He, along with several TZ classmates, participated in "Re-Cycling Art," a public art project that saw 100 decorated bicycles introduced to campus for public use.
The entire project was the kickoff for ArtsFest 2007: Art and The Environment, DPU's annual celebration of the creative and performing arts.
"Would you like fries with that?" was the theme for the bike decorated by the Students Services Office.
"Our theme is ‘We serve all students,' said BethAnn Newton of the office's motto, "so ‘Would you like fries with that?' was fitting, we thought."
Indeed, the giant golden fries in the basket of the bike ridden by Mike Schmeckebier conveyed the idea of service.
Some of the bikes kept to the theme of the environment, such as the "It Ain't Easy Being Green" bike.
TZ teacher Karen Hirt praised the third-graders, including Nathan Gobert, Gabby Selvia, Kelly Hansen, Megan Matthews and Emma Newton, for coming up with their bike ideas. Some of the youngsters belong in teacher Jeannette Edwards' class, which also recycled a bike. The safety bike has inscriptions with, what else, bike safety advice, including warnings to obey all traffic rules and to wear helmets.
Each bike -- some are men's models and some are women's -- carries a card outlining the bike sharing project, and asking that any needed repairs be reported so the bike can be picked up, fixed, and returned to service.
How long the bikes remain on campus is up to the community.
"They're here indefinitely," Schooler said, "as long as the campus respects them."
ArtsFest 2007: Art & the Environment continues through Sunday, Nov. 4 with art exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, lectures, film screenings, creative writing readings and more. Departments, programs, and organizations collaborating in the 11-day festival include the Peeler Art Center Galleries, Film Studies, the DePauw School of Music, the DePauw English Department, DePauw Theatre, the DePauw Performing Arts Series, the DePauw Greek community, and numerous student organizations including the Student Arts Council, the Bicycle Club and the Environmental Club. All events are free and open to the public with the exception of the DePauw Theatre production. The closing event will be Art Attack, a day of free art performances, workshops and hands-on art activities for children at the Green Center for the Performing Arts from 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
A complete schedule of all activities can be found at www.depauw.edu/arts/artsfest.
For additional information, contact Gigi Fenlon at email@example.com or 765-658-4485.