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American Express' Small Business Saturday falls short Participating Carbondale stores see little additional revenue ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian Post-Thanksgiving shoppers may already be familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but between the two is the relatively new Small Business Saturday. Saturday was American Expressâ€™s second-annual Small Business Saturday. The event aims to promote local stores and offers business owners promotional tools such as instore signage, e-marketing materials and a limited number of free Facebook ads, according to the eventâ€™s website. Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed the day Small Business Saturday in Illinois. According to a state press release, the gesture was aimed at promoting the more than 500,000 small businesses in Illinois. â€œI encourage people throughout Illinois to use this
time to show their support for local merchants that contribute to our local economies, putting people to work and keeping our economy moving forward,â€? Quinn said in the release. Shawnee Trails owner Rick Reeve said he was aware of the efforts and thought they were a good idea, but did not participate in any of American Expressâ€™s promotions. â€œI think itâ€™s important that they did it,â€? he said. Reeve said for Shawnee Trails, the post-Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally pretty slow, and their holiday business doesnâ€™t reach its peak until the week before Christmas. He attributes part of the lack of business to the closing of the university, pointing out that many students left town for the weekend. Please see BUSINESS | 3
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Sarah Ruzicka, a nurse from Belleville, takes a moment to herself Friday at Best Buy in Edwardsville. Ruzicka and her family spent 36 hours waiting in line for the store to open. She said they brough t tents and sleeping bags to keep warm. Ruzicka, who bought three TVs and a DVD player, said it was worth the wait and did not mind missing Thanksgiving. â€œI didnâ€™t mind missing all those calories,â€? she said.
Black Friday breaks shopping records despite slow economy Day-after-Thanksgiving purchases bring in $11.4 billion, reports say SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian
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Ashley Athy, of Collinsville, a first-year psychology student at Southwestern Illinois College, tries to stay warm Friday outside Best Buy in Edwardsville. Athy and her friends waited in line since Wednesday to receive merchandise tickets for a big-screen TV and PlayStation 3. Athy's friend, David Pierson, of Troy, a first-year nursing student at SWIC, said they took turns waiting in line while the others used the restrooms at the nearby businesses. He said
people stopped by on Thanksgiving and handed out turkey and pie. Two people staked a claim at the front of the line Tuesday, but the majority of the more than 500 people by 10 p.m. Thursday were only there for a few hours. William Carruba, of Granite City, a senior at Granite City High School, was one of them. "I've never been so cold that my bones ache," Carruba said after waiting in line for seven hours.
As many stores opened just after midnight Friday to begin the holiday shopping season, eager customers waited in even longer lines than previous years, when stores opened at 3 and 4 a.m. According to a press release from ShopperTrak â€” the worldâ€™s largest counting service of retail and mall foot-traffic â€” Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent compared to the same day last year. Spending from both online and in-store shopping for the day after Thanksgiving â€” where consumers line up to get lower prices on popular items such as electronics, home appliances and toys â€” totaled $11.4 billion, according to ShopperTrak. Despite the sluggish economy and 9 percent unemployment rate, spending for the weekend reached an estimated $52.4 billion, according to the National Retail Foundation. Many large retail stores began midnight promotions this year,
prompting crowds across the country to wait outside the stores many hours before they opened. Representatives from the Carbondale Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Kohl's declined to comment on Black Friday sales or number of shoppers, directing all comments to their corporate offices. In Champaign, central Illinois shoppers waited in line covered in blankets and surrounded by space heaters as the midnight openings approached. Customers waited in line at Kohl's for more than two hours, carrying their items as they weaved throughout the store. At Target, only 20 shoppers were permitted in the store at a time. In Northbrook, one shopper reported malls were filled with customers. Stores such as Macy's and Gap had a discount on nearly all of their products. Gap, for example, had up to 60 percent off all merchandise to attract earlymorning shoppers. In Chicago, many shopped with a tight budget on mobile devices as well as in stores. Please see FRIDAY | 3
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Reeve said he thinks it’s important for shoppers to support local businesses because it keeps their money in the community, whereas revenues at big box stores support national corporations. Support and awareness of local business waned for many years but has recently started to turn around, Reeve said. He said he’d known people who would shop at
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PayPal — an eBay Inc. company — said global mobile payment volume on Thanksgiving was up 511 percent from 2010. Chicago was No. 5 on a list of the five cities with most mobile purchases on
corporate stores and then complain about the lack of businesses downtown, but people now may make the connection that they should shop at small businesses for the sake of the community. “I’m hearing the words, ‘I’d rather buy local,’” he said. Though interest in local business may be turning around, it’s still going to be a difficult situation, Reeve said. “It’s going to be a tough fight,” he said.
