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Nate Ruess stares out into the audience while singing “All the Pretty Girls.” Fun. played at John R. Emens Auditorium on Friday. The band will head to the Grammys on Feb. 10.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Top Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly agree that more money is needed to improve Indiana’s education system in the next two years, but how that money will be spent is a point of debate. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said throughout the session that he would like to spend more on education, but he has yet to say how much or where. Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and the former chairman of the House Education Committee, has said the state should repay the $300 million cut from public schools during the recession. Education spending is typically at the center of most budget battles in the Statehouse because it accounts for a massive share of the state’s spending. This year is no exception, as lawmakers ponder whether to spend the state’s surplus on more services like education or a $500 million tax cut sought by Gov. Mike Pence.

Whether you were dancing in the aisles, taking photos and videos until your phone’s battery died or pumping your fists during ‘Some Nights,’ Friday night’s concert inside John R. Emens Auditorium was a memorable one.

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STUDENT PROPOSES DURING CONCERT Jacob Van Brunt proposes during Fun.’s “The Gambler” to tie the knot in two-year relationship with Audrey Hays SARCASM AND SMILES Forum Editor Kelly Dickey gives her take on why visits by big names such as Fun. are important for the college experience

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ABOVE: Students pack the auditorium to see Fun. on Friday night at Emens. Tickets for the show sold out one day before the show.

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LEFT: Pianist Andrew Dost plays and sings backup during the Fun. concert Friday. Dost was one of six band members on tour.

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NIGHTCLUB FIRE KILLS HUNDREDS IN BRAZIL Band members may have sparked blaze with flare or firework | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the blaze in Santa

Maria, a university city of about 225,000 people. Television images showed smoke pouring out of the Kiss nightclub as shirtless young men who had attended a university party joined firefighters using axes and sledgehammers to pound at windows and walls to free those trapped inside. Guido Pedroso Melo, commander of the city’s fire department, told the O Globo newspaper that firefighters had a hard time getting inside the club because “there was a barrier of bodies blocking the entrance.” Teenagers sprinted from the scene desperately seeking help. Others carried injured and burned friends away in their arms.

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NOTABLE DEADLY NIGHTCLUB FIRES

A fire that swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday and killed more than 230 people appears to be the deadliest in more a decade. Here is a look at some of the biggest nightclub fires in the past century. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

1940 A fire ignited the decorative Spanish moss draping the ceiling of the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Mississippi, killing 209 people. Hundreds of patrons ran to the only exit. The windows had been boarded shut to keep unwanted guests from sneaking in.

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2000 In China’s worst nightclub disaster in recent years, a fire blamed on a welding accident tore through a disco in the central city of Luoyang in December, killing 309 people.

1977 165 people perished and more than 200 were injured when the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, which touted itself as the Showplace of the Nation, burned to the ground.

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1942 A fire killed 492 people at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove club, the deadliest nightclub blaze in U.S. history. The fire led to the enactment of requirements for sprinkler systems and accessible exits with emergency lights not linked to the regular lighting system.

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1996 A fire at the Ozone Disco Pub in Quezon City, Philippines, killed 162 people, many of them students celebrating the end of the school year.

2004 A December fire killed 194 people at an overcrowded workingclass nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after a flare ignited ceiling foam.

2003 A nightclub fire in the U.S. state of Rhode Island killed 100 people after pyrotechnics used as a stage prop by the 1980s rock band Great White set ablaze cheap soundproofing foam on the walls and ceiling.

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Children pretend to have adventures every day, but when one Ball State student was 8 years old, his imagination came to life. Senior publications major Logan Buesching’s family found a mastodon skeleton on their peat moss farm in 1998. The fossil was unveiled Thursday and is on display at the Indiana State Museum. “Of course I thought it was a dinosaur,” Buesching said about the bones his cousin unearthed on the family’s farm. His cousin found a tusk of what would turn out to be a 13,000-year-old mastodon skeleton, the most complete skeleton found in the Midwest. The family reported the find to the Department of Anthropology at Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne. Faculty, students and volunteers excavated the skeleton. “It was really cool to see all of the activity.” Buesching said, “It was like finding a lost piece of history.” The family eventually gave the bones, which were named Fred after Buesching’s grandfather, to the Indiana State Museum in 2006. Buesching said he is honored to have his family name attached to such an important find. “It will really add to the family history, knowing it is something I will always have,” he said. “I will be able to show this fossil to my grandchildren.” The museum said 80 percent of the skeleton was recovered in Fort Wayne, which is significant because most fossils are less than 50 percent complete when found.

