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BEST INTHE NATION Indiana State University ranks number one for community engagement


Indiana State University is number one in the country for its community service efforts and engagements according to the Washington Monthly College Guide for 2013. In addition to its No. 1 spot, the nationally renowned publication also reported ISU as gripping the number two spot for its support for service learning after ranking third place in both categories last year. At a news conference Tuesday Bradley said the university has “embedded” community service in all aspects of the university’s program. The 2012-13 annual report compiled by ISU’s Center for Community Engagement estimated that students, faculty and staff served nearly 1.2 million hours of community service and the university served 115 community partners. Heather Miklozek, associate director for the Center for Community Engagement, said the center’s staff had worked hard this year to promote community engagement in hopes of producing global citizens through community service and engagement incorporated into course learning. “We will continue to provide programs for experential learning and community outreach with the addition of new programs which will include the International Alternative spring break trip,” she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


Friday August 30, 2013 Indiana State University Volume 121 Issue 4

Falzone brings sex to ISU


Self-proclaimed “sex expert” Maria Falzone told Indiana State University students they should be comfortable with their sex lives and sexuality before they try to become sexually comfortable with someone else. Falzone, who appeared Tuesday at ISU for the 18th consecutive year, brought her unique brand of sex comedy to Terre Haute in an

“Nothing made me want to be an advocate for safe sex. This was all Goddriven.” Maria Falzone, sex comedienne An Indiana State student helps install wiring in a Habitat for Humanity house on Chase Street during a community engagement opportunity (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

Mike FM: Head

New dean:

Gregory Youngen is selected as library’s interim dean PAGE 5

Conflict in Syria: Should the U.S. get involved?


Football Coach Mike Sanford debuts a show on WIBQ PAGE 12

effort to impress on students that communication and good sex go hand in hand. “If one person has better sex, one person doesn’t get raped or one person feels good about what they did and it’s because they came to this show, then I have done my job,” Falzone said. Falzone said she gave up her career in television and film after CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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Above: President Daniel J. Bradley, faculty and students participated in 1.2 million community service hours last year. Below: Don Rogers interacts with an attendee at the “Wounded Warrior” event (Photos courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

Among many partnerships and organizations, ISU has helped local community organizations such as Ryves Hall youth center and other Catholic Charity programs. The Wounded Warrior Project, a national program, has been held the past two years at ISU. Last year’s program was held at the Sycamore Outdoor Center and Don Rogers, associate professor of kinesiology recreation and sport management and Sycamore Outdoor Center coordinator, said it was different from its first year because it was organized with families in mind. The center provides students, especially recreational therapy students and Keystone Adventure Program student facilitators, with hands-on learning opportunities. Fifteen veterans attended the 2012 program, while the past spring program 20 veterans and their family members attended including spouses, children and other family members totaling nearly 55 people. Rogers said Matt Porter, resource manager of the Sycamore Outdoor Center, planned the event with the help

of the Wounded Warrior staff, members Abbie Holland Schmit and Lauren Diepeveen.

“The work everyone has done to bring the Wounded Warrior project to ISU and the Sycamore Outdoor Center is validated by this recognition and encourages us to continue our efforts knowing it is valued by the larger community.” Don Rogers, Sycamore Outdoor Center coordinator He said it offered participants the opportunity to enjoy the updated outdoor center while providing students with the opportunity for community service. “And you can’t overlook that it is a chance for everyone involved to help support our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us all,” he said. Rogers said the Kinesiology,

Recreation and Sport Department is the only department directly involved with this project, but the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services and its former dean Biff Williams supported it financially and by encouraging students to get involved. “It is gratifying to be recognized for our contribution to Indiana State’s overall efforts to provide our students with

experiential learning opportunities,” he said. “The work everyone has done to bring the [Wounded Warrior] project to ISU and the Sycamore Outdoor Center is validated by this recognition and encourages us to continue our efforts knowing it is valued by the larger community,” Rogers said.

