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Special graduation section of the Indiana Statesman

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Friday, May 5, 2017



Volume 124, Issue 82

ISU Communications and Marketing

Sycamore students are preparing for there finals in the Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library during “dead week.”

Resources giving life to dead week far away, or too crowded. The resource will be available from May 3 to May 12. Students can’t work on an empty stomach, and the hours of studying can leave the body with hunger pains. Past midnight the dining halls are closed and so is every eatery in the HMSU. The Cunningham Memorial Library has a plan to fix that. From 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. the library will offer free breakfast food and snacks. Such food includes oatmeal, fruits, teas, coffee and granola bars. This resource will be ready for all students from May 8 through May 12. The United campus Ministries, located on 321 N. 7th St in Terre Haute will be open every day until midnight. Some students may feel they have the best of both worlds. It’s a relatively small, quiet place for studying, and in many ways has the atmosphere of a living room. UCM will be offering a variety of snacks and drinks, including hot chocolate, tea, chips, popcorn, and soup. And there are plenty games for study breaks, such as Apples to Apples and Jenga. This resource will be open to students from May 8 through May 12.

Ian Bonner-Swedish Reporter

To help students combat the stresses of finals week, Indiana State University is offering various “dead week” resources. For some the openness, but admirable quiet may be a must have, and thanks to a partnership with SGA and HMSU such a resource is available. The area will be constantly monitored by HMSU staff creating a safe place to leave your belongings. A dying phone, computer, tablet, or any other device will be the least of students’ concerns. Tables will be set up surrounding power outlets, and extension cords will also be provided. There’s an added bonus to this gift to the students. It’s available for 24 hours; if a student wishes to access the area between midnight and 6 a.m., they must enter from either the north or the south end of the Hulman Memorial Student Union after swiping their student IDs three times. This is an option for students who may either find the library too noisy,

SGA wraps up the school year Ashton Hensley Reporter

As the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, the Student Government Association is still busy wrapping up several projects as well as prepping for next year. This year the SGA has focused on specific initiatives to improve on students’ experience at Indiana State University. “Specifically, SGA has prioritized inclusive excellence as a value that shall be embedded into the ISU culture,” Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Brooks Moore said. Moore said SGA has been involved in many events on campus such as supporting cultural global nights and celebrating the opening of the LGBTQ Resource Center. “SGA’s commitment to these areas continues to reinforce the recognition, respect and regard of all members of the Sycamore family,” Moore said. SGA also initiated the ethics committee this year in order to uphold the integrity of the SGA. “As SGA is entrusted with representing all 13,000 students at ISU, it is imperative that SGA holds its members accountable to the standards that all students expect of their elected leadership,” Moore said. SGA senator Sarah Neeley said that the Student Engagement Committee has big projects planned to connect the SGA to more student organizations. “I think SGA went through a lot this semester, but it has made us stronger and has allowed us to

become a more tight-knit organization, that is ready to do what it needs to in order to better the ISU students & community,” Neeley said. Neeley said that she hopes for the SGA to connect more with students next year. “My dream for SGA in the upcoming academic year is that we find a better way to connect with the students. I believe we get a little too caught up in our own inner problems and we forget our mission,” Neeley said. “It is time for SGA to refocus and remember why we are doing this. Before we can be the voice of the students, we have to listen to them.” Moore said that another importance for the SGA next year is to work on more funding for student organizations. “A second priority of SGA has been to administer the Student Organization Resource Fund which has provided $75,000 to student organization for their programming,” Moore said. By providing organizations with more funding the SGA hopes to open up more experiences and opportunities for students. “SGA realizes that one of the most impactful means of impacting the students experience is to put resources in the hands of the student organizations which are sponsoring cultural, social, recreational and professional development opportunities for all students,” Moore said. The SGA also plans on trying to pump up school spirit at ISU. “SGA reintroduced a component of Sycamore Pride and Tra-

ditions by creating ‘Blue Fridays’ which encourages all members of the ISU community to wear blue on Fridays,” Moore said. Moore said that they hope that by initiating this simple tradition they can have an impact and increase school pride. The SGA will transition to the 55th administration with President Tanner Smith and Vice President Justin Ottino. The 55th administration cabinet was nominated by Smith and was confirmed by the Senate with majority vote approval on Wednesday during the Senate meeting. Brandy Protz will continue her role as chief of staff, gaining her position with 30-0-0 votes. Wyatt Lawson was approved as the director of academic affairs with 29-0-1 votes. “Wyatt ran for president with Brandy Protz as his vice president against Tanner and Justin, but Tanner, Wyatt, Justin and Brandy are all friends, and they are looking forward to working with each other this upcoming school year,” said Director of Governmental Affairs, Stephen Lamb. Lamb was approved again for his role within SGA with 29-0-1 votes. A new Director of Finance was confirmed in the meeting as well. Bryce Lain was approved 30-0-0 votes. “Bryce is a finance major in the Networks Program,” Lamb said. “He does not have prior SGA experience, but the Senate is looking forward to working with him.” Other members were confirmed to positions that benefit


Communication student chosen to speak at graduation Claire Silcox Reporter

Senior communication student Baley Ann Halberstadt is set to speak at graduation on May 13 in Hulman Center. Halberstadt is a communication major with a concentration in electronic media. She has always loved speaking in front of people. “When I was little, I would stand in my grandma’s living room on top of an old Igloo cooler and sing and dance for any and everyone in the room, so it goes without saying that this experience is a pretty cool way to bring things full circle for me,” Halberstadt said. Being in the field of electronic media has given Halberstadt the opportunity to get into radio broadcasting. Her free time on campus was spent with her fellow classmates and best friends at the ISU radio station along with her other three jobs. “My first really big achievement was being named as the Student Station Manager for WZIS, Indiana State’s student run radio station. I started with the station four years ago with absolutely no experience. Now, I manage a staff of about 60 students and help them learn and grow,” Halberstadt said. Halberstadt will be working part time with Midwest Communications with some commercial radio stations in Terre Haute after graduation. For her long term career goals, she


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would like to work as a full time on-air personality or in sales. Overall, Halberstadt just wants to be happy and financially stable with working in the communication field in some way. The major has given her the opportunity to do what she loves in radio, and she is excited to continue that outside of ISU. “My favorite thing about being a communication student is being involved with Student Media and working with my best friends. Also, all of the professors in the department really cared about my well-being and interacted with me more like a friend and mentor than a teacher,” Halberstadt said. ISU has been a happy home for Halberstadt. Although she



