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February 28, 2011

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Next Ubben Lecture Announced

Smart Phones, the Internet, and Wikipedia are a key part of every day life for DePauw students, Greencastle residents and Billions of other people. The way we work, communicate and live has been changed by our digital devices, the web and free open sourced encyclopedias. The next Ubben Lecture will focus on what we have lost and what we have gained in the last decade dominated by the digital. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will square off against past executive editor of the Harvard Business Review and current internet critic Nicholas Carr. The debate poses the question "Wired... and Weary?” The two will contest over how the internet has changed the way humans consume and comprehend information. Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows” claims that people “are blind to the damage we may be doing to our intellectual lives and even our culture.” Jimmy Wales will certainly bring up the breath of knowledge that Wikipedia has imparted to people along the way to becoming the web’s fifth most visited site. As with all Ubben Lectures, “Wired… and Weary?” will be free to all. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium on March 30th.

Fans of the Ubben Lecture series should also remember that the former congressman and long-time statesman Lee Hamilton will also be at DePauw March 15th. The DePauw class of ’52 alum will be in East College discussing US relations with the world following two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Museum Event at the Elms Raises Awareness—and Funds

Last weekend an event was held whose purpose was to tie Greencastle and the DePauw community together through culture. A preview of the Putnam County Museum’s newest exhibition, "Through the Lens," drew community members, university faculty, and students into the home of Dr. Brian Casey. The purpose of the event was to help the Museum meet its bottom line and increase the visibility of the often unrecognized institution.

Executive Director of the Museum, Tannis Monday said the Presdient’s home was the ideal location for the community event.

MONDAY: "It’s a great mix of community members, museum membership, depauw faculty and community members. And it’s just a—not a neutral meeting ground—but just a very friendly meeting atmosphere"

Guests paid 30 dollars to attend the exhibition preview, and Monday said many made generous donations. The exhibit featured is entitled “Through the Lens” and was curated by DePauw student Caroline Murphy. A fifth-year senior at DePauw and the Museum’s Assistant Director, Murphy completed the exhibit as part of her Honor Scholar thesis. She began work at the Museum over the summer and continued when Monday asked her to remain as Assistant Director.

MURPHY: "They offered to hire me on for the summer to curate the Native American exhibit that went up. So I did that over the summer, and then at the end I was like, 'well'…and Tannis was like 'No!' so then they hired me on as Assistant Director. It really depends.. if I have a class that gets out early, I go to the Museum. I don’t really get started on homework until around 5:30, but that’s okay. You make time to do what you love."

Murphy will be leaving the Museum at the end of the academic year. Monday said the Board will begin looking soon for ways to replace her position.

Emergency Notification System Alerts Some, But Not Others

Monday morning’s severe weather culminated in a Tornado Warning throughout Putnam County, but not everyone received the notification they were expecting. Many DePauw students, faculty and staff are registered for an Emergency Notification service meant to provide immediate alerts during potential threats to safety. The Putnam County 911 Center is responsible for sending Emergency Notifications to subscribers who opt to be alerted by text, voice or e-mail. Director of Public Safety, Angela Nally said many of those who have registered for the service received no notification Sunday night about the storm system coming toward the area. Nally said an e-mail to the DePauw community that due to the high volume of messages sent during county-wide emergencies, there is a significant delay in the receipt of notifications. In this particular case, the storm moved through the area so quickly that the alert was halted during the sending process. Nally said this was to prevent those who had not yet received the messages from becoming unnecessarily alarmed.

Since many emergencies occur with little warming, Nally urged students, faculty and staff to pay attention to local media during weather emergencies instead of waiting for notification.

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