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Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

VOL. 98 | ISSUE 30

“TELL THE TRUTH AND DON’T BE AFRAID”

INSIDE FAMILY WEEKEND

SAFET Y | POLICY

New policies lift late-night party pause By Bob Galuski News Editor @BobGaluski

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Beginning Friday, the temporary suspension on all late-night on-campus parties will be lifted after new policies regarding them go into effect, President Bill Perry said. Early last week, Dan Nadler, the vice president for student affairs, formed a work group to re-evaluate and revise the policies regarding latenight on-campus events. Perry said the new policies the university is adopting are: With the exception of certain events, Eastern students may bring one Eastern or non-Eastern student guest to a late-night event. With the exception of certain events, tickets must be purchased by

noon on Friday in advance of the event. Tickets will be sold through University Tickets – an online service. No tickets will be sold at the door. As before, all students and guests must have a photo ID for admittance. However, now on entrance to the event, student ID’s will be electronically card-swiped. Non-Eastern student guest ID’s will be scanned or photographed. Perry said students would show up to events and be unsure if they would be able to get a ticket to the event, and that would result in large crowds forming at the start. He said that also includes students who do not want to come at the beginning, but still need to be there to buy a ticket. “This way, the tickets are bought in advance and if a person isn’t going

to come at the beginning, they could come when they want. This would alleviate some of that crush,” Perry said. In regards to the certain events mentioned in the new policies, Perry said those pertain to activities outside of when students would only bring a friend or a date. “But some events like Homecoming, Black Student Reunion, Step Show, Miss Black EIU – those are events where it’s not like one person inviting another like a date. There, we’ll use our existing procedures,” Perry said. Tickets will still need to be purchased in advance, but Perry said the advance time might have to change accordingly. “We have ways to sell tickets up to a certain period before an event,” he said.

Perry also said these policies would not have an impact on Family Weekend events, as they pertain only to events that would go beyond building closing hours. Even though the incident that sparked these changes – the “Barn Party” shooting on Sept. 15 – was off campus, Perry said he still felt compelled to see a change in policy. The work group in charge of revising the policies also looked into various other campuses and what their policies were like. The campuses they researched included the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University.

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By Jarad Jarmon Student Governance Editor @jsjarmon Lawson Hall won the Evolution of ROCFest guitar, toppling Weller Hall’s four-year winning streak during the Residence Hall Associationmeeting on Thursday. The ROCFest guitar is given as an award to the hall that wins the week of ROCFest, which is a weeklong series of competitions between the residence halls as well as Greek Court. Vice President Patrick Morrow, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said RHA advisers decided the winner of ROCFest based on points that were added up throughout the week. Residence halls would receive points for participation from their hall as well as placing in one of the competitions. Laura Imbirowicz, the resident director of Lawson, said it was a really close race between the residence halls. This will be Lawson’s second win for ROCFest, previously winning in 2007. Weller Vice President Michael Neal, a sophomore political science major, said he would have liked to see more students from Weller participate.

“We got swamped by everybody with their attendance,” Neal said. “It was pretty much the same few people doing the event.” Neal said he was happy with those who participated though. “The same few people that we had did an awesome job with the things that they did,” Neal said. Lawson President Meghan Garby, a senior special education major, said they had numerous students from Lawson attend the competitions. “We put up publicity and just kind of advertised it on our Facebook,” Garby said. Every hall that wins has their name placed upon the frets of the small wooden guitar. Garby said the guitar will probably be placed on the wall behind the front desk. “We’ll make sure it’s somewhere everyone can see it,” Garby said. Other awards were also given out to students who won certain competitions throughout the week. While the executive board did not have the awards ready during the announcement, the winners will be receiving paddles. Andrews Hall won the windowpainting contest with their “Rock the Beat” theme.

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Patrick Morrow, a senior family and consumer sciences major and RHA vice president, hands the first-place prize to Kenneth Barbee, a sophomore applied engineering technology and RHA representative from Lawson, at the weekly meeting Thursday.

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Eastern welcomes families for weekend By Bob Galuski News Editor @DEN_News As torrents of cars filled with families and friends alike begin to enter Eastern’s campus, students who do not have visitors arriving reflect on the weekend’s fes-

tivities. Kelly Alexander, a sophomore education major, said her parents will be out of state during Family Weekend. “They’re going to be at a concert in Nashville,” she said. Alexander added she was not planning on going to most of the events

planned because her parents would not be here. “I won’t go alone,” she said. “My family won’t be here.” Among the activities planned include a Cheap Trick concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Lantz Arena and tailgating before Eastern’s football game against Eastern

Kentucky from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the O’Brien Field Tailgate Area, with the game’s kick off at 1:30 p.m. at O’Brien Field. Students, community members and family and friends can “Run For a Reason: Run Red,” at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Panther Trail.

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Run to benefit Red Cross By Samantha McDaniel Associate News Editor @DEN_News When disasters hit locally or nationally, the American Red Cross rallies to help by providing supplies for those affected by the disaster. One way they fund their help is through fundraisers like the “Run for a Reason: Red Run.” An annual run will help to raise money to fund the disaster relief fund for the Coles and Clark County Red Cross. The “Run for a Reason: Red Run” organized by New Student Programs and the Red Cross will raise money that will help with this fund through a $20 registration fee. The run will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday near the Campus Pond Pavilion on the Panther Trail. The race is a run or walk 2.5 or 5K race. Valerie Goodwin, the regional director of volunteer services for the Central Illinois Region for the Red Cross, said the race has become an annual fundraiser since it was started in the fall of 2007. On average the race has raised $2,500 to $3,000 a year, Goodwin said, which she said goes a long way to helping purchase supplies. “Certificates will be given to the first and second place winners for the 5K runners and walkers and the 2.5K runners and walkers. Those interested in registering for the race can register at the Ticket Office across from the Food Court in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. They can also register through the New Student Program website. Walk-ins will be allowed to register starting at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. Each participant will also get raffle tickets to win prizes. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu. For the in-depth version of this article go to:

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Joe Hartung, a senior kinesiology major, does oblique exercises at the Student Recreation Center Thursday. The Student is open for families during regular hours on Family Weekend. They must sign a waiver to participate.

Rec center open to family By Katie Cook Staff Reporter @DEN_News For Family Weekend, the Student Recreation Center will be open to all incoming families and friends, and the facilities will be free of charge. Program Director Sarah Daugherty said the facilities will be open during their regular hours during Family Weekend. “We run our regular hours, but we specifically advertise to our families that they can come from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,” she said. The opportunity is only free if the families bring in signed waivers. Since so many students like to bring their families here, if not to work out but just for a tour, it provides the families the opportunity to use these facilities, she added. “We just want to give them another thing to do,” Daugherty said. Michael Knuth, a senior communication studies major, said he would want to bring his family to the recreation center to show them what he does there. “I would like to bring my parents to

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the recreational center because I recently started a racquetball recreational team and I would like to show my family what I can do,” he said. However, other students, like Carrie Koch, a senior communication studies major, said she would not want to bring her parents to the recreation center. “No, I probably wouldn’t bring my parents to the recreational center during Family Weekend, and only because we have so much to do and won’t have time,” she said. “If we did have time, then I definitely would because they love to work out.” The recreation center does have a lot of families come but mostly just to take a tour, but there still are some dads lifting weights and moms running, Daugherty said. “I love meeting the families and hearing where they are from,” Daugherty said. “This is my ninth Family Weekend and I think we have been doing it as long as I have been here.” Daugherty also said during past Family Weekends she has seen families take part in special courses offered at the recreation center. "This event has been successful throughout the years and they expect

more to come,” she said. “In the past they have done some special events such as a Zumba class and opening up earlier at 8 a.m., to see if that brought more people in. The staff realized that if no students come at 8 a.m. that families won’t come in at 8 a.m.” The whole recreational center is open to the families and on Friday there is a Zumba and Guns, Guts and Buns class offered too. “Anybody who is going to participate must be at least 18 years old,” Daugherty said. “Our students can bring in their families to tour and the age limit doesn’t matter at all. If they do come in with a group, with children who are under 18, they can be in the lobby area. It’s all about safety,” Daugherty said. The hours do intertwine with the Family Weekend concert so make sure to get there before the crowd does, Daugherty said. “It's hard to promote actual specifics because there is so much during Family Weekend, so we found it easier to just open the doors and invite everyone in,” Daugherty said. Katie Cook can be reached at 581-2812 or kpcook2@eiu.edu.


