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TREES STUMP SHOCKERS Late runs push Sycamores past No. 15 Wichita State University, 68-55 Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 Indiana State University www.indianastatesman.com Volume 120 Issue 47
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Help available for students in need of tax filing advice PAGE 5 Three Sycamores were in double figures as ISU defeated the nationally ranked Shockers on the road (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).
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Local health experts say students who use tanning beds to ready themselves for spring break are risking their health (Submitted photo).
Burning for spring break:
Risks of a bronze glow go beyond skin deep Tamera Rhodes Reporter
A registered nurse and nurse practicioner at the local Union Associated Physicians Dermatology Clinic said students have already been treated this semester for various conditions caused from indoor tanning. “Tanning is a scarring process and can also cause fungal, staph and other infections,” said Angela Hamilton, UAP registered nurse and nurse practitioner. The Skin Cancer Foundation found that more than five to eight minutes of tanning lowers the body’s vitamin D levels, and this deficiency can be a contributing factor for cancer. The foundation is an organization that has been recognized for over 30 years of distinguished physicians dedicated to reducing skin cancer and educating the public about it. Hamilton said fungal infections such as Tinea Versicolor, an infection caused by yeast combined with heat, moisture and dry, cracked skin is caused by continuous tanning bed usage and common at this
time of the year. Hamilton said students react to a myth that if they tan now, it will prevent blistering during Spring Break and summer vacation.
“Tanning is a scarring process and can also cause fungal, staph and other infections.” Angela Hamilton, UAP registered nurse and nurse practicioner
Students “will still burn,” Hamilton said. Indoor tanning “doesn’t help … it also increases their risks of infection, scarring, aging before time, and cancer including melanoma which could kill you.” In 2009, The World Health Organization, the United Nation’s public health division, added ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds to its list of the most dangerous cancer-causing radiation and recommends that no one use a tanning bed for cosmetic purposes. Young, white females are affected in their prime of life, and all tanners before the age of 35 increase their risk of cancer to almost 90 percent, Hamilton said. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one indoor tanning session increases a user’s chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during that same year boosts the risk almost another two percent.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 Teresa Schrader, a freshman elementary and special education major, knows the effects that skin cancer can have on a family — her mother has battled skin cancer for years. While another student, Jace Hodson, freshman psychology major, believes tanning could become an addiction. She said it could make people feel as if they are in a higher social class, while they continue to ignore the risks involved. “Why risk killing yourselves?” Hodson said. Both students said they tan naturally, but the sun’s ultraviolet rays have risks, too. Schrader said she feels once people begin tanning, the attention or feeling it creates for them can be addicting, and perhaps make them feel superior over others. Hamilton agreed indoor tanning can be compared to alcohol abuse in a sense because students feel they are invincible to cancer. “[Students] don’t like being in their
own skin…they don’t think it [cancer] will affect them,” Hamilton said. Students who desire a bronze glow have other means available to them, and the options are a much safer alternative, Hamilton said. “Spray tans, lotions, and tanning towels are completely safe as far as we know right now,” she said. Hamilton also said students should make sure they wear an adequate amount of sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30. She said students should reapply the sunscreen every two hours when outdoors. Hamilton urges students to recognize and participate in the annual “Don’t Fry Day” initiated by the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention in 2009 on the Friday before Memorial Day. It is a national skin cancer awareness event. The event was strategically planned during the Memorial Day weekend, because Memorial Day is recognized as the “unofficial” first day of summer for Americans.
Students “don’t like being in their own skin ... they don’t think [cancer] will affect them.”
Angela Hamilton, UAP registered nurse and nurse practicioner
Register for dance marathon There are three weeks left until this year’s Dance Marathon, which will benefit Riley Hospital for Children. The Dance Marathon organization and ISU Student Government Association encourages students to register at www.indstate.edu/ dancemarathon. The event takes place Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Several activities are planned throughout the evening including minute-to-win-it challenges, Riley families telling their stories, the largest game of “knock out” and a line dance. To learn more, contact Kelly Baer at Kbaer2@sycamores.indstate.edu or Lauren Schroeder at Lschroeder4@ sycamores.indstate.edu.
