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Dozens of bowls filled with rice are prepared each day for the children of Rainbow Town, a Liberian orphanage that took root in 2006 after Feeta Naimen, or“Ma Feeta,�became a mother to more than 250 children. Her role began in 1994, when members of the rebel group Liberian Peace Council threatened to kill her if she didn’t take children who were likely orphaned as a result of the violence. The civil war lasted from 1989 to 2003, with international agencies

Students who rely on Monetary Award Program funding could have less than three weeks to apply for the grant. Paul Palian, director of communications for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, said applications for the grant are up 37 percent this year, which could lead to a submission deadline by the end of April, a month earlier than last year. More than 5,000 students at SIUC benefited from the MAP grant last year. “Tough economic times mean that the demand is highest when the state’s ability to meet the demand is probably at its lowest,� Palian said. “Our advice to students is if you haven’t filled out FAFSA yet, do it soon — do it now.� The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form gives students access to programs such as MAP, Pell grants and work-study programs.





estimating more than 200,000 dead. Naimen and her sisters now care for 86 children at the orphanage with the help of the Shine Foundation, an aid agency created by Lauren Selmon Roberts’ family members. Roberts, a graduate student in cinema and photography, made the documentary film “Rainbow Town� as her thesis and publicly screened it for the first time Sunday at the Student Center Auditorium. SEE PAGE 8 for the full story.

MAP deadline could be April 30 JEFF ENGELHARDT Daily Egyptian

Palian said competition Monetary Award Program would be even more intense for financial aid in the fall funding in Illinois semester than it was last year 2004 $342,399.80 when close to 100,000 eligible students did not receive aid 2005 $338,699.80 because of a lack of resources. Gov. Pat Quinn has pro2006 $350,399.80 posed a $5.4 million increase in MAP funding for fiscal 2007 $384,799.80 year 2011, which would 2008 $384,799.80 bring the total to roughly $410 million. Carbondale 2009 $385,299.80 representative Mike Bost — a member of the House 2010 $405,000.00 Higher Education ComJULIA FROMME | DAILY EGYPTIAN mittee — said the modest Source: The Simon Review, increase in MAP funding Paul Simon Public Policy Institue compared to the substantial increase in applicants shows the state is still looking at education occurrence. He said eventually someas one of the first services in line for thing will have to give and cuts will need to be made, so students need to the chopping block. Bost said he has pushed for MAP continue to voice their support for funding, but Republicans and Demo- MAP. crats have reached a stalemate that makes progress on any issue a rare Please see MAP | 3

Professor proposes SIU-Haiti RYAN VOYLES Daily Egyptian Uche Onyebadi has big plans for SIU to expand its school overseas in a country still ravaged by one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Onyebadi, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism, is working on a project in which SIU will construct at least one primary school in Haiti, and so far support from administrators has been overwhelming. “I bounced it off (director of the School of Journalism) Bill (Freivogel) and he liked it, and he took it to the dean who also liked it,� Onyebadi said. “Now it has been passed between deans across campus, and everybody has been sold on the idea so far.� Haiti is still reeling after a 7.0 earthquake hit the country Jan. 12, killing at least 217,000 people and leaving more than 1 million homeless, according to Associ-

ated Press reports. Onyebadi said though the country needs food and shelter, those are only temporary fixes. “They have all these temporary needs... but what about the future?� he said. “They need an education, and I thought why not go and help them with that?� Onyebadi’s proposal, which will be presented to the Faculty Senate on Tuesday, asks for voluntary donations of $5 from faculty, staff and students interested in helping Haiti. Onyebadi said there is not yet a set target amount, and the proposal is still being adjusted. Lisa Brooten, the interim chair for the radio-television department, said she first heard about the project when Onyebadi brought it to the Management Council Group, where chairpersons and deans meet weekly. Please see HAITI | 3


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Monday, April 12, 2010 POLICE BLOTTERS p.m. Sunday on South Illinois Avenue near the intersection of Lincoln Drive, a department release stated. During the stop, officers arrested Joseph Wyatt for unlawful possession and delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis, the release stated. Wyatt was also arrested on a Kankakee County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license suspended, the release stated. Wyatt is being held in the Jackson County Jail.

Carbondale police responded at 9 p.m. Monday to the 600 block of West College Street in reference to a report of a trespass to a residence, a department release stated. Officers learned the suspect entered the apartment without permission from the resident and appeared to attempt to take a picture of the victim with a camera phone before he fled, the release stated. The suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches, 140 pounds. Police are still investigating the incident.

action, a department release stated. Officers learned the victim was in a verbal argument with an unknown person when he was approached by seven to eight males who knocked him to the ground and battered him before fleeing north, the release stated. The victim declined medical attention. Police are still investigating the incident, the release stated. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is encouraged to contact the police department at 4573200 or Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may be submitted.

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“I represent SIU, so I will and do argue for the MAP grant, but the question is are there enough legislators to say that is justifiable over more funding for services for the handicapped? Those are the decisions that have to be made,” Bost said. Priciliano Fabian, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, was one of the hundreds of SIUC students that showed up in Springfield during the fall semester to help convince the General Assembly to bump MAP funding from



“I think despite the economic problems that we have in the country, we really need to recognize we have a lot, and it’s important to create solidarity globally — especially in education,” Brooten said. “As a university, to help a country that has had so much happen to it, it’s a great feeling.” It would not be the first time SIU has had facilities in Haiti. The construction of a primary school in Haiti would revive the study abroad program that SIU had with Haiti during the 1980s, Onyebadi said. He said students from departments including architecture, education and theater could send students there to learn in a different atmosphere. Onyebadi said he has already contacted the Haitian embassy and is waiting for word from the Haitian government about the project. He said he wants to start it soon, before



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ough economic times mean that the demand is highest when the state’s ability to meet the demand is probably at its lowest. Our advice to students is if you haven’t filled out FAFSA yet, do it soon — do it now. — Paul Palian director of communications for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

$198 million to $403 million. While Fabian said he was happy to see Quinn make MAP a priority this fiscal year, he said students would need to show up in force again for the April 22 Lobby Day to demand more aid. “I was glad to hear there was $5 million more for MAP next year, but I still feel we may need to fight for it to make

sure it comes to the students,” Fabian said. “With Lobby Day coming up next week, we hope to get as many students as we can to go to Springfield to not just push for MAP funding, but the operating budget as well.” A recent report by John Jackson, a visiting professor at Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, highlights the declining

support of higher education and MAP from the state. The report shows funding fell from fiscal year 2001 to 2003 before going up again in 2004. It then dropped again in fiscal year 2005 before staying relatively stagnant from 2007 to 2009. Without student intervention last fall, the funding would have been lower than 1997 levels.


