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Speaker gives ethical tips By Pablo Rodriguez Staff Reporter

Just like how the U.S. Supreme Court justices said they can recognize pornography when they see it, Francine McKenna said people know what is ethical when they see it. “Stay on Your Feet” featured McKenna, a journalist and forensic auditor, on Tuesday as part of the Ethics Awareness Week Speaker Series sponsored by the Lumpkin School of Business and Applied Sciences. McKenna spoke at two presentations in Roberson Auditorium titled “Who will slay the dragon? Penn State and college football: how an ‘ethical’ institution dropped its sword and shield,” which analyzed the Penn State scandal from a corporate governance perspective, and “Stay on Your Feet,” a presentation that encouraged students to speak up and raise awareness on issues. “My intention was to talk about the Penn State scandal; not the specific crimes, but how the university reacted from a corporate governance perspective, how they reacted from corporate and crisis commu-

nication perspective,” McKenna said. With Roberson Auditorium almost filled to its maximum capacity at 7 p.m., students heard McKenna present financial and ethical tips to succeed in life. Tommy Ponce, a junior marketing major, attended McKenna’s second presentation and said people like McKenna are the ones who make you reconsider the way one makes decisions. “She just has knowledge all around, and I really liked that her presentation did not strictly focus on the business side, but life itself,” he said. “She said some things that I never really thought of.” In her second presentation, McKenna gave students a top 10 list of ways to strengthen one’s ethical decision making. McKenna encouraged students to get out, get an education that is not just skills, volunteer for the candidate of one’s choice, spend more time with one’s family members, feed one’s brain, save money, seek out mentors, be wary but do not be scared, make educated bets, and develop an educated conscience. TIPS, page 5




Linda Hogan, author and environmental and political theorist, signs a book for Carolyn Stephens after her speech “Women Watch Over the World” Tuesday in the Theater of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

Author shares message of hope, change for world By Andrew Crivilare Staff Reporter


Charleston City Council member Tim Newell listens as Student Senate representative Blair Jones gives her report Tuesday during the council’s meeting at City Hall.

Women have not always found themselves at the forefront of history, but that never stopped them from consistently shaping the world for the better, a visiting author said on Tuesday. Linda Hogan, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and activist, delivered her lecture “Women Watching Over the World” as part of Women’s History and Awareness Month, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. Hogan said all people are now living in a world of ecological disaster, brought on by problems ranging from fracking to deforestation. In spite of the desperate need to address these problems head on, most

of the population continues to ignore them, Hogan said. “There are now people who walk in dirty water, who live in dirty water, who give birth in dirty water because of ways the world are changing,” she said. “It is women who are mostly talking about this.” Hogan also said there is no easy path toward changing the world, but everyone has the same potential to make a positive effect. “I don’t believe men and women have different imaginations,” she said. “And I do believe we can create change through the imagination.” Hogan said women from the Chickasaw, a Native American tribe that Hogan herself is descended, held constructive positions for years and suggests that

more women can do the same in today’s society. “We had many women warriors and peace ambassadors,” Hogan said. “Their names have been lost to history, but they were people with imagination.” Part of the problem is when people have stopped taking an interest in one another’s well-being when money is at stake, such as is the case in Oklahoma where natural gas companies run the risk of poisoning residents, Hogan said. “What happens is that people in poverty and people in racially concentrated areas are taken advantage of because they don’t have the means or knowledge of how to fight back. People who do this don’t care if you live or die.”

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By Kathryn Richter City Editor

The Charleston City Council voted unanimously on an ordinance that would increase safety for pedestrians around a school zone on Tuesday. The ordinance states that traffic traveling on Jefferson Avenue will now stop at in intersection at Ninth Street instead of stopping at 10th Street. The ordinance also approves stops at Jefferson Avenue for those traveling on Seventh Street and 10th Street. Mayor John Inyart said the safety measures that were approved at both Tuesday’s meeting and the meeting on Feb. 21 are part of the city’s continuing efforts to improve safety.

