Indianapolis has long been tagged as lacking a major university to anchor its cultural life. The truth is our city has a number of fine universities and colleges. And each of these institutions is enjoying tremendous success in a variety of ways.

Butler University, for example, is celebrating its 150th year of existence; the events planned for this celebration boggle the mind: speakers, musicians, special programs. Butler University, for example, is celebrating its 150th year of existence; the events planned for this celebration boggle the mind: speakers, musicians, special programs.

IUPUI is transitioning from a “commuter campus” to a community with the recent construction of new dormitories (see story in this package).

University of Indianapolis, on the city’s Southside, is excited about the appointment of Dr. Beverley Pitts, the university’s first woman president. Its Esch Hall, in addition, has just undergone a $12 million expansion and renovation. To add to the excitement, U.S. News and World Report has ranked U of I in the top 30 master’s institutions in the Midwest region.

Marian College, a small, Catholic, liberal arts institution, continues to be a leader in small athletics programs while encouraging students to serve the community upon graduation.

And Martin University, a college that found its humble beginnings in an old church and school, has launched a new high-profile ad campaign with Indiana Fever players while staying committed to serving low-income and minority adults.

University roundup by Lucas Klipsch Butler University Butler University

Overview: Butler is Indianapolis’ oldest university. It is home to five colleges, four graduate degrees and over 60 academic majors. Butler prides itself on its small class sizes (average of 21 students per class) and low student/faculty ratio (13:1).

Mascot: The Bulldogs

Location: Butler is located in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood about 46 blocks north of downtown Indianapolis and 18 blocks south of Broad Ripple.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $11,800

Brief History: Butler was founded in 1855 by an abolitionist named Ovid Butler.

Butler in the News: The institution will celebrate its 150th birthday this year with special appearances by former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Elvis Costello, George Will and Bill Bradley, to name a few.

Fun Fact: Though Butler has roughly 25,000 less students than IUPUI, it boasts five more D-I athletic programs than the Jaguars, including the Butler basketball teams, which play in the legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse featured in the movie Hoosiers.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “The word ‘nice’ is overused, but our students really are nice in all the positive connotations of that word.” —Dr. Bobby Fong, Butler president (

Franklin College

Overview: Franklin is home to over 1,000 full-time students from 20 states and seven countries. Franklin’s average class size is 17 and its student/faculty ratio is 13:1.

Mascot: The Grizzlies

Location: Franklin College is located in Franklin, Ind., which is about 20 miles south of Indianapolis’ Southside.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $8,400

Brief History: One of Indiana’s oldest colleges, Franklin was founded in 1834 by Baptist pioneers.

Franklin College in the News: Renovation of the new Johnson County affiliate for Habitat for Humanity headquarters is being coordinated by the Franklin College service learning program.

Fun Fact: In 1842, Franklin College became the first college in the state to accept female applicants.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “Franklin is an undergraduate liberal arts college … therefore you will be taught by actual faculty — not graduate students or doctoral students. You won’t be lectured at by a faculty member in a large lecture hall. Rather, you’ll be in a small classroom or lab and expected to participate. This is college after all!” —Franklin College Web site (

IUPUI IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis)

Overview: Known simply as “ooey-pooey” to many Indianapolis residents, IUPUI is the largest college in the city. Nearly 30,000 students attend IUPUI, from 49 states and 122 countries. IUPUI is, as the name indicates, a combination of Indiana University and Purdue University. The school offers over 185 programs from IU and Purdue.

Mascot: The Jaguars

Location: IUPUI is located on the northwest side of downtown Indianapolis.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $7,600

Brief History: IUPUI was created in 1969 as a partnership between Indiana University and Purdue University.

IUPUI in the News: This month, IUPUI will begin construction on a $50 million campus center, which will be constructed by Hunt Construction Group, the company that built Conseco Fieldhouse.

Fun Fact: Eighty-five percent of Indiana’s dentists are IUPUI graduates.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is an outstanding research university — a 21st century model for urban higher education.” —Charles R. Bantz, IUPUI chancellor (

Marian College

Overview: Marian is Indianapolis’ only Catholic university. It offers 38 majors, 26 minors, 17 associates and 12 concentrations. Thanks to its low enrollment (approximately 1,500 full-time students), its student/faculty ratio is 12:1.

Mascot: The Knights

Location: Marian College is located 32 blocks north of downtown Indianapolis, between North Kessler Boulevard North Drive and the White River.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $9,200

Brief History: Marian was founded in Indianapolis in 1937 under the direction of Mother Clarissa Dillhoff.

