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ALICE BRUMFIELD Reporter ISU officials caution students to be wary of postings on social media sites as more employers use social media to screen applicants. “If you don’t want your grandmother to see it, then you probably shouldn’t post it,” Tracy Powers, the executive director of the career center, said.
Powers added that employers evaluate social media websites because they look to make sure that the employee will be a valuable member to their business. Social media is a good way to look into that.
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“There are organizations who certainly use it as an opportunity to learn more about applicants sometimes in terms of their informal behavior,” Powers said. “There are people who feel that behavior in social media really can reveal something about the type of employee that someone might be.” This is something that some ISU students are cognizant of. “I try to think about that stuff like what would get me in trouble at work. I wouldn’t put anything on Facebook that I didn’t want my employer to see,” Thomas Davenport, a freshman, music education major, said. “When I was interviewed, they checked my Facebook and the first few weeks I worked, they also checked.” People, especially students, should be aware that jobs they are being interviewed for may or may not check their social media websites before making the decision on whether or not they will end up hiring that person. However, not all employers have decided to use social media
when it comes to decide on employees. “We just never have,” Dave Hull, a business owner in Portland, Indiana said. “ It may be something we do in the future, but it’s not something we do now. The people we have now are mostly high school kids coming into such entry level positions that it’s just a lot of work to go through.” While there are some employers that don’t use social media to decide whether or not to hire a person, there are some students who may eventually deactivate their accounts when the time comes. “I’m more outspoken and not filtered on certain social networks, so I do plan to deactivate my account when it becomes necessary,” Tashe Hughes, a senior communication major, said.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 Social media has had an effect not only on the interview process, but also the workplace itself. Policies are now being revised and changed completely to adapt to how social media works in the workplace. “There are some policies related to what employers don’t want employees to post regarding their organization,” Powers said. “There are policies related to how you spend your work time, and not spending it using social media. There has definitely been an effect on corporate policies.” Another thing to be cautious of as an employee of a business is to be careful of what is posted. According to monsterthinking.com, when it comes to social media and employment, there are certain things that people need to remember. “Only government employees have free speech protections, and those are very limited,” according to the website. “You can be fired for your speech in the workplace or outside the workplace if you work for a private employer. The First Amendment doesn’t protect you at work.” The website added that posts aren’t private and employees should act under
the assumption that their current employer or potential one will be able to see everything that’s been published. “Remember that you’ve probably friended at least one coworker, and that person might run to the boss with your posts,” according to the website. Also remember that “posts aren’t private. If you blog, or have a Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Twitter or other social networking account, assume that your employer or a potential employer will see what you’ve written. “Remember that you’ve probably friended at least one coworker, and that person might run to the boss with your posts.”
“If you don’t want your grandmother to see it, then you probably shouldnt post it.” Tracy Powers, the executive director of the career center
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Professors give insight, create contacts in Thailand
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Austin Arceo ISU Communications and Marketing During a recent trip to Thailand, Indiana State University professor Will Barratt visited students who just months earlier had been guests in Terre Haute to learn about research as they prepared to write their doctoral dissertations. During his stay in Thailand, Barratt not only discussed the students’ research progress, but he also had the opportunity to speak in several doctoral-level classes and give presentations at two additional universities. Though he could only deliver his presentations in English, it was not a hindrance. His work and teaching fit in perfectly with Thailand’s longterm educational goals. Barratt was one of a half-dozen Indiana State faculty members who visited Thailand this summer to provide insights about sustainable economic development in Southeast Asia, while also cultivating further projects and initiatives. The group visited the 2012 International Conference on Sciences and Social Sciences, which focused on innovations for regional development. Barratt, Leslie Barratt, Chris McGrew, Sherry McFadden, Karen Liu and John Conant traveled to Thailand and participated in the conference which was organized by Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University. The conference featured participants from universities around the world to give perspective as the region prepares for developments of ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which will affect Thailand.
“The education will be in English, and everyone is getting ready for that,” Will Barratt, professor of educational leadership who also worked with graduate students at Roi Et Rajabhat University and Buriram Rajabhat University, said. “They’re trying to bring language education, particularly English language education, into the K-12 setting, and so they’re doing some interesting things.” Leslie Barratt also worked with other universities in Thailand before and after the conference. She led workshops at Roi Et Rajabhat and at Burriram Rajabhat University about dealing with the complexity in learning World Englishes, which is the term coined to explain the different dialects that exist around the globe.
