(S.O.S. – Page 1 – October 30, 1990)

Andi Christenson is a woman with big plans for her future. As a graduate student working toward her M.B.A. degree, she looks back on her education at Ball State and lessons well learned.

“I want to own a magazine,” Christenson says. She graduated with a journalism major in May 1989.

“I enrolled in the 3/2 program because I don;t want someone to know my business better than me,” Christenson explained.

The 3/2 program is offered by  the College of Business for liberal arts and sciences majors who want an even more salable major.

The program allows a student to get an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree and an M.B.A. in five years. The first three years are spent on the undergraduate degree with the remaining two years devoted to the master’s candidacy.

Janice Steele, coordinator of undergraduate programs for the College of Business explains the ideals behind the 3/2 program. “We were looking for way to expand the focus of the College of Business, and this was a way to help those students in the liberal arts who wonder is they are going to b able to get a job when they graduate,” Steele said.

Admission into the 3/2 program requires a 3.2 GPA and a passing score on the GMAT, an SAT-like test needed for M.B.S> hopefuls.

“Don’t let the GMAT scare you,” said Christenson. “It’s not bad, but you should study for it.”

“The 3/2 program is good, but graduate level courses are different fro my undergraduate work. It’s easy to get wrapped up in my business program and lose track of my journalism,” Christenson said.

To better stay in touch with her journalism skill, Christenson sought out a job as a graduate assistant (GA) where her journalism degree would be utilized.

“I work in the Office of Student Life with Barb Jones. I create the Insider, a four-page newsletter designed to help student organizations run more efficiently. I also work on brochures and surveys,” Christenson said.

A graduate assistantship pays well too. “A GA pays all tuition plus a stipend for living expenses. It also gives you access to professors and an office to work from,” Christenson said. “People who want to be a GA should apply early and talk to department heads. They know what the job is and will remember you.”

Her job also requires computer skills. “There is a lot of Mac work. The Macintosh classes really helped. I really like the emphasis that the journalism department has put on computers. But it’s best to know the limits of computers – where they are useful and where they are not,” she said.

Christenson explained the transition from journalism to business. “The hardest part is going from a writer’s perspective to numbers. People who are not math-oriented may have it rough in he program – especially if they had problems in MATH 125,” she said.

“Accounting was really hard. I had to take it twice. I never had to repeat a class in undergrad,” Christenson said.

“But the 3/2 program i good for people in the writing business,” she explained. “I want to be able to look at a financial statement and tell if it has been done right. I want to be able to tell if things are running right.” – David Speakman

Written for the Muncie Star (Page T-5, October 28, 1990)

For quite some time, WBST has been brewing a special Halloween treat for its Friends and listeners. Local performances are to be featured this Wednesday afternoon.

Music From the 1989-90 Ball State University Faculty Series will begin at 2 p.m. Rolf Legbrandt plays clarinet and Mitchell Andrews the piano for Castelnuovo-Tedwsco’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 128. Later in the half-hour program, George Wolf and Pia Sebastiani play saxophone and piano respectively on Fantasia by Villa-Lobos.

Our focus then turns to the eerie, yet musical. Ever since Bela Lugosi’s first performance of Count Dracula, vampires have been a mainstay of modern culture.

at 3:10 p.m. our Halloween Special presentation of Moonlight Sonata by Memerie Innerarity will be performed.

This is a recording of March’s premiere of Ball State University’s performance of the operetta featuring vampires. The recording was taken in WBST’s Studio B before the show’s first public performance in Muncie.

The story tells how one vampire gets revenge over an old enemy. Featured performers are Michael Jorgensen, Patricia Robertson, Andrea Thomas, Fritz Robertson and pianist Eri Nakagawa.


At 5 p.m. today, Horizons presents Daughters of Zion: Women in Israel. For his story, producer Adam Phillips travels to Israel, the land of Golda Meir, to see if “the perception of women’s equality in that country is truth or myth.”

The documentary illustrates how 3,000 years of Jewish tradition has created a confusing atmosphere for Israeli women by encouraging them to maintain child-bearing roles while remaining passive in public life and politics.

Phillips reports that in Israel, attitudes toward women and women’s attitudes about themselves are controversial. “Most everyone in the country has a firm opinion about the woman’s proper role at home, in the workplace, and Jewish ritual life. The conflicts come to a head when women want to read from the Torah Scroll at the holy Wailing Wall in Jerusalem,” he said.

Horizons host Vertamae Grosvenor and Gwendolyn Glenn are co-producers of next Sunday’s Horizons documentary, Myrtle Beach: Parity in Paradise.

Their story focuses on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina’s highly profitable tourism business, the second largest industry in the state, and on the struggles of the area’s African American residents who are trying to gain economic parity within their seaside community.

