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Dan Rooney reflects on his experiences as an Air Force veteran, professional golfer, philanthropist and motivational speaker TELICA GATHINGS Reporter Air Force veteran and professional golfer Dan Rooney spoke at Indiana State on Thursday in Tilson Auditorium as part of the University Speaker Series. Since Rooney was 12 years old, his dream was to be a professional golfer and join the Air Force. When he was a kid, his father asked him, “How does an airplane take off ?” He responded by saying, “It takes off in the wind.” After joining the Air Force, Rooney finally flew, spending seven to 11 hours in the air during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and delivering packages at night. Here, Rooney saw the night sky, shooting stars and the Milky Way. Rooney saw another side of the war. He was boarding a plane and the flight attendant made an announcement that the brother of a veteran who had died in the war was boarding the plane and a moment of silence for his loss would follow. This opened Rooney’s eyes to realize that families didn’t receive any financial stability benefits when a loved one was killed. As a result, Rooney held a “Golf Day” to raise money for the family. The event raised $8,000, with 68 people attending. Former President George W. Bush honored Air Force veteran Dan Rooney holds up a check for $10,000, given to him after his speech. The money was donated to his Folds of Honor Foundation, which gives scholarships to the spouses CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 and children of military service members disabled or killed in action (Photo by Kira Clouse).
New software provides online job training NKENGE HUMPHRIES Reporter Students can earn certification in certain programs of study using the new e-learning Skillsoft software, available through the MyISU portal. This new source is now available to meet the expectations associated with goal six of the President Daniel J. Bradley’s Strategic Plan to “recruit and retain great employees,” as well as produce overall student success. The software is designed to help students, but even faculty can achieve certifications faster than
intended without spending as much money earning one. Scott Walden, a training and development specialist, worked on the software before its launch on Oct. 2. Walden attended a Skillsoft convention in Florida where other universities and companies like Hilton Hotels, Yahoo, University of Colorado, Chalmers University were present to use for their and companies, as well. “E-Learning Skillsoft Software started a couple of years ago, to help universities progress in training and recruiting and holding onto great
employees,” Walden said. Now the programmers for the e-Learning Skillsoft at Indiana State want to provide students with online training instead of spending money on expensive books for the classes. “You learn technology training, where students or staff can be certified,” Walden said. “It’s free, and it’s offered in the classroom and online with options up to 10 courses.” With the e-Learning Skillsoft Software being in classrooms and online, faculty can integrate courses to their classes and Blackboard. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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A screen shot of the Sycamore e-Learning homepage, 24-hour gateway to Indiana State students for support (Photo Courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
The software provides 10,000 plus e-books and 5,000 courses from a variety of topics. There are unlimited resources for professors to use and find certain content for their curriculum. Jiss Mathew also worked with the new software and Scott Walden to promote e-Learning Skillsoft. “The software gives you a search engine where you can find books, videos and other types of media,” Mathew said. The categories under the search engines are different forms of work you can identify with, as well as continue progress in certain areas of training. The new software is alike has also been
compared to the Sycamore Express. of the Career Center, has used the new “The e-Learning Skillsoft Software e-Learning Skillsoft Software to help is helping you achieve the position build yourself, she is now employed “The software gives you a in. She also has the like a muscle, you are building search engine where you can e-Learning Skillsoft your own training find books, videos and other in use for the Career d e v e l o p m e n t ,” Center. types of media.” Mathew said. “We use Sycamore Students are able e-Learning for the to find courses Jiss Mathew, Skillsoft promoter Certificate Program that fit more into — through helping their curriculum students,” McLaurine and go through said. a program and link to find what is Those who download the software, necessary their choice of study. can take five module lessons as well as 10 Tradara McLaurine, assistant director elective modules to obtain certification
through the Career Center’s certificate program. She said the software is easy to use and displays real life scenarios. “The e-Learning Skillsoft is user friendly, offers simulations, gives real life conversation,” McLaurine said. By using the e-Learning Skillsoft Software, she said her skills are enhanced, and she likes how the program is more relatable. She said it helps companies and universities become more systematic, but can be also be social. “Take advantage, because being certified proves better preparation,” McLaurine said.
