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ISU suffers the loss of two students Two students died this past weekend in unrelated events
Student found dead in Bloomington KELLIE FLAHERTY News Editor
An ISU student was found dead in Bloomington early Sunday morning, said McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling. Bloomington Dispatch were called to the scene at 7:30 Sunday morning and found the body of an unresponsive male in a field near the intersection of Susan and Jumer Drives in Bloomington. “Bloomington Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to this location where
personnel found a young adult male without obvious signs of life,” Kimmerling said. The student was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday. The name and preliminary autopsy results will be released after 3 p.m. today. “There are no obvious signs of trauma to the decedent, and he was not dressed appropriately for the outdoor environment,” she said. Bloomington Police Department and the McLean County Coroner’s Office are still investigating the death.
Death confirmed at The Edge KELLIE FLAHERTY News Editor
A separate death of an ISU student has been confirmed at The Edge apartments in Normal. Sgt. Nick Thacker from Normal Police said not much can be released regarding the situation at this time, but he said the student was a female and the death occurred at The Edge apartments at 800 W. Hovey Ave. The identity of the student and cause
of death have not been released at this point in time. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Thacker said. McLean County Coroner’s Office will be directly handing the death of this student, he added. The Coroner has not yet sent out a press release regarding the death. Thacker said the investigation is ongoing, and more information will be available after the results of the toxicology report and autospy are determined.
Scholarships ‘alleviate the burden’ OLIVIA GILBERTSEN Senior Staff
It is not a secret that college students are busy. Between homework, working and those Netflix marathons, few students find time to apply for scholarships regularly, which can leave you missing out. “Last year over 7,000 students received $34 million in institutional scholarships and grants,” financial aid director Jana Albrecht, said. Albrecht explained most students rely on parents and grandparents to help pay for college, however, many students take out loans. “When students find scholarships, they help alleviate the burden for parents and help reduce their own loan debt. Everything you receive makes college more affordable,” Albrecht said. The 2013 graduating seniors on average borrowed $17,652. About 68 percent of that graduating class borrowed during undergraduate years, she explained. “If you take the average for just that group of seniors that borrowed money, the average is more like $26,061,” she said. Albrecht said scholarships can make an impact on these student loan numbers. She explained the exact number that an individual can save is difficult to predict; however, the average award for institutional aid is around
Student Involvement Week to launch today TYRIANNA JONES Staff Writer
Student Involvement Week kicks off today and will continue until Friday with different events each day encouraging campus involvement.
“A $1,000 scholarship can end up saving you hundreds of extra dollars in interest
Graduate assistant for the Student Involvement Center (SIC), Michael McComas said the program was completely restructured this year in order to have more structure throughout the week. Today’s event is the “Advisor Round Table Lunch” from noon to 1 p.m. One of the key people in any Registered Student Organization (RSO) is the advisor. The SIC will give thanks to all the advisors as well as hear feedback about the advisor role. McComas said they will also offer students advice on how to find connections on and off campus. RSOs that are interested in doing service projects with local community organizations and need some
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Using scholarship money to pay down student loans helps to save more money in the long-term. Another key strategy in applying for scholarships is to apply for as many as possible. $4,500 per year. “If you assume a student will get these awards for all four years, this is a total savings of $18,000,” she said. “Obviously scholarships and
grants can change from year-to-year [however].” Albrecht explained the impact scholarships can make for students who borrow.
