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Spare wood is propped up against a wall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center scene shop until further use.

Students set scenes for productions By Samantha McDaniel Daily Editor

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Freshman theatre arts major Tiffany Mazur demonstrates how the band saw functions in the scene shop at Doudna Fine Arts Center. Mazur started working in the scene shop for a class and then eventually it became a hobby for her. She only needs 45 hours in the shop for the class, she has completd more than a 100 hours thus far.

The scenes people see on stage during plays and other productions are built in a shop at the edge of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The Scene Shop is a room filled with workbenches, tools and pieces of wood where the scenes of productions like the “Christmas Carol” and “Almost, Maine” are brought to life. Christopher Gadomski, the shop foreman and theatre arts professor, said the shop usually makes everything on stage outside of the costumes. “We are responsible for taking the designs from the designers for the scenery and the props and manufacturing them,” Gadomski said. “If that involves building from scratch, we do so, and if it involves taking what we got in existing stock and modifying it, we can do it as well.” He said they are responsible for making sure everything functions properly, even when it is on stage. Everyone who is involved in the production will make notes regarding the different props and if anything is not functioning correctly. “It varies from show to show, some you have very little tweaking that

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you have to do to get things working properly,” Gadomski said. “Others it’ll be days and days of notes.” Gadomski said they will usually find out what the problems are after technical rehearsals and have only a few days to fix the problems. The group will run through the play and the designers will sit in the audience and take notes on the things that need to be fixed. “We have to have everything ready by the time shop closes on (opening night),” Gadomski said. He said the process of building the sets starts with a scene designer sketching what they think the set should look like, including different size scales. “We take those designs and figure out how it actually has to be built, the practicality of it and what we need to do to make that design come to life,” Gadomski said. The workers in the shop also help build special projects, some for the Costume Shop. Gadomski and another worker built the frame for the glow serpent that was featured in the play.

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Senate reviews Chicago State investigation By Stephanie Markham Staff Reporter

The Faculty Senate was asked to weigh in on an investigation occurring at Chicago State University regarding its president’s hiring process. The senate had to reschedule the discussion of the Tobacco Coalition’s proposal to initiate a tobacco-free campus for its next meeting on Jan. 8 because it was one member short of a quorum. The shared governance committee of the Chicago State University’s Faculty Senate submitted an investigative report of Presi-

dent Wayne Watson’s process of hiring three new faculty members in the criminal justice department. Faculty Senate member Grant Sterling, a philosophy professor, said the report indicated that Watson hired the new faculty in a period of two weeks and without consulting the official search committee. “The selection process ordinarily takes about a year,” Sterling said. The report states that one of the new faculty members was given nearly double the intended salary, and none of them were

sufficiently qualified or recommended by the department. Faculty Senate chairman Andrew Methven, a biological studies professor, said the Faculty Senate from Chicago State University requested input in considering what actions they should take. “They asked us if this behavior and the action in and of itself constitute grounds for a motion of no confidence in the president,” Methven said. He said senate members would continue discussion about the questions submitted and draft a response during an upcoming

meeting. The senate also reviewed various committee reports. Methven said the executive committee recently discussed the mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect from the department of Child and Family Services and President Perry’s decision to require university employees to receive sexual harassment training every three years. Methven said the conversation was inspired by the recent incidents of reported sexual abuse at Penn State University.

