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GETTING NOTICED Cover letters and follow-up are instrumental in landing a job

Wednesday April 24, 2013 Indiana State University Volume 120 Issue 78

From the green: ISU Women’s Golf finishes sixth in 2013 Missouri Valley Conference tournament

PAGE 12 Students had the opportunity to leave good first impressions with employers at the 2013 Career Fair (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).

Missing the point: Westboro Baptist Church spreads hate, not love

SETH PAYNE Special to the Indiana Statesman


Well-constructed cover letters can make or break a student’s chances at a job. Just ask ISU’s Meis Center Assistant Director Rebecca Wray.

Wray hosted a session with ISU students this semester to discuss the importance of cover letters and other job search correspondence techniques. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Two Indiana State students arrested in connection with armed robbery

Brianne Hofmann News Editor

Police have arrested three people who are accused of robbing four men and holding them at gunpoint Friday night. Two of those arrested, Felice Brown, 19, and Khalid Jackson, 20, are Indiana State University students. Dexter Hoskins, 21, of Hammond, was also arrested. According to police, the arrest came after officers were dispatched to the 800 Block of North Sixth-and-One-Half Street early Friday. Two men who resided at an apartment complex at that address said they were trying to enter their apartment when they were approached by two hooded males. The men forced the residents into their living room shortly before two additional men walked in on the incident. All four residents told police they were held at gunpoint on the apartment floor while the two intruders stole cell phones, a gaming system, money and a computer. The victims also said there was a female lookout posted near the apartment before and during the robbery. Following the incident, Indiana State University officers said they spotted two men matching the description of the suspects entering Hines Hall. A student worker helped the officers locate and track the men to the third floor, according to the

Officers spotted subjects who matched descriptions of armed robbery suspects entering Hines Friday (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

ISU Public Safety report. There officers found Brown and her roommate who allowed officers to search their room. According to the police report, the officers found items matching the description of what the victims reported stolen. Police also say they found marijuana at the scene.

Police then arrested Brown, Jackson and Hoskins. Terre Haute Police Detective David Stampert said Brown, Jackson and Hoskins are scheduled to appear today in Vigo County Court Division Six where they will face formal charges.

Graduate awarded President’s Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service Alexus Tucker has received this year’s President’s Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service in recognition of her contributions to Indiana State University. The award is presented annually to a junior or senior who has made community service an integral part of his or her college experience. Tucker is a senior and completing a bachelor’s degree in communication with a public relations emphasis while minoring in psychology and civic leadership. The student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees, Tucker has been active in the Student Government Association, serving as a

senator and freshman council vice president. She was also a student admissions representative and orientation leader; treasurer of Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honorary society; and served as president of the Student African-American Sisterhood. Tucker has been active in the Public Relations Student Society of America, with the EcoCar Outreach Team and as a residence hall assistant. Off campus, Tucker served internships with the Indiana House of Representatives and Guidance Life Skills and Mentoring; attended the Democratic National Convention; participated in Alternative Spring Break; served as a mentor

with the Vigo County School Corp.; participated in the Tsinghua University Summer Service Learning Program; and served as a speaker during the university’s 2011 New Student Convocation. Tucker, the daughter of Felicia and Courtney Tucker, is a graduate of Warren Central High School. Following commencement, she intends to complete an internship in Washington, D.C., pursue employment in public service, then enroll in a master of public affairs program. Story provided by ISU Communications and Marketing

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ISU Public Safety Police Blotter April 17 1:30 p.m.: Information report conducted at Lot M.

7:25 p.m.: Possession of drugs and paraphernalia reported in Hines Hall. 11:00 p.m.: Disturbance and threats reported in Mills Hall.

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12:32 a.m. Theft reported in Cunningham Memorial Library. 1:14 a.m.: Warrant service conducted in Jones Hall. 1:44 a.m.: Ill person reported in Mills Hall. 1:59 a.m.: Indiana State University Police assisted the Terre Haute Police Department off-campus. 6:13 a.m.: Found item reported in the Art Annex. 9:40 a.m.: Suspicious activity reported and trespass warning issued in the 200 Block of North Fifth Street. 2:11 p.m.: Lost property reported on-campus. 4:52 p.m.: Threats reported in Cromwell Hall.

