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Green effort surges forward with energy center opening By Nike Ogunbodede Campus Editor

Eastern’s Renewable Energy Center will be having its public grand opening on Friday. The construction of the energy center began on Nov. 20, 2009, at a ground-breaking ceremony that would result in the ending of Eastern’s 82-year reliance on the old coalfueled steam plant in 2010. University Treasurer Paul McCann has been a firm supporter of the project, and said he was excited to see the end result. People should come out and see what the future of energy is, McCann said. Honeywell International, Inc. built the energy center for a total project cost of $78 million, and the initial estimated $56 million for construction was correct, McCann said. McCann said Eastern funded the multi-million dollar project with 2009 bond sales, also known as certificates of participation, which would be repaid over 27 years. Ryan Siegel, the campus energy and sustainability coordinator, said Eastern had planned to build a renewable energy center since the mid-90s after the weakening of the steam plant. Instead of coal, the center’s fuel source will be the more expensive, but ultimately more eco-friendly, source of wood chips. The wood chips will be provided by the Foster Brothers Wood Products at $42.08 per ton, on a contract until June 30, 2015 costing about $5 million, according to the Feb. 11 edition of the The Daily Eastern News. The wood chips purchased are a waste product from the logging, lumber and furniture industries, but Eastern would like to decrease the carbon emissions produced, Siegel said. The energy efficiency of boilers is what will save the university money, McCann said. “This is definitely a leap forward for the university not only to do cogeneration, but also to leave coal behind and move into a new era,” Siegel said. Janice Hunt, an Eastern spokeswoman, said Eastern is glad to have something to show for its work and growing interest in utilizing environmentally responsible energy. “For years Eastern has been for-


Construction workers work on the roof framework of the Renewable Energy Center Sept. 22, 2010. The center will have its grand opening Friday at 2 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and tours of the building.

ward thinking in environmental issues—this is just another way of taking that even further,” Hunt said. The energy center is one of the largest biomasses of its kind at a university as well as the country, Hunt said. Eastern is the first known university to have its renewable energy

quantity at 100 percent, Siegel said. Middlebury College in Vermont has one gasifier, which can only sustain a portion of its campus demands, Siegel said. A gasifier is where fuel is burned in a low oxygen environment which results in the creation, then burning

off the natural gas the gasifier creates. “It’s really exciting for us to once again be an environmental leader,” she said. The difference between the steam plant and energy center will not be visible, Siegel said. ENERGY, page 5

Green space finally green Eastern just got a little greener with the new green space between Klehm Hall and the Life Sciences Building. The plan for the green space came into effect when the school decid-

Students prepare for midterms By Melody Dozard Staff Reporter


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ed to eventually build a new science building on the field south of the Tarble Arts Center. Gary Reed, the director of Facilities Planning and Management, said Eastern removed the pavement this past spring and had planned to make it a green space before the school year started, but complications led to the delay.

Rocks in the original soil caused the delay, which was fixed by a special machine needed to break the rocks from the soil. Not all the rocks have been removed, but the vast majority is gone, Reed said. Reed said a lack of water supply to the area also postponed the process.

“We discovered that the fire hydrant—which we thought would be used for irrigation water—was broken,” Reed said. “(Charleston) has since repaired the hydrant, but thankfully we received some much needed rain, which allowed the grass seed to sprout.” GREEN, page 5

It is October, which means with each passing day, the hair pulling, energy drink consuming and restless hours become more frequent for Eastern students--midterms are almost here. The Student Success Center will be having a 30-minute workshop to alleviate the stress that can come with midterms while increasing the grades students receive. “What can I do to ace that test!? (Midterm Edition)” will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Charleston-Mattoon Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Mike Mendez, a clinical psychology graduate assistant, will be the host of this workshop and similar workshops, which introduce the active steps needed to achieve in a higher education atmosphere. “We’re going to give them a better understanding on how to take notes and how to study,” Mendez said. Personal note-taking is one of the best ways to retain information and using those notes later on is very conducive to the learning process, Mendez said. Ethan Ingram, a senior mathematics major, said he thinks he is well prepared for his upcoming midterms. “My midterm exams are usually spread out in the few weeks around midterms, so I’m not in a real high-stress situation to get a lot of things together,” Ingram said. “I try to focus on one exam, paper, etc. at a time.” Mendez said he will also teach students ways to decrease test anxiety. “(The workshop) will include different methods and different tools for them to use like study guides and coherent notes,” Mendez said. Ingram said he likes to look over all his notes and bookwork for comprehension before he looks over past tests. The workshop is part of a longer series that Mendez said is intended to increase awareness and not simply teach. “Most of the things we teach at these workshops can be found on the Internet,” Mendez said. “Our goal is to increase understanding and help students understand how the actions they take in the shortterm impact their overall GPA.” Betsy Miller, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said she just wants to get midterms over with. “(I am a) repetitive studier and looking over passages, lists and diagrams are all important things to look at,” Miller said. Jessica Johnson, a sophomore family and consumer sciences major, said she thinks time management and study skills are important during stressful exams. “I think study skills are important to taking good notes, reading the book and going over your notes more than once,” Johnson said. Most of the students who come to a workshop similar to the one taking place today do so simply because attending the workshops is mandatory for a class, Mendez said. “If you want the best grade possible, you have to sincerely desire that grade and use the tools provided to the best of your advantage,” Mendez said. “This will make a large impact on the grade that you receive.” Melody Dozard can be reached at 581-2812 or



