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Letter from the editor: Change is good


I’ve spent three wonderful years at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I’ve learned more than I can ever write in an academic paper or fill in an oval on a test. I believe this is because one of the things IWU does best is give students hands-on experience that prepares us for the real world, whatever that is. In order to continue preparing students this well, practices at this school need to stay up to date with what students will experience upon graduation.

Simply put, as the “real world” changes, IWU has to change with it.

More than anything else, The Sojourn is about teaching students how to excel in their trade. This is the same way clinicals teach nursing students how to care for patients and IWU Biz teaches business students how to manage a company.

But nursing students wouldn’t practice an old procedure, and business students wouldn’t employ an outdated model, so why would The Sojourn do the journalistic equivalent?

Unfortunately, we feel like that’s what we’ve been doing recently. But this year, in a time of new leadership and transition, is the right year to change the way we operate with the future in mind.

That’s why The Sojourn is excited to shift our focus in a way we believe follows where the industry is going, so we can better train students.

Effective immediately, we’re switching to an online-first mentality. The physical paper that we’ve come to know and love isn’t going away, but it will be published on an every-other-Thursday basis as we devote more time to fast and accurate journalism online.

We want to be clear in our reasons for this change. It has nothing to do with budget issues. It has everything to do with keeping up with the times and meeting people where they’re at.

News in 2013 isn’t broken when someone picks up a newspaper; people get their headlines immediately on Twitter and Facebook, and that’s where we’re dedicating our efforts. We’ll work hard to bring you the most newsworthy stories from IWU’s campus and beyond as they happen.

So let’s talk. I’m always open to feedback about the paper or just to meet over coffee at McConn. If you and I haven’t met yet, let’s change that.

After three great years at IWU, I’m excited for one more and all the opportunities, challenges, and adventures I know it will bring. And I’m particularly excited for one last chance to serve the community I love through The Sojourn.

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University to unveil new statue


Jesus and friends statue

Five and counting - Indiana Wesleyan University will introduce a new statue in October, portraying Jesus with two graduating students. The monument is the fifth of its kind on IWU’s Marion campus. (Photo credit / Aaron Morrison)

Shortly after more than 3,000 students descend upon Indiana Wesleyan University’s Marion campus in September, they will meet the latest addition to IWU: A new statue.

The monument will feature the image of Jesus with two graduating students, an older male to represent adult graduates and a younger female to represent “traditional” graduates. The statue depicts with his arms around the students, symbolically sending them out into the world.

Artist Rick Wienecke, who made the two statues of Jesus by Goodman Lawn, is also the designer of IWU’s newest sculpture. The statue will be unveiled at a ceremony around homecoming in early October, near the Chapel Auditorium, though the exact location has not been confirmed.

“It will be a nice addition,” said student body President Aaron Morrison (sr). “It will be something for the students to rally around, maybe even more so than some of the other statues we have.”

Morrison hopes that students will build on the symbolic significance of the statue and create physical traditions of their own.

“Different colleges have a spirit rock or some kind of statue. Harvard has a statue that they rub the nose for good luck, and it’s kind of cool that way,” Morrison said. “So I’m hoping that this statue can be something that gives a powerful message and something that students can rally around and appreciate.”

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Controversial testing goes into trial stage


In a highly controversial clinical trial, scientists in the United States have successfully begun treatment of severe spinal cord injuries using technology derived from human embryonic stem cells.

The testing, which began Oct. 8, is the first of its kind to use stem cells from embryos in human testing based on study criteria developed by the Food and Drug Administration.

The product of biopharmaceutical technology developed by Geron Corporation, a California biotechnical company, the stemcell drug, called GRNOPC, is intended to be used to create new spinal cord tissue, according to Geron’s website.

“We have to be honest about where we are in the stage of development, but a lot has happened over the last 10 years in this field and I think there is reason to be optimistic,” said Anna Krassowsk, a stem cell biologist and media and investor relations representative for Geron Corporation.

Entrance to the clinical trial is limited to those who have sustained a severe injury to the upper back and thoracic region of their spinal cord within the last seven to 14 days.

Eventually Geron Corporation intends to enroll a total of 10 patients in the new trial at seven various medical research institutions across the nation, including Northwestern University in suburban Chicago and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

James Shepherd, the founder and chairman of the board of directors for the Shepherd Center, has a personal connection with spinal cord injuries.

Paralyzed at 22 after a bodysurfing accident, Shepherd walked out of the hospital with crutches eight months after his injury, due to significant therapy. After his recovery he founded the Shepherd Center to offer high-quality rehabilitation technologies to patients worldwide. For this reason, Geron’s technology drew the Shepherd Center’s attention.

Geron’s new technology will run through a series of tests during the yearlong time limit allotted for the phase one study. Intended specifically to find out if the new technology is safe for human testing, a phase one clinical trial is the starting point for FDA approved scientific testing.

“It’s basically saying, ‘We’re taking this new technology and seeing where it goes.’ If we can establish safety, that’s a dream of the first order,” Shepherd, said. “The second dream would be this has some regenerative effect on the patients. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Although the scientific scene may be changing, students are encouraged to critically evaluate new ideas, especially when connected with controversial topics.

“I think sometimes from a student perspective there is almost an over-urgency in the issue and a lack of urgency in the understanding,” said Dr. Matthew Kreitzer, IWU associate professor of biology.

The controversy of the study calls attention to the parameters of science.

IWU biology major Tyler Derr (jr) said, “It kind of is the job of science to push those bounds. But there is also a level of ethical restraint that we need to take and question, ‘How far should we go in search?”

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Fitness room for Boys & Girls Club


An alliance formed: a few changes made and the children of an Indianapolis Boys and Girls Club will benefit.

Due to a partnership of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Wesleyan University and the United Way, children at the LeGore unit of the Boys and Girls Club now have 1,600 square feet of extra space dedicated to improving their fitness.

“Indiana Wesleyan was the only college to partner with an NFL team,” said Janelle Vernon, the associate vice president of marketing and communications for IWU.

The opening of the new Colts-themed exercise room is part of the National Football Leagues Hometown Huddle initiative.

The program partners all 32 NFL teams with local organizations to help fight childhood obesity. This year the LeGore branch came up with the funds to renovate the unused space due to the triple partnership.

Vernon said the collaboration between IWU and the Colts is ideal because they are ministry and community-focused.

“The Colts are a faith-based organization from Coach Caldwell down. They (the Colts) are world changers and that’s a perfect fit for IWU.”

Vernon was in attendance at the Oct. 12 grand opening of the fitness rooms.

“[The] whole purpose of the event was to instill in youth their value and worth,” said Vernon.

Vernon said he hopes the partnership continues and students involved in the actual repairs needed at the clubs.

“With so many of our students participating in Boys and Girls Club activities it seemed appropriate that we partner with the Colts to help that organization,” said Dr. Henry Smith.

It took two weeks to complete the renovations on the fitness room, said Juan Ongay, the unit director for the LeGore branch. He said the room remained vacant due to violated safety codes.

Ongay said that once workers received news of the incoming funds, renovation began immediately.

“Day one demolition started, on day two we had a hole in the wall for the door,” Ongay said.

The hope is to establish quality workout programs that allow children a variety of fitness options in the LeGore facility.

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