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llinois State University School of Music hosts Concerts on the Quad all month in July. Community members can relax and enjoy an array of live music. There are three more concerts remaining.

Monday, July 16 7-9 p.m. Switchback Monday, July 23 7-9 p.m. The BraziLionaires Monday, July 30 7-9 p.m. Singing Under the Stars Teresa Fry of Ashley Lewis Band performs for an audience on July 2 outside on the Quad. The concert series will continue for the remainder of the month. Samantha Brinkman | Photo Editor


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project, along with an annual conference that educates RNs and other health care professionals on team primary care. MCN has par tnered with three area organizations to meet these needs. Two RNs trained under the project will each be placed at McLean County Health Department, Community Health Care Clinic and Chestnut Health Center. RNs embedded at these locations will serve as instructors for MCN’s nursing students. This allows students to partake in new experiences in diverse care settings. “The project allows us to keep people out of the hospital and in the community,” said Neubrander. This shifts health care towards prevention rather than care once in the hospital, which is believed to be the right step in the future.


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ISU nursing program to focus on community healthcare Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing received a $2.8 million grant to launch the Change Agents to the Underserved: Service Education (CAUSE) project. The intent for the CAUSE project is to educate nursing students, practicing Registered Nurses and various medicine, social work and psychology health care professionals in the role of the RN for community-based primary care teams. “This CAUSE project will substantially benefit underserved populations and help meet the local health department,” CAUSE’s abstract when proposed said. “This grant will prepare our Ali Rasper | Photo Editor students to function at the full ISU’s College of Nursing received a $2.8 million grant to launch CAUSE which is dedicated scope of their nursing license to educating students in RN roles in primary care settings,” MCN the hospital.” community on the role of the RN Dean Judy Neubrander said. The project is a four-year plan, in primary care and to improve the “It is important because health GARRETT KARSTEN is a news care needs to move towards a pre- with its first year set as a prepara- health of the underserved commureporter for The Vidette. He can be tion year. CAUSE includes three nity,” according to Neubrander. vention model and utilization of RNs reached at Follow major goals that include “educating An advisory board will be estabin primary care settings is an affordhim on Twitter at @GKarstenISU. able way to care for patients outside nursing students, nurses and the lished to provide guidance to the

35th annual arts festival brings prizes, music KACEY NICHOLS News Reporter | @Kacey12793516

the roundabout. The Sugar Creek Cloggers will be performing, as well as Tom Ricker, Wildermore, Leah ptown Normal will host the 35th Marlene and many more. annual Sugar Creek Art Festival on The MCAC website is full of information July 14 and 15. about the specific performance times of each Artists from all over the country will be artist. there to show off their artwork. All of the artThe website also gives detail on the planwork seen will be for sale. etarium shows that will be showing this There will be more than 140 booths at this weekend. The planetarium is on the Illinois two day long festival. Also, the local shops State University campus and has children with be open for business as well. shows as well as a star gazing show. According to the McLean County Arts The Sugar Creek Art Festival does take volCenter webpage, booths will feature all sorts unteer help. All information is on the MCAC Vidette Archives of art such as paintings, jewelry, accessories Uptown will host the Sugar Creek Art Festival July 14-15 website. Help is needed throughout the day and pottery, most will be for sale. and volunteers will receive a free Sugar Creek which features and sells artwork from all over the country. There is also an art award show that will Art Festival T-shirt. be judged by professional artists with cash Join Uptown Normal as they celebrate The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on prizes as well as an award in memory of artist this big art festival with friends, food, art D. Bill which is graded on the best use of recycled Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and and music. will feature music throughout the afternoon at material.


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Renner cancels meeting on immigration ordinance Bloomington mayor lacks city council member support

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“I also call upon our faith communities and social justice organizations to educate our citizens about these policies and procedures, to serve as advocates for individuals when they report crimes, and to develop scenarios for supporting vulnerable members of our community.”

onday’s special meeting set for the Bloomington City Council to discuss and vote on the proposed immigration ordinance was canceled. The immigration ordinance would discuss the interactions that would be allowed between the Bloomington Police Department and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is the second time that Mayor Tari Renner, Bloomington mayor Tari Renner planned to bring the ordinance to a vote and has a failed due adopting a welcoming-city ordinance that to lack of support from city council would limit the interactions between BPD members. and ICE. “I remain committed to recognizInstead of the proposed ordinance, ing the importance of our immigrant Renner wishes for the Chief of Police Clay population,” Renner said in a stateWheeler to work towards developing poliment. “However it is clear there is not cies and procedures regarding interactions support on the Council for the ordiwith BPD and ICE. nance that was to be considered this “I also call upon our faith communities Vidette Archive evening.” Community members gathered outside City Hall to rally and social justice organizations to educate Bloomington’s Keep Families against the proposed ordinance and to show support for our citizens about these policies and proceTogether Coalition opposed the ordi- immigrant families. dures, to serve as advocates for individuals nance that would have been discussed when they report crimes, and to develop Friday. Monday afternoon in a statement released on scenarios for supporting vulnerable members The Coalition has been working towards

