SPIRITUAL RECKONING Indiana State University officials have made the decision to withdraw funding for the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality
SETH YATES Contributor Indiana State University officials have decided to cut funding for the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality effective June 1. That’s a decision that will leave at least one ISU employee without a job. Indiana State University psychology professor Thomas Johnson, who authored the Unbounded Possibilities proposal for Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality, is disappointed with the university’s decision. “We were surprised by the funding we didn’t get last year,” Johnson said. “I hate to say that there was a lack of interest, but there was. It was really more of a lack of buy-in from the faculty.” Launched early in 2011 with final proposals accepted and announced later that year, the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality is one of ISU’s Unbounded Possibilities initiatives that was led and supported by former Provost Jack Maynard to replace what
had been known as ISU’s academically-tied “Programs of Distinction.” The university sought proposals for then funded eight ideas that became part of the Unbounded Possibilities initiative that, according to the university’s Unbounded Possibilities web page, sought to leverage university strengths and bring positive notoriety to the university. The university pledged $1.5 million in funding per initiative during the first year with the promise of $5 million in additional funds that would potentially be distributed over the next five years. While base funding was made available, the guidelines for Unbounded Possibilities initiatives state there would be “a high expectation … placed on leveraging external funding,” and that “benchmark indicator measures tied to dates” would be used to evaluate the success or failure of the centers or programs. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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A Union Hospital representative says the failure of the center hurts the community (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing ).
Regular member of the family: one man’s story ALLEN ZELINSKI Reporter
George’s Cafe has been a campus icon since Issa moved his restaurant to house an on-campus location (Photo by Gary Macadaeg).
George Issa knows his regular customers by their orders. That is not to say he cannot remember names. Though it makes sense for a man who loves serving food to recognize his patrons by their choice of cuisine. A staple of the Indiana State campus George’s Cafe has been feeding and taking care of students, employees, and the general public for roughly 14 years. In fact, it’s common to find alumni that
remember their favorite meals and especially the friendly service. Friend and avid patron of the Cafe, Victor Miranda, recognizes Issa’s commitment to his student regulars. “He probably knows them better than their parents,” Miranda joked. For Issa, running a restaurant is such a deep part of him. Growing up in Lebanon, Issa remembers spending plenty of time in the restaurant where his father was a chef. By the time he turned 20, Issa CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
Indiana State students travel to Cuba for cultural experience
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University officials say the Center Unbounded Possibilities initiatives and for the Study of Health, Religion and that the programs and centers would Spirituality, a center associated with ISU’s be self-sustaining by 2017 with funding Department of Psychology with a focus gained through grants and self-generated on studying, educating and providing revenue. research initiatives that would help the “Nobody was being targeted, local community nothing like understand that,” Chambers religious impacts said. “Part of the on health, simply idea from the failed to meet its beginning was benchmarks. that there was not “All the initiatives the intention but in the Strategic the expectation Plan whether that not all of the they’re Unbounded centers would not Possibilities or succeed, that some otherwise have of them might not benchmarks, and make it.” they need to meet The University the benchmark,” “All the initiatives in the Stra- Foundation was tegic Plan, whether they’re also expected, said Executive Director of to Unbounded Possibilities or initially, Strategic Initiatives contribute otherwise, have benchmarks, U n b o u n d e tod and Director of and they need to meet the P o s s i b i l i t i e s Enterprise Services Michael Snyder. initiative funding, benchmark,” “None of the Chambers said. initiatives in the “The idea Mike Snyder Strategic Plan are was that the on-going, they are Executive Director of Strategic Ini- foundation was run on an annual tiatives and Director of Enterprise going to be helpful basis.” with all of this,” Services Snyder said the Chambers said. Center for the Study “Unfortunately we of Health, Religion and Spirituality’s had a meltdown over there at the exact outputs, metrics and proposals were same time that this was getting started. evaluated as part of the decision to deny Eliminating the Center for the Study further funding from the approximately of Health, Religion and Spirituality $1.5 million that was available annually. not only affects ISU employees but “The Unbounded Possibilities [centers professionals in the local community as and programs] have a challenge in that well. they are to be for the most part selfNeva McFarland, a patient sustainable,” Snyder said. representative coordinator who works Michael Chambers, chair of the with Terre Haute Union Hospital’s Department of Political Science chaplain’s office, wrote a letter in Department, sits on the committee that September 2011 in support of the made the final decision to deny funding center being established. At the time, for the Center for the Study of Health, she praised the association that Union Religion and Spirituality. Hospital and ISU shared and encouraged Chambers said university officials further support. never intended to indefinitely fund the “The cooperation and financial
support of the board of [the Center of the Center for the Study of Health, for the Study of Health, Religion and Religion and Spirituality to guide it in a Spirituality] cannot be measured,” more self-sustaining direction, she said. McFarland wrote. “It would be our desire She also claims that she was told when to see this relationship between the she was hired that the center would be CSHRS and the chaplain’s office of Union funded for five years. Hospital continue “I was tasked for years to come. with building a It is only through center that hadcooperation with when I arrived- no entities such as ISU i n f r a s t r u c tu re ,” that we can hope Kennedy said. to make a positive Kennedy said impact on not only she’s uncertain the physical health about the but the spiritual benchmarks and emotional upon which the health of the center was being people we serve.” evaluated. Faced with the “It would be “It would be interesting for interesting news that the for me Center for the me to know what these bench- to know what these Study of Health, marks are and once I know benchmarks are Religion and once I know what [is being] referenced and Spirituality would what [is being] which ones we failed.” be eliminated, referenced which Mc Fa r l a n d ones we failed.” e x p r e s s e d Kennedy said. “To Christine Kennedy concerns. have a fair appraisal “I am very Outgoing Director of the Center for of a program, the d i s a p p o i n t e d ,” the Study of Health, Religion and program itself McFarland said. should know how it Spirituality “I think the center is being measured.” has a definite She also objects purpose in the to the university’s Wabash Valley and evaluation of beyond.” the centers and With the assistance of the center, programs as a whole – rather than McFarland was able to dovetail Union individually. Hospital’s conference with the center’s “I think it’s unfair for anyone to make conference resulting in a more valuable a global assessment of a center when resource for health-oriented spiritual all of the centers were not at the same service providers affiliated with multiple place,” she said. denominations. Johnson said he believes Kennedy was “You can’t just treat the physical misinformed when she was hired. problems a patient has but also their “It wasn’t made clear to her when spiritual, their emotional and their she was brought the extent to which the mental issues if you want to have any project was time-limited,” Johnson said. kind of effect on their health,” McFarland “She basically gave up her life on the east said. coast to come here. This kind of puts her Indiana State hired Christine Kennedy life in turmoil. It wasn’t a very spiritual in October 2012 to work as director thing to do to somebody.”
