These are our themes for the year. February 2011 | Volume 5, Issue 3
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Vol. 5, ISSuE 3
INSIDE MAGAZINE STAFF
EdITOr-In-ChIEf Sarah Hutchins
ArT dIrECTOr Larry Buchanan
PhOTO EdITOr Zach Hetrick
COPy EdITOr Brad Zehr
WEb EdITOr CJ Lotz
WEb rEPOrTErs Melinda Elston and Hannah
fEATurEs EdITOr Caitlin Johnston
fEATurEs AssIsTAnT Charlie Scudder
dEPArTmEnTs EdITOrs Rachel Stark and
dEPArTmEnTs AssIsTAnT Stephanie
EdITOrIAl AssIsTAnTs Kamilla Benko,
Caitlin Peterkin and Mickey Woods
Look at a list of the most
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INDIANA DAIly STuDENT
persuasive words in the English EdITOr-In-ChIEf Jake Wright
language, and it’s not surprising to “There have been plenty “... I think you’re pretty cool, mAnAgIng EdITOrs Lindsey Erdody and
see that “new,” “love,” and “money” of weight loss pills and but I don’t want to press my Lauren Sedam
made the cut. What always shocks me, wrinkle cream.” entire body up against you ...” ArT dIrECTOr Danielle Rindler
however, is the absence of the word WEb TECh sPECIAlIsTs Greg Blanton,
“free.” On a college campus, no other
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Carl Brugger, Swathi Gurram and Aparna Rao
word has this kind of clout. AdvErTIsIng sAlEs mAnAgErs Liza
The great irony of the word “free” “It’s not because they’re “There are no UGG boots. No Giambra and Matt Vodicka
on a college campus is that, in fact, not smart. It’s just that it designer jeans. You can’t tell AdvErTIsIng/mArkETIng WEb
nothing is free (see page 24). Our can be hard to keep up.” who might be a garbage man mAsTErs Adam Rochford
“free” gym access, “free” movies, and mArkETIng mAnAgEr Melissa Sabones
“free” newspapers actually cost us and who might be a judge.” dIsTrIbuTIOn mAnAgEr
money. Even this magazine, free to all Jeanette Booher
readers, costs us $5,700 to print and 8 | Tip Jar 30 | Essay CrEATIvE mAnAgEr Brittany Miller
staff each issue. Here’s the reason you “I surrendered Iu sTudEnT mEdIA dIrECTOr
For the Free Issue, we followed our Ron Johnson
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week, and toured a nudist camp. Along A big fat list of free stuff pick up wrapped mints on nEWsrOOm 812-855-0760
the way, we questioned the notion of on campus. the sidewalk.” busInEss OffICE 812-855-0763
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Learn how to give a hug.
magazine. The taking of multiple copies of this
Click through our step- publication may constitute as theft of property
by-step guide to giving “When I told my “It’s up to us, the tired, and is subject to prosecution.
out free hugs. grandparents I was going cash-strapped, stressed-
Daily Do-It: Free (or to Indiana, they thought I out students in the process
really cheap) things to do said India.” of signing up for classes. SE
We have to take the time
every day on campus.
to check a box.”
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What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for free? Answers from our survey: The majority of my college education, a pair of designer jeans I won on Twitter
ConFessIons Tip Jar Inside Out Better You Know-it-all Essay
With his parents’ credit card in hand, Tyler
Churchward took a risk and clicked a pop- Want more free stuff ? Check
out our list of free IU stuff
up banner advertising a free iPod. After and Lia’s list of off-campus
completing the requirements, an iPod Could you explain freebies on page 8.
arrived in the mail. Figuring it worked once, how all this online
free stuff works in
he tried again. And again. Five years later,
Churchward, a senior accounting major now Have you used other promotion-
with his own credit card, has accumulated al things for gifts? For a friend’s
birthday, I signed up for 50 offers
more than $22,000 in merchandise, gift and wrote 50 companies for free
Sign up for the item. coupons. He basically got a present
cards, and checks from online offers. And he Tired of being a poor college student,
for each day of his birthday month.
Complete the offers. “Offers” are
got it all — more or less — for free. advertiser deals like Netflix or weight senior Lia Saunders started searching I took him out to dinner with the
gift cards and would hand him an
By Kamilla Benko
loss pills where you pay a small
amount to get the product for a trial
for freebies and product samples. item, like a bottle of BBQ sauce.
Random, I know, but it was nice be-
period. (Be sure to cancel when the Three years, thousands of dollars, cause he wasn’t expecting anything
trial period is up or else you will keep because he knows I’m broke.
being charged.) and a bottle of free BBQ sauce later,
What’s the most random thing
Get referrals. A referral is someone Saunders created a blog, The Broke you’ve ever gotten for free? Lots
who signs up under your specific link
and completes offers to help you fulfill
Student’s Guide to Stretching Your of random grocery coupons. I
wrote every company that was on
the outlined gift requirements. Dollar, to share her freebie-gathering a list of companies that respond to
letters and got products I had nev-
Wait for offers to credit and send in tips with fellow students. er tried — like microwaveable pret-
zels. They were pretty good!
Run to the mailbox and claim your What do you estimate is the to-
of a broke blogger
reward. tal amount of money you’ve made
and saved in the last few years?
A selection Money from paid-to sites, about
of swag ow did you get into wrinkle creams. There’s been some jew- good because I needed a computer for nal Revenue Service with the reported By Kamilla Benko
$500. As far as free products, about
a value of $1,100 since I started col-
Tyler keeps a list of the
this? In 2005, I was elry club where you get a ring or neck- college anyway. And I’ve only paid for amount of the gift. lege. And savings wise, I’d say at
stuff he’s scored for free.
just kind of browsing the Internet and lace every month, but it was just the big- one iPod, and I’ve had four or five. How do you learn about all these free deals? I kind of least $4,000 a year. I’ve been con-
Take a peek at some of his
best finds. found this article online that said free- gest piece of crap. It’s like something So is it really free? You have to pay pick it up everywhere. I absorb it from classes, like market- sciously saving for only about two
ipods.com actually works. You will ac- you’d get out of a vending machine. Does the effort of signing up pay off ? when you sign up for offers that are ing and economics, and learn how the market works. I start- years though, so that’s a total of
tually get your iPod. I looked into it I mean, this is pretty much my only required. I’ve probably spent about ed researching how to get free products from companies. $8,000. Adding everything togeth-
more and found some online messag- Tell us about some of the cool stuff job. I had a couple part-time jobs in $3,000 to $4,000 on the offers, but You can find a lot of stuff online by just Googling and click- er, I’ve saved roughly $9,600 or so
ing boards, which are basically com- you’ve gotten. Toward the end of my high school, but it was never for more that’s over the course of five years. You ing around. And every time I hear about an opportunity on since I began college.
