Indiana Statesman For ISU students. About ISU students. By ISU students.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Volume 124, Issue 53
Marissa Schmitter | Indiana Statesman
Above: ISU students and members of the community hold flags to represent the many countries of people that Terre Haute is the home of. Below: ISU president and first lady Dan and Cheri Bradley hold their lit candle to show their support for the international students and ISU.
Vigil held to support international community Ashton Hensley and Adrienne Morris Reporters
International students were supported by other students and staff through a candlelight vigil held at the fountain Monday evening to stand against oppression. The Indiana State University International Students Leadership Council held the event. They passed out flags representing many of the countries the international students are from to hold up and support all students. Candles were passed out to all participants who were not holding up flags. All the candles were lit as the crowd was asked to sing along to the song “Lean on Me” and then the American national anthem. Timothy Ghogle, president of the ISLC, explained that the organization is made up of students from many different countries. He further explained that they were inspired to hold the vigil to remind everyone to embrace and therefore strengthen each other. “The intent is to send a message that international students are welcomed and cared for;
Free professional photos for students Claire Silcox Reporter
Providing priceless opportunities for students, the Career Center is hosting a professional photo shoot this Wednesday and Thursday. Indiana State University’s Career Center has many events for students to improve their resumes and profiles, along with furthering their future careers. The Career Center’s main goal is to prepare students for life after graduation; it is a resource to help students to find job and internship opportunities. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, the Career Center is making an effort to provide this opportunity of free professional photos to as many students as possible. The photos being taken are free headshots from professional photographers, which are especially for LinkedIn profiles, resumes and other social media accounts. They can also give students the upper hand on others when going through the selection process as a possible employee to companies and organizations. Students will be able to access and download these photo-
graphs through a link provided after they are taken. These photos can help employers see students in a more professional light rather than viewing standard social media profile pictures, which can be less than professional. The Career Center does much more than these photos for students. They also offer students access to their Clothing Closet, which consists of business casual and professional clothes donated by faculty and other sources. Students can come into the Clothing Closet once a month for free professional clothing for job fairs and interviews so that they can go in with proper business attire. They can select up to four items per visit. The Career Center also offers free reviews of resumes, mock interviews, one-on-one discussions about careers and many more career advancement opportunities. All of these opportunities can help students get ready for the Spring Career Fair, which will take place in the Hulman Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 22. It will provide opportunities for internships, job shadowing and part-time, fulltime or summer jobs for students from a multitude of organizations who are looking to fill positions.
that they should not feel abandoned here at ISU and in Terre Haute,” Ghogle said. “During these times, we should come together and stand in solidarity because we all are diverse.” The vigil included several student and staff speakers who shared their stories and support to the attendees of the vigil. The ISLC also announced the start of a program in which students could volunteer to walk with international students who did not feel safe. “Indiana State University is an institution that values its international students. We wanted to say that we are here for you,” said the Student Government Association Director of Inclusiveness Mariangel Morales. Due to recent political movements, international students not only feel uncertain about what will happen, but scared about being here at this time as well. “After the recent executive orders passed by President Trump’s administration on immigration, international students have been concerned as what would happen to them in near future, especially those from the banned countries,” Ghogle said.
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Battle heats up over dismissal of Stanford sex-assualt case attorney Tracy Seipel
The Mercury News TNS
Stanford University officials on Monday quickly sought to quell a growing controversy over its decision to cut ties with a San Jose attorney who represented students in sexual-assault cases there, but has criticized the school’s handling of such cases. Outraged students on Monday launched an online petition demanding that university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne immediately reinstate the attorney Crystal Riggins, whom Stanford ousted after she told The New York Times that the its sexual-assault review process is unnecessarily “difficult” for victims who are already traumatized. Stanford later characterized Riggins’ comments as “disappointing’’ and reflective of “a lack of faith in Stanford’s Title IX Process.” Many students and supporters around the world, including Japan, Europe, New Zealand and Nova Scotia, opposed the university’s decision to let Riggins go. “Stanford University should not take actions to silence lawyers, both affiliated and not affiliated with the university,” read a Change.org petition released Monday that was drafted by the Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention. “Doing so creates a silencing effect on any opinion criticizing university policy. Retaliation has no place at Stanford University. We expect better.”
The petition had gathered almost 640 signatures by 5:30 p.m. PST Monday. Reacting to the petition, Stanford later Monday released a fivepage memo seeking to clarify “recent questions and concerns about how Stanford adjudicates sexual assault” and “to clarify a few of the greatest sources of confusion and concern.” Throughout the five-page missive, Lauren Schoenthaler, the Stanford administrator who oversees reviews of sexual assault complaints, explained that Riggins was not dropped because she criticized the process. Instead, Schoenthaler wrote, it was “because of her (Riggins’) fatalistic attitude that she could not get good results for her clients in the process, which is not fair to our students.” Schoenthaler told Riggins in a Jan. 31 email that she was being let go “given your stated lack of confidence.” Riggins was among six attorneys involved in a pilot project Stanford launched last February to provide at least nine hours of legal advice to students involved in these cases; Stanford pays the legal fees. The decision to not invite Riggins to participate in the second year of the pilot, Schoenthaler wrote Monday, was “taken after consultation, including with personnel outside of my organization whose regular responsibilities involve supporting complainants and survivors.” Schoenthaler also noted that
“there were other concerns about her (Riggins’) work that have been expressed privately to the attorney, and are unrelated to her comments to The New York Times.” Reached at work at her San Jose office at the Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel law firm, where she is a partner, Riggins declined to respond to Schoenthaler’s comments about her or her work, but said she “always had an open line of communication with the Title IX office in relation to these cases.” Riggins said that she is “continuing to represent my clients; I feel very committed to that.” In her comments to The New York Times story, Riggins said, she expressed frustration that the school requires a three-member panel to unanimously decide that a student committed sexual assault. “The process is complex and takes a long time,” Riggins told the Times. “It is very difficult to get a 3-0 decision from a panel, and these young women are terrified and traumatized and just want it to be done.” Title IX is a 1972 amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that mandates equal access to education regardless of gender. It also authorizes universities to carry out investigations of alleged sex crimes on campus, as well as complaints about sexual discrimination of any kind. Under Stanford’s new process,
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Pot industry braces for possible Justice Department crackdown Evan Halper
Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)
