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9-11 COD WOMEN ENGINEERS C R E AT E N E W C H A P T E R

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M I N I M U M WA G E : R A I S I N G T H E S TA N D A R D S

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JIMMY FALLEN BRINGS TONIGHT SHOW BACK

15 WHEN A RANT TURNS INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

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S O C H I : W H I T E O U T, OSHIE IN

17 STUDENTS FOR A D E M O C R AT I C S O C I E T Y

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college students left Washington D.C. on May 4, 1961 to help change the mindset of man. 13 left the comfort of their homes to combat cruel laws against human rights in a way that would make people like Mahatma Gandhi proud. Later more than 400 joined those 13 to draw attention to these unfair laws and hopefully pave way to a brighter future. Today is that future; a future that millions of minorities prayed to see. The future that started bus rides through the south where black and white men and women weren’t afraid to break the law to receive respect. Among those college student activists, was 19-yearold Thomas Madison Armstrong III, who hopped on one of those buses that summer in 1961 to fight for something he believed in. College of DuPage had the privilege of hearing Armstrong’s story through an event sponsored by the Living Leadership Program on campus. We write about Armstrong’s presence on campus and his presentation about a book he wrote. Along the lines of leadership, some students are

trying to bring something to campus. Jeff Westburry, a COD student, has been trying to get an organization started that has been around for seven decades. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is a national organization started in the 60s at the University of Michigan in Ann Harbor. Our Features Editor takes us into their discussion of why we need SDS on campus.

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NEWS BRIEFS Woman of distinction award COD is accepting nominations for the 2014 Adade Wheeler Woman of Distinction Award. The honor recognizes district 502 community members making strides in women’s education, advocacy and mentoring, according to a college press release. The award was named after former COD history Professor Adade Wheeler. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. More information and forms are available on the COD website.

Speech anxiety workshop The COD Forensics Team will be holding a speech anxiety workshop on Feb. 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Student Services Center room 3245. Attendees will get an introduction on how to overcome the fear of public speaking. For more information, call 630942-2054.

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Engineering students spearhead COD chapter of Society of Women Engineers JOASH MENCIAS // NEWS EDITOR

College of DuPage is now home to a new local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, an international group aimed at fostering a more inclusive engineering field. The Chicago regional section of Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, officially recognized the chapter as a college interest group last fall. “The point of the chapter is to provide an encouraging environment for women and men interested in a more welcoming engineering field,” said Carley Kopecky, faculty advisor to the chapter and physics professor. According to Kopecky, the COD chapter will provide networking opportunities for future engineers through speakers, tours and outreach, including visits to local Girl Scout troops. Kopecky also sees SWE as a type of support group for women pursuing engineering. “It can be a little daunting to

“The Bully Plays,” directed by Amelia Barrett, will be running from Feb. 20 to March 1 at the MAC Playhouse. The play offers an anthology of different views and stories on bullying, according to a college press release. There will be a pre-show discussion on Feb. 20 at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and youth. Visit www.atthemac.org or call 630-942-2000 for ticket information.

be in a class of 50 when you see you’re only one of two girls...so it’s just good to have a supportive network [like SWE].”

The support-like nature of SWE served as an impetus for mechanical engineering student and local chapter President and founding member Audrey Oosterwal. “I joined SWE because it is almost as if you join a sorority of

20,000 women. It is a sisterhood of support from both collegiate and professional women and they all have faced the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated field,” Oosterwal wrote in an email. As president, Oosterwal will represent the chapter in the community, file grants and reports and plan SWE-related events. Currently, the chapter has a low number of members, but both Kopecky and Oosterwal encourage women and men to join. While the COD chapter is in its early stages, Kopecky envisions engaging more in local outreach and attending conference events, such as the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference Kopecky and Oosterwal attended last week. Kopecky believes SWE has the “potential to do good” on campus and advance its ideals. Oosterwal shared the sentiment. “My goal in creating the SWE

section here at COD is to pave the way for other women in engineering. I hope that my hard work will allow the women that come behind me to enjoy the benefits that SWE has to offer.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF AUDREY OOSTERWAL

