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On Sunday, January 14, IUPUI students, staff, and faculty commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a celebratory dinner themed “A Call to Conscious.” Presented by the Black Student Union, the 49th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner was held in the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. IUPUI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner is the longest running celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Indianapolis community. This celebration of King’s life has been an IUPUI tradition since 1969, when it was first held in the school’s Student Union Building. Throughout the years, this memorable event has not only honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, but has also promoted unity on campus and in the community. The annual dinner persists Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of justice and equality for every person. Sunday night’s dinner included several elements in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, from singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to artistic reflection pieces being performed on stage. The Black Student Union and the Black Faculty and Staff Council presented the awards to remarkable faculty members, students and even community organizations. Awards included the I Have a Dream Award, Dr. Joseph T. Taylor Academic Award, Community Engagement Award, Drum Major Instinct Award, Advocate of a Dream Award, and the Amoc C. Brown- Keeper of the Dream Award. Each year, IUPUI invites leading authors, academics and activists to the celebratory dinner as keynote speakers on equality, unity and issues of social justice. Sunday night’s keynote address was given by Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer Opal Tometi. Tometi is the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the leading black organization for immigrant rights. Tometi is also a co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which was sparked in 2013 after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for the murder of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin. Past attendees for the annual celebration have included several other honorable keynote speakers who have addressed the civil rights issues of liberty, equality and opportunity. These speakers included political activist, academic and author Angela Davis, lawyer and activist Cornell William Brooks, poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni, and poet, memoirist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. In addition to the celebration dinner on Sunday, hundreds of IUPUI students, staff, faculty and community members gathered on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to continue the commemoration of Dr. King. In the event titled on campus as the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service,” these participants volunteered at certain community sites around the city to honor the activism and commitment to justice Dr. King held.
October 6, 2017 Stephen Brinkerhoff Auditions for IUPUI’s Spring 2018 play, Clybourne Park, will take place Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cavanaugh Hall Room 003. Clybourne Park is a continuation of the play Raisin in the Sun, both of which feature themes of race, family and gentrification between two time periods set 50 years apart. Two acts make up the play, the first being set in 1959, where the protagonists of Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers, an African American family, move into a predominantly white neighborhood, Clybourne Park. The second act flips this in 2009, where a new set of protagonists, a white couple, move into the same neighborhood, but now predominantly African American. Each actor will portray two different characters between the two acts, essentially switching roles as the first act goes into the second. The play is written Bruce Norris, which premiered on Broadway in April 2012 and won both the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 and Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2011. “I chose Norris’s spiky drama because it is a beautiful and smart piece about a community in North America,” Kate Buis, the director of the play, said. Buis is a professor at IUPUI who has been involved with the school’s theater program since January of 2013. “I was offered this opportunity and I readily accepted [it], because I think that live performances about things that matter is a really significant and generative way to spend time.” Fifteen roles are available in the play, six for women and nine for men. “As the director, if I can get a feel for a person and how they respond to working in a group, etc. I can tell if they will be a good fit for a role.” Rehearsals will begin once classes return from winter break and will continue until the play premieres in April. “The last week of rehearsals, tech week, will be intensive.” The auditions have already spiked the interest of some students, including Larrone Johnson. “I've always been interested in theater, it's never really been available to me,” Johnson said. “Or I wasn't willing to pursue it at the time.” Johnson is a senior majoring in sports management and is a transfer student from Ivy Tech. This will be his first time auditioning for a play. “Now, this is my second time around in college, so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot just because it's always been on my mind.” The auditions will consist of cold readings involving groups of two to five. Instead of call-backs, Buis will post the cast list after the auditions “ASAP.” ”Whichever one that they think I fit in would be awesome, I would just love to be involved in the play, period.” “This play gets us talking again about how casual our communities are about these issues,” Buis said. “It’s brilliant and poignant and really, really relevant to our lives today.” “I’ve never personally had any problem with anybody or had any issues with anybody living in any type of area,” Johnson said. “But I definitely do think it's still a hot topic for some people who aren't as diverse in some neighborhoods.” “Please involve yourself in this wonderful show, whether by attending, acting, crew, etc,” Buis said. “This is an important work.” “I really am nervous,” Johnson said. “But I'm also very excited as well.” Clybourne Park will premiere on Apr. 13 and will continue through the 15.