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Howard-Hamilton honored for diversity work Jennifer Sicking ISU Communications and Marketing Sitting in her office on the third floor of University Hall with her degrees hanging on the wall, Mary Howard-Hamilton sat forward in her chair and said, “I can’t tell you the number of times people have thought I was a housekeeper.” While attending a conference in Baltimore, the Indiana State University professor in educational leadership went to the front desk of the hotel in which she was staying with a question about housekeeping. But before she could ask, the clerk asked her if she was looking for a housekeeping job. “It happened several years ago, but it’s still painful,” Howard-Hamilton said. “This is why I do the work that I do.” Indiana Minority Business Magazine has recognized Howard-Hamilton as a 2013 Champion of Diversity for her work in higher education. In her research, Howard-Hamilton focuses on multiculturalism, race and oppression and gender role socialization. Her most recent book is “Diverse Millennial Students in College: Implications for Faculty in Student Affairs.” Bayh College of Education Dean Brad Balch commended the magazine for annually honoring individuals that advocate for Mary Howard-Hamilton (center) receives the 2013 Champion of Diversity award (Photo courtesy of ISU diversity and promote inclusiveness. Communications and Marketing). “Dr. Howard-Hamilton is well deserving of 2013 Champions of Diversity Award and by other researchers. had a black Christmas party with a black Santa Claus. is a consummate advocate for improved cultural “I think that it is because historically we’ve been They had a white Christmas party with a white Santa competency and the promotion of diversity,” Balch ignored and abused,” she said. “Until we can stop the Claus. said. “The Bayh College of Education is extremely marginalization, I’m going to keep writing...It doesn’t “I know my father would be happy with what I proud of her accomplishments.” matter how many degrees you have, people often write.” Surprised when she received notification about look at race and gender first. You don’t give up, you receiving the award, Howard-Hamilton said she also just keep educating.” realized that her work does matter. Howard-Hamilton said that educating about “I know that the pen is mightier than the sword. racism is important for future generations. That’s why writing about diversity really matters “We don’t want our children or children’s children to me,” she said. “Writings are etched in stone and to be fighting the same battles in 2036 or 2056,” she somebody will pick it up, read it and it will resonate said. “We have to engage in conversations that are with them.” civil, comfortable, empathetic and caring.” Receiving the award also encouraged HowardHoward-Hamilton’s hope for the future grows out Hamilton to continue her work. of the pain of her past. “I promised myself that I’ll keep up the fight to “Primarily, the personal is professional,” she said. transform anything in front of me that needs to be She attended a segregated elementary school in challenged or changed when it’s about diversity,” she Illinois during the ‘60s. Her father participated in a said. walkout from a foundry that practiced segregation. In her research, Howard-Hamilton studies and “They had a black picnic at the black park. They writes about black women, a subject often ignored had a white picnic at the white park,” she said. “They
“I know the pen is mightier than the sword. That’s why writing about diversity really matters to me.” Mary Howard-Hamilton, professor of educational leadership
ISU students gear up for tax filing season
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MAY GRADUATES! SPRING COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER NEEDED!!!
Kyle Seeley Reporter
For several students, filing taxes means extra cash. But for others, the mere thought of sitting down to take care of their taxes is a nightmare in waiting. “I have help, because I would rather get it done right the first time,” Angela Clark, junior criminal justice major, said. Andy Stadler, chief executive officer of Stadler and Company Tax Service, said that as Terre Haute is a college town with five universities, their company receives business from college students. Stadler outlined answers to some of the most common questions students give him. “Some students may have just been married toward the middle or end of the year, so a question is ‘what is my status?’,” Stadler said, explaining that generally, if students are married, they will file jointly and if they are single, they will file under that category. Students who are often impatient to receive their tax returns won’t leave the tax preparer’s officer with their refund in hand. “I plan on putting some money away to help with household expenses, paying down a credit card, buying some non-school books and anything’s left, perhaps a new body [modification],” Sharon McConnell, an ISU alumna, said. While normally the process takes about three weeks, Stadler said it may be longer this year. “Because of congress being so late and passing the tax bill, this has placed an extensive delay on how fast refunds will come out,” he said. Students are also unaware of whether or not their parents will be claiming them as exemptions or not, Stadler said.