ABOVE: Mechanical engineering student Audrey Oosterwal serves as the president of COD’s new chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Freedom Rider inspires COD students, faculty CAROLINE KOCH // SCENE EDITOR

Thomas Armstrong spoke to students and faculty about his time as a freedom rider last Thursday, in an event sponsored by the Living Leadership Program. Armstrong, author of “Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights” shared his story with a diverse crowd, urging them towards activism and encouraging them to be agents of peace

Board meeting The monthly board of trustees meeting will be held on Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Student Services Center room 2200. Students and members of the community are welcome to attend. PHOTO COURTESY OF DENTON DOOLEY

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NEWS POLICE REPORTS

POLICE REPORTS INCIDENT: Feb. 10 An alleged theft of an iPhone occurred on Feb. 10 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Testing Center located in the Berg Instructional Center. The owner of the iPhone said she locked her phone in a testing center locker. When she went back to retrieve her phone, the iPhone was missing. Police observed the area for any locker vul-

ACCIDENT: Feb. 11

nerability and talked to personnel at the Testing Center desk. Police viewed surveillance footage but discovered no person entering the locker where the phone was located. Police advised the owner the phone was not stolen, but an incident report was created.

An accident occurred between a brown 2005 Toyota Matrix and a yellow 2009 Chevrolet Aveo on Feb. 11 at approximately 2:03 p.m. on College Rd. near the intersection of Park Blvd and College Rd. The driver of the Matrix was travelling eastbound and saw a long line of stopped cars ahead. The driver of the Aveo was stopped in traffic. The driver of the Matrix

INCIDENT: Feb. 14

state she was approaching at a slow speed, but when the brakes were applied, the car slid on ice and ran into the back end of the Aveo. Paramedics responded because the driver of the Aveo reported back pain, however she refused transport. The damage to both cars amounted to at least $1500.

An injury occurred on Feb. 14 at approximately 9:40 a.m. in the library staff lounge. The injured person was filling a cup with hot water with a water dispenser. The person pulled the cup away from the spigot, causing the cup to tip and spilling hot water on their right hand. Police observed redness and swelling on top

of the hand. Police advised the person to file an injury report. Police have nothing further to report.

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around the world. “You can make a difference, young people. I know because we did.” Armstrong has been an activist since college, where he helped register black residents of Mississippi to vote, and witnessed countless atrocities in his work for equality. He participated in the Freedom Rides, was arrested for trying to board a segregated interstate bus, and eventually had to leave Mississippi to escape the KKK. Armstrong’s message now is one of proactive work to better the world.

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FEATURES

AIRA LHEIZ AQUINO // CONTRIBUTOR

NOT ALL MAJORS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Opinion: P.S. You’re beautiful

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THE 13 MOST USELESS COLLEGE MAJORS (AS DETERMINED BY SCIENCE):

1 FINE ARTS 2 DRAMA AND THEATER ARTS 3 FILM + PHOTOGRAPHY 4 GRAPHIC DESIGN 5 ARCHITECTURE 6 PHILOSOPHY + RELIGION

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his list summarizes a research made by Georgetown University entitled “Not all College Degrees are Created Equal”. However, while it is noticeable that majority of the fields listed are liberal arts majors, one must also take note that the basis of this list only revolves around earnings and employment. Though it is not foolish to be skeptical since these are two greatly influential life factors, general assumptions based on the concept of “utility” should not be made in haste. It would be not right; unjust even, to look down on these fields of study just because of a few factors. For the most part, the goal of education was never solely about profit making. In fact, earning and employment are only two criteria of the benefits that you can get from college. Factors such as life expectancy, mobility, and personal value are also things to consider.

