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There is Comfort: An ISU Tribute On Dec. 14, a small Connecticut town changed forever—leaving family members, friends and co-workers shocked and looking for answers. Police believe 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother before traveling to nearby Sandy Hook

Elementary School and turning the gun on 26 students and faculty, before eventually taking his own life . The Indiana Statesman would like to pay tribute to the victims whose lives were lost during one of the biggest mass murders in U.S. history.

Bruce Morgan, an Indiana State University student, finds healing by writing and reminds students: There is Comfort.

If we could only find an answer And only understand How evil comes along And steals precious life from fellow man

We know your Word of Light and Truth Everlasting, Precious and so True Someday can repair all our broken hearts Lord, heal us, be our glue

How dark the mind and soul can become Shakes each one, to our very core Motivating him to steal the lives Of Angels we adore

To all the people who responded to the scene Those sent after, as instruments of Grace Lord let their hearts be protected also From the horrific pain they too now face

So innocent, so precious And so much life yet they had to live Now Prayers and hugs we gently offer And of them we freely give

The only way we can move pass the evil reality Of such a sick and evil day Is to focus upon Calvary’s blood stained Cross The gift Jesus gave to all, the lost and led astray

Our hope is that those who lived this darkness Receive comfort from knees we sadly bend Praying that such an evil act Will never be repeated once again

No more murder, no more sin All Angels will be safe Lambs and lions will play together joyfully On His golden streets of Grace

God we know you saw this happen We know you heard the cries As Angels shielded the little ones In hopes the children would survive

Today is not that day So hurt and damaged we must go on Not understanding how or why But through Faith we will be strong

We do not strive to blaspheme As we boldly ask you why How could your beam of Light be stifled By such a darkened sky The little faces, those precious smiles That we will sadly see no more Innocent laughs silenced just before Christmas day As evil breached their door

The horn will blow The sky will break A White Horse shall lead the way And Jesus will be accompanied by the Innocent Angels Stolen from us, on this day A Poem By: Bruce Morgan Written on December 16, 2012


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The Forest grows roots at spring kickoff event Brianne Hofmann News Editor They slowly began sprouting up in the Hulman Center stands, dressed head to toe in their blue and white gear. But by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the student seedlings had become “The Forest.” Students, as well as the spirit squad cheerleaders and Blue Thunder, the basketball band, gathered toward the end of the men’s open basketball practice to show their support. The Student Governent Association, which hosted the event, was also aiming to recruit and educate new members on cheers and etiquette during the games. Led by the basketball band, attendees were taught the Indiana State school song and Alma Mater

along with other cheers. Partipants then had a chance to eat pizza and sign up to compete in a free throw contest against junior guard Lucas Eitel. Formerly known as The Blue Crew, “The Forest” charges a onetime $15 fee each year, which pays for a T-shirt and membership card. Once they become members, students are rewarded with various gifts depending on how many games they attend and are privy to priority seating at sporting events. For additional information on “The Forest,” students can visit “The Forest’s” Facebook page, Twitter account or can send questions to ISU-TheForest@ ISU men’s basketball members practice during The Forest Spring Kickoff (Photo by Mae mail.indstate.edu. Robyn Rhymes).


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SGA leaders continue to push student involvement A message from your Student Body Vice President, Brooke Wardle: Hey Sycamores, Welcome back! All of us in the Student Government Association hope you had a great break. We are looking forward to another great semester of success and providing awesome opportunities for you, our fellow students. We look forward to contributing another $20,000 to student organizations so that we can keep doing awesome things here at Indiana State! Make sure to look out for members of SGA on Wednesdays for our “What Do You Want Wednesday” program. We’ll be out at the Dede Plaza and across campus to ask you what you would like to see happen on campus and what you think SGA can do to help students out. You can win prizes and even a free golf cart ride to class. A message from your Student Body President, André Brousseau: Welcome back Sycamores! To echo Brooke, we all hope you enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing break with friends and family. The Student Government Association looks forward to continuing to serve the student body throughout the spring semester and we’ve already got plenty of opportunities for you Sycamores. We hope you were all able to make it to The Forest Spring Kickoff event yesterday afternoon with the men’s basketball team, the Spirit Squad, and the Blue Thunder basketball band. Make sure you “Like” The Forest page on Facebook and follow on Twitter @ISUForest to get the most recent updates on The Forest and Sycamore Athletics. This semester also brings the SGA election season. If you’re interested in becoming involved with SGA and more involved with the university as a whole, please feel free to come up to the SGA office in HMSU 621 for more information about becoming a Senator or running for an executive position. From everyone in SGA, welcome back. We hope you have a great semester and an amazing New Year. Best Regards, André, Brooke, and the SGA staff

Student Government Association President Andre Brousseau (left) and Vice President Brooke Wardle (right). (Submitted photo)

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Statesman editorial

New year, new opportunity

A new year has officially begun and with it comes a new opportunity for better grades, better friends and a better college experience. Students like to make new resolutions for themselves, from losing weight to bringing their GPA from a 2.4 to a 3.0. These are the types of things that are within one’s reach as long as will power is used. There are many websites that post tips on how to be a better person, lover and parent. in hopes that everyone betters at least one thing about themselves for the coming year. Something that students need to remember, however, is that with every passing year they get older. With age comes more responsibility. These are the days to learn how to perform in a future career, but college prepares us for much more than that. It teaches people skills that will be necessary for any function throughout life. It teaches time management and deadlines, which are crucial for any job. It also teaches students how to branch out and do new things. All of these are

essential in the growing up process, and no matter how a New Year’s resolution turns out, we learn something new and important every day. That in itself is a pretty decent victory. Here are a few tips and tricks to do well this coming semester: Go to class. It seems pretty simple, but when those 8 a.m. classes roll around after the most recent Thirsty Thursday, it may be just a little bit harder to get out of bed. Professors don’t care about Thirsty Thursday or hangovers, so they will expect everyone to be in class. Missing one may seem insignificant, but it can snowball into something terrible. Don’t skip class. Take an aspirin, bundle up, head out and pass the class. Write down everything you’re expected to accomplish. Even if you have a good memory, write down appointments and assignments; keep track of them somewhere you will see it. Most computers now have sticky note tabs for jotting down the next

assignment that is due. Take advantage of the tools and technology afforded to this generation. Learn how to say no. People enjoy the company of others, it’s a fact of life. If invited somewhere, there is a certain obligation to go, even if it’s just over a couple of rooms to watch a movie or to go out to a party to take the nerve off. However, when the invite comes and there is a big exam the next day, do not let anyone pressure you into going out. It’s your GPA, and you need to defend it. Don’t fall victim to the whims of others, and practice self-control. While these tips seem obvious enough it is important though to stay the course and remember that what is done now will affect you later in your life. Remember these tips, and hopefully this semester will be a good one.