He encouraged students to check with their parents on the matter, as a student being claimed as non-dependent by their parents can slow down the refund process for both parties even further. If students earn less than the standard deduction, they have no tax on their standard incomes. As for the actual process of filing, Stadler said that there are a few different forms that students should be aware of: the 1040EZ form, which Stadler and Company Tax Service will file for students for free, and the 1098-t, which is a document provided by the university. The 1098-t shows how expensive a student’s books and other fees are as well as money received from grants and scholarships. Room and board are excluded. Stadler drew attention to the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which, according to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, carries a maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. The credit is allowed to be claimed for four post-secondary education years, and even required course materials qualify as expenses. The full credit can be claimed by students whose modified adjusted gross income falls below $80,000. Whether it is more important for parents or students to be educated about taxes, Clark said that both parties are responsible. “College is a time we learn what we need to know to be able to be on our own,” Clark said. “Being able to do and understand taxes is a pretty important thing. The parent needs to teach, and us students need to learn.”
“College is a time we learn what we need to know to be able to be on our own ... Being able to do and understand taxes is a pretty important thing.”
Angela Clark, junior criminal justice major
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When we hear that two people met online, we often think of the social stigma attached to online dating. Is online dating really that uncommon in this date in time? Even though the behavior Jacob of online dating is one that is commonly looked down Rivers approximately 40 Letters to upon, million Americans have My Fish admitted to trying online dating at one point or another to take their chance at love, says Statisticbrain.com. Whether we are online finding our future partner, husband, wife or that one time ‘hook-up’, online dating has evolved since it all started with an online bulletin board system in 1986, using a dial-up modem network. Dating originally began by first date proposals and fathers making deals with other fathers on whom their daughters will marry. Dating has become a process that seems to have many stages, including
removing partners who do not seem marriage material. Now that we are in the digital and connected age there are hundreds of Internet sites and phone applications that cater to individuals dating preferences. For an example there is an Internet dating site labeled veggiedate.com, which is specifically for vegetarians and requires a declaration of vegetarian strictness when setting up an account. There are also websites and apps dedicated to help find Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgendered dates, because let’s face it, we all need love in this crazy world. So if online dating is demeaning, why do so many people register on Internet services? It may fit into certain lifestyles, it may be hard for people to approach a love interest or one feels like they are physically unattractive to meet people in person. Because of the stigma attached to online dating, people have to suffer through the comments of how wrong and dangerous online dating can be. However, online dating can be dangerous if we aren’t smart enough to weed out the
profiles that seem sketchy. Those who say that Internet dating services are full of sex offenders, research proved that only 10 percent of users are in fact sex offenders. With caution and determination, it is possible to find a romantic interest online, and chances are it will work out just as well if we would have met them in person. According to statisticbrain.com, Internet dating-usage is almost split equally with 52.4 percent male online daters and 47.6 percent are women. As open-minded as our generation is, we are slowly accepting that online dating is a new norm that happens everyday between millions of people. We should all respect a person’s choice of how they choose to interact with people, live their lives or how they date. Whatever the reason, online dating is perfectly normal today, and Internet dating services exist and all of them seem to have the same purpose: to allow everyone to have the flexibility and freedom to date when they want and whom they want.
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Live it up now, responsibility is coming As we get back into overscheduled days, less sleep and homework up to our ears, let’s remember that we are lucky to be here. We are getting an education at a public institution for a good price with professors that, at the end of the day, do care about our well-being. We can be thankful that through Rachel whatever “adversities” we struggled as teenagers, we are attending Leshinsky with college. Yes, the tests, group projects, Eff this and homework can muddy our view sometimes, but take your head out of Noise your hands and stop hyperventilating about that first test of the semester for just a moment and realize that these four years are an incredible experience. Before you know it, you’ll wake up to that email that’s urging you to apply for graduation. Then reality sets in and you realize that there will be a whole new list of things that a college student will retrospectively
be thankful for because hindsight is 20-20. Never again can you wake up ten minutes before you have to be at a really important event that some would call class, get dressed, and still be there on time. Never again in your life will you able to pay with “credits,” instead you’ll be using your credit card for a gallon of milk. Never again will you be able to choose your own schedules and hope you don’t start life before 11 a.m. So as cliché as it sounds, live it up. At the risk of sounding redundant and bringing back an out-of-date phrase, actress Mae West was accurate when she said that we do only live once. However, I think many of us forget the second part of her quote mostly because it would look silly as an acronym. She also said that if you live it right, then once is enough. Live your life how you want to live it, within legal parameters, because I promise you will regret not experiencing all you can while in college. We don’t get another chance to be a scared college freshman or spend hours in the library pretending to study and wondering just what that smell is.
