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ASID hosts 3rd annual Craft Bazaar

The American Society of Interior Designers at Indiana Wesleyan University is hosting its third annual Craft Bazaar Nov. 22, calling all crafty people both in the community and on campus to sell their wares in the Commons.

The event is the largest fundraiser for the IWU chapter of ASID. Still a young organization at the university, ASID remains a mystery to many students, as does the major behind the bazaar: interior design.


Hope Wittig crochets a scarf to prepare for her booth at the upcoming bazaar. // Courtesy Photo

Nationally, ASID exists “to inspire and enrich its members by promoting the value of interior design while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships,” according to the official ASID website.

But at the local school level, Lauren Johns (jr), interior design major and president of ASID, said the IWU chapter seeks to connect interior design students with one another, with students at other schools and with design professionals in the state and country.

The group meets every other week for activities and learning about upcoming events both nationally and statewide. Events have included a scavenger hunt in Marion, an ASID and interior design information meeting and now they have their largest event coming up: the annual Craft Bazaar.

Unlike other craft bazaars, the event hosted by IWU’s ASID is cheaper per table, which Johns believes helped fuel the popularity of the event during its first two years.

Tables were $20 until Nov. 12 and are now $25 until Nov. 19, and crafters are allowed to keep all of their profits.

The event also attracts crafters from the Marion community who “may not come on campus for any other reason,” Johns said.

Each year the event has grown, and this year ASID has reserved not only the Commons but Century Dining Room for tables as well.

“I know I’ve heard a lot of people on campus saying that they’re excited for it. I think that because it was so big last year that even more people are going to show up this year,” said Erika Reed (so), interior design and business major.

While the main purpose of the event may be a fundraiser, the craft bazaar also serves as a way to connect with the community, as well as students, who may not otherwise know about ASID or the interior design program.

Any students interested in the organization, the major or hosting a table at the bazaar may visit ASID’s Facebook page: facebook.com/ASIDIWU; or email them: iwuasid@gmail.com.

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IWU raising money for Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

With countless individuals sick and dying, the severity of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has caused The Wesleyan Church to take action.

General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church and founder of the Christian humanitarian program World Hope, Dr. JoAnne Lyon, has reached out to Indiana Wesleyan University in order to raise funds for a project named “IWU Cares.”

The project’s goal is to raise $30,000—enough money to purchase an ambulance for Kamakwie Hospital in Sierra Leone.

Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Sierra Leone the government has put in charge of the Ebola situation. It only has two ambulances to transport the sick and remove the deceased Ebola victims all across Sierra Leone, both of which are old and need replacing, according to Dean of the Chapel Dr. Jim Lo.

The situation has become so intense that the hospital has began to ask workers to use their own private vehicle to transport victims of Ebola.

Lo believes IWU needs to be a part of this project because Christians have a responsibility for other believers who are suffering.

“If we say that we have around 3,000 people that are a part of the residential community and each person gives just ten dollars, we can meet this need very, very quickly,” Lo said.

Lo has reached out to the Director of Alumni Rick Carder to consider asking alumni to give to this fundraiser as well.

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Dr. Jim Lo is encouraging people to donate money to buy this ambulance to help those stricken with Ebola in Sierra Leone.

“We are talking about people helping people,” Carder said in an email interview with The Sojourn. “Through the community here at IWU, we believe that each one of us can do something and by combining those gifts we can accomplish so much.”

Lo recognizes not everyone is able to give large amounts of money for causes such as this, but encourages everyone to give by prayer.

“We [IWU] talk a lot about being world changers, and I recognize that not everyone can get out into the world to be the world changers that way, but one of the ways that we can bless other people in the world that are in need is by giving,” Lo said.

An offering for this project will be taken during chapel once a week starting Friday, Nov. 14 until the end of the semester. Student leaders will also be walking through the dorms to raise additional funds.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Review

The Indiana Wesleyan University Theatre Guild will be having its first performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 7:30 this evening, Nov. 13. With IWU’s unique approach to this play, these Grecian lovers, bumbling laborers and mischievous fairies bring Shakespeare’s comedy to life in the school’s own own Phillippe Performing Arts Center.

The play begins outside the Black Box Theatre. In an ideal performance, the cast would perform this first part of the play in the main lobby of the PPAC, but on nights when the auditorium is being used, as on the evening I saw it, the beginning takes place in the hallway right outside the Black Box.


Braden Hunt (sr) plays King Oberon and Sharla Ball (sr) plays Queen Titania.

With the audience standing, the bright lighting, the whirring of the drinking fountain and the green “Exit” signs and metal doors, it was difficult to suspend our belief and transport ourselves into Athens, Greece, when everything around us screamed “we are in a hallway.” The awkwardness of the unusual surroundings seemed to reflect in the actors as well, as they seemed slightly uncomfortable in the hallway setting. I can only hope that when it gets to be performed in their intended place of the main lobby that things come off a little bit better.

Right away, even in this awkward beginning part, Gloria Billingsley (fr) stood out in her character of Hermia. She was so delightfully animated that not even the glaring lighting or hum of the drinking fountain could upset her performance.