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Pulse nightclub owner launches process to create ‘iconic, national’ memorial

Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel (TNS)

The Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12 will be memorialized with an “iconic, meaningful, national” memorial and eventually a museum, where Orlando’s millions of visitors will learn about the club, the tragedy and the victims. Leaders of the not-for-profit onePULSE Foundation officially launched the effort to build the memorial Thursday morning. “Today, I’m able to share with you what I believe is news that will help in our mission of healing,” nightclub owner Barbara Poma, who is executive director and CEO of the foundation, said. “It isn’t easy for me to stand on this site. What began as a place for fun and joy is now sacred ground.” The effort will be led by a board of trustees including Disney World president George Kalogridis, Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced, and entertainer Lance Bass. The board will be led by Orlando attorney Earl Crittenden, of GrayRobinson. Poma made it clear that the process for designing and shaping the memorial is just beginning. The foundation launched a new website with videos explaining the memorial planning process, with a pitch by Andy Cohen, the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show. The website will also gather feedback regarding memorial options at some point. “This memorial will be designed as a place to grieve, to

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A make-shift memorial rests for the victims of the mass shooting scene at the Pulse night club in Orlando.

honor lives lost and saved, as well as to serve as a place to heal and learn,” Cohen said in the video message. Although some had talked about reopening the club, that is not what the memorial will be, according to Felts. “This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community,” Felts said at the announcement. “This project is about healing central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.” The memorial and eventual museum will mark the site where 49 people were murdered and dozens more injured on June 12 in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The entire area around Pulse was a crime scene for a week after the attack. But

when the street reopened, the vacant black building quickly became a magnet for grief, vigils, flowers, artwork and impromptu memorials. Even now, more than 10 months later, people still visit daily. The announcement took place just outside the dark, boarded-up structure. Volunteers dressed as angels stood around the parking lot. Visitors were wanded as they entered. A choral group sang songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Poma said the board of directors will ultimately decide what happens to the property, including whether the current building is demolished or not. She said the foundation is prepared for disagreements and difficulty in

Lagunitas selling remaining stake to Heineken as founder seeks growth for brand Josh Noel Chicago Tribune (TNS) Lagunitas Brewing is selling its remaining 50 percent stake to Heineken International, which will place the California and Chicago-based brewery under full control of the world’s second-largest beer company. Heineken first bought half of Lagunitas in September 2015. As a result of the deal, Lagunitas will become Heineken’s lead global craft brand, while its founder and executive chairman, Tony Magee, will take on a newly created role as global craft director for the Dutch company. Heineken owns more than 160 breweries worldwide. “We’ll look to develop meaningful craft strategies and work with Heineken’s companies around the world to develop and deploy craft — good craft brands in the Lagunitas model,” Magee said. Magee announced the deal to employees in Petaluma, Calif., on Thursday morning and to customers in a 1,948-word blog post on his website, which is how he also announced the first sale. “Some who don’t fully understand it all may say it is selling

out,” Magee wrote. “Truth is that we did then, and are now ‘buying in.’ Money has value and equity has value too. I am using Lagunitas’ equity to buy deeper into an organization that will help us go farther more quickly than we could have on our own. You hafta imagine Jonah standing on the gunnel of the storm-tossed ship and intentionally leaping into the mouth of the whale to embrace the transformation and emerge to become his own destiny.” Magee, who has been a critic of American craft breweries selling to Anheuser-Busch InBev, approached Heineken about the original 50 percent sale and also pushed to sell the other half because “this will accelerate growth and opportunities for Lagunitas,” he said. There was an understanding with Heineken from the start that a full sale could be the eventual outcome, he said. “We won’t be driving the brand to be bigger, faster, sooner, we’ll just be working more channels on the planet,” Magee said. “I’m not growing fast in any one market, but slowly in 30 markets all at once around the world.”

With more than 5,000 breweries in the United States, the craft beer arms race has turned global. Among the most aggressive has been Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer company, which has not only bought 10 craft breweries in the U.S., but craft breweries in England, Italy and Belgium. It also has aggressively expanded international distribution of Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co., the company’s first craft acquisition, which was bought in 2011. In recent months, Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched Goose Island properties in Brazil, South Korea, London, Mexico and Toronto. In a press release issued Thursday, Jean-François van Boxmeer, Heineken CEO and chairman of the executive board, said, “Our partnership with Lagunitas has been a great success and today’s announcement marks the next stage of an exciting journey. We look forward to accelerating the roll-out of Lagunitas to many more markets, and sharing craft beer with many more beer lovers around the world.”


the planning process. The building is a painful reminder to some who were there that night, like India Godman of Orlando. She stood just outside the fence after the announcement Thursday. She recalled being so close to the flying bullets that she tasted gunpowder. “This is a second home. It’s a very emotional moment,” Godman said. “I’m very grateful for where we are today. It’s a bittersweet feeling because we sympathize with the victims’ families.” Godman said she thought the building should be demolished because it is a reminder of the horror that occurred there. “Reconstruct it and do something completely different, so that it doesn’t show. … I would say keep the sign and tear down

the building,” Godman said. Poma has been saying she wants a memorial at the site since the day after the shooting. In recent months, she has been traveling to the sites of other mass shooting memorials with Miami artist Jefre Manuel. On Thursday, Manuel was identified as the designer of the Pulse memorial, who leads the design committee. He has posted photos on social media of he and Poma at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. At one point last year, Poma had decided to sell the building to the city, but she changed her mind and launched the private foundation instead. The LGBT nightclub has been closed since the massacre. Poma previously announced that the anniversary will include two events on the nightclub property, as part of Orlando United Day. That will include a midday ceremony featuring community speakers and music, and another gathering from 10 p.m. to midnight. The foundation has been raising money, intended to support construction and maintenance of a memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families, endowed scholarships for each of the 49 and “ultimately a museum showcasing historic artifacts and stories from the event.” Poma has said she founded the 12-year-old nightclub in memory of her brother John, who died of HIV/AIDS.

