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Welcome to Illinois State A welcome letter from ISU President Larry H. Dietz Dear Students: In a few short weeks, the 2019-2020 academic year will begin at Illinois State University. If this is your first year at Illinois State—welcome! You are part of one of the largest and most diverse classes in recent memory. If you are a returning student—welcome back! You are the pride of the University, and a big part of the reason Illinois State continues to attract large numbers of academically motivated and engaged students. Illinois State offers a welcoming environment, a diverse and inclusive campus with excellent faculty, challenging academic programs, caring support services, and social and civic opportunities. We boast a 19-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, a rigorous curriculum, more than 150 majors, over 300 student organizations, global learning opportunities, and so much more.

The outstanding student support the University provides has helped Illinois State achieve retention and graduation rates in the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the nation. Illinois State is consistently recognized as a great value in higher education by publications such as U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger’s, and Money magazines.

Illinois State is a topnotch University that will prepare you for life and careers in a dynamic, globalized world. Our alumni include nationally recognized business, healthcare, and education leaders, diplomats, accomplished musicians and recording artists, and stage and screen actors. I encourage you to study hard, get involved on campus, participate in the community, and take opportunities to reach out for assistance if needed. An active learning experience will prepare you to excel in this fast-paced, competitive society. You are now Redbirds forever, and I wish you the best on this new journey in your life. Welcome to Illinois State University! LARRY H. DIETZ President

A handy guide to campus resources Career Center

185 Student Service Building, Normal The Career Center provides students with resources that can enhance their career development and readiness. Career advisors can work with students to develop job-search skills, resume reviews and they host various events throughout the year to connect students with employers.

Julia N. Visor Academic Center

101 N. Fell Ave, Normal The Julia N. Visor Academic Center provides tutoring in a variety of academic subject areas, especially in General Education courses. Drop-in hours, one-on-one tutoring and weekly small group sessions are available.

Student Counseling Services

320 Student Services Building, Normal Student Counseling Services provides support for all students who may be feeling confused, anxious, angry or sad. The staff at SCS can help students work through issues or concerns they may be facing. Group and individual counseling is provided.

Student Accounts

605 W. Dry Grove St., Normal The Student Accounts Office helps handle student tuition and fees. They are in charge of billing and refunding back to students. Student Accounts can help students understand and can answer any questions in regards their financial responsibilities. Students who are employed by the university will pick up their paychecks at the Student Accounts Office. 1

Student Health Services

201 Student Services Building, Normal SHS is an on-campus medical clinic that offers examinations, treatment, urgent care and minor surgical procedures. All Illinois State University students have access to the primary health care provided. To make an appointment call (309) 4382778 or visit

Office of Parking and Transportation 709 N. Main Street, Campus Box 9250, Normal The Office of Parking and Transportation provides students ways to purchase on-campus parking. Students can pay for any parking violations online or inside the office. The Office of Parking and Transportation is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. COMPILED BY CINDY HERNANDEZ

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Important dates to know 2019 academic and residential calendar year August

Wednesday Aug. 14 and Thursday Aug. 15. New students moving into Hewett and Manchester, Tri-Towers, Watterson Towers and Cardinal Court are allowed to move in to their respected dorm location. Assigned times will be mailed to incoming students during the summer break.

15-19 Wednesday – Sunday Welcome Week activities 18 Sunday Last day to withdraw from University with full adjustment of charges 19 Monday Classes begin 23 Friday Last day for graduate students to apply for December 2018 graduation Ali Rasper | Photo Editor 24-30 Saturday - Friday Course drops and department-approved adds with overrides on 30 Friday Last day to drop course with no withdrawal grade, Online registration for spring 2019 ends at 10 p.m. 31 Saturday – First football game at Northern Illinois

*Returning students who have previously lived in Hewett and Manchester and Cardinal Court are allowed to move in Aug. 13 and 14 depending on floor number. If students are not able to move in on those dates, students can move in on or after Aug. 17. Students returning to Watterson Towers will need to schedule a move-in appointment prior to arriving to campus. *School Street and Fell Avenue residents will need to schedule a move-in appointment 24-hours prior to arriving to campus.


