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SuperBowlshowdown Terre Haute residents and the Indiana State community are gearing up for the biggest weekend in national football SETH YATES Reporter Indiana State University and the local community are preparing for this year’s Super Bowl Festivities, where they will watch the Seattle Seahawks face-off against the Denver Broncos. Bart Stucker, a senior communication major and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, is looking forward to his chapter house’s viewing party. “It’s a recruiting event, so it’s designed by the university and Greek life to allow no female students,” Stucker said. “The idea being that fraternities recruit members based on merit not on the sororities that they hang out with.” The event starts at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, and is open to guys who want to watch the game and potentially rush Pike, though that is not a requirement of those who attend. “The house is a dry house, meaning that it does not have alcohol on the premises,” Stucker said. “We’re the antithesis of the typical fraternity image of wild parties.” For those looking to go out, the Ballyhoo’s owner, Jay Knott is waving the cover charge and offering several deals on drinks in the bar and food for dining-in or delivery. Student organizations around campus are holding special celebrations and local “We will be serving $1 wells and $5 businesses are offering discounts in anticipation of the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos pitchers of Busch light,” Knott said. “As and Seatle Seahawks face off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Submitted photo). CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Report holds students accountable KATIE FARTHING Reporter For the first three weeks of each semester, professors and instructors are a bit more particular with attendance taking than students might prefer. Every semester, Indiana State University collects attendance report from each teaching faculty member as a way of viewing each individual student’s attendance. Sophomore Patrice Moore noticed that there is an emphasis on attendance during the early weeks of school, but isn’t sure as to why this takes place. The sophomore statistics major said she

hadn’t ever thought about what is was for. “I have heard professors say ‘Three week Attendance report’ when making sure we signed in with them for the day, but I have never had it explained to me,” Moore said. “I assume that it is just to make sure that students are attending classes, although with this year’s weather, I hope they are lenient with attendance.” Susan Powers, associate vice president of academic affairs, said the attendance reports are actually used to help determine when and if students have withdrawn from the semester Three-week attendance reports are due at the conclusion of this week (Photo courtesy CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 of ISU Communications and Marketing).

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A slice of democracy:

News Editor, Andrew Christman isu-statesmannews@mail.indstate.edu

Students tackled hot-button topics such as stereotypes, gay rights and equality at Wednesday’s ‘Pizza and Politics’ event Andrew Christman News Editor Students gathered in the Cunningham Memorial Library events area for “Pizza and Politics” Wednesday evening to discuss the topic of equality. The event was sponsored by several Indiana State student organizations, which included Student Government Association, American Democracy Project, Feminist Movement and the NAACP. The event opened with an advertisement for women’s Olympic ski jumping, a new event for the 2014 games. After comments posted about the video were shown, three of which involved jokes about women’s roles, students were encouraged to discuss among equality themselves. Topics of conversation also included stereotypes, the media and gay rights. Sophomore Cecilia van Wijk, a communication major, felt the event was successful. “If you aren’t asked about these topics, it’s harder to decide what your take on them is,” van Wijk said. “It wasn’t a heated debate and everybody seemed to be very open-minded of other opinions.” Freshman Mercedes Barnett, said that some conversations got heated. “It was successful to an extent,” Barnett said. “While everybody’s opinions and views were heard, not all of them were respected.” Carly Schmitt, the coordinator for the American Democracy Project, was pleased with the turnout Wednesday evening. “We had a wonderful turnout. I felt that we could have honestly gone longer,” she said. Following small group discussion,

Morgan Hall (left), a sophomore criminal justice major and Stephanie Marlow (right), a sophomore healthcare administration major, reflect on the discussion at Wednesday’s “PIzza and Politics” event in the library events area (Photo by Gary Macadaeg).

those who attended were asked as a whole what their views and thoughts on the previous topics were. Students were challenged upon leaving to continue to practice the desire for equality. Van Wijk said that she will keep these words in mind. “I already practice this in my life,” she said. “It’s very important to me and this event really helped restore my views.”

