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Campus tribute honors Veterans Day

By BRITTANY

POWELL

Staff

bripowel@ius.edu

Veteran’s Day did not

pass by unnoticed for

many members of the

IUS community.

Two events were held

in honor of U.S.

veterans and

to remind

citizens of

those who

fought for

the country.

The third annual

IUS Veteran’s

Day memorial service

was held at McCullough

Plaza on Nov. 10.

During the ringing of

the bells, marking the

end of the fighting during

World War I, students,

local veterans and

members of the community

circled the clock in

remembrance of those

who died fighting for

the U.S.

Another event —

“Come to the Canteen”

Veteran’s Day tribute

— brought the IUS community

together for a

second time dur-

S. seco

ing the week

to honor local

veterans

at the Ogle

Center on

Nov. 12.

There were

many performances,

including the Motion

Studio Dance and comedy

skits performed by

IUS communication students

and faculty.

The event was sponsored

by IU Southeast,

the Student Veterans

Organization and Ivy

Tech Community College.

“This is by far the best

mix of everything,” David

Tomerlin, 78, said

about the music, excerpts

from soldier’s letters

and the tap dancers.

Tomerlin, who fought

for the U.S. Army in Korea,

said he has attended

many IUS Veteran’s Day

tributes and enjoys coming

back each year.

Diane Reid, senior

lecturer of communications,

said she holds the

Veteran’s Day tribute to

honor veterans.

“I think people need

to recognize the veterans

in our community,

regardless of when they

fought,” Reid said. “I

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Photo by Brittany Powell Photo by Brittany Powell Courtesy photo by IU Southeast

Jay McTyier, program

analyst for the Registrar,

performs a skit for the

“Come to the Canteen”

tribute on campus.

Don Graf, Korean War

veteran, and his wife, Helen

Graf, enjoy their time during

the “Come to the Canteen”

tribute on campus.

A veteran rings a bell

during the Bell Ringing

Service for the Veterans

Day ceremony in Mc-

Cullough Plaza on Nov. 10.

Courtesy photo by IU Southeast

A member of the American Legion Post 204 in Sellersburg, Ind., holds a flag in honor of a

Veteran’s Day ceremony in McCullough Plaza on Nov. 10.

Business receives high position rating

By JENNIFER HARRINGTON

Staff

jeharrin@umail.iu.edu

The School of Business moved up 30 positions in

ts rankings with “U.S. News and World Report,”

aking it in the top 15 percent of business programs

n the country.

“Bloomberg Businessweek” has also recently

anked IU Southeast’s School of

usiness 73rd out of 500 for partime

MBA programs.

“These rankings show that IU

In 2007, we

were 18th in

the nation,

so it’s been a

bit of a rollercoaster

ride.

outheast’s business programs comare

very favorably with other prorams

in the nation,” Alan White,

ean of the School of Business and

ssistant professor of finance, said.

This is the highest ranking the

School of Business has received from

“U.S. News and World Report,” but

it is not the highest it has received in

“Bloomberg Businessweek.”

“The rankings are pretty volatile,”

White said, “and small changes

in both our survey results and the results

of the comparable schools can

result in large swings in the rankings.”

The School of Business has ranked

as high as ninth overall in the nation in 2009 and second

for post-MBA outcomes.

“In 2007, we were 18th in the nation, so it’s been a

bit of a roller-coaster ride,” White said.

The rankings are determined depending on

which organization is conducting the survey.

“For ‘Businessweek,’ a survey of our recently

graduated students, as well as a detailed look at our

admissions criteria, graduation rates and full-time

faculty, are used to determine the rankings,” White

said.

Alan White

dean of the School of

Business and assistant

professor of finance

The method “Bloomberg Businessweek” uses

to determine the rankings will be changed in 2013,

which is when the School of Business will be ranked

again by the firm.

“Given the quality of our programs, I expect that

we’ll be back in the top 25 nationwide for that ranking

the next time around,” White said.

On the other hand, “U.S. News and World Report”

conducts a survey with the Association to Advance

Collegiate Schools of Business, internationally

accredited business school

deans and graduate directors.

“This helps us in many areas including

the recruitment of top students and

faculty and also helps us in fundraising

efforts,” White said.

White said the School of Business

takes pride in how well its students are

performing.

“While national rankings and ratings

are gratifying, we are more pleased

with the results of our students in academic

performance,” White said.

Undergraduate seniors in the

School of Business continued their good

performance on the ETS Major Field

Tests in Business. The undergraduate

students have also achieved the top 15

percent or better nationwide in 20 of the

previous 22 assessments.

“Our graduates have the highest overall pass

rates on the CPA exam of any public school in the

state of Indiana and any school in the state of Kentucky,”

White said.

Additionally, two of the last three Investment

Challenge Competitions have been won by IU

Southeast student teams.

“This and other great student outcomes show

that we are providing a quality education and creating

graduates capable of competing with anyone,”

White said.

GSA plans to expand

unisex restrooms

By HANNA WOODS

Staff

hrwoods@umail.iu.edu

The Gay Straight Alliance has been working

on a proposal that will create awareness

of gender neutral restrooms and add additional

facilities on campus.

Hunter Luthi, informatics senior and GSA

president, has been working for the last six

months on expanding the gender neutral restrooms

on campus. Unlike most restrooms on

campus that are denoted as either “mens”

or “womens,” the gender neutral restrooms

would be open for use by both sexes.

Currently, there are four restrooms on

campus that are designated as gender neutral:

two in Knobview Hall near the Ogle

Center and two on either side of the IUS Library

coffee shop. All four of these restrooms

are single stall.

“We want to raise more awareness about

the fact that these do exist because most

members of the campus community don’t realize

they exist,” Luthi said.

Luthi said he would like to see the gender

neutral restrooms expand to cover the

campus more evenly. He has mapped out a

proposal for one of the restrooms behind the

IUS Bookstore to be declared gender neutral.

Unlike the four restrooms that are already

designated gender neutral, this restroom has

multiple stalls.

“People may not feel comfortable using

that restroom if it is gender neutral but [hav-

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Week of Nov. 28, 2011

SGA squabbles over Meet and Eat date

By BRYAN JONES

Staff

jonesbry@umail.iu.edu

The Student Government Association held its

meeting on Nov. 17 and swore in four new senators.