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More students on campus again this fall

The university recently announced that 334 more students are walking the ISU campus than last year (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

Tamera rhodes News Editor University officials announced this week there are 12,448 students on campus this year amounting to an increase of 334 from last year. It is the highest enrollment since 1972, which is more than 13,000. This year’s incoming freshmen totaled 2,661 with Indiana State’s largest honors class of 306 students. Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications John Beacon credits the increase to the university’s ability to attract

and keep well-qualified students, as well as providing them with an affordable cost. In-state student enrollment increased from last year, while transfer students increased the fourth straight year after a decade of decreased numbers. Among the list of increased enrollment feats, graduate student enrollment also increased by seven percent this fall. It is credited partly to the launch of the new master’s and doctoral programs in health care designed to combat shortages in the field.

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ISU opens the door to students’ relatives on Family Day Paula Meyer

ISU Communications and Marketing Indiana State University will host its annual Family Day on Sept. 14. This event is an opportunity for ISU students to show their appreciation for the important role that families play in their education and their lives. It’s also an opportunity for families to see their student’s home away from home. Students and families can check in at Hulman Memorial Student Union and the Barnes and Noble ISU Bookstore from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and register to win gift cards, purchase T-shirts, sweatshirts and books. The bookstore will have an early bird breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. and will host the Blue Zone from noon- 2 p.m. with inflatable games, face painting and other festivities. Families will be able to purchase pregame reception and football game tickets at the Hulman Memorial Student Union location only. Beginning at 11 a.m., children ages 3-11 can nurture their creativity through art projects and crafts, courtesy of the Community School of the Arts. Indiana State’s “Go Figure” program will have a variety of fun activities to make math fun. Outdoor recreational activities will be led by students in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program at Dede Plaza. International students will showcase a variety of cultural dances, activities and performances. The entire family is invited to participate in a community service project by registering with the community engagement table at Dede Plaza from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parents and family members will be able to visit with representatives from a variety of campus departments and programs between 10:30 a.m. and noon in the Commons of Hulman Memorial Student Union. The University Art Gallery, located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so families can view an exhibition featuring acquisitions of the Permanent Art Collection during the past 13 years. Campus tours, led by student leaders, will be conducted every 30 minutes between 11 a.m.- noon. UAP Clinic-ISU Health Center will

An Indiana State student shows her family around campus during last year’s Family Day. In addition to campus tours, this year’s Family Day will include open houses at the UAP Clinic, Erickson Hall, the University Honors Program and ISU Student Media (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

host an open house from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and open houses will also take place in Cunningham Memorial Library, the Bayh College of Education, the John W. Moore Welcome Center, the Career Center and the newly-renovated Erickson Hall, the University Honors Program and ISU Student Media will have open houses from 10:30 a.m. noon. The Residence Hall Association will host Sycamore Bingo from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Dede I. The Student Recreation Center will be a popular stop on campus by many during Family Day festivities. Families are invited to visit the facility and participate in informal activities in the three-court gym, MAC court and pool areas. Family members will need to

complete a consent form, found at www. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a Favorite Recipe Brunch in Sycamore Dining Hall, open to all parents and families of both residential and commuter students. Tickets are $7 per person ($3.50 for children under the age of 10) for the breakfast/lunch buffet and can be purchased at the door. The fun isn’t just confined to campus. Families are invited to come out to Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Sycamores as they take on Quincy at 3:05 p.m. Festivities kick off with a pre-game family reception, hosted by the ISU Alumni Association, Career Center, University College and Student Athlete Advisory Committee from 1:30-2:45p.m.

Families can purchase reception and game tickets at the Family Day registration table in Hulman Memorial Student Union to take advantage of a special group rate. For Family Day registrants, individual tickets for the football game will be available beginning at 9 a.m. at a cost of $5. Kids age 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $4 for youth ages 6-18. Current Indiana State students can attend the game at no cost by showing their Sycamore ID card. A complete schedule of Family Day activities and online registration can be found at Families can also register by calling Union Board and Family Services at 812-237-3830.

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Interim dean connects library’s past to present Tamera rhodes News Editor An interim dean has been appointed at Cunningham Library until a permanent appointment expected by July 2014, but he is a familiar face at Indiana State University. Gregory Youngen began acting as the new interim dean of Cunningham Library August 10 and replaced Alberta Comer. Youngen is a Terre Haute native, and he is no stranger to ISU. He returned to Terre Haute to attend ISU after he served four years in the United States Navy in the late 1970s. While working on a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he said Cunningham Memorial Library got him “hooked on libraries.” “As a student here back in the early ‘80s, I knew that librarianship would be a good career choice for me,” Youngen said.

