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Important reminders for getting loans By Dana Jackson Editor-in-Chief Financial aid plays an important role in keeping the education at Eastern affordable. This includes: grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, and loans. Jerry Donna, director for financial aid, said “The first important thing students need to know is, to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online (FAFSA) by March 1.” “You will get the best Financial Aid if you do it on time, it limits your eligibility for loans if you don’t,” he said. “It’s about access and making education affordable, I went to U of I on financial aid, I know how it feels and what it means to need funds for school.” “Access and affordability for students is the purpose for financial aid.” According to money coach .com slash your need for student loans by getting your college to give you a better financial aid package—especially scholarships, grants or work-study awards. You may be able to do this if your family situation has changed substantially since you applied for aid. For example, a divorce among the parents, a death of the family or a serious illness is some reasons. The second thing Donna recommended students should know about loans is that “students should borrow what they need, and not just apply for more loans for personal benefits,” he said. “Students need to keep track of what they borrow; because they have to pay this money back”

Donna stated that in the last class of 201l, 68 percent of the students received financial aid with an average debt of $22,812 when they graduated. According to money one way to get rid of college debt is to have your boss pay it off. Many employers will do so if you sign an employment incentive contract. This means that as a “bonus” to an individual the job pays their student loans. In turn, that individual agrees to be a loyal employee and remain with the company for a given time period, say at least two to three years. The third thing Donna recommended students should know about student loans is try to keep a budget while in school. “Students need to have a balanced budget along with their expenses,” he said.“Unfortunately, if you don’t pay off your loans you could run into wage garnishment.” According to money coach. com federal student loans have better loan forgiveness, forbearance, and deferment options than private loans. They’re also much cheaper loans—and they’ll be even less costly in the near future. Right now, the federal cap on Stafford Loans, is the most common type of federal student loan, is fixed at 6.8 percent for undergraduates. The good news is that any student taking out new, subsidized Stafford loans will have progressively lower interest rates now and in the future, thanks to the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. Subsidized loans are the ones where the government pays the inter-







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Working hard for the money, or working hard for the grades? Many students today are doing both just to be able to stay in school. Many Eastern Illinois University students are working full- time jobs while enrolled in full- time credit hours. As tuition continues to rise, and the cost of living goes up, more and more students are finding themselves in the work place. Modupeda Sobitan, a senior Health Studies major, is one of those students who is working full -time and also taking 16 credit hours this semester. Sobitan works for Developmental Foundations Inc.

(DFI) in Charleston, IL, where she serves as an in-home caretaker for over 17 residents. Her duties include assisting people with disabilities, helping them with everyday tasks that they are unable to complete on their own, and encouraging positive behaviors. Sobitan works anywhere from 2540 hours a week, while still taking classes; she says that having a job while in school makes her want to work harder. “I have no room to procrastinate,” Sobitan said. Sobitan admits that she’s working only to help her mother out, who is actually helping her out. She lives in an apartment off-campus, which is paid for by her mother and one day, Sobitan would like to help pay the rent.


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The good news is that she states that she is able to study while at work since her workplace is such a homelike environment. Although she says work does not really interfere with her studies, Sobitan does admit that her social life has become impossible to maintain. “Everything I do socially has to be planned now. I can’t have random fun anymore,” she says. Shae-Anne Wiggan, a senior family consumer science major, is also a full - time student worker. Wiggan works for Charleston Transitional Facility, caring for adults with mental disabilities, similar to Sobitan. Wiggan also states, “I have been able to find a balance between my work and my studies.” She goes on to say that it’s not easy.



your payments,” he said. “We want to make it convenient for them. We never want to hear I can’t from a graduate, because they can’t afford it.”

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Although Sobitan and Wiggan are able to maintain their grades while working full-time, there are other students who are not that lucky. EIU offers many resources for students who are struggling with their studies. One resource is the Student Success Center that offers study tips, time management tips, and other services to help students. Students can contact the Student Success Center at (217) 581-6696 or visit them in person at 1302 9th St. Hall Charleston, IL 61920.

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Read the full story Phil Kominski, vocalist for the Washington D.C.-based band Lloyd Dobler on the UB Lawn Effect, sings the band’s original song “I Have the Touch” from the album Party on page 3. “Candles” Sunday during the University Board’s Lawn Party on the South Quad. The event also included spin art frisbees, popcorn and a root beer keg.


The Council for Academic Affairs meeting today will include the selection of a CAA representative to both the Ad-Hoc Committee on Online Education and the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee. Aseret Gonzalez, a senior sociology major and the Student Vice President of Academic Affairs, said the CAA was not able to appoint a representative for the Ad-Hoc Committee on Online Education at their Sept. 22 meeting. “We didn’t have a quorum when this was discussed, so that’s why there wasn’t an appointment made,” she said. According to an announcement written by Andrew Methven, the chairman of the faculty senate, this member will help investigate the future and current direction of Eastern’s online course offerings and serve along with members represent-

ing different Eastern colleges and committees. The CAA will also select a representative to serve on the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, as was discussed at the previous meeting. This member will serve a oneyear term on the committee. According to Debra Reid, a history professor and CAA member, the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee representative would “advise enrollment management in ways that would sustain the academic integrity of EIU.” According to the CAA agenda, they plan to discuss an announcement from the Council on Graduate Studies regarding the School of Business’ Position Paper on EIU Textbook Rental Service. Members of the Council on Graduate Studies have asked the CAA to review whether the Textbook Rental Service is including online software and materials to the best of its ability. See CAA, page 5


Senate discusses Speaker reveals ‘Booby Prize’ online textbooks By Brittany Martin Staff Reporter

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Aseret Gonzalez, the student vice president of academic affairs, revealed at Wednesday’s meeting the Council on Academic Affairs is discussing the possibility of online textbooks. Gonzales assured the student senate members that whatever the outcome of the discussion, no action will be taken yet. John Poshepny, a senior finance major and student senate member, said he is not in favor of online textbooks. “I’m not a fan of them,” Poshepny said. “As a finance major, I like to have my (physical) textbook to reference.” Although Poshepny said he is also understanding of the arguments made in favor of textbook conversion. “I think it’s a very double sword issue,” he said. Tommy Nierman, a senior business major and student senate member, said he believes that as a technologically advanced society online textbooks are a natural progression but he feels that implementing online textbooks now would be a little too early. “More research needs to be done on students’ opinions as well,” Nierman said. However, as the discussion progressed, the senate seemed divided on the issue.

