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Downtown Terre Haute to have free Wi-Fi. Page 4

Three week results bring concerns in energy competition. Page 5

ISU to update alcohol policy after cash bar discussion. Page 2

NPR journalist Michele Norris talked book and “race card” Wednesday. Page 10


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ISU’s alcohol policy being revised Dustyn Fatheree

Assistant News Editor

Indiana State University is revising its alcohol policy following a recent campus event that gave students the option to drink if they are of legal age. The new alcohol policy is under development that isn’t as generic and is more comprehensive, said ISU president Daniel J. Bradley. “With the new policy there will be three things that won’t ever happen,” Bradley said. “There will be no open bar free drinks, unlimited drinking or serving to underage drinkers.” ISU served alcohol to students at the “Bachelor of Death” murder mystery/ leadership dinner on Jan. 31. Students of age were given an hour and a half window to indulge in a maximum of two drinks. Those of legal drinking age who attended were given wristbands and two drink tickets each. Following the event, ISU Student Affairs officials said they were pleased with the event. “I’m glad that the cash bar was at the event and if we follow the protocols we had at the leadership dinner, it will run smoothly,” Bradley said. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Nolan Davis said the university is in the process of developing the alcohol policy to work with students on and off campus to promote responsible and moderated drinking events. “We are trying to create a smooth and safe process for groups who want alcohol at their events,” Davis said. “We aren’t going from nothing to something; we are going from a low organized policy to a more organized policy.” Even though university officials are satisfied with plans to move forward, Student Government Association president Nick Utterback said that he wants the dry campus policy changed if ISU is going to hold events with alcohol present. “If alcohol is allowed at student-focused events, the restrictions will become more relaxed which can have problems in the future,” Utterback said. Even though he supports responsible drinking he does not believe it should occur on ISU’s campus. “I want to caution to President Bradley the existing dry policies we have.,” Utterback

said. “The employees before the shift in administration strictly abided the dry campus policy are no longer at the university and [President Bradley] believes that college students of age are able to drink responsibly. I feel student-focused events ran fine without a cash bar, so I don’t’ see why it’s necessary.” Bradley disagrees with Utterback, saying that he does not think it is an irresponsible move to have alcohol on campus. “Attendees of the event don’t have to drink if they don’t want to; it’s just there for legal aged individual’s pleasure,” he said. Davis agrees with Bradley, saying, “no public university has ever had a truly dry campus. There are a lot of events on and off campus that alumni, faculty, staff and students might drink at,” Davis said. According to the current ISU alcoholic beverage policy manual, “In a university location that has been specially approved by the University President or his/her designee for purposes of allowing possession or consumptions of alcoholic beverages by persons who are of lawful age.” To help incorporate the new policy and events where alcohol may be present, a banquet hall is currently being developed in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. “I think it is a great addition,” Bradley said. “There are three to four weddings scheduled and a number of other events.” Dining Services general manager for Sodexo Sue Sluyter said that it will be complete by the second week in April. Sluyter reassures that Sodexo holds the liquor license and abides by ISU’s alcohol policy. As a precaution, employees will also be present during the events to check student’s identification and ensure they are of age to consume alcohol. Some campuses have places where you can buy alcohol that exist on public campuses. Wichita State University for instance, has an alcohol policy that states the sale of cereal malt beverages is restricted to licensed spaces on campus and events approved by the President or the President’s designee. Liquor can be served at luncheons, dinners or receptions that have been approved. Even though some campuses have licensed liquor areas, Bradley said that there are no plans for a bar type setting on ISU’s campus, but is open to suggestions. “If someone came to me with a well thought out plan, I would consider it”

Bradley said. “Alcohol laws make college campuses schizophrenic, because half of the students are legal to drink, but the other half isn’t. It makes life difficult for administration and students on campus.” Utterback reacts saying, “With the shift in administration, I feel it is reasonable for them to have an alcohol vendor available on campus within the next five years.”

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Transferring college credits could become simpler

Lacey Brinegar Reporter

A bill is circulating Indiana legislation that will make transferring college credits simpler among state institutions. The bill will consist of a 30-credit transfer core of general education courses which, once completed at one state institution, will transfer to any other state institution, said Cindy Otts, associate registrar of Indiana State University. “Students know their courses will transfer, which will save money and time,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana commissioner for higher education. The purpose of the bill also includes creating common course numbers and a course library to make course transfers less complicated. Those with an associate’s degree will be accepted at a four-year institution with preference over out-of-state prospective students, Otts said. If the associate’s degree relates to arts or sciences, the credits obtained adapt easily at the new institution the student will be attending. “It is not as easy for the credits to transfer for an applied science associate’s degree because it does not include as much general education,” Otts said. When more credits transfer, it allows for the number of courses taken to be minimized when a student transfers because they will not have to repeat courses. However, not all colleges will have the same 30-credit courses as a part of their core. “Faculty has been concerned about the general education core differences,” Lubbers said. Regardless of what specific courses make up the 30 credit core, the core of one institution will transfer as the core of another, Otts said. “If only part of the 30 credit core is completed, then it will transfer course by course to other institutions,” Otts said.

