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According to helpingwomenperiod.org, on average, women spend anywhere from $150-300 a year on tampons and pads and an additional $20-$50 on over-the-counter medication to relieve cramps and other side effects that come with periods.
In a lifetime, women have an estimated 500 menstrual cycles from around the ages of 12-52. All bodies are different and experience different needs within a cycle, but that equals an average of $6,000 in a woman’s reproductive lifetime.
That’s $6,000 that could be used towards college, food, vacation, shopping, and more. The list is endless.
That’s why Director of Initiative of the Undergraduate Student Government, Julia Cilleruelo del Moral is pushing for the Menstrual Product Initiative (MPI) at IUPUI.
“The MPI aims to provide free menstrual products to all gender neutral and women’s restrooms on campus,” Cilleruelo said. “As a woman myself, I am very passionate about educating about period poverty and making sure that periods are not a taboo topic on campus. It is time to advocate for what students who menstruate deserve.”
There are currently only two IU campuses providing free menstrual products in restrooms, IU Bloomington and IU Southeast. Neither of these campuses had a student government fund the initiative nor use student fees. Both campuses have campus facilities paying for it which is the same goal Cilleruelo has for IUPUI, being that it is the most diverse campus in the state.
“IUPUI’s strategic goals include promoting an inclusive campus climate.” she said. “We need to make sure everyone who menstruates feels supported. By having free menstrual products available, we are hoping to address that health disparity, to make sure they feel like their health is a priority at IUPUI.”
The menstrual initiative has been in process for two years, but Cilleruelo wants to be the one to finally make the plan happen on campus. She has gained support from other campus organizations such as the Women4Change, Jagathon, Desijags and the Graduate and Professional Student Government. Cilleruelo was even able to create a team to help her gain signatures for the action.
“I was able to train a committee of passionate individuals that are helping me with the Menstrual Product Initiative, and are focusing a lot on outreach,” she said. “After gathering enough signatures, the Menstrual Product Initiative will be presented to IUPUI administration and the Director of Finance with the needed additional info.”
While Cillereuleo is on track to finally bring free menstrual products to IUPUI, she can’t finalize this without getting more signatures. The goal is to get between 2000-3000 signatures on the initiative to present to the administration and so far there are only 650.
If you are interested in helping bring menstrual products to all 400 restrooms on campus sign the petition here.
What if Roe V. Wade gets overturned? That’s a question that many women have been typing into their search engines these days. With the passing away of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a crucial defender of women’s rights, President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee to fill the seat. Now Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood may be at stake. To summarize, Planned Parenthood has been helping women with vital reproductive health care and sex education since 1916. This includes the ability for women to get birth control, receive STD and pregnancy tests, cancer screening, abortions and much more at a low cost. Roe V. Wade is a 1973 Supreme Court hearing that states that the Constitution protects a woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without government restriction. For years this case has let women safely decide what they want to do with their pregnancies. Going hand-and- hand with Planned Parenthood, if a women goes down the abortion path she can do it safely and at an affordable cost. Barrett has openly stated that abortion is “always immoral” and has voted against abortion rights as a federal appeals court judge. In 2006, she signed off on an advertisement that called for the overturning of Roe v Wade, calling the decision “barbaric” and a “raw exercise of judicial power”. Her opposition falls in line with a pledge by Trump to appoint justices to the court who would potentially overturn the ruling. There are a lot of questions around the topic of birth control as well. Many think that it only prevents pregnancy and it falls under the topic of abortion. While it does help prevent pregnancy, it does so much more and women depend on it so stay healthy. Hormonal contraceptive helps improve acne, bone thinning, breast and ovarian cysts, PMS, PCOS, serious infections in the ovaries and iron deficiencies. Birth control can literally save the lives of some women. If Roe v. Wade gets overturned, birth control is about to become a lot more expensive and women are going to have to turn to unsafe, at home abortions which could lead to even more health issues. Even with Roe in effect today, each of the 50 states can develop their own rules when it comes to providing women with the option to terminate a pregnancy. This could imply an even bigger worry considering that abortion rights would be protected in only half of the United States. Several states have already given their opinions on abortion rights, declaring they would put restrictions on the act. In 2019, Missouri almost became the first state to be without an abortion provider and earlier this year Texas stopped abortion for four weeks during the COVID-19 outbreak deeming the procedure was nonessential. Currently, in Indiana there are unnecessary restrictions that make it difficult for women to access abortion care in the first place. Indiana’s statutes include language indicating its policy preference to ban abortion to the fullest extent of the law, stating that childbirth is preferred, encouraged and supported over abortion. After the death of Ginsburg, Trump tweeted he would appoint a new justice “without delay”.So what does this mean looking forward? Can Trump get his nomination through the Senate before election day? If he manages to pull it off it will be a first considering that the Senate has never filled a Supreme Court vacancy this close to a presidential election before. The only thing possibly saving women from this nightmare is an election win from Joe Biden who pledged his support for legal abortion promising to make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land” if he is elected president. Although a promise to protect Roe isn’t enough to ensure protection of abortion rights, it is more comforting to women knowing they will have a say over what happens with their own bodies.
