Indiana Statesman For ISU students. About ISU students. By ISU students.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Volume 124, Issue 36
Lighting tour exposes multiple problem areas on campus Rileigh McCoy Reporter
Recently, Public Safety held their annual safety and lighting tour with several staff departments in order to highlight and determine areas with sufficient or insufficient lighting for optimal safety. Public safety hosts the tour every year to ensure maximum safety for students. While students were unable to attend the tour, there were student staff members in attendance from areas such as Student Government Association and Residential Life. Several staff members from departments such as Facilities Management, Student Affairs, Women’s Resource Center and other public safety members were in attendance to help point out such areas and be made aware of areas in need of improvement. “The only way we are going to be able to figure out our most
needed areas is to have contributions made by the people who are here all hours of the day and night and that is primarily the residents of the campus,” said Chief of Police at ISU PD, Joe Newport. “Most of us work during the day and we’re gone at night so unless we come up with an event to take place after hours, we’re not going to see the university in the same way that we see it during the day. So it’s important for us to stay on top of that and to acknowledge when we hear people that feel unsafe walking certain areas of campus.” Newport has held the tour for 17 years and usually sees positive results from participants. Participants were able to ride a golf cart through specified routes to determine the areas of concern. The tour began at 8 p.m. Two groups were sent out in order to efficiently determine spots of insufficient lighting. Each group was out for approx-
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A lighting tour was conducted by ISU Public Safety to reveal the problem areas around campus.
imately 30 minutes and returned to discuss what places had been noted as dark or were of concern. While on the tour it was pointed out that ISU has a night elec-
trician who works to fix burnt whose main goal is to mainout lights and make note of areas tain lighting inside classrooms that may need more lighting in and out on campus,” said Mark the future. “We have a night electrician SEE TOUR, PAGE 3
Take Back the Night 2016
ISU offers Lavender Graduation Adrienne Morris Reporter
Danielle Guy | Indiana Statesman
The ISU community marched around campus for Take Back the Night, which protests gender violence. The march took place on Nov. 16 along with a rally and resource fair.
Priority registration begins for returning students Jarred Sharp Reporter
Priority registration is in full swing with this year’s fall semester coming to a close. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students can start registering for classes for the spring semester now while freshmen can start registration Dec. 1. The deadline for all students planning to register is Dec. 4 according to the Indiana State University website. To be eligible for priority registration, students must meet the minimum requirement for credit hours earned. Freshmen and sophomores must have earned at least 30 credit hours. Graduate students and seniors must have earned at least 90 credit hours. And juniors must have earned at least 60 credit hours according to the Indiana State website. Students should register as a
soon as possible to ensure that they are scheduled for their desired classes for the spring semester. April Hay, registrar in the Office of Registration and Records advises students to register early. “It is beneficial for students to register early, to have a better chance of getting the courses they want and more importantly, what they need,” Hay said. While returning students at ISU may be familiar with the registration process, freshmen may run into some challenges when registering for classes. Academic advisors are here to help students who have questions or conflicts when registering for classes. “It is critical to see your academic advisor before you register for classes,” Hay said. “You must understand the long term impact of how courses affect your degree requirements.”
Students may also experience difficulties getting into the classes that they initially intended. Susan M. Powers, associate vice president for academic affairs, urges students not to be discouraged. “If a student can’t get into a class that is on their degree map, it is important to see their advisor to have the degree map updated for another class or for an override if a class is needed to graduate on time,” Powers said. “Students should notify their advisor during priority registration if they are not able to register for a required course on their degree map,” Hay said. “Their advisor will work with Academic Affairs and colleges to assist the student.” ISU students who have dealt with priority registration problems understand how easy it is to become confused during the process.
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ISU Sophomore, Treylin Sanders, recalls his experience. “When I went to register for my classes, I was lost on what to do, and what I should look for,” Sanders said. “After I spoke with my advisor she helped me with my classes and helped me figure out a plan for the next couple of years.” For freshman dealing with priority registration for the first time, speaking with an academic advisor would be wise for many reasons. Students may often still be confused on what major or concentration they want pursue. Academic advisors are here to help. “When registering for classes, some things may not be apparent to a freshman until they get closer to graduation,” Hay said. Advisors assist with guiding students, helping them move through the school year smoothly.
While graduation is normally thought of as one big celebration, members of the LGBTQ community have the opportunity to participate in two ceremonies. The Lavender Graduation, which will occur on Dec. 2, will celebrate the success of Indiana State University’s LGBTQ students and their allies. The graduation is a time to give recognition to students in the LGBTQ community and acknowledge their overall achievements throughout the years. The graduation is also used to recognize the support that allies have given LGBTQ students. The Lavender Graduation is a personal event for many students who have completed their college experience. It is a cultural experience for many people and they are able to share their successes with people who support and understand them. Students participating in the ceremony will receive rainbow cords to remember the event and their time at ISU by. According to the Human Rights Campaign website, the Lavender Graduation ceremonies began in 1995 at the University of Michigan. The first graduation only had three participants, but it has since grown over the years. The purpose of the Lavender Graduation is used as a positive mark for the end of their college experience. The graduation will be able to show students that they are not alone and that they are supported. The Lavender Graduation is a safe space for LGBTQ students and gives them the opportunity to have a graduation that celebrates a significant part of who they are. This is also a celebration of the diversity, acceptance and acknowledgement for the LGBTQ community at Indiana State University. Over 50 universities participate in the Lavender Graduation including Indiana University Bloomington, Brown University, Harvard University and many others. The event will take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union this Friday in Dede II from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Join us for a pre-event in the Heritage Ballroom at 3:00 PM. Pictures with Santa, refreshments, and Christmas music by the Terre Haute North Vigo High School Counterpoints will all be a part of the fun!
