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Padgett breaks five-year-old 10K record Page 14

Students help rid Dobbs Park of invasive plant Page 9

Teeter Totter for a cure Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Indiana State University Volume 119 Issue 77

Exercise and your brain: Study week help can even come from breaking a little sweat.

Jaylyn Brown Reporter

Exams can cause a significant amount of stress for students. There are many myths that are floating around on ways to improve the outcome of an exam. For example, an increase in the amount of physical activity a person does or certain foods they eat can help improve their brain function.


ISU students play key role in Pi Kappa Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha played on a teeter-totter that reached nine feet at YMCA See more on page 3 its highest point to raise money for cancer research. The fundraiser will continue from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday. opening See more on page 8


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Correction In a story in Monday’s issue headlined, “CPFA dedicated to Landini,” the Statesman incorrectly reported that former Indiana State University President Richard Landini’s first wife was in attendance at an April 20 dedication ceremony. Landini’s first wife did not attend and is, in fact, deceased.

Coming Friday Check out the Indiana Statesman on Friday for a special edition dedicated to ISU graduates 

African American students honor ISU faculty

Marcus Steiner Reporter

The African American faculty and staff members of Indiana State University were the stars of a dinner sponsored by members of the Student African American Sisterhood, S.A.A.S., and Black Optimistic Men and Brothers, B.O.M.B. on Sunday. The event, aptly named the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner, was held at the Clabber Girl Bake Shop on the corner of North Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue. Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Carmen Tillery, said the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has hosted a similar event previously. The evening was opened by Tillery who gave a speech in which she welcomed all attendees which included students, staff, faculty and administrators. After welcoming the crowd, Tillery presented statistics about the admission numbers, retention rates and graduation rates of African American students at Indiana State. Following Tillery, hostess Mary Francis, a senior psychology major, and host Darrius Wallace, a senior professional aviation technology major, presented awards to honor African American Above: Student African American Sisterhood members pose. members of the Indiana State staff and faculty who had served Below: Black Optimistic Men and Brothers members pose (Photos by Marcus Steiner). the university for ten or more years. Those honored include Director of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services Lynn Foster who has served for ten years, Director of the Student Counseling Center Kenneth Chew, who has served for ten years, Associate English professor Rosetta Haynes, who has served for sixteen years, and Director of Student Conduct and Integrity Bonita McGee, who has served Indiana State University for 31 years. When asked about the event, Mary Francis said, “We felt it was imperative to reward the African American faculty on campus.” To close the evening, Junior Communications major Alexus Tucker led a question and answer session for anyone in attendance to have his or her questions addressed or to simply state his or her views on issues at Indiana State. Lynn Foster advised students to, “Get in with the people who are looking for an education, not those who are looking to make grades.” Students such as senior human development and family studies major expressed thoughts, as well. “We’re haters of ourselves,” Cross said. “We’ve lost the feeling of a family.”

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ISU students play key role in YMCA opening Projected opening date set for May 21

Chris Sweeney News editor

Indiana State University students continue to play an active role in preparing the Terre Haute community for a grand opening of the Vigo County YMCA. Vigo County has been without a YMCA since the previous facility closed suddenly in Dec. 2010. The facility, located in Terre Haute’s Fairbanks Park, is projected to open May 21, YMCA CEO Deborah Plummer announced Monday during a news conference at the facility. During Spring Donaghy Day last week, ISU students partnered with YMCA board members to clean and

landscape the facility. Heather Miklozek, associate director of ISU’s Center for Community Engagement, said the students’ help was requested. “One of the YMCA board members came to me with hopes of creating a partnership,” Miklozek said. “When I knew that they wanted our help, we invited them to participate in our annual Donaghy Day.” Plummer said two factors depend on a successful reopening: 320 members and $100,000. Many local businesses such as Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Union Hospital, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and Duke Energy have already made “large generous donations, Plummer said.

The city of Terre Haute and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation board has engaged the YMCA of Clay County to release the Park Department’s Dresser Drive facility, which will be used to house the new Vigo County YMCA. According to a press release, the YMCA was suddenly closed in Dec. 2010 “leaving many people upset and also skeptical of future operations of the facility.” The release continues, stating “while we cannot correct the problems of another business, we can assure that our facility has been strong since 1927 and we are working with the Attorney General to see what gesture we can make to assist those that filed suit against the previous group.”

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett also said the facility closed in 2010 due to “legal stuff,” but after the issues were resolved, the Clay County YMCA showed “grave interest” in creating a new facility in the Wabash Valley. “After all of the legal stuff was cleared up, around 20 entities showed interest in the property,” Bennet said. “I am extremely excited to see where this new beginning will take us. I think this is a great thing for the Wabash Valley community.” Operating on a three year lease with the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Board, the Vigo County YMCA will offer services such as fitness areas, pool and group exercise classes (through individual or

family memberships) and a Child Watch Program for adults who have children who want to use the YMCA facility. Members could pay a maximum of $43 a month, but reduced prices through scholarships are possible.