of our community,” Renner said. The city said in a statement that Bloomington City Council meetings on this topic are not anticipated. “I think the city made it clear today they don’t plan on bringing it back but we are going to continue to push elected officials,” Jenn Carrillo, coalition member and YWCA McLean County representative said. “We will continue to inform ourselves on immigrant rights so that we can spread the message and keep our community educated and informed.” KFTC held a rally Monday afternoon outside of Bloomington’s City Hall to express solidarity with their immigrant neighbors and figure out what their next steps will be. After the Town of Normal passed a welcoming-city ordinance, KFTC members hoped Bloomington would adopt a similar policy. “The city council doesn’t have the moral leadership to do the right thing and it comes back on us to make sure we are the welcoming city ordinance,” Carrillo said. The Bloomington City Council will continue their regular scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. July 23 in City Hall.

Park and Recreation month offers free activities The Fresh Market closes its doors GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter | @GKarstenISU

Several events have already passed such as Aqua Zumba, 4th of July Festivities and Stories in the Park. Many events are worth looking to for the rest of the month. “The kids are having a good time,” Assistant Director for Business and Recreation Operations James Wayne said. “The community certainly enjoys the activities and gets behind the activities.” Aqua Zumba featured a free class located in the Aquatic Center and taught by Normal Parks and Recreation staff. The fitness routine allowed for a high-energy workout along with

Normal Parks and Recreation celebrates Park and Recreation Month throughout July with a variety of free activities for all ages. Upcoming activities include the Normal Public Library Story Walk beginning at 5 p.m Thursday. The walk invites participants to interact with stories through games and a walk in the park. Friday will feature a presentation of “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” in the Connie Link Amphitheatre at 8:15 p.m. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters. Clinics will also be held Samantha Brinkman| Photo Editor towards the end of the month allowing young athletes to Visiting Fairview park in Normal is a part of this month’s Normal Parks and Rec Bucket improve their skills or try new List. sports. Chicago Fire will host a soccer clinic July 22, Warriors Lacrosse July 23 and Edge Football July new ways for aquatic exercise in the future. 28. Stories in the Park with Normal Public Library was held Thursday Other events to look forward to throughout the month include Fitness but was postponed until 6 p.m. due to weather complications, limiting in the Park, Julie K: Big Music for Little Hearts and the Penny Plunge. attendance. Those seeking a challenge can participate in a “bucket list” for the Storytime continued the following day and was able to be held outside, month. A town-wide Bucket List Challenge will allow participants to get beginning at 10:30 a.m. The second day of stories had 77 in attendance. out and explore Normal Parks and Facilities, according to the Town of NPL stories also included song and dance and other interactive actives Normal’s website. for kids. Events took place in One Normal Plaza Shelter. Those who complete the lists can post it to social media and receive a Festivities celebrating the 4th of July included inflatables, face paintrewarded “swag bag” for completion. Bucket lists can be picked up at the ing and other family-friendly activities. A show including over 2,000 Parks and Recreation offices or printed off its website. fireworks concluded the day.

The Fresh Market in Normal will be closing its doors. The family-owned business at 200 Greenbriar Drive opened in Sept. 9, 2009. The store will close 15 of its current 176 locations due to Ali Rasper | Photo Editor “longterm un- The health-food grocery store opened its first location in the derper1980s. foming stores,” said CEO Larry Appel in a statement. This includes the Peoria location as well as multiple stores in the Chicagoland area. There are currently more than 60 employees in the Normal location and the company will attempt to relocate as many people as possible. “We appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the community for these years, and it’s dissappointing to close, but it’s the right thing to do for the business as a whole,” Appel told The Pantagraph. “We wish the community nothing but success.”


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Banning books bans growth

he American Library Association has recently renamed the Laura Ingalls Wilder award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. This change was made due to the fact that Wilder’s use of language in her books regarding indigenous people and people of color did not line up with the association’s values of inclusiveness and respect. A longer statement released by the association said Wilder’s works “reflect dated cultural attitudes … that contradict modern acceptance, celebration and understanding of diverse communities.” Missing is the fact that Wilder’s lived experiences dealt with standard pioneer lifestyles as a back and forth fight between Wilder’s family being threatened and robbed by Indians while settlers threatened and robbed Indians back. Wilder explains this in child-sensitive ways to help showcase what growing up in the 1800s was like as a pioneer girl. It isn’t that she contradicts modern acceptance, but that she was a product of her times and that we, as a society, should learn from it. It is often fashionable for Wilder to explain what she sees when it comes to indig-

enous people, whether she describes them as “red-brown” men or something a little more derogatory, but she placed emphasis on how a person acts rather than how a person looks. Wilder is not the only person to do this. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is consistently being denoted, regardless of its Pulitzer Prize-winning title. Why? Lee uses strong language and opens up a discussion of sexuality and rape. “Mockingbird” today is an excellent way to open discussions on racial tolerance – to think critically about the character Atticus Finch and the way black people are viewed.