GOP lawmakers call for subpoenas after audit finds mishandling of money by University of California Patrick McGreevy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alarmed by an audit critical of the University of California, half a dozen Republican Assembly members called Tuesday for the Legislature to issue subpoenas for records as part of an independent forensic audit to determine whether the mishandling of UC resources broke any laws. The lawmakers sent a letter to the Assembly Rules Committee seeking an independent investigation a week after a state audit alleged the University of California failed to tell the public or lawmakers that it had $175 million in reserve funds and was paying excessive salaries and benefits to UC managers. “California students have faced rising tuition costs and unfair competition from outof-state students for years,” the letter said. “These students deserve better than $175 million in undisclosed funds, excessive administrative costs, increased tuition and fees and weak budget controls.” The letter also said the law-

makers are “extremely troubled by the (university’s office of the president’s) interference and possible tampering with the audit process.” The letter is signed by Republican Assembly members Catharine Baker of San Ramon, Kevin Kiley of Rocklin, Dante Acosta of Santa Clarita, Jay Obernolte of Big Bear, Steven Choi of Irvine and Randy Voepel of Santee. University of California President Janet Napolitano has said the audit was incorrect and that there is only $38 million in reserve funds, with the rest committed to programs to improve the 10-campus system. Still, the lawmakers said documents they want subpoenaed include account records, invoices, draft budget records and all correspondence regarding the $175 million fund. “Bringing these documents out in the open will allow the Legislature, auditor and the general public to judge accurately the actions of the (president’s office) and gauge whether or not criminal activity has taken place,” the letter said.

Tesla losses grow as company enters key expansion period Louis Hansen The Mercury News (TNS)

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Miguel Casillas, founder and executive director of SV Links, stands with his Tesla X that he rents out using Turo, a vehicle-sharing platform on March 15, 2017, in Menlo Park, Calif. Turo allows Casillas to get rental income from his business cars when he is not using them.

Tesla losses grew in the first quarter, blunting momentum as the electric vehicle maker moves to reach a broad new market with a lower-cost sedan. The company topped analyst expectations for revenues but posted higher-than-expected losses. Revenues grew to $2.7 billion, up from the $1.1 billion posted during the same period last year. Tesla reported first-quarter losses of $330 million, an increase of 17 percent from the same quarter last year. Tesla posted a net loss of $397 million, or $2.04 per share. Analysts predicted a $292 million loss, or about $1.17 per share. Tesla stock dropped about 2.5 percent in Wednesday trading. Karl Brauer, executive publisher for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, said the company is entering a major transition. The

luxury car maker is expected to bring its lower-cost Model 3 to customers this year. “The rest of 2017 will truly define the company’s long-term viability,” Brauer said. Clement Thibault, senior analyst at, said the long-term outlook for the company is still cloudy. “Excitement and hype can only take a company so far,” Thibault wrote in an email. “Tesla has a massive amount of debt with stable profitability only expected in 2020, and round after round of capital raising has already diluted shareholder value.” The electric vehicle maker shipped about 25,000 sedans and SUVs in the first quarter, setting a company record and a 64 percent growth rate year-toyear. The company expects to start production on the Model 3 in July. The $35,000 electric car is expected to bring Tesla to a broader market of customers. Even as investors have boosted the stock, Tesla has faced re-

cent criticism for its products and CEO Elon Musk’s foray into Washington, D.C. A handful of Model S owners have sued, claiming Tesla’s updated Autopilot driver assist package is unsafe and delayed beyond the company’s promises. The company denied the legal claims, saying owners are instructed on the system’s limits and its scheduled roll-out. Musk, serving on two presidential business advisory panels, has also become a lightning-rod for anti-Trump sentiment. A San Francisco tech investor launched a multi-million dollar campaign to get Musk to renounce President Donald Trump. Several potential Tesla customers say on the website they have cancelled vehicle orders because of the tech entrepreneur’s ties to Trump. Musk said he’s raised immigration reform and climate change at the meetings, issues


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Graduation Bash brings graduates to celebrate their success Anthony Goelz Reporter

Graduating students got a chance to celebrate the completion of their academic careers yesterday at the Graduation Bash, located at the Barnes and Noble near campus. “The Sycamore Send Off and Grad Bash is a collaboration between the Alumni Association, the Student Alumni Association and Barnes and Noble Bookstore,” said Hilary Duncan, assistant director of the Alumni Association. “This is the first year that we’ve done the Graduation Bash. In years past we have tried to do activities and celebratory

things at our Grad Fair, but it just doesn’t work out for students that they can come and enjoy the Grad Fair,” said Ashley Mason, café manager and event planner at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Mason also explained that they wanted to have an event where the students could come in and actually celebrate their time at Indiana State. “The Grad Bash was an idea created by Barnes and Noble bookstore, and they approached us about getting involved, and at the same time we had the idea to have a Sycamore Send Off where people could walk back through the arch. So we put our heads together and created this event to connect students to the Alumni Association and also to alumni in the area,” Dun-

can said. The idea was to have the graduating students understand the purpose of the Alumni Association and how to stay connected after graduation, according to Duncan. Mason said that there were games, food, music and an appearance by Sycamore Sam. ISU alumni merchandise was also on sale during the event. Mason hopes that students come and enjoy themselves and good word spreads about the event for the future. The Alumni Association had never done this event, but had always tried connecting students and the association in the past. “We’ll have free food, our Be Forever

Blue boxes which is something new we’re offering from the Alumni Association this year; it’s a grad gift box that students, parents and alumni can purchase for $30, and it has an annual membership card in it, it has a reusable tote, it has a phone popsocket and other various items,” Duncan said. “We’ll also be having our walk back through the arch. You can get your graduation photo taken with the caps and gowns we will have available.” The entire ISU and Terre Haute community are excited for the graduating class of 2017. “We are really proud of our Indiana State University graduates and we are excited to welcome them as alumni into the Alumni Association,” Duncan said.

Universal Studios Hollywood adds high-def to Potter ride Hugo Martin

Los Angeles Times (TNS)

LOS ANGELES — Less than four months after Universal Studios Hollywood removed the 3-D feature from its Harry Potter flying simulator ride, the park has upgraded the attraction to include high-definition images of fire-breathing dragons, enchanted trees and evil flying creatures. The images shown during Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, once projected on the ride’s wraparound screens at the rate of 60 frames a second, are now projected at 120 frames a second. The park described the technology as 4K-HD, referring to horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels in high definition. The ride, which uses sets and various technologies, including animatronics and film projection, gives riders the sensation that they are flying with Harry Potter around Hogwarts Castle and through a Quidditch match while escaping a dragon, Dementors and an enchanted willow. It is the centerpiece ride of the $500 million Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion that opened last April, the latest in a series of new attractions added to the park over the last two years. Although Universal Studios Hollywood remains a smaller rival of Disneyland, its latest offerings have improved its ability to compete. In December, the park quietly removed the 3-D feature from the ride, eliminating the need to put special glasses on each rider.

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Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, in the film, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.”


