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ISU’s Red Alert keeps fans in on Redbird action JOSH TOLENTINO Sports Editor | @JCTSports


e h i n d every Illinois State University athletics event, there is a team dedicated to providing the best possible student atmosphere. This team is not the one taking the basketball court or football field. Rather, this group devotes time to promoting games and making Red Alert the best social activity on campus. “It’s not about the quality of the team,” Zach Schroeder, director of Redbird athletics marketing said. “It’s about the experience. If you come to the game with your friends, there’s no experience like it on campus.” Red Alert was officially named ISU’s student section during the 2006-07 season. ISU has experienced record crowds since then.

This year, 3,800 students joined Red Alert. However, attendance, primarily at men’s basketball games, has been down in recent years. Schroeder realizes the challenges that come with living in a technology-first generation along with ISU being a mid-major program. “There’s so much thrown at students in today’s world. It’s hard to get through that,” Schroeder said. Schroeder has 10 Red Alert student interns who assist him throughout the year. Interns are interviewed and selected in the spring semester in preparation for the following academic year. “Seeing a lot of positive energy from the student body ... I think it’s a good stress relief for most people,” Red Alert Involvement Intern Danny Bugg said. “It’s a great department to be involved in and we have

great bosses who really help us grow as business people and marketers.” Red Alert sends out a campus-wide email every Monday to all students, which informs them of upcoming ISU games. During the week, Red Alert spends time promoting games throughout campus. Red Alert also works with student athletes to help advertise games. ISU men’s basketball players Paris Lee and Tony Wills handed out posters at Watterson Dining Center before the Redbirds’ home-opener last week. “When fans know more about an athlete’s personality and what they do on game day, they’re more inclined to come out and support them,” Schroeder said. In addition to getting around campus, Red Alert heavily relies on social media to reach students. Red Alert created a Snapchat account last summer and allows

different ISU athletes to control the Snapchat on game days. “We did a pretty big study on Snapchat and found 90 percent of students are on Snapchat,” Schroder said. “We discovered if students have a relationship with the athletes, even if it is on the screen, they’re more likely to come out to games.” Red Alert has gone as far as giving students free rides to and from games. Last year, ISU Athletics collaborated with the Student Government Association to fund “Reggie Redline,” a free shuttle service to Redbird Arena. Reggie Redline averaged just over 100 students per game during its first year. The shuttle begins one hour before games and picks students up outside Watterson Towers and Hewett-Manchester.

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Following the passing of Professor Emeritus C. Frank Shaw III, 72, last month, several colleagues in the Illinois State University Department of Chemistry remember a man who was passionate about teaching and the organizations he was involved in. “Frank was a compassionate indiv idual who volunteered his time to help many people during his retirement. As an emeritus professor in the department, he always enjoyed helping students, colleagues, Boy Scouts and others through his numerous outreach activities,” Chemistry professor Indu Christopherson said. “In the recent years, he received many awards and honors for his contributions to climate studies, which he pursued with great passion.” Around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, Shaw was discovered unresponsive in a vehicle in the university parking lot at the intersection of Locust Street and Fell Avenue. He was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. No cause of death was reported, but ISU Police Department does not suspect foul play. He is survived by his wife Meral Savas, children Bryan Shaw and Jennifer Sousa, four grandchildren, three brothers and many nieces and nephews. Shaw grew up in Delaware and received his bachelor of science from the University of Delaware and his doctorate from Northwestern


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During his University Club talk on climate change on Sept. 30, C. Frank Shaw III explained information by using multiple visual demonstrations, a staple of his teaching methods.

“He also enjoyed the company of friends by organizing gettogethers at his home. Frank was a great colleague and will be missed by all that were lucky enough to know him.” Indu Christopherson

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University. He completed his postdoctoral work at Purdue University and McGill University, where his interest for metal ions and biological systems grew. Shaw went on to have a

