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November 2, 2010

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Local Election Results

Elections across the state and Putnam County finished wrapped up late Tuesday night. G-O-P candidate Dan Coats beat Brad Ellsworth for a seat in the US Senate. Republican Larry Bucshon will be going to Washington to serve the 8th District instead of Trent Van Haaften. Prosecuting attorney for the sixth circuit was being sought after by Republican Tim Bookwalter and independent Robert Perry. Bookwalter won the race easily with nearly seventy percent of the vote, while Perry followed with only thirty percent.

The Putnam county sheriff position was also up for grabs. Incumbent Republican Steve Fenwick ran against Democrat Garry Clark and Independent Joe Tesmer. Fenwick won the race with over fifty-seven percent of the vote. Tesmer followed with almost twenty-five percent, while Clark trailed with barely nineteen percent.

Finally, Republican Jim Baird won the race for Indiana State Representative for District forty-four with fifty-five percent of the vote. Democrat, Nancy Michael followed with forty-one percent of the vote and libertarian Dennis Beatty received only four percent of all votes.

Science Research Fellows Poster Session

Wednesday, November 3rd is the annual poster session held by the Science Research Fellows program. Posters will be on display in Julian from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The event showcases research conducted by DePauw science students. Assistant Director of Science Research Fellows Tavia Pigg says students create posters because it "is the most common format that scientists use when presenting their work."

Each student’s work comes from either a research internship off campus or an on-campus project with a faculty member. Students have interned at businesses such as Eli Lilly, the Department of Homeland Security, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and many more.

There are 60 posters in the session, which is open to any science student doing research. Tavia Pigg says, "It is the one time of year that we highlight all of the science disciplines at DePauw and celebrate the incredible work that our students (and faculty) are doing."

Art Attack Turnout

Art Attack is the first event that begins the week of Art Fest. It took place Sunday afternoon in the Great Hall of the DePauw’s Green Center. Kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes and came with their parents to enjoy a day of art. Many tables that were organized by Greek houses were set up and filled with crafts for kids to do. These crafts ranged from decorating cookies, to face painting, to creating their own paper bats. Music was also played. There was a drum circle that kids could join, a DepauwCapella performance, and a DePauw Symphony and Orchestra performance that played a piece from Harry Potter. Sophomore, Emily Brelage (BRE LIDGE), explains the main point of Art Attack.

According to Greencastle resident Mary Jane JonesArt Attack is a “Wonderful way of bringing Greencastle and DePauw together” and she and her daughter “enjoy it each year.”

Faculty Meeting Brings Discussion about CAPPs Plan to Strengthen the Writing Program

CAPP, the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning created a new writing intensive plan for future years at DePauw. This plan is based on three principles. The first says writing is a form of communication and a crucial learning tool. The second says that writing instruction should be appropriately done across all disciplines. The third suggests a four-year writing intensive program. This includes a second semester course for first years. It also requires a W course for sophomores. Juniors and Seniors will then take writing intensive courses within their majors. Head of CAPP Bruce Sanders lead the discussion at Monday’s DePauw Faculty Meeting.

Comments of both concern and support were offered by faculty. Professor Sununu called the plan brilliant. She said it encourages writing across the curriculum. Professor Dudle liked the plan’s sophomore writing requirement. Some concerns were also voiced. Professors Elman and Hershberger worry what this writing program will do in regards to foreign language. Professor Sinowitz thinks it is a bad idea to separate freshmen students based on their writing performance during their first semester, and create a required course. There were also two general concerns. One concern was that there will not be enough faculty to teach these writing intensive classes. The other was that writing styles differ greatly between disciplines and it might not be necessary in all areas. CAPP’s plan will be up for more discussion in the near future. As of now, the faculty remains undecided, and the plan may be edited according to suggestions.

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