Marian College in the News: Marian President Daniel Elsener was recently elected president of the Indiana Campus Compact Board, a statewide community service-oriented board. He was also elected to the board of Indiana INTERNnet, an online resource used to connect employers and college students.

Fun Fact: Ninety-eight percent of Marian faculty and staff donate to the university.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “Other schools may prepare you for a career. At Marian College, we also prepare you for life.” —Marian College Web site (

Martin University

Overview: Martin University was intended to serve low-income, minority and adult students. Martin University and the Joyce Yarbro Program focus their attentions on at-risk students rather than strictly focusing on academic achievement.

Mascot: None

Location: Martin is located on the southwest corner of 22nd Street and Sherman Drive.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $4,260

Brief History: Martin was founded by the Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin in 1977 and became accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1987.

Martin University in the News: Martin is currently in a partnership with Indiana’s WNBA team, the Fever, to produce radio and television commercials this season.

Fun Fact: Every summer, Martin offers a six-week archaeological field school that engages approximately 20 high school students who work on field research at Fort Harrison State Park.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “It’s [Martin University’s] doors are always open to persons of all backgrounds who wish to be students, faculty or staff on this innovative, growing campus.” —Martin University Web site (

University of Indianapolis University of Indianapolis

Overview: University of Indianapolis, with approximately 4,100 full- and part-time students, is the second largest private university in the city. Like Butler, U of I has a small average class size (17 students per class) and a student/faculty ratio of 14:1.

Mascot: The Greyhounds

Location: University of Indianapolis is located on the Southside of Indianapolis, on Hanna Avenue between Shelby Street and State Street.

Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $12,000

Brief History: U of I was founded in 1902 by what is now the United Methodist Church. It was formerly known as Indiana Central University. University of Indianapolis in the News: Last year, U of I’s radio station, WICR, became the first public radio station in Indiana to convert to a high definition radio signal.

Fun Fact: U of I’s international student contingent compromises 20 percent of the entire student body. That gives U of I the second-largest international student population in the state.

Requisite Cheesy Marketing Statement: “The University of Indianapolis is inspiring excellence with a personal approach to education and a commitment to academic quality.” —University of Indianapolis Web site (

Lucas Klipsch just graduated from U of I. He was an editorial intern for NUVO in the spring of 2005.

Virtual Life By Scott McDaniel There was a time when computers were used primarily for word processing. They were hunks of mass that didn’t have much else to offer to college students. Now, students often find themselves living a virtual life in which just about anything can be done on a computer that has access to the Internet.

Social: Almost everyone has e-mail access now. But impatient college students tend to use a more immediate method to keep in contact with one another. There are several programs, but AOL Instant Messenger (AIM to experienced chatters) is one example of a popular instant messaging service. Unlike e-mail, messages appear immediately on the receiver’s screen. Other ways of socializing through the Internet include, where you can pinch friends (I don’t know why) and write messages on their walls while reading personal information they’ve posted about themselves and even classes they’re enrolled in, and (like facebook, a stalker’s best friend). Want to meet new people without actually having to talk to anyone? Read all about someone at your leisure. Look up hobbies, interests, age, location and, of course, check out their picture, kind of like a dating service. Getting to know people and selecting new friends has never been easier.

School-Related: You won’t hear many students say that school is easy. But some things have gotten easier. Students can now register for and take courses online, do research on the Internet and use a number of sites to help with studying. With the click of a mouse, students can check out,,, etc., for summaries and study guides on thousands of works of literature to help them BS their next overnight write and provide more time for less actual work. Plus, students no longer need to deliver papers to professors by hand. Many professors allow assignments to be e-mailed in by their due date, and some prefer it.

Shopping: Students are tired of buying books from the university bookstore for hundreds of dollars and selling them back at the end of the year for pocket change. Buy used books online for cheap at, eBay or amazon. But Internet shopping doesn’t stop at books. Students can order pizza online and have it delivered to their door. Movies, clothes, mail order brides, whatever. If you can imagine it, it can probably be found and bought online. And music can be sampled and downloaded on the Internet. Anyone can buy and download music, using itunes or napster, to put onto mp3 players or burn onto CDs, or break the law and download for free using one of many file sharing programs. As long, that is, as you can sleep at night knowing you’re taking money away from some struggling musician who can barely pay the insurance on her Ferrari.

