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The trophy is ours for the taking Illinois State defeats Eastern Illinois 48-10 during the Mid-American Classic KADE HEATHER Sports Editor | @kade_heather


ead coach Brock Spack had been seeking a more explosive offense this season for Illinois State Univeristy football. Explosiveness is nothing short of what the Redbirds displayed Saturday night, highlighted by a perfectly-placed ball from Brady Davis to an in-stride Spencer Schnell for a 97-yard touchdown in the second quarter. ISU cruised to a 48-10 win over Eastern Illinois, bringing back the Mid-America Classic trophy at Hancock Stadium. “Offensively, we really came out and played really well, had a lot of explosive plays. I think that was the key to us, we haven’t seen that in a couple years here, it was fun to see,” Spack said. Despite a slow early-going, ISU led 28-0 at halftime and senior Jake Kolbe had not even taken one snap. Davis was 10-for-16 for 243 yards and four touchdowns (one rushing) at halftime, while finishing 17-for-23 for 317 yards and five scores. “The professor got on a role, that’s what I call [offensive coordinator] Kurt Beathard, I call him the professor, and he really had a nice night calling plays. The quarterback played really well,” Spack said. see FOOTBALL page 8

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Donavin O’Day celebrates a Redbird win against Eastern Illinois Saturday night. The Redbirds sit atop the MVFC standings at 2-0 after their win against EIU.

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Running back James Robinson (25) rushes the ball against Eastern Illinois Saturday night. Robinson showed 153 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 touches.

Enrollment numbers across Illinois MONICA MENDOZA Editor-in-Chief | @coolstorymonica


nrollment numbers are in and Illinois State sees an increase in numbers across all major boards. The university’s total enrollment stands at 20,635 compared to last years number which stood at 20,784, still decreasing in overall enrollment. With a 10% increase for the freshman class, the number stands at 3,689 according to Media Relations. The freshman average GPA is a 3.4 out of a 4.0 scale based on their high school GPA and an average ACT score of 24. Additionally, the university sees an increase in numbers from transfer and graduate students. The population includes 18,107 undergraduates, 2,528 graduate students and 1,817 transfer students. The overall numbers show a slight decrease from fall 2017 by 0.7 percent. “The growth in this fall’s freshman, graduate student and transfer student numbers show that students recognize the high quality of the academic programs and the personalized attention that Illinois State University provides,” President Larry Dietz said. Graphic by Flynn Geraghty | Vidette Art Director Nearly one quarter of the student population comes from

traditionally underrepresented groups with a 5 percent increase in Hispanic student population which now stands at 2,113 and a 5 percent increase in African American students, with a total number of 2,133. “We are proud to have so many young men and women choose Illinois State to be their home for the next four years,” said Jana Albrecht, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. Other universities and colleges around the state have seen fluctuations of enrollment numbers. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville saw an increase in overall enrollment numbers. SIU-E stands at 13,281 students while Southern Illinois–Carbondale was down in numbers with a total standing of 12,817, a big hit in their enrollment numbers losing 11.9 percent of students. Eastern Illinois is looking up in numbers with a big increase of over 7.1 percent. Western Illinois however, is losing students. WIU showed a total enrollment of 8,502, a ten percent decrease and the lowest the school has seen in numbers. Official enrollment figures were computed after the 10th day of classes. Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have not released their enrollment numbers.


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Rauner vetoes raising teachers salary Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would have raised the minimum salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 within a five-year time period, further pitting the Republican governor against teachers’ unions. The bill, which was approved by the General Assembly last spring, would have made the teacher salary for the next school year at $32,076. That number would increase to $40,000 for the 2022-23 term and rise with the Consumer Price Index after that. Junior special education major Heather Lewis said teachers in Illinois should be paid more than the $40,000 proposed by the General Assembly. “Teachers should be paid more, period. If it wasn’t for us, who else would educate our students? People don’t realize the amount of time and effort we put into our students. We’re not asking to make six figures, but we should make enough to be able to support ourselves and our families,” Lewis said. The plan passed the Illinois House but was six votes short of a veto-proof majority. Legislators argued the minimum wage for teachers would help attract and keep more educators within the state. “Teachers are our greatest asset in ensuring the future of our youth and they deserve to be well-compensated for their hard work. However, minimum pay legislation is neither the most efficient nor the most effective way to compensate our teachers,” Rauner stated in his veto message. “Things like pay-for-performance, diversified pay for teachers in hard-to-staff schools or subjects or pay incentives for teachers with prior work experience are all viable options to provide

