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THEN AND NOW
Current and former Sycamores gather this week in celebration of the university’s history and tradition as homecoming week begins Monday, October 1, 2012 Indiana State University www.indianastatesman.com Volume 120 Issue 18
RECORD BREAKING Senior runner Albaro Escalera breaks ISU 8K record at Notre Dame CRAIG PADGETT Reporter Both men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the 57th annual Addidas Notre Dame Invitational Friday. Men’s Senior Albaro Escalera broke the school record and the Sycamores broke into the top 15. Escalera ran a time of 24:05 in the 9K, shattering the previous record of 24:17 held by Jason Gunn in 1999. This effort put Escalera in the mix with some of the best runners in the nation. “We ran well, but we had room for improvement, a lot of the guys said they could’ve moved up a little bit,” Escalera said. Freshman John Mascari also dipped under the school record when he finished 19th in a time of 24:11.
Top: Gamma’s prize-winning float in the 1949 homecoming parade (Photo courtesy of Indiana State University Archives). Bottom: A group of Sycamores ride in a truck adorned in blue and white during the 2011 parade (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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University advises safety on The Walk
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The ISU Police, along with Indiana State Excise Police and the Sheriff’s Department will be ensuring the safety of “the walk” participants this homecoming weekend (Photo by Jamie Nichols).
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Indiana State University organizations and public safety advises students participate safely and legally this homecoming. The Student Counseling Center, Student Health Promotions, ISU Public Safety and other various groups are working in collaborative partnerships as they prepare for the three-mile tradition known as “the walk”. Programs such as Designated Walker and SoberRide are underway in an effort to prevent medical emergencies and citations. “With Designated Walker and SoberRide, there has been a decrease in the number of citations,” Aimee Janssen Robinson, associate director of student wellness, said. “Those two programs together are working to make the environment better as a whole.” The SoberRide program consists of two 20 passenger mini buses that drive down Wabash Avenue, towards the Memorial Stadium and back to the ISU campus. Blue and white flags along Wabash will serve as designated bus stops. Designated Walkers include ISU students that pledge to remain sober during the walk. They will receive free products and be entered into drawings to win prizes, as well as learn bystander intervention techniques.
“Have a designated walker,” Robinson said. “Have that friend that has been trained and have an agreement that they have the authority to tell when you’ve had enough to drink.” ISU police is also taking a direct role in ensuring the safety of participants along with local Terre Haute police, the Sheriff ’s Department and Excise police to prevent foreseeable challenges. Excise police will be present in numerous bar locations to prevent minors from slipping into the crowds and obtaining alcoholic beverages. Bicycle officers will be assigned as well to patrol the route of Wabash Avenue. Bill Mercier, ISU chief of police, said, public intoxication is the most common offense during homecoming. Issues of public urination have been a problem as well, but the increased number of portapotties along the route has helped the issue. “Participants don’t need a permit. There is nothing to prohibit a bunch of people from walking down the sidewalk,” Mercier said. “If people are being reasonable and respectful, they are not going to be cited.” Major medical emergencies haven’t occurred in recent years, Mercier said. Safety tips and advice are also expressed by
organizations to promote responsibility in student participants and designated walkers. “If you are over 21 and decide you want to participate, be reasonable,” Mercier said. “Don’t be the craziest person in the group, or you will attract attention to yourself and get into trouble. Know your limits. Don’t put yourself in a position where you could get hurt or in trouble.” If interested in participating in safety promotion for The Walk, a final training for Designated Walkers takes place Oct. 1st at the Hulman Memorial Student Union 307 at 6 p.m.
