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Happy Meals go healthy TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian Success and positive feedback have influenced the Short Enterprises owners of nine McDonaldâ€™s restaurants in the region to pursue healthier Happy Meals. McDonaldâ€™s plans to make some national changes to the kidsâ€™ meals as well. The Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network approached Short Enterprises, located in Anna, and pitched the idea. Short Enterprises agreed to give apple dippers and white milk by default with Happy Meals every Tuesday in March to honor National Nutrition Month. If fries and soda were wanted instead, they could still be requested. The nine store locations are in Carbondale, Anna, Murdale, Murphysboro, Du Quoin and Vienna.
The experiment's goal was to make the healthy choice the easy choice, said Caleb Nehring, senior health initiatives representative at the American Cancer Society in Marion. He said even though it was the first year Short Enterprises held the event, they already saw a 10 percent increase in apple sales the other six days a week. In September 2011 and March 2012, Short Enterprises plans to try it again for the entire month instead of just Tuesdays. â€œBeing a pilot, we got some of the kinks out,â€? Nehring said. â€œEspecially doing it one day a week, it can be confusing â€Ś so (doing it every day of the month) will be easier for implementation.â€? Nehring said it is important to teach children healthy choices while theyâ€™re young. Between 2001 and 2005, the prevalence in Illinois of
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Amid pressure from parents, consumer groups and local governments, McDonalds Corp. is overweight children between the ages of 2 and 5 increased from five percent to 13 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. In children 6 to 11 years old, it increased from 6.5 percent to 18.8 percent. Those between 12 and 19 years old shot
making Happy Meals healthier by adding apple slices and reducing the french fry portions.
from five percent to 17.5 percent. â€œI think people are starting to realize that childhood obesity is at epidemic levels,â€? Nehring said. Siblings Jason and Katie Short of Short Enterprises plan to pitch the idea regionally in September. Nehring said this could mean
up to 55 McDonaldâ€™s would try the event in Southeast Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. He said the Yale Public Policy Institute wants to pick up the idea as well and use it as a model. Please see MCDONALDâ€™S | 3
BOT approves money to build parking lot LAUREN LEONE Daily Egyptian Multiple construction efforts, which include the expansion of two parking lots near Anthony Hall, a new parking lot built on a portion of the former McAndrew Stadium and the demolition of the parking garage east of the Student Center, are leading up to one thing: a new Student Services Building. The building would cost $32 million and cover 75,000 square feet, and construction would begin by the end of the spring 2012 semester.
The new building is part of the Saluki Way program, a master plan that is also comprised of the now-completed football stadium and the track and field complex, which is under construction. The planâ€™s goal is to establish a new campus core at the university. Rod Sievers, assistant to the chancellor for media relations, said the Student Services building, which would include services such as Undergraduate Admissions, the Bursarâ€™s Office and Financial Aid, would be a one-stop shop for new students while trying to register.
However, before construction can begin on the new building, Sigler said other projects must be completed first. Parking lots 10A and 10B, located near Anthony Hall and Route 51, were recently redesigned to provide approximately 81 additional parking spaces, according to documents on the SIU Board of Trusteeâ€™s website. Parking in these lots will be available for students, faculty, staff and visitors, and will include handicapped-accessible spaces and motorcycle parking. The budget for parking lots
10A, 10B and 13B is estimated at $1.1 million. On July 14, the SIU Board of Trustees approved the budget for Lot 13B of $587,968, which includes general construction and infrastructure for future security enhancements. Sigler said parking lot 13B would be constructed as a flat surface because it is less expensive than building a parking infrastructure similar to the two-story parking garage near the Student Center and less expensive to maintain. Lots 10A and 10B were redesigned to provide additional
parking spaces while the parking garage is demolished to make way for the new Student Services building, Sigler said. The garageâ€™s upper and lower level have 342 spaces combined, he said. To make up for parking lost from the demolition of the parking garage, Sigler said parking lot 13B will be constructed on a portion of McAndrew Stadium, providing 223 additional spaces, according to July 14 Board of Trustees meeting minutes. Please see PARKING | 3
Semester Away Program provides real world opportunity KARL BULLOCK Daily Egyptian Brad Evetts is enrolling in the SIU School of Lawâ€™s new program hoping to gain some actual experience in the workplace. Evetts, a third-year law student, and one other student will work within the School of Lawâ€™s Health Law and Policy Semester Away Program in Springfield at the start of the fall 2011 semester. â€œThis isnâ€™t something all law
students, in general, have the opportunity to do,â€? Evetts said. â€œBy our faculty thinking outside the box, they were really looking to the law students coming out with a competitive edge.â€? The program provides students with an opportunity to gain experience as well as work with a professional attorney, said Eugene Basanta, a professor in the school of law. â€œThere are interest groups and major trade associations
with headquarters in Springfield, so the opportunity for practical experience is richer and broader in Springfield,â€? Basanta said. He said the concept behind the program is to give students opportunities to work in an environment where they gain experience in an actual work setting. Evetts said he will primarily be editing possible draft legislation with the legal services development coordinator and revising state regulations within
the Illinois Department of Aging in Springfield. â€œIt gives (students) the opportunity to develop work skills, work with people and adds an element of making networking contacts in the field,â€? Evetts said. Evetts said he understands how important real world experience can be. And in the past, he said he worked with Land of Lincoln, a legal aid service in Carbondale which assists low-income individuals with civil matters.