greater compensation for teachers,” the governor wrote. State lawmakers have the opportunity to override Rauner’s veto when they return from recess after the November election. Illinois currently lists the minimum salary for a teacher at $9,000 which took effect in July 1980. Senior Special Education major Photo courtesy Antonio Perez | Chicago Tribune/TNS Sarah Wood said Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would raise Illinois teacher’s miniteachers deserve a minimum salary mum salary to $40,000. State lawmakers have the opportunity to override veto after November elections. given the work load, environment and State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who time they put into their students. sponsored the bill, stated he was disappointed “I can’t speak for all teachers in Illinois, but I with Rauner’s decision to veto the bill. can say that as someone who loves their students “Refusing to guarantee professional educators and loves working with special needs children, I a livable minimum wage is no way to lure more wholeheartedly believe that educators deserve a teachers to Illinois,” Manar said in a statement. minimum salary,” Wood said. Democratic gubernatorial nominee J.B. “We don’t go into this profession to make money Pritzker said Rauner is denying pay raises to eduand anyone who says otherwise clearly doesn’t cators while the state is facing a growing teacher understand why we become teachers in the first shortage. place. We do this because it is what we love to do, and our students are everything to us,” she said. ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a senior news “But I know plenty of teachers who struggle to reporter for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_ make ends meet because they don’t make enough Follow him on Twitter at money. We use our own money to decorate our @addough. classrooms, bring supplies for students, etc.,” she added.

SGA to open adventure center, subcommittee ANDREA RICKER News Reporter

subcommittee. They hope to host an event that would give them a chance to educate students and allow an Illinois State University’s Student opportunity for them to become regGovernment Association had its bi- istered voters. They would also like weekly general assembly Wednesday to see students engaging with their to discuss group policies and upcom- elected officials at this event. ing events and projects. There is no set date as of “This afternoon I had the now. They also hope to host opportunity to sit down with different voter registration Dawn Sander, the Executive drives throughout campus. Director of Campus Recre“We funded a $40,000 ation at the Student Fitness project to expand constituCenter to discuss the grand tion trail by Gregory Street,” opening of the Redbird said Secretary of SustainabilAdventure Center,” said ity Maya Rejmer. Currently SGA president Student Body President this area is just grass and Mike Rubio Mike Rubio. The center will has become a safety issue as open at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 people are walking so close to on Gregory Street. the street. Rubio will participate in the Off-campus 101 sessions will be ribbon cutting for the grand open- coming up soon. These sessions are ing. Members of SGA have also been to educate students about off-caminvited to this event to test out the pus living and the resources ISU Adventure Center. has. Along with this, the committee is launching a Get Out and Vote

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All-inclusive park seeks funds for completion GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter | @GKarstenISU

The Harmony Park Project is designed to build an all-inclusive park in the Bloomington-Normal area, where kids with varying skills and abilities can play together. “By providing park equipment that is safe, accessible and fun for everyone, children with various developmental issues will have the opportunity to play and grow without limitations,” president of Autism McLean Jacquie Mace said. “Additionally, typically developing children will have a new park with unique equipment that makes this a destination park for residents and visitors to our community.” Autism McLean is one of four local nonprofit organizations helping fund the project, as well as Max’s Miles Foundation, the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees and Marcfirst. The partnership of four has fundraised $220,000 of its $300,000 goal and is seeking additional donations. Completing the project will give around 3,000 kids in the area a playground to meet their needs. “It’s much needed,” said co-founder of Max’s Miles Foundation Corin Chapman. “We’re the only ones in Illinois, a city with over 50,000 people, without an inclusive playground.”

Teaching and Learning Symposium seeks proposals

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Jim Gee, School of Communication professor. GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter | @GKarstenISU

Proposals for the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium are encouraged to be submitted by faculty, staff and graduate students who teach on campus. “Contemplative Teaching: Connecting Meaning, Purpose and Values,” the symposium’s theme this year, is highly encouraged to be addressed when submitting proposals. However, all proposals related to teaching and learning are welcome. The theme highlights contemplative teaching, which encourages new forms of learning and reflective thinking. Professor for the School of Communications Jim Gee said the symposium serves as a way for those who teach at ISU to share ideas of methods regarding how to teach and how students learn best. “Professors have to adapt to the way students think,” Gee said. “We compare notes of what works regarding teaching and technology. The whole notion behind the theme is to help students find a balance between life and school.” When proposing new teaching and learning methods, teachers are encouraged to consider projects, research and reflective teaching experiences, according to Gee. The symposium will be held on Jan. 9 at the Marriot Hotel and Conference Center. All members within the campus community are free to attend. Proposals must be submitted online by midnight Sept. 30. Examples and criteria can be found online. Information on speakers and registration will be available sometime this fall. GARRETT KARSTEN is a news reporter reporter for The Vidette. He can be reached at

