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Packed Scheumann, had best attendance since 2009 opener
f Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl were to grade the crowd and atmosphere at Scheumann Stadium for the season opener, he’d give it a high grade. “I think it’d be the in B+ to A- range,” Scholl said. “Like [head coach Pete Lembo] said, we have a lot to work on, but we did a lot of good things. I think that sums up the crowd situation as well.” See FOOTBALL, page 3
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University prepares for renewal process Denied accreditation could impact student degrees, financial aid SAM HOYT CHIEF REPORTER | firstname.lastname@example.org Students could be affected if Ball State does not renew its 10-year accreditation in October, but the Higher Learning Commission says the university is in good standing. Marilyn Buck, associate provost and one of the co-chairs of the steering committee for accreditation, said a university without accreditation doesn’t receive federal financial aid. “That would make it much more difficult for students to get a degree,” she said. Another consequence could be the impact of the degrees themselves, Buck said. “Graduate schools won’t recognize the degree unless it’s
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from a regionally-accredited institution,” she said. “Some employers won’t recognize the degree unless it’s from an accredited institution.” Ball State has been accredited since 1925, and John Hausaman, process administrator of public information with HLC, said the university is in good standing when it comes to the upcoming review. One of the main steps to getting accredited is the selfsurvey the university conducts. The survey studies five criteria from the Higher Learning Commission, one of the six regional organizations in the country which grants accreditation. The five criteria categories are Mission, Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct, Teaching and Learning: Quarterly, Resource and Support, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement, and Resources, Planning and In-
Global response, developments to Syrian situation
THE PROCESS OF GETTING ACCREDITED The path to accreditation started back in May 2011. Here are some of the major events that have occurred along the way and will happen in the next few months:
stitutional Effectiveness. The self-study is sent to the HLC and released to the public. Ball State released its selfsurvey in August. Hausaman said the idea is to have the university look at itself and hold itself to the criteria. In gaining accreditation, he said, the university legitimizes itself. “The institution needs to provide evidence to a team of peer reviewers that they are meeting these criteria,” Hausaman said. Some of the main areas that are being used as evidence Ball State meets the criteria are immersive learning opportunities, its progress in geothermal plans and the Ball State Bold campaign, which raised more than $10 million more than the goal of $200 million to support university programs.
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May 2011 Steering Committee appointed, first meeting held
Obama decides US should take military action, seeking Congress authorization
July 2011 Subcommittees established August 2011 Subcommittees begin collecting data, interviews and analysis
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October-December 2012 First draft of the self-study is circulated to campus, community January-February 2013 Feedback received and a final draft compiled July-September 2013 Finalized draft sent to Higher Learning Commission and peer review team, campus prepares for review team’s visit October 2013 Peer review team will visit campus for accreditation evaluation
Spring 2014 HLC will announce accreditation decision
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER DEBUTS ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM
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The Amelia T. Wood Health Center features a new check-in system this semester. The system is made up of a freestanding computer that gathers the student’s information and then transmits it to the staff to prioritize the waiting room.
With a new check-in system at the Amelia T. Wood Health Center, students are no longer just a number. The program, which debuted at the start of the school year, allows students to input their name and reason for a visit instead of just taking a number. A freestanding computer at the Health Center transmits the student’s information to the office staff workers and helps them assess the needs of those who are waiting, in a way the old system did not. Health Center director Kent Bullis said the previous number system received a lot of negative feedback from students. “Students expressed an emotional reaction to pulling a tab,” he said. “Emotionally, a lot of students feel like they are treated as a number or they feel like cattle. There were negative emotions and environmental concerns.” The computer check-in cost around $2,500, which came out of the general operating funds of the Health Center. –
The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. The U.S. said the attack killed 1,429 people, including at least 426 children. Those numbers are significantly higher than the death toll of 355 provided by the aid group Doctors Without Borders. President Barack Obama said he has decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syria, but is seeking congressional authorization for the use of force in a vote expected after Congress returns to work Monday. Here’s a look at key Syria developments around the world Monday amid heightened tensions over potential military action:
Assad said military strikes against his country would risk triggering a regional war. He said the Middle East is a “powder keg” and no one can say what will transpire if the West takes military action against Syria. He warned, “the whole world will lose control of the situation. Chaos and extremism will spread. The risk of a regional war exists.”
Sen. John McCain told reporters at the White House that Obama must make a strong case for attacking Assad’s Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. He also said Obama’s intervention now will be more difficult because Assad “is moving his forces around.” Both McCain and Sen. Lindsay Graham, who spoke after meeting Obama, questioned the wisdom of the administration publicly signaling in advance its intention to strike.
A French intelligence report estimated that the Syrian regime launched the alleged Aug. 21 attack involving a “massive use of chemical agents” and could carry out similar strikes in the future. The government, on its website, published a nine-page intelligence synopsis about Syria’s chemical weapons program that found that at least 281 deaths could be attributed to the attack in rebel-held areas outside Damascus.
