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Junior guard Jake Odum is the only starting player returning from the 2011 MVC Championship team. He currently leads the team this season averaging 14 points per game (Photo courtesy ISU Communications and Marketing).
ERNEST ROLLINS Editor-in-Chief Any team that wants to walk away holding the Missouri Valley Conference tournament trophy Sunday night must possess one defining characteristic, ISU men’s basketball head coach Greg Lansing said. “You can’t win a tournament championship without having toughness,” Lansing said.
Adding to that tournament champion formula, Lansing said it takes commitment, resilience and togetherness as well to come out on top in the MVC. Over the 40 minutes of play it has to be a battle for every possession.
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Need for diverse faculty creates challenges for university
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Indiana State University’s goal of diversifying campus faculty is facing several challenges, Barbara Eversole, assistant professor of human resource development and performance technologies, said Tuesday. Eversole gave a brief presentation on initiative four of the Strategic Plan update on goal six: recruit and retain great faculty and staff and partnering for success. Initiative four has two purposes: to accelerate hiring of African-American faculty as well as recruitment efforts of other minorities and women in executive and staff positions. Further, the initiative aims to reduce the gap between African-American faculty and the percentage of black students by 50 percent in the next four years, according to the Indiana State University’s Pathway to Success. Currently, 17 percent of the student body at the university is African-American. As overall enrollment continues to climb, so does the African-American student population, but faculty hasn’t been increasing quickly enough. “Imagine that you’re a white student at a university and most of the faculty and staff are African-Americans ... that is what our AfricanAmerican students are dealing with,” Eversole said. “Most faculty, role models and students are white at ISU.” However, according to Strategic Planning benchmarks, that’s going to change. AfricanAmerican faculty is projected to reach 26 people by fall 2013, nearly double the fall 2012 amount. Once diverse faculty is hired, the university must work to retain them, Eversole said. “There is no simple answer and it’s getting worse because of the increase in minority students,” said C. Jack Maynard, vice president
Strategic Plan Initiatives: • Goal six: recruit and retain great faculty and staff
• Initiative one: enhance the quality of life for faculty and staff • Initiative two: enhance the development of faculty • Iniative three: enhance the development of staff • Initiative four: expand the diversity found in composition of faculty and staff at ISU
• Partnering for success
• Initiative one: energize downtown to create a great college town • Initiative two: realizing the full potential of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative • Initiative three: developing the neighborhoods around ISU • Initiative four: developing a professional development and conference center and alumni aenter • Initiative five: creative a gateway to ISU and a connection to “riverSCAPE” of academic affairs and provost. Eversole, who was speaking on University Diversity Officer Elonda Ervin’s behalf, said Indiana State would need to develop a climate of “inclusion,” absolve feelings of not “being a part of the university” among employees, change attitudes regarding diversity training and commit to faculty that have not been “embraced by the university community.” Other hurdles, Eversole said, include a lack of funds needed to support recruitment efforts for minority faculty in addition to lack of progress on opportunity hires. Those closely involved with the initiative will combat those challenges through steps such as mandatory diversity training, creating a stronger presence at
“There’s no simple answer and it’s worse because of the increase in minority students.” C. Jack Maynard, vice president of academic affairs and provost
the National Coalition on Racial Equality and a “streamlined” process that requires minority candidates to be introduced to minority students, staff and faculty during on-campus visits. A panel discussion led by ISU administrators on the Partnering for Success initiatives followed the presentations on goal six. Initiative chair and University Architect Kevin Runion stated that the university is going forward with its intention to extend ISU property toward the Wabash River. According to the Campus Facilities Master Plan, approved by the ISU Board of Trustees in December 2009, the university plans to combine all athletic venues on a single “athletic campus,” which will be located between U.S. 41 and the Wabash River from Locust Street to U.S. 40.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 So far, 15 properties have been acquired for the project, with the university studying an additional eight more. Once funding sources are identified, Runion said, the Track and Field/Soccer Complex will be the first athletic venue constructed. Additional information on the university Master Plan is available through indstate. edu/president.
“Imagine that you’re a white student at a university and most of the faculty and staff are African-Americans ... that is what our AfricanAmerican students are dealing with.” Barbara Eversole, assistant professor of human resource development and performance technologies
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Vigil for student being held today The Indiana State University community is paying respects to one of its own. At 6 p.m. today, the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and National Panhellenic Conference will be hosting a Memorial Vigil for former ISU student Brandon S. Perrine at the Dede Fountain. Perrine, a junior criminal justice major, was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega and served as a historian. He worked as a teacher’s assistant on campus, as well. Perrine, 21, passed away Friday evening during an incident in an apartment offcampus.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield, Ind. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. and Pastor Danny Curry will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Perrine Education Fund, care of Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, IN, 46140. Friends may share their memories at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@ erleweinmortuary.com.
