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Unions to ask members for strike authorization SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian
Three campus unions will hold strike authorization votes within the next four weeks. The Faculty Association, NonTenure Track Faculty Association and the Association of Civil Service Employees have all confirmed plans to vote for authorization to strike.
Approval of the measure does not necessarily mean there will be a strike, but it would give the individual unionsâ€™ governing bodies the authority to call a strike at any time. Graduate Assistants United has not yet confirmed plans to vote. The four Illinois Education Association unions that have been bargaining contracts since April 2010, nearly 450 days, filed intents to strike in
April 2011. The notice was a procedure that had to be completed before authorization to set a date for a strike. Cyndi Kessler-Criswell, president of the ACSE and office manager for the rehabilitation institute, confirmed the group will vote within the next couple of weeks. The Faculty Associationâ€™s Departmental Representatives Council voted Thursday to have members vote
Sept. 28. Faculty Association President Randy Hughes, associate professor in mathematics, said the union has known for some time there may be no alternative to get a fair settlement other than pursuing steps toward a strike. He said the union has recognized the option to strike since the administration imposed terms â€” such as furlough days implemented
due to budget cuts â€” last spring. â€œWe have exercised a great deal of restraint and we didnâ€™t try to disrupt the beginning of the semester or anything else,â€? he said. The House of Delegates â€” the NTTFAâ€™s governing body â€” met Thursday and decided to ask members for authorization to set a strike date. Please see UNION | 2
Saint celebrates a century
Madeline Pisani, of St. Louis, carries a St. Ioasaph (Joseph) of Belgorod portrait during a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the saintâ€™s glorification Tuesday at St. Ioasaphâ€™s Russian Orthodox Church in Muddy. Pisani said her family donated the land that the church â€” which was built 98 years ago and paid for by Tsar Nicholas II â€” stands on and they continue to care for it now.
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The church is the only one dedicated to St. Ioasaph in the United States, though anniversary celebrations took place throughout the world. Religious leaders from around the tri-state area, including His Grace, Bishop Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago, attended the service. Visitors also included Anton Golovin and Violetta Yufereva, who drove 14 hours from Palm Coast, Fla., to attend the celebration.
Truck companies bear brunt of Illinoisâ€™ high gas prices TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian Illinois has one of the highest gas price rates in the nation, yet rates are expected to rise. â€œWe charge sales tax on top of our other fees,â€? State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said. â€œWhen the price of a gallon of gas goes up, our tax goes up.â€? Mike Bost said his family has run the trucking company Bost
Trucking Services, Inc. since 1933. He managed the company from 1982 to 1992 and continues to be an advocate for low gas prices. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability states Illinois has a 6.5 percent sales tax on gasoline. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration website, the average price of crude oil will rise from $100 to $107 per barrel in 2012.
Mike Bost said most trucking companies leave Illinois and base their business elsewhere because of the high gas prices. He said the truckers usually fill up for gas before they enter Illinois or after they leave. â€œI believe we should ship over to a flat rate per gallon like most states,â€? Mike Bost said. â€œWhen you go into Missouri, theyâ€™re at least 10 cents below us because of the taxation we put on it.â€?
