As a group, students of Middle Eastern heritage are sometimes overlooked on campus. On Wednesday, the Diversity Council sponsored an awareness event to change that.

Featuring traditional Middle Eastern foods, a Farsi calligraphy demonstration, games, and live music played on an Iranian guitar, the event was a thorough overview of various Middle Eastern cultures and practices.


Students were surprised and pleased at the scope and quality of the event.


“My overall impression was that [the event] was very well done; in fact, I went with the expectation of something very small and probably not all that notable,” Alex Wilson, senior software engineering and computer science major, said. “However, I was pleasantly surprised.”

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Burglars came on campus and stole credit and bank cards from three women living on the third floor of Baur-Sames-Bogart (BSB) Hall Wednesday night, according to Erik Hayes, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.


Lisa Tarrh, member of the Terre Haute Police Department (THPD), confirmed there were “at least two” thefts on campus. A squad car was dispatched to investigate, and Public Safety officers were also on the scene.


At present, the THPD has no suspect information, and could not conclusively say how many burglars there were. Hayes released no further information about the robberies except to say that the stolen cards were canceled.


“Nothing threatens our community on this campus more than theft,” Hayes said. “We’re taking this very seriously. I can assure you that it is far and away our number-one priority right now.”

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The Kahn rooms were bustling with activity this past Thursday as the Wellness Fair paid its annual visit to the Hulman Memorial Union. Put together by the Rose-Hulman Wellness Committee and the Student Activities Office, several clubs and vendors from campus and the community stopped by to inform Rose-Hulman students of the importance of their personal health and wellness.

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House passes health care


The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 to pass the Senate version of the health care bill on Monday. Though the bill has been hailed as a legislative victory by Democrats, it failed to garner any Republican votes. President Obama was also forced into a last-minute order that strengthens provisions of the bill that prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. Obama is under fire from both sides for his decision, with NOW (what is NOW?)saying it is “incensed” that he appeased pro-life Democrats and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claiming that the bill and order do not go far enough to prevent abortion. The other contentious point of the legislation – the public option – failed in the end, as the Senate version never included it in the first place.

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By this point, most students have heard about the recently-passed health care reform. The bill, signed into law Tuesday by President Obama, covers nearly all aspects of the health care system and is around 2,000 pages in length. But what exactly does it mean for the average American?

 

Existing insurance plans


One of the biggest concerns for many people is protecting their current insurance plan. The newly passed law doesn’t require you to change insurance, nor is it a “government takeover” of your current plan.
Instead, the reform mandates almost every American will have insurance, in some form, by 2014. That same year is when other major provisions of the new law come into effect, and it’s the year the reform becomes fully active within American society. If you already have insurance, don’t worry: you can keep your current plan indefinitely. Existing plans are even protected from changes for a certain period of time.

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The movie scene has undoubtedly been lacking in the past couple of months with the last major rush of movies being around when “Twilight” and “Avatar” hit the big screen in late 2009. However, there is hope, as the summer blockbuster is almost upon us. Starting in April, you can expect a buffet of pictures to choose from. Thus, the Thorn has compiled a handy list of movies to look out for over Spring Break and the beginning of the summer.


Action/Thriller


Repo Men – 3/19: Jude Law (“Road to Perdition”), Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”). Not to be confused with the 1984 cult classic, this film takes the idea of repo men into the future, with organ repossession.


Iron Man 2 – 5/21: The sequel to the adaptation of the popular comic book hero Iron Man is almost here, and in it Robert Downey, Jr. (“Tropic Thunder”) is joined by Don Cheadle (“Ocean’s 11”) and oscar-nominated Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”).


Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – 5/28: Jake Gyllenhaal (“Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain”) stars as the titular character in this video game adaptation. Video game adaptations may not provide for the best of films, this one isn’t directed by Uwe Boll, so it can’t be that bad, right?


The A-Team – 6/11: The early 80’s television show “The A-Team” gets a fresh look from producers Ridley and Tony Scott. Liam Neeson (“Kinsey,” “Taken”) leads a cast that includes mixed martial artist Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the role that made Mr. T who he is today.


The Expendables – 8/13: Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”, “Rambo”) brings together a lot of the current (and a few former) action stars in this tongue-in-cheek look at action movies. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait until August for this one.


Comedy/Drama


Kick-Ass – 4/16: An adaptation of the comic book of the same name written by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., starring Nicolas Cage (“The Rock,” “National Secret”), Chloë Moretz (“(500) Days of Summer”), and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad,” “Role Models”). The film is about real-life superheroes, some of whom kick ass, and some of whom who do not.


Grown Ups – 6/25: Adam Sandler’s (“Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore”) production company Happy Madison brings together some of Sandler’s old cohorts in Kevin James (“Paul Blart Mall Cop”), Chris Rock (“Dogma”), David Sade (“Saturday Night Live”), and Rob Schneider (“The Hot Chick”) for a movie about grown-ups who don’t fit the description.


Twilight Saga: Eclipse – 6/30: Kristen Stewart (“Adventureland”), Robert Pattinson (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) and Taylor Lautner (“The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D”) return for the third film in the series. Chances are, if you cared about this, you already knew when it was coming out.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – 8/24: A sequel to the critically praised “Wall Street,” director Oliver Stone brings back Michael Douglas (“Traffic,” “Wonder Boys”) as Gordon Gekko. Will this film define the excess of the bankers of the 00’s the way the first film defined the 80’s?


Horror


A Nightmare on Elm Street – 4/30: Michael Bay attempts to reboot Wes Craven’s franchise by remaking the 1984 movie. Jackie Earle Haley (“Shutter Island”) plays the nightmare referenced in the title, Freddy Krueger.
Family


Shrek Forever After – 5/21: All the principal cast members return to reprise their roles, and Paul McCartney joins as Rumpelstiltskin for more light-hearted fare poking fun at fairy tales.


Toy Story 3 – 6/18: Tom Hanks (“Castaway”) and Tim Allen (“Galaxy Quest”) return for a third film, after more than 10 years. This time, the toys are mistakenly donated to a day care, and must return home before Andy heads off to college. The film will probably delight youngsters, as Pixar films usually do, and should provide, at the very least, a sense of nostalgia to older viewers.


[Ed. Note: Colin DeClue, Entertainment Editor, also contributed to this article.]

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