Jackson said the political climate in Springfield is hurting the state’s ability to dig out of the $13 billion deficit it is in, and the students are the ones feeling the affects. “The MAP grants are terribly important to Illinois students,” Jackson said. “I think every item is in jeopardy if the (General Assembly) doesn’t get serious in the budget negotiation that ends May 15. If they don’t get serious, we will start — on July 1 — a budget year that will be a nightmare for everyone.”

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Haiti is forgotten. “As we get further away from the tragedy, the news goes on to the newest story,” he said. “We want to do this while it is still fresh on people’s minds.” Brooten, a member of the Faculty Senate, will open the floor for Onyebadi to present his case to the senate Tuesday. She said she already knows several higher-ups have expressed interest. “Phil Howze, the senate president, has been very supportive,” Brooten said “The senators we took it to last week in the Executive Council were really interested in it and all the individual faculty senators we have taken it to are really helping out.” Onyebadi said the situation is similar to an old adage about education. “It is as they say, ‘Give me a piece of fish, I’ll eat,’” he said. “Teach me how to fish, and I’ll eat for a lifetime.’”

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A young Haitian man, right, flirts with a young Haitian woman as life goes on inside the Daihatsu tent camp Jan. 25 on the outskirts of Port au Prince, Haiti.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR One inconvenience can prevent many crimes Unless his victimizers were his parents or guardians, you’d think he would know better than to involve himself in situations where he is likely to be victimized. Alcohol is a drug — a very dangerous drug. And you do not have to drink even a single drop for it to have an impact on your life. If limiting access to it can help prevent even one incident of child abuse, spousal abuse, murder, rape or any other serious crime that it is too often a major contributing factor of, it is more than

Dear Editor: I would like to applaud Mr. Martinez for having the guts to publicly state his views on my recent letter to the Daily Egyptian, unlike most of the anonymous persons who have posted their negative responses to my views on the DE Web site. However, one cannot help but question the judgment of someone who admits to being the “victim of multiple crimes at the hands of intoxicated people.�

worth the minor inconvenience of having to make an extra stop at the liquor store. Some of you are probably thinking, “But Jim (or insert favorite expletive here), these places are often surrounded by mean, aggressive, drunken panhandlers. You are putting us in danger by making us go there!� Then I would have to counter that you don’t care if our grocery stores and gas stations become that way also. Enough is enough.

James L. Desper Jr. Carbondale resident

Not pretending to be a climate expert and neither should they Dear Editor: I read with interest the letters in “Voices� about climate change from professors Sullivan and Gray. Although my major is ceramic engineering and minors are chemistry and physics, I do not portend to be a climate expert. I do have a strong foundation in chemistry and thermodynamics and hope to be better than a fifth grader when it comes to the relationships between carbon dioxide/carbon monoxide, oxygen and chlorophyll, and understanding the Earth is heated by the sun. More solar activity equals more heat.

How will taxing Americans and American industries for carbon monoxide emissions and giving that money to the UN to give to third-world countries benefit the Earth and humanity? Planting more trees, especially in the rain forests will! More oxygen, less carbon dioxide! Professor Sullivan quoted a survey from a “tree hugger� organization in San Francisco managed by Rhett Butler, who studied economics and math. He also quotes, which has flopped from a global cooling panic to a global warming panic. is owned by Environmental Media Services (formed by Arlie Schardt, associate of Al Gore) and is funded by Soros through Funny, Gore confused the temperature of the Earth’s core with the surface temperature of the sun and used a computer-generated image of a glacier melting instead of the real image. Real science and climate expert! Climatologists and meteorologists make predictions using models. When data used is insufficient or has been altered, the results are not sci-

Property tax would affect renters more than sales tax Dear Editor: In response to James Desper Jr.’s letter Tuesday, he is incorrect that I suggested “that an increase in the sales tax would fall hardest on students and renters.� I did, though, suggest that an increase in the property tax would affect students and renters more than an increase in the sales tax. Also in response to Mr. Desper’s letter, according to comments

entific. Recently, NASA and “scientists� from IPCC have misreported, hidden, manipulated and destroyed data to achieve their economic and political interests. Consensus of opinion isn’t fact when the scientific data proves the opposite. The Earth was flat by a consensus of opinion! No scientific study proves a correlation between global warming and man-made carbon dioxide. Read “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide,� which can be found at pproject/GWReview_OISM300.pdf. The results of a survey by the American Meteorological Associa-

on the DE Web site by notJonOsborn, apparently rats are revered in China and parts of India, and research by Jaak Panksepp and Jeff Burgdorf found that rats emit short, high frequency, ultrasonic, socially induced vocalization when tickled. In other words, rats enjoy a good laugh.

Joel Fritzler Carbondale city councilman

tion said 24 percent believe global warming is human-induced, 19 percent believe climate models are reliable and 56 percent believe global warming is a scam. Recently, Dr. Phil Jones of CRU (one of the most adamant global warming activists) stated there has been no global warming since 1998. This was after Climategate. Recently, the Institute of Physics (36,000 members) rebuked IPCC for the fraud perpetrated by the “Climategate� group. Why the need to cheat?