Opening Day for National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), went as unexpected as could be. Members of the Scrap Yard Dawgs team walked off and vowed to never play for the organization ever again.
The General Manager of the team, Connie May tweeted inappropriately which suggested opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The tweet, which players did not find out about until after the game, included a picture of the girls standing for the National Anthem and tagged President Donald Trump with the caption “Everyone respecting the FLAG”.
Donald Trump has openly voiced his opinions against athletes peacefully protesting racial injustice and police brutality.
The night was intended to be a heroic return for not just Softball, but for the sports world. Since the pandemic cancelled the 2020 college World Series and the return of Softball to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, having NPF back was a sign of hope for fans.
Instead, many players and coaches found themselves in a whirl of anger considering this country is fighting racial injustice and there are many Black softball players in the league. Players of all NPF teams took to social media to voice their opinions and note that they do not stand behind May’s tweet.
Monica Abbott, one of the most influential players in the game right now stated on Twitter:
“I kneel. I kneel with all of my friends, teammates and any person of color. The tweet sent out by Connie May in no way reflects the athletes in this organization…”
Catcher Aubree Munro also tweeted “It’s a slap in the face to the strong black women in our game and to the progress we have made in our sport. We will be better.”
Connie May has not yet commented on the incident and the NPF nor the Scrap Yard organization has acknowledged the situation.
Players immediately gave the league an ultimatum, to stop the season all together or to never play under the name Scrap Yard again. Later after almost every player made a statement, the movement ‘This is Us” began. This is Us is now the name of the new independent team made up of all 18 Scrap Yard players.
As stated on their website, “This Is Us Softball is a group formed in June 2020 of 18 professional fastpitch softball athletes from all across the United States. When these athletes were unfairly spoken for in a way that was insensitive to the current climate in America, they walked away from their former professional team, and moved forward as an independent unit.”
Since This is Us is independent and not yet covered by the NPF, the team is taking donations to cover playing and future travel expenses.
Before the entire NPF season got cancelled due to a COVID-19 exposure, This is Us was able to play their first series against the Florida Pride. The women are continuing to spread their positive messages and bring awareness to racism on social media. They stated on Twitter, "Our season may be over, but our mission is not. This is not the end. We are just getting started."
Over the course of the past few weeks, Indianapolis has become an emerging hotspot for COVID-19. As the numbers in Indiana continue to grow, Indiana University made the decision to let health care workers temporarily live in dorms on campus.
Since IU health works so closely with all IU campuses, they decided to pair up with Indianapolis and Bloomington to give relief to first responders. University Tower is being transformed into a place where medical professionals can either self-quarantine or rest in between shifts.
“This would include team members who need an alternative place to stay because they are worried about potentially exposing someone at home who is high risk”, Jonathon Hosea, of IU Health Public Relations said. “We’re grateful for the generosity of community partners like IU and IUPUI.”
