National Hazing Prevention Week Comes to Close

Signs like the one above were posted around campus to raise awareness about hazing prevention.

By Colin Malone

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) ties up today after five days and two events focused around spreading knowledge about hazing and preventing it. Jason Chapman, Assistant Director of Student Activities, organized the events.

“When people talk about hazing, it’s not the most interesting thing,” Chapman said. “So the goal isn’t just to educate students about it, but to do it in an entertaining way instead of just lecturing them.”

Monday opened the week with a panel discussion featuring Republican Candidate for Georgetown District Attorney, Jana Duty; former University of Texas basketball player and co-host of The Game on 104.9 ESPN Radio, J.D. Lewis; and Destiny McKinney, Director of Campus Life at Huston-Tillotson University.

“You can get six months to a year in jail [for hazing], and if it results in a death you’re looking at a felony,” Duty said. “But if you come forward and report it, you can be exempt from prosecution, even if you were a participant.”

The panel attendees included sorority and fraternity members and leaders.

“We average about 45 attendees each time we hold a panel event, and those are mostly organization members,” Chapman said. “But we have more people attending this year because of our relationships between Student Activities and the organization leaders.”

Thursday followed with a screening of the documentary Unless a Death Occurs, a program about Walter Dean Jennings, a Plattsburgh State University College freshman who died because of fraternity hazing.

“I worked with several leaders of the Greek groups here on campus to decide how to get hazing information out to students,” Chapman said. “We have a Hazing Prohibition Notice that every organization has to review during a meeting and have each member sign, saying that they have received that information.”

Hazing laws are state-determined, and each Texas school works within its hazing statutes to develop their own procedures.
“We work within the Texan hazing statute and expand on it to make it easier for our students to understand and follow,” Chapman said. “The amount of people aware of the dangers of hazing has surely grown through NHPW, and those people are more comfortable with reporting hazing because of it.”

Friends, Fans, Families Show Support: Power Up Pirates Weekend Celebrate Athletics

Numerous supporters, including family, friends and alumni, attended the various athletic events and activities during the Power Up Pirates and Fall Family Days weekend . Photo by Erica Grant

By Marin Bramblett

Family, fans, and prospective students donned their yellow and black in school spirit for the Power Up Pirates, Family Weekend, and Prospective Student-Athlete events last Saturday.With all of the events taking place and the extra people on campus, the students, faculty, and family were feeling the excitement.

Audrey Helburn is a sophomore soccer player for the women’s team. She hoped that the presence of extra support at campus events would intimidate their rivals at their upcoming games.

“We want to put some fear into the other team. Fans inspire the team. There is an ebb and flow to a game and fans help us come out of tougher spots,” Helburn said.

Helburn was glad her parents came to campus for the game and that they got to experience the excitement of the weekend and hopes that prospective athletes felt it, too.
Abbey Petrecca is a full-time athletic trainer who attends to the injuries of many school athletes. In the Athletic Training room, amongst a steady flow of athletes and coaches, Petrecca taped ankles and ran STEM machines.

“I am excited about the fans at the games. There is a different type of energy – better energy, enthusiastic energy. Athletes draw off this energy, and as an athletic trainer, I can see it. It’s contagious at big weekends,” said Petrecca

Power Up Pirates, Family Weekend, and Prospective Athlete Day brought more than just fans. Jamie Meshew, the new Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, saw what the weekend did for athletes first hand.

“It brought positive energy to campus. Southwestern has so much to offer. It’s a great weekend to see all of Southwestern – get the full picture,” Meshew said. “Plus, it’s great weather!”

Men’s Soccer Makes Comeback

Junior Matthew Nickell prepares to pass the ball to his teamates during the team's match versus Colorado College last Friday. Photo by Kate Satel

By John Stickels

The men’s soccer team will face Austin College on Friday, followed by a trip to Centenary College in Louisiana on Sunday. This will be the first time the Pirates play these teams this season.

Last weekend the men’s team hosted Colorado College and the University of Dallas to open conference play. After losing the first game to Colorado College 4-0 on Friday, the men overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit on Sunday to beat Dallas 2-1, scoring their two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

“The win was very satisfactory because although we did not play our best, we pulled out a win. It was a good rebound from the game against Colorado last Friday,” said junior Steven Resnik.

Senior Evan Perkins scored the equalizing goal in the first few minutes of the second half. The Pirates took the lead fifteen minutes later when junior Timothy Eamma scored the game-winning goal.

“It was great to finally win a home game. We are nearly perfect on the road and for us to come out and win was awesome. It is great to see so many fans come out to support us,” said junior Dane Beyer.

The Pirates have an overall record of 6-4, and are looking forward to the rest of the season. Senior Captain Forrest Baker notes that his team’s strength lays in the overall quality and skill of all the members on the team.

