DAILY EGYPTIAN OCTOBER 7, 2013
VOLUME 99, ISSUE 30
Workshop captures heart of Harrisburg
Cancer center to centralize treatments JORDAN VANDEEVER Daily Egyptian
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Nick Hess, left, a senior from Marion studying photojournalism, takes a portrait Friday during the South of 64 Weekend Workshop held in Harrisburg. The annual photojournalism workshop, hosted by SIU School of Journalism, sends students to document a community in the region for an entire weekend. Professional photographers and editors from the industry are invited to the workshop as coaches who help the students with assignments by giving feedback throughout the weekend. Students are expected to shoot from dusk until dawn on all three days. “The experience of being outside of the classroom and working hands on with other photographers was well worth the lack of sleep,” Hess said.
Kennedy campaign issues remain STEPHANIE DANNER Daily Egyptian President John F. Kennedy is often remembered for his service to his country, and although his time was cut short, members of the SIU community are working to bring his legacy to light. The “Remembering JFK” kickoff event took place Thursday night, and was the first in a series to honor what Kennedy did and look to the future of the country in light of his legacy. The events lead up to Nov. 22, the 50-year anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. The Undergraduate Student Government at SIU co-sponsored the events with the Graduate and Professional Student Council, the Students for Peace and Democracy and the Southern Illinoisan. Kennedy’s values and goals eased the growing tension among American citizens during his term as president and demonstrated his active and optimistic dream for peace, Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler said Thursday. “Kennedy’s dream for peace, along with his civic spirit, really touched me growing up,” Friztler said. Thursday was also the anniversary of Kennedy’s 1960 visit to SIU. As part of his 1960 presidential campaign, Kennedy gave the SIU community ideas about his solution to the problems many Americans were facing.
oday we also find ourselves dealing with similar issues. The threat comes to us in the form of terrorism rather than communism. The civil rights now includes conversations about one’s sexual preference, and unemployment remains a major concern as we pull ourselves out of our own recession. — John Stewart grauate student in historical studies from Chicago
In Kennedy’s speech, he proposed challenges that Americans continue to face today, said John Stewart, a graduate student in historical studies from Chicago and GPSC vice president for Graduate School Affairs. Stewart stressed the importance of remembering Kennedy’s original solution, especially now. “At the time of Kennedy’s speech, America was in the middle of a cold war with Russia and the civil rights movement was in full steam which was forcing America to face a long-standing inequality because of the color of one’s skin,” he said. “Today we also find ourselves dealing with similar issues. The threat comes to us in the form of terrorism rather than communism. The civil rights now includes conversations about one’s sexual preference, and unemployment remains a major concern as we pull ourselves out of our own recession.” Kennedy also spoke of unemployment
rates in his 1960 speech. He believed the U.S. needed all its members working because the nation was fighting communism. He said if every member of society could function, it would make American stronger against the communist forces. “We need the full-time services of all our people. It is ridiculous that a nation which is in a race for its life with Russia cannot find full-time use for the talents and energies of seven million people,” Kennedy said in his 1960 speech. SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng said Kennedy’s desire for a full workforce promoted a more active society. “I have great, great memories of the John F. Kennedy legacy,” Cheng said. “Mostly because of the impression that I had from the emotion that my parents felt because of him being elected president.” Please see KENNEDY | 3
Despite construction on Route 13, a few yards away the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Center took place Friday. The groundbreaking was at the construction site of the soon-to-be $25.5 million, 42,000-squarefoot building, which will bring all cancer care needs under one roof and enable less traveling for patients and family and friends. “We are starting to win the fight against cancer,” SIH Cancer Center Medical Director Deepak Malhotra said. Dr. Malhotra said one step in fighting cancer is to get all of the specialists under one roof, and that is what this center is doing. The Southern Illinois Healthcare website said the center will offer radiation, medical and surgical oncology, infusion therapy, cancer rehabilitation, clinical trials, specialty clinics and support groups. Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Chicago approved the plan for the center in May 2013. The center will be the first freestanding cancer center in the region, which may come as a surprise because the southern counties of Illinois have the highest rate of cancer incidents in the state, according to the SIH website. “Of the 16 counties in our primary and secondary service areas, Franklin, Johnson and Alexander fall in the top 10 for cancer incidence rates in the state,” SIH Cancer Institute Administrative Director Jennifer Badiu said on their website. “With the exception of Jackson County, the majority of counties in deep southern Illinois have cancer rates that are higher than the state average.” The keynote speaker at the ceremony was cancer survivor Leah “Lia Mira” Lerner of Carbondale. Lerner had the crowd in tears as she spoke about the troubles cancer has caused for her and her family. Lerner told the audience that when she found out she had cancer, she wanted to spend all of her time with her family, but some of her doctors were in St. Louis, so it was a challenge. Lerner said her family used to travel to St. Louis to have fun, but it does not have that fun feeling right now. She said someday she and her family will go to St. Louis and celebrate. Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said this center will also help Carterville economically. “Fifty to 60 people will be employed at the cancer center,” Robinson told KFVS 12. “Twenty-five of those will be new employees. That benefits Carterville and all of southern Illinois greatly.” The Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Center has an expected completion date of March 31, 2016, according to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Jordan VanDeever can be reached at Jvandeever@dailyegyptian.com or 536-3311 ext. 256
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renewal energy in doubt TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press CHICAGO — Solar panels are cropping up alongside corn on Timothy Ridgely’s Illinois farm. Irrigation equipment powered by the sun is pumping away on Daniel Chin’s third-generation Oregon potato farm. And manure is being converted to electricity on an Ohio hog farm. Across rural America, thousands of farms and small businesses are turning to renewable energy to cut costs and boost their often uncertain bottom lines, increasingly with the help of a decade-old federal program that aimed to hasten change in a part of the economy that had been slow to embrace it — yet where the electric bill can mean the difference between hiring a worker or laying one off. Some were skeptical. “My wife thought I was crazy,”
