Local Youth Program Assures no one dies alone

By Sinazo Mtshengu, Staff writer

 

What happens when the homeless die? It’s a question not many consider. When a man or woman with no family, no home and no money dies, who is there to guarantee a dignified burial for them?

This struck a chord with first-time filmmaker Edward Heavrin, who took this question to the streets. Like Heavrin, most people had not given this question much thought because no one really cared enough to think about it.

 

In 2006, a staff member of Saint Xavier High School heard about a program called the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society started at Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where the school carried out burial services for the poor.

Ben Kresse, a theology teacher at Saint Xavier, said that after hearing about this program, he contacted the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office to get a burial program started at the high school.

The students and staff of Saint Xavier started attending these burials and carried out their first services in April 2006 at River Valley Cemetery. The project has attracted more schools in the greater Louisville area including Trinity High School, Assumption High School, Bellarmine University and Mercy Academy.

The program carries out these burials each week, with all the schools participating. Kresse said there were 39 burials this summer and the program has been able to bury over 1,000 people in seven years. The program at Saint Xavier began with five students and now has more than 250 people involved in the burials, and the school’s club has 150 members.

Heavrin heard about this project from his father who was reading a newspaper and stumbled on an article about Saint Xavier and its Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society program. Heavrin attended one of the burials and realized this story needed to be told.

Heavrin decided to chronicle some of these burials in a film called “The Potter’s Field.”

Heavrin didn’t know anyone who could shoot the documentary. Even though he had no formal training in filmmaking, he decided to shoot this film himself.  Heavrin began shooting a documentary he thought would take two weeks but ended up taking three years.

Heavrin said there were many sacrifices in shooting this documentary. He said he did not spend a lot of time with his family or his girlfriend. But he also said he would not change anything.

The film premiered at the Flyover Film Festival this summer at the Clifton Center. Since then, it has been shown at the Kentucky Center of Performing Arts to a full house.

“I have had so many failures in my life. For people to want to see (Potter’s Field) was great,” he said.

Kresse, however, said he feels like the film did not really capture the essence of the program. He said the documentary focused too much on the fact the program buries the homeless when only 30 percent of burials are for the homeless.

“The rest are poor people who cannot afford to be buried or whose families have no way to bury them,” Kresse said.

In addition, the documentary did not include information about Saint Joseph of Arimethea, for whom the program is named.

Kresse said, “There was an absence of why the program was created.”

Kresse said that the community members have been supportive with their donations and their time.

Heavrin is now filming the documentary of young actor Jesse Heiman, called the world’s greatest extra, who become famous for a 30-second advertisement at the Super Bowl for Go-Daddy.

In November, Heavrin plans to screen “The Potter’s Field” at Bellarmine. Check The Concord for information about date and time of screening.

 

The Bellarmine Scooter Squad Has the Right to Scoot

Angela

Bellarmine students and faculty have seen them rolling around since the beginning of the semester: the infamous scooter guys. These boys ride around campus on Razor scooters that you might remember from 6th grade, and they scoot them everywhere. I’ve personally seen them flying down the hill by the dorms, gliding through the quad and even rolling around inside of University Dining Hall.

Apparently, most of these guys you see scooting around are Bellarmine lacrosse players. I spoke with freshmen player Stuart Smith, and his reasoning for the scooters was surprisingly practical.

“All the freshmen lacrosse guys got on campus and were talking about all the hills. We came up with a brilliant idea for the boys to get scoots to roll around campus with,” Smith said.

Personally, I think it’s great. They aren’t bothering anyone, and for some reason, I can’t help but giggle when I hear “let’s go, boys!” and see four guys in a single-file line speeding down the hill towards the quad. It takes a certain level of bravery to zoom past the walking students in the quad on a Razor scooter. They seem to have few inhibitions, which is admirable.

The scooter boys even have their own Twitter and Instagram accounts (bu_scoots). Some of my favorite tweets are:

“Sadly you won’t be seeing the Scoot squad crushing hills . . . This is what happens on rainy days #TheRainNeedsToBounce #westillkillinit”

“If a scoot is cookin’ it down the hill, all we ask is PLEASE don’t scream to us cuz if we turn to look, you can meet us in the hospital”

“I’m gonna be late to class!!! Haaaa, kidding I got a #Scoot”

Some students, however, seem to hate the BU scoot squad.  People scoff, roll their eyes or tweet their opinions on how immature Bellarmine students can be. Why all the hate? These guys are just trying to get to class on time. No one frowns upon the people riding bikes to and from class, so what’s the difference with scooters?