“We have a lot of very good players, we’re strong all around, and we have a lot of depth,” Baker said.

Due to the conference’s new calender, the Pirates will play their rival team, Trinity, twice this season, with the first game being at home on October 6th. The Pirates already have wins against Hardin-Simmons, UT-Dallas, and the University of Redlands (CA).

“We definitely have a chance to win the conference this season,” senior captain Evan Perkins said. “If we stay together and play the way we’ve been playing, we’ll be very good.”

UPC Showcases FNL Events: Students Perform in the Friday Lineup

Sarah Cook plays her guitar in the Cove for a FNL event. The lineupthis semester includes student performers in addition to a variety of other acts. Photo by Elissa Graham

By Olivia Stephenson

Sophomore Sarah Cook performed with her guitar and ukulele in front of a cheering crowd of supporters. Cook’s performance was one of many student talent showcases that the University Planning Council (UPC) will feature throughout the semester as part of the new Friday Night Live (FNL) series.

UPC made the choice to combine the Cove Concerts series and Friday Night Live events in an effort to present shows that cater to the interests of the students.

The incorporation of the Cove Concert Series allows student performers to have a larger audience and more publicity with the support of UPC. Students will perform at the SU Showcase event in October.

So far, the entertainment that has occurred this semester has drawn large numbers of attendees due to the lineup and the personal involvement of the student body.

The performers this semester have include the bluegrass country group “Whiskey Shivers”, indie-folk singer Dana Falconberry, comedian Wil Sylvince, and Sarah Cook.

The remaining acts will include a variety of events including a slam poet, the Step and Stroll Exhibition, and the annual Casino Night.

“We’re really excited about this semester’s lineup because it was chosen completely by students,” Assistant Director of Student Activities Lisa De la Cruz said. “A survey was taken this summer, and students’ top choices are represented, for the most part. I think Garfunkel and Oates [female musical comedy duo] are definitely the most anticipated act.”

“UPC always works incredibly hard to find a variety of performers who will cater to the student body’s different preferences and tastes-and this year is no exception,” Daniel Dumitru, member of UPC’s executive council, said. “From spoken word artists, to a step and stroll exhibition, to magicians, we have it all this year. Those who come to Friday Night Live events will be far from disappointed.”

New Pirate Bike Repair Station Complete

The bycicle repair station west of the Ruter residence hall in cludes an air pump for fixing deflated tires, Allen wrenches, and other tools. Photo by Hanna Kim

By Nikko Gianino

SUPD installed a bike repair station between the bike racks and recycling center west of the Ruter dormitory over the summer. Recent graduate Ben Parafina was responsible for the station’s installation.

Parafina got the idea while working for non-profit organization Bike Texas in Austin and applied for a Student Environmental Engagement and Development Grant during the spring.

“I got tired of people borrowing my tools,” Parafina said. “The breaking point came when my ex-girlfriend asked me if I could repair her new boyfriend’s bike for him.”

The new bike station allows students to make simple repairs without visiting a mechanic or rekindling an old flame. Scanning a QR code on the station with a smartphone opens up a webpage that details everything from changing tires to installing and tightening nuts and bolts on the bike. The station also includes a bike pump for filling deflated tires with air.

Anne Hines, the faculty overseer for the student-run pirate bike committee, views the station as a way to get the campus community more involved with the pirate bike program.

“Our hope [for the station] was that students would take on a little more responsibility for the pirate bikes and utilize it to help maintain them,” Hines said.

The station is not just for repairing pirate bikes, however. Parafina hopes the station helps students maintain their own bikes and put an end to the bicycle graveyards that normally pop up on campus at the end of the year.

“Instead of leaving these derelict, rusting things on bike racks around campus for the police to pick up at the end of the year, people can actually go fix their bikes,” Parafina said.

Steffi Scholer, a junior and member of the pirate bike committee, sees the station as a way to make the community more bike-friendly.

“They have bike repair stations in downtown Austin, and I went biking in Denmark once and they had them every mile along the trail,” Steffi said. “Georgetown isn’t as bike-friendly as these places, but hopefully the repair station can change that.”
According to Assistant Chief of Police Brad Dunn, the installment of a second station (possibly by the Moody-Shearn dormitory bike rack) has been brought up in meetings but the committee is waiting to see how this one fares.

Reducing Employment: Degrees Add Advantage

By Jeffrey McKenzie

In August, the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent. Unemployment among the 20-24 age group stands at 14.6 percent. Furthermore, there are an increasing number of graduates that are unable to find full-time jobs in their field, instead having to take jobs which pay less and make no use of their skills.

Americans with college degrees are faring better in the depressed economy than those with high school degrees: 8.8 percent unemployment for those with a high school education versus 4.1 percent unemployment for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. This further demonstrates the value of having the financial resources to pursue a college education.

