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DECEMBER 10, 2009

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University officials have come up with a contingency plan to release funds and ease the cash flow problem caused by a lack of state appropriation payments, but that might not be enough to keep university doors open. Duane Stucky, vice president for financial and administrative affairs, presented at the executive session of the SIU Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday the university’s plan to get through the next month if state appropriations payments continue to go unpaid. The plan relies on taking funds from a restricted pool and using them outside their designated allocations. “We rely so much on the state funds, it’s obvious sometime during the year we were going to be in serious problems if they didn’t give us any funds,” Stucky said. SIU President Glenn Poshard said the university is now owed roughly $140 million in appropriations from the state, and several universities are now facing worse possibilities than layoffs and furloughs. Please see BOT | 4

EVAN DAVIS | D AILY E GYPTIAN SIU President Glenn Poshard pauses while discussing the university’s budget woes Wednesday at the executive session of the Board of Trustees’ meeting. Poshard and other university officials presented a contingency plan at the meeting to ease the university’s cash flow crisis through the next month, but said state appropriations would still be necessary to continue operations.

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Early figures for spring enrollment have given university administrators reason to hope some problems have been solved. Chancellor Sam Goldman said at the executive session of the SIU Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday he believes the university’s

retention problem has been tackled. “For the first time in two years, I am pleased to be here to talk about SIUC enrollment,” Goldman said. “It’s a total delight.” Goldman said enrollment for spring semester, as of Dec. 7, has reached 80 percent of the fall to spring term enrollment, with 10,216 students registered for classes compared to 12,885 students registered at the same time last year. He said 98 percent of freshmen and 92 percent of sophomores have registered for the spring semester, showing progress in tackling the university’s retention problem.

However, Goldman said 86 percent of juniors and 63 percent of seniors have registered for the spring. “Our biggest problem is in the junior year and in the senior year,” Goldman said. “We’ll go after them, but that’s a combination of everything including graduation.” Goldman said they need to concentrate on the dropout rate and said he has advised deans to sensitize faculty members to try to notice who is not in class and find out what the problem is. The in-state tuition rate for the five

bordering states has also brought in a good amount of applications and interest, Goldman said. “The results have been extraordinary,” Goldman said. For fall 2010, Goldman said applications from Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas are at 65 percent of the amount enrolled from those states this fall. Applications from those states are up by about 150, he said. Please see ENROLLMENT | 2

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Undergraduate Student Government tied up loose ends at its last meeting of the semester Wednesday. The senators met quorum, which means at least two-thirds of the members attended the meeting, allowing them to vote on various bills. The senators failed to meet quorum at its Nov. 12 meeting, which may have spurred the abundance of senators at the Wednesday meeting. USG President Priciliano Fabian said he was relieved to see better attendance.

“I was thrilled that we had quorum finally,” Fabian said. Senators voted to add three new members to represent Brush Towers, Eastside and the College of Mass Communication in the spring semester. Members also voted to remove one senator because of absences. The elections of the new senators outweighed the negative of removing one senator, Fabian said. “I’m glad we elected three new senators,” Fabian said. “I’m so psyched; I can’t wait to start working with them.” The senators continued to finish up their semester with old business involving the Gaia House Registered Student Organization.

The organization, which asked for $450 to be allocated to it for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner, was finally approved reimbursements because the senators could not meet quorum before the organization paid for the dinner event. The senators also recognized three student groups as organizations: TRIO of Achievers, College Life Records and Marching Salukis. The members then passed bills to allocate $1,200 out to events hosted by Underground Arts and Alpha Kappa Alpha. Undergraduate Student Government received $8,000 from transfers into its account, bringing the total to $16,000 to be allocated out in the spring semester, double of the fall semester. The money came from events that

were funded, but later canceled. Rhonda Daugherty, chairwoman of the Finance Committee, said the account for the fall semester is broke, but the transfer happened right in time because the senators will not meet again until January. “I feel really good about next semester,” Daugherty said. “We could even get additional money from sweeps from other organizations.” Sweeps occur when an organization does not use money the senators allocated to it and the money is transferred back into the USG account, Fabian said. Please see USG | 2


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WAITING IN LINE TO SAVE A DIME Jimmy John’s in Carbondale sold subs for only a $1 from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Wednesday to commemorate the opening of its new location. Just three doors down from its previous location, Jimmy Johns attracted a line before opening that persisted until the special ended. “We had a great turnout; since 10:30 we had a non-stop line,” Jimmy John’s owner Ken Butler said. Butler said at one point the line wrapped around the building.

