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College of MCMA plans $290K budget cuts JACOB MAYER Daily Egyptian Gary Kolb said he sees no benefits to the 4 percent budget reduction proposals the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts had to submit weeks before the semester opened. â€œI suppose one might say it forces us to look at what our priorities are and to determine what our core mission is a little bit more carefully, but I think thatâ€™s trying to put a happy face on a bad situation,â€? said Kolb, dean of the college. With the university likely to face an $11.5 million shortfall for fiscal year 2011, Chancellor Rita Cheng said in an email to university personnel Aug. 2 that she would imagine asked each department on campus to submit plans for a 1 percent an average 4 percent reducbudget cut would tion in its budget. For the college, which be marginally includes the School of disastrous to us. Journalism, the departAnything more ment of radio-television and the department of cinthan that â€” I donâ€™t know what ema and photography, the 4 percent reduction meant you would do. it had to submit plans to â€” Gary Kolb the chancellorâ€™s office to dean of the cut about $269,000 from College of Mass its fiscal year 2011 budget, Communications and Media Arts Kolb said. Kolb said the college lost two tenure track faculty positions and temporarily one non-tenure track position because of the cuts. Five civil service positions were also eliminated. Two of the positions were vacant, Kolb said. Two workers were reassigned to different civil service positions at the university. One worker chose to leave, he said. â€œOne of our considerations was to make sure that all these people would be placed if they wanted to be, so we tried to make sure that took place,â€? Kolb said. The School of Journalism nearly lost its receptionist, Sherida Evans, but was able to save enough money for her to remain with the school, said Director William Freivogel. In addition to the staff cuts, the college also cut money from operating funds, or money not used for salaries, Kolb said. That money is used to pay for items such as phones, paper for printers and copy machines and travel expenses, he said.
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BUS STOP BLISS Serena Watkins, a sophomore from Chicago studying paralegal studies, waits for the bus with Tiarya Pye, a senior from Chicago studying criminal justice; Maurice Moore, a junior from Chicago studying workforce education, and Arnold Akpedeye,
a sophomore from Nigeria studying civil engineering, Wednesday at the bus stop outside the Student Center. â€œI use the bus system at least once a day,â€? said Moore. â€œI think itâ€™s a great system, but they need to be on time so Iâ€™m not late for classes.â€?
Morris Library considers as other universities switch to digital LAUREN LEONE Daily Egyptian David Carlson said Morris Library may soon join other universities in the switch from print to digital. Digital technology has reached a stage of reliability where Morris Library can discuss the possibility of changing the way books and journals are available to students, faculty and staff, said Carlson, dean of Library Affairs. â€œI want the transition done early on when weâ€™re in a â€˜non-crisis modeâ€™ and weâ€™re not scrambling for more space,â€? he said. The library will scan hard copies of articles and journals to be digitally catalogued online, Carlson said. He said once the library begins digitally archiving books and journals â€” some dating as far back as the late 1800s â€” the free space could be used for other services, and at a central point on campus. Ted Schwitzner, coordinator of bibliographic services at Illinois State University, said its library started its shifts to digital collections in 2007, but he said the transition can be a long, tedious process. â€œOne of the ironies is while we know people do enjoy getting fast access to databases; at the same time, it isnâ€™t certain
he goal is to do this strategically â€” we donâ€™t want to reach a point where Morris Library will end up recycling or throwing out a lot of print.
whether this is a â€˜build it and they will comeâ€™ arrangement,â€? Schwitzner said. He said the universityâ€™s Milner Library now has a wide variety of electronic books but still provides a small collection of print. â€œBut we now have most of our journals available online â€” and thatâ€™s the way most access this information,â€? Schwitzner said. Adam Murray, dean of Waterfield Library at Murray State University, said MSU tossed around the idea for a couple years before finally making the transition in January. â€œWe researched it for a long time to make sure we were going into it with open eyes,â€? he said. Murray said the library saved quite a bit of money and was able to turn around and reinvest into journals it had never been able to afford before. â€œWith electronic access, we were able to expand the scope of what we offer,â€? he said.
â€” David Carlson dean of Library Affairs To make sure the process runs smoothly, Carlson said library faculty and affairs advisors will meet with representatives from Ithaka, a nonprofit organization which helps universities make the switch from hard copy to digital. Susan Tulis, associate dean of Library Affairs, said the library is already using an affiliated group of Ithaka, JSTOR, to store some books and journals. She said talks would continue with JSTOR to develop strategies and expand the libraryâ€™s digital storage. Carlson said the transition would be a long-term but permanent change. â€œThe goal is to do this strategically â€” we donâ€™t want to reach a point where Morris Library will end up recycling or throwing out a lot of print,â€? Carlson said.
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POLICE BLOTTERS Campus police responded Thursday to Allen Hall III to a report of aggravated battery, a department release stated. An unidentified male allegedly struck two SIUC students around 2 a.m. The victims did not need medical treatment. The assault is under further investigation. Campus police responded Friday at Evergreen Terrace to an alleged report of domestic battery, a department release stated. Phron Freeman, 37, was transported to the Jackson County Jail. The suspect did not need medical treatment, according to the release. Police are looking for suspects in a theft of two 2003 Yamaha motorcycles belonging to SIUC students that occurred between 8 a.m. July 25 and 8 a.m. Aug. 14 at the safety center at Olney Central College, a department release stated. It was a non-forcible
entry and there are no suspects, according to the release. Khiry L. Cobb, 19, posted $300 cash bond at 12:57 a.m. Monday on West College at South Beveridge after being cited for driving with a suspended license, a department release stated. Campus police responded Monday to Mae Smith Hall in reference to a report of residential burglary, a department release stated. Officers learned between 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer estimated value of $1,200 was stolen by non-forcible entry. The police are still investigating the incident. Jackson County Deputies, along with Murphysboro police, responded Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. to rural Murphysboro in the Country Club
Road and Tippy Road area to a call of fired shots, a department release stated. Witnesses identified Robert J. Moutria as driving up to the residence in a green Nissan Maxima and firing a gun at a group of individuals sitting outside the residence. Robert then got back in the vehicle and left the area, witnesses said. The vehicle was soon located, abandoned in Murphysboro, by the sheriff ’s office. A warrant was issued by the Jackson Courts for the arrest of Robert J. Moutria for the said offenses. Police located Moutria a short time later and took him into custody without confrontation. Moutria is being held in the Jackson County Jail. Anyone with information about any of the above incidents is encouraged to contact the police department at 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may be submitted.
