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HRC needs longer hours

HRC needs longer hours

By Taylor Powell

As Butler continues to grow, its student facilities must adapt to the new student population.
The Health and Recreation Complex serves as a critical location for student life, hosting medical services, intramural sports and late night programming.
But with midterms, piles of homework and club commitments, the HRC’s 11 o’clock closing time quickly comes and goes.
“In the beginning, because this was brand new to Butler, we looked at a lot of other universities our size and compared,” said the associate director of the HRC operations, Josh Downing. “From what we found, majority of schools were going 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.”
However, university recreation facilities such as at Ohio State and Georgetown University close at 2 a.m and midnight respectively.
From personal experience, almost all cardio machines on the main floor tend to be in use during the HRC’s last hour of operation. Many student organizations have evening meetings to avoid conflict with others, leaving limited time to go to the gym. For some students, the earliest time they can make time to work out is at 10 p.m.
“I just wish they were open later,” senior Mary Allgier said. “I know that I have gone there at 10 o’clock and I have to hurry up and the cardio machines are always taken.”
Check-in records show that a significant number of students use the HRC during the last hour of operation, said Downing. However, the number is less than the complex’s peak at 2 or 3 p.m.
Keeping the HRC open later would also create the opportunity for more student employment—something which is highly competitive here at Butler.
“A lot of students want to work at the HRC, and they would get more jobs even if they were open just an hour later,” Allgier said.
The HRC could possibly have to hire more staff, Downing said, depending on how many hours later it were open and if the budget were available.
Operating hours at the HRC may have to change due to growing popularity of club and intramural sport leagues and the need for gym space.
“Our intramural program is pretty big,” Downing said. “If we grow in students, we might need to have it open to allow for additional programming.
The HRC could push back its closing time to 1 a.m. and satisfy student need. More students could make time to work out and lead healthier, less-stressful lifestyles.
If students want a change in the HRC’s hours of operation, students only need to make a formal recommendation.
“We love to hear from students,” Downing said.
As a center for student life, the HRC must cater to students’ requests.
“This is your place,” Downing said. “What I mean by that is that this was built on the students’ backs. We are always willing to listen.”

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FOR YOUR HEALTH: Surviving HRC rookies

A fresh wave of reinforcements has entered the war on all body parts pudgy, portly and plump.

To the dismay of many Health and Recreation Complex regulars, New Year’s intentions disrupt typical workout schedules.

So what can year-round health nuts do to cope with these gym greenhorns? For those of you who can’t wait until Spring Break is over, I’ve created a few tips to help you navigate the HRC.

Treadmills and ellipticals are often the first casualty in the assault on leftover holiday flab.

To avoid crowded treadmills or ellipticals, try running to and from the HRC or using the track upstairs.

Fickle Indiana weather may also give runners the chance to enjoy an outdoor jog. Local jogging routes are available on the HRC website.

Veterans accustomed to unlimited time on gym favorites like bench press or cables may be in for a rude awakening.

Meatheads looking for a way to work out their same upper body glam should try alternative exercises like flat dumbbell press, dumbbell flys or push-up routines. These exercises are easily accessible and will spice up your workout.

Players who want to hit the court may also find an influx of ex-athletes dominating the hardwood.

Those frustrated with long wait times in their pick-up games should look for fun fitness elsewhere.

Structured classes like turbo kick or pick-up games of water volleyball will burn just as many calories, are just as much fun and are typically far less prone to injuries.

In the case of resolutioners in the gym, the old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them,” is the best approach of acceptance and community.

The HRC is a place of self-improvement. People go to the gym to live a healthy lifestyle and improve themselves. This is a daunting task and deserves respect.

Regulars sometimes forget how intimidating the HRC can be to rookies.

If you view yourself as a seasoned HRC vet, why not put your muscle where your mouth is and encourage amateurs to keep up the hard work? After all, isn’t that the Butler Community of Care

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Finals bring stress, HRC suggests relief

Stress-—the word is frequently used this time of year. But there’s more to it than its existence between now and break.

