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Vol. 130 / No. 56


Magic of the movies

The women of Delta Delta Delta dance to songs from “The Cheetah Girls” Saturday at Redbird Arena.

Chi Omega’s March Madness brings cinema to stage


espite the dreary Saturday weather, Redbird Arena had the energy of a men’s basketball playoff game for Chi Omega’s 42nd annual March Madness dance competition. Opening up with a “Grease” themed dance routine, the women of Chi Omega set the stage for the rest of the evening. The theme of the philanthropy event was “Night at the Cinema.” Each fraternity and sorority involved would perform a dance routine featuring music from a film or related to a film. The Rho Kappa chapter at Illinois State University has raised over $314,000 since partnering with Make-A-Wish in 2002. March Madness Chairwoman Shania Scurlock said this year’s goal was to surpass $50,000, which was raised last year. “We did fundraisers at Panera Bread, Chipotle and Blaze Pizza, but we won’t know how much we raised until a week later,” she said. “We raised $50,000 last year, so our goal was to beat that amount.” A family touched by Make-A-Wish and the Rho Kappa chapter was presented to the audience. The family had surprise triplets, one of which continues to have health implications even in the third grade. A medical staff is always at hand within their household. With the aid of Make-a-Wish and Rho Kappa, the family was able to take a trip to Walt Disney World, something they thought would be impossible. The featured event arrived, the lights went down and “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project echoed through the arena to introduce the emcees of the evening. A now bumbling crowd was loud, energetic and ready for the start of the show. The night opened with Delta Upsilon’s routine based on the hit franchise “Fast & Furious.” Following “Fast & Furious,” the audience was taken on a journey through films such as “Burlesque,” “Space Jam,” “Hairspray,” “Rocky” and “The Greatest Showman.” “Obviously Chi Omega was my favorite



ABOVE: Keeping up with the theme “Night at the Cinema,” fraternity Acacia payed homage to the film “Napoleon Dynamite.” TOP RIGHT: The women of Alpha Omicron Pi wore cheerleader outfits as they danced to music from “Bring It On.” BOTTOM RIGHT: Sorority Delta Zeta won first place at March Madness. [performance], but I liked them all,” Abby Simpson of Chi Omega said. “All are unique, and it’s fun to watch it all.” During intermission, Chicago Cubs tickets, autographed Chicago Blackhawks gear and more was given away in a raffle. Every group supported the other groups and cheered each other on despite it being a competition. There was a true sense of connection within the Greek community. “[My favorite part of the process] was the sisterhood of gathering at the house prior to the show,” Alexis Lowenbein of Gamma Phi Beta said. “It took about two and a half months to put this together.” “Alpha Delta Phi was phenomenal,” Lowenbein said. “All of the girls had great facial expressions, costumes and great formations.” At the end of the night, sororities and fraternities won first, second and third place,



each with a respective cash prize. First place winners received $300, second place won $200 and third place took home $100. The women of Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha won first, second and third place, respectively. Acacia, Alpha Sigma Phi and Sigma Nu fraternity members won first, second and third place, respectively. The brotherhood and sisterhood of the event carried on well into the night. There was never a dull moment within the nearly sold out stadium.

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n celebration of Earth Day, the City of Bloomington Citizens’ Beautification Committee, the Town of Normal and the Ecology Action Center will dedicate the week of Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 22 to cleaning the two communities. The Bloomington-Normal Spring Clean Up Week invites community members to participate in collecting garbage in public parks with f ree supplies which will be provided by Bloomington’s and Normal’s Pa rk s and Recreation Departments. Leading the cleanu p efforts among t h e vario u s groups is t he n o n pr of it environm e n t a l agenc y t he Ecology Action Center, which has a stated mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. Executive Director of the Ecology Action Center Michael Brown said there will be two events being held in celebration of Earth Day. “As you know, Earth Day dates back to 1970, so we’re at 48 years, coming up on 50 years, of celebrating it,” Brown said. “There will be two events, or perhaps an event within an event, in that there is the Blo-No Spring Clean Up Week which is not ritually organized but rather there are groups going out, kind of like self-starters, that are promoting these events.”