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The Russian news agency Interfax said President Vladimir Putin hopes to send a delegation of lawmakers to the U.S. to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said evidence the U.S. showed Moscow to blame the Syrian regime for the alleged chemical weapons attack was “absolutely unconvincing.” He said, “there was nothing specific” in the evidence. THE PULSE OF BALL STATE
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3. SANDY’S PATH MAY BE LESS LIKELY IN FUTURE WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study said. The study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at the giant atmospheric steering currents, such as the jet stream. A spate of recent and controversial studies have highlighted
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. “I have three messages,” she said on the beach. “One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.” She was placed on a stretcher on the beach and received an IV before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. But her doctor later declared her essentially healthy and expected her to recover quickly from dehydration, swelling and sunburn. It was Nyad’s fifth attempt and what she had said would be her last try to complete the approximately 110-mile swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her first attempt was in 1978.
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4. IRAQ PROMISES PROBE INTO IRANIAN EXILE BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister ordered an investigation Monday into the slaying of half of the roughly 100 remaining residents at an Iranian dissident camp north of Baghdad, where a U.N. team got its first look at the aftermath of the large-scale bloodshed. The promised probe will do little to appease backers of the more than 3,000 exiles left inside Iraq who believe they remain targets in a country whose government wants them gone. MCT PHOTO
2. FLU VACCINES PROMISE MORE PROTECTION WASHINGTON (AP) — Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection. For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. Called quadrivalent vaccines, these brands
may prove more popular for children than their parents. That’s because kids tend to catch the newly added strain more often. These four-in-one vaccines are so new that they’ll make up only a fraction of the nation’s supply of flu vaccine, so if you want a dose, better start looking early.
Supporters of the Mujahedeen-eKhalq members living at Camp Ashraf insist that the Saddam Hussein-era facility came under attack Sunday from Iraqi forces. Iraqi officials have denied involvement, with some suggesting there was an internal dispute at the camp. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said a special committee is being set up to investigate what happened at the camp, located about 60 miles northeast of the Iraqi capital.
5. VERIZON RECLAIMS U.S. WIRELESS STAKE NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon will own its wireless business outright after agreeing Monday to pay $130 billion for the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone. The buyout, the second-largest acquisition deal on record, would give Vodafone PLC additional cash to pursue its expansion ambitions in Europe. Those ambitions include its push to buy up other cellphone providers and to expand into the lucrative
world of mobile services. The deal would give Verizon Communications Inc. an opportunity to boost its quarterly earnings, as it would no longer have to share a portion of proceeds from the nation’s No. 1 wireless carrier with Vodafone. It expects its earnings per share will rise by 10 percent once the deal closes. The deal isn’t expected to have much of an effect on Verizon consumers or on the company’s operations.
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WEDNESDAY Volleyball plays its first home game against the IPFW Mastadons at 7 p.m. at Worthen Arena
FRIDAY Craig Robert’s soccer team attempts to jump above .500 when it faces off against Eastern Illinois at 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY The football team faces Army at Scheumann Stadium and tries to improve its record to 2-0 at 1 p.m.
Receiver depth gives team more options Multiple playmakers give Lembo variety of scoring threats MATT McKINNEY SPORTS EDITOR | @Matt_D_McKinney Everybody knows about Willie Snead, unquestionably Ball State’s No. 1 wide receiver. And for good reason. The junior caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night against Illinois State. However, he wasn’t the only receiver to make an impact in Ball State’s 51-28 win. Sophomore Jordan Williams caught a career-high six passes for 64 yards, along with the game-changing touchdown in the second quarter. KeVonn Mabon, also a sophomore, caught just two passes, but had a block that helped break Snead open in the third quarter, which later led to Snead’s nine-yard fade for the go-ahead touchdown. Snead also had a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter where he caught a pass at the 28-yard line, then ran the rest of the way to the end zone. “We feel like we have a really intelligent group of receivers,” head coach Pete Lembo said. “It’s a fairly experienced group. It was nice to see Jordan Williams and KeVonn continue to get more and more game experience and do good things for us.” Although senior Connor Ryan started the game opposite Snead, he played two
snaps before giving way to sophomore Jordan Williams in the first quarter. It was Williams’ name that showed up more in the statistics sheet. On the third play of Ball State’s first drive, the Cardinals had a first and 10 at the Illinois State 32-yard line. Williams lined up wide left, next to Snead. At the snap, he ran an in route and senior quarterback Keith Wenning’s pass found him just after his break, five yards before the first down marker. Immediately after making the catch, Williams was wrapped up by an Illinois State linebacker and cornerback. However, instead of going down right away, the sophomore used all of his 216 pounds to fight through the gang tackle, dragging defenders for eight more yards. It wasn’t Williams’ first catch that helped Ball State the most. Late in the first half, the Cardinals were down 14-9 with 10 seconds remaining in the half. Williams fought off the defensive back in the end zone and made a falling catch for his first career touchdown. “The coverage wasn’t bad,” Lembo said. “They were on the same page in terms of what needed to be done. Keith put the ball in a perfect spot.” Ryan managed just one catch for six yards, but even his one play was a big one. Late in the third quarter, Ball State was staring at a third and 3 at the Illinois State 19-yard line.
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Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Williams fights for extra yardage, despite being tackled by members of the Illinois State defense. Williams caught six passes and had 64 receiving yards during the game Thursday.
