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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 Vol. 126 / No. 96

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Spring is in the air

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NEWS

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Sunny – reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red. Source: National Weather Service

The Bird’s Eye 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.

Should public officials who resign from office be awarded severance pay? 4.5% said NO

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Watch your back, April Fools’ Day is only four days away

April Fools’ evolves from theories

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Jessica Smith Staff Writer The origins of April Fools’ Day are shrouded in mystery; it’s hard to tell which theories about the holiday are true and which are a prank of their own. The earliest theory of the holiday’s beginnings was that it came from the French New Year celebration, which used to take place later in the year, closer to the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring. This theory cannot be accurate, according to historians, because the old French New Year actually fell on Easter, not April 1. In the 1980s, Joseph Boskin, a professor at Boston University, told an Associated Press reporter that the holiday began during the reign of Constantine I in the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries. Boskin said that it started when a group of court jesters told the emperor they could do his job better than he could. Constantine decided to play along and allow one of the jesters, Kugel, to run the empire for one day, April 1. Kugel then decreed that the day would be forevermore devoted to absurdity. Unfortunately, the countless newspapers who ran with the story Boskin gave them soon learned that they had been made the fools. He had made the story up as a prank, and “kugel” was just the name of an eastern European meal that his friend had a craving for. The most likely theory is that the

Pranks of all time

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holiday sprouted from the many European festivals that were held to celebrate renewal and the beginning of spring. Pranks were common at these celebrations. Throughout the years, pranks have changed and evolved in ways that no one could have predicted. In the 1800s, street urchins used to play tricks on London businessmen. Today, large companies and news sites trick thousands of people with a

single online post or news article. Some famous pranks include Taco Bell buying the Liberty Bell and renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell in 1996, the BBC’s footage of flying penguins in 2008 and recently, the Google Nose Beta, which “leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available.” Corporations continue to think of creative pranks each year; it is hard

to decide if it is hilarious or sad how many people fall for them. The U.S. is not the only country celebrating the fête these days, either. France calls April Fools’ Day “Poisson d’Avril,” or “April Fish,” and the common prank among French children is to tape pictures of fish on each other’s backs. This year, do not be bamboozled; keep an eye on the calendar and do not trust everything you hear.

’Bird on the Street: What is the best prank you have experienced?

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Left-handed burgers

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Nixon runs for President

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Used Nylons

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What is the deal with pi

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Taco liberty bell

In 1998 Burger King ran an advertisement in USA Today promoting a Whopper specially designed for left-handed people. The ad claimed the burgers condiments would drip from the right side of the burger. Not only did customers request the left-handed burger, but some requested the “old” right-handed one.

In 1992 National Public Radio (NPR) announced Richard Nixon, who was the only U.S. president to resign from office in 1974, was running for presidency again. NPR took clips of Nixon’s old candidacy speeches and even gave him a “new” slogan. The prank caused so much backlash from listeners that NPR gave up the joke after mere minutes. In 1962 a state-run television station, Swedish TV, was still only broadcasting in black and white. The station brought on a “technical expert” to describe to viewers a simple solution to making their televisions color. The “expert” told viewers to place an old Nylon stocking over their hardware and to move their heads side-to-side to align the color spectrum. Many tried, and failed.

In 2008 an executive with Microsoft posted on his personal blog an “updated value for pi.” The prank claimed Microsoft Research had determined the true value of pi was 3.141999, or as the executive put it, “Three easy payments of 1.04733.”

“I started my car and went back inside to warm it up. My friend took my car and drove it around the block. I was convinced that someone had stolen my car and drove off with it!”

“In football back in high school, we took the underclassmen’s clothes from the locker room. They were basically running around naked afterwards looking for their clothes.”

“When I was in high school, I had my car marshmallowed. That’s where someone licks those huge marshmallows and sticks them to the car. It was completely covered with marshmallows.”