2 Monday Labor Day NO CLASSES 3 Tuesday Last day for full adjustment for charges for course drops 6 Friday Last day for undergraduate students to apply for December 2018 graduation 13 Friday Last day to remove pass/no pass (pass/fail) option from first-half semester course


1 Monday Spring/Winter 2019 registration time assignment available 1 Monday Summer course viewable in CourseFinder 8 Monday Midterm grades posted 12 Friday Last day to remove pass/no pass (pass/fail) option from full-semester course 17 Thursday Last day to drop second-half semester course with no withdrawal grade

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Students and faculty work together with incoming student during move-in. The famous “Curb Birds” are known to help incoming students move into their dorm rooms.

November Fall break Saturday Nov. 23 to Sunday Dec 1.

8 Friday Last day to remove pass/no pass (pass/fail) option from second-half semester course 8 Friday Last day to officially withdraw from the University

Watterson Towers, Haynie Hall and Wright Hall close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 and reopens on Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.

23-1 Saturday-Sunday Thanksgiving vacation- No classes

Hewett Hall, Manchester Hall, Wilkins Hall, & Cardinal Court remain open


Winter break

2 Monday Classes resume 6 Friday Last day to complete three finals on Same Day paperwork 7 Saturday Last days of classes 8-15 Saturday-Saturday Finals Week (evaluation period) 13 Friday Semester ends 14 Saturday Winter session begins

Saturday Dec. 13 to Monday Jan. 14

Watterson Towers, Wilkins Hall, Haynie Hall and Wright Hall close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 and reopen on Friday, January 10 at 8 a.m. Hewett Hall, Manchester Hall and Cardinal Court remain open 3

Unique RSO’s A


great way to meet new people at school is to join a registered student organization. Illinois State University is home to over 400 RSOs, meaning if you’re passionate about something, there’s a group for it. Here are some unique RSOs to make your experience at ISU fantastic. Visit redbirdlife. for the full list of RSOs.

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Gamma Phi Circus The Gamma Phi Circus is the oldest collegiate circus in the United States, with last year being their 90th anniversary. The circus is made up of student performers who train at a professional level. In April, the Gamma Phi Circus performs their annual home show in Redbird Arena. Those interested in joining the troupe can attend their open houses at the beginning of the school year to get a feel for the circus arts.


Improv Mafia If you want to make people laugh, Improv Mafia is the place for you. They are the most decorated college improv team in the country and ISU’s oldest improv group. The group performs every Tuesday night in the Center for Visual Arts. Mafia shows contain both short and long-form scenes and games.

Redbird Esports Redbird Esports is an RSO all about competitive gaming. Students of any skill level are welcome to join the group and try out for one of their teams. The RSO competitively plays games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, Apex Legends, CS:GO and more.

Illinois State Theatre Outreach Program Have a passion for theater? Check out Illinois State Theatre Outreach Program (ISTOP). The group’s message is to use theater as a vessel for social change and to start conversations. ISTOP meets every Friday in Centennial East and offers creative, service and volunteer opportunities.

Student Environmental Action Coalition SEAC is the perfect place for students who are passionate about the environment. Students in the RSO work to create progressive social change and spread awareness about social issues. Their goal is to use action and education to help lessen environmental injustices. The group meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in Schroeder Room 201.

Spread the Magic at ISU Spread the Magic at ISU brings smiles to the faces of children by dressing as popular Disney princesses, princes, superheroes and more. Students visit different hospitals, crisis centers, schools and events in the area in character. The RSO started in 2017 and is open to any student.

Quidditch Club Now is your chance to play the popular sport from the “Harry Potter” series. Quidditch is a co-ed adaptation of the sport from the books written by J.K. Rowling. Members include both travel and casual. Practices are held from 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Gregory Street Fields. 4

Did you know? A few fun factoids about ISU Red Fridays

Enrollment totals Undergraduate Graduate Total

18,107 2,528 20,635

Enrollment by Gender Male 8,931 Female 11,678 Non-Binary/Not Disclosed 26

Enrollment by race/ethnicity Am. Indian or Alaskan Native 22 Black or African American 1,827 Asian 434 Hispanic 2,133 Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 19 White 14,986 Two or More Selections 629 No Response 70 Non-U.S. Citizen 515

