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Eastern students react to ‘Barn Party’ shooting Mayor After hearing about the gunshots fired during Saturday’s “Barn Party,” Shamika Austin said her first thoughts went to her friends at the party. “Honestly, I was upset,” she said. “My friends were at the party, and they were calling me, freaking out, panicking, talking about gunshots.” Austin, a freshman political science major, said her feelings of safety off campus had declined since the incident. Austin said if she had to rate her level of feeling safe, it would be a five out of 10. In light of the shooting at the “Barn Party” at 634 W. State St. Saturday, students have had mixed reactions to the level of safety they feel off campus. Hannah Lamzik, a freshman music major, agreed with Austin and said she is now reconsidering any weekend plans. “It makes weekends scarier to be off campus,” she said. Lamzik added because she lives in Pemberton Hall, her room faces Fourth Street and she can hear and see how people act during the weekend. Lori Knoechel, a junior elementary education major, said she was astonished when she found out about the shooting. “If it was such a large party, it should have been watched over,” she said. Carlos Giraldo, a sophomore biology major, said he feels both on-and-off-campus safety needs to be evaluated. “Any person could be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. “It could be a place everybody goes to hang out.” He said another concern he had was getting back home at night for both him and his friends.

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“I wouldn’t want my friend to be walking home at night,” he said. “It’s a safety hazard now.” Knoechel said she is also taking precautions after the shooting. “I won’t put myself in that situation,” she said. “I wouldn’t go to a huge party where it might not be safe.”


Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels gave a written statement at the city council meeting Tuesday at City Hall addressing Sunday’s “Barn Party” incident, saying the city is dedicated to the safety of its residents. “I want to make it clear that the city of Charleston will not tolerate that kind of behavior,” Rennels said in his statement. “We will prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We will continue, as K atie Smith | The Daily Eastern Ne ws we have in the past, to make every effort to proABOVE: A trash can tect your property, to keep you safe and to preoverflows with convent events that have the potential of becoming tainers of alcohol at violent from being held in the city of Charlesa strip mall parking ton.” lot off West Lincoln He also said in his statement that CharlesAvenue Sunday. ton would need help from its residents in orLEFT: The parking der to stay safe. lot was covered with “The most important thing that you can do shards of glass from to keep Charleston a safe place in which to live smashed bottles and and raise your family is to report everything littered with emptied that looks or sound suspicious,” he said. “I can cans and tickets to assure you that your personal information will a party, which took be kept private.” place at a warehouse Rennels said anyone who owns or manages on West State Street a building large enough for events with several Saturday, according hundred people to be aware of the possibility of to a press release violence, property damage and liability. sent by Charleston Building owners or managers should be wary Police Department of anyone looking to rent the property for a Sunday. one-day event and offers to pay more money Blevins said she was supposed then expected, he said. Hannah Blevins, an undecided freshman, said she still feels as to go to the “Barn Party” but said “Make sure that you know what organization safe going off campus as before the ticket price was too high. you are renting to and exactly what their event She said the price was $25. the shooting. will involve,” Rennels said. “If you have any Danisha Campbell, a junior concerns, please contact the Charleston Police “It’s the first time I’ve really heard of something like that sociology major, agreed with Department or City Hall and provide whatever happening here,” she said. “I Blevins, and said her thoughts information you have about the event.” also heard it was from people not about safety off campus have not He also said city officials would help buildchanged. from here.” ing owners determine if their property has the SHOOTING, page 5 proper facilities, features and equipment required for a safe public event. Other city council members Jeff Lahr, Tim Newell, Matt Hutti and Brandon Combs said they agreed with the mayor’s statement concerning the shooting. Rennels said he emailed the statement to motion a call for referendums on the 1 percent of earners in Illinois—those Illinois constitution that would en- making more than 2 million dollars each council member before the meeting so act a progressive tax on individual in- a year—would see their tax rates in- they were able to read it and give him feedback ahead of time. comes, and thus, has quickly become crease by 3.5 percent. He also said members of the council met Though Jakobsson said those numa point of contention in Springfield. The proposed bill—House Joint bers are not necessarily concrete, as with Eastern officials earlier that day to discuss Resolution Constitutional Amend- the bill must first pass in the General how to prevent future violence. Rennels said Dan Nadler, the vice president ment 33— would be the first step in Assembly before even reaching ballots implementing what Jakobsson refers for the 2014 general election, she also for student affairs, sent out an email earlier that to as a “fair tax” that would effective- acknowledged the rates reflected what day to several RSOs saying late-night parties on ly raise tax rates for Illinoisans making she called an ideal and fair tax system. campus would be canceled while the “Barn Par“Because of all the cuts we’ve seen ty” incident is under investigation. over $196,000 annually. During their meeting, the council also apAccording to Jakobsson, those in education and other services, this making more than $196,000 would bill needs to pass,” Jakobsson said. proved the mayor’s appointment of Ken Baksee a .9 percent increase in their “Higher education can’t do its job er, former director of campus recreation, to the tax rate. Those making more than without people being prepared. This Charleston Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. $500,000 would see a 2.2 percent needs to pass as soon as possible.” MAYOR, page 5 TAX, page 5 raise in income taxes, whereas the top