“ [Gregory Youngen] knows the challenges we face ... he was the logical choice to bridge between the past and the future.” Dara Middleton, library events coordinator He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in library science in 1982 at ISU. And continued his education at Indiana University, where he earned his master’s degree in library science. He said he never pictured himself returning to ISU to head the library, but his life and careers have taken “some funny turns.” Youngen worked the past 17 years as a science and medical librarian at the University of Illinois-Champaign. Prior to that time, he worked in government

libraries for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the state of Texas. So when the associate library dean position opened last year, he jumped at the opportunity to move “back home” and into a position in library administration, he said. Youngen said the staff at the library works as a team, and the new position gives him the opportunity to observe how the library’s technical services, public services and systems department makes information resources readily accessible for the ISU community. “We’re a team and the success of the library depends on the interactions and support of the departments and individuals who staff them,” he said. “We operate like a well-oiled machine.” Dara Middleton, library events coordinator, said Youngen has been able to “step in and continue the process seamlessly,” since he has already been a part of the Cunningham Library’s evolving process for a year now. She said he shares the same thoughts on the library’s mission, which is to remain current with today’s times. Youngen said he wants to ensure the library remains a major part of campus life at ISU and serves as a resource for students in their studies. “Our goal is to provide relevant information resources, a comfortable physical environment, and knowledgeable staff to help students and faculty succeed in their work and education here,” he said. In the near future, Youngen said the library will add a new search tool that will make it easier to use the library’s electronic resources, as well as consider how it can provide sufficient space for students and its print collections. “He knows the challenges we face … he was the logical choice to bridge between the past and the future,” Middleton said. “He is dedicated to the mission of the university and Cunningham Memorial Library.”

Greg Youngen was appointed to interim dean of Cunningham Library and will press on with its current plans (Photo by Bob Rhodes).

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Friday, August 30, 2013 • Page 6 Opinions Editor, Tony Khalil Editor in Chief, Brianne Hofmann

Statesman editorial

True cost of civil war weighs on United States There has been a fair amount of saber rattling the last few weeks between the western governments and the Syrian regime. With the death toll in Syria rising to over 100,000, many nations around the world have been looking for ways to bring a political end to this conflict. However, on Aug. 21, news footage reached western countries of a purported chemical attack on Syrian citizens by the Syrian Government. This event has escalated tensions within the U.N. Security Council, with England, France and the United States calling for military action. While the crisis in Syria has reached its boiling point and has begun spilling over into neighboring countries, questions about the legality of the use of force continue to

be raised, especially in regards to whether or not a chemical attack was carried out. President Obama has already stated that any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government would cross a red line and force the U.S. to intervene in the Syrian conflict. Within the last month, the U.S. and other U.N. allies have moved warships into the area surrounding Syria in preparation for a military intervention. However, with no direct mandate from the U.N. and no absolute proof that there has been a chemical attack, even with Vice President Biden stating that there is direct evidence. The U.N. Investigators have not even finished their jobs yet at the attack sites and already the U.S. military is moving in to engage in yet another intervention.

One of the most worrying factors is that unlike Libya , Syria has a lot of divided rebel factions that have pledged themselves to AlQaeda and other militant Islamist groups, to the point that if we intervene in Syria with boots on the ground, we risk placing Syria into the hands of an Islamic government. Or worse, turning Syria into another Iraq, and having our military forces bogged down in Syria for years. So currently the U.S. government does not have the right or the authority to intervene in the current conflict. Without a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria, the presidents’ hands are legally tied. With Russia and China highly likely to veto any resolution authorizing force there is a limited

Child stars suffer in the spotlight of fame Alice Brumfield Columnist Never before in my life have I been more thankful that I’ve never been a Miley Cyrus fan than this past week. At the MTV Video Music Awards, Cyrus preformed a raunchy rendition of her hit, “We Can’t Stop,” complete with dancing bears and twerking. I sat in confusion with my roommates as we watched what I knew would be headlines in the morning. As her performance ended, I thought about how sad it was that so many of these child stars turned teen stars crashed and burned with such ferocity that those witness to it have to wear sunglasses so they don’t get burned. Cyrus isn’t the only one crashing and burning these days. Amanda Bynes, Justin Bieber, Brittany Spears, they’re all classic examples of child stardom gone bad. At least with Spears she was able to recover from her 2007 head shaving incident, but it’s still too early to tell if

