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IS IT SPRING THE ’BIRD YET? THE VIDETTE PRESENTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 Vol. 126 / No. 72

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So you think you know your Illinois State University campus, eh? Each Thursday, The Vidette features a unique view of a reasonably common site on campus. If you think you know where the photo was taken, email your response to vidette_birdseye@ilstu.edu. We will draw a name from the correct submissions, and the winner will receive a pair of Vidette sunglasses.

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Jacob’s Well Community Church 304 Jersey Ave. Normal, IL Sunday Morning Service at 10:30am Wednesday Prayer Service at 7:00pm (309) 830-3795 www.thejake.cc

ClearView Church 1503 E College Ave. Normal, IL Across from Target (309) 451-8439 www.clearview-church.org Service Time: 9:15 & 11:15 Need a ride to church? Contact rides@clearview-church.org “Rides for students by students” College Park Christian Church 116 N. College Ave. Normal, IL 9am & 10:30am (309) 452-1598 www.collegeparkcc.net

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Studying abroad: An experience U of I students take no snow day too far more students should try C VIDETTE EDITORIAL BOARD

ollege is a unique experience because of the amount of freedom we, as students, ultimately possess. Because of this freedom, we operate completely under our own discretion. We carry out our daily lives with little input from our parents and elders, and make decisions that can change our future forever. One decision that we can make that is exclusively unique to the college experience is studying abroad. Here at Illinois State University, students have the opportunity to travel to the outskirts of the globe and study their discipline in foreign countries. This is ultimate freedom, and essential lessons can be learned along the way that can completely change a student’s perspective. That is why this editorial board believes more students should seize this incredible opportunity and study in a foreign country. Let’s face it, studying abroad may seem terrifying to some students. A lengthy period of time away from your home country, while being surrounded by people who speak

a different native tongue is a scary thought. What if you do not like it? How will you coexist with those you cannot understand? How will you be able to afford such a journey? These are the type of questions students ask themselves before fully committing to the program. These are valid fears, and addressing them with a study abroad counselor will easily quell such fears. Common misconceptions of the study abroad program (like the idea that studying abroad is unaffordable) have led to astoundingly low participation rates in the program. ISU’s Study Abroad Program page details the fact that generous number of programs are the same, or even cheaper than a semester here at ISU. Yet, students do not participate. According to NAFSA.org, in the 2011-2012 academic year, “only 283,322 students studied abroad for academic credit.” This figure represents about 1 percent of all students enrolled in higher education in the United States. This number is far too low. Not only does studying abroad provide the student with experience outside

his or her own culture, it looks excellent on a résumé. Employers love someone with experience overseas. Spending time outside one’s culture could seem discomforting as well. The United States tends to be a bit cut off from the rest of the world culturally, and this centralized philosophy has seemed to permeate among its citizens, evident with the 1 percent participation in study abroad programs across U.S. universities. The world has an incredible amount of new opportunities to offer, whether it is different food, academic atmosphere or social interaction. Being cultured can only impact one’s psyche positively, because it makes one more aware of the differences that people possess. Studying abroad can potentially be the most rewarding experience of your life. There may never be another opportunity in your lifetime where you can just pack, get up and travel to a foreign country for such an extended period of time. Late in life, people dream about being able to travel for weeks on end, why not seize the opportunity now when you are young?

Editorial policy is determined by the student editor, and views expressed in editorials are those of the majority of the Vidette’s Opinions Council. 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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DO YOU THINK U OF I STUDENTS WERE TOO HARSH ON THE CHANCELLOR FOR NOT CANCELING SCHOOL DUE TO THE EXTREME COLD?

MY VIEW Nick Ulferts Columnist

In theory, students really shouldn’t look forward to snow days. After all, when one is putting forth thousands of dollars each semester to earn a degree, it would make sense to want to attend every class possible. However, that is seldom the case. Be that as it may, snow days at the college level tend to be only reserved for the most extreme weather so when one is called, it is almost always a necessity.