Mentioned in a statement from Chancellor Nasser Paydar, as a public institution, it is IU’s job to help the community especially since students are not living in dorms right now.
“IUPUI is strategically located among a number of major hospitals to provide support. At this time of crisis, we are working together to find innovative and effective ways to protect the safety and health of our community,” Paydar said.
Along with opening up space to workers, IU has donated protective equipment across Indiana. This includes masks, gloves and goggles. They also have volunteers sewing masks that will be donated to the surrounding hospitals.
Every March at IUPUI has one main focus, Jagathon. The annual dance marathon where members of the IU community come together to raise money for Riley's Children’s Hospital. This year’s Jagathon will go down in history as all 1,248 members raised a record high of $607,870,25.
15 hours of dancing seems extreme, but to the volunteers involved, this is just part of their job to give back.
“This was my first time attending Jagathon. I wanted to go because I wanted to feel like I was making a difference in people’s lives and to let families know [IUPUI] is standing by them,” freshman Grace Knox said. “This seemed like an opportunity to show families they’re not alone.”
Along with dancing, mini games, like a food eating contest and Hungry Hippos were held throughout the night. Xiphos Dance Corps. performed during the halftime performance.
“I participated in Battleships which is a big water fight in the Natatorium, '' sophomore Rebeca Fernandez said. “I think it’s important [to participate in Jagathon events] because we are a smaller, nonconventional school and we are still able to hold huge events like this.”
Towards the end of the night, the total amount of money raised was being counted and the emotion of the room was heavy. All of the hard work volunteers put into raising money for Riley’s Children’s Hospital was paying off.
“Honestly, [after], hearing the Riley kids’ stories, coming together and helping people through those unfortunate events [was a great feeling],” freshman Dawson Koesters said. “It's also amazing that they're blessed enough to have support in the community that they live in as well.”
IU is suspending in-person classes and moving to online for the rest of the spring semester due to the growing health concern of COVID-19.
To comply with the cancellation of in-person classes and to give students and staff more time to destress, IU has extended spring break an extra week, March 14 to 29. Although there are no confirmed cases on any IU campus, the university is still taking precautions as the total number of cases in the U.S. grows each day.
In an email sent to IU employees, Chancellor Nassar Paydar expressed that in his 34 years of working with the university he has never seen a situation like this one.
“This announcement may have come as a surprise to you, but please know it was made after much deliberation and careful consultation with public health experts at the local and national levels,” Nassar stated.
To slow the possible spread of the virus on campus, IU is closing most of their residence halls on March 20 and insisting residents of dorms go back to their permanent homes. This is leaving many RA’s and students scrambling to move out.
“I come from a single parent household and my main worry is that I will have to move out on a day my mom is scheduled to work,” freshman Emma Pederson said. “Since [my mom] works in a hospital she definitely will not have time off right now.”
IUPUI is aware that students have already paid for room and board and are working to process refunds since dorms will not be in use for the remainder of the semester.
“I want a refund because housing and meal plans are expensive. That money could help my family and many other families right now with jobs laying people off because of the virus,” Pederson said.
Resident Assistants from IUPUI housing have declined to comment on this situation at this time.
Along with wanting to be reimbursed, students have started sharing petitions around social media in hopes of getting money back for the loss of in-person instruction and access to on-campus services.
“Many students, such as myself are putting themselves through school using scholarships they have earned,” petition leader Dominique D. stated in the change.org link. “Every cent counts when funding your own education.”
Students enrolled in courses that require a clinical or lab are supposed to be getting further instructions from professors as to how to finish out the school year. Nursing majors received emails from instructors shortly after President Michael A. McRobbie announced the cancellation of in-person classes.
“As of right now [nursing majors] are unsure as to what is going to happen with clinicals. Most of my instructors told us they will contact us when they figure it out,” sophomore Bryanna Vanderwerf said. “It is important for us to have that hands on learning in the lab, which we won’t be able to do due to classes being moved online.”