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Muslim leaders ask FBI to probe attack on U of Washington student Sara Jean Green The Seattle Times
SEATTLE — Muslim leaders are calling on the FBI to open an investigation into an incident on the University of Washington campus in which a Muslim student was struck in the face with a bottle earlier this month. Speaking at a news conference at the UW on Monday, officials with the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) say they believe the attack was a possible hate crime and that the victim, Nasro Hassan, was targeted because she is Muslim. The organization also announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who assaulted her. Hassan, a 19-year-old UW freshman, was struck in the face with a bottle by a male just before
5 p.m. on Nov. 15 as she walked between Mary Gates Hall and Suzzallo Library, said Jasmin Samy, CAIR’s civil rights manager. Hassan, a Somali American and Muslim woman from North Dakota, immediately reported the assault to campus police and provided a written statement, Samy said. The young woman, who was wearing a hijab, provided a description of the suspect’s clothing, but Samy said Hassan didn’t know or mention the assailant’s race. Hassan suffered bruising to the right side of her face and after complaining of headaches was taken to Highline Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a concussion, according to Samy. UW police didn’t issue a safety alert or otherwise notify the student body about the attack, said Samy and CAIR’s executive director, Arsalan Bukhari. They’ve asked the FBI to lend their ex-
pertise because they believe the police investigation has been inadequate. Maj. Steve Rittereiser, a spokesman for UW police, said that in addition to the lack of a detailed description, there were no witnesses and no video-surveillance footage of the incident, leaving little to go on to identify a suspect and determine the motivation. “There’s not enough information to make the determination” whether the assault on Hassan was a possible hate or bias crime, Rittereiser said. He noted that “it’s not the perception of the victim, it’s the perception of the suspect” that is key in determining whether someone is targeted due to perceptions of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Still, Rittereiser said in this case, “The victim would no doubt be traumatized under the circumstances of what happened.” Responding to CAIR’s critique
that UW police didn’t issue a safety alert, Rittereiser explained that there are only 13 crimes — including murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault and robbery — that require notification to the student body. The only exception would be if there was a cluster or pattern of multiple incidents that police could presumably tie to the same suspect, Rittereiser said. “It’s all about people being able to take actions to protect themselves,” he said. UW police haven’t received any other reports of assaults like the one Hassan suffered, he said. UW President Ana Mari Cauce issued a statement on Monday in which she said the university condemned the attack. “Our university is and will always be a welcoming place for people of every race and faith, including our Muslim students, faculty and staff,” she said. Hassan was initially sched-
uled to discuss the incident with members of the media on Monday but had to cancel because of a school assignment. “The incident, which possibly fits a pattern of hate attacks against American Muslim women locally and nationwide, has caused a wave of concern among Muslim students for their own safety,” Bukhari wrote in a news release. Earlier this month, University of Washington Bothell officials said they were investigating a possible hate crime that occurred on campus in which a group of men reportedly targeted several Muslim women, demanding that they remove their hijabs. According to recently released FBI statistics, reported hate crimes against Muslims rose in 2015 to their highest number since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, increasing from 154 in 2014 to 257.
Annual crime report shows consistent incidences Brittney Williams Reporter
Nhat V. Meyer | Bay Area News Group
Santa Clara University students hang signs outside of Shapell Lounge after participating in a walk-out in support of the undocumented community at Santa Clara University on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Undocumented students studying abroad should return home Tatiana Sanchez
The Mercury News
SAN JOSE, Calif. — College administrators nationwide are urging undocumented immigrant students studying abroad to come home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. If Trump makes good on his promise to cancel the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives thousands of young, undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation, they say, students abroad could be barred from re-entering the country. In a letter sent to each of its 23 campuses, the California State University’s Office of the Chancellor has advised administrators to tell DACA recipients currently studying abroad to return to the U.S. before the new president’s inauguration. “It is highly likely that as of Jan. 20, DACA students who are abroad will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S,” the
letter said. The letter, which an academic adviser at San Jose State shared with about 2,000 students, according to university spokeswoman Pat Harris, also advises DACA students who were planning to study internationally next year to think twice. Harris said the school isn’t aware of any DACA students currently studying abroad or planning to do so next year, but the university doesn’t keep a record of recipients. “We of course want students to know the reality of federal law,” she said. The University of California’s Office of the President said advisers at its nine campuses are working with students participating in its Education Abroad Program to make sure they are aware of the implications of leaving the U.S. The program will waive withdrawal fees for DACA students who cancel plans to study abroad, said spokeswoman Claire Doan. Santa Clara University also has warned students studying abroad to get home before Jan. 20.
Established in 2012 under an executive action by the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program provides temporary deportation relief to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Nearly a third of the 742,000 so-called Dreamers live in California. Since the program’s inception, an estimated 1.3 million unauthorized young people have received deferred action, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. That includes an estimated 526,000 who have received approved renewals. DACA recipients can travel internationally under a system known as advance parole, an application submitted to USCIS that allows them to travel outside the country and return lawfully. If the incoming Trump administration cancels DACA, students would essentially be on an advance parole that no longer exists, according to Lynette Parker, an immigration law expert and associate clinical professor of law at the Santa Clara University
School of Law. “We want to make sure that students are aware of the risks,” she said. “We want to be on the cautious side and want to make sure that we’re warning persons that we don’t know what’s going to happen.” More than 200 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling on Trump to continue and expand DACA, including leaders at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco and the University of the Pacific, among others. “We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent — and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future,” said the statement, organized by Pomona College President David Oxtoby.
While students may only hear of crimes on campus if they are major, each crime is taken very seriously by the campus police department. Every report filed is saved and every policy viewed and then at the end of the year they are all compiled into an Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, that this year reached 100 pages. Each year the Indiana State University Police Department must publish its annual crime report as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The report has grown over the years as the federal regulations on the information included in each year’s report increases. Chief of Police Joe Newport explained that most the numbers have remained pretty consistent and while there may be a bump in a particular area, such as burglary or robbery, overall the numbers have stayed in the same range for the past eight to ten years. “When you only have three or four incidences to begin with, if that number goes up by just one that’s a 25 percent increase,” Newport said. “But when you look at the raw numbers there is nothing that jumps out at you too badly.” While violent crimes have not seen a noticeable increase in their numbers, that does not mean the same for non-violent crimes, which have seen an increase. “The thing we have noticed the most of is marijuana related incidences and we’re not sure if that’s a combination of more use or more intolerance,” Newport said. “But we have experienced more calls for personal marijuana use.”