WASHINGTON — Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting — but it is usually on the jiujitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year-old prefers to engage completely baked. “You know that movie ‘Drunken Master’?” he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is inebriation. “It’s like that. I like to consume so much before a competition that they are literally walking me onto the mat.” Shen, founder of a thriving startup that hawks luxury vaporizers at $450 a pop, might want to stock up for an impending match that could prove epic. His opponent? President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. Shen is among the swiftly growing ranks of marijuana entrepreneurs who could be headed for a showdown with the federal government. The election of Trump has shocked the marijuana industry into a state of high alert at a time it had planned to be gliding into unbridled growth. Trump’s newly confirmed attorney general, former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, is a longtime field lieutenant in the war on drugs with unabashed hostility toward pot. It was only 10 months ago that Sessions was scolding from the dais of a Senate hearing room that the drug is dangerous, not funny and that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Now he is poised to set the direction on national drug enforcement policy at the same time that eight states have legalized recreational use of the drug. Some 60 million Americans are living in states where voters have opted to allow any adult to be able to purchase marijuana. Business leaders like Shen are betting the rapid maturity of the cannabis industry has made it too big to jail. Even before new laws took effect permitting the recreational use of pot in the massive markets of California and Massachusetts, the legitimate pot business had dwarfed its 2011 size, when the Drug Enforcement Administration was still aggressively raiding medical marijuana vendors operating legally under state laws. Since then, former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department decreed that states should
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Temple University student and parents she sued for tuition will be ‘a happy family again,’ her father says Doyle McManus
Los Angeles Times (TNS)
have freedom to pursue their own policies, and the legalization train seemed to have left the station. But those who have been in the business since the early days of medical marijuana caution the legions of newcomers that federal busts and seizures could quickly make a comeback. Sessions very deliberately left that option open during his confirmation hearing. “There are people in this administration who will crush this industry if they see the opportunity,” said Steve DeAngelo, who is considered a guru among pot entrepreneurs. DeAngelo, owner of the bustling Harborside Health Center dispensary in Oakland, was among the first in the industry and he has experienced it all: surprise raids from armed federal agents, unending lawsuits, getting locked in a jail cell. “I don’t think people who don’t have firsthand experience with the irrationality of federal intervention understand what a threat we are facing.” But it’s hard to see much anxiety watching the comings and goings inside DeAngelo’s dispensary, which these days looks more like a Whole Foods than the shady corner bodegas such operations long resembled. Well-mannered hipsters with encyclopedic knowledge of bud patiently serve customers as sommeliers might, explain-
ing the intricacies of abundant varietals of reefer available to be consumed in ever-evolving ways. On one side of the room is an enticing display of potlaced baked goods, and opposite that is the kind of fancy kiosk in which artisan granola bars or yogurt cups might be hawked in a high-end grocery; the millennials manning this one are pitching elegantly packaged microdoses of pot injected into dried blueberries and other goodies. DeAngelo says Trump might just let it all be, pointing to mixed signals the president sent during the campaign. But DeAngelo sees an easy legal path for Sessions and other committed anti-drug warriors in the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, to immediately throw the industry into chaos, should they chose to do so. A survey by Marijuana Business Daily suggests many pot entrepreneurs share his concern, with 20 percent saying they would curb expansion plans. Many more are putting planning off until they see where the White House is going. “Most of us are holding our breath right now,” said Emily Paxhia, co-owner of a hedge fund that invests exclusively in the cannabis industry. Lately she has been making sure that each firm in her portfolio has a Plan B in case a federal crack-
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The saga of a former Temple University student who sued her parents to force them to pay tuition — causing an ugly New Jersey court battle in which a judge said he had “never seen a family torn apart the way this family is torn apart” — has ended, according to her father. The two sides have agreed to drop the case, Michael Ricci, 46, said, following an appellate court ruling Friday that said Caitlyn Ricci’s parents do not have to pay her tuition. A lower court had originally ruled in favor of Caitlyn Ricci, 23. Michael Ricci said Tuesday he and his ex-wife, Maura McGarvey, have reconciled with Caitlyn, and are working on repairing their relationship with her. “It’s going to take some time to heal,” said Ricci, of Haddon Heights, N.J. “It’s going to take some time for us to work on this. But nothing can break the bond between parents and their kids, so we’ll get through it. We’ll move on, and we’ll be a happy family again.” In October 2014, a Superior Court judge in Camden ruled that Caitlyn Ricci’s divorced parents had to pay $16,000 of their daughter’s tuition at Temple. They refused, arguing that she failed to apply for all available financial aid and that she never told them she was planning to attend the university. The parents said they did, however, pay $906 of their daughter’s tuition for Rowan College at Gloucester County, which a judge also ordered them to pay after a two-hour hearing in which Caitlyn’s mother tearfully told the court, “I love that child more than anything, but she only wants the money.” Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents several months after leaving her mother’s Washington Township home in February 2013. Her parents said that she had been kicked out of “Disney college” — an internship program
associated with Walt Disney World in Florida — after she was caught drinking underage, and that she refused to do chores at home. Caitlyn Ricci said she left after a dispute about taking a summer class. She moved into the Cherry Hill, N.J., home of her grandparents, her father’s parents, who have a long-standing rift with their son.
“It’s going to take some time for us to work on this. But nothing can break the bond between parents and their kids, so we’ll get through it.” Michael Ricci Michael Ricci has accused them of steering her actions. His father, Matthew Ricci, declined to comment Tuesday. The state appellate court Friday, in reversing the lower court’s decision that had required the parents to pay tuition, said “an independent child choosing her own path is not entitled to support, because support is due only to a child who is not emancipated.” The appellate court encouraged Caitlyn Ricci and her parents to settle the issue outside of litigation, saying “the chasm between parents and child surely will widen” otherwise. Kelli Martone, who represented Caitlyn’s mother, said Tuesday in a statement that the Ricci family is “closing this matter for good.” Michael Ricci said Caitlyn, who did not return a call Tuesday, is now living on her own in South Jersey and taking classes at Rowan. He said Caitlyn is paying back a loan for her Temple education. The dispute, he said, has been “put to bed.” “It’s over, it’s done with,” he said. “And, hopefully, other divorced parents don’t have to go through something like this with their child.”
Ethics office asks White House to investigate Conway Rema Rahman
CQ-Roll Call (TNS)
WASHINGTON — The Office of Government Ethics is recommending the White House investigate and take disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway, the president’s special counselor who touted his daughter’s clothing line during a TV appearance from the White House. In a letter to President Donald Trump’s deputy counsel, OGE Director Walter Shaub Jr. said “there is strong reason to believe” Conway violated standards of conduct that prevent employees from misusing their
official positions. At issue is an appearance Conway made on Fox News where she encouraged viewers to purchase products from Ivanka Trump’s retail brand, after department store chain Nordstrom’s dumped the brand due to low sales. “I’m going to give a free commercial here,” Conway said, from a briefing room inside the White House. “Go buy it today, everybody; you can find it online.” Shaub’s letter comes less than one week after the top two lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to him pointing out that Conway appeared to
violate federal law that prevents government employees from using their positions to endorse a product. Although White Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters last week during a press conference that Conway had been “counseled” Shaub wrote that his agency has yet to receive notification of any disciplinary “or other corrective action” taken against Conway, according to the letter. “I recommend the White House investigate Ms. Conway’s actions and consider disciplinary action against her,” Shaub wrote, adding that any action be reported back to his agency by Feb. 28.
