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County commissioners to vote on rezoning By JESSIE HELLMANN News editor Students could soon have a strip full of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the campus on University Parkway, if a rezoning ordinance is passed by the Vanderburgh County Commissioners. The area plan commission recommended the 200 areas of property at the northwest corner of University Parkway and the Lloyd Expressway be rezoned, and the commissioners will vote on it May 8. Gene and Jeanne Pfeiffer, who own the land, said they want to turn the land into a “town square” concept, somewhat like what Carmel, Ind., has. But many aren’t too fond of this idea, including the University of Southern Indiana. Finance and Administration Vice President Mark Rozewski has been the figurehead for the university, speaking out against the rezoning unless a master plan is configured. “USI is one of the only universities in Indiana that was master planned from its conception, and

the results are breathtakingly obvious,” Rozewski said at the April 11 meeting. “We see great opportunity with Vanderburgh County to develop a master plan for the area of the West Side around the university, so that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.” Rozewski said USI offered to co-fund the master plan, host the planning meetings on campus and endorse the resulting recommended development. But Krista Lockyear, the attorney for the Pfeiffer’s said the couple has waited long enough. Some Vanderburgh County citizens even formed a group, Growing Responsibly on University Parkway, to try to pressure the commissioners into reconsidering recommending the rezoning. A member of GROUP Michael Lockard said a master plan should be formed before the commissioners pass a recommendation to rezone. “We know that there’s going to be development around University Parkway, and I feel this wholeheartedly, there needs to

‘Pioneer’ for women’s athletics dies By JESSIE HELLMANN News editor

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uth Waller was free-spirited, gentle, caring and a “miracle woman.” She was a mother, wife and pioneer for women’s athletics and intramurals during her 36year career at USI. Ruth passed away after a battle with cancer and illness Saturday morning. Despite having a bout with breast cancer in the 80s and losing her eye to brain tumors, she continued to smile and make the best out of every scenario, said Ruth’s daughter, 29-year-old Kristin Dahmer. “She was by far the best mom we could ever ask for,” Dahmer said. “With everything she accomplished and battled all her life, she continued to have a smile, always laughing and making the best out of every scenario. She was just a remarkable woman, and I idolized her. I wish I could be a quarter of what she was.” Dahmer said her mom never gave up. “Even up to the day she passed, she bat-

New resources for disabled students By JESSICA STALLINGS Staff writer Students with disabilities have a new ally at the university, as a disability resources coordinator position has been created and filled. Thomas Longwell, Counseling Center Director, said most universities have this position. “We’ve been thinking about having this position for a while,” Longwell said. “It will give a lot more resources for our students.” Longwell said the term disability is very broad and doesn’t include just physical disabilities. “It includes physical limitations, blindness, brain injuries, learning disabilities, ADHD, ADD, depression, anxiety, all the way up to students with severe allergies,” Longwell said. Longwell said the assistant director of the counseling center had been in charge of monitoring students with disabilities but she left the university. “We looked at the needs of the university, and when we decided to hire someone new, we made sure we started on the right foot,” Longwell said. Longwell said students with disabilities may not be able to show their true colors because people look only at their disabilities. He said this position helps students by giving them the resources they need to show what

they know. “Ronda is passionate about what she does and her love for it is contagious to other faculty members,” Longwell said. With a new position the university decided on a new space. Ronda Stone, who will be the director, has a desk currently located within the Counseling Center, but in fall she will move to the Education Center and her position will be under University Division. Longwell said within the past year the Counseling Center has monitored over 15,000 exams for students who need a distraction-reduced environment to test. “The move to the Education Center will give great space for lots of room for testing,” Longwell said. Longwell said he feels that making the switch over to the University Division is important for the university. “Making the move to the Education Center will make the awareness of disabilities more visible,” Longwell said. “A lot of people don’t think to look for a Disability Center within a Counseling Center.” Michael Broshears, University Division director, said the university is currently working with an architect for the remodel of the space. He said he hopes it will be ready by the Fall.

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USI Security Incident Log 4/10-4/16 Code of Conduct – Disruption – Class Ceramics Center 4/10/13 10:50 a.m. Closed Illness Report Health Professions Center 4/10/13 1:36 p.m. Closed

Drugs – Possession 8134B OʼDaniel Lane 4/13/13 11:06 p.m. Closed Injury Report Rec. and Fitness Center 4/14/13 12:00 p.m. Closed

Illness Report Health Professions Center 4/10/13 5:31 p.m. Closed

Injury Report Rec. and Fitness Center 4/14/13 12:10 p.m. Closed

Traffic Accident – Hit & Run Health Professions Center 4/10/13 5:59 p.m. Closed

Theft from Vehicle Saletta Building 4/15/13 11:03 a.m. Open

Injury Report 7964B OʼDaniel Lane 4/10/13 7:44 a.m. Closed Illness Report 924A Eckels Lane 4/11/13 12:14 p.m. Closed Illness Report 8030A OʼDaniel Lane 4/11/13 2:22 p.m. Closed Traffic Accident Gray Building 4/11/13 6:21 p.m. Closed Fire – False Alarm (Pulled) Children Center 4/11/13 8:44 a.m. Closed

Warfare Check Ruston Hall 4/12/13 11:40 p.m. Closed Illness Report Orr Center Drive 4/12/13 11:53 a.m. Closed Burglary – Housing 8058B OʼDaniel Lane 4/12/13 1:08 a.m. Open Code of Conduct – Visitor Violation 8058B OʼDaniel Lane 4/12/13 1:08 a.m. Open Code of Conduct – Animal Violation 8134B OʼDaniel Lane 4/13/13 11:06 p.m. Closed Alcohol – Underage Possession 8134B OʼDaniel Lane 4/13/13 11:06 p.m. Closed

Illness Report Liberal Arts Center 4/15/13 12:14 p.m. Closed Injury Report Security Building 4/15/13 1:20 p.m. Closed Theft Various on Campus Locations 4/15/13 3:40 p.m. Closed Theft from Vehicle 806B McDonald Lane 4/15/13 6:29 p.m. Open Theft 815B Buschkill Lane 4/15/13 8:46 p.m. Open Theft Physical Activities Center 4/16/13 2:17 p.m. Open Alcohol – DUI OʼDaniel South – East Lot 4/16/13 2:28 a.m. Closed

Suspicious Person(s) OʼDaniel South – East Lot 4/16/13 2:28 a.m. Closed Alcohol – Underage Consumption Newman Hall 4/16/13 5:51 a.m. Pending Code of Conduct – Visitor Violation Newman Hall 4/16/13 5:51 a.m. Pending Battery – Simple Assault Newman Hall 4/16/13 5:51 a.m. Pending

Drugs – Manufracture/Possession of 8134B OʼDaniel Lane 4/13/13 11:06 p.m. Closed

Information gathered from USI’s Public Crime Log, provided by USI Safety and Security.