Right after the snap, Ryan jumped and caught a quick pass from Wenning, keeping the drive alive. “Connor Ryan had a huge catch on a high ball,” Lembo said. “He went up and got it and took a whack.” Senior Jamill Smith caught
four passes for 63 yards, but his value showed up on special teams Thursday. “I was worried he was a little too hyped up going into the game,” Lembo said. After Illinois State took a 14-6 lead, Smith took the following kickoff to the 10-yard line.
Final road trip match brings fatigue, errors in championship game loss Lowered attacking percentages show decrease in energy
over the weekend with 43, but recorded just 16 in the championship, to go along with 10 combined blocking and attacking errors. Leading the offense through
the first two matches took its toll on the sophomore transfer, who averaged just 3.2 kills per set against South Florida. Players bodies are typically more conditioned as the sea-
son progresses, meaning it isn’t uncommon for players to struggle through the first few competitions of the season. Mental fatigue can play a role in games, too. Ball State led 1615 in its final set against South Florida, but an attacking error and blocking error opened the doors for South Florida to get its final kill and win. As players become physically tired, there’s an increased chance for mental errors to occur. Battling in their 11th set since Friday evening, mental fatigue could have caught up to Ball State and played a role in the errors committed. “They gutted it out and competed hard,” Shondell said. “They just didn’t have the energy from the first two matches. It’s hard to come back the next night and have the same amount of gas in the tank.” For Ball State, improved endurance could come by players learning to choose their battles. Exerting less energy against weaker opponents to save energy for stronger ones is a strategy used across sports, and could be used by Ball State. “In some situations, you just have to find a way to win, you basically have to will yourself to victory,” Shondell said. “They gave their best effort and were determined to get the job done, we just fell short.”
said. “But if you want to sustain that fan base, you have to be good for a long period of time. That’s what we’re striving for.” Ball State promoted the game against Illinois State as a “White Out,” encouraging fans and students to wear white shirts. The Cardinals wore their white jerseys against the Redbirds, traditionally used for road games. The student section on the east side of the stadium was nearly two-thirds full by kickoff and was completely full by the end of the first quarter. The west side of the stadium was mostly full while the south stands behind the end zone were about half full. But at halftime, when Ball State was trailing 21-16, a large crowd of students made for the exits. The score may not have mattered, as it’s common to see students leave the game during halftime.
“Obviously, our preference is every fan that comes at the beginning stays until the end,” Scholl said. “That’s what we’re working toward. I think [Thursday] night was better. But it’s a process, and we’ll look at things we can do to motivate people to stay through the end of the game.” The home opener has drawn well in the last seven seasons for Ball State. Every game but one since 2006 has drawn at least 10,000 to the game. The one outlier is the 2011 home opener against Buffalo, but it was technically the second “home” game for Ball State on the schedule as the season opened against Indiana University at Lucas Oil Stadium. That game drew 8,964 to watch Ball State beat Buffalo 28-25. Scholl said he hopes to see crowds of 16,000 or more for
home games against Kent State and Central Michigan later this season. A full Scheumann Stadium in October and November will weigh more to him than the crowd at the home opener. For that to happen, Scholl said the answer is simple: win games. “Opening day in any sport is always going to be a big draw,” Scholl said. “I think if we stay in the hunt [for the Mid-American Conference title], I think with each week we’ll begin to realize was it just an opening day phenomenon or are we building a fan base.” If last season’s attendance numbers indicates anything to Ball State, the fan base is growing. Last season’s game against Western Michigan on Oct. 13 drew 14,192, the most for a home game in October or November since Lembo took over as coach.
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After looking crisp and energized in its first two matches, Ball State sputtered at times in its finale against South Florida. Playing in the third match in roughly 24 hours, the Cardinals’ legs grew tired and it reflected in the attack percentages. Ball State’s leaders in attack attempts against South Florida were senior Kylee Baker and sophomore Alex Fuelling, with 49 and 48 respectively. However, attack percentages were just .204 and .146 after being significantly higher in previous matches. Head coach Steve Shondell said he believes the lowered numbers reflect that fatigue was setting in. “[Fuelling] led us to a really nice win over Austin Peay on Friday and was the best hitter we could ask for against Citadel,” Shondell said. “Fatigue took its toll on Saturday night, and she wasn’t able to sustain the emotion she had earlier.” Fuelling led her team in kills
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Junior Kylee Baker delivers a serve during last season. Baker racked up 32 kills and 16 errors during the weekend’s action.
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| CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The crowd of 16,327 was the largest for a home opener in the last six seasons, surpassing the 2009 opener’s attendance of 16,054. The game against North Texas was the first game following the 2008 season when Ball State finished 12-2. Scholl, Lembo and the rest of the athletic department have made strides to increase attendance and improve the atmosphere at football games. In the last year, the student rewards program, Countdown 2 Kickoff and a video board have been used to get more students and the Muncie community to come watch Ball State. The incentives have helped, but Scholl puts more weight on creating a winning culture. “You start to put good years back to back to back, and that’s what creates a fan base,” Scholl
Smith’s 90-yard return was a career-high for him. Lembo said Smith was “bouncing off the walls” when the team got off the bus for the Cardinal Walk. “I pulled him out of the locker room during warm-ups,” Lembo said. “We went out and
watched their punter a little bit. We just kind of talked and shot the breeze.” Smith almost broke off another kickoff to open the second half. “All of our receivers contributed,” Lembo said. “A lot of receivers stepped up and had explosive plays for us.”