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University gets high rating for sustainability efforts ISU Communications and Marketing The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has recognized Indiana State University with a Silver Rating. The Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a fresh program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. A leading institution in recycling for decades, Indiana State in 2007 signed on to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, a coordinated national pledge to reduce stress to the environment and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review included Indiana State on its list of 322 Green Colleges in the United States and Canada, and the university was a finalist for the fourth annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. “We are pleased to add the STARS Silver Rating to the university’s growing list of sustainability acknowledgements,”
President Dan Bradley said. “Thanks to the good work of the Institute for Community Sustainability, facilities management staff, students, faculty and others we continue to make progress in this important area.” This program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement. “STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said Wendy Scott, the association’s executive director. “Indiana State University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for its efforts.” “Unlike other rating or ranking systems, the STARS program is open to
all institutions of higher education in the US and Canada, and the criteria that determine a Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone,” Scott said. Because it is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions, she said. “We are very proud to have achieved a STARS Silver Rating for our sustainability accomplishments. We look forward to watching our sustainability efforts grow and improve through the STARS program,” said Jim Speer, executive director of the Institute for Community Sustainability at Indiana State. This is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
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The energy efficient windmill outside of the Mills residence hall is just part of the reason why Indiana State won a Silver Rating for sustainability (Courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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University earns distinguished rating from review board Austin Arceo
ISU Communications and Marketing Small classes, faculty accessibility and affordable tuition are the benefits of Indiana State University’s Master of Business Administration,named the Princeton Review as among the nation’s best for the eighth straight year. The academic test preparation and admissions counseling company named Indiana State’s program in its “Best 295 Business Schools” for 2014. In the listing, students referenced the program’s intimate size as another advantage of the program that is “an excellent value for students.” The Princeton Review compiled student responses from the past three academic years to determine its final listing of the top business schools in the nation. “This listing is a continued validation of what we’re doing here,” said Jeff Harper, executive director of graduate programs in the Scott College of Business at Indiana State. “It’s reassuring to have an external independent source validating the good work that we do here and the tremendous quality of our program.”
“It’s reassuring to have an external independent source validating the good work that we do here and the tremendous quality of our program.” Jeff Harper, executive director of graduate programs The Princeton Review reported the Master of Business Administration program “emphasizes strategic thinking, problem-solving skills, organizational change, international business,” as well as group dynamics. “We’re very proud of our faculty,” Harper said. “We have nationally and internationally recognized scholars who are doing fantastic research and creating new knowledge in the business domain. Still, their first love is teaching and being in the classroom and interacting with
Students manage an investment fund. The group created the organization in a session during the Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium’s conference (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
students. That’s a wonderful combination to have, and it’s something that we value very highly here.” In addition to the on-campus Master of Business Administration program, the first ally of students in the Plainfieldbased Pro Masters program graduated last summer. The Hendricks County program is intended for professionals with at least five years of experience and is tailored for professionals who need to balance the demands of family and full-time employment while seeking a credential purposed to boost their professional prospects.
The ally started classes this fall and was filled to capacity with several students already being accepted for the cohort starting classes next fall, Harper said. Students are able to complete the program in two years and receive the same course as students taking coursework on the Terre Haute campus. Harper said the degree is also very competitively-priced particularly when compared to alternate options. “We’re excited about the validation from the community that this program is needed,” he said. “We’re already well underway in filling the seats of our next cohort. We’ve had a very, very strong response.”
The Scott College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an accreditation that fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business programs receive. “The Princeton Review’s recognition of the Scott College of Business and the program is affirmation of the great value and tremendous opportunities that we provide our students,” Dean Brien Smith said. “Our inclusion on such a significant list reinforces that we still provide the tools, resources and education for students to invest in themselves to boost their careers and access opportunities beyond what was previously thought possible.”
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Theatre department to perform an original production
ISU Communications and Marketing The Indiana State University theater department opens an original production “i am (not) a fairy tale” Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Dreiser Theater . This production is directed by Julie Dixon, associate professor of theater. A group of theater students and faculty began the production due to their shared interest of exploring the life of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and two of his fairy tales — The Snow Queen and The Ice Maiden. Andersen is remembered as a sweetnatured and somewhat foolish entertainer — due largely to his portrayal by Danny Kaye in the musical “Hans Christian Andersen.” In real life, Andersen led an exceedingly difficult life. While he never found real satisfaction with his ultimate success, he was able to channel his fears and disappointments into his fairy tales that are still relevant in today’s society. Members of the cast include Jessica Hall, Kennedy Lake, James Reed, Vershon Terry, Olivia Underwood and Zachary Van Meter. Many other students and faculty members are also involved in this cutting-edge production, including Chris Berchild (media coordinator and designer), Michael Jackson (lighting designer), Ann Warren (scenic coordinator and designer), Lauren Kreigh (costumes and designer), Bob Randolph and Kyle Guyton (sound designer), Emery Becker and Nolan Engels (technology coordinators/ assistant designers), and Hunter Arthur (props) Tabitha Wimsett, Santana Ross, Chrystal Johnson, Audrea Cannon and Mary Bogutzski also have behind the
scenes roles in this production. In addition to the dialogue between the actors onstage, Andersen’s life will be brought to life using video and motion graphics animation. “We’ve trained students in motion graphics animation and video to portray aspects of Andersen’s life and his fairy tales,” Berchild said. In order to seamlessly integrate the new media into the production, the student designers have had to be present at all rehearsals. Berchild, who specializes in new media, estimated that he and the student designers spent an extra 20 hours a week training students on the software and integrating technology. “They watch what is happening onstage,” Berchild said. “We want the media to help tell the story and not compete with the actors’ actions. A lot of the design was done as we went along It was experiential learning at its finest.” Student designers are expected to leave with skills that are in demand. “The skills they learned are the same skills professionals use to contribute in various aspects of the entertainment industry,” Berchild said. The show begins Wednesday, Nov. 13, and runs through Nov. 17. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dreiser Theater, with the exception of the Nov. 17 performance, which takes place at 2 p.m. The production is not suitable for children under the age of 15. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to any student with a student identification. Tickets will be on sale at the New Theater ticket office from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased and picked up prior to the show or at the door of Dreiser Theater.
