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Stop signs light up Fifth Street Friday, September 30, 2011 Indiana State University www.indianastatesman.com Volume 119 Issue 15

Student Spotlight: Colt Slack

Colt Slack spreads his message through performing. (Submitted photo)

Alexa Larkin

New stop signs on Fifth Street have been outfitted with solar-powered, flashing red lights. The stop signs were added at crosswalks after Fifth Street became a two-way street. (Photo by Alexa White)

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ISU student Colt Slack is spreading a message in a way that some might view as unconventional­—he raps about his religion, Christianity. Slack, originally from St. Joseph, Mich., began rapping at age 13. When he first started, he rapped about “cars and money, stuff you don’t really have but think you do.” The now 21-year-old said he accepted Christ into his heart

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New stop signs on Fifth Street have surprised drivers who are unaccustomed to having to make a full stop at crosswalks. The signs were installed earlier this semester to mitigate extra traffic flow created when Fifth Street converted from a one-way to a two-way street this summer.

Senior music major Kyle Miller said he appreciates the extra reminder for campus motorists. “I enjoy the stop signs because people ignore the pedestrian walks on campus,” Miller said. Blinking lights were later added to the signs after incidents of drivers failing to completely stop at crosswalks.

“I think the changes are great because people aren’t used to stopping on Fifth Street,” said Tyler Lemen, a senior music major. Fifth Street’s conversion is part of ISU’s Campus Master Plan, which includes a goal of making the campus more aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian-friendly. Other future projects include transforming the inter-

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Ham radio event Tuesday

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International travel study grants available Grants are now available for faculty and faculty-led student international travel programs. The money provides opportunities for tenured and tenuredtrack faculty to fund international teaching, librarianship, scholarship, curriculum development or service, said Chris McGrew, the new director of the Office of International Programs and Services. Applications for each program are available on the office’s website at indstate.edu/ips/isufaculty.htm. The deadline for short-term faculty led grant applications is Nov. 1. Short-term faculty led student travel grant applications are due Nov. 15.

Former Nixon lawyer to speak

John Dean, who served as President Richard Nixon’s lawyer during the Watergate scandal and is now a media pundit, will speak Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium.

“Amateur Radio is Alive and Well -And Needs You!” will be presented at Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The interactive, hour-long event will provide the basics of amateur radio, also known as ham radio, and how to become licensed, said Steve Hardin, interim chair of the library’s reference/ instruction department. John Van Sandt, the amateur radio emergency service coordinator for Clark County, Ill., will be presenting. Van Sandt, a resident of Marshall, Ill., has been interested in ham radio since the late 1950s. He is a retiree of various engineering jobs and an experienced ham operator. “He’s one of the most active amateurs in the area,” said Hardin. “He has the highest class of license.” Hardin emphasized the importance of ham radio, even with today’s advanced technology. “Even with cell phones, there’s still a place for ham radios,” he said. “When the cell phone towers go down, they’re useful.” Hardin also dispelled stereotypes associated with the hobby. “A lot of people think ham radio is only for nerds or tech geeks, and ham radio isn’t like that,” he said. “Ham radio is really fun. You can meet people from all over.” Van Sandt will discuss the necessity of ham radio when disasters strike and other communication systems become unusable. Special emphasis will be placed on Amateur Radio Emergency Services. The free program is open to students and community members of all ages.

A minivan approaches the intersection of Fifth and Chestnut streets. Blinking lights were added to this and other stop signs along Fifth Street as extra warning for motorists to stop at crosswalks. (Photo by Alexa White) section at Third and Chestnut streets as the “main entrance of campus” for incoming students and their families. Other plans include sprucing up Fourth Street and converting Eighth and Ninth Streets to two-way traffic. Fifth Street began accommodating north and southbound traffic in time for students to move in for the fall semester. ISU Public Safety director Bill Mercier said he has already noticed that people are slowing down. The posted speed limit on Fifth Street through campus is 20 miles per

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hour. “It makes me more aware and makes me not want to speed…although it really doesn’t seem that different,” said sophomore communication major Chelsea Ledsinger. The stop signs were purchased through facilities funding, and the blinking lights are solar powered, making them more energy efficient, Mercier said. Lemen said he believed Fifth Street would become safer, as long as drivers remember to stop for the signs. “Students will learn to be more cautious due to the change in stop signs,” he said.