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Jackson Avenue Coffee will have a change in decor during October as its featured artist of the month displays her work. Those who visit JAC will see jewelry by Laura Aberle, a local artist who specializes in jewelry and photography, hanging on the walls. Ab e r l e re c e n t l y m ov e d t o Charleston with her husband after she graduated from Purdue University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in jewelry and metals. She said she has been creating her own artworks since she was a young girl; likewise, she said her passion for jewelry started at a young age. “I remember going through my mother’s lovely old boxes filled with treasures over and over as a little girl,” she said. Aberle said she began making her own jewelry in high school and went to college set on a concentration in jewelry and metals. She said her inspiration comes from a variety of things, including her parents, who she says are very talented. “They both inspire me with their creativity,” she said. In addition to her parents, Aberle said she draws inspiration from people’s love of their work


Necklaces and other jewerly pieces by Laura Aberle, a local artist, are on display at Jackson Avenue Coffee as part of its monthly featured artist exhibition. Aberle is an alumna of Purdue University and focuses her art on jewerly making as well as photography.

and from nature. “The love of nature was instilled in me at a young age and still is a great passion that comes out in my work,” she said. Aberle said it is difficult to classify her work because she does not want to limit it to one style. However, she said she does tend to revisit similar themes in her work. She said that her work is simple, elegant and rustic, and she tends to merge metals with textiles or natural materials like

hair, fur and pods with metal. Aberle said her natural supplies sometimes come from her father, who is a taxidermist and has access to things like deer, leather and feathers. Although she is working only part-time on her art career, she said she hopes that in the future she can move into a more fulltime job. “My future plans are to someday no longer be a part-time studio artist, but be a full-time studio jewelry artist and photogra-

pher,” Aberle said. The display will not only consist of Aberle’s jewelry, but will also display her photography and will run the entire month of October. Aberle’s jewelry can be found at She can also be contacted through her Facebook page, Laura Aberle Jewelry and Photography. Ethan Stephenson can be reached at 581-2812 or

Professor explores future with Ancient Egyptian past By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

Students can learn about Ancient Egypt this month at Booth Library starting today. The Lumpkin College of Bu s i n e s s & Ap p l i e d S c i e n ces, School of Technology and Booth Library are sponsoring “A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses-- An EIU Symposium, Ancient Egypt.” The opening of this symposium will be at 7:30 p.m. today in the West Reading Room of Booth Library. The opening will be followed by the “But How Did Ancient Eg y p t i a n s Re a l l y Bu i l d t h a t Great Pyramid?” presentation by James Hoffmeier. Wafeek Wahby, a professor in the School of Technology,

said the symposium brings the Eastern and Charleston communities together to focus on the future while using ancient lenses. “It has been said that history repeats itself for the good and bad, because people were not listening the first time,” Wahby said. “It’s wiser for us to spend some time to look back to successful people, people who really made the foundations of many of our practices today.” James Hoffmeier, a professor of near eastern archaeology at Trinity International University, will be speaking about the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Hoffmeier was born in Egypt and stayed there until he was 16 years old. A f t e r Ho f f m e i e r g r a d u a t -

ed from graduate school at the University of Toronto, he participated in excavation projects in Egypt and directed the North Sinai Archaeological Project that studied Egypt’s frontier. “How did they cut these large pieces?" Wahby said. "I have seen the mountains where they cut them, and wonder how they cut them. How did they transport them? How did they lift them?” Wahby said each time he visits the pyramids he questions which theory is right about how the Egyptians really build the pyramids and Hoffmeier will talk about this question. Wahby also said the inside of the pyramid has corridors, similar to city undergrounds now, but for the time it is amazing. Wahby said this generation is