Bynes and Bieber will be so lucky. Having your life put under a microscope isn’t easy for a grown adult, let alone a young kid. Mara Wilson, child actress from movies such as “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” outlined the reasons that kid stars go crazy through personal experience. Wilson wrote about reasons from parents who can’t or won’t help them; sexual exploitation and needing rebellion but not being able to do so, and it all makes a little more sense. Bieber has been an icon for young girls since he rose to fame a few years ago and has had cameras following him since then. Now at 19, he is growing increasingly outlandish and even violent on occasions. But if everyone was honest, is it really surprising? Growing up, I was the prosecutor’s daughter so I wasn’t allowed to do anything that would bring shame on my family. I was terrified of doing something

bad and being caught by someone that my dad knew and therefore getting in trouble. I didn’t want my bad behavior reflecting back on my father. Because of this, I’ve never really “rebelled” in the manner that a lot of kids do. However, if there were cameras in my face every day with people yelling questions at me, I might go a little nuts, too. These child stars need someone to take the reins for them who will help them, not use or exploit them. Maybe we should try to be helping Miley by asking her why she felt that performance was necessary the way she did it, or legitimately reprimand Beiber for urinating in a mop bucket rather than being upset that he bad mouthed Bill Clinton. Do these kids a favor and let them take a breath to decide who they are and who they want to be rather than what we demand them to be.

number of options to what the world can do for Syria. The only reason the U.S. military should get involved is if there is direct evidence provided by the U.N. investigators that proves that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on its citizens. If the U. S. decides to engage Syria it should be done with a measured response by a U.N. coalition targeting and destroying military installations, including arms manufacturing and military barracks, as well as intelligence head quarters. Neither America nor her economy needs the economic and political stresses of another drawn out, objectiveless war.

Opinions Policy The opinions page of the Indiana Statesman offers an opportunity for the Indiana State University community to express its views. The opinions, individual and collective, expressed in the Statesman and the student staff’s selection or arrangement of content do not necessarily reflect the attitudes of Indiana State University, its Board of Trustees, administration, faculty or student body. The Statesman editoral board writes staff editorials and makes final decisions about news content. This newspaper serves as a public forum for the ISU campus community. Make your opinion heard by submitting letters to the editor of the Indiana Statesman at isu-statesmaneditor@ .Letters must be fewer than 350 words and include year in school, major and phone number for verification. Letters from nonstudent members of the campus community must also be verifiable. Letters will be published with the author’s name. The Statesman editorial board reserves the right to edit letters for length, libel, clarity and vulgarity.

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The United Nations prepares for strike against Syria Julian Winborn Columnist Today, we realize that the 2003 Iraq invasion was an absolute failure because it did not complete its foremost goal, finding weapons of mass destruction. The phrase “weapons of mass destruction” was seemingly omnipotent in the 2000’s under the Bush administration, but President Bush was not the only person who was concerned with these weapons. Prior to the American invasion of Iraq, a large team of United Nations weapons inspectors was ordained with the task of finding, reporting and dismantling all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. After revealing the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the Bush administration continued to rally support across the government and nation. In his book “Disarming Iraq”, Hans Blix who served as the chief weapons inspector for the 2003 mission, recalls that the Bush administration believed that anything that was unaccounted for still existed. The administration also refuted the conclusion of the international Atomic Energy Agency, which occurred days prior to the invasion of Iraq: Vice President Dick Cheney boldly asserted that there were nuclear weapons saying that the