As of March 15, the World Health Organization has declared people stay out of groups of fifty people or more for the next 8 weeks. With that being said, many are concerned about commencement.
In the announcement from President McRobbie, IU will assess the COVID-19 situation in the coming weeks since commencement is currently set for May 16.
“I already bought my cap and gown. I will be super disappointed if commencement gets cancelled,” senior Suketu Patel said. “Extended spring break sounds great too if it wasn’t my final semester of college.”
In effort to make sure students receive the academic help they need, academic advising teams will be having virtual appointments through Zoom. Appointments can be scheduled through here.
IU is continuing to monitor the growing situation of the virus and is working with other universities to find a cure that combats this disease. President McRobbie and Chancellor Paydar are urging others to self-quarantine to protect the health of the IU community.
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Indiana, all IU campuses' courses will be taught online following spring break, from March 15 to 22.
Students will be taught remotely from March 23 to April 5 and are being encouraged to travel to their permanent homes during this time period. Visitors are also discouraged from coming to campus during this time period.
This decision to move classes online is a preventative measure to keep the IU community safe. According to the urgent message from President McRobbie, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to limit contact within large crowds.
“I think it’s good to see the university take measures to help prevent the spread of the disease,” junior Steven Durham said. “The real problem will begin when everyone begins traveling for spring break this weekend.”
Since COVID-19 has spread fast through Indiana in just under a week, the thought of the unknown is the motivation behind professors utilizing the Canvas for class.
“This is certainly not business as usual. The spread of COVID-19 feels like nothing I've experienced before because I've never lived through a major epidemic,” English professor Deborah Oesch-Minor said. “It is okay [for students] to feel unsettled or upset. This is new territory.”
As IU has reached the middle of the semester, many students are concerned as to how this will affect grades and the outcome of the year.
“It’s going to affect my grades so bad. I come to campus on the weekends to do work because I can not do work at home,” senior Suketu Patel said.
The idea of online class has some worried about losing the value of face-to-face lectures.
“My big concern is the loss of having a ritual and my ability to hold myself accountable when I don't have to show up in person,” freshman Katy Hole said.
On-campus jobs are affected as well, as many student employees will either work from home, or go without pay. For students like Durham who is a video intern for IUPUI, working is going to be difficult.
“[Interns] can work from home but in terms of creating content, we will not be able to move forward with any of our current projects until campus reopens,” Durham said.
IU will continue to monitor the growing situation of COVID-19. As of right now, no cases have been found on an IU campus.
Gov. Eric Holcomb declared Indiana in a state of emergency and urged Marion County to take necessary precautions as the first case of coronavirus was confirmed Friday morning.
Due to the widespread outbreak of COVID-19, Indiana University has canceled all university-sponsored spring break student travel to international locations. According to the latest IU Public Safety Advisory announcement, the university is developing procedures to deal with the academic and financial impacts of these cancellations.
According to the announcement, every person traveling for any reason from a Level 2 or Level 3 country for COVID-19 must self-quarantine off campus for 14 days upon return to the US.
Students and staff will not be able to return to residential housing or campus during the self-quarantine period. For those who cannot attend class, faculty will work with students to provide alternate academic plans.
The advisory states that Indiana University is coordinating with local and state health departments and hospitals in the chance the virus is so spread.
IU has prompted that individuals call their healthcare provider if they show symptoms and prevent the spread of illness through washing hands, covering coughs and getting an annual flu shot.
For more information visit IU’s website and WHO’s website.
February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize the role of blacks in U.S. history. As many continue to reminisce on the last decade, let’s take a look back at some of the most influential female African Americans.
IUPUI Night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse has returned once again. This time, IUPUI had the opportunity to celebrate at not one, but two Pacers games. IUPUI Night took place Monday Feb.10 against the Brooklyn Nets, where a co-branded IUPUI/Pacers headscarf was given to the first 3,000 fans.