This will require that the college prints the completion of the core on students’ transcripts. Although the core general education courses will transfer, each institution may still have additional general education courses that are not a part of the 30 credit core, Otts said. At ISU, there is a sufficient amount of course by course transferrable credits and articulation agreements with community colleges, Otts said. “ISU accepts 94 credits in transfer, so a student would only have to earn 30 from here to earn a degree in some cases,” Otts said. Certain aspects of the bill, like the course catalog number, could simplify the process of transferring credits. Having more than 3,000 colleges from which credits can transfer sets the timeconsuming challenge of finding out each individual course that will transfer, but the same course identification number can save time and ensure which credits are transferrable, Otts said. This bill will require ISU to identify a transfer core of 30 hours, which will be a subset of foundational studies courses. Currently, legislation is not mandating what has to make up the 30 hours. ISU will also have to adapt transfer policies and implement transcript changes, Otts said. “We hope the bill will facilitate transfer among state institutions. Fewer hours to complete a degree will decrease cost and increase savings for the student. It requires institutions to work collaboratively to be transfer friendly,” Otts said. Along with making transferring easier, it is being considered whether to limit the amount of hours necessary for a degree. “It’s the same type of rationale: reducing cost and time. Legislation is focused on outcome and incorporating the facilitation of graduation,” Otts said.

“We hope the bill will facilitate transfer among state institutions.”

Cindy Otts, ISU associate registrar

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Terre Haute pursuing Wi-Fi “hotspot” Nick Hedrick Reporter

Terre Haute residents will soon have access to free WiFi Internet in downtown Terre Haute thanks to a local provider, but the city was not immediately supportive. Frontier Communications is working to establish a Wi-Fi “hotspot” encompassing much of downtown Terre Haute, which should be available by May, said Frontier Terre Haute general manager Marc Evans. The hotspot will not include Indiana State University, which has its own wireless Internet infrastructure. “We don’t have everything down to the last bandwidth,” Evans said. “But we’re getting there.” City Attorney Chou-il Lee said Frontier came to city officials late last year with a proposal to place Wi-Fi signal repeaters on traffic light poles. Looking to find uses for lines, Frontier purchased across a 13-state radius from Verizon Wireless in 2010. Evans said he thought the city was trailing behind other places with existing high-speed Internet, including ISU and Union Hospital, and wanted to provide a public service to Terre Haute. Since the light poles are publicly owned and Lee

feared Frontier would ultimately charge users to access the service, Lee said he objected to the original plan. Lee said Evans assured him the service would be free of charge. “That alleviated many of my fears,” Lee said. Evans said the city was also concerned that Frontier’s signal could interfere with others sharing a frequency unlicensed by the Federal Communications Commission. Lee said that frequency is used for typical household wireless routers, ISU’s wireless network and Joink, another Internet service provider in Terre Haute. Lee said that multiple signals transmitted through the frequency could create obtrusive “noise.” Lee said Frontier also assured him no interference would occur. The city reached a deal with Frontier last week to green light the project. Evans said the hotspot would be able to accommodate up to 100 users at a time, but that figure was chosen at random and can be adjusted as necessary. He said Frontier has the ability to constantly monitor the number of users in the hotspot. Evans indicated the cost of the project, which Frontier is funding entirely, led to the initial cap on users.

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“We are putting this up with our own money,” Evans said. Evans said there would be no time limit for users tapping in to the free service. Both Evans and Lee said the speed of the free Internet service would be slower than the service Frontier offers for a fee. Evans said anyone desiring a more “robust” speed— for tasks such as video streaming—can pay for a day pass.

“We don’t have everything down to the last bandwidth, but we’re getting there.” Marc Evans, Frontier General Manager

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ISU’s campus conservation competition raises concern Aaron Abel