Alyssa Groh / sophomore publishing major

Beau Falcon / freshman accounting major

Emily Pearce / senior graphic design major

“I was with a friend at the mall and he was wearing sunglasses. He got a bunch of mike and ikes which he spilled all over the floor and was pretending to be blind like ‘those are mine! Don’t take them!’” Ryan Pomper / junior sociology major Compiled by JESSICA SMITH/ Staff Writer

In 1996 the Taco Bell Corp. announced it had purchased the Liberty Bell and was renaming its franchise “Taco Liberty Bell.” The announcement caused citizens to begin calling the National Historic Park in Philadelphia to protest the name-change. Hours later, Taco Bell confessed it was all a hoax.

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The end of Westboro Baptist Church or a new beginning? Hate has existed in this country since its creation. In our generation, there has not been a more prevalent hate-fueled organization than the Westboro Baptist Church. For years, this cult-like congregation has spread bigotry and hate, particularly towards homosexuals and the Jewish population. They are infamously known for protesting outside military funeral services, claiming that God kills soldiers as some sort of punishment for America’s tolerance for homosexual people. They believe God is innately vengeful, set on eradicating Earth of sinners. The leader, Fred Phelps Sr., recently died at the age of 84. The numbers of people that are following the church are dwindling, and most others are hoping this will be the demise of the Westboro Baptist Church. Although their numbers are thinning, they recently picketed at a Lorde concert in Kansas, not long after the death of Fred Phelps Sr. The Westboro Baptist Church (it’s important to iterate that the Wesboro Baptist Church has no connection with the Baptist denomination) held up their infamous “God Hates Fags” signs, but were met by counter-protestors. The counter-protestors held up a sign reading, “Sorry for your loss.” To some this may seem like a trivial attempt at a counter-protest, but this editorial board believes this is an adequate protest. In fact, this is a genius idea. The Westboro Baptist Church has a twisted ideology of the world. They believe God is a vengeful creature that does not tolerate minorities, homosex-

uals, politicians, etc. The list goes on and on. They show no empathy towards many groups of individuals. At the Lorde concert, the counter-protestors emphasized this with their sign reading, “Sorry for your loss.” The counter-protestors were demonstrating their ability to forgive and empathize, which the Westboro Baptist Church has

been unable to do since its creation. Megan Coleman, the creator of the sign, shared her intentions with KSHB Kansas. She said, “We realized that it wasn’t so much about antagonizing them, but sending out the counter message that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity.” She also thought the sign represented what the church could be, instead of what it currently is. We as ISU students have dealt with situations similar to the Westboro Baptist Church protests. George Edward Smock Jr. (otherwise known as Brother Jed) periodically preaches in the Quad, threatening that if college students continue their lifestyle, we are doomed for eternal damnation. There is no place for this in modern society. Isn’t it the year 2014? Haven’t we passed the period of the fear-mongering sermon? Through a largely educated population, and growing acceptance and understanding of differing cultures and lifestyles, these messages will unlikely influence the behavior or thinking of our generation. There has been substantial progress as a society in the past century. It’s sad to see that blatant hate towards another group of people still exists in today’s America. In the case of the Westboro Baptist Church, religion should not be used as an excuse to support the spread of hate. Hopefully, the “most hated family in America,” the Westboro Baptist Church, will dissipate due to the death of their leader. Mark Twain said it perfectly, “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”

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.

Required prescriptions to stop home meth labs MY VIEW Nick Ulferts Columnist

As many people in Illinois know, meth is a huge problem. In fact, in 2012 Illinois ranked 5th for meth related incidents. While this has diminished slightly in the past year, law enforcement is still constantly combating the production and use of the drug.