Crime Log Key * Case suspended: No suspects listed, no leads. No follow up investigation unless new information arises. * Case cleared: The incident is resolved, suspect was identified and will be adjudicated appropriately. * Case pending: On hold, awaiting new information. * Violation of University Policy: Violation of the Studentʼs Rights and Responsibilities. * Failure to comply with a university official: Any university official, from an area coordinator to a security officer. *Residential entry: Someone walked into the residence. This is different than burglary because burglary is entering with intent to commit a felony.

It’s that time Application fees evoke serious interest By JAMES VAUGHN Staff writer It’s that time of the year again - students who plan to live on campus during the 2013-2014 school year are registering with university housing. In order to live on campus, students must first pay a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Then, in order to hold their spot, they must pay a $200 contract fee. After that, students can go online and select their room space. The contract is an online document that binds the student to the university for the following academic year. Once it is signed, there is no backing out without expensive consequences. The $200 contract fee is applied to the students fall bill, according to assistant director of business

operations for Housing and Residence Life Cathy Goldsborough. The $50 application fee, on the other hand, is not. A typical application for an apartment means that there’s a possibility you won’t get approved to live there. “No - well, I’m not going to answer that,” Goldsborough said when asked if there are any students who don’t get approved to live on-campus. “In general, anyone who is eligible for housing would go through the same process.” A student is eligible if they have been admitted by the university, she said. “We are managing a popular and scarce resource,” Goldsborough said. “We want to make sure that, since students aren’t required to live oncampus, the application and the fee allows us to get

an idea of who has a serious interest in on-campus housing.” Everything on the application, including meal plan selection and roommate selection, are only active if the student signs the contract. The application and contract process has been in effect for three years. “It’s been successful in helping us manage serious interest in our housing,” Goldsborough said. Vice President for Finance and Administration Mark Rozewski said the application fees are used toward the Housing Operations Budget. Housing operations includes helping the Resident Assistants (RA’s) and putting on various events in housing, he said. “If we didn’t have an application fee, we’d get a bunch of useless applica-

tions that don’t tell us who’s really coming,” Rozewski said. He compared it to the application fee in the Admission Department. “If applying to college were free, students would apply to a lot more colleges,” he said. Sophomore computer information systems major Lindsey Howes said she loves living on campus, but she doesn’t like all the fees. “I’m pretty sure people are serious if they’re paying the $200 fee,” Howes said. She doesn’t know of anyone who has paid the fee and decided not to live on-campus, she said. “Most people are serious about it from the start, I believe,” Howes said. “As broke college students, taking away that $50 app fee would help a lot of people out.”

Schonberger said. “She was extremely creative and developed our intramural program into a program that wasn’t just team sports, but a program that allowed students to have fun in situations where it wasn’t competitive.” He said he will remember her for her creativity, especially. “I can remember a time she bought a huge blowup soccer ball that’s like five feet across and said, ‘Okay, what are we going to use this for?’” he said. “That’s what was so special about her - her creativity, and she just wanted students to be able to interact and have fun.” Ruth dedicated a lot of her spare time to the university, he said. “It wasn’t unusual for Ruth to be out and doing intramural programs well past midnight,” Schonberger said. “There’s no question she was dedicated to making sure USI students had good experiences.” Dave Enzler, Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center director, said

a large part of what the RFCW offers is possible because of Ruth. “We are not the traditional intramural program,” Enzler said. “We have disc golf, glow bowling, fun nights, things we do which are not necessarily traditional but helped us reach so many more students.” Beyond leaving behind a legacy at USI, Ruth also left behind a family, including her only grandson - five-year-old Luke Dahmer, with whom she played Candy Land, even while she was in the hospital at Louisville, Ky., where she eventually passed away. But just because she’s gone doesn’t mean she’s forgotten. “She was the rock of the family,” Dahmer said. “We’re going to miss her very dearly and hold on to those memories that we have of her and know that she’s looking down on us, being our angel and always (being) there every step of the way.”

WALLER continued from Pg. 1 she always smiled about it and said ‘I’ll get better, it’ll just take me a little bit longer this time,’” Dahmer said. Ruth created USI’s women’s sports programs during the early days of Title IX, starting the push to get it enforced at the university. She coached women’s basketball for nine of its first 10 years. She also began and coached the USI softball team, and was also the first women’s tennis coach. She was inducted into the USI Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 and chosen as a USI Phenomenal Woman in 2007. Throughout her dedication to the university, Ruth continued to be a great mother, and always put her family first. “As a mother, she worked and had a career, and was a mom and wife, and gave it her all,” Dahmer said. “She was always at our events. Even with her career, she always put her family first.” Athletic Director Jon Mark Hall said Ruth was a pioneer in women’s athlet-

ics at USI. “She did some great things in her department,” Hall said. “She was aggressive in trying to promote women’s athletics on campus. She was aggressive and heavily involved with coaching these programs.” After her coaching career, she worked with USI’s recreation and fitness programs. Barry Schonberger, former dean of students, worked with Ruth starting when she came to USI in 1974, he said. “I had the opportunity to work with Ruth from the very first day she came to the university, and she was a real groundbreaker in many, many ways,”