Barnett also said that she is also going to strive for equality and the breaking of stereotypes. Schmitt said the goals of the American Democracy Project is to create dialogue among Indiana State’s student body. “There is nowhere else for students to come together and discuss topics,” she said. The American Democracy Project will

be sponsoring similar events to “Pizza and Politics,” such as the upcoming Debate Night Feb. 12 at the Sycamore Lounge. The next “Pizza and Politics” will cover bullying on March 4. More information about the organization is available at their website at www.indstate.edu/adp.


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Left: Samantha Zent, a freshman biology major, speaks about how she has been stereotyped in the past. Right: Breanna Roach (left), a sophomore athletic training major, looks on as Brandon Tamayo (right), a freshman political science major, chimes in at the round table (Photos by Gary Macadaeg).


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Students find there’s more to ISU through Org Expo Adler Ingalsbe Reporter Students and organizations said they greatly benefited from the Student Organization Expo that took place on Wednesday in Dede I, II and III. Those involved with the Student Organization Expo agreed that this was a very important day for all of the organizations on campus, as they try to recruit more students to join their groups. Michael Laub, treasurer of the Feminist Majority organization, participated in the expo to get his group’s name and what they stand for out to Indiana State students. “We are a feminist movement that fights for women and human rights. We’re here to get our name out to State students, in hopes of getting more members to join us,” Laub said. Kelly Tarr, vice president of the Food Recovery Network, also partook in the expo to get people to understand how many people are starving and how you can help by joining their organization. “We’re a little bit of a different group. We take food from campus kitchens to Catholic charities and help them in a variety of ways,” Tarr said. “Our goal from this expo was to get more members to join us and get people to understand the amount of people that are out there Students presented their groups at the Student Organization Expo on Wednesday. Above: The girls of Alpha Sigma Alpha show their starving.” Makailya Rice, president of the Black camaraderie. Bellow: The anime club shows off some of their favorite items to visiting students (Photos by Ayden Jent). Student Union, wanted to get more Sycamore students to understand what been very effective in the past, while for their organization stands for and to try to others it’s their first year doing it, yet expect to return as early as next semester. get them to join their group, as well. Rice’s organization has been one of the “We are an advancement of the black groups that has participated in the past community on campus and we represent and has done a very the unity among job of recruiting all organizations. “It’s a very effective way to good from this event. We hope to add get people interested in us. “We’re here every more members, as year. It’s a very Most of our members come well as advance our effective way to get from this event.” networking,” Rice people interested said. in us. Most of our Laub said he Makailya Rice, Black Student members come from thought the expo this event,” she said. Union President would help his This was Laub organization grow in and Tarr’s first year a big way. at the expo but had high hopes they “I think it will help us increase our membership. It’s a very positive time for would be able to get students to join their people to join this type of group,” he said. organizations. “This is our first year doing it, but we Tarr, like Laub, also believes it will help hope more people will find out about us,” her group get more students to join. “I believe it will increase our numbers Tarr said. “We’re a new group but we believe this quite a bit. We hope to add as many people expo will be very effective for us,” Laub as possible,” she said. said. For some organizations this day has


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without taking the proper steps to do so. for one session would be [considered] “The three-week attendance reporting is not attending for federal financial aid reporting.” meant to capture poor student attendance. It is Senior mathematics major Callie West, used as a tool to withdraw students who have thinks that this is an effective way of collecting never shown up on campus at data. all,” she said. “[The] general “I think that it is only fair “I think that it class attendance and classroom that students who are not is only fair that attending school should policies [revolve] around that faculty’s decision with the students who are have to have their financial knowledge that attendance is aid refunded. Some of us not attending correlated to student success.” depend on aid and hate to see If a student has never school should have it abused,” West said. “Also, their financial aid having students sign into class shown up for a class, they are academically withdrawn from is a good way to keep students refunded.” the university and all of the accountable, at least I know it aid is refunded. This keeps does for me.” Callie West, students from collecting aid As to whether anything that is intended for school senior mathematics is being done to encourage use and not using it for nonbetter class attendance, Powers major academic purposes. said that they are exploring Students that have had different options. trouble getting to campus due to harsh “We are looking at several different options weather conditions need not be worried about to help faculty take attendance in class and their attendance and its effect on their aid. increasingly, faculty is emphasizing attendance “Students are reported as attending or in their classes,” she said. “Attendance is tightly never attended for Federal financial aid correlated with student success.” requirements,” said Powers. “Even attendance