The senators, Drew Apple, criminal justice and

political science sophomore, Shanda Webb, special

education freshman, Micaela Dale, business management

and marketing junior, and Ashley Kern,

secondary education freshman, were told to make

two goals they wanted to accomplish as senators.

One goal Apple came up with was having students

who have a concealed carry license be able to

carry their weapons on campus.

Kern said she wants more activities on campus.

“I live on campus,” Kern said. “There is hardly

anything going on during the weekends, and I’d like

to change that.”

Dale said her first goal is to help raise the IUS retention

rate.

“I want to help get students to go to sporting

events and have pride to be a student here,” Dale

said. “Students should be excited about coming

here.”

Webb said she would like to better organize the

various parking lots.

“I’d like to have names for the rows in each parking

lot,” Webb said. “I know sometimes after my

class I can’t remember where I parked at.”

Jennifer Broadus, general studies junior and SGA

treasurer, said she was proud of the senators.

“We have been doing a lot of work,” Broadus

said. “We went over how to write a bill, the by-laws,

our constitution and briefly touched on how to write

a resolution since they are harder to do than bills.”

Stephon Moore, journalism freshman and SGA

press secretary, wrote a resolution for the upcoming

changes that the SGA is going to have in the election

process.

“The bill will be changed a lot before it actually

goes into effect,” Moore said. “We’re going to cut it

up during the reformation committee meeting on

[Nov. 22], but, basically, it says the deans of each

school will nominate five students to be put onto a

ballot for the SGA.”

Moore said, after the students are nominated,

each one will be competing for one of two spots per

school.

“There are two seats per school and two seats for

undecided students, as well,” Moore said. “There

will also be eight at-large spots and four seats reserved

for freshmen.”

Moore said, instead of just being one election,

there will be two — one in May, as usual, and another

in January.

Moore also wrote up an allocation bill for a Meet

and Eat event on Dec. 1.

“The total cost of everything is $377.35,” Moore

said. “That will cover the food for it.”

Stephen Prather, radiography junior and SGA

pro-tempore, said he has some concerns about moving

the date.

“I think having it at the beginning of the spring

semester would be better because it would appeal to

the new students that might be here,” Prather said.

Moore said he wanted to move the date closer so

students could know what the SGA has been doing

this semester.

“There will be pizza, and the students will be relaxed,

so this would be a good way to get them in

gear,” Moore said.

Matt Owen, political science junior and SGA senate

chair, said he agreed with Prather about the date.

“It would be better to hold off until the spring semester

so we don’t have to put this into emergency

status and pass it today,” Owen said.

However, Josh Kornberg, communications junior

and SGA president, said he thought it was a good

idea to have it now.

“This will help out in public relations, and, if the

only concern is finals and students not showing up,

then we should do it,” Kornberg said.

Broadus said, if there is a push to do more of them

in the spring, then they have the funds to do so.

“We still have 63.9 percent of our budget left,”

Broadus said.

The bill went into emergency status and passed.

“I would like to say that the last part of the bill

does say that certain members are required to give a

speech,” Moore said.

Moore said Kevin Evans, secondary education junior

and SGA vice president, Kornberg, Owen and

another senator to-be-decided are all required to

give a speech.

“If [one of the speakers] doesn’t show up for this,

then it looks bad on us,” Moore said. “If you need

me to, I will write your speech.”

Kornberg said the Board of Trustees will be on

campus Dec. 8 and 9.

“All eight of the vice chancellors will be there to

talk about what is happening here,” Kornberg said.

Owen said he wants the SGA to look better than

their best on the first week of December.

“The trustees will be walking around touring the

campus, and, since the office is in the main hallway

of University Center, we not only need to look professional,

we need to act it, as well,” Owen said.

Dulguun Otgonsuren, undecided sophomore

and SGA secretary, said he is having trouble getting

the bulletin board printed.

“I tried to get an estimate from Kinko’s on how

much it would cost to print,” Otgonsuren said.

“They said they couldn’t give me one because it is

too small, so I will have to do some work on it. I also

need the associate justices’ photos to put on there, as

well.”

IUS Police juggle

numerous accidents

By CLAIRE MUNN

Senior Editor

clamunn@umail.iu.edu

Nov. 14 at 5:43 p.m.

There was a theft report in Woodland

Lodge. An officer was dispatched and found

the students were having trouble with their

door lock. However, they were actually unlocking

their door instead of locking it. The

students did not want to file a report because

some items may or may not have been stolen.

Nov. 15 at 9:40 a.m.

An officer responded to vehicle damage in

Evergreen West Parking Lot. The driver said

she noticed the damage after leaving class last

week and did not know where the damage occurred.

The damage was minor and no report

was taken.

Nov. 15 at 8:42 p.m.

IUS Police responded to a traffic complaint

on campus. A vehicle was parked on a curb

along a street, blocking traffic. Also, a pedestrian

said she was almost hit by the driver. The

driver was picking up a student, and an officer

advised the driver to move further down the

road, past the Life Sciences Building and beyond

the intersection.

Nov. 16 at 2:35 p.m.

There was a report of a student who said her

car was hit in Evergreen West Parking Lot, and

the driver of the other vehicle left the scene.

Due to minor damages, no report was taken,

and the drivers were able to work it out.

Nov. 17 at 5:23 p.m.

An officer responded to a student who collapsed

in the Student Development Center

after complaining of chest pains. The subject

was transported by an ambulance to Norton

Hospital, and a report was taken.

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Group proposes more baby changing stations

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Veterans

ing] one gender neutral

restroom when there are

restrooms available pretty

much everywhere else

on campus that are gender

segregated we feel

would be a big step,”

Luthi said.

Bill Sweigart, associate

professor of English

and GSA adviser, said

he was proud of the student

initiative within the

GSA for taking on this

kind of project.

“My role, as adviser,

is to keep encouraging

them with the understanding

that these kinds

of things take time, often

a lot more time than one

anticipates,” Sweigart

said.

The GSA is focusing

on educating students

and promoting change

through the student

body. Sweigart said this

is a result of the group

being full of very forward

thinking people.

“This is how we make

progress,” Sweigart

said. “If we wait and do

nothing, things won’t

happen. If somebody

takes action, at least the

process is started.”

