‘The best four years of your life’


It is the end of the spring semester and after four hard years of toiling through schoolwork, senioritis is hitting hard.

But before the big day, all seniors should look back at their time at Illinois State University, and appreciate all the memorable events that occurred.

The first items to discuss on this nostalgic journey will be construction and maintenance. In the past four years, ISU has seen several new installments to campus.

During the spring of 2011, the Student Fitness Center opened its doors for the first time to faculty, students and staff. At a cost of $49.6 million, the Student Fitness Center has allowed students state-of-the-art equipment free of charge.

In addition, Hancock Stadium, Cardinal Court, The Lodge and The Flats were all constructed in this time period.

With new construction comes the need to  make other changes, such as closures and edcomissions. On the south side of campus, the residence halls of Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Witten were decommissioned after the spring semester 2012.

Furthermore, The Movie Fan and Redbird Pizza closed their doors for a Cherry Berry directly across the streets from the decommissioned dorms.  No longer could students buy pizza for $5 a slice early in the morning, or rent cheap independent films.

Graduating  seniors also witnessed the transition from Blackboard to ReggieNet. Who could forget the almost successful Fool’s Fest of 2011? Probably most current ISU students.

In presidential events, the 2014 graduating class was under the reign of three different ISU presidents and saw President Obama elected into his second term in November 2012.

The presidents who were in office at ISU include the adored Bowman, Flanagan and currently President Dietz.

The Quad was brimming with students and  farewells when Bowman announced his retirement.

A larger gathering on the Quad could not be matched except when news of Osama Bin Laden being assassinated circulated the campus. Students flooded the Quad and streets the Sunday before finals week, making major news outlets.

And you would not be attending an Illinois university without a reference to weather being in a senior year recap.

Over the past four years, ISU has experienced severe weather from snowpocalypse in 2011, to two snow days in March in 2013 and finally the never ending polar vortex of this year. Seniors even made it through the ‘real’ apocalypse of Dec. 21, 2012.

These are a few of the many incredible events which transpired at ISU during a senior’s academic endeavors.  Some events may not have been covered, a few were highlighted and many more will come in the future of all ISU students.

(Archive Photo) ISU’s 17th President Al Bowman retires in December 2012.

(Archive Photo)
ISU’s 17th President Al Bowman retires in December 2012.

(Archive Photo) The  $49. 6 million rennovation of the Student Fitness Center completed in spring 2011.

(Archive Photo)
The $49. 6 million rennovation of the Student Fitness Center completed in spring 2011.

One Response

  1. StudentsWithoutAmnesia

    This author’s thoughts are kindhearted and respectable, to the fullest standard of class. Please know my words do not mean to debunk the fitness of what you are trying to express. “I just wanted to say it was a nice day,” “Mr. Dietz is a great person who truly wants to heal wounds,” and, “he is committed to genuinely concerted efforts to bridge gaps he is not even responsible for making” are not mal-intended.

    This event was a damage control placebo college administrations to gauge the most current severity level of news. The university did not expect the Flanagan “abridged story” to blow up like it did.

    Also I can guarantee that the article above is a strategy model that goes by the university administration and a private risk management firm.

    One of the contemptuous items that threatens accreditation is for public colleges and universities is hiring private risk management firms to advise private attorneys and firms, hired by the taxpayer. These private domains do not have to legally disclose anything, and usually refuse to do so. Disclosure in higher public education has now surpassed religious entities as the most guarded public organization as far as disclosing information.

    Don’t ever be fooled by the human resources director, deans, provost, Vice Presidents, private attorneys, president and/or board of trustees’ underestimation of public intelligence that comes in the form of the following words, “Its a personnel matter; therefore we cannot go into further detail.”

    1) Measure media outcry prior to resignation and payout with internal alpha reliable socially scientific internal criteria (internal criteria is likely to be characterized as private due to the personnel matter justification, thus no publicity is made)

    2) Measure media outcry after resignation and payout with internal alpha reliable socially scientific internal criteria.

    3) Measure media outcry after the resignation and payout with internal alpha reliable socially scientific internal criteria after the close of the current semester.

    4) Because the protesting students and public outcry inevitably dies down with the end of the semester, the university begins reporting affirmative image inducing media, like free lunch with new presidents.

    5) Using internal alpha reliable criteria, continued inevitable improvement in public perception of the university is made public. The university does not explain what suddenly made the publicity of interpretation of private internal criteria legally permitted due to previous claim “its a personnel matter” to support improved image development of the school.

    6) The baseline of improvement ends with a period of quiet until a follow-up summer self-assessment shows more improvement. Tho is followed by affirmative publicity of faculty research endeavors and administrative funding efforts.

    7) Junior faculty who spoke up against any administrative decision begins to receive the early signs of academic mobbing, such as the “Vaden-Goad Mode”. This is where an administrator initiates academic mobbing by holding a meeting with all faculty in the department of the outspoken junior faculty member, except the junior faculty member. In the “Vaden-Goad Mode”, a non-union sanctioned petition of signatures of the target’s colleagues are collected to initiate cause for disciplinary action with an increased level of retaliation when the target resists.


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