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Madison Wise will be transferring from Iowa State Cyclones to IUPUI Jaguars for her extra year of eligibility. The NCAA has granted all winter sports athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Wise describes why transferring to IUPUI was the best choice for her career going forward.
“I had a really good experience here at Iowa State for the last four years. I was looking to transfer closer to home,” Wise said. “My family is from Greenfield, Indiana, which is just 30 minutes away from Indianapolis. I love the coaching staff at IUPUI. I love the style of play there and I’m also really excited to get to play with two of my former AAU teammates, Rachel McLimore and Destiny Perkins.”
Wise has already built chemistry with teammates McLimore and Perkins. Wise talks about how already built chemistry can lead them to success early on and later down the road as a team.
“We grew up playing for Indy Magic which is an awesome AAU program,” she said. “We feed off each other very well. Destiny handles the ball extremely well and gets the ball where it needs to go. Rachel is an all-around player. She is a really good passer and scorer as well. We are really good friends off the court and I think that’s going to help with chemistry. I know they are really close with the rest of the IUPUI women’s team. so I’m excited to be able to play with them again.”
Wise spent four years at Iowa State which is in the big 12 conference. She was surrounded by intense competition all across the big 12. Wise says she learned a lot from her time in the big 12 and what her mindset will be going into this upcoming season.
“Any level of college basketball is extremely competitive,” she said. “At the big 12 level it’s really competitive especially it being a power five school. Obviously, it’s a lot of size and quickness but I think it’s like that in every conference. I’m excited to be able to come play at IUPUI. I think the competition is extremely elite at all different levels. I think having the big 12 experience will definitely help but also knowing the competition is super elite in the Horizon league as well.”
Wise doesn’t care about awards and the spotlight. Also, she wants to achieve her ultimate goal of winning a championship.
“I for sure do not care about individual awards as long as my team is playing well, we’re winning games, and living up to our potential,” Wise said. “I’m happy with that. It doesn’t matter if I’m going to score zero points or if I score 15 or 20 points as long as we are playing well together and winning games ultimately."
For the first time, IUPUI is teaming up with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Career Services Council Women’s Workgroup on Wednesday, March 31, to host two workshops and two panels about equal pay day virtually. Any IU campus student or faculty can attend this event.
Equal pay day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap between men and women. This is a symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap between men and women. The website AAUM.com has a list of which race of women gets paid versus white men.
Allie Medellin is a MSW and an assistant Director of employer and career services. Medellin is one of the members that work for the career services council women’s workgroup that will be hosting the workshops and panels.
“Two events are salary negotiation workshops. Both are the same, one in the morning and one in the afternoon just to try to cover people's availability,” Medellin said..
The session in the morning starts at 9:00 a.m. EDT – 10:00 a.m. EDT, while the afternoon session starts 2:30 p.m. EDT – 3:30 p.m. EDT.
“There are two panels. One of them is a panel of women who are in careers that are dominated by men and then the other panel is a panel of women who work in higher education and have leadership positions here at IUPUI.” Mendellin said.
The women in careers dominated by men panel starts in the afternoon between 12:00 p.m. EDT- 1:00 p.m. EDT and women in the higher education panel starts at 4:00 p.m. EDT – 5:00 p.m. EDT.
The Career Services Council Women’s Workgroup every year asks graduating students from IUPUI to complete a survey called the first destination survey. The questions focus on people’s plans after graduation.
Medellin explains what the survey questions are and the purpose of it. The questions focus on salary and any negotiation that a graduate student may have or may have not done.
“We found not a ton of IUPUI graduates are negotiating for their salary and unsurprisingly more men are negotiating then women. This inspired us to take some action and put together some more resources to help our female students better equip themselves to negotiate their salary because most of them don’t.”
There is a lack of support of people that supports women getting paid equally as men.
“People in positions of power need to listen to women and then take those actions rather than a CEO saying I support women rights but what are you doing in your hiring practices to show that you actually care. It’s like do your actions match your words and a lot of times that’s not the case,” Medellin said. “Saying I stand with women rights but what are you doing about it, and I think that’s when the issue comes in.”
IUPUI’s international program hosted its annual international fest. For the first time in their 15-year history, the festival was moved online. The IUPUI international committee expanded the international fest from a day to a whole week to allow students and staff to attend the events. Marielle Petranoff works for the office of international affairs office and was the logistics and technology coordinator in charge of the international festival.
The decision to have the festival online was made well in advance. Petranoff and her board members thought about all the outcomes on how to host the event. She also discussed how difficult it was to host and plan for such an event, especially when you are going from in person and a day full of events to being spread out in a week and now being all online.
“We made the decision pretty early that we were not going to be able to do any in person events.” Petranoff stated that they start working on planning the festivals in February every year. This allows Petranoff and her staff to plan accordingly with what’s going on around the world and here at IUPUI.
“We are already making reservations in February of the previous year and putting things in over the summer and then really getting to start work in October or November. By the end of November of 2020 we knew that we weren’t going to do anything in person.”
Petranoff talked about the benefits and challenges that COVID-19 allowed the festival to experiment with a week of festival activities instead of a day.
“So, normally the international festival is a big one-day event so there’s free food, performances and all sorts of things to draw you [students] the space, and we knew we weren’t going to be able to create that. A big challenge of the previous festival was that there’s people that work that can’t stop by the campus center between 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.one day of the week.”
Petranoff admitted even though it was challenging to recreate the international festival over the years through virtual instead of in person, they found alternative ways to do so.
“It was definitely challenging.” Petranoff said, “We couldn't hand out free food, but we could still have people teach you recipes and post recipes online and on our social media. We could still have performances by having people teach you how to dance and we could still have the lectures that normally happen in the campus centered as well as some of the exhibit booths all in a digital format.”
