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Pictorial of the South Dakota Access Pipeline protest Ian Bonner-Swedish Reporter

Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo, a photographer who attended the protest, gave an insight on one of the biggest events in American History at the 16th annual Human Rights Day. Indiana State University hosted multiple speakers throughout the day, allowing students to be inspired and learn the insight over various topics pertaining to human rights. According to McNichols-Torroledo, the defenders of the land did not act violently, but the police and military were far from friendly. “I saw the people arrested in my face not doing anything. That could be considered. That is the most important violation of human rights. They overpowered 50 unarmed people. I saw people who were beaten violently in my face. I was scared,” McNichols-Torroledo said.

One such event of people being arrested without breaking the law was described on a slide displaying a photo of a woman, her boyfriend and their friend protesting with other groups of people. They were arrested without cause. This practice went on so profusely that they ended up putting people in dog cages. Women were searched in their private areas by officials. From McNichol-Torroledo’s accounts there were people who were severely injured by forces using “less than lethal” measures to control the crowds. Nearly 70 graves of the Lakota Sioux were desecrated. Riot police also gathered on many occasions to spray protesters with water to induce hypothermia. The camps knew that such brutality would take place. “People were trained to know what to do … in the case of chemical weapons,” McNichols-Torroledo said.

In one photo that was shown by McNichols-Torroledo, native women marched with water—symbolic of their plight—and they marched with a drum important to prayer and spirituality. The Lakota arranged elements sacred to their culture such sage, buffalo and tobacco. The sympathizers donated goods such as buffalo and clothes to aid the protesters. They used sage and sweet grass to pray. In their camps were large posters stating “NO DAPL. We are one. One to peaceful. One to be protectors of the water” and “We are protectors. We are peaceful and prayerful. ‘isms’ have no place here. We are non-violent. Respect locals. We are proud to stand No Masks. No weapons (or what would be considered weapons) all campers must get an orientation.” Some are people who believe that

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Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo spoke about her experience of covering the protests against DAPL.

UCF fraternity brother accused of putting gun barrel to pledge’s head

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Student Coalition for Social Justice President Brooke Bunch, Vice President Wesley Lagenour and ISU professor Amanda Lubold promote their new group during the Human Rights Day events on Tuesday.

Human Rights Day shows new outlook Grace Harrah Features Editor

The 16th annual Human Rights Day at Indiana State University took place on Tuesday, welcoming multiple guest speakers and promoting various topics of human rights. ISU organizations set up booths in the Hulman Memorial Student Union to promote and discuss different aspects of human rights. One of the booths promoting awareness was the department of multidisciplinary studies at ISU. The members of the fairly new

organization Student Coalition for Social Justice were there to promote the organization along with a new major that is to come in Fall 2017 — social justice. Currently, ISU offers a major of multidisciplinary studies with a concentration of social justice. However, they are expanding it to be a major. The department of multidisciplinary studies also includes concentrations such as international studies, sociology, philosophy and gender studies. Student Coalition for Social Justice was founded last semester. Their hope is to grow and en-

courage students to think more about social justice at ISU. The organization currently has more than 10 members. They meet every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Holmstedt Hall room 220, and anyone is welcome to join. The organization is planning to take trips to Washington D.C. and even to Africa. Brooke Bunch, a sophomore and the president of the organization, explained that there are many important things to consider when it comes to social

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been temporarily suspended after a member was accused of holding a gun barrel to the head of a blindfolded pledge, school documents released this week show. As pledges lay on the floor blindfolded, an Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity brother leading them “took out a rifle and racked it,” an anonymous student complained in a Feb. 9 email to the University of Central Florida Police Department. “One of the blindfolded pledges made a comment about it not being real,” he wrote. The member then placed the barrel up to the pledge’s head and asked him if he thought it was real now, the email said. “Racking” is the pumping action that loads and unloads a shell into a shotgun. The email didn’t say whether the gun was real or if it was loaded. The student who alerted authorities appeared to be in the same fraternity and heard about the alleged incident secondhand.

“It was reported to the brothers for the case to be reviewed within our fraternity to see what action to take,” the student wrote. “I’m sure they won’t report this outside of the fraternity. I don’t believe that any fraternity on campus should be involved with any kind of firearms and would like this issue to be handled accordingly.” The school’s police department forwarded the student’s email to the university. UCF suspended the fraternity until further notice but allowed it to continue holding chapter meetings with school staff monitoring, according to a Feb. 16 letter sent to the fraternity. Members of the fraternity could not be reached for comment. Alpha Epsilon Pi, which says it promotes leadership in the Jewish community, was the second Greek Life organization suspended last month at UCF. The school also temporarily suspended Mu Sigma Upsilon while it investigated hazing accusations after one its pledges was allegedly told she could not socialize with anyone outside the sorority during the sixweek pledging process, documents show.

Women’s History Month celebrated through events Claire Silcox Reporter

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Women’s Resource Center at Indiana State University hosted the second event of the month, spreading awareness and information of women’s history. “Programs like this help students learn about our history and the ways in which these historical movements impact our contemporary lives. They also help us see the continuous line of anti-oppression activism,” Amanda Hobson, assistant dean of students and director of the Women’s Resource Center, said. This is an educational program hosted in the Women’s Resource Center in the Hulman Memorial Student Union, room 709.

The Women’s Resource Center will be hosting events for Women’s History all month, apart from the university’s official spring break. With a total of nine events, the WRC will be covering an assortment of topics to discuss women’s rights. During the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, the WRC will also be hosting some events that have not yet been announced. Teaching students about the history of women’s rights, the WRC will also be hosting events about body image and women’s history in pop culture. Most events will be held in the Women’s Resource Center in HMSU, and the schedule is posted on the WRC page on ISU’s website.