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Board to vote on contracts, programs By Robert Downen Administration Editor @DEN_News

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move is a way to save costs for the WEIU program. “The thought process is that in a couple of years, we have to do certain upgrades on equipment,” McCann said. “If we could go to an off-site control room, we’d be able to avoid that cost in the future.” The board will also vote on a $420,000 imaging system that would create an electronic database of documents for administrative purposes. The system would work with the university’s Banner System and be primarily utilized by Human Resources, procurement, and Eastern’s business and financial aid offices. A renewal of the university’s agreement with Pepsi Mid America will also be acted on.

Proposals for a new center focusing on entrepreneurial development will be voted on at Friday’s meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center would seek to promote understanding starting and managing profitable businesses through integrative learning, as well as collaboration between students and practicing entrepreneurs. The board will also act on a proposal for a new undergraduate degree program in the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations. By accepting the proposal, Eastern would become the state’s only public or private institution offering such a program. The board will also vote on the purchase of a centralized master control service for WEIU. Paul McCann, the director of business services and treasurer, said the

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A hot air balloon floated over Charleston Thursday before landing in the Coles County Airport. The balloon nearly touched down twice, once in a yard and once in a cornfield near Red Bud Road. The balloon was followed from this road by at least three cars filled with children and parents wanting to see the balloon. The balloon landed in the Coles County Airport and those inside were unavailable to comment and for identification purposes.

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Residence Hall Association fills vacant treasurer spot By Tati Poelinitz Staff Reporter @DEN_News The Residence Hall Association elected a new treasurer Thursday after four meetings without anyone in that position. Jordan Henderson, a sophomore mathematics and computer science major, was elected as the Residence Hall Association treasurer for the school year.

“I want to make sure that our balance is being properly spent,” Henderson said. Henderson ran against four RHA members at the meeting. Kyle Anderson, a junior mathematics major, was nominated and the first to make a speech. Anderson said his main goals for the position involve helping clean up the campus and getting more focused in recycling. To maintain and keep the campus

clean, Anderson said a group of people and he will go around and pick up any trash they see on campus. “Most of them will probably be my close friends because they saw the same thing.” Anderson said. “They were getting frustrated like me.” Doyle Nave, a sophomore foreign language and history major, said he was unsure of how his recycling ideas correlated with the RHA. James Bateman, a communications studies major, was also a candidate.

Shelbie Kearfott, a sophomore prephysical therapy major, was nominated this week as well. Kearfott said she has experience as a student council president in high school. Liz Burbatt, a senior sociology major, said she feels Kearfott does have a nice amount of experience for the job. Burbatt said she is currently the Andrews Hall treasurer and is involved in the Honors College. “I just worry about Shelbie’s time

commitments because she is involved with a lot, and right now it might not be taking up a lot of her time but later on down the line it might,” Burbatt said. The next RHA meeting will take place at 5p.m Thursday at Stevenson Hall with a new RHA treasurer in place. Tati Poelinitz can be reached at 581-2812 or trpoelinitz@eiu.edu.

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NO. 30, Volume 98

CLAWS

U.S. Government defining ‘journalist’

Family Weekend brings fun for all Quick, clean up the room. Mom’s coming. This weekend is Famly Weekend at Eastern, and whether your family is coming or not, there’s still a lot to do and a lot going on. There’s all kinds of activities, sporting events, concerts, and most importantly, bars, for you and your parents to have fun with this weekend, but lets put all that aside for a second and think of the real reason your parents are coming: to see you. That’s right. Your parents are coming to see you, so show them a good time. For some of you, this might be the first time you’ve seen your parents since August and maybe the last time you’ll see them until Thanksgiving, so make it count. Your parents, despite what you may think, do care about you. They wouldn’t be coming to see you if they didn’t. Show them a good time. This might involve leaving your dorm room this weekend, maybe putting on a pair of pants that don’t have a drawstring, and you know, talking to them. This weekend, don’t treat your parents like you treat your other college friends. Don’t call them out for wanting to go to bed early. Take them to a place where you actually like to eat and not just what’s cheapest (who knows, they might even pay). And most of all, if you see them about to do something stupid, stop them. But if your parents might want to relive some glory days, let them, just don’t let them get arrested (can posting bail be charged to your student account?) They might want to straddle the Panther outside of Marty’s. They might want to dance badly to Cheap Trick. They might want to start the wave at the football game. And hey, let ‘em. It’s not like you’re a saint either. If your parents aren’t coming for family weekend, no worries. You’ll probably be able to tag along with one of your friends and their parents to whatever event since your friend will probably be feeling pretty awkward anyway (and hey, another possible opportunity for some free food). But this weekend (and as you should do pretty often anyway) call your parents. Let them know you’re thinking about them. Let them know you’re still alive, still enrolled and that you still care, not just because you need to transfer some money. The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Daily Eastern News.

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If journalism is considered a fourth estate to the U.S. government, then that same government having the power to define who is, and who is not a journalist is a dangerous idea indeed. Granted, the current amendment floating through the Senate Judiciary Committee would only have the government definition of who is a “journalist” apply in regards to shield laws. With shield laws, reporters have a protected privilege to refuse to testify on information gathered in the news dissemination process. Many members of Congress would like to limit this potential privilege to those working for news disseminating entities such as newspapers, news websites or other agencies. Those considered simply bloggers and citizen journalists would only be granted the privileges of shield laws if a U.S. judge decides if their primary intent was news dissemination. This means the only journalists guaranteed protection would be those working for a government-approved agency and those whose intentions have been approved by a government official. Considering a primary goal for the press, as a whole, is to keep the government in check, the idea of letting the government approve of those actions isn’t exactly smart. But the privilege given on a federal level will mean a whole new advantage and protection to only agencies approved by the government. This has the potential to massively change our press landscape. Defining the profession would help give it more legitimacy. But it should not be my place or the government’s to decide who does, and who does not get to report on our nation with full privileges. Defining the term ‘journalist’ for the sake of shield laws isn’t unconstitutional. The laws provide a privilege not covered by our First Amendment rights. But giving one member of a profession legal advantage over another could inhibit true free speech indirectly. Rather than take the chance at limiting the message of someone we disagree with, we should add our own. The truth will work its way out.

It seems like everyday now, I’ll hear about how someone captured the most amazing footage of a natural disaster with their cell phone or how someone has started a blog and is considered a highly regarded citizen journalist. But they are NOT journalists. Shield journalism laws are created to protect and serve real journalists; they should not be extended to fifteen year olds with camera phones. Consider the fact that just in 2012, 24 men and women were either killed or abducted in Mexico because of their work as journalists. When’s the last time you heard of an American journalist dying in the U.S. for their investigatory journalism or anything tied to their work? It almost never happens. It seems to me that the legislators we elected, should qualify what a journalist is before we decide to start extending extra rights and protection for bloggers and social media activists. Journalists have and always should be gatekeepers, watchdogs, and moderators of the news and how it is distributed to the public. We should always incorporate news values and judgment before printing or showing stories within the public weal. We are the fourth estate, and our sole obligation no matter what the issue or story, is to the truth, our loyalty to the public, to serve as independent monitors of power throughout the world. It is not for the government to decide that any and all journalists require special protection, because not everyone can be a journalist. I believe in our current day and age, we need to understand that while our technology progresses further and further, our media has regressed into a system that is only looking to citizens because they feel like professional journalists aren’t listening. The backbone to any lasting democracy has always been a free press, because when you have a national media presence you can never hide from the truth. But before we decide to put it in action, we should address who needs it most: Professional journalists working day after day uncovering prostitution rings, drug busts, and hard investigatory news or the kid down the street who is still writing about how depraved and immoral Miley Cyrus is while embedding the link to her Twerkfest on his blog?

