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News: Students urge action on black student retention Page 3

Opinion: Molly Sefton discusses John Lennons impact on the music industry Page 6

Features: De-Stress Fest helps overworked students Page 10

Sycamores’ long range attack snubs UIC Flames Monday, December 5, 2011 Indiana State University Volume 119 Issue 39

Faculty senate examines cause of lower retention Tanner McCarty Reporter

The executive committee of ISU’s Faculty Senate would like to briefly relax the university’s academic dismissal policy as it examines how it and class attendance affect freshmen retention rates. Headed by Faculty Senate chairman Steve Lamb and cochaired by economics department chairman John Conant, the committee began looking into student retention after noticing a recent drastic drop. This fall, 58 percent of students first enrolled in Fall 2010 returned to ISU—1,491 out of 2,556 full-time, first-year students, said Jennifer Schriver, associate vice president for student success. The retention rate for Fall 2010 was 63 percent. While university officials did not know the direct cause of this year’s retention drop, the Faculty Senate committee looked at ISU’s academic dismissal policy, grading system and freshman attendance.



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RETENTION/FROM PAGE ONE First-time students with a GPA of 1.0 or less after nus grade is far superior [to any other their first semester or freshmen on academic probasystem] because it creates more room tion who earn a semester GPA of 1.70 or less are disfor differentiation,” or changes to the missed from the university. Students must wait one grade, Lamb said. semester before petitioning their academic dean for Academic dismissal and the gradreadmission. Students dismissed twice must wait an ing system only partially contribute academic year. A third dismissal results in permanent to the retention rate. The committee expulsion from the university. also found low class attendance rates, The committee considered whether the implemenespecially among freshmen. Faculty tation two years ago of minuses in the university’s members have said that while they can grading system correlated with lower GPAs. Lamb Steve Lamb, provide extra help and mentoring to and Conant said the committee discovered adding Faculty struggling students, it is ultimately minuses changed the GPA value of each grade level. Senate chair the student’s choice whether to attend If instructors or professors did not adjust their own class and succeed. grading policies, the changes would negatively imConant said many ISU students pact a student’s GPA. are the first of their family to attend Before minuses were implemented, only letter and college and may not have a strong support system at plus grades were implemented. home, which could cause a lack of motivation. The “The faculty feels that a system that utilizes the mi- Faculty Senate has advocated better mentoring and

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monitoring of students’ academic performance, especially those at high risk of failure. The executive committee and Faculty Senate plan to craft a proposal on how to begin addressing the retention issue. ISU administrators would be tasked with implementing any changes, some of which would require endorsement from the faculty. John Conant, The senate “wants to temporar- executive ily relax some of the rules, such as commitee the dismissal policy, while we de- co-chair termine what the best scheme is,” Conant said. “We then want to be sure that the faculty fully understands what the changes will be,” he said.

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Students study in Commons to promote retention Nick Hedrick News editor

A group of black students spent a couple hours studying in the HMSU Commons Friday afternoon, seeking to promote higher retention among African-American students. As their peers enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch or social time, the students occupied a cluster of tables in the center of the food court with their laptops and books open. Signs were taped to the tables, one that said, “You Won’t See Me Next Semester Because You Won’t Have the Grades to Come Back.” Keith Dickerson, a junior accounting major and member of Mentors Assisting Prospective Scholars (MAPS), said he organized a series of “Study-Ins” to “motivate freshmen and sophomores to realize the need to start studying now” and to appeal for the university’s help and support for improving “terrible” retention rates. MAPS, a faculty-to-student mentoring program administered by the African-American Culture Center, seeks to address key issues surrounding minority student retention at ISU. A total of 550 black students were enrolled at the university this fall, down from 586 in Fall 2010, according to the Office of Institutional Research, which compiles annual enrollment

Ariana Ware, (left), a freshman criminology major, junior chemistry major Samara Gross and senior psychology major DeJuan Mitchell participate in a “Study-In” Friday in the HMSU Commons. (Photo by Nick Hedrick) data and trend information. The number of black student enrollments steadily increased, however, between 2005 and 2010. Of 318 black students enrolled in Fall 2008, 109 are currently still on campus, according to Institutional Research. In Fall 2009, 359 black students were enrolled and 139 remain. Of 586 black students who began their freshman year in Fall 2010, 253 are still ISU students. John Beacon, vice president of enrollment

management, communications and marketing, said the university has stepped up enrollment efforts of black students, a portion of which live in the Chicagoland area. “Three years ago, I put a full-time recruiter in [the] Chicago metro area, so we are getting much more exposure than we would have without working the area,” Beacon said. “Some of the more recent growth is a result of our efforts in Cook County, which includes the city and immediate suburbs.”