7 ENGLISH LITERATURE 8 JOURNALISM 9 ANTHROPOLOGY + ARCHEOLOGY 10 HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT 11 MUSIC 12 HISTORY 13 POLY SCI + GOVERNMENT

Harvard Professor James Engell argues that the idea that majors that are closely aligned with a particular occupation or industry (such as medicine and engineering) are superior is one myth of the American education.  After all, what makes up the world today is greatly influenced by the liberal arts. Can you imagine the world if Aristotle and Plato chose another profession? Without the liberal arts, we would not be able to perplex ourselves with things such as “the concept of beauty” because the Mona Lisa would just be another colored liquid on heavy duty cloth, and color would only be perceived as just another property of light. One can also take note at how the liberal arts and the closely aligned majors can coexist. For example, there is this thought in statistics wherein they say that to be considered exceptional; you have to be at least three standard deviations above the mean. We can

further appreciate the meaning of this thought if we apply the concept of standard deviation to give meaning to the concept of “exceptional”.  By choosing college, we decide to change something about our lives and with this, we can see there are actually more ways than one in doing so. We should not be scared to chase after what we are passionate about, especially if we know that it brings us closer to understanding the ideas that run the world. Thoughts and ideas run the world, not money, and this is why we should motivate ourselves to achieve college success not in preparation to get paid, but in preparation to face the changing world.  The world is better off with people who can work around, organize, and generate profound thoughts. Profound thoughts are based on broad knowledge, and that broad knowledge can only be obtained by having a liberal arts education.

I don’t mean to soapbox here. However, as a photographer, editor, and male I feel I can’t just be mute. I’m growing more uncomfortable and ashamed with how our pop culture, advertising moguls and even political officials are exhibiting the behavior that it’s okay to degrade women into the role of being nothing more than ornamental or just here for sexual fulfillment. The other day I was doing a little bit of shopping. When I hit the electronic section, I saw two little girls, who could not have been older than grade school, practicing their twerking. Behind them, painted across 20 something big screens, was Miley Cyrus dry humping some inanimate object. Blame it on Disney and the mullet, but my hope for the next generation of growing offspring dwindled a bit. Luckily, I came home and stumbled upon an excellent little video about how media portrays women in society that sums up my rant quite nicely. A half naked women who is eating a hamburger and rolling around, arching seductively, does not get me turned on to buy a burger. It makes me want to turn off the T.V. I do not qualify that as sex appeal; I categorize it as raunchy and showing it’s excusable to sexually objectify the female form. Let’s take it one step farther. Diet pills, surgery and photoshop pictures in magazines telling them how they should be. It doesn’t make sense to me (name the band). So let me throw some numbers up in here. Only 5% of American women naturally have the body type advertisements portray as “ideal”. USA Today conducted a study of 5th – 12th grade girls some years back. 69% of girls said the magazine pictures influenced their idea of what the “perfect body” looks like. 47% of the girls surveyed said they wanted to lose weight as a result of the magazine pictures. Adolescent girls are more afraid of gaining weight than getting cancer, losing their parents or nuclear war. My two cents: Beauty can’t be defined simply as aesthetically pleasing. Being beautiful is the art of being graceful by good action. Ladies, you’re all beautiful. F*** society. To my fellow gentlemen- let’s step our game up and be a little more conscious of our actions. I would rather not see the preferred method of courting for future generations of men become, “hey yo b****.”

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Youth movement to come to COD ROSALIE DEASTIS // FEATURES EDITOR

Students for Democratic Society is the largest antiwar and education rights youth organization in the United States. It was the most influential radical student organization of the 1960s and is widely credited with helping to bring the violence in Vietnam to a halt.

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nspired by the civil rights movement, SDS was mainly concerned with equality, peace and economic justice. They believe in a world beyond war and imperialism, and strongly believe they can create a more just society. A group of students at the college hope to become an integral part of Student Life, as well as a chapter of the National SDS organization. They hope to provide a focal point for anti-war activism on campus and empower the community against economic injustice, sexism,

racism, and heterosexism. They also are dedicated to educating students, faculty, and the community about a wide array of history and people’s struggles around the world. 20 year-old Jeff Westberry, first contacted the National SDS organization during his high school days at Wheaton North. “Although we didn’t become an official club at the High School, SDS’s National Working Committee suggested that I should try to charter the club at community college since we had interested students from all these

backgrounds going to COD.” After consolidating support from other interested students, the unofficial club now meets every Friday, where they discuss education, organization and politics. Student Life insists that the enthusiastic do-it-yourself independence of the college SDS is assured to bring a lot to the table when it comes to Student Leadership and political initiative in the community. The brand new club is set to be chartered as soon as its membership completes the final draft of their Constitution.