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50 years later, it’s still bad for you

The U.S. Surgeon General released the first report about smoking and health being bad for you in 1964, yet people are still smoking. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s website “Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.” With all the death that smoking causes, directly or indirectly, I am surprised as to how many people still smoke what I call the death stick. Every year since the first announcement, there has been a report on smoking from the U.S. Surgeon General. I did research and found on The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s website reports on smoking that range from reports specifically on women smoking, prevention among youth and young adults, and involuntarily exposure to tobacco smoke. With the legal smoking age being 18, there should be no reason for there to be reports on

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Emily Provance preventing the youth of America from smoking. Unfortunately, it is way too easy for the youth of America to get ahold of cigarettes or other tobacco substances. Since 1964 we have learned that smoking can cause grave diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article “History of the Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health” states that smoking is a cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in men, a probable cause of lung cancer in women and the most important case of chronic bronchitis. I wasn’t alive in 1964, so I can’t say much about people living then, but I feel like they didn’t take the report seriously and I feel some people living now don’t take the reports or advertisements that state smoking is hazardous serious Managing Editor Dominic Renzetti

even now. Congress has made acts on smoking since the first report and different groups have made steps to get the message of “smoking is hazardous” out to people. According to the CDC there were two acts adopted shortly after the first report came out. The Federal Cigarette Label and Advertising Act of 1965 and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969. These laws required a health warning on cigarette packages, banned cigarette advertising on the broadcasting media and called for an annual report on health consequences of smoking. Even with all the required precautions so many people smoke around the U.S. Personally, I have been affected within my own family by the effects smoking can cause. Those of you that smoke should stop and think about what you’re doing to your body the next time your going to light up. Is smoking that cigarette really worth the consequences you could suffer later in life? Emily Provance is a senior journalism major. She can be reached art 581-2812 or denopinions@gmail.com.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 They incorporated the breast cancer awareness ribbons throughout their silhouetted paintings of artists such as Elvis Presley. While Weller won the cardboard boat race and the “Panther Babies” search, Lawson still won because of their participation in each competition and activity as well as their win for the scavenger hunt. Certificates will also be given out for the Mr. and Mrs. ROCFest to Nate Lemenager, a sophomore business major, and Kadie Peterson, a junior family and consumer sciences major. A certificate for participation was awarded to Weller. Stevenson Hall was awarded for the amount of Breast Cancer Awareness Tshirts bought by Stevenson residents. Garby said she was ecstatic after hearing that they had won. Jarad Jarmon can be reached at 581-2812 or jsjarmon@eiu.edu.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Nadler also said the work group reached out to private institutions. The work group consisted of various representatives of organizations, including Student Life, Student Affairs, the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union and a representative from the Charleston Fire Department, the Charleston Police Department and the University Police Department. Another issue the work group focused on was the use of metal detectors at latenight events – an issue that was most recently brought up in the “Is Race the Is-

Tarble offers family weekend activities By Seth Schroeder Editor-in-Chief @DEN_News For Family Weekend, the Tarble Arts Center will be offering three different children’s art classes, indoor and outdoor art tours, and an interactive, inflatable spaceship. Kit Morice, the curator of education at the Tarble, said this is the first time the Tarble has planned events specifically for Family Weekend. The events at Tarble will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Everything featured is free and Morice said attendees can come and go without a reservation. She said there will also be refreshments including soda and popcorn. Morice, as well as several art education students, will teach the children’s art classes. The classes will include paper bas-relief, model magic and a wire sculpture. Morice said participants will use strips of papers to create a relief sculpture for the paper bas-relief class. Model magic will

tour of the sculptures between Buzzard Hall and the Doudna Fine Arts Center with art faculty like sculpture professor Jeff Boshart. Morice said parents should feel free to separate from their children while they are taking art classes at the Tarble. “The kids will be in a very safe environment,” she said. “We never let a kid leave the classroom without a parent actually physically there to get them.” The atrium of the Tarble will also be filled with an inflatable spaceship that children visiting the center will be free to play on. Morice said the ship was originally created in 2005 by an art alumnus of Eastern and several graduate students. K atie Smith | The Daily Eastern Ne ws She said the ship seemed like a good adProfessor and sculptor Jeff Boshart, gives a brief statement about a piece dition to Family Weekend. donated by the artist "Cornbread" during Skulpcher Werkz at the Tarble Arts “It’s big enough to fit several people,” Center on Sept. 5. she said. “It seemed to fit hand-in-hand be similar to using sculpting clay and the said their parents will be free to take a for Family Weekend.” wire sculpture will likely be better for old- tour of the Skulpcher Werkz exhibit of alumni artwork currently on display in er children, she said. Seth Schroeder can be reached at While the children take classes, Morice the Tarble. They can also take an outdoor 581-5812 or DEN_eic@gmail.com.

sue?” panel discussion Tuesday. Nadler said they found other universities used metal detectors, but said he did not know if they were only used for latenight events or all events. Nadler said the metal detectors on Eastern’s campus had been used for a variety of events, including student concerts. Nadler said typically metal detectors are not used during Family Weekend concerts, but instead are more common during the spring semester concert. He also said he was unsure if a metal detector was used for the Phillip Phillips concert during last spring semester.

Perry said while groups can request a metal detector at an event, the university can also place them there as well. He also said metal detectors were not exclusive to late-night events, such as parties at the Union. Even with the stricter policies, such as attendees only allowed to bring one guest to late-night events, Nadler said his work group did not anticipate a push from students to move their events off campus. Perry agreed with Nadler. However, he said if the university saw a drop in attendance of on-campus events because of the policies, he would

be willing to work with the students, but as of now the policies are here to stay. Nadler also said there was not a considerable problem with late-night parties in the past. “Periodically, things come up and I think with policies and procedures and how we have managed events, we’ve been able to work a lot of those problems out,” Nadler said. “As conflicts arise, we respond and there really hasn’t been a major issue.” Perry said students will have parties both on campus and off, and the new policies are just an extra effort to make sure on-campus events are as safe as can

be. “We have thousands of students here. They live on campus; they live off campus. They have events off campus, on campus, and what we’re trying to do here is make as sure as possible that oncampus events are as safe and enjoyable as possible,” he said. Bob Galuski can be reached at 581-2812 or rggaluski@eiu.edu. For the in-depth version go to:

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(Clockwise from top left) Emily Wilson, Kim Youhas, Shelby Pilch and Carissa Burge are the most experienced members of the Eastern rugby team. The Panthers are still in search of their first win, currently 0-4 on the season. They will take on Davenport on Oct. 5 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Veterans lead inexperienced team Bob Reynolds Staff Reporter @DEN_Sports Since the four veterans stepped on the field in early Augustfor the Eastern rugby team, they have been faced with a new challenge. Eastern currently has nine new players on the team that have never played rugby before this season started. Juniors Ellen Wilson, Kim Youhas, and Carissa Burge, and senior Shelby Pilch are the veterans on the rugby team and know that they are going to have to be leaders. “We been here long enough to

where we have to step up,” Wilson said. “You have to show new people what to do. You have to be a leader, or else nothing is going to get done.” Youhas said they have to show the newcomers that it isn’t OK to be lazy and it is not OK to give up and said it has been tough to get the vibe with all the girls on the field, because she has been out for three games. In previous seasons, Eastern was fortunate enough to have enough veterans on the team to where the younger players had more people to look up to. This season, Eastern has more newcomers than veterans and Pilch said they could not pick and choose whom

they want to help. “It has to be all of us helping everybody,” Pilch said. “We have to help ourselves. Even veterans have to help veterans. It’s a team game.” Eastern coach Frank Graziano said he knows that he has to rely on his veterans to be successful. “They at least understand the terminology,” he said. “They understand how I coach. They understand what our game plan is. So, they are the ones you have to turn to fit all the pieces together. One of our big challenges is that I don’t have enough of the veterans to spread around the field.” On the field, with Pilch, Wilson and Youhas all being in the scrum and

Burge the only one that is part of the backline, Wilson said it is hard for the newcomers to learn. “It is hard for them to understand what to do, when they don’t have anyone to go off of,” she said. “It is really hard for them to learn how to attack, how to score, and how to play defense, just certain things that will help us eventually win.” Bob Reynolds can be reached at 581-2812 or rjreynolds@eiu.edu For the in-depth version of this article go to:

