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Welcome to the Redbird Community! A letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Levester ‘LJ’ Johnson Dear students, Welcome to Preview at Illinois State University! Over the next couple of days, you will learn about crucial campus resources and the endless opportunities you have to get involved on campus. You will also hear about “What it Means to be a Redbird,” a campaign that began over a year ago as a way to bring the campus community together. In promoting this message, our goal is to help students understand that they are part of the larger Illinois State community, and that there are certain characteristics that shape all of us as Redbirds. Stemming from conversations about the Illinois State experience with our own students, the overall tenets of family, pride, respect, inclusion, integrity, and care emerged. The combination of all of these ideals are what guides us in building our Redbird community and truly demonstrates “What it Means to be a Redbird.” Let’s explore what each of these mean in more depth.



Strong relationships are formed among our administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Friendships are built and connections are strengthened.

We all come from varying backgrounds and have multiple, different identities that contribute to who we are as individuals. No matter where we come from, we want to ensure that all Redbirds feel included on our campus.

Pride We are proud to be Redbirds. We not only recognize and celebrate individual accomplishments, but we also take pride in our community.

Respect Despite our various opinions and beliefs, Redbirds encourage community through a respect for differences. By showing respect, we help all individuals feel valued at Illinois State. We also rally together to support each other when our viewpoints and values are challenged.


Levester Johnson with Reggie the Redbird outside on the Quad.

Whether referring to honesty in our academic pursuits or making ethical decisions in our everyday lives, our Redbirds display integrity both in and out of the classroom.

Care This is evident through the individualized attention and specialized services we offer to our students. The care we show to one another is what really connects our Redbird community. Johnson with a student and President Larry Dietz. RIGHT: Johnson takes a selfie with students and adminsitrators during the Bone Groundbreaking ceremony. Vidette Archive and photo courtesy of

During your time at Preview, I encourage you to reflect on what you think it means to be a Redbird. You may even have the opportunity while you’re here to share your own thoughts and first impressions about being part of the Illinois State community. Hearing from students about their thoughts and feelings toward the Illinois State community is really what makes this campaign special. We want every student to enjoy their time here at Illinois State, and we can all be a part of ensuring that every Redbird has a great experience by remembering the themes of “What it Means to be a Redbird.” Welcome to Illinois State, Redbirds! We can’t wait to see you again in the fall. - Levester “LJ” Johnson VIDETTE PREVIEW GUIDE


Adventure awaits

Welcome Week offers a wide variety of social activities that will make ISU your home away from home Wednesday, Aug. 15

Thursday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Watterson Move-in 8-10 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. West Campus Resident Move-in 8-11 a.m. & 1-4 p.m. East Campus & Cardinal Court Move-in

8-10 a.m. & 11 a.m. 1 p.m. West Campus Resident Hall Movein 8-11 a.m. & 1-4 p.m. Watterson Towers, East Campus, & Cardinal Court Resdient Hall Move-in 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Information Station open at Schroeder Hall Plaza

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Information Station open at Schroeder Hall Plaza 7-8 p.m. Transfer Student Social at Old Main, Bone Student Center 7:30 - 8 p.m. Residence Hall Connections 8-11 p.m. Viva Las Vegas at the Student Fitness Center

Friday, Aug. 17 8:45-9:45 a.m. Honors Program Expo at Center for Performing Arts 10-11 a.m. What It Means To Be a Redbird at Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. ISU Spirit Picnic at Quad

1-4 p.m. Backyard Bash at Quad *BBC Activity Room 2-4 p.m. Butterfly Resouce Fair at Founder’s Suite, Bone Student Center 5-6 p.m. Transfer Student Social at Old Main, Bone Student Center 6-9 p.m. Quadchella *Horton Field House 9:30-11:45 p.m. Move on the Quad: Black Panther *TBA