a ‘me’ generations. “This symposium gives us a chance to look to others, others who were successful, and achieved a lot,” Wahby said. “ We have the remainders of their fingerprints or achievements in math and in chemistry.” Wahby said he hopes students will attend the symposium to learn something different than what they learn in the fields. “Our graduates will go out well rounded; the students who know a little about everything and know where to dig to find more information,” Wahby said. “This symposium is an attempt to achieve this.” Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Fair Trade promotes diversity Businesses reach out By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition is a Registered Student Organization at Eastern. Lena Elmuti, the president of the Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition, said the main goal of the Fair Trade Justice Coalition is to help give fair wages to workers in other countries by cutting out the middleman. “We want to make the student body and the community more aware of what we buy and how it affects others around the world,” Elmuti said. She said promoting fair trade around the world is important to the Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition was started at Eastern’s campus in 2010 after they attend the School of the Americas. “(The School of the Americas) is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works through creative protests and resistance to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America by seeking to close the combat training school of Latin American soldiers called the SOA. Doris Nordin, a campus minister and the director of the Student Volunteer Center, said The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition raises awareness on major global issues such as

human rights, trafficking, famine, poverty and immigration. They also promote peace in general and nonviolence. “These are the issues we want to address, (and) make people aware that they can help others,” Nordin said. Elmuti said that many people do not know about the issues that happen around the world unless they are looking for them. “I have learned so much about things that I did not know about since joining Fair Trade,” Elmuti said. Elmuti said that by learning what is happening around the world, people realize that they can help people who are not just in their area. Nordin said that students tend to see the world as separate parts, which is why they do not always want to help. “We are one community, the whole world, we have to help those who need it,” Nordin said. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition has promoted many fair trade items on campus to help the producers oversees. “By having these items, you create relationships with producers, and things change when you know the story behind it,” Nordin said. The money from the fair trade items goes to help the workers to develop their communities, Nordin said.

“It’s not just buying stuff, it’s helping families and communities,” Nordin said. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition will be selling olive oil from Palestine, Nordin said. She said the money that is made from the olive oil will go to an organization that has camps for the children of Palestine. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition has also introduced other products to campus. “We were involved in changing Java’s coffee to fair trade coffee,” Elmuti said. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition has also given out free fair trade coffee for students to try. The Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition will be giving out coffee Friday and will be showing a movie, “Gandhi,” to promote fair trade and nonviolence. Students who are interested in joining the Fair Trade Global Justice Coalition can attend their weekly meeting at 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Newman Catholic Center. “If you are just on fire to help other people join us anytime,” Nordin said. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or

to student community By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

Despite the heat, businesses and students met in the South Quad on Wednesday. Eastern sponsored the annual Business Expo to connect Eastern students and the Charleston and Mattoon area. Rachel Fisher, the director of student community service, said the expo provided the 25 businesses a chance to connect with new consumers and promote local business. Jennifer Miller, the Transit Reservation Information Program director for Dial-ARide, said they came to the Business Expo because they feel they have services that students need. Dial-A-Ride provides rides in Coles County, and students often use their service in Charleston and Mattoon. Miller said Dial-A- Ride has a new program that coordinates transfer busses to other counties. The local Charleston Verizon Wireless store also attended the event to meet with students. Mike Todd, the marketing and event coordinator for the Charleston Verizon Wireless, said this is their third year attending the fair and this expo date is marked on their calendars each year. Verizon’s goal is to make sure students

know where they are, and to let them know that there is a local Verizon Wireless store, Todd said. Andrea Applegate, a recruiter with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems, said it is important for the community to know what the health system offers. It also gives health studies majors a chance to learn about Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems. “It’s important to connect with Eastern and let students know about healthcare careers,” Applegate said. “We have had a lot of people stop and ask about job shadowing.” Fisher said the students had a good reaction to the Business Expo. “I interacted with students that shared with me a genuine interest in learning more about our community,” Fisher said. Gabriell Smith, a senior early childhood education major, said she got a good feel for what is available in the area. “I honestly didn’t know about half of those organizations and groups,” Smith said. “We were very pleased with the business expo today,” Fisher said. “This was the most diverse set of businesses, and they provided a fun sampling of local businesses here in our community.” Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or


Student government passes two resolutions at meeting Two resolutions were passed at Wednesday’s student government meeting regarding the “Senate on the Road” program and the electronic billboards. All but one senator voted in favor for the “Senate on the Road” program, with John Poshepny a senior finance major and student senate member, abstaining to vote. Poshepny said he did not have a problem with the program itself and the problem was with the fact that an amendment was made to the resolu-

ting to students, making students less likely to approach student senate members. Poshepny argued that Springfield or Washington, D.C., senators did not attend meetings in casual clothes and Eastern’s student senate shouldn’t either. He said he felt that, regardless of the meeting’s location, they should still maintain the typical business attire that senators have during regular meetings. The resolution in favor of the electronic billboards passed. The electronic billboard resolution was co-authored by Tommy Nierman, a senior management major, and Blair

Jones, a junior accounting major. Although the vote for the electronic billboards was unanimous, it was met with some discussion. Poshepny said he was met with mixed reviews regarding the displays. Roberto Luna, a senior finance major and student senate member, said a student told him there are enough advertisements coming from the internet and television, and the extra advertisements would be unnecessary. Jones circulated a survey to students asking them what their opinion was about the electronic billboards. She said the survey was delivered electronically through a Facebook group. Randall Gaffner, an economics

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graduate student, said he felt that the 121 students who responded to the survey was not an accurate representation of the larger student body. “It’s like a 1-2 percent population of the school,” Gaffner said, “We can’t represent the student body if we only have 1-2 percent of the student body.” Jones said she felt that, since the majority of students responded in favor of the electronic billboards, it accurately represented how the student body felt towards the electronic billboards.