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By Blake Nash Staff Editor @DEN_Sports Mike Hesslau, a red-shirt senior has placed first for the Eastern men’s cross country team in both races to start the 2013 season. That is something he has been building toward since last season. Following the end of the spring semester last year, Hesslau went to New Mexico to train with a couple of his teammates. Gabi and Danny Delaney, fellow seniors, decided to train in Albuquerque with the team from the University of New Mexico. Mike followed his teammates there to help focus on his upcoming season. “My main goal when I went to Albuquerque was to maintain my focus and improve the way I run,” Hesslau said. “All of us got jobs and were able to train with the Lobos cross country team in the high altitude.” He said the high altitude helped to improve his body, physically. “Once we got back to sea level I found it easier to breathe during workouts,” Hesslau said. “My routine when I returned was to run consistently for three weeks a month. At that point I realized that this season

could be very special.” Spending a lengthy amount of time in an unfamiliar place was something Hesslau was used to. “I’ve studied abroad before so I was used to living on my own, like that,” Hesslau said. “I stayed focused on my training and time flew by.” The senior did admit that at times he felt homesick. “I was there from May through August, by the time July came around I missed my family, and my sister,” he said. He has also said he noticed potential from a few of the newcomers to the team. “Riley McInerney and Paxson Menard are going to lead this team in the future,” Hesslau said. “They’ve trained hard, raced hard and will lead this team for many years.” The future of the program is in good hands, Hesslau said. “Coach (Erin) Howarth is fantastic, she brings out the best in everyone, and we’ve all responded that way,” Hesslau he said. In his final season Hesslau has already made plans for the future. “I’m planning on going to the World Cup in Brazil during the summer,” Hesslau said. “After that, I plan

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Red-shirt senior Mike Hesslau, who appeared in just three meets last season, has finished first in the team’s first two meets this season. The Panthers will compete next week at the Blue/Gold Invite at Notre Dame.

on going to Portland to further my training”. He has become a leader for the cross-country team with future star potential, and with that in mind Hesslau has left some words of wisdom for his teammates, “train hard and stay healthy. “ Mike has made a lot of memories here over the past several years. Most

of those memories came courtesy of previous seniors. Next year it can be believed that several of his teammates will share the same memories of him, when their time comes to leave. Blake Nash can be reached at 581-2812 or banash@eiu.edu.

Eastern will search for its first win of the season against IUPUI Friday at Lakeside Field in the team’s first matchup of Summit League play. The Panthers come off of a 4-1 defeat on the road to DePaul in the midweek. Senior Jake Plant netted a goal for Eastern to level the score at one goal apiece in the first half, but the Blue Demons came storming back to take the match with three unanswered goals. Eastern is now 0-6-1 as it approaches the halfway mark of the season. Through non-conference play, the Panthers were ranked sixth out of the seven teams in the league. There is a full slate of Summit League action scheduled for the next month and all that will start against the IUPUI Jaguars. Head coach Adam Howarth said the team has returned its players from injury, but now it is just looking to improve on their match fitness. “You can be fit, but not necessarily soccer-fit,” Howarth said. “They’re still finding their feet in terms of their fitness on the soccer field but we’re getting closer for sure.” Additionally, the goalkeeper position is up for grabs as red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Ben Feltes comes off his fourth consecutive start after replacing sophomore Garrett Creasor as the Panthers number one. Feltes has overseen a defense that has let in 16 goals during his time between the posts. Assistant coach Mark Hansen said the team needs a goalkeeper that will be a consistent and solid force at the back. “I think who ever steps in there has to be confident,” Hansen said. After drawing its first two matches of the season, IUPUI has dropped its last seven games to fall to 0-7-2. Not only that, but the Jaguars have been blanked in their last three matches, scoring last when on the road at Valparaiso. Only one IUPUI player has scored more than once, and that is 6-foot-7 sophomore defender Michael Sass. Sass has scored twice, something he is known to do after finishing in the top five on the Summit League leader board for game winning goals in 2012. Additionally, he finished eighth in the league in assists last year. Head coach Isang Jacob has used Sass in a striker position throughout the season. He did that in the match against Valparaiso, when Sass scored his second goal of the season. Whether he is playing up front or in the backline, Eastern will have to deal with Sass on corner kicks, which will mean one of the Panther’s defenders will have the mark him. Of Eastern’s starting defenders, the tallest is freshman Tim Pieper who stands at 6-foot 2-inches. Michael Spencer can be reached at 581-2812 or at tmspencer2@eiu.edu.


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Red-shirt junior wide receiver Adam Drake, a Charleston native, has 29 receptions in the first four games of the 2013 season. Drake has six touchdowns this season, with two in each of his last three games.

Hometown athlete flourishes in offense By Aldo Soto Assistant Sports Editor @AldoSoto21 @DEN_Sports In 2011, Charleston native Adam Drake played in his first game for the Eastern football team. In the season opener against Illinois State, Drake recorded his first collegiate reception. It was his lone catch of the game — a 13-yard gain for a Panther first down that was followed by a 42-yard touchdown catch by Lorence Ricks. Drake has come a long way from his red-shirt freshman season. He is no longer setting the stage for his teammates to celebrate in the end zone. Drake is the one scoring the touchdowns now. In Eastern’s home opener this season, Drake faced a familiar opponent — Illinois State. In the Panthers’ second drive of the game, Drake caught two passes. First came a 41-yard strike from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who connected with Drake as he beat

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Illinois State defensive back Josh Burch and ran free, tip-toeing the sideline before Burch caught up to Drake and tackled him. Then followed a 23-yard touchdown that ended with Drake crashing through a portion of the white fence that surrounds the field. He said after that drive he knew he was going to be a difference maker. “When I caught the deep ball and my first touchdown against Illinois State, I got pretty excited and I realized that I could really contribute to the team a lot,” Drake said. Drake’s red-shirt junior season did not begin with a bang, making three receptions for 14 yards against San Diego State, but in the next three games he combined to catch 26 passes for 416 yards and six touchdowns. In 2011, Drake made six starts and played in all 11 games, ending the season with 19 receptions, 312 yards and a touchdown. The following year Eastern hired Dino Babers to coach the Panthers.

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in all three categories on the Eastern roster. Drake said Lora, who is the alltime career receptions leader in the Ohio Valley Conference, has helped him evolve as a receiver since the Panthers have started running a fastpaced offense. “Just watching Lora’s routes I’ve learned a lot from him — his hip movement and things like that,” Drake said. “I like watching Lora’s routes. It always makes me better, I feel like.” Babers said Drake is following in the footsteps of Lora, who had a breakout season a year ago, Babers is not surprised by Drake’s breakout season. “I’m not going to use that ‘S’ word, but I think it’s just exciting,” Babers said. Babers said when he and his coaching staff arrived at Eastern; they implemented new techniques and knowledge into the wide receiver position that had not been present on the Panther roster. “The first guy who jumped up

and swallowed the pill was Erik Lora and then he took off,” Babers said. “And now, to see Adam Drake swallow that pill, and what he’s done reinforces what we’re teaching the receivers and what we’re teaching the quarterbacks.” Drake said Babers has been a great help to his development as receiver, which included learning new techniques. “We call it our ‘tool belt’ so, we go to work, which is our football games, and we take our tool belt with us,” Drake said. “Inside is what we need for work, which are our special releases we have and different kinds of techniques we use on DB’s, when they’re in certain depths against us.” Drake has been taking his newfound skills into every game this season. He has two touchdowns and at least 100 yards receiving in the last three games. The tool belt sure has been handy.

derstanding of his surroundings on the field, and has paved the way for his success this season. “I’m glad he’s on our defense and not anyone else’s,” defensive tackle Dino Fanti said. “It’s always nice turning around and seeing Jourdan Wickliffe come up with (the ball) or making a tackle.” The Columbus, Ohio, native leads the Ohio Valley Conference with 41 tackles (10.7 per game). Wickliffe’s three forced fumbles also lead the OVC. His five pass deflections are second

in the OVC only to teammate D.J. Bland. And Wickliffe, along with two other Panthers, is tied for second in the OVC with two interceptions this season. He had a season-high 16 tackles against Northern to compliment his interception. “He has just been a difference maker back there,” Babers said. “We’re so lucky to have him.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Hood said the success of the team’s ground attack has led Eastern Kentucky to dominate time of possession in games and lead the OVC in third down conversions. Babers said it is vital to stop the Colonels running game. “They are going to come in here and be physical with us, and they are going to try to run the football and we are going to have to stop the run and see if we can get the run going ourselves,’ Babers said. In E a s t e r n’s p re v i o u s g a m e , Northern Illinois rushed for its

Drake, who started in the last three games in 2011, was a backup receiver in 2012 and mainly played on special teams. The former first-team All-Apollo Conference player at Charleston High School, said although he was a backup receiver last season, he was able to get a better grasp of the quick tempo offense that Babers brought to Eastern from Baylor. “Being a backup last year gave me a lot of time to adjust to the new offense and learn the new techniques that we need to know,” Drake said. “Seeing where I lacked, when I could see other receivers, seeing where I lacked in my route technique and things, I feel it helped me a lot in knowing what I needed to do coming into this year.” It was time well spent for Drake, who has already surpassed his career totals in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches in his first four games this year. With 430 yards, 29 receptions and six touchdowns, Drake is only behind red-shirt senior Erik Lora

season high 367 yards, while allowing 127 rushing yards to the Panthers — their season low. “We want to get back to playing winning football,” Babers said. “We didn’t win the game last week. So, right now we’ve got that loser’s taste in our mouth and we need to make sure that we’re going to get it out.” Aldo Soto can be reached at 581-2812 or asoto2@eiu.edu.