Gun control or people control? On Friday, Dec. 14, life in Newton Conn. came to a standstill. Twentyyear-old Adam Lanza walked into the school after killing his own mother at her home, killed 20 kids and six adults who worked at the school. He left behind one of the most devastating scenes that our generation has witnessed. People are still asking why he did this, and Alice sadly, people will probably never know. Brumfield Any reasons that Lanza had for going in and killing little kids indiscriminately Through was lost when he looked down the barrel of his own gun and shot himself. the Shortly after the shooting, two words Looking became very popular among politicians and advocate groups everywhere: gun Glass control. I grew up in a house that had guns in it from before I was even a thought in my parents’ heads. My mother didn’t grow up with guns, but my father had them since he was a child. I received my first and only gun when I was 12-years-old, and I’m set to inherit a good chunk my of them when my father dies. People should have the right to arm themselves, as long as they have a healthy respect for what they hold in their hands. It’s sickening that politicians and various groups are using the tragedies that have occurred over the years to push their agendas of gun control. They use these

examples to illustrate why we need to have harsher (or less harsh, depending on the group and politician) gun rules. Here is what people who don’t own guns seem to not understand: If a person wants to conceal and carry a gun, they have to have a permit from the state. According to Handlaws.us, to even buy guns legally

in Indiana, the individual has to be 18-years-old. When it comes to harsher laws on guns, what makes any logically minded person think that the criminals who use the guns to perpetrate these crimes would follow the laws in the first place? Criminals aren’t well known for how well they follow rules. Examples of this can be shown in many instances, but the biggest one would be marijuana. Yes, big old Mary Jane. Who among the college population can truthfully say that they know absolutely no one who smokes it? Just because a person smokes weed doesn’t mean that they

are terrible criminal folk, but they are disregarding the law. Why do they disregard that law? Because. They. Can. It’s also incredibly easy to get. Sure, make harsher gun control laws. Those who are respectful of the law will abide by them because they don’t want to get in trouble. Those who don’t care will continue to use them as they please, laws be damned. Most guns in the types of situations being used by those screaming for gun control were almost all owned legally by a close party to the assailant. The Huffington Post reported that Adam Lanza didn’t own those guns, but his mother did. She enjoyed shooting and liked to know that if anything were to happen, she could defend herself if she needed to. A woman who lives with an unstable son by herself in a $600,000 home could never be too careful. They didn’t help her though, because her son, who completely disregarded the law, shot her with the guns that she owned. Owning a gun is similar to driving a car. Something could go wrong and someone could be injured or killed. With guns, though, you have to be so careful and conscious of your surroundings. Unlike in a car, if someone is injured or killed by the gun you were shooting, it’s likely that you went wrong somewhere. You have to be careful and respectful of the thing that you carry. The argument of gun control is really extensive and difficult, but what it all comes down to is whose finger is on the trigger.


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Round 113: Congressman vs. Congressman The number 2013, that we all eagerly awaited in the late hours of Dec. 31, 2012 is finally upon us. With the total bust of the Mayan Apocalypse to send us to our graves, 2013 has certainly brought us a little more than a fresh start. Dusting off old running shoes, paying off debts and putting out that last cigarette are back as resolutions, Julian but is fiscal responsibility, legislative progress and compromise on the Winborn New Year docket, as well? Progress for The fiscal cliff was avoided, but in typical last minute Congress Progress’ only style of course. After months Sake of endless debate and partisan gridlock, the deal finally comes to us with compromise between the two parties bearing a raise in taxation on those earning over $450,000, tax breaks for low income families, spending on unemployment,

The Maya have pulled the greatest prank ever. The end of the world didn’t happen. So many were ready to face the terrible end, but when it didn’t come, reality slowly had to set in. People had to return to life as we know it. Let’s examine then how exactly the “Apocalypse” affected us. Jon For starters, tons of merchandise Stephens was made in celebration of it. The movie “2012” is about the possiblility of what would happen during the Think Apocalypse. ‘The Walking Dead” About It took off with viewers as the fateful year grew closer. Even in the show, “Supernatural”, characters Sam and Dean Winchester had to prevent the Apocalypse multiple times, including the one they started. The entirety of humanity is obsessed with the end of the world. The question is why?

and a modest amount of what some are calling “pork barrel” spending.

And although it may seem that Congress ended 2012 with a budget, setting up the federal government for fiscal responsibility in 2013, it only appeared so after being named the most unproductive Congress in American history. The record of the 112th Congress

Apocalypse Now?

Why is it that humankind as a whole wishes to see destruction rather than restoration? What causes us to seek out the worst of times instead of the best? Maybe it’s because we want to play the hero. Maybe it’s because we think that it can only get better after the worst has come. In a biblical example, after the whole Battle of Armageddon, God makes all things new. That’s what we as emotional, physical and spiritual beings want. We want things to be perfect and good. The Apocalypse allows us to take on an approach to squash evil and make things better. Rick Grimes shoots up zombies in The Walking Dead and hopes to survive to see things get better. Sam Winchester defeats Lucifer. The people on the ships in 2012 see a sunrise as a new beginning. Things are restored. It has also started new ways of communication on the Internet. Memes are constantly being made in response to the non-Apocalypse. Tweets are flying saying that 2013 will be a better year and there are

is incredibly disappointing. It includes the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act, the near shut down of the federal government and hitting the debt ceiling. The 112th’s most successful moments came from naming federal post offices. However, 2013 has brought the Congress a fresh start with the addition of the newly elected Senators and Representatives of the 113th Congress. On Jan. 3 the first order of business for the new Congress included counting the electoral votes of each state to officially inaugurate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden into their second term. With the federal government turning over a new leaf, I pray that this new period will consist of an atmosphere of spirited political collaboration where both parties will engage each other in the intellectual process of politics, which will ultimately benefit the nation. In other words, compromise is key, and it seems that with the avoidance of the fiscal cliff and the addition of new senators and representatives, it is a very real possibility.

Facebook statuses about how we are all lucky to be alive. The non-Apocalypse created a culture filled with sarcasm and skepticism, but even more, it has allowed humanity to realize that their chance to restore things to a better state because the end didn’t come. People took risks, let themselves do things they normally wouldn’t and became something they thought they could never be. The non-Apocalypse created a society that hoped that something better would come after everything went to Hell. Maybe that’s what ISU needs in 2013. People who aren’t afraid, but willing for change. People who hope for the best even in the worst of times. Hopefully that attitude won’t die as the end of the world phase moves out and the new beginning attitude steps in. It’s needed because who knows? The Apocalypse could be tomorrow. It might even be today.