25-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a professor and the department chair in a rotating system for two years. He retired from the university and took a job as the department chair and professor in the Department of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in 1999. By his final year as chair, the department went from receiving $12,000 in grants to over $1.3 million. Shaw joined the Redbird faculty on July 1, 2003 as the Department of Chemistry Chair. He retired in 2014 and became a professor emeritus. He still had a lab, did research and held talks with the university. On Sept. 30, Shaw held a talk with the University Club

on the topic of climate change, an issue he dedicated most of his time to during retirement. During the presentation, Shaw explained information with a demonstration, which faculty members said were a staple of Shaw’s teaching style. “He was a very thoughtful colleague and had a passion for educating young scientists through various events, [including] workshops for local high school teachers about climate change, chemistry demos in children’s museums in Normal [and] Peoria, demo/presentations at chemistry club meetings,” professor Jun-Hyun Kim said. “He loved doing these activities” Even though he was not involved with the university

as often as he once was during retirement, John Baur, interim associate vice president for research and graduate studies for the Department of Chemistry, recalled the many times Shaw helped him with decisions and extended his friendship in the process. “I did not get to know him well until several years later when I became chair. During this time, I would often consult with him about decisions I had to make, and although we didn’t always agree, I always valued his input,” Baur said. “Frank was a wine enthusiast and he often invited me to happy hour after work on Fridays to discuss the issues of the day.” Other than teaching and conducting research, Shaw was active in outreach events including the Chemistr y Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, advisor to Theta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity at ISU and Expand your Horizons. He also volunteered his time to judge the chemistry department’s General Chemistry Mini Research poster contest every semester. With a career spanning several decades in the chemistry field and dedicating time to various causes and organizations, the department will remember Shaw as a passionate and caring individual. “He was a soft-spoken man who loved to teach others about chemistry,” graduate student Raz Jugovic said. “He will be dearly missed by us all.” COUPON





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Krejci bids farewell to Redbirds STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ News Reporter | @StephanieRoddd

Making the decision to return to her home state of Wisconsin and her passion for nursing, Illinois State University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Janet Krejci is excited for the next chapter in her life. Originally serving at Marquette University for 20 years, Krejci came to Redbird country in 2009 to offer her services as dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing (MNC). After helping the college double undergraduate enrollment, Krejci became interim vice president for Academic Affairs and provost in 2014. One year later, she was named provost. Krejci said returning to Milwaukee is something both she and her family are excited about. “Milwaukee is our home,” Krejci said. “I am the youngest of 10 siblings, and my husband is one of 11. We have a very large extended family in Milwaukee and recently we’ve had some family changes that made it seem a good idea to consider being closer to family.” Though excited about her new posit ion as de a n of nursing at Marquette, K r e j c i said she will miss ISU and all of the people she encountered. “I have loved every minute of working at ISU. I originally thought I would never leave Marquette and all my family in Milwaukee, but ISU is truly a


‘Euphemism’ reading to take place Friday DYLAN STEVENS News Reporter | @Dkstevens12

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Janet Wessel Krejci (center) served various roles while at ISU, like dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing. She was part of many panels, like one with Assistant Provost Rita Bailey (left) and President Larry Dietz (right) in 2015. special place in a very special community,” Krejci said. “ISU has a group of faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to make ISU the best it can be through one of the most remarkable shared governance models that exist,” Krejci added. As far as what the future holds, Krejci said she is ready to return to her discipline of nursing and to help make an impact in her home state as she did in Illinois. “I will be able to once again work more closely with students, faculty and staff in order to prepare nurses who serve our most vulnerable,” Krejci said. ISU Chief of Staff Jay Groves worked closely with Krejci during her time here at ISU and said that she will be missed. “Working with Provost Krejci has been a delight over the last several years as well as when

she was the dean of MNC. She is highly passionate about student success and about working with other faculty and staff members,” Groves said. “She will be greatly missed by everyone here at the university, but we wish her nothing but luck at Marquette.” Krejci said that she would describe ISU as a place rich in community, commitment and inclusion that is student-centered; all of the qualities she loves and will remember about it. “I feel deeply blessed and privileged to have been at ISU for almost eight years, and please know that I will continue to cheer ISU on to greater levels of excellence that I am sure it will achieve,” she said. Krejci added that one of the aspects that makes ISU great is its continued success even during difficult times.

“In a time of uncertainty and challenge in both higher education across the country and in Illinois specifically, I have seen a greater resolve to protect and enhance the unique core of excellence that defines ISU,” Krejci said. Though Krejci is headed back to the cheese state for good, she said both universities she has worked for strive for student excellence, something she is proud of. “Marquette is very similar to ISU in that it has a great focus on student success; where faculty and staff make a total commitment to work side by side with students to help them achieve their greatest potential,” Krejci said. Stephanie Rodriguez is news reporter for The Vidette and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @StephanieRoddd.

