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Study hard, get involved and enjoy this exciting time of your life


Dear Students: s the 2017-2018 academic year is about to begin, I want to welcome you to Illinois State University. Choosing a college or university is an important step in your life, and I am glad you chose to be a part of the community here at Illinois’s first, and finest, public university. Whether you are a freshman or transferring from another institution, I can assure you that your time at Illinois State will be some of the most important and fulfilling years of your lives. Illinois State provides a welcoming environment for academically motivated and civically engaged students. We offer a diverse and inclusive campus environment with excellent faculty, challenging academic programs, caring support services, and abundant social and civic opportunities. Illinois State boasts a rigorous curriculum, more than 150 majors, 300 student organizations, and numerous global learning opportunities. Through it all, individualized attention remains a core value. Our 19-to-1 student-tofaculty ratio allows for a great learning

experience where faculty take a genuine interest in student success. It also gives students the chance to be researchers and scholars alongside their professors. Illinois State has achieved retention and graduation rates in the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the nation. A big part of that success can be attributed to our outstanding faculty and student support services. We are consistently recognized as a great value in higher education by publications such as U.S. & World Report, Kiplinger’s, and Money magazines. An education from Illinois State University will prepare you for life and careers in a dynamic, ever-changing, and globalized world. Our alumni include nationally recognized business, healthcare and education leaders, diplomats, accomplished

musicians, and award-winning stage and screen actors, and the list of successful graduates goes on. I urge you to make the most of your time and opportunities while here. Study hard, get involved in campus organizations, and become active members of the larger Bloomington-Normal community. Enjoy this exciting time of your life, but do not hesitate to reach out for help if needed. The Illinois State community cares deeply about your wellbeing and success. I wish you all the best on your educational journey here at Illinois State.

Larry H. Dietz President Larry H. Dietz is president of Illinois State University. He has been president since March 2014.

Advice from Student Body President: Take a leap of faith


n behalf of the Student Government Association, I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to all of the students who have decided to make Illinois State University their home for the next few years. This decision will prove to be one the most monumental of your life, and make no mistake, we are ecstatic that you made it. In this journey you’ve taken on, you will dis-

cover so much about the world, your choice of study, and most importantly, yourself. The stage is set, the crowd is here, and it’s officially your time to shine. What you chose to spend your time doing at this university is entirely up to you. I will, however, give you one piece of advice: DON’T WASTE IT! Get involved. Get rowdy at a sporting event. Go to a play. Write a story. Study hard. Join a club. Make a club. Lead a club. There is no better time than now to explore your passions and take a leap of faith in yourself. While your time here is short, your potential for growth is huge. When you look back at your tenure at this university, what do you want your legacy to be? While it’s important to spend time 1

doing things that develop yourself, remember to also stop and smell the roses along the way. Have fun with what you do and make memories that will last you a lifetime. The Redbird family is strong, and will be supporting you along the way. Know that the community believes in you and your capabilities. We depend on you to carry on the torch of Redbird success in the coming years. I hope that you grow to love this University as much as I have and give it all you’ve got. Best of luck to everyone, and remember, GO BIRDS!

Beau Grzanich Student Body President Beau Grzanich is president of the Student Government Association. He was elected to the office in spring 2017.


AUGUST Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Sunday, Aug. 20: Welcome Week activities. Friday, Aug. 18: Fall Proficiency Exams taken in departments Sunday, Aug. 20: Last day to withdraw from university with full adjustment of charges Monday, Aug. 21: First day of fall classes Saturday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Sept. 1: Course drops and department-approved adds with override on

SEPTEMBER Friday, Sept.1: Last day to drop course with no withdrawal grade Friday, Sept. 1: Last day to place course on Pass/Fail or Audit Friday, Sept. 1: Online registration ends Monday, Sept. 4: Labor Day holiday­—no classes Friday, Sept. 15: Last day to drop first-half semester course Friday, Sept. 15: Last day to drop pass/fail from first-half semester course Tuesday, Sept. 19: Last day to receive 25 percent tuition adjustment for full-semester course withdrawals


Monday, Aug. 14–Sunday, Aug. 20: Hewett and Manchester Halls opens on Aug. 14 and 20 for returning residents. New freshmen are required to move in during their assigned times on Aug. 16 and 17. Both returning and new students will be notified of the schedule in the summer. Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 17: Residents of all other halls move in during their scheduled move-in times. Students will be notified of the schedule in the summer. Beginning Friday, Aug. 18: Returning students may also move in Friday, Aug. 18 or later.