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Coons named Rose-Hulman’s interim president

Chris Sweeney News editor

The Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Robert A. Coons as the Institute’s interim president to fulfill the duties of the Office of the President after the sudden death of President Matt Branam on April 20, according to a RoseHulman press release. Coons has held various finance- and management-level positions since joining Rose-Hulman in 1989 from his initial appointment as controller to his most recent position of vice president and chief administrative officer, to which he was promoted in 2005. Matt Branam, Rose-Hulman’s 14th president, died Friday following a sudden medical emergency in his office. Branam was 57. “The campus is still grieving the tragic passing of Matt Branam. I know Matt would have wanted a swift and strong transition to continue the trajectory of the Institute’s current strategic planning process, while maintaining our fine tradition of delivering

the very best education to the nation’s brightest science, math and engineering students,” said William R. Fenoglio, chairman of Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees met in a special session today to name an interim president. “Through the years, Rob Coons has been at the table and has been a trusted voice as the institute has built its first-in-class reputation. With Rob’s intimate knowledge of our college, with his long tenure as a senior leader, and with his impressive executive skills, the campus is in good hands while the search process begins for a permanent successor to Matt Branam,” Fenoglio continued. In the weeks ahead, plans will outline the national search for the 15th President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Fenoglio added. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels also commented on Branam’s death saying, “Matt Branam’s tragic passing is a loss not only to one of America’s finest academic institutions, but to our entire state.” He continued to say “Matt was leading Rose-Hulman from strength to strength, and its graduates are making enormous contributions to the

economic life of Indiana. It’s especially sad because this native son of our state came home to us after an illustrious career elsewhere, and we had all looked forward to many more years of his leadership. He’ll be a very difficult person to replace.” According to a Rose-Hulman news release, an on-campus “Celebration of a ‘Great’ Life” will be held on Saturday, 1 p.m. The Rose-Hulman community will take the opportunity to celebrate President Branam’s life and accomplishments. The event will be held in the Sports & Recreation Center (SRC). In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial contributions be made to RoseHulman Institute of Technology for the Matt Branam Scholarship Fund.

Matt Branam

“Matt Branam’s tragic passing is a loss not only to one of America’s finest academic institutions, but to our entire state.” Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Robert Coons

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Indiana State Police news State Police to conduct special seatbelt enforcement on rural roadways Beginning April 20, troopers from the Putnamville Post will increase seatbelt patrols throughout Clay, Putnam, Parke and Sullivan counties as part of the state’s Rural Demonstration Project (RDP). State police officials announced their participation in the annual effort, which aims to increase seat belt use by motorists in rural counties with the highest percentage of unrestrained fatalities. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), 64 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities occurred on rural roadways during 2011. In an effort to reduce these fatalities, approximately 24 Indiana law enforcement agencies throughout the state, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, have been selected to take part in this year’s project, which runs through May 17. Participating agencies will be on the lookout for unrestrained motorists in all vehicles, including pickup trucks. Last year on rural roads in the four counties, Clay County had one unrestrained fatality, Parke County had two restrained fatalities, Putnam County sustained three fatalities, one restrained and two with restraint usage

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unknown, and Sullivan County also had three fatalities, two unrestrained and one with restraint usage unknown. “Our increased RDP enforcement effort is not only aimed at increasing seatbelt usage, but is a dedicated effort to remind motorists of the life saving value that vehicle safety belts possess. While the possibility exists for more restraint violation citations, we prefer to have voluntary compliance with the law,” stated Lieutenant Dan Jones, commander of the Putnamville District. Since 2007, Indiana’s primary seat belt law has required that all passenger motor vehicle occupants, including those in pickup trucks, buckle up regardless of seating position. During Indiana’s 2011 “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, law enforcement officers cited more than 18,000 motorists for failure to comply with Indiana’s seat belt law. The Rural Demonstration Project (RDP) is an annual traffic safety effort made possible through Federal Highway Safety grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

Press release information courtesy of Public Information officer for the Indiana State Police, Sgt. Joe Watts

April 19-April 24

Arrests •

At 3:04 a.m., on April 20, a suspect was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and never being licensed off campus.

Citations •

At 3:46 p.m., on April 20, a student was cited for possession of marijuana at Blumberg Hall. The student was also referred to Student Conduct and Integrity. At 12:52 a.m., on April 22, a suspect was cited for driving while suspended off campus.