The city has agreed to build the design in early 2019 and be responsible for ongoing maintenance, according to Mace. “We believe that an inclusive playground will not only provide park equipment that meets the varying needs of all children, but will also give children an opportunity to interact with those that may be different from themselves. Our hope is that these interactions will help build valuable understanding, acceptance and kindness within our community.” Park designs will include equipment for differently-abled children, smooth rubber surfacing and ADA compliant ramps for mobility limitations. The partnership hopes that private corporations will step in for at least a portion of remaining funds, with five percent having been raised by the business community. The project has been funded mostly by nonprofit organizations, grants and individualized contributions. A full rendering of the park design can be viewed at “Autism McLean feels privileged to be a part of such a big undertaking, but most of the credit goes to Corin Chapman and Max’s Miles for her dedication in pursuing the necessary funding,” Mace said.

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Proper park equipment will allow kids of all abilities to play without limitations.

New boutique offers unique, affordable gifts GRACE BARBIC News Reporter | @gracebarbic

landing spot to come downtown and encourage that environment,” Champion said. “It’s a When most people hear the really special place down there.” word ‘boutique’ they likely assoPeople enjoy going out, walkciate it with being pricey. Von ing around and seeing what is Champs Boutique hopes to crush out there. In this day and age that stigma. with online shopping, departTo store owner Carmen Chamment stores are taking big hits, pion, ‘boutique’ is about being especially within the Bloomingspecial. Champion is the owner ton-Normal area. of Main Street Yoga in downtown Contrary to what some people Bloomington and just opened her might believe, the smaller stores new boutique in mid-July. are doing really well because of Also located on Main Street, the social aspect of it. People are Von Champs sells a variety of still going out to eat and socialproducts made by about 13 difize, which is great for these small ferent local artisans. The name stores. itself means “from fields” because “People just walk in when they of the association of locally made want to come in and we have good products. traffic on Saturdays,” employee Customers can expect to find Linnea Skillrud said. “I like all the jewelry, paintings, glassware, products too. I think selling local Sammy Peltz | Vidette Photographer products is important to help natural soy candles, beauty products and much more. Despite Von Champs Boutique, which translates to “from fields” sells a variety of keep the local economy booming.” being a boutique, Von Champs produts made by about 13 different local artisans. The store is located on They receive new products Main Street in Bloomington. still remains reasonably priced. weekly and they are always “What college students could changing the floor around to look Champion’s idea for this store has been in potentially get out of a store like different and of course, unique. this is an opportunity to buy a gift and some- the works for about three years. Growing up “I like how chill the environment is…every thing that’s local and creative and is unique with a crafty mother has impacted her and time you come in, it’s always different,” Skilland in some cases one of a kind,” Champion helped her make connections with some of rud said. the artisans featured in her shop today. said. They are starting to get their fall and Bloomington has lost a lot of stores, but the Christmas merchandise in. Customers can “I think college students want something that they can’t find online that identifies a one thing it has not lost is the art of shopping. also put in orders for specific items. They are little more with the area than something Her main goal was to create a store that she always looking for people that want to locally that’s mass produced. And I think that’s one would like to shop at. She has a love for the sell their products. of the things that my store offers. We have a downtown area that she hopes to share with Von Champs is located on 402 Main St. See lot of unique things that are really affordable the community through her boutique. their Facebook page for open times. “I wanted to give people another even for college students.”

New RSO prepares teachers for LGBTQ issues GARRETT KARSTEN News Reporter | @GKarstenISU

Queer Ed Birds seeks to assist in preparing future teachers for how to support LGBTQ students in their classrooms. The registered student organization is compiled of students majoring in education. Students within the organization want to bring to light the experiences LGBTQ students face daily and throughout their education. “The main goal is to help people who want to be educators – and other students at ISU – to understand the issues for those who identify as queer as well as other issues that may affect today’s youth,” Kari Hammerstrom, a senior elementary education major and president of Queer Ed Birds told Illinois State News. “Future educators especially need to understand how these issues may impact their students and their classrooms.” Future events by the Queer Ed Birds will include fundraisers that focus on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, as they are recorded with a higher rate of depression, lower grade point average and dropout. “Teachers can provide a positive and affirming setting for students to engage in discussions of gender norms,” said Paul Hartman, Queer Ed Birds faculty adviser in an interview with Illinois State News. “Queer Ed Birds wants to equipt teacher candidates with the ability to have those conversations, as they are a benefit to all students, not just LGBTQ-identified students.” The group will also be holding workshops to educate local teachers on the issue, as well as provide resources that supports the cause, such as books with LGBTQ characters. Queer Ed Birds offer support for pre-service teachers – college student