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Obama targets campus sexual assaults (MCT) — President Barack Obama The White House released a report launched a federal task force on finding that 22 million women and Wednesday to combat sexual assault girls in the United States have been on college campuses, telling the esti- sexually assaulted, the majority by mated one in five women who are men they know. victims, "I've got your back." The report, by the White House Flanked by senior members of his Council on Women and Girls, idenCabinet at the White House, Obama tified college as a particularly risky said he expected recommendations place for women, noting that campus from the group within 90 days. He rapists are often repeat offenders. credited an "inspiring wave of stu- Obama called on college presidents dent-led activism" that has cast across the country to do more to prea spotlight on the issue in recent vent the assaults. years. Wednesday's announcement was Obama called on men to get seen as a victory by many college involved in the fight and "summon activists, who have organized online the bravery to stand up." in recent years to file federal com "We've got to keep teaching young plaints against administrators. men in particular to show women "Having Obama come forward in the respect they deserve and to such a public way is demanding a recognize sexual violence and be public shift," said Alexandra Brodoutraged by it, and to do their part sky, a law student at Yale University to stop it from happening in the first who co-filed a Title IX complaint place," the president said. against the school in 2011. The East Room meeting was part "With one report, one public stateof a series of ment, and the events that “We’ve got to keep teaching power of his the White office, Presiyoung men in particular to House has dent Obama held in the show women the respect they just changed last couple deserve and to recognize the course of of months to sexual viohighlight the sexual violence and be outraged l e n c e on p r e s i d e n t 's by it, and to do their part to campus," said abilit y to Caroline Heldfocus atten- stop it from happening in the man, a politics tion o n first place.” professor at specif ic Occidenissues, often tal College by getting President Barack Obama Obama's alma groups outmater who has s ide t he helped student government to work on them. It's activists organize. a way of moving forward on policy "We have a long way to go in this goals at a time when there's little struggle, but campus administrators chance of getting legislation through will no longer be able to drag their Congress. feet, retaliate against survivors and
enact superficial instead of actual changes," she said. The presidential spotlight comes amid a significant rise in federal complaints filed by students across the country under Title IX, an antidiscrimination law that requires impartial investigations of assault allegations, and the Clery Act, which mandates accurate reporting of campus crimes. There were 30 Title IX complaints involving sexual violence in 2013, up from 11 in 2009, according to the Department of Education, which enforces the law. In California, students have filed federal complaints against USC, Occidental College and the University of California, Berkeley alleging the schools discouraged victims
from reporting their assaults and bungled the investigations required by the anti-discrimination law. Administrators have been more focused on protecting their public images than their students, the complaints say. In September, Occidental came to a monetary settlement with at least 10 women who were part of the federal complaint. State legislators have proposed new reporting laws for public campuses. In November, state auditors launched a review of four California campuses: San Diego State University; California State University, Chico; UCLA and UC Berkeley. Amid the scrutiny, evidence has mounted that colleges have failed to comply
with the federal laws. Last fall, USC and Occidental acknowledged they had neglected to report dozens of sexual assaults in their annual crime reports in 2010 and 2011. In December, a Los Angeles Times review found an additional two dozen or more sexual assaults that Occidental failed to report in 2012, a likely violation of the Clery Act. As Obama spoke, UC Berkeley junior Sofie Karasek was telling a San Francisco meeting of the UC regents about her sexual assault at an off-campus event in 2012. She said it took eight months for the university to conclude its investigation, and that she was only told that her assailant had violated the conduct code.
the first four months of the year, she said. “[Applications vary]. Some are scholarships totally online; others are still submitted by paper and mail. Some are one page, and some are longer; there really is no standard,” she explained. It is clear even students with little free time can find scholarships with
shorter application processes and still be in the running to be granted awards. To begin searching for scholarships students can visit the financial aid website at financialaid.ilstu.edu/scholarships. “Departmental websites are also a good source [to find scholarship applications]. Don’t forget about
scholarships from your hometown, your church, your employer and also your parent’s employers,” Albrecht said. There is no limit to the number of scholarships a student can apply for or be granted. Financial Aid encourages students to complete as many scholarship applications as possible, she said.
“Finding the right scholarships, applying for them and receiving them is time consuming work but very much worth the effort in the end,” she said. For more information about applying for scholarships, call the financial aid office at 309-438-2231 or visit their website at FinancialAid.IllinoisState.edu.
version of Festival ISU, Winterfest brings RSOs together to talk to students about their organization. Each RSO has a table with information and maybe even some giveaways. “This is a chance for new students, transfers and old students to see what organizations have to offer,” McComas said.