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f you work full time in Illinois at a minimum wage job, you earn about $660 each paycheck before taxes. For a regular college student, that money has to stretch pretty far. Books, tuition, gas, rent, food and insurance are just the basic necessities of life that need to be paid for out of that small sum of money, and that’s only if you’re single and don’t have a child to take care of. After Uncle Sam has taken his share and you’ve paid your bills, that $660 doesn’t seem so impressive. In fact, what’s more impressive is if that money somehow manages to cover all of those expenses. That’s a heavy burden for the nearly 1.5 million Americans considered “working poor,” people who fall below the poverty line despite working full or part time. To put it simply, that’s a problem. The fact that we have an entire socioeconomic class of workers who are unable to make a living on what our country deems to be a “minimum wage” is troubling. Not only do the working poor struggle to pay their bills, they now make up a majority of SNAP

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benefit (food stamps) recipients. In fact, college educated individuals are the fastest growing group within that majority. Worried yet? We are allowing hard working people to go hungry in the wealthiest nation on this planet; it’s criminal. Eight dollars and twenty five cents an hour isn’t enough to secure the basic necessities of existence. No human

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being can live with dignity on that amount of money. Luckily, the answer to this problem is simple: raise the minimum wage. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama asked congress to “Give America a raise,” and without a doubt, the American Worker has earned it. Until about 1975, productivity and real

wages in this country mirrored each other. Since then however, wages have stagnated. See that huge gap in the graph below? That’s the difference between how much Americans produce and how much they’re paid. In fact, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, if minimum wage had kept up with worker productivity, minimum wage would be $21.72 today. That’s money that American workers have earned for their work. As a country we’ve become more productive than ever and yet we’re paid less than ever. At first glance, it doesn’t seem very fair. What’s fair however, doesn’t always make for good policy. A sensible person would need to see the economic repercussions of raising the minimum wage as well. As it happens, the negative economic repercussions of raising the minimum wage are a bit overblown. You’ll hear people talk about how many jobs raising the minimum wage will kill, but the research doesn’t support that claim. According to the Think Progress organization, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 will boost the GDP by

$22.1 billion and the extra consumption spurred by the raise could support 85,000 new jobs. Want a statistic closer to home? According to the Chicago Fed, raising minimum wage to just $9 an hour would boost consumer spending by $28 billion and boost GDP by 0.2 percent after considering the possibility of job loss. Raising the minimum wage makes economic sense because minimum wage workers don’t earn enough to save money. Every dollar that a minimum wage worker earns is already spent by the time their paycheck comes. It’s a case that’s very similar to those drawing unemployment. Want to boost the economy? Extend unemployment benefits, because no other demographic is guaranteed to spend that money as thoroughly as the unemployed, or in this case, the working poor. There is not a better economic stimulus program than raising the minimum wage. This is an idea that should appeal to parties on both sides of the political spectrum. If you have more conservative tendencies and want small government,

“Every dollar that a minimum wage worker earns is already spent by the time their paycheck comes.”

