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SGA allocates nearly $13,000 in grants by Riley Guerzini firstname.lastname@example.org @rguerzini
SGA passed three resolutions Feb. 9 allocating $12,879.75 in grants to 18 different students and student organizations. SGA distributed the grants three ways between New Student Organzation Start-Up grants, Student Organization Support (SOS) grants and Travel grants. $11,879.75 was allocated to the Travel grant, while $700 and $300 was allocated to the SOS and Start-Up grant respectively. Two of the 18 grants were re-
imbursements from last semester’s December deadline. SGA’s Chief Financial Officer Keegan Roembke said he did not receive the applications for the grants until after the end of the semester, which is why they decided to reimburse them at this deadline. The student government has $15,300.25 remaining for the Travel grant for the rest of the semester along with $12,000 for the StartUp grant and $11,300 for the SOS grant, which means they allocated just over a third of the available funds for the semester with two more deadlines remaining. “Generally we would try to split
it up three ways, but we had more applications this deadline than we had all first semester,” Roembke said. “It was just a lot more, plus we had two from last deadline. We felt like it was a pretty solid number. We wanted to keep it in between $10,000 and $12,000 for the Travel grant.” Roembke said they allocated all $30,000 in Travel grant funds last semester, but did not allot the remaining funds for the other two grants. The next two grant deadlines are Feb. 28 and Mar. 31. These will be the final two deadlines for the semester.
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Chick-Fil-A, Steak Local Planned Parenthood rallies offer differing views ‘n’ Shake thrive, students lack late, weekend options by Gabi Wy Special to The Shield
Freshman Alicia Frederick doesn’t have other sources for meals when the restaurants on campus are closed on weekends. “It’s kind of disappointing,” the business management major from California said. “The money I have in my plan is all I’m relying on, so for (the university) to expect me to find food somewhere else is a little ridiculous.” As a freshman SGA member at-large, Frederick said she and other representatives are expressing the need for more food options and hours on the weekends for campus residents. Sodexo General Manager Lamar Patterson said there are no plans to extend any of the dining hours. Currently, the Loft is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cyclone Salads and Steak ‘n’ Shake are the only restaurants open in the evenings on Sundays. “I understand that those places are open, but those are very different kinds of meals,” Frederick said. “For international students, the place that can best accommodate them is The Loft.” For a comparison, The Shield looked at the dining options at other some other universities around the state. Indiana University, Ball State University and Indiana State University have at least three campus eateries open on Sunday evenings and most options still open on Saturdays. University of Evansville has two restaurants open on Saturdays and Sundays, including the main cafeteria. Frederick said the freshman representatives have tried to e-mail Sodexo
multiple times without response, but the SGA Chief Justice will meet with Sodexo representatives in the upcoming weeks. Senior marketing major Kayla Whitaker said because she works late hours at the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center, there’s usually only one or two eateries open when she clocks out. However, she said she appreciates Sodexo’s efforts in replacing Burger King and Archie’s Pizzeria with Chick-Fil-A and Steak ‘n’ Shake. “I like how there’s more variety,” Whitaker said. “Archie’s was basically the same as the C-Store.” She said while she wishes some hours were extended, she’s mostly satisfied. “It’s been better since Chick-Fil-A and Steak ‘n’ Shake came,” Whitaker said. As head of Sodexo, Patterson said the two new eateries are performing much better than the options they replaced. “If you want to compare them, Chick-Fil-A is making 2.5 times what Burger King was, and Steak ‘n’ Shake has twice as much business as Archie’s did,” he said. “They have pulled [revenue] from the other options, Fiesta Fuego, Cyclone Salads and SubConnection, though.” Patterson said the reason he has no plans to extend dining hours is the lack of late-night and weekend university programming. “The university had that 24/7 campus initiative, but it’s a problem to have [dining options] open when there are no students here,” he said. Right now, Patterson said Sodexo is focusing its efforts on the “You Plan,” idea for returning students.
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JD Golden holds a sign with Lady Liberty’s torch and shouts back and forth with people who want to defund Planned Parenthood in effort to support his wife and two daughters as they march for Planned Parenthood to keep it in business on Saturday February 11th.
she said. “I strongly believe in a democracy being rested on the ability of the people to freely express themselves and also to have civil dialogue in the public discourse.” Cannon, a youth pastor from Newburgh, said she only knew seven of the over 100 people who attended the counter protest.