Fight over Illinois tax system continues Progressive tax on incomes may pass By Robert Downen Administration Editor @DEN_News The fight over reforms to the Illinois tax code will likely be a divisive issue in the state’s next gubernatorial election, according to two state representatives hailing from separate sides of the political aisle. Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, a Democrat, and Rep. Ron Sandack, Repub-

lican, both agreed pending legislation that would introduce a progressive tax system into the Illinois tax code will be a focal point in upcoming elections, with the latter going as far as calling it a fight for “the soul of our state’s future.” The significance of the legislation, however, appears to be one of only a few things the two representatives have found common ground on outside of an acknowledgement of the state’s ongoing financial woes. Currently, the Illinois constitution requires a flat tax among all corporate and individual income taxes. New legislation introduced by Rep. Jakobsson, however, has put in



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Brenda Major, who has served as the director of admissions for nine years, will no longer hold the position after the end of this year. Her departure was mutually agreed upon between her and Eastern provost and vice president for academic affairs Blair Lord. Lord said the position needs to be filled by the end of the academic year in May.

Director of admissions leaving Eastern begins nationwide search for replacement By Derrick Johnson Staff Reporter @DEN_News Brenda Major wakes up and goes for a morning run around campus. She stops in the secret garden behind the biological sciences building to say a prayer and continues on her way. She stops on the way to pick up trash and throw it away. There are people on campus for the Mid-America Classic football game against Illinois State, and she wants Eastern to look the best it can. After her run, she heads to her office to review financial aid appeals, trying to finish as many as she can before the big game. This is a typical Saturday for Major.

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Major insists the decline in numbers was not because of a lack of hard work. “My staff has never worked harder,” she said. “I really don’t want people to think that this staff is not working their tails off.” As for Major’s future, she does not know where she is going next year, but said she will miss Eastern. “I often find myself to be the last one to leave the building at night, and I get a little sad because I keep thinking what it’ll be like the last time I turn out these lights,” she said. “I don’t even want to think about it.” Major said Eastern was more than just a place of work. “It’s a little bittersweet when you really love what you do and you love the place that you’re doing it,” she said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve gotten.” Derrick Johnson can be reached at 581-2812 or


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

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

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dents are going to community colleges before transferring to a fouryear university. In an attempt to attract those transfers to Eastern, the admissions department has set up an office at Lakeland Community College that will be opening soon, in addition to its existing office at Parkland Community College. Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Major has done a good job, and both he and Major mutually agreed on her leaving. “She’s done wonderful service for the university for a long time,” Lord said. “But we came to the decision that our numbers had gone in a direction where we needed to think about a new director.” Lord said he is forming a search advisory committee to do a full national search to find the right fit for the director of admissions job. He said the university needs somebody for the position by the end of the academic year in May.


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It is a day she will cherish more and more as the year goes by because next year, she will no longer be the director of admissions at Eastern. Major has been the director of admissions for nine years and has seen the total enrollment steadily decline from 12,129 undergraduate and graduate students in 2005 to 10,417 in 2012, according to Eastern’s website. “I do understand when you’ve been serving in this capacity for nine years and you’re not able to serve the enrollment goals that the university has set, it makes people wonder, ‘What the heck are they doing?’” Major said. She said people sometimes do not understand everything enrollment entails. “We surpassed the application goal and admit goal, but there’s more to enrollment than that,” she said. Major said freshmen enrollment has taken a hit because more stu-

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enue lead singer, said. “We really do care about the issue of breast cancer and cancer in general,” Richardson continued. “Because some people