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Police Blotter Sept. 27 At 7:32 a.m., campus police assisted THPD off campus At 8:59 a.m., an ill person was reported at Hines Hall At 10:19 a.m., an ill person was reported at the Lincoln Quads At 2:07 p.m., police were dispatched to an accident involving a suspect leaving the scene of a damaged vehicle at N. 4th and Chestnut St. At 7:02 p.m., a fire alarm was reported at Burford Hall At 7:46 p.m., intimidation was reported at the Lincoln Quads At 8:09 p.m., an investigation took place at the African American Cultural Center At 8:39 p.m., a theft was reported at the Student Recreation Center At 8:47 p.m., lost property was reported at HMSU At 10:12 p.m., an investigation took place at Lot 14 At 10:30 p.m., an ill person was reported at the Fine Arts building

Sept. 28 At 3:02 a.m., police were dispatched

to an accident involving a suspect leaving the scene of a damaged vehicle at Lot 24 At 6:52 a.m., a fire alarm was reported at Pickerl Hall At 9:37 a.m., a found bicycle was reported on campus At 10:44 a.m., missing university property was reported at Parson Hall At 11:41 a.m., a found purse was reported at Parson Hall At 1:33 p.m., criminal mischief was reported at 300. Blk. Chestnut At 2:11 p.m., harassing emails were reported at Cunningham Memorial Library At 2:21 p.m., a suspect was arrested on a warrant at Lot 5 At 4:47 p.m., harassment was reported off campus At 10:09 p.m., a suspect was cited for consuming alcohol as a minor at Lot 10

Sept. 29 At 12:07 a.m., an ill person was reported at Sandison Hall At 2:12 a.m., a suspect was cited for consuming alcohol as a minor at Cromwell Hall


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Formal partnership provides service opportunities NICK HEDRICK News Editor

ISU students can conduct and receive funding for service projects through a formalized partnership with a low-income neighborhood on Terre Haute’s north side. The Center for Community Engagement has developed the Freshmen Service Corps and a mini-grant program providing $500 for student groups in good standing to work in the Ryves neighborhood, said Nancy Rogers, associate vice president for community engagement and experiential learning. Ryves covers the area from Chestnut Street to Eighth Avenue and 13th Street to 25th Street. ISU has worked with the neighborhood for several years, but the new agreement focuses on certain charities and agencies all located within a block of each other in the community, said Nancy Rogers, associate vice president for community engagement and experiential learning. “We want to supplement the work that’s already going on there,” she said. Partners currently include St. Ann’s Clinic, a health care provider that caters to low-income individuals, Ryves Neighborhood Association and organizations operated by Catholic Charities, which

includes a homeless shelter, food bank and youth center, Rogers said. The Freshmen Service Corps, launching next month, provides first-year students with the opportunity to perform one service project monthly in the neighborhood, said Amanda Bremmer, community engagement program coordinator. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to participate in the program and would also be required to attend spring Donaghy Day. Money for student organizations is provided through a minigrant program coordinated by the community engagement center. The center requested the funding from ISU’s strategic plan budget, Rogers said. Rogers also said faculty apply for a $3,000 mini-grant to involve students in other service-based programs. Rogers said she hoped the permanent partnership would increase visibility of ISU’s community engagement and offer more service opportunities to students. Bremmer said another goal was to expand the center’s reach in the community. “We’re not OK with the status quo,” she said. ISU President Daniel J. Bradley said the partnership would take ISU’s community engagement to a higher status.

“It brings some focus,” Bradley said. Rogers, Bremmer and Bradley emphasized the high poverty rates within the neighborhood and praised the community’s already-existing efforts to serve its neediest residents, including through the food bank and the homeless shelter. Leah Myers, executive director of the Ryves Neighborhood Association, said she believed the neighborhood had suffered from a bad reputation in the past. “The truth of it is we have some wonderful people in this neighborhood,” Myers said. She said members of the freshmen corps could help clean up a community garden on Second Avenue and prepare it for the next growing season. The association is also looking for volunteers to help with two upcoming forums for candidates of the Terre Haute city council and mayoral races. John Etling, program director for the Ryves Youth Center near 14th and Locust streets, said he was looking for students to serve as “good role models” for children at the center, as well as students to volunteer in the food bank. Etling praised the partnership as a more organized effort to help the community. “This has more of a strategic feel to it,” he said.

