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Indiana Statesman For ISU students. About ISU students. By ISU students.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Indiana Statesman



Volume 124, Issue 18

Homecoming Sycamore Snyc with a twist Chelsea Chapman Reporter

Sycamore Sync is a night during Homecoming where student organizations across Indiana State University’s campus come to perform a show that they have prepared. In the past, Sycamore Sync has been a lip-syncing competition where students are given a theme to follow. This year, the students planning the event decided to switch up the rules a bit – no lip-syncing! Paige Beamon, a senior studying general studies, was in charge of planning the event, and has been in the process of planning since all semester. “The end of last semester is when I got the position,” said Beamon. “Right when school started is when we started doing everything. I was part of the competition in the past with my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. I always wanted to be a part of Sycamore Sync, so I went up to HMSU floor 5 and said I wanted an interview.” Beamon and her team, for whom she expresses great gratitude, did a lot of planning that led to the success of the event. They even altered some of the staple rules in the competition this year. “We had to create the rules and we had to create the theme,” said Beamon. “The theme is kind of broad. Sycamore Nation is the overall Homecoming theme; we are doing past, present, and future. [The teams] had to do past songs, a present songs, and a future, kind of like a remix, so they could make their own theme out of it. We had to assign

them a dance move. They had to incorporate a past dance move and a present dance move that I assigned each group. There’s no lip-syncing. When I did it, I looked so goofy lip-syncing, so I just wanted to focus in on dancing. That’s why we added the dance moves.” Fourteen groups choreographed and spent hours rehearsing for this event. “We have the Towers, RHA, State DM, AOP, and fraternities and sororities,” said Beamon. “The [fraternities and sororities] are all paired throughout homecoming, like AOP and Sig Ep are paired together so they have to do their dances and floats together.” Aramatta Davisson, a freshman studying music education, participated with her residence hall in the competition. “I’m participating with Tower Powers,” said Davisson. “They sent out an email and had flyers everywhere. I love dance a lot so this gave me the opportunity to get back into dance without having to add extra classes I don’t need.” Davisson loved the variety in her show. “Our show starts with a decades type of deal,” said Davisson, “and then it transitions into different types of dance, like we have burlesque, we have some more popular dances, we’ve got a whole puppet thing going on, and we even have the mannequin challenge. Kodi Mink is in charge of our group. He has two helpers who have helped us put the show together. We’ve been working about a month, it’s not a whole lot of time to put everything together, but we make do. We rehearse one to two hours

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Members of the State Dance Marathon and Alpha Phi Omega sync team huddle on stage during their performance on October 9, 2018.

five nights a week.” Davisson reaped many benefits from participating in this event. “I really enjoy [sync]. Overall, it’s been a great experience. I’ve gotten to know some people in the towers I didn’t know before. I got to get closer with some of the people in my building and my RAs and I got to learn some new dances.” Julie Schubert, a junior studying secondary English education, performed with her sorority, Delta Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “The theme this year is Sycamore Nation,” said Schubert, “and we have worked to create a show that embodies the good times we’ve had at Indiana State.

Missing Saudi journalist recalled by Terre Haute resident

My favorite part of Sync has been getting to know members from other organizations. The SAEs we’ve worked with are really funny guys with a lot of energy and drive. I love the thrill of being on a stage and in front of crowd. There’s nothing better than representing an organization that means so much to me.” Schubert was excited to see what all of the organizations had to bring to the stage. “I can’t wait to see all of them,” said Schubert. “They’re all so unique and entertaining. It’s one of my favorite nights of the year because we all get the opportunity to come together and put on performances that people will remember for years. I recommend that everyone get

Homecoming: Past, present and future

Sue Loughlin

Alyssa Bosse

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Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who disappeared last week after a visit to his country’s consulate in Turkey, graduated from Indiana State University in 1983, the university confirmed Tuesday. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old journalist and contributor to The Washington Post, is missing and feared dead. Turkish authorities believe he was slain inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, something Saudi officials deny, according to international press reports. “Indiana State University officials thoughts are with the family and colleagues of missing journalist and alumnus Jamal Khashoggi during this difficult time,” the university said in a statement Tuesday. “Khashoggi was an undergraduate student at Indiana State, 1977-1982, and was conferred a degree in business administration on May 7, 1983.” Someone who knew Khashoggi is Terre Haute resident Omar Sarooq. They both resided at what was then called ISU’s Married Student Housing and both also attended the Islamic Center of Terre Haute. “We used to have a lot of political discussions about the Mideast,” Sarooq said. Their discussions took place during the time of the Iranian revolution that produced the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. That was also around the time of the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days, from November 1979 to January 1981, at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. “When he and I had discussions about Iran, and what took place in Iran in 1979, we could disagree, agreeably,” said Sarooq, who uses his Islamic name. Sarooq hopes the news that Khashoggi has been killed is not true, but everything indicates otherwise. “It’s tragic,” he said. Khashoggi was not a radical Islamist, Sarooq said. He knew him as “a sincere, practicing Muslim ... he prayed and fasted.” From what Sarooq has read, Khashoggi “didn’t agree with some of the Saudi government’s policies. He wanted them to do better. ... He didn’t call for the government to be overthrown.” Khashoggi opposed the Saudi war in Yemen as well as the crackdown on any kind of dissent. “That was not worth taking his life or putting him in prison,” Sarooq said. “The Saudi government is so oppressive. They can’t stand any dissent, from what I’ve gathered. He loved his country and he wanted to live in his country. He simply wanted to make his country better” and more progressive. He described Khashoggi as “an open-minded kind of guy” who traveled the world.