A black and white photograph negative of Hans Christian Anderson with the title of the production advertises the show taking place Nov. 13 through Nov. 17 in the Dreiser Hall Theater located on campus (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
Monday, November 13, 2013 • Page 6 Opinions Editor, Samual Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Editor-in-Chief, Brianne Hofmann email@example.com
The magic behind turning four years here, into five
Who of you have spent an extra semester in college because your curriculum has the bar set higher than you could accomplish in four years? As a full-time student while working a part-time — or full-time — job, being in an organization or six and trying to maintain the shambles of a social life. Students are turning a “four-year” degree into a five- or six-year one. Let’s face it; a high school diploma just won’t cut it today. Oh wait, we already acknowledged that. Then why is it that we still are struggling to get a job, even after working our tails off for four, five or even six grueling years? That’s right, it’s because even a basic college degree is barely enough nowadays. Our grandparents could get by swimmingly with nothing but a general education degree or a high school diploma. Our parents could make it with such or live comfortably with a college degree. For us, even a bachelor’s degree seems like just another sheet of paper and a lot of wasted time. We live in a turbulent economy where no one is certain that we’re going to make it to tomorrow with our mortgages and 401k’s intact. Albeit, we are in a significantly better place as compared to the 2008 economic back-slide — thank you once again, Bush and Cheney. But has anyone ever heard of a full-time position that doesn’t require either a minimum of four years experience, be it either through schooling or through the career opportunity ladder? We can assure you that even those that we have heard of are so few, far between and unstable that no
one seems to want them. aren’t preparing their students well What happened to the world to make enough. But what needs to happen next, it so? When did it become official that a in terms of secondary education, is a simple four-year degree just isn’t cutting movement where we gear high school it anymore? Frankly, it’s been happening students to understand that the “in-andfor a while. As our society increases out four-year degree” is long since gone. its many, many facets, we as people “But that’s why we build the four-year must evolve with it. When we began a plans, so that you can get out in time,” global competition for job marketing, replies every adviser in our campus. we needed to increase our competency True, the advisers committee as well and leadership ability. And we have seen as the Office for Student Success on fierce competition between all cultures campus has done an awesome job in for all markets. laying out a four-year plan for almost It’s really not so every major. Kudos to much of a shock as “By 18, your biggest you. But that’s just not it gets played up to It’s a rare sight concern isn’t knowing enough. be this increase in when we see a student that you want to be actually make it requirements for a a dentist by 30 or an through college in four degree. We want higher buildings, stronger occupational therapist years with a bachelor’s connections and faster And much of by 25, it’s that you just degree. replies. And now that that has to do with walked onto a college the increased level of technology has officially met humanity in basic campus.” performance necessary functions, we must for graduation. More build the next level of classes, programs, intelligence and existence. internships and requirements means That sounds awfully complex. What more development as a professional. we mean by that is, we can’t sit around But what happens way too often is and whine that college is so hard and that students, most often freshman and long if we expect our world to keep sophomores, either fail a class or two or progressing. We can’t upgrade our change their majors, leading to an extra smartphones or get the new Play Station semester or two — and that’s presuming 6 Million if we just say, “Oh, I would, but they only do so once. Asking someone to it’s too hard.” know what they will want to do for the What does need to happen is a next 50 years is preposterous. reformatting of the system. In the world By 18, your biggest concern isn’t of education, it’s already begun. We see knowing that you want to be a dentist merit-based pay for all teachers and by 30 or an occupational therapist professionals in K-12 education that by 25, it’s that you just walked onto is certainly weeding out teachers who a college campus where you have to