Dale E. Wittmer professor in engineering



Safety regulations need to be changed for miners W Mining accidents are as closely associated with West Virginia as Appalachian folk music. They’re expected, but no one knows when the next tragedy will occur. It was Monday. That’s when an explosion occurred at the Upper Branch Mine near Montcoal, W.Va., killing at least 25 miners. Rescue efforts continue for four others believed to be trapped inside. While mining accidents seem bound to happen, there are strong signs that this one might have been prevented. The canaries indicating potential

danger were the hundreds of safety violations attributed to the coal mine’s operator, Massey Energy. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration had cited Massey for more than 1,300 violations at the Upper Big Branch mine since 2005, charges that could bring nearly $2 million in fines. Fifty citations in the last year involve issues like proper ventilation, handling combustible materials and escape routes. That Massey has been cited so many times should in one sense be comforting. It’s an indication that safety

hile mining accidents seem bound to happen, there are strong signs that this one might have been prevented.

inspections have improved since Congress passed the 2006 Miner Act, which was its response to another West Virginia tragedy, the Sago Mine explosion, which killed 12 miners that year. But the fact that a mine could continue operating despite hundreds of safety violations is absolutely disheartening. “Something went very wrong here,� Kevin Stricklin, an MSHA administra-

tor, said of Monday’s explosion. Yes, and the greatest wrong was Massey’s ability to scoff at citations and keep its mine running. The company’s CEO is Don L. Blankenship, who seems to dismiss MSHA citations as if they were toilet paper. “Violations are unfortunately a normal part of the mining process,� Blankenship said. He is known for his anti-union

antics, and for spending millions of his own money to influence a 2004 election for the West Virginia Supreme Court. Coal miners need assurances that safety regulators are going to do more than issue citations to people like Blankenship, whose company doubled its profits to $104 million last year compared with 2008. Shutting down a mine will get his attention — and it just might save some lives.

This editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday.

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How Washington is spending your taxes in 2010 G BRIAN RIEDL McClatchy Tribune

Taxpayers filing their 1040s are likely wondering just where all their hardearned tax dollars are going. Washington will spend $31,406 per household in 2010 — the highest level in American history (adjusted for inflation). It will collect $18,276 per household in taxes. The remaining $13,130 represents this year’s staggering budget deficit per household, which, along with all prior government debt, will be dumped in the laps of our children. Government spending has increased by $5,000 per household since 2008, and nearly $10,000 per household over the past decade. Yet there is no free lunch: If spending is not reined in, then eventually taxes must also rise by $10,000 per household. Washington will spend this $31,406 per household as follows: Social Security and Medicare: $9,949. The 15.3 percent payroll tax, split evenly between the employer and employee, covers most of these costs.

This system can remain sustainable only if there are enough workers to support all retirees, which is why it risks collapsing under the weight of 77 million retiring baby boomers. Unless these programs are reformed, paying all promised benefits would eventually require doubling all income tax rates. Defense: $6,071. The defense budget covers everything from military paychecks to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to the research, development and acquisition of new technologies and equipment. Lawmakers drastically reduced military spending after the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. The 9/11 attacks reversed this trend, and the inflation-adjusted $2,472 per household increase since 2000 has returned military spending closer to its historical levels (but still lower than during previous wars). Anti-poverty programs: $5,466. Nearly half of this spending subsidizes state Medicaid programs that provide health services to poor families. Other low-income spending includes: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,

overnment spending has increased by $5,000 per household since 2008, and nearly $10,000 per household over the past decade.

food stamps, housing subsidies, childcare subsidies, Supplemental Security Income and low-income tax credits. President George W. Bush increased anti-poverty spending to record levels, and it has grown an additional 32 percent since the end of 2008 under President Barack Obama. Unemployment benefits: $1,640. Unemployment costs have surged by 411 percent during the recession. Interest on the federal debt: $1,585. The federal government is $13 trillion in debt. It owes $9 trillion to public bond owners, and the rest to other federal agencies (mostly to repay the Social Security trust fund, which lawmakers raided annually before the program went into deficit in 2010). Record-low interest rates have recently held down these costs. However, the national debt is set to double by 2020, which will combine with higher interest rates to raise annual interest costs to nearly

$6,000 per household. Veterans’ benefits: $1,052. The federal government provides income and health benefits to war veterans. Spending is up 83 percent since 2000. Federal employee retirement benefits: $1,018. This spending funds the retirement and disability benefits of federal employees, including the military. Education: $914. Education spending is primarily a state and local function; 9 percent of the total comes from Washington. The federal education budget has leaped 125 percent since 2000. Most federal dollars are spent on low-income school districts, special education and college student financial aid. Highways/ mass transit: $613. Most highway and mass-transit spending is financed by the 18.4 cent per-gallon federal gas tax. Washington subtracts an administrative cost and sends this money back to the states with numerous strings attached. Health research/regulation: $550.

This spending is up 50 percent since 2001, and much of this growth is concentrated in the National Institute of Health. The category also includes the Food and Drug Administration and dozens of grant programs for health providers. Mortgage Credit: $470. While most of the bank bailouts occurred last year, the bailouts of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the rest of the housing market continue. The programs listed above cover $29,328 per household. Remaining: $2,078. The rest is allocated to all other federal programs, including justice, international affairs, natural resources, the environment, regional development, farm subsidies, social services, space exploration, air transportation and energy. Taxpayers — and the next generation that will be paying nearly half of the bill — must decide for themselves if they’re getting their money’s worth.

Brian Riedl is the Grover M. Hermann fellow in federal budgetary affairs at The Heritage Foundation.



World & Nation

Daily Egyptian F L OR I DA Astronauts take second spacewalk to replace space station tank C A P E C A N AV E R A L — Astronauts struggled with stiff bolts while attaching a big new tank full of ammonia coolant to the International Space Station on Sunday, their second spacewalk in three days to accomplish the job. The 215-mile-high action unfolded on the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13.

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Thai protesters dig in, reject talks B A N G KO K — Anti-government protesters dug into their encampments around Bangkok and rejected talk of negotiations Sunday after a monthlong standoff escalated into clashes that killed 20 people in Thailand’s worst political violence in nearly two decades. Foreign governments issued warnings for citizens visiting Thailand, where tourism is a lifeblood industry.

Sudanese begin voting K H A R T O U M — Sudanese across Africa’s largest country voted Sunday in their first competitive elections in nearly a quarter century despite partial boycotts by the opposition and calls to delay the vote. In Khartoum, turnout was lighter than expected in the first few hours of voting, aside from a few enthusiastic supporters of President Omar al-Bashir.