REZONING continued from Pg. 1 be a master plan for the whole corridor, because we’ve seen in the past a lot of mistakes in Vanderburgh County, and we’ve ended up spending 10s of millions of dollars going back and fixing those mistakes,” Lockard said. He said the development may be good for the community, but only if it’s planned out first. “We feel we take the same position that USI is taking,” Lockard said. “We understand that development is going to happen out there. We understand that and economically it will be a good thing for the community, but what we’re asking is

that before they do the first parcel of land, that they actually plan it out.” It may not matter who opposes the rezoning if the commissioners vote to pass it in May. Commissioner President Marsha Abell said she supports the rezoning, and rebuked USI in a letter read at the area plan commission for opposing it so vigorously. “USI is a state university and University Parkway is not a glorified driveway for the university,” Abell wrote in the letter that was read into record at the April 11 meeting of the Area Plan Commission. “The Vanderburgh County Board of Commis-

sioners does not attempt to interfere with issues at the university and we are not pleased with the university attempting to lead a charge against development in the county.” County Commissioner Stephen Melcher said he doesn’t have a stance on the rezoning because he’s still doing research. “At this time our attorneys said that we shouldn’t be talking about it because we can taint the system,” Melcher said. “If we say something and do something else, then we are misrepresenting ourselves.”

DISABILITIES continued from Pg. 1 “Connecting with students with disabilities to the University Division by giving them their own unified space is great addition to the university,” Broshears said. Broshears said since the new space will be built to meet the needs of students with disabilities, the university will have a better chance for outreach and more education to all students. “The move will allow us to centralize and modernize the process of what we are doing in the University Division,” Broshears said. Broshears said Stone has a real passion for what she does and for this population of students. “Having her own space and position is an exciting opportunity for her,” Broshears said.

Stone previously worked at the University of Evansville for five years before making the switch to USI. She had a similar position at UE but decided to transfer when the new title became available. “I like USI because it feels like coming home, because this is where I gained my degree,” Stone said. “The campus and the people are great.” Stone said she chose the field because it has always been an interest to her, having a disability herself. She said it’s her passion and she could talk about it forever. “I love working with the students and seeing them succeed,” Stone said. “Their accomplishment makes me feel proud about what I do.”


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‘Get free stuff from dining services’ By SHANNON HALL Life & Culter editor

After making some purchases, you have the ability to scan a QR code that builds up points that you can redeem for free drinks up to 50% off your total.

Once you build up enough scans you can use the e-coupon stories in the Rewards section of the app. Each reward has a time limit before it expires. By “loving” the business, it will alert you when they are having specials or deals.

With smart phones being a clutch for many college students, a mobile loyalty card may be the thing to do. Sodexo, USI’s dining services, put out the app QBOT toward the end of March. QBOT is a mobile loyalty app for Android and Apple. “It’s been requested – some type of loyalty program, whether it’s that you punch cards or something of that type,” said Rebecca Robb, Sodexo retail manager. She said it’s a paperless option, and people tend to always have their phones with them, unlike their wallets. “We get that a lot - ‘We forgot ours today’ - but nobody forgets their phone,” Robb said. The app is free to users. Each time a person buys the minimum purchase price for each food option on campus, he or she can scan a QR code and gain a point. The points accu-

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mulate and the result is discounted - or even free - food. “If it does well here, then it will go out into the community and start getting other businesses involved,” Robb said. QBOT doesn’t cost anything to USI or Sodexo yet. One thousand active users have to use the app so Sodexo doesn’t have to pay anything, Robb said. “Student can’t just download the app,” Robb said. “They have to be actively using it for it not to cost us anything.” The minimum prices are from a template QBOT gave Sodexo, said Alysha Klees, Sodexo marketing specialist. “It was based on what the average check is at that unit,” Klees said. “We wanted to make it obtainable, not something that was so out of reach that people have to be looking for things to buy to reach it.” She said all students should download QBOT. “Get free stuff - that’s what you can do with it, get free stuff from dining

services,” Klees said. On the app, people can be VIPers. Every semester, VIPs will receive a onetime offer for 50 percent off a purchase. “If students are VIP members for QBOT, they will receive push notifications for specials around campus,” Klees said. No specials have arisen yet, but when they do, only VIPs will know about the offers. “The only thing not wanted (with being a VIP) is the push notification, but it’s not as intrusive as a text message, so they can always turn off the VIP option,” Klees said. “But that means they are eliminating themselves from discounted items we’re offering.” With word of mouth and social media sites, Sodexo has heard lots of feedback, mostly positive. “I would say it’s 99 percent positive,” Klees said. “The only issues we have is what you would have with any new technology. You have some bugs that have to work out, and you don’t realize it until you’re in it and working in it.”

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Anger, hatred and confusion are a few sentiments rapper Tyler the Creator weaved into his newest release. The leader of the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All released his third studio album “Wolf” in record stores April 2. This 18-track album further explains the awkwardness of love, fame and understanding Tyler emotionally. Tyler’s composition begins at Camp Flog Gnaw, a summer camp. The spotlight is shed on two main characters, Wolf and Sam, who are both distinctly different sides of Tyler’s personality. Wolf is a softer, more private side of Tyler, one that is hidden behind his brash public image. He’s willing to express the awkwardness of love and loneliness of fame. Sam represents a darker, emotionally disturbed side of Tyler. Sam makes it easier for Tyler to say how he really feels about the pedestal Odd Future fans have put him on. Sam’s character emerges as a runaway, with him and his crew hiding out at Camp Flog Gnaw.

“Legendary” starts off strong with The Summer Set’s new single, “Maybe Tonight,” which is full of energy and has an incredibly catchy chorus that can easily get stuck in your head. The first three song on the album are packed with upbeat tracks like “Boomerang” that starts off will a semi- rap style verse that really grabs the listen. After “Boomerang,” the album seems to lose that happy-go-lucky feel when you get into songs like “F**K U Over.” The song is way too forced and tries to push the boundaries by using the F word, but it just ends up making the song sound gimmicky. The rest of the songs on the album are easily forgetable, opposite of The Summer Set’s pervious albums. The last track on the album is “Legendary,” and with a name like that, I expected something worthy of the title. But the song was mediocure at best with nothing that really grabbed my attention musically or vocally, which was a consistent in most of the tracks leading up.