Without allowing yourself to enjoy your time at Indiana State, you will never be able to share stories or scare your children with that phrase we all know too well that starts with, “this one time in college.” An encouraging thought to keep you motivated for the remainder of the semester, for those us that are graduating, the unemployment rate has declined by two points in the past four years. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has steadily decreased from 9.9 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in October of this year. This means that you may only have to stay with your parents for three months after graduation instead of a year because the number of jobs and the hiring rate is on the upswing. So I urge you to embrace every moment whether it be good or bad. Remember that every experience you have for the rest of your time in college is a learning experience. While those textbooks are important to passing classes and earning a degree, life skills are something you can only gain by living.
Hillary Clinton’s cold feet: To run or not to run For years, Hillary Clinton has been hotly discussed in politics. From being the First Lady, to her work in Congress, her 2008 presidential campaign, and her work as Secretary of State Clinton has garnered a considerable amount of gravitas and approval. With Clinton soon leaving her Secretary of State position within the Julian Obama Administration, many are Winborn curious to know whether or not she will the presidency again in 2016. Progress runInfor2008, Secretary Clinton ran a for tight race against President Barack Progress’ Obama. Clinton was noted for her straightforward approach, and after Sake her visit to my hometown of Hobart, Ind., many thought of her as a serious problem solver. As the campaign carried, Obama was the ultimate choice, however Clinton was not done there. She continued her public service through her work as Secretary of State. In regards to her running for the Presidency, Clinton has refuted the notion several times since 2008. At a Bahrain town hall meeting in December 2010 Clinton addressed her political aspirations saying that she would serve as secretary of state as her last public
position. It seems as though no one took her comments seriously. Following Secretary Clinton testifying at a Benghazi Congress trial, her colleagues, the media and supporters raved about her performance. Clinton’s performance at the hearing was rather powerful as she clearly laid out her perspective and was determined to answer the questions thoroughly while offsetting any attempts to derail her contribution. If people weren’t sure of Clinton having a legitimate campaign in 2016, they were certainly swayed after the Benghazi hearing. Days after that hearing, a super PAC named “Ready for Hillary” was registered with the Federal Election Commission and officially launched. The Super PAC’s goal is to fundraise for Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. Clinton’s direct refutation of her 2016 candidacy has now become not as vehement, which seems to be indicative of her beginning to really consider a campaign. In a “60 Minutes” interview with Clinton and Obama, Clinton answered the question of her candidacy saying that she and the president deeply care about what is going to happen to the country in the future. She also said that neither of them could make predictions as to what would happen in the coming years.
In addition to the optimism of the Clinton super PAC, Secretary Clinton’s approval ratings are incredibly high. In an ABC poll, 67 percent of Americans approve of Clinton’s work thus far, which is a stark contrast to the 19 percent approval rating for Congress. It seems apparent to many that Clinton may have a case of cold feet in admitting that she may run in 2016. Her lax approach to the question may also be a result of her still officially holding the Secretary of State position. Also, Clinton announcing that she will run for President too early may result in a fair bit of intimidation. The Democratic Party almost unanimously adores the Secretary of State, and whoever ran against her would face a rather daunting task of winning over the Democratic Party and the American electorate. Clinton should definitely wait longer before officially announcing her campaign in order to give other Dems a chance to step into the arena before the heavy weight herself does. However, regardless of her position, the optimism of her supporters, the Democratic Party or even her personal statements, it appears that it is just too early to tell.