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Eastern has seen a decrease in earned degrees that is directly related to decreasing enrollment. Blair Lord, the vice president for Academic Affairs, said Eastern will see the effects of declining enrollment reflected in the earned degrees reports for the next few years. In Fiscal Year 2012, Eastern awarded a total of 2,782 degrees that included bachelor’s degrees, post-bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and specialist degrees. The numbers were less than in FY 2011, when 2,907 degrees were earned by Eastern students. “We’re starting to see how our entering classes have been somewhat smaller for a period of time,” he said. “In one way I take that as evidence that we’ve graduated some of the bigger classes that we had a number of years ago.” Although the numbers decreased, Lord said the figures did not come as a surprise to him because of the decline Eastern has seen in enrollment. According to the Earned Degrees Report, the majors with the largest number of bachelor’s degree recipients included general studies, elementary education, kinesiology and sports studies, communication studies, and family and consumer sciences. Lord said the general studies program is housed in the School of Continuing Education and serves as a degree completion program. “The program is dedicated almost completely to nontraditional students,” he said. “Students in that program are almost entirely people who have been away from higher education or never started higher education when they left high school.” General studies was the highest on the list of bachelor’s degree recipients with 236 degrees earned in FY 2012. Lord said many of these students take classes on weekends and online. “This segment of our market and for higher education in general is the one that is growing the most right now,” he said. “I expect we’ll continue to see some growth in this area because it’s an area where there’s opportunities for growth.” Lord said public policy is encouraging more people to get a higher education degree. “It’s likely to be our biggest growth area,” he said. Graduation rates must be calculated over several years, but Lord said Eastern has seen a fairly consistent six-year graduation rate of around 60 percent. “For a regional comprehensive institution, our graduation rate is very high,” Lord said. “We’re 10 to 12 percentage points higher than typical regional comprehensive institutions.” Graduation rates are not instantly assessable, but Lord said Eastern will be able to see the residual effects of enrollment decreases in the next few years. “We’ve started to see some of the decreases, but they’ll be modest changes if they follow the pattern of enrollment change,” he said. “The biggest changes (in degree recipients) happen when the really big classes graduate.” Robyn Dexter can be reached at 581-2812 or redexter@eiu.edu.


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Justine Ryan, a junior communication studies major, runs the Freeze Out Hunger 3K with friend Fallon Devlin, a sophomore communication studies major. "I am representing student government and we are running to help raise money for the food pantry; we're freezing out hunger," Ryan said.

In the chill autumn air, students and community members braced themselves against the cold to fight hunger Tuesday. The students and community members participated in the Freeze Out Hunger 3K at 4 p.m. near the Campus Pond. Freeze Out Hunger 3K was hosted by the Student Volunteer Center as part of the monthlong EIU Hunger Challenge, which helped raise funds, materials and awareness of hunger. In temperatures barely above freezing, participants in the 3K could either walk or run the length of the Panther Trail. Registration was $10, and all funds went to support the Charleston Food Pantry. Rachel Fisher, the director of the Student Volunteer Center, explained that for each dollar

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raised, the food pantry can provide $10 worth of food to community families in need. This year was the second year for the 3K after the Student Volunteer Center first hosted the event in 2011. After nearly seven participants registered last year, the center decided to host the program again. Fisher said 15 participants registered for Tuesday’s run and she hopes the volunteer center hosts the run next year with greater success. “If we can keep doubling every year, that’s some math I can really enjoy,” she said. Marko Grunhagen, a business professor, walked the 3K while bundled in a large brown coat and deep-blue knitted cap. His face red from the cold, Grunhagen said he was glad to see students helping people in need as winter approaches.

“I am glad so many students showed up to support this,” he said. “We are doing something good for people in need.” As he approached the fin ish line next to the Campus Pavilion, he was welcomed by a group of eight young children cheering him on. The children were par t of Teen REACH, a local afterschool program for at-risk Charleston High School students. Brianna Wojnowski, a junior psychology major, volunteers as a counselor at Teen REACH and walked and ran alongside the children. She said the 3K was a good way to get the children involved in the community. “It was nice to get them out and cheering people on who are participating,” she said. “It shows how good it is to get involved in the community.”

Fi s h e r c rowd e d i n t o t h e group of children and joined their cheers. As her breath rose in a cloud of vapor, she yelled, “Looking good! Finish strong!” T h e p re s e n c e o f t h e Te e n REACH children was a great and welcome addition to the 3K, Fisher said. As the last students crossed the finish line, the evening sun sunk quickly among the streaks of clouds on the horizon. The final pink and yellow rays glinted off the Campus Pond as Fisher reflected on the purpose of the event and her hopes for the efforts of the Student Volunteer Center. “It’s a ver y, ver y good day, and it’s a very good addition to the history of what we are trying to do here,” she said. Tim Deters can be reached at 581-2812 or tadeters@eiu.edu.

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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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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

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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 bayork@eiu.edu.

