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Wednesday, April 19, 2017



Volume 124, Issue 75

‘Chasing a Cure’ FIJI philanthropy strikes close to member’s hearts Grace Harrah Features Editor

Every fraternity and sorority at Indiana State University chooses a philanthropy, a fundraising event that impacts the community or an organization that supports a cause or an awareness. Lota Sigma chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at ISU will be hosting their philanthropy event soon, and it hits close to home for many of their members. Chase Stanifer, a pledge brother of FIJI was diagnosed with Leukemia in November 2016. The fraternity is determined to raise a total of $2000 for the medical funds for Chase, his family, and Cancer Society for Leukemia research. This is the first time that a pledge or a member in the FIJI brotherhood has been hit with such a serious diagnoses, uniting the members of the chapter to give their full support and dedicate their philanthropy towards Chase. The philanthropy event is titled “Chasing a Cure” and is a football event that will be held at Rec East at the end of the month. The event also has a personal meaning behind it because Chase’s favorite sport is football. The members of the fraternity also have set up a gofundme page with the explanation for the fundraising and an overall goal of receiving $2000. The fraternity has raised over $1500 and is anticipating more support with the generosity of friends, family and the community of ISU. Alan Thrasher, president of FIJI, explained how this particular event af-

Members of FIJI gather for a group photo.

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fected the overall fraternity. is hoping to return for the upcoming “Never having to deal with this sort semester. of thing, it was a great chance to see “He was missing a lot of school last everyone coming together to put on an semester, going to the doctor’s office event for one of our own. and they didn’t know The change was coming Chasing a Cure flag what was wrong with together when decidhim. After a while they ing on what specifics we football tournament found out it was Leuwanted for ‘Chasing the When: April 30, 1 - 6 p.m. kemia,” Burton said. Cure,’ as well by knowing Where: Rec East The shock of his diwhat we wanted to do for agnoses hit the hearts the event. A difference Who: FIJI of all members of the can be made when we all chapter. came together to try to have a positive “He stopped coming around and it impact on one of our brothers,” Thrash- was a sad time for everyone when he er said. found out,” Burton said. According to Clay Burton, one of the The unfortunate occasion became members of FIJI, Chase has not been a motivation for the fraternity and its able to attend classes this semester and members to raise awareness and funds

for Chase and his family. “Handling the situation just isn’t on myself, but everyone in our fraternity. Tackling it is by letting other organizations aware of our event and what it is about. Making sure that it just is not about the game being played, but what the whole event is about and for who it is about. Even getting some outside help, not just having our fraternity run all of the events is another advantage that is a new tactic we are attempting. Just trying to make sure we have everything we need and to put on a successful event,” Thrasher said. The fraternity is anticipating a great outcome for the football tournament that will take place on April 30. The event is $50 per team of 10 participants. There will be other activities including corn hole and spike ball with teams, with the cost of $5. The Interfraternity Council will also be having a BBQ off for $10 for each team. The variety of activities was planned by the fraternity in hopes to gather students to participate in hopes of helping for Chase. “The aspect that I am proud of is everyone wanting to put in effort and help as much as possible. Since we decided on using this as our philanthropy, we have had multiple brothers help in many areas for this event. From the paper, to our overall fraternity, and even having a go fund me page up and currently raising money until the day of the event. Brothers contributing parts they have in order to make this a much better successful and possible event each year for us. Just the fact that we can come together as a organization to help,” Thrasher said.

Timmy Global Health to host fourth annual glow run Thursday Adrienne Morris Reporter

Indiana State University will host the fourth annual Glow Run for Timmy Global Health on Thursday, April 20. Timmy Global Health is an international organization that expands access to healthcare along with empowering students and volunteers to engage directly in global development, according to their official website. Their main objective is to provide direct medical assistance and healthcare service to low-income communities in the developing world. Another aspect is to foster global awareness and humanitarian values in students and volunteers by empowering them to actively engage in global development, according to their Facebook page. The Glow Run contains a onemile track that students may run or walk on. The event will have glow paint, glow sticks, prizes and a Bro Tank. The event is a fundraiser for sustainable global health, and it encourages the support of others for the cause. Along with ISU, many universities participate in the Glow Run and its support to help the sustainability of health throughout the world through Timmy Global Health organization. “We believe that no matter where you were born you should have access to healthcare,” Vice President of fundraising Carly Prugle said. The funds for the annual Glow Run will also go to the ISU Timmy Global Health partner clinic

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Above: Students prepare for the glow run by decorating themselves with glow bracelets, necklaces and glasses to illuminate their way across campus. Below: Student’s glasses light their way as they run.

in Guangaje, Ecuador. “Every year we send a group of students to our partner in Ecuador and have them serve in local communities,” Prugle said. The Timmy Global Health organization also sends vitamins that they raise through students from the run to Ecuador in hopes to help the residents improve their overall health. The cost to attend the Glow Run will be $15 per individual and $13 per individual with a team of five or more. The registration will begin at 8 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. on April 20. It will take place in front of the Recreation Center. The run is set to last until 10 p.m.

Victim of sexual misconduct criticizes settlement Teresa Watanabe

Los Angeles Times (TNS)

University of California, Berkeley is under fire again over the issue of sexual misconduct. The university announced last week that University of California regents had reached a legal settlement with Sujit Choudhry, a former law school dean who admitted in a campus investigation that he inappropriately kissed, touched and hugged his former assistant, Tyann Sorrell. Under the settlement, UC agreed to drop a disciplinary action against Choudhry, withdraw all charges and allow him to remain a tenured faculty member until his voluntary resignation “in good standing” at the end of the next academic year. Until then, UC agreed to provide him up to $10,000 for travel each school year and $97,210 in research funds. Choudhry agreed to pay $50,000 to a charity of Sorrell’s choosing and $50,000 to her attorneys. But the settlement has incensed Sorrell, who said Monday that UC was effectively giving Choudhry a “soft landing” because he was a prominent faculty member. “It’s privilege helping privilege,” she said in an interview. “For all of the work done around this issue and all of the pleas for change, it’s an insult to people who have suffered through (sexual harassment).” Choudhry’s attorney, Steven Herman, said he was “a bit perplexed” by Sorrell’s reaction because her attorney was provided