12:19 a.m.: Person arrested for public intoxication in Jones Hall. 1:00 a.m.: Person arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of drugs offcampus. 2:11 a.m.: Lost property reported at Lot J. 11:31 a.m.: Suspicious activity reported in the Fine Arts Building. 9:05 p.m.: Found knife reported in the Parking Garage. 9:51 p.m.: Information report conducted off-campus.

April 19

April 21

12:39 a.m.: Person arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated on-campus. 12:59 a.m.: Harassment reported in Burford Hall. 2:18 a.m.: Investigation conducted off-campus. 12:24 p.m.: Fire alarm sounded in Mills Hall.

12:40 a.m.: Found item returned to owner in Hulman Memorial Student Union. 8:19 p.m.: Ill person reported in Rhoads Hall. 10:55 p.m.: Criminal mischief reported at Lot 24.

April 22 4:57 a.m.: Found item reported in Dreiser Hall. 10:34 a.m.: Criminal mischief reported in Cromwell Hall. 2:01 p.m.: Found item reported in the Cunningham Memorial Library. 2:12 p.m.: Ill person reported in the Student Recreation Center. 2:30 p.m.: Missing university property reported in the Student Recreation Center. 4:44 p.m.: Lost property reported off-campus. 6:03 p.m.: Unauthorized entry reported at Lot A. 7:07 p.m.: Disturbance reported and trespass warning issued at the Student Recreation Center. 8:43 p.m.: Elevator entrapment reported in Hines Hall.

April 23 12:38 a.m.: Warrant service conducted at the Indiana State University Public Safety Department. 2:46 a.m.: Person arrested for outstanding warrant and operating a vehicle while intoxicated off-campus.

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Professionals educate female high school students at FiT conference

Stacey Pollert, an Indiana State University alumna and professional at Comlux Aviation in Indianapolis, talks with students during a networking activity at the FiT for the Future conference at ISU (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

Bethany Donat ISU Communications and Marketing Licensed pilot Stacey Pollert described her experience working in the aviation field as part of a networking activity during the sixth annual FiT for the Future Conference last week. The event, hosted by Indiana State University’s Females in Technology student group, featured interactive workshops, networking activities with ISU alumnae, a raffle and a techno fashion show. Twelve high school students crowded around Pollert’s table, eager to hear about working for a company that creates corporate and VIP aircraft cabins. Pollert, an ISU alumna and master scheduler at Comlux Aviation in Indianapolis, talked about designing the interior of a plane from an empty cabin,

even mentioning aircraft that resembled houses on the inside, with bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Hannah Harden, a junior at West Vigo High School, thought the clientelle was also fascinating. “[Pollert] said they had a client that flew from Paris to New York in one of their planes all because he wanted some kind of food,” Harden said. Director of outreach and student careers for the College of Technology Bev Bitzegaio said the purpose of the conference was to spark interest in young women. “We’re trying to attract females to technology and engineering by getting them excited, using hands-on activities and role models who are doing interesting work in

those fields,” Bitzegaio said. Women are traditionally underrepresented in technology fields, said FiT President Molly Joseph, a junior technology and engineering education major. “With technology jobs, there just aren’t enough workers. Without women, you’re missing about half the population,” she said. “A lot of young students just aren’t aware of many careers in technology. I know I wasn’t in high school.” That was the case for Harden. “While I’m still thinking pre-med, the conference opened my eyes to a lot of different things you can do,” she said. “This was really interesting.” For sophomore Haley Gates of Paris High School, the conference helped specify what

she wants to study in the future. “I was on the borderline between architecture and engineering,” she said. But after talking with Megan Brown, an ISU alumna and engineer at Turner Construction, Gates said she has settled on engineering. “The way she described it sounded like something I would like,” Gates said. “It sounded fun and interesting.” Bitzegaio noted that the chance to talk with women who are professionals in technology, as well as college students studying in those fields, is an important aspect of the conference.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 “Research shows that role models influence what fields students go into,” Bitzegaio said. The professionals provided helpful advice about college and careers, as students asked questions ranging from how many hours are in an average work week to how students are graded in college.

“A lot of young students just aren’t aware of many careers in technology. I know I wasn’t in high school.” Molly Joseph, FiT president and junior technology and engineering education major Pollert emphasized the importance of word of mouth when looking for a fulltime position.