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Logan Buesching’s family’s mastodon find stands in the Indiana State Museum. The 13,000-year-old mastodon skeleton is one of the most intact skeletons found in the Midwest.

The assembly of the skeleton was supported by the LDI 100 Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program. People were allowed to purchase or sponsor a bone which ranged from $50 for small bones to the $20,000 skull, which the Buesching family sponsored, according to the museum.

FIRE: At least 50 bodies found in club bathroom | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “There was so much smoke and fire, it was complete panic, and it took a long time for people to get out, there were so many dead,” survivor Luana Santos Silva told the Globo TV network. The fire spread so fast inside the packed club that firefighters and ambulances could do little to stop it, Silva said. Another survivor, Michele Pereira, told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that she was near the stage when members of the band lit flares that started the conflagration. “The band that was on stage began to use flares and, suddenly, they stopped the show and pointed them upward,” she said. “At that point, the ceiling caught fire. It was really weak, but in a matter of seconds it spread.” Guitarist Rodrigo Martins told Radio Gaucha that the band, Gurizada Fandangueira, started playing at 2:15 a.m. “and we had played around five songs when I looked up and noticed the roof was burning” He confirmed that accordion player Danilo Jacques, 28, died, while the five other members made it out safely. Police Maj. Cleberson Braida Bastianello said by telephone that the toll had risen to 233 with the death of a hospitalized victim — he said earlier that the death toll was likely made worse because the nightclub appeared to have just one exit. Officials counted 232 bodies that had been brought for identification to a gymnasium in Santa Maria, which is located at the southern tip of Brazil, near the borders with Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil President Dilma Roussef arrived to visit the injured after cutting short her trip to a Latin American-European summit in Chile. “It is a tragedy for all of us,” Roussef said. Most of the dead apparently were asphyxiated, according

to Dr. Paulo Afonso Beltrame, a professor at the medical school of the Federal University of Santa Maria who went to the city’s Caridade Hospital to help victims. Beltrame said he was told the club had been filled far beyond its capacity during a party for students at the university’s agronomy department. “Large amounts of toxic smoke quickly filled the room, and I would say that at least 90 percent of the victims died of asphyxiation,” Beltrame told The Associated Press by telephone. “The toxic smoke made people lose their sense of direction so they were unable to find their way to the exit. At least 50 bodies were found inside a bathroom. Apparently they confused the bathroom door with the exit door.” In the hospital, the doctor “saw desperate friends and relatives walking and running down the corridors looking for information,” he said, calling it “one of the saddest scenes I have ever witnessed.” Rodrigo Moura, identified by the newspaper Diario de Santa Maria as a security guard at the club, said it was at its maximum capacity of between 1,000 and 2,000, and partygoers were pushing and shoving to escape. Santa Maria Mayor Cezar Schirmer declared a 30-day mourning period, and Tarso. The blaze was the deadliest in Brazil since at least 1961, when a fire that swept through a circus killed 503 people in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. The band performing in Santa Maria, Gurizada Fandangueira, plays a driving mixture of local Brazilian country music styles. Guitarist Martin told Radio Gaucha the musicians are already seeing hostile messages. “People on the social networks are saying we have to pay for what happened,” he said. “I’m afraid there could be retaliation”.

Purchasing a bone means sponsoring the cost of building the steel skeleton that positions the bones, a process Buesching likened to jewel setting. The Indiana State Museum is one of few museums that are capable of building the steel skeleton within the museum, according to a press release.

