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Society presents guest speaker By Kathryn Richter City Editor

T h e So c i e t y f o r Fre e Thought presented a movie, speaker and a discussion that addressed the topic of religion, or lack thereof. Sarah Bigler, the president for the Society for Free Thought, said during the presentation that 32 percent of all Americans identify themselves as atheists, but are among the most distrusted and hated groups. The movie, “The Root of all Evil,” was presented, as well as guest speaker Aron Ra, an atheist activist. Aron Ra said as a child, faith did not make sense to him. “Throughout my youth, I was taught faith was a virtue,” Aron Ra said. Atheists today are judged as evil, Aron Ra said. “Most of us tend to do good and when we do, it is for goodness sake,” AronRa said. Aron Ra said the majority of child molesters and abusers PHOTO BY SETH SCHROEDER | THE DAILY EASTERN NE WS identify themselves as ChrisAtheist activist Aron Ra speaks during “A Night of Reason” event tians and Christians are also hosted by the Society for Free Thought on Thursday night in more likely to condone torCharleston-Mattoon Room of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University ture. Union. Christians have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy and Aron Ra also discussed his belief in a lack of an abortions, as well as a higher rate of violence in na- afterlife versus the Christian belief in an afterlife. tions that are religious, Aron Ra said. Aron Ra said the unimaginable rewards menAron Ra said nations that have a less religious tioned in the bible are an empty promise because if population tend to be more peaceful. they exist, they will not be seen during this lifetime. “If you love sin, claim Jesus as your savior,” Aron He also said the threat of eternal damnation is Ra said. “Gullibility is the only criteria for redemp- an empty one. tion.” REASON, page 5

Coalition to inform about consuming with conscience Consuming cheap foods only has short term impact By Kathryn Richter City Editor

The Fair Trade Coalition will be hosting a presentation on Friday as a part of Fair Trade Week, based off the idea of consuming with a conscience. Roy Lanham, an adviser for the Fair Trade Coalition, said the event is to make students and residents aware of the effects a consumer has on fair trade issues worldwide. “The first step is always compassion and awareness,” Lanham said. Lanham said by consuming with a conscience, it is a greater step to solving these issues on a global scale. By making conscience choices, it begins to transform the individual, Lanham said. Jonathan Jones, a junior physics major, said he became involved with the event when it was a part of Haiti connection. “I was exposed to these ideas of economic justice around the world and I thought they were really important,” Jones said. Jones said the event will include a free dinner of soup and bread and a laid back discussion of recent events. A presentation about consuming with a conscience and a discussion will follow the dinner, Jones said. “What we are trying to do is to sum up what we have learned

through the different speakers we have had on campus this week,” Jones said. Jones said it is important for people to understand the impact consumption has on the world. What people consume can make the world a better place or a worse place, Jones said. It is often easiest to consume the cheapest foods, however it only has a positive impact on society in the short term, Jones said. Jones said by consuming items that are socially conscience, it effects society positively in the long term. Eastern students can benefit from the presentation, Jones said, because he said he thinks college students are at a time in their lives when they are more open to new ideas. Jones said he also thinks the idea of consuming with a conscience does not apply just to college students. Jones said he believes this idea is applicable to any person who is a part of the human race. Since joining the coalition, Jones said he has become aware of the impact that the American consumer has on the international market. “I do not think I really realized before the impact our decisions can make on people worldwide,” Jones said. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Hedwig House of Hospitality at 227 Jackson Avenue. Kathryn Richter can be reached at 581-2812 or


Judge speaks about public trust in Land of Lincoln By Nike Ogunbodede Associate News Editor

An untrusting public cannot be governed, said U.S. District Judge James Zagel, during an open forum on Thursday. Zagel started his discussion on the history of American and Illinois corruption, by stipulating that he did not like using the terminology “public corruption” because of its broadness. Instead, he prefers the phrase a breach of public trust, also the title of his presentation. History impacts the present a lot more than people would like to think, Zagel said. The judge went further and said he thinks corruption has been a part of Illinois since it became a state in

1818. When Illinois became a state it was fearful of the economic threat of the more powerful cities of St. Louis, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. “Throughout the 1800s, states were always in competition with each other, and often it was what the states needed that were in short supply,” he said. “The history of the 19th century teaches that large scale breaches of trust occur on some regularity if and only if government controls and distributes goods in short supply.” Zagel also said the time period played a role in the level and type of corruption that took place. Criminal breach of trust occurs when a holder of public office requires or accepts something of personal bene-

fit in exchange for using their political clout, Zagel said. “It’s usually something you can put in your pocket as opposed to getting widespread popular approval of your work an enhancing your chances for reelection,” Zagel said. A moral breach of public trust is when a public official knowingly acts against the best interest of public and goes with the popular vote knowing it will have negative repercussions. “It’s a very hazy line between selfish and self-serving conduct,” he said. Stupidity or ignorance cannot be considered a breach of trust because it is not done with intentional disregard for the public and the rules by which they are governed. JUDGE, page 5


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Lee Patterson, an assistant history professor, and Patricia Poulter, the associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, attend the Council on Academic Affairs meeting Thursday to propose two new history courses. Patterson explained that the proposed course titled "The Trojan War: History and Archaeology" would be interdisciplinary by analyzing literary, historical and archaeological evidence. The council members unanimously approved the course along with the proposal for the "Alexander the Great" class. The last CAA meeting of the semester will be Thursday at 2 p.m.


