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Several swimmers stand out with season-best times at the recent House of Champions meet.

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost 87-83 in overtime to the Bradley Braves Tuesday in Lantz Arena.


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Workgroup replies to departmental criticism By Cassie Buchman News Editor | @cjbuchman


Kadija Robinson-Stallings, the class instructor and an Eastern alumna, helps Isis Sims, a senior athletic training major, paint her fallthemed path during the “Artfully Autumn” event Tuesday in the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

Sophomores step up to organize ‘Holiday Hustle,’ goal to raise $3,500 By Kalyn Hayslett Editor-in-Chief | @DEN_news Four sophomore students sharing the same passion for giving back to the community organized the fifth annual Holiday Hustle 5K run/ walk Saturday. Sophomores Samantha Boomgarden, Audrey Rex, Brianne Ed and Katie Ervin met as incoming freshmen through the Presidential Scholars Scholarship program, which involves a mandatory class they took last fall. During the class, students have to complete a service project, which is how the Holiday Hustle started, as it benefits One Stop Community Christmas in Mattoon. One Stop Community Christmas helps seven counties gather and disburse supplies for families in need during the holiday season. “What they do is take donations like toys, presents, socks, underwear and food even. And what the parents do is, they will come through and, based on how many kids they are shopping for, they essentially get to shop and pick out the presents that have been donated,” Ervin said. The goal for this year is to raise $3,500 to donate to the service organization. Last year, the group of students who originated the race graduated, so the sophomores took over this year. “We’re kind of like the next generation of Presidential Scholars that’s taking it over,” Ervin said. The original students who began the race passed a baton in the form of a flash drive to the new 5K organizers, with a guideline of tasks that need to be completed by specific deadlines.

After turning in their preliminary draft recommendations for the vitalization project, Workgroup No. 7, looking at academic programs, discussed the responses and feedback they received from academic departments. After seeing some of the responses, workgroup chair Cindy Rich said some of the departments were supportive, while others approached the recommendations in a defensive way. What surprised Rich about the defensive responses is she does not see the first two recommendations the workgroup needs to make as negative, as these focus on what programs should be continued with increased resources and what efficiencies or changes could be made to enhance a program’s marketability or enrollment. “The first (recommendation) is for additional funding, the second one is for in their own house coming up with plans,” she said. “The third is in their own house, but with support from the university and other people (asking) how can we make this work?” The third recommendation is how programs or services can create a plan to improve their viability and efficiency. Though the fourth recommendation calls for the workgroup to suggest programs for outsourcing or deletion, Rich said they added in an option for consolidation. “The programs don’t need to be deleted completely — maybe they can join in with another department that would help with what’s going on there,” she said. In their responses, Rich said people defended their department’s enrollment, staffing and programs. Workgroup, page 5

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Runners and walkers start the Holiday Hustle race in 2015. This year’s race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in front of Old Main. The cost to participate is $25 per person or $23 if participating in a group of six members.

Even though the new group has already finished the class and the volunteer project is no longer required for them, the sophomores wanted to continue raising funds for One Stop Community Christmas. “The service aspect of the race is what drew me to participate,” Ed said. Ervin was born and raised in Mattoon and said she wants to do all she can for her hometown. “This is my home 24/7, this is where I live, and this is where I’ve grown up besides where I go to school,” she said. “Helping my home

community is really awesome and also to carry on the Presidential Scholar legacy.” Check-in for the race will begin at 8 a.m., and the race will officially start at 9 a.m. in the front of Old Main. The race is open to the public. The cost of registration is $25 per person and $23 per person for members in a group of six. People can go to the EIU Holiday Hustle website to register before the race or wait to register the day of the race.

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Staff Report | @DEN_News A meeting for the entire vitalization project Task Force will be 4 p.m. today in Coleman Auditorium. On the agenda for the Task Force meeting is an update on workgroup activities and initial reviews and feedback, guidance and procedures for final recommendations and an update on the procedures that will follow the submission of the final recommendations. The Task Force consists of the vice presidents, a president’s liaison subcommittee, and nine workgroups tasked with making recommendations for programs and services on campus. These workgroups submitted their preliminary drafts of these recommendations on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Task Force, page 5