“In the center, we have a philosophy … that we must continually uncover the ways in which the intersection of oppression impact the lives of everyone,” Hobson said. The resource center has an assortment of resources and services for women on campus to use. They also have a men’s group involved, Inside Out, and are associated with many daycares in the Terre Haute area for children of students and faculty. Some of their goals are to empower women on ISU’s campus and to provide a safe environment for women to retreat and relax on campus. According to Andrea Arrington, assistant professor in

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Women’s History Month will be celebrated via events throughout the month of March in the Women’s Resource Center in HMSU.


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Global warming is slamming California Teresa Watanabe Los Angeles Times (TNS) WASHINGTON — The drought has been declared over in most of California, with heavy winter rains sending water over the Oroville Dam and forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. But climate change is still in the air, and the recent weather pattern is a harbinger of what’s to come. The abrupt shift to record rainfall is the kind of extreme weather forecast for a warming planet. “Current models suggest the dice are loaded toward an increased probability of this kind of year,” said Columbia University climate scientist A. Park Williams. Parched earth could soon return, say climate scientists, who predict a worsening spiral of intense California drought followed by periods of flooding as the planet gets warmer. “In 15 more years, a repeat of a record-breaking drought like the one we just had is a real possibility — as opposed to a kind of an out-of-left-field possibility that it would have been in the absence of a global warming trend,” Williams said. The extreme weather is making it increasingly difficult for California to manage its flood-control and water management infrastructure. “Our hydrology and climate are changing. Our infrastructure is aging,” said California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. “As the assumptions and understandings of the earlier eras give way to better science, advances in technology and new understandings, the limitations of today’s failing water infrastructure means we must invest in the infrastructure of tomorrow.”

Campus sexual assaults, guilty until proved innocent KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor Los Angeles Times (TNS)

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Water output on the Oroville Dam spillway has been reduced, making the erosion and damage to the main spillway more visible on in Oroville, Calif.

President Donald Trump is promising a $1 trillion national infrastructure package. But Trump has referred to climate change as a “Chinese hoax” and it’s not clear how much he’s planning direct federal investment in projects as opposed to public-private partnerships such as toll roads. Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican and a leading Washington denier of human-caused climate change, said anyone who expects Trump to reverse course on climate is “reading him wrong.” California is naturally vulnerable to droughts and flooding, said Jay Lund, who directs the

Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Lund said it was too soon to say whether the five-year drought followed by torrential rainfall was a result of global warming. “You tend to see these kinds of floods and droughts anyway. But there is some reason to think that we might see them more frequently and in greater extremes in the future,” Lund said. “Certainly that’s something we have to be prepared for,” he said. Climate scientists believe the lack of rainfall that created California’s ruinous drought was a result of natural weather variability. There is a growing scien-

tific consensus, however, that the rising temperatures linked to the burning of fossil fuels made the drought more intense. Columbia University’s Williams authored a major study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that estimated global warming had worsened California’s drought by 15 percent to 20 percent. California is on average about 2.5 to 3 degrees warmer than it would be without human-caused global warming, Williams said. The higher temperatures mean more water is pulled from the soil. So the dry years that naturally occur in the state are even drier.

After a wave of activism created a frenzy over campus sexual assault, the Obama administration twice rewrote federal rules governing how allegations must be handled at colleges and universities. In response to this movement, too many schools have adopted procedures that force accused students to turn to the courts for any hope of justice. In particular, since 2011, when the Department of Education reinterpreted Title IX to require that sexual assault cases be judged by a “preponderance of the evidence” — a lower burden of proof than is used in criminal cases — more than 100 accused students have sued their schools. In most of these recent cases the colleges have lost, as they should have. Our close examination of court records shows how the new mandates and procedures amount to a de facto presumption of guilt. It also shows that colleges are at best incapable of adjudicating allegedly criminal conduct, and at worst hopelessly biased. The recent cases can be divided into two groups. In the first are colleges that considerably broadened the definition of sexual assault and, in some instances, applied the new definition to students who did not violate the rules in place at the time of their

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UCLA proposes enrollment cap on out-of-state students Teresa Watanabe Los Angeles Times (TNS) In an unprecedented move to ease controversy over its admission policies, the University of California on Monday proposed a 20 percent systemwide limit on nonresident undergraduate enrollment and vowed to continue giving Californians top priority. The proposed limit on students from other states and countries — which would be the first ever for the 10-campus public research university — comes after a scathing state audit last year found that UC was hurting California students by admitting too many out-of-state applicants. UC President Janet Napolitano has blasted those findings as unfair and unwarranted, but state lawmakers are requiring that UC adopt a policy restricting nonresident students in order to get an additional $18.5 million in funding this year. UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said the proposed policy balanced the needs of California students with the benefits that nonresident students bring — diverse perspectives as well as millions in additional tuition revenue, which added up to nearly $550 million in 2016-17. Those dollars have helped UC increase its enrollment of California students to historical highs this year, Klein said, even as state support per

UC student has fallen to less than half of what it was two decades ago. “The policy is very clear: Nonresident students will be in addition to and not in place of California residents,” Klein said. “But it accepts the reality that we need this money to help fund California undergraduates. … We can’t rely on the state to supply the undergraduate funding we need to maintain the academic quality for California students.” Faculty members are not enthusiastic, said UC Academic Senate Chairman James Chalfant. They oppose an “arbitrary quota,” he said, that could force UC to turn away the best and the brightest and forego additional needed dollars. The group has presented an alternative that would impose enrollment limits only on campuses at which the expansion of nonresident students hurts Californians and only after UC is given enough funding to maintain its quality. “We do understand why this is happening,” Chalfant said. “But we’re disappointed because we think the conversation should be about how those (nonresident) revenues benefit all students, rather than some fixed number.” But Shelly Tan, a Los Angeles area parent, said qualified California students should have the advantage. Her own child was turned down by her top three UC choices two years ago, despite SAT scores

