstein had been eager since high school to make a difference in the lives of others. But it was not until she came to UE that she really started creating changes like she always wanted to. As a freshman, she joined the Campus Initiative and volunteered to feed her hunger for helping others who are not in a position to help themselves. “UNICEF is such a huge international presence and I was disappointed we didn’t have it in high school,” she said. It came as no surprise when she took on a leadership role and served last year as the person tasked with coordinating UE’s Campus Initiative events. She planned the group’s first-ever Cardboard City, where participants built shelters made of cardboard and spent the night sleeping in them. They learned what it felt like not to have a warm bed to sleep in or the other comforts many take for granted. With this came the moving account by an employee of UE who had once been homeless. “I feel really lucky to have heard her story,” Goldstein said. “She had this microphone that barely worked, but nobody moved. Nobody said anything. They just listened to her story. It was just very eye opening.” Along with briefly experiencing homelessness, Campus Initiative also collected hygiene supplies, clothes and other miscellaneous items on behalf of Aurora, a local nonprofit agency that tries to find solutions to prevent and end homelessness. [Being a part of UNICEF has] definitely been a humbling experience,” Goldstein said. “The most impactful thing for me is the education I get from being a part of it.” She continued as a freshman helping behind the scenes and participating in such

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• Her favorite movie is “Star Wars: A New Hope.” • “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is her favorite book. • Her favorite superhero is Batman. • She loves to play Pokemon Go. • She is bilingual in English and Spanish.


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Her interests are initiated by her hunger to help She continued as a freshman helping behind the scenes and participating others.” in such projects as the “Water Awareness Campaign” and the “Efforts Against


the Zika Virus” fundraiser. She also joined in to promote “World Water Week,” a campaign to educate people about the world’s water needs. “Children are completely incapable of controlling the situations they’re in and are often victims because of it,” Goldstein said. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a mother and not be able to give your child water or an education.” Goldstein’s passion for giving extends past what she can do on campus. She learned about Friends of Dago, a local charity that supports the Dago Dala Hera Children’s Center in Kenya, through Campus Initiative and now with other members sponsors a middle school boy named Cavine. They have organized bake sales to support the cause, saying that selling cookies and other sweets was never so much fun. “It’s crazy to think that the cookies we’re selling are helping with someone’s future,” she said. “I fell in love with the project and how we could make a difference for somebody a continent away.” Goldstein said she was amazed to learn that by donating $300 it ensures that a child will have the materials needed for school, which includes food, tuition and uniforms. “It’s amazing how inexpensive it is to give a child an education,” she said. While you might think that Goldstein’s major centers on children, the Indianapolis native is actually an exercise science and Spanish double major. But as a third-year member of the volleyball squad, the team’s co-captain has also found herself volunteering in the community as part of her team. From making time to teach elementary school children how to play volleyball to her work as the MVC representative on the NCAA Student Athletic Committee, coach Manolo Concepcion describes Goldstein as someone who always steps forward. “Olivia doesn’t try to get her card punched,” he said. “She just does it because it’s who she is. To her, this is not about how many volunteer hours she has. This is her way of life. This is how she lives,” Goldstein and her teammates have also been involved in a variety of local events — and she is usually the one making the arrangements. “I’m one of those people who throws themselves into whatever I’m doing,” Goldstein said. “If I’m involved, I’m going to be all in.”

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PAIGE HIG Junior Paige Hignite has volunteered for as long as she can remember, and through her willingness to serve others, she makes meaningful connections with those who need help the most.


Helping others has been a part of junior Paige Hignite’s life for many years, and her service seems to stem from her deep devotion to her faith. Her Catholic upbringing has kept her rooted, and because her faith means so much to her, it encourages her to give more of herself. It has simply become a part of who she is. “Serving others has been the center of my faith and to me it’s the best way to share faith,” she said. Perhaps the organization dearest to Hignite’s heart is Ronald McDonald House Charities, the nonprofit that keeps families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. Finding the time to help has never been a problem for Hignite. The neuroscience major first started doing serious volunteer work while in high school when she decided to devote time to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati. When Hignite moved to Evansville, she did not want to lose that connection to RMH so she contacted the home’s local coordinators and was able to not only get involved, but coordinate other efforts as well. “These families are in the hardest time of their lives,” she said. “I love being able to give them that safe place, that comfort you can’t find in a hospital. It’s a great place for families to come together.” Hignite was also involved with a mentoring program while in high school and has continued to influence children by her memberships in Honors ACE Mentors and College Mentors for Kids. “It’s nice to help kids realize that they can do anything they want,” she said. “Those kids are in need of role models and having a stable person around.” Hignite is a longtime member of Newman Club, a national organization for Catholic students whose purpose is to deepen their faith and to have fellowship with other Catholic students. Hignite previously served on the campus ministry team and is now the service chair. Her most recent endeavor was spearheading a fall campus blood drive for the club, the second time she has worked to make it happen. She said not only did the blood drive fill all available volunteer positions but it also exceeded goals. “She is the most productive person I’ve ever seen,” junior Olivia Voegerl said. “She’s the one who runs the blood drive. This [school] year, she helped save 60 lives. We col-

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• She likes black raspberry chip ice cream. • Her go-to study food is apples and peanut butter. • Her favorite movie is “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” • She likes to spend free-time reading. • Her favorite beverage is Earl Grey hot tea.