Luthi said part of the

anxiety that exists for the

transgender community

regarding restrooms is

the risk involved with

going to a restroom denoted

as either sex and

not feeling comfortable

there.

“People may not be

able to use the restroom

of the gender they identify

with, or the sex they

were born in either because

of the fact they

live their life as not that

gender,” Luthi said.

Luthi said he estimates

IU Southeast has a

transgender community

on campus of between

five to ten students, but

there could be more or

less because there is not

a clear way to measure

the amount.

“One of the things

with transgender students

is that they don’t

always wear a sign that

says, ‘Hi, I’m transgender,’

so it’s really hard

to identify how many

transgender students we

have,” Luthi said.

Luthi said the GSA

hopes to team up with

the Adult Student Center

to add baby changing

stations to the gender

neutral facilities.

“That’s why we are

focusing on not just the

gender neutral aspect,

but we are focusing on

these restrooms being

more accessible to everyone,”

Luthi said. “[These

changes] help to justify

the costs.”

The costs of creating

new restrooms and

expanding the current

ones have not yet been

completely calculated,

but Luthi said he does

not expect them to be

high. The main physical

changes will be adding

a lock to the restrooms,

changing signs to denote

gender neutral and adding

baby changing stations.

Part of the GSA’s proposal

is to raise awareness

of LGBT issues on

campus and raise awareness

of the facilities that

IU Southeast already has

for these students.

“At first, this is a matter

of conciseness raising,”

Sweigart said. “It’s

that not knowing, not

understanding, just not

grasping the significance

of [this project]. This just

isn’t about bathrooms

so much. It’s about the

[part of the] population

that would want and

desire that change in

order for the awareness

of gender issues and the

prejudice[s] that people

hold around gender

difference.”

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wish we didn’t celebrate

Veteran’s Day just once

a year.”

Hannah Smith, communication

sophomore,

said this year’s tribute

was well-rounded because

of the uplifting

segments of the children’s

choir and comedy

skits, but also the

respectful memorial

segment.

“It’s important to remember

what’s been

sacrificed,” Smith said.

Reid said the memorial

segment was dedicated

to those who have

lost their lives in the service.

There was a list of

names of veterans from

Indiana and Kentucky

who have died in the

past 10 years.

A slide show presented

pictures of soldiers

and also had a few pictures

of sunsets, delivering

a message of peace.

“Young people see it,

but they don’t always

quite get it,” Tomerlin

said. “They see so much

on TV.”

Tomerlin has a grandson

that is a sophomore

at IU Southeast. Tomerlin

said some people

may not have fathers or

grandfathers in the service.

He said even if they

do have a veteran in the

family, a lot of veterans

do not talk about their

experiences with war.

Tomerlin said he believes

the Veteran’s Day

tribute will give people

an idea of veteran sacrifices.

“This helps them get

a better perspective,”

Tomerlin said. “We did

fight all the wars, and

the reason we did it was

so people could have

better lives.”

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Travis Bowman, junior guard, shoots a two-point shot for the Grenadiers. Bowman

is a transfer from the University of Louisville.

By NICOLE BRANDUM

Staff

nbrandum@ius.edu

The IUS men’s basketball team won

their finale in the IU-PU Challenge

against Purdue North Central with a

score of 88-60 on Nov. 12 in the Activities

Building.

This is the third year in a row IU

Southeast has won the challenge by

winning all four games.

“Whenever we get a win, it’s good,”

Wiley Brown, IUS men’s basketball

head coach, said. “We didn’t play

good though. We fouled too many

times, and we need to pass more.”

Joe Lawson, forward sophomore,

led the team with 14 points, four rebounds

and four blocks during the

game. Lawson said the different IU

teams won more than the Purdue

teams in the IU-PU Challenge over the

four games played.

“I believe we played well,” Lawson

said. “We’ve played better games, but,

in the second half, we got it together.”

IU Southeast had a slow start to

the game after scoring the first basket,

and, at halftime, IU Southeast was in

the lead, 35-28. With 10 fouls on IU

Southeast, the team came out at the

second half and had a dominant start.

“We hit our shots in the second

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Week of Nov. 28, 2011

Grenadiers claim victory

over Purdue North Central

3

half,” Lawson said. “In the first half,

we weren’t hitting our shots as much.

We definitely picked it up after halftime.”

Brown also received his 100th career

victory with the win over Purdue

North Central. It was announced after

the game, and Brown was given a

plaque for his accomplishment.

“I feel good about having 100 wins,”

Brown said. “It’s all about the players

,though. I’ve been fortunate enough

to coach good players and be around

other good coaches. I’m very blessed

to be able to coach such good, talented

players.”

Martez Dow, guard junior, said the

team played well, but not to their full

potential.

“We struggled a little with our manto-man

defense, but, as the game went

on, we adapted to it,” Dow said. “After

halftime, our coach gave us a pep talk

that really sparked our second half

play. We have the talent to be so much

better, and we plan to do nothing but

progress from here on out.”

As a part of the IU-PU Challenge, an

all-tournament team was announced

postgame. IUS players Lawson, Spencer

Allman, guard freshman, and Haris

Batalevic, guard junior, were chosen

to be a part of the all-tournament

team.

Too much to handle: Grenadiers dominate with duct tape

By JOSH WILSON

Staff

wilsjosh@ius.edu

The No. 24 ranked

US men’s basketball

eam defeated Purdue

niversity Calumet Pergrines,

88-71, on Nov.

1.

This was the third anual

Indiana University

nd Purdue University

hallenge.

This was the Grenaiers

third win in a row,

nd they remained undefeated

through three

games at home.

“We played a really

good team,” Wiley

Brown, IUS men’s basketball

head coach, said.

“[They] can beat us off

the dribble, and they’re

athletic.”

However, the Grenadiers

are continuing to

be affected by injuries

from the early part of

the season. Wes Cox,

sophomore guard, sat

out of the game due to

a concussion he suffered

in the Miami-Hamilton

game on Nov. 5. Jake

Simpson, freshman

guard, only played six

minutes, due to back

pain.

“I wasn’t going to

let him play, even if the

doctors said he could,”

Brown said. “We need

him for the long haul.

[Simpson] will be back.

He’s a tough young man.

He wanted to play.”

Along with Simpson

and Cox, Antoine Watson,

senior forward, is

still out for the next few

weeks, nursing the broken

wrist he sustained in

the Crimson and Cream

Scrimmage.