OCTOBER Monday, Oct. 9: Midterm grades posted online Friday, Oct. 13: Last day to drop pass/fail option from fullsemester course Friday, Oct. 13: Last day to drop full-semester course Thursday, Oct. 19: Last day to drop second-half course with no withdrawal grade

NOVEMBER Friday, Nov. 10: Last day to remove pass/fail from second-half course Friday, Nov.10: Last day to drop second-half semester course Friday, Nov. 10: Last day to withdraw from the University Saturday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 26: Thanksgiving vacation—no classes: Monday, Nov. 27: Classes resume

DECEMBER Friday, Dec. 8: Last day to complete 3 Finals on Same Day paperwork Saturday, Dec. 9: Last day of classes Monday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 15: Finals week (evaluation period) Friday, Dec. 15: Fall semester ends Thursday, Dec. 21: Grades posted online COMPILED BY EMA SASIC | VIDETTE EDITOR IN CHIEF 2

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Students should move in during their scheduled times to avoid hevy traffic both outside and inside the residence halls.

FALL BREAK Saturday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 26 Watterson Towers, Haynie and Wright Halls will close for fall break 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The residence halls will reopen at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Manchester, Hewett, Wilkins, and university apartments will remain open over fall break for residents of these buildings.

WINTER BREAK Saturday, Dec. 16 to Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 All residence halls (with the exception of Manchester and Hewett Halls) will close for winter break 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and reopen 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.

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Textbook debate

To buy or rent? Either way, don’t break bank



or incoming freshman, college textbooks prices can be a huge shock. It’s hard to decide between buying or renting textbooks, when to get them and where to buy them. Luckily, ISU has two main bookstores directly on campus. They both price match other competition and can save students up to 80 percent on books. ISU’s official bookstore is located in the Bone Student Center on the second floor. It not only has textbooks and rentals, but also ISU apparel. Barnes & Noble Store Manager Anne Harner said students usually take advantage of renting textbooks because of the monetary benefits. “Rental is the first choice for most students because it saves the most money,” she said. “Our website allows students to find the exact books required for their classes by entering their schedule. You can save up to 80 percent, and we price match local competition, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.”

Choosing between renting or buying books is something to think about. If students are taking an elective just for fun, they may want to rent because they won’t necessarily need the book for future classes. If the book is for a major course, they most likely want to buy it for use in the future. “For me, I prefer buying my textbooks to keep because most of them are books I can use for the rest of my career, even after college,” accounting major Jasmin Baluran said.

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Rent or buy?

The Alamo II is located right on campus on North Street, across from Watterson. It is very accessible with a parking lot. The store has a large supply of textbooks that are exactly what professors request for their classes. Renting is also the preferred method, Store Manager Larry Ernat explained. “Rent whatever you can, even if you think about keeping the book, you can come in anytime before the return date and pay the price for purchasing the book,” Ernat said. “We do what we can to make them affordable.” The Alamo also has apparel as well as fresh fruit and baked goods.

It is recommended that students order books early so they get a better chance to get used books. Some students will tell others to wait until the first week of classes, which is fine, but they have less of a chance to get used books. If students end up not needing a book, they can bring it back to Barnes & Noble or The Alamo II, within the deadline, with their receipt and get a full refund.

Buy from students? It’s very common to buy textbooks from students who were previously in the same class. Students usually find someone selling a book on the graduating class’s Facebook page. There are risks to doing this, such as a torn up book or missing pages. Finding something the student trusts is key.


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Over 400 niche organizations offer opportunitIes to get involved BY TIFFANY MORRISON | NEWS REPORTER and PHOTOGRAPHER | @MorrisonTiffany


t Illinois State University there are a variety of options for students of all ages and interests to get involved on campus. First stepping foot on campus can seem a bit overwhelming, but joining a registered student organization, an RSO, can quickly change that. “Joining an RSO let me find my niche and led me to figure out what I’m most passionate about in life,” Vibe Tribe President Kyle Mitchel said. “I was immediately welcomed into their community with open arms.” Vibe Tribe, one of the 300 RSOs on campus, is a group for anyone interested in music, specifically electronic dance music. The organization takes individuals from any type of skill level within the music industry and with the help of others from the group, turns them into talented individuals in the field. Joining or starting an RSO is easier than most people think. All one needs to do is look up the next meeting, attend the meeting and talk to one of the administration members. RSOs not only help students get involved, but also let them master their skills and abilities, or even develop new ones.