Assistant features editor

The third week progress report of Indiana State University’s involvement in the Campus Conservation Nationals is raising concern. The Campus Conservation Nationals, a nation-wide electricity conservation competition between schools, is three-quarters of the way over and current readings show that residence halls on campus have been using more energy during the competition than they were in the weeks leading up to it. “It’s a little disappointing,” said executive director of Institute of Sustainability Jim Speer. There was certainly more engagement in the competition last year and this year we are actually losing money, Speer said. Speculation between Speer and students involved with the competition leads to two different theories as to what is causing the problem. “I think maybe the students are not passionate or understanding enough of the importance of this competition,” said junior human and environmental Sandison, Jones, Hines and Burford are making modest conservation efforts, but the rest of the residence halls are actually using more energy studies major Julie Whitaker. now than during the three weeks of baseline data (Graph courtesy of Jim Speer). Whitaker is in charge of organizing Green Games, a competition awarding prizes to years is hindering involvement. lack of response is that not Flowers said, “that could put said. “I present the results at conferences, and I really don’t the residence halls and floors He said this year’s flyers about enough of the university knows ISU ahead in the competition.” Speer said that a concerted want to present negative results.” most committed to going green. the competition are directing about the competition,” Pettit Flowers feels that if awareness “Green Game points gives a students to the website for said. “I told a friend about the effort was made to get the word competition and they told me out to RAs. is not the problem then it must winning floor prizes and money, information. “I think a lot of it may have to that it was never announced.” While more investigation be a sense of pride that is lacking and it doesn’t seem like the Former Student Government into the root of the problem from the competitors. residents are excited about that do with public relations,” Speer said. Association President Steven is needed, Speer said, the “There is pride in winning either,” Whitaker said. Biology doctoral student Flowers says that he doesn’t disappointment remains among any competition,” Flowers Whitaker believes that there said. “I would take pride as a has been plenty of advertising Joseph Pettit has a hand in the know where the problem lies, organizers. Whitaker said she is also Sycamore knowing I personally and that students are well aware competition, as well. Pettit but that a good solution would gave students in the Sycamore be to appeal to the residential disappointed with the poor made a change not only by of the competition. status. bettering my community, but Speer believes the lack of Towers light switch plate stickers assistants. “If the Residential Assistant “This competition is really by bringing positive attention to information on the posters in reminding students to conserve takes it seriously and encourage important to me since I put a my university.” the residence halls about the energy. “I believe the reason for the their residents to do the same,” lot of work into it,” Whitaker competition compared to last


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Affirmative action: Where’s the gray area?


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Abigail Fisher was confident when it came to applying to the University of Texas. She felt that her grades, test scores and overall academic performance made her a shoe-in. So as she held that rejection letter in 2008, dumbfounded and angry, her nagging question must have been “Why was I excluded?” Fisher eventually concluded that she was denied admission based on her race, which, contrary to the public’s default assumption, is white. Up until 1996, the University of Texas had a racially sensitive affirmative action policy. That year, however, the federal appeals court ruled that considering race during the admissions process was unconstitutional. As a result, the state legislature enacted the Top Ten Percent Law, requiring the University of Texas to automatically accept the top 10 percent of graduates from every high school in the state. Seven years later, the University of Michigan Law School came under fire for their affirmative action plan because it uses race as a factor in admissions. The Supreme Court ultimately upheld that plan. Our university is passionate in the pursuit of diversity. ISU’s affirmative action homepage, at, states that we are “committed to the creation of a culturally diverse community among and between [our] faculty, staff and students.” The Strategic Plan also states by the 2014, the university is expected Daniel J. Bradley ISU President Parsons Hall 208 Terre Haute, IN 47809 (812) 237-4000

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to “make progress in hiring African American faculty…and [recruit] more minorities and women in executive and professional staff positions” in order to “narrow the gap in composition” between the student body and staff. Currently we don’t have a Top Ten Percent Law, nor do we have documented cases of white students who feel wronged by our affirmative action policy. But we are among the ranks of colleges that feel it necessary to use our diversity as a marketing tool. In the past, acceptance into college was a luxury, not a right. Higher education was earned through hard work, perseverance and academic superiority. Although, students were rejected because of their race or socioeconomic status, the frustration rested with those who were academically qualified but dismissed. Now, colleges are willing to bend and cater to race and class, but ignore academic superiority when it should be the main focus. The US Supreme Court chose to hear Fisher’s case Tuesday. While the outcome and arguments have yet to be presented, hopefully the judges will come to this consensus: college is an institution for the bright and determined. Students’ abilities to complete work, study materials and apply their skills in the real world shouldn’t matter if they’re black or white.

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Fans, not Walker, foul at game Saturday Flipping the middle finger has become all the rage with celebrities lately, and now one of ISU’s own has partaken in the trend. ISU men’s basketball player Myles Walker let the bird out of the cage Feb. 18, after Butler University fans made some disparaging comments against Walker’s ailing mother. Walker said that his emotions “[got] the best of [him]” and issued a public apology along side coach Greg Lansing. Whether or not the apology was given out of sincerity or obligation isn’t the issue. Whether or not Walker’s behavior last weekend was unprofessional isn’t the issue either. My burning question is: why weren’t those insensitive fans held accountable? Giving the middle finger isn’t exactly sportsmanlike. I suppose when Walker made that gesture Saturday, it wasn’t only interpreted as an insult to Butler’s fans— it was an insult to our university, as well. Athletics Director Ron Prettyman said in our article Tuesday “Student athletes are often held to a higher standard because of their visibility on and off campus.” But shouldn’t we hold the fans, on either side, to the same standard? If one wants to see an abundance of school pride, one can look to the student section and band at a basketball game. They’re the driving force behind the cheers and excitement. Therefore, when the spectators’ eyes aren’t on the players, they’re on that section. That also applies to Butler Saturday. Those fans, regardless of whether they were students or not, were

