Give ‘em hell, Rose.


Those four words, spoken by Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam at last Friday’s pep rally, kicked off this year’s  Homecoming celebration. Apart from having a new president, this year’s Homecoming introduced a novel method for lighting
the bonfire, and saw Johanna Moore, junior applied biology major, win the Homecoming Queen elections over thirteen other candidates.

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Health care bill discussed in earnest


The talk of “death panels” and other such nonsense was finally replaced by some substantive debate on the new health care
reform bill. The controversial new amendment to tighten the restrictions on federal funding of abortion failed by a vote of 13-10 in the Senate Finance Committee. Some fear that the bill will lose Catholic support as a result, but abortion supporters feel that the current language is an acceptable compromise.


Another hot topic in the debate right now is preventing illegal immigrants from getting federal funds. Senator Charles Grassley
of Iowa proposed another amendment that would have required a government issued ID when applying for Medicaid. This
amendment also failed 13-10.

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I always used to think bloodwas red. I mean, watch enough detective/CSI style shows, and you always see people spurting
a bright red liquid. We even have a color called “blood red.” But, when I gave blood Tuesday, I noticed that my little sack of blood was distinctly not red; rather, it had a definitively purple hue.

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The openroad. The wind in your hair. Riding with brothers. Cory Salem loved doing all of these things, and now his family and friends enjoy them in his memory.


Last Sunday, Pi Kappa Alpha hosted the second annual Cory Salem Motorcycle Ride to celebrate Salem’s love of motorcycle riding. The annual ride was created in honor of the former Rose student who died tragically on his 21st birthday in September 2008. The day began at the Pike house, where the bikers met up and shared stories of Salem before riding to Rose’s campus. They then took a tour of Rose and began the winding, twohour journey through Vigo, Clay, and Owen counties. The riders
took US 42 west across the three counties until they reached Owl Hollow road, which they took U.S. 46 before looping back on Route 59 and US 42. The group covered roughly 70 miles, all the while remembering the fallen comrade.

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Coming back with their first album in four years, Our Lady Peace released “Burn Burn” on July 21st this year. While Our
Lady Peace is one of my favorite bands and they have a very solid discography behind them, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this album. Their last album, “Healthy in Paranoid Times,” was a severe disappointment.

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Batman made his first appearance in the comic world in “Detective Comics” #27, which was published in May 1939. Due
to the character’s popularity, Batman was given his own selftitled comic in May 1940 which has since become a monthly
publication. “Batman R.I.P. Deluxe Edition” collects “Batman” #676-683, which were originally released between June and November back in 2008, and gets Batman’s last case summed up in one final adventure.

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