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Alice Brumfield Through the Looking Glass
Spring Break is a time to get away, to go down south and have fun in the sun with your friends on the beaches with thousands of other college kids doing the same thing. There are certain aspects of spring break, however, that need a closer look. It isn’t a new fact that college kids drink during spring break. Aside from the beaches, that’s the other big reason that they go. Everyone knows it happens, but people generally turn a
blind eye to it. The drinking and general debauchery that is spring break has gotten progressively worse over the years. The first reported collegiate spring break was in 1938 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It started as a swimming competition, and then continued to expand through the years. A Time Magazine article from 1959 talked about how even with the presence of a police station set up squarely on the beach, the 20,000 students who had been there for two weekends “behaved in the same sunstruck, beer-propelled way as have their predecessors for the last 20 years. That is, they grilled themselves medium-rare all
day and beach-boozed all night.” Drinking until you can’t drink anymore obviously isn’t a novel concept for spring breakers. It has, however, progressively gotten worse. In 1985, Fort Lauderdale was hosting around 370,000 students and it got bad enough through the years that by the end of the ‘80s, the county commision of Fort Lauderdale passed laws making it illegal to carry alcoholic beverages on the beach. This effectively made it more difficult for college kids to enjoy their time there. Some of the other changes that they made was to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 and limiting the number of occupants in hotel rooms. According to the Time article, “A Brief History of Spring Break,” this pushed kids farther south and even to places that are not in the United States. Spring break started to garner national attention as one big drunken debacle. “MTV’s spring break” only reinforced it to the public. The other big problem that people ended up having with spring break came in the form of “Girls Gone Wild,” where drunk girls flashed the cameras and were forever immortalized on DVD. Every kid going on spring break has gotten the lecture about how if they drink, they need to do it responsibly or to make sure that they use protection if they hookup with someone that they don’t know. They
get that lecture all the time, but do they really get facts or just scare tactics? After researching about spring break, some of the scare tactics do seem to be true. Alcohol consumption increases heavily in students over spring break. Compared to the six drinks a week that students have on average. According to alcohol101plus.org, that average goes up to 10 a day on spring break. That’s a pretty big jump. As we all know, alcohol can impair judgment to a point where the effects can be harmful. Sex and alcohol go hand in hand, and over spring break, the average of unprotected sex among students goes up. That wouldn’t be a big deal if there weren’t pesky things like pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases that can ruin a good time. While my goal isn’t to ruin spring break for people, something that those who are leaving home need to remember is to practice restraint. Also, remember that on the aidsvu.org HIV diagnosis map, Florida is the darkest state in the south with over 444 cases per 100,000 being HIV positive. For those of you saying “yolo” over this spring break, just remember that, yes, you do only live once, but don’t live with arrests on your record or some sort of nasty festering in your private bits. It wouldn’t be nearly as fun that way. Enjoy your spring break.