Stress can have a major impact on the body and mind, according to health experts at the Health and Recreation Complex.

Mindy Wallpe, HRC staff psychologist, said stress-management techniques are key to a student’s well-being.

“When students are stressed, it can affect all areas of their life,” Wallpe said.  “They might see some academic challenges in terms of having difficulty concentrating or being motivated.”

In order to help with this stress, Peers Advocating Wellness for Students is putting on its annual Stress Less Week, which offers various activities for students to decompress the week before finals.

Sarah Barnes Diaz, health education and outreach programs coordinator, said PAWS has planned a variety of events.

“The purpose of Stress Less Week is to provide students with a chance to try out some different stress management techniques that other folks have found helpful in managing their stress,” Diaz said.

Students who experience stress may not feel like themselves, have trouble with time management or even have less patience for personal relationships, Wallpe said.

“The immediate effects of stress could include not performing as well as you would like or not getting things done in a timely manner,” Wallpe said.  “You’re not able to enjoy any fun things that way.”

Not only can stress have effects on the student’s psychological well-being, but stress can also harm students’ physical well-being.

“When stress is good, that’s to save your life,” Maria Fletcher, HRC physician, said. “When you don’t have a chance to recover, that’s when it’s not so good.  It’s detrimental if you don’t have recovery from the stress and it’s on a constant basis.”

Fletcher said our bodies’ response to stress is often described as a fight-or-flight response.

She compared the response to a primal situation in which someone is being chased by a bear.

When one is experiencing stress, heart rate and blood pressure will increase, the mouth will become dry, hearing will improve and eyes will widen in order to see better.

This increase in blood flow goes to one’s muscles and gives off a “ready to fight” feeling.

“Those are all life-protecting mechanisms that are very natural for the body to do,” Fletcher said.

However, other physical responses are harder on the body, Fletcher said.

For example, when one is under stress, the brain might send a message to prepare the body for tough times ahead.

As a primitive response, the body will then hold on to fat and store it for later, Fletcher said.

“Your body won’t metabolize fat as fast,” Fletcher said.  “This is why people who have chronic stress experience problems losing weight.”

Fletcher also said chronic stress could worsen body responses for those with other medical issues such as asthma or diabetes.

This, Fletcher said, leads to a higher inflammatory process, increased cholesterol and plaque in the body, which contribute to strokes and heart attacks later in life.

Those effects can be avoided.

Both Wallpe and Fletcher said organizing, planning and scheduling are important for success during finals week.

They also said any type of meditation or breathing exercise is helpful.

“Take each day as it comes and have a plan,” Wallpe said.

Fletcher and Wallpe also said taking breaks and finding outlets are important in order to give your brain a break.

They advised finding things you like to do, such as visiting friends, watching television or simply taking a walk.

Fletcher said physical activity is great for stress release.

When working out, all the extra blood flow goes to the brain, which makes it more alert.

Because of this, Fletcher said reviewing material is a great activity to do while you’re working out instead of just watching television or listening to music.

As for the amount of sleep one should get during finals, Fletcher said all-nighters are not very beneficial.

“When you study and don’t sleep, your body doesn’t have a chance to form the association fibers in your brain,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said if an all-nighter is inevitable, do it in two- or three-hour shifts.

She said sleeping for at least two hours will help the brain retain information better than it would after a 20-minute nap.

Both Fletcher and Wallpe said stress is unavoidable in life, so learning good coping mechanisms that work is important.

“Your life is going to be full of stress; that’s just the way life is, and it’s the nature of the beast,” Fletcher said.  “Be prepared for it.”

Wallpe echoed Fletcher’s statement.

“I think you learn a lot about yourself and how you cope with things,” Wallpe said.

If a student needs help coping with stress, support is out there.