“Honestly, we never thought much of it. We just thought it was a more enjoyable way to get around campus. Never thought it would fire up or offend so many people,” Smith said. “To us, it’s just a quick way to get to class.”

The buzz around the BU scoots has been surprisingly negative, and quite frankly, undeserved. Yes, they are drawing attention to themselves, but it’s all in good fun, and like Smith said, they ride them for convenience. If you could find a way to avoid walking the hills of Bellarmine, you would, too. Let the guys have their scooters. However, the guy who rolls around the quad in his “Heelys” is a different story entirely.

 

The World Accordion to Hildreth

Will Ford, Entertainment Editor

When Professor Todd Hildreth decided to pick up an instrument at age 10, all of his friends were either playing the piano, like Scott Joplin, or the guitar, like John Denver.

Hildreth was never one to follow a trend.

“Choosing my own ideas is important to me,” he said.

Hildreth started on the accordion soon thereafter. Later, when he saw Jerry Lee Lewis on TV for the first time, he added the piano.

Today, he plays in the unorthodox band Squeezebot. It embodies the creativity and pursuit of his passions that Hildreth constantly strives for.

The very musically inclined Hildreth that we know now is not the same person he was when he started at Bellarmine in 1985. He wanted to be an English teacher when he first enrolled. Halfway through his career at Bellarmine, he added a music minor to go along with his English major.

This educational background allowed Hildreth to learn the science of music. He was formally educated in jazz, although his musical interests were all across the board.

He said his desire to continue in music led him to play any type of show. He has played punk rock shows, nursing home shows and shows in the now defunct concert series called the Mayor’s Summer Series, where he played old Tin Pan Alley numbers.

Hildreth does not like to name-drop too much because of his focus on the music, but he will talk about the time he played with Aretha Franklin at the Louisville Palace or when he played with Norah Jones as a part of Liberation Prophecy.

He made it to another big stage when one of his bands, King Kong, played the side stage at Lollapalooza in 1994. The Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys headlined Lollapalooza the same year.

Hildreth has been a part of many acts and appeared on many stages, but he said this is no accident.

“The key to life is diversity,” he said. “Opportunity is always there.”

The band he has now may be his most diverse invention yet. After he settled back in Louisville, he played in a six-piece classical accordion ensemble.

While in the ensemble, he was still looking for something else. Hildreth was offered a spot to play a bar on a regular schedule.

Hildreth and his bandmates were practicing for their usual gig at his house when he got a call that Megan Samples, the drummer, had locked away her drum set and could not get access to it for a while, so Hildreth told her to just come over and bang on a phone book.

At practice, Samples saw a toy drum set that Hildreth had bought for his young son in his basement and started playing on that. Oddly, they liked it. The first pieces of the puzzle were set: accordion and toy drum set.

Hildreth received word that the usual guitar player could not make it to one of the shows. Hildreth then called Mick Sullivan, a friend and fellow Bellarmine alum, asking if he could lend his guitar services for the night. But Sullivan said he wanted to play banjo. Hildreth thought Sullivan wanted to play the banjo for a few songs, but Sullivan said he wanted to play it the whole time.

Hildreth’s response was typical. “Sure, whatever,” he said.

Now that they were playing with an accordion, a toy drum set, and a banjo, Hildreth told the current bass player that if they could find a good tuba player to play the bass lines, they were going play with the tuba, not the bass. It only seemed fitting.

Soon, they found a tuba player on Craigslist.

After multiple happy accidents, the unconventional band was born. Its name became Squeezebot, a twist on squeezebox, the nickname for an accordion.

Hildreth describes Squeezebot’s sound as happy and fun. While the band plays covers like “Come Together” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” he insists Squeezebot is not a novelty act. He said the band has learned to infuse jazz, bluegrass and rock elements into these pop songs and as a result have had some fantastic jamming.

Squeezebot has released two albums of covers, the most recent one called “Sweet Dreams Are Made of Squeeze.”

Senior music major Pat Ahrens has seen Squeezebot multiple times at Wick’s.

“They play ‘70s and ‘80s songs. Nobody does it like them,” he said, “You get to hear songs in a completely different way. That’s what makes them great musicians.