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Restructured major yields new opportunities

Indiana State University student Jason Swartzell (left), Clabber Girl employees Tonya Arthur, Ken Campbell and Kenny Bender, ISU professor Ken Jones and student Brittany Jones work during a session at Clabber Girl (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

Austin Arceo ISU Communications & Marketing Staff Wesley Fishero never could have planned that an introductory class would lead him to change his minor at the end of his junior year in college. The Indiana State University graduate also couldn’t have expected that it would help lead to his first full-time job. Yet that’s what happened to Fishero, who decided to minor in operations management and analysis after taking the introductory course that had been restructured and included class projects with Clabber Girl. The class changes were part of a larger program restructuring of the major that has been renamed operations and supply chain management. The program includes classes that work with Terre Haute and Indianapolis companies to give students real-world experience. “In general, almost every company uses operations in some way or fashion,” said Fishero, who works at Union Hospital after the organization hired him following work he did there as part of an operations course. “You wouldn’t think of a hospital as a supply chain organization, but we have a huge supply chain.” The major’s restructure came after a review process that all academic programs undergo periodically, said Paul Schikora, chair of the marketing and operations department in the Scott College of Business. During the review, ISU officials

learned that the previous operations program did not meet the needs of university students or businesses. “There was some misunderstanding among our stakeholders about what the major was,” Schikora said. “We also found a desire from both the industry and students to have a curriculum that provides a broader exposure into the supply chain management area.” The curriculum in the restructured major still includes many traditional topic lessons, though more case studies similar to what occurs in a company’s supply chain have been incorporated. The coursework also has been updated to reflect the program’s place in the department. In early 2011, the Scott College of Business reorganized from two departments into three by pairing marketing with operations and supply chain management into the new department, as they both are vital links in a supply chain. “In every business relationship, there’s somebody making goods or providing services, somebody marketing those products, and then somebody else purchasing and using those goods and services in their own operation,” Schikora said. “There is a natural link between the two majors in business. We never really did a good job of bringing the majors together in the old college organization.”

More students are now enrolling in the course where Fishero learned the Lean Six Sigma process, an industryrecognized method for problem-solving and continuous improvement. Fishero became green belt certified, the first level of certification, through a project with Union Hospital. Earlier this year, the hospital hired him to develop a companywide program that incorporates the Lean Six Sigma problem-solving process. “If a student comes here, spends four years doing nothing but attending classes, reading books and writing papers, they’re really not as well-prepared for the job market as they should be,” Schikora said. “Getting them out into these partnerships with businesses is a big deal.” Students in the Lean Six Sigma class have been working with six different companies, including a Kellogg’s bakery facility in Seelyville and Adidas in Indianapolis. “The students benefit, and the idea here is to create the opportunity and platform for students to really seize the moment and take full advantage of working with a worldclass organization on a business improvement project,” Jones said. “These are very impressive organizations to work with, and part of the responsibility is on the student to make the best of the situation, and I think they really have.”


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Sycamores exhibit diversity in holiday traditions Stephanie Robinson and Richelle Kimble Reporter and Features Editor It is assured that nearly all Sycamore students and staff travel home for the few breaks of academia Indiana State awards throughout the year; though, varying culture and tradition secures students will partake in a variety of holiday experiences. According to USA.gov, widely celebrated American holidays include Thanksgiving and Christmas. The method of celebration for these holidays is as anticipated by most Americans: involve a bountiful harvest, the gathering of kin and a large arrange of decorations. Of course, there is the root meaning for these celebrations; Thanksgiving celebrates the three-day feast of the Pilgrims in 1621, and Christmas marks the birth of the Jesus Christ. Despite its strong religious ties, many nonChristian Americans still take part in the holiday traditions. While USA.gov states that the national tradition for Thanksgiving “almost always includes some of the foods served at the first feast,” such as turkey,

cranberries, potatoes and pumpkin pie, Indiana State University Writing Center Director Nicole Bailey, prefers to mix up the tradition. For Bailey, things tend to get a little crabby during the holidays. “My sister and I tend to have Thanksgiving together. Since we are Marylanders, our favorite tradition involves crabs, the food for which our state is famous,” Bailey said. The day before Thanksgiving, she and her sister like to buy a bushel of fresh crabs, then cover the table with newspaper and spend a few hours talking and picking the crabs, she added. “It always ends with my sister and I doing the bulk of the work and eating half the meat as we go,” Bailey said. “By the end of the night our hands are covered in cuts from sharp bits of shell, and the Old Bay is stinging our eyes, but I don’t think either of us would trade that tradition for anything,” Bailey said.

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A traditional American Christmas morning (Photo by Demetrius Jackson).

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CONTINUED From PAGE 9 Holiday foods for foreign students do not follow the American tradition, nor is it similar to Bailey’s experience. Freshman chemistry major Ioanna Koltsidou from Alexandroupolis, Greece celebrates holidays with foods such as lamb and a sweet called Tsoureki. Although Koltsidou said that Greece does not celebrate a holiday similar to the American Thanksgiving, but Christmas and Easter are the largest two holidays Greece celebrates. With over 90 percent of the Grecian population being Christian Greek Orthodox, “religion plays a big role in our celebrations,” she said. For Christmas, Koltsidou said that the celebration is influenced by western traditions and patterns in that families gather to feast, place lights and other decorations and attend several holiday parties. Though, she recognized that compared to some American families, the Greek Christmas season might be more religiously focused. In fact, Greek students get a substantial amount of time off from school to celebrate both holidays, and frequently state agencies are closed. Koltsidou said this is because of the unfaltering dominance of one religion in the country. Additionally, for Easter, the Greeks adapt a vegan diet for 40 days prior to the holiday, and celebrate one “big week” of churchgoing beginning seven days prior to the holiday. In contrast, according to a 2010 LifeWay Research Survey, only 37 percent of Americans who celebrate

Although other countries celebrate Christmas similar to America, the food they eat is drastically different such as lamb in Greece (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Christmas polled that it’s main focus was to celebrate Jesus and God. This survey reveals how reliant American Christmas is on traditional roots as opposed to religious roots. Because of the heavy absence of religion, LifeWay Research suggests that for some Americans, holidays

tend to encourage selfish notions, given the booming prominence of gifts under the tree and bountiful amount of food provided at dinner. Further, forty-five percent polled said that the main focus of the Christmas holiday is to be with family and friends. C. Jack Maynard, ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs, is amongst this population. He said that to him, Christmas is more about spending time with his family. “I am past the worries of spending a lot of efforts on gifts and shopping. Simple decorations around the house and making plans to spend time with family and friends is most important,” Maynard said. ISU junior health science major Mariama Ofori agrees that the holidays are a time for family. She said she enjoyed this Christmas the most because she had the opportunity to spend it with her nephew. She said in her case, due to her age, she was fully integrated into family activities. “I was treated as an adult and not the baby girl for once. I got to be myself 100 percent, no holding back,” Ofori said. Regardless of where each Sycamore was for the holiday seasons, the traditional notion of celebrating with family was undoubtedly present. “My favorite memories are the simple ones. Having all of the family together is what I cherish most,” Maynard said.