Jazz combos pack Black Box 4 groups play to standing room only crowd By Andrew Crivilare Staff Reporter

The bleachers in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater pulsed with smooth riffs and bounced with quick rhythms throughout the performance of the EIU Jazz Combos on Thursday. The collective performance was made up of four groups, each playing selections ranging from Philonious Monk to Horace Silver. Eric Fitts, a senior music major of the Birdland Quartet, said that each group drew its name from a popular New York jazz clubs. “There is the Apollo Theater, the Village Vanguard, Birdland and the Blue Note,” Fitts said. “And they’re all still around to-

day.” The only jazz combo that was an exception to Fitts’ statement is the Blue Note Quartet, who initially drew their name from the Blue Note Club before guitarist Steve Kaiser, a graduate student, declared the combo was now called “Dan Hoffmann and the Jazz Warriors” following the first song in their set. Jake Schlich, a junior music major of the Birdland Quartet, brought a personal touch to the evening’s performance with a song he wrote for the quartet to perform. “It was written for a friend of mine whose uncle just passed away,” Schlich said. “I’ve been playing the melody over and over in my head, so that was kind of the inspiration to finish the tune.” Chad Mathis, a graduate student, said the crowd played a role in bringing together a strong performance for all the combos. “Playing to a full house is al-

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ways really nice because there is a lot of energy that we all share,” Mathis said. Keiser took a moment before the Dan Hoffmann and the Jazz Warrior’s final song to thank Mathis for his role in two of the evening’s combos and to wish him luck following his final year of graduate school. Mathis, a bass player, said there is a certain satisfaction that comes from providing a backbone to a music piece. “One thing about it is more t h a n o t h e r i n s t r u m e n t s yo u play most of the time in tunes,” Mathis said. “There is something about providing this level of

rhythmic and harmonic support that is very unique in a group. It’s been a very satisfying role to fill, especially as I get better at it.” Mathis said he was glad to get to participate so much in the evening’s performances, the last for the Jazz Combos this year, and was grateful for his time at Eastern. “I got to play with two groups, which means I get to have twice as much fun as everybody else,” Mathis said. “It was a great way to round out the year.” Andrew Crivilare can be reached at 581-2812 or at

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Boyz starting down road of performances

By Samantha McDaniel Activities Editor

From underdogs to the victors, the men of Boyz of Poison took first place at the Eastern’s Best Dance Crew competition on Wednesday. The Boyz of Poison escaped the asylum to take over the Grand Ballroom stage during their insane asylum themed dance routine. Andre Simmons, the president of Boyz of Poison, said the group is excited about winning and making a name for themselves. “We really just wanted to make a name for ourselves on this campus, not just as a group of dancers, but as an entire organization,” Simmons said. “We do much more outside of dance.” David Groves, a member of Boyz of Poison, agreed. “We have four chapters and two are nationally known, so we want to make our name know as well,” Groves said. The group was founded in Florida in 1992 before it moved to Chicago, Washington D.C. and spread to Eastern in the fall of 2010.

Simmons said the Boyz just want the campus to see what they are really about. “We just want to show the campus that we are just as diverse individuals that you’ll meet,” Simmons said. While at Eastern, the group has performed in EBDC, the Julie Date Auction, the GLAM fashion show and the African Student Association. Groves said one of their motivations is showing people what they can do after a competition at Illinois State University. “Basically to me, I felt like we were the laughing stock,” Groves said. Another motivation came from friendly competition sparked by a shirt worn by another dance group, Rhythm and X-tacy, who placed third in the competition. Simmons said they attended a party held by Rhythm and X-tacy, a few weeks ago where they were supposed to represent their groups. Simmons said the members of Rhythm and X-tacy were wearing shirts that had Boyz of Posion listed under non-factors on the back of the shirts. “We didn’t think too much of it, we just said ‘Payback is a something,’” Sim-

mons said. Simmons said the members said they felt great after the performance. “It was an incredible experience,” Simmons said. “The crowds seem to get larger every year. Pretty soon they are going to have to find a bigger spot because this is going to turn into one of the biggest events Eastern has.” Jurane Culbreath said they tried their hardest and it paid off. “We gave it our all yesterday and once that bang came at the end, we all fell out and were gone,” Culbreath said. “Blood and sweat was left out on that stage.” Simmons said he thinks audience appreciated their performance. “(Wednesday), I think they were shocked by all the different elements, all the pictures we created, and especially all the high energy,” Simmons said. Groves said the theme of an insane asylum came from the personalities within the group. “If you meet us personally, you would say that we are a mad house in practice and we are a mad house outside of practice, and when we are together it is just a mad house period,” Groves said.


Human trafficking exposed By Kate Neeves Staff Reporter

An estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labor at any given time as a result of human trafficking, said a speaker on Thursday. Julia Frazen, coordinator of Back to Roots, spoke about human trafficking at a lecture titled “A Journey To Freedom.” “It’s really easy to get over whelmed when you hear the statistics,” Frazen said. Frazen traveled to India to work at the Asha House, which is a home that helps rescue and restore the lives of children who are victimized by trafficking. All of the children at the Asha House are under 18 and at high risk of being trafficked or have a parent that was trafficked. Each of the children has a story and Frazen shared one about a 3-year-old that loved dessert. The girl would steal seconds at the table, Frazen said. “She had a mischievous look on her face when she did it,” Frazen said. The little girl could write her name in English despite it being a foreign language to her.

When Frazen said goodbye to the little girl for the first time the child wrapped her in a hug and comforted her. The girl ended up at the Asha House after being found wandering the street at a year old. Her mother was a working prostitute forced into it by her father, Frazen said. After her father abandoned the family her mother continued to work. A client murdered the mother in front of the baby, Frazen said. The girl was told she would never be able to get in school because in India children have to pass an exam to be admitted into school. Her memory problems affect her ability to pass the test, Frazen said. “She doesn’t identify herself with where she’s been,” Frazen said. “The child I see is a little mother. She runs to help crying babies.” Slavery may be something that has been abolished but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, Frazen said. The average price for a slave now is $90. This means people are becoming more disposable to those involved in trafficking, Frazen said. Worldwide the estimated number of slaves is between 27-30 million, Frazen

said. That is more than the combined population of New Zealand and Australia. Approximately 14,000-17,000 humans are trafficked into the US and enslaved every year Frazen said. “Slavery is real,” Frazen said. After her first visit to India, Frazen found it hard to be home. For example, Frazen broke down in tears when she bought a mattress because she added up how the money could benefit the children suffering in India. Mallory Clark, a sophomore nursing major, said it was interesting and overwhelming to be faced with the facts and the information. “It was shocking,” said Megan Laffoon, a freshman chemistry major, Frazen then encouraged students to get involved. “You don’t know how much power you hold,” Frazen said. “India changed me. There was a lot of crying but that’s a good indicator or what gets the heart going. Listen to the things that get your heart.” Kate Neeves can be reached at 581-2812 or

Groves added that this idea is something that the group is comfortable with, because they each had an element that they could add to it. The Boyz agreed that the other groups all had good routines that worked for them as well. Member Kendall Jackson said each team brought different styles and came with their best. “Everyone left something on that stage,” Jackson said. “There were thoughts in all of the routines.” Groves said all the teams did well and put on great shows. He added that the competition gave the groups a chance to really show what they can do. “We were the underdogs coming into it,” Groves said. The Boyz won $300, which they plan to use to attend the 20th anniversary of the group in Florida. Simmons said they were happy to win and hopes it helps to get their name out and for people to learn everything they do. The Boyz of Poison is currently running a dance program with Teen Reach, an Eastern after school program.

