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The Black Student Union at Illinois State University kicked off Homecoming Week with an out-ofthis-world jam. BSU hosted their annual “Space Jam” on Tuesday. It was a fun-filled event for students and guests to relax and have a good time. The event was held at the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU. Guests were treated to several activities, such as bowling, billiards, food, a live DJ and laser tag. The BSU spent a lot of time redecorating the back room in the BBC to fit the style and theme of laser tag; cardboard walls and neon lights filled the room. Last year’s “Space Jam” took place on the ISU Quad. This year they have moved the event to the BBC, which BSU Special Events Coordinator Alexa Epps said was crucial for hosting all the activities included in the event. “The BBC was the perfect kind of place to host this event, especially with all the space available to us,” Epps said. “We have a great turnout, good air-conditioning and we have an opportunity to bowl, all things we

be with the right crowd. “A lot of ideas were thrown out there, like laser tag and a DJ, but we’re glad it came together at the end,” Epps said. “I think the addition of laser tag, along with the lighting setup we have, was really cool.” Turnout for the event was larger than last year’s “Space Jam,” but the numbers only grew as time went on. “A lot of people end up arriving later, so we anticipate seeing turnout increase as the night goes on,” Epps said. Senior business administration major Steven Austin didn’t attend last year’s “Space Jam,” but said he was excited to show up this year. “I can’t wait until they start the laser tag event,” Austin said. “I’ve never had the chance to try it, and I’m really looking forward to it.” Austin said that the idea for hosting laser tag along with bowling and a DJ playing hip-hop jams was incredible. “I’d definitely recommend that everyone should attend this event,” Austin said.

Above: Lauren Hicks shoots some pool at the Bowling and Billiards Center. Right: Kyra Felton, Taviana West and Avii Martin smile for the camera at BSU’s annual Space Jam for Homecoming Week. Christopher Edwards | Vidette Photographer

didn’t have as an option on the Quad.” This is Epps’ first year as the special events coordinator; last year she

was the secretary for the BSU. Epps said the idea behind the event was to have a good time and to show how fun Illinois State can

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Broadway returns to ISU ‘Chicago,’ ‘Evita’ to be performed at Braden ELIZABETH SEILS News Reporter

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Broadway hits “Chicago” and “Evita” will be coming to Braden Auditorium early next year. The performance for “Chicago” will be 7 p.m Feb. 13, 2019. “Evita” will be at 2 p.m March 24, 2019. For those who would like to see both performances, there is the option of the Broadway at Braden mini-series ticket, ranging from $90-$135. The mini-series tickets are on sale now. Tickets for individual showings will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 9. Prices range from $50-$75. Tickets can be purchased through the Braden Box Office and through Ticketmaster. “Braden has been booking Broadway shows for over 40 years,” said Barb Dallinger, associate director of event service and catering. “If these two Broadways do well, I’m hoping to bring back more Broadway offerings.” Previous performances at Braden include “Annie,” “Grease,” “Rent,”

“Cats” and many others. First debuting in 1975, “Chicago” is one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Set in the glamour of the golden twenties, “Chicago” tells a satirical tale of crime, corruption and fame when Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer, turns her murder of her lover into a media sensation. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, “Evita” follows the rise and fall of one of the world’s most beloved first ladies. The show focuses on the real life of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. The Broadway at Braden shows are “a wonderful opportunity to see shows of this caliber right here on campus,” Dallinger said. For more information or to purchase tickets, those interested can call (309) 438-5444, visit the box office on the first floor of the Bone Student Center or visit Braden’s events page.

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Isaac Hollis

Andrew Jacobs

Rachel Angles

Peyton Bade

Year in School: Junior Major: Organizational and Leadership Communication Involvement: Black Student Union (president), Absolute Deviation Dance Troupe (president), Exalt Modeling Troupe (vice president), Black Homecoming Committee (co-founder/vice president), Phi BetA Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Year in School: Senior Major: Arts Technology Involvement: Pride (public relations chair/ president), Photography Club (vice president), Student Government Association, College of Fine Arts senator, Students Ending Rape Culture (co-founder/vice president), University Program Board

Year in School: Senior Major: Biochemistry and Zoology Involvement: Big Red Marching Machine color guard, Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, Student Pre-Veterinary Association, Humane Society of Central Illinois (volunteer)

Year in School: Junior Major: English Involvement: Gamma Phi Circus, Preview Guide, resident assistant, Educators Rising, Redbirds Resolving Conflict, Watterson Diversity Coalition, College Council for the College of Arts and Sciences

Kyle Lieberum

Nehal Shah

Blair Fernandez

Hannah Maack

Year in School: Senior Major: Chemistry Education Involvement: Resident assistant, Golden Apple, Meditation Club, ISULeads, Chemistry Club