Homecoming has evolved from the past to the present and as it continues into the future. There are several commonly known Homecoming events that have changed over the years along with traditions that have left and are being brought back. Homecoming 2018 has brought back the typical homecoming court, but in a more modernized way. Campus Life Associate Director, Kevon Christian shared, “We are modernizing the traditional king and queen to calling it ‘Royal Sycamores.’ It does not matter [your] gender or if you are genderless. They will be at several highlighted events this week. The winners will be announced at the football game on Saturday.” Past events like the Blue Light parade has changed from tiki torches to blue lights because of safety hazards, but also to incorporate more blue for Sycamores. Another changing factor this year is the Blue White parade held on Saturday, which will now have decorated golf carts instead of the traditional trailer bed floats. Tracey Machtan, the associate director of Fraternity and Sorority life said, “With anything some traditions go and fade away and some become more popular. Some traditions come back, which is really exciting.” Homecoming week is the only week out of the year to have some of these events and to get out and have fun. Kevon Christian explained what Homecoming should be known as, “Homecoming, especially for our students is supposed to be a time of fun, a time of energy, a time to connect with some folks who don’t typical opportunity to connect with. Homecoming just gives you that extra connection outside of the classroom.” More than just for current ISU students, Homecoming is

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The fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and her friend wait outside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 3, 2018.

According to Al Jazeera, Khashoggi “is one of the most prominent Saudi and Arab journalists and political commentators of his generation, owing to a career that has spanned nearly 30 years.” Born in Medina in 1958, Khashoggi was once close to the inner circles of the Saudi royal family, where he earned his reputation as a reform advocate. Al Jazeera reported Khashoggi is best known for coverage of the events of Afghanistan, Algeria, Kuwait and the Middle East in the 1990s. He met and interviewed Osama bin Laden several times in the middle of the decade, before the latter went on to become the leader of the al-Qaeda group. According to the Associated Press, Khashoggi’s final break with the Saudi authorities followed the Arab Spring protests that swept through the region in 2011, shaking the power base of traditional leaders and giving rise to Islamists, only to be followed by unprecedented crackdowns on those calling for change. Siding with the opposition in Egypt and Syria, Khashoggi became a vocal critic of his own government’s stance and a defender of moderate Islamists, which Riyadh considered an existential threat. “This was a critical period in Arab history. I had to take a position. The Arab world had waited for this moment of freedom for a thousand years,” Khashoggi told a Turkey-based Syrian opposition television station last month, just days before he disappeared.

involved in any way they can! Whether you’re a performer, prop builder, choreographer, or spectator, it is opportunity unlike any other! These are the moments we’ll look back on after we graduate. Take advantage of them.” Kati Dunham, a senior studying nursing, attended to support one of her friends. “I attended sync tonight because a friend asked me to come and watch her. She was part of RHA and I think she did awesome. Sync was more fun than I thought it would be.” Indiana State University will be hosting another event similar to Sycamore Sync in the spring called Sycamore Remix.

also a time for the community to get together and for Alumni to come back and experience the changes being made from when they attended the university. Christian added, “Homecoming also brings back Alumni and seeing how different campus is from when they first came. Whether it be thirty years ago or just last year, to welcome them back to the family and show them how much we have improved since they left.” Homecoming brings multiple groups of people together for this week of connection and fun. Anyone is welcome to participate in Homecoming events, but a big part of homecoming is the involvement from Fraternities and Sororities. Machtan said, “Homecoming is not just for Fraternities and Sororities, they participate to a large degree and they are really excited and proud to do that. Homecoming is for our students, our alumni, our friends. It’s a time to bring everybody back to campus and be proud to be a Sycamore.” Inter Fraternity council President, Alex Kuhlman, said that homecoming is for everyone and not just any specific group. “Coming from a Sorority, Fraternity stand point it is not just completely barred off to us,” said Kuhlman. “All of campus is welcome to all the events. All student organizations are eligible to partake in any event. I think it’s really cool that it can be open to anyone.” The past, the present and the future Homecomings build on each other. Many events have remained ongoing, but have changed tiny aspects to stay well known and interesting. As for future Homecomings, more traditions will evolve, but some will still remain the same as they are now. The Homecoming festivities of the past have helped make Homecoming what it is today and what it will continue to be in upcoming years.


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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2018

College endowments hit Ban on same-sex couples roils small Christian college: ‘This isn’t record values — and maybe the ire of lawmakers something sinful, God’ Alejandra Reyes-Velarde Los Angeles Times (TNS) On a recent fall day, a group of protesters gathered in a university courtyard, many holding rainbow flags. About 100 students and faculty members were fighting for LGBTQ rights on campus. The scene was unusual, though — in some ways radical — given that the location was Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, and that the debate was over how God would view the issue of same-sex couples. “This isn’t something sinful, God,” one student said, leading the emotional gathering. “This is something beautiful. I pray that we continue to live out the mission of being difference-makers, God, that this world be a place of equality, God.” The public display of support for LGBTQ students was a response to the evangelical Christian university’s recent decision

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Rob Muthiah, a professor of practical theology in the seminary, offers a prayer during a rally by the LGBTQ Christian community at Azusa Pacific University on Oct. 1, 2018 to show support after the school reinstated a ban on same-sex relationships on campus.

to reinstate its ban on same-sex relationships. The school had quietly removed the ban in August and created a new LGBTQ pilot program, which includes the creation of weekly student meetings backed by the univer-

sity. But following criticism from conservative Christian media, the university changed course, saying there was a “miscommu-


UC Davis investigating ‘reprehensible’ anti-Semitic posters found on campus Alejandra Reyes-Velarde Los Angeles Times (TNS)