His experience with the nonprofit organization helped put in perspective the value of what the Semester Away program offers. Evetts also said the school and professors went out of their way to set up this program. Michele Mekel, an assistant professor of law who also serves as the program's director, said students can use the work experience as a resume builder. Please see LAW | 3
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Correction In the Tuesday edition of the Daily Egyptian, the story “SIUC hands out smiles free of cost” should have read “Joan Davis, professor within the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Allied Health.” The Daily Egyptian regrets this error.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Angie Dortmann, mother of Carley, 8, and Tylar, 12, said she thinks it’s a good idea to offer apples before fries. She said she doesn’t let her kids have much fast food, but when she does she always opts for
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“We’re trying to make an even exchange for the spaces that are going to be lost in the parking garage,” Sigler said. “The goal is to be at a zero gain, zero loss,” he said. Debbie O'Neill, a graduate student in speech communication and women studies from Washington, said she doesn't understand why over $1 million is spent on parking lots when the university's academics are suffering from the budget crisis. “I'm adamantly against spending that kind of money,”
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“Students don't really get an opportunity to apply their skills and see if they've mastered (the skills) until they get into a real-world situation,” Mekel said. “They'll already have more experience than somebody who graduates from law school and hasn't participated in one of these programs.”
the healthier choices. One issue she said she sees, though, is that the apples come with caramel dipping sauce, which is still fattening. “If they’re going to switch over to that choice, well, you’re still giving them this sugary stuff with it,” Dortmann said. “I would suggest giving them the apples
without the dip.” It seems McDonald’s is already on the ball. The fast food chain announced Tuesday it will be including more fruits and vegetables in Happy Meals, and the serving of french fries will be cut from 2.4 ounces to 1.1 ounces of potatoes
for the kids. Possible fruits and vegetables offered are apples, carrots, pineapple, mandarin oranges or raisins, and caramel sauce will no longer be offered with the apple slices. Soda will still be an option, but parents will have to request it. The changes will take effect in some stores in
September and will be applied nationally by April 2012. “(McDonald’s) realizes that they’re an industry leader in going healthy,” Nehring said. “In school lunches, some of the stuff is getting mandated, so I think them jumping on the bandwagon ahead of time is very smart of them.”
she said. “They're going to spend $1 million on parking? That's ludicrous. They need to put that money back into education.” Before parking lots 10A and 10B were redesigned, O'Neill said there were two rows of trees within the lots, which are now gone. “(The university) took out the trees that gave shade to people in cars and made the university look nicer,” she said. “There was no need ... there wasn't even a need to resurface that lot. It wasn't pockmarked and torn up. That was a waste of money and a waste of time. It was an absolute waste of everything." Sievers said the location of the
parking garage made the most sense as the location for the new Student Services building. “(The parking garage) is at the end of its life,” he said. “It’s not worth saving.” O'Neill said she's noticed parts of the concrete stairs leading to upper level of the parking garage are crumbling and understands the garage may have outlived its use. But with two injured knees, she said the parking garage is the most convenient lot for places on campus such as the Student Center, Faner Hall and Morris Library. “I've injured both of my knees over the years, and so having some place a little closer is really
nice also,” she said. “There's rarely parking at the lot near the library, so this is really handy.” Sigler said although the approved budget for Lot 13B does not include costs for a closed-circuit surveillance system, the electrical infrastructure will already be in place if the Department of Public Safety decides to install security cameras in the future. “Whenever we work with Plant and Services in the design and construction of a new lot, we will, at a minimum, what they call 'rough in' the electrical infrastructure so that if a decision is made to add cameras to a lot later on ... then it’s just a matter of hooking up
the cameras and installing them,” Sigler said. He said the camera equipment and the servers to store data would be additional costs not included in the approved budget for Lot 13B. He said he isn’t sure how much it would cost to purchase cameras but said it would be funded through SIUC’s Parking Division. “These are all projects designed to hopefully enhance the experience for everybody,” Sigler said. “There is obviously an inconvenience for everybody whenever you have a construction, and we are certainly appreciative of everybody’s patience with that.”
Mekel, who will be traveling to Springfield to meet with the students regularly and assess their performance, said students will also have the advantages of receiving input on their work and areas for improvement, supervision from licensed attorneys and building their knowledge base. Mekel said students will have the opportunity to test their wings
while having a safety network of being part of a class with oversight from professionals. Basanta said law firms can't afford to pay young lawyers to learn on the job anymore. “They want trained people who are ready to go when they come in,” he said. “Clients are looking to hold down on the cost of getting young lawyers learn by practicing on them.”