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The must-see films of January A new year means a new list of must-see films that will either disappoint or capture an audience. Two-thousand and thirteen just happens to be packed with awaited action, comedy, horror, drama flicks and true story adaptations. Look for these highly anticipated films to be released in January. Thomas Beeler and Day’Jonnae Riggins Reporters

“Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters”

Hansel and Gretel may have outwitted the cannibalistic witch in the Brothers Grimm original tale, but they have to depend on each other tighter than ever when they become a team of bounty hunters and kill witches all over the world in this dark spin of the children’s fairy tale, tarring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. It premieres in theaters Jan. 25. www.hanselandgretelmovie.com

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“The Gangster Squad”

Sean Penn portrays Mickey Cohen is a mob king in 1949 Los Angeles, Calif., bringing in gains from drugs, guns, prostitutes and every wire bet placed west of Chicago. On his side, he has the protection of his goons but also the police and politicians who are under his control. A small crew of LAPD outsiders led by seargants John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. The film is to be released to theaters on Jan. 11, 2013 according to gangstersquad.warnerbros.com.

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“Prosecuting Casey Anthony”

On Jan. 29, 2013, Lifetime will follow Jeff Ashton portrayed by Rob Lowe, the Florida prosecutor in the controversial case, in his journey trying to convict Anthony for the murder of her daughter Caylee. According to upi.com, the movie is based on Ashton’s best-selling book, “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.” The movie will recount behind the scenes action during the investigation and explains why Jeff Ashton remains convinced that Casey Anthony is guilty of murder.

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“Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D”

In theaters now, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D” is the sequel to the 1974 original film under the same name. The film starts where the 1974 film ends. After all the murders and when everyone is presumed dead, Heather, an infant at the time, is placed into an adoptive family. Twenty years later, Heather’s long lost grandmother passes away and she inherits a house. However, she will have to share the inheritance with her cousin Leatherface. Alexandra Daddario stars in the film, along with R&B sensation, Trey Songz.

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“Movie 43”

“Movie 43” seems to be a “Saturday Night Live” episode extended into two hours. This movie is an anthology of 20 comedic shorts. The film cast a wide array of actors including Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halley Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Terrence Howard and many more. The movie is planned to be in theaters on Jan. 25.

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“A Haunted House”

In this parody of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Devil Inside,” Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home only to find out that it is haunted. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm turns to a priest, portrayed by Cedric the Entertainer, a psychic and a team of ghost-busters for help. Starring Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins, see the film the writers call a hilarious new horror comedy. It will be released in 3-D Jan. 11.

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“Mama”

This film is another horror based tale of two little girls surviving in an abandoned house on their own. After Annabel and Lucas (portrayed by Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) attempt to raise their abandoned nieces, they find that the two girls weren’t living alone. “Mama” will be released Jan. 25.

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Breaking the tape: Advice to finish the college race strong from those who have

Sara Palmer Assistant News Editor For many students, graduating from college is even scarier than their very first day as freshmen. After turning the tassel and snagging that degree, students become grownups. As they send out resumes, the bills roll in and in six months, the dreaded student loan grace period ends. First, however, they have to make it through the final semester. “It’s like running a race and seeing the finish line,” said 2010 Indiana State University alumna Sarah Thomas, of Brazil, Ind. “You give it all you can and sprint until it’s finally done.” Keeping that momentum until the end can be a major challenge for seniors. With graduation so close, the academic steam runs out and senioritis sets in. U.S. News & World Report suggests that students keep their motivation strong by creating timelines for their courses, partnering with a motivation buddy and developing an inspiring mantra.

Thomas made it to the end by constantly thinking, “You can do it. It’s almost over and you’ve come so far; so don’t give up now. Finish strong.” Making it through the final semester is only one step to life after graduation. Students who have taken out student loans need to be prepared to start the repayment process. Nearly nine percent of borrowers defaulted on their student loans in the last few years, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Students should become familiar with their possible repayment options so they don’t start their post-graduation lives on shaky financial footing. In 2011, 53.6 percent of bachelor’s graduates under 25 were jobless or underemployed.

Thomas combated those statistics by adding to her skills, resume and, ultimately, student loan debt. “I graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology,” she said. “Then I started ISU’s Clinical Psy.D. program that fall. Honestly, I was dumbfounded that I was going to school for another five years.” For some, graduate school is the next logical step, while others need professional experience to build their resumes and portfolios. According to the campus Career Center, these are choices students should consider in their final years as an undergraduate. “All seniors should visit the Career Center to have their resumes critiqued and to talk through their job search process and plans,”

“Treasure each moment with friends and be sure to run through the fountain.” Sarah Thomas, ISU alumna

said ISU Career Center Interim Director Darby Scism. “They can also use Sycamore Career Link to apply to job openings and sign up for workshops and events.” Scism emphasized the importance of networking before graduation, particularly at career fairs, like the one being held on Feb. 20. “There will be more than 100 companies on campus to meet students for job opportunities,” she said. As a recent alumna and a current student, Thomas understands the importance of networking and reminds students to seek out diverse career opportunities. “I’ll bet most of us will change jobs as much we did majors. Choose a career you are passionate about and push hard through the last final,” Thomas encouraged ISU seniors. “Treasure each moment with friends and be sure to run through the fountain.”


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Adjunct faculty fulfill important role at ISU Alice Brumfield Opinions Editor In every department on Indiana State University’s campus, there are full- and part- time faculty members who are on tenure track, and adjunct or contingent faculty are those who are not. According to the American Association of University Professors within the nation’s higher education system more than 50 percent of all faculty have part-time appointments. Lauren Tipton, a graduate assistant, is a part of the university’s contingent faculty. In addition to teaching two classes, Tipton is also balancing her own school work along with an internship making it so she “juggles a million different things”. According to the Indiana State University faculty handbook contingent faculty are broken down into the following sections: full-time temporary faculty, lecturers, instructors and parttime temporary. Depending on the faculty member’s position contracts can range from one semester to five years. Course loads vary per group as well with part-time temporary faculty having “3- to 12-credit-hour teaching load” per semester and full-time temporary faculty “a 15-credit-hour teaching load, or equivalent”, according to the ISU faculty handbook. Instructor Jennifer Mullen teaches six classes. “I was hired to teach five sections of Communication 101 and I also teach an ‘Intro to Public Relations’ course on the side,” she said.