“Every job I’ve had has been from networking, ISU or a previous job,” Pollert said. During the morning, students learned firsthand through interactive activities. In “When Pigs Fly,” sophomore Katie Maynard of Paris High School described an experiment where students attempted to drop an egg without breaking it. In another activity, known as light painting, students created light designs in photographs using a dark room, lengthened exposure setting and one light source. During the conference’s opening, Bitzegaio introduced FabFems, a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who can serve as role models for young women. She said is an online resource students can look into even after the conference. Joseph hopes the high school students left with a better idea of opportunities and what it is like to work in a technical field. “We want them to be successful in the future,” Joseph said, to help “get them Local high school students participate in a workshop during the sixth annual FiT for the Future Conference at Indiana State University (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing). jobs.”

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Westboro Baptist Church: A boil on the face of humanity This past Monday, the Huffington Post wrote an article about Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funeral of one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, Krystle Campbell. Sean O’Brien, the head Alice of Teamsters Union Local asked for all of his Brumfield 25, fellow union members to Through help protect the funeral by forming a human chain the the church where Looking around the funeral would be held, a practice that is becoming Glass more and more common at Westboro pickets. What could possibly be the reason that Westboro wanted to picket that woman’s funeral? According to a press release sent out by the church on April 15, Massachusetts “invited this special wrath from God Almighty by being the first state to pass same-sex marriage.” I am glad to report, however, that an update given by the Huffington Post confirmed that the church never actually showed up to Campell’s funeral. Westboro is a church that was established by Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer and leader of the church. The church is made up mostly family members, a few of which who are also lawyers. Because they have a knowledge of the law, they have managed to avoid arrests by keeping to the laws set about them and not being violent towards the people that they picket. As a Christian woman, born and raised, I abhor this group of people who call themselves Christians. They are the kind of people who ruin the religion for other people. In the world of Christianity, this group might be considered our Al Qaeda. This group hates pretty much everything. On its website, aptly and creatively named, they have a picket schedule of when and where they will be protesting. Most take place around Kansas where the church is based, but some spread out to different parts of the country. One of the more eye-catching posts is about how, on May 1, they plan to picket the Sprit Center in Kansas City, Mo. because

of “faux Christian Carrie Underwood.” That’s right. Carrie Underwood. According to the website, Underwood upset the group because she “claims Christianity” but at the same time supporting same-sex marriage. Religion and values are very difficult things to argue about because we all have them and we all think that we are right. The church members legitimately believe in what they are saying. When Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Phelps and member of the church, was asked in the British Broadcast Television documentary “The Most Hated Family in America” whether she thought that the church’s protest technique was more likely to “put people off the word of Jesus Christ and the Bible,” Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed in Terre Haute she responded by in 2010 (Statesman file photo). saying that people by communities who protest the church think that, “our job is to win souls to Christ. members. All we do, by getting in their face and If a community learns about an intent to putting these signs in front of them and picket at a funeral, they will create human these plain words, is make what’s already in chains to shield the family away from the their heart come out of their mouth.” group. Other counter- protests, particularly Instead of trying to follow along with on college campuses, involve gay couples many Christians by spreading God’s love, kissing to incite the group. Westboro spread through signs and chants I can say with full confidence that I what many would consider to be God’s hate. look forward to the day when Westboro is They do this by not only picketing Carrie officially classified as a hate group, right up Underwood concerts or anything to do with there with the Ku Klux Klan and the neogay rights, but they also picket the funerals Nazis. of dead soldiers. They do this because they These people are a boil on the face of claim that God struck them down because humanity, and they will one day understand America “tolerates” homosexuality. how awful and cruel they truly are. My favorite things to come out of all this, however, are the counter-protests put on

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We should be dancing and singing through life For years musicals have captured the love and affection of people worldwide and there seems to be no sign of the infatuation ending any time soon. Within the past century, musicals, whether they be on stage, in animated films or cinematic format, Julian have become very popular. most notable musicals from Winborn theThe20th century include Leonard Progress Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” “42nd Street,” “The Sound of Music” for starring Julie Andrews or the famous Progress’ production of “Grease,” starring John Travolta. Sake More recent projects include the film version of Chicago, Hairspray and the critically-acclaimed, cinematic adaptation of Les Miserables. At the unveiling of each of these productions, people flooded the theaters to be entertained. But, often times, it doesn’t seem apparent as to why musicals are so popular. The answer may be found in the simple idea that they’re more entertaining than anything else. With other mediums of art, such as literature, one can be taken on a phenomenal journey through the life of fictional character. The

journey can be as glorious and triumphant as J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series or as disturbing and dark as the poems of Edgar Allen Poe. Another art form includes drama, whether it be on stage or cinematic, in which stories that have been embedded in literature come to life before your eyes as the actors are used as mediums to express a character.