“He has taken (Wickliffe) underneath his wing like his own son,” Babers said. “All of that attention coach McCloud has given Jourdan Wickliffe has helped him blossom into one of the premiere players on our defense.” Wickliffe said he spent endless hours in McCloud’s office over the summer watching film from his first season as a defensive back and studying every position on the Panthers’ defense, as well as opposing teams’ offenses. Wickliffe said the film and position studying gave him a better un-

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Junior defensive back Jourdan Wickliffe has 41 tackles in the Panthers’ first four games of the season, as well as two interceptions. Wickliffe played wide receiver at the beginning of last season before moving to defensive back. Wickliffe played running back, wide receiver and safety in high school.

Receiver excels as defensive back By Anthony Catezone Sports Editor @AnthonyCatz @DEN_Sports Defensive back Jourdan Wickliffe ran full speed step-by-step with Northern Illinois wide receiver Tommylee Lewis along the Eastern sideline. Northern quarterback Jordan Lynch, meanwhile, dropped back to pass, as he threw from his own 46 yard line. Inside the Eastern 10-yard line, Wickliffe and Lewis both jumped for the ball. Wickliffe leaped above Lewis as he intercepted the pass over his right shoulder. Lewis then tried to get his hands on the ball already cradled in Wickliffe’s arms. The two simultaneously were brought down, but both of them had their hands on the ball.

“As we came down, we both had possession of it,” Wickliffe said. “So I ripped it away just to make sure the ref knew I had the ball.” The junior safety emphatically ripped the ball from Lewis, and held it up high above his head at the Eastern six-yard line. The referee signaled interception — Lynch’s first of the season. “His interception, what kind of play was that? Then, he rips the ball away from the (receiver) and shows it to the ref,” Babers said. Before the Huskies began that drive, Wickliffe and fellow defensive back Nick Beard said to each other that one of them needed to make a play, if Eastern wanted any chance to keep the momentum. So Wickliffe became “a difference maker” and took the game into his own hands, halting the Huskies’ momentum as best as he could.

The Panthers led the Huskies 2013 at that moment with 12:42 in the second quarter. The Huskies had just scored their second touchdown one minute earlier, and their defense just held Eastern to a three-and-out on the prior possession. Northern was looking to tie the game with a first and 10 on its own 46, but Wickliffe had other plans, as he intercepted the 50-yard pass. “The receiver ran an out and up route,” Wickliffe said. “When I looked at the quarterback, I could tell he was up to something. I just felt like he was going to throw it my way.” Wickliffe said he followed the ball after he saw Lynch targeting Lewis, and by the time the ball got to him, Wickliffe knew he had to get above Lewis if he wanted to come down with the ball. Despite Eastern’s 43-39 loss to

Northern, Wickliffe’s interception came at a time when the Huskies were beginning to make a comeback — scoring 13 unanswered points. His interception prolonged the comeback, and allowed the Eastern offense to try and extend its lead. The interception was the second in Wickliffe’s young season, and the fourth in his young defensive back career. Wickliffe began playing football at Eastern at wide receiver as a sophomore last season, until Andrew Sowder, Eastern’s wide receiver coach, told Babers he was a good receiver but had the potential to be a fantastic defensive back. At that point, Kim McCloud, Eastern’s defensive coordinator, jumped on the opportunity to mold Wickliffe into the best defensive back he could be. RECEIVER, page 7

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Panthers take on Redhawks, Skyhawks By Anthony Catezone Sports Editor @AnthonyCatz @DEN_Sports The Eastern volleyball team will begin its Ohio Valley Conference schedule, as it faces Southeast Missouri and Tennessee-Martin Friday and Saturday. The Panthers are coming off of a runner-up finish in the Kent State Golden Flashes Classic. “We are definitely excited not only with how our preseason ended, but also with how well we are playing as a team,” setter Marah Bradbury said. “We each have gained a lot of confidence personally, as well as with the team as a whole.” It was Eastern’s second runnerup finish in the four non-conference

tournaments that it had on the preseason schedule. The Panthers finished non-conference play with a 6-7 record, leaving them in better position than last year’s 3-9 preseason record because of their positive attitude prior to each match. “We went into each tournament this year with more confidence than last year, which made the outcome of our games more positive,” Bradbury said. Eastern began its conference schedule on a six-game losing streak before finishing out the season 7-2 for an 8-8 record overall and clinching the No. 6 seed in the tournament in 2012. This season, the Panthers have three players in the top three of several OVC statistics.

Bradbury is first in the conference in assists per set with 10.14 — the only player in double-figures. Middle hitter Stephanie Arnold ranks second in both hit percentage (.355) and blocks per set (1.02). Outside hitter Chelsea Lee’s 3.35 kills per set is third best in the OVC. She is the only Panther with more than three kills per set. Southeast Missouri Eastern will open its conference schedule with Southeast Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Southeast Missouri has one more win than Eastern with a 7-7 record through non-conference play. However, the Redhawks enter the match on a three-game losing streak, losing to Middle Tennessee, Samford

and Missouri all in straight sets in the Mizzou Classic. Outside hitter Colleen Yarber’s 3.32 kills per set is fourth in the OVC. Her 3.43 digs per set is second on the team only to libero Berkley Idel who has 4.30, and is sixth in the conference. Tennessee-Martin Eastern will face Tennessee-Martin at 2 p.m. Saturday in Martin, Tenn. The Skyhawks are 6-10 in their preseason play, while losing the last eight matches. Outside hitter Emily Keaton has 164 kills with a 2.88 kill per set average. She also averages 2.21 digs per set this season. Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-2812 or ajcatezone@eiu.edu.

The Eastern football team (31) starts its Ohio Valley Conference play, as the Panthers begin their OVC title defense against Eastern Kentucky (2-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at O’Brien Field. For Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood, the focus starts with the Panthers’ Walter Payton Award candidate Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo has thrown 20 touchdowns in the team’s first four games and has led Eastern to the No. 1 ranked offense in the FCS, averaging 617.8 yards per game. The senior quarterback is also tied with former Panther Tony Romo for the most career touchdowns in the OVC with 85. Garoppolo leads the FCS in passing as the quarterback has thrown for an average of 430 yards per game. His 20 touchdowns also lead the country. “The No. 1 concern is (Garoppolo), that’s the obvious and No. 2 is the guy’s that he is throwing the ball to,” Hood said. “Just how skilled the receivers are and how well the understand the scheme and how well they catch the football and make people miss that’s definitely a concern.” The receivers Hood is referring to are Erik Lora, Adam Drake, Keiondre Gober and Jeff LePak. Those four Panther receivers are in the OVC’s top-10 in catches per game, with Lora leading the conference at 11.2 receptions per game. LePak is the only receiver of the quartet who is not in the conference’s top-10 in receiving yards per game. Eastern coach Dino Babers enters the conference opener after playing in the toughest non-conference schedule in the school’s history. After a 43-39 loss to Northern Illinois, Babers said the Panthers have to remain focused on Eastern Kentucky and not look back at what could have been in DeKalb. “The disappointing thing for the football team is that it could have (won), but we can’t let Northern Illinois beat us twice.” Babers said. Last season, when Eastern played Eastern Kentucky, the Colonels defense held the Panthers to their lowest scoring output of the season in OVC play: 24, but in return the Panther defense only allowed seven points. “Thess guys know what they’re doing on defense,” Babers said. “They have a lot of pride and they have won a lot of championships over there — they have great tradition over there.” On Saturday, the Eastern defense will go up against red-shirt freshman running back J.J. Rude, who tied a program record with four rushing touchdowns in the Colonels’ win against Morehead State on Saturday. Before the Morehead State matchup Jude had 19 total carries in his team’s first three games, but against the Eagles Jude ran the ball 33 times for 195 yards. The Colonels are ranked second in the OVC in rushing, averaging 210.8 yards per game.