He said students enrolled in the program will build confidence while having to perform duties such as appearing at an administrative hearing, standing before a judge and arguing their client's case. One of the biggest components of the program is providing the ability for students to build relationships and networks outside the classroom with
practicing attorneys who know others in a jurisdiction where a student may look for work after graduation. “To have people who know their work product in actual application who can talk about it to other professionals is a great reference for the students,” Mekel said. “At a time of tight employment, that's a great takeaway.”
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Don’t turn your back to the water
LYNNETTE OOSTMEYER | DAILY EGYPTIAN
Kathryn Davenport, 21, of Carbondale, keeps an eye on a small group of people swimming Tuesday at Cedar Lake. This is Davenport’s third summer as a lifeguard at the lake. “I prefer doing this job at a lakefront rather than a public pool,” she said. According to the Weather Channel, the heat index Tuesday was 101 degrees, and the average temperature for the next five days is 95 degrees. Along with the swimming and float beach, Cedar Lake has a boat launch and is known as an excellent fishing spot. It is open from 9:30 to 5:30 a.m. during
the week and 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. According to the City of Carbondale’s website, the city, in collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Bureau of Water and the Division of Water Pollution Control, is currently working on some improvements to the waterfront such as stabilizing any eroding shoreline around the lake and keeping eroded soils out of the water so the beach and water continue to be a haven for visitors on hot summer days.
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CEOs to workers: More for me, less for you HOLLY SKLAR McClatchy-Tribune Big company CEOs got a 23-percent raise last year, and corporate profits are at record highs. But the minimum wage has less buying power now than in 1956 â€” the year Elvis Presley first topped the charts, videotape was breakthrough technology and the Dow closed above 500 for the very first time. It's no accident that wages are down while corporate profits are up. As J.P. Morgan's July 11 "Eye on the Market" newsletter put it, "Reductions in wages and benefits explain the majority of the net improvement in (profit) margins ... US labor compensation is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP." The minimum wage sets the floor under wages, and that floor is sinking. The 1956 minimum wage was $8.30, adjusted for inflation. Today's minimum wage is $7.25 â€” just $15,080 annually. CEOs make more in a few hours than minimum wage
workers who care for children, the ill and the elderly make in a year. Median CEO pay was $10.8 million last year among 200 big companies measured by Equilar. The $15,080 minimum wage workers have for rent, groceries, transportation, medicine and everything else for the year doesn't even buy 2 pounds of the imported caviar featured in the Forbes Cost of Living Extremely Well Index. The last increase in the minimum wage to $7.25 on July 24, 2009, was so little so late it left workers 30 percent below the minimum wage peak of $10.38 in 1968, $21,590 annually, in 2011 dollars. Today's retail clerks, health aides, child care workers, restaurant workers, security guards and other minimum wage workers have $6,500 less in annual buying power than their 1968 counterparts. That doesn't help our corner stores, our communities or our national economy. It hurts. We didn't have to go backwards. U.S. income grew
he last increase in the minimum wage to $7.25 on July 24, 2009, was so little so late it left workers 30 percent below the minimum wage peak of $10.38 in 1968, $21,590 annually, in 2011 dollars. $11,684 on average between 1969 and 2008, the year Wall Street drove our economy off a cliff. But there was nothing average about the actual income distribution. Every dime of income growth went to the top 10 percent. Income for the bottom 90 percent declined. Compare that to the period between 1917 (when the data began) and 1968. Income growth averaged $26,574. The top 10 percent got 31 percent of that growth. The bottom 90 percent got 69 percent. You can't have a strong middle class or a strong economy if the bottom 90 percent gets none of the nation's income growth.
If the minimum wage had stayed above the $10.38 value it had in 1968, it would have put upward pressure, rather than downward pressure, on the average worker wage. Wal-Mart and McDonald's, our nation's largest employers, couldn't routinely pay $7.25 or a little above. McDonald's wages would be more like In-N-Out Burger, which has an entry wage of $10 plus good benefits and beats McDonald's and other fast food chains in the new Consumer Reports ratings for food, service, value and speed. Wal-Mart's wages would be closer to Costco, which pays starting wages of $11, has the lowest employee turnover in retail, doesn't need to spend money on advertising and outperforms Wal-Mart. The 2010 American Values Survey found that 67 percent of Americans supported increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10. Critics routinely oppose minimum wage increases in good times and bad, claiming wrongly
they will increase unemployment. The most rigorous studies of the impact of actual minimum wage increases, including two studies published recently in the journal Industrial Relations and the Review of Economics and Statistics, show they do not cause job losses â€” whether during periods of economic growth or recession. In the words of John Shepley, co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms in Maryland and a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, "The notion that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs is just bunk. People at the lower end of earnings tend to spend 100 percent of their after-tax income. They put it right back into local businesses buying food, clothing, car repairs and other necessities. ... When the minimum wage is too low it not only impoverishes productive workers, it weakens the key consumer demand at the heart of our local economy." It's time to stop stuffing the penthouse of the economy with gold and rebuild the crumbling foundation.