“We’re happy to support students who are struggling with stress, anxiety and other things like that,” Wallpe said. “Come over to the counseling center at the HRC, and we’ll get you in.”

Diaz said all of the HRC departments send out wellness messages through the HRC Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The HRC also has several Pinterest boards with wellness topics that students can follow.

If students need more guidance with planning, studying or test-taking skills, the Learning Resource Center offers guidance and workshops to help students stay on track.

No matter the problem, Fletcher told students not to be down on themselves during finals.

“There’s a very good reason why you’re at Butler,” Fletcher said.  “It’s because Butler feels that you can do it.  You cannot get that out of your mind during  finals.  You have promise, and that’s why you’re here.”

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HRC brings board game to life

HRC brings board game to life

Butler’s Health and Recreation Complex has been sporting a new water-bound game called Battleship.

The game has been played at Spring Sports, Late Night at the HRC and during Family Weekend.

The objective of Battleship is simple­: sink or tip the opponent’s canoe.

Four teams play at once in a round.

The teams are not allowed to bail water or touch other teams’ canoes.

Each team, consisting of three or four members, receives a shield, bucket and a water gun to try to outlast the other opponents.

Sophomores Eric Medrano, Joe Kahles and Sean Meaden won Battleship during Late Night at the HRC. Their prize consisted of bragging rights and being the first team to sign the “Battle Boats Paddle.”

“We used the strategy of synchronization and teamwork to coordinate everyone in the heat of battle, especially knowing the strength of each player and determining what position they would be best at,” Medrano said.

“One of our teammates is a farmer and has been bucketing compost all his life. (Kahles) is one of the best bucketters and one of the main reasons we won.”

Freshman Ben McSwain was able to experience this game for the first time during this year’s Family Weekend because his sisters really wanted to try it.

“Everyone was pretty competitive, and teams even formed alliances,” McSwain said. “I teamed up with Madeline Schmitz’s team in the championship round, and we got second place to her team.
“Overall, it was an awesome experience, and I would recommend it to others.”

The game is exciting and action-packed, but that is not the only reason Meaden enjoyed playing Battleship.

“Not only is it an opportunity to battle for your canoe-sinking dominance, but it becomes an opportunity to meet new people from all over campus that you might not have met before,” Meaden said.  “I really enjoy going and letting off tension from studying and working all the time with my friends.”

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New equipment upgrades for HRC

The days of skipping a workout to watch a favorite television show are over, as new treadmills with built-in TV screens have been introduced at the Butler University Health and Recreation Complex.

The HRC recently updated several cardio exercise machines and dumbbell weights to bring the best equipment possible to its patrons.

“In order to do our best in providing a high quality of equipment and customer service for the constituents we serve, it’s important that we keep up with the trends, maintain our equipment the best that we can and implement a cyclical equipment replacement plan,” Adrian Shepard, assistant director of recreation, said, “These variables contribute to providing the best possible HRC experience for our users.”

Though the old equipment had not necessarily surpassed its average life span, the HRC has had a much higher usage rate, causing more than normal wear and tear, prompting the staff to consider buying new equipment, Shepard said.

“[The cardio equipment] was beginning to squeak and rattle enough that the fitness specialists were receiving multiple comments and questions each day last spring regarding the condition of our Precor treadmills,” he said.

Shepard said the new equipment purchases include five Matrix T7xe treadmills, five Precor 966i Experience Series treadmills, 18 Keiser M3 Indoor Cycles and a set of Tag Fitness ultrathane dumbbells.

In addition, existing equipment was updated to help keep up with the high usage of the HRC facility.

“Due to the positive relationship we’ve fostered with our vendors, Matrix showed their appreciation by replacing the belts and decks on our Matrix T5x treadmills at no cost to the university, thus increasing their lifespan,” Shepard said.

The new equipment has a variety of features that will incorporate technology, allowing users access to both video and iPod hook-ups, as well as providing the HRC employees with a better idea of any repairs that might be necessary.