“It is a way to get students involved and see what is offered through other offices, not just the Student Involvement Center.” The next day, the Student Fitness Center will hold the Winter Rec Showcase. RSOs and individual students will learn about how they can become more active during the
winter. The week wraps up on Friday with the Student Involvement Center Open House. Students can come into the office to meet the SIC staff and learn more about the organization that put this entire week together. This year students will not only
get an RSO fair but an entire week of educational activities related to involvement and being more active. Students are encouraged to attend as many events as they can and start getting involved. For an official flyer with all of this week’s events, visit DeanOfStudents.IllinoisState.edu.
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when you enter repayment,” she said. Students who are searching for scholarships should look once a month because deadline dates vary, but many applications are due in
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guidance can attend the “Philanthropy, service and volunteering, OH MY” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, students can head over to the Brown Ballroom for Winterfest. Just like a smaller
One in five women are victims of sexual assault every year, and it is a continuous problem on college campuses.
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Being a full-time Redbird fan is worth it
henever a top five team rolls into town, there is bound to be a huge turnout by the fans. Just the possibility of storming the court following a huge upset is enough to get even the most modest of Redbird fans to attend. After all, any team can win on any given day, and a packed arena could often be just what it takes to sway a victory in the underdog’s favor. So when coach Dan Muller called for a “Red Out” on Wednesday night, students didn’t disappoint. The atmosphere was absolutely electrifying, unlike any crowd since the annual Bradley matchup in 2010. “I’m pretty sure that’s the most people I’ve ever seen at an Illinois State game in fifteen years, it was insane,” local Redbird fan Nathan Titus commented. And for the first half of the game, it seemed as though the unlikely upset was actually possible. Wichita State played as though they were clearly affected by the noise, committing several early turnovers that allowed Illinois State to take the lead for the majority of the half. Even when Wichita State was able to tie it, the Redbirds were able to fight back and increase the lead by three before half time. Fans were ecstatic. What followed was a mostly forgettable second half that was disappointing to say the least. Early turnovers and fouls quieted the crowd and after a flagrant foul that saw a Shockers lead reach double digits, all of the momentum in Redbird Arena was extinguished. Yet because of the obvious disappointment of a
tough loss it is easy to forget many of the positives that could be seen through such a game. It is because of these positives that make the continuing of such great student attendance to these games so important. The Redbirds are still a very young team. Last year having seen veterans Jackie Carmichael and Tyler Brown graduate, it left a huge void and had ended an era of Redbird basketball. This season has thus been a transition period with a team
that is very much still growing. However, there are many upsides of this team which should make plenty of students excited. There are no seniors on this squad. Transfer student Daishon Knight has been fantastic, and players like Reggie Lynch and Zach Lofton form a young core of players that will continue to develop into stars. Even Dan Muller is still growing as a coach. With this foundation the future is exciting, which makes the need for more student attendance incredibly important. Red Alert deserves all the credit in the world for drawing the huge crowd that attended the Wichita State game. The student section was truly remarkable. However, students need to be motivated to attend games other than ones that feature ranked opponents. Such crowds could give Illinois State one of the best home court advantages in the Missouri Valley. Even during Wednesday’s game it could be seen. Turnovers are largely mental and communication errors and the amount that the Shockers created could most definitely be attributed to the enormous amount of fans that were cheering their heads off. As the Redbirds grow as a team, the student section should also grow in number. To bring such energy to each and every game would make Illinois State a force to be reckoned with in the Missouri Valley. This obviously goes for every sport as well. These players work too hard to let their efforts go unseen by the majority of the student population, and they deserve the amazing audience every home game that was present Wednesday night.
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Extinguishing e-cigarettes on campus MY VIEW Grace Johnson Columnist
At this time last year, students were beginning to adjust to the newly instituted tobacco policy on campus which limited where smoking could take place. Now that the policy has been in effect for a year, it appears as though it was for the best — the campus is cleaner, which was one of the main goals aside from limiting secondhand smoke.