Open Cases • • •

At 12:54 a.m., on April 23, harassment was reported at the Hulman Memorial Student Union. At 10:53 a.m., on April 23, lost property was reported on campus. At 3:59 p.m., on April 23, lost property was reported at the Technology Building.


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Statesman editorial College graduation doesn’t lead to ‘an empty cliff ’ “A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.”—That’s the opening line to a recent USA Today article, reflecting the uncertainty graduates face once they walk out of the auditorium and into the real world. USA Today is just following the rest of the media— it’s far more common to see a piece about a struggling graduate, than an uplifting success story. We don’t want to sugarcoat it for you; the honeymoon period after college is brief and unsatisfying. You may struggle emotionally or financially. At first, you’ll be chalk-full of euphoric pride. You’ve survived four years, give or take, of tuition-induced poverty, sleep deprivation, strange roommates and those filler general education courses that you’ll never use. Then you’re standing there in the bright May sun, smiling for your family’s cameras, when panic sneaks up behind you and photo bombs all of your dreams. “Hold onto this moment for as long as you can,” it whispers, “because next week, you’ll belong to me.” But there is a silver lining. Through your obstacles as a student, you’ve still earned a rare prize: a degree. Considering ISU’s retention rate, and the circumstances that often shape that number, you’ve overcome and conquered what others couldn’t. As the economy continues to fluctuate, affecting financial aid and enrollment across the board, a college education is harder to come by. You aren’t merely steps in front of your peers, you’re miles ahead. You probably feel that the largest fruit of your effort is a career in your ideal field of study. However, the returns on your (very expensive) tenure were available to you all along. They’re tucked behind the worries that’ll keep you awake at night, resting in the pit of your stomach after a job interview or pulsating under your heels as you walk from one prospective employer to another. It’s the fight, reminding you that you’re worthy of your spot in adulthood. To back up their disheartening quote, USA Today closed with a word of caution from Kelman Edwards Jr., a 24-year-old biology degree holder. “Everyone is always telling you, ‘Go to college,” he said. “But when you graduate, it’s kind of an empty cliff.” And it can be. But it’s up to you whether you’ll stand at the cliff and stare at the edge, or construct the bridge to your future. 

Readers speak out: In reference to ‘ISU gets it wrong with lowering dismissal GPA, standards’ Dear Amber Jones: I am a mentor for the AOP program on campus. I read your article and thought I would take some time to let you know what we do and what the program is all about. The Student Mentoring Program goals include: strengthen student time management skills, assess their tutoring needs, monitor their academic progress and create a sense of belonging and a connection with the campus community. Students sign a contract with the mentor they’re paired with agreeing that they will participate in the weekly meetings and that they understand their responsibilities. Semester and weekly goals are set and followed. Mentors go over the students’ notes, assignments and tests. When a student fails to fulfill his or her responsiblities, he or she is reported to the coordinator. As a freshman starting college is many times an overwhelming challenge. This program helps those students through this transition. We are here to help them make and reach their goals. Many students have really gained a lot from this program. I have attached a note from a former mentee that will show you this (editor: see note below). I wish I would have known about this program myself as a freshman. I did not know where anything was, I was nervous and afraid, and did not know many people here. Nobody was there to tell me that I should go to my professor’s office hours when I was falling behind or didn’t understand. Nobody told me that I should e-mail my professors when I was sick and couldn’t make it to class. I didn’t know the first thing about DARS or scheduling classes. Sometimes I got home sick and I just needed someone to talk to. All of this along with managing my time and getting organized made my first semester overwhelming. My transistion into college like many other students, was not the smoothest, it was a challenge. Being in a program like the AOP program would made my transition much smoother. So many students reach these issues and feel so overwhelmed that they begin to fail or drop out. I am proud be be a mentor to help these students reach their success. If you have any quesitons about the AOP program, you are welcome to contact me. I hope you now know what we really do and what our program is really about. The following page is a note from a mentee about his experience in the program. I understand that our program has room for improvement and if you any suggestions, please let us know, we would be more than happy to hear them. You are also welcome to join our team as a mentor. With this you can see firsthand what we are all about. Thank you for your time. Kelsey Hildenbrand

Dear Amber Jones, The AOP program is a great program for those who take it seriously and are driven to be successful in college. Personally, I took advantage of all of the services that the program had to offer, especially my appointed mentor. My primary problem in high school was my serious lack of organization, and my mentor has assisted me in developing sound organizational habits. After one semester in the program, I’m definitely excelling in school due to my own efforts and the various tips that my mentor has provided me with. I do believe that is is quite unfair to say that the AOP as a whole is useless. There are definitely some aspects of it that could be improved. However, just like college in general, the program is what you make of it. -Mentee