Sound Core President Joe Castrejon said the current climate has actually helped some small businesses, namely the ones that have survived. “The ones that are left are doing great,” he said. Castrejon said he was also aware of American Express’s promotions, but Sound Core’s participation only consisted of accepting their card, which is not typical of many businesses.
He said though American Express created Small Business Saturday mostly in its own interest, it’s nevertheless a promotion, which is always good. “It’s not really for us,” Castrejon said. He said Sound Core doesn’t really depend on the holiday season to do a lot of sales, but Christmas sales are still a bonus. Many of Sound Core’s holiday sales actually come in January, when
people spend money they received for Christmas. As for the future of small businesses, Castrejon said they’re always going to be there, because there will always be niches that big box stores can’t fill. “You could not not have local business,” he said.
Thanksgiving Day. Although most Black Friday shoppers were eager for a deal, some even resorted to violence in order to be the first to purchase an item. Los Angeles police are investigating one Black Friday shopper who allegedly sprayed 20 Wal-Mart shoppers when police
reported she was trying to beat shoppers to a discounted Xbox 360 game system. According to CNN, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Bruce Borihanh said the suspect has not yet been booked, so her name has not been released. Officers declined to say if she felt
threatened or was trying to beat off the crowd. Colin McGranahan, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. — an independent research firm in New York — said in a Chicago Tribune article that opening the stores earlier would not create any more demand for customers.
“Somebody thought they could generate an advantage by opening earlier, and then everyone followed, so there is no advantage,” he said.
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RSO shoe drive kicks into the giving spirit TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian A good pair of shoes is vital for almost every athlete, and students in the kinesiology department are ensuring that the less fortunate aren't without footwear. Students in the Sport Studies Association are conducting a Soles4Souls shoe drive until Wednesday. New and gently-used shoes of any kind are welcomed to the drop boxes across campus. Soles4Souls is a non-profit charity organization that collects new and gently-used shoes to distribute to those in need. Bobbi Knapp, an assistant professor in kinesiology and SSA faculty adviser, said the organization usually distributes the new shoes in the U.S.
and the gently-used ones in other countries. SSA vice president Ryan Bressner, a senior from Moweaqua studying sport administration, said the group wanted a way to give back to the community. He said it’s also been a learning experience for members because they have to market the drive and ask local businesses for donations. “As SSA, our main thing is to kind of introduce students to all different areas of the sporting industry,” Bressner said. “And this would be a great way to show students event planning.” Knapp said the group also held the drive in spring 2010 and collected 3,198 pairs of shoes. “We haven’t hit that goal yet, but in 2010 we also started out relatively
slow," Knapp said. " Towards the end we just got piles and piles." Bressner said the drive is more organized this year, and he expects the group to collect about the same number of shoes as before. Knapp said she originally brought the idea of a Soles4Souls drive to the students because she saw it when she was an instructor in the department of kinesiology and physical education at Northern Illinois University. The charity began when founder and CEO Wayne Elsey felt compelled to help the 2004 tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, according to the Soles4Souls website. He called multiple executives in the footwear industry and collected up to 250,000 pairs of shoes to donate. Once Hurricane Katrina hit, the
website states, Elsey began collecting again and accumulated more than a million pairs of shoes for the gulf coast. That’s when he decided to create Soles4Souls. The organization has two other branches as well — Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls. Knapp said when the SSA took on the drive in 2010, it was in response to the Haiti earthquake. She said the country still asks for shoe donations as disaster clean-up continues. SSA members will deliver the shoes to a Soles4Souls headquarters in Nashville once the drive is over. “Some businesses we’ve built a relationship with, and we know we can count on (them) for a small donation to help us get a rental truck to deliver them,”
Bressner said. “There’s some that we’ve asked if we could give drop boxes and they were more than willing to.” Knapp said the group held a sporting goods fundraiser last year and distributed the equipment to local organizations. She said SSA will probably try to have another local drive after Soles4Souls. It's easy for athletic majors to understand the need for footwear, because sports require it, Knapp said. “Shoes are important,” she said. “A lot of the members of the RSO will go on to be coaches or athletic administrators of some sort, and to be active, shoes are important.”