and a grade point average above the 90th percentile. Her daughter ended up at a fourth UC campus. “Given the economic climate and competition, California parents have to start being selfish,” Tan said. “We can’t stay all liberal and let everyone in.” Under the proposal, which the UC Board of Regents will consider next week, the system’s three most popular campuses would be allowed to keep but not increase their proportions of nonresident undergraduates — 24.4 percent at UC Berkeley, 22.9 percent at UC San Diego and 22.8 percent at UCLA, Klein said. The proportion of nonresident students at the other campuses ranges from 18.9 percent at UC Irvine to less than 1 percent at UC Merced. Those campuses each would be allowed to grow up to 20 percent so long as the systemwide limit was not exceeded, Klein said. The policy would be reviewed at every five years at minimum, taking into account state support, Klein said. The state’s declining support led UC to quadruple its nonresident undergraduate population between 2007 and 2016. Overall, they made up 16.5 percent of the system’s 210,170 undergraduates last fall — a lower percentage than the average 27.9 percent for the 62 members of the elite Association of American Universities. The population of California resident

students increased by 10 percent during that time. UC hopes to enroll an additional 2,500 Californians this fall as part of an agreement with the state to add 10,000 more resident students by 2018. Klein said the extra dollars from nonresidents — who pay about $27,000 more in annual tuition than Californians — have helped campuses recruit and retain faculty, add additional courses to lower overall class sizes and purchase library materials, instructional equipment and technology. The nonresident revenue also has boosted financial aid for Californians by an average $700 per student, she said. Competition for seats has been especially fierce at UCLA, which became the first university in the nation to receive more than 100,000 freshman applications for fall 2017. The Westwood campus tripled its nonresident undergraduates while reducing its California students by 4 percent between 2008 and 2015. UCLA added more than 1,000 Californians last fall, however. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the nonresident dollars provided a lifeline for the campus after state support for undergraduate education dropped by more than half after the 2008 recession. Thanks to the extra money, UCLA was able to add courses, which has helped students short-

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Travel ban contains tool that could change how US conducts foreign policy Brian Bennett Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision in President Donald Trump’s revised restrictions on entry into the country could remake how the U.S. conducts foreign policy, creating leverage for a president who promised to bring his hardnosed deal-making mind-set to American diplomacy. In his new directive, Trump ordered a global review to determine whether citizens from additional countries should be blocked from coming to the U.S. as well. He asked the Departments of State and Homeland Security, along with intelligence agencies, to determine which countries come up short on cooperating with U.S. immigration officials who are vetting travelers who want to enter the country. “We’re looking at an entire — at the rest of the entire world and all of the procedures that we use to address all countries,” White

House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. The review gives Trump, who spent his adult life working out real estate transactions, the opportunity to demand concessions from more than 190 countries. At stake is the ability of their citizens and nationals to travel to the United States. For decades, the U.S. has welcomed a relatively free flow of travelers on the assumption that when people visit, they spend money, invest and learn about American culture and values and are able to take those impressions back to their home countries. Negotiating over travel restrictions is risky, warned Stewart Baker, the former head of policy at Homeland Security during the George W. Bush administration. “We have leverage, but it is not leverage you really would want to use in a real way,” Baker said, adding that countries could begin blocking the entry of U.S. citizens. “It is like a nuclear exchange, and nobody comes off

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks back to the Oval Office as he returns to the White House on March 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

better in a nuclear exchange — everyone is weakened,” he said. The Trump administration has already shown signs of being willing to horse-trade. In exchange for excluding Iraq from the new travel restrictions, for example, the Trump admin-

istration persuaded officials there to accept Iraqi citizens deported from the United States, a demand U.S. diplomats have fruitlessly been making for years. Iraq had its own room to maneuver to make the deal. When Trump issued the first version of

the order in January, including Iraq among the countries whose citizens were banned from entry, Iraqi officials threatened to shut out hundreds of U.S. contractors in the country supporting the

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the College of Arts and Sciences, there will be other speakers on campus to help celebrate Women’s History Month. Polina Kaniuka, a graduate student within the Center for Global Engagement, will be speaking at Lunch and Learn on March 20. Jaclyn Friedman, a writer, speaker and pleasure activist, will be speaking twice on March 28 at a Lunch and Learn and as a keynote speaker for “Beyond Consent.” Kourtney Barrett, associate director of Student Conduct and Integrity, will be speaking about body positivity on March 30.

This is prophecy. “The Lakota known as Sioux believe this is prophecy. It talks about this black snake that is coming through the air and is going to destroy the land and contaminate the water,” McNichols-Torroledo said. They are also people who are misunderstood. A man against the protesting of the pipeline held a sign calling for an immediate

RIGHTS FROM PAGE 1 justice. “I think the most important factor of social justice anywhere is actually going out and being active in the community,” Bunch said. The Student Coalition for Social Justice booth included a world map with a jar of international injustices that occur around the globe. It also included a poster with post-it notes that allowed students to write down what they believe social justice is. The post-it notes often had phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Equality.” Weslesy Lagenour, a junior and the vice president of the organization, expressed his opinion of how ISU takes part in social justice now and what he hopes to see in the future. “I hope the students gain a real passion for social justice through this major and organization. There are a lot of discussions at ISU within students, but not a lot of channeling and action being done on the subject,” Lagenour said. Lagenour is also an advocate for AmeriCorp at ISU, discussing the issues and taking action on the manner of social justice. Student Coalition for Social Justice is hosting events for the upcoming weeks such as a fundraiser for campus ministries and their food pantry. They are also planning a movie theater trip to watch the new horror film “Get Out” and discussing it from a social justice perspective. “There are different discipline variations that gears towards social justice. It’s an important topic for everyone,” Bunch said.