Despite the millions of tourist dollars that pass through the area each year, Grosvenor and Glenn report that black residents along the 60-mile coastline of this lavish resort area have not received significant financial rewards or career opportunities.


Saturday is Vincenzo Bellini’s birthday. The Best Seat in the House hosts John Meadows and Dick Ver Wiebe celebrate the 189th birthday of the composer.

Seldom recorded Bellini will air at 12:30 p.m. The program will feature unusual operatic recordings from Bellini’s repertoire.

(The Muncie Star – Page T-15)


One of the true pleasures of public radio is that it features special programming and takes risks that are cost-prohibitive on television or commercial radio.

Even steadfast public radio programs get into the act.

Saint Paul Sunday Morning will present an unusual and whimsical collaborative work entitled, Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear. The special program can be heard on WBST-FM 92.1 at 10 a.m. today.

Little Tricker recalls novelist Ken Kesey’s childhood and the Ozark fable his Grandma Smith used to tell him. Kesey narrates the fable with a musical accompaniment scored by composer Arthur Maddox, who grew up in the Ozarks.

Saint Paul Sunday Morning host Bill McGlaughlin conducts the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for this special performance, with Maddox at the piano. The score brings the animal characters to life, and follows them in their adventures. It promises to be America’s own Peter and the Wolf.

Ken Kesey is perhaps best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. Kesey – a onetime wrestling champion – won a scholarship to Stanford, where he studied fiction. His 1986 publication, Demon Box, spans a 20-year period of his writing, bringing together semi-biographical articles and fiction. This work inclused the story Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear.

Saint Paul Sunday Morning, the most widely broadcast classical music performance program in the country, features an inviting blend of talented guests, excellent performances and lively conversation.

Art With a Message

At 5:30 p.m. tonight, Horizons continues its look at minorities in America. Producer Elizabeth Perez-Luna presents “Latino Performing Artists: Art for Troubled Times.”

The documentary reveals how these artists are using traditional and non-traditional theatre, dance, music, multimedia elements and other expressions to create connections among art, society and politics.

“This is the first time in which we have Chicanos, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Latin Americans talking about the similarities and differences in their approaches to art as rituals for troubled times and as a means to reflect their reality within a multicultural context.” Perez-Luna said.

The documentary was taped at a recent gathering at the Yellwo Spring Institute for Art and Society in Pennsylvania of Latino artists from the United States and Latin America to perform, exchange ideas and collaborate on new works.

A Final Tribute

The late Walter Davis Jr.’s last recording session is featured on this week’s Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Davis, who  played with Charlie Parker, Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, joins McPartland to one of Davis’s main influences with their duet, Blue Monk.

On this special program, the great be-bop stylist also displays his unique sound with his own tune, Backgammon.

(Ball State Daily News Page 1 (lead story) – October 18, 1990)

Chief Reporter

Students passing through the Scramble Light were shown an uncommonly blatant message Tuesday when a Lesbian and Gay Student Association banner was defaced and placed on the “fly swatter.”

“Don’t Challenge Bigotry – Dike and Fag Student Association,” read the altered sign displayed from morning to night after an unknown culprit managed to post it on the sign pole by North Quad.

The banner, which originally hung from the Student Center, read “Challenge Bigotry – Lesbian and Gay Student Association” before it was altered.

Ironically, following the Lesbian and Gay Student Association’s “Coming Out Week” homosexuality awareness campaign Oct. 7-11, the incident is considered a “hate crime” by the organization.

“It’s kind of like a slap in the face,” David Speakman, chairman of the LGSA’s anti-discrimination committee said. “We felt we had broken down a lot of barriers last week, but sometimes education programs don’t work when people don’t listen. This obviously shows there is discrimination on this campus and it is violent.”

A University Police report lists the defacement as a case of criminal mischief, though police Captain Bob Fay said the situation “appears to be a hate crime or bias incident.”

“That is a case which appears to be motivated by bias or prejudice,” he said.

Dean of Students Don Mikesell called the act “totally unacceptable.”

“We’re talking about respecting the dignity and worth of all people,” he said.

LGSA representatives said they are not going to take the defacement sitting down.

“We are going to pursue this as far as we can,” Mikesell said. “When we find out who did this, they will regret it. Ball State does not tolerate hate crimes.”

The vandalism comes at a time when LGSA has been pushing to include sexual orientation into Ball State’s anti-discrimination policy. The university’s current Affirmative Action code does not include protection of gender specifics.

To emphasize the importance of such a policy, LGSA representatives said they spoke with various administrators about the incident Wednesday. Speakman said a more satisfactory response about the issue was received than in the past, when administrators told them discrimination did not exist.