Year in School: Junior Major: Marketing Involvement: To Write Love on Her Arms (vice president of event coordinator), Pi Sigma Epsilon, International Student Ambassador, Student Access and Accommodation Services mentor, Students Today Leaders Forever

Year in School: Senior Major: Legal Studies Involvement: Mortar Board (president), Students Ending Rape Culture (vice president), Leaders of Social Change (student facilitator), University Hearing Panel, ISULeads, InfoCenter student employee, intern with The Immigration Project

Year in School: Junior Major: Special Education Involvement: Resident assistant, Association of Residence Halls (RA/CA liaison), Watterson Towers service area manager, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Office student employee, Kappa Delta Epsilon

Mitchell Stengel

Brendan Wall

Olivia Moore

Leah Nolan

Year in School: Senior Major: Communication Education Involvement: Alternative Breaks, WZND, communication teaching assistant, Honors mentor, UNITY Center (volunteer), Bring It Back to Normal

Year in School: Junior Major: Biochemistry Involvement: Students Ending Rape Culture (co-founder/president), Mortar Board (secretary and selections chair), Community Cancer Center (volunteer), Advocate BroMenn (volunteer)

Year in School: Junior Major: Nursing Involvement: Preview Guide (lead guide 2018), Welcome Week intern, ISULeads, Alternative Breaks, Students Supporting Individuals with Disabilities

Year in School: Senior Major: Communication Education Involvement: Admissions Ambassador, communication undergraduate teaching assistant, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Apples to Sabers, Student Education Association, Alternative Breaks, English Language Institute tutor

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Faculty/Staff Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Horton Field House Diversity Advocacy Block Party 4:30-7:30 p.m. Alamo/Wattersin Parking Lot School of Theater and Dance’s “The Liar” 7:30 p.m. Westhoff Theatre Silent Party 8-11 p.m. Prairie Room, Bone Student Center



Watterson Towers 50th Birthday Celebration 6-8 p.m. Rosa Parks Room

Town and Gown 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk 8-9:30 a.m. Student Fitness Center

Student Royalty Crowning 7:15 p.m. Redbird Arena

Homecoming Parade 10-11:30 a.m. Corner of University Street and College Avenue

Band-A-Rama 7:30 p.m. Braden Auditorium Hoopfest 7:30 p.m. Redbird Arena

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Illinois State University celebrates Homecoming Week with the annual parade. Students, alumni and families gather for the celebration. The 2018 Homecoming Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday.





omewhere along the way, as a society we have allowed mental illness to be criminalized and its sufferers to be delegitimized. We say that it’s important and needs to be addressed, but do the infrastructures or rules actually support this new change in the tide? Illinois State University has free resources and counseling to help you through your problems and to understand what is happening in your life, but how accessible or helpful is it? Has anyone ever gone to the bathroom between classes and decided to do a mental checklist to see if any of our relationships are toxic? For most of us, college is the first time we are allowed to date that person our parents would never approve of, and even if our friends don’t approve, we don’t feel safe to talk about it with anyone. It’s hard to see then, that the unfounded things they say to you that make you feel bad about yourself is a form of abuse. You don’t realize that that behavior is not okay, you rationalize it as normal; it has to be better than being alone. What is even less known, is that a friend-


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ship or roommate can also be toxic. The “friend” you’ve always been there for but, despite that, continuously asserts that you are the major barrier to their happiness and welfare, is just as detrimental to your wellbeing as a romantic relationship. If we don’t understand that these are problems in our lives, how do we articulate them to someone else? Underlined and bolded in many syllabi, it is stated that make-up tests, quizzes or assignments will not be considered without a valid reason like a doctor’s note, death certificate for a family member or permission slip for a University activity. How is the validity

of one’s feelings arbitrated if everyone has a different metric for trauma? How do you get a doctor’s note for emotional abuse or a death certificate for our shattered self-worth? Every day we work through our pain, until one day we can’t stand up again right away, and we miss a test or assignment. How do you articulate to Dr. Abner, who you barely know, that you haven’t made it to class in a week and a half and missed an exam worth 25 percent of your grade because you just couldn’t bear the weight of your existence any longer? How do you communicate you didn’t study or do the reading because you could barely drag

yourself out of bed to use the restroom or eat, let alone find the motivation for the non-essential facets of our lives? You don’t. You simply accept that a C will be the highest grade you can receive in the class, because you don’t think the personal days would matter. It’s college, and the world is an even more competitive place, but it never had to be. The “struggle” exists only as a construct, designed by the few elites that run the world, to stay in power indefinitely. We have the resources to feed, house and clothe everyone many times over, but we’ve been told these things have to be earned through hard work and determination. There are countless obstacles to our success that sometimes even we can’t see, let alone anyone else. Grades aren’t accurate indicators of competence or intelligence; the rules are stacked against some of us and it perpetuates systemic inequalities. A study in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education found that white students have a 62 percent college graduation rate, while black students stand at only 42 percent. We grew up in a more understanding world than even our parents, we no longer have to suffer alone in silence.