“...The struggles, triumphs and daily trifles of humanity are immortalized through rhythm and song, which inevitably leads to the great art of dance...translating intoxicating musical charm into line and movement. ” The most widespread art form in many cases is music, in which the struggles, triumphs and daily trifles of humanity are immortalized through rhythm and song, which inevitably leads to the great art of dance in which people are translating intoxicating musical charm into line and movement. All of these art forms are wonderful and exciting by themselves and should be treated with reverence.

However, blending all of those art forms gives birth to the musical, a massive medley of white-hot passion, lights and music. The plights of characters are expressed in new and vibrant ways as they sing, dance and act. Many of the most relatable and uplifting songs come from these grand productions. Take for example, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” from the movie musical “Hairspray.” The beautiful Queen Latifah, sings about owning her large body and not being ashamed to take a couple of slices of that pecan pie. Another famous song comes from Walt Disney’s “The Lion King”; “The Circle of Life” is a moving piece that speaks to the unity of the Earth’s creatures and the natural ebb and flow of life. Musicals represent the vitality of the arts. They allow us to experience those art forms at once and they generally leave the audience with an important message. “Hairspray” ended with the Corny Collins Show being officially integrated with “You Can’t Stop the Beat” expressing the wonder of social change and acceptance, immortalizing the idea of progress and change in the minds millions through song. Musicals are incredibly important to artistic culture, and the best part about that is that there is a musical for everyone that will positively impact them in some way.

Sharp objects on planes can only lead to trouble The Transportation Security Administration and the United States government have been thinking about loosening the reins on passengers who are traveling by plane. Before the events that took place in Boston, the TSA was going to allow Jacob passengers to carry pocket knives throughout their flight. When will we Rivers from our mistakes? Letters to learn According to the Los Angeles My Fish Times, the TSA decided to delay the clearance of passengers to carry pocket knives due to recent events. If this would have cleared, passengers could have then traveled to their destinations in fear of a crazed passenger embarking on a stabbing spree. It has been about 13 years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11; the day that changed how airport security is run. Apparently safety officials haven’t learned a lesson

yet with the shootings, explosions and stabbings that have happened recently. The TSA delayed the execution of the changes to the list of prohibited items list, as the change was originally scheduled to go into effect on Thursday. But the delay gives the TSA time to get feedback from the government about the change and the items that are prohibited. A delay doesn’t sound promising, there was a reason a list of prohibited items on planes was created and it shouldn’t be revoked. The TSA stated Monday, via its online website, “changes coming in the near future.” Is this a sign that maybe the TSA was listening to the flight attendant unions, the families of the 9/11 victims and more than 100 members of Congress that were in an uproar when discovering the new changes? As reported by, U.S. Representative of New York, Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, states that it was blades, not explosives, which resulted in

the 9/11 attacks. He also stated that the changes to be implemented by TSA were “borderline idiocy.” Grimm was only wrong about the “borderline” part. Although not every passenger with a knife presents danger, after 9/11 airports implemented an expensive and extensive security system to weed out the passengers that present a threat. What is the point of these security measures if, in the end, passengers can carry knives on board? Many organizations have been trying to fight this new change including the Association of Flight Attendants, who handed out leaflets around the country asking for the public to help convince TSA and Homeland Security to change their minds. What do you think? Would you be so eager to jump on a plane with numerous passengers carry a knife? Probably not. Maybe Homeland Security and TSA haven’t learned their lesson yet, but by making the idiotic decision to allow knives on board, they might learn once something bad happens.