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Remembering for the right reasons We have all heard by now about the “school shooting” last week at Purdue. But one thing that comes to mind when we talk about the whole idea is a. obviously the grievous wound that we are left with and the pain afterwards, but b. the fact that someone was deranged or hurt enough to walk in and mass murder. But that’s not what happened at Purdue University. Only a single student, Andrew Boldt was gunned down. Yet all across the news, from the Tribune to the Indy Star, we’re seeing the word “shooting” get tossed around like a hacky-sack at Burning Man. This wasn’t a “shooting.” Columbine was a shooting. This was what is commonly referred to as a murder. There were no mass killings, and certainly no high body counts. Yes, we lost a young man. But this was a case where one deranged individual walked in and attacked another student. We’re so obsessed with this idea of the world falling to pieces that when someone dies suddenly, we tend to forget that death is a natural part of life. While we’re certainly not condoning murder, what we are saying is this — stop playing it up like it was Sept. 11 all over again. This happens every time a student is murdered within a school. It is absolutely a sad thing to happen. And we, here at the Statesman, would wish all of the student’s friends and family much support and well wishes as they cope. But the media’s attention isn’t helping anything. With situations like the Casey Anthony trial, the Michael Jackson trial and the

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Why you should go ‘green’ Marijuana has been the top buzz in the United States lately. Having marijuana legalized, for medical and even recreational use, has finally gone from a stoner’s favorite daydream to actual reality. Altogether, twenty states the Columnist District ofplus Columbia have legally made marijuana available with the intent to use it for the plant’s medical purposes. Out of those, Washington and Colorado are the two lone states that seized the opportunity and allowed marijuana to be used recreationally. How ironic that the two states that have completely legalized marijuana are coming together in this year’s “Super Bowl.” According to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, a popular political website, close to 60 percent of the U.S. population agree that cannabis should be legalized. Our country wants weed and we want it now. With all the recent hub-bub, even President Barack Obama thought it was time to confront the matter, and

Haley White

When we remember Andrew Boldt’s story, it should be a sad tale of a young man who was murdered. Not a media-crazed sensation (Submitted photo).

trial of O.J. Simpson, all too quickly the original goal is lost. Journalism is about telling stories and informing the public. Not about catering to the masses’ penchant for tragedy. We choose to leave that to MTV and their producers, Someone have mercy their souls. Again, while it is absolutely terribly tragic what happened, we must constantly wonder, “What is too far?” Is it OK to say that a single student killed on campus is a “school shooting” when

there is already so much associated with that term? When we think, “school shooting” do we not automatically think of multiple victims, mass chaos and a national tragedy? We already throw around terms such as “terrorism,” “sin,” and “total destruction” as if they are candy at Halloween. Be careful when you fail to think about the words you use. Anyone who’s worked in a language field can tell you, the wrong word can make all the difference.

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I agree with the man. The main point expressed in his recent interview with CNN was how marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and no different than the cigarettes he puffed on as an adult. Being compared to both cigarettes and alcohol, the statistics are without a doubt, in favor of marijuana. It’s obvious that if someone has legal right to drink until he is a danger, then adults across the U.S. should have the ability to treat themselves with some sweet Mary Jane, as well. One of the concepts that initiated the country-wide spread of marijuana legalization is the fact that marijuana actually does hold documented medical value. Cannabis is now known for helping with symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, epilepsy, glaucoma, general bodily pain and nausea, AIDS and possibly even cancer. While marijuana is definitely not a wonder-drug, permitting it to be legal would allow for more medical research on the drug without as many limitations as before. Could you imagine if the cure for something as menacing as cancer was hidden behind the red tape of a naturally growing plant? The main reason why weed is being held under such strict regulations is because we are merely puppets to our government. Before the recent outbreak of legalization, most of the U.S. viewed marijuana as a threat to society because that’s what our government wanted to label the drug. What really bothers me more than anything is that the majority of those who said or agreed that nothing good could come from marijuana, claim to hold no experience at all. Marijuana is labeled by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a “Schedule 1 drug,” meaning it is a drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Our government believes that marijuana is comparable to drugs such as heroin and LSD, and is more dangerous than drugs such as cocaine and meth. Yeah, you read that right. One of the counter-arguments that I’ve heard concerning legalizing marijuana is the idea that since marijuana is legal for medical use, it will not be long before someone believes that a reasonable amount

