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FOIA appealed in favor of DE SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian The Illinois attorney general’s office has ruled in favor of the Daily Egyptian’s appeal of a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the university’s policy on media access to administrators. In August, numerous reporters

were told by sources that all interview requests — and in some cases all questions — had to go through Rod Sievers, university spokesman. The newspaper sought to clarify the new policy with Sievers, who said there was no policy but administrators were tired of speaking to DE reporters and wanted him to handle their inquiries.

On Aug. 26, the DE filed a request through the Freedom of Information Act — a law that requires the disclosure of information and documents regarding public affairs when requested — for copies of emails and documents from or to Chancellor Rita Cheng and Sievers, related to access, interviews or photographs with

university employees, the DE or any other media since June 1. Rather than reporters calling sources directly for interviews, as had been done in the past, employees told DE reporters they needed to go through the spokesperson. The employees included the vice chancellor for finance, the director of plant and service operations, a lawyer

with student legal services and the director of the Center for Environmental Health and Safety. At various times reporters were told this was an attempt to ensure that university staff “spoke with one voice.� Some reporters were told media relations needed to approve questions in advance. Please see FOIA | 4


FIXING IS IN THE FAMILY Norman Fisher, of Makanda, performs an oil change Tuesday at Johnny B’s Pro Lube in Murphysboro. Fisher said he began to

work on cars as a child with his father, a former military mechanic. “It’s something I know, I was raised around it,� Fisher said.

Carbondale mail processing plant could close ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian Carbondale’s U.S. Postal Service mail processing plant could be on the chopping block with recent cost-cutting measures. “If they go through with it, it would be quite a blow,� councilwoman Jane Adams said. The Postal Service told the Associated Press Monday it

would move forward with plans to close 252 processing plants across the country in spring 2012, eliminating about 28,000 jobs. The closures are part of measures to avoid bankruptcy next year by saving $3 billion. Closing the Carbondale plant would eliminate about 40 jobs, said Valerie Welsch, spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service Gateway District.

The changes would also essentially eliminate one-day delivery for first-class mail, and twoto-three day delivery would become the norm. The Postal Service also said it would like to eliminate Saturday delivery, but that would require approval from Congress. Postal Service vice president David Williams said at a news conference that the reductions were necessitated by increased

popularity of email communication and online billing. The $3 billion is only part of $20 billion the Postal Service said it needed to cut by 2015 in order to become profitable. As of now, a final decision on whether or not to close the Carbondale plant and move its operations to Evansville, Ind., has not been made, Welsch said. There will be a public hearing

on the matter Dec. 15 at the SIUC Student Center auditorium. Roger Ellithorpe, of Pomona, said he understands the Postal Service’s reasoning, as the Internet has greatly changed the way people communicate. But he said closing postal facilities, as was done with the Pomona post office, destroys a sense of community. Please see POSTAL | 4


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About Us The Daily Egyptian is published by the students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale 50 weeks per year, with an average daily circulation of 20,000. Fall and spring semester editions run Monday through Friday. Summer editions run Tuesday through Thursday. All intersession editions will run on Wednesdays. Spring break and Thanksgiving editions are distributed on Mondays of the pertaining weeks. Free copies are distributed in the Carbondale, Murphysboro and Carterville communities. The Daily Egyptian online publication can be found at

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Winter weather brings seasonal depression SARAH MITCHELL Daily Egyptian Like many other students, Zach Johnson says he hates the winter. “I just sleep all the time because the sun’s never out,� said Johnson, a sophomore from Sterling studying cinema and photography. For many people, winter weather can bring a sense of melancholy and apathy. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, seasonal affective disorder may be experienced by six of every 100 people in the United States, and some mild form of the disorder may be experienced by another 10 to 20 percent. Christy Hamilton, coordinator of the university’s student health services, said symptoms of depression around this time of year are often linked to seasonal changes. “If it can’t be associated with a normal change in life, we do see increased numbers in depression during the winter months,� she said. The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical care and research group, said seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall and go away during the sunnier days of early spring. Symptoms parallel to those of depression include hopelessness, lack of interest in normal activities, low energy not associated with lack of sleep, carbohydrate craving, weight gain and social withdrawal. Johnson said he drinks alcohol more excessively in the winter because typical outdoor activities are limited. “You’re really stuck inside watching TV unless you’re the kind of person who has hobbies they can do inside,� he said. “Still, I don’t even want to do those things in the winter because I feel like my outside time has