While trying to stifle the creation and use of any illegal substance is difficult, drugs like meth present a completely different dimension of challenges. It’s common knowledge that just about anyone can make it with the proper know-how, with many of its ingredients being readily available at a neighborhood Wal-Mart. One of these ingredients is pseudoephedrine, which is found in several nasal decongestants. While nasal decongestants already require an ID to purchase, a new law is being proposed that would mean that nasal decongestants would require a prescription. While I welcome the attempts to crack down on meth abuse, especially since it is such an epidemic in Illinois, I question whether making drugs like Claritin-D and Allegra-D require a prescription will be effective enough to necessitate such legislation. While I have no doubt that it will make

the cooking of meth more difficult to some degree, it seems reasonable to wonder if it will in fact just create yet another obstacle that most meth dealers will eventually overcome. Many people will find a problem with this legislation because it will “make law abiding citizens have to suffer” and I suppose there is some merit to that. I’ve never had allergies, but I have had some fairly spontaneous colds, and having to go to a doctor in order to buy a simple nasal decongestant would be very inconvenient. If making my life more inconvenient meant significantly stamping out the use of meth in Illinois however, I wouldn’t mind in the slightest. That being said, serious meth dealers could still drive across state borders to easily obtain the drugs they need. If not that, then they could likely enlist the help of others to get the prescriptions and drugs they need for them. After

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all, it’s being done right now with other prescription drugs, why not nasal decongestants? In the meantime, it’s possible that requiring a prescription for nasal decongestants could even hurt local police officer’s attempts at catching meth dealers. Currently, anyone that buys drugs containing pseudoephedrine must give their identification information. This has not only led to many boxes of drugs containing pseudoephedrine not being sold, as someone can only buy it so often, but it also has led to several arrests. To introduce mandatory prescriptions would mean losing this valuable tactic. Expanding on that technology would in fact be a much better way of combating meth. For example, improving it so that drug stores can better coordinate their information would prevent meth dealers from attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at multiple locations, a common practice. From

there, developing better rehabilitation programs so that abusers could be cured of their addiction instead of just thrown in jail would prevent repeat offenses and would go much further to diminishing the meth problem. There is no “perfect” solution that would fix the meth problem in this state, but there are better ones than others. While making nasal decongestants require a prescription would help, there are better solutions that would be more effective. When you then consider the inconvenience it would cause those with various health ailments that aren’t buying such medication to abuse, it seems best that lawmakers try different avenues for combating meth in Illinois. Nick Ulferts is a junior English education major and columnist for The Vidette. Any quesitons or comments regarding his column can be sent to nlferts@gmail.com.

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Redbird Rumble: To the Chicago Bears for replacing Julius Peppers with Jared Allen. Should be a good season.

Redbird Rumble: To Lana Kühle who is now an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. Welcome aboard, Lana.

Redbird Fumble: To North Korea for forcing the men of the country to get haircuts like Kim Jong Un’s. Really strange.

Redbird Rumble: to Dr. Flanagan’s early departure. It is a shame, but we are ready for a new start with President Dietz.

Redbird Fumble: To GM for supposedley knowing about ignition-switch problems in their 2005 Cobalt, and releasing the car anyway, according to CBS news.


Features

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16th Annual Charity Drag Show brings PRIDE to Braden Kayla Stroner Senior Staff

It’s not too late to get your tickets for the 16th Annual Charity Drag Show, sponsored by PRIDE at ISU and happening at 7 p.m. Saturday in Braden Auditorium. The show has grown a great deal since it was hosted for the first time over a decade ago in the small quarters of the Prairie Room. “Huge” is the word that senior PRIDE member Tomas Bolivar uses to describe what the event has become. “It started as a small charity event to raise money for local LGBT groups on campus and in the community,” Bolivar explained. “As LGBT issues have come more into the forefront, the drag show has gotten bigger and bigger.” Tickets for the show are available through the Braden Auditorium box office, online at ticketmaster.com and are available at the door on the night of the show. Fans of local drag queen Sharon Sharealike will be glad to know she is returning to host the show again. PRIDE is glad to have her back as well. “Sharon has been our host for several years,” Bolivar said. “She’s a riot. She knows how to work a crowd, and she definitely knows how to run the event.” Those attending will enjoy a night of performances given both by professionals, hailing mainly from central Illinois, and students. “Tips are encouraged,” Bolivar explained. “They are not required, but they are encouraged because it’s great way to interact with the show a little bit, and it’s part of the drag culture.” Though Bolivar is not participating in this year’s event, he has performed in past years