During the Feb. 21 meeting, the City Council also approved ordinances that would outlaw parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk in a school zone as well as the decision earlier in the year to decrease the speed limit on Fourth Street to 20 miles per hour. “It’s a part of our continuing plan to increase safety around city schools and the university,” Inyart said. Another ordinance regarding traffic regulations was also passed unanimously during Tuesday’s meeting. The ordinance will change the range of the 20 mile per hour speed limit that formerly reached from the intersections of Jefferson Avenue and Sixth Street to the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Sixth Street. SAFETY, page 5

compensation ahead for Senate

By Amy Wywialowski Staff Reporter

The Student Senate will meet today to vote on five tabled proposals first introduced during its Feb. 29 meeting including one to eliminate an executive position and distribute its duties. The fund requests are $72 for the student government cosponsored Primary Awareness Campaign, as well as $327.14 for the Distinguished Professor Awards Banquet. The Senate will also vote on a fund request for refreshments for its open forum later in March.

The members will also discuss two proposals that concern holding special elections concerning the possible elimination of the student vice president for business affairs position. Student Senate Speaker Zach Samples said the proposal will determine whether Student Body President Ed Hotwagner has permission to send a vote to the students about if they should distribute the duties of the position. The Senate will also vote on a possible compensation change for the student government executives. If passed, the executives will receive a flat compensation of $2,500

toward their tuition instead of the current 12-credit hour scholarship. Hotwagner said there will be 21 seats open for this year’s election, as well as all of the executive positions. The Senate will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Arcola-Tuscola Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Amy Wywialowski can be reached at 581-2812 or An extended version of this story can be found at



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faculty game to honor coach By Robyn Dexter Campus Editor

The Black Student Union is putting on its fifth annual faculty versus student basketball game on Thursday. The coed teams will be made up of faculty from several departments like technology and admissions and students from the BSU. The annual event has been dedicated to Jackie Moore, an Eastern assistant women’s basketball coach, since her death in 2009. Minority Affairs Director Mona Davenport said Moore used to be very involved in the event and used to help plan it. “When she passed, we started dedicating the games to her,” Davenport said. Davenport said the games started as just a friendly competition, but have grown more intense since then. The winner of the match will be awarded a trophy, and the game will star t at 7:30 p.m. today in McAfee Gym. Sh e a l s o s a i d t h e f a c u l t y poke fun at the students for their loses, but that it is all in good fun. Andrea Jenkins, a sophomore biological sciences major and member of the BSU, said there will be a raffle with prizes at the basketball game, and proceeds with go toward BSU scholarships. “I would hope the students win this year,” she said. “But I’m pretty excited to see how the game goes.” The faculty’s team has won three of the past four games in


What: Faculty vs. student basketball game Where: McAfee Gym When: 7:30 p.m. The Black Student Union's 5th annual game to honor deceased coach. 2008, 2009 and 2011. “ We h a v e a v e r y d i v e r s e group of faculty,” Davenport said. She said the faculty team likes to make fun of the stud e n t t e a m , s i n c e t h e y h a ve been more victorious overall in the years the game has taken place. Davenport said the coaches for this year’s team are Shawn Peoples from the Office of Student Standards and Dwayne Jenkins from the TRiO office. Davenport said students and participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to the game on Thursday. The goods will be donated to the local food pantry. “We want to make it fun, but we also want to make it something to give back,” she said. Davenport said the game is usually scheduled around the same time every year. “We try to make it after basketball season for the assistant coaches so they’re not traveling,” she said.

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Charleston resident Dalton Miller takes advantage of the warm weather by shooting hoops on the basketball courts next to Lawson Hall on March 6. Miller plans on using the practice time to prepare for next school year, when he will be playing basketball at Lake Land College.