“These are the people that know the areas that need some work on public property. Both of the Parks and Recreation departments of the two cities will offer free clean up supplies such as trash bags and work gloves. They’re really trying to help, encourage and support those efforts.” “The end of the week culminates in our event which is our traditional Earth Day trail clean up and creek clean up,

and trail along that stretch each year.” Brown said the EAC has been organizing this event for five to six years in conjunction with two other groups involved in separate Earth Day events. “I think at its peak, last year we had a really good turnout, as well as the year before. It can be close to 100 volunteers on a good year but some years it can be 50 depending on the we at her. It c a n b e unpre dictable and so a nice day can bring out more volu nte e r s ,” Brown said. “This is a great opportunity to go out there and volunteer and give back to the community, our local communit y, and give back to the broader global communit y wh ich we all depend on for a healthy environment f o r our own

which is an event that people can sign up for. They don’t have a particular site in mind but rather want to want come out and help,” he added. Brown said those interested in helping out the efforts of the Ecology Action Center Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, from 9 a.m. – noon on April 21 can sign up on the organizations website, ecologyactioncenter. org. “We clean up a huge stretch of the trail and creek, from Tipton Park then west a few miles to Audubon Garden,” he said. “It’s really a massive effort and we end up pulling literally a ton of trash from the creek

health a n d w e l l being.” H e c o n t i nued to say that for ISU students, the event is a great way to express that and be a part of the Earth Day events. “Do your duty. This is a civic way to help keep our environment clean and healthy for the benefit of us all,” he said.

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‘Create Your Space’ A guide to COM Week 2018

Illinois State University’s COM Week 2018 kicks off Monday under the theme “Create Your Space.”

Monday The Awards and Scholarship Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. Keynote speaker John Gilmour will give a presentation titled “Bringing Broadway to ISU” at 2 p.m. in Stevenson 101. Gilmour is a communications director for the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” national tour. The panel “Bloggers and Vloggers” will be held at 3 p.m. in Fell 148. The panelists will explore how professionals attract a following and keep up with various topics and trends. “Good Journalism or ‘Fake News’?” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Fell 123, where panelists will share the importance of the news media and free speech. COMedy Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson 101. The night will feature ISU alumni who will discuss their experiences in the entertainment field and include performances by panelists and ISU RSOs including Improv Mafia, Normal Humor, TV-10’s “It’s So Funny” and Theater of Ted.

Tuesday “Communicating in a Crisis” will be held at 9:35 a.m. in Fell 152. Communications professionals who have been there when major events happened will share insight on effective communications strategies to mitigate crises. Keynote Speaker Marlen Garcia, who is an editorial writer and columnist at The Chicago Sun-Times, will share her experiences in the world of journalism at 11 a.m. in CVA 147. “Fashion in Communication” will be held at 12:35 p.m. in Fell

158. Four professionals in the field will discuss their journeys into the fashion industry. Public relations and media professionals will share practices for pitching stories to media gatekeepers at “Making the Pitch: Effectively Pitching Stories to the Media” at 2 p.m. in Fell 280 - CIC. Keynote speaker Dr. Larry Jong will host “Communication Degrees Open the Door to Opportunities” at 3:35 p.m. in CVA 147. Jong will share the keys to success during his time as the executive director of the School of Communication at ISU. Keynote Speaker Griffin Hammond will speak on documentary filmmaking in “Upgrade from Amateur to Documentary Filmmaker” at 5 p.m. in Fell 280 - CIC. The Student Alumni Council and Association for Women in Communications will sponsor a 45-minute panel “Mocktail Hour: A Networking Event” at 7 p.m. in Hancock Stadium Club. The event will feature alumni who work in the field. The event is free but registration is encouraged.

Wednesday Panel for young alums titled: “So I Graduated… Now What?” will be held from 9 – 10 a.m. in Fell 280. Recent graduates share what RSOs, courses and internships at ISU made them stand out from other candidates. Former “Are You the One” participant and 2017 graduate Alyssa Ortiz will be a panelist. The “Student Accommodation” panel focused on getting a better understanding of instructors’ views on accommodations requests, what role anxiety and stuttering play in the classroom and how student accommodations on campus make a difference for people after graduation and in their careers. The panel will take place from 10 – 10:50