Mitchell Gurick, a freshman career and technical education major, said online textbooks would be better both economically and environmentally, as well as better for student’s backs instead of carrying a backpack full of books. Kaci Abolt, the student vice president for student affairs and a junior communication studies major, said she thinks the conversation should not end in student senate but continue among students. “It’s a good conversation to have with students and faculty together,” Abolt said. “I think it’s definitely something to look into.” Abolt said she remains unsure of whether or not she liked the idea of reading textbooks on a computer screen. Jarrod Scherle, a student executive vice president and a graduate business student, said he would not be swayed one way or the other regarding the issue. The tradition of textbook rental, which has been at Eastern since 1899, would be something he would miss, Scherle said. “I think it would be a shame to give up that tradition,” Scherle said. Other topics of discussion from the meeting included the opening of the leadership wall in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union is being scheduled for an Oct. 26 release. See SENATE, page 5

“Friendship,” “therapist,” “sister,” “mom” and “dad” are the words that Heather Carver described in her comedy show “Booby Prize: A Comedy about Breast Cancer” Wednesday. Carver is the artistic director and co-founder of the Troubling Violence Performance Project, and the associate professor of playwriting, performance studies at the University of Missouri and a breast cancer survivor. This comedy series was about how Carver dealt with having breast cancer for six years. Carver, who was dressed as a clown, interacted with the audience, asking them to guess what is inside the box she had placed on the stage. The audience came up with a variety of suggestions including more clowns or a stripper. Carver surprised the audience with a piece of paper with two words “booby prize.” She said she won the booby prize, talking mainly about her breast cancer. She said her and her husband both suffered cancer. She said she has two daughters of her own and she wants to be able to stay strong for them. Even though she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she still believes in life. Carver said she hopes her story inspired the audience and persuaded them that just because someone has breast cancer, that does not mean they do not still have a life. She said she wants to raise awareness about breast cancer, to let women know they are not a statistic. Carver stated that 1 out of 7 women are suffering breast cancer in the United States. Carver said she loves theater and she believes that theater is a way of being able to share your stories with one another. “You have to be inspired in order to tell your stories and being able to be comfortable with life,” Carver said. Brittany Martin can be reached at 581-7942 or


Heather Carver, Associate Professor of playwriting and performance studies at the University of Missouri, asks the audience to help her open a present with applause during her one-woman performance “Booby Prize: A Comedy about Breast Cancer” Wednesday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Black Box. After opening the present she revealed that the “booby prize” was in the box, and she began her autobiographical performance through audience participation.



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On any given night of the week, those Eastern students of drinking age have the opportunity to choose from the many bars that Charleston has to offer. To make their drinking decisions easier, students have many factors that play a role in determining their go-to bars. Brandon Wunukowski, a senior economics major, said he often chooses which bar he goes to based on the likelihood of his friends being there. For this reason, he said he chooses Stu’s, a place he described as one of the more popular bar spots for students. “Every time I go, I know I’m going to see people I know,” he said. “Ever yone knows each other there.” He said he also goes to his favorite bar, Marty’s, because of the positive attitudes of all the customers. “I usually like the atmosphere there,” he said. “Everyone is happy and having a good time.” Jacob Byerly, a senior kinesiology major, said he is also drawn into a particular bar by the atmosphere, as well as the music being played. Both Wunukowski and Byerly said they go out frequently, averaging four nights per week. Wu n u k o w s k i a n d B y e r l y s a i d t h e y Organizations African Student Association

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choose which bars they will attend depending on the daily drink specials offered at each. “On Tuesdays, we usually go to Mother’s; on Wednesdays, we go to Marty’s; and on Fridays we usually go to Stu’s,” he said. Bu t Bye r l y s a i d n o m a t t e r w h a t t h e drink specials are, he usually starts his weekends off by going to Marty’s in the late afternoon. “I start most of my weekends there at 4 p.m.,” he said. “Then it’s a marathon.” Wunukoski said while he enjoys the abundance and variety of bars in Charleston, his only complaint is that with most bars closing at 1 a.m., their hours are not as long as he would like. “I wish the bars were open later on the weekends,” he said. “Then we’re left trying to find something to do after they close.” Destiny Lee, a senior health studies major, said she goes out less frequently, around twice a month. Lee said she prefers to go with a smaller group of friends and chooses bars like Panther Paw because she prefers the building’s layout and atmosphere they provide. “I know people choose to go there because the set-up is like a club instead of a bar,” she said. Lee said also chooses which bars to attend based on the music played. “ I l i k e b a r s t h a t h a v e m u s i c t h a t ’s mixed,” she said. “It’s better when there’s not just one genre. It draws more people in instead of just one type of crowd.” Joe Amato, a graduate student, said he goes out even less frequently, around once a month. Amato said he is not drawn into bars just for their daily discounted drinks, but

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also for whatever food specials they may offer. Amato said for this reason, he often chooses Panther Paw for a complete meal. “I like that they serve food and I can grab a drink,” he said. Amato said he goes out with his friends for a more personal night with friends opposed to large groups. “It’s totally social and casual,” he said. “I’m not a huge bar guy, but if I do go out, I have a good time.” Sara Hall can be reached at 581-7942 or

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Dvorak Concert Hall gets in the ‘Groove’ By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor


Francesco Messina sits outside of the library on campus as he smokes flavored tabacco from his hookah. Francesco was nice enough to share some of his “double apple” flavored tobacco, which I haven’t smoked out of one for a long time. “I do it because it’s relaxing and it’s an easy way to meet people,” said Messino.