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Former plus-size model drops weight, picks up criticism

“We cannot let America become a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of people struggle to get by...In America, higher education cannot be a luxury. It’s an ecomonic imperitive that every family must be able to afford.” -President Barack Obama during his weekly radio/Internet address on Saturday

“You can make more money on average if you go to college, but it’s not true for everybody. If you’re not sure what you’re going to be doing, it probably bodes well to take some job, if you can get one, and get a sense first of what you want from college.” -Harvard economist Richard Freeman on the unemployment rates of college graduates

“It’s not as if men have lost their ambition... It’s more of a story that women have this sense of opportunity.” -Kim Parker, associate director of Pew’s Social & Demographic Trends project, on women’s desires for higher-paying careers

*All quotes were taken from the Huffington Post or USA Today

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Carmen T. Tillery Dean of Students & VP for Student Affairs Parsons Hall 203 Terre Haute, IN 47809 (812) 237-8111

Crystal Renn is back in the glamorous, and sometimes critical, limelight, but this time it’s for embracing a healthy lifestyle. An American model posing since the age 14, Crystal Renn was originally told that she needed to lose weight to make a career out of her modeling. So Tiffany she exercised obsessively Freeman (spending approximately eight hours a day at the Public gym), developed anorexia, Domain weighing a mere 95 pounds while standing at 5’9”. At 18 years-old, after years of struggling with her eating disorder, Renn reprioritized her exercising and eating habits, gained 70 pounds and broke out as a championing plus-size model (at a Marilyn Monroe size of 12). Now, at age 25, Renn is reintroducing herself again to the modeling world as a size six, between the two extremes of modeling. At New York’s Annual Spring Dinner Dance this April, Renn was loved by the cameras but criticized by many in the modeling industry. She disclosed that the weight started coming off when she reestablished an exercise method into her life: hiking and yoga. Renn says she’s at a healthy medium between plus-size and stick-thin, but some in the modeling business argue that Renn has abandoned her crusade to push the image of acceptable model sizes to a heftier number by dropping to her size six. The former-plus-size model rebutted, saying that she believes the modeling world is getting better about supporting healthierlooking models, even though there’s sufficient room for improvement, but that being a plussize model can come with a little too much pressure. “I think that by placing a title on my head,

which is ‘plus-size,’ and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I’ve basically failed you just with that. Because I couldn’t possibly live up to that, and at this point in my life I would have to actually have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation.” Renn publicized her struggle with anorexia and then becoming a plus-size model, when she co-authored her memoir “Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves,” published in 2009. This book is what made Renn the crusader for “the push against toothin models,” more so than her own desire to stick it to the modeling industry. Kudos to Crystal Renn for 1.) overcoming such a devastating eating disorder, like anorexia, 2.) achieving fame and the respect of healthy or robust women around the world by walking the catwalk as anything but a size two and 3.) for then losing the weight that had been gained (and attaining a size six) by bringing relaxing and fulfilling exercise back into her life. The modeling industry may believe that Renn has abandoned her crusade (a campaign that was, in fact, placed upon her), but I say she’s still fighting her own crusade; a crusade to be herself. Not only has she proven a role-model to thousands of magazine-page-flipping women by embracing her “plus-size” beauty and curves with a fierce confidence, but now she has reaffirmed her place as a champion for women by going against what was expected of her, only to become a healthier, happier Crystal Renn. She didn’t lose weight because she was told to; she lost weight as a result of taking part in activities she enjoyed, and just being herself. She’s not striving to make the industry happy, but instead, to make herself happy and comfortable in her own skin, which is truly an example to set for today’s generation, and tomorrow’s.

“The modeling industry may believe that [Crystal] Renn has abandoned her crusade...but I say she’s still fighting her own crusade; to be herself.”

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Upcoming Events Scott College of Business Commencement Reception Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Scott College of Business

BFA/BS Senior Art Exhibition Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. University Art Gallery

ISU Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coaltion Wednesday 1–2 p.m. Hulman Memorial Student Union Room 307

Sycamix Vol. 2 Release Party Thursday 7–9 p.m. Sycamore Lounge

Sophomore theater major Brian Kogut participated in the “Teetering for Cancer,” and “Tottering for a Cure,” hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha (Photo by Marcus Steiner).