“Don’t be the craziest person in the group or you will attract attention to yourself and get into trouble. Know your limits.” Bill Mercier, ISU Chief of Police
United Way kicks off with art contest
Alpha Chi members pose with their winning entry for the Inaugural Arts Fair Contest (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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A colorful treasure map led those on its path through snow-capped mountains, a large castle and a winding blue river before arriving at a treasure chest marked “United Way.” The treasure map drawing, created by members of Indiana State University’s Chi Alpha campus ministry, won first place in the inaugural Arts Fair Contest, an event sponsored by the United Way Committee at ISU. The group received a $250 gift card donated by Barnes and Noble. “The purpose of the event is for campus to raise money for United Way in order to help friends and neighbors in the Wabash Valley,” said Alberta Comer, dean of Library Services and co-chair of the United Way at ISU. She was “thrilled” to announce that the committee has raised more than $30,500 so far this year, nearly half of their $65,000 goal. As part of the contest, 15 easles displayed student artwork in the Hulman Memorial Student Union, one for each of the groups that registered. A number assigned to each easel corresponded with a bucket with the same number, where passer-bys could donate money
for their favorite drawing. Donations benefited the United Way, providing food, shelter and a myriad of necessities for those in the Wabash Valley, Comer said. She recalled attending a recent United Way conference where the speaker spoke about hungry children in the area. “It’s 2012. We shouldn’t have hungry children. But the fact is that we do,” said Comer. “The need is greater than ever.” She said the committee wanted to help the cause as well as offer something enjoyable for students. “We thought we’d make it a little fun,” she said. The organization had originally planned to use chalk and sidewalk as the medium, but due to inclement weather, changed to a classic paper drawing. “That’s Hoosier weather,” said Comer. She added that the change has an added benefit, however, by allowing for preservation of the artwork. The organization plans to laminate the artwork and display it in the library.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 The switch to a paper canvas allowed Matt McColley, a senior graphic design major from Muncie, Ind., to experiment with an expressionistic style of drawing. He expressed support for the cause as he sketched an outline of former ISU basketball standout Larry Bird. “They know how to help people,” said Matt McColley about United Way. “They have a presence. People know what they’re all about.” At the table next to McColley sat senior Brooke Wardle in process of creating a pink, blue and brown graffiti drawing promoting the Student Government Association, where she serves as vice president. Now a communication major with a minor in marketing, Wardle said she used to want to be an art teacher. “I’m obsessed with painting. I love it,” she said. “I thought this would be fun and I wanted to help out.” That’s the goal, according to Comer. “We give a big thank you to all participants, both artists and donors,” said Comer. “All of the money raised goes to help friends and neigh-
bors in the Wabash Valley.” The United Way’s next event will feature a drawing that offers students the chance to win a big screen TV. For more information, look for the United Way tent during Tent City, one of ISU’s homecoming festivities on Oct. 6.
“They know how to help people. They have a presence. People know what they’re all about.” Matt McColley, senior graphic design major
Sodexo’s entry to the United Way kickoff event (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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Make the most of homecoming by being a part of it
Homecoming only happens about four or five times for most of us, so make the most of it while you’re here. I know many of us have a seemingly unfair amount of schoolwork to complete this week, and many of us want to spend what free time we do have with friends, but try and break out of the usual routine for homecoming and show some school spirit. While you can’t attend to every homecoming event planned throughout the week (or maybe you can) here is a short list of fun times you should try hard not to miss. If you live in a residence hall here on campus, take time today to deck out your windows in conjunction with the annual Hanging of the Blue competition. Even if you don’t win, who doesn’t like blue filtered sunlight streaming through your window to greet you every morning? Sounds neat. Get classes out of the way Tuesday and eat a healthy lunch so donating blood later in the afternoon at the Annual Sycamore Blood drive won’t be so
draining. Draining, hah, see what we did there? Wednesday should be entertaining. Who doesn’t want to see a band of students parade down the street holding torches while the marching band booms behind Sycamore Sam as he acts like the wild woodland creature he is? Is he a fox or a squirrel, by the way? Feel free to join in the Tug-o-War at Wolf Field on Thursday, or just watch. We hope its wet and slippery, make it interesting. Wear gloves if you’re participating, rope burn sucks. And wear shoes with spikes if you take Tug-o-War as seriously as you should. Pull hard. Round and round go the trikes on Friday. If you haven’t witnessed the Sycamore Tricycle Derby firsthand yet, then you’ll be at the Recreation East Track in the Michael Simmons Activity Center at 4:30 (time correct?) to see quite the spectacle of man, woman and machine. Whoever invented the wheel had exactly this in mind, only needed to wait a couple thousand years of other
technological advancements. Moral of the story: If you’re in the derby, pull your own weight. Got a special someone you’d like to swing (or whatever these darn kids call dancing these days) with? Attend the annual Unity Homecoming Student Dance at the Rec. Center on Friday night. Ballroom dancing skills not required. If you are eligible to participate in the annual Walk on Saturday morning (which, for the record, is not an official ISU homecoming event) be sure to walk safely. And please don’t urinate on the street; law enforcement officers don’t tolerate such foolishness. Homecoming parade, go to it and pick your favorite float. Besides, it should be on the way to Tent City and the football game at Memorial Stadium, which will be the ultimate destination for most on our journey through ISU Homecoming 2012. Go to class, get your work done, be safe and have fun.
