The Women of Lockerbie mini review

Show: The Women of Lockerbie
Time: 7:30 p.m., April 12-14. Matinee April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Place: Black Box Theater at the Phillippe Performing Arts Center
Cost: $6

On Dec. 21, 1988, a terrorist bomb blew up a commercial airplane en route from London to New York. There were 270 were killed in the attack: the 259 passengers aboard Pan Am 103, and 11 people on the ground from Lockerbie, Scotland.

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Theatre Guild production of “Women of Lockerbie” opens April 12. Set in the style of classic Greek tragedy, “Women of Lockerbie” is an emotion-driven, ensemble play, which focuses on the relationships among the people affected by the attack.

The play takes place seven years to the day after the bombing. Cody Konschak (sr) and Rachael Stuckey (so) play Bill and Madeline Livingston, parents of 20-year-old Adam, the man who was sitting in the seat above the bomb. The Livingstons have come to Lockerbie for the memorial, and both hope to receive closure on their son’s death. Emily Wyse (sr) plays Olive Allison. Allison leads the women of Lockerbie, Kendra Emmett (jr), Rachel Beckner (so) and Kim Barth (jr), as they try to obtain clothing of the victims to wash and return to the families. The people of Lockerbies are bitter and broken, and it is difficult for a young cast to capture the emotions of such weathered characters, but the feeling behind their stories comes through.

I saw the production during a preview, so all the kinks were not quite worked out, but it seems like the show could be one of the best of the Theatre Guild’s season.

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Chapel disturbance: male student escorted out of all-female service

Campus Police removed a male student from the Chapel Auditorium on Indiana Wesleyan University’s Marion campus March 28, after he attended a chapel designated for women only.

Male and female students met separately for chapel services, and in the 10 a.m. service, Matt McAndrews (so) entered the service reserved for female students. McAndrews, coming from Center Hall, said he didn’t want to walk across campus to attend the male chapel.

Witnesses reported that chapel staff first asked McAndrews to leave before Campus Police was called to have an officer escort him out of the auditorium.

“There was a chapel attendant standing behind him, and I think that she asked him to leave because it’s obviously their job to not let guys in,” said Bethany Livengood (so). “But he wasn’t leaving.”

According to McAndrews, after a student chapel scanner told him he was not permitted to attend this chapel service, Cindy Ruder, assistant to the dean of the chapel, approached him and asked him to leave.

“And I said, ‘No thanks. I’d rather stay,’” said McAndrews Wednesday evening.

“Eventually one of the Campus Police officers showed up, and he asked me to leave, and I told him the same thing: ‘No thanks. I’d rather stay,’” said McAndrews.

Other students in the women’s chapel service said the interaction between McAndrews and university personnel lasted 8-10 minutes.

“The guy wouldn’t get up, so the security guard picked his book bag up,” said Emily Wyse (sr). “The guy pulled it back down, and so the security guard grabbed his arm and pulled the guy up.”

“I heard a one-word grunt. I looked back and he was out of his chair, being escorted by his arm,” said Julie Sanders (so). “And the police officer was basically pushing him out of the auditorium.”

Mario Rangel, Campus Police coordinator at IWU, confirmed that Campus Police responded to the incident and said that no laws were violated, citing the issue as a matter not of law enforcement but of student discipline.

McAndrews said he was taken to the lobby by Campus Police, where he was met by Ruder and other administrators.

“The cop put me up against the desk and had me, like, spread them and frisked me and found my ID and wrote down my name and number, and then the dean of student conduct wrote down my name and number as well,” said McAndrews.

Andrew Parker, dean of student conduct at IWU, said he and Michael Moffitt, vice president of student development, were also called to the chapel.

“From what I understand, the chapel staff directed the individual to leave multiple times,” said Parker. “That was refused. They called Campus Police. Campus Police directed the individual to remove themselves voluntarily, still refused. That was when my office was called.”

According to Parker, no action was taken by officers to remove the student until after he arrived.

“Prior to me coming, I don’t think any force other than words were used,” said Parker. “When I got there, that was when I witnessed the only force that was used.”

Parker explained that the student was in violation of the student code of conduct, according to the IWU student handbook.

“Any time a student fails to comply with a reasonable request of an institutional staff or faculty member, they would be in violation of one of our community standards, which is compliance with university personnel and policies,” said Parker.

The student’s refusal to comply with the guidelines established by the Dean of the Chapel’s Office falls under that rule, according to Parker.