“Some of the anticipated benefits arising from the new equipment include the integration of cutting edge technology, greater variety in program options and personal output tracking, an enhanced level of comfort on body joints, less down-time when repairs are needed and a decrease in the need to purchase replacement parts,” Shepard said.

In determining what equipment is best for the facility, Shepard said he attends trade shows in order to personally test out all of the equipment being considered for purchase and also performs background checks with other facilities that already own the equipment.

“With over 10 years experience working in the fitness industry some of the most important things I take into account are durability, maintenance needs, estimated cost of routine maintenance, cost of replacement parts, the overall customer service, ratings of the vendor and manufacturer, the manufacturer’s history and warranties,” he said.

Shepard said the HRC also tries to demo the equipment in order to receive customer feedback before any purchases.

In the spring of 2009 Shepard tried out the Keiser M3 indoor cycles and Butler was made a field test site for the Matrix T7xe.

“In both instances we received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the units, which largely factored into the equipment replacement process,” he said.

Shepard said the HRC has received positive customer feedback of the new machines through communication with the fitness supervisors, the operations staff, suggestion box comments and correspondence to professional staff.

“When talking with our students, they seem to most enjoy the technology upgrades, the increased option of programs and the enhanced shock absorption,” he said.

Students said they appreciate the new equipment features and are also glad to see the older equipment go.

“I really like the incorporation of the Nike and iPod combination that allows you to use technology while working out too,” junior Ann Kayser said.

Senior Sarah Nedde said, “The old treadmills were really loud and the fact that the news ones have TVs included is awesome.”

Shepard said anyone wishing to learn more about the new fitness equipment can speak with a fitness specialist or attend an orientation—Bulldog Basics—offered at any time to individuals.

“[At Bulldog Basics] a handout is included and, in addition to learning how to use the equipment, you also learn basic fitness terminology, how to calculate your theoretical maximum heart rate and corresponding training zone and HRC fitness etiquette,” he said.

Anyone needing more information on Bulldog Basics should visit and click on the Bulldog Basics link.

Couch Potato Friendly Workout: Ten treadmills are among some of the new equipment added to the Health and Recreation Center. The treadmills feature built-in television screens. (Photo by Caroline Johnson)

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Document alleges abusive, dangerous acts

Document given to Athletic Director Barry Collier after the 2011-2012 basketball season, provided by a former women’s basketball player to The Collegian.

• In the middle of the 2009-2010 season, one player left the team because she felt the head coach was forcing her out through mental abuse.

• During the 2009-2010 Butler women’s basketball season, after losing on the road to Cleveland State, the team ran 36 sprints and continued an enduring practice afterwards…She did not give the scouting report for the next day’s game against Youngstown University.


• During the 2010-2011 season, one player missed a game in order to take the required pharmacy test (PCAT). She was later reprimanded by the head coach for missing the game and was told to “get her priorities straightened out” and her scholarship was directly threatened.

• During the 2010-2011 season, one player had an irritated achilles tendon and was prescribed to wear a medical boot for at least a month. Once released from the boot, she was told to limit her activity. However, after a loss, the entire team was directed to run 23 down and backs. The player felt like she had to run to please the coaches. On the 16th down and back, her tendon flared and she felt like she could not run any further. She was kicked out of practice for not finishing the sprints.

• During the 2010-2011 Butler women’s basketball season, a player had strep throat. After having a conversation with the head coach, the player felt that she had to compromise her health in order to preserve her starting position for the next day’s game. Fellow teammates voiced how they felt that the coach was being unfair. The two were not aware that their remarks were taken to the head coach and in consequence of their opinion, they were kicked out of practice.

• At the end of the 2010-2011 season, two players left the team because they felt they were being mentally mistreated.