The night didn’t end there with school festivities. IUPUI’s mascots Jawz and Jazzy were seen before the start of the game taking pictures with students and hanging out with the Pacers mascot, Boomer.
During a timeout in the second quarter, a few IUPUI seniors were thrown into graduation gowns and participated in a relay competition.
“[The Division of Enrollment Management] assists each year. Our student ambassadors pass out IUPUI/Pacers swag as guests enter Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” Cindy Harkness, strategic outreach and community partnerships coordinator said. “We did a live promotion of our campus, then the ambassadors participated in a fun time out challenge, where they got to be right on the floor of Bankers Life.”
Halftime is where IUPUI really got their chance to be noticed. The school of Engineering and Technology and the school of Health and Human Sciences were recognized for their work on GoBabyGo. GoBabyGo is a program where students create kid-sized cars for children with disabilities.
“This wonderful partnership and participation is really a team effort from many areas of our amazing IUPUI campus,” Harkness said.
IUPUI’s honorary team captains, women’s soccer midfielder, Emma Chambers and cross-country’s Katelyn Murphy were recognized for their excellent athletic achievements and had the opportunity to meet some Pacers players.
“It was an honor to get recognized at the game. I am one of the captains on my cross-country and track team, so it was really neat to be a part of such a well-known group of athletes,” Murphy said. “I’ve never met such tall humans in my life, it was really fun.”
During the fourth quarter, a t-shirt cannon tossed co-branded IUPUI/Pacers shirts into the crowd.
Following Monday’s game, IUPUI Hat Night took place on Wednesday, Feb. 12 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Current Bucks point guard and former IUPUI player, George Hill returned to Indianapolis. The first 200 tickets purchased in selected areas of Bankers Life Fieldhouse received a limited-edition IUPUI/Pacers hat and had courtside access during the pregame warm-ups.
“I’ve never sat that close at a Pacers game before, so it was a cool experience. I really enjoyed having an up-close view before the game started,” Hallie Marten, a senior at IUPUI, said. “I love the hat so much. It’s so cool that IUPUI and the Pacers made a hat together. It represents Indy so well.”
The Pacers ended their six game losing streak Wednesday night, putting a pleasant end to the IUPUI events.
For some students, going home for the holidays isn’t an option. Certain circumstances have left them without a home to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
Out of the kindness of their hearts, the mother-daughter duo of Tonya Hersha and Lauren McComb are putting together a Thanksgiving dinner for members of the LGBTQ community who don’t have a place to go.
“Since my daughter came out a few years ago, I have been very involved in the LGBTQ community. I have heard so many stories of people being abandoned and alone,” Hersha said. “I know that pain, I could relate to it. We decided to do a dinner for those who had no support.”
Since the two both study at IUPUI they knew of students who weren’t able to go home because of being in the LGBTQ community.
“I work at the LGBTQ center on campus and I had overheard students saying they were afraid to go home because they aren’t out or they couldn’t go home,” McComb said. “A lot of them said they were looking for a ‘Friendsgiving’ that was [just] LGBTQ students.”
Hersha posted an ad for a LGBTQ Thanksgiving in the Indiana Mama Bears Facebook page, an organization that is dedicated to parents with children in the LGBTQ community. Many people offered to donate food and give help.
“I have two turkeys, a ham and all of the side dishes you can think of. Two Whiskey Chicks Bakery in Plainfield is providing the desserts. We do not have a final headcount but so far [we are expecting] 30 students,” Hersha said.
While working with the LGBTQ residential based learning community floor of North Hall, Hersha and McComb are able to host their dinner on campus.
“Since I work for the LGBTQ center, which works closely with the Qmmunity floor [of North Hall], I was able to ask the RA who said it was okay,” McComb said.
The dinner will be held at North Hall at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. You don’t have to be apart of the LGBTQ community to come, any student is welcome. If you are interested in donating food you can contact Hersha through Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/tonya.hershamccomb
The cold weather has finally hit Indianapolis, making walking to class nothing but fun. Thanks to the JagLine shuttle system and numerous tunnels located across campus, life can be a little warmer during the upcoming winter season.