Jay L. Clndenin | Los Angeles Times | TNS
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, speaks in front of thousands of pro-life supporters at a rally on Jan. 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Ken Cedeno/McClatchy Washington Bureau/TNS)
Federal Reserve chair signals more interest rate hikes are coming Don Lee
Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, in her semiannual report to Congress, on Tuesday painted a largely bright picture of the economy and signaled that the central bank would consider raising interest rates next month. Most analysts are not looking for a Fed rate hike until June, and Yellen and her colleagues, at their last policy meeting two weeks ago, gave little indication of an imminent move. But with inflation tame and the labor market continuing to expand — the economy added a strong 227,000 jobs in January — Yellen hinted at the possibility of a rate increase at the Fed’s next policy meeting in mid-March. The Fed “expects the evolution of the economy to warrant further gradual increases in the federal funds rate,” Yellen
told the Senate Banking Committee on the first of two days of hearings, part of congressionally mandated testimony and a report on monetary policy. Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York, said that Yellen not only hinted at a rate hike but gave a clear indication that she did not want to be behind the curve by moving too slowly. “There’s the usual disclaimers and hedges, but we think she is raising the curtain for a potential rate hike in March this year,” he said. As before, Yellen refrained from giving any public assessment of President Trump’s plans for tax overhaul and infrastructure spending, and what they may mean for the economy. Expectations for fiscal stimulus, and a rollback of business regulations, have sharply boosted financial markets.
Yellen noted in her prepared remarks that there is considerable uncertainty in the outlook, citing as sources U.S. fiscal policies, the path of productivity growth and developments abroad. At Tuesday’s hearing, Senate Banking Committee members focused early on the Fed’s role as regulator and the Trump administration’s nascent efforts to scale back the Dodd-Frank rules that were enacted after the financial crisis. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chair of the Banking Committee, said he was encouraged by Trump’s executive order to review regulations on the financial system. Like many other Republican lawmakers, he raised concerns that the rules were constraining lending and economic growth. “Financial regulation should strike the proper balance between the need for a safe and sound financial system and the need to promote a vibrant, growing econ-
omy,” Crapo said as he opened the hearing. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the committee’s ranking Democrat, pushed back on that thinking, saying that “many of my Republican colleagues are dead set on going far beyond reasonable adjustments and seeking to repeal reforms that are key to preventing the next devastating financial crisis.” Yellen, for her part, said that U.S. banks were now better capitalized, noting that “I believe the financial system is much more resilient than it was.” Asked by Brown whether the rules had hurt small businesses’ access to finances, Yellen cited a survey from the National Federation of Independent Business, a leading small-business lobbying group. She said only 4 percent of respondents had reported trouble getting all of the loans they needed.
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In the Friday, Feb. 10, issue of the Indiana Statesman, a story about the Student Government Association indicated that Vice President Joshua Grady resigned from his position, but he did not. Grady is still vice president of SGA.
In the Monday, Feb. 13, issue of the Indiana Statesman, the story said that it was the 11th Polar Plunge, but it was actually the 9th. The amount raised for the event was over 38,000 dollars after the proceeds were counted on the day of the event, whereas the story said 36,000 dollars.
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a panel of three — drawn from faculty and administrators — must decide unanimously whether an assault took place — and, if so, whether the offender should be suspended or expelled from school. The panel, according to The New York Times story, appears to be an “outlier” among its peers that use such panels and are listed among U.S. News & World Report’s top 20 American colleges. The only other university with such a requirement is Duke University. Critics of the Stanford process believe that the high threshold tends to give accused students an advantage and ultimately creates an unsafe campus environment for accusers. The 2016 pilot project wasn’t Riggins’ first work at Stanford; she told this newspaper that she worked on sexual-assault cases there in a previous process. She said she isn’t involved with the student petition seeking to reinstate her, and learned about it Monday after her mother-inlaw read about it online.
down comes. Can pot-growing operations, for example, shift to micro-salad greens if the feds come knocking? Can vaporizers be sold to yoga enthusiasts consuming lavender? “We’re also starting to look at how some of the new technologies we are investing in could address needs in other countries if the U.S. becomes difficult,” Paxhia said, pointing to Canada, where she said a federal embrace of recreational marijuana could open up a $22 billion market. Paxhia shared her outlook at the industrial San Francisco office space of one company in her portfolio, Meadow, which has built a digital platform through which marijuana dispensary offerings can be browsed, and products can be ordered and delivered with the ease of a service like GrubHub. Meadow isn’t so much a pot company as a tech company, one of scores of firms that reflect the rapid integration of the marijuana industry into the broader economy.
Many people in attendance were not international students, but still showed their support for the ISU community. “I wanted to show support to the students, faculty and staff and to demonstrate that Indiana State University believes in inclusive excellence,” Dean Linda Maule said. “I had a sense of community, which I think is really important. I had a sense of hope and a sense that we are able in times where we’re despairing to come together and support each other.” Logan Buck, a junior psychology major, said that she was there to show her support for all of the international students at ISU. “It’s important that we love and support everyone because we are all humans,” Buck said. The ISLC said that the purpose of the vigil was to show that ISU celebrates diversity and unity. They wanted to show support to all international students, as well as stand up against all kinds of oppression.
Marissa Schmitter | Indiana Statesman
Above: Some women created signs to display at the vigil to show their solidarity. Below: ISU students help each other light their candles.