munities that talk about this kind senior year (in high school), I found than six months. And I haven’t had a put in $40 or $60 now and in two to campus for free, I go check it out. I mean, we pay tuition, but
of stuff. They share links and differ- this link on a message board that was job in college just because I’ve been four months you get $500 plus. So it’s people don’t seem to realize how much they can get for free. That’s a lot! Well, since I have to
ent information on offers, like which for a 42-inch plasma TV. You needed able to live off of this money. not really free, but the profit is huge. I pay for my own stuff and I don’t
ones are scams or legitimate. So I did to sign up for 12 offers plus get a refer- pretty much view it like a business. What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for free? I real- have a real job, everything is more
my first offer, and I have been doing it ral to do 12 offers. I asked some of my But what about scams? I’ve never ly love the $50 from MyPoints.com where I can spend the or less up to me. And it’s always
pretty much ever since. friends if they wanted to get a line go- been scammed. I mean, I’ve not met Do you still do these offers? I did money wherever I want. It’s a paid-to site where they basi- nice to know there’s a check com-
ing. We all signed up as each other’s re- the requirements for a program before some last summer, but the last website cally pay you to do nothing. You just click e-mails and ad- ing.
vertisements and you get like 5 cents for each click. I fill out
What are some of the most random ferrals and started rotating in. I think and lost the money I had spent on the that you could really do changed their
offers you’ve had to sign up for to get like seven or eight people from my offers. And I’ve gotten charged for of- terms around, so it doesn’t really make surveys and play games online and I get points that I can re- Will you keep doing this af-
tal ks Ps ds V ir a gift? There was one called Latavi. It high school got the TV. I got a Mac- fers that I’ve forgotten to cancel. But it worth it. And really in the last year or deem for gift cards. Usually I get a Macy’s gift card. And Res- ter college? Oh yeah, I think so. I
To Chec y PS t car ma T ook A
n gif as B was a breast enhancement cream. There Book in June right before my fresh- it’s perfectly legitimate. You even file a two, a lot of the offers just disappeared taurant.com had a promotion where a $25 gift card cost $2. I think I will always enjoy getting
o l c
2 S trom 42” p Ma man year of college, which was pretty W-9 form, which is sent into the Inter- completely because of the recession. bought them for everybody’s Christmas presents. free money.
s have been plenty of weight loss pills and
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Confessions Tip Jar Better You Know-it-all Essay
... parking on campus were free?
ithout all the money parking tickets, those dreaded yellow
we fork over for park- slips of paper tucked under our wind-
ing passes and tick- shield wipers allow us to park, peri-
ets, campus parking od. During fiscal year 2009-10, Park-
would be a nightmare. ing Operations wrote 53,512 tickets
Unregulated parking would be a and made about $1.6 million in fines.
total free-for-all, and there wouldn’t According to Parking Manager Doug
be enough revenue to afford parking Porter, all of this money goes back
garages. Last semester, IU Parking into the departmental budget.
Operations sold 21,183 parking pass- bottom line: Paying $50 for park-
es and made $2.3 million, all of which ing on the yellow part of the curb is
went into the operation of parking a hassle, but IU Parking Operations
lots and garages. couldn’t afford campus parking main-
And while we’d love to stop paying tenance any other way.
the campus rules we thought were set in
stone became a free-for-all? Where should I park?
Reporting by Kamilla Benko, Stephanie Doctrow, Rickey Iorio, and Stephanie Kuzydym Parking on campus can be a painful experience. The permit system is mind-numbing, the lots are expensive, and finding a
spot on the street is like striking gold. We’ve compiled a list of the best (and worst) places to park. If we’ve spoiled your
about 20 hours per week on athlet- secret (or you end up with a ticket), sorry!
... student ics-related activities, not including
travel to competitions — add in class- ... greek houses If you don’t have a permit If you have a “C”, “D”, “E,” Our favorite sneaky
athletes didn’t es, and that’s the equivalent of a full-
didn’t exist at IU? Metered parking spots at the
or “F” pass parking spots:
have access to
time job. IU Athletics tutors work
School of Education, IU Art Park in any NON 24-HOUR space Jordan Avenue Garage for IU
around athletes’ schedules in order
Museum, Creative Arts Building, from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m., Monday Cinema performances
to fit tutoring in around early and
There are 747 beds in Eigenmann southwest and northwest through Friday, and all day Saturday
late practices, and traveling. here are crests and sym- Free two-hour parking on Sixth
Residence Center sections of the Herman B and Sunday.
“Here we can catch them at nine bols, bid days and for- Street between Indiana and Dunn
Wells Library, McCalla School,
at night, or at eight in the morning,” mals, Big Frat Greek It would take Heading to the IMU, Woodburn, or for quick stints on campus.
U Athletics provides tutor- Stonebelt, Von Lee Theatre, and
Noonan says. Weddings, and Little the HPER? Check the HPER lot.
ing to student athletes in their Senior Dan Galos, a member 500 pairs. But what if greek houses 14 801 N. Jordan. You don’t need
to feed most meters from 10
There are several non-24 spaces.
After 5 p.m., any neighborhood
street in the blocks between
North End Zone facilities be- of the track and field team, says he didn’t dot North Jordan, the exten- Eigenmann Residence Centers to Woodlawn and Indiana, and
cause the available campus re- p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday
sometimes missed two to three class- sion, and Third Street? accommodate the people who live in
Avoid parking ... between Seventh and 10th streets.
sources don’t mesh with athletes’ cra- morning.
es per week during the season. He got If all those students wanted to greek houses.
zy schedules. the information he missed in class live on campus, they’d be out of luck. Avoid the metered spots at the By the Noodles & Company on Indiana Memorial Union lots. If you
The department employs about 70 from his professors, and then tutors RPS executive director Pat Con- residence halls. You need to feed Kirkwood can wait until midnight, you can
undergraduate and graduate students, helped him catch up when he got nor says there wouldn’t be enough house who would want to be random- the meter 24 hours a day, 7 days On Kirkwood before 5 p.m. on
get out for free after the parking
faculty, and retired faculty as subject- back in town. housing to contain the entire greek ly paired with a roommate anymore,” a week. weekdays
attendant leaves. But, if you go up
specific tutors for the 650 student ath- Without flexible tutoring sched- system. But he thinks it wouldn’t be Pasalich says. Parking garages. These can be
to the ticket window at 11:30 p.m.
letes on campus. an issue, guessing that most greeks In apartment complexes without and say you’ve been parked in there
ules, Galos says atheletes’ academics But if all the members living in the expensive; so don’t park there
Kelly Noonan, IU Athletics assis- would settle off campus. visitor’s passes since 9 a.m. and give a sad puppy-
would suffer. “It’s not because they’re 38 greek houses on campus wanted to unless you can get out for free.
tant athletic director for academic and not smart,” he says. “It’s just that it can “There would be more housing rejoin the dorm communities, there dog face, they might let you out for
student engagement, says the biggest be hard to keep up.” built in the off-campus sector of the would need to be more than 10,500 ad-
Parking is free from 6 p.m. Friday In the dorm lots if you don’t have
the right parking pass free. ONLINE.
to 7 a.m. Monday, and all day
difference between this service and Without access to the North End Bloomington community,” Connor ditional beds. That’s the equivalent of Saturday and Sunday. Going to a music class? Park in the We can’t give you GPS,
On Seventh Street near Teter and
the academic resources offered to all Zone, Noonan says the athletes would says. 10 Wright Quads. T.I.S. lot. It’s for customers only, but but we can give you one of
students is timing. have to make more use of campus re- Sophomore Amy Pasalich, a bottom line: Our residence halls “D” or “E” zone. Most of the they won’t do anything but give those old-fashioned parking
“The opportunity that we have to sources like Writing Tutorial Services. member of Pi Beta Phi, says she are already packed. In order to accom- time you can park your car (with In the tiny Delta Gamma lot. (Yes, you a warning after your sixth or maps.
provide these services is tied into com- bottom line: Student athletes would live in a house with a group of modate the greek community on cam- or without a permit) in these we said it. But even the DGs hate it.) seventh time.
mitment and amount of time they would hurt academically, and the free friends if she didn’t have the option pus, we’d need to convert the fraterni- spaces from 5 p.m. Friday until idsnews.com/inside
spend on their sports,” Noonan says. tutoring resources on campus would of living with her sorority sisters. ties and sororities into giant residence 11 p.m. Sunday.