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The most amazing thing about her is her impact on other people’s lected 60 pints of blood, and she coordinated the whole thing.” lives.” Hignite tries to apply her selfless attitude to everything she

does. Anyone who knows her knows that when she gets involved, she always likes to reach out to people. With RMH, she tries to get people to dedicate two hours a week on Tuesday nights to help those families and children affected by illness. “She’s always willing to involve anyone who wants to be involved,” sophomore Sindi Dlamini said. “She opens the door for other people. She’s a good source to go to for community service.” Hignite also works with USI’s Newman Club chapter once a month to do community service projects and has also started volunteer initiatives within her sorority, Chi Omega. “For her to do service is second nature to her,” Dlamini said. “Other people do it for hours or for a resume, but she does it without wanting anything back.” In addition to the organizations she helps locally, she also volunteers time at a hospital near her Fort Mitchell, Ky., home. “She’s in tune and sensitive to people,” said Cherie Leonhardt, assistant director of the Honors Program. “She’s very kind and considerate but also not afraid to talk about uncomfortable things. It’s not easy to find someone sensitive and compassionate and also able to manage difficult situations. She can handle those situations with grace. She’s a true leader.” Hignite’s passion for giving back will undoubtedly continue as she finishes her degree and when her career blossoms. She hopes to attend graduate school and one day become a speech therapist because she said when people lose the ability to speak, they lose a big part of themselves. “Medicine involves a different type of service,” she said. “Being a part of medicine is a major part of getting people back to where they want to be.” No matter what she ends up doing later in life, Hignite said she always wants to keep service at the center of her work. Whether she gives back as part of her job, stays in contact with RMH or chooses a new volunteer path entirely, there is no doubt she will keep serving. “She’s like a light bulb,” Voegerl said. “She’s full of ideas and wants to see them through.”


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BECCA HU Finding ways to assist others as she improves and grows herself, junior Becca Humphrey doesn’t shy away from finding time to volunteer and taking on other tough jobs that could use her dedicated help.


Most of us would be annoyed if we had to climb out of bed in the middle of the night to let residents into their apartment after they forgot their key. Or frequently had to remind people to quiet down after others complained about the music being too loud. Or had to deal with those pesky alcohol violations and other rule infractions. But for junior Becca Humphrey those miscues in life aren’t worth getting upset over as she gets enjoyment from helping others, even when certain things might be an inconvenience to her. Humphrey decided her freshman year that being a resident assistant was one way she could give back to others. She spent a year as an RA in Brentano Hall before moving to the Villages this year. “It was an opportunity to learn and to grow,” she said. “When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing, but with the training, it’s not so bad.” Now, two years later, Humphrey said she knows much more about time management and how to deal with stress, two areas she can help her residents with. She also gave a presentation at the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, a group that works to improve student life on campuses around the region, where she discussed successful parts of UE’s Residence Life program. While Humphrey said it is difficult to find ways to interact with the 200 Village residents compared to the 40 Brentano residents she had last year, she is always trying to find ways to support and interact with students. “She loves people and she loves to help others,” senior Breanne Buester said. “She wants to make sure everyone is taken care of. She’s got a kind-hearted personality.” Born in Mountain Home, Idaho, she now lives in Shiloh, Ill. Giving back actually started when she was in eighth grade when she volunteered for about 300 hours at a local hospital during the summer. While she said she didn’t get much of a chance to volunteer during high school, she still found time to help at the Belleville (Ill.) Area Humane Society and with the St. Louis Color Run. “I’ve naturally always been inclined to help people,” Humphrey said. “I don’t know what it’s like to be in their shoes. I don’t have to wonder where I’m going to sleep or where my next meal will come from. If I can make a difference in that, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

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• She collects and wears novelty socks. • She is terrified of spider crickets, also known as cave crickets. • Has a knack for getting knots out of jewelry. • “Pitch Perfect” is her favorite movie. • The coolest place she’s visited is London, England.



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She is approachable and easy to get along with. She Once Humphrey arrived at UE, she got inis selfless.” volved in a number of activities. She is a manag-

er for the women’s basketball team and a member of Admission Ambassadors. She has also given her time to helping with the Tri-State Food Bank and United Caring Services. “I have found you can find happiness in things that don’t require money,” Humphrey said. “Helping people doesn’t cost a dime. For me, it’s truly inner happiness.” Leadership Academy is one organization where she has benefited and so have local nonprofits. Not only has Humphrey learned a lot about leadership, but she has been able to donate her time to worthy causes during the two-year program. “My position involves retention and connection so I create volunteer opportunities or find them for members to participate in,” she said. With other members of UELA, Humphrey has solicited items through a donation drive to benefit local military veterans and recently helped with a Habitat for Humanity build. She also visits the Vanderburgh County Humane Society each Saturday to help with its “Cardio for Canines” program. “Becca not only helps the UE community but the Evansville community,” junior Megan Gemmel said. Humphrey also spent last summer as an intern with Happiness Bag, a recreational program for people with disabilities in Terre Haute, Ind. She worked specifically with the Special Olympics, helping participants prepare for events. And with her love of sports and helping others, this experience was one that truly touched her heart. “It was a really rewarding experience,” Humphrey said. “I had a really good time. As a sports management major, getting to see that side of sports with a new realm of differences and successes was one of the greatest things I’ve done.” Her friends are quick to say that helping people is just a part of Humphrey’s nature and find it hard to believe that she will ever change. “Becca will find a way to make a difference in any community she lands in,” said Melinda Daniels, assistant director of leadership development and residential coordinator of Moore Hall. “I know it sounds cliche, but she really does have a good heart.”

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ALENA NU A free spirit with an upbeat, nonjudgmental personality, freshman Alena Nusbaum never hesitates when it comes to finding time to help others.


