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Illinois State University arts technology major Jack Joyce said that while nutrition is important to him, it A survey by the National can be hard balancing that Student Campaign Against and being a college student. Hunger and Homelessness “I didn’t have a meal plan recently found that 48 perbut got one this semester cent of college students have and it helped with how often not been eating enough food. I eat, because I didn’t have In 2012, Heartland Comtwo to three meals a day munity College created a before the meal plan,” Joyce food share program with said. help from the Midwest Food “Our dining halls at ISU Bank to ensure that its studo not have too many healthy dents are not going to class meals. You can get veggies hungry or developing food on the side of your meal but insecurities. the entrees aren’t as healthy Faye Freeman-Smith, as I would like. I know I am Heartland’s Director of not getting the proper nutriCounseling Services, said tion because my dietary the food share program has habits get better and worse had a profound impact on the throughout the semester.” students. Healthy choices are easier Samantha Brinkman | Vidette Photographer “Some students tell us they to make when you know Heartland Community College created a food share program with help from the Midwest couldn’t have gotten through Food Bank in 2012. what is healthy and what Heartland and completed is not. Joyce said he would their work if they didn’t have have liked to have known for college students and community foods, according to the latest stasome access to food,” Freeman- members. tistics by the U.S. Department of more about healthy eating habits. Smith said. “I wish I knew more about proper In the United States, 15.9 million Agriculture. “We have regulars come by children under 18 live in this condiThis means some kids do not nutrition and had the resources to because they count on the food.” tion, unable to consistently access always know where they will find make healthy decisions at our dining Heartland is working toward adequate amounts of nutritious their next meal. halls,” Joyce said. having a self-sufficient food bank
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FOUNDERS DAY 2018
Founders Day honoree Craig Bouchard flies home to Redbird country Bouchard talks success, life as an ISU student KEVIN SCHWALLER AND STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ | News Editors | @kevschwa and @StephanieRoddd
efore he became the Chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries Inc. and this year’s honorary doctoral degree recipient, Craig Bouchard ’77, M.S. ’79 walked the halls of Illinois State University as a Redbird. Bouchard came to ISU on a baseball scholarship and stayed to obtain his master’s degree. “I still remember sitting in those tough graduate courses, [thinking] ‘I’ll never be as smart as anyone in this room,’” Bouchard said. To celebrate the university’s 161 years, Bouchard is receiving the award for his success and appreciation for ISU. He was elected to the ISU Hall of Fame of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. “It’s a great honor,” he said. “It’s one of the greatest honors of my whole career.” During his junior year as an undergraduate, Bouchard said an injury at a baseball game changed his work ethic. “Our team was playing [Louisiana State University] and I had a nearly horrific ankle injury in the middle of that game,” he recalled. “They put me in a station wagon and drove me back to Chicago to the hospital. I was out of school completely for one month after that, so when I came back at the end of the month all of my teachers told me I had to drop the class and start over next semester. I did drop several classes.” After this, Bouchard had to find a way to get back on his feet. Due to the help and patience of one professor, he was able to do that and more. “Dr. Tony Ostrosky, he convinced
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ISU alumnus Craig Bouchard ’77, M.S. ’79 will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the Founders Day Convocation Feb. 15. me to just hubble in there on my crutches every day and tutor me,” Bouchard said. “I did that and was so appreciative that I minored in economics and after I graduated, decided to get a masters degree in economics. I always attribute my economic path, which helped me a great deal in my career, to Ostrosky and his confidence and his hard work. I changed my career aspirations, my grades went way up after [the incident].” Bouchard is also a New York Times bestselling author. He
wrote the 2013 book, “The Caterpillar Way: Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value,” with co-author James Koch, another ISU alumnus. They also co-authored “America for Sale: How the Foreign Pack Circled and Devoured Esmark.” Becoming an author was never in the books for Bouchard, at least that is what he thought. “My mentor as a grad student at ISU, Dr. Koch, convinced me to join him and write the book,” Bouchard explained. “It was the second book
we co-authored together. I had one of the great macro-economists and authors of my generation as my coach. That made it easy to think and write.” With the help of his mentor and through his own experiences, Bouchard became his own author, learning what works for him and what it is he wants to put out into the world. “I developed a writing style: CCI,” he continued. “Every sentence must be clear, concise and important. Or, delete it and start
