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Mike Drake, 50, dies after three-year battle with cancer. He was a staff member with the University Housing and Dining Services.

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4-ALARM FIRE DAMAGES NINTH STREET APARTMENT By Robyn Dexter News Editor

A Charleston fire truck waits outside 2007 Ninth St. on Monday after a fire had been put out earlier at that location. The Charleston Fire Department completely closed down Ninth Street for several hours while handling the fire and investigation. No one was injured in the fire; however, five of the 11 apartments in the complex were damaged.

The Charleston Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire at 2007 Ninth St. at 5 a.m. Monday. Fire Chief Pat Goodwin said the fire department is still in the early stages of investigation. “We’re working with our staff and staff of the state fire marshals as well to secure the building,” he said. “The complex sustained heavy damage, especially the south side.” Goodwin said no one was injured, and the building was evacuated. “We did have some slips and falls (while evacuating people) due to the ice, but other than that, things went well, and we’re in the investigation stage now,” he said. CFD Firefighter Gerald Smith said not much information is available yet because the department is still investigating the fire, and more information will be available at a later time. “(CFD) is still on scene investigating the fire, so we’re hoping we’ll have more information in the next few hours,” Smith said. “It was a goodsized fire, so they’ll be out there investigating for a while.” CFD, the Charleston Police Department and a representative from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal arson investigation unit are investigating the relationship between the fire and a car that was allegedly vandalized with paint at some point in the night or early morning.

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Firefighters roll up hoses after extinguishing a fire Monday at 2007 Ninth St. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The car that was painted belongs to Stewart Broom, a resident of the apartment complex where the fire took place. Broom said he came back from Champaign late Sunday and woke up because of the fire and found out his car had been painted red. “I looked out my bedroom window, and there were flames in the hallway about 4 feet from our window,” he said. “My wife and I got the kids out to the car, and I stayed to knock on windows and alert people.” When he came outside, Broom said he discovered the vandalism done to his car. Broom said the red paint was all

around the windshield and around the bumper in the back of the car. “There’s gotta be some connection to the fire and the paint,” he said. “When we got back at 9:30 last night, there was nobody around, and this morning it was there.” At 7 p.m. Monday, Goodwin said there was no new update to the status of the investigation. “We’ll be working more (Tuesday), not on the scene but with some other things,” he said. “Right now the cause of the fire is still under investigation.” Robyn Dexter can be reached at 581-2812 or redexter@eiu.edu.

Security plan to be Search for honors dean continues "We have received enough applications to ensure presented to BOT adequate depth in this pool of applicants." By Stephanie Markham Administration Editor

By Stephanie Markham Administration Editor The timeline for implementation of the campus security master plan will depend on future funding, according to Rex Hilligoss, the architect for Facilities, Planning and Management. Eastern joined with security firm Exp U.S. Services to collect data that would help set a plan for improved security systems on campus. Robert Lomb, the project manager, and Scott Henry, the senior security engineer for the firm, addressed how they would create the security master plan to campus governance groups during the past fall semester. Lomb explained in a September meeting to Faculty Senate that the plan would be developed to cover all buildings and outdoor areas, not just specific buildings.

He said data to be collected includes identifying university assets, evaluating security threats and finding how to coordinate new electronic security measures. He also said the plan would be implemented in phases once approved by the Board of Trustees, and the costs of operation would be determined by the level of security needed in each stage. Hilligoss said in an email the security master plan steering committee met during the third week of December to compose a document of data collected by the firm to present to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has previously invested $247,000 in the security firm according to its 2012 summary of purchases.

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Blair Lord, the vice president for academic affairs, formed a search committee last semester to find a new dean of the Honors College. John Stimac, the current Honors College dean, has held the position as a three-year term since 2010. John Best, a psychology professor and the chairman of the search committee, said the group began reviewing applications in December 2012, and the position will be open July 1. He said the committee is accepting electronic applications from anywhere, including within the university. “We have received enough applications to ensure adequate depth in this pool of applicants,” Best said. The committee will review the submitted applications, compare each candidate to the job requirements, and then begin a process of phone interviews, he said.