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Students to Slow, fast music spread throughout concert hall learn about Quantum mechanics By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

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An Eastern professor will be giving a lecture today on quantum mechanics and its place in the world. Donald Pakey, a physics professor, will be giving the lecture “The Many World’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics,” which he gave at Eastern about three years ago. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. today in Room 2120 of the Physical Science Building. Pakey said he has added some new material to his lecture since the last time he gave the presentation. “I have been reading a biography about the primary inventor of ‘The Many World’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics’ and am going to be discussing (the biography) in addition to the lecture material,” Pakey said The main topic of the lecture will be quantum mechanics and how society applies it to the world. Pakey said he will start out the lecture with an introduction to quantum mechanics and then move on to discussing the fundamental idea that there are myriads of worlds in the universe in addition to the conscious world society is aware of. Pakey said even though the title of the lecture sounds intimidating, anyone can understand the material. “While there are some very technical concepts included in the lecture, the general audience should be able to understand about 90 percent of the material discussed,” Pakey said. Pakey’s lecture is one of the five to six lectures the physics department holds each year. The presentation is free and open to anyone and is expected to be an hour long. The presentation will also include a question and answer session. Pakey has been a teacher at Eastern since 1990. He received his bachelor’s in mathematics and physics from Eastern, a master’s in science and his doctorate from the University of Illinois-UrbanaChampaign. Pakey said he became a professor because he wanted to influence students in the field of physics. “I always was interested in the subject and was good at it, so why not teach it to other people,” Pakey said. “I learn a lot from teaching my students.” Pakey said students will learn a lot from the lecture. “I believe students will get a basic understanding of Quantum mechanics and learn that there are parallel universes that have been proven to be out there,” Pakey said. Jennifer Witt can be reached at 581-2812 or

A mixture of quick-paced and leisurely wind pieces echoed through the Dvorak Concert Hall as the Eastern Concert Band combined contemporary and classic band literature during their concert “Wind Band” classics on Tuesday. Danelle Larson, a music professor and the director of the Eastern Concert Band, said the band tried hard to pick a variety of music to perform. “We tried to have different styles, something that hopefully everyone in the audience would like,” Larson said. “We had pretty contemporary, slow, very fast, military band music, and marches.” Haley Ashby, a sophomore art major and an oboe player with the Concert Band, said she thought the performance went well. “Everyone seemed very confident in their performances,” Ashby said. Larson said the students did a great job and the audience seemed to like the performance. “They were an appreciative crowd, they

were very loud,” Larson said. “There was a lot of applause for our solos and our guest conductor.” Emily Braden, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said she enjoyed the performance. “It reminded me of the days I was in band,” Braden said. Michael Began, a graduate student in the music department, was the guest conductor for “Irish Tune from County Derry.” Larson said working with guest conductors is a great experience for both the band and the guest conductor. “Students are exposed to new musical ideas, doing things one way someone else wouldn’t do,” Larson said. “And it is great experience for the conductors also to work with different ensembles.” O’Dell said she liked “On the Mall Concert March” where audience members could clap and whistle along. “It was something I recognized and it was really up beat,” O’Dell said. Chrissy Harmon, a freshman music major and a clarinet player with the band, said her favorite piece was “An Original Suite for Military Band.”


Conductor and music professor Danelle Larson gestures to the EIU Concert Band after they performed “Satiric Dances (for a Comedy by Aristophanes)” by Norman Dello Joio.

“It was very diverse in all the movement and was every exciting and a great piece to open the show,” Harmon said. Harmon said she thinks the concert was great. “We put a lot of work into this concert and it was a rough semester, but it came together,” Harmon said. Bailey O’Dell, a freshman kinesiology