over.” Bouchard said he is looking forward to seeing Koch, Ostrosky and other professors who have impacted him, including former economics professor Jack Chizmar. “These are guys that are incredible people, really responsible for making me a better person,” Bouchard said. Success is something Bouchard has become very familiar with over the last few decades, though he said it was not always so and he is not an anomaly. “I wasn’t great at anything when I was in college. ISU students should think: if he can make it in business and in life, I certainly can do just as well,” he said. Eager to return to Redbird country and speak at Founders Day, Bouchard said current students should always remember there is a key to success, and anybody willing to work for it already has it. “Don’t hang out with the cool kids,” he said. “Hang out with the good kids.” As CEO and creator of Braidy Industries Inc., an eco-friendly aluminum company, Bouchard has seen much success with having built the first Greenfield aluminum mill in the United States in 35 years. The mill is a $1.4 billion project that employs 600 people in Ashland, Kentucky. “My sole focus at this point in my career is making a difference. Braidy Industries is leading the rejuvenation of Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia,” Bouchard said. “It’s a chance for us to make a difference in the lives of 10,000 people. I have no other business priorities at this late point in my career.”
Three professors receive 2018 Founders Day creativity awards KEVIN SCHWALLER News Editors | @kevschwa
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Professors Kass Fleisher and Jin Lee and assistant professor Roy Magnuson will receive the 2018 Founders Day creativity awards Thursday. Fleisher, an English professor and Lee, an art professor, will receive the Outstanding University Creative Activity Award. Magnuson ’05 , an assistant professor in music, will receive the Creative Activity Kass Fleisher Initiative Award. T he f ac u lt y members will be recognized at the convocation event at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Bone Student Center. The Outstanding Universit y Creative Activity Roy Award recognizes Magnuson contributions to
artistic areas, including film, painting, musical composition, poetry and more. The Creative Activity Initiative Award recognizes those who have initiated creative productivity early in their academic careers in the same creative areas. Fleisher arrived at ISU in 2003, has written numerous fiction books and co-edited an anthology piece. Lee is a photographer whose projects can be seen in the Art Institute of Chicago, the L os Angeles County Museum of Art, Jin Lee the Madison Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Magnuson has composed music for orchestra, wind ensemble, concert band, chamber ensembles, films and more.
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We need to hear, listen to marginalized voices
s humans, we all experience different lives with different challenges. No two people live the same life, and it is important to hear and understand each other’s voices and stories to truly feel empathy for one another in this life together. You cannot assume one story fits an entire group of people, so you should constantly listen and learn. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a TED Talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which she shares a memorable quote on this topic. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete,” she said. “They make the one story become the only story.” The first step to breaking from the single story is to step away from the echo chamber of your life. Listening to more than one source of information can help create a more diverse understanding of our world. Students at Illinois State are lucky to have resources that allow them to see and
hear marginalized voices on an elevated platform. From bringing in outside voices and highlighting those within the community. And when we talk about marginalized voices, we’re talking about people who are LGBT+, women, people of color, those with disabilities and many more whose voices have either been silenced or talked over. They are the ones to listen to and understand. You may ask: why? Because for so long these people have
had their rights stripped away and treated as second-class citizens. We still hear slurs thrown at these people, see them attacked for who they are and marginalized on an institutional level. Some think that marginalized groups should feel “grateful” for what they have been given, but why was it withheld in the first place? The times aren’t as bad as they were in the last century, but there is still a long way to go. Going to art exhibits, attending talks, reading books or even enrolling in some
of the courses at ISU are steps in the right direction. But you have to be willing to listen; you can’t just arrive and refuse to even try to hear someone’s point. Or try to argue with them. The single story is dangerous, and we seem to be living in a time where only the single stories are being broadcast across the nation. It’s important to hear more than the single story, to move past the stereotypes and leave toxic behaviors, now more than ever. This semester in particular is chalk full of events on campus to attend and learn beyond the single story. On Feb. 24, the True Black History Museum will be on campus thanks to University Program Board. The various Lunch n’ Learn events, on Feb. 28 the topic will be on class. March’s will be on ability, and April’s will be on sexual orientation. From April 13 to 15, there will be a cultural immersion trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. No one has to teach you or show you the way, you can do that yourself. Taking the first step is important.