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SIUC gives students Students try to boost “411” customer service CARRIE MULDERINK Daily Egyptian The telephone’s ring fills the room. The caller was someone who asked about a specific department, wanted more information about a particular program or just wanted to ask a general question about Carbondale. It’s just another day in the Saluki 411 office. “Before Saluki 411, when people would call the university main line they would get an automated system,” said Michael Ruiz, SIUC communications director. “The telecommunications staff had to handle the overload.” This program gives a first point of contact to anyone trying to gain general campus information, Ruiz said. He said once a call is placed, the student staff answers the inquiry or directs the call to the department that can best assist it. Ruiz said the program, which started in April, aims to improve the university’s customer service by having several students available to answer calls from inquiring students or parents. By mid afternoon Aug. 23, the center had received a record 109 calls in one day, bringing the total to 3,471 since the program’s creation, said Lisa Threlkeld, communication services specialist. Pat Jones, call center services manager, said he initially had concerns
about the approach. He said statistics concerning the student worker turnover rate is generally high and said he wondered if the high turnover rate would affect the amount of training time each student would have. He said he feels giving the responsibility of answering these calls to students has been successful so far, but it is still too early to predict its long-term success. Ruiz said a definite upside of having students answer the calls is that this generation values the quality of phone calls because they spend so much time on the phone. He said he wants to see if students can be trained to answer more complex calls, such as specific questions about certain departments. “When students answer more complex calls, it allows for greater economic efficiency during the downturn,” Ruiz said. “Staff can focus on other duties besides answering information calls.” The program has essentially served as a live operator by transferring callers to a department that may best fit their needs, Ruiz said. He said to add to the program’s customer service appeal, the staff also created an email system and a customer satisfaction survey. Anyone can send in a question by attaching the form to an email. People receive an email 48 hours after sending a request. They rate the calling staff ’s performance and the resourcefulness
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Drew Barko, a senior studying business management from Orland Park, guides a caller through the Salukinet website Wednesday at the 411 call center in Beimfohr Hall. “They (callers)
seem to enjoy the service, and can avoid the transfer train, while getting to speak with real students who have solved similar problems,” said Pat Jones, the call center’s service manager.
hen students answer more complex calls, it allows for greater economic efficiency during the downturn. Staff can focus on other duties besides answering information calls. — Michael Ruiz SIUC communications director.
of the department to which they were connected, Ruiz said. Christine Erzig, a senior from Addison studying psychology, said she thinks publicity is the key to the program’s success, and more adver-
tising should be done for Saluki 411. “If people knew about it, the Saluki 411 program would be incredibly useful,” Erzig said. “It is always nice to talk to a live person instead of listening to a recording, because
a live person answers your question better than a recording.” To keep its momentum going, Threlkeld said the group has launched Saluki411.siu.edu. The site lists contact information for the call center and its staff. Links are also available regarding commonlyasked questions such as building locations and financial aid services. One can also email askSIUC@siu. edu, send a text to 534-3938 or visit the Saluki 411 Facebook page for more information.
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Students risk alcohol related charges Carbondale police officers issue a DUI Sunday morning at the intersection of Wall and Park Street in Carbondale. Friday marked the last weekend of summer. The Carbondale Police Department said that this summers’ crime rate was less than those of previous summers. ISAAC SMITH DAILY EGYPTIAN
MATTHEW FLORES Daily Egyptian Students who drink while they are underage or act unruly on campus could face arrest, fines and a possible referral to Student Judicial Affairs, said Russell Thomas, a unit coordinator for the Department of Public Safety. With the return of students to SIU, police presence in Carbon-
dale has increased to control crime and display a safe environment. Students out and about during the school year will become familiar with the officers being present. Andrea Lands, a junior studying English at the University of Illinois, traveled to Carbondale for the weekend to take part in the late night scene. “There (are) definitely more police all over the place; it’s not like
this at my school,” said Lands. Students with the highest risk of being charged with alcohol-related crimes are the ones who party during the weekends. Additionally, police officers have the discretion of who they report the offenses to, which could possibly create criminal records, Thomas said. According to a report on the Department of Public Safety’s website, the number one crime
on campus is burglary. The report showed the number of on-campus offenses has declined steadily since 2006. Crime on campus decreased during the summer compared with previous years and few instances of alcohol and drug-related offenses were reported, the report said. “Students can stay safe by using common sense,” Thomas said. Thomas said he wanted stu-
dents to know how to use the buddy system and be aware of who handles the drinks at parties. “We discourage the consumption of alcohol by individuals,” Thomas said. “But if students choose to go out, the key is that they be responsible.” Matthew Flores can be reached at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 258.