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tion to allow student senate members to wear casual Eastern-wear instead of student government’s standard business attire. “I do not like the casual idea,” Poshepny said. “I don’t think we should dumb down our wardrobe for students.” Kaci Abolt, student vice president of student affairs and a junior communication major, co-authored the “Senate on the Road” program resolution with Student Senate Speaker Zach Samples, a sophomore history major. Abolt said she had heard from students that the student government’s typical dressy wardrobe was off-put-


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Eastern leads DEN’s new website better, more modern nation into green future There are moments in life that encapsulate the zeitgeist, or “spirit of the time.” The grand opening of the Eastern Renewable Energy Center will likely be one of those moments. Clearly, the big news is that we can expect a lot of savings and hardly any pollution from the center. But it is important to understand the context in which the center was devised and built. About a decade ago, Eastern’s coal plant was nearing the end of its long life. The university could have replaced the old plant with a newer version, but the costs were prohibitive and neither the state nor federal government would foot the bill. So the university made the bold, wise decision to invest in a renewable energy plant. All infrastructure is bound with an inherent mixed blessing: Over time, it degrades and needs to be replaced, but this forces us to upgrade the infrastructure with more efficient modern technology. For the past century, Americans could count on their government to take the initiative to fund and implement the modernization and expansion of public infrastructure. But over the last few decades, government has become more and more reluctant to make those investments. This is a shame when it comes to building roads and bridges, but when it comes to energy infrastructure, it’s a travesty. Mountains of evidence clearly show that climate change is very real and very likely to cause serious global problems in the near future—problems that will outsize and outlast any bad day in the DOW, and can’t be fixed retroactively. Technologies abound that can, if not fix, at least alleviate the problem. The Renewable Energy Center being a perfect example. Addressing such a predicament is the ideal role of government. Yet, major factions within the government deny the science and reject solutions, whether out of ideology, ignorance or financial interest. This has postponed the much-needed shift to renewable energy for most public institutions. But not ours. Eastern drafted a performance contract with Honeywell International in 2008 to build the Renewable Energy Center. A performance contract is made under the condition that the upgrade pay for itself over a given period of time through cost-saving efficiencies. In this case, the contract is expected to pay for itself in 20 years. It is very likely that government inaction, economic contraction and environmental degradation will force ever more institutions to take the initiative, to go beyond what is required and do what is both smart and right. Eastern has, and it’s one of the first. This is no quaint side project by some small, corncrowded, well-meaning university. It is one of the largest biomass renewable energy centers in the country. It is a great achievement and something to be proud of. So go to the center Friday afternoon and take part in a moment at the start of a movement.


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The Daily Eastern News has launched a new website. Have you checked it out yet? If yes, then great. I hope you liked it. If no, then you should go check it out, it’s newly redesigned and is a fresh, more professional-looking website. I noticed somebody on the old comment on our story about switching websites recently. The commenter wanted a reason for the change. Let me lay it out for you. Our contract with College Publisher had expired and we had two choices: sign up for College Publisher 5 (the latest version), or switch to another provider and make a big change to our online world. Many of the staffers didn’t like how our website looked on College Publisher. It was boring, bland. It featured one story at the top each day, and was pretty list-like after that. We weren’t happy about the way you had a search for our multimedia content and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see all the stories from news, sports, opinions, etc. With the new website, we’ve fixed all of that. Instead of having to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all of the stories, we have a scrolling feature at the top of our website, which features a lot of stories from different

Alex McNamee sections all at once. When you go to, you will see it rotating through the stories by itself. We also like the way the new website features our multimedia content. We’ve had some great weekly online features, “Teach Me How to Dominic” and “ON THE CHEAP,” and we made it a goal to play those up more. Now, you’ll notice they are much higher on the front page, and (this is the Online Editor’s favorite part) you can click to play the video without having to go to a different page. Also, I’ve sort of breezed over another change. We are shifting our online identity from to We didn’t want to be “Daily Eastern News,” which is dennews’s translation if you haven’t caught on yet. will still work if you enter it in as the URL, but now it should transfer to the main URL, We are filtering out the redundant URL. Another major change is we are no longer an issue-based online paper. Everything is available instantly on the Internet. We’ve known this for a long time, but haven’t done anything about it. Well, that’s changed. Now as we get stories done, we can post them online immediately and they will appear right away. Instead of posting an entire issue at midnight, or whenever the issue is done, now stories will be scattered — being posted at 3 p.m., 8 p.m., whenever. So check the site frequently. We hope you enjoy these changes as much as we do. You will notice that we still have some kinks to work out on the website, but give us a little bit of time to finish the full transition. Our online section has been behind the pack for a long time. This change has been a long time coming. I’m happy to say our website is now more instant, prettier and easier than it has ever been before. Alex McNamee is junior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or