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Jay Asher is the literature world’s Harvey Weinstein MY VIEW KEVIN SCHWALLER | Columnist
o, the best-selling author of one of my all-time favorite books, “13 Reasons Why,” Jay Asher was expelled from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) due to harassment allegations last year, and it just came to light this week. Executive Director of the organization Lin Oliver told The Associated Press on Monday Asher and book illustrator David Diaz violated the society’s harassment code. “Both Jay Asher and David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment,” Oliver said. “Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future.”
The news only came to light with the rise of the #MeToo movement. However, several commenters on a School Library Journal article claimed Asher was known for harassment in the publishing world. The news has already had some career fallout for Asher. The Oklahoma Writers’ Federation recently announced Asher would not be giving a scheduled keynote address at its conference in May. Asher went on to tell BuzzFeed News he was not kicked out, but left on his own … claiming he had been harassed by several women in the prominent writers organization. Yes, this entire story is messy and confusing. As mentioned, “13 Reasons Why” is one of my favorite books. And as I previously wrote, I am personally a big fan of the Netflix show and the conversations it forced us to have last year. I know neither the book nor the show are perfect, and I know some of their messages and plot points were sketchy, but overall, the book explored the heavy topic of suicide in a way I hadn’t seen before, and I learned a lot
from it and it helped me personally. So with that, on top of the story being about a girl committing suicide after being sexually assaulted, this hurts. And is confusing. You’re really going to write a bestselling novel about sexual assault, suicide and mental illness and still go out there and harass numerous women? And THEN claim they were harassing you? Also, the entire #MeToo movement really blasted off back in October with Harvey Weinstein, so why is it only just now coming out that he, and a couple other notable authors and illustrators in young adult and children’s literature, were harassers and were thus removed from the organization? In February? I have so many questions. Looking into the situation, female authors took to Twitter to discuss how they had heard about Asher and had been “waiting for years for him to get called out.” This entire movement has many layers to it, and a central theme is it can be hard to discuss them. But with this situation, as with others, I was initially in disbelief about why it took so long for us
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to do something about these allegations and abusers. But at some point, it had wrongly been established to not say anything. If you did, it could be detrimental to your career, or even your safety. So, I entirely understand why upand-coming authors did not speak up if they heard something about Asher. But whenever there are new claims of sexual harassment, I cannot escape the initial confusion about why and how it took so long for something to happen. Asher, frankly, is garbage. He profited off of an insanely successful young adult book and, in a way, became an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and self-harm. But, at the same time, was a potential causer of both things. There are numerous people out there who have actually been sexually assaulted who are brave enough to share their stories. Yet they have not received the status of New York Times Bestsellers or Netflix deals.
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Bloomington Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics CINDY HERNANDEZ News Reporter | @Cindylu_7
Region G of Special Olympics will host its 2018 Polar Plunge at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 at Miller Park Lake in Bloomington. The Plunge was organized in support of the Special Olympics athletes. The Polar Plunge started in 2007 and is the largest fundraiser that Region G of Special Olympics hosts. Region G serves athletes in eight different counties around central Illinois. Participants must raise $100 in donations from their friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping in to the water. All proceeds from the event will help offset the cost of facilities, competitions and medical assistance for all athletes. “This type of event helps support our athletes and their family. Our athletes don’t have to pay, and we want to keep it that way,” Director of Region G Jim Fitzpatrick said. All registered people have been assigned a plunging time. Check-in time for the first plungers is at 9 a.m. and the plunging will take place at 10:30 a.m. For the second set of plungers, checkin time will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the plunge will be at noon. “It’s a very cool day. Its cool to watch so many different factions that come
together from the community to make this happen,” Fitzpatrick continued. In 2017, more than 1,100 people participated in the plunge. Over sixty percent of participants were women. According to Fitzpatrick, it is about the same this year. This year, the men of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity at Illinois State University are accepting donations from students to participate in the plunge and give their proceeds to the cause. All plungers that raised a minimum of $100 will receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt. Other prizes that will be awarded are at the $250, $500 and $1,000 level. Participants can pre-register online or can attend pre-registering parties at Buffalo Wild Wings in Normal on Feb.19 and Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington on Feb. 21. Registration will still be open on the day of the Plunge. This event is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO. To register, visit the Special Olympics Illinois webpage at www.soill.org/ polar-plunge/. Cindy Hernandez is a News Reporter reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @Cindylu_7.