“They’re trying to bring language education, particularly English language education, into the K-12 setting.” Will Barratt, ISU professor of educational leadership
“It’s an expanding language worldwide,” Leslie Barratt, chair of the literature, languages and linguistics department at ISU, said. “There are many more varieties, and there’s variation within the varieties. Learning an expanding language is overwhelming, so I gave them strategies for dealing with that.” Conant, chair of the economics department at ISU, discussed sustainability and economic development strategies. His presentation focused on the importance of bodies of water such as rivers, and how they can be used to influence the economy and the impacts that large dams can have on communities. He also spoke with multiple university leaders and administrators. “This is a part of one of ISU’s strategic partnerships, and it is a part of what we are doing in terms of global engagement,” Conant said. “The best part of this experience was getting to know people from all those universities. It really was a global experience. I’ve already been collaborating with someone I met there from the Philippines on another project. Hopefully, similar kinds of opportunities where our students can participate also will come out of these partnerships.” Several academic departments at Indiana State are looking to form collaborations with universities in Thailand. McFadden, chair of ISU’s theater department, joined the group with the goal
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 of cultivating contacts with Thai faculty members who could be guest professors at Indiana State. While she was planning to give a small presentation at the economic sustainability conference, once in Thailand she learned that her role had unexpectedly grown. She discussed an after-school fine arts program she developed for lowincome students, and some of the instances in which the program helped the young participants develop. The theater department has teamed with international partners in the past. They have to be developed creatively, as it can cost thousands of dollars for theatrical productions to travel to a different continent, McFadden said.W “I want students to see other cultures and other places. I learn so much when I go, and I’ve done some traveling,” McFadden said. “I think they would learn a lot, too.” Faculty members from several Thai universities spoke with
the ISU faculty members about deepening current partnerships and creating new opportunities. Yet even when ISU students express an interest in studying in Asia, Thailand is not a country that frequently comes to mind, Leslie Barratt said. “To me it’s really clear that we need to bring Thailand to ISU before we can take ISU to Thailand in any systematic way,” she added. “The way to do that, I think, is to bring visiting scholars to teach Thai and interact.” Several universities in Thailand are pushing for more opportunities to learn English, including the possibility of having ISU students and faculty visit to help provide some lessons, said McGrew, director of International Programs and Services at ISU. He spoke with administrators at several Thai universities who were interested in creating new opportunities as Thailand prepares for the changes that will be expected as part of ASEAN.
“By 2015, they’re supposed to be moving towards a common market with a common language of English,” he said.Thailand, China, Morocco and Russia are countries that have been prioritized for ISU to develop international relationships. Indiana State has developed collaborations in the country for more than half a century, and Thailand is the site of ISU’s first international alumni association. The different university visits during this latest visit allowed the Indiana State faculty members to better cultivate opportunities through “person to person collaboration” that would not have been possible had those relationships not been established, Will Barratt said. “We’ve already been e-mailing and in constant contact with old friends,” he added, “and we’ve made many new friends in talking The Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkhon pagoda in Roi Et province near about collaborative programs.” Maha Sarakham Rajabhat University (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
A Buddha image from inside a pagoda in Thailand (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).
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Student involvement in political and social activism climaxed in the 1960s. The 60s were rife with tensions; whether those tensions culminated in the form of a fight for racial equality, gender equality, democracy, freedom of speech or the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. Student activism coalesced in the form of rallies, protests, council meetings, letters to the editor and a variety of other ways. Despite the fact that students of the 60s rarely managed to change any laws on paper, the effects of their movements and activism pervades an enormous portion of our society today. The decades since the 60s haven’t seen the same level of student involvement relating to political and social issues, and today we see very little. While no one expects to see campus wide protests and nationwide movements (as tensions aren’t nearly as great as they were then), it would certainly be reassuring to see a considerable shift in student activism because there are still plenty of problems in need of fixing — problems, which affect each and every one of us on a personal level. Where is the student involvement today? Why is it gone? In the last forty years, industrialized nations have seen the development of highly atomized societies. By atomized, we mean to say that individuals have become separated from one another, constantly seeking personal gains and distracted from efforts to think for themselves and challenge authority. Social media, electronics and an interest in sports and entertainment have served as massive distractions to our culture. Noam Chomsky is the most cited living author, he was voted the “world’s top public
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intellectual” in a 2005 poll and is still considered the “father of modern linguistics.” Unfortunately, you probably know less about Chomsky than you do Kim Kardashian. And it is this intense interest in people like Kim Kardashian that serves as the reason we no longer harbor commons goals, or fight common enemies as we stand up for common beliefs. If students knew half as much about history and politics as they did about their favorite artists, entertainers or sports teams, we would undoubtedly live in a far better society than we do today. In a sense, we have become a nation of pacifism, and not the good kind of pacifism. We’re too comfortable with the status quo because our lives have become too easy, and now our desire for improvement is all but lost. Do your part to avoid becoming the generation of lemmings. As an editorial staff we would like students to find their voice, and use it. Start by becoming intimate with your immediate surroundings, and see what you can do to change them for the better. There are many things students can and should do at the campus level. Here at ISU we can get involved with the SGA, attend and speak up at Board of Trustee meetings, write letters to the editor and organize rallies and protests against what we find to be detrimental to our community. The resources at our disposal have never been more conducive to affecting change. So stand up, speak out and strike back or else one day find yourself herded into a life of complacent passivity without the power to change it.