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'GTA V' delivers on game experience “Grand Theft Auto V” has arrived, and with several new mechanics introduced into the longrunning series, “GTA V” has delivered a satisfying and immersive experience as the player guides three characters through the dangerous city of Los Santos. Michael, Trevor and Franklin are each unique in how they are played and their reactions to different events that happen in Los Santos. Michael, the retired bank robber, is humorous, yet sad in how he wishes to return to his glory days as his family starts to fall apart and old enemies resurface. Trevor is a mad man that burdens the more ridiculous missions that “Grand Theft Auto” is famous for. Franklin holds the more typical role of working his way up from the bottom to prove that he is destined for greater things. Los Santos is a living city; as you explore you will witness crimes being committed, police chasing other criminals and several unique citizens that have their own activities for you to take part in. Hours will have to be put in to discover all the secrets that Los Santos hides.

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Some frame rate issues will pop up every now and again, but never anything that will ruin the experience. Crime is how you make your mark on the city and reach the goals of your characters. This is done through missions that lead up to that all-important heist. Heists occur after you decide how you want to handle each situation placed in front of you. For example, you can decide if you want go into a diamond store guns blazing or place knockout gas in the ventilation system and grab your loot. The heists are very refreshing as they offer a change of pace compared to the more linear missions in the game. Every mission is unique in its own way, whether it is comically chasing your boat that your idiot son got stolen or a more brutal scene as you attempt to extract in-

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formation. “GTA V” has mixed humor with brutal realism. In the scene when Trevor tortures a source to get information about a possible terrorist, which cannot be skipped, the game pushes the boundaries of interactive violence to uncomfortable levels for some. If you are not in the mood for crime, there are many different activities that your character can take part in. Yoga is more of a little mini game that will get old fast for many, but golf and tennis are very detailed and can be enjoyed multiple times. Racing is back; whether you want to race your fully customizable car or take to the seas for some fun Jet Ski racing is up to you. “GTA V” has only improved the franchise, delivering everything promised and then some, and offering many things for the player to enjoy long after the main story is completed. The online mode, where you can create your own characters and complete missions with friends, will be available on Oct.1.

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Everyone has their secrets—things they carefully lock inside their head and seal like a vault. However, one’s mind is not as secure of a place as it might seem to store information. Hypnotist Rich Aimes knows how to pick the lock. Aimes, who demonstrated his ability to control minds with hypnotism during this year’s Up All Nite, will try to read them using mentalism at 7 p.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Aimes said that although these techniques can “freak people out quite a bit,” there is nothing supernatural about what he or his wife and stage partner, Marielle Aimes, are doing. “Basically, we’re using all the five senses to make it appear that we have a sixth sense,” he said. “We aren’t actually psychics, but we do make it appear as though we might be.” Aimes said the acts he will perform in the “Mind Surfing” show are similar to those done in psychic readings or on the TLC program “Long Island Medium.” “She talks to the dead and stuff,” he said. “I don’t do that sort of thing, but I do some similar kinds of things.” Aimes said he uses psychology and nonverbal communication to tune into things that audience members might be thinking. “I like to see people kind of get freaked out a little bit and have no idea what in the world is going on,” he said. “They’re always trying to figure out what we’re doing and they’re smiling and that’s kind of cool. I like watching that reaction on people.” During his hypnotism show at Eastern in August, Aimes put students into a trance, after which he convinced them they were racecar drivers, professional dancers, celebrities like Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, and even better test takers.

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Although hypnotism has practical applications, like making the students more confident while taking tests, Aimes said mentalism is strictly for entertainment. “This one is straight fun because it’s for family night, so the kids will like it as well as the adults,” he said. He said some of the things he does during mentalism shows include guessing pictures audience members are drawing without looking and answering questions they are thinking of without them asking. Although hypnotism and mentalism acts require focus, Aimes said everything they do is easy to follow even with distractions from the audience. “We’ve done it at fairs where you have demolition derbies going on right next door to us, and that still does well,” he said. He also said he incorporates humor into his shows. “It’s definitely a mental atmosphere, and yet it’s not a real mysterioso, quiet thing,” he said. “There’s comedy and there’s laughter too.” During his previous show at Eastern, much of that humor was manifested in sexual jokes. Aimes said, however, that he always tailors his material to fit the specific audience. “Usually when we do a kids’ weekend or family night, we change some of the stuff we’re doing so the whole family kind of gets it and enjoys it,” he said.

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Wine tasting tradition continues By Jordan Thiede Verge Reporter

This year’s Family Weekend will once again feature a wine tasting event for both students and parents to attend. Those who are at least 21 years old will have the opportunity to sample several types of wine while also learning about the drinks and what role they can play in their lives. There will be sessions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the west end of the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. James Painter, a family and con-

sumer sciences professor, will be giving a presentation at the wine tasting event along with helping people figure out what type of wine they prefer. He said several different types of wine would be served. Painter said there are always samples of a dry red wine, a dry white wine and a sweet wine to show people the differences. Painter said the sweetness, acidity and astringency are also qualities that go into making a certain wine preferable to some people. He said experiencing the tastes and aromas of the various wines helps people to decide what is the drink for them. “One of the things that it does is it helps to get people to put into

words what they like and don’t like,” Painter said. Painter also said the type of wine someone likes could change entirely when it comes to whether they are having food with it and the type of meal being served. He said the chosen wine and food could make the other more or less flavorful. “They both do things to each other,” he said. Painter also said wine is part of a fine-dining experience, and it is important to pair it up with the right kind of food. “My goal would be for people to learn how to use wine to make dining more enjoyable,” he said. The possible health benefits of

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Parents and drinking: the do's and don'ts Stephanie Markham Verge Editor

Somehow, becoming an adult is simultaneously the most exciting, unnoticeable and intimidating experience all at once. One thing many teens look forward to is the satisfaction of being able to drink alcohol without being snubbed by various authority figures and “responsible adults” once they turn 21 years old. Some parents allow underage drinking under supervision; some forbid it and some are just plain oblivious. It is somewhat of a rite-of-passage once you turn 21 and you can have a casual drink with your parents minus all of the taboo and stress. Though not essential to enjoying Family Weekend, having a drink with your parents can be fun. However, if you do plan to raise a glass with mom and dad this weekend, there are a few things you should remember in order to make sure everyone has a good time.

Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or samarkham@eiu.edu.

do...

Don't...

• Let your parents buy you drinks

• Let your mom or dad do a keg stand

• Let your parents buy you food when you are drunk

• Let your friends hit on your mom or dad

• Let your friends know your parents are coming

• Hit on people when you are with your parents

• Make sure your place is clean beforehand

• Keep your parents out all night; most likely they are old and they need sleep

• Find alternative bars that aren't as crowded • Make sure you have hangover cures • Ask your parents for drink recomendations • Be responsible with your drinking • Include your parents in drinking games

• Try to out-drink your dad • Ditch your parents when you are out • Let your parents embarass you, or embarass yourself • Bring up childhood traumas or otherwise start fights with your parents

drinking wine will also be discussed, Painter said. He said drinking wine could help with clotting problems and also cut down on the risk for heart attacks and heart disease. Painter also said that, even with the possible health benefits of wine, people still needed to learn about responsible alcohol assumption. He said there was no need to over consume wine, but if done correctly it can be beneficial. Cathy Engelkes, the deputy director of the Union, said this event has become a tradition at Family Weekend for those looking for something interesting and different from the rest of the festivities. “I think it’s fun,” Engelkes said.

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“It’s a good chance for parents and students to be together.” Painter advised that those interested should show up early if they hope to get in. “It always fills up to overflowing as soon as we open it up,” he said. “There’s always people standing there to sign up.” A sign-up sheet will be available for participants starting at 12:30 p.m. Seats will be limited with only 72 people allowed in per session. Those wishing to attend must have a valid ID.