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The 11th annual Bloomington Polar Plunge will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Miller Park Lake.
State Farm Insurance gives grant to Heartland Community College GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter | @GarrettKarsten
State Farm Insurance and Heartland Community College are working together to better prepare students for the workforce. Thanks to a $383,000 grant made by State Farm, Heartland will be able to enhance career training and career coaching programs, along with improving development in several college programs. Students earning degrees will not only be studying in stronger programs but will be able to come out of the workforce faster and well-prepared. Students still seeking their future career will also benefit through Heartland’s programs. The enhancement of the programs will allow for better classes, even if students are attending for an associate’s degree. The grant seeks to improve both community labor and relationships. “For years, State Farm has
proudly maintained strong relationships with our local educational institutions, including Heartland Community College,” State Farm Vice President of Human Resources Annette Martinez said in a statement. “This is our latest effort to help support the professional and educational needs of our community and make a sustained, positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in the Bloomington-Normal area.” The grant looks to promote reliable business for all local companies looking to hire graduates that studied at Heartland. It also intends to provide students more security when choosing a college. “The programs supported by these grant dollars are all about moving students into the workforce,” Executive Director of the Heartland Community College Foundation Chris Downing said in a statement. “State Farm’s commitment to Heartland is an investment in not
only Heartland Community College, but also in the most valuable resource any employer needs: skilled people.” The grant is being given over a span of two years by the State Farm Companies Foundation. State Farm has awarded many grants in the past. Its annual Neighborhood Assist program chooses 40 causes through a voting system and the winning causes each receive a $25,000 grant. One of the projects took place in Bloomington. The Harmony Park Project helped towards a budget for a new playground that is safe for children with disabilities. It provides accessibility for wheelchairs along with diverse equipment that still make for a captivating and fun environment. Another project that took place in Bloomington was a new early childhood classroom. State Farm hopes the classroom will provide learning and wonder for years to come.
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BIRD’S EYE VIEW A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR CAMPUS
Maintaining safe campus environment drives Illinois State University Police
STORY BY EMILY GRIFFITH | FEATURES EDITOR and STUART STALTER | SENIOR FEATURES REPORTER | PHOTOGRAPHS BY MONICA MENDOZA | PHOTO EDITOR EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a recurring series of behind-thescene efforts that make Illinois State University’s campus tick.