Fred is currently on display at the museum, but this fall it will be the centerpiece of Indiana’s Ice Giants presented by Iriving Metals Inc. “It really feels special to be a part of the unveiling,” Buesching said. “Having my family’s namesake on what they call the ‘namesake of the museum’ is a true honor.”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, there are still nagging concerns that the measure doesn’t have enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls faced by the three other states with similar laws. Backers of the proposal, who tout it as a public-safety measure, argue that required facial recognition technology is reliable enough to prevent fraud, but opponents point to hundreds of fraudulent cases in New Mexico, Washington and Utah after those states began giving illegal immigrants permission to drive. Illinois will not require applicants to be fingerprinted, for fear that would discourage immigrants from applying. “How many people would apply for this document knowing that fingerprints will be going to [federal authorities]? Probably not all that many,” said Fred Tsao, policy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a drivingforce behind the measure. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the measure that grants driving privileges to illegal immigrants Sunday. Proponents say it will allow an estimated 250,000 individuals unlawfully residing in the state to apply for a three-year temporary driver’s license. The licenses will be like

SGA: Elections chair says SGA interest beneficial to students, organization | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “I don’t at all think there will be 10 slates come Nomination Convention next week,” he said. “I expect that there will be between four and six slates, which is by far the most interest we have had this decade.” He said he thinks the rise in packets picked up is due to people wanting to learn more about the election process.

During the past five years, only one election had more than the traditional two slates run, in which three slates campaigned. Thurman said he thinks it is beneficial that more student interest is invested in this year’s election. “After all, SGA gets money from every student’s tuition,” he said. The elections board has had to reschedule two of the debates because they need larg-

er rooms to accommodate the number of potential executive board candidates. Students who want to learn more about the SGA election process can attend an open forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Teachers College room 102. Executive board slate nominations will be announced at the Nomination Convention at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Art and Journalism Building room 175.

EDUCATION: Leaders hope to improve public schools with help of funding | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 But the money could go anywhere. Measures to lift a one-year waiting period for school vouchers and extend the program to military and foster families, along with special needs children, come with a price tag. Any effort to pay Indiana teachers more would clearly cost the state more under a school funding formula that shifted much of the costs away from local taxpayers and onto the state. Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Indianapolisbased Friedman Foundation for Excellence in Education, said the state needs to continue a paradigm shift that ties money to students, not necessarily schools. “The debate has to change from giving more money to asking more, ‘What are we giving money for?’” said Enlow, who helped push a sweeping 2011 education overhaul with former Gov. Mitch Daniels and thenschools chief Tony Bennett. A handful of measures, including ones supported by Bosma and other House Republicans, would build on that overhaul by expanding who can qualify for vouchers and establishing a scholarship program to send chil-

dren to private preschools. Pence’s budget priorities include allocating $64 million more to schools which that well on third-grade reading tests, the state’s standardized exam and a new A-F grading model implemented by Bennett before he left office. In his first State of the State address, Pence talked about the Davis family of Indianapolis, whose daughter attends Trader’s Point Christian Academy with help from a state scholarship, as an example of the success of the changes started two years ago. “We’ve made progress in expanding choices, but we can do more,” Pence said. “E xpanding tuition tax deductions, removing the prior year requirement and lifting means testing for foster, adopted, special needs and military families would be a good start.” But the president of Indiana’s largest state teachers union said the budget cuts made by Daniels and the shifting of state dollars to private institutions is undercutting the pool of talented teachers needed to improve state schools. “I know people are getting out of the profession, some of the younger teachers for those

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Democrats and Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly hope to improve the state of Indiana’s public education system. Some lawmakers said the state should repay the $300 million cut from public schools during the recession while others are unsure if the state’s surplus should go toward education or tax cuts. reasons — they simply can’t raise a family on that based on beginning teacher salaries,” said Nate Schnellenberger, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association. Pence’s answer to that issue is to place $6 million more in a grant program for teachers who perform well. The stated goal is the same, but the answers are worlds apart. Similarly, Bosma has suggested the state spend $7 million on a pilot program that would give families vouchers to send their children to private preschools. Schnellenberger says the state should build a public preschool program. Democrats and Republicans, public and private school advocates, all love education. They just have different ways of showing it.

