Indiana Daily Student

Allyson Mcbride

Coach Bennett comes into her own

Women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett came to IU six-and-a-half months ago in the shadow of two men: her father, Dick, who was busy guiding the Wisconsin men's program to the Final Four and Bob Knight, who was busy making headlines with his actions on and off the court.

Young talent, new scheme unveiled

In years past, the first practice of the season has been known simply as 'Midnight Practice.' But tonight it's 'Midnight Madness.' Interim men's basketball coach Mike Davis has decided to let the players have fun, as a reward for their hard work during grueling individual workouts. Tonight's practice is designed for the fans, and should provide a glimpse of the talent IU possesses.

Field hockey challenges conference rival

No. 17 Ohio State needs to watch for black cats on their trip to the Mellencamp Pavilion today because IU field hockey will use any advantage in order to stomp its conference rival.

Tackles share common ground

Anchoring IU's offensive line are two massive tackles who would like nothing more than for coach Cam Cameron to call an inside running play. "We will execute what is called, but when we get that chance, we will lineup with you bone-on-bone, man-on-man and see who's the tougher character," said sophomore right tackle Enoch DeMar. "We like that."

An offer Cameron cannot refuse

Cam Cameron has probably not been a betting man in recent years. Still, (in my "Godfather" voice) here is one offer he cannot refuse. If Cameron and his 'In(d)iana' defense can somehow go on the road and find a way to defeat the almighty Wolverines, never again (this season) will I mention the draining sand in the hour glass that represents his coaching career or IU's lack of defense. Simply win and I shut up. On the other hand, if the Hoosiers lose, it continues to be an open hunting season.

No. 2 Hoosiers finish homestand against Big Ten foes

The postseason of the men's soccer team hinges on the Hoosiers' two Big Ten games this weekend at Bill Armstrong Stadium. If IU knocks off Wisconsin and Northwestern, the Hoosiers are assured the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, as only Penn State (9-3, 3-1) has few losses in the conference like the Hoosiers (9-3, 3-0).

Junior midfielder displays wide array of talent

Ryan Mack winds up his arm and throws a little soccer ball into the stands before a match. Mack follows the toss with a huge, childish grin as he watches spectators scramble for the ball. He then sprints onto the field for the kickoff and usually clowns around with a teammate. Prior to Sunday's Michigan game, Mack jumped up and down, trying to knock over sophomore midfielder Pat Noonan.

I have proof! America finally embraces soccer

The scene was set: thousands of screaming fans, flags waving all over the place, rhythms being blasted throughout the arena ... If you said a Skynard concert, good guess. Probably what I would have said too. But you're wrong. It was Crew Stadium Wednesday night. And it was then and there when I realized I had finally become a true soccer fanatic.

Runners look for bids to championship

The men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Ames, Iowa this weekend to take on a majority of the top 25 teams in the Pre-NCAA Invitational. This meet gives the teams a chance to test the course before the NCAA Championships are held there Nov. 20.

Volleyball seeks end to losing streak

The volleyball team has an opportunity to jump start its season this weekend as it takes on Illinois and Purdue at home. All three teams are 1-5 in conference play.

Crew holds Lemon Head Regatta

Team chemistry, rigorous training and two successful races starting the season culminate this Saturday when the crew team plays host to the Lemon Head Regatta at Lake Lemon. In only its second year of varsity status, crew has posted strong results in the first two races of the year. Senior co-captain Katy Ostertag said she is very upbeat about her team's current performance.

Dow Jones plummet hurts Home Depot stock

Amid Middle East violence and the bombing of Navy destroyer USS Cole, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted almost 400 points yesterday in the fifth-biggest point drop in history. Analysts pointed to turmoil abroad as the cause, but Thursday's stock activity continued a month-long slide in stock prices.

Time to change traditional debates

During the first presidential debate Oct. 3, the candidates engaged in a sparring match of sound-bytes. But Wednesday's debate featured the candidates discussing issues in a more focused, serious manner. The only difference between the two debates was the format. This difference highlighted the need to change from the more traditional format.

Vote against the lies

Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore was recently in Las Vegas to accept the endorsement of the Teamsters union. While this alone is pretty mundane, what occurred during his acceptance speech should raise some serious questions for the voting public.

A choice, not just genetics

Then gay Olympic gold medal winner Greg Louganis spoke at IU in1997, he told a pro-gay audience, "I'm a firm believer that you're born this way; it's not a decision," and received a rousing ovation. This is a slogan, a pledge of allegiance intended to rouse an emotional response, not a statement of fact. It's also false and misleading.

Yugoslavia in need of extreme help

We all remember Nov. 9, 1989 when television reports detailing the fall of the Berlin Wall came into our living rooms. Images of reuniting countries and families emphasized the significance of the event.

Around the region

Congressman John Hostettler (R-8th) and Democratic challenger Paul Perry will square off in their second debate of the election season at 7 p.m. Sunday. The debate will be broadcast live on WTIU.

Eroticon focuses on education

Licking edible body paint from a random stranger is generally frowned upon in civilized society. But at the fifth annual Eroticon, attendees will be asked to leave their inhibitions at the door. Axis Nightclub, 419 N. Walnut St., will be awash with throngs of revelers in liquid latex and leather Friday from 9:30 p.m. to the wee hours of the morning.

Wyclef to headline hip-hop lineup

For Wyclef Jean, life seems to be all about moving up in the world. Formerly one-third of The Fugees, the hip-hop visionary is now promoting his successful solo career as well as taking on many extracurricular projects, including his new record label, Clef Records.

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