said Ridgely, who at age 70 recently installed 90 solar panels on the 2,700-acre southeastern Illinois farm where he grows corn, soybeans and wheat and his son raises beef cattle. Last year, he said, he cut his $5,500-a-year electric bill by about 40 percent when he installed a batch of panels. After installing more panels with help from the Agriculture Department’s Rural Energy for America Program, he figures he will be 100 percent self-sufficient. “It takes a lot of electricity to run the house and barns, and every little bit helps,” said Ridgely, who also touts the environmental benefits of solar power. But the program’s growing popularity could be its undoing. Some conservative groups have taken aim at the program, which costs up to $300 million over five years, in the congressional debate over a new farm bill, saying the program unfairly undercuts coal and other traditional
energy businesses. “The last thing we need is the federal government injecting itself into the system,” said Daniel Simmons, a representative of the American Energy Alliance. He says his organization does not oppose renewable energy, but believes the program amounts to a government subsidy. The program illustrates a conundrum in the increasingly shrill political debate over how, or whether, government should offer aid to mold the economy. Few areas of the country are struggling more than rural America, where poverty is growing, small businesses are closing and the children of many farmers are moving away rather than follow in their parents’ footsteps. Resurgent oil- and gas-drilling is providing some income, but even conservative states, such as Kansas, are coming up with new tax breaks and incentives to bolster the rural economy.
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MONTE MORIN When it comes to zeroing in on nectar-rich flowers, worker honeybees rely heavily on their expert sense of smell. But new research suggests pollution from diesel exhaust may fool the honeybee’s “nose,” making their search for staple flowers all the more difficult. In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports, English scientists concluded that two components of diesel exhaust — nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide — could alter the odor of the many chemicals that combine to give a flower its signature smell. This phenomenon, researchers said, could either hinder or prevent honeybees from reaching their
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Stewart said people should still have the opportunity for full-time employment, adding that it is just as important today as it was 53 years ago. The American people need to be strong and active in community so they can stand the fight against terrorism such as in Kennedy’s day, he said. For example, Kennedy believed if people were in union with the government then they could do great things for their country and overcome challenges posed by a war against communism. “I think something must be done about it (unemployment) by the government. The United States has a vital stake in the strength and productivity of every region.” Kennedy said in his speech. “This region’s richest resource is its people. And what they want is a chance to participate fully in our great national effort.” Stewart said it is just as important now for the government and the people to work together to solve the unemployment problems of today, and it is time for people to get involved in their government as SIU President Glenn Poshard did in the 1960s. From 1962 to 1965, Poshard served in the U.S. Army, acting as a specialist in Korea. “So for whatever reason in that electric election in 1960, I was involved. I wanted to be involved.
target flowers, and, in the process, inhibit the pollination of the world’s principal food crops. The research comes at a time of great concern over the fate of pollinator insects. Globally, their numbers have been on the decline, and the potential consequences for humans are great. The economic value of pollination across the planet has been estimated at more than $200 billion a year, and 70 percent of the world’s food crops rely on this process, according to lead study author Robbie Girling, a chemical ecologist at the University of Southampton. “Honeybees have a sensitive sense of smell and an exceptional ability to learn and memorize new odors, enabling them to use floral odors to help locate, identify and recognize the flowers from which they
And later as I was walking guard duty in Korea in the middle of the night, I would be reciting Kennedy’s speeches to myself,” Poshard said. “And I want to share with you some of the excitement we felt as a young generation. We were implored to change the world in which we lived.” Poshard said he can still recall listening to every dinner conversation between his mother and father about how Kennedy’s election saved them and enabled them to raise their family. Kennedy’s impact also related to civil rights, especially the 1960s strife between blacks and whites. Adrian Miller, Undergraduate Student Government president, discussed Kennedy’s attempt to abolish the inequality within the United States. Miller said today some of the same inequality is seen among people seeking a sexual lifestyle alternative to heterosexuality. He pointed to a suggestion that Kennedy offered to inequality that is relevant to today’s issues. “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity,” Kennedy said in his speech. Other events will include an Oct. 26 presentation by film historian Joseph McBride, author of “Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.” The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. There will also be a “Who Killed JFK?” debate at 7 p.m. on
forage,” wrote Girling and his colleagues. In order to test their hypothesis, researchers synthetically reproduced the odor of bright yellow oilseed rape flowers. The scent of the actual flower is the result of eight different chemicals mingling together, and researchers used these same chemicals to reproduce the odor in the lab. Next, they took worker honeybees that were raised at the university and “taught” them to associate the synthetic odor with nectar. They did this by restraining the bees, exposing them to the smell, and then swabbing their antenna with a sweet, nectar-like sucrose solution. In the wild, worker honeybees will detect sweet nectar with their antenna. The bees then reflexively extend their proboscis — a long hollow tongue —
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and begin sucking up the liquid. By repeatedly swabbing the captive bees’ antenna with the sucrose solution and exposing them to the plant odor, they hoped to induce a Pavlovian response, whereby the bee would eventually extend its proboscis whenever it caught a whiff of the labmade perfume. Finally, study authors exposed the trained honeybees to the pure flower smell, as well as versions that were altered to mimic the effects of exposure to nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. What were the results? Researchers said flower odors that mimicked the effects of pollution were roughly half as likely to make the bees stick their tongues out than the unadulterated smell. Researchers deemed this a “significant reduction in recognition.”