A typical student athlete spends become even more competitive to use. “I can’t imagine any girl in my halls.
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Here’s the reason you picked up this
magazine: A big fat list of free stuff.
ON CAMPUS T E A R O u T T h I S l I S T. P u T I T O n yO u R F R I D G E .
Shows Comedy Art DVDs Movies Health Showers Festivals
While the IU Student comedy Opening receptions The IU Each Thursday, The Health This one’s just for Dorm fairs are a
Auditorium troupes — Full for exhibits at the libraries house Friday, and Center offers a the ladies, but the great place for
headliners aren’t Frontal Comedy, School of Fine Arts approximately Saturday night, free session with HPER’s sauna in food. Collinsfest
free, plenty of Awkward are free to the 20,500 DVDs. To the IMU shows a a dietician, free the downstairs will give away
student and Silence Comedy, public and include search for titles recently released sessions to kick women’s locker burgers, cotton
community shows HoosOnFirst finger foods and find out where film. Show times the smoking habit, room is the best candy, snow cones,
are. To see a list of Improv, All Sorts of like cheese and the item is located, begin at 8 p.m. and best of all, free way to get through and an obscenely
free events, visit Trouble for the Boy crackers. Check visit iucat.iu.edu. and 11 p.m. unless condoms. winter. And the long banana split
the Auditorium’s in the Bubble, and out the Bachelor of otherwise noted. hot, high-pressure on April 9.
website. If you University tWits Fine Arts Painting News Workouts showers help us
just have to see — perform improv Exhibition, at 6 p.m.
All student More films If you’re bored of
all save cash on Music
a headliner or and sketches at on March 25. water.
publications are Almost every the treadmill, check The IU Jacobs
traveling Broadway the IMU.
offered free on movie in the new out free Zumba School of
act, volunteer as Convenience
an usher to see it Your resume Software campus, as well IU Cinema is free. and kickboxing Music presents
as the New York Snag up to four sessions, just You paid for it with about 1,100
for free. Visit the UITS
Get a little help Times and USA tickets at the IU a couple of the your student fees, performances
with the job search website to Today. You can also Auditorium box many free workout but we think of each year, most
Breakfast and resume writing download free stop by the Kelley office before the sessions at the the bus system of which are free.
Union Board at the Career versions of popular School of Business show. If it’s “sold SRSC. and print quota This is a great way
traditionally serves Development and usually pricey for a free copy of out,” there are as free luxuries. to impress a date
a breakfast of Center. Visit the software such the Wall Street usually extra seats Read more about for nothing.
sausage, bacon, website for tips as the Adobe Journal. if you show up student fees on
eggs, pastries, and examples or Creative Suite and before the movie page 24.
and breakfast drop in between Microsoft Office. starts.
potatoes in the 12:30 and 4 p.m. at
Indiana Memorial 625 N. Jordan Ave.
Union the Sunday
ON YOUr BIrtHDAY OFF-CAMPUS FrEEBIES ON tHE WEB
these chain restaurants will give you tips from Lia Saunders (see page 5) Follow Baked! of Bloomington
free food and discounts. on Facebook and get discounts
The Kroger near You can find free Gallery in the Henry for mentioning wall posts.
Cold Stone Creamery: free Chili’s: free dessert
small or medium creation College Mall has a pens at almost Radford Hope
Texas Roadhouse: Mediterranean bar every departmental School of Fine Arts. Check out the Scotty’s
Buffalo Wild Wings: free discount with little cups for office on campus. The postcards are Brewhouse website for weekly
dessert or drink sampling. That may sound typically prints of coupons and free specials.
Sephora: free beauty item
TGI Fridays: free dessert boring, but when the art pieces on
Noodles & Company: free Career fairs are you no longer display. Visit btownmenus.com for
Outback Steakhouse: free meal goldmines. Most have to shell out exclusive online ordering deals.
dessert booths have piles $3 every couple of Look for the Aver’s Amol India offers free naan with
Starbucks: free drink when orders more than $15.
Cracker Barrel: free you register your gift card of promotional months for BICs, Pizza van parked
dessert online swag, so you’re you’ll thank us. on campus. (Listen
doing a company for the blaring You already knew Craigslist
Denny’s: free Grand Slam Campus Candy: free frozen a favor by using There are free music.) Snag a free was amazing, but check out
yogurt its labeled water postcards at the slice of pizza and the “free stuff” section on the
Arby’s: birthday discount Bloomington page. We saw a
Aveda: free full-sized bottles, bags, pens, entrance to the sometimes a free
Applebee’s: free dessert and highlighters. School of Fine Arts cup and T-shirt. free treadmill, printer, and desk
product last time we looked.
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Confessions Tip Jar Inside Out
BeTTer You Know-it-all Essay
Walk to the Sample Gates on a Friday afternoon and you
might find yourself hugging a stranger. Sound strange?
The Hug Menu By Melinda Elston and Caitlin Peterkin
Illustrations by Michael Buchanan
We all need
Not to the founders of IU’s Free Hugs campaign.
a good hug.
By Caitlin Peterkin
By Melinda Elston Hugs are the simplest
way to deliver a powerful
Meet the huggers A personal account message. They comfort. They
warm. They say “I love you.”
nches of snow rest on the ugging strangers was
But the benefits of hugs go
ground around the Sam- not on my to-do list for
deeper than just brightening
ple Gates. Three gradu- the day.
ate students stand in be- I wasn’t in the mood
Numerous studies have
low-freezing temperatures holding for hugs. It was cold, and I was tired
shown that the human
cardboard signs, directed at the pass- after a long week. But I threw on
touch provides many health
ersby. They’re not begging for any- my coat and slipped on my warm-
benefits. Stress relief, lower
thing. They’re offering free hugs. est boots and headed to the Sample The A-Frame Hug The Man Hug The Bear Hug Wrap-up Hug blood pressure, and improved
Austin Toombs, the free hug- Gates. My plan: interview and ob-
This hug occurs when This is a hybrid of a A bear hug is when An advanced group hug: All huggers stand moods are all results of
ger who started it all, and his two serve the Free Huggers during their
two people lean their handshake and a hug. the hugger wraps in a line holding hands. The hugger on the regular human contact.
friends hang out at the intersection weekly two-hour campaign.
heads into each other When two males greet his arms around the end starts to fold himself into the line, The University of North
of Kirkwood and Indiana almost ev- I’m not a touchy-feely kind of a
and wrap their arms each other, they shake huggee and squeezes with everyone following, creating a human Carolina at Chapel Hill
ery Friday, offering free hugs to any- person. Content with keeping my
around each others’ hands and lean into with all his might. The pinwheel. Resist — or embrace — the urge to conducted a study of 100
one willing to take them. hands to myself, I stood awkwardly
shoulders — their each other. With their huggee usually looks sway back and forth singing “Kumbayah.” adults to determine the
“Free hugs are beneficial to ev- to the side as the three campaigners
lower bodies do not free hand, they pat particularly strained benefits of hugs. Researchers
eryone who walks by,” says Toombs, embraced all willing passersby.