Timewasters: On the Net, one can find tons of free games to play to pass time at, or tons of other random sites. Also, most computer games that people buy can be played offline or multiplayer online, meaning you can play with someone across the globe. Or if immature college amusement is what a student desires, sites such as the properly titled can grant their wish. Then there is the ever-expanding online gambling industry. Students can spend hours at online casinos playing poker or blackjack, or betting on sports games while hoping Mom doesn’t figure out where their lunch money has been going. Now that the world is so connected through the Internet, college students can do just about everything they need or want to without actually going anywhere. This is the college student’s virtual life. A convenient and lazy life, but until beer can be sampled and downloaded like music, not quite perfect.

Scott McDaniel is in his senior year at Butler University. He was a summer intern with NUVO.

Rep. Mark Souder Don’t get convicted for pot, pals by Matthew Sledge For many middle- and lower-income students, federal financial aid is crucial for attending college. But an unusual provision in the law governing federal aid denies those with drug convictions from receiving money. Mark Souder, who represents Indiana’s 3rd District in the House of Representatives, championed the restriction in the Higher Education Act. Souder claims that the provision was initially intended to address only those convicted of a drug offense while receiving aid, and that the Clinton Administration’s Department of Education misinterpreted the language of the law. The Department of Education estimates that over 160,000 students have lost aid since the provision initially took effect in 1998. The law applies only to drug convictions, and felonies like murder or rape are unaffected by its provisions. Souder intended the bill to act as a deterrent for the abuse of illicit substances.

Since 1998, a variety of drug reform groups, organized under the umbrella of the Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform (CHEAR), have fought against the provision. In July, the House of Representatives reauthorized the Higher Education Act with language that would restrict aid only to those convicted of offenses while receiving aid. A proposed amendment that would have entirely repealed the provision from the act was defeated on a largely party-line vote, with the Republican leadership opposed to the amendment.

CHEAR criticizes the new version of the HEA. It claims the law unfairly targets lower-class and minority students, who are more likely to have drug convictions on their criminal records. Alternative sentencing and treatment programs frequently cost hundreds of dollars, and may be more difficult for low-income students to enter. Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) claims that failing to repeal in full the drug provision “will leave tens of thousands behind.”

The new HEA bill has yet to be signed into law. In September, the Senate will take up discussion on its own version of HEA reauthorization, and CHEAR may prove more fortunate there.

For now at least, the original provision remains in force, and all financial aid is denied to any students with drug convictions. The organizations criticizing the new version of the HEA stress that students who are uncertain whether the law affects them should contact a lawyer. CHEAR’s Web site,, also offers advice for students unsure of the law’s effects on them.

Matthew Sledge has interned with NUVO the past two summers. He is entering his sophomore year at Brown University.

Pie in the eye by Steve Carr It’s that time of year again: hordes of college students scampering back to campus with the future of America strapped across their broad, idealistic shoulders. Apple-cheeked and bright-eyed, aching to bust beyond the books and get involved; to dig in and make a difference, shift a paradigm and effect a change.

Their tools of choice? Placards, petitions and, increasingly, pies.

Last spring, in the span of a week, mega-righty William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and flip-flopped conservative David Horowitz were on the receiving end of a sweet treat while speaking at Earlham and Butler universities, respectively.

Two’s a trend, pilgrims, so in the interest of budding momentum, here are the hot pies for ’05 and the mugs that tell them, “You complete me.”

For Alberto Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney general who told a Senate panel earlier this year that he was open to suggestions on changing the Patriot Act so long as those changes did nothing to reign in the Act’s power, we’ve got a special thanks-but-no-thanks pie: the classic mud pie, with real mud. We’re open to changing the recipe, just so long as it doesn’t change the taste. Here’s mud in your eye, Alberto.

For Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the word-mincer who promised to streamline state government, how about a nice mincemeat pie, served in a waffle cone?

For President Bush, who is in no hurry to get U.S. troops out of Iraq, how about a nice, we’re-in-too-deep-dish cherry pie? So deliciously sticky, we’ll be cleaning up the mess for years to come.

For professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro, who in March told Congress, “I have never used steroids. Period,” and five months later was suspend by MLB for steroid use, we have Jose Canseco’s take on the classic apple pie. Just like your mom’s but, um, “juicier.” And 30 percent bigger.

For Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, the worry wart who’s concerned that “encouraging homemakers to become lawyers” may not be best for the “common good,” a nice Lady Finger pie. If John’s gonna get his fingers in the ladies’ business, turnabout seems like fair play.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the politician who really isn’t a politician, deserves a pie that really isn’t a pie: a beefcake.

Because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, how about a bourbon pecan pie for Massachusetts Sen. Teddy Kennedy. Actually, Teddy might prefer that you forget the pie and just smash him in the chops with the bourbon … one tumbler at a time.