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Saturday morning, volunteers, student organizations, sponsors, breast cancer survivors and loved ones will gather in downtown Terre Haute for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Last year, nearly 3,000 people participated in the event, which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer. Events like Race for the Cure provide great opportunities for community engagement; students, especially, are able to collaborate with other groups and teammates, developing long-lasting relationships and business contacts. However, Race for the Cure, above all else, is a learning experience and we cannot forget that. The survivors and survivors’ families in attendance understand that, of course. Their only motivation is to spread the word about what they’ve been through. But what about the sponsors and student organizations? Frankly, it’s good publicity. Go to the Susan G. Komen website for the Wabash Valley, www.race.komenwabashvalley.org and glance at the sponsor tab. It is a page full of business logos. There are even scrolls under the register tab that show how much money certain businesses have donated. Regardless of the motivation, thousands of dollars are donated each year for the event. So what’s the problem, right? We hope, though, that students, local businesses and ISU organizations realize the impact they truly have on the breast cancer community. The Susan G. Komen website, www.komen.org anticipates that almost 40,000 women will lose their lives to the disease. Funds are crucial for research, and we’re grateful that Race for the Cure aims to raise $40,000 this year. But we also hope that the volunteers, student organizations and sponsors that line up Saturday remember that their voices and minds hold more power than their publicity.

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OnStar service rethinks tracking vehicles after service cancellation Recently, OnStar had started notifying its six million account holders about a privacy policy change that would have allowed the company to keep an archived record of the speed and location of OnStar-equipped vehicles, even for drivers who canceled their monthly service. This alteration would have furnished OnStar the right to not only locate and track any of their equipped vehicles but also to sell that GPS-derived data to whomever they wanted. Adam Denison, a representative for the General Motors subsidiary, stated that OnStar does not currently sell customer data, but it reserves that right. In fact, both the new and old privacy policies allow OnStar to document a vehicle’s every movement and its speed. There is, however, a discrepancy where exactly in the old agreement this is stated. Denison continued by adding that even when a customer canceled their service, OnStar kept a two-way connection to a vehicle, making it easier to “reenroll” back into both monthly navigation and emergency service at any time. The privacy policy stated that customers who wish to cancel can opt out of the continued surveillancemonitoring program. Some examples of the data’s usage would be to gather information about the highway and road systems to see how much traffic is traveling through which areas. This would have allowed state and federal road workers to find ways to alleviate traffic and keep current transportation infrastructure running efficiently and securely. While this is a positive thought, allow me to share with you another idea. The policy also would have allowed the data to be used for marketing purposes by OnStar and vehicle manufacturers. You know those annoying ads on Facebook that seem to advertise items that you specifi-

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cally enjoy? This is the same kind of process that would have been used with OnStar. Police forces across the country were also extremely interested in this collected location and speed data. The police could have used your vehicle’s location and speed to see when and where you are driving with excessive speed and issue you tickets via the mail. OnStar also has the ability to remote disable your vehicle at any time for any reason. This can be useful in the event that your vehicle is stolen or missing, but otherwise, it serves no other purpose. While this may further prevent reckless driving and auto theft, it also creates a feeling of paranoia. I understand that these features are meant to ensure public safety, but honestly, there’s a serious concern for personal privacy. This policy was intended to take effect on December 1 of this year but has been reconsidered after numerous outraged customer complaints and an investigation performed by the Federal Trade Commission. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) stated that OnStar’s plan was one of the most “brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory.” OnStar, after all of these negative reactions, has decided that it would be in the best interest of their company not to continue tracking unsubscribed members. While OnStar is a great technological innovation that not only improves the safety but also the confidence of the consumer, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool of Big Brother. The government is already able to track you by your cell phone, use social networks to gather information on your personal life and use banking websites to track your financial information. Now they are finding ways to track you through your vehicle. When it comes down to it, this is just one more way that Americans can feel safe and secure in the land of the “free.”

Internet fuels trivial feuds, negative banter A few weeks ago, I was helping some friends find some poetry to read during the Open Mic Night I helped plan for the Creative Writing Society of ISU. But we weren’t looking for any poems by great poets like John Keats or Anne Sexton. No, we wanted poetry that was bad, and we found it in the form of “Schrodinger’s Sex Panther” and “Something Phallic” by the renowned NormaCon. Never heard of her/him? That’s probably a given since these poems weren’t found by my friends and me in any chapbook or anthology, but rather verybadpoetry.com Whether for good or ill, people can publish whatever the heck they want to on the Internet. Simply searching the term “bad poetry” bounces back with 8,010,000 results. The Internet has numerous outlets for people to post whatever they want with the added benefit of complete anonymity when it is so desired. With websites like WordPress, Twitter and verybadpoetry.com, venues for poetic expression have never been more readily accessible. Even YouTube has changed how people express their creativity or lack thereof. Let’s take the polarizing singer Rebecca Black and her song “Friday”—which, by the way, was launched on YouTube.