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“A cover letter adds a personal touch and helps show employers that you’re serious and prepared,” Wray said. “It shows that you are sincerely interested in the position applied for.” Most employers use cover letters to evaluate and compare candidates. Effective cover letters contain three sections, a paragraph each in length. The first section, called the identity, introduces the candidate and defines where they are in their career and which position interests them. The second section explains relevant points of the resume that tie the candidate to the position, and the third section should express the candidate’s interest in an interview and follow-up contact information. “You want to write a letter with the needs of the employer in mind,” Wray said. “Explain what you’ll do for the employer, and be sure to be assertive, not arrogant. Make sure they know why they should hire you. However, make sure you do so in a professional tone.” Ultimately, the well-crafted cover letter should be customized to the job and leave the employer with a strong first impression, Wray said. Derek Dreyer, an ISU junior in the Scott College of Business, attended Wray’s session in with the hope of finding the help he needed to land a summer internship. He saw it as “an opportunity to learn a little more about cover letters before I start applying for internships,” he said. “When I was in high school we briefly covered this topic, but this was much more thorough.” Wray also shared with students the importance of checking back with the employer after the resume has been submitted. “You always want to do a follow up to your resume, but you want to make sure you don’t follow up too soon,” Wray said. “About a week is how long you should usually wait before calling to check on the job situation. It’s important to let them know who you are, that you are still interested, and to make sure the job isn’t yet filled. This helps to show interest and initiative, and can set you apart from the other applicants.” Wray also told students to keep their tone professional. “Avoid things like unfamiliar abbreviations or text lingo,” Wray said. “Try to differentiate yourself and show what makes you stand out from other applicants.”

Cover letters are an important way for students to sell themselves to potential employers before going for an interview (Submitted Photo).

“A cover letter adds a personal touch, and helps show employers that you’re serious and prepared.” Rebecca Wray, Meis Center Assistant Director Junior music major Brooke Lubbehusen said she found Wray’s session helpful. “Being a music major, my classes’ main focuses are more on music rather than resumes,” Lubbehusen said. “This event helped to outline how I should make my cover letters and what actions to take after submitting a resume. I think that these things are important to know when applying

for jobs after school.” Eventually if the employer extends a job offer, the applicant should then ask about the requirements, obligations, and salary of the position. Whether the applicant accepts or rejects the job, a polite response is best, Wray said. “Always be gracious and thank the employer for the offer,” Wray said. “If you do choose to accept, make sure you confirm the salary, your starting date, and any additional details that you may have questions on. However, if you decline the offer, make sure to express your appreciation.” For more information on cover letter writing and resume building, visit the Meis Development Center, or http://career. This student-written, faculty-edited story is courtesy of the ISU Communication Department and was produced as part of a class requirement.

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Alumnus, recording artist to perform An Indiana State University alumnus who played drums as a child and picked up guitar as a student has made a splash on the international music scene. David Ralston, an international recording artist, will fulfill a dream of his - playing a concert at his alma mater Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Richard G. Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The Kokomo, Ind., native and a 1992 ISU graduate, works as a drug prevention specialist for the U.S. Marines at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan. In his second job, he often can be found playing blues and rock at clubs in Okinawa and recording under the tutelage of music industry icons. Ralston burst onto the music scene in September 1998 with his initial production, “Indiana Slim.” Ralston’s second and third albums, “Nail it Down” and “Blue Sky” were produced by rock music icon Delaney Bramlett, who produced albums from such greats as Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Duane Allman. Ralston sought Bramlett out, excited at the possibility of working with the man who had so heavily influenced the greatest rock guitarists of their generation. “If I would’ve been a bit smarter at the time, it would’ve really freaked me out. Everyone was so intimidated by him because he was so hard on musicians,” Ralston said. “I’m not sure why he said yes to working with me. He said no to lot of others.” Bramlett was in semi-retirement at the time, recording on

his own but not producing for others. A four-day recording session at Bramlett’s Southern California home produced “Nail it Down.” “I did whatever he told me,” Ralston said. Bramlett did more than teach and produce. He instilled in Ralston confidence and gave him instant credibility-two necessities in the music world. “I’m sad Delaney’s gone. I wish he could listen to what I’m playing now,” Ralston said. “ I think he’d be happy with it.” Ralston recorded his fifth CD, “I’ve Been Waiting,” with blues legend Duke Robillard. Like Bramlett, Robillard believed in Ralston and even let him use his band for the recording. “I didn’t know I could sing until 1998,” Ralston said. “A year later, I’m in with Delaney Bramlett making records.” Ralston’s music is a mix of blues and rock but he’s also included other influences, including Okinawa music. “I began getting involved with traditional Okinawa music when I was recording “Blue Sky.” On that CD, Ralston crossed cultures to include traditional taiko drums and sanshin, three-stringed banjo. The end result is what Ralston calls “Okinawa Blues.” He continues to utilize island music and Japanese pop in his studio works. While he plays on a regular basis in Japan, Ralston has performed at Terre Haute’s Blues at the Crossroads Festival and at bars in the Indianapolis area. Story provided by ISU Communications and Marketing.