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How a choice offered can affect what we choose MICHELLE N. MEYER AND CHRISTOPHER CHABRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES News came last month that the Obama administration, following the lead of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his government’s so-called Nudge Unit, is recruiting behavioral scientists to help shape regulatory policy. Nudges are ways of offering choices that make people more likely to choose a particular option but preserve their ability to make a different choice. This usage of “nudge” was coined in 2008 by economist Richard Thaler and legal scholar Cass Sunstein, but the concept was first studied more than a decade ago by economist Brigitte Madrian and insurance executive Dennis Shea. They noted that when employees joined a company with a retirement savings plan like a 401(k), they typically had to affirmatively choose to enroll. Then they had to select investment options and specify an amount to save from each paycheck. Setting aside income tax-free for retirement is good for most employees, but for various reasons, including inertia, many failed to enroll. Madrian and Shea evaluated the effect of a simple solution: switch the default choice so that employees must check a box to opt out of the savings plan rather than opt in. Then, if the employees did nothing, a default percentage of their salary would go to a default investment. After the change, the number of savers jumped. Several features of this archetypal nudge should make it attractive to people of all political stripes.
Employees have exactly the same choices before and after the nudge; nudges by definition neither forbid nor mandate any choice. And the nudge makes it more likely that nudgees will, in reflective moments, feel they made the best choice they themselves prefer. In the wake of the Obama administration’s announcement, some have called governmental nudges manipulative, even creepy. But there is no evidence that nudges alter individual preferences. What is true is that some nudges work without our being aware of them. If you do not read your employment documents, then after the 401(k) nudge, you will save for retirement, whereas you would not have before. But people whose behavior flips when the default option changes are likely deciding on autopilot anyway. Are such unexamined “choices” worth preserving in light of the considerable benefits that nudges can yield for both individuals and society, often by encouraging personal responsibility and forward-looking behavior? In Britain, simply telling taxpayers that most of their peers paid up on time increased timely filing by 15 percent over a three-month period. And asking people who lost their jobs to devise concrete plans for finding new ones led to a 15 percent to 20 percent decrease in their likelihood of claiming unemployment benefits 13 weeks later. Those are win-wins. Nudges enjoy an additional, overlooked advantage over other forms of regulation: Before they are enacted, they can be evaluated with randomized, controlled trials to ensure that
they are effective. This would be impractical and arguably unethical with tax incentives and outright bans. Of course, just because nudges can be tested does not ensure that they will be. Obamacare requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts for standard menu items, a policy similar to one enacted by New York City in 2008. It seems intuitive that this should nudge consumers to make better choices, thereby reducing obesity and saving potentially billions of dollars in healthcare spending. But that intuition was not tested experimentally in advance, and observational studies of calorie displays are inconclusive. One study found that they had no effect, but another found a 6 percent decrease in calories purchased. The federal rule added a requirement that chain restaurants also post a suggested total daily caloric intake, perhaps on the assumption that telling consumers that a Big Mac has 550 calories will mean more when framed by the advice that an adult should eat about 2,000 calories a day. But a recent study undermined this intuition too: Benchmarks did not reduce purchased calories, and may have ironically promoted consumption of highercalorie items. Implementing untested nudges has real costs. According to the federal government, the Obamacare calorie rule imposes a new 14.5-million-hour paperwork burden, and firstyear compliance costs for businesses could total $537 million. If the benefits of a government intervention are not expected to outweigh its costs, then doing nothing will often be the better
policy choice. Even if testing shows a nudge to be effective, it will rarely if ever benefit everyone who is subject to it. (In some cases, such as making posthumous organ donation the default, nudges do not directly benefit any nudgee, although there may be other reasons to support such proposals.) Although the Obama administration claims that its nudges will “help people to achieve their goals,” no government can know and simultaneously promote the many goals of a diverse citizenry. Nor do all people make irrational choices in the absence of nudges; some targets of a nudge will already have made choices that reflect their considered preferences. But all this is true of every act of lawmaking. Under the Supreme Court’s expansive commerce clause jurisprudence, the regulators who would nudge us already can, in most cases, shove us instead. And shoves, unlike nudges, prevent people from making choices that differ from the government’s. When some choice has to be the default, everyone must either save for retirement or not, nudges sensibly make it easier for people to choose what most of them prefer (or what is expected to yield the greatest social benefits), while allowing the minority to make a different choice with minimal effort. Those who fear that nudging will put us on a slippery slope to an Orwellian nanny state ought to recognize that we are already on that slope. Nudges offer an offramp to a more sure-footed terrain that people across the political spectrum should prefer.