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WORKING OUT OVER THE WEEKEND When: Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Student Recreation Center Cost: Free

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY When: Friday: 6 p.m. Saturday: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Buzzard Auditorium Cost: Free admission

COLOR PHOTO BUTTONS When: 10 a.m. -– 7 p.m Saturday 10 a.m. to noon Sunday Where: Bridge Lounge, MLK Jr. Union Cost: $4 per picture

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When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union Cost: $7.50 for adults and EIU Students, $4 for kids, Free for ages 5 and under

When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Union Grand Ballroom Cost: Free admission

ROCK ‘N’ BOWL When: 8 p.m. – midnight Friday Where: University Union Bowling Lanes (MLK Jr. Union) Cost: $2 per game and free shoe rental

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OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE! When: 9:30 p.m. Friday Where: Under the Bridge Lounge, MLK Jr. Union. Cost: Free

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FACE PAINTING CREATION STATIONS

When: 10 a.m. – noon Saturday

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When: 1:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday

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HARVEST FROLIC

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Price: $9.50 for adults and students

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Cheap Trick ready to rock out Lantz By Stephanie Markham Verge Editor

Known for their unique mix of power pop, hard rock and relentless touring, Cheap Trick has been reaching audiences around the world for decades. The band, which got its start in the early ‘70s in Rockford, has since released more than a dozen albums and even experimented with a 12-string bass guitar. Rick Nielsen, the lead guitarist for Cheap Trick, said the band’s overall sound has not changed much over the years. “I think our range was actually always pretty good, so it wasn’t like we were on the job training,” he said. “We played in garages and bars and travelled all over riding around in a van for years, so we never had a sophomore jinx. We kept writing the whole time before we got a record deal.” Although their style has been consistent, Nielsen said Cheap Trick’s records are not all the same. He said jokingly that not all their albums were good, but they were not all bad either. “We’ve had ups and downs— some things have done well; some things have done poorly—but we continue to work,” he said. “That’s the credo of any musician. You’re not expecting greatness, but you do it because you enjoy it.” The band members recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of concerts they performed at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, the recordings of which brought the band international success. “We’ve played all around the world, and music is kind of universal and I’m glad that we’re part of the universe,” Nielsen said. Because of the anniversary, Nielsen said he was asked to perform with musicians like Peter Frampton, B.B. King, Larry Carlton and Sonny Landreth. Another recent accomplishment for the band was the opening of a dis-

play in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles based off the “Dream Police” and “Cheap Trick at Budokan” albums. “We’ve been nominated for a Grammy I think once a few years ago,” Nielsen said. “We never got a Grammy, but they believe in us enough where they put a display right next to a lot of big-name people that you’ve heard of: Ringo Starr, The Beatles, all kinds of stuff.” During the ‘90s when alternative rock was becoming popular, many bands cited Cheap Trick as an inspiration, which Nielsen said is “cool” to hear. “I think it’s great to get a name dropped by other musicians because a lot of them think that they invented music,” he said. “They don’t like to say that anything ever influenced them.” Nielsen said his favorite guitar player and an influence for him is Jeff Beck, whom he has known since the ‘60s. He said he sold Beck his second Les Paul guitar, and the band toured with him in Germany last year. “I’ve known him for basically ever, and he was my favorite 40-some years ago and he still is,” Nielsen said. “He was great then; he’s greater now.” Nielsen said Cheap Trick used to frequent Charleston in the ‘70s, which helped the fan base to grow since so

many people would come from out of town. “When you play in a college town, it’s like you’ve got people from all over the place,” he said. Even after playing so many shows, performing stays exciting because of being able to reach new audiences each night, Nielsen said. “The travel is probably the worst part of any of this, but playing is great; it’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s the other 22 hours a day that are kind of left—long rides and not the greatest eating habits or sleeping habits—but overall it’s all good stuff.” Nielsen said he is motivated to keep making music by his love to play. “I’ve been a musician all my life; it’s what I do,” he said. He said his children play music as well, including Daxx Nielsen, who has been Cheap Trick’s touring drummer for the past three years. Playing for this year’s Family Weekend concert as well will be vocalist and guitarist Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson. Cheap Trick will play at 8 p.m. Saturday in Lantz Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25.

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Parents can find any R type of entertainment Emmys too somber, lack excitement By Stephanie Markham Verge Editor

Whether they are funny, embarrassing, weird, overbearing or a combination of all of those, everyone’s parents are different. This means it will take different strategies to keep them entertained while they visit the Eastern community for Family Weekend. Here are a few places in the Charleston area that could make cool places to go for the unique parents who decided to stop by.

If they are outdoorsy For parents who would enjoy taking quiet walks and viewing nature, two decent options would be Fox Ridge State park, located south of Charleston on Route 130, and the Douglas Hart Nature Center in Mattoon. Jodi McKinney, the office coordinator at Fox Ridge State Park, said in addition to the nine miles of trails available for walking, there are also various sites for sports activities, including a volleyball area, a horseshoe pit and playground equipment. Additionally, she said there are areas for camping and fishing as well as a picnicking area with grills. The park is also a place to spot wildlife. McKinney said there are several varieties of birds to see, and sometimes deer make appearances as well. “It’s just a quiet, beautiful place to enjoy nature,” she said. For parents who would enjoy a bit shorter of a walk, the Douglas Hart Nature Center has a trail of just under a mile that winds through prairie, woodland and a pond. Penny Gillespie, the office manager at the nature center, said the trail is flat, easy to walk and handicap accessible. The nature center has a picnic area as well and a play area for children. Gillespie said there are many animals that can be seen along the trail, including squirrels, rabbits, deer and birds that are preparing to migrate for winter, such as hummingbirds. Animals visible in the pond in-

clude red-eared slider turtles and fish, while a walk through the prairie would reveal butterflies. “Something new we have this year is a floating dock so that way you can kind of walk out on the dock out on the water and get closer to the turtles,” Gillespie said.

If they have more school spirit than you do

and perhaps for several weeks after they leave. There are two stores currently stocking up on Eastern apparel for the occasion: Positively Fourth Street, located on Lincoln Avenue across the street from campus, and the Union Bookstore. Travis Diss, a cashier at Positively Fourth Street, said the store employs all of its workers for Family Weekend. “For that weekend, it’s probably the most traffic that we have,” he said. He said the store orders a lot of extra Eastern clothing specifically for Family Weekend as well as extra Eastern gift items. “This is a time of the year where we really try to overstock our store with Eastern apparel,” Diss said. Mitchell Coe, the Union Bookstore manager, said the bookstore prepares by putting all of the staff to work as well. “Usually on the weekend we’ll run with about five students, and I think we’ve got probably 15 working this weekend plus all the staff works also,” he said. Coe said the number of customers in the store multiplies as well. “It varies year to year, but we do about 10 times our normal business over Family Weekend as opposed to a regular weekend during the school year,” he said. To accommodate the extra customers, Coe said the hours for the store would also be extended. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. He said the store orders extra merchandise in the fall to account for events like Family Weekend and Homecoming, and during Family Weekend they sell a lot more clothes and novelties that say “mom” and “dad.” Once parents are fully decked out in their Eastern gear, they will be ready to head over to Billy’s Backyard tailgate at noon Saturday near O’Brien Stadium and the football game at 1:30 p.m.

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If they like to rock out Some parents would have more fun going out and going crazy at a rock show. There are a few options for them here in Charleston this weekend. The obvious option for rocker parents would be to take them to see the Cheap Trick concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Lantz Arena. Tickets for the show are $25. For families on a stricter budget, another place would be The Top of the Roc, located on top of Roc’s Blackfront Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Charleston. The Top of the Roc currently features Free Music Fridays in which local and travelling bands of any genre imaginable play shows at no cost to the audience. Scott Walus, the owner of Cavetone Records, said Free Music Fridays features a “hodge podge” of local and travelling bands playing many different kinds of music. He said this provides bands without any mention on the Internet or recorded albums a chance to be heard and grow a fan base. Walus said each Friday the Roc usually features an acoustic opener, two local bands and an out-of-town band. “For parents’ weekend, the nice thing about it is it’s a nice environment,” he said. “There’s not beer all over the place and people smoking and not caring.”