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

close to us have had it and, luckily, they Madison’s Avenue is another young alhave recovered from it.” ternative rock band from Charleston that ‘Hey there are all these other great bars in By Brad york Many of the bands Verge playing are new to has been putting outand their music Editor town, not own just the ones for near Lincoln Eastern’s campus. Richardson said performeight months. The group has played all over (Avenue.).” ing at the concert would be an opportunity andtheinfeatured Centralia, Spring is a season that Charleston, brings a re- in Havana Many of acts will be the tonight trees be- willCharleston such as Mugto expose students to a freshing differentsmell kindinto of the lo- air asbut be one ofbased theirgroups first times gin to bud and the winter playing chills become wump Specific, Andy Van Slyke and Staff cal music. on campus. dormant. It is a time for new life to see Blues Band while others such as DJ Illith, Good Morning Midnight is an indie Givens, a junior elementary education the wonders of Charleston. With new life Poundcake and Ryan Arnold stem from and alternative rock band. Beginning near- New major, said all the bandsthroughout are hardthe working comes new ambitions. ambitions locations state. ly a year ago and stationed in music, Marshall, and werethat booked because mean new and for Charleston “I figurethey this came was a recomgreat networking means new events. the group is fresh to the Charleston music mended by otheropportunity artists. for a lot of bands,” ChaplinsA fresh take onUnthe Charleston said. “WeCancer are pulling bands from the scene, but has played in the 7th Street Thefestival CollegeskiAgainst hasinraised scene is exactly what Scott Chaplinski has Kankakee area, and some musicians from derground before for a canned food drive. more than $5,000 through their fall breast been planning for nearly a year with the Champaign area. It’s bands that I like, Cured by Fire is aevent Charleston metal cancer T-shirt and salesI know and that other Square Fest. otherfundraispeople (like).” band. Megan Givens, the“I concert coordi-in February ers. They to said raisemost $8,000, started thinking that ithave pledged Chaplinski of them are was about timeto to Meget it going withacross every- campus younger bands that have only nator said the group sounds similar and different groups havebeen plaything going on with Celebration, Wooding for a year or two and that many times tallica or Godsmack and does a good job pledged to raise $70,000 for the American chuck Music Festival, there’s finals, there’s a band that has been playing for four to of getting a crowd going. Their influencCancer Society. five years need a guarantee that they are Easter. I realized it was crunch time to get es come from those bands and Chaplinski others like Last year, the concert it going,” said. getting paid. drew a small Guns N’ Roses, Motley Square Crue Fest and will Black is hoping fordone more pub- like this begin atcrowd, 2 p.m.but Sat-Givens“Having never anything urday through 1 a.m. Sunday. The event before I didn’t want to make promises to a Sabbath. lic support. will takeHigh place School on Charleston’s “What square atever bunch people that Jenna Jackley is a Mattoon little ofamount canI can’t put fulfill.” to- Chapthe bars Mother’s, Friends & Co., Mac’s linski said. student who plays the guitar and sings. wards the American Cancer Society will Uptowner and Top of the Roc. The event In fact, much of the money for pro“She is just memorizing to watch,” help in Givens said. was saved up by Chapwill cost $12 andMeallow patrons 21some and way,” ducing the event gan Givens said. “She isover in admittance high school, intosoany of the bars and linski himself. He hopes that the $12 covis enough to give some of the traveling she is still very young,performances. but the caliber of Colleen Kitkaercan be reached at 581-7942 Chaplinski said getting or bars inbands money to cover their gas costs and voice she has is just amazing.” volved was the first part of organizing the event, and after he explained the potential benefits they jumped on board. “I kind of just threw it out there,” Chaplinski said. “They’ve given me good ideas, and they appreciate the ideas that I have. They’ve been very helpful with everything I’ve been doing.” Chaplinski has been wanting to get the bars involved with a festival event for more than year and said he feels that now was the best time to bring it all together. “We are hoping it brings a lot of business to the square,” Chaplinski said. “We hope it is going to be a nicer day. It’s a good window of a month and a half of good weather to show all these people,

without being too high to deter college students and community members from coming out. One local musician, Mitch Davis, a senior management information systems major, saod he plans on showing the crowd some new tunes to commemorate the new event. “I mainly like to get people dancing, but I also play some more chill stuff,” Davis said. “I don’t want people to get burnt out, so I’ll make new songs before the shows. New shows get me motivated to make new songs. (Square Fest) is going to be so new. There’s going to be so many different people playing at so many different bars. I don’t really know what to


Mitch Davis, a senior management information systems major, rehearses new songs and freshens up on older material Wednesday evening in his home as he prepares for today’s Square Fest event.

expect. That’s why I am expecting to play in front of a totally new crowd, so I really got to try to pump people up.” With a wide variety of performances including blues, rock, jam band, electronic and rap everyone is beginning to develop expectations for the new event and Chaplinski is no different. “I want to be able to be out on the square, outside the bars and see people

having a good time,” Chaplinski said. “I want to hear, sort of over-hear, what they did like and what they didn’t like. I just think there will be a lot of good vibes coming. Perfect conditions for me, is hearing that people had a great time.” Brad York can be reached at 581-7942 or