“It’s the kind of thing Todd would do. He is such a cool guy.”

A local bar, Nachbar, has made Squeezebot a household name in Germantown. James Gunnoe, who owns Nachbar with his wife, really loved another of Hildreth’s previous bands, Java Men, and he wanted them to play at his bar. Hildreth said no because he was working Squeezebot at the time.

Gunnoe and Hildreth were able to work out a deal, and Squeezebot starting playing some shows at Nachbar.

“Their audience kept getting bigger, so it only made sense for us to have them every week,” Gunnoe said. “People have come more often in the summer because of them.”

Squeezebot plays weekly from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Nachbar.

Hildreth still plays at other locations with Squeezebot year round. Check the band’s Facebook page for upcoming shows, videos and photos. 

Intramural volleyball attracts international students

Dakota Branham, Staff

Ten international students from nine different countries across four different continents have joined forces to participate in an activity completely foreign to them: intramurals sports.

The American Rejects, their chosen name, also includes U.S. students.

The members of American Rejects said that many of them are first-time players and are not very competitive, but they said that have improved much in just a few short weeks of practicing.

The intramural volleyball league, hosted by Bellarmine’s Student Recreation and Fitness center and organized by Cody Jennings, assistant director of intramural and club sports, is a four-week, six-on-six co-recreation league.

David Armyr of Sweden said: “We aren’t very competitive but we all keep high spirits and focus on having a good time. I really am surprised by the amount of fun I’m having. That’s why we keep coming back each week!”

One member of the team, Yuta Tarumi of Hong-Kong, is not new to volleyball; he played competitively in China.

Though the team name suggests a possible alienation from Americans, the team members said they feel nothing of the sort. In fact, they only spoke highly of how friendly U.S. residents have been.

“I am surprised with how nice the Americans have been to me,” said Germany native Laura Knieps. “Everywhere I go, someone has said hello and asked how my day has been.”

Teammate and Netherlands native, Kü- bra Kara agreed. “Everyone has been very welcoming to all of us, it seems,” Kara said.

Knieps said: “It’s cool to get involved in student activities. We have very large universities back home with no dorms or intramurals. But here, you are really pushed to get involved. I think we have all enjoyed that.”

Other international members of this volleyball team include Brianna Ellis, Bernadette Ong, Harry Gifford, Kelsey Goener, Daniel Hoppe and Hang Lun So.

With the end of the intramural volleyball season approaching and their friendship growing stronger, these fun-loving exchange students said they look forward to their next intramural adventure together.

 

Bellarmine Basketball Lands Purdue Transfer Donnie Hall

Dakota Branham, Staff

New Albany’s Donnie Hale will join the Bellarmine men’s basketball team in December, after finishing the academic semester at Purdue University. Hale will not have to sit out one season because he is transferring from an NCAA Division I school to a Division II school.

“Donnie is leaving in good academic standing and good standing with our team,” said Chris Forman, associate sports information director at Purdue. “Being that he redshirted one year already, I believe Bellarmine was his choice because he could play right away.”

The 6-foot-8 Hale was an Indiana All-Star and McDonald’s All-American nominee his senior year at New Albany, averaging 18 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots. He attended Bridgton Academy in Maine for a season before going to Purdue. At Purdue, he redshirted his freshman year and only played one season as a redshirted freshman.

Because of NCAA legal ramifications, Bellarmine men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport was unable to comment on the transfer.

Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter said: “Donnie has expressed his intent to transfer to be closer to home and for his desire for more playing time. We thank him for his hard work and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

As a Boilermaker, Hale played in 32 games in his redshirt-freshman year and drew eight starting assignments. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. Hale led Purdue in points and rebounds in two games while scoring in double figures five times and recording one double-double (points and rebounds).

The Knights finished last season 24-8 (12-6 in the conference) and exited the NCAA Division II tournament earlier than expected when Drury University defeated them.

 

 

Scott Davenport Speaks for “On the Record”

Dakota Branham, Staff

The opening presentation of Bellarmine’s newest series event, “On the Record,” began with an interview of Bellarmine University’s men’s head basketball coach, Scott Davenport, as he shared life lessons that he had learned throughout his career as a player and coach.