“It’s better to get hit

with [these injuries]

now,” Brown said, “I’m

a believer that in January

and February you

want to be headed in

the right direction, [and]

you want all the guys

healthy.”

The Grenadiers received

some help from

Travis Bowman, junior

guard. He added four

points for IU Southeast

in his first time playing

for the team. He sat out

the first three games,

waiting to be cleared by

the NAIA to play.

IU Southeast began

with a slow start on offense,

accompanied

by foul trouble. Brice

Mitchell, junior forward,

went out of the first half

after picking up two

fouls quickly. They also

put the Peregrines in the

double-bonus by the 12

minute mark.

“We came out a little

lazy,” Nick Gagel, senior

guard, said, “but

ended up picking it up

and came out with a big

win.”

The Grenadiers

worked the ball into the

post to score in the early

going, and PU Calumet

kept pace with them,

eventually taking a twopoint

lead. It was then

Brown called a timeout

to get his team to regroup.

IU Southeast took a

49-33 advantage by halftime.

The Grenadiers

were already winning

the battle of the boards,

22-11, and won in the rebound

category, 46-27.

Joe Lawson, sophomore

forward, was a

huge contributor, having

10 boards himself

and scoring 11 points.

In the second half,

the Grenadiers came out

and went after the Peregrines.

The score was

67-48 until IU Southeast

reeled off a 13-2 run,

putting them up by 30.

PU Calumet never

gave up, though. They

closed the gap to under

15 points, but the Grenadiers

were too much for

them to handle, especially

in the height category.

IU Southeast oversized

PU Calumet with

an average height of 6

feet 2 inches to PU Calumet’s

average height,

just barely breaking the

6 foot mark.

The Grenadiers had

five players score in

Spencer Allman, freshman

and Mitchell, with 16

levic, junior guard, had

the backboards fell off

after a player went for

a block. The game was

stopped for about five

ny Williams, assistant

athletic director, with

duct tape, proving, once

again, duct tape fixes

double-digits: Gagel,

guard, Lawson

points, and Haris Bata-

12 points.

Around the three

minute mark in the

first half, the game was

stopped because the

foam siding on one of

minutes, and the backboard

was fixed by Den-

everything.

Photo by Josh Wilson

Brice Mitchell, junior forward, prepares for the

tipoff against PU Calumet’s Andrew Anderson, junior

guard.


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Week of Nov. 28, 2011

TOP EVENTS

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Common Experience

Where: IUS Library, 3rd floor

When: 6 - 7 p.m.

Graduate students in liberal studies will host an

event looking at social justice from different disciplines

of study: social science, natural science and

humanities.

MONDAY

Test Anxiety

4 – 5 p.m.

University Center North,

room 124

The Personal Counseling

ervices are offering a new

eekly group counseling sesion

for students wishing to

earn how to successfully beat

est anxiety.

TUESDAY

CSF

Noon - 1 p.m.

University Center North,

room 122

The Christian Student

Fellowship is a way for IUS

students to get connected

with others on campus. Every

Tuesday they have lunch and

Bible study.

WEDNESDAY

PC Security

5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

University North,

room 126

Nov. 28

Turbo Kick

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Woodland Lodge,

Great Room

As part of the year-long

Get in Shape series hosted on

campus, students can exercise

and stay healthy in Turbo

Kick classes lead by instructors

from local gyms.

Nov. 29

Derby Dinner

Noon

Derby Dinner Playhouse,

Jeffersonville

The Derby Dinner Playhouse

presents “The Sanders

Family Christmas,” an afternoon

of festive tunes and

Christmas classics to put everyone

in the holiday spirit.

Nov. 30

Zumba

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Woodland Lodge,

Great Room

Belly Dancing Christmas

Where: University Center North, room 120

When: 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Raqia Belly Dance is hosting a toy drive and holiday

extravaganza. There will be food provided by

local New Albany companies, a belly dancing demonstration

and more.

SUBMISSIONS

To submit material

to The Horizon for the

Events page, call The

Horizon at 812-941-

2253 or e-mail us at

horizon@ius.edu.

Events should be

submitted one

week in advance.

Yoga

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Orchard Lodge,

Great Room

Students are invited to

spend some time relaxing and

exercising during a Yoga session.

This session is part of the

year-long Get in Shape series

hosted on campus.

GSA

7:30 - 9 p.m.

University Center North,

room 122

Ninja Pounce

Jane Monheit

Where: Ogle Center, Robinson Theater

When: 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Jane Monheit, World-renowned jazz vocalist,

will be performing classy renditions of Christmas

tunes to put listeners in the holiday spirit. Tickets

are $32.50 for attendance.

The Computer Security

group has weekly meetings

featuring demonstrations,

speeches and group discussions

on the important issue

of computer safety.

Try moving to the beat

and beating the Freshman 15

with a Zumba workout class

for students. This session is

part of the year-long Get in

Shape series.

The Gay-Straight Alliance

will be hosting a social night

for LGBT students and allies

to get together and enjoy

games, discussions, food and

movies.

THURSDAY

SAAB

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

University Center North,

room 126

Dec. 1

SGA

4:30 - 6 p.m.

University Center North,

room 127

Juried Art

5 - 7 p.m.

Barr Gallery,

Knobveiw Hall

The Student African Amercan

Brotherhood will have its

eekly meeting to discuss the

ission of the group. Contact

revor Martin for information

t treamart@ius.edu.

WEEKEND

Gays in Toyland

The Student Government

Association will be having its

weekly meeting. All students

are welcome to attend and

bring concerns or ideas to the

SGA.

Dec. 2-4

Snow Ball Park

The IUS Student Juried

Art exhibit will be opening for

the month of December. An

opening reception will be held

for those wanting to celebrate

the work of art students.

Trolley Hop

Haris Batalevic, guard junior, jumps out of the way during the IUS men’s basketball

team’s game against Purdue North Central on Nov. 12 in the Activities Building

Sherlock

Christmas Play

Photo by Nicole Brandum

English/Spanish

7:30 p.m.

Actors Theatre Gallery,

Louisville

Noon - 10 p.m.

KY Exposition Center,

Louisville

5 - 11 p.m.

Fourth Street,

Louisville

6:30 - 9:15 p.m.