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“There’s a tremendous amount of interest, and it is building,” Goldman said. Freshmen applications are also up by 14 percent for fall 2010, Goldman said. He said international enrollment is also looking better for spring and fall, especially because of new arrangements with universities in China, Taiwan and India. Phil Gatton, director of Plant and Service Operations, also presented to the board the concept of the future Student Services building, which will stand where McAndrew Stadium is now. While any construction for the building cannot begin until the new stadium is completed,

Duane Stucky, vice president for financial and administrative affairs, said more than $5 million in student fees has been collected so far. Trustee member Bill Bonan II said considering the economic times, students might prefer that money be returned to them in reduced fees and the construction be put on hold. “In this terrible, terrible economy, we were just talking about not being able to pay payroll and universities saying they’re shutting down in March, wouldn’t it be unprecedented if we gave that $5 million back to the students and put this project on hold,” Bonan said. “You think students would rather have a new building or would you think students would rather have lower fees? Just something to think about.”

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Up to $8,000 could be transferred in from sweeps for the spring semester, Daugherty said, bringing the potential amount the group can allocate to $24,000 in the spring. Dave Loftus, chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee, said he is pleased with the way the members took charge and fixed last year’s problems this semester. “I’ve been a member for three years, and I’m actually proud this year,” Loftus said. “Our executives have gotten things flowing so much better.” Fabian had one last announcement to make to the senators before the close of the meeting. “I don’t think my work is done here,” he said. “So, I am running for re-election next year.”


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1.) The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq War thriller was the most taut and engaging film of the year. With a careerdefining turn from Jeremy Renner as a bomb defuser, this film was nearly too intense. 2.) In the Loop The British satire poked fun at both American and British governments. Director Armando Iannucci helmed a perfect cast, anchored by Peter Capaldi’s blunt, profanity laced and hilarious performance. 3.) Adventureland The film suffered at the box office because it was advertised as some sort of “Superbad 2.” The two films may have shared a director (Greg Mottola), but this one was full of much more heart, without sacrificing any laughs. 4.) Away We Go Director Sam Mendes has never dabbled in subtlety (“American Beauty,” “Reservation Road”) but “Away We Go” is romantic realism at its finest. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph displayed unexpected chemistry as a couple expecting a child trying to find a place to settle down. 5.) Where the Wild Things Are Director Spike Jonze and writer Dave Eggers did an amazing job of turning a tiny children’s book into

a feature-length film. Jonze created a magical world, staying true to the source material and everyone’s inner 9-year-old.

6.) Funny People At two and a half hours, the film may have been a bit too long. However, Judd Apatow’s look into the lives of stand-up comedians was hilarious and introspective, as well as his best film to date. 7.) Up Pixar continued its stranglehold on the animation world with the release of one of its finest films.“Up” was full of heartbreak, excitement, joy and wonder, making it more than a cartoon but a fully realized feature (even with a talking dog). 8.) Public Enemies Director Michael Mann’s 2009 film on notorious bank robber John Dillinger was not the average gangster flick. The film was built on performances (Johnny Depp and Marion Cottillard standing out) instead of shoot-‘em-out action sequences, although the action included was top-notch. 9.) District 9 This year’s big sleeper hit was also the best science fiction film (I’ll say this without even seeing “Avatar”). Utilizing an unheard of cast, the film focused on plot and action, making repeat viewings a must. 10.) Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson made perhaps his most “adult” film, with a cast full of puppets. The voice work was aces and the set pieces were awe-inspiring for this Roald Dahl adaptation.