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â€˜I wasnâ€™t homeless, I was houselessâ€™ PHOTO AND STORY BY: ISAAC SMITH Bob Conley lived on the streets, but he was never homeless. â€œGuitarâ€? Bob Conley has been a street musician for the last five years, playing every day in Wright Square in Savannah, Ga., earning an average of $12 a day, he said. â€œGet your tongue out of my mouth, Iâ€™m kissing you goodbye,â€? he sang as he played a song he wrote loosely based on the events of his life. Until early this summer, Conley lived on the streets of Savannah, and spent a large part of this time in a tent camp he made in the woods. â€œAs I would tell folks, I wasnâ€™t homeless, I was houseless,â€? Conley said, going on to explain he did have a home, it just happened to be made out of tarps. Conley said he went to Savannah five years ago in search of better prospects, working to improve his situation. In July, he took a test and
received his tour guideâ€™s license. He said he plans to start a business he hopes will take him off the streets permanently. In both Savannah and Carbondale, homeless populations are growing and, according to homeless shelters in both cities, Bobâ€™s story is a rare one. â€œSometimes, itâ€™s a way of life. Itâ€™s the way theyâ€™ve been living for a long time, and itâ€™s the way they deal with their issues,â€? said Mike Heath, executive director of Good Samaritan House Ministries in Carbondale. He said sometimes pride gets in the way of people finding help. â€œThere are people who eat here every day but do not want to stay,â€? Heath said. Good Samaritan House Ministries, which provides food and housing for the homeless, reported serving 25,622 meals in its soup kitchen during fiscal year 2010, a 21 percent increase from the previous year.
aking it on my own, not being beholden to anybody, itâ€™s a matter of selfpride. â€” Bob Conley houseless, not homeless, since 2001
Heath said the down economy was one of the leading factors in the rise in homelessness in Carbondale. Jim Lewis, executive director of Old Savannah City Mission, said many of those homeless in Savannah struggle to find employment because of their criminal backgrounds. â€œThere is a very difficult situation
for the typical unassisted, unaided homeless ex-offender,â€? Lewis said. Despite rising numbers and a bleak job market for the homeless, each foundation does offer some glimmer of hope. Both organizations offer long-term assistance programs for qualified applicants eagerly seeking change. â€œWe look for people who are mature in their misery and who are ready for change,â€? Lewis said. â€œWe operate under that â€˜changeâ€™ philosophy.â€? The organizationsâ€™ long-term programs work to give participants the tools needed to improve their situation. They offer food and a place to live as participants either search for employment or work to stabilize their lives. A year after leaving the Missionâ€™s Urban Training Institute, 70 percent of participants are found clean and 59 percent are employed, Lewis said. Heath said, with a capacity of 10
in its dormitories, Good Samaritan helped 98 individuals last year. Heath said one of the biggest misconceptions about homeless people is that they are lazy and do not want to work. â€œA lot of these people despise the situation they are in ... A lot of times they have reasons that are beyond their scope of fixing that make them homeless,â€? he said. In Conleyâ€™s case, his choice to change his situation was deeply personal. Even if it was simply playing music, he said it was important to him that he at least work for the money he makes. â€œMaking it on my own, not being beholden to anybody, itâ€™s a matter of self-pride,â€? he said.
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Freivogel said a position previously held by photojournalism professor Bruce Baumann will be left open temporarily with the hope that money will be available for him to return in the future. Baumann had asked for the fall semester off, but the school currently has no money for him to teach in the spring, Freivogel said. As part of the cuts, Freivogel said the School of Journalism had to permanently cut the position previously held by Walter Jaehnig, an associate professor who retired in December. Along with Baumann and Jaehnig, the School of Journalism nearly lost two other faculty positions, Freivogel said. Carolyn Kingcade and Vickie Kreher, who each taught three classes, were on one-year contracts, so there was no money to pay them in the upcoming year even before the budget cuts, Freivogel said. The school had to cut approximately $35,000 from the operating budget, a process that included the removal of phones from professors’ offices and the movement to a cheaper copying contract, he said. In addition, Freivogel said the school had to cut all but $2,000 of the equipment budget, which had been $13,000, for emergency equipment purchases only. The school also cut student workers’ wages and Freivogel offered to take a two-month leave that will be spread throughout the school year to save approximately $17,000, he said. The cuts, along with $40,000 allocated by the dean to the school, brought together $106,000, which was enough to keep Kinkaid and Kreher in their positions, Freivogel said in an email to the faculty Aug. 13.
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f we hadn’t been able to come up with these extraordinary measures to keep Carolyn and Vickie in the classroom, there would have been quite a bit of an impact on our students and on our program. — William Freivogel director of the School of Journalism
“If we hadn’t been able to come up with these extraordinary measures to keep Carolyn and Vickie in the classroom, there would have been quite a bit of an impact on our students and on our program,” Freivogel said. Dafna Lemish, chair of the department of radio-television, said the department lost its receptionist, Theresa Strack, who was reassigned to another position within the university, and had to hire two student workers to cover the position’s duties. The department was able to keep all other faculty members. However, she said the department did have to make budget cuts on the purchase of equipment — including paper and printing supplies — use of the phone and travel expenses. “We are thinking of ways to use this budget cut as an opportunity to rethink our curriculum, rethink our plans, to take something that is a major disadvantage and turn it into an opportunity for change,” Lemish said. Of the three departments in the college, the department of cinema and photography was probably hit by the budget cuts the least, said Walter Metz, chair of the department. But, the department was not able to rehire photography studies professor Jordy Jones, he said. “That puts us in a bad curricular place,” he said. “This year we don’t have someone to teach photography history.” Metz said the department has been without a financial director since he took his position in the summer of 2009. To fill that gap,
Metz and the dean’s financial director have had to take up the position’s duties, he said. In June, before the budget cuts had to be made, the department hired Michelle Torre to teach film studies courses, Metz said. At this point, Metz said the department has been cut to the bone and any additional cuts would put the department in a difficult position. “I would imagine a 1 percent budget cut would be marginally disastrous to us,” he said. “Anything more than that — I don’t know what you would do.” Metz said equipment money in the operating budget would be the only area that could still possibly be cut, and it has already been cut from $6,000 to $4,000. To turn things around, Lemish said the department of radio-television and the university need to bring in more students. “The major thing for us, in terms of budget cuts, is to think of ways to strengthen the department by strengthening enrollment and retention,” she said. Lemish said the department is already lean, but it will find more ways to make cuts if necessary. Overall, people must be willing to adapt in situations of crisis, Lemish said. “I think part of the strength of handling situations like this is being able to function effectively, even in situations of uncertainties,” she said.