The daily routine Security staff and officers work the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ISU Police Department Chief Aaron Woodruff explains the police department manages three, eight-hour shifts. Within these three shifts, each calls for different delegations. Day shifts deal with many complaints from events that happened overnight or during the weekend. Otherwise, officers are out walking and talking to people, Woodruff explained. Second shift runs from 3 to 11 p.m. and is the time period when most students are getting out of class. Second-year Officer Jordan Blain gives insight to his daily routine as a 3 to 11 p.m. shift officer. Arriving a half-hour early to his shift to be in proper uniform by the top of the hour, Blain immediately goes to prepare his car. Illinois State University Police Chief Aaron Woodruff meets with officers, from left, Jessika Jones, Shuntua Stonewall and Bob Malone. The ISU PD has “I have my own bag full of forms 29 sworn officers on its force, which was officially created 61 years ago. and books that I might need to reference during the day. I also carry out Monitoring social media Managing emergency situations an AED [Automated One aspect of the ISU police Woodruff said there are multiple factors External Defibrillator] that is not as often thought about involved in assessing emergency situations. On body cameras and any other equipis the use of social media activity First, ISU Police must determine what type ment I might need,” among the campus community. of incident is happening. Second, the depart“We anticipate the usage Blain said. “I need to “Sometimes, an issue is as ment must check the timeliness of the reportof more body cameras and make sure everything simple as somebody said someing of the incident. increased technology. Evis operational as far as thing about someone,” Woodruff “Additionally, the credibility of information ery few years, we rotate the my car goes because said. “Oftentimes, we direct those is important,” Woodruff added. “If we get a equipment out and update that is my office for issues to the Student Conduct single call or report that shots are fired, we software,” the next eight hours.” and Conflict Resolution Office or will not necessarily issue an alert. Multiple Blain then arrives -- Chief Aaron Woodruff housing if it is between roomreports or police officers hearing something for roll call where he mates.” provides credibility to consider for emergency and his fellow officers On security cameras However, in more serious cases notifications.” discuss recent events, ISU Police have seen, social That said, the student population knowing “There are a few hundred camadministrative report Officer Jordan Blain preps for his media can be linked to sexual asthe difference between campus advisories and eras (on campus). That sounds reminders and, some- shift. sault cases, Woodruff explained. emergency alerts is a big concern for Woodlike a lot, but most of those times, review training “For example, the use of Tinder ruff. are predominantly in housing, regimen as well. and Snapchat over the last year seems to be a common “I think people often confuse our crime adviresidence hall lobbies, elevaFrom there, Blain’s shift involves thread. We are experiencing situations where students sories with emergency alerts,” Woodruff said. taking calls — whether that be tors and the dining centers. We meet on Tinder and switch to Snapchat for sexual situ“Emergency alerts are when we want someone about complaints regarding telehave some in the more public ations,” Woodruff said. to take immediate action or it is an immediate phone and social media harassareas of the campus communiNot only does ISU Police monitor social media for the concern. The crime advisories, instead, are, ment, property and roommate safety of the campus community, but the department ty, but we certainly do not have ‘Hey this happened, keep an eye out for these disputes or mental health — walkalso uses social media as an innovative way to engage 100 percent coverage.” type of issues’.” ing around dorms, or conducting the campus community. Woodruff gave the example of if an event is -- Chief Aaron Woodruff traffic stops. Woodruff said, “With new technologies coming out, happening, but a person is in custody right As the time rolls to 11 p.m., third social media is certainly something students use and away, it may result in a crime advisory. In shift is prepared to work the overwe use it quite a bit, too, to communicate to the stuaddition, the ISU Police may utilize social On community involvement night hours. Here, the majority of dent population.” media to communicate to the campus and “I am the [Special Olympics] ISU Police calls involve alcohol or “But, even as social media evolves, I see that more of community instead of sending an emergency drug-related situations. Alcohol and liaison for the department … I the younger generation isn’t getting on Facebook and notification. cannabis violations are the most felt very proud to be an officer [instead] getting on Snapchat more,” Woodruff contin“We use social media to prevent false common university offenses. and to have the privilege to ued. “So, we just need to adapt to those technologies rumors/information from spreading,” Woodruff to stay engaged with our contingents.” serve those who are vulnersaid.
Community Involvement While providing a safe campus is of utmost concern for ISU Police, the department also likes to stay actively engaged in the community. “It wasn’t something early in my career that I thought a lot about, but after a few years of doing the job, I found out I really like just engaging with people,” Woodruff said. “Not in a legalistic position where I’m writing tickets, but meeting people and talking to people every single day.” Blain also agrees and wants to build a rapport with the campus community. “I want to build a relationship with the community so they are willing
ISU PD BY THE NUMBERS
Approximate number of miles logged by each ISU Police vehicle in a year. Totals can push 13,000.
to come to me about concerns and not be afraid that they are going to some faceless entity,” Blain said. “I want it to be an enjoyable place to live and work.” Woodruff explains he had to overcome the preconceived idea that the job was strictly helping people by just writing reports, issuing tickets or making arrests. “Sometimes just being there for people and listening is how you’re helping them,” Woodruff said. “I think the important piece that I have found over the years are those communication skills, listening and being there for those people when they need you at their worst moments.”