Last week’s weather could certainly constitute as extreme weather, and thankfully Illinois State made the call to shut down the University. Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois disagreed however, and received quite a bit of backlash for it. What followed after her notice that she would not be canceling school

was a great example of how social media, given enough disappointment and anger, can bring out the absolute worst in people. What started out as a few disgruntled tweets soon escalated to personal insults toward Wise. What then followed were thousands of racist and sexist insults, cumulating in quite a few threats of violence. All because some students were told they would have to attend school on a school day. To be fair, the weather was awful and the University should have been closed. Deciding to shut down an entire university is no doubt a tough decision, but during conditions where exposure over 10 minutes could be life threatening, it is in everyone’s best interest for school to be closed. Even though no one was injured, the risk was still there. That being said, the repulsive insults that were directed towards Wise were completely inexcusable. No human being deserves that. While they didn’t realize it, the individuals that posted these insults on the Internet were affecting the reputation of all U of I students, and it was an incredibly ugly one. The reaction of these students shows us how social media can be misused. However, it also provides a perspective for us. While snow days and class cancellations can be great, students shouldn’t expect to receive them. It’s not why we’re here. If anything, the outcry that some U of I students exhibited not only implies that they need to be in class, but perhaps they should be taking some diversity classes as well.

ATTENTION ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND FACULTY: PRESENTLY THERE IS NO ACTIVE UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTER OF ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. ON THE CAMPUS OF ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY. LAMBDA EPSILON CHAPTER WAS SUSPENDED IN 2012 AS A RESULT OF MEMBERS VIOLATIONS OF SORORITY AND SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS. AT THIS TIME THERE ARE NO ACTIVE OR FINANCIAL MEMBERS OF THIS CHAPTER. ANYONE PARTICIPATING IN UNDERGROUND, RECRUITMENT, OR PLEDGING WILL BE REPORTED TO THE CAMPUS AUTHORITIES AND NORMAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF YOU WITNESS HAZING PLEASE CONTACT THIS OFFICE. ZETA PHI BETA IS A SORORITY THAT FOSTERS THE IDEALS OF SERVICE, SCHOLARSHIP, SISTERHOOD & FINER WOMANHOOD. Thank you! Michelle Porter Norman Great Lakes Regional Director Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. GreatLakesRD@zetaphibetasororityhq.org “Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths”

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Make this spring break memorable With the break less than a month away, traveling plans are in the works. For those who are unsure of plans, there is still time to get involved here at school, or even from the comfort of home

Participants of last year’s Alternative Spring Break completed four days of service. Volunteers were split up between five different sites. Submitted Photo

Pay it Forward Tour JESSICA SMITH Staff Writer Students can choose to give back during their spring break by taking part in a Pay It Forward bus tour with Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). The ISU chapter of STLF was founded in 2006 and has organized Pay It Forward tours every year since. In addition to the Pay It Forward tours, STLF plans service projects on campus throughout the school year. On the Pay It Forward trips, students make stops in several cities as they tour the country, participating in a variety of service projects at each stop along the way. “I think one thing that makes our trip very unique is that you will be doing different projects in different parts of the United States every day,” Danny Grieve, senior member of STLF’s executive board, said. “Every project is organized by student leaders. They can range from helping at a food pantry, working at a zoo, painting at a facility, working with animals, spending quality time with the elderly, completing outdoor maintenance, cleaning up from natural disasters, sorting clothes at a donation center, organizing school supplies, and so much more,” Jenn Uhlman, also a senior on the executive board, said. This year, four busses will be sent out with 45 spots on each bus. Each bus has a different itinerary. These include the Jacksonville Classic, Jacksonville Mystery, Philadelphia Classic and Philadelphia Mystery.

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“The route for a mystery tour is only known to the leaders who plan the trip, so you will not know the cities you will stop at until you arrive there,” Uhlman said. “Mystery tours typically fill up first because people love the surprises involved.” It is hard to be bored while touring the U.S. and working on different tasks every day. The Pay It Forward tours are a sure way to avoid the Netflix blues during break. It is also a chance to make lifelong friends. Grieve said the people he has met on the Pay It Forward tours are what has kept him coming back for the past four years. “You spend countless hours with them for nine days as you give back to the community, travel the United States, and participate in various types of activities … The risk I took freshman year going on a bus with a bunch of strangers is the best decision I ever made in college,” he said. Uhlman also emphasizes the joy of befriending students of different majors. “Whether it is someone you have never seen before or someone you frequently pass on the Quad, it opens your eyes to the remarkable individuals and diversity that exists on ISU’s campus,” Uhlman said. “Because of the Pay it Forward Tour, I have been able to work at an organic farm in Santa Fe, personally talk with a survivor from the Titanic, visit the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, and watch the sunrise on the beach in Surf City, NC. The trip has provided me with priceless opportunities that I know I will never forget.”