• After the 2010-2011 season, two players both had a chance to go to Houston, Texas, to support the men’s basketball team in their final four games. Both players asked the head coach for permission to go because they would be missing two lifts and an individual post-season workout. Both girls planned on making up the workouts they would be missing. Later that day in front of the entire team the head coach said, “for those of you who want to go to Houston, you can because I don’t want to be known as the coach that wouldn’t allow you to go.” Then she went on to say that if the girls chose to go, it would not be a good decision. Both players felt manipulated and confused by the situation and chose not to go in fear of being treated badly by the coach. When all the players were recruited, the coach told them that both basketball teams (men’s and women’s) we’re very supportive of one another. The two players felt that the way the coach handled this situation went exactly against supporting the men’s team.


•After losing to IPFW on November 21, 2011, the head coach said the following to her players on the bus ride home: “You will fear me,” “You will not break me, I will break you,” “Don’t wear your Butler practice gear tomorrow because you’re a disgrace to the program,” and “I’ve made the decision that you guys are going to play out of fear of me.” These comments made players of the basketball team feel degraded, scared, and unmotivated to play basketball.

•At 7 am on November 22, 2011 (the morning after losing to IPFW), the team ran 20 suicides in 20 minutes as punishment. After running, the players were told the following by the head coach: “We’re going to practice at the HRC later today because you guys don’t deserve to play in Hinkle,” and “I’m dreading to go to Reno because I don’t want to put on a fake smile for your parents.” These remarks made players of the basketball team feel humiliated.

•After losing to Detroit on December 29, 2012, the head coach met with her players and staff the next day and told them to get her a “f*****g rental car because [she’s] going home, and [she] can’t handle this s**t anymore,” and stormed out of the room. The players experienced fear and intimidation after the incident. They felt like there was nothing they could do correctly to please the coach.

•In the middle of the 2011-2012 season, a player experienced severe foot pain. The player was asked to go into the head coach’s office and was told by the head coach, “You can either play or go to the doctor.” The player perceived the coach’s comment as a threat and felt like she had to compromise her health in order to make the coach happy.

•In the locker room on January 14, 2012 (after losing to Valparaiso), the head coach yelled and screamed the following at her players: “I better not see you guys hugging or smiling to your parents. You can say hi, but then you get your asses on the bus,” and “I’m keeping a file on everyone, including the managers, that way I’m prepared when my boss comes to me.” These remarks made players on the team feel a sense of helplessness and abuse.

•When the players were on their way back to Indianapolis after losing to Valparaiso (January 14, 2012), the coach asked them to write down the seven players they thought should play. The players didn’t like being put in that position because they felt that everyone equally puts in hard work every single day.

•On February 11, 2012, the head coach gave an inspiring breast cancer speech to both teams as well as the fans before the game and said, “We are all winners and I want everyone to realize that this cause is much more important than the outcome of the game.” However, after losing to Valparaiso, the head coach yelled at her team for forty minutes and said, “I will never promote another breast cancer game. I can’t believe you guys performed like that in front of 1,400 people. I sure hope none of you get cancer because you don’t know how to fight and won’t survive.” These comments were perceived as mixed signals by the players and the latter comment made the players feel degraded as a person.

•During practice on March 2, 2012, the head coach threatened to kick her players out of practice for encouraging a player after she felt beat down from a drill. The head coach screamed, “You don’t care about my feelings. You don’t care that I haven’t slept all week. What about me?” Getting yelled at for encouraging a teammate made the players feel uncomfortable and confused.

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New Minor Created within College of Education


The College of Education will offer recreation and sports studies as a new minor starting in fall 2014.

The minor is designed for students looking to engage in health, physical activity, recreation and sports outside of school studies said Mindy Welch associate professor of physical education.

Welch is also the coordinator for the COE’s human movement and health science education program  and has been working to move the minor forward.

“It started with the faculty in our major in the College of Education, human movement and health science education,” Welch said. “We’re all about fostering and advocating for lifelong physical activity. We wanted to come up with a way that allows all students to learn and engage in the content.”