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Drag queens entertain USI audience By DENNIS MARSHALL Staff writer In the times of Shakespeare, women were not allowed to perform in the theater, so men had to perform the roles of women. Many believe that the term drag originated during this time and was an acronym for ‘Dressed As a Girl.’ About 40 people attended the Spectrum Drag Show on Monday in Mitchell Auditorium. Spectrum is a group that promotes equality and understanding on campus as well as in the community. “(The drag show) is an opportunity for people to come and see a culture they are not typically exposed to,” Spectrum President Rei Poynter said. “Drag culture is huge all over the United States. It is a really fun thing to do. It’s a blast. It’s heavily rooted in gay culture, and it is something that not a lot of

people know about.” Sahara Starre and Traci Dallas both performed in Spectrum Drag Show. Starre and Dallas have different stories on how they got to where they are, but both said entertaining the audience is by far their favorite part of performing. Starre has performed in drag shows for more than a year and a half and was the newest performer involved in the show. Starre began after a lot of her friends started doing drag. ”I would go out to watch them perform and one of them had wanted to dress me up for Halloween one year, so I said sure, why not, and they dressed me up and one thing led to another,” Starre said. “Now here I am.” “This is kind of my way of expressing my raging homosexual side, I guess you could say, because I’ve

File Photo/The Shield Skylar Blackwell lip syncing during last years Spectrum’s Drag Show

always been interested in art,” Starre said. “But I’m a horrible artist and this is art to me. This is my way of

showing my artistic side to world.” Starre said doing drag is more of a hobby and she

does not plan on doing it for the rest of her life. She plans on transferring to USI in the fall and finishing her degree, then maybe getting her master’s. Starre currently attends Vincennes University where she majors in English. Starre said she wants to get into publishing and novel editing because of her love for books. Although Starre is not as experienced as some of the other performers, she finds happiness in the drag scene. “The biggest achievement for me is finding a niche that I fit in with, doing something that I can enjoy, and bringing enjoyment to other people,” Starre said. “That is the big thing for me - I like entertaining.” Traci Dallas, 53, is the only transsexual performer in the drag show. She has been performing for

more than 30 years in different locations all over the country. She is a former Miss Gay Evansville and Owensboro and lives her life by the motto, “Always believe in yourself.” Dallas came into the drag scene in the late 50s, and she said the scene then was a lot different than it is now. Dallas said “she is not just a boy in a dress,” and she naturally has more estrogen running through her than testosterone. Dallas said she’s proud of being well known in the community and seeing other performers grow. Dallas said some of the other performers even call her “Mom” because of the nurturing role she offers. “Dallas has a heart of gold,” said Evy Electraa, co-emcee of the Spectrum Drag Show. “She always helps anyone out in a show who needs it.”

‘Winter’s Bone’ producer talks independent film Oscar nominee talks about experiences, encourages students to be creative By JAMES VAUGHN Staff writer Oscar nominee Anne Rosellini made USI’s campus her red carpet April 10, visiting the university and participating in a round-table discussion about “Winter’s Bone,” an award-winning film which she wrote and produced. The movie, which was Jennifer Lawrence’s break-out roll, received four nods from the Oscars in 2011, two for Rosellini’s work. A chance encounter with German professor Silvia Rode in New York over spring break led to Rosellini’s visit. Rosellini, 44, is currently partnered with director Debra Granik in a company called Still Rolling Productions. Aside from the questions she answered during the round-table event held in Carter Hall for an audience of 60, the former Seatlleite took the time to sit down with The Shield and answer some questions about her work and her trip to Indiana. Q: Where did you receive your education? A: I got a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. Q: You received quite a few awards for your work on “Winter’s Bone.” How does all the attention

make you feel? A: I think that as a small, independent film that we knew was kind of a dark story and didn’t have any celebrities in it, many of the awards were surprising. We didn’t anticipate that it would play as widely as it did. When you make an independent film, there’s always that fear that it won’t make it past the festival circuit. Q: How many festivals was the film shown in before it went to DVD? A: 30 or 40 worldwide Q: It was the first movie you screen-wrote. What had you done in film prior to that? A: I studied film theory and film history in Chicago - not so much filmmaking. I love documentaries. I love short films. So when I moved back to Seattle, I started a Short Film Festival there. So for 10 years, I did what us filmmakers call programming for festivals, which means I chose

the films that I wanted to play at the festivals. I programmed for the Seattle International Festival, the Women’s Film Festival and my festival once a year. After that, I moved to New York, which is where I began producing. (Rosellini has produced two films.) Q: Why hadn’t you written anything prior to “Winter’s Bone?” A: The reason I did it was because we are independent filmmakers, so there is no higher financing body - there’s no studio system that’s going to hand me $30,000 to develop a script. But when I read the book, I didn’t have the money to hire a writer, so I just decided to do it myself. Q: What feelings raced through you when you found out the movie you wrote was actually going to be produced? A: There’s not really a moment. Because in independent film, you have to always act as if. Like you kind of have to fake it until you make it. You have to assume that your film is getting made until the moment you find out it’s not. Because you’re pretending it’s going to get made all along, there’s no shock. There’s relief, though. Like, oh, thank God, we found the money to make this. Q: How was it to work

with Jennifer Lawrence? A: She was really young at the time (2009). I think she had just turned 20. She was great. She was incredibly low-maintenance and very hard working. She could go from joking to being serious very quickly, which made her a great worker. I mean, this film was shot in the Ozarks in the middle of the winter and it was not always comfortable. So she had to suffer through a lot of the scenes that weren’t the best of circumstances. This wasn’t a set with a bunch of sushi. She never complained and did whatever needed to be done to get it shot. She’s a natural. It was fun for me to watch her. Q: What was it like filming in the Ozarks? A: The novelist who wrote “Winter’s Bone” lived in the Ozarks and described it so thoroughly in the book. We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to see the world he depicts through our own eyes or convey it on screen. The Ozarks (the hills of southern Missouri) is a very ethnic place. The people are very set in their ways. So when we first arrived, they were like, “no.” We wanted to use them. We wanted to film in their houses. There was one incident when I was looking around on a man’s property and he ac-