Last week, our campus was entertained by the contestants and participants in Miss Gay ISU. The massive line to get into the show surprised many of the attendees, who had not expected the Devin event to garner much interest from many of Barker their peers. Perhaps The ISU has a more Shoulders accepting and openatmosphere of Giants minded than it is frequently credited with. Then again, perhaps the event had provided many with nothing more than the false hope of progress. The very next day, as a bit of fun, and because a friend of mine might understand what it is like to be transgender, my fiance and I decked her out in full drag. We helped her chest bind, gave her male clothing, and even ran over posturing and walking with her. As far as the outside world was concerned, my friend was a transgender man. The original plan had been for her to go all day dressed and behave as a man. We knew about the strange looks and staring she would receive, and possibly even a few whispered comments as she walked byâ€”those just come with the territory. What we did not expect was the outright hatred that she had to endure. Simply because of the way she had chosen to dress that day, my friend was subjected to the hateful stares of our peers, open mockery, hateful texts and even a violent upbraiding from a complete stranger all in a period of only five hours. I could not understand what had happened. A campus that had just the day before played host to a drag competition became openly hostile to a singular person. At the event, there had been a program issued that made a point to clarify the difference between a transsexual, a transgender person, and a drag queen. The aim of the event had been partly entertainment, but also to foster understanding among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and cisgender/
Transgenders are people too heteronormative communities while raising money for HIV/AIDS research. A cisgender individual is a person whose gender identity matches up with their physical sex from birth. Drag queens had originally been invented for this purpose: to challenge gender roles and expression while providing entertainment for the audience. Sadly, through no fault of their own, drag queens have lost their political relevance. According to glbtq.com, crossdressing is intended to call into question traditionally held beliefs regarding sex and gender. However, this is no longer the case. Drag queens cease to inspire thought and argument as they once did because they are no longer taken seriously. Just like when a comedian tells a racist joke and the audience accepts it as being in good fun and gives it no more thought, the audience of a drag show no longer think of gender issues during an act. The problem is that the environment around a drag show has changed, is sanitized. The audience no longer feels the controversy of the drag queen because the understanding is that they are not taking on the role of the female gender in a serious fashion. But when those same audience members encounter a transgender person expressing the gender role that they genuinely identify with, they perceive it in a serious context. That individual truly wants to be understood as a sex other than the one they were born with, which makes them much more intimidating and challenging to the traditional rules of gender. Transgender individuals challenge the preconceived notions that many cisgender people have about concepts like gender and gender roles, and that scares people. It is scary to suddenly see that the helpful, black and white rules by which most of us have been brought up are extremely lacking in truthfulness and inclusivity, and when people become scared, their primal response is to lash out. That emotionally-immature lashing out is what my friend had to experience the day after an event intended to prevent it because people box in events like the drag show as not serious and
sociologically unimportant. This is why we need more than just drag queens and diversity events to change the behavior of our peers. We need education. Education is serious, important and necessary, just as a candid discussion of real gender dynamics is. The diversity events that happen at ISU provide important exposure to different people and cultures, but they do not truly educate a person and instill an accepting, moral character in them. That can only be accomplished by a formal, educational atmosphere that confronts the social rules people have been brought up in. In addition, members of those challenging social
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groups would have an environment that protects them and allows them to supplement the curriculum with their own experiences, should they want to. To this end, it is necessary that ISU make more concerted efforts to involve diversity education and exposure into class curriculums. Perhaps, once a more meaningful effort is put into course-wide diversity education, people will be educated and intellectually advanced enough to not childishly lash out at people who challenge their world view. Otherwise, our diversity events will do nothing further than entertain someone the night before they abuse someone else.
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Sales Pitch: ISU students and faculty pitch innovative ideas in business competition
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The challenge presented to ISU students and members of the local Terre Haute community was to create and persuade a panel of business professionals to invest in their product within 54 hours. “Best way to know if your idea is good or bad is to pitch it,” said Jess Falkenthal, member of Startup Weekend, as the Terre Haute version of the business competition got underway. Two teams learned their pitches were a good idea. A team proposing a weighted blanket-like product to prevent it from blowing away in the wind won first place at Startup Weekend Terre Haute, a weekend-long competition in which aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors crafted business plans for a new device or business. The team called their creation “Beach Ez 360”. The mat, which is ideal to take to the pool or the beach, includes a waterproof pouch for electronic devices. Second place was Underground Recruitment, a proposed website that would give high school athletes an opportunity to create a profile featuring their accomplishments for college recruiters to review. “What made the winners stand out was that they identified not only an area that was underserved, but they also put together a nice draft of a business plan through the course of the weekend,” said Heather Strohm, director of the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center. The center,
“Business majors or not, 43 percent of students want to start up a business. This event can help them learn.” Heather Strohm, director of the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
Brien Smith (second from left), dean of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University, poses with the members of the team that proposed Beach Ez 360 (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
which is housed at Indiana State University’s Federal Hall, hosted the competition. Four judges participated in selecting the winners. The judges had experience with business and finance and came from different parts of the United States. Several Indiana State faculty members, including Scott College of Business Dean Brien Smith, participated as judges and hosts. The judging criteria for everyone included customer validation, the business model and feasible execution. Some of the prizes Melissa Padgett, Walter Padgett, Brian Lakstins, Rick Culiver and Thomas Jefferson Gosnell received for Beach Ez 360 included a business development program, a oneyear website host and a corporate entity formation valued at $500. More than 15 people presented their pitches to everyone, after which people in attendance selected a group whose business idea they thought would be good to continue developing over the weekend. There were a variety of pitches, from helping people with their taxes, to creating apps on how to play an instrument and even creating a headset to wear during fire emergencies. “I think the Start-Up Weekend is very beneficial. It provides real-world experience
that hurdles over issues that present themselves when starting a company,” said Bryan Morgan, an Indiana State student who participated in the Terre Haute Startup Weekend competition. “While having the coaches and mentors there, it helped them discover the tactics to overcome issues.” “Business majors or not, 43 percent of students want to start up a business. This event can help them learn,” said Strohm. “I think students should come to this to help build connections in the community and they have an opportunity to leverage their skills.” Startup Weekend is a global nonprofit organization that gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to learn about launching a business and the basic concept involved. The organization has hosted other weekend competitions, though this was Terre Haute’s inaugural event. “We had a great turnout, especially considering this was our first Startup Weekend,” said Smith. “We promoted the event, and I think the participants learned a great deal from the 54-hour event. I can’t wait to see what next year brings us.”