ISU breaks its Giving Tuesday record KEVIN SCHWALLER News Reporter | @KevSchwa

Illinois State University participated in Giving Tuesday and received a total of 1,670 donations, raising a grand total of $593,936 throughout the day. This year’s event also broke last year’s previous record of 1,455 gifts and $556,733 total, making it ISU’s most successful Giving Tuesday to date. Giving Tuesday is a national day that focuses on encouraging philanthropy throughout the country. It is held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday season and inspire people to help improve their local communities, charities and organizations. The annual online event runs for 24 hours with challenges initiated by the university to complete. Forever Redbirds intern Amanda Cox explained what some of the donations will go toward. “You’re able to [make donations] for any department within the university that you choose,” Cox said. “You can go online and select whatever area you’d like to give to. That can be for the arts, an RSO like Gamma Phi Circus, social or business fraternities — they go directly towards the group you chose.” The first challenge was to reach 500 donors. Professors emeriti Joe and Charlotte Talkington will donate $68,000 to ISU because it was completed. There were also goals set to hit the 750, 1,000, 1,250 and 1,450 marks. Every challenge was successfully completed by the end of the day. Cox said there has been more university participation this year than in previous years and that social media played a large role in the

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Redbirds were encouraged to sign large “thank you” cards outside Milner Library for Giving Tuesday. amount of donations received. “With [Levester Johnson], our new [Vice President of Student Affairs], he’s great and really well-known on social media, so he’s using his pull and challenging our division of Student Affairs that if staff members from Student Affairs make a gift today for Forever Redbirds, he’ll be climbing the rock wall at the Rec Center,” Cox said. Johnson stayed true to his promise later. Other than providing donations, students signed a large “thank you” card outside of Milner Plaza and offered free coffee and hot chocolate. Senior biology major Samantha Vemuri, one of the many card signers, said donating to ISU is more than just helping. “It’s helping in a way, but more than that it’s really showing our appreciation for them and

what they’ve done for us as well,” Vemuri said. “Giving back is something that I’ve really enjoyed doing all my life, and I always try to do it as best as I can, and paying it forward, and they really do offer a lot for us and it’s our duty to kind of give back in some way, shape or form.” Cox said donations are important to help continue providing resources within the ISU community. “We’re in a huge budget crisis in Illinois, and I don’t think a lot of students really think about how much of our funding comes from the state of Illinois, and how much of that we’re actually getting,” she said. “If we want to continue to have good resources here on campus and make Illinois State what we know it to be, it’s important to give back.”

The fall edition of “Euphemism,” featuring submitted student work, will have a reading 6:30 p.m. Friday in Stevenson Room 401. Refreshments will be offered, and all are welcome to attend. The reading and book launch is an event in which student authors come and speak about their pieces. The variety of works created range from literary pieces to art pieces to videos. To be featured in “Euphemism,” those interested must submit their creations and await confirmation that they have been accepted. Any student can submit his or her work. The goal of “Euphemism” is to foster creativity for writers inside and outside the Illinois State Universit y community, as well as provide opportunities for students to be active in the publication process. It has been around for 12 years. Submitted by Jeremy Those Hurley who work The cover of the at “Euphe- fall 2016 edition of m i s m ” “Euphemism.” felt they needed a goal, which resulted in their unique mission statement. According to its website, written as a free verse poem, the statement states the group wanted to “[elicit] desire for traditional and non-traditional poems, prose, short essay and hybrid. Worthy of recognition, but silenced by doubt or absence.” Chantel Sisco, editor-in-chief of “Euphemism,” controls the event and was part of the submission review process. She has been a part of “Euphemism” for a while and enjoys giving students the opportunity to get their pieces out into the world. “It’s a wonderful, rewarding experience to work for ‘Euphemism,’” Sisco said. “At this year’s event, we have 22 people who had pieces accepted in our fall issue reading or discussing their work.” English professor Jeremy Hurley is the faculty advisor for “Euphemism.” He explained the changes the journal underwent before becoming what it is today. “ISU has had a literary journal since at least 1970, published previously as ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Druid’s Cave,’” Hurley said. “‘Euphemism’ represents the journal’s transition from a print to an online publication, which has allowed us, through the years, to publish a variety of new and innovative media formats along with traditional poetry and prose. This is our twelfth year as “Euphemism,” and we publish two regular issues per year as well as occasional special issues.” For more information on “Euphemism,” visit its website. Dylan Stevens is a news reporter for The Vidette and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Dkstevens12.