It is hard to walk into a place by yourself. A place full of people you don’t know and faces you don’t recognize. And then there is the added task of talking to those people and trying to make friends. But this has never been a problem for freshman Alena Nusbaum. She’s known for immediately jumping into unfamiliar territory, and this was also true when she started school at UE last August. From day one, people recognized her based on her big smile and boisterous laugh. Nusbaum has always been a social butterfly. Freshman Claire Provines was the new kid at their elementary school when she met Nusbaum on the playground in sixth grade. Provines said Nusbaum swung her arm around her shoulder and declared that they were going to be best friends. “She’s very outgoing and bubbly,” Provines said. “She can strike up a conversation with anyone and be best friends with them in five minutes.” Fast-forward a few years when the pair was in the same life group at Northview Church in Westfield, Ind., Nusbaum’s hometown. Within this small group, which is tasked with strengthening teens’ faith through retreats and seminars, Nusbaum and Provines grew closer. And in addition to gaining a close-knit group of friends, Nusbaum also gained a mentor in Brittany Wiley, her life group leader. Wiley said Nusbaum’s sassy nature is probably why the two of them hit it off so well. From the day they met she has compared Nusbaum to a pineapple — tough on the outside, but sweet on the inside. “At her core, she’s a sweet girl,” Wiley said. “She’s thoughtful and she cares.” With her outgoing personality and an eagerness to help, it was no surprise when Nusbaum expressed interest in taking a mission trip to Nicaragua. The first time she went there was with an adult group the summer before her senior year in high school. She spent a week worshipping with villagers and focusing on teacher appreciation with the Nicaragua Resource Network, a faith-based nonprofit that provides services for Nicaraguans and partners with communities where teachers don’t get paid much. “It focuses on Christian schools,” Nusbaum said. “We thanked them for teaching the kids and we worshipped with them.”

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• She loves dolphins. • She was adopted from Russia when she was 3½ years old. • Contemporary Christian is her favorite type of music. • The Fourth of July is her favorite holiday because of the fireworks. • She can make her eyes shake.


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She’s always willing to help others. You have to have a caring heart and a willing Then about six months later, Nusbaum traveled to Nicara- heart, and she gua again, this time with her mother. While there, they starthas those.” ed a charity to help Nicaraguan women make a living. They


taught six women how to make beads for bracelets out of cardboard, and once they were done, Nusbaum and her mom brought the bracelets back to the U.S., sold them and sent the money back to the women. “It’s something small that makes a difference,” Wiley said. “Small acts add up.” Nusbaum returned to Nicaragua last summer for a third time, ready to help again. The trip focused on ministry and each day the volunteers would go to different villages and share stories with the residents, ask them questions about their walk with God and help take care of the children. At the core of her service is her faith. She credits it with inspiring her to help others. “I’m super strong in my beliefs,” Nusbaum said. “It makes me set my morals straight and makes me more passionate about things.” And for two years, Nusbaum and her mother have been sponsoring a 12-year-old boy named Pablo who recently completed the sixth grade, something Nusbaum is extremely proud of. “It’s a huge deal that he graduated because most children quit school by fifth grade,” she said. “If no one would have sponsored him, the statistics show that he would’ve dropped out of school by now.” Wiley said Nusbaum is always the first one to offer to volunteer. In addition to her Nicaraguan commitments, she gives time to her church and volunteers at the Hamilton County (Ind.) Humane Society. And it is no different at UE. As a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Leadership Academy and Student Christian Fellowship, she is always looking for the next opportunity. “It’s in her being,” Wiley said. “It’s not a ‘have to do,’ it’s a ‘get to do.’” At the end of the day, the biology major (who is also a direct entry into the Physician’s Assistant Program) gains peace of mind knowing she has helped others. With her goal of becoming a medical missionary, she does not plan on stopping anytime soon as she continues her journey to make a difference in the world. “She definitely wants to help people,” Provines said. “It’s just who she is. I couldn’t picture her any other way.”


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SPENCER Caring for nature and protecting the environment have been life-long passions for junior Spencer Willem. He wants to share his knowledge and educate others on how they can make a difference.


Many of us consider ourselves friends of the environment. We faithfully recycle, drive hybrid cars and use reusable grocery bags. And while there are also lots of skeptics these days when it comes to environmental truths, most of us realize that global warming and climate change are legitimate concerns so we try to do our part. But some people are truly environmentalists. They see the detrimental effects our actions are having on the earth and religiously try to do something about it. That’s where junior Spencer Willem comes in. Willem’s long-standing interest in nature and the environment started when he was in the second grade and joined Cub Scouts (eventually he became an Eagle Scout in high school.). Camping was something his troop did monthly and along with the ventures his family frequently took to campgrounds and national parks, was the beginning of his love and respect for the outdoors. “Being in the natural environment so much, it just becomes a part of you in a way,” he said. “I appreciate it and want to protect it.” His passion for the environment has stayed with him over the years. He added two majors, chemistry and biology, to compliment his environmental science major because he loves science that much and the combination makes him a triple threat. Willem’s devotion to environmental causes continues as he invests his time in things that not only interest him but are good for people and the environment. “We’re all affected by the environment,” he said. “Even if you feel removed from it. If you like milk, cows get fed grain that bees pollinate. We all need the environment. It’s on us to use it responsibly.” Since arriving at UE, the Indianapolis native has actively involved himself in causes that support his interests. But junior Kelly Nixon said her boyfriend is not solely fixated on the environment, but he can go on tangents. “If you ask him about it, you better be ready for a full-blown response,” she joked. Some of those responses may have to do with his participation in the Changemaker Challenge, when during his freshman year members of his GAP course, which centered on alternative energy, formed a team. They ended up saving UE about $1,400 in energy costs in one week and placed second in the competition. “We got a $90,000 grant for the Carver Community Center for solar panels and

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• The coolest place he has been is Barcelona, Spain. • He is red/green colorblind. • His favorite kind of cuisine is Italian. • “Silent Sping” by Rachel Carson is his favorite book. • He can name the capital of every country.