This presentation by Davenport took place Sept. 23 in Cralle Theatre, located in the Wyatt Center for the Arts on Bellarmine’s campus.  The “On the Record” series is being sponsored by Bellarmine’s Student Government Association (SGA).

Davenport is a long-time, championship-winning, basketball coach who has now served eight years as Bellarmine men’s head basketball coach.

Davenport was the first prominent Louisvillian invited by Bellarmine’s Student Activities Center (SAC) to speak in the series. Sarah Fromm, director of student activities for orientation and leadership, was responsible for coordinating this event and hopes to make it a full-fledged series consisting of important people from the Louisville and Bellarmine communities.

Davenport discussed everything from basketball to family and old friends. The structure of his presentation was an interview, during which Chancellor Dugan, the women’s basketball coach, asked Davenport a series of questions.

Most questions were geared towards lessons that Davenport had learned throughout his life and career, as well as how and why he became a basketball coach. Most of the lessons he had learned from coaching or playing basketball, however, were expressed as practical lessons to be applied in the everyday life of a non-athlete.

Davenport said that an early childhood experience in 1969 was the reason he one day aspired to coach in the NCAA men’s Final Four.

“I was playing with my childhood best friend, Allen Craig,” Davenport said, “when his father came and said that (the family) was going to the Final Four. I remember wanting to go badly, and his mother asked me if I would like to take her spot.”

This was Davenport’s first experience seeing an NCAA Final Four in person, and from this point forward, he said he knew that he would like to be there one day, either playing or coaching.

  Davenport’s basketball career started, like his trip to the Final Four, by chance. “One day,” Davenport said, “I was inside the gym wearing blue jeans, Chuck Taylor’s and a sweatshirt, watching some guys play a pick-up game. I was asked if I wanted to play with them and said yes. After playing, I was asked to walk onto the team.”

 Eventually, he landed a job at the University of Louisville working under head coach Denny Crum. 

Davenport said that he learned many things from Crum, but said that he mostly learned patience.  He said Crum was the most patient guys he had ever encountered in his life. While Davenport wanted to yell at the referees during games for making bad calls or not making a call at all, Crum would remain calm

Crum could sense Davenport’s frustration, though. Davenport said Crum would tell him not to worry and that the referees were doing the best job  they could.

Davenport has been on the staff of collegiate championship teams since near the beginning of his career. He has worked under Crum, Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino.

After working under Pitino at the University of Louisville for a few years, he found out that Bellarmine had a head coach opening for the 2005-06 season. He said that Pitino was his biggest advocate for the position.

    Davenport said that Pitino contacted everyone at Bellarmine regarding the position, including the university president, Dr. Joseph J. McGowan. For three weeks, Pitino pushed for Davenport to get the head coaching job, but then asked him not to take the job in favor of keeping Davenport on staff at Louisville.

In 2011, just six years after taking on the position and building a respectable program, Davenport became the first coach in Bellarmine history to win a national championship in any sport, at any level. He defeated BYU-Hawaii for the NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship.

“After the game,” Davenport said, “the same man who requested that I decline the position as head coach of Bellarmine, (Pitino) was the second person to text me congratulations for the win. The text came at 3:11 p.m. I’ll never forget it.”

    Davenport has won a college national championship, coached under three championship-winning coaches, coached against his son at Xavier and watched him cut down the nets as a Louisville assistant at the age of 24, yet he still aspires to accomplish more.

   “I am the luckiest man in the world,” Davenport said. “I do not feel as if I am working at all. I wake up every day to coach the game that I love, there is nothing sweeter than that.”

The next guest speaker for the “On the Record” series has yet to be announced by the Student Activities Council.

 

Speaking for Syria: Local Syrian Refugee Comments on Her Home Country

Allison Pawley, Staff

“Kathy Wells,” whose name has been changed for security reasons, is a voice for her fellow Syrians, who are deeply suffering in a civil war that has killed well over 100,000 people.

While this tragedy has made headlines for years now, this was not always the case. Wells lived in Damascus, Syria with her parents, her brother and her two sisters until she was 20. 

She remembers eating at restaurants with her family, walking the streets late at night without fear, celebrating her sister’s wedding and listening to music.  “That is the kind of life I grew up with—full of love, respect, peace.”

This peaceful life, however, was lacking freedom.  Wells was constantly told how to live, what job to get and whom she would marry.  She was forbidden from speaking her mind.  So, when she was 20, she left the college where she studied psychology and came to America, knowing no English at all. 