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City prepares for holiday celebration By Amanda Wilkinson Staff Reporter

The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department plans to spread Christmas cheer to families and students on Dec. 1. Christmas in the Heart of Charleston will have music, refreshments, entertainment and a parade. Cherri Sims, the past co-chairwoman of the Charleston Christmas Committee, said the Christmas celebration started 15 years ago with Sallie Cougill, the original coordinator. Sims said the first Christmas in the Heart of Charleston was much smaller than it is today. Sims said she; Bob Kincade, owner of What’s Cookin’; and seven others wanted to keep the Christmas celebration going for the community. “It was a purely grassroots commu-

nity effort,” Sims said. The Christmas celebration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m. The grand marshal for the parade is Sasha Edwards. Edwards is a local teenager who battled with leukemia in the past. She is in remission and started Sasha’s Softies, an organization that makes blankets to give to children with cancer. Diana Ratliff, the tourism and special events supervisor, said Edwards makes the blankets herself and donates them to hospitals. “She makes blankets and donates them back to the children’s hospital cancer wards,” Ratliff said. Other groups, like First Federal of Coles County and the Christian Campus House, will also be in the parade.

Ratliff said there will be entertainment from the Salvation Army, the Charleston Community Band members and carolers. “(The Salvation Army) are going to have a brass quartet out on the square playing Christmas carols,” Ratliff said. “We also have several groups walking around who will be caroling.” The Charleston Community Band members will play from 6:15 to 7 p.m. The Salvation Army, the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts will pass out different refreshments, like roasted chestnuts throughout the evening. Many stores on the square will be open during the celebration. Art Smart will have ornament making in their store, at 720 Jackson Ave., for $5.

Ratliff said Persimmon Lane and the Lincoln Book Shop will also be open during the celebration. “Lincoln Book Shop will be open that evening and will have Motherlode playing there,” Rafliff said. Ratliff said the community turnout depends on the weather. “If we have good weather, we get a bigger crowd,” Ratliff said. “(If ) we get bad weather, it’s a little smaller.” Ratliff said she hopes a lot of people attend this year, because it is a free event to show appreciation to the community. “It’s more of a family environment, but we welcome the students to come out,” Ratliff said. Amanda Wilkinson can be reached at 581-2812 or akwilkinson@eiu.edu.

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The final Student Senate meeting of the semester will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Arcola-Tuscola Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Student Body President Kaci Abolt will be giving the State of the University Address at the beginning of this meeting. Gurick, a sophomore business major, will follow this with the State of the Senate Address. At this meeting, Student Senate members for next semester will be of-

ficially announced and seated. Gurick will also give one Student Senate member the Senator of the Semester Award. Elections for next semester’s speaker of the student senate will take place and be announced at this meeting as well. Student Senate member John Proffitt, a senior history major, and current Student Senate Speaker Mitch Gurick will both be running for the speaker position. Following these announcements, committee chair members will present their final reports of the semester. This week’s meeting will be longer than usual because of the re-election,

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seating of new Student Senate members and the two addresses. The Student Senate will also approve Undergraduate Dietetic Research Organization and Order of Omega as registered student organizations. The Undergraduate Dietetic Research Organization promotes nutrition and health through booths, events, awareness weeks and participate in the annual heath fair. The Order of Omega recognizes men and women in Greek life who have demonstrated great leadership in Greek activities to encourage them to continue inspiring others.

Mark Hudson, the director of the University Housing and Dining Services, will be giving a Bond Revenue presentation at the Student Senate meeting. Ceci Brinker, the director of the Student Life Office, will also present her advisory report to the Student Senate. There will not be a Student Outreach on the Road table because this is the last meeting. Meetings will resume in January.

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The University Board has changed the day of its monthly Open Mic Night program to accommodate another event on campus. The UB, which hosts a monthly open mic night program on Wednesdays, has changed this month’s program to Thursday. UB co-chairman David Sims, a senior kinesiology and sports studies major, said the reason for the change is because the Essence of a Man contest, a male scholarship contest run by the Black Student Union. “They had their date before we did so when we found about it we changed ours,” Sims said. “We wanted to pay our respect to them and not create a conflict of events for people.” Sims said when the UB decided to change the date they also had to change the location of the program, which was originally scheduled to take place at the Java Beanery & Bakery coffee shop in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. “Java was already booked, so we changed it to the 7th Street Underground,” Sims said. The theme of this week’s open mic is “Unplugged” “It’s supposed to be more acoustic,” Sims said. “I guess technically the instruments could be plugged in, but not really heavy metal or rock.” Sims described the theme of Thursday’s performances as “coffee shop type music.” “This theme is more up in the air,” he said. “With some of the other main stage events we have had certain requirements of the performers.” Sims said these requirements have included that the performers perform original pieces such as for the So You Think You Can Rap? contest. “They can perform whatever they want,” Sims said. “It doesn’t have to be something they wrote.” The program is also not a contest so no awards will be given out, although UB members will raffle UB merchandise as door prizes. This is the last UB sponsored open mic night of the semester and Sims said he is looking forward to a changes to the mainstage division of UB next semester, including the new spotlight series of programming, which will be based upon the idea of an open mic night. In February, the winner of that contest will receive their own UB event to “showcase their talent” and will be featured on the poster. “Hopefully it will give students more incentive to get involved,” Sims said. “If audience members see the performers treating it more seriously, they might attend more.” Along with the new programs, Sims said the UB is currently recruiting for a new mainstage coordinator. Applications for the position are available online or in the Student Activity Center of the Union. Applications are due Friday. Thursday’s open mic program begins at 7 p.m. in the 7th Street Underground of the Union. Amy Wywialowski can be reached at 581-2812 or alwywialowski@eiu.