Commuters invited to lunch
Andrew Christman Reporter
Soup and Substance will provide commuter students with a free lunch Thursday in the Commuter Lounge in Hulman Memorial Student Union. The free monthly lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Freshman Matt Malone said he will attend the event for a healthier lunch option. “I try to get there early and scope out what will be there,” Malone said. “Then I hang out with my friends and try to eat a little healthier with what they provide for us.” Malone said he strongly encourages other commuters to attend and has himself been to every event that Commuter Services has provided this semester. The Soup and Substance event will be a wrap-up of the resources available to commuter students. Admissions transfer coordinator Linda Stein said the event helps students find a place to belong. “Commuters can tend to feel dislodged from the university because they aren’t overly involved on campus,” Stein said. “This really helps them feel more involved.” Information is presented to students in a very informal setting. Valerie Allen, program coordinator of new student transition programs, said a representative from the University Village apartments met last month and spoke casually with students. Allen said students who attend Soup and Substance will have the opportunity to learn about the Commuter Scholarship. “Twelve scholarships will be awarded
for the fall semester,” she said, “and we’ll be reminding students that the deadline will be May 3. We will also be telling students who attend about our laptop loaning program.” Indiana State University’s Commuter Scholarship will award between $500 and $1,000. The previous Soup and Substance events have had solid turnouts, Allen said. “Normally we have at least 50 students that attend the event,” Allen said. “At most, we’ve had close to 100, and we’re hoping for a good turnout, for this one as well, though it’s a bit difficult to predict due to the time and day changes we’ve made over the past couple of months.” Students can stop by for a quick lunch that will consist of a choice of two soups, a quick sandwich, salads with a variety of dressings to choose from and a dessert that is currently to be determined. “We’re really hoping to continue the Soup and Substance meetings in the following months,” Allen said. “These really help build a commuter community.” According to the Commuter Services page on Indiana State’s website, commuters make up roughly 60 percent of the student body. “Soup and Substance is a great way for commuter students to be able to have a voice here at ISU,” Allen said. Soup and Substance will take place on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Commuter Connections Lounge. More information concerning the Commuter Scholarship is available at http://www. indstate.edu/commuter.
Commuter Student Services wil hold its final Soup and Substance event Thursday in the Commuter Lounge in HMSU (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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Panel to discuss Ukraine volatility
and energy implications, including possibly how much Hoosiers pay for natural gas.
Indiana State University’s International Studies Program will hold a panel discussion, “From Orange to Red: A Panel Discussion on Developments in Ukraine.” The event features three ISU faculty members with expertise in the region and a Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville professor who is from Ukraine. “This is a critical development for the world, and for the U.S., and it’s so confusing with new — and often strange — developments nearly every day,” said Fairbanks, who is a full-time lecturer for ISU’s interdisciplinary programs. “I think the university owes it to our students and our community to share the expertise we have on our faculty to try to make some sense of this.” Political events are rapidly developing in Ukraine — from public demonstrations in the Maidan, reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, to the dramatic annexation of Crimea by Russia. It also could have far-reaching political
The panelists include: Richard Lotspeich, professor of economics at ISU, who has expertise on comparative economic systems and the Russian economy; Lynn Maurer, associate professor of political science at ISU and dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, who has taught courses on Eastern European political systems in transition in the post-communist world; Barbara Skinner, associate professor of history at ISU, whose first book was on religious conflicts in Ukraine and Belarus and has travelled there recently; and Sophia Wilson, assistant professor of political science at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, who is from Ukraine. The event takes place Monday from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the events area of Cunningham Memorial Library on the campus of ISU. It is free to the public and sponsored by International Studies, Department of History, Cunningham Memorial Library and the Center for Global Engagement.
Women’s Studies art show set for April 25 Students in two ISU women’s studies classes will host an art show April 25 in the Events Area on the first floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library. Students of Women Studies 200 and 301 classes have put together “The Art of Women’s Studies” exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from noon until 2 p.m.
Wellness event Thursday at HMSU Applied Health Science students will host a Health Fair Thursday at HMSU Dede II from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Health and wellness screenings will be provided including blood pressure readings, blood glucose/cholesterol readings and height and weight measurements.
Corrections: Cassandra Hauser was falsely credited in the April 14 issue as the writer of “Autism Awareness Month.” Jamil Toptsi reported the story. Also in the April 14 issue, Bethany Alkire was credited as the Senate Speaker for the SGA. Alkire wrote the letter out of personal interest in the topic and was not speaking in her capacity as a member of ISU student government.