The Hyatt Regency,

Louisville

Noon

Hayswood Theatre,

Corydon

3:30 p.m.

NAFC Public Library,

New Albany

On Dec. 1-3, visitors can

njoy the story of rejected and

iscarded toys who do not

are they are different and enoy

their life in Toyland until

ne day everything changes.

Snow ball park has an ice

maze, an 8-lane tubing hill

and an ice castle where families

can play games or enjoy

good food. The park will be

open for the winter season.

On Dec. 2, head downtown

for the First Friday Trolley

Hop. Explore downtown

Louisville and knock out some

holiday shopping in local galleries

and shops.

The Hyatt Regency will

be hosting a Sherlock Holmes

murder mystery dinner theatre

show on Dec. 2 in the evening.

There is also a Sunday brunch

show on Dec. 4.

The Hayswood Theatre

will present “The Best Little

Christmas Pageant Ever” on

Dec. 2-4. Tickets are $10 for

students and $12 for adults.

Sales at the door are cash only.

Those interested in improving

their English or Spanish

language skills can head to

the New Albany Floyd County

Public Library on Nov. 20 for a

practice session.

LOCAL

Holiday Glass

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Flame Run Glass Studio,

Louisville

Landslide

All Day

21c Museum and Hotel,

Louisville

UPCOMING

Stress Free Zone

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

University Center North,

Hoosier Room, The Commons

Blood Drive

Noon - 5 p.m.

University Center North,

Hoosier Room

NOTICES

Read License

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

SOE Conference Table,

Hillside Hall

Creative Awards

All Day

University Center North,

Office of the Chancellor

The Holiday A-Go-Go

exhibit will be at Flame Run

Glass until Dec. 31. Tours of

the gallery and studio, as well

as hot glass demonstrations,

are also available.

A traveling exhibit, “Landslide:

Every Tree Tells a Story,”

is on display at the 21c until

January. The exhibit features

photos of historically important

trees around the country.

Campus Life is hosting

Stress Free Zones on campus

from Dec. 5-12 for students

with finals edging closer.

These zones will provide free

ways for students to relax.

On Dec. 6, students can

stop by the Hoosier Room

when they have free time

between classes and donate

blood to help the critically

injured.

Mandatory group advising

is available on Nov. 28

for those interested in earning

reading license. Contact

Susan Ridout for more at

sridout@ius.edu.

The deadline to submit

nominations for Distinguished

Teaching Awards

and Research and Creativity

Awards is on Nov. 30. Awards

will be given in 2012.

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Skate World

1 - 4 p.m.

Skate World,

Louisville

Mad at Miles

8 p.m.

Thrust Theatre,

Louisville

Veterans Officer

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

University Center North,

Commons

Open Books

Noon - 1 p.m.

IUS Library,

room 230

URJ Submission

All Day

Writing Center,

Knobview Hall

Classes End

All Day

University Center North,

Registrar

Take family or friends out

for a retro night roller skating

at Skate World on Preston

Highway. Skate World has

public skating every Friday,

Saturday and Sunday.

The University of Louisville’s

Department of Theatre

Arts is presenting “Mad

at Miles: A Black Woman’s

Guide to Truth.” There will be

showings Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

On Dec. 7, the Floyd

County Veterans Service Officer

will be on campus to provide

free counseling and advocacy

for veterans and their

families.

On Dec. 9, there will be

an open book discussion on

“Quaker Witness” by Irene Allen,

a murder mystery full of

twists and turns after a professor

is found dead.

The deadline for submissions

to the Undergraduate

Research Journal are due on

Dec. 15. If students have a research

paper they are proud

of, send it in for publication.

Full-term and the second

round of 7-week classes end

on Dec. 10. Finals will follow

the week after and will persist

for a week. Christmas Break

will last for three weeks.


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Opinions

Week of Nov. 28, 2011

5

Editor anticipates new beginnings

By JOLIE STONE

Sports Editor

stonejl@umail.iu.edu

There comes a time in

ll students’ lives when

hey must step into a caeer

and out of college.

This time, for me, is

ow.

With only a few

eeks left of the fall seester,

I sit back and reect

on all of the things

have done throughout

y time at IU Southeast.

In high school, teachrs

are supposed to preare

students for what is

o come once they walk

cross that stage.

Well, I feel like every

ingle one of my high

chool teachers did an

xcellent job of that.

Even with all of the

reparation and advice

y teachers gave me, I

an still remember fall

007 because I was the

ost nervous that I had

ver been.

I definitely had my

ups and downs throughout

college. It started

with quite a few downs,

though.

During the first year,

I remember not caring

about doing well in my

classes.

I figured college was

a time to party and have

fun without studying.

I went as far as to

drop below full-time

in the first semester

because I thought the

course was boring, and

I did not want to do the

work to pass.

Yeah, I know that

is probably one of the

most stupid reasons to

drop a class.

As time went by and I

changed my major multiple

times, I figured out

these classes, as boring

as some of them were,

were the building blocks

to what I needed to succeed

in the future.

It is important to

know historical information

about ancestors,

what is going on in today’s

political world

and a foreign language.

All of those things

make students into who

they are today.

So, to all the freshman

out there, take every single

class seriously — no

matter how pointless

and boring it seems.

There is a reason the

university requires students

to take these classes,

and, besides that,

they are essentially paying

to be here, so take

full advantage of it.

Don’t waste money.

One of the best feelings

I can remember

in my college career is

making the Dean’s List

multiple times.

When I look at my

certificates, it gives me

a feeling of accomplishment,

a feeling that, at

one point, seemed out of

reach.

That is one thing this

university has taught

me — nothing is out of

reach.

I have made so many

friends in classmates

and professors.

These people have influenced

me in so many

different ways.

To my friends at The

Horizon, you have all

helped me realize my

passion for journalism.

I have learned to ask

questions about everything,

to never just take

one person’s word for

something and to look

past what is right in

front of you.

Those are skills that I

will not only use in my

field but in my everyday

life.

Knowledge can only

be obtained through research

and asking the

right questions.

To a couple of professors

that made the university

what it is today

— Jim St. Clair and Ron

Allman — thank you for

pushing me to better my

skills as a photographer,

writer and editor.

When I first declared

journalism as my major,

I was not quite sure if I

had made the right decision.