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ISU students and faculty will have the option to “Rent-A-Pike” Wednesday hosted by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The event is to be hosted in Dede I from 7-10 p.m. Students attending the event can bid on initiated members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. All proceeds from the event will go towards Relay For Life, a fundraising effort started by the American Cancer Society. The wining bidders will receive two
hours of volunteer service from the members that were bid on.
‘Ball for a Cause’ The Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society will be hosting “Ball for a Cause” a 5-on-5 basketball tournament March 17 in the North Gym of the Arena. It costs $25 per team to register for the tournament. There will be an entry fee of $2 per student, $3 for all others to the competition from noon to 6 p.m.
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ISU students get in shape for spring break
Nathan Staggs Reporter Junior biology major Nicholas Gallina is working on his Spring break body not to relax on a warm beach soaking up rays of sun like other college students, but to prepare for wrestling with lines and hooks in hopes of winning a fishing competition. “To be a good fisherman, it isn’t just about fishing techniques,” Gallina said. “You have to be right in the mind and body. To train for this tournament I am focusing less on muscle mass and more on muscle tone.” While Gallina focuses his training on a specific goal, other ISU students crunch, run and lift their way into shape at the Student Recreation Center in preparation for Spring Break 2013. Natalie Bunton, a junior human resources major, has been working with her personal trainer, Cedric Rambert, senior criminology major, to prepare for her trip to Panama
City Beach, Fla. Rambert said Bunton’s goal is to look good in her swimsuit when they leave town for break. “It’s a competition out there,” Bunton said. According to the Indiana Prevention Resource Center Spring Break is seen as “a rite of passage for most undergraduate college students’”. An estimated 1.5 million college students travel nationally or internationally for Spring Break. Students that are going out of town know that they will be in a different environment, filled with beaches and sunshine instead of books and laptops. Students want to not only look good, but also have enough endurance to make it through the days. According to studentuniverse. com top Spring Break locations include Mexico, the Bahamas and
Panama City Beach. Rambert said Bunton is well on her way to reaching her beach body goal, having lost three to four pounds even though she only began recently. Bunton said Spring Break is also a time for students to forget about their term papers and group
“It’s a competition out there.” Natalie Bunton, junior human resources major projects for a short time and “let loose.” “Students want to relax from academics and get their mind and Some students like to travel internationally for body right,” Gallina said. spring break. (submitted photo).
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Junior forward Manny Arop makes his way down court to start a play for the Sycamores (Photo by Mae Robyn Rhymes).