She settled in Louisville, scrambled to find a place to live and got a job working at Don Pablo’s.  She remembers taking menu orders, only knowing the words “yes,” “no” and “maybe.” But, she says, “I needed the freedom to live the way I wanted to.” 

She considers her life to be an American success story. Her heart, however, aches for her country and her people. 

As a Christian, she grew up praying with her Muslim friends and never fearing for her own safety, but she acknowledges that her people were without freedom to speak. If they had, they might have been captured and tortured. 

After years of oppression, many were eager to taste freedom.  Things went wrong, Wells says, when Saudi Arabia got involved. She explains that the fighters today are not Syrian. 

Syrians suffer in silence while trained Al-Qaeda fighters from Saudi Arabia work to unseat Bashar al-Assad and institute Sharia Law.  Wells says the Al-Qaeda groups used the discontent of the Syrians as an opportunity to take control, and now everyone is suffering. 

“The Syrians wanted freedom, but who’s paying the price now? The people. The children have no food, no house, no future.” 

Her friends in Syria write her in secret via Facebook to tell her things they see.  A woman is shot carrying her bread; a man is killed and his murderer eats his heart; Hafez Assad cuts off the town’s electricity for weeks or months; bombs drop everywhere. 

“Each house in Syria has lost a lot—brothers, sisters, parents, children,” Wells says. “But they live in fear. They cannot complain.”

Russia and Iran want to help Assad, while Saudi Arabia aids the rebels. The US came very close to acting militarily as well, but Wells is not in support of any of this.  She says that if President Obama had gotten involved the situation would have been a crisis of epic proportions. 

“Russia would get involved, China would get involved, Lebanon would get involved.” If that happened, the fighting would not remain in Syria, she says.  “They would head to the United States. And that’s a fact. Not a story.” 

She places full blame on Assad for allowing these fighters into the country and failing to protect his people. She also believes that if the rebels are successful, the situation will be much worse than it was.

“The fighting is not going to stop. It’s going to end up more disaster than ever,” she says. 

The best solution, she thinks, would be for all the countries to step out and for Syrians to work together toward a solution.

“They lived in peace before as Christians and Muslims and they can do it again,” she said. “Assad needs to give them the freedom to talk because they are human beings.

“The country I knew is gone,” she said.

 

Money in Your Pocket: Budgeting as a Student

Allison Pawley

As we roll toward Halloween, let’s talk about something really scary: money.  As students, that’s often the last thing we want to talk about, but it’s also something we really cannot afford to ignore.

Americans are not good at saving money.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average personal income savings rate for 2013 was just 4.3 percent, which is far lower than the 11.1 percent it was 50 years ago. 

And it’s not just low compared to history. It’s low on a national level, as well.  Germany has had an average savings rate of 10.2 percent this year, and China has recently had savings rates as high as 50 percent. 

This preference for spending instead of saving is having serious consequences.  The Census Bureau reports that the average American family has $70,000 in debt.  A growing portion of this debt is college loans, which are expanding exponentially as tuition levels increase. Bellarmine’s tuition is no exception.  The average college student will graduate with over $20,000 in debt and take approximately 20 years to pay off his or her loans, according to Bloomberg Data. 

This doesn’t even begin to touch the problem of retirement.  As people live longer and longer, more money is required to support the retirees. According to the U.S. Treasury, by the time most current college-aged people have turned 40 (with many years to go before retirement) the program will only be able to cover about 75 percent of its promised benefits.

Fortunately, there are ways to prepare now for expenditures that will come in the future.   Dr. Frank Raymond, head of the economics department at Bellarmine, said that while it is completely normal for students to be living paycheck to paycheck, the key is “to refrain from amassing too much debt.” 

He recommends only borrowing what you absolutely need for school and avoiding spending on expensive items like fancy cars, the latest phones and nice apartments. 

Raymond also suggests eating in more than eating out, a simple piece of advice that can help you save in a big way.

“Shop around for everything, from food to clothing to insurance policies,” Raymond said. “You can do all this, still enjoy your 20s and stay out of debt.”

Taylor Green, a senior elementary and special education major at Bellarmine, has already started implementing these suggestions. 

“It just makes sense to me,” she said.  “It makes me feel secure about myself to have money stowed away for whatever life may throw my way.”