Survey on Drug Abuse in 1997 that less than 1 percent of marijuana users use the drug on a daily basis and that addiction, if any, is only mild. As for relationship problems, little solid and unbiased research has been done, which makes those sorts of claims incredibly dubious when brought into an educated discussion. Additionally, the DEA's verdict is a slap in the face to the currently legal medical marijuana users in 16 different
states who have found that marijuana reduces and alleviates their problems such as multiple sclerosis, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and many, many more. By the DEA's continual crackdown on marijuana, research is made incredibly difficult, requiring doctors and patients to only use a small amount of research to make decisions and find viable options. The states have passed medical marijuana because they have all looked at the current research and come to the same conclusion:
A plant with no recorded deaths, no dangerous levels of addiction and unrealistic overdose levels is a solid and healthy option for medical purposes. As a scientific community, we should begin to do the same: Look at the facts and current research and stop relying on arcane ideologies and decade old propaganda as we develop new ideas and thoughts.
inevitable results. Soon there will be another vote to decide whether to cut some or all of the funding that the city provides to agencies such as the Women's Center and Good Samaritan homeless shelter, which are essentially the agencies that help the victims of
alcohol abusers and the abusers themselves. Once that bit of nastiness has been accomplished, the utterly amoral indifference of the City Council ("let the market decide") will be even clearer.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Are pot critics full of hot air? As the article "Future of medical marijuana hazy" pointed out, there are two sides to this issue. First of all, many of the arguments against marijuana were scientifically unfounded. In fact, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society published an article in 2003 by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine that showed no correlation
between marijuana use and memory impairment. And on thinking tests, marijuana usersâ€™ scores were similar to the nonmarijuana users. As for the a lack of motivation, the American Journal of Psychiatry published an article in 1990 showing no signs of an amotivational syndrome among pot smokers that wouldnâ€™t have been caused without the drug. The United States Department of Health and Human Services stated in its National Household
Eric Wolske senior from Champaign studying plant and soil science
Recent City Council decision impacts more than just â€˜happy hourâ€™ Many times it is difficult to predict the negative results of elected officials' decisions, but the consequences of Carbondale's City Council decision to increase the availability of alcohol are quite obvious. There will be more victims of child abuse, spousal abuse and elder abuse.
There will be more homelessness, unemployment and an increased number of students dropping out of school. More lives and careers will be ruined. There will be more danger to police officers who are called to the scene of domestic disturbances, which are the calls that most often end in the injury
or death of an officer. There will also be greater law enforcement costs that will come from a increased number of calls for incidents of public drunkeness, vandalism, shoplifting, assault and murder. And the council voted as they did in the full knowledge of these
James L. Desper Jr. Carbondale resident
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wu-Tang keeps it real ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian It’s always refreshing to listen to rappers whose overriding purpose is not commercial success. Wu-Tang’s new compilation album, “Legendary Weapons,” is not going to be a huge seller. None of the tracks are going to be turned into hit ringtones. I don’t see clan member Ghostface Killah hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” But the album’s pretty good. This isn’t to suggest the Wu-Tang guys are starving on the streets. Between putting out three platinum albums and a clothing line, the clan is doing pretty well for itself. De facto clan leader RZA has even got a movie coming out later this year, unsurprisingly titled “The Man with the Iron Fists.” Nevertheless, it’s nice that the lyrics are still about important things, or anything at all for that matter (can someone tell me what “Ayo Technology” means?). “Never Feel This Pain” features lyrics about the lack of change on the streets since Obama’s election and a less than upbeat chorus: “My life, my pain lasts forever / Nothing in these streets makes it better / So I live on.” It makes a good case that rap, not rock, is continuing the tradition of the Blues. Though liberal (typically white) critics often laud rap for its gritty vision of inner-city life, a lot of them probably secretly wish artists like Wu-Tang were presenting a world-view that’s a bit more, dare we say, enlightened. Women are still “giving brain,” not defining themselves as powerful, independent people or (better