In fact, many books that have influenced or shaped American life have been denoted, banned or challenged. Classics like “Huckleberry Finn,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Red Badge of Courage” and more have all been challenged or banned. Most of these are due to strong language, the use of the n-word, references to sex or an overall form of censorship about subjects that should be used to open and encourage discussions and critical thinking. History is used to learn and grow. We learn about war so we know to never let things like that happen again. We learn about slavery and genocide to realize

its role in history while also making a connection to the growth of unity within the nation. Books promote the same benefits of learning from historical mistakes and prejudices. Banning books or erasing them from curriculum rids the opportunities to learn about how the world once was. Putting blinders on children through banning literature can only hurt them. It shuts down their viewpoint of the world and all its offerings and can cause them to become ignorant towards people different than them. It also shuts down discussions about sexuality and racial injustices. Books are supposed to teach and inspire through universes that can be true or fantasy. They can’t harm you and if it’s deemed that the maturity level isn’t present to handle a book in its entirety, just don’t read it. Banning great literary works won’t solve any problems but can only increase them. Let a child learn, let them start discussions and let them know that language used in certain situations was merely a product of its time – you don’t have to like it, you don’t have to accept it, but you can learn and you can grow from its content.

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This is the last straw MY VIEW MONICA MENDOZA | Editor-in-Chief


s a former Starbucks employee and my first job having been at McDonalds, I am screaming in excitement. Starbucks is working towards a cleaner earth by getting rid of plastic straws and working towards replacing them with a recyclable lid. McDonalds in the UK and Ireland will start to phase out plastic straws and replace them with paper straws. Have you ever used a straw from any of the dining centers and noticed that they are not plastic? Yeah, I noticed that too. It’s probably something you don’t think about often, but here’s the gist of it all, according to ecocycle.

org, 500 million straws are used in the US every day. I think of all those extra straws I pick up because I’m in a rush to get somewhere, and all those straws I pick up from my car floor and just throw away in a plastic bag just to throw away. We need to acknowledge none other than the woman herself who came up with this concept, Emily Alexander, an engineer in Global Research & Development at Starbucks. Alexander and her team spent well over two months perfecting the lid. As a nation of innovators and creators, we are just getting started. There are limited resources for recycling. My two past apartment complexes did not have any options to recycle. All those move-in boxes, all my Aldi boxes, my plastic Walmart bags ended up in the trash. I’d like to think that apartment complexes are aware of what their tenets are throwing away, but maybe that’s a stretch. Two years of waiting, what can we do until then? Well, here is what you

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can do to help eliminate the use of plastic. First, purchase re-usable bags when you go shopping. Whether it is clothes shopping or grocery shopping, bring your own bag. Keep them in your car afterwards, by a door, by your keys, as long as you have them in sight, use them. If you don’t feel comfortable purchasing $.99 reusable bag, ask the cashier who is bagging your product to use less plastic bags. Secondly, gather all of your plastic bags and take them to your nearest Walmart and recycle them. Simple as that. Less clutter and you’ll feel the weight off your shoulders when you get rid of them. I don’t know what Walmart does with the bags once they are recycled, but I have in good thought, that they clean them and reuse them. Purchase your own reusable metal straws for your convenience. It is easy to wash and there are certain metal straws that are bendable for easy storage. Even better, purchase your own


I want to play as much as possible, but at the same time I want to win, whatever gets us to that championship level so if I can help do that, then I’ll be on it to be on the field at all times. ISU linebaker, Tuvone Clark said about returning for the 2018 football season.

metal straw that you can keep on your person and wash it anytime, anywhere. One thing that comes to mind on top of getting rid of plastic straws for a lid is a creating a system that rewards others for bringing in resuable items. Picture this, you have a bunch of reusable bags and you’re shopping. You go to check out and they say “Did you bring your own bags today?” and you say “Yes I did.” Right there, you get a percentage off of your total purchase for not using plastic. Genius. Starbucks takes off a percentage when people bring in their own reusable cups. All you have to say to the barista is that you have your own reusable cup. McDonalds, it’s your turn to try that out. I know everything is easier said than done, and I know the type of customers who love having their straws, but endorsing a cleaner planet is key. Saving the planet shouldn’t be this hard, and it’s 2018, so what are you going to do to save the planet?