Mullen said she is different from a regular faculty member because she is not on the tenure track. “There are several things you have to do to be on that track. You have to do research in the communication field and you have to be published.” Tenure track faculty members have to have involvement with the ISU community and serve on various committees, writing publications and having them published as well. “I will never have tenure because I’m not on that track,” Mullen said. Rick Lotspeich, an economics professor, elaborated on the difference between tenured and non-tenured professors. “A tenured professor, if they get bad student appraisals, okay,” Lotspeich said. “They don’t get a raise, but they don’t lose their job, but someone who teaches semester to semester has a bad appraisal, the chairperson may decide not to hire them again.” Adjuncts are also able to provide flexibility to the ISU academic circuit. “We may have a demand to date in an area and tomorrow that changes, so having a certain percentage of our faculty that we don’t have these tenured relationships with give us the ability to respond with the supply and demand requests.” said C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

According to the National Education Association by hiring more part-time faculty the money saved by college and universities is “considerable”. In addition, part-time faculty are more likely to have fewer benefits, hold second and third jobs and less job security. “It’s hard to have a general rule that’s going to apply to everybody, but the general idea that non-tenured faculty would feel more pressured to have a better semester or a better academic year than tenured faculty is probably a reasonable proposition,” Lotspeich said. Contingent faculty often teach introductory courses that the tenured professors cannot or do not want to teach. “I think it’s a lot harder,” Tipton said. “Grad assistants are trying to balance our own homework and we are also trying to make sure we do a good job with classes as well.” Nonetheless, Mullen said the job can still be rewarding if the person doing it has the right attitude. “I’m here to make a difference,” she said. “I keep it real, and I think that’s important as an adjunct faculty especially dealing with first time college students straight out of high school,” Mullen said. “I really get a lot of enjoyment for what I do.”


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2012

IN REVIEW

In 2012, America has encountered crucial decisions, overcame devastating triumphs and made interesting additions to popular culture. America celebrated the lives of Whitney Houston and Neil Armstrong. Amy Winehouse was sent to eternal rehab and Osama bin Laden was diminished. “Call Me Maybe” became the most popular pick up line and public figures were doing things “Gagnam Style.” The number of states that approves the use of medical marijuana has reached 20, and nine states now recognize same-sex marriages. In sports, the USA dominated in the summer Olympics, The Miami Heat was crowned champions of the NBA championship and Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven metals. According to the National Weather Service, 2012 tied 1887, 1995, 2010 and 2011 as the third most-active year on record in the Atlantic with 19 named storms. A normal hurricane season has around 12 named storms, with around six hurricanes. The most active hurricane season was 2005, with 28 named storms, including Hurricane Katrina.

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Above: Hurricane Sandy looms over the Bahamas. Right: Korean pop-sensation PSY showing his “Gagnam Style.” Center: Dee Dee Trotter celebrates as the USA 4x400 team takes gold. Right: President Obama addresses his crowd on the campaign trail. (All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center defined Sandy as a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. The storm resulted in billions of dollars in destruction, took the lives of more than 100 people and trumped the focus on national elections.

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The song that made South Korean musician PSY an international sensation might have been considered an unlikely hit. The phrase “Gangnam Style” is refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul. By the end of 2012, the song had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. Another big hit that had people internationally singing was “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Her song is recognized one of the best selling digital singles of all times. Additionally, it made for an entertaining Chatroulette skit that main-streamed on YouTube.

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The USA dominated the metal count, sporting 104 total Olympic medals, including 46 gold. The women gymnasts gave their home country an outstanding performance; the team was awarded gold and Gabby Douglas became the first Black all-around individual champion. The women’s soccer team captured gold after a challenging match with Canada, making the women’s climb to victory a major highlight of the games. Usain Bolt once again dominated the men’s sprints, and USA decathletes Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee stood on the podium as the two best athletes in the world. For the USA women’s sand volleyball, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their third straight gold medal, and announced the end of their career together.

ADOPTION BAN On Dec. 21 of last year, Russian President Vladmir V. Putin signed into law a ban on American families adopting Russian children. According to nytimes.com, the bill, approved unanimously by the Federation Council, Russia’s upper chamber of Parliament, is in response to President Barack Obama’s Magnitsky Act, which was signed into effect in December 2012. The law states that Russian citizens that are accused of violating human rights are banned

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ADOPTION DEC. BAN 21, 2012 from owning real estate and other assets in the United States. Congress pushed the bill through eagerly hoping to pressure Russia on human rights issues, but it sent officials in Russia into an uproar and stressed international relations even further. According to huffingtonpost. com, there are about 740,000 children in the adoption system in Russia and about 250 sets of parents previously approved for adoptions that will be affected by the ban.

ELECTION The 57th quadrennial presidential election kept President Barack Obama in office for four more years. Though, he didn’t achieve victory without a challenge; Massachusetts Governor and Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s distinct stance on issues gave him an array of supporters. The final election results yielded Obama with 332 electoral votes, and Romney with 206. Obama won the popular vote by roughly 5 million. Obama’s achievement also marked the second time that three consecutive presidents have achieved re-election. Additionally, Obama was the first president to ever announce public support for same-sex marriage. In addition to his second victory, Obama was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.