Other states with high gas prices are California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan and New York. Mike Bostâ€™s brother, Dan Bost, runs the trucking company now. Dan Bost said his trucks run on diesel fuel, an oil product. He said West Texas Intermediate charges about $89 per barrel of oil, and Brent, which is located in Europe, charges about $114 per barrel. The companies used
to have only about a $2 difference between their prices, Dan Bost said, but the two have had a great price difference for years. â€œI think the (West Texas Intermediate) price is pretty consistent,â€? Dan Bost said. â€œWeâ€™re where we should be. I think if oil stays the same or even drops a little, itâ€™ll be helpful for our economy.â€? Please see TRUCK | 3
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Anita Stoner, president of NTTFA and visiting assistant professor in the school of journalism, said the vote for the non-tenure track union would be different because there are so many people who do not teach on campus. Groups represented by the union include off-campus programs, workforce education and development, Head Start and the Southern Regions Early Childhood Programs. “We are all hoping we do not have a strike,” she said. “We hope we will ultimately be going to them with an
Monday, September 19, 2011 agreement. Let’s get this over with.” Dave Johnson, chair of DRC for the Faculty Association, said in his blog that while the union hopes to get a fair contract through bargaining, preparations for a strike have been under way for some time. “The administration demands the flexibility to cut our salaries and to fire tenured faculty, but has shown no flexibility at the bargaining table,” Johnson, an associate professor in foreign languages, said in a union press release. According to the press release, the union wants a contract that preserves faculty members’ freedom to teach the courses they see fit and ensures the university devotes
Rhonda Rothrock, an office manager for the department of cinema and photography, walks with a sign in support of unions Sept. 1 at the corner of U.S. Highway 51 and Grand Avenue at the
sufficient resources to academics. Hughes said going on strike would affect students. “We don’t want to go on strike, but we think that getting a good contract that deals with these problems of academic freedom and quality education are important enough that we should take steps to deal with it,” he said. “There is no reason why any of this has to affect students as long as we can get productive bargaining with the board coming in and really addressing critical issues.”
Sarah Schneider can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 255.
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Illinois Education Association picket. Three of the IEA unions that have gone almost 450 days without contracts confirmed they will have members vote to authorize a strike in the next four weeks.
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He said most people think the U.S. is getting all of its oil from the Middle East, but that's not true. “We do a little bit, but we’re dealing more and more with our neighbors up north in Canada,” Dan Bost said. He said his trucking company used to be twice the size it is now, but he had to downsize during the recession. Eric Noggle, senior revenue analyst for Illinois COGFA, wrote in the 2011 Motor Fuel Report that while gasoline is just an everyday
expense, the high prices are hurting customers. “The comfort levels of consumers are affected because these higher prices force people to reevaluate their spending habits and look for alternative ways of getting from place to place,” Noggle said. “The higher the price of motor fuel, the more attention motor fuel prices receive.” The COGFA states the national average of $3.53 a gallon for unleaded gas is expected to rise to $3.64 by 2012.
Jeff Oliver, a Bost trucker from Vergennes, climbs down from his truck Friday during the Murphysboro Apple Festival. Oliver has been an employee of Bost Trucking Service for the past 15 years and said he has seen gas prices rise significantly in the past decade. Dan Bost, truck company owner, said high gas prices have affected everything from business operating costs to grocery store food prices. Bost said he has not been able to buy a new truck since 1999 because of the rise in fuel prices.
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Questions arise over new GLBT coordinator hire KARL BULLOCK Daily Egyptian Questions regarding sexual identity arose over the hire of the new coordinator of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Resource Center based on the candidates qualifications for the position. Jill Adams, an associate professor of law and member of GLBT coordinator search committee said the search was a process she believed had been rushed and suggested the position be re-advertised. Although it was not a requirement for applicants to identify themselves sexually as a member of the GLBT community, Adams said she thinks it is a requirement which should have been added. Wendy Weinhold, a doctoral candidate in mass communications and media arts, began as coordinator Aug. 29 after former coordinator Virginia Dicken’s contract was not renewed. Weinhold said she hopes any conflict surrounding her hire is a matter of perception and not her ability to get the job done. “One of the most important mantras of the GLBT community is ‘don’t judge me on my appearance or my sexuality, because that’s not the only thing I have to offer,’” she said.