Alternative Break T YRIANNA JONES Reporter Alternative Spring Break (ASB) offers students something different to do with the vacation that helps serve and create an impact in various communities. Every year during spring break, Leadership and Service takes students on different buses to a variety of locations throughout the country. “Students go to five different cities and engage in direct service in those cities,” Annie Weaver, senior specialist of Leadership and Service, said. “Students do four full days of service as well as a day off to explore. They do reflections and get to talk to each other about the impact it had on their lives.” The cost of the trip is $200 which is paid in installments in the months leading up to the trip. There are also fundraising opportunities and fee waivers available. Besides becoming a regular participant, ASB also gives students a chance to become trip leaders. “I became a trip leader because I fell in love with Alternative Breaks during my trip freshman year,” Markita Jenkins, junior community health major said. “After two years of just being a participant I wanted to test my leadership skills and make ASB a part of my every day life instead of just one week in March.” In past trips, buses went to places like Memphis, Tenn. to do environmental cleanup

with the Mississippi River, which Jenkins was a part of. They also worked at a camp in Texas for people with disabilities, and Selma, Ala. with the Freedom Foundation to keep kids off the streets. Most of the locations are usually down south but during the free day, students get the chance to travel to any city between their location and Normal. ASB started in 1986 through the campus ministries and became a student led program in 2000. It began as a way to give students an alternative to the usual spring break activities and make a difference. Weaver said that the word alternative is also a reference to the fact that it is an alcohol and drug free trip. “Students should get involved because they’re going to go on a trip with 45 new friends and the way the trip is designed, you get to know everyone,” Weaver said. Participants for this year’s trip had a trip reveal back in November which included a scavenger hunt around the Bone Student Center to figure out their location. One of the newest locations is a trip to Huntsville, Texas to work with newly released inmates. “I could go on for hours about why every single student should participate in ASB,” Jenkins said. “It’s crazy how close you get with people in just seven days but I’ve met people that I can truly say will be my friends for years to come.” Applications for ASB are still available on a rolling basis but there are also other opportunities such as Alternative Summer Break, Alternative Winter Break and Club AB. by Olivia Gilbersten Senior Staff MCT Campus Photo

spring break destinations

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The perfect Mexican getaway on a budget is most certainly Puerto Vallarta. The city comes alive with bars, beach parties and hidden coves located on the Pacific Ocean.

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South Padre Island

An often underrated location for spring break travelers, the town is full of parties and college students looking for a good time during their week off of school.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

A classic location for spring break vacationers is at PCB. Around spring break, Greek life invades this town, with large beach parties and is known for celebrity appearances.

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Nashville, Tenn.

For a closer, but less tropical destination, the town has a lot to offer with great entertainment and food; and the weather is a vast improvement from central Illinois.

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Although it may not have beaches, Vegas offers warm weather and poolside parties. And then, obviously, there’s the gambling, which could help you make a profit on this trip!

Staying home? Not a problem! MATT JOHNSON Senior Staff

Winter is ending, the sun is shining and while many students are taking off to warm locations for spring break, others are going home. Here are some suggestions to keep busy. The first, and arguably one of the most important things a college student can do while staying at home over break would be to catch up on some sleep. Sleep restores a person’s energy and fights off illness and fatigue by strengthening the immune system.

The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night according to the National Sleep Foundation. Besides, that is what a spring break means to students: Relax, relax and relax some more. After you have finished catching up on some ZZZs, rejuvenate the body’s strength by partaking in healthy exercise. Merely getting outside for a bicycle ride, a run, playing a pickup basketball game or getting to the gym can improve a person’s energy. Enjoy the warm weather and sun after all these cold months by taking a simple stroll around the neighborhood. In addition, one could decide to try something new. This could be something that has been on the backburner for quite some time. It could be a task or a book you want-

ed to read, but have been putting it off due to the copious amount of school work associated with college. Spring break can also be the best time to watch all those blockbusters or Oscar winners you have been dying to watch. College students tend to watch a lot of movies at home. Especially with the recent advent of Netflix, why would a person not binge on a couple of new TV series or movies? Finally, one of the least favorite spring break activities, but possibly the most productive would be hitting the books hard. A person could either catch up in some classes or further their studies. Spring break can be used as a time to get ahead, and then enjoy relaxing with friends instead of scrambling to meet deadlines later.