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How to become the person you always wanted to be I wish I was “blank.” You know what goes in the blank; you have been saying this to yourself for most of your life. Well, you can be and there is no time like the present to get started. Sounds impossible? I assure you it isn’t, you just have to know what to do and you too could be all you can be. Cathy The first step is to decide what your real goals are. For example, you Trout might have filled in the blank with Dear “prettier” but do you really desire to be more aesthetically attractive or do Cathy you just desire more offers to go on dates? You need to examine yourself and your desires to see what it is that you would change about yourself if you could. Once you have decided on some changes, you need to decide which one you are going to focus on first. Choose the one goal that you believe would make you happiest and change your life immeasurably for the better. Then break that huge goal into smaller, more manageable steps. For instance, if your major goal is to lose twenty pounds, some smaller goals to achieve this might include drink more water, eat less food and exercise regularly. Pick the easiest goal, say, drink more water. Clarify this goal with parameters. For example, I will drink only water between meals or I will drink 5 glasses of water every day. Then put this one plan into
action. Set yourself up to succeed by making initial small goals slightly out of your comfort zone, yet easily attainable. If you are shy and reserved by nature but would like to be more out-going, don’t promise yourself to get up and sing karaoke next time you are dragged to the bar by your buds. Try setting a more easily achieved goal such as inviting an interesting classmate for coffee or lunch in the commons. If that also seems too frightening, start with an even easier goal like saying “hello” to three people every day. The key is to succeed. It doesn’t matter how small your steps are as long as you are expanding your comfort zone and moving towards your ultimate goal. As long as you don’t give up, you will eventually improve in the area you are working on. And why would you give up something you are repeatedly successful at? When you master the initial goal and make it habitual, comfortable behavior, you will be ready to begin work on the next goal. The Old Wife Saying that “it takes six weeks to learn a good habit and two weeks to learn a bad habit” may never have been proven scientifically but it echoes an inconvenient truth. When trying to change ingrained habits, you have to focus on meeting your goals diligently and daily. This is hard work and you should reward yourself at the end of the week for a job well done if you have succeeded at meeting your set goal for the week. Rewards should be included in your original plan. Give yourself small weekly rewards for
achieving your current or minor goal and celebrate with a large reward when all those small steps add up to accomplishing a major goal. You will probably slip up and not achieve your entire goal once in a while. That’s ok, it happens. The kindest response is to forgive your-self and move forward. As long as you keep moving in the right direction, you will get there eventually. However, if you are the type of person who will view this mistake as a failure, be discouraged from continuing, and possibly give up, you can include a safeguard to counteract this. For example, if your ultimate goal is to lose twenty pounds and your current goal towards this is to not eat dessert except on Sunday, but you pigged out Wednesday night, you could either do extra running to work off the calories sometime that week or forego your Sunday dessert to “make it up.” In this way, the safeguard negates the mistake and turns the incident from a failure to a success. In conclusion, the key is to define your real goals, choose the most important one and make a plan of small steps to achieve that goal with rewards and safeguards. As long as you keep focused and keep going in the right direction, you are bound to achieve your ultimate goals and become the person you would like to be. You are goal orientated and used to succeeding or you wouldn’t be here at Indiana State University. You can use those skills to succeed at life, as well as at academics. Best wishes and good luck.