Eastern students will soon have the opportunity to groove on live jazz music. The Eastern Illinois Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble will be performing “Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz.” Alan Sullivan, the interim director of bands and director of the Panther Marching Band and Wind Symphony, said that the performance highlights the influences of jazz on the different sections of music. The show focuses on the influence of jazz on the wind section in particular. Sam Fagaly, the director of Jazz Studies and the conductor of the Jazz Ensemble, said the Jazz Ensemble will be performing many big band contemporary compositions, including popular music by artists such as Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. The Wind Symphony will be playing “Graysondance” by David R. Holsinger, “Bandancing” by Jack Stamp and “Bayou Breakdown” by Brant Karrick. He said the Wind Symphony spent many hours of preparation on the performance. “These are difficult pieces of wind lit-

erature that the members of the Wind Symphony have spent countless hours working on in preparation for the performance,” Sullivan said. Each of these compositions is different from the other, Sullivan said. Sullivan said each has different elements and origins of jazz. Holsinger wrote the song “Graysondance” for his son. “Bandancing” has five movements that included the jazz waltz and the big band ballad. “Bayou Breakdown” was influenced by the music of Southern Louisiana and has elements of Dixieland jazz, or mix of ragtime and the blues from New Orleans. Fagaly said he is excited to present the music to the students. “Besides simply enjoying the music, I hope students will be inspired to seek out more jazz music and learn about it as an important, original American art form,” Fagaly said. The “Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz” will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Dvorak Concert Hall in Doudna. Admission is $5. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-7942 or


Lloyd Dobler Effect shakes up quad By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

Eastern students laid out, listened to music, ate popcorn and made spin-art Frisbees on the South Quad Wednesday. The University Board sponsored a “Lawn Party” for students to come out and have fun. Darius White, the chair of UB, said the “Lawn Party” was another opportunity for students to take a break from homework and to socialize. The Lloyd Dobler Effect band provided live music for students. Band members include Phil Kominski, Donnie Williams, Chris

Bruno and absent members Patrick Hughes and Carlos Nalda. The Lloyd Dobler Effect has been touring together for over 10 years and has played in over 13 different countries. White said they were a cover band and they play a lot of different types of music to satisfy the different music tastes of students. Kominski said he and the other members of the band have been playing since they were young and have been playing music most of their lives. Bruno said he gained his love for music from his father. His father listened to the Beatles, Johnny Cash

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and many other bands, and Bruno grew up listening to these bands. “I wanted to be a drummer, guys were suppose to be drummers,” Bruno said. “Then I started playing the piano, then singing. It was a progression.” Bruno said he started playing with the Lloyd Dobler Effect because he wanted to have fun and make music. “I didn’t want to be famous, I just wanted to make music,” Bruno said. Kominski said he liked what he saw of Eastern’s campus. Kominski said he only got to walk around for about five minutes before he had to set up and get ready to perform. Bruno said he was surprised by Eastern’s size and turnout.

“It’s bigger than I expected,” Bruno said. “We drove in through cornfields, but it’s a nice night and a nice campus.” Kominski said the band performs at a lot of colleges and do not usually have that many students who come to watch them perform. “Usually we do shows and we have two people, there were about 100 here and it was nice,” Kominski said. “They were fun, energetic, and they stayed the whole time.” Kominski said that sometimes they have a few people who come for one or two songs before grabbing food and going back to their dorm rooms, and was happy to have so many people stay.

Shereka Green, a sophomore biological sciences major, said she found the band interesting. “I am a musician myself and I know when I hear something good,” Green said. Leona Murphy, a junior early childhood education major, said she did not know that the band was playing, but stopped by when she heard them. “It’s nice and refreshing to sit and listen to music that I haven’t heard before,” Murphy said. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-7942 or


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with genes robs us of our humanity Wash your hands, Tinkering In the past, expectant parents wondered Since 1995, China’s Law on Maternal and about the kind of person their unborn child Infant Health Care has prevented those who are move your butt, was going to be. Our generation may be the likely pass on “serious genetic diseases, some infirst to have their questions answered by an fectious diseases, and relevant mental disorders” important procedure called prenatal genetic from marrying without first undergoing longdon’t get sick People get sick. It happens. However, when a person lives in very close proximity to 40 or so other people on the same floor, a common cold can turn into a sequel to “Contagion.” How does one avoid spreading the plague? It’s quite simple. Flu season is just around the corner. Unless your idea of fun is being nose deep in snot-covered Kleenex, heed these rules. Wash your damn hands. It sounds bizarre, but people take for granted the supreme lifesaving power of breaking out some Purell. The Center for Disease Control advises washing hands for 20 seconds – the equivalent to singing “Happy Birthday” or the chorus of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” In case the premise of singing Adele is not enticing enough, just look at the facts. In 2006, Michigan hospitals implemented vigilant hand-hygiene regulations. A year and a half later, bloodstream infections dropped 66 percent, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Obviously Eastern is not a medical hospital, but we all get in close contact enough to follow the example. Although a student’s top priority may be pulling an all-nighter to finish a “Gears of War 3” campaign, it can be murder for the immune system. The CDC advises college students to clock in nine hours of sleep a night. With essays, projects and exams to study for, this may not be entirely plausible. However, there is no shame in napping. Another simple route to a functioning immune system is to eat healthy. Trust us, we understand that the power of late night pizza compels you. However, it doesn’t hurt to consume a healthier option for a change of pace. In today’s paper, we report one-third of Eastern’s students can’t qualify to donate blood due to iron deficiency. Whereas the requirement to donate blood is 12.5 percent iron, the average student hardly reaches 11 percent. Don’t just run out and stock up on iron supplements just yet. It is always better to get whatever nutrients you can through your diet. A healthy diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need, even on a student budget. Students can get iron in their diet by eating red meat, eggs, cereal, chicken and mollusks. Last, but not least, take a break from creeping on Facebook pages and get some exercise. Students already pay for services at the Student Recreation Center with their tuition. Take advantage of the gym available to you. Not a gym person? Take advantage of the weather and take a walk or ride a bike. When the frost settles, you’ll wish you had taken advantage of every breath of the temperate autumn air. Exercise boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides, according to the Mayo Clinic. This keeps blood flowing smoothly, which decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases. So please, the next time it seems appealing to forgo basic sanitation, remember a mucusfilled nightmare can be avoided.


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screening. Essentially, prenatal genetic screening allows expectant parents to learn more about their unborn child by extracting its DNA while it is still smaller than the size of a football. Since the ‘90s, parents around the globe have been using the tests to learn things about their baby, such as its gender, long before it is born, but recent advances have increased the amount of information the tests provide. One of the most touted features of prenatal genetic screening is its ability to tell whether the child will have a genetic condition. In 2009, CBS News reported on Cindy and John Whitley, parents who lost their first child to spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic killer of children under 2. After their child died, they learned that they had a one-in-four chance of having another child with the disease. The Whitleys chose to use prenatal generic screening to identify if their next child would have the disease or not. Using the technology, the Whitleys found that only three embryos were healthy out of their next 13. The prenatal genetic screenings had allowed the couple to choose to continue the pregnancies of the healthy babies and not the ones with the disease that killed their first child. The information granted to parents by prenatal genetic screening is powerful and could have an effect on generations to come. It allows parents a peek at the possible future of their