of harsher drugs — such as cocaine, meth and heroin — could be considered “medicine” too. This is ridiculous. Doctors prescribe narcotics all day long that certainly have a more definite high than pot and have more psychological and physical sideeffects, yet they are legal and even encouraged to be used. Vyvanse is an amphetamine prescription that is commonly assigned to children and adults who suffer from attentiondeficit/hyperactive disorder. Drugs. com, a common knowledge access point for Rx information, announces at the first mention of Vyvanse, “CNS stimulants (amphetamines and methylphenidate-containing products) have a high potential for abuse and dependence.” Comparing alcohol and weed is one thing, but to compare weed to synthetic drugs that have concrete evidence against their intentions is different. Instead of spending $20 billion alone fighting marijuana, maybe our government should take that money and fight a drug that is an actual threat. Prescribing people drugs such as Opana, and other opiates, is where our focus should be. I have seen this drug take ahold of many good people — a huge portion of the people in my hometown seem to be stuck in the grip on this hellish drug and as a result have nothing better to do than sit around and inject themselves. It makes me sick that doctors are able to pass out narcotics like they’re candy, yet are hesitant to agree that marijuana could be medically benificial due to popular moral belief. In the future, I hope that marijuana is legal to be used for its full medical potential across the entire country, but also that people are able to see that this plant is not as evil as it’s made out to be. With Washington and Colorado being the pioneers to the new idea of having full legalization of marijuana, the future of where this movement will lead is completely in the hands of their residents. While our federal government is firm in keeping the drug illegal, we as a nation have to rely on our individual states to see the results we want.

A young man’s guide to college

Put an end to duckface dynasty

The term “selfie” was given the high honor to be the word of the year of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. Thank you, OED, for such a great reflection of our progressive society. Also, thank you, young men, for participating in taking selfies and giving the rest of us something to laugh at. That’s right, we are all laughing at you. Would you like to know why so silly? Columnist you’re To start off, what is a selfie? Oxford English Dictionaries says it’s “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” That kind of helps, but what is the purpose of it? It could be to show off you wearing your new Beats by Dre. Or to inspire people with a cheesy, superficial quote made famous by you while you look off in the distance deep in thought. Both purposes are obnoxious and narcissistic. Listen and listen well boys, men should not be taking selfies. Do you even realize what you’re doing? You are taking a picture of yourself to upload to a site that is designed for promoting yourself. Narcissistic much? Then you see how many “Likes,” “Shares,” “Favorites” or “Retweets” you get, which are just various point-based, monetary systems for self-esteem. Do you need to get the approval and confirmation from others that bad? A modest man who doesn’t feel like his face and body are God’s gift to Earth is more respected than the self-promoting buffoon. Try too hard, and you come off as a terrible Gaston parody, singing about your greatness while you pretend that the world is licking your boots. “Well, girls do it too. Am I not allowed to?” No. Actually, upgrade that to a resounding “Absolutely not.” I can’t believe you would bring up such a rebuttal, but it is one that needs to be put to rest. Girls are typically interested in each other’s hairstyles, outfits and things of that sort. Easy ladies, I’m not reducing your interests into just those things. The point here, is that girls are more invested in those types of interests, over guys. For example, there are a lot of times where girls post their new haircut on Instagram. This is more acceptable than a guy doing the same thing because the audience is different. The girl’s audience is aimed towards her friends who are more inclined to take interest in her hairstyle change. Since the guy is a guy, there is already a perception of male qualities about him held by others. Among those qualities is held that we

Ben Ramseier

Let’s be real here, fellas. Do you actually need that many pictures of yourself? (Photo by Ayden Jent).