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Queer Ed Birds is a new registered student organization that aims at educating teachers and students about present LGBTQ issues.

involved in a school-based field experience – who identify as LGBTQ. The RSO meets every other week. Those interested can contact kchamme@ or






Check on everyone, even the strong

ith the passing of Mac Miller, the world felt a loss in the hip-hop community, with the passing of a man who shaped a lot of people through his music and lyrics. The twenty-six year old was found dead inside his apartment in California. The family has not released the cause of his death. Miller, however, has struggled with substance abuse in the past. This brings attention to others who battle substance abuse or mental illness. Check on your friends, even if they are strong minded and hearted. To portray one’s self as positive and content and later go home and feel the complete opposite, tells a story of what is going on in the background. A person who comes off as strong and hard headed may be in a completely different place in their life outside of what others see. Instead of just wondering how someone is doing, send them a message asking how they are, and let

them know you’re listening. According to an interview ABC held, Cindy Liu, PhD, a psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that one in five college students have thought about suicide while one in ten have attempted suicide. Liu surveyed 67,000 college students from over 100 college campuses about their stress, anxiety and depression. It is essential to look at all possibilities to help a friend, a family mem-

ber or a student who is struggling with any type of mental illness. Inside some of the bathroom stalls at Illinois State, there are factoids, courtesy of Student Health and Wellness, that state some statistics about mental health and ways to be healthy. Their mission statement says: “Our vision is to be known for igniting a culture of wellness at Illinois State University. Health Promotion and Wellness upholds this vision by remaining true to our core values of being credible,

compassionate, culturally competent, holistic, inclusive, innovative, and passionate about the connection between determinants of health, social justice, and health equity.” Outside of health and wellness is Student Counseling Services which is free for all students. Substance abuse at a college-age level is something that many pass off and ignore. There is a sigma around consuming alcohol and many students drink to the point where they become distorted, and many cheer them on to continue. According to, an unnecessary amount of drinking can lead to severe health and safety risks as well as the possibility of addiction. It is, now more than ever, pertinent to check on friends and family members to see how they are doing. Whatever point in their lives they are at, whatever state of mind, check on people with compassion and without judgement.

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EDITORIAL POLICY Editorial written by MONICA MENDOZA, 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.

‘Average’ girls deserve love too MY VIEW BECKY FLETCHER | News Editor


n Friday, Netflix released “Sierra Burgess is a Loser.” Sierra Burgess, played by Shannon Purser, is the typical “average” girl who gets bullied by the popular girl, Veronica, played by Kristine Froseth. When nerdy boy Jamey, played by Noah Centineo, asks for Veronica’s number, she plays a trick and gives him Sierra’s number instead. Through a stream of events, Sierra and Jamey start to fall in love through text and Sierra and Veronica become friends to keep the catfishing alive. What is important about this movie is that once the gig is up for Sierra, Jamey realizes that Sierra Burgess is a beautiful girl, inside and out. I have never catfished anyone, but I was fortunate to have someone I viewed to be out of my league fall for my personality and not just my looks, because let’s face it, I am not a model

by any means. I know a lot of girls will also say this about themselves too. And this is why this movie is so important. The everyday girls need representation too. In society, where high standards are set, it is hard to feel like you are worth something to someone. I consistently wonder if my outside reflects what society craves, if I can clone myself to look like every other girl deemed insanely gorgeous, then maybe I will get the love I think I deserve. But that is not me, I am the girl who likes classic rock and watching crude comedies. I am unashamed in my intelligence and my worth and movies like “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” are important representations for girls like me. We all just want to be loved and that is all Sierra wanted too. After her scheme crumbles to bits, Sierra cries to her mom talking about how lucky she is to be thin and pretty and not have to worry about what other people think of her. Sierra was placing emphasis on her outer beauty, like many girls automatically do, without stopping to think how beautiful she was personality-wise, which not many girls do in today’s society. We all grow up learning that boys