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Locals celebrate America

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Free concert series hits high notes in Danvers



A summer concert series in Danvers continues its events and the Danvers Town Band invites adults of all ages to join. Beginning July 1, the town began hosting its annual ice cream social events. Its last gathering occurred Sunday. However, those looking to join the festivities can still look forward to the July 15, 22 and 29 gatherings. The Danvers Town Band performs for free at the Danvers Municipal Park Bandstand on Main Street. “Our band has been going on for about 110 years,” band president Andy Argo said. “It’s a community band that plays on Sunday nights and we do it for the people of Danvers and a lot of other people from the surrounding communities, including Bloomington, and other small communities in McLean County come attend.” A dinner is provided before each concert. “The dinner is ran by community groups in Danvers and that usually starts at 5:30 p.m.,” Argo said. The band plays at 7 p.m. Sundays. “Anyone is welcome to join the band,” said Argo. The band plays traditional march music, along with popular music. Argo can be reached at For any questions about the Danvers ice cream social and concert, or any events in the town, all are encouraged to call the office at 309-963-4928. The town of Danvers has a friendly population of 1,192 and is located in central Illinois, close to Peoria and Bloomington.

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Bloomington-Normal residents enjoy weather and Creole Stomp in concert on Monday night on the Quad.

NEWS IN BRIEF Normal hires new town engineer Serving a career of 13 years, Nor- right in to a summer construction mal’s new director of engineering is and road improvement season that no stranger to the town. is already underway,” Reece said. Effective July 30, Ryan Otto will The engineering department become town engineer, succeeding has eight employees responsible Gene Brown who retired May 31 for coordinating engineering funcafter a 33-year career. tions like plan review, project “We are extremely management, public works pleased to have someone inspection, design services, with Mr. Otto’s talents and project budgeting and traffic experience join the Town of control management. Normal in this critical role,” “This is an exciting City Manager Pamela Reece opportunity to be a part of said. a great team,” Otto said. “I Previously, Otto was look forward to working Ryan named Bloomington’s assiswith the staff to understand Otto tant city engineer in 2015 and implement the goals after working as a civil engiand priorities of the Town neer since 2005. of Normal.” “We were immediately impressed, Otto is a University of Illinois not only with his knowledge and graduate with a bachelor’s in agriexpertise, but with his demonstrated cultural engineering. He is also a ability to lead a team to accomplish member of the Bloomington Chapter challenging goals in a timely and of the Illinois Society of Professional cost-effective manner.” Engineers. BECKY FLETCHER “He will bring a new dynamic to VIDETTE EDITOR our leadership team, and can step

ISU rids mailed refund checks Student refund checks will no longer be sent through the mail, applying to all checks generated after July 30. According to the student accounts office, any student who has a generated refund check will receive an email in their ILSTU account with instructions as to when and where to pick up the check. It is important for students to take precautions with this change, as extended waiting periods may occur. “To avoid waiting in line for long periods of time at the beginning of the semester, sign up for direct deposit of your refunds,” Student Accounts Manager Christy West said. “You can sign up by logging into your student account and choosing ‘eRefunds.’” Students will need to provide their bank account number and bank routing number. However, it is important to note that no debit card number will need to be provided. Additional instructions for signup can be found at GARRETT KARSTEN VIDETTE REPORTER

he Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular put on their 13th annual “Celebrate America” show July 3 and 4 at the Miller Parks Bandstand. Six actors, 21 adults and 20 kids performed live song and dance to some of America’s classic patriotic songs. The celebration opened with a trumpet solo and led into an ensemble performance set on stage behind a large American flag. Thousands of families, friends and locals throughout the community gathered at the park with lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the free performance. This hour long performance led right into the fireworks display. The show offered a variety of entertainment for all ages. Ranging from solos to small group numbers to entire ensemble performances, live music, acting, dancing, singing and intricate costumes make this show one to remember. “It’s unlike any show I have ever seen before,” Bloomington resident Emilee Miller said. “My family has been going to see their show for as long as I can remember. It has become one of my favorite family traditions.” The show was a mix of wellknown American classics, such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “America the Beautiful.” Some of the performances remain the same each year, but new works and surprises are always thrown in. The kids choir brought back their “Fifty Nifty United States” performance this year. While singing, they held up 50 state signs in alphabetical order. It takes long hours of rehearsal and lots of practice to pull off a performance and even a show like this. “Celebrate America” is a great way for families to get involved with the community while learning about and honoring our country. This event highlights the support of our American soldiers and troops of the past and present and America as a whole. This central Illinois holiday tradition was written by Nancy Steele Brokaw, directed by Lori Adams and produced by Marcia Basolo.