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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult. Internal documents from the president-elect's transition team reviewed by The Associated Press show the new administration plans to stop defending the Clean Power Plan and other recent Obama-era environmental regulations that have been the subject of long-running legal challenges filed by Republicanled states and the fossil fuel industry. Leading Trump's transition team on the EPA is Myron Ebell, direc-

tor of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank that gets financial support from the fossil fuel industry and that opposes "global-warming alarmism." Trump said during the campaign he would "cancel" the Paris agreement to make global reductions in carbon emissions that Obama signed in December. Even without a formal withdrawal, Trump could simply order EPA not to take any action toward meeting the U.S. commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels within the next 10 years. He shifted away from his yearlong insistence that climate change is a "hoax," conceding there may be "some connectivity" between hu-

man activity and the warming of the planet. Still, Trump's advisers have suggested he will eliminate NASA's world-class climate research program, which tracks the warming of the planet, melting Arctic sea ice and rising oceans using an array of purpose-built satellites orbiting the globe. As a legal matter, Trump also can't simply get rid of the EPA. Even without a wholesale elimination, Trump and the GOP-led Congress could gut the agency's budget — defunding core enforcement efforts enshrined under the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. “It would behoove Republi cans to remember EPA was signed into law by a Republican president working with a Democratic Congress because the public wanted to

protect the environment," Christie Todd Whitman, a Republican who served as EPA administrator under President George W. Bush, said. "They wanted clean air to breathe, they were tired of seeing rivers spontaneously combust and the land turned into a garbage dump." Internal transition documents show Trump's primary targets are Clean Power Plan limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and a recent EPA rule expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands. Other items include EPA's recently issued standards for reducing smog caused by coal-fired power plants and limits on harmful emissions and chemical-laden waste water from oil and gas operations.

ple were on board the flight, but later revised that to 77, saying four people on the flight manifest did not get on the plane.

Dozens arrested during protests for higher minimum wages

The conservative-leaning, nonprofit Employment Policies Institute think tank said it believes minimum wage increases will result in lost jobs, reduced hours and business closures.


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Brazilian soccer team's plane crashes in Colombia; 71 dead LA UNION, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities searched for answers Tuesday into the crash of a chartered airliner that slammed into the Andes mountains while transporting a Brazilian soccer team whose Cinderella story had won it a spot in the finals of one of South America's most prestigious regional tournaments. All but six of the 77 people on board were killed. The British Aerospace 146 shorthaul plane declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Colombia's aviation agency. It said the plane's black boxes had been recovered and were being analyzed. The aircraft, which departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for Wednesday's first leg of the two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin. Twenty-one Brazilian journalists were also on board the flight. Colombian officials initially said the plane suffered an electrical failure, but there was also heavy rainfall at the time of the crash. Authorities also said they were not ruling out the possibility, relayed to rescuers by a surviving flight attendant, that the plane ran out of fuel minutes before its scheduled landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin. Officials initially reported 81 peo-

Illinois panel backs gay couple in civil union complaint CHICAGO (AP) — A same-sex couple denied access to a central Illinois bed and breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a five-year discrimination case that's highlighted the conflict between religious freedoms and gay civil rights. Owners of the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton contend they don't believe in same-sex unions and refused to consider hosting Todd and Mark Wathen's ceremony in 2011, the year Illinois legalized same-sex civil unions. However, an administrative judge ruled last year that the owners violated the state's Human Rights Act because the couple was denied a venue based on sexual orientation. A three-member panel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission sided with the judge earlier this month by declining to take on the case. An attorney for the bed and breakfast owners said he plans to fight the decision. The owners have been ordered to pay around $80,000 in damages and legal fees and allow same-sex couples access to their facilities. Timber Creek's website still notes that they do "not host civil union or gay marriage ceremonies and/or receptions."

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. In Chicago, hundreds of protesters at O'Hare International Airport chanted outside terminals: "What do we want? $15! When do we want it? Now!" Police gated an area to allow travelers room to walk. As many as 500 workers at the airport participated in an unfair labor practices strike, according to officials from Service Employees International Union Local 1 who have been organizing the workers. Thousands planned to walk off the job at McDonald's restaurants, organizers said. The efforts are part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15. Protesters briefly shut down a downtown St. Louis McDonald's restaurant, blocking the drive-thru for about 30 minutes. In Massachusetts, a state senator was among nearly three dozen people arrested after they sat down on a Cambridge street during a demonstration. Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12 would lift pay for 35 million workers, or 1 in 4 employees nationwide, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.