a.m in Fell 280. The “Event Planning” panel will cover topics ranging from corporate outings, weddings and concerts and will take place from 10 – 11 a.m. in Fell 158. Listen to a diverse panel of professionals as they discuss the value of a communication degree among other cultures and other aspects of international communication, diversity and cultures in the workplace at the “Diversity and Language in the American Workplace” panel at 11 a.m. in Fell 162. Hear from the alumni who are taking on careers “outside of the box” from what they thought they would be doing post graduation with their communication degrees at the “Outside the Box” panel at noon in Fell 152. Those interested in a postgraduate degree can attend “College 2.0: The Value of a Master’s Degree” and hear from grad students about the work it takes to earn a master’s degree in communication. The panel will take place at 1 p.m. in Fell 148. “Political Communication: Civically Minded in a Modern Society” will take communication into the political realm at 2 p.m. in Fell 158. The panel will feature professionals working in the political sphere. Seasoned communications specialists will share tips and tricks on how to create and implement a social media strategy that clicks at “Social Media Management 101” from 3 – 3:50 in Fell 162. The Documentary Film Festival, sponsored by the ISU Documentary Project, is a venue to present student-made documentaries. Each year, the ISU Documentary Project invites an accomplished documentarian to present their work. The festival will take place from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Normal Theater in Uptown.

Red Cross encourages Blo-No to donate blood this month TIFFANY MORRISON News Reporter | @MorrisonTiffany


he month of April is National Volunteer Month and the Bloomington-Normal area has many organizations that one can get involved to help the community.  Every year on this month, American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to get inspired and donate blood for a simple, life-changing difference. The local organization, located on 1 Westport Court in Bloomington, is holding multiple donation opportunities around the Bloomington community. Opportunities this upcoming week are as follows: 4/16: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Moose Lodge, 614 IAA Drive 4/17: 2 – 6 p.m. First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson St. 4/18: 12 – 5 p.m. Avanti’s Italian Restaurant, 3302 E. Empire St. 4/19: 12 – 5 p.m. Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center, 104 E. University Ave. 4/20: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Moose Lodge, 614 IAA Drive Blood donor Kay Whaley was in an

accident when she was 9 where she needed many blood transfusions, inspiring her to become a donor.  “It takes about an hour of your time and could save the life of a friend, neighbor or even family member,” Whaley said. “It doesn’t cost you anything and is the greatest gift you could give.”  Other dates can be found online or one can also make an appointment to donate by downloading their app, visiting their website or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.  The American Red Cross relies on its volunteers and the American public to perform its everyday duties, such as providing emotional support to disaster victims, supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, providing international humanitarian aid and more.  Habitat for Humanity, located on 103 W. Jefferson St., is another local nonprofit organization one can get involved in.  “Each month, we help families’ dreams come true by building their house from the ground on up. I say if you have a hand, then give a hand because it is a good feeling to give

back,” volunteer Candice Bonaparte said. “Right now, we are working with a family whose grand opening to live in their new home will be April 28th.” Habitat for Humanity’s vision, according to its website, is to create a world in which everyone has a home and their overall mission is to bring people together to build communities, homes and hope with God’s love.  “[...] When I transferred to ISU last semester, I became part of the organization,” Bonaparte said. “I love gaining friendships through serving the community.”  The Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI) also relies heavily on its volunteers and donors throughout the year to provide for the animals it houses until they are given a forever home.  “I like being an intern for the HSCI because it gives me a chance to help out a local organization as well as for myself to gain some experience creating marketing activities that raise money for the Society,” HSCI Intern Dylan Jones said.

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Thursday Students can take advantage of the Career Institute, boasting over 25 professional networking opportunities divided into two segments. Taking place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Brown Ballroom, the education segment will allow students to ask questions about résumés, portfolios and interviewing answered by professionals. The career fair is open to all majors. Experienced visual communicators will give valuable insight on what it’s like to be a graphic designer in a digitally innovative world at “Graphic Design: Tips and Tricks in a Digital World” from 12:35 – 1:50 p.m. in Fell 280. Those interested can discover the role of communication in leadership settings at the “Language of Leadership” panel at 2 p.m. in Fell 152. Public relations professionals will share their stories of how they used their PR degree to find their per-

fect fit across the industry at “PR Practice: Agency, Corporate and Institutional” from 3:35 – 4:50 p.m. in Fell 125. “Beth Grady: No Bull: Working with the Bulls” will feature Beth Grady, the Manager of Public and Media Relations for the Chicago Bulls from 3:35 – 4:50 p.m. in CVA 147. Learn what it takes to be the best in the human resources field while incorporating major communication aspects, in a tropical style at Stacey Shoemaker’s “Behind The Shades” at 5 p.m. in the Capen Auditorium. Shoemaker is the HR Business Partner at Maui Jim and will talk about her position in her keynote address. For more information, visit casit. COMPILED BY KEVIN SCHWALLER STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ NEWS EDITORS