The minor formalizes the collaboration between  COE and the Health and Recreation Complex.

“So many of our students work at the HRC and (the College of Ecucation) teaches classes there, so there’s just a natural synergy between our major and the College of Education and the mission of the HRC,” Welch said. “At the beginning of this year, we came up with this idea of a minor that would be open to all students on Butler’s campus.”

Recreation and sporrt studies requires 18 credit hours. The courses consist of 13 hours of required courses and three electives.

Students must take three of six skill series classes in Physical Education 202-207. These courses range from basketball to pickleball. The elective courses include officiating volleyball and basketball.

Lisa Farley, assistant professor of physical education said she has noticed an interest in the curriculum from Butler students.

“It seemed like there was a lot of interest out there where people had dipped their toes in the program and really liked their own major but wanted to get some excess information,” Farley said.

Thirty-one percent of students enrolled in PE 261 Theory of Practice and Coaching, had been non-majors, according to a Butler press release earlier this month. The course is required for the recreation and sports studies minor.

Junior Molly Dunn is a human movement and health science major. She is pursuing physical education and exercise science for a career.

“With basically a double major, this minor will make me even more marketable once I graduate from Butler,” Dunn said. “I currently have worked at the HRC for two full years, which sparked my interest in the recreation and sports studies minor.”

Based off of the basic curriculum for her major, Dunn has already taken credits that go toward a minor in Recreation and sports studies.

“I have taken all but six credit hours of the classes required for the minor,” Dunn said. “Not only do I have an interest in recreation, I also have three-fourths of the classes completed. I was like, ‘why not pursue the minor.”

Students interested in the minor can visit the Starbucks table today at noon for more information.

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Student Prepares to Perform Senior Recital


Between 30 and 40 senior recitals are taking place this spring semester, according to the JCA calendar.

Senior recitals are a requirement for all performance and education majors in the School of Music.

Students participating must get their programs typed and sent to the School of Music and are responsible for any advertising for their recitals. Faculty and students are encouraged to come.

Patrick Peterson, a senior music major, is preparing for his recital, which will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m.

“I’m nervous and stressed, but at this point, there is little point in stressing,” Peterson said about his performance. “I’ve worked hard to get to this point. The recital will happen, there will be some mistakes, but there are mistakes in every recital. I just have to remember to tell the story of my music, perform it and put on a show.”

A bass player for more than 12 years, Peterson said he is happy with his choice in pursuing a music degree at Butler.

“I chose to pursue music in college because that is what I really enjoy doing,” Peterson said. “Music had been such a large part of my life for so many years. I had the calling to continue with it.”

Students are in charge of deciding what to perform and how to present the music.

“I listened to a bunch of different pieces and picked one that I either really enjoyed or I thought was cool,” Peterson said. “Then I discussed with my professor about which ones he thought I should pick. We took into consideration the difficulty of each piece and the time I have to prepare.”

Peterson has benefited from preparing and getting ready for his senior recital.

“I have learned management skills and how to use my time effectively. I have also learned how to work through difficult music,” Peterson said. “I’ve learned more about not getting frustrated with my work and how to overcome stress and be productive.”

Professor David Murray has worked with Peterson in preparation for his recital and has helped him along his way.

“He has had weekly lessons all four years at Butler, and we have a studio class for bassists once a week,” Murray said. “Patrick is a very diligent and responsible student, but I know he feels more comfortable playing in an ensemble. He has had to build his confidence playing solo in front of people.”

Murray said he believes senior recitals are one of the most important things to accomplish for students in the School of Music.

A senior recital is the top accomplishment in a student’s college performing career, Murray said.

“It also instills greater confidence and makes you a stronger player so you would be a better ensemble player,” he said.

Murray said playing an instrument well requires a lot of discipline, with the performer being in charge of making the technical and artistic choices for the entire repertoire.

“Making all these decisions requires more intellectual thinking than just doing what someone tells you to do,” he said.