University of California, Davis police are investigating anti-Semitic fliers posted near the school’s student union Monday morning, authorities said. Chancellor Gary May said in a statement that the fliers, which violated posting policy, were removed and that the university was working to identify who put them up. “The message on these fliers is reprehensible and does not represent who we are as a community,” he said. “Our Principles of Community expresses our dedi-

cation to mutual respect, understanding, compassion and caring for everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation, culture, ethnicity or gender. I ask each of you to uphold those values.” The black-and-white fliers portrayed figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, professor Christine Blasey Ford, billionaire George Soros and attorney Michael Avenatti, with a Star of David or the words “Good Goy” on their foreheads. They surrounded an image of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the phrase: “Every time some anti-white, anti-american, anti-freedom event takes

place, you look at it and it’s Jews behind it.” The flier included a website to the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist publication. UC Davis Police Sgt. Bill Beermann said a student first reported the fliers to university police about 7:45 a.m. Monday, and more fliers were brought in during the day. The bills were posted on the Memorial Union building, which has no surveillance cameras, police said. “We’re trying to find out who left the posters,” Beermann said. “Right now, it’s not a criminal in-


Harvard University’s $39.2 billion endowment has reached a record value. So did Yale. And Brown. And Dartmouth. As many wealthy U.S. universities report bulging assets and strong investment gains for the latest fiscal year, the timing isn’t ideal. Their fat coffers may draw the ire of lawmakers, some of whom view schools as hoarding their billions of dollars and have questioned their tax-exempt status. “It makes the schools’ efforts to say that they can’t afford to pay the new tax a little harder to find sympathy for,” said Brian Galle, a law professor who specializes in tax at Georgetown University. Schools’ worst fears were realized last December when a group of private colleges was included in the overhaul of the U.S. tax code. A Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts has proposed a state tax of 1.6 percent that would affect Harvard University and nine others with endowments over $1 billion including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. About 30 schools are expected to pay 1.4 percent on their investment returns to the federal government starting this year. College administrators have said the tax may hurt efforts to provide generous financial aid and fund groundbreaking scholarship, but the criticism has mostly fallen on deaf ears of lawmakers so far. “Tax reform is clearly working: a strong economy and whitehot stock market are bolstering endowments across the board,” Nicole Hager, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, said in a statement. “College endowments large and

small are making gains as the market continues to climb. The very wealthiest endowments — the only ones subject to the endowment tax — will be just fine.” The Internal Revenue Service has yet to issue guidelines for how the levy will work. For now, schools with at least $500,000 of endowment per student will pay the tax. Some worry that a wider net will be cast over time, adding public universities or lowering the threshold to include more schools. Rep. Tom Reed, a Western New York Republican, has for years questioned why the cost of college keeps rising despite the large endowments. “There is no reason for these elite universities to force students to take out loans to cover the cost of attendance,” Reed said in response to the increasing endowment values. “Money and greed have clearly taken priority over education at many schools.” Efforts, led by the richest schools, to repeal the tax have stalled with only a dozen sponsors, many of whom attended the institutions expected to pay. A number of schools from Ivy League colleges to Duke University announced record values in reporting performance for the year ended in June. Assets under management take into account investment gains, donations and spending on programs including scholarships. Yale reached $29.4 billion; Duke’s fund was valued at $8.5 billion and Dartmouth College was $5.5 billion. “The endowment is fundamentally critical to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all students, and it funds vital educational and research programs that drive innovation and economic growth,” said Brian Clark, a spokesman for Brown, which reached a record $3.8 billion. BAN FROM PAGE 2 nication” between the college and its Board of Trustees. The university said the board never approved the change in the student conduct code and assured students, faculty and staff that the school’s conservative beliefs remain intact: “We affirm God’s perfect will and design for humankind with the biblical understanding of the marriage covenant as between one man and one woman.” Religious colleges in California have taken different tacks in addressing same-sex relationships among students, often opting for vague language that discourages sex out of marriage regardless of sexual identity. Other Christian colleges across the country have enacted policies allowing LGBTQ faculty. When it comes to LGBTQ relationships on campus, though, Azusa Pacific University has a more explicit policy: “Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship,” the code of conduct states. The consequences aren’t clear, but APU’s policy has long instilled fear in students. Zabrina Zablan, a 2016 graduate, said that after the university received a complaint about her relationship with another woman, officials gave her two options: Break up, or lose her position as president of an ethnic student organization and forfeit her pending scholarship. The 24-year-old Pasadena resident chose to end the relationship, a decision she said led to declining grades and poor choices. The couple eventually reunited, she said, but the damage was done. “I want-

ed nothing to do with the university at that point. I felt so hurt. The rug was just pulled out from under me, and I was shattered.” Zablan’s partner, Ipolani Duvauchelle, 27, doubts that Azusa Pacific is ready to make a change. “Until there is queer leadership who are in charge of implementing policy, there will never be a sustainable change,” said Duvauchelle, a social worker. Erin Green, a recent APU graduate who said she was asked by administrators to share her experience as a lesbian and consult on changes in policy, said she feels betrayed by the university. College leaders initially indicated to Green that the ban on same-sex relationships on campus was harmful to students and that they wanted to make changes, she said. She said the university’s chaplain, Kevin Mannoia, told her in May the ban would be removed. The board had plenty of time to be advised of that action, she said. Mannoia, however, said in an email that while plans were in place to create a ministry program for LGBTQ students, a change in the policy was never promised. “I feel totally betrayed and exploited,” said Green, 37, the co-executive director of Christian student advocacy group Brave Commons. “They asked me to relive my trauma. We feel violated.” The reversal, Green said, occurred after APU buckled under pressure from conservative Christian donors and media, which publicized the removal of the ban last month. An Azusa Pacific professor, who requested anonymity for fear of being