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Take pride in ISU’s history

hen students find themselves attending the first public university in the state of Illinois and one with a history that stretches 161 years, it’s kind of incredible to see the magic that comes along with it. On Saturday, The Vidette held its biennial Hall of Fame banquet. Students, faculty, staff members and alumni came together to celebrate the contributions former Videtters have made in the news, photography, design, advertising and marketing industries. This year’s inductees were all student journalists during their time at Illinois State University and found their passion for their eventual careers at The Vidette. The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes Jim Kirk, editor of the Los Angeles Times, Mitch Pugh, editor of The Post and Courier, Sally McKee, managing editor of the Peoria Journal Star, Bryan Bloodworth, former Pantagraph sports editor, and Tony Andracki, senior digital producer for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. In previous years, The Vidette Hall of Fame has welcomed Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times,

Alex Reside, senior digital photo editor for GQ and GQStyle, Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board, and Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks executive vice president. Just looking at the titles and organizations these alumni hold or are part of is something that should make every Redbird—not just ones related to The Vidette or School of Communication—proud. The Vidette is not the only organization on campus to have such wonderful people in its family. The School of Theatre and Dance has an impressive lineup of alumni

who have gone on to see their name in big lights and on big and small screens worldwide. Notable actors include Jane Lynch (“Glee,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird,” “Roseanne”), Gary Cole (“Veep,” “Office Space”), Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “Pineapple Express”), John Malkovich (“Red,” “Burn After Reading”) and Cloris Leachman (“The Last Picture Show,” “Malcom in the Middle”). We also can’t forget about the athletes that have come out of ISU Athletics and accomplished impressive feats in their re-

spective sports. From Doug Collins, who was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, to Cameron Meredith, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, Redbirds are everywhere. We all knew coming to ISU would be special. We would make friends for life, have new experiences we wouldn’t get anywhere else and learn more about ourselves. What we all didn’t realize was the history we would get to enjoy during our time on campus. We each can say we “got our roots” at the same place so many of our notable alumni did. But more than just basking in the high-power positions and fame these alumni have achieved after graduation, their accomplishments show us we can make our wildest dreams come true, and we should all be proud to call ourselves Redbirds. Whether you are approaching graduation in just a few weeks or still have years to enjoy, take in everything available to you at ISU. Maybe some of us will be lucky to hold positions like these alumni, but we’ll all be able to say we’re part of ISU’s ever-growing magic.

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

Food collaborations promote unhealthy habits MY VIEW KAMARA TURNER | Columnist


nacking is one of the biggest money eating habits of Americans, and while it is not necessarily a bad thing, the snacks we consume are what really matters. Food companies are constantly producing foods that are unhealthy for us, but catch our attention. The most recent outrageous food combination was created by Krispy Kreme, and it is releasing two new cookie-inspired doughnut products.

The first product is a Nutter Butter twist on a classic glazed twist. It is dipped in peanut butter icing, topped with pieces of Nutter Butter cookie and drizzled with more peanut butter icing. While peanut butter is not unhealthy itself, the overload of the spread is filled with a lot of fat and extra calories. The second cookie doughnut is inspired by famous Chips Ahoy. It is an unglazed shell doughnut filled with cookie dough crème. Finally, it is topped with dark chocolate, Chips Ahoy pieces and a mini Chips Ahoy cookie. It is important to note that all these foods and snacks are OK in moderation, but when snacks are constantly consumed, we risk many health issues. These foods also catch the attention of children and it is up to parents to

decide if these foods are okay for their children to consume. According to the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, in 2016, unhealthy snacks were the most advertised category of foods in all age groups, which represents 26 percent of food-related ads. These ads were viewed by children ages 2 to 11, and 31 percent were viewed by children ages 12 to 17. In another study, The Guardian, reports “foods such as Kellogg’s Coco Pops, Arnott’s Tiny Teddies and Nestle Smarties were promoted to children according to the food companies’ own voluntary health standards even though they would fail to be found healthy by the government regulators.” These foods are also easily accessible to college students. College students have the stigma of being broke and not

able to afford many healthy meals. As a college student, I have seen how hard it is to afford healthy foods, especially during long nights of staying awake to study and do homework. It is important to be cautious about the foods we consume and put in our bodies because they affect our future health. Although Krispy Kreme has to continue to make different foods to promote the brand, it is up to us as consumers to decide if we want to eat these foods or not. KAMARA TURNER is a mass media major and a columnist for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding her column can be sent to Follow her on Twitter @kvmara.