However, ISU was not the first university to enforce a policy such as this one, and recently, other universities are already considering modifications to their own set policies to include e-cigarettes. The rise of electronic cigarettes creates a problem for tobacco policies because these instruments are designed to give the user a rush of nicotine (usually flavored), through heated water vapor, not tobacco. In fact, according to a Huffington Post article, Ohio State University recently included e-cigarettes in its tobacco policy, which bans the products from campus. E-cigarettes are a difficult topic because while they do not include tobacco, they are not regulated in the same way that cigarettes are. This means that there are still a lot of unknowns in regard to how e-cigarettes affect a person’s health, but many people claim that they helped them stop smoking regular cigarettes, according
to a post on WebMD’s website. Elizabeth Phillips expressed that “e-cigarettes allowed me to gradually quit smoking without completely removing myself from the physical actions and social experience associated with smoking.” She went on to say that she considers her “e-cigarette experience as a baby step that changed my life.” Despite the number of unknowns, I think that it is time for people to really consider creating e-cigarette policies or officially reject including them in current policies. The products are everywhere — Julia Louis-Dreyfus even smoked one at the Golden Globes. However, because of the lack of tobacco, many people are using them inside, like Louis-Dreyfus. Over the summer I took a number of classes at ISU, and one student was actually caught smoking an e-cigarette in the classroom by our professor. She put a stop to it, and
I think it was rightfully so. There is absolutely no need to use such a product in the middle of class, or even inside buildings aside from someone’s home. But I see no real reason to ban them on college campuses at this point. I know there is not a lot of research on the matter, but because many people use them at least as an attempt to stop smoking, I think that they should be commended for making the effort. I know that some arguments against e-cigarettes include that it makes smoking look OK to children, especially with the flavor choices. I know that this could become an issue down the line, but at this point in time, if this is a tool to help someone stop, I see no reason to cause a ruckus. I agree that it could become problematic if this entices more people to smoke, but right now, I really don’t think a large amount of non-smokers are becoming smokers by using e-cigarettes and instead, those
who already smoke are often using them. Because there is unclear ground about e-cigarettes at ISU, it’s a tough call to say whether or not they should be included in the campus tobacco policy. Senior publishing studies major Janell Gardner said she doesn’t think the products should be included in such policies. “If smoking vapor can help people stop smoking actual cigarettes on campus, then I say more power to them. It’s better than walking through random clouds of smoke that actually smell,” she explained. If ISU chooses to modify its tobacco policy, hopefully these thoughts on the matter will not go up in smoke. Grace Johnson is a senior publishing major and columnist for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding her column can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Today’s Redbird Rumble or Fumble: Redbird Fumble: With a high of six degrees not including wind chill, today will be very cold. Bundle up! Redbird Rumble: Student Involvement Week Begins! Be sure to visit the Student Involvement Center, as each day involves a new event celebrating Illinois State’s great RSOs.
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Redbird Fumble: Both Illinois State Basketball teams fell this weekend, the men to Indiana State and the women to Wichita State. Here’s to hoping for a quick bounce back! Redbird Rumble: The Insanity Kickoff event begins tonight at the Student Rec center. For those who are struggling to keep their New Years Resolutions, the event will involve an extreme cardio workout as well as goal setting advice.
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Floyd led the Lions on the balance beam with both posting a score of 9.7. “When we went to balance beam we had a couple gymnasts hit really well, and the rest just didn’t hit their routines tonight,” Conkling said. “They did okay on floor but I know they are capable of doing better.” For the second-straight meet, King won the all-around with a 38.925 score. Lindenwood’s Ingui finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.175. The Redbirds resume action on Saturday at the Illinois/Michigan Invite versus Illinois and Michigan at 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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Sami King earned a 9.775 on the uneven bars at Horton Field House on Friday.