By using the tunnels, one can make it from the Science and Engineering building all the way to the IU Natatorium without even having to step outside.
What many don’t realize is that there is an underground tunnel on campus. Starting from the third floor skybridge in the Science and Engineering Laboratory Building, students can travel from the STEM headquarters and move into the Science Building. This then leads underground to the Engineering Science and Technology Building.
“I first heard about the underground tunnel during bridge week from my peer leader,” freshman Bryce Rauch said. “I like using the tunnels because they help me keep dry on cold rainy days. It takes a little longer to navigate through but it’s worth it.”
A campus favorite is the “gerbil tube” tunnels, one connecting from the Campus Center to Cavanaugh Hall and one connecting from the SPEA building to the Social Work Building.
As for the JagLine, six different routes are available for quick access across campus. Routes vary from movement along Michigan and New York street to helping those who park near the Health Information and Translational Sciences building. This will be the first winter where all six routes will be up and running.
“I love taking the JagLine when it’s cold outside. The bus is relatively warm and it saves me from bad weather,” sophomore Emily Blough said. “The shuttle is quick and it gets me to class right on time. All of the drivers are really nice which makes the experience even better.”
Routes 1 and 4 operate every 15 minutes, while routes 2 and 3 operate every 10 minutes. Routes 5 and 6 operate every 20 minutes. This range leaves students with a short amount of time to stand in the harsh weather.
JagLine offers an app with the ability to set notifications when a shuttle is on it’s way so riders can remain inside longer. To get details on every JagLine route, view the map here: https://iupui.ridesystems.net
Each year, millions of Americans find themselves ineligible to vote because they either miss the opportunity to register, forget to update their registration, or are uneducated on the ways to register. Thanks to National Voter Registration Day, everyone has the opportunity to vote.
A holiday started in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is dedicated to helping Americans exercise their right to vote in the upcoming November elections. The Civic Engagement Assistants at IUPUI work throughout the year to specifically increase voter education turnout on campus and around Indianapolis.
Located on the first floor of the Campus Center, Civic Engagement Assistants were there to help unregistered voters complete everything they needed to be eligible. As well as registering, students were able to learn voting tips.
“We are Civic Engagement Assistants, so we do Voter Registration tabling once a week. We also do events like mock elections, March to the Polls, and, of course, National Voter Registration Day. We celebrate National Voter Registration Day [as an attempt] to get more people to come out and register so they are prepared for the election this fall,” junior, Rylee Daul said.
In 2016, IUPUI was ranked in the Top 60 Best Colleges for Student Voting by Washington Monthly magazine. According to the United States Census Bureau, the age group between 18 to 29-years-olds had the largest voter turnout in 2018. With a 79% jump, this was the largest percentage point increase for any age group.
“It is important for kids our age to vote because our generation is the next deciders of the world. If our generation wants to see a change, our generation has to be the change,” sophomore Christina Poetz said.
This November, residents registered to vote in Marion County will have the opportunity to vote for mayor and for City-Council representatives. The deadline to register to vote in the November election in the state of Indiana is Oct. 7. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
For the first time since 2013, the Jonas Brothers made an appearance in Indianapolis on their Happiness Begins Tour. Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse felt as if time hadn’t moved since then. The predominantly female audience, varying from all ages, were decked out head to toe in Jonas Brothers merch dating back as far as 2008. Nothing was stopping this crowd from seeing their childhood crushes reunite on stage again. After a messy breakup between the brothers, they came together to make a nostalgic but heroic comeback.
As the show began, the Jonas Brothers appeared on stage to an uproar of cheering fans, some whom were even crying. They opened the show with a video presentation of each brother finding their childhood self. This was a common theme throughout the concert, which touched the hearts of everyone in the crowd. The brothers began the show with “Rollercoaster”, a song off their newest album, detailing all the hardships the brothers went through in the past 7 years to get to where they are now. The fans were as enthusiastic about their new music as they were with old hits such as “That’s Just the Way We Roll” and “Lovebug”.