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Monday, November 28 , 2011
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Robert Gearhart, of Cobden, restocks Christmas trees Saturday at Murdale True Value in Carbondale. Gearhart said customer flow for Christmas tree purchases slowed considerably once the weather turned toward rain Saturday. He said it’s difficult to
fill his time when business slows down. “I do a lot of sweeping up pine needles,” he said. Gearhart said his family waits until Christmas is closer to put up their tree, but they do not buy one. “I usually just go into the woods and cut one down,” Gearhart said.
Chicago’s former first lady remembered SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO — Hundreds of mourners streamed through a downtown cultural center Sunday to pay their respects to former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley at a public wake and visitation. A choir sang in the background as hundreds walked by a closed casket, flower arrangements and a large photograph of a smiling Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. The line wrapped almost around the entire Chicago Cultural Center as mourners waited in the rain. Among them was retired teacher Margie Zaugh of Chicago, who clutched an arrangement of pink tulips. The flowers were reportedly Daley’s favorite, and a tulip was even named after her. The “Tulipa Maggie Daley” is planted along the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district. “I can’t see tulips without thinking of her,” Zaugh said. “She was a great lady.” The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night. Mourners remembered her as a reserved and dignified presence at her husband’s side during his 22 eventful years as mayor. The public wake was planned until 10 p.m. Sunday. The
former mayor was in attendance along with current Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Memorial books were on display for the public at City Hall, the Cultural Center and Gallery 37, a downtown shopping center. A public Mass was scheduled for Monday at Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chicago. Maggie Daley was also remembered for her smile and some of those attending the wake said she was an inspiration for those battling cancer. Bernice Cherry, a 63-year-old retired teacher and breast cancer survivor, said she met Daley at a school event; Daley created an afterschool program called After School Matters. “She was always very pleasant,” Cherry said. “She encouraged me.”
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Michelle Williams embodies screen icon Marilyn Monroe BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian In the realm of cinema, there are recognizable figures. There is the screen idol, and then there’s Marilyn Monroe. No single individual has iconicized Hollywood and American pop culture like the late screen starlet. Unlike many late leading ladies, Monroe has retained her popularity almost 40 years after her death. Calling the task of portraying the screen icon challenging is an understatement, but Michelle Williams rises above a cliché script and presents Monroe with depth, charm and sincerity in “My Week with Marilyn.” The film is based on“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” and the film's eponymous follow-up, two "diaries" written by Colin Clark. In the film, Clark (Eddie Redmayne) is a production assistant on the British set of “The Prince and the Showgirl,” the 1957 film that starred Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe. Monroe is in England for the first time and away from her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Monroe becomes attached to Clark as he guides her through England and bears witness to her public, and private, personas. Williams captures Monroe’s breathy vocals, vivid smile and light as well as her pitch-perfect bubbly personality. Monroe’s character is one of the most well-documented; yet, Williams manages to encompass both the blonde bombshell who embraced the constant camera flashes and the insecure actress who believed she wasn’t taken seriously. Redmayne’s rendition of the star-stricken and lost little boy is bland and makes it hard to believe he could obtain an emotional affair with the most famous person in the world. But, then again, it is his story. And since the emergence of his novel 15 years
n the realm of cinema, there are recognizable figures. There is the screen idol, and then there’s Marilyn Monroe.