NEWS Universities seek to defend endowments from Republican tax plan

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Janet Lorin Bloomberg News (TNS) Some of the richest U.S. colleges are pushing back against scrutiny by Congress over the tax-exempt status of their endowments. Lobbying disclosure forms show almost two dozen schools such as Princeton University, University of Notre Dame and Cornell University are including endowment tax issues in their federal agenda, along with perennial topics such as student loans and funding for scientific research. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the Senate Finance committee, said Monday that college endowments would be included in a tax code review. The tax-exempt status attracted the interest of Congress at a hearing in October 2015 and remained in the spot-

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light with Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s initial proposal for the largest endowments to spend more on tuition assistance. Two congressional committees responsible for the tax code followed with an inquiry on how the funds are managed. “Endowments are part of that overall trend of things to worry about from Washington,” said Larry Ladd, a director of the higher education practice at Grant Thornton. The accounting and advisory firm included endowments in its annual higher education report, advising clients to “prepare for legislative changes” and to expect an increased focus on operations, costs and spending. Endowment investment income isn’t taxed. The term “endowments” began appearing on more disclosure forms in the quarter following a congressional subcommittee hearing in October 2015 and af-

ter the joint Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committee inquiry into the richest 56 private colleges. Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump are expected to tackle tax overhaul. In order to make the tax code more efficient, “Congress must undertake a comprehensive and thorough review of the entire statute,” Hatch said in his statement. “That includes exploring areas of the tax code related to universities and their endowments. I look forward to discussing this topic further with Finance Committee members and the Trump Administration.” Reed, who represents western New York and was a vice chairman for Trump’s transition team, wants the richest colleges to spend more of their endowment income on tuition breaks for middle-income families. Donors receive tax breaks for giving to nonprofits includ-

ing colleges. Under Reed’s plan, which is still being developed, individuals may be able to deduct 150 percent of scholarship donations that support working-class students while unrestricted gifts would be deductible at 125 percent. Restricted gifts of more than $5,000 wouldn’t be deductible. “Between what has been said on the campaign trail and what we have seen in Congress in recent months and over the last two years, we know this is an issue that’s foremost on some members’ minds,” said Josh Farrelman, head of government relations at the University of Rochester, which has a $1.9 billion fund and some hospital affiliates in Reed’s district. “We are trying to do our jobs in terms of educating what these issues are and addressing some of their concerns.” Schools said that some endowment money is designated

by donors for specific purposes and can’t be freely spent. Endowments also invest for the long-term and help fund university operations for current and future generations of students, educators said. Lobbying is another avenue to explain that endowments aren’t simply savings accounts, said Robert Durkee, vice president at Princeton, the fifth-wealthiest college with a $22.2 billion fund. “It gives us a chance to say that half of our operating budget is being funded out of earnings from the endowment,” Durkee said. “We’re using the endowment every year.” Cornell, located in the Ithaca, N.Y., district represented by Reed, said school officials met with legislative representatives, according to disclosure forms. “We note that the congressman’s goals align with ours,” Joel


Penn State frat leaders apologize in student’s death Susan Snyder The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) PHILADELPHIA — Student leaders of Pennsylvania State University’s fraternity system apologized to the family of Tim Piazza, the sophomore who died after pledge night in February, in an open letter released this week. “The fraternity experience failed your son,” wrote Penn State’s Interfraternity Council Executive Board, in a letter released publicly Wednesday evening. The letter also acknowledged problems with hazing and alcohol abuse and said the council was committed to making improvements in the fraternity system. The fraternity chapter presidents also announced they would cancel all social events for the next two weekends and use that time for philanthropy and “to reflect on the values of the Greek community and to consider any necessary changes that need to be made.” The open letter from the nine member executive board — issued by the group’s communication’s director Michael Cavallaro, a junior from Milford and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha — follows a blog post by Penn State President Eric Barron earlier this week warning that the Greek system at Penn State could come to an end if behavior doesn’t improve. Barron wrote the post after nine of the university’s fraternities and sororities were found to have violated new rules put in place following Piazza’s death and that one fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, violated almost every rule. But the interfraternity council also took issue with the university for going without a full-time director of fraternity and sorority life for almost two years, which it said was “extremely concerning,” and for cutting students out of the decision to issue new rules for the Greek system, including delaying recruitment until second semester freshman year and mandating fewer and smaller parties. “We are ready to change,” the group wrote, “but transformation cannot happen without partnership and a willingness to listen to and work with one another. Instead of talking through open letters in the media — it’s disappointing we have to communicate in this manner — meet with us, work with us, and collaborate with us. We are your students, too.” The discord between university leadership and the council has been building since the death of Piazza, 19, an engineering major from Lebanon, N.J., who was intoxicated and fell down the basement stairs at Beta Theta Pi during pledge night on Feb. 2. He was moved to a couch



An Uber self-driving car.

Uber executive who worked on selfdriving systems leaves the company

Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS)

An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months. The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs, who joined the company a year ago and left Monday. Uber did not say why he left. The company said in a statement that Marakby’s “deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry” helped Uber “tremendously in working to make self-driving cars a reality.” Markaby’s departure comes shortly after Uber was sued in February by Waymo, Google’s

self-driving vehicle spinoff, which alleged that Uber was using Waymo trade secrets smuggled away by a former employee, Anthony Levandowski, who now leads development of self-driving cars at Uber. Uber said Marakby’s departure was not related to the lawsuit. Waymo has asked for a freeze on Uber’s driverless car project until the case is settled. Uber told a judge that it did not use stolen trade secrets. Marakby said in a statement that self-driving technology was one of the most interesting challenges he worked on in his career and that he was “grateful to have contributed to what will soon be a safer future for everyone.” Marakby joined Uber after 13 years at Ford Motor Co., where he worked on hybrid technology and powertrain engineering, among other things, according

to his LinkedIn page. His departure is the latest in a string of executive exits over the last few months. Uber’s head of communications left the company last week, and in mid-March, company President Jeff Jones resigned after just six months on the job. The company’s senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, was also reportedly asked to leave in February, five weeks after his hiring was announced. According to tech publication Recode, Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick sought Singhal’s resignation after learning that Singhal had not disclosed that a sexual harassment claim had been filed against him at his previous job at Google. Singhal denied engaging in harassment and declared that he chose to leave Google. Uber has had a rough year so

far. First, it experienced backlash stemming from Kalanick’s perceived cooperation with the Trump administration. Then, a former employee alleged on her personal blog that she and other female engineers had been sexually harassed on the job, but Uber’s human resources department tried to cover it up. Kalanick said at the time that the blog post was the first time he had heard of the incident. He asked former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to conduct an investigation. The company has said it will publicize the findings of that investigation. More recently, Uber came under fire when the New York Times reported that the company had used a software pro-