The trio then made it a point to throw the crowd into complete reminiscence with beloved throwbacks from their earliest albums. As soon as the 13-year-old song “Year 3000”, blared through the speakers, the fans let out an ear-piercing scream throughout the fieldhouse.
Along with the iconic throwbacks, Nick and Joe performed a duet of their solo work. Nick’s song “Jealous” and Joe’s other band, DNCE’s song “Cake By the Ocean” was accompanied by fireworks and colorful confetti.
Despite the magnitude of the show, it was a very touching and personal night. The brothers took time during the night to take in the crowd and appreciate the atmosphere. Kevin, Joe and Nick even took time to thank each other. They seemed genuinely happy to be with each other on stage.
After a two hour set, the brothers ended their show with two of their biggest hits, “Burnin Up” and “Sucker”. After the show, the crowd left in peace. The night proved that Jonas Brothers fans are still as passionate about the trio as they were back in the Disney Channel days.
For most students, when choosing a school to spend the next four years at, campus safety is their number one priority. Recently many actions have been taken to enhance safety at IUPUI, which includes changing the speed limit throughout campus from 35 mph to 25 mph.
“Not right away but eventually I think the new speed limit will be good for this campus,” senior Kristen Scriven said. “I think there will still be people driving 35 mph like they are used to. Until the new speed limit becomes the norm and people are compliant with that, the roads will be safer.”
Safety is a big concern for most students on the IUPUI campus, considering it is located in downtown Indianapolis. With three crime reports involving pedestrians being sent out to IUPUI this semester, administration saw the need for some changes.
“I honestly think there is a better way to make campus more safe due to it being in such a public place located in downtown Indianapolis,” sophomore Mya Jones said. I don’t think changing the speed limit will do anything for the safety of pedestrians because [drivers] don’t abide by those limits and IUPD is never around during the day to catch that. Other things need to be done for pedestrians than changing the speed limit.”
Representatives from IUPD were not available to respond.
With the help of the new campus safety page, located on the IUPUI website, students and faculty can learn ways on how to stay safe on campus and who to contact if help is needed.
“I have had incidents on campus where I felt uncomfortable walking alone on campus at night and I was not sure if I should’ve contacted IUPD or not,” Scriven said. “I am hoping people read the website because their are useful tips that can save a life.”
Many cars pass through IUPUI just as much as pedestrians walk through campus everyday. The site stresses the importance of contacting IUPD in a dangerous situation. IUPD is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“I don’t know too much about the site, but unless [the school] finds a good way to advertise it I don’t think it will help if students don’t know where to get their safety information from.” Jones said.
Starting in February of 2019, students and faculty will have the opportunity to choose whatever book they want to read through the new system, Books on Demand powered by the University Library.
“Books on Demand is a new program the library has launched that allows students, faculty and staff to order books or initiate the ordering of books on their own outside of the library choosing books for them,” Willie Miller, informatics and journalism librarian and resource development liaison, said.
This new system allows students and staff to make better advancements to their education and help the library evolve.
“The way that libraries has typically bought books in the past, is a librarian like me would be aware of the classes that are being taught and research being done in the disciplines we work in and then we would choose from a big list of books ,which books we think we should buy for the collection to support the studies in those fields. With books on demand, instead of us making the choice, students, faculty and staff will choose which books they would like to purchase for the libraries collection,” Miller said.
Books on Demand has been an idea for almost 10 years. David Lewis, the Dean of University Library had dreams of having an Amazon-like system for students and staff to access.
“[David] retired last April and he had said that he wished that we could get all of the books that Amazon had and put them into the library’s catalogue and then order them on 2 day shipping anytime somebody wanted one. We are not doing quite that, the number of books we have in the program is a lot smaller than Amazon. Instead of putting all of Amazon in we are putting in a lot of the books we would normally [decide] from of whether or not we should buy them for the campus. We are putting them all into the catalogue and we are only going to buy [the books] when somebody wants them,” Miller said.