administration believed that Saddam With the long-standing conflict between the Hussein had “reconstituted” nuclear weapons Syrian government and rebels, and President despite the A.E.A’s conclusion that there were Bashar Al-Assad’s attacks against Syrian no such weapons. civilians, the gut instinct is to assume that the And as it turns out, the UN weapons Syrian government executed the use of those inspectors and the Atomic Energy Agency weapons. were both correct; there were no “weapons However with the Syrian government’s of mass destruction”. And the embarrassing denial and others swearing that the Syrian 2003 invasion which resulted in the government did unleash those weapons, the unnecessary loss of American lives, exorbitant UN has decided not to take anyone’s word for war costs and a it and has deployed general waste of a team of weapons resources certainly “A Chemical attack on an eastern inspectors to find demonstrates how the truth. our government suburb of Damascus has the interBut yet again, the approached the national community reeling due U.S. government is situation like to the horrific way in which people certain that it knows blithering idiots. better than the died.” We would weapons inspectors, hope that our even before the government took that engagement in Iraq as inspectors have finished. When interviewed a “teachable moment” and would never jump by Nathan Gardels from the Christian to conclusions like that again. But it feels like Science Monitor, Hans Blix explained that déjà vu as we watch a possible military strike the indications and circumstantial evidence against Syria unfold. certainly points to the use of such weapons, A chemical attack on an eastern suburb of but due to the fact that inspection was Damascus has the international community called for by the Western powers and Syria reeling due to the horrific way in which people has allowed the inspectors into the country, died, as well as the fact that use of chemical we should wait for the outcome of their weapons is prohibited by international law. investigation.

However on Aug. 26, despite the ongoing investigation Secretary of State John Kerry exclaimed that the evidence is “undeniable” and that Obama believes that there should be accountability. On the following day while speaking at an event in Houston, Texas, Vice President Joe Biden stated that there is “no doubt” that the Syrian government used those weapons. And on the same day the Washington Post reported that U.S. Intelligence has compiled a timeline of the attack. Much like the Bush administration in 2003, it seems that officials across the Obama administration are in agreement over how events in Syria have unfolded and how it should be addressed. Although the administration would like to assert America’s hard power by swiftly punishing the Assad regime for alleged chemical weapons use, it is not acceptable to wage acts of war on speculation alone. The decision to engage the nation in another conflict must be approached with reverence and a broad capacity to understand the international complications, and just like the Bush administration the Obama administration doesn’t seem too concerned with any of that. We’re America, and we are always right after all.

Gay rights and humans rights are one and the same Megan Eldridge Columnist No two groups agree on the legality of gay marriage or the validity of homosexuality. One radical view is constantly pinned against another. Those in agreement with gay marriage are shoved to one side, and those in disagreement are pushed to the other. The groups argue protest, and try to prove why their chosen belief makes more sense than another. As with any controversial issue, all members of society are encouraged to pick a side, sitting on the fence is simply not allowe. From school, to work, to social media websites: no matter where a person goes, the question always seems to form, “So, what do you think about gay marriage?” To help de-

cide whether or not they believe in gay mar- individual to start developing his or her own riage, a person makes a theoretical list of eth- personal opinion about what is or isn’t right. ical pros and cons. Just because a person Then, that person is identifies with the urged to develop a Christian faith or the “Whether or not a person systematic one-sizepolitical necessarily agrees with gay Republican fits-all reasoning group, doesn’t mean marriage, he or she should that accompanies his that that person can’t or her belief. understand that gay rights are also believe that it’s However, choosokay for two men to human rights.” ing to agree or disget married. agree with gay marWhether or not riage isn’t as simple a person necessaras siding with a poily agrees with gay litical or religious marriage, he or she group. should understand that gay rights are human Since it’s the 21 century, it’s time for each rights.

If a person believes in the importance of human rights and equality, he or she should believe that the freedom to marry is a right all American’s should have. Perhaps Frederick Douglass, a late social reformer, said it best, “What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of its humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?” The bottom line is: whether a person agrees or disagrees with homosexuality, America cannot be called a free country until every member of the population has the right to marry who they want, when they want.