John Best, chairman of Honors College dean search committee

According to the job description on Eastern’s website, the dean reports to the vice president for academic affairs and is responsible for undergraduate honors student recruitment, retention, support, curriculum and coordination with other academic departments. Best said a large number of constituents will get the chance to interview and evaluate the candidates, including honors faculty and staff, honors students, other deans and chairpersons. “After the phone inter views, there will be a process where some of those individuals will be interviewed on campus by all of the constituents,” he said. “We’ll gather information about how that interview process went, and finally the

search committee will write a list of recommendations and submit that to the provost who will make a decision.” Best said the committee would be looking for individuals who have a vision for honors and can provide leadership. The new dean will need to be able to lead students through completion of the honors program and ensure the honors faculty members are well qualified, he said. “They’re responsible for the overall quality of the honors experience and making sure honors students have the highest quality experience they can have with the recourses available,” Best said.

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The Charleston pension investments return last fiscal year was less than half what the city expected. Charleston Comptroller Heather Kuykendall said the city was expecting a 7.5-percent return but received 3.25 percent back the last fiscal year, which ranged from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012. The Charleston City Council approved the Fire and Police Pension Board Report on Dec. 4 with regard to the Annual Tax Levy. Both fire and police funds have a status of about 50 percent funded with the goal of 75 percent and the ultimate goal of 90 to 100 percent. “It would be great to have the funds out of the 50 percent range, but we’re still coming out of the investment decline of ’08 and ’09,” Kuykendall said. The police and fire pension funds were invested in federal government obligations, state and local obligations, mutual funds, common stock and corporate bonds. The total amount in the firefighter fund is about $12.5 million with the police fund at about

“We did better than expected last year, but not as good as expected this year.” -Heather Kuykendall, Charleston Comptroller $10.5 million. The amount returning from investments determines how much the funds the city may need to receive from the property tax levy. The amount police and firefighters receive in benefits depends on their salary and years of service. Kuykendall said if the investments do not pay out to the pension funds, the city will have to compensate. “There’s a statutory amount in which the police and fire employees contribute out of their pay, and those are the employee contributions, and the remainder of that is the obligation of the city,” Kuykendall said. In the last fiscal year, 63 fire and police employees contributed almost $2 million to the pension funds with 46 people receiving funds for retirement, 10 receiving funds for disability and 11 survivors and children receiving benefits. Kuykendall said the investments returned more in FY 2011.

“We had a great year investment wise there at 11 percent,” Kuykendall said. “We did better than expected last year, but not as good as we expected this year.” The assumed investment return for 2011 was also at 7.5 percent. Kuykendall said different returns each year are expected depending on the markets. She said the investments pay out has the greatest affect on how the funds look. “What we pay the retirees are, of course, our biggest expense,” Kuykendall said. “The funds can’t do anything about that — you retire, you get X amount of dollars. All the investment boards can do is maximize investment income and the city contribute what it’s required to.” Amanda Wilkinson can be reached at 581-2812 or akwilkinson@eiu.edu.

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3 men to run for Charleston mayor By Amanda Wilkinson City Editor Three men are running for the seat Mayor John Inyart will leave empty at the end of his term this year. Larry Rennels, Brian Myerscough and Troy Richey will be competing for mayor on April 9. Inyart’s current term expires on April 30, and after eight years of having the position, he does not plan to run again. Rennels, a Charleston City Council member for 16 years, said this is his first time running for mayor. He said working in the council gave him a lot of experience that could help him transition if he wins. “I have served as the mayor pro tem so I already have a little bit of experience (working as the mayor),” Rennels said. Since he retired and closed his business in 2010, Rennels said he has more time to dedicate to the position. If Rennels wins the position,

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he said the council will appoint someone to his seat. However, if he does not win, Rennels will serve the remaining two years of his term. For Richey, the coming election marks his second time running for mayor. In 2009, he was a write-in candidate. Richey said, even though he does not have experience in government, being community-oriented and willing to listen to the people gives him an advantage. “I’m bringing to the table my people skills, and I will listen to the people,” he said. Richey said he wants to focus on bringing jobs back to Charleston. “I think the city needs to be rebuilt to bring in more jobs, more family-oriented restaurants,” he said. Richey also said making Charleston more attractive to students is a goal he would work on if he were mayor. “We need to take care of Eastern,” Richey said. “In turn, helping Eastern, we help the

town.” Myerscough, a current substitute teacher in the Charleston Community School District, said he entered the race for mayor because he loves Charleston and is concerned about the way it is headed. Myerscough is a life-long resident of Charleston and has served on the Board of Zoning, Appeals and Planning for 23 years. He said with the federal and state budget cuts, the city should not be reliant on those sources. “We should run the city as efficient as possible,” Myerscough said. Myerscough said he thinks Charleston should follow the lead of Indianapolis. He said, like Indianapolis, Charleston should start being more progressive, look ahead and grow. Myerscough also said he wants to make Charleston more student friendly and that the community should help nurture the students they host nine months a year.