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Mainstage influences students to be heard RHA By Marcus Curtis Entertainment Editor @DEN_News Auditions for the University Board mainstage poetry contest, “Brave New Voices,” will take place Wednesday. David Groves, Jr., the UB mainstage coordinator and a senior business management major, said the purpose of this event is to give students on campus a chance to express themselves in relation to how they feel about events in their lives. “This is a different way for students to express themselves,” he said. Students who are interested in attending auditions for “Brave New Voices,” will have to have a one-totwo minute original piece prepared. Groves said the auditions would

give the judges a chance to pick five to 10 people that can write an original piece of poetry or a song in poetry form. “We have to check to see if it’s original,” he said. The open audition is for the open mic-styled poetry slam next Wednesday at 7th Street Underground from 7 to 9 p.m. Groves said the idea for the poetry slam came from the former HBO original series “Brave New Voices,” created by co-founder of Def Jam Records, Russell Simmons. HBO’s “Brave Ne w Voices,” was a show that consisted of several spoken word and poetry performances from teenagers. In these poems, teenagers discussed events in their everyday life that had an effect on them.

The structure of UB Mainstage’s “Brave New Voices,” will be similar. Groves said this program would be the pre-show to popular poet, Jasmine Mans’ performance on Oct. 30. The poet that gets the best reaction from the crowd will get a chance to perform as the opener at Mans’ poetry show. Graves said every poet will receive an award for their performances, regardless of how the crowd reacts. A few things Groves wants students who participate in “Brave New Voices” to focus on is originality, creativity and crowd influence. “We want to see someone who can reach out to the crowd creatively through a story about their life,” Groves said.

Groves said he thinks this poetry slam will stand out more than any of the other poetry performances. “This will be more powerful than any other poetry event,” Graves said. In a d d i t i o n , Gr a ve s s a i d h e hopes that students will be able to connect with each other through one of the poet’s performances. “I hope students can relate to someone else’s story,” he said. Groves emphasized that the main focus of this event is to encourage students to express themselves. “I want people to learn how to express themselves,” he said. “Everyone has something to say—it all starts with words.” Marcus Curtis can be reached at 581-2812 or

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NCA places Eastern through accreditation By Bob Reynolds Staff Reporter @DEN_News For the first time in 10 years, Eastern conducted a National Central Association self-study survey that could be taken by faculty, staff, students, alumni or anyone else that is affiliated with the university. There were at least 1,431 students who started the survey and 1,112 students that completed the whole survey. Jeff Stowell, a psychology professor and a co-chairman of the accreditation steering committee, said that it would be hard for them to understand the perspective of the student body without that information from the students. “It is really up to the students to tell us how well we are serving them,” Stowell said. Claire Pilkerton, a senior health studies major, said she saw the survey, which was sent through email,

but did not take it because she did not get a chance. “I try to take as many surveys I can when Eastern sends them to me,” Pilkerton said. “I feel as if it doesn’t really affect me, and I didn’t really understand what it was, so, therefore, I passed on taking the survey because I didn’t think it would affect me at all.” She added this survey is good for the university because it is a way for the NCA to see what Eastern is doing and what is going on here at the college. Stowell said the survey is a set of questions that are developed by a sub-committee that help Eastern address the criteria that they are being evaluated against. There are five different parts to this survey, which include mission, integrity, teaching and learning quality, researches and support, teaching and learning evaluation, and support and also resources, planning and institutional effectiveness.

Stowell said the mission portion of the survey will help them write about the students, faculty and staffs’s perception of how familiar they are with the mission. “The survey is really just trying to get attitudes and opinions about how well Eastern is doing,” Stowell said. He said the average for completing the survey was about 10 to 20 minutes. Bob Augustine, the graduate school dean and the other co-chairman of the committee, said he wants the students to understand that their voice is important. “We want to hear what they have to say about the elements of the criteria that we have to address,” Augustine said. “So asking our students to participate in a survey gives us their perspective, and we want to make note that his is critically important for us to provide the best education possible.” Augustine said a total of 73 mem-

bers run the whole self-study process, and there are 13 members of the steering committee, which include co-chairs for the five different parts of the criteria in the survey. Also, there are three members that are serving in the overall leadership role of the committee, which include Augustine, Stowell and Mary Herrington-Perry, the assistant vice president for academic affairs. The whole self-study process is a two-year process, which will ultimately involve a site visit in October 2014. The site visitors will hold opensessions for students, staff and faculty to see if what was in the survey, which is now complete, is the same as what the students, staff and faculty tell them when they come. After the site visit, a report will be given out. Bob Reynolds can be reached at 581-2812 or

to discuss ROCFest Staff Report The Residence Hall Association members plan to provide a raffle at their meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in Lawson Hall. The RHA President Miguel Williams said RHA members will be reviewing ROCFest and describing how successful it has been throughout the week. “We will be talking about ROCFest how it is going and how everyone think it’s went,” Williams said. The RHA has been working on ROCFest since their first meeting on Sept. 5 planning throughout the week. Currently, they have only gone through the cardboard boat race and the window painting competition, which took place on Monday. ROCFest will be also be hosting an obstacle course race in the South Quad on Wednesday. Thursday there will be a 12-hour scavenger hunt between the residence halls and Greek Court. ROCFest will be wrapping up on Friday when a dunk tank will be set up on the South Quad. The people who will be dunked on Friday will be different executive members. “It is going to be a pretty minor meeting,” Williams said.