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Last year’s 15th annual Charity Drag Show was a hit among students. Participants spared nothing expressing their artistic sides. and shared the importance that drag holds put on some makeup, put on a dress, and if you want to be smarter, you can do that be a different character, be someone I have through drag. To put on a wig and feel that for him. “Drag is a form of artistic expression. never been. It’s a nice outlet because you for a couple of hours is a great feeling.” It’s a way to step out of being “Tomas” for get to take on a whole new persona. If you For more information, contact PRIDE at a couple of hours and put on some hair, want to be sassier, if you want to be sexier, pr@ilstupride.org or visit ilstupride.org.

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New bike plan in the works for Bloomington Jessica Smith Staff Writer The McLean County Board has approved a new expansion to the Route 66 Bike Trail after receiving $2 million in state funding. “We received the funding for this project back in 2012, and since then it’s just been a matter of putting together plans and getting approval,” Eric Schmitt, McLean County Engineer, said. The new stretch of the trail will extend from Towanda Avenue in Normal to County Highway 29 in Towanda. The total cost will be around $1.9 million. Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program contributions will pay $1.5 million, and the communities along the trail will cover the remaining 20% of the cost. McLean County will pay $95,000, Bloomington will cover $157,000, and Normal will pay about $116,000. The rest will be split between McLean, Towanda, Lexington and Chenoa. In response to these plans, many Blo-No residents expressed negative feelings and questioned why their tax dollars will go towards building bike trails instead of funding schools. Schmitt responded to these concerns by explaining that the grants were specifically intended for additions such as the route 66 bike trail expansion.

“The grants from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program can only go towards bike trails or other similar enhancements,” Schmitt said. Additionally, he added, these plans are just one part of the ongoing Route 66 project which started in the 90s. “This was the next logical piece.” The construction for the Towanda expansion will begin in April of 2015 and may cause some added construction traffic, says Schmitt. “There will be times when it’s down to one lane with flaggers. But residents will be made aware of these changes ahead of time.” The county also has plans for a 2.5 mile section of the trail to start from Highway 29 in Towanda; work would begin on this section in late 2015. ITEP gave McLean County $1 million for this section of the trail, and other funding will come from the surrounding communities — $82,000 from Bloomington, $61,000 from Normal, and a share from other towns along the route based on their populations. Another mile, building off of the section from Fox Creek Road in Bloomington to Shirley, will be constructed as well if funding can be acquired. Eventually, McLean County officials hope that the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail will run 370 miles from Chicago to the Illinois state line.

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Quinn to present his successes in debate Quinn and Rauner continue to battle in the heated race for governor. On Wednesday, Quinn made a speech at the annual budget address where he outlined the financial suc-

cess he claims since he assumed office in 2009, which was presented to a joint session of the House and Senate at noon. On Tuesday, Quinn distributed a list of his fiscal news that he uses in defense to Rauner’s claim that Quinn

is a “promise-breaker”. Quinn’s list includes the reductions in state’s backlog of bills, cuts in state’s operating budget because of charges in Medicaid programs, the closure of prisons and the savings in state office leases.

Blo-No distributes electronic accident reports Police will soon be initi- accident report online. ating an electronic ac The service will be available the cident report system in Bloomington and Normal second week in April for Normal and by April 7 in Bloomington. that will allow people The reports would cost 13 dolinvolved in an accident lars. Regular reports will still be available at each department due to receive a copy of the

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You might walk outside and think, “Wow, this spring sure has been a cold winter.” But the dust bunnies on your windowsills will reassure you spring is here, and it’s time for cleaning. Vanessa Nagel Reporter

Mop or Swiffer WetJet your kitchen floor

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For whatever reason, college students have the hardest time remembering how important vacuuming is. During the winter you’ve tracked dirt and grime into the carpets, it’s traveled to the corners of your bedroom or hid under your couches. The heat has been on all winter and has sucked dust into the vent openings. Take ten minutes to vacuum each room in your house and clear out the vents.