TRUMP FROM PAGE 2 American military units and U.S. oil companies. The threat of restrictions won’t be used to press countries on issues unrelated to national security, Spicer said, citing the Iraq negotiations as unique circumstances. “This is a national security issue, plain and simple,” he said. Trump promised during the campaign he would force countries to receive all of their citizens expelled from the U.S.

CAMPUS FROM PAGE 2 alleged misconduct. In 2015, Brown University broadened its definition to treat as sexual assault any “manipulation” that is followed by sex. The school then disciplined a male student for having violated this provision in 2014. As a Rhode Island judge, William Smith, observed in 2016, the vague provision could make a rapist of a male student who gave flowers to a female student before the two students had consensual sex. In another case that ultimately went to court this year, Western New England University found a student guilty of violating a new “affirmative consent” rule — which defines anything other than “a clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity” as equivalent to a “no” — that the school had adopted six weeks after his

UCLA FROM PAGE 2 en the time needed to graduate to under four years. “Financially it made a huge difference,” Block said. “We could not have managed these graduation rates without having the additional resources.” Block and others stressed, however, that

Wednesday, March. 8, 2017 • Page 3 halt of violence caused by protestors. McNichols-Torroledo took the time to explain to him that it is indeed the other way around. “That night at the Oceti Sakowin I saw these drones,” McNichols-Torroledosaid. “Drones have been a very important too. Chief said that ‘this is the first time we are writing our own history … Indigenous use drones to film and let everyone all over the world know this is

happening.” McNichols-Torroledo also mentioned the Laramie treaty, which was a treaty that allowed for expansion into the west as long as settlers followed the set trails and didn’t stray from them. The treaty was broken and the ensuing consequences would lead to Wounded Knee, which ended in the slaughter of over 250 Lakota Sioux. This did not stop them, however. They fought long

against tyranny and were able to take their children back from Indian schools, which sought to destroy the culture. Eric Rivera, an ISU sophomore, enjoyed the presentation and believed McNichols-Torroledo’s account of the events had the ability to change one’s perspective. “I think it was awesome. Coming into the presentation, I would always talk about it to my friends. I thought it wasn’t a bad

idea. This presentation has definitely changed my perspective idea, especially having an unbiased person giving the presentation. I will probably sign a couple petitions to refute the pipeline,” Rivera said. To Rivera, the way McNichols-Torroledo presented the information, providing photographs, was innovative. “Mass media wasn’t giving the full truth. She really came in and gave the full truth,” he said.

About 22 countries don’t accept deportations from the U.S., including Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Courts have ruled that people from those countries can’t be held indefinitely to await deportation, even if they have a violent criminal conviction. As a result, more than 8,000 immigrants with criminal records have been released from custody in the last three years. But already the discussions are bleeding into

other immigration issues. In addition to demanding countries take back citizens being deported, the Trump administration plans to look closely at countries with citizens who frequently stay past the expiration date on their U.S. visa, a senior Homeland Security official said Monday. India, China and Mexico are among the top 10 countries that have high rates of people who overstay their visa. They are also among the top U.S. partners on trade and eco-

nomic issues. The temporary travel ban applies to six countries that are either state sponsors of terrorism — Iran, Syria and Sudan — or failed states that have terrorist organizations operating in their territory — Libya, Somalia and Yemen — administration officials said. When considering other countries to add to the list, administration officials will look at the integrity of police forces and a country’s ability to give accurate criminal histories, what

measures are in place to prevent people from traveling on fake documents, and which countries have high numbers of people who overstay their visas in the U.S., said the Homeland Security official, who would not be named under the ground rules the administration set for the briefing. A list of countries that fail the test is due to be handed to Trump in early April, and countries have until late May to make changes.

alleged misconduct. The second group includes schools that violated their procedures, which were unfair to begin with. In one case, James Madison University allowed an accuser to provide an appeals board with new evidence without giving the accused a chance to respond, even though he had been found not guilty by his initial hearing panel. The appeals board overturned the original decision without checking whether the accuser’s new evidence might be misleading or irrelevant. (It was both.) The finding was set aside in December 2016 by a district judge, Elizabeth Dillon, who said that “no reasonable jury” could find the process fair. That same month, an Oregon judge, Curtis Conover, found that the University of Oregon had denied an accused student — who had passed four

polygraph tests — a chance to counter the school’s claim that inconsistencies in his accuser’s story had resulted from trauma. Two weeks ago, a Colorado judge, Craig Shaffer, recommended that a lawsuit against Colorado State University-Pueblo proceed in a case where charges were filed by a co-worker of the alleged victim. Against university rules, an athletic trainer had sex with a football player. When a co-worker asked about the incident, the trainer hinted at a lack of consent, prompting the co-worker to file charges. Although the alleged victim maintained the incident was voluntary, CSU-Pueblo found the athlete guilty after an investigation that appeared to be, in the words of Judge Shaffer, “infected with discrimination.” The most important of the recent decisions came

last July, from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. A threejudge panel made it easier for accused students to prove that their colleges’ disciplinary processes amount to discrimination against males and thus violate Title IX. Even if the university in the case was not motivated by anti-male animus, Judge Pierre Leval wrote for the panel, a “university that adopts, even temporarily, a policy of bias favoring one sex over the other in a disciplinary dispute, doing so in order to avoid liability or bad publicity, has practiced sex discrimination.” Campus sexual assault is a serious problem, and evidence suggests that some accusers have indeed been treated unfairly by institutions in recent years, as many were in decades past. But the so-called epidemic is a myth. The best available crime statistics, based on face-to-face surveys of

a large number of people at their homes by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, indicate that sexual assault dropped by more than half from 1997 to 2013. Even if many victims are not candid with bureau surveyors, as some analysts suggest, it would not affect the validity of rape rate comparisons from year to year. The vast majority of schools we studied now use procedures that stack the deck against accused students. A system in which accused students get fair outcomes only by bringing expensive lawsuits — recourse that many cannot afford — is a deeply flawed one. Not only should the Department of Education scrap these federal mandates, but sexual assault allegations should be handled by the same police and prosecutors who deal with all other serious crimes.

nonresident students are not simply cash cows. Danny Siegel, UCLA’s undergraduate student body president and a Long Beach, Calif., native, said his friendship with a Chinese student helped him break out of his cultural comfort zone and got him to attend Lunar New Year events on campus this year.