CORREC TIONS The phone number on the “For Lease” sign outside the warehouse used for the “Barn Party” is listed to Drake Siding and Sunrooms and not to the individuals named in Tuesday’s issue of The Daily Eastern News, in the article “2 arrested on charges connected to “Barn Party.” The News regrets the error. The cutline with the volleyball photograph with the article “Panthers out-hit in tourney,” in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Eastern News was incorrect. Amanda Wilkinson took the photograph, and the cutline was supposed to read “Members of Eastern’s women’s volleyball team work on spiking during a practice Sept. 4 at Lantz Arena.” The News regrets the error.

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Copeland’s column needs fact checking Dear Editor: I doubt I am the first to point it out, but Mr. Copeland’s column on Friday, the 13th of September defending morality and calling for equality begins by stating “The United State Constitution declares that ‘all men are created equal’” and that each person is entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is absolutely untrue. Mr. Copeland is quoting the Declaration of Independence, a wonderful propaganda document that is not, nor has ever been, legally binding on anyone. If Mr. Copeland wishes to use the U.S. Constitution to bolster his arguments, I would suggest he might bother to read it first. That is, after all, where you can find that pesky First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of the press.

Student Community Service is providing a shuttle to students teering location from a list of their choices. The residents of the hall this semester to help them get to volunteer locations. get together and volunteer at their assigned location as much as they All students should take advantage of the free shuttle because can. In the past, they have had to find their own way to the places, volunteering is a good experience, no matbut now that the volunteer shuttle is availter what your age is. Whether you think you able, it will be easier for groups to get to volneed it or not, volunteering is a good thing unteer locations. Our POSITION • Situation: Volunteer shuttle will take stuto have in your pocket when you graduate. The last reason to volunteer is just for fun. dents to volunteer at locations the students Volunteering looks great on a resume. Volunteering can give you many good life choose. Employers will look at this and see you care. experiences, whether you are volunteering • Stance: Take advantage of the free shutFor you that have been volunteering at the and a nursing home and playing a game with tle service. same place for a while, employers will see a resident or at the local animal shelter playthat you can dedicate yourself to something ing with a dog. Volunteering can be a good and stick with it. This makes them think you stress reliever. could be a good fit for their company. The SCS offers this free shuttle on Thursdays from noon – 4 p.m. Other reasons students have to do volunteering and take advanduring the fall semester. Eastern’s online calendar event for the voltage of the shuttle is for volunteer hours. Fraternities and sororities unteer shuttle says “just call the agency in advance to arrange your both have to do volunteer hours for their houses here at Eastern. volunteering and SCS will get you there…in style.” Some majors on campus require volunteer hours as a part of the Volunteering is good for all involved, so take advantage of the free curriculum. What better way to get the volunteer hours then to volshuttle this semester. unteer at a place you want to and to have a free shuttle service to The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of take you there? The Daily Eastern News. Every year, each residence hall on campus gets assigned a volun-


Sincerely, David Carwell Department of Political Science

PAWS UP/PAWS DOWN SHOOTING: Three attendees of the “Barn Party” were injured Saturday night.

FOOTBALL: Eastern’s football team broke records in the game against Illinois State on Saturday.

CONSTITUTION DAY: Students practiced free speech by the Doudna steps Tuesday and signed the Freedom Wall with whatever they wanted.


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Don’t let your life interfere with your life Never did I think hearing the news would be this hard. My dad had prepared me for it for a week. It was a great possibility, and I thought I was prepared enough. But, sitting across from my grandfather, three days before I left for this fall semester, I realized I was nowhere near prepared. My grandfather told me in the simplest terms he had cancer, and it did not look good. The words hit me with such thunderous momentum I thought I would be knocked clear through his living room wall and outside next to the American flag he raised every day. After that day, I resolved to make sure whatever time I had left with him, I would make count. And now, five weeks or so into the semester, I realized one night – as I calculated the nine hours of sleep I had accumulated throughout the week – that I had been neglectful. You see, I put in long hours at my job as news editor for The Daily Eastern News and

Bob Galuski when I am working, everything else seems to fade away. For me, this is not acceptable, and it should not be acceptable to you, too. College is preparing you for the next chapter in your life, but you should not forget about what brought you to this point in the first place. Family and friends should not fade away, no matter how busy the schedule may be. When the college years are long gone and cannot be found again, these are the people who will be waiting for you. If you forget about them now while being too busy, then there is a good chance they will forget about you.