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representing their university too. And it had better be believed that the surrounding fans saw and heard everything. Do those mouthy fans assume that because they drove across town and possibly paid a few bucks for tickets that they’re entitled to say or do whatever they want? Are they exempt from setting an example because they’re not on the court doing the work? Walker was fighting fire with fire. Considering the alternatives, he didn’t handle the situation in the ideal way, but didn’t approach it in the worst way either. It was a non-violent gesture—like other athletes or coaches before him, the guy could have thrown a chair or basketball at them and refrained. With sports, tempers flare and people lose their cool often. But what separates the classletes from the classless are the lessons taken away from the game. Walker swallowed his pride, apologized and avoided a potentially violent outburst Saturday. And although the statistics will show our defeat, Butler’s fans are left with the shame.

“Are [fans] exempt from setting an example because they’re not on the court doing the work?”

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Readers speak out Dear editor: I want to voice my opinions about the recent article: SGA: Silent Government Association. This article has not only personally attacked the SGA President, Nick Utterback, but all of the hardworking students who are members of the SGA. Oil drilling is a very controversial topic on campus currently. Utterback may have missed the meeting, but I would hardly call this “failing the student body.” “Even more surprising,” are the people who chose to write this article anonymously but have no trouble being the first to belittle another. These people, who have written the article, also have voices and apparently large opinions as well. Not to mention, the meeting that he missed was a meeting for voting. Not opinions. Students could have attended this meeting… how many attended you ask? I’ll let you guess. “Students can’t follow what we are unaware of.” Agreed. Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t the newspaper be the one to make students aware? Let’s remember here, if you’re pointing your finger at one, you’re pointing three back at yourself. Oil drilling was published in the local newspaper… where was the Statesman? But now, you don’t see the local newspaper royally bashing an honored member of our community. “As students, we should fight for our voice to be heard by administrators and it starts with SGA.” Yes, you’re correct. But, how many students complained about the oil drilling to SGA? How many students are protesting about the oil drilling? Less than 15 students. Now, I’m not a math major, but that means less than 1% of our entire student body. Negatively portraying a student, saying things that can be detrimental and ruining students’ days is the last thing that needs stated. Hateful articles telling people to protest the big bad SGA isn’t doing anything for your reputation. How about some positives for SGA: changing the Dean’s List qualifying GPA, giving organization’s money for funding, free food/shirts/etc, and even sponsored little things like… oh… how about Free Food First Amendment… put on by the Indiana Statesman. Thanks, Annie Vassar Senior Physical, and Health Education

‘Paying it forward’ is golden I sent a short card with a wallet-sized graduation photo to my out-of-state sister. I mentioned in the card that I thought she would like to have the picture even though she didn’t want to be here (in Indiana) for the commencement; she had previously informed me of her intent of absence. Her response: I was being “snotty”… and she filled in the remainder of the e-mail with other mean phrases, and I’m left wondering: How was my nice gesture cause for unnecessary insult? I observe the lack of the golden rule far too often: A waitress helps co-workers do their work, but they can’t even offer a simple thank you. A Samaritan holds the door for pedestrians out of politeness but they ignore the gesture as if it were to be expected. Someone walking down the sidewalk finds they have to bypass a group of stationary chatters who don’t have the courtesy to move their conversation off the walkway. A simple tiff escalates into a name-calling hate-fest with regrettable, hurtful words, like “snotty” because one or both would not be civil and mature in their dispute. Everyday people of many ages are forgetting what it means to be a decent human being. Just imagine how much happier your day would be if everyone exhibited human decency and a little appreciation. Liberty Mutual has been running commercials the last couple years that visually suggest the idea of “payingit-forward.” They usually exhibit a full circle of one person helping another and being observed by still another. Then the observer helps another person who is observed by yet another, and etc. These people act selflessly towards others for no other reason than it is the right thing to do. For one extravagant example, Peyton Manning makes millions of dollars by being a Colts quarterback and MVP of the NFL, but instead of sitting on all that dough like a Midas, he helps

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the community, our community. For starters, he donated a significant amount of money for the creation of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, an annex to the St. Vincent Hospital, in Indianapolis, Indiana. That is an extremely generous example of paying it forward, but payingit-forward can be as simple as offering the up a quarter from your pocket so another student can have the cup of water they just ordered from the campus café without running back to their dorm. The movie “Pay It Forward” tells the same principle; the world could be a better place by one person selflessly helping other people, and then those people selflessly helping other people. But it’s not just about gallantry. Letting people know they are appreciated is important as well. Too many people feel unappreciated and taken advantage of. It’s not that difficult to be considerate. If a waitress serves a drink, even though you ordered it and it’s her job, say thank you. If someone holds the door for you when they don’t have to, say thank you. If a loved one sends you a picture and/or a card of any sort, say thank you. If a car stops to let you cross the street, give a wave of the hand… the same if one vehicle lets another into a line of traffic. If you stop to chat with a friend, step to the side of the traffic throughway to allow others to pass. Just think about how you would feel if you were treating yourself in the manner you are treating others. Would it make your day better? Or worse? One thing that helps keep me as an optimist and gives me hope that there is human decency still alive today, if only rare: I lost my wallet the other day at the gas station (do NOT put your wallet on your car roof and then drive off), and some kind-hearted angel of grace found it in the parking lot and actually turned it into the desk with my four measly dollar bills and debit card intact. There is life on this planet, after all.