tually drove up in his truck with a shotgun and asked us what we wanted. We had to earn the trust of the community. And eventually we did, I think. Twenty speaking parts ended up being locals. Q: Do you prefer producing or writing? A: I consider myself a producer. A producer wears many hats throughout the process of filmmaking and I like that it allows me to do many different things. I enjoyed the experience of writing and I learned a lot from it and I can imagine myself doing it again if the right project comes along. Q: What is your advice for students who are interested in screenwriting or filmmaking? A: I’ll use myself as an example. Even though I had never written a screenplay before, I didn’t let that stop me. I never consulted a manual. I used my instincts. I mean, I had read a lot of scripts. But I didn’t let my inexperience stop me from trying. I didn’t think I had to go out and find the money to hire a writer. It’s kind of like DIY, you know? Do it yourself. If you can’t afford to pay someone to do it, give it a try. As far as filmmaking, you need to soul search why you want to make films. If you want to make

films to become famous or to become rich, then you’re going to do a lot of waiting around. But if you want to make films for the right reasons, then I truly believe nothing can stop you. There is no excuse. Get a group of friends together and make a film. That’s the only way you’ll learn. Q: Do you speak at colleges and universities often? A: Yes. It’s always a huge pleasure to talk about my experiences and I enjoy encouraging young people to be creative. Q: Have you ever been to Evansville? A: I have never been to Indiana. I stepped foot into Gary when I was a college student in Chicago. But this is the first time I’ve really stepped foot on Indiana soil. It’s exciting to be here. Q: Are you working on anything right now? A: Yes. Debra (Granik) and I are working on another adaptation. We’re working on a film that will take place in Baltimore. We’re also currently editing a documentary. Then, we have two or three other projects that are in the early script stage. So yeah, we have a lot of things in the hopper. They’re all going to be dark, small and independent because that’s just the way we roll.


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‘It doesn’t matter who you love’ Students take the lead on Breaking the Silence By MEREDITH HARRIS Staff writer Corey Dean said he was “culture shocked” when he came to USI’s campus because there are many accepting people here. The freshman biology major came from a “hick county” - Gibson County, Ind. – where his high school “was in the middle of a cornfield.” “We have the people up there that like to do … ‘fag drags’ and things like that,” Dean said. “So, they’re the ones that put anybody down for anything different. They would make homosexuals or anybody that identified differently go

back into their closet and, basically, become straight. Or attempt to become straight.” A “fag drag” is when homosexuals are dragged down a gravel road behind a truck, Dean said. Dean was one of the students who organized Day of Silence on USI’s campus. Day of Silence is a day when those in the LGBT community who have lost their lives due to bullying and harassment are mourned. Day of Silence, normally a day-long event, will last for two days at Prism’s event Breaking the Silence. “Because we’re all members of the human race,” Dean said. “No one should

be segregated, no one should be discriminated against, no one should have to face hater abuse because of who they love. It doesn’t matter who you

love. We’re just all a part of the human race.” Dean contacted freshman Julisa Gendren, who planned Breaking the Silence.

Day of Silence Today - LGBT Zoo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UC West (The LGBT Zoo will feature students doing what homosexuals do when they hang out.) - Kelley Coures will give “GLBT History From Ancient Egypt or Modern Marriage Rights,” a presentation on homosexuality from Ancient Egypt to present day, at 6 p.m. in Forum 3. Friday - Day of Silence, a student-led action where students are silent to bring attention to bullying and harassment in the LGBT community, according to www.dayofsilence.org

“I identify pansexual,” Gendren said. “Most people don’t even know what pansexual is. Not even kidding you. I’ve had people send me like pictures of like a girl hugging a pan like, ‘Oh, you’re pansexual.’ No, that’s not what it means.” Pansexual is when someone can be attracted to any gender, Gendren said. Another fear that LGBTs have is what will happen when they come out to family and friends, said Rick Boysen, junior history education major. “I only recently came out to my father … I’ve yet to come out to any other person in my family,” Boy-

sen said. “And it’s terrifying. And that is one of the ways that … people are silenced is that ... we end up being too scared of what other people will think or do, especially people that are close to us. We can’t truly be ourselves around them.” Safety is another concern for those who come out to their families. “I would love to take my boyfriend home for Thanksgiving or Fourth of July or something, but I can't without fear that not only will I be ostracized from my family, but that my boyfriend will be attacked,” Boysen said.

TWLOHA brings support, assistance to USI

By JESSICA STALLINGS Staff writer Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of the worldwide organization To Write Love On Her Arms. The organization was founded in 2006 and is a nonprofit movement that is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Tworkowski began the movement to help raise money for a friend’s treatment and quickly spread to several countries. The organization has raised more than $850,000 to help pay for treatment and recovery programs. Q. How did this organization come together? A. It started in 2006 just as an attempt to help a friend, Renee, (who) was struggling with drug addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. I wrote a story called “To Write Love On Her Arms” and posted it on MySpace. Then my friends and I started selling T-shirts as a way to pay for her treatment. Both of those things kind of got out in front of people in a really surprising way. We started receiving messages with questions, people opening up, basically saying that they could relate to her story. The messages kept coming and the shirts kept selling, and that gave us the opportunity to talk about those issues on a bigger scale. We learned more about the issues and we began trying to let people know that it was okay to talk about those things and it was okay to ask for help. We were able to invest in help on a bigger scale - treatment and recovery. So many surprising doors have opened for us. Going online, to college campuses, music tours and festivals – giving us so

many different settings and different groups of people where we get to bring this conversation and invite people into it. Q. How old were you when this all began? A. I was 26 when it started and I am 33 now. Q. Why did you feel that you had to do something? A. I really wasn’t the lead guy in the beginning. I was just invited to meet this girl and the invitation felt significant so I said yes. My friend’s story was one of addition and recovery. ... It just felt really important at the time. Then (there was) the financial need to pay for her treatment and I just had a couple simple ideas that I thought could maybe help. I had no idea that any of this would happen. Q. How did this become a worldwide organization so quickly? A. The support of bands had a lot to do with it. Musicians started to wear our shirts on stage and that had so much to do with how people found out about it. Also around that time, the nature of MySpace had the “Top Eight.” People started to put our page in their “Top Eight.” It really was just a story of people getting excited about something and using whatever influence they had. Certain bands might have a certain degree of influence, but a kid at school has some influence too, even if it’s just to his five friends. It really was just people talking about it. You hear a lot