2-3 p.m. School of Communication Picnic 2:30-4 p.m. Diversity Advocacy Space Showcase at Diversity Adcovacy Office, Bone Student Center 6-9 p.m. Reggie’s Karaoke BBQ at Quad *Horton Field House 7:30-9:30 p.m. Diversity Advocacy presents Café Soul at Prairie Room, Bone Student Center 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Meijer Mania

Saturday, Aug. 18 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veteran & Military Connected Students Kickoff Picnic at Moulton Hall 1-2 p.m. Volleyball Red/White scrimmage at Redbird Arena 1-4 p.m. Information Station open at Schoeder Hall Plaza 1-5 p.m. Res Net Computer Clinic for Residence Hall students 1:30-2:30 p.m. Trivia with Pride in the Circus Room, Bone Student Center 3:30 p.m. Redbird Spirit Photo at Hancock Stadium 4 - 5:30 p.m. Football Red/White scrimmage at Hancock Stadium 4 - 7 p.m. New student VIP shopping event at Barnes & Noble Bookstore 5 - 6 p.m. #DiversityAtState Induction at Capen Auditorium, Edwards Hall 8 - 9 p.m. Transfer Student Social at Old Main, Bone Student Center 9 - 10:30 p.m. Major performer at Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Up Late @ State - Glow It Up! at Schroeder Hall Plaza *Horton Fieldhouse Tentative Welcome Week 2018 schedule is subject to change. Keep updated with the Welcome Week schedule on *rain location

Photograh by Monica Mendoza Editor-in-Chief

During the Red and White football scrimmage, ISU Big Red Marching Machine takes the to the field and performs for the fans.

Sunday, Aug. 19 12 - 4 p.m. Picnic, Paddle, & Play at Evergreen Lake/Student Fitness Center 1 - 4 p.m. Stress-Free Sundae at the Bowling and Billiards Center 1 - 5 p.m. Res Net Computer Clinic for Residence Hall students 2 - 3 p.m. Transfer Student Kickoff at the Circus Room, Bone Student Center 4 - 5 p.m. Transfer Student Library Orientation at Milner Library 4 - 6 p.m. Kickoff ‘Que on the Quad *Horton Field House Compiled by MONICA MENDOZA | Editor-in-Chief



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oming into college gives students many opportunities to become involved in organizations that interest them. Becoming a part of Greek life is something that interests

Illinois State University’s fraternity/sorority life has more than 2,700 members and holds more than 40 chapters on campus. and values is the most important part.

Leadership opportunities Vice President of Administration of the United Greek Council and member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated Mohammed Ali said that joining a Greek organization has helped his leadership development. “I am now someone who can speak my mind,” said Ali. “My position on the board puts me in a position where I can speak my voice and give my opinion no matter how it’s viewed up.” Chi Omega, a sorority on campus, hosts their annual fundraiser, March Madness, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, they raised a recordbreaking $43,000. Ali Rasper | Photo Editor

Grades Every chapter has study hours and study plans that help and encourage each member of the organization to focus on their academics.

Networking Students in a fraternity or sorority are a part of one of the largest networks because members of their organizations live all over the country. These networks help provide students with more support and resources.

Values All fraternities and sororities have a set of values that the organization was built on and it is what they base their programming and philanthropy around. Epsilon Sigma Alpha recently delived fresh water to the people of Flint, Michigan.

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Show your ID: Local restaurants and Bone Student Center serve discounts to students