Once Petranoff figured out what she could do and came up with a plan, it got a lot easier. It also allowed for them to connect with more people due to how the events were spread out into a week and not jammed into one day.
Last spring semester there were lots of events being canceled due to the pandemic.
Petranoff described what went through her mind on why it was necessary to have this event.
“This is the third International Festival that I personally have been responsible for putting together and honestly not having the event never crossed my mind. This is an important event for the campus. It’s an important event for our office but also for international students.”
There are more than just international students that come to IUPUI. According to Petranoff, “We also have researchers who come from around the world who are called scholars and faculty that come from around the world. This is the one big time that we celebrate their contributions and showcase how international IUPUI is. Now, we do this throughout the year in a lot of different ways, but this is the big celebration that happens and even though people aren’t traveling around the world as much we still have over 2000 international students and scholars who call IUPUI home.”
Petranoff wants to get everyone involved and stated, “We have over 140 different countries that attend IUPUI. We have students who are from the US, who are studying international languages and cultures. We have student organizations like the African Student Association and Malaysian Student Association and so many different student associations that deserved to be showcased to be able to connect the global and the local.”
With how successful the virtual international fair was, it is intriguing to see how next year’s international festival will turn out. Petranoff and the international office are already in talks about how next year's international festival will turn out.
Petranoff wants to incorporate some of the things that happened in this year’s festival into next year such as keeping the festival for a week to ensure students can attend some events if they would not be available during such days. Another key one was the connection from other countries via zoom that they had during the event. Marielle obviously wants the festival to be back in person but having it digital really opened the door to new ideas.
If you want to get more information on how to follow and become a part of international affairs, sign up for their newsletter social media @iupuiglobal and email their front desk office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Hall is taking severe precautions to keep COVID-19 under control and have residents living in safe conditions. Students are required to get tested twice a week at the Campus Center in room 450. Results come back within 24-48 hours.
Michaela Driver, a Residential Assistant at North Hall, says she has a lot of new protocols to follow.
“In regards to the COVID-19 guidelines placed here at North Hall, I do feel safe and have confidence that what we are doing to keep our community safe is working. Everyone is expected to wear a mask in all public areas of the building, and no outside guests are allowed in the building as well. We have limited the amount of people that can share a room, or be in a public dorm space with one another, and us R.A.’s also sanitize all high touch surfaces of the dorm every night while we take our duty walks.”
Hosting events while following COVID-19 guidelines were and are still a challenge that Michaela is going through.
“The pandemic has changed my planning and implementation of events in many ways. For example, if I plan to have an event I have to limit the amount of participants present depending on the area I plan to have the event," she said. "I would host events that would have 100 plus people in attendance, now I don’t even have an area in the dorm that can host 100 people while adhering to the dorm’s COVID-19 guidelines. It has also restricted the types of refreshments I can serve at my events. All refreshments must be individually wrapped and pre-packaged. This means that I can no longer host events with buffet style refreshments.”
This affected Michaela’s mental health because she loves her residents and this doesn’t allow her to connect with her residents as she would like to.
“One mental strain that I will share while dealing with COVID-19 as a R.A. is constantly feeling like I am not doing a good enough job. It is a lot harder to connect with my residents and to host successful events because of the pandemic, which has limited our day-to-day human interaction in many ways.”
Enforcing rules have become harder for Michaela.
“At times, it is hard enforcing these new COVID-19 rules," she said. "We often have to remind folks what they are and even sometimes we have to discipline those who refuse to follow the rules. People often get to go home and live mask-free lives, when living in a dorm with hundreds of other people you don’t have that luxury. You have to be mindful and wear a mask at all times.”
Lauryn Smith is a IUPUI student living on campus now for her third year and she has learned to accept the rules that were put in place.
“The pandemic changed my perspective on North Hall a lot," Smith said. "It’s not the same atmosphere it once was when I was a freshman although I like how cautious and safe, they are about trying to stay germ free. I miss the mask-less days like we all do.” I do feel safe with the protocols that are in place and I hope the university keeps some protocols in later semesters.”
Lauryn said she tested positive for COVID-19. She shared what the next steps that she had to follow and what her thoughts were on the experience.
“Being relocated to Townhomes or Riverwalk Apartments when testing positive for COVID-19 was actually a smart move in my opinion. Everyone is not from Indianapolis or surrounding towns or cities so if you aren’t able to quarantine at home you can quarantine at home you can quarantine on campus.
Finally, Lauryn talked about the decision that North Hall made to get tested twice in one week. “Personally, I really hate that we have to take two COVID-19 tests a week, but I understand that it’s for safety reasons. I want this pandemic to be over like everyone else and the only way we can get rid of this illness is by following protocols from the Control Disease Center (CDC).”
Danilo Almeida is another Residential Assistant in North Hall. He describes from his point of view how has covid affected campus living. “COVID-19 changed events mainly because of capacity size. Rooms where we could have 30 plus people in now, we can barely have more than 15. It’s for safety of course, but it’s strange having to plan events in spaces that limit attendance.”
Almeida can sense people's mental health have been affected during this pandemic.
“Mental health has hit an all-time low around campus, and so I suspect from North Hall too," Almeida said. "I try to be supportive of my residents but it’s never good to assume what they are going through. Additionally, sometimes people just need time to themselves to figure things out while knowing there’s a person and resource they can count on if they need it.”
Almeida is always making sure his residents are always in good health and being there for them when they need it.
“Enforcing the rules is not hard, it’s people being willing to obey them," Almeida said. "Sometimes it feels like some people are more concerned with how they can get away with not following the rules instead of what they can to be a better role model. However, as I mentioned, IUPUI is handling COVID-19 very well, and so I suspect there are not many residents who are disobeying rules across campus.”