United Airlines’ passenger-dragging fiasco overshadows a strong earnings report

Hugo Martin Los Angeles Times (TNS)

United Airlines’ top executives sought to reassure investors Tuesday that they understand the seriousness of the fiasco this month in which a passenger was physically pulled off a full plane and that the airline will learn from it and move forward. At the start of a conference call to discuss United Continental Holdings Inc.’s quarterly earnings, Chief Executive Oscar Munoz and two other executives each somberly acknowledged the event, which left the passenger — 69-year-old Dr. David Dao — bloodied and injured. Munoz, in response to a question from an analyst, said the incident has prompted calls from the carrier’s corporate travelers, who usually pay the most for tickets. He said the airlines’ sales team has been addressing those concerns. “There has been some concerns from our corporate accounts, which is totally appropriate,” he said. “They believe in us. They believe we will get this fixed.” Munoz called the incident with Dao a “humbling learning experience for all of us, me in

particular.” He apologized again to his customers, saying, “You can and should expect more from us.” The earnings report comes a little more than a week after Dao, of Elizabethtown, Ky., was dragged out of his seat to make room for United employees on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Ky. Dao’s attorney said the doctor suffered a concussion, a broken nose and lost two front teeth. Video of Dao being dragged off the plane went viral, and United has said it will no longer call on police to remove passengers and will require employees traveling for work to book seats at least an hour in advance to avoid displacing customers already aboard an aircraft. The airline has said it is reviewing other procedures in the wake of the incident and will release its conclusions at the end of the month. Munoz has apologized repeatedly. “There was never consideration of firing an employee” over the Dao incident, Munoz said Tuesday, acknowledging that there had been rumors that even he would lose his job. He called Dao’s eviction from the plane a “system failure,” not the fault of

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In an interview with “Good Morning America,” United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he felt “shame” when watching viral videos of a passenger being dragged from his seat aboard a flight.

any particular employee. Video of the bloody scene was widely seen in China, where United hopes to attract international travelers, and Munoz said Tuesday that he met with the Chinese consulate in the U.S. in response. He also said he plans to discuss the incident when he takes a previously scheduled trip

to China in the next few weeks. Munoz also said he sent a personal note to United’s highest-spending customers, who he said reacted to the Dao incident with ideas and support for the airline. In response to questions from

UNITED CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 TAX PLAN FROM PAGE 2 Malina, Cornell’s vice president of university relations, said in a statement. “We just disagree on the most effective way of achieving those goals.” Reed has been concerned about rising sticker prices. As the student debt crisis worsens, “it is only fair that we require more transparency to determine whether these schools, which spend millions of dollars lobbying the federal government, are doing so on behalf of their students’ best interest or that of their endowments and Wall Street hedge fund managers,” Reed said in a statement on Monday. Endowments’ tax issues have come up before. Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said in a September 2007 Senate Finance committee hearing that he was concerned about endowment growth as college tuition continued to rise. Grassley later raised the idea that college endowments should pay 5 percent of their value each year, using the same rule for founda-

UBER FROM PAGE 2 gram that enabled it to thwart regulators who were working undercover looking for evidence that Uber was breaking local taxi laws. The company said it would kill the feature, nicknamed Greyball, less than a week after it was revealed. Uber has also faced allegations of tracking its drivers with a secret software program known as

UNITED FROM PAGE 2 reporters, United President Scott Kirby said it is too early to tell if the number of tickets booked with the airline has been affected. “We just don’t have any quantifiable numbers,” he said. In the three months that ended in March, United posted net income of $96 million, or 31 cents a share, down from $313 million, or 88 cents, in the same period last year. But excluding special items, United earned 41 cents a share, beating an average of 38 cents a share projected by analysts who were surveyed by Thomson

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • Page 3 tions. While legislation was never introduced, several of the wealthiest colleges changed their financial aid policies, awarding grants that don’t need to be repaid instead of loans. The richest are often the most generous with aid. Harvard, which has the largest endowment in higher education at $35.7 billion, doesn’t ask families who earn less than $65,000 to pay, and some families that make more than $200,000 receive aid. Harvard has included endowments in its lobbying efforts since at least 2014, according to disclosures. “We report on issues that are under consideration in Congress or the executive branch that relate to the education and research mission of the university,” said David Cameron, a spokesman for Harvard. “Issues that relate to the endowment certainly fall into that category. Our efforts thus far have been to generally provide information and insight into the critical role endowments play in fulfilling our academic mission.” Hell to determine whether those drivers were also working for rival ride-hailing firm Lyft. Uber has taken steps to be more transparent about its inner workings. The company released diversity data in late March that showed that its global workforce is 64 percent male and that half of its U.S. employees are white, and that it has increased the hiring of women and racial minorities in the last 12 months. Reuters. The special items included $37 million in severance and benefit costs. First-quarter revenue was $8.4 billion, up 2.7 percent. Expenses at the airline increased 7.9 percent to $8.1 billion, largely because of higher fuel and labor costs. United is trying to increase its market share by attracting more passengers through the airlines’ regional carriers. “This is not an attempt to build an empire,” Munoz said Tuesday. “It is an attempt to restore United to its natural position.” This quarter, United plans to increase capacity by 3 percent to 4 percent.