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Signs of a mixed recovery along hurricane highway MICHAEL KUNZELMAN The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A mother of four feels trapped in the same New Orleans public housing complex from which she was rescued when flood waters ravaged the city. Ninety miles to the east on U.S. 90, an elderly couple in Biloxi, Miss., are resigned to life in a government-issued cottage surrounded by vacant lots where friends once resided. Both households lie along the highway that runs the length of Hurricane Katrina’s fiercest front, and five years later, both have a hard time seeing very far up the road to recovery. From the beaches of Mississippi to the funky neighborhoods of New Orleans, the imprint of the Aug. 29, 2005, storm has faded with each home that is rebuilt, every business that reopens and every tree newly planted by resilient residents and those who’ve come to help. The debris from tens of thousands of shattered homes that littered the highway for months is long gone. And billions of federal dollars have helped many residents build even better homes than they had before. But U.S. 90 is dotted with “For Sale” signs on weed-choked vacant lots, boarded-up strip malls and concrete slabs where homes once stood, all reminders that a full restoration from Katrina is years away. Signs of a more recent, manmade disaster also are evident. Many fishermen who launch boats near the highway have been idled by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In rural St. Tammany Parish, La., contractors set up a command post to clean oil-soaked boom. On Mississippi’s coast, workers in hard hats and fluorescent vests shoveled tar balls out of the white sand. The spill put a fresh ding in the region’s tourism industry, though some of the areas hit hardest by Katrina have been least affected by the oil. Randy and Nora Chambers have been to Biloxi 10 times since the storm, and each time the Tennesseeans return to the area’s casino resorts, they are amazed at how much has been rebuilt. “I’ve seen a lot of progress,” Randy Chambers, 57, of Pigeon Forge, said outside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The oil spill didn’t scare them off, though Nora Chambers admits she is leery of eating the seafood. “I’d rather have my shrimp blackened by the chef, not the sea,” she said. After Katrina, Mississippi law was changed to allow floating casinos to move ashore and build up to 800 feet inland. The law seemed to set the stage for a land rush in Point Cadet, a blue-collar neighborhood on a peninsula in south-
east Biloxi. Many residents whose homes had been destroyed were eager to sell to casinos or developers. Few found any takers. Ronald Baker, one of the last residents on his block, said a casino expressed interest in buying his land for $20 per square foot but never followed through. “Nobody is buying at all,” he said. Before Katrina, at least 32 homes were on Baker’s block. Today there are five, including Baker’s modular home and the cottage that the state provided for Loyce and Nicolas Hire to live out their days. Loyce Hire, 77, is saddened by her nearly deserted neighborhood, but can’t imagine leaving the plot of land where her 88-year-old husband was born and raised. “No, we’re too old, honey,” Hire says. “Why would we want to go into debt at our age?” Aside from the Hires, “all the old folks are gone,” said Baker, 67, a shrimper. “The young folks, they don’t want to live down here.” On an eastern New Orleans stretch of U.S. 90 called Chef Menteur Highway is a hub for volunteer labor, on the grounds of what was a Lutheran church until the storm. Thousands of volunteers have passed through Camp Restore since it opened in 2006, helping rebuild hundreds of homes. Kurt Jostes, director of development for RAI Ministries, said the project still averages 2,500 to 3,000 volunteers per year. “There are still a lot of homes being rebuilt, but the process is slowing down,” he said. Grant money and insurance proceeds have dried up. The recession hasn’t helped, either. “It’s paycheck to paycheck,” Jostes said. “We just have to be patient and work with the homeowners as they’re able to come up with the funding.” This month, Camp Restore moved its volunteers’ bunk beds out of a building to make room for a charter school, one of many that have sprung up since Katrina. The next batch of volunteers will sleep in air-conditioned shipping containers behind the school. Jostes expects the group’s work to continue for years. Countless others are pitching in too, either through charitable groups or on their own. Many idealistic, young professionals who knew little of New Orleans before the storm have made it their home, seizing a chance to help rebuild a city. Sprinkled among the no-frills motels, bars and auto repair shops not far from Camp Restore on Chef Menteur are stores and restaurants catering to Hispanics, a population that grew quickly as cleanup and construction after the storm created jobs.
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STUDENT CENTER SHOWCASES DORM DECOR Students pass by posters along the wall of the Student Center on Wednesday during the College Art Poster Sale. The posters are provided by a company based out of New York called “The
College Poster Sale Company,” which employs two people to drive to different universities in the beginning of the year for a back to school sale. Posters will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Friday.