He said he also appreciates U.S. freedoms more after hearing his friend’s stories about China’s censorship of social media. “I’ve lived in an L.A. bubble my whole life so it’s great to hear perspectives from different places,” Siegel said. His international friend, Jack Guo, said he cherishes the superior research and

entrepreneurial opportunities in California — and hopes he has helped his UCLA classmates better understand China. “We don’t have to worry about being shot in the street,” he said he told students who were critical of China’s authoritarian government in a political science class. Shane White, a UCLA

School of Dentistry professor, recalled one international student who “catalyzed” a classroom discussion on pain control when she said her African town had no access to anesthesia during dental work. “It was a jaw-dropper for American kids — something that would never occur to them,” White said.

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Author to speak on campus for Visiting Writers Series Anthony Goelz Reporter

Author Daiva Markelis will be reading from her book “White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life” in the Art Gallery of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts today at 3:30 p.m. “Markelis received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric,” said Amy Ash, assistant professor of English and a coordinator for The Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series. Originally published in 2010, “White Field, Black Sheep” is a memoir of Markelis’ childhood and her experience growing

ISU Lyric Theater Workshop to present comic opera scenes The Indiana State University Lyric Theater Workshop, formerly known as the Opera and Music Theater Workshop, will present an evening of opera scenes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26 in the recital hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The select Lyric Theater Workshop features auditioned singer-actors from both the Indiana State School of Music and the theater department. The performances are free and open to the public and suitable for all ages. “This will be an entertaining evening of appealing, memorable music with plenty of comedy, a few more serious short scenes and many beautiful voices,” said Colleen Davis, stage-director for the Lyric Theater Workshop. Music director Mark Carlisle will conduct the performances, and David Gibbs will be the accompanying pianist. Senior tenor Logan Williams will portray Tamino in the opening scene from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” along with sopranos Katie Kendall and graduate student Hye Jin Lim of Korea and junior mezzo-soprano Laura Fultz Sprouls. Graduate soprano Jing Cai of China will be showcased as Gianetta in a segment from Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore,” sharing the stage with senior soprano Megan Berube as Adina and baritone Will Akins as Doctor Dulcamara. The “Children’s Dance” scene from Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” will feature sophomores Allison Barker as Gretel and Christiana Wittenmyer as Hansel, and the beloved “Children’s Prayer” will add sophomore mezzo-soprano Isabella

up as a Lithuanian-American. “Deftly recreating the emotional world of adolescence, but overlaying it with the hard-won understanding of adulthood, ‘White Field, Black Sheep’ is a poignant and moving memoir — a lively tale of this Lithuanian-American life,” according to the University of Chicago Press Books website. “The Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writer Series, which is made possible by contributions from the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement, allows students and community members to encounter important figures in contemporary literature through classroom meetings, public readings and question

and answer,” Ash said. “For the series, we have invited notable ISU alumni, such as romance novelist Lexi Ryan, as well as renowned writers with ties to our region, including former Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.” Poet Tom C. Hunley will also be visiting ISU in the near future. “Tom C. Hunley holds degrees from University of Washington, Eastern Washington University and Florida State University. He has four full length poetry collections, six chapbooks and two textbooks,” Ash said. Hunley and Markelis are just two of the writers that will visit ISU this year as part of the Theodore Dreiser Writers Series.

“This series serves as an important experiential learning opportunity for students, creating a unique career and professional development opportunity and inviting students to experience contemporary literature in and outside the classroom,” Ash said. Markelis will be reading from her book “White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life” later in the Art Gallery in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. This is a free event open to the public. Following the reading, there will be a question and answer session and a book signing.

Human Rights Day

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Several speakers presented at Indiana State University during the day long event addressing human rights. See coverage on page 1.

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How to create a system that will help you with any goal Susie Moore

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Life coaches are crazy-obsessed big goal-setters. Coaching is largely about beginning with the end in mind (a goal) and creating an action plan to get there, wherever “there” is. I personally reset my goals every six months. They are pinned to my vision board as a daily reminder of what I’m working toward. But a goal alone isn’t enough for success. You also need a system to get you there. Because systems work — they provide clarity and keep you on track. In “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big,” best-selling author Scott Adams explains: “A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that achieves your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.” Why the differentiation? Because systems make winning likely. It’s the system that matters, not the rare moments of ticking a box that was a goal. A system is set of steps to help you achieve your goal, not just dream and talk about it. For example, let’s say your goal is to find a job. Your system might look like this: — Research career websites every day.

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A goal alone isn’t enough for success. You also need a system to get you there.

— Have a networking coffee with someone new every week. — Allocate an hour per morning to do some fresh outreach. — Consistently polish your LinkedIn profile and resume. A system makes your goal real. It’s concrete. It gets you moving. When you put your system into action, you’ll be very likely to reach your goal because you have a map to get there. The system is all you have to worry about to summit whatever mountain you are climbing. Here’s an example of one of my systems

in action: When I started my side hustle, my goal was to get five coaching clients. One way to attract new clients was to start blogging life advice, hoping that the right people would find me. To do that, I decided to publish one fresh blog post each week on a topic I felt mattered. My system to do that was to write every single morning — even when I didn’t feel like it. Just for 15 minutes if that’s all the time I had. Some of my writing does nothing — it tanks and attracts no readers at all. But I always write every day. It’s not “I’ll do it when I feel like it.” It’s “I’ll do it to-

day” because it’s my system. Morning time is writing time. (It’s morning right now, and so I’m writing this column.) Following my system ultimately got me featured in my dream publications and eventually even resulted in my first book being published. I scored my goal and then some through that process, because, unlike goals, systems never end (they also take away the guesswork). What goal do you currently have that you could replace with a system? — Could you replace looking for a relationship with going on two new dates per week? — Could you replace a goal of losing five pounds with cutting out soda from your diet? — Could you replace your revenue goal for your business with spending 20 minutes per day on marketing? — Could you replace your desire for a deeper spiritual practice with a 15-minute morning meditation? — Could you replace a goal of spending more quality time with your spouse with all screens off during dinnertime? — Could you satisfy your desire for work-life balance with a massage every month and no email-checking after 7 or 8 p.m.? Systems reduce decision fatigue; they provide you with an inner guidance system and equip you with the power of habit. What system can you start this week?