We should not be mocking people To the Editor, I am not writing this to support any political candidate. I am writing this to make a point about something that needs to change in our country. After taking a hiatus for a few months, an anonymous/nameless Twitter account is up again and is insulting, mocking and trying to humiliate a political candidate for U.S. Congress (who I do NOT support). It is called “Fake Rachel Barnhart.” This kind

of thing really bothers me and offends my sense of human decency, fairness, respect and justice. I am known for having a good sense of humor, but I find nothing funny about publicly mocking and insulting someone and making accusations such as she has “an outsized ego” (as if that is some kind of rarity among political candidates) and is a “prom queen.” No one deserves to be treated like this whether or not the accusations are at all valid and justifiable. This mocker and insulter should at least put their

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name to this rather than being anonymous and nameless. That seems cowardly. I am putting my name to this letter. Why doesn’t this person do the same? This is not how we should be treating each other in this country. Surely, we are better than this.


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Bloomington paints the city blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month ANDREW DOUGHERTY Senior News Reporter | @addough

between living a happy and healthy life to a life not fit for any human being. It is important to make sure that children are not put in these horrible situations,” Wood said. In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, local “Children don’t have a choice as to the people who care for organization Bloomington’s Children’s Home & Aid will be them, so it’s important that we make sure they have a safe celebrating by decorating the city blue. home and family. I can definitely tell you that the background Children’s Home & Aid members tied blue bows around a child comes from greatly correlates with the aggression the organization’s campus, as well as launched blue balloons and behavior in the classroom.” into the sky. Early education major Marissa Sheridan agreed with During the month of April, National Child Abuse PreWood that child abuse awareness is something that should vention Month, communities are encouraged to increase be addressed and discussed more frequently. awareness and provide education and support to families “As someone who has babysat young children for years through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and and teaches in a classroom filled with them, I strongly feel neglect. that children who are at risk of abuse should be protected This April is the 35th anniversary as it was first desigfrom that, no matter where they come from,” Sheridan said. nated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Ronald Rachel Hatch, Illinois State University assistant director of Reagan in 1983. media relations, said ISU has ties with the DCFS and foster In an interview with WJBC, Lisa Pieper, Children’s Home Photo Courtesy of PCAAmerica Twitter care through the university’s social work. & Aid regional vice president, said that by putting out the Blue pinwheels, the national symbol for child abuse prevention, were “On our side, we have people who conduct studies on child blue bows, the organization is trying to raise community placed in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. to abuse and prevention. We have a Center for Welfare and awareness for that even and just celebrate the great work commemorate the month. Adoption Studies research program in the School of Social their staff and program continue to do to help families in Work, as well as a professor in the Department of Criminal should be. McLean County. Justice Sciences who has done a lot of studies on people who “Children are the adults who will change the world. The envi- have survived abuse, along with the relatives who live with Special education major Sarah Wood said she feels as though Child Abuse Prevention Month is not taken as seriously as it ronment in which they grow up in can make the difference them,” Hatch said.

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Sophomore journalism major Ariel McGee (left) and sophomore political science major Autumn Foster both work the front desk at Watterson Towers.

Home sweet home

Housing gives students a solid foundation to live, interact STORY BY STUART STALTER SENIOR FEATURES REPORTER | PHOTOGRAPHS BY CLAIRE WAGNER VIDETTE PHOTOGRAPHER AND MONICA MENDOZA PHOTO EDITOR EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a recurring series of behind-the-scene efforts that make Illinois State University’s campus tick.


or many students, Illinois State University is more than an educational forum. Approximately 8,200 students call ISU home. Since so many students live on campus, a dedicated housing program is necessary.

Staff overview To serve student, campus and community needs, 22 professional staff members and nine in administration work as one efficient housing army. Stephanie Thompson, residence hall coordinator and apartments and case manager, oversees ISU’s Fell and School Street apartments. S“I love how supportive the university and department are of innovation and being creative in better serving students,” Thompson said.