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Student art show fights media images KELLEY BOWLES Reporter As part of National Eating Disorder Week, University Galleries will be pairing up with University Counseling services to put on the BeYou(tiful) Art Show that will host artwork from ISU students, as well as Illinois Wesleyn, Heartland Community College and Lincoln College students. Jenni Thome, psychologist at Student Counseling Services, has high hopes for the upcoming show. “My hopes and the goal of it is that when students are thinking of media and cultural norms, this show will help students recognize how unrealistic the media is and provide more of an understanding of media literacy,” Thome said. The Be-You(tiful) show will be held from Feb. 25 through Mar. 13. Any type of submissions that is ready to hang will be accepted by University Galleries Feb. 11-13. All students are welcome to submit artwork. University Galleries will be accepting donations, but admission to the show will be free. The directors of this event want students to take the show as a way to reflect on what is happening in the media and become more ac-

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cepting of themselves and others. The media’s unrealistic portrayal of body image is a major factor in eating disorders and low self-esteem, Thome said. Many campaigns have been held in the last few years to recognize inner beauty, including the national Dove Real Beauty campaign.

Whether it is through a national campaign or a small scale art festival, society needs to see the media in a new light and move past this unrealistic image, Thome said. “The show is a way to get students involved and help them reflect and make changes in how they see themselves and others.”

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Flora Way. Large furnished. 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. Start at $335. Class Act Realty 454‑2960 210 E. Vernon. Fully furnished 1 bdrm. With air, laundry available. Gas and water paid. $500 for 1 or $650 for 2. Call 309‑ 663‑5530. 305 Dewey. Furnished 3 bed/1 bath. Utilities included/free internet. Free laundry. $445 per bedroom. SAMI 888‑4600 608 Hillview. Furnished 3 bed/1.5 bath. 2 bdrms available for males. Utilities included/free internet. $460 per bedroom. SAMI 888‑4600 301 South Walnut. Furnished 2 bedrooms. Balcony, Covered parking, Laundry, quiet building. Start at only $290. Class Act Realty. 454‑2960 207 Locust. Furnished 4 bed/1 bath. Utilities included/free internet. $445 per bedroom. SAMI 888‑4600 206 Linden. Furnished 4 bed/1 bath. Utilities included/free internet. Free laundry. $365 per bedroom. SAMI 888‑4600 Fell; spacious, furnished 1 and 2 bedrooms. One block from campus. Start at $375. Class Realty. (309) 454‑2960 Willow West 100. 4 bedroom home with basement, 2 bath. 1,600 total per month plus deposit. Please call AB rental 309‑ 827‑7747

808 S. Linden. Large 1, 2, 3 & 4 person units. All utls incl. Next to the trail. Pool on site. Start at $380. Class Act Realty. 454‑2960 307 Hovey, 4 Bdrm house, 2 baths. Hdwd Floors. Quiet Neighborhood. C/A, W/D. Furnished. Call 825‑5435. Just available four bedroom house. Large rooms, off street parking, W/D, dishwasher, Central A/C, multiple bathrooms, patio/deck, furnished, walk to campus, signing bonus, from 325 each. Contact 309‑664‑2917 or 309‑530‑9254 408 Hovey. 4 Bdrm House. Remodeled Kitchen, Furnished, C/A, W/D, Off‑street parking. Call 825‑5435. Vernon Stables. Furnished 2 bed/1 bath. Utilities included/free internet. Washer/dryer in unit. $535‑$545 per bedroom SAMI 888‑4600 207 Lindell. Furnished 2 bed/1 bath. Utilities included/free internet. $410 per bedroom. SAMI 888‑4600 3 BR, 2BA house. Close to IWU campus. Laundry, A/C, parking. Newly remodeled. Furnished. Granite Countertops. $1250/month. 309‑826‑8536. Townhomes 2, 3, & 4 Bedrooms. Includes W/D, Central Air, Dishwasher, Parking, Patio and/or Balcony. Only $260‑350 per bedroom. Class Act Realty. 454‑2960.