With both of your

guidance, I figured out

there was no other option.

With the last few

weeks rapidly approaching,

I try to prepare myself

for what lies ahead.

I feel overwhelmed with

last minute papers, projects

and exams.

At the same time,

it is a bittersweet feeling

knowing I will soon

have my undergraduate

degree.

As the old saying

goes, when one door

closes, another one

opens. There is no doubt

in my mind I am ready

for a new door to open.

—30—

Student Opinion

What do you think if the

campus were to implement

a couple uni-sex bathrooms?

Sean Bowling

Business management junior

Jesika Terry

Spanish freshman

Anita Vivanco

Advertising junior

Gary Jones

Graphic art freshman

ONLINE

I wouldn’t protest

because it doesn’t

affect me.

Personally, I wouldn’t

be bothered. I can see

why it would bother

other people, but

I’m not modest and I

wouldn’t care.

I would feel

uncomfortable.

I’ve never seen that

before.

I think it would

invade privacy, and I

was not grown up that

way.

hame on unsanitary conditions of Food Court

By ANNIE MALKA

Profiles Editor

amalka@umail.iu.edu

I recently had a troubling

experience in the

Food Court at IU Southeast.

A few weeks ago, I

ventured in on my lunch

break to get a bite to eat.

I weighed my options

and decided on a hamburger.

As I was watching

the young man prepare

my hamburger, I could

not help but notice how

he used the same pair

of gloves to pull out the

raw hamburger patty

and put it on the grill

that he used to touch my

hamburger bun, to-go

box, lettuce and tomato.

Not only did he touch

all the components of

my meal with the contaminated

gloves he

used to touch the raw

hamburger meat, he

also touched the spatula,

the salt and pepper

and much of the counter

surface.

He then proceeded

to use the same gloves

and throw a raw chicken

breast on the grill for the

girl who ordered after

me.

I was thoroughly

disgusted and politely

pointed out to him the

contamination he just

unknowingly done.

He apologized and

re-made my food under

more sanitary conditions,

although he still

proceeded to touch the

previously contaminated

spatula handle and

salt and pepper with

new, uncontaminated

gloves.

The girl waiting in

line next to me told me

she was glad I was paying

attention because

she never would have

noticed.

As I left the Food

Court, I could not help

but think about all the

people who had been

in there before me and

unknowingly ate contaminated

hamburgers,

chicken sandwiches and

hotdogs.

Then I thought about

all the people who

would have come after

me and ingested contaminated

food had I not

pointed out the heinous

contamination he was

spreading throughout

that kitchen.

Hundreds of students,

faculty and staff

could have been stricken

with food poisoning

because of this young

man’s unsanitary food

preparation.

Shame on

them for not

instructing

their

employees on

proper food

handling and

sanitation

guidelines.

According to the Centers

for Disease Control

and Prevention, in 2011,

50 million Americans

became ill due to food

poisoning.

Due to the food poisoning,

128,000 people

required hospitalization,

and 3,000 people died as

a result.

According to the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration,

E. coli — often

Photo by Annie Malka

nicknamed “cafeteria

germ” — is also listed as

the most common cause

of food poisonings.

Are those in charge of

Dining and Conference

Services even aware of

the gross contamination

occurring in their cafeteria?

Are those in charge

even aware of proper

food handling procedures?

I went to the Dining

and Conference Services’

website, and, on

a feedback form, I explained

exactly what

had taken place during

my experience in the

Food Court that day.

It has been several

weeks since I filled out

the feedback form, and

I am disturbed to say I

still have not received a

response.

Now that’s what I call

customer service.

It is not the young

man preparing the food

that I am upset with.

It is the management

and head of Dining and

Conference Services that

I am upset with.

Shame on them for

not instructing their employees

on proper food

handling and sanitation

guidelines.

They are putting the

health of the entire student

body and employees

of this university

in jeopardy due to this

gross irresponsibility.

It is as if they simply

throw these students behind

the counter without

any kind of formal

training, and, in doing

so, they are endangering

the health and wellbeing

of hundreds of

people.

The lack of training is

absolutely deplorable.

I will never eat in the

Furthermore, I will

encourage everyone I

The fact that those in

charge of Dining and

Conference Services cannot

even give me some

sort of response and let

me know the error of

their ways will be corrected

is even more appalling,

and they could

use a lesson on customer

I have worked in the

restaurant industry for

more than eight years

and am very familiar

with the proper way to

Not only has Dining

and Conference Services

failed me as far as not

preparing my food properly,

but they have failed

me by not responding to

my concerns or assuring

me it will not happen

How can they except

to have repeat customers

if they continue to

I realize the Food

Court is a little different

than the average restaurant,

but I still expect the

concept of customer service

My message to Dining

and Conference Services

is this: get your act

To my fellow students:

beware and pay

when ordering a burger

or sandwich from the

It’s very possible they

may end up with food

poisoning from contaminated.

may end up in the hospital,

or, worse, 6 feet

Food Court again.

know to do the same.

service.

handle raw food items.

again.

behave in this manner?

to be present.

together.

attention next time

Food Court.

Who knows, they

under.


Profiles

6 the horizon

Week of Nov. 28, 2011

Student veteran takes pride in involvement

By SONDRA MORRIS

Staff

sobmorri@ius.edu

Members of the Student Veterans Organization

said they have an incredible

asset in the form of ex-Marine, Richard

Madley, geosciences junior.

Madley suffered a head injury while

training in the Marines, which left him

disabled with severe headaches and potential

seizures.

“I’ve learned so much since I started

school,” Madley said, ”but, if I had a second

chance, I’d join right back up.”

Madley said he spends as much time

as he can in the SVO office, located in the

tudent Involvement Center.

“Since I don’t have a regular job, I

an spend time here, answering e-mails

rom other student veterans who have

uestions or just want to make contact

ith someone who has a similar backround,”

Madley said.

Madley said he thinks most student

eterans are older than the average stuent

at IU Southeast and have jobs and

amilies, so they may not relate to other

tudents.

The SVO is responsible for hosting

vents on campus that pertain to a vetern

interests, regardless of the branch in which they

erved.