Doug T. Graham unborn child and forces them to contemplate what traits they deem so undesirable in their child that they’d terminate the pregnancy. What would it mean for our world if suddenly the only babies born were ones free of socalled “abnormal” conditions? Would there be fewer people with Down syndrome or Huntington’s disease? Would parents terminate their pregnancy if they saw their embryo was destined to be a little person? Some are trying to give parents more options when it comes to the qualities of their children. Two years ago, the Fertility Institute, a Los Angeles-based clinic run by Dr. Jeff Steinberg, offered to let parents choose their kids’ hair and eye color. Public outrage followed and the clinic voluntarily shut the program down, but what if similar work were to continue and give some parents the option to customize their babies? What happens to a society when it has the tools to choose what it does and does not want in its future generations? As strange as it may sound, we are finding out sooner than you may think thanks to the efforts of the largest country on the planet, which for the last 15 years has used genetic screening to “(improve) the quality of the newborn population.”

lasting contraceptive measures. While not allowing those with “undesirable” genes to have children is not the same as allowing parents to customize their babies, the effect on the future is similarly sinister—we could see generations of people who are more and more similar to each other. Besides, what gives humanity the right to say what traits are desirable or not? By not allowing those with “bad” genes to have children, the Chinese could be missing out on a great person who overcomes their disability and is a stronger, better leader because of it. It is the same for those with the power to pick and choose traits for their children as well. Had Franklin Roosevelt’s parents the ability to avoid having a child who might contract polio, we may have missed out on a great American. While prenatal genetic screening may help parents avoid the heartbreak of giving life to a child destined to die before it learns to talk, its ability to empower humanity to make stupid decisions in customizing our offspring should not be taken lightly. Genetic mistakes will happen, after all, they are what make us human. If we are given the ability to make the changes to our genes that have happened naturally for the last billion years, will we still be human? Doug T. Graham is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or




Tea Party (the band) should stay true to its principles You’re in a Canadian rock band called Tea Party, formed in the 1990s. Your time as a famous rock band has come and gone, although you continue to tour. You own You’ve been scooped on Bloomberg Businessweek’s website, and word on the street is you’re being offered ridiculous sums of money to sell it to the rightwing Tea Party, or to any of its many haters. What do you do? Oh, you want to know how much you’re being offered? OK. It’s already been reported that $1 million is a gimme. (Please, I want more.) One agent reportedly told a band member the URL is worth upwards of $10 million, according to a Sept. 25 article on I ask again: What do you do? Take the money, right? CBS News reported that the band isn’t too keen on selling it in the first place. Ah yes, your name is your most important brand. In this Internet age, we are always told (at least I am, and many journalism majors I know) to purchase your name’s URL. That way you can put things like your resume, reporting clips, photos, etc. up there as a separate resume for employers to see. We are told we have no greater brand than

Alex McNamee our name. One of our copy editors knows this and utilizes it. Doug T. Graham repeatedly demands his name to be a specific way when appearing in print. If his byline reads, “By Doug Graham,” I’ll probably hear something about it the next day. That “T” better be included. As Doug T. says, “It’s all about branding yourself.” Maybe this is the way the band is thinking. You don’t want to sell your brand, especially when it’s as established as theirs is. On the other hand, the CBS News article hinted that they might be thinking a little bit differently. The previously quoted band member said the band would prefer not to sell the URL to someone associated with the Tea Party, since the band disagrees with its politics. Ha! In your face Tea Party! As the young kid

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inside everyone would say, “Finders keepers, losers weepers.” The projected highest bid spiked within the last week or two after the first article about the band’s highly sought-after website appeared on Bloomberg Businessweek’s website. CBS News reported that the three band members’ phones have been ringing off the hook. The quoted band member said that although the band doesn’t agree with the Tea Party politics, they would listen if the Tea Party were its highest bidder. So the final decision might involve how much money is being offered, but nothing has been signed yet. The band knows branding is important, and they aren’t just going to jump at $1 million — at least, not anymore. The website’s tagline is, “No politics…just rock and roll.” If the band really wants to shun a political movement it doesn’t support, it’ll stay that way. Bravo if they choose not to sell it, because they will have stayed true to their brand and stood up for what they believe in. Alex McNamee is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or

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1 in 3 students unable to give blood Iron deficiency to blame for donate inability By Emily Pellegrine Staff Reporter

September is one of the months where people are most likely to donate blood, but 1 in 3 Eastern students are being deemed unfit because of low iron. According to Angie Lobdell, a donor recruitment representative, the number of college students with iron deficiency has grown, especially at Eastern. “Thirty-eight percent of the U.S. population is actually able to donate blood,” Lobdell said. Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies. Having low iron is not uncommon in America because of the lack of nutritious food being eaten on a daily basis, Lobdell said. “Iron deficiency is a problem I see at all colleges,” Lobdell said. “But Eastern is one of the highest

I have seen for iron deficiency deferrals.” Lobdell currently oversees Coles, Richland and Crawford counties. Annabelle Lamb, a sophomore communication studies major, said she donates blood once a year, but was surprised with the high number of Eastern students not able to do the same. “I don’t think the dining halls provide enough nutrients or iron,” Lamb said. “A lot of the dining halls only have fried food and not enough fresh options for the students.” Nearly three-fourths of Eastern’s campus is unable to donate blood on a regular basis, Lobdell said. Lamb said she could see how the low number of possible student donors directly correlates with the types of food Eastern students choose to eat. College students tend to make wrong and uninformed decisions when eating, she said. Natalie Rodakowski, a family and consumer sciences professor, is a registered dietitian and said the amount of iron a person needs to

Camp promotes cultural learning The children of Charleston can learn about a new culture courtesy of the Latin American Student Organization Saturday. LASO is hosting a kid’s cultural day camp called “Niños, come on, vamonos!” or “Children, come on, lets go.” Students can participate in different events that introduce them to Latin American culture. Karla Centeno, the vice president of LASO, said there are 22 children ranging from ages 3- to 13-years-old registered for the camp. There are also 14 LASO members that are running the camp. Centeno said LASO is introducing students to a new culture to influence their interest later in life. “We think it is really important to start feeding them, not just Latin American information, but some Spanish,” Centeno said. “I think it’ll be a great opportunity for them to get an interest in it and hopefully expand their learning on it throughout their lives.” Centeno said the children who attend will be split into teams and participate in different activities throughout the day. There will be four different stations for the children. One of the stations will be making maracas out of beans and paper towel roles for the children to take home.

