1. Weep Silently
2. Lake your Roommate
3. Facebook
4. Reddit
5. Pokemon Yellow
6. Learn to Knit
7. Learn a Language
8. Poop
9. Shower
10. Turn your old favorite jeans to your new favorite jorts.
11. Learn by osmosis... sleep on your text book
12. Build world’s largest blanket fort
14. Organize your desktop
15. Plant a garden
16. Personalize your lync
17. Check your campus mail
18. Play the Wikipedia game
19. Change your oil
20. Write a novel
21. Get the band back together
23. Workout?
24. Explore Hawthorne Park
25. Alphabetize your movie and book collection
26. Sunbathe on the dock
27. Join a new club
28. Order boxes to build a giant lobby-tropolis
29. Scavenger hunt on the bottom of Speed Lake
30. Make a Google+ account... ?
31. Actually go to meetings
32. . Climb some trees... (and ride some bikes?)

Last Saturday there was a disturbance in the Union. Several noise complaints were filed, and it’s clear that participants of this “event” will be wearing orange sometime soon. Rock ‘n’ Roll was again the culprit encouraging youths to express their feelings. Fighting for “causes.” Clearly this trend needs to stop. Our community should not have to put up with this reckless “Rocking Out.” Really people, THINK OF THE CHILDREN. Do we want them growing up with no sense of shame? When asked about the proceedings, one child responded, “I got Legos.” Is that the depth we’ve sunk to? We give children toys to get them to buy into the hypnotic persuasions of rock music. The horror doesn’t end with that devilry however. Witnesses confirm that former rock enthusiast, Tom Miller, led the charge by influencing decisions and providing useful feedback during the event. This man is infamous, but the adjacent picture says it all. Should you see this man, do not trust him. Report him immediately to the Thorn.

“I don’t know what I was smoking when I wrote that”

— Dr. Simoni
I may have a good idea...

“This is when we can drink of the joyous, sleep the sleep of the righteous, and all is right with the universe.”

— Dr. White
Sleep... what sleep?

“If the formula requires that you stand on your head in a corner and sing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” while it’s raining outside, then thats what you have to do!”

— Dr. Richards
Only if the floor is made of concrete.

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Thursday, May 8th marked the date of the glorious student appreciation day put on by our very own Aramark Dining Center. The student participation numbers soared beyond the like of which we have never seen. While we sat down and waited for our delectable dinner, we had a chance to speak with a Rose-Hulman freshman Man, Chi Huen, or “Munchie.” “I didn’t even think this many students attended school here...” she stated inquisitively. Our food just then suddenly appeared on the plates before us! “Holy Cow! This is just like Hogwarts!”  Munchie exclaimed. We were all just wonderfully astonished. As the dinner went on, several students were reported charging their ID cards multiple times in fear that they were not paying enough for their meal. Overall, the Aramark Café and Lounge raked in approximately $15 million of revenue from last night’s event... which is rather mediocre at best. I would have thought they would have come out with at least $25 million with the entire community of Terre Haute knocking on the door to the student union. But, that was before I set my eyes on the fountain of eternal youth. After I saw a couple employes carting in a magnificent gleaming chocolate fountain, I thought I had won the treasured golden ticket. A mystical light was reflecting off the surface, and youth smiled at me as my hand grazed the glimmering surface.