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Penn State agrees to pay $2M fine for lax 2014 Seattle campus shooter found guilty versity community. S J G reporting on Sandusky, other crimes Ybarra showed no outward emotion as The Seattle Times ara ean
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania State University said Friday that it will accept and pay the record $2.4 million in fines the U.S. Department of Education levied this month for hiding or failing to properly classify and report campus crime. The fines covered violations that occurred between 1998 — when the first complaint surfaced that Jerry Sandusky had abused young boys — through 2011, when the former assistant football coach was indicted and former university officials were accused of conspiring to cover up his abuse. But many of the violations had nothing to do with Sandusky, sex crimes or the athletic program. The university had until Friday to accept the department’s sanction or challenge it. Despite disagreeing with some findings, the university said it will not contest them. “We have accepted the fines and will
continue to focus on our ongoing Clery compliance,” the university said in a statement. “It is Penn State’s goal to not only meet the standards articulated by the Department of Education, as we believe we currently do, but to set a new standard for Clery compliance in higher education.” The university has emphasized its efforts to overhaul campus safety and governance regulations since Sandusky was charged, including appointing an administrator to oversee compliance and training thousands of employees on the law. In its 239-page report, the department cited 11 areas of violations of the Clery Act, the federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose crimes reported on or near their campuses and warn students about potential threats. For instance, regulators found that the university failed to report 40 crimes to the federal Education Department in 2011, the bulk of them drug-abuse and liquor-law violations. It also was faulted for
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SEATTLE — A man who claimed he was driven by the voices of God and Satan, and inspired by the deadly rampage at Columbine High School, was convicted Wednesday of killing one student and wounding two others at Seattle Pacific University in June 2014. King County jurors had been deliberating the fate of Aaron Ybarra, 29, since Monday afternoon before returning the verdict after a month of testimony. Ybarra, who had a long history of mental illness, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The Mountlake Terrace man was found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder for the death of freshman Paul Lee, 19, of Portland, Ore., three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault. Each count also carries a firearms enhancement as well as an “aggravator” because the shooting “involved a destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim” — namely, the entire Seattle Pacific Uni-
the verdict was read. Though Ybarra’s guilt wasn’t contested during the trial, the jury had to weigh whether they thought Ybarra knew at the time of the shootings that his actions were legally and morally wrong, or if he was legally insane. Ybarra, who took the stand over two days during the trial, testified that he was compelled by the voices of God, Lucifer and Satan to carry out a campus shooting. He also claimed that he identified with Eric Harris, one of two student gunmen responsible for the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. Prosecutors acknowledged during the trial that Ybarra is mentally ill, but insisted he was driven by hatred and anger, and understood that what he was doing was wrong. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Richardson said Ybarra never mentioned God, Satan or Lucifer directing him to kill until months after the shootings, after he’d heard other inmates talk of “God’s plan”
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With the increase in enrollment that ISU has experienced over the past few years the department has had to make some adjustments. “In the past we may have been slightly overstaffed but, when we increased our enrollment the university has made sure that our staffing compliments the number of students we have here,” Newport said. Along with maintaining a safe campus environment the ISU Police Department has also maintained its accreditation as a department. “[Maintaining accreditation] is a very significant level of achievement for a department, there are a lot of additional things we have to be responsible for,” Newport said. “Frankly its 200-300 standards that are recommended to maintain the accreditation process we completed two years ago so it is very important to us.” The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report can be found online and includes policies, statistics, and more information.
through jail ministries. Instead, Richardson said, Ybarra opened fire at the school “because he was angry at the world.” According to testimony during the trial, Ybarra had scouted out the campus before the June 5, 2014, shootings. He killed Lee on a sidewalk outside Otto Miller Hall and wounded a second man, Thomas Fowler, who was struck by pellets that passed through Lee.
PENN STATE FROM PAGE 1 failing to produce adequate security and fire safety reports, issue timely warnings in other cases, establish an adequate system for collecting crime statistics, and maintain an accurate and complete daily crime log. The largest portion of the fine — about $2.1 million — was for Penn State’s failure to properly classify reported incidents and disclose crime statistics from 2008 to 2011. Only $27,500 of the fine was directly related to the handling of the Sandusky serial sex-abuse case, unquestionably the highest-profile crime on campus. In its report, education officials cited the claim that senior Penn State administrators knew Sandusky was a suspected sexual predator — and never warned the community. “In short, a man who was about to be charged with violent crimes against defenseless minors was free to roam the Penn State campus, as he pleased,” an administrator wrote in a letter to Penn State President Eric Barron. (Three former university administrators, including ex-president Graham Spanier, are awaiting trial on accusations they covered up or ignored the crimes. Each has pleaded not guilty.) The previous record fine under Clery was $357,500 imposed on Eastern Michigan University. Under a settlement, the university paid $350,000. The Clery Act became law in 1990, named after Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986.
TOUR FROM PAGE 1 Pupilli, building and facilities manager. “We, believe it or not, vigorously pursue lighting issues. Lighting is our number one priority as far as trying to keep things lit and safe.” Some areas pointed out as having insufficient lighting already held plans for more sufficient lighting in the future such as parking lots 21 and the unpaved half of K. Both lots are currently
He then tried to shoot a female student, but his shotgun misfired and she ran away, according to testimony. Ybarra then walked into Otto Miller Hall, and shot and critically wounded student Sarah Williams as she walked down a flight of stairs. Ybarra pointed the shotgun at a male student, but the gun misfired again and Ybarra was tackled by student-safety monitor Jon Meis. During the trial, jurors visited the campus and Otto Miller Hall
to gain a better understanding of how the shootings were carried out. Ybarra did not go on the campus visit. The defense testimony focused on Ybarra’s developmental delays through childhood, his problems with substance abuse, and his treatment for mental illness — which included a failed attempt to have Ybarra involuntarily committed. By 2012, Ybarra was “experiencing homicidal fantasies related to shooting people in a school with de-
pression, feelings of hatred and helplessness,” defense attorneys wrote in a trial brief. Ybarra’s mother, Janice Ybarra, testified that her son suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance abuse. “God had turned him over to Satan and Satan controlled him like a robot. … (He) felt compelled to do the school shootings as commanded so that he could die in accordance with the plans of the devil, Satan, and God,” the defense wrote in the brief.
unpaved. Once paved in the next year or so, sufficient lighting will be in place. Other areas mentioned are not as easily able to be lit up. Between the science building and Holmstedt Hall is almost too narrow and hard to have sufficient lighting. SGA President Andy Velazquez was present at the tour and explained that he does feel safe on campus in most areas other than the ones mentioned
on the tour. “I feel really comfortable around the commons since there is a lot of traffic in that area and lighting,” Velazquez said. “After going through the entire campus and doing this lighting tour kind of makes me acknowledge how much lighting there is on this campus, so really I’m not sure there are any areas that I wouldn’t feel as comfortable than others.” Other students such as fresh-
man Cole Donaldson feel that it may be a little bit safer with more lighting in certain areas. “For the most part I feel safe on campus,” Donaldson said. “I mean, there are some concerning events on campus, but I feel like those are relatively isolated. Maybe if we have a little bit more lighting they won’t happen as often. I just feel like it would be safer with more lights around.”