yet for the Social Text loving academic) delivering lectures on the construction of gender identity. The album opens with the line “Revolutionary gangster, the will to kill.” Despite the group’s obvious Chinese influences, the lyrics don’t sound like they’re coming from a meditative Buddhist monk at peace with the world. I don’t think one has to feel like a limp-wristed fuddy-duddy for being put off by sexist, violent or tiresomely self-aggrandizing lyrics. You don’t need to make excuses for them either. Sure, it would be better if the lyrics had a more positive message. But for better or for worse, this is pretty much what rap is these days. Turn on the radio and pretty much all the rap you’re going to hear is completely pointless. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to listen to, but any appeal mainstream radio rap has is almost always thanks to the unsung heroes of hip-hop — the producers. What the rappers themselves bring to the table is usually negligible at best. Even Kanye West, who’s wooed the critics while stuffing his wallet at the same time, is best behind the soundboard. It’s no secret his flow wouldn’t even win him a round on MTV’s amateur rap-battle show “Fight Klub.” Mainstream rap is pretty much always about sex or, well, sex. But like they say, sex sells, and that’s exactly what most hip-hop artists seem to have on the mind. There’s also the occasional rapper, such as 50 Cent, who initially makes a name for himself based on his apparent street cred but soon enough hooks up with the likes of Justin Timberlake
(really, can anyone tell me what “Ayo Technology” means?!). This is fine, but it seems unusually incongruous in a genre that has its roots in the dirty streets of New York’s slums. And with rappers popping up on “Cribs,” or even VH1 reality shows boasting about their gold-plated Hummers, X-Box studded breakfast nook and 100 pairs of Timberlands — all in the language and demeanor they learned on the streets — things can get pretty weird. What’s a little disquieting about all of this is not that rappers aren’t going to fit in at their local country club (in fact, sipping some Hennessy with Snoop Dog on the porch at a Malibu pool party would be pretty sweet). It’s that the people they were selling crack to or dodging bullets from as they got the material for their songs are still in the ghetto, no better off from all the platinum records in the world. It’s not like this is going to make something like “Drop it like it’s Hot” any less catchy, but it’s always going to be floating in the background. Like every rapper’s favorite movie character, Tony Montana, their rise to wealth presents a slightly twisted version of the American dream. And if hearing millionaires like RZA rapping about the street might seem a little disingenuous at first, at least he still cares. Most rap washes over where it came from as soon as it serves it to sell more records. But (a few Charlie Sheen references and more than a few kung fu film samples aside) Wu-Tang’s lyrics, if not its members, are still on the corner with their hand on the pulse of the city.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wal-Mart offers video streaming on website MAE ANDERSON Associated Press
The world’s largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc.’s business and just two weeks after Netflix announced new price increases. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. bought video-streaming service Vudu. com 18 months ago and now offers 20,000 titles that can be viewed on almost any device with Internet access, from computers to televi-
sions to Sony’s PlayStation3 and other Blu-Ray disc players. Movies are available at Walmart.com to rent for $1 to $5.99 or to purchase for $4.99 and up. Wal-Mart is not offering subscriptions, making its service more similar to Apple Inc.’s iTunes, which charges $3.99 to rent newly released movies and $14.99 to buy a movie. In addition to Netflix, another competitor streaming movies and TV shows by subscription is Hulu. com, which now offers a premium service for $7.99 a month with more back-season shows and more movies. Without a sub-
scription, Hulu viewers can watch shows and movies free in exchange for watching advertising. The movie offering fits with the Wal-Mart website’s strategy of offering a “seamless continuous shopping service,” said Steve Nave, senior vice president and general manager of Walmart.com. Wal-Mart’s announcement comes on the heels of Netflix saying it will raise rates and charge separately for streaming and rental DVDs. Its second price hike in eight months, Netflix’s planned increases could amount to 60 percent for existing customers, starting Sept. 1. New subscribers have
to pay the new prices immediately. Netflix plans to charge $16 a month for services that used to cost $10 a month when bundled together, for example. It’s still charging $8 a month for streaming, which it launched late last year. But instead of charging $2 more for a plan that includes one DVD at a time by mail, the company will charge $8 and up for DVD plans. Customers have taken to social media sites Facebook and Twitter to vent their anger over Netflix’s increases, but executives said they anticipated the reaction. The company’s willingness
to risk alienating subscribers signals it needs more revenue to cover rising costs. Through June, Netflix had 24.6 million subscribers in the U.S. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has tested the movie-rental waters before. It previously offered a DVD-bymail service that cost $12.97 per month for two titles and $17.36 per month for three titles. But it ceded that program to Netflix in May 2005, letting customers continue their subscriptions with Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix without a rate hike. Apple is based in Cupertino, Calif.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The way to the Lord passes through SIUC
STEVE MATZKER | DAILY EGYPTIAN
Ashley Runyan, from Marshfield, Mo., studies her Bible Tuesday before lunch at the Student Center. Runyan is part of a youth group from Marshfield’s Son-Rise Christian Church participating in the second week of Christ in Youth held on campus. The sign, which reads “I know the way” is carried around by adult sponsors and also contains
biblical references intended to advise the youth group in dealing with a variety of issues such as parents, sex, drunkenness and poverty. “I think it is a great experience for kids,” said Karen Garrett, a sponsor for a church youth group from Mattoon. “They get good exposure to the Bible … and get closer to the Lord.”