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1.) Inglorious Basterds Tarantino is on top of his game. The movie is extremely brave, possibly the best World War II movie since “Schindler’s List.” 2.) Adventureland “Adventureland” is a movie for our generation. It reflects the youth’s struggle to find identity honestly and compassionately. 3.) Fantastic Mr. Fox Director Wes Anderson strikes again. In a year full of great animated films, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” stood out the most. 4.) Up Is anybody better than Pixar? “Up” may be the studio’s funniest effort yet. 5.) The Hurt Locker Director Kathryn Bigelow is the next big thing. “The Hurt Locker” is the most intense movie of the year. 6.) 500 Days of Summer It is as enjoyable as a movie can get. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel have amazing chemistry. 7.) Away We Go Very surprising. Director Sam Mendes accurately captures a couple’s search for home during a turning point in their lives. 8.) Ponyo It is a magical movie, something both adults and children can

PROVIDED P HOTO “The Hurt Locker” made the cut for Pulse’s top-10 movies of the year. experience in awe. The colors and sounds make for one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s best movies. 9.) Where the Wild Things Are The movie is truly unique and beautiful to watch. It explores the

imagination of a child while relating the hardships of a parent. 10.) Paranormal Activity Horror films do not have much to show for in the last decade, but this film offers a glimmer of hope.


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“Yesterday, in the (Illinois Board of Higher Education) meeting, three university presidents got up and said their campuses will close in March without any state assistance between now and then,” Poshard said. “If we don’t get money here from the state this month to make the ( Jan. 1) payroll, then we seriously have to look at, beginning March, either shutting down or cutting a lot of jobs out of here.” Stucky said even partial funding from the state would not be enough after March 1, when the university begins to run out of its own money. “That’s when we begin to really need state appropriations; we’ve got to shut down if we don’t get it,” Stucky said. “This keeps getting worse.”

The university received $15.5 million Nov. 24 in a small, belated appropriation payment from the Comptroller’s office. Stucky said the university had originally asked for $35 million prior to that payment and said he is optimistic they will receive the other $14.5 million this month to help meet Jan. 1 payroll, but nothing is guaranteed. For the immediate cash-flow problem, Stucky said the main concern is the time between Dec. 31 and Jan. 8. During that time, the university will begin to receive tuition payments, federal funds and financial aid reimbursements, Stucky said, which would assist the cash problem for a couple of months. The contingency plan outlined by Stucky seeks to provide additional cash flow by taking funds

from what is normally considered restricted areas. “It engages us in some things that I don’t pleasantly propose to do, but we have no choice,” Stucky said. “It’s just not good accounting practice to do what I plan on doing, if we don’t get that state appropriation.” Stucky said university funds are generally pooled in two classifications, restricted dollars, which makes up 40 percent of the budget, and unrestricted dollars, which makes up 60 percent. State appropriations and tuition payments are both unrestricted, meaning the university can spend the money in any area, he said. Restricted funds, mostly grants and contracts from local, state and federal governments, are only allowed for use within those activities, Stucky said.

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Stucky said the cash-flow problem of the university is only within the unrestricted funds and said he has identified a small pool within the restricted funds as possible cash to be used in that period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 8. “Our first priority is to get the funds from the Comptroller’s office, enough to pull us through all this,” Stucky said. “Our priority two would be to implement that contingency plan.” Trustee member Bill Bonan II said he was concerned about the possible negative effects this plan could have on the university’s bond rating in the future and said it was “not good” to approach the board in December with the contingency plan being the only viable option. “This isn’t something that came up and we’re unprepared for,”

Poshard said. “We’ve prepared emphatically for this in the ways a lot of other universities didn’t choose to address until now … everything that we could do on our own in anticipation of this crisis has been done a year in advance.” Bonan said the university should implement additional strict cost-cutting measures across each campus in an effort to save money. He said he would still oppose passing any tuition and fee increases onto the students because of the cash flow problem. Though the university does not need board approval to implement the contingency plan, Bonan said he wanted it to be noted that he is not in favor of it. “I am against that 100 percent; I want that put down in the record,” Bonan said.