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Attempt fails to overturn automaticvoter veto in Illinois SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois House Democrats advocating for a system of automatic voter registration failed Tuesday to overturn the measure's veto, losing the support of many Republicans who backed the bill before the governor rejected it. Democrats were four votes shy of the 71 needed to have the proposal become law despite Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto in August. Senate Democrats had already used their majority in the chamber to override Rauner. The governor told lawmakers he liked the bill's concept, but feared there weren't enough safeguards to prevent fraud. Many members of his own party sided with the governor and reversed their votes from May when the bill first passed with overwhelming support. The bill sought to allow visitors to a handful of state agencies, such as the Department of Human Services and the Secretary of State, to be automatically registered to vote unless they opted out. California, Oregon, and Vermont are among six states that have approved automatic voter registration, but Oregon is the only state that has implemented it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.




Charleston to catch Christmas spirit By Kennedy Nolen Staff Reporter | @DEN_News Charleston will be making spirits bright from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday with the annual “Christmas in the Heart of Charleston” celebration on the square. Free food, music and visits with Santa Claus and a reindeer from Southern Illinois will be open to the public. Some stores on the square will be participating in the event, offering special deals and activities. Diane Ratliff, tourism and special events adviser for the parks and recreation department, said the festival has been going on for nearly 25 years and is a way of bringing people in the community together. The Christmas committee of about 10 members will be hosting a light parade and will switch on the Christmas tree’s lights around 5 p.m., Ratliff said. Anyone can enter to be in the parade, and the winner for brightest entry will have his or her name recognized and added to the plaque at Charleston City Hall, Ratliff said. Tours of the tunnel connecting the jail to the Coles County Courthouse will be available, along with musical entertainment from community members, which will also take place

at the courthouse. The musical entertainment will be provided by a saxophone quartet, the Jefferson Middle School Chorus and the Charleston High School Chorus and Band. Lisa Judd, from Bob’s Bookstore located on the square, said a Christmas story will be read at the store from 5:30 to 6 p.m. She said crafts and activities will also be set out on tables for children to participate in throughout the night. Experimental music is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bob’s Bookstore to wrap up the festivities. A pair of dulcimer players will also play Christmas music at 7 p.m. after Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. A dulcimer is a plucked stringed instrument, known for being played by Scottish or Irish immigrants in the Appalachian region of the United States in the early 19th century. Dan Reible, owner of Jackson Avenue Coffee, said this celebration is the busiest night of the year for the coffee shop and other stores in the square. Ratliff said she is making a map for the event, which will be posted on the Facebook page for Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. Many businesses in Charleston have helped fund this event, such as


Charleston Boy Scouts roast chestnuts over an open fire during last year’s “Christmas in the Heart of Charleston” event. This year, festivities will go from 4:45 until 6 p.m. Saturday on the square.

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CAT to perform ‘The Blue Bird’ in live radio broadcast By Angelica Cataldo Entertainment Reporter | @DEN_News The Charleston Alley Theatre will be performing their production of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play “The Blue Bird” 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the theater. “The Blue Bird” is a Christmas fairy tale regarding two children who learn about the meaning of happiness. The show was originally written as a stage play in 1908 then adapted into a radio drama in the late ’30s. In 1940, the play was adapted into a film starring child actress Shirley Temple.

It has often been referenced in popular culture, mentioned in “Pokémon” and “The Yellow Submarine,” an animated film based on the Beatles song. “The Blue Bird” is considered a familyfriendly show. It will be performed in live radio broadcast format, meaning the cast will perform the script as if they were reading for an actual radio drama. Rather than reading a traditional script for the stage or film, a radio drama depends on audible effects and readings from an actor to tell the story. Lake Land College student Alyssa Hilbert will be directing the show.

Hilbert has performed with the CAT previously as the character Columbia in its third production of “Rocky Horror Show.” “The Blue Bird” will mark her debut as a director. The lead roles of Mytyl and Tytyl will be played by Vivian Pondenis and Dean Ray Bowie.       The show will also feature Dan Kruckeberg, Sam Kruckeberg, Amanda Wolf, Jacquelyn Armstrong, Mellissa Akins, Daisy Breneman, Pat Shannon and Duke Bagger. Elijah Snyder, Brian Pondenis, Phoenix Lofton and Brandy Miller will be performing in their first show with the CAT. Adult admission is $8, and children under

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12 years of age can get in free in conjunction with Christmas in the Heart of Charleston, a holiday celebration on the square. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available by calling the theater box office at 217-345-2287 or can be purchased at the door one hour before curtain at Charleston Alley Theatre, located at 718 Monroe Ave. Free or reduced prices for tickets are available for those financially unable to pay. Angelica Cataldo can be reached at 581-2812 or