WEDNESDAY,July 10, 2018

Soundtrack of Life Students reveal songs that impacted, altered lifestyle of the songs in the movie was called ‘Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)’ that I really enjoyed singing to. The song is hauntingly beautiful with its somber melody combined with the positive message of helping those less fortunate than yourself. It was whenever I sung along to that song that my family knew I had a knack for singing and maybe music.”- Graduate education major Gina Danielle

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hether in a gym, car or doctor’s office, music permeates everyday life. Though most songs do not resonate, some tunes become the soul’s personal playlist. Illinois State University students share music that changed life forever.

“Confident” by Steffany Gretzinger

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“The song is all about love, freedom, life and having fun, [which are] all key points to a really amazing and wonderful life. No matter who you are, the strive is to always be your best self and to make the place around you as amazing as it can be. Live your fullest life, and come back to what you know, adore and cherish. Accept that adventures are out there. If all else fails, be yourself.” Sophomore instrumental music education major Emily Giesholt

“I love the expressive qualities in his music. He explored many different sides of harmony in his music. His harmonies were very enriched and his melodies were highly animated. He really excelled at finding ways to invoke strong imagery in his music.” - Rachael Wolz, music performance and composition 2018 graduate

“Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson and “Rise” by Katy Perry

“Blackbird” by Alter Bridge

“’Invincible’ just shows that, no matter where or what you come from, struggling and thinking that the bad will never pass that in the end, you will conquer. The song resonates, because I have the word invincible on my wrist. ‘Rise’ is basically the same concept. It is such a powerful, motivational song.”- Senior theatre acting major Kailey Norton

“As someone who was an absolute beginner at the time I heard the song, I was really struck by [Mark Tremonti’s] guitar playing on ‘Blackbird.’ It is rhythmic, yet packs quite a punch and accompanies the vocals well. I knew I wanted to pursue the hobby more seriously afterwards. The lyrics of finding strength in loss resonated with me too.”Freshman sociology major Johnny Smith

“Nearly Witches by Panic! at the Disco and “Mississippi River Blues” by Leon Redbone

“Back to You” by Twin Forks “This song is meaningful to me, because It really lifts my spirits and is a good reminder to me of how good God is.” - Sophomore elementary education major Jenni Tracy

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Senior theatre acting major Kailey Norton is among the many students who have had their lives change due to a special song. “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson and “Rise by Katy Perry serve as everyday motivation.

Electronic Dance Music “If I ever won the lottery, I would open up a concert venue in Blo-No or the surrounding area, so that I could book electronic dance music (EDM) artists. I also have a tattoo of EDM on my butt. I would not have gotten it if I didn’t want everyone to know about it.”- Senior parks and recreation management major Mat Sullivan

“Feed the Birds (Tuppence a bag)” by Julie Andrews

“My earliest memory of music was when I was very young and started to sing. In the car, we would listen to the soundtrack from Disney’s Mary Poppins. One

“Nearly Witches” got me through my worst breakup ever and my dad used to sing “Missippi River Blues.”- Junior psychology major Allie Brandl

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Associate Director Barb Dallinger reflects on lasting legacy STORY BY STUART STALTER | FEATURES EDITOR and ARIEL MCGEE | FEATURES REPORTER Illinois State University music and entertainment can’t be mentioned without Barb Dallinger, Associate Director for Event Services and Catering, at the center of the conversation. Dallinger has worked at ISU for 25 years. Prior to working, she graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Afterward, she earned a master’s degree in college student personnel administration. As she reflects upon her decades of service, Dallinger has many fond memories. One of her favorites was interacting with former ISU President Al Bowman. “At one point, we got him out of the Circus Room to get him ready,” Dallinger recalled. “He remarked that this was the third outfit he had seen me in. I assured it’d be the last that day.” Originally the Associate director for Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center, Dallinger received numerous awards for her service in that capacity. One of her first awards was the Quality of Student Life Award at a Division of Student Affairs ceremony. She also received an award Communication In-

Behind Illinois State Univesity’s music

novation Award for the Association for wanted to raise support for those indiWomen in Communications at the Crystal viduals that felt alone. Awards on February 23. Dallinger was once fired from her preThe journey to these rewards yielded vious job in St Louis and banned without many memorable encounters. Whoopi proper warning, because of her sexual Goldberg, orientation. Despite diffiBill Engvall cult challenges, the affiliand Gordon ation later led her to start Langford rank a career at ISU. Dave among her Bentlin and Dallinger favorite celebopened the first LGBTQA rities to work Alumni Network at ISU. with. The network initially “Engvall even had multiple gatherings went to a footand conferences in relaball game and tion to the challenges and Gordon Langhardships of the LGBTQA ford was one community. of the sweetest Months later, ISU had men,” Dallinger hosted a series of weeksaid. end events in support of Another aslesbian, gay, bisexual, pect Dallinger transgender and queerchampioned plus students and comon campus was munity members. Photo submitted by Barb Dallinger the LGBTQ Now seeing some of Barb Dallinger has had a storied career at community. the fruits of her labors, ISU. Her work ranges from event planning to advising. She has always Dallinger reflects on the


Year the University Union Auditorium was opened. It was later renamed to honor former ISU President Samuel Braden and his wife. Beth, in 1983.