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 • Page 3 fired, said the reinstatement of the ban is a fiscal decision borne out of concern over losing donors at a time when the university is facing dangerous debt. In emails to faculty, President Jon Wallace said top university leaders were surprised by the school’s debt, which includes $17 million from the 2017-18 fiscal year, a projected $20 million loss for this fiscal year and an additional $61 million in unpaid bonds. In response to the newly projected $20 million loss, the university has put a freeze on hiring, eliminated retirement plan contributions, canceled a scheduled employee raise and reduced benefits, according to the emails. “When you’re this far in debt, you don’t have a choice to be autonomous,” the professor said, adding that the decision to be inclusive of LGBTQ students and remove the ban on same-sex relationships likely stemmed from a fear of “losing students in the 21st century, when our stance for these students is so backward.” Citing the university’s large deficit, Green, who now lives in the Bay Area and is studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary, said the decision “quickly went from God first to money first.” But David Poole, an APU board member, denied that money is driving the university’s decision. “Over the last few years, the board and the administration have been working together on how we can most effectively minister and engage all of our students, and in the course of that, there’s going to be missteps and disconnect in communication,” he said.

UC FROM PAGE 2 vestigation. We want to talk to them to find out what their intent was.” The university’s student government leaders are planning a workshop on anti-Semitism following the incident. “Anti-Semitism is alarmingly prevalent on college campuses, and needs to be acknowledged for what it is: blatant racism,” student body President Michael Gofman said in a statement Tuesday. “The

ASUCD Executive office is deeply upset and angered by these flyers, and we find it intolerable and inexcusable.” Monday’s postings were not the first racist attack on college campuses of late. Last week, students at Sacramento City College found derogatory comments toward African-Americans and swastikas written in black marker in a men’s restroom, prompting a student protest on campus, university spokeswoman Kaitlyn

MacGregor said. On Monday, more swastikas were found on a gymnasium bulletin board. MacGregor said the college is not aware of any link between the racist graffiti at Sacramento City College and the fliers posted at UC Davis. She said the college is encouraging students with information about either incident to make a report. The Los Rios Police Department is investigating the incidents at Sacramento City College.


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Meet your fellow ISU Sycamores

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Dossier by Cheyenne Fauquher Photos by Anna Bartley

Freshman Name: Rachel Ryman Major: Nursing Hometown: Greenwood, IN Favorite Social Media: Snapchat Favorite Spot on Campus: Starbucks

Sophomore Name: Tyler Eschenfelder Major: Business Hometown: Noblesville, IN Favorite Social Media: Instagram Favorite Spot on Campus: Commons

Junior Name: Elise Avagian Major: Communications Hometown: Carmel, IN Favorite Social Media: Twitter Favorite Spot on Campus: George’s

Senior Name: Jacob Dezarn Major: Nursing Hometown: Veedersburg, IN Favorite Social Media: Facebook Favorite Spot on Campus: Nursing Building

Thursday Night Entertainment set for homecoming week Nicole Nunez Reporter

Tonight, in Dedes I, II and III, the Homecoming committee will be hosting their annual Thursday Night Entertainment from 7-9 p.m. In each Dede, there will be a different activity including a wild game of meltdown, exhilarating bumper cars, and a social room. Meltdown is an inflatable game that consists of six or seven people in a circle with a spinning bar. The game is similar the television show Wipeout, where contestants stand on a platform and jump over a bar. The last person standing on their platform wins. In another Dede hall, there will be free bumper cars- providing students a way to relieve midterm stress. Dede III will be converted into a social room where there will be a plethora of cotton candy, popcorn, and more, all provided by the Homecoming committee and Union Board. “Students should attend if they want something fun and unexpected as opposed to normal events,” said Trevor Leuck, Chair of Thursday Night Entertainment. Homecoming week is one of

the biggest celebrations at Indiana State University, which means that attending any event is worthwhile. Numerous hours and dollars are spent to make the celebration memorable and exciting for students. Participating in events like Thursday Night Entertainment are a great way to expose oneself to new experiences and get involved in the Sycamore pride at ISU. Getting involved with Homecoming events, such as Thursday Night Entertainment, provides students free opportunities to relieve stress, engage with fellow students, show their pride for Indiana State University, and have some fun. Homecoming week is “the best week, that’s what everyone remembers ISU for, even after they graduate,” said Leuck. Thursday Night Entertainment coincides with the overall theme of “Sycamore Nation,” and like any other event, provides students an outlet to show their Sycamore pride. “Sycamore Nation represents pride in the university and attending any event shows pride… because you are taking time to support everything that is being put on. Going to these events, supporting all these organizations- I think TNE as an extension of that,” said Leuck.