During this program the Boyz teach kids some basic dance moves. The Boyz started teaching the students in February. The children will be performing the routine on Saturday during Celebration Weekend. Glenn Hampton, another Boyz member, said he thinks that children really enjoy the program because it is something to do and it gives them a chance to perform. Simmons agreed that the program gives the children something to be interested in and look forward too. “Charleston can be pretty boring at times, so we just wanted to give them something new to do,” Simmons said. The other performers in the competition included Julie Dance Group, which placed second, and Pure Intensity, who took fourth. Simmons said he thinks this win is just the starting point for the Boyz of Poison. “This is just the beginning, there is a lot more to come,” Simmons said. “Stay tuned.” Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Good coaches do not come at discount Last Friday, the Board of Trustees approved the contracts of men’s and women’s basketball coaches Jay Spoonhour and Brady Sallee. Spoonhour, newly hired, has a three-year, $160,000 deal, while Sallee got a raise, moving up from $86,107 to $130,000, while also getting a three-year extension. Neither of those numbers are exactly chump change, but is it worth it to pay this much? Though it might be hard to swallow, the answer is yes. The Eastern athletic department made a big statement when it decided to cut ties with assistant football coaches Roc Bellantoni and Roy Wittke (though Wittke was later brought back, but to a different position). Many thought after Bob Spoo’s retirement, Bellantoni would be the next guy to step in, but athletic director Barbara Burke and her staff had other plans. The athletic department had plans to change the culture of not only Eastern football, but Eastern athletics as a whole. It started with bringing in fresh faces who wanted to win, and believed that winning was something that could happen at Eastern. Football and men’s basketball are often the cornerstones of any university’s athletic department, and both got major makeovers this year at Eastern. With Dino Babers, and now Spoonhour, the two new coaches both have their work cut out for them, facing programs that have, without a doubt, struggled to find success in recent years. By bringing in these new coaches, Burke is trying to revamp the program, something that is going to take time, dedication, and also, like it or not, money. Coaching is something that doesn’t come cheap, especially not good coaching. If you want good coaching, you’re going to have to pay for it. This is Division-I athletics. It’s not grade school, where whomever’s dad can be coach and maybe chalk up a few wins (not to mention that we already tried that strategy with Miller, and it turned out to be a losing one). Coaches salaries are going up across the nation, and Eastern has to keep up with those averages or risk being left in the dust by the competition. Babers and Spoonhour have their work cut out for them and if they can find success, they will certainly have earned their salaries. Sallee has had success, certainly earned his salary and arguably more, which is why he’s getting the raise he rightfully deserves. It’s hard for some to digest just how much these coaches are making as compared to say, educators working at the same university, but that’s an editorial for another day. In terms of other coaches, Eastern is shelling out good money for what it believes are good coaches. Now we just need to see if it pays off.


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Polls give Romney equal odds at besting Obama

The 2012 presidential election has effectively begun. Although the season has been in full swing since last summer, the suspension of Rick Santorum’s campaign last week signaled the beginning of the next stage in the 2012 electoral process, given the now-clear frontrunner status of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For those who have been following the Republican primary, the matter of Romney eventually receiving the nomination has never really been uncertain. Each “anti-Romney” candidate has come and gone, never garnering enough support to really upend the perception that Romney is the best chance Republicans have this cycle to beat Barack Obama. The one nagging issue I have had with this election so far is that the conventional wisdom has long been in favor of Obama easily winning reelection. Obama appeared to believe it too for quite some time, given his recent attempts to make it appear that his health care reform attempts were popular with a majority of Americans, in spite of polls stating otherwise, and the results of the 2010 congressional elections. Whatever Obama believes about his chances now is practically unimportant, and the same goes for Romney. Now is when the “fun” begins, with tracking polls that will bombard our news screens at least every week, if not every day. While polls are hardly the final word on elections, they are a nice indicator of voters’ moods, not only about Mitt Romney’s attempts to create

Greg Sainer a connected image with voters, but also about the job our current president has done. According to the very first daily tracking poll from Gallup released on Monday, Romney leads Obama 47 percent to 45 percent among approximately 2,200 registered voters. A small lead for Romney to be sure, but according to Buzzfeed Politics, historically a near tie is more dangerous for the incumbent than even a moderate lead among modern presidents. This observation is drawn from the fact that Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush both led Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton by considerable margins when the Gallup daily tracking poll began in 1980 (42 percent to 34 percent) and 1992 (41 percent to 26 percent), respectively. Of course, looking at the full range of provided numbers from Gallup, George W. Bush began polling in 2004 with a 47 percent to 43 percent lead over John Kerry, so if there is to be a possible exception to the observed rule, that would be it.