FRAT FROM PAGE 2 upstairs but fraternity brothers didn’t call for emergency help until the next morning, nearly 12 hours later. Piazza died the following day. The university has permanently revoked recognition of Beta Theta Pi, which it said engaged in “forced drinking, hazing and other illegal activity.” A criminal investigation into Piazza’s death continues. The university issued a mor-

VICTIM FROM PAGE 1 with a copy of the settlement weeks ago and raised no objection. But Sharon Vinick, whose law firm represents Sorrell, said her client had “no control” over the settlement terms. Sorrell said she was moved to speak out in part because Choudhry’s attorneys “touted around that he got light-handed treatment” after the settlement was disclosed Friday. In another UC Berkeley case, an online advocacy group fighting sexual misconduct announced last week that it had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition urging university officials to fire John R. Searle, a professor emeritus who is being sued by a former researcher on charges of sexually harassing her. The petition by Care2 also demands that Berkeley remove Searle’s name from a campus center. The civil lawsuit filed in March by 24-year-old Joanna Ong alleges that university officials failed to respond properly to complaints that Searle, 84, a renowned philosophy professor, had sexually assaulted her last July and cut her pay when she rejected his advances, according to BuzzFeed News. Ong was fired by a Searle associate in Septem-

atorium on serving alcohol at Greek social events through the end of the semester, with the exception of parents weekend where the infractions Barron wrote about occurred. The fraternity executive board in its letter called on fraternity and sorority members to share in the responsibility to make improvements. “We need to work together across chapters and councils and begin to have the difficult dialogue to address the issues of

alcohol abuse, hazing and sexual misconduct that plague Penn State,” they wrote. “We must take responsibility for our community and can no longer make excuses for bad behavior.” They also called on other students in the Penn State community to help. “We are committed to partnership with any organization or group of students who share our desire to create meaningful change,” they wrote.

ber, the lawsuit states. BuzzFeed also reported that campus documents indicate other students had made similar allegations against Searle. Such actions feed the perception that UC Berkeley continues to protect powerful faculty at the expense of victims, Sorrell and advocates said. Last year, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks was criticized for failing to properly discipline Choudhry and two other men found to have violated campus sexual misconduct policies: famed astronomer Geoff Marcy and vice chancellor of research Graham Fleming. But Dan Mogulof, a campus spokesman, said in an email that such perceptions are unfounded. He said the campus has made “meaningful, substantive changes” to improve its handling of sexual misconduct cases. They include beefing up education, training, funding and staff to prevent sexual misconduct, handle cases and support victims. Mogulof also said the university has launched a “rigorous investigation” into the allegations against Searle and removed him from classroom teaching as an interim measure. Regarding Choudhry, Mogulof said the professor will not resume teaching at the law school. In addition, he said, Sorrell has received payment for her

claimed injury. “While no one is complacent and everyone understands that cultural change doesn’t happen overnight, our policies and practices are a far cry from what they were,” Mogulof said. In a university investigation last year, Choudhry admitted he repeatedly hugged and touched Sorrell and kissed her on the cheek from September 2014 to March 2015. The university cut his pay by 10 percent and directed him to undergo behavioral training and apologize to Sorrell. But after Sorrell’s civil suit came to light, UC President Janet Napolitano ordered Choudhry to undergo another disciplinary process through the Academic Senate. In protest, Choudhry filed a campus grievance and a federal lawsuit. Under the settlement, the two sides agreed to drop all legal action. Despite her disappointment with the settlement, Sorrell, who still works at the law school, said she was ready to move on. She said she planned to devote her energy to improving the campus climate for victims of sexual misconduct. “I’m ready to get to work, as we see there’s much work to be done,” she said.

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Spring Donaghy Day serves local garden Ian Bonner-Swedish Reporter

Donaghy Day has kicked off once again for the 10th year at Indiana State University. Participants registered at the Scott College of Business and headed out to various locations to make a difference. This year, the location took place at the Community Garden just east of University Hall. Patti Weaver, the manager of the ISU community garden, introduced herself to the students. Weaver is one of the founders of the community garden, which started about a decade ago. Today, the community garden allows anyone to volunteer and grow whatever the member of the community wishes. “We went from 50 plots to 160 in the last 10 years,” Weaver said. For Weaver, gardening was an old labor of love that never escaped her. “I’ve gardened since the 70s. When I

moved to Illinois I had a farm, and I gardened from my farm and fed my family fruit and produce I raised. When I moved to Indiana, I never thought I’d garden again. Then I got back into gardening. I saw a news ad talking about the community garden. It was initially an initiative through community engagement,” Weaver said. In some ways, the garden can offer itself as a link to home. “They grow everything you can think of. We have many nationalities here, so they grow some of their home food from their own country. … The rest of us who are native to this country grow green beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and that stuff. They plant everything they are accustomed to eating. If they get too much, and they don’t know what to do with it, they donate 10 percent of that to the community,” Weaver said. Thanks to ISU, the gardeners are given every resource they need to cultivate the gardens, including volunteers.

John Halladay, a gentleman who has been gardening at the community garden for five years, was receiving help from volunteers who took their wheelbarrows of compost to his plot and evenly dispersed it out among the plot. Halladay was gearing up to plant some tomatoes, onions, garlic, Brussel sprouts and other plants in his personal plot. “Well it’s hard to believe because there’s a lot of labor involved, but it’s very rewarding and relaxing,” Halladay said. Halladay compared the love of the land to that of the Greek tale of Antaeus, a figure who gained his strength from the land. It’s a strong connection to the earth and the bond one forms with it that gives gardeners their zen. Halladay also gave a tour of the grounds. He first showed the bins area. Here, bins are used for tasks such as storing wood chips and rounding up compost. The community garden volunteers use their resources quite effectively. They implement efforts to keep wildlife out of the garden,

have water pumps around the grounds for the crops, collect rainwater for additional resources and maintain a greenhouse and a sensory garden for the blind. Ninety-year-old ISU hall of fame coach, William Malloy, was also present, being aided by a volunteer who removed the weeds. He explained that now more than ever it’s important to get ahead of the weeds or else the process can be extremely difficult. Having volunteers like these are crucial to the garden. Weaver explained that they may want to grow the healthy foods, but they cannot get to the ground and perform the hard work, so having these helping hands that came on Donaghy Day is beyond helpful. Everyone owns an individual plot they can use until they decide to quit, and they may grow whatever crops they see fit. The only requirement is that they donate 10 percent of their produce to the charity of their choice.

ISU students win 20 awards in statewide competition Morgan Gallas

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Students unwind at Rent-a-Puppy fundraiser event Anthony Goelz Reporter

Delta Sigma Pi and the Clay County Humane Society gave students the chance to play with puppies in their semiannual Rent-aPuppy event yesterday. “Rent-a-Puppy is an event that we have been doing for about five years now semiannually. We always do this at the end of the semester when students are most stressed,” member of the organization Makenna Graham said. For $5 students were able to play with a puppy for 15 minutes, and students could feed a treat to the puppies for $1. Graham said that every dollar raised from treats went toward food and other amenities that are needed for the Terre Haute Humane Society. It also went toward funds to buy the puppies a snack “so puppies at home can get treats, too,” Graham said. Using dogs or other animals in therapy is a growing trend.