and sports studies major, said this is her first time seeing a concert like the performance. “It was really interesting to see something new,” O’Dell said. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Honor women, Raise a glass for women who dare to be funny respect rights, educate self Women are awesome – there is no denying that. A woman gives birth. Two women were responsible for forming the Special Olympics. It was a woman who invented Kevlar. Women’s History and Awareness Month is a time to recognize significant moments in women’s history, lifestyle and health. However, this month should also be a time to bring attention to how much respect women should receive—most importantly, respect for the choices she makes for her body. Last week, political commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized a Georgetown Law student for testifying before Congress that female contraception should be covered by university health insurance. OK. Criticize isn’t a strong enough word. Limbaugh called the student, Sandra Fluke, two of the most disrespectful things to say about a woman – a “slut” and a “prostitute.” His noxious straw-man argument equated Fluke’s call for health care that includes contraception with a demand that the government pay her to have sex. He later added that she ought to provide sex tapes to the public in return. Even coming from Limbaugh, who is not necessarily known for his subtlety, this is distressing. Fluke isn’t a public figure, she’s a student who advocated for her fellow female students to Congress. We feel his comments were unwarranted, and just plain disrespectful. His advertisers seem to feel the same way. Following his hurtful remarks, several of Limbaugh’s advertisers pulled their support. At press time, 35 companies had pulled their ads from his show, including AOL, Allstate Insurance, Geico, John Deere, Netflix, Capitol One and JCPenney. “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh wrote in a statement released over the weekend. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” We’re not going to debate how sincere Limbaugh’s statement was. However, we will point out this situation is an example of an ongoing attack on women’s rights. According to the National Women’s History project, the theme (yes, they have themes) for this year’s Women’s History Month is women’s education. So women – take this opportunity to educate yourself. In honor of Sandra Fluke, educate yourself and others about female contraception. At Eastern, women have several options – some contraceptives can be bought over-thecounter at the EIU Pharmacy or at other local pharmacies, some through a prescription, which can be obtained from the Medical Clinic in the Human Services Building. To learn more about which form of contraception is right for you, contact the Health Education Research Center or go to the Association of Reproductive Health Professional’s Method Match website: http:// Regardless of what decision a woman makes regarding her health and body, everyone should respect her right to do so.


“Tell the truth and don’t be afraid.”

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor in Chief News Editor Shelley Holmgren Elizabeth Edwards Managing Editor Associate News Editor Samantha Bilharz Nike Ogunbodede Online Editor Doug T. Graham

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The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Daily Eastern News.

I’m not what you would call a timid person. If you read my last column, you know by now how highly I regard my own sense of humor. I can be vulgar. I can swear like a sailor. I make most people blush with some of the things that come out of my mouth. But I wasn’t always the epitome of grace and class (*snort*) that I am today. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, I am here to celebrate the women who taught me that it’s OK for women to be funny. When I was younger and would crack dirty jokes at the dinner table, my mother would tell me, “Girls don’t talk like that.” I would scoff, stick out my tongue, and sprint away in my Pink Power Ranger Velcro shoes before I would have to face her fury up close. I wanted to ask her why it was OK for my brother to make dirty jokes, but not me. At that age, there were two things that were the highlight of my week: getting new comic books and getting to stay up to watch “Saturday Night Live.” The year was 1996—I was five—and my world was completely shook up by three words: Mary. Katherine. Gallagher. Molly Shannon’s caricature of an unpopular, teenage Catholic school girl made me think—this girl is weird, has questionable hygiene and social skills, but damn, she is funny. It was a revelation for me that girls,

Shelley Holmgren especially us weird ones, could be funny. In my teen years, my new spirit guide became Daria Morgendorffer from MTV’s cartoon “Daria.” By this point in my life, I wielded sarcasm like Rambo would a bazooka. My weapon of choice. And here was Daria. She was sarcastic. She wore combat boots. She was hilarious. I remember watching the pilot episode in awe, asking myself, “Where has this woman been all of my life?” However, I grew up, became a lot more vulgar, and discovered a wonderful new woman to worship: Tina Fey. As Liz Lemon on “30 Rock,” Fey reconfirmed to me that women don’t have to fulfill the stereotypical role of the sex object, the girlfriend or the wife. And they can constantly spill condiments on their shirt. And then there was “Bridesmaids.” Ever since I saw this movie, my intense fondness for Kristen Wiig has grown, but even more so for breakout-star Melissa McCarthy. The comedian, who is from my hometown,

had previously made a name for herself in the shows “Mike & Molly” and “Gilmore Girls.” However, all it took was an incident of on-screen food poisoning to truly cement McCarthy as a comedic genius. There were few moments this past year in cinema that were as hilarious as seeing McCarthy defecate in a bridal boutique’s bathroom sink. Us Plainfield girls really know how to keep it classy. Wiig’s script proves that a woman doesn’t have to be a complete airhead in order to get some laughs on-screen. Finally, I celebrate Chelsea Handler. Sweet, sweet Chelsea Handler. If I ever were to have a role model in life, it would be her. Because she interviews celebrities for a living? No. Watch her show or read her books and you’ll learn—the lady holds nothing back. As a girl who grew up with a more vulgar mouth than my mother could handle, I can respect any woman who can hold her vodka as well as she fails to hold her tongue. So I raise a Guinness (forget about the girly drinks with me) to those women who have no shame, who are vulgar and who make us laugh. You forged a path for women like me who should never be allowed to speak in public (or in print). Shelley Holmgren is a senior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-7942 or