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she stumbled upon the idea of becoming a sex expert. She liked the money she was making and said she ended up falling in love with something she never knew she could be. “Nothing made me want to be an advocate for safe sex, this was all God driven.” Falzone said. Falzone said students should practice safe sex to protect themselves from danger. One in four women and one in seven men are raped during their college years, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report titled “College Health and Safety.” The report goes on to state that men and women between the ages 15 and 24 years account for nearly half of the sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed every year. Additionally, one in four new HIV infections are among youths between age 13

and 24 and four of the five occur in males, according to the report. Alexa Mayer, a freshman nursing major, said she was very entertained by Falzone. “I enjoyed all of the show. It was never a dull moment,” Mayer said. “It’s good to know about how to protect ourselves because a lot of accidents can be made, especially with drinking and drugs and all the freedom you have in college.” Throughout the performance, Falzone encouraged students to know themselves and know what makes them happy. She stressed that communication is the most aspect of a sexual relationship and if it’s absent, then the experience won’t be amazing. Falzone said students should enjoy their sexual relationships and understand that sex is great, natural, and, most importantly, it’s OK.

Maria Falzone visited Indiana State on Tuesday to perform her act “Sex Rules!” which is meant to inform college students about safe sex practices. Left: Students leave their seats in Hulman Center to cheer for Falzone. Above: Falzone performs a portion of her act with a member of the audience. (Photos by Bob Rhodes).

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Williams reflects on first welcome week as provost JOSEPH PAUL Features Editor Indiana State’s new provost Richard “Biff ” Williams started his college career much like any other young adult transitioning from high school to college. He enrolled in a junior college on a full-ride scholarship to play football and throw the hammer and discus, but he had no real long-term plans for the future. But after suffering an injury that removed him from the field early on and serving a two-year mission trip in Brazil a year later, his eyes were opened. “My first semester, I would say I wasn’t as committed to my studies as I probably should have been, ” Williams said. “I came back [from Brazil] with a lot of perspective and then I found athletic training and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.” In his new position, Williams plans to help students in similar situations discover their own eye-opening experience, find their niche in college and, therefore, become more successful and more likely to graduate on time. Accordingly, improving student retention is the university’s top priority

this year, he said. As provost, however, student success is just one aspect of Williams’ job. He is also vice president of academic affairs at ISU and oversees the operations and collaboration between the university’s colleges, departments, students and staff. Williams entered his new position on July 1 prior to his five-year tenure as the founding dean of ISU’s College of Nursing, Health and Human Services. He has since worked closely with President Daniel J. Bradley and the deans of the university’s six colleges, along with university leaders in the areas of extended learning, community engagement and graduate and professional studies programs. “I also oversee Residential Life … A lot people have asked me to sum up in a few words what I do,” Williams said. “I see my role as an advocate for the students and the faculty here.”


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Indiana State University Provost Richard “Biff ” Williams speaks to the incoming freshman class during convocation on Aug. 18 (Photo by Bob Rhodes).

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And as an advocate, Williams said he has strived to gain a deep understanding of what students and staff at ISU expect and deserve during their time at the university. In his month-and-a-half as provost, he has made several attempts at interacting with the ISU community, including giving the convocation speech and greeting students afterward during the March Through the Arch event. “I’ve been to convocation ever since I’ve been here and I’ve always enjoyed that part of it,” Williams said. “I’ve done the March Through the Arch since its inception and I really enjoy that because you get to see the students on a one-onone basis.” Williams also spoke at several welcome back events hosted by ISU’s major colleges and participated in what he calls “listening tours” in the weeks approaching fall semester. He said it is particularly important to understand not just the voice of the student body and university as a whole, but also the voice of the individual.

“I like walking across campus this time of year because the energy’s high, the students are back, they’re excited, they’re rested. It’s just a good time to be on campus.” Richard “Biff” Williams, ISU provost “I think one way to get to know the students and the students’ needs is by also interacting with the faculty,” Williams said. “I’ve started a listening tour this summer and I’ve made it a point to meet with every department chairperson and dean and associate dean so I can get their perspective on their areas. And that perspective is, ‘How can we make students more successful?’” In addition, Williams got involved during Welcome Week by meeting with several student organizations, such as the Student Government Association. “I’ve been involved and I even stole a cookie from Cheri’s lemonade stand [last Tuesday], so that was fun, too,” Williams said. “I like walking across campus this time of year because the energy’s high, the students are back, they’re excited,

Williams meets and greets students during “March Through the Arch” following the Freshmen Convocation on Aug. 18. Since he started his new postion on July 1, Williams has focused on meeting the needs of students as individuals (Photo by Bob Rhodes).

they’re rested. It’s just a good time to be on campus.” In the shadow of C. Jack Maynard’s 10-year legacy as provost, in which ISU expanded in leaps and bounds, all eyes are on Williams and his plan for the university in the weeks, semesters and years to come.