“An animal present provides a social lubricant. It’s a neutral topic to discuss, especially for children and adolescents,” said Ellen Winston, co-founder of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado in an article written for the National Association of Social Workers website. Animals can also be used to provide a tactile medium to soothe people with certain disabilities. Attendance for the Rent-a-Puppy event fluctuates. “We’ve had a really slow couple semesters because last semester the Humane Society fell through last second. Normally we get around 100 or so students,” Graham said. “We had a past year that was kind of slow so we got a little over $100 earned, but seeing as within the first hour we’ve already earned $100. Our goal today is going to be around $500.” Rent-a-Puppy, like Res Fest last Friday, provided a chance for students to forget about their troubles and their stress and relax for a bit of time for a good cause. Rent-a-Puppy will continue to grow as a tradition for ISU.

Indiana State University students won 20 awards through the Indiana Collegiate Press Association for work published in the Indiana Statesman newspaper and The Sycamore yearbook. The annual award program was held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on April 8, 2017. The Sycamore yearbook won three first-place awards, five second-place awards, and a thirdplace award in the ICPA’s Yearbook Division 2 for the 2015-16 publication. Jon Garcia won first place in Best News Photography and Best Feature Photography. Garcia won first and second in Best Sports Photography. The Sycamore staff won second place for Yearbook of the Year, Best Student Life Spread, Best Sports Spread and Best Special Section. Holly Swick and Nikki Jones placed third in Overall Best Design. “This is the first year the yearbook has won first-place awards,” said Martha Milner, director of student publications. “We came in second place in Yearbook of the Year. In the past, we’ve gotten third place, so it’s nice to see the yearbook improving.” The ICPA’s newspaper competition is divided into two categories: editorial and advertising. In the editorial category, the Statesman placed third in Best Overall Design. Kylie Adkins placed third in Best Opinion


Digital marketplace affects physical store profits in the gaming industry Anthony Goelz Reporter

Since their creation in 1958, video games have been rising in popularity as an entertainment medium. Today, the video game industry is a multi-billion dollar global industry. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. video game industry generated $30.4 billion in revenue in 2016. That is up from $30.2 billion from the previous year. This is according to a press release from the ESA on Jan. 19 of this year. “The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet,” according to the ESA website. “The association represents these industry leaders across the nation and on the global stage.” According to that same press release, the figures are also backed up by the NPD Group. The NPD Group is a market analyst company that provides figures for video game sales as well as figures from other industries. In the past few years, the medium of video games has been shifting from an optical disc format to a digital marketplace. Steam, the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Marketplace are slowly edging out brick and mortar stores like GameStop from the industry. According to NASDAQ, GameStop made $8.6 billion in

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Store manager Tasia Karoutsos helps a customer while shopping at Game Stop. Game stop has been losing revenue over the last few years even with the rise of video game sales.

revenue in the 2017 fiscal year. This is the lowest yearly revenue since 2008, in which the company made almost $7.1 billion. The low year could be due to economic issues and what the releases that year were. The problem with that is the company made $9.36 billion and $9.3 billion in the 2016 and 2015 fiscal years, respectively. The decline in revenue all happened while the industry in the U.S. increased its revenue by $200 million. The NASDAQ figures are backed up by Market Watch. Due to company policy, GameStop employees are not allowed to speak with the media

and thus were not able to be reached for comment. An infographic in an ESA report entitled “2015 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry” showed the rising trend of digital sales over physical. The graphic showed that in 2010, retail made up 71 percent of total sales and dropped to 48 percent by 2014. Conversely, digital have only risen. In the same time period digital sales went from 29 percent to 52 percent of total sales. The report states the source for the graphic is the NPD Group.

In January 2016, GameStop got into the publishing business. Announcing their new publishing arm, GameTrust, would be partnering with Insomniac Games to bring players “Song of the Deep” later that July. GameTrust also published “Has-Been Heroes” developed by Frozenbyte along with “De-Formers” by Ready at Dawn. “We believe in great game craftsmanship, and providing independent developers with a trusted platform for the long-term success of your studio and your game,” is GameTrust’s mission statement, according to their website. There is a small caveat for those wanting to purchase a physical copy of games published by GameTrust. Physical copies are only available at GameStop. This is an intelligent move on GameStop’s part. This is a way to draw players into stores to possibly spend more money, and even if they purchase a digital copy, GameStop still gets a cut. “Insomniac’s deal with GameStop to publish ‘Song of the Deep’ seems to have gone well enough, as GameStop chief Paul Raines told investors this week that the game has sold ‘well above’ 120,000 copies since its July 12th debut,” said Alex Wawro in an article on Gamasutra. Despite good sales for “Song of the Deep,” GameStop seems to be on borrowed time. The stores can remain afloat for now with sales of peripherals and their published games, but it seems as though the company will suffer a death by 1,000 cuts as opposed to being gone tomorrow. AWARDS FROM PAGE 4 Column. The Indiana Statesman won nine awards for their advertising work. Kylee Bledsoe placed second in Best Use of Photography or Graphic Art, and Best Ad Design in Special Section or Supplement. Josh Lewis and Bledsoe also won second place for Best Rate Card. Becca McGregor placed second in Best General Media Kit/Marketing Package. McGregor placed third in Best House Ad, Best General Media Kit/ Marketing Package, Best Full Color House Ad, and Best Ad Design in Special Section or Supplement. “Last year, the Statesman editorial side won more awards and advertising didn’t win as much last year,” Milner said. “In the advertising category, the Indiana Statesman competes against all the papers in the ICPA in which there are about 20.” In the editorial category, ISU’s newspaper is in the same category as the newspapers at Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Ball State University. “We are up against some steep competition, and that’s what makes these awards even more significant,” Milner said. “The IU paper is one of the best papers in the country, so to compete and win is pretty

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • Page 5 significant.” The newspaper and yearbook staff won these awards by working hard and having a passion for student publications. “People who work hard, practice their craft, and put a lot of effort into it will eventually have a good chance at winning awards,” said Milner. “Winning shows that you’ve competed and you have achieved a certain amount of excellence which is something to be proud of.” Students interested in joining the newspaper or yearbook do not necessarily need to have experience to begin working. “We like to hire people with experience, but we do a lot of on-the-job training,” said Milner. “What is so interesting about Student Media as a whole is that we will take people from all academic programs, not just communication, because we want to give all students an opportunity to grow in their media knowledge.” ICPA was founded in Terre Haute in 1957 with the goal of providing college students journalism resources from faculty, professional, and statewide peers. Today, ICPA has over 40 member publications which includes yearbooks, newspapers, online publications, magazines, and literary magazines.