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Cindy Huff

Seniors need flu vaccines more as they grow older Many older adults have stopped getting their flu shots because of what they have heard about the vaccine in the media: that it causes autism, that the flu shot is not something that they really need because the shot is not as effective in the elderly population as it is in younger people and that it may actually do more harm than good. Older adults are more concerned about the risk factors associated with the vaccination than actually getting the flu, which can be very dangerous to senior citizens who have compromised or low immune systems. Seasonal flu–related complications result in about 200,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. each year. On average, about 25,000 people in the United States die from influenza each year. When it comes to getting your flu shot, there is one important truth and that is that the flu shot is the only thing that can prevent and ward off influenza and help stop the spread of the virus. My elderly neighbor said “I am not getting the flu shot because it will give me the flu.” This is a common misconception, and we know that receiving the shot does not give us the flu. Getting the flu from the show is an old wives’ tale, passed down from one generation to the next. The vaccine is made from a dead virus; I do not think that we can catch the flu from a dead virus. What the vaccine actually does is to introduce your body to the dead virus, which in turn will help to build up your immunity to the live virus once the flu season rolls around. Seniors also complain about the pain and bruising that is associated with the shot, which is the same pain and bruising that they get with a regular shot, just a little more intense, and not everyone gets the bruising. It is very important for all senior citizens to get the flu shot; if you know any seniors that are concerned about getting the flu shot, talk to them about the negatives ­— sore arm, mild fever, and minimal body aches — that usually fade away within 24 hours. Help them to understand that these mild symptoms will soon pass and also inform them of the dire consequences of not getting the flu shot at their age. Many people, especially senior citizens, have died from influenza. For example, it has been estimated that between 71 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu–related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 54 and 70 percent of seasonal flu–related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group. So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older. Getting the flu shot is their best protection, and although influenza infection may not always be avoidable, by taking steps to strengthen our immune system against, it can improve the odds of our moving through this flu season without experiencing serious complications. Cindy Huff is an aging studies graduate student. She can be reached at 5812812 or


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Support efforts to research, cure HIV/AIDS Like many other vital epidemics that take a back seat in the eyes of society, the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been left in the shadows for far too long. It seems rather evident that many people ignore the severity of the epidemic, forgetting to offer much needed support and neglecting to educate themselves on the matter. By doing so, they leave themselves out in the dark while their neighbor or friend, coworker or family member is left to struggle on their own and in silence. Then there is the absolutely absurd negative connotation that many people used to associate with HIV/AIDS. It is almost as if the epidemic was put on the very top of a shelf and left there to collect dust and mildew, and the individuals diagnosed with the virus are forgotten about and ousted by society. As of right now, there is no cure for the HIV/

AIDS virus. For those who are unaware or simply confused, HIV is a virus that gradually attacks the immune system. If left untreated, it slowly kills the individual, who will find it harder and harder to fight off infections and diseases. According to, the virus destroys a type of white blood cell called a T-helper cell and makes copies of itself inside them. AIDS is a syndrome caused by the HIV virus, but it can be treated ,and those with the virus can live healthy lives. With World AIDS Day making another run Thursday, the staff at The Daily Eastern News feels it is time that all of us, students and faculty alike, take yet another stand for change. Perhaps we should all add this to our list of concerns to care about. We feel that everyone should put forth the effort to support and fund research to help find a cure for HIV/AIDS; we also believe

everyone should support those who are diagnosed with it and not leave them to fight it alone. Let them know that they, themselves, are not a disease as they were once considered at the start of the epidemic, and that they can overcome it. It is one thing to say you support the cause, but we ask that you show it by wearing a red ribbon tomorrow or donating anything. More than 35 million people died from HIV or AIDS, “making it the most destructive pandemic in history,” according to Of those 35 million people, one was an uncle to a member of our own editorial board. These are people, not statistics, and this is something to support and fight to find a cure for. The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Daily Eastern News.

Safe spaces are not evidence of weakness Millennials have issues like every other generation has had, but it is getting absurdly annoying to be labeled as “wussies” and “whiney babies.” Our generation only faces this stigma due to the rise of technological advances that allow everything to be spread over the internet directly to every single person in the world. Every time a millennial complains about something they feel is unfair or mistreatment, the label “safe space” gets thrown around the room to counteract the issue at hand or ignore it completely. The fuss coming from the older generation is hypocritical since some members of the older generation like to complain every time they see someone that is part of the LGBT community, or they see someone that is an ethnic minority. This is coming from the generation that believes immigrants are stealing their jobs, or at least jobs they supposedly want. Granted, we all have issues and views that we should keep, but it is ridiculous to assume we only want “safe spaces.” This is a stigma that needs to change if we ever want to come to terms or agreements with each other. The term “safe space” is a growing term thrown left and right to fit whatever agenda or perspective the individual has. Let us be realistic for a minute