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communication studies major, said he donates blood every six months and thinks students should make better choices from the food choices they are given. The dining halls should do more to incorporate healthy food into daily menus, Lamb said. He said he thinks they could improve the selection of food on campus so more people could get the right amount of iron and be able to donate blood. According to Rodakowski, students do not make the best choices in the dining halls because they overlook the nutritious foods and go for the high fat foods. Students are not used to making their own decisions on what to eat, so that can affect the types of food they consume, said Rodakowski. “I think the dining hall food can give enough iron if you pick the right foods, but there’s just so many options,” Berglind said. Emily Pellegrine can be reached at 581-7942 or

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LASO members will also be teaching the children the steps to the “Macarena” and will let them dance and play with the steps, she said. “I hope they learn the typical rhythms of dancing, and the maracas,” Centeno said. “There are just different types of sounds that characterize Latin America.” Centeno said the campers will also be participating in Loteria, the Spanish version of Bingo. Instead of numbers, the cards will be made up of easy Spanish words, such as “sol” for “sun” and “madre” for “mom.” “I hope that they have a fun day and learn some Spanish,” Centeno said. “It is something they can carry beyond the event and use it in daily life.” The last station is for groups, Centeno said. A LASO member will read a book about Latin America for the campers while they eat Gorditas de Nata, a Latin American treat. “Gorditas de Nata is similar to a pancake, but puffy and creamy inside,” Centeno said. Centeno said she hopes the children learn about Latin American culture while at the camp. “Charleston doesn’t have a very large Hispanic population, so they might not know a lot about (Latin American culture),” Centeno said. “So before they begin to see stereotypes, they can see what it is all about.”

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seems to cost so much more than she is willing to spend and it spoils faster than sugars and fats. Rodakowski said adding foods high in vitamin C will help enhance the body’s ability to absorb the iron. “Meat, fish and poultry contribute to most iron,” Rodakowski said. “Dark greens, such as broccoli and dried fruits like raisins are an additional high source.” Other protein-rich foods include legumes, eggs, whole grain, enriched and fortified breads and cereals provide a significant amount of iron as well, Rodakowski said. Iron supplements are also an option, but the body does not absorb it as well as iron-rich foods, so the doses have to be pretty high to have an impact, Rodakowski said. Rodakowski said she suggests that when looking for supplements choose the ones that are ferrous sulfate, which is a type of essential mineral. It is not impossible to get a nutritious meal at Eastern, but making the right choices can be hard when having so many options, she said. Terry Berglind, a sophomore



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remain healthy varies. “Some stages of life both demand more iron and provide less, making iron deficiency more likely,” Rodakowski said. Rodakowski said women are more likely to have iron deficiency because of the iron required for adolescence and pregnancy; infants can also have low iron because their bodies use more iron during development. The donated blood needs to have a minimum of 12.5 percent of iron to be drawn safely, but the average Eastern student has 10-12 percent, Lobdell said. Before going to donate blood eat a big breakfast that includes ironenriched foods like raisins along with a glass of orange juice, Lobdell said. Corinne Benson, a sophomore elementary education major, said she would be open to trying iron-rich food. “I just don’t know how to incorporate them into my diet when I’m at school. I feel so limited,” Benson said. Benson said everything healthy

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for plaintiffs’ attorneys to push that a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-maker Philip Morris be revived, sending the matter back to the trial court for more hearings. The court upheld a state appellate court’s February ruling that sends the case back to southwestern Illinois’ Madison County. A judge there had sided with plaintiffs after a twomonth 2003 trial in a class-action lawsuit over Philip Morris’ marketing of “light” cigarettes. The state’s high court later threw out that verdict. With the latest ruling, the plaintiffs expect to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision may be applied to reinstate the Madison County case. “The Supreme Court had an opportunity to review the appellate de-

cision but found no basis to do so,” Stephen Tillery, the attorney behind the lawsuit, said. “After a long journey through the courts, we believe this decision moves the judgment a step closer toward a final confirmation for the 1.1 million Illinois consumers who were represented in the lawsuit.” An attorney for Philip Morris’ corporate parent downplayed Wednesday’s development as the court merely deciding a procedural question about whether the plaintiffs met a statute of limitations and not the merits of the plaintiffs’ bid to reopen the case. “Mr. Tillery argues that there are newly discovered facts that warrant reopening the judgment. We do not believe there are,” Murray Garnick, senior vice president and associate general couself for Altria Client Services, which represents Altria Group Inc. subsidiary Philip Morris USA. “All of the historical facts today were

CAA, from page 1 Another topic to be discussed is the Course Proposal Format, which was reviewed at last week’s meeting, but was not acted upon. “The CAA approved some of the recommended changes last week, so those will be implemented, but they do not change the content of the proposal form,” Reid said. “They just facilitate the incorporation of approved courses into Banner.” Reid said another segment of the Course Proposal Format to be dis-

cussed includes the changes the registrar requested in order to clarify whether grades count in student GPA, or if credit hours count toward graduation for remedial courses. The committee members plan to act on the format at their 2 p.m. meeting today in Room 4440 of Booth Library.

known at the time of the trial. “The plaintiffs have a huge mountain to climb before they get anywhere, and the only thing decided to date is that they filed their petition on time.” In 2003, now-retired Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron found that Philip Morris misled customers about “light” and “low tar” cigarettes and broke state law by marketing them as safer, ending a trial that both sides at the time said was the nation’s first over a lawsuit accusing a tobacco company of consumer fraud. The state’s Supreme Court overturned that verdict in 2005, saying the Federal Trade Commission allowed companies to characterize or label their cigarettes as “light” and “low tar,” so Philip Morris could not be held liable under state law even if such terms could be found false or misleading.

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Jackson Avenue Coffee (J.A.C.) is a location to go blowoff steam, study for hours on end and socialize as the creamy fragrance of lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolates stream though the air. J.A.C., located at 708 Jackson Ave., may sound like an unusual place for a concert setting, but Dan Reible believes it is the perfect location for live music that has not been offered to Charleston in some time. “In the Charleston area there is no place to relax and listen to music except for a bar,” Reible said. “I’d like a place where people can come relax, have a cup of coffee, sandwich, bagel and take it easy and listen to some good acoustic music.” Reible and his wife Vicki are currently shuffling through papers in order to become the rightful owners of J.A.C.

