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Multiple bands, both local and independent, will come together Saturday to perform for all ages in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.\nThe third annual Rock for Kids’ Sake concert will take place 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rhino’s All Ages Music Club.\nThis year the Business Careers in Entertainment Club of IU has changed the format of the annual Rock for Kids’ Sake. Proceeds will still benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana; however, the concert will be organized differently. \n“We made it simple this year, to raise more money,” said Scott Hubiak, the co-director for Business Careers in Entertainment Club music committee. “We would like to raise at least $1,000 for BBBS and get at least 200 people to come.”\nAdmission is $5 and the concert is open to all ages. This year, instead of a competition, the concert has been put together for entertainment.\n“This year we just wanted to have a big concert for a celebration of the bands and the cause,” said Nicole O’Neal, the co-director for the clubs music committee.\nAlthough the concert has been organized by Business Careers in Entertainment Club, members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana will have a booth set up at the concert to hand out information. Some of the children will also attend to give short speeches, along with the band performances during the concert.\n“We are potentially going to have matches introduce the bands that day,” said Lee Ann Jourdan, associate development director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “(The kids) are really excited to be on stage and share their story about their match and present the bands.” \nThe concert will include bands of many different genres. One of the more unique performances will be from the band Xenosound, a group of students who learned to play instruments after school.\n“One thing that’s important this year is we have Xenosound, that came out of Dr. Music’s Little Band School,” Hubiak said. “(The director) basically put together music parts for the kids and they write their own songs.”\nThis year’s goal is to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as get exposure for the bands, including Xenosound. The variety of music will, hopefully, bring a larger variety of supporters.\n“We really wanted to make sure we get everyone out there,” O’Neal said.
For the past three years, IU senior James DiMartino has worked hard on his own fashion line. Today, his James Bond-inspired clothing line will be revealed at his self-produced fashion show.\nDiMartino’s “I Admire Your Luck” Resort 2008 Fashion Show will take place at 7 p.m. at the John Waldon Arts Center Auditorium.\nDiMartino, a fifth-year senior, worked on all of his designs from start to finish, including drawing sketches, buying material and actually sewing the clothes.\nHe has created a resort line featuring James Bond-inspired clothing items. Focusing on the first six Bond films, the clothing line is 1960s-oriented, with icons like Sean Connery having large influence.\nSenior Charnee Drake, a model in DiMartino’s show, said, “it’s a really nice collection of clothes with a wide variety.”\nBesides the creating original designs, DiMartino has managed every aspect of his fashion show.\n“I have experience with event planning through my band,” DiMartino said. “Also, last summer, I worked for Zang Toi. He had me come back to New York in September for Fashion Week, and I worked behind the scenes.”\nHis fashion show will be filmed and photographed for New York designers. After graduation, DiMartino will move to New York in hopes of working with these designers.\n“After my own show, I will have done it, but I still have a lot to learn,” DiMartino said.\nEventually, he would like to run his own fashion line. Although he has created other clothing lines, including a T-shirt line, this will be his first fashion show exhibiting his own work.\nJunior Nicole Album, a dresser for the show, said she is excited to see what DiMartino has produced.\n“It’s his first personal fashion show,” Album said. “When we do our presentations, it’s the first time for us, as (Individualized Major Program) majors, to express ourselves.”
Professor Gene Coyle has taught a variety of subjects at IU for the past four years, but his previous job is what sets him apart from the rest of IU’s staff.\nBefore he started teaching, Coyle was a CIA officer living abroad in countries such as Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Brazil, and convincing people to become spies for the U.S. government. Now he will relive his experiences in a speech to students Wednesday. \n“My task was to go out, meet foreigners and find a reason to convince them operating for the U.S. government was in their interest or their country’s interest,” Coyle said. “It is a great intellectual chess game, getting to know their hopes, dreams and fears.”\nCoyle will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the School of Education’s Auditorium. The speech is being sponsored by The Hutton Honors College Council Organization.\nAn IU alumnus, he majored in political science and American history. He continued his studies by studying abroad in Germany and getting his master’s degree in Eastern European studies. At 24, Coyle received a job offer as a CIA officer. All his previous accomplishments only added to the one thing the CIA looked for most in a new candidate.\n“To be a CIA officer, the most important trait is personality,” Coyle said.\nElizabeth Bercovitz and Wesley Smith, community leaders for Forest Residence Hall, planned the event, along with help from other groups.\n“Usually events are only open to community leaders, but we thought it would be more interesting if we invited the whole Honors College,” Bercovitz said. “We wanted a speaker who would appeal to a wide variety of audiences.”\nWhile searching for an interesting speaker, they did not have to look far.\n“He came recommended,” Smith said. “We encourage students to stop in for this exciting event.”\nAlthough Coyle’s security oath is binding until his death, his speech will cover a number of topics.\n“I will be dispelling the Hollywood myths of the CIA, try to explain what a real intelligence officer does and show how important intelligence is in foreign nations,” Coyle said. \nThe CIA hires people for a number of different jobs and does not require a certain major from applicants.\n “We have had roughly less than one percent of students who have interviewed through the Kelly School of Business interview with the CIA, but of those students, six percent have accepted jobs,” said Mark Brostoff, associate director of the Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Career Services.\nCoyle encountered other IU graduates during his time working for the CIA.\n“Dozens of graduates go into the CIA because of IU’s strong language programs and area studies programs,” Coyle said.
In 1996, Eve Ensler produced the first draft of “The Vagina Monologues.” In 1999, the former Broadway production became a student-run production. Now, every year, a V-Day Campaign shines the spotlight on a special group of women who have withstood hardships, including rape and domestic violence.\nIU students will perform “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. Ten percent of the production’s proceeds will go to the V-Day Campaign, which works to educate people about violence against women, and 90 percent of the proceeds will go to Middle Way House.\nOne monologue this year will be geared toward the women who survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.\nOlivia Morales, co-producer of “The Vagina Monologues” and member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, said Middle Way House is underfunded. Middle Way House is a local nonprofit domestic violence and rape crisis center. \n“Funding that has come from the University has been cut,” said Vanessa Holiday, president of the Feminist Majority Leadership. “It is important to get a full house each night to get as much funding as possible.”\nHoliday sent in the application to begin the production last summer. The cast and crew are student volunteers and have been working on it since November.\n“It’s an all-volunteer cast, crew and \nproduction with students from all aspects of the University,” Morales said. “The cast and crew are incredibly committed. We have high-quality actors, for a volunteer production.”\nMany local businesses have contributed money or gift cards to the performance. \nEvents leading up to the production began Monday. From Monday to Friday, 20 percent of purchases made at the Bloomington Sandwich Company will be donated to “The Vagina Monologues” production when customers mention Middle Way House.\nAt 7 p.m. Thursday, a panel will be held in the Maple Room of the IMU. The free panel will discuss the 10th anniversary of “The Vagina Monologues,” and will include student leaders’ perspectives. Jen Fish Superstar will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cinemat to raise money for the V-Day Campaign. \nThe IU Health Center will sponsor a film screening, “Girl, Positive,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Collins Coffeehouse. Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13 at the IMU Literature Desk.