touch. The A-Frame is each other on the back and red in the face. found that frequent hugs
a graduate student in the School of Still, part of me wanted to see
the most common hug several times before You can spot bear release higher oxytocin
Informatics and Computing. “Even what all the smiling and laughing
between people who releasing. Men use hugs at large family levels, which can decrease
the people who do not get free hugs was about. So I set down my pen and
just met and aren’t this hug to recognize gatherings, or around anxiety and increase those
smile when they walk past.” picked up a piece of poster board. I
quite comfortable with and greet other men, children with their good feelings. Oxytocin also
Toombs started giving free hugs felt my face heating up, but I took a
as an undergraduate at Ball State Uni- deep breath and gave myself a quick each other. It says, while still asserting stuffed animals. ONLINE. lowers cortisol, the stress
“Hey, I think you’re their masculinity by (Note: No bears or hormone responsible for high
versity. When he came to IU in Au- pep talk: I’m going to give a free hug, Do the “Huggle.” We’ll teach
pretty cool, but I don’t not demonstrating too huggees were harmed blood pressure and a slower
gust, he organized a group here and and it’s going to be awesome. you how. It involves multiple
want to press my much affection. in the making of this metabolism.
recruited a couple of his friends and At first, I think people could tell people, yelling, and laughter.
entire body up against illustration.) So go ahead and give
fellow graduate students, Joanna I was a “free hugs virgin” because
you quite yet.” Click through our hug menu those hugs. Share the
Mueller and Grant Carlile, to join him. they seemed to gravitate toward the
photo gallery. warmth, show that you care,
While they have more than 70 more experienced huggers.
idsnews.com/inside and make your heart happy.
fans on their “IU Free Hugs” Face- Right away, one girl walked to-
book fan page, Mueller says the ward me and made eye contact. I
quantity of hugs doesn’t matter. It’s thought she was coming to give me
the quality that counts. a free hug. I dropped one end of my
No hug-filled Friday is ever sign so I could hug her. Instead, I felt Play happy, Dress for the Smell clean and Recruit huggers Remove Make colorful, have fun. No one
alike. One afternoon several jog- the icy sting of rejection as she chose upbeat music weather. Hugs fresh. Be sure to of both sexes. backpacks and eye-catching wants to hug a
gers stopped to give hugs before a veteran hugger. to create a nice are more pleasant shower and spritz Some girls are bags. These “Free hugs” grouch.
continuing their run. A campus bus Later, a guy came up and hugged atmosphere. when you don’t a little perfume afraid of getting make hugs signs. You’ve
driver sometimes announces “free all of us. Twice. After that, I start- “All You Need have to worry or cologne before felt up by guys, awkward. got to sell your
Photos by Chaz Mottinger | Illustration by Larry Buchanan
hugs” over his intercom to his bus ed giving more hugs than I could Is Love” by The about sweat you head outside. while some guys goods.
passengers. And junior Anita Bet- count.
Beatles works, stains or frozen No one wants are just afraid of
badal says she got a free hug “just The longer I stayed, the more but “Teenage fingers. Also, look to hug someone women, period.
because it’s Friday.” comfortable I got. I hugged for the Dream” by Katy nice. Stand in who smells funny. Having both girls
Carlile says people recognize entire two hours. By the end of the Perry sends the front of the mirror and guys allows
him on campus as the free hugs guy.
“Everyone is going somewhere,”
afternoon, my fingers and toes were
completely numb. your wrong message.
Dancing to it
and ask yourself,
“Would I want to
everyone to hug
he says about the people that pass
him at the Sample Gates. They all
As I was rushing off to Starbucks
to warm up, I realized my stress from hugging also gives you
something fun to
hug this person?”
have different destinations, but
“when they see us, they go there
the week was gone.
The fun I had was definitely
power do when people
are staring at you
smiling.” worth fighting a little frost. strangely.
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What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for free? Answers from our survey: A transatlantic flight, boom box for elementary school fundraiser, “your mother,” clothes
Confessions Tip Jar Inside Out Better You Essay
The Crossroads Land of the viewers to “join the Nudist Revolu-
Drive 25 minutes from of Nudism free, home
tion.” Photos show young men and
women on the beach, hula hoop-
campus and you’ll ing, eating sushi, all in the buff, and
of the brave
Other AANR nudist clubs in Indiana
a pop-up message urges visitors to
come to a spot some
“please respect the nudists.” The
Hoosiers call paradise.
1 Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist site addresses touchy questions
Retreat — Bennington Nudists aren’t just hippies honestly: “Doesn’t seeing all that
Check your inhibitions
miles from Bloomington nakedness ruin your sex life?”
1 from the ’60s anymore. They consider themselves the
and clothes at the 2 Sunshower Country
By Rachel Stark young adult movement within the
door. Welcome to Fern Anything you can do, Club — Centerville
miles from Bloomington At 21 years old, Amanda Case
larger movement of nudism.
Case helped organize the first big
Hills Club, a world
they can do nude.
went nude and never turned back. meeting in the Midwest last year,
free from clothes.
Her love affair with nudism started which included a meet-and-greet
Volleyball. These 3 lake o’ The Woods three years ago, when the Ball State in the pool, drinks around a bonfire,
Club — Valparaiso
tournaments are the
miles from Bloomington University student ventured to a and a movie night. This year, they’re
biggest event in nudist nudist camp with her boyfriend amping it up, adding a water volley-
recreation, according to (now husband) for the first time. ball tournament, body painting, and
nudist Amanda Case. “You 4 Sunny Haven Recreation Today, she and her husband are a yoga session to the schedule.
have to be careful when Park — Granger leaders in a revolution for young So what’s the appeal to all this?
you fall because you might miles from Bloomington nudists. They lead the Midwest divi- “Being young certainly is a time
scrape things you might not sion of Vita Nuda, a national nudist of learning, a time of freedom, a
By Rachel Stark usually.” group for people ages 18-35. The or- time of maybe having less inhibi-
Drink around a campfire. ganization is tied directly to AANR, tion,” Bauer says. “A lot of people
ucked away in the trees but aims to attract a population that who try it fall in love with it.”
with no road markers, hike. Fern Hills is thinking about is dying off in the nudist realm. Bauer estimates that Fern Hills
Fern Hills Club is a hid-
den gem for the people
surrounded by 72 acres of
land, which includes miles of
baring it all? DO It! “They found that they were los-
ing people in their late teens to ear-
has about 40 members between the
ages of 15 and 27.
who flock there in the forest trails. Just watch out Just accept it. The first time at a nudist camp will be ly 20s, when people become con- “Is it a huge college hangout?
warmer months. For now, according for poison ivy. nerve-wracking. As the daughter of one of the owners fused about their bodies,” Case says. Absolutely not,” he says. “Would we
to a sign at the entrance, it’s “clothed of Fern Hills, Stephanie Duval grew up around nudists. “We’re getting young people back like to welcome more people? We
Swim. Birthday suits.
for the season.” OnlInE She suggests coming for a big function, where you will and getting them involved like the certainly would. If you just want to
Grill out. be one of 150 people. In a sea of nakedness, you’ll be
Enter the gates, and enter the world Take a photo generations above us have done.” chill out and get a sun tan, read your
of social family nudism. The club looks tour of Fern Sunbathe. No tan lines. more focused on the crowd and the excitement than Vita Nuda’s website encourages textbook, that’s fine.”
like a typical campground with 72 acres Hills. your own body. Or that’s the hope, anyway.
of land, colorful cabins, and more than
five miles of trails. A circular pool, rec- Ride bikes. We’d opt
reation center, and playground keep for a cushy seat.
campers of all ages busy. Clothed for the season. It’s no surprise that Fern Hills shuts down in the winter. yoga.