Alt-right could not be more wrong

hroughout Donald Tr u mp’s j ou r ne y to of f ice, “a lt-r ight” has gained momentum in media as well as verbally. Unfortunately, the term, short for “alternativeright,” is a mere blanket covering what it truly indicates: a belief in white supremacy. Members of this group tend to reject mainstream conservative ideologies and instead support white supremacy, racism and populism. Alt-right flew relatively under the radar until the group announced its support of Trump in 2015. Afterward, Hillary Clinton gave a speech linking Trump’s platform with alt-right ideals. Rather than burying the topic altogether, this action only enhanced the group’s standing and threw it into the limelight. Trump has never admitted affiliation, yet avid media consumers raised eyebrows on the matter after looking into his running platform as well as a few of his selected officials. Most recently, Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, called the tech editor of Breitbart “phenomenal” and one of the bravest

people he has ever met. Breitbart News is a far-right news website oftentimes linked with alt-right ideals. Publicly, the owners have denied any connection to alt-right, but a former chairman of the website, Stephen K. Bannon, coined the media outlet as “the platform for the alt-right.” Since Bannon took control in 2012, the alt-right group has

only gained momentum through Breitbart’s many stories featuring racism. Trump recently appointed Bannon as Senior Counselor and Chief West Wing Strategist, a reasonably concerning step to many Americans. Though potential affiliation between Trump and the alt-right remains unknown, the term’s increase in usage is

disturbing. Often, when used in recent media, alt-right has not been properly defined. Instead, its glossed-over name has been its only tag, rather than its real defining factor of white supremacy. The Associated Press, fondly described as the Bible for journalists and “the definitive source” for reporting as quoted

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on its website, has released an official usage guideline for writing about alt-right. “‘Alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself,” a post on AP’s website states. According to the post, the term should not be used generically without a definition. “It is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience,” it reads. “In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.” Calling out alt-right for what it is will further spread understanding of its overall beliefs. Hopefully, this education will make the public aware that this is not simply a term for far-right conservatives but instead a dangerous collection of ideals that would be detrimental to the America we have worked so long to build.

Editorial written by MARY CULLEN, a member of The Vidette’s Editorial Board. Editorial policy is determined by the student editor, and views expressed in editorials are those of the majority of The Vidette’s Editorial Board. Columns that carry bylines are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Vidette or the University.




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Convenient or not, professionalism is required MY VIEW TOM HEAGNEY | Columnist


eing a Marketing Professional Sales major, the impor tance of professionalism has been reiterated to me endlessly during my time here at Illinois State University. Appropriate greetings, LinkedIn etiquette and proper e-mail formatting are all topics that have been permanently etched into my brain. Regardless of major, many of my peers could likely say the same. The world we live in today demands basic professional skills from nearly everybody in

the workforce. Here at ISU, a number of RSOs and the topnotch Career Center are dedicated to teaching professional “soft” skills. That taken into consideration, I’m often disheartened to see my fellow Redbirds acting professional only when it is mandated or convenient for them to do so. Blown off group project meetings, abrupt resignations from jobs or involvement on campus and unprofessional communications from peers are just a handful of instances that illustrate my point. With regard to professionalism, the phrase that “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be more accurate. While the gist of general professional skills is straightforward and rather easy to replicate, there are many finer points that require time to develop. Without constant rein-

forcement, said skills will either remain stunted or wither away quickly. Employers aren’t looking for “pretty good” in today’s age, or at least the employers you want to work for aren’t. They’re looking for excellence and the “best of the best.” Students of superior professional caliber, regardless of trade, are typically those who seek out as many opportunities to practice their professional skills on a consistent basis. Essentially what I’m trying to say is that professionalism isn’t something that can be mastered overnight. By acting carelessly and being professional selectively, we as students deprive ourselves of an opportunity to make the most of our college experience. So what can be done about this? It’s relatively simple. In any situation that involves

school, work or organizational involvement you should conduct yourself as if a future supervisor were evaluating you. This means communicating effectively, honoring commitments and removing yourself from said commitments in an appropriate manner if needed. This does not mean failing to show up for a project, texting group members last minute saying “I can’t make it” or quitting a job or position by abruptly ceasing to show up. There’s no question that life as a student at ISU is fast-paced and demanding, especially for those of us heavily involved in extracurricular activities. With that in mind, the point of most of those activities is to gain and hone skills that we can take into our respective career fields. Conducting ourselves as if we are already professionals even in situations where it is not man-


To those who supported Illinois State University on Giving Tuesday earlier this week. Various donors supplied 1,670 gifts totaling $593,936. Last year, the gifts totaled about $550,000. The fundraiser is part of a nationwide effort to give back.

dated is a great way to increase our involvement without any added time commitment. And when it boils down to it, it’s pretty simple: at most, you have five years left at this university. Once you don that cap and gown, receive your diploma and show up for your first day of “real world” work, the professionalism that was once exercised selectively will suddenly be required at all times. Unless, of course, you’d like to be out on the street looking for a new job immediately. Tom Heagney is a news reporter and columnist for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @TomHeagney.