GARRETT KARSTEN | News Reporter | @GKarstenISU

llinois State University students can find big savings for the allows for easy access to food at the Bone Student Center. McAlirestaurants around campus and the area of Bloomingtonster’s Deli offers over 100 menus items including sandwiches and Normal by providing student identification. wraps, salads, homemade soups and oversized spuds. Meatheads, a popular burger Einstein Bros. Bagels provides spot in the area, will include a fresh bagels throughout the day, free drink to any ISU student. The as well as sandwiches or salads burgers and chicken sandwiches for lunch. Burger King and Pizza sold there come with many custom Hut Express are also located in options for creative and delicious the Bone. meals. The Bowling and Billiards Six Strings Club offers a three Center now has a snack bar for dollar cover for students on Fristudents enjoying a game of bowldays and Saturdays compared to ing or grabbing a quick bite to eat. an original cover price of five. It According to the Bone Student offers live music, a mechanical bull Center’s web page, “[The BBC] and liquor catering. The club also now offers your favorite snack features live musical performances foods including nachos, hot dogs, by a local artist every Wednesday. Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, Butch’s Students looking for a night at pizza, and Coca-Cola® fountain the movies and some snacks can soda.” Vidette Archive find discounts at the AMC Movie The three dollar meal deal at McAlister’s Deli, located inside the Bone Student Center, Theater. Providing a student ID the snack bar is a common and offers a variety of dishes for any food mood one may be in. will allow for a discounted ticket. inexpensive option for students Dishes like their southwest chicken salad to their famous An assortment of restaurants looking to save money. mac & cheese leaves customers satisfied.

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Key players to spot in 2018

llinois State has not seen championship success over the last few years, but nonetheless, it has been incredibly

keep an eye on while at the games this season, and who may help their respective teams reach that championship status. Paige Saylor (PG) – Women’s basketball – Last season’s record: 14-16 Paige Saylor is the heart and soul of this team and just as a freshman last season, she led the MVC with 37.9 minutes per game, enough for the NCAA 12th most. type point guard, she evidently grew her shot with 6.3 ppg. Now, with the addition of elite high school scorers, the addition of standout JUCO transfer TeTe Maggett, and the return of MVC Newcomer of the Year Simone Goods, Megan Talbot, Katrina Beck, and Viria Livingston, Saylor will have a more well-rounded team to work with. It will be interesting to see how she can improve her leadership, if even possible, and her skillset, and apply it to the court and possibly turn in more wins.

Mikayla Unger (F) – Soccer Last season’s record: 9-9-2 didn’t go as well as expected, as ISU averaged an MVC-least 1.15 goals per game. Junior forward Mikayla Unger should see extended playing time this season with the departure of four seniors, three of which were forwards.

Jake Kolbe (QB) – Football Last season’s record: 6-5 The most important position in sports rings true for the Redbirds this season. 2,138 passing yards and seventh with just 12 touchdown passes. It should be intriguing to see how Kolbe can advance his game to the next level for the betterment of his team. Freshman quarterback Malachi Broadnax entered the picture at the end of the season, but displayed his legs more than his arm. Of course, Kolbe will start the season, so look for him to make the most of his senior campaign in 2018 to try and bring the Redbirds back to the playoffs. PAGE 6

leading four goals last season. She’ll join one of those four, sophomore Sarah Lafayette in attacking defenders this season. Unger also had 10 points and 12 shots on goal out of 23 shots. As she also joins forward senior Angel Krell, expect Unger to gain more playing time and continue molding her career at ISU as a dependable shooter.

Zach Copeland (G) Men’s basketball Last season’s record: 18-15 Just as MVC Newcomer of the Year Milik Yarbrough sat out as a transfer the year before, the 6-foot-4 guard Zach Copeland did the same last season. Copeland was an elite scorer at the City College of San Francisco who looks to provide His 18.7 points per game and 47.7 percent stroke behind the arc at CCSF earned himself Coast-North Conference Player of the Year and California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year awards. ISU didn’t lose any seniors last season, so Copeland may not be a starter off the bat, but don’t be surprised if he forces himself into the lineup sooner rather than later. Redbirds men’s basketball will open its season Nov. 19 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

Tyree Horton (LB) – Football Last season’s record: 6-5 Tyree Horton led ISU with 75 total tackles last season as a junior. That’s 17 more tackles than the second most by a Redbird. He will also anchor a linebacking core that will exclude outgoing senior Brannon Barry, but should include Decxavier Kelly-Martin and Ty DeForest, each who played in all 11 games last season. Horton had a team’s second-best seven quarterback hits and tied for a team-best two forced fumbles. With not much change at the linebacker position, look for Horton to be just as disruptive in 2018.