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As new Student Senate members are being sworn in today, now is the time for them to think ahead about improvements that can be made for the next semester. The senate has made some initiatives that do deserve commendation, even though communicating these initiatives with students has been lacking. Two actions that can benefit students have been the Student Senate’s Dial-A-Ride program, Pantherpalooza and an informative tab on its webpage for students considering living off-campus. However, there have also been issues where the Student Senate has been relatively silent. The Student Senate has not reached out to the student body to thoroughly examine the Chickfil-A controversy. Students have approached the Student Senate presenting their views on this issue, but the senate has for the most part kept silent. Anything students deem an important issue — especially an active debate like this — should be at the forefront of the senate’s attention. A perfect way to address this, and to draw student’s attention to care about issues, would have been to have at least one forum (preferably several) with students and Eastern community members. The Student Senate can also take more initiative in seeking student body’s opinion. Students probably have many issues they want their student government to address. The student government should work with University Police Department and offer more safety walks and forums to discuss how students can be safe on campus. Not that the Eastern is not a safe place to go to school, but safety around college campuses should be a top priority in any situation. The student government has an opportunity to offer students something that protects their well-being. The student government should strive to address issues before they are brought to its meeting. For example, a current issue that has been brought up in previous years is being discussed again — a tobacco-free campus. Many students will be passionate on either side of the issue. The student government should analyze how their campuses and student governments across are dealing with this very real issue. While they are analyzing the issue, they can also be surveying the current student body to better represent how students on campus feel about smoking. With only 30 Student Senate members, they were elected to represent about 367 students each. This is not an easy task for anyone, but this is a job in which they are elected to do. They are the voice of Eastern’s student body and by keeping silent they are silencing student voices as well. The student government’s mission statement reads as followed “student government will protect the rights and interests of the students while also enhancing the quality of the EIU experience through the power that is vested in them by Eastern Illinois University.” Eastern athletics have started a new era, it is time for the student government to have one too.

I’ve been watching a lot of “Justice League” lately. The 2001-2006 cartoon wasn’t my favorite as a kid, but it brought together Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others for fantastic adventures filled with colorful fight scenes, so I watched it all the time. Having rediscovered the series on YouTube, I realized it had so much more to offer. For a show marketed to kids, it tackled some serious ethical dilemmas and questions like, “Is it really a good idea to have a group of superpowered individuals traveling around the world dishing out their version of justice unchecked?” Can you imagine people with superpowers? People are terrible. They lie, cheat, steal, murder and can generally just ruin your day. Sure, it might be awesome for you to have a power or two, but are you sure you’ll act justly? When you imagine yourself with some metahuman ability (we all do, occasionally) do you typically imagine how much you’re going to help people, or how much you’re going to help yourself and how much easier your life will be? When it comes down to it, power corrupts. It’s why people don’t always trust politicians (like the four Illinois governors who have been jailed in the past 40 years) or police (for reference, see the movie “Serpico”) because people in power have a history of abusing it. If we started handing out invulnerability and heat vision to the general public, it’s hard to imagine a world with more heroes than villains. But I’m not about to give up hope. Enter Kim Peek, a man who could perfectly remember about 98 percent of his life and had memorized 12,000 books. Peek was the inspiration