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Racism is alive and well in America MY VIEW ANDREW DOUGHERTY | Columnist


f you’ve ever met me or seen a picture of me, the chances that you’d guess I was Latino is slim to none. My mother immigrated to the United States from Peru when she was 18. My father grew up in Chicago. Long story short, they had me and I ended up looking just like my dad. When people, particularly white people, tell me that racism is gone and that minorities should stop complaining about discrimination, or that they’re just whining to get attention, I tend to get a bit upset. Especially from those who claim they’ve been the victim of the fallacy of “reverse racism.” It’s not just the experiences my mother has told me about, such as her own encounters with ignorant racists, but the ones my minority friends have

shared with me that I want to share with you. They prove racism is alive and well and we need to stop downplaying or denying that. So, let me share them with you. In the news Tuesday, a young black man who was parked in a Walmart parking lot and babysitting two white children was being watched by a white woman. She pulled up and asked him if the kids were alright, to which he said, “Why wouldn’t they be?” She proceeded to come back and ask if she could speak with the children, to which he, and any reasonable person would say: “No.” She then followed the man to a gas station and called the cops. He was pulled over in the children’s driveway. Nothing happened, but that’s one example of overt racism. I recently saw a Facebook post from someone I grew up with. He’s a biologist who just received his Ph.D. He’s getting married and has a nice apartment. Yet, it appears the most distinctive thing about him is that he’s brown. A man on a motorcycle drove past my friend and screamed “asshole,” to which my friend assumed he was referring to the way he had parallel parked. As my

friend was walking to his studio, the man came back around and screamed it again. The road is a one-way, meaning the man had to make three turns to do so. My friend asked him what he did to be called such a name, to which the motorcycle man responded, “you’re an asshole” and to “speak English” before threatening to beat him up if he got any closer. The fact that any person feels they have the right to disparage, insult or threaten anyone they don’t like because of their skin color is disgusting. I doubt any of my white friends have a story of someone threatening them because of their skin color. I doubt they have a story of being followed in a store or mall because of their skin color. I highly doubt they’ve had someone yell at them because of their skin color. Now, I’m not saying because someone is white that they haven’t been looked down upon, degraded, threatened or discriminated against. It could have been because of what they were wearing, their occupation, how they spoke, what their gender or sexuality is — but it definitely was not because of

the color of their skin. This country has a horrible history of discrimination against minorities; whether it was slavery, Jim Crow laws, stop and frisk laws or the more recent example of disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio directing his officers to pull over Latino-looking drivers to check if they were U.S. citizens. It also has a history of discriminating against what society deemed was not the right version of being white. Open up a history book if you’re still in the dark about this. My point is that if you have never experienced discrimination based on your skin color or overt racism, it’s extremely hard to make the case that minorities are just being sensitive or seeking attention. My advice for those who still don’t believe me: talk to your minority friends and let them share their own experiences with you. ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a senior news reporter for The Vidette. Contact him at Follow him on Twitter at @addough.

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Constitution Trail brings haunted scares to BloNo SYDNEY HALL News Reporter

Normal Parks and Recreation will be hosting its 23rd annual “Haunted Trail” event in celebration of Halloween. The event will take place over the course of two weekends, the first being Oct. 18-20, with the second on Oct. 26-27.

The first weekend will be classified as “non-scary” and the second one “scary.” These changes were made in order to appeal to people of all ages and make it as family friendly as possible, while still remaining a thrilling atmosphere. “This year we are creating a more family friendly environment for our non-scary weekend. It’s more fun than ever before,” said Haunted Trail event coordinator Bethany Kadivar. The first “non-scary” weekend of the event is from 6-8 p.m.

This weekend will host activities such as games and stations with face painting, hot chocolate, balloons, a photo area and a meet and greet with special characters. Admission for the event is $2 or free by bringing a canned good on the first weekend. James Wayne, assistant director of business and recreation operations explained the purpose of using canned goods as a ticket for admission. “The goal of the donations is to provide support through our community-wide event. It is

an opportunity to educate the public on critical issues in our local community and nationwide. In 2016, as an example, we donated over 1,600 canned or boxed food items,” said Wayne. The second “scary” weekend of events runs 6:30-9 p.m. This weekend will consist of a haunted trail made to frighten you. This trail is recommended for children 13 years and older. Anyone younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Open Access Week brings awareness to ISU

Milner Library to host workshops on information accessibility GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter

