ISU sophomore guard Katy Wenge has the ball poked away by a Michigan defender during game action Wednesday night, Dec. 5 at Redbird Arena. The Wolverines defeated ISU 56-45 as the Redbirds were held to their lowest offensive output of the year. (Photo by Colleen Casey / Staff Photographer)
“Go you Redbirds, on to battle, fight for ISU!” The ISU school song is played constantly at every ISU sporting event and then sung together by the student section at the end of each game, win or lose. Collin Custis, a recent graduate of ISU, now turned alumni, has had a love for the Redbirds since he enrolled at ISU.
Since the mid 1800s, people all around the world pause for 16 days every four years to observe the top athletes from over 150 countries as they go head-to-head for a gold, silver, or bronze medal. As the countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is just over the 100-day mark away, several Illinois State track and field athletes are hoping to represent the United States in the most recognized athletic competition in the world.
Baseball has gone to great lengths to honor Robinson’s legacy as the breaker of the color barrier. As I learned on Thursday, however, baseball’s racial history is more complex than one player breaking down the wall. Many players’ stories of struggle against baseball’s racial inequality are untold. Adrian Burgos, a baseball historian and University of Illinois professor, gave me my first “a-ha!” moment on Thursday as he spoke at Milner Library.