Peterson said he agrees that a senior recital prepares you for the real world.

“I think the purpose of a senior recital is to give the student exposure playing for a public audience,” he said. “This is an opportunity to give the student real experience performing, which is what they will potentially be doing for the rest of his or her life.”

Of the many senior recitals this month, most take place in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, located in Robertson Hall.

The full schedule is available online at under the “calendars” tab.

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Taking to the Streetscape

Taking to the Streetscape


Butler University is undergoing the first phase of the Streetscape project to improve campus. The city of Indianapolis has partnered with the university, contributing $1.5 million to the $3-million project.

Highlights of phase one include boulevard- style medians lined with trees, new street lamps and campus signage, and the installation of bike lanes and sidewalks. Phase one will last approximately one year. Additional phases will be addressed in subsequent years.

Phase one of the project will address Sunset Avenue between Hampton Drive and 49th Street. Another area of focus in this project include the curve connecting Sunset Avenue and 49th Street in front of the Health and Recreation Complex.

Rich Michal, executive director of operations, oversees the project on Butler’s end. Along with street renovations, Michal said the university is looking at housing renovations to improve the campus.

The Streetscape project began during March.

Some construction on campus is due to pipelines being relocated by Citizens Gas, Michal said. Another large area under construction is the curve in front of the HRC.

“Right now, that curve is too sharp of a turn,” Michal said. “We’re going to make that more gradual.”

The street in front of the HRC is going to be replaced with permeable pavers, because water in the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot tends to flow into the street, and forms massive puddles, Michal said. Permeable pavers would allow the road to drain more effectively.

Freshman Nick Waltz saw the construction on 49th Street last week while he was working as a control desk supervisor at the HRC.

“The road in front of the HRC is messy right now. The sidewalks are pretty torn up as well,” Waltz said.

Waltz said he saw construction on the curve affect traffic flow, including traffic at a standstill from both directions.


“I’m not bothered by the construction, because I understand things have to be modified and improved,” Waltz said. “It would be nice to be notified by email from the university to let the students know what is going on. I’ve been walking by there for a few weeks now, and I’m still unaware of the construction that they’re doing.”

Michal said there will be a new street added in front of Hinkle that will serve as a bus pull out.

“We’ll use that internally for now, but we hope to re-attract public transportation to campus,” Michal said. “We haven’t had bus line to campus since the mid-90s.”

This reconstruction is expected to close down the street for two months, but will be reopened before classes begin in fall 2014.

“The next phase that is happening currently but will take longer is the southbound lane of Sunset,” Michal said.

That construction will cut in new utility lines, green infrastructure, a bike lane and medians, Michal said.

“This time next year, everything will be done except the final painting,” Michal said.

Michal said the southbound lane of Sunset will be closed this summer through Christmas. He expects all construction to be done by graduation in 2015.

Reconstructing the curve at Sunset and 49th Street will improve safety conditions.

“During the winter, motorists slip on ice and hit the curb,” said Assistant Police Chief Bill Weber.

Weber said the Streetscape project will provide safety and aesthetic benefits.

“We’re fortunate it is a partnership with the city,” Weber said. “The city is contributing $1.5 million and we’re contributing the balance. It’s a great opportunity for the city to leverage their Rebuild Indy money and for us to leverage our money.”

Michal said, if all goes according to plan, the first phase will not be the last.

“We hope this is just the first phase of many,” Michal said. “This is a great opportunity to rebrand the perimeter of campus. It’s going to beautify make it safer, and more pedestrian friendly.”

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A new route for sex dialogue

A new route for sex dialogue


Do you have a sex-related question you may be uncomfortable asking?

Butler University students can ask sex-related questions to the BrdsNBz text service to receive an answer from a trained educator.

Monique Hensley is the program manager of Health Care Education and Training, which offers the text service, and said that BrdsNBz was started after talking to parents and youth about their discussions concerning sexual health, or lack thereof.