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Student Spotlight

Student gets down to business with Union Board involvement Jessica Neff Reporter

Senior business management major Anna Harpenau describes herself as crafty, genuine and optimistic. The only word she left out was motivated. Harpenau is president of both Indiana State University’s Union Board as well as the local Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, two organizations aimed at propelling careers through experience. “At the beginning of the year, I work to recruit new members for BPA,” Harpenau said. “The organization is competition-based and our state competition is next weekend. Being so involved with her major, Harpenau has come across some lessons that she can apply to other aspects of her life. “Since I’m a management major, I’ve learned a lot about how to effectively interact with and lead people,” she said. “This is something I come across every day and therefore I feel as though I’ve become more of a people person than I was before college.” Harpenau recently studied abroad in Ireland, learning a lot about herself while she was there. “I learned to be open and, when given an opportunity, take it. I loved [my trip]. It made me want to travel,” she said. The program was offered as a business course. The required class was called International Business and is usually offered on campus. However, this particular year, a professor took selected students to Ireland to teach the course. “We also went to London for a weekend,” Harpenau said. Harpenau recommends studying abroad to everyone, she said. “You learn a lot about yourself in an unknown element. It helps you discover yourself.”

Harpenau has also created her own internship with Clabber Girl through networking. “I went to [Clabber Girl] wanting to help with a project. [Clabber Girl] wanted to open up another bakery with a whole new market using artisan breads and I developed a business plan for this project.” Students should look for internships in their major and get hands-on experience early freshman or sophomore year in order to be sure they want to continue exploring the field they choose, Harpenau said. “One of the best ways to get internships is through online services and networking.” “The Union Board is what we call programming with a purpose,” Harpenau said. We have programs to get students involved on campus, no matter if they live on campus or commute, Harpenau said. Harpenau has been involved since her first semester of her freshman year. Her cousin, who graduated before she attended Indiana State University, suggested she get involved with it and she has loved it ever since, she said. In her first two years, she served on the entertainment committee before holding the office of vice president of external affairs. Harpenau is now the president of the Union Board. “I have really enjoyed getting to know my advisor, Freda Luers. She has pushed me to where I am today and has taught me so many things. I look forward to keeping in contact with her once I graduate,” Harpenau said. Any students wanting to get involved with Union Board may attend the weekly Thursday meetings at 5pm on the fifth floor of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. “If you like it, then you [can] fill out an application and decide which of our six committees you would like to be on,” Harpenau said.

Senior business management major Anna Harpenau (Photo by Jamie Nichols)

“You learn a lot about yourself in an unknown environment. It helps you discover yourself. ” Anna Harpenau, senior business management major

Student Spotlight

Student shoots for career in photography Faren Haas Reporter

Mark Thurow, a junior English education major, finds a way to balance school, work and his own photography business. “The biggest part of balancing is time management,” Thurow said. “It is really different to juggle school and the business, but meeting with clients and events happen on weekends or when I am not in class, so it is easy right now.” Thurow said his mother’s talent of having a “photographer’s eye” is what really piqued his interest in photography. “She taught me some tricks she knows,” Thurow said. Though Thurow’s business is new, he has gotten his feet wet with quite a few events. “I have done five weddings, three boyfriend and girlfriend shoots, three family shoots, four high school senior shoots and one engagement shoot,” Thurow said. “I have five weddings scheduled for this year so far.” Thurow likes to get in photographer mode before a shoot by listening to a playlist of songs he picked out. “Some artists include, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, The Postal Service, Mat Kearney, Vampire Weekend, and Coldplay,” Thurow said. “It is mixed with slow and fast paced songs to get me going for each event.” Thurow has had his fair share of wacky customers, but a bride that wanted a cowboy wedding takes the cake, he said. “She wanted pictures of her back, not front, because she had memorial tattoos of her parents and grandparents,” Thurow said. “She wanted to be brought in on horse and carriage and wanted me taking shots riding a horse backwards. Needless to say, that did not happen, but she did still have hay bales for seating and the wedding was an hour late.”

Junior English education major Mark Thurow (Submitted photo) Thurow plans to stick it out with his photography business as long as he has clients. “I will never give up on photography itself,” Thurow said. “At some point, I would like to go to school for photography after I get my teaching degree.”