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Pulse Daily Egyptian Every once in awhile, a movie comes around that demands to be seen at the theater. This movie is so big and beautiful that nothing less than the silver screen will do it justice. “Gravity” (Rated PG-13; 90 Min.) is the first time such a movie has come around in years. Clichéd as it may sound, this movie absolutely took my breath away. The plot is stunningly simple: Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are astronauts on a space walk to conduct research. Debris from a satellite causes a chain reaction that destroys their ship and leaves them floating through space, looking for a way home. This is an intimate movie told on a grand scale. Yes, its large-scale action set pieces are flat-out amazing. But this is the story of Stone, whose tragic past drives her fight for survival. Director Alfonso Cuarón places Stone in constant peril, forcing her to fight her inner demons while staying on her toes. The movie never lets up through its 90-minute duration. Because it is up to Bullock to carry the movie, she is present in nearly every shot. She is up to the challenge, and Cuarón trains the camera on her face while she works her way through hell in space. Just when she gets inside a ship, it catches fire. Just when she reaches an escape pod, she’s running low on oxygen. The movie is absolutely terrifying but never allows its emotional center vanish in the chaos. I was informed I looked like I had just run a 10-mile race after my screening,. Because the movie relies on performances to stay the course, it is dialogue heavy. Most of it sticks and feels like real conversation, especially
Daily Egyptian Let’s talk about career decisions. Typically, people would like to make the most prudent decision for themselves, according to where they want to go in life. So why would two ascending actors, one of whom has reinvented himself as a Oscar-worthy director and one of whom has proven himself to be a multi-talented artist, agree to “Runner Runner” (Rated R; 91 Min.)? The same reasons their characters do: money, lots of money. “Runner Runner” boasts Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, the director and the artist, respectively, who really should be choosing better material. The
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in the opening moments when Bullock and Clooney play off of each other. A few of the writers’ plot decisions are kind of corny, but I would not have expected a standout plot here; it’s serviceable. Not that it detracts from the film in any way — “Gravity” lets its visuals fill in all the gaps. The visuals are jaw dropping and have no equal in 2013, with only a few other movies rivaling it in the last five years. It’s pretty safe to say the battle for the Visual Effects and Cinematography Oscars are sewn up. Cuarón, known for “Children of Men” (one of my favorite movies of the new millennium), is a master of the continuous shot, refusing to cut away and letting his camera float smoothly through space along with the actors. The movie doesn’t cut until 14 minutes in; and the filmmaking technique used to place the audience within the scene raises the tension considerably, as the audience gets to look down on Earth along with Bullock and Clooney. If Ang Lee can win Best Director for “Life of Pi,” I have no doubt Cuarón has a legitimate shot for Best Director here. Even though the movie features a post-production 3D conversion, Cuarón knows how to use the technique and allows it breathing room rather than forcing it. As objects hurtle through space, they seem to float in and out of the screen. It’s a nice touch and worth the upcharge. One final positive: the score, written by Steven Price, drives many of the emotional scenes and is a standout. I have no doubt we’ll see Price come Oscar night. Don’t wait for “Gravity” to hit DVD; this is a technical marvel that must be seen on the big screen. This is what a blockbuster should be: grand in scope and ambition, intimate and powerful in its emotional core. “Gravity” is a new breed of movie that directors will scramble to imitate for years to come.
movie kicks off as Timberlake’s character, Richie Furst (In case you forget his last name, everyone in the movie seems to only be able to identity him by his full name, so you’re in luck), loses a lot of money in online gambling, money he planned to use to pay his graduate-school bill. Furst decides it’s up to him to leave his entire world behind and fly into a hornet’s nest to inform the site’s operator, Ivan Block (Affleck), of the corruption behind the scenes. Furst is pretty much the most naïve character to come out of Hollywood all year, because within minutes he’s captivated by Block’s every word and becomes one of his cronies. Not much time passes before Furst realizes there’s trouble in paradise. There are also crocodiles Block uses to do his bidding. Things pretty
much go south from here. “Runner Runner” really had potential. Timberlake is a fine actor and Affleck has had a string of great movies, not the least of which, “Argo,” won him Best Picture last year. Maybe the two didn’t realize just how bad the script was until they already signed on the dotted line. The movie speeds through crucial plot points and lingers too long on things that don’t matter. Instead of allowing tension to build between Block and Furst, the movie is an extended travelogue for Costa Rica. For a movie about the seedy side of an exotic country, this film sure is light on seediness. There are supporting performances here from Anthony Mackie as an FBI agent who likes to pressure Block’s informants; Mackie really doesn’t get to do much
but yell clichéd lines at people. The writers try to kindle a romance between Furst and Rebecca Shafran (Gemma Arterton), but the chemistry just isn’t there and their scenes together feel forced. Beyond their love affair, Arterton doesn’t do much beyond stand there and look pretty. That’s a shame, because she is a good actress. Maybe Affleck has the exact opposite problem — he’s given too much to do, seemingly enjoying taking on the bad role for a while but appearing bored with it at other times. He could’ve chewed scenery and does on several occasions, the film’s best scenes, but he’s a little too reserved in scenes where he should have let loose. Why would he accept this role to begin with if he were going to look so bored doing it? He has numerous other projects calling his name.
Timberlake just gets to be a pretty face as well. Yet another shame — I’d think his work in “The Social Network” was enough proof to put him a decent leading role. “Runner Runner” does have its moments — the aforementioned crocodile scene is where Affleck really lets loose. However, the writing is poor in the downtime and the film generates very little tension; a huge problem considering this film needed to thrive on it to be successful. Affleck and Timberlake had an excuse to sign on to this movie in its early phases, because the concept would’ve lent itself to an effective thriller if given the right screenplay. The film loses its grip on the audience when it decides to show its cards too early and doesn’t let the chemistry between the three leads percolate. Time to fold.
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Eyeing the storm
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Laura Roberts, a senior from Magnolia studying photojournalism, takes a picture during a thunderstorm Saturday in the Clearwave Communications building during the South of 64 Weekend Workshop in Harrisburg. The seven-floor building was used as the studentsâ€™ headquarters where they met with professional photographers and editors from the industry for critique. Local restaurants provided students and coaches with meals and snacks throughout the weekend.