“We try to bring speakers to the campus that deal

Richard Madley, geosciences junior

Richard Madley, geosciences junior, poses with the Student Veterans Organization banner. Madley is a former Marine and member of the

SVO.

with issues facing student veterans,” Madley said,

“issues like [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder], [Traumatic

Brain Injury], depression and thoughts of suicide.”

Madley said IU Southeast is definitely a veteranfriendly

campus and offers special services specific

to veterans through the Registrar’s Office. The Veterans

Resource Center Web page is available to veterans

and their family, as well.

Madley said he and other

experienced members of the

SVO are happy to meet with

student veterans and get

them through any kind of paperwork.

SVO members are

often available outside regular

business hours, which can

be helpful to accommodate

class or work schedules.

Madley said the SVO is meant to be a safe haven,

and a home-base from which to transition back to civilian

life. Some events allow the veterans to interact

with young people and be role models.

“We get involved in the community,” Madley

said. “Coming up, we’re having an event at the

Floyd County Youth Shelter as a joint effort with Phi

Sigma Sigma just to hang out and spend time with

the kids.”

On Nov. 10, the SVO hosted the Memorial Bell

Photo by Sondra Morris

Ringing Ceremony in McCullough Plaza to celebrate

Veterans Day. Other SVO members were on hand,

including Tristan Williams, philosophy senior, and

Katrina Ortensie, international studies sophomore,

as well as Christopher Weathers, graduate and former

Sergeant of Arms for the SVO.

“There’s a bond between military people like no

other, regardless of the branch of service, and I’m

very proud to be at this event,” Weathers said.

One student veteran at the event,

Jon Douglass, business management

senior, came to the Memorial

Bell Ringing Ceremony to honor

several members of his family and

met Richard Madley by chance.

“After talking to Madley, I’m going

to check out the SVO and get

more involved,” Douglass said.

Nov. 10 was also the U.S. Marine

Corps birthday, and there was a cake cutting

ceremony in The Commons in which Madley participated

in as the youngest Marine present.

Thomas Wolf, professor emeritus of the Department

of Political Science, participated as the oldest

Marine present.

Madley also went to the Veterans Day Luncheon

that followed, where the keynote speaker was Kathy

Quinkert, graduate and special assistant to vice chief

of the Army.

Athlete strives

to shoot for

championship

By AMANDA CHIAMULERA

Staff

alchiamu@umail.iu.edu

For Kegan Clark, criminal jusice

sophomore, he said

basketball has been a

part of his life for as

long as he said he can

remember.

Clark, a transfer student

from Wright State

in Dayton, Ohio, said

he began playing basketball

when his parents signed him up for a league

at the local YMCA. He played from elementary

through high school.

His basketball teams in high school won sectional

championships and regional championships.

He was also a member of the Indiana All-Star

Team and was a nominee for the McDonald’s All-

American Team.

He said he always knew he wanted to play basketball

in college.

“It was a dream since I was in elementary school,”

he said.

Clark said Wright State was the first school to offer

him a basketball scholarship, and he took it.

“It was a good experience academically, and,

with basketball, I learned a lot,” he said. “I’m thankful

for the experience.”

Clark said Bryan Donlon, Write State head basketball

coach, helped him make the decision to

transfer in order to start fresh at another school.

He said he chose IU Southeast because he wanted

to stay at home.

“From the school standpoint, the big difference is

the atmosphere,” he said. “There were always people

around. The classes are a lot smaller and teachers

can really get to know you here at IUS.”

Clark said he enjoys being around the guys on

the IUS men’s basketball team as they learn to play

with each other.

“In the long run, we’re going to cause problems

for teams,” he said. “I only have one goal, and that’s

to win championships.”


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Diversions

Week of Nov. 28, 2011

7

Hoot ’n’ Annie

» by kat miller

By SAMANTHA WEAVER

» It was celebrated Irish

playwright George

Bernard Shaw who

made the following sage

observation: “The liar’s

punishment is not in

the least that he is not

believed, but that he

cannot believe anyone

else.”

» Ever wonder what

the world’s deadliest

animal is? It’s the lowly

mosquito. Thanks to the

diseases it spreads, it

kills more humans than

any other animal on the

planet.

» You might be surprised

to learn that

there are people who

study how air quality,

humidity, the hardness

of the water and pollution

affect people’s

hair. According to these

researchers, the worst

American cities for

your tresses are Corpus

Christi, Texas; Olympia,

Wash.; and Pittsburgh.

» In a survey conducted

by the Roper Center for

Public Opinion Research,

it was found that

two-thirds of Americans

believe they are smarter

than the average American.

» If you happen to be

traveling in India and

are passing through the

town of Deshnoke, you

might want to check out

the Karni Mata temple

— but not if you have

an aversion to rodents:

Karni Mata is the rat

goddess. Visitors can

dine at the temple, but

they have to watch out

for the more than 20,000

rats mingling with the

guests. Don’t worry,

though; if a rat runs

across your feet, it’s

considered to be good

luck.

» In 2004, a record

was set for the world’s

farthest pizza delivery

when a Domino’s Pizza

in London delivered

a vegetarian supreme

pizza to Melbourne,

Australia — a distance

of 10,532 miles. The

world record challenge

was conducted

as a fundraising event

and brought in nearly

$50,000 for the Make-A-

Wish Foundation.

»»»»»«««««

Thought for the Day:

“Nothing is impossible

for the man who doesn’t

have to do it himself.”

— A.H. Weiler

(c) 2011 King Features

Synd., Inc.

Gary and Mike

» by the horizon

Henry

» by don trachte

» illustration by Kasceio Niles


8 atures

Week of Nov. 28, 2011

the horizon

By TAYLOR FERGUSON

Staff

tayfergu@ius.edu

Show’s going

great anyway,

down to 21

people now.

n her tour of 100 colleges, Trac-

ey Ashley, comedian, visited IU

Southeast on Nov. 15 after flying

into Albany, Ind., and driving a total of five

hours to get to campus.

“I just rode in a car for five hours, just

drove all this way, and there are

22 people

here,” Ashley said.

Ashley said her acts are just about her

life. However, the theme of the event

seemed to be more about the size of the

crowd that actually showed up for the

event.

Ashley’s friend, Gene Renfroe, comedian,

opened for her with a couple cracks

at the student attendance.

“What’s up New Albany,” Renfroe said, “is

this the population at this school?”