Although some politicians are calling for cuts in education spending and federal grant funding, this will harm new graduates who will be unable to afford degrees and will face difficulties finding employment. To counter this, the U.S. should stop cutbacks in education and consider implementing policies that increase the affordability of college.
During a speech to students at Otterbein University, Mitt Romney said, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents.” This advice is inconsistent with the reality most students face. Most students do not have parents with tens of thousands of dollars in disposable income to spend on a student’s education or jumpstart a student’s business or career. On a basic level, this reflects his disconnect with those who struggle to pay for their education.

While he suggests that they “get the education,” Romney does not explain how to do this. Tuition has skyrocketed across the country partly due to federal and state cuts in financial aid. Romney endorses Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which would cut federal aid further and leave approximately a million students without federal grants.

Students therefore have to “get the education” by incurring lots of debt and graduate into an economy where jobs are scarce. What they need most is a better job market. Romney’s plan would cut taxes on corporations and the rich and cut spending on public services and welfare.

There are examples of this policy in practice. Conservatives used to praise Ireland’s economic policy. When the worldwide economic crisis began, further praise went to Ireland for cutting its spending, which many believed would lead it to a quick recovery.

Instead, a third of Irish graduates are unable to find jobs compared to half that in the U.S., according to the Department of Labor. In order to avoid that outcome, the U.S. should halt cutbacks at the state and local level which slash education budgets.

Although this approach will cost more money, it will provide the U.S. with a stable future tax base and improve graduate unemployment.

Cullen Building Still in Progress

Since beginning renovations in the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building last year, a new central A.C. system and n ew bathrooms and windows have been installed. Photo by Kelsey Baker

By Hannah Steen

Part of the ongoing renovation process both inside and outside the Cullen building was completed in August. Now that the second and attic floors of the building are finished, the professionals who work there have moved back in.

“[We] needed the renovations because of the outside windows, air conditioning, and electrical issues,” Bob Mathis, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services, said. According to Mathis, the attic is now housing several brand-new air conditioning units that filter and clean the outside air and provide it to the entire building centrally. “[This] is a much more efficient and centralized system than before,” Mathis said.
Along with the A.C. system, new bathrooms have been added to the second floor and the elevator has been widened to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

The elevator also now has access to all four floors of the building.“The bathrooms and the elevator were changed because of ADA code,” Mathis said. “There were only bathrooms on the first floor and in the stairwells previously, so we needed to comply with those rules and make the bathrooms easier to access.”
The outdoor windows were also replaced in accordance with the Texas Historical Commission to create a more energy-efficient environment. The University Relations Department was moved to one floor in the building to create a closer working environment for the team.“The relocation prepared [the department] for coming back because they were all in one building on one floor and they had to share some things,” Mathis said.

The next phase of the renovations is to create classrooms on the third floor as well as a learning commons where students can go to study or work on group projects.The projected commons will have a flat screen able to hook up to a laptop, a small kitchenette, and chairs and tables throughout the area. This phase will be put into effect once the next financial package is approved and complete.

King Encourages Pirates to Dream Big

By Steven Jones

Before graduating Southwestern University in 1993, W. Joseph “Joey” King devised a project for analyzing people’s facial expressions while they interacted with computers. His project, funded by a variety of supporters, became the springboard for his career. needs better transition about how/why he started the fund here if info available

For over a decade, the King Creativity Fund has enabled students to pursue their own creative projects. This year’s proposals for the King Creativity Fund are due two weeks from today.

“I think that Southwestern has an abundance of 19 year-olds with really new ideas and true vision,” King said. “That is what the Fund is designed to support.”

Any number of projects can be approved, depending on the number of submissions and the budgets of each respective project. The program centers on enabling students to work with ideas and tools they wouldn’t have otherwise as they pursue their own interests. Grants range in size from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

A board comprised of previous King Scholars, faculty and an administrative advisor awards multiple grants to Southwestern students every year. Among other things, the selection committee considers the feasibility of the project, the merits of the students proposing it and the proposal itself.

Proposals must be submitted as Word documents via email to, complete with a sponsor’s electronic signature, by 5:00 p.m. on October 12. King Scholars will be notified shortly after submissions close.

Projects funded in the past include a comedic media conglomerate (“Laughingstock Productions,” 2000-2001), a study of executive function and Autism during the 2005-2006 academic year and a steel pan ensemble in 2009-2010.

Students who are awarded funding may complete their projects on or off campus, but must present a report on their works to the committee and present the project at the annual King Creativity Award program and banquet. Materials are available through the King Creativity Fund link on the Southwestern University website.

Volleyball Adds to Winning Record

Junior Meredith Rollins Leaps for a hit in conference tournament hosted by the Pirates last weekend.