Student staff Student workers solidify the housing operation. Though exact numbers evolve with needs and schedules, many work as resident assistants. One resident assistant is junior history major Frank Murray. He describes his major duties. “I must be present on my floor in order to build community,” Murray explained. “I have a certain amount of time that is spent on-call, meaning that I have to be in the building with a radio so in case anything is going wrong in the building I can respond.” Additionally, Murray ensures Stephanie Thompson roommate situations are smooth. If a situation turns sour, Murray must mediate. Another situation he assesses is damage done by residents during occasional room inspections. Outside of monitoring situations, Murray puts on social and developmental programs. Developmental programs include academics, civic engagement, diversity and independence. “Basically, I have to be available for residents in case they need me, or so I can refer them to a service or person who can help them get what they

need,” Murray said. Murray feels rewarded for his hard work. He enjoys positive relationships with residents and takes pride in his work. “I feel like as a resident assistant, more than anything, I set an example for my residents and I let them know that there is someone on campus who cares about them,” Murray said.

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“I am still not completely adjusted, but being in a TLLC makes it easier,” Ortiz said.

Watterson Towers facts The most visible location in ISU housing since 1969 is Watterson Towers. Standing at 298.5 feet, 28 stories, Watterson is the second-tallest dormitory in the world (340-foot 33 Beckman at Pace University in New York City is the tallest). Watterson is also the tallest point between Chicago and St. Louis. Watterson was named after ISU geography professor Arthur Watterson. Eight elevators grant over 2,000 students mercy when navigating the architectural behemoth.

Living costs

Maya Though students who live on Ortiz campus find new friends and opportunities, they sacrifice at-home savings. For the 2017-2018 academic year, students initially pay $250. Additionally, a $50 application fee is made. ISU dining center staff prepare food for 11,000 Specifically, residence hall prices range from students daily, putting in much more work than $2,667 for double/quad rooms per semester to some may expect. $4,560 for a super single suite room. Though utilities and internet are included, a meal plan is provides unique opportunities for like-minded required. students to study and socialize. Furthermore, Cardinal Court apartments range Students majoring or minoring in a specific from $4,148 to $5,802. Utilities, internet and area fill a TLLC application as part of parking are included. Unlike at residence the housing contract in the Housing and halls, a meal plan is optional. Dining Portal. These applications are University-owned apartments on Fell reviewed daily, Monday through Friday. Street are $2,869 per semester. AlterIf accepted, students can choose a natively, double apartments on School space within many communities during Street are $2,515 per semester. They room selection. house three or four occupants. School The communities are business, co-sciStreet single apartments are $3,225 per ences, fine arts, honors, IT, international, semester. Single apartments house two to Frank Murray leadership and service, mathematics, three occupants. nursing, music, sophomore experience, All utilities, except electric, are included special education, teacher education, transfer in University-owned apartment expenses. Meal students and wellness/substance-free. plans are optional. Maya Ortiz, freshman theatre and film studies Most students who have not been out of high major, struggled last semester with social assimischool for more than two years must live on lation in a smaller, more rural environment than campus. However, exceptions are made for healthher hometown of Chicago. Living in the fine arts related reasons. TLLC eased the struggle.



Students live in University Housing. On-

campus housing provides opportunities to meet friends, get involved on campus and gain leadership skills.


Proffesional staff and nine administration work in University Housing to serve student, campus and community needs. Staff are available to answer students’ day-to-day questions.


The year Watterson Towers opened its doors to house ISU students.


Approximate pricing for ISU Residence Halls. For a super single suite room, prices is approximately $4,560.


Feet tall makes Watterson Towers the second-tallest dormitory in the world. Overall, it consists of 28 stories and eight elevators transport 2,000 students around the resident hall.


MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Men, women’s track and field sweep Redbird Invitational BEN ADKINS Sports Reporter

LaMont Allen also sits at sixth in ISU history in the high jump with a jump of 2.15 meters. This personal best not only won him the event, but puts him tenth in the NCAA West region. Also in the high jump, Anthony McRoberts had

for ISU history, and 22nd in NCA A West region. Both the men and women’s 4x100-meter relay teams took first. The men’s team, Jaylan McConico, DeShaun Jordan, Anderson Devonish, and Derrius Rodgers, with a time of 40.69 sits at fifth for ISU history. Emily Cowan, Kelsie Prear, Demetria Anderson, and D’Jenne Egharevba are now sitting in the eighth spot in ISU history by running a 45.69.