Jessica Neff Reporter

Pi Kappa Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha members have reverted back to elementary school days as they are “Teetering for Cancer” and “Tottering for a Cure.” Spectators have been gathering around the fountain to watch as students donate to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Organization in order to ride the giant seesaw from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. “Overall, we are hoping to raise at least $1,500 dollars and hope that all members of each organization will be able to participate,” Pike philanthropic chair-holder Bart Stucker said. “Everyone; students, staff and faculty should come support both organizations for the fact that all proceeds will be going towards cancer research with benefits towards those cancer victims that have been affected. No matter if it is a friend, family member, brother, sister, yourself or a stranger; everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.” Freshman communication major and Zeta Tau Alpha member Courtney Young was

collecting donations between teeter-totter rides. “I rode it for the thrill of it; it’s nine feet high,” Young said. “There has been a great turnout and a lot of people are supporting Pike and Zeta.” Junior communication major and Zeta Tau Alpha member Randi Chelf has also participated in the activity. “I told them to put cushions on the see-saw,” Chelf said. “It looked like a lot of fun and I love heights.” Zeta and Pike were paired together for Spring Week 2012 and were thus accustomed to each other’s company. “We wanted to work together for a good cause,” Chelf said. Stucker is also doing fountain runs for donations of $5 or more during the entire day. “[I am doing the fountain runs] just to be able to raise more money for the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen because I am willing to go above and beyond the call of duty,” he said. Sophomore social work major Deja Spalding stopped by to donate money in order to ride. “It was a huge seesaw. Who wouldn’t want to?” she said. “It was life-changing and

awesome; I’m afraid of heights but I wanted to do it anyway.” Spalding said that activities like this should be done more often. “They should also build a swing-set too,” he said. Senior construction management major and Pike member David Walenga worked with sophomore Pike member Jake Boodt to build the massive structure. “I was in charge of the float and have built other stuff for the fraternity,” Walenga said. “But the seesaw is the most fun project I have been involved with ever.”

“[The teeter-totter] was lifechanging and awesome; I’m afraid of heights but I wanted to do it anyway.” Deja Spalding, sophomore social work major

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ISU teams up with Dobbs Park, volunteers needed Ella dela Pena Features editor

Indiana State University students have joined together with Dobbs Park in an attempt to protect the wildlife from unruly honeysuckle, an invasive plant killing the native vegetation. Senior finance and communication major Alyse Houghton, along with groupmates Daniel Farr, Brooke Wardle and Jennifer Atherton put together the project for their Campaigns class, led by professor of communication LaKesha Anderson. The class project is meant to work with a local non-profitable organization of the students’ choice. “We talked with the director of the park,” Houghton said. “We originally contacted Deming Park to see if they needed help, but they forwarded us to Dobbs.” Houghton and her groupmates chose this specific project to correspond with Earth Day. Since the beginning of the current spring semester, the students have contacted local businesses asking to sponsor their project.

Sponsors included the ISU bookstore, which hosted an event to help raise money, as well as other businesses, including Teppanyaki Grill, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Kaboodle Cupcake, Jimmy John’s and Tau Kappa Epsilon. With the help of these companies, Houghton and the group were able to raise enough money to purchase two new tools that are used to get rid of the honeysuckle plants. The group is asking from ISU students and Terre Haute community members to help with the cause by volunteering their time at Dobbs Park. “It’s a really good cause,” Houghton said. “Dobbs Park knows a lot about honeysuckles. They have a museum set up for people to visit.” Dobbs Park is accepting volunteers all summer. Volunteer groups will be assigned a small section of the park to remove the honeysuckle plants. Groups will have a sign made for them and displayed at the park. Anyone interested can call the park and set up an appointment by contacting the park at 812-877-1095. Dobbs Park is located at 5150 Poplar Drive. Closeup of a honeysuckle plant (Photo courtesy of Kurt Stuber).

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Fiji Fest set to support United Service Organizations Jessica Neff Reporter

Fiji will showcase their pride in America during their Fiji Fest fundraising event at Wolf Field from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday event in an effort to benefit the United Service Organizations. Activities include a a rock climbing wall, an Indiana State University flag signing, writing letters to soldiers, basketball, volleyball and a raffle. Free food and music will also be present at the event. “Our fraternity Phi Gamma Delta just recently partnered with the USO to help support the troops and families,” freshman Fiji member and coordinator of the event, David Adams, said. “Students should come because it’s full of fun activities and a great way to relax from a long week of studying, have fun and show support to the men and woman that serve the country.” Donation boxes will be placed around the event and a number of collected items from the community will be available for raffle. “One goal of the event is to raise at

least $1,000 for the USO. We want to raise support for troops coming home and their families along with those still overseas who continue serving,” Fiji president Paul Lawson said. The signed flags and letters will reach various military members overseas so that many may read them and see the support they have from back home, Lawson said. Members of different branches will also be present so that people may come and give their support to the troops in person, he said. Adams is a member of the Army National Guard and said that he and several committee members were brain storming ideas for their signature philanthropy event. “Someone brought up the fact that I am in the guard and asked if we could do an obstacle course.” Adams said. “So I started brain storming ideas of what we could do and everyone liked [my event idea to benefit the USO]. It’s going to be one of our signature events so we are hoping that it will go well. It’s for a good cause and you get to have fun and free food.”