Juan Nevarez and take a breather and look at the real reason they exist. First off, a safe space, according to an article published by Vox on Aug. 29, is somewhere where groups of minorities or individuals seek areas where they can be mutually supported where others in larger areas might not be supportive to them. The fact of the matter is we live in a world that does like to display its inequality on race, gender, disability and use it for discrimination. It is not like giant student bodies are reacting to views they do not like by yelling “safe space,” and then going in a hurry to that area. It is extremely condescending to assume that because you are older you are suddenly better than millennials or vice

versa. I would further like to express my disagreement with trigger warnings as they are a threat to freedom of speech and learning. It is necessary to always keep an open mind and learn as much as you can, and sometimes that means learning from actions that are deemed offensive to certain individuals or groups. Learning means taking all perspectives and taking all of history; not that parts that you are comfortable with. Education is not chopped. You must take the whole book in order to learn and understand it. No one should silence certain forms of free speech, and that is what a lot of these issues come down to. If it upsets you then leave; do not stand there for something you do not like. Take action and protest it peacefully without generating another stigma towards millennials. Which is where my issue with the Donald Trump protest also comes into perspective. There is absolutely no reason why individuals that did not vote should be protesting or debating anything about this election. It is stigmatizing our generation even more with that action. Juan Nevarez is a senior psychology major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Student Senate to talk about elections

Wingin’ it

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Senior Brandon Neverdon, a running back on the football team, enjoys some complimentary Buffalo Wild Wings Tuesday at Lantz Arena. All athletes were treated to the wings in recognition for their commitment to Eastern.



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Only people who have pre-registered will be guaranteed a T-shirt that will be given during check-in. The T-shirt has a Christmas tree–themed design on it, with an image of a road with runners placed throughout like ornaments winding into a tree form. Participants are encouraged to dress festively and embody the holiday theme.



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Several of them wrote about the qualities of their program. We never questioned the quality of their programs,” she said. “We feel like all of our programs are quality programs.” What was mainly looked at, Rich said, was a program’s enrollment and marketability, with the profit/ loss sheets being a small piece of what was looked at. She said they used all the data the university made available to them when looking at these factors, such


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Their final drafts are due Dec.15. Workgroups No. 1 through No. 6 were charged with identifying efficiencies, assessing the viability and sustainability of existing services and/or programs, and identifying any enhancements or changes likely to increase the marketability and success for increasing student enrollments. Workgroup No. 7 is making recommendations for academic undergraduate and graduate programs by considering the program’s enrollment, market demand, and centrality of program to the university’s mission, along with its quality and the revenue/expense profile of the program. Workgroups No. 8 and No. 9 look at ideas for academic affairs, with No. 8 looking at program development to enhance Eastern’s marketability to grow enrollment, and No. 9 looking at the organization of academic colleges, schools and departments, learning platforms and tuition models. The News staff can be reached at 581-2812 or

The Student Senate will discuss the upcoming election of a new Speaker of the Senate at their meeting 7 p.m. today in the Arcola/Tuscola room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Luke Young, student vice president of academic affairs, said JaLisa Smith, currently the chair of the internal affairs committee, is the only person running for Speaker of the Senate. Young said Smith knows a lot about how the senate operates. “She is very proactive, and I think she will be a good pick,” Young said. In the Senate’s last meeting before Thanksgiving Break, Smith gave a presentation about how she would handle the role of Speaker. At the meeting, she said she wants to give the Senate more structure by making people more accountable. Young said the Senate would decide on the position by having a discussion on if Smith would be a good fit for the position. After the discussion, they will call a vote. Next week is the last Student Senate meeting of the semester. Samuel Nusbaum can be reached at 581-2812 or

The sponsors of the race will be displayed on the back of the T-shirt. However, getting sponsors was one of the major challenges when planning the race. “This is somewhat of a transition year in leadership, so we hope that next year it will run more smoothly and we can focus more on getting sponsorships,” Ed said. Another challenge for the organizers was finding a way to advertise for the race where multiple audiences would know about it. “One thing we have going for us is that it is an established event, so people are aware of

it because it has been in the community for a couple of years now,” Ervin said. “It’s not like we are advertising from the ground up; we had a little momentum going into it.” The current group of Presidential Scholars, as well as a few track and field members, will volunteer the day of the race. Once they complete the race, participants will receive snacks, hot cocoa and water. “We hope the participants have that sense of pride that they’re helping their community,” Ervin said. The organizers hope the weather will not dis-

courage participants to give their money and time. “I think it is really great seeing students and community members coming together for a common cause and just being united in that cause,” Ed said. “Running a race in December does not sound like an appealing idea, but just that we have so many people willing to do it shows how many people recognize how great the cause is.”