However, the fact that President Obama is not blowing Gov. Romney out of the water is indicative of the public’s true perception of the president right now. Obama, who has been heralded at times as the best thing for America since John F. Kennedy (or was it Franklin D. Roosevelt?) to serve in the White House, may not be as popular as conventional wisdom would have liked us to believe. As of right now, the all-important independent vote is breaking for Romney, although for how long remains to be seen. On the flip side, all of the concerns over Republican voters being divided by the drawn-out, sometimes ugly primary may as well also be relegated to the trash bin. According to collected CNN and Public Policy Polling polls at Talking Points Memo, Romney’s favorability among Tea Party voters increased from approximately 40 percent in March to anywhere between 50-65 percent (and perhaps higher) by Monday. While polls, as USA Today has said, are simply a snapshot in time with less than seven months from Election Day, the inevitability of an Obama re-election is no longer an easy conclusion to draw. If the polls do end up panning out come November similar to how they’ve begun, Obama is in more trouble now than anyone could have possibly imagined. Greg Sainer is a senior communication studies major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or




Internet’s biggest bully has sudden change of heart One of the biggest warnings given to teens who take scandalous cell phone self-portraits is that the photos can always fall into the wrong hands. There may be no worse hands for those to fall into than those of Hunter Moore. Moore was the founder of revenge porn website “Is Anyone Up,” which specialized in posting submitted nude pics from anonymous sources, while plastering a screenshot of the victim’s Facebook or Twitter page to go along with it. According to an article in Forbes, Moore made close to $10,000 a month on advertising revenue. Ten grand along with having boobies sent to you on a daily basis sounds like a pretty sweet gig, but not one that would make you the most popular guy around, and it didn’t. Moore, arguably the most hated man on the internet, was the subject of countless legal threats, hate mail and was even stabbed on one occasion by a person featured on his website. Despite the hate, Moore kept his stance the same. “No one put a gun to your head and made you take these pictures. It’s 2011, everything’s on the Internet,” Moore said in a 2011 interview with Anderson Cooper. The man has a point, like it or not. The men and women posted on his site took their pictures voluntarily, and the fact that their pictures were

Dominic Renzetti ever submitted hints that they might not have been the most faithful lovers to their submitters. However, on Thursday, Moore, the biggest bully on the internet, shut down his own website. Why would the “heartless Hunter Moore” shut down his website, which, since its conception in 2011, garnered over 500 million page views? A change of heart. The URL for “Is Anyone Up” now redirects to, a website dedicated to stopping bullying, as well as providing resources for dealing with bullies. In an open letter posted on the site, Moore states he was tired of underage kids being submitted to the website, which is why he’s now partnered with BullyVille and other anti-bullying organization to use his social-networking and promotional skills to help promote good, rather than revenge.

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Moore’s shut down of “Is Anyone Up” was sudden, shocking the site’s most dedicated fans, especially those who thought the site would always be around. I’ll be honest, when I heard about “Is Anyone Up” being shut down, I never expected it to be because Moore suddenly decided to be a good guy. I always expected him to go down in flames, and I’d guess that’s what he thought too. Still, it’s a great thing Moore has had this change of heart. Bullying is becoming more and more of a problem, and Moore’s change of heart shows that even bullies can change. Moore’s site, in itself, hopefully made a few kids think twice about sending out those nude pics, and now, with Moore’s new agenda, hopefully he can make a few more kids think twice about bullying. Over the course of running the site, Moore posted thousands of people, changing their lives, ruining their reputations and making what was supposed to be private into public. Hopefully Moore can affect just as many people with his new goal, but now in a more positive way. Dominic Renzetti is a sophomore family consumer sciences major. He can be reached at 581-7942 or

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RHA members announce end of year events By Ashley Gocken Staff Reporter

The Residence Hall Association wrapped up the year by discussing the final events that will occur before the end of the semester at its meeting on Thursday at Stevenson Hall. Each representative from the different residence halls will have an end-of-year event. Alexandria Payne, a sophomore theater major, is a resident at Weller Hall and said she is excited for the end of the year cookout because it is her favorite event and she looks forward to it all year. Weller, Douglas and Carman Halls will have a cookout for the end for the year. While Andrews Hall will also host an end of the year tie-dye cookout, and Lincoln Hall will host a unique event call “Breakfast In Bed,” the Sunday morning before finals. Stevenson Hall will end the semester with a Casino Night and a Silent Auction. Mckinney Hall is having a softball cookout on Sunday while next

Saturday Greek Court will have an end of the year barbeque in the “egg” of Greek Court. Other end-of events include Taylor Hall’s “Minute to Win it” and “Stress Reliever,” which will challenge the residences. Lawson Hall will host a fashion show in the South Quad, in order to promote confidence. While Thomas Hall representative reported the hall has no upcoming events planned, but announced they have elected their first female board member. Roberto Luna, a senior finance major and student government member, also told the RHA members that student government voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would require there be a “vote no confidence” option on the ballot for elections. Also Stevenson Hall announced that they won the intramurals male and female points race. Ashley Gocken can be reached at 581-2812 or

“Do what’s best for America as a whole even if it will cause you lose your job,” Zagel said. With the American public currently being automatically suspicious during these times, Zagel said it will take time for public to trust Illinois public officials again. Zagel also said citizens should not make the mistake of giving up on the political system. “Democracy is constructed on the basis that people will vote, that people will have some interest in what they are doing,” he said. “That people will understand that somehow we are all in the same boat and we have to pull together.” An audience member asked Zagel how he thought Illinois could make sure it does not get any worse. “I feel like one of the problems is that (people) will say things like ‘we are going to make sure’ they are making a promise that except in the rarest of circumstances they can’t keep,” Zagel said.

“Democracy is constructed on the basis that people will vote, that people will have some interest in what they are doing.” Judge James Zagel

“You won’t know a disaster is coming until disaster strikes.” Nike Ogunbodede can be reached at 581-2812 or

REASON, from page 1 “ The Bible has been proven wrong on damn near everything,” Aron Ra said. “The Bible is full of horror and evil.” Aron Ra said the biggest factor in a former Christian reverting to Atheism is reading The Bible. He said he encourages his Atheists to also read The Bible so they will be informed. “Faith doesn’t make any sense,” Aron Ra said. “They want to believe in magic.” Max Van Byssum, a senior biology major, said he attended the Night of Reason because he is interested in evolution. “I thought it was really cool not to have another Ph.D professor,”

Van Byssum said. Van Byssum said he appreciated the fact that Aron Ra spoke his mind and was eccentric. Mike Berne, a graduate student studying political science and a member for the Society for Free Thought, said he felt the presentation was informative and interesting. “He has gotten a lot of great questions and good dialogue,” Berne said. “That is why this group is necessary. We are mainly here to bring out an air of tolerance.” Kathryn Richter can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Junior Dave O'Dowd and Lauren Brzezinski stand next to Sophomore Mike Bezruki as he sits in the pool during the ATO Jump-A-Thon Philanthropy on Thursday, April 19. ATO has raised over $750 for Camp New Hope during the 24 hour event that ends at noon on Friday.