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Crump got a second-chance layup that would put ISU at a one-point advantage, 13-12, with 8:25 left in the first half. The Shockers then went on their own scoreless five minute run, but a three-point play put Wichita State into the lead 15-13, just before a 7-point run which would stretch the ISU deficit to nine points. After a quick timeout, the ‘Birds rallied for five points, culminated by a half-court buzzer beater from Smith that brought fans to
their feet to end the half. But trailing by just four points at halftime, the Redbirds failed to capitalize on the momentum coming off the half-court shot, and allowed Wichita State to take control. The Shockers opened the half with an 11-0 run with ISU missing its first nine shot attempts. “I think our shot selection at that time was not the best. We took some bad shots and kind of fed them more possessions, and they were able to come down and get in the paint,” Coach Smith said. “Defensively, we weren’t quite in the gaps the way we were supposed
to be. That little stretch hurt us, but the rest of the game the team played very well.” Hall scored nine-straight points for the Redbirds to make the score 51-39 halfway through the second half, and Nelson scored 13 of ISU’s last 15 points to bring the ‘Birds within twelve with just over a minute to play. Despite the team’s efforts, they came too little too late—the final score Wichita State 74, Illinois State 58. The ‘Birds will take one MVC foe Missouri State in the “We Back Pat” game, tonight at 7:05, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.
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ISU alum, LaRoyce Hawkins, stars in new NBC show by Kayla Stroner Reporter
In 2007, LaRoyce Hawkins was a freshman acting major at ISU. Anyone who has lived through freshman year knows that this can be an unnerving time, but for Hawkins it would mark the beginning of what has become a very successful acting career. After taking a brief hiatus from ISU in order to accept a role in the movie “The Express,” Hawkins finished his degree and went on to accept a role on NBC’s spin-off series “Chicago P.D.,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. This week, Hawkins spoke about his experience as a rising actor and the role that his time at ISU played in his success.
Tell us about Chicago P.D.
The city of Chicago is really the P.D.’s main character, and we as actors do the best that we can to reflect it. Chicago is just as beautiful as it is ugly. Just like people. You see people make bad decisions, but you also see them redeem themselves. On P.D., you see the people who make up the city make mistakes and redeem themselves in that same way.
Can you shed some light on the character you play?
Kevin Atwater is a police officer by day and something like a hustler by night. He has quite a powerful social life because he is originally from the hood, and he uses this part of his past to help him on the job. Kevin has got his hands in a little bit of everything; he is truly able to live in both worlds. He cuts a deal with some photographers who want to use images of a squad car, but he only cuts those corners because he has to provide for his family. He has a brother and sister at home, and his parents aren’t around. This show is definitely going to present people who are struggling with heavy conflicts. There is a scene in one of the episodes where my partner and I are called
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LaRoyce Hawkins, ISU acting graduate, plays Officer Kevin Atwater in the new NBC show “Chicago P.D.” which airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.
in because a poor mother stole a loaf of bread from a liquor store because her children need to eat. So do we arrest her, or show her mercy because she has a family to feed?
How did you get this part?
After I returned to ISU, I wanted to focus on schoolwork and get my degree, so I told my agent only to call me if something big came up. I got a call to audition for “Chicago Fire” [the show which “Chicago P.D.” spawned from], and naturally I couldn’t pass that up. While I was still at
ISU, I was on hold for the role of Otis. I wasn’t able to play that part because the network changed the character’s ethnicity, but when “Chicago P.D.” came along, they were still thinking about me, and I am very grateful to them for keeping me in mind.
How did attending ISU help you get where you are today? Going to ISU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Freshman year was interrupted by the movie opportunity. If I hadn’t gone to ISU, who knows
if I ever would have broken into the business. I was in the right place at the right time. Leaving ISU was also great because I was able to apply everything I learned while I was there, and that has definitely helped me to get where I am today.
Do you have any new projects coming up that you’d like to tell us about?
I was in Miami this week shooting the pilot for a show called “Ballers” with The Rock and Mark Wahlberg. I play a football player named Rodney Slater. I’m really hoping it gets picked up.
