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Student Life News: March 2013

Six O’Clock Series: “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil,” April 1

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The Six O’Clock Series will present “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil” at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio room on April 1, 2013.

Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns the countries producing it to an existence defined by war, corruption, and enormous inequality. “Carbon Democracy” tells a more complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil.

Timothy Mitchell, a professor of history at Columbia University, will show the links among democracy, coal, and oil in the past, present, and future. He will also discuss how dependence on oil shapes political life, both in North African and Middle Eastern countries that rely on oil revenues and in Western countries that have the highest oil consumption. His lecture is based on his book Carbon Democracy, to be available at the Coop Store and the IUP Libraries.

Cosponsored by IUP Pan-African Studies, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of International Education, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of English, and other IUP entities.

Homecoming 2013 Floatbuilding Meetings: All Recognized Student Organizations Welcome

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Recognized student organizations interested in participating in the building of floats for the 2013 IUP Homecoming Parade are encouraged to send a representative to the floatbuilders meetings that will begin on Thursday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. in the HUB Conemaugh Room.

Each fall, thousands of IUP alumni, local community members, and IUP community members gather to watch one of the largest parades in the area, the IUP Homecoming Parade! Among the over 100 units in that parade are a series of pomped floats, each one 50 feet long by 8 feet wide by 7 feet high! Construction of these amazing floats takes several weeks and involves multiple recognized student organizations. In the past, organizations from IUP Greek Life in addition to PRIDE Alliance, Mosaic, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and Delta Tau Sigma have contributed to float construction. Participation is open to any recognized student organization.

For additional information, please contact Homecoming Parade Chair Rick Kutz at rdkutz@iup.edu.

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Student Leaders Sought for IUP Day Planning Committee

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Norm Visits IUP Day 2012The IUP Day Planning Committee will meet on April 4, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in 306 Pratt Hall to begin planning IUP Day 2013. Any member of the IUP student body is welcome to be part of the planning process.

IUP Day has become a fall tradition at IUP, regularly hosting over 100 recognized student organizations that have come together to identify themselves as ways for new students to become involved in the IUP community. Several thousand students attend the event each year.

In addition to recognized student organizations, entertainment will be provided by The Entertainment Network and the Black Emphasis Committee, music by WIUP-FM, and free food by Aramark.

Photo: Norm attended IUP Day with 2012 copresidents Stephanie Phillips and Kate Krissinger

IUP Day was created by an IUP student and has been completely managed by IUP students each year since its inception. It is the largest student-run event at IUP. Help maintain this excellent tradition—if you have ideas, suggestions, or simply want to help, please join us. Interested students may contact Julie Kilgus at j.n.kilgus@iup.edu for additional information.

Six O’Clock Series Recap: A Young Atheist’s Survival Guide, March 25

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On March 25, 2013, Hemant Mehta led a discussion about the right to religious freedom at the Six O’Clock Series.

Specifically, Mehta talked about the constitutional right of freedom from religion and religious persecution. He pointed out that nearly a third of Americans under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation, the highest in any recorded generation. In this growing segment of “nones” are many young atheists who have faced prejudice in their high schools and communities for standing up for their constitutional right of freedom from religion. For example, one story was based on a girl named Nicole who refused to participate in the Christian-based Lord’s Prayer before her school’s basketball games. As a result, Hemant described how Nicole was kicked off of the team. He went on to describe how other kids from her school called her “devil worshipper” in the hallway and harassed her because she did not believe in God. In a video clip presented from Nicole’s televised interviews at the time, she tearfully described persecution from others at school, including teachers. Mehta talked about how stories like Nicole’s happen more than people think, and that it is everyone’s right in the United States to have freedom of speech and choice of religion, including choice of no religion.

Over 150 audience members attended Mehta’s lecture and offered thoughtful questions about his transition from growing up in a religious household to becoming an atheist. Hemant indicated his goal was to eliminate the negative stereotype of an athiest and instead reveal atheists as everyday people.

Hemant Mehta is a biology and mathematics alumnus from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written a book, I Sold My Soul on eBay, and is the current author of his blog, The Friendly Atheist. Hemant has appeared on Fox News and CNN and has served in leadership positions for atheist organizations nationwide. He currently teaches mathematics in the suburbs of Chicago.

Hemant Mehta’s visit was cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at IUP. The Secular Student Alliance at IUP (SSAIUP) is committed to creating a safe, welcoming place for all atheist, agnostic, humanist, and freethinker students. SSAIUP is committed to educating the IUP campus about atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, and the rational worldview. SSAIUP is committed to human rights for all. SSAIUP is committed to the separation of church and state as outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. SSAIUP is dedicated to improving the community at IUP, as well as the world as a whole. Membership is in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community. SSAIUP copresidents Caroline Speer and Josiah Racchini provided the introduction to Monday evening’s program.

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Six O’Clock Series: A Young Atheist’s Survival Guide

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On March 25, 2013, Hemant Mehta will lead a discussion about the right to religious freedom at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the HUB.

Specifically, Mehta will talk about the constitutional right of freedom from religion and religous persecution. An active blogger and spokesperson, Hemant has heard thousands of stories from people across the United States who were discriminated against because they don’t believe in God. He points out that nearly a third of Americans under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation, the highest in any recorded generation. In this growing segment of “nones” are many young atheists who have faced prejudice in their high schools and communities for standing up for their constitutional right of freedom from religion. Mehta will share stories of students who have fought for their rights, sometimes at tremendous personal cost. Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” will also talk about how all of us can help make things better for them, regardless of our age or religious affiliation.