Birth control a distraction

ALEC column on point

“Distraction is the word by which I designate the main difficulty.” (Saul Bellow, “It All Adds Up,” p.155.) For decades public debate has discussed abortion, human sexuality and, most recently, birth control pills. Future years will likely continue to see these issues discussed. With an election looming in November, it must be said that these issues are largely a distraction from the major issue. That issue is the national debt and excessive government spending of the people’s money, spending which has nothing to do with compassion. This dangerous level of spend-

Thank you for Monday’s column by Mia Tapella about ALEC! Wow, it was so nice to hear from someone that thinks all politicians are a crock of shit. It’s so refreshing to know that there is someone at this college that can shift through the petty issues that are constantly bickered about and realize that they are all completely out for themselves and no one else. Every time I hear a debate on TV or see the polls online, I almost become physically ill. They constantly pick apart each other’s social lives with

ing is being done by an administration which seems to lack sixthgrade arithmetic skills and relies on “voodoo statistics” to proclaim phony successes for the economy. The free birth control pill does not exist. Creating new entitlements does not bring spending under control. Uncontrolled spending and government bankruptcy can only bring all entitlements to an end. As Mr. Bellow said, “...the press interprets the government’s operations in such a way as to destabilize public judgment.” (Cited above, p. 157.) Truly Yours, Leonidas H. Miller

Letters to the editor can be submitted at any time on any topic to the Opinions Editor to be published in The Daily Eastern News. The DEN’s policy is to run all letters that are not libelous or potentially harmful. They must be less than 250 words.

the smuggest of “holier than thou” attitudes; I can’t help but think of the Shakespearian line that was used in “V for Vendetta”: “And thus I clothe my naked villainy. With old odds and ends stol’n forth from holy writ: And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” Thanks for laying some knowledge on those who extremely Democrats or Republicans. We need to change some things before this oligarchy completely bastardizes our society. Anders Flodstrum

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Opinions arise on canceled Safe Zone By Jaime Lopez Staff reporter

The first phase Safe Zone training event of the semester was canceled Monday—the day before it was supposed to take place—because it did not meet the enrollment needed for the session, said Dana Barnard in an email. Barnard is the assistant director of Student Life Office and is also the chair of the LGBTQA advisory committee. The Safe Zone Program was put in place so lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and allies can have a platform where they can express their feelings and thoughts regarding issues like sexuality, according to its website and mission statement. Safe Zones are usually identifiable by a multi-colored sticker put on the doors or other belongings of people that have gone through training. Crystal Price, a freshman Spanish major, said she would consider sitting in for a session to dispel rumors. “I’m a bisexual, and people seem to believe that I’m attracted to every girl out there,” Price said. “Just because I’m attracted to girls, doesn’t mean I find all girls attractive.” Informative groups like Safe Zone are a haven for students who do not feel comfortable talking about their sexual-

ity, Price said. “People want to feel comfortable talking about their personal lives and beliefs,” Price said. “No one should be ashamed of themselves.” A conversation between two individuals who are willing to listen can break stereotypes and build relationships among people who would never talk to each other because of their circumstances, Price said. Chloe Dreiske, a freshman communication studies major, said she would join the group and go through training, but it could try to educate people outside of it. Students who feel uncomfortable discussing sexuality should be informed in groups, Dreiske said, so they will express their beliefs without feeling strange. “It’s easier for people who have been exposed to people with different sexual preferences to speak freely,” Dreiske said. “Ignorance leads to hate.” Nico Canaday, a senior English major, said about 10 students, staff and faculty members attend the training. Canaday said he would love it if everyone on campus attended at least one training session and become more educated about the LGBT experience. “Perhaps the greatest benefit of attending is being able to more accurately discuss