Reible moved to Mattoon in 1984 after serving in the Navy and soon became a truck driver, traveling the nation with his wife. Reible has played for various bands in the past and mentioned to his friend, Ryan Dawson and the current owner of J.A.C., he was looking for a place to host weekly concerts on Saturday evenings. Dawson then asked Reible if he ever pictured himself owning a café. Reible expressed an interest, and soon, Dawson offered to sell the business. Dawson said the Reibles’ have been his customers since J.A.C. opened nearly eight years ago. “I planned on going back to school this summer to complete a degree in teacher’s certification,” Dawson said. “We were ready to move on to new things. I figured it is best not to run anything into the ground, so I offered to sell the place.” Dawson has high hopes for


Dan Reible , owner of the Jacksno Avenue Coffee enjoys sunse viewing the humbling setting from his newly titled “retirement bench” at the J.A.C.

the future of J.A.C. and feels as as though hosting live musicians every Saturday night is only the beginning of the growth J.A.C. will see. The first Saturday night performer will be “Reverend” Robert Reynolds Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at J.A.C.

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“Reverend” Robert Reynolds plays his guitar; He will play acoustic at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Jackson Avenue Coffee.

None of the performances will come with a cover cost, but instead a hat will be passed around around for donations, which go entirely to the artist. Robert Reynolds is a musician who plays blues music from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ’40s, and is glad Reible is opening his doors to local musicians. Reynolds said he has known Reible for a while because they have been playing music together through the years. “It is good to play one close to home. This is more intimate than the festivals and blues bars I’ve been playing at lately,” Reynolds said. “I play electric when I’m with my band, but this show will be all acoustic.” The intimate setting offers a place for begging and practiced musicians alike. Reible wants to show people in Charleston music they may not have heard before. He plans to host various artists from various genres each weekend. “I’ve got things booked all the way through the end of June,” Reible said. “It’s mostly people I have heard in the area and a lot of local musicians. We are open

to all different styles. It doesn’t matter if I personally like it or not. It’s whatever I think our customers will like.” Reible said his customers are an eclectic group, and notices that he has a lot of high schoolers come there every evening. He said parents know it is a safe place. Reible said he is open to any style of music and musicians who are interested in performing the Saturday night events should come out to J.A.C. Open Mic Night every Thursday. These open mic sessions are used as auditions of sorts for the diverse music Reible hopes to incorporate with the Saturday night performances. In addition to the open mic night artists, Reible searches the Web and various local music hot spots in order to find performers. “I’m hoping to get a lot of music in here that people haven’t experienced before,” Reible said. “People may have heard blues, but it probably isn’t the old delta blues that (Reverend Robert) will be playing.” Brad York can be reached at 581-7942 or at

The 7th Street Underground will turn into a concert venue tonight at 5:30 as the Colleges Against Cancer group hosts its second Rock it for Relay concert. The benefit concert will feature the three local bands Good Morning Midnight, Cured by Fire and Madison’s Avenue, and one solo musician, Jenna Jackley. Tickets are $5 at the door and can be purchased starting at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life team, and will ultimately be given to the American Cancer Society. Kyle Swalls, guitarist and vocalist for Good Morning Midnight, has witnessed the devastation of cancer first hand. Swalls said his grandma is fighting against cancer. “It’s a constant struggle dealing with it,” Swalls said. “A lot of time the chemo won’t be as effective, and they will try a new method and stuff. And so just knowing the constant struggle makes me want to do something like this and raise money for an individual who is having the same, who is dealing with the same kind of suffering.” This band along with Cured by Fire is playing at Friends & Co. later in the evening. They were willing to book two gigs in one night to show their support. “We feel that playing this gig will allow people to see that rock and roll and the whole style of it isn’t just about being on your own and not really caring about anyone else,” Logan Richardson, Madison’s Av-

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Jenna Jackley is a Mattoon High School student and will be playing at the 7th Street Underground tonight at 5:30 p.m.

close to us have had it and, luckily, they have recovered from it.” Many of the bands playing are new to Eastern’s campus. Richardson said performing at the concert would be an opportunity to expose students to a different kind of local music. Good Morning Midnight is an indie and alternative rock band. Beginning nearly a year ago and stationed in Marshall, the group is fresh to the Charleston music scene, but has played in the 7th Street Underground before for a canned food drive. Cured by Fire is a Charleston metal band. Megan Givens, the concert coordinator said the group sounds similar to Metallica or Godsmack and does a good job of getting a crowd going. Their influences come from those bands and others like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Black Sabbath. Jenna Jackley is a Mattoon High School student who plays the guitar and sings. “She is just memorizing to watch,” Megan Givens said. “She is in high school, so she is still very young, but the caliber of voice she has is just amazing.”

Madison’s Avenue is another young alternative rock band from Charleston that has been putting out their own music for eight months. The group has played all over Charleston, in Havana and in Centralia, but tonight will be one of their first times playing on campus. Givens, a junior elementary education major, said all the bands are hard working and were booked because they came recommended by other artists. The Colleges Against Cancer has raised more than $5,000 through their fall breast cancer T-shirt sales and other fundraisers. They have pledged to raise $8,000, and across campus different groups have pledged to raise $70,000 for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the concert drew a small crowd, but Givens is hoping for more public support. “What ever little amount can put towards the American Cancer Society will help in some way,” Givens said. Colleen Kitka can be reached at 581-7942 or


A square beyond compare Square Fest provides stage for new music, new bands and new surroundings By Brad york Verge Editor

Spring is a season that brings a refreshing smell into the air as the trees begin to bud and the winter chills become dormant. It is a time for new life to see the wonders of Charleston. With new life comes new ambitions. New ambitions mean new music, and for Charleston that means new events. A fresh take on the Charleston festival scene is exactly what Scott Chaplinski has been planning for nearly a year with the event Square Fest. “I started thinking in February that it was about time to get it going with everything going on with Celebration, Woodchuck Music Festival, there’s finals, there’s Easter. I realized it was crunch time to get it going,” Chaplinski said. Square Fest will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday through 1 a.m. Sunday. The event will take place on Charleston’s square at the bars Mother’s, Friends & Co., Mac’s Uptowner and Top of the Roc. The event will cost $12 and allow patrons 21 and over admittance into any of the bars and performances. Chaplinski said getting the bars involved was the first part of organizing the event, and after he explained the potential benefits they jumped on board. “I kind of just threw it out there,” Chaplinski said. “They’ve given me good ideas, and they appreciate the ideas that I have. They’ve been very helpful with everything I’ve been doing.” Chaplinski has been wanting to get the bars involved with a festival event for more than year and said he feels that now was the best time to bring it all together. “We are hoping it brings a lot of business to the square,” Chaplinski said. “We hope it is going to be a nicer day. It’s a good window of a month and a half of good weather to show all these people,