And boy did it put a smile on my face to see the next group of actors: Peter Quince and his band of “rude mechanicals,” as Puck refers to them. In the script, where some of the mechanicals with lesser lines seem to not be very distinct from one another, each of these characters had their own quirky mannerisms and personalities, which made them just so fun to watch.

Chelsea Haskett (so) especially stood out among them as Flute. With her knee-buckled walk and her tucked-in chin, she was the most amusing to watch. For such few lines, especially in the beginning, she really grabbed the audience’s attention.

Braden Hunt (sr), too, demanded our attention amidst the group of rude mechanicals, though his part was quite a bit more overt than Flute’s. As Bottom, Hunt was hilarious, boisterous and outrageous. With his wide movements and exaggerations of character, he also was a delight to see perform.

After about the first 30 minutes spent in the hallway, we moved to take our seats in the Black Box, or the “enchanted forest.” I was a little disappointed in the set, however, as it didn’t really look like an “enchanted forest” to me at all. There were no trees or plants to be seen. While the appearance wasn’t ideal, the actual design of the set was very unique and intricate.

The design of the set possessed some very cool features that allowed for fun, surprising touches, and very interesting and creative entrances, exits and interactions on stage. So while they used the design of the set very well and very creatively, it simply didn’t come off as an enchanted forest.


Morgan Hause (fr) plays Puck.

The music didn’t help with that either, however, as it sounded more like African tribal music, more appropriate for “The Lion King” than an enchanted forest in Greece.

The actors portraying the fairies of this enchanted forest wore masks throughout the play, which was a great way to give them a more magical-like appearance and set their world apart from the humans’.

While I’m not sure about the use of masks in theatrical performances as a whole, since they cover up half of the face, which is a major tool for actors and a way in which the audience connects with them and sees their acting, the masks were well-done and the actors used them very well.

Puck, one of these masked beings, didn’t come off quite as I was expecting him to, seeming more like King Oberon’s creepy servant than the freewheeling, mischievous sprite that I thought him to be.

There was a 10-minute intermission before the last half hour of this two and a half hour long play. This last thirty minutes, which consisted of the play-within-a-play put on by the rude mechanicals, while fun, dragged on quite slowly.

The Theatre Guild did some really interesting, unique things with this play. As with any performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” it requires complex and intricate settings, costumes and carefully-crafted character interactions. And as with any Shakespearean play, it is no small feat to put on. The Theatre Guild and everyone who was involved in the play did a great job and really made it their own, a unique artistic creation to IWU that I recommend everyone see.

Showings are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22 in the Black Box Theatre in the PPAC. Admission is $7 for students, $10 for IWU employees and senior citizens and $12 for adults.

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Small class, essential skills: UNV-170 teaches students effective research skills

Where can I find the information I need? How do I find that information quickly? How will I know if it is credible? What questions do I need to ask – and answer – about my topic?

These are the types of questions the class UNV-170: Introduction to Library Research will answer. One of the smallest classes at IWU, the class usually runs between four and six students, giving students a lot of personal attention.

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UNV-170 welcomes all students interested improving their research skills.

“What we try to do with the course is lay the foundations of information in general and how information has grown and how evaluation has or has not changed over the centuries,” Library Director Sheila Carlblom said. “We’re really trying to give people the fundamentals.”

Carlblom and Reference Librarian Laura Kelsey teach the class, with Carlblom as the main professor.

“It’s very practical for the student. We show you a lot of tips and tricks that you aren’t going to gather on your own,” Kelsey said. “A lot of students comment after they’ve had the class that they wish they had had the class earlier in their college careers.”

The class will teach students how to evaluate sources and databases to find out what’s worth using in their papers. It will also focus on what resources to use in certain situations. The class has been offered every semester since 2007, but did not run this semester due to low registration.

Carlblom and Kelsey would like a class size of about 10 or 12.

“We are prepared for 24, but you would get far less individualized attention,” Carlbom said. “We said we could do 24 because so many professors said they wanted their students taking this.”

Carlblom finds the individual attention very helpful to students, as they are able to bring their own research topics to class.

“We’re not here to make extra work. What we would rather do is the students have something in play, which is why its almost easier for a sophomore or junior, or even a senior, because they have so many research projects they need to get done,” Carlblom said. “We don’t want to create more work, but better work.”

Both Carlblom and Kelsey find the course does more than just teach students how to be successful in college.

“Even if you’re not going to [graduate] school, these are concepts you can continually apply in lifelong learning,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes students wing it in preparing for classes and just get the information that’s necessary, but in your personal life doing personal research thats not what you’re going to want.”

“All of life is dependant on asking the right questions. It’s important to understand that these are the questions we need to ask to do due diligence in every area of life and when it comes to our health and what we put in our bodies, that’s important stuff,” Carlblom said, using the example of advertised “miracle” diet pills to show how important it will be out of college to do your research.

For the 2015 spring semester, UNV-170, a one credit hour class, will be held Mondays from 2:20-3:15 p.m.

“We are more than willing to work with whatever students are willing to come our way,” Carlblom said.

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