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Junior Tori Widrick, midfielder, runs the ball down the field during a game last season. Widrick scored one goal during the first two matches of the season.
FRESHMAN LEADS OFFENSIVE ATTACK Kavanaugh’s goals led her team during weekend matches CRAWFORD STAFF REPORTER | DAKOTA @dakotacrawford_ After an 8-1 loss to open its season, the Ball State field hockey team was looking for answers. Head coach Beth Maddox said improvement would require a collective belief in the team’s system. None believed that more than forward Lexi Kavanaugh. The freshman was a bright spot in Sunday’s match against James Madison as she scored Ball State’s only goal. Maddox said the team was unsure of itself in the one-sided contest. “We need to work smarter and if we do those things, the results will be much different,” Maddox said. “If we play scared and fight the system, we will lose.” The Cardinals were outshot 32-8 in the loss. Kavanaugh and junior midfielder Tarel Teach led the Cardinals as they combined for four shots. Ball State bounced back Monday when it took on Appalachian State. As a team, the Cardinals put up 17 shots with 9 on goal against the Mountaineers. Kavanaugh alone managed six shots, and provided Ball State with a much needed offensive lift. “Lexi has made a huge impact on our team,” Maddox said. “She fights hard and really wants to score. Today was a team effort, and she was able to capitalize because of it.” Ball State went on to win
FIELD HOCKEY TEAM’S OVERALL RECORD:
GOALS SCORED IN TWO MATCHES:
Lexi Kavanaugh – 2 Tori Widrick – 1
SHOTS AGAINST APPALACHIAN STATE:
Lexi Kavanaugh – 6 Tori Widrick – 3 Allie White – 3 Bethany Han – 3 Colleen McGlynn – 1 Jenna Rosenberry – 1 UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Briner Sports Complex 1 p.m. Friday against Robert Morris noon Sunday against Colgate ONE SHUTOUT MATCH LAST SEASON:
3-0 against Bellarmine on Oct. 28, 2012
Monday’s match 2-0. Junior Tori Widrick scored in the ninth minute to give the Cardinals an early advantage. Appalachian State earned 10 penalty corners and put up 21 shots, but never capitalized on offense. After making 14 saves on Sunday, sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Henley earned 11 more to hold the Mountaineers scoreless. The Cardinals accomplished a defensive shutout just once in 2012 by way of a 3-0 victory over Bellarmine in the season finale. Kavanaugh added Ball State’s second goal in the 58th minute. Sophomore Bethany Han assisted on a scoring shot to the right side of the goal. The step up for Kavanaugh and the Cardinals against Appalachian State led to a 1-1 record. Maddox said it won’t be the team’s last, though. “We will work really hard this week,” she said. “Our plan is to continue to improve and move forward.”
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French report confirms chemical weapon use Assad says military strike against Syria would spread ‘chaos’ | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS — France released an intelligence report Monday alleging chemical weapons use by Syria’s regime that dovetailed with similar U.S. claims, as President Bashar al-Assad warned that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war and spread “chaos and extremism.” The verbal crossfire, including a rejection of the Western allegations by longtime Syrian ally Russia, was part of frenzied efforts on both sides to court international public opinion after President Barack Obama said he would seek authorization from Congress before launching any military action against Assad’s regime. In an interview with French
newspaper Le Figaro, Assad was quoted as saying that Syria has challenged the U.S. and France to provide proof to support their allegations, but that their leaders “have been incapable of doing that, including before their own peoples.” “If the Americans, the French or the British had a shred of proof, they would have shown it beginning on the first day,” he said, deriding Obama as “weak” and having buckled to U.S. domestic political pressure. “We believe that a strong man is one who prevents war, not one who inflames it,” Assad said. French President François Hollande and Obama have been the two world leaders most vocally calling for action against Assad’s regime, accusing it of carrying out a deadly chemical attack against rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21. The U.S. said it has proof that the Assad regime is behind attacks that Washington claims
killed at least 1,429 people, including more than 400 children. It has marked an intolerable escalation in a two-year civil war in Syria that has left some 100,000 people dead. The Syrian government denies the allegations and blames opposition fighters. In the Figaro interview, Assad questioned whether an attack took place at all and refused to say whether his forces have chemical weapons, as is widely believed. To back up its case, the French government published a ninepage intelligence synopsis Monday that concluded Assad’s regime had launched an attack on Aug. 21 involving a “massive use of chemical agents,” and could carry out similar strikes in the future. In all, though, the French report provided little new concrete evidence beyond what U.S. officials provided over the weekend in Washington. Along with it, the French Defense Ministry posted on its Web site six clips of
amateur video showing victims, some of which has already been widely available online and in the international media. In the Figaro interview, Assad said “all the accusations are based on allegations of the terrorists and on arbitrary videos posted on the Internet.” The French report made no specific reference to the agencies involved or how the intelligence was collected about the attack, aside from referring to videos of the injured or killed, doctors’ accounts, and “independent evaluations” such as one from Parisbased humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders three days after the attack. A French government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak about the matter because of its sensitivity, said the analysis was written by the spy agency DGSE and the military intelligence unit, DRM, and was based on satellite imagery.