Milner Library’s Open Access Week, an international event, raises awareness of the availability of scholarship online. Each day throughout the week, Milner will host events to bring awareness towards open access materials and information. A variety of programs about open access to information will be provided by Milner, with many programs that will interest and benefit students, Lydia Cogan | Vidette Photographer according to Milner Scholarly CommuJunior elementary education major Olivia Giordano explores the different nication Librarian Anne Shelley. ways to gain open access materials at Milner Library. “On Monday at 3:30 in Milner 164D, we are offering a workshop specifically A free screening of “The Night of the Living Dead” for students who want to publish their work open access,” will at 7 p.m., also on Oct. 26, on Floor 6. Popcorn will Shelley said. “Our keynote speaker Kathleen Fitzpatrick be provided. Shelley says the film will help everyone get will talk about scholars working with and for the public.” ready for Halloween. Fitzpatrick will speak at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the This year’s Open Access Week runs from Oct. 22 to Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. Shelley says 26. More information on the event can be found at News. two events on Oct. 26 will also be of interest to students. A workshop on Milner’s new 3-D printers will be at 2 Those interested are also invited to email Shelley at p.m. on Floor 3, as well as information about free online for additional information or quescommunities where students can download and create tions about Open Access Week 2018. their own 3-D prints.


Take Back the Night unites ISU against sexual violence ANDREW DOUGHERTY News Reporter

Illinois State University’s Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (FLAME) will host the annual Take Back the Night rally at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Quad. The rally will be followed by a march through ISU’s campus and Uptown Normal. Take Back the Night offers survivors of sexual violence, families and allies an opportunity to show support and speak out against sexual harassment and violence. ISU’s Students Ending Rape Culture’s president Brendan Wall said the event aims to dismantle sexual and relationship violence in all its forms. “Take Back the Night is a worldwide event that began in the 1970s. The march aims to dismantle sexual and relationship violence in all its forms. The marches are in memory of survivors of violence but also serve to spread awareness towards ending sexual assault,” Wall said. “This march is really geared toward anyone who wants to recognize and work towards change in the system of rape culture which is ever-prevalent on our campus,” he said. A candlelight vigil will be held in Uptown Circle after the march to honor those who have died as a result of

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a senior news reporter for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu. edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough.

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sexual assault and domestic violence. “I encourage other men to attend the march as our alliance with women and non-binary/gender non-conforming students is necessary to make lasting change on campus,” Wall said. He said one of the most important empowering parts of the night is having the opportunity to hear stories from survivors of sexual assault and violence at the event. ISU’s FLAME president Emma Lynn said the event offers victims a way to let the campus and community know that they will not be silenced. “Survivors and those who support them are not going anywhere, and we gather at this powerful event to be heard loud and clear,” Lynn said. “We are tired, and we are angry in a culture that accepts sexual violence as the norm,” she said. For further information on the event, those interested can contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 309-438-2947 or visit the ISU FLAME page on Facebook.


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Jennifer Woodruff succesfully transitions from police force to classroom KYNDSIE HUSTON Features Reporter | @kyndsie_h

Illinois State University takes pride in hosting outstanding faculty and staff members. One shining example is sociology, family and consumer sciences professor Jennifer Woodruff of Decatur. Woodruff attended Western Illinois University for her bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. However, as a female cop, she experienced the negative aspects of being a woman in that industry. As such, she wanted to learn why the world functioned as it did. Being unhappy in her workplace, Woodruff took matters into her own hands by attending ISU to receive her master’s degree in sociology, focusing on women’s issues and sexuality. She has taught at Illinois State University for 12 years. Transitioning from writing tickets to writing tests was quick and painless. “Becoming a teacher was a natural transition for me, and I have taken to teaching very well,” Woodruff said. “I love my students and fellow colleagues.” Outside of the classroom, Woodruff enjoys spending time with her daughter Ella, 12, and her husband, ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff. She also enjoys watching “The Office” and is a self-professed Halloween fanatic. Woodruff also participates in roller derby — a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating

counter-clockwise around a track. Woodruff is undoubtedly a unique individual, but she embraces it for a unique classroom experience. Woodruff explains what separates her inside the classroom. “I think what makes me a unique professor is I try to give every student I care about a voice,” Woodruff said. “I genuinely care about my students and want them to succeed not only in my class but also in life. I want to support them if I can and be there for them if they need me. She continued, “I always have time for any student that needs support or simply someone to listen, so I guess you can say I teach them, but more importantly I support them.” One means of providing support is offering advice. Woodruff’s advice for all students is to never underestimate the power of the classroom. “Take learning seriously, because you never know what gems you may get out of class ... they may change your life,” Woodruff said. “You can become great a inspiration to your teachers as well as inspire your fellow classmates. You have much to give, take every opportunity you are afforded and make the most of it.” KYNDSIE HUSTON is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at kahusto@ Follow her on Twitter at @ kyndsie_h.