Upcoming events to aid Science ‘Divergent’ series to hit the screen in March, ‘Hunger Games’ fans will approve and Art majors in job searches KELSEY LUTZ Reporter
Attention Hunger Games enthusiasts: There will be another amazing book trilogy coming to theaters soon. This is my flashing red light, waving flag, wailing siren and any other forewarning to read the book before the movie hits the big screen. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth was a birthday gift. When I was told I would like it just as much, if not more, than “The Hunger Games,” I scowled in disbelief. In fact, I’m pretty sure I laughed at the comment. (I’m a Hunger Games fanatic). It actually took me a while to open the book, but I was determined to finish it before the movie appeared in theaters. In fact, I refused to even watch the trailer of the film until I read the very last page of the novel. It didn’t take long for me to get sucked into the world of different factions and suspicious characters. The real world didn’t even exist for about a full week of my
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winter break. I even related my surroundings to the book, asking myself which faction each of my family members or friends would belong to. In the book, the society is divided into five communities, or “factions”. Each faction has its own theme — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of 16, all teenagers are given a test to determine what faction they would be best suited for and then can select a new faction if they please. However, for
Beatrice, the test results not only make her decision a bit more complicated, but put her life in a great deal of danger. While this book does not have quite the same storyline as “The Hunger Games,” it does seem to fall into the genre that appeals to the same readers. “Divergent” has thrills, romance, mystery and surprises in each chapter. One of the best elements of “Divergent” is the shadiness of each character. Every individual has a secret, whether it is evil, life threatening or kept for the good of others, and each secret is exposed at the most unexpected time. The twists and turns of the book keep you on your toes and wanting more, making it difficult to get a good night’s rest. I highly suggest reading it on a weekend or long break. It is mind-blowing what kind of intellectual mind Roth must have to write a book with such a creative new spin. After watching the trailer, it is predictable that it will be a sell out. But, I cannot stress enough that reading the book beforehand will not disappoint. Rarely does a quality feature film compare to a book. So, take my advice when I say to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and “Divergent” on a cold day, and prepare to not have a life for a few days.
KAYLA STRONER Reporter
Are you among the thousands of college students who dread family gatherings because of the inevitable onslaught of questions? “What do you plan on doing when you get out of school?” and “Do you have any interviews lined up?” Lucky for you, ISU has got your back. The Career Center has two events lined up designed to provide you with plenty of answers to whip out of your back pocket the next time Aunt Shirley gets too nosey at the dinner table. On Tuesday, part one of “What are you going to do with THAT degree?” will take place in Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. At this particular session, a panel of ISU alumni will discuss the advantages of having a degree from the college of arts and sciences. Attendants will be provided with lucrative and creative ways in order to utilize the education they have been working towards. According to Susan Whitsitt, Career Center assistant director for marketing and events, the benefit in attending this panel will be meeting people who can help you to understand the industry itself. Even if they do not have the exact job you want in that
industry, they can act as a beneficial contact for you. No registration is required in order to attend this event. Arrive in the Old Main Room at 4:45 p.m. to enjoy free pizza before the panel begins at 5 p.m. Part two of “What are you going to do with THAT Degree?” will take place on Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. in Old Main Room. Students in the college of arts and sciences can attend a speed-networking event located in Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center. Students will have the chance to meet with employers from business corporations, nonprofit organizations, as well as government and educational institutions. “Meeting professionals at this event will be valuable for students because they will have the chance to meet with potential employers, and decide whether or not the jobs they plan to apply for will be the right fit for them,” Whitsitt said. Those looking to attend this event must register via Hire-ARedbird as attendance is limited. Check-in will begin at 2:45 p.m. The Career Center also reminds students planning on attending either event to look over the online Career Resource Guide in order review the ways in which to “put their best foot forward.”