you should know that keeping minimum wage at such a low rate costs the government money. If you want to end government dependency, raise the minimum wage to a point where full time workers don’t need government assistance to merely survive. Think of it this way: every time the government gives SNAP benefits or federal housing assistance to people who work full time at minimum wage, it subsidizes the cost of employment for corporations. The government literally spends money on welfare benefits so that businesses can make a profit. This issue isn’t even particularly controversial among Americans. A poll conducted by the National Employment Law Project showed huge majorities of support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. About 80 percent of people surveyed supported the move and 74 percent of people said congress should make it a priority. The support even cut across partisan lines, proving this is an issue all of us can stand behind. We need to pay our workers an honest day’s pay

for an honest day’s work. When Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington, he marched not only for racial justice, but for economic justice. He stood shoulder to shoulder with union workers and demanded dignity from our government. He proclaimed that “[…] an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring”. What is the current minimum wage but an edifice that makes beggars of honest workers? It’s an institution that saps the dignity of hard working human beings. I don’t say this without my own background and bias. Like many of you, I worked full time at a minimum wage job for a very long time. I spent more than 40 hours a week doing backbreaking labor in addition to going to school full time. With my measly paycheck I tried to keep food on the table and pay whatever other expenses came about. Luckily I never had an emergency like a car accident or health problem during that time, but others aren’t so lucky. I learned a difficult lesson living life that way. I learned that it’s nearly impossible to get ahead in life, let alone survive on minimum wage.

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ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION WITH U2 FOR THE KICKOFF

JAKE PELENIS // STAFF WRITER “The Tonight Show” is the longest running talk show in television history, and Monday night we saw it change hands from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon. This is the first actual change of hosts since 1992 if you want to exclude the nine month intermission and subsequent screwing over of Conan O’Brien in 2010. Fallon joked about it almost immediately saying “I’m Jimmy Fallon and I’ll be your host… for now.” He listed off the previous tonight show hosts in jest, “Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.” Fallon’s opening speech was pleasant and humbling, discussing where he grew up and showing off his parents in the audience. The heartstring tugs seemed a bit too carefully calculated at first but it was a refreshing humanistic experience compared to Leno’s stale robotic routine. After introducing himself, Fallon went back behind the curtain and walked back about jumping into his high energy monologue. The first guests for the new Tonight Show were Will Smith and U2, alongside brief cameos from Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Seth Rogan, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga the list goes on. It was an outpouring of support from all aspects of New York affiliated show-business getting behind NBC’s decision to put Fallon on the Tonight Show throne. As a whole the show went wonderfully, it was both exciting and refreshing. I am certain Fallon will be able to grow “The Tonight Show” in ways that it has

not in some time. Beyond that, Fallon helps to support the change in culture that the county has seen in the last twenty years. These changes were unrepresented in Leno’s tired show. Jimmy Fallon helps represent the millennials that are currently inheriting the reigns of America. As someone who managed to convince Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to perform “Whip My Hair” on late night television, Fallon obviously understands the transitional period our society is going through. Fallon knows the importance of pop culture and being inclusive of all groups. He gets that the internet and social media are cultural milestones that dictate so many of tomorrow’s headlines. Spoofing one of the biggest videos to grace YouTube, “The Evolution of Dance”, alongside Will Smith was a great bit for the show’s premiere. One of Fallon’s strongest aspects is his musical inclination. He has his finger on the pulse of America’s newer artists. Deerhunter’s bizarre yet fantastic performance of last year is still fresh in my mind. Fallon’s backing band The Roots will easily nab the title for greatest Tonight Show band in the history of the show. The Tonight Show and the changing America seemed to be at a disconnect for a while. Jimmy Fallon has a daunting road ahead of him. He is not as wild as Conan O’Brien, but he is a certain change to The Tonight Show that has been long overdue. If he can develop the show from this solid beginning and take the risks that need to be taken, the legacy will be preserved.

BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ (BEFORE THEY BECOME MOVIES)

GONE GIRL - October 3 A thriller about a couple who relocates only to have the wife, Amy, disappear without a trace on their anniversary. Husband Nick, is the prime suspect, and the entire town is dragged into the mystery. Hopefully the film lives up to the expectations of best-seller. THE GIVER -August 15 If you never read this in middle school, read it now. A simple story about a boy chosen to receive memories of his people so they don’t have to experience pain. It will make you think deeply about what it means to be alive in a world of numbing comfort. Jeff Bridges is playing DIVERGENT- March 21 Set in a dystopian Chicago, the entire population is divided into personality types. A girl named Beatrice doesn’t fit neatly into these categories, and her life starts to unravel as a result. This story has been compared to “The Hunger Games,” as the next big, young adult series. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU - September 12 A dysfunctional family is reunited in the wake of their father’s death. As they sit shiva, they are forced to contend with each other. The hilarious book has gotten tons of praise, and the movie will star Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. SERENA - April 2014 A tale of murder and jealousy set in the late 1920s. Two newlyweds run a timber empire, but things quickly turn dark when it is revealed that the wife cannot have children and she sets out to kill her husband’s illegitimate child.