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Sociology, family and consumer sciences professor Jennifer Woodruff found her calling when transitioning from a female police officer to helping others succeed academically and personally at ISU.

Reasons for success

Hoobastank lead singer Doug Robb sings praises of Illinois fans, reflects on career STUART STALTER Features Editor | @VidetteStuS

that wave a bit, the song ‘The Reason’ got so big that it became bigger than the band. We were used to playing shows on the first record where everyone knew the songs and everyone knew the band. I don’t want to say everyone who liked ‘The Reason’ was a fairweather fan, but it was hard to tell who would stick around. It was kind of a doubleedged sword.”


n Oct. 25, multiplatinum rock band Hoobastank will begin their first fullscale national tour in at least three years. The band’s headlining “The Reason Tour” promotes the band’s new album “Push Pull” and celebrates the 15th anniversary of “The Reason.” Illinois stops include a performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria. Though not performing in Bloomington-Normal, Hoobastank lead singer and rhythm guitarist Doug Robb reflects on the past, present and future of the band with The Vidette.

Q: Shifting to your current sound, what are your thoughts on your new record “Push Pull” and in the future, how does Hoobastank want to evolve sound-wise? A: “I guess it all depends on what

we are listening to at the moment and what is going on in our lives. This last record, I don’t know where most of the influence came Q: Is there rust associated with from musically. There is some being off the road for a long time or intricate guitar stuff on this do you just go back on and gel? record, but it is not as driven by A: “We have been playing shows, guitars as most of our old music. a lot of times to fly out for one-off This record is not as heavy as shows or maybe two weeks of toursome of our older fans would have ing, but there is a big difference wanted. Maybe we will do some Photo submitted by Ashley Osborn more heavy stuff in the future? I with six to seven weeks of touring. We are headlining and playing 17 or Hoobastank will perform 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Peoria’s Monarch Music Hall. Singer Doug Robb enjoys playing in Illinois. don’t know. 18 songs a night. It takes a toll, but I feel like right as we write you got to rehearse well, sing well, and commercial success.“ the heavy stuff I get the urge for play well and let the chips fall where they may.” mellow stuff. Once we write mellow stuff I get the urge for Q: Speaking of commercial success, Hoobastank’s signature Q: What aspects of performing in Illinois do you enjoy and do song is “The Reason.” When you recorded “The Reason,” did heavy stuff. It is an ebb-and-flow process.”

you have any memories of Blo-No? A: “I’ll be honest, I cannot remember much specifically about the area. I do know that every time we play in and around Illinois, the fans are rabid. They are like football fans. Whether sports, music or whatever, they are very passionate fans. There is a noticeable difference.”

Q: Lasting over 20 years [Hoobastank formed in 1994] as a band is quite an accomplishment. What do you attribute to the band’s longevity? A: “Funny you should ask. We were at rehearsal yesterday

and producer Matt Wallace stopped by to drop off some stuff and say hi. He said ‘You guys have been around a long time.’ Our guitar player jokingly — but its serious — said, ‘The reason most bands haven’t done this so long is because grown men can’t talk to each other.’ Guys aren’t the best at communicating with each other, especially when you throw egos in there. This band has been like a marriage. We are all friends outside of this band, our families are intertwined and we have had rough patches like any relationship, but we have managed to be able to talk with each other when things go off path and keep ourselves grounded and keeping things in perspective. Some of my fondest memories of the band are before we had a record deal

you have a feeling that was going to be a special tune, or were you surprised at how big that song got? A: “We were surprised for sure. ‘The Reason’ album was

our second major-label album. On the first one, we had 11 songs that were pretty rocking and one song that was kind of mellow. It reminded me of a lot of rock and metal stuff we grew up listening to. There was always a song or two that was kind of mellow. It wasn’t all super hard and super fast. In that mold, we kind of always throw in this mellow tune. The song ‘The Reason’ was just that and, to my recollection, just a mellow tune and a switch up since the album was so one-sided. ‘The Reason’ wasn’t on our radar. We did not pick that as a lead single. We really were caught off guard.”

Q: When you reach a massive level of commercial success, is it cool or do you wish you could step down a level? A: “Our first album went platinum, we were a pretty successful rock band and life was great. If things never changed from that, I would have been the happiest. When that song [‘The Reason’] took off, we went from playing theaters of early-20s kids with teenagers to playing amphitheaters with those teenagers and their parents. A lot of the success was really cool, but I think, when I was seeing the downside of something that big is, after we rode

Q: Do you have a favorite song off the new record? A: “I think the first song ‘Look Away’ is my favorite song. [It

is] really dark, really groovy and heavy but not in a wall-ofguitars type of way.”