US-Brazil tensions rise after new NSA spy report Government calls for international safety regulations | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE JANEIRO — The Brazilian government condemned a U.S. spy program that reportedly targeted the nation’s leader, labeled it an “unacceptable invasion” of sovereignty and called Monday for international regulations to protect citizens and governments alike from cyber espionage. In a sign that fallout over the spy program is spreading, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that President Dilma Rousseff is considering canceling her October trip to the U.S., where she has been scheduled to be honored with a state dinner. Folha cited unidentified Rousseff aides. The president’s office declined to comment. The Foreign Ministry called in U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon and told him Brazil expects the White House to provide a prompt written explanation over the espionage allegations. The action came after a report aired Sunday night on Globo TV citing 2012 documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden that indicated the U.S. intercepted Rousseff ’s emails and telephone calls, along with those of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose communications were being monitored even before he was elected as president in July 2012. Mexico’s government said it had expressed its concerns to the U.S. ambassador and direct-
ly to the U.S. administration. Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo said, “We’re going to talk with our partners, including developed and developing nations, to evaluate how they protect themselves and to see what joint measures could be taken in the face of this grave situation.” He added that “there has to be international regulations that prohibit citizens and governments alike from being exposed to interceptions, violations of privacy and cyber attacks.” Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo said at a joint news conference with Figueiredo, “from our point of view, this represents an unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty.” “This type of practice is incompatible with the confidence necessary for a strategic partnership between two nations,” Cardozo said. Earlier, Sen. Ricardo Ferraço, head of the Brazilian Senate’s foreign relations committee, said lawmakers already had decided to formally investigate the U.S. program’s focus on Brazil because of earlier revelations that the country was a top target of the NSA spying in the region. He said the probe would likely start this week. “I feel a mixture of amazement and indignation. It seems like there are no limits. When the phone of the president of the republic is monitored, it’s hard to imagine what else might be happening,” Ferraço told reporters in Brasilia. “It’s unacceptable that in a country like ours, where there is absolutely no climate of terrorism, that
there is this type of spying.” During the Sunday night TV program, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro and first broke the story about the NSA program in Britain’s Guardian newspaper after receiving tens of thousands of documents from Snowden, told the news program “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012 shows that Peña Nieto’s emails were being read. The document’s date is the month before Peña Nieto was elected. The document indicated who Peña Nieto would like to name to some government posts, among other information. It’s not clear if the spying continues. As for Brazil’s leader, the NSA document “doesn’t include any of Dilma’s specific intercepted messages, the way it does for Nieto,” Greenwald told The Associated Press in an email. “But it is clear in several ways that her communications were intercepted, including the use of DNI Presenter, which is a program used by NSA to open and read emails and online chats.” The U.S. targeting mapped out the aides with whom Rousseff communicated and tracked patterns of how those aides communicated with one another and also with third parties, according to the document. In July, Greenwald co-wrote articles in the O Globo newspaper that said documents leaked by Snowden indicate Brazil was the largest target in Latin America for the NSA program, which collected data on billions of emails and calls flowing through Brazil. The spokesman for the U.S.
BRAZIL’S REACTION TO NSA SPYING WHAT HAPPENED
Documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden indicated the U.S. intercepted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s emails and telephone calls. WHAT’S NEXT
• The Brazilian government called Monday for international regulations to protect citizens and governments alike from cyber espionage. • The newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that President Dilma Rousseff is considering canceling her October trip to the U.S. • The Foreign Ministry called in U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon and told him Brazil expects the White House to provide a prompt written explanation over the espionage allegations. SOURCE The Associated Press
Embassy in Brazil’s capital, Dean Chaves, said in an emailed response that U.S. officials wouldn’t comment “on every specific alleged intelligence activity.” But he said, “We value our relationship with Brazil, understand that they have valid concerns about these disclosures, and we will continue to engage with the Brazilian government in an effort to address those concerns.” In Mexico City, the Mexican foreign ministry said it sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. asking for a thorough investigation of the report’s claims. It said officials also summoned the U.S. ambassador to express Mexico’s concerns.
SYRIA: Breakdown of global reaction | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief adviser brushed aside fears that a U.S. strike against Syria could provoke Damascus to attack Turkey. Yalcin Akdoğan told the Turkish daily newspaper Aksam that an attack on Turkey “would be madness and suicide” because Turkey is a member of NATO. The alliance is committed to defending member states.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his country urged the U.S. not to take unilateral action against Syria. He said Washington briefed Beijing about the matter and that China is concerned about chemical weapons use but that the country opposes the U.S. acting alone. Hong didn’t address the possibility of the U.S. acting together with France’s government, which supports a strike. Beijing would almost certainly be opposed to any strike.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger in Germany’s upcoming election said late Sunday they wouldn’t participate in military action against Syria. Merkel said there must be “a collective answer by the U.N.” to the use of chemical weapons in Syria as she faced center-left rival Peer Steinbrück in a televised debate. Steinbrück said he wouldn’t participate in military action as chancellor and would “greatly regret it” if the U.S. strikes alone without an international mandate.