LGBTQ’s progress. “Things have gotten better and the Pride Chapter has become so much more,” Dallinger said. “When I was advising Pride students in the mid-’90s, it was all about coming out. Now, everyone has already come out to their families.” LBTQ attitudes is not the only change Dallinger experienced. The Quad looks entirely different from when she arrived.” “I have seen a great deal of physical changes, including Quad changes, old residence halls removed and new buildings,” Dallinger said. Currently, Dallinger manages the ISU Triangle Listserv, a communications tool for maintaining contact with ISU LGBTQ faculty and staff. She also moderates the ISU Triangle Association and ISU LGBTQA Alumni Network Facebook pages, the primary tools used for communication, particularly with alumni. Throughout all her roles, Dallinger hopes she is remembered fondly by students whenever she retires. “I hope I’m remembered as someone who truly cared and tried to make a difference in the

3,457 20,000 $32.9 Maximum capacity for Braden Auditorium.

Approximate Attendance for ISU’s largest festival gathering, 1977 Rites of Spring

million total revitalization cost. It’s the first major upgrade for the 45-year-old campus hub.


Coping with change


Junior transfer Zach Copeland embarks on his first season playing for Illinois State basketball JONATHAN BARLAS Sports Editor | @janveselybarlas

him to reacquaint himself with the game he has always held close to his heart. “Coming from junior college, the [NCAA] is a fast paced [league],” he said. “I expect it to be tougher. The guys are bigger, people move faster, so practicing with the team for a whole season has definitely helped me adjust quicker than most thought.” While he looks forward to wearing the red and white, Copeland’s high expectations are ultimately met with opinions. Attempting to capitalize on his chance at Illinois State, he only sees light at the end of his tunnel.


f all the things to be grateful for, junior transfer Zach Copeland can be grateful for one thing: playing basketball again. Copeland, who spent the last season on the Illinois State bench due to missing a year of eligibility, strives to make his return to the court after not checking into any game for almost two years. After failing to meet the NCAA’s transfer requirements a year ago, Copeland now looks to make his presence known on the court in Redbird Arena. “I want to win,” Copeland said. Hailing from Oakland, Califor“Personal stats don’t really matter nia, Copeland not only was the to me, I just want to win. I see California Community College myself being an efficient scorer, Men’s Basketball Coaches Assobeing a great defender, teammate ciation’s Co-Player of the Year in and winning the Missouri Valley 2016, but also proved to be deadly Conference Newcomer of the from all aspects of the field. Year. I’m one of those guys at the During his time in junior end of the game in high-pressure college at City College in San situations that take pride in those Francisco, Copeland averaged chances. I want to be relied upon. 18.7 points while shooting 49.1 I want to be an all-around player.” percent from the field, 47.7 perThe 6-foot-4 three-point specent from three and 86.2 percent cialist adds a bit more flavor at the line. He also averaged 3.8 to ISU’s already solid starting rebounds and 3.2 assists in his five. Key returners in 2017 MVC sophomore campaign. Newcomer of the Year Milik YarAs impressive as his stats were, brough, point-guard Keyshawn not playing in a game for the past Evans and power forward Phil two years gives Copeland a fire Fayne all look to contribute once that burns with competitiveness. Vidette Archives again for the potentially highWhile the aspects of his physical Zach Copeland rushes up-court during his California JUCO Player of the Year season at City College in San Francisco scoring offense. game are to be determined in a Time will only tell how Muller’s Redbird uniform, Copeland sees basketball resides in his work ethic. Working his way back to men will stack up against the Valan advantage in taking a year to learn ISU’s offensive and the hardwood, Copeland found solace in diligence, preparing ley’s toughest competitors, but with Copeland on the court, defensive strategies under head coach Dan Muller. for something he has wished for since he was a kid. the ‘Birds seem to be setting up more than just a game-win“Mentally, I feel like I’ll have more confidence in what coach “[When I step on the court], I expect everyone to be more ning shot. Muller wants me to do,” Copeland said. “I want to be as pre- talented,” he said. “But that’s why I’ve put in the work this pared as I can be, I feel like I kind of know what he expects summer; trying to get physically stronger, faster and preparJONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can out of me as well as what I expect out of myself. I have a good ing for a bigger challenge. This might be the hardest level of be reached at Follow him on Twitter @ feeling.” basketball I’ve ever played against.” janveselybarlas Living out his dreams, Copeland’s desire to play Division I Acting as a rebirth, Copeland’s mental advantage allows