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By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement Todayâ€™s Birthday â€”Your team is hot; youâ€™ve got the moves; and the energy is flowing fast. Slow down to get more done, and keep it simple. Whatever you want, youâ€™ve got the drive to make it happen, so aim for big results. Remember to thank the crew. Aries (March 21-April 19) â€” Today is an 8â€”Think over what you really want, and review the logical steps to make it happen. Review research, and post the most inspiring goal where you can see it. Taurus (April 20-May 20) â€” Today is a 9â€” Imagine the project completed. What would it be like to have that result? Give in to the urgency around a good cause or to help a friend. Let yourself get inspired. Gemini (May 21-June 21) â€” Today is an 8â€” Step up the pace a bit to finish old business. Youâ€™re gaining confidence. Use that courage to tackle something previously intimidating. A new perspective illuminates. Cancer (June 22-July 22) â€” Today is a 9â€”Creativity and imagination inspire new ideas that excite. More people are getting on board with the plan. Stoke their fires with kind words. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) â€” Today is a 9â€” Step into your own leadership. You have the will and the energy, and others are happy to follow along. Motivate them to action by inspiring them to contribute. Lead by example.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) â€” Today is an 8â€” Your actions speak louder than words today, and your words have volume already. You can return any ball that comes at you, no matter how fast it comes. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) â€” Today is an 8â€” Everything seems to point you towards adventure. Consider all the possibilities and choose your road, even if it happens to be the one less traveled. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) â€” Today is a 7â€” Itâ€™s hard to focus on just one thing today as your mind wanders all over the place. Donâ€™t fight the tide. Go with it and enjoy the ride. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) â€” Today is a 7â€”Itâ€™s easy to get distracted by work today and forget whatâ€™s really important. Remember to acknowledge your partner. They need to hear it. Give and you shall receive. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) â€” Today is a 9 â€”Take a ride on the love train. Donâ€™t get distracted texting and miss your stop. Reaffirm a commitment that youâ€™re devoted to, and support a partner. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) â€” Today is an 8â€”All you need is love, now and forever ... but especially now. Use your wit and sparkle to create something beautiful. Have you tried poetry? Share words of kindness. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) â€” Today is a 7â€” Thereâ€™s always room for growth at home and with the family. Explore new ways of playing together and creating new possibilities. What fun can you invent?
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The sport of rugby has seen continued growth, not only on local levels but on the national and global scales as well. The sport, in its 7’s form, has been accepted into the Olympics and will debut as a part of the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. Senior fly-half Erik Hartley, who has been offered a contract to play professionally in New Zealand following his summer graduation, said the approval of rugby by the International Olympic Committee into the Olympics has given the sport legitimacy in the United States.
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“It’s hard to tell if the girl from Brazil is better than one of the twins from Spain,” Nothwehr said. “To be able to get a ranking and hold that for some time, you have to be able to beat quite a few good players, and all three of these players have that.” According to the Saluki Athletics
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Lindsey decided he would take the more productive route. “We went through what we would have went through if we had regular OTAs,” Lindsey said. “It was great. I came to fall in love with
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After he got the call saying he had been drafted, Franklin said he called his mother while she was at work and all he could hear was screaming and yelling through his end of the phone. He said the call was nothing
“Every year that I’ve been out, there have been more and more kids coming out and playing rugby because they’re saying, ‘Hey, this is an Olympic sport,’” Hartley said. “We’ve never been able to field two 7’s sides in a tournament (until this year).” The rugby 7’s format is an alternative to the standard rugby union or rugby XV and is primarily played during summer months. There are two fundamental differences between these two forms of the sport. First, 7’s play is made up of seven players per side instead of the usual 15, which creates a widely-spread and open field. 7’s is also composed of
two seven-minute halves, which departs drastically from the usual 40 minutes and gives every possession greater value. “(It’s) real finesse, real cardio. You’ve got to be real conditioned,” said ‘Berto’ Reyes, senior scrumhalf and backs coach. “There’s a lot more scoring, a lot more of you running.” Reyes said he took up the sport while serving in the Marines, where he played for a couple of years before college. He said along with his desired major, the presence of a rugby team was a main factor in determining where he would earn his degree. “That’s one thing I looked for
when I was coming to a college,” Reyes said. ‘They’ve got to have my program ... I’m an aviation tech guy, and they’ve got to have a rugby team.” Senior Scott Fredrickson has been with the team for two years and said the fitness and fun involved with the sport is what piqued his interest. He said the summer season tends be more carefree than the regular fall season. “People just like to come out and play. It’s not as serious as the fall season,” Fredrickson said. “People still want to win, obviously.” Rugby in Illinois has been on the up and up as well. The All-Illinois collegiate side, which included
Hartley, won their tier for the first time in the regional tournament's history. As a result, the state of Illinois was promoted to Division 1 as a whole. Hartley said this provides future Saluki rugby players some advantages. “It’s going to be really good for the future kids because I’m a senior,” Hartley said. “Everybody after me is going to be able to play, get more funding, have more opportunities, get looked at more.” The men’s rugby club is open to anyone interested in the sport and no experience is necessary. “Kids that are new, we embrace them. We tell them ‘Get out there, have fun,’” Hartley said.
website, Ariadna Cairo Baza was ranked 64th in women’s singles in Spain, while her twin sister was ranked 105th. Tomishima held a top-5 junior ranking in Brazil. Junior Melanie Delsart, the returning No. 1 Saluki singles player from Argentina, said the transition to play at the collegiate level in the U.S. can be difficult. Delsart said she grew up playing on clay-surfaced courts, and it took her a season
before she was comfortable with the new approach necessary to be successful on a hard-court surface. Before to coming to SIU, she would play longer points and slow down the game, but she said it took her a while to get used to the faster pace and the speed of the American style. Delsart said the Salukis will have a well-rounded team as they head into next season, and the experience of each player can assist
the incoming freshmen in their transition to SIU. “If they’re smart and they know how to use their game, it’s going to help them when they come here,” Delsart said. “It’s definitely going to help bring the team up.” Junior singles starter Jennifer Dien said the addition of the new players will create a deeper and more diverse team with an opportunity to make a run at the conference title.