With liberty and justice... for all? What makes freedom free? Is it because of how we define it? Is it who dies for it? What is Justice? How is it different from vengeance, and what makes it just? There are so many questions we have and yet still don’t use our time to seek the answers to. Better yet, how often do we as Americans go throughout our Jon day without acknowledging just how Stephens free we are? We have the freedoms to affect so much change, and yet we Think strive to do so little. About One of these freedoms we often take for granted is speech. It An article on renewamerica.com states, “Freedom of speech is perhaps one of the most abused freedoms we have. From profanity to nudity, these moral destroyers are acceptable and protected, and yet the freedoms associated with religion are met with disdain, and attempts to suppress those of faith is gaining momentum.” If the freedom of speech really is free, then perhaps we as a society should be the first among many to give diversity a chance and abstain from being crude
or crass to someone, whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, Christian or Atheist. For the first time in decades, perhaps we should acknowledge our rights and seek to be active about something. In recent news, a U.S. ambassador and two diplomats were murdered at the United States embassy in Libya in reaction to a movie produced in California depicting the prophet Mohammed and Muslims as bigots and Mohammed as a pedophiliac womanizer. Those who practice the Islamic faith in Libya felt the need to speak out, but did so in a harsh manner to the point of costing a man his life. In Egypt, Muslims who had heard of the movie or had seen the trailer of it on YouTube protested against it, took down the American flag at the U.S. embassy, burned it and replaced it with a black banner emblazoned with the Muslim hardline: “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed His Messenger.” These countries cannot exercise their freedom of speech in the way that we Americans do. When the movie “The Passion of the Christ” came out, many Jewish people had a negative reaction to it, while those of protestant and Catholic faiths praised Mel Gibson and his “masterpiece.” Here in America, one could blatantly and publicly say, “that movie sucked” or “I hate that movie.” In other countries, disrespecting things
produced by media and/or the government could cost you your life. So let’s respect the freedom granted to us by our founding fathers. Let us also defend this right with justice, and prevent the abuse of our rights that is becoming so prevalent in today’s age. For instance, enough of the “I claim insanity” garbage so many use to weasel their way out of crimes. Many of these people are clearly not insane, yet can walk away from manslaughter without a second thought. Take the case of Casey Anthony. The woman killed her own child and walked away without having to face any harsh judgment, receiving only four years in prison. In Middle Eastern countries, stealing is punishable by the loss of hands, whereas here the punishment is nowhere near as severe. And that is not always a good thing. If we as a nation, or even as a campus, want to see change happen it has to start with us and with how we view our world and ourselves. Respecting diversity, freedom and justice can only happen if we respect ourselves. Life is full of limitless possibilities, and there are many paths to success. But first, find the path to honor and acknowledge the responsibility you have to fight for the freedoms you possess, the freedoms our ancestors gave their lives fighting for.
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Pi Kappa members sit, bike, crutch and get creamed for Push America fundraiser Jessica Neff Reporter Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity have been out in the Dede Plaza since Monday to promote awareness and raise money for their philanthropy organization, Push America. The “No Boundaries” event requires them to sit in scaffolding, ride stationary bikes, crutch around campus and receive pie facials until Friday at 12 p.m. Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was founded on Dec. 10, 1904. Their exclusive philanthropy, Push America, is a nonprofit organization established in 1977 by Durward Owen with collaboration from Thomas Sayre. The purpose of Push America is to instill lifelong service in fraternity members and to serve people with disabilities. “PUSH used to stand for ‘play units for severely handicapped,’ but now we just use it as Push America,” senior aviation management major and Pi Kappa Phi member, Evan Shortridge said. Push America is a philanthropy that is strictly “100 percent active members of Pi Kappa who do things to raise the money and awareness and our alumni coordinate the events,” he said. The activities include the fraternity members staying in the scaffolding for 100 hours, Pedal for Push, Crutch for Awareness and Pie a Pi Kapp. “The scaffolding is the best part of this week [for the Pi Kappa Phi members] because you’re sitting,” Shortridge said. “It’s a retreat in itself, an escape. I am up there from 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday. I won’t even be sleeping in my own bed that night; I’ll just sleep up there.” Freshman exploratory studies major, Jackson Buchanan agreed. “It was a lot of fun,” Buchanan said. “I wanted to stay up there instead of going to my next class.” Pedal for Push lasted 24 hours on Tuesday and required members to ride stationary bikes. This activity is reminiscent of the Journey for Hope event held each summer; According
to pushamerica.org, the Journey for Hope has members of all Pi Kappa Phi chapters cycle 4,000 miles from San Francisco and Seattle to Washington D.C. in order to raise funds and awareness for disabled people. Crutch for Awareness is Wednesday and members of the fraternity will limit their walking ability by using crutches all day. “[We] crutch around the fountain, to classes and campus in general to raise awareness for people who don’t have the ability to walk on their own two feet,” said sophomore professional aviation flight technology major and Pi Kappa Phi member, Josh Voelker. Their fourth event of the week, Pie a Pi Kapp, will be held Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will incorporate fun for non-fraternity members as well. “Students can pay a dollar to put a pie in the face of a volunteer Pi Kappa Phi member,” Voelker said. “We raised about $800 last year and our goal is $1,000 this year. I think that we’ll make it, too, because we have already gotten a large donation and people are constantly walking by.” According to Shortridge, large amounts of people love the fact that the members of Pi Kappa Phi do so much for Push America. “We use the event to raise awareness and empathy, not sympathy. Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone and empathy is the understanding that someone has a disability that limits them but offering to help by any means, big or small.” The finale of the Push America fundraiser, the annual 2012 Push America Empathy Dinner, will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1, 2012 in Dede 1. Admission tickets are $20. “There will be a silent auction and Evan Austin, a member of the [2012 USA] Paralympic Team, will speak at the event,” Voelker said.