On April 14, for the only time this season, the ISU men and women’s track and field team competed on its home track. The team had an impressive day at the Redbird Invitational as it took 20 individual-event wins out of 38 events. The weather conditions were less than favorable, but the team still impressed. Jeff Bovee, director of Other men’s wins for ISU include: Track & Field and Cross Country, knows the conditions were rough, but 200-meter: Anderson Devonish athletes need to be able to compete in (21.04) anything. 400-meter: Ben Montgomery “We had some student-athletes (47.80) embrace the weather and, overall, we 800-meter: Jack Antsey (1:52.49) gave a very good team effort,” Bovee 1500-meter: Cody Baele (3:57.05) said. “Being here in the Midwest, you 110-meter hurdles: Jaylan McCohave to be able perform no matter nico (13.89) what the conditions are, and we did Women who won for ISU include: that today.” Men’s pole vault had a showdown 100-meter: D’Jenne Egharevba Photo Courtesy of ISU Athletics (11.68) between fellow Redbirds Ryan AshRedbird track and field swept both the men’s and women’s meets at the enbremer and Luke Nelson. Both 1500-meter: Grace Beattie (4:32.58) Redbird Invitational held on Illinois State’s campus over the weekend. athletes cleared 5.08 meters and sit 3000-meter: Ashley England at fifth in ISU history for the event. In the end it a season best jump of 2.12 meters, earning him (10:24.08) was Ashenbremer who claimed victory. the third spot. The jump was good enough to put 100-meter hurdles: Demetria Anderson Women’s pole vault, Ariana Cranston was also him 16th in the NCAA West region. Later in the (13.80) able to win for the Redbirds. long jump, McRoberts had another season best High jump: Kameesha Smith (1.66 meters) She boasted a 3.87-meter clearing, earning her jump of 7.01 meters, winning him the event. Shot Put: Brandy Thomas (14.88 meters) a fifth spot for the ISU all-time list. With Nicole In the women’s discus, Sydney Laufenberg The Redbirds will travel to Charlottesville, Bagwell’s clearing of 3.67 meters, she now ranks threw a distance of 52.36 meters, enough to Virginia, to compete in the Virginia Challenge sixth for ISU. win her the event. The throw puts her fourth on April 20th – 21st.

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The left-hander tossed six innings of one-run ball, while striking out five Sycamores and only allowing two walks. “I’m really proud how he came out as the Sunday starter,” Durkac said. “We needed a sterling performance from him and he gave it to us. He deserves all the credit today.” This is the second Sunday in a row Walker has impressed on the mound. He piggy-backed six shutout innings versus Dallas Baptist a week ago with Sunday’s performance. “Matt Walker on back-to-back Sundays dominated both teams,” Durkac said. “You can’t pitch better than that.”

Friday: Indiana State 5, ISU 2 The Redbirds were held scoreless through the first five innings of the series opener, tallying a pair of runs in the sixth inning but ultimately falling short to Indiana State, 5-2. Brent Headrick started on the mound for ISU and tossed five innings, allowing four runs. Owen Miller, Derek Parola and Jack Butler each added two hits.

Saturday: ISU 8, Indiana State 7 Trailing 4-0 in the eighth inning, Illinois State rallied for five runs and added another three in the ninth to secure the win. Owen Miller had three hits and Collin Braithwaite hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning. 4.

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

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Infielder Alex Caliva looks to turn a double play as Illinois State won all three games against Evansville over the weekend at Marian Kneer Stadium to extend its win streak to seven games.

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ISU sweeps Evansville, extends win streak to 7 games TYLER JACHNICKI Sports Reporter | @TJachnicki10

The Illinois State softball team (17-23, 8-5 MVC) is in the midst of its best stretch of the season. Thanks to a number of elite pitching performances and timely offensive rallies, the Redbirds swept the Evansville Purple Aces this past weekend to extend their win streak to seven games. After a 1-4 start in the MVC, the Redbirds have hit their stride, moving up to third in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. “We have put entire ballgames together, not just relying on pitching, hitting and defense, but really been able to put all components together and play solid throughout,” said head coach Melinda Fischer.