It’s not the average campground, This shivering cherub will be the only visitor until May. Photo by Zach Hetrick Paint bodies. “It sounds
though. The people who camp are na-
erotic, but it’s actually very
ked. About 200 nudist members and
funny,” Case says.
many more visitors frequent Fern this lifestyle. Of course, there is the occasional
Hills from May through October. “I think what draws people to nud- visitor who crosses the line. If some- Run free, literally.
As an American Association for ism is the freedom. Stripping away one utters a sexual remark, camp own- But some girls must wear
Nudist Recreation (AANR) club, there the stress,” Bauer says. “It’s an equal- ers give a warning. Another infraction, sports bras, for obvious
are rules. The most basic: no clothes izer. There are no UGG boots. No de- and they ask the offender to leave. reasons.
allowed, with exceptions for weather, signer jeans. You can’t tell who might Fern Hills also has the rare visitor Sail the seas
personal health, and safety. Others in- be a garbage man and who might be a who crosses other lines — the physi- on a nude cruise.
clude no cameras, no children under judge.” cal boundaries of the camp. One time
the age of 14 in the pool area without a Because of stigmas attached to a man got lost hiking the trails and
guardian, and no sexually provocative nudism, Bauer, like most nudists, wound up naked on a public road. Attend events like
or suggestive behavior. wants to clear up common misconcep- But these uncomfortable incidents nude Stock. Basically a big
Jawn Bauer, an IU alumnus and tions. For starters, nudism is not sexu- are rare, and for the most part, the college party sans clothes.
Bloomington resident, protects the al, he says. nudists feel at peace within the con- Music provided by the Nudie
rights of social family nudists as le- “It’s amazing how quickly you re- fines of the camp. Blues.
gal counsel for Fern Hills, AANR, and alize how different nudism and sex re- “It’s fun to be outdoors naked and
AANR Midwest. A member of Fern Hills, ally are,” he says. “It’s liberating to be know that you won’t be arrested or hit
he feels passionate about the benefits of nude in a non-sexual way.” on,” Bauer says.
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We come to college to earn our degrees and — hopeful-
ly — prepare ourselves for our chosen career. But classes
and homework are only part of the battle. As freshmen,
we’re given the key to independence the day we hug our
parents goodbye. At some point between parties and piz-
za runs, the reality sinks in and we realize freedom some-
times isn’t as glamorous as it sounded when we were
grounded on that one Friday night in high school. ¶ The
four students we profiled come from different cities and
backgrounds. Whether they’ve been here for one semes-
ter or for four years, they each have developed different college
answers to the question “what is freedom?” In the end,
freedom isn’t hard to obtain; it’s
knowing what to do with your
e s t. 2 0 1 1
freedom that can be a struggle.
By Caitlin Keating | Photos by Zach Hetrick
The Sorority girl college
Clare Libbing, freshman e s t. 2 0 1 1
Fort Wayne, 19 years old
Clare Libbing left behind
lare Libbing walks into a mansion with
tall ceilings, golden chandeliers, and
high school curfews
large couches with pillows that are
there more for show than for comfort.
and parental supervision.
Clare, a 19-year-old freshman, recently
received her bid at her first choice so-
rority, Alpha Xi Delta.
Clare is confident she’s found her
new home on campus, but admits she’s still slightly nervous Freedom, she says, is living
around her new sisters. “Right now I’m acting a little dif-
ferent because I know I’m trying to impress them, but every
week I feel more and more relaxed and like myself,” Clare
in a house with 100 sisters.
It’s coming up on 9 p.m., and Clare isn’t checking her
watch for the time. The concept of a curfew disappeared might lose by moving back into a house
when she left high school. “Now I can do whatever I want, where she isn’t completely in control.
when I want.” “You have less freedom of where you
Clare’s older sister is a junior in the same sorority. But as should go and what you should say to
much as Clare loves having her sister around, she’s also try- people. You’re not just speaking for
ing to make a name for herself. “I’m trying to have the so- yourself, but you’re speaking for 100
rority girls get to know me not so much as Sarah’s little sis- other girls that live with you,” Clare
ter,” she says. says. “I am much more aware of what I
Freshman year gave Clare the freedom to decide how do now and how I portray myself.”
she spends her time, but she is still learning how to budget Though she’s still taking it all in,
everything from her stress to her bills. She is responsible for Clare knows she wants to be involved
half her tuition and all of her spending money. “I’m free, but in Alpha Xi Delta. “It will be like living
still dependent on my parents for advice,” Clare says. “I can on a dorm room floor with people that
always call them, and they’re just a short car ride away.” will be your best friends.” She takes a
Clare doesn’t seem concerned about any freedom she deep breath. “I hope.”
At Freedom University, we suggest our freshmen take:
1. H103 | Self-reliance: A Survey of Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. P104 | Topics in Physics: The Science of Beer Pong
16 3. B105 | Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution: Roommate Cold Wars
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The Money Saver college
Andrew Lysaught, sophomore e s t. 2 0 1 1
Naperville, Ill., 20 years old
Each hour scooping ice
cream brings Andrew
Lysaught $7.55 closer
n Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights, Andrew Lysaught
stands behind the long red counter at the Crimson Creamery
in Gresham Food Court. Scooping ice cream for hungry stu-
dents isn’t the sophomore’s calling, but he puts on the plastic
gloves and red uniform for 10 hours a week to earn spending
money. “It gives me the financial freedom I want,” he says.
Andrew, a history and economics major, has had a job since
he was 13, when he started working as a bus boy at a Naper-
ville, Ill., restaurant. Now he works for the money that pays for his financial freedom.
Andrew owes his father $10,000 for to live and think on his own. “It’s not
his room and board and plans on pay- just physical freedom I lacked in high
ing him back by “working and working school,” he says. “I didn’t have much
and working.” He even plans on selling mental freedom either.”
his $2,000 coin collection and a $500 Going to class, working and enjoy-
guitar. Selling his prized possessions, he ing college has forced Andrew to learn
says, is like giving up part of his child- how to manage his money and his time.
hood. “Freshman year I really screwed up,” he
When his Crimson Creamery shift says. “I didn’t have my parents on my
ends at 8 p.m., Andrew walks across back, so I stayed up late, went out late.”
the street to his dorm room in McNutt. A year later, he’s beginning to figure it
Even in a residence hall with an RA, An- out. “It’s all about balancing your time,”
drew appreciates the opportunity he has he says.
At Freedom University, we suggest our sophomores take:
1. A211 | Intermediate graphic Design: The Art of the Fake ID
2. g201 | gender Studies and You: Bromance
18 3. M221 | Investment Basics: From Minimum Wage to Millionaire
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The Musician college
Max Newman, junior e s t. 2 0 1 1
New York City, 20 years old
freedom at school, so
this decision also came with the fi-
nancial burden of paying his own way.