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Day’Jonnae Riggins Reporter With the ever growing field of technology, social media has become essential part of people’s everyday life from checking Facebook, following others on Twitter, posting blogs, uploading videos on YouTube, to pinning items on Pinterest. It is now easier than ever to find students all over campus with social media networks on their phones, personal computers and iPads. Instead of competing with the evolving social media, professors and instructors are compromising their teaching techniques to incorporate social media as part of their curriculum. Professors view social media as more than a pleasurable distraction and see it as something that can be used in individual
and group projects. Additionally, it can be used as a professional networking center and a learning utility to research the impact of new media platforms. Indiana State University has also climbed aboard the social media train, using the technology to provide a place where people can meet, share and obtain trustworthy information about ISU. According to the Social Media Guidelines set in place by the office of communication and marketing, the same four-step approach program used by President Barack Obama for his online campaign in 2008 is being spearheaded by the university.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 The university’s main purpose is to present online credibility and gain trust through the four-step plan: crawl, walk, run and fly. These steps seek to heighten presence on social media, enrich the content, gain user attention and create a community. While Indiana State is conforming to the social media outlet, the University also understands the list of pros and cons that come with bringing social media inside of a classroom. “While social media provides a quick and easy way to communicate, it is a pretty open channel and is hard to regulate,” said Santhana Naidu, director of web services. Shana Kopaczewski, assistant professor of communications, agrees that regulation and monitoring student activity will be difficult. “There will always be a danger that students blur the line between what is private and public,” she said. “You minimize the blur by setting ground rules.” Social media outlets can make positive differences in the lives of students,
especially in the classroom, Naidu said. When professional standards are maintained, students become aware of the educational benefit and then has potential to facilitate certain types of classes and projects. “Social media is such a powerful tool to limit due to concerns about students and teachers crossing a line,” Naidu said. “So, the important thing to remember is setting up boundaries up front and educating the benefits.” Freshman biology major Teisha Campbell believes that incorporating social media into teaching will yield positive results as opposed to negative. “There’s a lot more immediate benefit [when professors recognize the positive use of social media],” Campbell said. Social media is familiar tool that students use around campus; therefore, it makes sense to incorporate it into some curriculums. “It’s an easy way to engage students since they already a lot of time in [that] medium, and it has the ability to bridge out to students who are spread out geographically,” Naidu said.
Students are now using various types of media in classrooms (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).
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Theater students land regional awards
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STEPHANIE ROBINSON Reporter It was a something he never imagined would happen. Senior theater major and Indiana Statesman columnist Joe Wagner became a finalist at the Region three Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Saginaw, Mich. He received the prestigious National Partners of American Theatre (NAPAT) Classical Acting Award. “I just couldn’t believe I made it to the finals, I mean no one from ISU had in seven years, so I was completely shocked,” Wagner said. The ISU theater department participates in the festival annually. Judges from the festival come to see productions put on by ISU theater students throughout the school year, and students are elected based on their performance to compete in the festival. Wagner was selected based on his performance in the 2012 production of “Circle Mirror Transformation.” He chose to work on a Shakespearean monologue from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the final round of the festival. “I worked with my acting coach, Julie Dixon, to prepare for the festival,” Wagner said. Associate professor Julie Dixon has been coaching Wagner for four years. Dixon was also rewarded for her mentorship. “We didn’t think I would go to finals, so she decided to come to Michigan to help me prepare for the final round,” Wagner said. “She’s a phenomenal acting coach.” Accompanying Wagner at the festival was his best friend and senior theater major, Natalie Cappucci. Cappucci was also selected for the festival and won honorable mentions for the KCACTF National Awards
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for theatrical design excellence in lighting design for her work on “Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe.” “I prepared for this festival since February, I made specific choices on the work I did to make it worthy for competition,” Cappucci said. For the festival, Cappucci submitted lighting scenic designs, different pictures of productions and was also required to give an oral presentation on the concept of her work. “I had some tough competition because I was going up against some graduate students who had more experience,” Cappucci said. “Without having Michael Jackson, our production manager, as a mentor, I wouldn’t have known as much as I did, Cappucci said. “I believe this award Joe Wagner meant more to him than it did to me.” Wagner and Cappucci’s strong, threeyear friendship plays a big role in their theater careers. “Having Natalie there to support me meant a lot to me,” Wagner said. “We started out as freshman theater majors, we’ve grown into better performers and we’ve created a strong bond between each other.” “Joe is my support system,” Cappucci said. “I value our friendship and I think having such a bond makes theater much more enjoyable.” The ISU Theater Department has many upcoming shows. The curtains will rise February 27 for the “New Play Festival,” followed by a production of “Spoon River Anthology,” premiering April 10 in the Dreiser Theater.
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For senior aviation management major Dustin Betz running was a part of his family. Before arriving at Indiana State, he grew up watching his family run, as some of siblings ran competitively and his father, Vic Betz, is the coach at Northeast Dubois High School, in Dubois, Ind. “I first began running when I was in the sixth grade. Although I have been around the running scene ever since I was born,” Betz said. “I’ve been attending running events since I was three months old. My father has been coaching track and cross country at the high school level since the mid 1970s. I have four other siblings that ran as well.” Although Betz came from a running family, he says that they didn’t force him into running, but rather he fell in love with the sport on his own and worked his way into the family-running ranks. “I believe watching my siblings run while growing up had a major influence on my running life. I was never pressured to run, but I willingly wanted to do it. Having an awesome family background has kept me very passionate about my running,” Betz said. After Betz had a successful career in high school, which eventually led to him being one of the state’s top mile runners he decided it was time to find the school that could help him further his education and continue to further his running career. “After discovering that I wanted to pursue running at the next level I looked at both Purdue and ISU as my options. I made my decision to attend ISU because of their great aviation department and a wonderful family-like coaching staff,” Betz said. Betz has excelled on the track and cross country course, but not just as a runner on the team. He quickly took over the role of team leader his junior and senior seasons and always leads by example to the younger
Senior Dustin Betz competing for the Sycamores (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics Media Relations).