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Boldly going where no text book has gone before
ISU Communications and Marketing Staff Absent from an education major’s schedule is a course on how to juggle distraught parents, a sick student, and a lice infestation while the teacher’s broken pearl necklace scatters about the floor in the chaos that is often a day in a thirdgrade classroom. No textbook had laid out such a daunting scenario for students in Indiana State University’s Teachers of Tomorrow Advancing Learning — TOTAL — program, who are working this semester as classroom interns in preparation for student teaching in the fall. But Indiana State’s First Lady Cheri Bradley, who tapped into her nearly two decades as a classroom teacher in several states for inspiration and material, showed the Bayh College of Education students that it’s always possible to wear a smile. “I know all of this because I’ve lived it,” Bradley said. “I love to teach because it is part of who I am, and what I share are things I did when I taught and the experiences I had. I just want them to know that what they are embarking on is
a great career full of what will seem like challenges, but they’re not. They’re just new opportunities, and with the right attitude, they can have a positive effect on the lives of young people and serve others.” There is no better way to ready students for the future than to hear from the university’s first lady, said Marylin Leinenbach, associate professor in the department of elementary, early and special education. “These students are fortunate to be able to hear her down-to-earth examples of what it’s like to teach,” Leinenbach said. “It’s a difficult profession, but Mrs. Bradley offered them ways to deal with things with humor and its advice all future teachers need.” Teachers are the No. 1 advocates for their students after all, Bradley said, so she urged budding educators to use educational labels to identify supports but not to define who a student is. It’s a lesson that hit home for Bradley in her first special education, self-contained classroom, where she worked with a thirdgrader who was labeled cognitive delayed. “I worked with him for almost two weeks
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and knew it wasn’t the right label. He was star captain of the baseball team and his cognitive skills did not appear to be in the range they said they were, so I talked to the parents and school administrator and we got him retested,” Bradley said. “He tested severe [learning disability]. We were able to remove a very stigmatizing label and he was out of special ed by sixthgrade. When he graduated, I got a letter from his mother thanking me because he was on his way to college. Labels can become stigmatizing and we need to be aware of them.” It’s all a part of creating a space where all students feel safe and welcomed, and the atmosphere can be created through simple gestures, such as keeping greeting cards on-hand to fit situations that may arise in a student or fellow teachers lives, not using sarcasm, and saying ‘goodbye’ to each student, especially after a challenging day. “At the end of the day, I would stand by the door, look each person in the eye and say ‘goodbye’ because you don’t know if they’ll come back,” she said. “You just don’t know what’s going to happen each day, so take 30 seconds to tell everyone
goodbye before they leave.” It was a first-of-its-kind lesson for Indiana State senior Hanna Curley of Terre Haute, who is student teaching driver’s education this semester before graduating in December with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. “As future teachers and role models, we will make positive impacts on kids’ lives every day and the things Mrs. Bradley explained, the stories she shared about being in the classroom, are things that will help us do that,” Curley said. “We couldn’t have learned those things from our textbooks.” While textbooks remain a classroom staple, Bradley’s seminars have also become a core piece of the TOTAL program each semester prior to student teaching. “After [Bradley] did the first seminar for us, I was terrified we wouldn’t be able to fit into her busy schedule again but we always have,” said Beth Whitaker, professor of elementary, early and special education. “This is such a high point in the semester to have her speak to the students.”
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Standardized tests hinder the progress they gauge
Zachary Davis Contributor
At home, there is a major struggle students are facing: they are losing time going over precious class material to learn how to take a standardized test. Because they are losing class time, students aren’t covering important topics such as the Holocaust, 9/11 or even the Civil War. Students are missing out on these valuable topics just because they have to take five standardized tests a year, plus finals. There are many standardized tests today; every state has their own versions used to calculate how much a student improves throughout the school year. Standardized tests are ominous. Students are informed time and time again that if the tests are not passed, they will see repercussions such as extra standardized test prep classes, retaking the exam or even failing the grade they are in. The National Association of School Psychologists recognizes fear of failure as a major factor of stress in high school students. According to the American Psychological Association’s website, stress can cause physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, insomnia, muscle pain and multiple others. Along with physical symptoms, stress can also diminish student’s learning capability, according to the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. This means students experiencing stress are getting sick and not learning the material they need not only for the standardized tests, but for life after graduation. Schools are beginning to take time away from health, history and arts
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classes to spend time on the core subjects in hopes of preparing students for the standardized tests they will face. Instead, students lose valuable time in other classes that allow them to pursue interests that will assist them after graduation. What good does that do to students who want to pursue a career in music, history or even automechanics? The ultimate goal of school should be to learn more and get a better education with every class taken. Instead, schools lose valuable time teaching students “testing methods,” instead of covering material that could potentially assist them outside of the classroom. When students look at a college track, students use their hobbies and experiences in different classes to decide. By taking time away from classes to prepare for a standardized test, students are unable to get the experience they need to determine whether or not something is a viable option. Oftentimes, when students are unsure what they want to do when entering college, they either spend thousands of dollars and multiple years in the wrong field or simply don’t attend at all. This can be costly both in terms of money and time. Those who do attend college and know what they want to do quickly find out that what they learned in high school is not as helpful as it should be. When considering a music major, I almost had to take extra courses because I did not have the same opportunities in high school as others. Instead of allowing me to focus my abilities and time on something that I will be making a life out of, my high school forced me to learn and re-learn the same material repeatedly as test prep. Not only is there a lack of college individual and collective, expressed in the Statesman and the student staff’s selection or arrangement of content do not necessarily reflect the attitudes of Indiana State University, its Board of Trustees, administration, faculty or student body. The Statesman editorial board writes staff editorials
Students are being forced to waste their time on subjects already taught to improve scores on standardized tests, rather than focus on subjects they like (Submitted photo).