According to Institutional Research data, less than half of each class enrolled in Fall 2008, 2009 and 2010 still remain at the university. MAPS program director Valerie HartCraig said the program sought to gather statistics on black- student retention to determine the number of students who were continuing their education past freshman year. “Once we found out the truth, we thought it was an emergency situation that students wanted to know…particularly black students,” Hart-Craig said. Senior psychology major Mary Francis, who was studying alongside Dickerson, said the movement would continue into next semester. Other students participating in the “StudyIn” said they had heard about the movement in their organizations or at campus events, such as Bless the Mic. Senior psychology major DeJuan Mitchell, president of the Brotherhood of Successful Scholars and a MAPS member, said the brotherhood considers retention a major issue. “We needed to show that we do other things on this campus besides partying,” he said.

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Crimes and Consequences

Police need help locating wanted suspect CHRIS SWEENEY News editor

Wanted as of: Nov. 15, 2011 Receiving stolen auto parts - Class “C” Felony

Sex: Male Age: 25 Height: 6’ 2” Hair: Brown

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Brandon Lee Yates (Photo courtesy of the Vigo County Jail)

Terre Haute Police officers are searching for 25-year-old Brandon Lee Yates. According to police, Yates is wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Vigo

Race: Caucasian DOB: 08/01/1986 Weight: 160 lbs Eyes: Brown County Division 5 Circuit Court for receving stolen auto parts, a class D felonies. Yates’s total bond is $10,000.

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661.

Indiana State Police receives award CHRIS SWEENEY News editor

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Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Traffic Safety Director Ryan Klitzsch, ISP Major Tom Melville, and ISP First Sergeant Matt Mischler pose for a picture after receiving the district award. (Photo provided by Indiana State Police)

The Putnamville District of the Indiana State Police was recognized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving. The recognition was earned as a result of the Putnamville District leading the state in passengr restraint activity during the blitz periods and leading the state in nearly all traffic safety projects with their participation, meeting project objectives, and submitting accurate reports.This was achieved, in part, through the direction of Putnamville District Assistant Commander First Sergeant Matt Mischler. The award was presented to the district at the 17th annual Operation Pull Over awards banquet held

in Indianapolis on Nov. 18. The banquet annually recognizes and awards agencies that participate in federally funded traffic safety inititives, such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober. The Indiana State Police recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Vigo County on Nov. 19 in hopes of encountering impaired drivers. “I could not be more proud of our district troopers and their relentless dedication to traffic safety. This award significantly reflects our commitment as a district to save lives, and we are grateful to have received such an accomodation,” said Lieutenant Dan Jones, commander of the Putnamville district. 

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Summit: State economy resulting in weak rural growth Jennifer Sicking

ISU Communications and Marketing

Myth: Rural Indiana is declining in population. “It’s not true,” said Indiana State University Professor Steven Pontius. “Given what has happened economically, growth is anemic.” Pontius and Purdue University Professor Emeritus Stan Cordes exploded that myth about rural areas while giving the “Indiana Rural Status Update” during the Indiana Rural Summit held at Indiana State University last week. Cordes spoke about the demographic changes in Indiana from 1960 to 2010, in which the rural population seemingly fell from just more than 2 million people to just more than 1.4 million people while at the same time metropolitan areas grew from about 2.6 million to more than 5 million. “The typical interpretation is people are leaving rural Indiana,” Cordes said. However, he said, 25 counties grew so rapidly that they were reclassified as metropolitan counties. “It’s not that people are leaving rural Indiana,” he said. “The counties are leaving, getting flipped and reclassified.” Pontius took a narrower look at Indiana,