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Dominic Bracco II, left, a freelance photographer out of Mexico City, Martha Rial, a freelance photographer out of Pittsburgh and Rich Saal, the photography editor at the State Journal-Register in Springfield take a break outside the Clearwave Communications Building Saturday in Harrisburg during the South of 64 Weekend Workshop. The visiting faculty play a large role in the workshop, acting as editors and coaches for the five teams of participating photojournalism students.
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WORLD & NATION Flood of consumer inquiries could make or break Obama health law NOAM N. LEVEY CHAD TERHUNE Tribune Washington Bureau Kentucky health officials thought they might get a handful of serious shoppers when they flipped the switch Tuesday on Kynect, the new online insurance marketplace the state created under President Barack Obama’s health care law. “We weren’t even hopeful that a couple hundred people would apply,” said Carrie Banahan, Kynect’s executive director. By the end of the week, more than 16,000 Kentucky individuals and families had begun online applications to get health coverage next year. It has been a similar story across the country. Since the new marketplaces opened Tuesday, millions of Americans have flooded web sites, call centers and insurance offices seeking information about health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. More than 8.5 million people visited the federal www.healthcare. gov site last week, according to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services. For residents of 36 states that are not running their own online markets, the web site is the main portal to get health coverage provided by the new law next year. Additionally, the federal call center received 406,000 calls. Very few of those potential customers have been able to complete the process of applying for coverage. Legions have been thwarted by technical problems that repeatedly shut down many of the online marketplaces, including the federal
site. And although officials probably have several weeks to fix the glitches particularly with public attention focused on the federal government shutdown, lingering problems still threaten to make the debut a disaster. But if the enrollment process smooths out, the unexpected initial surge of consumers may end up being the most important story to emerge from the first days of Obamacare’s signature new markets. “Clearly there is a lot of interest in getting health insurance out there,” said Joel Ario, a former state insurance commissioner and Obama administration official who, like many, was surprised by the outpouring. Before enrollment began last week, public opinion polls consistently showed that Americans remained deeply skeptical of the 2010 law and unfamiliar with many of its core provisions. Fewer than 4 in 10 adults in a recent nationwide Gallup survey said they were familiar with the new marketplaces. Lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among the uninsured, with three-quarters saying they were unfamiliar with the marketplaces. Obama administration officials and many state leaders have worried they would be unable to get enough consumers, threatening the viability of the markets, which depend on strong enrollment by young, healthy customers. Officials hope to enroll 7 million people next year. The online marketplaces, one for each state, are designed to allow Americans who do not get coverage through employers to shop for health plans. Insurers selling on the markets must for the first time meet new
think if you subtract out members of Congress and their staff and reporters who called in those first 48 hours, the numbers will be considerably lower.
basic standards and are prohibited from turning away consumers with pre-existing medical conditions. Millions of low- and moderateincome Americans who make less than four times the federal poverty level or about $46,000 for individuals and up to about $94,000 for a family of four _ will qualify for government subsidies to help with their premiums. The open enrollment period lasts until March 31, though consumers who want coverage to start Jan. 1 must select health plans by Dec. 15. Many experts say the real crush of consumers will come before of the December deadline. In coming weeks, the marketplaces will face several critical tests. One will be whether potential customers continue to visit them once the initial surge of interest wanes. Another will be whether the administration can fix the numerous technical glitches that have frustrated consumers. The problems with the healthcare.gov site were so severe last week that in many states, only a small fraction of consumers appear to have been able to successfully apply for health coverage. Obama administration officials have declined to say how many people have enrolled so far. In Louisiana, which has more than 900,000 uninsured residents,
— Michael C. Burgess United States Representative just seven people had applied for a plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana through the first two days of the federal marketplace. Kentucky, which minimized disruptions on its web site by using a simpler design than the one on the federal site, enrolled 4,739 individuals and families by Friday. Obama administration officials said they were taking additional steps to expand online capacity and planned to take the site down for maintenance over the weekend during off-peak hours. “We expect that Monday ... there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience,” the Health and Human Services Department said in a statement Friday. Several information technology experts predicted there would be even more technical problems as online systems confront premium payments, changes in eligibility and other complex tasks. “Is this just the tip of the iceberg?” asked Harold Tuck, former chief information officer for San Diego County. “There ought to have been better beta testing of the systems, and these errors wouldn’t have come up.” Bill Curtis, chief scientific officer at CAST, a New York-based company that analyzes information technology systems, said the heavy traffic probably explained many of
the problems. “When you have this kind of volume, it exposes all kinds of weaknesses,” he said. California’s marketplace, Covered California, had 514,000 unique visitors to its website the first day of enrollment. Nevada’s marketplace, Nevada Health Link, had 60,000 unique visitors on its first day, spokesman C.J. Bawden said. Many visitors may be curiosity seekers, an analysis advanced by critics of the law suggested. “I think if you subtract out members of Congress and their staff and reporters who called in those first 48 hours, the numbers will be considerably lower,” Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, told CNN last week. But insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City have also reported significant increases in direct customer inquiries. Blue Shield of California said its consumer call volume more than doubled last week with hundreds of people asking about their options under the health care law and whether they qualified for federal subsidies. And the spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, John Maginnis, said the insurer’s 80-member enrollment task force has been “overwhelmed” by consumer interest. In Kentucky, marketplace officials were equally pleased that small businesses were seeking coverage in unexpected numbers. Banahan said the state had hoped to get about 10 businesses enrolled on Kentucky’s small-business market by Christmas. By the end of last week, 178 had already started applications. “There is just a lot of pent-up demand,” Banahan said
Tea party supporters revel in role in government shutdown CATHLEEN DECKER Los Angeles Times Their partisans in Washington have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party. “It’s amazing how we can be completely irrelevant and shut down Congress at the same time,” one of the movement’s early organizers, Mark Meckler, chortled at a Saturday evening gathering at the weekend state Republican party convention in Anaheim, Calif. Minutes earlier, Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border watch leader who is the movement’s favored candidate for governor, rolled into the meeting to a standing ovation from nearly 200
think if you subtract out members of Congress and their staff and reporters who called in those first 48 hours, the numbers will be considerably lower.