Before this year, I had never planned an event larger than a birthday party for myself, which was no major feat. My idea of a party is really not a party at all but rather a small get together with a few close friends. So, it was interesting to find myself planning anything larger this year. I’ve still not planned an event any larger than the scale of about 75 people. However, there are a few useful tips I can give that I learned in the process.
Be organized: Keeping track of what you’d like at the party and what’s already done is important. How many guests are there approximately? Who are they? Are there any special guests like a speaker or a D.J.? Where are you having this event? The questions start tumbling through the mind. Is it themed? How formal is it? Is there going to be a meal or just light refreshments or nothing at all? It’s easy to see that all this information could turn into a mess. Write it down in one place. I recommend a small binder or a folder with a few sheets of paper and a pen.
Start early: If the location is anywhere besides your own home, you’re going to want to look into it early. You don’t want to risk the location you’d like being booked already or, worse yet, all the locations still available being outside your price range. Email or call venues to ask about their availability for the date and their pricing. Looking into other areas early helps too. You’ll want time to look into anything you might purchase and leave time for making alternate plans in case something doesn’t work out like you wanted.
Make no assumptions: When looking into pricing, read all of the fine print. It will likely say some phrases like “not included in room rental.” Some of these items that are not included might be surprising and may not be cheap. For example, you’re going to want tablecloths and napkins if you’re having a dinner, but you can’t expect it to be included in the cost of catering. In fact, you might not be able to expect the silverware, having the food served, or having it all cleared away after the meal to be included either. Read that fine print.
Mind your money: If you’ve made it through all the major details and know what you want, it’s tempting to just start ordering. Don’t do it right away. Instead, set up an organized spreadsheet to keep track of expenses. A computer program that will update automatically as you put new numbers into place is nice. This also lets you see right away whether or not a possible expense will break your budget, even if the math isn’t just a simple addition. There are likely taxes on some purchases and also some daunting service charges that are in percentages as well. For example, serving food may not cost a flat rate. It might be a percentage based on the overall cost of the food you’ve ordered. Adding one more person to that guest list could really cost you more through the food, the sales tax, and the service fee.
Design and deliver: If you decide that you’re ready to make the event official, then take the time to design a simple ‘save-the-date’ style flyer or card about it that you can distribute to your invited guests with some basic information about what and when. If you’re planning for an organization, then email is probably easiest. Getting the word of your party out there early is the easiest way to make it a success when it comes to attendance. Everyone is busy, but advanced notice makes it easier to clear a spot on the calendar or keep it clear. Make sure that everything you send out is presentable. Use good spelling, good grammar, polite wording, and a simple, but attractive, design where appropriate. Once you’ve announced the event, wait to send the invitations until they can be complete with all the details of who, what, when, where, and why.
Do not claim anything that won’t be true: You don’t want anyone to show up and immediately leave in disappointed disgust at your false advertising. Finally, you might want to update your information with anything you’ve overlooked. Answer one person’s question by sending the information to everyone if it seems like useful information about the event.
Ask for help: If you find that the event is close, the tasks aren’t manageable, and there are still a lot of smaller details like place cards to put into place, get some help. Ask other people involved with the event to take on smaller tasks, or send a nicely worded request out for help.
If it seems like a minor task but still needs to get done in order for the event to come together according to plans, then let someone else put his or her talents to work. This event is keeping you busy, right? That other person likely has the time to do it better, since he or she volunteered.
This might not be all there is to planning an event, especially on a larger scale. However, these few simple tips can help you get started.


There are two people directly responsible for your existence and they both have a day set aside every year to celebrate how awesome they are. You could argue that these days are just made up by the card and flower companies to sell more merchandise, but who cares? Why shouldn’t we have a day that is set aside to appreciate the things parents do? They wiped our snot, tears, and butts. They taught us how to share our toys and not to stick things up our noses. They scolded us for throwing fits in grocery stores and drawing on the white walls with crayons. They cared for us when we got the sniffles and sneezes. They encouraged us to go out into the world and succeed. You worked hard to get where you are, but you always had your parents, standing in the wings, cheering you on.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. There is nothing stopping you from calling her this weekend and thanking her for being spectacular. She would love a bouquet of roses, lilies, or daisies and a box of chocolates, but nothing will make her quite as happy as you calling and saying, “I love you.”
Your mother is a great woman. She has cared for you your whole life. Whether she stayed at home or had a job, she labored to make you happy. You may have your disagreements and upsets, you may have thought she was being unfair or not understanding the difficulties you were experiencing. And the fact is, she may not have understood but I bet she tried her best to make it better for you. It did not matter if you felt you were being babied or crowded, if you were in any trouble of any kind she would go in with guns blazing. She will always be there for you: to make your favorite food after a bad week, to help you with any problem, and to spoil you for no good reason. In this fashion, let’s not forget the other great women in our lives. Grandmothers and aunts love you too, so don’t forget them this Mother’s Day weekend.
No matter how hard you are studying or how hard you are trying not to study, you have time to show appreciation for all that your mother has done for you. You can be sure that there are things that she has done for you that no other sane person would do, like do your nasty laundry when you go home, and she should be hugged and thanked. If you are unable to go home, along with the call she would probably enjoy some of those flowers and chocolates or even some homemade macaroni picture frames.
For those who don’t keep tabs on these sorts of things, remember that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and that your father is just as important as your mother, and he deserves recognition as well. So be the good offspring you are and appreciate those who got you here.


