Cue the lights & sound

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Patrik (McGlaun) gets upset after realizing that it was his fault the bride
went to a different shop to get a haircut. Professor Bob Peterson’s play was performed at Butler in February. photo by Nadine Armstrong

Professor’s play performed in a black box setting

by Nadine Armstrong

For the first time in 15 years, the Butler Theatre Department put on a show in a Black Box Theatre. Showings of “Hair Deux” were performed in Room 766 of the Fine Arts building from Tuesday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 25.

In a Black Box Theatre setting, the audience is in a circle and the actors perform in the center.

Lights were added to the dance room in 2002 when Larry Patton, Dean Emeritus of Humanities and Fine Arts, had the idea that the studio could also function as a performance space. The studio is equipped with a light board and sound equipment and theatrical lighting.

“Hair Deux” is the second act from “Barbershop Quartet,” written by Butler professor Bob Peterson in 1996.

“There were several stories running in my head and I realized they were connected,” Peterson says.

He remembered a play by Neil Simon and thought it would be neat to put the four stories together.

The play was first performed in Los Angeles for a stage reading. Then in Wichita for the

Center for the Arts. And, most recently, it was performed by the Butler Theatre Department.

This was the first time the show was performed in a Black Box Theatre, and Peterson enjoyed it in a Black Box setting.

“It was an unique way of staging the play. It was an intimate way for intimate stories,” Peterson says.

The two acts are titled “Buzz Cut” and “Spit Curls.”

In “Buzz Cut,” two brothers, Tom Carlson (Chandler Moore) and Gary Carlson (Jacob Martinez), are packing up their boyhood home outside of Topeka. Tom moved to California and hadn’t been home in quite a long time. The two brothers have a strained relationship, which they work to mend.

In “Spit Curls,” groom Jon Alexander (Chandler Moore) is looking for his phone in the chapel of the Presbyterian Church in Shawnee Mission. He runs into the hairstylist of his bride to be, Patrik Dotter (Max McGlaun). Patrik is upset and creates a conflict with Jon.

Peterson says working with his students on the show was wonderful.

“They worked very hard and investigated their roles,” Peterson says. “It was a really satisfying experience.”

Editorial: go green

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We can’t take tomorrow if we don’t go green today.

Butler has taken strides to create a more green campus. In the past 18 months there have been water bottle fountains installed in select buildings with heavy foot traffic, which conveniently inform thirsty patrons how many disposable water bottles have been saved. According to Ireland Turner, Assistant Director of Facilities Management, broken water fountains will continue to be replaced as the budget allows. There are a few recycling bins located around campus, although the only one that comes to mind is the line up in the 1500 building.

It is clear that Butler is making an effort toward offering alternatives to being wasteful, but effort is not always enough to incite change. Students are here to learn and should be given opportunities to practice reducing, reusing and recycling.

According to The Wichita Eagle, the city of Wichita issued its first high ozone alert of the year on Monday, April 10. Children, elderly and those with respiratory diseases were encouraged to stay indoors for safety reasons. The city encouraged people to reduce emissions on their own by avoiding driving vehicles during the hottest part of the day, delaying painting projects and refueling during dark or cool parts of the day.

Since Butler campuses surround, and are located within Wichita, the school should help better the surrounding community.

Students and staff should also contribute through organizing informative panels and encouraging peers to become more environmentally responsible.

The staff at The Grizzly believes Butler should do more in the fight to create a better tomorrow for our planet.

A dynamic duo

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Instructors John and Alexis Michael watch as second year student Allison Detrick prepares a dish called rouladen (braised German beef rolls) in the Cuisines of Northern Europe class. photo by Emily Beckman

John and Alexis Michael help prepare students for the hospitality and culinary arts industry

by Emily Beckman

From England to the United States, Executive Chef John Michael has continued his longtime passion for the culinary arts industry.

He recalls beginning to work at a place in England called La Patisserie at age 12. At 14 he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he was unable to work in the industry until age 16.