Clean your bathroom from top to bottom

I’ve always been a firm believer that this should happen at least every other week, but my roommates would also say I’m a neat freak. Use anti-bacterial wipes or cleaning solution to remove built up germs from your shower, countertop, mirror, door handles and towel racks. Grab some Clorox and clean your toilet; it only takes two minutes.

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Everyone has that one drawer full of unnecessary random objects that you refuse to throw away even though they serve no meaningful purpose. Whether it’s in your kitchen or bedroom, open it up and purge. Throw away everything you’ve never used or have only used once. If it’s a useful item in good condition, send it to Goodwill or a charitable organization. If it’s a thank you gift from your boyfriend’s sister’s baby shower that you accidently broke but feel bad throwing away, toss it.

Do a clean sweep of your refrigerator Dust your windowsills and spray down your windows

You’ve probably only opened your windows a few times during this frigid winter, if at all, and dust has built up. Unless it’s cleaned out before spring really hits, it’s going to travel into your house or apartment along with the warm breeze we’re all anticipating. Dust off the sills, the pane and the screen. Wiping down your blinds would be smart too. Take a few squirts of Windex to the glass to fully enjoy the sunshine as the days get longer.

Believe it or not, your refrigerator can be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria if it’s not cleaned on a regular basis. Take out all the food you’ve stored in the fridge and freezer, then decipher which items are expired and can be thrown away and which are still safe to eat. Before reloading, take out each shelf and drawer and clean them with hot water and soap. Don’t forget to wipe down the walls and door with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution.

Relieve stress with campus wellness program Kelsey Stiegman Senior Staff

Spring Break has passed and the days of carefree relaxation are long gone. Now that classes are back in fullswing, you might be in need of a healthy stress reliever. If that’s the case, check out Practice of Positive Living program.

This program is for ISU students and staff members and was designed by Health Promotion and Wellness in order to assist participants in handling the pressures of daily life. The Practice of Positive Living program will teach you how to cope with stress by using selfdiscussion, meditation, breathing exercises, journalism and exercise and nutrition. Student meetings are held from

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noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday from now until May 1 in room 159 of McCormick. The meetings are lead by Jill Belongia, an Experi-

enced Registered Yoga Teacher. Staff and faculty sessions are also hosted from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in room 159 of Mc-

Cormick until April 29. Erin Link, coordinator at Health Promotion and Wellness, thinks that it is very important for stu-

dents and faculty to try out the program. “Illinois State University students report stress as one of their top impediments to academic success,” said Link. “Faculty and staff report stress as one of their top health concerns as well. While stress is a normal and necessary part of everyday life, too much stress can be harmful.” Link also says that the Practice of Positive Living meetings have been tailored in order to help participants get the most out of the experience. “The classes are very interactive between the facilitator and participants. It is a mix of discussion and hands-on skill building projects,” said Link. “The classes tend to be fairly small, with no more than 25 people which creates a comfortable environment that fosters sharing.” Those who have taken part in the program have said that they learned a lot from the experience and have successfully applied the coping see Stress page 12


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03.27.2014

Brantley Gilbert rides into BloNo Kelley Bowles Reporter

Country music fans rejoice; on Friday, Brantley Gilbert is coming to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Tickets are going fast but there is still a chance to buy some on Ticketmaster. The

29-year-old country singer from Georgia is currently on his “Let it Ride” tour. Gilbert is touring with fellow country stars Eric Paslay and Thomas Rhett. This is the third tour for the singer, who started shows back in 2011. Gilbert originally moved to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue songwriting. He released his first album with an independent label in 2009, but in 2010 his debut album “Halfway to Heaven” hit the shelves. In 2011, Gilbert signed with a division of Big Machine records, who re-released his “Halfway to Heaven”

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DETAILS WHAT Brantley Gilbert “Let it Ride” Tour 2014 WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday WHERE U.S. Cellular Coliseum INFO uscellularcoliseum.com

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum album. The album included two of his popular hits “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” has had several singles Gilbert hit the top charts including his most recent “Bottoms Up” which reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. If you cannot make it to the show Friday at the U.S Cellular Coliseum, there is a list of tour dates on Brantley Gilbert’s website. On July 26 he will be performing at the popular summer coun-

try music festival Country Thunder. Tickets are still available for the weekend festival to get your chance to see Brantley Gilbert along with other popular country stars. For more information about upcoming shows, merchandise and music release dates, you can visit his website at brantleygilbert.com or check out his Facebook and Twitter for updates. More information about the upcoming show at the Coliseum as well as ticket prices, can be found on their website uscellularcoliseum.