these issues and gain perspective,” Canaday said. “Also, people become familiarized with the current resources we already have on campus, such as the LGBTQA Webcenter and EIU Pride,” he said. The Safe Zone Program offers a critical examination of the LGBTQA experience, Canaday said. Haley Williams, a senior philosophy major, said she thinks the program is important to campus life and it defends the principle America lives by, freedom. “I think the beauty of this country is the freewill that comes with it,” she said. “Freedom of expression is a part of that freedom.” When people are given a platform like Safe Zone, they exercise their freedom of expression and learn to listen to one another. “If I’m sitting with a homosexual and he expresses his beliefs, I will be much more likely to feel compassion toward his feelings,” Williams said. Jeni Lee, a junior communication studies major, said Safe Zone is representative of the diversity on campus. “This campus is filled with people who have diverse opinions, and I cannot think of a better way for students to sit down and voice their beliefs,” Lee said. Jaime Lopez can be reached at 581-2812 or


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TIPS, from page 1 McKenna said when she writes and presents, she tries to keep her material general so not only students majoring in business benefit from what she is saying. Travis Smyczynski, a junior management major, said he was expecting a different type of lecture. “Just by looking at her biography, I thought this lecture was going to be more formal, but it turned out to be really interesting and helpful,” Smyczynski said. Smyczynski also said the lecture helped him understand some business concepts better.

“Tonight, I learned about the big four audit firms,” he said. “I heard about them before in my classes but did not know what they were really about.” McKenna explained the big four audit firms are the most prominent accountancy professional service networks worldwide. McKenna’s visit will conclude today with a lunch at the Lumpkin Hall Atrium at 11:30 a.m. Pablo Rodriguez can be reached at 581-2812 or

MESSAGE, from page 1 Hogan also took to spreading her message of ending isolation and promoting change through her art, as she did in her poem “History” that she read to the audience. “We are so used to it now, this country where we do not love enough,” she said. “Only do we need to remember what we do to one another, it is so fierce.” Lindsay Hrebic, a junior psychology major, said Hogan’s message of being able to make an impact in the world was encouraging. “She is very motivating,” Hrebic said. “She makes me want to make change.” Nicholas Dalton, a junior psychology

major, said he had never read any of Hogan’s works before her lecture, but that her uncommon view of how people can interact caught his attention to the point that he will seek out more of her work. “It was really neat to me that she had a different perspective on how people should look at things,” Dalton said. “People just need to learn to be nice to other people and taking the wealth that makes them powerful and giving it back. People just don’t do that anymore.”

mously regarding the repairs to the building located at 513 7th Street in the square. A resolution to accept a bid award and a resolution to accept a quote for select construction both passed on Tuesday. “We have broken this project into several mini projects,” Inyart said. Inyart said the city plans on rebuild-

ing and making the proper renovations to the building and then selling it. The Charleston City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at City Hall.

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MESSAGE, from page 1 The new ordinance limits the range to the intersections of Jefferson Avenue and Sixth Street to Van Buren Avenue and Sixth Street. Inyart said the issue of the speed limit was brought to the council’s attention since the original reasons for implementing the speed limit, namely the

former senior citizen’s center and entrance to the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, have both relocated. “It is very difficult to go 20 miles per hour down that hill,” Inyart said. “I see no reason why we shouldn’t change it.” The council also authorized the emergency purchase of a Ford F250 pick up

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Hockey team finishes up season By Jeremy Palucska Staff Reporter

Throughout the season, the Eastern hockey team has had its ups and downs, from scoring 16 goals in one game to season ending injuries. Eastern went through some rough patches, especially against Illinois State and DePaul, losing to both teams twice. The Panthers only scored one goal in two games against DePaul, while DePaul scored 20 over the two games. Eastern was victorious over Lewis, by beating the Flyers in back to back games, scoring a combined total of 28 goals. The Panthers went on a five-game winning streak in their first five games of the season. Junior forward Michael Sorrentino led the team with 16 goals and 16 assists. He totaled 32 points. The only goalie on the roster is senior