Seth Schroeder for the 1988 film “Rain Man,” where Dustin Hoffman’s character displayed extraordinary memory as a result of his autism. Though not autistic, Peek’s memory can still be regarded as superhuman (he was a primary example in the article “6 Real People With Mind-Blowing Mutant Superpowers” on Cracked.com). We can all imagine situations where a powerful memory would come in handy; finals are coming up, after all. As demonstrated in “Rain Man,” superb recall can win you a lot of money at blackjack. But despite the financial potential, Peek reportedly said using his ability to gamble would be unethical and refused. He was a man with a real life superpower and he lived uncorrupted by it. Maybe a world of superheroes isn’t impossible. While I’m fairly certain the universe of four-colored comic books is far from reality, one never knows what the future holds. Peek’s ability was likely caused by congenital brain abnormalities. These are rare, of course, but the human race has grown vast. Our species adapts and who knows what new kinds of unique batches of brain chemistry are being produced with each new birth.

We might see a world similar to the TV show Alphas’ “neurodiversity,” where unique brain structure results in individuals with unique abilities but in exchange have a downside. Despite Peek’s amazing memory, he had trouble with everyday motor skills and needed help dressing himself. Our superpowered world would require us to work together because if more of us had extraordinary abilities we’d presumably have extraordinary weaknesses as well. We’d be interdependent to compensate for these weaknesses in order for our powers to contribute to society. Which isn’t really all that far from real life anyway. We all have our abilities and we have to work in concert in order to achieve our level of society. It would have been impossible for us to achieve the level of industrialized success that we have without us working together in groups. Sure our abilities may not exactly be superhuman, but they can still be super. You may be a talented musician or maybe you can solve differential equations like it’s nobodies business. You might paint, throw an amazing fastball or you could be a great listener that helps their friends get through rough parts of life. We’ve all been blessed. It may not be in the way we hoped. Our lives aren’t always going to be extraordinary, but we all bring something different to the table and that’s what can make us super. Seth Schroeder is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or denopinions@gmail.com.

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Press can help community discussion Dear editor: Yesterday’s suggestion that political discussion should continue apart from campaign seasons is a good one. One challenge is the question which asks if there exists a season apart from campaign seasons. A need, which is lacking is the disappearance of the “ watchdog press,” which has been

both the intellectual understandings and the ambition to report on both parties with investigative probity, exposing their weaknesses and phony claims. Yes, even their strengths could be announced. We could hope for creating a firewall of commonly shared knowledge, which could defend us from all the false claims, which undermine our ability to arrive at good decisions.

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Cookie dough class to cater to students Class to prepare students for holiday season By Stephanie Markham Staff Reporter

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Participants prepare thumbprint cookie dough during the “Cookie Dough Swap Shop” Dec. 4, 2011, in Khelm Hall. Last year’s participants made enough cookie dough to bake over 1,000 cookies.

Anyone who prefers or enjoys the taste of homemade cookies can learn how to create eight different types of dough at the Cookie Dough Swap Shop from 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday in Room 2309 of Klehm Hall. The School of Continuing Education and the School of Family and Consumer Sciences are offering the instructional, non-credit class to prepare students for the holiday baking season. Participants will be divided into groups of four amongst six separate kitchens. Kathy Rhodes, a family and consumer sciences professor, will show members of each kitchen how to prepare a different type of cookie dough. At the end of the workshop, workers from each section will go around and exchange samples with the other stations. Each participant will collect a total of eight selections of dough that they can take home and store in

“You’ll find that when you do it yourself, the cookies will taste better and they’re healthier than what you find at the store.” -JoEllen Hickenbottom, organizer of swap shop event their freezer to be baked for the holidays. JoEllen Hickenbottom, a program coordinator in the School of Continuing Education and one of the organizers of the swap shop event, said she had fun participating in the shop last year. “It’s just like when you make a batch at home, except here you will walk away with eight different types,” Hickenbottom said. She said groups of friends who would like to work together can sign up, but the division of workers per station might be dependent on the number of participants. “Last year, we even had motherdaughter teams coming in,” Hickenbottom said. She said the types of dough offered change each year, and last year’s selection included chocolate chip, snicker doodles, sugar cookies and her personal favorite, cowboy cookies. She said there are many benefits to making cookie dough over buy-

ing it pre-made from a store. “The number one thing is that you can use the ingredients you want to use,” Hickenbottom said. “You can create your own recipe; if you have a peanut allergy you can just take those out.” She also said following recipes and baking are skills that are easily picked up, even for those with minimal kitchen experience. “You’ll find that when you do it yourself, the cookies will taste better and they’re healthier than what you find at the store, and in this case everything is provided for you,” she said. Participants must be at least 18 years old and pay a $40 fee for the instruction and supplies. People who want to participate have to register Wednesday by contacting the School of Continuing Education. Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or samarkham@eiu.edu.

