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Pioneer responds to Baldwin’s dirty glasses

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As Kenzi Ahnert (fr) walked into Baldwin on a Monday morning, she was looking forward to a refreshing glass of milk. However, as she picked up a glass from the crate, she was disgusted by the mystery fog covering it.

“I was nervous to drink out of my glass,” Ahnert said. “It did not look like it had been washed thoroughly.”

According to James Lipetri, Pioneer College Caterers’ Food Service Director, Baldwin staff is aware of the problem.

“This issue has been addressed as we have had multiple issues which can cause the buildup of hard water deposits on the glasses,” Lipetri said in an email to The Sojourn. “It is much more noticeable on the clear glasses than the white china.”

According to Lipetri, Pioneer has been making an effort to change the state of the glasses.

_MG_1786-2“We had the dishwasher serviced and have had the water softener checked,” Lipetri said. “We have called our janitorial company to verify the wash and rinse on our machine.”

Lipetri also said since the janitorial company serviced the machine, he has seen a significant improvement in the state of the glasses.

The janitorial service is scheduled to return for one more check up within the next two weeks, according to Lipetri, who hopes the second trip takes care of the problem.

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Admitted students Weekend a success

IWU march 296Have you finished registering for classes yet? Because 405 incoming freshman have.

Indiana Wesleyan University explored the idea of springtime new student registration by hosting Admitted Student Weekend March 14-15. Janelle Vernon, IWU’s vice president for enrollment management, believes this weekend was a success and plans on continuing it in the future.

On Saturday, March 15, 405 students registered within four hours. Last year, only 511 incoming students registered during four summer registration dates. The largest amount of students registered last summer in a single day was 142, with the lowest amount being 42.

IWU’s enrollment management office decided to hold an earlier registration because they noticed they were losing a significant number of students who had committed to attend the university, according to Vernon.

“We wanted to develop a registration process that would allow them to register earlier and improve their experience,” Vernon said.

The class selection process was different than it has been in past years. Incoming students were able to register themselves online instead of filling out a paper and having Residential Academic Services input their class choices.

“Registration was very simple and the professors and student advisors made it really easy,” incoming freshmen Rachel Manfred said. “It only took 20 minutes and I was glad that I got to choose some extra classes that I had interest in.”

Manfred is coming in as a Strategic Communications major from Greentown, Ind. “Getting all my classes has definitely made me feel like I am committed,” she said.

Dr. Mark Perry, associate professor of communication, helped admitted communication students register. He said it was beneficial everything was done at the same place at the same time, and that current students taught incoming students the registration process rather than having faculty or staff do it for them.

“It’s always a really enjoyable thing to meet the students and their families when they are that excited about school,” Perry said. “The whole atmosphere felt very positive.”

Vernon said early registration also allows housing to make room assignments earlier. Housing will start the first round of housing assignments June 7, instead beginning in August.

“Every time I come to IWU, I get more excited to be a student here,” Manfred said. “I just can’t wait to move in and start my college career.”

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The Glob(al) decline: IWU’s movie theater to reevaluate movie selections

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The smell of salt and sweet butter fill the theater, various conversations turn words into mumbles of sounds, with occasional crunching sounds of candies and popcorn and slurping of drinks. The lights darken and everyone goes quiet, expect a few whispered side conversation followed by ‘shhh.’ The movie begins.

This is a typical scene at movie theaters, however, the Globe is not full of eager moviegoers, and with such low attendance it’s struggling to break even.

With the exception of 2013, the Globe hasn’t had a profitable semester since its opening in 2002.

“There have been countless amounts of times when we have shown movies for four, six, 10 people,” said Keith Brakel, director of Conference Services that oversees Barnes Student Center.

“One” said Brakel and Lydia Porter (sr), manager of the Globe, in unison.

Porter said the main goal of the Globe is to pick movies students want to see. The Globe is a student managed venue, with multiple volunteers running the show, according to Porter and Brakel.

Globe management was very optimistic about student attendance this year after the first successful profit year of 2013. However, students’ support has not been with the Globe this year, according to Brakel.

Animated movies are without a doubt the highest grossing movies, according to Porter. “Tangled,” “Wreck it Ralph” and “Despicable Me 2” had some of the highest earning showings over the past two years. “Frozen” became the Globe’s highest grossing film in its history, selling 1,283 tickets spring 2014.

During the 2014 school year, the Globe management showed movies they believed college-aged students would really want to see. New releases such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and “Iron Man 3” cost approximately $1,200 for a two-day copyright.