memorize what APA, AD, HD AHD, RA, MLA, and the other APA mean, class schedules, room numbers, building names and locations, people’s names, faces and phone numbers, who’s that girl, what’s that guy’s room, which organization do I want to join, am I Greek or independent and 10,000 other proposals. It’s a lot coming at you with absolutely no time to prepare. Oh wait, that’s why we come to the campus and look at the pretty fountains and see the pretty dorm rooms. What we need is a better system of understanding colleges in high schools. Why not make college counseling a mandatory session? Or dedicate an entire semester-long class to preparing and understanding college life and adult situations. It’s a big deal. We need to focus on it. We also need to be careful about how much we charge. There are lots of little ways we need to work out, like how textbook publishers charge the universities an arm and a leg just to get the rights to the books. Or having free admission to the Recreational Fitness Center. Yeah, it cost a small fortune to build, upkeep and run. But why not charge for classes, have students perform fundraisers and ask for donations? Fraternity and sorority groups are required to perform a set amount of charity work, why not let it be for the campus? Seems like a pretty good idea to us. All we’re saying here, is that the fiveyear program is the new norm. But it doesn’t have to be as painful as it is now.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Page 7
Elderly man struggles to keep his collection of lost art
Life has gotten interesting in the world of art, hermits, history and mystery fanatics. As some of you have no doubt heard, a German police raid in Munich turned up roughly 1,500 pieces of lost art — summing up as roughly 1 billion euros worth — Columnist within Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment. When I say “lost,” I mean “thought to be non-existent.” While there are certainly some works by Picasso and Kirchner that are “known” to be destroyed, most of these paintings and other art works have traveled through time anonymously; invisible and unknown to society’s frantic eye. The police found these paintings due to their attempt to arrest Gurlitt for tax evasion. Their conclusion on the subject is that Gurlitt has been selling these paintings under the table or to private collectors, and taking home the profits
without paying taxes on the transactions; but that’s not what’s interesting. The interesting thing is that Gurlitt has currently gone underground. According to Focus.de, — the first news outlet to uncover this momentous occasion and its related art world discovery — Gurlitt has a home in Salzburg, Austria. He was considered a shut-in who seemingly refused to keep up his house in the otherwise upper-class neighborhood and was rarely seen throughout the day or even at home. Heck, the only reason the police investigated his Austrian home was because a neighbor hadn’t witnessed him leave his house in so long that he thought the 80-year-old had died. And so, as of this moment, no one can find Cornelius Gurlitt and I’m glad. Because here’s the thing: officials are unsure of what to arrest him for, or even if there’s a need to arrest him. The problem being, originally, they thought he was embezzling the money he kept crossing the border with — 9,000 euros. Now, officials are trying to determine if selling stolen art seized by the Nazis is still
criminal activity. I don’t see how they can justify it. I openly admit to not knowing every single law about taxation within Europe’s varying nations, but I do take issue with the idea of arresting him for tax fraud for selling his own property. And it is his property. Cornelius is the son of Hildebrandt Gurlitt, who collected and quarantined “degenerate art” for the Nazi party during the 1930s and ‘40s. But afterwards, he just kept the works, and as his son, Cornelius inherited all of Hildebrandt’s possessions, including the artwork. Now, I realize there’s the whole issue of “the art belongs to the people and the communities they were taken from,” aye, but here’s the rub. You can argue morality, sentimentality and even just the process of denazification, — a practice to remove all things Nazi from war-torn Europe after World War II — but under the laws of the time those artworks were Hildebrandt’s, and under the today’s laws they belong to Cornelius by inheritance. Since the allies never forced the Gurlitt’s to give them up, it would be an acidic and unprovoked move to randomly seize
this man’s property — who, remember, was not the Nazi of the family — like the Nazis did. Even if they did, what then? Give it back to the few survivors of that era, or give them to the family members of deceased survivors, for whom the art will serve no emotional purpose? One could argue taking away the art and giving them to museums, but that’s a flagrant — and blatant — violation of personal rights. I’m not saying you have to like this one 80-year-old man owning an entire generation’s worth of art. I am saying it would be the morally right choice to let him do with these art works, as he will. And who knows? Now that it’s been made public, and assuming that the governments leave him alone, he might want to spread the wealth with us all. After all, those art pieces accumulate to roughly 1 billion euros, and he’s only being selling one or two every so often to get by. Surely he could donate, say, 1,200 of them? Or the officials could be the mucus-sucking leech-spawns they always are and confiscate all his belongings and leave him to rot.