She said the addition of the players will eliminate some of the challenges the team faced last year and thinks the team will have a greater advantage, as they frequently had to play short-handed and forfeited matches. “We’re hoping everybody comes back top notch and is ready to get after it,” Dien said. “This gives us more depth as a team and extra players if we need them.”
that group of guys during those workouts and I can’t wait to get out there and finish working.” Though Lindsey didn’t have a contract, the Bengals players still opened their arms to him and the other rookies and let them participate in their unofficial offseason workouts for two weeks
in the spring. Lindsey said they do a lot of what they would in normal team workouts, such as seven-on-seven drills and defensive formations. “It was a good experience to get my feet wet for those two weeks,” Lindsey said. “It’s gotten me a little antsy now because now I got a little
taste for it, and now I want to get back into football mode.” Now that the free agent frenzy is upon us and NFL teams try to make best of the abbreviated offseason, Lindsey will just have to wait and see what kind of contract he’ll receive. One thing is for certain. He won’t be the only Saluki vying for a roster
spot on the Bengals. According to the Saluki Athletics website, Stephen Franklin has signed a preliminary contract and will be in camp with the Bengals along with Lindsey on July 30. Both Lindsey and Franklin will make their professional debuts in Cincinnati’s first preseason game August 12 at Detroit.
short of a great moment. He said the summer has been a trying time for him because he had to be self-motivated to maintain his workout schedule alongside of the anticipation of the uncertain 2012 NFL season. He said he didn’t know much about the free agency process before the lockout,
and he didn’t know what to expect when it ended. “It’s kind of a quick change of pace,” Franklin said. “There was four months of nothingness, just sitting around and a lot of waiting, and now we had a month of free agency crammed into a couple days.” Former defensive teammate
Korey Lindsey, drafted by the Bengals in April, said it is a dream come true for him to be reunited with his former teammate. He said he would like to say he was part of the Bengals’ decision to draft Franklin, but it was purely a gift of coincidence. “It’s great we get to link up again
and try to continue our duo on this side of the ball together,” Lindsey said. “We’re coming from a strong background of Saluki nation.” Franklin led the Salukis’ defense with 76 total tackles, 34 solo with 42 assists, and had two sacks and one interception in his senior season.
Ex-football star to appeal porn conviction JIM SUHR Associated Press A top federal prosecutor Tuesday insisted a former All-America running back who filmed sex with a 13-year-old girl deserved a 30-year prison term he got despite claims by the man's attorney that the federal case was unconstitutional and would be appealed. Charles Stegmeyer said he plans to ask the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week to throw out the federal sentence handed Friday to Steven Ballinger, arguing the case illegally mirrored one that produced an earlier probation sentence against Ballinger in state court. Stegmeyer pressed that the U.S. government's case ran afoul of the constitutional provision against “double jeopardy,” or being brought to trial twice on the same charges for the same offense. Stegmeyer said federal prosecutors, unsatisfied with the
probation Ballinger received in state court, unfairly “got another bite at the apple” by seeking a harsher sentence. “It flies in the face of double jeopardy. It's a slippery slope," Stegmeyer said after Steven Wigginton, southern Illinois' top U.S. attorney, issued a news release earlier in the day saying Ballinger got “a tough but fair sentence for a crime which obliterated the childhood of a minor victim.” Ballinger, 31, pleaded guilty in March in federal court, admitting that in mid-2006 he videotaped himself having sex with a girl on her 13th birthday. In 2009, Ballinger got 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty to St. Clair County charges of child pornography and criminal sexual abuse involving the filmed sex with the same girl. As part of a deal with Ballinger, state prosecutors dropped two counts of predatory criminal
sexual assault and a charge that Ballinger possessed cocaine investigators found in his home. Chief U.S. District Judge David Herndon, who during last week’s daylong sentencing hearing also ordered Ballinger to spend 15 years on post-prison release, again rejected Stegmeyer's push to have the federal case tossed. Herndon ruled that the request by the former football standout at MacMurray College in Jacksonville in west-central Illinois was not filed soon enough and that the Constitution's “double jeopardy” clause does not bar successive prosecutions by state or federal prosecutors. Police have said Ballinger’s inappropriate conduct with the girl surfaced in 2006, when the girl's mother became aware her daughter had established a sexual relationship with Ballinger and warned Ballinger that the girl was pre-teen. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday evidence during
last week’s sentencing hearing revealed that Ballinger gave the girl cocaine and alcohol during their relationship, later forcing the child to undergo rehab. Police found the girl with Ballinger in July 2007 and arrested him on outstanding warrants related to a 2005 disorderly conduct charge and a traffic violation. “In destroying the innocence of this victim, Mr. Ballinger destroyed his own future as well,” Wigginton said. “This was a tough but fair sentence for a crime which obliterated the childhood of a minor victim, committed by an apparent serial abuser of women and children. Harsh punishment is demanded for persons like Mr. Ballinger, who victimize and scar our children.” Wigginton said evidence offered up to Herndon at sentencing showed Ballinger had a history of sexual assaults dating
to 1998, when Ballinger, then 17, assaulted a 15-year-old girl who refused his romantic advances on school property. Ballinger later pleaded guilty in that case to battery; his sentence was not immediately available Tuesday. Prosecutors on Friday also noted that Ballinger was 18 in November 1998 when he was accused of raping a 14-yearold girl, nearly six years later, in September 2004, he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. Wigginton said neither of those cases was prosecuted “for various reasons.” Prosecutors also argued Friday that "various individuals who were familiar with Ballinger agreed that he was a danger to society and at a high risk to reoffend in the future." Ballinger held the career rushing record at MacMurray College, where he was a Division II All-America selection in 2001 and 2002.