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Adele sweeps song, record and album of year categories at Grammys Mikael Wood
Los Angeles Times (TNS)
LOS ANGELES — It was Adele’s night. But it happened in Beyonce’s world. That was the takeaway of Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards, where the young British singer won three of the music industry’s biggest prizes — album, record and song of the year — yet seemed overshadowed by the visionary multimedia star she described as her idol. Accepting the album of the year award for “25,” her blockbuster set of personal, old-fashioned pop ballads, Adele said she couldn’t rightfully take the Grammy knowing that it came at the expense of “Lemonade,” Beyonce’s album connecting one woman’s marital troubles to the wider cultural struggle faced by women of color. “You are our light,” Adele told Beyonce, who looked on with an expression of queenly gratitude. It wasn’t the only moment in Sunday’s show, broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, in which Adele seemed to wobble under the pressure of her position — and Beyonce thrived in the spotlight. Opening the production with a performance of her hit single “Hello,” Adele had trouble nailing a couple of notes, instantly
bringing to mind her flawed performance on last year’s show. She quickly locked in, but things went worse when she returned to pay tribute to the late George Michael by doing his song “Fastlove” — and then, about a minute in, had to stop the song and start again, dropping an F-bomb in the process. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” she said, a wild look of fear in her eyes. In contrast, Beyonce was a study in composure during a stunning medley of two songs from “Lemonade” — the slinky “Love Drought” and the pensive “Sandcastles” — that depicted the singer, who recently announced that she’s pregnant with twins, as a kind of spiritual earth mother. Dressed in a flowing gown and elaborate head piece, Beyonce moved slowly but surely down a long runway surrounded by female dancers, then took a seat in a wooden chair that reclined nearly 90 degrees over empty space — all while she continued to sing powerfully and with palpable emotion in her voice. The performance was a masterful show of strength and delicacy, intelligence and feeling — one she pulled off not in spite of her changing body but because of it. Elsewhere in the show Beyonce won the award for urban contemporary album and spoke eloquently in her acceptance speech
Allen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times | TNS
Adele backstage during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
about the need to confront ideas that make us uncomfortable and her determination to give voice to others’ pain. Adele’s domination of the major categories — she also took pop solo performance and pop vocal album — was well in keeping the Grammys’ longstanding preference for tradition over innovation. (This year several of pop’s most vibrant creators, including the
R&B singer Frank Ocean and the rapper Drake, elected to skip the show, with Ocean saying publicly that the Grammys don’t celebrate success the way he sees it.) Yet again and again Sunday, it was the traditionalists who seemed shaken while disruptors found solid ground. A collaboration between the country star Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Forchhammer of the Danish pop-soul band Lukas Graham
— two young singers lovingly mining old styles — felt woefully free of chemistry, while a tribute to the Bee Gees on the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever” had vocal power but little of the Bee Gees’ silky rhythmic drive. Performing Metallica’s “Moth Into Flame” with help from Lady Gaga (for some hard-to-fathom reason), that band’s James Het
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Caring for natural hair
Erica Garnes Reporter
Paige Carter | Indiana Statesman
Students stood in lines hours before the build a bear event held in Dede I on Tuesday evening to ensure they got their stuffed animal. These two students carefully placed the stuffing in their animal to preserve their Valentine’s Day memories.
Colorblind individuals see world anew with special eyeglasses Matt Campbell
The Kansas City Star (TNS)
MISSION, Kan. — For 16-year-old Noah Vittengl, who is just beginning to drive, being able to tell a red light from a green light is rather important. “It’s been difficult trying to figure out what light is what and what color is what,” the Blue Springs high school student said Wednesday. A few minutes later, Vittengl was witnessing the world with colors a lot closer to what most people see, with the help of special eyeglass lenses that correct deficiencies that make some people colorblind. “It’s awesome,” he said with a big grin. “Everything just seems more vibrant and clear. Before, the colors were kind of like a blur and not necessarily big and bright. Now it’s like, whoa!” Vittengl and two other colorblind men got a more accurate picture of the everyday world when they were each given a free, promotional pair of the special eyeglasses at the Brill Eye Center in Mission. Brill has been offering the technology, known as EnChroma, for about six months and is the only practice in four states to do so. “This is an innovation that is really making a difference in people’s lives,” said Raymond J. Brill of the eye center. “Whether it’s for safety, like with stoplights, or for aesthetics, like looking at flowers and artwork, or just for everyday life, like looking at food and being able to tell whether the steak is rare or not.” The technology used by EnChroma, a company based in Berkeley, Calif., was developed in 2010 with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eyeglasses with EnChroma cost about $269 to $349. They can also
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From left, Austin Mitchell-Goering, Noah Vittengl and Ryan January try on special EnChroma glasses at Brill Eye Center in Mission, Kansas.
be made with prescription lenses. The lenses are effective for about four out of five people with red-green color vision deficiency. They are not a cure for colorblindness. Being colorblind is a hereditary condition that affects the cones in the eye that perceive color. It is far more common among men, affecting about one in 12. About one in 200 women is affected, but those women will pass the trait to their sons. It is estimated there are about 90,000 colorblind people in the Kansas City area. To them, the produce section of a supermarket, the arrangements in a flower shop and the magic of a rainbow are dull and drab. They’re used to it because they were born with it. It’s normal until they make the dis-
covery, usually in childhood, that there is more to the world than what they perceive. Ryan January, a 37-year-old IT professional from Olathe, was in the third grade and was helping his mother decorate cupcakes for a class treat. His job was to sort candy bits by color. “She kept getting more and more frustrated throughout the evening,” January recalled. Soon afterward, they went to the optometrist. Austin Mitchell-Goering, a 22-year-old junior at the University of Kansas originally from Baltimore, was in middle school art class and drawing with crayons. “I’d always get the blue and purple con
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Natural hair takes time, a lot of patience and even more money. Providing your strands with the best hair products is the only way to ensure beautiful, healthy hair. Here are some delicious smelling hair mask recipes that are not only completely natural, but also good enough to eat, and even better for your mane. DIY hair care is not only a fun activity, but it’ll save you money along the way. Fruits, yogurts and oils are common household foods, but can also be put into your hair. Mayo is a great substance for you hair— don’t be quite disgusted yet— because its natural fat and oil consistency does wonders for your dry hair. If you add a few drops of honey, it’ll be sure to lock in moisture. Avocado is another great natural ingredient; it’s very creamy, which is perfect for detangling and making your hair soft after removal. Avocado’s rich vitamins, oleic acid and other essential fatty acids are the perfect cure for brittle ends. Make sure you blend the avocado completely smooth; putting chunky pieces of avocado in your hair will be the hardest thing to take. Also, make sure your hair is damp before putting the mixture in. When you’re done putting it in your hair, place a plastic cap on top and leave on for about an hour, but if you want to save time, sit underneath the dryer with the cap for about 25 minutes. Melt honey and mix it with room temperature milk and put it through your hair. Leave on for about an hour, rinse and do your normal shampoo routine. Strawberries have rich nutrients that hydrate and put shine in your hair. Blend a few strawberries, add other things such as your favorite oils or avocado and mix well. Leave in for 20-30 minutes, rinse and style. As you can see, there are many types of deep conditioners that can be made. The last one on the list is a banana and Greek yogurt mix. Grab a few bananas, plain Greek yogurt and a few drops of honey, and there you have your own deep conditioner. This specific one can be great for strength, extra shine and great moisture. All of these ingredients are on a budget; natural products can be part of grocery shopping day. Most importantly they can save you money instead of buying hair products, so give them a chance and thank me later.