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Speaking of tradition, and swinging, check out these Sycamores at the homecoming dance in 1963. Perhaps you’ll look back at the Statesman 50 years from now and see yourself in the same pose. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State University Archives).
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Terrorism’s greatest weapon may be processed foods
Over nine million 17 to 24-yearolds across America (27 percent of them) are too fat to fight for our country, and this number keeps climbing. Savvy terrorist organizations might find Twinkie care packages sent to U.S. elementary schools to be money well spent. A group of 100 retired military leaders for kids known as Mission: Aaron Readiness have called on the U.S. Abel government to reduce the amount of junk foods available in schools, Keep Off releasing a report titled, “Too Fat to The Lawn Fight” which outlines what I consider to be one of the fundamental reasons for America’s pathetic decline: gluttony. According to the Center for Disease Control, over one-third (35.7 percent) of Americans are obese. Between 1996 and 1998, only Kentucky had a young adult obesity rate over 40 percent; today, 39 states share this sickening commonality. Over the past thirty years, adult obesity rates have doubled and childhood obesity rates have tripled. We are unarguably becoming a disgusting group of people. The report released by this group of veterans cites that being overweight is now by far the leading medical reason for rejection of potential recruits. And the proportion of these rejections has risen over 70 percent between 1995 and 2008. Stop shooting
terrorists on XBOX you fat, lazy swine because you might have to shoot a real one someday. Sorry, but this is frustrating. Almost one-third of American children are obese, and because of this epidemic, today’s children may be the first generation of Americans to live shorter lives than their parents. How old does 50 seem now, kids?
“Stop shooting terrorists on XBOX you fat, lazy swine because you might have to shoot a real one someday.” Fingers are frequently pointed to the school systems for this problem. Sure, schools could serve foods with more nutritional value. But if you’re a parent and you truly care about your child’s health then pack their damn lunch yourself. Moreover, make them go outside. Puppies, kittens and all adolescent animals expend tons of energy through physical exercise via what we often call “play.” This is natural and desirable. Some children in Africa eat less than 500 calories a day and still find the energy to play soccer with a ball made of rubber tire scraps and duct tape. You have no excuses. So many complaints are raised over how much we spend on health-care in this country. Well, the
American Public Health Association projects that, “left unchecked, obesity will add nearly $344 billion to the nation’s annual health care costs by 2018 and account for more than 21 percent of health care spending.” You get fat, you get sick; simple as that. I know, our food sucks. Our culture eats a lot of what author Michael Pollan calls “food-like substances” and it’s saddening that fake food is so much cheaper and more convenient than real food. But this isn’t an excuse because our bodies should come first no matter what the cost. We work to sustain ourselves, right? So spend your money on a sustainable lifestyle first, or else forget the long term altogether. I know, eating is addictive. In fact, eating prompts the strongest emotional response in an animal’s brain. The point at which animals will no longer work to receive a drink high in sugar and fat is only slightly lower than the point at which they will quit working for a dose of cocaine. There is no difference between a coke addict in a nightclub restroom and an obese person inside your local McDonalds, besides their drug of choice. Stop eating so much America. Stop sitting in front of the televsion on beautiful Sunny days. Stop letting your kids go for days without green beans or excercise. Because as the men and women who fought for our country tell us, it may one day be a matter of national security. And if not, it is still downright disgusting.