indianastatesman.com OPERA FROM PAGE 4 Collins as Hansel and Hye Jin Lim as The Sandman. The opening scenes from “Cenerentola,” Rossini’s setting of the Cinderella story, will spotlight mezzo-soprano Jamee Nielsen as Cinderella, soprano Jordan Reger as older stepsister Clotilde and baritone James O’Sullivan in the disguised beggar/godfather role of Alidoro, with the company men as the Prince’s Courtiers. Brazilian graduate soprano Isis Jarnicki de Carvalho will portray Nedda in the famed ballatella scene from Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci,” “Stridono lassu” and Jarnicki de Carvalho will be joined

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by bass-baritone Zene Colson as Don Alfonso and Megan Berube as Fiordiligo in the favorite trio “Soave sia il vento” from Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.” To close the hour of opera, the entire company of singers will join onstage for the Second Act Finale from Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” featuring baritone Jacob Glidden in the role of Gabriel Eisenstein. The Lyric Theater Workshop will also perform selected opera scenes with the Indiana State Symphony Orchestra in April, and a production of varied music theater scenes later this spring. Story by ISU Communications & Marketing

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Taking a break from Trump Amy Goldman Koss Los Angeles Times (TNS)

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Republicans plan to change healthcare

Zach Davis Columnist

Republicans have finally proposed a healthcare plan, but it has been met with harsh criticisms. Some of the critiques have come from within the party, but most are coming from the Democratic Party, many of which are legitimate concerns. The plan gets less and less detailed the further that we dig into it, which is a huge concern by itself. However, the plan is clear what it wants to begin with: repealing the Affordable Care Act. After that, the so-called “plan” is to reduce healthcare costs, give unnecessary tax breaks and provide a bunch of goals to be achieved. This is where a lot of the detail stops and their long-term goals – not plans – begin. One of the first concerning goals was the plan to give tax breaks to people who purchase health insurance themselves, which is a problem. People who can afford to purchase insurance can afford to pay their taxes. The goal is to effectively reduce fund-

ing that can be put toward healthcare, which is a rather counterproductive move. We currently have something similar in place that allows citizens to request tax credits for insurance deductibles as long as the insurance is paid for primarily by tax returns. The difference is that we specify when the tax break applies. No clear line is drawn in the Republicans’ plan, suggesting that everybody is eligible for tax breaks. If everybody suddenly started paying less in taxes, then we won’t have the funds to back our healthcare system, let alone reduce the federal deficit. The plan does mention financial assistance for low-income families. The idea is to provide tax credits to families who fall in lower income groups, but there are no details for how this will be implemented. There is no indication of an income threshold, nor is there a plan for how the tax credits will be implemented. The government does allow the use of tax credits to pay for a portion of your premiums if you need assistance, but it does not cover more than 72.5 percent of the cost. So, again, we find that the Republicans’ plan lacks specifics that are necessary to consider. Age is also going to play a factor in coverage, as older individuals will get their own level of insurance. Many argue that seniors are going to have a harder time maintaining coverage, but nothing is detailed.

Something will take effect around the time of retirement, but no details are given. All we are told is that the changes will supposedly reduce costs, but no plan is provided. Some good can come out of this, though. For example, the healthcare mandate can be removed. This mandate is an unnecessary portion of the ACA that penalizes people unfairly. Those who can’t afford insurance are fined for not having insurance, creating a cycle that prevents people from affording the insurance they are getting fined for not having. The plan includes keeping a measure from the ACA that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing costs based on pre-existing conditions. While the individual mandate is ridiculous, the ACA is currently better than the Republicans’ plan. It isn’t perfect, but at least what we have now provides healthcare to a large portion of the population who couldn’t afford it before. Repealing it for a plan that, ironically, has no actual plans is a ludicrous choice. Instead, we could focus our energy and money on fixing the current healthcare system. We can begin by removing the mandate and go from there. If we are going to do anything with our healthcare system, then we better have a plan. What the Republicans propose shows a lack of planning and has little potential to be effective.