As the excitement of the semester’s onset fades, it’s apparent Williams’ primary focus will be on the success of a new breed of college students growing up in a different, more dynamic generation. In order to accomplish that, Williams’ plan as provost is to enhance ISU’s upward trends in enrollment,

retention, community engagement, experiential learning opportunities and diversification. “That’s why I like this job,” Williams said. “You can see a need and you can see what will really bless the lives of others and you can actually do something.”

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Carnival entertains incoming students Greek style

A student holds out her hands to catch a softball during an activity at the Fraternity and Sorority Life Carnival on Monday (Photo by ISU Communications and Marketing).

Amanda Marsh Reporter The members of the Indiana State Greek community came together Monday in hopes of influencing students to join their organizations. “We wanted to create an environment that could get more information about Greek life out to the students at ISU and a way to have fun and attract students,” said James Gardner, senior computer engineer major and vice president of Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council. “What better way to do that than have a carnival,” he said. Twenty-five chapters of fraternities and sororities took part in the carnival at Wolf Field each with its own table stocked with information about their organization. Carnival food was also provided during the event.

“This event is for all students at ISU but mainly targeted at freshman,” said Bo Mantooth, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at ISU. As an incoming student, nursing major Jake Marsh was one of those freshmen. “My friends and I were walking around campus and saw all the activities so we stopped by,” Marsh said. “I have thought about being in a fraternity and so it was nice that I got to meet all of them at once. We’re also having fun.” Mantooth said events like Monday’s carnival play a big role in getting students involved in their first year of college. “It is important to become part of Greek life earlier on in your college career so the students know all of their options and they are united in all the four years,” Mantooth said. “Getting the

full experience is what our organization is all about. By being in Greek life you are more open to opportunities around campus and getting involved in community service or setting up events.” Members of each Greek organization described their purpose on campus and how to get involved in such a huge community while also having fun and enjoying different activities. “Our Greek system is scholarship based and each organization has a required GPA they have to receive in order to stay in the sorority or fraternity. There are study sessions that are mandatory in order to stay on top of the required GPA,” Mantooth said. “Not only does being involved in Greek Life help during school but after graduating it can look very good on a resume and the connections they make here can

benefit them later on after graduation.” Sarah Fredder, a senior business major and vice president of recruitment for Alpha Sigma Alpha, also stressed the importance of getting involved early on in a student’s college career. “The ultimate goal is to mainly get freshman involved in Greek Life as early as possible because it is easier to adapt starting out in the beginning,” Fredder said as she manned her sorority’s table. “You learn time management skills and get to meet people so easily; it is also a great way to have a sense of responsibility and unity.” Students who are interested in getting involved in a fraternity or sorority and rush week activities can go to www.


Friday, August 30, 2013 • Page 12 Sports Editor, Thomas Beeler

The Evolving Sycamore

ISU students strive to become fitter, healther and better over all Thomas Beeler Sports Editor Looking past his own limitation, senior exercise science major D’Andre Richardson along with his two hometown friends, Taylor Magnuson and Darius Ramsey, started their own workout program called Evolve or Die, or E.O.D. A mixture of cross fit techniques and dynamic drills seen in a multitude of sports. “For people seeking out a workout

regiment it would be great because it would be something new, different and fun,” Richardson said. Three years ago, Richardson, Magnuson and Ramsey created the program to focus on improving themselves. “Once you go into a workout and adopt that workout as apart of your regiment you find ways after a certain period to get better to avoid staying the same,” Richardson said.

The E.O.D. name has not made an impact on the Indiana State campus yet. Richardson is the only person at ISU running the program. Ramsey has been training a group of people back in their hometown of Louisville, Ky. They both work as the administrators because they put their insight of the past experiences into the regiment, Richardson said. Richardson’s inspiration for the program

Indiana State August: Football at Bloomington vs. IU on Thursday, 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball at Edwardsville, IN for SIUE Cougar Classic on Friday Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Continued on PAGE 14 Soccer at Bowling Green, Ky. vs. Western Kentucky Sunday, 2 p.m.