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116-WORD RANT PARKER RECHSTEINER // STAFF WRITER

I hate fad diets and I love toast, so in my mind gluten-free people can suck a baguette. If you have Celiac Disease that’s one thing, but if you’re just not eating gluten because some talking head on TLC told you it was making you fat, then you are ridiculous and need to keep it to yourself. Bread is delicious and I don’t trust you for not eating it. Have you ever had warm pretzel bread? It is literally one big gluten. And it is amazing. I don’t know what gluten is, but I care for it deeply, so stop being weird, go for a jog to the bakery, and eat so many glutens you explode.

“Everything was easy to do. I transferred right in, no problem.” LIAM GROGAN, HISTORY MAJOR AT LOYOLA

For Liam Grogan, transferring to Loyola from the College of DuPage was a breeze. From reviewing his transcripts to helping him line up financial aid, Loyola’s advisors helped Liam every step of the way. And that let Liam focus on what matters most—getting his degree from one of the nation’s best universities. Meet with us at the College of DuPage Table Visits: Feb. 20, Mar. 11, & Apr. 10, 10 AM–1 PM Learn more about transferring to Loyola at LUC.edu/transfer.

SEE WHAT ELSE LIAM HAS TO SAY ABOUT LOYOLA.

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SPORTS

WHITE OUT, OSHIE IN

AMERICA TURNS TO HOCKEY AFTER SNOWBOARDING’S KING LOSES HIS CROWN CAROLINE KOCH // ARTS EDITOR Heading into the third week of events at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, the U.S. is finally hitting its stride. After a bit of a rough start opening weekend, Team USA has climbed to the top of the medal leaderboard among the Dutch, Germany and host country Russia. Germany leads the gold medal count with eight, and close behind is the U.S., along with five other countries (Russia, Netherlands. Norway, Belarus and Switzerland), all of which have stood atop the podium five times. Team USA holds the number four spot in the overall medal count as of today, though the USOC is not concerned. It may not totally feel like it, but for

the first time in U.S. Olympic history, the team has won at least one medal everyday thus far. A feat previously achieved by the likes of Germany, Soviet Union and East Germany, but never by the Americans. Last weekend USA spirit hit an all time high on the mountain, in the advent of the men’s halfpipe event. Brimming with anticipation, Americans watched Shaun White take center stage at Sochi; some already knowing the fate of NBC’s primetime coverage. Snowboarding’s favorite red headed risk-taker pulled out of the men’s slopestyle event in order to give himself a full three days to work with the halfpipe. In the qualifier, White threw down a run scoring a 95.75, the

highest score of the event’s entirety, just at the wrong time. Unable to harness his swagger in the final, White put up an uncharacteristically clumsy first run, sliding down the pipe wall on his rear. Historically his first go is executed with technical perfection, earning him high marks and a second-run victory lap where he pulls out a never-before-seen stunt. This time though, Russia’s Iouri “IPod” Podladtchikov’s 94.75 put big pressure on White to nail the trick of the night one IPod invented himself - the YOLO. White looked good in the air getting ready for the YOLO on the final run, but bunked the landing and lost speed for the last jump. He managed to pull