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Weinbach Avenue is all that separated the pro and anti-Planned Parenthood rallies. Two separate rallies were held outside of the Planned Parenthood office in Evansville on Saturday morning The antiPlanned Parenthood rally was part of a nationwide protest organized by over 60 pro-life groups. The proPlanned Parenthood rally spawned from a Facebook event organized as a - Sarah Cannon counter-response to the antiOrganizer of counter protest, Youth Pastor Planned Parenthood rally. The organizer “I think if anything this presidency of the counter protest Sarah Cannon said her friend suggested that has urged people into action that maythey post an event on Facebook in be weren’t, and what I really found is response to the nationwide protest that all you need to do is provide an opportunity and people will come,” against Planned Parenthood. “It’s important to demonstrate not she said. Planned Parenthood, 41 percent of only to Planned Parenthood, but to the community that there is a diver- which is funded by the federal, state sity of opinions inside of Evansville,” and local governments according to the organization’s annual fiscal report,
offers a number of services including healthcare services to women, contraception and abortion. The abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood, which are not funded by the government but by outside sources, have come under scrutiny from pro-life groups who argue that their tax dollars should not fund an organization that partakes in the abortion procedure. “The government has no right to tell us what we can and cannot do with our body and Planned Parenthood has saved so many lives and it should continue to be funded,” Henderson County High School sophomore Marlee Newton-Beck said. “We are in a very conservative state and not many people are openminded and understanding of what people are going through.” Newton-Beck said she has never used any of Planned Parenthood’s services, but she doesn’t want her access to their services to be prohibited if she were to need them in the future.
I strongly believe in a democracy being rested on the ability of the people to freely express themselves and also to have civil dialogue in the public discourse.
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Faculty Senate to vote on letter addressing executive order by Riley Guerzini firstname.lastname@example.org @rguerzini
Faculty Senate got political in its Friday meeting Feb. 10. The senate will vote on an open letter to the university regarding the recent executive order on immigration in the coming days. Executive Order 13769 bars refugees from entering the country for 120 days and
temporarily bans immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries. It also puts an indefinite ban on Syrians from entering. The letter, which seeks to reassure international faculty and students that the Faculty Senate welcomes them to the university, was debated at Friday’s senate meeting. Jason Fertig, an associate professor of management, said he thought the letter had good intentions but became a partisan issue. “There was a statement that attempted to speak for all of the faculty, and I did not
think that the premise of the letter spoke for all of the faculty since we are a diverse group with different political ideologies,” he said. Fertig said he was speaking up for conservatives who may agree with the order. “Part of the problem is the emotion of issues makes it difficult to express, for example, support of the president,” he said. “It’s not as simple as on one side you have a racist and on the other side you have everybody else.”
Fertig said he thought the executive order was mischaracterized in the letter and generalized as a ban even though “it’s a lot more complicated than just banning immigrants.” “I think there are people who believe that this is the course of action, and they need to be able to express their views; I just don’t think senate was the place to do that, because senate is a body that represents all the faculty,” he said. “We are not placed on senate with a political mandate.”
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“It’s a really discounted meal plan,” he said. “After you’ve been on a Sodexo meal plan for two consecutive semesters, you qualify
for this plan that gives you more dollars and more flexibility.” Patterson said the average price of a meal on the
new plan is $4.41. “It encourages students to stay on the plan,” he said. “Where can you get a meal for $4.41?”
Patterson said Sodexo tries to stay in touch with what students want and need, and he doesn’t believe that includes extended din-
ing hours. “If the university has two or three things going on in the evening, we might expand,” he said, “but we are
not looking at extending any hours at this time.”
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Protestors took to the streets Saturday afternoon proclaiming their opposing beliefs of Planned Parenthood. People divided into different sides of the street, shouting their beliefs on the subject.
“The people over there don’t really care about you, they care about their own money and their own wellbeing,” Henderson County High School sophomore Haley Dorris said. Federal action to defund Planned Parenthood would have to come in the form of a provision attached to any repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Speaker of the House
Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said he along with his Republican colleagues expect to have repeal legislation by the end of the year. “There’s a whole lot of people out there that are against abortion and what Planned Parenthood stands for,” Mater Dei High School senior Holden Hunt said. “This rally shows that this is a bigger deal and people are paying more attention to it.