things about SPENCER

We all need the environment. It’s on us to use it responsibly.”

new lighting systems that are more energy efficient,” he said. “We ended up taking about 25–30 percent off their energy bill, which gave them more money to help at-risk youth.” If Willem decides to participate in something, he dedicates himself wholeheartedly to it. His involvement on campus is no exception. He is the president of the Environmental Concerns Organization, a member of Bi-Sci Club and the Environmental Science Club, RSA’s director of housing improvement and a member of Phi Kappa Tau. He is also working to better recycling on campus. “His work ethic and dedication are inspiring,” junior Tyler Wintermute said. “It just speaks to how great of a person he is.” Willem also had the opportunity to do research last summer with Cris Hochwender, professor of biology. They spent the summer examining forest degeneration. “I am very impressed with his commitment to environmental issues,” Hochwender said. “I think he stands out in just his sense of commitment and understanding to what he invests himself in.” Even Willem’s hobbies and jobs center around nature. He is curious about the weather and is an amateur storm chaser. He likes taking pictures of lightening during storms, even though his friends remind him that it’s dangerous. He loves taking care of the animals in the biology department (“They have turtles, geckos and fish, and it’s just fun,” he said.) and enjoys watering the plants in the McCarthy Greenhouse. And he considers himself a history buff. “Maybe one day I’ll be a history teacher after I retire,” Willem said. “but right now, the environment is more important to me.” While he dreams of becoming an environmental consultant, where he will be able to help others find ways to protect the environment, it is no doubt that Willem’s passion and smarts will guide him as he works to make the planet a better place for everyone, saving it for generations to come. “He won’t be the leader of the group but he will be the one making sure the job gets done,” Hochwender said. “He makes sure that things happen.”

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findings > cosmetic ingredients

KEEPING NASTY STUFF OUT OF YOUR MAKEUP For most women makeup is as essential as food. It is a part of their daily routine. And like food, makeup needs to be preserved. Parabens are the chemicals in makeup that give them their long-lasting shelf life, and can be found in about 85 percent of cosmetics. They are also what keep that beautiful, bright red color in your favorite lipstick. They may be necessary for the preservation of a person’s good looks, but in 1990 it was discovered that they might have a connection to breast cancer and reproductive issues. Despite this, there is no definitive evidence proving it, and people still use products with paraben in them.



the makeup of makeup allie|SWEEZY



The first nail polish was invented in China in 3000 B.C. by mixing egg whites, beeswax, gum and colored powder.

It will be no surprise to many that the U.S. has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery in the world — 17 million procedures a year.



The source of spermaceti, a white, waxy oil formerly used in cosmetic products because it is like the oils produced in human skin, was the sperm whale. While whaling has been banned internationally since 1987, when spermaceti was first discovered, it was originally thought to be whale sperm because of its color and consistency, giving it its name. But because whales had to be killed to get the oil, cosmetic companies had to find an alternative. They switched to another oil called jojoba, which is the liquid produced in the seed of the jojoba plant.


The base or foundation is probably one of the most underrated aspects of makeup. Hopefully, yours is spreadable, silky and smooth. We can thank silicone for this. Silicone is waterproof and can be found in many types of cosmetics like moisturizers, blushes, foundations and more. It also protects pores by layering a barrier onto the skin, but this protective layer also traps in dirt, sweat and bacteria. This ultimately leads to acne and skin breakouts.

Celebrities are known for their seemingly perfect, wrinkle-free skin. But how do they achieve such effortless looking beauty other than with Photoshop? Their secret is most likely retinol. Retinol is a creamy substance that derives from vitamin A. It smoothens skin, reduces wrinkles, prevents the visibility of aging and is said to make skin look smoother, younger and tighter. Retinol also works as an exfoliator by removing dirty layers of skin cells. But it does so prematurely, forcing the development of new skin cells. Because of this, it makes the skin look amazing for the short term, but in the long run will just make the skin thinner over time.


People who wear makeup know that taking it off is as important as putting it on. Using face wash is an amazing way to keep your skin clear after caking on the cosmetics. Some of these face washes have tiny microbeads in them that help with exfoliating the skin. The beads give a feeling of a mini face massage. Despite the advantages of microbeads, these microbeads are made of non-biodegradable plastic, which then go down the drain and into lakes, rivers and oceans. This is a problem because the beads are small enough for fish to eat. The fish ingest them and then we eat the fish and also ingest the plastic.


NATURAL MIGHT NOT BE When a company uses the term “natural ingredients,” it means they extract the ingredients from plants or animal products.

Most people do not realize this but there are animal products in most of the makeup on the shelves. One ingredient called tallow can be found in eye makeup, lipsticks, foundations, shampoos and moisturizers. Tallow is the fat found in the fatty tissue of sheep or cattle. The process of obtaining this fat includes the boiling of animal carcasses. And these carcasses come from every source imaginable, this includes road kill. So, the next time you buy any cosmetics, think about what you will actually put on your face.

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from page 17

Nov. 18 – A student in Schroeder Hall was found to have consumed alcohol. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Nov. 5 – Three students and a non-student were found with UE property. Property recovered. UE students referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — A student was found in possession of property that belonged to Phi Gamma Delta. Property recovered. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Nov. 4 – A bicycle was stolen from the Hughes Hall bike rack. Loss reported at $80. — A car parked near the Olive Townhouses was ransacked. No loss reported. Nov. 1. – Students parked in a near campus lot were in a vehicle that contained marijuana paraphernalia. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — A student in Moore Hall was found to have consumed alcohol. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. — A student in Schroeder Hall was found to have consumed alcohol. Referred to the vice president for Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

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snapshots > the big picture

Helping to make the International Bazaar that much more special, USI students senior Negita Khatri and sophomore Samita Khatri join UE sophomore Shreestika Pradhan in a traditional Nepali dance. | Jessica Peistrup Displaying the flag of Oman, freshman Khalid Al-Gheilani leads the march toward Eykamp Hall to get the bazaar underway. | Jeff Tarala Displaying Japanese culture and bringing music to life is what freshman Naru Soneda does as part of her groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. | Jeff Tarala


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loving the BAZAAR

After witnessing the parade of nations and sampling food from more than 15 counties, attendees of the 31st annual International Bazaar were treated to performances by students from a variety of countries.