been stolen from me. Being stuck inside all the time is depressing.� The weather plays a large role in the daily lives of some students. Mekedm Asfaw, a junior from Chicago studying aviation technologies, said he has a two-hour lab once a week in the airplane hangar at the airport. He said the hangar gets cold during the winter, and it gets hard to focus on work. “When you’re in the hangar in the winter, you just want to get out of there the whole time,� he said. Jordan Lopez, a senior studying cinema and photography from Sterling, lives at Lost Cross, a live music venue that typically showcases the local punk scene. Lopez said the basement floods, halting business when Carbondale experiences inclement weather. “I think my house might have seasonal depression,� he said. “Nothing ever happens there in the winter. No one wants to hang out in that basement when it’s cold and wet.� According to the Mayo Clinic, the sun contributes significantly to the daily production of vitamin D, and low levels are associated with seasonal affective disorder. Students who are not from the Midwest said it can be hard to adjust to the winter weather. Kady Chan, a senior exchange student from Taiwan studying business, said she found it difficult to transition to a sunless winter. She said the lack of sunlight has already begun to affect her mood. “I like the temperature, but sometimes I feel upset if there’s no sun for a whole week,� she said. “(In Taiwan) we usually have sun every day, no matter if it’s cold or hot. The sunsets are fairly early here.� Hamilton said the best way to treat mild seasonal depression is to increase exposure to light.






“When possible, try to avoid dark environments, keep the lights as bright as possible, scheduling more time outdoors, and any sort of exercise is helpful for mild depression,� she said. “If it can be exercise outdoors, that’s even better.� Lopez said he keeps from getting depressed by staying busy during winter months. “Normally, I just sit around and sulk, but I’ve had a lot of stuff to work on,� he said. “You should find stuff to work on so you can think about other things.�

SOURCE: MAYO CLINIC Hamilton said there is a difference between having the winter blues and seasonal depression. “If the symptoms they are having are severe enough to affect their daily living, they need to schedule an appointment and seek out either the counseling center or their medical provider,� she said.

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The university released portions of some emails in response to the newspaper’s Freedom of Information Act request, but refused to share others. The university's redaction of the emails it released and its refusal to release others was based on a section of the act that exempts “preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda or other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulated.” The Daily Egyptian asked the Illinois attorney general to review the denial on the grounds that if there were preliminary notes on a policy, there was probably a policy. Steve Silverman, assistant attorney general of the Public Access Bureau, said in a letter all but one of the redactions met the act’s standards for exemption, but one email clearly expressed a final decision. In that email, which the university released to the DE, Cheng tells Sievers to make sure administrators have DE reporters go through



“The post office holds a place in our society,” Ellithorpe said. While the Carbondale post office itself is not in danger of being closed, Welsch said, the processing plant is. Ellithorpe said people he knows in the service said if the plant should close, employees with seniority would be given the choice of either taking a job somewhere else or replacing someone with less seniority in Carbondale, which would be a hard decision, he said. The greater issue of how to keep the Postal Service solvent is complex