We just always need to respect life.” Hunt said he wasn’t really involved in defunding Planned Parenthood until this year after he went with the Diocese of Evansville to the March for Life in Washington D.C. Tyler Whetstone, a senior from Carmel Christian High School, said he has not been personally affected by Planned Parenthood but has
heard many stories about people who have had abortions and then turned back on them. “I think life is gaining ground in our country. For a long time, we have been silenced and I think now we are finally at a tipping point where we can come back,” he said. “I think it’s encouraging to see so many people coming out and standing up for life.”
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The senior vice president of Hilliard Lyons spoke to USI students and faculty in the Business and Engineering Center about the economy, politics and the market on Monday afternoon. John M. Roberts, the senior vice president and senior analyst at Hilliard Lyons, a wealth management firm, began his presentation by speaking about the “tepid growth” of the economy since 2009. Roberts said he’s hoping the new presidential administration pushes back against regulations that are hurting job growth and businesses. “Many of the potential policies President Trump would put in place would be business friendly,” Roberts said. “Certainly the rollback of a lot of regulations, particularly the ACA and some of the things around the EPA that have added extra expenses to businesses.” Though a few of the policies Trump has proposed are viewed as positives by major corporations, not all of them are. Some, like the administration’s stances on immigration and trade, could potentially hurt the market, Roberts said. With the potential risks as a factor, Roberts said he still thinks the Trump administration will be good for big businesses by reducing costs which will lead to an increase in profitability and possibly more jobs. Aside from politics and the economy, Roberts dedicated a portion of his speech to the stock market. Roberts said his advice to students who want to invest in the market is to start early and invest regularly. He said buying stocks from “great companies” when they’re cheap and holding on to them for many years is the only way to create significant returns on investments. “I went to dinner with this 94-year-old man who was an engineer and had never made more than $75,000 a year,” Roberts said. “He invested in great companies and never sold a company; he bought and held them. I think his portfolio ended up at about
$24 million.” Roberts said the man started investing in the market when he was 40 years old and held onto his stocks for over 50 years. He said that’s something shows like CNBC’s “Mad Money” would never tell their audience because their messages are for the viewers to buy stocks then sell them a short time after and to hope for profits. Something Roberts said is comparable to gambling and not investing. Even though Roberts promoted long-term investments in the stock market as a possible way of increasing wealth, he mentioned the potential risk Trump poses to the market. “At this point, I think politics are more important to the market than it has been in the last 20 years because the president is able to move the market to the degree that no other president has moved it before,” Roberts said. “… I think in general that’s a bad thing because it will increase the risk premiums of investing.” The talking points and information in the presentation were for the benefit of the students in the audience. One of those students was Nick Rannazzisi, a senior business administration major. Rannazzisi said he went to the event because he had several questions about entering into the stock market on his own. “I feel like a lot of the information was very informative,” he said. “Some of the information is talked about in the classrooms, like how to use Yahoo Finance to check stocks, but I feel like this helped clear things up. I liked hearing about his personal experiences with the stock market.” Kevin Schuh said it was nice to hear the opinion of a professional and said he’s going to pay close attention to what happens with the market. “What Donald Trump says can affect the market; that’s my biggest takeaway from the talk. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of Donald Trump, but I do like what he stands for on a lot of things,” Schuh, a junior accounting and finance major, said. “It will be interesting to see what happens this year.”
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Fertig said he believes the letter should focus more on support for the international students and faculty instead of opposing the order. “If we just wanted to make a statement affirming our support for international students, that’s fine, but that’s not what the meeting was about,” he said. “It’s just really close to almost endorsing a candidate and I don’t think that’s the role of Faculty Senate. There is strong opposition to our current president, so it’s natural that groups like Faculty Senate are going to absorb some of that.” The author of the letter Charles Conaway said he drafted the letter the weekend after the order was signed. “I was trying to indicate how I saw it as a university issue,” he said. “We have as part of our mission statement a commitment to diversity, and that is or can be a political statement. It
becomes part of partisan politics when somebody proposes a law or executive order that has a potentially significant impact on our commitment to diversity.” According to the university’s mission statement, “USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.” Conaway said as faculty they should speak up in a way that reassures students that the faculty still welcomes them to the university. “I would’ve liked to have seen a stronger statement [from President Linda Bennett] and that is what I heard from a lot of faculty members too, and so I decided to go ahead and send it to senate anyway,” he said.