‘Hey there are all these other great bars in town, and not just the ones near Lincoln (Avenue.).” Many of the featured acts will be Charleston based groups such as Mugwump Specific, Andy Van Slyke and Staff Blues Band while others such as DJ Illith, Poundcake and Ryan Arnold stem from locations throughout the state. “I figure this was a great networking opportunity for a lot of bands,” Chaplinski said. “We are pulling in bands from the Kankakee area, and some musicians from Champaign area. It’s bands that I like, and I know that other people (like).” Chaplinski said most of them are younger bands that have only been playing for a year or two and that many times a band that has been playing for four to five years need a guarantee that they are getting paid. “Having never done anything like this before I didn’t want to make promises to a bunch of people that I can’t fulfill.” Chaplinski said. In fact, much of the money for producing the event was saved up by Chaplinski himself. He hopes that the $12 cover is enough to give some of the traveling bands money to cover their gas costs and without being too high to deter college students and community members from coming out. BRAD yORk | ON tHE VERGE One local musician, Mitch Davis, a senior management information sys- Mitch Davis, a senior management information systems major, rehearses new songs and freshens tems major, saod he plans on showing the up on older material Wednesday evening in his home as he prepares for today’s Square Fest event. crowd some new tunes to commemorate the new event. expect. That’s why I am expecting to play having a good time,” Chaplinski said. “I “I mainly like to get people dancing, in front of a totally new crowd, so I really want to hear, sort of over-hear, what they but I also play some more chill stuff,” got to try to pump people up.” did like and what they didn’t like. I just Davis said. “I don’t want people to get With a wide variety of performances think there will be a lot of good vibes burnt out, so I’ll make new songs before including blues, rock, jam band, electron- coming. Perfect conditions for me, is the shows. New shows get me motivated ic and rap everyone is beginning to de- hearing that people had a great time.” to make new songs. (Square Fest) is go- velop expectations for the new event and ing to be so new. There’s going to be so Chaplinski is no different. Brad York can be reached at 581-7942 many different people playing at so many “I want to be able to be out on the or different bars. I don’t really know what to square, outside the bars and see people

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Good Morning Midnight band members Elgin Combs (guitarist), Michael “Woody”Woodring (drummer), Kyle Swalls (vocalist and guitarist) and Chad Barton (bass guitarist and vocalist) volunteered to play tonight at the Rock it for Relay event to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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Eastern needs to step up By Rob Mortell Staff Reporter


Senior defender/midfielder Graham Lynch heads the ball during the game against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Sunday.

Tie leaves team in second By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor

Eastern’s next Summit League conference game will be this weekend against Western Illinois. The Panthers have played five games this season in extra time, but the team’s most recent match went scoreless through two overtime periods. The Eastern men’s soccer team is coming off of a 2-1 victory over Lipscomb and a draw against Indiana University Purdue-University Indianapolis, which improved their record to 4-4-1 overall. The Panthers’ match against IUPUI was the team’s only Summit League match so far this season. The draw was the Panthers first of the year, but not the team’s first match that went into overtime. Oral Roberts is currently in first place in the Summit League with a 1-0-0 record. They took down Oakland with a 2-1 victory. The team’s next conference match will be against Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne on Friday at home. IUPUI is ranked No. 3 and tied with Eastern after settling for a draw.

The next three Summit League teams have yet to start conference play and so are currently at blank slates. That will change with Western Illinois playing Eastern this weekend and IPFW taking on No. 1 ranked Oral Roberts. The University of Missouri- Kansas City Kangaroos will open their conference schedule against Oakland in a night game at home. The Oakland Grizzlies round out the Summit League conference rankings as the only team to have a conference loss, falling to Oral Roberts. Eastern and Western Illinois currently have the two best overall records in the conference, both standing at 4-4-1. IUPUI has the conference’s worst overall record, currently at 1-6-2 overall. Eastern is the conference leader in shots taken with 128, averaging 14.22 per game. Western is currently second with 125, averaging 13.89 per game. IPFW leads the conference in points, with 10. Eastern, Western Illinois and Oakland are all tied for second with 9 points each. No team in the conference has scored more goals so far this season than IPFW,

Summit League Standings 1. Oral Roberts 2. Eastern 3. IUPUI 4. Western Illinois 5. UMKC 6. IPFW 7. Oakland

who lead the conference with 17. IPFW also leads the conference in average goals per game with 1.50 and also in assists with 14. Western Illinois is the conference leader in fewest goals allowed with 9, while IPFW is at the bottom with IPFW with 24. IPFW leads the conference in saves with 65 saves in 10 games, while Western Illinois has the most shutouts in the conference with three in nine games. The Summit League tournament will begin on November 11 in Kansas City, Mo.

Eastern’s men’s soccer team should make a serious run at a Summit League title this season. After what can be considered a great off-season recruitment by head coach Adam Howarth, the Panthers now have the offensive talent to score against any team. They have always had a solid defense. Senior captains Graham Lynch and Mike Picinich lead the defense and with the other players Eastern has on defense, it has the potential to shut down even the most explosive teams. Junior goalkeeper Evan Turner looked solid behind the net against Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, recording his first shutout in an Eastern uniform and making four saves. I think that Turner should be able to play like that for the rest of the season. He is a big, athletic goalkeeper and has the potential to be very good. The offense is dramatically better than last season. In nine games this season, the Panthers have scored 12 goals. They had just nine goals all of last season. The Panther’s offense took a hard hit when they lost freshman forward Garet Christianson for the season with a knee injury. Christianson was tied

games. Hotwagner said Panther Nation is currently working on a trip to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for the Panthers’ Nov. 12 football game. Panther Nation is hoping to receive discounted train tickets through Amtrak, and Panther Nation members who attend will be able to receive game-day t-shirts, a ticket to the football game, and the ability to take part in a possible tailgate before the game. This February, Panther Nation is

for the team lead with three goals before suffering the injury. Even without Christianson, the Panthers still have a formidable offense. They are out-shooting their opponents 128-108. Freshman midfield Will Butler and freshman forward Jake Brillhart led the team with seven points each. Newcomers have scored nine of the Panthers 12 goals this season. It is this recruiting class and solid veteran play that gives Eastern its best chance at a conference title in years. There is no overly dominating team in the Summit League, so the Panthers have a legitimate shot at winning the title. Eastern has a fun, young team and it should be interesting to watch. With this freshman class the Panthers have a chance to dominate for years to come. Rob Mortell can be reached at 581-7944 or at