The DAILY EGYPTIAN received phone calls Wednesday and Thursday from two individuals who voiced their displeasure with the new coordinator hire. One caller, Joan McDermott, a retired SIU professor and former director of women’s studies, said she was not happy because she thought the new coordinator should be someone who identified themselves as a member of the GLBT community. When asked to comment further on the matter, McDermott declined. The second, who refused to provide her name, said the hire was a disregard to the GLBT community when its new coordinator is not an identified member and only had a small amount of experience working with the GLBT community. Jasmin Creek, a junior from Johnston City studying sociology, was a part of the hiring process and said the way a person sexually identifies oneself is not an indicator of how a person performs. “I think the idea of Wendy’s identity in the GLBT community having any impact on her job performance just further perpetuates stereotypes we have about GLBT people as well,” she said. Adams said it was the
committee’s responsibility to make recommendations to the administration. She said the university sent out an announcement for the coordinator position. According to the announcement, the position required applicants to have a master’s degree, a minimum of one year experience providing services to the GLBT community — preferably in higher education — and a minimum of two years experience in a management, administrative and/or program coordinator position. Adams said one thing the committee looked for was knowledge about issues regarding members of the GLBT community and involvement with them. “We had concerns about all of the applicants about the minimum qualifications,” she said. Scott Ramsey, a senior from Valier studying German studies and president of Saluki Rainbow Network, said the coordinator’s sexual identity should have no effect on how they do their job. He said the resource center is for everyone to access. “Just because (Weinhold) is straight doesn’t mean she’s not capable of working in the center,” he said. “I wouldn’t care if she’s lesbian or straight. What matters is she’s
doing her job in a capable manner that is unfortunately unseen.” Ramsey interviewed Weinhold during the search and said one of his initial concerns was that Weinhold did not have much experience with the GLBT community. Once he had the opportunity to interview Weinhold with another student, Ramsey said he was impressed by her eagerness to be involved. “Within my first week of working with her, I was really surprised by her dedication and how often she was around,” he said. “She has jumped headfirst into the position and I’m really happy she became the new coordinator because she seemed to be the best fit.” Weinhold said inclusiveness is important when dealing with the GLBT platform and if an ally — someone who supports and accepts GLBT individuals and personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment — is not welcome, it leaves a lot of people out of the picture. “If we can’t begin from a place of inclusivity, we’re going to have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” she said. Sarah Self, a senior from Lafayette, La., studying university studies, said students were involved during the process and Self was invited to hearings for her input. She said
Peter Gitau, associate vice chancellor for student life and intercultural relations, asked students and community for their input. Creek said she interviewed all potential candidates for the coordinator position. “I asked them how they would deal with special situations like queer people of color and disabled students who couldn’t reach our facilities because we don’t have an elevator that reaches our office,” she said. “I basically gave them certain situations to see how they would deal with these.” Weinhold said if anyone has a concern with her, she encourages them to come and speak with her face-to-face because then they will have a better understanding when judging her skills and knowledge that she is qualified and eager to take on the job. She said her intentions are not to change things or give orders but to listen and learn. “Our job isn’t to teach anyone anything; our job is to listen to people and hear what they need,” she said. “I think most importantly that’s what the resource center should be about.”
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“I was pleased at some of the bright spots. If you look at us statistically, we didn't do this against Bradley, but one of our strong points is to block and dig,” said Winkeler. “We were with UNI, a very high-powered offense, and that’s a really low hitting percentage for them.” Two-time MVC Player of the Year Bre Payton was able to control the offensive attack as setter for UNI, posting 30 assists to go along with seven kills. Before the match, Winkeler said she would get a lot of attempts offensively and to limit Payton, they would have to put a blocker on her. Payton ended the match with a game-high of 104 offensive attempts. Brown said Thursday that