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• Member of the Board of Zoning, Appeals and Planning for 23 years who wants to be more lenient with student drinking violations He said he would focus on making some of the drinking violation penalties less harsh. “If you have a criminal record, how are you going to get a job?” Myerscough said. Amanda Wilkinson can be reached at 581-2812 or akwilkinson@eiu.edu.

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Devoted, friendly staff member dies during break By Samantha McDaniel Student Governance Editor Mike Drake, 50, died on New Year’s Day after his three-year battle with cancer. Drake, a staff member for University Housing and Dining Services, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2009, said Mark Hudson, the director of University Housing and Dining Services. Drake was born on Feb. 21, 1962, and attended Charleston High School before he graduated with a Bachelors degree in geology. He is survived by his wife, Lynette Drake, the director of health services, and his children, Hannah and Michael. Drake has worked at Eastern for about 10 years running the washer and dryer program in the residence halls and the security camera system throughout campus, Hudson said. Drake was known to have a positive attitude and got along well with people, he said. “He was just the most enthusiastic and positive person you’d ever want to know,” Hudson said. Matt Brown, the associate director for facilities, said Drake continued working through his illness and kept the positive attitude he was known to have during his work. “(Drake) was a very dependable individual and in terms not only his work performance, but just as a person,” Brown said. Along with his positive attitude, Brown said Drake was also known for being a friend, telling stories and making witty comments. “If someone needed help and he could help, he would,” Brown said. “At different times he would go out of his way to do things for people and be a friend to people. He was a very good person.” Brown said despite this illness, Drake continued with his work without letting it affect who he was. “He literally waged war against his illness for over three years and those of us who saw him everyday really never heard him complain or say a negative thing about it in that sense,” Brown said. “It was an inspi-

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Mike Drake, an Eastern staff member, died after a three-year long battle to prostate cancer. He was known for his positive attitude and got along well with others, according to his coworkers.

ration to us how he just kept at who he was.” Hudson said Drake was dedicated to the Eastern students during his time here. “He worked hard to make sure that students received the very best service possible,” Hudson said. Drake did this not only with the washer and dryer service, but also in trying to make sure campus was safe through the security camera system, he said. Brown agreed. “He gave a lot of his life to helping students at this campus and trying to make things as good as he could within his area of influence,”

Brown said. “He was, along those lines, always concerned with the best use of students’ money.” Brown said he always wanted to make sure the money was going to what it should and that the office was doing the best it could by the students. Hudson said he had known Drake for 25 years and was impressed by the number of lives he touched through his involvement with Eastern and different organizations in the community, including the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson said. “My son was an active member

of (the local Boy Scout troop) for a very long time getting his Eagle Scout award, certainly thanks partly to Mike Drake’s commitment to help him get there,” Hudson said. Hudson said Drake also flew planes, owned a plane named Old Blue and loved to be outdoors. Brown said along with the other members of the University Housing and Dining Services office, he misses Drake as a person and an individual. “It is surreal in a way because you think he is just going to walk in the door any minute and come down and answer the trivia of the day, but it’s not going to happen,”

Brown said. Drake was also a well-known geologist and he taught religious education classes at his local church, Hudson said. “I would say he probably had m o re i m p a c t i n 5 0 ye a r s t h a n many people have in many lifetimes because of the way he committed himself to making a difference in people’s lives,” Hudson said. Lynette Drake was unavailable for comment. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu.

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Student Senate hopes to build bridges By Samantha McDaniel Student Governance Editor Better communication and relationship with the student body is a semester goal for members of the Student Senate. Student Senate Speaker Mitch Gurick, a sophomore business major, said he wants to continue what the senate did last semester and keep the committees active on campus. “Each committee does at least one type of event or something like that,” Gurick said. He said these types of events help the senate stay active on campus and help the relationship with the student body. Gurick also wants to increase communication with the Senate Outreach On the Road program. For the program, he said senate members sit at tables around campus to talk with students about student government and listen to concerns and get feedback. “Allowing this open flow of communication and dialogue if students have comments or questions or concerns that they feel free to contact