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!"#$%%&'("&)$%*'"&'+,'*%-.&/* MICHAEL SPRINGSTON leftypen@egyptian.net

Michaela and Tareq Salahi should be imprisoned for gate crashing the state dinner at the White House. Or ignored. That punishment would likely sting the most. Gate crashing used to be something one did with stealth and discretion. Unless you were the guy who wore the rainbow wig to sporting events, a gate crasher did not want to be noticed. During my freshman year at SIUC, our study group gate crashed the Indianapolis 500, Kentucky Derby and the private party room in the French Quarter’s Dungeon bar. Two of us crashed a J. Geils concert at SIU Arena, ending up on stage before the end of the show. That was back in the day when SIUC was still a party school.

The Salahis show up at the White House and … Time’s up. This column is supposed to hit about 500 words, but I really can’t squeeze more than 138 out of the gate crashers. Nice dress. No one will ever be able to wear a red sari to a party without security checking their I.D. — 190 words. How did the Salahis stretch their news cycle out more than two weeks? I can’t generate 200 words on this topic. What else is there? Afghanistan, global climate change, the economy, health care. The Bears played the Rams Sunday. The game was televised. Watching that game, it struck me there is a need for more reality TV. About three hours worth. Chicago Bears fans have not been happy with the play of Jay Cutler. Actually, his ineptitude is pretty much known by anyone who follows the NFL. How badly is Cutler playing? Glenn Beck recently blamed

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ast year the WSRC threw more than 3.5 million targets, making it the most utilized shooting complex in the country.

Barack Obama for the trade that brought Cutler to Chicago. Anything else happening of importance? You can try this one at home. Google Tiger Woods, Big Bertha and driver. You get a far different page selection than you would have gotten a month ago. Two gate crashers walk into a White House state dinner. Oh, you heard that one already. Whatever happened to Britney Spears? Did you ever notice how student content in the Daily Egyptian drops off during the weeks leading up to finals? I know I have professors out there happy this column isn’t being submitted for a grade. Just 105 more words and I can get back to that “Paradise Lost” essay revision. The SIUC College Democrats will be hosting a debate for the

Democratic senate candidates Jan. 19, the only one scheduled in southern Illinois. Among the candidates expected are Cheryle Jackson, David Hoffman, Jacob Meister, Michaela Salahi and Alexi Giannoulias.One of those names seems familiar. I won’t apologize for this column. The Daily Egyptian has been sorely lacking in its coverage of the gate crashers and Tiger Woods. If someone doesn’t mention them, how will SIU students know what’s going on? Oh, yeah — the Internet, TMZ and Twitter. Afghanistan, global climate change, the economy, health care — just wanted to close on something important. Mike Springston is a graduate student in the MAT program.


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!"#$%&'()*&+,The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings are currently taking place. Do you care about it at all?

RYAN VOYLES rvoyles @siu.edu

I have a hard time getting too interested in it. Something about a bunch of guys sitting around at a table talking and making deals just doesn’t appeal to me. Especially in this day and age when Scott Boras prevents any of his agents from signing before New Years. Unless Tiger Woods’ mistresses are part of any deal, I don’t really care.

Some people are like this about football, I am like this about baseball. I care about baseball all year long. After the last out of the World Series, I immediately start thinking about what team is going to win it all this year. The winter meetings are really exciting for a guy like me, because a lot of rumors about big name players can start swirling about. It seems like every year I get suckered into believing something as a Cubs fan. There was Prior for Tejada, and then Brian Roberts and last year was Jake Peavy. I wonder who will be the guy we lust for this year? Can’t wait to find out.

RYAN SIMONIN rsimmy @siu.edu

DEREK ROBBINS drobbins @siu.edu

I think the winter meetings have been quiet but interesting. It will be exciting to see if Roy Halladay goes to the Phillies and how much money he wants.

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“It was good to take the crowd out of the game, what fans were here,” Tony Freeman said. “When you hit shots, you don’t hear the fans, and that’s a good feeling. That’s what you want to do the whole game.” Unlike the first two road games this season, SIU held this halftime lead. After blowing leads at University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Saint Louis, SIU made sure Southeast Missouri State (3-7) got no closer than 21 points in the second half, long after SIU put its second-stringers in the game. The game saw four of five starters score in double digits, including the second double-doubles of the season for sophomore guard Kevin Dillard, who finished with 11 points and 10 assists. He was only four rebounds away from a triple-double, but Dillard said he did not want to risk injury getting the rebounds.