concentrating on the decade between 2000 and 2010. While he found growth, he also found causes for concern. While some rural counties lost population between 2000 and 2010, overall micropolitan areas grew by .8 percent, and noncore areas grew by .7 percent. The city of Marion in Grant County is considered a micropolitan area since its population falls between 10,000 and 4,999 residents. Martin County is considered a noncore with its urban population of less than 10,000. Terre Haute is considered a metropolitan area while its surrounding counties of Vermillion, Parke, Clay and Sullivan are considered part of its metropolitan statistical area and are not statistically counted as rural. “What’s going on in rural counties is going on in the counties of metropolitan statistical areas,” Pontius said. Between 2000 and 2010, 18 rural Indiana counties lost population, which amounted to a loss of 28,000 individuals. Most of those losses were from the urban centers of those counties such as Connersville, which lost 12.5 percent; Peru, 12.1 percent, Wabash, 9.2 percent, Richmond, 5.9 percent and Marion, 4.4 percent. However, Angola, Warsaw, Greensburg, Jasper and Scottsburg grew by more than 10 percent during the past decade. Unemployment, poverty, an aging popula-

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At 10:37 a.m., battery causing bodily injury was reported at the University Apartments. At 11:10 a.m., a found item was returned to owner at Root Hall. At 12:45 p.m., an injured person was reported at Cromwell Hall. At 1:34 p.m., a property damage accident was reported in the 200 block of North

tion, decreasing per capita income and lacking education all are affecting rural areas, Pontius said. Pontius attributed much of the loss to the moribund economy. In 2007, most rural counties had unemployment rates between 3 and 6 percent. By 2010, unemployment had increased to between 9.1 and 15 percent. Poverty rates increased to mirror unemployment rates, according to Pontius. Poverty rates in the rural areas fell between 5 and 10 percent in 2000. In 2009, those rates rose to between 10 and 20 percent. At the same time, in the rural area the per capita income fell from $5,000 less than metropolitan areas to $8,000 less. Additionally, rural counties are aging at a faster rate. The combination of age, job loss and lower income helped to lead the flight from the rural areas. Additionally, age and education also are affecting rural areas, according to Pontius. In 2000, 12 rural counties had at least 15 percent of their populations age 65 or older. Ten years later, 26 rural counties had populations 65 or older. Also, he said, rural high school graduation rates, SAT scores and college graduate rates trail rates in urban areas. Pontius said there are several strategies that must occur to help rural Indiana to recover, including strengthening ties between rural and urban areas, providing adequate health

care and preserving the natural resources. However, labor market connections, such as broadband Internet access, must improve. Also, educational opportunities must be upgraded through increased high school graduation rates as well as the numbers of those who go to college. “Those are the entrepreneurs of the future,” he said. And that is ultimately where he sees that growth can occur, through Hoosiers starting their own small businesses and hiring others. Indiana ranks 50th out of 50 states in entrepreneurship, Pontius said. The key to rural growth is more people starting their own businesses. “We want them to come from rural Indiana,” he said. “We want them to return to rural Indiana because there are opportunities there and some of them may be the ones creating those opportunities.” All of this can happen, Pontius said, through collaborative efforts between various groups in the state. “Rural Indiana faces a number of challenges,” he said, “challenges that all Hoosiers need to address because if rural Indiana does not prosper, Indiana will not prosper. Metropolitan Indiana and nonmetropolitan Indiana need each other.”

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Fifth Street. At 7:36 p.m., theft was reported at Lincoln Quad. At 8:57 p.m., a suspicious person was reported at the Student Computing Complex. At 9:50 a.m., an ill person was reported at Burford Hall.

Dec. 2

At 12:47 a.m., a fire alarm was reported at Burford Hall.

A man examines an electronic device Saturday morning during a university auction at the Facilities Management building. Various property—including desks, televisions and vehicles—were up for bid. (Photo by Alexa White)


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Brianne Hofmann



Lennon’s influence felt 31 years after death While most people will be spending this week gearing up for the holidays and forming their in-law invasion plans, I will spend it listening to nothing but the Beatles and contemplating what the world would be without the influence of one of the most well-loved men in music’s history. He had his issues just like every other artist but still managed to stay true to himself, regardless of whatever adversity he faced. John Lennon lived from Oct. 9, 1940 to his untimely death on Dec. 8, 1980. From his times as a young boy in Liverpool to his life as an adult in the states, he was able to accomplish many things that most people couldn’t even dream of. He has had enormous success as a musician and as a political activist. Not many can say they have a vastly successful musical career as part of a group or as a solo artist, let alone both. Add to that the fact that he was also a powerful political and peace activist, and he has a pretty impressive résumé. His creativity and ideals have lasted through generations and are still being celebrated today. The proof of that is in the hundreds of thousands of pieces of memorabilia sold or the innumerous visitors to the Strawberry Fields monument in Central Park.

