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Stress, although almost inevitable during the weeks leading up to finals, was battled by SAPB on Tuesday during their annual event titled “Flip the Script.” With breakfast for dinner served in Tower Dining and activities such as stress ball making on the second floor, students with ranging interests were invited to celebrate the closing of the semester with the club. From 6-9 p.m., the first two floors of University Tower were booming with smiling students and even faculty who had made guest appearances during the event. Madeline Cromer, the Director of Campus Traditions and Junior at IUPUI, noted that seeing the excitement on the faces of the faculty made the night even better. She also reiterated the importance of meeting with faculty outside of a classroom setting, especially at events such as Flip the Script. “[It] is a great opportunity to network,” Cromer said. The emphasis on an enjoyable, fun night comes not just from SAPB staff hoping to put on a great event, but from their goal of giving students a safe place to de-stress before finals. Whether a freshman or a senior, a business or art major, all students are welcome at the event every year. “Definitely come on out to Flip the Script,” Cromer said. For more information on next year’s activities, stay up to date with SAPB on the Den's website. https://theden.iupui.edu/organization/indiana-university--purdue-university-indianapolis
For many, purchasing a new set of apparel before a job interview or a special occasion is not an easy task. At Paw’s Closet, however, this struggle is heard and addressed. On Nov. 20, a donation day was held by volunteers of the closet in order to stock up on clothing for the remainder of the year. With the winter season quickly approaching, senior Cassidy Caudill voices her concerns for students who do not have adequate resources to properly brace the cold weather. “A lot of students face housing insecurity and food insecurity,” Caudill said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about getting a coat.” Although the closet was designed to help students in need, Caudill also expresses the idea that everyone who is enrolled at IUPUI is invited to shop at the closet. From blazers to dresses, students should feel welcome to stop by and choose from a wide variety of clothing options. “I think one of the bigger things we’re trying to do is get rid of the stigma of getting help,” Caudill said. “Everyone needs a little help.” Paw’s Closet is located in Cavanaugh Hall 117 and is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Students can not only shop at Paw’s Closet, but can donate their time to the important cause by volunteering. Positions vary based on availability and interests. To volunteer with Paw’s Closet, visit: https://studentaffairs.iupui.edu/get-involved/volunteer-paws-pantry-form.html#/invitation.
From March to November, the recurring campus event known as “Dig It Up” is in full swing. Located at the intersection of New York Street and Lansing Street, the quaint but powerful New York Street Garden has been tended to by volunteers since 2010. Sara Hafyane, a senior studying at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, did not expect to have a role in directing the upkeep and production of the garden when she began volunteering two years ago. However, she inevitably found herself spending more and more time alongside the plants and people at the gardening events. “I just kept coming and they’re like, ‘Would you like a position?’” Hafyane said. During her experience, Hafyane has learned of the many ins and outs of the garden, including what the food is used for. The produce is not only donated to local charities in the Indianapolis area, but is also utilized by the Campus Kitchen.Oftentimes, the food is sold at the produce market on campus as well. When speaking about the garden and the events that pertain to its upkeep and food production, Hafyane states that many people aren’t aware of the activities that take place throughout the year. “It’s very hush hush,” Hafyane said. Although the growing season of 2019 is nearing its end, the garden will bloom soon again in March of 2020 and many volunteers will be needed for its success. To be in the know about the New York Street Garden and the many opportunities it provides, visit: https://events.iu.edu/iupui/view/event/date/20191105/event_id/71083?utm_source=2019-10-30&utm_term=jag_news&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Dig%20it%20up&utm_campaign=sf.
Many walk into Tower Dining and see a buffet laid out before their eyes, but some walk into Tower Dining and see piles of food that they cannot eat. Whether it be personal choice or doctor suggested, having a dietary restriction affects every meal, every snack and everything in between. Lacey Smith, a freshman and resident at University Tower, faces this challenge daily while searching for vegetarian approved meals. “I usually go to the salad bar, pantry or the burger place, but it’s hard finding options that are tasteful and filling,” Smith said. Finding delicious food that also satisfies the needs of students with lactose intolerance can be difficult as well. Mac and cheese lover, Julia Warren, tries to avoid the classic snack as it upsets her stomach. While turning away from the dairy-loaded noodles, Warren has discovered a section of the dining hall that she believes is quite rewarding. “The stir fry is pretty good,” Warren said. At Tower Dining, it can seem like a scavenger hunt to detect food that fits an individual’s dietary needs. However, when knowing what to look for, the process can be a little easier. The pantry contains loads of fruits, breads and cereals. The salad bar provides leafy greens with toppings such as chickpeas, carrots, croutons, etc. The “burger place”, although sounding like a meat-lover heaven, carries a veggie burger that is plant based, but contains eggs. The stir fry has options such as tofu, baby corn, carrots and broccoli. To voice your own opinion about Tower Dining, visit https://bit.ly/2nHFV7I or text LQJH to 99299.