Books on Demand is easily accessible to students and staff, allowing them to order books as soon as possible using IUCAT.
“[Books on Demand] integrates into our catalogue IUCAT. The way that it would work on IUCAT is that someone would do a search for a book on any topic they want and if it is a book that is apart of the Books on Demand program, when they click on the title of the book, there will be a button on the title page that says ‘Get this for IUPUI’. The library also has a on Demand services webpage, where you can look at just the collection of the books that are in the Books on Demand program,”Miller said.
With Books on Demand being tailored to IUPUI alone, it is set to multiply each month with the ordering of new books.
“Right now there are about 5,000 books in the collection. It will grow every month. Every month we will put in all of the books that have been published in the past month that fit our criteria and into the program so it will get bigger and bigger. This is only for the IUPUI campus. No other IU campus can do this program,” Miller said.
As this program gets going and it’s popularity gets bigger, book lovers are growing excitement for this opportunity have access to more books.
“I tend to turn to the library when I'm looking for books before I go to Amazon. Sometimes I'm lucky and someone has put in a request for a book or a librarian ordered it, but often my interests are esoteric enough that I'm out of luck, said Travis Faas, Game Developer Lecturer at IUPUI. Often times if the libraries don't have it, it just sits on my to-read list forever, because it's harder to justify the $30 price tag on the book unless it's directly relevant to something I'm working on. I guess that's why I'm excited about it. It gives me an avenue to explore interesting concepts or ideas that I didn't have the money or means to do so before.”
To start off the new year, the fitness center, located in in the lower level of the Campus Center, implemented new features to the Campus Recreation Membership.
“The access to the recreation sports is actually a student fee, it is not a membership. It is an optional student fee for those who do not live on campus,” Chandra Kohler, Director of Campus Recreation, said.
To become a Campus Recreation member, students and faculty gain access to the year old Fitness Center and the IU Natatorium. The package also includes access to any fitness class held in the Fitness Center along with the option to join intramural sports. Students who choose to join will be charged $50 a semester and faculty will be charged $100 a semester.
“The $50 for students includes the Fitness Center, all intramural sports, open gym, open swim and all group exercise classes,” Kohler said.
With an abundance of exercise classes being offered, students and staff can fit exercise in with their busy schedules.
“I would say the fitness classes are beneficial to students and staff because it is included in the semester fee and you get a range of options, Breea Vest, Senior, said. There are a variety of times throughout the day and we try to accommodate to everyone’s schedules. Staff members are welcome too, and we see a lot of members come during their lunch break to do things like yoga a cycling classes,” Vest said.
With the Fitness Center’s grand opening in March of 2018 and the new recreation fee being implemented, students and faculty are paying a lower cost for more than one way to get in shape.
“Before March, students had to pay a fee of $15, where they only had access to the sports performance lab. Intramurals was an extra fee paid on top of that. [IUPUI] had some group exercise classes in the Campus Center, but we did not have classes like we offer now,” Kohler said.
The fun does not have to stop after the spring semester either. With the Campus Center being open, students and faculty will have access to workouts over the summer at lower costs.
“Summer is $30 for students and $75for staff members, that is only if you are enrolled in summer or fall [classes]. If you live around IUPUI and are enrolled in the fall you can have access to the Recreation sports fee for $30 the entire summer,” Kohler said.
To purchase a Campus Recreation sports fee, students can visit the Fitness Center. Students also have the option of having their bursar account automatically billed or the option to pay with their CrimsonCard. Faculty can also pay directly at the Fitness Center with their CrimsonCard or by using automatic payroll deduction.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday lights are strung around Indianapolis, campus is decorated with wreaths and Christmas music is blasting on the radio. And then...there's finals.
To help students cope with the stress and horrors that come with finals week, Love on a Leash brought therapy dogs to the Campus Center, and they too were in the holiday spirit.