really don’t care about another guy’s hairstyle change or the new outfit. All that can be said is “Cool, bro.” There are only two instances where it could be viewed okay to do selfies. The first one is if you need a picture for your Linkedin profile. Go ahead, suit up and use that picture until you can afford a professionally done one. I’m reluctant to even suggest this second instance, but because of the use of the app it has made it more acceptable. Snapchat is an exception because girls find it fun and it could be used as another way to communicate with them. What I’m getting at here, fellas, is that you can use it to flirt with them with fun pictures and drawings on your face. Personally, I’m not a huge fan. But hey, just don’t get caught in public. When it comes to selfies, guys just shouldn’t do it. You don’t need another way to feed your egos through self-promotion. If a guy feels the need to take a selfie, there may be some imbalance in his life. Ideally, pictures of yourself should be of you hanging out with people and having those friends take snap shots in real life. Next time, reconsider before you go to the bathroom mirror for another pathetic selfie. Get out of there and live life so others can take the pictures for you.


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Empowerment

Students embrace womanhood through Vagina Monologues ALLEN ZIELINSKI Reporter The room filled with nervous laughter as the petite, blonde woman on stage repeatedly shouted the infamous c-word. Her celebration of the very taboo word concluded a string of other spoken pieces from the upcoming “Vagina Monologues,” meant to empower and educate audiences on more than just the female anatomy. Students have begun work on this year’s shows, which includes the performance of “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer.”

These shows are not new to campus. Senior criminology major Chelsea Richardson has participated in the production for the university previously. This year, she is co-directing the performance focused on issues women face. “MMRP has political and world problems,” Richardson said. This is in contrast to the Vagina Monologues, where the tone of the show moves from instances of celebration to moments of painful and personal remembrance. Directors say both shows possess the same common message

of female empowerment and education on what it means to be a woman. Actors and directors alike, agreed that it’s crucial for audiences to understand what is going on in the world, which can include many added obstacles for simply being a woman. “I feel like there is this big stigma in society,” said freshman social work major Markanda Baugh. Other actors in “The Vagina Monologues” agreed and said the show allows them to feel a sense of CONTINUED ON PAGE 9


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liberation and empowerment. Beyond the show’s female connection, actors hope that the show serves as educational entertainment for everyone. From monologues about the heightened sensitivity of the sex organ to third-person accounts capturing the graphic beauty of a birth, the stories and moments shared let audiences see what it means to live with a vagina. Kristi Hipp, codirector of the Vagina Monologues, said after participating in the show as an undergraduate, she realized what a powerful experience it was for her and how she wanted to introduce others to the show’s message. “You can’t just say ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I’m not interested in you’,” said Hipp in regard to the growing culture of rape affecting women in society. Hipp said it is especially important to teach young women in college that it is okay to be who they are. The opening actor in the Vagina Monologues, freshman criminology and

forensic science major Adina Leshnisky, expressed her frustration with people’s non-chalant attitude toward rape. “People use that word way too loosely,” Leshinsky said.

“People use [rape] way too loosely.” Adina Leshnisky, freshman criminology and forensic science major Both shows feature retellings of experiences with sexual, verbal and physical harassment. While running through lines, it was clear several actors began to choke up and hold back strong emotional responses to the stories of abuse. One actor went on to share that she, herself, had been raped and that experience has pushed her to participate in the show. If one aspect of the performances stood out from the many speeches,

celebrations, rants and monologues, it was the importance cast members placed on the value of it all. Both “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer”, have become tools for not only empowering the women and men who participate in the performances, but also one for educational purposes. Hipp said her favorite part about the shows is getting to watch young women realize the empowerment that develops with each performance and seeing them share the feeling. The cast wants to see people of all backgrounds attending the shows, regardless of gender. Leshinsky said she hopes to see entire fraternities, as well as sororities, attend the shows and take away new views. The “Vagina Monologues” in conjunction with “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” will be on stage March 21 and March 22 at the Landini Center for the Performing and Fine Arts. Ticket prices for the show have yet to be determined, although all proceeds will benefit the Council on Domestic Abuse.

Baked goods needed for fundraiser Feminist Majority is holding a bake sale on Feb. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Cunningham Memorial Library. This bake sale draws attention to gender wage inequality in America. This sale also welcomes Lilly Ledbetter to ISU. During the sale, women will pay 77 cents for each item and men will pay a dollar, in order to represent the unequal pay between men and women. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Women of ISU Scholarship. Contributions should be brought to the Interdisciplinary Programs office in Holmstedt Hall 291 on Feb. 4, before 4:30 or on Feb. 5 before noon. For questions or comments, contact either Hanna Brant at hbrant@ sycamores.indstate.edu or Ruth Fairbanks at ruth.fairbanks@indstate. edu.