The scaffold area set up in Dede Plaza by the Pi Kappa Phi for their No Boundaries event this week (Photo by Jamie Nichols).
“We raised about $800 last year and our goal is $1,000 this year. I think that we’ll make it, too, because we have already gotten a large donation and people are constantly walking by.” Josh Voelker, sophomore Pi Kappa Phi member
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Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity participate in their Push America fundraiser by continously sitting on the staged scaffold (left) and participating in the Pedal for Push (right) (Photo by Jamie Nichols).
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The Investigation Supernatural Unit: exploring the paranormal since last year Joseph Paul Reporter The Investigation Supernatural Unit, an Indiana State student organization, explored the remnants of tunnels deep beneath Mogger’s Pub and Restaurant. Some believe these tunnels were used by 19th century slaves escaping to the North on the Underground Railroad and by smugglers during the Prohibition in the 1920s when Terre Haute was known as “Sin City.” While the group acknowledged these tunnels’ rich history, they were there to investigate something beyond the realms of reality: the supernatural. Established a year ago, the Investigation Supernatural Unit’s exploration of the tunnels beneath Mogger’s was their first case after a complicated start-up process with the university. Since, they have researched and investigated several other historic areas thought by some to be home to the paranormal. As a group seen by other student organizations and outside clients as lacking legitimacy, the group experiences several difficulties that contribute to the group’s ability to conduct research. For those who don’t fully understand the group’s purpose, the Unit has kept an open mind towards skeptics in hopes that they’ll do the same. Sean Green, president of the Investigation Supernatural Unit, has held an interest in the afterlife since he was a The 2011 club members (Photo courtesy of the Investigation Supernatural Unit). child and started the organization last fall. The process, which required Green and other members to acquire certain documents and draft a group constitution, took all semester. including Mill’s Dam State Park and Hell’s Gate, a paranormal areas and develop a specific plan for the “It was our first time being an actual organization,” he group of local bridges believed to be haunted. Part investigation. All students are encouraged to join. said. “It was our first experience.” of the investigation process includes researching and “In our group, we have lots of students between After the group became university-official, they found tracking down sites that could have a high potential for believers and skeptics,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re that clients were more willing to allow them onto their supernatural occurrences, even if it means driving a few religious or non-religious.” property to investigate. Their first case at Mogger’s was hours out of their way. Although they’re on a search for the paranormal activity, an opportunity for the group to explore parts of the Group members also try to familiarize themselves with Green and Crist both consider themselves as slight restaurant that are normally off-limits to the public. the history of the potential sites before investigating. skeptics; yet they find enjoyment in directly involving “Not everyone’s willing to just open their place to some “If we have the opportunity, we learn about the history themselves in local history and exploring areas rumored random strangers,” said Tommy Crist, Investigation behind the area because that’s always cool,” said Crist. to be haunted. However, they encourage everyone to keep Supernatural Unit secretary. “That’s why we needed to be “History classes aren’t really interesting until you go out an open mind when it comes to the supernatural. an actual club sanctioned by ISU.” there.” “Keep an open mind that, maybe, there are more things During an investigation, the group uses simple Permission to access a site is another important part out there in life,” said Green. recording devices such as cameras and audio recorders in of the group’s research process. Various locations around an attempt to capture some kind of supernatural activity. ISU campus that have caught the Unit’s attention include While their exploration of Mogger’s didn’t result in any the Conduit House, home of President Daniel J. Bradley, such activity besides the strange sound of music coming and historic Normal Hall. However, as Green pointed out, “Keep an open mind that maybe, there are from one of the tunnels, Greene and other members are these specific areas would be much more difficult to gain more things out there in life.” sure if they increase the number of investigations, the access to. likelihood of capturing otherworldly activity by either “We still try to take our chances, and show them that camera or audio will increase, as well. we’re just a small group, we’re here to help out and see Sean Green, president of the Investigation They are also in the process of planning some fund what we can find there,” he said. raising events that could allow them to buy the higherThe Investigation Supernatural Unit meets every Supernatural Unit of ISU quality equipment seen on television. Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in HMSU 227. The group has investigated several other places, During group meetings, members research potential