The Catholic Sisterhood vs. Romney 2012: A Battle Over True Religious Morality This election season has drawn the attention of millions of Americans and hundreds of organizations but now it seems that the election now has the undivided attention of a small faction of the Catholic Church. The Nuns on the Bus campaign have played a rather prominent role in this election season as they travel the country to fulfill their purpose as Sisters of the Catholic Church. Julian “Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity Winborn with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that Progress cause suffering. We cannot stand for by silently when the U.S. Congress further enriching the Progress’ considers wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families.” Sake Although the Sisters have and are currently criticizing the government’s handling of poverty, they have set their sights and criticisms directly on the Republican presidential and Vice presidential candidates, Governor Mitt Romney and
Congressman Paul Ryan. The Nuns take the most issue with Congressman Ryan’s House budget because they see it as an attack on the poor. Although Ryan says that the bill is not an attack on the poor, Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of the Nuns campaign has recently criticized Congressman Ryan in a Guardian article saying, “The so-called ‘Ryan budget’ would slash funding for programs that serve people in need while giving tax breaks to the wealthy.” Sister Campbell goes on to criticize the Congressman’s proud proclamation of Catholic beliefs saying, “Particularly appalling to us as Catholic sisters, Ryan announced that the values in his budget proposal reflected those of his Catholic faith. This is emphatically not true, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a series of letters stating that programs that help people in poverty must be protected.” The gaining popularity and momentum of the Sisters is yet another obstacle that the Romney campaign must overcome, especially for the battle over the religious electorate. Although the Romney campaign has attracted many religious voters, the work of the Nuns on the Bus has certainly thrown a wet blanket on gaining more of those voters. This is mainly due
to the fact that the Sisters are reminding voters of fundamental Christian values and are refocusing the lens on poverty—an issue that effects millions of Americans—and away from the excessive infatuation surrounding social issues that only affect people’s private lives. “Our role is to live the gospel with those who live on the margins of our society: the hungry, the poor, the ill. That’s all we do.” The Sisters also seem to be part of a far more broad movement within the Catholic voters in particular. The Catholic Star Herald, a news source for Catholics and Evangelicals, reported that Barack Obama received 54% of the Catholic vote in 2008. And during this election, the role of the Sisters may pull more religious voters towards Barack Obama and away from the Romney-Ryan ticket, which is not what the Romney campaign may have expected when Paul Ryan was announced as Romney’s VP pick. Part of Ryan’s appeal was his zealous support of Catholic teachings and the hope that he would attract religious voters to balance Romney’s Mormon faith. However, with the advent of the Sisters—among other Catholic officials who are refuting Ryan’s Catholic morality—it seems that the Romney campaign strategy and hope of winning over religious voters may be a no go.
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HOMECOMING: THEN AND NOW
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n ISU tradition, homecoming continues to be one of the highlighted events of the university. (Below: Alpha Omega Phi memebers pose with their trophy after winning first prize in the 1963 float competition. Center: Crowds gather on a rainy day on the Wabash watching the floats go by during the 1962 Homecoming Parade. Right: The evolution of the Tricycle Derby as contestants pedal around the track in 1965 and 2011. Dorothy sitting on a rainbow waving to crowds during the 2011 Homecoming Parade.
1963 2011 (Photos courtesy of Indiana State University Archives and ISU Communications and Marketing).
2012 MAJOR HOMECOMING EVENTS Monday, October 1 - Homecoming Kickoff 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Dede Plaza (Rain – Dede I) - Hanging of the Blue 5:00 pm Residence Halls & University Apts Tuesday, October 2 - Sycamore Sync 7:00 pm Hulman Center Wednesday, October 3 - Torchlight Parade & Pep Rally 6:30 pm Dede Plaza to South Gym
Thursday, October 4 - Tug-o-War 4:00 pm Wolf Field - Once in a Blue Moon- Comedy Show 8:00 pm Dede I
Friday, October 5 - Sycamore Tricycle Derby Alumni Race 4:30 pm Michael Simmons Activity Center - Women’s Soccer Game 7:00 pm Memorial Stadium - Unity Homecoming Student Dance 10:00 pm – 2:00 am Student Recreation Center Saturday, October 6 - Homecoming Parade 9:00 am 9th and Cherry – Wabash-5th - Tent City 11:00 am – 2:30 pm Memorial Stadium - Football Game 3:05 pm Memorial Stadium