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Briefs Last theater 101 play this Friday The Theater 101 Plays occur this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the New Theater, 540 North Seventh Street, on the Indiana State University campus. There is only one performance. No tickets are necessary and admission is free for all. Arrive at 7:15 p.m. to ensure seating. Sixteen freshmen/sophomores are taking Theater 101 (Introduction to Theater for majors and minors), all at the beginnings of their careers in the ISU Theater Department. Six plays, all written, directed and acted by students in the class will be presented. The tone of the plays varies widely, from comical to serious to tragic. Some focus on relationships, while others focus on fascinating individuals and their extraordinary stories. Some are realistic, while others are stylized in different ways. To make this happen, the early-career theater majors and minors taking Theater 101 have had to come together as a team, have learned to trust one another and discover the kind of discipline it requires to do theater well.

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Trio of horn players to represent Indiana State at Mahlerfest Two Indiana State University music students and their professor will be among 100 instrumentalists and a full chorus performing at Colorado Mahlerfest May 12-21, celebrating the life and music of composer Gustav Mahler. Horn professor Brian Kilp, along with students Nathaniel Rainey and Yurie Uto will play a part in the orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 - otherwise known as “Resurrection Symphony.” The MahlerFest orchestra’s musicians come together from across the United States and other countries, mostly on a volunteer basis, for a week of intense music-making, drawn by their passion for Mahler’s music. Each year, the festival features two orchestral performances of one of Mahler’s major symphonic works. Maestro Olson, director of opera and orchestras at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, returns each year to lead the festival. “Mahler’s fifth symphony is one of my all-time favorite symphonies, so I have been interested in his music for a long time. I found it fascinating that a large group of musicians gets together every year to play Mahler’s music.” Rainey, a senior music education major from Petersburg, said.

Can you give the decibel levels of each of the following sounds: within 10 a. Normal conversation b. Jet plane takeoff c. Live loud rock music Answer: a. 60 b. 120 c. 130

How to Play: Each row must contain numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of boxes must contain the numbers 1 to 9.

Eggs Cape For Mal Cat Razz

Eye Pillow Fizz Sigh Apple Of His Eye

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- Mar cel Pro ust

What are the names of the two tunnels passing under the Hudson river, connecting New York City with New Jersey?

Escape From Alcatraz

"Li ke ma ny int ell ec tua ls, he wa s inc ap ab le of sa yin g a sim ple th ing in a sim ple wa y."


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Physical activity can help your brain

Ernest Rollins Nick Hedrick, ISU-statesmannews@ 812-237-4102 812-237-4102 Thomas Hardesty Chris Sweeney ISU-statesmannews@ ISU-statesmannews@ (812) 237-3036 812-237-4102 ISU-statesmansports@ ISU-statesmannews@

Upcoming Events Baseball Friday - Sunday at Terre Haute vs. Nebraska Omaha at 6:30 p.m.

Track and Field Friday - Saturday at Des Moines, Iowa Drake Relays

Softball Wednesday at Madison, Wis., vs. Wisconsin University at 4 p.m.

Statesman file photo. Kenneth Chew, the director of the student-counseling center for ISU, said there is a correlation between physical activity and memory. “[It] improves attention and concentration, short-term memory and recall, and it has also been shown to aid in learning,” Chew said. According to Psych Central, an online Psychological Informational website, physical activity can increase the size of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is in charge of housing the short-term and long-term memory. All types of physical activity can increase the size of the hippocampus but it comes down to how often that physical activity is played. Chew also stated that in order to receive these kinds of results a minimum of 30-45 minutes of any type of aerobic exercise is needed. In order to get the endorphins stimulated a person needs to do approximately 10-15 minutes of exercise. Chew said that these different methods could help in increasing “attention and concentration.” There are multiple benefits that exercise can bring to be cognitive abilities, Chew said. Other benefits include decrease in stress levels, decline in depression and anxiety, increase in self-esteem, and overall brain function. Chew added that mild to moderate activity over time could help minimize memory loss as we get older, maintains our vocabulary and helps in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from exercise, nutrition can also help with our cognitive abilities. Chew said that nutrition “fuels the brain just like it fuels the body.” Helpguide, a non-profit resource, stated that lack of sleep could affect problem-solving skills, critical-thinking abilities and creativity. Memory development is has the most active during the deepest stages of sleep. Also, Helpguide suggests a meal consisting of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can improve memory as well as

health benefits. Chew said whenever a person does not receive the proper nutrition it could affect their concentration, negatively affect problem-solving abilities and how we store and recall information. He added that nutrition is very important for younger children and adolescents because it affects their overall learning ability. Chew said that there are foods that assist with memory and learning but there are no “super-foods” that have been found to help problem solving, memory or logical thinking. “There are no ‘steroids for the brain’ that will make you smarter overnight,” Chew said. Chew said the best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle is through good choices such as: eating healthy, drinking caffeine and energy drinks in moderation, avoiding large meals high in sugar before mental activity, proper amount of sleep and not working on an empty stomach said Dr. Chew.