Due to the strong feelings of students and faculty on the policy, Mikesell said an Affirmative Action code change could be designed.

“We’re trying to find a way to move that legislation through,” he said.

SA Vice President Brad Hastings said University Senate is “looking into” a proposal to achieve the same result.

“It will be a long process to get this changed, but at least we’ve got a foundation laid down,” he said.

But the mystery of who performed the vandalism remains.

After Comoing Out Week was over, Speakman said LGSA was supposed to pick up the sign from the Student Center, but instead found it on the flyswatter.

“I don’t really understand how it got out of the Student Center,” he said. “It could have been an inside job from the Student Center, which employs many students.”

Joanne McClean, Student Center coordinator, denied such allegations.

“Its really simple for anyone to cut down those signs from the Student Center lounge,” she said. “We’ve never had sign-stealing before.”

Since the defaced sign was tied over another banner, an employee of the Office of Student Life theorized vandals probably climbed the fly swatter to attach it there rather  than obtaining a key necessary to lower the pole.

Hastings said the defacement, sporting replaced letters of the same style as the original, was professionally done, despite the misspelling of the word, “dyke.”

“You can’t ask for literate vandals,” he said.

(The Muncie Star – Page T-15)


Classic Tales of doom and death are recounted in three magnificent ground-breaking works this month on NPR World of Opera, National Public Radio’s continuing series of operatic masterpieces from around the United States and the world.

NPR World of Opera has its season premiere on WBST at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. This trio for the Halloween season starts with the production of Philip Glass’s acclaimed The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe.

Minimalist composer Glass is one of the most prominent and controversial composers on the international music scene, and is known for revising traditional operatic writing, often incorporating high-tech video electronics into his productions.

Glass’s brooding, atmospheric music takes center stage in this production. David Trombley, Dwayne Croft and Sharon Baker sing the roles of the principal characters who lead listeners through Poe’s horror story about an ancestral curse and a premature burial.

The world premiere of Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Libby Larson has received wide critical acclaim. The opera is based on the haunting 19th-century novel by Mary Shelley. Libby Larson, regarded as one of America’s brightest young composers, created the work as an exploration of intellectual ambition, technological arrogance and isolation. All the music and vocal parts are electronically mixed.

The month concludes with The Flying Dutchman, the dark tale of a legendary voyager, doomed to roam the Earth for eternity until he can find a woman who is willing to faithful to him “until death.” The opera by Richard Wagner is heard in a production from the world-famous Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the venue Wagner built for his works.

Wagner was inspired to write the opera by a sailor’s tale he heard on board a ship on the North Sea in 1839. The work marked the first time Wagner used musical themes or “leitmotivs.” that now are so closely associated with his work. It was also the first time he used the orchestra more as a character itself than as an accompaniment.

Steve Curwood, host of NPR World of Opera, says, “Each of these operas reflects what I regard as opera’s gift – its magnificence as human symphony, with all the passion, cruelty and beauty of life itself.”

The Model Minority

Hard working parents and smart, obedient children who graduate from the best schools and become top professionals – this is the stereotype of Asian Americans, the so-called “model minority.”

“The Chinese American community abounds with examples that seem to bear out the stereotype, but this is only a partial truth,” says Helen Borten, producer of the first October documentary to air on Horizons, at 5:30 tonight on WBST.

Borton’s story is the first of five documentaries to profile various multicultural groups as they struggle for economic, political and social success at home and abroad.

In her story, “Chinese Americans” Climbing the Golden Mountain,” Borten reports from New York City on the success and the heartbreak of Chinese Americans as they pursue the American dream. Borten says, “School dropouts, youth gangs, garment industry sweatshops, cultural isolation and mental illness are also what many Chinese immigrants encounter after they come to America.”

In the next Horizons October documentary, airing at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14, producer Scott Schlegel spotlights the music of black women composers who struggle for recognition and acceptance in the male-dominated world of classical music.

In “Black Women Classical Composers,” Schlegel reports that getting classical music published is difficult for anyone, but it is especially hard for women. “There is a belief in the world of classical music publishing that women’s compositions are less deep, less emotionally powerful than men’s,” Schlegel says.

In the coming weeks: “Latino Performing Artists: Art for Troubled Times” and “Daughters of Zion: Women in Israel.”


At 11:30 a.m. today The Sound of Writing features “Voice From the Outer Banks” by Richard Hill. This story is the tale of  a woman dead for 175 years who still manages to speak. Richard Hill tells this outlandish tale written by the daughter of Aaron Burr.

Ursula K. LeGuin, one of the most popular authors in the genre of speculative fiction, reads “Texts,” a vignette of a woman trying to escape the pretentious communications of today.

This text of an unnerving message tells of the woman, even alone and in silence, everything she sees seems to be at once of this world and another.