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Homecoming: A family tradtion for ISU alumnus Joseph Paul Reporter There isn’t much real estate left on the walls of Indiana State alumni Geoff Wayton’s small office. Two pictures hanging among the posters and plaques depict him alongside his former ISU track and field teammates, all donning blue ISU uniforms. As homecoming approaches, these pictures are reminders of Wayton’s presence at ISU and the influence the tradition has had throughout his life: as a child, a student athlete and ISU’s assistant track and field coach. Framed and immortalized in black-and-white on the cinder block wall in front of his desk are the faces of Wayton’s Mom and Dad. For the coach, homecoming is more like a family tradition, as these faces will come to life on Saturday during homecoming festivies. Since both of his parents are ISU alumni, Wayton was raised a Sycamore fan, although he’s originally from Linwood, New Jersey. However, he said he’s always been an ISU kid and accordingly, his first words were “Go Sycamores.” “I don’t think my dad had really been that much farther west than Philadelphia,” Wayton said. “But he had to come out to school and enjoyed his time here probably as much as any Indiana State student. He just had a wonderful experience.” His father’s love for Terre Haute rubbed off on Wayton as a child. So when he was recruited by ISU in high school for track and field, he made a trip to the campus. At that point, there was
no question where he wanted to go to college. “The people here were just wonderful,” he said. “More importantly, I could see myself making a difference here.” The difference Wayton made at ISU can be seen at the center of his wall-collage: a portrait of him standing on a first-place block, in-between two competitors, raising his fist triumphantly and clinging onto a plaque with the other hand. At this moment, Wayton became ISU’s first long distance runner to bring home an individual Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Since homecoming landed right in the middle of Wayton’s busy cross-country seasons, he took the tradition a bit more seriously than most college kids. He said the most memorable part was the opportunity to reconnect with former teammates that had recently graduated. “Some of my best friends in life were guys that I was teammates with for one year,” he said. “That was a weekend where they would come back, so it was a great time to connect.” While he acknowledged that the Walk and other parties went on, he declined to comment on his individual participation. However, he said it’s a much bigger event now. And while he doesn’t condone it, he said he’s glad to see the university is taking steps to make the Walk safer for students. He also noted President Daniel J. Bradley’s improvements across campus and the rebirth of ISU’s football team as big differences from his homecoming experience as a student.
“To picture it then and then see it now is just incredible,” he said. More than 15 years have passed for Wayton, but homecoming still has much the same meaning for the coach. Anxious to see his parents, friends and teammates, homecoming is a yearly reminder of the Blue in Wayton’s blood and just how far he’s come from a young freshman. “So much of that experience has turned into who I am now as an adult,” he said. As the weekend approaches, Wayton plans to attend the homecoming football game with his family and hang out in the Alumni tent, reuniting himself once again with many of the faces portrayed on his office wall.
“To picture it then and then see it now is just incredible.” Geoff Wayton, ISU track and field assistant coach
Curtains rise on fall theatre 2012
“Circle Mirror Transformation” will run from October 3-6. Students can see the play for free with their student I.D. (Photo by Jamie Nichols).
Stephanie Robinson Reporter
The tale of five people, who through theatre games in an adult creative drama class at a small-town community center, embark on an emotional, psychological rollercoaster will be staged Wednesday at the Indiana State University Theatre. Layers of emotional baggage are peeled off and characters learn of the freedom truth and self-realization affords as Circle Mirror Transformation, a play written by critically acclaimed playwright Annie Baker, opens the fall 2012 theatre season. “It’s basically about how theater made these people realize the problems in their lives and how acting helps them cope with it all, Tiara Watkins, senior theatre major and director said. They come to realize how open they have to be about their own lives in order to be good actors.” For Watkins, directing this performance will be all too familiar. She said she had directed a similar story her senior year in high school called “Rehearsal for Murder”.