Family at the core of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Frank Lovece Newsday (TNS)

It’s not the Ivan Turgenev novel, but “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is definitely about fathers and sons. As much of a slambang sci-fi adventure as the movie is, the Marvel Studios sequel, opening May 5, is at heart a family drama about all the ways fathers can shape a son or a daughter’s life for better and for worse. “Look, I’m a kid from a very dysfunctional family and my parents are very open about this,” the film’s writer-director, James Gunn, says by phone from Los Angeles. “My family were all very large drinkers — my dad is sober now, but he was a very big drinker when I was growing up — so when you have a family that’s very imperfect but at the heart of that family is a lot of love, I think it gives you a measured, multifaceted view of family life. And I think that multifaceted view of family life is what I apply to the ‘Guardians’ movies. To me they are, at the core, above being a space adventure, above being a comedy — they really are a family drama.” The film picks up not long after Gunn’s 2014 original, with half-human, halfalien Peter Quill, the self-dubbed Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), now an intergalactic gun-for-

hire alongside fellow Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and the treelike Groot (voice of Vin Diesel). Together with Gamora’s fugitive adoptive sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), they find themselves pursued by space-pirate Ravagers led by the lethal Yondu (Michael Rooker) — who had been hired to deliver Quill in boyhood to his biological father, but kept him as a crew member and raised him instead. Quill’s father turns out to be the human avatar of a living planet named Ego (Kurt Russell). Between the paternal triangle involving Quill, Yondu and Ego, and the murderous relationship between Nebula and Gamora, it’s like Thanksgiving dinner with the Manson Family. As it happens, some of Gunn’s real-life family actually appear in the movie: dad Jim Gunn Sr. has a cameo as “Weird old man,” mom Leota Gunn is “Weird old man’s mistress,” and Gunn’s actor brother, Sean (Kirk Gleason on “Gilmore Girls”), plays Yondu’s lieutenant, Kraglin. One of six children of a St. Louis attorney, Gunn married “The Office” star Jenna Fischer in 2000 — though his mentor, low-budget legend Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment, did not officiate, as his hometown paper claimed. “They said I was married by Lloyd Kaufman, which is not true,”

says Gunn. “He was at my wedding and he gave a speech.” Gunn and Fischer separated after seven years and divorced a year later, and Gunn is now with actress Jennifer Holland (TV’s “Sun Records”). The filmmaker would also like to correct claims that Glenn Close reprises her “GotG” role as galactic law-enforcement official Nova Prime Rael. “We shot a couple of lines with her, which will probably appear on the BluRay in the deleted scenes,” he says. “But I was trying to cram Nova Prime into the second movie as opposed to having it happen organically.” And while he directed the Stan Lee cameo in director Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange,” he did not direct the Marvel Comics impresario’s cameos in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” or “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” But, he reveals, “I did do one that I can’t talk about.” Up next for him: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” He also is an executive producer on the next Avengers movies, the twopart “Avengers: Infinity War.” Is he worried about being stretched as thin as a two-dimensional being? “Oh, God, no!” he says, laughing. “I have three years in which I’m going to spend all that time doing ‘Guardians 3,’ and most of my work on ‘Infinity War’ is already done.”

Fire ‘em Up: Team Sycamore’s dynamic duo Kristen Kilker

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Driving for Team Sycamore Racing is senior Michael Nackers from Fort Wayne. Nackers is in the Moser car, which was donated to the program by Moser Engineering. The dragster measures 235 inches with a 2002 Undercover chassis, powered by a 488 cubic inch big block Chevy engine and an Abruzzi two-speed powerglide transmission, clocking in at 5.2 seconds at 135 miles per hour in an eighth of a mile. Alongside him is junior Lesley Kelle of Indianapolis in the “blue” car, measuring 225 inches with a 1992 Spitzer chassis and an Ls7 engine. She clocks in at 5.20 seconds at 130 miles per hour in an eighth of a mile. Nackers and Kelle have a lot in common: They loved racing, but did not think it was an option before they learned about the racing program at Indiana State University. They volunteered, and from there, they were recruited to drive. The pair is majoring in automotive engineering technology, and Nackers is returning in the fall to earn his master’s degree in technology management. Kelle has been racing since she was a sophomore. She says working on cars helped her understand what goes on in each pass and what to do in certain situations, and she was fully licensed within

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Lesley Kelle and Michael Knackers are drivers for Team Sycamore Racing.

three or four weeks. “The six passes went smoother than I thought they would I guess, but even being told what to expect with our first racing experience, nothing could prepare you for that feeling of pretty much being shot out of a canon,” she said. Nackers would work on the cars between racing seasons and was eventually asked to pilot one of the dragsters. He completed his National Hot Rod Association licensure last year and will be ready to compete in points this season. “Not only do I get to drive dragsters, but

I am also involved with the operations that go on off the track, where I have learned a lot about the business fundamentals required to operate a race team,” Nackers said. “The connections that I have made, as a result of being involved with this program, have opened so many doors for my future.” Even if someone who knows very little about racing, one can imagine it takes a certain type of person to agree to drive thousand-pound hunks of metal over 100 miles per hour, while other hunks of metal satellite around them, with little

hesitation. Kelle and Nackers both fit the description. “I love racing because it’s just something that once you’ve done it, you never want to stop. If I could run around every weekend and just run cars down the track, I’d be in heaven,” Kelle said. “It’s just one of those feelings that I can’t always explain. Does any part make me nervous? Not really.” Nackers says racing is a way to compete against other people who share his passion for cars. “It’s about pushing the technology further and further to continue to be competitive,” Nackers said. “Every time you go to the track, it becomes a learning experience, and no event is ever the same.” Nackers says he is comfortable driving the cars, which “need to be respected,” and he has nothing to worry about as long as he - and all the other drivers around him -- does their job correctly. Their goal for the season, which started in mid-April, is simple: win as much as possible. As their first act of the season, Team Sycamore Racing Facebook live-streamed the starting of the Moser dragster on at 3 p.m. April 19 in preparation for their first race. The team welcomes students from all majors to experience the action. “I’m feeling pretty good about this season. I’m honestly just ready to get out and race and see what I can accomplish,” Kelle said. SGA FROM PAGE 1 SGA in their movement forward. Michelle White was approved 29-0-1 votes as the new director of inclusive excellence. Karlee Gable was approved 29-0-0 votes as the director of leadership, following after Ottino as he moves into his new role. Ryan Stenger was approved 15-11-3 votes as the director of pride and traditions. Lauren Jones was approved 29-0-0 as the director of student engagement. Abigail Niepagen was approved

Friday, May 5, 2017 • Page 5 30-0-0 votes as the director of public relations. “As we look to the future, SGA has identified specific priorities that they will focus on moving forward,” Moore said. Next year the main focuses of the SGA will be inclusive excellence, campus parking and energizing school spirit. “SGA’s mission is to represent the interests of all students and these students work diligently throughout the year to uphold this standard,” Moore said.