Late October 9 marked the beginning of what many University Tower Resident Assistants have titled, “fire alarm season.” At 2:33 a.m., Tower residents woke to the sound of alarms piercing through the silence of the night. Subsequently, each resident made their way down the stairwells, through the doorways leading outside and onto the sidewalk bordering the CROF, the field located adjacent to the Lockefield Gardens Apartments. While walking across the street, Keeghan McLain, a freshman and resident at University Tower, stated her concerns regarding the incident. “I have a speech at 9 a.m. What is going on?” McLain said. The chatter of confused students carried on but were not drowned out by police cars or ambulances. In fact, the first personnel to arrive to the scene were driving a white IUPUI truck and white IUPUI van. These vehicles arrived at 2:53 a.m., exactly 20 minutes from the time the alarm first rang. At 2:58, 25 minutes after the sounding of the alarm, police cars arrived and surrounded the north entrance to University Tower. At 3:01, 28 minutes after the triggering of the alarm, four fire trucks arrived on the scene. After the ambulances and fire trucks left the scene and students were permitted to enter the building, an RA commented that the alarm was confirmed to have been pulled by a student. Cole Stenftenagel, a freshman was not amused by the stunt. “I am very irritated and do not appreciate being woken up at this time,” Stenftenagel said. Three days later, on October 12, residents of University Tower heard the alarm ring once again. At 3:01 a.m., students and staff began making their way down the stairwells. This time, however, there was not a chance for chatter in the silent night as, confirmed at 3:07 a.m., first responders were already parked outside the building. The response time of police during this incident was at least 19 minutes less than the incident on Wednesday morning and that of the ambulances was at least 22 minutes less. Freshman and resident of University Tower, Annemarie Stacy, was not impressed by the time frame in which the alarms occurred. Standing outside in the cold during the incident on Saturday with a blanket tightly gripped in her palms, the student’s humor withheld against the chill temperature. “It’s going to be a weekly thing. Imagine in the winter,” Stacey said. The amount of future fire alarms to occur during the remainder of the fire alarm season are unknown. It is important that students are prepared for alarms by knowing the fire safety instructions and by keeping jackets easily available for quick access in case an alarm sounds.
October is a month home to many s-words, such as spooky and scary, but at IUPUI, the most important is sustainability. Starting on October 1, the Campus Center, University Library, University Tower, and North Hall are competing to win the annual Energy Challenge. This building-to-building battle has created excitement for numerous on-campus residents and also caused them to think more critically of their energy use. When trying to reduce energy consumption with better strategies, freshman Sarah Berge has some advice on making these changes sustainable. “Make a habit out of it,” said Berge. “Once or twice a day I take the stairs instead of the elevator and remember to turn my lights off.” Being sustainable oncampus comes in many different forms, and Emily Hook, a freshman, is passionate about reducing her negative impact. “I got a new trash bin to have a recycling bin in my room,” said Hook. Although this seems simple, it is admitted that sustainability does come with difficulties and requires dedication to reach the best results. “I need to be reminded, ‘Okay, I don’t need this light on,” said Hook. Although sustainability can’t be achieved with the snap of a finger, small changes, such as taking the stairs if able and creating a personal recycling system, go a long way. At the conclusion of the challenge on October 18, the winner will be announced via the IUPUI Instagram page along with the amount of overall energy reduced.
As summer comes to a close, time by the pool decreases as the use of academic planners increases. However, this commonly inverse relationship is challenged during the annual Regatta week event hosted by Jagathon. This year, the activity known as "Battleships" was hosted in the Natatorium. The proceeds of the event benefit the Jagathon team as they strive to raise funds for the Miracle Network at Riley Children’s Hospital. Service to the community is embraced while splashing water into competing canoes in the olympic-size pool. Macy Rogers, the current President of Jagathon and senior at IUPUI, is a seasoned battleship participant with 3 years under her belt. “Battleships is a really fun way to bring so many groups on campus together,” Rogers said. Based on the excitement for the event from experienced canoeing advocates, it was apparent that Battleships is very popular among upperclassmen at IUPUI. After observing the reactions from first-timers, it was obvious that this recurring event still provides a wonderful experience for newcomers, as well. Marissa Schwarz and Mackenzie Yoch, freshmen canoe-mates, were wearing soggy clothes and smiles as they exited the pool after their first round. “I’m just standing here looking at all of these people like dang. It was scary at first and when we got [in the water] we were just having fun,” Yoch said. Battleships, an event raising awareness for the “kiddos” at Riley Children’s Hospital, is just one of the many events hosted by Jagathon throughout the year. Rogers continued to advocate for the dance marathon and urges others to join the organization. “Text ‘@ 51555’ to iupuidm to register,” Rogers said.