Q: As a successful frontman, what would be a life lesson/ piece of advice you would share with college students? A: “It is so cliché, but it is cliché for a reason, because I think

it rings true. Find something that you love to do that you would do without getting paid and do it until someone pays you. Do not let anyone tell you the odds are stacked against you. If you do it for the right reasons, have that passion and determination, you will break through. A lot of it is just people who persevere. All that sounds like a Nike commercial but it is really true. I’m the last person to tell anybody ‘You shouldn’t try to be X or Y’ because I chose a profession that, percentage-wise, is pretty unlikely to make a living at, yet here I am.” STUART STALTER is the Features Editor for the Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @VidetteStuS.



Volleyball to continue Valley reign on Homecoming

Samantha Brinkman | Photo Editor

Illinois State Athletics

Illinois State (13-5, 5-1 MVC) prepares for a two-game MVC weekend set during Homecoming.

Legendary volleyball coach Julie Morgan will be inducted into the Percy Family HOF Saturday.

Redbirds gear up for Homecoming week sets

Former head coach Morgan honored in HOF

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fter dropping its first Missouri Valley Conference match of the season to Northern Iowa, the Illinois State volleyball team bounced back when it beat the Drake Bulldogs for the first time since 2015. “What I was most proud of was how our team responded because that’s the first poor performance that we’ve had all year,” ISU head coach Leah Johnson said. Senior Courtney Pence moved into second place all-time in MVC career digs. Pence currently sits at 2,435 digs and is over 200 digs behind the all-time leader Ellie Blankenship, who had 2,656 from 2007-10 for UNI. The Redbirds (13-5, 5-1 MVC) hope to take advantage of an upcoming five-game home stand. This Homecoming weekend, the ’Birds take on Valparaiso and Loyola-Chicago. “I think it’s important that we set the tone going into the second half of the season, especially when we are at home, you have to win those matches,” Johnson said.

Valparaiso ISU had its toughest conference test this past Friday when it was swept by MVC-leading UNI. This weekend, the Redbirds have a pivotal match with Valparaiso (18-3, 5-1 MVC), who is tied with ISU for second place in MVC standings. “Their defense is incredible, they do not make mistakes, they don’t give you any points and you have to earn every single thing against them,” Johnson said. The Crusaders have had a very similar start to conference play as they stand at 5-1 with their only loss coming to the MVC-leading Panthers.

Valparaiso is one of two teams in the nation with at least 18 victories, the other being Stephen F. Austin State with 19. “They play with an incredible passion and they are driven by something internal. Every single point you see them celebrate like they just won the match and they are very consistent with it. They don’t break and their spirit doesn’t break, so it’s going to be a fun match, it’s going to be high energy,” Johnson said. The Crusaders are fresh off an exhilarating five-set victory against Loyola-Chicago, which ISU will see in its second match of Homecoming weekend.

Loyola-Chicago The Ramblers (11-7, 3-3 MVC) enter the weekend having lost their last three matches, after a strong 3-0 start to the season. Loyola was on the wrong side of a thrilling five-set match against Valparaiso last Friday. The Redbirds are riding a five-game winning streak against Loyola, which dates back to 2016. Loyola is currently sixth in the conference, tied with a Missouri State team that has been victorious in its last three matches. The Redbirds will have to keep tabs on junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker. The junior leads the team in kills and is second in digs. Spieker received MVC All-Freshman honors in her first season. The action begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Redbird Arena when the ’Birds take on Valparaiso. It will be Reggie Kids Club Day with pre-match activities commencing at 5 p.m. The Redbirds’ home tilt with Loyola begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the team looks to extend its stellar Valley play with two more wins Homecoming weekend.

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enowned former women’s volleyball coach Julie Morgan will soon be immortalized forever in the Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame. During her 13-year career as ISU’s head women’s volleyball coach (1987-1999), Morgan became the winningest coach in history, finishing her tenure with 289 wins, the most all-time in program history. She also dominated in the Missouri Valley Conference, as she posted a 157-32 all-time conference record. “I’m incredibly honored and humbled,” Morgan said, “Very, very humbled.” Ultimately, Morgan had a vision for the way her teams should play and hopes that her legacy lives on through the current roster. “Just to work hard and be passionate about the game,” Morgan said. “Work together, because in this game there’s no way you can continue to do it at the level we were doing it and to be able to win without a really good work ethic and passion. Most importantly passion, because then it’s fun, and if it’s fun, then you’ll keep working hard.” Morgan’s career was not only full of passion for the game, but also included a long list of accomplishments. Under her command, the Redbirds won six regular season championships and collected five MVC tournament championships in her 13-year term. When Morgan was asked about her greatest achievement, it seemed that it was less important to the thing that matters most to