They can also create long term friendships with students and faculty here at the university. “I love how many people I have met and became friends with because of the groups I’m in,” Hayley Hansen, member of Doctor Who Club and the Women in Technology Club, said. “The organizations gave me a platform to not only meet people with similar interests, but to have dialogue and create an inseparable bond with these individuals.” Women in Technology is for women who are pursuing a career in technology. It draws attention to the difficulty of getting a job as a women in the field, and works with other women in the profession to speak upon the issue. Some organizations can also help students create connections to professionals within the industry they are interested in working in after college. Fashion Design and Merchandising Association (FDMA) for example, is a group for students who are interested in learning more about fashion and are wanting to connect with career professionals through creating designs and speaker lectures. “We have meetings with fashion professionals where we learn how they got to where they are, tips and details about the 5

specific job,” FDMA President Allison O’Brien said. “We do shopping parties, DIY nights and photo shoots. We also go on field trips to places like New York, Nashville, Asia and more in order to visit fashion companies and see different career options for the field,” she added. The RSOs will showcase what they are all about at Festival ISU, which takes place the first week of school. “What really kept me going was the friendships I developed and the atmosphere in the club, it’s very welcoming and any person can join, we work as a team and teach along the way,” Engineering Technology Club President Eric Kozikowski said. RSOs are split into 16 different categories, which are as follows: academic/ honorary, advocacy, cultural/ethnic, entertainment, general interest, governing, leadership, performance, political, publication, recreation, religious, service, social fraternity/sorority, sports clubs and veterans. To start a new RSO, contact Student Activities and Involvement. For more information or to look for something of interest, visit the Dean of Students website.

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t some point during your first year of college, it will probably seem like everyone has it all figured out—except you. As I prepare for my senior year, I feel almost obligated to look a freshman right in the eyes and tell them, “This will be the best year of your life,” or, “I wish I could be a freshman again!” After all, that is what everyone told me. I was told, “It’s a big adjustment, but you’ll get used to it so quickly and you’ll make so many more friends that it will all work out.” But no one ever said my first year would be the hardest year of my life, or that I would often feel anxious, homesick, lonely or all those things mixed together. So, when I did inevitably feel those emotions, I did nothing. I kept them locked up inside, feeling guilty and lost. I watched my classmates scream the Illinois State University fight song in the stadium. I would refresh my Instagram feed and see my high school best friends making more friends KEVIN SCHWALLER than I could ever imagine, with captions like Vidette News Editor “Love college!” Why was I the only one having the hardest time adjusting? I won’t probably ever know the answer, but I do know this: I wasn’t alone. While it is true that you will probably make friends with more ease than I did, you will find that you are not actually alone. I began talking to some acquaintances (flash forward to today and they are now good friends of mine) about how hard of a time I was having. And I found out that they were feeling the same way. Little by little, I realized it was egotistical of me to think that my feelings were entirely my own. A lot of people felt a little bit like I was feeling. Even the people I knew who seemed so well adjusted had days when they missed the comfort of old familiarities. Over holiday breaks, I would meet up with my friends from high school, and we would reflect on our time in college that far. Whether it was socially or academically, I learned that everyone was struggling to adjust to some collegiate aspect. I eventually stopped worrying about people knowing my thoughts about college. I stopped making excuses to go home almost every weekend. I began hanging out with my roommate and our floormates more, while still balancing much-needed alone time. My freshman year roommate has been my roommate every year. I will have gone my entire college career living with him. We created a dynamic where we could go from talking about absolutely everything for an hour straight to not talking for the rest of the night and watching Netflix or doing homework. I actually one-upped almost all my friends from high school; I didn’t have any roommate horror stories. Looking back now, I can sigh with relief that things got much better. I eventually stopped feeling lost. I went to “events” (for the parents) with my friends. Today, I hardly recognize who I was during those first few months as a freshman. Freshmen, I’m not trying to scare you. I’m telling you that it is okay if you have a hard time adjusting to this radically different life. Adjustment can affect people differently. Don’t expect your first few weeks to be the picture-perfect façade that older peers, family members and movies portray it as. You will hit some hurdles along the way, please know: You are not alone.

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ne of the many challenges of being a college student is the amount of stress it can cause. From difficult classes to roommate issues, there are many obstacles to overcome on a daily basis. Illinois State University works to provide a plethora of resources to help students handle and manage stress.