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Davis, LaHood optimistic about Trump presidency

Seminar to explore blue agave plants

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United States Representatives Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood are looking forward to the plans President-elect Donald Trump has for the first 100 days of his presidency, despite supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Davis is currently carrying out his second term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, which includes a portion of Bloomington-Normal. LaHood is in his first term in Congress and serves the 18th District of Illinois, covering 19 counties across central and west-central Illinois, including the remaining portion of Bloomington-Normal. Trump has called for a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. He plans on “transforming America’s crumbling infrastructure into a golden opportunity” for economic growth and more productivity gains with a plan targeting significant new infrastructure investments, according to his campaign website. Trump intends to implement an idealistic plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports, waterways and pipelines. “I think [Trump’s plan is] going to be very important to Springfield, to our rail project, and to a lot of other infrastructure

A n Illinois State University masters student will share research he conducted on the waste created by tequila producers when it comes to the main ingredient, blue agave plants. Daniel Har t w ill present his s em i n a r t it le d “Fermenting Solutions to an Old Tequila Problem: The B i o r e m e d i at i o n of Blue A gave Daniel Hart Waste” 3:00 p.m. Friday in Julian Hall Room 225. The event is free and open to the public. During his year-long research, Hart studied and fermented blue agave plants in hopes of finding ways to use their leaves and stop them from going to waste. “To make tequila, they harvest blue agave, but all they use is the heart — they call it piña — but half the plant is leaf,” Hart said. “They are big long leaves that could be confused for cactuses, though I think they are more closely related to aloe vera. So real huge leaves, and the piña is really small compared to the rest of it. So half of the plant is left in the field.” Though most of the mass of blue agave plants is going to waste now thanks to tequila production, it was not always this

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Rep Darin LaHood (R-Ill), inset, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill). around the state,” LaHood said in an interview with The State Journal-Register. Many fear Trump’s lack of experience will have a negative affect on his presidency. Davis said he is not concerned about Trump’s lack of experience. “I think it is more advantageous to work with somebody who has never been involved in the governing process like President Trump,” Davis said at a news conference on Nov. 21. Trump has chosen Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to be his White House Chief of Staff. He also named Stephen K. Bannon his senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist.

Davis also looks forward to the Republican Congress-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s plan is to work with Congress to make sure there is a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and will restore economic freedom to everyone in the country. The goal is to make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans. Davis said that he favors the plan introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan, which would continue a prohibition on denial of insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions after a single new enrollment period.

way. “It turns out that before the Spaniards — because they’re the ones who started the tequila industry really — before that the heart was the least used part of the plant,” Hart said. “Native people would make needles out of leaves and would use the leaves for fibers to make ropes. They did chew the hearts for a sweet taste, but it was the least used portion,” Hart added. Hart said it is a shame that a plant that was used so much by native people now sits in fields and rots away after the piña is harvested. During his research, which consisted of fermenting and squeezing the juice from a blue agave plant he got from the United States Depar tment of Agriculture, Har t found that some industries are trying to use more than just the plants heart. “I found out that Ford and Jose Cuer vo star ted working together,” Hart said. “Ford is using the leaves of agave plants as fibers to reinforce their plastics in their cars. So that’s kind of cool.” Hart said the leftover plant is sometimes burned, composted or even thrown in rivers, making it a big problem in Mexico. The waste of the blue agave plants that take eight to 10 years to mature goes unnoticed by many who do not see the tequila making process or its impact.

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McLean County Judge Scott D. Drazewski agreed Monday for a subpoena to be issued to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) regarding an alleged sexual assault that took place at Illinois State University’s Preview, an orientation program for incoming students, in July. The subpoena requests additional information about the alleged victim from the time she was issued as a ward of the state in 2010 to the present. The alleged victim claims she was socializing with a few other incoming students in Hewett Hall the night of July 19. There, an unnamed male placed a capsule in her drink, which she proceeded to consume. Once she began feeling ill, the alleged victim went back to her room where she was allegedly raped by defendant Shawn Childs, 19. Childs is now facing four counts of criminal sexual assault. He posted

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Once Upon a Holiday fest and zoo lights among top five things to do this weekend Once Upon a Holiday The Downtown Bloomington Association will host its Once Upon a Holiday fest to kick off December. The festival will begin with a live window vignette show and will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 106 W. Monroe St. in Bloomington.