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Trump’s victory causes movies to play differently than before Steven Zeitchik
Los Angeles Times (TNS)
Observing cable news and Twitter over the last few weeks — through half-closed eyes, like a squeamish child at his brother’s bris — we’ve watched the unlikely specter of a Donald Trump presidency take shape. The leftfield Cabinet picks. The potential business conflicts of interest. Even neo-Nazis saluting the incoming leader. The news landscape bears as much resemblance to a normal cycle as a sand dune does to an ice cream cone. But current events are where we’d expect things to look different. More surprising is that entertainment has begun assuming new forms too. The Trump victory is so seismic that it falls onto a short list
of events that change the way we perceive nearly everything. That includes — and maybe especially applies to — our cinematic escapism. As this busy fall film season picks up, many of us, seeking either context for our modern world or a respite from it, are heading to movie theaters. We’ll choose from a wide range of movies: Among them are the science-fiction piece “Arrival,” the fact-based histories “Jackie,” “The Founder” and “Patriots Day,” the animated adventure “Moana,” and the social dramas “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and “Fences.” All these films, which either have just opened or will come out by Christmas, are exactly the same as Trump had not won. No release plans have been shifted;
no shots or scenes edited. And yet all of them feel different. With the election, innocuous entertainment has become freighted with unintentional meaning. For the more than half the country that didn’t vote for Trump or for those concerned with the country’s direction after they did, movies now come with added baggage, with new powers to induce chagrin and (in rarer cases) bursts of hope. Before his post-JFK assassination film played AFI Fest, “Jackie” director Pablo Larrain stood up and, noting he was a South American outsider, said, “This is an invitation to (you Americans) think about where you were, and where you are now, and who will soon be in the White House.” Only the most politically oblivious wouldn’t free-associate to
the headlines while watching the film. When Jackie Kennedy bemoans some of the gauche types her late husband hung out with, for instance, I found myself unable to tune out inner chatter about the new Oval Office occupant and thinking anew about how the office has changed. Like so many of the other movies, the “Jackie” storyline opens up an unusual two-way street — it influences how we see films and the films in turn inform how we return to see the world. But such touchstones don’t need to come so literally. What the Trump election has done is taken more separate stories of race — the kind that might have seemed likely merely (“merely”) an important social statement in the now suddenly distant #OscarsSoWhite moment of early
2016 — and given them a thirdrail charge. “Some people build fences to keep people out,” says lead character Troy (Washington) during one of the work’s more powerful moments, “and other people build fences to keep people in.” Before the Trump victory, with its fears of Muslim registries and Mexican deportations, we might have more comfortably looked at such talk as the stuff of period drama. But whatever distancing might have occurred before Nov. 8 is gone. Trump’s election has, like a kind of in-multiplex time machine, suddenly made the past present. Since he’s been elected, Trump has taken to Twitter to chastise television (“SNL”) and live musi
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Deck your dorm with holiday decor Erica Garnes Reporter
Eddie Redmayne in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
No wizardry needed for “Fantastic Beasts” Anthony Goelz Reporter
The Harry Potter franchise has remained a staple in pop culture history through the years. 2016 has seen the franchise expand, with the play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the recent film released on Nov. 18, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” “Fantastic Beasts” takes viewers back before the times of the core film series to 1926 and tells the story of Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne. Newt is a man who studies and rescues magical creatures from being killed by other wizards. On his way to release one of these creatures back into the wild, Newt finds himself in New York. After a short run in with No-Maj, or non-wizard, Jacob Kowalski played by Dan Fogler, a few of Newt’s creatures escape and it’s
up to him and some new friends to find them. As Newt and his new friends search for his creatures, there is a rampaging entity causing mass damage and murdering No-Maj. This entity comes close to revealing magic to the world. The film also has a sub plot of a human group hunting witches and another plot line of a fringe wizarding group led by dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. All of these plots tie together in the end, but the film does have an issue with maintaining a steady stream of thought in the beginning and can be a bit hard to follow. Just as the audience settles into the characters they are watching, the film shifts focus to a different set of characters. One scene sees Newt and Jacob inside of Newt’s magical briefcase taking care of the creatures. This scene pulls the audience in as they see these fantastic creatures through
the eyes of Jacob. As the scene comes to a close, the audience is ready to see where they go next but are then shown the group of witch hunters spreading the word and going about their business. There is simply too much going on at once in this film. Yes, everything that goes on is important but the film has a problem with pacing and spreading out the information. Performances across the board were solid with no particular standouts or poor performances. There is a small knit pick with Redmayne’s performance. Newt’s character is kind of awkward and glittery. In many scenes Newt is looking at the floor while speaking with other characters. Redmayne does a splendid job portraying this, but in doing so winds up mumbling his lines. This combined with his accent can make Newt hard to understand at points throughout the
Opetaia Foa’i. He got the job before “Hamilton” exploded; he simply caught the eyes and ears of John Musker and Ron Clements, Disney directors who in 2013 were just starting their “Moana” journey. “In our astute minds, we thought [‘Hamilton’] might come and perhaps go with no accolade,” Musker says. “Of course, once we saw it, we knew it deserved all of that it received and more. We were happy we met Lin before he was engulfed in the ‘Hamilton’ tsunami.” Since that tsunami hit, Miranda has hosted “SNL,” committed to costarring in the “Poppins” sequel, written a ditty for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” signed on for Disney’s live-action retelling of “The Little Mermaid” and prepped “The Hamilton Mixtape,” an album of songs inspired by the cultural juggernaut. He also co-wrote (and stands by) the statement that actor Brandon Victor Dixon read from the stage of “Hamilton” to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, asking the incoming administration to defend and uphold the “inalienable rights” of “diverse America.” Before the “Moana” press siege began in earnest (he would do
almost 100 interviews while in Los Angeles) and before “Hamilton” became a political inflection point, Miranda sat with The Times to talk about his nascent legal career, high school productions of “Hamilton” and polka. Q: What’s the first thing you were a nerd for? A: I think my love for “Weird Al” Yankovic prepared me for my career in everything else. When you’re little you like a song that’s funny. A song that’s funny is better than a song that’s not funny. Duh: simple math. But if you actually, as I did, become a completist about it, you’re like, “Oh, well I want all this guy’s albums.” You learn another lesson, which is that genre is fluid. These things that people define themselves by, I’m a punk rock guy, I’m a metal guy, I’m a pop guy. “Weird Al” took the Rolling Stones’ entire catalog and played it on his accordion as a polka. The lyrics and melody didn’t change, but the orchestration changes. So you learn that genre is fluid and there’s good melodies and there’s bad melodies, there’s good songs and bad songs. And the good songs survive whatever you do to them. Q: When did “Moana” come to you?
film, especially for American audiences. The film is filled with wonderful music. There is a fantastic mix of big orchestral pieces and pieces with smaller ensembles. The main theme of the Harry Potter franchise appears here and there, but for the most part the film utilizes original music. A great addition to the orchestral score is the use of jazz. The pieces that utilize piano and jazz style stand out when compared to the basic orchestral score. “Fantastic Beasts and Where and Where to Find Them” is a great jumping on point for people who are new to the franchise. There is little to no knowledge of the books/movies needed to understand “Fantastic Beasts.” “Fantastic Beasts” delivers an enjoyable experience for audiences and perfectly sets up the upcoming sequels.
Thanksgiving is officially over, so ‘tis the season to be jolly and welcome the winter holidays. With fun DIY projects, your dorm room could look like the holidays exploded in your room — all that’s needed is creativity. You’ll need a tree in your room, a snowman or gift on your door and of course snowflakes. Here’s how you can make all of this happen by going to the store and spending $30 or less. There is no real holiday without a tree, and with some lights and a pack of ornaments, you can make that happen. No tree necessary for this project. All you need to do is put the lights of your choosing on the wall and pin them in a zigzag formation to form a tree shape. Then pin the ornaments’ strings on the wall as well. Step back and enjoy your very own DIY Christmas tree, and to top things off you can put a star at the very top of the tree. Another way to get your dorm room in the holiday spirit is to add the one thing that makes the holiday: snow. Get some string, preferably clear, and hang it on your celling or at the top of your door. As long as it’s hanging down in some way, it doesn’t matter where you put it. Now, get some cotton balls and add them to the string. You can glue it, or stick a few pieces through the string. There you have it — snowflakes falling in your room. The only thing left to get into the spirit is to make a gift on the outside of your door. Simply get wrapping paper and tape it to your door, and top it off with a bow. You can use the same idea to make a snowman outside of your door.