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14 ILLINI Continued from page 16

Hecht gave the Redbirds 3.1 scoreless innings of relief before the Illini added two runs in the seventh

frame and one run in the ninth inning to conclude the ball game. The Redbirds will resume Missouri Valley Conference play Friday night at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind.

‘Birds’ Continued from page 16

to 20-11, Wills hit a trey followed by a Lynch free throw to pull the Redbirds with 26-19, but Siena took the lead heading into the locker rooms at 31-21. ISU started out the second half with a Lynch offensive rebound which was turned into a layup, outscoring Siena 6-2 to pull within 3427 at the 15:08 mark. ISU would

03.27.2014 then trim the Saints’ advantage to 42-35 on a 7-3 run with 7:51 to play. A dunk by Lynch and an ally-oop from Paris Lee would bring ISU within 51-43 at the 4:23 mark, but Siena would regain the double-digit lead. ISU would pull with 58-48 on a Knight free throw with 53 seconds to go, but that was as close as the ’Birds got as Siena held on for the 61-49 victory.

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Phyllis Tigges won her singles flight and was part of a winning duo.

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6-0, in singles No. 4. Baillon bested Miles 6-2, 6-4, in the singles No. 5 position, and Gabby Phillips beat Wojtalik in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-1, 3-6, 11-9 in the No. 6 spot. The Redbirds will host 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Champions Wichita State at noon, April 5.

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’Birds’ season ends in CBI semifinals

The ISU men’s basketball team fell to Siena in a 61-49 decision last night in in Albany, N.Y., Lynch sets MVC record

03.27.2014

MVC basketball looks for new home after St. Louis contract ends TIM CARROLL Sports Columnist

With the Missouri Valley Conference’s contract with the Scottrade Center in St. Louis ending in 2015, Commissioner Doug Elgin will be free to take the yearly basketball tournament anywhere that will have them. Archive Photo

Reggie Lynch (left) set the MVC record for blocks in last night’s game and led ISU with 15 points on the night. Daishon Knight (right) finished with 11 points. TAWNI RICKETTS Sports Editor

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he Illinois State men’s basketball season came to a halt last night in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) semifinals after Siena defended its home court in a 61-49 decision at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The ’Birds concluded their 2013-14 campaign with an 18-16 record.

“It’s been a long, hard season for these guys,” ISU head coach Dan Muller said on his postgame radio show. “The guys in the locker room, I love and am proud of them. I can’t wait to get back in the gym with them. “We missed a lot of open shots,” he said. “I don’t want to schedule them (Siena) next year. They’re really good. They’re big and physical. They probably made four 3s at the end of shot clocks that were big.” Despite the defeat, ISU standout

freshman Reggie Lynch set the Missouri Valley Conference freshman single-blocks record, recording five blocks in the game to finish the year with 96 total. Lynch’s record-setting block came at the 14:30 mark of the second half when he blocked Siena’s Brett Bisping. The record was previously held by Creighton’s Benoit Benjamin, which was set in 1982-83. Lynch fronted the Redbirds offense with 15 points and recorded

seven boards. Daishon Knight also finished with double figures, earning 11 points. ISU never obtained a lead in the season-ending loss. Siena jumped out to an early 9-0 lead with three buckets from Bisping. Tony Wills accounted for ISU’s first basket on a layup at the 15:20 mark, which was followed by a Nick Zeisloft three-pointer to bring the ‘Birds within 12-9. See ‘Birds’ page 14

ISU women’s tennis Illini tops ISU baseball, dominates BU, 7-0 6-1, in midweek rivalry

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Emmie Marx defeated her Bradley opponent 5-7, 6-3 on Wednesday.