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People from all over the world still honor Lennon for his philosophies and cherish him for his musical abilities. One of his most famous songs, “Imagine,” is a perfect combination of both. It shows the quality musicianship that my generation lacks and an ideal that we still struggle with long after he has gone. It is arguable that everything mentioned in the lyrics is completely impossible in the world today, but fear not because he has a retort for that, as well. One of his most famous quotes has him saying “I believe in everything until it’s disproved.” Take of it what you will, but a man who can accomplish what he did and still hang on to the ideal of world peace instead of abandoning it when he had all the fame and money any one could ever want speaks volumes for his character and to what that ideal meant to him. It is that very ideal that is still being held onto. If Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and former president Bill Clinton are still singing the song and believing in what Lennon stood for, it is fair to say that the man has influenced just about every facet of our lives and deserves recognition for that. This week marks the 31st anniversary of Lennon’s tragic death after being shot outside his apartment by Mark Chapman. I know I am not the only one who mourns him and his passion. I am one of many who wonder what could have happened had Lennon not bee killed. While we will never know what he could have done, his legacy is left to us to do with what we will. I am just going to “Imagine.”

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ delivers plenty of action, twists With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start contemplating what to do over the break. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably head to the theater at least twice, and with good reason since the holiday season is packed with fantastic movies. One of the films I’m most excited about is the second installment of the latest Sherlock Holmes franchise, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” There have been many versions of Sherlock Holmes, most of which were bookish and dull once you put them on screen. When Guy Ritchie announced that he would be directing a Sherlock Holmes film, an action mystery movie starring Robert Downey Jr., many fans of the original story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, were outraged, thinking that he was tarnishing Holmes’ good name. Luckily, Ritchie is a smart man and decided to meld the intellectual, crime solving Holmes with some of his more subtly mentioned traits, like Holmes’ fighting skills, and produced a man who audiences fell in love with. It also helped just a little that Downey Jr. played the man in question. I watched the first film in the theater with one of my best friends, and we both adored it. There was plenty of action to suit the needs of restless audiences, but it was also filled to

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the brim with clues and discussion of the crimes. The cast was phenomenal, and we left the theater desperately wanting more. Our wish has now been granted, and this film looks to be even better than the last. For one, it has more action and great humor in it than the last film did. This movie also features Holmes’ greatest foe, Professor James Moriarty. Moriarty was originally created so that Doyle could kill off his great hero. This leads me to believe that there will be some terrible things in store for our charming protagonist. If you’re a bit hesitant to watch this new movie because you didn’t see the previous one, don’t worry. This was made so that it could be watched as a standalone film. For those of us who have seen the first one, though, it’ll just be a great continuation of some fantastic characters. I think this is a great film to see this winter with your family. I love going to the movies with my family because it’s just a great enjoyable experience. Almost everyone loves a good movie, and “Sherlock Holmes” has something to please everyone. It’s got action, mystery, intelligence and even a bit of romance for both Holmes and Watson. If, however, you decide to stay in this Christmas, I would at least encourage you to rent the first Sherlock Holmes movie, fix some popcorn and have a cozy day inside. You really can’t go wrong with Downey Jr., and the script is fantastic.