those already issued to certain foreign-born, legal visitors. Under the new law, applicants will be photographed at a driver services facility, and their photo will be entered into the state’s facial recognition database — like the rest of Illinois’ licensed drivers— to verify their identity. But the other states’ driving programs for illegal immigrants have been abused. New Mexico and Washington both issue licenses, while Utah issues a permit. An Associated Press investigation last year found a striking pattern in New Mexico, suggesting immigrants tried to game the system to obtain a license. In one instance, 48 foreign-born individuals claimed to live at a smoke shop in Albuquerque to fulfill a state residency condition. New Mexico does not have a fingerprinting requirement, though it asks applicants to show two proofs of residency. Authorities also busted a fraud ring last year that forged documents for illegal immigrants to use after driving from as far as Illinois and North Carolina to obtain a New Mexico license. Washington’s requirements attracted national attention when Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and then-Washington license-holder, revealed his illegal immigration status in an essay for the New York Times Magazine in 2011. Vargas chronicled how he obtained his license. State authorities conducted an investigation that revealed Vargas did not reside at the address he stated in his application, and canceled his license a month after his essay was published.

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ABRAMS SLATED TO DIRECT NEXT ‘STAR WARS’ FILM The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV’s “Lost” and director of 2009’s “Star Trek” movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” franchise. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this,” said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie’s producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion. “Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience,” Kennedy said in the statement. The movie will have a 2015 release. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project. Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, “Star Trek,” for rival studio Paramount Pictures. But he has long been known as a “Star Wars” devotee. Abrams spoke about the plot of the original “Star Wars” in the lecture series “TED Talks” in March 2007, and reportedly became enamored of “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof partly because Lindelof was wearing a “Star Wars” T-shirt when they first met. In 2009, Abrams told the Los Angeles Times: “As a kid, ‘Star Wars’ was much more my thing than ‘Star Trek’ was.” In Friday night’s statement he called it an “absolute honor” to get the job. Lucas himself said in the statement that “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”


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Ball State places third at Butler Invite Weber, Morris claim wins for Cardinals; 1 meet left before MAC Championships FISHBURN STAFF REPORTER throughout the season as | MELEAH mcfishburn@bsu.edu they have placed on top of Back in action after a memorable Senior Night meet when Ball State saw victory, the men’s swimming and diving team traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the Butler Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin-Green Bay placed first in the meet with 778, followed by Xavier with 689, Ball State with 546 and IUPUI finishing fourth with 480. “The guys are getting their times down close to where they were in December,� coach Bob Thomas said. “That’s very good.� The Cardinals have continuously proved themselves

their individual events. The trend continued at the Butler Invitational. Senior Michael Weber led the Cardinals off with a first -place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51:41. Junior Joe Morris once again swept the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes. He finished with a time of 56:75 in the 100 back and a 2:05.16 in the 200 back. Junior Drew Tharp came out on top of the 200-yard butterfly finishing in 1:52.66. The 200-yard medley relay team of Weber, Morris, Tharp and junior Michael Oaks took first with a time of 1:34.66.

“I thought we did an excellent job and now we get a little break before our last dual meet,� Thomas said. Mid-American Conference East Division rival Miami (OH) is next on the schedule for Ball State, but the team will get some time to rest and prepare before the meet. Ball State will look forward at the opportunity to beat Miami in its home pool. Weber said earlier in the season he and the team will look for revenge after falling short to the RedHawks the past five seasons. The team will swim its last conference meet of the season in Oxford, Ohio on Feb. 9. The meet will also be the final meet for the team to prepare for the MAC Championships, which will be held in Carbondale, Ill., on March 7 to March 9.