When describing a previous

experience, Renfroe said, “It was

a real big show,” pausing later to

add, “not like tonight.”

Ashley’s show lasted a little more

than an hour and was held outside in

The Commons, instead of where it was

originally scheduled, in the Hoosier Room.

About midway through, Ashley was interrupted

by a cafeteria worker pushing a

cart through the area. Ashley responded

to the incident

by calling

the worker

out.

“Just roll

that right

Tracey Ashley

Comedian on through,”

Ashley said.

“Show’s going

great anyway, down to 21 people now.”

Ashley said it was all in good fun, and

the students seemed to laugh right along

with her.

“I have a smart mouth,” Ashley said.

Among poking fun at IUS student involvement,

Ashley also poked fun at herself.

“I love when people tell me I have two

first names,” Ashley

said. “Trust me, I

know this.”

Ashley also

went on to announce

her favorite

word, “titties.”

“You can make

anyone laugh

with that word,”

Ashley said. “Next

time you’re late

for class, try it.

Just walk by

your professor

and whisper

the word,

‘titties.’”

When Ashley

found out a Sociology

of Humor class, taught

by Sam Sloss, professor

of sociology, was there

to watch

her, they too

had to

come up with

their own four-minute

and she was eager to give

What’s up New

Albany, is this the

population at this

school?

stand-up,

advice.

“Talk about yourself, ,” Ashley

said. “It’s the

easiest thing to do.

Don’t make up anything becan

tell when

cause they you’re lying.”

Jennifer Evans, adver-

senior, was one

of Sloss’ students

tisinging

who attended

the show. Evans

said she thinks having

comedy shows on campus

is a great idea.

“I hadn’t heard of her before,

but I loved the show,” Evans

said. “She took heavy topics

and made them funny.”

Ashley has been performing

comedy since 2000.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was

a kid,” Ashley said. “The best advice

anyone ever gave me was from my

Aunt Jimmy. She said ‘Do what makes

you happy.’”

Gene Renfroe

Comedian

Students share tips

on scoring internships

By CLARE BOWYER

Staff

clbowyer@umail.iu.edu

Career Services sponsored an internship presentation in The

Commons on Nov. 9.

Six women were part of the panel and shared their experiences

with their internships. Some of them went through the

Career Services’ internship program to find an internship, and

others used the Internet or found internships through their own

networking.

Sarah Brown, business senior, had an internship at LG&E in

which she was paid and received class credit for it.

“I was primarily responsible for recruiting and networking

and had hands-on experience with clients,” Brown said. “I don’t

think if I had the [internship] experience I would be getting any

phone calls or interviews.”

The Career Development Center helps students with finding

internships and jobs, and provides mock interviews, résumé

building and a career plan.

Trey Luis, director of the Career Development Center, helps

students acquire internships and job interviews.

“We are proactive with partnering with students so they can

find the internship that connects with their major,” Luis said. “I

advise students to be selective, even in a tighter market, with

what they want and to help students clearly define the direction

they want to go in.”

To find an internship through the Career Development Center,

students must first create an account and upload their résumé

to www.ius.edu/career to be critiqued.

The Career Development Center’s website has a job search engine

specific for IU Southeast, and students can search through

internships they may want to pursue.

After finding an internship, students can go to a mock interview

with the professionals in the center to prepare themselves

for their real interview.

“Our overall goal is to help students gain experience before

they graduate and are in the job market,” Luis said.

Photo by Clare Bowyer

A group of students speak to their peers about their individual

experience within their internships.

Reports to sports: Journalism grad offers advice

By JOHN

DIDOMENICO

Staff

jdidomen@ius.edudu

While his first reer choice was computer

programming, ming,

ca-

his passion became

sports journalism.

An unplanned turn of

events led Drew Nichter,

news director r for

The Weekly Recorder,

from fixing minor

computer problems

and fielding help

desk calls, to

managing a

weekly newspaper

based in Louisville.

Nichter is responsible for the weekly production

of the paper, as well as writing, editing,

photography, story selection, layout

and design.

The Weekly Recorder focuses on news

and feature articles for Baptists in Kentucky,

as well as across the U.S.

Nichter graduated from IU Southeast in

2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism,

having served as an editor for The Horizon.

He was also named “Outstanding Journalism

Student” and won the top sports writing

award in the 2005 Indiana Collegiate Press

Association competition.

Nichter originally pursued a computer

programming degree at the University of

Louisville and worked in the IT Department

for a doctors’ group.

However, he lost interest in computers

while reading news and sports websites.

“After working around computers for so

long, I lost the desire to continue working in

IT,” Nichter said. “I became enamored with

the thought of becoming a sports journalist.”

He said he then began to pursue his journalism

degree at IU Southeast full-time and

began working part-time.

Prior to managing The Weekly Recorder,

Nichter worked at WAVE 3 Television as a

part-time associate director, and, then, as the

news producer for the Sunrise newscast.

Nichter said his studies at IU Southeast

has helped him a great deal in his career and

still relies on his professors for advice.

“Frankly, if I hadn’t attended IUS, I

wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today,”

he said.

Nichter said he has a good career.

“Jim St. Clair [professor of journalism]

and Ron Allman [associate professor of journalism]

were valuable resources and still

two people I rely on for advice,” Nichter

said.

Nichter said a well-written article, whether

a feature or hard news, should be concise,

accurate and timely. Nichter also said these

elements are too often missing in today’s

world of up-to-the-second news.

“In this day of blogs and media that rely

solely on being first at the expense of accuracy

and clarity, I learned how to sit down and

craft a well-written story,” he said. “Writing

quickly doesn’t mean you have to write

poorly.”

Nichter said he also advises future journalists

to ensure they have another person

proof read their story prior to being published,

and should not be upset once it

comes back with changes.

“No matter how great a writer you think

you are, you can always be edited,” he said.

“Always get at least one other pair of eyes on

your story. You may think it’s the best news

story or feature ever written, but it can always

be improved.”

Nichter said journalists should also memorize

the Associated Press Stylebook.

When not working at the paper, Nichter

said he enjoys spending time with his wife,

Sarah, and their two daughters, Caroline

and Sadie. He said he also enjoys music,

watching sports and running.

“I love to run, but I’ve been sidelined by

an injury lately,” Nichter said. “I’m hoping

to pick that back up soon once I’m healed.”

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