Game One: Illinois State 2, Evansville 1 It was a pitcher’s duel to open the series as ISU’s Sarah Finck and Evansville’s Morgan Florey took the circle in this one. After both teams went scoreless in the first five innings, Purple Aces’ shortstop Lindsay Renneisen homered to left in the sixth inning to give Evansville a late 1-0 lead. The Redbirds responded in the bottom of the frame, as a double off the bat of Riley Strandgard brought home Shannon Felde and Alex Caliva to put the Redbirds in front 2-1. Finck would step into the circle once again in the top of the seventh to close out the Purple Aces. Evansville threatened to tie the game with runners on the corners, but a strikeout and a fielder’s choice ended the game, giving ISU the

Redbirds stump Sycamores in weekend battle Baseball wins first MVC series of the season by taking two of three games in Terre Haute

series-opening win. Finck was sensational in what was her eighth win of the season. The senior right-hander had a season-high seven strikeouts in her eighth complete game of the season.

Game Two: Illinois State 4, Evansville 2 The Redbirds once again received a strong performance from their starting pitcher. Freshman Morgan Day mirrored the performance that Sarah Finck had in game one, pitching a complete game giving up two earned runs on three hits, while posting a career-high nine strikeouts en route to her seventh victory of the season. After being shut out the first three innings, the Redbirds scored a pair of runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Riley Hale led the way for the Redbirds as she went 2-3 and scored what would end up being the game-winning run in this matchup.

Game Three: Illinois State 4, Evansville 2 It wasn’t an ideal start for the Redbirds in the series finale, as Sarah Finck allowed runs in the first and third inning, giving the Purple Aces an early 2-0 lead. But the Redbirds were able to keep the deficit at two thanks to the strong relief performance from Ali Domkuski. The junior right-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up only four hits with a career-high nine strikeouts. It was Domkuski’s first appearance since her stellar relief outing against Indiana State on March 31. “As a junior, I know always be ready, any situation you can

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For the first time since May 15, 2016, the Illinois State baseball team has won a Missouri Valley Conference series. The last series win in MVC play came versus former MVC foe Wichita State at Duffy Bass Field. That was until a 5-2 victory on Sunday at Indiana State sealed the series win for Illinois State, the first in Terre Haute since 2014. Bo Durkac “I’m really proud of how we’ve played since the Sunday game against Dallas Baptist,” ISU head coach Bo Durkac said. “We pitched significantly better this series than we had any other three-game series this year.” Indiana State threated in the bottom of the ninth and left a runner in scoring position with the tying run at the plate.

be thrown in so just trusting yourself, trusting your team is the biggest key,” said Domkuski. Once again the Redbirds would score all of their runs in back-to-back innings. Other than an RBI single from Alex Caliva to put the Redbirds on the board in the fifth, three of the four Redbird runs were a product of mistakes made by the Purple Aces. ISU scored its second run on a wild pitch in fifth, and brought home two runs in the sixth thanks to consecutive passed balls. “[Evansville] made some mistakes and we took advantage of those mistakes and I thought we finally started swinging at pitches that we could hit,” said coach Fischer. The Purple Aces put together a seventh-inning rally, putting runners on second and third with no outs. However, after Domkuski forced a fly out to left, Morgan Day was called upon to shut the door and complete the sweep. The freshman right-hander would do just that as she struck out the first batter she faced and ended the game with a f ly out to left, giving Day her second save on the season. The Redbirds will continue conference play Wednesday when they head to Bradley for a mid-week doubleheader. They will return home for a weekend series starting Saturday when they meet up with the Drake Bulldogs, who sit atop of the Missouri Valley Conference. TYLER JACHNICKI is a Sports Reporter at The Vidette. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @TJachnicki10.

Braden Niksich came into the game with a 5-1 lead for Illinois State in a non-save situation. A pair of walks and a hit allowed the Sycamores to pull within three runs of the Illinois State lead, but never closer than that. The Redbirds jumped out to 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a Tyson Hays threerun homerun. Hays came into the contest with only four other at-bats on the season and the homerun was his first collegiate hit. “Tyson is a good player,” Durkac said. “He is Matt Walker going to be an exceptional player at our level. He is as good a defensive catcher as a freshman I’ve ever coached in my 16 years.” Three runs were just enough cushion for Illinois State starter Matt Walker to work with. see BASEBALL page 7

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