Bracketbuster is coming By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor

For the seventh straight year, the Eastern basketball team will be competing in the Sears BracketBusters on ESPN. This year’s games, currently in its 10th year, will feature a pool of 142 teams from a total of 16 conferences, the largest ever for the event. Some of the games will be televised on four different ESPN channels. The events will take place on Feb. 17-19. Eastern has won three straight

BracketBuster games, defeating Toledo last year and Northern Illinois and Western Michigan in the years prior. Eastern will be a home team in its game. There will be seven other teams also playing at home. The games will be announced on Jan. 30th. The Panthers will have an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at home against Olivet Nazarene before starting the regular season against Indiana State on the road on Nov. 11. Dominic Renzetti can be reached at 581-7944


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PRIZES, from page 8 In the beginning, Panther Nation tried to attend every athletic event, which Hotwagner said ultimately burned people out. This year, Hotwagner said he went through the schedule and picked what he considered the most entertaining games for the month of October, which led to around 13 Panther Nation events between football, volleyball, soccer, and swimming. Panther Nation is also working to increase their support during away

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Amazing goal earns Hinds award By Rob Mortell Staff Reporter

Senior midfielder Jonathan Hinds provided one of the most spectacular goals for Eastern’s men’s soccer team this season. Not only was his first goal a game-winner over non-conference opponent Lipscomb, but he flipped backwards connecting on a perfectly executed bicycle kick. It was that “SportsCenter”worthy play that earns Hinds this week’s Top Cat award. “(The ball) hit my chest, my back was to the goal and all I was thinking was the goal is that way,” Hinds said. “I didn’t care that it was behind me.” Hinds was set up off a corner kick that was controlled by freshman midfielder Will Butler. Butler saw Hinds in front of the net and set him up with a pass that bounced into Hinds chest. The rare play excited Hinds’ teammates on the bench, sending them jumping up and down on the sidelines. Hinds said he doesn’t really practice bicycle kicks, but when he is in the flow of the game he will go for anything. Head coach Adam Howarth said the goal was a terrific way to finish the match.

“(The goal) was fantastic,” Howarth said. Even though Hinds made a remarkable goal, the more important aspect of it was getting the 2-1 win for his team. The win evened the Panthers record at 4-41. Hinds said it was a great win in front of the home crowd, but it is just a stepping stone towards the team’s real goal: making the Summit League tournament. They are still 0-0-1 in League play. Hinds said for the team to be successful the Panthers need all of their players to contribute. “Everyone out here knows how to step up and make plays,” Hinds said. “That is the key to this year.” Eastern is making more plays than last season, scoring 12 goals in nine games this season, whereas it tallied nine goals in seventeen games last year. This season the Panthers also returned to the Summit League. They moved to the Missouri Valley Conference since 1996, where they won five conference titles. The team travels to play in-state rival Western Illinois Friday. Rob Mortell can be reached at 581-7944 or at


Senior midfielder Jonathan Hinds looks to make a pass during the game against Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis on Sunday.


Prizes planned for hardcore fans By Kathryn Richter Staff Reporter

Panther Nation will be giving away an iPad, a five-day cruise for two and a roundtrip ticket to anywhere in the United States based off a member’s level of involvement. Student Body President Ed Hotwagner, a senior mathematics major, is the director of the student organized cheering section. “We are the spirit group for athletic events,” Hotwagner said. Hotwagner said he feels Eastern’s athletes put in a lot of work during their season, which often goes unrecognized by the fans. Hotwagner said points are awarded to each Panther Nation member based off how many and what type of athletic events they attend. Hotwagner said upon entry to an athletic event, the Panther Nation member’s membership card is scanned and a laptop records which members attended which games and the points they have earned. Hotwagner also said members have the opportunity to earn double points if they attend athletic events during Family Weekend and Homecoming Weekend. At the end of the spring semester, the top 15 Panther Nation members with the most points earned will get prizes. Third place will earn an iPad, second place will receive a single set of roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the United States, or a five-day cruise for two people for

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Baseball team helps community By Brad Kupiec Staff Reporter


Student Body President Ed Hotwagner cheers along with Panther Nation in the fan section during the football game against Illinois State University on Sept. 1 at O’Brien Stadium. Panther Nation’s goal is to help spread school spirit for Panther Athletics.

the student in first place, Hotwagner said. Members receive five points for football, 15 points for volleyball and 40 points for soccer, swimming and rugby. Michelle Murphy, an Eastern alum and former student body president, created Panther Nation with Jarrod Scherle, the current

student executive vice president for student government and a business graduate student and Eastern alum, Omar Seawood, according to Hotwagner. “Michelle Murphy was the primary driving force,” Scherle said. Scherle said that Panther Nation was founded based off Murphy’s campaign promise to bring more

school spirit. Hotwagner said that when Panther Nation started three years ago under the direction of Murphy, the organization had around 500 members. Currently, Panther Nation has around 325 members, according to Hotwagner. PRIZES, page 7

The Eastern baseball team worked with Habitat for Humanity for the eighth year in a row. They leveled ground and provided landscape for the new houses built by the Coles County Habitat chapter. Half the team worked in Ashmore while the other half went to Mattoon, as opposed to past years when the entire team would take shifts at one house, according to Head Coach Jim Schmitz. “Instead of our usual one house, we did two,” Schmitz said. “This year they were pretty well done with the house on the inside, so we did landscaping. Half the team went to Ashmore and planted seed and leveled the ground.” Schmitz said in years past the team has gotten the chance to meet the owners of the new house, but this year they were unable to do so. “It also turns into kind of a fundraiser for us,” Schmitz said. “It’s kind of like a jog-a-thon, all our players ask for money. Ten percent of what we raise goes for the Habitat (for Humanity). Not only do we put in hours, we also donate money to the Habitat chapter.” Schmitz said the Habitat for Humanity chapter appreciates the help the Panthers offer them. The Panthers played their annual alumni game last weekend and will return to Ohio Valley Conference play in the spring. Brad Kupiec can be reached at 581-7944 or

September 29, 2011  

The Daily Eastern News issue 122 of volume 96.