GRADUATION FROM PAGE 1 has had bad days like everyone, she reminds herself they do not last forever. She has had an incredible time at ISU and is proud of her accomplishments. “My advice to younger students is to get involved. Finding an organization or club or job or anything else that keeps you engaged will make a world of difference. Having somewhere to go where you know that you belong is huge and will help get you through those sometimes overwhelming, crazy days of college,” Halberstadt said.

Congrats,Grads! from all of us at the Statesman

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The world loves him, but his country does not: Would millions from Trump help? Franco Ordonez

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is one of the world’s most respected leaders. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work ending the hemisphere’s longest armed conflict with Marxist rebels. He was named to Time Magazine’s 2017 list of 100 Most Influential People. Yet his approval ratings in his own country are historically low. In fact, his ratings are only slightly higher than that of the FARC, the insurgency group that has terrorized his nation for decades. When Santos comes to Washington later this month, he’ll be leaning on that international support as he asks President Donald Trump to fulfill a $450 million promise made by his predecessor to support the peace deal. The challenge is his local opposition may have got to Trump first, and they don’t like how Santos plans to use the money. In a rare moment, Santos shared how the local criticism has affected him. He acknowledged it’s been one of the most difficult aspects of his presidency. “My adversaries, political enemies, have demonized me,” he told an audience at Bogota’s Javeriana University a few days ago. “ ‘Santos is a traitor, traitor, traitor.’ And that has been very difficult for me because that image for any ordinary citizen is easy to sell, really.” The worldwide jubilation that followed the historic peace deal signed late last year with the rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, never really took hold inside Colombia, where sobering realities surrounding implementing the complicated deal, uncertainty in Venezuela and a corruption scandal threw the nation into a political tailspin.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Ariz., on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Santos climbed to the top of Colombian politics as a fighter rather than a peace advocate. A former newspaper man, Santos served in several administrations, but came to distinction in 2006 when he was named defense minister by then-President Alvaro Uribe. The two men led a successful military offensive against FARC that helped weaken the rebels and bring them to the negotiating table. He won the presidency in 2010 promising to continue hard-line national security policies. While Santos started off with high approval ratings in the 80s, his support has deteriorated over the years as he sought the backing of the international community for his peace efforts. In one comprehensive poll conducted by Gallup, Santos had just a 24 percent approval rating in February. By comparison, the FARC had a 19 percent approval rating. Santos’s greatest adversary was once his biggest cheerleader. Uribe, the popular two-term president, who handed the

Lea Michele on first solo tour: ‘This is really just me doing it all on my own’ Katie Anastas

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Lea Michele is used to being part of an ensemble. So venturing out on her first solo tour has been a nerve-wracking part of promoting her new album. On tour with a group, Michele said, performers get to take breaks between their songs and rely on other people to make the show successful. “This is really just me doing it all on my own,” she said in a recent phone interview. “That makes it a lot more scary, but it’s definitely something that I feel ready for.” The former “Glee” and “Scream Queens” star released her second album, “Places,” on April 28. Michele’s first album, “Louder,” was released in 2014 while she was still a cast member on “Glee.” The album’s first single, “Cannonball,” debuted at No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Michele the first “Glee” cast member to make the Hot 100 list as a lead solo artist. “I had the most incredible time recording my first record,” Michele said. “But it was during such a busy time for me, working on ‘Glee’ and recording an album at the same time. I had personally a lot happening and professionally a lot happening.” Michele said working on “Places” gave her an opportunity to write music without being influenced by “Glee.” She drew inspiration from artists such as Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, as well as her time on Broadway. “I wanted it to sound like me,” Michele said. “The album has a little bit more theatricality to it than my last, and it’s much more of a vocal record.” “Love Is Alive,” the album’s first single, is an emotional ballad, which Michele described as “the umbrella of the entire record.” “It really represented the sound that I wanted to create and the message I wanted to relay,” Michele said. “Every song that came after that on the album really just grew from ‘Love Is Alive.’”

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Another song on the new album, “Anything’s Possible,” is a more upbeat tune about empowerment. Michele wrote “Anything’s Possible” knowing that many fans have viewed her as a role model since she starred on “Glee.” “A lot of people might consider that to be an overwhelming task, but I find it to be quite an honor,” she said. “We have a lot happening in our world right now, and I think it’s important to have songs that have this message. That’s what music is for.” Despite the pressure of performing solo, Michele said she’s excited to start her tour. Since she was unable to go on tour for “Louder,” performing live for fans became a priority the second time around. “One of my biggest goals for releasing the second record was to jump immediately into touring and performing,” she said. “It’s where I come from and where I feel the most comfortable. I wanted to have the opportunity to go around and thank my fans for being so supportive.”

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presidency to Santos in 2010 believing he would continue his hard-line policies. But Santos soon began to make clear that he had his own agenda, and he would do things differently in an effort to bring peace to Colombia. Uribe spearheaded the “no” campaign, urging Colombians not to support an accord that would give the FARC guaranteed congressional seats and immunity from jail sentences. In October, voters did just that. Santos went ahead anyway and pushed the accord through the Colombian Congress, which approved it in November. Since then, Uribe’s attacks have not let up. He’s called Santos a “Castro-Chavista,” a reference to the twin nemeses of conservative Latin Americans, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Venezuela’s dead leader Hugo Chavez. He’s complained his former defense minister is seeking peace “at any costs.” He’s warned that once the ex-guerrillas entered politics, Colombia would end up with a left-wing dictatorship. “He feels personally betrayed by the

Santos government,” said Arlene Tickner, a professor of international relations at Rosario University in downtown Bogota. “He’s convinced that he put Santos in the presidency. And that he betrayed him.” Obama’s promised $450 million to help implement the peace plan is in doubt as the Trump administration plans to slash foreign aid as part of 31 percent cut to the State Department’s budget. The United States continues to play an outsized role in Colombia’s internal politics. A Trump declaration of support would go a long way toward shoring up Santos’ domestic backing. But before Santos gets his chance, Uribe appears have delivered another blow by successfully getting in front of President Donald Trump for an impromptu hello at Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Another opposition leader, former Colombian president Andres Pastrana, who was reportedly with Uribe, described the meeting with Trump as a “cordial and very frank conversation” about problems in Colombia and the region. The Trump administration discounted the interlude as nothing “beyond a quick hello.” The administration has given no indication of whether they will support the peace plan or place more conditions on any U.S. aid. Santos is only the second Colombian to win a Nobel, following novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who received the prize for literature in 1982. Santos deflected the praise and dedicated the prize to his fellow Colombians, especially the victims of the long conflict. “To make sure that there is not even one more victim in this conflict we must reconcile, unite and finish this process and begin to construct a stable peace,” he said in short remarks.