Body Project breaks down body image issues among women Lauren Rader Reporter

Indiana State University’s Student Counseling Center is hosting a four-week workshop starting Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. called the Body Project. The Body Project is a nationwide group intervention that invites women to challenge the ideas of body image, and set up an environment of growth and positive self-image. The project started at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute and has benefited one million women thus far. Two decades of research have backed up this body positivity workshop. The Body Project is administered in a safe environment where women have the freedom to talk about and challenge the societal pressure of a perfect body image. Eating disorders and body shaming have been clinically proven to be caused by the negative pressure our society places on women to obtain the perfect shape. To lead this project, Melissa Grinslade, a staff counselor, was exposed to information that allows her to aid this training. “I went through a training at NEDA which is a national eating disorder association at their na-

tional conference a few years ago, and they had a facilitator training that I was able to take part in. It was really awesome,” Grinslade said. This is a research-based project, so most of the material is scripted to lead women into having their own conversations. Getting people involved and wanting to participate is the hardest part of assembling the program. The workshop has been attempted at Indiana State, but getting people interested and involved was the only problem. Midwest groups are harder to get together, and that is seen on ISU’s campus as well. “Body Image is always a difficult topic to address. I think women know it’s out there, but talking about it and challenging stereotypes is not easy to do,” Grinslade said. “Being comfortable in a group setting where you don’t know everybody is even more difficult, and I have to respect that piece.” Activities, discussions, and exercises are provided in the four weeks that the women attend that help defeat these barriers and open conversation of conflicts in today’s society concerning body image. This service is provided by the Student Counseling Center located on the second floor of

Gillum Hall. The Student Counseling Center provides a variety of services to students on campus. Individual therapy group therapy, triage, and many other settings are provided to get the care that is best for each individual student. “We are anything mental health related.” Grinslade said. “We are basically a service that helps our students on lots of different levels from just the prevention aspect to the more serious mental health needs.” Outreach programs, workshops, and training are also available with organizations on campus through the counseling center. Students pay $60 for the academic year, or $30 per semester to access the counseling center, making it one of the most affordable mental health centers around, according to Grinslade. The Body Project is here to benefit the women of Indiana State in a positive way to channel their energy and gain confidence in body image. “I’m excited for the body project piece particularly because it has that pay it forward aspect where you get to go out and do something a little bit bigger to help educate more women, and to really breakdown those concepts of body ideas,” said Grinslade.

Good Luck at Homecoming, Sycamores

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The following parking and vehicle traffic restrictions will be necessary to accommodate the 2018 Homecoming Parade. Friday, October 12, 2018 • Fifth Street from Cherry Street to Tippecanoe Street

SYCAMORE NATION   Friday, October 12, 2018 • Student/Staff Lots D, M, R: Remote Lots D Extension, Q


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Progressives’ war on big business hurts workers Robert D. Adkinson and Michael Lind Bloomberg News

When Amazon announced last week that it would pay all of its U.S. employees a minimum of $15 an hour — more than double the minimum wage — CEO Jeff Bezos called on “other large employers to join us.” No company has risen to the challenge yet, but you can be sure some of them are talking about it. In addition to raising the pay of its own workers, including those who only work part time or seasonally, Amazon vowed to “work with policymakers in Washington, D.C. to advocate for a higher federal minimum wage.” Much of the commentary claimed Amazon was forced to do this Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press | TNS by political pressure or the tight labor market. What has been miss- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) listens as ranking member Dianne Feinstein (Ding from the discussion is that it is easier for Amazon and other large CA) speaks during a contentious committee meeting on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. corporations to raise wages, simply because these companies are Supreme Court Friday Sept. 28, 2018 more productive. Big businesses on average pay significantly more than small businesses, including in the retail sector. For example, Walmart pays an average of 12.5 percent more than mom-and-pop retailers. Indeed, one study, by Brianna Cardiff-Hicks, Francine Lafontaine and Kathryn Shaw, found that “working in a store with 500+ employees pays 26 percent more for high-school educated and 36 percent more for those with some college education (including those with a college degree or more), relative to working in a store with less than 10 employees.” Of course, I don’t know if she these people were now chanting Joe Lippard The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that establishments with more or one of her staff leaked the let- to imprison a political opponent than 500 workers provided 74 percent more in total compensation to Opinions Editor ter, because it’s ultimately incon- because there is the possibility their workers than did establishments with less than 100 workers. sequential. that she or someone working for This is a big reason small businesses are more likely to employ lowI want to talk about Dr. ChrisThe confirmation was only her leaked a non-confidential wage workers. The Urban Institute found that “although 20 percent tine Blasey Ford for a moment. delayed for a week for the FBI letter to the press. of all workers are employed in firms with fewer than 10 workers, Don’t roll your eyes or anything to do an investigation that, ac“And I think they’re talking such firms employ 42 percent of low-wage workers.” -- this isn’t another article about cording to FBI Director Christo- about Feinstein,” he said. ”Can Big corporations like Amazon not only pay their workers more; the Supreme Court. I’d like to pher Wray, was curtailed by the you believe that? Now was that on average they also provide much better benefits. Workers in these talk about how these accusations White House, and Kavanaugh the worst body language? In othcompanies receive 85 percent more supplemental pay (e.g., overtime caused the delay in Kavanaugh’s ended up on the Supreme Court. er words, did she leak it? A hunand bonuses), 2.5 times more paid leave and insurance, and 3.9 times confirmation hearings. But what I don’t find incon- dred percent. No, I don’t want to more in retirement benefits than workers in businesses with fewer Kavanaugh’s confirmation sequential is that many people get sued, 99 percent. See now, I than 100 workers. seemed like a sure thing. The seem to think we should just jail can’t get ... Now I can’t get sued.” But today’s critics of big business argue that the reason large comSenate was due to vote by the Democrats for almost any reaThis situation is simply appallpanies like Amazon can pay their workers more is that they have end of that week and Republi- son nowadays. Case in point, a ing to me. What crime did Feinmarket power and can use it to charge higher prices. cans seemed bullheaded to ram rally that Donald Trump held stein commit? With Clinton, A few corporations in some industries now and then do enjoy this nomination through the in Iowa on Tuesday. During his at least there were some crimes pricing power. But as a rule, the companies’ productivity is what exprocess while ignoring credible stream-of-consciousness ram- that people had in mind, even plains their advantage. allegations of sexual assault. bling, he brought up Feinstein, though there wasn’t really much, One older study found that the four largest companies in any inWhat Senate Republicans because of course he did. or any, evidence for them. dustry enjoyed labor productivity rates 37 percent higher than the didn’t count on, however, was “How about Senator Feinremainder of the industry. They passed on some of the gains to their that a letter that Dr. Ford wrote stein?” Trump asked. “That’s Here, they’re just mad that workers, with average wages 15 percent higher than in the rest of the to the Senate about the accusa- another beauty.” The audience Feinstein might have been the industry, and 17.2 percent more for front-line production workers. tions was leaked to the press. No booed, while Trump began to one who got their sure thing SuBig firms are more productive because they invest more in machinone knew how this letter had go for an Oscar by having a con- preme Court nominee delayed ery and software, and they get more for those investments than do come to be published; however, versation with himself mocking for one week. For one thing, small businesses. a popular theory emerged — Feinstein. “’Did you leak the there’s no proof that Feinstein Despite the advantages to employees from working at large comthat it came from the office of documents?’ ‘Huh, what? No, I nor anyone she was connected panies, the new antitrust school on the left, led by thinkers like Lina the ranking Democrat on the didn’t…’” with leaked it, and for another, Khan and Tim Wu, claims, on the basis of a small number of studies, Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump then turned to the there has been no crime comthat the domination of a few mostly rural markets by a few corporaSenator Dianne Feinstein. curated audience behind him. mitted here. A letter is not a contions means that workers have less bargaining power with employFeinstein completely denied “‘Did we leak?’” he asked, as fidential document. ers. The government should use the sledgehammer of antitrust to any leaks from her camp. though he were Feinstein askIt’s honestly a disturbing debreak a few big employers into lots of small employers and — presto “President Trump and Senate ing staffers. “‘He just said no, we velopment in the history of the — workers can demand higher wages. Republicans are trying to deflect didn’t leak!’” country when so many people In the real world, labor markets do not work like this. If they did, attention from Brett KavanaAt that point, the crowd began are content and even enthusiasemployees at mom-and-pop restaurants and corner grocery stores ugh’s sexual assault allegations chanting “Lock her up!” just as tic about jailing political oppowould be able to demand better wages and benefits than those at by saying my staff or I leaked the people did in 2016, but this time nents just because they might letter from Dr. Christine Blasey with a new target: Feinstein. have possibly caused a simple Ford — they’re wrong,” she said Trump looked around at his delay in a process. WORKERS CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 at the beginning of October. crowd, seemingly satisfied that