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Feeling insecure never ends

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Leah Kennedy Columnist

The other day, I was lying out in the sun with my friends. It was beautiful and bright, and we thought that would be a fun way to end our Thursday evening. We needed some sunshine and some relaxation. But as we were lying there, I was thinking – how do my friends feel so relaxed? I was nervous. I couldn’t get comfortable. I couldn’t stop my mind from racing to thoughts that told me I looked silly, that those people walking by were laughing at me. But that’s my anxiety. It tells me that I am being laughed at and sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. And I deal with it. I’m getting okay at managing it. And sometimes I have great days when I can handle anyone or anything, but other times, I don’t even have the energy to get out of my bed. So this morning, I was stewing about that. I was thinking about how people can just face the day and feel confident. And as I was doing so, I stumbled across a post from my mom. She was detailing an encounter with my nephew after she did a facemask. He was telling her that she still had wrinkles even though she did a facemask. Now at age seven, you don’t think anything about it. Because in your seven-year-old mind, you just see that there are still wrinkles after you did something that is supposed to make them go away. But when you’re 19 like me, a comment below the post makes you think. Her Mary Kay lady was saying how proud of my mom she was that she was wearing her face — not one caked in makeup, not one changed by surgery. And my mom commented back, saying, “It only took 51 years.” And that got me thinking. My whole life my mom has been the most beautiful person in the world. She’s always pretty, and growing up we would tell her that. She’d say, “I gave all my pretty to you and Katie when you were born.” I never thought anything of it then, just like my nephew never thought anything about pointing out her wrinkles. But I think it just hit me for the first time today that she isn’t always happy with the way she looks, just like me. She doesn’t like her wrinkles. She doesn’t like her arms. But to me, she is the most


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Trump’s immunity defense seems troubling Zach Davis Columnist

During this past election several individuals came forward to accuse Donald Trump of many crimes, including sexual assault and fraud. Some were unfounded, while others had a good case beneath them. Simply accusing someone of a crime doesn’t get anything done, though, and few accusers took the time to bring their cases to court or even litigation. That means many of these accusations carry little to no weight. One case that has been officially submitted to the courts against Trump is becoming more public. Trump stands accused of inciting violence on three protestors at a rally in Louisville, Ky, resulting in injuries. That is a hefty accusation and certainly

requires someone to look into the case and determine whether or not he is guilty. Luckily, we have a three-branch government, and one of those branches is designed just for this type of situation — the judicial branch. The judicial branch is setup specifically to mitigate conflicts and provide a final ruling from a third-party standpoint, which means Trump’s case should be heard and settled through that branch. Trump and his attorneys, however, don’t think so. They feel that the case should be dismissed on grounds of presidential immunity. It is normal for lawyers to throw around as many defenses as possible, even ones that probably won’t hold up. Take this defense for example. The Supreme Court ruled in Clinton v. Jones that the president can and should be taken to court for actions that occurred outside of their time in office. So the presidential immunity claim shouldn’t hold, and his lawyers probably know it. That’s why this immunity defense wouldn’t normally be alarming, but when we consider other things Trump has

said and done this defense becomes somewhat suspicious. In February, Trump and his administration claimed that courts had no power to keep the president in check, suggesting that the president has supreme power over the land — which simply isn’t the case. In fact, the Constitution says otherwise. It sets up three branches of government so that all three powers can keep each other in check. Each of them have a unique way to help maintain order and prevent the others from gaining too much power so to not pose a threat on the people’s freedom. It isn’t a government secret, and anybody who has passed high school should know that. Trump also congratulated the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend for gaining nearly all government power by eliminating the prime minister’s office, according to ABC News. Let that sink in: the president of the United States is congratulating the president of another country for gaining what is essentially supreme power. He is praising someone for beginning an autocratic govern-

ment. That is exactly what the founding fathers fought against. They fought for a sovereign nation where people can have a say in the government. They didn’t fight for a country to have its leader idolize supreme rulers. Admiring such a leader is simply not American. It is so un-American that we even went to war in Vietnam to prevent such ideals. Supporting an autocratic government – like Turkey’s is becoming – only desecrates the memory of all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Plus, the Trump administration has made it clear that they do not intend to make White House visitor’s logs public, eliminating a transparency policy the former administration set up. So, we don’t even know who our elected leader is discussing the state of our nation with unless someone happens to catch a glimpse of who is entering. That is unacceptable for a government that is supposed to be of the people.


Spicer has a thankless job, and he’s terrible at it Dahleen Glanton

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If you’ve been in the workforce for any length of time, chances are you’ve had a horrible boss. You know, the kind that hovers over you to make sure you’re doing things exactly the way he or she wants it done. After all, no one could possibly be smarter than the person who sits behind the big desk in the company’s biggest office. I certainly know what it’s like to have a boss who is never satisfied, no matter how much you give of yourself. I spent a year working for one when I was in my mid20s. That’s why, if I dig deep enough, I can conjure a tiny bit of pity for Sean Spicer. Look, I know what you’re going to say. Spicer isn’t some naive kid, fresh out of college, trying to figure out how to be an adult. He’s been around the block a few times. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he agreed to be the spokesman for President Donald Trump. And

no one is forcing him to remain shackled to the president. Spicer, after all, served five years as communications director for the Republican National Committee. During the presidential campaign season, he also took on additional duties as the RNC’s chief strategist. In that role, he was, among other things, the party’s head honcho in negotiating the rules for the presidential debates. Now he’s in a no-win situation. His boss flip-flops on the issues, makes outlandish accusations and refuses to acknowledge facts. The press secretary’s job is to spin that to the media so that the president comes out sounding smart. It’s a deadend job. But it could explain why someone with such an impressive resume and loads of experience dealing with the media often comes off like a buffoon whenever he holds a press conference. I’m going to assume that Spicer knew that one of the first rules of politics is to

never make a comparison to Adolf Hitler, for whom there simply is no comparison. And you certainly don’t do it in a room full of journalists, as he did at last week’s press briefing. Certainly, Spicer must have known that before he could finish saying that Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” the backlash would begin. His efforts to explain himself only made it worse. Though Spicer later said in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer that he was aware of Hitler’s gas chambers used to kill millions of Jews, he responded to a reporter’s follow-up question at the news conference with this: “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that (Syrian President Bashar) Assad is doing.” With this kind of material, a “Saturday Night Live” skit could practically write itself. Why would a press officer with so much experience say something so stupid? I can only surmise that he was channeling