“...this film looks to be even better than last ... it has more action and great humor than the last film did. “

Grammy nomimations announced On Wednesday night, the Grammy nominations were revealed through the traditional Grammy Nominations Concert. The show is meant to announce the nominations for the four big awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist, but it is mostly an hour-long concert. It is interesting that they only announce four categories when they have a total of 78 categories. However, once the concert is over, they release a complete list of the nominees on their website. I need to clear up the debate between Record of the Year and Song of the Year. For the longest time I had no idea what the difference was between the two categories; the same songs are normally nominated in both categories yet the winner of Record of the Year normally doesn’t win Song of the Year. Song of the year is awarded to the songwriters (pretty straight forward), and Record of the Year goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer and/or mixer for that song. When the dust settled, Kanye West led the pack with seven nominations. However, he did get shut out of two of the big three, Album and Record of the year. Ironically his best friend,

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Taylor Swift was also shut out of all the big categories, which is somewhat of a shock especially since her album “Speak Now” was one of the best-selling albums of the year. Now I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift because, unfortunately, I am. I don’t know what it is, but her songs are just so damn catchy. Although, these snubs by the Grammys may be what she needs. She has been an unstoppable force at the awards these past few years, and now she can sit in her seat and watch better artists win the awards they deserve. The big story is, of course, Adele; she received six nominations in the major categories: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “21,” Record and Song of the year for “Rolling in the Deep,” Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling in the Deep.” She should win all six and has a strong chance to actually do it. One of the reasons I love the Grammys is because it has categories for soundtracks and comedy albums, which allow some artists to be nominated when they aren’t necessarily singers. Kathy Griffin picked up her third nomination for Best Comedy Album for “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant.” Tina Fey scored a nomination in Best Spoken Word Album for “Bossypants.” All will be revealed at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 when the Grammys are broadcasted on CBS.

“...these snubs by the Grammys may be what [Taylor Swift] needs ... she can sit in her seat and watch better artists win the awards they deserve.“

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Harry Potter palooza aims to help charity Whitney Neukam Reporter

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Upcoming Events First Amendment Free Food Festival Monday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dede I

BFA/BS Senior Exhibition Monday All day University Art Gallery

ISU Holiday Celebration Tuesday 7 - 10 p.m. Dede II

String Recital Tuesday 11 a.m. Recital Hall

Members of the ISU Honors Program sparked the magic as they came together for a Harry Potter-themed party Thursday night. Held in the lower level of Pickerl Hall, “A Very Potter Party” was put together by the Honors Program for students to celebrate their love for the Harry Potter series. Sophomore English major Amy Krupa is a member of the ISU Honors Council and helped plan the event. “This event was more than just bringing Harry Potter fans, wizards and muggles alike, together,” Krupa said. “We also used this event to raise money for JK Rowling’s charity, Lumos.” The Lumos charity, according to its official website, is a charity intended to give assistance to “institutionalized and disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe.” The Lumos charity helps disadvantaged children –who may be poverty-stricken, minority or disabled— by putting them in safe, stable environments. According to the Lumos website, Lumos also works with the government and other authoritative figures in order to change the system, preventing children from being in negative environments to begin with. At the party, students helped contribute to the charity by participating in either the Dementor Kissing Booth or Azkaban Prison. The Dementor Kissing Booth entailed students paying 50 cents to enter the kissing booth where a “dementor” would place a stamp on the student’s cheek. For Azkaban Prison, students could pay 50 cents to send their friends to makeshift prison, which was a dark, secluded part of Pickerl’s lower level, where imprisoned students either had to wait five minutes to be set free or pay 50 cents for freedom. “We didn’t make as much money as we planned to, but we definitely have enough that we can send to JK Rowling to help out,” Krupa said. “As honors students, we should help out when we can.” Besides raising money for Lumos, students who attended the party also had the opportunity to participate in a costume contest, play various Harry Potter board games, participate in Harry Potter trivia, make their own wands and potions and watch the Harry Potter movies. Harry Potter themed food, such as

Honors students Tyler Biggs, Jonathan Stephens and Amy Krupa decked out in Gryffindor apparel while attending “A Very Potter Party”, hosted by the Honors Program (above). Harry Potter-themed snacks were provided, such as cauldron cakes (below). (Photos by Amanda Leach) brownie broomsticks, licorice wands, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and cauldron cakes, were provided as well. Freshman pre-med major Tyler Biggs attended the party decked in Harry Potter’s Gryffindor robes and won the prize for “Best Academic Harry Potter.” “This party was a great way for honors students to connect over their love of such a great literary and film series,” Biggs said. In the future, however, Biggs believes some changes are necessary. “This event should be more open to the public. Although it was a great honors event, it excluded the other Harry Potter fans on campus,” Biggs said. “Maybe next year, the event could be held in Dede Plaza in order to include more Harry Potter lovers.”