“That is how this conference tournament is going to be,” said junior guard Jake Odum. “Each game is going to be a grind and you’re going to get everybody’s best shot.” The Sycamores will have to prove they are resilient as they enter the tournament on a fivegame conference losing skid. The latest loss came on the road against the Evansville University Purple Aces, 84-68, which is also the first round opponent for ISU. The Purple Aces (18-13, 10-8 MVC) are currently on a four-game winning streak as they enter the tournament. The two teams split their two meetings this season. Lansing said one of the keys to success in this tournament lies within the team’s defense. “No matter if you are playing well and shooting the ball well on offense your one constant has to be defending,” Lansing said. “You just have to be hard to play against and make your opponent take a difficult shot and just give them one shot.” Sophomore guard Devonte Brown said for the team to be successful it must finish defensive plays, which means not letting the opposing team get an offensive rebound and kicking it out for a 3-pointer for instance. In situations where the team is not strong on defense, Brown said, it tends to throw the team “out of whack.” “We have a lot of times where we play good
defense for 30 seconds,” Brown said. Odum said that one trait the conference winning team of 2011, of which he is the only returning starter this season, possessed was that they were aggressive on defense. While there are other similarities between the two teams such as a core group of junior players, defense is what is going to help the team win the tournament. Indiana State University is second in field goal percentage defense in the MVC, bested only by Wichita State University. The Sycamores are also second in 3-point field goal defense with the top spot taken by Creighton University. Throughout the season the Sycamores have faced various opponents who were ranked at the point of contest or later became ranked. Odum said having such games this season developed experience that can help ready the Sycamores for the upcoming tournament. ISU went 2-4 against ranked opponents this season, with upsets of previously ranked Creighton University and Wichita State and currently number six ranked Miami University. Odum leads the team on offense averaging 14 points per game and has reached double-figures in the last 10 games for the Sycamores. Junior forward Manny Arop transferred from number one Gonzaga University and made a name for
himself at ISU. Arop follows Odum with 12 points per game. Arop said the student section at basketball games provide an unbelievable atmosphere and contributed toward many of the Sycamores’ victories this season. A conference title will automatically earn ISU a bid into the 2013 NCAA tournament, an accomplishment that last occurred two years ago. That season the Sycamores entered the tournament with momentum as they won the last five games to end the season with a 22-14 overall, 12-6 MVC record. “We got to get stops, that a big part of it,” Arop said. “Our offense is generated by our defense so we get it lock in and just be tough on defense starting with the first game. It’s one game at a time.” The Sycamores enter the tournament as the number five seed while Evansville enters at the number four seed. According to an ISU Athletics press release the last time the Sycamores were ranked number five was in 2001 and the team went on to win the championship title, becoming the lowest ranked team to accomplish that goal. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Friday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Miss.
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Johnson adds regional award to impressive record Kevin Jenison ISU Athletic Media Relations Indiana State senior Felisha Johnson USA Indoor Track & Field Championships added another honor to a growing list of with a distance of 22.27 meters (73 feet, 0.75 accomplishments in her four-year career as inches). It is the fifth time this season that a Sycamore Monday as she was named the Johnson has had a throw over 70-feet. Great Lakes Region Women’s Field Athlete The senior won the NCAA indoor title in of the Year. The announcement was made the weight throw in 2011 and finished fourth Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and in 2012. She will be going after her second Cross Country Coaches Association. NCAA indoor championship this weekend Johnson is a senior from Indianapolis, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Ind., who is the nation’s collegiate leader in Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. the weight throw and ranks second in the Johnson also ranks second among shot put after posting school records in both collegians in the shot put with a distance of events this season. 17.80 meter (58-feet-4.75-inches) which set Johnson’s mark of 23.06 meters (75 feet, 8 the school record and was accomplished as she inches) in the weight throw places her fifth al- won the shot put invitational at the Indiana time among collegiate performers and makes Relays. She placed seventh in the event at the her just the sixth collegiate woman to surpass 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships and will 75-feet. She recently placed fourth at the be competing again this year.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Johnson won her first MVC Indoor title in the weight throw this year and finished second in the shot put. Johnson has been just as efficient outdoors. The senior placed 13th at the USA Olympic Trials in the shot put just weeks after placing
fifth at the 2012 NCAA outdoor meet with a then school record distance of 56 feet, 11.25 inches. A two-time outdoor All-American, Johnson has competed in the shot put, discus and hammer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the past two seasons.
Senior Felisha Johnson heads to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).
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THREE SYCAMORES HEADS TO NCAA NATIONALS Seniors Felisha Johnson, Brandon Pounds and junior Greggmar Swift will make the journey to Fayetteville, Ark. for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday. Johnson is currently seeded number one in the 20-pound weight throw and number two in the shot put in the NCAA rankings. She recently earned the title of Great Lakes Region Womenâ€™s Field Athlete of the Year. She will be competing in both events. Pounds sits second in the 35-pound weight throw. Johnson and Pounds both finished in the top five at USA Indoor National Championships in their weight throw events. Swift is entering into the national meet sixth in the 60-meter hurdles. He competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics and has earned multiple Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week.
Left: Senior Brandon Pounds qualified for the NCAA indoor meet with a throw of 73 feet, 11.25 inches (Submitted photo). Right: Senior Felisha Johnson holds the number one spot in the nation in the 20 pound weight throw with 75 feet, 8 inches and number two spot in the shot put with a distance of 58 feet, 4.75 inches (Photo by Ayden Jent).
Junior Greggmar Swift earned his number six rank with a time of 7.67 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles (Photo courtesy of ISU Communication and Marketing).