Hemant MehtaHemant Mehta is a biology and mathematics alumnus from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written a book, I Sold My Soul on eBay, and is the current author of his blog, The Friendly Atheist. Hemant has appeared on Fox News and CNN and has served in leadership positions for atheist organizations nationwide. He currently teaches mathematics in the suburbs of Chicago.

Hemant Mehta’s visit is cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at IUP. The Secular Student Alliance at IUP (SSAIUP) is committed to creating a safe, welcoming place for all atheist, agnostic, humanist, and freethinker students. SSAIUP is committed to educating the IUP campus about atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, and the rational worldview. SSAIUP is committed to human rights for all. SSAIUP is committed to the separation of church and state as outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. SSAIUP is dedicated to improving the community at IUP, as well as the world as a whole. Membership is in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community. SSAIUP copresidents Caroline Speer and Josiah Racchini will provide the introduction to Monday evening’s program.

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Six O’Clock Series Recap: Science or Religion...Must We Choose?

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The Six O’Clock Series presented “Science or Religion: Must We Choose?” on March 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room, Hadley Union Building.

On Monday evening, the Six O’Clock Series explored this question with a panel of scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds. Each panelist believed the answer is yes, we can believe in God and accept the world of science, too. The presenters each discussed their reasoning and beliefs, and then the floor was opened to questions and discussion.

The panelists included: Rev. David Hanna, pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church; Biologist Barkley Butler, professor emeritus, Department of Biology, IUP; Anthropologist Phillip Neusius, professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, IUP; and Historian Charles Cashdollar, professor emeritus and University Professor, Department of History, IUP.

Neusius discussed the nature of knowing and understanding the world as approached from a scientific perspective and a religious perspective. He described the scientific approach as being a “bounded” knowledge that can be measured in contrast to the nature of a religious approach that is “unbound.” Yet, he specified this does not make them incompatible. Butler expanded this with examples from theoretical physics that are not yet able to be measured, yet are still considered part of a scientific perspective. Cashdollar pointed out that most of the knowledge we accept as “bounded” knowledge today had been “unbounded” throughout much of history.

The panelists stated that their goal was to encourage critical thinking and engage in an open dialog. Questions asked by audience members suggested that these goals had been met. One audience member identified herself as agnostic and said that while she had grown up in a Catholic family, she now wasn't sure what to believe. “Why,” she asked the panel, “should I believe a book written by a bunch of men thousands of years ago?” Questions such as this were not easily responded to by the panel, but did reveal an audience eager to join the conversation.

The next Six O’Clock Series will be held Monday, March 25. This will be the first day of classes following Spring Break. The Student Secular Alliance will host Hemant Mehta talking about the rights of athiests regarding freedom from religious persecution.

Six O’Clock Series: Science or Religion: Must We Choose? March 11

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The Six O’Clock Series presents “Science or Religion: Must We Choose?” on March 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room, Hadley Union Building.

In public discussions of evolution and creationism, we are sometimes told by creationists and opponents of religion alike that we must choose between belief in creation and acceptance of the theory of evolution, between religion and science. Is this a fair demand? Is the choice that stark? Can one believe in God and accept evolution? Can one both accept what science teaches and engage in religious belief and practice?

On Monday evening, the Six O’Clock Series will explore these questions with a panel of scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds. Each panelist believes the answer is yes, we can believe in God and accept the world of science, too. The presenters will each discuss their reasoning and beliefs, and then the floor will be open to questions and discussion.

The panelists include: Rev. David Hanna, pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church; Biologist Barkley Butler, professor emeritus, Department of Biology, IUP; Anthropologist Phillip Neusius, professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, IUP; and Historian Charles Cashdollar, professor emeritus and University Professor, Department of History, IUP.

Six O’Clock Series Highlights the Effects of Social Media on Careers

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Zachary Saeve, graduate assisstant in the Career Development Center, moderated the presentation “Social Media: What it does 4 ur career” at the Six O’Clock Series on March 4, 2013.

His initial question asked about the job search and hiring process. Alumna Niki Scrudato answered: “Every applicant, along with their resume, is thoroughly searched on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media sites.”

This was the evening’s keynote message: everything associated with your profile, every tweet, every Facebook photo—they’re all fair game and they are used by employers to evaluate you as a potential applicant. The good news is, there are ways to use this in your favor.

Scrudato graduated from IUP with her B.A. in Journalism. From there, she worked for SnapRetail and focused on social media and e-mail marketing. She currently works for GNC in the ecommerce field and has a wealth of experience with social media. Niki was joined by Michele Papakie, IUP alumna and current assistant professor of Journalism and Public Relations. Papakie routinely incorporates social media into her courses and teaches their use for positive self-promotion. Both panelists discussed the use of social media sites such as LinkedIn as a way of establishing a professional profile and as a way of networking with other professionals.

Saeve concluded the evening with a presentation on other social media sites such as Google+ and others that can be used to monitor and manage your online presence. In addition, he emphasized the role of the Career Development Center in aiding students with resume reviews, mock interviews, and advice for online profiles.

The Career Development Center will be sponsoring free transportation to the March 13 Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Job and Internship Fair in Monroeville. To learn more about this and other events, please visit the Career Development Center website.

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