about the worst of the Internet but I think we got to see the best of the Internet. We started to hear from people in countries and continents we had never been to, where we didn’t know anyone. And yet, because these bands had fans worldwide, pretty quickly people worldwide began to find out about it. We learned that these are not just American issues, these are issues that affect (people) all over the world. It’s not as if suddenly we have offices all over the world or people based there. We have been able to do some events in different places, but we feel like with just the nature of the Internet, we are able to invite people into the conversation and we are able to communicate our message to people worldwide. Q. Why do you think so many people support and have such a great connection with this organization? A. I think it just points to the need. I think so many people feel alone or are dealing with the issues that we talk about. There are a lot of lies out there. There is a tremendous stigma that suggest that if you struggle with this stuff you can’t really talk about it, that you are alone. I think we sort of accidentally have just given people permission to know that it’s okay to be honest and to say that they deserve to be known and to be loved, to know that it’s okay to ask for help and that help really does exist. Hopefully we have done that in a way that is creative. We value language and we value design. I didn’t grow up wanting to run a charity and with that I think there has been a lot freedom where we don’t try to look or sound like everything else out there,

in some ways because we don’t even know how. We kind of joke that we aren’t smart enough to make it up, so we don’t. We are just doing something really different. We are just really trying to move people. It’s been amazing to see people respond. But I think it’s less about us doing anything brilliant and more that there is just a need. People need to know that they are not alone and need to know that it’s okay to tell their story. Q. Why do you personally think there are so many people that struggle with these certain problems? A. It seems to be a part of being human, and just being alive on this planet. That we get stuck, we lose things, we lose relationships and we lose people. Life, hopefully not all the time, but life a lot of the time is really hard. It seems to be harder for some people than others but that is just part of this experience of being on this planet. I don’t really know beyond that, but the cool thing is that this means we can relate to each other. That maybe other people have been where we are and that maybe other people struggle with what I do, or maybe I have been through something that someone else is currently dealing with. There is kind of a silver lining to it. Q. Why do you think it’s so important for people, especially students, to hear your message? A. We know that these are issues that young people deal with. These are issues that exist on college campuses. But beyond that, these are issues that affect people of all ages. Our team is made up of young people and it’s been amazing to see doors open on college campuses and

it seems to be a part of the culture of colleges, where they bring in speakers and events, which gives a lot of freedom to talk about different things and to engage different subjects and even different problems. To me, these problems exist at the high school level and even younger than that. But for me personally, it feels like kind of a sweet spot to get to be around this age group. The nature of the event is normally that people come to want to be there. It’s people that want to hear this talk, or people that are just curious. We know these issues affect adults and seniors as well, but to me, I’m really thankful to get to know and spend a lot of time among this setting and this age group. Q. What do you think is the best advice for someone struggling with thoughts of suicide or who have depression? A. (They should) know that it is okay to ask for help, first by simply talking to someone. Just hoping that they have a support system, or a group of friends, or even just one friend that they could start by reaching out to. Beyond that, know that there are professionals that want to help. Even here on this campus, there is a counseling office where there are people trained and dedicated to helping students who are struggling in that way. More often than not it’s free for students, which is great. Just beginning to be honest and starting to talk about it, you realize that suddenly you are not alone and it’s not just in your head. Hopefully that gives them a friend or a group of friends can even literally walk them into to that counseling appointment, or to treatment, or whatev-

er it is that they need. We have really come to believe in both and that’s what a lot of the message is about. People deserve whatever help they need and they deserve people that care about them.

Q. Do students, or just people in general, affect your life when you are traveling and hearing many others’ stories? A. I certainly hear lots of stories, great ones and hard ones. I am constantly reminded what is at stake, whether it is someone choosing to stay alive, or getting help, or having family that they have recently lost. People assume that really affects me the most, but for whatever reason I’m more affected by my own stuff. It’s an interesting line to walk because you want to be available to it but not overwhelmed by it. Most of our day looks pretty normal and then there is just this window of a couple hours that it is very different. Q. What is your favorite thing about what you do? A. I get to meet people who say they are still alive because of the work that we do. And that means different things. To some people that means it’s something they heard at one of our events and for other people it’s something they read on our website. But I can’t imagine a better compliment than to meet someone who literally might not be alive (because of me). That is definitely the best part. And with that, I get to do a job that I really believe in and I get to bring my heart to work, which I think it pretty rare. I have done a lot of different jobs, washing dishes or delivering pizzas, so I know this is a privilege that I try not to take for granted.

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Above: Lambda Chi Alpha member Terrance Lewis throws the shot put during Greek Olympics. Shot put was a new addition to this year’s Greek Olympics. Right: Jordan Armstead Gamma Phi Beta member performs during Friday night’s dance competition. This year’s theme was “A Tribute to the Stars.” Each chapter choose a different artist and performed only to songs by that artist. Gamma Phi Beta won first place in the sororities, dancing to songs by Beyonce . Below: Dancing to the song “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, Nick and Zack Mathis mimic each other. Their fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, placed third in Dance Comp.

Above: Throwing water, Shyanne Becker and other members of Alpha Sigma Alpha try to sink their opponents during Battle Ship, a new event for Greek Week this year. “It was such hard work,” Becker said. “Being able to compete in it for the first time was just an awesome feeling.” Alpha Sigma Alpha placed first in Battle Ship. Left: During the Tug-ofWar portion of Greek Olympics, Tyler Robling cheers for his Sigma Pi brothers.

Right: Sigma Tau Gamma member Zach Rothenburger takes off running after have the wand is handed to him in the 4-by-4 relay. The relay was a part of Greek Olympics that took place Sunday morning. Sigma Tau Gamma placed second behind Kappa Alpha Order.

Above: Members of Alpha Sigma Alpha Alex Conklin, Tori Jones and Kailie Fain pull the rope during the Tug-of-War in Greek Olympics. Alpha Sigma Alpha placed first in Tug-of-War and was the overall sorority Greek Week winner. Left: Phi Delta Theta member, Josh Douglas throws the shot put during Greek Olympics. Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Delta Theta tied for second place in shot put. Phi Delta Theta was the overall winner of Greek Week for the fraternities.