“Given that it’s an issue that deals with what I consider to be our core values and our mission, and that it potentially threatens our mission, I think we are almost obligated to speak up about it.” Conaway said the letter is not affiliated with the #YouAreWelcomeHere movement started by the The Center for International Programming, but says they have similar interests. “As far as I’m aware of, [Faculty Senate] is the only place where a collective voice can be expressed. I think it was acceptable to bring this to senate, and senate is the right place because I see it as an academic issue,” he said. “I don’t expect it to radically change their lives or anything, but I think it can be important to hear a statement of support.” The senate revised the statement over the weekend and will vote on the revision in the coming days.
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Vagina Monologues provides ‘safe place’ by Gabi Wy
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The Student Veterans Association of USI participated in a chili Cook-off for the residents of the Ohio Valley Ronald McDonald House, Friday afternoon. They were pleased to announce they won the cook-off against the U.S. Army USI ROTC. The Student Veterans Association is a student organization comprised of student veterans, ROTC members and those who support the military on campus.
Coming of age story to illustrate resilience
While some people might be daunted by making a dozen orgasmic noises in front of a live audience, Corliss Chastain is not. Chastain, an art faculty member, is one of sixteen women of different ages performing in the university’s presentation of “The Vagina Monologues.” “I just find it really hilarious,” Chastain said. “I find it fun.” “The Vagina Monologues” are comprised of a range of experiences garnered from hundreds of interviews with real women. Chastain will portray one of the more lighthearted monologues. “I am ‘the woman who loved to make vaginas happy,’ or a sex worker,” Chastain said. She performed this role last year and said she finds participating in the monologues empowering. “In watching younger women, as young as college freshmen doing this kind of project, you see a lot of growth in these individual women,” Chastain said. She said audiences learn new things about vaginas and what females go through from this performance. “These topics are more sensitive for some people than others,” Chastain said. “This provides a safe place for women to actually talk about these things, and it’s always refreshing to see a male come to the performance.” In light of current politics, Chastain said “The Vagina Monologues” feels timely. “With our new president, topics have come up
in terms of gender equality and respect for women and the rights to our body parts,” she said. “This seems all the more poignant in this time when we’re protesting for the rights and respect we deserve.” Junior elementary and special education double major Emma Schwab said participating in the production makes her feel part of something bigger. She has six parts in “The Vagina Monologues” this year, one being in one of the new pieces the author writes annually. “It is so nice to be a part of a group of women who want to empower other women as much as I do,” Schwab said. “We all go through different things, but we’re together.” Through performing, Schwab said “The Vagina Monologues” has helped with her own self-esteem. “It’s helped me to be the best version of me, and overcome what I’ve been through in life,” she said. “There’s such a wide variety of pieces, from dark to happy. Everyone can relate to something.” Schwab said the range of performances leads to the audience learning something from the monologues. “I think that we are not as educated as we should be,” she said. “Women’s empowerment should be more on the front end instead of the backburner.” Schwab said the performance is incredibly relevant to the issues facing women today, and she hopes the audience leaves feeling empowered. “With everything going on, we are able to show our voice,” she said. “We are able to be heard.”
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Ernestine Crump (freshman Jesmelia Williams) and Ermina Crump (freshman Jada Alexia Hampton) are hesitant to shake Gerte Schulte’s (junior Hannah Michelle) hand.
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As the production nears, The Shield spoke with guest director Ron Himes about working on USI Theatre’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” and the meaning of the play in today’s America. Himes is the founder and producing director of The Black Rep, a theatre company in St. Louis, as well as a member of the performing arts faculty at Washington University.