her: pride in the program. “First of all, the privilege to be involved with Illinois State University,” Morgan said. “Coming from the West, I probably would never have chosen to move to the Midwest, if Linda Herman didn’t express to me that the college was way ahead of most programs, especially for volleyball, and that it would be a great career move … it didn’t take me long to realize what a great community, and job, and university I was going to be able to work for and represent.” “As soon as I met all of the people who were going to be in it with me,” Morgan added. “I knew it was going to be a great thing … so that’s the greatest [aspect], is just really, truly, the privilege to experience a university and a community that did it so I had absolutely no excuse for not winning.” Morgan still follows the successes of ISU’s volleyball program. “Keep it going,” Morgan said. “So many people want to tell you so many things about how to do it, and if it’s working I don’t think you want to change it. I think the hardest part is when you’re competing at such a high level, it’s just my opinion — keep it fresh, and do what you do best. Don’t try to listen to everyone and everything about what you should do, just do what’s working for you … use the people around you and have faith in yourself, and what you’re doing. [Coach Leah Johnson] knows best what to do.” Julie Morgan will be inducted alongside Tim Glover, Brittany Smith and Kevin Tokarski into the Illinois State Athletics Percy Hall of Fame Saturday morning.

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Southern showdown

Illinois State looks for revenge on Southern Illinois after its 42-7 loss last season JONATHAN BARLAS Sports Editor | @Janveselybarlas

While Homecoming festivities continue to sweep across campus, Illinois State looks to remain royal against its next Missouri Valley Football Conference foe: Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Following ISU’s 33-16 win over Western Illinois last Saturday, Southern Illinois presents a bigger challenge than the ’Birds could expect. As No. 12 ranked Illinois State (4-1, 1-1 MVFC) welcomes yet another in-state rival in Southern Illinois (1-4, 0-2 MVFC) for Homecoming Saturday, the Redbirds hope to chalk up another victory in the win column this weekend. The Salukis defeated ISU in a commanding effort last season, jumping in the car and never letting off the gas, winning 42-7. This will be the 81st time Illinois State and Southern Illinois have met as the Salukis own the all-time series record at 41-36-3. Southern Illinois suffered its fourth-straight loss this past weekMonica Mendoza | Editor in Chief end, losing 17-14 in a close matchup Illinois State defensive linemen are ready to pounce on the Western Illinois offense pre-snap during the Redbirds’ 33against Youngstown State. 16 win over the Leathernecks on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Hancock Stadium. The Redbirds’ defense will play a huge part in continuing progood program, another good team that beat us a Salukis also boast the fourth-ranked offense in gressive conference play, as head coach Brock year ago so we have to be very good. They’re good the MVFC while sitting dead last in the conferSpack has said repeatedly of the twists and turns in all three phases of the game. They have good ence standings. involved in the Missouri Valley. athletes, good coaches and we’ll have to be well Inadvertently revealing the Salukis’ run-heavy “It’s just kind of the Missouri Valley right now. prepared.” play-call, neutralizing Davis in the backfield will It doesn’t matter who you play, when you play or Although Southern Illinois’ unimpressive allow ISU the wiggle room to remain comfortable, where you play them, you have to be very good on record of 1-4 depicts a struggling defense, which just in case of another slow-going early on. With [gameday] in order to win in this league because averages 36.4 points allowed per game, junior other key players in quarterbacks Sam Straub teams are very balanced. Everybody has a corner running back D.J. Davis brings just as much and Matt DeSolmer, Spack knows the difference in the market on talent now,” Spack said. talent as toughness in Valley play. in preparation when it comes to being ready for ISU currently holds the second-best turnover Davis, who sits as the No. 2 ranked MVFC run- anything. margin in the country (2.20), the seventh-best ning back in yards above no other than ISU star “You probably see most of these guys on tape scoring defense (13.8 ppg) and is 16th overall in running back James Robinson, who collected anyways like DeSolmer, he’s more of a dual-threat FCS scoring offense (36.6 ppg). 602 yards and three touchdowns on 106 attempts guy and a good athlete, but you have to be ready The ’Birds also sit at No. 3 in passes intercepted through six weeks of play. for both quarterbacks. They’ve had a lot of differ(9), No. 6 in team passing efficiency defense Robinson rushed for 581 yards and eight touch- ent guys in there so you have to focus in probably (98.01) and No. 8 in fourth down conversion perdowns on 21 less touches than Davis through Week more on the structure and what their philosophies centage defense (.188). 6. Forming to be a battle of the tailbacks, Satur- are in the play-caller, and see where that takes As Illinois State’s defense continues to assert day’s contest could surely provide more ground you.” their dominance week in and week out, Spack and pound along with the homecoming fireworks. Illinois State now strives to put on another solid spoke to the ’Birds electric fourth quarter against Spack was not only proud of Robinson’s perfor- showing for Homecoming as the ’Birds continue Western Illinois last week as the team continues mance on Saturday, but seemingly expected nothing to prepare for kickoff against Southern Illinois at to learn and build upon its progress within Valley less from the First-Team All-Conference back. 2 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Stadium. play. “James Robinson ran like a grown man, like he is, “I was proud of the way our team played in the and he was very hard to tackle,” Spack said. “With a JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The fourth quarter. There was a lot of mental, physiback like him, he kind of wears down defenses and Vidette. He can be reached at cal toughness as we put up 21 unanswered, but you hope your big backs can [do that].” Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas we have to move on from that quickly and we Along with Davis’ playmaking ability, the have,” Spack said. “[Southern Illinois] is another