Illinois bishop compares Obama actions to Hitler’s The Associated Press

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An Illinois Roman Catholic diocese whose bishop compared President Barack Obama's health care policies to actions taken by Adolf Hitler said Thursday that the comments, which prompted outside demands for an apology and investigation, were "historical context" in an ongoing debate over religious liberty. Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky said during a Sunday homily at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria that Obama is following previous governments that "tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches." "Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely toler-

ate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care," the (Peoria) Journal Star and Chicago Tribune quoted Jenky as saying during the homily. "In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda — now seems intent on following a similar path." Diocese Chancellor Patricia Gibson told local media that Jenky "offered historical context and comparisons as a means to prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions." "We have currently not reached the same level of persecution," Gib-

son said. "But Bishop Jenky would say that history teaches us to be cautious. ... (He) is concerned that our government is truly treading on one of our most dear freedoms, which is religious freedom." Calls to the diocese from The Associated Press rang unanswered Thursday afternoon, and Gibson did not immediately respond to an email request for further comment. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, meanwhile, filed a formal complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the diocese, suggesting Jenky may have crossed a line that put the church's tax-exempt status in jeopardy.

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SIU-C mercy rules Eastern By Erik Jensen Staff Reporter

The women’s softball team was defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale by a final score of 10–2 in five innings. Since SIU-C was up by eight after five innings, the game was called due to the mercy rule. Eastern was not as sharp as they had been in the past couple weeks, giving up six unearned runs in the game. The Panthers got things going offensively early on in the game when Kaylie Pruett scored on a fielder’s choice in the second inning to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. The lead was only temporary, though, as the Salukis responded with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Salukis were able to score their runs with three singles and a walk. Things would just get worse for Eastern from this point on, as the Salukis used a pair of Panther errors to tack on six unearned runs

GOLF, from page 8 The OVC Championship will be the last tournament of the season for the Panthers and the women look to end their season with a successful performance. Considering they haven’t notched a top three finish in the past

four years, they feel that it has been a long time coming. Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-7942 or

in the fourth inning, giving them a 9-1 lead. Both teams would go on to score another run in the fifth inning, ending the game with a 10-2 final score. Sophomore Hanna Mennenga picked up the loss for the Panthers and is now 10-6 for the season. She pitched 3.2 innings while giving up seven hits and three walks, resulting in eight Saluki runs (three earned). The Panther offense was outhit by the Salukis by a total of 11-6. Freshman shortstop Bailey O’Dell and sophomore second baseman Carly Willert were both one-forthree in the game. Willert also scored a run. Hailee Hanna had a team-high two hits in the contest, going two-for-two at the plate. Sophomore Ashleigh Westover and senior Maria Sorrentino were both one-for-two in the loss. Westover had the lone RBI for Eastern in the game. Eastern now has an overall record of 23-18. The Panthers next games will take place Saturday at Williams Field against conference rival Eastern Kentucky with the first pitch

taking place at 1 p.m. The conference foes will play a doubleheader on Saturday, and then play the final game of the three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Eastern will likely send Stephanie Maday and Hanna Mennenga to the mound for Saturday’s game. Maday will enter play with a record of 13-9 and an ERA sitting at 1.91. Maday has recorded a teambest 149 strikeouts in 157.2 innings pitched. Mennenga has also been very good for the Panthers. She has a record of 10-6 on the mound with a 2.77 ERA in 93.2 innings pitched. Eastern Kentucky, who will enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 20-24 and a conference record of 11-9, will likely send its freshman pitching rotation consisting of Leanna Pittsenbarger and Shaylon Robb to the mound. Pittsenbarger is the ace of the EKU staff. For the season, she has a record of 10-11 with an ERA of 3.01 in 160.2 innings. Robb is 8-10 with a 5.27 ERA in 86.1 innings. Erik Jensen can be reached at 581-7942 or

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Panthers look to rebound against Eagles Panthers set for season-defining series against Morehead By Jordan Pottorff Assistant Sports Editor

Eastern’s baseball team will hope to rebound from a loss to in-state rival Illinois when it hosts Ohio Valley Conference rival Morehead State this weekend. The Panthers are entering the stretch run of the season and are viewing this weekend as a seasondefining series. “I think you have to look at this as a season-defining series,” Eastern head coach Jim Schmitz said. We are at home. We are 5-6 and they are at 7-5. I guess you can call it a defining moment.” The Eagles are a much-improved team this season as they have posted an overall record of 22-15 after having won just 10 games in 2011. “I think the key with Morehead is they are a different team,” Schmitz said. “They have mad adjustments to the new bat. They are hitting, running and stealing bases.” The Panthers will turn to their trio of sub-three ERA starting pitchers to keep Morehead’s of-


Senior outfielder David Ciaglia dives back to first base. Ciaglia left the game at the end of the inning due to injury.

fense in check. Red-shirt senior Mike Hoekstra will get the start in the series opener. Hoekstra has been dominant on the mound this season, posting a 2.43 ERA in a team-leading 63 innings of work. He has also struck out 52 batters compared to just 13 walks. In game two, Eastern will turn to sophomore left-hander Christian Slazinik. Slazinik has been sol-

id this season, posting a 2.89 ERA in 53 innings of work. He has also recorded a team-leading four wins in nine starts. In the series finale, Eastern will turn to junior right-hander Troy Barton. Barton has been the ace of the Panther staff this season as he has posted a 2.59 ERA and recorded a team-best four wins on the season. Barton has also recorded 30 strikeouts in just over 40 in-

nings of work. Offensively, the Panthers will have to find consistency against the Eagles. The Panthers have improved at the plate of late, but have failed to score runs against quality teams on a consistent basis. “I like how aggressive we were against Illinois,” Schmitz said. “Morehead will be away-away and we know we will have to handle the