tea party supporters. “And they say the tea party is dead,” he opened. Not quite. The movement may not have demonstrated electoral heft in California, yet Republicans hold no state offices and are outmanned in Sacramento and in Washington, and tea party members can claim only some of those seats. But they made themselves heard this past weekend. Members helped push several resolutions during Sunday’s general session, including ones to require voters to
— Michael C. Burgess United States Representative show identification before casting ballots and to gut the state’s high speed rail program. The tea party caucus was making its first appearance at a state party convention, after launching a determined effort to build its presence within the party rather than either ally or attack from the outside. But its outsider genes were evident, as was its air of grievance. “There’s been no place for people who have been left out and left behind to go,” Donnelly said,
“besides the tea party.” On Saturday, before one of the most enthusiastic meetings of the three-day session, Meckler blistered party leaders for accepting donations from the SEIU labor group and the prison guards union. He also gleefully attacked past state party chairman Ron Nehring and the gubernatorial candidate for whom Nehring is working, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. “I ask myself, is this the Republican party or have we now changed our name to the Loser and Traitor Party?” he asked. Donnelly warned Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown against signing any measures that would restrict gun owners. He recounted from memory the 2nd Amendment; the crowd accompanied him on the last line. But Donnelly who faces a steep
trajectory en route to a serious gubernatorial challenge, adopted a more menacing tone as he wrapped up his pitch. “I’ll tell you what,” he said. “We the people of this great state are going to draw a line in the sand and we’re going to say we’re not going to be driven off our property. We will not be driven off our homes by anything. We are not going to settle for government control whether you’re trying to deprive us of our guns or our private property. We’re not having any, because we’re Americans.” Other tea party members who crowded into a meeting room shared his pointed approach. As the meeting was about to begin, one woman commanded her colleagues standing along the room’s perimeter: “Open the doors so they can hear us,” she said.
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Volleyball reaches .500 in MVC play TYLER DIXON Daily Egyptian SIU women’s volleyball wrapped up another tough Missouri Valley Conference weekend where it faced Wichita State Friday and was able to get its first win at Missouri State since 1998 Saturday. The Salukis have split the last three weekends against MVC foes. That trend continued this past weekend as they fell to conference power Wichita State in three sets but showed poise in beating Missouri State in five sets. The Shockers entered the match undefeated in MVC play with only three losses on the season. SIU fell in the match 25-23, 2519 and 25-21. Errors were an issue for both teams in the first set. Each team had eight errors but WSU won the kill battle 15 to 12. There was only one tie in the final set as the Shockers found a spark and came away with the sweep. Coach Justin Ingram said his team had chances against the Shockers but could not capitalize on them. Senior outside hitter Jessica Whitehead led the team in kills with 11 and was the only Saluki
with double-digit kills. Freshman setter Hannah Kaminsky said her team talked about the match against the Shockers. “I think we discussed the loss (Friday) and said that’s not the team we want to be,” Kaminsky said. “That’s not how we want to play.” Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Pippen said when playing a tough team, such as Wichita State, positives can always be found. “Wichita’s a really good team and playing them we did some really good things,” Pippen said. “We just need to come out stronger during conference play.” Whitehead compared the match against MSU to an amusement park ride. “We were on a roller-coaster but we didn’t give up,” Whitehead said. After the loss, the team had to endure the four-hour bus ride to Springfield, Mo., to get ready to face the Bears Saturday night. The Salukis showed they are a team that can rebound after a tough loss. They dropped the first set 25-21 but fought back to grab the next two, 25-23 and 2522. The Bears did not go down
without a fight and forced a fifth set with a 26-24 win in the fourth. The Salukis had a 24-22 lead in the fourth but could not get that crucial match point and let MSU back into the match. The fifth and deciding set did not disappoint as the Bears had match point at 14-13 and the Salukis did not falter and came away with the 17-15 fifth set win and the match. Four Salukis finished the Missouri State match with at least 11 kills. Whitehead finished with 21 kills while Pippen set her new career high with 18 kills. “The setters did a really good job setting tonight and our defense was really good,” Pippen said. Ingram said the setters are the deciding factor in where the kills are going to come from. “The more accurate the first ball hit is, the more options we have,” Ingram said. The win against the Bears helped the Salukis improve their MVC record to 3-3. The team has a week of practice before welcoming Drake to Davies Gym Friday and Northern Iowa Saturday. Ingram said every team in the MVC is solid. He said teams must play their best every night and all
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Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Pippen and freshman setter Meg Viggars block the ball Sept. 27 during the match against Bradley University at Davies Gym. The Salukis split their two-game weekend, losing 3-0 to Wichita State University Friday and defeating Missouri State University 3-2 Saturday. Pippen put 10 points on the board for SIU against Wichita State and doubled her scoring points against Missouri State, tallying 20.5 on the board. the teams in the conference have a chance to win. “I think everybody’s pretty talented,
but at the same time everyone’s always beatable,” Ingram said. “That’s what I like about the league.”