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his boss. Trump has disrespected African-Americans, disabled people, Muslims, Latinos, Asians, women and just about every other group you can think of. How hypocritical would it be for Trump to reprimand an employee for making a disparaging comment about the Holocaust when the president himself had to be forced to speak out against the desecration of Jewish cemeteries? This is just the latest in a string of embarrassing moments Spicer has had since he started the job in January. It began with his first televised Q&A with the media, in which Spicer allowed no Q’s. He started by criticizing the media for what he called “deliberately false reporting.” A reporter had tweeted that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. Turns out the reporter just didn’t see it and later tweeted that he’d made a mistake. But to Spicer, the reporter was “irresponsible and reckless.” So much for making a mistake.


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beautiful woman in the world. I guess I just assumed that you hit an age and you thought you were perfect, but you don’t. It doesn’t end, but there are people in your life that will make you think you’re the prettiest thing that ever walked the earth. One of those people for me is my mom. She raised me to believe that I was the smartest, prettiest thing alive, just like her dad did to her. And for the most part, I think I’m pretty. Then there are days when I don’t, and that’s okay. The other person who makes me feel that way is my fiancé. He never goes a day without telling me I am the most beautiful girl in the world. He calls me goddess, queen, epitome of beauty, and he believes it. He’s seen me sick, seen me first thing in the morning, seen me a sweaty mess, and he doesn’t care because he sees me without filter. And he, through his love for me, sees all of my beauty, and it makes up the woman he loves. I think that’s the point of this article: that maybe feeling insecure never ends. But there are people in this world who think you are the most beautiful woman in the world. And in case you haven’t heard it lately, you are truly beautiful.

The biggest mistake Spicer made, though, was to try to convince members of the media that what they saw at the inauguration wasn’t what they actually saw. And that the photographs of the crowd size misrepresented what

the cameras actually saw. On his boss’ orders, Spicer stood before the media and lied. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” he said. And with that, his credibility leaped out the window.



So, no, just declaring presidential immunity is not peculiar by itself, but an alarming picture begins to form if we take all of these factors into account with it. Then it appears that Trump doesn’t understand how our government is supposed to operate. He doesn’t seem to understand that the president doesn’t have unlimited power in the government, even though the executive branch is just as limited as the other two. The only thing that can be done for now is to stay vigilant, hold our officials accountable and make sure that Trump and the rest of the government know that they form a government of the people, by the people and for the people. All of their power is limited to help protect the people from an oppressive regime, to help prevent a situation like Turkey’s from happening here.

Predators’ top line, which has given the Hawks fits all series, took over in the third to tie the score and plant the seed of doubt in the Hawks’ mind — before Fiala made that seed bloom.

It’s clear that Spicer has never been a part of Trump’s inner circle. According to some news reports, Trump never wanted him for the job. He preferred Kellyanne Conway. There have been times when the press secretary has been sent out to face the media with insufficient and even

outdated information. Spicer seems to be eager to trade off his own professional credibility for a boss who never had any credibility. If it were me, I would have burst into that big Oval Office long ago and told my boss to take this job and shove it.

SOFTBALL FROM PAGE 8 Wayne, which included an RBI double. ISU has been in so many close games late and extra innings contests because the offense has refused to back down in the later innings. The Sycamores have outscored opponents 56-42 in the sixth and seventh innings combined this season and have been able to scrape together seven wins when trailing in the fifth inning or later. In addition, the Sycamores have won on walk-off hits three times in the last month, with two walk-offs vs. UNI and one in the finale against Missouri State.

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Indiana State University’s baseball team gears up to have a re-match against Purdue at the Purdue diamond on Wednesday night.

Sycamores look for season sweep against Purdue Garrett Short Reporter

Indiana State baseball has a rematch with Purdue on the diamond Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The Sycamores won the first game between these teams 5-2 in West Lafayette on April 4. ISU leads the all-time series between these teams 40-29-2. They are looking to sweep the season series for the second straight year. The matchup earlier in April was a pitching coach’s dream for ISU. Tristan Polley, Damon Olds, Ethan Larrison and Austin Conway combined for 15 strikeouts while only surrendering five hits in the first contest. Junior Dane Giesler led the way for

ISU offensively with three hits and two RBI in West Lafayette. Senior Dominic Bifano and sophomore Dane Tofteland both recorded two hits and scored a run in that game. Giesler comes into Wednesday night’s game on an absolute tear, recording six hits and two home runs this past weekend in the series against Southern Illinois. Purdue will be looking to shut Giesler down while gearing up for revenge against its in-state opponent. Coming into tonight’s game, the Boilermakers are struggling a bit. Before last night’s game against Ball State, Purdue dropped two of three in a series at Rutgers. The Boilermakers will be depending on a pair of underclassmen to get them back on track.

Blackhawks’ season on the brink after blowing twogoal lead in 3-2 OT loss Chris Hine

Parked outside Bridgestone Arena is a hollowed-out car painted to look like an official Chicago Blackhawks vehicle. As they have in prior playoff series, the Nashville Predators are allowing fans to take a whack at it with a sledgehammer for a donation to the team’s charitable foundation. The metaphor might have hit a little too close to home for the Hawks after what the Predators did in the first two games of the series. But the question for the Hawks on Monday was how they would channel their anger from that pair of body blows. Would they make it a series? Or would they crumble under the weight of the suffocating Predators? The Hawks had the Predators where they wanted them but lost a two-goal lead in the third period and fell 3-2 in overtime. Their season is now on the brink as the Predators hold a 3-0 series lead with Game 4 on Thursday in Nashville. Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third, and Kevin Fiala — who came close to winning the game twice in overtime — finally scored 16 minutes, 44 seconds into the extra period to complete the improbable comeback. The Hawks were last down 3-0 in a series against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round in 2011. They came back to tie the series 3-3 before falling in Game 7. Several times in the last decade, the Hawks have gotten the key goal when they needed it most, whether it be late in the third period to tie or win or in overtime to prevent a series from getting out of their grasp. As they desperately tried to stay in this series, they didn’t have another answer as Fiala took a feed from James Neal and beat Corey Crawford in front to give the Predators a

numbers. The Sycamores have a team ERA of 4.24 compared to Purdue’s 5.58. No starting pitchers have been announced at this point. However, ISU’s bullpen is rolling thanks to the efforts of Damon Olds, Ethan Larrison and Evan Giles. Indiana State has won seven of their last eight games against Purdue. They also are 6-2 inside the confines of Bob Warn Field. The game against Purdue is just a part of a busy week for Sycamore baseball. After Wednesday, ISU travels to Dallas Baptist for a conference series. The team then returns to the area for their sixth game in seven days at Eastern Illinois.