as data books and enrollment management documents. Rich said in recommending efficiencies, the Workgroup was not saying the departments were doing anything wrong. “We’re saying you got a good thing going; how can we get more students from that?” she said. Business professor Scott Stevens said he saw a lot of defensiveness and “turf protection” in people’s responses. “What people fail to grasp is that there are far too many faculty, far too many programs for our enrollment,” he said. “It’s not sustainable.” Scott said though there was a lot of verbiage

around not being able to eliminate anything, there is a problem to deal with of not having enough students. “As far as faculty go, yes there are many on this campus (that) have this thing called tenure. We have to let attrition take its course; (there are a) lot of parttime adjuncts who you can get rid of,” Scott said. He acknowledged the workgroup would have to make recommendations that are not going to make some people happy, but resources need to be used in a more efficient way. “There’s something to be said for simplification,” he said. “Colleges need to decide what they want to

do exceptionally well, pick a couple things and market the hell out of it.” Rich said the workgroup is not saying to let all the faculty go and never bring them back; instead, they are looking at how to make these academic programs work. Rich said both departments and the workgroup were able to do what they had to. “We had our job to do, to look at what they had. They had their job to do,” Rich said. “We’re not adversaries in this; we both had a role to play.”

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¡Feliz Navidad! EIU Spanish Club Treasurer Erin Murphy, a sophomore psychology major (left), joins members Natalia Rivera, a freshman education major (middle), and Brianne Ed, a sophomore clinical lab science major (right), to help fundraiser for upcoming events for the club Tuesday in Coleman Hall. Members will be selling hand-made holiday cards, ornaments, wreaths, pine cones and snowflake stickers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Friday in Coleman. Ed said the members decorated and constructed the cards using a cricket machine. “Some of the things are leftovers from last year, but the cards are the most popular item by far,” Ed said. The money raised will help the club host upcoming activities and fundraisers and they said they would donate money to other clubs.

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By Parker Valentine Track and Field Reporter | @DEN_Sports Caroline Collet started running track in the fifth grade, but she has been running for as long as she can remember. “I’ve been running my entire life,” she said. “Both of my parents are runners, so before I could even walk, I was going for runs in my stroller with my mom.” Collet competed in events in her hometown of Verona, running and competing in her first 5K race at the age of 8. Collet is the oldest of six children and said she wants to be a role model. She said her little sister Carina helps spark her competitive fire. Collet will compete in both the one-mile and the 3K for Eastern’s indoor track team, and she said there is a possibility that she runs the 5K as well. Collet’s favorite event is the steeplechase; she said her inspiration to take part in the event comes from her coach Erin Howarth. Collet is a big supporter of Howarth, who feels the same of Collet. “She’s always willing to help us out not just with our running but with school as well,” Collet said. Steeplechase is an outdoor event; it involves completing requirements other than running during the event, like having to complete hurdles as well as leap over a shallow water pit. Collet has been competing in steeplechase since her freshman year at Eastern. “I love steeplechase. It is something not everybody is interested in, and it was something that I can do and do well,” she said. The uniqueness of the event was a large part of what drew her into it. When it comes to preparation, Collet visualizes the race going well. “I find a quote that motivates me and I write it on my arm, and I usually call my mom before the meet,” she said. Collet is majoring in theater, her other passion. “Two things I cannot go without are running and theater,” Collet said. Collet has performed in multiple produc-


Sophomore distance runner Caroline Collet is the oldest of six children. Collet plans to compete in the one-mile and 3K events during the upcoming indoor season.

tions at Eastern and will continue to act in the future. While Collet said she does not have a favorite role, she said her favorite experience in plays is “Romeo and Juliet.” Collet was shy growing up and both track and theater have helped her become a more

outgoing person. Collet says that her favorite professor Anne Thibault is always pushing her outside of her comfort zone and towards improvement. “It’s amazing how much overlap there is between being an athlete and an actor,” she said. “The mental aspects of both athletics and the-

ater are very similar...the overlap is very cool because you get to build relationships with people that will last.” Parker Valentine can be reached at 581-2812 or