"It’s a big melting pot of different students because

we are trying to represent the student body as best we can." Mitch Gurick, student senate speaker student government and we can advocate for them appropriately,” Gurick said. He said the Student Senate is a body that is supposed to advocate for students, and by having better communication, they can do that more effectively. When they have concerns, Gurick said he wants students to feel like they can approach him or other senators to talk about them. “I also want to continue to make sure that student government is advocating for the students and that we are all doing our best to not necessarily take a look at the internal of the organization, but really focus on the image we have on campus,” Gurick said. Jenna Mitchell, the student vice president for student affairs, said she wants to make the Student Senate transparent by getting other organizations involved with the gov-

erning body. “We are here working for the student body, so I think that needs to be made more aware throughout campus,” Mitchell said. Mitchell, a senior political science major, said a way to open communication is through the diversity of the senators and getting new people involved with its activities. “It’s a big melting pot of different students because we are trying to represent the student body as best we can and try to show more through the members of our organization,” Mitchell said. Gurick said he also wants the student body to know what the senate does. When students ask what Student Senate has done, Gurick said he wants to be able to give them a list of things that they have done. Mitchell said she also wants to help make the senate more efficient

and accountable. She said the accountability of the Student Senate members is something that is a goal every semester, she said. “Making sure they do what they said they would do and making sure they are involved on campus and getting all their requirements done so that we are the most effective that we can be,” Mitchell said. Student Body President Kaci Abolt, a senior communication studies major, said she wants to get the senate running at its capacity. Some of the projects and goals of the Student Senate can change depending on who is seated at that time, Abolt said. New senate members will bring in their own ideas and affect the goals of the organization, she said. “The committee chairs have a lot of freedom concerning what they want to do with the committee and where they want it to go,” Abolt said. Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-2812 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu.

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4 OPINIONS Imperialism i.e. “the policy and practice of extending” authority by any given entity and the power over “it” – “them” into perpetuity, however Mother was genteel. Dominant males of every stripe will accede to the dialectics of genderized paradigms in multiples e.g. lower, middle and upper! And ascend into imperial decay and terrorism as a power group. Imperialized terrorism (now capitalized) whether personal, academic or national, the response is always the same “kill them all,” e.g. Newtown, Colonial America or King Saul (an Israeli) and the Amalekite infants and children. Modern imperialism not only induces material deprivation, but reduces most everything living about ground to the three basics of air, water and money. Without all three all of the time at the same time, “you” are dead! Plus any nation resorting to charity is defunct. A central question always remains: who are those central males who remain to either accede to or fail the powers they exercise at the heart of social extremities? That is a centrality by which all success or failure can be identified. Perpetuation and/or renunciation or success or failure that created terror vacuums (psychotic permanent revolution) are constructed by capitalist elites must be discovered, stopped and sterilized, as Dr. Karl Marx and Wilhelm Reich foresaw both mentally and psychologically.

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n light of the recent violent acts occurring both nationally and locally, it is hugely important to know how to protect yourself and what situations to

Many of the crimes on campus and in Charleston happen on weekends and involve alcohol. Although you have heard it all before from prodents need to know how to be safe. fessors and peers, exercising caution and knowing • Stance: For students, there are many availavoid. your limits around alcohol can drastically change able precautions to take to remain safe. This school year, Charleston has seen robberyour reaction time and influence basic knowledge ies, burglaries, attacks and murder attempts. of what to do in tricky situations. Taking what may seem like the most simple precautions can prevent many Though many campus safety practices only preach to “victims,” preventing of these situations and make this an all-around safer community to live in. possible offender instances is just as important. When you’re out at night, especially on the weekends, never walk alone. Oftentimes, offenders would not feel the need to commit such acts if they Walking alone makes you more vulnerable, no matter how safe or tough had received some kind of help or had an outlet. you may think you are. Eastern’s counseling center can assist students who need an outlet, whethTaking the extra time to find someone to walk you home can be the differ- er they are feeling depressed, angry or under any other kind of emotional or ence between a great, safe night and a careless night ending in danger. mental stress. The University Police Department also offers a free self-defense Always be aware of your surroundings and frequently check behind you course called RAD (Rape Aggression Defense). and to the sides of you as you are walking. Learning about possible scenarios and appropriate action in dangerous sitThis can make you more alert and aware of any sketchy situations you may uations can be absolutely crucial to young adults. unknowingly enter into. When crimes such as stabbings are occurring in your college communiAnother aspect of safety people may take for granted is their cell phones. ty, please exercise the utmost caution and keep people you trust around you at Charge your phone completely before you go out. all times. That way, if you find yourself in any sort of compromising situation, you It’s cool to be in the newspaper. But please execute some smart thinking have a way to reach a friend or a family member who can try to help you. and try to not end up printed in our crime blotter. It is also helpful when leaving a location to tell friends where you are going The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of and to let them know when you arrive home. The Daily Eastern News.