PAWSitively Stress Free PAWSitively Stress Free is a program offered through Health Promotion and Wellness that provides study and work breaks for students to come pet certified therapy dogs and enjoy other stress relieving activities. Research shows that after a few minutes of petting a dog, cortisol, the stress hormone, is lowered. Students will then have lowered blood pressure allowing them to feel more relaxed and giving students better clarity to focus on studying and projects. These activities are held on the third floor of Milner Library and are scheduled throughout the academic year.

Mindfulness class Another way for students to manage stress is by attending a four-week long course focused on mindfulness. During the mindfulness class, also offered by Health Promotion and Wellness, students will learn about and practice various mindfulness and meditation techniques. All of which can improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, improve academic performance, eating behaviors and happiness.

Aches Away Massage Specialist Massages by Aches Away Massage Specialists are also available on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the year. Students and faculty can schedule an appointment online and the cost of the massage is $15 for five minutes.

Student Counseling Services Often times these methods of stress management are only temporary solutions. When pressures get to be too much, students can rest easy knowing there are professional counselors available to talk with at Student Counseling Services. Counseling services are confidential. The best way for students to stay on top of stress is to live a healthy lifestyle, stay on top of classes and assignments and get plenty of sleep at night. Time spent as a college student should be focused on learning, not being stressed out. Taking relaxation classes like yoga or t’ai chi are ways to learn various stress-reducing techniques. STORY BY CLAIRE WEINZIERL NEWS REPORTER @ClaireWeinzierl PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHELLE CARRICO PHOTOGRAPHER @Michayyy

Relaxation Relaxation is a simple stress management tool and can be as easy as taking a deep breath. Taking yoga or t’ai chi classes are also great relaxation practices to handle stress and learn to relax. ISU Health Promotion and Wellness offers schedules for these classes hosted throughout campus on its website.

Julia N. Visor Academic Center Keeping up in challenging classes is often the root of student stress. ISU has the Julia N. Visor Academic Center, a division of University College that has services and programs designed to help students with their classwork. Services provided include group tutoring in general education courses, oneon-one writing assistance, academic coaching, a computer lab and workshops to improve student study techniques. 9

Lifestyle habits A big way to manage stress is by being healthy and living an active lifestyle. Eating healthy foods and getting plenty of sleep can make a big impact on stress reduction. Visiting Campus Recreation to exercise is a great way to sweat out the stress. Taking a run or walk through the Quad is a simple and refreshing way to get moving. “I like to go for a run throughout town when I’m stressed,” junior agriculture communications majors Dan Obert said. Running and lifting weights are two popular ways of exercising but graphic design major Darion Woods has a unique way of handling stress via exercise. “When I’m stressed out I like to hit the punching bag in the Rec,” Woods said.


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Miles of isles in Bloomington-Normal

Bloomington-Normal is known for having the most restaurants per-capita in the country along with a wide variety of grocery store options. Here is a snapshot of the major outlets:

Hy-Vee 1403 N. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington See what all the hype is about with Hy-Vee’s fresh produce, hot and ready food (sushi as well) and a wide-variety of brands. In addition, Hy-Vee will order anything for customers not in stock, as well as deliver groceries. The store also has a restaurant inside called Hy-Vee Market Grille with an array of food options for every palette. Target 301 S. Veterans Parkway, Normal With Target’s recent addition of food and produce, this puts the superstore up in the running with Walmart and Meijer. Target offers not only clothing and departmental items, but also home and outdoor accessories, groceries and more. Students can find anything they might need.

Kroger 1502 N. Main St., Bloomington; 1550 E. College Ave., Normal Kroger is walking distance from campus on Main Street. Kroger offers fresh produce, frozen, shelved and canned goods, as well as some convenience and departmental items.

Walmart 2225 W. Market St., Bloomington; 300 Greenbriar Drive, Normal Walmart offers continual savings, wide options of food and produce, as well as departmental items.

Common Ground 516 N. Main St., Bloomington This grocery store prides itself on “Bringing Bloomington-Normal the Best in Healthy and Delicious Food.” Common Ground offers fresh, local products, organic and gourmet food, plus vitamins and supplements. It is in walking distance for students.

Aldi 1025 Wylie Drive, Bloomington; 301 Greenbriar Drive, Normal If any store is well known for its low prices, Aldi takes the title. This discount grocery chain will allow students to save big bucks if their budgets are tight. With Aldi offering its off-brand products, those looking to buy organic and gluten-free items can find them here for less.

