• Lindsay Labas finds joy behind the scenes as Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation marketing director

    By Jylian Vigar BUTLER UNIVERSITY Lindsay Labas was not someone who knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She never had that one passion. As a graphic design student at Purdue University she took one marketing class and she did pretty well. “I thought that might be something I was interested in, […]

  • Modern-Day Nomad: Magdalena Hoyos-Segovia

    By Emma Edick BUTLER UNIVERSITY Light floods through the gallery’s windows like a summer sunrise during the first snowfall of the year. Relaxing music trumps the sound of the heater. Cars drive by on Main Street in Carmel’s Art and Design District. The light wood floors and clean white walls inside the gallery let the […]

  • Hamilton County parks superintendent finds her calling

      By Mike Murtaugh BUTLER UNIVERSITY Amanda Smith can recall her first memorable experience with nature like it was just yesterday. Coming home from school one day in sixth grade, Smith said that she remembers noticing that her mother and her stepfather had cut down her favorite tree in the backyard, leaving just a stump […]

  • Voter turnout worries officials

    MATTHEW VANTRYON | BUTLER Carmel resident Seth Ely did not come out to the polls in the city’s most recent election. “I respect the fact that I have the right to vote, but I feel like the amount of time it takes to think about it and consider the options and really make an educated […]

  • Alfreeda Goff: Making others her priority

    By Ben Sieck BUTLER UNIVERSITY Anton Goff yearned to start his senior year at East Allegheny High School. He had spent his entire life in the Pittsburgh area, and it was time for one last hurrah. A standout athlete, college scouts already noticed his play on the football field. For his mother, Alfreeda Goff, he […]

Working Under the Poverty Level

Working Under the Poverty Level

Shantel Knight holds together the Subway restaurant on Illinois Street. Between carpooling those without cars, leaving nightly checklists for her associates and training to be a general manager, Knight has finally earned the opportunity to make her living situation a tad more comfortable. But it wasn’t always that easy. Her mother died from lupus when […]

Redistricting Reform in the Near Future

Redistricting Reform in the Near Future

By Trish Barton BUTLER UNIVERSITY  Note to Readers: Redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts will be a key topic in coming months in Indiana and around the country. The district line decisions are important to citizens because of impact on their lives, and it is important for Hoosiers to understand the process and its […]

Indiana's use of restrictive housing and mental health

Indiana’s use of restrictive housing and mental health

By Morgan Legel BUTLER UNIVERSITY   His eyes peered out through the tiny window in the metal door. The guard in the control room squared his stance, and stared right back. On the other side of that metal door was a room no bigger than an average parking spot, where the man had to spend […]

Not everyone is a fan of the Red Rapid Transit Line

Not everyone is a fan of the Red Rapid Transit Line

By Hayley Ross BUTLER UNIVERSITY When Rob Sabatini first heard that the Monon Trail was going to be built, he didn’t know what to think. “It was really before the prominence of trails. I had lived in Chicago and always enjoyed the paths on Lake Shore Drive, but no one here ever had,” Sabatini said. […]

The life of an ISTEP: From design to its effects

The life of an ISTEP: From design to its effects

By Katie Goodrich   BUTLER UNIVERSITY  “Pick up your pencils. You may begin.” The teacher writes down the time as a classroom full of students simultaneously open a thick packet of paper. Their eyes race across the pages. Soon, they scribble down notes or painstakingly fill in the bubbles to get them just right. Their […]

Undocumented students face hardships in higher education

Undocumented students face hardships in higher education

By Kaylie Ricks BUTLER UNIVERSITY A program called Butler Buddies is the reason Brenda Penaloza wants to be a teacher. Moving from Mexico City, Mexico to the United States was the first big transition she had in her lifetime. Attending Indianapolis Public Schools at the age of 7 was the other big transition. The language barrier was almost […]

Playing with the boys: Girls' participation in boys' sports rising

Playing with the boys: Girls’ participation in boys’ sports rising

By Kyle Beery BUTLER UNIVERSITY Tim Bischof remembers his 7-year-old daughter Sami walking in the room the morning of her first hockey game against boys. She was all decked out in her yellow and black Predators jersey, ready to go. She was very excited, but very nervous. The skinny little girl was about to lace […]

There's an air of change in Indiana: The Clean Power Plan

There’s an air of change in Indiana: The Clean Power Plan

By Jylian Vigar BUTLER UNIVERSITY At 6 a.m. the sun creeps over rows of corn in Gibson County. Cows graze sleepily outside the barn and a tractor sits, dusty from yesterday’s work in the field. As hues of orange, red and yellow burn bright and fill the sky, a warning siren sounds. A minute later […]

Taking A Hit

Taking A Hit

BY Matthew VanTryon BUTLER UNIVERSITY Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons It was supposed to just be another grueling football practice for Elkhart High School sophomore linebacker Mason Hainey. Only on this Monday afternoon in early September two years ago, it would be anything but. Like he had hundreds of times before, Hainey took a hit […]

Carmel's Constant Growth

Carmel’s Constant Growth

By Paige Liston BUTLER UNIVERSITY Niki Kingston has lived in the city of Carmel her entire life. Since 1993, she has seen the city grow and develop into the place it is today. “So many new apartments are going up and that used to not be the demographic,” she said. “A lot of new families […]

Tarkington Park constructs a variety of opinions

Tarkington Park constructs a variety of opinions

By Alexis Price BUTLER UNIVERSITY Growing up in Butler-Tarkington, Darryl Smith and Donnell Hamilton always saw Tarkington Park as a community spot. As adults, Smith and Hamilton live in the neighborhood. In 2006, they created the Indy Steelers—a football league for kids 7 to 14-years-old. Hamilton, Indy Steelers president, and Smith, the vice president, have […]

An Overview of Carmel Redevelopment

An Overview of Carmel Redevelopment

By Kirsten Adair BUTLER UNIVERSITY When Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was first elected, he vowed to grow and strengthen the city. Driving through downtown Carmel 20 years later, residents will pass the Arts and Design District, City Center, and other testaments to Carmel’s active redevelopment plan. Buildings like the Palladium, multiple art galleries, and the […]

Let's Build A Park: Carmel Parks and Rec Through the Years

Let’s Build A Park: Carmel Parks and Rec Through the Years

BUTLER UNIVERSITY By: Jenna Voris Every year, the National Recreation and Park Association presents the Gold Medal Award to a community that exhibits excellence in planning, management, and recognition. When Mark Westermeier became the director of the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation department in 2003, he had one goal: to win that gold medal. With […]

Broad Ripple adjusts with the times

Broad Ripple adjusts with the times

By Cassie Eberle BUTLER UNIVERSITY It is 1992. Shoppers wander about Broad Ripple. Small specialty shops, local eateries and art galleries entertain the public during the day. And at night, the streets are nearly empty and the village is quiet. However, the peaceful night will soon be interrupted by the influx of bars moving into […]

Carmel Community Reflects for the Fifth Anniversary Season at the Center for the Performing Arts

Carmel Community Reflects for the Fifth Anniversary Season at the Center for the Performing Arts

By Erin O’Neil BUTLER UNIVERSITY Jim Burrell, long-time volunteer and patron of the Center for the Performing Arts, said the center was just what the Carmel community needed. “We get people from all over the United States,” Burrell said. “We’ve got every state and many countries that have been represented here.” Burrell began volunteering at […]