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Battle Bird

Prior to every athletic event, each coach and student-athlete touches the Battle Bird. The sculpture symbolizes pride in and dedication to the university’s ideals, mission and tradition, while the gesture reflects the bond between all Redbird student-athletes, past and present. New students Fall 2018 The bronze sculpture was unveiled 4-Year College Transfers 305 in 2000. Each year, Redbird fans Comm. College Transfers 1,509 bid for the right to be that season’s First Time in College 3,689 honorary “Keeper of the Bird.” The Average ACT Score 23.2 first was Laverne “Speed” Chagnon, a Redbird tennis standout in the SOURCE: University Facts: Fall 2018 late 1940s and early 1950s.


Showing Redbird pride by donning Illinois State red every Friday is one of ISU’s newest traditions. The idea was introduced in the early 2000s by the Redbird Pride Committee, a group of campus staff and faculty and Bloomington-Normal community leaders. The idea continues be adopted by more of the campus and local community each year.

Normalized The town of Normal got its name from “Illinois State Normal University,” the school’s old moniker. Once upon a time, the school was a teachers’ college and “normal” meant teaching.


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Ratio of undergraduate students to faculty

Percent of students who live in on-campus housing; another 0.5 percent live in off-campus, university-owned housing.


Total acres of ISU campus, which includes 188 buildings. The estimated total replacement value of the facilities is $3.8 billion. SOURCE: University Facts: Fall 2018

Textbooks 411 I

Helpful tips on where, when and how to purchase your textbooks

Story by GRACE BARBIC | News Editor

n college, one of the first page. Some have gone online, realizations for most stusome require three of the most dents is the fact that money expensive textbooks, some have does not actually grow on trees, found the cheapest books and and neither do textbooks. Due others say the book is required to the heightening usage of and then its three weeks into computers and online shopthe class and the $300 textbook ping, there are many options is never even mentioned. for current college students to The most important lesson seek new, used or electronic that can be learned from this books. is to attend the first week of It may be hard to navigate the classes (despite what others most financially feasible way to might say about syllabus week) buy this semester’s textbooks, and actually read the emails especially for an incoming and syllabus that professors freshman or transfer student. send out. There can be a lot of stress This can help when figurAli Rasper | Photo Editor ISU senior Cole Popenhagen keeps busy in Milner Library. when it comes to getting back ing out if a textbook is worth into the groove of school and purchasing for a class. Rate My the cheapest, most reliable way of finding buying textbooks definitely adds to it. Professors is also a very useful tool to seek everything needed for the semester. But The question is: buy online or in-store, advice from students who have taken the the sad truth is, it can be a lot more diffirent or purchase, buy back or not? It course before. cult than most would think. The first issue would be nice to be able say that there is is that not all professors are on the same one simple way of doing it, a formula for SEE TEXTBOOKS, Page 7



Comparison is key. Checking out the campus bookstore will not hurt. There is usually a good selection of used books available for purchase but taking things to online websites might be the best bet to find the cheapest options. Write down the ISBN numbers from the bookstore and then look them up on different websites, such as Amazon or Chegg. Comparing different prices is the easiest way to find the best deals. When it comes to renting or purchasing, it is important to consider whether someone would purchase this book again and if the book may be useful in the future. For most general education classes, it is not likely that these textbooks will be useful again. If they can be rented for cheaper than they can be purchased, then that is probably the better option. If the book is for a major class, sometimes the information may be useful to other courses. Consider purchasing these types of textbooks.

There is another option available by the on-campus bookstore the Alamo that is known as book buy back. Since it is through the school, it will most likely have all the textbooks available. This makes it a one-stop shop. The only downfall of this is that it is on the more expensive side. For those that prefer paying for convenience the bookstore could be a good option. The Alamo checks if textbooks are being used again for the next year and if they need any more in the store. If the books are useful to the store, they will buy them back for half of the price of the original cost depending on the age and condition of the book. There is also the Illinois State University Facebook page where other current students post pictures and information about books that they are trying to sell. Students buy and sell books to each other for fair prices. There is no right way to go about purchasing textbooks. This makes it complicated and frustrating, but with the right tools it is not hard to find affordable costs for textbooks. From one college student to another, it helps to know no one is alone in the experience.