Meijer 1900 E. College Ave., Normal Those looking for quality produce and a variety of products should shop at Meijer. Not only do they offer grocery items, but departmental items like Walmart has to offer. In addition, students can save big with mPerks, Meijer’s digital coupons and rewards that can be downloaded on student’s phones.





Know your campus A quick guide to many of the key buildings at Illinois State Fell Hall

president and principal of Illinois State Normal University from 1857-1862

Home to School of Communication, University College, International Studies, Student Access and Accommodation Services and WZND and TV-10. Named after Jesse W. Fell, the university’s principal founding father Fell Hall was the first campus residence for women and was completed in 1918, with the south wing added in 1949. It was closed in 1989 for a $12 million renovation and reopened in 1992.

Old Union Building School of Information Technology, Web and Interactive Communications office and WGLT Radio Old Union Building opened in 1956 and was the original student union on campus.

Williams Halls Originally was the Milner Library until it was reconstructed for the College of Business in 1981. Now, it houses extra books from Milner Library. Many believe the ghost of Angie Milner, who Milner Library is named after, haunts the third floor of Williams Hall

DeGarmo Hall Home to the College of Education and Department of Psychology Opened in 1972, it was named after Charles DeGarmo, principal of the Grammar Department of the Model School from 1876– 1883 and 1873 ISU alumnus.

Cook Hall

Center for the Performing Arts The Center for Performing Arts cost $19.8 million and was completed and dedicated in fall 2002. School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music students hold performances throughout the school year

ABOVE: Center for The Visual Arts.

Home to the School of Music TOP: Fell Hall. RIGHT: State Farm Completed in 1897, it is the Hall of Business oldest building on the Quad Emily Kinasz | Vidette Photographer Named after Jesse Williston Planetarium, Department of Health Sciences Cook, the fourth ISU president and Department of Geography, Geology and the (1890-1899) Environment. Illinois Gov. John Altgeld from 1893Opened in 1930 1897 liked medieval castles and wanted all Adjacent to it is the Felmley Hall of new state construction during his term in Science Annex, which contains the Collecoffice resemble castles. tions House greenhouse

Edwards Hall

Home to the Mennonite College of Nursing and Capen Auditorium Opened in 1920 and renovated in 1960s, it was named after Richard Edwards, the second ISU president from 1862-1876.

Schroeder Hall Home to the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology/Anthropology and the Department of Politics and Government Opened in 1957, it is named after Herman Schroeder, Dean of Illinois State from 1928-46. Schroeder was also acting president for a short time in 1930 when David Felmley was sick.

Felmley Hall of Science Home to School of Biological Sciences, ISU

Moulton Hall Home to Academic Scheduling, the Department of Physics and Office of the University Registrar, which consists of the Registrar Service Center, Veterans Services, Academic Records and Evaluation Services and Transcripts and Verifications

Hovey Hall Home to the President’s Office, the Office of Admissions, the Vice President for Finance and Planning, the Graduate School, the Provost’s Office, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and other administrative units The original section of Hovey Hall was first known as the “Administration Building.” The West wing was built in 1950 and the East wing was added in 1967. Named after Charles E. Hovey, the first

Center for the Visual Arts Home to the College of Fine Arts, School of Art, Arts Technology Program, Normal Editions Workshop and a student-run graphic design studio Transpace, a student-run art gallery, holds public shows from art students throughout the year

State Farm Hall of Business Home to the College of Business and COUNTRY Insurance and Financial Services Atrium Opened in January 2005 The Business Bistro, in the basement, has a variety of drinks and food available

Student Fitness Center & McCormick Hall Home to Campus Recreation, Health Promotion and Wellness, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic and the School of Kinesiology and Recreation The Student Fitness Center includes weight training spaces, four fitness studios, multiple sport courts, an indoor track, swimming pool and climbing wall.





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Centennial East and West Centennial East is home to the School of Music, Kemp Recital Hall and Allen and Westhoff Theatres, while Centennial West houses the School of Theatre and Dance in the College of Fine Arts. Located between Centennial East and Centennial West is the Airport Lounge, where students can buy drinks and food.