Stories compiled by KADE HEATHER | Sports Editor Photographs from Vidette Archive and ISU Athletics VIDETTE PREVIEW GUIDE

Greener Pastures

Redbird football looks to fresh start in 2018 season


JONATHAN BARLAS | Sports Editor | @janveselybarlas

midst the turmoil and frustration Illinois

always seems to shine toward a better tomorrow. A clean slate, a blank page and a new season is on the horizon for the Redbirds and although the team looks to right their wrongs, wearing the Valley crown once more is the ultimate goal. Not only does the smell of the freshly laid turf in Hancock Stadium beckon to be trampled upon, but the insatiable desire to bounce back from a lackluster 6-5 record fuels Redbird Football to strive for greatness. Jumping out of the gate in 2017 with a 4-0 start, things began to

more quarterback Malachi Broadnax has looked strong in spring camp and could quite possibly be

Home games at Hancock Stadium noted in red

the back-end of his ISU career, we could see Broadnax being vetted for the starting quarterback position come this fall. As Robinson led the team in both rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards last season, his success

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Beathard’s coaching plan. A workhouse to extreme standards, ISU’s “run-

Robinson in the driver’s seat yet again. With the ing well in spring practices, to avoid an o-line breakdown of last season is how this offense will be successful they were handed their moving forward. Other notable players ern Arizona. Although are senior wide-out scraping back-to-back Spencer Schnell and seconference wins against nior tight end Tylor PetSouth Dakota and kovich look to remain Youngstown State, three as Kolbe’s key passing losses in a row proved targets. Running backs to be the dagger to end Vidette Archive Photo Markel Smith and JorISU’s season as well as Eric Scott (22) attempts to take down James Robinson dan Birch also looked (25) during spring showcase at Hancock Stadium. strong in spring camp Missing the FCS and are expected to split carries in between Robinson’s mainstay. Defensive prospects of Niekamp’s new design letting go of three assistant coaches and leaving head include linebackers Tuvone Clark and Zack Mathews who both performed exceptionally well for their respective teams in the spring showcase. The develTravis Niekamp (who replaced former long-term deopment of the inside linebacker position has been fensive coordinator Spence Nowinsky) and defensive a problem in the past for Illinois State, but it seems line coach Brian Hendricks now lead the charge for as though those troubles are behind the team as the the defensive front. Also bringing back a familiar defense has outwardly shown improvement. This team really has the potential to do something range to be the sleeping giant of the Missouri Valley special. Along with the progress seen in spring camp Football Conference yet again. and in the red and white game, head coach Brock Embedded by their work ethic, the Redbirds’ turnaround relies on how they respond to the noise of last year’s downfall. years past. With the commencement of spring and summer “All in all, it was a tremendous spring, maybe the practices, senior quarterback Jake Kolbe and runbest I’ve had since I’ve been here, I can’t remember a ning back James Robinson are at the helm of a rather better one,” Spack said. young Redbird team. A squad consisting of only 11 seniors this upcoming year, the ‘Birds will rely heavgrind cannot stop for Redbird Football heading into ily on their younger members to pick up the slack. summer. If the squad is able to limit their mental mishaps and take each practice and game day by day, Redbird Football will raise the Valley banner sooner State seems to be in rebuild mode. With Kolbe going rather than later. future of the team is knocking on the door. SophoPAGE 7

2018 ISU Football schedule Saint Xavier Eastern Illinois 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8

Colorado State TBA Sept. 22

Missouri State

2 p.m. Sept. 29

Western Illinois 2 p.m. Oct. 6

SIU Carbondale (Homecoming Game) 2 p.m. Oct. 13

North Dakota State TBA Oct. 20

South Dakota State (Parents Weekend) Noon Oct. 27

Northern Iowa TBA Nov. 3

Indiana State Noon Nov. 10

Youngstown State (Senior Day) Noon Nov. 17 Ticket information available at Schedule information courtesy Illinois State Athletics


