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On December 9, IUPUI will hold another voter registration event. The event, which will take place from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Campus Center, is held to encourage IUPUI students to register to vote in upcoming elections.
According to statistics released by the state of Indiana, over 4.7 million people registered to vote in the 2020 general election, with roughly 65% of those people turning out to vote on election day.
Going off census records, which state that roughly 6.7 million people live in the state of Indiana, that means that a majority of the state registered to vote. It’s important to note however, that the 2020 election was a high profile election that had record high turnout, and thus it is to be expected that lower profile elections, such as the 2022 election, will have a smaller turnout, hence the drive to get people to register to vote.
The drive to get college-aged people to vote can more than likely be attributed to them seemingly having a high impact on elections when they come out to vote.
According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, “Our research reveals that young voters increased their turnout in 2020; they made the difference in key battleground states; and the participation and overwhelming support for President-elect Joe Biden from youth of color was one of the defining elements of the election.”
IUPUI is no stranger to getting good voter turnout, as it was recently recognized by Washington Monthly as one of best colleges for student voting in 2020.
This is in no small part to movements such as the Ask Every Student Initiative, which IUPUI joined in 2020, or to the numerous students who wander campus handing out information about voting and helping others sign up.
Dakota Bennett, an IUPUI student who is registered to vote, said that he would recommend people to sit down and think about whether voting is right for them personally. “I would not recommend either registering or not registering as that is something you have to decide if it is worthwhile for yourself and what you want to get done politically.”
According to Angel Jaeger, a woman who isn’t registered to vote but plans to, “Voting is our right as citizens and I think that It’s really important that everyone vote, regardless of how inconvenient it may be.”
While there are no planned statewide elections in 2021, there could be local ones and thus It’s important to learn what is on your ballot, and to learn about your currently elected officials, as well as those running.
There are a number of voting resources for IUPUI students, such as voter registration information, a calendar of political and civic engagement events and more that can all be found on IUPUI’s website under community engagement.
A petition has been created online asking for IUPUI to fire a professor accused of harassing and grooming female students.The petition, which accuses Kinesiology professor CJ “Chico” Jensen of sexual misconduct,has gained over 2,700 signatures in the four weeks since it has been posted.The petition goes into detail about some of the things that Jensen did or said in the classroom. According to the petition, Jensen said that some women “liked being treated like that” when referring to domestic violence and asked his female students “Have you found your g-spot?”The petition also states that one of Jensen’s assignments allegedly requested students to select a picture that another person sees as their best photo based solely on physical appearance.The petition highlights how despite bringing their issues to the department chair and the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the students feel misled. "At first, the chair of the department, Mark Urtel, was going to co-teach with him.” The petition adds, “Instead, he (Jensen) has been reinstated along with the assignment asking for physically attractive students. This assignment is now extra credit.”The petition was created by two students who had taken courses with Jensen in the past, Jacqueline Gantz and Chloe Lochard."At first he was my favorite professor. I think that’s what he wanted. He wanted his students to believe he was cool, loose, and intelligent in this field,” Gantz said. “Rather, he was grooming us to then accept his inappropriate words and behavior.” “He would ask us our sexualities,” Lochard said. “He would call the people of the LGBTQ+ community ‘Rainbows.’ He would single us out to ask questions based on our sexualities. He would make extremely sex negative comments about genitalia and the kink community.” Gantz encourages other students that may be experiencing something similar to seek group support.“Do not feel like you must stand alone in these situations,” Gantz said. “I felt alone and felt like the world was against me. When I let others in who wanted to help and were affected by him as well, we became a united front. As easy as it is to feel like you must take things on by yourself, numbers make change. Whether that is change in yourself or change in the world, every bit matters.”Kathy Johnson, the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer was contacted about the situation.“I am aware of this issue, and I assure you that as soon as we were made aware of the complaints the students had brought forth, we took steps to fully investigate the situation in collaboration with our Office of Equal Opportunity,” Johnson said. “IUPUI takes situations like these very seriously and we work very hard to ensure that we fully investigate any complaints brought by students.” Johnson added that all students in Jensen's class have been given the opportunity to move to a section with a different professor.Jenson did not respond to requests for comment.
Starting on October 25 and running until November 5, students may begin registering for classes for the Fall 2022 semester. Students should have received an email early in October with their enrollment date, but this information can also be found in your Student Center.
Students should begin registering for classes as soon as they are able, in order to guarantee that they get a spot in the classes that they need. Students should also ensure that their accounts have no holds, as this will impact registration and could potentially prevent you from registering until the holds are taken care of.
Evan Ward, a student who is registering for classes for the first time, feels the process is a little intimidating. “It’s definitely a little scary, just because we all want to graduate on time, and I have to find that balance between getting the classes that I need, but also try not to bog myself down with too much work to handle.”
The process of enrolling for classes is something that every IUPUI student will have to go through, and it helps if students know what to expect, and how to accomplish what they need to.
According to Samantha Walters, an IUPUI academic advisor, “It’s best to meet with your academic advisor once a semester to review your academic and career plan. Priority registration is a very busy time for academic advisors and meeting in advance of registration is always recommended. Meet with your advisor early and add classes to your shopping cart before registration begins.”