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Pack your bags

With spring break a little over a month from now, many students are booking plane tickets, buying bathing suits and dusting off their suitcases. Follow these packing tips to ensure that your trip goes smoothly, even if you pack the night before.

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How you pack for spring break can make or break your travel experience. Don’t be afraid to start organizing your luggage now, so that you don’t forget the basics when it’s time to walk out the door.

KELSEY STIEGMAN Reporter

For many people it is next to impossible to go on a trip and only take one piece of luggage. If you’re like me, you may already be trying to figure out how you can stuff the entire contents of your neglected summer wardrobe into one carry-on. Fret no more; there are ways to take everything you ‘need’ on your spring break trip without exceeding the baggage limits. Make sure you check the weather of the city you’re going to. That way there’s no guessing when it comes to how many layers you will need to bring. Most people migrate South for spring break, so should most likely only bring one jacket, sweater and pair of jeans for the trip. In order to become a master packer you’re going to have to start planning a couple weeks in advance. As horrible as that sounds, it will make packing, traveling, unpacking and repacking much easier.

Before you even touch your clothes, start preparing a list of items that you think you might need. Creating a list in advance will give you time to eliminate things that may not be as essential as you originally thought. Plus, packing will go much faster if you know what you need. Once you’ve figured out what is to be packed and what you’re leaving behind, you can begin putting your bag together. Here is the first and most important rule of packing: roll your clothing. It wards off wrinkles and defies the laws of physics at the same time. You can get almost a fourth more into your suitcase if you roll your items. I didn’t believe it either, but it’s true. Another important matter when it comes to packing is where you place your items. Shoes, for instance, are often bulky, heavy and oddly shaped. Try to spread them out within your suitcase, then fill in the awkward spaces with a bundle of bikinis or a roll of socks. You can even shove undergarments or smaller objects inside close-toed shoes to be more space efficient.

While you’re packing also try to bring items that can be used for multiple purposes. If you’re flying, pick a carry-on tote that can also be used as a beach bag. Jewelry takes up much less room than actual clothing, so pack a few trusty basics and a bunch of bling. That way you can pile on the accessories and wear the top multiple times. A single white tee can be worn with a chunky necklace one day and scarf the other. However you pack, just be sure to doublecheck all the travel essentials before you

Rules for spring break packing

1. Check the weather 2. Make a list 3. Roll it; don’t fold it 4. Pack basics 5. Double check 6. Triple check

leave. You don’t want to get to the airport only to realize that you left the proper documentation at home and that they’re not going to let you on the plane. Make sure you get all the important items like chargers, identification, tickets and house keys. After following all these rules, you’re probably still struggling to fit everything you think you need into your bag. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but in order to pack lightly, you actually have to pack lightly. Here comes the final and worst step: remove at least four more things. Take a second look at everything in your bag and eliminate a few things that you don’t absolutely need, preferably anything bulky or that you’ll only use one time. Because let’s face it, you’re going to shop once you get there, and you don’t want to buy another suitcase too. Packing as little as possible and cramming into tiny spaces is going to make traveling a lot easier this spring break, especially when you have to repack for the trip home. And if you can’t, go buy yourself a new one. That’s what vacation is for.

Choreography concert allows dancers to express themselves VANESSA NAGEL Reporter The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to kick off February by helping dancers celebrate their creative capacities. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9, the Illinois State Dance Association will host Dance Inventions: Student Choreography Concert in Centennial East 116. The 90-minute show includes 11 pieces of undergraduates’ choreography in contemporary, modern and performance art styles. Admission to the show is free, and donations to Illinois State Dance Association (ISDA) will be accepted. ISDA will use donations to help fund guest artists and teachers in addition to funding students’ spring trip to the American College Dance Festival. Dance students have been developing

choreography and attending rehearsals for the show since the beginning of fall semester. Each piece portrays a concept meaningful to choreographers. “My work, ‘B.Me,’ is dedicated to my personal growth. It stems from the interactions and connections I have made with other people,” junior Alison Gratz said. Other dancers, like senior Maura Naughton, found inspiration in more abstract concepts. “I was very inspired after spending a summer at the American Dance Festival. I used a lot of movement that came to me improvisationally and added in ‘scenarios’ incorporating the use of fruit,” Naughton said. “The bare structure of the piece came first before the fruit, but it was an idea from the beginning. The sound was created by Becca Neblock toward the end of the making. Time