Ugliest Sweater Run The non-competitive Ugliest Sweater Run is one of the last chances for runners to get some outdoor exercise before the snow hits the ground. The run will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and will take place at Miller Park.

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Therapy dogs offer PAWSitivity Milner Library partners with local kennel to reduce finals stress for students REBECCA DAVIS Features Reporter | @VRebeccaDavis


inals week can be one of the most stressful times during a college student’s career, due to the high amount of tests, projects and papers required. Staying up late, spending days at a time completing homework and dealing with the regular stressors of being in college can add up quickly. Lucky for those at Illinois State University, ISU’s Health Promotion and Wellness predicts these moments and provides relaxing activities to help students take a break, including the visitation of therapy dogs on campus. PAWSitivley Stress Free is an ongoing program which takes place in Milner Library. The program is partnered with a local kennel club that brings certified therapy dogs to an accessible location for students who

need some help relieving some of the stress that often comes around during the end of the semester. “We bring in therapy dogs as part of our office’s overall, comprehensive stress management programming,” Erin Link, coordinator of communication and marketing for Health Promotion and Wellness said. “Research shows that for those who enjoy animals, just a few minutes of petting a dog can lower the body’s level of cortisol, also known as the body’s stress hormone.” The program was created as an additional effort to ease the stress and anxiety of college students. After being so well received by the community, PAWSitivley Stress Free became a regular occurrence in Milner. “Therapy dogs have been featured in research literature over the past decade, so we piloted a program during finals week in May 2013,” Link said. “We worked with Milner Library and the therapy dog

volunteer manager to create an ongoing program.” Students who are normally in the library due to finals week get the chance to visit the dogs during their time at Milner, but oftentimes, people go out of their way to make sure the PAWSitivley Stress Free program is part of their day. “I’ve been going to see the therapy dogs since I was a freshman, so all four years,” senior public relations major Tori Morgan said. “The first two years when I lived on campus, I would go see them more frequently, and would go out of my way to see them because I was so close.” The number of people who participate in the program has gone up each year, as the dogs served nearly five thousand students during the 2015-2016 school year, which was an increase from the year before. Students who are stressed during finals are likely to take some time out of their studying to visit the dogs,

which keeps the ongoing program successful. “In addition, program evaluations show that 100 percent of program attendees felt a reduction in stress after attending PAWS,” Link said. “Stress is one of the top barriers to academic success reported by our students.” Many students visit the dogs because of stress, but there are other benefits to having the therapy dogs on campus as well. Those who may not be stressed out are likely to still stop by the program due to the many other positive aspects. “It’s a chance for students to sit around and talk to new people as well,” Morgan said. “Plus a lot of college students can’t have pets, and this is a good alternative for people who really miss their pets at home.” PAWSitivley Stress Free will run 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at Milner Library.

The McLean County Museum of History will hold Christmas at the Courthouse, and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be musical performances, children’s crafts, storytelling, holiday treats, a visit from Santa and much more. The festivities will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McLean County Museum of History.

Miller Park Zoo Lights Ever wonder what the Miller Park Zoo looks like at night? Well now is the time to see the spectacle as the zoo holds its annual Miller Park Wild Lights. Hundreds of luminarias will be set up around the zoo for guests to enjoy. The show will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $3 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

Bloomington Thunder The Bloomington Thunder will host the Sioux City Musketeers for ugly sweater night this upcoming weekend. Fans are encouraged to wear the most hideous sweater they own. The game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and will take place at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Tickets range from $10 to $20. List compiled by CASEY CHAN

First Friday in Bloomington brings holiday cheer downtown DEB BETHEL Features Reporter | @thedebbethel