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Don’t let your opinions go to waste I need to talk to you, Eastern. Actually, I need you to talk to me. I’m Dominic Renzetti, the Opinions Editor at The Daily Eastern News this semester, and I’m looking for columnists and cartoonists to share their ideas with campus. Welcome to Page Four. This is the Opinions Page. This is where we talk about the stories on all the other pages of the newspaper and all the issues surrounding them. This isn’t a page of press release quotes. This is my opinion. This is the opinion of our editors. This is the opinion of our columnists. The only thing missing is your opinion. If you’re passionate about something, I want to hear from you. I like a good conversation and I want people who start a good conversation. Whether it be local or national politics, social issues, or anything else in between, if you’ve got something to say about it, I want to hear it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent or something else. If you think you’ve got a point, I want

Dominic Renzetti to hear it and I want the rest of the school to hear it, too. An opinion is one thing that we can all have. Not having an opinion on something is boring. Why choose to be ignorant? Take a stance, have a voice, have something to say. New Year’s resolutions don’t always pan out. We all know this. I know I’m probably not going to the gym as much as I said I was going to, and I said that last year, too. But here’s an easy New Year’s resolution that you can do that involves not going to the gym, not going on a diet and not quitting

smoking: Have an opinion. Having an opinion is easy. Watch the news, read some articles, see what other people have to say about a particular issue and make your decision about how you feel about an issue. Another great thing about opinions: You don’t have to rush it. You can take your time. Take as long as you need to become as informed as you feel you need to be before you make a decision. See? It’s easy. And it involved no sit-ups whatsoever, and you can even smoke a cigarette while you think everything over, too. The biggest lie that people always seem to say about this school is that “nothing happens in Charleston.” Well, that’s a lie. There’s a lot going on, and a lot of it needs your input. This semester, that’s what this page is for: Your input. I’m listening, Eastern. Talk to me. Dominic Renzetti is a junior family and consumer sciences major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or denopinions@gmail.com


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Firefighters take time after extinguishing a fire to have a snack Monday at 2007 Ninth St. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Charleston Fire Department, the Charleston Police Department and a representative from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal arson investigation unit are also investigating the relationship between the fire and a tenant’s car that was allegedly vandalized with paint at some point in the night or early morning.

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Booth exhibit, professor reveal history of local Freemasons By Bobby Galuski Entertainment Editor A history professor at Eastern is also a member of an organization with roots deep in American history, and he has been using his knowledge to help curate exhibits, such as Booth Library’s Freemason exhibit. Michael Shirley, a Free Mason in Illinois, said he became intrigued by the Freemasons when he realized he knew nothing about the organization. “I did some research and was attracted to the idea of personal development in the company of others based on the ideals of universal brotherhood,” he said. Along with enjoying the idea of a community coming together for development, he was also drawn to the topics that were discussed – and the ones that were not. “What tipped the balance was discovering that the only topics forbidden at lodge meetings are religion and politics because they tend to divide us, and I decided I needed space for that in my

life,” he said. Shirley said his role in the Freemasons was Leadership Development Chairman for the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois. He said his primary role was to “assume my Brothers' best intentions.” Shirley said the Freemasons, a group comprised of men from every race, religion, opinion and background, share the common goal to strengthen the bonds of friendship. However, he also has other obligations and roles in the organization, such as being the Assistant Area Deputy Grand Master for the Eastern Area of Illinois. Illinois is divided into five areas for administrative purposes, Shirley said. Today, the Masonic Fraternity under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Illinois is comprised of more than 500 lodges and 70,000 Freemasons, Shirley said. The exhibit, “Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois” was put together by Public History-

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Meaning and Method, a history class. Debra Reid, the professor in charge of the class, had her students display information about the Freemasons in Central Illinois. However, it was not just students who helped, as other local Masons, including Shirley, also contributed by supplying the class with information, Reid said. The exhibit, which focuses on Freemasonry in Central Illinois after World War II, features contributions from Freemasons who live near Charleston, Reid said. Noel Dicks of Arthur, Frank Lincoln of Tuscola, Todd Creason of Fithian, Marc Wilson of Springfield, and William Jones of Villa Grove all contributed in some capacity to the exhibit, Reid said. “Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois” will be open to the public in Booth Library until Jan. 18.