Maybe life should be more like a video game Growing up, I often wondered what life would be like if it were more like video games. While there are no respawn points or 1-up mushrooms in the 21st century (yet!), the world around us is much more like a game than we realize, and becomes more so each day through a process called “Gamification.” Gamification is the process of adding the various hooks and incentives into everyday life that we’ve come to expect and enjoy in modern video games. As you read this column, the country is in the middle of the biggest and most commercial example of gamification—the McDonalds Monopoly promotion. From now through Oct. 24, millions of people across the country will be buying food and drinks at McDonalds for their chance to acquire game pieces that they can collect and redeem for prizes. The promotion, which has ran annually since 2003, is immensely popular and provides a lucky few customers with prizes such as a trip to the 2012 Olympic games in London and a million dollars. To win the big prizes customers must collect two to three monopoly pieces of the same color. Cleverly, there is always one piece that is significantly less likely to show up. For example, while you may have already peeled off the Park

Doug T. Graham Place tab, the odds of getting the corresponding Boardwalk piece are 1 in 618,106,200. Where gamification really comes in is when you consider the food items that come with game pieces. Of the 10 items with game pieces, three of them are ones with the highest profit margin: fries, smoothies and soft drinks. Not all of gamification’s uses are evil corporate plots to maximize profits. The aspect of gamification that excites me the most is its use in the workplace. By using the same gameplay hooks that keep people clicking enemies in World of Warcraft long into the night, employers can make the mindless tasks they ask their employees to do more compelling. Say you have a job scanning inventory at a grocery store. One way to keep you from quitting in disgust or slacking off would be to add a gameplay incentive

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to your task. I imagine someone would be a lot less willing to slack off if they had a progress bar on their scanner that would fill up with every scanned box. When the bar fills up—ding, ding!—you gain an incentive like a break, money or even an entry into a company raffle at the end of the week. Wouldn’t it be nicer going to work every day if you knew you were making progress toward some goal beyond making your boss’s boss slightly richer? There is something about progressing towards a bigger goal that is inherently satisfying to us as people, especially if that goal rewards our good behavior and gives us small rewards over time. I think it’s depressing that in some careers the only reward is a paycheck every 80 hours and a nod of approval from a higher-up every once and a while. Our lives are far too short for that to be the only satisfaction we derive from something as time-consuming as work. Besides, entertainment has taken so many leaps forward in just the past 10 years, isn’t it time that work did the same? Doug T. Graham is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or

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Senior pictures prompt reflection on high school By Emily Pellegrine Staff Reporter

Ready to walk across the stage with a diploma in hand and face the real world, Eastern seniors are taking one of the final steps completing their life in high education--senior yearbook pictures. Students in their final year will receive a copy of The Warbler when they pick up their cap and gowns during the May 4 commencement ceremony. Blake Heyman, a senior kinesiology and sports studies major, said he is excited to take his senior pictures because they show all that he has accomplished in the years he has spent at Eastern. Heyman said he felt the experience is slightly reminiscent of the senior pictures he took in high school, but the end result of his college graduation will mean more to him. “Senior pictures now are more of a buildup because I’m going from college into the real world,” Heyman said. Lisa Deaver, a senior communication studies major, said she was excited about the idea of finally earning her college degree and entering the corporate job market, but has not thought about a date to schedule her senior picture. High school students anticipate the years of college to come whereas college graduates are looking forward to earning the career they have worked towards, Heyman said. Albulena Veseli, a senior communication studies major, said taking pictures for the yearbook in general are always a big deal especially for female students. “High school attracts a different atmosphere of looking your best in your pictures to share with your friends, we took things too seriously that now in college we think back and realize those little things barely matter,” Veseli said. In college, students are just looking forward to getting jobs and making a life of their own and not as worried about whether or not they look their best in their senior pictures, Deaver said.