preparation due to standardized tests, but there is also a deficit of essential skills. For example, many students learn methods such as eliminating wrong answers so they have a better shot at guessing correctly. So what are our children learning? Are they really doing better in their academics now that we barrage them with standardized tests? The most recent data from the Performance for International Student Assessment showed that students from the United States were showing no notable improvement in their scores. So to ask again: are standardized tests really aiding in students education? The United States is the only nation with an advanced economy that relies on multiple-choice exams. Other countries that don’t, such as Italy, show better scores and even improvement on the
Performance for International Student Assessment. This isn’t to say that other countries don’t test their students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the difference is that their exams are performance-based and require the students to learn the material presented. Plus, students in other countries don’t get tested as often. When it comes to the next generation’s education, we should sit down and think about it strongly and clearly. The education they receive is going to directly aid or harm them once they graduate and move on to college or enter the work force. We don’t want to be the ones responsible if future generations have to struggle because of a lack of proper education.
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Autism Awareness Month: exploring neurodiversity
April is Autism Awareness Month, and as an older sister to a boy with Asperger’s syndrome, I understand the difficulties those with Autism Spectrum Disorder suffer. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s website, Autism Chief Copy Spectrum Disorders are Editor characterized by trouble with social interaction and communication, repetitive behavioral patterns or reactions and intense interests in often very specific activities or hobbies. These symptoms can cause “significant impairment,” the website says, and the clues usually become apparent in the early stages of child development — so, around the first two years of age. The spectrum encompasses a wide range of abilities, gauging those within based on how well they can function among “regular people,” sometimes called “neurotypicals.” The Autism Speaks website says that Asperger’s syndrome is often
accompanied by an extensive vocabulary writer and cartoonist of dudeimanaspie. and a tendency to speak at length about com — believes that Asperger’s a favorite topic or activity. Asperger’s syndrome is an evolutionary adaptation symptoms can be confused with those of to an increased reliance on technology Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and information. This newfound and many begin with that diagnosis. neurodiversity splits humans into two People with Asperger’s syndrome have the major groups: autistics and neurotypicals, most difficulty in the giveeach with their own and-take of conversations, and weaknesses. Neither is superior strengths missing nonverbal or social Despite the “social to the other, cues and allowing the difficulties,” as Friedman discussion to become oneputs it, those with but through sided. Asperger’s syndrome are this symbiotic My younger brother better suited to individual relationship, is considered “high tasks and problem-solving, humanity can functioning” because often putting their own his Asperger’s syndrome accomplish great unique view on things. doesn’t keep him from Neurotypicals, in things. enjoying a mostly-normal contrast, excel in social life, but not all are so lucky. situations; they become Those who fall closer to the other end company CEOs and play on sports teams, of the spectrum may experience more among other social organizations. difficulty in communicating, even leaving Neither is superior to the other, but some unable to talk. through this symbiotic relationship, Many can’t maintain eye contact and humanity can accomplish great things. frequently don’t respond to hearing their “History is filled with eccentrics who own names. But not everything about an became innovators,” Friedman says. Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis is “The Einsteins, the Beethovens, the bad news. Michelangelos … [they’re] recognized as Matt Friedman — Asperger’s advocate, the developers of new knowledge.”
The beautiful thing about autism — if there is a silver lining to this cloud — is that nearly all of those who fall into the autism spectrum make up for any disabilities in some other way through math, music, art or verbal skills. Take Stephen Wiltshire, for example, an autistic cityscape artist who can draw a panoramic view of a city from memory, even if he has only seen it briefly. From an early age, it was apparent that Wiltshire was most comfortable communicating through drawings, though he had fully learned to speak by the age of nine. Consider also famous literary figure Sherlock Holmes, who is now believed to have been autistic. What else would have spurred his obscure interests in soil types and ladies’ perfumes? His violin-playing and other specific tendencies such as heavy tobacco-smoking are further clues. Though he is not a real person, he has become a fixture in pop culture even today simply because he has an uncanny and sometimes unorthodox ability to discover the truth. My brother is not Sherlock Holmes, nor is he an artist. He’s 21 now, with a love of computers and retro video games and a very bright future.