Shaun White fails to reach the podium at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. PHOTO BY GUY RHODES, USA TODAY

out a 90.25, just not enough for the podium: “I’m disappointed,” White said. “I hate the fact I nailed [that trick] in practice, but it happens.” The slushy snow conditions seemed to be giving all the Olympians trouble. 2006 gold medalist in the women’s halfpipe, Hannah Teter called the apparatus “crap” before her event in Sochi; she joined White in

fourth place. Sochi has been filled with incredibly emotional moments for American athletes thus far. From John Daly needing consoling after a bad run on the skeleton course took him out of medal contention, to Bode Miller’s heart-wrenching reaction to a post-race interview, forcing the see SOCHI, Page 16

LADY CHAPS EARN 49-POINT VICTORY KELLY WEESE // SPORTS EDITOR

PHOTO BY DENTON DOOLEY

Center Melissa Niggins shoots a layup over a Triton defender. Niggins had 12 points in the Lady Chaps 96-47 victory.

The Lady Chaps played at the top of their game last Saturday against Triton College. Free throw shooting has been a weak spot for DuPage this season. They showed great improvement nailing 15 out of 25 from the charity stripe against the Trojans. “We as a team are now making it more personal and trying to help out whoever is at the line preform well and I think they are going to the line a little more relaxed,” coach Cotton said. The Chaps beat Triton 81-41 earlier this year and another blowout seemed eminent after DuPage took a 46-16 lead into halftime. Led by Donna Koerber and Breanna Venson, COD was able to increase the deficit and win 96-47. The lopsided score convincingly improved the Lady Chaps record to 16-11 with only two games remaining before the Region IV Tournament. Koerber led the team in scoring with 27 points, 12 rebounds and was four assists shy of a triple-double. “We were ready, we had some drawbacks but we had to play through them. We got together as a team and regrouped,” Koerber said. “We need to keep winning, keep up the intensity and play together.”

Koerber continues her dominance this season shooting 56.8 percent from the field. She is ranked top ten in the country for shooting percentage and points scored. Triton came into the game with six players and fatigue showed after halftime, as the team chose not to shoot around before the start of the second half. One of their players was ejected from the game after an offensive gesture to the COD bench, forcing the Trojans to finish the game with only five players. “They took a punch in the mouth in the beginning and it woke the girls up. They realized they have to play the brand of basketball we try to have everyday in practice. Once they started playing our brand of basketball and not pick up ball, we took off from there,” coach Cotton said following the victory. As the season rapidly comes to its conclusion, the Lady Chaps are in position for a strong run in the Region IV Tournament. The tournament will be held at College of DuPage giving the Lady Chaps home court advantage through out. If they can hold off last year’s champion, Rock Valley College, COD has an opportunity to receive a berth in the NJCAA DIII National Championship Tournament.

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SPORTS GAMES

Missed free throws and turnovers lead to Chaps loss KELLY WEESE // SPORTS EDITOR Following a victory at Harper a week ago, the Chaps men’s basketball team looked to carry that momentum into their matchup with Triton last Saturday. With the season drawing to a close, the team needed to improve their record to avoid being the last seed in the Region IV Tournament. Though COD will host the competition, the team will need more than home court advantage to win the tourney, as they have struggled against conference opponents this season. The last time DuPage and Triton met, COD won 63-52. The 11 point victory may have given the Chaps some over confidence going into their second meeting. The Chaps, led by Kenneth Weaver, swapped leads throughout the first half with the Trojans.

Triton took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime. After the break, DuPage regained control of the scoreboard only to see it squandered in the last remaining minutes. COD could not convert from the free throw line and turnovers proved to be too costly. The Trojans were able to capitalize on the mistakes and hand the Chaps a 59-66 loss. “If we make our free throws I think it’s a different game. Turnovers hurt us too, but basically this game came down to free throws in my opinion. They made theirs. We missed ours,” coach Reed said. The loss drops DuPage’s record to 10-17 and their last two games will be crucial to their seeding in the Regional Tournament. “We need to stay together as a

team and keep listening to what coach has to say. I believe in our coaches, our whole team believes in our coaches and our coaching staff and they know exactly what to do,” Kenneth Weaver said. Weaver led the Chaps in scoring with 18 points. Even though the Chaps might face the best-seeded team in the Region IV Tournament, they are thrilled with the opportunity to make a playoff run. “We like our chances going into the Region, all the teams get a chance to get into the playoffs, we just have to keep working and keep getting better,” coach Reed said. In order to make an impact in the tournament, DuPage will need to control the ball better and convert on key free throw attempts late in games.