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The second double-double of the game came from a former starter who had been struggling this season. Sophomore forward Anthony Booker, who averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in five starts this season came off the bench and recorded his first double-double of the season, with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 20 minutes of play. “Anthony played with no pressure, just the way we want him to be,” Lowery said. “This is how we wanted him to play when he first got on campus.” Booker said he tried not to change his play while coming off the bench. “I’ve been a little off this season, but I try not to let that affect my play,” Booker said. “I just try to play hard everyday. This team’s chemistry is too good to affect me whether I’m coming off the bench or starting.” The Salukis will be in action again at 3:05 p.m. Saturday against Alabama State at SIU Arena.

EMILY SUNBLADE | D AILY E GYPTIAN Saluki linebacker Kyle Walker sacks North Dakota State University quarterback Nick Mertens during the final minutes of the 24-14 Sept. 26 home win against the Bison. Walker finished the game with three of the four sacks despite a hand injury from a tackle at the end of the first half.

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Karim stayed modest throughout though, every week giving praise to his team and offensive line for allowing him to do so well. “I can’t put enough praise upon the guys up front for me,” Karim said. “All season long those guys made the holes for me, pushing the defense and allowing me to do what I did. The numbers don’t show that. They deserve just as much credit as I do for everything.” Another bright spot of the season was the smooth transition by McIntosh from backup to starter in the middle of a playoff hunt. After starter Chris Dieker went down with a broken left clavicle Oct. 24 against Youngstown State, McIntosh took the offense on his shoulders and rarely missed a beat. He finished the season second on the team with 588 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He also showed off a bit of his arm, finishing with a 67.2 passing percentage for 888 yards and eight touchdowns. Lennon said McIntosh’s midseason performance was incredible for a

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f you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we would make it to the quarterfinals, especially with (backup quarterback) Paul (McIntosh) playing — I don’t know what I would have told you. — Dale Lennon football head coach

freshman, and Lennon said McIntosh showed signs of a bright future. “You never want to ask a freshman like Paul to step in there in the middle of the season and expect him to carry the team,” Lennon said. “Paul was able to do that, though, and the offense never really showed any signs of that drastic of a switch. He showed a lot this season, he’s a special player, and he’s only going to get better through experience.”

The 2009 season in review Sept. 5 SIU drops the season opener 31-28 to Marshall at Huntington, W. Va. It would be the lone SIU loss of the regular season. Sept. 19 Deji Karim reintroduced himself to the SIU faithful during the team’s 59-7 victory over Southwest Baptist as he finishes with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries.

JULIA RENDLEMAN | D AILY E GYPTIAN Wide receiver Bryce Morris takes the football to the three-yard line against the Missouri State Bears in the first quarter of the last regular season game at McAndrew Stadium Nov. 12. Morris’ play set up Deji Karim for a touchdown on the next play, bringing the score to 14-7 Salukis. The Salukis won 44-24, securing the Missouri Valley Conference title. The Salukis also bid a final farewell to McAndrew Stadium — their home since 1937. The Salukis will move to their still-unnamed new stadium next season. Athletic Director Mario Moccia said the team’s performance this season exceeded most predications and the athletic department is proud of the performance.

“It was a success beyond my wildest thoughts,” Moccia said. “I knew we could compete at a high level. When you looked at the schedule and see us playing at South Dakota and UNI on the road. I’m just amazed looking back; we had two losses this season — the first game and the last game.” The success of the team could

mean some more benefits toward Lennon, who Moccia has scheduled a meeting with later this week to discuss a possible contract extension. And though SIU is going through a tight financial situation, Moccia said he would work through that. “That’s why we have a meeting with him,” Moccia said. “We want to keep coach here for a while.”