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Bang for your buck L ooking for something fun to do around campus? Here are some places you can check out that will entertain no matter what your budget is:

The Normal Theater Want to catch a movie but don’t want to drive to get there? The Normal Theater is just a short walk from Watterson Towers. The theater is a historic part of Uptown Normal and shows a variety of classics, independent films, documentaries and foreign films.

University Galleries If you need to relax from your classes, visit the University Galleries and look at their current exhibits. The galleries

are in Uptown Normal and are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. University Galleries is free and open to everyone.

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motto is “Dare to Suck.” They want participants to feel relaxed and welcomed to share a bit of themselves.

Acapella Performances ISU is the home to many a capella groups including Acafellaz, Clef Hangers, Secondary Dominance, Vocal Movement, On the Brink of Normal and more. These a capella groups have a variety of performances on and around campus throughout the school year.

Theatre of Ted Looking for something fun to do Saturday night? Come to the CVA room 145 on Saturday at midnight to watch Theater of Ted. The group’s goal is to provide a space for everybody to express themselves and have fun. Their Saturday night events include an open mic, which allows anyone to sign up and do whatever they want. It’s a fun way for people to show off any hidden talents they have. Theater of Ted’s

Upper Limits Climbing Gym About 10 minutes from campus is Upper Limits, located on 1304 W. Washington St. in Bloomington. The climbing gym features an outdoor wall, silos, bouldering and more. The gym lets anyone try something new or push their


climbing skills. Upper Limits is open from noon to 10 p.m. on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Miller Park Zoo Take a short drive or bus ride and visit Miller Park Zoo. Located on 1020 S. Morris Ave. in Bloomington, the zoo offers multiple exhibits both indoor and outdoor. Admission for those older than 13 is $6.95. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.

ISU Planetarium Get lost in the stars at ISU’s Planetarium, located in the Felmley Hall of Science. Admission for shows are $3 for students. Shows are held throughout the school year, taking place weekly.

Coping with HOMESICKNESS Longing for friends, family, pets can be inevitable, but there are ways to grow into your new home


Story by GRACE BARBIC | News Editor

veryone preaches how they cannot wait to get away from home and create a life for themselves, but not many advertise those waves of sadness and longing for the person and life that is left behind in your hometown. College is a time to find yourself, find your passion. College is freedom. A lot more freedom than getting your first car and being able to drive yourself around your hometown. College is likely the first time most people will really be on their own. You may have a few friends from high school that end up at the same school as you or you may find your roommate via Facebook and meet up to get to know

each other – but honestly college can get lonely. When I think of homesickness I think of a longing for the comforts of home – like the home cooked meals, the fridge full of your favorite snacks, the clean laundry, a hug from your mom, a lecture from your father. Many of the things that you would never think you would miss until they are no longer a part of the daily routine that you lived out for so many years. But, others may experience different forms of homesickness. Being homesick is not limited to missing a place or thing. It includes missing family, friends, your dog, the restaurant you and your home friends always used

to go to, the drive with the windows down from one part of town to the other. Or maybe you just miss the person you were before college, the simplicity of life, the care-free attitude, the security, the comforts of familiarity. Whatever the case may be, when those feelings inevitably creep up on you and kick you down a hole when you least expect. When you are homesick you are stuck in a mentality that can be damaging if it is left unsolved. Being in the hole of homesickness can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety which can make staying in that hole feel better than dealing with your emotions in a healthy, proactive way. Here are some strategies:

Plan next time you will be home

Find a new routine and stick to it

Make plans with family and friends and fill up your calendar. Knowing the next time you are going to go home or see your family is helpful because it gives you something to look forward to. You can start a countdown on your calendar to motivate you to get everything done that you need to so that you can spend some good quality rest and relaxation time at home. Encourage your family and friends to visit you at school. It’s a win, win. When others are excited to see your new home it will likely get you excited to show them around. It will give you yet another thing to look forward to, but help you to take pride in the big things you are doing by just being in college.