Max might not be free from re-
he dropped out. Now sponsibility, but when it comes to his
music, nothing can hold him back.
he spends his days
“There is such freedom in music it-
self. It’s the freedom of expression,”
living through music.
Max says. “No one can take this free-
dom away from me.”
Some students are free because
they’re physically on their own, and
others are free because they finan-
ome people know exactly what they want to do in life be- cially support themselves. Max is free
fore they even complete kindergarten. Max Newman is one because he doesn’t see anything stop-
of those lucky few. He grew up in New York City, a place that ping him from succeeding. Taking a
screams freedom. It’s a city people move to because they want semester off from school didn’t hold
independence, or in Max’s case, a place you leave to get away Max back; it pushed him forward.
from it all. “I couldn’t see myself as a stu-
Max grew up playing the cello, studying at Juilliard in high dent,” Max admits. “I want to be pas-
school. Music became his life. After he graduated, he left the sionate with everything I do.”
chaotic skyline behind to study classical music at the Jacobs School of Music. Max values his freedom because
“If I think about it, no matter how much freedom music gives me, in a way it he works for it. “You have to study the
was chosen for me from such a young age,” Max says. scales, the masters that came before
By freshman year, he says, he was frustrated with memorizing classical com- you,” Max says. “This is freedom that
positions. He made major changes to his career path, hoping to find something you earn. Improvisation isn’t just
personally meaningful. He switched from cello to guitar, dropped out of the playing what you want. It really does
music school, and after sophomore year, decided to take an entire year off. strike a chord in people and makes
Freedom from classes has given him time to focus on his music. However, them feel free too.”
At Freedom University, we suggest our juniors take:
1. R331 | Social Dancing (class held Friday - Sunday at Kilroy’s Sports Bar)
2. W302 | Letters Home: How to Tell Your Parents What You Want Them to Think You’re Doing
20 3. D416 | Epidemiological Case Studies: Curing Senioritis
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The Traveler college
Natalie Azhdam, senior e s t. 2 0 1 1
Beverly Hills, Calif., 21 years old
Natalie Azhdam knows
freedom’s worth fighting for,
even if it means going against
ollowing graduation, Natalie Azhdam will go back to the home she fought to
leave. Natalie moved to a Persian-Jewish community in Beverly Hills, Ca-
lif., right before her junior year of high school. After years of being told she
couldn’t have sleepovers or go to summer camps, she was ready to make her
own decisions. “My level of freedom shot from zero to 100 when I came here,”
she says about her move to IU.
Getting to Bloomington wasn’t easy. In the Persian-Jewish community
where she was raised, Natalie says, women go to University of Southern Cali-
fornia, University of California Los Angeles, or a community college. For Natalie, that was not an
option. “I had to scream and kick,” Natalie says about her choice to come to Indiana. “Everything
I could do to convince them to let me come, I did.”
Natalie didn’t just want to leave home; she she says. “I want to have the freedom to fly to
wanted to leave the state. She craved the free- Vegas with my friends for the weekend, or go
dom to be on her own. The freedom to hang to Mexico for spring break.”
out with whomever she wanted, travel wher- Graduation in May will present a whole
ever she wanted, and most importantly, the new challenge for Natalie and her family.
freedom to attend a “real university.” While her parents have come to understand
When Natalie decided to leave Los Ange- her decision to leave, she’s prepared to give
les, her whole family put up a fight. “When I up her newfound freedom. “After college, I
told my grandparents I was going to Indiana, am moving home, only for them.” Going away
they thought I said India,” she says. “I just tell for college, her parents told her, was a four-
people now I go to school in Chicago because year deal. Though the political science ma-
most people in my community don’t even jor says she wants to work in sales, she’ll have
know where Indiana is.” to spend some time back in California before
After four years of living on her own, Nata- she makes her way out to either Chicago or
lie has learned that freedom comes with a cost. New York.
Fifteen to 20 hours a week, Natalie makes cold She wants to please her parents as much
calls for mojopages.com, a business directory as she wants to be on her own, and as she
site. It’s one of the numerous jobs she works to looks back on college these past four years
maintain her lifestyle. “I would never ask my she says, “I feel like I went from being one to
parents to pay for the extravagant things I do,” 30 years old.”
At Freedom University, we suggest our seniors take:
1. B301 | Moochers in the Modern World (credit also given for B302 Personal Finance)
2. E450 | The Economics of Unemployment
22 3. Z401 | Bob Dylan IV
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MANDAtOrY StUDENt FEES OPtIONAL StUDENt ACtIVItY FEES
You paid for it. The future isn’t free.
We don’t have a choice when it comes to paying student fees, but in theory, the money we spend We’re forced to pay for activities, health, transportation,
comes back to us in the form of free services. Inside followed the money to see exactly how our and technology. But when it comes time to fork over our
mandatory student fees are being spent. money for safety and sustainability, it’s easy to just say no.
By Stephanie Doctrow
By Sarah hutchins tional fees require student in-
Mandatory per-semester fee categories for undergraduates taking 12 or more credit hours volvement (gathering 10,000
e’re hustled IU Bloomington signatures and, once on the
near the arbo- Optional Service Fees list, allocating the money).
ACtIVItIES HEALtH trANSPOrtAtION
tECHNOLOgY retum, chased Arbutus 2011 yearbook $69 They ask that students make
$84.97 $111.34 $58.16 $197.28 down near the Dance Marathon
an investment in the future of
steps of Ballantine, and aggres- benefitting Riley $5 the University.
sively stalked with clipboards HPER Locker Rental For the past two or three
near the Sample Gates. “Sign (one term) $20 years, student groups have
tOtAL $451.75/SEMEStEr a petition,” we’re begged. “You IU Student Alumni rallied to collect enough sig-
don’t have to give any money.” Association Dues $15 natures to get a sustainabili-
FOLLOW So we sign and walk away feel- IUSA Rape Crisis Fund $3 ty fund on the menu of option-
Activity Fee for 2010-11 Mandatory Health Fee technology Fee ing good (albeit slightly violat- Little 500 2011 al fees, says Jacob Bower-Bir,
for 2010-11 tHE MONEY All Event Tickets $25 logistics chair of the Student
for 2010- 2011: ed by their persistence) that
Allocated To $ Percent Covers reduced rates for medical clinic
Most recent data available, as of What, exactly, is a funding budget and how we declared our commitment Live@the MAC Sustainability Council. Every
($20/visit) Sampler-Flex Pass $60
Campus $0.39 0.5% 2010: IUB Student Technology Use does it benefit students? We decided to to the cause of the day. time, their efforts failed.
find out. Norvelle Theater Center
Day Care Prescheduled visits to a gynecologist Fees, 2007- 2008 Few petitions circulat- This fall, however, a group
are free Flex Pass $48
Graduate and $1.06 1.2% Allocated To Percent ExAMPLE 1 ed around campus get enough of 19 student organizations
Professional Two free Counseling and Psychological signatures to reach their final on campus came together un-
Services appointments Operating, maintaining, 20%
Student and upgrading Student Ritmos Latinos Indiana event destination: a small check box der the Student Sustainabili-
Organization Free nutritionist visit, contraception,
tobacco cessation programs
Technology Centers on OneStart’s “optional ser- gy changed, so did the yes/no ty Council to achieve this goal.