Enthusiastically showcasing their heritage, sophomores Kashaf Oneeb of Pakistan and Saif Bhuiyan of Qatar dance to the beat of a variety of popular music. | Jeff Tarala Wearing a traditional outfit from her native Pakistan, sophomore Fareena Imamat also shows those in the audience a twist on a cultural dance. | Jeff Tarala Stop, K-Pop time! During a performance, junior John (Kouichi) Fujisawa showcases a number of jaw-dropping dance moves during his time on stage. | Jeff Tarala

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voices > patrick roque also spoke out about the cause during press conferences and after-game interviews. Support of and against “the kneel” spread like wildfire, and while many supported players’ right to protest in this manner, there were some big names, including President Donald Trump, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Chicago Bears coach IN THE ZONE > Mike Ditka, who ridiculed Kaepernick for his actions. But like every other athlete who has used sports as their stage to bring awareness to a cause, why shouldn’t Kaepernick do so too? Sometimes, in order for a cause to get the attention it deserves, famous people need to get involved. Just look at the “Times As a society, we need to listen to differing viewpoints and try Up” movement. Without women, espeto walk in the shoes of those who are being treated unjustly. cially those who are public figures, coming forward to share their experiences and and political beliefs became almost as imWhen policial controversy arises, sports provide support, the movement probably portant as his boxing career. is not usually the arena we expect it to ocwould not have grown. He was never shy about expressing his cur in. There’s no room for politics in And isn’t it interesting that most people opinions about political, racial and civil sports, you say? Well, if that were the case, have not criticized women for their stance rights issues. He even went much of sports history would be forgotten. on sexual harassment, but to prison and was banned Many of our greatest athletes have been have criticized black athfrom boxing for refusing to activists and they’ve made important politletes for taking theirs on rabe drafted during the Vietical statements. The history of sports and cial injustice? nam War. Following his suspolitics has included some long and bitter Kaepernick became a pension, Ali resumed his struggles, and many athletes have suffered free agent after the 2016 boxing career and he was because of their beliefs but have continued season and was not picked never shy about telling the to fight for their causes so that change and up by a professional team world his opinion on issues. awareness can occur. this season, even though Professional tennis player When Jackie Robinson was signed to the his above-average skills got Billie Jean King made histoBrooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he broke the colhim into the league to begin ry in 1973 when she acceptor barrier as the first African American to with (and a number of pro ed Bobby Riggs’ challenge play major league baseball. He also became teams could definitely have patrick|ROQUE used him). Because of this, I in what became known as a civil rights activist. the “Battle of the Sexes.” King beat Riggs in Throughout his career, Robinson was have to believe that this controversy is race straight sets to take the title. She went on to the victim of racial insults, even suffering based. As a Latino, I have experienced my become an outspoken proponent of womsegregation in his own clubhouse. But he fair share of racial injustice. And while I do en’s rights and a crusader for social justice went on to have a stellar career while pavnot agree with kneeling during the national and women’s equality in sports. ing the way for other black athletes. The anthem, I respect a player’s right to do so. Probably the most Having grown up in the inner city, I known recent controversy would rather see this type of protest than involving sports and polviolence in the streets. Many have said, “If itics concerns former San you don’t like it here, then leave.” But that Francisco 49ers quarterdoesn’t solve the problem. It’s dodging the back Colin Kaepernick. He sent the world movement against segregation after World issue, and as Americans we need to work a message concerning racial injustice in War II really began with Robinson. on fixing problems. the U.S. when he decided to take a knee inFew would argue that Muhammad Ali is Sports are an area where most peostead of standing during the playing of the one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever. ple can come together from different backnational anthem during a game against the From the time he won a gold medal at the grounds and cheer for the same team. If we San Diego Chargers in 2016. 1960 Olympics until his death in 2016, he can do that, how about we try to walk in Kaepernick’s actions sparked a nationwas an outspoken proponent of civil and resomeone else’s shoes for a change. I guaranwide debate about police brutality and the ligious rights. Having converted to Islam in tee you will see situations from a much diftreatment and profiling of black men. He 1964 and changing his name, his religious ferent perspective.




Many of our greatest athletes have been ACTIVISTS and they’ve made important political statements.


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athletes in action < snapshots


DOWN to the wire

While the regular season is almost over for menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball, there are still two more home games at Ford Center. Catch the action as the Aces face Loyola at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 and long-standing rival Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

Forward Solomon Hainna is just too much for Arkansas State forward Shaquillo Fritz and guards Christian Willis and Grantham Gillard as they can only look on as Hainna blocks the ball. | Sam Wallisch Slipping past SUNY-Binghamton guards J.C. Show and Everson Davis, forward Blake Simmons goes for the basket as guard Dru Smith stays with the action. | Kate Sarber Looking for the rebound, forward Evan Kuhlman is blocked by Canisius center Selvedin Planincic as he moves toward the ball. | Jeff Tarala Trying to find an open teammate, guard K.J. Riley moves past Drake guard Graham Woodward so that he can pass the ball. | Natalie Christy

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random > the lists

some of the

MOST CREATIVE teachers on campus KATIE MULLINS Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

GREGG WILSON Professor, Exercise & Sport Science

JAMES BERRY Associate Professor, Anthropology

LISA KRETZ Assistant Professor, Philosophy

SHARON GIESELMANN Associate Professor, Education




as far as sophomore Gregory Maas, a biology major, is concerned. Check out his picks.