“I will never give up on photography itself. At some point, I would like to go to school for photography after I get my teaching degree. ” Mark Thurow, junior English education major

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NPR’s Michele Norris discusses new book and beyond with ISU Ella dela Pena Features editor

The race card was played over one hundred times on-campus Wednesday in the form of a small 5x4 postcard. National Public Radio (NPR)’s Michelle Norris distributed the literal race cards to students with one request: “Your thoughts. Six Words. Please Send.” Norris, co-host of the network’s “All Things Considered” and award-winning journalist, held a question and answer session in Pickerl Hall, previewing her speech she gave in Tilson Auditorium later that evening. Norris released her book titled, “The Grace of Silence,” in 2010 and spoke of her experiences that took place while attempting to piece together her work. “Writing a book is a journey of a different kind,” Norris said. “To me, this is an accidental memoir. This was not the book I initially set out to write.” As her book’s inside sleeve describes, Norris originally planned to focus on the hidden conversations on race based on frank disclosures of others on the subject. She soon found herself, however, faced with digging for hidden conversations kept secret within her own family. “I’ve been a journalist for a long time now, but trying to interview your own family is much different than sitting down and interviewing Condoleezza Rice,” Norris said. “It was a tough year in the Norris household. I wasn’t the most popular family member, especially during the holidays. I was practically sent to the kids’ table.” Norris experienced cold shoulders from family members, recalling a time a relative said to her, “I don’t want to be a part of this. Tell the story when I’m gone.” Remembering a phrase that was uttered frequently by her parents growing up—“keep your eye on the prize”­—Norris did just that. Norris was able to uncover stories untold by both her mother and father. Norris discovered that her father had been shot by a white police cop after being honorably discharged from the navy. “For a black man to stand up to a white police officer in Birmingham in 1946 is asking for a particular kind of trouble,” Norris said. The shooting was a story Norris’ father took to his grave. “They decided to keep their problems to themselves. They chose to remain silent. It’s

Award-winning journalist Michele Norris offered a Q&A session and a speech on-campus Wednesday evening. A reception and book signing followed (Photo by Kyle Seeley). funny, today if someone messes up your half-caff cappuccino at Starbucks, you tweet your anger to the world,” Norris said. While noting the change in times, Norris believes that progress has been and currently is being made regarding racial concerns. “Look at this theater. You couldn’t imagine a group of people like this sitting together years ago. You cannot take things like this for granted,” Norris said to the audience. Norris also invited Indiana State University to partake in her Race Card Project, asking participants to describe their thoughts on race in just six words. “I never liked the phrase, ‘race card,’ and that’s why I named the project, in hopes of turning the phrase on its head,” Norris said. Although Norris identifies as African American and discusses racial issues her family dealt with in her book, she emphasizes the importance of all races when identifying “what it means to be an American,” as said in her book. “It’s not just black history. It’s American history,” Norris said. “It affects all of us. We don’t live in a binary America anymore.”

“I’ve been a journalist for a long time now, but trying to interview your own family is much different than sitting down and interviewing Condalisa Rice. It was a tough year in the Norris household. I wasn’t the most popular family member, especially during the holidays. I was practically sent to the kids’ table.” Michelle Norris, NPR’s “All Things Considered” co-host

RACE YOUR THOUGHTS 6 WORDS PLEASE SEND Colors run together, why can’t we? Racism’s a shackle, I broke mine. It matters, like it or not. Please stop saying I am articulate. Reason I ended a sweet relationship. Get your feet off our necks. But I voted for President Obama. Underneath, we all taste like chicken.

The above examples were submitted to Norris and shared during her speech in Tilson Auditorium.

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Career Center revamps website in hopes of encouraging student traffic Joshua Ayala Reporter

Students have been given more developed resources aiming to help jump start their careers after college. On Feb. 1, the Career Center launched a new website that offers an easy way of finding the tools students need in starting a career. “We are moving forward on encouraging more organizations to recruit our students for internships and full time jobs,” said career service executive director Tracy Powers. “It is important to have a critical mass of high quality Indiana State University students and alumni résumés in our online résumé books within Sycamore Career Link.” The Career Center wants to increase accessibility to services for students and alumni and would like to see the majority of students post high quality resumes in Sycamore Career Link, as well as polish their interview skills through Interview Stream and direct work with the staff. Doing so will demonstrate to employers that their students are prepared. On the website, the Quick Links section offers easy access to online resources that students should be using frequently. “I enjoy being able to log in with my standard log in and password that I use for ISU portal and Blackboard,” said senior information technology and management information systems Lisa Hammill. The Sycamore Career Link offers students access to upload their résumés and search for and apply to jobs,