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Professor educates students on genetics By Robyn Dexter In-depth Editor

Dr. Kenneth Ramos of the University of Louisville came to campus Tuesday to educate students on his research about genetic reprogramming. His “Genome Plasticity: a Story on Lines and Genetic Reprogramming” presentation focused on the technical, medical side of his biological research. Ramos also met with students before his presentation for an extended lunch to talk about his research and answer any questions the students had. He began by linking the human genome, or set of genetic material, to

plasticity because it is not static. “We have regulations about code and if you get a hold of plasticity, you can hope to make a difference in the way we manage human disease and the way we change the trajectory of disease,” he said. Ramos introduced the group to the biological concept of LINEs, which stands for long, interspersed, nuclear elements. “They’re essentially the ‘junk’ of DNA,” he said. He stressed the importance of the ENCODE Project, which is the encyclopedia of DNA elements. “The ENCODE is essentially the post completion of human genome sequencing,” he said. “The realization came that having the

code and the alphabet of the human genome was just the beginning of the trip.” Ramos said the code has helped his research in genetics and reprogramming. “The ENCODE was basically to assign meaning and functionality to the human genome code, which had just been revealed in the early 2000s,” he said. The biggest surprise that was realized through the code was that humans are not superior to other species genetically, Ramos said. “Not because we have more genes or make more proteins, but because the ways that we regulate genetic programming,” he said. “Out of that exercise, we came to realize that we’re

SCENE, from page 1 “Those are fun extra challenges that are not technically part of my job,” Gadomski said. “It’s one of those fun problem solving things.” The scene shop employs about seven students and have different students come in to fulfill hours for classes. “We have a steady stream, or well you hope a steady stream, of workers who come into the shop and put in their time,” Gadomski said. Gadomski said one of his responsibilities is to help students find out what they are good at and what they like to do. “I’ll have anywhere from two to 15 people in the shop sometimes and everybody keeps coming to me and asking me what to do,” Gadomski said.

He said he likes working with the students who come in to work in the shop. “We have fun, we get the work done, but we have fun,” Gadomski said. He said there are some people who are really good at building while others cannot. He said he tries to match their likes and skills. Gadomski said he worked in the shop when he was a student here in 1995. “I started working in the scene shop, just putting in a lot of hours because I enjoyed doing it,” Gadomski said. He said he worked in the shop for about three years until he graduated in December 1998. Gadomski returned this fall to

not that much different from chimpanzees or worms, even.” Ramos said technology empowered his research team to make a number of discoveries about “junk” DNA, or DNA that did not appear to have any recognizable function. “It’s really not junk anymore,” he said. “Many of the sequences carry functions of the biology itself.” Ramos covered the technical and architectural aspects of the project and detailed all the processes and components that make up the genome including the chromosomes and the chromatin. “Understanding the biology of regulation of this level can actually give you tools to manipulate genetic expression,” he said.

After talking about some of his research, Ramos talked about the importance it can have to medicine and society. “Cells can transition to different genetic stages, but all of (them) are stages that can be moderated and reversed,” he said. “If I’m managing a patient, maybe someday I might be able to manage that patient in the complete absence of biological knowledge, only with the basis of understanding the biology that is taking place.” Ramos said he hopes it will bring about the “medicine of the future.” Robyn Dexter can be reached at 581-2812 or redexter@eiu.edu.

FACULTY SENATE, from page 1 take over as the foreman and to teach classes. “Ever since I got my master’s degree, I always said I wanted to come back to Eastern and teach, so it’s kind of my dream job, being back here in the theater department,” Gadomski said. The scene shop is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. He said he enjoys the shop. “It’s never the same thing twice, it’s always getting to do something fun and creative and new, and I thoroughly enjoy that part of my job,” Gadomski said. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu.

“The sexual harassment training is not something required by the state, but the president thought it was a good thing that we should be doing,” he said. Methven also spoke about recent discussions at the Program Analysis Steering Committee. He said the committee began deliberation on what metrics to use to measure the internal and external demands for university programs.

“The thing that I thought was really good about the exercises we’ve been doing is that they’re really broad based as far as the different constituency represented on campus, and so there were a lot of different perspectives and a variety of different interests coming into it,” he said. Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or samarkham@eiu.edu.