Change is one of the biggest contributors to homesickness. So, when you get your class schedule, figure out how you are going to spend each day. Will you have time to stop for coffee between classes or fit in a workout session at the Rec? Working out can also help you to get out whatever stress or anxiety you may be feeling and take your mind off If you organize and plan out your days and get a new daily routine going it will start to become a new habit which will put your mind at ease and help you feel more natural.

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Call or Facetime the people you miss With the abundance of advances in technology you are able to virtually hang out with family and friends from wherever you are. Try calling your family or friends when you are feeling down. Catch up on what has been going on in your life. If this is helpful you could even schedule a time to talk weekly to give you something to look forward to.

Take advantage of resources available to you Illinois State University provides a number of resources for students. They offer programs, workshops and one-on-one counseling sessions among other resources. If you have tried all of these different remedies and still feel like you cannot get a grip on your emotions or just need someone to talk to, you can schedule an appointment by calling (309) 438-3655 or by visiting the Student Services Building.

Get involved in a club, group or RSO that interests you If you have a sport or activity that you really enjoy doing, there is likely a group on campus that you can get involved in. Through joining clubs or sports teams you will meet like-minded people who could bring you the comfort you are longing for. It will also give you something to do to keep your schedule full with no time to be sad about missing home. 9

Get out, explore campus Become acquainted with the area. Just like you likely know the ins and outs of your hometown, get out there and see what the campus and surrounding towns have to offer. There are a lot of little shops and restaurants, parks, hiking and biking trails and generally a lot of different things you can do around the area. If you start to treat campus like it is home, it will begin to feel like home.


learned in dorms


Story by JENNIFER HAIDEN | Photo Editor

oving away from home as a college student for the first time can be scary, exciting and create many unique opportunities. However, losing what’s familiar and trading it for so many unknowns, like living with a roommate for the first time, can be terrifying. You might be living with a random person or your best friend but understanding how to make the best of a living situation is a life skill you will carry with you from the dorms, to your first apartment and to your first house.



often areas should be cleaned and how chores would be divided up, when it’s okay to invite people over, etc. Rules help set boundaries for the future with each other. Be sure to try and talk about what you prefer before moving in with one another; it can help you create an agreement a lot easier later on.

Communication is key. Let your roommate know when they are invading your space or being overbearing. Need the room to yourself for a while? Ask them what time works best for them to give you a little space, like when they’re in class and you’re not. Be open with your needs and wants; this will save you from arguing over little things like how they left their clothes on the floor (again). Don’t be afraid to speak up about how you feel.

Conflict Don’t let things fester. The more you ignore one another the longer you’ll both be upset, and the conflict won’t be solved. You’re both living together which means you’re going to run into one another at some point (you can’t hide in your room forever).

Create a Roommate Agreement Creating a list of ground rules is crucial to keeping the peace between you and your roommate. This includes things like how



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Sit down and talk out the problem until you come to an agreement; did they leave their dishes sitting out again? Make a new agreement that dishes shouldn’t sit out for more than 48 hours. Compromise and maybe add a new set of rules to the roommate agreement so that it doesn’t happen again

Respect Respect each other’s stuff, respect when privacy is needed and most of all respect each other. You wouldn’t want someone rummaging through your drawers and cabinets while you weren’t in the room, so don’t do that to them. There’s an easy fix for this: Get to know your roommate. This might seem obvious but can get overlooked easily. You’re going to be spending about 80% of your time with this person. You may know them before you move in, but most of you won’t. Learning their likes and dislikes, music taste and favorite TV shows can make spending time together fun instead of tense and awkward.

Neighbors You might not like them, or they may become your best friend, but chances are you’re going to run into each other a lot. They may play loud music in the middle of the night or watch The Office until 3 a.m., just remember to communicate if they become bothersome. If things really get out of hand, you can always ask the Resident Assistant (RA), or dorm adviser, on the floor for help defusing the problem.