nobody in the conference can be overlooked; dropping the first two conference matches against teams who finished first (UNI) and last (Bradley) in the MVC last year has sounded the alarm for the coaching staff. “It’s still early, but it’s time. We gotta realize that we need to have everybody playing consistently and being disciplined everyday in practice,” Winkeler said. “It seems like one match we’re up offensively, but our blocking is down. We have to put that complete package together.” SIU returns to Davies Gymnasium for its first home conference match of the season against Drake 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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Hollywood unleashes worthy ‘Lion King 3D’ reigns remake with "Straw Dogs" over weekend box office BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian
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When Hollywood produces a remake, typically the terms pretentious, uneven and unnecessary aren’t too far behind. How many slasher classics, foreign films and ‘80s teen favorites can one studio destroy? And while no one cinematic causality is better or worse than the other, when culturally and critically acclaimed American pictures are put on the chopping block, tensions rise. In 1971, writer/director Sam Peckinpah unleashed “Straw Dogs” to a world of critical praise and complete controversy. Released the same year as “A Clockwork Orange,” “The French Connection” and “Dirty Harry,” the film was a catalyst in the criticism of the increasing amount of violence in motion pictures. Fast forward forty years and director Rod Lurie is pitching the same gory story to a generation of moviegoers completely conditioned to cinematic violence. In a world of three-dimensional deceptions, self-dubbed “torture porn” and Quentin Tarantino, can a film with an entire plot centered around an act of violence pack the same punch decades later? Well, yes. Lurie is a smart director. He understands the violence of the film and relies on the manifestation and roots of the acts rather than the action itself. In the film, screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his television actress wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) move from the confines of Los Angeles to Amy’s hometown of Black Water, Miss. Things get interesting when Amy’s high school sweetheart, Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), is hired as head contractor to make repairs to her childhood home. As expected, the local townspeople don’t take
"The Lion King" was just as much a technological triumph when it came out 17 years ago as it was in its Friday re-release, and that is what those five stars are for. The 1994 hand-drawn animated movie brought in more than $300 million in its release and was the highest-grossing animated film of its time; box office estimators suggest the film picked up another $29.3 million with its 3D treatment over the weekend. Numbers don’t lie: “The Lion King” is a piece of fine art and immaculate storytelling that never gets old despite its audience. That is what those five stars are for. It's a plot almost everyone is familiar with, only this time with layers of depth and inclusion. All the animals of the African savanna gather around in celebration of the majestic King Mufasa’s (James Earl Jones) newborn son, Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a cub and Matthew Broderick as an adult). Though this is a joyous occasion for animals and viewers alike, there is one lion, Mufasa’s evil brother Scar (Jeremy Irons), who is anything but thrilled about the new arrival. The sinister feline concocts a plan to kill the king of the jungle, get rid of his son and regain his kingdom. Simba finds a new home with meerkat Timon (Nathan Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), where he learns valuable life lessons including the importance of accepting the past for what it is and the age-old “Hakuna Matata,” which fans young and old know means ‘no worries for the rest of your days.’ Upon a quest for help, Nala (Moira Kelly) finds Simba and helps him accept his fate and return with her to Pride Rock to overthrow Scar.
PROVIDED PHOTO too kindly to David’s cultured perspective, particularly the town’s high school football coach and overall aggressive alcoholic Tom Heddon (James Woods). As with most psychological thrillers, the film spends a fair amount of time building tension — some would even argue too much time. However, it’s in these progressive scenes that the underlying issues of the film subtly emerge before the picture’s bloodbath of an ending. The concept of masculinity is an overt theme of the film, with Skarsgard’s character and his clan of Jack Daniel's-drinking, Lynyrd Skynyrd-loving Southerners scheming ways to embarrass Marsden’s character and prove who’s the alpha male. The film employs a fair amount of feminism, with Bosworth’s character challenging her husband’s sensitive, non-confrontational ideals and his opinion on seeing her appearance as an invitation to sexual harassment.
As in the original, the turning point of the film comes during a rape scene, which Lurie handles with necessary brutality and vulnerability. From there, the film moves into an assault of violence and vengeance, with Mardsen’s character reverting to a primal, visceral version of himself; something Skarsgard attempts to showcase throughout the picture. Lurie paints a funhouse portrait of America in the 21st century, particularity of the South by subtly touching on contemporary political and social issues. Through all its brutal and intense scenes, the film’s message of gender roles, vigilantism and the many faces of violence are timeless and connect with today’s audience just as the original had forty years before.