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In line for Friday’s Fun. concert, Jacob Van Brunt held concert tickets he waited five hours for in the cold, Ball State alumna Audrey Hays’ hand and, unknown to her, an engagement ring. The junior computer science major had been planning the moment when he would propose since he heard the band was going to play on campus. Halfway through the concert, Fun.’s “The Gambler” began, a song about lead singer Nate Ruess’ parents’ lifelong romance. Van Brunt was shaking from anticipation, a little nervous. While Ruess sang the line, “So just take my hand, you know that I will never leave your side,” Van Brunt moved into the aisle and dropped to one knee. “For that to happen in that moment, during that song, it was surreal,” Hays said. Hays said, “Yes,” and hugged him as tears streaked down her face. A crowd circled around the couple’s middlerow seat during the proposal and cheered. “It was the greatest feeling I had ever had in my life,” Van Brunt said. “It was one of the shortest moments in my life, but it felt like forever. The song said everything.” Ever since she exposed her now fiancé to Fun.’s music, he has been a fan. Hays has been

a fan of Ruess from when he was in The Format. “It’s one of the few bands my fiancé and I can agree on,” Hays said. Hays likes folk and indie music, while Van Brunt enjoys classic rock. The song struck a special chord with Van Brunt and Hays. While he wasn’t completely sure that the song would be performed, he hoped that it would for the big moment. Van Brunt said “The Gambler” describes how he sees his and Hays’ future. “In the song [Ruess] talks about his parents growing old together; loving each other,” Van Brunt said. “That’s what I want, to be together forever; live life. That’s what love is about.” A week before the concert, when Hays was sitting in her classroom at Storer Elementary School where she is an art teacher, the song came up on her Pandora station. The line that Van Brunt proposed to stuck in her mind. That was the moment she had a feeling that the night of the Fun. performance may be when Van Brunt would pop the question. “I knew that he had bought the ring, so I was just waiting for it to happen,” Hays said. “I had a hunch, but I didn’t know he would do it in the concert.” The couple met at The Chug two years ago through mutual friends. Hays said she knew there was something special

After Fun. left the stage Friday night and we all awaited the band’s encore, the audience started its usual Chirp. That’s when it hit me: This is what college is all about. OK, so maybe the point of coming to college is to learn and get an education. But let’s face it, at the end of our time here, we won’t remember each individual lesson plan or maybe even all of our professors. When I leave Ball State in May and look back at my time on campus, the details of nights spent at The Locker Room, parties or even dinners I made for my friends probably won’t matter as much. Instead, I’m going to remember the major events and speakers on campus that helped enhance my educational experience, and allowed me to blow off some steam. When I get old and tell tales of my time as a Cardinal to young ones, I’ll tell them about my shenanigans, sure, but it’s going to be the stories of the times I met Karl Rove, Rachel Maddow and David Letterman that will likely captivate them. Or about the time I camped out for tickets to see Oprah Winfrey, and then camped out less than a week later as frost covered my sleeping bag for Fun. tickets. Sure, I was miserable, but I was thankful when I got to see them up close just weeks before they went to the Grammys. And that’s just a handful of major players I’ve gotten to meet or see at Ball State. Ball State is often overlooked thanks to big schools like Indiana and Purdue universities. For years I’ve heard my peers compare our lack of mainstream performers to shows put on at IU or Purdue. I used to think the same thing. I knew non journalism and telecommunications majors probably couldn’t understand why Ted Koppel’s visit to campus in 2010 was a big deal, or why Twitter cofounder Biz Stone’s conversation with Letterman was so significant. Those big names in fields that matter are important to students, whether they realize it or not. Those speakers can allow us to say that we learned from legends. And when it comes to big names in entertainment such as Fun., it can help drive attention to the university, give students something worthwhile to do and show that Ball State is a big name, too.

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Jacob Van Brunt poses with his now fiancé Audrey Hays. Brunt proposed to Hays as Fun. performed the song, “The Gambler,” saying it fit the way he views his relationship with her.

about she and Van Brunt. “We have been inseparable since,” Hays said. After the proposal, the couple enjoyed the band and held on to each other for the rest of the concert. The wedding date is yet to be set, but Van Brunt thinks the song

will probably be their first dance at their wedding. “The funny part is when we walked in I talked about buying a T-shirt,” Hays said. “But who needs a T-shirt when they have a ring to remember the concert by? It’s something I’ll never forget.”

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