including internships listed specifically with the ISU Career Center. ISU students can also RSVP for Career Center workshops and events. ISU students can also access resource library materials, schedule appointments with Career Center and search for jobs and internships posted through CareerBuilder, Career Rookie, and Juju. On the website, there are over 20 online career spots videos that are one to three minutes in length. The videos include advice from expert employers on topics such as first impressions, interview research, negotiating job offers and career fair success. “These are great in that they are very brief, but packed full of great tips,” Powers said. Every video includes a one-page tips handout that students can view and print. Later this spring semester, Career Spots Videos will include 550 career channels, giving an overview of information on various career fields. Career Shift, a new service, allows students to search, select and store job listings from job boards and all company jobs postings transferred into Career Shift from national public sites, giving students access to in-depth information about contacts and companies posting jobs. The students can automatically record, save and store correspondence history records. During call hours, students can stop by the Career Center for 15 various sessions when they need a resume review, a cover letter review, better direction on preparing for interviews or assistance with a career research, and

more. “On call hours provide a more convenient way of everyone to meet with staff when they need more oneon-one help,” Powers said. On call hours for the spring semester are Mondays and Tuesdays 1–4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. “I’m glad it is in the hands of the University instead of outsourced to a third party. This enables the University to ensure timely information for students, employers, faculty and alumni,” Hammill said. Students can access the Career Center’s website at

“We are moving forward on encouraging more organizations to recruit our students for internships and full time jobs. It is important to have a critical mass of high quality Indiana State University students and alumni résumés in our online résumé books within Sycamore Career Link. ” Tracy Powers, career service executive director

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The Indiana State Sycamores held the Missouri State Bears to a season-low 31.3 percent from the field and never trailed in a 59-46 conference victory Wednesday night at John Q. Hammons Arena. With the win, the Sycamores improved their record to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears, however, drop to 1614 overall and 9-8 in the conference. Senior guard Dwayne Lathan led the way for the Sycamores with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of action. Joining Lathan in double figures, senior guard Jordan Printy and senior forward Carl Richard scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Richard also pulled down five rebounds, reaching 700 for his career. He is now one of just five Sycamores, including Larry Bird, to score at least 1,000 points and pull down over 700 rebounds in a career. The Bears were led by junior guards Anthony Downing, who tossed in 14, and Jarmar Gulley, who scored 13 points for Missouri State. Gulley also

managed to grab 10 rebounds, notching a doubledouble for the game. In a must-win game for the Sycamores to avoid the play-in round of the MVC tournament, ISU combined with Evansville, Illinois State and UNI in a four-way tie for the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. “You worry a little bit as a coach when you put pressure on guys and tell them it’s a must-win, but for us, it was,” ISU head coach Greg Lansing said. The Sycamores held the Bears to only eight field goals on 25.8 percent shooting for the entire first half. After missing 11 of their first 14 shot attempts, Missouri State was down 11-6 with 12:41 remaining in the opening half, thanks to a jumper from Richard. At the 5:27 mark, ISU ignited a 12-0 run that would send them into the locker room at halftime with a 10-point lead. The Bears would manage to cut the lead to as little as three in the second half, but after scoring two baskets off of Missouri State turnovers, ISU would extend the lead back out to eight. “We knew they’d make a run. We were focused on not giving them anything in transition,” Lansing

said. “Those extra-effort points, those effort baskets, we got a bunch of them tonight.” After cutting the deficit to three early in the closing period, the Bears were unable to make another push late in the game. With 43 seconds remaining, Lathan was fouled and sent to the free-throw line where he would hit both attempts to extend the Sycamore lead to 13. Likewise, Printy tacked on two more free-throws for ISU prior to a made jumper from Missouri State, assuring the 13-point victory for the Sycamores. The Sycamores will be back in action Saturday, February 25, when they host the Creighton Bluejays as part of MVC Wildcard Saturday in another “mustwin” type game to conclude their regular season. “We’ve shown that when our back is against the wall, we can compete and play with anybody, regardless of who they are. And our backs are against the wall if we want to finish the season where we want to finish it,” Richard said.

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Don’t count the men’s basketball out just yet A year ago, the Indiana State basketball team was looking for answers after a loss to Morehead State. This loss dropped the Sycamores to a 15-13 record (10-6 in the MVC), but they persevered through the loss and were rewarded with a 5 game winning streak that ended with an MVC championship, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and a shot at Syracuse University in the prestigious March Madness Tournament. The 2011-2012 edition of the Sycamores will look to repeat last year’s run as they are coming off a loss to the Butler Bulldogs and look forward to two conference games that could really change their fortunes come tournament time. The Sycamores are 16-12 — a game above last year’s record, but the major difference between this year’s team from last year’s MVC champion team is the 7-9 record against conference opponents. This ranks Indiana State at 8th in the overall MVC Standings so far, but these last 2 games could prove extremely crucial if they are to make another run through Arch Madness into the Grand Daddy of them all, March Madness. Only 2 games separate the 3rd place team from the 8th place team, and Indiana State sits on the back end of that group. If they pull wins over Missouri State and Creighton in consecutive weeks, the chance of earning the ever-so-crucial first round bye in the tournament should be possible. If they are to lose one or both of these games, they could find themselves playing an extra round. The Sycamores have shown flashes of brilliance at different points this season, especially very early on in the season as they got off to a great 6-1 start, including a great showing at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida. At the Old Spice Classic, they beat the then 25th ranked Vanderbilt of the SEC and ended non-conference play with a 9-2 record. They then dropped 2 of 9 games as they began conference play and have rebounded to win 5 of their last 8 heading into this final stretch. The Sycamores certainly don’t have an easy road ahead of them, but it’s definitely not over as we learned