Hilligoss said the steering committee and Exp U.S. would also formulate a final plan from the data that will be available to the public. He said the security master plan would be a multi-year process, with long-term goals including a system of electronic locks for the whole university. “The long-range plan will create an electronically controlled security system for the entire campus, which will cover electronic locks on doors, video monitoring systems, enhancing the current mass notification system and improved informational systems, just to name a few features,” he said. He also said short-term plans include developing the base operating system which would embrace the electronic systems currently operating on campus. Hilligoss said the documented plan would be presented at the Board of Trustee’s March 1 meeting date.

He said he wanted to serve on the committee as a way to give back to the university. “This is my final year here at Eastern, and I really thought this would be a good way to serve the institution one final time for this position,” Best said. “I’ve been involved in honors for almost 30 years here at the institution.” Other members of the committee include Brianna Baker, a student representative; Heather Jia, chair of the honors council; Joy Kammerling, a history professor; Andrew Methven, a biology professor; Dawn VanGunten, an education professor; and Christopher Wixon, an English professor. Best said the candidates would likely be scheduled for on-campus interviews by February. “Its fair to say that we’re hoping to have candidates on campus in February, but there are no firm dates,” he said.

Bob Galuski can be reached at 581-2812 or rggaluski@eiu.edu

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Eastern’s women’s basketball team averages an Ohio Valley Conference -best 15.3 assists per game, which is 0.6 higher than any other OVC school. Senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon leads the Panthers with 5.6 assists per game. Nixon’s assists per game rank her second overall in the OVC. She also ranks third in conference in assistto-turnover ratio with 1.7, totaling 78 assists and 46 turnovers on the year.

Warriors won’t forget this blowout

MEN’S BASKETBALL Eastern’s men’s basketball team ranks last in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring margin with -7.9, 0.7 less than any other team. The Panthers’ defense is ranked third in the conference in scoring de fense, giving up 63.7 points per game. However, their 55.8 points per game on offense ranks dead last in the OVC by almost seven points per game.

42.5 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Panther women are surrendering 42.5 percent of opponents’ shots from the field. That ranks them 10th out of 12 Ohio Valley Conference teams in field goal percentage defense. Eastern is also ranked second to last in 3-point field goal percentage defense, surrendering 34 percent of opponents’ 3-point shots.

MEN’S BASKETBALL Sophomore forward Josh Piper has been the Panthers’ offensive leader all season, averaging a team-high 10.8 points per game. He is the only Panther to average double -digit points. Piper cracks the Ohio Valley Conference’s top 30, ranked 27th, in scoring with his points per game average. However, during the Panthers’ recent five -game road trip, Piper has only managed 7.8 points per game.

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9 MEN’S BASKETBALL The Eastern men’s basketball team has lost a season-long nine straight games, six of which have come as double -digit losses. The Panthers have scored more than 60 points just once in their last nine games. Eastern has started its conference schedule 0-3 with losses to Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. The nine -game skid is Eastern’s longest losing streak since the 2007-08 season when it lost 11 straight. REPORTING BY ANTHONY C ATEZONE, PHOTOS BY JACOB SALMICH, DESIGN BY ASHLEY HOLSTROM | THE DAILY EASTERN NE WS