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Freshman Skyler Hunter is leading the team with a .350 average. Sophomore Nick Dalesandro is following closely with an average of .345. The catcher leads the team with 48 hits and is perfect on stolen base attempts in 2017. ISU hosted Northern Illinois last night, but had won two straight games against Southern Illinois to earn the conference series win. These two teams are very similar. They are both just over .500 on the year (ISU 17-15, PU 18-17). They also have similarities at the plate. ISU has a slight edge in batting average with a .269 - .265 advantage. Purdue, on the other hand, scores almost a half-run more per game. The difference that ISU will be looking to exploit is found in the pitching

win that should have belonged to the Hawks. After the Hawks carried a 2-0 lead into the third, the Predators came back when Forsberg sent in a puck that ricocheted off the back boards and Crawford couldn’t locate before it went in the net at 4:24. It was Forsberg and linemates Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson who caused more trouble for the Hawks as Forsberg cleaned up a loose puck in front of Crawford at 14:08 to tie the game. The Hawks challenged the goal for goaltender interference on Arvidsson, but referees upheld the call. The Hawks got their first goal of the series from an unlikely source. Dennis Rasmussen, who was playing in his second playoff game and has just eight career regular-season goals, shoved a puck past Pekka Rinne 1:05 into the second period to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. The goal ended a 141-minute, 5-second scoreless drought to start the series. That came after a first period that looked like a repeat of Game 2. The Predators were able to fluster the Hawks in the first 20 minutes. Seemingly every time the Hawks tried to get in the zone, the Predators got the puck and sent it right back out. The Hawks had six shots in the first five minutes but just three the rest of the period. That changed in the second period when Rasmussen finally got Rinne to crack. The Hawks made it 2-0 later in the period from a more traditional source: Patrick Kane, who scored on a power play at 11:15 thanks to a screen from Artem Anisimov. On both goals, Rasmussen and Anisimov finally provided the key net-front presence the Hawks were sorely lacking in the first two games. But the Hawks’ scoring would stop there, and the


Sycamores head to Windy City for midweek Valley doubleheader at Loyola Tyler Wooten

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Indiana State heads north to Loyola for a midweek Valley doubleheader this Wednesday, the first part of a three-game series against the Ramblers that will wrap up at home next Wednesday, April 26. Fans can watch both games live on The Valley on ESPN3. Indiana State is coming off a three-game sweep at Wichita State, which slugged .645 en route to 22 runs scored on the Sycamores. ISU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Game One, but WSU starter Katie Malone – the MVC’s top pitcher at 22-8 – settled in and shut the Sycamores down then and in Game Three as well. Loyola stands at 20-19 overall and with the same MVC record as Indiana State (3-12), but are coming off an impressive series win against Southern Illinois. The Ramblers are only batting .223 as a team this season, but a strong team ERA of 2.32 (with opposing batters hitting just .256) has helped keep Loyola in games. Indiana State owns a 9-7 advantage in the all-time series vs. Loyola. Freshman Leslie Sims has been one of the top hitters in the Valley for quite some time this season, remaining as one of just four left in the Valley to be batting over .400 at her current average of .408. If she can stay above the .400 mark by season’s end, she will be the first .400 hitter at Indiana State since 2009 when both Katie Armour (.424) and Meredith Simpson (.405) did so. Sims would also be the fourth-ever to do so when including Lea Twigg’s 1994 average of .402. Freshman Leslie Sims has started her Sycamore career off with a bang as ISU’s batting average leader. Sims leads Indiana State and ranks fourth in the Valley with a .408 average. Sims is primarily a speed demon on the base paths, using her legs for bunt singles and 17 stolen bases on the season — second-most in the Valley this year. Sims also owns an inside-the-park grand slam vs. Wright State — one of three Sycamore inside-the-park

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ISU softball team is taking on Loyolla on Wednesday.

grand slams this season. She is one of four Valley players left to be batting over .400 this year. Meanwhile, her .482 on-base percentage also ranks fourth in the Valley. The Sycamores have only hit 12 home runs this season, but when they go yard it almost always means good things in the win column. Indiana State is 9-1 when hitting at least one home run as opposed to 9-21 when not hitting the long ball. On the opposite end, the Sycamores are 8-12 when allowed at least one opponent home run. The Sycamore pitching staff has done an incredible job shutting the door on opponents, making Indiana State 11-0 when leading in both the sixth and seventh innings. Furthermore, only three teams have been able to claw back when ISU has led after the fourth inning, opposed to seven Sycamore wins. One of those teams was Wichita State, who currently ranks second in the MVC and fought back from a 6-0 deficit in the fourth inning in Game One of the series this past weekend. Senior Erika Crissman is no pushover, as her stat line this season can attest. The Los Alamitos, Calif., native has only struck out four times in 129 at-bats all sea-

son, currently registering as the 24th-hardest strikeout in Division I this season. The Sycamore defense knows how to turn a double play with 22 on the season, 12th-most in the NCAA this season. ISU had five in one weekend alone against Drake, including two games with two double-plays. Indiana State went the entire weekend without committing an error, a streak that eventually reached 28.0 innings before committing one late against IUPUI. Senior Mary Turitto only had two hits against Missouri State, but they were both monumental in ISU’s comeback for the walkoff 3-2 victory on April 9. Turitto led off the sixth with a solo home run on a 1-2 count, her second of the season and sixth of her career, to give the Sycamores some momentum to hold Missouri State in the top of the seventh. Tied 2-2 in the bottom half, it was Turitto coming through in the clutch again, sailing a long double off the left field wall for the game-winning walk-off hit — her second this Valley season after a game-winning RBI sac fly against UNI. She followed that performance up with a 2-for-3 outing at Fort


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