Miriam Remmers • staff writer

Kidnapping victims rescued in Cleveland

Three women held captive in their kidnappers’ home on the West Side of Cleveland for nearly a decade were rescued after one of the victims, Amanda Berry, managed to attract the attention of neighbor Charles Ramsey, who promptly called 911. Berry, who was 17 when she was kidnapped in 2003 along with 14-year-old Gina DeJesus and 20 year-old Michelle Knight, suffered countless rapes during a harrowing nine years spent as a prisoner of three brothers. Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro routinely forced themselves upon the women, tying them up and beating them if they were not compliant. Neighbors stated that they had seen strange occurrences, such as a woman frantically banging on an upper window, and sometimes late-night deliveries of groceries to the boarded up house. Although the police were notified of some of these events and had even been on the property in past years on their quest for the three women, they had never been able to discover the location of the women. The women have since been reunited with their families, who have searched for them for years, unsure if they were alive or dead.

Government blames cyber-attacks on China

In the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress Monday, the Obama Administration accused the Chinese military of attempting to hack into the U.S. government’s computer systems, marking the first time that the administration has directly named both the Chinese Government and the People’s Liberation Army as possible culprits of cyber-attacks. Officials consider the attacks as possible attempts to gain information on U.S. strategy and military capabilities. The report is primarily concerned with the theft of industrial technology, which appeared to be the main reason behind the hacking. China has expressed disappointment that the U.S. would level such accusations against them, saying that such speculations without proof can only serve to harm relations between the nations. The U.S. is also spending billions on cyber-defense and cyber-weapons every year, leading others to complain that America is holding China to a double standard. This is particularly relevant when the issue of the United States’ cyber-attacks on Iranian nuclear is brought up. These attacks, which took place early on in President Obama’s administration, although they were run by intelligence agencies, utilized much of the same technology as a military program.

Miriam Remmers
staff writer

The ladies of Rose-Hulman’s Delta Delta Delta chapter hosted their annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon last Friday, May 3 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which provides crucial care to children suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases through both treatment and research into cures. Most importantly, the families whose children are treated at St. Jude are not required to pay for the medical care they receive, enabling them to give their children the highest quality care possible. Tri Delta has worked with St. Jude since 1999, when the sorority officially adopted the Memphis, Tennessee hospital as their philanthropy partner.
As a part of their philanthropy efforts, the Gamma Pi chapter of Tri Delta once again set up teeter totters in the Kroger parking lot on Highway 41 and began to raise money. Prior to the event, fraternities at Rose-Hulman and many others sources from within the community gave donations to the cause, giving the girls a running start to reaching their financial goal. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon was kicked off at 6 pm Friday night, as Tri Delta clapped and sang, garnering enthusiasm for the day-long event. During the 24 hours that the event lasts, girls took shifts on the teeter totters to ensure that they are never still, while others asked members of the community for donations on their way in or out of the grocery store. Many residents were willing to open their wallets for the children of St. Jude, and donation buckets continued to fill. Children and adults alike enjoyed the candy that the girls handed out to those who passed by, and one small boy was heard happily celebrating that the lollipops were “the big kind.”
The day was not without its challenges, for although Friday evening started out clear and sunny, a downpour soon began as night fell and continued throughout the remaining stretch, forcing participants to stay under the tent to stay dry. Some girls even came prepared with rain ponchos to wear, having anticipated the storm. Regardless of the rain, energy remained high, and the effort for St. Jude continued, pushing onward through the dark and rainy hours of the very early morning until fresh volunteers showed up, ready for their own four-hour shifts. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon came to a close at 6 pm on Saturday afternoon, as the final volunteers finished up their turns on the teeter totters and at the doors collecting donations. The event was a resounding success, and between the generous contributions from within the school, the community and the money collected at the Kroger door, Tri Delta was able to raise a grand total of over $2000 for St. Jude.

Claire Stark
staff writer

President James Conwell, who has just over a week under his belt, is already starting to feel that Rose is home. Coming to campus at 5:30 a.m. and taking walks around campus everyday, he is trying to gauge where the school is at and how it can be improved. One of the Rose Thorn staff members sat down to have a chat with Dr. Conwell along with Mary Barr, Vice President of Communications & Marketing.
Rose Thorn: So what do you think of Rose so far?
James Conwell: It’s an incredible place. I have been here three times before during the interview process and it’s just an amazing, cool place. I wish I knew about it sooner, it’s a true hidden gem.
RT: Why do you think the school is so hidden?
JC: Well, I am one of six kids and on vacation my father would turn every trip into a college visit. It drove my mother nuts, but when I called him and said I got the job, he said “Never heard of it!” This is something I really want to change.
RT: Do you plan on changing lots of things?
JC: Ninety percent I want to keep, such as most of the curriculum. The school turns out excellent engineers. Really, I need to continue with the strategic plan from the “Great Debate,” help students adjust to a much more global world and make the school for affordable with more scholarships.
RT: What do you think about expanding resources for students to do Venture work?
JC: Students need to gain the skills in college know finances and how a company works. Two of the members of the board purely do venture investment currently. If a student has an idea they wish to pursue, Rose should teach them the skill to go forward with that wish after graduation
RT: This year there is a lot of concern with the size of the student body, thoughts?
JC: Let’s look at both sides of the argument. America needs to stay competitive with the world; with that rose should in role 50,000 students tomorrow. The other side is how can the culture of this place, one of its strongest points, continue to exist with that kind of growth? A yearlong study has been conducted and the results will be presented at the next board meeting in a couple of weeks. This will decide the decision on size.