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LAGUNITAS FROM PAGE 2 Lagunitas CEO Maria Stipp, who previously reported to Magee, will now report to Marc Busain, president of Heineken in the Americas. Three American craft breweries in which Lagunitas has bought a stake will continue to report to Stipp. Magee has said he intends to invest in more American craft breweries. Terms of the deal were not released, though the initial 50 percent sale was reportedly worth close to $500 million.

TESLA FROM PAGE 2 that might have otherwise been ignored. The company also touted improved gross margin on auto sales, improvements to Autopilot and record vehicle deliveries during the first three months of the year.

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No way to make sense of death of black teen in Texas James Ragland

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No child should die the way Jordan Edwards died. And no police officer who perpetrated such a shameful, brutish act — firing a deadly rifle into a fleeing car full of teenagers — should ever wear a badge again. But this, America, is what happens when we whitewash the wrongdoings of law enforcement officials who abuse their authority under the color of law. We license them to kill. This is what happens when the two cops in Cleveland who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park aren’t forced to face criminal charges. This is what happens when we pretend we can’t possibly be both for police and against the malignant police brutality that has metastasized in departments across the country. We get a Roy Oliver — a white cop on a predominantly white force in a small burg, Balch Springs, Texas, where 70 percent of the residents are black and Latino — shooting first and asking questions later. We get a police chief initially buying into a wholesale lie — some cockamamie story about the teenagers backing up toward Oliver in an “aggressive manner” — before looking at the actual evidence, which showed their car was moving away from Oliver, who fired his weapon indiscriminately, through the night air and into a car with four teenage boys. And, sadly, we get black fathers like me who are sick to our stomachs, wondering if our sons and daughters will ever be afforded the respect — common courtesies and benefits of doubt — that their white peers take for granted. In times like these, I am relieved that my own older son is living abroad, far away from this madness, this volatile climate that keeps snuffing out the lives of young black men. If Jordan Edwards, an affable freshman who loved football and stood out in the classroom, can be shot like wild game, no black boy in America can possibly feel safe. Just ask Oluwaseun “Seun” Suberu, 16, who lived next door to Jordan Edwards in a quiet, rustic neighborhood in Mesquite. “I should be scared, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “I could go to a Wal-Mart and get shot by police.” Suberu, a Mesquite High sophomore, had known Jordan for seven years, and often played with him in the yard and in his home when they were younger. “We used to put our basketball


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Trumps first one hundred days in office constant battle with the media

Since his victory in the 2016 elections, President Donald J. Trump has seemingly faced more opposition than any of the previous presidents in their first 100 days in office. Most of the opposition he has faced has been from an embarrassed media who prior to election night was absolutely certain that Hillary Clinton would be the 45th president. Since then, the media has not been kind to the newly elected president, including their assessment of his first 100 days in office. Prior to his 100 day rally in Pennsylvania, Trump again stated his frustration with the media in a tweet: “Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of

achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders and great optimism!” Indeed, if one looks at some of the stories about the president’s first 100 day milestone, there is very little positive reporting. This is not to say that Trump has been perfect. Since the days of former President Richard Nixon, the first president I can remember in my lifetime, no president has been flawless. On the other hand, no president has ever been perfectly flawed, which is how most in the media paint the president. Much of the mainstream media does have a bias against the president. Whether this is a result of the embarrassment they endured at the hands of their own arrogance, or whether it is because they cannot accept the fact that Clinton lost is up for debate, but the fact remains, much of what the media reports on the president is through a negative lens. The president had already faced harsh criticism from the media and his opponents for ditching the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner in favor of the Pennsylvania rally. It is a love-hate relationship that doesn’t appear to be end-

ing anytime soon. While Trump was continuing his criticism of the media during his rally, in which there was a point where the crowd broke out in a chant of “CNN Sucks,” while Hasan Minhaj, the emcee of the correspondent’s dinner was returning the favor with attacks against the president referring to him as “Liar-in-Chief.” Much of what Americans view as success or failure depends on their political ideology and where they stand on the issues, however. The media attempts to sway their ideology to be more in line with theirs, thus they have even rendered harsh criticism towards Trump voters. While elaborating on his successes at the Pennsylvania rally, many of those successes have been seen as failures by the left. One such success, which Trump said is the first in the modern political era, was the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court within the first 100 days of becoming president. Many say Gorsuch is similar in interpreting the constitution as Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away last year. Other successes the president mentioned are the Keystone

pipeline, the U.S. withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he claims was bad for American workers, and the number of manufacturers who are bringing their factories back to the United States. Many on the left and the media see Trump’s first attempt to repeal ObamaCare as a major defeat, but the president has vowed not to give up on the legislation, which he claims is crumbling. We could go on and on about the president’s successes and failures, but I am of the belief that regardless of what the president does, the media will still attack him. Many of Trump’s actions in his first 100 days have been to undo some of the damage that has been caused by the previous administration. One such example of that damage is perceived American weakness on the global stage. In eight years of Obama and eight years of Bush, North Korea has slowly evolved as a major threat, especially to our allies in the region. Trump has convinced China to put more pressure on the rogue nation, knowing that they are close to developing a

ever, as soon as the last final is finished, we are free from school and, for a few short months, we no longer have to worry about the stresses that come with schoolwork and are able to get away and have fun for a while. A road trip is the best way to do this as we can learn something new in a relaxed environment. The scenery along a highway or backroad is different everywhere you go and can be relaxing to watch as it changes from desert to cornfields to cities. Road trips are the easiest way to explore areas you may never have thought of going to. There are hundreds of thousands of in-

teresting places off the highway that you may not have found on your phone’s map, but a little sign on the side of the road could lead you to one of your favorite places. Along your route, it is easy to stop and learn something about the local culture. Places like a tourist center, museum, or even a diner are excellent ways to learn about the history and culture of the town you are passing through. The flexibility of a road trip is my favorite aspect of traveling. With road trips, you can get off at the next exit and explore anything that may be there. You can

follow the historical marker and learn something new, or you can try the local’s favorite diner and find the best burger you have ever had. The best way to plan a road trip is to make no plans at all. The only thing you need to know to have a successful road trip is your destination, and sometimes you only need to know the destination after you are already on the road. However, there is no wrong way to do a road trip; you can plan out every stop and everything you are going to do, or you can just get in the car and go without having any idea of where you are going or what you

are doing. Summer vacation is all about gaining new memories and experiences that not only allow you to have an enjoyable summer, but also allow you to grow as a person. Road trips give many new memories ranging from discovering a weird attraction like a statue of Chef Boyardee to getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere with no phone service, but all of the experiences teach us something new in some way or another. Sometimes the best memories are made when you decide to go and just be