JUMP, from page 8 But Tech won. Tech took all of the momentum Eastern gained at the end of the second half and stormed away to the win like a tornado. As quickly as Eastern built up excitement about the season, it was all gone. The way this season ended, especially with the tornado delay Friday, was unexpected. Now going in the WNIT game over Spring Break, I don’t know what to expect and I bet the team doesn’t either. After all, looking back on Friday’s game and the way the dominos fell on the season, everyone is left wondering what the heck happened. Alex McNamee can be reached at 581-7942 or

Andrew Teske. He has a record of 10-6 and finished the season with a 4.56 goals-against average. Six of the sixteen games he played, he allowed only one goal. One of the biggest problems for the team this season was the injuries. Freshman forward Jake Armijo suffered from a lacerated kidney after he put a check on an Illinois State player. Armijo was not the only player to be injured this season. The captain of the team, Brad Bartosz, suffered from a post-concussion syndrome. Sophomore forward Chris Gallagher broke his fibula, which ended his season. As this season comes to an end, Eastern bids goodbye to three graduating seniors. Bartosz said senior forward Connor Maly was an essential piece to the team’s success. “Connor Maly is the biggest asset we are losing,” Bartosz said. Maly is graduating this

year along with Matt Smart and Eric Tyler. Maly, the assistant captain, has played on the team for the past three years. He has scored 38 career goals and has 33 assists. He was named the team’s MVP this past season. Smart, a forward, played two years for the team. He came back this spring semester to finish out the season after suffering from a major knee injury second half of the 2010-2011 season. Tyler, also a forward, played his first and only year this past 2011-12 season. Bartosz said he is excited about next year. “We have a new coach coming in next year, we have a new goalie coming in,” Bartosz said. Eastern’s hockey team finished the season with a record of 10-6. SUBMIT TED PHOTO

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The key to the vault Riebold turns first season into winning combination By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor


Top Cat Jade Riebold listens to tips from coach Kyle Ellis Tuesday while practicing pole vaulting underwater, an exercise to prepare Riebold for Thursday's NCAA Last Chance meet in Naperville.

Red-shirt sophomore Jade Riebold had to beg her coach to let her compete at Thursday's NCAA Last Chance Meet in Naperville. Begging turned out to be the right move, because Riebold secured her spot in the NCAA Indoor Championship with a vault of 13-feet, 11-inches. “I had to beg the head coach to get me in on that Thursday meet at North Central because I wanted two more shots to get this height and I ended up doing it the first meet,” she said. Even with the NCAA Indoor Championship in sight, Riebold still wanted to compete at that Saturday's meet at Notre Dame. Riebold didn't do as well as she would have hoped, mainly because of a combination of a little bit of exhaustion and a little bit of anxiety. “I was sitting in 12th place on Thursday and I didn't get any sleep Thursday night because I was worried about whether I would be in or not,” she said. “I think that's another reason why I didn't do as good Saturday.” Competing twice in the same weekend was also a first for Riebold, who is now the first ever woman to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championship in an Eastern uniform. “I've never competed two times in one week,” she said. “I was more tired the second day.” Riebold, who had already broken her own school record after her first meet as a Panther, broke it again the week after, and then again at the Notre Dame Meyo Invite. This past weekend, Riebold did it again, raising the bar even higher. Riebold will now head to Boise State to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championship this weekend. Dominic Renzetti can be reached at 581-7942 or

Sloppy defense costs Panthers By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor

The Eastern baseball team's hot streak came to a screeching halt on Tuesday in Terra Haute as the team was shutout 10-0 against Indiana State. Eastern head coach Jim Schmitz said in a press release that this loss was a humbling one for the team. “As good as we felt last week after beating a ranked team and going 3-1, the game humbled us pretty quickly today,” he said. “We had sloppy defense this afternoon and we lost our identity. Strong defense and pitching is how we win games.” The Sycamores scored a combined five runs in both the second and third innings and would add to the lead over the next five innings to make the score 10-0. Starting on the mound for the Panthers was freshman Andrew Grahn, who gave up seven hits and five runs (three earned) in his 2.1 innings. Grahn is now 0-2 for the season. Indiana State's Kyle Rupe (2-0) threw ten strikeouts in seven innings, a career high. The Panthers will compete next against South Florida on March 9-11. Dominic Renzetti can be reached at 581-7942 or