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SPORTS

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FIVE FACTS FOR FANS

No. 1 The men’s basketball team gives up an average of 58.9 points per game, surrendering 412 total points in seven games this season. That ranks second best among Ohio Valley Conference teams. However, the Panthers’ scoring off ense averages just 57.1 points per game, scoring 12 points f ewer than their opponents through those same seven games. That places Easter n last in the OVC, as the only team to average f ewer than 60 points per game.

No. 2 Easter n’s women’s basketball team ranks in the bottom half of the OVC in both field goal percentage defense (10th) and three-point field goal percentage defense (12th), giving up 48.8 percent and 42.3 percent, respectively. Through their first five games, the Panthers suffer from a -11.4 scoring margin (8th), as their most recent loss came as a 105-42 thrashing by No. 25 Dayton. The Panthers also suffered a 30 point loss, 69-39, in their season opener at Indiana State on Nov. 9 in Terre Haute, Ind. The team is currently 3-4 on the season.

No. 4 No. 3 The men’s basketball team is shooting an OVC-worst 56.9 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers have sunk 62of-109 attempts from the charity stripe, as opposed to their opponents’ 104-of145 (71.7 percent). Without sophomore forward Josh Piper shooting 19-of-21 (90.5) on the year, Easter n would be making just 48.8 percent of its foul shots. Piper is shooting .484, tied with Sherman Blanford for best on the team.

Senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon has been the main f acilitator for the women’s basketball team, as she ranks second in the OVC in both assists per game and assist-to-tur nover ratio. Nixon leads the Panthers with 5.4 assists per game through five contests. She is the only Panther inside the top 15 in the conf erence. Nixon also posts a 1.7 assist-to-tur nover ratio, with 27 assists to 16 tur novers. The senior from Michigan City, Ind., was a First Team OVC selection last season.

No. 5 Senior guard Austin Akers averages 35.3 minutes per game for the men’s basketball team, which is second most among all OVC players. He leads the Panthers in total minutes with 247, which is 31 total minutes and five minutes per game more than the next teammate. In those minutes, Akers has compiled a teambest 27 assists, averaging 3.9 assists per game, placing him seventh in the OVC.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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Panthers finding groove

with Hailey Foss, women’s swimming

By Alex McNamee Staff Reporter

The Eastern women’s basketball team went 2-1 over the Thanksgiving break, fueled by a couple of high-scoring performances. Junior guard Jordyne Crunk played 25 minutes off the bench in a 21-point home win over San Jose State, for the team’s first win this season. Crunk scored a team-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including three three-pointers. Four of five starters in the game reached double figures in scoring, led by Mariah King who aided her 4-of13 shooting performance from the field by making 6-of-10 shots from the free throw line. Sophomore forward Sabina Oroszova was the only starter not to reach double figures, but she performed well by scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds. In the Panthers’ next game, a 16-point win over Buffalo, senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon led the Panthers with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes.

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Senior Hailey Foss sits by Padovan Pool Tuesday. Floss holds the second fastest time in the 500-meter freestyle at Eastern and the fourth fastest time in the 1,000-meter freestyle, which she set this year.

Foss makes her mark at Eastern By Aldo Soto Staff Reporter

An athlete’s expectations are placed on you by coaches, teammates, fans, yourself and your family, but for Hailey Foss, those expectations are raised when they come from a former national swimming champion in three different events. Foss is no stranger to success, having earned several accolades throughout her high school career; which included being named team MVP all four years on her varsity swim team and was also a four-time-all-conference honoree. Foss said she began to swim at an early age. “I started swimming when I was seven and all because they sent out a flier at school about the local swim team in my area, the Beloit Aquatic

club,” Foss said. But since she began to swim, there has been one person who has influenced her the most, her mother. “I later found out my mom was a swimmer all her life, and a good one at that,” Foss said. “Once I found out my mom was a swimmer, it made me love the sport more. I have always looked up to my mom a lot and this is just one more thing I have in common with her.” Tracey Foss, Hailey’s mother, was preparing to compete at the Olympic Trials when she found out she was pregnant with Hailey. Foss said she owes everything to her mom. “I am very thankful she gave up so much to have me,” Foss said. Foss said the expectations placed on her by her mom are immense, but that she welcomes the pressure.