The Shield: What is the play about? Ron Himes: It’s a coming of age story. It’s about a young African-American girl, who narrates the story. It’s set in the late 40s- early 50s. There is a tremendous amount of historical and socio-economic themes that run through the play. The play looks at the mi-
gration of African Americans from south to north, and features the shadow of communism during that period. It looks at religion and faith. The themes of the play are wide and speak to a lot of the issues that are still very relevant in today’s contemporary society. The Shield: What brings you to Indiana to direct? Ron Himes: I’ve acted for a few summers at New Harmony and the chair of the theatre department [Elliot Wasserman] is also the director of New Harmony Theatre during the summer. We talked about me coming here and working with the students on this play. This time and my schedule sort of meshed, so I got here to do this. The ShielD: What approach are you taking as a director? Ron Himes: With the stu-
dents, I’m trying to give them as close to a professional experience as possible. I was fortunate enough to get a really talented group to work with. I think that they are doing an outstanding job with the material. I think they have an eagerness to learn. They’re talented, they have been daring and they’re willing to try new things. They’re very, very focused. The ShielD: How do you connect with the play? Ron Himes: I’ve directed several other plays by same playwright. I love Lynn Nottage and her work in writing. I was excited to work on one of her plays I hadn’t directed before. I connect with the commitment of the father to try to give his daughters a better life and the sacrifices that he makes to do that. The racial things are what I
certainly can identify with--the racism in the play and how society deals with it. The ShielD: What can audiences connect with? Ron Himes: I think that it’s an opportunity to look at a historical period and also see how issues and periods are still relevant today. We still have not solved or even adequately addressed the issue of race in America. We also still have teenagers coming of age, trying to make the transition into a young adult. These students probably really can identify with that, as well students in the audience who come to see it. I hope that audiences take away the resiliency of the characters and the strength and the forwardlooking of the main character, how she looks to the future and prepares for it. I think it’s going to be a wonderful production.
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“Rings” embodies ‘unnecessary sequel’
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You can’t spell cringes without “Rings.” This addition to “The Ring” and “The Ring 2” is why the sequel phenomenon in Hollywood needs to stop. The premise of these movies is a deadly video that kills its viewers after seven days, and the only way to prevent your death is to make a copy and show someone else. The video was created when a young, powerful girl named Samara projected visions onto a VHS tape and died. In “Rings,” a group of undergraduates tries to analyze this video to prove the afterlife exists. A faculty member selects students to watch the video for research purposes and continue making the copies so that they live, but the process is flawed and sets our main characters out on a mission to end the curse
BTS: ‘Something new to experience’
Korean pop is a musical phenomenon that is quickly rising in popularity all across the globe. How could it not? South Korean music displays colorful wardrobes, exquisite dances, attractive artists and catchy songs. So it’s no wonder that K-pop has become a sort of religion in all parts of the world. Recently in K-pop, a seven member boy band called BTS (short for Bangtan Boys) released four new tracks under a mini album entitled “You Never Walk Alone” on Sunday to add to their second full album “Wings” that was released last October. I’ve only just gotten into K-pop around a year ago, but it was BTS that ignited my love for it. BTS consists of four vocalists and three rappers, all of which have amazing voices that perfectly expose the emotion behind their songs. BTS’s “Wings” album was their biggest break yet and shattered their previous music records. With songs composed by the
boys themselves, they told stories of boys transitioning to men, overcoming the expectations of society and living out their youths. After “Wings” was released and having listened to the album repeatedly, it was only natural to get pumped for new music. I was not expecting to receive new music so soon after “Wings”, but nevertheless, I was pleased and wowed once more by the hard work and emotion these young men have put into their music. Their work only continues to get better and better. “You Never Walk Alone” consists of four tracks that switch from songs of youth to ones of fighting for what you be-
lieve in. One minute BTS will melt your heart with soft, slow melodies, and the next they get your adrenaline pumping with upbeat lyrics and hardcore dances. Even though it is only a mini album, that is all you need to be entranced by this group of heartfelt, witty individuals. Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of BTS is that they greatly transpire their emotions and thoughts into the songs that they not only sing, but compose and write as well. So despite them being one of the most popular artists in South Korea, they still act like normal young men who have hopes and dreams like everyone else. If you have not yet listened to K-pop or just BTS in general, then I highly recommend giving them a listen. If you are looking for something new to experience or a hard-working group that never ceases to amaze and surprise their audiences, BTS always gives their all.