do not care about what is on the inside because it is what is on the outside that truly counts. There have been other movies like “Sierra Burgess.” We have “Shallow Hal” from 2001 where Jack Black’s character falls in love with what he perceives to be a thin girl after hypnosis, while his love interest, Gwyneth Paltrow, is actually on the heavy side. Same as Netflix’s movie, Black falls for Paltrow’s personality once the hypnosis wears off. Or there is also Amanda Byne’s “She’s the Man” from 2006 where Channing Tatum’s character falls for Byne’s personality, despite the fact that she is dressed up as her brother for almost the whole movie. Point being that personality representation does, and should, matter and I respect movies that recreate this scenario every couple of years to remind the younger girls that the outside is not everything. Looks fade, but an awful personality is stuck on you forever. I would rather be a funny, nice and intelligent person than someone who is self-obsessed with their image. And I want a partner to recognize that in me as I hope other girls want, too. Representation for the boys that

recognize this are just as important as the girls that realize their worth. At the end of the movie, Jamey said, “You’re not exactly everybody’s type. But, you’re my type. You are exactly my type. You’re smart and funny and beautiful and talented.” It is drilled into a boy’s mind that girls must be drop-dead gorgeous to even be considered as a partner. Some people may fear being made fun of for having their attraction towards somebody not be because of the way they look. Jamey believes that a person’s personality is the most important part, and it is important for young boys who are growing up and watching this movie, to recognize. At the end of the day, personality matters. The way you look will consistently fluctuate, especially as you get older. What is important is finding someone who loves you for you. I believe there is somebody for everybody, it is just a matter of finding someone you click with and right now, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” is a good representation of that notion.

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A political thought To The Editor: Over the past forty years, I have tried to become an expert on “Conservative” political thought. I believe it is important to share with the public one important finding, and it is this: There are now a much larger number of Conservatives who are esssentially “survival-of-the-fittest” Social Darwinists than there were during the 1950s-1970s. This means that they want to totally abolish and eliminate all federal government “safety-net” programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and College Student Loans.


MONICA MENDOZA Editor-in-Chief | @coolstorymonica You will find many of them in the US Congress within “The House Freedom Caucus,” the old “Tea Party,” and “The Movement-Conservatives.” You will find a heavy “dose” of such thinking in conservative “think-tanks” such as “Americans for Prosperity,” “The Heritage Foundation,” and “The Cato Institute.” Many use “stealth” tactics. Stewart B. Epstein, Rochester, NY.

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To the moon and back Fall shows opening at the Planetarium

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The Illinois State University Planetarium is having two series of shows available September into November that highlight the brightest stars in the galaxy. Both programs, “Life: A Cosmic Story” and “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind” will give the audience a chance to see the world, sky and universe. Each will end with an in-depth look at Illinois’ view of planets and stars in real-time. Showings of “Life: A Cosmic Story” begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 7 thru Nov. 10. During the run, audience members will go on an adventure of existence, starting from the planet cell and expanding into space itself. The program is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster. Running adjacent is “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind” and will run at 2 p.m. on Saturdays during the same span of time. Narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, viewers will explore the wonder of sight. Shows will occur on Oct. 26, and 27, with the times released at a later date. “We have reimagined the Planetarium from top to bottom,”

said Planetarium Director Thomas Willmitch. “It is totally different. When you walk in there you will not be able to recognize it. It was getting to be somewhat outdated in its appearance. And beyond that, more importantly, the seating style wasn’t well suited for the full dome video. So, what we did was we tore out all that old-style seating and went to unidirectional seats.” Following the renovation in the summer, which included handicap accessible seating, assisted hearing sound system and a remodeled star projector, these shows are a must-see for new and returning students and members of the surrounding community. “We’ve got lots of capability, and I was really looking forward to that. We can do not only our normal shows and classes, we’ve got plenty of space for musicians. We’ve done poetry slams and we have the Improv Mafia here every year,” continued Willmitch. Tickets may be purchased at the Planetarium Gift Shop. Admission is available 20 minutes before the start of each show.

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Illinois State University’s planetarium will have multiple shows in Septermber and will run through November. The planetarium recently went throuigh a renovation that includes better seating for the dome.

Food Pantry to open on ISU campus

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The First United Methodist Church will be opening a food pantry to promote student wellness on campus. The church will have its grand opening on September 21 on School Street in Normal.The grand opening will feature an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Illinois State University graduate Jeanna Campbell explained that the pantry will help support students and their health by making sure they have plenty to eat. “The pantry is designed to support student health,” said Campbell. “We want students to be aware of the service, and to feel confident in accessing the resource to meet their needs.”