Karleen Penninger, a senior elementary education major, said senior pictures in high school were huge because people played them up to be. “People always went shopping for new outfits and everyone exchanged pictures with each other, I still have all of my friends senior pictures somewhere in my room” Penninger said. Emphasis was really put on what people looked like in their pictures and not necessarily what they did with their time in high school, Penninger said. Lauren Lombardo, a senior communication studies major, said she also thought high school pictures were a bigger deal. Penninger said high school pictures were a bigger deal for parents because it was a greater representation of the parents’ involvement. Kristin Jording, a senior journalism major, has been the editor-in-chief of The Warbler for the past two years. There is a decrease in students signing up to take their senior pictures this year, but there will be two weeks in January when students can get their pictures taken as well, Jording said. Jording said 217 students have taken their senior pictures as of Wednesday. Jording said students she saw take their pictures seemed to have a positive vibe. “You can see it especially when they take the picture in their cap and gown on,” Jording said. “For me, I got a feel for what it would be like when I actually graduate. It was exciting.” Jhimere Craigen, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said he wants to take his senior picture because of how hard he has worked these past four years. “I want my (future) kids to look at my senior pictures and say ‘my dad went to Eastern and here’s the proof’,” Craigen said. “It is a sign of all that I have accomplished.” Emily Pellegrine can be reached at 581-2812 or

GREEN, from page 1 Becca Jakaitis, a senior mathematics major, said she does not know why the ropes are there. The space was left unutilized for so long and it should have something to make it friendlier, not something to keep people away, she said. When the new building is built, traffic across the grass will increase, but Eastern wants to be sure the grass can withstand the stress, Reed said. Andrew Sandersfeld, a junior biological sciences major, said the grass is better than the field dirt that used to be there, but something like a cool courtyard would be nice. Reed said the parking lot was moved to the perimeter of the campus

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CAA meeting canceled Staff Report

The Council for Academic Affairs canceled its meeting that was scheduled for 2 p.m. today. According to the agenda, CAA chairman Christopher Mitchell added six new items to be discussed at a later date.

The meeting was canceled because of a lack of items to be added to the CAA agenda. These items include revisions to several courses. These courses include: Introductory Sociology, Sociology of Work & Occupations, World Regional Geography, Human Impacts on the Environment, and Environ-

mental Geology. In addition to these five courses, the Geology major is also on the agenda to be revised. These items are scheduled to be discussed at the CAA meeting on Oct. 13. The Oct. 13 meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Room 4440 at Booth Library.


Upcoming conference to be discussed Staff Report

The Residence Hall Association will be discussing the upcoming conference during its meeting today. The RHA will be discussing its upcoming involvement in the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. GLACURH includes all state uni-

versities that touch any of the five Great Lakes. Once there, they discuss how each RHA group can improve. Dondre Keeler, the National and Illinois Communication Coordinator, said GLACURH is a conference that members of RHA look forward to. Keeler said it’s a great team builder. This year’s conference will take place the first week of November at Ball

State University, in Muncie, Indiana. The RHA will be sponsoring the “car smash” during the week of Homecoming, which will involve students paying $1 to bash a car in with a sledgehammer. Homecoming Week takes place on Oct. 17-23. The RHA meets in Thomas Hall today at 5 p.m.

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to make the campus greener and more pedestrian friendly. Danny Naatz, a senior communication studies major, said he would like to see Eastern incorporate a couple gazebos in the green space to create a more relaxed campus. Reed said they would keep the ropes around the green space as they are trying to keep the foot traffic across the grass to a minimum. Eastern is not done with the space and is still coming up with ideas for what should be added to the area, Reed said. Bob Shaughnessy can be reached at 581-2812 or

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“Students will likely not see any difference because we will be continuing to provide the heating service the way we always have been—the improvement will be more for the environment,” Siegel said. The only noticeable difference is the reduced noise, Siegel said. According to Eastern’s Master Plan, the old steam plant will be repurposed for an undetermined date. Eastern also has 22 other projects that it is working on like replacing the building’s lightbulbs to high efficiency lightbulbs. Hunt said she is excited for the educational results the Eastern community

will receive from the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education. “Our students and our faculty are going to get this opportunity to study this technology hands on,” Hunt said. “That is going to be a great addition.” Peter Ping Liu, a technology professor and Robert Chesnut, the director of research and sponsored programs, were the developers for the CCERE plan. “CCERE is geared towards research, development and education with the university,” Siegel said. Siegel said this type of energy is the next step and he is pleased that students will be able to possibly become passionate in the environment.

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(From left to right) Redshirt sophomores Emily Pedziwiatz, Breanna Bergbower and senior Brittany Arthur compete in the Walt Crawford Panther Open cross country race Sept. 9 on Panther Trail.