Stevenson Hall Home to the College of Arts and Sciences and the English, Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy and Languages, Literatures and Cultures departments Opened in 1968 and dedicated in 1969 after Adlai E. Stevenson II, a Bloomington-Normal resident, presidential candidate, Illinois Governor


Fairchild Hall Home to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Eckelmen-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic Fairchild Hall was named after Raymond W. Fairchild, university president from 1933-1955.

Rachel Cooper Home to the Department of Social Work and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Rachel Cooper opened in 1951 and was named after Dr. Susan Rachel Cooper, director of Health Services from 1928-1946.

Turner Hall Home to the College of Applied Science and Technology, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Department of Technology and Child Care Center Opened in 1963 and named after Jonathan Baldwin Turner, president of the Illinois Teachers Institute

Fun places around campus BY ALEX CAMPBELL | News Reporter | @alex_campbell98 “What do you want to do” can be as difficult a question as “what is the meaning of life” these days. However, Illinois State University has a wide array of locations and activities to alleviate even the worst case of adventure apathy.

The Rec One of the best places to visit around the campus is the Student Fitness Center, also known as the “Rec.” The Student Fitness Center is a great place to lift weights, run, play sports, swim and even climb a rock wall.

Krispy Kreme Donuts If you need a cheat day to break up trips to the Student Fitness Center, then Krispy Kreme is the spot. Arguably the greatest donut franchise in the world, make sure you get there when the hot sign is lit up for a free signature glazed donut. Stop on by Veterans Parkway to grab yourself a fresh dozen.

Bowling and Billiards Center One of the most entertaining places to visit on campus is the Bowling and Billiards Center located behind the Bone Student Center. The Bowling and Billiards Center is a great place to unwind and relax while enjoying the company of friends. It is more than reasonably priced and even has some food options.

North Street Records A quaint shop to get away from the stresses of today is North Street Records in Uptown Normal has a large variety of vinyl records, CDs and much more. Jeff Wilson, owner of North Street Records, said the store’s quality and guarantee sets it apart.


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iving away from home as a college student creates opportunities for new experiences that other students might miss out on. However, the degree to which students enjoy their time away from home is largely contingent on how they handle a critical issue: living with a college roommate. Understanding how to make the best of a living situation is a skill that will only prove more useful as students move out of dorms and into apartments and houses.

Get to know your roommate This might seem like an obvious one, but it is a critical one to start with. Some students may know their roommates before they move in together, but most will not. “Definitely befriend your roommate; it'll make the living experience more bearable,� resident assistant Lauren Proctor said. “However, having different friend groups is totally okay. In fact, I recommend it.�

Set ground rules

but roommates should always make sure they are on the same page with one another before these exceptions are made.

Don’t be a slob Part of living away from home is having to take responsibility for cleaning. If all roommates make an effort to keep the shared living area clean, a lot of trouble can be avoided. The same rules should apply to any guests.

Give each other space

As awkward as this may be— considering that most students will not know their future roommates—it is important that both parties are on the same page about what goes on in the living space. If students are uncomfortable with loud music, frequent guests or sharing food, it would be wise to let their roommate(s) know.

Dorms are either small, full of people, or both—so this is a big one. College is often a stressful time, and some students would prefer some time to themselves after a long day of class or studying. Bearing in mind that the room is shared equally between roommate(s), letting all other roommates know that some space is needed is not an unreasonable request.

Communication is key

Make the best of it

Outside of setting ground rules concerning what happens in the living space, roommates should also retain an open channel of communication with each other. Things happen and exceptions may need to be made to rules,

Many students end up disliking college roommates, but it is important that all inhabitants of the room remain civil. Nobody wants to feel unwelcome or unsafe in their own living space. Be respectful of each other.



Your ISU Bucket List Four years will fly by in an instant, so make sure you cross off these items by the time you accept your diploma  1. Take a picture with Reggie Redbird

 26. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween at the Normal Theater

 2. Take a picture with President Dietz

 27. Eat at Avanti’s

 3. Read The Vidette  4. Find an ISU significant other to get a picture on the

 28. Treat yourself to a Brewe-ha’s burger basket

“love bench”