Drink, eat and listen to new football coach Ace Hunt ISU Athletic Media Relations The Mike Sanford Radio Show began Monday and will continue each Monday during the 2013 season live from the Seventh and Elm Bar and Grill. The show runs from 6 p.m until 6:30 p.m. and fans are invited to stop by to interact with Sycamore coaches, players and show support for the football program. The show is live on WIBQ 98.5 FM and online at A speaker system in the restaurant allows for fans gathered in the lower level to hear Sanford and other guests from the football program speak during the show. Veteran Indiana State football play-by-play announcer Brian Fritz hosts the weekly show. Additionally, new in 2013 will be an opportunity for fans to submit questions for Sanford which he will answer on the air and a selected fan will receive two tickets to a home football game this season. To submit a question, fans should follow the official Twitter account of the Sycamore Football program (@ IndianaStateFB) and tweet using the #askcoach hastag. To enter the contest for the free tickets and to have your question asked on air, fans should send their tweet in before 4 p.m. each Monday. Sanford and the Sycamore football program look forward to hearing from the fans on Twitter this fall.


September: Football at West Lafayette, Ind. vs. Purdue on Sept. 7, 12 p.m. Women’s Volleyball at Chicago, Ill. vs. Chicago State on Sept. 3, 6 p.m. at Busies Creek, N.C. for the Hampton Inn of Holly Spring Invitation on Sept. 6 - 7, 12:30 p.m. at ISU Arena South Gym vs. IUPUI on Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at Dayton, Ohio for the Wright State Invitational on Sept. 13 14, 4:30 p.m. Soccer at Memorial Standium vs. Green Bay on Sept. 6, 7 p.m. at Edwardsville, Ill. vs. SIU Edwardsville on Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Golf at Fisher, Ind. for the Indiana Invitational on Sept. 8

Head football coach Mike Stanford and the rest of team began their fall 2013 journey traveling to Indiana University Thursday (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).

Cross Country at Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Sept. 11, 11 a.m.

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Taylor Magnuson and Darius Ramsey toss a football around during one of the Evolve or Die workouts (Submitted photo).

playing football. Before attending ISU he would train with Ramsey aspiring to be a walk on to the ISU football program, Richardson said. “It’s kind of like cross fit because with more athletic and sport specific exercises,” Richardson said. The program is also built around competition. Competition makes people push themselves to do better, Richardson said. Richardson said he finds treadmills and ecliptics boring. When one uses cones, medicine balls, phyisoballs, stair drills, box drills and all types of things to switch up a workout routine it becomes more fun, gets people more involved and gives them the chance to compete. “It’s never the same thing,” Richardson said. “It’s always different. It’s all about evolving.” Richardson said a typical E.O.D. session would begin with a warm-up, usually, with jugging 100-yards at 65 to 75 percent. Then it leads to dynamic stretching. “Dynamic stretching is active stretching,” Richardson said. “Doing something that you’re going to be doing for the rest of the workout.”

The workout goes into the sports specific side by tailoring to different aspects of sport activity. These are then narrowed down so that people with different levels of athleticism can perform and benefit from. “The concept is that you do one thing followed by

“This is Evolve or Die and we are getting better. If you get into the program you are always going to improve.” D’ Andre Richardson, senior exercise science major a short rest period and then you’re back at it again,” Richardson said. The workouts conclude with a vigorous activate to set people’s body up for the next workout, Richardson said. “Football is a fast pace sport,” Richardson said. “Game

speed is flying. People are flying down the field and everything you do has to be active and this translates outside of sports. A regular exercise at a vigorous pace can be tailored to what we do on Saturdays.” The workouts are focused from an athletic standpoint but people with all types of exercise experience are welcome to come. He usually runs an assessment and find out what newcomer’s goals are, Richardson said. “Goals play a big role as well,” Richardson said. “Everyone wants to look lean and fit when they look in the mirror.” The workout Richardson performs is high-intensity and high paced, said Richardson. They are not there to kill people but rather make the whole thing a new and fun experience to accomplish their goals. Students can join Richardson out at Recreation Field east every Saturday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “When you workout you want to make sure you get better and not settle for the same thing,” Richardson said. “This is Evolve or Die and we are getting better. If you get into this program you are always going to improve.”

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