Kendall Bailey shoots over Triton’s center.

PHOTOS BY DENTON DOOLEY

Kenneth Weaver drives past three defenders. Weaver led the Chaps in scoring with 18 points.

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skier - hunched over on a guard rail - to share a very personal moment with the world. High stakes were felt in every living room and bar that opened exclusively to watch the USA face-off against Russia in the most watched 6 a.m. hockey game of all-time. The nail-bitter ended in a shootout lasting eight rounds. Team USA clinched a 2-3 win, and a new household name was born: T.J. Oshie. Because international hockey rules allow the same shooter after the first three rounds of a shootout, the St. Louis Blues forward made four of his six shots on the Russian net. After scoring the game winning goal Oshie pointed not to the crowd or the bench, but to USA’s goalie Jonathan Quick, a visual “dude you rock, thanks for keeping us in this” moment. And just like that, in a “Miracle On Ice” moment, the well-marketed Shaun White was forgotten… guess we’ll see you at Lollapalooza again dude.

SOCHI MEDAL LEADERBOARD GERMANY

RUSSIA

NETHERLANDS

USA

NORWAY

SWITZERLAND

13

8 GOLD

18

5 GOLD

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5 GOLD

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15

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(as of press time Tuesday, Feb. 18)


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STRAIGHTtalk

Advice, answers and no fluff.

Straight Talk is an advice column aimed at questions you’d ask your best friend... except Straight Talk won’t fluff the answers. Real advice for real issues, from someone who has been there, done that. To get your questions answered, email overheardcod@gmail.com

On and off again

I’ve been on and off with this guy for a year and a half now. Every time I say I’m done, we always end up back together eventually. I don’t understand why or how I could keep doing this when all he does is stress me out. He talks to other girls, likes to party a lot and gets in trouble with the law frequently. I wish I knew about all of this before I fell for him. I’m honestly scared that I will never be able to officially let go and move on. -Attached Dear Attached, So you’re in love with a bad boy. Happens to the best of us. You’ve probably become addicted to this rollercoaster he has you on. Sometimes on and off relationships are harder to let go of than normal ones. We don’t want to admit that these relationships are exciting and absolutely draining at the same time. And not to mention, extremely unhealthy. You’re not going to want to hear this, but the only way to break this cycle for good is to cut him off cold turkey. Block him from every single social network, change his name or block his number and promise yourself to never speak to him again. If you stick to your promise, life will go on. You’re going to cry and it’s going to suck for awhile. Then you will meet someone new in time and you’re going to realize how much crap this guy put you through that you shouldn’t have dealt with.

Hot mommy Things have been getting serious between this girl and I. The more I get to know her, the more my feelings grow. We get along so well and she truly is a great girl. But here’s the catch – she has a two-year old son. I’ve never dated anyone with a kid before. It’s a given that she’s going to put him first like any good mom would. I guess it’s just making me start to wonder if I will always be second. I don’t want to have to compete for her attention, but I also can’t imagine leaving her for this. - Daddy To Be Dear Daddy To Be, This is a matter of you deciding if you are willing to be a relationship like this. It’s going to require extra effort all around. But you should also keep in mind that every new person you date will often come with some kind of baggage. If the woman is showing you she’s worth it in every other aspect, you might regret leaving her for this. If your feelings are as strong as you say, are you willing to accept the fact that you will have to share this girl with her son and could potentially become somewhat of a father figure in the child’s life? Maybe you’re not ready for that right at this moment, but it’s something that you can learn to adjust to and possibly enjoy. As the relationship continues, the answer may become crystal clear to you, so it might be best to give it more time. The fact that she puts her son first is actually an attractive quality you can add to list of things you like about her.

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