“A Game of Thrones” George R.R. Martin (Random House, 1996)

“Homeland” R.A. Salvatore (TSR, 1990)

2. 3.

“Dune” Frank Herbert (Chilton Books, 1965


“The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2)” J.R.R. Tolkien (Allen & Unwin, 1954)



“The Call of Cthulhu” H.P. Lovecraft (Weird Tales, 1928)


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ways to awkwardly

BREAK UP with someone In this month of lovefilled promises many won’t keep, take a look at some of the worst ways to say you just aren’t that into them.

1. 2.

“IT’S NOT ME, it’s you.” No, it’s not a typo. This is definitely your fault.

USE AN EXCEL spreadsheet. Spend some time charting the downward trend of your relationship and then give them a presentation on it, noting key points of turmoil. Then you can put presentation skills on your resume.

3. 4. 5.

HAVE YOUR MOTHER do it for you. Tell your mom to tell their mom that you don’t want to see them anymore. It may be the coward’s way out, but it is effective. SEND THEM A LINK to Spotify’s “50 Best Breakup Songs” and say that you wish them the best.

SEND THEM A breakup card. Nothing says, “It’s over” like a cheap greeting card, a Netflix subscription and an Orange Leaf gift card.

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KILL THE LOVE FERN. The love dies when the fern does.


As Spring Break nears everyone is ready to travel and have some fun. But every now and then someone gets busted. Take a look at some smart aleck ways to talk to the police.

1. ACT CONFUSED. “Do you know why you pulled me over? Just so one of us does.” It’ll probably piss them off but at least you both will be clear on the matter. 2. “YOU’RE NOT GOing to check the trunk are you?” Not the best of ideas, especially if you are running late. 3. AS THE OFFICER approaches, look at them and ask: “I thought you had to be in good shape to be a police officer?” 4. OFFICER SAYS: “Your eyes look red, have you been drinking?” You respond with: “Officer, your eyes look glazed, have you been eating doughnuts?” 5. TELL THEM YOU

cannot reach your license, even better if you tell them to hold your beer so you can get your wallet. 6. WHEN THEY TALK to you, pretend you are deaf. Wave your arms wildly and pray they do not know sign language. 7. WHEN THEY PUT the handcuffs on, say, “Usually my date buys me dinner first.” 8. AS YOU’RE TOLD what you did wrong, start repeating everything said in a mocking voice. 9. WHEN FRISKED, say “You missed a spot,” and wink. 10. ASK IF THEY have a daughter. If they do, say, “I thought the name sounded familiar.”


STUFF If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?

‘I WILL SURVIVE’ by Gloria Gaynor because I’m in nursing school and sleep deprived.”

—Sami Vogt sophomore

‘ME AND THE SKY’ from the musical “Come From Away” because it’s about an empowered woman who became the first female pilot ever.”

­—R emi Hoerr

junior ‘EYE OF THE TIGER’ by Survivor. “To be ironic because that’s my name.”

­—Tyger Lilley sophomore

‘YAKETY SAX’ by Boots Ran-

song. It sounds like me and what people think immediately.”

—Selena Lyver-Rouse


‘SPOOKY SCARY SKELTON’ by The Living Tombstone. “I have a skeleton and I’m spooky.”

—A shley Strand


‘SUPERCUT’ by Lorde. I like songs that tell a story. It’s about a relationship and looking into all these different instances.”

—Christina Newell sophomore

dolph. The Benny Hill Show theme

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signs you’re


1. You constantly make sure your friends are warm enough and have sweaters just in case. 2. You find yourself saying phrases like “Be safe” and “Text me when you get there.” 3. Telling bad jokes is one of your many talents. 4. You have a hard time keeping up with the “teen lingo.” 5. You call it “teen lingo.” 6. You are the walking pharmacy your friends turn to when they get a headache or a cold. 7. You always wear sensible shoes. 8. Tasks such as changing a tire or ironing a shirt come naturally to you. 9. You’re usually the designated driver. 10. You are the one who always stops your friends from making bad decisions like drunk-texting their ex.

ODDlaws z ARIZONA — It is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. z MISSISSIPPI — You can be fined for using profane language in public spaces. z COLORADO — It is unlawful to lend your neighbor your vacuum cleaner. z INDIANA — Mustaches are illegal if you frequently kiss other humans. z MAINE — It is illegal to keep Christmas decorations up past Jan. 14. z MINNESOTA — You cannot cross state lines with a duck on top of your head. z NEW JERSEY — It is illegal for men to knit during the fishing season. z WASHINGTON — It is a felony to harass Bigfoot or any other undiscovered sub-species. z SOUTH DAKOTA — It is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory.


VIEWING review

What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen and why? “Bright” (2017) “The Netflix original movie was iffy from the beginning because it was mixing fantasy with a police angle.” — Alec

“Hamlet” “I had to watch it in class and it was the worst threeday stint ever.”

— Eric Avila sophomore



“The Paperboy” (2012)

“Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011) “They’re just creepy. Why did they have to recreate ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with lawn gnomes?”

“I watched it on Netflix because it had Zac Efron in it, but it was super inappropriate and ruined ‘High School Musical’ for me.” — Hailey

Woodard sophomore

— Audrey


“Titanic” (1997) “She definitely had enough room on that raft for him, but instead, she just let him die.”

“The Notebook” (2004) “It’s dumb how they die at the same time. How cheesy can you get!?” — Ashley


COMMON multiple

— Emme






On average, the number of people killed every year by falling coconuts.

campus COMMENT



The number of months a person spends in their lifetime waiting at a red light.