“I want to win. Personal stats don’t really matter to me, I just want to win.” Zach Copeland, ISU transfer

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nother Redbird leaves the nest as Illinois State alum Hannah Green has signed a professional contract with Wetterbygden Basket, July 6. Coming off of an astounding senior year, Green strives to accomplish even more overseas. As Green’s tenure was initially met with adversity, her inadvertent success lied in her motivation for improvement. Transferring to ISU her junior year, Green averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game in her first season as a Redbird, collecting the most blocks in the Missouri Valley Conference, and was ranked 11th in the NCAA. Looking back on her initial decision to become a Redbird, Green described her decision to come to Normal as a tough one. Playing for ISU would be a challenge, but she could not pass up the opportunity to play in the MVC and for a Division I program. “I could have stayed in California, I could have gone to a Division II, but I made this decision knowing it was going to be hard and knowing that I was willing to be put to the tests,” Green said. “But it’s just about staying faithful to the process and I have loved every single second of my career here at ISU and I am really cherishing what I have left.” Flipping the switch her senior

year, Green nearly doubled her preceding statistics, averaging 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. As she found herself leading the Valley in blocks for the second year in a row, Green achieved the number three ranking on ISU’s all-time blocks list while earning a spot on the All-MVC First Team. Green is ready to see what she can offer her new team as glory shines brighter when attained on her own. “I picked to play with the Wetterbygden Sparks because I felt it was the best place for me to develop as a player and a person,” Green said. As the opportunity seems far more exciting than just playing basketball, Green displayed eagerness to be able to experience another part of the world while getting to do something she has always been passionate about. “I am excited to have the amazing opportunity to begin my professional career in such a beautiful country while continuing to act on my greatest potential,” Green said. “ Wetterbygden was previously a part of the Swedish BasketEttan, but is now moving to the Swedish Damligan this upcoming year. Wetterbygden head coach Francisco Pinto not only looks forward to the addition of Green on the court, but believes she will make a great teammate off the court as well.


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Hurdling ahead

Former track star, ISU linebacker Tuvone Clark strives to help anchor new-look defense