IU Auditorium $3.30 3.9% (STCs) vice fees” page during class option. The default choice be- Starting next fall, students will
IUSA $1.31 1.5% Consulting in STCS 19% registration. As a result, we came no, and students had to have the option to donate $5
Software in STCS 19% Club Budget rarely have to decide wheth- check a box only if they wanted toward campus sustainability
IUSA $1.25 1.5% transportation Fee
Readership for 2010-11 Consulting and services 12% er or not we want to cough up to pay for an optional fee. initiatives.
IUSA Student $4.75 5.6%
from the Support $5 for the cause we proudly Sarah Robinson, IUSA di- Just getting the signatures
Total revenue (99% of this
Organization comes from student fees):
Centers (online, email, signed our name in support of. rector of women’s affairs, or- is a milestone, Bower-Bir says,
phone, person) IUSA Funding Board
$4,525,902 And who can blame us for ganizes the optional Sexual but it’s only a small part of the
IUSTV $0.82 0.9% Printing in STCs 10% holding onto our money? We Assault Prevention Fund (for- recipe for a fund’s success. Stu-
Of this, $1,867,030 (41%) is STEPS workshops 7% scrimp and save and take out merly the Rape Crisis Fund). dents not only need to donate,
Indiana $2.81 3.3%
spent on salaries and wages. (through UITS)
Memorial Union We pay $4.75/semester to IUSA as loans for ever-increasing tu- She says the fund prospered but they need to get involved
An additional $2,630,431
Outdoor $0.62 0.7% Accounts on central 6% part of mandatory activity fee. ition. Then we’re faced with before the system change. in the process of spending the
(58% ) goes to supplies and systems and for Dial
expenses. This includes diesel fuel
$451.75 in mandatory student After the technology funds.
Rec Sports $53.37 62.8%
and gasoline, insurance, computing fees that go to activities, the changed, the fate of optional “You’re not buying absolu-
Research computing 3% ExAMPLE 2
Student Legal $9.83 11.6% services, printing and duplicating, Health Center, transporta- fees wasn’t hard to predict. As tion,” Bower-Bir says. “You’re
Services repairs and maintenance, Instructional 2% tion, and technology. So when former Dean of Students Rich- buying responsibility.”
Union Board $4.98 5.9% advertising, and promotions. publications Free computers to use at Teter NST it comes to volunteering our ard McKaig warned the In- It’s easy to donate $5 to a
WIUX $0.48 0.6% Maintenance 1% hard-earned dough for “op- diana Daily Student in 2005, cause and then relax knowing
tional service fees,” it’s easy to “We’re making it too easy to that someone else will solve
UITS operating budget
just say no. In fact, it’s difficult ignore the check-offs.” As pre- the problem. But that’s not
to think of a reason to say yes. dicted, donations to the Sex- what a student fund is about,
ExAMPLE 3 But it wasn’t always easy ual Assault Prevention Fund Bower-Bir says.
to look the other way. Before plummeted. The fund steadily Students propose and or-
Free condoms from Health Center Health Center budget We pay $111.34/semester as We pay $197.28/semester as part the 2005-2006 school year, declined ever since. ganize student funds. If stu-
part of a student health fee. of a mandatory technology fee. students had to select “yes” Today, getting a cause on dents think the University
or “no” for every optional fee. the optional fees page is about
When registration technolo- more than raising money. Op- See FuTure on page 29
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SCHOLArSHIPS ranging from Middle Way House to HOUSINg
Your free ride ... isn’t.
Pages to Prisoners. needs solar panels, that’s where the
To him, the payoff for doing
well in school — he’s studying in the
multidisciplinary Liberal Arts and
money will go.
While a quarter of the student pop-
ulation backed the petition to add sus-
The cost of convenience
Management Program, also known as tainability to the optional fees list, Do the savings of off-campus living outweigh the benefits of
Aim high. Don’t forget to say “thank you.” Count your blessings. Since you were a kid, LAMP — is the wealth of opportunities Bower-Bir knows that even the best living close to class ? Inside tried to find out.
being a Wells Scholar, and simply being funds can quickly lose momentum.
you’ve probably heard one or all of these phrases from your parents. And when you go a Hoosier, affords him. Need proof? The $3 sexual as-
off to college, the sentiment behind those statements doesn’t change. Pacold has volunteered in
Calcutta, worked in New York City
sault prevention fund once collect-
ed $27,500 a year. The technology
n-campus versus off-
campus living — the
Union Street Center 4 Br,
2 bath apartment
and sat in on economics discussions change, coupled with a lack of aware- classic undergrad- $7450 per person for 9 months
By Mickey Woods load of H’s validated Anderson’s hard The expenses she is currently paying with Nobel Prize laureates. Plus, ness, caused the balance to drop to uate debate. One $7450/ 9 = $827.78 per month
work. for include groceries, books, and ink Pacold says he loves being around $12,041 by 2011. key argument RPS Utilities included
atchphrases like “ex- “It is so nice to know that IU wants for her printer. other Wellsies —fellow scholars with In the end, it’s up to us, the tired, throws at us every year is the sim-
ceptional,” “high lev- me to be here,” Anderson says. “That’s With Vanlandingham being able eccentricities and interests that cash-strapped, stressed-out students plicity of a single lump fee. One bill Varsity Villas 4 Br,
el of success,” and “tra- a very important decision in deciding to chip in a bit financially, she says 2.5 bath apartment
excite him. in the process of signing up for class- for everything you need. And all the
ditions of excellence” where you want to go to school.” her parents don’t harp on her about free stuff, like movie rentals and $1820/month for 10 months
Once he graduates in May, Pacold es. We have to take the time to check
accompany some IU hillary Though Anderson’s parents school. Vanlandingham is an adult, work out centers, that goes with it. $1820/4 people = $455 per month
Anderson is going to be involved with the Bank a box.
scholarship program descriptions. So can afford to send her to school, after all. Inside took a look at the expens-
of Montreal investment bank in The $3 or $5 we give to a fund might Utilities average $50/person,
what’s the common denominator ty- scholarships certainly help offset “If I fail a test, that’s on me,” she es for the new Union Street Cen- so total = $505 per month
Chicago this summer, and then after not manifest in something as tangible
ing the exchange of money and expec- costs. She can live anywhere in town, says. “But, who wants to be here in ter, and compared it with other
that, who knows. as a yearbook or gym locker. But what
tations of success together? You, the and at the moment, doesn’t have to school longer than they have to be? I four-bedroom apartments around less-tangible benefits. Center staff
For now, Pacold plans to enjoy we get in return, Bower-Bir argues, is
student. No matter where you stand, worry about finding a part-time job. don’t.” Bloomington. Turns out residents handles all maintenance issues, and
what’s left of his free ride, though he much greater. “The $5 investment will
whether your parents have you cov- Though she faces the drudgery of are paying a heavy chunk of change USC residents have access to a pri-
says there is no such thing. pay way more than $5 in dividends.”
ered or you work 40 hours a week at GPA requirements, the most pressure for a single bedroom in the center’s vate fitness center and an RPS store
“Most economics majors would So what do we get for our money?