¹ I am determined to do

it if it takes two weeks or two years.


JORDAN ROMERO 13, on climbing Mount Everest; if he succeeds, he will be the youngest person to reach Everest’s summit at 29,028 ft.

Afghan leader is ‘commander in chief’ DEB RICHMANN The Associated Press KABU L — After days of discord, U.S. officials on Sunday went one step farther in their new, gentler tact with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, expressing sympathy for the pressure he faces and promoting him as commander in chief of the warring nation. U.S.-Afghan relations grew tense last week when Karzai, seeking to bolster his own political stature, lashed out against the U.N. and the international community, accusing them of perpetrating a “vast fraud” in last year’s presidential polls as part of a conspiracy to deny him re-election or tarnish his victory — accusations the U.S. and the United Nations have denied. Two days later, Karzai told a group of parliament members that if foreign interference in his government continued, the Taliban would become a legitimate resistance — one that he might even join, accord-

ing to several lawmakers present. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs described Karzai’s remarks as “troubling.” But the American tone quickly softened. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates blitzed Sunday morning news shows in the U.S. to call Karzai a reliable partner. “I have to say that some of these outlandish claims that are being made and accusations that are being hurled are really unfortunate,” Clinton told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview taped Friday and aired on Sunday. “This is a leader who is under enormous pressure. And I wonder sometimes how anybody can cope with the kind of relentless stress that you face after having been in some military activity or war footing for 30 years, which is what the reality is in Afghanistan,” she said. Gates stressed that Karzai deserved respect as the leader of a sovereign country and said he had a cooperative relationship with U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander of

NATO forces in Afghanistan. “This is a man who’s, first of all, a political leader,” Gates told ABC’s “This Week.” ‘’He has domestic audiences as well as foreign audiences. What I can tell you is that Gen. McChrystal continues to meet with him regularly. They have a very positive relationship. He gets very good cooperation out of President Karzai.” Gates said the Afghans want their president to be treated with respect as representative of a sovereign nation. Gates said it’s only natural that when a political leader feels he or his nation is being pressured or disrespected, “he’s going to react strongly,” Gates said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Gen. David Petreaus, who oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, echoed the comments Sunday in the Afghan capital. “President Karzai is the commander in chief — he is the president of a sovereign country,” Pe-

treaus told reporters. “Yes, there’s a partnership, but he is the commander in chief.” Petreaus praised Karzai for making trips to Marjah in Helmand province where thousands of U.S., NATO and Afghan troops pushed out the Taliban earlier this year, and to the Taliban’s birthplace in neighboring Kandahar province. Kandahar is the site of a joint offensive ramping up to clear neighborhoods of insurgents and rush in new governance and aid to stall the Taliban’s momentum. NATO reported that another international service member was killed Sunday by a bomb in southern Afghanistan but gave no further details. On Sunday, Karzai traveled to northern Afghanistan where he urged insurgents to lay down their arms and air their grievances. Addressing a gathering in Kunduz province, he repeated his standing invitation to meet with any insurgent who renounces violence and

terrorism and embraces the Afghan Constitution. “Come and have your say, not by the gun,” Karzai said. “You say that ‘foreigners are here.’ As long as you fight, they won’t leave,” he said, referring to what the insurgents say is their main goal of driving foreign forces from the country. Underscoring insecurity in the area, three rockets were fired toward Kunduz ahead of Karzai’s arrival Sunday morning, but landed harmlessly in farm fields, provincial spokesman Ahmad Sami Yawar said. The president later pulled out of a visit to German troops stationed in the area due in part to what were described as safety concerns. Security has been deteriorating in Kunduz for the past two years, particularly since the opening early last year of a route through the province for supplies traveling from Europe through Russia and down to the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

Polish president’s body returns to Warsaw MONIKA SCISLOWSKA VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV The Associated Press WAR S AW, Poland — Tens of thousands of Poles softly sang the national anthem and tossed flowers at the hearse carrying the body of President Lech Kaczynski to the presidential palace on Sunday after it was returned from Russia, where he and dozens of political, military and religious leaders were killed in a plane crash. The plane carrying Kaczynski’s body arrived from the Smolensk airport, where he and 95 others had been heading Saturday to honor 22,000 Polish officers slain by the Soviet secret police in 1940 in the western Soviet Union. The coffin bearing Kaczynski’s remains were met first by his daughter Marta, whose mother Maria also perished in the crash. She knelt before it, her forehead resting on the coffin. She was followed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the former prime minister, and the president’s twin brother. He, too, knelt and pressed his head against the flag-draped coffin before rising slowly and crossing himself. Standing sentinel were four Polish troopers bearing sabers. There was no sign of the twins’ ailing mother Jadwiga, who has been hospitalized. The president had canceled several foreign trips lately to be by her side. The coffin was placed aboard a Mercedes-Benz hearse and slowly traveled several miles to the palace, watched by thousands of weeping Poles.

Earlier, the country held two minutes of silence in memorial for those killed in the crash. Church bells pealed at noon and emergency sirens shrieked for nearly a minute before fading. Hundreds bowed their heads, eyes closed, in front of the presidential palace. Buses and trams halted in the streets. No date for a funeral has been set and the presidential palace has not yet said if Kaczynski will lie in state. The death of the president and much of the state and defense establishment in Russia, en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in the neighboring nations’ long, complicated history, was laden with tragic irony. “He taught Poles how to respect our traditions, how to fight for our dignity, and he made he made his sacrifice there at that tragic place,” said mourner Boguslaw Staron, 70. Among the dead were Poland’s army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces. At the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army in Warsaw, hundreds gathered for a morning Mass and left flowers and written condolences. Government spokesman Pawel Gras said the country’s armed forces and state offices were operating normally despite the devastating losses. Michal Boni, an official in the prime minister’s office, said they remained in constant contact with deputy head of the National Bank of Poland, Piotr Wiesiolek. He said the bank’s Monetary Policy

Council will hold a meeting on Monday, as previously planned. “We are prepared to take various decisions, but we do not see that anything dangerous could happen in the economy,” Boni said. The economy has so far managed to avoid recession. The acting president, Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, said he would call for early elections within 14 days, in line with the constitution. The vote must be held within another 60 days. Kaczynski had indicated he would seek a second term in presidential elections this fall but was expected to face an uphill struggle against Komorowski and his governing party, the moderate, pro-business Civic Platform. Kaczynski’s nationalist conservative Law and Justice Party could benefit, however, from the support of a country mourning the loss of their president, particularly with elections now set to take place by late June. In Moscow, Russia’s transport ministry said that Russian and Polish investigators had begun to decipher flight data recorders of the aging Soviet-built Tu-154 airliner that crashed while trying to land in deep fog in Smolensk. Russian officials had said 97 people were killed but revised the figure to 96. Poland’s Foreign Ministry also confirmed the figure. The Smolensk regional government said Russian dispatchers had asked the Polish crew to divert from the military airport there because of the fog and land instead in Moscow or Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus.