Rockets’ Jeremy Lin comfortable out of spotlight MARCUS THOMPSON II Associated Press The questions are out there. Was Jeremy Lin just a flash in the pan? Is he the point guard for the new-look Houston Rockets? The buzz of “Linsanity” has quieted to a whisper. As a result, for the first time in a long time, Lin is in his comfort zone. “I’m where I’ve been my whole life,” he said in a phone interview. “I’m not worried.” Lin, the Bay Area native and former Golden State Warrior, is entering his fourth NBA season out of Harvard. And he is hoping to recapture the
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With poor field conditions and temperatures in the mid-40s, both teams were committed to the run for most of the game. Despite the sloppy footing, the Salukis had no trouble running the ball and averaged nearly five yards per carry. Coach Dale Lennon said the field conditions affected the philosophy of the Saluki offense. “You don’t want to call plays where you’re trying to make big cuts,” Lennon said. “It’s more straightahead, north-south mentality. We weren’t asking the players to do something that would force them to slip and negate the play.” The running game blossomed early as the Salukis ran right through South Dakota State’s defense on their first possession of the game en route to an 80-yard touchdown drive. All 80 yards came on the ground.
magic by letting it go. No more trying to live up to the standard he set during that historic month in New York. No more trying to justify the three-year, $25 million contract he signed with Houston. No more trying to prove to people they are wrong about him, that he belongs. His mindset now is about enjoying the ride. “Mentally, I’m in a place where I want to enjoy the game more,” Lin said. “I want to enjoy the season more. Just me getting older and realizing, I’m fine. ... Everything happened so fast. I haven’t had a chance to really catch my breath completely.” “It’s something I’m definitely
Junior running backs Malcolm Agnew and Ken Malcome combined to rush for 155 yards on 28 carries and Faulkner added two rushing scores in the win. Lennon said the running game will continue to be a positive attribute for the Saluki offense the rest of the season. “That’s what we’ve been looking for, and that’s what we know we have,” Lennon said. “It was good to see it as effective as it was today against a top team, and hopefully we can continue to execute it at that level.” The game featured a momentum swing in the last minute of the first half. With the game tied at 10, the Salukis had the ball at the Jackrabbits’ 12-yard line in position to score and take a lead into halftime. However, South Dakota State sophomore linebacker Charles Elmore intercepted a Faulkner pass down the sideline intended for junior tight end MyCole Pruitt and returned it 89 yards to give SDSU a 17-10 halftime advantage.
thankful for,” Lin said. “I’m learning every year, more and more, to be thankful, to enjoy it. That’s something I don’t think I’ve always done because I’ve been so ambitious.” In many ways, Lin is starting over. His first full season as a Rocket was not a disaster by any stretch. He played all 82 games, averaging 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds. He shaved a half a turnover off his per-game average and improved his three-point shooting. But it was not, by any means, Linsanity, which in the eyes of many made it a failure. Lin’s eyes included. His efficiency dropped and his impact on the game lessened, largely
because of the presence of star guard James Harden. What’s more, Lin’s confidence took a hit. By the time the playoffs arrived, Lin’s role was drastically reduced. Battling injury, he averaged 11 fewer minutes in the first round series against Oklahoma City, managing just 6.9 points per game on 25 percent shooting. “I could tell their confidence in me wasn’t the same,” Lin said. “I don’t think the organization has lost complete faith in me. But it was obvious the confidence wasn’t the same when I was sitting in the fourth quarter.” Lin said the acquisition of Dwight Howard changes things. Sure, the
he attitude and the confidence is there. We’re 1-1 in the conference, and we just beat a top 10 team, and I think people are going to start realizing that they’re going to have to start taking us a little seriously. — Kory Faulkner Senior Quarterback
“I definitely shouldn’t have put it there,” Faulkner said. “Being in that situation with time left on the clock, I definitely wish I would’ve thrown that away, but he made a good play on it.” The Salukis used the mistake as motivation heading into the break. “I think we actually rallied around that (interception) at halftime,” Lennon said. “We came out probably as focused as we’ve ever been coming out of a halftime break.” On the fourth play of the second half, Faulkner completed a pass to senior wide receiver John Lantz who
avoided a defender and turned it into a 59-yard touchdown to tie the game. “They gave me a look that we were wanting,” Faulkner said. “That’s probably one of the best balls I’ve ever thrown in college. To get the game tied, it was like starting over at 0-0, and we had the momentum so that was big.” Faulkner accounted for all three SIU touchdowns and finished the afternoon with 185 passing yards and one interception. The senior was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance.
expectations of the team are now higher and the attention increased. But Lin said Howard alleviates some of the pressure on him. The fate of the franchise is much less reliant on Lin. Howard, and Harden, will bear the brunt of the expectations. Lin gets to be a role player and do his work in the shadows. “Going into last year, there were a lot of unknowns with me trying to live up to the Linsanity and what not,” Lin said. “I think one of the cool things about this year is there is a lot of pressure on other people, not necessarily just on me.” He can not hide his happiness over how things have died down.