Dave Ralston performs Thursday at 8 p.m. on the ISU campus (Photo courtesy of

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Research suggests students hiding behind social media Hayley Demaree Assistant Features Editor Social media and the Internet have become a digital tattoo, essentially making all information permanent and possible to retrieve, said ISU communication instructor Jennifer Mullen. According to a December 2012 report issued by the Pew Research Center, 83 percent of people between 18 to 29 years old use social networking sites regularly. The report also concludes that users express and present themselves in deceptive ways on the Internet and express t h e i r opinions more freely when they feel they have the anonymity that the Internet provides. “ O u r emotions Jennifer Mullen tend to drive our actions, and there have been instances where people have been fired from jobs, and those in prestigious positions have tarnished their image,” Mullen said. “There’s potentially a lot of damage control that has to be done when people express their feelings too boldly online.” Freshman biology major Taylor Hartman said she uses Twitter and Facebook every day, if not hourly. “I often wonder why people post very personal things, such as family problems or medical problems,” Hartman said. I don’t really get offended with what people post, but I do think people share way too much on social media sites.” Students that may have social anxiety may be drawn to the appeal of computermediated communication instead of face-to-face interaction.

Social media allows freedom of speech to a greater audience. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest allow users to express their opinions from the comfort of their own homes. Sophomore criminology major Taylor Johnson said there are many negative consequences to expressing offensive thoughts on social media sites. Those consequences include losing jobs, boyfriends or girlfriends, friends and even being shunned by peers. “I believe that if you post something online and it offends a certain person that you should be held responsible for what you said,” Johnson said. In my opinion, if you can’t tell the person face-to-face about a subject that is offensive, then you shouldn’t post it to Facebook or any other social media.” Social media allows users to “air dirty laundry” in a public forum. Often these sites are used as outlets for personal problems and to express opinions about political views, relationships and often school or work related issues.

“There’s potentially a lot of damage control that has to be done when people express their feelings too boldly online.” Jennifer Mullen, instructor of communication “I came across a saying a few months ago that sums up my feelings nicely on this topic,” Mullen said. “‘Don’t do something permanently stupid when you are temporarily upset.’” Information courtesy of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

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ISU Women’s Golf finishes sixth in conference tournament Sports

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Senior Reece Feducia checks the playing field before taking a swing for the Sycamores (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).

Nathan Stagg Reporter The ISU women’s golf team finished sixth Tuesday with a total score of 1,008 at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at The Club at Porto Cima in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. The three-day competition featured all 10 MVC schools, with Illinois State claiming the crown, shooting 977 for the tournament. The 6,060 yard course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and features many elevation changes that proved to be challenging for the lady golfers. Senior Christina Beyerl had a strong outing shooting 247 for the tournament and tying for 13th overall in her last MVC tournament. Katie Jean of Illinois State won the tournament, shooting a 233. On the first day, Beyerl shot a 78, tying her for third overall. Sophomore Amanda Smith also kept the team competitive, shooting an 83 for the day. The team had a total score of 330 which was fourth place after day one, only five shots behind the leader Wichita State. On day two, the Sycamores struggled on the front nine and fell to eighth place. The team finished strong on the back nine and was in sixth with a 683

total heading into the final round. Beyerl struggled on the front nine but finished with an 80, still contending for a medal heading into Tuesday. Rain showers on Tuesday pushed back tee times and made an already tough course even more difficult. Junior McCall Christopher battled through the elements and scored an 83 on the day. The team tried to salvage a top-five finish but fell short behind Illinois State, Wichita State, Southern Illinois, Bradley and tournament host, Missouri State. It was the last tournament for seniors Beyerl, Reece Feducia and Emily Dixon, who improved their games each year. The MVC tournament was the conclusion of a the spring season in which the team won in Birmingham, Ala., and had two straight fourth place finishes in Daytona, Fla., and Peoria, Ill. The lack of practice time due to poor weather in the Terre Haute area this spring made it difficult, but the team still found a way to compete each time out. The team concludes its 2012-2013 campaign with the MVC tournament.