For Tom Cruise, who recently lectured NBC’s Matt Lauer on the history and dangers of psychiatry, we’re suggesting a whopping faceful of humble pie, because it’s never too late to try a new taste.

For Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who knows money doesn’t grow on trees — it grows on Bart Peterson — we have the Chinese Takeout Cash Pie. Plaster one of these puppies right onto Uncle Jim’s wild grin — he’ll be hungry for more real soon.

There you have it. The menu and the hit list. Now, go get pie-ing. The gasbags of the world are waiting for their just desserts.

Steve Carr has covered comedy for NUVO for five years.

Condom Bingo by Shireen Dadkhah Seeing definitions like “the surgical removal of part or all of the prepuce” and “a small, elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva, homologous with the penis” could be uncomfortable in a classroom full of people. But amid the buzz of the overhead fluorescent lights and the shuffling of feet on the worn-out linoleum you can hear quiet victories being whispered. Plastic crinkles as students place condoms on the appropriate definitions when they hear members of the Student Action Team (SAT for short) call out words like clitoris, circumcision and gonorrhea. The girl sitting next to you is still glowing proudly from winning a gift certificate for putting a condom on a banana. You’re not sure if you should feel embarrassed for her — or for the girl who came in last.

Ball State’s Condom Bingo, renamed for the more politically correct SAFE (Sexual Awareness For Everyone) Bingo, is an example of how Ball State is making sex approachable and fun. While the debate continues on how and if to educate students on sexual awareness, some schools have found a way to get students interested and make things a little less boring and bookish. Playing an old game with a new twist, Ball State has managed to make not just sex, but sexual awareness, fun.

Shireen Dadkhah, a graduate of Ball State University, served as a photo intern this summer at NUVO.

Top five student discounts 1. Student Advantage Card Dozens of discounts, but what really sticks out are the Amtrak and Greyhound ones — 15 percent off. One year costs $22.50.  2. Movie Theater Discounts Always ask — you never know which theater might have one. And don’t forget to bring your student ID with you on vacations.  3. Computer Discounts Check with your school’s technology department before you buy a computer — you can save hundreds on arrangements that many schools have with manufacturers like Dell and Apple.  4. Software Discounts The same goes for software — IU students, for example, can save literally hundreds of dollars because of an agreement with Microsoft.  5. Hostelling More widely known in Europe, hostels are in plenty of cities in America, too. At you can get a discount on 100 hostels in America and 4,000 worldwide. Indianapolis has a hostel on Winthrop Avenue. Chaz and Amanda Bennington, wearing fashions from Rural, set the precedent for smart fall dressing. On Chaz: A.P.C. Velvet pants, $165, are a great investment and alternative to jeans that take you from class to work. A.P.C. Astro dye sweater, $125, is a practical, lightweight long-sleeve sweater that has lots of versatility and should be a wardrobe staple. A.P.C. black trench coat, $325, is a classic transitional weather coat and should also be a wardrobe staple that’s worth the investment and will outlast trends and seasons. On Amanda: A.P.C. Jersey Couture little black dress, $280. It’s cotton, it’s classic, it’s tailored and, more importantly, it’s comfortable to wear and can, with a change of footwear, take you from casual to dressy.  Don’t rush the season by Mary Lee Pappas“Rushing the season” is a common fashion faux pas made by even the most knowing fashionista. “Rushing the season” is when you’re so excited for seasonal trends and looks that you wear them prematurely and not weather-appropriately. For example, wearing a wool sweater in 85-degree September heat. Basically, pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly, no matter what new wardrobe item you want to show off.

There are also times when you need to ditch the season, too. This means putting away the uber trendy summer looks that are over, like those cotton jersey (and, um, “Jersey”) gauchos. Ick! They’re not attractive and thus ideal to toss away while transitioning into cooler weather wardrobe.

And speaking of wardrobe, you should be establishing one and using trends to build off your basics. Worn carefully, trends keep you up-to-date. Not all trends will suit your style or look good on you, so get to know your body and learn how to manipulate trends without them overwhelming you. Trendy doesn’t translate to well-dressed.

The boho styles of summer continue into fall with a little bit more structure. Trade in your crinkled, cotton, gauze layered prairie skirts for fitted embroidered jeans. Set your beaded, handkerchief cami aside for a slim-cut military-inspired or velveteen (cotton velvet) jacket. Burn your pink boucle from last year because Victorian Gothic touches, like lush, deep-colored, velvets are in. Velvet is a strictly cold weather fabric, but the right jacket or handbag could make an early fall appearance. And be fabric savvy — another way to stay well-dressed. Go with velveteen void of synthetics that give a nauseatingly gaudy shine, have less pile and don’t stand the test of time. And, like any trend, don’t go head-to-toe with it.