runners. One thing he helped to bring to the team is a pre-race ritual where the team huddles together to pray before the race. This is something Betz says he always makes time for before any competition. Betz has been All-Conference in cross country twice, and was a member of three straight conference championship teams. Betz also covered eight kilometers (roughly five miles) in 24 minutes 22 seconds at the pre-nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. This time ranks him in the top 10 in school history. On the track, Betz has been allconference three times (twice in the3000 meter steeplechase and once in the 3000 meters indoors). In the classroom, he was named academic all-conference five times between cross country and track. Betz came to Indiana State ready to get to work, but was met with adversity. “My freshman year I was notified that I wouldn’t be able to run because of the NCAA clearing house,” Betz said. “I came into college with a few credit hours short of the NCAA requirements. During that time I was extremely upset, but prayed that something good would come from this.” He didn’t let that slow him down as he made it through the rough patch and by the next year was with the team. “Today, I’m almost glad it happened. I’m currently going through my redshirt senior year at ISU. I find myself in better shape than ever before and more willing to show my athletic ability on the track,” Betz said. As Betz made a transition into the college
training, he did so with a coach that wasn’t too different from the one he had been working with for the past seven years. John McNichols, head coach for men’s cross country and track an field, attended Indiana University with Dustin’s father and were on the track team together. This made for an easier transition for Betz as he went from high school standout to running in the college ranks. “Back in the early 70s Coach McNichols and my father were team mates at Indiana University. So much of their training philosophy is similar,” Betz said. “The biggest transition for me was the high mileage training. In high school I hardly exceeded 40 miles a week, whereas in college I’d run near 100 miles per week. The high level of training has definitely made me a better athlete while being here at ISU.” Betz said his favorite moment was his big conference championship win at University of Northern Iowa over former teammate and idol, Michael Disher. It was a turning point in that meet, Betz was not the favorite going into the race and it gave him momentum. “I take a moment to pray before every race to give thanks to my God. I am extremely blessed to have the ability to run, let alone compete at the [Division 1] level. Running the race through and for God is my ultimate goal for each race,” Betz said.
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Greg Lansing visits the Indiana Statehouse to deliver Suits and Sneakers Challenge Ace Hunt ISU Athletic Media Relations INDIANAPOLIS -- House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Indiana Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness for the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer” last year and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. Suits and Sneakers is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support
those affected by it. “We all have either been personally affected, or know of someone who has battled cancer,” Speaker Bosma said. “The toll that this deadly disease has on Hoosiers is staggering. Until a cure is found, we can help raise awareness and show compassion to the families that are involved.” Men’s basketball head coach Greg Lansing represented all Indiana college basketball coaches during his visit to the Statehouse. He encouraged House members and staff to continue to raise awareness on ways to reduce the risk of cancer. These include eating
right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines. “Cancer affects thousands of families across our state,” Speaker Bosma said. “I appreciated the efforts that our Indiana collegiate coaches took in challenging the Legislature to help raise awareness. It was a great opportunity to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in this fight.” Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.