On average, the number of trees worth of paper an American uses in their lifetime.


JAKE WATSON freshman



“Here lies Jake. Drowned in homework.” — because I always have a lot of homework.”

“One Ace Buck from a bigger tombstone.” — because I’m a broke college kid.”

“Here the lies the punniest girl.” — because within the past year or two I’ve developed a love for bad puns.”

AUSTIN KUHN sophomore



“Here lies Austin. After years of standing.” — because it’s just go, go, go as a theatre major.”

“Dang it.” — because I never thought I’d die so soon. I thought I had enough time to marry her.”

“Here lies Flynn. He finally shut up.” — because I just don’t stop talking.”

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random > off the wall


CNN REPORTED THAT A Scottish author paid $60 for a flight from Glasgow to Greece, only to discover she had the 189-seat plane to herself. She was given a free meal, her choice of seat for the flight and all of the staff walked up and said hi to her. The only part of the flight that was normal was the air stewards performing the safety procedures. THE NEW YORK POST reported that during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium, a Dodger’s fan was surprised that he could see his apartment from the stadium and that it was on fire. Firefighters were in the area due to a twoacre grass fire that broke out near the stadium and extinguished the


More than 100 residents in Kalachi, Kazakhstan, have randomly fallen asleep in broad daylight for days at a time. The town was nicknamed “Sleepy Hollow” after several children fell asleep in school. Symptoms of the condition were memory loss and hallucinations. Officials finally discovered the cause of the sleeping incidents was carbon monoxide poisoning coming from an abandoned uranium mine nearby.

for that “Zombies, Run!” is one way to turn your workout into a heart-pounding adventure. The app has more than 200 missions allowing for a different one every time you run, and the story plays out while you exercise.

The rainbow eucalyptus tree grows in the Philippines, Indonesia and New Guinea. It is aptly named that for having multiple colors on its trunk from where the bark has been shed off. Green, yellow, orange, purple and blue are some of the colors that appear on the trunk and the trees are commonly referred to as living pieces of art.

people tweet

The New Jersey teenage pranksters called the Rahway Bushmen could face trespassing and harassment charges — if they’re caught. The trio is known for disguising themselves as bushes and popping up to scare people whenever they walk by. While the majority of the population finds the antics to be creative and funny, police are not amused.

ABC REPORTED THAT customs officers at Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport discovered six cakes in a man’s luggage. Upon investigation, the officers found that the cake was actually chocolate-covered heroin. The Guatemalan national pleaded guilty and faces life in prison.


there’s an


flames in about 20 minutes. To add insult to injury, the Dodgers lost the game against the Astros.

CBS REPORTED THAT for the past few months Dork the emu has been roaming the streets of Becker, Minn. The 6-foot, 120-pound emu has captured the attention of the state after escaping his pen. A Facebook group was started in order to track the sightings of the bird and has about 2,700 members.

Someone who resembles a hedgehog

the damndest things The Roomba vacuum cleaner just beat me to a piece of popcorn I dropped on the floor and this is how the war against the machines begins. @AndyAsAdjective

©Daniel Beyer/Distributed by Universal Uclick via



Dating is collecting information about someone until you realize you don’t like them. @AmberTozer Me: Books are an escape from the real world. [opens book about dystopian future where everyone is dead or oppressed] Me: Ah yes, much better. @pleatedjeans Them: You need to listen to your body more. Body: You’re old. And you want pizza. @AbbyHasIssues She says, the kids want to go to the circus. I say, that I just saved us $400 by jumping out of the kid’s closet wearing a clown costume. @squirrel74wkgn

funbits The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a “Zombie Plan” in the event of a zombie apocalypse. It began as a joke but evolved into real training and countermeasures for all hazard preparedness including a blog and a graphic novella.

Speed dating was invented in 1998 in Los Angeles. Rabbi Yaacov Deyo invented it as a way for young Jewish singles to meet and find a partner with maximum efficiency. Deyo used an Excel spreadsheet in order to track the singles and note potential couples.

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Things that make us CRAZY


the lady detective After a hard day, it is not uncommon to want to let your hair down and knock back a proper cocktail. This clever drink combines the crisp taste of mint and ginger with the mellow, full-bodied taste of rum. Uncover the recipe on, which says to add all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake with ice, then double strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Next, top it with a thin layer of coconut foam. To make things a little more interesting, add four drops of Bittercube Bolivar Bitters in a pattern and then drag a toothpick through the drops and foam to make a design.



While we enjoy watching the sunset, we are really tired of seeing it at 4 p.m. And because we live in Evansville, we do not have bright, sunny days that fade majestically into night. Oh no, ours days just fade to black. It’s not enough that when our 4 o’clock class lets out it’s already seems like nighttime. We are really ready for the time change.

The only reason we bought scissors was to open the stupid, plastic packaging that seems to enclose our lives. It makes no sense to have Fort Knox-grade plastic packaging that requires a buzz saw — or a nuclear bomb — to crack. It is frustrating to buy anything that requires more than five minutes to open. Honestly it is not even worth our time or sanity.



It’s not cool when we are patiently waiting in the Create line for stir-fry and someone walks up and snatches our order before we can get to it. Now we have to wait another 15 minutes before we can eat. So a shoutout to the people who cannot seem to remember their order — please remember to stay in line so you do not mistakenly take ours.

To the people who drive down Walnut every night blasting their stereo — please stop. It’s not only annoying but rude. We are dedicated and overworked college students who need those few precious hours of sleep. Plus, being jarred awake by the rattling of our windows from your booming bass doesn’t sound as good as you think it does.