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On a day when the Illinois State women’s tennis team was scheduled to play outside, the Redbirds had to compete against their rival, Bradley, inside at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington on Wednesday. The change of plans did not phase the ’Birds as they dominated the Braves with a 7-0 win. ISU defeated Bradley in all but one match. The Redbirds began the competition with a loss in the doubles No. 3 position, as Bradley’s Ariel Dechter and Cassia Wojtalik edged Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves. Phyllis Tigges and Madeliene Baillon took down the BU duo of Adele Henke and Sarah Rodefeld, 8-5 in doubles No.

1 position, while Emmie Marx and Carolina Abello bested Ashley Thai and Carly Miles, 8-4, in the doubles No. 2 spot. “I thought we came out a little slow in doubles,” ISU women’s tennis head coach Chris Hoover said. “Three [Nisbet and Ilves] was a little too aggressive I think, and didn’t quite get it done there but we picked it up in one and two. Overall, I thought it went pretty well.” When ISU matched up against the Braves in singles play, the ’Birds defeated them in all six flights. This secured the win for ISU’s first Missouri Valley Conference match. Tigges took down Henke 6-2, 6-3, See ISU page 14

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espite plating a run first in the second inning during a mid-week matchup between central Illinois rivals Illinois State and the University of Illinois, the Redbird baseball team fell to the Illini in a 6-1 decision Wednesday afternoon at Illinois Field in Champaign. The Redbirds compiled eight hits in the defeat and Cam Verbeke made his first-collegiate start on the mound, allowing three earned runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work. Illinois’ J.D. Nielsen retired three batters in two scoreless in-

nings for the Illini en route to his first season victory. Mike Hollenbeck stretched his on-base streak to 22-consective games with a leadoff single. Logan Leverett followed with a single and Brian Rodemoyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out in the second inning. Dennis Colon then drew a bases-loaded walk to give ISU its lone run and only lead of the game at 1-0. The Illini took the permanent lead in the third frame, scoring first on a run-scoring groundout, then second on a two-run double off of Verbeke to extend Illinois’ lead to 3-1. Steve Heilenbach and Ben See ILLINI page 14

Per Kansas.com, the possible destinations are St. Louis (again), Kansas City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Las Vegas. All of these options have their value; Las Vegas plays host to three other basketball tournaments in March, so there is no doubt that the interest would remain high. Not many have spoken up for Vegas, however, due to the potentially dangerous atmosphere that comes with the city. The most likely alternate destination appears to be Kansas City, which recently opened up the Sprint Center in 2007, and has hosted many college basketball games since opening. Indianapolis and Chicago are also great spots, but if feels as though they are so dominated by the Big Ten, that the MVC tournament would be an afterthought for it. The MVC should stay put in St. Louis. I know many want to see the arena updated, and hopefully they will be able to get that to happen. St. Louis is where the headquarters of the conference is located, and is right at the center of all the locations of every school. Moving the tournament to Kansas City could appear really biased to Wichita State, who has become the premier Valley school with Creighton moving to the Big East this season. While Wichita State should be celebrated for their recent success, favoring them too much could get other schools to jump ship in order for equal treatment. There is also the argument that KC is closer to a few schools, but it is actually much farther for six of the conference’s ten schools. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I know many students here at ISU who loved traveling to the tournament down in St. Louis every year. It’s only about a three hour drive, and easy to just cruise down I-55 all the way there. Putting the tournament on the other side of Missouri would double the drive at the very least, and really hinder the kind of turnout ISU gets at the tournament. I realize this is easy for an ISU student to say, with our campus being one of the closer ones to St. Louis, but keeping the tournament in what should be considered the conference’s capital city seems like a good idea. Whatever ends up happening to the future of the tournament, let’s just hope the Valley gets back to where it was before Creighton left and become one of the most competitive mid-major conferences again.

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