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White progressive parents and the conundrum of privilege Margaret A. Hagerman Los Angeles Times

Greg and Sarah live in a predominantly white neighborhood and send their children to a predominantly white private school. “I don’t want to believe we are hypocrites,” Greg tells me. “But if we say diversity is important to us, but then we didn’t stick around in the place that was diverse, maybe we are?” He looks at Sarah. “I dunno,” he continues. “I guess we made decisions based on other things that were

more important. But what does that say about us then?” For two years I conducted research with 30 affluent white parents and their kids in a Midwestern metropolitan area. Over and over I heard comments like Greg’s reflecting a deep ambivalence: As progressive parents, is their primary responsibility to advance societal values — fairness, equal opportunity and social justice — or to give their children all the advantages in life that their resources can provide? More often than not, values lost out.

Parents I interviewed felt conflicted about using their social status to advocate for their kids to have the “best” math teacher, because they knew other kids would be stuck with the “bad” math teacher. They registered the unfairness in leveraging their exclusive social networks to get their teenagers coveted summer internships when they knew disadvantaged kids were the ones who truly needed such opportunities. They felt guilty when they protectively removed their children from explicitly racist and contentious situations

because they understood that kids of color cannot escape racism whenever they please. Still, those were the choices they made. Parents felt caught in a conundrum of privilege — that there was an unavoidable conflict between being a good parent and being a good citizen. These two principles don’t have to be in tension, of course. Many parents, in fact, expressed a desire to have their ideals and parenting choic-

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WORKERS FROM PAGE 6 Facebook or Boeing. The opposite is the case. Instead of trying to raise wages by the dubious and roundabout technique of antitrust, why not just raise wages directly? Requiring all businesses, regardless of size, to pay a higher statutory minimum wage would have two salutary effects. First, it would help level the playing field, so that small firms can less easily compete unfairly against large companies that pay their workers a more decent wage. Second, it would mean higher productivity, as more employers realize they can no longer compete on the basis of low wages. Some companies — disproportionately

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said Leuck, “it’s nice to have some kind of impact that you can see on the history of ISU.” Although Thursday Night Entertainment may seem like a smaller piece of the Homecoming experience, it can be truly memorable. Years from now, one may not remember the

bumper cars or the cotton candy, but the spirit of ISU is through participation and involvement in these types of events. Creating bonds that last a lifetime and finding pride in the university is what Homecoming, and Thursday Night Entertainment, are meant for.

large, well-capitalized ones — will adjust to a higher statutory minimum wage by automation. A very few might offshore production, but that is not an option for the majority of U.S. low-wage service businesses, which have local labor forces and markets. Will the combination of a higher minimum wage and more automation lead to mass unemployment? It never has in the past. All historical episodes of mass unemployment, including the Great Recession, have been caused by financial crises, not by technological innovation or minimum-wage laws. Industries that increase their productivity by automation also lower prices, enabling consumers to spend more on new sectors

generating new jobs to absorb workers shed by automated sectors. Undoubtedly, a higher minimum wage will mean that some small firms whose business model is based on cheap labor will go out of business. Good riddance. Their assets and employees can be absorbed by more productive firms. A national minimum wage will mean higher incomes for millions of workers, and would boost productivity and GDP. If progressives really care about low-wage workers, they should abandon their battle against big companies and push Congress to pass a higher national minimum wage that applies to all employers.

the team in assists with 468 on the season so far. Freshman middle blocker/right side Kerra Cornist leads the team in blocks for the season with four blocks on the season so far. After winning only one of their last eight games,

the Sycamores must get back on track before the Missouri Valley Conference begins in November. The Sycamores will face off against the Purple Aces this Saturday at 8 p.m. in Evansville.