ago, historians, fans and film scholars alike have questioned his fact as a work of wishful fiction. Truth is always an elastic term in biographies, and it’s obvious the same applies here. Monroe confides in Clark because he is everything Hollywood isn’t. To see her open up so freely and carry out her emotional affair with the young assistant feels like a discredit to the character's complexity. The film’s structure is unique and clever in opting for a snapshot into Monroe’s life instead of the sweeping biographic epics like “J. Edgar” or Halle Berry’s portrayal of Monroe’s contemporary in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Screenwriter Adrian Hodges
recognizes most of his audience knows Marilyn’s story, and even those with the slightest amount of familiarity are aware of her personal tragedies. However, his two-tone depiction of Monroe as the wide-eyed sex symbol or the villainous man-eater femme fatale feels forced and, at times, unnecessarily harsh. “My Week with Marilyn” is a film carried by both its leading and supporting actors. Although the story borders on cliché melodramatics, the film’s performances make it a strong award-ready picture.
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Salukis put cap on second straight losing season ZZZGDLO\HJ\SWLDQFRP
CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian A strong start and finish came for the Salukis this season; however, the six games in the middle led to a subpar season for SIU. The Salukisâ€™ (4-7, 2-6 Missouri Valley Conference) six-game losing streak started with a loss to Western Illinois University Oct. 1 â€” a game in which the teamâ€™s starting quarterback went out with a season-ending shoulder injury â€” and didnâ€™t end until the team played its final home game of the season Nov. 12. â€œItâ€™s been a tough season,â€? said head coach Dale Lennon. â€œMany times the guys could have thrown the towel in but (they) hung in together.â€? Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Lennon said he thought the team was ahead of schedule and prepared to rebound from the first losing season under his then threeyear watch. However, Lennon wasnâ€™t able to predict the shoulder injury that left junior quarterback Paul McIntosh on the sidelines for the remainder of the season after his team got off to a 2-1 start. The injury put sophomore quarterback Kory Faulkner in the spotlight for the first time in his collegiate career, as he only saw the field twice in 2010. Faulkner played in 10 games this season, threw for 1,477 yards and five touchdowns and averaged 147.7
passing yards per game. Lennon said the transition from McIntosh to Faulkner was easy on the coaching staff because the two have a similar approach and style of play. He said he was confident the team could have continued to win with Faulkner taking the snaps. â€œYou can ask any one of our opponents and they felt fortunate to get the win at the end,â€? Lennon said. â€œThatâ€™s why itâ€™s very discouraging to go through that where youâ€™re always coming out on the short end.â€? One of the Saluki players who didnâ€™t come out on the short end was junior running back Jewel Hampton. Hampton led the conference with 17 touchdowns and 1,121 rushing yards on 230 carries, and finished with the MVFC Newcomer of the Year Award after he transferred from Iowa. Lennon said he didnâ€™t know how much production he would get from Hampton since he had two knee surgeries prior to his transition to SIU. â€œOn the course of the season, weâ€™ve kind of found out what he does best,â€? Lennon said. â€œGoing into this next year, weâ€™re going to have a better feel for how to use him, when to use him, and at the same time hopefully keep his longevity where he stays healthy.â€? Hampton said the milestones he reached this season gave him more confidence moving into his senior year, and he is curious to see what the team can do in 2012. â€œItâ€™s always good to finish on a
positive note. Weâ€™ve been working hard this season and Iâ€™m glad we could end it with two straight wins,â€? Hampton said. â€œWe finally figured things out at the end of the season, so hopefully that will carry on to next year.â€? Senior safety Mike McElroy said the team didnâ€™t achieve the desired success it anticipated, but it was important for him as a senior and the rest of the team to finish off the season with consecutive wins. â€œItâ€™s exciting being able to go out with a win and have some big plays,â€? McElroy said. â€œThatâ€™s something Iâ€™m always going to remember.â€? McElroy had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in his final game, and finished the season with 48 tackles and four interceptions. McElroy and the teamâ€™s 17 other seniors will leave plenty of open positions for some of the younger ones. The seniors accounted for five starting positions on offense and defense. Lennon said he hopes the experience some of the younger players received this season, along with acquiring vested transfer athletes, will make for a winning combination in 2012. â€œWe got to get better,â€? Lennon said. â€œItâ€™s pretty simple. We have to be better than we were this year.â€?