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Sievers for their stories. “We cannot have the DE kids shopping for responses. Please remind them all to go through you to coordinate official responses,” she said. Sievers said Tuesday this was not a policy, just an attempt to streamline media relations. “The chancellor wanted people to come through me to guide the reporters, and this is common with all reporters that I deal with. I get calls from people wanting to do one story or another and they come through me and I direct them in the right area and find out from that person … to find out if they are the right person and if they are willing to talk because not everyone is,” he said. Bill Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism, said reporters need to be able to contact university officials for information about university affairs. “I understand the university’s desire to hone a favorable message and feeling that this is easier by funneling all questions through one official,” he said. “But it is the press' job to contact multiple sources to figure out what is

going on at the university, and for that reason reporters can’t be limited to a single source of information.” Sievers said Cheng wanted to better coordinate media inquiries and use media relations to promote the university. “It is something we decided to try; it was a change,” he said. Sievers said it was not a policy, but something to help with efficiency. “It is just something we have decided to do … a policy sounds like it is something that is on the policy menu that is online,” he said. “It is a way of doing something and how to coordinate something. A policy is something that is approved by the Board of Trustees.” Freivogel said he hopes in the future the university will have a strong interpretation of the FOIA law and what can be redacted and what can not. “The university community benefits from understanding the university’s decisions,” he said.

and doesn’t appear to present any easy answers, he said. With the decline in physical mail, communication has lost a personal touch that email can’t provide, Ellithorpe said. “You can’t send that Crayolascrawled ‘Happy Birthday, Grandma,’” he said. Adams said she, like most people, does not use mail nearly as much as she used to, but the electronic revolution in communication has been a painful one. “It really is a wrenching transformation,” she said. “This is the Internet revolution rolling through our economy.” Adams said there is also no turning back, and people aren’t going to go back

to doing more of their communication through mail. “It’s like asking people to use horses after the automobile was perfected,” she said. Welsch said other areas of the Postal Service, such as parcel shipping and express and bulk mail, are doing well, but first-class mail is still central to its business. “First-class is the bread and butter of the Postal Service,” she said. Welsch said she couldn’t say whether or not the Postal Service could survive on just the other services.

Sarah Schneider can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 255.

Eli Mileur can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 266.

Police investigating attempted robbery and battery on campus TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian Two victims reported an attempted strong-arm robbery and aggravated battery on campus about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The Department of Public Safety is investigating the crime, which victims said occurred on the west side of the Student Recreation Center. According to the campus safety alert, the three suspects beat up the victims and searched through their pockets for valuables but found nothing.

The first suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet-10-inches tall with a faded haircut. The second suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet-10-inches tall with dreadlocks, and the third suspect is described as a black male slightly taller than the other two. The Campus Safety Alert states the two victims were walking between the Newman Center and at the Recreation Center Base Camp when they saw one of the suspects, who appeared to be ill. When they tried to walk around him, the other two suspects

attacked them. They were last seen walking south toward the Brush Towers. Rod Sievers, university spokesman, said as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday there were no updates to the case. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the SIU Carbondale Department of Public Safety at 453-3771 or the Crime Stoppers Line at 549-COPS.

Tara Kulash can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 255.

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City Council approves tax levies, abatement ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian The Carbondale City Council approved multiple tax levies Tuesday at its regular meeting at the Carbondale Civic Center. Two of the three ordinances levied taxes and one abated them. All three passed unanimously. The first ordinance abated the city’s property tax levy to refund general obligation bond debt

service. Since 2002 the city has chosen to abate its property tax revenues as its source for debt service to the general obligation bonds, thereby eliminating almost all of its property tax levy. The second ordinance approved a property tax levy to pay for the public safety pension funds as well as the city’s library. The two combine for a total of about $1,700,000 in property taxes. In the past this tax had been

abated, but for the last two years it has been levied to cover increased commitments to the public safety pension fund, which declined in value during the recession, councilman Don Monty said. The third ordinance adopted a tax levy for the Downtown Special Services Area Number One. The zone covers a swath of the central part of the city along Illinois Avenue. Its revenues provide

partial funding for Carbondale Main Street. Mayor Joel Fritzler said it provides $40,000 to the organization, as it has for the last 15 years. Councilman Lance Jack said the area could hopefully be expanded, as it would lower the tax rate for the landowners living there. “It tends to make it a little bit cheaper for property to be put

under the umbrella,” he said. The area was last approved for extension and expansion in 2006 for another five years and will expire in December 2012. Acting City Manager Kevin Baity said an ordinance to extend the area for another five years would be brought to the Council in the spring.