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altogether. Spoiler: they don’t. The plot in this movie feels so exhausting by the end when all their attempts to stop the curse proved useless. The effects, particularly when the camera jump cuts and zooms in on a supposedly scary face, made me laugh out loud multiple times. The majority of the jump scares in this movie
were spent on idiotic scene transitions like a character opening an umbrella or a dog barking. Everything about the main characters’ investigative process was spoonfed; they’re not particularly clever or compelling. They would stumble upon information, and ultimately did uncover the true reason behind the curse; yet with about a minute left of the runtime, Samara appears and says, “I’m sorry, but it won’t stop.” With an open ending, I might say this leaves room for sequels, but the mystery is essentially solved. Nothing new or groundbreaking hit cinemas through this movie. Not even much entertainment value came out of it. Like Samara’s cursed video, “Rings” was probably better left unwatched.
BY gabi wy
Everything is still awesome in ‘Lego Batman’ In theaters now Gotham City’s caped crusader is back, and this time he’s blocky. Spun off from 2014’s surprisingly heartwarming “The Lego Movie,” “The Lego Batman” continues the adventures of Batman (deftly voiced by Will Arnett) in a beautifully Legofied Gotham City. The film opens with the Joker (phoned in by Zach Galifianakis) teaming up with basically every Batman villain ever, including those so obscure he has to assure a character he’s not simply making up names and mentions they’re “worth a Google.” Joker’s devious plot is foiled yet again by Batman, but before doing so the caped crusader refuses to agree with the proposition that Joker is his greatest villain, establishing Arnett’s version of Batman is a selfabsorbed loner. From here on the film is unapologetically a children’s film, but delivered with a delicious coating of comic book nerd jokes and pop culture references. Arnett-man isn’t the most faithful rendition of the
Dark Knight ever put to film, but he is the perfect version to teach a sappy life lesson about the importance of teamwork and family to the film’s target demographic. Despite frequent fourthwall breaking jokes about Batman having been essentially the same person since Adam West’s version in the 1960s, he is basically a man-child throughout the movie, repeatedly greeted with situations challenging his loner tendencies. Chief among these situations is Batman’s accidental adoption of Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), even then only allowing him to be-
Rating 5/5 BY Gavin gaddis
come Robin if he acts as an expendable sidekick during a risky heist operation. As with “The Lego Movie” there are many tonguein-cheek moments that had every parent in the theater belly-laughing while the children remained entranced by the Lego products flying past on screen. At one point Joker unleashes a bunch of villains from other pop culture properties onto Gotham, and his introduction for the Daleks from “Doctor Who” is calling them killer robots and then telling the audience to “ask your nerd friends.” There’s something magical to the clash of past and present that comes along with this cinematic Legoverse. At one point during my screening I had to stifle a laugh as I overheard a father of an 8-year-old boy turn to his son and excitedly point out the villain currently fighting Robin was Stripe from “Gremlins.” Child or adult, if one has even a passing interest in Batman and smiling, see this movie as soon as possible.
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SCREAGLE CALL Question: “What is your opinion of Valentine’s Day?”
Name: Reed Schafer Major: Accounting Grade: Freshman Answer: “It’s pointless unless you have a significant other.”
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Participation trophy generation by Bailey Meenach email@example.com
As a child care facilitator, I have single handedly seen what happens to children who earn nothing, but have everything. The up and coming generations are the ones who have never lost, because losing isn’t part of their world. Parents have poisoned their minds with the thought that participating is as much of an honor as winning. Participation trophies, improper of discipline, and spoiling are fundamental reasons why the children of today will not succeed in the real world.
When I grew up, I was afraid of getting in trouble, especially for disrespect. Many of my co-workers agreed that they too felt this way. When we misbehaved, we were grounded, spanked or disciplined in other ways. Our parents believed that we were most likely the problem and never questioned the care provider. Whereas today, it’s a common theme that the disrespectful child could never possibly be the issue. The behavior of children these days has me floored. I’ve heard words and phrases come out of little mouths that even as an adult I won’t say. Children don’t
want to do what they are expected to do without reward. Steelers Linebacker, James Harrison, refuses to allow his children to accept participation points. He says, “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…’cause sometimes
your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut you up and keep you happy.” I 100 percent agree with Harrison. Giving children the world and not making them work for it is not helping them prepare for life. If I don’t successfully do my job, I am fired. If I don’t successfully do my classwork, I fail. I don’t get rewarded with a participation grade or paycheck. I am terrified of the thought of these children walking around as adults.
Not knowing how to deal with loss and disappointment is putting them at a strong disadvantage. Rather than teaching children that failure doesn’t exist, let’s teach them how to deal with it and overcome it. Michael Jordan said, “I’ve missed over 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300 games. 27 times, I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed it. I’ve failed over and over and over again. That’s why I succeed.”