event brings a lot of people into the area. This will be the fourth First Friday they will be open for, and Borth plans on doing some sort of DIY Downtown Bloomington’s First Fridays bring workshop. people together to discover and experience the “We do everything from fine painting to makshops and all of the opportunities of the area, ing air plant terrariums and jewelry,” Borth said. and will continue to do so with December’s First The first weekend of December will be a fesFriday event — Once Upon a Holiday. tive one, with the First Friday being the kickoff Acting as the holiday open house of the to the weekend, and ultimately to the holiday downtown area, this First Friday event will start season. at 5 p.m. Friday at Withers Park, across from The Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade will the Castle Theatre, where there will be a tree begin at 10 a.m. at Kingsley Junior High and lighting ceremony. Everyone is invited to come will end at the doorsteps of the McLean County to the downtown shops, where people will be Museum of History around 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., caroling throughout the streets and dressed up the museum will start its Christmas at the in holiday attire for the live window vignettes Courthouse event, opening its doors to the comportion of the night. The streets of downtown munity for everyone to enjoy musical perforare decorated and lit up, so it will be like walkmances, children’s crafts, storytelling, holiday ing in a winter wonderland. treats and a visit from Santa. The locally owned and operated businesses For an updated list of the shops participatwill keep their stores open until 8 p.m. for the ing in December’s First Friday, visit downtown event. Bloomington’s Facebook page or website. Events and Outreach Coordinator for First Friday events are already being planned Ave Rio | Vidette Editor-in-Chief downtown Bloomington Association, Catherine Bloomington-Normal residents can attend the tree lighting ceremony as part of the First Friday for next year, with some of the signature events Dunlap, commented on the event. such as the Once Upon a Holiday and Februcelebration this weekend. “Downtown Bloomington has a great diverary’s Tour de Chocolat’ being continued and Owner Mary Borth is a big fan of the First Fridays held each sity of businesses, so it’s a chance to see our other months’ themes being voted on by shop month, especially as her business started on the first Friday galleries, to see our various retailers and it’s just a very familyowners for the first time in First Friday history. of August. The next event in September was the grand openfriendly night to discover downtown Bloomington,” she said. The Downtown Bloomington Association holds the First ing date for the DIY market. These big events were specifically The recently opened Vintage & Handmade Market is just Friday events as a way to expose more community members to planned around the First Fridays, because she knew the initial one of the many shops staying open for this First Friday event. the flourishing downtown area.




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I n a d d i t i o n t o p r o m o ti n g g a me s , R e d A le r t a l s o h a nd le s i n - g a me e nte r t a i n me nt . B e for e e ve r y s e a s on , S c h r o e de r pitc he s d i f fe r e nt g ive aw ay s a nd t heme d ga me n ig ht s to t he I SU A t h le t ic s Depa r t ment. L a st sea son, Red A le r t i nve s te d i n “ w ig g le s” ba l loons, f r y-shaped ba l loons to at tempt to d ist rac t oppos ing tea ms’ players dur ing f ree -t hrows. But more important ly, t hey help keep st udents ac t ive in ga mes. “ W hen we ha nd out t h i ng s for s t ude nt s to u s e du r i n g ga mes, whet her it be fat head s or ba l loons, it helps t hem stay aw a ke, ac t ive a nd mot ivate d to st ay t h roug hout t he ent i re ga me,” Schroeder sa id. “ There are so many ways to spend your t ime, but if we have g iveaways before t he ga me a nd at ha l ft ime, st udents c an look and be l i ke ‘ he y, t h i s i s somet h i ng I c an ta ke home f rom t he ga me,’ t hey ’re usua l ly more inclined to show up.” Red A ler t w i l l ha nd out f ree T-shir ts to the f irst 300 fans at Sat u rd ay ’s ga me aga i nst New Mex ico. Schroeder a lso hinted

at anot her big in-game promo t ion, wh ic h w i l l i nvolve t he ent i re lower bowl at a f ut u re ga me t his sea son. What is t he big secret? Fa ns w i l l have to c ome to Redbi rd A r en a t h i s s e a s on a nd f i nd out. W hat is not a secret is t hat h i s tor y show s ISU p er for m s bet ter at home in f ront of Red A ler t. Since 2012-13 when Dan Mu l ler bec a me he ad c oach of ISU men’s basketba ll, t he Redbi rd s have c ompi led a rec ord of 49 -16 at Redbird A rena. “It ’s r e a l l y n ic e b e i n g at home play i ng i n f ront of ou r fans,” senior Deontae Hawk ins sa id. “ We’re able to fe e d of f t heir energ y a nd t hey feel our energ y, a nd it’s a whole lot of f un out t here.” Red A ler t membership cost s $50 p er ac adem ic ye a r a nd prov ides st udent s ent ra nce to ever y home footba ll a nd men’s ba sketba l l ga me. “ W het her you’re a memb er of Red A ler t or not, we inv ite you to come to t he ga me w it h f r iend s,” Schroeder sa id. “ You mig ht not be a fa n of ba sketball, but if you come to Redbird A rena w it h you r f r iend s, we pr om i se to t r y ou r b e s t a nd ma ke it wor t h your t ime.”

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(L-R) Craig Cummins, Brian Summers, Justin Kuehn, Kobe Conklin, Conor Zaputill, Joe Pomahac and Mike O’Donnell make up th e Red Alert section in ISU’s matchup with the Jaguars of IUPUI Wednesday night.