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Road trips are an excellent way to spend your summer vacation. As summer vacation is just around the corner, we are all looking forward to the plans we have made. However, for those of us that have yet to decide what to do with our summer, a road trip is an excellent idea. Road trips can be a great way to learn new things while exploring new places and making the most of your summer. Finals week has all of us feeling stressed, exhausted and just generally ready for a break. How-

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POTTER FROM PAGE 4 The 3-D technology was touted as setting the California ride apart from a similar attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla. At the time the 3-D feature was eliminated, park representatives declined to explain the reason. But several riders and theme park enthusiasts had said the Forbidden Journey ride made them nauseated. Visual 3-D effects have been in use for years in other Universal Studios attractions, such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers the Ride: 3-D and King Kong 360: 3-D. But the Harry Potter ride’s sense of motion can feel extreme as seats are lifted and tilted dramatically while riders watch moving images on a wraparound screen. Universal Studios Hollywood officials now say they had long planned to convert the 3-D technology in the ride to 4K-HD. “We continually evaluate our attractions and made intentional

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Candlesticks float and hover above the riders aboard Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter At Universal Studios Hollywood March 7, 2016. The newly completed attraction bringing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories to life is scheduled to open April 7.

enhancements to the Forbidden Journey ride to effectively transition from 3-D to state-of-the-art 4K-HD at 120 frames per sec-

ond, which is double the original film’s speed,” park spokeswoman Audrey Eig said. “As a progressive theme park, we determined

the increased frame rate would offer an even more intense and immersive experience for our guests.”

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Above: The group of Lavender grads pose for a photo. Bottom left: Dr. Elonda Ervin speaks to the graduates. Bottom right: Dr. Willie Banks gives cords to a graduate.

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Softball team hits rough patch as the season comes to a close Andrew Doran Reporter

The Indiana State women’s softball team has not had the season they were hoping for. With only one more conference series this season, the Sycamores are hoping to end on a good note. The softball team has had a lot

of upsets this season with players being injured and games being delayed. The team sits at a record of 22-28, 6-17 MVC. They have not found the groove they need to be able to win games. With a big series win against Evansville, the Sycamores have had a tough schedule since. The team has had a rough and slow season. The Sycamores have

DEATH FROM PAGE 8 goal right there,” he said, pointing to a nearby spot. “Since I’m so tall and he’s so short, I used to baby him in the low post, and he’d get mad.” Suberu, who’s interested in engineering and computer science and hopes to go to MIT when he graduates, got a glimpse of Jordan from his yard the day before he was shot and killed. When his friends began discussing on Snapchat that Jordan had been shot, “I was more confused. I didn’t know how to feel. I thought maybe it was a cruel prank.” Now, he finds himself battling inexplicable heartache, knowing that Jordan is gone forever and that the Edwards family is grieving. “It’s more like anger and sadness,” he

ROAD FROM PAGE 8 spontaneous. Road trips with friends are one of the best ways to have fun and get away from social media. While driving down the road, you can play games like I Spy or you can create your own games. Another fun and sometimes interesting thing to do is make a road trip playlist. There is always the one friend that brings back the hits everyone loves to hate, which always results in a sing

TRUMP FROM PAGE 8 means to deliver nuclear weapons. For those who think the wall should be up, that ObamaCare should already be replaced, that terrorism should have already been eliminated, and who think that the Middle East should be

said, “because we can’t do anything about it.” I drove back and forth from the neighborhood where the Edwardses live to the street where Jordan was shot. The kid was only about three miles from home. And that house where he went to party was about half a mile from the Balch Springs Police Department. It was all right there in front of me, and none of it added up. Police were responding to a Saturday night call about a loud party with intoxicated teenagers. Oliver was the second of two officers to arrive. When officers went inside the house, they heard gunshots and ran outside, police said. Jordan and four other teens had gotten into a car driven by Jordan’s older brother to leave after they heard gunfire. As they were pulling away, the family attorney for

the Edwardses said, they heard someone cursing before three shots were fired their way. Turns out, there was no alcohol or weapons in the car in which Jordan was slain. James Jones, 66, a retired electrician who lives two doors down from the house where the kids were partying, saw the teens arriving hours before the shooting. “Everything seemed to be peaceful,” he said. Later, after the gunfire erupted, he saw teens dashing through his back yard and scaling a fence to try to get away. He didn’t witness the police shooting, but said he can’t believe an officer would dare fire at a car that posed no threat. Firing Oliver — which the chief did Tuesday — isn’t enough, he said. “I think they should charge him for wrongful death,” Jones said. “These police are getting away with too many murders.”



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been swept by Illinois State, Drake, Missouri State, Wichita State, and Loyola this season while only being able to win one big series. The Sycamores have had to deal with a few injuries this season as well. The team is hoping these players can have a full recovery and get back on the field. In the off-season, they will need to work on everything so they can

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Indiana State University softball team breaks a school record while playing against St. Louis.