After the win, Faulkner said the rest of the conference will have to be prepared to face a stiff test when the Salukis are matched up with them. “The attitude and the confidence is there,” Faulkner said. “We’re 1-1 in the conference, and we just beat a top 10 team, and I think people are going to start realizing that they’re going to have to start taking us a little seriously.” The road will not get any easier with back-to-back games away against No. 4 Northern Iowa and at home against No. 1 North Dakota State over the next two weeks. “We’ll enjoy this for a little bit and then move onto Northern Iowa,” Lennon said. “With each game that we play, our confidence is getting better and better, so we’re ready for that next challenge.” Terrance Peacock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 256.
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Salukis jack up Jackrabbits TERRANCE PEACOCK Daily Egyptian After heartbreaking losses to its first two ranked opponents this season, the SIU Football Team proved it could pull out a nail-biter against a quality team Saturday in Brookings, S.D. The Salukis (3-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) earned a signature win after outlasting South Dakota State (3-3, 0-2 MVFC) 2724 on a muddy terrain at CoughlinAlumni Stadium. With the Jackrabbits driving the field late in the fourth quarter and hopes of tying or taking the lead, SIU forced a stop on fourth-and-two with fewer than 90 seconds remaining to end South Dakota State’s drive and secure the victory. Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner was elated with how the defense stepped up when it mattered most. “The confidence for our defense right now is huge,” Faulkner said. “They were able to get a stop, and I think this could be a turning point to the rest of our season.” The win broke a streak of three consecutive South Dakota State victories in the series, which included a 16-12 come-from-behind victory CHRIS ZOELLER | DAILY EGYPTIAN in 2012 to knock the Salukis out of Junior running back Malcolm Agnew runs through a tackle for a touchdown Sept. 28 against Youngstown State University at Saluki playoff-contention. Stadium. Agnew ran for 105 yards on 17 carries Saturday during the Salukis’ 27-24 win against South Dakota State University in Please see FOOTBALL | 11 Brookings, S.D. The Salukis are 3-3 on the season after defeating the No. 7-ranked Jackrabbits.
Dawgs make long trip worthwhile SYMONE WOOLRIDGE Daily Egyptian The Salukis forced themselves through pouring rain in warmups before the start of the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon. The runners traveled nearly seven hours to compete on a course filled with mud and puddles. Although the messy course could have been a stumbling block, the women proved otherwise. The Saluki women finished first out of 26 teams in the Notre Dame 5K Gold. This is the women’s third consecutive win of their undefeated season thus far. Once again, junior Sadie Darnell finished with the best time. Darnell completed the race with a time of 17:33.3, finishing in third place overall. Coach Matt Sparks said Darnell plays a huge role in SIU’s wins and has been a steady leader for the Saluki women. Sparks also said sophomore Kristen Levi has developed a lot of confidence that has led to significant improvements within her game. Darnell said she enjoyed racing against various teams who brought some vigorous
competition. “We haven’t had really hard competition this year yet, so it was really fun going out there and competing with all of those teams today,” she said. Sprinting to the finish line right behind Darnell was Levi, who completed the race in fourth place overall with a time of 17:41.0. Darnell said Levi is a good competitor and has worked hard to stay within the top five. “Kristen’s hard work has definitely paid off,” Darnell said. “She has her eyes on the goal and her determination really makes a difference in her racing.” Levi said finishing strong as a team is her first priority. She also said one slight problem during the race did not effect the way she finished. “I lost track of where some of our girls were, and at that time I knew I needed to step up because I didn’t know what was going on behind me,” Levi said. Levi said the women have gradually gotten better as a team, and the men are working together as well. The Saluki men finished the Notre Dame Invitational in 16th place out of 27 teams.
e haven’t had really hard competition this year yet, so it was really fun going out there and competing with all of those teams today — Sadie Darnell Cross Country Runner
The competition included eight nationally ranked teams within the top 25, and two nationally ranked teams within the top 10. Junior Nick Schrader finished the 8K Blue Course first for the Salukis, completing the race with a time of 25:15.4 in 51st place overall. Schrader said he is happy to see himself bounce back healthy and strong from an Achilles tendon injury in 2012. “I redshirted because of the injury, so I wasn’t able to perform as well,” Schrader said. “But in this race I personally think I competed hard and came out strong.” Sparks said Schrader has been a steady contributor to the men’s team throughout the years. “For Nick to step up and be our number one guy is a big step
in the right direction for him,” Sparks said. “It gives him a lot of confidence to know he can run with Zach (Dahleen) and Brian (Dixon), who have been our top guys for the last couple of years.” Schrader and his teammate Dixon finished the race side by side. “Everyone was telling me to get up with him,” Schrader said. “He helped me during the last mile, and by the final straight-away we were pretty much side by side.” Dixon completed the race with a time of 25:16.9, in second place for the Salukis and 54th place in the invitational. In 2012, Dixon was a National Collegiate Athletic Association qualifier, made All Missouri Valley Conference and was a fourtime Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete.
Dixon was disappointed in his performance at the home Saluki Invitational two weeks ago, but said he feels better about his Notre Dame performance. “I did fairly well at Notre Dame but I still would’ve liked to perform a little better,” Dixon said. “The weather wasn’t the best and the course was really sloppy so everyone wasn’t able to finish as strong as they would’ve liked but we ended up placing well.” Dixon also said there is more work to be done. “Coach (Sparks) always stresses taking care of the little things such as eating right, working on sleeping habits as well as just finishing everything 100 percent,” he said. “As long as we handle those things we will be successful.” Sparks said it is a great feeling to beat Grand Valley State, the No. 1 Division II team in the country. “It was nice to be able to compete on the same course as them,” Sparks said. “We also beat Loyola who was our conference rival.” Symone Woolridge can be reached at email@example.com or ext. 536-3311 ext. 269