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Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death AUDREY MCAVOY Associated Press HONOLU LU — Lee Soucy decided five years ago that when he died he wanted to join his shipmates killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soucy lived to be 90, passing away just last year. On Tuesday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, a Navy diver will take a small urn containing his ashes and place it in a porthole of the ship. The ceremony is one of five memorials being held this week for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind. “They want to return and be with the shipmates that they lost during the attack,” said Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies. The memorials are happening the same week the country observes the 70th anniversary of the aerial bombing that killed 2,390 Americans and brought the United States into World War II. A larger ceremony to remember all those who perished will be held Wednesday just before 8 a.m. Hawaii time — the same moment the devastating attack began. Most of the 12 ships that sank or were beached that day were removed from the harbor, their

metal hulls salvaged for scrap. Just the Utah and the USS Arizona still lie in the dark blue waters. Only survivors of those vessels may return in death to their ships. The cremated remains of Vernon Olsen, who served aboard the Arizona, will be interred on his ship during a sunset ceremony Wednesday. The ashes of three other survivors are being scattered in the harbor. Soucy, the youngest of seven children, joined the Navy out of high school so he wouldn’t burden his parents. In 1941, he was a pharmacist mate, trained to care for the sick and wounded. He had just finished breakfast that Sunday morning when he saw planes dropping bombs on airplane hangars. He rushed to his battle station after feeling the Utah lurch, but soon heard the call to abandon ship as the vessel began sinking. He swam to shore, where he made a makeshift first aid center to help the wounded and dying. He worked straight through for two days. The Utah lost nearly 60 men on Dec. 7, 1941, and about 50 are still entombed in the battleship. Today, the rusting hull of the Utah sits on its side next to Ford Island, not far from where it sank 70 years ago. Soucy’s daughter, Margaret, said her parents had initially planned to have their ashes interred together at their church in Plainview, Texas. But her father changed his mind after visiting Pearl Harbor for the 65th anniversary in 2006.

“He announced that he wanted to be interred on the Utah. And my mother looked a little hurt and perplexed. And I said, ‘Don’t worry Daddy, I’ll take that part of your ashes that was your mouth and I’ll have those interred on the Utah. And you can then tell those that have preceded you, including those that were entombed, what’s been going on in the world,’” Margaret Soucy recalled saying with a laugh. “’And the rest of your remains we will put with mother in the church gardens at St. Mark’s.’ And then my sister spoke up and said, ‘Yes, then mother can finally rest in peace,’” she said. The family had longed kidded Soucy for being talkative —they called him “Mighty Mouth” — so Margaret Soucy said her father laughed and agreed. “He just thought that was hilarious,” she said. “So that is what we are doing. We’re taking only a portion of his ashes. It’s going to be a small urn,” she said. Soucy’s three children, several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren — 11 family members altogether — will be attending the sunset ceremony on Tuesday. His wife died earlier this year. Sunset Tuesday was 5:49 p.m. in Honolulu, with light winds and temperatures in the 70s, with a repeat set for Wednesday. An urn carrying the ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was among the 334 on the Arizona to survive the attack, will be interred in a gun turret


Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy is shown in a photo provided by Pacific Historic Parks. In accordance with his wishes,

Soucy’s ashes are being interred on the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the attack and is still sitting in Pearl Harbor.

on the Arizona on Wednesday. Most of the battleship’s 1,177 sailors and Marines who died on Dec. 7, 1941 are still entombed on the ship.