Sycamores break double plays school record, split final non-conference series at Saint Louis

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Indiana State broke the single-season double plays school record as it split its final non-conference series of the season at Saint Louis on Tuesday, taking Game One 5-2 and falling 4-1 in Game Two. The Sycamores (22-28) got another great start out of Kenzie Ihle (16-13) in Game One, as well as a stellar day at the plate by freshman Becky Malchow (2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI). In total, Malchow went 4-for-7 with three RBI across both games. Indiana State matched SLU (22-23) with six hits in Game Two, but the Billikens had more timely hits in the 4-1 loss. Indiana State now travels to Bradley this upcoming weekend for a crucial final weekend of regular season Valley action. In order to make the MVC Tournament, the Sycamores need to sweep the Braves and Drake needs to be swept by Loyola. The Billikens jumped on Ihle right out of the gate with a leadoff home run to deep left field by Alex Nickel and a follow-up

single by Josie Knesel, but the junior transfer collected herself and shut down SLU the remainder of her start. That very inning the Sycamore defense picked her up with their school-record 25th double play of the season on a bunt popped foul to Brooke Mann, who fired down to Shaye Barton at first to double the Billikens off. Ihle ended the game with 6.0 innings pitched and three strikeouts, and just that solo home run to show in addition to four hits allowed. After allowing hits in her first two batters faced, Ihle retired 15 of the next 18 should would encounter. SLU was cruising along with that 1-0 lead until the fourth inning, when Malchow and the Sycamores decided to pounce. The freshman native of Rochester, Ind., crushed her second triple of the season high off the wall in right center, scoring Shaye Barton (1-4, 2B) and Mary Turitto (1-2, 2 BB). Senior Kassie Brown followed that up (2-3, 2B, RBI) with an RBI single into left field to give the Sycamores a 3-1 lead. Lady Luck was on ISU’s side in the bottom half of the fourth, as the leadoff

hitter Mackenzie Lawson crushed what was nearly another HR to left field, but it bounced off the top of the fence and back into the field of play for a double. Ihle settled back in again with three quick groundouts to strand her at second. The Sycamores padded their lead out to 5-1 after scoring two unearned in the fifth – sparked by the sixth double of the season by Shaye Barton. Freshman Della Gher, already the alltime single-season record holder with five saves this year, came in relief in a non-save situation up 5-1 in the seventh. Her first pitch was sent over the centerfield wall by Mackenzie Peter to make it a 5-2 game, but Gher followed Ihle’s lead and collected herself for two quick groundouts. However, the Billikens eventually brought the tying run up to the plate with two outs, but a grounder to short sealed the deal for the Sycamore victory. Also notching base hits in Game One were Erika Crissman (1-4), Rylee Holland (1-3, SAC) and Brooke Mann (1-2, BB). Game Two was a pitcher’s duel for the first three innings, and it also included

ISU’s 26th double play of the season in the bottom of the first to help starter Kylie Stober out of a jam. However, the Billikens would score their four runs in just two innings and stymie the Sycamores the remainder of the game. SLU struck first in the third inning on a bases loaded sacrifice fly, but the Sycamores would respond in kind in the top of the fourth. Erika Crissman (1-2, BB) drew a leadoff walk and Shaye Barton laid down one of her two sacrifice bunts in Game Two to move her to second. Mary Turitto (1-3, 2B) hit a short double to right field to make it second and third for another clutch RBI single by Becky Malchow (2-3, RBI). A two-run single by SLU’s Emma Buckles in the bottom half restored the Billiken lead at 3-1. Reliever Della Gher then came in and yielded a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-1. The Sycamores were able to get singles in the final three innings from Crissman and Brooke Riemenschneider (1-2), but were unable to bring them in to score.

Baseball season closing Andrew Doran Reporter

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Sycamore soccer has ended after only two short months of playing.

Spring soccer ending Garrett Short Reporter

The spring season has come and gone for the Indiana State women’s soccer team. The team played in five games over the course of two months, going 1-4. The Sycamores missed the .500 mark last fall going 7-11-2, but had a productive season nonetheless making the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The team lost a major weapon from last season’s team, as senior Maddie Orf is now playing in Sweden. Orf led the team last year with six goals, and brought that skill with her across the Atlantic as she scored in her first game in Sweden. Head coach Julie Hanley knows what her team needs to improve on by the fall season. “Defensively we’re very, very good as a team. The attacking third is what we’re going to have to spend some time on,” Hanley said. The weight of improving may fall on incoming

freshmen and transfers. This doesn’t shake the confidence of Hanley. She is especially excited about bringing in two transfers — Caitlyn Eddy and Tessa Leong. Leong had to sit during the spring games, but Hanley had some high praise for Eddy, a transfer from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “She’s been absolutely spectacular. You couldn’t ask for a better kid or a better player,” Hanley said. “I can see her being a captain of the team for sure.” Offense in the spring games was hard to find. Katie Wells, who will be a junior next season, scored the only two goals of the spring in the win over Eastern Illinois. Hanley isn’t worried about the low production of scoring, though she knows they looked a little rough around the edges. “I think we have all the tools to do it, we just panic in the final third,” she said. The defense currently

looks similar, though the last line of defense will be different in the fall. Someone new will have to line up as goalkeeper in place of senior Brittany San Roman. In front of the goal, the defensive unit will return Kasey Wallace as a senior and Katie Sullivan as a junior. These two were constants in the middle of the defense last season. Coach Hanley is pleased with the transition the program has made during her entire first year in Terre Haute. “I couldn’t have asked for a better administration, better people to work for; the kids here are fantastic, and I just think we have got to get a little bit better every day,” Hanley said. The soccer team has been trending in the right direction the last few seasons. The team won five games in 2014, six games in 2014 and seven games in 2016. They will look to continue adding onto their win totals when they return to campus in August.

With the Indiana State men’s baseball team closing down its season within the next couple weeks, they will need to finish up strong in order to earn a spot in the tournament. Coming off a huge conference series sweep over Bradley, the Sycamores should be able to carry the momentum in this next weekend match up against Illinois State University. The Sycamores currently hold a 21-20, 7-5 MVC record, which is about average for the team. This season they have had huge wins up to this point. Big wins against No. 12 Washington, Indiana University, Purdue and Northern Illinois are what has kept this team alive. Losing half their starting lineup due to players graduating and moving on meant for a rocky start. Before the season began, Coach Hannahs was not set on a lineup for the first weekend of games. With players filling in and stepping up where they need to, the Sycamores have been able to stick it out for big wins against big time teams. While they have had ups this season,

their lows have been there as well. They were only swept once by Dallas Baptist. Even though they avoid being swept, it is all the single game match ups that make the record seem bad. Overall, the team has been good this year. There is a good amount of improvement they will need to work on this off-season, but if they come back next spring ready to play hard they can earn a top spot in conference next season. The Sycamore baseball team has the talent and skill to make a run for a conference title this year. With the help from their bats, the team should be able to do some damage at the end of the season. Since there are only three series left, they will need to prepare and play hard until their very last out of the season. Having a deep pitching staff allows Head Coach Hannahs to use multiple weapons if need be. This can help them out tremendously because while it is late in the season, some other teams pitching staff is worn out. The Sycamores are hoping to end their season on a good note. While they still have room to improve, the team can make


May 5, 2017  
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