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The 3D treatment gives viewers an entirely new and unique cinematic experience as they duck their heads when Scar leaps over them to pounce on Simba, or reach their hands out to try and touch the raindrops that are seemingly falling onto their heads. The 3D in itself, though a current box office fad with a less-thanreputable track record, only enhances the film’s brilliance. Viewers never really knew how many hyenas follow Scar’s rule or how many stampeding animals contributed to Mufasa’s death scene, but those numbers are easily estimated when viewers are immersed into the picture. There is no denying that it’s the popping action and crisp movements that make the film exceptional in its own proud way. Whether viewers grew up watching this classic film in theaters, on VHS tapes or digitally remastered DVDs, it is an extra benefit to sit in the theater and recall the familiar excitement that brought them to see the movie in the first place. Songs such as “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” sound just as catchy but more wonderfully harmonized when sung by audience members of all ages in a dark theater room. The colors are just as bright, despite the glasses'’dark tint. The one-liner jokes are just as funny, and Mufasa’s death is just as real and heartbreaking, if not more. If “The Lion King” was received so well, imagine what Disney could do with movies such as 1992’s “Aladdin.” Imagine the flying carpet and red Genie scenes. Imagine the destruction Jafar could cause in 3D. The experience Disney created with “The Lion King” is capable of leaving even the most cynical skeptics to imagine the many possibilities for future 3D Disney classics. That, right there, is exactly what those five stars are for.
New fall TV line up shows promise JAMES JONES Daily Egyptian The fall TV season is officially underway. This means it is time to find out which new series will make it or break it, as many of them are either instantly adored or shunned by viewers. The Grind has previewed several of the fall’s newcomers, and as a means of helping sort through the clutter, we have reviewed our top four standout shows of the 2011 season. Up All Night : NBC has taken on new comedy “Up All Night,” starring Christina Applegate (“Married With Children,”) Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night
Live.”) The show centers around career woman Regan Brinkley (Applegate) trying to balance her career as a talk show producer and first-time mother. Her free-spirited husband, Chris Brinkley (Arnett), a stay-at-home dad who is not exactly sure how to take care of the baby, or even himself at times. Rudolph plays Ava, a very Oprah-inspired talk show host and Regan Brinkley’s overbearing boss. Audiences should be able to appreciate the real-life scenario the show brings to the table. These two new parents obviously have no clue what they are doing and are barely making it on sheer instinct alone. The show’s comedy is rooted in the truth that most
new parents are up a creek without a paddle and, in experiencing this, it shows parents can take themselves a little less seriously. Broke Girls : For those who think that because this show is on CBS it’s a little less funny, you are wrong. The show stars Kat Dennings (“Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist”) and newcomer Beth Behrs. Two women in New York City struggling to make ends meet makes for a predictable and very Laverneand-Shirley-inspired plot, but writers make an overdone plot fresh with plenty of laughs. Kat Dennings plays sarcastic Max Black, while Beth Behrs plays dumb blonde Caroline Channing. The two characters endure all that New York has to
PROVIDED PHOTO dish out while trying their best to tolerate each other and save enough money to open a bakery. The show has the potential to have a long, successful run. However, writers
must give the script more attention and not solely rely on the comedy.