A Young Man’s Guide to College
A “bro-story” for the ages: hanging out with the fellas
What makes a friend or a group of friends have a brotherly connection? Basically, what makes “bros”, bros? I have never been a huge fan of the term “bro” because of the stigma that comes along with it, but it’s an idea that is shared and understood among all men. For example, here are Columnist only a few, but great, examples of bros that we can relate to: Han Solo and Chewbacca, Sherlock Holmes and Watson and Legolas and Gimli. All these characters had typical bro connections. So, what makes your friend a brother? A bro is always down to do whatever. Whether it is to just chill and watch a
sports game, go play a game of Frisbee golf or go to an extra credit speaker event where the speaker goes on and on, a bro will go. A bro is reliable and makes whatever event you were reluctantly attending less dull just because of his presence, and he will be eye-rolling and laughing at the same things you do. Feelings of doubt about whatever you, him or the rest of the crew will be doing are minimal. Why? It doesn’t matter where bros go together because you’re sure to have a good time, or at least a less bad time when all of you are together. Remember that one time when you and your brothers trolled another friend for a week to get him to call his first blind date by the wrong name? That story will be popping up every once in a while in the future. Was it necessarily right? Maybe not,
but it’s an inside joke that the guys share, making the bond of “brohood” stronger. Everyone knows what inside jokes do; it’s an exclusive understanding that no one else will get, which makes a friend a bro. A bro will confront you. Why consider a friend a brother if you two never get in fights or won’t call each other out if the other is doing something wrong? Yes, since the idea of a brother is familyoriented, you eventually run into conflict or may annoy each other. Nothing a little best two-out-of-three rock, paper, scissors game can’t settle. A bro simply will not be the person to give you a sugarcoated answer. He will tell you that you probably should’ve held onto that interception in the intramural game, but will still encourage you by assuring that there’s a next time. Also, he should be able to “bro up” and tell you when you treated a girl badly or leave when she isn’t worth it. A bro knows
no dishonesty. Finally, bros are always there for you in your down moments. We’re in college and away from a family system, so you need to have people you can go to in confidence, and who can pick you up when you think you can’t recover. For example, when I wasn’t doing too well after a breakup, my bro Dougie drove over in the middle of the night, picked me up and then we just drove out in the country to chill and talk. Some of you may think of bros as the media-delivered perception of polos with popped collars, upside down visors, awkwardly spotting each other in the weight room and constantly being obnoxious about how awesome they are. Being a brother to a friend doesn’t constitute any of the above descriptions; instead, being a bro consists of the mere principles of just being a good friend.
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Crossing borders: students travel overseas to Cuba Libby Roerig
ISU Communications and Marketing Staff Once-in-a-lifetime. That’s how Indiana State University students described their recent trip to Cuba. It’s an appropriate superlative, considering the United States’ trade embargo against Cuba has existed since 1960, a year after Fidel Castro seized power. American tourism to the island country is forbidden, and travel is allowed under only a few specific exceptions, including academic study. Indeed, it’s likely the lure of forbidden fruit that piqued students’ interest in the trip, said Michael Erisman, professor emeritus of political science; however, what these seven students saw, learned and discovered — about Cuba and themselves — will stay with them forever. “We’ve kind of developed our own stereotypes about Cuba. Being there really broke down all those barriers for me,” said junior Hanna Brant of Frankfurt, Ind.. “I was focusing on women’s issues and rights in Cuba. A lot of time when you hear about a developing country, you think women are treated poorly and there’s no health care or it’s very hard to get to, there’s no education or it’s a terrible education. Cuba really defies all those stereotypes.” “[The experience] really shows you what it means to be a global citizen — and not just a citizen of the United States — to acknowledge everyone’s perspective and to take it for what it’s worth,” said senior Nathan Walker of Plainfield, Ind.. “Cuba is a really beautiful place with friendly people. Going into the trip, my prior knowledge had me a little nervous to interact with individuals, and I almost expected guards breathing down my neck the entire time. However, everything was relaxed, and the people were happy,” said junior Katherine Runge of Brownstown. In addition to Brant, Walker and Runge, political science students Madeline Nelson, Jerry Cooper, Shan Patel and Tatianna Wilkes also made the trip south.
The days started with a lecture at the University of Havana, and in the afternoon, students ventured out for hands-on experiences reflective of the morning lesson. For instance, if their classroom session was about Cuban history, they might visit a Museum of the Revolution that afternoon. A lesson about the economy might lead them to a farmers’ cooperative or — the group’s favorite — a tour of a tobacco farm where someone demonstrated how world-famous Cuban cigars are rolled. “I think I had two cigars a day at least. Some days, I had more,” Walker said. Evenings brought cultural experiences. Students tasted both traditional and nouveau Cuban cuisine and took in the local art scene. Artists across all cultures have a long history of challenging the establishment, and with the Cuban government scaling back patronage in recent years, the country’s artists are beginning to express their grievances. “[The artists] dress in funky ways, and they talk very freely. Their music is quite challenging at times, [addressing] things they don’t like about contemporary Cuba. It’s really a happening scene,” said political science professor Gaston Fernandez, who accompanied the students. “There clearly are limits, but part of what’s interesting to observe is what those limits are. Through the music, through the art, through different forms of individual expression, one begins to see those boundaries and where those boundaries are being tested.” The students’ perceptions of the world and U.S. relations were challenged by a different version of history, one colored by the Cubans’ way of thinking and ideology. “To hear Cubans’ perspectives on Americans and American foreign policy was really awesome,” Brant said. “It really gave me the ability to step out of how I normally view political relations and see it through a different perspective. I thought that was really important as a political science major.” In this real-life classroom, Fernandez was their guide to help them navigate
ISU students on trip to Cuba (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
through the contrasting perspectives. “Dr. Fernandez did a phenomenal job coordinating this trip. We’re so lucky to have him, and he truly gave us all the fullest experience we could have had while in Cuba,” Brant said. More than two weeks after the trip, which occurred over Spring Break, Walker was still processing his experiences abroad. “Even now that I’ve been there, I have to continue to read. And it kind of takes me back. If you can’t go to Cuba, read about Cuba,” Walker said. Indiana State University’s academic exchange agreement with the University of Havana — known as the “Harvard of Cuba” — will allow Indiana State University faculty to undertake collaborative research in Cuba, as well as provide Indiana State departments the opportunity to host visiting University of Havana scholars. The deal was negotiated in record time; what has taken some universities three years to settle took Erisman and Fernandez six months. “One facilitating factor was we have hosted various UH faculty and other
Cuban academics here at ISU over the years,” said Erisman, who has spent his career studying Latin America and made more than 20 trips to Cuba. “I’ve been pushing the idea of an academic exchange for many years.” Fernandez, who is Cuban-American, said Indiana State students made quite an impression on their hosts. “The ISU students were inquisitive, they asked questions, they were probing, they were interested. That was good. They rose to the challenge,” Fernandez said. Other schools that were traveling through Cuba took notice, too. Students from American University and Pennsylvania University were envious of the Sycamores’ immersion experiences. “It was pretty clear to those students that our program was way superior,” Fernandez said. “We were experiencing so much more — on every level — in terms of culture, in terms of food, in terms of living among Cubans. We were living in a Cuban neighborhood. You’ve got the street vendors, the kids going to school, the people going to work, really an up-close and personal experience.”