#YOLO may spell oh no: today’s social media etiquette Let us rewind the clock. It’s now two months earlier in Bismarck, ND. at a little mom-and-pop diner called, “Famous Dave’s Barbeque.” Server Andrea Carson sends a picture of herself via Snapchat, as she holds a sign stating how she is a Opinions server at Famous Dave’s Editor begging for change, seeing as that’s less than what she’s getting tipped, thanks to Pow-Wow. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that reference, United Tribes International Pow-Wow is an international Native American traditional cultural festival. Carson, and a fellow, unnamed employee who created the sign, were soon fired. Turns out, someone had taken a screen-shot of the picture and uploaded it to Facebook. Their employers soon caught wind after the picture had gone viral and promptly gave them the axe. Now, this story is nothing new. From Spectrum Health Employees in Grand Rapids, Mich. breaking Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act, to a young man whose picture of himself “violating the health code procedure” with several taco shells went viral, social media is nothing to take lightheartedly. Many employers now have non-disclosure agreements for all employees stating that they have the right to fire you over media postings. But since it’s Facebook or Twitter, no one pays attention. After all, who’s really going to take the time to inspect your page? Turns out, a lot of people. According to a careerbuilder.com survey, nearly two in five — that’s 37 percent — of all hiring managers do a background check on your media postings before they’ll call you back in. And while anyone who’s ever been a server can tell you, few things in this mortal realm infuriate quite like being ripped off on tips, though you still need to be careful about what you’re posting. While before you could simply cut a bad review out of your resume, we’re facing a new beast. The almighty Internet has given us all sorts of great and glorious assets, but it also has taken away certainty. Once your friend posts that picture of last Saturday
night at the Bally where you were a “little” out of hand, there’s the constant fear of “what if . . . ” God forbid anyone should actually post something vulgar, insulting, racist or highly offensive on Facebook, themselves. While you may or may not agree with Obama, the insults of today’s special brand of crazy by the fountain or something that a roommate said, don’t forget: everything on your page says something about you. Be cautious of your postings. That is not to say that you need to be a good little Puritan, but use moderation. If you want to rant about how you feel jaded by the political system, don’t call Obama “Hitler.” That just sounds cliche and makes it seem like you’ve got management issues. Say how you personally feel offended that you can’t choose your own program or how you feel like you are being forced into a non-democratic basis for health-care. Remember, you can say virtually anything as long as you’re intelligent enough to make it well-versed. Beyond just derogatory or perverted pictures, you also need to be careful about language usage. Don’t drop an F-bomb unless you absolutely have to. Think about
it like this, “If I take out the curse word and trade it with a different word, is it going to change the meaning?” I know many of us think that censoring ourselves in our own publishings is wrong or unconstitutional. Your media page is every bit as public as your spoken words are. Don’t forget that. Again, don’t turn into Mr. Harrison on us and say “Mmkay” every 30 syllables, but reel it in a bit. We’re adults and can curse if we choose to. But we’re also professionals. For me, as the Editor of this section, my words carry a lot of weight. I speak, inadvertently, for my section and partially for this paper in what I say. And while there is a strong difference in myself at the office as opposed to out on the town, there’s still the responsibility I carry with my position. It is the same as one who is a manager, teacher, officer or public face at all. The next time you find yourself outraged at a roommate’s off-handed comment or a classmate who said something offensive, think about who’s going to be checking in on this. Please, do forgive the cheesy nature of the comment, but as our high school teachers often said, “Would you want your grandmother to read this?”
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Rooney for his service and patriotism by presenting him with the “Presidential Volunteer Service Award.” Rooney became a humanitarian after starting the “Fold of Honor Foundation,” which provides scholarships to the spouses and children of military service members disabled or killed in action. Rooney also owns the Patriot Golf Club, a designed course in Tulsa, Okla., that is ranked 42nd among American golf courses in Golf Week’s Modern Top 100. Each hole honors a patriot.
by teaching the crowd words that encouraged him. “Synchronicity” was one of them, which is the idea that chance and purpose are one. He also mentioned the word “volition,” which is the power of choice. He said these two words encourage him to strive for what he wants and gave him the choice to achieve his goals and make his dreams a reality. After the event, a $10,000 check was presented to Rooney and the Fold of Honor Foundation. Sally Johnston, a sophomore aviation management major, said that her great “It was touching to hear Dan uncle was in the Navy and hearing what Rooney’s stories.” veterans go through was inspiring to her. Many veterans came out to hear Rooney speak John Wrightsman, who John Wrightsman, an Army veteran servedincluding in the Army for 13 years. of 13 years “It was touching to hear Dan Rooney’s stories even though I couldn’t relate to it,” Wrightsman said, “like seeing bodies Not only did Rooney speak about lying on the ground and how dangerous his life, he also shared some knowledge the wars could get.”
Left: Rooney’s non-profit organization “Folds of Honor” provides scholarship money to the spouses and children of military service members disabled or killed in action. Above: Dan Rooney, an Air Force veteran and professional golfer, spoke at Indiana State University Thursday night at Tilson Auditorium (Photos by Kira Clouse).