Lin-Manuel Miranda caps year with ‘Moana’ Marc Bernardin
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is almost tired. When he slides into a chair at a restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel — “Is this the same place from ‘Pretty Woman’?” he’ll ask later — Miranda explains that he flew in from London that morning. He’s spending a few months across the pond shooting a “Mary Poppins” sequel with Emily Blunt, so he moved his wife and young son to the U.K. “According to my body, it’s 8:45 p.m. Just cresting into the night.” Busy days and nights are no strangers to Miranda: Until he took his final bow on July 9, he had been holding down the lead in “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music, and won an armful of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy and three of the production’s 11 Tonys. Turns out, while he was burning candles like, well, a person who burns lots of candles, he was also writing the songs for “Moana,” a new animated musical about Disney’s first Polynesian princess — teaming with “Tarzan” composer Mark Mancina and world-music superstar
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Lin-Manuel Miranda at the premiere Of Disney’s “Moana,” held Nov. 14, 2016 at the TCL Chinese Theater inHollywood, Calif.
A: I can trace the journey of out I was going to be a father. My “Moana” in the journey of my wife was going on a business trip son’s life. I found out I got the job on “Moana” the same day I found SEE MOANA, PAGE 5
indianastatesman.com TRUMP FROM PAGE 4 cals (“Hamilton”). Films, with their long gestation periods, have escaped his gaze. But if he got himself to a movie theater he might change his tune. At least to a movie theater playing a certain film. “The Founder” tells of Ray Kroc’s midcentury maneuvering to steal McDonald’s out from under the sweet San Bernardino brothers who founded it. Directed by “The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock, it’s a modest if intriguing piece of period Americana. At an earlier time it might have been seen as the relatively benign story of a battle between business interests. Trump is never mentioned, needless to say, because most of the story takes place 60 years ago. Watching it this late November, though, I couldn’t help seeing Trump’s name blazing across it. Michael Keaton plays Kroc as a hustler with little knack for creativity, just a ruthless sense of competition. “Business is war. It’s dog-eat-dog, rat-eat-rat. If my rival was drowning I’d bring over a hose and put it in his mouth. Would you?”
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 • Page 5 Kroc’s main advantage is his innate understanding of the power of branding. His only real addition to the business that has been built with the sweat of others are those eye-catching golden arches, a piece of iconography that loudly echoes the golden lettering atop Trump hotels. Kroc understood that marketing can make up for a lack of a good product or any substance at all. Oh, and he’s come up with, he says, “a concept: winning.” Indeed, the feelings we’ll be left with coming out of these movies are complex. Many, after all, do end on hopeful notes. Can these movies be a crutch, a floating raft in churning waters? Or will they drive home painful truths even harder? “Moana,” with its hard-fought triumph by a young woman of color, follows a similar psycho-cultural trajectory. It seems to be in part a tale of comeuppance and redemption for a bullish braggart — just the movie we need right now, as composer Lin-Manuel Miranda has been saying on his press tour. But it’s also a sad reminder of how far away we are from our ideals. Experiencing movies this way isn’t new, of course. It’s just
MOANA FROM PAGE 4 and she was leaving first thing in the morning. She turned to me and said, “You’re gonna be a father. I gotta go catch a plane.” And I went, “What? That’s great.” And fell back asleep. I had to call her back for confirmation. Then I got the call later that afternoon that I got the job. They called me again and said, “We’re all going to New Zealand this weekend; you’re leaving first thing in the morning.” It was pre-“Hamilton.” So I’ve been working on this for two years and seven months. My son [just] turned 2. Q: How did you split the time? A: I had to really protect my writing time. When something is as successful as “Hamilton” everyone wants a piece of you. Everyone wants 10 minutes to talk about their pitch, or press, or what have you. I got the luxury of having to say no to a ton because I was like, “Tuesdays and Thursdays are full-time ‘Moana’ writing days.” I would meet via Skype with the creative writing team at 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, then I would go to the chiropractor, then I would get into costume for a 7 p.m. show. It was built into my performance schedule.
rare. The closest analogue to this complex method of viewing might be the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. After the attacks, every on-screen gesture, shot or plot point suddenly landed differently. Images of the World Trade Center caused gasps; movies with urban terrorism or in-flight violence engaged our minds differently. Most of us tend to watch movies with just a few mental tracks playing — the plot, the real-life actors maybe a distraction or two from our personal lives. Yet 9/11 added another layer of noise. Vigilante-action movies suddenly seemed urgently needed or desperately problematic. Political thrillers became reminders of the importance of government or evidence of its futility. Trump’s victory too gives us that track. It changes every moment, every overtone. And it does so in sometimes contradictory ways. Take “The Founder.” Yes, it makes a Trump-like figure a devil. But it’s also about how the working-class person has been beaten by a rigged system — a red-state rallying cry that feeds off the same frustrations that elected Trump in the first place.
I also had the luxury of amazing singers in the building — so a lot of my early demos for “Moana” is [the “Hamilton” cast]. Pippa [Phillipa] Soo, who played my wife, singing Moana’s tunes. Chris Jackson, who played George Washington, singing Maui’s tunes. He’s actually in the movie [as] the singing voice of Moana’s dad. Q: What was the key that unlocked the character of Moana for you? A: The thing that resonated for me is she is not someone who hates where she is. Moana loves her family, she loves her island. She knows she’s got responsibilities and she’s ready to embrace them. Yet there is this voice inside her that says you’re not supposed to be here, you’re supposed to be somewhere else. I can relate to that. I was a kid who was always making stuff. I didn’t know whether I wanted to make action movies or animated cartoons or musicals, but I was always just making stuff. My parents were like, “This is not practical. You’ll be a great lawyer.” And it was never gonna happen. I loved my parents and I loved where I lived, but I also had this voice that was, what’s the distance between me and what I want. That’s what I tried to imbue her with without villainizing the things around her.
