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Pioneer responds to Baldwin’s dirty glasses


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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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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Themed housing to become 3Life

Ian Slater and Laura Bronsink, resident directors of Scripture and Kem halls, decided mid fall 2013 semester to rethink the residence halls’ structure of themed housing. This led them to create a university-minded program.

Beginning fall 2014, Kem and Scripture will have a program called 3Life, which practically takes advantage of Indiana Wesleyan University’s mission for students to develop in character, scholarship and leadership, according to Slater.

“Students were interested in the concept of themed housing, but for various reasons, namely time, they couldn’t put in the effort needed to really engage in themed housing,” Bronsink said.

Themed housing paired floors with topics such as stewardship, ecology and social justice. However, Slater said these topics didn’t really stick with some students.

“What we started to observe was, although students are generally warm to the idea, in day to day life, they weren’t engaging in it,” Slater said.

Instead, 3Life will engage the mission of the university unlike a hall has before. Slater said students will get a certain amount of points for an activity, and keep it tallied throughout the year.

Bronsink and Slater have been discussing different opportunities and events, and Brosink said book groups and faculty workshops are a couple of ideas that can help promote character and leadership. Slater added he and his staff have brainstormed mentoring relationships with professors as an option.

“There’s kind of a big basket and we’re in the phase of brainstorming and then filtering and then probably organizing and publishing so when students arrive next year, we’ll ideally have your passport for the fall semester and then later for spring semester,” Slater said.

Bronsink said making the program broader than themed housing has the possibility to increase student involvement. She’s seen more success in Kem with all-hall events than unit-specific or theme-specific ones.

“One of our goals with 3Life,” Bronsink said, “is to pull the focus out a little bit from the unit and bring that focus bigger picture and more individualized so students can participate in as many things as they have time to participate in instead of feeling like they have to participate in something that’s a year-long conversation.”

Not all Kem and Scripture residents have to sign up for 3Life, it’s voluntary. But Slater hopes the initiatives will attract many students.

“What we’re looking for is a group of committed people who do want to go deeper throughout the year,” Slater said. “And if we had 80 start the year and only have 20 finish, that’s fine with me. I’m looking for people who want to develop themselves further through the university and to be celebrated for that.”

“We don’t expect that everyone will participate, “Bronsink said, “but we do hope for is that everyone will be affected in some way and experience some sort of growth.”

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Letter from the editor: Chapel isn’t about you

Read that title again. And then read it once more the next time you walk into the Chapel-Auditorium. Whether you think chapel attendance should be mandatory or voluntary or if you prefer traditional or modern worship, those details aren’t why you should go.

Chapel isn’t about singing songs you like or hearing messages that feel good to you. It’s not about agreeing with everything that’s said and done on stage and tweeting about what you don’t like. And it’s certainly not about doing homework during the service and standing up to leave during the benediction.

Quite simply, it’s about praising God.

One could also argue it’s about respect. No matter how you feel about any aspect of chapel, the concept as a whole is a matter of respect toward God and should be treated as such.

I’m not saying we should eliminate all discussions regarding chapel and how to make it better. However, those conversations should be constructive and not based solely on personal preferences. I understand and appreciate the desire to improve the chapel experience and I can think of at least three or four specific services that left many students, including myself, scratching our heads.

But I believe our God is intricate; the same One who brought us all to Indiana Wesleyan University for a specific purpose. Couldn’t this God who obviously plans far ahead use a chapel I thought was pointless to touch the life of someone who needed to hear it at that moment?

You bet.

Chapel is always a hot-button issue, and with good reason. On a campus representing many majors, socioeconomic statuses and (believe it or not) ethnic backgrounds, chapel is one of only a few experiences nearly all IWU students have in common. All the more reason we should treat it with the respect and courtesy it deserves, along with the students, staff and faculty who work hard to make it happen.

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