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Mexican government: 72 migrants found dead at ranch may have been killed by Zetas drug gang
Attacks on Iraqi police, government kill 56, rekindle memories when insurgents ruled streets
M E X I CO C I T Y — A Mexican drug cartel massacred 72 Central and South American migrants within 100 miles of the U.S. border that they were trying to reach, according to an Ecuadorean survivor who escaped and stumbled wounded to a highway checkpoint where he alerted marines, official said Wednesday. The marines fought the cartel gunmen at a ranch in the northern state of Tamaulipas on Tuesday, a battle that left one marine and three suspects dead. They found the bodies of 58 men and 14 women in a room, some piled on top of each other. The Ecuadorean migrant told investigators that his captors identified themselves as members of the Zetas drug gang, said Vice Adm. Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Mexican Navy. Authorities believe the migrants were from Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil and Ecuador. It is the biggest massacre to date in Mexico’s drug war and the most horrifying example yet of the dangers faced by immigrants trying to get to the U.S. “It’s absolutely terrible and it demands the condemnation of all of our society,” said Alejandro Poire, the government’s security spokesman.
B AG H DA D — Bombers and gunmen killed at least 56 Iraqis in more than two dozen attacks across the country Wednesday, mostly targeting security forces and rekindling memories of the days when insurgents ruled the streets. The attacks made August the deadliest month for Iraqi policemen and soldiers in two years, and came a day after the U.S. declared the number of U.S. troops had fallen to fewer than 50,000, their lowest level since the war began in 2003. Powerful blasts targeting security forces struck where they are supposed to be the safest, turning police stations into rubble and bringing down concrete walls erected to protect them from insurgents. “Where is the protection, where are the security troops?” said Abu Mohammed, an eyewitness to a car bombing near Baghdad’s Adan Square that killed two passers-by. “What is going on in the country?” Iraq’s foreign minister said insurgents are attempting to sow as much chaos as possible, as lawmakers struggle to form a new government and Americans withdraw troops.
Eggs from Iowa could come to table near you — after being pasteurized to destroy salmonella
IOWA — Millions of eggs from the Iowa farms at the heart of a massive salmonella recall are not destined for the garbage but for a table near you. The recalled eggs that were already shipped to grocery stores and restaurants are being dumped by the truckload. But the eggs still being laid by potentially infected chickens will be pasteurized to kill any bacteria. Then they can be sold as liquid eggs or put in other products such as mayonnaise or ice cream. It’s a common if little-known practice in the food industry — salvaging and selling products that may have been tainted with disease. After pasteurization, the bacteria “are all going to be dead, and if they’re dead, they’re not going to hurt anybody,” said University of Illinois food science professor Bruce Chassy. Officials from the two farms that have recalled more than a half-billion eggs said Wednesday there’s no reason not to use the eggs while federal officials investigate the outbreak.
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Blagojevich’s auction boxes contain client files SERENA DAI The Associated Press
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FRESHMEN MEET MAIN STREET Sean McCann, a senior from Aurora studying civil engineering, rides off a bike jump Tuesday at the Meet Me on Main festival in front of the Recreation Center. Meet Me on Main was sponsored by many organizations, most of which are
involved with Carbondale Main Street. Craig Reeves, a volunteer from Carbondale Main Street, helped cook and distribute about 800 free hot dogs. “We’re here to mostly welcome students but also let them know there’s a downtown to check out,” Reeves said.
C H IC AG O — Amidst photos and handwritten letters in auction boxes connected to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich are confidential clientattorney papers from his lawyer days and opposition research on his 2006 gubernatorial race rival Judy Baar Topinka, a Northwestern University librarian said Wednesday. Librarian Jeffrey Garrett bought 18 boxes of files, photos, and videotapes at the Boyer-Rosene Moving and Storage auction last Thursday on behalf of Northwestern’s special libraries, which documents the careers of significant alum, he said. “Our interest is to provide the original record of a political career of an individual who will probably be talked about for many years to come,” he said. Confidential client files from when Blagojevich was a practicing attorney were in the boxes, Garrett said. Blagojevich worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney office for two years in the 1980s.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Mosque developer claims a classic NYC background DAVID CARUSO The Associated Press N EW YOR K — Eight years ago, Sharif El-Gamal was just another ambitious striver from Brooklyn, casting about for career leads and dreaming of a grander future in real estate. A handful of modest deals later, he’s sitting on one of the most politically charged projects in recent city history: a plan to build a 13-story Islamic cultural center, health club and mosque 300 yards from the World Trade Center memorial. At age 37, El-Gamal now finds himself being castigated daily on network television as everything from an insensitive agitator to an Islamic supremacist. The whirlwind has, by all appearances, caught him by surprise. El-Gamal referred interview requests for this article to his publicist, who said he needed more time to gather information. In the few interviews he has done, he has insisted that when he set out to buy a building for the YMCA-style center four years ago, he never gave a thought to its proximity to ground zero. Even after criticism of the project moved from the rightwing blogosphere to mainstream newspapers and television, he appeared to take the hostility lightly. Sounding more like Donald Trump than an Islamic ideologue, he told the cable news channel NY1 in a recent interview that the controversy might actually help fundraising for the center, which he said would be “an iconic building” and which has a projected
l-Gamal said he came from a fairly nonreligious family but became more devout after the Sept. 11 attacks.
cost of over $100 million. “Absolutely,” he said, grinning broadly. “I want to thank everyone for taking so much interest in this project.” That kind of sarcasm is classic New York, and El-Gamal has taken pains to claim a classic city background, too. The blond, blue-eyed son of a Polish mother and Egyptian father, El-Gamal spent time as a child in Liberia and Egypt, where he said his father worked for Chemical Bank, but he graduated from New Hyde Park High School on Long Island. El-Gamal took classes at several New York colleges but never got a degree, then married a Long Island woman. In an interview with The New York Observer, El-Gamal said he got into real estate as a residential sales broker, then moved into commercial sales and in 2006 began putting together a few deals of his own with money he borrowed from banks, relatives and friends. Today, his business portfolio is small by New York standards. It includes a handful of apartment buildings and a mid-size commercial building in Manhattan, which he bought with partners and which included a medical clinic owner whose Egyptian parents were killed on an EgyptAir flight that plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. El-Gamal said he came from a fairly nonreligious family but became more devout after the Sept. 11 attacks.