Ott breaks ISU record at Notre Dame Redbird gymnastics TIM CARROLL Reporter
defeated at home
Freshman Julia Ott made a name for herself on the Redbirds’ track and field team Saturday by breaking Illinois State pole vault record. She placed first in the competition with a height of 13-03, higher than former record holder Rachelle Harbert, who set the record in 2012. ISU head coach Elvis Forde was thrilled for her. “The best news of the day for us was establishing a new record from freshman Julia Ott. She has been impressive at this time of the year, and she has been working hard. She came in with the ability to break the record and did so,” Forde said. In addition to Ott’s performance, many other Redbirds finished with personal-bests in their respective events. Sophomore Jianna Williams set her personal-best in the weight throw competition, throwing for 62-10.75. It was good enough for a third-place finish, which was a foot better than her former best. “Jianna had a personal-best today. She has been very consistent and performing at a high level, which builds her confidence,” Forde said. “After competing against Southern Illinois throwers, she got to see what conference would hold.” For the Redbird men, junior Kevin Fisch had a personal-best pole vault with a height of 16-02.75, earning him second place. Chase Pavelonis ended up finishing fourth in the competition with a height of 15-11.00. “Kevin Fisch also had a very successful day, earning a personal-best mark. Chase has continued to have a very successful season, being consistent in every meet so far, which is what you want, consistency. Consistency is important to our growing process,” Forde said. Junior Ryan Rutherford also had a career-fastest time in the mile by 10 seconds, finishing fourth in the competition with a time of 4:09.61. CJ Hamilton finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.87, only milliseconds away from his personal-best time. Aidan Askin finished just two seconds after Hamilton to give him a personal best time of 1:54.39. Anderson Devonish grabbed a personal best time in the 400-meter run to finish second with a time of 48.34. “Andy Devonish had a very impressive run. He is a talented individual, and we will expect more from him as the season rolls around,” Forde said. The team’s leading throwers, Curt Jensen and Akil Mills, also held their
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proud of our players for not giving up until the final buzzer.” Chloe Nelson delivered 19 points on the evening, 15 of which came in the second half. Two other Redbirds, Stekara Hall and Lindsay Smith, also scored in the double-digits. Hall added 18 of her own points, plus five rebounds. Smith set a personal best by sinking four three-pointers and five field goals to tie her career high 14 points. Nelson also added five boards. While Wichita State shot 50 percent from the field, Illinois State scored just 34 percent of its shots. Both teams started off slow offensively, with ISU failing to put up its first two points until the 15:41 mark in the first half. After trading points from the paint and behind the arch, the ’Birds held an early advantage, 10-8, before suffering through a scoreless five minutes. Octavia Crump got a second-chance layup
eading at halftime does not always result in a victory at the end. Despite holding the lead halfway through the meet, the ISU gymnastics team lost momentum during the second half of the meet and fell to Lindenwood, 190.175-189.95 Friday at Horton Field House. The first rotation of the meet had ISU on the vault and Lindenwood on the uneven bars. The Redbirds led 4 7 . 6 2 5 - 4 6 . 8 7 5 Bob Conkling after the first rotation. Junior Sami King led her squad on the vault with a score of 9.75 and senior Kim Caron posted the second-best score for her team in the event at 9.575. Emily Turik led Lindenwood on the uneven bars with a score of 9.725 and Aubree Horn posted a 9.575 score. Lindenwood was on the vault and ISU was on the uneven bars for the second rotation of the meet. ISU led 95.95-95 after the second rotation. The Redbirds tallied a score of 48.325 on the uneven bars, while the Lions recorded a 48.125 score on the vault. King headed the squad on the uneven bars with a score of 9.775 and senior Jenna Bossle recorded a 9.675 score. Turik posted the best score for the Lions on the vault at 9.675 and Trystien Charles earned a score of 9.65. “Vault was much better,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “The girls popped off the horse really well and they were doing bigger vaults. Then we went to bars and looked really sharp. We just had minor deductions here and there, but overall I was really happy with our first two events.” In the third rotation of the meet, the Redbirds were on the balance beam and Lindenwood was on the floor exercise. The Lions took the lead at the end of the third rotation by the score of 142.625-142.6. ISU posted a score of 46.65 on the balance beam, while Lindenwood recorded a 47.625 score on the floor exercise. K ing led the Redbirds on the ba l a nc e beam with a score of 9.8 and freshman Demi Pas posted a career-high score of 9.675. Turik led Sami King the Lions on the f loor exercise with a 9.675 score and Valeri Ingui posted a score of 9.6. ISU was on the f loor exercise and Lindenwood was on the balance beam for the fourth rotation of the meet. After the fourth and final rotation, Lindenwood emerged victorious, 190.175189.95. ISU earned a 47.35 score on the f loor exercise, while Lindenwood tallied a score of 47.55 on the balance beam. Sophomore Sarah Fisher headed the Redbirds on the floor exercise with a score of 9.675 and King recorded a 9.6 score. Ingui and
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Chase Pavelonis achieved fourth place in pole vault at Saturday’s event.