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Twenty awesome things about being in your late 20s Locke Hughes
A lot of people think college was the best four years of their life, and others never wanted high school to end. Maybe you can’t wait to hit that age where it makes sense to settle down with a spouse, 2.5 kids and a house in the suburbs surrounded by a white picket fence. But your late 20s? Ugh. They’re just an awkward, in-between phase. No one ever talks about how excited they are to turn 28 or 29; there’s even an alleged curse on age 27 because a surprising number of celebrities die at that age. Well, I’m here to argue that our late 20s get a bad rap. No one ever talks about the good parts. Sure, there are difficulties: trying to build your career; juggling said career, friends, and dating; dating in general. But there are plenty of perks to take advantage of between 25 and 30 that we don’t discuss enough. 1. You have an awesome group of friends. By now, you’ve established some rock-solid relationships with people who truly get you (and won’t make fun of you for staying in on a Friday night). High school and college throw a lot of randoms together in classes and dorms — who become your friends through default — but now you get to choose people who complement your interests and actually add value to your life. 2. You know how to cook more than mac and cheese. Not that there’s anything wrong with mac and cheese, but expanding your palate and kitchen skills in your 20s will benefit your health and your wallet. You don’t have to know your way around the kitchen like Ina Garten, but it’s nice to know how to whip up a few nice dinners. 3. You know what kind of person you want to date … … and you’ve stopped wasting time on people you know you don’t. There’s merit in dating different types of people, but by the time you hit your late 20s, you’ve — hopefully — realized what qualities are actually important in a significant other (honesty, ambition) and which aren’t (cool car, hot body). 4. You make better life decisions. So it turns out your brain isn’t even fully formed until after you turn 25. Research indicates that
the frontal lobes, which manage impulse control and planning, are the last areas of the brain to develop. (That explains those 3 a.m. Jager bombs.) Now you’re better at making the right choices for the long run rather than the short term. 5. You know what works for your body (and what doesn’t). You’ve figured out that liquor does make you sicker, so you stick to wine (or vice-versa). You may have also realized that eating a lot of sugar and processed food will make you feel like crap. And that a yoga class or a run feels really damn good. 6. You know how to take care of your brain, too. Staying mentally healthy is something you (hopefully) don’t have to think about much in your teens or early 20s. But the more life experiences you go through, both good and bad, you understand the damage that stress, anxiety or depression can do. I’m not saying it’s easy, but learning how to handle whatever is going on in your mind is crucial. 7. You’re not afraid to ask for what you want. Something clicked for me after age 26: I realized that it’s OK to be assertive. I realized that if you want to be in control of a situation, it’s OK to control it. Speaking up is something especially young women struggle with, though I think the tide is finally changing. Personally, I’ve started to be more vocal about my desires in work, life and relationships — and damn, does it feel good. 8. You’ve learned how to say no. Along those same lines, I’ve also realized that it’s OK to say no. Saying no to something doesn’t mean you’re being rude, lazy, or negative. It simply means you’re choosing to give more time to things that matter in your life than those that don’t — like that second date or third beer. 9. You actually have $ to spend (and save). By your late 20s, chances are high that you have more disposable income and a few more zeroes in your savings account than you used to. And let’s be real: Getting a raise or a promotion is so much better than good grades in school. Plus, your late 20s are a win-win: You’re still young enough for stores like H&M or Forever 21, but you also know it’s smart to invest in some nicer clothes that’ll last longer than three washes. 10. Your friends are getting
ADELE FROM PAGE 4 field encountered a malfunctioning microphone. And then there was the classically inclined country singer Sturgill Simpson, a left-field nominee for album of the year with his excellent “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” looking deeply uncomfortable as he performed in front of a small orchestra. In contrast, Chance the Rapper, named best new artist, seemed to beam determination in his lively rendition of several tunes from his album “Coloring Book,” which upended record-industry convention by being available only to stream, not to buy. Katy Perry was sneakily effective doing “Chained to the Rhythm,” her new single
One perk of being in your late 20s is you can appreciate a night out as much as a night in.
married. I know, weddings can be crazy expensive (refer to No. 8 if your social schedule is getting out of control). But on the bright side, they’re fantastic excuses to visit some surprisingly beautiful places (looking at you, New Jersey!), hang out with friends and family you don’t see that often and take advantage of an open bar and free food. 11. You get to play with said friends’ babies. It’s a totally trippy feeling when your first good friend has their first child, and you realize they’re responsible for raising another human being. But it’s pretty sweet to get your baby fix and hang out with your friend at the same time. Plus it gives you some time to get the hang of it before you decide whether or when to have kids of your own. 12. You relate to your parents on a different level. It’s pretty cool how family dynamics change as you get older. My parents and I relate on a different level now that I’m a fullfledged adult and can thoughtfully discuss real-life things like politics or finances. Who knows — maybe they’ll even ask you for advice. 13. You’ve made your house or apartment into a ~home.~ Not saying you have to graduate from IKEA and Target completely, but chances are your house or apartment has some unique, creative touches that aren’t cliche posters of Audrey Hepburn. Hanging out in a comfortable, cozy space you’ve created from scratch (even if you have roommates) is a pretty fantastic feeling. 14. You can appreciate a night
that might have been inspired by the rise of fake news in last year’s divisive election cycle. “Dance to the distortion,” she sang, “Keep it on repeat, stumbling around like a wasted zombie.” A clearer political moment came from A Tribe Called Quest, the groundbreaking hip-hop group, which rampaged through its song “We the People … ” — about who rightfully belongs in America — as a long line of people of color marched around the rappers. To finish the song, Busta Rhymes addressed “President Agent Orange,” calling attention to what he described as the “evil you’ve been perpetuating” around the world. And he wasn’t sorry if he’d offended anyone.
out as much as a night in. This may be my favorite thing about my late 20s. I still love to have the occasional big night out with friends, but I also love staying in with Netflix and popcorn. And I don’t feel bad about doing either. #IDoWhatIWant. 15. You don’t have to prove yourself at work every damn day. Now that you’ve been working for a few years, you no longer have a resume that lists your high school student council experience. That makes a big difference; people at work have probably grown to respect you and your ideas, and maybe you even manage a team of your own. The responsibilities are bigger, but mentoring someone younger can also be super rewarding (and duh, it’s awesome when you can pass off some of your busy work). 16. You can network without feeling like a fraud. Another work perk of your late 20s: It’s way easier to email people whose work you admire, and they don’t automatically get annoyed by some college kid wanting to “pick their brain.” You’re at the point when people are not only willing to meet you, but they’re more than likely interested in your work as well. 17. You’re not (as) addicted to your phone. If you’re born in the late ’80s to early ’90s, you’re one of the last (lucky) generations to experience life sans smartphone. Obviously, you’re still on Snapchat, Instagram and all the other apps of the moment, but you’re also well aware there’s more to life than staring at a screen 24/7. Savor it, folks. 18. You get to decide how to spend your free time.
COLORBLIND FROM PAGE 4 fused, so I would always have to ask the person next to me,” he said. “I scratched a little mark into the purple one so I wouldn’t use that for the sky anymore.” Mitchell-Goering plays on the KU lacrosse team. Sometimes the boundary lines are red on a green surface. That can be a problem for someone who is colorblind. On Wednesday afternoon, Mitchell-Goering and January also got to see the world as most people do.