College is fun. College is also hard. Especially juggling school, a job, a social life and maybe a relationship or two. But finding time for people who are not 10 feet away from you should be a priority. Your new life has a funny way of sneaking up on you and taking hold of everything you do. But don’t think for a second your job or studies should be raised to a higher value than the people in your life. Not that school and work aren’t important, but those things go away. Family and friends need to be factored into your life somehow. Don’t get sucked into an endless cycle of working, studying and occasionally seeing your friends. Take a few minutes. Call your mom and dad. Call your friends, or do that texting thing I hear is so popular. Make sure they know they are important now. Bob Galuski is a senior English and journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or

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Nature center to host Monarch training, tagging By Katie Cook Staff Reporter @Den_News The sun was shining and the sky was clear of clouds on Friday during the tagging of monarch butterflies. The Douglas-Hart Nature Center hosted a “Monarch Training and Tagging” program for everyone to join and will repeat the program on Thursday. The tagging is a science program that partners with Monarchwatch. org to research the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. The program trains the residents to tag the butterflies in a specific way and explains why they tag the butterflies, said Jennifer Tariq, the education director for DouglasHart. The program participants will be tagging butterflies they have raised and will be trying to tag wild butterflies they find. When tagging a butterfly, they are not harming them, she said. They are caught with a net and are handled properly. The tag has a special code that will identify them as



CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 “We only seem to have trouble when outsiders come,” she said. Stephanie Wood, a sophomore early childhood education major, said the shooting has changed her perception of party scenes. She said she would feel safe offcampus in a public location, but not at a party. “It’s scary to think somebody would feel the need to do that at a party,” Wood said. Good judgment should be a factor in decisions made when going to parties, Joshua Wiggs, a freshman psychology major said.

passing through. “ We c a l l t h e m t h e i r l i c e n s e plates,” Tariq said. The researchers put the tags under the butterfly’s wings in a particular spot. The placement of the tags will not interfere with their flying or health, Tariq said. The monarch population will spend its summer in Canada because it is cooler and then migrate to Mexico for winter. Some butterflies will probably not survive through the migration, she said. Many generations of butterflies make their way to Mexico, Tariq said. When a butterfly is found with a tag, they can be looked up at to see where they are from. This way the researchers can determine what kind of needs they have for their migration, she said. For example, a monarch will only lay its eggs on a milk leaf. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillar will only live on a milk leaf. “We’re trying to educate to resi-

dents that milk leaves are very essential and we need to take care of them,” Tariq said. The number of monarchs is declining and with this education, people can help them survive, she said. The tagging program consists of about eight to 10 people. Tariq said that this is the perfect amount for training. People can email the DouglasHart Nature Center to sign up for a training session at douglashartnc@ Tariq warns people that it is a hit or miss with the training. The next training will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the nature center. “This is not just for adults; this is for families,” Tariq said. Children can easily learn how to tag a butterfly and can have a lot of fun, she added.

“It’s common sense,” he said. “Don’t bring a gun when alcohol is going to be involved.” Dan Nadler, the vice president for student affairs, sent an email to all students at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, giving information about Eastern’s counseling services for anybody at the “Barn Party.” “I am writing to reach out to individuals who attended the off-campus “Barn Party” this past weekend,” Nadler said in the email. “EIU’s Counseling Center staff members are available to assist any EIU students who may be experiencing distress following the event.” Nadler encouraged students to visit a licensed counselor, even if

it is just briefly to “process your thoughts.” The Counseling Center is on the first floor of the Human Services Building. Their number is 217581-3413 and the center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students who wish to call for after-hours emergencies should call 217-549-6483. The “Barn Party” investigation is ongoing and more information will be available as the Charleston Police Department continues its investigation.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 She also said a progressive tax system would result in lower effective tax rates for Illinoisans making less than $95,000, with the lowest tax bracket—those making less than $18,000— seeing a 2 percent decrease. Jakobsson, who has fought previously for the move to a graduated tax system, said her legislation would alleviate what she said is a great tax burden for low and middle-income families while asking the richest Illinoisans to contribute their fair share. However, many of Jakobsson’s Republican colleagues in the Illinois House have voiced adamant opposition to any move away from the current flat tax rate, including Sandack, who has written a number of articles denouncing the legislation. “Anyone who believes this is about ‘equity’ or ‘fairness’ is mistaken or woefully naïve,” Sandack said. “Illinois does not have a revenue problem, rather a spending problem. Period.” In a September article for Reboot Illinois, Sandack said the downsides of a progressive tax system are well documented, stating the move could stifle entrepreneurship and job creation within Illinois. Ralph Martire, executive director at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, however, adamantly disagreed with many of Sandack’s claims. Martire, who has worked extensively with Jakobsson to promote HJRCA33, said the threat of job loss and the migration of wealthy Illinois was false. “Where is the top 1 percent going to go?” Martire asked. “Every sur-