A young boy carries flowers in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday after Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash. Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96. Former president, Solidarity found- handedly,” he told reporters. “That’s not er and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech possible. I have flown a lot and whenevWalesa, said it was too soon to cast er there were doubts, they always came to the leaders and asked for a decision, blame. “Someone must have been taking and based on that, pilots took decisions. decisions on that plane. I don’t believe Sometimes the decision was against the that the pilot took decisions single- leader’s instructions.”

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Quarters earn students a trip to Vegas DEREK ROBBINS Daily Egyptian

Two students went to Las Vegas to compete in a tournament for a game they had never played before. Jered Sloan, a graduate student in sculpture from Norton, Kan., and Tanya Gadbaw a graduate student in painting and drawing from Great Bend, N.Y., won a trip to Las Vegas after winning a quarters tournament March 20 at Copper Dragon. The win led the duo to compete for $25,000 at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas last weekend in the Bud Light Shoot for the Championship National Quarters Competition. The pair said they had never played quarters before March 6, when they won a competition at The Cellar, which qualified them to enter a Copper Dragon tournament. Sloan said some sponsors from the Vegas tournament at the bar asked if the two wanted to play, which Gadbaw said lead to the unusual night. “It was very random. (Sloan) needed a partner, and we didn’t know what we were playing for,” Gadbaw said. “We played five or six teams and they said the finals to go to Vegas would be at Copper. I said, ‘Well, it’s only Copper; let’s see what happens’.” They won that, too — which sent them to Las Vegas, where they made it to the third round of the 200-competitor tournament. In Vegas, the game of quarters is played with poker chips, with 35 seconds to land their chips in either a tub — for two points — or a cup within the tub — for three points. The college version of quarters might consist of rules that require one to bounce a quarter into a shot glass or a cup of beer, allowing them to hand out drinks.


Jered Sloan, a graduate student in sculpture from Norton, Kan., and Tanya Gadbaw, a graduate student in painting and drawing from Great Bend, N.Y., bounce poker chips as they pose for a portrait Sunday in the Communications Building. Gadbow said the field was a little more stacked than she thought it would be. “Even on the plane from St. Louis to Las Vegas, there were other teams participating there, and they were talking about how a team in the tournament has won four straight years,” Gadbow said. “It was kind of intimidating.” The duo made it to the round with 64 teams left but lost 148-131, Sloan said. Sarah Renshaw, a graduate student in metals, was there the night they were asked

The pair entered the Bud Light Shoot for the Championship National Quarters Competition in Las Vegas, which took place last weekend, after competing in tournaments that were held at The Cellar and Copper Dragon.

to play quarters. She said the victory was very surprising to her. “I thought Jered might be alright, but I didn’t even think Tanya had played before,” Renshaw said. “It was all just really crazy.” Even though they came up short of winning the $25,000, Sloan looks back on the trip fondly. “It was completely abnormal — I have never been to Vegas before and I had no idea what to expect,” Sloan said. “It was like the grandest of the grand. You can’t see anywhere

else like it.” Gadbow said a return to the tournament next year was not out of the question. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing at the same time next year, but it’d be interesting to go back,” Gadbow said. “I would like to see if we could go there and win it. It’s hard to pass up on a chance to win that kind of money.”

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‘Rainbow Town’ tells story of strength, hope DIANA SOLIWON Daily Egyptian A woman tries to navigate home. There are machine guns and rebel groups. Young people wield machetes. Hundreds of children are left homeless. The woman is sick. She has left the hospital in an effort to find her family, who could be lost already as a result of civil war violence. She’s walking to her home village of Kpolokpai, Liberia, hoping to find help. “They said, ‘If you can’t take the children, they will die!’” Feeta Naimen explained at the beginning of “Rainbow Town,” a documentary film Laura Selmon Roberts, a graduate student in cinema and photography, premiered as her thesis Sunday at the Student Center Auditorium. “In war, you had no power; you had no right,” she said. “ ... You just wanted to live.” For the next 74 minutes, dozens of audience members listened to the story of Naimen, or “Ma Feeta,” a woman who first struggled against but eventually embraced the task of taking hundreds of children under her wing. Her role as a mother began in 1994, when members of the rebel group Liberian Peace Council ambushed her while walking home and forced her to become a caregiver to eight children. “I can’t,” she said. They stripped and raped her. “I don’t know to care for them,” she pleaded. She said LPC members raped her three times in two days before leaving her and the children to engage in more fighting with another rebel group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, led by former Liberian Pres. Charles Taylor.

While at first she didn’t want the children — Ma Feeta admitted she tried to give them away in Gbarnga, a town near Kpolokpai, before six local pastors advised her not to — she said she realized what God had saved them all from and decided to accept the responsibility. The number of children dropped off by rebels and family members rose to more than 250. Ma Feeta said she focused on providing them with food and shelter. Now, with the 86 children at the Rainbow Town orphanage, she wants them to have access to an education, she said. Roberts said she first learned of Feeta’s story when she began work with an aid agency in Liberia in 2004. Through a series of events, her parents eventually adopted a brother and a sister — Christiana, then Adam — from Ma Feeta, she said. When Roberts’ hometown community, Norman, Okla., heard Christiana’s story, they wanted to help, she said. They began donating. Family members took the money and created the Shine Foundation, an aid organization that helped build Rainbow Town. Roberts’ goal of the documentary is to build on the stories of growth and strength at the orphanage and fundraise to build several educational outlets for Liberian children, she said. She said hopes to present three options: an outlet for college, a trade school or any other passion a child might have. “You can’t create these one-sizefits-all programs and expect it to really make a difference,” Roberts said. As for Ma Feeta, she’s confident she made the right choice. “When I die I will receive my reward,” she said.