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Tablets on a budget: the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and iPad 2 Dustyn Fatheree Reporter Tablets offer a more portable, discreet, and diverse medium of media than laptops and desktops. There are plenty of cheap tablets, but not all of them are quality products. The Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and the iPad 2 are three options for college students with a budget. The Kindle Fire sells for around $159 and is a seven-inch tablet that was developed by Amazon in 2011. The Kindle Fire has eight GB of hard drive memory, runs off a dualcore processor and runs a variant off of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Apps are accessed through Amazon Apps and the tablet itself is focused a on media such as music, books, magazines and movie content all which can be accessed through Amazon. The Nexus 7 is a seven-inch tablet made by Asus and Google and sells at $199 for eight GB or around $250 for a 16 GB hard drive. It was developed and placed on the market last month. Unlike the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 runs off of Google’s complete app store, named Play Store. This gives access to all of Google’s apps instead of just a select number. The Nexus 7 runs off a quad-core processor making it one of the quickest tablets on the market as of now. Along with the Android 4.1 Jellybean interface, personalization of the tablet is fluid and simple. Electronics columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Walter Mossberg, said the Nexus 7 is top notch. “After testing the Nexus 7 for a couple of weeks, I consider it the best Android tablet I’ve used,” Mossberg said. “It’s a serious alternative to both Apple’s larger $499 iPad and to a more direct rival: Amazon’s $199, Android-based, seven-inch Kindle Fire. I prefer the Nexus 7 to seven-inch models from Google partners like Samsung, whose comparable product costs $250.” The iPad 2 is a ten-inch tablet made by Apple and sells for around $359 for a 16 GB hard drive. Apps are accessed through Apple’s App Store and it dubs a dual-core processor. The iPad 2 sports a front and rear facing camera. When Apple developed the iPad 2, the
idea of the front camera was used for apps like Facetime and Skype. Senior business administration music major and president of the Student Government Association, Andre’ Brousseau said he uses the iPad 2 and has a positive outlook on the product. “I think the iPad 2 is great,” he said. “It was pricey when I first purchased it, but that was when it was brand new. Now, the price is much less.” Brousseau said that he has practically replaced his laptop with the iPad 2; the laptop he received as part of ISU’s laptop scholarship has become extremely slow and the battery doesn’t work properly anymore. “The iPad has a great battery life, lasting easily throughout the day, updates streamlined, simple, and are easy to keep up with, and the iPad is still as fast as it was the day I got it,” Brousseau said. Along with a good battery life, the iPad 2 allows access to thousands of free apps through its App Store. The same applies to the Android managed Play Store. “I have word-processing capabilities on my iPad and an app that allows me to write in notes with a stylus, this allowing me to become virtually paperless. Also, I can buy textbooks on my iPad, which drastically reduces cost, but also allows me to have everything in one location with less weight to carry,” Brousseau said. All three tablets can currently be purchased at local stores such as Best Buy.
“After testing the Nexus 7 for a couple of weeks, I consider it the best Android tablet I’ve used.” Walter Mossberg, electronics columnist for the Wall Street Journal The iPad 2 (Photo by Thomas Beeler).
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Thomas Beeler Sports Editor The Sycamores split two non-conference games this weekend as they took a win over the IUPUI Jaguars Friday but fell to the RedHawks of Miami Ohio Sunday.
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ISU vs. IUPUI Indiana State’s women’s soccer team earned their first road victory this weekend. The Sycamores defeated the IUPUI Jaguars 2-1. Seconds after the opening whistle was blown, ISU (4-4-1) had the opportunity to take the lead as sophomore Aubrie Musselman beat the Jaguars (1-8-0) defender on the left wing. Musselman attempted to beat the goalkeeper by aiming for the far left corner but hit the post. ISU led the game in shots with 20-10. Freshman Erin Mitchell only had one save during the game. The Sycamores were soon on the attack again and took the lead in the 16th minute of play. A header from freshman Elle Steele got ISU on the scoreboard. The play started when junior Shelby Troyer lobbed the ball from midfield into the Jaguar’s penalty box toward the Jaguar’s goal. Steele and IUPUI’s goalkeeper both leaped for the bal,l with Steele reaching it first and heading it into the goal. ISU scored again right before halftime. Freshman Molly McKee sent the ball across towards the top
of the penalty box. Teammate, freshman Sydney Lovelace, passed a pair of defenders and got on the end of the ball giving ISU their second goal and her second for the season thus far. IUPUI scored a goal in the 64th minute of the second half breaking through ISU’s midfielders. IUPUI’s Kalli Shepler-Tucker sent a long pass cross field which allowed teammate Ashley Doreski to set up a shot. The Jaguars attempted to score again, but could not hit the back of the net. “The freshmen players’ leading the game was a big ordeal, an unexpected, yet pleasing turnout,” head women’s soccer coach Erika True said. ISU vs. Miami (Ohio) The Red Hawks walked on to the field 6-2-0 with a 3.17 goals average per game this season. The Sycamores faced the NCAA’s ninth ranked team, Sunday and were defeated 4-0. Miami had more shots than ISU, 15-10. Both Mitchell and the Miami goalkeeper both had three saves throughout the game. Their first goal came in the sixth minute of play. Miami’s Haley Walter put the ball in the back of net from the middle of the six-yard box. The Redhawks would then double their score in the 12th minute. Jess Kodiak of Miami scored from
inside the back post from the right side of the penalty box. The Red Hawks continued their scoring run, finding the back of the net again in the 25th minute of play. A corner kick curled into the net beating the ISU goalkeeper. In the 66th minute, Kodiak scored her second goal of the night and final goal upping their led to 4-0. The ball came and reached the goal from a breakaway on the right wing. ISU returns to Memorial Stadium for the team’s Missouri Valley Conference game Friday. The Sycamores are up against the Panthers of Northern Iowa. The game is also the 3rd annual is the “Bark in the Park Night” where supporters are allowed to bring their dogs to the game. Each attendee is asked to bring a donation, where all proceeds go to the Terre Haute Humane Society. True said that this is the game that has the most attendees during the season. “The upcoming conference games will be their focus of the week and that she and her players understand the importance of these games,” True said.“They are now half-way through the season and they know their expectations to continue putting points on the board as they have been and to make their mark.” The first touch is at 7 p.m.