In an interview with New York magazine, he said that after the attacks, he “just felt like praying.” He began attending a downtown mosque, then found a second one run by the imam who is now his partner in the proposed Islamic center, Feisal Abdul Rauf. The inspirations for El-Gamal’s current, controversial project lay not overseas, he said, but uptown. When he moved to Manhattan’s West Side in 2007, he and his wife joined the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, which runs a popular health club and hosts lectures, art exhibitions and film and music festivals. The JCC, like its East Side counterpart, the 92nd Street Y, has transcended its religious affiliation to become an important cultural institution, and el-Gamal envisioned something similar downtown, but with a distinctly Muslim flavor. As El-Gamal tells it, he dispatched a young employee named Francisco Patino to scout possible locations. Patino, a former contestant on an ABC reality game show called “American Inventor,” came back with a list that included a former Burlington Coat Factory warehouse empty since it was damaged in the 9/11 attacks. It took another four years to buy the property. El-Gamal has declined to talk in detail about financing for the purchase, which cost nearly $5 million. He and other backers of the project have said that they haven’t
yet begun raising money for construction of the center, and don’t yet know where it will come from. The lack of information has led to speculation that some funding might come from overseas sources interested in bringing fundamentalist Islam to the U.S. In the past, programs and academic conferences run by two nonprofit groups affiliated with Rauf have received money from The Kingdom Foundation, a charity affiliated with one of the world’s richest men, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of the Saudi royal family. The prince has also invested heavily in American companies and donated many millions of dollars to American universities and charitable causes. The Foundation has, to date, had no role in El-Gamal’s New York Islamic center. Simultaneously, El-Gamal has
also been involved in a second mosque-building project in Harlem. Last year, a decades-old group representing Senegalese immigrants, the Tidjani Islamic Community of New York, took out a $1.4 million mortgage and paid $1.9 million for a building it hopes to turn into a facility called the Harlem Islamic Cultural Center. El-Gamal is listed on the center’s website as a main contact for anyone seeking information about the project. He has also participated in fundraising appeals for the center, and the address of his company, Soho Properties, also appears as the mailing address for the center in some documents. Several officials of the cultural center and the Tidjani Islamic Community did not respond to messages or declined to immediately comment.
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Across 1 *Bag 5 *Pump output 8 *Follow 13 Longtime portrait studio __ Mills 14 Strasbourg street 15 For this reason 16 *Road surface 18 *Holdup causes? 19 More than frown on 20 Morrie Turner comic strip about ethnically diverse kids 21 D-Day carrier 22 “__ Tonic”: 1945 Bugs Bunny title 23 Green source, briefly 26 Give as a task 28 *Rain protection 32 Southern stretch?
34 Yours, in Tours 35 On Vine St., say 36 Like many cameras 38 Retailer offering video streaming 40 Legendary work, often 41 Miller __ 43 Emit, as a sigh 44 *Grilling site 45 Musical satirist Tom 47 “Indubitably!” 48 D-Day month 49 Pep 51 To some degree 55 Bridge supports 59 *Cola holder 60 *Range target 61 __ ease 62 Braves, on scoreboards
63 1998 skating gold medalist Lipinski 64 *Warehouse aids 65 *Guinea pig food 66 *Location
Down 1 Cleans (up) using Bounty 2 Greenspan concerned with green 3 Batman’s hideout 4 Get down to earth? 5 Immortals 6 Patty or Selma, to Lisa Simpson 7 Combo’s group of numbers 8 Number in a combo, maybe 9 Collect
10 “My Way” lyricist 11 Eyjafjallajökull’s country: Abbr. 12 More, some say 17 Shaker on the kids’ show “Blue’s Clues” 18 Convicted Ponzi schemer Madoff 20 Western driver 22 With 42-Down, words that can precede the answers to starred clues 23 Said further 24 Rubbish 25 Orlando cagers 27 Conspicuous 28 All over 29 Dental restoration 30 Martini garnish 31 Many business
letters 33 Oil lamp feature 37 Siren quality 39 It might be cheap 42 See 22-Down 46 How villains laugh 48 Throws for a loop 50 Waters gently 51 Asian sashes 52 Acoustic guitar genre 53 Hun king, in Scandinavian legend 54 Dutch town 55 “__ lid on it!” 56 Minimum-range tide 57 Lamb sandwich 58 Usher’s find 60 Part of a legendary Christmas complaint
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Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — You want to center all your efforts on personal matters. Intelligent activity By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement involves thinking about each step and conserving money or resources. Today’s birthday — Older, wiser people challenge you to take charge of your life Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) — Today this year. You’ve followed their advice, is a 7 — Dress up today. It’s not Friday and now it’s time to lead. Consider the yet. You want to look like the more data gathered by coworkers or family powerful leader that you will become. members. Then use your skills to convince Apply secret talents to this. yourself and encourage others. Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) — Today Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is is a 6 — Others examine each part of a 7 — Draw inspiration from a powerful your appearance and actions. You feel public figure. You don’t want to mimic like a bug under a microscope. You’ll them, but identify the tools and qualities get through this necessary inspection. they use that work. Sagittarius (Nov. 22—Dec. 21) Taurus (April 20—May 20) — Today is — Today is a 7 — An older group a 7 — Hard work now gets much better member is stuck at step one in a results than earlier this month. Your planning process. Money seems to be original plan is vindicated now as the the biggest obstacle. Ask how much it will take. votes are counted.
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 www.sudoku.org.uk.
Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Sometimes the best defense is a proactive offense. An older person thinks they have all the answers, but you understand nuances that they’ve missed.