Boey headed to NCAA Staff Report

After a controversial finish at the NCAA Last Chance meet at Notre Dame, red-shirt senior Zye Boey will be competing at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Nampa, Idaho, this weekend. For Boey, this will be his third appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He will be competing in the men’s 200-meter dash, where he is the No. 15 ranked competitor in the nation. Boey earned All-American honors last season, finishing in seventh place in the men’s 200-meter dash. Boey will be joined by red-shirt sophomore Jade Riebold, who will be competing in the women’s pole vault.


The craziest end to women’s basketball season By Alex McNamee Staff Reporter

A storm was brewing over the last three weeks of the Eastern women’s basketball team’s season and it culminated Friday in Nashville with a tornado warning. The Panthers’ season, which built great expectations with a 20-4 record to start the season, got cloudy when the team finished the regular season 22-7, losing three of their last five games; however, the team remained hopeful and confident it could win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this weekend. Eastern head coach Brady Sallee said the week leading up to the tournament that the team is excited to make this season one of the best ever – by winning the tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. It didn’t happen, but the team is still playing. The Panthers will play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament this month. Even so, it’s not the end the team or its fans were hoping for, but you can’t say they didn’t see this coming. Nobody on the team was under the impression they’d breeze through the tournament and be playing in the NCAA Tournament, and it

Alex McNamee definitely wasn’t a sure thing. The Panthers were dominating teams until Feb. 11. Up to Feb. 11, when they lost to Tennessee-Martin in overtime, the Panthers had only lost four games (three of them each by four points or less). Then the storm came. Once February hit, competition increased drastically. Tennessee-Martin beat them in overtime after having hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to take the game into overtime. Eastern beat Tennessee Tech by one point on the road, forcing a turnover on the Golden Eagles last possession. The back-to-back road games against Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee Tech was something no other OVC team had to do. The Panthers lost their last home game to

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville by five points in an uncharacteristic game. The Panthers went back on the road and lost to Morehead State by two points, then to Eastern Kentucky and won by three. Then came Nashville, and the most unique basketball experience most in attendance and playing in the game have ever had. In Sallee’s 19 years of coaching, he said he’s never had an experience like it. Momentum and energy spread like wildfire in the second half, but a tornado interrupted it all. Officials had to stop the game with 6:09 left in the game and move everybody into the basement. It was one of the most confusing times I’ve ever had covering a game. All we knew was there was a tornado warning in the county and we weren’t safe in the arena. Many of the thousand people in the basement were on cell phones, texting updates on Twitter or trying to figure out what the weather radar looked like. Each teams’ cheerleaders stayed grouped in circles and the teams came to the basement and formed a huddle themselves. Eastern’s huddle was right in the middle of everything. We (Doug T. Graham, Danny Da-

miani and I) stayed near the Panthers’ huddle. Danny and Doug took photos of the team. After Sallee gave them what looked like the pep talk of the century, the players sat down together and tried to stay calm by talking with one another. Meanwhile, Sallee walked around looking for his family, telling his daughters to stay with their mother. He said he was worried about making sure his family was safe. After a little more than 20 minutes, someone announced we could go back upstairs to the union, the heavy rain and orange skies had cleared up outside and it was safe to start the game – only after about a 10 minute warm-up period for the teams. Once the game started, things only got crazier. Two players went down with injuries. Tech’s T’Keyah Williams went down late in the second half with a leg injury. She was out the rest of the game. Eastern’s Sydney Mitchell went out of the game hobbling with a leg injury in overtime. Both teams put it all on the line to try to win the game. Countless times after the tornado delay, a player trailed the play because she dove on the floor after a loose ball or rebound. BASKETBALL, page 7

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