Subway, the concept of “nothing is she faces might come from herself. If four-bedroom apartments. and library. USC residents also have
tell you that nothing is free,” Pacold We get the satisfaction of knowing our
free” has never rang more true. Here Jordan
Anderson did have a rough semester Gratitude Is Free says. “To me, though, the word ‘free’ friends are learning how to prevent Part of the price jump is ac- the option to break their contract
is the story of three students who un- and was in jeopardy of losing her Luke Pacold is on a full ride. counted for by the included fees mid-year without being charged or
implies gratitude. If you are given a sexual assault. We get the satisfaction
derstand that a good education some- scholarship, she says her worries Opportunities fall into his lap due most off-campus apartments sep- having to find a sub-letter.
gift, you have to be thankful for that of knowing that our campus will be a
times comes with a price tag. would be fewer thanks to a supportive to his merit, yet he is constantly arate out: utilities, cable, water, In- Looks like the key argument in
gift. The greater the magnitude of better place for the next generation of
family. appreciative of what he’s been given. the gift, the better the display of your students. And we get the satisfaction ternet, and trash pickup. the debate rests in the individual
“My mom, she’d love me no matter The senior from the Chicago area gratitude.” of knowing we invested in the future of Though things like utilities tech- student. The real freedom lies in the
how I did in school,” Anderson says. has a dad from the Czech Republic our University. nically aren’t free, there are other, ability to choose.
A load of h’s “Ultimately with everything I do in and a mom from Indonesia, who
When freshman Hillary Anderson school or otherwise, she just wants me have encouraged him to expand his
opened her nomination letter for the Pacold to be happy and healthy.” horizons in college.
Herbert Presidential Scholar program His experience as a Herman B
at IU, she didn’t even know what it was, Wells Scholar have allowed him to do
or more importantly, how she got it. just that.
“I just know it sounded really there were no required meetings Money Can’t Buy The program, which covers full
fancy,” Anderson says with a laugh. or other explicit requirements for happiness tuition and fees, nominates those
“My mom and dad rudely didn’t a Herbert Scholar. For Hudson and Freshman Jordan Vanlandingham in the highest percentile of their
answer my phone call, so I told my Holland, however, Anderson says she is Anderson’s future roommate. And graduating high school classes. As a
grandmother. It was a great day.” has to do a volunteer activity each though Vanlandingham’s parents pay result, Pacold is expected to perform
Anderson, a graduate of Carmel semester lasting from four to six for most of her schooling, she had to well in college, academically and
High School in Indianapolis, says hours. Last semester, she volunteered take out a $5,000 student loan to help socially.
she receives about $10,000 a year in with the Boys and Girls Club of pay the difference. Pacold says there isn’t a cookie
scholarship money. Bloomington to produce Teter Treat, Over the summer, Vanlandingham cutter scholar. “But Wells is a serious
In addition to being a Herbert a Halloween gathering for all ages in works full-time as a waitress and name to carry around. You don’t want
Scholar, Anderson is backed by the Teter Residence Center. In the fall hostess at Le Peep Restaurant in her to dishonor that name.”
the Hudson and Holland Scholars of their admission to IU, Hudson and hometown, Indianapolis, to save a bit Wells Scholars must maintain a 3.4
program and the Hutton Honors Holland scholars are also required to of money. It’s the least she can do to cumulative GPA and take two seminar
College. Anderson was excited take a course on education. help her parents, she says, but also the classes. In addition to his classes, he is
about the additional support, but This all seems overwhelming, but it least she can do to help herself. a coordinator of WAVE (Wells Activism
intimidated by the “load of H’s.” was integral to Anderson’s decision on “I feel like where I can help, I’m and Volunteer Effort). For about five
However, she was assured that where to study after high school. The obligated to,” Vanlandingham says. hours a week, he helps plan and execute
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By CJ lotz
he assignment: Live free of money for a week. I could cook with groceries purchased
during a normal shopping trip the week before, and I could bargain, haggle, dumpster
dive, and beg for food and rides. But no cash could leave my pocket or checking
account. ¶ I live a comfortable college life. I drink coffee like it’s my job and I’m
seeking a raise. I meet my friends on Fourth Street rather than cooking dinner, even if I have
enough groceries at home to throw something together. I’m careless about parking tickets. ¶
When I don’t see money, I don’t see how quickly it leaves. I’m not wealthy and I don’t live on my
parents’ money, but I’m forgetful enough that I cringe each time someone swipes my debit card:
Do I have any money in my account? ¶ I wanted the third week in January to be different. ¶
Sunday morning, I grabbed a few crumbled bills on the way out the door to church. As the offering
plate passed from pew to pew, I remembered the assignment and tucked them back in my pocket.
¶ I couldn’t spend any money, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t pay. Here’s what my week cost: Soup delivery. The Hillel
Center stocks a freezer of
Attention. When I used those up, Hillel Center on Third when I rush around. I Matzah Ball soup. When
There is so much free I dusted my brush with Street gives out free brewed coffee and poured you’re sick (or broke), give
food on this campus that baking soda. You can use pancakes. I stacked a plate it into a thermos instead the front desk a call and a
it’s amazing we shell out for that stuff for anything. with apple-butterscotch of sleeping late and hitting staff member will deliver you
anything during the first and chocolate chip-banana Starbucks first thing. a frozen block of comfort
few weeks of a semester. An open friend tab. pancakes. My friend food and a get well card. Just
With all the callouts, Allowing someone Rachel has been trying to lessons. heat the soup on the stove.
information sessions, and else to provide me dinner get me to learn about her I spent more moments
Date night. The IU Cinema
open houses, there are when I didn’t know where Jewish faith for a year, and saying grateful prayers
offers free tickets to most
enough pizzas and veggie else I would get food was she tempted me to Hillel over food. I surrendered
of its movies. I saw “Fort
platters to feed a small a beautiful and humbling with free food. I walked embarrassment and dove
Apache,” a John Wayne
country. Or a large campus. thing. When my friend throughout the building to pick up wrapped mints
I looked at Facebook and Laura cooked me beans, with her, and she even on the sidewalk. I planned
fliers to find events with rice, roasted squash, and showed me the beautiful my time better, tried new Sugar. Campus Candy
free food. I attended a goat cheese, I told her I Torah scroll. Hearing recipes, and carved out handed out free coffee and
“Taste of the Union” event wanted to pay her back. her read from it made more time for friends hot chocolate this winter and
where vendors gave away She said to put it on our me realize how much she — especially when they became one of my favorite
samples of their products. I friendship tab, and I like cherishes her faith. I came cooked dinner. stops.
ate little cups of pasta salad, that idea. There’s no official for pancakes, she came for Money you’ve already
pico de gallo, and wolfed accounting. We just make God and fellowship. We ate Sunday morning, spent. I never thought about
down half a cheeseburger, each other food or pick up and left nourished. my free week was over. I how many points I racked up
even though I haven’t eaten the bill for a coffee date dropped a few dollars in at T.I.S. College Bookstore. I
red meat in months. from time to time. We don’t Time. the offering plate. I took my checked it out and earned a
keep a record, we just know I valued my schedule boyfriend out to breakfast gift card to the Copper Cup
Creativity. when it’s time to take the more when I had no money. at the Runcible Spoon. coffee shop, as well as a
I ran out of toothpaste other out. Every morning, I woke up I drank coffee, savored free pint of ice cream from
on Thursday. I scrounged early enough to play with the refills, told him to get Bruster’s. You might have
in my bathroom for travel- Community. my dog and make breakfast, whatever he wanted, and enough for a Stromboli at
sized tubes from past trips. Every Thursday, the two things I forget about then paid for it. Nick’s English Hut.
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