The year the Illinois State University Police Department was established by the Illinois Legislature and its officers were given full police powers as one of the state police entities.
The number of sworn officers on the force. They are supported by seven full-time dispatchers and three nonsworn administrative staff.
-- Officer Jordan Blain
On police vehicles “We go through tires and breaks much faster than more people with a car that age.” -- Chief Aaron Woodruff
Minimum age to to volunteer, observe, or ride along with an ISU officer (to include unpaid internships). Those interested must complete the two-part Volunteer/RideAlong/ Observer Request Form and return the completed copies to the ISU Police Department in person, by mail, email or fax.
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Previewing 2018 Redbird baseball schedule
With multiple three-game series to start the non-conference season, the Illinois State baseball team won’t play its first home game at Duffy Bass Field until March 20 to host in-state rival University of Illinois. The Missouri Valley Conference opener for the Redbirds will be at home to end the month of March against Southern Illinois. Bo Durkac But it all starts this Friday when ISU hit the diamond in Jonesboro, Arkansas for a season-opening series against Arkansas State. “When you find quality times from different conferences, those
ISU opens season Friday at Arkansas State NEIL DOYLE Sports Reporter | @NeilPDoyle
are good matchups for us. Arkansas State was picked seventh or eighth in the Sun Belt Conference,” said ISU coach Bo Durkac. “But we’ve played them in the past and have been matched up pretty evenly.” The following weekend, ISU travels to Tennessee Tech, as the teams split a two-game stand with each other last year in Cookeville. To begin the month of March, the Redbirds take on Morehead State out of the Ohio Valley Conference. “The Ohio Valley has a lot of flux each year … when we put these two on the schedule we knew it would be good additions, especially because they were each picked number one and two in their preseason conference poll,” Durkac said.
The start of spring break leads the club to the University of Washington for a four-game matchup, followed by a trip to the islands to take on the University of Hawaii. “Everyone’s referring to this as the big trip, our spring break trip with eight games in ten days … it should be some fun,” Durkac said. The Redbirds will also play two non-conference series against Creighton and Butler. Individual games in the noncon portion of the schedule include Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Illinois Wesleyan.
Season Prediction: 28-22 MVC Prediction: 12-9
Introducing 2018 ISU baseball
Redbirds to return entire starting lineup from last season NICK DAMIANI Sports Reporter | @nGdamiani
highest total in Ilinois State history. Miller enters the 2018 season as a Preseason All-MVC pick.
llinois State baseball returns to the diamond Friday, opening its 2018 season on the road against Arkansas State. The Redbirds are coming off an incredible postseason run that ended in the Missouri Valley title game despite a 2-18 record in conference play. Illinois State returns all nine starters to its lineup as well as the majority of its pitching staff. The Redbirds remain a young team with only seven seniors but do not lack experience. “We are young but we’re experienced and you really don’t see that a lot, but when you play a bunch of young guys like we did last year they get that experience and they take their lumps,” said Illinois State coach Bo Durkac. “But the only way to get better at baseball is to play baseball against high-level talent.”
Catcher: Colin Braithwaite
Centerfielder: John Rave As a freshman, Rave started 53 of 56 games in center field last season. He was an All-MVC honorable mention, as well as an All-defensive team selection with a .985 fielding percentage. Offensively, Rave put his speed on display, leading the team with 12 stolen bases and four triples. He also finished second on the team with 55 hits.
Leftfielder: Bryce Grimm Grimm started 33 games scattered across each of the outfield positions for the Redbirds. Predominantly used as the leadoff man, Grimm hit .232, with 12 RBI and 21 runs scored. His 21 walks to 18 strikeouts made him the only Vidette Archive Redbird with more walks than strikeouts. ISU junior Owen Miller leads ISU’s cast of returning players in 2018.