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Humanity:1, end of the world superstitions:0 Joseph Paul Reporter From out of nowhere, an alien planet named Nibiru collides with Earth, knocking it out of its orbit. Or perhaps, there’s a sudden shift in magnetic poles, causing our world to turn inside out. These are just two popular catastrophic scenarios that were proposed to occur on Dec. 21, 2012, the alleged end of the ancient Mayan calendar. Over On December 21, 2012, over 20,000 gathered for the past few years, celebration in Chichén Itzá, Mexico (Illustration by Mark countless numbers Voelker). of predictions have Despite clear evidence, those gripped sparked conversations in the media and flooded the Internet by the “end-of-the-world” hysteria prepared for their final days on Earth. with the approach of the above date. But contrary to popular belief, At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city humankind has persevered and Chichén Itzá in southern Mexico, over students everywhere, including those 20,000 people gathered in celebration, at Indiana State, have returned for many of whom were apocalyptic theorists. In the United States, dozens spring classes. However, in the face of what’s of Michigan schools closed their doors become a mainstream sensation, early for winter break due to rumors experts have long discredited these of violence connected to the date, myths. In 2009, Brian Handwerk of according to a CBSnews.com report. Due to these myths’ popularity, National Geographic cited several scientists disproving the most popular the realities of the Mayan civilization superstitions in a report titled “2012: Six are sometimes overlooked. Associate End-of-the-World Myths Debunked.” professor of history Timothy Hawkins, In the story, NASA astrobiology Ph. D., said there are many popular scientist David Morrison said that if misconceptions about the Mayans and an imaginary planet were on a crash their calendar that has led our culture course for Earth, it would have been to emphasize these myths. “We see the Maya only as ancient, visible to the naked eye years before We the collision, drawing the attention of mysterious, mystical people. ignore the fact that the Maya and their scientists around the world. And even though evidence in rocks culture survive to the present,” he said. confirm that Earth has undergone “To a great extent, this gives us license multiple magnetic pole shifts in the to manipulate ancient beliefs according past, Princeton geologist Adam Maloof to our own needs. All the fuss over the said in the report that the process end of the world says more about our would take millions of years; so slow culture than about ancient Maya.” that human beings wouldn’t even notice the movement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Hawkins said the Maya civilization has not disappeared. With the current population sitting at approximately 10 million, undoubtedly there are Mayan civilians, some of who were present during the celebrations in Chichén Itzá. However, the Maya never predicted the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012, the winter solstice. Rather, this year’s solstice celebration represented the birth of a new era to the Maya, not the death of an old one. “The Maya were remarkable astronomers and devised highly accurate calendars based on their celestial observations,” Hawkins said. “Unlike our calendars, which presumably will track the years on to infinity, the Maya had a cyclical view of the world. They devised short-count and long-count calendars that comprised a certain number of years before starting over. “The end of a cycle, of course, had major political and social significance. December 2012 was simply the end of another long-count cycle and, by implication, the beginning of another.” In the shadow of a new age, many may be left wondering what next “end-of-the-world” will arise. Associate professor of anthropology Kathleen Heath, Ph. D., said she believes there are some realistic dangers looming on the horizon that require immediate attention, such as global climate change, over-population and a worldwide shortage of food and natural resources like fresh water. All of these issues are intricately intertwined, Heath noted, and could prove to be trouble for future generations. “Fresh water is the scarcest resource on Earth, more rare than diamonds or gold. Our life depends on it and we dismiss its value because we seem to see it everywhere,” she said. “Only two percent of all water on earth is fresh water and most of that is locked up in polar ice and glaciers. We know with global warming that the ice is melting, and much of it melts into the oceans­—as the glaciers melt we are rapidly losing a major source of fresh water.”

Aside from global warming, this shortage is largely a result of human overconsumption with the average American using around 125 gallons of fresh water a day - more than anywhere in the world, Heath said. However, these problems are often overlooked and replaced with the immediate thought of an apocalyptic event. Heath said this is known as “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a concept in which individual self interest takes precedent over the good of the community as a whole. “Many of these events are out of our control but usually our greatest threats are not necessarily evident but are tiny changes over time, creeping normalcy, events that we can pretend are not affecting our life, at least not today, so we tend to ignore them,” she said. The tendency to fixate on such end-of-the-world myths has long been a trait of state-level societies, Heath said, while interpretations about what the end entails vary from culture to culture. “Myths are created by people to help people understand the world around them and to cope with the unknown and the uncertain and to guide life ways rooted in individual cultures,” she said. “Endings are real and the fact that we create myths about them is not surprising.” Now that Dec. 21, 2012 has come and gone, Americans and human beings everywhere will face the realities of life after the end of the Mayan calendar, possibly learning to cope with the true dangers to humanity that are becoming increasingly evident every day. “The problem is already here, but we are discounting the future,” Heath said. “The bigger problem is, the food we eat depends on fresh water. Without fresh water, how are we to grow healthy crops and livestock?” “The availability of fresh water is a global problem and unlike climate change, which we probably cannot do too much about at this stage, we can secure fresh water for the future through conservation and environmental protection laws, or will we just discount the future and be left with ‘The Tragedy of the Commons?’”

“December 2012 was simply the end of another longcount cycle and, by implication, the beginning of another.”

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University doing well amid budget challenges, president says Dave Taylor ISU Communications and Marketing Indiana State University is “trending green”—no, make that “blue”—when it comes to managing its budget and making progress under performancebased funding, university President Dan Bradley said. Bradley reviewed “dashboard” data related to budget management and areas the Indiana Commission for Higher Education uses for performancebased funding during a meeting of the university’s board of trustees. “Indiana State is doing exceptionally well in advancing its goals and maintaining a healthy financial performance despite budgetary challenges. On a red-yellow-green scale, the university is trending green in the vast majority of areas,” Bradley said. He later changed his characterization to “trending blue” and vowed to use red, yellow and blue in color-coded “dashboard” charts to track performance in key areas after Trustee David Campbell of Indianapolis suggested the change in recognition of ISU’s primary school color. The dashboard measurements include the ratio of students to student and other personnel, annualized fulltime equivalent enrollment of Indiana residents, various financial indicators for the university overall, housing and dining and athletics as well as performance priorities for the commission including degree completion, on-time degrees and progression toward degree attainment. These measurements are all based upon in-state enrollments only. Bradley noted there are two areas that need special attention - on-time degree completion and athletic fundraising. The university’s enrollment growth, creation of a University College and the development of the Sycamore

Graduation Guarantee are among the strategies being used to improve degree completion. The Indiana State University Foundation is also working with the department of intercollegiate athletics to advance athletic fundraising. The Foundation recently hired veteran coach and fundraiser, Phil Ness to lead those efforts. “Many people throughout the university have worked to meet these goals, and I am pleased with the progress being made. Indiana State is well positioned for continued success in the future,” he said. Indiana State trustees acted on several matters Friday, including a proposal to create a university-owned flight academy that will operate from Terre Haute International Airport. Trustees gave university officials the authority to negotiate and enter into a contract calling for the airport to renovate a facility to provide classroom, office and hangar space in exchange for a four-year lease by the university. Indiana State has had a professional flight technology program for many years in partnership with Brown Flying School but it is one of the few universities with such a program that does not operate its own flight academy, said C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The move will ensure that aspiring pilots have access to the most up-to-date technology, he said. Trustees also approved an overall 2.9 percent increase in the cost of health insurance for active employees for 2013. New rates include a 1.6 percent shift in the employee share of health plan costs in the second-year of a five-year plan to increase the employee share to 33 percent.