Rick and Marla Britton look at paintings made by Liberian children at Rainbow Town after viewing the premiere of Lauren Selmon Roberts’ documentary Sunday in the Student Center Auditorium. The documentary, named after the orphanage, focused on the story and struggles of Feeta Naimen, or “Ma Feeta,” and how she started

Rainbow Town, which now gives home to 86 children. “It was very moving to see the testimony about God and how God moves in other parts of the world and provides for their needs,” Rick said. Along with paintings, viewers could also purchase crosses sculpted from bullets used by rebel soldiers in the war.

Children stand around what they’ve created — the name of their orphanage spelled with rocks. The documentary, a thesis project by Lauren Selmon Roberts, used a mixture of video and stills to tell the story of “Ma Feeta,” a Liberian woman who said she used her faith in God to find the strength to care for more than 250 orphaned children during her country’s 14-year civil war. AMY ELROD PROVIDED PHOTO


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Ron Rogers, left, cooks hot dogs for his nephew, Justin Davis, middle, and his son Jeff Rogers Saturday in front of a dilapidated home on his property on Town Creek Road in Murphysboro. Ron Rogers said he purchased the decaying estate next to his home to assure he would not have neighbors. His nephews stay with him nearly every weekend, where they enjoy jumping on a trampoline, games of hide and seek and hunting snakes with machetes. “They play on their Xbox a lot,” Rogers said. “I don’t let them do that when it’s nice. I make them stay outside.”



Daniel Mellenthin, or “Sunshine,” a graduate student in rehabilitation from Alton, throws the ball during wheelchair softball Saturday in the Lesar Law Building parking lot. Mellenthin, along with nine other people, came out to enjoy the nice weather and some physical activity.

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Across 1 A dog may pull on one during a walk 6 __ Hari 10 Engrave with acid 14 Navel type 15 Medical suffix 16 Rise sky-high 17 Loose-hanging trousers 19 Soaks (up) 20 Coiled hair style 21 Slanted type style: Abbr. 22 Buddies 23 Most sickly 25 1957 hit for Buddy Holly and the Crickets 28 Sharpshooter 30 Painting props 31 Tight as __ 32 Hired thug 35 4:00 London social 36 Coin collector? 40 Not prem., as gas 43 Chewy Hershey’s candy 44 “__ my case”

48 Beethoven symphony originally dedicated to Napoleon 51 Erode gradually, as savings 53 Gershwin song set in London, with “A” 56 Coast Guard operation 57 Do bar duty 58 Wander 60 Like two peas in a __ 61 Cylindrical pasta 62 Carriage outings 65 Grammy co-winner for the rap song “Back on the Block” 66 Theater award 67 “__ evil ...” 68 Super Bowl, e.g. 69 Avoid flunking 70 Admin. aides Down 1 Ad-__: improvise 2 Made possible

Friday’s answers

3 Lean and bony 4 Enrolled 5 Attention-getter 6 Castle protector 7 “Easy!” 8 Lancelot’s was “Sir” 9 Barnyard brayer 10 Some exam answers 11 Handyman’s must-have 12 Word after time or timed-release 13 Time measures: Abbr. 18 Feel sorry for 22 Links org. 23 Snake River st. 24 Big road rig 26 Actress Rowlands 27 That, in Tijuana 29 “Leggo my ___!” 33 Popeye’s Olive 34 Woodwind quintet member 37 Alum 38 Evening, commercially 39 Crunchy cereal brand

word 40 Foul caller 41 Art of a sexual nature 42 Rah-rah encouragement 45 Scrambles to keep secret 46 Pupil 47 Corn site 49 Set ablaze 50 Charisse of “Singin’ in


By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement

Today’s birthday — Financial matters continue to challenge your creativity this year. Your success grows out of an increased capacity to use both sides of your brain when making decisions and plans. In addition, artistic talents providean income stream to supplement other resources.

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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold boarders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

Friday’s answers

the Rain” 52 Military force 54 Vacation isle near Venezuela 55 Bear and Berra 59 Ripens, as cheese 61 Sharp turn 62 Jazz style 63 Pretoria’s nation: Abbr. 64 “H-E-L-P!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Be aware of your partner’s unusual needs. The challenge is to meet demands even when neither of you enjoys the process. Add empathy, and then just take care of it. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — A solid strategy for work would be to challenge all participants. Inspire enthusiasm by focusing on practical outcomes that everyone can appreciate.

Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — If you can take the day off with your significant other, you’ll discover romance at your fingertips. If you can’t, plan an evening that starts as early as possible.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — Spread your charm as far as you like. There’s plenty to go around. Meanwhile, keep your opinions to yourself.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Take extra care when working on creative projects, especially when using sharp instruments. Make refinements in small increments, and evaluate as you go.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — You’ll get more done today if you work around everyone else. They have their own challenges, unrelated to yours. Leave them to their own devices.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Every time you meet a deadline, you turn an obstacle into opportunity. Delivering ahead of time eliminates pressure for everyone and frees you for the next great idea.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Everything will work out the way you want if you pay attention to your partner’s requests. If you don’t, you’ll face major obstacles.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 5 — You find yourself in the spotlight without part of your costume. Oops! Grab an associate or two and ask them to fix it, now!They’ll jump to help.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — You surprise even yourself with your careful management. You recognize the challenge in stretching dollars to cover it all. Reward yourself too.

Leo (July23-Aug. 22) —Today is a 5 —You may be tempted to tiptoe around a problem today. A better strategy would be to face obstacles head-on while pulling strings in the background.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — What a difference it makes to be aware of your partner’s foibles, and vice versa. Both of you feel a bit compulsive today. Creative teasing is in order.