Oct. 10 Deji Karim continued his monster season, finishing with 273 rushing yards — third most in a game in SIU history — and three touchdowns to overcome Illinois State 43-23.

Nov. 7 No. 3 SIU destroys No. 9 South Dakota State 34-15 in Brookings, S.D., to take a share of the MVFC championship, and guarantee itself a seventh-straight playoff appearance.

Oct. 17 The No. 5 Salukis stun the No. 2 University of Northern Iowa Panthers 27-20 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It was only the third time SIU has ever won at Cedar Falls and the first since 1983.

Nov. 9 The Salukis are named the No. 1 team in the country, according to the Sports Network Top 25 Poll and the Any Given Sunday poll.

Nov. 30 Deji Karim named one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Award. The award will be given out Dec. 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn., during the Sports Network’s annual awards banquet.

Nov. 14 The final regular season game at McAndrew Stadium saw the Salukis defeat Missouri State to become the first team ever go 8-0 in the MVFC. More than 200 former players were on hand for the festivities.

Dec. 5 The Saluki season, and McAndrew Stadium, comes to an end after a 24-3 loss to the William and Mary Tribe.

Oct. 24 SIU takes an easy 27-8 victory over Youngstown State, but lose starting quarterback Chris Dieker for six weeks to a broken left clavicle.


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JULIA RENDLEMAN | D AILY E GYPTIAN Carlton Fay attempts to pass the ball during the 91-63 Nov. 14 home win over Tennessee Martin. SIU defeated Southeast Missouri State 86-65 Wednesday for its first road win of the season

A new starting lineup for the Salukis worked wonders for their offense, but a strong comeback performance by senior guard Tony Freeman made sure the Redhawks never got into the game. SIU (4-2) jumped on Southeast Missouri State early and often, as the Salukis got their first road victory of the season, defeating the Redhawks 86-65 Wednesday at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Sophomore guard Kevin Dillard said this game was a must-win for the Salukis. “We need this one tonight,” Dillard said. “This was good to come out here and get the victory — the first of many road wins.” Head coach Chris Lowery’s lineup included the first starts of the season for forward Carlton Fay and John Freeman, but it was an injured starter who made the biggest impact for the Salukis. Tony Freeman, who missed the Saint Louis University game Saturday because of a calf injury, made 3-of-4 three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the first half to give

the Salukis an early 11-7 lead. Freeman had 15 points in the first half, and finished with a game-high 26 points. “It was Free(man), he was the differencemaker tonight,” Lowery said. “We have a whole series of plays we run through Freeman we couldn’t do against SLU. That’s why we brought him here, to do these things on the road, and he did it tonight.” Tony Freeman said he did not feel any different shooting the ball. “I was just shooting like I usually do,” Freeman said. “They were just going in.” The rest of the Salukis joined in with Tony Freeman, ensuring the Redhawks would never get back into the game. With the score at 8-7 with 15 minutes, 36 seconds, SIU went on a 36-14 run to close out the first half. The team combined to shoot 60 percent for the first half, including 4-of-12 from the three-point arc. Its first-half defense proved too much for the Redhawks to handle, as they turned the ball over 13 times in the first 20 minutes of action.

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Though the Salukis will not be hoisting up the national championship trophy in Chattanooga, Tenn., head football coach Dale Lennon said this season was better than the team could have ever imagined in the summer. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we

would make it to the quarterfinals, especially with (backup quarterback) Paul (McIntosh) playing,” Lennon said. “I don’t know what I would have told you. We cannot be disappointed with how we performed this season.” Picked to finish second behind Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll, the Salukis did more than play up to the expectations

— they exceeded them. After losing the first game of the season at Marshall, SIU reeled off 11 wins in a row, including all eight games in conference. The wins included a 27-20 victory at Northern Iowa, the first time the Salukis won a game at Cedar Falls, Iowa, since 1983. The Salukis were also recognized by the Sports Network poll

as the No. 1 team in the country for two weeks, the 19th time the Salukis have been recognized as the top-ranked team in the country, but the first time since 2005. Most of it would not have been possible without the breakthrough performance by redshirt senior running back Deji Karim. Karim, who is one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Award

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