ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS



Hawkins leads Redbirds; ISU pulls out 63-61 home win over Murray State
Basketball
After struggling late in games its past couple outings, the Illinois State men’s basketball team was able to finally put it all together Sunday afternoon triumphing over Murray State in a 63-61 home victory. “It’s been a long season, we’ve learned a lot,” junior transfer Nick Banyard said.  “It was a good win, probably our best win... Read more →


Redbirds Win v. Racers 63-61
Basketball


Keene and Rosch earn AVCA All-North selections
Sports
Sophomore Jaelyn Keene was named a member in the AVCA’s All-North Region selection and senior Ashley Rosch earned an all-region honorable mention. 2015 marks the second straight year Keene and Rosch have repeated in selections. Keene was named to an all-region selection earning an AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year, and Rosch was also... Read more →


Swimming and Diving finish third at Louisville, prepare for Puerto Rico
General
Deb Bethel/Sports Reporter After finishing third at the Louisville Invite, which took place Nov. 20-22, the women’s swimming and diving team isn’t planning on slowing down its roll. Overall, there were around 30 lifetime best times and some of the best times in the conference made at this meet. “Swimming against tough competition encouraged the... Read more →


Illinois State falls in Moline to NIU, 68-59
Basketball
The Illinois State University Women’s Basketball team dropped its sixth-consecutive game in a nine-point loss against the Huskies of Northern Illinois Sunday Afternoon in Moline, Ill.. Octavia Crump led the way for the ‘Birds, netting a game-high 20 points while also grabbing five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Crump was the lone Redbird to... Read more →


Redbird season comes to an end with 39-27 loss to Richmond
Football
It was not what Illinois State did not do that made the difference. It was what Richmond did do that saw them earn a hard fought 39-27 win over the Redbirds in the FCS Quarterfinals on Friday night at Hancock Stadium. The Spiders played a marvelous game from beginning to end to take home a... Read more →


Winter Commencement 2015
Campus


ISU to serve as national hub for State of the Union address
Campus
The American Democracy Project is hosting a Tweet-up, watch party and social media event for the State of the Union Address from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Illinois State University will serve as the national hub, partnering with the American Democracy Project, iCitizen, American Association... Read more →


Game Preview: No. 7 Richmond at No. 2 Illinois State
Football
  NUTS AND BOLTS REDBIRDS No. 2 Illinois State (10-2) cannot expect a repeat performance of last week’s second round game against Western Illinois to get them a win against the Spiders. For the first 35 minutes against the Leathernecks, the ‘Birds were lethargic and out of sync and seemed to be sleepwalking through the... Read more →


Balance your life during finals week
Campus
As we enter finals week, we have more on our plates than just tests. Some students still have sports, club meetings and work. How do you balance such a busy schedule during finals week? “Take care of your brain and it will take care of you during finals week,” Dr. David Milligan of Student Health... Read more →


Winter Break bucket list 2015
Campus
Eat all the food from home The issue with being away from home is that Bloomington-Normal does not have your favorite local food joint. You may have gone weeks, even months, without that perfectly delicious croissant roll or Portillo’s fries. It is crucial to hit up all of your favorite food places while you are home... Read more →


FCS Quarterfinals Preview
Football
No. 7 Richmond (9-3) at No. 2 Illinois State (10-2) Day / Time Friday / 6:30 p.m. Players to Watch Last week was a battle of the running backs between Western Illinois’ Nikko Watson and Illinois State’s Marshaun Coprich. This week will be no different as Coprich will be looking for his fourth straight 200-yard... Read more →


Tolentino: Atrocious attendance for FCS Playoffs at Hancock Stadium
Blogs
It could not have been a more perfect day for playoff football. The No. 2-seeded Illinois State  University football team grinded out a 36-19 FCS playoffs second round win over Western Illinois Saturday afternoon in front of an abysmal Hancock Stadium attendance of 6,124 fans. It was a glorious, sunny December day with game time temperatures... Read more →


Survive and advance: Redbirds grind out win to FCS Quarterfinals
Football
Ugly. Messy. Grinding. Use whatever words necessary to describe Illinois State University’s 36-19 win over Western Illinois on Saturday, but the end result was the same: the Redbirds are moving on to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. Although he struggled through the air once again, ISU quarterback Tre Roberson – 10-of-23 with 132 yards... Read more →


Tolentino: Don’t jump Muller’s ship just yet
Basketball
There are no moral victories within sports. A win is a win is a win, just as a loss is a loss. However, Redbird basketball fans should think twice before jumping ship from the 2015-16 Illinois State University men’s basketball team. During a preseason press conference, ISU head coach Dan Muller had a straight forward answer regarding... Read more →


Sidewalks a hazardous path for cyclists
Bloomington/Normal
According to Bike Blo-No’s 18 month analysis, sidewalks can be among the more dangerous places to ride a bicycle. According to an article by the Pantagraph, Michael Gorman, treasurer and co-founder of Bike Blo-No, a cycling advocacy organization, said, “It’s much safer to ride on the road, in the same direction as a car, following... Read more →


Bloomington accepting nominations for Human Relations Award
Bloomington/Normal
The City of Bloomington’s Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its annual awards, to be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King Luncheon on Jan. 16, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Uptown Normal. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Human Relations Awards in both the adult and youth categories. To... Read more →


Wild Lights at Miller Park Zoo
Bloomington/Normal
The Miller Park Zoo will host their fifth annual Wild Lights event from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The event will feature activities for kids which include, meeting Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves, face painting by the Zoo Lady Mickey Lower, an opportunity to visit reindeers Rikka and Ealu, along with drinks and snacks... Read more →


November: Photos of the month
Media


Healthy discussion of current events helps this holiday season
Campus
This year’s events seem to bring an eerie vibe to the holiday season. From terrorist attacks across the globe to violence and racism right on the home front, some of the typical holiday cheer seems to be drowned in skepticism, hate and fear in the wake of these monstrosities. Locally, some students and faculty have... Read more →


Ways to give back this holiday season
Campus
Anonymous Giving Giving anonymously is great because the recipients won’t know who the gift came from. This is the perfect good deed if you really want to make someone’s day. Over Tipping You probably have people in your life who you see regularly throughout the year such as hair stylists, mailmen, dry cleaners, restaurant servers,... Read more →


The road back to Frisco: No. 2 ISU looks for title game redemption
Football
All year, the response to what the expectations for the Illinois State University football team were in 2015 had the same exact answer from every coach and player: Win a national championship. All throughout the spring, summer and fall, as the Redbirds completed each offseason workout, grueling practice, training day and film session, their one... Read more →


Denny’s to host ‘Grand Celebration’ for recent remodeling
Bloomington/Normal
Denny’s in Normal will be hosting an all-day Grand Celebration beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14 at its newly renovated restaurant at 1615 N. Main, which will give customers a peek at its new locally-inspired design and updated features. Denny’s will be offering select diner classics at a reduced price from 8 a.m. to... Read more →


Don’t jump Muller’s ship just yet
Basketball
There are no moral victories within sports. A win is a win is a win, just as a loss is a loss. However, Redbird basketball fans should think twice before jumping ship from the 2015-16 Illinois State University men’s basketball team. During a preseason press conference, ISU head coach Dan Muller had a straight forward answer regarding... Read more →


ISU raises money during annual Giving Tuesday
Campus
Illinois State University encouraged alumni, friends and students to get into the holiday spirit by giving back and supporting ISU on Giving Tuesday. In total, 1,445 gifts were donated to ISU totaling $556,733. Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to support charities and organizations that survive... Read more →