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Students invited to take break, play some games JESSICA NEFF

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While dead week is created for students to have an opportunity to prepare for finals, events, such as the video game night on Tuesday, are a chance to take a break from the books. The event is hosted by ISU’s Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) from 5 to 9 p.m. Vintage video games will be offered during the first half, and new video games will be available during the second half of the night. The event will be held in the College of Technology, John T. Myers Technology Center in room TC 114 with a $5 admission charge. Admission fees cover a slice of pizza, a drink and unlimited game time. Extra pizza and drinks cost 50 cents. This program will raise money for the TECA’s upcoming trip to Long Beach, Calif. for a national conference. “We are hoping to have a great turnout,” said sophomore technology and engineering education major Molly Joseph, Technology Educators Collegiate Association President.

Vintage video game systems offered: Nintendo & Super Nintendo Nintendo 64 Play Station Sega

New video game systems offered: Play Station 3 Xbox 360 Wii

Duck Hunter, Super Mario, Zelda, Mario Cart, Madden 96, Driver I & II, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong, Country, Street Fighter, Hang Time, Golden Eye, Super Smash Brothers Madden, Mortal Combat, Fight Night, Mario Cart, Just Dance I, II and III, Halo, Guitar Hero, Modern Warfare

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De-Stress Fest available to overworked students WHITNEY NEUKAM Reporter

As finals begin to creep up, students are invited to de-stress by attending the ISU Office of Recreational Sports’ third annual De-Stress Fest on Friday. John Lentz, the director of Recreational Sports, is the main organizer of the event. “This time of year is a really stressful time for students. With finals and the end of the semester quickly approaching, students on campus are going to need something to help them relax. That’s what this event is for,” Lentz said. “We give students an opportunity to attend an on-campus event that allows them to take a break from studying for their exams. They can come here to just relax and enjoy the activities we provide.” At the De-Stress Fest, students will have the opportunity to play Wii games, receive free chair massages, play bingo and watch a dive-in movie, “Crazy Stupid Love”, which will be played around the pool area. JAM/RC Remote Control Racing, an event Lentz says “is very popular with the students,” will be back this year as well.

There will also be a charity event, the Zumbathon, which will last for two hours, from 7 to 9 p.m. Students who participate in the Zumbathon can bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, a charity that provides toys to needy children during Christmas time, in exchange for a prize. Chili and drinks will also be provided. There will also be drawings held every hour and winners of the De-Stress Fest games will also receive prizes. Sophomore marketing major Brittany Kirk was in charge of advertising for the event. “We’ve been working really hard with Union Board, who is sponsoring the movie part of our event. We’ve made flyers, a Facebook event and we’ve been working with the Indiana Statesman by having them place advertisements in the newspaper for us,” Kirk said. “I think we’ve done a good job so far, but we’ll find out for sure next Friday.” The De-Stress Fest will be held at the Rec Center. All ISU students wishing to attend must bring student IDs for admission. The first 500 students to walk through the doors will also receive a Sycamore santa hat. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m.

John Lentz is a member of the SRC Office and Professional Staff (third row, left) and has helped organize the third annual De-Stress Fest Friday by offering students its facilities where Wii games, chair massages and a poolside movie will be provided free of charge. (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing)

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The Indiana State University Sycamore Singers will present the 64th annual Yuletide Madrigal Dinners on Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Grete Hall of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, located at 215 North 7th Street in Terre Haute. The madrigal feast, brought to England from Italy during the 16th century, was a type of private, often informal, dining and singing entertainment at the castles and homes of the gentry. It was often comedic in nature, and today is a form of dinner theater held by schools and churches during the Christmas season. ISU choristers dressed in Renaissance period costumes will present a variety of festivities throughout the evening, including royal toasts, the procession of the boar’s head, the presentation of an enjoyable play entitled “The Royal Wedding” and a concert of seasonal, classical choral selections. Between the toasts and play will be a holiday dinner of cranberry salad, roast loin of pork, bread stuffing, roasted red potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, dessert and an assortment of beverages, all catered by Boo’s Crossroads Café. Tickets for the event must be reserved and paid for by Monday at a cost of $30 per person. Reservations will be confirmed and tickets sent once payment has been received. Payment for reservations can be made by check, money order or cash, but unfortunately credit cards cannot be accepted. Cancellations cannot be refunded. For further information, contact the Indiana State University School of Music Choral Office at 812-237-4590, or come to the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 222, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make reservations in person.