Women's tennis plays Austin Peay today Winner will go on to play No. 1 seed Eastern Kentucky on Saturday By Dominic Renzetti Sports Editor

The Eastern women's tennis team will enter the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 seed, taking on the No. 4 seed Austin Peay. The first round match will start at 2 p.m. Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Tournament play in the OVC is slightly changed from regular season play, with doubles competition, played as one decision, is first, but when either team records its fourth point the match is complete. In the Panthers' last meeting with Austin Peay, they feel by a score of 2-5 on the road to the Governors. In the March 27 match-up, sophomore Jennifer Kim was the only one to come away with a win, taking down Austin Peay's Vanessa Tavarez. The team faired slightly better in doubles play, with sophomore Janelle Prisner and junior Merritt Whitley earning a victory, as well as freshman Sephora Boulbahaiem and Kristen Laird also getting a win. Likely to square off again will be Prisner and Austin Peay's Vanja Tomic. Tomic and Prisner, who were each recently named to the All-OVC first team, competed in the two teams' previous match-up, with Tomic winning. Whitley, along with Prisner, was also named to the All-OVC first

ball away. We just have to understand the game. Its not about this pitcher has a slider, it’s about we need to score and have a good approach.” The series opener will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday at Coaches Stadium. Jordan Pottorff can be reached at 581-7942 or at


Women gear up for OVC tourney By Anthony Catezone Staff Reporter


Junior Merritt Whitley extends for a return March 24 during her singles tennis match against Jacksonville State University's Rafaela Wenzel on the Rex Darling courts.

team. Austin Peay head coach Malik Tabet said his team's previous win against Eastern will help it this time around. “We had a good result against Eastern Illinois in the season,” Tabet said, in a press release. “The players are ready for the challenge again and looking forward to the match. We have to prepare to face a talented team. As young as we are, we have to be ready to play tough tennis. We've

got a message to send to the conference and it starts Friday.” The Governors finished regular season play with a record of 8-14, while the Panthers finished at 9-10. The Governors are led by Tomic and freshman Alison Carre, also a first team All-OVC selection. Tomic holds a record of 7-1 against conference opponents, while Carre is 8-1. The winner of the match between Eastern and Austin Peay will take on No. 1 seed Eastern Kentucky at

2 p.m. On Saturday. In other opening round action, No. 3 seed Murray State will take on No. 6 seed Morehead State, with the winner going on to play No. 2 seed Tennessee-Martin. The championship match will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday. Dominic Renzetti can be reached at 581-7942 or

The Eastern women’s golf team will compete in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship April 21-24, in Nashville, Tenn. The tournament will be held at the same golf course as last year, the Greystone Golf Course just inside Nashville. After two weeks away from competition this season, the women have put the effort in and look for better results than last year’s sixth place finish out of eight squads. Head coach Mike Moncel said they used the two weeks off to improve on short game in order to see better results this year. He said that the focus on short game has remained their game plan thing all season and it is just a matter of practice. “It’s like always, just a matter of working on the short game. We just need to get it in the hole, plain and simple. It’s a matter of practicing and doing what we need to do to get better on the short game.” Last season, Morehead State took home the team championship, as well as the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards. Murray State and Jacksonville State rounded out the top three. GOLF, page 7

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The Daily Eastern News' weekly arts and entertainment section


Dance program provides outlet for those dealing with autism during Celebration Festival

By Jaime Lopez Verge Reporter

Dance Life’s Dragonflies plans to demonstrate the impact its dance exercises has on some of its students who are dealing with autism during Eastern’s Celebration Festival. Dance Life is a dance company stationed in Mattoon. Dragonflies is a program designed for individuals dealing with autism, both people who have been diagnosed with the disease and individuals dealing with it. Dragonflies promises to show-

case a “moving” demonstration, showing the strength of individuals dealing with autism and the strength of supporters, said Julia Boyd, the dance instructor who will be leading the demonstration. Members of Dragonflies accompanied by Eastern students, who volunteered to participate in the demonstration, will showcase several of their exercises. Boyd said it is a chance to expose the Eastern community to Dragonflies. “It’s not a performance, it’s a way to guide the public through the various exercises our students

do,” she said. The program is a way of opening up to the public, Boyd said, because it is a common misconception that people with autism are very introverted. Welcoming people into its world is the organization’s mission, Boyd said. The demonstration will also be used as an opportunity to celebrate the members of Dragonflies. Boyd said the demonstration will happen if her students feel comfortable enough to dance in front of a crowd. Dragonflies will still celebrate even if they

choose not to dance. “We’ll still throw a party on stage to celebrate them,” Boyd said. Boyd said the demonstration is pretty powerful, considering the struggles her students have been through. “It’s amazing to see how they move in unison when they struggle with many activities on a daily basis,” Boyd said. Dragonflies won a Pepsi grant and used part of it to help fund this presentation, Boyd said. Boyd said her students, like many others with autism, are looking to find their own place.

“They try to find a place to belong, and we attempt to provide them with that,” Boyd said. Boyd’s son also has autism and she said she has seen what the power of music can do to a person through him. “My son is mute, but if you put on music, he will dance,” Boyd said. Dragonflies’ demonstration will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Doudna Fine Art Center Recital Hall. Jaime Lopez can be reached at 581-2812 or


Julia Boyd, right, director and founder of the Dragonflies dance and drama group, leads her students Addison Orris, left in a dance exercise Wednesday during their class at the DanceWorks studio on the Charleston Square. Dragonflies is a group for children and adults with special needs, specializing in Autism Movement Therapy.