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for pizza, we will have a two-topping pizza for $9.99, for both dine-in and delivery.” The Ballyhoo has 10 televisions and plenty of floor space but still expects a lot of deliveries. Other local businesses like Baesler’s Market expect a lot of business, as well. Kristine O’Hare, a cashier at Baesler’s said that they are well-prepared.

“We have a lot more meat and beer in stock than usual at about a dollar off [the usual price],” she said. “T-bone steaks are $7.99 a pound.” O’Hare said the day before the big game is very busy for them while the day of is more relaxed. The Campus Cupboard has also prepared for the big game. Employee Ashley Fisher said that they too have

increased their inventory. “We usually restock every Monday and Thursday,” she said in between ringingup customers. “We got a lot more than usual with this last restock.” Senior information technology major Micah Johnson said that he intends to spend what time he can with loved ones. “After I get off work, I am going to go over to my girlfriend’s house, eat a lot of

food and watch the end of the game,” he said. Johnson said he regrets having to work until 8 p.m., missing the 6:30 p.m. kickoff time, but he looks forward to seeing some of the action. “I’m rooting for the Broncos this year, but really more for Peyton Manning,” he said.

Health Fair provides resources for Terre Haute The Terre Haute Community Health Fair is an annual event that brings leaders of the surrounding areas together to educate local residents about their health and how they can improve it. The Terre Haute Community Health Fair was started in 2005 by medical students as a service project that allowed them to use their growing medical knowledge while also giving back to the community. The health fair has grown to be an annual event that is now organized by the medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute. This year, the event will be held at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club — formerly Chauncey Rose Middle School. Over 60 exhibitors and screeners will have booths at the event, all with information regarding important medical issues, prevention and treatment. Some of this year’s exhibitions include the Alzheimer’s Association, heart education, breast cancer awareness, chiropractic information, the National Kidney Foundation and Union Hospital, to name a few. The Terre Haute Community Health Fair is a completely free event for the community. There will be kids activities, free snacks as well as beverages and a raffle to win a free children’s bicycle or gift cards. The health fair targets area residents, however, there are no boundaries when it comes to attendees. In past years, the fair has helped the young and old, poor and wealthy, as well as the insured and uninsured. The health fair is a great way for local organizations to connect with the Terre Haute Community. Many programs and services will be offered at the health fair. In addition to

Students and community members will be able to get free health screenings through this year’s community health fair (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

the information about local organizations and services, educational exhibits will be offered about personal health, fitness classes, and free health screenings. Free screenings this year will include blood pressure, blood sugar, blood typing and cholesterol, depression, hearing, reproductive, vision and

glaucoma screening. The staff has highly recommended that if you have not seen a doctor lately, it is advised to seek the help offered by local charities. The Blood Mobile from the Indiana Blood center will be joining us as well, so if possible please come and make a donation. The Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club is

located at 924 N. 13th St. on Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www. healthyterrehaute.com, or visit the Terre Haute Community Health Fair page on Facebook for updates and information leading up to the health fair. Indiana Statesman staff report