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PRIVLEGE FROM PAGE 6 es align. In spite of that sentiment, when it came to their own children, the common refrain I heard was, “I care about social justice, but — I don’t want my kid to be a guinea pig.” In other words, things have been working out pretty well for affluent white kids, so why rock the boat? And so parents continue to make decisions — about where to buy a house, which school seems best, or whether robotics club or piano lessons is a better after-school activity — that extend the advantages of wealth. Those choices, however, have other consequences: They shape what children think about race, racism, inequality and privilege far more than anything parents say (or do not say). Children reach their own conclusions about how society works, or should work, based on their observations of their social environment and interactions with others — a process that African American studies scholar Erin Winkler calls “comprehensive racial learning.” So how their parents set up kids’ lives matters deeply. Some children in my study, for instance, came to the conclusion that “racism is over” and that “talking about race makes you racist” — the kind of sentiments that sociologists identify as key features of colorblind racism.

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These were kids who were growing up in an almost exclusively white, suburban social environment outside the city. The kids who lived in the city but attended predominantly white private schools told me that they were smarter and better than their public schools peers. They also thought they were more likely to be leaders in the future. One boy said proudly, “My school is not for everyone” — a statement that reflected how thoroughly he’d absorbed his position in the world in relation to others. And yet, other white kids living in the city concluded that racism “is a way bigger problem than people realize … . White people don’t realize it … because they are scared to talk about it.” These young people spoke passionately about topics like the racial wealth gap and discrimination. They observed how authority figures such as teachers and police officers treated kids of color differently. They more easily formed interracial friendships and on occasion worked with their peers to challenge racism in their community. These were children who were put in racially integrated schools and extracurricular activities purposefully by their parents. Still, even some of those parents’ actions reproduced the very forms of inequality they told me they intellectually reject-

ed. They used connections to get their children into selective summer enrichment programs or threatened to leave the public school system if their children were not placed in honors or AP courses that they knew contributed to patterns of segregation. So even as parents promoted to their kids the importance of valuing equality, they modeled how to use privilege to get what you want. White kids absorbed this too; they expected to be able to move easily through the world and developed strategies for making it so. If affluent, white parents hope to raise children who reject racial inequality, simply explaining that fairness and social justice are important values won’t do the trick. Instead, parents need to confront how their own decisions and behaviors reproduce patterns of privilege. They must actually advocate for the well-being, education and happiness of all children, not just their own. Being a good parent should not come at the expense of being — or raising — a good citizen. If progressive white parents are truly committed to the values they profess, they ought to consider how helping one’s own child get ahead in society may not be as big a gift as helping create a more just society for them to live in in the future.

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Rallying Sycamores prepare for Missouri State Homecoming game Garrett Short Reporter

The Indiana State football team hosts Missouri State Saturday to close out Homecoming week. The Sycamores hope to earn their first MVFC game of the season. The Sycamores caught the nation’s attention last week as they narrowly missed out on upsetting No. 3 South Dakota State. SDSU came away with the win 54-51 but ISU showed that they can compete with the best teams in the conference and the FCS. Perhaps even more important, they showed that they can compete with pow-

erhouses even on the road. In a year where the defense has had lofty expectations, the offense is what came to play last weekend. Quarterback Ryan Boyle put the Valley on notice throwing for 276 yards and two touchdowns while adding two more touchdowns on the ground. Boyle was named MVFC Newcomer of the Week for his performance, but he isn’t the only player to keep an eye on going into homecoming. Running back Ja’Quan Keys comes in as one of the most feared backfield threats in the conference. He has amassed 649 rushing yards this season to go along with eight rushing touchdowns. Of course none of this would be possi-

ble without a veteran offensive line leading the way for the likes of Boyle and Keys. Center Wyatt Wozniak was named the MVFC Offensive Lineman of the week this week. Wozniak and the rest of the line did more than their part Saturday. They were vital in ISU racking up 569 yards of total offense, including two rushing scores longer than 50 yards for Keys. The game against Missouri State will be a complex matchup. The Bears enter the game with a 3-2 record but they have yet to win a road game. That being said, they have been formidable at home defeating No. 21 Northern Arizona and No. 9 Illinois State. It will be interesting to see which MSU team shows up on Saturday.

Women’s Soccer to host Northern Iowa University Panthers Friday of Homecoming week Jordan Koegler Reporter

For Homecoming week, the Indiana State University soccer team will host Northern Iowa in Memorial Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. ISU last played away against Missouri State and ended the game with a tie 1-1. Sycamores have a current overall record 6-5-3. For the Valley conference, ISU’s current record is 1-2-0. The Sycamores are currently averaging 9.9 shots per game and 1.71 goals per game for the season. A key player for ISU is forward Katie Wells. Wells is a senior for the Sycamores and was second team allMVC in 2017. She also ranked eighth best in school history with 36 career points scored in 2017. This season Wells has 22 total points, eight goals, six assists, and 27 shots on goal. Wells leads the Valley with .46 assists per game and .54 average goals per game. She is also tied with Maddie

Ord for number two with alltime goals scored at ISU, and her 22 points are tied for second best. Another strong player for the Trees is midfielder Katie Sidloski, with 11 points, 14 shots, three assists, four goals and 14 shots on goal. She is proving to be a key player for the Sycamores. Goalkeeper Hannah Sullivan is having a successful season with blocking a total of 21-faced shots and six saves. She has also only allowed four goals overall thus far in the season. On the other side, Northern Iowa’s current record is 6-6-2. The Panthers are averaging 12.7 shots per game with a .570 shot on goal percentage. Kelsey Yarrow, a senior midfielder, was named the MVC offensive player of the week. She is leading the Panthers in goals, with five goals. Yarrow is leading NIU with 36 shot attempts. She has played in 13 games, 2.77 shots per game, 0.38 goals per game, 0.08 assists per game and 0.85 points per game.