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Bear in Heaven releases new addition Listening to this album reminds me of a laid back Duran Duran of the ‘80s. Most of the songs on “I Love You, It’s Cool” lay down a beat and continue it throughout the song, which I believe is why I find it a bit monotonous. The vocals and lyrics are solid, but lack something unique to make me want to listen to them. Even after three tracks, it’s apparent that this band is about layers. Bear in Heaven wants to drown you in seductive an electro-pop-indie-rock layer that overloads the senses, and if that’s your goal, then the tracks on this album are perfect. The track “Sinful Nature” starts off strong, with an electro-pop rhythm at the beginning, but then it fades away once the drums and vocals come in. The one track that has that really has pops the first listen through is “Space Remains.” The track starts out an electric buzz that turns into a solid, catchy, moving bass line that drives the song until the end. Unlike the other tracks, this is one that I remembered at the end. If you

By Geoffery ZuHone Verge Reporter

Hot off the vinyl press, Bear in Heaven releases their third proper album titled “I Love You, It’s Cool.” This installment is a good addition to their work, and it’s an album that only gets better the more you listen to it. This is a good album, but it is just that: good. I think part of this is I don’t listen to this kind of music often; I prefer songs with a little more “catch” and less free-flow. I s t i l l e n j oye d t h i s a l b u m , though. “I Love You, It’s Cool” is a great album to listen to while doing something; it’s never abrasive, confusing or distracting. Bear in Heaven produces consistently good music, but the popmusic-lover in me wants a bit more pizzazz on this album.

want to know what Bear in Heaven is like at their best, listen to this. The electric energy will amaze you. “Idle Heart” is sure to at least grab your attention at the beginning; its riveting pitch and synths will keep your attention. It’s a song that at first sounds like any other, but develops into something very unique as it progresses. The track does not resolve at the end either, making you want to at least check the next song out before scrapping the album all together. Overall, this album has the same problem as Mumford and Sons last album has, the songs meld and run into each other where you forget which track is which or if you’ve even moved onto the next song. “I Love You, It’s Cool” is a more abstract album that the average listener shouldn’t take on casually. But if you really want to get out of your musical comfort zone, you should give this album a listen. Geoffery ZuHone can be reached at 581-2812 or

EVENTSWhat’s going on around town Saturday

Friday Night Dash -2.5K Walk/Run 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Blair Hall underneath the Panther Service Day tent


Admissions Open House Prospective students and their families are invited to the campus of EIU for our Open House Visit Day 7:30 a.m - 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Food booths open | South side of Doudna Fine Arts Center on Hayes Street 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EIU Jazz Lab Band | Outdoor Stage 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate Herpetology: Studying Amphibians & Reptiles in Central Illinois | East side of the Life Science Building 12 – 5 p.m. Nathan Basset: Spray Paint Artist | South 7th Street 12 – 5 p.m. Pantherstock Activities 12:45 – 1:30 pm Brent Byrd, "The Peaceful Rebel Man" 2 – 3 p.m. The DubClub | Mainstage Outdoor Stage 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Hearsay | Mainstage Outdoor Stage 5 – 6:30 p.m. Adora | Mainstage Outdoor Stage 7 p.m. Theatre: Wiley and the Hairy Man Tickets: $5/general admission | Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre 7:30 p.m. A Celebration Concert Tickets: $5 | Dvorak Concert Hall A full schedule of events can be found at




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'Godspell' marks 1st musical for CCT in 5 years By Sara Hall Verge Editor

Even though the Charleston Community Theatre hasn’t put on a musical production since 2005, it's ready to wow the crowd with it's song and dance numbers. Out of the three productions the CCT puts on per year, Cathy Sheagren, director of “Godspell,” said it typically does “straight plays,” ones without the addition of music and choreography. This year, Sheagren said the timing was right to try something different. “I had thought about doing it for years, and for some reason the timing seemed right,” she said. “People came out of the woodwork and wanted to get involved. I kept getting these affirming messages that it would be a great time do it.” Sheagren said the challenges of performing a musical also happen to be the most enjoyable aspects of preparing. “It stretches them to learn it, but the music rehearsals are a lot of fun,” she said. "The people who came out for the show really like the music every time we sing, that’s a high point of the night.” Sheagren said she chose this particular musical because she had long been familiar with it and she loved the music. Because musicals aren’t the norm for the CCT, Sheagren said auditions for “Godspell” brought in a new crowd of actors. The audition process for “Godspell” created a cast of a total of 29 people, with 15 core actors, Sheagren said. Sheagren said the play revolves


Elizabeth Halbe, a Charleston resident, sings during a dress rehearsal of "Godspell" Monday in the Sanctuary of the Wesley United Methodist Church. Halbe said she and her husband recently moved to Charleston and she was excited to be involved in the production.

around the Gospel of Matthew from the Bible, focusing on a group of people that do not know each other. “They’re not connected at all,” she said. “Then Jesus comes into their midst and starts teaching them the parables about working together.” The first act of the play is Jesus teaching the parables, and the sec-

ond revolves around the group using his lessons to form a community and carry out his work, Sheagren said. Even though the play revolves around some Biblical events, Sheagren said the musical is not just for those who are strongly religious people.

“The play is for the common man,” she said. “I think we’re going to have a pretty good mix of people. I’m hoping it will appeal to all walks of life.” Because the play is a change of pace for the group of actors, many of them have a flurry of emotions regarding the first performance,

Sheagren said. “I think they’re very excited, and there are some definite nervous feelings,” she said. “I would say overriding that, we’ve got a lot of excited performers ready to open the show.” Sara Hall can be reached at 581-2812 or

'Merchant of Venice' to bring laughs to Charleston Alley Theater Kate Neeves Staff Reporter

Duke Bagger said he cannot wait to play Shylock in William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” today at the Charleston Alley Theater. “He’s an old curmudgeon, and I’m an old curmudgeon,” Bagger said with a laugh. Bagger is not only an actor in the play, but the director as well. The plot centers around a young merchant, Bassanio, and his desire to wed the woman he loves, Portia. Unfortunately, the merchant is short on funds. He needs money to woo the girl, and he decides to

get it by barrowing from a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. The play is infamous for the character Shylock demanding a pound of flesh as payment for the defaulted loan from the young merchant and the speeches “Hath not a Jew eyes” and “The quality of mercy is not strained.” The play is usually seen as a tragedy, Bagger said, but it is really a love story with a happy ending. “It’s an upper,” he said. This isn’t the first Shakespeare play the CAT has put on and it likely will not be the last, Bagger said. “We love to do Shakespeare,” he said. “Talk about drama. It’s the

whole package. And it also brings out the best in our actors.” All the performers are volunteers, Bagger said. They are in the play because they want to be, and they bring an infectious enthusiasm and dedication. “I am very lucky to have a whole lot of talent on that stage,” Bagger said. One aspect that sets Shakespeare plays apart is the absence of the fourth wall. “We can involve the audience,” Bagger said. Actors will be able to sit down and talk directly to the audience the way they did in Shakespeare’s time, he said.