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The “official” music video was third on the list, preempted by two parody videos. Thus, the Internet has also made all of this expression open to comments by the world at large, most of which includes comments like the ones on Black’s “Friday” at the time of writing this column: @Bell4Cow: “it so should have stayed off, but spoiled kids get whatever the f**k they want. SOOOOOOOO not cool. If it was off once it should stay off!” Which was posted in retaliation for the video being put back on YouTube after it had been removed. Or spazzzy217: “WEAR YOUR F*****G SEATBELTS.” Which was written in response to the action portrayed in the music video. And this is probably the biggest potential the Internet has in store—so much ability to share creativity and then have the world respond just as publically. It’s no different that watching the singers from “American Idol” or “X Factor” who cannot carry a tune or squeak like a helium-fed mouse the moment it gets hit by a mouse trap. People who do not have the talent oversaturate the world because they think they are the greatest thing since fire, and then you add on top of that the people who just rip into something without mercy or constructive criticism. What could be a wonderful collaborative effort to improve everyone’s creative work is currently a hedonistic free-for-all about posting whatever the creators or the commenters want. I hope that this changes, but considering the vast majority of the internet response is emotional diarrhea, I doubt it will.


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Is fall break really necessary? Fall break is next week, and I can’t help but wonder…Is it beneficial to have a fall break? Now before you chase me across campus with your torches and pitchforks, hear me out. I just don’t understand the point in giving the whole campus one day off and calling it a fall break. Most students travel home and, depending how far away they live, it can be a two hour drive there and back. Take me, for example. Due to a rehearsa, I won’t be leaving until 9:30 Thursday Joe night. I live in Evansville, so I will be arriving home around Wagner 11:00 p.m. Tuning I will get two days at home and then will need to leave by two Sunday afternoon. That is less than seventy-two hours; it just doesn’t in seem worth it. Of course I could just not go home, but it’s getting to be that time of year where I am starting to actually miss my family. The one good thing about Fall Break is that it is placed at a perfect time. We will have

just past midterms, and we are half way done with the semester. As I mentioned, it comes at the right time for me. Personally, I always get a little homesick every four weeks. So, I have an appointment with my family doctor to get a pill for it. I think it’s the title they try to label on this break. Thanksgiving break is a four-day weekend, we get a whole week for Spring Break and we get close to three weeks in between semesters, but when it comes to fall break we get one day off. They should just call it “You have been taking midterms all week take Friday off.” I know I would appreciate it. However, rumor has it that next year they are getting rid of fall break, and we are getting a longer Thanksgiving break. I would completely agree with this smart decision; it makes perfect sense. I am not trying to complain about a day off, it is very generous for the university to give us a day off. The University of Southern Indiana didn’t get a fall break until this year. So I am grateful for the break, I’m just saying we have worked hard for seven weeks, and it would be nice to have more than just one day.

“I have heard that next year they are getting rid of fall break...I completely agree this smart decision.”

‘Swell’ documentary follows defunct music duo Excited would be a massive understatement for how I feel right now. Every once in a while, a movie comes along that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It changes your perspective, it changes you and you usually have to watch it at least ten times before your system calms down a little bit. My movie was “Once,” and it came out a few years ago when I was in high school. The film was the story of a girl and a guy who meet, have some amazing chemistry, and write some fantastic music. October 21 celebrates the release of the documentary of the two stars and their last three Megan years together. Stenftenagel When Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard made the indie film “Once,” it was done with some hope that everything would work What’s out and with very little money. Playing Neither were professional actors. Hansard had been the front man for the band The Frames for years, and Irglová was 17 when the movie was filmed. “Once” went on to win over audiences and critics alike and earned the duo an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Original Song. You may remember Irglová getting up to make her speech and the orchestra acciden-

tally cutting her off. Fortunately she was brought back on stage and was able to say her piece. After they finished filming “Once,” they began touring together under the name The Swell Season, which is the name of their first album and this new documentary. Despite the 18 year age difference, the two began dating. “The Swell Season” documentary chronicles their amazing tour and the aftermath of their success. Since they began collaborating together, they have released two albums and played in hundreds of different venues. Many people say that “Once” chronicled the beginning of Hansard’s and Irglová’s romance. The soundtrack of the film sounds like a joining of people and talents. This new film, “The Swell Season,” chronicles the full length of their relationship and its deterioration. Even though this film will be in limited release, I am pretty stoked about it. Whether they’re together or apart, this duo creates some of the most heartfelt, emotion-packed music I’ve ever heard. I think it will be great to see a behind the scenes look at how they work together and what made them fall apart. If you would like a sample of what’s to come from this film, then check out their albums, “Once,” “The Swell Season” and “Strict Joy.” If you’re still looking for more or you can’t wait until the film’s release, be sure to pick up Irglová‘s debut solo album that comes out on Oct. 11th.