As a junior last season, Braithwaite proved to be one of the Redbirds’ best power hitters, as he shared the team lead in home runs, while finishing second in both RBI and runs scored. This season, Braithwaite is expected to split time behind the plate with junior Nick Zouras.
First base: Ryan Hutchinson Hutchinson split time between third and first base last season but is expected to take over at first at the start of the year. Last season, as a sophomore, he led the team in walks and finished second in on-base percentage. He also swiped six bags, good enough for second on the team.
Second Base: Derek Parola Parola became red-hot in the MVC tournament,
Rightfielder: Noah Sadler hitting safely in all five games and driving in a at least one run in all but one of the matchups. He finished the season with .278 batting average, 24 RBI and 23 runs scored.
Third Base: Joe Aeilts Aeilts started 43 games last season at three different positions with the majority at third base. His .982 fielding percentage was best among all Redbird fielders. At the plate he hit .226 with 13 RBI and 23 runs scored.
Shortstop: Owen Miller Miller was the catalyst for the Redbird offense last season while being selected to the All-MVC Second Team. As a sophomore, he led the team in batting average, slugging percentage and hits. His 81 hits last season are tied for the second
Started all but one of the 52 games he appeared in last season. Finished second on the team in both batting average and extra base hits. Finshed the year batting .281, 31 RBI and 30 runs scored. Also, compiled 14 multi-hit games, which was second most on the team. Sadler is one of only three seniors expected as an everyday starter this season.
Starting pitcher: Brady Huffman Huffman exceeded expectation in his first season with the Redbirds. As a freshman he led the team in wins, starts and innings pitched. His 4.20 ERA was good enough for ninth in the MVC. He also shined in the MVC tournament pitching 6.2 shutout innings against top seeded Missouri State. Huffman is expected to start Friday nights for the Redbirds.
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This weekend will be a difficult one for Illinois State women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie, as her team plays its final two home games of the season at Redbird Arena. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Gillespie said. “We can’t wait to get back, but the season, it goes by so quickly and I can’t even believe it’s our final two home games.” In their final two home contests, the Redbirds (11-13, 5-8 MVC) host Indiana State at 7 p.m. Friday and Evansville at 2 p.m. Sunday. “We’re just going to try to make the most of it and enjoy those 80 minutes on the court and do everything we can to end the home stand with two wins,” Gillespie said.
Indiana State (8-15, 6-6 MVC) After a five-game winning streak, the Sycamores (8-15, 6-6 MVC) dropped two home games last weekend against Northern Iowa and Drake. ISU played a part in that streak, when it lost at Indiana State, 52-49 Jan. 21. “We want to take care of our business,” ISU coach Kristen Gillespie said, “I think our team knows that we didn’t play our best at Indiana State, it came down to the final minute, we had a chance to tie the game or win and we missed some free-throws.” The Redbirds (11-13, 5-8 MVC), who are currently seventh in the MVC, sit two spots behind Indiana State. Senior forward Wendi Bibbins features the Indiana State lineup averaging an MVC second-best 8.9 rebounds per game. She grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds against ISU in their last meeting. In most wins this season, ISU’s story has been its defense keeping it in games and its offense doing just enough and hitting the right shots at the right time to prevail. At 54.5 ppg allowed, ninth best in the nation, it’s no surprise that the Redbirds will rely on their defense this weekend and for the remainder of this season.