was a struggle because of studio space. The piece evolved until basically opening night of the show.” Dancers are looking forward to expressing their original creations to an open-minded audience. They welcome family members, friends, faculty and ISU students that are looking for entertainment and fellow artists to come celebrate their diverse work. “Art has a profound way of saying something without the definitiveness of words. We have all worked hard and gone through the process of creating to present our ideas to the public, and the audience’s participation is the best kind of acknowledgement,” Gratz said. Additionally, dancers hope that audience members develop new perspectives throughout the show. “I think art’s intention is to make you feel

something. I hope everyone leaves with their own interpretation, thoughts and emotional reaction to each work and they are satisfied with what they saw,” Gratz said. PREVIEW

DETAILS WHAT Dance Inventions: Student Choreography Concert WHEN 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 WHERE Centennial East 116 COST Free, donations accepted INFO Call (309) 438-8783


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’Birds swoop past Panthers

02.06.2014

Big dreams or small chances? SAM ISDALE Sports Columnist

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In last night’s game, Daishon Knight (left) grabbed four steals and 15 points, while Bobby Hunter (right) led the Redbirds in scoring with 17 points.

TAWNI RICKETTS Sports Editor

Jamaal Samuel gave the Redbirds the spark they needed off the bench to carry them through the first half, but a second-half team surge ultimately led the Illinois State men’s basketball team to a 76-65 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Northern Iowa at Redbird Arena last night. “I just loved the way our guys played tonight,” ISU head coach Dan Muller said. “We’re playing with confidence and positive energy. A lot of different guys stepped up and made big plays on both ends throughout the night, especially in the second half. Jamaal Samuel stepped in and played his best game, Daishon [Knight] had a terrific second half and Bobby [Hunter] was solid the entire game.

Everybody who played tonight was good and I just really like how my guys are playing right now.” Samuel entered the game from the bench and led ISU through the first half with eight points and compiled a total of 10 points throughout the night, along with two blocks and one steal. “Coach Muller just always tells me to be prepared and be ready to go in,” Samuel said. “We’re down to two bigs, so me and Reggie [Lynch] always have to get ourselves going. Coming off the bench you want to be strong, so I just kept that in mind and brought it to the floor.” Hunter and Knight led ISU’s offense with 17 and 15 points, respectively, with a majority of their points coming in the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Paris Lee and Hunter put the Redbirds on the board first, but UNI would score eight-straight points, going on a 16-2 run in the opening minutes to secure the lead for the rest of the first half of the contest. In the second half however, ISU came out energized as Hunter capitalized on a steal for a quick

two points. UNI countered, however, with a basket of its own to make it 39-33 in favor of the Panthers. A more foul-plagued half for both teams, Knight would shoot 100 percent from the bonus line (6for-6) while Hunter would go 4-for-4 on the night. At 12:53 a Panther turnover resulted in a Knight dunk to ignite the crowd and give the Redbirds the permanent lead at 45-41. “I didn’t even know my legs were going to allow me to do that,” Knight said. “I don’t know how I got up there, but it got the crowd going and I’m glad that happened.” With four minutes left in the contest the Panthers closed the gap to 62-56, but it would not be enough. Hunter, Tony Wills, and Reggie Lynch would seal the deal with buckets in the final minutes of the game, giving ISU the 76-65 MVC triumph. The ’Birds will hit the hardwood again at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday as they travel to Loyola for a MVC contest.