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2019 ISU Football Schedule (Home Games in Red) Northern Illinois TBA Aug. 31

North Dakota State (Family Weekend)

Morehead State

Noon Oct. 5

6:30 p.m. Sept. 7

Southern Illinois

Eastern Illinois (Mid-America Classic)

6 p.m. Oct. 12

Western Illinois

TBA Sept. 14

Northern Arizona (Communiversity) 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21

TBA Oct. 19

Indiana State (Homecoming) 2 p.m. Oct. 26

Northern Iowa Noon Nov. 2

South Dakota State TBA Nov. 9

Missouri State (Senior Day) Noon Nov. 16

Youngstown State 11 a.m. Nov. 23

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Brady Davis dives for a first down at home against SIU, Oct. 13.

2019 ISU Soccer Schedule (Home Games in Red) SIU - Edwardsville

7 p.m. Sept. 6


3 p.m. Aug. 10


3 p.m. Oct. 8

Butler 5 p.m. Aug. 14

Omaha 6 p.m. Aug. 23

UM-Kansas City 1 p.m. Aug. 25

Ball State 4 p.m. Aug. 29

Iowa 3 p.m. Sept. 1

Northern Illinois

6 p.m. Sept. 8


Utah State

7:30 p.m. Oct. 12

7 p.m. Sept. 13

Indiana State

Western Illinois

6 p.m. Oct. 16

1 p.m. Sept. 15


North Florida

1 p.m. Oct. 20

7 p.m. Sept. 20

Stetson 10 a.m. Sept. 28


Missouri State 5 p.m. Oct. 25

Drake 4 p.m. Oct. 31

1 p.m. Oct. 6

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MiKayla Unger stops a pass against Eastern Michigan, Aug. 18. 12

Vidette Sports slates Redbird football for playoff run in 2019 Jonathan Barlas | Editor-inChief: 7-4 Despite Illinois State’s rather frustrating 6-5 season, heartbreaking losses, squandering leads and committing crucial mistakes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter are now in the rearview. That may have been due to junior quarterback Brady Davis’ on-the-fly studies of the playbook, but this year I just don’t see that happening. Senior running back James Robinson is a two-time FCS All-American for a reason, his versatility and range to create open space is just how the Redbirds will take these seven games. Only this time, wiggling their way toward a playoff bid.

season, the Redbirds should be a true threat in the Missouri Valley Conference. Most importantly the ‘Birds get back James Robinson, possibly the most important weapon in ISU’s arsenal. Over 2,500 yards in his three-year college career, expect Robinson to crack that plateau this season. Drew Himmelman was a key part of the offensive line that helped the ’Birds to the third-best offense in the MVC. A pair of former Iowa Hawkeye linemen, Brandon Simon and Aaron Mends are expected to the ‘Birds pass rush. Those rushing threats add to a defense that was good for second overall in the MVC in total defense.

Blaine Lewallen | Sports Editor: 8-3

Alfonso Cerna | Reporter: 8-3

Last year was a lackluster year for the Redbirds, as they certainly did not meet expectations in finishing with a 6-5 overall record and failing to reach the FCS playoffs for the second straight year. The ’Birds started off strong before dropping four of their last five games. This season, I expect things to go a little different for head coach Brock Spack and company. With All-American senior running back James Robinson and junior quarterback Brady Davis returning, along with a solid defense led by defensive back Luther Kirk ISU should be able to return to the playoffs.

Jake Sermersheim | Sports Editor: 8-3 After a disappointing 6-5

ISU showed both flashes of greatness and lack of experience last year that I believe will help them this time around. For this reason, I predict the ‘Birds will finish with an 8-3 overall record. Coming into his second full season with the team, quarterback Brady Davis will be looking to the next step in his collegiate career. Senior running back James Robinson will be able to take some of the pressure off his QB in what has the potential to be a highflying Redbird offense.

Jake Fogal | Reporter: 8-3 While the defense lost a handful of players, I can safely assume Luther Kirk and Romeo McKnight can keep this defense just as sharp and dominant as last year. I can see the Birds hanging tough this year in the Missouri Valley Conference, pushing for the playoffs. 13

Get connected: campus bus routes


onnect Transit Busses run from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. most days, with extended service hours on weekends. More detailed information and real-time updates on busses can be found on the Connect transit app.