Running into an off-week By Olivia Sloss Staff Reporter

The Panther men’s and women’s cross country teams will have a week off before they compete at the Bradley Classic in Peoria. Competing also in this meet from the Ohio Valley Conference will be Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. Around the OVC Austin Peay and Tennessee State will compete in the Kentucky State Thorobred Stampede in Frankfort, Ky., on Friday. Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech will compete in the Jacksonville State University Foothills Invitational

in Oxford, Ala., on Saturday. Southeast Missouri, Morehead State and Murray State will compete in the Evansville Invitational in Evansville on Oct. 15. Eastern Kentucky will compete in the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16. The Male Adidas OVC Runner of the week went to Soufiane Bouchikhi of Eastern Kentucky. Bouchikhi was the top finisher for Eastern Kentucky at the Notre Dame Invitational Blue Race placing 12th out of 205 total runners with a time of 24:22 on the 8K course. This is Bouchikhi’s second time this season being named OVC Runner of the Week. Other men nominated were Brad LaRocque of Eastern, Mickey Sand-

ers of Jacksonville State, Josh Seitz of Morehead State, Nate Shipley of Southeast Missouri, Jonathan Owens of Tennessee State, John Greene of Tennessee Tech and Colin Johnson of TennesseeMartin. The Female Adidas OVC Runner of the Week went to Lydia Kosgei of Eastern Kentucky. Kosgei was the top finisher for Eastern Kentucky at the Greater Louisville Classic winning the competitive Gold Race of the 5K course in a personal-best time of 16:51 out of 262 total runners. This is Kosgei’s second time this season she is named OVC Runner of the Week. Olivia Sloss can be reached at 581-7942 or

NOWHERE, from page 8 This weekend, they will travel for a non-conference game against Georgia State. Eastern Kentucky is 0-1 in OVC play heading into its game on the road against Eastern this weekend. The Colonels have a 1-3 record after

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It might seem like it is time to worry about Eastern’s men’s soccer team, but there is really no cause for concern. The Panthers lost a tough match to Western Illinois Friday by a score of 3-0, but they were playing without senior defenseman Graham Lynch. Eastern hasn’t scored in two games, however they are still getting tons of shots off. The only real problem is that the Panthers have really struggled to finish the chances they’ve had to score. This could be because of a number of factors. One factor could be poor execution, meaning the team is getting a large amount of bad contested shots. Watching the team this season, I do not believe this is the cause of the Panthers’ poor finishing. They are not a team that is going to force shots. The Panthers push the ball and look for the best possible shot on each possession and most of the time, they find their shot. This leads me to the second factor: bad luck. Eastern has a talented offense that is capable of scoring at any time, but lately it seems like the momentum -shifting shots are stopped by an incredible save or just miss and hit the crossbar. In any sport, teams will have their bad luck streaks, and I have a good feeling this streak will end against Oral Roberts.

Rob Mortell The Golden Eagles are one of the worst defensive teams in the Summit League and I think the Panthers’ speed and athleticism will take advantage of that. The last time these teams met was in 1998. The teams are not too familiar with each other—all the more reason the Panthers should score multiple goals in this one. Eastern always plays well in front of its home fans, posting a 1-0-1 record this season, and Oral Roberts is not the best team on the road. I’m sure the team is hungry to bounce pack from an underwhelming performance against Western and deliver an offensive outburst against Oral Roberts. This game should be extremely entertaining for Eastern fans. Oral Roberts is not a bad team, but the Panthers should not have any trouble with them. Rob Mortell can be reached at 581-7944 or at

GOLF, from page 8 The OVC Female Golfer of the Week was freshman Ashton Stair of Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. Stair finished third out of a field of 74 at the Huskie Classic, hosted by Northern Illinois University. The Austin Peay men’s team finished third out of 14 teams at the Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational. They will compete next at the Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Austin Peay women’s team will compete in the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate next weekend.

The Eastern Kentucky men’s team is coming off of a 2nd place finish at Xavier University and will now head to the Bearcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. The women’s team will compete at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, hosted by OVC team Austin Peay. The Jacksonville State men’s golf team will also compete at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, along with their women’s team. Grant Truccano and Dominic Renzetti can be reached at 581-7942 or

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Reggie Box, freshman running back, jumps up in celebration during the game against Illinois State University on Sept. 1 at O’Brien Stadium. The Panthers went on to beat the Redhawks 33-26 in the game which marked the 100th year of the school’s rivalry.

Nowhere left to go but up By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor

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After five weeks of play, Jacksonville State still remains the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference while Eastern remains at the bottom with the conference’s worst record. With a conference record of 3-0, Jacksonville State is the No. 1 team in OVC standings. The Gamecocks have an overall record of 4-1, while notching a perfect 3-0 record at home. Jacksonville State has won three games in a row and will have an off-week this week. Along with being No. 1 in the OVC, the Gamecocks are also the No. 12 in the Football Conference Subdivision (FCS) national coaches’ poll. Tennessee Tech is No. 2 in the OVC standings with a record of 3-0. The Golden Eagles own the OVC’s best winning streak, having won