October 6, 2017 Sarah Bahr For most parents, 2 a.m. is an hour to catch some shut-eye. But for IUPUI women’s soccer forward Valentine Pursey’s parents, the five-hour time difference between the U.S. and England means the early hour is the time to cheer on their daughter. Eighteen-year-old Pursey is the IUPUI women’s soccer team’s first international recruit. The freshman was born in tiny Ticehurst, an English village of fewer than 5,000 people, in East Sussex. Which made moving to a city of a little more than 850,000 residents quite an adjustment. So what sold the small-town superstar on IUPUI? “I chose IUPUI because it gave me a family feeling when I visited in April,” Pursey said. “The girls on the team and the coaches made me feel very welcome.” Pursey is the anomaly on a team of Indiana and Illinois recruits. Before arriving at IUPUI at the end of July, she played for Brighton and the Hove Albion Football Club, both now part of the England Women’s Super League, the highest league of women’s soccer in England. IUPUI Women’s Soccer Head Coach Chris Johnson saw video of her in action--and he was hooked. He reached out to her agent. “Technically, she's a very gifted young lady, especially with her skills on the ball and her vision in the attack,” Johnson said in an April announcement of her signing. But what stood out to Johnson about Pursey was her determination and strong work ethic. “Those things made her a priority for this recruiting class," Johnson said. Pursey was intrigued. She and Johnson met for the first time over Skype and exchanged emails and texts throughout the recruiting process. He traveled to England in February to meet her. She committed to IUPUI two months later. Although it was the tight-knit team community that sold her on the school, having a Sports Management program situated in the amateur sports capital of the world didn’t hurt. Pursey, who is majoring in the subject, eventually hopes to recruit for an English soccer team or The Football Association, English football’s governing body. Indianapolis can offer international students like Pursey a diverse downtown cityscape and professional sports teams, as well as a thriving cultural scene. But life in America hasn’t been without its challenges. Shortly after arriving at IUPUI in July, Pursey placed an online order--which she accidentally shipped to her home address in England. And she’s a car-less college student in a car-centric city. “I often have to ask someone to take me somewhere,” she said. “Whereas I’d rather just do it myself, like I would at home.” But her biggest adjustment is one familiar to many Americans: math. British schools only require math classes until age 16, so before starting at IUPUI in August, Pursey hadn’t taken a math course in more than two years. And then there’s the language barrier. “Some people didn’t completely understand what I was saying, or what I meant by what I was saying, sometimes,” she said. But wait, don’t Britain and the U.S. both speak English? Not exactly. Americans vacation in Florida; Brits go on holiday in Spain. The English stow things in the boot; Americans pop open the trunk. Most important? Using the word “pants” in public across the pond will earn you peals of laughter. In England, the correct term is “trousers.” Pants are, well, underpants. Like her play on the field, it’s a language Pursey is working to master. Syntactical stumbles aside, fewer than three months into her four years on American soil, Pursey has already made an impact on the pitch. She’s been an integral part of the first-place IUPUI women’s team’s nine-game winning streak. Her best game to date was a two-goal performance in a 3-0 victory over Illinois State on Sept. 10. Now if she could just master the difference between English chips (french fries) and American chips (Doritos). Johnson is confident she’ll be just fine. "V is a very mature young lady, and I think that'll help her adapt well to our program and our university,” he said.
September 22, 2017 Brent Herman “Community, excitement, competition.” These are the words chosen by IUPUI senior Nick Delgado when asked to describe his experience at a previous IUPUI Regatta. Nick is a health and information management major who had nothing but good things to say about the event. This year’s Regatta staff is hoping to create similar memories as they prepare for the ninth installment of what has become known as the Alumni Association’s signature event and the largest on-campus event of the year. Goley is a senior at IUPUI majoring in HR marketing and management and despite this being a very busy week for him, he was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss the past, present, and future of the IUPUI Regatta. Goley has been involved with the Regatta since his freshman year when he participated in the Battleships contest in the Natatorium. His sophomore year, he rowed in the Regatta for one of the Kelley School of Business teams where he “really fell in love with the event and really wanted to get involved.” From there, he joined the committee and was ultimately named executive director of this year’s Regatta. “I really like the involvement and the impact that I can make on campus,” Goley said. The organization of the 2017 IUPUI Regatta is different from previous years. In prior years, the event was ran by SOAR (Student Organization for Alumni Relations), but this year, the newly registered Steering Committee has taken the helm. “There are a lot of different things that go into the Regatta,” Evan informed me. With 150 teams competing in the half-mile canoe relay race, as well as a slew of other contests and various forms of entertainment planned by the committee, this seems like a modest understatement. The teams that compete are as diverse as they are numerous including teams representing educational departments and student organizations, as well as unaffiliated groups of friends who simply want in on the fun. The IUPUI Regatta is not only a day of celebration and fellowship for the IUPUI community. It is a scholarship fundraiser. When the event started in 2009, the Alumni Association began accruing funding for a scholarship program that began paying out in 2015 in the form of 10 $1,000 scholarships each year. IUPUI students who have completed at least 26 credit hours while maintaining a 3.0 GPA and have exhibited leadership skills are eligible for the scholarship. “We’re looking at giving away more next year, for the 10th year,” Evan explained. “We have put a little bit more of an emphasis on fundraising this year so we’re able to pad the bank a little bit, so we can hopefully give away five more [scholarships] next year.” This year’s event hopes to improve on the community outreach aspect of the event as well, partnering with the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions and inviting about 500 high school students to the Regatta as a college visit. They hope this festive display of student involvement will showcase the highlights of our university and encourage these students to consider IUPUI when it comes time for them to select a higher education institution. The executive director urges students to attend this one event of the year that brings all of the different departments and organizations of our school together. When I asked him why students should want to come to the Regatta, Evan responded, “It’s a lot of fun. There is something for everybody. Even if you’re not rowing in the race, there’s all kinds of entertainment, there’s food trucks, you can go to just hang out with classmates. It’s just a fun day.” A lot of time and planning has gone into this event, but what makes it special is student involvement. Everyone involved is hoping to share the experience with as many people as possible. If you are interested in attending the Ninth Annual IUPUI Regatta this Saturday September 22, the opening ceremonies commence at 10 a.m., at 337 W. 11th St. in downtown Indianapolis.