MUNCIE SCHOOLS TO MERGE, CLOSE
MUNCIE (AP) — Efforts to shore up the financially strapped Muncie Community Schools system, including suggestions of consolidating the city’s two high schools, have exposed a divide that Mayor Dennis Tyler cautions could undermine efforts to bring new businesses and residents to the city. Muncie schools have lost nearly 1,000 students in recent years, and school officials are hosting a series of public meetings to look at the future of the school district. The discussions include what to do with school buildings, funding and the possibility of consolidating middle or high schools, The Star Press reported. Residents at the first forum earlier this month overwhelmingly objected to combining the high schools. Many Southside High School parents and students warned that families would move their children outside the city rather than send them to a combined high school. Tyler said closing either school could affect efforts to revitalize the city and said the community needs to be united as Muncie tries to get back on its feet. “We saw a lot of downsizing of communities with what happened to the auto industry,” the mayor said. “I think we’re seeing renewed growth and interest now in communities like Muncie. I sense a lot of good things happening.”
ACCREDITATION: Decision to be announced in spring | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Controversies also have their place in the review, but Buck said they look more at the university’s response than the incident itself. “If there are things we can improve upon as a result of what we’ve learned when these challenges come up, then those are the important things,” she said. A team of peer reviewers from the HLC will visit campus from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. Hausaman said the purpose of the visit is to validate the contents of the self-study. Buck said the visiting team will not only speak with teachers, but also will stop students to garner their opinion of the university. “We look forward to the fact that individuals will be able to respond to these types of questions,” she said. After the visit in October, the team will return to the HLC and announce their decision in the Spring Semester.
ACCREDITATION CRITERION Accreditation is based on how the university meets five criteria from the Higher Learning Commission, one of six institutional accreditors in the nation. Here are a couple criteria categories and the breakdown of what they mean: CRITERION ONE MISSION
The important points here are that the mission is understood, articulated and used to guide operations and demonstrate commitment to public good. The relationship between the mission and the diversity of society also should be understood. CRITERION TWO INTEGRITY
Ethical and Responsible Conduct This criterion inspects the integrity and ethics of the university’s policies and actions. It also examines how the decisions are made and the place of freedom of expression, the pursuit of truth and the acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge.
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DRUG AGENTS PLUMB VAST DATABASE OF CALL RECORDS Hemisphere Project run, kept secret by federal drug agents | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE — For at least six years, federal drug and other agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades in a collaboration with AT&T that officials have taken pains to keep secret, newly released documents show. The program, previously reported by ABC News and The New York Times, is called the Hemisphere Project. It’s paid for by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and it allows investigators armed with subpoenas to quickly mine the company’s vast database to help track down drug traffickers or other
suspects who switch cellphones to avoid detection. The details of the Hemisphere Project come amid a national debate about the federal government’s access to phone records, particularly the bulk collection of phone records for national security purposes. Hemisphere, however, takes a different approach from that of the National Security Agency, which maintains a database of call records handed over by phone companies as authorized by the USA Patriot Act. “Subpoenaing drug dealers’ phone records is a bread-andbutter tactic in the course of criminal investigations,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email. “The records are maintained at all times by the phone company, not the government. This program simply streamlines the process of serving the subpoena to the phone company so law enforcement can quickly keep
up with drug dealers when they switch phone numbers to try to avoid detection.” The Associated Press independently obtained a series of slides detailing Hemisphere. They show the database includes not just records of AT&T customers, but of any call that passes through an AT&T switch. The federal government pays the salaries of four AT&T employees who work in three federal anti-drug offices around the country to expedite subpoena requests, an Obama administration official told the AP on Monday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to discuss the program, and said that two of the AT&T employees are based at the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office in Atlanta, one at the HIDTA office in Houston, and one at the office in Los Angeles. The Hemisphere database includes records that date back
to 1987, the official said, but typical narcotics investigations focus on records no older than 18 months. To keep the program secret, investigators who request searches of the database are instructed to “never refer to Hemisphere in any official document,” one of the slides noted. Agents are told that when they obtain information through a Hemisphere program subpoena, they should “wall off” the program by filing a duplicative subpoena directly to target’s phone company or by simply writing that the information was obtained through an AT&T subpoena. It wasn’t immediately clear what percentage of U.S. calls are routed through AT&T switches and thus have records captured in Hemisphere. One slide says the program includes records “for a tremendous amount of international numbers that place calls through or roam on the
AT&T network.” “While we cannot comment on any particular matter, we, like all other companies, must respond to valid subpoenas issued by law enforcement,” AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in an email. According to the slides, the program is useful for investigators trying to track down drug traffickers or other criminals who frequently change phones or use multiple phones. If agents become aware of a phone number previously used by a suspect, they can write an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight required, for records about that number. Hemisphere analysts can track the number’s call history or other characteristics and compare it to the history and characteristics of phones still in use — thus winnowing down a list of possible current phone numbers for the suspect, along with their location.