Campbell explained that the idea of the pantry was always there, but previous attempts to get it off the ground had fallen through. “An attempt was made by the Student Government Association, but at that time resources were not substantial enough to make it a long-term venture,” said Campbell. “With this information in mind, students organized, collected research and connected with institutional leaders to form a plan of action.” Campbell said the need for a pantry is there, especially for students with a low income and a tight budget. “As a student with type one diabetes, I am very aware of the hardship that comes along with budgeting at a low income,” she said. To make the case for a pantry, Campbell and two other students formed the first student

work group, where they met and discussed the need for a place on campus to acquire food free of charge. “We worked to establish an understanding of the nuances of need on campus in terms of access to food, to establish community support in addressing the problem of food insecurity, and to establish a plan of action,” said Campbell. The pantry gained support over time, and much of the funding of the project came from grants and individual donations. Campbell mentioned the now 15-member board was convened for the first time in March of 2018. Each member of the board has a role, and each member openly and actively communicates progress. Campbell said that the pantry already has

a list of goals they aim to achieve when they open. “The pantry has a focus on meeting student needs,” she said. “A survey collected in the Spring of 2018 indicated that students had difficulty accessing fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein. In addition to foods, the pantry will also have hygiene products and paper products. The pantry intends to continuously acquire regular student feedback to guide stocking. There will also be courses on cooking, budgeting, and applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.” Campbell said that Students can help by spreading the word and sharing the resource with their classmates. An application to volunteer with the pantry can be found at




Senior exercise science major Sara Morales finds enjoyment inside and outside of the classroom at ISU. She wants to become a personal trainer after graduation. Christopher Edwards | Vidette Photographer

Leaving the nest Sara Morales looks back on ISU experience, ahead to future KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM Features Reporter | @kourtcunningham


enior exercise science major Sara Morales, of Hoffman Estates, has plans for her future upon graduating in May 2019. She has always been into health and fitness. So much so that she has worked as a dance instructor at Schaumburg Park District. That is only one step in a life path dedicated to studying and achieving life goals on exercise science. Though Morales knows she wants to work in the field, exercise science holds a lot of different opportunities for jobs. Morales is still trying to find out which career path to take. “I’m still undecided on the exact career path I’m going down, but I definitely want to be a personal trainer and then maybe get into fitness management or directing,” Morales said. However, she must first do a summer internship which lasts about three months. After that, her plan is to go straight into getting a master’s degree. Though the short-term plan is decided, Morales’ college

selection was less clear. Morales was not always a Redbird. She arrived her junior year and previously attended Northeastern Illinois University and Concordia University, where she majored in biology. Although that wasn’t how she pictured her college experience, she feels everything is falling into place. When Morales came to Illinois State University, kinesiology professor Anna Miles helped her know more about her new major and get excited about her future. Some of her other favorite professors are Kelly Laurson and Betty Henson. Morales is extremely thankful for the help of these professors. “They’re all overall great professors, I hope I get to take another class with them before I leave ISU,” Morales said. Even outside of class, Morales is still passionate about health and fitness. During her free time, she loves to exercise and gets in physical activity every day. She is also a facility and assistant at the rec center. Also, she is part of the exercise science club, and is joining the food and nutrition club. “I’m trying to get the most out of my time here at ISU since I didn’t really get the chance to at my other schools,” Morales

said. Reflecting on her time at ISU, one of her best memories was placing at nationals in Florida with the competitive dance team. That said, Morales is not in a competitive dance team this year, so she can really focus on school. As she prepares for post-graduation life during her final school year, Morales is nervous but also excited for her future because she has so much planned. “I feel like within the next 10 years is when the most major stuff in my life is going to happen: finding my career, finishing grad school, marriage, kids, a house,” Morales said. “It’s kind of overwhelming.” Morales is going to miss ISU and the fun college atmosphere. However, she will always be a Redbird in her heart and will continue to visit. KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM is a features reporter for the Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @kourtcunningham

Beauty is universal Fall 2018 Body Project promotes positive body image, eating disorder prevention CAITLYN BARATTI Features Reporter


he negative body image many people have poses a myriad of risks to the health of those affected. According to the Minnesota Association For Children’s Mental Health, over 50 percent of Americans aren’t happy with their current weight. This is both an unnerving statistic and a significant factor in the creation of The Body Project. The Body Project is an organization created by Illinois State University that is devoted to both the encouragement of healthy living and the rejection of societal expectations regarding the ideal body type. Student Counseling Services’ first workshop will occur at 11 a.m Monday. Body Project peer facilitator training sessions will occur from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 20 .The last implementation of the project (there are six) will occur Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. The Body Project prides itself on being “The first scientifically supported eating disorder prevention program,” according to the website. The project’s main focus is on preventing eating disorders and creating a positive body image.