rounding state has a lower tax bracket than Illinois.” Martire also said California, where individual income tax rates are some of the highest in the nation, have consistently brought in more millionaires per year than any other state. However, for Martire, the fight for tax reform goes far beyond a simple change in the tax code. He said the switch would drastically change the scope of public education funding in the state, namely for those in low-income areas. According to data from the CTBA, the switch to Jakobsson’s proposed tax system would raise 15 percent more revenue than the current flat tax rate. However, those opposed to the switch, including the Illinois Policy Institute, have cited significantly different numbers as evidence opposing the amendment. According to an IPI press release from April, Jakobsson’s proposed raise would force tax hikes on 85 percent of Illinois taxpayers, as well destroy at least 65,000 jobs. Martire, however, countered, stating the IPI’s claims were made up of “spurious numbers,” and questioning the validity of their research methods. Regardless, one thing does seem apparent: the fight over the Illinois’ tax rate is far from over and will likely be a major issue in next year’s general election. Robert Downen can be reached at 581-2812 or at


CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 The council also: • Approved the purchase of property at 1120 VanBuren Avenue. •Approved the annexation of 2651 Douglas Drive. • Approved a mutual aid agreement for ambulance service with

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739 The Eastern football team set a program record with 739 yards of total offense in its 57-24 win against Illinois State Saturday. The Panthers broke the 27-year-old record by 56 yards. They had 491 yards passing and 248 yards rushing. The longest pass play from the Panthers came on an 86-yard touchdown pass by Jimmy Garoppolo to receiver Keiondre Gober. The longest running play was by Shepard Little’s 73-yard touchdown.

1 3 The Eastern football team has a chance to become the third FCS team ever to beat two FBS schools in one season, as it plays Northern Illinois on the road Saturday. The previous two schools are North Texas and North Dakota State. In 1998, North Texas beat both Texas Tech and Rice. In 2007, North Dakota State beat both Minnesota and Central Michigan. Eastern beat San Diego State 40-19 on the road to open its 2013 season.

Red-shirt senior middle hitter Stephanie Arnold of the Eastern volleyball team is third in the Ohio Valley Conference with one block per set. She is tied for second in the conference with 38 total blocks in just as many sets. Arnold is also third in the OVC in hit percentage with .341. She is second on the Panthers with 87 kills this season.

.084 The Eastern men’s soccer team has a shooting percentage of .084 through four games this season. Eastern has scored four goals off 46 shots this season. That ranks the Panthers fourth in the Summit League out of seven teams. Opponents, however, have a shooting percentage of .235 against Eastern — 12 goals on 51 shots. Midfielder Will Butler is one of four Panthers to score a goal this season.

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Panthers return players By Michael Spencer Staff Reporter @DEN_Sports The Summit League men’s soccer season was in full swing this weekend with a total of 10 matches being played around the league, while two key players returned to the field for Eastern. Conference teams collectively played in three tournaments, including the 50 Years of Men’s Soccer tournament hosted by Eastern at Lakeside Field. League play begins in two weeks. However, no Summit League team managed to win a single match this weekend. Eastern (0-4) lost twice, bringing up the rear in the Summit League after this week’s slate of results. However, the Panthers remain just a win away from vaulting to the middle of the league standings. Eastern coach Adam Howarth said he has the league picture in perspective. The former Panther said he wants to make sure he has his key players healthy by the time conference play begins. “We’re hoping that, certainly by conference time, we’re going to have everyone we need available,” Howarth said. Red-shirt sophomore midfielder Spencer Filosa, who started in all but two matches for Eastern as a freshman, was back from injury after a pair of surgeries forced him to use a medical red-shirt for the 2012 season. Filosa scored the opening goal in Sunday’s match against Western Michigan, just nine minutes into his return to the side. He played 36 minutes against the Broncos. Additionally, red-shirt junior forward Chris Boswell was back in action for the Panthers Friday. Howarth said Boswell is farther along in his recovery than Filosa, who is still playing a limited number of minutes. Elsewhere in the Summit League, Denver (1-3-1) stumbled against Saint Louis, 1-0. Omaha (1-3) lost to Drake by a score of 4-3 as Friday’s match was brought to a close when a penalty kick was awarded with only 16 seconds remaining on the clock. Western Illinois (1-4) held Dayton to two goals in the Flyers’ shutout victory over the Leathernecks in the Baymont Inn Classic. Dayton is the highest-scoring offense in Division I, scoring 3.67 goals per game. Western lost the final match of the tournament to Missouri State 2-1 in overtime Sunday. IUPUI (0-5-2) played twice over the weekend, losing to Valparaiso and Milwaukee 2-1 and 3-0, respectively. Oral Roberts (0-4-1) came away with the best result of the week, tying Mid-American Christian 0-0. Coming in at sixth in the league is Fort Wayne (0-5-1). The Mastodons dropped two matches this weekend at the Qdoba Invitational, losing to St. Francis (Pa.) and Marshall. Michael Spencer can be reached at 581-2812 or at

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Members of the Eastern rugby team rush to tackle an opponent on the Wisconsin All-Stars during a match Sept. 7 at Lakeside Field. The Panthers lost 66-7 and are currently 0-3 on the season.

