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March 4, 2011

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President Casey Joins DPView

DePauw President Brian Casey joined the WGRE News team on the public affairs show DPView Thursday night for the first time this year. The live interview lasted for an entire hour and talk ranged from career services and sports facilities to university finances and town-gown relations.

Casey discussed the marketing firm now doing work for the University and some of the new things students will be seeing soon. One of the first changes will be the University web site.

CASEY: "They’ll start blocking it out over the summer and try to roll it out in the fall with a new look, embedded social media in all pages, better use of Flash technology"

The President also shared some tough truths about the Lilly Center being replaced in time for first years to enjoy a new facility.

CASEY: "You know, if you got lucky and someone said, here’s 70 million dollars, athletic facility projects are generally two years long. It would be very brisk and awfully lucky."

The entire interview will be posted next week on wgre.org. DPView airs every Thursday from 5-6pm. Next week DePauw V-P of Finance Brad Kelsheimer will join the news team on DPView.

Dairy Castle Re-opens for the Season

Dairy Castle is open for the season after closing last October to save on heat costs and slow business during the winter months. Owner Rob Best says that portion size and quality attract customers of all ages to the ice cream shop. Dairy Castle sells a wide assortment of food to satisfy dessert and dinner needs, with top-sellers ranging from specialty sundaes and flurries to nachos supreme, Coney dogs, and breaded tenderloins. Best reflects on why this locally owned business has continued to be a family staple since 1962.

BEST: "A lot of it’s tradition. The parents came here as kids and grew up on Dairy Castle, so they bring their kids here. It’s just kind of a tradition that they carry on."

Dairy Castle currently serves between 250 and 300 customers daily, making it the go-to spot for sweet treats in Greencastle. Best predicts a successful season for the business as long as the weather cooperates. Dairy Castle is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30am to 9pm, and Sundays from noon to 9pm.

IFC Proposes Alternative for First Round of Recruiment

The DePauw Inter-Fraternity Council met Wednesday night to discuss possible alternatives for first round of recruitment next year. IFC President, Mitch Turnbow is looking forward to next year already.

TURNBOW: "Right now, obviously, just getting done with recruitment, I think our most important thing is to take steps into making next year’s better than this year’s, which this year’s went so well so we have a lot of work to do."

IFC Executive Member, Sumeru Chatterjee said that first round of recruitment has been criticised for being uninformative, informal, and unnecessary. Sumeru said that it did not represent IFC or DePauw correctly. A proposed solution to this issue is to hold informal recruitment events at each house in the fall. These events would give possible new members a chance to socialize in an alcohol free environment. IFC has talked openly about this proposal before and they hope to come to a decision by Spring Break.

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