Body image is a personal, passionate topic for senior dietics major Jessica Schultz. Suffering from overeating at an early age, she turned her life around after getting diagnosed with prediabetes at 19. “I have been body shamed countless times, ” Schultz said. “After awhile, I realized that people who say those things to you are just insecure about themselves and need some place to let it out, so they make fun of someone else.” Originally, the focus of the project was on the female student body, as women, especially in college, are prone to eating disorders. However, current research suggests that males struggle with body image as much as females. Because of this fact, The Body Project has expanded their mission. The Body Project now includes a male-centric addition called “The Body Project: More Than Muscle.” Ultimately, the new addition possesses one goal: to help male college students develop and maintain a healthy body Photo courtesy of ISU News image. ISU’s Body Project is a workshop scientifically supported to According to the More than Muscles webpage, through “fun prevent eating disorders. The issue is a severe concern, as 80 exercises, activities, and discussions, participants learn to percent of college women feel pressured regarding their size. refute the often-unrealistic, hyper-muscular body image-ideal promoted by culture and the media.”



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Junior defender Emily Adelman gears up for a poke tackle against Eastern Michigan, Aug. 19.

Smith shines, ‘Birds blunder in 1-0 loss MATT KALINOWSKI Sports Reporter | @mattkalinowski8

As University of Illinois defeated Illinois State Sunday 1-0, adversity seemed to follow the ’Birds amid the second to last game of their long-endured road trip. U of I’s Lauren Ciesla scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute. Possession wise, the Illini were in charge for the majority of the game. U of I dominated and controlled the shot ratio 16-7 as Illinois State failed to convert any of their scoring chances. U of I tripled ISU’s shots on goal, totaling in a ratio of 9-3 while only scoring one goal. Despite these statistical differences, the Redbirds defended well, regardless of the one-goal loss.

The ’Birds recorded seven shots with sophomore Natalie Vaughn-Low, redshirt-sophomore Abby Basler and sophomore Alissa Ramsden all marking shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Haley Smith had eight saves, attributing to the Redbirds’ effort to keep the game as close as they could. In addiHaley tion to those Smith eight saves, Smith continued her spectacular play by making a diving stop on a breakaway, and stonewalling the rebound. Smith also climbs to 43 saves this season, officially moving up in Illinois State’s all-time saves list to third in school-history, collecting her

200th career save. Fighting for air, it looked as if ISU could tie in the 72nd minute, but freshman forward Shaina Dudas’ shot deflected off the crossbar. Illinois State now posts a 2-4-2 record without any MVC play recorded. U of I currently sits at 5-2. Illinois State is set to take another trip to Ohio this year, facing Toledo at 6 p.m. Friday. The Redbirds then return to Normal at noon Sunday, hosting Omaha. This will be the Redbirds’ first home game since Aug. 19. MATT KALINOWSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at

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The Redbirds improved their record to 7-2, sweeping McNeese State in the Cougar Challenge.

Volleyball claims two of three in weekend set TYLER JACHNICKI Sports Reporter | @TJachnicki10

After sweeping the Top Dawg Challenge last weekend, the Illinois State volleyball team (7-2, 0-0 MVC) continues to fly high as they add another successful weekend to their season The high-flying Redbirds took two out of the three at the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Washington. The ’Birds kicked off the weekend by sweeping Stony Brook 3-0. ISU dominated the first set 25-13. However, the second set would be a tight one as Stony Brook jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. It was a back and forth battle until ISU went on a 6-0 run to close out the set. The Redbirds would dominate the third set to seal

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Offensive line is cause for success

MY VIEW JON BARLAS | Sports Editor

Ali Rasper | Photo Editor

Brady Davis (No. 4) and his teammates gesture to the Hancock Stadium crowd as the Redbirds head to the locker room with a 28-0 lead at halftime.

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Brady Davis communicates with his receivers pre-snap Saturday night.

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ISU’s offense had been struggling for rhythm early on. Davis was just 4-for-9 with a few off-target throws until he found a wide-open freshman Andrew Edgar streaking downfield for a 42-yard touchdown, the first of his collegiate career, and cueing a big offensive night for ISU. “I think it was fully on me, I missed a couple throws, I missed Spence on a comeback when I was rolling to my left,” Davis said. “I think I came up kind of baseball throwing it, to say, I wasn’t going through my proper techniques and kind of too hyped for the game, but once I found him [Edgar] for the deep ball, I think that’s when I finally settled down and we were able to get clicking from there.” Junior James Robinson dazzled and continued his powerful running game with 153 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 touches. His longest run went 42 yards in the second quarter that was immediately followed by a 23-yard run, giving ISU a first and goal situation at the eight-yard line. After three-straight handoffs to Robinson had failed, the Redbirds rolled the dice on fourth and goal, but Davis saw an opening and found himself in the new red end zone for his first rushing