ISU senior Clara Butts plays the lead role, Marty. “Marty is a 55-year-old woman and I’m 21, but I don’t find it hard to play this role,” Butts said. “I spend a lot of time going over my lines and researching some of the movements of a 55-year-old. Marty is very big in her movements and she’s not afraid to look silly and quirky, I’m also that way.” Most of the designers for the play are ISU students who will get the chance to show off their work. “This is a student heavy show, almost all of our designers are students,” Watkins said. “I feel like featuring this play gives us all a chance to show off what we’ve learned in theater.” Butts said that the costume she wears will help portray her character Marty a lot better. “It’s like 80’s style clothing, she wears a lot of long jackets and shoulder pads,” Butts said. “The clothing is very vibrant, she wears a lot of jewelry and yoga pants or loose fitting pants.” Since most people aren’t
familiar with acting classes, Butts said that the audience may find a play about actors in an acting class a little hard to relate to. “This play is very relatable; it’s not just a play about actors in a class,” Butts said. “There are a few love triangles, there may or may not be a divorce in the end. If you do come and see the play, stick with it, because the acting games may not make sense to everyone, but if you see us acting silly, laugh.” The cost of the tickets for “Circle Mirror Transformation”, is $10 for the general public. ISU students can see the play for free with their Student I.D. Curtains rise Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with performances running until Oct. 6. “I picked this play to direct because I wanted to do something new. It’s a different type of play and it’s a newer play, so I think everyone who comes to see it will enjoy it,” Watkins said.
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Upcoming Events Women’s Volleyball Friday at Springfield, Mo. vs. Missouri State at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wichita, Kan. vs. Wichita State at 8 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Friday at Memorial Stadium vs. Creighton at 7 p.m.
Football Saturday at Memorial Stadium vs. Missouri State at 3:05 p.m.
Softball Sunday at Terre Haute, Ind. vs. Unversity of Indianapolis at 1 p.m.
Senior Albero Escalera competing in the Addidas Notre Dame Invitational (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).
“I was just glad John and I were able to run competitively and ultimately ended up to be a school record time,” Escalera said. “We’re just scratching the surface of what we can do. We know we can be the first team to qualify for nationals.” Next came a slew of personal bests for the Sycamores with senior Dustin Betz finishing 83rd in 24:51, freshman Taylor Head 110th in 25:11, freshman Gabe Ocasio 119th in 25:21, sophomore Tristan Selby 126th in 25:26 and senior Corey Hahn 152nd in 26:14. Sophomore Milton Brinza closed out the Sycamore effort with a 159th place effort in 26:50. “Well you always hope for better unless you win the thing, but all things considered with all the guys overcoming sickness and really coming through today with big personal best from our
entire top seven,” head men’s cross country coach John McNichols said. “We needed to close up the gap between our first and fifth runner, but when you have guys running in the lead pack, it sort of skews how big that gap really is. We were close to teams I want to beat (Ohio State, Illinois, and Eastern Michigan), and if we can get that gap under a minute, I think we can beat those teams.” The team competition was won by Tulsa with 104 points, followed by Princeton in second with 139 points. Notre Dame was third (143), Florida State fourth (152) and Eastern Kentucky fifth (167). Indiana State placed 15th (334), Butler came in 16th (361), Navy 17th (415), Liberty 18th (425), Michigan 19th (500), and Mississippi State 20th (587).
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Sophomore Nicole Lucas running in the Indiana Intercollegiate (Photo by Richelle Kimble ). “You have to compete in meets like Notre Dame, where you face the nation’s best competitiors in order to give yourself the best opportunity to be successful. I believe we are doing that,” McNichols said. Women’s The Indiana State women’s cross country team took seventh place in the race earning a team score of 177 points. Setting the pace for the team was junior Jessica Zangmeister who was sixth overall in a time of 17:50 in the 5,000 meters. On the team side, Texas Christian University won the Gold race with 62 points as TCU’s Agnes Kemboi individually won in 16:53. Following was Notre Dame’s B squad with 86 points and third place was Calvin College with 130 points. Eastern Michigan was fourth (139 points) and fifth place was Texas Arlington (168 points). Zangmeister led the squad with a personal best of 17:50. She was followed by sophomore Nicole Lucas in 25th (18:17), senior Hanna Mercer 32nd (18:24), junior Kalli Dalton 40th (18:36), senior Leeann Michl 75th (19:27), junior Kylee Thacker 79th (19:32), and freshman Amy Hicks 100th (20:34). “I went out today with an open mind, didn’t go out too hard, and just tried to move up to find my team mates and beat the teams I needed to beat,” Mercer said.