Bring it BACK

ingredients: 2 oz. El Dorado rum | 3/4 oz. lime juice | 1 oz. ginger syrup | 6–8 mint leaves | coconut foam

HEARD IT HERE “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.” < comedian Henny Youngman There have been many birds living in the White House but Andrew Jackson’s parrot, Poll, had such a foul mouth that he had to be removed from Jackson’s funeral for swearing too loudly.

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Only one court is higher than the U.S. Supreme Court — a basketball court. “The Highest Court in the Land” is on the fifth floor and sits right above the courtroom.

The sluggish feeling of winter is beginning to hit the UE campus hard, and injecting caffeine directly into our veins is not the best way to try and substitute actual sleep. So let’s bring back naptime. While we may have protested in pre-school, we long for the days of mandatory quiet time set aside for some shut-eye. Most people naturally get tired between 1 and 3 p.m., right after prime lunch hours, making it the perfect time for a catnap. Taking time to rest during the day may make it easier to churn out that 12-page research paper and the 85-plus pages of reading that both happen to be due on the same day. It will also make it easier to participate in class, something our professors would appreciate and what we need to do to pass the class anyway. Even if you don’t want to nap, taking time to just relax is exactly what busy college students

need to do, even if that just means watching Netflix for a few hours or jamming out to some music. So let’s bring back the naptimes of our childhoods and try to make the all-nighters of midterms and finals season more bearable.

A 14th century war between the Italian cities of Modena and Bologna, which resulted in about 2,000 casualties, was waged because of a bucket that Modena soldiers stole from Bologna.

Because Slovenia and Slovakia have similar names, embassy officials meet monthly to trade wrongly addressed mail. George W. Bush once mistook one country for the other in an interview.


profile > james macleod


DRAWING ON HISTORY lydia|MAXWELL History. Just the word itself can cause some people to go into a hypnotic trance. Learning all those dates and places and having to read about ancient times and people can suck the life out of you. Everyone has had at least one course that is dry as dirt, where it takes some effort to stay awake in class. But presentation is everything to James Macleod, professor of history. He keeps people engaged and students find that his courses become well-woven stories — with twists and turns, surprises and bombshells, highs and lows. “He brings you on a journey without being a showman,” said Dave Dwyer, professor of mathematics. “He can really hold people. It’s a gift he has.” Arriving at UE in 1999 after a five-year stint at Harlaxton, Macleod has become a popular voice where history is concerned. “He humanizes and connects the history he’s teaching to the people listening, Dwyer said. “He has a great ability to suck you in and put you in a scene.” Over the years, Macleod has combined his love of history with sketching, eventually discovering that he had a flair for political cartooning. His cartoons started receiving attention in 2006 when he won a competition for the Union of Concerned Scientists. That year also had a lot going on politically, and Macleod vowed at that time to

I think history is a perfect fit for him. He brings narrative to the subject.”

draw a cartoon every day. Since then, his work has been published hundreds of times


in magazines and newspapers. “Sometimes being a political cartoonist is the easiest thing in the world,” he said. “But sometimes what’s going in the world is so absurd it’s like, ‘what more can you say?’” Probably Macleod’s best-known piece followed the 2015 killing of 12 people working for Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that attracted attention for its controversial depictions of Muhammad. Macleod was subsequently interviewed by NPR and said having his work featured on CNN and in The Wall Street Journal and Hustler was surreal.

“I think I have to be one of the only people to have a cartoon published in The Wall Street Journal and Hustler in the same month,” he joked. Political cartoons always range in offensiveness, but Macleod’s work leans more toward being emotional and moving than satirical. Dwyer thinks this approach lets readers know who the artist really is while still calling out hypocrisy and blowhards. “I think the most important thing is you feel like you’re doing something,” Macleod said. “You feel in some small way you can add your voice to the political discourse.” In addition to his cartooning, Macleod has written books on Evansville cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht and the history of Evansville during World War II. He also made a documentary last year with Joe Atkinson, digital multimedia specialist in residence, that told Evansville’s war story through the rememberances of about 40 residents. “One of the great privileges in my life was to meet these great people and talk about their experiences,” Macleod said. “It was a tremendously interesting project.” While cartooning and writing are important aspects of his life, teaching remains Macleod’s lifeblood and he believes that it is important to expose students to many different types of sources rather than just the written word. “I think my central passion is not forcing my views on my students, but sharing my passion with them,” he said. Macleod said his goal is to help his students realize what they are capable of and how to utilize what they have. He wants them to be able to connect what has happened in the past to what is happening in their lives today. “I think before you can change the world, you need to understand the world and you can’t understand it until you know its history,” he said.

February 2018 | Crescent Magazine

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Saturday, April 14 7 p.m.–midnight Evansville Airport Holiday Inn 7101 U.S. 41, Evansville 8 p.m. Appetizers 9 p.m. Prom Royalty Crowning & Drag Show

$10 to attend SECURITY PROVIDED More than 1,000 people attended last year!


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Tuesday, Feb. 13

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Meeks Family Fieldhouse, Carson Center CAREER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE: • Full-time professional • Part-time jobs • Summer jobs and camps • Internships • Seasonal positions • Co-ops

Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with more than 90 companies from Evansville and beyond. PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: WEHT-TV WNIN BWX Technologies, Inc Ciholas, Inc. Crane Army AA Deaconess Anne House

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COLLEGIATE CAREER EXPO 10 a.m.–3 p.m. EST THURSDAY, FEB. 22 Downtown Indianapolis Westin Hotel Gain access to more than 125 top employers from Indiana and beyond. • Bus transportation provided from UE. Contact the Center for Career Development to reserve your seat. • Register for the Collegiate Career Expo through UE JobLink (search for posting 722252 on the Jobs tab)

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February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of the University of Evansville's Crescent Magazine

February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of the University of Evansville's Crescent Magazine