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Indiana State succumbs to the Salukis Ace Hunt ISU Athletic Media Relations Justin Gant paced a trio of Sycamores who reached double figures scoring, but it was the Salukis who earned a 79-60 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Indiana State in front of 4,821 fans inside SIU Arena. The Sycamores fell to 16-5, 7-2 MVC while Southern Illinois improved to 7-15, 3-6 MVC. Gant led the team with 14 points as he connected on a pair of 3-pointers. Manny Arop tallied 12 points to go with five rebounds while Jake Odum posted 11 points and seven rebounds. Indiana State was 21-of-53 from the field (39.6 percent) and totaled seven 3-pointers in the contest. Southern Illinois went 26of-50 from the field (52 percent) and held a 42-29 edge in rebounding. Manny Arop and Dawon Cummings scored on the Sycamores first two trips down the floor for a quick 5-0 lead. The Sycamore defense, which was stingy in the first half, did not allow a Saluki field goal for the first three minutes of action but would go over six minutes scoreless themselves. Gant recorded consecutive buckets around the 12 minute mark, but Indiana State trailed 10-9. An Arop lay-up with 3:06 on the clock would be the final field goal of the opening stanza for the Sycamores, which got the Sycamores within 21-16. Southern Illinois scored the final four points of the first half as they took a 25-16 lead into the locker room. The Sycamores were led in scoring over the first half by Gant with six points. Justin Gant scored the first points of the second half for the Sycamores. But it came after Southern Illinois scored the first nine which then pulled Indiana State within 3419 with 17:09 on the clock. Lucas Eitel connected on his first 3-pointer of the game, and Khristian Smith followed with a second-chance bucket around the 13 minute mark to draw within 41-26. The Sycamores hit a trio of free throws in a row to trim the SIU cushion down to 43-29 with just under 10 minutes

STATESMAN RUNDOWN Indiana State Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Illinois 79-60 (L) Women’s Basketball vs. Wichita State 83-63 (L) Missouri Valley Men’s Basketball Record vs. Bradley 62-59 (W) vs. Missouri State 72-59 (W) vs. Wichita State 48-68 (L) vs. Loyola 65-61 (W) vs. Illinois State 60-79 (L) Women’s Basketball Record vs. Northern Iowa 60-53 (W) vs. Drake 90-81 (W) vs. Evansville 67-46 (W) vs. Southern Illinois 63-44 (W) vs. Missouri State 74-57 (W) Men’s Basketball Rankings Wichita State 22-0 Indiana State 16-5 Missouri State 14-7 Illinois State 11-10 Northern Iowa 11-10 Bradley 9-13 Loyola 8-13 Evansville 10-12 Drake 12-9 Southern Illinois 7-15

Senior guard Jake Odum looks to the scoreboard as he and his Sycamores fall to the Southern Illinois Salukis (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

remaining. A 3-pointer from Gant with just over seven minutes remaining cut the Saluki lead down to 54-33. After a defensive stop, Arop connected on a triple of his own just 30 seconds later to get within 54-36 of the Salukis. At the 5:20 mark, Eitel hit a 3-pointer

which further chewed into the Saluki advantage at 59-42. Anthony Beane posted 22 points to lead the Salukis. Indana State stays on the road when they travel to Northern Iowa on February 1. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised world-wide on ESPN3.

Women’s Basketball Rankings Wichita State 16-2 Indiana State 11-7 Northern Iowa 10-9 Loyola 8-11 Illinois State 4-13 Missouri State 8-10 Evansville 7-11 Bradley 4-14 Southern Illinois 4-14 Drake 8-11


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Lady Sycamores hit the road to face conference foe Alex Modesitt Assistant Sports Editor Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadar and the rest of the Indiana State women’s basketball team look to rebound from their loss to Wichita State on Monday by hitting the road to face conference foe Bradley. The Lady Sycamores enter the game in second place of the Missouri Valley Conference with a 6-1 conference record and an 11-7 record, overall. The Sycamores head into the contest having won eight of their last ten games after a 3-5 start to the season. They suffered their first and only conference loss thus far Monday versus the conference-leading Wichita State Shockers, 83-63. Three Sycamores scored in double figures in the Wichita State game. They were led by junior forward Racheal Mahan with 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Marina Laramie and Abdul-Qadaar also had double-digit point totals with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Lady Sycamores will need to turn the defensive intensity back up if they hope to avoid a second straight loss. The Sycamores had a defensive letdown versus Wichita but still boast the second

best defense in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Lady Sycamores have allowed an average of 61.9 points per game on the season and 58.3 points per game in conference play so far. They also lead the league in turnovers forced with 19.6 per game and steals with 10.1 per game. Dating back to 2010, Indiana State has taken five out of the last eight meetings versus Bradley. Out of those five wins, however, only one has occurred on Bradley’s home floor. When the teams meet at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill. on Friday, the Lady Sycamores will have to contend with the most balanced offensive attack in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves are the only team in the conference to have four players averaging double-digit points and five players who score nine or more points per game. The Braves come into the game sitting in last place in the conference with a 1-6 record versus conference opponents and a 4-14 record overall. Bradley has lost its last five games by an average of 14.8 points per game and are 2-8 in its last 10 games. Tip-off is Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

Left: Senior guard Anna Munn drives to the basket. Above: Sophomore forward Marina Laramie pulls up for an open three-point opportunity (Photo by Gary Macadaeg).