“I was very pleased with my performance and the effort of my team mates,” Zangmeister said. “We really stepped up despite the adversity we have dealt with the last few weeks. I know it wasn’t what coach had us finishing, but we all ran personal best and did our best and that’s all you can ask for.” Although today’s performance may not help their future rankings in the region or conference, it still provided the team with five personal bests and a stepping stone as they move further into their season. “I can tell we’re all fit and getting ready for a great conference meet,” Zangemeister said. “I was hoping we would come in here and win, something we have done here before, but we didn’t get the job done,” said head women’s cross country coach John Gartland. “We had some great performances up front, especially from Zangmiester, who was sixth in this caliber of field, which is outstanding,” Gartland said. “Lucas and Mercer also ran very well for us as our number two and three runners, but after that we drifted apart.” The Sycamores will surely build confidence and vault them to greater heights as the season progresses. They will head to Louisville, Ken. for the Pre-National championships in two weeks to contend yet again against the best in that nation.
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ISU defenses puts Salukis in the dog house Ace Hunt ISU Athletic Media Relations
Indiana State’s Shakir Bell scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Calvin Burnett tallied a pair of interceptions, as the Sycamore defense forced three turnovers and did not allow a touchdown to the opposition for the second time this season in earning a 24-3 victory over Southern Illinois in front of 12,166 fans at Saluki Stadium. ISU improves to 3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference, while Southern Illinois falls to 2-3, 1-1 MVFC. Bell finished the contest with 160 yards rushing on 33 carrries and a pair of touchdowns, but the big story was the play of the Sycamore defense. ISU limited the Salukis to just 107 yards of rushing offense and forced a trio of turnovers, as the Sycamores have now allowed just three offensive touchdowns in the last 17 quarters of action, dating back to to the fourth quarter of the season opener at Indiana. The Sycamores broke a nine-game losing streak to Southern Illinois, earning its first victory since a 21-14 decision in 2002 in Carbondale. Just two carries into the contest, Bell went over the 3,000 rushing yard mark for his career and finished with his 15th career 100-yard rushing game and now has 3,143 yards on the ground during his career. He also needs just 10 more touchdowns rushing to tie the ISU school record of 33. Southern Illinois drew first blood in the contest with a 27-yard field goal from Austin Johnson with 9:57 left in the first quarter for the quick 3-0 Saluki advantage. The field capped a 12-play, 65yard drive after the opening kickoff and featured two quarterback sacks by the Sycamore defense inside the Saluki red zone. The Sycamores finally broke through with 6:19 left in the second quarter on a drive that featured four Tanner Riley pass receptions, including a nine-yarder at the end off a throw from Mike Perish to give ISU a 7-3 advantage. Shakir Bell, also broke through with a 26-yard run to move the ball inside the Southern Illinois 20-yard line. Mike Perish, connected on 9-of-10 passes in the first half for 62 yards, while Bell had 81 rushing yards and Riley posted six catches for 40 yards. Bell would get the Sycamore offense ontracked in the second half, as he scored twice in short yardage situations. His first touchdown came with 13:02 left to go in the contest to stretch the lead out to 14-3. Then Bell went into the end zone for another two-yard touchdown with 9:48 to go to make it 21-3.
Junior defensive back Calvin Burnett intercepts the ball during the Sycamores’ 24-3 road victory over the Salukis (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations). Fritschle rounded out the scoring with a 31-yard field goal to give the Sycamores a 24-3 advantage at the 5:12 mark of the fourth quarter, as he improved to 8-of-9 on his field goal attempts on the season. As they have done through each of the first five games this season, the Sycamores were led defensively by Aaron Archie and Jacolby Washington, who posted 10 and nine tackles respectively. In fact, the Sycamore defense surrendered over half of the Saluki’s total offense on just the first two drives as SIU amassed 138 yards through their first two possessions and were limited to just 117 yards the rest of the way. Ben Obaseki, Connor Underwood and Jacolby Washington
each recorded quarterback sacks in the game. It marked the third consecutive game in which Underwood has posted a sack. Burnett tied a career high with his two inteceptions, as he also posted a pair in the 2010 road victory over Youngstown State. ISU’s other interception was the first one of sophomore Donovan Layne’s career. Indiana State has now won consecutive road games in MVFC play dating back to last season’s road win at Missouri State. Indiana State returns to action on Saturday, October 6 for the annual Homecoming contest against Missouri State. The game will kick-off at 3:05 p.m. (ET) inside Memorial Stadium.
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