Five months after Pearl Harbor Olsen was on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier when it sank during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Occupy protests move to foreclosed homes MANUEL VALDES Associated Press SE AT TL E — The Occupy Wall Street protests are moving into the neighborhood. Finding it increasingly difficult to camp in public spaces, Occupy protesters across the country are reclaiming foreclosed homes and boarded-up properties, signaling a tactical shift for the movement against wealth inequality. Groups in more than 25 cities held protests Tuesday on behalf of homeowners facing evictions. In Atlanta, protesters held a boisterous rally at a county courthouse and used whistles and sirens to disrupt an auction of seized houses. In New York, they marched through a residential neighborhood in

Brooklyn carrying signs that read “Foreclose on banks, not people.” Southern California protesters rallied around a family of six that reclaimed the home they lost six months ago in foreclosure. “It’s pretty clear that the fight is against the banks, and the Occupy movement is about occupying spaces. So occupying a space that should belong to homeowners but belongs to the banks seems like the logical next step for the Occupy movement,” said Jeff Ordower, one of the organizers of Occupy Homes. The events reflect the protesters’ lingering frustration over the housing crisis that has sent millions of homes into foreclosure after the burst of the housing bubble that helped cripple the country’s economy. Nearly a quarter of all U.S. homeowners with

mortgages are now underwater, representing nearly 11 million homes, according to CoreLogic, a real estate research firm. Protesters say that banks and financial firms own abandoned foreclosed houses that could be housing people. Seattle has become a leader in the anti-foreclosure movement as protesters took over a formerly boarded-up duplex last month. They painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything - No Banks No Landlords.” While arrests have already been made in a couple of squatting cases in Seattle and Portland, it remains to be seen how authorities will react to this latest tactic.

In Portland, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said he’s aware that the movement called for people to occupy foreclosed homes, but said it’s difficult to distinguish between the people who would squat in homes as a political statement and those that do it for shelter. “The vacant property issue is of concern in cities nationwide,” Simpson said. “We’ll treat them all as trespassers.” In Seattle, protesters took over a boarded-up warehouse slated for demolition last weekend. In an announcement, the protesters said they planned to make the warehouse into a community center, and hosted a party the night they opened the building. Police moved in soon after, arresting 16 people in the process

of clearing it out. Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said his department sees squatting in private properties as the same violation of trespassing Occupy Seattle made when it camped in a downtown park. “It’s no different than when people were trespassing (in the park),” Whitcomb said. “We went nights and days, letting people camp in the park. We relied on education and outreach, rather than enforcing the law to the letter.” Atlanta protesters took a more aggressive approach in trying to disrupt the home auction. The auction went on but the whistles and sirens made it difficult for the auctioneers to communicate, said Occupy Atlanta spokesman Tim Franzen.



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Obama, Clinton to world: Stop gay discrimination ANNE GEARAN JULIE PACE Associated Press GENEVA — The Obama administration bluntly warned the world against gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday, declaring the U.S. will use foreign assistance as well as diplomacy to back its insistence that gay rights are fully equal to other basic human rights. In unusually strong language, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women's rights and racial equality, and she said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination.

"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she said. "It should never be a crime to be gay." Clinton's audience included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations where homosexuality is criminalized or where brutality and discrimination against gay people is tolerated or encouraged. Many of the ambassadors in the audience responded with stony faces and rushed out of the room as soon as Clinton finished speaking. President Barack Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to make sure U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote gay rights and fight discrimination. But there are no specific new consequences for poor performers,

meaning the directive is more of a challenge to other governments than a threat. In announcing the policy the U.S. did not point to individual countries with specifically poor records on gay rights, although an annual State Department accounting of global human rights has cited abuses against gays by such friends as Saudi Arabia. The White House said Tuesday's announcement marked the first U.S. government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad. The speech in Geneva, home of the United Nations' human rights body, is also part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians, a core

Democratic constituency at home. Since taking office, Obama has advocated the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members — now accomplished — and has ordered the administration to stop defending a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. However, Obama has stopped short of backing gay marriage, saying only that his personal views on the matter are evolving. That position and a long delay repealing the military ban have left some gay supporters disgruntled. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney suggested that gay rights should not be a test for U.S. engagement abroad. "I will be looking (at) foreign aid, whether it meets our national security

interests and, number two, whether these nations are friends of ours and are willing to be friendly with us in ways when it matters the most," he said on Fox News Channel. Texas Gov. Rick Perry went further. "Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America's interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers' money," a Perry campaign statement said. Clinton said she knows the United States has an imperfect record on gay rights, and she noted that until 2003 some states had laws on the books that made gay sex a crime. But there is no reason to suggest that gay rights are something only liberal, Western nations can or should embrace, she said.