Incidentally, lest these Trumpian readings seem like just the over-active imaginings of people whose nerves have been fried by cable news (I’ll admit to being one), know that filmmakers have been thinking about this too. They’re worried about how to treat these open wounds or, in some cases, if they’re wielding a hammer when they should be using a feather. Speaking at a screening of his new movie, “Live by Night” — a gangster story about people inside and outside of a white Protestant power structure — director-star Ben Affleck said, “I didn’t think it would turn out to feel so current. But now all of the sudden it sort of does, with the notions of immigration and race, and you have the Klan and the ideas of inclusion. “I thought it would feel distant, and now all of the sudden it feels so current that I almost wish I could dial it back.” Even the more removed world of Hollywood development is being filtered through Trumpian glass. Speaking of a new planned adaptation of the Robert Heinlein fascism-as-patriotism-tinged novel “Starship Troopers,” the original’s director,
Paul Verhoeven, lamented how it would play: “You feel that going back to the novel would fit very much in a Trump presidency.” But then, such sentiments ignore that nearly half the country voted for the real-estate mogul; what makes me and many others uncomfortable might make them enlivened. That’s a lesson I kept reminding myself as I watched this crop of fall movies. One day, this will all be processed. And art — as it always does, as it certainly must — will emerge and even flourish. When the fear and ambiguity of that post-9/11 moment subsided, when it was all processed by the national psyche and Hollywood machine, we ended up with “The Dark Knight” and “Homeland” and countless other powerful works. The unrest and uncertainty of the 1960s, it’s worth remembering, yielded the great anti-establishment cinema of the 1970s. One day. For now, we watch movies through a Trumpian lens. We see a worrying future, clouded by the present, perceiving in films as much our own fears as the entertainment that’s on the screen.
Are GMOs a no-go? Zach Davis Columnist
Mankind has a way of tinkering with everything one way or another – and genetics are no exception. Scientists are constantly researching cool things genes do and learning how to maximize their use. Genetically modified organisms are one of the results of scientists’ research, and they go very underappreciated. The World Health Organization defines GMOs as organisms’ whose genetic material is unnaturally altered. This can be done through several methods where genes are either added or replaced in an organism. The changes are made to benefit the organism in one way or another. For example, plants are modified to be able to withstand certain pesticides, grow in harsher environments or become resistant to disease. These modifications, which increase the plants’ chances of survival, are then applied to farmers’ crops, like corn. Because the corn survives longer, farmers can reap larger harvests and can provide more food, which is good for everyone. But a large segment of the population, like the Non-GMO Project and the Institute for Responsible Technology, argue that GMOs are hazardous to the public. The IRT’s website says “Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions…The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMOs are unknown and have not been studied.” Several other anti-GMO websites make this same argument. First, GMOs have undergone hundreds, if not thousands of studies. After all this research, the scholars’ opinions seem to be that GMOs are about as dangerous as breeding plants. To say that GMOs “have not been studied” is a misnomer. While GMOs have the potential to be toxic or cause allergic reactions, the ones on your table are not. They have undergone testing, and many have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Food that is found in markets is required to conform to FDA regulations, re-
gardless of whether or not it is a GMO. As part of the regulations, food must be safe to consume and not pose a risk to the consumer, so they can’t be toxic or regularly cause allergic reactions. Furthermore, the WHO says that all internationally marketed GMOs have passed safety assessments, including their effect on humans, insects and the environment. They aren’t any extra or special danger to people who consume the products. If a GMO happens to get put on the market, it should be safe to trust. People also criticize genetically modified plants for their herbicides, namely 2,4-D. The argument is that it is dangerous to the consumer because it is sprayed directly on the plant; however, pesticides containing 2,4-D are meant to kill the plant it is sprayed on. If a plant was sprayed with one of these pesticides, then it is a weed that is intended to die. If it did happen to get on a plant it wasn’t meant to, then it would probably damage or kill that plant as well. The Non-GMO Project takes the chemical argument even further by pointing out that 2,4-D is an ingredient in Agent Orange, but this is a fear tactic that is used rather often. Most people get a little confused when they start seeing big, confusing words and chemical symbols, so anti-GMO people and groups latch onto that jargon and make it sound scarier than it is. But that can be done with anything – such as household cleaners. Bleach and ammonia can be mixed to create chloramine gas, and some people accidentally do this. However, just because you can accidentally make chloramine gas in your kitchen doesn’t mean we need to take bleach off the market. Anti-GMO groups point out something important, though, and it’s about the government’s regulation of GMOs. The U.S. government does not require GMOs to be labelled. Even though they are safe for consumption, they should still be labeled. People have the right to know what is going into their bodies, including GMOs. So, no, GMOs are not likely to cause toxic poisoning or allergic reactions. Don’t listen to people who use incorrect information or fear tactics. Use reliable information, such as all the research from professionals who know what they are talking about.
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Police from six states have been marshalled by the state of North Dakota to attempt to shut down protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline by tribal members from across the country and their supporters. The pipeline is planned to cross the Missouri within a half mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The developer of the$3.8 billion pipeline is Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas
Standing Rock protests fight for enviornmental safety
Rachel Baumgartner Columnist
Why are there peaceful protesters there? Why is the military shooting people there? What is going on at Standing Rock? In case you are just now joining us on the Standing Rock protests, Energy Transfer Partners is trying to build a pipe line across a major body of water that would cause major environmental impact. Oil could spill into the environment. A previous pipeline built by the same company busted 12 times in the first year it was installed. According to thegaurdian.com, the pipeline would stretch 1,179 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and would cost $3.7 billion to transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to a refinery in Patoka, Illinois. The resistance of the Dakota Access Pipeline is also in part because it would tear up ancient burial grounds to install it. You wouldn’t allow someone to put a pipeline through a military cem-
etery, so why are we trying to build one through Native American burial grounds? Police are spraying water and shooting rubber bullets, causing serious harm to many there for peaceful protests. Protesters made a large sign saying “We Are Unarmed” to ward against these attacks with no avail. As the pipeline has gotten closer to the Missouri River, activists have attempted to set up camps and prayer circles on the property where construction is planned in hopes to put a stop to it. The protests against the pipeline have become an international outcry for indigenous rights and climate change activism. Thousands are being drawn to Cannon Ball, North Dakota in support. Tribal leaders say that the initial decision to allow the pipeline to run within a half-mile of the reservation was done without consulting tribal governments and without a thorough study of impacts. This means that the project violates federal law and native treaties with the government. The government has responded by temporarily halting permits for construction on federal land near or under the Missouri River. President Obama said the army corps are studying whether or not the pipeline could possi-
bly be rerouted around sacred lands. He also said the government was “going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of the first Americans.” The Morton County sheriff ’s office along with others have formed a highly militarized police force that has aggressively targeted protesters attempting to block construction. As of November, police have made over 400 arrests, many that occurred between two separate protest clashes within one week. These police are often armed with large tanks and riot gear, and have used pepper spray, teargas, rubber bullets and other “less than lethal” tools to respond to these protests. President elect Donald Trump has not publically commented on the protests, but it has come to attention that he has close financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners. Keeping our environment safe should be a priority whenever we do anything involving it. The Dakota Access Pipeline is an extremely harmful and dangerous obstruction to the environment, and we could be paying for it for the rest of our lives if we do not do all that we can to stop it.