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Briefs National recognition for ISU football ISU football has moved to the 25th spot this week in the Football Championship Subdivision after their two recent home games. They also remain 22nd in the nation in the media poll released by The Sports Network. ISU received 42 votes in this week’s coaches’ poll. North Dakota is currently leading the polls after receiving 25 of 26 first place votes. Some other MVFC team included in the poll are Youngstown State tied at third, Northern Iowa at eighth and Illinois State sitting 15th. Also for the TSN poll the Sycamores have a total of 621 points as North Dakota
State also sits in first for team in the MVFC. Youngstown is fourth, Northern Iowa is eighth and Illinois State is 15th again. Junior running back Shakir Bell received another national merit after his performance Saturday afternoon breaking the MVFC rushing record of 349 rushing yards against Drake University. He received national honors from TSN earning national offensive player of the week award. He broke the previous record held by Herb Donaldson of Western Illinois in 2006, which rushed 328 yards.
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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country ranked in Great Lake Region The men’s and women’s crosscountry teams have recently been ranked in the Great Lake Region after their performances at the Indiana Intercollegiate last Friday and Bradley Invitational. The men’s team moved up two spots to ninth while the women’s team remains 12th. The meet last Friday helped the men because of their third place finish behind Indiana University and Butler University. The top two teams remain untouched with Wisconsin sitting at number one and IU following. Notre Dame won the Catholic Championship this weekend moving them to third. Michigan fell to
fourth, Ohio State beat Michigan State for fifth, placing the Spartans in sixth. Ahead of ISU is Eastern Michigan at eighth and right behind the Sycamores is Miami (Ohio) ranked tenth. The women did finish the Indiana Intercollegiate as they expected but still concluded the race in third behind IU and Purdue University. Sitting at the top of the Great Lake ranking is Michigan followed by Michigan State, Toledo, Norte Dame, Wisconsin, IU, Butler and Ohio State. Standing in the Sycamore’s way in 11th are the Red Hawks of Miami (Ohio).