Vidette Sports likes ISU over SIU

Ben Adkins | Reporter It’s Homecoming, and you just don’t lose on Homecoming. Illinois State has gone 4-1 this season, while its opponent SIU has gone 1-4. This MVC matchup shouldn’t be a close one. The electric crowd of Normal will push the Redbirds to another level.

Tyler Jachnicki | Reporter

Despite a slow start in the first half, ISU had a huge bounce-back game last weekend when it took down Western Illinois. The Redbirds should experience a stronger start against a struggling Saluki team. SIU has had four-straight heartbreaking losses and are now forced to take on the challenge of traveling to an electric crowd at Hancock Stadium on Homecoming weekend. If the Redbird defense can contain Salukis feature-back DJ Davis, the Redbirds should easily roll over SIU.

ISU 42, SIU 17 Blaine Lewallen | Reporter ISU got back on the winning track last week as it defeated Western Illinois 33-16. This week, the No. 12 ranked ’Birds welcome the Salukis to Hancock Stadium for homecoming. SIU has posted a 1-4 record thus far, but this is a bit misleading. The Salukis have dropped three out of their four losses by less than a touchdown. However, expect the Redbirds to handle the Salukis this week in a close one.

ISU 31, SIU 21

ISU 45, SIU 24 Nicholas Honeysett | Reporter The Redbirds are coming off a big win last week against Western Illinois. ISU is 3-0 at home this year and the Redbirds are going to stand strong and keep that undefeated record at home, defeating SIU by at least three touchdowns.

ISU 37, SIU 12 Linebacker Ty DeForest points to the opposition, while communicating with his teammates before a play in Illinois State’s win over Western Illinois last Saturday. Monica Mendoza | Editor in Chief

Kade Heather | Sports Editor The Redbirds boast a 3-0 home record this season, however, they fell to the Salukis last season, 42-7 at SIU. This season looks to be different, as SIU has lost four-straight games, and ISU holds its opponents to just 13.8 points per game. Meanwhile, the Salukis allow an MVC-worst 36.4 points per game.

ISU 42, SIU 23

Defense, new coaches make big impact



eading into this season, a question mark hovering over Illinois State football, head coach Brock Spack was not only finding a defensive identity, but also discovering who will be the team’s newest playmakers. The foundation of a new identity was formed when Spack announced the re-hiring of former ISU defensive coordinator Travis Niekamp in the offseason. Another difference-making hire was of defensive line coach Brian Hendricks, who happened to coach with Niekamp for the past three seasons at Montana. Whether or not the two already had great chemistry, it seems like these were the perfect hirings for ISU. After game five this season, ISU has 31 quarterback hits, compared to the 46 quarterback hits last season in 10 games. The ’Birds also sit alongside the undefeated and seven-year-straight reigning Missouri Valley Football Conference champions North Dakota State in points allowed per game. The Bison allow just 13.6, the Redbirds allow 13.8 and third place is South Dakota State, allowing 23 points per game. What is most impressive about this number is that ISU’s defense has started just three seniors this season, where NDSU has started eight seniors. With departures of team captain Brannon Barry, leading tackler Tyree Horton and First-Team All-American and NFL Draftee Davontae Harris, it is understandable that Spack was uncertain of what he would get from his first-time starters in 2018. Nonetheless, defense is what has kept ISU in its games this season. It is what won its game over Western Illinois, as Luther Kirk’s MVFC-leading third interception that he returned for a touchdown sealed the win. The win over WIU was hardfought, and owes credit to ISU’s defense for holding the Leathernecks’ all-time passer Sean McGuire to just 220 yards. The three weeks before that, McGuire had passed for 324, 360 and 276 yards. Once again, senior Zackary Mathews led ISU in tackles that game with seven total. He leads the Redbirds and sits seventh in the MVFC with 46 total tackles and 26 solo tackles. It could be a mix of the new opportunity these guys were given this season with more playing time and the new coaching styles implemented from Niekamp and Hendricks. While defensive end Matt Swain is a senior, Romeo McKnight, John Ridgeway, Jason Lewan, Jason Harris, Tuvone Clark and Ty DeForest are all not. In fact, sophomore McKnight just transferred from Iowa to ISU over the summer and is experiencing college football for his first time this season due to an injury and redshirting his freshman season at Iowa.