Illinois State women’s basketball (2-3) is looking to bounce back from two straight losses as it takes on Eastern Illinois (4-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds are off to their best start in four years under coach Barb Smith, with two wins within the first weeks. But there are still several issues, as they suffered a harsh 108-66 loss at Northern Illinois last Saturday. ISU is still coping with a few injuries that occurred during its loss to Yale on Nov. 22. Hannah Green and Viria Livingston are day-to-day with concussions and Millie Stevens is out indefinitely with a subluxation. “The main focus right now is getting better and taking what we learned in the last game and applying it to this game,” Smith said. ISU guard Taylor Stewart has been trying to lift the team with her shooting. She is the leading scorer for the Redbirds, averaging 14.0 points per game and shooting 41.9 percent from three-point range, 13-of-31. Morgan VanHyfte could be the hidden gem for this young Redbird team, as the freshman scored 15 points off the bench against NIU. EIU is off to a better than expected start this season. It was picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference,

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MiKyle McIntosh drvies to the basket during Illinois State’s 77-63 win over IUPUI Wednesday night. McIntosh and the Redbirds are 3-0 on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena so far this season.

’Birds tame Jags, 77-63 in second leg of home stand Five Illinois State players scored double digits as Illinois State started its home stand 2-0, winning by at least 10plus points for the second-consecutive game BETH GEISTLINGER Sports Reporter | @beth_geist

Illinois State men’s basketball started off a little slow against Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis Wednesday, but kept gaining momentum to finish the game 77-63. Senior Paris Lee was a force to be reckoned with, adding seven field goals, two three-pointers and six rebounds. Lee only had two turnovers. Coach Dan Muller has been working hard with Lee to limit turnovers. “I’ve been very hard on Paris with his turnovers,” Muller said. “[Lee] doesn’t want to turn the ball over, I know that. He is more focused on not trying to force passes and keeping his balance … he’s really playing at an extremely high level. He was just turning the ball over too much, but he was still playing great. Now you take those away and he’s even more of a threat.” Junior MiKyle McIntosh, normally a powerhouse on offense and defense for ISU, was having an off night for shooting. He was 5-15 on field goals, 0-2 three-pointers and had three turnovers. “Some of the shots I work on are just not falling right now, but that’s not what I’m worried about,” McIntosh said. “Our team is winning, so I’m happy. I’m just going to the gym

like I usually do and keep working on it and I’m sure that it’ll just pick up.” ISU utilized its whole team for the win, taking 15 points off turnovers, getting 18 second chance points, 15 points off fast breaks and nine points from the bench. 18 shots were assisted and five players scored double digits (Phil Fayne, McIntosh, Deontae Hawkins, Lee and DJ Clayton). “I think this is probably our best offensive team since I’ve been here,” Muller said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can make plays, but we’re sharing the ball and that’s what makes us difficult to guard.” The `Birds struggled with foul trouble, including having two players finish with four fouls. But McIntosh, who has been known to end up in foul trouble, finished the game with zero fouls. “We have got to stay out of foul trouble,” Muller said. “We have to be able to play with fouls.” Senior Tony Wills had one of his best games for the first half, but started the second half on the bench after being evaluated by John Munn, head athletic trainer. Although he returned later in the second half, his minutes were limited. “He kind of tweaked his leg, groin area,” Muller said. “But that happens. I’m guessing he’ll be fine. He played great. He made shots. We

all know he’s going to start playing really well soon. I didn’t want to play him too much in the second half because he was a little gimpy at halftime.” Overall the team had a good mood throughout the night. Junior DJ Clayton attempted a dunk late in the second half, but was blocked by the rim, something the whole bench got a laugh from. “I told him I thought he was going to miss it,” McIntosh said. “He took off from too far and he went so slow. But it was funny.” ISU forced the Jaguars to turn the ball over 14 times. Illinois State committed just three times in the second half to finish with 15 total. As a team, the Redbirds were 15-of-20 from the free throw line (75 percent) while also hitting 6-of19 (32 percent) from beyond the arc. Illinois State now leads the alltime series between the two teams, 2-0. Dan Muller moves to 3-1 all-time versus the Summit League while the Redbirds notched their 78 win against the conference. Illinois State will play 7 p.m. Saturday at Redbird Arena again against New Mexico. Beth Geistlinger is a sports reporter for The Vidette. Follow her on Twitter at @beth_geist

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DJ Clayton (2) netted 12 points including this dunk in the first half.

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