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Career Fair achieves highest turn out rate Jessica Neff Reporter

Upcoming Events Insurance and Risk Management Golf Scramble Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Terre Haute Country Club

Spanish Conversation Tables

Friday 1 - 3 p.m. HMSU Flags Lounge, Room 508

Friday Night Cookout Friday 5:30 - 7 p.m. Student Recreation Center

Opening of the Art Department Faculty Exhibition Monday University Art Gallery

ISU students set a new record at the Career Opportunity Fair Wednesday. There were 883 students in attendance at the career fair, which is up 98 from the fair last fall and 294 from the fair last spring, said Marilyn Heaton, an administrative assistant for the Career Center. “The fall fair is always more popular,” Heaton said. This semester, the event encompassed both the Career Opportunity Fair and the Graduate and Professional School Fair. “There is a large amount of improvement,” Senate Majority Internship Director Jen Carlton said. “Students seem more professionally dressed, and they have résumés. However, there is an overwhelming freshman attendance and little junior and senior presence.” Booths set up at the fair in the North Gym of the Arena displayed various opportunities to students looking for job availabilities and graduate school opportunities in association with their majors. According to the Career Opportunity Fair website, at the fair “various organizations from locations across the country are present to recruit students for the following: full-time job positions, internship and job shadow opportunities, part-time and summer jobs, and graduate and professional programs.” “They combined the career and graduate school fair this year,” said Jaque Smith, a representative from Michigan Tech. “There are more students than in previous years, but these students are more interested in the career versus graduate fair.” Students registered their attendance to the event by having their ID card swiped and then a nametag was printed for each student. A buffet provided by Sodexo was available for the employers, as well as a small area for students to have cookies and other snacks. The layout of the gym was organized into a section primarily for graduate schools and a section of career opportunities. “The spacing is great, organization, the signs and food are all helpful,” said Lisa Rissler of Hamilton Center Inc. “This is a level above other fairs that I have attended.” Arnaud Balma, a senior Management Information Systems major, attended the career fair. “There are a lot of people and more companies than in previous years,” he said. The next Career Opportunity Fair will be held during the spring semester on Feb. 22.

Companies set up booths during the Career Opportunity Fair for students to stop by and learn more about various job openings that best suit their majors and preferences. (Photos courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing)


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Tech Fest takes off

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Street closures and parking restrictions announced for Saturday’s Race for the Cure Much of the campus will be largely inaccessible from 8 – 10:30 a.m.; the Student Recreation Center will be reachable by car only from the north.

First Monday in October Students attended Tech Fest Wednesday and partook in games while learning about opportunities offered in the Technology Center.

This session of First Monday in October will give a preview of the 2011-2012 United States Supreme Court term.

Cookout friday night at the Student Recreation Center Games, activities and food will be offered from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on the SRC patio and is open to all students.

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ISU student pursues rapping career with a focus on his religion

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ISU senior exercise science major and Christian rapper Colt Slack began rapping at age 13. At age 19 he switched the focus of his rapping and became a Christian rapper. Slack is signed with Trachead Entertainment and will be performing at Hulman Street Wesleyan Church on Saturday. (Submitted photos) at age 19 through an on-campus ministry, Campus Outreach. After accepting God into his life, Slack said he had a hard time deciding whether or not to continue rapping. “Originally I wanted to quit rapping because I thought that rap and God didn’t go together,”Slack said. “It was kind of contradictory.” However, people influenced him that, if he had a talent, he should use it to minister. “From that point on, I switched from secular, typical rap to trying to glorify God through rap,” Slack said. “I felt that call from the Lord leading me that way, so that is what I did, and I love it.” Slack, a senior exercise science major, originally came to ISU to run track and because he liked the general feel of the school. However, after running track for two years, Slack decided to focus on other things. “I don’t run anymore,” Slack said. “I am just trying to do the school thing and get that knocked out.” Slack released his first CD, entitled “Off the Chains,” in 2011. He then signed with Trachead Entertainment, a Christian rap record label, based in Benton Harbor, Mich. Songs from Slack’s debut CD are available on iTunes. He is scheduled to release his second CD, “Lifeline,” in May 2012. Trachead helps Slack set up shows, but he also sets them up on his own. He will be performing in