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Kappa Alpha Psi holds call-out meeting and educates students on fraternity’s history Dijonna’e Morgan Reporter The Alpha Zeta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, a fraternity at Indiana State University, hosted their first formal callout meeting and discussed the issues and topics involving brotherhood at the African-American Cultural Center on Thursday. In 1928, Kappa Alpha Psi made its legacy on campus as a brotherhood that stood out from other fraternities that had been established, members said during the meeting. Like many males who become interested in joining fraternities, Vernon Cheeks, a sophomore sports management major, sought the one that fit him best. Though joining Kappa Alpha Psi wasn’t his first choice, he soon changed his mind once he realized the fraternity represented a cultural and one-of-a-kind experience. “It was more so the brotherhood and the way they carried themselves,” Cheeks said. “Even though I was trying to go for a different fraternity before I was involved in this one, I had to realize and do some seeking of myself, that I just wanted to be around my culture and be with a natural brotherhood.” Indiana State alumni who were a part of the fraternity spoke to those at the meeting and expressed the importance of staying in contact with brothers after graduation. As the membership process for the spring semester continued, Noral Parham, a senior philosophy and legal studies major and president of Kappa Alpha Psi, made sure that each member knew the fundamental purposes when being a part of the fraternity. “Fraternity is molded around a single word: achievement,” Parham said. “That’s our motto — achievement in the human endeavor. It’s those moving onward and
upward that are achieving things, and I don’t think anyone else is as similar to achievement. That’s a really big pro for us versus other fraternities.” Parham was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi last spring and since has led those who have also crossed over into the organization with what he called a “strong fist” to make sure everyone remained afloat. “It’s about a strong sense of commitment,” Parham said. “It’s forming lifelong friendships with guys you’ve never met before and as a whole, the fraternity showcases such a positive image. Everything Kappa stands for naturally represents a brotherhood in such a fashion no other organization could.” Dominique Brooks, a sophomore criminology major, also didn’t see Kappa Alpha Psi as his first choice, but eventually saw the positive image and relationships Parham spoke of. “When I think of a brotherhood, I think of a group of guys that has each other’s backs and I know that Kappa represents that,” Brooks said. “I saw how they carried themselves on and off campus and it’s not a day that goes by that he [Paham] doesn’t talk to all of the other Kappas and we always know what’s going on with one another.” Later in the meeting, members were educated on the harsh times for AfricanAmericans during the early 20th century and why the 10 founding members of Kappa Alpha Psi eventually started the fraternity. “I have a lot of my younger peers and younger siblings that actually look up to me,” Cheeks said. “They’re looking for me as the hope and the voice of Chicago so I try to carry myself in an optimistic manner so I can help my people and myself grow.”
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Descendant of writer stresses importance of research Emily Sturgess
ISU Communications and Marketing According to Merlin Holland, there are two types of researchers — nerds and scholars. The nerds know how to find facts. The scholars know that finding those facts is just the “beginning of a journey” to discover more information. As the grandson of literary figure Oscar Wilde, Holland is no stranger to the “joys and perils” of research. As literary executor of his grandfather’s works, Holland has spent the past 30 years separating fact from fiction in Wilde’s life. “Too much has been said about Oscar Wilde over the years which has been based on lousy research,” Holland, a London native and Oxford graduate, said. “Bad research which is done too quickly, too sloppily and not constantly questioning all of the sources you come across.” Holland recently visited a class of honors students at Indiana State University who have spent the past semester researching Wilde’s 1882 American lecture tour. During the symposium, students were able to discuss their individual research projects with Holland as well as learn about the importance of being a good researcher. “Education is not simply learning about Oscar Wilde for the sake of it,” Holland said. “I have a very strong belief in the fact, as indeed [Wilde] did, that education is a training of the mind and if you learn about research — it will stand you in good stead in whatever field of work you go into later on in life.” Each student chose one of Wilde’s lecture stops to further research. They investigated any and all information they could find about his stay in that city including when and where he lectured, where he stayed, who he met and the public’s opinion of him. “[Wilde’s] 1882 American lecture tour came very early in his career and is often overlooked, yet the experience clearly had an effect on him, right down to individual places he visited and people he met,” Marilyn Bisch, instructor of language, literatures and linguistics, said. Alina Thomas, a sophomore speech pathology major from Terre Haute, chose Decatur, Ill. as her city of research. She wanted to research Decatur because she wanted to learn more about the history of
Merlin Holland, a descendant of Oscar Wilde, spoke at a symposium at Indiana State and stressed the importance of research to students in the audience. Holland has spent 30 years researching his grandfather’s life (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
a friend’s hometown. However, due to the “obscurity of Decatur,” Thomas struggled to find information. “[Decatur] is not mentioned in any of the books or articles, so I’m actually having to do a lot more [research] than I had originally thought,” Thomas said. The goal of this research project was to get students out of their comfort zone and seek information beyond what is available on Google. In addition to using scholarly journals and books, Bisch made it a mandatory part of the assignment for students order microfilm of 1882 newspapers from across the nation using inter-library loan. “A great deal of valuable information is only available to us in print and manuscript form — learning how to research the ‘old-fashioned’ way expands [student’s] knowledge and ability to understand both the past and the present,” Bisch said.