Swim teams show season-best times at recent meets By Tyler McCluskey Swim Reporter | @DEN_Sports For the Eastern men’s and women’s teams, despite their record, they have been having a good showing for individuals in their respective events. One standout is junior Matt Jacobs, who was the Summit League swimmer of the week earlier this year. Last season, Jacobs moved into third place all-time on the Panthers’ list for his time of 2 minutes, 5.65 seconds in the 200 breast stroke. Last week at the midseason meet House of Champions, Jacobs moved into second place on that list with a time of 2:05.19. Also earlier this season against Evansville, Jacobs broke his own pool record in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 57.36, and at the House of Champions, recorded the fastest time in Panther history with a 56.65. Sophomore Lauren Oostman earned the Panthers’ highest finish at the House of Champions in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.73. Last year, Oostman had found herself at the top of the all-time list in the same event with a time of 2:03.32. Oostman also found herself in the top-five for the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.38. Junior Dani DiMatteo finished with a


Senior Paige Eavenson competes in the 200 butterfly Friday, Oct. 29 against Valparaiso at Padovan Pool. Eavenson earned first place in the event with a time of 2:14.38.

time of 57.78 in the 100 butterfly, which moved her into second place all-time. Last year, DiMatteo ended up in fourth place with a time of 58.25. Sophomore Jason Manning had a season-

best in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.49. In the 200 individual medley, junior Renae Johnson saw a season-best time of 2:20.71. Freshman Colin Frazee had a personal-best time in the same event.



Freshman Karleen Gernandy had a season-best in the 400 IM, posting a 4:43.08. Senior Paige Eavenson had a season-best time of 2:01.98 in the 200 free. Last year, Eavenson had put her name on the topfive list for the 200 butterfly in the time of 2:11.40. In the men’s event, sophomore Nick Harkins had a season-best time of 1:46.31. With a time of 1:09.09, it was good enough for Rachel Manderscheid to earn a season best. With all these season-best times, the swim team looks to continue their progress and get faster as the season nears its end at the Summit League Championships. The Panthers still have time, having only four more meets until the end of the year. The Panthers will see some familiar faces in Evansville, who took part of the House of Champions last week; Saint Louis, whom the Panthers will see in their next meet and again on Jan. 13; and also Valparaiso one more time on Jan. 18, whom they saw earlier this season. The Panthers’ next meet will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. against Wabash College, Saint Louis, and Maryville. Tyler McCluskey can be reached at 581-2812 or at

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Hard work does not go unnoticed for lineman By Maria Baldwin Feature Writer| @DEN_Sports In football, there are often many positions that are overlooked, simply because it is easier to focus on where the ball is on the field. Perhaps the most overlooked position is the offensive lineman. This position is crucial because, among other jobs, the offensive lineman is responsible for protecting the quarterback and opening a gap for the running back. Sometimes, the work an offensive lineman puts in does go noticed and they appreciate that. Redshirt senior Kanz was named second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference this year and said a lot of what goes into his success is aimed towards the success of the team’s offense overall. “Having a 1,000-yard rusher definitely helped,” he said. “Throughout the weeks and throughout the year, I’ve watched every other team’s offensive lines in the conference, and I could definitely tell you who the good guys are.” Kanz was proud of the honor, especially because his position is often overlooked, without many accolades. “To be honest, it does feel great, because if anyone was to know my name, it would probably be for a bad reason. It meant quite a bit to me,” Kanz said. Kanz took this role on the field to heart, but it was not easy at first. “In eighth grade, I was a quarterback and then when I went to high school, I had a growth spurt and moved to the line my sophomore year,” he said. “It wasn’t something that I enjoyed at first, but once I realized how good at it I was, I learned to enjoy it.” As Kanz grew to enjoy his crucial spot on the field, he also had to grow in size. Growing in size is no easy feat, especially being as active as an athlete is. “I always had problems gaining weight, so I just made sure that I ate right when I woke up and right when I went to sleep,” Kanz said. Weight is a very important component of the offensive line position, as they battle every play, crashing into the defensive linemen on the other side. In the life of a lineman, strength trainers stress that protein is key to bulking up and getting stronger.


Senior Evan Kanz said he used to eat six eggs every morning in order to bulk up for the recent football season. Kanz earned All-OVC Second Team during the past season.