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CONTINUED from PAGE 22 In addition, trustees voted to publish two new university policies and one amended policy for public comment pending with final approval to come in February or later. One proposed new policy is designed to safeguard minors on the Indiana State campus or in university programs by providing clear instructions and protocols for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. The policy would also require criminal background and sex offender registry checks for faculty, staff, students, volunteer or others working with minors. The other new policy would provide so-called “whistleblower” protection by prohibiting retaliatory academic or employment action against individuals making good faith reports of wrongdoing. The amended policy would more clearly define what weapons are prohibited under the university’s code of student conduct. Other actions conducted during Indiana State’s most recent Board of Trustees meeting: •Approved new academic minors in multidisciplinary studies and automation and control engineering technology.

• Approved a name change for the Department of Art to Department of Art and Design. • Agreed to forward to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education justification for bachelor’s degree programs in science education, biology, music education and fine arts in art that require more than 120 credit hours for completion due to accreditation, internship or Indiana Department of Education requirements. • Increased from 15 credit hours to 18 credit hours the amount of classes faculty and staff can take each year at reduced fees, a move consistent with the practices of other state universities. • Approved a $500 non-refundable matriculation fee for students admitted to a new master’s degree program in occupational therapy. • Recognized the actions of university police officer Chris Heleine who rescued an incapacitated student from his burning car following a Nov. 14 traffic accident on a university parking lot.

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The lawsuits, tablets, close outs and buy outs of 2012

Thomas Beeler Reporter

Lawsuits, buy outs, innovations and cancelations were center stage in the world of technology in 2012. Microsoft, Facebook, Instagram and Megaupload had a year full of expected surprises and began to travel in new directions. Blackout of the Internet Legislation proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representatives Lamar S. Smith, searched for all the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holder to take legal action outside the U.S. that traffic copyrighted material and goods. Some effects of the Stop Online Privacy Act would have prohibited search engines from linking to sites deemed to be illegal. In a reaction to all of the act demands multiple billion-dollar companies objected to the act. Websites like Yahoo, Google, Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, AOL and Mozilla Corporation voice their opinion and fought back against the act, but websites like Wikipedia and Reddit along with other websites took action and on Jan. 18 performed a service blackout shutting down for the day. These information users by replacing their regular content with banners explain why the site was down and instructing people to sign up to petition against the act. With their silence, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Smith put off plans to draft the bill.

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introduced as a 9mm thick, 1.5 pound tablet computer that runs Windows 8 including a case that doubles as a full QWERTY keyboard. This is the first time in Microsoft history that hardware and software for a product. Microsoft moved intot direct competition with hardware companies. This launched a new era of hardware of Microsoft. Megaupload gets shut down The biggest name in the online and file sharing site, MegaUpload, came to an abrupt halt Jan. 20 due to a shut down by the U.S. Department of Justice. Complaints from the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America caused a raid of MegaUpload’s Virginia offices. Chief Executive Officer, Kim Dotcom, and three associateswere arrested in New Zealand shortly after the raid. The U.S. government was questioned by New Zealand’s government if they even had the right to arrest citizens of other countries for crimes no committed in the United States. According to Complex magazine, rapper and music producer, Swizz Beatz, was listed as the company’s CEO. According to Complex magazine, this can be explained because Megaupload received endorsement from celebrities including Kanye West and Beatz’s wife, Alicia Keys. According to Complex magazine, as of now, Dotcom is fighting the against the FBI’s extradition request and the site remains shut down with a notice from the U.S. government stating the domain name associated with the website MegaUpload.com has been seized. Recently, a New Zealand judge ruled that the police acted on an unlawful search warrant as they raided Dotcom’s home.

Samsung wins Apple patent lawsuit Since July marked the conclusion of a heated patent law suit against cell phone companies Samsung and Apple with Samsung coming out victorious. Apple accused the South Korean company of making the Samsung’s Galaxy tablet similar to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Complex magazine described the yearlong battle as a white collar world war because it carried over into a number of countries consuming a large number of financial resources. In the end, Judge Colin Birss, of the England and Wales Patents county court, ruled in favor of Samsung. Facebook buys Instagram Facebook unexpectedly showed it was a major leader in the tech world by buying the IOS and Android app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. The purchases not only show the power of Facebook but of creator, Mark Zuckerburg, who reportedly did not include the company board in the final decision. Microsoft Tablet Microsoft announced its entrance into the tablet era June 18, considered one of the most important days in the company’s history. At a small press event, the Microsoft Surface was

Microsoft’s Window 8 software, Apple and Samsung cell phone products and an Facebook app ran on Amazon’s Kindle Fire (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).


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Planning Spring Break 2013

Thomas Beeler Reporter

The middle March marks the annual date for spring break, a time for college students to travel cross country and relieve the stress of the spring semester. As students search for a place to vacation and relax with friends and family, planning a safe trip on a budget can be difficult. Sophomore elementary and special education major Katie Bekavac said she is heading to Panama City Beach, Fla. for her spring break adventure. She plans on making the trip with 11 of her friends. Two fellow sophomore ISU students, Cassie Higgins, business and marketing major and Ashley Means, business management and administration major, are traveling with her. “It is costing us roughly under $300 for our week stay per person,” Bekavac said. “That does not include our gas, food or shopping costs.” For attire, students can go to Honey Creek Mall or any nearby retailers before March 10, beginning of Spring Break. In order to keep the budget minimal, Bekavac is shopping both from retailer and online and looking for semi-annual sales or spring break specials. “Before the trip, usually, we shop for new clothes, bathing suits and snacks for the road,” Bekavac said. “When we get down to Florida we usually shop for our

food for the week and a bunch of souvenirs.” Bekavac said that her spring break group will drive the two hour trip in two to four cars. “Some advice for freshman and their first spring break experience as a college student would be to have fun and be prepared,” Bekavac said. Bekavac said to make sure you have someone in the group to take charge and ensure everyone is on time and all the reservations are set. “It’s nice to have one person doing all of it, because then everyone know it’s done and it Panama City Beach is one of the most popular spring break destinations for college makes the process a lot students (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons). smoother,” she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 “When students get to their destination just According to the Cross-Cultural Solutions enjoy the time with the friends you travel with organizations website, there are five reasons and make memories.” why student take an alternative spring Other options for students would be break: students can share their experience attending an alternative spring break and help with friends or family, there usually is cheap with different communities in need across the traveling costs, students can start a tradition at country. their university, students look back and reflect Indiana State’s atlernatve spring break on their time giving back and at the end of the program has planned trips to Lexington, day, students feel awesome about what they Kent., Maryville, Tenn., Pipestem, WV., have just done over the course of the week. Crossville, TN. and Selma, AL. The trips will “Spring break is something that not run volunteers $400 covering travel, lodging everyone gets to do and is a week of memories and food for the week. you will never forget,” Bekavac said. According to studentcity.com, besides Panama City Beach, other popular college destinations include • Budgeting Daytona Beach, Las Vegas • Reservations and South Padre Island. For the students that are • Package deals able to afford flights to • Car rental their destination, popular • Flying vs. driving spots extend overseas • Saftey of the area to Punta Cana, Bahamas, Cancun and other Mexico • Drivers license copy destinations (Photos • Choose travelers wisely courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