“I think she has high expectations for me, but it’s just because she knows what I am capable of and believes in me as a swimmer,” Foss said. “Sometimes I feel the pressure, but what athlete doesn’t have pressure to do well?” Foss said that although her mother was a great swimmer, who was ranked No.1 in Wisconsin and won nationals in three events as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay swim team, she does not feel she lives under her mom’s shadow. The senior said she separates her career from her mom’s, as her mom swam in different events and only swam for one year in college, but takes her advice at every point in her life. Foss’ mother has always been by her side, through the good and the bad. Foss looked to her mother after a disappointing finish to her junior year

when she said she had a bad performance during the team’s conference meet. “Not swimming well at the end of the year is rough when all you can think about is all the hard work you have put in,” Foss said. This was much more disappointing to Foss after having a breakout season in her sophomore year that had her recording the second best time in the 500-Free in Eastern history. “I just missed the record by hundredths of a second but it was a great time for me,” Foss said. Aldo Soto can be reached at 581-2812 or asoto2@eiu.edu.

An extended version of this story is available at dailyeasternnews.com

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Panthers to host Central Arkansas By Anthony Catezone Assistant Sports Editor

The Eastern men’s basketball team is eyeing to improve to .500 for the first time this season. Eastern will wrap up its current three-game home stretch, as it hosts Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lantz Arena. The Panthers enter the non-conference match with a 3-4 record, while the Bears come in at 1-3. The Panthers have won three of their last four games. The most recent was a 64-44 home win over Houston Baptist Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Josh Piper has been a

force at the forward position during that stretch, as he has scored in double-digits the last five games. Two career-highs by Piper have highlighted that span. Piper posted a career-high 28 points and seven rebounds to pick up the first win under the Spoonhour era, beating Texas-Pan American 6350 on Nov. 17. Piper is also the Panthers’ leading scorer averaging 13 points a game. His 5.3 rebounds put him at second on the team, while junior forward Sherman Blanford leads the team with 5.9 rebounds. Blanford is the team’s second leading

scorer with 10.6 points per game. Eastern possesses the second best scoring defense in the Ohio Valley Conference, as it gives up 58.9 points per game, as it is one of two teams to allow under 60 points. However, the Panthers’ scoring offense averages just 57.1 points per game, ranking last in the conference as they are the only team being held under 60 points per game in the OVC. For the Bears, they are on a twogame skid, losing to Sacramento State and Arkansas State, 71-68 and 73-72, respectively. Their third loss comes at the hands of Arizona State 79-64. Central Arkansas has four players

Mitchell coming on Senior forward Sydney Mitchell has come on in recent games, scoring nine and seven points, respectively, in her last two games out. Mitchell, who has started the season in an unfamiliar role — coming off the bench — is trying to get into game shape after nursing an injury most of the summer. Mitchell only scored three points in the first three games on 1-of-15 shooting, but emerged against Buffalo and scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. Against No. 25 Dayton, Mitchell scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in 19 minutes of play. “This might have been Sydney’s best game,” Eastern head coach Lee Buchanan said. So far, it has been, but Mitchell is a ways away from the 11 points she averaged per game, last season. Dayton beats Eastern, moves up in polls The Dayton Flyers came into the game against Eastern on Sunday ranked No. 25 in the nation. After its convincing 63-point win, the Flyers have moved up to No. 23 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 22 in the USA Today Top 25 poll. The Flyers are sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 84.7 points per game, but have scored more points than almost any team — 508 in six games. The Flyers are 6-0 this season and play Wright State (2-2) next.

that average double-digit points per game. The duo of forwards Jarvis Garner and Jordan Harks lead that group with 15.3 and 14.5 points per game, respectively. Those two are also the team’s top rebounding men as they are neck-andneck again with 6.3 and six rebounds per game. After the three-game home stand is capped off, Eastern will travel to New York to take on Stony Brook at 1 p.m. Dec. 1.

Conference scoring leaders The usual pair, Tennessee-Martin’s Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome, is first and third in the scoring ranks early this season. Butler leads the Ohio Valley Conference with 21.8 points per game, while Newsome scores 19.7 points per game. Eastern senior forward Mariah King is sixth in the conference, averaging 13.6 points per game. The Panthers’ next game is at 7 p.m. Thursday against Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis in Lantz Arena.

Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-2812 or ajcatezone@eiu.edu.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 581-2812 or admcnamee@eiu.edu.

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