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This year’s primetime Emmy awards had a number of surprises when it came to the winners. This can probably be called a good thing since the broadcast was not exactly the most exciting show they have ever had. Some awards for outstanding lead actors went to Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom” and Claire Danes for “Homeland” in in the drama category, and to Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” in the comedy category. Daniels’ win was the only unexpected win out of that bunch, with all of his fellow nominees also standing a good chance at bringing home the award. “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” took home the two biggest awards of the night, Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series, respectively, but the winners are rarely the big watercooler story the next day. It is always what happened in between the awards being presented. Neil Patrick Harris did an acceptable job as host. I think most were expecting a little more from him, though. He seemed to just being going through the motions. It wasn’t just his fault. He did not appear to have been given the best material to work with. His lackluster opening monologue was thankfully short in order to give enough time to all the other people who participated in the opening, including last year’s host Jimmy Kimmel. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had one of the funniest moments of the night when they asked Harris to twerk for them, but the rest of the show did not end up being as funny as one would hope. Most of the presenters were stiff and obviously forcing their lines out. Will Ferrell was better, but his bit with the kids seemed out of place since it came when he was presenting the two most important awards of the night. Perhaps the biggest story of this year’s Emmy awards was the new way they presented the “In Memoriam” section of the broadcast. Along with the traditional way

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they have always presented the segment, they had people come out and specifically talk about five people who died this past year. Those who were given a special tribute include James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters, Gary David Goldberg and Cory Monteith. That last inclusion is what most people had a problem with. Monteith’s death was obviously tragic, but mentioning him instead of TV greats Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman is an interesting choice to say the least, and many were upset about his inclusion. Every year, and in every award show, deserving people are left out of the “In Memoriam” segment. This has always been something that bothered me, as these award shows could include more people if they would just cut back on some of the “funny” skits that are bound to fall flat. Another reason why this segment just did not work was because of the somber mood it kept bringing to the show. The “In Memoriam” parts of award shows are always sad for obvious reasons. The fact that they kept doing it again and again really zapped some energy out of the show. Usually the audience just has to go through this once, but with this year’s Emmys, it happened six times. Overall, the entire concept was nothing more than a ratings ploy, especially where it concerned Monteith and the show’s desire to get young people to tune in. If it is done again, I imagine the choices will be more carefully thought out. Jordan Thiede can be reached at 581-2812 or jethiede@eiu.edu.

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Jenna Jackley to bring acoustic set to JAC She said changing is something to be proud of, so she wanted her music to encourage people to try new things. “That’s the kind of message I was trying to convey to people, that they shouldn’t just settle for what they’ve been doing,” she said. Jackley said a friend at her school helped her to record the EP, which they completed in two days. “It was really cool to work with someone who was a musician too, and I’m just kind of surrounded by really talented people here,” she said. Jackley said for her next record-

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Despite having been writing songs and playing drums and guitar for years, Jenna Jackley said she was still nervous when she performed live for the first time at Jackson Avenue Coffee in 2009. “I’d never played in front of people before, so I was really nervous, but I loved it and they were really welcoming,” she said. “Ever since then I just loved performing, and that’s kind of how I got started.” Being invited multiple times to perform at the JAC allowed Jackley to gain the experience she needed to begin her musical career, she said. “I didn’t know a whole lot about performing, but I met a lot of really cool people through that one show, and so from there they just invited me to play more,” she said. Jackley, a native of Mattoon, will return yet again to play an acoustic set at 7 p.m. Saturday at the JAC. Jackley said she is able to convey things using music that she otherwise would not have the courage to. “I’m kind of an introvert,” she said. “I don’t really love talking with people, to be honest, and I like playing music because it lets me say things I wouldn’t normally say.” Jackley released a six-song EP in March titled “Day By Day.” She said the album name is based off a line in the Bible, the context of which talks about how people are “constantly being made new.” “That was a big theme of my life

“Sometimes inspiration doesn’t come all that naturally, but being a good songwriter, it’s about writing even when you don’t feel like it,” she said. Jackley said her musical ability started with playing the drums, and she began to teach herself the guitar when she realized it was difficult to write songs along with drums. “I think since I liked writing lyrics, it helped me learn the guitar just because it gave me a little bit of background and a little bit of drive to keep learning,” she said. Although she usually plays with

“I don’t really love talking with people, to be honest, and I like playing music because it lets me say things I wouldn’t normally say.” -Jenna Jackley, musician

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Jenna Jackley, a singer, songwriter and guitar player from Mattoon, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Avenue Coffee.

actually, and so I decided to make the EP to kind of show that my

music is changing and so am I,” she said.

ing, she would like to produce an entire album, which she knows will be a challenge. “I fundraised my whole last CD, and I would like to do that again because I was able to get people involved in helping me out,” she said. “And in that I got to figure out what people wanted to listen to.” While many of Jackley’s lyrics are based on changes in her life, she said she has to dig deep for inspiration at times. She said although writing songs is somewhat of a discipline, it is still a fun one.

a band, Jackley said she would be preforming solo this weekend. “It’s just going to be a really stripped-down, acoustic set, and what I like most about the JAC is I can be really open and honest,” she said. “Acoustic music is really vulnerable because you don’t have anybody else playing with you, so hopefully it can be just a really cozy set to where I can be open and honest.”

Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or samarkham@eiu.edu.

Spinning Chambers to push pop boundaries By Stephanie Markham Verge Editor

Once a band ties itself to a specific genre, the music becomes just as formulaic and predictable as romance novels, said Travis Shoot, singer and guitar player for The Spinning Chambers. Shoot said he played in a punk rock band until he was 26 years old, and after he took a break from music for a few years, he was interested in expanding his horizons. “I got bored,” he said. “I was tired of just playing two minute punk songs because it just—once something becomes genre-specific it almost stops mattering to me.” He said he recruited his brother, Landan Shoot, to play bass about a month ago when the band needed another member, and together with friend Garet Shuemaker on drums, The Spinning Chambers play music inspired by rockabilly, country, pop and alternative styles. “It kind of sticks to the ‘50s roots (with a) Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens

kind of pop structure,” Travis Shoot said. “But we try to throw things in there to be a little more interesting.” As a band, the three musicians never sat down and decided one specific style to play, though they began with the intentions of being more of a rockabilly band, Shoot said. “You can be the best rockabilly band in the world, but it’s like yeah, you’re still a rockabilly band,” he said. “And to me, I think music should be bigger than that.” Shoot said it is important for the songs to be catchy, but the challenge becomes saying something interesting that he will not get sick of. “The thing with pop music a lot of times too, like radio Top 40 stuff, is the lyrics are so bad,” he said. “It’s like OK well you know that’s really simplistic and kind of bubblegum, and you know there’s no meat really.” Shoot said lyrics for The Spinning Chambers are “here, there and everywhere.” He said some songs are about typical relationship problems, some are about working-class problems and being poor and some function to articulate things he would other-

wise not be able to say. “I got really burnt out on knowing what to expect, and I just wanted to be freed up to write whatever kind of songs that I feel like,” Shoot said. Writing lyrics and poetry helped Shoot to deal with the addiction he developed to painkillers after having a back injury, he said. Shoot said he is in the process of putting the pieces of his life together. “That’s kind of what’s always kept me going, music, and art in general really,” he said. “I really think that what would make me the happiest is to be able to sustain myself and make art part of my daily life.” Although the band has not been able to come up with enough money to record a CD yet, Shoot said playing live shows is what he enjoys most. “Playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band or playing a show is one of the only times when it’s completely OK to just lose your mind,” he said. He said playing live music is one of the few experiences that allow people to focus their energy and black everything else out. “The only thing that I can compare it to is like when sex is good and

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The Spinning Chambers consists of drummer Garet Shuemaker, vocalist and guitarist Travis Shoot and bassist Landan Shoot. The band will be one of three bands performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday at The Top of the Roc. Doors open at 8 p.m.

you’re just there and there’s nothing else going on in your mind whatsoever; it’s just right now and that’s it, everything else is gone,” he said. The Spinning Chambers will be one of three bands performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday at The Top of the

Roc. Doors open at 8 p.m. Other bands include The Montreal Screwjob and Hot Dog Wit Musta’d.

Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or samarkham@eiu.edu.


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