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Sycamores look to maintain momentum facing the Braves Jared McCormick Sports Editor The Indiana State Men’s Basketball team currently has a nine win and five loss record on the season. The Sycamores have had a successful past month that included a trip to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. ISU vs. IUPUI The Sycamores were able to travel to Indianapolis and secure their first road victory against the Jaguars. The series record for the two teams is now in favor of the Sycamores 3 to 2. This was also Coach Greg Lansing’s 75th contest as the head coach at Indiana State. The Sycamores claimed the win with a 75 – 61 victory.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic ISU vs. Ole Miss The Sycamores next took to the hardwood when they traveled to Honolulu to compete in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The first test for the Sycamores came against Ole Miss. The Sycamores were able to defeat Ole Miss with an 87 – 85 overtime victory against the Rebels. Sycamore forward Manny Arop scored a career high 27 points in the victory over the Rebels. “We’ve won the first out of the three we have come to win”, Lansing said following their victory.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 ISU vs. San Diego State University The next contest for the Sycamores came against the nationally ranked Aztecs of San Diego State University as they advanced to the semifinal round in Honolulu. The Sycamores could not, however, hold off the Aztecs as they eventually fell 55 – 62. ISU vs. Miami The final game for the Sycamores was a thriller against Miami. The Sycamores were able to come up with an overtime victory by a score of 57 – 55. The game-winning shot came from Jake Odum, who hit a running jumper with 0.8 seconds left on the game clock. With this victory, the Sycamores secured third place in the Diamond Head Classic and improved their season record to 7 – 4. . ISU vs. Illinois State The Sycamores opened the play in the Missouri Valley Conference at home facing the Redbirds of Illinois State. The Sycamores were able to secure a 77 – 75 victory and extend their record to 8 – 4. Sycamore center Justin Gant also secured his second consecutive double-double in the victory over the Redbirds. Gant ended the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Sycamores are 3 – 0 at home in conference openers against the Redbirds.

ISU at Northern Iowa With a final score of 65 – 61, the Indiana State Men’s basketball team emerged as the victor of the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. Center Justin Gant led the Sycamores again in scoring with his second consecutive 18 point performance. The Sycamores held improved to 9 – 4 overall and 2 – 0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ISU at Creighton The Sycamores’ win streak was halted by the Creighton Blue Jays, ranked 11/16 by the Associate Press and Coaches polls, by a score of 79 - 66.The Sycamores did have some successes, shooting almost 60 percent from the field in the second half, but the Blue Jays proved to be too much. The Blue Jays shot 50 percent from the three point line and 55 percent from the field. Coach Lansing said that he believed the team was ready to compete and were playing to win, but he also admitted that Creighton was the best team that they had played against all season. Lansing said, too, that they would have a chance to face them again, but he was more worried about preparing for their next contest against Bradley. The Sycamores compete in their next contest tonight at the Hulman Center at 7:05 p.m.

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ISU celebrates the “Year of the River”

Sara Palmer Assistant News Editor From colonial French traders hauling fur to the inspiration for the Indiana state song, the Wabash River has pumped life into Terre Haute, and beyond, for centuries. In 2013, the Wabash Valley will honor this mighty neighbor with an entire year of celebrations known as the “Year of the River.” “The river has been here long before we came and will be here long after, I presume,” said Steve Letsinger, M.F.A., art curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and co-

chair for “Year of the River,” along with Executive Directors Mary Kramer of Art Spaces and Jon Robeson of Arts Illiana. “We want Terre Haute to turn to the river and acknowledge how wonderful it is to have such a resource.” The co-chairs of “Year of the River” realized that some in Terre Haute do not fully understand the river’s role in the community’s livelihood. They developed the idea for Year of the River to provide art, educational and entertainment events designed to get the community excited about protecting the Wabash and all of its tributaries and watersheds. “We used to get food and beautiful pearls from the Wabash. Then after World War II we treated rivers like sewers,” Letsinger said. “We divorced ourselves from nature. It’s time to work together to find a way to live locally and sustainably without destroying nature.” “Year of the River” celebrations were in the works for more than a year, and will be held all over the Wabash Valley. With more than 80 organizations sponsoring or participating, including Indiana State University, this event will connect all aspects of the community. “Year of the River” kicked off this past weekend, with a First Friday exhibit at the Swope Art Museum on Jan. 4, 2013, and an educational seminar and jewelry-making workshop at the Native American Museum in Dobbs Park the following day. From concerts This year, Terre Haute will pay homage to the Wabash River, pictured above, on the river to internationallythough a series of themed events (Photo by Joe Butler).

recognized artist installations, Letsinger hopes this year will be more than informative; it will be transformative. “The river shaped us over time,” Letsinger said. “It is the veins of life for our community and we are all affected by it.” Upcoming Wabash River-themed events include: •“River Chatter,” monthly art discussions hosted by Art Spaces •The 2013 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition hosted by Art Spaces and Arts Illiana •River and water-themed art exhibits hosted by the Swope •Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology at ISU’s Dreiser Theatre. Other celebrations include boat races, outdoor festivals, bow hunting, canoe trips and more. According to this website, the celebration “offers opportunities for exploration, partnership, involvement and understanding, to positively impact the region in which we live and work.” Letsinger believes that these events are crucial to deepening our connection to the Wabash and will encourage both young and old alike to cherish and protect this essential natural resource. As a Mighty River Front Page Sponsor, the ISU community plays a large role in these celebrations. For example, the ISU Institute for Community Sustainability will hold a public forum on Feb. 12 and the Fairbanks Hall will exhibit riverthemed photography on March 22. Students, alumni, faculty and staff can view specific ISU Year of the River events at www.indstate.edu/campusevents. “We have to think about what kind of life we want here,” he said. “This will be enlivening for the community and our economy. It will help inspire young people to shape this community and work to make the world a better place.”

“It’s time to work together to find a way to live locally and sustainably without destroying nature.” Steve Letsinger


January 9, 2013