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No Valentine’s Day love Bradley breaks Redbirds’ hearts; ISU drops first game to the Braves since 2014 season MIKE MARRA Sports Editor | @MikeMarraILSTU
PEORIA — No love lost, no love found. Bradley opened the game on a 7-0 run, while it took Illinois State nearly seven and a half minutes to score a point. The Braves would go on to defeat the Redbirds, 70-58, at the Peoria Civic Center Wednesday night. Bradley never trailed in their first victory over Illinois State in the last nine tries. The last Bradley victory was Jan. 29, 2014. “I thought we played really hard. Bradley played outstanding, not surprisingly,” ISU coach Dan Muller said. “There’s a reason why they don’t lose much at home and that defense was outstanding.” Bradley would lead by as many as 12 in the first half, thanks to a 6-0 run coming out of the under-eight minute media timeout. All it took was a Koch Bar dunk and an Elijah Childs up and under lay-up for coach Dan Muller to call a timeout. Keyshawn Evans, who was questionable with a knee injury, came off the bench and finally got Illinois State on the board. Evans would hit two free throws, followed by a 3-pointer to give ISU its first five points of the game. “It was frustrating just because we couldn’t make shots, but at the same time I knew we were competing on defense and playing well on defense,” Evans said of the early struggles. Evans ended up playing 24 minutes off the bench after being limited in practice Monday and Tuesday, trying to “gut it out,” he said Wednesday night. “I honestly wasn’t tired. I was ready to play however much [Muller] wanted me to,” Evans said. “I’m a little sore, but I mean I was expecting it, being off a week.” At the half, the Redbirds were shooting just 27-percent from the field and had only made seven field goals, four of them being from 3-point range. Illinois State was lucky to be down just 29-22 going into the locker rooms. Bradley was winning in every statistical category, outside of the turnover battle. The Braves had out-rebounded ISU 27-13, dominated the paint 24-4 and had 10 second chance points due the rebounding margin. In the second half, Bradley led by as many as 17 down the stretch but ISU would not go away. Illinois State would cut the Bradley lead to 10 after a Milik Yarbrough baseline jumper before a timeout was called on the floor. Isaac Gassman scored on a put-back layup and a floater in the lane to cut BU’s lead to six. Bradley’s Nate Kennell then hit the Braves’ biggest shot of the night, sinking a 3-pointer, breathing energy and life back into Bradley’s bench that had since been sucked out. Brown added a 3-pointer, but Dante Thomas seemingly sealed the victory after a steal and slam with three and a half minutes to go. Yarbrough led ISU with 25 points and Evans added 10 points
Natalie Stuckslager | Photo Editor
David N’Diaye scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds and played 30 minutes versus Bradley on Wednesday night. in his return to the lineup. Illinois State returns to the court at 5 p.m. Saturday when they host Northern Iowa.
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“We’ve been better recently, but that team right there we just played is really good. That team — that’s an elite defensive team we played tonight. Any good rivalry, both teams are really good.” Dan Muller, ISU head coach
Muller addresses injuries, Arch Madness ith three players injured and the injury bug lingering from the season’s start to finish, Illinois State head coach Dan Muller addressed the injury issue with just two weeks remaining until Arch Madness in St. Louis.
my philosophy. If people don’t understand that losing some players hurt your team, then that’s fine. But, not only does it affect us on game day, but just the rhythm of the team has been hard to get ... I said it from October. I always felt if we had our full team healthy, we would really have a chance to be one of the better teams in this league, or the best team and we just haven’t had that yet.”
Muller on potentially holding injured guys out until Arch Madness:
Muller on Milik Yarbrough’s play without Evans and Fayne:
“Because we’re so close to the tournament, the worst that would happen would be to have a setback. All three guys’ injuries are different ... I don’t want to be foolish and yet, when guys are ready to play I want them to play. A lot of it really will be up to those guys when they feel like they are healthy and can show they’re ready to go and then we’ll put them out there.”
“[At] Southern Illinois he got really frustrated and the other night he had four [turnovers] in the first half. Two travels and two strips and then the second half he had one and it was a transition turnover, wasn’t a bad play. In a lot of ways I’m not too concerned about it, as I was before. He knows it, he accepts it much better now ... without Phil and Keyshawn out there, they even load up more on Milik, which makes it more difficult. We’ve got to help him a little bit more and yet, he’s got to make better decisions ... he’s another guy who’s trying to do more.”
MIKE MARRA Sports Editor | @MikeMarrraILSTU
Natalie Stuckslager | Photo Editor Illinois State coach Dan Muller during Wednesday’s rivalry game with Bradley.
Muller on frustration of injuries this season: “It’s frustrating. I can talk about injuries every time I talk like some coaches decide to do, but that’s not