“After lifting, we drink protein shakes, and our strength coach always tells us that to get big, we need to eat big,” Kanz said. “You have to eat to keep the weight up, and if you don’t keep eating, you’ll feel it and it’ll show it on the scale.” To help with the routine weigh-ins, Kanz said peanut butter sandwiches are his go-to meal. He said eating in the morning and night is important to maintaining his energy and strength. “I like to eat a lot of protein. I’ll eat six eggs in the morning, and I’ll eat a lot of meat and protein at night,” Kanz said. “I don’t eat much for lunch, because it’s hard for my stomach to handle a lot of food before practice. That was my problem; it was hard for me to eat during the day.” Strength coaches push players to eat the correct amount of protein and carbs

to keep their strength and weight up to not only perform at practice, but to perform well the entire season. “I wanted to stay as healthy as possible,” Kanz said. “I just wanted to go out the right way this last year. I’ve been working for so many years at it, and I just wanted to go out as best as I could.” Kanz was selected to be a captain this year for the Panthers. “I’ve heard all my life that I was a leader,” Kanz said. “I haven’t always embraced it, but being a captain here at Eastern, I really appreciated the honor because I was the second oldest person on the team.” Kanz’s goal was to help his team win conference and although that did not happen this year, he can look back knowing that he was respected by his teammates and that he led the younger athletes by example. “I wasn’t always the most vocal per-

son, but I was always someone who could lead by example,” Kanz said. “I was always doing the right thing and playing hard and the team noticed that. I also played through so many injuries and that was respected.” In order to stay healthy and ready to compete and to also keep his weight up, Kanz spent a majority of his time in the weight room getting stronger and more prepared for his rivals on the field, for when they are right in front of him, eager to crash together. “I just lift as hard as I can throughout the week,” Kanz said. “I know some guys don’t like the heavy lifting, but I think it is necessary to keep my body going, so I just work and lift as hard as I can throughout the week.” Practices for offensive linemen have a different take than any other position, which goes to show how physical the offensive lineman position is and the

gritty training they undergo every day. “We probably go harder and more physical in the weight room, and the practice field and our practices are a bit more strenuous. We try to eat a lot, and I would say that our position is harder on the body,” he said. For Kanz, it is not about the physicality of the position itself but also the intellect that comes with it. “My favorite thing about it is the amount of intelligence and technique that goes into it,” Kanz said. “You’ll hear about people battling, and it’s a big and strong position and it’s physical. But, at the same time, the best players are the ones who work on their technique and really know what’s going on out there and I think that is what set me apart from the rest.” Maria Baldwin can be reached at 581-2812 or

Panthers fall to Braves in overtime thriller at Lantz Arena By Sean Hastings Sports Editor| @DEN_Sports When junior Montell Goodwin found junior Muusa Dama for a big alley-oop that sent Lantz Arena up for grabs, it seemed like the momentum could not be stirred away from the Panthers. And just two minutes before that, junior Ray Crossland chased down and saved a loose ball at the baseline before firing it behind his back to a cutting Patrick Muldoon for the layup to give Eastern a three-point lead. Following Muldoon’s free throw, the lead was 56-52. But the Bradley Braves found a way to recover from 24 turnovers and come away with an 87-83 win in overtime. Bradley tied it up at 72 with 23 seconds left in regulation and on the ensuing possession, Goodwin’s buzzer-beater shot rimmed out. Bradley jumped out to a five-point lead to start overtime and Eastern would only cut it to a two-point deficit with 42 seconds left. At the end of the day, it was not what Eastern did, it is how Bradley played and forced the Panthers to take

bad shots. Eastern scored 29 points off the 24 turnovers, but Coach Jay Spoonhour said the game is more than just forcing a turnover. “Forcing turnovers is fine but we have to be more sound than we were tonight,” Spoonhour said. “It can’t be a turnover or a layup and we’ve got to figure that out. Guys get to thinking it’s so great to turn them over; it isn’t what the game is all about.” Eastern was able to force all those turnovers, but down low it was too easy for Bradley as they scored 44 points in the paint and outrebounded Eastern 53-30. Spoonhour said it was a “flip of a coin” as to who was going to get the rebound, but a lot of the times Eastern was not in position to get the boards. To start the game, and in parts later on, Bradley ran past the Eastern guards on their way to a layup. The Panther big men had to help out and when they missed, Dama, Crossland, or whoever was helping were going up for a block, and it left Bradley players alone to get the rebound. Or when the layup was not there for Bradley, they kicked it out to an open


Senior Demetrius McReynolds goes up for a layup Tuesday against Bradley at Lantz Arena. McReynolds led all scorers with 25 points in the Panthers’ 87-83 loss to the Braves.

player in the corner for a 3-pointer. Bradley was 5-12 from beyond the arc. And Eastern was 5-22 and had a case of some bad shot selection.

“We were trying to make plays early on in the shot clock and instead of waiting for it to come to us,” junior Cornell Johnston said.

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