RT: How do you plan on making students feel that they have a say?

JC: I am trying to stay connected with the student body. I have met with various student groups such as SGA, IFC, and ROTC. I enjoy having lunch with students. Great ideas come from everywhere and students are a great asset. Plus they use everything just about every day.
RT: How do you plan on being approachable?
JC: Am I being approachable right now? Today I have five meetings keeping me inside, but I spend a lot of time just walking and talking to people. Just come up and talk to me. I love to hear what you have to say.
RT: Is there any one thing that you want to say to the entire student body, or to phrase it another way, any last words?
JC: Well, how about two things. You will see me around campus, just come up and talk to me, even if its hello. Secondly please tell me if you have an idea and we can talk about it!

All eyes were on six-year-old Ryland Hayes at the second-annual Rock Out for Ryland student concert in the Kahn Room last Saturday, where 15 student-led bands competed against each other to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event was created last year in honor of Associate Dean of Student Affairs Erik Hayes’s son, who was diagnosed with diabetes in February of 2011.
The concert, themed after the Star Wars holiday “May the Fourth be With You” by Ryland himself, also featured prizes collected from Terre Haute business for band and raffle winners. Ryland even appeared on stage to talk about his condition.
“We have some of the most talented students here at Rose-Hulman,” Erik Hayes, who also MC’ed, said. “But the talent that all of these people have, it’s just amazing to me. It’s so fun to watch these students and showcase something outside of the classroom.”
The idea for Rock Out for Ryland came about last year from Nadini Hettigei, Resident Assistant at Apartments East 3, and Julie Byrd, who also has diabetes. Hettigei often baby-sits for the Hayes, who are like “a second family” to her. After the idea for a charity event for Ryland, they started working months beforehand with a committee organized for the concert and decided to do it again this year.
“Seeing Ryland so excited about this one day that he really gets to be a star for having diabetes is worth all the effort we put in,” Hettigei said.
Erik Hayes said how grateful he was, not only for the students who took the time to plan this event for Ryland, but also for the people at Rose-Hulman that are “genuinely concerned for the welfare of our kids.
“It means a ton,” Hayes said. “It’s really tough to describe that in words, how much it means to our family.”
Hayes said that donations from Rock Out have reached about $1800, but T-shirts are still available for sale in the Student Affairs Office until supplies last. Arda Tugay, a Resident Assistant at Blumberg Hall, promised to shave his head if donations surpassed a total of $2000.
In addition to Hettigei and Byrd, Hayes also pointed out that Dan D’Avello, Kevin Dorn, Arda Tugay, Nick Aellen, Sarah Hensley, Paige Cook, Dan Dugmore, Bradlee Beauchamp, Eric Guilford, Kevin Dwyer, and Emily Eckstein were all party of the organizational committee that made this concert possible.

And the winner is…

After placing second at last year’s concert, the band Illuminati, consisting of Jacob Winsett, Bradlee Beauchamp, Kevin Dorn, Jack Petry, and new member Padrick Mulligan retuned to win as the “Overall Winner” and earned the chance to play at this year’s Lodge-a-Palooza. Winsett, Dorn, and Mulligan also played for Equinox, which won “Top Rock Band.” Although Illuminati was formed primarily for Rock Out For Ryland, Equinox has played at several venues, including at the 4th Quarter Bar. According to Mulligan, being able to perform in two bands at the event allowed them “to have separate styles in two distinct sets” with songs like “Man in the Box,” where Winsett dressed up with a cloak and skull face paint, and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
“When we won I was pretty happy because we’ll probably be losing our singer after this year, since he is transferring,” Beauchamp said. “It was nice sharing that moment with the band.”

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