Ruder declined to comment on the situation but did say Dr. Jim Lo, dean of the chapel. was behind the decision to hold separate chapel services for the sexes. Ruder also said the request for the student to remove himself was a reasonable request, as was the request via email for male students to report to an alternate chapel venue.

Parker said no disciplinary decisions have been made. McAndrews said he is currently waiting for Parker to set up a meeting to discuss the incident further.

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Thrifting Marion

It doesn’t matter if you are a broke college student or if you are just going for that hipster vibe — sometimes the best deals come secondhand. For Indiana Wesleyan University students, Marion, Ind., provides several places to find a bargain. Here are a few of the best local thrift stores Marion has to offer.

Goodwill

Best Item to Buy: Clothes. If you are looking for everyday wear, then Goodwill has the best options. From T-shirts to basic jeans, Goodwill has racks of clothes from which to choose. You might have to sift through bad ‘80s fashion to find something truly worthwhile, but Goodwill has been known to be the holder of great vintage coats, skirts and jackets.

Deals: Periodically, everything in the store will be 50 percent off. Goodwill also has a selected color of the week, and during the month of August, college students get 20 percent off when they show their school ID.

Extras: Goodwill is the best place to find your costume for The Hunger Games premiere.

What you can get for $10. A complete outfit: T-shirt, shorts and a hoodie.

Location: 3164 South Western Ave., Marion, IN 46953

Marion Mission Mart

Best Item to Buy: Housewares. If you need dishes or a blender, then The Grant County Mission Mart would be your store. The Mission Mart doesn’t have a huge selection, but it has things that match.

What you can get for $5: You can pretty much get a table setting.

Extras: The Mission Mart also has a lot of small trinkets, making it a great place to locate a gag gift or something that says, “I love mom.”

Location: 1551 S Western Ave., Marion, IN 46953

Hidden Treasures

Best Item to Buy: Books. You will have to look through stacks and stacks of books, and there are some books that have damage, but Hidden Treasures is always adding to its selection.

Deals: For the remainder of March, Hidden Treasures has 50 percent off days, plus several other money-saving deals.

Extras: The store has a good selection of vintage purses and ties.

What you can get for 81 cents: Three books: “A Girl Named Zippy,” “The Pearl,” and any type of devotional you might want.

Jake’s Antiques

Best Item to Buy: Toys, antiques and jewelry. If you happen to collect vintage toys or if you like antiques, then you should check out Jake’s. The store also has a lot of furniture and books for sale.

Extras: If you need a life-size Native American statue, Jake’s has one.

Location: 1440 Winona Ave., Marion, IN 46952-2405

Other Places to Check Out
Marion Flea Market: 3316 South Nebraska St., Marion, IN 46953
The Unorganized Bookstore: 3602 South Washington St., Marion, IN 46953
Paperback Peddlers: 4711 South St., Marion, IN 46953
Mick’s Flea Market: 212 East Main St., Gas City, IN 46933

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The Glass Menagerie mini review

This past Tuesday I watched a preview performance of The Glass Menagerie. Produced by the Indiana Wesleyan University’s Theatre Guild, the play is based in the life of Tennessee Williams.

I was required to attend the play for my senior project class. It is the showcase piece for two of my fellow communication scholars (good job, Ben and Phil!) And while I was required to be there, I still enjoyed the play.

In fact, I have pretty much enjoyed every play I’ve seen produced by the Theatre Guild, save “Little Women.” (Again, good acting, bad, bad script.)

“The Glass Menagerie” runs a little longer than most plays, and Williams isn’t my favorite playwright. Additionally, the performance I attended was a dress rehearsal. Still, IWU’s version of the play has great potential.

With only four actors, the play shows the perspective of Williams’ mother. Phil Herbruck (sr) is captivating as the narrator and main character, Tom. Kayley Herbruck (fr) was convincing as his manipulative mother. Julie Schaefer (fr) and Daniel Maloy (so) bring depth to their characters. Each character in “Glass” is deeply flawed, but the actors lend a sympathetic element to their characters to which the audience can relate to.

The set was beautiful and the lights set a dreamlike mood (again, good job, Ben Dobler [sr]). The acting never got dull. All-in-all, The Glass Menagerie is shaping up to be another quality production for IWU.

The Theatre Guild’s performance of “The Glass Menagerie” opens Thursday, Feb. 23 and runs through Feb. 29.

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