Stein pushes for election recounts in three states
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Since Donald Trump won the presidential election, quite a few people are flat out refusing to accept that a candidate they don’t like could be elected. While I agree with these people that we don’t have to be happy about Trump being elected, we do have to accept that the system that we have set up is what elected him. Some people are trying to fight the system; across the country, there have been petitions for
states’ electoral voters to disregard the electoral college and elect Hillary Clinton. In some states where the election was close, like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, people like Jill Stein are actually suing to have the vote recounted. I can’t remember a time when we’ve had a vote recount in a state in a presidential election, let alone three. The problem with getting a vote recount is that, unless it’s a mandatory recount – which only happens in some jurisdictions in some states – the person asking for a recount (or their party) has to pay for it. Obviously, recounting thousands, if not millions, of votes can cost millions of dollars, which is why we rarely see recounts. However, Jill Stein decided that she didn’t like the election results, so she was going to raise
the money for recounts in three key states. By the evening of Nov. 28, Stein had raised $5.5 million just for a recount in Wisconsin, which CNN says would cost an estimated $3.5 million. Hillary Clinton’s team has said that they haven’t found any evidence of election tampering, but they seem to be in support of the recount effort, as the campaign has paid for its own lawyers to be present at the recount. Clinton’s campaign said, however, that it would not give any money to the recount effort itself. Upon hearing about this recount effort, President elect Donald Trump was not very happy, to say the least. Using Twitter, his preferred method of disseminating complex thoughts in 140 characters or less, Trump tweeted on Nov. 26 that the Green Party was running a
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“scam” to get more money and that they were using the Democratic Party as partners. The next day, Trump sent seven Tweets in one hour about the recount. The tweets insinuated that Clinton was a hypocrite because she’s not against the recount and said that the recount wouldn’t change the results. Then, after all this talk about how we should accept that he won and that the people have spoken, Trump tweeted, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” First of all, I don’t know what map Trump is looking at, but winning the electoral vote 306 to 232 (according to numbers at CNN) isn’t a landslide victory. Ronald Reagan’s reelection
was a landslide victory, where he got 97.6% of the electoral vote, as opposed to about 56.9% that Trump won. Second, Trump is saying that we should just accept the election results after he himself says that millions of people voted illegally? Why would we not try to stop that? I thought President Trump was a man of the law – someone who would find the people doing illegal things and bring them to justice. After all, the biggest reason that he’s so against illegal immigrants is because they’re breaking the law. Overall, I’m in favor of a recount. I honestly don’t think it’ll change anything, but if it helps people rest easier knowing that Trump got elected legitimately, I’m okay with that. Jill Stein and
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indianastatesman.com ROLL OVER FROM PAGE 8 in the paint. ISU finished with 36 points in the paint in the game. The Indiana State bench was on fire, outscoring their EIU (4-3) counterparts, 26-17. Junior Freja Christensen scored a career-high nine points on a trio of shots from downtown in seven minutes of play. Brooklyn Artis scored eight and dished out three assists. ISU outrebounded the Panthers 33-26, including eight offensive rebounds leading to 14 second chance points. The Syca-
STEIN FROM PAGE 6 the Green Party aren’t even using taxpayer dollars to secure the recount; they’re using donations that people have willingly given on their own accord. The sketchiest thing about this whole recount really is Trump’s reaction. After all this talk about how millions of people voted illegally and how the election was totally rigged,
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more offense kept rolling in the second half, outscoring EIU 45-28. ISU scored a season-best 88 points and set new marks in field goal percent (60.3) on 35-of-58 as well as scoring (88). The Sycamores will return home to the Hulman Center for the first time since November 11 as they play host to IUPUI beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday followed by the Sycamore men who welcome Northern Illinois beginning at 8 p.m. Story by ISU Athletic Media Relations.
Trump won, and now since he won, we’re not supposed to question the election results at all. The man who said he would “keep [us] in suspense” when asked if he would accept the results is now saying that we have to accept the election results. That honestly does sound sketchy, and if it takes recounts in 3 states to assuage those fears of election rigging, so be it.
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Seven Sycamores named All-MVFC Seven Sycamore Football student-athletes have received All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors for the 2016 season, the Valley announced Monday morning. Senior All-American long snapper Joshua Appel (First Team), freshman kicker Jerry Nunez (Second Team), senior linebacker Jameer Thurman (Second Team), senior wide receiver Robert Tonyan Jr. (Second Team), senior running back Roland Genesy (Honorable Mention), sophomore quarterback Isaac Harker (Honorable Mention) and senior left tackle Dakota Vermillion (Honorable Mention) all earned the distinction for Indiana State. The All-MVFC teams are voted on by MVFC coaches, sports information directors and members of the media. FIRST TEAM ALL-MVFC #58 LS Joshua Appel | 6-2, 250 | Sr. | Normal, Ill. | West HS Played in all 11 games…Preseason First-Team All-American long snapper… Preseason First-Team All-MVFC. SECOND TEAM ALL-MVFC #38 K Jerry Nunez | 5-11, 185 | Fr. | Naples, Fla. | Naples HS Played in all 11 games…Was 15-of-18 in field goals and 29-of-31 in PAT…Started the season 7-of-7 in field goals, was one of nine kickers in the nation to remain perfect at that point…Led the Valley in FG percentage (83.3) and tied for the lead
with 15 made field goals…9th nationally in field goals per game (1.36) and FG made, 11th in percentage…Career-long of 46 yards…Was 7-of-8 from 40-plus yards and 4-of-4 from 30-39 yards out. #20 LB Jameer Thurman | 6-0, 225 | Sr. | Bellwood, Ill. | Proviso West HS Played and started in all 11 games… Led INS with 92 tackles (46 solo)…Also led INS in TFL (9.0 for 27 yards), interceptions (two for 47 yards and one TD), forced fumbles (4) and fumble recoveries (2)…6th in the Valley in tackles (8.4/ game), 9th in TFL (0.82/game)…Tied for the Valley lead in fumbles forced, which also ranked eighth nationally…Ranked 20th nationally in fumble recoveries… First-career TD vs. WIU on a 32-yard INT return…Had double-digit tackles in five of 11 games…Became 16th member of INS’ 300-tackle club, ending career 11th all-time with 340 total tackles…Had 4.0 TFL vs. Missouri State. #18 WR Robert Tonyan Jr. | 6-5, 220 | R-Sr. | McHenry, Ill. | McHenry East HS Played in all 11 games, starting in eight…Led INS in receiving with 699 yards and 10 TD on 56 receptions…5th in the Valley in receptions per game (5.1) and yards per game (63.5)…6th in the Valley in scoring (5.6 PPG)…10 receiving TDs rank 14th in the FCS and tied for 2nd in the Valley…Broke the single-season receiving TD record (10) and the alltime career receiving TD record (20)…