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Salukis unable to overtake Shockers in MVC race Wichita State takes two of three against Southern RAY MCGILLIS Daily Egyptian The SIU baseball team became only the second conference team to beat Wichita State (21-10, 7-2 Missouri Valley Conference) in Wichita, Kan. this season but dropped the three-game weekend series. The Shockers took the first two games of the series with a combined score of 18-3, but SIU (1616, 5-4 MVC) avoided the sweep with a 9-5 victory in game three. Head coach Dan Callahan said he was disheartened by the team’s performance in the first two games, but the bus ride home was much more enjoyable after Sunday’s win. “I was very discouraged after Friday and Saturday,” Callahan said. “We weren’t playing like we had been when we won the last six in a row. I thought our guys showed a lot of courage (Sunday); we could have easily folded after losing two and being down early. It was a good comeback and a big win for us.” Senior left-hander Ryan Bradley (0-3) made the start for SIU in game one of the series and surrendered all nine of the Shockers’ runs through 2.2 innings pitched. Junior Andrew Bever kept the Shockers off the scoreboard in the final 5.1 innings, but the Salukis could not get their offense going and dropped the opening game 9-2. The Salukis received a strong performance from their starter in game two, but three errors and an absence of offense spelled the difference in a 9-1 loss. Senior right-hander Nathan Forer (1-2) gave up six runs in the first two innings and seven



“I did not want to lose in front of them,” Blaylock said. “I didn’t want to have to hear it for a long time. I wanted to win.”

Stile T. Smith can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 256.



Freshman catcher Austin Montgomery tags a Bradley University runner out at the plate during 3-1 SIU victory April 3 at Abe Martin

Field. The Salukis lost two of three games over the weekend in their series against Wichita State in Wichita, Kan.

thought our guys showed a lot of courage (Sunday); we could have easily folded after losing two and being down early. It was a good comeback and a big win for us. — Dan Callahan head coach

through six innings pitched, but only one run was earned. Forer said a few mental mistakes cost the team the first two games, but it left Kansas feeling like it matches up well with the conference’s top team. “We didn’t play (Wichita State) as well as we should have this weekend,” Forer said. “But we played well enough to get one win out of it and that’s the important thing. We know we can play with them; we just beat ourselves in the



Three of Southern’s 12 steals came from senior designated player Allie Hanson who, before Saturday, had never stolen a base in 118 career games. Hanson said while most don’t think of her as a fast runner, her speed is deceptive.

first two games.” The Saluki offense came back to life en route to a 9-5 victory Sunday to avoid the team’s first three-game sweep of the season. Every starter for SIU finished with at least one of the team’s 14 hits in the game and three Salukis hit a home run, which included freshman catcher Austin Montgomery’s first collegiate long ball. Junior lefty Randy Hoelscher (2-2) struck out four and walked one through five innings pitched “Don’t underestimate me,” Hanson said. “My freshman year I got in a rundown in Wichita, and ever since then Kerri has called me ‘Wheels.’” In the Salukis’ three weekend wins, junior pitcher Danielle Glosson picked up the first and last and pitched a complete game in both, going a combined 13 innings while allowing three runs

in his sixth start of the year, allowing four earned runs off six hits. Freshman right-hander Lee Weld (1-3) made his 13th appearance of the season in the sixth inning and held Wichita scoreless through three innings of work, striking out five and setting the team up for its first win in Wichita since 2008. While more than 7,000 fans were in attendance, Weld said the atmosphere at Eck Stadium did not rattle his composure. on four hits and striking out 14 batters. The Salukis will return to the diamond at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they take on Missouri, who is ranked No. 7 in the NFCA Softball Top 25, at Charlotte West Stadium.

Stile T. Smith can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 256.

“I wouldn’t say I was intimated; I was more excited than anything,” Weld said. “You never come into a place intimidated. That’s the worst thing you can do … You have to have a little fun with it and show a little emotion. Be what you’re supposed to be as a reliever. Come in and throw strikes and be aggressive and pound the zone. You have to have that attack mentality.” The Salukis will entertain the University of Illinois in a midweek matchup Wednesday at Rent One Park in Marion before traveling to Illinois State for another three-game weekend series.

Ray McGillis can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 269.



ur kids have to understand that we can win ballgames like this. Early in the year we didn’t, but right now we are. — Kerri Baylock head coach


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Saluki Insider Ultimate Fighting Championship striker Anderson Silva won his match against Demian Maia in what UFC president Dana White called a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment” to the fans and sport after Silva spent the entire match prancing around the Octagon making odd motions and strange faces, generally disrespecting Maia. Is Silva still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world?

Silva’s story sounds a lot like “Rocky III.” Man rises through the ranks, eventually wins the title, gets cocky and loses it. I’m hoping Silva runs into a Clubber Lang, someone who will go toe-to-toe with Silva and make him earn back the title of “best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” because in my eyes, Silva has lost it.


The fight was disappointing for Silva, but it has shown that he has done everything he can in the middleweight division and is bored. He should drop the title and move up to the light heavyweight or heavyweight divisions and test himself against better competition.




Nope. Silva didn’t show a willingness to bring the fight to an end — he certainly has the ability to. It’s tough to say exactly who is the “best” pound-for-pound fighter in the world, especially after Silva and BJ Penn had lackluster performances. But a fight between Silva and GSP appears to be in our near future, so all is still well in the MMA world.



Sophomore Malaikah Love won the women’s triple jump for the second straight meet with a jump of 40-06 feet. Freshman Kasey Oceguera finished fourth in the high jump. The throwers took a back seat to the track athletes for the first time all season, but by no means had a bad day. Junior Gwen Berry won the women’s hammer throw, an event throws coach John Smith said she has had trouble adjusting to this outdoor season. Smith also said he felt the meet was not run efficiently. Immediately after the hammer throw concluded, the women had to go straight into the shot put with little time to rest and warm up for the event. Afterwards, the discus competition went into the night, but Smith said sophomore Jeneva McCall still excelled, winning the event with a throw of

rack is about finding your niche, being better at an event that others struggle with and then excelling.