I need a break from the president — time off from the coverage, the conversation and the anxieties. Everyone, stop retweeting and swear off cable news. Don’t even mention his name. Reporters, the president is boycotting the Washington correspondents’ dinner, couldn’t you boycott the briefing room for just a week? For the last few months, I’ve been waking up every day braced for reports of democratic outrages, international embarrassments and just plain bizarre pronouncements. Opening the newspaper or turning on the computer that first Trump-free morning might feel disorienting. Imagine reading, watching and discussing … well, anything else. It’s a big world out there, at least it used to be. Surely someone somewhere is still doing un-Trump things worth telling us about. We’d switch on the car radio and there’d be utter Trumplessness all the way to work. The talk show hosts who’ve been all Trump all the time would probably be thrilled to change the subject. At work we wouldn’t have to snarl at that gloating colleague who loves to say, “He won fair and square. Now get over it, Snowflake.” He’ll say something else annoying, but still. On Facebook there’d be no toxic shares or policy updates to panic us about the future of civilization. No calls to action to make us feel inadequate and personally responsible for letting the world crumble. Instead of plodding through posts that inspire paralyzing dread, we’d scroll happily through baby-animal memes and celebrity gossip. Those filter-enhanced selfies and humble brags from old college roommates that got on our nerves in the pre-Trump days would suddenly seem dear and innocent. At least briefly, we could avoid someone’s terror over a sister’s precarious medical coverage or a brother’s tragic deportation. There would still be hideous tragedies, but for a blessed few days we wouldn’t be subjected to knowing exactly how our president caused them, condoned them, responded inappropriately to them or ignored them completely. Once we weren’t grappling with the fact that all compassion is being eliminated from our public institutions we’d be much more productive. With no fresh threat to all that we consider sacred, we would be capable once again of creative thought. Trump’s face wouldn’t leer out from the tabloids in the supermarket line. We could temporarily stop apologizing to the hijab-wearing cashier for a president we didn’t vote for but still feel guilty about. Helping our kids with their current-events homework wouldn’t necessarily make us cry.

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Trump’s revised travel ban is no less misguided than the previous one Los Angeles Times TNS

The new travel ban President Trump signed Monday is no less misguided and damaging to those trying to travel to the U.S., or to those seeking refuge from war-torn regions of the world, than the original. The two new executive orders implementing the ban also show that Trump learned little from the policy debacle of the first go-round. The courts will decide whether he has fixed all of the legal shortcomings with this new, narrower version (the original was put on hold by several federal judges), but it still will disrupt the lives of thousands of people while doing nothing to advance U.S. national security interests. In fact, it feeds into propaganda by Islamic extremists that the Western world is at war with Islam. None of that has changed with this scaled-

back version. The new orders suspend travel to the U.S. from six predominately Muslim nations (Iraq was dropped from the original list) for 90 days and freeze the resettlement of refugees from around the world for 120 days, ostensibly to give the administration time to review vetting procedures. Trump issued the first orders without offering credible evidence or a persuasive argument that there is a problem with the vetting, and he offers none here. Although it is reasonable to expect the government to conduct routine reviews of programs and procedures, that’s no justification for freezing visas and the resettlement of refugees while that review is underway. Even the timing of the new orders suggests how unnecessary they are. Trump said he rushed the original orders into effect because “if the ban were an-

nounced with a one week notice, the ‘bad’ would rush into our country during that week.” Yet it’s been more than five weeks since Trump issued the now-enjoined orders, with no indication that terrorists have somehow taken advantage of that window to evade vetting by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. And the new ban doesn’t go into effect until March 16, presumably to avoid the kind of disastrous rollout that marked the original ban. So much for urgency. The new orders, like the old ones, are just so much Trumpian showboating. People from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who were issued a visa before Jan. 27 — the date of the initial orders — will be let in, but pending and new applications will be frozen for 90 days, the same time frame in the original order. But if the review of the

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vetting process is so critical to national security, one would presume it is already underway, so why a 90-day suspension for the new orders if the government already has spent more than 30 days on the review? In fact, no one from the six affected countries has been implicated in a fatal terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, according to a review by Politifact. The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute reported two years ago that 784,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. in the 14 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, yet only three were later convicted on terrorism-related charges — two of them for plotting against an overseas target, and the third for hatching “plans that were barely credible.” In issuing the new freeze on refugees, the administration cited the case of someone brought here as a child who was radicalized after be-

coming a naturalized citizen. What kind of vetting could possibly anticipate that? At least the ban will not affect noncitizens with lawful permanent resident status (green-card holders) if they travel abroad. Yet the ban still may run afoul of the courts. Although the new orders drop the exemption for religious minorities suffering persecution in the countries affected by the ban, which raised constitutional questions, they still target nations that are predominantly Muslim, and immigrant-rights groups are poised to renew their legal challenges. Ultimately, much like his proposed database to publicize crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally, Trump’s aim here is not to improve national security, but to ostracize. And it will be to Americans’ shame if he gets away with it.

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indianastatesman.com BREAK FROM PAGE 6 Perhaps we’d even crave fewer carbs at lunch. And maybe we wouldn’t wonder if the driver stuck in traffic beside us was armed and emboldened. At first we might struggle to

Wednesday, March. 8, 2017 • Page 7 remember how to talk about anything other than whatever loony thing Trump had said or done that day. But it would come back to us and we’d laugh. Remember laughter? Not sardonic, bitter, hopeless, gallows laughter, but the ha-ha-ha, tee-hee kind?

And perhaps by the fourth or fifth day, we would actually sleep through the night. We might start to feel so good we could cut back on our meds. Were we blissfully happy before Trump? No. But in the same way we’d enjoy just one more day

in possession of a firm butt, endless stamina and thick hair now that we’ve experienced life without such things, a chance to live again in the pre-Trump world we once took for granted would seem especially sweet. Never mind the crushing

dread at the week’s end. Our consolation would come from knowing how crazy it would make the narcissist in chief if no one paid attention to him for a whole week.

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On March 9, the Indiana State University womens basketball team will play their first game of the MVC tournament against Illinois State University.

Women’s basketball compete for MVC title Andrew Doran Reporter

The women’s basketball team will head to Quad Cities on March 9 where they will play their first game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Sycamores will play Illinois State University in the first match up in the tournament. The Illinois State University Redbirds ended their season at just a below average record of 7-22, 4-14 MVC. ISU ended their season with a losing streak of four games. During the season, the Redbirds lost both games to the Sycamores.