Eventually, in his early 20s, he wound up at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. There, he would earn his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and meet his future wife, a Wichita native.

After marrying in 2006, John and Alexis Michael moved to Sonoma, California: California Wine County. He worked in Napa and she worked in Sonoma, both in the wine industry.

In 2009, after having their first daughter, they moved to Wichita.

Now, John is the chair of Butler’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Department, and Alexis is an adjunct instructor for the department.

They both enjoy working with students.

“Like most teachers, I love seeing students discover their passion for the subject matter,” Alexis writes in an email interview. “College is a great place to find your tribe and geek-out over a subject. I love witnessing that happen with food and hospitality.”

John says he talks to his students when he feels like he’s having a bad day.

“The things so much of them are overcoming to be here; to follow a dream, it’s humbling. It’s really amazing,” he says.

John notes that culinary arts classes aren’t just an “easy A.”

“The culinary program really exists for students who take it very seriously and are interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts,” he says. “It’s not just playing in the kitchen.”

Sexual misconduct on campus: what students should know

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by Emily Beckman

When flipping through recent Annual Security Reports, it is noticeable that the majority of criminal offenses at Butler are marked with a zero. This is what makes the numbers on reported sexual misconduct and harassment cases stand out.

Each semester, all new students receive a Title IX training regarding sexual misconduct. In addition, Butler recently conducted its first Campus Climate Survey for Title IX, which was sent to all students. The survey is set to be conducted every two years. Both the training and the survey are sent through Canvas.

According to Sherri Conard, Butler’s Title IX coordinator, the recent Campus Climate Survey was sent to 6,938 students. Of these, 2,735 students completed the survey and another 752 started the survey but did not complete it.

“The Climate Survey gathers information about the scope and nature of sexual assault and misconduct among our college students, gives data pertaining to attitudes among students about the campus atmosphere regarding sexual assault and misconduct and provides data on where there may be gaps of knowledge so that we can provide appropriate educational programming for our students,” Conard says.

Since taking over as Title IX coordinator in July 2015, 12 incidents of sexual misconduct have been reported, according to Conard.

“Fortunately, we have minimal incidents reported at Butler compared to other colleges that you hear in the media,” Conard says. “However, I’m certain that there are incidents that go unreported, which is why we provide training to our students. We want students who feel that they may be a victim of sexual misconduct to know how to report incidents.”

While Bill Rinkenbaugh, vice president of student services, notes that Butler’s numbers are “significantly less than other colleges and universities across the country,” he says that “12 incidents are 12 incidents too many.”

“All individuals need to understand that they  have the right to work and live in a positive educational environment that is free from sexual harassment and violence,” Rinkenbaugh says in an email interview.

‘Two separate arenas’

The Department of Public Services (DPS), which includes 11 officers, has jurisdiction over all Butler campuses. There is at least one officer on duty during operating hours at Butler of Andover, and there is always at least one officer on duty at Butler of El Dorado. However, the department takes calls at all campuses.

“The same rules and laws and expectations are applicable across the campus footprint,” Police Chief James T. Bryan says.

When it comes to handling cases of sexual  misconduct, there is somewhat of a “disconnect” between the college and DPS, according to Bryan.

“We [DPS] only have control of these incidents as they occur from a police perspective on college property; things we own, operate, manage or are in attendance at,” he says.

For instance, Bryan explains, an incident that occurs at The Villas would not be investigated by DPS, but could be investigated by the Title IX team, since it would probably include Butler students.

DPS does not handle all cases of sexual misconduct and the Title IX investigators are not obligated to refer all cases to the department.

“It’s inherently designed to be two separate arenas,” Bryan says.

One of Bryan’s jobs is to prepare the college’s Annual Security Report.

“In that annual security report I not only report those crimes that are mandated to be reported, I also include in free narrative form the quantity of cases that the Title IX team has managed. Just for full disclosure,” he says.