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Center for Student Success helps students reach goals
Jamil Toptsi Reporter College, like everything else in life, is easier for some than it is for others. College is an entirely new kind of challenge for disabled students or first-generation students who are the first from their families to ever go to college. Luckily, Indiana State is ready to accommodate these students through the Center for Student Success, comprised of a mix of experienced students and staff who are passionate about helping others. The center meets the necessities of various types of students. First-generation students who are struggling in school are often unable to find help at home because their parents lack college experience. The Center for Student Success offers help to these students in the form of mentors: students and faculty who aim to help students acclimate to academic life. Some members of the faculty on the mentoring team were first-generation students themselves, giving the mentees someone they can relate to. Other students face different problems such as physical or learning disabilities, which exacerbate the already stressful and difficult struggle that able-bodied students face. Thankfully the staff at the Student Support Services Program, a branch of the Center for Student Success, is available to give a helping hand to these individuals. The program is government-funded and provides academic and career guidance, as well as helps with anything a student might need in his or her everyday life. Some students, even though they are free from disability and come from an educated background, might still find themselves
The Center for Student Success is a group of staff and students who are dedicated to helping out any students who need assistance in current classes, including learning study skills or recieving help with homework (Photo courtesy of ISU Comunications and Marketing).
in a bind. Sometimes missing class due to illness or not being able to grasp the material can put a student behind for the rest of his or her class. For those looking for extra help outside of the classroom, the Center for Student Success offers free tutoring that comes in a variety of styles. Students can work one-on-one with their tutor or join group sessions. In addition to these services, the Center for Student Success also assists studentathletes, who can find the challenge of performing well on the court as well as in the classroom to be overwhelming. Part of their efforts focus on providing athletes
with study tables as well as tutoring sessions. Victoria Swigart, a sophomore volleyball player, attends these tables and explained how helpful they are to her and other athletes. “Study tables provide a quiet study environment that helps me stay focused,” said Swigart. “The volleyball team has won the AVCA Team Academic Award fourteen years in a row, and we all try our hardest to make sure we hold onto it.” With all of the students looking for help and guidance from the Center for Student Success, its staff has their work cut out for them. But despite being busy, the staff is
always looking for new students to take advantage of their services. “A lot of students have difficulty asking for help,” said Roberta Allen, the Center’s director, “but there’s no reason to be afraid to. All of our services are free, and it’s your education that’s on the line.” Students looking for more information can check the Center’s webpage at www. indstate.edu/cfss, or visit their office in Gillum Hall. As finals week approaches, many students could benefit from some last-minute tutoring and should look no further than the kind and helpful staff at the Center for Student Success.
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Issa was on his way over to the United States to and gyros drizzled with the creamy tzatziki attend college. sauce usually are another popular option. As a former Indiana State student, Issa “I eat there every two weeks or so,” said understands his clientele and their needs. This freshman English education student Alexa is apparent, seeing the number of students Mayer. who line up on any given morning for a dinerUnfortunately for students, George’s Cafe style breakfast. In fact, a large portion of the does not accept credits on the weekend like menu is dedicated to breakfast items like eggs, other eateries in the HMSU Commons. bacon, hash browns and girthy muffins. However, that does not stop students from Senior music liberal arts budgeting their cash for meals major Dylan Wright loves at George’s Cafe. the on-campus option of a “I love the food, and Issa also makes a point to restaurant that is not a chain feed hungry students during along with the food and he’s so personable.” summer courses at Indiana service. State. “I love the food, and he’s so George’s Cafe is open for Dylan Wright personable,” noted Wright. breakfast and lunch throughout For Issa, getting to work the week so as to not disappoint. with the students is the For those wandering off reason he keeps going back to work every campus, Issa has maintained his original morning. location on Cherry Street across from the John The menu with diner-style foods along with T. Myers Technology building. Greek-American favorites makes it hard to Whether it is getting to know how his disappoint patrons. Customers like Wright students are doing in life or describing the stick to the Frisco burger, which many people differences in Greek and Lebanese dishes, deem as their favorite offering. If burgers and Issa enjoys working at his restaurant in the fries do not sound satisfying, George’s is also Commons. known for his Greek or Lebanese fare. Falafels
A chef at George’s Cafe displays an Indiana State University student’s lunch that has been ordered and prepared specially for them to eat and enjoy (Photo by Gary Macadaeg).
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April showers for May flowers
Sycamores have been enduring a rainy April in hopes of seeing the beginning of May’s spring flowers throughout Indiana State University’s campus grounds (Photos by Kira Clouse).
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Page 12 Sports Editor, Alex Modesitt email@example.com
Indiana State swings away against Salukis Kevin Jenison ISU Athletic Media Relations
Indiana State won two out of three games over the weekend versus Southern Illinois.