Redbird softball has a positive outlook on the 2014 season SAM ISDALE Reporter

Although the winter season looks like it is never going to end, Illinois State’s softball season will begin with the Redbirds’ first tournament on Feb. 7. The Redbirds were voted as the secondplace team, right behind Northern Iowa, in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll. Senior pitcher Taylor Baxter, senior first baseman Laura Canopy and redshirt senior outfielder Nichelle Harrison were the three ’Birds named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. The team will welcome back 10 starters from last year’s crew, which include Baxter, Canopy and Harrison. Baxter, Canopy and redshirt senior Sara Bradley joined head coach Melinda Fischer for a press conference on Tuesday afternoon inside Redbird Arena. “We’ve returned a lot of experience within the infield defensively,” Fischer said. “Our offense throughout the course of this winter practice, I think, has really improved greatly.” Fischer is satisfied with her pitching staff for the upcoming season. During the 2013 season Baxter led the ’Birds in 15 wins and ended the season with four shutouts. As a freshman last year, Regan Romshek went 10-9 on the season and accumulated 78 strikeouts. “I think the main thing that Regan and I both learned is that we need to take one game at a time, one pitch at a time; we can’t look ahead or anything because one pitch can change the game,” Baxter said. “That’s something we’re trying to fo-

cus on because it’s really important to stay in the moment and I think that’s really going to help us.” Having been at ISU for 29 years, Fischer believes something that stands out this year is that everyone on the team will be able to collectively contribute this season. She thinks that the outfield needs to gain experience, but is optimistic and confident they will come along well. The Redbirds are returning their entire infield from last year and Fischer is hoping it will be a huge strength for the team. “I think that we learned how to play really well together last year, and this year’s more solidified,” Bradley said. “You can see it in practice, just knowing how the other person plays their position and how they move and how much range they have helped us fielding behind Taylor. So I think just the more experience in the field will help us.” Due to the team returning many upperclassmen, Fischer is also looking forward to seeing leadership roles develop by the seniors as well as the juniors. She is especially relying on redshirt seniors Bradley and Harrison to step up and show the younger players what Redbird softball is. “Someone has to tell and show the younger players what we’re all about,” Fischer added. The Redbirds will flock South this weekend for their first tournament of the season. They will face Florida as their first contender in the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament at 10 a.m., Friday in Tampa, Fla.

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Everyone has a dream. Whether you want to start your own business, be a stay-at-home mom or become a professional athlete, I think everyone has a dream. Two athletes who may be dreaming a little too big are Tracy McGrady and Jameis Winston. It’s undeniable that both men are gifted when it comes to certain sports, but the key word is certain. McGrady, retired seven-time NBA All-Star, wants to head down a similar path as Michael Jordan. Remember when MJ first retired from basketball and made the decision to give baseball a try? Well now McGrady thinks he wants to do the same thing. McGrady wants to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Roger Clemens pitched for the Skeeters a couple years ago and is currently mentoring McGrady. It might seem a little funny thinking about McGrady pursuing baseball, but the Skeeters are keeping their eyes on him. “While the Atlantic League is considered the highest level of baseball outside of Major League Baseball, McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program at Constellation Field. We look forward to monitoring his progress,” the Skeeters released in a statement. Some might think that making it to the NBA is a dream come true, but McGrady tweeted, “Been working out at Constellation Field w Sugar Land Skeeters. Working on my pitch. Childhood Dream coming true.” It’s admirable that he’s pursuing another dream, but I’d be pretty surprised to see anything come from it. Then again, I could be wrong. Clemens did confirm that McGrady reached 90 mph on the radar gun. That’s impressive stuff. Now, a dream that seems a little too good to be true is Jameis Winston’s. Someday Winston wants to play in both the NFL and the MLB. It is true that Florida State’s head football coach Jimbo Fisher allowed Winston to play baseball too, but as he continues his career as an athlete will his body allow him to perform well in both sports? If he was committed to an outfielder’s position while continuing to be a quarterback I’d say maybe. But if he wants to pitch and play quarterback, I really don’t think so. What if he had the opportunity to do so and he was severely injured? If that happened, I would think it would screw up the chances of him competing in the other sport. I also can’t see why coaches would want to take the risk. It seems all the more risky because he is a quarterback. However, some don’t think his dream is impossible. The Houston Rangers, for example, have been keeping in touch with Winston about playing in the MLB. Back in 2012, Winston was drafted by the Rangers in the 15th round, but then there was football. “Our scouts raved about his personality and the winning feeling he has,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller told the Dallas News. “Jameis is the kind of guy that whatever he wants to do, run for political office or play pro baseball or whatever, he’s going to do.” People say to dream big, but it’s too soon to tell whether McGrady’s or Winston’s dreams will come true. So my question remains. Are their dreams too far-fetched?


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