BREAKDOWN OF THE ‘HEMISPHERE PROJECT’ • It’s a secret program that has allowed federal drug and other agents to have near-immediate access to billions of phone call records with any call that passes through an AT&T switch. • It includes records that date back to 1987, but typical narcotics investigations focus on records no older than 18 months. • Investigators who request searches of the database are instructed to “never refer to Hemisphere in any official document.” • It is useful for investigators trying to track down drug traffickers or other criminals who frequently change phones or use multiple phones. SOURCE The Associated Press
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Student Duesenberg documentary returns to festival, honors founder Film sold, presented ÂŤIâ€™m just glad we have him in our during Auburn Cord documentary so we preserve his Duesenberg Festival memory. Âť |
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An immersive learning film following the history of Duesenberg cars in Auburn, Ind., honors one of the founders of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, who died Sunday. Jack Randinelli, one of the founders of the festival, died after having a heart attack Sunday, two days after receiving a lifetime achievement award for 50 years of involvement at the opening banquet. Fifteen students and Hans Kellogg, a Ball State assistant professor of technology, created the film in Fall 2012 through the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. â€œ[It was an] opportunity to
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be able to experience part of the history of Indiana that has not been done,â€? Kellogg said. Last fall, students had only one week of school before they began filming at the annual festival, which starts the weekend before Labor Day and wraps up during the national holiday. â€œI was really impressed with the studentsâ€™ abilities to rise to the situation,â€? Kellogg said. This year, the film was shown twice and available on sale at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museumâ€™s gift shop. Kellogg said Randinelli helped them make the docu-
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mentary, even housing five students during the 2012 festival. â€œHe was the first person I called,â€? Kellogg said. â€œHe was passionate about these cars.â€? In a quote in the documentary, Kellogg said Randinelli talks about how history is easily forgotten or lost as people die. By doing the documentary, Kellogg said Randinelli made sure some of the history of Duesenberg cars was saved. Kellogg said Randinelliâ€™s daughter attended Ball State, so he â€œopened his armsâ€? to the students and university. Julia Ricci, a junior history major, was one of two stu-
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dents who attended the festival this year. â€œIt was really nice to see [the film play],â€? she said. â€œI was a little nervous just because they are our toughest crowd because they know the most [about Duesenbergs].â€? She said it was interesting to see when the audience would turn their heads or physically react, so she could see what parts resonated with them. Ricci said she was in shock when she got the news about Randinelli, since she had seen him at the opening ceremony Friday. â€œIâ€™m just glad we have him in our documentary so we preserve his memory,â€? she said. Ricci said she was involved with researching and gathering documents and photos, along with writing and conducting interviews. â€œ[Randinelli] was a really nice guy and was always willing to help us out,â€? she said.
| THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO â€” The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue. Created by former high-profile New York City police commissioner and Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being touted as a site where officers can share their expertise, insight and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen share capabilities. The network is scheduled to go live at the International Association of Police Chiefsâ€™ annual conference in Philadelphia in late October, Bratton said.
Regarded as an international expert on reducing crime, combating gang violence and improving police-community relations, Bratton said thereâ€™s been a longstanding belief that federal, state and local agencies work closely, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks. Thatâ€™s not entirely true, Bratton said, adding that he hopes BlueLine will be another tool to help bridge the gap. Those who join will be accredited members of law enforcement. They also will be able to create databases, have PowerPoint meetings and search for other members via name, topics and interests. â€œThis is a big void that needed to be filled,â€? Bratton said. â€œOur intent is to have officers locate their counterparts and closely interact with each other on a number of topics such as gangs and counterterrorism as well as share their best practices and strategies.â€?
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WEDNESDAY Check out Muncie’s food truck trends and dive into the dining of Slop on Top, Puerta’s and Rolling Luau.
Examine one Ball State professor’s efforts to save two 200-year old trees from destruction.
THURSDAY White River Aquatics gives dogs the opportunity to take a dip before they drain the pool for the year.
Many pop hits use the same chord progression: step inside the methodology |
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t is no secret that musicians like to borrow ideas from each other, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that some of the biggest pop hits in history use the same four chords. This includes songs like “Let it Be,” by The Beatles, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey, “With or Without You” by U2, “When I Come Around,” by Green Day and “Someone Like You,” by Adele — the list could go on forever. The chord progression in question is the I-V-vi-IV progression, which is also referred to as the pop-punk chord progression.