 29. Spend an evening Uptown

 5. Pet a squirrel on the Quad

 30. Attend an Uptown event with music

 6. Climb the rock wall

 31. Do your homework at The Coffeehouse

 7. Watch the sunset from the roof of Watterson

 32. Get ice cream with your roommate from Emack & Bolio’s

 8. Eat at every food station in Watterson dining hall in one day  9. Walk the Constitution Trail

 33. Receive compliments from Career Services on your resumé

 10. Lay out on the Quad, under the stars

 34. In one day, get multiple Quad squirrels to stare at you without running

 11. Play with the pet therapy dogs in Milner Library

 35. Feed a squirrel on the Quad

 12. Watch a movie in Normal Theater  13. Attend every home football and basketball game  14. Attend the Gamma Phi Circus

 36. Hold a leadership position within an RSO  37. Try to connect with your professors  38. Step out of your comfort

 15. Collect as much free


stuff as you can during Festival ISU

 39. Attend a karaoke

 16. Eat late night at

night at Lunker’s or Six Strings

 17. Climb all of the

 40. Keep a portfolio of your classwork

Merry Ann’s Diner

stairs in Watterson

 41. Write thank-you notes to professors and classmates who help you out

 18. Study abroad  19. Play an intramural sport  20. Join an RSO

 42. Make friends with your classmates

 21. See a show put on by the School of Theatre and Dance

 43. Set up a hammock on the Quad

 22. Attend a Pub Wednes-

 44. Attend a sporting event for all of ISU’s sports teams

 23. Draw a chalk illustration on the bridge by Milner Library

 45. Land your dream internship

day at Pub II

 24. Hang around in Uptown

 46. Watch the March Madness performances

 25. Attend professors’ office hours




Get organized


rganization is extremely important for busy college students. Between homework, extracurriculars and jobs, it can be difficult to manage. Here are some tips to have a successful year. Planning, time management


Taking time to consider what needs to get done, either over the day or over the month, is the first step in staying organized. “I’m a big supporter of trying to carve out a plan,” professor Michael Mulvaney said. University College Associate Director Pamm Ambrose recommends students giving themselves additional time when estimating how long it will take to accomplish a task. “If I think something’s going to take me two hours, I estimate to take two and a half. That way, when I get a flat tire or when my brother calls, or any of those things, I have time built in,” Ambrose said.

College students balance many different activities at once and usually have a hectic schedule. Ambrose personally keeps plenty of lists. ISU Career Ambassador Hope Fairchild encourages students to write out tasks to stay on track. “You think you can remember everything, but you have to write it down. There’s no way that your head can be filled with class schedule, homework assignments you need to do…it’s just insane,” Fairchild said.


Ask for help

Students will find themselves with many different things to accomplish in a day. Recognizing what needs to get done first is important in getting everything done. “One of the things I do is prioritize, like when I come in the morning or even any other time what I have to do for the day, and put them in order of importance,” University College Coordinator Bunmi Adanri said.

“The other tip I give folks is be comfortable with what you know and be comfortable with you don’t know,” Mulvaney said. Instructors and professors usually make their expectations of students clear in syllabi, as well as due dates. Adanri wants students to utilize their syllabi properly, as it provides students with lots of information. There are many resources for students to take advantage of when college feels overwhelming. “College is a team sport and nobody does it alone,” Ambrose said. “For some reason, especially incoming freshman, believe that if they ask for help it’s a sign of weakness, but it’s not, it’s actually a sign of strength.”

Color coordinate Visual learners may benefit from color coordinating, using different colors to associate with different tasks. “I’m a very busy person, so what I do is color coordinate each different thing,” Fairchild said. “For me, pink is for school, yellow is for like my fun stuff, green is my RA stuff, and orange is work.”

Electronics Adanri is a proponent of students using electronic organizers. Between smartphones and laptops, students don’t just have to use a paper planner anymore to keep things straight. It may be easier to keep track of assignments on phone. There are many apps available to make it easy to keep track of things.





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Football forecasts

2017 Redbirds looking to improve on their 6-6 finish last season


he Illinois State football team fell short of steep expectations last season after turning in a 10-3 record and FCS Championship appearance in 2015. The Redbirds finished 6-6 (6-5 regular season) and endured a grueling midseason stretch, dropping four consecutive games— including defeats on Family Day and Homecoming at Hancock Stadium. However, this season is (literally) a new year. Quarterback Jake Kolbe will take the helm in his second full season and will be joined by a dynamically versatile backfield as well as an improved defense. The 2017 season will kick off Sept. 2 with Illinois State hosting Butler at Hancock Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Let’s take a look at how The Vidette sports staff forecasts the season.