By John Stickels

The Lady Pirates volleyball team will be playing St. Edward’s University next Wednesday. Although it is a non-conference game, a win against the Hilltoppers is critical to maintaining the team’s momentum.

The Bucs are going in to their next game with a 3-0 win against Howard Payne last Tuesday.

“I’m really excited about our win against HPU. We played them about two weeks ago and between then and now we can already see differences in our own game and ways in which we’ve improved,” junior co-captain Allison Stubbs said.

The team won against Dallas and Centenary last Saturday with scores of 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. Last Friday the won against Austin College 3-1. The wins from their tournament last weekend and last Tuesday gives the ladies a 3-0 record in conference and an overall record of 12-4.

“Our goal all season has been to be playing our best ball in November, so to see the steady improvements in our team between matches has been really motivating,” Stubbs said.

Co-captain Rachel Thibodeau credits her team’s success to hard work.

“We have a very competitive gym,” Thibodeau says. “We’ve had some great practices, and it’s helped show how important hard work is.”

Stuco Rent-A-Car

Throughout this academic year, Student Congress has been working to provide better public transit options for students through a new ad-hoc committee, the Public Transit Initiative. The most recent plan of action is the “WeCar” Plan from Enterprise, a program that would bring ride share to campus for student use.

The program would fulfill one of the year long goals of Student Congress for providing a safe means of off-campus transportation to students. Colin Berr, a member of the Transportation Committee in Student Congress, has worked closely with fellow committee members and Jerry Brody to complete this project.

“I’m proud of the Public Transit Initiative and working with Student Congress and Jerry Brody on this project,” Berr said. “[The program is] a great deal…[and] a tremendous asset for the Southwestern community.”

Berr highlighted that students could reserve these rental cars via an online system for eight dollars an hour (nine on weekends) to do anything from running errands around town or taking a trip to Austin. The price would not change with an increased amount of passengers, so the hourly rate could be split between multiple parties.

Participation in the program would require a valid driver’s license as well as a $35 membership deposit with Enterprise. However, the deposit would count towards a rental credit for the student.

“The deposit helps to create a commitment,” said Berr.

The available rental cars would be midsize sedans, mixing elements of safety with affordable and effective gas mileage.

Student Congress President Brady Kent was pointed out the potential benefits of this program.

“The benefits include reducing the demand for parking on campus, as some students may choose to not bring cars, and the ability for students who don’t own cars to get off campus easily, among others,” Kent said.

Berr added that alleviating parking problems and reducing cars on campus would also help make Southwestern more environmentally friendly.

Berr indicated that the program would start with only one car, predicting the coming of several subsequent cars after the preliminary one.

Both Kent and Berr predict the likely initiation of this program to be in time for the 2012-2013 school year.

“I’m not going to guarantee anything until the contract is signed since it’s still under review,” Kent said, “but if it all works out we would start up in August.”

2012 google play

On March 6, Android users turned on their smart phones and discovered that a blue and red triangle had replaced the little green robot for the App Store.

Google has re-branded Android Market as Google Play, rolling in a new icon and merging all content under one service. Music and eBooks, each formerly separated under Google Music and the Google eBookstore can now be all found under Google Play.

Milly Arcovedo, a senior majoring in both French and Spanish, uses an Android phone.

“The name changed the idea of what the applications provide. Having ‘play’ in the word appeals to a more youthful crowd,” Arcovedo said.  “‘Market’ sounded more professional but also more of a setting of commerce and trade.”

The name puts more of an emphasis on an inclusive market, with apps, books, music, and movies all available in one place. For other countries outside of the U.S., Google Play offers a more limited selection, but the company does have plans to launch movies and books to them over time.

A significant addition is the new website, which allows people to access Google Play not only from their Android device, but also from their computers. A quick link can be found on the black bar hovering at the top of all Google pages. All the apps and content bought can be accessed either way, due to the free cloud syncing technology between devices.

Android user and student Jascha Jimenez noted that this change allowed Android to compete with Apple.

“It is a smart move,” Jimenez said. “Google Play gives Android users something that is similar to the iTunes store that I can access on my computer.”

The content itself has not changed, only the presentation and the format of the market place. Android users will not lose any of their previous purchases; it will simply be shifted under Google Play. All Android accounts are untouched, with the only difference being the app name change.

Other changes include a tab that allows users to see a list of every single application bought on that account, even after deleting it. Reviews can also now be sorted by phone, making it easier to filter out issues that do not affect your phone.

Some students seem rather indifferent about the changes made by Google.

“I don’t mind that it is different,” Jimenez said. “It surprised me at first but now I think it is just interesting. It has more choices available now too which is cool.”

All in all, Google Play emphasizes a more open market with a greater range of applications to buy and the opportunity to access them even without an Android device.