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a year ago. I believe this year’s team, which is still loaded with a lot of the same talent from a year ago, will be able to overcome the odds again and make a run at the MVC title yet again. This team seems to have a lot of fight in them and as we all have seen in sports, it’s not the team with the best record that excels in crunch time; it’s the one most mentally prepared to succeed at the particular moment, regardless of past successes or failures. If this Sycamore team comes to play over the next two weeks, don’t be surprised to see them hoisting the MVC championship trophy overhead in St. Louis the second year in a row. They have proven they can be tough and the most dangerous team come tournament time is always the one with something to prove. This team certainly has a lot to prove this March.

“They have proven they can be tough and the most dangerous team, come tournament time, is always the one with something to prove. This team certainly has a lot to prove this March. ”

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Brief Senior weekend to kick off Friday night for ISU women’s basketball Seniors Shannon Thomas and Deja Mattox’s contributions to the women’s basketball program will be recognized this weekend. The Sycamores will conclude their 2011-12 home stand Friday and Sunday when they host two Missouri Valley Conference rivals. The first opponent for the Sycamores will be the Missouri State University Bears Friday night. The Sycamores enter the competition 12-14 overall for the season and 6-8 in conference play. The Bears went 11-3 in conference so far this season, 18-6 overall.

Following the conclusion of the game on Friday night, the Sycamores are back at Hulman Center to host the Wichta State Shockers. Last time out, the Bears defeated Southern Illinois University 81-61 at home. The victory extended their current winning streak to seven. The Sycmaores are entering the competition off a couple losses on the road against Drake University and Creighton Univesity. Tip off for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tip off for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

All eyes on Hulman Center as Creighton/ISU matchup to be televised The Hulman Center will be the location of a televised meeting between Creighton University and Indiana State University. The Sycamores enter the competition after defeating the Missouri State Bears on the road. The victory improved the Sycamores to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The 59-46 win over the Bears extended the Sycamores current MVC win streak to three. The Sycamores were led by strong senior leadership as Carl Richard, Jordan Printy and Dwayne Lathan posted double figures. The Bluejays of Creighton enter the competition nationally ranked. Creighton

University is rankedd 26th in the Associated Press Poll and 27th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. In the NCAA’s official RPI Creighton is 28th. The last time Creighton University hit the court they defeated Evansville University in an overtime thriller, 93-92, on their home court in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays are led by sophomore forward Doug McDermott who was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. The game is to be televised nationally on ESPN2. Tip off is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.


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Softball at the plate for first time with new coach Jaylyn Brown Reporter

The Indiana State women’s softball team starts their season this weekend. During their preseason, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) picked the team to finish 10th in the conference. From the preseason, the Sycamores plan to take their hard work and positive connections built within the team to the season play, Bouman said. “We have built a positive culture around Sycamore Softball this preseason starting with a great work ethic,” Head Coach Shane Bouman said. This is Bouman’s first year as head coach at Indiana State. Bouman said his main aspirations for the team are to focus on hustle, competition and catching every ball. The strengths of the preseason were hustle, competitiveness, work ethic and great positive attitudes. A noticeable weakness for the Sycamore softball team is building an expectation of

winning every day. Bouman said he believes that the team has an advantage over other teams because they have a number of players that can play at multiple positions. He said that this gives our squad versatility in line-up options and a very flexible Sycamore Softball team. “The best players will play and this has brought a great deal of competitiveness into our program,” Bouman said. The Sycamore softball team has the Western Kentucky Conference this weekend. Bouman said they are confident because they have prepared all preseason and feel very good about the positive work ethic the team has shown. He also looks forward to seeing where they are at this point of the season, and to improving each day to be at their best. Bouman hopes their improvement will help them peak at the end of the season. Bouman said ISU students should come out and support the team because they are a fun team to watch

as their program is full of energy and enthusiasm. The Sycamore softball team is a very aggressive style of softball this season based around pitching, speed and defense. Bouman added that if fans want sunshine, free T- shirts, pizza, then each game at the campus softball field will be the place to be. Their first game of the season is scheduled for Feb. 25 in Bowling Green, Ky.

Bouman’s Focus: • Hustle • Competition • No errors

Sycamore Softball Head coach Shane Bouman (Photo by ISU Athletics Media)

Last year’s softball team prepares for their game against the Creighton Blue Jays. The Sycamore Softball Team kicks the 2012 season off tomorrow in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo by ISU Athletics Media).

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