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By DENNIS MARSHALL Staff writer USI’s track and field has developed into one of the most competitive programs in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), but the lack of an oncampus facility could be hurting the team. The team finished third at the GLVC Indoor Championship, but there are still no plans to build an on-campus facility. The team travels to the athletic complex at F. J. Reitz High School for practice, which is located about 10 minutes east of USI on Barker Avenue. “The interesting thing about our cross-country and track program is that it was really set up to be a crosscountry program exclusively when it was first started,” Athletic Director Jon Mark Hall said. “What’s happened over time is our distance runners started to

run track events.” One roadblock to constructing an on-campus facility is that the university doesn’t have a budget for track. “We just try to build on the crosscountry (budget),” Hall said. Hall did not give an exact time for when the administration would consider building a facility. “We don’t have anything solidified but I think ... for us to have a successful track program, we are obviously going to have to have a facility on campus, or a better facility off campus, for them to practice at,” he said. The success of the track team is one thing that may motivate the administration to take action more quickly. “Anytime you have some success and can see that it could be (more) successful, it makes you want to push a little harder to get something like that done,” Hall said.

The team practices at Reitz for the indoor and outdoor seasons. Dealing with the weather is just another obstacle to overcome. “There have been days where we shoveled snow off of lanes one and two in order to do workouts,” Track and Field Head Coach Mike Hillyard said. “Fortunately, we have a nice rec and fitness center, and there are plenty of treadmills (so) we can cancel practice and tell the kids to go on their own time.” No athlete receives a scholarship for participating in track and field. Scholarships are given only to cross-country athletes. Many of these athletes prefer to run year-round, so they participate in both. “In large part due to facility restrictions, we kind of restricted recruiting to primarily just the distance events athletes who run cross-country in the

fall and then run the distance events in spring,” Hillyard said. “Now the distance athletes don’t really require as much time on the track. It’s not as crucial as a sprinter, hurdler or a jumper, where those facilities become paramount.” Not having on-campus facilities can also have negative effects on the team’s morale and level of camaraderie. “As for team-building, we all practice at different times, whenever we are available,” said USI junior Marquis Hunter. USI does not have to pay Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to use the athletic complex at Reitz, so financially, it makes sense for the university to use the facility right now. “It just hurts us in the long run,” Hunter said. “We just have to get the workouts in, so we have to come out here.”

Elevating excellence, elevating athletics $50 million campaign helps department By ZANE CLODFELTER Sports editor

File Photo/The Shield Baseball players watch USI batters from the dugout during a game last year. The primary goal of the baseball team’s head coach, Tracy Archuleta, is to recruit players from the tri-state.

Finding talent in the tri-state By ZANE CLODFELTER Sports editor When you ask Southern Indiana baseball Head Coach Tracy Archuleta about recruiting, it’s clear that one of his primary goals is finding talent around the tri-state. “Every time we go out we try to get the best kids in the tri-state area,” Archuleta said. “If we are able to get guys from Evansville or the tri-state area, it helps with the community support and gets people out here.” Archuleta has followed that plan precisely throughout his tenure on campus, and this season isn’t any different. Currently, the Eagles have nine players on its roster from Evansville with several others coming from neighboring counties and cities. “We have a lot of USI grads who are coaches in the (city),” Archuleta said. “It definitely helps that they had a great experience here for them to push their student athletes to us.”

Redshirt freshman center fielder Kyle Kempf played for a former Eagle, Jeremy Jones, in high school at Evansville Bosse, and Kempf credits his high school coaching for making the college decision process easier. “He was there behind me the whole time and told me it was a great school,” Kempf said about his high school coach. “I’m from Evansville so I want to represent the city and my high school.” Archuleta credits the “player pipeline” with the good relationships maintained by coaches in the area who once played for USI. “It’s definitely an advantage, anytime you have a kid who has played for you or has played at the university and has a good experience,” Archuleta said. “They are going to want to send their kid over here and do the same thing. If you get a kid here that has success, they will want to send their players back when they become a coach.”

Another advantage Archuleta gains from recruiting in the Evansville area is the camaraderie that his players have with one another. “It helps as far as being able to understand each other and know what to expect from your teammates,” Archuleta said. Redshirt freshman Andrew Cope enjoys being teammates with guys who were once adversaries in his high school playing days at Evansville Harrison. “There are a lot of familiar faces that I know, a lot of teammates that I’ve played with and against,” Cope said. “It’s great that I get to play with them now.” Proximity isn’t always the main factor - that’s why Cope appreciated the honesty that Archuleta displayed during his recruitment. “(Archuleta) told me he had confidence in me, that I could come here early in my career and have an impact,” Cope said.

With the help of donations through the University of Southern Indiana’s new capital campaign, “Elevating Excellence,” the university’s athletic department hopes that money can be raised to improve already existing sites at the soccer and softball facilities on campus. USI Athletic Director Jon Mark Hall said the department has preliminary plans to replace the natural grass surface at Strassweg Field with artificial field turf, while also improving seating at USI’s softball complex. “I think it can help more than just the soccer program,” Hall said. “It gives us more space.” The athletic department’s plan for facility improvements is a small part of the university’s goal of raising $50 million. The university announced earlier this month that $26 million has already been raised.

Depending on the remaining funds raised, Hall said he hopes to add more updates to the Eagles’ softball complex. “Ultimately we would like to add batting cages too,” Hall said. Along with the facility improvements, the university also hopes to raise money to help build up scholarship support for student athletes. USI Vice President for Finance and Administration Mark Rozewski said the university still needs donors for the athletics projects but agrees with Hall that it should be a priority to fundraise and complete the athletic projects. “At this point, most of the area high schools have turf fields,” Rozewski said. “It lowers maintenance costs and it’s less expensive.” Hall meets regularly with coaches asking their input on possible facility improvements, something USI Soccer Head Coach

Mat Santoro appreciates. “(Jon) has been great in working with us,” Santoro said. “He’s open-minded.” Santoro said the current grass surface at Strassweg Field gets a lot of use from hosting practice and games for both men’s and women’s soccer and also from hosting Santoro’s summer camps operated through the university. “In our sport, we can tear up the ground,” Santoro said, adding that a new turf at Strassweg Field would greatly help recruiting for his soccer program. “This campus is already a great selling point for our program,” Santoro said. “This would only help.” Rozewski said he is optimistic that the university will find donors to help make the plans a reality, but an actual timetable for the actual construction process is still unknown. “We are optimistic we will get this done,” Rozewski said. “We hope donors will back it up with their goodwill.”