The Globe seats 198 people for a sold-out show and sells $2 student tickets. “Iron Man 3” had an attendance total of 267 people spanning six showings, earning the Globe approximately $540.

The Globe has lost money on all non-animated movie showings, according to Porter.

“It’s just the way the Globe is,” Porter said. “There is really no way for The Globe to make money, because the movie’s copyrights are so high.”

Porter’s job is to bring the student perspective into selecting movies. She evaluates nearly every movie that comes into theaters, looking at ratings, content and box office numbers. Porter also listens to student conversations around campus before recommending movies to Brakel.

After Porter recommends a variety of movies, Porter and Brakel discuss various aspects of the movie. The goal of the dialogue between the two is to create conversations similar to what students may talk about after seeing the film. Once Brakel approves the movie, Vice President for Student Development Michael Moffitt’s seal of approval is the last step before purchasing the rights to the movie in question.

Students may wonder with the recent change in IWU’s media policy, will the Globe began showing R-rated movies?

“No it will not,” Porter said.

“Everything we do in the Globe is a reflection of the university,” Brakel said. “So we are always conscious of that fact and sensitive to it.”

Porter added IWU has the Film Society, which is more equipped to present and have discussion on R-rated movies. She described The Globe as a place where students can just hang out, relax and watch a movie.

Next year, the Globe will evaluate finances, including ticket and concession prices, according to Brakel. Management will also evaluate how many newly released movies the Globe is able to show, in light of the lack of student support.

“The Globe is such a prominent fixture in the Mallway. It’s the meeting for everything,” Porter said. “Students’ decision to come or not come to a movie is crucial. It’s important. Coming, supporting our business. We need you and we need your investment.”

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Dole named World Changer: Fall 2014 convocation set for Oct. 3

480px-Elizabeth_Dole_official_photoIndiana Wesleyan University named its 11th member of the Society of World Changers, humanitarian Elizabeth Dole. She’ll come to IWU for a fall convocation in her honor, something that may become an annual tradition.

Dole served as the president of the American Red Cross, a United States senator, as well as a cabinet member to two presidents. Most recently, she founded the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in 2012, which provides ways to help caregivers of wounded warriors in the military.

According to Larry Lindsay, special assistant to the president at IWU, Dole is preparing for an April 9 ceremony at the White House to recognize military caregivers through her foundation, so it conflicted with the original April 2 date.

About six or eight weeks before the spring 2014 convocation, Dole’s office called and said she had to reschedule. Lindsay said the university looked for another common date in the spring. IWU and Dole’s foundation couldn’t come to an agreement, so instead, the convocation will happen Oct. 3, 2014.

This date falls during IWU’s homecoming weekend, and Karen Roorbach, senior counsel to President Wright, said this could become a new tradition.

“If that works well, then we may continue that format of doing it in the fall,” Roorbach said.

Roorbach said the World Changer inductee could stay for the Friday evening alumni banquet during homecoming weekend. This way, he or she could speak to both students and alumni. But Roorbach said at this point, Dole has only agreed to speak during chapel.

SGA President Tim Scurlock (jr) said an annual fall convocation would be beneficial to the university, especially in conjunction with homecoming.

“I think moving it to the fall, if they were to do that long term, I think that would fit really well with homecoming week and maybe building a bit more tradition around that week as a whole,” Scurlock said.

Scurlock served as an advisory member to former SGA President Aaron Augello (alumnus ‘13) on the World Changer committee. Scurlock added that out of the world changers now in the society, the university hasn’t selected anyone who’s been involved with public service as much as Dole.

“Her impacts in the political sphere should be noted,” Scurlock said. “Because it’s something really, really hard to do.”

Even though Dole has extensive background in public service, Lindsay said she might not be recognizable among college students.

“I think she is a very highly qualified candidate,” Lindsay said. “The challenge with some of our candidates is that they have that national reputation, but they’re not a household word in terms of 18 to 22 year old students.”

Lindsay also added Dole has been on the “long list” of nominations for world changers for about 10 years. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of the Wesleyan Church, recommended to former IWU President Henry Smith that Dole should be inducted as World Changer.

Because of this, Lindsay said the university contacted Dole’s office, and she agreed to the nomination pending the World Changer committee’s approval. And they agreed to it in spring 2013 in their meeting after the convocation of David Green.

But for now, IWU students and faculty will have to wait six months to get a glimpse of their next World Changer.

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