Yarrow is followed by Sydney Hayden and Brynell Yount for the Panthers. Hayden, a forward, received the Elite 117 award in 2017 honoring her academic and athletic performances. She has played in 13 games, 1.62 shots per game, 0.23 goals per game and 0.46 points per game. Being a strong forward is what Hayden is bringing for the Panthers. Yount is another strong forward for NIU. In 2017 she set the single season goals scored record, with a 2-0 victory over ISU. In 2017 she obtained all-MVC first team. So far this season, Yount has played in nine games, 1.44 shots per game, 0.22 goals per game, 0.11 assists per game and 0.56 points per game. Yount will be prepared for some competition with the Sycamores during Friday’s game. Catch the Homecoming game for the Sycamores at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium or on ESPN+.

It is clear that ISU has made significant strides on both sides of the ball this season. They have remained extremely competitive in most games and have continuously shown progress. But every program has a statement game. ISU has been eyeing down opponents and has come close to a few upsets but has fallen short. “We’re not satisfied unless we get wins. We’ve got to get more wins and we’re hoping to get a playoff push,” said linebacker Jonas Griffith. There may be no better time for that statement win than Homecoming. Kickoff Saturday is set for 2 p.m.

Sycamores Volleyball travels to Evansville to take on Purple Aces Jay Adkins Reporter

This Saturday, the Indiana State University Sycamores will travel to Evansville to compete against the University of Evansville Purple Aces. This matchup is the second of a four-game road trip for Indiana State. The Sycamores are currently 8-12 on the season so far and most recently lost a matchup against the Drake University Bulldogs with a final score of 3-1. Drake improved their all-time series record against Indiana State, 37-27. Indiana State has only won one out of the last eight games. That win was a 3-0 home win against the Southern Illinois University Salukis on the night when the 2003 Sycamores volleyball team reunited. The team hopes to gain some of that mojo back for their next meeting. The Purple Aces are 7-14 on the season so far and they are currently on a two-game losing streak, including a 2-3 loss

against the Missouri State Bears and a 0-3 loss against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. The Purple Aces have won only one of their last 11 games. For the Sycamores, senior outside hitter Laura Gross leads the team in kills with 233 kills on the season so far. Gross recorded her 33rd career triple double with 14 kills and 20 digs in the team’s matchup against Drake. Junior defensive specialist/ libero Jade York leads the team in digs with 324 on the season so far. Freshman setter/right side Makayla Knoblauch leads the team in assists with 606 assists on the season so far. Junior middle blocker Damadj Johnson leads the team in blocks for the season with 73. Freshman defensive specialist/ libero Devynn Merriman leads the team in service aces for the season with 13. For the Purple Aces, junior outside hitter Rachel Tam leads the team in kills for the season


Cross Country to take on 2018 Wisconsin pre-nationals David Cruz Reporter

This coming Saturday the Sycamore Cross Country will take part in the 2018 Wisconsin Pre-Nationals - scheduled Oct. 13. The Pre-Nationals serves as a precursor for the national championships. This year’s meet is open invitation to all Division I teams so it will a tough outing for ISU this year. This year’s Pre-Nationals will consist of two evenly-seeded races per gender, the “Cardinal” and “White” races. In addition, teams not selected to compete in the seeded races will be placed in the “Grey” race. Wisconsin will run a maximum of 35

teams in each of the seeded races for a total of 70 teams. Each team that is selected to compete in a seeded race can only run seven athletes. Teams can run an additional five athletes in the “Grey” race. Teams that are not selected to compete in the “Cardinal” or “White’ race can run up to tweleve athletes in the “Grey” race. Seeding of the 2018 Wisconsin Pre-Nationals will be by an impartial seeding committee. All races will be held on thel Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The Indiana State men’s and women’s cross country teams both took third at the Joe Piane Invitational last outing, and were led by strong efforts from Akis Medrano and Brooke Moore.

The men earned third place with 104 points and fell only to Youngstown State and Calvin College. On the women’s side, ISU took third with 123 points to trail only Saint Louis and Utah Valley. It was a familiar face leading the men at Notre Dame on Friday. Akis Medrano was the top finisher for the third consecutive race, this time winning the entire Men’s 8K Gold Division Race with a time of 24:31.86, just about two seconds off of his personal-best. Akis has been dominated to competition this year and he hopes to continue his outstanding play into this Saturday at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals. Associate head coach for cross country

Kyle Walsh had this to say about his team after the Joe Piane Invitational “We leave today with two third place finishes and we’re holding our heads pretty high after coming out of a strong race heading into pre-nationals in two weeks. We always use Notre Dame as a mid-season progress report to test and see where we’re at and we leave pretty happy with our team finishes.” It seems Walsh has all the confidence in the world in his team and will not be worried about the effort they will put in ahead of the Pre-National. ISU cross country teams both appear in the Great Lakes Regional rankings for the fifth consecutive week and the look to be on the opposing teams radar throughout the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals.

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