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THE Daily Commuter Puzzle ACROSS 1 Lawn border trimming tool 6 Grand __; bridge coup 10 Upper area in a barn 14 Poem stanza 15 Lima’s nation 16 Finished 17 Gives off, as rays 18 Sowing one’s wild __ 19 “The __ Ranger� 20 Turning motion 22 Unite two wires 24 Fish __; aquarium 25 Ridiculed 26 Spain’s dollar before the euro 29 Flower from Holland 30 “Much __ About Nothing� 31 Follow 33 Trenches around castles 37 Actress Bonet 39 Our planet 41 Entreaty 42 Short & stocky 44 Tiny map in a larger map 46 Choke 47 Football team’s attempts 49 Recapture 51 __ for Humanity; home-building group 54 Flying insect 55 Gives a speech 56 Mosque towers 60 Metric weight 61 Head covering 63 Cheese-topped tortilla chip 64 Drug addict 65 Miscalculates 66 Theater guide 67 Disarray 68 Fender blemish 69 Glowed

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Aries — Today is an 8 — Confirm travel reservations, and set the itinerary. Partners offer the perfect support. Make love a top priority. Express your affection.

Cancer — Today is an 8 — There’s more money coming your way, if you’re willing to do the work. You find inspiration in a person or a book from far away. Love’s your motivation.

Libra — Today is a 6 — Patience comes in handy, especially around finances. Revise the blueprint (again). There’s more work coming along with some good recommendations. Stick with the plan.

Capricorn — Today is a 9 — Continue to repay obligations. The perfect solution appears. Get the word out about it. The competition makes you pick up the pace.

Taurus — Today is a 9 — You’re on top of your game and your intuition is right on target. Take advantage of your newly gained confidence to accomplish a particular dream.

Leo — Today is a 7 — Success is attainable, once you agree on the course of action. You know what to do. Listen to your heart. A perfectly gorgeous moment comes out of it.

Scorpio — Today is a 9 — You’re getting better with age. The more you listen, the farther you’ll get. Resist the impulse to run away. Give it all you’ve got, if only for love.

Aquarius — Today is a 9 — The work’s hard, but profitable. Collaboration’s a good idea, and there are talented players in your network. This could even be enjoyable.

Gemini — Today is a 6 — The answer you’ve been looking for gets revealed. Consult with your team, and set the structure to grow your harvest. Postpone travel. Power and luck come tomorrow.

Virgo — Today is an 8 — A friend’s help is appreciated. Your network is your true wealth. Everything you want or need can be found there. Share resources and partnership.

Sagittarius — Today is a 9 — Add a beautiful touch to your workplace. Flowers? Your calming presence is greatly appreciated. Accept a fun challenge. Anything’s possible.

Pisces — Today is a 9 — Direct traffic: You know where it needs to go. You’ve got energy, a positive attitude and stamina. Use them for your own good (especially in romance). Smile.


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According to the Herald-News, Reed said he had offers from Illinois State and the University of Pennsylvania in addition to SIU. West, also a starting quarterback in high school, was recruited to SIU to maintain the position. He led the Oswego team to an 8-3 season. West completed 215 passes on 402