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One of my pet peeves is when people say they’re bored. I know it’s so easy to fall into the standard weekend trap of going out, waking up late, working out, hanging out, etc., but there is so much you can do in your spare time: Take a photography class, read, practice yoga, start a side business. Take advantage of it now — all that alone time is going out the window when (if) you have kids. 19. You’re finally OK with just being yourself. I’m not saying to settle for mediocrity, but at some point in your late 20s, you stop worrying about how you stack up next to other people. You realize that life is no longer a popularity contest (thank God) and that your only real competition is yourself. It’s cheesy, but as long as you’re doing your best, whatever that looks like, you’re doing great. 20. You’ve figured out your values and priorities in life. By this age, most of us have experienced a tragedy of some sort — whether it’s losing someone close to us, going through a health scare or dealing with serious family drama. The silver lining? Going through a rough patch will make you reassess your values in life, which is a really important thing to do in your 20s. Maybe you realized that being close to your family is more important than traveling the world. Maybe you realized that helping others makes you happier than making a lot of money. Maybe you decided you want to be a creative entrepreneur, not a corporate lawyer. Whatever it is, now that you’ve got your priorities straight, you can start planning a life that lines up with them.
“I can see differences in the grass,” Mitchell-Goering said. “There’s, like, live grass and dead grass. Now I can differentiate everything.” January looked around and described a slow, subtle effect, like someone turning up the color saturation knob. The painted yellow lines in the street, which looked faded before, now popped off the ground. “The sky is a much more vibrant blue,” he said. “The (blue) building in the background here just keeps getting brighter and brighter. It’s strange. It feels great.”
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Beware of DeVos and her vouchers Barbara Miner
Los Angeles Times (TNS)
The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos provided an inordinate amount of drama: guns and grizzlies, an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor, Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote — and with good reason. DeVos, now confirmed as secretary of Education, is not just another inexperienced member of the president’s Cabinet. She is an ideologue with a singular educational passion — replacing our system of democratically controlled public schools with a universal voucher program that privileges private and religious ones. If you care about our public schools and our democracy, you should be worried. Every state constitution enshrines the right to a free education for all children, and the U.S. Supreme Court has long upheld this right. In its landmark decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, the high court noted that “education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.” It went on to recognize its role in a democratic society, calling education “the very foundation of good citizenship.” Given the controversy surrounding DeVos, Republicans initially may go easy in pushing school vouchers. But beware the bait and switch, the seemingly reasonable initiative that disguises radical change. For more than a quarter-century, I have reported on the voucher program in Milwaukee: the country’s first contemporary voucher initiative and a model for other cities and state programs, from Cleveland to New Orleans, Florida to Indiana. Milwaukee’s program began in 1990, when the state Legislature passed a bill allowing 300 students in seven nonsectarian
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 before signing an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C.
DAPL injunction is blocked for now
Zach Davis Columnist
The future looks dismal for those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Monday, Federal Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyanne River Sioux tribes’ request for a halt on the project. For now, it seems like the project will destroy lands that should be left alone – lands used for religious worship. Nobody should take an action that obstructs religious practices, especially the government. Our Bill of Rights was drafted with religious freedom in mind. Everybody here is free to practice their religion peacefully. Proponents of the pipeline seem to forget that.
Hope still exists, though there may only be a little. A hearing for a temporary injunction is scheduled for Feb. 27. Winning an injunction would buy time for the tribes so that they can pursue any and all of their legal options, even though only a few remain. The pipeline has been a center of controversy for quite a while, not only because of its plan to essentially bulldoze Native American worship grounds and burial sites, but also because the planned route is dangerous for Standing Rock’s water sources. The pipeline is routed under the tribe’s primary source of water, Lake Oahe, where nearly 1,100 feet of piping needs to be constructed in order to complete the project. The pipeline is meant to transport oil from the Northwest to the Midwest. Former President Barack Obama blocked the last stretch of pipes from being constructed late last year. Sadly the current administration is in full support of the pipeline, which means permission is now granted for the last stretch of pipes to be built.
If something were to happen, such as an oil spill, the tribe would need to find alternative sources of water. Such a tragic event could easily force the tribe to relocate if it can’t afford to pay for an alternative supply. Plus, an oil spill could poison anybody who consumes the contaminated water – especially if it goes undetected for a while. Then suddenly we have a situation similar to the one in Flint, Michigan. An oil spill is more likely than many would like to think. In December, a pipeline broke and released nearly 200,000 gallons of oil into the Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota. And that is only one spill. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that “thousands of oil spills occur in U.S. waters each year.” This should make everyone skeptical of oil pipelines. That alone is a perfect reason why a pipeline shouldn’t be built under a water source. Using the oil causes pollution as well. Oil use releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that trap heat from the sun better, causing our environment and
weather patterns to be drastically altered. The pipeline would allow us to more easily facilitate our oil use, thus also facilitating our greenhouse gas emission. Continuing to depend on nonrenewable energy sources can be detrimental to our society. We will be stuck seeking a replacement for oil once we have used it all and we are not ready for that challenge. We don’t have enough measures currently in place to power the whole country without oil, so depleting our sources faster makes our predicament more urgent. If the approaching hearing doesn’t work then few legal routes remain. The tribes can use every last ounce of help the can get. Europeans came over and rounded Native Americans up into settlements so we could have the land. That means they don’t have much land left to call their own, so we should help them protect what they do. The current route for the pipeline puts their land in danger, which means it needs to be fought in whatever way is possible.
Republicans’ false claims about protesters are risky Doyle McManus
Los Angeles Times (TNS)
Republican members of Congress are feeling a bit under siege right now. Their office phones won’t stop ringing, and their town hall meetings are mobbed by people angry about health care, the travel ban, various Donald Trump cabinet officials, and more. Their reaction? Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz said the huge turnout at his town hall meeting last week was filled with people shipped in from other states — “more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate” than genuine constituent sentiment. This echoes what Trump himself tweeted earlier in February. Indeed, some Republicans have been making this charge since the rallies immediately after the election in November. It is, of course, false. Just as with the Tea Party protests in 2009, there are national efforts — such as the “indivisible” movement — to supply the infrastructure of protest for angry rank-and-file citizens, but all of that would be worthless if a large number of
citizens weren’t actually angry to begin with. And we can be pretty certain there’s no proof, or even evidence, of “paid protesters” for the simple reason that if Republicans had such evidence they would be supplying it every chance they got. No one wants to believe that their ideas, or their president, are unpopular. But it’s quite dangerous to the self-interest of Republicans to press these false charges, beyond the general (and important) reason that saying false things undermines one’s credibility. It’s dangerous even if Republicans realize they are dealing with a popular movement denouncing Trump and the plans of Republicans in Congress and are just pretending that it’s all phony. That’s because Republican voters listen to their elected officials, and tend to believe them. If they believe that everything Trump and their congresspeople do is overwhelmingly popular, then they’ll have no patience for delays or retreats on any of the items on the agenda. Expectations-setting is an important part of representation, after all.