September 22, 2017 Drew Hansen There are approximately 8,100 parking spots available to students on campus. The Parking and Transportation Services sells around 16,000 total parking passes to students. Even a wide eyed freshman could tell you that math doesn’t add up. Now obviously not all students are on campus at the same time, and all of those 16,000 aren’t ST permits. There are permits for students living on campus and permits for the distant north campus parking spots, but there still is a large differential between available spots and permits sold. Seeking fellow classmate’s opinions on parking and construction situations on campus, an outpour of comments were received on an open forum on an IUPUI Class of 2020 Facebook page. Their consensus was loud and clear. “It’s so bad [that] I transferred,” Cody Matheis, a former IUPUI student, said. “With the amount of money that I am paying for a parking spot, I should be guaranteed a spot. The fact that I spend 30+ minutes looking for a spot and sometimes not able to find one is aggravating,” current student Petia Boykova said. “I transferred back to IUPUI, it is making think about transferring out because of parking and all this construction,” Ize Lappo, another current student, responded. The complaints go on and on, students feeling caught in a money scam, forced to pay hundreds of dollars for a permit that doesn’t guarantee them a spot. The construction on campus has only added to the inconveniences commuter student face Michigan Street has posed the biggest concern. Many students see the conversion of a one-way street to a two-way as a problem, and fear that it may have more negative consequences than positive. Amber Denney, IUPUI’s new Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, has been on the job for a few weeks and inherited the construction and parking issues. Covering the Michigan Street project, she mentioned that it was the second part of a two-part operation, the first being the conversion of New York Street into a two-way. She explained that the Michigan plan will include two lanes for each direction, a median, separate bike lanes off of the road and a bus only lane. However, when she brought up the graphic, the bus lane was not accounted for, and may possibly replace a lane of traffic. The transition was designed to allow for a greater variety of traffic and make it safer for pedestrians. Many students wonder why construction seemed to not take place over the summer, as they noticed there wasn’t much of a change from the previous semester. “Part of the project was they had to rebury and move utility lines, and that has been a major issue for the project,” Denney said. “Several buildings along Michigan Street have had to shut down, this building included, we had a day where we were without power…It’s a major undertaking that the city has done, but in the long run, it’s going to be better for everyone.” That explains why it seems that nothing was completed over the summer, all the work was done under the surface. Not only is the project within the budget, it’s also being paid for by the city through tax-increment financing, where the city sets out a district, and then takes out a loan to rebuild or improve infrastructure. As the subject changed to parking Denney wasn’t as knowledgeable, but she wasn’t ignorant to the issues faced by commuters, showcased by her opening quote, “Parking is always going to be a problem.” In an email, Sheri Lee Eggleton, the Director of Parking and Transportation Services, emphasized several key points about the parking affliction. After 4 p.m. all employee spots (EM) are available to students, something that is not well known across campus. “At any given time of day there remain at least 500 open parking spaces available for students...students, and really even employees, need to remember to look a little outside of their comfort zone and where they are used to normally parking. Get to know all options available for student parking.” She continued to explain that the north lots are part of campus and are a surefire way to secure a parking spot. But the north lots are a half hours walk to the main campus, so you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons. As far as the $400 passes students pay for a year of parking, she explained how the parking system worked. All the money collected from IUPUI’s parking services is put back into the budget for maintaining parking facilities across all IU campuses. Money could be used to fix a damaged gate in Bloomington, and vice versa. While it may seem that your money is just disappearing, it is being used to maintain parking conditions in all our sister schools. As for construction, the general thought was that while students are going through some growing pains, when it’s all said and done, the fruits of their suffering will all be worth it. Unfortunately, this sticks current students with the awful reality that immediate needs are not being met, and they need to stick through it for the sake of future students. Great.
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