Red The Red Route departs from Uptown Station every 30 minutes. It travels east from Uptown Normal to Walmart, then south to OSF St. Joseph Medical center, then west to Downtown Bloomington. Notable stops include: Walmart with a nearby Aldi’s, Meijer, a shopping plaza including Target, Hobby Lobby and several restaurants, the Eastland Mall, OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Downtown Bloomington.

Green The Green Route departs from Uptown Station every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. It travels

primarily down the Center and Main streets in Bloomington, also making a stop in Downtown Bloomington. Notable stops include: Illinois State University campus, Kroger, Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University Campus and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

Yellow The Yellow Route departs from Uptown Station every 15 minutes during peak times on weekdays, every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays. The Yellow Route travels from Uptown Station to Heartland Community College. Notable stops include: Fairview Park, a Dollar Tree, the only Dunkin in town, the Corn Crib Stadium and Heartland Community College.


Brown The Brown Route departs from Uptown Station once an hour, traveling from Uptown to the Bloomington Walmart. Notable stop include: Jewel-Osco, White Oak Park, an Aldi and Walmart.

Tan The Tan Route departs from Uptown Station once an hour and travels east to the Central Illinois Regional Airport. Notable stops include: Shoppes at College Hills, which includes Target, Hobby Lobby and other clothing and home goods retailers, Country Financial Headquarters, a HyVee, Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center and Illinois Central Regional Airport.

Redbird Express Redbird Express is a closed-circuit route that comes by every 10 minutes during peak times and every 20 minutes during non-peak times. It travels only through ISU’s campus, going from Watterson, to the Bone, to Cardinal Court, to Tri-Towers, to Hewett and Manchester Halls.

Get in the zone – study zone ISU campus area makes the grade when it comes to classy options to do homework


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background, the smell of coffee and other sweet treats and just the right amount of noise that it is not too loud, but not deafening silent either.

s much as we all dread studying, sometimes we just really need to get it done. Whether you live in the dorms or have a place of your own, it can be difficult to get in the zone with so many distractions. Everyone studies differently, so it is important to first determine the best environment for you to focus but be comfortable at the same time. It’s really all about balance. While some may prefer to be on the quiet floor in a cubical segregated from any possible distraction, others work better in a busy, loud environment like a coffee shop or listening to music. From noisy to secluded to everywhere in between, here are a few of the best study spots on campus:

The top of Watterson Towers

You are not able to get into Watterson Towers if you don’t live there or know someone who does. If that is the case, take full advantage of the top floor. One side of the tower is a quiet study space, while the other is not. Either way, the views are incredible. There are big comfy chairs and little side tables as well as bigger tables with multiple chairs for group or individual study. Surrounded by windows, the natural light and views make this one of the best spots to get work done while enjoying the beauty of campus. And you can even get your laundry done between assignments.

Milner Library Inevitably the library is the main hub for pulling all-nighters to study, working on group projects, getting ahead of homework or writing a paper. Milner has six floors and each of them offer a different study environment. The main entrance is on the second floor is usually noisier and more distracting with people coming in and out. The third floor is still fairly loud and social, this is the floor where most people meet to study or work in groups. The fourth floor is the quiet study floor. The fifth is just treated like a normal floor with group meeting areas as well as private study spaces. The sixth floor is generally another group floor study space. There are study spaces available for all preferences.

State Farm Hall of Business Atrium Level Even if you aren’t a business student, the Atrium level of the Hall of Business is another great spot to study. There are tables scattered throughout the floor near a computer lab with a nice view of the greenery outside the building which can be seen through an all-window wall. Also on this floor is the Business Bistro which offers coffee, food, snacks and other refreshments. It is usually pretty busy with students in and out throughout the day, but is another nice spot to get things done between classes.

The Bone Student Center Milner Library is a great spot to start, but the Bone Student Center has some of the best study spots on campus. With a Starbucks, Qdoba and a plethora of other food options, the Bone has good reason to be number one on the list. On both the first and second floor there are multiple study hang outs. There are long tables for group study or big comfy chairs and couches. The Atrium lounge is tucked away on the second floor by the Prairie Room with a lot of plants, natural light with high top tables and comfy chairs.