“There are no steroids for the brain that will make you smarter overnight.” Kenneth Chew, the director of the student-counselling center for ISU

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Baseball takes down Big Ten Fighting Illini

Derek Johnson Reporter

The Indiana State Sycamores defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini, 6-4, Tuesday night as part of the Boys and Girls Club night at Bob Warn Field Freshman Kyle Rupe got the start for the Sycamores and gave up four runs on five hits in six innings pitched. Junior Jeremy Lucas led the Sycamores at the plate with a pair of hits to go along with two RBIs. Freshman Landon Curry led off the first inning for the Sycamores with a single over a leaping shortstop and into left-center field. Senior Kyle Burnam bunted for a base hit to put runners on first and second for Lucas, who bunted and reached on an overthrow that allowed Curry to score from second. Junior Robby Ort grounded out to second base and into a double play. Burnam, however, was able to score from third, giving the Sycamores a 2-0 head start.

The Illini responded in the second, getting a leadoff walk, three hits and a Sycamores error to plate four runs in the inning. After three scoreless innings for each team, Indiana State regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth when junior Koby Kraemer bunted for a base hit, stole second, and scored on a single through the left side of the infield from Curry. Then, with runners on first and second, Lucas hit a two-run RBI double to left center, giving the Sycamores a one run advantage. After another scoreless inning, the Sycamores managed to add another run in the eighth, taking advantage of two walks, a steal and an error from the Illini to take a 6-4 lead into the final inning where they were able to hold off the Illini, who threatened with two base-runners. Indiana State will be back in action Friday, April 27, beginning a three game series with Nebraska Omaha. Start time is scheduled for 6:30 Friday evening.

Junior Jeremy Lucas puts the ball back in play against the Fighting Illini last night at Bob Warn Field (Photo by Kyle Seeley).

Softball falls 9-1 to Redbirds of Illinois State

Thomas Hardesty

Assistant sports editor

The Indiana State University Softball team suffered a harsh loss last night at Normal, Ill., as they fell to the Redbirds of Illinois State 9-1. The matchup was pretty quiet until the 3rd inning, when Beisser gave up six earned runs, which is very uncharacteristic for the two-time MVC Pitcher of the Week. The trouble started when Jhavon Hamilton tripled to left field, scoring the next play off a single by Lauren Keller. Things only got worse from there: Lizzie Andrews walked, Elizabeth Kay was hit by a pitch, a wild pitch allowed Keller to score, Laura Canopy walked, and Caiti Knopp singled through the left side to bring in Andrews, bringing the score to 4-0. Nichelle Harrison struck out after that, setting the stage for Kolby Hoffman to double to center field, allowing Kay and Canopy to cross the plate, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of the Redbirds.

Both teams scored one run in the fourth inning, Indiana State by a homerun to left field from freshmen Megan Stone. That would be the only run of the game for the Sycamores, but the Redbirds continued their stampede across home plate. Once again, it was wild pitches and offensive errors that plagued the Sycamores in the 6th inning. Hamilton got on base due to a throwing error, and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kellar walked next, then stole second. Andrews then finished things off by doubling to right field, scoring both Kellar and Hamilton. Beisser (11-16) was credited with the tough loss, and Illinois State’s Jordan Birch (17-12) got the win. The Sycamores are now 18-27 overall, and 5-15 in MVC play. The Sycamores will not have much time to lick their wounds before they continue their road trip by traveling to Madison, Wis., tomorrow to play the Big Ten Badgers of Wisconsin in a double header. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Junior Mackenzie Connely (Photo courtesy ISU Communications and Marketing).