177-09 feet. “(McCall) was throwing in the dark but still made the kind of throw that could make her an NCAA champ,” Smith said. McCall also placed second in both the hammer throw and the shot put. Sophomore Jake Deiters continued his discus success, grabbing third place in the event. Fellow sophomore J.C. Lambert finished second in the hammer throw and fifth in the men’s shot put. Junior Meredith Hayes came out on top for the Salukis in sprints, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.84 seconds. Junior Kandise Thompson took third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.73.

— Matt Sparks distance coach

The men and women both finished in third place in the 4x400 meter relays. It was the men’s first time competing in the event this season. “It was a good meet; we got to face a lot of teams we’ve never seen before,” head coach Connie Price-Smith said. “We had a lot of (personal records) and top-10 finishes in multiple events, and the distance team is continuing to get better for some of the longer events later in the season and for conference.” The Salukis return to the track this weekend for the Indiana State Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.

Timothy Hehn can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 269.

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Salukis take series in front of alumnae

Approximately 80 alumnae reunite for a Saluki sweep STILE T. SMITH Daily Egyptian About 80 former members of the SIU softball team received one last moment on the field. The Salukis paid tribute to the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alumnae, honoring the former members of the team with a pre-game tailgate in the outfield before the noon softball game Saturday. After the first game of a doubleheader against Indiana State, they were announced and recognized on the field and later treated to a dinner. Former SIU head coach Kay Brechtelsbauer, the only other head coach in the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history aside from current head coach Kerri Blaylock, said she had many memories from her coaching days come back after seeing the former players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One right after another just pop up,â&#x20AC;? Brechtelsbauer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a very, very special event.â&#x20AC;? During her 31-year coaching career, Brechtelsbauer went 633-438-2 after helping start the program in 1968. She guided the team to four Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series appearances and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1991. Athletic Director Mario Moccia said it was a great opportunity for the alumnae to be recognized and to reunite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also gives them a chance to reconnect with Southern Illinois University,â&#x20AC;? Moccia said. Amy Harre, a pitcher for SIU from 2002-2005, said she was amazed at the tradition of the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They started the tradition, then I was in the middle of the tradition and now the girls on the field are continuing that tradition,â&#x20AC;? Harre said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes you miss being out there and getting dirty and sweaty.â&#x20AC;? In her four years at SIU, Harre was a four-time first team AllMissouri Valley Conference selection. She recorded 84 wins during her time as a Saluki pitcher and was named the 2005 MVC Pitcher of the Year. The alumnae were not disappointed in the results of the game, either, as the Salukis beat Indiana State 8-0 in the first game and 3-1 in game two. Please see ALUMNAE | 14

SIU takes three-game set from Sycamores STILE T. SMITH Daily Egyptian Chelsea Held stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, one out and the game tied at three. The junior center fielder had been 0-3 in her previous three at-bats, and the Salukis had not led the entire game. Then, Held took the offering and put it between the third baseman and shortstop to score sophomore left fielder Mallory Duran and give the Salukis a 4-3 win Sunday and a three game sweep of Indiana State. Held, who has led the Salukis to two walk-off wins this season, said she loves coming to the plate in clutch situations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fun,â&#x20AC;? Held said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always do a lot better when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in pressure situations.â&#x20AC;? The win gave the Salukis (2712, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference) a three-game sweep of the Sycamores (14-22, 1-12 MVC). Blaylock said Indiana State is better than its record indicates, and the Salukis played a great series against the Sycamores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illinois State only beat them 5-4 and 6-3, and I think Creighton


Outfielder Mallory Duran hits the ball in the game against Indiana State Sunday at Charlotte West Stadium. The Salukis won all had to come back to beat them,â&#x20AC;? Blaylock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids have to understand that we can win ballgames like this. Early in the year we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but right now we are.â&#x20AC;? Senior right fielder Katie Wilson hit her 10th home run of the season in the second inning, putting her four shy of tying the single-season record, which she

three of their games against ISU this past weekend with final scores of 8-0, 3-1 and 4-3, respectively.

tied in 2007. The Salukis used their prowess on the base paths to pick up wins of 8-0 and 3-1 in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubleheader. Between the two games, the Salukis stole 12 bases in 13 attempts against Indiana State catchers Alyssa Marcum and Alex Lucas.

Blaylock said she knew the Salukis would be able to run on Indiana State going into the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a little too aggressive,â&#x20AC;? Blaylock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we just feel our team speed and power can create a lot of havoc.â&#x20AC;? Please see SOFTBALL | 14


Distance key for Southern at Ole Miss Teams grab 57 top-10 finishes TIMOTHY HEHN Daily Egyptian The SIU track and field teams returned home from their trip to Oxford, Miss., with seven first-place finishes and 57 top-10 finishes overall at the Ole Miss Relays, the first nonscored outdoor meet of the season. Two of those first-place victories came from the distance team which has been struggling to get back in a rhythm from the indoor season. Ole Miss was the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third outdoor meet of the season. Freshman Lucas Cherry won his first outdoor title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes 29.05 seconds, and junior Stephen Arvanis took home first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.92. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Track is about finding your niche, being better at an event that others struggle with and then excelling,â&#x20AC;? dis-

tance coach Matt Sparks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Cherry) is finding his in the steeplechase.â&#x20AC;? Sparks said Cherry has been somewhat mentored in the event by senior Jason Ordway, who is the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion. Junior Kyle Kirchner took second place for the Salukis in the 1,500-meter run. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distance team also shined, with junior Emily Toennies grabbing a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:39.96. Juniors Ryan Eichelberger, Jamie Pfister and Megan Hoelscher took fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Sparks said he was pleased with his distance runnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was the springboard to the rest of the outdoor season,â&#x20AC;? Sparks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This meet brought pieces of the team together, and we need to


Freshman sprinter Jeremy Bankston runs the first leg of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4x400 meter relay race Saturday during the Ole Miss Relays in Oxford, Miss. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team took home three first-place finishes while the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team won four events. Overall, the men and women placed in the top-10 in 57 events during the non-scored meet. keep those pieces together for the conference meet.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Cody Doerflein won the pole vault title for the third straight meet. He cleared a height of 17-02.50 feet for the win on the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

side. Junior Miracle Thompson came in second for the women with a vault of 12-07.50. Please see TRACK | 15

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