Men’s Baseball vs. Southern Illinois 5-4 (W)
The game was scoreless until the 13th inning, and that proved to be unlucky for the Sycamores as Southern Illinois topped Indiana State 2-1 on a walk-off single Friday night in a Missouri Valley Conference game. The Sycamores left 15 runners on base and could not convert on eight of nine scoring opportunities in the game. It was a pitching masterpiece by Indiana State junior left hander David Stagg who threw a no-hit shutout through nine innings but did not get the decision. Stagg had eight strikeouts and allowed just three base runners on three walks and a hit batter. Freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber took over in the 10th and was charged with the loss in allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking three. Indiana State broke the scoreless drought in the top of the 13th inning. The Sycamores loaded the bases with one out as sophomore infielder Jeff Zahn walked, junior designated hitter Manuel Estevez singled and junior pinch hitter Brian Romero walked. Junior second baseman Derek Hannahs followed with a sacrifice hit that allowed Zahn to score but Indiana State could not push over another run as junior center fielder Landon Curry flew out to left to end the threat. It wasn’t enough for the Sycamores, however, as the Salukis scored twice in the bottom half of the 13th. Tyler Rolland singled with one out and Donny Duschinsky walked before Jake Welch singled into right center to score Rolland with the tying run. Ryan Rosthenhausler followed with a game winning single to score Duschinsky.
Indiana State rallied in the top of the ninth to end a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis at Itchy Jones Stadium on Saturday. “Another gritty performance by this
STATESMAN RUNDOWN Women’s Softball vs. Loyola 5-3 (W)
Recent Contests: Men’s Baseball Record vs. Wichita State 5-4 (W) vs. Vanderbilt 6-2 (L) vs. Indiana 8-4 (L) vs. Southern Illinois 1-2 (L) vs. Southern Illinois 5-4 (W) Women’s Softball Record vs. IUPUI 2-0 (W) vs. Missouri State 6-1 (W) vs. Missouri State 4-0 (W) vs. Missouri State 5-4 (W) vs. Loyola 2-1 (L)
Overall records: Men’s Baseball Rankings Indiana State 23-10 Dallas Baptist 25-10 Bradley 18-13 Wichita State 17-18 Illinois State 21-11 Evansville 22-12 Southern Illinois 18-17 Senior infielder Tyler Wampler collected three hits in 14 at-bats in the weekend series against Missouri State 15-17 the Salukis of Southern Illinois (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing). group of guys,” Mitch Hannahs, Indiana State baseball coach, said. “They just don’t give up.” For the first time in seven games, the Sycamores had the lead-off batter in the game reach safely as Curry singled up the middle. After senior third baseman Cody Zimmerman flew out, Curry stole second, his 13th stolen base in 16 tries this season, and advanced to third as junior right fielder Jacob Hayes grounded out to second. Senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald worked the count full and got a pitch he liked, driving the ball into the left field corner for a double and his
19th RBI of the season as Curry came home to score. Indiana State pushed over another run in the top of the third. Hannahs led off with a single and went to second as Curry grounded out. Zimmerman was hit by a pitch before Hannahs was caught in no man’s land between second and third. Zimmerman was able to advance to second on the play and scored as Hayes picked up his 18th RBI of the season with a single to center. Continued on PAGE 13
Women’s Softball Rankings Northern Iowa 21-13 Missouri State 23-17 Indiana State 23-20 Wichita State 25-17 Evansville 16-23 Bradley 18-23 Loyola 15-22 Southern Illinois 19-19 Illinois State 16-23 Drake 13-24
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out double to left center a pitch after Will Junior pitcher Brad Lombard gave up Farmer dropped a pop foul that would consecutive singles to Ryan Casillas, Cody have sent Zimmerman back to the dugout. Daily and Jake Hand to open the sixth The Sycamore third baseman advanced to inning and was relieved by junior pitcher third as Hayes grounded out to second Nick Kolarik. The junior right hander hit and scored on a single to left from Estevez. Two more Sycamore runs came across two of the three batters he faced and gave in the second. Eberle led off the inning up a two RBI single to Tyler Roland as the with a single to left and went to second on Salukis took the lead at 3-2. Senior picher a sacrifice bunt from Hannahs. Indiana Josh Dove took over and gave a walk that State came up with some two-out magic scored another run but was able to retire after Senior left fielder Owen Conway the side after that as the Salukis took a 4-2 grounded out to short as Curry and lead. Zimmerman hit back-to-back doubles to The Sycamores came back with one in push the Indiana State lead to 3-0. the eighth on two outs and had a chance That lead did not last long as Southern to do more but could not score again. Illinois took advantage of a Sycamore Zimmerman led off with error, a hit batter, to start the a walk, before Hayes and third, scoring three runs on “I don’t know if we Fitzgerald both struck out. two hits to tie the game up played great baseball Junior pinch hitter Michael in the bottom of the second. Eberle followed with a this weekend. I After three scoreless single to center to move think we battled innings, the Sycamores Zimmerman up. Senior broke back on top with a just enough on shortstop Tyler Wampler single run in the top of the the mound and followed with an RBI sixth. Wampler singled single to center that scored just enough in the to lead off the inning and Zimmerman and brought batter’s box.” stole second, before Eberle the Sycamores within one at Head baseball coach singled to push Wampler 4-3. Eberle ended up at third to third. Hannahs followed Mitch Hannahs but was left stranded. with a safety sacrifice Indiana State scored twice squeeze bunt down the first in the top of the ninth to regain the lead. base line that brought Wampler home. Hannahs and Curry each singled with The Salukis matched that effort in the one out, and Zimmerman followed with bottom of the seventh, scoring one before an RBI single to score Hannahs with the freshman pitcher Trent Lunsford relieved tying run and move Curry to third. Hayes senior righty Kudrecki with two outs. then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt Lunsford was able to retire the side with that allowed Curry to score the go-ahead no further damage. run, and the Sycamores went on to post Indiana State went back in front 5-4 in the win. the top of the ninth. Conway walked to Game Three open the inning and was replaced at first The Sycamores scored five runs on 11 by junior pinch runner Connor McClain, hits led by Fitzgerald, who had a double who took second on a wild pitch. McClain and a single. The Indiana State Sycamores was able to score the go ahead run on scored in the top of the ninth to post a an RBI single to center by Curry. The Missouri Valley Conference victory for Sycamores could not get any more across the second straight game Sunday as they but were able to pick up the win and the defeated the Southern Illinois Salukis 5-4 series victory. and earned their second series victory of Continued from page 12
the conference campaign. “I don’t know if we played great baseball this weekend,” Mitch Hannahs, Indiana State baseball coach said. “I think we battled just enough on the mound and just enough in the batter’s box. We played very solid defense, which was probably the key to the weekend. We still have a lot of things to work on, and we have to get a lot better.” Indiana State scored first for the third time in the series with a run in the top of the first. Zimmerman belted a one-
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Sycamore Softball splits against visiting Ramblers Alex Modesitt Sports Editor The Indiana State Softball team hosted Loyola on Tuesday for a mi-week conference match up. The Sycamores lost the fisrt bout 2-1 but won the second by a final tally of 5-3.