Wilde’s 1882 lecture tour has gone largely undocumented and the information that has been published has many inconsistencies. Therefore, it is difficult for anyone to prove concrete facts about his time in America. “Wilde gave more than 150 lectures in America from January to December 1882, but only a handful of these have been written about in any detail,” Bisch said. “We can’t simply go to Google or published biographies and find everything there is to know.” Holland is no stranger to the difficulties of piecing together Wild’es life and his favorite part of his work is “exploding bad research.” “The hypocrisy of putting out facts and telling stories which are based on conjecture, which itself is not good, does [not help our] understanding of Oscar
Wilde,” Holland said. Although researching the life of Wilde has proven to be a “long and arduous” task, Holland thinks it is essential because Wilde’s opinions and beliefs remain relevant in today’s world. “He is an extraordinarily modern person,” Holland said. The Oscar Wilde symposium is the second presentation the students have given this semester. In October, they traveled to Menomonie, Wis. and presented information about Wilde’s time in Indiana and Wisconsin during the Mabel Tainter Theater’s production of “The Importance of Being Ernest.” They will give a final presentation on Dec. 6 in Cunningham Memorial Library. “The most exciting part of our class has been the experiential learning,” Bisch said.
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Students can “Jam the Bus” Wednesday with food items Indiana State students can donate nonperishable food items today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dede Plaza to support Stop Hunger, a Sodexo Initiative. The fundraiser is called “Jam the Bus,”
with the goal of raising eight tons of food and filling an entire Sycamore bus to help those in need this holiday season. The event is sponsored by the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board, the
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, For more information, contact the Alpha Omicron Pi, Indiana State Center for Community Engagement at University Dining Services, the Center 812-237-2334. for Community Engagement and Intercollegiate Athletics.
Development in Africa highlight of conference on campus People can learn more about the perils and promise of future development in Africa at an upcoming conference at Indiana State University. The African Student Union at Indiana State will host “The Reality of Africa and its Future Perspectives” on Nov. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area. Some of the faculty members from the history department will be speaking during the conference, which is free and open to the community.
“It has been two years since we had a conference, and for domestic students especially it is really important to get a different perspective about the rest of the world,” said Roger Bisimwa, president of African Student Union. The community will benefit from the conference because they will learn about how the entire continent exists with 52 countries together and, coming from experts in African studies at Indiana State, it is pretty valuable, Bisimwa said.
“We are attempting to present Africa in the most realistic way. We will present Africa, the real one, from an African perspective. Then, we will present the future prospects of the continent because most of the time it is depicted as a sad story, while it should not since the continent has all types of resources,” Bisimwa said. “African Student Union’s mission is to represent Africa, including teaching American and other international students about the different cultures, traditions and
many different aspects of the continent.” “No one knows how happy I am to have the occasion to educate people about my culture, to share my experience with them and to add something since I have learned a lot from studying here,” he said. “When you go out, you get to learn so much more than you would in your own world. Since I learned a lot from coming here, the minimum I could do is teach people around me what I know.”
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Women’s volleyball falls 3-2 against Bears Kevin Jenison ISU Athletic Media Relations Sophomore outside hitter Victoria Swigart had a career high 18 kills and senior outside hitter Morgan Dall also had 18, but it was not enough as the Sycamore volleyball team dropped a five-set game to the Missouri State Bears for the third time in their last four meetings. The Bears won 3-2 —25-17, 12-25, 1525, 25-15, 15-11— as they defeated the Sycamores for the second time this season in a five-set game. The two teams also went five sets last year at Missouri State. Swigart had 18 kills in 41 attempts (both career game highs) with just three errors for a .366 attack percentage while also scoring on a pair of service aces and four blocks. The sophomore also had two set assists and nine digs. Dall, who missed the final two sets at Wichita State on Friday, was able to play all five sets Saturday as she connected for 18 kills, picking up six digs. Senior setter Loni Ackison had 48 set assists on the night while senior libero Molly Murphy had 19 digs and sophomore middle blocker Cassandra Willis had six blocks, including two solo blocks. The second set remained close early on, with the score tied at five before the Sycamores took the lead for good off two service aces by sophomore Taylor Reckards and a kill by Dall. Indiana State kept the pressure on and took the second set 25-12. Swigart opened a five-point Sycamore run, which included a service ace from freshman Shannon Murphy and a pair of blocks from Swigart and Kyla Thomas, that put Indiana State on top for good at 15-13. The Bears stayed close and whittled the lead down to one at 21-20, but the Sycamores scored the final four points on two Swigart kills, and one each from Thomas and Dall to take the set 25-20. The Sycamores found themselves in a 5-0 hole early in the fourth set and never could climb out. The Bears kept the momentum and claimed a 25-15 set victory to send the game into a fifth set.
STATESMAN RUNDOWN Indiana State Football vs. South Dakota 0-29 (L) Men’s Basketball vs. Ball State 82-73 (W) Women’s Basketball vs. South Alabama 53-40 (W) Women’s Volleyball vs. Wichita State 0-3 (L) vs. Missouri State 2-3 (L) Women’s Soccer vs. Drake 4-0 (W) vs. Evansville/Illinois 0-5(L) Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Bradley 2-0 Indiana State 1-0 Drake 1-1 Evansville 1-1 Wichita State 1-1 Loyola 0-1 Missouri State 0-1 Northern Iowa 0-1 Southern Illinois 0-1
Sophomore Defensive Specialist Shannon Murphy jumps to serve the ball over the net as the Sycamores attempt to defeat Missouri State (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).