More hit songs that follow the I-V-vi-IV progression
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“Paradise” by Coldplay and “21 Guns” by Green Day are examples of songs that use this structure. With so many songs that share the same chord structure, there are some drawbacks. “I think that if you rely on it, it becomes a lazy songwriting tool,” Wright said. “Crafting the perfect pop song is all about the balance.” And sometimes, these drawbacks can easily be exploited. The Axis of Awesome, a musical comedy group from Australia, parodied the use of the I-V-vi-IV progression in their own tune called “4 Chords.” For about six minutes, the band performs a medley of 47 pop songs ranging from Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” to MGMT’s “Kids.” A live version of the song went viral in 2009, and it has gained more than 28 million views on YouTube. The music video has gained more than 14 million views. Although this chord progression has been recycled for many ideas and experiments, the future of this chord progression still appears bright. Willey likens it to the 12-bar blues progression, because “there are still plenty of good songs to be written over it.” But Willey does add that the chord progression might just appeal to us and that, “if you asked people a hundred years in the future or past ... you might get a different response.” DN PHOT O JONAT HAN
Robert Willey, director and associate professor of music media production at Ball State, said it’s OK that artists keep reusing this chord progression, because there are still a lot places to explore with it. “If you’re writing a song, this progression will seem very natural for the listener,” Willey said. “Having good lyrics and an interesting melody and groove to put over the chord progression will make the difference.” Nile Wright, a senior music media production major, said he sees the chord progression as a comfort for the listener, which is why listeners gravitate toward it. “It plays with the sensibilities we’re used to,” Wright said. “The mix of major and minor chords can be used to bring about all sorts of emotions.” It might be easier to understand the I-V-vi-IV by choosing a key for the chords to fit in. In the key of C major, the chord progression is C-G-Am-F. The major chords are represented by upper-case numerals, while the minor chords are represented by the lower case ones. “After the I to V, the vi is a mild surprise,” Willey said. “Ending the phrase on the IV chord is unresolved. ... We want to hear something after it, so it propels us forward.” Other similar variants of this progression exist, too. For example, the viIV-I-V progression is a variant, which is referred to as the “sensitive female chord progression” by Marc Hirsch in The Boston Globe. In this one, the A minor key progression is Am-F-C-G.
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Rayman and his friends are back and ready for action in the newest installment of his video game series: “Rayman Legends.” Together, they must work together to rescue tiny blue wizards known as “Teensies” so that they can reclaim the glowing Lums and save the world from chaos. If profanities uttered can be considered a testament to the quality of a game, “Rayman Legends” commands high praise. The game presents players with button-mashing challenges from the opening tutorial and doesn’t let up. Only by reacting quickly and accurately can players guide Rayman (or any of the other playable characters) through the series of miniature puzzles that make up each stage. Much of the game’s appeal comes from the whimsical art style and offbeat sense of humor. Despite the lack of much organized plot or even dialogue, the characters and environments feel organic and personal by the way they move, look and react. Whether you’re looking at an imprisoned Teensie rattling the bars of its cage or a fire-breathing dragon and flying
between the foreground and background, there’s a sense of charm and cartoonish playfulness. “Rayman Legends” makes things feel both familiar and new at the same time. The game is a direct sequel to “Rayman Origins,” which took the series back to its beginnings as a sidescrolling platformer. It provides the experience and feel that fans of the series know well and provides more than 120 new levels for them to explore. The game provides significant fan service, too. Long-time Rayman players are likely to recognize characters from previous games and can play through 40 remastered levels from “Rayman Origins.” The feeling of familiarity is consistent throughout other aspects of the game. Mechanics and controls build on top of each other and are learned by doing. Tasks like sliding across chains, bypassing tentacle monsters and controlling machines are consistently re-imagined and reintroduced across stages, yet can be easily recognized. This learn-as-you-go style of introduction ensures that players
fully understand core concepts and can recognize them as they face them again and again. After enough repetition, these actions become natural-feeling reactions to the changing world. It also creates a satisfying sense of accomplishment and challenge by allowing players to figure out for themselves how to address the evolving set of threats and obstacles before them. Stages react to the player’s choices, which often cannot be undone. If you take a wrong turn or move a little too slow, you may see an objective or bonus float forever out of reach. “Rayman Legends” is divided into “worlds” that consist of several levels. Each world gives the player a new setting and wears a different skin than the others. Whether your foes are frogs on stilts or armored rodents, you know who to hit with Rayman’s disembodied fist. The game encourages players to replay levels due to the difficulty of completing all a stage’s objectives the first time through. Quick reflexes are needed to get every string of floating Lums or to recognize where
that last captured Teensie hides. “Rayman Legends” is largely devoid of traditional in-game menus. The player moves their character through a series of hallways and jumps into paintings to enter worlds or stages. In this area of the game, players can review trophies and accomplishments, enjoy “Easter eggs” and scratch off “Lucky Tickets” to earn rewards. The system is cosmetically beautiful and fun to use, but it can be difficult to navigate at first. While it doesn’t take too long to learn your way around, it just doesn’t feel as natural as the rest of the game. Up to four players can play in “Rayman Legends” local cooperative mode. The game lacks online cooperation, so you and your friends will have to share a screen in the same room. “Rayman Legends” is a charming side-scrolling adventure that challenges you to advance through its diverse settings. The game constantly reinvents itself and demands that the player keep up. Incredibly detailed environments and evolving gameplay are
sure to keep players awake, hands sweating, until far too late at night. Both fans of the series and players looking for something a little outside the contemporary gaming box should be sure to check out “Rayman Legends.”
GAME SPECS: ‘RAYMAN LEGENDS’ PLATFORMS
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U RATING
The print edition of The Ball State Daily News on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.