Franklin drafted, joins former teammate in Cincinnati CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian Itâ€™s amazing how different oneâ€™s life can look in a 24-hour span. One day former Saluki linebacker Stephen Franklin was sitting by
of my friends, and they were getting signed and picked up,â€? Franklin said. â€œThatâ€™s when I started to wonder.â€?
his phone, hoping for a call from his agent and the next he was on a plane bound for Cincinnati to join former teammate Korey Lindsey for workout camps in the Bengals organization. â€œThe first night I was ... with a lot
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Dan Lowery, a senior from Lemont studying civil engineering, attempts to catch the rugby ball Saturday during an SIUC tournament at the intramural play fields. The tournament was the teamâ€™s second annual â€œBlackout 7â€™s,â€? which differs from
other tournaments in that it is held at night, played with only seven players instead of 15 and shortened into seven-minute halves instead of two 40-minute halves.
Rugby continues to evolve, goes Olympic NAREG KURTJIAN Daily Egyptian A golden briefcase. A chromed bicycle. A bronzed boombox. And a toilet.
Those were the prizes awarded to teams that placed in this yearâ€™s Blackout 7â€™s rugby tournament. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale menâ€™s rugby club hosted its second annual nighttime
summer tournament on Saturday. The tournament, formerly known as Big Money 7's and played during daytime, was renamed Blackout 7â€™s. The change was meant to have a double meaning, referring to the
switch to nighttime play and the fun, social culture involved. The SIU rugby club has steadily seen an increased interest in the sport along with added success. The team won its premier event,
the All Fools Tournament, in spring 2011. This was the club's second time winning the event in the tournament's 20-year history. Please see RUGBY | 11
Salukis add skill, depth with newest recruits CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian The Saluki womenâ€™s tennis team signed three international players and one walk-on from Illinois to complete its roster for the 20112012 season.
Twin sisters Ariadna and Gisela Cairo Baza from Barcelona, Spain, will join Natasha Tomishima, from Campo Grande, Brazil, and Siera Hastler from Morton. Adding to the top returning players, coach Audra Nothwehr said they will add depth to the team and create a
more challenging atmosphere as it heads into its next season. â€œIt is exciting that Iâ€™m going to have these girls for a couple years together,â€? Nothwehr said. â€œWe expect them to really help us in the top of our lineup, and it will hopefully make our practices very
competitive.â€? Of the nine players on the roster, five of them are international. Nothwehr said itâ€™s hard for her as a coach to recruit players from overseas, particularly because she does not have the option of a traveling budget. Videos are one
of the primary ways a coach can become familiar with a playerâ€™s techniques and tendencies along with looking at rankings and consistency in their match play, Nothwehr said. Please see TENNIS | 11
Collective bargaining agreed upon, Lindsey will play JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian For former Saluki star Korey Lindsey, the last few months havenâ€™t been the NFL dream heâ€™s had since he was a kid in Baton Rouge. â€œIâ€™m anxious and excited, but Iâ€™m trying to be patient and not worry
too much about it,â€? Lindsey said. â€œI know itâ€™ll all work out in the end.â€? With the announcement Monday that the owners and the NFL Players Association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement, the Cincinnati Bengals can finally start negotiations with their seventh round draft pick.
Lindsey said he hasnâ€™t been paying much attention to all of the NFL lockout media coverage because he knows he has a season to get ready for, even if he didnâ€™t know when that season would start. â€œIâ€™m not getting too antsy about it," Lindsey said. "Iâ€™m just trying to stay working out, stay in shape and
stay doing things so I donâ€™t think about it too much and when it happens, Iâ€™ll be ready to go.â€? Lindsey faces the same problem every rookie this year faces. Without a collective bargaining agreement, they canâ€™t sign with the team that drafted them. From Cam Newton down to Mr. Irrelevant, as
well as the undrafted free agents, this means instead of all the offseason workouts rookies used to get to know their teammates and impress their coaches, they had to either sit and wait for something to happen or workout informally with their unofficial teammates. Please see LINDSEY | 11
Published on Jul 26, 2011