Gemini (May 21—June 21) — Today is a 6 — Family members need to agree before spending large sums. Otherwise, you face a lot of work to raise cash for basic expenses. Cancer (June 22—July 22) — Today is a 5 — An older family member demands changes at home. You and a partner have practical solutions for most of it. One issue remains unsolved at day’s end.
Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Important changes are in the air. You want to keep everything on a practical basis, while others spend too freely. Hold your ground.
Leo (July 23—Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Test new concepts by sharing them with an established authority. Sometimes older really is wiser. Especially when you’re entering unexplored territory.
Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20) — Today is a 5 — An older person lets you know that it’s okay to play today. There’s work to do, but plenty of time to complete it.
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Saluki Insider I was one of the few people who supported LeBron’s decision this summer to get on the fast track out of the horrid, cursed, wasteland of a city that is Cleveland. As the de facto leader of the Cavaliers for his entire career, I don’t think much will change for him in Miami. The presence of Wade and Chris Bosh will only boost the King’s stats. The Miami Heat will turn into a wildfire next season, and LeBron will be the wind that blows them through the postseason.
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LeBron “King” James’ arrival to South Beach raises the question: will the King yield leadership to Dwyane Wade? Wade became the face of the Heat when he signed with them in 2003 and led them to a championship in 2006 with the help of Shaquille O’Neal. Who will step up as the leader As much as I would love to see Wade continue to be the leader of the Heat I doubt that will happen. Yes, he will score a lot and even get more assists, but his numbers won’t be the same. When one has a freak of an athlete like LeBron James, it’s blasphemous to not feed him the ball during clutch situations. Though James has yet to win a championship, he has a chance now more than ever in his career to do so with the much needed help of Wade who will be his number two man and second in line during clutch situations.
NFL moving forward with 18-game season PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATL A N TA — NFL owners are eager to increase the regular season from 16 to 18 games. The players aren’t so sure. During a five-hour meeting at a posh hotel in downtown Atlanta, the push to add two more games to the regular season picked up steam Wednesday — at least among those who sign the checks. “I think it’s a win-win all around,” said Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. The owners also unanimously approved Stan Kroenke’s proposal to purchase majority ownership of the St. Louis Rams, assuming he turns over control of two other teams he owns — the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s
Colorado Avalanche — to his son. Kroenke owns 40 percent of the downtrodden Rams and exercised his right to purchase the rest of the team from the Rosenbloom family for a reported $750 million. “Obviously, all of us know and respect Stan,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He’s been a terrific owner in the NFL and we’re confident he will continue to be a great owner.” Kroenke must turn over operational and financial control of the Nuggets and Avalanche to his 30-year-old son, Josh, by the end of the year. He must give up his majority stake in the teams by December 2014 to meet NFL rules against cross-ownership of franchises in other NFL cities. But talks on the expanded season
dominated most of the meeting. Goodell pointed out that the league already has the right to impose an 18-game schedule — and keep four preseason games for each team — under the current labor agreement with the players. But that contract expires after this season, and it’s clear the expanded schedule will be a central issue in talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners would like to keep the season at 20 weeks, reducing the number of preseason games from four to two. “We want to do it the right way for everyone, including the players, the fans and the game in general,” Goodell said. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step.”
The owners held off on voting on a specific proposal that could be presented to the players union. Among the issues that still must be resolved: when to start the expanded regular season, possible roster expansion to cope with more games, and changes in training camp and offseason routines to come up with ways for evaluating younger players who wouldn’t have as many preseason games to make an impression. “We want to continue to address a variety of issues before putting together a specific proposal, which our negotiating team will provide to the union’s negotiating team,” Goodell said. “There’s tremendous support for it. Almost all the questions, all the discussions, are how to do it in a way that’s fan friendly.”
As far as I’m concerned, the Heat is Dwyane Wade’s team. LeBron hasn’t won anything, while Wade has a ring. I’m pretty confident that LeBron will let Wade be “the man.” However, I think LBJ will try his hardest to put up Oscar Robertson-like numbers: a triple-double average for the entire season. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see LeBron defer to Wade in the final seconds of close games.
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Callahan said he hopes the baseball facilities will be improved eventually. “I hope that down the road we’ll be the lucky recipients of something, whether it’s lights, or turf, or dugouts or a combination of those things,” he said. Even with Saluki Way in progress, there are going to be quite a few more athletic projects to be done in the future, Moccia said. One project includes moving the track, which is currently inside McAndrew Stadium, to a location near Abe Martin Field, he said. “I hope perhaps through the moving of the track we might be able to do something creative and get baseball lights,” Moccia said. “But we haven’t really even planned the track out yet, so it’s kind of a wait-and-see.” Saluki baseball has a record of 579-230-3 at Abe Martin Field, according to the Saluki Athletics website.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
TRACK TAKES FULL SWING Senior thrower Gwen Berry practices the hammer throw Wednesday behind McAndrew Stadium. Berry hopes to improve upon last season as she placed third at the 2010 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Under 23 Track & Field Championships. The men’s and women’s track and field teams will kick off their indoor season Friday Dec. 4 at the Recreation Center. DAN DWYER DAILY EGYPTIAN
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Additionally, the Salukis’ plan to run a huddle offense with more pre-play motion this season, as opposed to last year’s fast-paced, no-huddle system, Dieker said. “(We’re) going be moving around a lot more pre-snap, trying to get the defense thinking a little more,” he said. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore nose tackle Kayon Swanson will man what Lennon called the cornerstone position of his three-linemen,
four-linebacker defense. In a 3-4 system, the nose tackle is responsible for drawing a double team from the opposing offensive line, which leaves the linebackers free to make tackles and blitz. McElroy said stopping the run, as always, will be the Saluki defense’s No. 1 priority. SIU plans to challenge its cornerbacks a little more this season by putting eight or nine players near the line of scrimmage on first down, he said. “We’re going to make (teams) one dimensional and come after
the quarterback,” McElroy said. “Once that happens, that’s when we start having fun.” So what will Lennon tell Swanson, Harris, sophomore linebacker Jayson Dimanche and other first-time starters right before SIU hosts Quincy at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. “The big thing we tell them is everything we’ve done has prepared you for this moment, so now it’s time to go play,” Lennon said.