Gothic is in and should not be confused with the dismal Gen Con, cheap, costumey-looking, teen angst Goth. This means black, tailored clothes, dark nail polish, deep red lips, eye-liner (go with deep browns) on upper and lower lids and smoky dark shadows for a mysterious, ladylike look.

Switch out the oversized sunglasses for a grommet embellished pair. And put the classic summer espadrilles on hiatus for ballet flats or brown leather boots with a tall, skinny wooden heel.

When the evenings start to get chilly, grab a cashmere sweater. Cashmere is a year-round fabric. Soft and natural, it’s pricier, but should be a lifelong investment.

Wool sweaters should have a very long shelf life as well, so it’s recommended you go for the classics (solid colored cables, rag, poor boy and Shetlands) or styles that will outlast this season. If you don’t shop vintage, you should learn how for unique wooly sweaters and save another sheep from being sheared.

You can keep your heavy wood beads from summer, but add solid, smooth, chunky gold pieces — the more fluid, the better.

The key to clothing longevity is care. Hang your jackets, pants and skirts up properly when you take them off. Invest in good hangers. Don’t cram clothes into your closets and drawers. If you do, then it’s time to toss what you aren’t wearing. Sometimes dry cleaning can kill clothes. Today, it is common for clothes to have finishes that will be lost upon a first wash or dry cleaning, so be careful about what you buy. Case in point: the staple Ralph Lauren women’s French cuff shirts — love them, but their slick façade is temporal.

Guys, baggy jeans are a no-no. Cowboy boots are a go. The shaggy, grown-out, haircut à la the Beatles’ early years and Jude Law hair is in and can modernize your fall look. Hopefully, you’ve grown up and grown out of the vintage logo T-shirts enough to buy a great fall blazer to throw over shirts with jeans. Buy a brown studded or grommet covered manly belt. And aviator sunglasses are hot.

Mary Lee Pappas covers fashion, visual arts and other issues for NUVO.

Best finds for the fall  Mossimo military style waist length jacket, $27.99 at Target  OPI nail color in “Lincoln Park After Dark,” at Skinners in Broad Ripple  Sequin encrusted ballet flats from Urban Outfitters,, $34.99, plus $6 shipping  Rum Raison lipstick from Bobbi Brown at Nordstrom, $20  Street Ahead turquoise encrusted jeans at Sage, 717 Massachusetts Ave., $274  

Top 10 gadgets for school  1. External Hard Drive 

Gigabytes and gigabytes of pictures, music and videos are waiting for you on your school’s network. Prices change rapidly depending on what special offers are happening, but was selling a 120GB USB 2.0 drive last week for $82. An external drive lets you take your files over to a friend’s room — and your friend’s files back to yours.  2. External DVD Burner

Even more portable storage. More than four gigabytes fit on a single blank DVD, and their price is often around 50 cents a disc. found external DVD burners for less than $70.  3. iPod Shuffle

It’s half style, half study aid. You can load the $99 512MB model up with 240 songs, or with hundreds of floppy discs worth of files. Need to bring a paper to the library to print out? It’s perfect.  4. Digital Camera

Cheap is good. You’ll take it more places and feel more adventurous. Kodak’s EasyShare CX7330 retails for under $100.  5. Scanner

A definitely unglamorous and unexpectedly useful addition for anybody’s room. You’ll be able to scan in pictures and papers without having to run to the library. Try to snag one for around $50, or consider an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier for about $100.  6. In-ear Headphones

The ear buds that come with MP3 players usually aren’t very impressive, so upgrading to in-ear headphones, like Apple’s $39 model, might be the ticket if you want isolation and bass.  7. Computer Remote

The distance from your bed to the computer can feel insurmountable when you’re in a college-induced lazy streak. Streamzap’s PC Remote Control, which you can find on for $27, lets you control all sorts of applications from 40 feet away.  8. Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

A step up from the remote, a wireless keyboard and mouse take away the cords and let you control your computer from anywhere you want in your room. You can find a pair online at in the $40 range.  9. Sony PSP

At $250, it’s not cheap. But it is a very good-looking portable video game player that offers a little more excitement than the Gameboy. And it can play movies, show pictures and store files.  10. Mini Sharpie

Low-tech, high versatility. Just $1 at Staples, and you can put it on your keychain. Write on CDs or anything else that strikes your fancy. Use discretion at your own discretion.


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