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ISU’s Holiday Celebration Tuesday, 7 to 10 p.m. in Dede II

Seasonal snacks and hot beverages will be provided. Live entertainment will be included, including performances by students Raven Grant, Faren Haas and more. Prizes will be distributed during the event.

Ugliest Christmas sweater contest - winner will receive gift card. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds go towards Alternative Spring Break funds.

Monday, 5

1776 – At The College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is founded and becomes the first American College Fraternity. 1848 – California Gold Rush: US President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California. 1932 – German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa. 1933 – Prohibition in the United States ends thanks to:

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Each row must contain numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of boxes must contain the numbers 1 to 9.

This Week in History Tuesday, 6

1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed. 1897 – London becomes the world’s first city to host licenced taxicabs. 1933 – U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is not obscene. 2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

Wednesday, 7

1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into WWII. 1972 - Apollo 17 was launched at Cape Canaveral. It was the last U.S. moon mission. 1982 - Charlie Brooks Junior, became the first prisoner in the U.S. to be executed by injection at a prison in Huntsville, TX.

Thursday, 8

1765 - Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts. 1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South. 1952 - On the show “I Love Lucy,” a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.

Friday, 9

1907 - Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, DE, post office. 1914 - The Edison Phonograph Works was destroyed by fire. 1992 - Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. 1993 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.


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Men’s Basketball fall to Boise State, 74-65

Upcoming Events Men’s Basketball

Saturday at Hulman Center 1:05 p.m. vs. Maryville (Mo.)

Women’s Basketball

Tuesday at Hulman Center 7:05 p.m. vs. Butler University Saturday at Charleston Ill. 5 p.m. vs. Eastern Illinois University

Track and Field

Friday at Charleston, Ill. Eastern Illinois Dual Indoor Track and Field

ISU Head Coach Greg Lansing coaches from the sidelines during the ISU vs. EIU game. (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing)

Shelby Young Reporter

Indiana State men’s basketball traveled to Iowa to take on the Boise State Broncos last Saturday night in the Taco Bell Arena. It was a slow start and the teams went into the half tied at 30, but in the end, Boise State pulled away with the win at 74-65. Senior guard Dwayne Lathan led the Sycamores with 17 points followed by senior guard/forward Carl Richard with 11 points. ISU made 23 out of 49 field goals (46.9%) and 10 out of 27 3-pointers (37%). This brings ISU’s record to 6-2 on the season. Both teams struggled to be first on the board but ISU finally set things in motion two minutes in with a jumper from senior center Myles Walker. The Sycamores started out with the lead at 0-6, but Boise State fought back to take the lead with an 8-0 over the Sycamores; bringing the score to 13-20. With 9:44 left in the half, ISU went on an 11-0 run over the Broncos putting them back in the lead at 24-20. The run included a 3-pointer by senior guard

Jordan Printy, two 3-pointers by freshman center Justin Gant, and a layup by sophomore guard Jake Odum. Boise State took the lead again, but ISU came back to tie the score at 30, with a lay-up from Lathan assisted by Odum, to bring an end to the first half. ISU was first on the board in the second half with a slam dunk from Walker. The Broncos took the lead and never lost that lead with a 9-0 run, putting the score at 39-32. With 7:55 remaining in the game ISU was down 57-43, but the team brought the score closer with an 8-0 run over the Broncos bringing the score to 57-51. The run consisted of a 3-pointer from Lathan and a jumper from Odum. The Sycamores ended their score, with 16 seconds remaining in the game, with a 3-pointer from Lathan, and Boise State ended the game with a layup; final score was 74-65, BSU. ISU returns to Hulman Center Saturday Dec. 10th to host Maryville. Tip is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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ISU Women’s soccer team raise $2,500 in two days MEL LOVEALL Reporter