Terre Haute this weekend. Slack will perform at the Hulman Street Wesleyan Church on Saturday at 7 p.m. He previously performed there in April and is attending that church this semester. While attending Hulman Street Wesleyan, Slack is also working with the youth in the congregation and helping to increase involvement of college age students there. “I felt God could use me in a big way at this church,” Slack said. Slack has performed in St. Louis, Indianapolis and various cities in Michigan but has only had a few shows in Terre Haute. Despite only having a few shows in Terre Haute, ISU students have been supportive. There were probably about 50 or 60 ISU student at his first show at Hulman Street Wesleyan, Slack said. Slack sighted various influences in his life and rapping career. “The people in my label have been a big direct influence on my life,” Slack said. “Indirectly, a lot of my rhyme schemes come from Trip Lee and Lecrea, but I have never met them personally.” Trip Lee and Lecrea are two well-known Christian rap artists, Slack said. The genre is growing and becoming more popular, and Trip Lee has had his music videos played on channels such as BET, which has an outlet for Christian music, Slack said. People have miscon-

ceptions about what a Christian really is and might not understand putting God and rap together, but they just have to give it a chance, he said. Slack enjoys creating and listening to Christian music, but he also still respects other types of music. “Whatever faith you are, you can respect music,” Slack said. “I am a Christian, but I can respect other types of music for the artistry. It really is a talent and an art.” The target audience of Slack’s music is 35 and younger, but he has also had older fans. The older fans seem to like spoken word more, he said, which is rapping without music and beats in the background. Although he is an exercise science major, Slack is aware that he will probably not use this degree in the future. Instead, after graduation, he would like continue his music career and enroll in seminary school. Over the summer, Slack worked at the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Mich. where he completed an internship that focused on aiding families from broken homes and now says he feels called to similar work in urban ministries. Continuing with his music career, Slack would like to start making music videos for his songs. Slack encourages students to listen to his music and, if they would like, give him feedback on his Facebook music page.


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Art Spaces seeking entries for banner design competition ALEXA LARKIN Features editor

Wabash Valley Art Spaces is still accepting entries for the Terre Haute Arts Corridor banner design competition. In 2006, Wabash Valley Art Spaces put up banners in the Arts Corridor, a section of Seventh Street between Poplar and Tippecanoe streets. The current competition was created to give Wabash Valley artists a chance to design a new banner, according to an Art Spaces press release. Art Spaces is continuing to get the word out about

the competition because there have been a lot of inquiries but not many entries, said Ariane King, Wabash Valley Art Spaces administrative coordinator. Competition eligibility includes artists and art students, 18 and older, who live, work or attend school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo County, stated the Art Spaces website. ISU students have inquired but none have submitted designs, King said. Entries must be received by Oct. 12, and the selection will be made by the end of the month. The artist of the winning banner will be awarded $750.

SEEKING: Artists, designers or students interested in designing new banners for the Terre Haute Arts Corridor ELIGIBILITY: Any individual 18 years or older, living, working or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo County PRIZES: Five finalists will each receive $50. The winning entry will be awarded $750 DEADLINE: October 12, 2011

Up to twenty vertical banners will be installed on light poles between Poplar and Cherry Streets by the end of 2011. (Submitted photo)


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Rec Sports offer students and faculty the opportunity to participate in scuba program Ernest Rollins Sports Editor

Upcoming Events Women’s Volleyball Friday at Des Moines, Iowa. 8 p.m. vs. Drake University

Women’s Soccer Friday at Des Moines, Iowa. 8 p.m. vs. Drake University

Cross Country Friday at South Bend, Ind. 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame Invitational

Women’s Golf Monday and Tuesday at Highlyland Country Club. All day. Butler Invitational.

Indiana State University Recreation Sports offers students, faculty and community members of the city of Terre Haute the opportunity to become certified in scuba diving. Patrick Bennett, an assoicate professor of psychology, said the program was designed to accomplish two goals. The first goal was to extend an invitation to individuals to the world of scuba diving as a hobby or interest. Bennett added that the program “Discover Scuba” was therefore created to give students an opportunity to dawn the goggles and tank and experience scuba diving. The program is offered at the price of $15 and is held in the Arena pool the first Tuesday of every month. The second goal the program hoped to accomplish was certification of divers at both the basic and advanced level. Bennett said the program sought to organize trips for both levels of divers on which certification was made possible. Bennett said interested individuals must enroll in “Open Water Classes”. These classes are a combination of coursework and diving experience. Bennett added that students and