Walters also gave some tips for students who are enrolling for the first time, which will be listed below.
Schedule an appointment using the Online Student Appointment Scheduler. Your appointment might be a few weeks out this time of year – and that’s ok! There are a lot of resources and tools to help you register during priority registration.
Review previous notes from your academic advisor in Student Online Advising Records. If you met with your advisor in the past, you will find notes here that might help with planning for next semester. Unless your major or academic plans have changed, go ahead and enroll in any classes that were previously listed. When you meet with your advisor, you can make any changes if necessary to your spring 2022 schedule.
Use your academic advisement report to identify requirements that have not been satisfied in your degree plan. Go ahead and enroll in classes that are not satisfied.
Degree Maps are another academic planning tool. Look for critical courses and be sure you complete those as soon as possible. Degrees maps also provide recommended sequencing for your classes in your academic plan.
If you haven’t used your iGPS plan - check it out! When you meet with your academic advisor, create a plan for graduation. Add all the classes to your iGPS plan to make registration smooth for all your future terms. Advisors can view classes in your shopping cart and iGPS plan.
With Halloween right around the corner, many of us may watch some of our favorite horror movies, and while it’s certainly far from scary, “Shaun of the Dead” makes a great movie to watch with friends this time of year.
As a quick summary of the movie, it primarily follows the journey of Shaun (Simon Pegg), his best friend Ed (Nick Frost), and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) as they navigate a zombie apocalypse. At the start of the movie, Shaun is portrayed as a loser going nowhere and ends up getting dumped by Liz.
As the movie progresses, Shaun slowly becomes more and more of a good leader, eventually leading his friends and his mother to the pub that he and Ed frequent, much to the dismay of Liz and her friends David and Dianne.
Along the way, plenty of jokes happen, such as the joke of Shaun going through his daily routine but being completely oblivious of the fact that most of the people he interacts with have been zombified.
Overall, the movie is a fantastic take on the zombie genre, as it is a parody but still functions as a decent film in the genre that it parodies. Director Edgar Wright uses his now trademark quick cuts and match cuts to give the movie a fast feel but still keeps the plot in a place where it’s easy to follow, and the movie can surprisingly tug on the heartstrings, such as when Shaun is forced to shoot his own mother after she turns, or when Shaun finally makes peace with his stepfather as he dies.
On top of that, the movie can honestly surprise you with some incredibly tense moments, like when Shaun goes to turn on the power to the pub, and it’s revealed that the zombies he led away to get into the pub, had followed him back, compromising the safety that they thought they had.
On Metacritic, the film has a 76 in critic reviews and an 87 in user scores. Keith Phipps of The AV Club, gave the film an 80 in his Metacritic review stating, “Mixing horror and humor is no mean feat, but Shaun Of The Dead tightens throats in fear without making the laughs stick there in the process.”
It’s easy to say that the movie was a hit when, according to the movie’s IMDB page, the movie made more than $3,000,000 on its opening weekend in the US and Canada.
“It’s one of my favorite zombie movies, it may be a comedy but it really does double as a genuinely good zombie movie,” moviegoer Jesse Munday said.
While it probably won’t have you hiding under the covers, “Shaun of the Dead” makes a great movie to watch at the start of the Halloween season as a means of easing into more scary movies. For every genuinely tense or heartfelt moment, there are a dozen laughs, which also makes it a phenomenal movie to watch with your friends this Halloween season.
Across Indiana, COVID-19 cases are surging in large part due to the delta variant, however, IUPUI COVID-19 precautions have kept campus cases at a steady rate.According to Indiana’s COVID-19 dashboard and IU’s COVID-19 dashboard, there were 22,583 cases in Indiana for the week of September 16, with 133 cases across all nine IU campuses, and IUPUI reporting 43 cases for the week. According to IUPUI’s own statistics, IUPUI has just shy of 30,000 students alone.According to Aaron Carroll, Chief Health Officer for IU campuses, he is happy with how IU campuses have responded to the pandemic.“We’ve done pretty well in a state that has a fairly low vaccination rate,” Carroll said. When asked why he believes our numbers are so low, Carroll said, “Number one is vaccinations, number two is masking and number three is testing.” Carroll was also asked about COVID-19 restrictions on campus and what students can expect in the coming months.“Students should expect us to keep the trend of having low cases, but not to expect zero. As for restrictions, I certainly don’t see us becoming any more restrictive than we already are.” Several IUPUI students were asked about whether they felt safe on campus. student Raj Zyveri said that he does feel safe on campus and fellow student Hailey Gosno agreed.“I don’t think there's much more IUPUI could do to help. They’ve pretty much done what they can and I do feel mostly safe on campus,” Gosno said.IUPUI Professor Chris Lamb agreed that he feels safe on campus. “I think the COVID regulations are neither too strict nor too loose. They’re just about right,”Overall, IUPUI has seen its campus case numbers remain steady and low, despite the fact that the state as a whole has been surging heavily in the last few weeks. According to Aaron Carroll, “We would like to get to a point where things like masks won’t even be required inside, but until we feel ready for that, we will continue to monitor the case numbers and react accordingly.”As a reminder, all of IUPUI’s COVID-19 rules and regulations can be found at https://www.iu.edu/covid/campus-info/on-each-campus/iupui/index.html