At the urging of her parents, Green started saving birthday and Christmas money when she was in high school.

“They always told me to make my money work for me,” she said.

Now that Green lives in a house and is paying her own bills, she said it’s essential to stick to at least a loose budget, setting money aside for gas and food, so that she knows what she can spend on entertainment and shopping. 

If you are at a stage where you have extra money, it’s important to start putting that away now.  Eric Scott, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley who spoke to Bellarmine’s Economics and Finance Club, said that saving at an early age is critical.

He explained that if you could save just $10 per week for the next 20 years of your life, you would wind up with $14,293.47 by the time you are 40 (assuming an annual compounding rate of 4 percent). 

“So instead of buying the latest ‘fad’ item you could potentially begin to try and save this amount,” he said.

Once you have secured a job, Stanley recommends putting 10 percent of every paycheck into a savings account and maxing out the contribution you can make to your retirement plan, if it is offered by your employer.

As undergraduate students, these four years are supposed to prepare us for the real world, and saving money is an important step in that preparation.  Whether you’re buying cheaper alternatives, refraining from unnecessary purchases or putting money into an account, you can start saving now for a brighter future.

 

What Advice from Yonder Bardstown Breaks

Katie Faust, Editor-in-Cheif

Owning the Bard’s Town, located at 1801 Bardstown Rd., was not something that any of its three owners had planned on. Doug Schutte, Scot Atkinson and Jon DeSalvo attended St. Xavier High School, and after graduating, then attended Bellarmine University. Even though the pub wasn’t in the plans— and neither majoring in business— the men still consider themselves to have been on the right track and encourage students to have the same spontaneity.

At 2 p.m. on a Friday, Schutte was still in his pajamas. His graying hair stuck up in the back from his scratching at the nape of his neck as he read through emails. Despite all appearances, Schutte was at work at The Bard’s Town, which is not only his livelihood but his home.

Downstairs in the kitchen, DeSalvo, another owner, rinsed lettuce, flicking water everywhere. He tipped back the bill of his blue baseball cap each time he picked up a new head to wash. And every five minutes, he took a long drink from his 40-ounce University of Kentucky personal jug.

Atkinson, the third owner, was in his office going over the acts for the night. They were in the middle of the Ten-Ducky Ten-Minute Play series, which required a great deal of planning despite the plays’ short duration. As he arranged and rearranged schedules, he tugged at the beard he grew for his part in a play. He grinned as he said, “I can’t wait to shave it off. Just one more week.”

When Atkinson graduated from Bellarmine, he began working in theater.

“I never thought I’d be owning, managing a restaurant,” he said.

As the plans for The Bard’s Town came together, Atkinson most advocated the theater aspect of the project, especially since the Highlands lacked one.

During Atkinson’s time at Bellarmine, the theater program had been nearly abandoned. He said, “I pretty much got to do whatever I wanted with it, so that’s where I wanted to be.”

Atkinson looked around the pub-restaurant-theater and dug his fingers into his beard and laughed. “I got a degree in communications, and the theater is where I spent most of my time,” he said.

DeSalvo said: “It’s working well for you, isn’t it?”

DeSalvo, unlike Atkinson and Schutte, never earned a degree. After being offered a lucrative managing job in Texas, DeSalvo left college and began a career that would take him to six different states. Technically, he is still a freshman and has no immediate plans to return.

“Having a business degree or any degree, I wouldn’t think, is absolutely necessary,” DeSalvo said. His plan was to own his own business, which he has done successfully seven times.

“My main goal,” he said, “was to get a business on Bardstown Road. I grew up just down the street from here. You just have to know what you want and go for it.”

Schutte said he had no idea what he was going to do with his English degree. His first job was at General Electric. After that, he alternated between working in the theater, accumulating more degrees and teaching.

“I would drop by (Jay McGowan’s) office, and I was 26 or 27 saying, ‘I don’t know what I want to do with my life,’” Schutte said. “Now I hear 26- or 27-year-olds saying that, and I want to strangle them.”

When Schutte attended Bellarmine, he worked in the theater program as well and occasionally submitted articles to The Concord, none of which he deemed as high pieces of journalism.

“Let’s just say I’ve mellowed a lot since then,” Schutte said while laughing and avoiding eye contact.