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By JAMES VAUGHN Staff writer There’s nothing better than free or discounted food. But there’s also nothing more frustrating than waiting in line for an unnecessary length of time before getting it. I’m a busy guy, so my lunch breaks tend to be pretty brief. Whether it’s class, a meeting or a deadline, I’m usually on the go. So I prefer my meal to be too. That’s become an issue lately with Sodexo’s release of the loyalty app, QBOT, in late March. Trust me, as a broke college student, I enjoy specials just as much as the next person. But I’ve been held up in line because of a QBOT situation multiple times now. There was one instance when I was the second person in line at Archie’s Pizzeria for at least 10 minutes. Why? The young lady in front of me couldn’t figure out how to redeem her 50 percent off loyalty. Neither could the cashier. She had an excuse. She wasn’t exactly in her 20’s and said she “don’t know how to work these smart phones.” The young lady, on the other hand, was young. Our generation is supposed to be tech savvy. But she didn’t seem to get that memo. In an article about QBOT, Sodexo Retail Manager Rebecca Robb said that some type of loyalty program had been requested, whether it’s that customers punch cards or something of that type. She went on to say that people tend to have their phones on them, unlike their wallets. Well, the app would be great if people were as smart as you think they are, even 20-year-old college students who are on their phones 24/7. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. At first, I wondered if using the app was really that difficult. So I tested it. I downloaded QBOT and bought a quesadilla. I clicked on the USI tab, then the Salsa Rico tab, then the 50 percent off tab at the bottom. The nice man at the check-out told me to “slide it” and that was it - I clicked “redeem” and my total came to $3.90. I don’t know why it’s an issue for some people. I suppose it could be the horrible Wi-Fi connection at USI. Whatever the case, I would have preferred the punch cards. I’m sure everyone could figure that out and I’d be able to eat my food at a steadier pace.

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I thought I should be doing more than just going through life normally, so I decided I should be crying. I made myself cry, but that still didn’t fix anything or fill the hole in my heart that was left by the attack. I still felt empty, numb and confused. In the antique shops I did not know what to do. What do you do when your brother has almost smothered you? I remember a time we went to a shop that was converted from a house. The rooms were filled with antiques and candles. I went to the attic of the antique shop - where nobody was - and lay on the floor in my winter coat. As I lay on the floor, I thought of what I should do and what was appropriate to do. Navigating your way through abuse can be confusing and painful. It will seem easier to push aside the memories and feelings and ignore what happened. One site that gives advice for coping strategies is www.asca.org.au. I’m an avoider, which helps me short-term because I do not have to deal with it as much, but longterm it is more disruptive than productive. Some of the coping strategies that adult survivors of child abuse have used since childhood include avoidance, releasing feelings, repression, emo-

tional insulations, rationalization and intellectualization, according to asca. org.au. Working through your emotions as an adult survivor of child abuse will suck. The negative emotions that you felt as a child will probably result in more anxiety, grief and sadness, shame and guilt, alienation and helplessness as an adult than the general population. These emotions seem “normal” to adult survivors and may be regulated by the individuals by alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling or cutting or burning themselves. I regulate my negative emotions by avoiding, so I read, look at news stories, watch tv, and sometimes I drink (legally). Sometimes I go overboard and read one book in one day, along with my classwork. I have trouble sleeping, so I sometimes stay up until 4 a.m. reading or watching tv. Emotions can be difficult to deal with as an adult survivor of child abuse, but learning to deal with them is beneficial to moving forward with your life. Trust is very complex for a survivor. As a child, I would trust my brother for a few months and we would be almost like friends - then he would hurt me again. I would be angry at him for months, and again the cycle would continue. It is hard to trust people as a survivor, but trust can be earned. It takes longer for trust to be earned than for most people, but it’s possible. I can now trust some people in my life.

Maintaining the balance Trying to find the good among the bad By JAKE TAPLEY Opinion editor Due to the recent events in Boston and Iraq, the menace that evil poses on society has been brought to the forefront of our collective conscience. When I first saw the footage of the explosions at the Boston Marathon, it seemed surreal to me. Honestly, it felt like I was watching a movie. Unfortunately, both of these malicious acts of terrorism were very real. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I saw many pictures and articles relating to the bombings - particularly, the one in

Boston. Some of these pictures were extremely graphic, which gave me a true sense of the terror involved. I think we have every right to be scared. The spontaneity and unpredictability of what will probably go down in history as “The Boston Marathon Bombing” rivals the surprise of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It is inevitable that we will see more events like this in the future. Whether or not it’s today or tomorrow or 10 years from now, it’s going to happen. We should face that truth plainly and openly.

However, that isn’t to say we should lose hope or be discouraged. Of course, I don’t want to make light of any of the tragedies that our country has faced or is facing. With the Aurora shooting, Sandy Hook and now the recent bombing, we have a lot that has happened in the past year. I think it’s only natural for people to cope with loss - and grieve, if they need to - so there is certainly a time for that. But there is also a time for recovery. It’s so easy to look at everything that has happened and become overwhelmed in the doom, gloom and

negativity of it all. Sometimes we forget about the good in the world and how it trumps the evil. Sometimes we need to be reminded that there are people making a difference for the better. All of the people that have helped in rescue efforts, assisted in the relief of the downtrodden or shown that they value humanity in some way are proof that there are more genuinely caring people out there than not. We shouldn’t let the actions of the few outweigh the actions of the many. The battle between good and evil is ongoing, and that hasn’t changed. It’s

been that way for as long as we’ve been keeping a public record of events. It’s the way we frame it that has changed. We focus so much on the bad in the world that we miss the good. We spend so much time mourning for the lives that are lost that we forget about the ones that are saved. So let’s frame it in a different way. Let’s view things in a different light. I don’t want to tip the balance anymore. We need to take the good with the bad. The universe is only spiraling out of control if you think it is. What do you think?

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