faculty are offered these classes at a discounted rate of $249. Diving experience occurs at different sites in Indiana and Illinois. One site made available this year is Mermett Springs in Southern Illinois. The earliest “Open Water Class” is currently fully booked for Oct. 15th and 16th, but interested students can still sign up for the next available course on February 15th and 16th 2012. Students interested in classes in February get the opportunity to travel with the department to the Bahamas for their diving experience and certification. Bennett said the trip is scheduled for early March and this is the second year it has been done. Bennet said the trip to the Bahamas will cost $1,039 which includes accommodation, meals and diving gear. He added that the trip is offered at a reasonable price as the average trip similar to this one can cost up to $2,500. Bennet said students live on the sailboat for one week after arriving into Nassau, Bahamas. The ship travels along the Exume Cays, a chain of approximately 300 islands in the Bahamas. “[You] live on a sailboat for a week, and we dive everyday,” Bennet said.

Open Water Classes: When: February 15th and 16th Cost: Students and Faculty $249 / Others $299 Spring Break Diving Trip: When: Early March Where: Bahamas Cost: $1,039 (includes accomodation meals, and diving gear) Spring Break Information Meeting: When: October 12th Where: Students Recreation Center For more information contact: Patrick Bennett (812) 237 2446

Bennet said two dives are particularly popular amongst students. The first dive Bennet said, is known as the “Shark Dive” where students travel to an area known to naturally attract sharks. Bennett added that students do not chum but simply dive to the ocean floor and watch as sharks swim above them. The next popular dive Bennett said is called the “Washing Machine”. On this particular dive, students enter a fast current that causes the diver to tumble horizontally. Bennett said students interested in going on the trip, whether they are already certified divers or want to be certified in the Bahamas, need to come out to an October 12th information meeting at the Student Recreation Center at 7 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to discuss more about the trip in detail. Students planning to go to the ISU students scuba diving in the Bahamas must make a $100 deposit Bahamas. (Submitted photo) on November 20th in order to secure a spot to travel. Bennett added that the purpose is to help with planning when they finally travel. Bennet said students who are interested in the trip but are not yet certified must then register for the February open water classes in order to be ready to be certified in the Bahamas.


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Why no NBA this year may be the better option Why doesn’t the NBA just give up negotiations and just forget this season? In the long run, this could be their best possible option. From star players like Kobe Bryant potentially playing overseas, to the possible improved college basketball popularity, taking a year off could be the most profitable option. In addition, what could an NBA lockout mean to the ISU basketball team? There are NBA fans, and then there are basketball fans. A large majority of fans that watch the NBA are really just basketball fans that prefer the NBA. There will always be some straight NBA fans that won’t watch anything besides the NBA, but basketball fans would look for something to fill the void. For most of these fans, college hoops would step in. With an NBA lockout, college basketball could start to regain the popularity it had back when Larry Bird and the ISU Sycamores took on Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the 1979 Championship, still the most watched Championship game of all time. What would this do for the NBA? Basketball fans are likely to get to know the basketball collegiate athletes better and be more likely to follow them in the NBA. This means more money being spent

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on NBA jerseys which means more money for the NBA. Just look at the Tim Tebow jerseys in the NFL. At ISU, we should be hoping there is a lockout because we have a defending Missouri Valley Champion basketball team this year, and if there is a lockout; our team could, once again, be playing in one of the most popular NCAA Tournaments in the history of college basketball. The lockout is one of the best options for everyone. First of all, the NBA is quickly becoming an international league. Just look at this year’s draft. Five out of the first seven picks were international players. The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals this year starting two international players (José Barea and Dirk Nowitzki). With all of these international players, the NBA is clearly becoming somewhat popular overseas. The NBA has some international influence, but imagine the possibilities if there was to be a lockout. Because of the NBA lockout, Deron Williams, Ty Lawson, J.R. Smith and many others have signed with teams overseas. Big names such as Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and even Kobe Bryant have shown a lot of interest in playing overseas if a deal is not reached. NBA players aren’t all going to the same either. Deron Williams has signed with a team in Turkey. Ty Lawson has signed with a team in Lithuania. J.R. Smith has signed a one year no- opt- out contract with a team in China (He will be playing in China this

year regardless of whether there is a lockout). Kobe Bryant was just offered 6.7 million dollars to sign with a team in Italy, and he said that it is “very possible” he will do it. This is the perfect situation for the NBA to gain more popularity in foreign countries. Because of the lockout, the fans overseas would have the opportunity to witness some of the talent of the NBA first hand. This would definitely raise popularity for the NBA and, in turn, help the NBA to more successfully reach an international market.

“With an NBA lockout, college basketball could start to regain the popularity it had back when Larry Bird and the ISU Sycamores took on Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the 1979 Championship, still the most watched championship game of all time.”