“Extra curriculars, having a plan—that’s all nice,” he said, “but I recommend that students just get out of the country.” Schutte spent time working a fellowship at The Globe Theater in London.

“Getting a world perspective on things, learning what’s important to other people in the world, that’s what will give you an advantage,” Schutte said. “I wish I had gone sooner.”

President McGowan Updates Students on Vision 2020 Progress

Angela Pugliano, Opinion Editor

President Joseph J. McGowan announced the progress of Vision 2020, which includes renovations to Horrigan and the SuRF. 

“I finally realized what a vision is,” McGowan said. “A vision is an imagined future, a stretch, but feasible. And then I realized that if you have an imagined future, then you can have hope. If you have that, and a decent strategic plan, you can actually make progress.” 

McGowan emphasized that the new developments on campus were designed with the student body in mind, a group that has increased by 34 percent since the vision was released in 2005.

 Student enrollment has increased from 2,548 in 2005 to 3,422 this year. McGowan projected that by 2020, student enrollment would increase to approximately 5,358. A graduation rate of 70 percent is also expected to increase, hopefully up to 80 percent by 2020.

 Student Government Association President Loren McGowan said students should be enthusiastic about the changes.

 “I think students will be excited, but they will be even more excited knowing when things are going to happen, what order they are happening in, and why they are happening,” Loren McGowan said.

 In order to house, educate and sustain this increase in the student body, Joseph J. McGowan introduced students to the new additions to campus.

 Centro is the addition to Horrigan Hall. This extension will include a glass atrium, classrooms, faculty offices and the new Institution for Advanced Analytics.

 The SuRF Center will also be extended. The university president, Joseph J. McGowan, also announced improvements to the facility, including a swimming pool, indoor track and locker room.

 Both new additions cost approximately $25 million apiece. The fundraising for Centro has begun, with $10 million already raised. Construction can’t begin until the university has raised all the money needed for the buildings.

 Vision 2020 started with a $100-million fundraising campaign and has raised $65 million so far.

Anchorage Show House Funds BU Scholarships

Rachel Glenn, Staff Writer

Tucked behind the trees, far from the traffic of Evergreen Road, The Anchorage sits like a relic on a 19-acre property in Anchorage, Kentucky. The historic home, built in 1869, was transformed into the 40th annual Bellarmine Show House by local designers on behalf of the Bellarmine Women’s Council.

All profit from the Show House benefits Bellarmine’s Student Aid Fund, which provides scholarships. The Women’s Council has raised more than $1 million for Bellarmine students through the annual event. While not all of the members of the Women’s Council are Bellarmine alumni, all members unite to help the university’s students.

There are not any estimates yet for how much money the Show House raised this year, but a Bellarmine official said it the amount exceeded expectations.

“It was a record year on many fronts,” said Joan Riggert, director of planned giving and stewardship.

This year there were more than 5,000 people who attended the Show House, as opposed to 3,800 last year.

The Show House boutique sold $63,000 in goods, compared to $39,000 last year. The boutique sold a variety of home decor, antique and gift items. Twenty percent of sales benefit the Bellarmine Student Aid Fund.

“The Women’s Council was able to help 14 students at $1,000 each. Those students applied through the Presidential Application process,” said Heather Boutell, director of financial aid.

Said communication professor Dr. Gail Henson: “It really is all about the students.” The Preview Party Committee organized “An Enchanting Evening in Anchorage” in celebration of the Show House opening. More than 400 people, including staff and students, attended Preview Night, along with many members of the Louisville community.

Dr. Winnie Spitza, Bellarmine communication department chair  and a volunteer on the Preview Party Committee, attended Preview Night.

“It was enlightening,” said Spitza. “Everyone was there for one underlying reason—the Bellarmine community.”

Each room in the house was decorated by local designers and companies. While there are still some original fixtures, the designers added a modern twist to the historic home. Fresh paint, new furniture and snazzy decorations turned The Anchorage into an interesting mixture of past and present.

Designers from local companies such as Tassels and Burdorf’s contributed to the redecoration of The Anchorage. Each designer had a unique vision for the room he or she decorated, mixing personal style with antiques or the history of the home.

“I would go back,” said Spitza. “Now that I’ve been a part of [the Show House] and I understand the premise.”

Spitza also said she was impressed that although some of the women on the Council will never “cross paths” with the students they help with the Show House profits, they still put much effort and love into the Show House.