How to survive your first week at ISU


urviving Week One. I’m not much of a survivalist. I’ve never participated in “Survivor” or “The Amazing Race,” but I have survived two years in college away from home, so I think that counts for something. When I first arrived here, I knew my roommate from my community college and some old classmates from my high school, so I wouldn’t consider my start completely fresh, but I needed to embrace the new lifestyle. I knew from the start that I needed to get myself out there and meet new people. I am a people person, but there is always that feeling that I am intruding or the anxiety of making a good first impression. So how do you start your first week here? How do you survive? Here are some tips to help you get through week one. Get to know the Quad. Get

MY VIEW MONICA MENDOZA | Editor-in-Chief to know where your classes are. It will help in the long run because you do not want to be that person walking into class late on the first day. Make yourself known. Say “hi” to people and smile. You will be amazed how small the school really is. You will start to know someone and get to know their friend group and then that friend group knows someone else that you have a class with and all of a sudden, everyone knows everyone. Include yourself in something that you are not familiar with. Join a club, fraternity, sorority - anything that sparks your interest. You’ll want to stay busy,

otherwise you’ll be bored and won’t get to immerse yourself in something different and new. If you drive a vehicle, parking can be an issue. Green lots fill up fast. Wake up early enough to get a parking spot. The Bone Student Center offers free parking after 9 p.m., a fact that has saved me a lot. Walking, of course, is good too. Make a good playlist, listen to a podcast, anything to help motivate you to get to class. Drivers, be smart and be patient. Pedestrians get the right of way and there are a lot of walkers. You’ll get to your destination on time. Also, stay off your phone. Walkers, stay off your phone when walking across the street. You will be amazed at how many people walk and text at the same time. Put yourself first. Get into that mindset that you are here to better yourself. You come first, and

don’t be afraid to make yourself happy and content. You won’t miss out on anything if you decide to say “no” to plans. When the summer is winding down, I encourage you to bring a blanket and sit and relax on the Quad. It’s the best place in town to relax. Lastly, know what best works for you when it comes to studying. You might not have to study in the first week, but there are so many great spots on campus to study. The fourth floor of Milner, the Atrium at the Bone, Normal Public Library, Coffeehound and the new Communication Innovation Center on the second floor of Fell Hall, to name a few. All the best wishes to you and good luck out there. Monica Mendoza is Editor-inChief of The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter @coolstorymonica

Bird On The Street What is your best advice for incoming freshmen at Illinois State University?

Allow your freshman year to be a time of growth. Grow as a student and learn to become more responsible for your education and how to manage your time. Grow as an individual and learn to become more independent and confident in the person that you are becoming.” Amy Stolz Special Education-Learning and Behavior Specialist

Pick a major because you love it not because you think you’ll make the most money with it. Your future jobs won’t even feel like one if you love what you do.” Sara Morales Exercise Science

Don’t take anything for granted and experience as much as you can at Illinois State University.” Haley Harrell Nursing


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Get involved! Join RSO’s and clubs or go Greek. Being involved at ISU is what has made this campus feel like home and created friendships that will last a lifetime for me.” Morgan Watson Human Development and Family Sciences



Do the math: ISU statistics ACT Score Average: 23.4 GPA Average: 3.4/4.0

Gender mix of professors Male: 167 Female: 96

Enrollment 20,784 students 18,330 undergraduates 2,454 graduates 4,615 freshman 1,810 transfers

Student Diversity White 15,530 African American 1706 Hispanic 2,030 Asian 433


Gender mix of students Male: 9,052 Female: 11,714

American Indian 32 Hawaiian 21 Non-U.S. 389 Two or more 576

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275th America’s Best Value Colleges SOURCE: Forbes Magazine

Retention rate 82% Graduation rate 73% Operating expenses $398 million Complied by Becky Fletcher and Monica Mendoza


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