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Will somebody please pay the officials? It finally happened in week two. There was little backlash after week one, but this week, the replacement officials really took some criticism. Games in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Atlanta were all marred by horrible officiating blunders and mistakes. However, I feel horrible for the men themselves. They are fine football officials, but the line between National Association of Intercollegiate Levi ball and the National Seymour Athletics Football League is too thick for them to easily cross. Pay Ed Hochuli and Foul the rest of the professionals to restore Play respect towards the men in stripes. As of week two, the players and coaches are pushing boundaries, teams are getting chippy toward one another, and it is a matter of time before serious altercations happen on the field. It isn’t that the professional officials will never miss a call, because they will. No, it is the fact they will restore order and command respect these replacements are simply not getting. Despite the officials, football was still played and week three will still come. Take this away from last week. The New Orleans Saints are in trouble After falling to the Panthers 35-27 to drop to 0-2, history tells us the Saints have a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. Nobody should have underestimated the effect a head coach, or loss of one, has on a team. Sean Payton is one of the best in the business. Not to mention, the defense has made a rookie and Cam Newton look all-world. Drew Brees will have to harness magic to right this ship and compete in the National Football Conference. The Miami Dolphins may not be the worst team in the NFL No, that distinction may be reserved for the Oakland Raiders. After letting Reggie Bush run for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns, it is clear the Raiders have serious issues. An aging Carson Palmer is still throwing for 300 plus yards, but star RB Darren McFadden accumulated a mere 22 yards on 11 carries. Kick back and relax, Oakland, this could be a sign of things to get worse. The Arizona Cardinals are this year’s Buffalo Bills After defeating the mighty New England Patriots to up their record to 2-0, the Arizona Cardinals look
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primed for a run to the NFC playoffs. Stop. The same was said for the Bills of 2011 after starting 3-0 and beating some good teams along the way. The Cardinals still lack a capable offense. The defense set them up for a three-yard touchdown early and contained Tom Brady all afternoon. However, 2-0 is 2-0. We should know much more about Arizona at this time next week, as Philadelphia looms. The Dallas Cowboys have not changed Hasn’t this become the correct narrative for the Cowboys? Dallas went into a hostile New York Giants building and beat the defending Super Bowl champions on opening night. This week, they went to Seattle and took a beating 27-7. Special teams gaffes, fumbles and an inept ground game made sure seven points was all they would muster. Looking ahead to Tampa Bay and Chicago the next two weeks, it is hard to make an accurate prediction. I suspect they split and go into bye week 2-2 and we’ll know that much less. The San Diego Chargers made a statement This is abnormal for a Norv Turner led Chargers team. The Chargers retired Junior Seau’s number 55 and an emotional Chargers team defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-10 to improve to 2-0. Alone atop the American Football Conference West, who is to say they won’t stay there? The talent has always been there, but the jury is and always will be out on whether they
can sustain composure for a 16 game season. If they can, a playoff berth is all but certain. Most enticing matchup of week three The Sunday Night Football game in Baltimore between the Ravens and Patriots should be the most intriguing of the slate. Both teams are coming off close losses. How will Tom Brady and Joe Flacco respond? It is in Baltimore in primetime, so I expect the Ravens to be extra amped. Prediction: Ravens 27, Patriots 17. Other Notables The Chiefs will be in the Saint’s territory of New Orleans. The Atlanta Falcons are at San Diego vs. Chargers. The Cardinals will be facing the Eagles and Texans will be battling the Broncos. Drew Brees looks to avoid 0-3, the Chargers try to prove they’re real and defeat Atlanta, Arizona opposes the Eagles in the desert with 3-0 on the line. One can only hope the NFL and the Referee’s Association come to an agreement soon and order can be restored on the field. Until that happens, however, I look for more tense matchups with a fight brewing every week. At any rate, enjoy week three.
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ISU golf team brings home team title
Indiana State women’s golf team (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics Media Relations)
Thomas Beeler Sports Editor Indiana State’s women’s golf round total of 151, shooting 74 in team concluded their second fall the first round and 77 in the second. season tournament bringing home Dixon tied for second. Also finishing the team title in the Chicago State in the top ten for the Sycamores is University Cougar Classic Monday junior McCall Christopher placing and Tuesday. They won by four ninth. Christopher scored 79 in points below runner-up Valparaiso the first round and 77 in the second University. totaling 156, which moved her up “This was a great experience for from 24th to tie for ninth. the girls in this kind of environment Among the other ISU golfers, where you have windy conditions senior Christina Beyerl also moved and a good chance to lose a ball if up in ranking from day to day two you are not careful,” Gregg Towne, starting at 39th and finishing 23rd head women’s golf coach said. “We in the competition. Sophomore still have some work to do in the next Gina Della Camera tied with fellow couple of weeks, but the local courses sophomore Amanda Smith for 30th. are coming back into shape with the Camera finished the first day with 80 recent rain and that will help us and 82 on the second totaling 164, prepare for our next invitational.” tying 30th and rounded out the team Competition was very close in 36th. with some team missing out on a with Smith being 82-83 and high position by a single stroke. totaling 165. The Sycamores took the team title, Also playing for the Sycamores shooting 631. Teams who fell behind was sophomore Erinn Sutton, who the Sycamores were the IUPUI finished the second day 80-85 tying Jaguars who tied with Valparaiso for for 36th with Camera. Sophomore second with 635. Cleveland State Andrea Frankiewicz down a score of concluded in fourth scoring 637 88-84 in the Cougar Classic totaling with Northern Illinois close behind 172 tying 65th missing the fourth position by one October 8th will begin the Butler stroke. Invitational at the Highland Country Senior Emily Dixon established a Club in Indianapolis, Ind. new personal best by setting a two
“This was a great experience for the girls in this kind of environment where you have windy conditions and a good chance to lose a ball if you are not careful.” Greg Towne, head women’s golf coach
Sophomore Amanda Smith watching her ball mid flight after take a swing (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics Media Relations)