Quitting is Not all homeless not the goal people by Sarah Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org @suruhgrace
A tin cup, a cardboard box and mittens without fingers. A picture of a homeless man with a scraggly beard was just painted. This is how homelessness is portrayed; a simple white sign reading ‘will work for food.’ Dr. Jim O’Connell, the keynote speaker in Carter Hall last Monday, sought to dispel the universally accepted stereotype of what homelessness is. Living in Evansville, Indiana, which can hardly be considered city living, homelessness is not on the radar of residents as much as residents of Chicago, IL. It is a classic act to fill what is not fully understood with stereotypes. Like plumber’s putty in the foundation of a house, stereotypes try to replace an understanding of the individual stories of the homeless. Each story is unique, and unique stories make it hard to lump people into a category. Not all homeless people are on the streets because of drug addictions, yet some are. Not all homeless people are capable of working, but some are. Not all homeless people have a family to feed, but some do. Homelessness does not fit neatly into the cardboard box the homeless man is pictured sleeping in every night. Homelessness is not about taking advantage of other people’s money, and it’s not about being lazy. Believe it or not, sitting on the side of the street is
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not exactly a money-making tactic. Sitting on the side of the street waiting for the pity of a passerby citizens is humiliating; it is shame at itsthe lowest form. No homeless person has an evil scheme of becoming homeless just so they can collect a handful of free quarters. It’s kind of ridiculous Americans think a homeless person would rather sleep on a cold bench in a park than get a job and be able to buy a bed to sleep in. It is difficult to understand such a disdain for homelessness. If Americans could only put themselves in someone else’s shoes for five minutes, there would be so much more empathy and sympathy. “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” These are the words of rebuke many give to individuals who feed or give money to those sitting on the side of a street. Yet, these are the same people who don’t even look the homeless in the eye as they quickly walk past. Don’t scoff at others for feeding the man a fish, if you are not going to teach him how to fish. Ignoring the problem is just as bad as perpetuating the problem. Homeless is an adjective, not a noun. When we start seeing homeless people as individuals, with individual stories, we will be one step closer to finding a solution. Until that solution is reached, show compassion, show love, and show understanding.
With the turn of every new year, people always find a New Year’s resolution to incorporate into their life to adjust something that may need work. Last month, motivation was high and people were eating healthier, going to the gym three times a week trying to achieve the number one New Year’s resolution: losing weight. This is a great first step for anyone wanting to better their health and lifestyle by becoming more active and eating healthier;, however, I think people tend to set themselves up for failure rather than success. Yes, eating more veggies and running a bit more will result in of a healthier lifestyle, to an extent, but this new idea for someone’s lifestyle does not contain any indication of lasting. Everyone gets tired of doing the same thing day in and day out with no end goal. If the thing that you are doing does not have any drive or hope behind it, it turns into a road with a dead-end. I have witnessed many people who want to incorporate fitness into their life and better their bodies, usually falling short by quitting their unreasonable and dull plan.
Who wants to eat a bland, nasty kale smoothie and run on the treadmill for thirty minutes every day for no finish line? That is a recipe for failure. Most people I have noticed who are new to the gym have this newbie state of mind that they are not supposed to be there at all and apparently think everyone else thinks the same. I remember when I began working out at the gym regularly in 2013; I possessed these same feelings that working out was not allowed for me. I had thought that I did not belong in this iron jungle, and that becoming physically fit through weight training and cardio was absurd. What was really going on, was that I felt like I needed the other people’s acceptance to permit me being there. Once I realized that my gym membership was mine and mine alone,; that it was my key to a better life. I did not need anyone else’s permission to become the best me I could be physically. Now, four years later, I see these newcomers at the gym and I see that they have fallen into this falsehood presence that shadows their every move. They feel everyone is watching them, judging them, mocking their atten-
dance. The real underlying issue, being overweight or frail, is insecurity creating their own personal hell of the place. My advice for those individuals who would like to escape this misconception is to exhibit confidence when in the gym. Literally, pretend that you know what you are doing, and that this dreaded place is like any other place that you belong in. Set a reasonable and achievable short term goal and stick to it. Losing fifty pounds is an arbitrary amount and sounds very difficult to achieve. However, setting a goal to lose three pounds this month is more achievable. After completing this small goal, then move onto the next small goal, and in time you will have achieved so many goals. Also, eliminate the negative aspects that you are supplying in your head and focus more on your goals Getting caught up in the false thoughts and opinions of everyone else in the gym will drive you to quit and keep you from achieving your goals. You can become the better you that you have always wanted to be. The gym is just a place where people go to better themselves. Be a part of it.