The BrdsNBz text service provides an outlet to ask such questions, especially if students do not have a trusted adult in their lives or any way of getting factual information.

Junior Hannah Webster said she is wary about talking about sex-related questions with certain people, but is completely comfortable talking to her friends.

“One-hundred percent comfortable. There’s no filter about sex with my friends,” Webster said.

Webster said she does not feel the same about talking to a doctor or school nurse.

“Hell no, because there’s too many students who work all in the school,” Webster said. “Especially at the HRC, and I don’t want them to ever see my file.”

Dr. Maria Fletcher of Student Health Services said she has different view.

“In my experience, most students, after they have established a caring relationship with their healthcare provider, are not embarrassed to talk about sexual health or other sex-related questions,” Fletcher said. “I think the most important job I have working at Butler University is to allow the students to feel open to ask me anything, and hopefully they will feel that I do not judge their choices or the sexual circumstances they find themselves facing.”

Junior Ashley Garrett said she agrees with Webster’s line of thought.

“I do have many sex questions that I would be uncomfortable asking most people,” Garrett said. “I don’t feel comfortable talking to the school nurse because I feel a little awkward.”

Hensley said the text service is anonymous and allows an infinite number of questions.

“The response through text messaging might not take into account the moral values of the student, and it can be less personal,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s important that the information or advice (students) get is non-judgmental, but at the same time it is also encouraging healthy sexual habits and maintenance of a safe sexual environment.”

A question proposed on the BrdsNBz text service is what is done if a question is submitted indicating a young person in crisis or some type of sexual abuse.

“We do have a measure in place called our red flag protocol,” Hensley said. ”If we see there’s a person in crisis or they’re reporting an illegal activity, then the people who are actually running the service on the back end identify that person and then contact the appropriate people in that person’s community.”

Hensley said there have been no such reported cases so far.

Webster said it is important to talk about sexual health, and young people should not have sex until they can understand all the risks but also all the pleasure that come along with it.

“This is the time that you realize that you are indeed a sexual being with sexual thoughts and desires, and the opportunities to experience yourself sexually is available to you,” Fletcher said. “This is the most important time to know what pleases you sexually and how you behave sexually with another person.

“You are in contact with other students who have different opinions and experiences about sexuality and you can then decide for yourself who you are sexually and how you are going to experience sex for yourself safely,” Fletcher said.

In regard to students practicing safe sex on campus, Webster and Garrett both said they believe few students actually do.

“A lot of people here feel that they’re above everything, so bad things can’t happen to them,” Webster said. “So they’re stupid enough to believe they can’t get pregnant or an STD or whatever comes with not having safe sex.”

Fifteen to 24 year olds make up one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million STDs diagnosed in the U.S., Hensley said.

With that being said, this is why gaining information about sexual health is so important, Hensley said.

“If you don’t get all of the information and accurate information, then you’re not going to be able to make the best decisions for yourself,” Hensley said. “The message is always ‘don’t do it, sex is bad,’ ‘wait until you’re married,’ whatever. We’re not giving them the whole picture, and that’s what I think is still so important.”

“Studies show effective youth-parent communication is a protective factor, with these youth less likely to engage in risky behaviors or have unhealthy relationships,” Hensley said.

Because many students are away from home during college, this is the time that parents are not around to guide students through the options that are availablethem, Fletcher said.

“I think (BrdsNBz) would be a good start to answering the sexual questions, but I would hate to think that it would be the only way or the end to the dialogue,” Fletcher said.

Butler provides gynecological examinations, sexually transmitted infections screenings, and gynecologic issue evaluations as well as issues in male health, Fletcher said.

Butler Health Services also orders oral contraceptives.

In the meantime, students can text their sex-related questions to BrdsNBz and expect an answer within 24 hours, or more typically about 90 minutes, Hensley said.

To use the BrdsNBz text service, text indyteen to 66746, or visit

Standard texting rates apply.

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