Actors would move around the standing room, having conversations with people when they performed Shakespeare’s plays, and that is the intended plan for this production. Bagger said he is looking forward to being able to perform the trial scene, as well as give the “Hath not a Jew eyes” speech, but his real excitement comes from seeing everything come together. “People are all pulling their oars in the same direction and really supportive of one another,” Bagger said. Bagger wants the audience to have an enjoyable night at the theater. Shakespeare can have a lot of

messages that are hard to pick up on, he said. As long as the people in attendance leave feeling entertained, it’s a good night. The play will be put on at 7 p.m. on April 20 to 23 and April 27, 28 and 30 with additional matinee shows at 2 p.m. on April 22 and 29. Tickets can be reserved by calling 217-345-2287 or stopping by the CAT. “Shakespeare should be performed and not read,” Bagger said with a smile. “Come see it.” Kate Neeves can be reached at 581-2812 or


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Die-hard motorcyclists not deterred by downpour PHOTOGRAPHY & STORY BY SARA HALL | VERGE EDITOR ABOVE | Motorcycles line the streets outside of Moonshine Store on April 12 for the eighth annual Moonshine Lunch Run. Cyclists from all over the country and also Canada drove out for this year's event.

By Sara Hall Verge Editor

They didn’t ride more than 2,000 miles for nothing. Despite a constant downpour of rain, which at many points caused attendees to huddle under tents or head indoors to the tiny Moonshine Store, Carole Helstrom, of San Diego, Calif., was ready to stay for the duration of the eighth annual Moonshine Lunch Run -- with a big grin on her face the entire time. Dressed in a rain jacket and her signature tan hat, seasoned longdistance motorcyclist Helstrom said she was prepared for a day of burgers and friends, rain or shine. “I wouldn’t miss this one for anything,” she said.

TOP | A man displays his bacon cheese Moonburger. In 2010, Helen Tuttle, co-owner of Moonshine Store, said they sold 1,912 burgers; in 2011, they sold 2,068. A total of 1,336 burgers were sold at this year's Lunch Run. MIDDLE | Gerard Niedbalski, of Du Bois, Ill., enjoys a Moonburger. This was Neidbalski's second time attending the event. BOTTOM | Phillip Stietz, of Albany, Wis., displays his antler helmet at the Lunch Run. Stietz said this was his second year attending the event.

How it all began The Moonshine Lunch Run takes place in Moonshine, Ill., a town with a population of a mere two people. Here, burgers are served up Monday through Saturday, but only until 12:30 p.m., when coowner Helen Tuttle promptly turns off the grills – no exceptions. While this tiny restaurant draws large crowds regularly, the Moonshine Lunch Run is by far its biggest day of the year, Tuttle said, and the downpour of rain at this year’s event wasn’t about to dampen the spirits of these bikers. “They rode miles and miles for this,” she said. Jackie Tuttle, an employee at Moonshine Store, agreed, saying a little – or a lot of – rain doesn’t keep die-hards away from the Lunch Run, “It’s the difference between a weekend biker and a true cyclist,” Tuttle said. Brought together by a website Helstrom and her fellow Lunch Runners, riding on bikes of all types from all parts of the coun-

try – and even out of the country, hailing all the way from Canada – ventured to the tiny town of Moonshine, but many of them knew each other already. Helstrom said all these people were brought together by a simple forum-based website, The website – and consequently the Moonshine Lunch Run itself – was started by Terry Hammond, a well-respected member in the biker community, Tuttle said. “It started with a handful of people that Terry said, ‘Hey, come have a burger with me’ to,” she said. Sense of community Helstrom said the ST-Owners website helps organize motorcycle gatherings like the Moonshine Lunch Run. By providing a common grounds area to communicate, she said the website helps the biker community branch out and meet new people. These people go from becoming acquaintances to fast friends. “We come here for the family and comradery,” she said. “Those kind of things are important to us.” Stephanie Pineda, also from California, came with Helstrom for her first stop in Moonshine, making it her first “saddle ride,” a trip that necessitates at least 1,000 miles. Pineda, whose previous longest journey was about 700 miles, said she heard about the event through the ST-Owners website. Through the website, she said she has talked with many fellow cyclists and formed friendships with them. For Pineda, the best part of the Lunch Run is getting to meet in person with people she had bonded with online. “It’s really nice to put a face to a name and meet the people in person,” she said. Helstrom said she had a similar experience her first time attend-

ing the event, and has since developed deep bonds with many of the people, considering at least 40 of the attendees, no matter what part of the country they’re from, to be family. “Long distance riding creates a special kind of community,” Helstrom said. “Any of these people would put you up, help you out, fix your bike if you needed them to.” ‘Ultimate ride to eat,’ but not just about burgers The Lunch Runners continue to share the same sentiment toward the event that continues to bring them back year after year. Bill Oueellette, of Chandler, Ariz., said he made the 14hour trip to this year’s Lunch Run, marking his second time in Moonshine. “It’s the ultimate ride to eat,” he said. Still, the food isn’t the main reason Oueellette made the journey back to this middle-of-nowhere restaurant. “You meet new people and see old friends,” he said. “It’s just a great time all around.” Mark Kunath, from Twin Cities, Minn., said this is his third year riding in the event. For Kunath, making the trip isn’t about the food, but the group that gathers. “Helen’s burgers are great, but that’s not why I come to Moonshine,” he said. Mike Brown, of Harrisburg, N.C., said almost every person at the Lunch Run could agree with Kunath, saying the atmosphere and the overall good spirits of the event is what keeps drawing people back, even from such far distances. “It’s not about the burgers; it’s about the people,” he said. Sara Hall can be reached at 581-2812 or

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