Go BIG or go home

KADE HEATHER Sports Editor | @kade_heather

Success is defined in many ways, but one definition we can all agree on is that it is strived for by all. A reinforcement of self-worth. A status that takes work day in and day out to reach, no matter the occupation, hobby or lifestyle. Illinois State junior linebacker Tuvone Clark has made momentous strides since becoming a Redbird, growing on and off the field and he is only hungry for more. He welcomes criticism and critiques, he’s a true student of the game and, like any other Redbird, he wants to see ISU football succeed. “I’ve become a lot more social,” Clark said on what has changed for him since coming to ISU. “My first couple years I wasn’t like that. [I’m] growing with teammates, building better relationships. Physically, mentally, just learning the game. Everything has continued to grow,” Clark said, “film study has got a lot better and easier, so the more time goes on, the more I understand.” A two-sport athlete at McCluer SouthBerkeley High School in Ferguson, Missouri, Clark was an All-State honor track star. He placed first in the 110meter hurdles and finished runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles by just two-thousandths of a second. Great for someone that didn’t run until high school. He may not have seen the track until then, but he had been on the gridiron long before. “My dad was like a top-50 high schooler to come out of [Rockwood] Summit High School in St. Louis and I think that’s what made me want to play. I started at age 8, Photo courtesy Springfield News-Leader Tuvone Clark tackles Missouri State quarterback Peyton Huslig during a game last season in Springfield, Mo. playing in California,” Clark said. The California native moved to St. “He is a very good athlete, he has learned how same time I want to win, whatever gets us to that Louis in seventh grade and continued his football career through high school, where he to play football and has become better and better,” championship level,” Clark said, “so if I can help ISU head coach Brock Spack said. do that, then I’ll be on it to be on the field at all appreciated Missouri football. Spack added his ability to shift around on times.” “It’s competitive, fun, a lot of rivals. It’s a lot of How do the Redbirds get to a championgood sportsmanship though, everybody supports defense and that’s a place Clark would like to see ship level in a tough Missouri Valley Football each other from different teams, a lot of us end himself soon. “He has become more physical and he’s very Conference? up playing on college teams together,” Clark said. “It started back in January with winter training From one sport to another, there are ways to dynamic. He can play both on his feet and with find correspondences. Clark has done that to his hand in the ground, he’s pretty good that way,” and it just keeps going. Even the work we’re doing now is going to help from a mental and physical better himself on the football field, learning quite Spack said. With outgoing linebackers Brannon Barry, who standpoint,” Clark said. a bit, but what has stuck with him the most? Clark is a student of football and has come very “[To] not give up because in order to win in played several positions, and Tyree Horton, Clark track, it’s more of an individual sport, what you envisions himself molding into a similar player far, but plans to only keep moving forward. “If I get yelled at for one thing, it’s always like, put in is what you get out of it,” Clark said, “so as both. “Brannon Barry knew the playbook like the okay I’ll look back on it, I’ll correct it the next more of concentration and ‘getting the job done’ back of his hands, he played multiple positions time,” Clark said, “I learn more from doing actions type of thing.” Clark had to make sure his two-sport and con- [and] I want to learn multiple positions in order to on the field, actually performing the play, instead stantly busy lifestyle never got to his schoolwork, be on the field,” Clark said, “Tyree plays very fast, of looking at it and writing it he plays the speed like I’ve never seen before. My down, the more reps I get at it, as he was always pushed to focus on school. “I lived with my auntie, she’s a principal, so goal is to put both of them together and become the more I understand.” Great students ask questhey were always on me,” Clark said, “they didn’t like that one package.” With the many changes on the field for ISU, tions. Not only does he fix his really so much check my work, but made sure I Clark is also changing his look this season from mistakes, once he understands got it done.” how to do something, he’ll Now entering his junior season with the Red- No. 23 to No. 6. Whether on the field or not, the goal is still always ask why. That way, he’ll birds, there’s hope Clark can advance his game better understand what situato the next level, as he should expect increased simple: win. Tuvone tions to do certain things in. “I want to play as much as possible, but at the playing time. Clark In addition to winning, another recurring buzz with these Redbirds is Hancock Stadium’s new playing surface. It’s what Clark looks forward to the most, as well as traveling the country with his teammates. “To play on the new turf, honestly. The first game on the new turf is going to be great,” Clark said. “Then traveling to all the different places like North Dakota State, Colorado State, those are good atmospheres to play in.” At the end of the day, however, the Redbirds’ common goal is to learn and, ultimately, win football games. “I want to continue to grow obviously, but I want to make minimal mistakes and help others around me. I want to learn the game to the point where I can just help others and [it] becomes a natural instinct and I want to help us win overall,” Clark said. Illinois State will open its season at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 against Saint Xavier on the new turf of Vidette Archive Hancock Stadium. Tuvone Clark (6) relaxes with his teammates after the Spring Showcase game April 21. KADE HEATHER is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. Follow him on Twitter @kade_heather.



t was a dreary November day when most students had already packed up and headed home for Thanksgiving break. The same day of the first snowfall and the final game of the 2017 season for Illinois State football. A 20-7 loss to Missouri Valley Football Conference powerhouse North Dakota State. Head coach Brock Spack struck the nail on the head postgame when he said his 2018 team “need[s] to establish an identity offensively.” That starts with the most important positions, yet maybe the most under looked and underappreciated in all sports. The group that must be prepared and in sync at all times. The group of almost unhuman like, humungous men, the offensive line. Without them, how does Jake Kolbe find Spencer Schnell in the back of the end zone? How does James Robinson burst his seasonlong 87-yard run? The answer is simple; they don’t. Illinois State took a rollercoaster ride of a 2017 season. It impressively started 4-0 and dipped to 4-2 with back-to-back blowout losses, followed by two top-25 wins, then finally tumbled to 6-5 to end the season on a threegame losing streak. The Redbirds showed plenty indication of dominance, but once they offered that, they flopped with a poor loss. Two 6-5 seasons in a row, too much inconsistency. So, what makes this season different? How does ISU football get back to its expectation of making the FCS playoffs? Well, “it always starts up front,” is what many people say, including Spack. It sets the tone for the rest of the team. A consistent offensive line that works well and can help each other leads to a healthier and more consistent offense as a whole. In that case, it’s good news that the Redbirds will have their starting offensive line returning this season, in addition to Gabe Megginson, a transfer from the Illinois Fighting Illini. He’s an impact transfer that already sees himself as a “starting guard,” according to Spack. Illinois State allowed an MVFCworst 37 sacks in 2016 and improved to a sixth-best 24 sacks allowed in 2017. A huge improvement, yet middle of the road, not elite. The Redbirds offensive line must take that next step forward once again this season. They cannot afford a setback, as Kolbe enters his final season under center for the Redbirds and I’m sure he wants to make it the best one yet. One that includes a deep playoff run, maybe a championship? With an improved offensive line, which Spack truly believes they have “vastly improved” since last spring, it should give way to a more consistent and prosperous Kolbe and give his offense an established identity.