• According to www.espn. go.com to date, 58 players have already signed with international teams abroad. Star players include J.R. Smith from the Denver Nuggets who signed with no-opt-out to China. • According to www.espn. go.com states to date, 106 players are interested in playing overseas. Star players include: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)

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Baseball player punts for Sycamore football as well Ernest Rollins Sports Editor

Getting a scholarship to play any sport in college is tough. Only two percent of high school athletes get a scholarship to play college athletics. Senior Lucas Hileman was recruited out of Anna, Illinois and a transfer from Baylor University. He was all-state in baseball and football. The rare thing about Lucas is not so much that he is part of that two percent but rather he is a two sport athlete now. Hileman said that he decided that baseball was his future and that was what he would focus on after high school. He was just too small to play at the highest level of football. After going to Baylor for some time, he transferred to Indiana State University where, once he was eligible, he helped the team out immediately. This fall, the Sycamore football team was coming off of their best season in recent memory. ISU football head coach Trent Miles was looking to add depth to the Sycamores roster, wanting to keep current

senior punter Santino Davis at his natural position, linebacker. As a result, Miles invited Hileman for a tryout as a punter. The first punt of his tryout was a shank off of his foot, but after that Hileman was good enough to earn a roster spot. “He’s got a strong leg. It’s a little slower when you are just stepping and kicking. Now we got to see what he does when we snap him the ball, and there are guys running at him, and he’s gotta get it off.” Lucas was a game time decision for his first game as a Sycamore. His first time suiting up on the football field was against Western Kentucky University. Hileman did not disappoint as he made his first collegiate start as a punter in his first week on the team. Hileman amassed 197 yards, on 5 punts for a 39.7 yard per punt average with his longest punt being a 50 yarder. The Sycamores hope that he will continue to get better and continue to be a big advantage for the special teams. The next time Hileman plays live at Memorial stadium will be when the Sycamores face Western Illinois on

homecoming October 15th.

“He’s got a strong leg ... Now we got to see what he does when we snap him the ball, and there are guys running at him, and he’s got to get it off.” Trent Miles, ISU football head coach Senior baseball and football player Lucas Hileman. (Photo courtesy of gosycamores.com)

Women’s golf finish ninth in Marilyn Invitational Ernest Rollins Sports Editor

The Indiana State University women’s golf team ninth place at the 2011 Marilynn Smith Invitational Tuesday in Manhattan, Kansas. The Sycamores tied South Dakota State University for the ninth place spot with a three-round total of 954. Junior golfer Reece Feducia led the Sycamores as she achieved a career best with a 54 hole total of 234. Feducaia shot fourover 76 in the final round on Tuesday and a 75 and 83 in the first two rounds of play on Monday. Her efforts tied her for 27th in the tournament. Feducia’s teammates junior golfer Christina Beyerl and junior golfer Emily Dixon rounded out the top three finishers for the Sycamores. Beyerl tied for 41st shooting a three-round total of 239. Her best round came Monday afternoon when she shot 76. Dixon closed out the tournament with her best round of the tournament with a 78 Tuesday after posting scores of 82 and 83 on Monday. Her efforts tied her for 50th

with a total of 243. Next up for the Sycamores is freshman golfer Gina DellaCamera who also tied for 50th place with 243 shooting an 84 in the final round of play. She recorded a career best of 78 in the afternoon round on Monday after shooting an 81 earlier that morning. Sophomore McCall Christopher was the final Sycamore of the team placing 54th with a three-round total of 244. The Sycamores competed against other Missouri Valley Conference schools at this meet. The Missouri State Bears were third with a total of 907, Wichita State Shockers were seventh with 940, Bradley Braves were 11th shooting 955 and Creighton 12th with a three round total of 968. The Indiana State University women’s golf team will be back in action when they compete in the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis Oct. 3 and 4.

Marilyn Invitational Standings:

1. Arkansas-Little Rock 2. Kansas State University 3. Missouri State University 4. Oral Roberts 5.Kansas University 6. Missouri-Kansas City 7. Wichita State University 8. Arkansas State University T9. Indiana State University T9. South Dakota State 11. Bradley University

Junior golfer Reece Feducia hitting the ball. (Photo courtes of gosycamores.com)


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Students dance to karaoke

Members of the ISU Black Student Union and the Terre Haute chapter of the NAACP hosted a karaoke night Thursday in the Sycamore Lounge. “We go out and try to get people involved in our organization,” said Shawnique Johnson, a junior human development family studies major and sergeantat- arms of the Black Student Union. (Photos by Chris Sweeney)

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