IPFW in the News - July 22-26, 2013
1. USA Today, July 25, 2013
Within the past week, Emmert sent a letter to all D-I presidents, athletic directors, commissioners, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators asking them to save the dates of Jan. 16 and 17 for "an important milestone in which your participation is crucial." The meeting will be held at the same time as the NCAA's annual convention in San Diego. In the letter, Emmert called the "first-time Division I Governance Dialogue" a "critical meeting" that will cover "virtually every aspect of how Division I operates." "There's a need to recognize there are Division I schools with $5 million athletic budgets and $155 million athletic budgets, and trying to find a model that fits all of them is the enormous challenge right now," Emmert said. An example was the failed initiative last year for athletic scholarships to include the "full cost of attendance," an additional $2,000 to $5,000 stipend per year. Scholarships are currently limited to tuition, books, room and board. Although most of the large D-I schools supported the initiatives, the smaller D-I schools prevailed in defeating the plan in a structure where Indiana University's vote is equal to that of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
2. WFFT, July 25, 2013
The senate passed a bipartisan plan that ties interest rates for college student loans to the financial market. This move comes just weeks after student loan-interest rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Student loan rates are currently on a fixed interest rate, meaning students know the amount of money they have to pay back once they graduate. The new bill is on a variable scale, meaning the interest rates fluctuate based on the condition of the economy. Diana Bernal, an IPFW Senior, relies on student loans to get through college. "If I didn't have those loans, there would probably be no chance of me going to school," said Bernal. The senate voted to lower the interest rates for undergraduates to 3.86 percent. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly voted in favor of the bill.
3. Journal Gazette, July 24, 2013
Kelley Hartley Hutton will be the IPFW athletic department, starting Aug. 1, as the school’s women’s volleyball coach was named the interim athletic director Tuesday. And the interim tag may only be temporary. Hutton will fill in after Tommy Bell departs to become the AD at Western Illinois. Bell’s final day with IPFW will be Aug. 8. “I was really flattered that the chancellor had faith in me to do the job and help our institution through this transition time,” Hutton said. “Right now, my focus is getting up to speed, and Tommy Bell has been so helpful with that.” Hutton joined IPFW in 1999 as the women’s volleyball coach and her 296 wins is the most in the program’s history.
4. News-Sentinel, July 24, 2014
Recent IPFW graduate Drew Imel has been named a Cleveland Golf / Srixon All-American Scholar, announced on Wednesday. A total of 152 players in Division I, 57 in Division II and 18 in NAIA earned the honor. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, play in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
5. News-Sentinel, July 24, 2013
For three Fort Wayne young women, the situation in the West Bank area of the Middle East comes down to one issue — Palestinians' human rights. Hoping to help educate people on the situation, Haneen Anabtawi, 17, founded a local chapter of the national organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). “We want to let people know human rights violations are going on,” said Anabtawi, who will be a senior this fall at Canterbury High School. The Fort Wayne SJP chapter also includes Anabtawi's friends Sukaynah Abu-Mulaweh, 19, and her sister, Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh, 22. The nonprofit group organized its first major event June 20, a fundraising dinner in the ballroom at Walb Student Union at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. They donated half of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), Anabtawi said. The PCRF works with doctor volunteers from the United States to provide medical care in America and in Palestine to Palestinian children who were born with a serious illness or who were injured by warfare.
6. Associated Press, July 23, 2013
Dozens of Purdue University professors questioned their new school president's commitment to academic freedom Monday following the release of emails showing that as governor Mitch Daniels tried to keep a liberal historian's textbook out of Indiana classrooms. Ninety professors signed the open letter to Daniels, saying they were more troubled by his continued criticism of Howard Zinn's writings since becoming Purdue's president than they were by the emails he sent as governor more than three years ago. "However much we disagree with your past statements, we are more troubled by the fact that you continue to express these views today, especially since you are now speaking as the chief representative of Purdue University with the responsibility to embody the best of academic inquiry and exchange," the professors wrote...The 90 professors represent only about 5 percent of Purdue's nearly 1,800 faculty members, but the letter was only circulated among liberal-arts colleges. Purdue's board of trustees, most of whose members were appointed by Daniels while he was governor, reaffirmed its support for him last week. The University Senate has not taken a position on the Zinn issue. Purdue oversees Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.
7. Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2013
"It's important to look at these films as existing in this cultural ecosphere," says Steven Carr, a communications professor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and co-director of its Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He studies how Hollywood responded to Nazism and the Holocaust. He looks, for example, at "ready-to-plant publicity" items, some in both English and Yiddish, like an open letter about Zola from Louis Rittenberg, editor of The American Hebrew magazine. Rittenberg describes how moved he was by the courage of Émile Zola in bringing the Dreyfus injustices to light, averting "disaster upon the Jews of France and indirectly upon Jews everywhere." Rittenberg cites the film's timeliness "today, when prejudices are more rampant than ever," and the importance of the "understanding which humanity must have before people of divergent faith and opinion can live together in peace." "I think in 2013 there's a misconception that audiences knew nothing," Carr says, "and that films made sure that audiences knew nothing because the films didn't directly address Nazi anti-Semitism and the atrocities that occurred. ... My argument is that audiences very much could understand what these films were trying to address, even if the films were doing so indirectly."