Pitching dominated the first game on Tuesday. Sophomore pitcher Taylor Lockwood got the call to start on the mound for the Sycamores. Lockwood held the Ramblers to just two runs, but still collected the loss. The first scoring of the afternoon came in the top of the fifth inning when Loyola got a baserunner on second and then doubled her home for a 1-0 lead. Indiana State answered in the bottom half of the inning when Senior shortstop Morgan Allee hit a solo home run to knot the game at one apiece. Lockwood settled back in and held the Ramblers scoreless until the top of the ninth inning. Loyola got a baseunner to
second base, who was then singled home for what would end up being the decisive run. Lockwood pitched all nine innings and gave up six hits. She struck out six of the 34 batters she faced and only walked one batter. The Sycamore offense struggled all game long, recording just five hits in 30 at bats. Indiana State batters struck out eight times, and drew just three walks.
The Sycamores found their offensive groove in their second contest of the day against Loyola, scoring five runs against three from the Ramblers. The win improves Indiana State to 23-20 overall and 5-11 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The split moves Loyola’s record to 16-23 overall and 7-9 in conference play. Junior right-handed pitcher Ycette Alvarez started on the mound for the Sycamores and dominated the Rambler lineup, allowing just three runs on six
hits. Alvarez struck out four in seven innings of work. Loyola struck first in the second consecutive game, this time in the top of the fourth inning. The lead-off batter singled up the middle but was tagged out on a fielder’s choice the very next batter. Three batters later, an error from the Sycamores allowed a run to cross the plate for a 1-0 Rambler lead. The Sycamore offense answered in the bottom half of the inning, finnally finding their offense. Senior third baseman Shelby Wilson homered to lead off the inning and tied the game at one. The Sycamores then loaded the bases and Allee hit a two-RBI double to right-center field that scored the runners from second and third bases. Junior second baseman Aubrey Carpenter hit a sacrifice bunt that then brought Sophomore rightfielder Alex Cavin home from third base. The four-run fourth inning made it 4-1, Sycamores. The Ramblers scored a pair of runs in
the top half of the sixth inning, making a run at the Sycamores late in the game. Indiana State was able to squash the late-inning rally, and scored a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, when freshman catcher Brooke Riemenschneider hit an RBI single that scored Cavin from third base. The run would be the final of the game, giving Indiana State a split in the doubleheader. The Sycamores will take the field next when they host Bradley over the weekend. The three-game series will begin on Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. and concluding on Saturday at noon.
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Jake Odum to play in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Ace Hunt ISU Athletic Media Relations
each have enjoyed lengthy professional Indiana State, Odum earned consecutive basketball careers internationally. First Team All-Missouri Valley The fifth all-time leading scorer at Conference honors and is one of just Indiana State guard Jake Odum is one of 64 college basketball seniors to be invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to be held this week — April 16-19 — in Portsmouth, Va. The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has been held since 1953 and each year invites top college basketball seniors from the across the country to participate in the four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. NBA greats such as John Stockton, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen played in the tournament following their collegiate careers. Odum is the lone representative from the Missouri Valley Conference to be invited to the event. He is just the third player in the history of the Indiana State basketball program to be invited as Nate Green attended in 2000 while David Moss participated in 2006. Both Green and Senior guard Jake Odum has been invited to participate in the upcoming Portsmouth Moss went on to attend NBA camps and Invitational Tournament (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
two Sycamores to earn all-league honors during all four years of his career. He finished first at Indiana State in free throws made, free throws attempted, second in assists and fourth in steals. Odum was selected to participate in the event as a member of the Portsmouth Partnership team. He will wear a number 5 jersey and his teammates are Western Michigan’s Shayne Whittington, North Dakota’s Troy Huff, Virgiana Military Institute’s D.J. Covington, Central Florida’s Isaiah Sykes, Virginia’s Akil Mitchell, Villanova’s James Bell and Memphis’ Joe Jackson. He will be coached by Michael Allen and Bryan Price and the team will also receive instruction from Jerry Stackhouse. The Portsmouth Partnership begins tournament play on Thursday, April 17 at 9 p.m.. A win puts Odum and his team into the semifinals on Friday, while a loss in the opener puts them in a contest at 3:15 p.m. on Friday. Odum will also play on April 19.
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