Nick Landi

Nate Head

Neil Doyle

Kade Heather

Mike Marra






Sports Reporter Illinois State will fare better in close contests this season, thanks to Kolbe and running back James Robinson leading the offensive unit. The Redbirds will start the season with a strong 6-1 record, falling to only Eastern Illinois. Despite a tough second half of the schedule, ISU should recover in time to make a splash in the FCS Playoffs.

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Sports Reporter

The Redbirds easily could have been 9-3 last season but narrowly dropped three games settled by three points. This season, Kolbe and a dangerous offense coupled with a stingy defense will turn those losses into victories and hoist ISU to its 2015 glory with just a pair of regular season defeats at the hands of Western Illinois and North Dakota State.

Sports Reporter

There are big questions on how a completely new offensive line will protect Kolbe. Kolbe showed signs of stardom last year, with a great chance to be one of the top quarterbacks in the FCS. The defensive line and secondary will keep the ’Birds in games. They will get out to a hot start, winning their first four games. A tough second half of the season could give them problems, ending the season against South Dakota State and North Dakota State is no easy task.

The 2017 season will go a little differently than last year, as ISU will improve their 2016 record to 8-3 this time around. A key part of the Redbirds’ success will come from the top-tier defense, which returns most of their starters from a season ago.

Blo-No’s entertainment opportunities


This obvious go-to spot is great for walking around with new pals throughout the day for music festivals held in the Circle or for late night runs to DP Dough and/or Insomnia Cookies. Throughout the day, too, students can fulfill all their school pride, book, record or comic book needs at any of the 20+ stores the two blocks have to offer. The two blocks of fun and food are what all ISU student should experience.

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Constitution Trail

More than 45 miles of biking/ blading/walking trail is just another amenity available to ISU students and Bloomington-Normal residents alike, so get ready to see plenty of families and puppies while on the trail. It can take students just about anywhere, such as Starplex Cinemas or even downtown Bloomington. For students sans-bike, ISU’s Rec Center rents them out for free.

The AMC theater on McKnight Street in Normal shows all of the newly released movies one could wish for, and ISU students get a discounted price of $6 per movie ticket with a student ID.

Castle Theater If live shows are an interest, Castle Theater is a great spot to keep an eye out for any bands coming to Blo-No. The 23

It’s no secret, this Redbird defense is going to be good, quite possibly really good. However, the questions lie within the offense, in particular, the offensive line. Kolbe has the potential to be one of the most dangerous and poised quarterbacks in the MVFC and the FCS. Kolbe has a plethora of weapons, both in the backfield and in the slots at receiver. However, this is a team that might face some mid-season struggles with tough games opponents like North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Revivalists, Vintage Trouble and Saint Motel to name just a few have played at the Castle, and Hippo Campus is set for a performance in October. On average, tickets are around $20.

tart off first semester at Illinois State University with adventure by exploring the activity-rich BloomingtonNormal area. There are more than enough restaurants, historic areas, green spaces, family friendly and downtown spots to stay occupied; there’s really no excuse to be bored here.

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Sports Editor

Bowling and Billiards Center Don’t forget about the main on-campus spot—the Bowling and Billiards Center just behind the Bone Student Center. For just $3 a game, students can bowl their hearts out. For billiards fans, a table can be rented for $3.25 an hour, and ping-pong masters can rent a table for $2.25 an hour. COMPILED BY DEB BETHEL FEATURES REPORTER | @thedebbethel

Did you know? undergraduate 58.4% ofstudents are from

ISU total enrollment


the Chicagoland area; 19.3% are from McLean and surrounding counties

Undergraduate students


Graduate students


ACT scores

ISU 23.6 | National 20.8

New undergraduate transfer student average transfer GPA: 3.10 on a 4.00 scale



out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students come from 46 states, U.S. territories, and U.S. foreign countries

of undergraduate students live in residence halls; another 1.1% live in University-owned housing







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of undergraduate students are female

1,210 departmental faculty (255 profesuniversity sors; 265 associate professors; 181 employees assistant professors; 509 non-tenure track professors)


55 non-departmental faculty

Cover design

25 library faculty

Ad Production Manager

89 Laboratory School associates

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712 Administrative/Professional

Haley Varnes Night Editor

1,461 Civil Service

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SOURCE: Illinois State University

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McLean County:

Population 78,610 Mayor Tari Renner JFK visited Luca Grill during 1960 campaign

Population 52,497 Mayor Chris Koos Jesse Fell was a founding father of Normal

Population 169,572 County has total area of 1,186 square miles, larger than the state of Rhode Island

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