In both games played, senior guard Taylor Stewart stood out for the Redbirds even with both games ending in a loss for them. Stewart in the first game had recorded herself nine points with one assist, and playing the most minutes on the team with 35 that game. In the second game played against the Sycamores, Stewart gave herself 10 points on assist and had one steal playing 35 minutes again. Stewart is second on the team with a FG percentage of .348 and first on the team in 3-point percentage with .309. If the Sycamores plan on advancing further in the tournament, they will not only have to put up a good guard

on Stewart but also on senior guard Brechelle Beachum. Even though the Redbirds last game was a loss, Beachum is coming off a game where she had a total of 14 points and three steals. She ended the season averaging .354 FG and beyond the arc having an average of .305. Beachum leads the team in steals (66) and points made on the team (342). A third player the Sycamores need to pay attention to is sophomore guard Katrina Beck. Beck is another guard who can shoot, steal, block and play a good amount of minutes for the Redbirds. In the last game she had 13 points, two assists and two steals,

giving herself 37 minutes played. Beck averages a shot percentage of .300. Beck does take a lot of threes, but is not very consistent as she is just 27-128 on the season. She is third on the team in points scored (239). She is averaging about 8.2 PPG. The Sycamores are hoping to snap their losing game streak, which ended the season at six games. With two wins against Illinois State University under their belts, the women will look to defeat the Redbirds once more. Tip off will be at 5 p.m. Thursday. The game can viewed on ESPN.com and can be heard on the radio on WIBQ 1230.

Sycamores take down Louisville Women’s MVC tips off in extra-inning showdown Garrett Short Reporter

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It took 29 innings in four games against Louisville, but the Sycamores finally came out on top in yet another close dogfight in an 8-6 extra-inning victory over the Cardinals in ISU’s Red & Black Tournament finale on Sunday afternoon. Indiana State (8-6) kept battling back in what turned out to be another tug-of-war with Louisville (12-7), but a three-run eighth inning and a shutdown performance by Della Gher (1-0) in the final frame pushed the Sycamores to victory. “We knew coming in that the game was going to be a close one, that we were going to have to fight every pitch every inning until the end,” senior Mary Turitto said. Louisville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, led off by a solo home run by the redhot Nicole Pufahl (went 4-for-4 with seven RBI in the first matchup of the tournament). The Sycamores responded, though, with four unanswered over the next three innings to build some momentum. In the top of the third, Mary

Turitto (1-3) and Bailey Martin (1-3, SAC) led off with singles and both advanced on wild pitches, and then scored consecutively on an error by the second baseman off the bat of Rylee Holland (1-3, SAC) and the first of two RBI singles by freshman Becky Malchow (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI). In the top of the fifth, the Sycamores tacked on two more to take their first lead of the game at 4-3. Malchow reached first on a dropped third strike to lead off the inning, and was advanced to second on an infield single by senior Erika Crissman (2-4). A Brooke Mann sac bunt pushed them into scoring position in time for another UL error on a Shaye Barton (1-2, 2 RBI) sacrifice attempt. An RBI pinch hit single by senior Brooke Riemenschneider brought in Crissman from third to give ISU the lead. Louisville responded in kind with an RBI sac fly and an RBI triple in the top half of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, but a Shaye Barton bases-loaded RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to send it into extras. Indiana State wasted no time in the top of the eighth, with Malchow knocking in Kassie Brown (the runner placed on second to

start the inning) with her second RBI single of the day. ISU padded its lead by scoring two on a third Louisville error off the bat of Brooke Mann to give relief pitcher Della Gher an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom half. Gher, a true freshman, who only had 3.1 innings of work entering today, yielded only two hits in 2.1 innings of relief to close out ISU’s win for her first career victory. She allowed another RBI single to Pufahl in the bottom of the eighth to make the game 8-6, but then promptly retired three straight to end the game. “We focused on what we are good at and what we can control,” senior Rylee Holland said. “We found a way to get runners on and move the ball to score runs, and that’s what we do. Solid pitching and eight errorless innings of defense equals a good win.” Indiana State finishes the weekend ahead at 3-2, pushing its overall record to 8-6 on the season with one final, long tournament of non-conference action left at South Florida’s USF Tournament from March 10-15. This is the best start to a season for the Sycamores since 2014, when ISU went 9-5 in its first 14 games played.

The Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball tournament tips off this weekend. The tournament will be held in Moline, Ill. The Sycamores started conference 4-1, but entering postseason play they have dropped six straight. Their recent stumbles have dropped them to the eighth seed. Only two prior teams have won the conference tournament as the eighth seed. ISU’s last loss against Evansville forced them into a play-in situation. The team’s path to the school’s first MVC Tournament title begins Thursday with a matchup against Illinois State at 5 p.m. ET. The Sycamores swept the season series against the Redbirds. The winner of this game will take on Drake the following day. The tourney’s first seed is the Drake Bulldogs, who are 25-4 on the season and undefeated in conference play, which is enough to rank them 20th in the nation. They also feature the conference’s leading scorer in senior Lizzy Wendell. Wendell is third among active NCAA players in all-time scoring and is pouring in over 21 PPG in her final season in Des Moines. Examining the rest of the

bracket, the later Thursday game between Bradley and Loyola will leave the winner facing off against the second seed, Northern Iowa. The Braves and the Ramblers are the only other two schools besides ISU that are chasing that elusive first conference championship. UNI went 4-0 against Bradley and Loyola in the regular season. UNI has not lost to a single team in their bottom half of the bracket. Additionally, they were the closest to knocking off Drake in the regular season. In a home game against the Bulldogs, UNI’s Madison Weekly scored 22 points. Ellie Herzberg added 27 points, but the Bulldogs won 8879 in double overtime. Missouri State is the third seed and looking to win its conference-best 11th tournament title. Coach Kellie Harper’s squad takes on the sixth seed, Evansville, Friday night. Normally, the game between the fourth and fifth seeds is the closest in win-or-go-home tournaments. In this year’s MVC Tournament, this game is between Southern Illinois and Wichita State. The Salukis are the fourth seed and won both games against the Shockers this season. If this postseason game is as good as their last (61-58 SIU win), it could be the game of the tournament

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