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Freshman Andrew Edgar caught his first career touchdown Saturday.

touchdown of the season. “We had a little spacing concept,” Davis said of his rushing touchdown. “I went flat, came in to Spence on the little hitch route and I probably could’ve gotten it to him right then, but when I knew I was a second late, I kind of just worked myself up and out of the pocket and I saw all that red paint.” Junior Markel Smith totaled 86 yards on 15 carries, as the Redbirds’ backs ran for 256 combined yards. While the offense impressed, the explosiveness carried over to the defense, as well. Linebacker Ty DeForest opened the second half with his second interception of the season, leading to a Redbirds field goal. The defense was not as unstoppable as week one, but it came up with the biggest stops when it needed them. EIU’s quarterback Harry Woodbery completed a 45-yard pass to Alexander Hollins down at ISU’s 12-yard line. The two hooked up again on the next play at the four-yard line, but then the Redbirds stuffed the Panthers on fourth and two at the fouryard line. Immediately after the stop, Davis and Schnell linked up for the 97-yard score, the second-longest touchdown in ISU history. “We’d been running some plays where we go in and block the safety,” Schnell said. “And I knew that if I gave good effort he would bite and when

he bit, I knew I’d be open over the top and I was running fast and I just saw Brady throw a good ball over-top and I was just thinking in my head, ‘do not drop this,’ and then once I got the ball I just thought, ‘just out-run this guy and get in the end zone.’” Schnell finished his day with eight catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. The Redbird defense allowed 356 total yards, while forcing EIU to just 4.6 yards per play. The ISU defense still only allowed its first points of the season Saturday night. Linebackers DeMarco Washington and Zackary Matthews led the team with eight tackles each, while cornerback Willie Edwards recorded seven tackles. “Coach Niekamp just preaches no matter what, adversity is going to strike, it’s really about how you’re going to respond to it, so the whole motto has been, they only score if we let them,” Edwards said. “That being said, we knew adversity was going to happen and we just respond to everything, and we’re up for the challenge instead of backing down.” ISU enters its bye week after beginning the season 2-0 with two statement wins. After the week off, the Redbirds will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to play the Colorado State Rams at 2 p.m. Sept. 22. KADE HEATHER is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_kfheat1@ Follow him on Twitter @kade_heather

At the core of Illinois State football’s jump-started season, glory seems to lie on just more than the arm of junior starting quarterback Brady Davis. Davis, who collected five total touchdowns in Saturday’s game against Eastern Illinois, was not the only one who shined in the Mid-America Classic. Acting as the foundation to the Redbirds’ soaring offense, the offensive line persists to be the go-to building block for ISU’s strategy. Over the course of two games, running backs James Robinson, Markel Smith and Jordan Birch have accumulated 390 total rushing yards with Robinson unquestionably solidifying himself as the feature back. Robinson earned First-Team AllMVFC honors last season, leading the team in both rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Dependent on offensive coordinator Kurt Beathard’s coaching plan, Robinson’s mainstay fluently coincides with Smith’s formidable powerrushing attribute. Rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown Saturday, Robinson remains as ISU’s workhorse in all aspects. Illinois State’s “run-first” mentality allows the ground game to f lourish exponentially. Taking advantage of their strengths, the ’Birds ultimately rely and find success in their offensive line. Creating and providing space for both Robinson and Davis in the pocket, ISU’s o-line seems to be producing with full force. With returners in left tackle Donavin O’Day, center Garrett Hirsch and HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American Drew Himmelman, the mixture of a younger yet veteran cast intentionally surrounds Redbird football with a new atmosphere. While the ground game continues to assume the forefront of ISU’s offense, the emergence of Brady Davis complements and rises the Redbirds’ productivity to new heights. Counteracting each other, the ’Birds strategy seems to be clicking on all cylinders as head coach Brock Spack touts the success the offense has seen due to the effectiveness of the offensive line. ”Have we given up a sack yet?” Spack said. “When you can run and pass and when you have both options, it’s difficult to pass-rush and [offensive line coach Harold Etheridge] has done a tremendous job. They are very well-coached. They play hard, they play physical and they’re very smart. I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far. It all starts up front, on both sides of the ball.” ISU’s offensive line allowed Davis, Robinson and Smith to all have sparkling performances, translating their success outwardly from the practice field to the stadium. Ousting the EIU Panthers 48-10, Illinois State now heads into their first BYE week of the season, looking keep their fire lit amid the dreadful two-week halt. JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at