According to the 2016 report, there were 11 administratively investigated harassment cases on all Butler properties in 2015. Of these, there were two cases of gender based complaint, five cases of sexual harassment and four other or unknown classification harassment complaints. Four of these cases were determined to be unfounded.

Additionally, there were two cases of dating violence, two cases of domestic violence and two cases of stalking reported in 2015.

While this is the most recent official report, Bryan says that through a “quick count” of last year’s reports, DPS investigated eight cases that could be construed as sexual misconduct in 2016.

“That would include forcible and person  on person sex crimes as well as those ‘simple harassment’ matters that reached our desk,” he says.

Bryan describes sexual misconduct cases as time-consuming, emotional and “taxing on the officer, the investigator and the victim.”

“But we’ll continue doing them; we’ll keep learning,” Bryan says.

“We want people to have fun. We want people to have relationships that are healthy and positive, but we also want students to be protected.”

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Q&A with Dr. Vietti

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Jennifer Callaway (left) introduces former Butler Community College President Dr. Jacqueline Vietti (right) at a Connect and Caffeinate event held in February. photo by Nadine Armstrong

Former president Jackie vietti shares her story at a connect & caffeinate event

by Emily Beckman

Jacqueline Vietti was the first female president of Butler Community College, serving from 1995 to 2012: a total of 17 years.

During her time as president, a number of expansion projects took place. These projects include The Hubbard Welcome Center, The Champions Training Center, The BG Products Veterans Sports Complex in collaboration with the city and USD 490 and more. In addition, while she was at Butler, a team of experts built the online learning program.

Vietti spoke at a Connect and Caffeinate event in February, sharing her story with members and business people of the El Dorado community.

What was the most rewarding aspect of serving as the president of BCC?

Oh, that’s such an easy answer … the people. The students, the faculty and staff, the people in the community. I wouldn’t have traded working with any of them for anything. It’s the people who make any organization and there really are none better than the people of Butler and those that support Butler. Butler has such incredibly talented faculty who are unwaveringly dedicated to students’ success. Everyone in support services roles are equally dedicated to students’ success. And we have such strong believers in the broader community in the difference that Butler makes that it was just a joy to work with those individuals.

What was the biggest challenge you faced at Butler?

My motto has always been ‘dream big and start small.’ I can’t think of any challenge we weren’t willing to take on. You have the usual challenge of limited resources, but we always found a way to do what needed to be done to serve our students and our community. I’m at a loss to pinpoint a huge challenge. It isn’t to say that it was always easy; it wasn’t, but we had such a can-do attitude that we had ways to get things done; things that made a difference.

What is your advice for women who want to pursue a career in leadership?

First of all, believe they can. Believe in their own self-worth and value, find mentors that will give them sound advice, and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to pursue particular positions. And last, always, always, always operate with integrity and authenticity. [And] to be open to opportunities and be willing to step outside their comfort zones. It’s okay to risk, it’s even okay to fail, what’s not okay is not trying.

What are your connections to Butler now?

I follow the great things it is continuing to do. I follow it on facebook, I get the foundation newsletter, I follow sports on facebook.

I was on the Butler Foundation for a term. The foundation is the private fundraising arm of the college. It has a foundation board of directors apart from the board of trustees, it is focused on raising funds for scholarships and program support and helping to meet other needs of the college that are beyond the college’s operating budget.

So now my association is less formal, but I will always, always be the staunchest of advocates for Butler. I am remembered for saying ‘you will never really leave Butler,’ and I will never really leave Butler.

Why did you want to speak at the connect and caffeinate event?

I am a firm believer in giving back, and Butler Community College and the community of El Dorado have been so very good to me that when I was asked if I would be willing to share my story it was that opportunity for me to give back a little to those entities that have enriched my life.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think in closing I just want to express my deepest and lasting gratitude for the opportunity to work beside people of the caliber at Butler, and I just encourage those people to continue to do their difference-making work.