The Quad On a nice day sitting out on the Quad is one of the most peaceful places to study. Although there is noise, hustle and bustle from students walking to back and forth to class, it is nice to be outside and get fresh air. You can find a shady spot under the trees or pick your patch of grass, soak up some rays, enjoy other people’s presence and grind out some work. This is a good spot to stop between classes if you don’t want to make the trek back to your dorm or apartment.

The Coffee House

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This is one of those happy medium study spots. There is actually a coffee shop in Uptown Normal called the Coffee House, but this could apply to any coffee shop of your choosing. Coffee shops are nice study spots because you have easy access to coffee, usually there’s free wi-fi and you’ll find many other people have the same idea. Seeing other people working is a nice motivation to remind you to stay on track. There is usually some pleasant music playing softly in the



Getting around campus Hovey Hall

Home to the President’s Of-

fice, the Office of Admissions, the Vice President for Finance and Planning, the Graduate School, the Provost’s Office and the Vice President for Student Affairs, along with many other essential units Hovey Hovey Hall was named after Charles E. Hovey, the first president and principal of Illinois State Normal University from 1857-1862.

Home to the Office of the

Know the main buildings and classrooms at Illinois State Felmley Hall of Science

Fell Hall Home to the School

of Communication, University College, Student Access and Accommodation Services, and student-run FM station WZND and TV10 news. One of the campus’s oldest and most unique buildings, Fell Hall was named after Jesse W. Fell, the University’s principal founding father Fell Hall was the first campus residence for women and was completed in 1918.

Center for Performing/ Visual Arts The construcThe Vidette Building

Moulton Hall

Home of School of Biological Sci-

ences, the Illinois State Planetarium, the Department of Health Sciences, and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment Opened in 1930. The building is named after Felmley David Felmley, president of Illinois State Normal University from 1900-1930.

Stevenson Hall Home to the College of Arts and

Sciences and many academic departments, including Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics and Philosophy Stevenson Hall opened in 1968 and was dedicated in 1969 after Adlai E. Stevenson, one of BloomingtonNormal’s most famous residents.

tion of the Center Home to the student-run newspaper for Performing The Vidette. The building, opened in Arts cost $19.8 1996, is at the corner of Locust and million and was University, near Hancock Stadium. The completed and newspaper has existed for 130 years. dedicated in the The Vidette publishes a newspaper Fall of 2002 Tuesdays during the fall and spring School of Thesemesters, but maintains a full-service, ater and Dance 24/7 website,, along and School of with related multi-media and social Home to the media channels and a mobile app. College of Fine Arts, the School of State Farm Hall of Business Art, the Arts Technology Home to the College of Business program, Transpace and and COUNTRY Insurance and Finana student-run graphic cial Services Atrium design studio. Opened in January 2005 The Center for the The Business Bistro offers a variety Visual Arts opened in of food and beverage options includ1974 and contains ing coffees, sodas, chips and snacks. three stories.

Centennial East and West The West hall of Centennial is

home to the School of Theatre and Dance The East hall of Centennial is home to the School of Music, along with Kemp Recital Hall and Allen and Westhoff Theatres

Schroeder Hall Department of Sociology/Anthro-

pology, History, Criminal Justice Sciences, and Politics and Government Opened in 1957 and was named after Herman Schroeder, Dean of Illinois State from 1928-46 It is pronounced SHRAY-DER.

University Registrar The Registrar’s Office consists of: the Registrar Service Center, Veterans Services, Academic Records & Evaluation Services and Transcripts and Verifications Academic Scheduling and the Department of Physics are also housed in this building.

Student Fitness Center & McCormick Hall Home to Campus Recre-

ation, Health Promotion and Wellness, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic and the School of Kinesiology and Recreation The Student Fitness Center includes weight training spaces, four fitness studios, multiple sport courts, an indoor track, swimming pool and climbing wall.

Old Union Home to the School of Infor-

mation Technology, the Web and Interactive Communications office and WGLT Radio The Old Union Building opened in 1956 and was the original student union on campus It has also been called the Educational Media Building and Media Services.

Bone Student Center Built in 1973, the Bone Stu-

dent Center is the go-to place for all students Updated this past semester, the new fully functional wing of the BSC includes a Starbucks, Qdoba and a renovated bookstore.


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