It’s already hard enough in the best of circumstances for citizens to understand the very real difficulties for getting anything done in a Madisonian system. If members of Congress add to that false claims about the popularity of what they want to do (by treating opposition as phony), they’re asking for trouble. It’s even more dangerous, of course, if politicians really believe false claims about what voters are thinking. It’s unlikely that Chaffetz, who won his latest re-election by almost 50 percentage points, is going to be in any personal danger in 2018. Nor is Wisconsin’s Jim Sensenbrenner, who has never received fewer than 60 percent of the votes in any of his re-election efforts. But others with only slightly more competitive districts might find themselves in trouble if they entirely dismiss opposition. California’s Tom McLintock, for example, faced a packed town hall meeting last week. He’s in a Republican district; Trump carried California 4 with 54 percent of the vote, down from 58 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012, and McLintock himself crushed
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his Democratic opponent. But this is exactly the kind of margin that can suddenly disappear in a partisan landslide, when the out-party recruits a strong challenger and the president’s approval rating is in the dumps. And if districts such as McLintock’s start to get shaky, then the Republican House majority would be in big trouble — something neither Chaffetz nor Sensenbrenner want even if they protect their own seats. It’s one thing for Republican incumbents to remind everyone that they won the election, and to treat protests as the legitimate voices of what they can say is a minority. It’s another to totally dismiss them. All of this wouldn’t matter so much if congressional Republicans were helpless to do anything about it. They are not. Congressional Republicans may not be able to give Trump the right experience or temperament or management skills for the job, but they can insist he hire a qualified chief of staff who has those attributes — and use their leverage to back up those demands.
Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, could threaten to hold hearings on any number of administration scandals. Senate Republicans could still slow down cabinet and other executive branch confirmations until Trump agrees to their demands. And of course it’s entirely up to Republicans what they choose to do on health care reform, tax cuts, or any other legislation. Not that I’d expect Republicans to drop their agenda because of a few (tens of thousands of) phone calls and constituents showing up to ask questions. They won their elections just a few months ago. Of course they’ll try to pass things they ran on. But within that agenda, there are still plenty of choices to be made, and good representatives take into account all the people in their districts. That includes what political scientist Richard Fenno called their “primary” constituency (their strongest supporters), but also their re-election constituency (those who vote for them) and their geographical constituency,
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DEVOS FROM PAGE 6 private schools to receive taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers. It was billed as a small, low-cost experiment to help poor black children, and had a five-year sunset clause. That was the bait. The first “switch” came a few weeks later, when the Republican governor eliminated the sunset clause. Ever since, vouchers have been a divisive yet permanent fixture in Wisconsin. Conservatives have consistently expanded the program, especially when Republicans controlled the state government. (Vouchers have never been put to a public vote in Wisconsin.) Today, some 33,000 students in 212 schools receive publicly funded vouchers, not just in Milwaukee but throughout Wisconsin. If it were its own school district, the voucher program would be the state’s second largest. The overwhelming majority of the schools are religious. Voucher schools are private schools that have applied for a state-funded pro-
gram that pays tuition for some or all of its student body. Even if every single student at a school receives a publicly funded voucher, as is the case in 22 of Milwaukee’s schools, that school is still defined as private. Because they are defined as “private,” voucher schools operate by separate rules, with minimal public oversight or transparency. They can sidestep basic constitutional protections such as freedom of speech. They do not have to provide the same level of second-language or special-education services. They can suspend or expel students without legal due process. They can ignore the state’s requirements for open meetings and records. They can disregard state law prohibiting discrimination against students on grounds of sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or marital or parental status. Wisconsin has sunk so deep into this unaccountable world that our voucher program not only turns a blind eye toward discrimination in voucher schools, it forces the public to pay for such discrimination.
I attended Catholic schools, and believe that this country’s long-standing defense of religious liberty is a hallmark of our democracy. But the voucher program has distorted this all-important concept of religious freedom. In the guise of governmental noninterference in religious matters, the voucher program allows private schools to use public dollars to proselytize and teach church doctrine that is at odds with public policy — for instance, that women must be submissive to men, that homosexuality is evil, that birth control is a sin, and that creationism is scientifically sound. Privatizing an essential public function and forcing the public to pay for it, even while removing it from meaningful public oversight, weakens our democracy. And we aren’t talking about insignificant amounts of money. Since 1990, roughly $2 billion in public money has been funneled into private and religious schools in Wisconsin, and the payments keep escalating. This year alone, the tab is some $248 million. For more than 25 years, conserva-
tives have used the seductive rhetoric of “choice” to blur the difference between public and private schools. It has been a shrewd move. Individual choice has long been considered a component of liberty. Used appropriately, choice can help ensure that public education is sensitive to the varying needs and preferences of students and families. But when it comes to voucher schools, it’s clear that “choice” is also code for funneling tax dollars away from public schools and into private and religious schools. No one doubts our public school systems have deep-seated problems. But the solution is to fix them, not abandon them. Our public schools are the only institutions with the commitment, the capacity, and the legal obligation to teach all children. With DeVos’ confirmation, the entire country now must answer this question: If public education is an essential bedrock of our democracy, why are we undermining it?
RISKY FROM PAGE 6 or the entire district. It’s healthy for a member of Congress to pay closest attention to those strongest supporters. But listening only to them, while misinforming them about district sentiment overall, is another story. One that rarely ends well.
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Brenton Scott goes up for the shot, leading the Sycamores in a previous game against Butler. Sycamores won against the ranked Bulldogs.