Ends career with 2,047 career receiving yards, third all-time and one yard shy of second…Ends career with 150 receptions, second all-time…Had three receiving TD at Minnesota, becoming the first Sycamore to ever haul in three TD passes in separate games in a career (had three vs. Illinois State in 2015)…Had eight receptions of 20 yards or longer, including TD receptions of 65 and 48 yards…Had 131 yards at SIU in tandem with Miles Thompson’s 147, the first game in school history with two 100-yard receivers. HONORABLE MENTION ALLMVFC #24 RB Roland Genesy | 6-1, 225 | Sr. | Memphis, Tenn. | Glendale College/Millington Central HS Played in all 11 games, starting in 10… Ended year with 764 yards rushing (69.5 YPG) on 147 carries (5.2 YPC), 7 TD and a long of 41…Also had 11 receptions for 80 yards…Led INS in all-purpose for second-straight season with 844 all-purpose yards (76.7 YPG)…Only lost four yards all season, one yard less than 2015 (has only nine yards lost in two-year INS career)…5th in Valley and 50th nationally in rushing...Had three 100-yard rushing games, the first three of his career…Had career-highs in yards (112) and TD (2) in upset win vs. No. 9 Illinois State. #14 QB Isaac Harker | 6-0, 195 | R-So. | Lebanon, Ind. | Lebanon HS Won training camp QB battle…Played
and started in 10 games…4th in the MVFC in passing (255.9 YPG), 5th in total offense (240.5 YPG)…First Valley QB to 2,000 yards this season…Ended year 214-of-370 (57.8%) for 2,559 yards, 19 TD and 8 INT…Ended year in national top-50 in completions per game (16th, 21.4/game), yards per game (20th, 255.9 YPG), total yards (22nd, 2,559), passing TD (32nd, 19 TD), and completion percentage (47th, 57.8)…Had five 300-yard passing games (INS had none in 2015)… Had 35 passing plays 20 yards or longer, including five 50 yards or longer...Had at least one passing TD in nine of 10 games; had at least 200 yards passing in eight of 10 games…Had an 85-yard TD pass to Miles Thompson at SIU, the longest since INS joined the Valley. #70 LT Dakota Vermillion | 6-7, 310 | R-Sr. | Terre Haute, Ind. | North Vigo HS Played and started in all 11 games at left tackle…Graded out at 84.3 percent…Did not allow a sack until Week 9 at Youngstown State (allowed four total in the last three weeks against nationally-ranked defenses in YSU, UNI and NDSU). Allowed .009 sacks per pass attempt (419 total pass attempts)…51 total knockdowns…Protection helped INS to fourthbest passing average in the Valley (245.3 YPG). Story by ISU Athletic Media Relations.
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Sycamores took to settle a score against Northern Illinois at the Hulman Center.
ISU men’s basketball look to even the score Jeremy Patterson Reporter
After dropping three straight games at the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational the Sycamores return home tonight to host the Northern Illinois Huskies at 8 p.m. inside the Hulman Center. Sycamores lost by a combined 8 points, to the likes of No. 22 Iowa State, Stanford, and Qunnipiac. Each of those games came down to the last possession. The Sycamores were looking to be the second Indiana team to upset an AP top 25 team, until Brenton Scott’s last second three ball touched every part of the rim but bottom of the net. Indiana State hit 27 of their 57 shots from the field (47.4 percent). Not to mention the Sycamores connected on nearly 41 percent of their shots from behind the three-point line. Laquarious Paige came off the bench and added instant offense en route to his new career high of 20 points coupled with three rebounds and two blocks. Brenton Scott had a solid performance as he contributed 17 points and six rebounds. Senior TJ Bell posted a double-double for the Sycamores with 11 points and 10 rebounds. In their second matchup Brenton Scott tied the game up with a clutch three leaving six seconds on the game-clock. Stanford elected not to call the time out and that’s when Stanford Junior Dorian Pickens matched Scott with a deep three of his own leaving two seconds remaining on the game-clock. Pickens’ three placed the Cardinals back in front 65-62. After a half court pass, a tipped ball sealed the victory for the Cardinals. The Sycamores struggled to find their shot all afternoon as they shot 25-of-66 (37.9 percent) from the field. However, the Sycamore defense held Stanford to l 19-of-52 from the field. The guards led
the Sycamores’ scoring attacks as Scott was the leading scorer for the Sycamores with 13 points, and he chipped in seven rebounds as well. Everett Clemons had a well-rounded game by adding 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists. In the final game for the Sycamores in the Advocare Invitational, they fell to the hands of Quinnipac as they improved to 1-4 on the season. Brenton Scott had the hot hand again for the Sycamores as he led the team with 24 points, and added five rebounds and two assists. Scott’s three three-pointers on the afternoon placed him fifth on the list of ISU career three-pointers made. Everett Clemons seemed to do a little bit of everything as he recorded 10 points, five steals, four rebounds and seven assists. Senior TJ Bell posted another strong showing behind his 14 point, six rebound performance. The Sycamores return home with revenge on their minds after falling in overtime back on Nov. 11 78-80 to the hands of the Huskies of Northern Illinois. Brenton Scott had a monster performance on the night dropping 28 points, six rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and two steals. However, two late free throws from Laytwan Porter with four seconds remaining closed the door of the Sycamores’ comeback hopes. The Huskies are fresh off the Thanksgiving Classic in which they went 1-2. Aaric Armstead was the leading scorer with 18.7 points per game. Laytwan Porter is shooting 63.6 percent from deep this season and ranks second in the Mid-American Conference. Marin Maric has done a good job for the Huskies putting the ball in the basketball as he’s reached double figures every game for the Huskies this season. The Huskies are 3-6 all time when playing in the Hulman center. However, they do hold the all-time series lead against Indiana State 13-6. Tip off is at 8:00 p.m.
Women’s basketball roll over Eastern Illinois, 88-61 It was all Indiana State from start to finish Monday night in Charleston as the Sycamores ran past Eastern Illinois, 88-61, at Lantz Arena. Three players for Indiana State finished with 16 points or more in the contest. Junior Ashley Taia led the way for the Sycamores (3-3), finishing with a game-high 19 points to go along with three rebounds, a pair of assists and a block and steal. Rhagen Smith scored a season-best 16 points while grabbing six rebounds. Wendi Bibbins was one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season with 16 points
and nine rebounds. Tierra Webb set a new career high with six assists while adding eight points. Eastern’s Grace Lennox finished with 16 points to pace the Panthers. Erica Brown added 15 points and six rebounds. Indiana State jumped out to a 29-19 lead following the first quarter thanks in part to a steady flow 3-pointers falling. Coming into the game, ISU’s game high for three’s in a game was eight. The Sycamores hit six in the first quarter alone. With a 19-10 lead at the first media timeout of the game, it marked the first time this season that ISU
had led at the mark in five games. As a team, Indiana State shot 58.6 percent (17-29) from the field in the first half as they went into the locker room leading the Panthers, 43-33. Taia led Indiana State in the half with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Smith added 11 points and five rebounds. Six 3-pointers helped Indiana State to their halftime lead, but the Sycamore post players made their presence known as well, putting in 16 points
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