Name: Jordan Wright Major: Spanish Grade: Senior Answer: “It’s a good way to show love and appreciation to family and friends, but I don’t like how commercialized it is.”
Name: Javontay Moss Major: Undecided Grade: Freshman Answer: “You should love someone everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day.”
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Men’s tennis transitions into form
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Men’s tennis coach, Chris Crawford, talks to Jack Joyce and Aaron Burris during the 2015-16 tennis season. Joyce is now an assistant coach with the team.
by Taylor O’Neil Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
The men’s tennis team won its most recent match Saturday 8-1 against Lindenwood University. Before Saturday’s win, the team had lost three straight matches. Head coach Chris Crawford said he doesn’t believe the team is bad despite these early season losses. He said struggles are typical for young teams as some players are still trying to adjust to playing more often or to playing at the collegiate level. “The team is in a transition because there are guys that have been there and done that, and guys that
need to get their feet wet,” transition as they work to improve in time for conferCrawford said. He said one way the ence play, but sophomore team will get better is by James Hardiman has alplaying more matches. The team is scheduled to play more matches than any other Great Lakes Valley Conference team. Crawford said he hopes the team will click at the right time -James Hardiman and be ready by Men’s Tennis Player the end of March for the start of GLVC play. He said, like in all sports, if the team peaks ready found his form. Crawford said he is too early, that can also lead impressed by Hardiman’s to a disappointing season. The team may be in a play so far this season, and
he isn’t alone; Hardiman also said he was satisfied with the way his season is going.
Even though he is playing well right now, Hardiman said one improvement he wants to make is being more aggressive and taking the match to his opponents instead of waiting for them to make mistakes. Hardiman said he is looking forward to competing in conference matches this season because everything becomes more competitive during conference play. As for the rest of the team, Hardiman said the
Our overall goal is to challenge for a conference title, and maybe qualify for the nationals if it’s possible.
Hearts on Fire 5k
Hardiman is 5-0 in singles matches, including three wins against Division I opponents.
team needs to continue working hard and take what they learn in practice into match play. “Our overall goal is to challenge for a conference title, and maybe qualify for the nationals if it’s possible,” Hardiman said, “but right now we’re just focused on taking it a match at a time and try to get a little bit of a rhythm going.” The team’s next match is on the road against Quincy University followed by another road match against Truman State University. The men’s team is still seeking its first road win of the season, but with the next eight matches taking place on the road, it will have multiple opportunities.
Upcoming Games Men’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Track and field
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 Physical Activities Center University of Illinois Springfield
TBA Feb. 18 Quincy, IL Quincy University
3:15 p.m. Feb. 18 Physical Activities Center McKendree University
TBA Feb. 19 Kirksville, MO Truman State University
5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 Physical Activities Center University of Illinois Springfield
TBA Feb. 19 Evansville Tennis Center University of Evansville
1 p.m. Feb. 18 Physical Activities Center McKendree University
TBA Feb. 18 Greencastle, IN DePauw Classic
Baseball 5 p.m. Feb. 17 Tampa, FL University of Tampa 5 p.m. Feb. 18 Tampa, FL University of Tampa 11 a.m. Feb. 19 Tampa, FL University of Tampa
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The annual Hearts on Fire 5K took place this weekend as part of the Screaming Eagle Running Series. Hearts on Fire 5K started in 2010 and was considered the largest first time 5k in the Evansville area. The Running series is made up of the Zombie Run, 5K Hearts on Fire, 7K Run Into Madness and the 10K Spring into Fitness.
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University of Missouri Feb. 9 St. Louis 58-71
Austin Peay State University
Feb. 10 2-5
Feb. 11 66-82
Feb. 11 8-1
Women’s basketball University of Missouri St. Louis
Feb. 9 65-59
Feb. 11 50-74
Women’s Tennis Lindenwood University
Feb. 11 2-7
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