own during the meet. Jensen came in first in the shot put with a throw of 64-11.25, and Mills came in second in the weight throw with a 64-05.00 heave. Despite the team raising their performance in the heat of competition, both the men’s and women’s teams came in fourth place. Michigan State won the men’s competition, followed by Notre Dame, Southern Illinois, and Illinois State. Notre Dame won the women’s competition, followed by Michigan State, Southern Illinois, and Illinois State.
ISU falls to conference rival Indiana State, 76-62 TAWNI RICKETTS Sports Editor
ackluster defense and dismal shooting ultimately led to a 76-62 Redbird defeat against Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) rival Indiana State on Saturday. “I’m certainly not very happy with our defensive play,” Illinois State head men’s basketball coach Dan Muller told WJBC radio. “We didn’t play with the defensive effort that we have been — that we talked about before the game. The numbers show it. [Indiana State] shot the heck out of [the ball].” Bobby Hunter led a trio of Redbirds in double-digit scoring with 13 points, while freshmen Paris Lee and Reggie Lynch each contributed 11. Bobby Hunter Lynch also led Illinois State in boards with seven plus two blocks and one steal. The Sycamores out-shot the Redbirds 50 to 35.4 percent from the field and gave a 52.4 percent effort from beyond-the-arc. “We gave them a lot of good looks,” Lee told WJBC radio. “We just can’t win games if we’re going to give them a lot of good looks (from three-point range).” “Since the Drake game when we shot the heck out of [the ball], the last two games we’ve had that,” Muller said. “These are the first two games where we’ve had everybody really struggle to shoot it for almost the entirety of the game.” When shooting from the outside does not work, Lee sees the need for adjustments. “Go inside. Throw it to Reg
[Lynch] or JJ [John Jones],” Lee said. “Try to get in the paint. We have to get to the paint.” Indiana State jumped out to the early 18-9 advanParis Lee tage at the 12:16 mark after going on a 10-2 run. The Redbirds would counter with a 7-0 run of their own to pull within 18-16 on a Hunter layup with 8:12 remaining in the first period. A Kaza Keane trey would then edge the Redbirds within one point at the 6:33 mark before a Jones free throw would tie the game at 23. Jones would later give Illinois State its first and only lead of the game, 25-24, on a free throw at the 4:15 mark. Indiana State however, regained an 11-point lead heading into halftime. The Sycamores went on to outscore Illinois State 36-33 in the second half en route to victory. “We had some lack of effort and we had some lack of execution,” Muller said. “We had guys that didn’t compete very hard today. It seems like our guys are still learning how to play with confidence, even if they don’t make a shot. [Poor shooting is contagious] for younger teams, to be honest, more so than older teams, because if you’ve been through the battles and the wars and you understand that it’s just kind of part of it and you stay solid, level-headed and evenkeeled with your mentality, then you can fight through it and it’s not as contagious.” The Redbirds will take on MVC and in-state rival Bradley in Peoria on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
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Chloe Nelson led the Redbirds in scoring against Wichita State with 19 points.
’Birds fumble second half, fall to Wichita State ZACK FULKERSON Senior Staff
Despite keeping pace with Wichita State through the first half, the Illinois State women’s basketball team was unable to keep their momentum after heading into the locker room. Wichita State (15-2, 6-0 MVC) remains undefeated in conference play after scoring 38 points in the paint and pulling down 41 rebounds, ultimately topping the Redbirds (4-12, 3-3 MVC), 74-58. “That’s the No. 1 team in the conference right now, and I thought that coming in here would be a big test for us coming off the weekend we just had. I was proud of our players, just battling and being aggressive, and taking ownership in their own play,” ISU head coach Barb Smith said. “It wasn’t the outcome we wanted but we grew in this game — like we’ve grown in every single game we’ve played. We’ll get better from this, but I’m just