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The Golden State Warriors have registered a few stinkers this season, and the usual response is to write it off as an off night, which happens on occasion in an 82-game season. But after Saturday night’s 115-89 thrashing by the Los Angeles Clippers, in which the Warriors trailed by as much as 39, Golden State was singing a different tune. “Of course this will stick with us. We’ve got to remember,” Warriors forward Carl Landry said, flashing a sneaky grin as if he were holding something back. “We’ve got to let this one go. We’ve got a different team to play, focus on them. But when the opportunity comes again to play the Clippers, we’ve got to deliver.” The Clippers beat the Warriors as if they’d stolen something, snapping Golden State’s four-game win streak. The Warriors (22-11) had won the teams’ first two meetings this season, one at Staples in early November and handily Wednesday at Oracle Arena. And Los Angeles played as if it had a score settle. And the Warriors played as if they had a game to throw away. They showed none of the fight that got them a season-high 12 games over .500. And midway through the third quarter, the Clippers were catching alley-oops and styling as though they wanted to rub it in the Warriors’ faces. “It’s not fun seeing that at all,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “You’ve got to remember that.” Clippers guard Chris Paul, who was lit up for 31 points by Warriors point guard Stephen Curry in Oakland, had the most effortless 27 points and nine assists you’ll ever see. Los Angeles star forward Blake Griffin, who was dominated by David Lee the first two games, looked like the superstar of the two, totaling 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes. The Clippers shot better than 60 percent most of the night. Running their offense through Griffin, they shot 65.2 percent in the opening quarter. Griffin not only scored easily against the Warriors’ post defense but also had little trouble finding his teammates when the double team came. Through three quarters, the Clippers had 103 points on 58.3 percent shooting with 26 assists. Golden State not only was porous defensively but also got bullied on the boards (41-30). “They got over 30 points in three different quarters,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “That is not our brand of defense, and that is not our style of play.” And the Warriors had no chance of outscoring the Clippers on Saturday. From the very outset, they were ice cold. The Warriors’ three key scorers _ Curry, Lee and Thompson _ were 1 of 13 combined in the opening period. Golden State missed 18 of its first 22 shots and went into the second quarter down 35-12. Eric Bledsoe epitomized the kind of night the Clippers were having when he heaved a desperation 26-footer to beat the shot clock _ and it banked in. After a Curry turnover, Matt Barnes pushed the lead to 54-31 with a 3-pointer at the 5:29 mark of the quarter. Golden State went into the locker room down 24. “Wednesday’s game is pretty fresh in our minds,” Griffin said. “They outplayed us, and they deserved to win. We wanted to come out and set the tone early and not back down at all. Take the fight to them.” Paul said the Warriors, in their November win at Staples Center, acted like they’d “won the NBA finals.” Barnes, a former Warrior, said during a halftime TV interview that the Clippers took Wednesday’s loss “personally.” It appeared that way with 5:26 left in the third quarter. The Warriors were down 32, and Jackson took out Curry and Lee. But Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro left in his starters. Moments later, the Clippers’ bench celebrated after Paul threw back-toback alley-oops to DeAndre Jordan. Jackson shot a long stare at the Clippers’ bench. “Just a good old-fashioned, heavyweight championship stare-down,” Jackson said. “That’s all.” No, the Warriors won’t be forgetting this one.


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he Eastern women’s basketball team had a chance to win the game on a 3-pointer by senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon, but a missed shot followed by a missed tip in by senior forward Mariah King left the Panthers short, losing 63-62. Nixon hit a 3-pointer to bring the game within one point with 8 seconds left, so the Panthers fouled Eastern Kentucky’s Raechele Gray. Gray missed two shots at the free throw line, giving the Panthers a chance to win. Panther head coach Lee Buchanan said they wanted to try to drive the ball to the rim, but Nixon pulled up for a shot “a little early.” She missed the shot, but King got an offensive rebound and a shot at a layup. Eastern Kentucky’s Jade Barber, who led all players in points with 22, blocked the layup. “We thought it was a foul,” Buchanan said. “And they blocked the ball out of bounds and we thought there was more time on the clock.” But the referees went to the replay and determined there wasn’t any time remaining after King attempted the layup with one second left. The Panthers, though, struggled the whole game by not following the game plan perfectly. The game plan, Buchanan said, was to drive the ball to the rim. However, the Panthers took 27 3-pointers — and worse, didn’t make them. “I thought we settled for too many jump shots,” Buchanan said. “(Eastern Kentucky) is a team that fouls a lot. We should’ve never shot 27 3s.” The Panthers were 6-of-27 from beyond the arch and shot 32 percent from the field for the game, but they were in good shape to win multiple times in the game. The Panthers were ahead 22-10 half way through the first half, before Eastern Kentucky came back to make it 33-28 at halftime. The Panthers burst out to a 51-44 lead early in the second half, but again Eastern Kentucky came back. Buchanan said Eastern Kentucky came out in the second half and started dominating in the post to get an advantage late in the game.

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Freshman guard Danielle Woolfolk goes up for a layup against Sacramento State at Lantz Arena on Dec. 7, 2012. The Panthers beat Sacramento State 72-67 in overtime.

“In the second half they just kept throwing it in there and we didn’t have an answer,” Buchanan said. The Panthers’ next game will be at 4 p.m. Sat-

urday against Jacksonville State in Lantz Arena. Alex McNamee can be reached at 581-2812 or admcnamee@eiu.edu.