n Indiana State University head men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing Monday at the Statehouse in showing off the sneakers they wore to promote cancer prevention. (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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Program continues to provide academic support to ISU student-athletes
Thomas Beeler Reporter
Maintaining the balance between competition and grades continues to be the mission of the Academic Support Program for Athletes. Marlon Dechausay, director of the athletic study program, oversees the study hall and mentoring programs for the student-athletes on Indiana State’s campus. “It is very important to us to make sure that some studying is getting done,” Dechausay said. The center is a place where studentathletes can come fulfill any study hall hours, receive mentoring and advisement questions. All of the freshman and transfer students are required to enter the mentoring program. Dechausay said freshmen student-athletes meet once a week for an hour with upper classmen who are current or former studentathletes of a different sport. The mentors gather information on the student like grades and attendance from the mentees. Mentors give that information to the staff of the enrichment center for review then it is given to the coaches. Freshman track and field thrower Katy Rutz said she had a mentor last semester that played volleyball at ISU. Rutz said having a mentor wasn’t too helpful for her personally because she was not struggling with school. However, she can see the benefit of the program for those students who may not be able to cope with the course load. “This is not tutoring,” Dechausay said. “This is strictly mentoring, going over notes taking, study habits, making sure student-athletes are going to class. Really, this the opportunity to give the student a connection outside of their sport so they are connected to another student-athlete who is not of the same sport.” Freshman track and field athlete Dawnielle Passmore is currently in the mentoring program and said it helps because she has someone to talk to that has been through the same stresses of being an student-athlete. “We have found that a bond has helped our student-athletes be
Sophomore Recreation and Sports Management Evan Groebel, senior communication major Russell Jones and business management major Patrick McCown working on school work while getting their study hours (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).
successful especially that first semester,” Dechausay said. “Anything after that depends on a decision between myself and the coaches based upon Grade Point Averages and other things.”
“We have found that a bond has helped our studentathletes be successful especially that first semester.” Marlon Dechausay, director of the athletic study program
Coaches and staff work together to maintain and monitor the studentathletes’ hours. Student swipe their ID card as soon as they step in the door to count the hours they gather per week. Dechausay said, if students go to other outside sources like tutoring, open labs or the writing centers they can also get hours for doing that. “We are looking into some other creative ways to give student athletes hours to be able to study in the library because we do understand there are group study sessions and student may want to study at ten o’clock at night and we aren’t open,” Dechausay said. There is a system to monitor hours in these outside resources. At the end of the week all their hours are calculated and the information is dispersed to the
coaches, Dechausay said. “Each team has a lot of flexibility to handle their study hours the way they want to,” Dechausay said. “For the most part the one thing that doesn’t change is that all freshmen and transfer students are mandated to be in study hall for six to eight hours per week.” Tiandra Finch, assistant director of the athletic study program and Aaron Carter, graduate assistant and former basketball player, help Dechausay monitor athletes’ study hours and grades throughout the semester. The academic support program for athletes has been at Indiana State as long as the athletic program has been a part of the school. The center recently moved into a new facility between Burford and Erickson Hall three years ago.
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Continued FrOM PAGE ONE Ernest Rollins Editor in Chief Two late half runs by the Sycamores was enough to secure a win over nationally-ranked Wichita State University Tuesday night. With the win the Sycamores improved to 14-7 for the season and 7-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Three Sycamores were in the double figures. Junior forward Manny Arop led ISU in scoring with 17 points. Junior guard Jake Odum and freshman guard Devonte Brown both had 10 points for the night. The Shockers were led by Cleanthony Early who had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The next top scorer for Wichita was Demetric Williams with 14 points. The loss drops the nationally ranked Shockers, who were ranked number 15 by the AP Top 25 poll, to 19-3 for the season and 8-2 in MVC play. Indiana State shot 53 percent from the field (24-45) compared to the Shockers’ 27 percent (16-59). Wichita State shot 32 percent (9-28) from beyond the arc while the Sycamores only reached 27 percent (3-11). The Shockers opened the first half with a pair of treys from Early and Williams. Despite the early 6-0 run the Sycamores quickly tied the game at 6. ISU’s first lead of the night came Junior Jake Odum was one of the players who reached double figures against Wichita State (Photo courtesy of ISU with 13:11 remaining in the half off Communications and Marketing). a layup by sophomore forward Jake Kitchell. The Shockers opened the second half on a 7-0 run to 13, the largest of the game, with just over a minute The game tied three more times and then with less taking advantage of forced turnovers. A trey from remaining on the clock. Freshman forward Khristian than four minutes to go in the half the Sycamores went junior guard Dawon Cummings with 15:49 remaining Smith ended the game with a pair of free throws on a 17-3 run. Brown scored seven of his 10 points of in the game was the first score of the half for ISU (42- securing the Sycamores won, 68-55. the night during that run. By the end of the half the 35). Wichita State closed the deficit to within two The Sycamores will be back in action Feb. 2nd against Sycamores were on top leading by eleven points (39- points (50-48) with 7:34 remaining in the game. the Drake University Bulldogs. Tip off is scheduled for 28). ISU responded with a 14-3 run to push their lead 7:30 p.m.