Hoosier hysteria in the NCAA Garrett Short Reporter
The state of Indiana eats, sleeps and breathes basketball during the winter months. As we get closer to March, “Hoosier Hysteria” grows for fans of college basketball. With conference and national tournaments on the horizon, numerous universities in the state are gearing up for battle on the hardwood. Indiana State University men’s basketball has had a rough season, sitting at 10-16 overall and 4-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores had a tough schedule in the first half of the season, facing conference-leading Wichita State and Illinois State twice, each within a month’s time. The second half of the season has gone more smoothly and ISU has won three of their last four games. ISU has four regular season games left before the MVC tournament in St. Louis from March 2-5. As a team that lives and dies by the three, senior Matt Van Scyoc and junior Brenton Scott will be key for the Sycamores. The biggest improvement will need to be made on the defensive
end. Emondre Rickman’s 11 blocks in the last two games should offer help if he can keep it up. Indiana University basketball opened up the season as a possible favorite to win it all. But after wins against perennial powerhouses Kansas and North Carolina, injuries disrupted the team’s consistency. OG Anunoby has gone down twice this year, the second time with a season-ending knee injury. James Blackmon Jr. has returned from injury and will need to continue his team-leading scoring for the Hoosiers to remain competitive. But with a 15-11 overall record and in the bottom half of the Big 10, IU may be left out of the Big Dance for the first time since 2014. The Purdue Boilermakers have put together an impressive season, and are ranked 16th in the nation. A big part of their success is the play of sophomore Caleb Swanigan. The forward is putting up 19 PPG and 12.8 RPG as well. His absurd amount of double-doubles and clutch play has led Purdue to just five losses. Purdue fans can’t wait for Wooden Award voting, as Swanigan is a solid candi-
date for the nation’s most outstanding player. The Boilermakers have a dangerous post presence, pairing Swanigan and center Isaac Haas on the blocks. Their dominant size can cause problems for opponents, leading to a possible three to six seeding in the NCAA tournament. Butler basketball fans started off the season with eight straight wins before dropping a heartbreaker to Indiana State. The team regained its footing momentarily, but has lost three of their last four games. Notably, they have lost to Big East rivals Providence and Georgetown, who are in the bottom half of the conference. The Bulldogs have dropped 13 spots in the rankings in two weeks. With remaining games against Villanova and Xavier, Butler has an uphill climb heading into the postseason. The team has a handful of signature wins against ranked teams and should put this team at about a seven seed in the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame football had a rough season, to say the least. The men’s basketball team has had an up and down season of their own. With two winning streaks of seven or more games,
the team’s downfall came when a four game losing streak lasted nearly two weeks. Being in the Atlantic Coast Conference means having one of the toughest schedules in the nation, so the team is still ranked 25th in the country. The Fighting Irish are a well-rounded team with four players scoring over 14 PPG. The team’s chemistry shows as they rank 23rd in the NCAA in assists per game with 16.6 per contest. The Irish don’t have a plethora of highly recruited stars and will need to lean on each other in order to make noise in the postseason. For many sports fans, March Madness is similar to a second Christmas. Late-game heroics, rises to stardom and upsets fill the schedule every year. One thing that always seems to stand out in postseason collegiate basketball is guard play. For ball-handlers like Brenton Scott and James Blackmon Jr., the postseason is their time to shine. With the pressure on, stars like these can put their mark on improbable upsets. The Hoosier state hopes to have a lot to cheer for as the regular season comes to a close.
ISU will hit the road to take on Loyola Austin Vanlandingham Reporter
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ISU womens basketball picked up another win during Sunday afternoons game, 53-32.
Women’s hoops rolls past Loyola on alumni day Tim McCaughan
ISU Athletic Media Relations
The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up the season sweep of Loyola Sunday afternoon, defeating the Ramblers 5332 in front of 1,669 fans on Alumni Day. With the win, the Sycamores move to 6-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 12-11 overall. Indiana State was led offensively by junior Ashley Taia. The Brisbane, Australia native scored a gamehigh 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. McKenzie Telfair scored eight while Brooklyn Artis and Wendi Bibbins added six each. Six Sycamores scored five points or more in the win. Junior Regan Wentland notched her first start of the season against the Ramblers and she made it count,
going for a career-high 13 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. The game marked the best defensive effort by the Sycamores all season as they held Loyola to just 32 points and nine field goals. ISU’s intensity on the defensive end saw six players’ record steals led by Bibbins, who swiped the ball away four times. T he Sycamores also cleaned up on the boards, outrebounding Loyola 4325 in the game and giving up just five offensive rebounds. It was all Indiana State to start as the Sycamores jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind a triple from Artis and jumpers from Rhagen Smith and Taia. The Ramblers would close the gap, though, to just one at the conclusion of the first quar-
ter at 12-11. That was when Indiana State’s offense really got to work. Telfair, a redshirt sophomore, got things off to a quick start in the second, hitting a pair of three-pointers while Taia and freshman Ashli O’Neal also connected on treys. The Sycamores held Loyola to single-digits in each period for the remainder of the game and just 12 points in the final 20 minutes of play. For the game, Indiana State hit 10 three-pointers and turned 16 offensive boards into 13 second chance points. ISU dished out 15 assists, while Loyola finished with two. The team will continue its homestand next weekend when Drake and Northern Iowa come to town Friday and Sunday.
The Sycamores will try to get their third consecutive victory when they take on the Loyola Ramblers Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Indiana State is coming off a solid win against Drake. They defeated the Bulldogs 84-60. The Sycamores dominated throughout and controlled both ends of the floor. Brenton Scott was the player of the game, picking up 20 points on the afternoon. Emondre Rickman reached a career high in blocks with six. Laquarious Paige dropped a quiet 14 points, which was also a career high. In their previous matchup, Indiana State was over-matched in an 8166 loss at home. The Sycamores will have to put on another good shooting performance in order to pull off the upset against the Ramblers. In the last meeting, Indiana State struggled getting shots to fall, shooting only 39 percent from the field in the first half. Loyola found their rhythm early and never looked back. Loyola led 21-11 after the first ten minutes of play and had a 21-point lead with 31 seconds left in the first half. The Ramblers were not making a lot of mistakes on offensive end. They found good looks at the basket and made their shots count. Indiana State did find some success getting the ball inside in their last matchup. Senior forward T.J. Bell recorded 10 points and four rebounds on the afternoon. Junior forward Brandon Murphy registered
some solid minutes off the bench. He picked up five points and made his presence felt mainly on defense where he did a solid job of protecting the rim. Emondre Rickman has been a force on defense as of late and certainly will be looked upon to slow down the Ramblers leading scorer Milton Doyle. The Ramblers are coming off a tough home loss against Wichita State, where they fell to the Shockers 81-64. The loss dropped Loyola to 1611 on the year and 6-8 in conference play. Doyle has reached double digits in scoring for the 28th consecutive game. Coming off a strong defensive showing against Drake, Indiana State will undoubtedly look to shut down Doyle. Doyle picked up 20 points in their last meeting. Forward Aundre Jackson had an impressive shooting display against the Shockers making his first 11 attempts. Doyle, Jackson, Clayton Custer and Donte Ingram are all averaging double figures in scoring on the year. As a team, they’re averaging 74.4 points per game while holding their opponents to 67.9 points per game. Indiana State will attempt to get their first road win at Loyola since Feb. 7, 2015. They also will try to win their third game in a row for the second time this season. The Sycamores last three game win-streak came earlier in the season when they defeated Northern Illinois, Utah State, and 15th ranked Butler. A win for the Ramblers would give Loyola the series sweep on the season.