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Sycamore Sit Down

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Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir talks sports injuries, growing up on basketball and her plans for the future with Statesman Sports Editor Briana Payne Q: Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and maybe led to the reason you started playing basketball? A: I would say my older brother Yusuf. He was right above me. Me and him were the only ones who played collegiate basketball, so I got to watch him a lot. He was the kind of player who didn’t show any emotion on the court and I’m an emotional player, so just looking at him, I kind of learned to hide my facial expressions a little bit and,you know, not give too much to anybody. He did that well. Q: You played varsity all five years of high school and maintained high academics. Talk about what it was like back in Massachusetts. A: I was home schooled all the way up until eighth grade. I think my mother did a really good job of staying on me about finishing all my work before I can do anything and I think that transferred over for when I did go to school. Q: When did you know basketball was less of a hobby and more of a passion? A: My whole family played, so I grew up watching it. I was three and I used to just shoot around with a little plastic hoop around my house. I think it was innate for me to play. Q: You started playing your eighth grade year, whereas Rebecca Lobo started in her seventh grade year, but you scored 330 points more to break the record. How did that feel? A: Honestly, when I first started high school, I didn’t know about people keeping the books or anything or being in the newspaper. I remember my first game eighth grade year I scored 40 points and I went to school the next day and saw my picture on the wall. I said, “What’s this?” and they said I scored a whole bunch of points last night. I said, “Who counted?” I know when I broke the record, I was so nervous. But I met Rebecca Lobo and she was ecstatic when I broke the record. Q: Do you feel like you’ve broken barriers confidently wearing your jilbab, as the first to do it in NCAA history? A: Definitely have. I get so many random emails, not even from Muslim girls, but from all girls. But actually, my dad just sent me a picture of a Muslim girl wearing exactly what I have

on and playing in a game. Just to see that, and knowing that they’ve seen me play, you just feel good about yourself. It’s good to know that I can start a pathway for others. Q: You’ve endured a few injuries during your career including a torn ACL and a broken wrist. Talk about how you came back from those injuries and how you have maintained your good health this year. A: I would say that the ACL affected me the most. It didn’t slow me down but mentally it actually was a blessing in disguise because I have an extra year. I wouldn’t have met these people. But it helped me mature; it humbled me as a person. Q: You’ve gotten ESPN High School National Honor Roll, graduated first in your class and have made the Dean’s list countless times, so education is clearly very important to you. How did you learn to balance that and basketball without letting the two affect each other? A: I would say it takes a lot of focus. You have to think past basketball and I think a lot of athletes don’t do that. We spend a lot of time in the gym or in practice fields. I feel like people don’t remember that you can’t play sports your whole life. I know me tearing my ACL reminded me of that. Having a degree and having a high GPA is one of the most important things and you’re going to have to start a career after you play your sport. I think that’s what I kept in mind in high school and college. Q: What’s the next step after you graduate? A: I have to make a few decisions. I do want to play overseas. However, I started a grad program here and it’s a two-year program so I would have another year after this. But if I have an opportunity to play right after this, I definitely want to go play. Q: What do you think is the most important thing your parents have tried to instill in you? A: The first thing that comes to mind is have fun and get your education. As much as I’ve been through my college career, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be and whenever I call my mom or dad, they’re just like have fun and get your education.

Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir leads the Lady Sycamores with 13.4 points, 2.0 steals and 3.8 assists per game so far this season (Statesman file photo).


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ISU celebrates Founder’s Day

Above: Eric Barber (left), a junior operations and supply chain management major, as well as Matt Ulm (right), a member of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors, address alumni and faculty during the Founder’s Day presentation Wednesday. Left: President Daniel J. Bradley jokes around with others at the luncheon reception preceding the day’s events. Below: Tables were set with Indiana State University colors (Photos by Gary Macadaeg).

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