Indiana State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth set as Swigart scored on a kill and then added a block assist with Thomas. The Sycamores were able to keep the advantage despite Missouri State tying the set several times with the Bears gaining the lead at 9-8 ahead of an Indiana State time out. The Bears would not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way as they held on to take the set 15-11.
Indiana State fell to 11-15 overall and 4-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the setback. The Sycamores will play on the home court for the final time in the 2013 season next weekend as they entertain Drake on Friday and Northern Iowa on Saturday for “Senior Night.” First serve on both nights is 7 p.m. Missouri State improved to 19-9 overall and 10-5 in the Valley.
Men’s Basketball Bradley 2-0 Wichita State 2-0 Drake 1-0 Evansville 1-0 Indiana State 1-0 Loyola 1-0 Missouri State 1-0 Northern Iowa 1-1 Illinois State 0-1 Volleyball Wichita State 12-3 Northern Iowa 11-3 Missouri State 10-5 Southern Illinois 10-5 Illinois State 9-5 Bradley 6-8 Loyola 6-8 Indiana State 4-10 Evansville 4-11 Drake 0-14
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Women’s soccer breaks record with loss to end season ISU Athletic Media Relations Illinois State used a hat trick by Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Hannah Leinert and a total of four second half goals to outlast the Indiana State Women’s Soccer team, 5-0, in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Sunday afternoon. The loss closes the Sycamores’ season with a 10-9-0 overall record and the first winning season in program history. The two teams played a physical matchup in the first half with Illinois State —14-6-0— leading 1-0 headed into the locker room on a goal by Leinert in the 26th minute. The Sycamores fired off 11 shots with four shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net. Senior midfielder Taylor Reed and junior midfielder Emily Chura led the Sycamores with three shots each. Starting goalie Brittany San Roman
had four saves before being replaced by freshman Abby Keller in the 73rd minute. San Roman posted four saves in 72:35 minutes of action. Despite the loss, the 2013 Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will etch its name into the school record books. This team is the first to complete the season with a winning overall record. In addition, the six-game win streak from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10 is tied for the longest win streak in school history. Freshman forward Abby Reed also set the single season record for goals with 10 in her rookie season. Overall, eight starters are projected to return for the 2014 season. The Sycamores also placed three on the Missouri Valley Conference AllTournament team in seniors Taylor Reed and Taylor Hancock along with freshman Abby Reed.
Left: Freshman forward Abby Reed attempts to find a way around the opposing team. Reed set the single season record with 10 goals in her rookie season. Above: Reed again offensively moves the ball toward the goal (Photos by Drew Canavan).
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The food industry’s fried logic After seeing how harmful trans-fat can be to a person’s health, the government is banning its use
The Food and Drug Administration is banning the food industry from using trans-fat in its products. With the impact transfat has on a person’s health, it’s no wonder the government felt it needed to intervene. Trans-fat is actually synthetic fat made by adding hydrogen to Nutrition vegetable oil. This process Columnist is called hydrogenation. It was made because it actually helped keep foods fresher longer and limited spoiling. It was used in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried products.
However, trans-fat has been shown to disease. It turns out that they elevate not only raise bad cholesterol, but also the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL,” decrease good cholesterol levels. It also Hamburg said. “This action will save increases triglyceride, which can harden lives. The Centers for Disease Control and arteries and make you Prevention estimates that more prone to heart if we can reduce the levels attacks and strokes. “It’s already difficult of trans fat currently in Inflammation can also be the American diet, we can to explain the increased because transprobably save about 7,000 different fats to fat has been observed people from a preventable patients without damaging cells’ blood death and prevent about vessels. having to say, ‘Stay 20,000 heart attacks.” In a recent interview, away from trans fats. Various polls have Margaret Hamburg, found that most people Run from them’.” commissioner of are glad that the changes the Food and Drug are being made. New Administration, said the York had already made negative effects of transit illegal for restaurants fat haven’t gone unnoticed by government to serve trans-fats, and many countries officials. have as well. It’s not uncommon already “Trans fats increases your risk for heart to walk down grocery stores aisles and
read “No Trans-fat” and “Trans-fat Free.” There has been a public push for quite some time to warn people about the evils of trans-fat. This has not had the outrage as when New York tried to put a limit on soda drink size, if you weren’t paying attention Restrictions will take place soon, but not immediately enough. The FDA is going to work with companies to help them find alternatives and pose a timetable to phase out the trans-fat products. Frankly, for dieticians it makes our lives much easier. It’s already difficult to explain the different fats to patients without having to say, “Stay away from trans-fats. Run from them.” In the near future, it won’t even need to be mentioned. Now I can limit my fat-talks to saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
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