In just two days, the Indiana State University women’s soccer team managed to raise $2,500 for the Ryves Hall Christmas House. Originally, the women’s soccer team was solely volunteering to help with the distribution of toys and operation of the Christmas House Nov. 28. However, when the team arrived, they discovered the Christmas House was in dire need of childrens’ toys. “These toys are given to children to ensure they will have a present on Christmas. No child should ever have to go without,” junior defender Casey Allbright said. Without hesitation, the team quickly brainstormed ideas to help out the local Terre Haute children. The team decided the first way to go about raising money for the Christmas House was to start directly at the core. Each team member personally donated $5. Alongside this, Student-athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC) had recently hosted a talent show and decided to

donate all proceeds, over $500, to the Christmas House. Matching that $500 donation, the Sycamore Foundation also supported the cause. During halftime at the women’s basketball game Nov. 30, John Sherman made an announcement asking fans to support the cause and donate to the Christmas House. With gift boxes crafted by the women’s soccer team being passed around, the fans’ support shone through as $900 was donated to the Christmas House. The intentions of the women’s soccer team in raising money for this cause was only to be abe to provide toys for the children. However, with such a positive response, the team was not only able to purchase all the toys needed, but they were also able to completely restock the men’s clothing shelves. “Our players were really the instigators behind the fundraiser. They recognized a significant need right here in our own community and passionately worked to make a difference,” Assistant Coach Justin Ruetz said. The women’s soccer team decided that this fundraiser will be an event taken on annually.

“Our players were really the instigators behind the fundraiser. They recognized a significant need right here in our own community and passionately worked to make a difference.” Justin Ruetz, assistant coach



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Women’s BasketbaLL Continued from Page one Ernest Rollins Sports editor

The Indiana State University women’s basketball team knocked down 13 3-pointers and came away with their first road victory of the season, 75-59 over the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. The win improved the Sycamores’ overall record for the season to 4-3. The Flames record dropped to 4-3 for the season. “I think the team finally saw that defense and pure heart and effort is what our mentality needs to be as we go into each game from now on,” sophomore guard Anna Munn said. “That is our identity. If we can control those two things, then our offense will take care of itself.” The Sycamores were dominant from beyond the arc as they scored 13 of 22. Senior guard and forward Deja Mattox, Munn and senior guard Brittany Schoen were the Sycamores long range shooters. Mattox went 4 of 7 from long range and ended the night in double figures with 20 points. Munn shot5 of 9 from beyond the arc and finished the game in double figures as well with 19 points. Schoen finished with 12 points as she shot a perfect 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. Schoen moved up the Indiana State University all-time list for career three-pointers as she claimed the third spot on her third long range shot of the night. Schoen passed former Sycamore Lisa Verhoff. Verhoff shot 214 career threes in her time at ISU (2002-2006). Schoen now sits in third with 216 career triples. “It’s always good to accomplish anything, but I feel even better knowing we got our first road win. I had no idea going into the game that I was close to moving up on the list so, no I wasn’t motivated on the court from that, but I was just motivated to play for my teammates in hopes to come out on top.” Schoen said. Senior center Shannon Thomas led the team on rebounds with nine and also was in the double figures in points with 14. The Sycamores tied with the Flames on total rebounds, but were perfect from the free throw line going 8 of 8. The Flames were on the scoreboard first, but ISU remained close as the game tied three times within the first five minutes of play. After the final tie at 7-7 the Sycamores outscored the Flames as they went on an 18-6 run. The Sycamores entered the half with a lead of 7, 37-30 with the team hitting nine from long range. In the beginning of the second half, both teams were still fairly close to each other before the Sycamores jumped ahead as they went on a 20-3 run, giving them a 63-40 with 8:03 remaining in the game. With such a huge lead the Sycamores coasted to victory with the final score 75-59, ISU. “Getting our first road win, I think we now understand what it takes to [be] successful on the road,” Schoen said. “We have to create our own energy and be our own biggest fans because we won’t have the same support as we do when we play at home.” The Indiana State women’s basketball team will return to the Hulman Center Tuesday when they host Butler University. Tip off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

“I think the team finally saw that defense and pure heart and effort is what our mentality needs to be as we go into each game from now on. That is our identity. If we can control those two things, then our offense will take care of itself.” Sophomore guard Anna Munn dribbles the ball down court in the ISU vs Tennesse Martin game. (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing)

Anna Munn, sophomore guard


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