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Padgett breaks five-year record in 10,000 meters; Escalera number three on ISU All-Time list Kevin Jenison

ISU Athletic Media Relations

WALNUT, Calif. – Indiana State senior Craig Padgett broke a five-year-old Indiana State record in the 10,000 meters late Thursday night and junior Albaro Escalera ran the third fastest 10,000 meters in school history at Hilmer Lodge Stadium during the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays. Padgett finished 12th overall with a time of 29:38.70 to break the old school record of 29:51.66 set by Justin Kunz in 2007. Escalera was 16th in 29:55.38 which is the third best time in school history. “The plan was to have both guys just relax in the big field and hit checkpoints throughout the race,” Geoff Wayton, Indiana State assistant track & field coach, said. “This way they could just focus on the feel and not react to lap splits.” The approach worked really well as both Sycamores were dead-on through the 5K mark. “Al got a little separated and got caught in no-mans-land for a few laps after the half-way point,” Wayton said. “Craig ran like a true senior and was with a group the whole race. Both men raced really well in the last 800 meters. I couldn’t be more proud of these young men.” Laban Sialo of Central Missouri was the race winner with a time of 28:57.15 with Gabe Proctor of Western State

second (29:05.45) and Edward Taragon of Wayland Baptist third (29:08.45). “Craig broke a school-record which was held by arguably our best true distance man in Justin Kunz,” Wayton said. “Both of these men have worked so hard for their team and Coach (John) McNichols. It was sure neat to watch them take full advantage of this great opportunity to run fast.” The finish time for both runners should qualify them for the NCAA East Preliminary which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., May 26-28.

“Craig broke a school-record which was held by arguably our best true distance man in Justin Kunz.” Geoff Wayton, ISU Senior Craig Padgett (Photo courtesy ISU Communication and Marketing).

Track and field athletes to compete in Drake Relays Thomas Beeler Reporter

The Indiana State men and women’s track and field teams will be sending a select number of individuals to Des Moines Iowa to compete in the 2012 Drake Relays. The Sycamores will continue their 2012 outdoor track and field season on Friday and Saturday at Drake. Following the completion of the Drake Relays the Sycamores are two weeks away from the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Wichita, Kansas. The men’s track and field team will be looking to defend their outdoor title. Polytan Invitational at IU The Polytan Invitational began Saturday afternoon at Indiana University. Brandon Pound placed second in the men’s hammer throw competition, finishing top collegiate with 63.14 meters. Following was the javelin event with sophomore Jordan Colanese throwing 52.73 meters, and in third, senior Kevin Selby. Sophomore Chris Fields threw 16.80 meters for the Sycamores in the shot put. Also in the discus Pounds placed fifth with 48.25 meters. Fields finished seventh throwing 45.10 meters. The meet continued through Sunday with sophomore Devin Price winning the 100 meter run with 10.82. Junior Justin Baxtron finishedourth. Senior Andrew Stull and

Baxtron had another one-two finish in the 200 meters. Stull timed in at 21.41 and Baxtron 21.45. Sophomore Greggmar Swift won the 110 hurdle in 13.86 with Lyke close behind in second (14.20). In the 400 hurdle sophomores Max Tuttle and Ray Skamay finished second and fourth with Tuttle’s time at 53.66 and Skamay at 53.99. Senior Jeremiah Vaughan came close to breaking the school record in the 1500 meters, clocking in at 3:45.23 and placing second. Junior Dustin Betz finished first in the 3000 meter steeplechase at 9:04.52. On the women’s side Theisen was top collegiate in the discus, throwing 50.19 meters with junior Felisha Johnson placing fourth, throwing 46.08 meter. Johnson also placed second in the shot put with 16.47 meters. Junior Richelle Kimble cleared 12’ 3.5”, placing second in the pole vault. In the long jump, sophomore Shelby Higginbottom finished sixth, leaping 17’ 6”. In the 100 meters, senior Jaquelle Spencer finished fifth with a time of 12.09 and 24.62 in the 200 meters, finishing sixth. Junior Macey Black ran a time of 56.46 in the 400 meters. Senior Sarah Snapp finished sixth for the Sycamores in the 100 hurdle with a time of 14.75. Freshmen Carmeila Stewart led the Sycamores in the 400 hurdles, placing fifth with 1:03.34 and sophomore Brittany Housel placing close behind in sixth. The 4 X 400 relay won the event with Black, juniors Stacia Weatherford, Leeann Michl and senior Kaci Smith finishing Junior Mary Theisen competing in the women’s hammer throw. in 3:40.17. (Photo courtesy ISU Communications and Marketing).

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Sycamore Golf finishes seventh in MVC Tournament

The Indiana State Women’s Golf team finished 7th as a team in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, held at The Country Club of Terre Haute. It was an especially close contest, as the top five teams finished within eight strokes of each other, with Missouri State bringing home the team title. Right: sophomore McCall Christopher led the Sycamores, finishing T13 at 15 over par; (top left): freshman Gina Della Camera finished 35th, and junior Christina Beyerl finished T22 (Photos by Kyle Seeley).

April 25, 2012  

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