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NAME CLASS NO. HT/WT Lucien 11 6’0”/215 SR Walker Steven 28 5’8”/178 Strother SO Shariff 10 6’1”/200 JR Harris Richard 27 5’9”/200 SR White Anton 25 5’9”/185 SO Wilkins LaSteven 31 5’9”/166 McKinney FR
HIGH SCHOOL New Smyrna Beach
SCOUTING REPORT Power runner with a little shake in space.
Scat back, great hands, can make people miss in the open field.
St. Peter’s Prep
North-south runner, power back who will get the tough yards.
Coming off a knee injury. Has the most experience of the group. Has a combination of power and speed.
Neuqua Valley Nazareth Academy
Has a combination of power and speed. Great speed and quickness.
JULIA FROMME | DAILY EGYPTIAN SOURCE: DALE LENNON
Salukis to take â€˜blue-collar approachâ€™ despite expectations NICK JOHNSON Daily Egyptian
PAT SUTPHIN | DAILY EGYPTIAN
Junior safety TyRance Stuckey blocks a pass to senior wide receiver Matt Guinn Tuesday morning in Saluki
Stadium. The Saluki football season kicks off Thursday, September 2 against Quincy at home.
With a team that went undefeated in conference play last year, saw its second tailback in five years drafted to the NFL and just cut the ribbon on a brand new, state-of-theart stadium, the hype around Saluki football is reaching a fever pitch one week before the season opener. But donâ€™t try to talk hype with head coach Dale Lennon. â€œYou donâ€™t make a big deal out of it. We canâ€™t,â€? Lennon said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to be very blue-collar in our approach. Nothingâ€™s going to be given to us.â€? What was given to them this summer was a No. 5 overall ranking in the preseason coaches poll for the Football Championship Subdivision, the Salukisâ€™ best ranking since 2005, which was a fifth. Lennon, in his third year as SIU head coach, said he reminds his team almost daily that anything it has done to earn that rank is in the past and any future success needs to be earned. Senior receiver Joe Allaria, who led the Salukis in receptions (52) and receiving yards (697) last season, said he doesnâ€™t even pay attention to pre-season rankings. â€œWeâ€™re expected to win, whether weâ€™re ranked fifth or not ranked at all,â€? Allaria said. Allaria and senior quarterback Chris Dieker, who broke his collarbone last year and missed part of the season, re-
turn to lead the offense, while senior safety Mike McElroy returns on defense. Despite the abundance of senior leadership, Lennon said his team is less experienced than last season. â€œThere are question marks at certain positions,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not necessarily that weâ€™re not as strong.â€? One position up for grabs is starting tailback. Lennon has to replace All-American Deji Karim, who rushed for 1,742 yards and 18 touchdowns last season before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in April. The battle for starting running back between junior Shariff Harris, senior Lucien Walker, sophomore Anton Wilkins, freshman LaSteven McKinney and others is still wide open, Lennon said. â€œWhen you replace a guy like Deji, the way you come up with that offensive yardage is sometimes not even at the running back spot,â€? Lennon said. â€œMaybe you do more with a passing game, you may incorporate a receiver more into the game plan or you may do different things with the running backs.â€? Dieker said new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoerâ€™s playbook will include more passes to the running backs. â€œWeâ€™re definitely trying to get the ball out to our best athletes in space,â€? he said. Please see FOOTBALL | 15
Abe Martin Field waits its turn as Saluki Way progresses
ANDREW MILLER Daily Egyptian The baseball team is literally left in the dark while the football team will move into a new home in one week and the basketball team is having major renovations done to the SIU Arena. Abe Martin Field, the Salukisâ€™ home for 36 years, does not have light towers surrounding the field. â€œItâ€™s not our turn right now,â€? head baseball coach Dan Callahan said. â€œSometimes thatâ€™s hard for our student-athletes to realize.â€? Callahan said it doesnâ€™t bother him that new
hereâ€™s not a funding source (to build a new baseball facility). Iâ€™m guessing it was a financial (reason) why the lights were not put in.
baseball facilities werenâ€™t a part of the universityâ€™s $83 million Saluki Way construction project, which included construction of the new football stadium and renovations to the Arena. â€œI think for the betterment of the entire athletic program, we need to take care of football (first),â€? Callahan said. â€œI think weâ€™re doing things in the proper order.â€?
â€” Mario Moccia athletic director
Athletic Director Mario Moccia said there are no immediate plans to build a new baseball facility. Though he said he didnâ€™t know why lights werenâ€™t installed when the field was built in 1964, Moccia said there is a possibility that facility improvements could be made sometime in the near future. â€œThereâ€™s not a funding source (to build a new
baseball facility),â€? Moccia said. â€œIâ€™m guessing it was a financial (reason) why the lights were not put in. I know that with limited funds, if we ever did do a baseball campaign, I think there are some things that hit you right off the bat: lights, new stands and a new press box and maybe new dugouts.â€? Abe Martin Field hasnâ€™t seen major renovations since the turn of the century, when its entire outfield was replaced and an adjacent batting facility was constructed, according to the Saluki Athletics website. Please see BASEBALL | 14