Local recruits eager to improve By Bob Reynolds Staff Reporter @DEN_Sports On Aug. 12, Eastern women’s rugby players Miranda Hankins and Hannah Vieth stepped onto a rugby field for the first time. Both of them knew nothing about the sport, and Hankins had never heard of rugby until her senior year of high school. Hankins said her first ever rugby game against Quinnipiac was very nerve-racking. “It was my first Division I sport that I had only picked up three weeks ago,” Hankins said. “Luckily, right before the game, I talked to one of my co-workers who helped me calm my nerves down.” Vieth said she was nervous, scared and excited all at the same time and also added that she had no idea what was going on. Eastern coach Frank Graziano said Vieth is playing one of the hardest positions in rugby, fly-half, and it will take time for her to learn it. “Hannah certainly has a huge overload,” Graziano said. “It is almost like playing quarterback in football. Imagine if you tried to play quarterback in football and never played the sport before. She certainly has more mental aspect of the game because of the position she plays.” Hankins, who went to Charleston High School, was not a fan of going to the college in her hometown. “I started to think about all the people who support me still close by,” she said. “I have an amazing support group, and I am lucky to be so close to home. “I’ve always dreamed of playing a Division I sport. I knew if I worked hard, I could achieve that goal.” Vieth, who lives in Mattoon, said

she was first worried about attending Eastern because she had been away from home at Illinois Central College, playing soccer for two years already. “Now that I am so busy, I don’t even realize that I am 10 minutes from home,” Vieth said. “It is neat to represent the local athletes and play at this high of a level.”

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emailed coach Graziano. “I thought he was crazy when he told me that, but one of my dad’s friends knows Coach,” Vieth said. “I didn’t think I would get a reply, and five minutes later, Coach responded. I had a choice to start something new or continue with soccer. It was hard, but I wanted to try something new and took on the challenge.”

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going to take them a while to learn the game of rugby to where their personal assets become a gigantic plus.” With Hankins playing both of those sports for all four years in high school, she said track and field has helped her most with rugby. “Track is about how fast you run,” Hankins said. “Rugby has the same concept. It is just about how fast you can run with the ball in your hand.” Vieth also was a multi-sport athlete at Mattoon High School in playing soccer and volleyball and said soccer has helped her become a better rugby player. Graziano said the personality of Hankins and Vieth has been great and that they are very coachable. “They are eager to learn,” he said. “Rugby can be a very complicated game to learn, especially if you haven’t grown up with it. They do extra work. They are always eager to do whatever it takes to be successful for their team.” Learning any sport for the first time is not easy, and Hankins and Vieth had to learn rugby for the first time this year. Hankins said it was hard at first, and she also adds that she improved a lot. “I still don’t have some of the passing techniques down, but I am getting better,” Hankins said. “It is such a hard sport if you haven’t played football in your past. A lot of the moves and running the ball are like football. It is a fun sport that I cannot wait to increase my knowledge and become a great rugby player.”

Graziano said he tries to recruit local athletes. Hankins did not know she was being recruited to play rugby when one day her mother was walking by the campus pond on the way to work in April of her senior year of high school and passed Graziano. They started to talk about how Graziano goes to track meets to recruit some of his athletes. Hankins mother mentioned her name and then Graziano stopped in his tracks. “He had been trying to recruit me for months,” Hankins said. “I never got any of the papers he sent. After that, we kept in touch, and here I am.” Vieth, on the other hand, was getting set to sign with a school in Chicago to player soccer. Her dad joked with her about playing rugby at Eastern and said he would give her five dollars if she

Coach Graziano said the Charleston and Mattoon areas always have great athletes that come out of their high schools. He said it is great to have local talent on his team. “If you check some of the other sports teams, you will find local talent, male or female,” Graziano said. “Obviously, there are some good athletes locally, and we are excited to have them on the team.” Hankins was a multi-sport athlete in high school, playing volleyball and running track and field. She also plans to walk onto the track and field team in the spring at Eastern. Graziano said both Vieth and Hankins are great to have on his team because they both have a lot of natural talent and a lot of athletic ability. “This is great to have in our program,” Graziano said. “It is certainly

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