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Head coach Dale Lennon led the Salukis to a 4-7 season, with a 2-6 record in the conference. The record for SIU football slipped from the 2010 season, when it had a record of 5-6, with a 4-4 record
in conference. Since Lennonâ€™s first two seasonsâ€”2008 and 2009â€”the teamâ€™s record has slipped from 20-5 to 9-13. As losses mounted, attendance dropped, falling from 2010â€™s 65,338 to this seasonâ€™s 50,702.
Salukis pick up first season win against Chicago State JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian Saluki basketball had to wait an extra 30 minutes to start Fridayâ€™s game against Chicago State because the referees were late to the SIU Arena. â€œThat was the first time (that happened), so we didnâ€™t know what to do,â€? said redshirt sophomore guard Diamond Taylor. â€œEverybody was in the (locker room) listening to music, running around, trying to stay hyped, trying to keep ourselves motivated and stretched out and staying focused.â€? SIU (1-3) recorded its first season win Friday as they defeated Chicago State (05) 73-57. â€œThis game will definitely boost (our confidence),â€? said freshman guard Josh Swan. â€œWe needed that first win to just get over the hump.â€? Taylor had a career-high 19 points on 7-13 from the court, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. â€œDiamond has figured it out, and he can make some shots for us,â€? head coach Chris Lowery said. â€œThatâ€™s his job, and
heâ€™s got to do that. But heâ€™s got to take good shots, and he did that today.â€? Chicago State jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and went back and forth with SIU for the first seven minutes. However, the Salukis gained a lead they would never surrender when freshman forward Treg Setty hit a jumper with 13:03 left in the first half to put SIU up 14-12. Setty started his first game for the Salukis in place of injured freshman forward Dantiel Daniels. The freshman from Maysville, Ky., had nine points and seven rebounds to go along with three steals. â€œHeâ€™s going to do some things that freshman do, and we (have) to live with that because heâ€™s a good player,â€? Lowery said. â€œHeâ€™s scored inside. Most of his shots are from 10 (feet) and in, and he hasnâ€™t been known for that.â€? The Saluki defense forced Chicago State to commit 20 turnovers. Senior forward Mamadou Seck, senior guard Justin Bocot and Setty were tied for a game-high three steals. Seck recorded his second doubledouble of the season with 16 points and
10 rebounds. â€œIt starts with Seck. His motor, his energy, his drive,â€? Lowery said. â€œDiamond made some shots to finish it off.â€? SIU came out hitting 38.2 percent against Chicago Stateâ€™s zone defense in the first half, but the team drastically improved to a 61.9 percentage in the second half. Free-throw shooting followed the same pattern with 28.6 percent in the first half and 65 percent in the second. â€œIt was more important how we hit (our shots). It was inside-out: it wasnâ€™t just one pass and chuck a three,â€? Lowery said. â€œWe didnâ€™t shoot it as well as we want to shoot, but itâ€™s a start.â€? Swan chipped in 11 points and four assists with his second Saluki start. Swan hit 8-10 from the free-throw stripe. â€œJosh is not a point guard, but heâ€™s playing that position for us,â€? Lowery said. â€œHeâ€™s got poise. Heâ€™s a mature kid.â€? After the game was pushed back 30 minutes to a 7:35 p.m. start, the referees ran a two-man crew until the third ref arrived before the second half to complete the traditional three-man
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Sophomore guard Diamond Taylor attempts a lay-up Friday against Chicago State University at the SIU Arena. Taylor had a team-high 19 points against CSU.
The Salukis beat the Cougars 73-57 for their first win of the regular season and will host Western Kentucky University at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 7 in the SIU Arena.
crew. They were tested with 2:56 left in the game when an argument between both teams resulted in a technical foul for Chicago State forward Dâ€™Jari Nelson. â€œIt got really touch-and-go there at some points in the game,â€? Lowery said.
â€œYou just have to commend them on the job they did, because it could have gotten really out of control.â€? The Salukis will be off until their Dec. 7 match-up against Western Kentucky at the SIU Arena.