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Warm weather entices students outdoors Thomas Beeler Sports Editor Warmer weather is slowly making its way onto Indiana State’s campus and students and intramural sports are taking full advantage of the transition. Senior education and special education major Casey Albright said she enjoys the warm keep temperatures because she prefers running outside more than she does inside. She also enjoys horseback riding in her hometown of Bloomington. “I hate winter and I wish it was summer all year round,” Albright said. This summer, she plans to work at a summer camp on a horse ranch in Bloomington and help out at the Indiana State Summer Soccer Camps.

“I hate winter and I wish it was summer all year round.” Casey Albright, senior education and special education major Matt Higley, graduate assistant of ISU intramural and club sports, said students’ participation in outdoor and indoor intramural sports is split. “Since the weather has been getting nicer I have seen more students using the outdoor facilities when they open,” Higley said. The most popular sports are flag football in the fall and softball in the spring, he said. Higley prefers the indoor sports because he doesn’t have to worry about the rainy weather and game cancellations. Sophomore athletic training major, Nate Hall said he prefers the outdoors to support his enjoyment for fishing and hunting. “They’re just hobbies I like to do, and I like to cycle and

Students are beginning to go outside and enjoy the warmer weather (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).

run. I enjoy them better than being inside,” Hall said. Blake Doughty, pro-pilot at ISU and fitness specialist at the Student Recreational Center, said the traffic at the center changes as the weather changes. More people want to go outside rather than be in the center. “I’ve worked here for the past couple of years and definitely the center starts to die down as the weather starts getting

warmer,” Doughty said. Less traffic at the center means less cleanup though, he said. Doughty prefers to play sports like basketball and football outside to inside because he enjoys taking in the fresh air. “I’m going to be flying all summer and warmer weather is always good,” Doughty said.

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Redbirds perch on Sycamores Saturday, 2-0

Senior outfielder Casey McCurdy is up to bat for the Sycamores (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).

Danny Pfrank ISU Athletic Media Relations The Indiana State baseball team was shut out behind a complete-game four-hitter from Illinois State starting pitcher Brad Sorkin, who pitched the whole game, as the Redbirds completed the weekend Missouri Valley Conference sweep with a 2-0 shutout victory on Sunday from Duffy Bass Field. “We had a tough two nothing loss today against Illinois,” said Head Baseball Coach Rick Heller. “Today was a day where the wind blew in hard.” The loss drops Indiana State to 17-17 overall and 7-8 in the MVC while Illinois State improves to 22-16, 6-3 in league play. Illinois State scored first, for the first time over the weekend, plating one run in the fourth inning. Eric Aguilera led off the frame by drawing a walk and scored from second base on a two-out single to left by Mike Hollenbeck. The Redbirds tacked on an insurance run with two outs in the sixth inning, as Paul DeJong doubled to right field with

Daniel Swyer scoring from second base. Junior pitcher Daniel Peterson (1-4) took the loss, allowing

“We have to find a way to regroup and battle back this week ... It was a tough weekend for us. “ Rick Heller, head baseball coach two runs on eight hits over six innings with five strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Greg Kuhlman and junior Josh Dove

tossed the final two innings for the Sycamores. “Offensively, every ball we hit ended up right back at them,” Heller said. “We weren’t able to do too much, but we only strack out one time.” Senior in/outfielder Robby Ort extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the seventh inning with sophomore outfielder Landon Curry picking up his second double of the weekend in the sixth. “We have to find a way to regroup and battle back this week,” Heller said. “It was a tough weekend for us. We have to wipe it away, get back to work and do a better job this week.” Indiana State plays four games on the road next week, traveling to nationally-ranked Indiana on Wednesday before taking the weekend off from MVC play during a three-game series at UT Martin. After next week, Indiana State plays 12 of their final 13 games at home during the month of May.

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INDIANA STATE STUDENTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUNSHINE Left: Sophomore recreation and sports management major Michael Steele attempts to catch the ball as it is thrown his way Monday evening at Wolf Field. Above: Sophomore physical education major Joshua Beck looks for an open player to pass the ball . Bottom: Freshman Ryan Vernelson tosses the football with friends.

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April 24, 2013  

Indiana Statesman Volume 120 Issue 78

April 24, 2013  

Indiana Statesman Volume 120 Issue 78