a lot. We know they’re very young, and they're playing almost all of their seven freshmen,” Lowery said. “They're very inexperienced just like we are. Hopefully (Western Kentucky) being on the road will be a factor with what we're trying to do.” The Salukis will feature the same starting five as they did against Chicago State, with freshman forward Treg Setty getting his second start in place of injured freshman Dantiel Daniels, who hasn't practiced in two weeks due to a strained groin. Junior guard T.J. Lindsay is back after he played limited minutes against Chicago State due to an ankle injury, but Lowery said freshman Josh Swan has cemented the point guard position with junior Kourtney Goff coming off the bench in that role. “They (Swan and Goff ) don't turn the ball over, and those are the things that you have to have at that position,” Lowery said. This will be Swan's third start of the season for SIU, and he said he is getting more comfortable with each game. “After getting those first two games under my belt, it definitely feels a lot ... better to bring the ball down and play that point guard position,” Swan said. “The first game at Northeastern was a little shaky, but definitely now I feel more comfortable.” Swan said he's excited for the chance to play some familiar faces on the Western

attempts for a .535 completion percentage for a total of 3,054 yards. He averaged 277.6 passing yards per game and finished the season with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Athletic director Mario Moccia was unable to be contacted Tuesday for comment on the players' commitments.

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Cory Downer can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 256. Kentucky squad, including WKU freshman Nigel Snipes, who was Swan's former high school rival out of Marietta, Ga. “I've played against him since maybe eighth grade, played him every year in high school, AAU. We've played on the same team before,” Swan said. “Even in high school we'd go back and forth: my team would beat his team, his team would beat my team. It's going to be a good little reunion.” Snipes is one of 11 players who has started a game for Western Kentucky, and it's that uncertainty in their lineup that Lowery said makes WKU hard to plan for. “They’ve had guys not play and not given a reason why, so it's unusual,” Lowery said. “We don't know who they're going to start. We know four of them will start again, but which four, we don't know.” Even with the uncertainty on the other side, Swan, Taylor and Lowery said they see this game as the beginning of a small run they can make leading up to the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii Dec. 22-25. SIU's next four opponents have a combined record of 5-24. “Now we're at that point where it's time for us to take off,” Swan said. “At first, everybody was new, we're trying to get a feel of how to play, what guys work well together. Now I think we've found that.”

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A member of the SIU track and field team runs the indoor track Tuesday during practice at the Recreation Center. The team kicked off its 2011-12 indoor

season Saturday at the Recreation Center as it awaits the completion of the new Saluki Track and Field Complex, which is to be finished by the end of December.

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Two new recruits commit to Saluki football CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian Saluki football has started the recovery process as it welcomed two recruits for a weekend campus visit, a trip that ended in

two oral commitments. Billy Reed, a senior from Lockport Township High School, and Ryan West, a senior from Oswego High School, came to SIU to see what the school had to offer them, and both were satisfied enough with

the facilities and coaching staff to verbally commit to head coach Dale Lennon, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Reed, who was recruited as a wide receiver, was his team’s starting quarterback

his junior and senior year, and both seasons led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances. Reed took his team to a 7-4 season and a first-round playoff victory.

The SIU men’s basketball team listens to coach Chris Lowery Tuesday during practice at the SIU

Arena. SIU hosts Western Kentucky University tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the SIU areana.

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Salukis return to the court against Western Kentucky JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian After 12 days between games, head coach Chris Lowery says the team is itches to get back onto the court. “The positives obviously are more practice time and more ability to work on some things we haven't been able to work on,” Lowery said. “The negatives are game-time experience, that's the No. 1 thing. We haven't played, and we need these guys to play as much as possible.” SIU (1-3) will return today as it takes on Western Kentucky (3-6) at 7:05 p.m. at the SIU Arena. This will be the first game

the Salukis played since they defeated Chicago State 73-57 on Nov. 25. “Mainly, we've been working on our shooting and our conditioning, because when you get that long layoff, your legs get kind of sore, you get kind of tired,” sophomore guard Diamond Taylor said. “We've also been working on our defense and our shooting and staying confident.” The Saluki defense has forced teams to commit 18 turnovers a game, which bodes well for SIU as Western Kentucky allows the eighth most turnovers in the NCAA. “We know they've turned the ball over Please see MEN’S BASKETBALL | 11


Daily Egyptian 12/7/11  

The Daily Egyptian for December 7th, 2011

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