1. Jacksonville State 2. Tennessee Tech 3. Austin Peay 4. Southeast Missouri 5. Tennessee-Martin 6. Murray State 7. Eastern Kentucky 8. Tennessee State 9. Eastern

four straight. Like Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech is undefeated at home with a 2-0 record and ranked in the FCS, currently sitting at No. 21 in the FCS Coaches Poll after being unranked last week. Tennessee Tech will have a bye week this week before hosting Tennessee State

on Oct. 15. At No. 3 is Austin Peay, the third and final undefeated team in OVC play. Southeast Missouri is No. 4 in the OVC standings with an even 1-1 record in OVC play. The Redhawks rushed for 412 yards against Eastern last week to earn their first win of the season. They have an overall record of 1-3 so far this season. No. 5 in the OVC standings is TennesseeMartin with a record of 1-2. The Skyhawks have an overall even record of 2-2 on the year, and will look to take down Austin Peay at home for their homecoming game this weekend. After losing two games in a row, Murray State stands as the No. 6 team in the OVC. The Racers have a conference record of 1-2 and an overall record of 2-3.

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The Eastern men’s and women’s golf teams participated in the Butler Invitational at the Highland Country Club in Indianapolis. The men’s team took 5th place out of the seven men’s teams, while the women’s team took 8th place out of the nine teams. On the men’s side, senior David Lawrence finished runner up. He finished one shot from tying for first place. His round scores were 6872-69 to finish with a one-under-par 209 to take 2nd out of 44 golfers. For the women, junior Emily Calhoon scored 78-77 to end up at 155 strokes and tie for 20th place overall and lead all Panthers for the Invite. The men’s team finished with a score of 871 and the women had a score of 849. Senior Gino Parrodi took 10th place and freshman James Jansen took 30th. Finishing up for the men, junior Tommy Ponce and senior Corbin Sebens took 35th place. The women’s highest placement came sophomore Emily Fitzgerald where she tied for 42nd place, senior Kathryn Koester and sophomore Elyse Banovic tied for 44th, and junior Lauren Williams took 53rd. For the women’s golf team their fall schedule is complete for the season but the men still have two more invitational to partake in. Around the OVC The Ohio Valley Conference Male Golfer of the Week was split between two golfers this week. Senior Billy Peel of Eastern Kentucky was the lone medalist of the Cobra-PUMA Invitational hosted by Xavier University last week. Junior Patrick Newcomb of Murray State took first place out of a field of 75 other golfers at the Murray State Invitational. Five other OVC schools competed at the event. This is Newcomb’s second time earning the honor. Eastern’s David Lawrence was also nominated for the honor. The OVC Female Golfer of the Week was freshman Ashton Stair of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. GOLF, page 7


Eastern loses 4th-in-a-row during conference play By Lenny Arquilla Staff Reporter

Despite Eastern dropping its fourth straight loss to Southeast Missouri, junior Emily Franklin and sophomore Reynae Hutchinson put on impressive showings. Franklin led the Panthers with 15 kills and four digs, while Hutchinson backed her up with 13 kills and 12 digs. The Panthers will play TennesseeMartin and hope to have different results. “This is where we need to start winning in order for us to get into the conference tournament,” Franklin said. “It does not mean that UT-Martin is anything special, it just means that they should be really scared because we are not holding anything back.” Around the OVC Jacksonville State tops Tennessee Tech in a 3-2 victory thanks to an outstanding performance from freshman

Nicole Merget on Tuesday night. In five sets (20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 15-11), the Gamecocks took the first three sets before Tennessee Tech tried to make a comeback taking the fourth set. The Golden Eagles were led by Ellen Conti with 19 kills and Allison May’s 26 digs. The Gamecocks would then take the final set by a margin of four earning the season sweep of Tennessee Tech. Merget nailed 13 kills on just 22 attempts and while leading four Gamecocks with eight or more digs. Sophomore Abbey Heredia notched a double-double with 28 assists and 13 digs. The Murray State volleyball team broke a two-match losing streak, with a 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22) win over Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. Murray State sophomore Casey Bucher scored her first career doubledouble, with a career-best 11 kills and a season-best 10 digs while Sophomore

Wendi Zickfield paced the team with a career-best 21 kills. Junior Lia Havili recorded her seventh double-double of the year, with 57 assists and 14 digs. Sophomore Katlyn Hudson led the defense, with a career-best 31 digs. After losing the first set, Murray State adjusted and went on a 3-0 run taking the game in four sets. In was not easy, however, as both teams went back and forth the final two sets. The final set was much like the third as Murray State was leading and then Southern Illinois-Edwardsville took a strong run before giving in to Murray State. The Racers took an 11-5 lead and despite trading blows with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, the Cougars cut the lead to just two (22-20), with a 5-0 run.  Murray State buckled up and went on a 3-2 run to end the set with a 25-22 win.

KIMBERLY FOSTER | THE DAILY EASTERN NE WS Lenny Arquilla can be reached at 581-7944 Sophomore outside hitter Reynae Hutchinson hustles to bump the ball or over the net Oct. 1 during Eastern’s 0-3 loss to Morehead State.

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