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Eastern signs assistant coach By Anthony Catezone Sports Editor The Eastern baseball team has named Jason Anderson as a pitching coach for the upcoming 2013 season. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge along with a great approach to teaching,” said head coach Jim Schmitz in a press release. Anderson has played 11 seasons of professional baseball — three coming in Major League Baseball. “(Anderson) already brings with him the respect from Major League Baseball scouts and col-

lege and high school coaches in the area,” Schmitz said. “We have a very talented group of pitchers on the 2013 team and I am looking forward to watching them develop under his teaching.” Anderson is a native of Danville with experience with the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies organizations from 2000-10. Anderson is a University of Illinois alumnus, where he played from 1998-2000. As an Illini, he was nabbed as a First-Team All-American in 2000. He also was the recipient of the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2000.

Following his 2000 season, the Yankees drafted Anderson in the 10th round in the 2000 MLB Draft. “Jason will also be helpful to the drafted players on the team,” Schmitz said. “His experience with the draft and minor and major leagues will be beneficial to our program.” Anderson was also an assistant coach at Illinois in 2011 and Danville Community College in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois. Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-2812 or ajcatezone@eiu.edu.

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Basketball coaches show to air Tuesday Staff Report Eastern basketball fans will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the men and women’s head coaches, Jay Spoonhour and Lee Buchanan. The coaches will be first featured from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and will be aired live from Dirty’s Bar and Grill on 92.1 FM The Axe. This will be the first of four shows, which will

all be on at 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Dirty’s Bar and Grill. The first show comes prior to the men’s and women’s Ohio Valley Conference home-openers against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State, respectively. The women’s basketball team has won three games in a row, capped off by its 78-58 victory over Morehead State on Saturday, which improved the Panthers’ conference record to 2-0 and 8-6 overall. The men’s team is 3-13 on the year and has

lost nine straight games, losing its first three conference games. The next show will air Jan. 22, only days after Eastern faces OVC favorite Murray State on the road, and Feb. 5, in the middle of a two-game home stand against Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri. The final broadcast will be Feb. 19, before Eastern hosts OVC-newcomer Belmont in Lantz Arena.

We are well into the Jay Spoonhour era. After 16 games, a 3-13 record is nowhere near desirable. Neither is the current nine-game losing streak. Many expected a rebuilding year for Eastern men’s basketball; after all, Spoonhour had a late start on the recruiting season and several promising players transferred in the aftermath of Mike Miller’s firing. But did fans expect the first half of the season to pan out this way? I know I didn’t. Even months after the drama that followed the 2011-12 season, I still can’t help but think of what this team could accomplish if it only had the leadership presence of James Hollowell or the dominant inside play of Alfonzo McKinnie. But like it or not, this can’t be a season of what-ifs. Dwelling on the past will not erase this season’s woes, of which there are several. But I am not chalking this season up as a complete loss. Not yet, anyway. The Panthers’ defense has been suffocating at times this season. They rank third in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring defense and 113th out of 354 teams in the nation. However, it is the offense that has been the Panthers’ Achilles heel this season, ranking last in the conference. They average 55.8 points per game on offense – nearly seven points fewer than the next team. “Defense is our focus because we are only going to be so good on offense,” Spoonhour said. “We are limited with guys who can make plays and create shots. We are only going to get so much out of our offense.” Spoonhour sees it differently, though; he said defensive breakdowns have caused Eastern to lose as many games as it has. He said the offense has a ceiling and everyone knew that coming in; however, the defense doesn’t have a ceiling and the team can’t afford to break down as much as it has, knowing the offense is so limited. “We can be better than we have been on defense,” he said. “We break down too much on defense for the amount of points we can score on offense.” Spoonhour said his definition of breakdowns come in various defensive aspects, such as sprinting back, guarding stance, wing denial and ball pressure – all of which are mistakes players are taken out of games for. Spoonhour keeps a board in the locker room after each game where the number of breakdowns a player commits is tallied and posted to see and improve from. “Basketball is a game of mistakes,” Spoonhour said. “The thing you have to do is play through them.” Can the Panthers play through their copious mistakes early in the year? The answer is not available yet. But the Panthers need to find an answer soon if they have any hopes of an OVC Tournament appearance in 2013, as just 13 conference games remain on the schedule. Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-2812 or ajcatezone@eiu.edu.


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