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Salukis hit diamond, prepare for next season NAREG KURTJIAN Daily Egyptian The SIU softball team started its fall tournaments as it hosted a four-team, roundrobin tournament to prepare for the 2012 season. The team kicked off its tournament Saturday at Charlotte West Stadium as it welcomed John A. Logan College, Southeast Missouri State and the University of Tennessee - Martin to its home field. The Salukis entertained UT-Martin and SEMO in a double-header, as each of the four teams played two games. Senior outfielder Mallory Duran-Sellers said the goal of the tournament was to settle in and become a team. â€œWe have a lot of newcomers. We have freshmen and we lost seniors from last year,â€? DuranSellers said. â€œThe point of the fall is to find ourselves, I guess, and just establish ourselves as a team.â€? SIU split its pair with a 5-1 loss to UT-Martin in which the offense struggled to get on base, accumulating only three hits throughout the game. Saluki head coach Kerri Blaylock said she was pleased with freshman Katie Bertelsenâ€™s pitching. In her collegiate debut, Bertelsen allowed three runs and struck out six batters. The Salukis picked themselves up and won game two against SEMO 6-1. The team showed more poise at the plate and received a solid seven innings from junior pitcher Brittney Lang, who allowed only one run on four hits. Duran-Sellers said the team was finally able to come together and perform closer to its potential against SEMO. â€œ(In) the first game, we just looked uncomfortable. We didnâ€™t look like the team that we were in practice,â€? Duran-Sellers
said. â€œI still think that weâ€™re better offensively than we even showed in the second game.â€? Blaylock said a problem for the team has been translating the positives from practice and applying them to actual games on the field. â€œWe have looked pretty good in practice doing some things, and I think we went away from that in game situations,â€? Blaylock said. â€œDefensively, if we make two or three errors a game, Iâ€™m never going to be happy with that.â€? Blaylock said the team will constantly shift itâ€™s line-up in the fall to put people in different field positions and ultimately determine a starting cast. â€œWe will go, literally, with eight different line-ups in eight different games,â€? Blaylock said. â€œThe fall is about seeing what you have, making sure that you give everybody playing time (and) talk about the mistakes you made.â€? The freshmen players making their collegiate debuts was a Saluki sub-plot. Sophomore infielder Taylor Orsburn said each freshman did great as they saw some individual game action Saturday. Orsburn said the team hopes to go forward to limit the number of mistakes and determine each player's role on the team. â€œObviously, a team goal was to come in and take two, not get down on ourselves when we get behind and just make sure weâ€™re working our way up, Orsburn said.â€? The second round-robin tournament is set for Sunday Sept. 25 when the Salukis will welcome Lake Land College, SEMO and SIU-Edwardsville
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Junior pitcher Brittney Lang attempts to steal third base Saturday during the SIU softball teamâ€™s matchup against the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Charlotte West Stadium. The
Salukisâ€™ home season opener resulted in a split, in which the Salukis took away a 6-1 victory over the South Eastern Missouri Red Hawks but suffered a 5-1 defeat against UT Martin.
Volleyball loses five set shocker to Bradley JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian The Salukis opened up its conference play on the road but came home empty-handed. With a 2-0 lead against the team that finished last in the Missouri Valley Conference last season, SIU (5-5, 0-2 MVC) went cold offensively in three straight sets to lose to Bradley University (7-4, 1-1 MVC). The match capped off a forgettable weekend for
SIU as they dropped their first two conference games of the year to No. 15 Northern Iowa and Bradley. SIU dominated Bradley with kills by a difference of 33-23 in the first two sets, but the Salukis committed 14 more attack errors than their counterparts in the last three sets Saturday. â€œThey took the momentum, definitely. (When) we came out of the locker room after the last part of the second set, we were very focused and playing well,â€? coach Brenda Winkeler
said. â€œThen we came out in that third set and made a lot of errors. Bradley was playing well and we were struggling to hold them defensively.â€? SIU was not short on offensive standouts with sophomore outside hitter Elly Braaten recording her first career double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. â€œWeâ€™ve been waiting for Elly to do that. That left side position has been kind of dormant, but getting that performance out of her is a positive,â€? Winkeler said. â€œWe were really happy,
not only with her performance, but her ability to lead the team with enthusiasm and hard work.â€? Juniors Rachael Brown and Laura Thole also had double-doubles and sophomore Jessica Whitehead had a season-high of 22 kills. â€œOffensively, we did some nice things,â€? Winkeler said. â€œWe just need to work on blocking again this week and to have us play consistently; we need to be disciplined in some aspects of the game, and thatâ€™s really what we
talk about all the time.â€? Assistant Coach Peter Chang said the coaches have been preaching discipline and patience since the start of the season, but Winkeler said the lessons were absent when SIU was at its worst this weekend. Northern Iowa (12-1, 2-0 MVC) outhit SIU .188 to .020 while doubling Southernâ€™s kill total in Fridayâ€™s match, a three-set sweep for UNI 25-18, 25-14, 25-18. Please see VOLLEYBALL | 4